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Jackie Allison Icard

May 7, 1990 - September 28, 2016

Jackie Allison Icard, 26, of Connelly Springs, died unexpectedly Wednesday September 28, 2016. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday September 30, 2016 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Rev. Donald Denton officiating. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Buddy "Buck" Leger, Sr.

March 9, 1930 - September 27, 2016

Buddy R. "Buck" Leger, Sr., 86, of Rutherford College, passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at his residence. Buddy was born on March 9, 1930 in Burke County to the late John Alfred Leger and Laura Lail Leger. He was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict, and he was proud of his service to our country. He was retired from Valdese Weavers, serving many...
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Rondle Ervin Brittain

August 22, 1939 - September 26, 2016

Mr. Rondle Ervin Brittain, 77, of Nebo died Monday September 26, 2016 at Grace Heights Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Surviving are his wife Betty Gardner Brittain, two sisters, Ethel Shuping and Ruth Chapman, four step-children and a number of nieces and nephews. At his request, no funeral services will be held at this time. An online guestbook and obituary is available...
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Charles Augustus Styles, Sr.

June 15, 1943 - September 25, 2016

Charles Augustus Styles, Sr., 73, of Morganton, passed away Sunday September 25, 2016 at Magnolia Lane Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Funeral Services will be private. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Dwayne Howard Trumble

August 12, 1938 - September 24, 2016

Rev. Dwayne Howard Trumble, 78, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Howard was born on August 12, 1938, in Burke County to the late Floyd Howard Trumble and Mary Settlemyre Trumble. He was retired from Valdese Manufacturing and was a member of Holy Trinity Full Gospel Church. Howard was an avid collector of...
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Dannie Byrd Allison

October 20, 1934 - September 22, 2016

Mrs. Dannie Kate Byrd Allison, 81, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly reward on Thursday September 22, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a brief illness. Mrs. Allison was born October 20, 1934 in Burke County, a daughter of Edgar "Red" and Ruth Shytle Byrd. She retired from Great Lakes Carbon Corp. and Burke County Health Department. Dannie was very active in the...
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Gerald Ray Triplett

December 17, 1950 - September 21, 2016

Mr. Gerald Ray Triplett, 65 of Valdese passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at his residence. Gerald was born on December 17, 1950 in Burke County to Betty McGalliard Triplett Griffin and the late Edward Plato Triplett, Jr. He was retired from Valdese Public Works and spent the past few years as a devoted caregiver to his mother. Gerald was also a longtime member of the Valdese VFW...
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Elizabeth Arney Laughridge

July 8, 1941 - September 21, 2016

Mrs. Elizabeth Arney Laughridge, 75, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Elizabeth was born on July 8, 1941 in Caldwell County to the late William Earl Arney and Ethel Brown Arney. She was a member of the Drexel Christian Center and was retired from Leviton Southern Devices. In addition to her parents,...
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Effie Porter Brown

April 7, 1933 - September 21, 2016

Mrs. Effie Thompson Porter Brown, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Carolina Rehab and Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Effie was born on April 7, 1933 in Cherokee County, SC to the late Willie Thompson and Ossie Bivens Thompson. She was previously employed as a cook for many years, and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great...
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Agustin "Gus" Coloma

March 14, 1958 - September 20, 2016

Agustin "Gus" Chorques Coloma, 58, of Lenoir passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at his residence. Gus was born on March 14, 1958 in Spain to the late Antonia Chorques Jimenez and Amelia Coloma. A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Church Street Baptist Church in Rhodhiss, NC, with Rev. Steve Coonse officiating.
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Angeline Fowler Garmon

November 27, 1920 - September 20, 2016

Mrs. Angeline Fowler Garmon, 95 of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday September 20, 2016 at Springs of Catawba Nursing Center, Hickory, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Garmon was born November 27, 1920 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Midas E. and Rosetta Childers Fowler. She was a faithful member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church serving on several of...
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Lawrence Ledford

April 30, 1948 - September 20, 2016

Mr. Lawrence Ledford, 68, of Hickory, died Tuesday September 20, 2016. Mr. Ledford was born April 30, 1948 in Mitchell County, a son of the late Willard Dewitt "Jack Ledford and Mellie Willis Ledford. He was a member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church and retired from as a service tech from Centel Telephone Co. Surviving are his wife Gail Faw Ledford of the home, one daughter, Melanie...
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Julia Church Duckworth

September 30, 1932 - September 20, 2016

Mrs. Julia Church Albright Duckworth, 83, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Carolina Rehab of Burke following a brief illness. She was formerly of Connelly Spring and had resided in Hickory for the last four years. Julia was born on September 30, 1932 in Burke County to the late Clyde Church and Zenia Helton Church. She was previously employed in retail sales at Kohl's....
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Selina Maria Brown

July 12, 2016 - September 18, 2016

Selina Maria Brown, 2 mo., of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly Sunday September 18, 2016. She was born on July 12, 2016 in McDowell County to Jeffrey Michael Brown and Edith Paige Brown of Morganton. She is also survived by her grandparents, Susie Brown Ojeda, Kim and Charles Beck, Alma Smith, Edith Allen and Danny Cook; great-grandparents, Leona Brown; her aunts, Deanna Beck, Nakita...
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Randy Eugene Beausoliel

November 3, 1955 - September 18, 2016

Randy Eugene Beausoleil, 60, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at his home A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 5:30PM at Zion Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 4:00-5:00PM at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made...
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Kenneth "Doug" Burns

June 12, 1959 - September 18, 2016

Mr. Kenneth Douglas "Doug" Burns, 57, of Rutherford College passed away September 18, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Doug was born June 12, 1959 in Burke County to Doris Davis Burns and the late Ray Sylvester Burns. He has been owner of Modern Home Improvement Company since 1995. He was of the Baptist Faith. Survivors include his mother,...
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Maria Ramsey McDaniel

December 2, 1961 - September 18, 2016

Mrs. Maria Teresa Ramsey McDaniel, 54, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016, unexpectedly at her residence. Maria was born December 2, 1961 in Madrid Spain to the late Thomas Dean Ramsey and Grace Cartee Ramsey. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Maria loved to spend time with her family, shopping at thrift stores and yard sales, and crocheting. In addition to her father,...
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John Oliver Freeman

June 24, 1934 - September 18, 2016

John Oliver Freeman, 82, of Morganton, passed away peacefully on Sunday September 18, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Mr. Freeman was born on June 24, 1934 in Burke County to the late John Henry Freeman and Lessie Williams Freeman. He was a United States Army Veteran, and was a retired Truck Driver. He was a member of Calvary Assembly of God in Morganton where he was active and...
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Debra Childers Poteet

November 14, 1953 - September 17, 2016

Debra Childers Poteet, 62, of Connelly Springs, passed away Saturday September 17, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a brief period of declining health. Debra was born on November 14, 1953 in Catawba County to Betty Wright of Connelly Springs and the late Robert Childers of Hildebran. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her son, Wesley McGuire, her...
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J. Michael Pons

October 29, 1970 - September 17, 2016

J. Michael Pons, 45, of Hickory, passed away Saturday September 17, 2016. Michael was born on October 29, 1970 in Catawba County to Julius C. Pons and Susan Caruso Pons. He was the former owner of The People Connection, Inc. and was a charter member of Faith Community Church in Connelly Springs. Survivors include his parents, Julius and Susan Pons of Charlotte; his brother, Mitchell Pons and...
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Alice Dockery Payne

July 5, 1950 - September 17, 2016

Mrs. Alice Jeannette Dockery Payne, 66, of Maiden passed away Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Mrs. Payne was born July 5, 1950 in Cherokee County to the late Rev. Jack Dockery and Catherine Hancock. She retired from McMurry Fabrics as an inspector. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband Timothy Payne. Survivors include her son,...
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Jimmie Miller

May 14, 1932 - September 17, 2016

Mr. Jimmie Miller, 84, of Lenoir passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Jimmie was born May 14, 1932 in Caldwell County to the late Owen Miller and Zonnie Britain Miller. He was a member of North Catawba Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon and worked with the Royal Ambassadors. He was a good family and Christian man, and loved...
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Lorraine Antoinette Ribet

January 27, 1939 - September 17, 2016

Lorraine Antoinette Ribet, 77, of Valdese, went home to be with the Lord and her family on Saturday September 17, 2016. She was born on January 27, 1939 in Long Island, NY to the late Gilbert Ribet and Antoinette Heritie Ribet. She has lived in Valdese since she was a young girl. Her parents moved to Valdese from New York and she has resided in that home since then. Lorraine attended Valdese High...
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Richard Alan Shuffler

July 26, 1952 - September 16, 2016

Richard Alan Shuffler, 64, of Morganton, passed away peacefully Friday September 16, 2016 at Carolinas Healthcare Blueridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Richard was born on July 26, 1952 in Burke County to the late Clyde Shuffler and Patricia Mayfield Shuffler. He was formerly employed as a janitor at Great Lakes Carbon in Morganton. In addition to his parents he is...
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Michael Glen King

September 27, 1958 - September 15, 2016

Mr. Michael Glen King, 57, of Morganton passed away Thursday September 15, 2016 at Carolina Healthcare Blue Ridge in Morganton. Michael was born September 27, 1958 in Avery County to the late Ronald Owens King and Thelma Beam King. He was a member of Zion Road Baptist Church. Michael was a member of Heaven Sent singing group, and enjoyed visiting local nursing homes, ministering to the...
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Sara Allen Mathews

January 16, 1924 - September 12, 2016

Ms. Sara Allen Mathews, 92, of Hudson, passed away Monday September 12, 2016 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir following a brief illness. Ms. Mathews was born January 16, 1924 in Marion County, GA to the late Walter Hugh Mathews and Mae Kelly Mathews. She was a Spanish Teacher in Newnan Georgia, winning teacher of the year twice. In addition to her parents she was preceded in...
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Tillman Joseph Curtis

December 9, 1927 - September 11, 2016

Mr. Tillman Joseph Curtis, 88, of Valdese, died on Sunday September 11, 2016 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Curtis was born December 9, 1927 in Glen Alpine, a son of the late Joe Ben and Grace Kelly Curtis. Mr. Curtis was a graduate of Glen Alpine High School and attended Lenoir Rhyne College. He was a US Navy veteran of WW II, a US Army veteran of the Korean...
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Grace Coleman Deal

December 19, 1927 - September 10, 2016

Grace Annie Coleman Deal, 88, of Drexel passed away Saturday September 10, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese. Grace was born December 19, 1927 in Burke County to the late Avery Wilson Coleman and Carrie Hice Coleman. She worked for fifty- four years at Dolly Hosiery Mill, retiring at age 84. Grace was a member of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church. In addition to her parents...
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Johnny Lee Holland

May 22, 1957 - September 10, 2016

Mr. Johnny Lee Holland, 59, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Hickory Falls Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Johnny was born on May 22, 1957 in Burke County to Joanne Burns DeLong and the late Robert Lee Holland. He was previously employed an a auto mechanic and sheet metal fabricator. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one ...
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Loretta "Pete" Wise

March 25, 1964 - September 9, 2016

Mrs. Loretta "Pete" Collins Wise, 52, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, September 9, 2016 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Pete was born on March 25, 1964 in Rutherford County to Azzell Dodgens Collins and the late Clarence Collins. She was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Company. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Randall...
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Edith LaRue White Stacey

June 1, 1935 - September 6, 2016

Mrs. Edith LaRue White Stacey, 81, of Rutherford College, widow of George Stacey, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. LaRue was born on June 1, 1935 in McDowell County to the late Charles S. White and Georgia Bean White. She was a member of Calvary Freewill Baptist Church and was a devoted...
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Timothy "Timmy" Sigmon

August 10, 1964 - September 6, 2016

Mr. Timothy "Timmy" Gary Sigmon, 52, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Timmy was born August 10, 1964 to the late Robert Gary Sigmon and Nancy Ann Childers Whisnant. He was a member of Gloryland Baptist Church and was devoted to reading his Bible every morning. He enjoyed cooking and...
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Ruth Marie Roten Smith

January 1, 1933 - September 5, 2016

Mrs. Ruth Marie Roten Smith, 83, of Valdese passed away Monday September 5, 2016 at Hickory Falls Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mrs. Smith was born January 1, 1933 in Ashe County, one of twelve children, to the late Harrison Roten and Chessie Wingler Roten. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Lambert Smith; sisters, Ruby Miorkio,...
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Vicie Mae Smith Cole

November 5, 1923 - September 5, 2016

Mrs. Vicie Mae Smith Cole, 92, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016 at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center, following a period of declining health. Vicie was born November 5, 1923 in Catawba County to the late Walter Smith and Lois Smith. She loved gardening and flowers, and enjoyed sewing. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by two sisters...
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Melvin Rodney Ruggles

June 18, 1921 - September 4, 2016

Melvin Rodney Ruggles, 95, of Hildebran, passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Melvin was born June 18, 1921 in Chester, PA. He served in the Navy and saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres during WWII. After graduating from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1948, he went to Hildebran High School...
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Melvin Kenneth Radford

October 1, 1946 - September 4, 2016

Mr. Melvin Kenneth Radford, 69, of Valdese passed away Sunday September 4, 2016 at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte. Melvin was born October 1, 1946 in Macon County, NC to the late Kenneth McKinnley Radford and Mary Ann Sanders Radford. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Melvin was self employed as owner of Valdese Concrete. In addition to his parents he was...
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Judith "Judy" Gail Davis Hudson

July 17, 1949 - September 4, 2016

Mrs. Judith "Judy" Gail Davis Hudson, 67, of Connelly Springs passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Judy was born July 17, 1949 in Burke County to the late Marion Davis and Gladys Banks Davis. She was a dedicated and loving member of St. Johns Baptist Church. Judy enjoyed gardening and canning. In addition to her...
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Leon Hugh Lowman

January 5, 1930 - September 3, 2016

Mr. Leon Hugh Lowman, 86, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday September 3, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Leon was born January 5, 1930 in Burke County to the late Edward Lowman and Eva Bumgarner Chandler. He worked at Alba Waldensian, holding the position of Plant Manager . Leon was a member at Warlick's Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was...
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William McCall "Bill" Brinkley

September 2, 1938 - September 2, 2016

William McCall "Bill" Brinkley, 78, of Valdese, passed away Friday, September 2, 2016. He was born September 2, 1938 in Valdese, the son of the late John Dallas Brinkley and Ruth Holloway Brinkley. He graduated from Kentucky Military Institute and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He served in the United States Army. Bill...
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Olivia Ruth Hollar

August 5, 1992 - August 30, 2016

Olivia Ruth Hollar, 24, of Hickory went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday August 30, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem after a nine year battle with Wegener''s Granulomatosis with polyangiitis . Olivia was born August 5, 1992 in Burke County, a daughter of Marty Ray and Sherry Anthony Hollar. She was a graduate of Hickory High School and attended West Hickory...
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Roger Dale Kirk

January 9, 1956 - August 28, 2016

Roger Dale Kirk, 60, of Hildebran, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Pastor Danny Castle officiating. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. ...
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Betty Hildebran Lewis

October 18, 1922 - August 25, 2016

Betty Hildebran Lewis, 93, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Hospice Savannah, in Savannah, GA, following a period of declining health. Betty was born October 18, 1922 in Catawba County to Fleta Fulbright Hildebran and Victor Hildebran. She attended and graduated from Mtn. View High School. After a few years she enlisted into the US Marine Corps during WWII, attending a class at...
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Sarah Darlene Varney

July 23, 1938 - August 25, 2016

Sarah Darlene Varney, 78, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Magnolia Lanes Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Sarah was born on July 23, 1938 in Logan, WV to the late Alonzo Varney and Alberta Sias Varney. She formerly attended Calvary Freewill Baptist Church and retired from Alba- Waldensian Hosiery in the knitting department. In addition to her...
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Timothy "Sloaner" Sloan

June 2, 1959 - August 24, 2016

Timothy "Sloaner" Alan Sloan, 57, of Hudson, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at his residence. Tim was born on June 2, 1959 in Little Rock, AR to the late Vernon Sloan and Karen Drew Sloan Smith. Timothy grew up and was raised in Shelbyville, IL, until he made the decision to serve in the US Navy and then made the transition to North Carolina in 2010. He will be remembered as being a...
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James William Poe

February 10, 1956 - August 24, 2016

Mr. James William Poe, 60, of Valdese passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at his residence, following a period of declining health. James was born on February 10, 1956 in Burke County to the late William Francis Poe and Zelda Killian Poe. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was known as an all around handyman. A graveside memorial service will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at...
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Michael David Shay

December 1, 1950 - August 20, 2016

Mr. Michael David Shay, 65 , of Jacksonville passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. The family will receive friends on Saturday, from 2:00 until 3:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving...
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Matthew Lee Elmore

July 8, 1984 - August 17, 2016

Mr. Matthew Lee Elmore, 32, of Hickory, died Wednesday August 17, 2016 at his residence after a brief illness. Matthew was born July 8, 1984 in Catawba County, a son of Jeffrey C. and Kimberly Scott Elmore. He was employed as a machine operator in the cable manufacturing industry. He was preceded in death by a son Alex Elmore, grandparents Hugh Elmore, Betty Lowman and Uncle Jerry Scott. ...
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Rex Oliver Huffman

May 28, 1954 - August 17, 2016

Mr. Rex Oliver Huffman, 62, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Rex was born on May 28, 1954, in Burke County, to the late Samuel Huffman and Essie Lail Huffman. He attended Rolands Chapel Baptist Church in Nebo, loved music, and all of his buddies very much. Rex had a beautiful smile and...
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Betty Cornett Buchanan

January 13, 1942 - August 17, 2016

Mrs. Betty Ann Cornett Buchanan, 74, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Betty was born on January 13, 1942 in Avery County to the late Lewis Cornett and Irene Ellis Cornett. She retired from the NC School for the Deaf in Morganton, after 30 years of service and had previously attended the Valdese Church of God. In...
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Michael Alan Causby

January 24, 1955 - August 16, 2016

Mr. Michael Alan "Paw" Causby, 61, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday August 16, 2016 at his residence following a brief illness. Mike was born January 24, 1955 in Burke county to Charlean Putnam Anderson and the late James Patrick Causby. He was employed by Steelcon in Granite Falls. Mike was a very hard worker and was always willing to help anyone who asked, as long as he wasn't busy fishing . ...
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Kelly Roger Tomlinson

May 8, 1963 - August 15, 2016

Kelly Roger Tomlinson, 52, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Rev. Marvin Wiley and Rev. Dennis Tomlinson officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 2:00-3:00 PM at Heritage Funeral...
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Linda "Kay" Manning Blankenship

July 16, 1950 - August 13, 2016

Linda "Kay" Manning Blankenship, 66, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at her residence following a period of declining health. Linda was survived by her husband, of thirty years, Clark Blankenship; daughter Jennifer Wilson; son Timothy Capps; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the chapel of...
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Dolly Whisenant Cloer

October 29, 1930 - August 13, 2016

Mrs. Dolly Whisenant Cloer, 85, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday August 13, 2016 while at Kingston Residence of Hickory, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Cloer was born October 29, 1930 in Burke County a daughter of the late Gus and Lena Pons Whisenant. Dolly was a faithful member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, member and Bible study leader of the ladies circle and...
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John Robert Toney, Sr.

September 14, 1928 - August 13, 2016

Mr. John Robert Toney, Sr., 87, of Morganton, went to his Heavenly home on Saturday August 13, 2016 while at College Pines Nursing Center. Mr. Toney was born September 14, 1928 in Rutherford County, a son of the late James Roy and Effie Campbell Toney. John was a faithful member of Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church, serving as a member of the choir. He retired from Broughton Hospital as a Medical...
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Humbert Henry Rostan

May 21, 1924 - August 12, 2016

Mr. Humbert Henry Rostan, 92, of Morganton, died Friday August 12, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center after a period of declining health. Humbert lived by the two greatest commandments that Jesus Christ spoke of in Matt. 22:35-39. You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart, soul and mind, second; you must love your neighbor as yourself. Mr. Rostan was born May 21,...
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Frank Allen Ballew

January 1, 1921 - August 12, 2016

. Frank A. Ballew, 95, of Morganton passed away on on Friday August 12, 2016 while a residence of Cambridge House in Hildebran, N.C.. Mr. Ballew was born January 1, 1921 in Knoxville, TN a son of the late Frank and Gertrude Walker Ballew. He was a US Army Veteran of WW II serving in both the European and Pacific Theaters. Mr. Ballew came to Morganton in 1947 with radio station WMNC and...
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Carolyn Marie Miller

November 2, 1955 - August 9, 2016

Ms. Carolyn Marie Miller, 60, of Morganton passed away Tuesday August 9, 2016 at her residence. Ms. Miller was born November 2, 1955 in Yancey County to the late Arnold Miller and Mary Magdaline Miller. She was a member at Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church and worked as a machine operator in the textiles industry. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband...
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Sebastian "Sid" Watts

March 8, 1937 - August 9, 2016

Mr. Sabastian "Sid" Watts, 79, of Morganton passed away Tuesday August 9, 2016 at Carolina's Health Care System-Blue Ridge following a period of declining health. Mr. Watts was born March 8, 1937 in Burke County to the late Sebastian Watts and Maybell Smith Abee. He was a member of Amherst Baptist Church and worked as a heavy machine operator. In addition to his parents he was preceded in...
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Margaret Johnson Glazebrooks

July 14, 1930 - August 3, 2016

Mrs. Margaret Louise Johnson Glazebrooks, 86, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Margaret was born on July 14, 1930, in Caldwell County to the late Claude A. Johnson and Julia McCloud Johnson. She was a faithful member of Valdese First Baptist Church where she enjoyed being part of the OWLS...
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Linda Ann Willis Ayers

July 8, 1948 - July 31, 2016

Mrs. Linda Ann Willis Ayers, 68, of Connelly Springs passed away Sunday July 31, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Linda was born July 8, 1948 in Yancey County to Mrs. Doris Ruth Branch Willis and the late George Lee Willis. She worked in the hosiery and furniture industry and was a member of Bible Gospel Baptist Church. Survivors include...
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Bobby Dean Smith

May 20, 1938 - July 30, 2016

Mr. Bobby Dean Smith, 78, of Granite Falls, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Bobby was born on May 20, 1938 in Rockingham County to the late Blanche B. Smith Carlton. He was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church and retired from Valdese Manufacturing after 44 years of service as a supervisor. In addition to his mother, he was...
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Margaret Leger Graham

December 13, 1931 - July 29, 2016

Ms. Margaret Leger Graham, 84, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Margaret was born on December 13, 1931 in Burke County, to the late Victor Leger and Emma Icard Leger. She was an active and faithful member of Warlick's Baptist Church where she loved to travel with the senior adults. She was retired from...
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Gerald Spencer Lockee

January 26, 1934 - July 29, 2016

Mr. Gerald Spencer Lockee, 82, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Charles George VA Medical Center. Gerald was born on January 26, 1934 in Burke County to the late Rev. Angus "AA" Archie Lockee and Swoney Oxentine Lockee. He was a faithful member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church, where he taught Mens' Sunday School Class. Gerald served in the United States Army,...
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Billy Roger Griffin

October 25, 1983 - July 26, 2016

Mr. Billy Roger Griffin, 32, of Lenoir, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Roger was born on October 25, 1983 in Catawba County to Marie Griffin Coleman. He was currently employed in the landscaping industry. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Bill Hinson, Gary Griffin and William " Dude" Hamrick. Survivors include his two...
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Lonnie Dean Lail

October 9, 1950 - July 26, 2016

Mr. Lonnie Dean Lail, 65, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday July 26, 2016 at Magnolia Lane Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mr. Lail was born October 9, 1950 in Burke County to the late Charlie Lail and Sadie Mace Lail. He retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Company. Lonnie was a member of Smart's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded...
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Flo Watts Buff

June 12, 1927 - July 22, 2016

Flo Watts Buff, 89, of Connelly Springs went home to her Lord and Savior, at Hospice of Catawba County on July 22, 2016. Born June 12, 1927, in Burke County to the late Kelly and Flavia Watts. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 69 years, Virgil Jones Buff. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by brothers Elmer, Dick, and Joe Watts and sisters Parlee Holder and...
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Carroll "Cac" Hoyle, Jr.

September 3, 1953 - July 21, 2016

Carroll "Cac" Watkins Hoyle Jr., 62, of Morganton, passed away on July 21, 2016 at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM at First United Methodist Church in Morganton, with Rev. Charlotte Brendel and Rev. William Robertson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to a High School Student Scholarship Fund at 425 Alexander Ave.,...
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Robert Henry Smith

July 9, 1940 - July 21, 2016

Mr. Robert "Bob" Henry Smith, 76, of Hildebran, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at his residence, following a long battle with cancer. He fought the good fight and gained victory through death and entered into his Heavenly home where he is rejoicing with his Lord and Savior. Bob was born on July 9, 1940 in Akeley, MN, the son of the late Alec Henry Smith and Delia Brault Smith. He was...
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Jimmy Ray Brown

November 18, 1941 - July 20, 2016

Jimmy Ray Brown, 74, of Valdese, passed away on July 20, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:00am in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Pastor Michael Wakefield officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to North Laurel Baptist Church at 1942 Laurel St. NE, Valdese, NC 28690...
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Celeste Rollins

August 30, 1932 - July 19, 2016

Celeste Freeze Rollins, 83, of Drexel passed away peacefully on July 19, 2016. Celeste was born on August 30, 1932 in Mooresville, NC, a daughter of the late James Autha and Emma Nanney Freeze. She was a member of Drexel First Baptist Church and a retired state employee having worked both in Raleigh and at Broughton Hospital in Morganton. Cherishing her memory is her daughter Rhonda Byrd and...
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Patsy White Lovelace

February 16, 1926 - July 17, 2016

Mrs. Patsy White Lovelace, 90, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly home on Sunday July 17, 2016 at Collage Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Lovelace was born February 16, 1926 in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late Andy "Hose" White and Vann Thorn White Beaver. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her...
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Charles DeWitt Smith

May 10, 1931 - July 17, 2016

Charles DeWitt Smith, 85, of Valdese was reunited in Heaven with his wife, Carolyn, on Sunday, July 17, 2016 following a period of declining health. A native of Brookhaven, Mississippi, he was born, May 10, 1931, the son of the late Harvey L. and Mollie West Smith. Charles graduated from Brookhaven High School in Lincoln County Mississippi. He enlisted in the Army and served during the Korean...
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Addie Geraldine Gregory

July 15, 1937 - July 13, 2016

Mrs. Addie Geraldine Gregory, 78, of Connelly Springs passed away Wednesday July 13, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Gregory was born July 15, 1937 in Swain County to the late Clyde Nations and Bertha Cochran Nations. She worked at Neuville Hosiery Mill and was a member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church. She was a loving and devoted wife,...
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Bobby Lyn Bollinger

February 1, 1959 - July 12, 2016

Mr. Bobby Lyn Bollinger, 57, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at his residence. Bobby was born on February 1, 1959 in Catawba County to the late Bobby Joe Bollinger and Betty Pender Bollinger. He was a welder, working for American Muffler for 25 years before going into business for himself and most recently working for Ever Shop Saw & Tool Company. In addition to his...
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Sarah Imogene Osborne

July 24, 1933 - July 12, 2016

Mrs. Sarah Imogene Beach Osborne, 82, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Sarah was born July 24, 1933 in Wilkes County to the late John Lee Beach and Elsie Barnes Beach. She was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and was retired from Hickory Manufacturer. She was the owner of Sibos Locksmith for ten years, and...
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Ellen Franklin Wyatt

August 30, 1947 - July 6, 2016

Mrs. Ellen Kay Franklin Wyatt, 68 of Hudson, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Hickory Falls Health & Rehab, following a period of declining health. Ellen was born on August 30, 1947 in Burke County to the late Johnny Franklin and Cleta Mae Baker Franklin. She was formerly y employed at Burke Mills as a winder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Jimmy Lee Hedrick

July 8, 1957 - July 3, 2016

Mr. Jimmy Lee Hedrick, 58, of Valdese, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Jimmy was born July 8, 1957 in Burke County, to the late France Hedrick and Colene Winkler Hedrick. Survivors include his sister, Phyllis Linkous and husband Johnny; brothers, Bobby Hedrick and wife Mary, Mike Hedrick and wife Carol, and Jerry Hedrick; and numerous...
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Edward John Fullbright

September 6, 1927 - July 3, 2016

Mr. Edward John Fullbright, 88, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Edward was born September 6, 1927 in Burke County to the late John Boston Fullbright and Mary Mull Fullbright. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Morganton and was an avid worker. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his...
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Edward Ray Buchanan

November 10, 1928 - June 30, 2016

Mr. Edward Ray Buchanan, 87, of Valdese, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Thursday June 30, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Buchanan was born November 10, 1928 in Mitchell County, a son of the late Walter D. and Minnie McGee Buchanan. Ray was an active and faithful member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church...
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Marie Hildebran Eckard

July 9, 1937 - June 28, 2016

Mrs. Marie Hildebran Eckard, 78, of Hickory went to her Heavenly home on Tuesday June 28, 2016 at Hickory Falls Nursing Home after a period of declining health. Mrs. Eckard was born July 9, 1937 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Arthur Preston "Buck" and Dixie Young Hildebran. She was a member of South Fork Baptist Church and retired from the furniture industry as a interior designer. ...
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Clifford Francis Lowman

February 27, 1933 - June 28, 2016

Mr. Clifford Francis "Dozey" Lowman, 83, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday June 28, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Lowman was born February 27, 1933 in Burke County to the late Robert Lowman and Elizabeth Bailey Lowman. He worked as a supervisor at Huffman Sausage Company. He was also a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. In addition...
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Shawn Michael Daniels

January 23, 1990 - June 27, 2016


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Calvin Lee Icard

May 19, 2016 - June 25, 2016

Calvin Lee Icard, 71, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly Saturday June 25, 2016 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Mr. Icard was born on May 19, 1945 in Burke County to the late Frank Icard and Frances Bryant Icard. He was a retired machine operator with Caterpillar, and was a member of United Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Speagle...
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Rebecca Ann/Sellers/Spann Key

August 25, 1945 - June 25, 2016

Rebecca Ann Sellers Spann Key, 70, of Icard, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2016 at her residence following a period of declining health. Rebecca was born on August 25, 1945 in Catawba County to the late Bert Sellers and Mable Bumgarner Sellers. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Icard. Rebecca was known to her family and friends as a giver; whether it was from the kindness of her heart...
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Nellie James Miller

February 5, 1938 - June 23, 2016

Nellie James Miller, 78, of Hickory, passed away Thursday June 23, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Miller was born on February 5, 1938 in Catawba County to the late Richard James and Lula Sain James. She was retired from Neuville Industries, and was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her...
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Linda Haney Bailey

February 21, 1958 - June 21, 2016

Linda Kay Haney Bailey, 58, of Valdese, passed away on June 21, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM, at Hillcrest Cemetery, with Rev. Marvin Wiley officiating. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and...
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Marjorie Etta Sain

March 1, 1936 - June 18, 2016

Marjorie Etta Sain, 80, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Marjorie was born on March 1, 1936 in Burke County to the late Dorsey Sain and Clarice Hoyle Sain. She was a member of Warlick's Baptist Church. In addition tom her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Evelyn Hill. Survivors include...
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Ruby Fox Bumgarner

October 27, 1927 - June 17, 2016

Mrs. Ruby Fox Bumgarner, 78, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly reward on Friday June 17, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Bumgarner was born October 27, 1927 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Owen P. and Ida Jane Hall Fox. She was of the Baptist faith and retired from Century Furniture Co. In addition to...
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Wallace Rayvon Greene

July 2, 1931 - June 17, 2016

Mr. Wallace Rayvon Greene, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016, at his residence, following a period of declining health. Wallace was born on July 2, 1931 in Watauga County to the late Vonnie M. Greene and Essie Hendrix Greene. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in combat for two years during the Korean Conflict and for six years as a reservist following his...
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Leeuna "Biddle" Powell

January 23, 1934 - June 16, 2016

Mrs. Leeuna "Biddle" Nichols Powell, 82, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday June 16, 2016 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Powell was born January 23, 1934 in Graham County, a daughter of the late Luther and Florence Wright Nichols. Leeuna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a faithful member of Solid Rock Baptist Church. In addition to her...
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Lloyd Earl Williams, Jr.

February 4, 1980 - June 16, 2016

Lloyd Earl Williams, Jr., 36, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at his residences, following a period of declining health. Lloyd was born on February 4, 1980 in Douglas County, GA. He was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and was previously employed at Starlight Fish Camp. He was preceded in death by his adopted father, Ned Freeman. Survivors include his mother,...
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Wayne Farrell Wheeling

October 9, 1956 - June 16, 2016

Mr. Wayne Farrell Wheeling, 59, of Morganton, passed away peacefully at his residence on Thursday, June 16, 2016. Wayne was born October 9, 1956 in Burke County to the late Catherine Wheeling. He was retired from Valdese Weavers, where he worked for 30 years. Wayne loved to be outdoors hunting, fishing, camping, or being in the garden. He was a strong supporter of the NRA, enjoyed wood working...
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Dorothy Benfield Lunsford

September 7, 1930 - June 16, 2016

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Benfield Lunsford, 85, of Rhodhiss, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Dorothy was born on September 7, 1930 in Avery County to the late Joe Coleman Benfield and Fannie Carpenter Benfield. She was a member of Drowning Creek Baptist Church and loved traveling to the mountains and being in her flower...
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John Cleveland Perkins

June 14, 2016

Mr. John Cleveland Perkins, 75, of Morganton passed away Tuesday June 14, 2016 at CHSBR-Morganton following a short period of declining health. John was born April 27, 1941 in Burke County to the late Cleveland Richard Perkins and Maude Angeline Stillwell Perkins. He received his Doctorate in mathematical engineering from Clemson University and taught college courses in Sumter, SC for 35 years....
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Darryl Nathan Tomlinson

November 14, 1961 - June 14, 2016

Darryl Nathan Tomlinson, 54, of Connelly Springs passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at Wake Forest Baptist Health. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Calvary Memorial Gardens with Pastor Dennis Tomlinson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Celebrate Recovery at 2416 Zion Church Rd. Hickory, NC 28602. An online guestbook and...
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Mabel Billotte Anderson

June 16, 1928 - June 13, 2016

Mrs. Mabel Levina Billotte Anderson, 87, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Mabel was born on June 16, 1928 in Lacount Mills, PA to the late Alexander Billotte and Mary Miller Billotte. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded...
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Carol Sweet Minton

November 6, 1963 - June 12, 2016

Mrs. Carol Ann Sweet Minton, 52, of Granite Falls, passed away June 12, 2016, at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Carol was born November 6, 1963 in Catawba County to Everette Sweet Sr. and the late Sarah Belle Breeden Sweet. She was a faithful member of Bethlehem Church of God. She had a great love for baking cakes, attending cheerleading competitions, and...
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George "Major V" Vessell

January 8, 1940 - June 12, 2016

Major George "Major V" Washington Vessell, 76, of Valdese, passed away June 12, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Major Vessell was born January 8, 1940 in Pahala, Hawaii County, Hawaii. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. George was a retired Major from the United States Army. During his career in the Army he was a highly decorated soldier earning the...
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Avery Joe Owenby

May 7, 1948 - June 10, 2016

Rev. Dr. Avery Owenby, 68, of Rutherford College went home to be with Jesus Friday, June 10, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Rev. Dr. Owenby was born May 7, 1948 in Nantahala, NC to the late Roy McKinley Owenby, Sr. and Gladys Dills Owenby. He was a preacher for 42 years and served churches in Virginia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. ...
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Linda Elaine Arney Miller

December 9, 1952 - June 9, 2016

Ms. Linda Elaine Arney Miller, 63, of Hickory passed away Thursday June 8, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mrs. Miller was born December 9, 1952 in Burke County to the late Marshall Arney and Lola Mae Davis Arney. She was a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church. She worked as a critical care assistant at St. Vincent Hospital and also worked at Drexel...
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