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George Lester Pyatte

May 28, 1937 - July 3, 2015

Mr. George Lester Pyatte, 78, of Valdese, died Friday July 3, 2015 at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Pyatte was born May 28, 1937 in Avery County, a son of the late Carl L. and Elberta Woody Pyatte. George was a member of High Peak Baptist Church and retired as cabinet room supervisor from Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. Surviving are his wife Shelba...
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James "Wimpy" Connelly

June 19, 1943 - July 3, 2015

Mr. James "Whimpy" Connelly, 72, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015, at his residence, following a period of declining health. James was born on June 19, 1943 in Burke County to the late Gaither Connelly and Gaylain Hawkins Connelly. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and a veteran of the US Army. James retired after 33 years of service with the Division of Prisons at...
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Govind Suryanarayana Sharma , M.D.

May 26, 1935 - July 2, 2015

Dr. Govind Suryanarayana Sharma, MD, 80, died Thursday July 2, 2015 at his residence, after a brief illness. He was born May 26, 1935 in India, a son of the late S. Govind and Nanjamma Sharma. Dr. Sharma was a self-employed medical doctor. Surviving are his wife Barbara Ann Moore Sharma of the home, two step-sons, Raj Bonifacius and family of Rejkavik, Iceland and Chuck Bonifacius and...
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Robert Clifton Pierce

December 3, 1981 - July 1, 2015

Mr. Robert Clifton Pierce, 33, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Robert was born on December 3, 1981 in Burke County to Albert Robertson and Debbie Lynn Pierce. He was previously employed in the construction business. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Dallas Winegardner, grandmother, Linda...
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David Calaway Hurst

December 9, 1927 - July 1, 2015

Mr. David Calaway Hurst, 87, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. David was born on December 9, 1927 in Burke County to the late John Jefferson Hurst and Laura Setzer Hurst. He was a member of the First Baptist Church Valdese and a veteran of the U. S. Army. David retired after 54 years of service at...
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Walter Harley Butler

January 27, 1935 - July 1, 2015

Mr. Walter Harley Butler, 80, of Valdese, passed away on July 1, 2015, at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, following a period of declining health. Walter was born on January 27, 1935 in Burke County to the late Coy Butler and Annie Lou Hoyle Butler. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a longtime member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and was retired from the Waldensian Bakery...
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Junior Billy Moore

October 22, 1926 - June 30, 2015

Junior Billy Moore, 88, of Hickory, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday June 30, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice, after a period of declining health. Mr. Moore was born October 22, 1926, in Burke County, to the late Columbus Moore and Maude Moore. He was a faithful member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his...
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Betty Hoyle Walker

September 4, 1938 - June 30, 2015

Mrs. Betty Hoyle Walker, 76, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday June 30, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center , Charlotte after a period of declining health. Mrs. Walker was born September 4, 1938 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Haywood and Iva Brittain Hoyle. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Betty was a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church, Morganton. ...
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Cynthia Elizabeth McCord Van Fleet

May 12, 1924 - June 29, 2015

Cynthia Elizabeth McCord Van Fleet went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday June 29, 2015 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mrs. Van Fleet was born May 12, 1924 in El Paso, Texas to the late Clarence McCord and Leanore Raymond McCord. She was a great provider, homemaker, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She enjoyed gardening and...
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Truette Herman Baird

May 9, 1926 - June 29, 2015

Mr. Truette Herman Baird, 89, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Truette was born on May 9, 1926 in Burke County to the late Joseph Lynn Baird and Ione Warlick Baird. He was a longtime member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, attended Western Carolina University and served in the Armed...
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Jessie Dugger

September 27, 1928 - June 29, 2015

Jessie Smith Dugger, 86, of Valdese, passed away Sunday June 28, 2015 after a period of declining health. Mrs. Dugger was born September 27, 1928 in Burke County to the late Marshall Smith and Corinna Wade Smith Wilson. She loved volunteering her time at Valdese Hospital and was a member of Friendship Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Billy...
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Guy Edward Cline

September 8, 1941 - June 28, 2015

Mr. Guy Edward Cline, 73, of Connelly Springs, died Sunday June 28, 2015 at Carolina Rehab of Burke after a period of declining health. Mr. Cline was born September 8, 1941 in Burke County, a son of the late Guy and Edna Shoup Cline. He retired as a woodcarving supervisor. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson Logan Cline and four brothers. Surviving are his...
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Walter David Link

July 16, 1916 - June 24, 2015

Walter David Link, 98, of Rutherford College, passed away Wednesday June 24, 2015. Mr. Link was born on July 16, 1916 in Caldwell County to the late James S. Link and Hester Williams Link. He was retired from GE Electric Company, and was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Bumgarner Link; three brothers,...
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James William Francis

October 14, 1931 - June 21, 2015

Retired Air Force Tech Sergeant James William Francis, affectionately known to most as Shay, 83, of Morganton, passed away on June 21, 2015, after a brief period of declining health. James was born October 14, 1931, in McDowell County, to the late John Edgar Francis and Catherine Elizabeth Owens Francis. He was a student of Olive Hill High School. He retired from the Air Force in 1974 after 24...
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Robert Mitchell "Bob" Belk

August 3, 1931 - June 21, 2015

Robert Mitchell "Bob" Belk, 83, of Valdese, was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Father's Day, June 21, 2015. Robert was born on August 3, 1931 in Union County to the late John and Mattie Belk. Robert devoted his life to his family, his church, and his friends. He honored his country through his service in the Korean War, retired from Central Telephone Company after 34 years...
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Billie Teeter Settlemyre

January 5, 1945 - June 17, 2015

Mrs. Billie Ann Teeter Settlemyre, 70, of Mt. Airy, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at the Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, NC following a brief battle with cancer. Born on January 5, 1945 in Charlotte, NC to the late Thomas Edward Teeter and Marion Stancil Teeter, she grew up in the Hickory Grove area and later moved to Hickory, NC where she met the love of her life, Paul K. Settlemyre,...
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Richard Lee Bumgarner

August 8, 1946 - June 17, 2015

Mr. Richard Lee Bumgarner, 68, of Morganton, passed away Wednesday June 17, 2015 at his residence. Mr. Bumgarner was born August 8, 2015 in Burke County to the late Willard Bumgarner and Lillian Carswell Bumgarner. He worked as a dormitory director at the North Carolina School for the Deaf. Survivors include his wife Frances Martin Bumgarner of Morganton; daughter, Cindy Bumgarner of...
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Gail Wade Stilwell

February 3, 1935 - June 16, 2015

Mrs. Gail Elizabeth Wade Stilwell, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at Brian Center Viewmont, following a period of declining health. Gail was born on February 3, 1935 in Burke County to the late Frank Wade and Lillian Ballew Wade. She was a longtime and faithful member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and was employed for many years as a waitress. In addition to...
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Joe Bradshaw

October 27, 1938 - June 14, 2015

Mr. Bobby Joe Bradshaw, 76, of Morganton passed away Sunday June 14, 2015 at Mission Hospital in Asheville following a period of declining health. Mr. Bradshaw was born October 27, 1938 in Avery County to the late John Wesley Bradshaw and Margaret Elafair Bradshaw. He was a member of Brookwood Baptist Church. He was self employed as a diesel mechanic. In addition to his parents he was...
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Joe Glenn Hoyle

June 26, 1934 - June 13, 2015

Mr. Joe Glenn Hoyle, 80, of Morganton passed away Saturday June 13, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Mr. Hoyle was born June 26, 1934 in Burke County to the late Haywood Julius Hoyle and Iva Brittain Hoyle. He worked as a store owner. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one grandson, Scott Hoyle; sister, Prue Dudgon; and brother, Ralph Hoyle. Survivors include his...
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Charles Truette Causby

June 19, 1930 - June 8, 2015

Mr. Charles Truette Causby, 84, of Valdese went home to be with the Lord, and his loving wife of 59 years, in his heavenly home on Monday June 8, 2015. Mr. Causby was born June 19, 1930 in Burke County to the late Arthur Causby and Floy Prince Causby. He worked at J.P. Stevens and retired from Alba Waldensian working as a HVAC technician. He was a member at Waldensian Presbyterian Church. He...
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Lora Honeycutt Turner

June 18, 1923 - June 8, 2015

Mrs. Lora Honeycutt Turner, 91, of Valdese passed away Monday June 8, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Turner was born June 18, 1923 in Yancey County to the late Jeter Honeycutt and Cora Honeycutt. She worked as a CNA at Autumn Care in Drexel and also worked in home healthcare before retiring at age 77. Mrs. Turner was of the Baptist faith. ...
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Alvin Wayne Hudson

January 14, 1953 - June 7, 2015

Mr. Alvin Wayne Hudson, 62, of Morganton passed away Sunday June 7, 2015 at Carolina Healthcare Blue Ridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Mr. Hudson was born January 14, 1953 in Cleveland County to the late Cletus Hudson and Vernie Chapman Hudson. Mr. Hudson worked as a roofer before retiring. Survivors include his daughter Tammy Marie Bollinger and husband Ricky Lee...
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John Joseph "Jack" McCloskey

March 14, 1939 - June 7, 2015

John Joseph "Jack" McCloskey, 76, of Morganton, NC passed away Sunday June 7, 2015 at home with his wife following a long struggle with Parkinson's Disease. Mr. McCloskey was born on March 14, 1939 in Blakely, PA to the late Clarence McCloskey and Helen Ruane McCloskey. He was a CPO in the United States Marines, serving 6 years in the reserves. He graduated from the University of Scranton and...
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Zettie Chapman Hunt

February 12, 1925 - June 6, 2015

Mrs. Zettie Chapman Hunt, 90, of Hickory, went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday June 6, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Hunt was born February 12, 1925 in Cleveland County, a daughter of the late Charlie and Zillie Hudson Chapman. Mrs. Hunt was a member of Warlick's Baptist Church and retired from Carolina Mills. Zettie was always known as a hard...
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Jerry Reed Rhyne

January 25, 1943 - June 5, 2015

Mr. Jerry Reed Rhyne, 72, of Valdese, died Friday June 5, 2015 at Carolinas Health Care System Blue Ridge, Morganton. Mr. Rhyne was born January 25, 1943 in Burke County, a son of Hal and Megan Hughes Rhyne of Valdese. He was employed as a millwright and traveled all over the world with Daniels Construction Co. for a number of years and later retired from Leviton Southern Devices. ...
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Terrell Scott Kiser

January 24, 1956 - June 4, 2015

Mr. Terrell Scott Kiser, 59, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with Jesus and his "Momma", on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Terrell was born on January 24, 1956 in Catawba County to Garland Harvey Kiser and the late Reba Sigmon Kiser. He was a beloved son, uncle, nephew and brother, and a great friend to many. Terrell...
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John Thomas Helms

April 20, 1922 - May 31, 2015

John Thomas Helms, age 93, of Valdese, passed away May 31, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following two years of declining health at Black Mountain Neuro-Medical Treatment Center. John Helms was born April 20, 1922, the son of the late Thomas and Anne Huskin Helms of the Bridgeport Community in Burke County. He attended grade school at South Mountain Institute and Drexel High School. ...
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Ralph McLee Duncan

October 8, 1925 - May 29, 2015

Ralph McLee Duncan, 89, of Connelly Springs, passed away Friday May 29, 2015 at Shaire Center of Lenoir following a period of declining health. Mr. Duncan was born on October 8, 1925 in Caldwell County to the late David Lester Duncan and Emma Elizabeth Garmon Duncan. He was a United States Veteran serving in the Marine Corps during World War II. He was a member of the N.C. Marine Corps League,...
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Donald Gene McMahan

April 23, 1948 - May 29, 2015

Mr. Donald Gene McMahan, 67, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Donald was born in Yancey County on April 23, 1948. He was a member of Coming Home Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed as a truck driver for IFH/PFG. He was the loving husband of Nancy Cook McMahan of Connelly...
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Carolyn Ruth Sides

November 4, 1952 - May 28, 2015

Carolyn Ruth Farris Sides, 62, of Hickory passed away Thursday May 28, 2015 at her residence. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Monday June 1, 2015 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Rev. Shane Higginbotham officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00-2:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. An online guestbook and obituary is...
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Dallas Ray Propst

February 5, 1944 - May 28, 2015

Mr. Dallas Ray Propst, 71, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the Veterans Hospice of the VA Medical Center in Asheville, after several years of declining health. Ray was born in Burke County on February 5, 1944 to the late Willie McCoy Propst, Sr. and Viola Walker Propst. Ray attended Pilot Mountain Elementary School, Salem High School and Lenoir Rhyne University. While...
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Tony Clyde Berry

February 6, 1961 - May 28, 2015

Mr. Tony Clyde Berry, 54, of Drexel, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday May 28, 2015. Mr. Berry was born on February 6, 1961 in Burke County to Betty Powell Berry and the late Clyde Wilson Berry. He was employed by Beocare in the dye house. Survivors include his mother, Betty Berry; two sisters, Donna Russo of Granite Falls and her children Tara Campbell, Chelsea Grzeslo, and Travis Grzeslo;...
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Alvin Vernon Crawford, Sr.

May 8, 1934 - May 18, 2015

Mr. Alvin Vernon Crawford, Sr., 81, of Hickory, died Monday May 18, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. No Services are planned at this time. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is assisting the Crawford Family.
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Judith Kathryn Wilkie

July 31, 1940 - May 17, 2015

Mrs. Judith Kathryn Wilkie, 74,of Valdese, died Sunday May 17, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Wilkie was born July 31, 1940 in Catawba County the daughter of the late Bert Robert and Mable Bumgarner Sellers. She retired as a seamstress from Alba-Waldensian, Inc. and Kings Hosiery Mill after many years of service. In...
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Calvin LeRoy Huffman

October 5, 1926 - May 17, 2015

Calvin LeRoy Huffman, 88, of Connelly Springs, passed away Sunday May 17, 2015 at Carolina Rehab of Burke following a period of declining health. Mr. Huffman was born on October 5, 1926 in Burke County to Wade Huffman and Isabelle Smart Huffman. He was a United States Army Veteran proudly serving his country during World War II. He was a member and Past Master of Lovelady Masonic Lodge #670, a...
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Scottie Lee Walker

January 10, 1966 - May 16, 2015

Scottie Lee Walker, 49, of Morganton, passed away Saturday May 16, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Walker was born on January 10, 1966 in Burke County to Annie Hudson Walker and the late Charles Lee Walker. He was formerly employed with E.J. Victor in the finishing department, and was a member of Zion Road Baptist Church. Survivors...
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Crystal Gail Terry

November 5, 1991 - May 15, 2015

Crystal Gail Terry, 23, of Hickory, died Friday May 15, 2015 at her residence after a brief illness. Crystal was born November 5, 1991 in Catawba County a daughter of Teresa Terry Rodriguez and the late Timothy W. McMahan. She was employed in the restaurant industry. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her great grandfather Lilburn Taylor Terry, and grandmother Mamie Lou...
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Sally Beatrice "Bea" Brittain

November 20, 1931 - May 15, 2015

Mrs. Sally Beatrice "Bea" Brittain, 83, of George Hildebrand went to her Heavenly Home on Friday May 15, 2015 at CHC-BRHC, Morganton, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Brittain was born November 20, 1931 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Walter and Lola Rudisill Childers. "Bea" was a faithful member of Philadelphia Baptist Church, active in the Willing Workers group, and a...
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Frances "Lib" Elizabeth Warlick

December 31, 1926 - May 15, 2015

Frances "Lib" Elizabeth Warlick, 88, of Valdese passed away Friday May 15, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Lib was born December 31, 1926 in Burke County to the late Walter Max Warlick and Mary Agnes Orr Warlick. She was a devoted Christian and of the Baptist faith. She retired from Alba Waldensian as a mail carrier. Survivors include her...
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Joey Dean Bradshaw

December 21, 1955 - May 14, 2015

Mr. Joey Dean Bradshaw, 59, of Vale, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Joey was born on December 21, 1955 in Catawba County to Dolly Brittain Bradshaw and the late Sidney Bradshaw. He faithfully attended Mt. View Baptist Church #1 and was employed as a delivery truck driver for ABF Trucking. He was a quiet and humble man who loved the Lord, his family and friends and was always there for...
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Freddie Starr

October 14, 1951 - May 13, 2015

Mr. Freddie Norman Starr, 63, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday May 15, 2015 at Carolinas Health Care System-Morganton, following a period of declining health. Freddie was born on October 14, 1951 in Catawba County to the late James Starr and Argie Wilson Starr. He was formerly employed by Synthetic Finishing and was an avid fisherman and cyclist. Survivors include an aunt, Alma...
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Mary Carolyn Smith

May 31, 1932 - May 11, 2015

Carolyn Parlier Smith, 82, of Valdese left this world for her Heavenly home on Monday May 11, 2015 following a period of declining health. A native of Avery County, she was born May 31, 1932, the daughter of the late John L. and Lena Storey Parlier, Sr. Carolyn graduated from Cranberry High School in Avery County and was a graduate of Steede Technical Institute in Elizabethton, TN. She was...
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James "Tuda" Anthony Horton

March 11, 1972 - May 10, 2015

Mr. James "Tuda" Anthony Horton, 43, of Lenoir, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 10, 2015. James was born on March 11, 1972 in Caldwell County to Marietta Davis Lipford and Rubin Patterson, Sr. He was a member of the First Church of God Lenoir and was previously employed at Bernhardt and Thomasville Furniture. James enjoyed motorcycle riding and was known as a talented drawer and...
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Perry Robert Huffman

August 26, 1964 - May 5, 2015

Mr. Perry Robert Huffman, 50, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday. May 5, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Perry was born on August 26, 1964 in Burke County to the late Perry Albert Huffman and Beulah Rector Huffman. He was formerly employed in the sawmill and lumber industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother,...
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Mary Graves Lawing

May 1, 1927 - May 4, 2015

Mrs. Mary Graves Lawing, 88,of Hildebran, went to her Heavenly Home on Monday May 4, 2015 after a brief illniss. Mrs. Lawing was born May 1, 1927 in Spartanburg, S.C. a daughter of the late Edwin and Dewey Fleming Graves. She was a graduate of Spartanburg High School and Cecils Business School. Mary taught school in Wilson and Raleigh, NC, Memphis, TN and served as the financial advisor at...
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Steve James Dellinger

July 30, 1968 - May 2, 2015

Steve James Dellinger, 46, of Morganton, passed away Saturday May 2, 2015 at Carolinas Medical 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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Carroll "Bud" "Shorty" Barnes

February 17, 1933 - May 1, 2015

Carroll "Bud" "Shorty" Adrian Barnes, 82 of Valdese went to be with his heavenly father on Friday, May 1, 2015 at his home following a period of declining health. Mr. Barnes was born February 17, 1933 in Burke County, a son to the late Clyde Barnes and Ida Winebarger. He was a faithful member of Calvary Freewill Baptist Church and retired from Lexington Furniture at the age of 65. Bud was a...
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Calvin Metcalf

September 8, 1924 - May 1, 2015

Calvin Metcalf, 90, of Valdese, died Friday May 1, 2015. Born September 8, 1924 in Asheville he was the son of Joseph Edward and Vera Mae Metcalf. He grew up in West Asheville and the Avery's Creek community of Henderson County. In additon to his parents, his beloved wife Ruth and daughter Dianne Owen preceded him in death. Also his son-in-law John T. Lowman, brothers Hoy and Harvey Metcalf, a...
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Sharon Whisnant Hayman

October 3, 1948 - April 30, 2015

Sharon Rachel Whisnant Hayman, 66, of Vale, NC passed away Thursday April 30, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, after a period of declining health. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Vergie Paige Johnson

September 20, 1917 - April 28, 2015

Vergie Paige Johnson, 97, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday April 28, 2015 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Johnson was born September 20, 1917 in Burke County to the late Noah Paige and Minnie Franklin Paige. She was a member at Burke Chapel United Methodist Church. She also worked in the cafeteria at George Hildebran High School. In addition to her parents, Mrs....
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Arthur Wayne Lail

October 4, 1947 - April 28, 2015

Arthur Wayne Lail, 67, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with the Lord of Tuesday April 28, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Lail was born on October 4, 1947 in Burke County to the late Darling Odell Lail and Nettie Hildebran Lail. He was a retired truck driver with Consolidated Freight and was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church. In...
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Harold "Bill" Eugene Smith, Sr.

February 6, 2015 - April 27, 2015

Harold Eugene "Bill" Smith Sr., 87, of Rutherford College, passed away Monday April 27, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Smith was born February 6, 1928 in Caldwell County to the late Mr. James Arthur Smith and Mrs. Daisey Kaylor Smith. He was a member at Rutherford College First Baptist Church. He retired from Corning where he worked as a...
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Norma Faye Powell Butler

July 29, 1947 - April 26, 2015

Mrs. Norma Faye Butler, 67 of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday April 26, 2015 at Grace Heights Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Butler was born July 29, 1947 in Burke County, the daughter of Dorothy Lingerfelt Trammell and the late James Bud Powell. She was a active member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and a former member and fellowship committee member of...
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Randy Poston

July 10, 1956 - April 26, 2015

Mr. Randy Howard Poston, 58, of Granite Falls, passed away on Sunday, April 26 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Randy was born on July 10, 1956 in Mecklenburg County to the late Jesse Poston and Gaynall Poston. Mr. Poston is survived by his wife Peggy Tolbert Poston of the home, one daughter Jessica Kelly Poston Lofton and husband Noah of Tryon, NC; ...
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Irene Kiser Queen

July 26, 1921 - April 25, 2015

Mrs. Irene Kiser Queen, 93, of Icard, went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Carolina Rehab Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Queen was born July 26, 1921 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Roland and Viola Taylor Kiser. Irene was a faithful and lifelong member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, retired from Alba-Waldensian as a knitter after many years of...
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Mildred Lois Little Martin

August 4, 1920 - April 24, 2015

Mrs. Mildred Lois Martin, 94, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday April 24, 2015 at Autumn Care Nursing Center. Mrs. Martin was born August 4, 1920 in Chilton County, AL. a daughter of the late Henry and Catherine Golden Little. She was as loving wife, mother and homemaker and retired as manager of Sylvon Towers in Sylacauga, AL. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her...
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Robert Lee Anderson

September 13, 1933 - April 24, 2015

Robert Lee Anderson, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away Friday April 24, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a brief illness. Mr. Anderson was born on September 13, 1933 in Catawba County to the late William Harvey Anderson and Flossie Lindsay Anderson. He was a retired truck driver with Dana Corporation, and was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents he is preceded in...
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Edward Lawrence Hollifield

October 13, 1946 - April 23, 2015

Mr. Edward Lawrence Hollifield, 68, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at his residence. Edward was born on October 13, 1946 in Mitchell County to the late Lawrence Edward Hollifield and Mary Vera Branch Hollifield. He was a truck driver for 32 years and retired from Underwood and Weld Trucking in Spruce Pine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a...
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Bobby Lee Walker, Sr.

April 19, 1938 - April 23, 2015

Mr. Bobby Lee Walker, Sr., 77, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, April 23 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, following a brief illness. Bob was born on April 19, 1938 in Burke County to Kathleen Goins Walker and the late Leander Augustus Walker. He was a graduate of both Mars Hill University, where he played varsity baseball as well as a graduate of East Carolina University. He...
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Louise Propst Abernathy

October 26, 1918 - April 22, 2015

Mrs. Louise Propst Abernethy, 96, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Louise was born on October 26, 1918 in Burke County to the late Doc Propst and Emma Stillwell Propst. She was a former Sunday School teacher and a current member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Hickory, and was retired from the J. Iverson...
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Nellie Faye Norman Kimbrell

May 26, 1940 - April 19, 2015

Nellie Faye Kimbrell, 74, of Morganton, passed away Sunday April 19, 2015 at Grace Heights Health and Rehab Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Kimbrell was born May 26, 1940 in Burke County to the late John Dixon Norman and Martha Watts Norman. She was a member at Mulls Grove Baptist Church. She worked as a housekeeper at Grace Ridge in Morganton, NC. In addition to her...
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Thelma Louise Stamey Carswell

April 7, 1936 - April 19, 2015

Mrs. Thelma Louise Carswell, 79, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday April 19, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Carswell was born April 7, 1936 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Avery and Cannie Franklin Stamey. She was a faithful and active member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church, and enjoyed working in her flower...
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Betty Humphries Warlick

August 4, 1931 - April 17, 2015

Mrs. Betty Humphries Warlick, 83,of Rutherford College, died Friday April 17, 2015 at The Select Specialty Hospital, Winston-Salem, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Warlick was born August 4, 1931 in Buncombe County, to the late J.C. Humphries, Sr. and Elizabeth Young Humphries. She was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and...
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Kenneth Ray Yoder

July 10, 1937 - April 16, 2015

Kenneth Ray "Dude" Yoder, 77, of Hickory, NC passed away Thursday April 16, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a brief illness. Mr. Yoder was born July 10, 1937 in Catawba County to the late William McKinley Yoder and Thirsie Young Yoder. He was a member at Faith Olive Baptist Church and worked as a machinist for Burris Machine in Hickory. In addition to his parents he was preceded...
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Austin Lee Linder

January 18, 1995 - April 13, 2015

Austin Lee Linder, 20, of Hickory passed away Monday April 13, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a brief illness. Mr. Linder was born January 18, 1995 in Catawba County. He was a graduate of Bunker Hill High School and attended Catawba Valley Community College. Austin was an active volunteer in the community, receiving the Governor's Award for his work. He volunteered at Catawba...
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Beverly Dawn Kennedy Burris

June 10, 1965 - April 9, 2015

Mrs. Beverly Dawn Kennedy Burris, 49, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday April 9, 2015 at Mission Memorial Hospital after a long period of declining health. Mrs. Burris was born June 10, 1965 in Davidson County, to the late Omas Thomas Kennedy and June Wilson Huneycutt. She is survived by her husband Rodney Burris and daughter Amanda Dawn Burris. A memorial service will be held...
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Patsy Martin

April 14, 1938 - April 8, 2015

Ms. Patsy Belle Martin, 76, of Morganton, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Patsy was born in Burke County on April 14, 1938 to the late Lemuel Lon Martin and Mae Elmore Martin. She had a great love for animals, making people laugh, and working at the Bible Book Store in Morganton for 30 years....
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Peggy Benfield

October 6, 1927 - April 8, 2015

Mrs. Peggy Joyce Benfield, 87, of Morganton, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at her residence following a period of declining health. Peggy was born in Mitchell County on October 6, 1927 to the late W.H. Thomas and Georgia Bell Thomas. She was a life long member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Nebo and was considered by her family to be the All American Granny. She loved to...
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Phoebe Fulbright Penland

September 9, 1916 - April 7, 2015

Mrs. Phoebe Lucille Fulbright Penland, 98, of Icard, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Phoebe was born on September 9, 1916 in Catawba County to the late Charlie Franklin and Lemmie Caroline Abernathy Fulbright and was the beloved wife of the late William T. "Bill" Penland. She graduated from Hickory High School in...
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Bertha Icard Metsger

September 10, 1934 - April 7, 2015

Mrs. Bertha Icard Metsger, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Bertha was born in Burke County on September 10, 1934 to the late John Icard and Mae Stillwell Icard. She was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church and was a retired custodian with the Burke County Public School System. In addition...
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Trenton Dale Lingerfelt

August 18, 2011 - April 6, 2015

Master Trenton Dale Lingerfelt, 3, of Connelly Springs, went to his Heavenly Home on Monday April 6, 2015. Trenton was born August 18, 2011 in Buncombe County to Troy Lingerfelt and Heather Hudson of Connelly Springs. In addition to his parents he is survived by two sisters, Alyssa Holland and Triston Lingerfelt. Also surviving are his grandparents, Roger Lingerfelt and Pam Karr, Brenda...
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Karon Denise "Niecy" Young

May 9, 1959 - April 5, 2015

Karon Denise "Niecy" Young, 55, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Easter Sunday April 5, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Cecil and Annie Gertrude Hildebran Young. Niecy was a lifelong member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Connelly Springs, where she was a member of the choir and taught children in Vacation Bible School prior to her illness. She was a 1977 graduate...
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Grover Watson

June 24, 1938 - April 4, 2015

Grover Watson, 76, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday April 4, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Watson was born June 24, 1938 in Wilkes County to the late Melvin Watson and Nellie Whittington Watson. He was a member at Abee's Grove Baptist Church. He worked as a machinist at Century Furniture. In addition to his parents he is...
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Claire Nicholson Allen

August 1, 1928 - April 2, 2015

Mrs. Claire Theresa Nicholson Allen, 86, of Morganton, NC passed away on Thursday April 2, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care of Valdese, NC. Mrs. Allen was born on August 1, 1928 in New York, NY to the late Patrick Nicholson and Mary Kenley Nicholson. She retired as a cook from Watson Homestead located in Painted Post, NY. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her...
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Shane Joshua Deal

September 17, 1978 - April 1, 2015

Mr. Shane Joshua Deal, 36, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday April 1, 2015 at Mission Memorial Hospital, St. Joe's Campus, in Asheville, NC. Joshua was born September 17, 1978 in Burke County and was previously employed as a cook. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Hilda Deal. Survivors include his parents, Jimmie Alan Herman and Joy Carswell Herman of Connelly...
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Bill Alexander Bright

April 14, 1936 - March 31, 2015

Bill Alexander Bright, 78, of Valdese, died Tuesday March 31, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Valdese. Bill was born April 14, 1936 in Valdese, a son of the late Vance and Isabelle Amelie Salvageot Bright and the grandson of Hobert Salvageot, one of the founding group of emigrants to Valdese. After moving to Long View with his family in 1941, Bill graduated from Hickory High School...
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Ruby Clark Harris

January 23, 1948 - March 29, 2015

Mrs. Ruby Lee Clark Harris, 67, of Morganton died Sunday March 29, 2015 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Harris was born January 23, 1948 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Frank and Dolly Mae Singleton Clark. She retired form Henredon Furniture Co. Surviving are her husband, Henry Lee Harris, Sr. of the home, two sons, Larry Edward Harris and wife Sherri of...
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Lawrence Eugene Collins

March 31, 1934 - March 28, 2015

Mr. Lawrence Eugene Collins, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at his residence, surrounded by his caring family that loved him deeply. Lawrence was born on March 31, 1934 in Catawba County to the late Lloyd Collins and Carrie Deal Collins. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was retired from the hosiery industry, where he worked as a fixer for many years. ...
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Barbara "Bobbie Jack" Stamey

January 9, 1953 - March 27, 2015

Barbara "Bobbie Jack" Stamey, 62, of Valdese, died Friday March 27, 2015 at her residence after a period of declining health. Miss. Stamey was born January 9, 1953 in Wake County a daughter of the late James Stamey and Roberta Medlin Stamey Nicely. In additional to her parents she was preceded in death by her step-father, Melvin O. Nicely, her step-mother, Deloris Stamey and a nephew Roy...
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Maxine Reece Franklin

December 2, 1933 - March 26, 2015

Mrs. Maxine Levern Reece Franklin, 81, of Rutherford College, died Thursday March 26, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Franklin was born December 2, 1933 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Kelly McKinley and Julia Ann Brendle Reece and was a graduate of Drexel High School. Maxine was employed as a hairdresser for many years and...
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Janet Renee Brown

February 11, 1960 - March 24, 2015

Ms. Janet Renee Brown, 55, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the J. Iverson Riddle Center, following a period of declining health. Janet was born on February 11, 1960 in Iredell County to the late Thomas Atwell Brown and Leona Dyson Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Gloria Jean Brown and Nancy Jo Phillips. Surviving...
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Garland Fredrick Seagle

March 15, 1921 - March 24, 2015

Mr. Garland Fredrick Seagle. 94, of Connelly Springs passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Garland was born on March 15, 1921 in Loudon County, TN to the late Gus Seagle and Florence Watkins Seagle. He was a longtime member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Garland was retired from...
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Jack H. Poole

October 26, 1931 - March 23, 2015

Mr. Jack H. Poole, 83, of Valdese, went to his heavenly home on Monday March 23, 2015 after a period of declining health. Mr. Poole was born October 26, 1931 in Mecklenburg County, a son of the late Johnny David and Minnie earl Poole. Jack was a faithful member of East Valdese Baptist Church serving as deacon, deacon chairman, Sunday School teacher and a member of numerous committees for many...
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Martha Vivian Penland

July 16, 1937 - March 23, 2015

Mrs. Martha Vivian Penland, 77, of Icard passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015, following a period of declining health. Born on July 16, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Carroll W. Bostain and Nancy Moose Bostain, and the beloved wife of the late Tony Hampton Penland. Following her graduation from Hildebran High School, she lived in Flint, MI for nine years before returning to Burke...
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Lessie Stokes Berry

October 10, 1917 - March 22, 2015

Mrs. Lessie Stokes Berry, 97, of Connelly Springs, died Sunday March 22, 2015 at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Mrs. Berry was born October 10, 1917 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Agusto and Cora Lee Greene Stokes. She was member of Mt.Harmony United Methodist Church and retired from Alba-Waldensian, inc. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by...
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Eugene Frank Zampella

February 17, 1949 - March 21, 2015

Eugene Frank Zampella, 66, of Hickory, passed away Saturday March 21, 2015 at his residence. No services will be held locally. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Glenville Funeral Home in Scotia, N.Y. (518) 399-1630.
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Merle Hanna

January 28, 1949 - March 21, 2015

Merle Gibson Hanna, 66, of Asheville, NC passed away Saturday March 21, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Asheville, NC after a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday March 22, 2015 at Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory in Valdese, NC. The family will receive friends following the service. An online guestbook and obituary is available at...
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Jeanne Ellen Burton

April 6, 1945 - March 19, 2015

Mrs. Jeanne Burton, 69, of Nebo, NC died Thursday March 19,2015 at her home surrounded by her family. Jeanne was born April 6, 1945 in Sydney, N.Y. daughter of Fannie Wright Dean Feuerherm and the late Clarence Dean. Surviving in addition to her mother are her loving husband of 50 years, Jon H. Burton , three daughters, Terri Wagner (Doug) of Phoenix, NY, Kelly Sweeting (Peter) of Roscoe,...
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David Lee Rust, Sr.

May 18, 1930 - March 19, 2015

David Lee Rust, Sr., 84, of Valdese, passed away Thursday March 19, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Rust was born on May 18, 1930 in Durham County to the late Phillip Anthony Rust and Emma Gemamie Cook Rust. He was in the 315th SIG construction battalion with the U.S. Army in Germany after World War II. He retired from the Town of Valdese in...
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Dona Cheryl Orders

July 17, 1945 - March 18, 2015

Mrs. Dona Cheryl Miller Orders, 69, of Drexel, passed away Wednesday March 18, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Orders was born July 17, 1945 in Burke County to the late Harold Charles Miller and Mavis Yount Miller. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church where she was a secretary and taught Sunday School. She was past president...
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Jack Earl Willis

August 12, 1929 - March 18, 2015

Jack Earl Willis, 85, of Valdese, was a beloved son, brother, father, and proud grandfather who loved his family, church, and community, passed away Wednesday March 18, 2015 at Carolina Rehab of Burke following a period of declining health. Mr. Willis was born on August 12, 1929 in Mitchell County to the late Rev. Thomas Jefferson Willis and Lena Bartlett Willis, the oldest of 7 children. He was...
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Flora Martin Fowler

July 3, 1918 - March 16, 2015

Mrs. Flora Martin Fowler, 96, of Valdese, went to her heavenly home on Monday March 16, 2015 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Fowler was born July 3, 1918 in Burke County a daughter of the late Arb and Ritte Franklin Martin. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Arvin Fowler and a daughter, Linda Kay Fowler. She was a member of Bollinger...
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Jimmy Lee Howard

February 12, 1938 - March 15, 2015

Mr. Jimmy Lee Howard, 77, of Connelly Springs Passed away on March 11, 2015 at his residence, after a period of declining health. He was born February 12, 1938 in Marion County TN, a son of the late Van and Inez Bryant Howard. He was retired from Drexel Furniture Co. and an active member of Smarts Grove Baptist Church. Jimmy was a very talented guitar player, having played with several...
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Ruhama Barlow Smith

May 13, 1933 - March 13, 2015

Mrs. Ruhama Barlow Smith, 81, of La Follette, TN, formerly of Morganton, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Cumberland Village Healthcare, following a period of declining health. Ruhama was born on May 13, 1933 in Yancey County to the late Oscar Bradford and Ida May Randolph. She was employed and retired from Premiere Hosiery after many years of service. In addition to her parents, she...
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Mary Lena Taylor

June 20, 1925 - March 13, 2015

Mrs. Mary "Lena" Taylor, 89, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with the Lord Friday March 13, 2015 at her residence. Mrs. Taylor was born June 20, 1925 in Burke County to the late Ernest E. and Lila Hildebrand Stroupe. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker. In addition to her parents, she is proceeded in death by her husband Harvey Taylor, daughter Dixie Rae Mills, a...
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James Hugh Fletcher

April 29, 1929 - March 11, 2015

James Hugh Fletcher, 85, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, after a period of declining health. He was born April 29, 1929, in Forest City, NC, the son of Troy Lafayette Fletcher, Sr. and Jessie Geneva Beddingfield Fletcher. He graduated from Drexel High School in 1947 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in...
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Julius "Rosie" Howell

January 20, 1943 - March 11, 2015

Mr. Julius David "Rosie" Howell went to his heavenly reward on Wednesday March 11, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a brief illness. Mr. Howell was born January 20, 1943 in Burke County a son of the late Roosevelt and Alice Beaver Howell. He was a member of the Drexel First Church of God and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was formerly employed with...
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Verita Hildebran Smith

May 16, 1940 - March 10, 2015

Mrs. Verita Hildebran Smith, 74, of Granite Falls, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Verita was born in Burke County to the late Ivey Allen "Dick" Hildebran and Velvia Lowman Hildebran. She was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church on Connelly Springs Rd. and worked as the church secretary for Rhodhiss Baptist Church. Verita...
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Sidney Howard Beck

March 19, 1937 - March 8, 2015

Mr. Sidney Howard Beck , 78, of Morganton, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord Sunday March 8, 2015 at the John Kever Solace Center in Asheville. Mr. Beck was born March 19, 1937 in Burke County to the late John William Beck and Virginia Acuff. He was a Veteran of the United States Navy and a volunteer firefighter at Drexel Fire Department . He also worked thirty years at the Sunbeam...
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