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Charles Gilbert Huffman, Jr.

March 8, 1943 - June 17, 2018

Mr. Charles Gilbert Huffman, Jr., 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away Sunday June 17, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Mr. Huffman was born March 8, 1943 in Burke County, a son to the late Charles Gilbert and Lula Smith Huffman. He was retired from Fiber and Yarn Products and a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church. He was an avid gardener, birdwatcher...
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Kenneth Lane

January 5, 1955 - June 17, 2018

Mr. Kenneth Lane, 63, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Kenneth was born on January 5, 1955 in Lumberton, NC to the late J.D. Lane and Evelyn Lane. He was formerly employed as a car salesman. Kenneth loved the outdoors, playing golf and fishing ,especially around the Lake James area. He also enjoyed...
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Sanford Paul Clark

August 2, 1934 - June 16, 2018

Mr. Sanford Paul Clark, 83, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at his residence, following a period of declining health. He is survived by his wife and four children. A private memorial service will be held at a later date by the family. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is...
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George Benjamin Crane

January 25, 1953 - June 15, 2018

Mr. George Benjamin Crane, 65, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018 at his residence following a period of declining health. George was born January 25, 1953, in Burke County to Ruby Greene Setzer and the late George Washington Crane. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his daughters, Kathy Merrell, Tina Hildebran, and Crystal Jones. Survivors include...
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Walter Harrison Lowman, Jr.

December 1, 1933 - June 15, 2018

Mr. Walter "H" Harrison Lowman Jr., 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Walter was born on December 1, 1933 in Burke County to the late Walter Lowman Sr., and Bessie Martin Lowman. He was a longtime member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Connelly Springs and was retired from Century...
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Betty Jean Williams

May 29, 1941 - June 13, 2018

Mrs. Betty Jean Williams, 77, of Connelly Springs, passed away Wednesday June 13, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Betty was born May 29, 1941 in Caldwell to the late James Arthur Bumgarner and Cora Lorena Kirby Bumgarner. She was a member at Wild Wood Advent Christian Church and worked as a boarder at Robinson Hosiery Mill. In addition to her...
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Frances Lowman Young

June 21, 1938 - June 11, 2018

Mrs. Frances Lowman Young, 79, of Hildebran passed away Monday, June 11, 2018, at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Frances was born June 21, 1938, in Catawba County, to the late Clinton L. Lowman and Sallie Smith Lowman. She worked in the furniture business for many years and was an extraordinary seamstress. Frances was a loving wife to her husband for 51 years...
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Lila Elizabeth Burgess Burney

March 2, 1922 - June 11, 2018

Mrs. Lila Elizabeth Burgess Burney, 96, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the home of her faithful caregivers, Karen, Ken and Kristen Gath, following a period declining health. Born in Sunburst, NC on March 2, 1922, she was the second of three children of the late Floyd and Sara Walker Burgess. Floyd was a logger who moved his family around the Smoky Mountains, finally...
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Lowell "Tom" Thomas Powell

March 13, 1932 - June 10, 2018

Lowell "Tom" Thomas Powell, 86, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Tom was born March 13, 1932, in Burke County to the late Lewis Scott Powell and Sally Crump Powell. He was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church where he served as a usher. Tom enjoyed playing golf, bowling, shooting pool, and...
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John J. White

July 29, 1927 - June 9, 2018

Rev. John J. White, 90, of Hildebran, NC passed away Saturday June 9, 2018 at his home, following a period of declining health. John was born July 29, 1927 in Pelzer, SC to the late John White and Dolly Conner . He was a minister for 45 years. He was a pastor of The Church of God of the Union Assembly in Icard and also in North Wilkesboro. John was a veteran of the US Air Force and served...
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Herbert Joseph Griffin

March 27, 1927 - June 9, 2018

Mr. Herbert Joseph Griffin, 89, of Valdese passed away Saturday June 9, 2018 at Carolina Health Care System Blue Ridge Morganton following a period of declining health. Herbert was born March 27, 1929 in Burke County to the late William Henry Griffin and Marvin Dagenhardt Griffin. He was a US Army Veteran serving in the Korean War. Following his time in the service, he owned his own grocery...
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Trae Montana Ward

June 1, 1995 - June 8, 2018

Trae Montana Ward, 23, of Morganton ascended in to his heavenly home on Friday, June 8, 2018. Trae was born June 1, 1995 in Burke County to Tracy Ward and the late Pamela Renee Ward. He was a member at Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church and worked at Saft in Valdese. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his girlfriend Brianna Stamey. Those left to cherish his memory...
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Pamela Renee Patterson Ward

October 9, 1960 - June 8, 2018

Pamela Renee Patterson Ward, 57, of Morganton, departed this life for her heavenly home on Friday June 8, 2018. Ms. Ward was born on October 9, 1960 in McDowell County to the late Ralph and Hope Patterson. She was a weaver in the textile industry and was a member of Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son, Trae Montana Ward. ...
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Sylvia Jean Ward

January 6, 1948 - June 8, 2018

Mrs. Sylvia Jean Ward, 70, of Rutherford College passed away Friday, June 8, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center following a period of declining health. Sylvia was born January 6, 1948 in Mitchell County to Gladys Allen Wilson and the late Herman James Wilson. She was a member of Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Lesley Hudson

October 23, 1932 - June 8, 2018

Lesley Hudson, 85, of Hickory passed away Friday June 8, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday June 11, 2018 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, officiating Rev. Marvin Wiley. Interment will follow at Wilkie's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:00-1:00 PM at Heritage...
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Daniel Eugene Day

June 10, 1938 - June 8, 2018

Mr. Daniel Eugene Day, 79, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Daniel was born on June 10, 1938 in Caldwell County to the late Walter Jones Day and Myrtle Keller Day. He was a retired cabinet maker in the furniture industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three children, Jeff and Dennis Day and Tracy...
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Barbara Francis Michaux

May 16, 1920 - June 6, 2018

Barbara Christine Francis Michaux, of McDonough Ga. Formerly of Morganton, died Wednesday June 6, 2018. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday June 16, 2018 at St. James Church of God, interment will follow at Shiloh AME Church in Morganton. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00-11:00 AM at St. James Church of God. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese...
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Tony Marvin Harris, Sr.

November 13, 1946 - June 6, 2018

Mr. Tony Marvin Harris, Sr., 71, of Claremont, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 following a period of declining health. Tony was born November 13, 1946 in Burke County, to the late Stuart Harris and Glennie Stroupe Harris. He worked as an electrician, but was known to be a "Jack of all Trades" as well. Tony loved to collect coins, work on puzzles, and watch the History and National...
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Roberta Jean Barnett Mansell

August 31, 1959 - June 5, 2018

Roberta Jean Mansell, 58, beloved mother, wife and sweetheart, of Valdese, North Carolina, went to be home with her Lord on June 5th, 2018. Born in New Hartford, NY to Florence E. Ingersoll Kahler and the late Robert L. Barnett, Roberta grew up in Dolgeville, NY eventually attending Pinecrest Bible Training Center. While raising two children, Roberta moved to Avoca, NY and took a position with...
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Myrtle Grindstaff Gouge

April 12, 1934 - June 5, 2018

Mrs. Myrtle Grindstaff Gouge, 84, of Icard, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Myrtle was born on April 12, 1934 in Avery County to the late Dock Willard Grindstaff and Nellie Gribble Grindstaff. She was a retired inspector in the hosiery industry and a longtime member of the Baptist faith. Myrtle's passion and joy in...
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Lillie Mae Munday Hutchins

May 23, 1928 - June 1, 2018

Mrs. Lillie Mae Munday Hutchins, 90, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018 at CHS-BR Morganton, following a period of declining health. Lillie Mae was born May 23, 1928, in Caldwell County, to the late Prater Munday and Janet Annas Munday. She was a member at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Hutchins; brother, JC...
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Glenda Spicer Calloway

November 16, 1939 - June 1, 2018

Mrs. Glenda Spicer Calloway, 78, of Granite Falls, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Glenda was born on November 16, 1939 in Caldwell County to the late William Howard Spicer and Lillian Finney Spicer. She was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker for her entire family. ...
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Stephen Wayne Robinette

November 11, 1957 - May 30, 2018


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Clyde Wayne Hoke

April 8, 1943 - May 29, 2018

Mr. Clyde Wayne Hoke, 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Clyde was born April 8, 1943, in Catawba County, to the late Glenn Wilson Hoke and Ruby Drum Hoke. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Bumgarner Hoke; daughter, Vivian Fulbright; sons, Wilson Hoke and Tim Hoke; grandchildren, Nicole...
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Elizabeth Reece Carswell

December 14, 1927 - May 29, 2018

Mrs. Elizabeth Reece Carswell, 90, of Drexel passed away on Tuesday May 29, 2018 at Trinity Ridge Health Care after a period of declining health. Mrs. Carswell was born December 14, 1927 in Burke County, a daughter of the late John Gordon and Annie Stamey Reece. She was a member of the Drexel Church of God and was formerly employed as the Clerk of the Town of Drexel and also worked at the...
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Jimmy Melton Smith

January 23, 1951 - May 29, 2018

Mr. Jimmy Melton Smith, 67, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday May 29, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center following a period of declining health. Jimmy was born January 23, 1951 in Burke County to Mrs. Lucille Childers Smith and the late Talmadge Smith. He graduated from Appalachian with a teaching degree and taught at Western Piedmont Community College for a number of years. Jim...
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William Arthur Branch

August 17, 1946 - May 29, 2018

Mr. William Arthur Branch, 71, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. William was born on August 17, 1946 in Burke County to the late, Albert Arthur Branch and Margaret Chapman Branch. He was retired from Broughton Hospital, where he worked in the housekeeping department for many years. In addition of his parents, he was...
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Charlie Vinay

April 19, 1921 - May 28, 2018

Mr. Charlie Vinay, 97, of Valdese, Passed away on Monday May 28, 2018 at Hickory Falls Health and Rehab. Center, Granite Falls, after a period of declining health. Mr. Vinay was born April 19, 1921 in Burke County a son of the late Henry and Lillie Lowman Vinay. He was a US Army Veteran during WW II, serving as a Master Sergeant in the South Pacific Theater. Charlie was a faithful member...
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John Wesley Gilchrist

March 8, 1964 - May 25, 2018

John Wesley Gilchrist, Jr. , 54, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly on Friday May 25, 2018. Mr. Gilchrist was born on March 8, 1964 in Guilford Co., NC to Barbara Greene Gilchrist and the late John Wesley Gilchrist, Sr. He was employed by Schneider Trucking, was a Volunteer Fireman with Grace Chapel Fire Department, and was a member of Tri-City Baptist Church. Survivors include his daughter,...
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Peggy Alice Woods

November 6, 1952 - May 25, 2018

Mrs. Peggy Alice Woods, 65, of Lenoir, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Peggy was born on November 6, 1952 in Caldwell County to the late John Woods and Wilma Crisp Woods. She was previously employed as a knitter in the textile industry. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at Burke...
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Donald Richard Simmons

November 30, 1944 - May 24, 2018

Mr. Donald Richard Simmons, 73, of Drexel, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Richard was born on November 30, 1944 in Avery County to the late Horace Simmons and Carleen Carpenter Simmons. He worked from the Town of Valdese until his retirement, and was a member of the Baptist faith. Richard loved God, his family, friends and...
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Hope Mayfield Seay

September 12, 1968 - May 22, 2018

Mrs. Hope Ann Mayfield Seay, 49, of Lenoir , passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at CHS-Blue Ridge Morganton, following a brief illness. Hope was born on September 12, 1968 in Burke County to Charles Alfred Mayfield and Betty Church Mayfield. She was previously employed as secretary with SAFT Industries. Surviving in addition to her parents, are two daughters, Heather Greer and Ashley Seay. ...
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Kenneth Ray Cook

March 15, 1947 - May 22, 2018

Mr. Kenneth Ray Cook, 71, of Hildebran, passed away on May 22, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Kenneth was born on March 15, 1947 in Caldwell County to the late Robert Daughton Cook and Jessie Church Cook. He was a retired finisher in the furniture industry. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Hebron Baptist...
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Cathy Garmon Helton

March 18, 1952 - May 22, 2018

Mrs. Cathy Loretta Garmon Helton, 66, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Cathy was born March 18, 1952, in Burke County, to the late Andrew Garmon and Betty Keller Garmon. She was a member at Oak Ridge Baptist Church, and was very active in various church activities. She is survived by her...
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David "Gene" Eugene Baker

September 9, 1944 - May 22, 2018

Mr. David "Gene" Eugene Baker, 73, of Connelly Springs, passed away, at home, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. David was born September 9, 1944 to the late William M. Baker and Ruth Whitener Baker. He worked as a diesel mechanic and loved hunting and Carolina basketball. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters. Survivors include his wife of 52 years,...
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Gladys Duckworth Harwell

October 17, 1930 - May 21, 2018

Mrs. Gladys Harwell, 87, of Connelly Springs passed away Monday, May 21, 2018 at Carolina Healthcare Center Blue Ridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Mrs. Harwell was born October 17, 1930 in Burke County, the daughter of the late William Dewey Duckworth and Rose Branch Duckworth. She was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. Gladys was a daughter, a sister, a wife, an...
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George Leon Smith

May 27, 1946 - May 21, 2018

Mr. George Leon Smith, 71, of Connelly Springs, NC passed away Monday, May 21, 2018 at Carolina Healthcare Center- Blue Ridge in Morganton. A funeral service will be held 11:00AM Thursday May 24, 2018 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with the Rev. Jerry Stines officiating. Interment will follow the service at Hillcrest Cemetery in Valdese. The family will receive friends prior to...
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David Lee Hallyburton

January 15, 1932 - May 18, 2018

Mr. David Lee Hallyburton, 86, of Rutherford College, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. David was born on January 15, 1932 in Caldwell County to the late William Frederick Hallyburton and Constance Hall Hallyburton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and was retired from Perkin-Elmer Aerospace in California. David also...
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Fannie Rosella Brittain Triplett

June 11, 1922 - May 18, 2018

Mrs. Fannie Rosella Brittain Triplett, 95, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday May 18, 2018 at College Pines Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Triplett was born June 11, 1922 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Baxter B. and Louwella Lail Brittain. she was a member of Winklers Grove Baptist Church and retired as a knitter from Neuville Hosiery Co. In...
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Patricia Young Mead

March 17, 1945 - May 17, 2018

Mrs. Patricia Ann Young Mead, 73, of Billings, MT, formerly of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at her home, following a three year battle with cancer. Patricia was born on March 17, 1945 in Cleveland County to the late William McKinley Young and Ollie Estelle Lindsay Young. Patricia is a 1963 graduate of George Hildebrand High School. She worked for Shawdowline...
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Mona Willis Powell

March 25, 1933 - May 17, 2018

Mrs. Mona Willis Powell, 85, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday May 17, 2018 at Shaire Center, Lenoir after a period of declining health. Mrs. Powell was born March 25, 1933 in Rutherford County, a daughter of the late Earl and Pearl Rumfelt Willis. Mona was a faithful and active member of Faith Community Church and retired as an administration assistant of Valdese General Hospital. In...
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Mildred Phillips Jonas

December 3, 1931 - May 16, 2018

Mrs. Mildred Phillips Jonas, 86, of Valdese passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Mildred was born on December 3, 1931 in Burke County to the late Marvin Stamey Moran Phillips and Bessie Franklin Phillips. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church Valdese and retired from Alba Waldensian Hosiery in 1992. In addition to her...
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Oscar Ervin Icard

August 19, 1935 - May 16, 2018

Mr. Oscar Ervin Icard, 82, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Ervin was born on August 19, 1935 in Burke County to the late Clarence Eugene Icard and Annie Abee Icard. He was a graduate of Valdese High School where he was proud member of the National Beta Club, a veteran of the U.S Army, where he was awarded the Certificate of Merit and...
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Linda Diane Franklin

June 20, 1953 - May 16, 2018

Mrs. Linda Diane Nail Franklin, 64, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at her residence, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on June 20, 1953 in Catawba County to Wilhelmina Brown Butner and the late Henry Lewis Nail. She was previously employed as a weaver in the textile industry. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a son, Chad Alan...
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William Bailey Mayfield, Jr.

July 3, 1950 - May 16, 2018

Mr. William Bailey Mayfield Jr., 67, of Morganton, passes away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his residence, following a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Rev. Ralph Shuffler officiating. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral...
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Dr. Frank Steele

February 6, 1935 - May 15, 2018

Dr. Frank Steele, 83, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly while on vacation, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Dr. Steele was born on February 6, 1935 in Boone, NC to the late John B. Steele and Lillian Steele. After graduation from Hickory High School, he acquired his undergraduate degree from Duke University and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy as a medical corpsman for four years. In 1966 he...
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Geraldine Evelyn Johnson

July 21, 1935 - May 15, 2018

Mrs. Geraldine Evelyn Johnson, 82, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Trinity Village Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Geraldine was born on July 21, 1935 in Camden, NJ to the late Edward Nelson Walker and Mary Jones Walker. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, and was a loving wife, mother and homemaker for her entire family. In...
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Lena Carol Jacumin Ogle

June 6, 1921 - May 14, 2018

Mrs. Lena Carol Jacumin Ogle, 96, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018, at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Lena was born June 6, 1921, in Burke County to the late Levi Jacumin and Martha Bennett Jacumin. She worked until the age of 75 at Pineburr Mill (Alba Waldensian Inc.). She then retired due to relocation of her department. Lena was a member...
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Joseph Burgin Franklin

June 8, 1945 - May 13, 2018

Mr. Joseph Burgin Franklin, 72, of Connelly Springs passed away Sunday May 13, 2018. He was born in Cleveland County on June 8, 1945 to the late Obie C. and Buna Mae Franklin. For most of his career he worked as a long distance truck driver, he retired from IFH in Hickory as a local truck driver. He enjoyed working outside gardening and sharing his vegetables with family and friends. Joseph...
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Carl Dean Bishop

January 28, 1939 - May 12, 2018

Mr. Carl Dean Bishop, 78, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday May 12, 2018 at Carolina Healthcare System- Blue Ridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Carl was born November 28, 1939 in McDowell County to the late Luther Bishop and Zula Sisk Bishop. He was a member at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. He loved the Lord and the company of his church family. Carl enjoyed his...
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Kenneth David Vest

August 7, 1964 - May 11, 2018

Mr. Kenneth David Vest, 53, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Kenneth was born August 7, 1964, in Summersville, West Virginia to the late Kenneth "Ray" Vest and Marian Wilson Vest. He was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church, where he faithfully attended. He loved and cherished the Lord and his...
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Betty Bollinger Bailey

August 23, 1934 - May 10, 2018

Mrs. Betty Bollinger Bailey, 83, of Morganton passed away Thursday May 10, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Betty was born August 23, 1934 in Burke County to the late Charles Eugene Bollinger and Ellie Mull Bollinger. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert...
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Peggy Tallant Hare

February 21, 1929 - May 9, 2018

Peggy Jean Tallant Hare, 89, of Hickory, departed this life to her heavenly home on Wednesday May 9th, 2018 at Catawba Regional Hospice after a short period of declining health. Her life began on Thursday February 21, 1929, the daughter to the late Wallace Tallant and the late Hattie Reynolds Tallant. Taught to read at the age of 3 by her older sister, the late Marjorie Tallant Nam, she began...
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Jannett Townsend Hefner

January 31, 1951 - May 9, 2018

Mrs. Jannett Townsend Hefner, 67, of Lenoir, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at her residence, following a period of declining health. Janett was born January 31, 1951, Burke County, to the late Christopher C. Townsend and Ollie M. Shoup Townsend. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Russell Townsend and...
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Donald Joseph Mench

September 4, 1932 - May 5, 2018

Mr. Donald Joseph Mench, 85, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Don was born on September 4, 1932 in Dayton, OH, to the late Theodore Mench and Frances Swallow Mench. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving for 21 total years, and a graduate of Dayton University. Don also enjoyed selling music records and other items, at...
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John Michael Camerlengo, Jr.

May 29, 1943 - May 4, 2018

John Michael Camerlengo, Jr., 74, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018 at CHS-Blue Ridge-Valdese. John was born on May 29, 1943 in Pittsfield, MA to the late John Camerlengo, Sr. and Alice Churchill Camerlengo. He was previously employed with General Electric as a design engineer in Massachusetts, before retiring as Director of Facilities with the Catholic Conference Center...
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Colene Cobb Thompson

October 7, 1922 - May 1, 2018

Colene Cobb Thompson was born on October 7, 1922 and passed away on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. Colene grew up on her family's Caldwell County farm and graduated from Hudson High School. She and husband Leonard Moore Thompson were long-time, active residents of Valdese and members of the First Baptist Church. Her legacy includes the establishment of Thompson Realty, a real estate and professional...
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Jeffrey Lynn Bradshaw

November 30, 1948 - April 30, 2018

Mr. Jeffrey Lynn Bradshaw, 69, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2018, at Carolina Rehab, following a period of declining health. The family will hold a private service at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Ford Jackson Leigh

December 10, 1920 - April 27, 2018

MORGANTON On Friday, April 27, 2018, Ford Jackson Leigh left his earthly home, slipping peacefully into his Heavenly one. He was born Dec. 10, 1920, to Henry Thomas Leigh and Luva Hicks Leigh. He is survived by four children, Sharon of Medford, Ore., Sylvia of Troutman, Jack and Debra, both of Oak Hill. He had eight grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-granddaughters. He...
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Harold Dean Young

March 17, 1938 - April 25, 2018

Mr. Harold Dean Young, 80, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Harold was born March 17, 1938, in Mitchell County, to the late Ralph Edward Young and Lela Bell Howell Young. Harold moved to Canton, OH in 1950 and attended Horace Mann and Canton McKinley High School. Harold served in the United States...
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Ronald Amzie Hudson

November 29, 1948 - April 24, 2018

Mr. Ronald Amzie Hudson, 69, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Gateway Nursing Center in Lenoir, following a period of declining health. Ronald was born on November 29, 1948 in Burke County to the late Edmund Joseph Hudson and Susan Young Hudson. He was a former member of the Connelly Springs United Methodist Church and received his Bachelors Degree in Elementary...
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Jerry Herbert Gibby

October 8, 1939 - April 23, 2018

Mr. Jerry Herbert Gibby, 78, of Morganton passed away Monday April 23, 2018 at CHS Blue Ridge-Morganton following a brief period of declining health. Jerry was born October 8, 1939 in Andrews, NC to the late Arthur Gibby and Rachael Rathburn Gibby. He was a member of Lovelady Masonic Lodge #670 and served on the Triple Community Fire Department Board. He owned and operated Drexel Texaco (1976...
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Naomi Bounous Rostan

March 8, 1919 - April 20, 2018

Naomi Bounous Rostan, 99, of Valdese, passed away at her home on Friday, April 20, 2018 following a brief illness. Born on March 8, 1919 in Asheville, NC to Daniel Barthelemy and Judith Pons Bounous, her family moved back to Valdese where she spent the rest of her long and very active life. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Rostan was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, John P. Rostan,...
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Randy Dean Toney

September 5, 1967 - April 20, 2018

Mr. Randy Dean Toney, 50, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018 at CHS-BR Morganton, following a period of declining health. Randy was born on September 5, 1967 in Catawba County to Larry L. Toney and Mozelle Shuford Toney. He was employed as a landscaper and formerly attended East Valdese Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to his parents, are his two children, Christopher...
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Clyde Eugene McNeilly

February 17, 1927 - April 18, 2018

Mr. Clyde "Eugene" McNeilly, Sr., 91, of Connelly Springs passed away Wednesday April 18, 2018 at Carolina Rehab following a period of declining health. Eugene was born February 17, 1927 in Cleveland County to the late Clyde Falls McNeilly and Dona Hoyle McNeilly. He worked at Crestline Furniture as a Fabric Cutter. Eugene was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. In addition to his parents...
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Charles "Bud" Everette Lail

April 2, 1939 - April 17, 2018

Charles "Bud" Everette Lail, 79, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday April 17, 2018 at his home, following a period of declining health. Bud was born April 2, 1939, in Catawba County, to the late Sidney Everette Lail and Flora Fellers Lail. Bud was a member of First Baptist Church, Hildebran. He was a retired General Contractor who enjoyed seeing the work of his hands. Most recently,...
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Van Steve Edwards

March 9, 1957 - April 17, 2018

Mr. Van Steve Edwards, 61, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at his residence, following a period of declining health. Van was born March 9, 1957, in Alleghany County, to the late Van Young Edwards and Clara Thelma Hodge Edwards. He was of the Baptist Faith and rededicated his life to the Lord on April 13, 2018. Van served in the United States Air Force for 10 years. In...
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John Thomas Mitchell

August 27, 1933 - April 16, 2018

Mr. John Thomas Mitchell, 84, of Morganton, NC, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. John was born on August 27, 1933 in Buchanan County, VA, to the late Noah Ellis Mitchell and Stella Jewell Mitchell. He was a member of the Pentecostal faith, formerly worked in the coal mines of Virginia and was retired from the...
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John Alex Guigou, Sr.

October 24, 1925 - April 15, 2018

Mr. John Alex Guigou Sr., 92, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Grace Ridge Retirement Community. Mr. Guigou was born October 24, 1925, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to the late Alexis Guigou and Helen Elizabeth Barker Guigou. His family moved to Valdese when he was 12, and at the age of 18, he joined the Army and fought in World War II. He owned and managed Major Electric...
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Clair "Fred" Frederick Shupe

July 20, 1945 - April 14, 2018

Mr. Clair "Fred" Shupe, 72, of Valdese passed away Saturday April 14, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Fred was born July 20, 1945 in Indiana, PA to the late Clarence Shupe and Emma McCausland Shupe. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Following his time in the service, he worked at Catawba Paper Box for over 35 years. In addition to his parents...
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Linda Mae Waters

February 28, 1948 - April 13, 2018

Ms. Linda Mae Lunsford Waters, 70, of Hickory passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Linda was born on February 28, 1948 in Buncombe County to the late Herman Edward Lunsford and Lillie Mae Goldsmith Lunsford. She attended Freedom Assembly Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Charles...
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Robert Wayne Johnson

April 8, 1946 - April 12, 2018

Mr. Robert Wayne Johnson, 72, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Robert was born on April 8, 1946 in Burke County to the late William David Johnson and Pauline Fowler Johnson. He was retired from the furniture manufacturing industry and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his parents,...
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Rabon Burleson

April 12, 2018

Mr. Rabon Burleson, 75, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Rabon was born on July 13, 1942 in Avery County to the late Arnold Burleson and Oma Thelma Cole Burleson. He was a retired painter by trade and was a loving father, grandfather and brother to all his family. In addition to his parents, he was...
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John Wilson Denny, Jr.

January 24, 1957 - April 10, 2018

Mr. John Wilson Denny, Jr. , 61, of Morganton passed away Tuesday April 10, 2018 at his residence following a period of declining health. John was born January 24, 1957 in Avery, NC to the late John Denny, Sr. and Pearl Denny. He was a veteran of the US Army. Following his time in the service he worked as a truck driver. He enjoyed building model cars. Survivors include his girlfriend, Neena...
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Leonard Bradley "Bud" Goodman

July 30, 1941 - April 10, 2018

Leonard Bradley "Bud" Goodman, 76, of Rutherford College, passed away on Tuesday April 10, 2018 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Bud was born on July 30, 1941 in Wilkes County to the late Don Bradley Goodman and Clyde Morton Goodman. Bud was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church in Rutherford College. He served in the NC Army National Guard as...
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Clay Benjamin Hollifield, Jr.

August 5, 1925 - April 5, 2018

Clay Benjamin Hollifield Jr., 92, of Drexel, passed away on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ben was born August 5, 1925, in Mitchell County, to the late Clay Benjamin Hollifield Sr. and Minnie Yount Hollifield. Ben was a member at Christ United Methodist Church in Drexel, and a World War II Air Force Veteran. In his spare...
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Danny Jay Hall

June 17, 1968 - April 4, 2018

Mr. Danny Jay Hall, 49, of Morganton, went home to be with the Lord, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Danny was born on June 17, 1968 in Royal Oak, MI to the late Danny Jay Hall Sr., and Judith Coleman Hall. He was a member of Hartland Baptist Church in Morganton and was employed as a social worker with Burke County DSS. Danny was also a veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his...
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Robert Ray Hildebran

March 6, 1931 - March 30, 2018

Mr. Robert "Ray" Hildebran, 87, of Boone passed away Friday March 30, 2018 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Ray was born March 6, 1931 in Catawba County to the late Robert Kermit Hildebran and Sarah Ward Hildebran. He was a US Army veteran serving in the Korean War. Following his time in the military, he worked as a sawyer in the Lumber industry. He was a...
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Frazier Huffman

March 29, 2018

Mr. Frazier Phifer Huffman Frazier Phifer Huffman, 98, of Valdese, passed away Thursday, March 29, 2018 at his residence following a period of declining health. He had a long blessed life and he will surely be missed. Mr. Huffman was born on December 5, 1919 in Burke County to the late Milas Huffman and Ella Smith Huffman. He was retired from Kirksey Hardware where he worked for over 30 years...
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Rama Orders Whitlock

February 12, 1950 - March 28, 2018

Rama Orders Whitlock, 68, of Morganton, passed away Wednesday March 28, 2018 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte following a period of declining health. Mrs. Whitlock was born on February 12, 1950 in Burke County to the late Raymond Thomas Orders and Josephine Houck Orders. She was formerly a registered nurse with UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, and was a member of Revealed Word Assembly. ...
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Catherine Powell Farrar

June 13, 1942 - March 28, 2018

Catherine Powell Farrar, 75, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2018 after a period of declining health. She was born June 13, 1942 in Rowan County, and was the daughter of the late Edwin Dean Powell, Sr. and Lillian Banks Powell. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph Webb Farrar. Catherine was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church, where she...
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Rosie Waldrop Coleman

March 9, 1927 - March 27, 2018

Rosie Waldrop Coleman went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from this earthly life, surrounded by her family, and into her home-eternal in paradise with Jesus. She was born in Macon County, NC on March 9, 1927 and was the daughter of the late Harley Waldrop and Lillie Anderson Waldrop. Rosie was the devoted wife of Carsie C. Coleman who preceeded her in death in 1970. Also...
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Barbara Cook Woodroof

October 7, 1947 - March 27, 2018

Barbara Ann Cook Woodroof, 70, of Hickory, passed away March 27, 2018. Born October 7, 1947, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of Julius J. Cook and Naomi Alexander Cook. A member of Longview Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her four brothers, David A. Cook, Michael E. Cook, Rodney D. Cook and M. Andrew Cook. Survivors include her two children, a son, Michael Thomas...
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Alan Dale Canter

January 25, 1954 - March 26, 2018

Mr. Alan Dale Canter, 64, of Newton passed away Monday March 26, 2018 at Wake Forest Baptist University Medical Center. Alan was born January 25, 1954 in Caldwell County to the late Odell Canter and Miladeen Watson Canter. He was a paint technician for both the automotive and furniture industry. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Doug Canter. Survivors...
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Janice Elizabeth Thompson Bradshaw

July 16, 1944 - March 26, 2018

Janice Elizabeth Thompson Bradshaw, 73, of Valdese passed away Monday March 26, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. A gathering of family and friends will be held Wednesday March 28, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burke County/Morganton Fraternal Order of Police, PO Box 1216...
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John Wayne Benton

March 21, 2018

Mr. John Wayne Benton, 61, of Morganton, passed away March 21, 2018, at his residence, following a period of declining health. John was born June 4, 1956 in Burke County to the late James Theodore Benton and Annie Estella Duckworth. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid hunter. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers; Ray Benton and James "Jim" Benton. Survivors...
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Raymond Neil York, Jr.

March 20, 2018

Mr. Raymond "Neil" York Jr., 64, of Connelly Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday March 20, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Raymond was born on June 11, 1953 in Burke County to the late Raymond York Sr. and Dolly Canipe York. He was employed by Joan Fabrics for more than 20 years where he was a supervisor . In his spare time he enjoyed doing...
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Mary Shull Seagle

November 20, 1938 - March 20, 2018

Mrs. Mary Louise Shull Seagle, 79, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Mary was born on November 20, 1938 in Catawba County to the late Woodrow Shull and Irene Anthony Shull. She was retired from the furniture industry and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who will be greatly missed by all her family...
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Randy Lee Fender

July 3, 1954 - March 19, 2018

Randy Lee Fender, 63, of Valdese passed away unexpectedly Monday March 19, 2018 at his residence. Mr. Fender was born on July 3, 1954 in Burke County to Effie Tate Fender and the late Delmer Lee "Bud" Fender. He was employed by both Burke Grading and Paving and Fender Grading. His true passion was building and customizing classic trucks and motorcycles. He attended Enon Baptist Church. ...
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Carlos Geovanni Giron del Valle

November 4, 1986 - March 18, 2018

Mr. Carlos Geovanni Giron del Valle, 31, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM, in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Interment will follow at Calvary Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Service. ...
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Barbara Bowman Yancey

April 6, 1954 - March 16, 2018

Mrs. Barbara Bowman Yancey, 63, of Valdese passed away Friday March 16, 2018 at her home, following a period of declining health. Barbara was born April 6, 1954 in Burke County to the late William Bowman and Minnie Williams Bowman. Survivors include her son, Richard Yancey of Valdese; daughter, Kelly Bradshaw of Valdese; grandchildren, Christian Sizemore, Kelsey Stump, Richard Yancey, III,...
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Holden Lane, Jr.

March 14, 2018

Holden A. Lane Jr., 86, of Drexel passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at CHC Blue Ridge Hospital in Morganton after a period of declining health. Holden was born December 20, 1931 in Burke County to the late Holden Lane Sr. and Nannie Smith Lane. He was in the United States Army and a member of High Peak Baptist Church in Drexel. Holden was retired from Drexel Heritage where he worked in...
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Debra Williams Calloway

December 9, 1961 - March 14, 2018

Mrs. Debra Williams Calloway, 56, of Conover, passed away on March 14, 2018, at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Debra was born in Burke County, on December 9, 1961, to Herman Williams and Brenda Wilson Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Calloway and her grandparents, Bill and Katherine Williams and Laura Braswell. In addition to her...
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Leonard Ray Jarrett

February 17, 1960 - March 14, 2018

Leonard Ray Jarrett, 58, of Charlotte formerly of Morganton, passed away Wednesday March 14, 2018 at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Jarrett was born on February 17, 1960 in New London County, CT to Laura Gadbois Jarrett and the late Billy Ray Jarrett. He was a master controller with Sinclair Broadcasting, and was a member of Zion Memorial United...
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Charles Keith Barker

March 30, 1962 - March 13, 2018


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Tracie Dianah Bass

August 27, 1975 - March 12, 2018

Tracie Dianah Bass, 42, of Hickory passed away Monday, March 12, 2018. Tracie was born August 27, 1975 in Catawba County to Diane Bass and the late William Howard Bass. Survivors include her children, Dillin McLain and Savannah Simmons of Rhodhiss; mother, Diane Bass of Hickory; brother, Robbie Caldwell of Connelly Springs; and niece, Brittany Caldwell of Charlotte. A private funeral...
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Richard Loomis Fowler, Jr.

August 30, 1937 - March 11, 2018

Mr. Richard Loomis Fowler, Jr. 80, of Morganton, died on Sunday March 11, 2018 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Fowler was born August 30, 1937 in Springfield, MA, a son of the late Richard L. Fowler, Sr and Ina Peterson Fowler. He graduated from Westfield High and Mount Hermon Northfield Schools before attending and graduating from Hobart College in Geneva, NY...
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Paul Carr

March 10, 2018

Mr. Paul David Carr, 49, of Valdese went home to be with the Lord on Saturday March 10, 2018. He died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home. He was born on July 15, 1968 in Lexington, NC to Joyce Bradley. He was an avid dog lover, loved working on cars and singing Karaoke. He was preceded in death by his sister, Kimberly and her husband Johnny Norris of Oak Ridge, TN and his step-father,...
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Joseph James Soldano, Jr.

November 2, 1960 - March 10, 2018

Mr. Joseph James Soldano Jr., 57, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Joseph was born November 2, 1960, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Joseph James Soldano Sr. and Shirley LIght Soldano. Joseph will always be remembered as being one of the biggest Buckeye and Browns fan. He is survived by his fiancée, Lisa McRorie of Hickory; daughter,...
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Larry Joe Bolick

November 20, 1942 - March 9, 2018

Mr. Larry Joe Bolick,75, of Drexel, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Joe was born on November 20, 1942 in Catawba County to the late Clete Edgar Bolick and Ruth Hazel Chapman Bolick. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a retired truck driver with Synthetics of Hickory. In addition to his parents, he was preceded...
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