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Gene Leon Creamer

November 5, 1943 - October 4, 2022

Mr. Gene Leon Creamer, 78, of Lenoir, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a short period of declining health. Gene was born November 5, 1943 in Texas. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. The family will receive friends on Saturday prior to the service from 1:00 PM to 2...
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Charlie Lee "Denny" Smith

October 21, 1936 - October 3, 2022

Mr. Charlie Lee "Denny" Smith, 85, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Monday October 3, 2022, at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Smith was born October 21, 1936, in Burke County, a son of the late Charlie Clyde (Jack) and Gertie Bell Tellock Smith. Denny was a charter member of North Laurel Baptist Church, having served as a Deacon and on numerous committees. He...
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Gerald David White

June 6, 1953 - September 30, 2022

Gerald David White, 69, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, September 30, 2022 at his sister's home following a period of declining health. Gerald was born June 6, 1953 in Catawba County to the late J. Max White and Louise Buchanan. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, James White; and brother-in-law, Jerry Link. He is survived by his son, David White...
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Betty Mae Mitchell

April 26, 1939 - September 29, 2022

Betty Mae Mitchell, 83, of Drexel; formerly of Lenoir, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Betty was born April 26, 1939 in Wilkes County to the late Edd Mitchell and Flora Lee Fincannon Mitchell. She is survived by her son, James Mitchell of Drexel; grandsons, James Allen Mitchell Jr., Adam Mitchell, Dawson...
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George Daniel McIntosh

January 1, 1946 - September 29, 2022

Mr. George Daniel McIntosh, 76, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Danny was born on January 1, 1946 in Yancey County to the late William Lee McIntosh and Pansy Lee McIntosh. He was a member of New Life Assembly Church, and a veteran of the U.S Army. Danny retired from...
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John Calvin Deaton

August 8, 1925 - September 29, 2022

Mr. John Calvin Deaton, 97, of Morganton, formerly of Connelly Springs, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday September 29, 2022, at Trinity Ridge Skilled Nursing Center after a brief illness. Mr. Deaton was born August 8, 1925, in McDowell County, a son of the late Robert Franklin and Ella Moore Deaton. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church in Connelly Springs, a former...
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Phyllis Propst Crow

February 3, 1934 - September 28, 2022

Phyllis Marie Propst Crow, 88, of Hildebran, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Phyllis was born February 3, 1934, in Burke County, to the late James Wesley Propst and Milam Collins. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and was retired from the textile industry. She loved to be in her garden and tending to...
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Greg Williams

November 30, 1952 - September 26, 2022

Greg Williams, 69, of Morganton, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2022. Greg was born on November 30, 1952 in Chicago, IL to the late Grover and Carol Williams of Hamilton, Michigan. He is survived by his four daughters, Tiffany Guerrero (Robert), Rachel Frazier (late Justin), Jamie Coots, and Jessica Bideau; His grandchildren: Kaylin, Zachary, Evan, Isaac, Ethan, Gracie,...
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Donald "Steve" Glazebrook

March 31, 1954 - September 26, 2022

Mr. Donald "Steve" Stevie Glazebrook, 68, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, September 26, 2022 at Amorem Hospice of Caldwell, following a period of declining health. Steve was born on March 31, 1954 in Caldwell County to the late Lewis Glazebrook and Cinderella Price Glazebrook. He was employed in the tree service industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister,...
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Brian Thomas Shippling

April 16, 1965 - September 22, 2022

Mr. Brian Thomas Shippling, 57, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2022 at his residence, following a brief illness. Brian was born on April 16, 1965 in Saint Marys, PA, to Judy Nelson Shippling and the late Myles Shippling. He was employed as a machinist with NEPTCO in Lenoir. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father and mother in-law, Louis...
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David Ray Hedrick

May 21, 1952 - September 20, 2022

David Ray Hedrick, 70, of Valdese passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2022 unexpectedly. David was born on May 21, 1952 in Catawba County to the late Hansen Hedrick and Margaret Cooke Hedrick. He loved to fish and enjoyed staying home to watch television with his sidekick, Bobbit the Cat. He was a proud Navy veteran of six years. Those left to cherish his memory include his sister, Judy Hughes...
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Eugene Warren Grethen

December 17, 1933 - September 19, 2022

Mr. Eugene Warren Grethen, 88, of Drexel, passed away on Monday, September 19, 2022 at his residence. Eugene was born on December 17, 1933 in Palo Alto County, IA to the late Edward Grethen and Helen Doyle Grethen. He was a veteran of the U.S Navy and was previously employed as an electrician. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Gladys Grethen, two sons, Mark and...
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James Earl Mickle

August 30, 1929 - September 18, 2022

Mr. James Earl Mickle, 93, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday September 18, 2022, at Cambridge House after a period of declining health. Mr. Mickle was born August 30, 1929, in Swannanoa, NC a son of the late James Mark and Bertha Smith Mickle. James was raised in Swannanoa and Marion, NC and was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne Collage and attended App State and UNC for graduate classes. He spent...
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Barbara Kay Wilson

January 10, 1963 - September 18, 2022

Barbara Kay Wilson, 59, of Mocksville, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation following a period of declining health. Barbara was born January 10, 1963 in Forsyth County. She was a devout Christian and did her best to always show Gods love and compassion to others. She lived vicariously through others and their adventures. Barbara was a long term...
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Melissa Gail Bargsley

July 17, 1964 - September 11, 2022

Melissa Gail Bargsley, 58, of Hickory, passed away on Sunday September 11, 2022 at UNC Blueridge Health Care Morganton, after a period of declining health. Melissa was born July 17, 1964 in Catawba County, a daughter of the late Charles Allen Bargsley, Sr. and Vena Marie Ray Bargsley. She was formally employed as a waitress in the restaurant industry. In addition to her parents, she was...
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Nelson Lee Bailey

July 10, 1946 - September 10, 2022

Nelson Lee Bailey, 76, of Hudson passed away Saturday, September 10, 2022 at his home following a period of declining health. Nelson was born on July 10, 1946 in Burke County to the late Manuel Bailey and Ernestine Warlick Bailey. Nelson was a Deacon at Rutherford College First Baptist Church. He retired from Waldensian Bakeries after working there for 30 years. He was also a member of Lovelady...
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Lydia Houston Woody

November 20, 1932 - September 9, 2022

Mrs. Lydia Houston Woody, 89, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday September 9, 2022, from her residence, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Woody was born November 20, 1932, a daughter of the late Morrison and Leona Trivette Houston. Lydia was a faithful member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and retired from General Electric. She was a loving wife, homemaker, mother,...
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Georgia Aileen Brown

August 6, 1948 - September 8, 2022

Mrs. Georgia Aileen Brown, 74, of Lenoir, passed away on Thursday September 8, 2022 at UNC Blueridge, Morganton, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Brown was born August 6, 1948 in Mercer County, West Virginia a daughter of the late Robert and Mattie Coeburn Hatley. Georgia attended Welcome Home Baptist Church and retired from the textile manufacturing industry as a spinner and office...
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Lee Roy Huffman

May 26, 1932 - September 7, 2022

Mr. Lee Roy Huffman, 90, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday September 7, 2022 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Huffman was born May 26, 1932, in Burke County, a son of the late George Hildebrand and Emma Mae Huffman. He was a faithful member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendant and as a member of numerous...
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Tina Marie Hamby

September 29, 1969 - September 7, 2022

On Tuesday, September, 7, 2022, Tina Marie Hamby, a beloved daughter, sister and aunt passed away unexpectedly at the age of fifty-two at her residence of Drexel, NC. Tina loved her family and was known as the glue that held everyone together. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her mother, Linda Cruz and stepfather Ron Cruz; a sister, Yvonne Rominger; brothers,...
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Cody Alexander Chapman

June 22, 1993 - September 6, 2022

Mr. Cody Alexander Chapman, 29, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville. Cody was born on June 22, 1993 in Burke County to Todd Chapman and Leslie Klutz Huffman. He was currently employed as an assembler at Lexington Furniture in Hildebran. He enjoyed the outdoors, and especially loved to hunt and fish. He was preceded in death...
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Ruby Lee Hefner Lindsey

February 2, 1932 - September 6, 2022

Ms. Ruby Lee Hefner Lindsay, 90, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Deer Park Health and Rehab, following a brief period of declining health. Ruby was born on February 2, 1932, in Iredell County to the late James Harvey and Nancy Ellen Haynes Hefner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in passing by her husband, Robert Allison Lindsay; sisters, Mary Ellen Smith...
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Rebecca Whisenant Benton

July 12, 1932 - September 6, 2022

Mrs. Rebecca Ardean Whisenant Benton, 90, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at College Pines Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Rebecca was born on July 12, 1932 in Burke County, the daughter of the late Frank Rogers and Mary Whisenant Rodgers. She was a longtime member of the Valdese First Baptist Church, and was a retired inspector with Alba-Waldensian...
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Mary Barrier Beach

January 26, 1929 - September 5, 2022

Mrs. Mary Barrier Beach, 93, of Drexel, passed away on Monday September 5, 2022 at Amorem Hospice after a period of declining health. Mrs. Beach was born January 26, 1929, in Burke County, a daughter of the late Emsey Odel and Annie Avery Barrier. Mary was a faithful member of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church and retired from Broughton Hospital after many of years of service as the head baker. ...
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Margie Lee Clark

July 22, 1969 - September 4, 2022

Margie Lee Clark, 53, of Lenoir passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at Caldwell UNC Healthcare following a period of declining health. Margie was born July 22, 1969 in Caldwell County to the late Reuben Clark and Mary Minton Clark. When Margie was still able, she enjoyed attending church, watching TV, and driving around finding new adventures. In addition to her parents, she is preceded...
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Joan Elimor Davis

October 17, 1934 - September 4, 2022

Mrs. Joan Elinor Davis, 87, of Hildebran, passed away on Sunday September 4, 2022, at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Davis was born October 17, 1934 in Niagara Falls, NY, a daughter of the late Murray and "Elizabeth Bartha Amey. Joan retired from Sprint Telephone Co. as an operator and after retirement worked at Target until she was in to her 80's. In addition to...
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Jordan Reid Brown

October 5, 1990 - September 3, 2022

Mr. Jordan Evan Reid Brown, 31, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2022. Jordan was born on October 5, 1990 in Burke County to John E. Brown Jr. and the late Jacqueline Sheree Stone. He was currently employed with Bimbo Bakeries in Valdese. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by grandparents, John E. Brown Sr., Barbara Icard and Irvin Icard, and great...
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Nora Ann Chester Russo

December 10, 1948 - September 2, 2022

Mrs. Nora Ann Chester Russo, 73, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022, following a period of declining health. Nora was born on December 10, 1948 in Watauga County to the late Pinkney Chester and Lola Lail . She was a former supervisor with Premium Cushion. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Donnie Chester. Survivors include her husband of 45...
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Rebecca Patton Stamey

April 6, 1942 - September 1, 2022

Rebecca Louise Patton Stamey, 80, of Morganton passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022 at her residence following a period of declining health. Rebecca was born April 6, 1942 in Silver Springs, Maryland to the late Don Chester Patton Sr. and Louise Ingle Patton. She was a member of The Rising Church and worked as a nurse. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her, sisters...
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Nellie Lynn Abee

August 31, 2022 - August 31, 2022

Nellie Lynn Abee, infant of Camdyn Abee, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. In addition to her mother Camdyn, she is survived by her brother, Deagan James, grandparents; Tiffany and Jeffrey Wilson, and Michael and Jeanette Abee, and great grandparents, Carol Abee, James Smith, and Tony Holland. Also surviving are numerous aunt and uncles; Daisy and James Hensley, Austin Woody, Molly and...
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Kenneth Lewis Warlick

June 30, 1934 - August 31, 2022

Kenneth Lewis Warlick, 88, of Drexel, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at Carolina Caring following a period of declining health. Kenneth was born June 30, 1934, in Burke County, to the late Harold Warlick and Neva Powell Warlick. He worked in the furniture business for fifty-five years and loved to help people, especially through his furniture sales at Warlick's Furniture in Drexel. ...
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Sarah Michelle Ledford

January 29, 2002 - August 30, 2022

Sarah Michelle Ledford, 20, of Connelly Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. Sarah was born January 29, 2002 in Burke County to Daniel Ledford and Kelly Arrowood Ledford. She was a 2020 graduate of Fred T. Foard High School and worked as a waitress. Sarah loved to make people laugh and enjoyed being with her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her...
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Walter Howard Brittain

March 5, 1922 - August 27, 2022

A member of the greatest generation, Mr. Walter Howard Brittain, 100, of Hickory, went to his Heavenly Reward after a period of declining health. Mr. Brittain was born March 5, 1922, in Burke County, a son of the late John Patrick and Lola Mae Lail Brittain. Walter was an active member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, Choir...
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Maxine Childers Zimmerman

December 4, 1935 - August 26, 2022

Mrs. Maxine Childers Zimmerman, 86, of Valdese, graduated to her Heavenly Home on Friday August 26, 2022, at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Zimmerman was born December 4, 1935 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Henry Lemuel and Virgie Mary Bryant Childers. Maxine was a woman of faith and attended Open Door Baptist Church in Longview. She was a...
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Peggy Carol Griffin

May 10, 1939 - August 25, 2022

Peggy Carol Griffin passed away on Thursday evening, August 25th after a short illness. She has resided at Cambridge House in assisted living for the past year. Peggy was the daughter of the late Ivey L. Griffin, Sr. and Sarah Causby Griffin. She was preceded in death by her brother Ivey L. Griffin, Jr. and her companion Harriet Morrison. Born on May 10, 1939 in Rutherford College, NC,...
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Evelyn Huffman Fowler

February 2, 1942 - August 25, 2022

Mrs. Evelyn Huffman Fowler, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Evelyn was born on February 2, 1942 in Burke County to the late James (Jim) Huffman and Helen Franklin Huffman. She was retired from the textile industry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Franklin, and a...
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Marcia Harrington Sabey

October 5, 1938 - August 22, 2022

Marcia (Harrington) Sabey passed away peacefully on Monday, August 22, 2022 surrounded by her family. She was born on October 5, 1938 to the late Warren and late Elanor (Winslow) Harrington in Andover MA. Marcia was raised in Wilson, NY and graduated from Wilson Central High School in 1956.Marcia was married to the late Carl Leroy Sabey Jr and was a stay at home mom. She was a long-time...
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Brenda Gail Harmon Holmes

June 21, 1950 - August 22, 2022

Mrs. Brenda Gail Holmes, 72, of Hickory, passed away on Monday August 22, 2022 at Carolina Caring, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Holmes was born June 21, 1950 in Catawba County, a daughter of the late John Henry and Wilie Mae Hodge Harmon. She was a member of Drowning Creek Baptist Church ,the American Legion Post # 209 Auxiliary 0f Granite Falls and retired from Sears Department...
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Earl David "Hammer" Mull

November 4, 1943 - August 22, 2022

Mr. Earl David "Hammer" Mull, 78, of Drexel, passed away on Monday August 22, 2022 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Mull was born November 4, 1943, in Burke County, a son of the late Hamp and Peggy Chapman Mull. Earl was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and retired from the shipping dept. of Crestline-Hickory-Hill Furniture Co with over 40 years of dedicated...
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Margie Bryant Paige

May 21, 1941 - August 22, 2022

Mrs. Margie Bryant Paige, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday August 22, 2022, comfortably at Autumn Care of Drexel, after a short bout of failing health. Mrs. Paige was born May 21, 1941, in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Ira and Mable Freeman Bryant. She is also preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Calvin Bryant. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend to...
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Naomi Hendrix

June 1, 1931 - August 20, 2022

Lessie Naomi Hendrix, 91, of Valdese passed away on August 20, 2022, in the care of her daughter Mary Ann Hendrix, and grandson Jeremiah Shook and staff of Amorem Hospice. Naomi was born to Charlie Greer and Dorothy Seagraves Greer in Wise County VA, on June 1, 1931. She is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Sanford Turner Hendrix and special friend on 10 years, Wayne McLean; sons, GL...
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Geneva Reid Wilson

February 24, 1929 - August 20, 2022

Mrs. Geneva Reid Wilson, 93, of Valdese passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Amorem Hospice of Hudson, following a period of declining health. Geneva was born on February 24, 1929 in Troutman, NC to the late Oscar Jay Reid and Dorothy Brown Reid. She was previously employed at JP Stevens as a supervisor, was attending of Trinity Baptist Church and was a member First Church of God...
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Garry Allen Harmon

December 23, 1939 - August 18, 2022

Mr. Garry Allen Harmon, 82 of Valdese passed away Thursday, August 18, 2022 following a period of declining health. Garry was born on December 23, 1939 in Watauga County to the late Grover Lee Harmon and Jessie May Harmon. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Betty Hass. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda Sutton Harmon; daughters, Amanda Lynn...
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Forrest Conrad Hildebrand

June 30, 1945 - August 18, 2022

Mr. Forrest Conrad Hildebrand, 77, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at his residence, following a period of declining health. Forrest was born on June 30, 1945, in Los Angeles, CA to the late Vernon Forrest Hildebrand and Beverly Hambrick Hildebrand. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was a retired electrician in environmental services. In addition to his...
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Samuel Eugene Townsend

September 25, 1940 - August 18, 2022

Mr. Samuel Eugene Townsend, 81, of Connelly Springs passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at UNC Healthcare Blue Ridge following a period of declining health. Samuel was born September 25, 1940 in Caldwell County to the late Eugene Townsend and Gula Monk Townsend. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Melvin "Buster" Townsend, Harold Townsend, and Thomas "Tom...
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Earl Wayne Phillips

June 22, 1948 - August 15, 2022

Mr. Earl Wayne Phillips, 74, of Valdese, passed away on Monday August 15, 2022 at Grace Hospital, Morganton, after a period of declining health. Mr. Phillips was born June 22, 1948 in Burke County, a son of the late Mary Lee Mercer Phillips. He retired from Burke Yarns and worked for a time at Causby's Service Center. Surviving are his daughter, Cynthia Phillips of Astoria, NY. A...
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Linda Sigmon Helton

August 30, 1947 - August 12, 2022

Mrs. Linda Darlene Sigmon Helton, 74, of Hildebran, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2022 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on August 30, 1947, in Burke County to the late James Thomas Sigmon and Lillian Powell Sigmon. She was a longtime employee of Burke County Public Schools, where she worked in the cafeteria, drove a bus route and later became at...
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Rex Grey Nichols

August 12, 1937 - August 12, 2022

Mr. Rex Grey Nichols, 85, of Icard, went to his Heavenly Home on his birthday, Friday August 12, 2022, at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Nichols was born August 12, 1937 in Burke County, a son of the late Reyno and Geneva Berry Nichols. He was a member of Warlick's Baptist Church where he drove the church van for the seniors for 11 years. Rex enjoyed gospel music,...
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Virginia Causey Fryar

December 3, 1941 - August 8, 2022

Virginia Causey Fryar, 80, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at her residence following a period of declining health. Virginia was born December 3, 1941 in Forsyth County to the late John H. Causey Sr. and Sue Cornett Causey. She loved driving, traveling, dancing, bargain shopping, going to the beach, her cats; but most of all, she loved her family and her grandchildren. In...
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Frances Rae Lucas Baker

August 24, 1941 - August 8, 2022

Mrs. Frances Rae Lucas Baker, 80, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Monday August 8, 2022. Mrs. Baker was born August 24, 1941, in Avery County, a daughter of the late Chester Lee and Hazel Clark Lucas. Frances worked for Alba-Waldensian Textile plant, was the first secretary for the town of Rutherford College and retired after many years of service as the bookkeeper with the...
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Mary Stilwell Wise

July 23, 1938 - August 6, 2022

Mrs. Mary Stilwell Wise of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday August 6, 2022, at UNC-Blue Ridge Health Care, Morganton, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Wise was born July 23, 1938, in Burke County, a daughter of the late Finley and Ola Propst Stilwell. Mary was a faithful and active member of North Laurel Baptist Church, playing the piano, singing in the choir and working...
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Peggy Sue Lowman Bostain

February 7, 1947 - August 6, 2022

Peggy Sue Lowman Bostain, 75, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at her residence following a period of declining health. Peggy was born February 7, 1947 in Cleveland County to the late Clyde Lowman and Minnie Fortenberry Lowman. Peggy taught second and third grade for the Burke County Public School System for thirty-two years. She was an active member of Wilkies Grove Baptist...
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Ervin Dwight Shull

July 21, 1927 - August 5, 2022

Ervin Dwight Shull, 95, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, August 5, 2022 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Ervin was born July 21, 1927 in Catawba County to the late Marshall Shull and Dessie Johnson Shull. He was a member of Bollingers Chapel United Methodist Church and worked for the trucking industry for more than forty years. Ervin served honorably in the...
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Ronald Reid Hudson

May 15, 1967 - August 4, 2022

Mr. Ronald Reid Hudson, 55, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2022 at his residence. Ronnie was born on May 15, 1967 in Catawba County to Zane Reid Hudson and Brenda Sue Hildebrand. He was a member of Bible Gospel Baptist Church, and was employed as an upholsterer in the furniture industry. He was preceded in death by a stepfather, DM "Buck" Hildebrand Jr., and a brother,...
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Roger V. Childres

December 24, 1936 - August 4, 2022

After a full and fulfilling life, Roger V. Childres, 85 of Connelly Springs, NC graduated to his next position in heaven on August 4, 2022. Roger was born in Drexel, N.C. on Christmas Eve 1936, to the late Minnie Elma Mull Childres and Bela Bogle Franklin Childres. He was the seventh of eight brothers and sisters. Family remaining to cherish his memory include his loving wife and partner of...
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Pastor Clyde Church

September 12, 1941 - July 31, 2022

Pastor Clyde Church, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday July 31, 2022, at Frye Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Clyde was born on September 12, 1941, in West Virginia, to the late Arnold and Cynthia O'Dell Church. He was the pastor at South Mountain Freedom Worship Center. He loved to preach and minister to people. In addition to his parents, he was preceded...
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Myrian DaShea Reid

July 21, 1997 - July 31, 2022

Mr. Myrian DaShea Reid, 25, of Valdese passed away on Sunday July 31, 2022 at UNC-Blue Ridge Health Care, Morganton, as the result of an automobile accident. Mr. Reid was born July 21, 1997 in Burke County, a son of Sheacola Reid and William Howard Wilkerson, Jr. Myrian was a graduate of Draughn High School where he was an active basketball player. He also played basketball at Lees-Mcrae...
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Edna Fortner Keith

October 5, 1927 - July 30, 2022

Mrs. Edna Humphries Fortner Keith, 94, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday July 30, 2022 at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Keith was born October 5, 1927 in Coffey, AL, the daughter of the late Eldridigh Eugene and Bina Lois Brown Humphries. She was a member of Hildebran First Baptist Church and retired as the secretary of the Palm Beach County School...
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Alma Ruth Pressley Johnson

June 3, 1934 - July 30, 2022

Alma Ruth Pressley Johnson, 88, of Gastonia, passed away on Saturday July 30, 2022, at Carolina Caring, following a period of declining health. Alma was born on June 3, 1934, in Loudon, TN, to the late William Lavender Pressley and Mary Amanda Seagle. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed decorating. She always had her flowers and plants. Alma was very outgoing and never met a...
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Bobby Ray Dean, Sr.

September 9, 1940 - July 30, 2022

Bobby Ray Dean, Sr., 81, of Granite Falls, passed away on Saturday July 30, 2022, at Carolina Caring, following a period of declining health. Bobby was born on September 9, 1940 in Clarke, GA, to the late Robert Lee Dean and Louise Franklin. He was a US Navy Veteran of eleven years. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam. He was preceded in passing by his parents. Those left to cherish his...
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Charlie Ray Stidham

May 12, 1952 - July 27, 2022

Charlie Ray Stidham, 70, of Connelly Springs, took his wings and went home to be with the Lord, on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, at Carolina Caring, following a period of declining health. Charlie was born on May 12, 1952, in Norton, VA to the late Charlie Epps Stidham and Pauline Calhoun Stidham. He was employed for over seventeen years in the coal mines of Virginia. He was a loving husband, father...
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Larry Dean Epley

March 30, 1940 - July 26, 2022

Larry Dean Epley, 82, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday July 26, 2022 at his residence following a period of declining health. Larry was born March 30, 1940 in Burke County to the late Clarence Arthur Epley and Annie Estelle Page Epley. He retired as a Staff Sergeant from the North Carolina Army National Guard. Larry served more than twenty-five years with the Triple Community Fire...
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Joseph Lynn Clark

May 19, 1949 - July 24, 2022

Mr. Joseph Lynn Clark, 73, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Magnolia Rehabilitation Center following a period of declining health. Joseph was born May 19, 1949 in Burke County to the late Robert Forney and Cleo Clark Forney Avery. He enjoyed playing softball and loved his family very much. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two sisters. He is survived by...
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Maria Olivia Chinchilla

March 3, 1948 - July 23, 2022

Maria "Mama Oly" Olivia Chinchilla, 74, of Morganton passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022 following a period of declining health. Maria was born on March 3, 1948 in Guatemala to the late Alejandro Galdamez and Eucebia Chinchilla. She loved her family and was a member at Luz y Verdad Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death her infant child; siblings, Marta Chinchilla,...
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Joe Richard Stirewalt

August 30, 1938 - July 22, 2022

Mr. Joseph Richard "Joe" Stirewalt, 83, of Hickory, passed away on Friday July 22, 2022, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Mr. Stirewalt was born August 30, 1938, in Catawba County, a son of the late Clarence and Margie Shook Stirewalt. He was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and worked for a number of years for Sharp Motor Lines and retired as general manager of Shull Transport....
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Gary Lee London

September 28, 1958 - July 22, 2022

Mr. Gary Lee London, 63, of Morganton, passed away on Friday July 22, 2022 at UNC-Blue Ridge Morganton. Mr. London was born September 28, 1958, in Catawba County, a son of the late Carroll and Juanita Thomas London Jones. He was an employee of Valdese Weavers and attended Bridgeport Baptist Church. Surviving are his daughter, Tabatha Faile and husband Jason of Lincolnton, a son, Cory...
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Lincoln Myles Anders

September 27, 1966 - July 22, 2022

Lincoln Myles Anders, 55, of Hudson, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2022 at his residence following a period of declining health. Lincoln was born September 27, 1966 in Baltimore Maryland to the late Gerald Anders and Geraldine Mink Shell. He loved painting, reptiles, music and tattoos; but most of all – he loved his grandbabies. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his...
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Bobby Kenneth Williams

April 17, 1941 - July 18, 2022

Bobby Kenneth Williams, 81, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022 at his residence following a period of declining health. Bobby was born April 17, 1941 in Avery County to the late Bill Williams and Catherine Hicks Williams. He enjoyed bird watching and fishing; but most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he is...
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Michael Dale Berry

November 8, 1953 - July 16, 2022

Mr. Michael Dale Berry, 68, of Newton, passed away on Saturday July 16, 2022, at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Berry was born November 8, 1953, in Catawba County, a son of the late Norman and Doris Lail Berry. He retired as an employee and groundskeeper with Lenoir Rhyne University. Dale served his country well as a US Army Veteran during the Vietnam War and was a...
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Glenn Richard Shook

February 13, 1940 - July 16, 2022

Mr. Glenn Richard Shook, 82, of Connelly Spring passed away Saturday, July 16, 2022, surrounded by his family, following a period of declining health. Mr. Shook was born February 13, 1940, in Catawba County, NC, to the late Glenn Alvin Shook and Fredia Sigmon. He was a devoted family man, and a respected deacon at Bible Gospel Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, Mr. Shook is preceded...
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Phyllis Jean Hughes Yoder

March 9, 1936 - July 15, 2022

Mrs. Phyllis Jean Hughes Yoder, 86, of Hickory passed away Friday, July 15, 2022, surrounded by her family, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Yoder was born March 9, 1936 in Richmond County, GA to the late John Hartwell Hughes and Lola Fleming Hughes. She was a charter member at Faith Community Church. She was also a long time member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church, where her and...
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Alvin David "Bud Townsend

July 20, 1926 - July 13, 2022

Mr. Alvin David "Bud" Townsend, 95, of Icard, passed away on Wednesday July 13, 2022 at Amorem Hospice after a period of declining health. Mr. Townsend was born July 20, 1926, in Burke County, a son of the late David Ezekiel and Manike Childers Townsend. "Bud" was a faithful member of Long View Church of God and retired as a fixer in the textile industry. He served his country well as a...
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Dolores Ann Spizzuco Laws

April 27, 1961 - July 9, 2022

Dolores Ann Spizzuco Laws, 61, of Morganton, passed away on July 9, 2022 at her residence following a period of declining of health. Dolores was born April 27, 1961 in New Jersey to Bonnie Ollis Kaylor and the late Jack Spizzuco. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her daughter, Tonya Mendoza and husband, Gaspar Rivas Mendoza of Morganton; grandson, Tony Mendoza; brothers, Russell...
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Norma Jean Pittman

April 11, 1937 - July 9, 2022

Mrs. Norma Jean Clark Pittman, 85, of Jacksonville, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022, following a period of declining health. Norma was born on April 11, 1937, in Burke County to the late Vester Clark and Enda Brittain Clark. She grew up in the Drexel area, and graduated form Drexel High School. Norma always put her family first in everything, was a constant prayer warrior who believed in...
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Elmer Guy Martin III

February 27, 1971 - July 9, 2022

Mr. Elmer Guy Martin III, 51, of Lenoir, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022, following a period of declining health. Guy was born on February 27, 1971, in Catawba County to Carol Richardson Martin and the late Elmer Guy Martin Jr. He attended Hickory Church of Christ. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Dorothy Romines, and a cousin, Brandon Rudisill. ...
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Rita Shell Fraley

March 18, 1943 - July 8, 2022

Mrs. Rita Jonelle Shell Fraley, 79, of Connelly Springs, entered her eternal home on Friday, July 8, 2022, following a period of declining health. Rita was born on March 18, 1943, in Burke County to the late Jetter Shell and Naomi Elizabeth Taylor. She was a retired bank teller and a longtime member of First Baptist Church Hildebran. Rita lived life to the fullest and she loved being outside...
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Rochella Marie Lowman Woody

July 22, 1942 - July 5, 2022

Mrs. Rochella Lowman Woody, 79, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday July 5, 2022, at Atrium CMC Charlotte after a period of declining health. Mrs. Woody was born July 22, 1942, in Burke County, daughter of the late Everette and Pearl Benfield Lowman. Rochella was a faithful member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and member of the choir. She was...
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Barbara Jean Harris Baldridge

April 14, 1951 - July 5, 2022

Mrs. Barbara Jean Harris Baldridge, 71, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2022, at Catawba Hospice, following a period of declining health. Barbara was born on April 14, 1951, in Mitchell County, NC to the late Samuel McDaniel Harris and Queenie Honeycutt Harris. She employed in the healthcare industry as a LPN, and was a member of Resurrected Life Baptist Church in Longview. In...
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Everette Calvin Cooke

March 29, 1935 - July 3, 2022

Mr. Everette Calvin Cooke, 87, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday July 3, 2022 after a period of declining health. Mr. Cooke was born March 29, 1935 in Caldwell County, a son of the late Robert and Perella Mosteller Cooke. He retired as pressman with A-Kline Co. He was a member of Hildebran Baptist Church and attended Lighthouse Ministries. Surviving are his children, Kenneth...
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Leon Alexander Childers

February 15, 1931 - July 1, 2022

Leon Alexander Childers, 91, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2022 at the Asheville VA Medical Center following a period of declining health. Leon was born February 15, 1931, in Burke County to the late Lemuel Childers and Nancy Elizabeth Cozort. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son-in-law, Archie Pilgrim, and sisters Alene Williams of Morganton and Gladys Watson of...
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Louise Elizabeth Caldwell

July 23, 1954 - June 30, 2022

Louise Elizabeth Caldwell, 67, of Morganton, departed this life to her heavenly home on Thursday June 30, 2022 at UNC Healthcare in Morganton. Miss Caldwell was born on July 23, 1954 in Burke County to the late Mabel Caldwell. In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by brothers, Lennie Caldwell, and William Caldwell. Survivors include her family, Natalie Brock, Douglas Brock and...
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Kenney Wayne Styles

June 20, 1966 - June 30, 2022

Mr. Kenney Wayne Styles, 56, of Granite Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at his residence. Kenney was born on June 20, 1966, in Avery County to Mary Stewart Dodgen and the late Charles Augustus Styles Sr. He was a member of New Vision Baptist Fellowship and was a retired truck driver. Kenney was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. In addition to his father, he was...
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Horace Edward Setzer, Sr.

December 19, 1964 - June 30, 2022

Horace Edward Setzer, Sr., 57, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly Thursday June 30, 2022 at his residence. Mr. Setzer was born on December 19, 1964 in Burke County to the late Arthur Setzer and Alma Louise Helms Setzer. He was formerly a supervisor at Burke Mills in Valdese. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his son, Steven Caleb Setzer; one sister, Wanda Johnson; and...
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Virginia Buchanan Reed Lucas

December 10, 1927 - June 29, 2022

Virginia Buchanan Reed Lucas, 94, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Virginia was born December 10, 1927 in Avery County to the late Fonzer Buchanan and Bertie Franklin Buchanan. She was very devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to her church, children, and grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is preceded...
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Virginia Buchanan Reed Lucas

December 10, 1927 - June 29, 2022

Virginia Buchanan Reed Lucas, 94, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Virginia was born December 10, 1927 in Avery County to the late Fonzer Buchanan and Bertie Franklin Buchanan. She was very devoted to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to her church, children, and grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is preceded...
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Evelyn Kay Edwards

April 6, 1975 - June 26, 2022

Evelyn Kay Edwards, 47, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday June 26, 2022, at her residence after a brief illness. Evelyn was born April 6, 1975, in Burke County, a daughter of Hal and Karen Glazebrook Edwards. She was employed in the dietary department of a nursing center. Surviving in addition to her parents are her daughters, Crystal Nicole Connell of Hickory and Jeanie Annalee Ward of...
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Tracie Leeanne Long

June 23, 1963 - June 25, 2022

Tracie Leeanne Long, 59, of Morganton passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 25, 2022. Tracie was born on June 23, 1963, in Fukuoka, Japan to the late Henry Clarence Long, Jr. and Phyllis Young Townsend Long. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Kelli Thisius. Those left to cherish her memory are her brother, Steven Long; nephews, Eric Thisius and Joe Thisius;...
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Debra Kaye "Debbie" Lowman Hice

June 21, 1960 - June 24, 2022

Mrs. Debra "Debbie" Lowman Hice, 62, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2022, following a period of declining health and surrounded by her family, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Debbie was born on June 21, 1960 in Burke County to Linda Bivens Lowman and the late Homer Lowman. She was a longtime employee of Moretz Mills and enjoyed traveling the world for her job. She made...
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Merrillyn Phoenix Kamp

July 12, 1936 - June 24, 2022

Merrillyn Alice Phoenix Kamp, 85, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2022 at her residence. Merrillyn was born July 12, 1936 in San Francisco, California to the late Merrill Phoenix and Nellie Dickey. She graduated from Santa Maria Union High School in 1954, and then attended Howell Dental School in 1955. She went to work for the telephone company until 1960. Merrillyn then...
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Mavis Parker Whitton

October 17, 1937 - June 24, 2022

Mavis Alene Parker Whitton, 84, of Mooresville, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2022 at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
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Paul Vaughan Phillips, Jr.

May 3, 1950 - June 23, 2022

Mr. Paul Vaughan Phillips Jr., 72, of Hickory passed away at his home on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Paul was born May 3, 1950 in Catawba County to the late Paul Vaughan Phillips Sr. and Arthelia Lowman Phillips. He served honorably in the United States Army, and loved camping, riding his motorcycle and gardening. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sons, Kelly Phillips and...
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William "Bill" Behrens

October 14, 1943 - June 22, 2022

Mr. William "Bill" Fred Behrens, 78, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at UNC Healthcare Blue Ridge, following a period of declining health. Bill was born on October 14, 1943, in Boerne, TX to the late Troy and Alice Behrens. He was a veteran of the U.S. army serving during Vietnam, and with the National Guard and Army Reserves following his deployment. Bill was also retired...
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Linda Lou Spencer Brittain Thomas

July 14, 1955 - June 22, 2022

Linda Lou Spencer Brittain Thomas, 66, of Hickory, departed this life to her heavenly home on Wednesday June 22, 2022 at Carolina Caring following a period of declining health. Mrs. Thomas was born on July 14, 1955 in Marion County, IN to the late Fred Spencer and Dorothy Moore Spencer. She was retired from Marlow Furniture. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her sisters,...
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Madge Laws Ingle

March 24, 1952 - June 21, 2022

Madge Laws Ingle, 70, of Hudson, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills following a period of declining health. Madge was born March 24, 1952 in Yancey County to the late Arlan Laws and Alma Murphy Laws. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and animals. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her sister, Betty Laws. She is survived by her children,...
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Bennie Bean Rector

December 25, 1933 - June 20, 2022

Bennie Sue Bean Rector, 88, of Rutherford College, passed away Monday, June 20, 2022 at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills following a period of declining health. Bennie was born December 25, 1933 in Caldwell County to the late Bascomb Bean and Lettie Kaylor. She was a member of First Baptist Rutherford College Church and loved reading her Bible. Family was her life; she loved spending time with...
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Mark Allen "Bubba" Lambert

January 23, 1968 - June 18, 2022

Mark Allen "Bubba" Lambert, 54, of Connelly Springs, formerly of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday June 18, 2022 at UNC Healthcare in Valdese. Mark was a graduate of Freedom High School and Western Piedmont Community College. He was employed as a CNA Med Tech with Foothills Correctional Center in Morganton, a long-standing member of the Elks Lodge of Morganton and a lifelong...
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Mark Allen Lambert

January 23, 1968 - June 18, 2022

Mark Lambert, 54, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Valdese General Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of Valdese.
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Inez Nix Mitchell

June 27, 1930 - June 17, 2022

Mrs. Inez Nix Mitchell, 91, of Maggie Valley, formerly of Drexel, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Inez was born on June 27, 1930, in McDowell County to the late Charlie and Olllie Nix. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Morganton and was a retired self-employed cosmetologist for many years. In addition to her...
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Elizabeth Clark Watson

October 8, 1938 - June 14, 2022

Elizabeth Clark Watson, 83, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2022 following a period of declining health. Elizabeth was born on October 8, 1938 in Catawba County to the late Howard Durant Clark and Henrietta Sigmon Clark. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Larry Clark and Jerry Clark. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Richard George Watson; son...
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Larry Wesley Franklin

March 6, 1947 - June 13, 2022

Mr. Larry Wesley Franklin, 75, of Valdese passed away Monday, June 13, 2022 following a period of declining health. Larry was born on March 6, 1947 in Burke County to the late Arthur Wesley Franklin and Jewel Burnette Franklin. He loved his family, sports, and his fur babies. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Brenda Deaton Franklin; son, Kevin (Tracy); grandchildren, Wesley...
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