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James Ronnie Elrod

August 26, 1949 - April 28, 2016

Mr. James Leonard "Ronnie" Elrod, 66, of Lenoir, died Thursday April 28, 2016 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Elrod was born August 26 1949 in Caldwell County. He was employed as a property maintenance manager for Oak Plantation and Wolfpack Rentals. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Mae Elrod Hamby, brothers, Carl Elrod, Eddie Hamby and Chris and...
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Jack Julius Berry

June 24, 1931 - April 27, 2016

Jack Julius Berry passed away peacefully on April 27th at the age of 84 after declining illness. Jack was born June 24, 1931 to the late Jacob Cicero (J.C.) Berry and Bedie Ramsey Rector Berry. He was a life long member of Rutherford College First Baptist Church where he served as Deacon and sang in the choir. He worked most of his life as a truck driver for various companies including...
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Roger Joe Shatley

August 22, 1941 - April 25, 2016

Mr. Roger Joe Shatley, 74, of Marion, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Roger was born in Caldwell County to the late Joe C. Shatley and Reba Bryant Shatley. He was a member at Glenwood Baptist Church for over forty years and was retired from the hosiery industry as a machine mechanic. Survivors include his wife,...
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Amanda Buchanan

June 18, 1928 - April 17, 2016

Mrs. Amanda Melissa Roberts Buchanan, 87, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Buchanan was born June 18, 1928 in Graham County to the late Worth Roberts and Molly Deyton Roberts. She worked at Burke Yarns and was a faithful member of Enon Baptist Church. Amanda was known to her family and...
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David Cobb Thompson

August 24, 1956 - April 16, 2016

Mr. David Cobb Thompson, 59, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday April 16, 2016 . David was born August 24, 1956 in Burke County, a son of Colene Cobb Thompson of Valdese and the late Leonard Thompson. He was a member of the Valdese First Baptist Church and was the owner of Thompson Realty. David served his community as volunteer fireman with both Valdese Fire Department and...
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Ronald Henry Bunton, Sr.

June 14, 1938 - April 15, 2016

Mr. Ronald Henry Bunton, Sr., 77, of Drexel passed away Friday April 15, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mr. Bunton was born June 14, 1938 in Avery County to the late Robert Franklin Bunton and Hester Calhoun Bunton. He worked in maintenance at Boise Cascade. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters, Lillian, Ginger, Dorothy,...
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Alma "Amy" Bragg Sides Wallace

September 22, 1926 - April 15, 2016

Alma "Amy" Bragg Sides Wallace of Mountain View went to be with her God on Friday, April 15, 2016. Amy was born in Clinton, South Carolina on September 22, 1926 to the late Rev. John Leonard and Chloe Lassiter Bragg. At age 15, Amy's family moved to Burke County where she later met and wed husband, John C. Sides, Jr. In addition to her parents, Amy was preceded in death by her first husband,...
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Violet Mae Smith

July 16, 1917 - April 15, 2016

Violet Mae Smith, age 98, of Valdese, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 15, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, following a period of declining health. Born in Caldwell County, North Carolina on July 16, 1917, she was the daughter of the late James Arthur Smith and Daisy Kaylor Smith. Ms. Smith took great pride in cooking and spending time with her family and...
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Norma Jean Beck Abee

July 23, 1938 - April 15, 2016

Norma Jean Beck Abee, age 77, of Valdese, North Carolina, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 peacefully at her residence. Born in Burke County, North Carolina on July 23, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Stewart and Macy Ledbetter Beck. Mrs. Abee retired following thirty years of service with First Union Bank as a customer service representative. Following retirement, she worked...
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Eartha Marie Carswell

February 12, 1961 - April 12, 2016

Mrs. Eartha Marie Carswell, 55, of Conover, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Brian Center-Viewmont, following a period of declining health. Eartha was born on February 12, 1961 in Carter County, TN to Stella Black and to the late Charlie G.W. Isaacs. Surviving is her husband of 40 years, Michael Carswell, four brothers; Roger Isaacs, Charles Isaacs, Johnny Isaacs, and Ronnie Isaacs;...
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Ruby Joyce Holder Lyons

March 31, 1925 - April 12, 2016

Mrs. Ruby Joyce Holder Lyons, 91, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ruby was born on March 31, 1925 in Hampton, TN to the late Kenny Holder and Rosie Roberts Holder. She was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker and attended the Drexel Christian Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Donald Yates Martinat, Sr.

July 31, 1940 - April 12, 2016

Mr. Donald Yates Martinat, Sr., 75, of Valdese, passed away Tuesday April 12, 2016 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Martinat was born July 31, 1940 in Burke County, a son of the late Ernest and Lucy Moses Martinat. Donald was very proud of his Waldensian Heritage. He was of the Baptist faith and was a former member of the Valdese JCs. Donald retired from the shipping...
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Dekota Chase Smith

December 14, 1999 - April 10, 2016

Dekota Chase Smith, 16, of Granite Falls, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016. A funeral service will be held 12:00PM Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church in Lenoir. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Saturday from 10:30AM to 12:00PM at Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church. Interment will follow the service at Mountain Grove Baptist Church...
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George Kiser, Jr.

November 28, 1930 - April 10, 2016

Mr. George Kiser Jr., 85, of Connelly Springs, loving father and Papaw, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 10, 2016. He was born November 28, 1930 in Catawba County to the late George Henry Kiser Sr. and Minnie May Huffman Kiser. George was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church of Icard, NC, where he was a former Sunday School teacher, RA leader, and a deacon. He was...
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Rosemarie Joyce Roberts Toney

March 13, 1935 - April 9, 2016

Mrs. Rosemarie Roberts Toney, 81, of Rhodhiss, died Saturday April 9,20156 at Brian Center Viewmont, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Toney was born march 13, 1935 in Trenton, NJ, a daughter of the late Walter and Myrtle Roberts. She was an active member of the TGIF Church and retired from Burke Mills after 16 years of service. Rosemarie enjoyed square-dancing and working at K-Mart...
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Kaye Scruggs Perrou

January 4, 1934 - April 9, 2016

Mrs. Kaye Frances Scruggs Perrou, 82, of Valdese, died Saturday April 9, 2016 at Catawba Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Perrou was born January 4, 1934 in Valdese, daughter of the late Kermit and Irene Jones Scruggs. She was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church and retired from the customer service department of Valdese Manufacturing Co. In addition to...
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Leo Wayne DuBry

May 27, 1925 - April 6, 2016

Mr. Leo Wayne DuBry, 90, of Valdese, died, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, following a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 12:00PM, at Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory. Interment will follow at the North Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC. Leo was born in Temperance, Michigan on May 27, 1925. He served his country during WWII...
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Charlene Robinson Secrest

March 6, 1935 - April 5, 2016

Mrs. Charlene Robinson Secrest, 81, of Rutherford College, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at CHS-Blue Ridge Morganton, following a period of declining health. Charlene was born on March 6, 1935 in Burke County to the late Charlie Robinson and Bertha Carswell Robinson. She was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Compnay, where she worked in the repair department. Charlene was a member...
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Melissa Rae Lyle

July 16, 1978 - April 3, 2016

Our Melissa Rae Lyle, 37, of Morganton, passed over the rainbow into paradise Sunday April 3rd, 2016 surrounded by her loved ones ,after a courageous 22 years battle with Crohn's Disease. Melissa was born in Burke County on July 16, 1978. She was the only child of Marsha Poteat Lyle and Ray Anthony Lyle of Morganton. She was loved by many and entertained all with her quick wit and humor. ...
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Evelyn Sharp Votaw

September 14, 1930 - April 2, 2016

Evelyn Sharp Votaw, 85, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Evelyn was born on September 14, 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee to the late Pierce and Jesse Hopson Sharp. She formerly worked in home health care and she loved to travel. Evelyn had a beloved dog, Cody, that she loved dearly. In addition to...
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Harold "Frog" Belton

April 8, 1945 - March 29, 2016

Mr. Harold Eugene "Frog" Belton, 61, of Morganton, passed away, Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. The family will hold a private service at a later date. Memorials may be sent to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690 An online guestbook and obituary is available at heritagefuneralservices.com ...
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Alma Kaye Hildebran

May 19, 1966 - March 28, 2016

Alma Kaye Hildebran, 49, of Granite Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 28, 2016 at her residence. Kaye was born on May 19, 1966 in Burke County to Alma Patton Dellinger and the late Fred Leroy "Toby" Hildebran. She was formerly employed in the hosiery industry. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one sister, Annette Patricia Hildebran. Survivors include her...
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Walter Alexander Gragg, Sr.

October 8, 1926 - March 28, 2016

Mr. Walter (Walt) A. Gragg, 89, of Connelly Springs entered the gates of heaven on Monday, March 28, 2016 following a period of declining health. Born in Gaston County October 8, 1926, he was the son of the late Charlie A. Gragg and Margaret (Maggie) Powell Gragg. In addition to his parents Walter was preceded in death by his loving wife Sarah (Susie) Ingle Gragg and daughter Ann G. Hall,...
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Sandra Robinson Poarch

January 14, 1963 - March 27, 2016

Mrs. Sandra Robinson Poarch, 53, of Rutherford College, departed this life on Sunday March 27, 2016 at her residence, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Poarch was born January 14, 1963 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Carl and Wanda Robinson. She was a member of Cross Link Church and was employed as manager of the Coffee Shop in Morganton. In addition to her parents she was...
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Charles Yancey

September 19, 1935 - March 27, 2016

Mr. Charles Yancey, 80, of Valdese departed this life on Sunday March 27, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Yancey was born September 19, 1935 in Burke County, a son of the late Roy and Myrtle McGalliard Yancey. Charles was a faithful member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, serving as a deacon, and choir member. He retired...
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Tracy Waycaster Graves

April 4, 1978 - March 25, 2016

Mrs. Tracy Elizabeth Waycaster Graves, 37, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016 at her family's residence, following a brief illness. Tracy was born on April 4, 1978 in Burke County to Carl Homer Waycaster and Brenda Abernathy Waycaster. She was a member of South Mountain Baptist Church in Morganton and was employed as the bakery manager for Ingles. She was preceded in death by...
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Stephen Vincent Barnes

August 11, 1942 - March 24, 2016

Mr. Stephen Vincent Barnes, 73, of Hildebran, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Stephen was born on August 11, 1942 in Catawba County to the late Charles Gordon Barnes and Flossie Childress Barnes. He attended Winkler's Grove Baptist Church and Berea Baptist Church over the years, and was a retired truck driver with...
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Mary "Patsy" Powell

November 6, 1920 - March 22, 2016

Mary Berry "Patsy" Powell, 95, of Drexel, passed away Tuesday March 22, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. Mrs. Powell was born on November 6, 1920 in Burke County to the late Phifer Erwin Berry, Sr. and Maude Patton Berry. She was a graduate of Asheville Teachers College, now UNC Asheville. Patsy was a retired teacher for Burke County Public Schools,...
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Karen Suzanne Franklin

May 21, 1960 - March 21, 2016

Karen Suzanne Franklin, 55, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a two year battle with cancer. Suzanne was born on May 21, 1960 in Catawba County to the late Roger D. Franklin and Hattie Franklin. She was currently employed as a registered nurse with Key Risk Management Services. Survivors include her two children, John T.F. Chester of...
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Matthew Hardoin

August 21, 1954 - March 20, 2016

Mr. Matthew Leonard Hardoin, 61, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at his home following a period of declining health. Mr. Hardoin was born August 21, 1954 in Macomb County, Michigan to the late Leonard and Dolores Kersten Hardoin. Matt was a loving husband and father and had a great love for playing golf and going fishing. He was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist...
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Robert Earl Barlow

March 18, 1937 - March 18, 2016

Mr. Robert Earl Barlow, 79, of Charlotte passed away Friday March 18, 2016 following complications of lung cancer at Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC. Mr. Barlow was born March 18, 1937 in Wilkes County to the late Earl Heath Barlow and Martha Earp Barlow. Robert received his Bachelor's Degree from Appalachian State University. He retired from Wells Fargo as a systems...
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Michael Eugene Hoyle

June 10, 1943 - March 17, 2016

Rev. Michael Eugene Hoyle, 72, of Hickory, went to his Heavenly Home unexpectedly on Thursday March 17, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Rev. Hoyle was born June 10, 1943 in Burke County, a son of the late Loy and Ruth Brittian Hoyle. Michael retired from the Alba-Waldensian shipping dept. He was a faithful member of New Life Church in Hickory and was serving as the pastor of Wesley...
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Mary Stewart Willis

February 15, 1933 - March 16, 2016

Mrs. Mary Lynn Stewart Willis, 83, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Carolina Rehab Nursing Center, following a long period of declining health. Mary was born on February 15, 1933 in Mitchell County to the late Teague Stewart and Kate Norman Stewart. She was a faithful member of Valdese First Baptist Church, where she was involved in the Women's Circle and a member of the...
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Jack Jerome Chapman

July 27, 1940 - March 15, 2016

Jack Jerome Chapman, 75 of Connelly Springs went home to be with the Lord on March 15th, 2016 after a period of declining health. Surviving is his wife Dorothy Buff Chapman of the home; two children Teresa Chapman Clarke and husband Eric of Drexel, Todd Chapman and special friend Sherry Teeters of Connelly Springs; step children Melissa Simmons and husband Brent of Valdese, Timothy Smith and...
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Caroline Metcalf

January 4, 1920 - March 14, 2016

Ms. Caroline Virginia Pike Metcalf, 96, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016 at Trinity Village, following a period of declining health. Ms. Metcalf was born on January 4, 1920 in Halifax County, NC to the late Exum Leroy Pike and Grace Wooton Pike. She was an avid reader and lover of books, and loved the outdoors. She had her own program on WSVM radio station, "The Personal Touch."...
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Walter "Ike" Abernathy

January 4, 1934 - March 14, 2016

Mr. Walter "Ike" Edward Abernathy, 82, of Morganton passed away Monday March 14, 2016 at Grace Heights Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mr. Abernathy was born January 4, 1934 in Burke County to the late Foster Robert Abernathy and Bertha Mae Mace Abernathy. He was a building and ground maintenance worker at Broughton Hospital. Ike enjoyed the simple life. He spent time going...
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Eula Matthews

March 14, 2016

Eula Sanders Matthews, 89, of Drexel, passed away Monday March 14, 2016 at Valdese Hospital following a period of declining health. Mrs. Matthews was born on May 22, 1926 in Burke County to the late Frank Sanders and Grace Yarborough Sanders. She was a graduate of Morganton High School, and was former co-owner and operator with her husband of Henry S. Hosiery in Drexel. She was a member of...
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John Haynes Miller, Jr.

August 2, 1936 - March 11, 2016

Mr. John Haynes Miller Jr., 79, of Rhodhiss, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC , following a period of declining health. John was born on August 2, 1936 in Berkeley County, WV, to the late John Haynes Miller, Sr. and Hilda Stipp Miller. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp and was a retired service engineer. Surviving are his...
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Lucy Elmore Johnson

September 4, 1939 - March 9, 2016

Mrs. Lucy Jane Elmore Johnson, 76, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Lucy was born on September 4, 1939 in Burke County to the late Luther Augustus Elmore and Lennie Belle Farmer Elmore. She was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church, where she taught in the children's department for many years and was...
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Lillie Mae Bradshaw Shuffler

June 3, 1929 - March 8, 2016

Mrs. Lillie Mae Bradshaw Shuffler, 86, of Rutherford College, went home to meet her Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Hickory Falls Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Lillie was born on June 3, 1929 in Burke County to the late Harley Bradshaw and Carrie Carswell Bradshaw. She was a longtime member of Crosslink Church and was retired from Neuville Hosiery Mfg.,...
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Donald Thomas Propst

November 29, 1951 - March 7, 2016

Mr. Donald Thomas Propst, 64, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2016 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Donald was born on November 29, 1951 in Burke County to the late Wilson Propst and Mary Ann Hudson Prospt. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with Pastor Tim Stillwell officiating. The family...
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Jack Harold West

January 21, 1930 - March 6, 2016

Mr. Jack Harold West, 86, of Valdese, died Sunday March 6, 2016 at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. West was born January 21, 1930 in Cherokee County, NC, a son of the late Glen and Myrtle Sherrill West. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ellen Carrol West, second wife, Pat Oxford West, third wife, Thelma Bradshaw West...
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Carl Brinkley

February 14, 1929 - March 6, 2016

Carl Alexander Brinkley, 87, of Valdese, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. Mr. Brinkley was born on February 14, 1929 to the late Clyde Brinkley and Pearl Harris Brinkley. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict from 1952-1954. In 1955 he became owner and operator of City Ready Mix, operating for...
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John Wayne Stilwell

November 22, 1938 - March 5, 2016

Mr. John Wayne Stilwell, 77, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday March 5, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative care following a period of declining health. Mr. Stilwell was born November 22, 1938 in Burke County to the late Marvin Stilwell and Minnie Wycoff Stilwell. He was a foreman over the carving department at drexel Furniture. Survivors include his wife Jewel Brittain of the home;...
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Ronald Phillips

July 15, 1959 - March 5, 2016

Mr. Ronald Lynn Phillips, 56, of Hickory, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016, at his residence, following a period of declining health. Ronald was born July 15, 1959, in Catawba County to the late Clara Burns Walker. He served as an Operation Peace Keeper in the Navy and received the Navy Expedition Medal. In addition to his mother, he is preceded in death by his step-father, Alvin Walker;...
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Judy Lane Hoffman

August 6, 1943 - March 5, 2016

Mrs. Judy "Mamaw" Lane Vanhorn Hoffman, 72, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Judy was born August 6, 1943 in Cleveland County to the late Carmie Franklin and Bertha Cook Vanhorn. She was a faithful member at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and loved to spend time with her...
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Mary Frances Auten Woods Price

August 11, 1930 - March 5, 2016

Mrs. Mary Frances Auten Woods Price, 85 of Valdese, passed away on Saturday March 5, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a brief illness. Mrs. Price was born August 11, 1930 in Lincoln County, a daughter of the late John Mack and Gertrude Newton Auten. Mary was an active member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, serving as Sunday School teacher in the Beginners...
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Darrell "Bill" William Powell

February 7, 1937 - March 3, 2016

Darrell William "Bill" Powell, 79, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Thursday March 3, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Powell was born February 7, 1937 in Burke County, a son of the late Jessie James and Edith Lail Powell. He retired from the Ford Motor Company as a tool and dye maker. Bill served his country as a...
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Richard Dale Starnes

March 24, 1945 - March 3, 2016

Mr. Richard Dale Starnes, 70, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday March 3, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Starnes was born March 24, 1945 in Catawba County to the late Edgar Lee Starnes and Tilda Worley Brinkley. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Starnes worked as a volunteer firefighter and retired as a finisher in the furniture industry. In addition to...
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Dysart Moran Franklin

June 5, 1943 - March 3, 2016

Mr. Dysart Moran Franklin, 72, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Grace Heights Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Dysart was born on June 5, 1943 in Burke County to the late Winfred Monroe Franklin and Lonnie Mary Jane Smith Franklin. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in Morganton and served his country in the U.S. Army National Guard. Mr....
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Jennifer Nicole Monahan

March 22, 1973 - March 3, 2016

Ms. Jennifer Nicole Monahan, 42, of Granite Falls, passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2016, following a brief illness at Caldwell Hospice in Hudson, NC. Jennifer was born March 22, 1973 in Wise County, VA to William Robert Monahan and Brenda Calloway Duckworth. She was a very loving person who loved to make others laugh, and held a special place in her heart for animals and the environment. ...
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William Edward McClured

August 27, 1919 - March 2, 2016

Mr. William Edward McClured, 96, of Morganton passed away Wednesday March 2, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mr. McClured was born August 27, 1919 in Hancock County, Georgia to the late Julius Plato McClured and Mary Alice Rhoney McClured. He was a member of Faith Community Church in Connelly Springs. Mr. McClured was employed by Carolina Freight as...
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Lois VanHorn Franklin

July 22, 1918 - March 1, 2016

Lois Virginia VanHorn Franklin, 97, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday March 1, 2016 at Grace Ridge Retirement Community following a period of declining health. Mrs. Franklin was born on July 22, 1918 in Washington County, Ga. to the late George W. VanHorn and Ethel Ledford VanHorn. She was former owner and operator of Franklin Quality Builders, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Valdese...
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John Phillip Graybeal, Jr.

August 10, 1951 - March 1, 2016

Mr. John Phillip Graybeal, Jr., 64, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Phillip was born on August 10, 1951 in Burke County to Anna Brooks Graybeal and the late John Phillip Graybeal, Sr. He was formerly employed as a long haul truck driver. Survivors include his wife, Joette Storie Graybeal of the home...
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George "Jerry" Herrick

November 17, 1933 - March 1, 2016

Mr. George "Jerry" Gerald Herrick, 82, of Valdese passed away Tuesday March 1, 2016 at Grace Heights Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mr. Herrick was born November 17, 1933 in Cattaraugus County, NY to the late George Herrick and Marie Steffenhagen. He retired as Director of Quality Control at Ethan Allen. Jerry was a member at Christ United Methodist Church in Drexel. In...
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Williard "Bud" Webb, Jr.

September 27, 1951 - February 28, 2016

Mr. Willard Loyd "Bud" Webb, Jr., 64, of Morganton, died Sunday February 28, 2016. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 5:00 P.M. Friday March 4, 2016 at Guiding Light Baptist Church in Longview. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Webb family.
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Ronald Dean Orders

November 29, 1949 - February 28, 2016

Mr. Ronald Dean Orders, 64, of Glen Alpine, passed away on Sunday February 28, 2016 at his residence. Dean was born on November 29, 1949 in Burke County to the late Charles Orders and Marqueen Duckworth Orders. He attended Salem High School and served in the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany. Dean worked for Morganton Dyeing and Finishing and as a long distance truck driver for many years...
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James Stanford Howell

September 23, 1934 - February 28, 2016

Mr. James Stanford Howell, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016, at Grace Hospital, following a period of declining health. James was born September 23, 1934 in Ashe County to the late Thomas and Ruth Owens Howell. He was a faithful attendee at New Life Assembly Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers; Paul Howell, Charlie Howell...
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Charles Ray Killian

December 2, 1957 - February 28, 2016

Mr. Charles Ray Killian, 58, of Hickory passed away Sunday February 28, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mr. Killian was born December 2, 1957 in Burke County to the late Oscar Killian and Martha Wiggins. He worked as a carpenter. Survivors include his wife Bonnie Killian of the home; sons, Chad Killian and Branden Killian; step son, Andrew Saul; three...
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Charles Earnest Taylor

June 7, 1928 - February 28, 2016

Charles Earnest Taylor entered into eternity on February 28, 2016 at Grace Hospital after an extended illness. Charles was born in Bomont, WV, June 7, 1928 to the late Harvey and Georgie Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Betty Taylor of Brandon Rd. Morganton, daughter, Judith Taylor of the home, three sisters; Irene Bower, Rosa Bostic, and Ruby Symes, all of WV; and many nieces, nephews, and...
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Vickie Sarah Lail

March 19, 1957 - February 28, 2016

Vickie Sarah Lail, 58, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday February 28, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a courageous battle with cancer. Vickie was born March 19, 1957 in Burke County a daughter of the late Ray and Bonnie Leger Lail. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church Valdese and attended Burns Memorial Baptist Church. Vickie was a...
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Lois McCall Walsh

October 7, 1928 - February 27, 2016

Mrs. Lois McCall Walsh, 87, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Reward on Saturday February 27, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Walsh was born October 7, 1928 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Robert and Cora Benge McCall. She was a member of Valdese First Baptist Church and retired from Hardee as a cashier. In...
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Cynthia Ann Smith Lail

January 30, 1966 - February 26, 2016

Cynthia Ann Smith Lail, 50, of Connelly Springs passed away Friday February 26, 2016 at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte following a brief period of declining health. Cynthia was born January 30, 1966 in Pike County, Kentucky to the late James Harvey Smith and Wilma Arlene Smith. She worked as a seamstress at Hickory Hill Furniture. Cynthia is survived by her children, Jeffrey Lail,...
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Susie Ingle Smith

September 28, 1926 - February 26, 2016

Mrs. Susie Ann Ingle Smith, 89, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, following a brief illness. Susie was born on September 28, 1926 in Burke County to the late John William Ingle and Nellie Shuffler Ingle. She was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and was a loving homemaker, who enjoyed gardening, and...
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Mary Wilkie Lutz

May 3, 1938 - February 26, 2016

Mrs. Mary Faye Wilkie Lutz, 77, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Mary was born on May 3, 1938 in Cleveland County to the late Leroy Wilkie and Dorothy Smith Wilkie. She was a member of the Valdese Church of God, now known as River of Life Church and was retired from Alba-Waldensian, where she...
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Della Lockhart

June 7, 1921 - February 23, 2016

Ms. Della Jane Lindsay Lockhart of Valdese, born June 7, 1921, passed February 23, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, with comfort and peace into Gods Kingdom. She is survived by a daughter, Emily Lockhart Dodson of Valdese, a granddaughter, Lora Jane Bumgarner Leatherwood and husband Scott, and two great granddaughters, Elizabeth UnaJane Leatherwood and Megan Scott Leatherwood, all of...
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David Stanton Adams, Jr.

February 10, 1947 - February 23, 2016

Mr. David Stanton Adams, Jr.,69, of Nebo, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte, following a brief illness. David was born on February 10, 1947 in Gaston County to the late David S. Adams, Sr. and Helen Adams. He was formerly employed as a machinist with Toner Machining. In addition to her parents, he was preceded in death by two stepchildren, Leroy...
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Venus Abee Brown

December 12, 1932 - February 21, 2016

Mrs. Venus Brown, 83, of Valdese passed away Sunday February 21, 2016 at Wendover Heights Nursing Facility following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held 3:00 PM Tuesday February 23, 2016 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Valdese.
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Charla Gail Ward

May 7, 1974 - February 21, 2016

Ms. Charla Gail Ward, 41, of Granite Falls passed away Sunday February 21, 2016 at her residence following a period of declining health. Ms. Ward was born May 7, 1974 in McDowell County to Mrs. Gail White and the late Charles Ward. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Maude Burleson; her grandfather, George Burleson; and nephew Tyler Frisco. Survivors...
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Cynthia Code

March 9, 1960 - February 17, 2016

On February 17, 2016 Cynthia Loretta Garrison Code was called from labor to reward. She was born March 9, 1960. Affectionately known as Cinderella, she was a loving and devoted mother and kind soul. Cynthia leaves to cherish her memories: her two sons William Raymon Code of Valdese, NC, and (QMI)(SW-AW) Ja'mar Lewis of the US Navy, stationed in Sasebo, Japan; Her Father, Sidney L. Garrison...
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Jacqueline Taylor Merrill

March 7, 1965 - February 16, 2016

Jacqueline Taylor Merrill, of Morganton, entered Heaven yesterday, February 16, 2016 at Duke University Hospital after a lengthy illness. Jacqueline was born March 7, 1965 in Titusville, FL. She is survived by her parents, Charles and Betty Taylor of Brandon Rd. in Morganton and a sister Judith Taylor of the home; a step brother Ronald Hawk of Hickory; a special aunt, Gail Burleson of...
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Evelyn Bradshaw Sain

September 17, 1936 - February 15, 2016

Mrs. Evelyn Bradshaw Sain, 79, of Hildebran, passed away on Monday, February 15, 2016 at Hickory Falls Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Evelyn was born on September 17, 1936, in Catawba County to the late William Frank Bradshaw and Lottie Mae Pruitt. Evelyn was a member of Crosslink Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, George Warren...
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Ernest William Moose

February 21, 1949 - February 9, 2016

Mr. Ernest William Moose, 66, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday, February 9, 2016 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ernie was born on February 21, 1949 in Burke County to the late Robert H. "Bob" Moose and Dorothy Whisnant Moose. He worked for many years as security for Hanes Inc. and recently retired as a shipping manager with Belk Dept....
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Viola Young Winkler

February 25, 1935 - February 9, 2016

Mrs. Viola Mageline Young Winkler, 80, of Hildebran, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Viola was born on February 25, 1935 in Burke County to the late Noah Young and Cora Huffman Young. She was a member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother and homemaker. Viola also worked at Shuford Mills for some time...
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Paul Albert McNeely

September 28, 1928 - February 8, 2016

Paul Albert McNeely, 87, has left this earth to join his beloved wife, Margaret Coline McNeely; daughter: Paula Coline McNeely Stewart, brothers and sisters, parents, and former wife Frankie Wycoff McNeely in their heavenly home. Paul was a resident of 2582 Shady Grove Rd. Connelly Springs. He was an army veteran of the Korean War, a retired auto mechanic, former owner of M&S Garage in...
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Bessie Cleree LeFevers

January 21, 1928 - February 7, 2016

Ms. Bessie Cleree LeFevers, 88, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Bessie was born on January 21, 1921 in Burke County to the late W.A. LeFevers and Nanny LeFevers. She was a member of Bethel Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 2:00pm in the Chapel of...
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Yates Edward Seagle

September 15, 1957 - February 6, 2016

Yates Edward Seagle, 58, of Valdese, passed away Saturday February 6, 2016 at his residence following a lengthy illness. Mr. Seagle was born on September 15, 1957 in Burke County to the late George Seagle and Clara Puett Seagle. He was a mechanical engineer with Phillip Morris, and was a member of the Morganton Moose Lodge. He always kept busy working on something, and was a loving father,...
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Phyllis Collier

January 29, 1935 - February 6, 2016

Phyllis Lucille "Lucy" Carpenter Gross Collier lost her battle to remain with us on 2-6-2016. She was born on 1-29-1935 to Lum and Lenas Carpenter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two spouses- Robert Goss and William Collier, her brother- Olin Carpenter, grandson- Donovan Burwell and great-grandson- Khayden Bigelow. She is survived by her daughter Cindy Bigelow,...
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Patricia Gail Shuping

May 29, 1940 - February 5, 2016

Mrs. Patricia Gail Shuping, 75, of Valdese passed away Friday February 5, 2016 at Forsythe Medical Center following a period of declining health. A memorial service for Mrs. Shuping will be held 3:00 PM Tuesday February 16, 2016 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of...
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Parthenia Stafford Short

December 16, 1919 - February 5, 2016

Mrs. Parthenia Cooper Stafford Short, 96, of Valdese passed away Friday February 5, 2016 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Mrs. Short was born December 13, 1919 in Burke County to the late Marshall Finley Cooper and Edith Jeanette Berry Cooper. Early in her childhood Parthenia's mother passed away and she was raised by her uncle, the late William Owens Berry....
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James Arthur Plemmons

September 29, 1937 - February 4, 2016

Mr. James Arthur Plemmons, 78, of Ripley West Virginia passed away February 4, 2016 following a period of declining health. A Private service will be held at a later date. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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James Louis O'neil

May 16, 1951 - February 4, 2016

James Louis O'Neil, 64, of Asheville, formerly of Morganton, passed away Thursday February 4, 2016 at the VA Medical Center in Asheville. Mr. O'Neil was born on May 16, 1951 in Burke County to the late Mary O'Neil. He was a United States Navy Veteran, and was a retired truck driver with Swift Motor lines. James was a member of McElrath Chapel AME Church in Morganton. In addition to his parents...
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Earl Page

November 22, 1929 - February 2, 2016

Earl E. "Poppy" Page, 86, of Valdese, passed away on February 2, 2016. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and a veteran of the Korean War. Earl E. "Pappy" Page was born on November 22, 1929. A private funeral service will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM, at Burke Memorial Park. Memorials may be sent to St. Judes Children Hospital at 262...
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Virginia Yates Knight

June 7, 1926 - February 2, 2016

Mrs. Virginia Dare Yates Knight, 89, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at her residence, following a period of declining health. Virginia was born on June 7, 1926 in Saulsville, W.V., to the late Richard Henry Yates and Edith Italy Coffey Yates. She was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church Valdese and was a loving homemaker and mother to her entire family. In...
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Louise Pons Garrison

June 15, 1926 - February 2, 2016

Mrs. Louise Pons Garrison, 89, of Valdese passed away Tuesday February 2, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Garrison was born June 15, 1926 in Burke County to the late Albert O. Pons and Anita Micol Pons. Mrs. Garrison was a lifelong member at Waldensian Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir, played piano for the children's choir,...
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Billy Joe Hullette

January 20, 1931 - February 1, 2016

Mr. Billy Joe Hullette, 85, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016, at Catawba Regional Hospice after a period of declining health. Billy was born on January 20, 1931 in Catawba County to the late Audie Hullette and Ellen Elizabeth Elmore. He regularly attended Burns Memorial Baptist Church and was employed as a cab driver. In addition to his parents he was preceded in...
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Andrena Edwards

July 17, 1969 - January 31, 2016

Ms. Andrena Geneva Goode Edwards, 46, of Morganton passed away on January 31, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents James Goode and Ethel Shumake Johnson. Adrena was survived by her two children, Robert Lee Johnson of Drexel and Brandy Lenore Edwards of Drexel. A memorial service will be held at a later date by the family.
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Cynthia Driscoll Kepner

September 3, 1952 - January 31, 2016

Mrs. Cynthia Driscoll Kepner, 63, of Morganton, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous two year battle with leukemia. Cindy was born on September 3, 1952 in Cheyenne, WY, to Laura Crowe Driscoll and the late Norman Driscoll. She attended anesthesia school in Charleston, WV,...
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Doyle Crandle Little, Jr.

November 18, 1936 - January 29, 2016

Mr. Doyle C. Little, 79, of Valdese, died Friday January 29, 2016 in Hilton Head Island, S.C. after a brief illness. Mr. Little was born November 28, 1936 in Edgecombe County, NC a son of the late Doyle C. Little, Sr. and Millie Brewer Little He was a former employee of Hickory Printing Co. and retired as co-founder of Valdese Packaging & Labels. Doyle enjoyed spending time at his residence on...
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Charles Augustus Styles, Jr.

January 28, 1964 - January 29, 2016

Mr. Charles Augustus Styles, Jr., 52, of Morganton, died Thursday January 29,2016 at his residence after a brief illness. Mr. Styles was born January 28, 1964 in Mitchell County, a son of Charles A. Styles, Sr. and Mary Stewart Farmer Dodgen. He was preceded in death by a son Christopher Styles. Surviving are a daughter Amy Lynn Styles of Nebo, mother, Mary Stewart Farmer Dodgen and husband...
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Ronald Wilson Powell

February 15, 1939 - January 28, 2016

Mr. Ronald Wilson Powell, 76, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Thursday January 28, 2016 at Mission Hospital, Asheville, after a period of declining health. Mr. Powell was born February 15, 1939 in Burke County, a son of the late Nuvart "Bud" and Hazel Cuthbertson Powell. He was self employed as co-owner and welder with Powell Welding and attended Solid Rock Baptist Church. In...
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William David Webber

January 21, 1966 - January 28, 2016

Mr. William David Webber, 50, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with Jesus, on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, following a period of declining health. William was born on January 21, 1966 in Cleveland , OH to Franklin D. Webber and Dona Burgess Webber. He was employed as an upholsterer in the furniture industry and a member of Abee's Grove Baptist...
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Christopher Charles Styles

July 15, 1985 - January 27, 2016

Mr. Christopher Charles Styles 30, of Morganton, died unexpectedly Wednesday January 27, 2016. Christopher was born July 15, 1985 in Burke County, a son of the late Charles Styles, Jr. and Connie Summerow Styles of Morganton. Surviving in addition to his mother are his children, Nathan Wayne Styles and Kelsey Lynn Styles both of Morganton, one sister, Amy Lynn Styles of Nebo, grandparents,...
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Thomas Edward Cook

April 19, 1930 - January 27, 2016

Mr. Thomas Edward Cook, 85, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at CHS Blue Ridge-Morganton, following a period of declining health. Thomas was born on April 19, 1930 in Chappells, SC to the late William Cook and Novice Lominick Cook. He was an U.S. Air Force veteran and retired from Broughton Hospital, where he worked as a warehouse manager for many years. In addition to...
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Mary Lee Rhoney

June 6, 1931 - January 26, 2016

Mrs. Mary Lee Smith Rhoney, 84, formerly of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at College Pines Nursing Home, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Rhoney was born June 6, 1931 in Burke County to the late Henry M. Smith and Thelma Eckard Smith. She was an avid Duke fan, loved reading, watching old movies, and working puzzles. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death...
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Marshall Ray Mitchell

June 5, 1963 - January 26, 2016

Mr. Marshall Ray Mitchell, 52, of Linville passed away Tuesday January 26, 2016 at Life Care Nursing Facility in Banner Elk, following a period of declining health. Mr. Mitchell was born June 5, 1963 in Catawba County to Mrs. Emma Mitchell Punch and the late Glenn Ray Mitchell. He worked in food service at Broughton and at Frye Regional Medical Center. He was a member at Mt. Home Baptist Church...
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Betsy Nichols Cranford

September 15, 1942 - January 26, 2016

Betsy Nichols Cranford, 73 of Drexel, passed away Tuesday January 26, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Cranford was born on September 15, 1942 in Watauga County to Treva Norris Nichols of Deep Gap, NC and the late Vollie Nichols. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, and was retired from Burke County Public Schools, last teaching...
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Cameron Alexander Monroe, Jr.

August 12, 1965 - January 25, 2016

Mr. Cameron Alexander Monroe, Jr., 50, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 25, 2016 at his residence. Cameron was born on August 12, 1965 in Burke County to the late Cameron A. Monroe, Sr. and Betty Jean Dale Monroe. He attended Faith Community Church and was previously employed with Rotech Medical Equipment. Survivors include his two sons, Alex and Derrick Monroe of the...
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