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Margie Taylor Stillwell

May 16, 1922 - May 23, 2016

Mrs. Margie Taylor Stillwell, 94, went to her Heavenly Reward on Monday May 23, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Stillwell was born May 16, 1922 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Curtis and Beuna Hildebran Taylor. She was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church serving as the treasurer of her Sunday School class. Mrs. Stillwell was a loving...
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Muriel Marie Vanhorn Rhoney

March 22, 1934 - May 22, 2016

Mrs. Muriel Vanhorn Rhoney, 82, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday May 22, 2016 at Grace Hospital, Morganton, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Rhoney was born March 22, 1934 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Rilie Pinky and Effie Fannie Cook Vanhorn. She was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother...
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Dorothy Dottie Rector

December 20, 1929 - May 22, 2016

Mrs. Dorothy "Dottie" Jean Andrews Rector, 86, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Autumn Care of Drexel, following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Burke Memorial Park. An online guestbook is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of Valdese is serving the Rector family.
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Hattie Reynolds Rostan

May 22, 1925 - May 21, 2016

Hattie Reynolds Rostan, 90, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Trinity Ridge in Hickory, North Carolina. She was born on May 22, 1925 to Will and Junie Bradshaw Reynolds in Burke County, NC. She married Stephen Rostan in 1941 and was married to him for 53 years when he preceded her in death. She is survived by a son, Stephen E. Rostan, M.D. (Wendy) of Southern Pines, N.C. and two...
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Claude Kevin Christenbury

April 29, 1971 - May 20, 2016

Mr. Claude Kevin Christenbury, 45, of Longview passed away unexpectedly, on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Kevin was born on April 29, 1971 in Burke County to Linda Hoyle Braswell and the late Steve Christenbury. He was employed as a machine operator for Zion Industries in Hildebran. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Myrtle and...
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William Gamewell Stacy

November 28, 1943 - May 19, 2016

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, William "G" Stacy , Jr. was laid in the arms of Jesus after a four month battle with lung cancer. "G" was born on November 28, 1943 in Ayden, NC to the late William "Dub" Stacy Sr. and Gladys Highsmith Stacy of Drexel. He met his wife, Janet while working for Shadowline and after making her his bride, he embraced her family as his own, fiercely loving his and her...
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Billie Deal

June 26, 1933 - May 18, 2016

Mrs. Billie Byrd Deal, 82, of Hickory, departed this life to her Heavenly home from Abernethy Laurels Nursing Center on Wednesday May 18, 2016 after a courageous and brave battle with Alzheimers . Mrs. Deal was born June 26, 1933 in Polk County, a daughter of the late Edgar C."Red" and Ruth Shytle Byrd. She was a graduate of Francis Garrou High School in Valdese, attended Clevenger's Business...
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James Spurgeon Peterson

August 6, 1970 - May 16, 2016

Mr. James Spurgeon Peterson, 45, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016 at his residence. James was born on August 6, 1970 in Buffalo, NY to James Oliver Peterson and Elizabeth Ann Law Peterson. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. A private service will be held by the family at a later date. Memorials may be sent to NAMI Western Carolina, 356 Biltmore Ave.,...
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Clyde Wayne Little

December 4, 1952 - May 15, 2016

Rev. Clyde Wayne Little, 63, of Morganton passed away on May 15, 2016 at his home following two years of severe illness. Surviving is his wife Barbara Little of the home, four children, two brothers, 3 sisters, nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Services are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory. In lieu of flowers memorials may be...
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Rickie Lee Huff

March 19, 1954 - May 14, 2016

Rickie Lee Huff, 62, of Vale, passed away Saturday May 14, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday May 18, 2016 at Mountain View United Methodist Church Cemetery in Abingdon, VA. An online guestbook is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of...
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Charles Homer Barnhardt, Sr.

June 23, 1924 - May 13, 2016

Mr. Charles H. Barnhardt, 91, of Rutherford College passed away on May 13, 2016 after a short stay at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese. Charlie was born on June 23, 1924 in Winston Salem to Rev. Zeb Barnhardt , a Methodist minister, and Kate Wagg Barnhardt, the daughter of Methodist minister, Rev. T.E.Wagg. Charlie was an active member of his community during his lifetime. He was a...
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Mary Wilson Coffey

April 16, 1921 - May 13, 2016

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Franklin Wilson Coffey, 95, of Morganton passed away Friday May 13, 2016 at Grace Heights Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Coffey was born April 16, 1921 in Burke County to the late Dock Moran Franklin and Annie May Pless Franklin. Mary had been a long time member of Hopewell Baptist Church teaching classes from nursery to the adult ladies. She...
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Rhea Alford Townsend, Jr.

October 29, 1945 - May 12, 2016

Mr. Rhea Alford Townsend, Jr. , 70, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday May 12, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Townsend was born October 29, 1945 in Virginia to the late Rhea Townsend, Sr. and Nola Lee Sorah. He worked as a mechanic and maintenance worker in the furniture industry. Rhea was a member of the United States Army serving in Vietnam. He shared...
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Nancy Deal Bennett

January 19, 1953 - May 12, 2016

Mrs. Nancy Deal Bennett, 63, of Morganton passed away Thursday May 12, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mrs. Bennett was born January 19, 1953 in Burke County to Mrs. Thelma Gilbert Deal and Mr. Donald Deal. She was an early childhood educator, working for Burke County Public Schools. Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by her nephew, Greg...
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Cheryl Lynn Whisnant

March 11, 1957 - May 12, 2016

Cheryl Lynn Wyatt Whisnant, 59, of Valdese, passed away Thursday May 12, 2016 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care. Funeral Services will be private. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family
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Mildred Glasco Brinkley

August 21, 1930 - May 11, 2016

Mildred Glasco Brinkley, 85, of Valdese, departed this life to her heavenly home on Tuesday May 11, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a brief illness. Mildred was born on August 21, 1930 in Cleveland County to the late Henry Glasco and Bryte Costner Glasco. She was employed as a telephone operator for many years and later worked for the Alba Outlet Store. After marrying her...
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Edna Caroline Brittain Kiser

September 29, 1934 - May 9, 2016

Edna Caroline Brittain Kiser, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Edna was born on September 29, 1934 in Burke County, to the late Gete Brittain and Alice Anna Young. She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church and loved being a wife, mother, and most of all a grandmother. In addition to her...
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Mary Katherine Benfield Houser

January 12, 1941 - May 8, 2016

Mrs. Mary Katherine Benfield Houser, 75, of Morganton, died Sunday May 8, 2016 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Houser was born January 12, 1941 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Thomas Edward Benfield, Sr. and Mary Walker Benfield. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and retired as a knitter from the textile industry. In addition to her parents she...
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James Kevin Cannon

August 5, 1979 - May 8, 2016

Mr. James Kevin Cannon, 36, of Connelly Springs went to his Heavenly reward on Sunday May 8, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, after a period of declining health. James was born August 5, 1979 in Catawba County, a loving son of Johnny C. Cannon and Carolyn L. Cannon. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church and graduated from North Liberty School. He was preceded in death by his...
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Lavada Kiser Brittain

October 28, 1923 - May 7, 2016

Lavada Maude Kiser Brittain, 92, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Lavada was born on October 28, 1923 in South Carolina, to the late Roland Kiser and Viola Taylor Kiser. She was a loving homemaker, a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church, who loved her flowers and gardening, cooking for her family, and...
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Tip Phantha

January 9, 1918 - May 6, 2016


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Charles Stephenson Barker

February 26, 1940 - May 6, 2016

Charles Stephenson Barker, 76, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. He was a loving husband, father and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Charles was born on February 26, 1940 in Halifax County, to the late Elmer Barker and Florence Craddock Barker. He was a member of Walker's...
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Robert Abernathy, Jr.

July 1, 1925 - May 6, 2016

Mr. Robert Abernathy, Jr. , 90, of Valdese, passed away on Friday May 6, 2016 at Grace Heights Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Abernathy was born July 1, 1925 in Fort Mill, SC, a son of the late Foster Robert and Bertha May Mace Abernathy. He was a US Navy Veteran of WW II, serving as Third Class Petty Officer. After his tour of duty in the military he worked as an...
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Frances Anson

January 17, 1924 - May 5, 2016


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John Henry Lowman

June 27, 1928 - May 5, 2016

Mr. John Henry Lowman, 87, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Lenoir Healthcare Center, following a period of declining health. John was born on June 27, 1928 in Burke County to the late Henry Lowman and Dovie Hildebran Lowman. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and was a retired diesel mechanic for Cramer Lumber Company. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Sturges Conway Beane, Jr.

May 26, 1952 - May 2, 2016

Mr. Sturges "JR" Conway Beane, Jr., 63, of Rutherford College, departed for his heavenly home on Monday, May 2, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a battle with cancer. JR was born in Caldwell County to the late Sturges Conway Beane, Sr. and Betty Clontz Beane. He was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church, and enjoyed playing golf and going to races. Survivors include his...
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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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Rickey Taylor

April 27, 2016

Rickey Tee Taylor - 63 Born in Paragould, Arkansas; November 25, 1952 Died in Valdese, North Carolina: April 27, 2016 Rickey had passed away from fighting a battle of cancer. Rickey grew up in Arkansas, Michigan and the last 12 years in Hickory, North Carolina. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Bill Taylor. He had 6 brothers and 5 sisters. He was preceded in death by his father Mr. Bill...
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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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