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Hazel Christine Branch Smith

September 11, 1943 - December 13, 2017

Mrs. Hazel Christine Branch Smith, 74, of Morganton, NC passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at CHS-Blue Ridge Morganton, following a period of declining health. Hazel was born on September 11, 1943 in Burke County to the late Robert Howard Branch and Barbara Setzer Branch. She was formerly employed as a packer in the glass manufacturing business. Hazel was a loving mother, grandmother...
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Terry Ray Beasley

July 13, 1962 - December 13, 2017

Mr. Terry Ray Beasley, 55, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at CHS-Blue Ridge , Morganton, following a period of declining health. Terry was born on July 13, 1962 in Texarkana, TX to Joann Sinn and the late Mabrey Beasley. He was formerly employed as a supervisor at Kellex Furniture. Survivors include his wife, Dawn Jones Beasley of the home, five children; Nathan...
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Helen Stamey Moses

April 20, 1952 - December 10, 2017

Mrs. Helen Stamey Moses, 65, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday December 10, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of dcelining health. Mrs. Moses was born April 20, 1952 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Alvin and Elizabeth Swink Stamey. Helen was of the Baptist faith and retired from Morganton Dyeing and Finishing Co. In addition to her parents she was preceded in...
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Billy Maurice Newland

March 1, 1942 - December 10, 2017

Mr. Billy Maurice Newland Sr., 75, of Morganton, passed away December 10, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative care, following a period of declining health. Mr. Newland was born on March 1, 1942 in Ellis County, TX to the late Virgil Lee Newland and Edith Colston. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather to his entire family. In addition to his parents he was...
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Charlie Boyd Hildebrand

February 28, 1929 - December 8, 2017

Hildebran – Charlie B. Hildebrand, 88, passed away surrounded by family December 8, 2017, after a period of declining health. The son of the late John S. Hildebrand and Mammie Childers Hildebrand, he was born on February 28, 1929, in Burke County. He was preceded in death by seven brothers and seven sisters. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nell Berry Hildebrand, of the home,...
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Nell Thompson Palmer

January 23, 1951 - December 8, 2017

Nell Brown Thompson Palmer, 66, of Charlotte, passed away, Friday December 8, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. Mrs. Palmer was born on January 23, 1951 in Wayne County, NC to the late E.H. "Jack" Thompson and Ludie Brown Thompson. She graduated from Methodist College (Now Methodist University) in Fayetteville, NC in 1973 and taught school in...
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Linda Sue Hoyle Braswell

October 26, 1948 - December 4, 2017

Mrs. Linda Sue Hoyle Braswell, 69, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017 at Autumn Care of Drexel, following a period of declining health. Linda was born October 26, 1948, in Watauga County, to the late Claude Hoyle and Myrtle Hudson Hoyle. She was a member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church and a graduate from Lenoir Rhyne University with a Bachelor degree in nursing....
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Mark Anthony Sprinkle

May 20, 1986 - December 4, 2017

Mr. Mark Anthony Sprinkle, 31, of Hickory, passed away Monday December 4, 2017 at Catawba Medical Center following a brief illness. Mark was born May 20, 1986 in Forsythe County. He was a member at Fellowship Baptist Church in Connelly Springs. Mark was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Albert and Pansey Porter; and paternal grandparents, Wyatt M. Spencer and Louise Reinhardt. ...
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Hollie Louisa Carlton Hefner

January 8, 1922 - December 3, 2017

Mrs. Hollie Louisa Carlton Hefner, 95, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday December 3, 2017 at Abernethy Laurels Health Care, Newton, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Hefner was born January 8, 1922 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Jacob Riley Carlton and Viola Carswell Carlton Austin. She was retired from Valdese Manufacturing and was a member of Icard Church of God. ...
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Mary Evelyn Johnson Pope

June 3, 1941 - December 3, 2017

Mrs. Mary Evelyn Johnson Pope, 76, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Mary was born June 3, 1941, in Caldwell County, to the late Clarence M. Johnson and Lettie Mae Hollar Johnson. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, and was retired from MDI after 25 years of service. In addition to her parents she is...
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Faye James McClure

June 9, 1932 - November 30, 2017

Mrs. Faye Evelyn James McClure, 85, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Magnolia Lane Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Faye was born on June 9, 1932 in Walker County, GA, to the late Willie Lee James and Pearl Crane James. She was retired from the textile industry, where she worked as a knitter for many years. In addition to her parents, she was...
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Carolyn Faye Hollifield

January 10, 1951 - November 29, 2017

Carolyn Faye Hollifield, 66, of Valdese passed away Wednesday November 29, 2017 at her home. Carolyn was born January 10, 1951 in Burke County to the late Delbert Anthony and Vergie Mavin Lail Anthony. She worked as a finisher at Drexel Furniture Company and was self employed as a housekeeper. Survivors include her children, Kerrie Bodden and husband Leopold of Connelly Springs, Kimberly...
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Delma Speagle Brittain

July 9, 1935 - November 27, 2017

Mrs. Delma Speagle Brittain, 82, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Delma was born on July 9, 1935 in Burke County to the late Lloyd Speagle and Lula Thorne Speagle. She was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church, was formerly employed in the hosiery industry and most recently employed at Drexel...
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Vernon Grady Craig

September 5, 1929 - November 27, 2017

Mr. Vernon Grady Craig, 88, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Vernon was born September 5, 1929, in Burke County, to the late Grady Henry Craig and Katy Huffman Craig. He was veteran of the United States Air Force. Vernon was the ultimate salesman, and enjoyed travel and fishing. In addition to...
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Ray "Bud" Stamey

November 7, 1938 - November 26, 2017

Mr. Ray "Bud" Stamey entered the gates of heaven on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a shockingly short and intense battle with lung cancer. Bud was born November 7, 1938 in Burke County to the late Avery Wilson Stamey and Cannie Franklin Stamey. He enjoyed nature, fishing, carpentry, gardening, spending time with his grandchildren, and traveling. ...
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Hazel Juanita Carswell Lowman

February 17, 1941 - November 26, 2017

Mrs. Hazel Juanita Carswell Lowman, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Hazel was born February 17, 1941, in Burke County to the late Bryson "Butcher" Carswell and Ottie Mae Lail Carswell. Hazel will be remembered for being the most wonderful wife, moma and grandmother one could ever ask for...
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Danny Scott McIntosh

December 30, 1965 - November 24, 2017

Mr. Danny Scott McIntosh, 51, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday November 24, 2017 at Newberry Memorial Hospital, in Newberry, SC, after a brief illness. Mr. McIntosh was born December 30, 1965 in Lincoln County, a son of George Daniel McIntosh and Nina Shuford Dodgin. He was a member of New Life Assembly Church and the DAV Post 43. Scott served loyally and honorably in the United...
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Julia Ribet Rogers

March 2, 1935 - November 23, 2017

Mrs. Julia Ribet Rogers, 82, passed away on Thursday November 23, 2017 after a period of declining health. Julia was born March 2, 1935 in Valdese, NC a daughter of the late Lee and Elmetter Wilkerson Ribet. During her last few years she was a resident at Glenbridge health and Rehabilitation Center in Boone. She was previously a resident of Ashe County, NC for a number of years and prior to...
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Bryan Mitchell Rector

April 18, 1979 - November 23, 2017

Bryan Mitchell Rector, 38, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday November 23, 2017 at Duke University Medical Center following a brief period of declining health. Bryan was born April 18, 1979 in Catawba County to Thurman Rector and Helen Louise Dockery Rector. He worked 17 years as a lineman for Pike Electric. He was a member at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Bryan was preceded in death by...
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Thomas Alan Peirce

March 6, 1961 - November 22, 2017

Mr. Thomas Alan Peirce "Freight Train", 56, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at his residence. Thomas was born on March 5, 1961 in Hanover, NH to the late George A. Peirce Jr. and Katherine Fernette Peirce. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a niece, Angelique E. Lavallee. Survivors include a daughter, Venia M. Perry of San Diego, CA,...
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John "Junior" Young

September 17, 1928 - November 22, 2017

On Wednesday, November 22, 2017 John Edward "Junior" Young of Hildebran met his loving daughter, Paulette Young Wright in heaven. John was born September 17, 1928 in Catawba County to the late Edward Young and Mintie Chapman Young. John was an avid outdoorsman, he also played baseball for the Hickory Spinners and was named the 1954 Most Valuable Player in the Catawba Valley Baseball League. He...
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Peggy Shook Ogle

January 14, 1933 - November 20, 2017

Mrs. Peggy Shook Ogle, 84, of Connelly Springs passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Peggy was born January 14, 1933 in Burke County to the late Clyde Shook, Sr. and Ruby Decker Shook. She attended Hildebran First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Belvin Ogle, Jr.; daughter, Judy Wesson...
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Evelyn Jeanette Bounous

February 11, 1925 - November 18, 2017

Ms. Evelyn Jeanette Bounous, 92, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Evelyn was born February 11, 1925, in Burke County, to early Waldensian settlers, the late Jacques Henri Bounous (Jack) and Ida Julia Pascal Bounous. She was a lifelong member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church, a graduate of Valdese...
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Katheryen Lou Gibson Penley

February 23, 1948 - November 18, 2017

Katheryen Lou Gibson Penley, 69, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at her residence following a period of declining health. Katheryn was born February 23, 1948, in Logan County, West Virginia, to the late Charles Gibson and Doris Jeffrey Gibson. She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Clyde Penley. Survivors include her children, David Gullett, Wanda...
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Warren G. "Skip" French III

November 6, 1966 - November 15, 2017

Warren G. "Skip" French, III, 51, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday November 15, 2017. Mr. French was born on November 6, 1966 in Martinsville, VA to Warren G. French, Jr. and Frankie Smith Foster. He was a NC Territory Manager with Carolinas Animal Health in Monroe, NC. He was a member of the NC Cattleman's Association, the NC Dairy Association, and President of NC Dairy Advantage....
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Marcella Martin

April 19, 1955 - November 14, 2017

Marcella Martin, 62, of Valdese passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Marcella was born on April 19, 1955 in Burke County to Ella Mae Settlemyre Martin and the late Virgil McCoy Martin. She was a member of River of Life Church in Valdese, was previously employed at Alba Waldensian and most recently at Broughton...
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James Townsend

December 30, 1940 - November 14, 2017

Mr. James "Tog" Howard Townsend, 76, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. James was born December 30, 1940, in Burke, NC, to the late Robert Townsend and Flavie Burns Townsend. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother, Henry "Randy" Townsend; and sister, Flora "Sis"...
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Samuel Leroy Melton, Sr.

January 2, 1926 - November 13, 2017

Mr. Samuel Leroy Melton, Sr., 91, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday November 13, 2017 at Carolina Medical Center, Main, Charlotte, after a brief illness. Mr. Melton was born January 2, 1926 in Old Fort, NC a son of the late Charles Frank and Lena Harvey Melton. He was a retired fireman from Valdese Fire Department, Valdese Police Department, Lovelady Fire Department and Lovelady...
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David Alan Mirtsching

April 30, 1960 - November 11, 2017

Mr. David Alan Mirtsching, 57, of Valdese, passed away Saturday November 11, 2017 at Carolina Healthcare Center Blue Ridge, following a brief illness. David was born April 30, 1960 in California to the late Doyle Mirtsching and Martha Greenhill. He was a member of Shining Light Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Will Mirtsching and Walter...
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Peggy Greene Leviner

February 26, 1934 - November 11, 2017

Peggy Greene Leviner of Morganton, NC, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at her residence in Grace Ridge. She was born February 26, 1934, in Deep Gap, NC. Peggy was predeceased by her parents, three brothers and six sisters, and her husband, William P. Leviner. Peggy graduated from the North Carolina School for the Deaf, Gallaudet University, and Appalachian State University. She...
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Mearl Metcalf

July 31, 1932 - November 11, 2017

Mr. Mearl Clyde Metcalf, 85, of Morganton, passed away after a period of declining health on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. Mearl was born on July 31, 1932 in Burke County to the late Clyde Metcalf and Ollie Vera Farr. He enjoyed many years working as a meat inspector for the North Carolina Agriculture. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death...
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Linda Varela

July 8, 1964 - November 9, 2017

Ms. Linda Varela, 53, of Hickory passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Linda was born July 8, 1964 in Forsyth County to the late Joseph Richard Vestal, Sr. and Carol Ann Cox Vestal. She worked as a pharmaceutical technician for Jones Drug in Morganton. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Jeffery Wayne Collins; brother, Joseph...
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James "Jack" Cannon

August 5, 1928 - November 9, 2017

Mr. James Clarence "Jack" Cannon, 89, of Granite Falls, passed away on Thursday November 9, 2017 at Caldwell County Hospice, Lenoir, after a period of declining health. Mr. Cannon was born August 5, 1928 in Caldwell County, a son of the late William P. and Emaline Smith Cannon. He was retired as a molder in the furniture manufacturing industry. Jack was previously employed by Autumn House...
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Richard "Rick" Gregory Henson

May 27, 1961 - November 8, 2017

Mr. Richard Gregory "Rick" Henson, 56, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Grace Hospital in Morganton. Rick was born on May 27, 1961 in Rutherford County to the late Joseph Henson and Jimmie Sue Williams Henson. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Morganton and was a correctional officer for the North Carolina Department of Corrections. He...
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Alene Johnson Martin

November 11, 1940 - November 4, 2017

How do I write the perfect obituary, for a woman who deserves just that. No amount of poetry in the world would do her justice, so I will just tell her story as best I can. Alene Johnson Martin was born November 11, 1940 to Ray and Tessie Johnson. She was the 2nd child of 6 born into the family, and raised in Burke and Catawba County. Alene graduated from Fred T. Foard High School in 1959, she...
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Clifford Marion Davis

May 18, 1939 - October 30, 2017

Mr. Clifford Marion Davis, 78, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday October 30, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center Blue Ridge, Morganton, after a period of declining health. Mr. Davis was born May 18, 1939 in Burke County, a son of the late Marion and Gladys Elvie Brittain Davis. He was a retired truck driver and a member of St. John's Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was...
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Myra Faye "Marfaye" Bruner White

July 22, 1939 - October 29, 2017

Myra Faye "Marfaye" White, 78, of Hildebran, NC passed away in the early morning of Sunday, October 29, 2017. Born July 22, 1939 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Lionel and Viola Bruner. Myra's legacy is found in the love and character of her children, grandchildren, and the many lives she touched. She delivered the Hickory Daily Record and Charlotte Observer for over 40 years....
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Jessie James Lindsay

April 23, 1934 - October 29, 2017

Jessie J. Lindsay, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at Hickory Village Memory Care, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Lindsay was born April 23, 1934, in Lincoln County, to the late Richard James and Lula Sain Dennie. Jessie was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. She had many passions in life such as sewing and making quilts, watching the Atlanta...
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Keneth Lee Cline

March 28, 1944 - October 28, 2017

Kenneth Lee Cline, 73, of Huntersville, passed away unexpectedly Saturday October 28, 2017. Mr. Cline was born on March 28, 1944 in Patterson, N.J. to the late Fredrick A. Cline and Katherine Arney Cline. He was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam Era, and was employed as an electrician. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son, Todd Cline. Survivors...
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Wilma Carswell Smith

April 5, 1956 - October 28, 2017

Mrs. Wilma Carswell Smith, 61, of Morganton, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at her residence following a brief period of declining health Wilma was born April 5, 1956 in Burke County, a daughter to Mr. Odes Sanford Carswell and Mable Patton Carswell. She was a member at Friendly Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is survived by her...
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Pearl Cook Anthony

August 27, 1934 - October 26, 2017

Mrs. Pearl Cook Anthony, 83, passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Inova Fairfax Hospital, in Falls Church, VA, following a period of declining health. Pearl was born August 27, 1934, to the late Thomas Edgar Cook and Mary Ellen Powell Cook. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Pinkney Anthony. Survivors include her son Ralph P. Anthony Jr., of...
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Larry Ray York

November 19, 1951 - October 23, 2017

Mr. Larry Ray York, 65, of Valdese, NC passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, NC; following a period of declining health. Larry was born on November 19, 1951, in Cleveland County, to the late Coy James York and Mae Marie (Peggy) Baugus York. He was owner of Sterling Billiards in Morganton and retired from Broughton Hospital. In addition to his...
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Betty Hice Raxter

May 3, 1931 - October 22, 2017

Mrs. Betty Hice Raxter, 86, of Brockford Inn Assisted Living and formerly of Rutherford College, NC, passed away on Sunday October 22, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice from complications from pneumonia. Mrs. Raxter was born May 3, 1931 in Burke County a daughter of the late Henry and Bertie Speagle Hice. Betty was an accomplished seamstress, loving homemaker and a faithful member of her church...
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Denver Ray Vint

March 8, 1959 - October 22, 2017

Mr. Denver Ray Vint, 58, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at his residence. Denver was born on March 8, 1959 in Boone County, WV to the late Hershell and Patsy Vint. He was previously employed in the automotive sales industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Darrell Vint. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Vint of the home, son, Ryan...
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Betty Burns

October 22, 2017

Mrs. Betty Sue Hubbard Burns, 86, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Burns was born February 19, 1931 in Maryville, TN to the late Raymond E. Hubbard and Mamie Gossage Hubbard. She was a retired seamstress and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, she...
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Bruce Calvin Icard

November 14, 1947 - October 21, 2017

Mr. Bruce Calvin Icard, 69, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Bruce was born on November 14, 1947 in Burke County to the late George Ray Icard and Effie Glazebrooks Icard. He was a member of Icard's Grove Baptist Church and was previously employed in textiles with Alba Waldensian. Bruce was also a...
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Alan Scott Turpin

December 4, 1961 - October 20, 2017

Mr. Alan Scott Turpin, 55, of Morganton passed away Friday October 20, 2017. A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday October 25, 2017 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with the Rev. Aaron Causby officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00PM to 2:00PM at Heritage Funeral Service.
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Dorothy Ann Huffman

September 22, 1955 - October 14, 2017

Mrs. Dorothy Ann Huffman, 62, of Hickory passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Dorothy was born September 22, 1955 in Catawba County to the late Arlin "Duck" Sain and Helen "Sis" Hildebran Sain. She worked at Drexel Heritage Furniture. Survivors include her husband Ned Huffman, her son, Nathan Huffman, both of the home;...
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Rachel Barus Jimison

November 23, 1942 - October 14, 2017

Mrs. Rachel Jimison 74, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday October 14, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Jimison was born November 23, 1942 in Burke County, to the late Frank Barus and Edna Seagle Barus. She loved taking care of her family and her dogs. She worked as a hairdresser. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank Barus Jr. and Roy Barus; and her sisters,...
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Richard Todd Turner

November 20, 1960 - October 12, 2017

Mr. Richard Todd Turner, 56, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Richard was born November 20, 1960, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to the late Richard Frank Turner and Kathleen Moody Parrish. He was a veteran in the United States Army. He is survived by his wife Jennifer A. Turner of the home; four...
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Benny Ray Powell

December 28, 1929 - October 12, 2017

Mr. Benny Ray Powell, 87, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday October 12, 2017 at Autumn Care Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mr. Powell was born December 28, 1929 in Burke County, a son of the late Marshall Eugene and Alice Sarah Saunders Powell. He was a member of Valdese First Baptist Church and served his country as a member of the US Army. Ray retired from the Valdese...
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Jason Keith Hensley

April 25, 1977 - October 9, 2017

Mr. Jason Keith Hensley, 40, of Morganton died on Monday, October 9, 2017 following a traffic accident while working as a volunteer with the Triple Community Fire Department, clearing brush from the highway after the Sunday night storms. Jason was born April 25, 1977 in Burke County, the son of Nelson and Cornelia Talent Hensley. He was an automobile mechanic, working in the Jerry Gibby Shop....
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Diana Simmons Wilson

June 8, 1948 - October 8, 2017

Mrs. Diana Simmons Wilson, 69, of Connelly Springs passed away on Sunday October 8, 2017 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Wilson was born June 8, 1948 in Burke County a daughter of the late Horace King Simmons and Carleen Carpenter Simmons. Diana was retired as a CNA with College Pines Nursing Center. Surviving are her husband, Kenneth Wayne Wilson and five...
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Larry Dale Hildebran

September 14, 1960 - October 8, 2017

Mr. Larry Dale Hildebran, 57, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Larry Hildebran was born September 14, 1960 in Catawba County to the late Leonard Hildebran and Wilma Fisher Hildebran. He had a great love for the Lord and was looking forward to going to Heaven. Larry also enjoyed going to the...
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Hugh Clark Fletcher

November 3, 1957 - October 7, 2017

Hugh Clark Fletcher, 59, of Rainbow Hills Drive, Hickory, died on Saturday, October 7, 2017, while diving in Berkley County, South Carolina. Mr. Fletcher was born on November 3, 1957, in Mecklenburg County to Cynthia Clark Fletcher and the late Larry Wayne Fletcher. He began his career in the submarine service of the United States Navy, stationed in Groton, Connecticut. He later transitioned...
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Rex Glenn Anderson

August 14, 1937 - October 6, 2017

Mr. Rex Glenn Anderson, 80, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center-Charlotte. Rex was born on August 14, 1937 in Grayson County, VA to the late Noah Glenn Anderson and Lillie Ruth Anderson. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Valdese, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and was retired from Broughton Hospital. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Theresa O'Briant Zimmerman

September 2, 1925 - October 6, 2017

Mrs. Theresa O'Briant Zimmerman, 92, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Zimmerman was born September 2, 1925, in Person County, daughter of the late Arthur Sewell and Mary Parrott O'Briant. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Ray Richard Zimmerman; two brothers, Harold...
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Evelyn Hudson Huffman

May 12, 1926 - October 6, 2017

Mrs. Evelyn Hudson Huffman, 91, of Thomasville, formerly of Vale, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Evelyn was born on May 12, 1926 in Catawba County to the late Ulysses Grant Hudson and Daisy Hildebran Huffman. She was a longtime member of Providence Baptist Church in Hickory and was a retired seamstress in the hosiery industry. ...
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Edith Townsend McCoury

April 26, 1934 - October 5, 2017

Mrs. Edith Virginia Townsend McCoury, 83, of Hildebran, passed away peacefully at her residence on Thursday, October 5, 2017. Edith was born on April 26, 1934 in Avery County to the late James Bealer Townsend and Mattie Carver Townsend. She was a member of Berea Baptist Church, a caring homemaker, a loving wife of 68 years and a devoted mother and grandmother. Edith loved her church and the...
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Hal Loy Martin

September 25, 1936 - October 1, 2017

Mr. Hal Loy Martin, 81, of Hickory passed away October 1, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mr. Martin was born September 25, 1936 in Burke County to the late Murphy M. Martin and Edith Lindsey Martin. He was employed as a service manager for Morganton Motor Sales and also served his country in the Air Force. He truly was an avid bee keeper and enjoyed...
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Margaret Helen Brown Jones

September 14, 1932 - September 30, 2017

Margaret Helen Brown Jones, 85, of Hickory, passed away Saturday September 30, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Jones was born on September 14, 1932 in Nash County, NC to the late Jarvis Brown and Ina Jones Brown. She was a homemaker, and a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William ...
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Kelly Willard York

March 28, 1936 - September 29, 2017

Mr. Kelly Willard York, 81, of Granite Falls passed away Friday September 29, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held 3:00PM Sunday October 1, 2017 at North Laurel Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Wakefield and Pastor Buddy Sizemore officiating. Interment will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends...
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Cecil Larry Hildebran

November 1, 1950 - September 28, 2017

Mr. Cecil Larry Hildebran, 66, of Hickory, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday September 28, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Mr. Hildebran was born November 1, 1950 in Burke County, a son of the late Cecil and Betty Burleson Hildebran. Cecil was a faithful and active member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church and employed as a supervisor at Century...
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Bobby Gene Teague, Sr

January 10, 1939 - September 25, 2017


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Kelli Renee' Short

November 10, 1984 - September 23, 2017

Kelli Renee Short, 32, of Shenandoah, VA , went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Kelli was born on November 10, 1984 in Catawba County to the late Lewis Short and Carla Helton. She was previously employed as a CNA. Survivors include her son, Ryan Short of Vale, her brother, Eric Short of Shenandoah, VA and a number of uncles and aunts. A memorial service will be held...
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Jerry Dean McIntosh

January 3, 1953 - September 23, 2017

Mr. Jerry Dean McIntosh, 64, of Newton, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Jerry was born on January 3, 1953 in Yancey County to the late William Lee and Pansy Lee McIntosh. He was a member of New Life Assembly Church, a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed in the fiber optics industry. Jerry was an avid...
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Robert Stephen Thomas

April 11, 1971 - September 23, 2017

Mr. Robert Stephen Thomas, 46, of Raleigh, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at his residence. Robert was born on April 11, 1971, in Mitchell County, to Robert David Thomas and Ruth Neal Thomas. He was a member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church. He loved to be working in his flowers, reading, or watching movies. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife Carla Thomas of...
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Marion Boswell Arrowood

April 12, 1954 - September 22, 2017

Mr. Marion Boswell Arrowood, 63, of Newport News, Virginia, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017. Marion was born April 12, 1954, in Burke County, to the late Ambrose B. Arrowood and Lois Seawell Arrowood. He was an active member in the Warwick Ruritan Club and was recently voted the Man of the Year. He loved to serve others in his community and was president of the housing association. ...
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Michael Jay Edward Hager

July 16, 1992 - September 22, 2017

Mr. Michael Jay Edward Hager, 25, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017, following a dirt bike accident near his residence. Michael was born July 16, 1992, in Burke County, to Eddie Hager and Peggy Milligan Hager. He was a member of Kingdom Hall-Jehovah's Witness in Valdese. Michael loved to ride his dirt bike, look at sports cars, work on computers, and being around...
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Anna Brooks Graybeal

September 25, 1932 - September 22, 2017

Mrs. Anna Mae Brooks Graybeal, 84, of Hildebran, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Anna was born on September 25, 1932 Strawberry Plains, TN to the late Carl Homer Brooks and Margaret Layman Brooks. She was a member of North Morganton Baptist Church and was retired from law enforcement and the security industry. ...
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Rachel Denise Franklin

November 9, 1956 - September 22, 2017

Rachel Denise Franklin, 60, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.
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Brooks Corneilious Holder, Jr.

February 17, 1928 - September 19, 2017

Mr. Brooks Corneilous Holder, Jr., of Valdese, N.C., previously of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at the home of his son. He now speaks with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to the family who have gone on before him, including his son Neil Holder. Brooks was born in Winston-Salem, N.C. on February 17, 1928 to the late Brooks C. Holder, Sr. and Zerah May...
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Bianca LeeAnn McCrary

September 18, 2017

Bianca LeeAnn McCrary, infant daughter of Brandon and Gloria McCrary passed away Monday September 18th at Catawba Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her grandmother Robin McCrary Hartsoe. In addition to her parents she is survived by her grandfathers; Tim Muentener and Tim Hartsoe; great grandparents; William and Debra McCrary and many other loving family members and friends. A...
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Nanine "Annaree" Russo

March 15, 1944 - September 18, 2017

Nanine "Annaree" Russo, 73, of Valdese, passed away on Monday September 18, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice , after a period of declining health. Annaree was born March 15, 1944 in Washington, DC, a daughter of the late Mario and Ruth Newton Russo. She retired as a medical secretary and was a member of the Valdese First United Methodist Church. Surviving are her brother, Jerry Russo and...
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Sarah H. Huffman

April 29, 1933 - September 16, 2017

Mrs. Sarah Huffman, 84, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday September 16, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Sarah was born April 29, 1933 in Burke County to the late Sonny Huffman and Bessy Icard Huffman. She retired From Drexel Heritage Furniture where she worked as a finisher. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her...
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Mary Lou Ennis

April 1, 1923 - September 15, 2017

Mary Lou Ennis, 94, passed away peacefully Friday, September 15, 2017 at Kingston Residence in Hickory, NC. Born April 1, 1923 in Casar, NC, she was a daughter of the late Clifton Samuel Botts and Florence Newton Botts. In addition to her parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by brothers Buford Frank Botts and Howard Robert Botts; sisters Betty Jean Botts, Elizabeth Botts Johnson, Dorothy...
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Vicki Lynn Smith

November 29, 1955 - September 14, 2017

Mrs. Vicki Lynn Smith, 61, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday September 14, 2017 at her residence. Mrs. Smith was born November 29, 1955 in Burke County to Paula Evans and the late Frank Mull. She was a member of Abee's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Maude Hyde and Molly Mull. Survivors include her husband Kevin Smith;...
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Conley Yates Fields

November 28, 1942 - September 14, 2017

Mr. Conley Yates Fields, 74, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday September 14, 2017 at his residence. Mr. Conley was born November 28, 1942 in Burke County to the late Wilson Eugene Fields and Margaret Elizabeth Berry Fields. He was a member at Shady Grove United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Darrell Yates Fields; and sisters, Merita...
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Reva Lee Hefner Spann

October 21, 1932 - September 9, 2017

Mrs. Reva Lee Hefner Spann, 84, of Granite Falls, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Reva was born October 21, 1932, in Burke County, to the late Midas Hefner and Toye Helton Hefner. She was an active member of North Laurel Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and was always involved...
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Kenneth Ray Hinesley, Jr.

July 25, 1954 - September 8, 2017

Mr. Kenneth "Rick" Ray Hinesley Jr., 63, of Greer, SC, passed away on Friday, September 8, 2017, at his residence. Rick was born July 25, 1954, in Moore County, to Shirley Salmon Hinesley and the late Kenneth Ray Hinesley Sr. He was a member of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church in Greenville SC. In addition to his father he is preceded in death by his wife Cathy Hinesley. In addition to...
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James Theodore Walker

September 19, 1933 - September 7, 2017

On Thursday, September 7, 2017, James Bryson Theodore Walker, born September 19, 1933, gave up his hunger and passed his fire to his children. He lived a meager life, content with the simpler things; good food, a good drink of liquor, laughter and spending time with his family and friends. He was a hard working man, providing for his wife of 42 years, Ellen Reid Walker, deceased; and seven...
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Earl Michael King

October 16, 1952 - September 7, 2017

Mr. Earl "Mike" Michael King, 64, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at his residence, following a period of declining health. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Grady Carroll, Jr.

May 21, 1930 - August 26, 2017

Mr. Grady Carroll, Jr., 87, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at his residence. Grady was born on May 21, 1930 in Georgia to the late William Grady Carroll and Elsie Mae Whitlock Carroll. He was a retired truck driver who enjoyed farming, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a longtime member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
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Tim Carlin Singleton

August 19, 1948 - August 25, 2017

Mr. Tim Carlin Singleton, 69, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Tim was born August 19, 1948, in Burke County, to the late Rufus W. Singleton and Helen Annis Singleton. He served in the US Army for two years, during the Vietnam War, and had a great passion for fishing. In addition to his parents,...
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Roger Dennis Fleming

July 3, 1949 - August 23, 2017

Mr. Roger Dennis Fleming, 68, of Supply, NC, formerly of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at his residence. Roger was born on July 3, 1949 in Catawba County to the late Weaver Dennis Fleming and Ruby Kent Fleming. He was formerly employed as a machinist in the electrical industry and was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
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Barbara Lee Shull

November 16, 1949 - August 21, 2017

Mrs. Barbara Bumgarner Shull, 67, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017. Barbara was born on November 16, 1949, in Watauga County, to the late Carl D. Bumgarner and Ruby Brown Bumgarner. She retired from Drexel Heritage Furnishings and as a volunteer firefighter with the Drexel Fire Department, she also served on the ladies auxiliary. During her twenty years of service as a...
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John Ervin Chaney

November 7, 1932 - August 20, 2017

Mr. John Ervin Chaney, 84, of Valdese, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. John was born November 7, 1932, in Gaston County, to the late John Preston Chaney and Ruth Wentz Chaney. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Valdese and served in the United States Air Force. John had a deep love for Christ and...
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Evelyn Gragg Church

April 4, 1952 - August 19, 2017

Mrs. Evelyn Gragg Church, 65, of Hickory passed away Saturday August 19, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Evelyn was born April 4, 1952 in Avery County to the late Grant Gragg and Rosie Earlene Davis Gragg. She was a member at Grace and Truth Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Allen Church; three brothers,...
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James "Pete" Pierce

April 5, 1948 - August 19, 2017

Mr. James "Pete" Pierce, 69, of Morganton passed away Saturday August 19, 2017 unexpectedly as result of an automobile accident. Mr. Pierce was born April 5, 1948 in Hampton, VA to the late Harry A. Pierce and Dorothy Pierce Djakocich. He was a Col. Samuel McDowell Tate #838, national historian of the Sons of Confederate Veteran; a member of the Morganton Museum, Genealogical Society, the...
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Dorothy Lee Maynard

January 1, 1935 - August 19, 2017

Dorothy Lee Brooks Maynard, 82, of Valdese, went to be with the Lord Saturday August 19, 2017. Born January 1, 1935 in Cleveland County she was the daughter of the late Colin and Mattie Woods Brooks. She was also preceded in death by her husband Alfred Maynard and three sisters and a brother. She is survived by two daughters, Debbie Brittian of the home, Becky Sherrill of Connelly Springs; and...
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George Robert Braidwood

March 24, 1936 - August 18, 2017

Rev. George Robert Braidwood, 81, of Casar, passed away Friday August 18, 2017 at his residence. George was born March 24, 1936 in Morristown, NJ to the late George James Braidwood and Ivy Mae Barlow Braidwood. He was a member at Olive Grove Baptist Church. George spent his life working as a missionary in Jamaica and Haiti, where he spent over 35 years and founded the Haitian Christian Center...
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John Wayne Mabrey

December 14, 1942 - August 17, 2017

John Wayne Mabrey, 74, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday August 17, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. Mr. Mabrey was born on December 14, 1942 in Burke County to the late John Alexander Mabrey and Christine Miller Mabrey. He was retired from Canteen Vending Company. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son, David Allen Mabrey;...
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Bobby Gene Huff

January 8, 1950 - August 17, 2017

Bobby Gene Huff, 67, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday August 17, 2017 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Huff was Born January 8, 1950 in Washington County, Virginia to the late Dewey Huff Jr. and Zelphia Pope Huff. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a brother Ricky Huff. Survivors include his daughters, Cindy...
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Edward Grant "Pete" Wilson

November 24, 1947 - August 16, 2017

Edward Grant "Pete" Wilson, 69, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday August 16, 2017 at Carolina Rehabilitation Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Wilson was born on November 24, 1947 in Burke County to the late David Grant "Bud" Wilson and Wilda Smith Wilson. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Valdese Manufacturing, and Neuville, and then worked as a CNA at College Pines,...
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Betty Sue Griffin

January 31, 1927 - August 16, 2017

Mrs. Betty Sue McGalliard Triplett Griffin, 90, of Valdese passed away Wednesday August 16, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Betty was born January 31, 1927 in Burke County to the late Elgie Lee McGalliard, Sr. and Annie Elizabeth Harris McGalliard. She was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church. She enjoyed painting, crocheting, and taking care of her...
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Lisa Marie Cousins Carswell

October 14, 1973 - August 16, 2017

Mrs. Lisa Marie Cousins Carswell, 43, of Granite Falls, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Melvin Booth

February 24, 1938 - August 13, 2017

Mr. Melvin Harry Booth, 79, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Melvin was born February 24, 1938, in Inglewood California, to the late Harry J. Booth and Mary J. Booth. He was in the US Army and served proudly as a correctional officer for the state of Florida. Melvin will be remembered as always...
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Livian Libby Huffman

May 13, 1956 - August 12, 2017

Livian "Libby" Huffman, passed away Saturday August 12, 2017. She was born on May 13, 1956 to the late Nannie Rhoney Huffman and Harold P. Huffman. Livian is survived by her half-brother, Ben Huffman, her sister-in-law, Paula Huffman Kandarian, and nephews, Matthew and Michael Huffman. She was preceded in death by her half-brothers, Lewis Huffman, Jr. and Harold H. Huffman; her sister-in-law,...
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Janice LeFevers Wright

April 9, 1956 - August 11, 2017

Mrs. Janice LeFevers Wright, 61, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Janice was born on April 9, 1956 in Burke County to the late Edward LeFevers and Virginia Freeman LeFevers. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is...
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Cade Lawson Arrowood

May 11, 2001 - August 10, 2017

Cade Lawson Arrowood, 16, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. Cade was born in Morganton on May 11, 2001 to David and Kendra Arrowood. Cade was a rising junior at Draughn High School, where he played football, basketball and his true love baseball. In addition to pitching and playing first base on the Draughn Wildcats varsity baseball team, Cade...
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