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Mary Adrienne Ramsey

May 15, 1958 - January 17, 2017

Mrs. Mary Adrienne Bretino Ramsey, 58, of Valdese passed away Tuesday January 17, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Ramsey was born May 15, 1958 in Berkley, California to the late John Bretino and Jackie Osburne Bretino. She was an active member of the Post 234 American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered throughout her life at the Boysville Children's Home in San...
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Ervin A. Leger

May 22, 1937 - January 17, 2017

Mr. Ervin A. Leger, 79, of Lenoir, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Gateway Rehabilitation Center, following a period of declining health. Ervin was born on May 22, 1937 in Burke County to the late Victor Leger and Emma Icard Leger. He was a member of El Bethel Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mamie Leger, two brothers, Clyde and...
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James Howard Hoyle

September 22, 1942 - January 16, 2017

Mr. James Howard Hoyle, 74, of Hickory, went to his Heavenly Home on Monday, January 16, 2017, following a period of declining health. Mr. Hoyle was born on September 22, 1942, in Burke County, to the late Robert Frank Hoyle and Ruby Hartman Hoyle. He was a faithful member of St. John's Baptist Church, served in the United States Marine Corps, and was a retired truck driver. He will be...
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Billie Pons Curtis

March 12, 1929 - January 14, 2017

Mrs. Billie Harriet Pons Curtis, 87, of Valdese, died peacefully on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Billie was born March 12, 1929, in Hickory, NC, to the late Silvio R. Pons and Maude Jones Pons. Mrs. Curtis was a graduate of Francis Garrou High School in Valdese, NC. She married TJ Curtis in 1949 and lived to celebrate her 66th wedding...
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Clinton Verne Jessen

November 11, 1936 - January 14, 2017

Mr. Clinton Verne Jessen, 80, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Clinton was born in Penobscot County, Maine to the late Valdemar H. Jessen and Reta Leighton Jessen. He was a member of the Morganton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and was a very active member of the congregation. In...
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Linda Annas Whisnant

April 9, 1941 - January 10, 2017

Mrs. Linda Jean Annas Whisnant, 75, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on April 9, 1941 in Burke County, to the late Douglas Annas and Mabel McNeely Annas. She was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church, was retired from the hosiery business and was a loving homemaker to her family. In...
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Martha McClure Seagle

September 14, 1953 - January 8, 2017

Martha McClure Seagle, 63, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday January 8, 2017 at her residence after a period of declining health. Martha was born September 14, 1953 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Dalford and Virginia Berry McClure. She was a former employee of Continental-Teves, Inc. and a loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are her sons, Brian Seagle and wife Michele of...
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Clara Whisnant Ware Huneycutt

December 13, 1934 - January 7, 2017

Mrs. Clara Whisnant Ware Huneycutt, 83, of High Point, formerly of Valdese, passed away Saturday January 7, 2017 at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro following a brief illness. Clara was born December 13, 1934 in Burke County to the late Elbert Whisnant and Jessie Small Whisnant. She was a member at Valdese First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death...
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David Lee Turner

January 11, 1944 - January 7, 2017

David Lee Turner, 72, of Hickory passed away Saturday January 7, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. David was born in Burke County to the late Glenn Turner and Ethel Bentley Turner. We was a hard worker, employed at Hickory Chair Furniture Company. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Turner; and sister, Hazel...
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Roberta Wheeler Lindahl

February 8, 1927 - January 5, 2017

Roberta Wheeler Lindahl, 89, of Morganton, NC passed peacefully from this earth January 5th, with her younger sons around her sharing family stories and singing hymns. Mary Roberta was born February 8, 1927 in Carlinville, IL to Hester and Ralph Wheeler. The youngest of a musical family, she graduated from Southern Illinois University in piano performance and physical education, taught...
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Nancy Ruth Bumgarner

June 23, 1940 - January 5, 2017

Nancy Ruth Bumgarner, 76, of Drexel, passed away Thursday January 5, 2017. A Graveside Service will be held at 3:00 PM Monday January 9, 2017 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Valdese. The family will receive friends Monday from 2:00-2:55 at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Antonia Darlene Gilliland

November 10, 1970 - January 4, 2017

Mrs. Antonia Darlene Clark Gilliland, 46, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Antonia was born on November 10, 1970 in Johnson County, TN to the late John Edward Clark and Judy Caudill Clark and is survived by her husband, Joe Gilliland of the home. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a...
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Nannie Mae Thomas Buchanan

December 7, 1924 - January 4, 2017

Nannie Mae Thomas Buchanan, 92, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday January 4, 2017 at Autumn Care Nursing Center. Mrs. Buchanan was born on December 7, 1924 in Onslow County, NC to the late Frank Thomas and Nannie Brown Thomas. She was formerly employed as a waitress at Millstone Fish Camp in Valdese, was a licensed beautician and owner and operator of Classic Kurl Beauty Salon, and later worked...
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Christine Miller Mabrey

November 1, 1922 - January 4, 2017

Christine Miller Mabrey, 94, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday January 4, 2017 at College Pines Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Mabrey was born in Caldwell County on November 1, 1922 to the late David Miller and Rebecca Cloer Miller. She was of the Baptist faith and retired from Joan Fabrics as a weaver. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her...
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Anthony Lee Frazier

December 24, 2002 - January 3, 2017

Anthony Lee Frazier, 14, of Concord, formerly of Morganton, passed away Tuesday January 3, 2017. Anthony was born on December 24, 2002 in Forsyth County to Daniel W. Frazier and Brandi Pearson Frazier. He was an 8th grade student at Kannapolis Middle School where he played basketball, football, track and field, and wrestling. He was also a member of the Cabarrus STARS (Students Taking A Right...
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Charles Edward Slone

October 14, 1958 - December 31, 2016

Mr. Charles Edward Slone, 58, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at his residence. Charles was born on October 14, 1958 in Mingo County, WV to the late Doc Slone and Thelma Caudill Slone. He was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Morganton and was a retired coal miner and textile worker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tammy Christian Slone. Survivors...
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Linda Ingle Burleson

July 12, 1943 - December 29, 2016

Mrs. Linda Ingle Burleson, 73, of Granite Falls, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care of Hudson, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on July 12, 1943 in Caldwell County to the late Finley Ingle and Ida Turnmire Ingle. She was a retired medical transcriptionist, working for many years at Frye Regional Medical Center and Graystone...
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Megan Levern Hughes Rhyne

October 14, 1923 - December 28, 2016

Mrs. Megan Levern Hughes Rhyne, 93, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday December 28, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, after a short period of declining health. Mrs. Rhyne was born October 14, 1923 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late George Loving and Ana Bell Bradshaw Loving Hughes. She was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and retired from Valdese Mfg. Co. ...
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Martin Edmond Burns

November 21, 1924 - December 28, 2016

Mr. Martin Edmond Burns, 92 of Drexel, passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday December 28, 2016. Mr. Burns was born November 21, 1924 in Burke County, a son of the late Martin L. and Maybell Harris Burns. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WW II and retired owner and operator of College Timber. Martin was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a friend to all who knew him. In...
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Michael "Tony" Anthony Frady

January 31, 1969 - December 27, 2016

Mr. Michael "Tony" Anthony Frady, 47, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Tony was born January 31, 1969, in McDowell County, to Sue Smith Lackey and the late Larry Lackey. He was a member of Word of Life Assembly Church. He will be remembered by his family and friends for always having a love for...
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John Richard "Jack" Gravél

December 28, 1951 - December 26, 2016

Jack Gravél, 64, of Valdese, NC, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 26, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care after a brief illness. Jack was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, the third child of the late Betty Sousa Gravél and Frederick D. Gravél. In the spring of 1960, Jack and his family moved from Massachusetts and journeyed to Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. Jack had a great...
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Louise Bailey Short

April 7, 1931 - December 26, 2016

Mrs. Louise Bailey Short, 85, of Rutherford College passed away Monday December 26, 2016 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mrs. Short was born April 7, 1931 in Burke County to the late Stanley G. Bailey and Lourah Williams Bailey. She was a member at Mt. Harmony United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Kenneth Ray Hinesely

August 26, 1932 - December 20, 2016

Kenneth Ray Hinesley, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, following a period of declining health. Mr. Hinesley was born on August 26, 1932 in Moore County, NC to the late Coyet Hinesley and Marie Cameron Hinesley. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a retired fixer in the textile...
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Judy Garland Hildebrand Yoder

January 1, 1948 - December 18, 2016

Judy Garland Hildebrand Yoder, 68, of Morganton, passed away at her home on Sunday, December 18, 2016, following a period of declining health. Judy will always be remembered as being a "Jack of all Trades." She loved to bake cakes, paint, and decorate. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 1:00pm at Grace Baptist Church in Morganton, with Rev. Marty Bess and Rev....
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Samuel Dennis Largent

August 16, 1945 - December 18, 2016

Samuel Dennis Largent, 71, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at his residence following a period of declining health. A private service will be held at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of Valdese is serving the Largent family.
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Richard Francis Murphy

March 4, 1935 - December 17, 2016

Mr. Richard Francis (Dick) Murphy, 81,of Valdese, passed away on Saturday December 17,2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness. Mr. Murphy was born March 4, 1935 in Brooklyn NY, a son of the late Frank and Grace Glimm Murphy. He was of the Catholic faith and retired as owner and operator of Inserv pet crematory. Dick was a graduate of Villanova University with a degree in...
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Gerald Lee Mourglea

December 1, 1946 - December 17, 2016

Mr. Gerald Lee Mourglea, 70 of Hickory, passed away on Saturday December 17, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. Mr. Mourglea was born December 1, 1946 in Burke County, a son of the late Archllio and Carrie Clark Mourglea. He served his country as a member of the U.S Air Force Veteran and retired as an accountant. Gerald was a member of the Hickory...
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Robert Paul Green, Jr.

December 13, 1932 - December 17, 2016

Mr. Robert Paul Green, Jr., 84, of Charlotte passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Autumn Care Nursing Center. Robert was born on December 13, 1932 in Clarendon County, SC to the late Robert P. Green, Sr. and Eula Frost Green. He was a retired meteorologist with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean war. ...
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Vera Settlemyre Seagle

June 17, 2016 - December 17, 2016

Mrs. Vera Settlemyre Seagle, 93, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at her home, following a period of declining health. Vera was born June 16, 1923, in Burke County, to the late Harvey Settlemyre and Rosie Carswell Settlemyre. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Vera loved to be outside and in her flower garden. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in...
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Matthew Blake McGalliard

January 19, 1983 - December 15, 2016

Matthew Blake McGalliard, 33, of Valdese, departed this life to his heavenly home on Thursday December 15, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Matthew was born on January 19, 1983 in Burke County to William Francis McGalliard and Robin Ramsey Berthelot. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Francis H. McGalliard and Ann Ward McGalliard; and his maternal...
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David Allen Huey

November 16, 1935 - December 14, 2016

Mr. David Allen Huey, 81, of Valdese, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday December 14, 2016. He passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. Mr. Huey was born November 16, 1935 in Rexis, PA , a son of the late Lester and Nina Carson Huey. David served his country in the Korean Conflict and as a member of the US Air Force from 1953 until 1961 He thereafter worked for...
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William Junior Arney

December 14, 1930 - December 13, 2016

Mr. William Junior Arney, 85, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday December 13, 2016 at his home, following a period of declining health. William was born December 14, 1930 in Burke County to the late Robert Arney and Mary Boshears Pendergrass. He was a member at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church of Connelly Springs. William was enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War. Following...
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Joan Goode Burgess

January 9, 1936 - December 7, 2016

Mrs. Joan Goode Burgess, 80, of Hickory passed away Wednesday December 7, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Burgess was born January 9, 1936 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Thomas Franklin Goode, Sr. and Dorothy Morgan Goode. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Goode Hubbard and a brother, Thomas...
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Pansy Barnes Duncan

April 1, 1936 - December 6, 2016

Mrs. Pansy Louise Barnes Duncan, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Pansy was born on April 1, 1936 in Burke County to the late Spurgeon Barnes and Eva Ingles Barnes. She was a longtime member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and retired from the hosiery industry after many years working for Alba-Waldensian and Robinson Hosiery. In addition to...
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Michael Preston Reed Baker

April 15, 1992 - December 6, 2016

Mr. Michael Preston Reed Baker, 24, of Rutherford College, passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Michael was born on April 15, 1992, in Burke County, to Rev. Daniel Lee Baker and Rhonda Crawford Baker. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Rev. Lester Crawford. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister...
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Rhoda Jane Poe

April 16, 1939 - December 5, 2016

Rhoda Jane Cook Poe, 77, of Swannanoa, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016, at her residence following a period of declining health. Rhoda was born April 16, 1939 to the late Raymond Cook and Vassie Hildebrand Cook. She was a member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church. She loved to read her Bible, be in her garden, and collect many types of figurines. She is survived by her husband, Roy Poe of...
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Sharon "Kay" Stephens

December 5, 1962 - December 4, 2016

Sharon Kay Allen Stephens, 53, passed away December 4, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center. She was married to Jeffery Kyle Stephens of Hickory, NC. She was the daughter of Nancy Wiles Allen , and the late Bobby Allen. Kay was a 1981 graduate of East Burke High School and a 2008 graduate of Catawba Valley Community College. She was an active member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church where she was...
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Carroll Hudson

February 7, 1953 - December 3, 2016

Mr. Carroll Hudson, 63, of Hildebran, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, following a period of declining health. Carroll was born on February 7, 1953 in Catawba County to Shirley Ann Willis and the late Lewis Hoyle Hudson. He was employed as a delivery driver with Bimbo Bakeries for over 24 years and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine...
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Leola Gragg Townsend

May 15, 1933 - December 2, 2016

Mrs. Leola Mae Gragg Townsend, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday December 2, 2016 at her residence surrounded by her family, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Townsend was born May 15, 1933 in Avery County, a daughter of the late Alfred A. and Neta Coffey Gragg. Leola was a charter member and very active in the Bridgeport Baptist Church. She retired as a seamstress in the...
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Roxanne Hunter Jones

March 7, 1994 - November 30, 2016

Roxy Hunter Jones, 22, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Blue Ridge Medical Center in Morganton. A memorial service will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 12:00 P.M. at Zion Baptist Church, 3396 Pea Ridge Rd. in Morganton, with Rev. Keith Rose officiating. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Diana Nieder Cross

May 12, 1944 - November 30, 2016

Diane Elizabeth Nieder Cross, 72 of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday November 30, 2016. Mrs. Cross was born on May 16, 1944 in Detroit, MI to the late Herbert Nieder and Helen Daly Nieder. She was a homemaker and attended Grace Episcopal Church in Morganton. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her best friend and husband of 40 years David C. Cross, Sr. ...
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Rita Lail Rector

August 7, 1944 - November 28, 2016

Mrs. Rita Lail Rector, 72, of Valdese, passed away Monday November 28, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem after a period of declining health. Mrs. Rector was born August 7, 1944 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Roby C.J. and Carrie Hodge Lail. Rita worked for many years as a machinist with Forest City Tool and retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. ...
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Larry Allen Moon

February 9, 1957 - November 28, 2016

Mr. Larry Allen Moon, 59, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at his residence. Larry was born on February 9, 1957 Anderson County, SC to Carole Sellers Moon and the late Sidney Robert Moon. He was a graduate of East Burke High School and a veteran of the United States Air Force. Larry was employed as a long time welder and pipe fitter. In addition to his father,...
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J. Monroe Franklin

May 16, 1952 - November 26, 2016

It is with great sadness that the family of Monroe Franklin announces his passing after a lengthy illness on Saturday November 26, 2016 at Duke Hospital. He was the husband of Lynn Stirewalt Franklin. They shared 32 years of marriage together. Born in Avery County on May 16, 1952 he was the son of the late Coeburn Virginia Franklin and Cordia Woodie Franklin. His passion was playing guitar at...
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Tammy Annette Setzer

April 15, 1969 - November 25, 2016

Mrs. Tammy Annette Setzer, 47, of Rhodhiss passed away unexpectedly Friday, November 25, 2016. Mrs. Setzer was born April 15, 1969 in Burke County to the late Fred Everette Setzer and Edith Louise Beard Setzer. She enjoyed writing and singing. Following a career as a model she worked as a homemaker and a factory worker at Shuford Mills. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by...
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Michele Belk Zuschlag

March 18, 1971 - November 23, 2016

Mrs. Michele Belk Zuschlag, 45, of Valdese passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Zuschlag was born March 18, 1971 in Burke County to Mabel Love Belk and the late Robert Belk. She was a teacher for over twenty years for Burke County Schools and Gwinnett County Schools in Georgia. Survivors include her husband Douglas Zuschlag of...
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Roma Gale Jahn

September 19, 1942 - November 21, 2016

Mrs. Roma Gale Perrell Jahn, 74, of Morganton, passed away on Monday November 21, 2016 at Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, after a brief illness. Gale was born September 19, 1942 in Avery County , a daughter of the late Arland and Lola Wiseman Perrell. She was a member of Drexel First Baptist Church and retired as a salesperson from the clothing industry. In addition to her...
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Jon Michael Hughes

March 21, 1978 - November 20, 2016

Mr. Jon Michael Hughes, 38, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Charlotte Medical Trauma Center. Jon was born March 21, 1978 in Bell County, Texas. He was self employed and recently started his own home and business restoration and repair service. He was an active member of Gloryland Baptist Church in Hildebran and had a gift of working with the youth. Jon was a...
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Glenn "Tom" Thomas Lail

March 17, 1942 - November 18, 2016

Mr. Glenn Thomas "Tom" Lail, 74, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Tom was born on March 17, 1942 in Burke County to the late Edward Lail and Martha Taylor Lail. He was employed for many years with his family at Lail's Auto Parts and also attended Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. In addition to his...
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Virginia Ruth Farris Tyree Bare

June 6, 1931 - November 18, 2016

Virginia Ruth Farris Tyree Bare, 85, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016, at her residence, following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Jesus Life Worship Center Cemetery in Moravian Falls, NC. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and...
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Robert Wesley Young

June 22, 1944 - November 17, 2016

Robert Wesley Young, 72, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at his residence following a period of declining health. A private service will be held at a later date by the family. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of Valdese is serving the Young family.
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James Woodrow Sessions

December 7, 1937 - November 17, 2016

The Reverend James Woodrow Sessions, 78, of Valdese, departed this life to his heavenly home on Thursday November 17, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. James was born on December 7, 1937 in Tarrant County (Fort Worth), TX to the late Woodrow Wilson Sessions and Thelma Leona Shirley Sessions. He was a graduate of Lake Worth High School, Texas Christian University with a Business...
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Brenda Faye Helton Church

March 21, 1944 - November 16, 2016

Mrs. Brenda Faye Helton Church, 72, of Valdese passed away Wednesday November 16, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Church was born March 21, 1944 to the late William and Martha Helton. She was a faithful member at United Baptist Church and dedicated her life to helping others. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Dorothy Ingle Daye

May 21, 1926 - November 15, 2016

Mrs. Dorothy Ingle Daye, 90, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday November 15, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Daye was born May 21, 1926 in Burke County to the late Gentry Ingle and Cora Childers Ingle. She was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and was retired from Robinson Hosiery in Valdese. In addition to her parents she...
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Thomas Franklin Curtis

May 10, 1944 - November 13, 2016

Mr. Thomas Franklin Curtis, 72, of Lenoir, passed away Sunday November 13, 2016 at Caldwell UNC Hospital following a period of declining health. Thomas was born May 10, 1944 in Caldwell County to the late Rev. Cloyd M. Curtis and Jessie Abernethy Curtis. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers, Harry Curtis, Larry Curtis, Cloyd "June" Curtis, and Earl Curtis; and...
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Danny Edward Lail

January 10, 1948 - November 13, 2016

Mr. Danny Edward Lail, 68, of Connelly Springs, died Sunday November 13, 2016 at CMC Blue Ridge Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Lail was born January 10, 1948 in Burke County, a son of the late James Produs Wycoff and Fleta Young Lail. He was a retired painter and was well respected in the construction industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son,...
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Sue Chester Minton

January 21, 1935 - November 13, 2016

Sue Chester Minton, 81, of Hickory, passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese, following a period of declining health. Sue was born on January 21, 1935 in Catawba County to the late Charlie Gaither and Pearl Eckard Chester. Mrs. Minton was the wife of the late Evangelist and Pastor Oliver Minton. Together they conducted tent revivals for many years...
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Blenda Epley Autry

October 12, 1944 - November 12, 2016

Blenda Epley Autry, 72, of Morganton, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, November 12, 2016, following a short period of declining health. Blenda was born in Burke County , October 12, 1944, to the late Herman and Ruth Perry Epley. Blenda was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Valdese. She was a member of the choir for many years and served on various committees. Blenda began...
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Lori Ann Harrison Walters

December 26, 1970 - November 10, 2016

Lori Ann Harrison Walters, 45, of Ellijay, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta Georgia, following a period of declining health. Lori was born December 26, 1970, in Mullins, SC to Raleigh Harrison and Sharon Williams Harrison. She will always be remembered for her love of music, fishing, and animals. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles...
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Ralph Edward Barneette

July 12, 1970 - November 7, 2016

Mr. Ralph Edward Barnette, 46, of Charlotte passed away Monday November 7, 2016 at Carolina's Medical Center Main Campus in Charlotte. Ralph was born July 12, 1970 in Burke County, son to the late Mr. Edward Barnette. He worked as a stage hand at many different venues. Survivors include his daughter, Kayla Barnette and fiancé Logan Sparks of Statesville; son, Steven Barnette of...
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Lorene Jenny Burriss

June 19, 1919 - November 2, 2016

Lorene Jenny Burriss, 97, of Columbia, SC died on November 2, 2016. Jenny was born June 19, 1919 in Allendale County, S.C. to the late J. Herbert Jenny and Edith Folk Jenny. She graduated from the Junior College of Augusta and received her RN from University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. She worked as a surgical nurse in Greenwood, S.C. and later as a kindergarten teacher at North Trenholm...
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Tamera Daugherty Lingerfelt Shepherd

November 17, 1968 - October 30, 2016

Mrs. Tamera "Tammy" Daugherty Lingerfelt Shepherd, 47,of Hudson, passed away at her residence, following a brief illness. on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Tammy was born November 17, 1968 to George and Barbara Huffman Lingerfelt in Catawba County. She was a loving Mother and Grandmother. She was preceded in death by her 1st husband and dear friend, Kevin Daugherty. In addition to her parents,...
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Alfred Eldon Metsger

April 5, 1931 - October 30, 2016

Alfred Eldon Metsger, 85, of Connelly Springs, passed away Sunday October 30, 2016 at his residence. Mr. Metsger was born on April 5, 1931 in Monmouth County, NJ to the late James Grant Metsger and Irma Bray Metsger. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and was retired owner and operator of AE Metsger Builder. He was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition to his...
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Franklin Dellon Wood

July 1, 1934 - October 29, 2016

Franklin "Frank" Dellon Wood, 82, of Morganton passed away at his home Saturday October 29, 2016, following extended illness. Frank was born July 1, 1934 in Franklin County, NC to the late Thomas Lewis Wood and Lodie Mae Burnette Wood. Mr. Wood enjoyed his life, conversing with friends and family, and toiling in his garden and flowers as his health allowed. He was a man who never met a...
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Eulan Ranzo Brittain

March 1, 1943 - October 27, 2016

Eulan Ranzo Brittain, 73, of Hickory, passed away Thursday October 27, 2016 at Cardinal Healthcare following a period of declining health. Eulan was born on March 1, 1943 in Burke County to the late Claude Brittain and Ruby Brittain Brittain. He was a retired truck driver and mechanic at Southway Trucking, formerly Tallent Transfer. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. In addition...
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Melany Bounous Grill

November 8, 1915 - October 27, 2016

Mrs. Melany Bounous Grill, 100, formerly of 1110 Church St. Valdese, NC passed away Thursday October 27, 2016 at College Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a period of declining health. Melany was born November 8, 1915 in Valdese to early Waldensian settlers of the town, the late Jacques "Jack" Henri Bounous and Ida Julia Pascal Bounous. Melany lived in Valdese all her life...
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Bruce Allen Franklin

January 14, 1953 - October 27, 2016

Bruce Allen Franklin, 63 of Morganton, passed away Thursday October 27, 2016 at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday October 28, 2016 at Warlick's United Methodist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Curtis Carroll officiating. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of...
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Bryson Eric Huffman

July 3, 1971 - October 25, 2016

Bryson Eric Huffman, 45, of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully Tuesday October 25, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Bryson was born on July 3, 1971 in Catawba County to Kenneth Huffman and Glenda Brittain Huffman. He was a graduate of East Burke High School and Western Piedmont Community College with a degree in computer science. Bryson was a little person with a big heart, and the...
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Michael Perry Mason

November 9, 1963 - October 25, 2016

Mr. Michael Perry Mason, 52, of Drexel, passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at his residence. Mike was born on November 9, 1963 in Ashe County to Lionel Edgar Mason and Faye Dishman Mason. He was employed as Vice President of Anthony & Mason Railroad Construction. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Rufus and Opal Dishman, and Herbert and Edith Mason. Survivors include his...
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Dennis Ray Christian

June 24, 1970 - October 23, 2016

Mr. Dennis Ray Christian, 46, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday October 23, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Christian was born June 24, 1970 in Lincoln County, a son of the late Paul Darl and Wanda Louise Pritchard Christian. Dennis was a member of Enon Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by...
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Naomi Delora Farr Edwards

April 8, 1948 - October 22, 2016

Mrs. Naomi Delora Farr Edwards, 68, of Granite Falls, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Caldwell of Hospice of Hudson, following a period of declining health. Naomi was born on April 8, 1948 in Graham County, NC to the late Cecil Farr and Irene Anderson Farr. She graduated from Robbinsville High School and studied nursing at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. Naomi loved...
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Angela Dawn Poarch

September 27, 1962 - October 22, 2016

Ms. Angela "Angie" Dawn Poarch, 54, of Valdese, was freed from this earthly world and carried on Angel wings to forever reside with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health resulting from an accident in February 2016. Angie was born on September 27, 1962 in Guilford County to the late Ralph Euray Poarch and...
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Janis Skelton Bevis

July 31, 1951 - October 18, 2016

Janis Skelton Bevis, 65, of Valdese, passed away Tuesday October 18, 2016 following a period of declining health. Janis was born on July 31, 1951 in Anderson County, SC to the late J. Harold Skelton and Reed Banister Skelton. She was a retired Elementary School Teacher for Caldwell County Public Schools teaching at Hudson Elementary School for 30 years. She was a member of Xi Gamma Rho Chapter...
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Gary Joe Young

January 12, 1953 - October 16, 2016

Mr. Gary Joe Young, 63, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday October 16, 2016 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Young was born January 12, 1953 in Catawba County, a son of Ruby Herman Moody McGuire and the late George J. Young. He was a retired Painter and attended North Laurel Baptist Church. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia...
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Gilda Cline Hildebran

April 11, 1930 - October 15, 2016

Mrs. Gilda Cline Hildebran, 86, of Hildebran, passed away Saturday October 15, 2016 at College Pines Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Gilda was born April 11, 1930 in Burke County to the late Sterling Cline and Mamie Burns Cline. She was an active member at First Baptist Church Hildebran, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She also managed the gift shop at...
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Kathleen Lucille James Byrd

July 21, 1935 - October 15, 2016

Mrs. Kathleen Lucille James Byrd, 81, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Frye Regional Hospital, following a period of declining health. Kathleen was born July 21, 1935, in Lincoln County to the late Richard James and Minnie Lula Sain Dennie. She was a faithful member at Zion Road Baptist Church. Kathleen also had a passion for her dogs and birds. In addition to her...
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Vina Lee "Nanny" Causby

May 8, 1936 - October 14, 2016

Mrs. Vina Lee "Nanny" Anthony Causby, 80, of Drexel, passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016, at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Causby was born on May 8, 1936, in Burke County to the late John Anthony and Ruth Brittain Anthony. She was a member of Rising Church and was well known for her crafts. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband,...
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Blanche Smith Icard

June 29, 1918 - October 13, 2016

Mrs. Blanche Smith Icard, 98, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Kingston Residence, following a period of declining health. Blanche was born on June 29, 1918 in Caldwell County to the late Finley Smith and Estelle Smith. She was a loving homemaker and a longtime and faithful member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was...
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Cesarine Estelle Pyatt Ruggles

October 27, 1929 - October 12, 2016

Mrs. Cesarine Estelle Pyatt Ruggles, 86, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at her residence, following a brief illness. Cesarine was born on October 27, 1929 in Burke County, the youngest child of the late Sadie Hudson Pyatt and Roscoe Lee Pyatt. After graduating from Valdese High School she attended Lenoir Rhyne College, where she received an AB degree in...
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William Randy Walker

October 21, 1956 - October 12, 2016

William Randy Walker, 59, of Connelly Springs, loving and hardworking husband, father, grandfather and brother-in-law, passed into eternal peace on Wednesday October 12, 2016 after a long and well fought courageous battle. Randy was born on October 21, 1956 in Burke County to the late Billy Clarence Walker and Betty Powell Walker. He was an auto mechanic formerly working at Valdese Auto Parts,...
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Judith Rae Gray French

May 3, 1935 - October 10, 2016

Mrs. Judith Rae Gray French ,81, of Valdese died Monday October 10, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese after a period of declining health. Mrs. French was born May 3, 1935 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to the late James M. and Dora S. Taylor. In early childhood she was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Verna M. and Charles W. Gray and raised in Niles, Ohio. She graduated from Niles...
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Jose' Ascencion Rodriguez

October 17, 1983 - October 9, 2016

Mr. Jose Ascencion Rodriguez, 32, died Sunday October 9, 2016 after a brief illness. Jose was born October 17, 1983 in Morganton, a son of Ascencion Rodriguez and Julia Pearson. A Service of Remembrance will be held Sunday October 16, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the New Manna Baptist Church, Marion.
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Billy Herbert Decker

August 31, 1931 - October 9, 2016

Billy Herbert Decker, 85, of Granite Falls, entered peacefully through the gates of Heaven to join God's eternal family on Sunday, October 9, 2016, at Brian Center, Hickory, NC. Mr. Decker was born on August 31, 1931 in Burke County to the late Forest Decker and Mary Zeno Page Decker. He was formerly employed by Midstate Paving and Asphalt Paving. He was an Army veteran serving in the Korea War...
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Ann Carolyn Johnson

August 23, 1944 - October 7, 2016

Ann Carolyn Johnson, 72, of Hickory, departed this life on Friday October 7, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Carolyn was bon August 23, 1944, in Catawba County, a daughter of the late Margaret Johnson. She was a member of Hartzell United Methodist Church and retired from Corning Cable. In addition to her mother she is preceded in...
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Mackenzie Brooke Carswell

August 17, 1999 - October 7, 2016

Mackenzie Brooke Carswell, 17, of Morganton, graduated to her Heavenly Home on Friday October 7, 2016. Mackenzie was born August 17, 1999 in Burke County a daughter of Gary and Michelle Chandler Carswell. She was a Senior at Draughn High School, a member of the Draughn Wildcat Softball team, Chorus, Tennis Team, Anchor Club and National Honor Society. She was also a member of the Lady Pride...
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April Marie Stevens

April 12, 1988 - October 5, 2016

Ms. April Marie Stevens, 28, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at her residence, following a period of declining health. April was born in Tennessee on April 12, 1988. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. Memorials may be sent to the family at 1358 Amherst Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 to assist with expenses. Heritage Funeral Service &...
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Ruby Louise Hildebran Thorne

February 16, 1939 - October 5, 2016

Mrs. Ruby Louise Hildebran Thorne, 77, of Mocksville, passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Ruby was born on February 16, 1939 in Catawba County to the late Joseph P. Hildebran and Minnie Young Hildebran. She was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. Ruby loved to dance, be in her garden, and most of all, being with her...
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Harvey Lynn Killian

July 14, 1948 - October 4, 2016

Mr. Harvey Killian, 68, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice, following a period of declining health. Harvey was born on July 14, 1948 in Catawba County to the late Glenn Killian and Lillian Sigmon Killian. He was formerly employed in the furniture and textiles industry before retiring as a custodian for Burke County Public Schools. Harvey...
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Samuel Scott Daves

December 8, 1988 - October 3, 2016

Mr. Samuel Scott Daves, 27, of Valdese passed away on Monday, October 3, 2016. Sam was born on December 8, 1988 in Burke County to Michael Scott Daves and Wanda Watson Daves. He was a loving son, brother and grandson, who had a love for the Lord, his family and friends and his beloved dog, Nala Girl. Sam enjoyed listening to music, going on hikes, camping, playing baseball and poetry. He knew...
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Juanita Elizabeth Bradshaw Rogers

July 11, 1931 - October 2, 2016

Juanita Elizabeth Bradshaw Rogers, 85, passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at Caldwell Hospice, following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM, at Mountain View Cemetery in Connelly Springs, with Rev. Jonathan Reece officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood...
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Jackie Allison Icard

May 7, 1990 - September 28, 2016

Jackie Allison Icard, 26, of Connelly Springs, died unexpectedly Wednesday September 28, 2016. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday September 30, 2016 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Rev. Donald Denton officiating. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Buddy "Buck" Leger, Sr.

March 9, 1930 - September 27, 2016

Buddy R. "Buck" Leger, Sr., 86, of Rutherford College, passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at his residence. Buddy was born on March 9, 1930 in Burke County to the late John Alfred Leger and Laura Lail Leger. He was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean Conflict, and he was proud of his service to our country. He was retired from Valdese Weavers, serving many...
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Rondle Ervin Brittain

August 22, 1939 - September 26, 2016

Mr. Rondle Ervin Brittain, 77, of Nebo died Monday September 26, 2016 at Grace Heights Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Surviving are his wife Betty Gardner Brittain, two sisters, Ethel Shuping and Ruth Chapman, four step-children and a number of nieces and nephews. At his request, no funeral services will be held at this time. An online guestbook and obituary is available...
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Charles Augustus Styles, Sr.

June 15, 1943 - September 25, 2016

Charles Augustus Styles, Sr., 73, of Morganton, passed away Sunday September 25, 2016 at Magnolia Lane Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Funeral Services will be private. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Dwayne Howard Trumble

August 12, 1938 - September 24, 2016

Rev. Dwayne Howard Trumble, 78, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at his residence following a period of declining health. Howard was born on August 12, 1938, in Burke County to the late Floyd Howard Trumble and Mary Settlemyre Trumble. He was retired from Valdese Manufacturing and was a member of Holy Trinity Full Gospel Church. Howard was an avid collector of...
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Dannie Byrd Allison

October 20, 1934 - September 22, 2016

Mrs. Dannie Kate Byrd Allison, 81, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly reward on Thursday September 22, 2016 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a brief illness. Mrs. Allison was born October 20, 1934 in Burke County, a daughter of Edgar "Red" and Ruth Shytle Byrd. She retired from Great Lakes Carbon Corp. and Burke County Health Department. Dannie was very active in the...
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Gerald Ray Triplett

December 17, 1950 - September 21, 2016

Mr. Gerald Ray Triplett, 65 of Valdese passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at his residence. Gerald was born on December 17, 1950 in Burke County to Betty McGalliard Triplett Griffin and the late Edward Plato Triplett, Jr. He was retired from Valdese Public Works and spent the past few years as a devoted caregiver to his mother. Gerald was also a longtime member of the Valdese VFW...
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Elizabeth Arney Laughridge

July 8, 1941 - September 21, 2016

Mrs. Elizabeth Arney Laughridge, 75, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Elizabeth was born on July 8, 1941 in Caldwell County to the late William Earl Arney and Ethel Brown Arney. She was a member of the Drexel Christian Center and was retired from Leviton Southern Devices. In addition to her parents,...
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Effie Porter Brown

April 7, 1933 - September 21, 2016

Mrs. Effie Thompson Porter Brown, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Carolina Rehab and Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Effie was born on April 7, 1933 in Cherokee County, SC to the late Willie Thompson and Ossie Bivens Thompson. She was previously employed as a cook for many years, and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great...
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Agustin "Gus" Coloma

March 14, 1958 - September 20, 2016

Agustin "Gus" Chorques Coloma, 58, of Lenoir passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at his residence. Gus was born on March 14, 1958 in Spain to the late Antonia Chorques Jimenez and Amelia Coloma. A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Church Street Baptist Church in Rhodhiss, NC, with Rev. Steve Coonse officiating.
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