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Doris Doyle Davis Burns

May 12, 1922 - August 13, 2018

Mrs. Doris Doyle Davis Burns, 96, of Rutherford College passed away August 13,2018 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mrs. Burns was born May 12, 1922 in Horse Pasture, VA to the late W.H. Davis and Hester Doyle Davis. She worked for thirty five years at Valdese Hospital as Head Registered Nurse, and eleven years at Broughton as supervisor of G Ward. She was a...
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Brenda Gantt Walker

November 18, 1949 - August 13, 2018

Mrs. Brenda Gantt Walker, 69, of Mount Airy, died on Monday August 13, 2018 at Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Walker was born March 18, 1949 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Charles Maynard and Bertie Pruitt Gantt. She was retired inspector in the textile manufacturing industry. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by...
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Bobby Fred Benfield

October 28, 1930 - August 12, 2018

Mr. Bobby Fred Benfield, 87, of Morganton passed away Sunday August 12, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Bobby was born October 28, 1930 in Burke County to the late John Benfield and Fannie Mincey Benfield. Following his time in the United States Army ,serving as a tank operator in the Korean Conflict; he worked as a manager at Sky City. Bobby...
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Robert Charles Sewell

November 6, 1948 - August 11, 2018

Mr. Robert Charles Sewell, 69, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Catawba Hospice of Sherrills Ford, following a period of declining health. Robert was employed by Bethlehem Salvage and active in Bad Company Street Rods. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices...
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Mary Ellen Robinson Deaton

April 13, 1940 - August 10, 2018

Mrs. Mary Ellen Robinson Deaton, 78, of Hickory, passed away on Friday August 10, 2018 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Deaton was born April 13, 1940 in Burke County, a daughter of the late John Henry and Susie Matthews Robinson. She was a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church, a loving wife, mother and homemaker. In addition to her parents she was preceded in...
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Edwyna Lee Russell Stiles

November 4, 1928 - August 10, 2018

Mrs. Edwyna Lee Russell Stiles, 89, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Grace Heights Health and Rehab Center, following a period of declining health. Edwyna was born on November 4, 1928 in Burke County to the late William T. Russell and Faye Tillotson Russell. She remained in Burke County until the early 1950's and eventually relocated to Greensboro and began a career in...
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George "Ed" Edward Singleton

April 21, 1942 - August 10, 2018

Mr. George Edward "Ed" Singleton, 76, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ed was born April 21, 1942, in Avery County, to the late Edgar Singleton and Doral Ollis Singleton. He was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church. Ed loved to watch his favorite teams, NC State and the Washington Redskins; but...
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Adaline Dawn Hullette

February 17, 2017 - August 9, 2018

Adaline Dawn Hullette, 17 Mo. of Connelly Springs, died Thursday August 9, 2018 as the result of an auto accident. Adaline was born February 17, 2017 in Burke County a daughter of Heather Hullette and the late Cody A., Myers. She was preceded in death by her sister, Piper Layne Myers. Surviving are her mother Heather Hullette of Connelly Springs, sister, Mira Myers, grandparents, Robert and...
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Cody Austin Myers

February 17, 1997 - August 8, 2018

Mr. Cody Austin Myers, 21, of Connelly Springs, died Wednesday August 8, 2018 as the result of an auto accident. Cody was born February 17, 1997 in Burke County, a son of Robert Myers and Joyce Frye Myers He was a graduate of East Burke High School and employed as a metal fabricator. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Adaline Dawn Hullette and Piper Layne Myers. Surviving are his...
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Piper Layne Myers

April 5, 2018 - August 8, 2018

Piper Layne Myers, 4 mo. old died Wednesday August 8, 2018 as the result of an auto accident. Piper was born April 5, 2018, in Burke County a daughter of Heather Hullette and the late Cody A. Myers. She was preceded in death, in addition to her father, by her sister, Adaline Dawn Hullette. Surviving are her mother, Heather Hullette of Connelly Springs, Sister, Mira Myers of Hickory,...
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Harold Coy Earley

November 8, 1936 - August 8, 2018

Harold Coy Earley, 81, of Rutherford College, NC and formerly of the Baton community died on August 8, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care after an extended battle with cancer. He was born November 8, 1936 in Rutherford County, NC to the late Coy Earley and Virle Lane Earley. Harold was a member of Mountain Grove Church in Baton and was retired from Caldwell County Schools after 33...
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Eva Virginia Bradshaw Decker

July 26, 1935 - August 8, 2018

Mrs. Eva Virginia Bradshaw Decker, 83, of Morganton passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Grace Heights Nursing Home following a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held 3:00PM Sunday August 12, 2018 at Zion Road Baptist Church with the Rev. Micah Piercy officiating. Interment will follow at Benfield Cemetery in Avery County. The family will receive friends prior to the...
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Bettie Bowman Carswell

November 12, 1930 - August 8, 2018

Bettie Bowman Carswell of Rutherford College, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in her home following a period of declining health. Born in Caldwell county, Nov. 12, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Henry Milton Bowman and Mary Elizabeth McLean Bowman. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Rutherford College. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Dewey...
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Robert Alabama Whitney

November 26, 1943 - August 8, 2018

Mr. Robert "Alabama" Buckingham Whitney III, 74, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, following a period of declining health. Bobby was born November 26, 1943, in Alexander, Virginia, to the late Robert Buckingham Whitney, Jr. and Wanita Johnson Whitney. Bobby loved to talk about his childhood spending time on his grandparents farm in...
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Timothy Randall Williams

July 18, 1968 - August 7, 2018

Mr. Timothy Randall Williams, 50, of Morganton passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Carolina Medical Center Main Campus in Charlotte. Timothy was born July 18, 1968 in Burke County to Esther Brittain Williams Smith and the late Lloyd Randall Williams. He attended United Baptist Church and The Church of God in Nebo. Timothy was co owner and operator of LRW Trucking; he also worked for the...
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Larry Scott Arney

September 21, 1958 - August 6, 2018

Mr. Larry Scott Arney, 59, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018, at his residence, following a period of declining health. A private memorial service will be held by the family 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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Herman "Reid" Childers

September 23, 1941 - August 6, 2018

Mr. Herman "Reid" Childers, 76, of Connelly Springs passed away Monday, August 6, 2018 at the V.A. Medical Center in Asheville following a brief period of declining health. Reid was born September 23, 1941 in Burke County to the late Henry Lemuel Childers and Vergie Bryant Childers. Following his time serving in the U.S. Army he owned his own heating and air business. He enjoyed camping,...
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Janet Miriam Sanders Bell

July 17, 2018 - August 5, 2018

Janet "Jan" Miriam Sanders Bell, 79, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at College Pines Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Janet was born July 17, 1939, in Adams County, Pennsylvania, to the late Lloyd B. Sanders and Treva K. Bowman. She loved gardening and the companionship of her cat. Jan was a loving mother and grandmother. She was deeply devoted to her...
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Pearl Esther Thomas Sandoval

October 1, 1921 - August 4, 2018

Pearl Esther Thomas Sandoval, born a coal miner's daughter on October 1, 1921, and raised in Scattertown, PA to the late John Wright and Lulu Belle Thomas. She was an inquisitive child who enjoyed growing up on the family farm of 63 acres where many relatives still reside. After high school she hitchhiked and found work 35 miles from home earning $.33 per hour painting auto emblems. After...
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Jonie Robert Carswell

April 16, 1941 - August 2, 2018

Mr. Jonie Robert Carswell, 77, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday August 2, 2018 in Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Carswell was born April 16, 1941 in Burke County, a son of the late Logan and Emma Jane Watts Carswell. He retired from Century Furniture machine shop and enjoyed working on lawnmowers in his metal shop at home. Jonie was a faithful member...
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Wayne Morris Rouse

October 10, 1938 - August 2, 2018

Wayne Morris Rouse, 79, of Morganton, passed away Thursday August 2, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Rouse was born on October 10, 1938 in Guilford County to the late Ellen Rouse and Paul Rouse. He was retired from Henredon Furniture as a Quality Control Manager, and was a faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church. In...
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Carole Pauline Duncan Rice

November 15, 1934 - August 1, 2018

Mrs. Carole Pauline Duncan Rice, 83, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, following a period of declining health. Carole was born November 15, 1934, in Catawba County, to the late Eli G. Duncan and Lillian Grant Duncan. She was a member of First Advent Christian Church, and was retired from JC Penney's . Carole loved to cook and work puzzles; but most of all she loved being...
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Bumper Timmy Shawn Truesdale

March 20, 1983 - July 31, 2018

Mr. "Bumper" Timmy Shawn Truesdale, 35, of Bayboro, NC, formerly of Morganton, passed away July 31, 2018. Bumper was born March 20, 1983 in Burke County to Mrs. Teresa Yelton Truesdale and Mr. Timmy Tony Maurice Truesdale. Bumper will be remembered as a kind and loving individual who was spontaneous and full of life. He loved his family and enjoyed making everyone laugh. He was attending...
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Michael Glenn Owenby

March 18, 1955 - July 31, 2018

Michael Glenn Owenby, age 63, of Hickory, and formerly of Marion, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 31, 2018, at home following a long battle with cancer. Born March 18, 1955, in Rhode Island, he was a son of Peggy McKinney Owenby of Marion and the late Glenn Ervin Owenby. Left to cherish his memory are his loving and supportive wife of 23 years Kaye McCall Owenby; his mother, Peggy...
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Sandra Rozetta Hardy Middleton

March 20, 1955 - July 31, 2018

Sandra Rozetta Hardy Middleton, 63, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at her residence, following a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM at First Church of God in Lenoir, with Pastor Jerome Pearson and Rev. Jasper Hemphill officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday, from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM at First...
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Charles Wesley Berry

November 11, 1937 - July 29, 2018

Mr. Charles "Wesley" Berry, 80, of Connelly Springs passed away Sunday July 29, 2018 at Carolina Continuing Care in Charlotte following a period of declining health. Wesley was born November 11, 1937 in Burke County to the late Robert G. Berry and Lillie Mae Shull Berry. He was a member of Abee's Grove Baptist Church and worked as a machinist at JEMCO. In addition to his parents he was...
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Lois Watson Wiggins

October 30, 1920 - July 27, 2018

Mrs. Lois Evelyn Watson Wiggins, 97, of Nebo, passed away on Friday, July 27,2018 at Cambridge House Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Lois was born on October 30, 1920 in Catawba County to the late James Watson and Timey Brittain Watson. She was a longtime member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Dysartsville, and was previously employed at Tasty Freeze in Morganton...
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Shirley Stamey Baker

April 8, 1935 - July 26, 2018

Mrs. Shirley Stamey Baker, 83, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at her residence, following a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 2:30 PM at Friendship Baptist Church in Morganton, with Rev. Phil King officiating. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service &...
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Willard Eli Cline

October 3, 1920 - July 26, 2018

Mr. Willard Eli Cline, 97, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Willard was born on October 3, 1920 in Alexander County to the late Perry Cline and Lilly Miller Cline. He was retired from the furniture industry, where he worked as supervisor for 40 years, a member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church and a veteran of the U...
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Hilda Berry Hamm

October 28, 1933 - July 26, 2018

Mrs. Hilda Lorene Berry Hamm, 84, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Hilda was born on October 28, 1933 in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late Marshall Berry and Eunice Zimmerman Berry. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hamm, brothers Ray...
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Wayne Davis

January 8, 1948 - July 25, 2018

M. Wayne Davis of Valdese, formerly of Hickory, born January 8, 1948, entered into Glory after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. He was the son of the late France "Fireball" and Gladys Wilson Davis, from Icard, NC and was preceded in death by brothers, Mike and Terry Davis, as well as grandson, Joshua Abernethy. Wayne was known and loved by those of all...
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Jeremiah Emmanuel Beard

November 25, 1977 - July 23, 2018

Mr. Jeremiah Emmanuel Beard, 40, of Fayetteville, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018, at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Abee's Grove Baptist Church, with Pastor Rudy Hayes officiating. 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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William Eugene "Bill" Austin

February 21, 1963 - July 22, 2018

Mr. William "Bill" Eugene Austin Jr., 55, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at his residence. A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory in Valdese. Interment will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 27, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Heritage...
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Nancy Ellen Dages Carswell

October 1, 1948 - July 22, 2018

Mrs. Nancy Ellen Dages Carswell, 69, of Rutherford College passed away Sunday July 22, 2018 at Frye Medical Center following a period of declining health. Nancy was born October 1, 1948 in Avery County to the late Lee Vincent Dages and Gertrude Vance Dages. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Valdese. Nancy will be remembered as a faithful servant to her Lord and Savior and to...
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Clayton Calloway

July 23, 1978 - July 20, 2018

Mr. Clayton Allen Calloway, 39, of Granite Falls passed away Friday July 20, 2018 at CMC Main following a period of declining health. Clayton was born July 23, 1978 in Catawba County to the late Mike Lingle and Diane Yount Brown. He worked as a cook at Curley's Fish Camp. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step father Vernon Brown. Survivors include his brother, Joe...
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Billy Ervin Butler

October 18, 1937 - July 20, 2018

Billy Ervin Butler, 80, of Morganton, passed away Friday July 20, 2018 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Butler was born on October 18, 1937 in Burke County to the late Coy Pink Butler and Annie Lou Hoyle Butler. He was retired from the Town of Valdese, Public Works Department and was a member of United Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he is preceded in...
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Gwyn Paul Sullivan

April 26, 1930 - July 19, 2018

Rev. Gwyn Paul Sullivan, 88, of Granite Falls, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Gwyn was born on April 26, 1930 in Caldwell County to the late Thomas Lee Sullivan, Sr. and Lucy Smith Sullivan. He was a retired Southern Baptist Pastor of 44 years and a former Director of Missions for the South Mountain Baptist ...
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Albert Clifford Smith

May 19, 1951 - July 16, 2018

Mr. Albert Clifford Smith, 67, of Morganton went home to meet his Lord and Savior on Monday July 16, 2018 at CMC Main Campus in Charlotte. Albert was born May 19, 1951 in Burke County to the late Thomas Asbury Smith and Bessie Norman Smith. He worked at Drexel Furniture and attended Cross Memorial Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by nephews, Robert Huffman,...
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Julia Duckworth Brinkley

April 20, 1925 - July 15, 2018

Mrs. Julia Duckworth Brinkley, 93, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Grace Heights Health and Rehabilitation Center, following a period of declining health. Julia was born April 20, 1925, in Burke County, to the late Lemuel L. Duckworth and Bertha Battle Duckworth. She had been a member of First United Methodist Church of Valdese since April 3, 1955. Julia was an active and...
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Chester Church

August 16, 1930 - July 15, 2018

Mr. Chester Church, 87, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at his residence following a period of declining health. Chester was born August 16, 1930, in Avery County, to the late Robert Church and Cordelia Cook Church. He was a member of Beech Mountain Missionary Baptist Church. Chester loved to go camping and fishing. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in...
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Lawrence Tom Branch

October 2, 1938 - July 11, 2018

Mr. Lawrence Tom Branch, Sr., 79, of Connelly Springs passed away Wednesday July 11, 2018 at his home following a period of declining health. Lawrence was born October 2, 1938 in Black Mountain to the late Jesse James Branch and Rosie Inman Branch. He retired from Aiken and Black Tire Company after 30 years and currently owned Hildebran Tire. He was a member of the Midnight Riders Car Club and...
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Henry Lee Harris, Sr.

May 19, 1944 - July 10, 2018

Mr. Henry Lee Harris ,Sr., 74, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Henry was born on May 19, 1944 in Burke County to the late William Alonzo Harris and Sudie Matilda Hurt Harris. He was retired from the City of Morganton, where he worked in the sanitation department for many years as a truck driver. In...
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William "Bill" McGalliard

June 26, 2018 - July 9, 2018

Mr. William "Bill" Francis McGalliard, 60, of Morganton passed away Monday July 9, 2018 at his residence following a period of declining health. Bill was born June 26, 1958 in Burke County to the late Francis McGalliard and Ann Ward McGalliard. He worked at the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, volunteered at the Drexel Fire Department, and worked at Sossoman Funeral Home for 29 years. He...
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Betty Jane Pope

March 3, 1935 - July 9, 2018

Ms. Betty Jane Pope, 83, of Valdese, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018, at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge Morganton. Betty was born March 3, 1935, in Burke County to the late Russell G. Pope Sr. and Mattie L. Sigmon. She was a member of Valdese First Baptist Church, the Lake Hickory Ski Club, and the American Water Ski Association. Betty loved to travel, being on the lake and driving...
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Hubert "Foozy" Rhoney

May 15, 1928 - July 8, 2018

Mr. Hubert "Foozy" Franklin Rhoney, 90, of Connelly Springs passed away Sunday July 8, 2018 at his home following a brief period of declining health. Hubert was born May 15, 1928 in Catawba County to the late Franklin Rhoney and Hattie Bivens Rhoney. He served his country in both WWII and the Korean War as a member of the United States Marine Corps. Following his time in the service he retired...
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Margaret Woods Lambert

February 7, 1927 - July 1, 2018

Mrs. Margaret Woods Lambert, 91, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Margaret was born on February 7, 1927 in Burke County to the late Edgar Lee Woods and Clara Cannon Woods. She was a longtime member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Valdese, where she taught Sunday School, served as the church clerk, sang in...
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Jules Lee Brittain

October 21, 1932 - June 28, 2018

Mr. Jules Lee Brittain, 85, of Connelly Springs, passed away on June 28, 2018, at his residence following a period of declining health. Jules was born October 21, 1932, in Burke County, to the late Manuel Brittain and Pearl Lowman Brittain. He was a member of Warlick's Baptist Church. Jules joined the United States Army and served from 1950-1953. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service...
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Carol Stephens Saunders

December 6, 1932 - June 28, 2018

Carol Stephens Saunders, 85, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Magnolia Lane, following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Burke Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or www.act.alz.org. An online...
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Maria Theresa Betances

October 1, 1948 - June 26, 2018

Mrs. Maria Theresa Betances, 69, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Maria was born in Manhattan, NY on October 1, 1948 to the late Luis Martinez and Esequiela Torres. She was a member of the St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hickory and was a retired private limo and cab driver. Survivors include her husband,...
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Rondel George Childres

June 5, 1926 - June 26, 2018

Mr. Rondel George "RG" Childres, 92, of Hildebran, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Rondel was born June 5, 1926, in Burke County the oldest of eight children, to the late Bela Franklin Childres and Minnie Mull Childres. He was a member of Penelope Baptist Church and served in the United States Air Force during...
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Billy Ray Franklin

August 1, 1951 - June 24, 2018

Mr. Billy Ray Franklin, Sr., 66, of Valdese passed away Sunday June 24, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Billy was born August 1, 1951 in Burke County to the late Ralph Ezell Franklin and Eva Seagle Franklin. He worked as a mechanic and for Burke Grading. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Dianne Franklin and...
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Amy Justice Huffman

February 3, 1971 - June 22, 2018

Mrs. Amy Justice Huffman, 47, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Reward on Friday June 22, 2018 at Catawba Hospice and Palliative Care, after a courageous battle with colon cancer. Mrs. Huffman was born February 3, 1971 in Burke County, a daughter of George Clayton Justice and the late Mary Geraldine Lindsay Justice. Amy was a faithful and active member of the First Baptist Church,...
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Linda Kay McGee-Leach

August 30, 1947 - June 19, 2018

Ms. Linda Kay McGee-Leach, 70, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at her residence, following a period of declining health. Linda was born August 30, 1947, in Burke County, to the late Elbert McGee and Sue Carswell McGee. She was a member of Walkers Chapel Baptist Church. Survivors include her sons, Brian Cook and wife Alda, Scott Cook and wife Marian, and Chris Cook and wife...
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Charles Gilbert Huffman, Jr.

March 8, 1943 - June 17, 2018

Mr. Charles Gilbert Huffman, Jr., 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away Sunday June 17, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Mr. Huffman was born March 8, 1943 in Burke County, a son to the late Charles Gilbert and Lula Smith Huffman. He was retired from Fiber and Yarn Products and a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church. He was an avid gardener, birdwatcher...
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Kenneth Lane

January 5, 1955 - June 17, 2018

Mr. Kenneth Lane, 63, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Kenneth was born on January 5, 1955 in Lumberton, NC to the late J.D. Lane and Evelyn Lane. He was formerly employed as a car salesman. Kenneth loved the outdoors, playing golf and fishing ,especially around the Lake James area. He also enjoyed...
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Sanford Paul Clark

August 2, 1934 - June 16, 2018

Mr. Sanford Paul Clark, 83, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at his residence, following a period of declining health. He is survived by his wife and four children. A private memorial service will be held at a later date by the family. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is...
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George Benjamin Crane

January 25, 1953 - June 15, 2018

Mr. George Benjamin Crane, 65, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018 at his residence following a period of declining health. George was born January 25, 1953, in Burke County to Ruby Greene Setzer and the late George Washington Crane. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his daughters, Kathy Merrell, Tina Hildebran, and Crystal Jones. Survivors include...
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Walter Harrison Lowman, Jr.

December 1, 1933 - June 15, 2018

Mr. Walter "H" Harrison Lowman Jr., 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Walter was born on December 1, 1933 in Burke County to the late Walter Lowman Sr., and Bessie Martin Lowman. He was a longtime member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Connelly Springs and was retired from Century...
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Betty Jean Williams

May 29, 1941 - June 13, 2018

Mrs. Betty Jean Williams, 77, of Connelly Springs, passed away Wednesday June 13, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Betty was born May 29, 1941 in Caldwell to the late James Arthur Bumgarner and Cora Lorena Kirby Bumgarner. She was a member at Wild Wood Advent Christian Church and worked as a boarder at Robinson Hosiery Mill. In addition to her...
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Jayne Lingafelt

June 21, 1937 - June 11, 2018

Mrs. Jayne Lingafelt, 80 of Valdese N.C. and Jupiter F.L. passed away Monday June 11, 2018 at Trustbridge in Jupiter Fl, battling esophagas cancer. Jayne was born June 21, 1937 in Bellshill Scotland to the late Hugh & Ellen McGreevy. Jayne moved to California in 1960 where she met the love of her life Bobby Lingafelt. Bob and Jayne moved back to Valdese where Bob was from to raise their family....
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Frances Lowman Young

June 21, 1938 - June 11, 2018

Mrs. Frances Lowman Young, 79, of Hildebran passed away Monday, June 11, 2018, at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Frances was born June 21, 1938, in Catawba County, to the late Clinton L. Lowman and Sallie Smith Lowman. She worked in the furniture business for many years and was an extraordinary seamstress. Frances was a loving wife to her husband for 51 years...
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Lila Elizabeth Burgess Burney

March 2, 1922 - June 11, 2018

Mrs. Lila Elizabeth Burgess Burney, 96, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the home of her faithful caregivers, Karen, Ken and Kristen Gath, following a period declining health. Born in Sunburst, NC on March 2, 1922, she was the second of three children of the late Floyd and Sara Walker Burgess. Floyd was a logger who moved his family around the Smoky Mountains, finally...
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Lowell "Tom" Thomas Powell

March 13, 1932 - June 10, 2018

Lowell "Tom" Thomas Powell, 86, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Tom was born March 13, 1932, in Burke County to the late Lewis Scott Powell and Sally Crump Powell. He was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church where he served as a usher. Tom enjoyed playing golf, bowling, shooting pool, and...
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John J. White

July 29, 1927 - June 9, 2018

Rev. John J. White, 90, of Hildebran, NC passed away Saturday June 9, 2018 at his home, following a period of declining health. John was born July 29, 1927 in Pelzer, SC to the late John White and Dolly Conner . He was a minister for 45 years. He was a pastor of The Church of God of the Union Assembly in Icard and also in North Wilkesboro. John was a veteran of the US Air Force and served...
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Herbert Joseph Griffin

March 27, 1927 - June 9, 2018

Mr. Herbert Joseph Griffin, 89, of Valdese passed away Saturday June 9, 2018 at Carolina Health Care System Blue Ridge Morganton following a period of declining health. Herbert was born March 27, 1929 in Burke County to the late William Henry Griffin and Marvin Dagenhardt Griffin. He was a US Army Veteran serving in the Korean War. Following his time in the service, he owned his own grocery...
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Trae Montana Ward

June 1, 1995 - June 8, 2018

Trae Montana Ward, 23, of Morganton ascended in to his heavenly home on Friday, June 8, 2018. Trae was born June 1, 1995 in Burke County to Tracy Ward and the late Pamela Renee Ward. He was a member at Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church and worked at Saft in Valdese. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his girlfriend Brianna Stamey. Those left to cherish his memory...
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Pamela Renee Patterson Ward

October 9, 1960 - June 8, 2018

Pamela Renee Patterson Ward, 57, of Morganton, departed this life for her heavenly home on Friday June 8, 2018. Ms. Ward was born on October 9, 1960 in McDowell County to the late Ralph and Hope Patterson. She was a weaver in the textile industry and was a member of Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son, Trae Montana Ward. ...
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Sylvia Jean Ward

January 6, 1948 - June 8, 2018

Mrs. Sylvia Jean Ward, 70, of Rutherford College passed away Friday, June 8, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center following a period of declining health. Sylvia was born January 6, 1948 in Mitchell County to Gladys Allen Wilson and the late Herman James Wilson. She was a member of Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Lesley Hudson

October 23, 1932 - June 8, 2018

Lesley Hudson, 85, of Hickory passed away Friday June 8, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Monday June 11, 2018 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, officiating Rev. Marvin Wiley. Interment will follow at Wilkie's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:00-1:00 PM at Heritage...
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Daniel Eugene Day

June 10, 1938 - June 8, 2018

Mr. Daniel Eugene Day, 79, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Daniel was born on June 10, 1938 in Caldwell County to the late Walter Jones Day and Myrtle Keller Day. He was a retired cabinet maker in the furniture industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three children, Jeff and Dennis Day and Tracy...
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Douglas Powell

October 11, 1956 - June 7, 2018

Kenneth Douglas Powell, aka KP, 61, unexpectedly passed away Thursday, June 7th, 2018 in Morganton. Kenneth was a beloved son and father that had been battling cancer for several years and was a member at Friendship Baptist Church. He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Powell; sisters, Rebecca Cook; Deborah Finkle; Raylene Powell, and her fiancée Ken Danner; son, Jason McClellan, and wife...
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Barbara Francis Michaux

May 16, 1920 - June 6, 2018

Barbara Christine Francis Michaux, of McDonough Ga. Formerly of Morganton, died Wednesday June 6, 2018. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday June 16, 2018 at St. James Church of God, interment will follow at Shiloh AME Church in Morganton. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00-11:00 AM at St. James Church of God. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese...
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Tony Marvin Harris, Sr.

November 13, 1946 - June 6, 2018

Mr. Tony Marvin Harris, Sr., 71, of Claremont, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 following a period of declining health. Tony was born November 13, 1946 in Burke County, to the late Stuart Harris and Glennie Stroupe Harris. He worked as an electrician, but was known to be a "Jack of all Trades" as well. Tony loved to collect coins, work on puzzles, and watch the History and National...
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Roberta Jean Barnett Mansell

August 31, 1959 - June 5, 2018

Roberta Jean Mansell, 58, beloved mother, wife and sweetheart, of Valdese, North Carolina, went to be home with her Lord on June 5th, 2018. Born in New Hartford, NY to Florence E. Ingersoll Kahler and the late Robert L. Barnett, Roberta grew up in Dolgeville, NY eventually attending Pinecrest Bible Training Center. While raising two children, Roberta moved to Avoca, NY and took a position with...
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Myrtle Grindstaff Gouge

April 12, 1934 - June 5, 2018

Mrs. Myrtle Grindstaff Gouge, 84, of Icard, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Myrtle was born on April 12, 1934 in Avery County to the late Dock Willard Grindstaff and Nellie Gribble Grindstaff. She was a retired inspector in the hosiery industry and a longtime member of the Baptist faith. Myrtle's passion and joy in...
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Lillie Mae Munday Hutchins

May 23, 1928 - June 1, 2018

Mrs. Lillie Mae Munday Hutchins, 90, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018 at CHS-BR Morganton, following a period of declining health. Lillie Mae was born May 23, 1928, in Caldwell County, to the late Prater Munday and Janet Annas Munday. She was a member at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Hutchins; brother, JC...
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Glenda Spicer Calloway

November 16, 1939 - June 1, 2018

Mrs. Glenda Spicer Calloway, 78, of Granite Falls, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Glenda was born on November 16, 1939 in Caldwell County to the late William Howard Spicer and Lillian Finney Spicer. She was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker for her entire family. ...
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Stephen Wayne Robinette

November 11, 1957 - May 30, 2018


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Clyde Wayne Hoke

April 8, 1943 - May 29, 2018

Mr. Clyde Wayne Hoke, 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Clyde was born April 8, 1943, in Catawba County, to the late Glenn Wilson Hoke and Ruby Drum Hoke. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Bumgarner Hoke; daughter, Vivian Fulbright; sons, Wilson Hoke and Tim Hoke; grandchildren, Nicole...
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Elizabeth Reece Carswell

December 14, 1927 - May 29, 2018

Mrs. Elizabeth Reece Carswell, 90, of Drexel passed away on Tuesday May 29, 2018 at Trinity Ridge Health Care after a period of declining health. Mrs. Carswell was born December 14, 1927 in Burke County, a daughter of the late John Gordon and Annie Stamey Reece. She was a member of the Drexel Church of God and was formerly employed as the Clerk of the Town of Drexel and also worked at the...
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Jimmy Melton Smith

January 23, 1951 - May 29, 2018

Mr. Jimmy Melton Smith, 67, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday May 29, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center following a period of declining health. Jimmy was born January 23, 1951 in Burke County to Mrs. Lucille Childers Smith and the late Talmadge Smith. He graduated from Appalachian with a teaching degree and taught at Western Piedmont Community College for a number of years. Jim...
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William Arthur Branch

August 17, 1946 - May 29, 2018

Mr. William Arthur Branch, 71, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. William was born on August 17, 1946 in Burke County to the late, Albert Arthur Branch and Margaret Chapman Branch. He was retired from Broughton Hospital, where he worked in the housekeeping department for many years. In addition of his parents, he was...
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Charlie Vinay

April 19, 1921 - May 28, 2018

Mr. Charlie Vinay, 97, of Valdese, Passed away on Monday May 28, 2018 at Hickory Falls Health and Rehab. Center, Granite Falls, after a period of declining health. Mr. Vinay was born April 19, 1921 in Burke County a son of the late Henry and Lillie Lowman Vinay. He was a US Army Veteran during WW II, serving as a Master Sergeant in the South Pacific Theater. Charlie was a faithful member...
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John Wesley Gilchrist

March 8, 1964 - May 25, 2018

John Wesley Gilchrist, Jr. , 54, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly on Friday May 25, 2018. Mr. Gilchrist was born on March 8, 1964 in Guilford Co., NC to Barbara Greene Gilchrist and the late John Wesley Gilchrist, Sr. He was employed by Schneider Trucking, was a Volunteer Fireman with Grace Chapel Fire Department, and was a member of Tri-City Baptist Church. Survivors include his daughter,...
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Peggy Alice Woods

November 6, 1952 - May 25, 2018

Mrs. Peggy Alice Woods, 65, of Lenoir, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Peggy was born on November 6, 1952 in Caldwell County to the late John Woods and Wilma Crisp Woods. She was previously employed as a knitter in the textile industry. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. at Burke...
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Donald Richard Simmons

November 30, 1944 - May 24, 2018

Mr. Donald Richard Simmons, 73, of Drexel, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Richard was born on November 30, 1944 in Avery County to the late Horace Simmons and Carleen Carpenter Simmons. He worked from the Town of Valdese until his retirement, and was a member of the Baptist faith. Richard loved God, his family, friends and...
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Hope Mayfield Seay

September 12, 1968 - May 22, 2018

Mrs. Hope Ann Mayfield Seay, 49, of Lenoir , passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at CHS-Blue Ridge Morganton, following a brief illness. Hope was born on September 12, 1968 in Burke County to Charles Alfred Mayfield and Betty Church Mayfield. She was previously employed as secretary with SAFT Industries. Surviving in addition to her parents, are two daughters, Heather Greer and Ashley Seay. ...
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Kenneth Ray Cook

March 15, 1947 - May 22, 2018

Mr. Kenneth Ray Cook, 71, of Hildebran, passed away on May 22, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Kenneth was born on March 15, 1947 in Caldwell County to the late Robert Daughton Cook and Jessie Church Cook. He was a retired finisher in the furniture industry. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 25, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Mt. Hebron Baptist...
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Cathy Garmon Helton

March 18, 1952 - May 22, 2018

Mrs. Cathy Loretta Garmon Helton, 66, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Cathy was born March 18, 1952, in Burke County, to the late Andrew Garmon and Betty Keller Garmon. She was a member at Oak Ridge Baptist Church, and was very active in various church activities. She is survived by her...
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David "Gene" Eugene Baker

September 9, 1944 - May 22, 2018

Mr. David "Gene" Eugene Baker, 73, of Connelly Springs, passed away, at home, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. David was born September 9, 1944 to the late William M. Baker and Ruth Whitener Baker. He worked as a diesel mechanic and loved hunting and Carolina basketball. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters. Survivors include his wife of 52 years,...
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Gladys Duckworth Harwell

October 17, 1930 - May 21, 2018

Mrs. Gladys Harwell, 87, of Connelly Springs passed away Monday, May 21, 2018 at Carolina Healthcare Center Blue Ridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Mrs. Harwell was born October 17, 1930 in Burke County, the daughter of the late William Dewey Duckworth and Rose Branch Duckworth. She was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. Gladys was a daughter, a sister, a wife, an...
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George Leon Smith

May 27, 1946 - May 21, 2018

Mr. George Leon Smith, 71, of Connelly Springs, NC passed away Monday, May 21, 2018 at Carolina Healthcare Center- Blue Ridge in Morganton. A funeral service will be held 11:00AM Thursday May 24, 2018 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with the Rev. Jerry Stines officiating. Interment will follow the service at Hillcrest Cemetery in Valdese. The family will receive friends prior to...
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David Lee Hallyburton

January 15, 1932 - May 18, 2018

Mr. David Lee Hallyburton, 86, of Rutherford College, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. David was born on January 15, 1932 in Caldwell County to the late William Frederick Hallyburton and Constance Hall Hallyburton. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and was retired from Perkin-Elmer Aerospace in California. David also...
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Fannie Rosella Brittain Triplett

June 11, 1922 - May 18, 2018

Mrs. Fannie Rosella Brittain Triplett, 95, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday May 18, 2018 at College Pines Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Triplett was born June 11, 1922 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Baxter B. and Louwella Lail Brittain. she was a member of Winklers Grove Baptist Church and retired as a knitter from Neuville Hosiery Co. In...
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Patricia Young Mead

March 17, 1945 - May 17, 2018

Mrs. Patricia Ann Young Mead, 73, of Billings, MT, formerly of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at her home, following a three year battle with cancer. Patricia was born on March 17, 1945 in Cleveland County to the late William McKinley Young and Ollie Estelle Lindsay Young. Patricia is a 1963 graduate of George Hildebrand High School. She worked for Shawdowline...
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Mona Willis Powell

March 25, 1933 - May 17, 2018

Mrs. Mona Willis Powell, 85, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday May 17, 2018 at Shaire Center, Lenoir after a period of declining health. Mrs. Powell was born March 25, 1933 in Rutherford County, a daughter of the late Earl and Pearl Rumfelt Willis. Mona was a faithful and active member of Faith Community Church and retired as an administration assistant of Valdese General Hospital. In...
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Mildred Phillips Jonas

December 3, 1931 - May 16, 2018

Mrs. Mildred Phillips Jonas, 86, of Valdese passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Mildred was born on December 3, 1931 in Burke County to the late Marvin Stamey Moran Phillips and Bessie Franklin Phillips. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church Valdese and retired from Alba Waldensian Hosiery in 1992. In addition to her...
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Oscar Ervin Icard

August 19, 1935 - May 16, 2018

Mr. Oscar Ervin Icard, 82, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Ervin was born on August 19, 1935 in Burke County to the late Clarence Eugene Icard and Annie Abee Icard. He was a graduate of Valdese High School where he was proud member of the National Beta Club, a veteran of the U.S Army, where he was awarded the Certificate of Merit and...
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Linda Diane Franklin

June 20, 1953 - May 16, 2018

Mrs. Linda Diane Nail Franklin, 64, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at her residence, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on June 20, 1953 in Catawba County to Wilhelmina Brown Butner and the late Henry Lewis Nail. She was previously employed as a weaver in the textile industry. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a son, Chad Alan...
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William Bailey Mayfield, Jr.

July 3, 1950 - May 16, 2018

Mr. William Bailey Mayfield Jr., 67, of Morganton, passes away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at his residence, following a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with Rev. Ralph Shuffler officiating. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral...
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