Our Obituaries

Scott Douglas Nichols

August 25, 1969 - April 15, 2014

Scott Douglas Nichols, 44, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday April 15, 2014. Scott was born on August 25, 1969 in Burke County, and was employed as a truck driver with Pepsi Cola. Scott enjoyed basketball, watching his daughter play softball, and was loved by all his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Reyno and Geneva Nichols; and his aunt, Sharon Starnes; and two...
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Edgar Winslow Lane, Jr.

March 11, 1920 - April 14, 2014

Dr. Edgar Winslow Lane, Jr., 94, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Valdese General Hospital, following a period of declining health. Edgar was born on March 11, 1920 in Easton, PA to the late Dr. Edgar W. Lane, Sr. and Emma Eugen Hammand Lane. Until 1987, Dr. Lane worked in his private practice specializing in Urology. Following his private career, he continued working as a...
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Howard Grady Lutz

November 2, 1928 - April 13, 2014

Mr. Howard Grady Lutz, 85, of Valdese died Sunday April 13, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center after a period of declining health. Mr. Lutz was born November 2, 1928 in Burke County a son of the late Edgar and Mary Pascal Lutz. He was retired from the Shipping Department of the Waldensian Bakery. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Lutz and...
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Thelma Juanita Berry Duncan

February 28, 1930 - April 13, 2014

Mrs. Thelma Juanita Berry Duncan, 84, of Connelly Springs, died Sunday April 13, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Duncan was born February 28, 1930 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Connie A. and Elvie Watson Berry. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and retired from Saft Manufacturing Co. ...
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Tomiko Orita Powell

April 11, 2014

Mrs. Tomiko Orita Powell,86, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Jack Powell of the home. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, from 10:00 until 10:45 A.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 11:00 A.M., at Hillcrest Cemetery in Valdese with Rev. Marvin Wiley...
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Gail Ann Hildebran

March 23, 1961 - April 11, 2014

Gail Ann Hildebran, 52, of Connelly Springs, went to Heaven on Friday April 11, 2014 at her residence, after a period of declining health. Gail was born May 23, 1961 in Burke County a daughter of Frances Lail Hildebran and the late Clarence A. Hildebran. She was a member of Cornerstone Independent Baptist Church and retired after thirty years of employment as a nurse with Valdese General and...
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Marti Mangum Young

September 23, 1971 - April 10, 2014

On April 10, 2014, Marti went on ahead of us to her permanent residence in the kingdom of Heaven. This new home is a gift from the Heavenly Father through the precious blood of Jesus. She is rejoicing with our Savior and we will all join her according to God's plan. Marti has been a blessing since she came into this world 42 years ago and has brought so much love and joy to all who knew...
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Mary Baird Peters Deal

December 15, 1938 - April 9, 2014

Mrs. Mary Baird Peters Deal, 75, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Deal was born December 15, 1938 in Burke County, a daughter of the late William David and Minnie Barrette Baird. She was a faithful member of Heritage Baptist Church and retired as a caregiver in the...
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Kenneth Dean Huffman

March 25, 1945 - April 8, 2014

Mr. Kenneth Dean Huffman, 69 , of Hildebran, passed away Tuesday April 8, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Huffman was born March 25, 1945 in Catawba County to the late John Wesley Huffman and Hazel Marie Houston Huffman. Surviving are his children Anita Swink and husband Jerry of Thomasville, Karen McKinney, Randy Huffman...
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Ray Francis Shuping

December 10, 1935 - April 7, 2014

Mr. Ray F. Shuping, 78, of Valdese, went to his Heavenly Home on Monday April 7, 2014 at the NC State Veterans Home in Black Mountain, after a period of declining health. Mr. Shuping was born December 10, 1935 in Burke County, a son of the late Charlie and Mary Yancey Shuping. Ray was a faithful member of the Valdese First Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon, trustee and choir...
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George Saunders Shuffler

April 11, 1925 - April 7, 2014

Mr. George Saunders Shuffler, 88, of Valdese, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday April 7, 2014, just four days short of his 89th birthday. He died very peacefully at home of natural causes, surrounded by his loving family . Mr. Shuffler was born April 11, 1925 in Burke County, a son of the late William Gaines "Will" and Mary Martha Williams Shuffler and was a charter and faithful...
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Bertha Ellen Cooper Smith

February 16, 1933 - April 7, 2014

Bertha Ellen Cooper Smith, 81, of Valdese, passed away peacefully Monday April 7, 2014 at her residence. Mrs. Smith was born on February 16, 1933 in Burke County to the late William Cooper and Hannie Clark Cooper. She retired from Valdese Manufacturing after 40 years of service. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by four sisters Jessie Cooper, Velsie Lowdermilk, Dortha Cooper...
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Ruby Williams Ewing

December 27, 1920 - April 5, 2014

Ruby Williams Ewing, 93, of Morganton, passed away peacefully on Saturday April 5, 2014 at her residence following a brief illness. Ruby was born on December 27, 1920 in Burke County to the late Robert T. Williams and Eliza Elizabeth Franklin Williams. She graduated from the Lenoir Rhyne School of Nursing and served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as a Lieutenant during World War II from 1942-1944....
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Bruce Allen Mayfield

March 2, 1953 - April 5, 2014

Mr. Bruce Allen Mayfield, 61, of Rutherford College, passed away on Saturday April 5, 2014 at Valdese Hospital in Valdese, North Carolina. Bruce was born on March 2, 1953 in Burke County to the late Earl Mayfield and Carrie Stamey Mayfield. He was employed at Ward Hosiery where he worked in the dye house. In addition to his parents Mr. Mayfield was preceded in death by one brother Tom...
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Henry Ellis Perrou

November 8, 1925 - April 4, 2014

Henry Ellis Perrou, 88, of Emerald Isle, formerly of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly Thursday April 3, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Perrou was born on November 8, 1925 in Burke County to the late Henry Phillip Perrou and Dora Zimmerman Perrou. He was a United States Army Veteran Serving during World War II, and retired from JP Stevens as a shipping supervisor. He was a member of Waldensian...
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Vernie Cleo McNeely Huffman

August 6, 1924 - April 3, 2014

Vernie Cleo McNeely Huffman, 89, of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully Thursday April 3, 2014 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Huffman was born on August 6, 1924 in Cleveland County to the late Julius Marvin McNeely and Mary Elizabeth Earls McNeely. She was retired from Southern Devices and was a member of St. John's Baptist Church. Survivors include her...
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Carlton Wade Turpin

August 15, 1954 - April 2, 2014

Mr. Carlton Wade Turpin, 59, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Carlton was born on August 15, 1954 in Mitchell County to the late Ernest Turpin and Elva Hopson Turpin. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a self employed maintenance man. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two...
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Iris Irene Weaver Swink

August 16, 1934 - April 2, 2014

Iris Irene Weaver Swink, 80, of Hildebran, passed away peacefully Wednesday April 2, 2014 at Caldwell Hospice in Hudson following a period of declining health. Mrs. Swink was born on February 16, 1934 in Alamance County to the late Columbus Durham Weaver and Cretia Mae Whitener Weaver. She attended Hildebran High School, and was a homemaker. She was a member of Guiding Light Baptist Church in...
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David "Woodsy" Wood, Jr.

November 7, 1948 - April 1, 2014

David Howard "Woodsy" Wood, Jr. , 65, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday April 1, 2014 at his residence following a period of declining health. David was born on November 7, 1948 in Cecil County, MD to the late David Howard Wood, Sr. and Kathleen Thompson Wood. He was a retired welder and iron worker with C.P. Buckner. In addition to his parents he preceded in death by a brother, Danny...
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Charles M. "Shac" Garrison

June 5, 1922 - March 31, 2014

Mr. Charles M. "Shac" Garrison, 91, of Valdese, died Monday March 31, 2014 at Carolina Rehab. of Burke, after a period of declining health. Mr. Garrison was born June 5, 1922 in Morganton, a son of the late Frank L. and Jenette Hood Garrison. He was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, formerly serving as Scout Master and a member of the Valdese Rotary Club. " Shac" was an avid...
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John Henry Icard

May 30, 1920 - March 31, 2014

Rev. John Henry Icard, 93, of Connelly Springs, went to his Heavenly Home, surrounded by his family, on Monday March 31, 2014 from Carolina Rehab after a period of declining health. Rev. Icard was born May 30, 1920 in Burke County, a son of the late John and Mamie King Icard. John was a faithful member of CrossLink Church and a US Navy veteran of WW II. He was self employed as a carpenter,...
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Chrystal Dawn Coulter

May 2, 1972 - March 30, 2014

Chrystal Dawn Coulter, 41, of Valdese passed away unexpectedly on Sunday March 30, 2014. Her death was not related in any way to drugs. She was born May 2, 1972 in Catawba County, a daughter of Robert A. Coulter, Jr. and Dot Parton Coulter. Chrystal was a dedicated employee as a nurse with Davie Regional Medical Center, Statesville, working in the operating room and the ICU and a former...
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Joyce Cordell Franklin

August 1, 1954 - March 29, 2014

Mr. Joyce Cordell Franklin, 59, of Connelly Springs, went to his Heavenly Home on Saturday March 29, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. Mr. Franklin was born August 1, 1954 in Burke County to the late Colon Franklin and Dora Elizabeth Franklin. Mr. Franklin was a member of the Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Connelly Springs and was formerly employed as a...
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Brian Charles Fletcher

June 30, 1949 - March 28, 2014

Mr. Brian Charles Fletcher, 64, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Brian was born on June 30, 1949 in Bainbridge, NY to Margaret Butler Gilgallon and the late Robert Forest Fletcher. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is...
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Jerry Lee Deal, Sr.

May 19, 1951 - March 25, 2014

Mr. Jerry Lee Deal, Sr., 62, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Grace Hospital, following a period of declining health. Jerry was born on May 19, 1951 in Burke County to Alex Deal and Grace Coleman Deal. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with Rev. Rudy Hayes officiating. The family will...
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Martha Lee Hamel Hilton

December 11, 1927 - March 24, 2014

Martha Lee Hamel Hilton, 86, of Granite Falls, formerly of Rock Hill, S.C., died Monday March 24, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Mrs. Hilton was born December 11, 1927 in York County, S.C. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday March 26, 2014 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese with Rev. John Smiley officiating. The family will receive...
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Steven William Carswell

January 14, 1975 - March 23, 2014

Mr. Steven William Carswell,39, of Shreveport, LA, formerly of Burke County, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2014 at his residence. Steven was born on January 14, 1975 in Burke County to the late Karen Carswell Procell Kincaid. He was currently employed at Sam's Town Casino in Shreveport. Survivors include his sister, Heather Procell of Morganton, step-father, Joe Procell, grandparents,...
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Pansy Brown Fleming

February 14, 1925 - March 23, 2014

Mrs. Pansy Lee Brown Fleming, 89, of Claremont , passed away Sunday March 23, 2014 at Brian Center in Viewmont after a period of declining health. Mrs. Fleming was born February 14, 1925 in Rutherford county, a daughter of the late William Brown, Sr. and Mary Allen Brown. She was a faithful member of The Jehovah's Witnesses Newton Congregation. She was a seamstress, looped socks, and...
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Harry Bain Evans

February 3, 1931 - March 22, 2014

Mr. Harry Bain Evans, 83, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday March 22, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory North Carolina. Mr. Evans was born February 2, 1931 in Burke County to the late Homer and Zelda Evans. He was a faithful member and deacon of Oak Ridge Baptist Church in Connelly Springs. He was a charter member of Central Baptist Church and was also the former owner of...
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John Edward Winters

June 9, 1958 - March 20, 2014

Mr. John Edward Winters, 55, of Hudson, passed away unexpectedly, on Thursday March 20, 2014 at Carolina Medical Center Main Campus in Charlotte, NC. John was born on June 9, 1958 in Mitchell County to the late Brownlow McDonald Winters and Doris Ann Bowman Winters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother and father- in-law Eva Kate and Clarence Pitman, and...
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Donald Raymond Price

January 20, 1949 - March 20, 2014

Mr. Donald Raymond Price, 65, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday March 20, 2014 at his residence of unknown causes. Mr. Price was born January 20, 1949 in Beckley, WV, a son of the late Winford and Josephine Ennis Price. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and retired from Pierre Foods. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Andrew (Andy) Price. Surviving are his...
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Everette Monroe Townsend

April 4, 1936 - March 18, 2014

Mr. Everette Monroe Townsend, 77, of Hildebran, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, surrounded by a loving family and friends. Everette was born on April 4, 1936 in Catawba County to the late Monroe Townsend and Mary Elizabeth Thorn Townsend. He was a retired carpenter in the construction business and was a faithful member and...
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Tassie Guinn Poston

August 16, 1925 - March 17, 2014

Mrs. Tassie Mae Guinn Poston, 88, of Valdese, was called home to be with her Lord & Savior, on Monday. March 17, 2014 at Valdese General Hospital, following a period of declining health. Tassie was born on August 16, 1925 in Mitchell County to the late Bess Guinn and Bertie Mae Guinn. She was a humble and devoted Christian, and was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture, where she worked in the...
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Robert Richard Zimmerman

January 7, 1934 - March 16, 2014

Mr. Robert Richard Zimmerman, 80,of Valdese, departed for Heaven on Sunday March 16, 2104 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Zimmerman was born January 7, 1934 in Burke County, a son of the late Preston and Viola Heavner Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman was self-employed as a brick mason, contractor, owner & operator of a trucking company,...
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Robert Dean Harding

May 3, 1953 - March 13, 2014

Mr. Robert Dean Harding, 60, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at his residence. Robert was born on May 3, 1953 in McDowell County to the late Maybelle Nix Harding. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by an uncle, Alvin Nix. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. Interment will follow...
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Brenda Jean Hartley

September 8, 1947 - March 13, 2014

Mrs. Brenda Jean Pope Hartley, 66, of Hickory, died Thursday March 13, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice after a period of declining health. Mrs. Hartley was born September 8, 1947 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Jack Pope, Sr. and Dora Lee Brittain Pope. She was retired as a Customer Service Rep. for Southern Bell. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her...
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Gary Wayne Baldwin

October 24, 1954 - March 12, 2014

Gary Wayne Baldwin, 59, of Fleetwood, NC, passed away Wednesday March 12, 2014 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Baldwin was born on October 24, 1954 in Ashe County to the late Walter Edison Baldwin and Jessie Goodman Baldwin. He was a member of South Fork Baptist Church, Todd N.C. Survivors include his sister, Linda Baldwin of Fleetwood, N.C. Funeral Services will...
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Troy David Whisnant

May 11, 1975 - March 12, 2014

Mr. Troy David Whisnant, 38, of Morganton, died Wednesday March 12, 2014. Mr. Whisnant was born May 11, 1975 in Burke County, a son of Vivian Lakey Williams and the late Levi Whisnant, Jr. Surviving in addition to his mother are a son, Dwayne Bailey, a daughter, Kirsten Whisnant, a sister, Jenny Laws and his grandmother, Martha Whisnant. A private Service of Remembrance will be held at a...
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Delilah Marie Scott

May 27, 1958 - March 9, 2014

Ms. Delilah Marie Scott, 55, of Morganton, died Sunday March 9, 2014 at Grace Hospital, after a brief illness. She was born May 27, 1958 in Kilmarnock, Va., a daughter of Janie Taylor Icard of the home and the late Robert Lee Scott. Surviving are her mother Janie Taylor Icard and life partner, Milton Buchanan, son Brian Holden Davis, a sister Betty Frye and three brothers, Herbert Scott,...
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Edward Calvin Gillespie

December 14, 1926 - March 8, 2014

Edward Calvin Gillespie, 87, of Morganton, departed this life to his heavenly home on Saturday March 8, 2014 at Grace Hospital. Mr. Gillespie was born on December 14, 1926 in Yancey County to the late Bill Gillespie and Cora Fortner Gillespie. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in World War II, and was retired from Broughton Hospital as a respiratory technician. He was a member of Mount...
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Elizabeth McFarland Bowditch

June 30, 1918 - March 6, 2014

Elizabeth McArthur McFarland Bowditch, 95, of Valdese, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home Thursday March 6, 2014. Mrs. Bowditch was born June 30, 1918 in Cumberland County, NC to the late Malcolm A. McFarland and Elizabeth Overton McFarland. She was a graduate of Flora McDonald College in Red Springs, NC, Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA, and Appalachian...
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Pauline Richardson Gregory

April 9, 1921 - March 6, 2014


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Patsy Townsend Watts

August 11, 1961 - March 5, 2014

Patsy Townsend Watts, 52, of Valdese, passed away Wednesday March 5, 2014 at Grace Hospital. Patsy was born on August 11, 1961 in Burke County to the late Herbert Townsend and Evelyn Lackey Townsend. She was formerly employed as a waitress at Knotty Pine Restaurant. Survivors include her siblings, Jackie Goodin Townsend of Hickory, Lisa Townsend of Valdese and Janice Arlene Spann of Hickory,...
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Connie Rebecca Hall

July 7, 1947 - March 4, 2014

Ms. Connie Rebecca Hall, 66, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Connie was born on July 7, 1947 in Burke County to the late John Lindsey Hall and Margaret Smith Hall. A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 3:00 P.M., in the Chapel of the First Baptist Church Morganton with Dr. Tom Bland officiating....
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Ray Clarence Anthony

April 26, 1934 - March 3, 2014

Mr. Ray Clarence Anthony, 79, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Ray was born on April 26, 1934 in Cleveland County to the late Grady Clarence Anthony and Mary Ward Anthony. He was a self employed painter for many years. Survivors include his wife, Katy Pittman Anthony of the home, four sons, Edward and Gerald...
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Carelene Clarke

March 30, 1939 - March 2, 2014

Ms. Carelene Clarke, 74, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Sunday March 2, 2014 at her residence after a period of declining health. Ms. Clarke was born March 30, 1939 in Burke county, a daughter of the late Vester and Edna Brittain Clarke. She was a faithful and active member of Mount Home Baptist Church and a former member and Church Clerk of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church. Carelene...
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James Franklin Harrison

October 12, 1933 - March 1, 2014

Mr. James Franklin Harrison, 80, of Hildebran, went to his Heavenly Reward on Saturday March 1, 2014 at the VA Liberty Lane Hospice House in Salisbury, NC, after a period of declining health. Mr. Harrison was born October 12, 1933 in Caldwell County, a son of the late Charles G. Harrison, Sr. and Mary Dula Harrison. He was retired from the office of Overnite Transportation after 42 years of...
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Crystal Jones Port

March 20, 1974 - February 26, 2014

Crystal Annette Jones Port, 39, of, Morganton passed away Wednesday February 26, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday march 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with Rev. Jamie Propst officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Service.
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Helen Harmon Buchanan

November 24, 1931 - February 26, 2014

Helen Buchanan Helen Lucille Harmon Buchanan,82, of Hickory passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Helen was born on November 25, 1931 in Avery County to the late Earl Roger Harmon and Senia Elizabeth Hicks Harmon. She was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker for the entire family. Survivors include her son, ...
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Vance "Eddie" Price

June 2, 1968 - February 26, 2014

Mr. Vance " Eddie" Edward Price, 45, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at his residence. Eddie was born on June 2, 1968 in Burke County to Vickie Stamey Price and the late Virgil Thomas Price. He enjoyed working on cars and was currently employed as an auto technician at Buff's Body Shop in Morganton. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his...
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Olie Arlene Morris

September 10, 1928 - February 26, 2014

Mrs. Olie Arlene Morris, 85, of Hildebran, went to her Heavenly Home on Wednesday February 26, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Morris was born September 10, 1928 in Valdese, N.C., a daughter of the late Bela Bogel Franklin Childres and Minnie Elma Mull Childres. She was a faithful member of Penelope Baptist Church and retired...
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William Thomas Lucas

September 25, 1938 - February 26, 2014

William Thomas Lucas, 75, of Hickory, N.C. passed away Wednesday February 26, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date, and will be posted at www.hertiagefuneralservices.com.
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Harold Lloyd Lambert

September 4, 1928 - February 25, 2014

Mr. Harold Lloyd Lambert, 87, of Morganton, died Tuesday February 28, 2014 at Grace Hospital after a brief illness. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday March 6, 2014 in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, with Rev. Joe Dembski officiating.
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Bill Blaine McNeely

November 18, 1926 - February 24, 2014

Bill Blaine McNeely, 87, of Hickory passed away Monday February 24, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mr. McNeely was born on November 16, 1926 in Burke County to the late James Burgin McNeely Sr. and Blonnie Baker McNeely. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in World War II. He was a retired foreman with Century Chair, and was a member of Pilgrim...
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Claude Richard Moose

October 23, 1928 - February 23, 2014

Mr. Claude Richard Moose, 85, of Valdese, died Sunday February 23, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a brief illness. Mr. Moose was born October 23, 1928 in Burke County, a son of the late Ernest and Iris Vaughn Moose. He was a member of the Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church and retired from the construction industry and the State of N.C. as a brick...
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Barbara Miles Temple

February 7, 1937 - February 21, 2014

Barbara Faye Miles Temple, 77, of Valdese, NC entered eternal life on Friday, February 21, 2014 following a brief illness. Born February 7, 1937 in Burlington, NC, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Wilson Miles and Ruby Smith Miles. She leaves behind a grateful family that includes children, Karen Temple Linkous and husband, Brady, Jill Temple Triplett and husband Dwight, and Joseph E....
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Clinton LaFayette "Pappy" Lowman

January 22, 1919 - February 21, 2014

Clinton "Pap" Lafayette Lowman, 95, of Hildebran NC went to his heavenly home February 21, 2014, at Hospice of Burke County. Mr. Lowman was educated at Sweetwater School, and was a retired hosiery fixer. Born January 22, 1919, in Hudson, N. C., he was the son of Dorse and Maude Lowman Ritchie. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lowman was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sallie Smith...
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Barbara Michael Burkhart

March 14, 1939 - February 20, 2014

Mrs. Barbara Alice Michael Burkhart, 74, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Trinity Ridge Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Barbara was born on March 14, 1939 in Catawba County to the late Logan Craig Michael and Mary Winnalee Parlier Michael. She retired from the furniture industry and was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church. In...
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Clarence JR Huizenga, Jr.

November 4, 1933 - February 17, 2014

Mr. Clarence "J.R." Huizenga, Jr., 80, of Hickory, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 17, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a long and courageous battle. Clarence was born on November 4, 1933 in Chicago, IL to the late Clarence Huizenga, Sr. and Tena Teimens Huizenga. He was retired and formerly worked at Vulcan Mold Steel Mill as a foreman and was known as a...
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Larry Franklin Stallings

May 27, 1947 - February 13, 2014

Mr. Larry Franklin Stallings, 66, of Vale, died Thursday February 13, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, Newton, after a period of declining health. Mr. Stallings was born May 27, 1947 in Catawba County, a son of the late Frank Stallings and Mary Havner Fullbright and step-father Robert Fullbright. He was a member of Faith Olive Baptist Church. Larry retired from Ethan Allen after 32 years of...
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Malcolm Key Mobley

January 10, 1944 - February 13, 2014

Mr. Malcolm Key Mobley, 69, of Connelly Springs, died Thursday February 13, 2014 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer. Malcolm was born January 10, 1944 in Gaston County, a son of the late Malcolm C. and Lucille Mavity Mobley. He was a retired sales manager and a member of the Valdese First Baptist Church. Malcolm never met a stranger and was a friend to many. In addition...
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Donna Renee Whisnant

March 25, 1966 - February 12, 2014

Ms. Donna Renee Whisnant, 47, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at her residence. Donna was born on March 25, 1966 in Caldwell County to Mary Frances Costner Whisnant and the late Luther Junior Whisnant. She was a self employed child care provider and enjoyed assisting the children as they matured. Surviving in addition to her mother, are her two sisters, Tonia Denise...
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Garland Stanley Conger

March 19, 1929 - February 6, 2014

Garland Stanley Conger, 84, of Hickory, departed this life to his heavenly home on Thursday February 6, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Conger was born on March 19, 1929 in Alexander County to the late Garland G. Conger and Clara Austin Conger. He was a Fireman 1st Class, serving in the United States Coast Guard, and retired as a...
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James Patrick Causby

September 29, 1933 - February 5, 2014

Mr. James Patrick "Pat" Causby, 80, of Drexel, passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Pat was born on September 29, 1933 in Burke County to the late James Preston Causby and Atwood Elizabeth Williams Causby. He was retired from the construction industry and was well known as a master woodworker. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Howard Thomas Swafford

March 19, 1927 - February 5, 2014

Mr. Howard Thomas Swafford, 86, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, surrounded by his family at his residence, following a period of declining health. Howard was born on March 19, 1927 in Macon County to the late Harley Lyle Swafford and Debrada Lee Swafford. He was a U. S. Army veteran, serving during WW II and a member of the Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church. ...
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Walter Clinton Childress, Sr.

January 13, 1947 - February 2, 2014

Walter Clinton "W.C." Childress, Sr., 67, of Connelly Springs, took his place in God's Kingdom on Sunday February 2, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. W.C. was born on January 13, 1947 in Halifax County, VA to the late Carey Clinton Childress and Fanny Hopkins Childress. He is survived by his wife Mary Blankenship Childress of the home; his children, Clint Childress and wife...
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Betty Stewart Dockery

March 26, 1934 - January 30, 2014

Mrs. Betty Stewart Dockery, 79, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday January 30, 2014 at Valdese General Hospital, after a brief illness. Mrs. Dockery was born March 26, 1934 in Jackson County, a daughter of the late Howard and Eva Moses Stewart. She retired, after many years of service, as the lunchroom cashier from Valdese Elementary School. Betty was an active member of North...
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Randy Edward Spann

December 24, 1954 - January 29, 2014

Mr. Randy Edward Spann, 59, of Connelly Springs, went to his Heavenly Home on Wednesday January 29, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Spann was born December 24, 1954 in Cleveland County a son of the late Garlen E. and Thelma Lambert Spann. He was retired after 30 years of dedicated service from Martin Marietta, Inc. ...
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Debra Renae Watson

February 16, 1964 - January 28, 2014

Debra Renae Watson, 49, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Debra was born on February 16, 1964 in Burke County to Kunigunda Roth Watson and the late Gary Dorn Watson. Survivors in addition to her mother include her son, Kaleb Stone Watson, two brothers, Henry Watson and Ray Watson and one sister,...
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Dinah Kay Duncan

July 8, 1957 - January 25, 2014

Dinah Kay Sprouse Duncan, 56, of Morganton, passed away Saturday January 25, 2014 at Grace Hospital. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday January 29, 2014 at Faith Temple Tabernacle Church Cemetery. Officiating will be Bishop John Smiley. The family will receive friends following the service at Faith Temple Tabernacle.
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Claude Charles Davis

August 29, 1933 - January 25, 2014

Claude Charles Davis, 80, passed away on Saturday January 25, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Claude was born August 29, 1933 in Jackson County to the late Willie Pink and Martha Nations Davis. He was employed in the furniture as a Supervisor. Mr. Davis is preceded in death by 3 brothers and 1 sister. Left to cherish his memory is his wife...
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Gloria Mull Martin

January 24, 2014

Gloria Mull Martin Gloria Mull Martin , 82, of Hickory went home to be with the Lord on Friday January 24, 2014 at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. Gloria was born on August 14, 1931 in Burke County to the late Vester and Lura B. Mull. She was a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband James Herman Martin; three...
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Pearl Causby Cordell

January 11, 1932 - January 24, 2014

Pearl Causby Cordell , 82, of Morganton went home to be with the Lord on Friday January 24 at Magnolia Lane Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Pearl was born on January 11, 1932 in Burke County to the late Zeb and Tessa Mary Causby. She was a faithful and lifetime member of Friendship Baptist Church, Morganton. Mrs. Cordell had worked as a nurse for Grace Hospital for...
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Floyd Pearson Stilwell

July 31, 1927 - January 23, 2014

Floyd Pearson Stilwell, 86, of Connelly Springs, passed awayThursday January 23, 2014 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Mr. Stilwell was born on July 31, 1927 in Burke County to the late Hampton Harrison Stilwell and Bessie Wycoff Stilwell. He was a United States Army Veteran, and worked as a painter and manager of various convenience stores in the area. In...
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Bertha Louise VanHorn

April 15, 1925 - January 23, 2014

Bertha Louise Cresson VanHorn, 88, of Valdese, passed away Thursday January 23, 2014 at Valdese Hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. VanHorn was born on April 15, 1925 in Caldwell County to the late Charlie and Valley Cresson. She was a homemaker, and was a faithful member of the Valdese First Christian Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Lewis...
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Kenneth James Marshall

May 6, 1955 - January 22, 2014

Kenneth James Marshall, 58, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday January 22, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born May 6, 1955 in Catawba County, Kenneth was the son of Ruby Clark Marshall, of the home; and was preceded in death by his father, James Monroe Marshall. He was a member of Royal Chapel Church of God. Kenneth retired from Corning Cable Systems of Hickory as an I.T....
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Rick Bowman

December 30, 1953 - January 21, 2014

Mr. Rick A. Bowman, 60, of Vale, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday January 21, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice, after a brief illness. Mr. Bowman was born December 30, 1953 in Caldwell County, a son of the late Theadore Oscar and Cleo Marie Smith Bowman. He was self-employed as the owner-operator of Eagle Nations, an American Indian artifacts company dealing in Western Indian artifacts...
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Jean Margaret Kemp

September 17, 1932 - January 21, 2014

Mrs. Jean Margaret Abdy Kemp, 81, of Morganton, passed away surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Jean was born on September 17, 1932 in Nottingham, England to the late John William Abdy and Alice Rawlinson Abdy. She was formerly employed at Western Carolina Center and the City of Morganton and was a...
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Charles Lamar Bridges, Sr.

November 6, 1935 - January 18, 2014

Mr. Charles Lamar Bridges, Sr., 78, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Charles was born on November 6, 1935 in Burke County to the late Marion Posey Bridges and Mattie Iola Mosteller. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran , serving during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam, during which he was awarded...
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Norene Scott Davis

February 26, 1937 - January 17, 2014

Mrs. Norene Scott Davis, 76, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Norene was born on February 26, 1937 in McDowell County to the late Sewell Scott and Maude Sellers Scott. She retired after 30 years of service with Valdese Manufacturing, and was a former member of the Pride of the West 581 Eastern Star and a former member...
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Betty B. Shuford

January 3, 1938 - January 15, 2014

Mrs. Betty Brittain Shuford, 76, of Icard, passed away on Wednesday January 15, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Betty was born on January 3, 1938 in Burke County to the late Rufus and Hattie Ava Brittain. She previously worked for Drexel Heritage Furniture, she was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church where she worked in the nursery and was a part of the Seniors Ministry. Betty...
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Helen Doris Reece

July 1, 1937 - January 15, 2014

Helen Doris Powell Reece, 76, of Valdese, died Wednesday, January 15, 2014. She was born to the late Samuel and Alma Jacumin Powell, July 1, 1937, in Valdese, North Carolina. She and her brothers Levi Glen Powell and the late Samuel T. Powell were descendants of one of the early founding families of Valdese being the grandchildren of Levi and Martha Jacumin and great – grandchildren of Jean...
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Jerry Wayne Medford

June 22, 1944 - January 10, 2014

Jerry Wayne Medford,69, of Oxford, passed away Friday January 10, 2014 at Duke University Hospital following a period of declining health. Mr. Medford was born on June 21, 1944 in Haywood County to the late William Ernest and Geneva Burr Medford. Jerry, CB Handel "Boss Hogg", was formerly a truck driver for Caldwell Freight. In addition to his parents Jerry was also preceded in death by his...
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Marvin Eugene Bryant

August 21, 1934 - January 7, 2014

Marvin Eugene "Gene" Bryant, 79, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday January 7, 2014 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Bryant was born on August 21, 1934 in Burke County to the late Garland Joshua Bryant and Viola Brittain Bryant. He was retired from Alba Waldensian, Inc. and Valdese General Hospital. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church. Survivors include his...
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Phila Sayavong

November 12, 1932 - January 7, 2014

Mrs. Phila Sayavong, 81, of Rutherford College, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Phila was born on November 12, 1932 in Laos to the late Changta Sayavong. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kham Mila. Surviving are her two daughters, Jenny Phet Wong of Sunnyvale, CA and Orady...
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Carol Jane Whitaker

November 26, 1945 - January 5, 2014

Mrs. Carol Jane Whitaker, 68, of Newton, passed away on Sunday January 5, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Carol was born on November 26, 1945 in Boone County, Missouri to the late Herschell Collins and Iola Mae Self Wilson. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She rose early every morning to spend time in scripture and to pray for her...
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William H. Ross

June 11, 1944 - January 5, 2014

Mr. William H. Ross, 69, of Connelly Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday January 5, 2014 at Brian Center East, Hickory, after a period of declining health. Mr. Ross was born June 11, 1944 in Gaston County, a son of the late George Washington and Ada Fields Ross. He was retired as a maintenance supervisor for the hotel industry. In addition to his parents he was preceded...
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William Fletcher Hallyburton

June 13, 1930 - January 1, 2014

Mr. William Hallyburton, 83, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at College Pines Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. William was born on June 13, 1930 in Iredell County to the late William Frederick Hallyburton and Constance Hall Hallyburton. He was retired from Broughton Hospital where he worked in the maintenance department and was also a U.S. Air Force...
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Charles McDowell Tate

August 24, 1931 - January 1, 2014

Charles McDowell Tate, 82, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Charles was born on August 24, 1931 in Burke County to the late John Dale Tate and Zora Small Tate. He was a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Granite Falls, the retired owner and operator of Central Barbershop in...
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Dorothy Whisnant Moose

July 28, 1923 - December 30, 2013

Dorothy Whisnant Moose , 90, of Rutherford College passed away on December 30, 2013 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Dorothy was born on July 28, 1923 in Burke County to the late Willie J. (Wink) and Bertha Mae Harris Whisnant. She was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband...
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Dorothy Whisnant Moose

July 28, 1923 - December 30, 2013

Dorothy Whisnant Moose , 90, of Rutherford College passed away on December 30, 2013 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Dorothy was born on July 28, 1923 in Burke County to the late Willie J. (Wink) and Bertha Mae Harris Whisnant. She was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband...
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Bruce Howard Pritchard II

September 1, 1966 - December 29, 2013

Mr. Bruce Howard Pritchard II,47, of Orlando Fl. passed away on December 29, 2013 following a period of declining health. A memorial service will be held on Monday January 27, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with Rev. Marvin E. Wiley officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 4:00-5:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese....
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Shirley Duke

August 10, 1961 - December 28, 2013

Shirley Canipe , 52, of Connelly Springs went home to be with the Lord Saturday December 28, 2013 at Carolinas Medical Center Main, following a period of declining health. Shirley was born on August 10, 1961 in Cherokee County SC to the late Thomas Lloyd Philbeck and Betty Ruth Vassey. She was a member of Bible Gospel Baptist Church. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by...
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Vinna Young Willix

May 2, 1924 - December 28, 2013

Vinna Young Willix, 89, of Connelly Springs, passed away Saturday December 28, 2013 at her residence following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Willix was born on May 2, 1924 in Murphy, NC to the late Acie Young and Nancy Cook Young. She was a homemaker and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, John Lewis Willix, two children, Mary...
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Roger Raymond Fox

November 3, 1945 - December 27, 2013

Roger Raymond Fox, 68, of Lenoir, passed away Friday December 27, 2013 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. Mr. Fox was born on November 3, 1945 in Burke County to the late Raymond Ross Fox and Leola Mull Whisnant. He was retired from Bernhardt Furniture, was a musician, fisherman and hunter, and attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Survivors include his wife,...
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Sandra Pearson Lipford

August 10, 1956 - December 26, 2013

Sandra Pearson Lipford , 57, of Morganton, passed away Thursday December 26, 2013 surrounded by her family at Burke Hospice and Palliative care after a period of declining health. Sandra was born on August 10, 1956 in Burke County to the late Walter and Irene Connelly Pearson. She was a former teacher at the North Carolina School for the Deaf and a member of Slades Chapel AME Zion Church and...
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Morris Edgar Clark

January 1, 1933 - December 25, 2013

Mr. Morris Edgar "Andy" Clark, 80, of Morganton, went to his Heavenly Home on Wednesday December 25, 2013 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Clark was born March 1, 1933 in Starks, LA, a son of the late Ira Edgar and Ollie Doyle Clark. Morris was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Valdese and a US Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict. ...
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Warren Coolidge Clark

April 12, 1940 - December 24, 2013

Warren Coolidge Clark , 73, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Warren was born on April 12, 1940 in the Spring Creek Community of Madison County, he was the son of the late Raphus L. Clark and Lois Gregory Clark. He was a member of Royal Chapel Church of God. He was a veteran of the United States Army and the Army Reserves. Warren spent his...
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Ginger Dawn Berry

May 14, 1983 - December 23, 2013

Ginger Dawn Berry, 30, of Connelly Springs, died Monday December 23, 2013 at Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, after a brief illness. Ginger was born May 14, 1983 in Burke County a daughter of Melissa Huffman Davis of Connelly Springs and Todd Allison Berry and wife Lanell of Hudson. She attended Shady Grove United Methodist Church. Ginger was a loving mother to her son, Billy Chester and...
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Marvin Neil Collins

September 25, 1950 - December 22, 2013

Mr. Marvin Neil Collins, 63 , of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday December 22, 2013 at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte. Marvin was born on September 25, 1950 in Catawba County to the late Horace and Addie Lovelace Collins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers Robert and Harvey Collins and one sister Francis Collins. Survivors include his wife...
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