Celebrity Obituaries

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Calvin Irving Eggers

October 21, 1935 - October 16, 2021

Mr. Calvin Irving Eggers, 85, of Rutherford College, passed away on Saturday October 16, 2021 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Eggers was born October 21, 1935 in Burke County a son of the late Chester Irving and Bernice Bridges Eggers. Irving was an active member of First Baptist Church of Hildebran serving on numerous committees for over 60 years. He...
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Lee Edward Stacy

June 8, 1951 - October 15, 2021

Lee Edward Stacy, 70, of Valdese, NC passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021 at UNC Healthcare Valdese. Lee was born June 8, 1951 in Burke County to the late Daniel O. Stacy and Freda Danner Stacy. He loved dirt track racing at Antioch and watching Western movies. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Kay Beam; niece Cindy Patterson; and little dog, Itty...
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Sallie Brittain Leger

February 8, 1930 - October 14, 2021

Mrs. Sally Brittain Leger, 91, of Rutherford College, passed away on Thursday October 14, 2021 at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Leger was born February 8, 1930 in Burke County a daughter of the late John Sidney Brittain, Sr. and Fathey Carswell Brittain. She was employed at Valdese Weavers and Alba-Waldensian and retired from the Burke County Schools...
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John Travis Wise

March 16, 1976 - October 14, 2021

John Travis Wise, 45,of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at his residence following a period of declining health. Travis was born March 16, 1976, in Catawba County to the John Samuel Wise and the late Shirley Wyatt Kilgore. Travis was member of Victory Above Only Ministries and owner of Wise Tree Service. He was a witty, loving, and caring husband and father. In addition to...
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Brenda Gail Howell Young

April 13, 1950 - October 14, 2021

Mrs. Brenda Gail Howell Young, 71, of Valdese passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care. Brenda was born on April 13, 1950 in Chester County, PA to the late Scott Howell and Ella Brown Howell. She was a member of Sandy Ridge Wesleyan Church in Hickory and was formerly employed with Drexel Heritage Furniture. She later became a CNA and enjoyed volunteering and...
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Matthew Eugene Brooks

December 10, 1966 - October 14, 2021

Mr. Matthew Eugene Brooks, 54, of Lincolnton, passed away on Thursday October 14, 2021 at his residence after a brief illness. Mr. Brooks was born December 10, 1966 in Greenwood, SC a son of Tom and JoAnne Echols Brooks. He was employed with Spantex Expandable Metal. Matthew was a hard worker and enjoyed life to its fullest. He loved to go fishing and enjoyed going as often as he could. ...
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Brenda Lowman Hudson

December 25, 1944 - October 13, 2021

Brenda Lowman Hudson, 76, of Hickory passed away at her residence with her family by her side, October 13, 2021 following a period of declining health. Mrs. Hudson was born December 25, 1944 in Burke County a daughter of the late Lewis "Buzz" and Bessie Lowman Lowman. Brenda was a loyal member of St. John's Baptist Church and retired from the Burke County School System as a teacher assistant. ...
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Mavis Coffey Taylor

November 30, 1941 - October 13, 2021

Mavis Coffey Taylor, 79, of Lenoir, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 after a period of declining health. Mavis was born November 30, 1941 in Caldwell County to the late James Newland Coffey and Nealie Triplett Coffey. She was a devoted member of Cajahs Mountain Baptist Church and serving the Lord in different ministries including mission trips overseas and the Jailhouse Ministry at...
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Infant Jane Rose Moore

October 12, 2021 - October 12, 2021

Infant Jane Rose Moore went to her Heavenly home, Tuesday October 12, 2021; born to Kyle Jonathan Moore and Taylor Daniel Moore. In addition to her parents she is survived by her sister Hannah Moore; great grandparents, Shelton and Wanda Taylor; grandparents, Larry Stephen Moore and Debra Suzanne Moore; uncles, Tyler James Moore and Chris Douglas Reid; aunts, Taylor Elizabeth Lee, Cierra Marie...
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Patricia Whisenant Cowfer

October 30, 1938 - October 12, 2021

Mrs. Patricia Whisnant Cowfer, 82, of Morganton passed away Tuesday October 12, 2021 at UNC Blue Ridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Patricia was born October 30, 1938 in Burke County to the late Iverson "Buddy" Whisenant and Marie Epley Whisenant. She attended Glen Alpine United Methodist Church and Rain Hill Wesleyan Church. She worked as a nurse at Grace Hospital...
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Guynelle Huffman Stroupe

July 30, 1957 - October 12, 2021

Guynelle Huffman Stroupe, 64, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at UNC Blue Ridge, following a period of declining health. Guynelle was born July 30, 1957 in Burke County to the late Guy Huffman and Mary Lou Huffman. She was previously employed at Leviton as a mechanic. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Russell Stroupe; and brother Vernon...
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Ronnie Dale Young

November 17, 1955 - October 12, 2021

Mr. Ronnie Dale Young, 65, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday October 12, 2021 at Grace Hospital after a brief period of declining health as a result of covid-19. Mr. Young was born November 17, 1955 in Burke County, a son of Willie Young and Judy Brittain Young of Connelly Springs, NC. He was employed as a Poultry Grower with Breeden Poultry for over 15 years and for over 10 years as...
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Frank Townsend

November 18, 1923 - October 11, 2021

Mr. Frank Townsend, 97, of Longview went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday October 11, 2021 at his home with his family by his side. Frank was born November 18, 1923 in Burke County, a son of the late Henry and Elizabeth Franklin Townsend. He was a US Navy Veteran of WW II, (Seaman 1st Class) and retired from Century Chair Co. as a Drum Sander, after 20 years of faithful service. Frank...
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William "Mac" McMurtray III

August 6, 1973 - October 11, 2021

Mr. William "Mac" Oscar McMurtray III, 48, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021, following a brief illness. Mac was born on August 6, 1973 in Jackson, MS to Bill and Katherine McMurtray. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp, and was employed as Lieutenant with the Burke County Sheriff's Office since 2008. Mac enjoyed hunting, camping and hiking, playing corn hole and...
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Susan Adkins Hoyle

September 1, 1958 - October 10, 2021

Susan T. Adkins Hoyle, 63, of Hickory passed away Monday, October 10, 2021 at Frye Hospital, following a period of declining health. Susan was born September 1, 1958, to the late Charles W. Adkins and Betty Fortner Adkins. In addition to her parents, she is proceeded in her death by her brother Rev. Charles Terrance Adkins. Susan loved riding motorcycles, working in her garden, taking cruises...
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Rita Gail Kanupp Martin

April 13, 1949 - October 10, 2021

Rita Kanupp Martin, 72, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday October 10, 2021 at her residence after a period of declining health. Rita was born April 13, 1949 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Charlie Kanupp and Lois Poovey Kanupp Berry. She retired from Southern Hosiery of Hickory as a knitter. Rita loved the Lord, Nascar racing and spending time with her family and friends. She...
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Roy Lee Lefevers

April 26, 1943 - October 6, 2021

Roy Lee Lefevers Jr., 78, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at his residence following a period of declining health. Roy was born April 26, 1943 in Burke County to the late Roy Lee Lefevers Sr. and Bonnie Mitchem Lefevers. He was of the Baptist faith and loved the Lord. Roy loved racing and his visits to Fresenuis Kidney Care Burke County, where he made many friends and was...
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Sean Dewey Ryan

May 3, 1965 - October 5, 2021

Mr. Sean Dewey Ryan, 56, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Sean was born on May 3, 1965 in New York, NY to the late Leo Ryan and Teresa Tucker Ryan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was previously employed in construction for 26 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister...
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Cynthia Joy Bennett

October 18, 1959 - October 4, 2021

Cynthia Joy Bennett, 61, of Granite Falls, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Cynthia was born October 18, 1959 in Burke County, to Joyce Poteat Bennett-Hilmer and the late Frank Norman Bennett Sr. She was a homemaker who loved making homemade gifts and crafts for friends and family members, loved listening to music and loved being...
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Tee-Asia Cynthia Lee-Brown

October 5, 1996 - October 3, 2021

Tee-Asia Cynthia Lee-Brown, 25, of Drexel, passed away on Sunday October 3, 2021 at her residence after a brief illness. She was born October 5, 1996 in Newark, NJ, a daughter of Amos and Avis Brown Bruen. She was employed as a cashier with KFC and a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Hickory. Surviving is her son Emonte Wimbush, Jr. , brothers, Amos Bruen, Zamonte Bruen,...
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James David Mikell Cregg

November 3, 1976 - October 2, 2021

James David Mikell "Jimmy" Cregg, 44, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at Forsyth Medical Center, following a brief period of declining health. Jimmy was born November 3, 1976, in Jacksonville, FL to Kathleen Brannen and the late David Cregg. He was a man of many trades; welding, woodworking, and resin art. If he had a vision, he could make it. Being outdoors, enjoying music...
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Ronnie Alan Dennie

January 26, 1968 - October 1, 2021

Ronnie "Alan" Dennie, 53, of Connelly Springs passed way Friday, October, 1, 2021 following a period of declining health. Alan was born January 26, 1968 in Catawba County to Ronald Dennie and Eva Hildebran Good. He was a devoted patriot of his country which was demonstrated in his service to the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne as well as the Army National Guard. He enjoyed all...
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Rita Franklin Stokes

April 1, 1951 - October 1, 2021

Rita Franklin Stokes, 70, of Valdese, departed this life to her heavenly home on Friday October 1, 2021 at UNC Healthcare Blue Ridge in Morganton. Rita was born on April 1, 1951 in Burke County to the late David Finley Franklin and Kathleen Yates Franklin. She was a self employed child care worker and was a member of First Baptist Church of Valdese, where she loved on and taught the children of...
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Rosetta Ann Clark

January 23, 1942 - September 30, 2021

Mrs. Rosetta Ann Clark, 79, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Grace Hospital, following a period of declining health. Rosetta was born on January 23, 1942 in Huntington, WV to the late Wilburn Clay Clark and Elsie Berry Easter. She was retired from Alba-Waldensian Hosiery. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a stepfather, Roy Easter, a son, James...
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Norman Eugene Lowman

August 10, 1941 - September 30, 2021

Mr. Norman Eugene Lowman, 80, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday September 30, 2021. Mr. Lowman was born August 10, 1941 in Cleveland County, a son of the late Ivey Eugene and Lillie Mae Lail Lowman. Norman was a member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church and retired from UPS as a delivery driver. Surviving are his two sons, Mark Lowman and wife Eva of Valdese and Kevin Lowman and wife Jackie...
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Forney Thomas VanHuss

April 1, 1946 - September 28, 2021

Mr. Forney Thomas VanHuss, 75, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021 following a period of declining health. Forney was born April 1, 1946 in Carter County, TN to the late Allison VanHuss and Hazel Buckles VanHuss. He served honorably in the United States Army, he was a Vietnam Veteran and was a member of Chapter #34 DAV. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Crooks VanHuss...
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Michelle Ruth Lowder

March 14, 1976 - September 27, 2021

Michele Ruth Lowder, 45, of Winston Salem, passed away at her home on Monday, September 27, 2021. Michele was born March 14, 1976 in Catawba County to Jill Peters Kight and James Franklin Lowder. She enjoy being outdoors, camping and swimming at the beach. She also enjoyed being creative and doing arts and crafts. She is preceded in death by her grandmothers, Ruth Lowder and Cora Mae Peters....
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Shawn Lee Walls

May 3, 1982 - September 26, 2021

Mr. Shawn Lee Walls, 39, of Vale, passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a brief illness. Shawn was born on May 3, 1982 in Grundy, VA to Thomas McKinley Walls and Reta Underwood Walls. He was previously employed as a forklift operator. Surviving in addition to his parents, is a daughter, Mallorie Dianne Walls of Lincolnton, two brothers, Thomas...
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Gregory J. "Greg" Jones

February 25, 1965 - September 26, 2021

Mr. Gregory J. "Greg" Jones, 56, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday September 26, 2021 at Catawba Memorial Medical Center after a brief period of declining health. Mr. Jones was born February 25, 1965 In Burke County, a son of the late Billie and Tomiko Kinoshita Jones. Greg was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all that he came in contact with. He was employed for a...
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Kristen Marie Benfield

September 3, 1992 - September 25, 2021

Kristen Marie Benfield, 29, of Jacksonville, NC passed away on September 25, 2021 after being admitted in the hospital due to covid. Kristen was born September 3, 1992 in Burke County to William David Brian Benfield and Terri Marie Powell. She was the type of person that could make anyone laugh and always wore a smile. Kristen loved fishing and being with her children. She was a loving mother,...
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Presley Michelle Moye Morgan

October 18, 1967 - September 25, 2021

Presley Michelle Morgan, 53, of Oak Hill, NC went to be with her heavenly Father September 25, 2021. Presley was born on October 18, 1967 at McAuthur, West VA to the late Forest Dallas Moye and Jo Ann Meador Moye. Presley enjoyed spending time with family and doing crafts. She loved the grandbabies most of all. She was a loving mother, wife, and grandmother. She will truly be missed by her...
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Mary Lou Johnson Harper

August 18, 1932 - September 25, 2021

Mary Lou Johnson Harper, born on August 18, 1932 of 4467 Bost Johnson Avenue, Valdese transitioned to glory on September 25, 2021 at Amorem Hospice, located in Valdese, NC, at the age of 89 years old. She graduated from Olive Hill High School in 1950 and retired from the Department of Corrections after 30m years of service and worked as a housekeep for many years. Mary was a devoted mother,...
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Steve Allen Whisenant

June 18, 1946 - September 24, 2021

Steve Allen Whisenant, 75, of Lenoir, departed this life to his heavenly home on Friday September 24, 2021 at Amorem Hospice in Hudson following a period of declining health. Mr. Whisenant was born on June 8, 1946 in Caldwell County to the late Clyde Alex Whisenant and Rosalee Brown Whisenant. He was retired as dye house manager at Cajah's Mountain Hosiery with over 40 years of service, and was...
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Michael McKinley Walker

April 22, 1969 - September 23, 2021

Michael McKinley Walker, 52, of Valdese, NC, passed away after a valiant battle with Covid on September 23, 2021. Michael was born in Welch, WV, on April 22, 1969, to David Marvin and Lola Faye Walker. Michael was survived by his mother Lola Faye Walker, his son, and daughter-in-law David and Kelsey Walker, two beautiful grandbabies Beckley and McKinley, his brother David Marvin Walker Jr, a...
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Donald Bruce McDavid

January 29, 1955 - September 23, 2021

Donald Bruce McDavid, 66, of Morganton, passed away Thursday September 23, 2021 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville following a period of declining health. He was born on January 29, 1955 to the late Bobbie McDavid and Minnie Sue Beck McDavid. He was a retired Social Worker with J. Iverson Riddle Development Center in Morganton. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by, one...
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Dayton Hoyt Cook

March 20, 1949 - September 20, 2021

Dayton Hoyt Cook, 72, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Charles George VA Medical Center following a period of declining health. Dayton was born March 20, 1949 in Watauga County to the late Dayton Harrison Cook and Texie Hayes Cook. He served honorably in the United States Army and was a great truck driver. He loved camping in his camper and the many trips to...
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Horace Alexander Moses

June 26, 1960 - September 20, 2021

Mr. Horace Alexander Moses, Jr., 61, of Morganton, passed away on September 20, 2021 at Grace Hospital. Horace was born on June 26, 1960 in Catawba County to the late Horace Moses Sr. and Bonnie Lowman Moses. He was previously employed in the tree cutting industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Moses. Survivors include his three children: Jennifer...
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Earl James Helton

September 21, 1943 - September 19, 2021

For if we Believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him: 1 Thessalonians 4:14 Mr. Earl James Helton, 77 of Rutherford College, went to his Heavenly reward on Sunday September 19, 2021 at Grace Hospital after a brief period of illness. Mr. Helton was born September 21, 1943 in Caldwell County, a son of the late Robert E. and Ollie Walker...
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Gary Lewis Martin

July 15, 1948 - September 18, 2021

Gary Lewis Martin, 73, of Burke County, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Blueridge Health Care - Morganton, following a period of declining health. Gary was born July 15, 1948 in Burke County to the late Vester Martin and Janet Reinhardt Martin. He served honorably in the United States Army, was a proud Eagle Scout, and was an avid sports lover. In addition to his parents, he is...
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John Franklin Deal

March 12, 1940 - September 17, 2021

Mr. John Franklin Deal, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. John was born on March 12, 1940 in Catawba County to the late Frank B. Deal and Nova Powell Deal. He was retired from the textile industry where he worked as a fixer for many years. John was a longtime member of Warlick's Baptist...
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Gerald Dean Huffman

September 25, 1966 - September 16, 2021

Mr. Gerald Dean Huffman, Jr., 54, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday September 16, 2021 at Amorem (Burke Hospice) after a period of declining health. Dean was born September 25, 1966 in Burke County a son of Gerald Dean Huffman, Sr. and the late Pam Deacon Huffman. Surviving are his two daughters, Kayleigh Lipscomb and husband Mat of Lincolnton, Hannah Huffman of Lenoir and his...
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Gerald Cannon

November 18, 1927 - September 16, 2021

Mr. Gerald Cannon, 93, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Gerald was born on November 18, 1927 in Burke County, to the late William Cannon and Mary Shuping Cannon. He was formerly employed with Piedmont Airlines, worked as assistant manager of Hickory Airport, and eventually went to work for US Air as an agent. He...
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Bryan Allen Pugh

January 22, 1977 - September 14, 2021

Mr. Bryan Allen Pugh, 44, of Granite Falls, NC, passed away on Tuesday September 14, 2021 at Grace Hospital, after a brief period of declining health. Mr. Pugh was born January 22, 1977 in Orange County Fl. a son of Renee Brown Pugh Sarafian and the late Jeffery Morgan Pugh. Bryan was a veteran of the US Air Force and a dedicated employee of BGNA, serving as a field service technician...
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William Bruce Bingham

October 4, 1951 - September 14, 2021

Mr. William Bruce Bingham, 69, of Connelly Springs, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Carolina Blue Ridge Hospital following a period of brief illness. Bruce was born on October 4 , 1951 in Burke County to the late Presley Bingham and Adalene Cole Bingham. He graduated from Gardner Webb University in 1973 with a Bachelors in Business. Throughout his years he...
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Angelica Lopez-Hernandez

April 9, 1994 - September 14, 2021

Ms. Angelica Lopez-Hernandez, 27, of Burke County passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at her residence following a period of declining health. Angelica was born April 9, 1994 in Burke County to Raymundo Lopez and Maria Rosales-Hernandez. She was always a cheerful person that had a smile on her face and loved her mom, dad and her family. A funeral service will be held on Saturday,...
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Donnie Gail LeFevers Stroupe

May 31, 1953 - September 13, 2021

Mrs. Donnie Gail Lefevers Stroupe, 68 of Valdese left us way too soon on Monday, September 13 th , 2021. She was looking forward to decorating her home for the Fall, but sadly fell ill and passed quickly at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. A self-proclaimed "daddy's girl", she was born to the late Roy Lee Lefevers Sr and Bonnie Mitchum Lefevers on May 31 st ,1953 in Burke County. ...
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Rebecca Ann Smith Norwood

February 2, 1944 - September 12, 2021

Mrs. Rebecca Ann Smith Norwood, 77, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday September 12, 2021 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Norwood was born February 2, 1944 in Burke County a daughter of the late Geree and Bessie Whisnant Smith. She was employed as an in house caregiver for many years before retiring. Mrs. Norwood was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to all...
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Samantha Lynne Timmons

February 22, 1989 - September 11, 2021

Samantha Lynne Timmons, 32, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021. Samantha was born February 22, 1989 in Sumter, SC to Ruthie and James Timmons. She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Ollie and Emmie Hackney; and paternal grandparents, Jimmy and Linda Timmons. Survivors include her son, Tyler Matthew Brown of the home; boyfriend, Derrick Paul Brown of...
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Dorothy Irene "Dot" Jacumin

August 18, 1941 - September 11, 2021

Mrs. Dorothy Irene "Dot" Jacumin, 80, of Rutherford College, passed away on Saturday September 11, 2021 at Valdese General Hospital after a brief period of declining health. Mrs. Jacumin was born August 18, 1941 in Stearns, KY, a daughter of the late Clifford and Lonnie Morrow Burke. Dorothy was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church and was very active in the Ladies...
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Annette Rhoney

March 31, 1937 - September 10, 2021

Annette Rhoney Johnson, 84, of Connelly Springs passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021 at Amorem Hospice of Burke following a period of declining health. Annette was born March 31, 1937 in Union County, South Carolina to the late Edd Golden Rhoney and Taltha Mae Hartman Rhoney. She was a member of Bible Gospel Baptist Church and loved watching college basketball. In addition to her parents...
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Edmond Joseph Westover, Jr.

May 20, 1954 - September 10, 2021

Edmond J. Westover Jr., 67, of Valdese, NC passed away peacefully at home on September 10, 2021. Ed was born May 20, 1954 to the late Edmond Westover Sr. and Mary Sandborn Westover in Newport NH. He was a truck driver for many years and served honorably in the United States Army. Ed loved riding his motorcycle, and loved working on and painting classic cars. On the weekends, you would often find...
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June Brown York

September 16, 1936 - September 10, 2021

June Brown York, 84, of Granite Falls passed away Friday, September 10, 2021 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. June was born September 16, 1936 in Buncombe County to the late Denver Brown and Flossie Brown Walker. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; and loved her church. She was a member at North Laurel Baptist Church. In addition to her...
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Lois Diana Phelps

February 22, 1951 - September 10, 2021

Lois Diana Phelps, 70, of Morganton passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by family following a period of declining health. Lois was a daughter to the late Edgar Lee Phelps and Velma Greene Phelps. Heritage Funeral Service is assisting the family.
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Nancy Marie Maynor

June 28, 1950 - September 9, 2021

Born June 28, 1950, in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Gladys Marr Maynor. Following her graduation from Valdese High School in 1968, Nancy worked in medical offices before eventually landing at the office of internist Dr. John Sherill, where she worked as a medical secretary for three decades. She enjoyed her job and interacting with patients and co-workers. Nancy was...
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Linda Drue Clark Smith

November 17, 1944 - September 9, 2021

Mrs. Linda Drue Clark Smith, 76, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on November 17, 1944 in Burke County to the late William Taft Clark and Fannie Brittain Clark. She was formerly employed in the textile industry as a knitter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy...
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Jean Elizabeth Powell Dellinger

July 18, 1946 - September 8, 2021

Mrs. Jean Elizabeth Powell Dellinger, 75, of Lenoir, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Jean was born on July 18, 1946 in Burke County to the late Colen Powell and Sarah Pritchard. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker, and was formerly employed with Camelot Manor for 25 years as a CNA and beautician. In...
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Bobbie Kaye Spurlin

November 26, 1969 - September 8, 2021

Bobbie Kaye Spurlin, 51, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Bobbie was born on November 26, 1969 in Catawba County to Paul Cody and the late Carolyn Hullette. Survivors include her parents, Paul and Jo Ellen Cody of the home, a brother, Joel Mincey and a sister, Crystal Loven, both of Valdese. Also surviving are...
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Joshua James Childers

October 28, 1986 - September 7, 2021

Mr. Joshua James Childers, 35, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at CHS Blue Ridge - Morganton following a period of declining health. Joshua was born October 28, 1986 in Catawba County to Steve Olen Childers and the late Theresa Ann Whitson. He loved the Lord and doing anything for anyone, making them laugh and an all around great guy to be around. Joshua also enjoyed drawing, music,...
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Darrin Kenneth Lail

March 11, 1966 - September 6, 2021

Mr. Darrin Kenneth Lail, 55, of Hildebran, passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a brief illness. Darrin was born on March 11, 1966 in Catawba County to Sylvia Karriker Lail and the late Boyd Kenneth Lail Jr. He was a member of First Baptist Church Hildebran, and was employed with Corning Cable System, as an engineer technician for 31 years. ...
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Raymond Kenneth Kimble

October 3, 1934 - September 5, 2021

Raymond Kenneth Kimble, 86, of Drexel passed away peacefully at home with his family on Sunday, September 5, 2021. Raymond was born October 3, 1934, in New Jersey to the late Harry Kimble and Emmeline Schmitz Kimble. He was a member of Valdese First Christian Church and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Laura...
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Junior Lee Lowman

July 14, 1945 - September 5, 2021

Mr. Junior Lee Lowman, 76, of Connelly Springs, went to his Heavenly Home to be with Jesus on Sunday September 5, 2021 at his residence after a period of declining health. Junior was born July 14, 1945 in Burke County, a son of the late Clayton A. and Bertha F. Lowman. Junior was a faithful and active member of Hildebrand View Baptist Church, until sickness prevented him from attending. He...
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Ben Herman Fisher

February 5, 1932 - September 2, 2021

Ben Herman Fisher, 89, of Morganton, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 2, 2021. Herman served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force for 26 years and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. After retirement he returned to Burke County and worked as a real estate broker for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Muriel Fisher, and a son, Robert Fisher. Survivors include his three...
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David Lee Rowe

September 3, 1948 - September 2, 2021

Mr. David Lee Rowe, 72, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday September 2, 2021 at Frye Regional Medical, after a brief period of illness. Mr. Rowe was born September 3, 1948 in Catawba County, a son of the late Arris and Sarah Smith Rowe. He was employed as a mechanical engineer and later in life enjoyed being the quintessential trader. Surviving are his wife, Jean Parise Rowe of the home,...
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Charles Author Holcombe

July 13, 1937 - September 1, 2021

Charles Author Holcombe, 84, of Valdese, departed this life to his heavenly home on Wednesday September 1, 2021 at Carolinas Healthcare Center Blue Ridge in Morganton following a brief illness. Mr. Holcombe was born on July 13, 1937 in Haywood County to the late Henry Holcombe and Daisy Miller Holcombe. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was a self employed mechanic of farm equipment...
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Danny James Keaton

November 5, 1968 - August 31, 2021

Mr. Danny James Keaton, 62, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at his residence, following a period of declining health. Danny was born on November 5, 1958 in Villa Rica, GA to the late Ralph Carl Keaton and Maudie Mae Suddreth Keaton. He was a longtime member and deacon of Bridgeport Baptist Church, and was employed as a fixer for Valdese Weavers. In addition to his parents,...
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Debbie Tallent Smith

March 6, 1952 - August 31, 2021

Mrs. Debbie Tallent Smith, 69, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday August 31, 2021 at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer. Mrs. Smith was born March 6, 1952 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Cecil Riley Tallent and Myrtle Lee Abee Tallent Lowman. Debbie was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and retired from Skills Creations. She also was the owner and operator of...
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Richard Neal Piercy

October 31, 1956 - August 30, 2021

Mr. Richard Neal Piercy, 64, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2021 at CHS-BR Morganton, following a period of declining health. Richard was born on October 31, 1956 in Burke County to the late Clyde Vernon Piercy and Edith Lindsey Piercy. He was retired from Foothills Correctional, where he was employed as a correctional officer for many years, and was also a veteran of the U.S....
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Hattie Lois Propst

February 18, 1922 - August 28, 2021

Hattie "Lois" Propst, 99, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at her residence in Morganton, NC. She was the daughter of the late Emerson Lee and Mary Costner Propst. Born in Toluca, Cleveland Co, NC on February 18, 1922, she was employed by Buster Brown Mills and Brought Hospital for many years. She was known for making fantastic pound cakes and her phenomenal recall of names and places...
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Naomi Brittain Lowman

January 16, 1947 - August 28, 2021

Mrs. Naomi Brittain Lowman, 74, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home to be with Jesus on Saturday August 28, 2021 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Lowman was born January 16, 1947 in Lincoln County, a daughter of the late Rev. Stanley T. Brittain and Lassie Rhoney Brittain. Naomi was a devoted and active member of Hildebrand View Baptist Church, previously...
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Annette Davis Fredell

September 5, 1966 - August 27, 2021

Mrs. Annette Davis Fredell, 54, of Hickory passed away on Friday August 27, 2021 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Fredell was born September 5, 1966 in Catawba County, a daughter of the late J.A. and Beulah Mooneyham Davis. She was a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church and was employed with Burke County School System at Heritage Middle School in the...
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Rachel Lowman Wycoff

February 22, 1937 - August 27, 2021

Mrs. Rachel Lowman Wycoff, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away at home on Friday, August 27, 2021, after a brief illness. Mrs. Wycoff was born February 22, 1937, in Burke County, a daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth Bailey Lowman. She was a faithful member of Shiloh Baptist Church, and had a caring and generous heart, taking care of numerous loved ones and members of the community....
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Richard Harold Pons

March 9, 1945 - August 26, 2021

Mr. Richard Harold Pons, 76, of Hickory, formally of Valdese, passed away on Thursday August 26, 2021 at his residence after a brief period of declining health. Mr. Pons was born March 9, 1945 in Southern Pines, NC, a son of the late Pete and Jeanette Pons. Richard was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, the LPDA and retired from the textile industry as a salesman and plant...
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Beulah Lee Stephens

February 2, 1922 - August 26, 2021

Mrs. Beulah Lee Stephens, 99, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday August 26, 2021 at College Pines Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Stephens was born February 2, 1922 in Newport, TN, a daughter of the late Hugh and Dora Brown Lee. Beulah was woman of great faith, a longtime member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church and an active member of the Omega Sunday School Class....
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Shelly Renee Frisch

May 19, 1977 - August 25, 2021

Mrs. Shelly Renee Frisch, 44, of Morganton passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Shelly was born May 19, 1977 in Roanoke, VA. She worked as a manager at McDonalds. Shelly enjoyed gardening and spending time with friends and family. Survivors include her daughter, Victoria Hollar of Morganton; son, Justin Reid of Tennessee; mother, Sara Shepherd; father, Fred Wright; siblings, Shanna Bullin,...
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Shelly Renee Frisch

May 19, 1977 - August 25, 2021

Mrs. Shelly Renee Frisch, 44, of Morganton passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Shelly was born May 19, 1977 in Roanoke, VA. She worked as a manager at McDonalds. Shelly enjoyed gardening and spending time with friends and family. Survivors include her daughter, Victoria Hollar of Morganton; son, Justin Reid of Tennessee; mother, Sara Shepherd; father, Fred Wright; siblings, Shanna Bullin,...
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Shelly Renee Frisch

May 19, 1977 - August 25, 2021

Mrs. Shelly Renee Frisch, 44, of Morganton passed away Wednesday, August 25, 2021. Shelly was born May 19, 1977 in Roanoke, VA. She worked as a manager at McDonalds. Shelly enjoyed gardening and spending time with friends and family. Survivors include her daughter, Victoria Hollar of Morganton; son, Justin Reid of Tennessee; mother, Sara Shepherd; father, Fred Wright; siblings, Shanna Bullin,...
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Jack Horace Simmons

December 31, 1946 - August 25, 2021

Mr. Jack Horace Simmons, Sr., 74, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 at his residence. Jack was born on December 31, 1946 in Avery County to the late Horace Simmons and Carleen Carpenter Simmons. He was previously employed in the utility departments with both the city of Valdese and the city of Drexel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one...
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Sonja Michelle Davidson Patton

March 17, 1954 - August 24, 2021

Sonja Michelle Davidson Patton, 67, of Morganton passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 following a period of declining health. Sonja was born March 17, 1954 in Guilford County to the late Joe Davidson and Jessie Mae Upton. Sonja loved going to church, crocheting, and taking cruises to the Bahamas. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her grandmother, Veola Corpening;...
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Tammy Denise Arney Lail

September 6, 1960 - August 24, 2021

Tammy Denise Arney Lail, 60, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Hospice of Union County following a period of declining health. Tammy was born September 6, 1960 in Catawba County to the late William Arney and Esther Hildebran Arney. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her nephew, Matthew VanDerVelde. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Loveland...
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Hilda Beach Smith

April 5, 1938 - August 23, 2021

On Monday August 23, 2021 Hilda B. Smith, loving wife and mother of two sons, passed away at the age of 83 at her residence in Walkertown, NC. Hilda was born April 5, 1938 in Icard, North Carolina to John and Elsie Beach. She married George Roland Mullinix and later studied sacred music at Lenoir-Rhyne College. The couple raised two sons Brett and Jon. Hilda later married Henry Alfred...
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William Odell "Bill" Huffman

June 18, 1946 - August 23, 2021

Mr. William Odell "Bill" Huffman, 75, of Glen Alpine, passed away on Monday, August 23, 2021 at his residence following a brief period of declining health. Bill was born June 18, 1946, in Burke County to the late Marcus Wilson Huffman Sr. and Annie Mae Branch. Bill enjoyed fishing and building homes. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Laura Elizabeth McGee. He...
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Jimmie Lee Williams

January 16, 1945 - August 22, 2021

Mr. Jimmie Lee Williams, 75, of Hickory, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at his residence. Jimmie was born January 16, 1945 in McDowell County to the late Cecil Henry Williams and Minnie Wallace Williams. He served honorably in the United States Air Force. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Samuel Williams, Robert Williams, and Ernest...
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Sarah Elizabeth Eckard Greene

December 10, 1972 - August 21, 2021

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Eckard Greene, 48, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday August 21, 2021 at her residence. Mrs. Greene was born December 10, 1972 in Catawba County, a daughter of the late Jerry and Hilda Bolton Eckard. She was employed as a case worker with the Burke County Department of Social Services where she was very dedicated to helping others. Sarah was a loving wife,...
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Brenda Kay Edwards

September 26, 1951 - August 20, 2021

Brenda Kay Edwards, 69, of Morganton passed away at her home on Friday, August 20, 2021 following a period of declining health. She was born on September 26, 1951 to the late Calvin Crites and Dessie Keener Crites. Those preceding her in death are her parents and son, James Raper. Survivors include her son, Daniel Raper; daughter, Sherry Raper; grandson, Joey Raper; granddaughter, Amber Raper ...
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Nancy Lee Hunter Holder

February 17, 1955 - August 20, 2021

Mrs. Nancy Lee Hunter Holder, 66, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Friday August 20, 2021 at Catawba Valley Medical Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Holder was born February 17, 1955 in Durham County, a daughter of the late Silas Lee and Lottie Faye Terry Hunter. Nancy gave her life to Jesus as a young child, and lived in faithful obedience to her Savior, Jesus...
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Tomiko K. Jones

October 31, 1930 - August 18, 2021

Mrs. Tomiko K. Jones, 90, of Valdese passed away on Wednesday August 18, 2021 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Jones was born October 31, 1930 in Yokohama, Japan, a daughter of the late Metuso and Tuyako Kinoshita. Tomiko was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and retired from Burke Mills after many years of faithful service. ...
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Cynthia Marie Young

January 22, 1980 - August 18, 2021

Mrs. Cynthia Marie Bennett Young, 41, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 at CHS-Blue Ridge Morganton, following a period of declining health. Cindy was born on January 22, 1980 in Bluefield, WV to Fred Bennett and Bonnie Perdue Bennett. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister, who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Cindy also attended Bible Baptist Church...
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Agnes Pauline Akers

April 25, 1915 - August 17, 2021

Agnes Pauline Sladek Akers, 106, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at her residence. Agnes was born on April 25, 1915 in Doylestown, PA to the late George Sladek and Pauline Volich Sladek. She was formerly employed as a seamstress in the hosiery industry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Akers, four sisters, and one brother. ...
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Phyllis Berry Buchanan

August 12, 1931 - August 16, 2021

Mrs. Phyllis Berry Buchanan, 90, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Monday August 16, 2021 at Shaire Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Buchanan was born August 12, 1931 in Burke County, a daughter of the late William H. "Bill" and Jennie Small Berry. Phyllis was known for her ability to find humor in most any circumstance. She loved her Lord and church, Mount Calvary...
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Elizabeth Ann Bivens

August 15, 1943 - August 16, 2021

Elizabeth Ann Bivens, 78, of Connelly Springs, passed away August 16, 2021 following a period of declining health. Elizabeth was born August 15, 1943 in Burke County to the late Fulton Tomlinson and Junie Estelle Tomlinson. She was a member at Crosslink Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Kenneth Tomlinson, Eloise Link, and Alfred Tomlinson; and...
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Mary Ann Self

April 19, 1969 - August 15, 2021

Mary Ann Metcalf Self, 52, of Nebo, passed away on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge - Morganton, following a short period of declining health. Mary was born April 19, 1969 to the late James Percival Metcalf and Mary Sue Mayfield Metcalf. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Self; children, James Frasher, Carrie Ann Hodge and husband Chris, and Brittany Inman...
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Marshall Lee Barr, Jr.

February 26, 1960 - August 15, 2021

Marshall Lee Barr Jr., 61, of Hickory, passed away on Sunday August 15, 2021 at Carolinas Healthcare System - Blueridge, following a period of declining health. Marshall was born February 26, 1960 in Arlington, VA to Marshall Lee Barr Sr., and Sylvia Rose Warlick. He loved hunting and fishing; but most of all he loved his family. He is preceded in death by his brothers, David Barr and Billy...
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Bobby Gene Hildebran

May 23, 1935 - August 14, 2021

Bobby Gene Hildebran, 86, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Amorem Hospice of Burke County, following a period of declining health. Bobby was born May 23, 1935, in Burke County to the late Arcie Hildebran and Azalee Lail Hildebran. He was a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church. Bobby served honorably in the United States Army from 1953-1955 and after his military service...
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Danny Ray Masser

February 14, 1947 - August 12, 2021

Danny Ray Masser, of Valdese, passed away of natural causes on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at Pinecrest Retirement Home in Hickory. He was 74. Danny was born on February 14, 1947 in Valdese and was the oldest of three children born to Arthur Ray Masser and Pearl Craig Masser. He graduated from Francis Garrou High School in 1965 and joined the Navy that same summer. Danny received Naval training...
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James Churchill

January 28, 1941 - August 11, 2021

Mr. James Churchill 80, of Morganton, went home to be with His Lord and Savior on Wednesday August 11, 2021 at Grace Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Churchill was born January 28, 1941 in Durham, NC, a son of the late Joseph Churchill and Thelma Katie Guess Buffaloe. After his parents passing, he spent the majority of his formative years at Mills Home Baptist Children's Home. Through his...
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John Robert Lowe

June 12, 1951 - August 11, 2021

Mr. John Robert Lowe, 70, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 following a brief period of declining health. John was born June 12, 1951 in Tazewell County Virginia to the late Milford Homer "Bill" Lowe and Lucille Virginia Dye. He served honorably in the United States Army. John loved hunting, fishing and always had a giving heart for others. In addition to his parents, he...
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Mary Holtsclaw Benfield

May 25, 1945 - August 10, 2021

Mrs. Mary Louise Holtsclaw Benfield, 76, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Mary was born on May 25, 1945 in Burke County to the late Clyde Houston and Flavie Stillwell Houston. She was a longtime member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and previously worked as an inspector in the hosiery industry. ...
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Clarence Eugene "Porky" Penley

September 1, 1938 - August 8, 2021

Mr. Clarence Eugene "Porky" Penley, 82, of Lenoir passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Clarence was born September 1, 1938 in Caldwell County to the late Ivey Roy Penley and Ethel Greer Penley. Clarence was a member of Sovereign Grace Church in Tennessee. He always had a smile on his face and was everyone's friend. In...
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Phillip Warren Davidson

November 10, 1952 - August 6, 2021

Phillip Warren Davidson, 68, of Morganton passed away Friday, August 6, 2021 following a period of declining health. Phillip was born on November 10, 1952 in Guildford County to the late Joe Davidson and Jessie Mae Upton. Phillip served honorably in the United States Army. He loved telling jokes, fishing and his family. Those preceding him in death are his parents, Joe Davidson and Jessie Mae...
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Brenda Young Strang

April 10, 1956 - August 4, 2021

Brenda Young Strang, 65, of Lenoir, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Brenda was born April 10, 1956 in Virginia to the late Ray Young and Ruby Myers Herman. She loved Stephen King and Anne McCaffrey novels and supporting her local animal shelters. She is survived by her children, Bonnie Rozzelle and husband Glenn, and Andrew Poteat and wife Angie;...
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