Celebrity Obituaries

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Terry Gene Burleson

March 3, 1958 - October 21, 2020

Mr. Terry Gene Burleson, 62, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Terry was born on March 3, 1958 in Pontiac, MI, to the late Jack Burleson and Christine Ollis Burleson. He was a member of Walker Road Baptist Church in Morganton, and was employed with Henredon Furniture as a shipping technician. In addition to his...
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Kilten Isaiah Barlow

September 2, 2002 - October 20, 2020

Kilten Isaiah Barlow, 18, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, unexpectedly. Kilten was born on September 2, 2002 to Angela Barlow, and Christopher Barlow. Kilten was a full time student at Appalachian State University. He enjoyed bicycling in his free time, as well as weight lifting and reading. The Beatles were his favorite band, and he admired Bruce Lee as well. In...
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William Neil "Bill" Crump

October 28, 1949 - October 19, 2020

William Neil "Bill" Crump, 70, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, October 19, 2020, following a period of declining health. William was born October 28, 1949 to the late Betty Keller Crump, and Thad R. Crump. William graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in 1991 with a degree in International relations. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where he taught...
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Doris Geneva Lambert

October 28, 1931 - October 19, 2020

Doris Geneva Lambert 88, of Valdese, passed away on Monday October 19, 2020 at College Pines Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Doris was born October 28, 1931 in Burke County, a daughter of the late William "Bill" and Tessie Bradshaw Lambert. Doris was faithful and lifelong member of Valdese First Baptist Church with many years serving in the choir. She retired from Drexel...
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Susie Inez Johnson Barrier

August 10, 1942 - October 19, 2020

Susie Inez Johnson Barrier, 78, of Rutherford College, passed away Monday October 19, 2020 at her daughters residence following a period of declining health. Sue was born on August 10, 1942 in Oglethorpe County, GA to the late Billy Mack Johnson and Ruby Lillie Kimbrell Jackson. Susie retired from Valdese General Hospital in the business department. She also worked at Mimosa Hills County Club. ...
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Ray Nelson Pearson

January 7, 1946 - October 18, 2020

Mr. Ray Nelson Pearson, 74, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Wake Forest Baptist Health, following a brief illness. Ray was born January 7, 1946 in Burke County to the late Bessie Carver. He enjoyed working on his Volkswagen and riding in the South Mountains with his friends, Nascar, and hunting. Ray was a great upholster and loved spending time with his grandchildren. ...
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Geneva Shipley Norton

August 17, 1952 - October 18, 2020

Mrs. Geneva Shipley Norton, 68, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at CHS-BR Morganton, following a period of declining health. Geneva was born on August 17, 1952 in Hendersonville, NC to the late John Shipley and Emily Jones Shipley. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker to her entire family, who was loved and will missed by all who knew her. In addition...
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Lorri Ellyn Stewart

February 3, 1960 - October 16, 2020

Lorri Ellyn Stewart was born on February 3, 1960, in Atlanta, GA., and died October 16, 2020, Lenoir, NC. Lorri was the daughter of the late Rev. William A. Stewart (1926-1961) & Toni (Verner) Stewart Bennett Guinn Parks (1935-2011). Lorri was the much-loved granddaughter of the late Henry Dewey Verner (1898-1988) & Durabelle Elizabeth Daniell (1904-1980) of Decatur, DeKalb, GA. The Verners,...
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Anita Lynn Mullins

May 18, 1964 - October 16, 2020

Anita Lynn Mullins, 56, of Taylorsville, formally of Chapmanville, West Virginia, passed away on Friday, October 16, 2020, following a period of declining health. Miss. Mullins was born in Cuyahoga, Ohio to the late Stanley Powell Mullins, and her mother Martha Jane Dingess Mullins on May 18, 1964. Anita wasn't a member at a particular church, but she was a believer of the Jehovah Witness...
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Celena Noelle "Bug" Ingalls

December 31, 2013 - October 15, 2020

Ms. Celena Noelle "Bug" Ingalls, age 6, passed away on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC Bug was born December 31, 2013, in Mecklenburg County to Celeste Ingalls of Granite Falls. From the very beginning of her life she was a true fighter, who never stopped smiling and who made life even that much more wonderful when you were around her. Our sweet Bug,...
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Ruth Swink Carswell

April 8, 1939 - October 12, 2020

Mrs. Ruth Swink Carswell, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020 at her residence. Ruth was born April 8, 1939 in Burke County to the late Lee Roy Swink and May Belle Smith Swink. She was a member at Mount Calvary Baptist Church and retired from Century Furniture. Ruth enjoyed gardening and reading. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband,...
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Larry Glynn Foxx

July 7, 1945 - October 12, 2020

Mr. Larry Glynn Foxx, 75, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Larry was born July 7, 1945, in Caldwell County to the late Doyle Foxx and Sadie Lowman Foxx. He attended Salem United Methodist Church and was a veteran of the United States Army National Guard. Larry was an avid golfer who loved all of his...
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Helen Winkler LeCain

September 24, 1930 - October 9, 2020

Helen Winkler LeCain, 90, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at CMC Blue Ridge following a period of declining health. Helen was born September 24, 1930 in Alexander County to the late Harrison Winkler Sr. and Kathleen Chadwick Winkler. Helen LeCain grew up in Lenoir where she went to Lenoir High School excelling in Art and Music. She went on to UNC then to Peabody Conservatory...
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Ida Lee Casey Ninemire

February 19, 1923 - October 9, 2020

Mrs. Ida Lee Casey Ninemire, 97, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Autumn Care Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Ida was born on February 19, 1923 in Gassville, AR to the late Andrew O. Casey and Mary Brittain Casey. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and home maker, who will be dearly missed by her family and anyone who knew...
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Aaron Joseph Hyman

December 28, 1996 - October 7, 2020

Mr. Aaron Joseph Hyman, 23, of Saw Mills, passed away on Wednesday October 7, 2020 at his residence. Aaron was born December 28, 1996 in Burke County, a son of Francis C. Hyman, IV and Tara Louise Feldman Hyman of Vale, NC. He was employed with Strickland Brothers Automotive Care Center. Surviving in addition to his parents are his companion Amanda Collins and their child, Aaron Joseph II...
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Kristy Dawn Yount

July 3, 1984 - October 7, 2020

Kristy Dawn Yount, 36, of Drexel passed away at her residence, unexpectedly. Kristy was born in Catawba county to Bobbi Yount, and Troy Yount, Jr. on July 3, 1984. Kristy worked as a manager at Petsmart and was of the Baptist Faith. Those who knew her knew her love for all animals, and her family. Preceding her death includes her grandmothers, Marlene Elrod, and Sandra Bumgarner;...
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Ronald Dean Caudill

October 14, 1938 - October 7, 2020

Mr. Ronald Dean Caudill, 81, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Dean was born on October 14, 1938 in Burke County to the late Osee Mart Caudill and Marjorie Fender Caudill. He was employed with SGL Carbon for over 32 years. Dean was also a member of Enon Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. In addition...
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Howard Steve Cooke

January 10, 1945 - October 6, 2020

Mr. Howard Steve Cooke, 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday October 6, 2020 at College Pines Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mr. Cooke was born January 10, 1945 in Catawba County, a son of the late Roy Franklin and Irene Summit Cooke. Steve was employed as an automobile salesman with 23 years of service with EZ Way Auto Sales and. along with his wife operated ...
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Christie Lynn Ethridge Holland

October 22, 1966 - October 1, 2020

Mrs. Christie Lynn Ethridge Holland, 53, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Christie was born on October 22, 1966 in Burke County to Johnny Ethridge Sr. and Linda Smart Ethridge. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker, who was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. ...
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Madeline Griffith

February 20, 1937 - October 1, 2020

Madeline Griffith, 83, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Madeline was born on February 20, 1937 in Mitchell County, in the Bradshaw Township of Poplar, to the late Troy Park Griffith and Josie Hughes Griffith. She lived in Valdese for 40 years, and worked for Alba-Waldensian for 30 years. Madeline...
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Gregory Dale Pitman

September 7, 1956 - October 1, 2020

Gregory "Dale" Pitman, 64, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020, unexpectedly. Mr. Pitman was born on September 7, 1956 in McDowell county to the late Jack and Anne Pitman. Dale worked as a delivery driver for Advance Auto parts. Those who knew Dale knew his love for hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles, and making people laugh. Surviving his death include his wife of...
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Marguerite Ann Nixon Murray

September 15, 1926 - October 1, 2020

Mrs. Marguerite Ann Nixon Murray, 94, of Hickory, N.C. passed away on Thursday October 1, 2020 at College Pines Nursing Center, Valdese, NC, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Murray was born September 15, 1926 In Highlands County, FL, a daughter of the late Norman Harold and Dorothy Payne Nixon. She retired as an office secretary for a utilities business. In addition to her...
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Larry Alvin Starnes

April 27, 1946 - September 30, 2020

Mr. Larry Alvin Starnes, 74, of George Hildebran, went to his heavenly home, on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Larry was born on April 27, 1946 in Catawba County to the late Glenn Thomas Starnes and Agnes Hildebran Starnes-Ward. He was retired from CCC &TI where he lead the automotive training curriculum. He was a veteran of the U.S....
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Howard Edward Carswell

September 28, 1946 - September 29, 2020

Mr. Howard Edward Carswell, 74, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at Charles George VA Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Howard was born September 28, 1946, in Burke County to the late Wilson Carswell and Angeline Hendrix Carswell. Howard served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed all things western, such as mules, horses,...
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James Daniel Johnson

May 3, 1988 - September 28, 2020

Mr. James Daniel Johnson, 32, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2020 at his residence. Daniel was born May 3, 1988, in Burke County to Danny Clark and Cathy Icard. He attended Christ Church on Springs Road in Hickory and enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles. James was known to be a very loving husband. James worked at Hickory Springs as a wire tech and was an outgoing, fun...
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Justin Lee Deal

September 3, 1999 - September 26, 2020

Mr. Justin Lee Deal, 21, of Hudson, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at his residence. Justin was born on September 3, 1999 in Burke County to Angie Harris Ray and the late Jeffery Deal. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death a grandmother, Martha Karen Crane. Survivors include his mother, Angie Ray, girlfriend, Olivia Ray; sister, Jessica Cody and...
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Charles Terrance Adkins

October 4, 1954 - September 25, 2020

Rev. Charles Terrance Adkins, 65, of Connelly Springs passed away Friday, September 25, 2020 at his home, following a period of declining health. Charles was born October 4, 1954 in Mitchell, County to Betty Fortner Adkins and the late Charles W. Adkins. He was a former Associate Pastor and member at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Junine Childers Adkins of the home;...
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Reba West Howell

October 29, 1932 - September 24, 2020

Mrs. Reba West Howell, 87, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday September 24, 2020 at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Mrs. Howell was born October 29, 1932 in Cherokee Co, NC, a daughter of the late Myrtle Sherrill West and Charlie Glen West. She was a former employee in the office of Drexel Furniture Co., a faithful member of United Baptist Church and enjoyed her hobby of...
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Gloria Melody Robbins

May 12, 1954 - September 24, 2020

Gloria Melody Robbins, 66, of Morganton passed away Thursday, September 24, 2020 at her home following a period of declining health. Gloria was born May 12, 1954 in Burke County to the late Douglas Robbins and Carol Stephens. She enjoyed playing music and writing songs. Gloria worked as a caregiver. Survivors include her daughter, Myrah Mayfield and husband James Mayfield; grandchildren,...
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Patricia Whetstine

March 14, 1943 - September 23, 2020

Patricia Ann Whetstine, 77, of Drexel passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at her home. Patricia was born March 4, 1943 in Washington, DC to the late Stanley Smith Patton and Ada Virginia Mountjoy Paton. She worked as a nursing assistant at the Western Carolina Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Michael Whetstine; and brother, Stanley Patton. ...
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Kathy Diane Keenan

August 18, 1956 - September 23, 2020

Kathy Diane Bostic Keenan, 64, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Kathy was born on August 18, 1956 in Daytona Beach, FL, to the late Al and Dolores Oakley Bostic. She was previously employed at Continental Teves in Morganton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Bo...
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Rita Diane Brooks

January 30, 1955 - September 22, 2020

Mrs. Rita Diane Brooks, 65, of Hickory passed away Tuesday September 22, 2020 at her home following a period of declining health. Rita was born January 30, 1955 in Richlands, VA to the late William Ferrell Bandy and Lillian Russell Bandy. She worked as a sanding inspector at Drexel Heritage Furniture. She loved her husband, children, and family. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in...
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Jimmie Lee Cannon

October 18, 1956 - September 21, 2020

Mr. Jimmie Lee Cannon, 76, of Hildebran, passed away Monday September 21, 2020 at Carolina Rehab following a period of declining health. Jim was born October 18, 1943 in Burke County to the late Lee "Poss" Cannon and Frankie Wycoff Cannon. He was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church. Jim worked for Orkin Pest Control as a district manager. In 1977 he started Cannon Exterminating, " Large...
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Michael Brandon Bivens

January 29, 1977 - September 21, 2020

Mr. Michael Brandon Bivens, 43, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020. Michael was born January 29, 1977, in Burke County to Tony Bivens and Pamela Woody Collins. He was a one of a kind guy who never met a stranger, and had too many friends to count. Everyone he came in contact with came from all different walks of life and each one meant something special to him. He is...
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Robert Lee Hildebran

July 7, 1940 - September 20, 2020

Robert Lee Hildebran, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Mr. Hildebran was born on July 7, 1940 in Burke county to the late Horace Lee Hildebran, and Mary Duvall Hildebran. Robert was a beloved farmer who worked as a farmer. In addition to his parents, Robert is preceded in death by...
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Robert Allen Carr

April 7, 1963 - September 18, 2020

Robert Allen Carr, 57, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Robert was born on April 7, 1963 in Greenville, SC to Johnny Carr and Faye Thomas Haga. Robert was a member of Longview Church of God. Mr. Carr enjoyed his time fishing, riding motorcycles, hanging out with his grandchildren, and was an avid collector. Growing up Robert...
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Marilyn Irene DuBry

September 18, 1927 - September 17, 2020

Marilyn Irene DuBry, 92, of Valdese, died Thursday, September 17, 2020, following a period of declining health. Marilyn was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 18, 1927. In addition to her parents, Velma and Frank Laster, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Cynthia Aspenns Curley. Surviving family includes: son, John DuBry and wife Linda of Valdese. Grandchildren, Kathleen Aspenns and...
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Ruby Huss Liguori

October 11, 1922 - September 16, 2020

Mrs. Ruby Huss Liguori, 97, of Valdese passed away on Wednesday September 16, 2020 at College Pines Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Liguori was born October 11, 1922 in Lincoln Co, NC, a daughter of the late John Frank and Mae Smith Huss. She was a longtime member of Valdese First United Methodist Church and retired from Alba-Waldensian, Inc. after many years of...
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Ruby Mary Huss Liguori

October 11, 1922 - September 16, 2020

Mrs. Ruby Huss Liguori, 97, of Valdese passed away on Wednesday September 16, 2020 at College Pines Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Liguori was born October 11, 1922 in Lincoln Co, NC, a daughter of the late John Frank and Mae Smith Huss. She was a longtime member of Valdese First United Methodist Church and retired from Alba-Waldensian, Inc. after many years of...
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Winfred Bryson Wilson

November 19, 1942 - September 16, 2020

Mr. Winfred Bryson "Bimp" Wilson, 77, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Winfred was born on November 19, 1942 in Burke County to the late Herman and Clara Huffman Wilson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving and stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, AK during the Vietnam War. He also worked for Duke Energy for 32...
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Travis Eugene Hildebrand

February 21, 1979 - September 15, 2020

Travis Eugene Hildebrand "Tex", 41, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Carolina Caring following a period of declining health. Travis was born February 21, 1979 in Burke County to Brenda Burns Hildebrand and the late DM "Buck" Hildebrand. He will be remembered as a beloved son, brother, and father. He will be missed. He leaves behind his mother, Brenda...
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James Jimmy Cantrell

May 12, 1962 - September 15, 2020

Mr. James "Jimmy" Burrell Cantrell, 58, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. James was born on May 12, 1962 in Burke County to the late Julian Cantrell and Betty VanHorn Cantrell. He previously attended Heritage Baptist Church and worked in the floor installation industry. He enjoyed spending time with...
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Harold Dean Dyson

July 2, 1964 - September 14, 2020

Mr. Harold Dean Dyson, 56, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at his residence. Harold was born on July 2, 1964 in Burke County to Howard Wayne Dyson and Betty Stamey Dyson. He was previously employed as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry, and had attended Warlick's Chapel United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John Walton...
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Janet Newton Goins

July 29, 1952 - September 14, 2020

Mrs. Janet Carmalita Newton Goins, 68, of Drexel, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at her residence following a period of declining health. Janet was born July 29, 1952 in Burke County to the late Martin Edison Newton and Sarah Louise Cooke Newton. She loved being at home with her family, working in her flower garden, painting, and watching the birds. In addition to her parents, she...
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Kenneth Earl Grady

August 2, 1945 - September 13, 2020

Kenneth Earl Grady, 75, of Morganton passed away Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Kenneth was born August 2, 1945 in Union, SC to the late William Grady and Jean Hogan Grady. Survivors include his son, Robert Grady and fiancé Amanda Milhorne of Connelly Springs; grandchildren, Alexis, Jacob, Jayden, and Mason; brother,...
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Silas Aaron Dale

May 21, 1928 - September 13, 2020

Silas Aaron Dale, 92, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2020. Born in Burke County, May 21, 1928, he was the son of the late Aaron McRoy Dale and Essie Shuping Dale. For many years Silas was an active member of Asheville Street Baptist Church, and he loved his church family. Silas was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a mortar platoon gunner with the 32nd Infantry...
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Arlene Abee Baker

April 20, 1933 - September 13, 2020

Mrs. Arlene Abee Baker, 87, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday September 13, 2020 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness. Mrs. Baker was born April 20, 1933 in Burke County, a daughter of the late James Produs Abee and Alberta Wilson Abee Barker. She was a faithful member of Valdese First Baptist Church, serving on the welcome committee and a member and planner of the OWLS. ...
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Jimmie Harold Smith

August 14, 1939 - September 13, 2020

Mr. Jimmie Harold Smith, 81, of Conover, passed away on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, following a period of declining health. Jimmie was born August 14, 1939, in Burke County, to the late Bedford Smith and Mary Jane Cook Smith. He served in the United States Marines Corp. Jimmie loved to tell everyone jokes and make them laugh; and he enjoyed fishing. ...
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Nancy Cannon Poteat

May 12, 1948 - September 10, 2020

Nancy Cannon Poteat, 72, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020 at CHC Blue Ridge in Morganton following a brief period of declining health. Nancy was born May 12, 1948 in Burke County to the late Preston Cannon and Lucille Hughes Cannon. She worked as a middle school teacher for thirty five years in the Burke County Public School System. She was a member of Oak Ridge...
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Carroll Gene Pritchard

August 4, 1947 - September 8, 2020

Mr. Carroll G. Pritchard, 73, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Carolina Caring Hospice House in Newton, following a period of declining health. Mr. Pritchard was born on August 4, 1947 in Burke county to the late Paul Nelson Pritchard and Virginia Crawley Pritchard. Carroll began his career at NCSD in Morganton as a counselor and later as a job placement specialist in...
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Anna Maria Derreth Leonavicius

May 25, 1933 - September 6, 2020

Mrs. Anna Maria Derreth Leonavicius, 87, of Valdese, passed away at Abernathy Laurels on Sunday, September 6, 2020, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Leonavicius was born on May 25, 1933 in Germany to the late Heinrich Derreth, and Berta Umhöfer. Anna worked in the hotel industry as a receptionist. Anna was very proud of her German heritage and incorporated that into her time spent...
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Teresa Ann Yelton Truesdale

December 6, 1960 - September 4, 2020

Teresa Ann Yelton Truesdale, 59, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Teresa was born December 6, 1960 in Burke County to the late Bobby Yelton and Barbara Jean Chaney Yelton. She worked as a crew member at McDonalds for many years, and loved all of her work family dearly. In addition to her parents,...
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Brian Alan Barnes

October 12, 1985 - September 3, 2020

Brian Alan Barnes, 34, of Morganton, passed away Thursday September 3, 2020 at his residence following a period of declining health. Brian was born on October 12, 1985 in Catawba County to Fred Barnes and Yvonne Ollis Barnes. He was in the United States Army Infantry, and a member of St. Michael's All Airborne Chapter, serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Survivors in addition...
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Edna Lee Edge Kaylor

September 9, 1929 - September 3, 2020

Edna Lee Edge Kaylor, 90, of Granite Falls, departed this life to her heavenly home, with her family by her side, on Thursday September 3, 2020 at Caldwell Hospice in Hudson following a period of declining health. Mrs. Kaylor was born on September 9, 1929 in Buncombe County to the late Thomas Lindsy Edge, Jr. and Willie Towe Edge. She worked for Drexel Heritage Furnishings for over 38 years and...
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Rhonda Lea Adams

April 17, 1962 - September 2, 2020

Mrs. Rhonda Lea Adams, 58, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Rhonda was born on April 17, 1962 in Logan County, WV to Toni Lea Pack and the late Billy Spurlock. She was previously employed as machine operator in the furniture manufacturing industry. Surviving in addition to her mother are, three children;...
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Bobbe Jean Nesbitt McKinney

August 4, 1929 - September 2, 2020

Mrs. Bobbe Jean Nesbitt McKinney, 91, of Hildebran, went to be with her Lord and Savior and also with her beloved husband of 61 years, Rev. Cecil Ray McKinney, Wednesday September 2, 2020 after a period of declining health. Mrs. McKinney was born August 4, 1929 in McDowell County a daughter of the late Wright R. and Ida Mae Willis Nesbitt. Bobbe was a member of Smarts Grove Baptist Church, and...
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Peggy Ann Kincaid Hartness

August 12, 1942 - September 1, 2020

Peggy Ann Kincaid Hartness, 78, of Wilkesboro, passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Wilkes Medical Center following a period of declining health. Peggy was born August 12, 1942 in Burke County to the late Cecil Kincaid and Emmie Connelly. Peggy loved to go to Las Vegas and walking around seeing Elvis. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Don Hartness. ...
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Helen Dianne Davis Stafford

December 29, 1943 - August 31, 2020

Helen Dianne Davis Safford, 76, of Granite Falls, passed away Monday, August 31, 2020 at Caldwell Hospice in Hudson. Mrs. Safford was born December 29, 1943 in Caldwell County to the late Wallace J. Davis and Helen Setzer Davis. She worked as a realtor for Realty World Bollinger and Associates. She was a member at Baton Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by...
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Vanh Keovongphet

March 3, 1967 - August 30, 2020

Vanh Keovongphet, 53, of Morganton passed away August 30, 2020. Survivors include her husband Duangta Sisounthone of the home; sons, Bouaphan Keovongphet and Andy Sisounthone; daughters, Allna Sisouthone and Alysa Somchanh; grandsons, Aalijah Boyce, Avin McCracken, and Jonathan Sisounthone; and granddaughter, Ariana Sisounthone. A service will be held Saturday September 5, 2020 from 1:00PM...
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David Gene Fenner

May 9, 1951 - August 29, 2020

David Gene Fenner, 69, of Connelly Springs passed away August 29, 2020. David was born May 9, 1951 in Maitland, WV to the late Robert Edgar Fenner and Mattie Richardson Fenner. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters, Jackie Lowe, Betty Pardue, and Ruby Gilbert; and brother, Jerry Fenner. Survivors include his son, Jeff Fenner of Morganton; sister, Rebecca...
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Aniceto Camacho

April 17, 1940 - August 29, 2020

Aniceto Camacho, de 80 años, de Iron Station, falleció el sábado 29 de agosto de 2020 luego de un período de deterioro de la salud en Catawba Valley Medical Center. El Sr. Camacho nació en México el 17 de abril de 1940 a los fallecidos Tomás Camacho y Juana Silva. Trabajó en tapicería con numerosas tiendas de muebles. Aniceto no era miembro de ninguna iglesia, sin embargo era un...
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Paul Gregory McKee

July 12, 1949 - August 28, 2020

Mr. Paul Gregory "Greg" McKee, 71, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Carolinas Health Care Blue Ridge in Morganton, following a battle with cancer and other complications. Greg was born on July 12, 1949 to the late Paul Hillard McKee and Colene Rector McKee in Burke County, North Carolina. Greg graduated from Drexel High School and North Carolina State University with a...
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Steve Alan Icard

October 31, 1951 - August 26, 2020

Steve Alan Icard, 68, of Burke County, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 26th, 2020 at Iredell Memorial Hospital following a period of declining health. Steve was born October 31st, 1951, he was the youngest of five children to the late John Wesley Icard and Nina Eleise Dameron Icard. He was undoubtedly his mother's pride and joy. Steve was one of a kind, held in high regards by...
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Scotty Allen Costner

November 22, 1965 - August 26, 2020

Scotty Allen Costner, 54, of Drexel, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 after a valiant and heroic battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his father, Bobby Adam Costner, who passed away on August 8, 2020; his grandparents, Tollie and Donie Costner and George and Grace Lowman, all of Drexel. Left to cherish his memory is his mother, Brenda Lowman Costner; sister, Roxanne Costner...
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Cecil Leonard "Len" Berry

December 20, 1950 - August 25, 2020

Cecil Leonard "Len" Berry, 69, of Rutherford College passed away on August 25, 2020 after a period of declining health at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke in Connelly Springs, NC. Born on December 20, 1950 in Burke County, Len was the son of Jean Berry of Rutherford College, and the late Jack Berry. He retired from Quaker Furniture and was a truck driver for many years. He loved watching...
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Wanda Gayle Coley

April 3, 1948 - August 24, 2020

Mrs. Wanda Gayle Coley, 72, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Hickory Falls Health & Rehab, following a brief illness. Wanda was born on April 3, 1948 in Stanley County, to the late John Coley and Neasie Burris Coley. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, and was a retired receptionist. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death one sister, Donna Presley. ...
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David Wayne Dameron

June 23, 1945 - August 24, 2020

David Wayne Dameron, 75, of Valdese passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. David was born June 23, 1945 in Cleveland County to the late Henry Woodrow Dameron and Ruth Frances Coon Dameron. He retired from the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center after thirty years of faithful service. He will be remembered by his family for his humor, generosity, and...
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Sandra Abernathy Heavner

May 3, 1952 - August 24, 2020

Mrs. Sandra Abernathy Heavner, 68, of Valdese passed away on Monday August 24, 2020 at Grace Hospital surrounded by her family. Sandra was born May 3, 1952 in Burke County a daughter of the late Harrison and Allie Bowman Abernathy. She was a faithful member of East Valdese Baptist Church, where she loved to sing in the choir and celebrate with her Sunday School Class. She enjoyed camping,...
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Shirley Ann Carswell

September 4, 1949 - August 24, 2020

Shirley Ann Carswell, 70, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Gateway Health and Rehab center, following a period of declining health. Shirley was born September 4, 1949 in Burke County to the late James E. Carswell and Rose Lee Jimison. She worked for many years at Broughton Hospital as a dietitian and she loved to dress up as a clown at work and make people laugh and...
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Terry Edward Stephens

January 14, 1973 - August 23, 2020

Mr. Terry Edward Stephens, 47, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday August 23, 2020 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Stephens was born January 14, 1973 in Burke County, a son of Donald Wayne and Peggy Price Stephens. He was a member of Mount Home Baptist Church, a former 20 year employee of MDI and operated his own tree service business. He was preceded in death by his...
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Freddy Gene Leger

July 22, 1934 - August 22, 2020

Freddy Gene Leger of Rutherford College passed away August 22, 2020. Freddy was born July 22, 1934 in Connelly Springs. He was the son of the late John Alfred Leger and Laura Mae Lail Leger. Freddy graduated from Valdese High School in 1952 and obtained his BS and MA degrees from Western Carolina University. He worked in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System for 33 years, serving as a...
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Floye Mildred Isaacs Bradshaw

November 2, 1932 - August 21, 2020

Mrs. Floye Mildred Isaacs Bradshaw, 87, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020 following a period of declining health at her home. Mrs. Bradshaw was born on November 2, 1932 to the late Geter Isaacs, and Lula Johnson Isaacs in Avery county. She attended Community Baptist church. She also worked at Sherrill's Furniture, where she retired. All that knew her knew she loved the Lord...
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John David Holland

April 9, 1943 - August 20, 2020

Mr. John David Holland, 77, of Morganton passed away Thursday, August 20, 2020 at his home, following a period of declining health. John was born April 9, 1943 in Burke County to the late Willard A. Holland and Edna Sprouse Holland. He was a member of Nowlings Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings, Joe Ben Holland, Jettie Causby,...
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Earlene Mayfield Butler

March 10, 1944 - August 19, 2020

Mrs. Earlene Mayfield Butler, 76, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Earlene was born on March 10, 1944 in Burke County to the late Earl Mayfield and Carrie Stamey Mayfield. She was formerly employed in the cabinet room for Henredon Furniture. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death...
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Joyce Lingle Creamer

September 15, 1947 - August 19, 2020

Mrs. Joyce Ann Lingle Creamer, 72, of Lenoir passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at CHC-Blue Ridge in Morganton. Joyce was born September 15, 1947 in Catawba County to Susan Gilliland Lingle and the late James Ferris Lingle. She was a member at Oak Ridge Baptist Church. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Jimmy Don Lingle; and infant sister, Martha Jane...
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Myrlevinea Hipps Stamey

September 12, 1938 - August 18, 2020

Mrs. Myrlevinea Hipps Stamey, 81, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday August 18, 2020 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Myrlevinea was born September 12, 1938 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Bill and Margaret Brown Hipps. She was an active member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and retired from Continental Teves. Myrlevinea also worked for College Pharmacy, Rock Drug, as...
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Betty Bumgarner Garrou

April 10, 1932 - August 17, 2020

Mrs. Betty Bumgarner Garrou, 88, lifetime resident of Valdese, passed away on Monday August 17, 2020 at Autumn Care Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Garrou was born April 10, 1932 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Ralph Willis Bumgarner and Louise Leatherman Bumgarner. She started her career as a RN at Valdese General Hospital after certification at the North...
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Sue Maxine Franklin Lowman

November 19, 1936 - August 17, 2020

Mrs. Sue Maxine Franklin Lowman, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday August 17, 2020 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House after a period of declining health. Mrs. Lowman was born November 19, 1936 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Obie and Buna Mae Franklin. She was a dedicated member Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Connelly Springs and retired from Century Furniture Co. In...
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Ann Darsell Smith

December 7, 1951 - August 16, 2020

Ann Darsell Smith, of Morganton, passed away August 16, 2020 at Magnolia Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Darsell was born in Burke County on December 7, 1951 to the late Marshall Carswell and Margie Baker Justice. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Kathy Ann King; and her husband, ...
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Jerry Clyde Bowman

June 9, 1947 - August 15, 2020

Jerry Clyde Bowman, 73, of Hickory, passed away Saturday August 15, 2020 at Carolina Rehab following a period of declining health. Services will be private. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Johnny William Hopper, Jr.

August 3, 1966 - August 14, 2020

Johnny William Hopper, Jr., 54, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 14, 2020. Johnny was born to Edna Lloyd Hopper, and late John William Hopper, Sr. on August 3, 1966 in Catawba county. Johnny graduated from East Burke High School in 1984. He was a hardworking man who took great pride in his work as a skilled carpenter. He made his family the focal point of his life and...
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Brian Allen Rector

December 12, 1985 - August 11, 2020

Mr. Brian Allen Rector, 34, of Lawndale, passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Brian was born on December 12, 1985 in Catawba County to Christopher Allen Rector and June Fredell Rector. He was employed in the construction industry. Surviving in addition to his parents, is his wife, Kayla Brumfield Rector of the home, one daughter, Aubrey, and two sisters, Ashley Henson and Megan Earwood. ...
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Pansy Mae Key

July 3, 1933 - August 11, 2020

Pansy Mae Key, 87, of Valdese passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at her home, following a period of declining health. Pansy was born July 3, 1933 in Burke County to the late Stanley Key and Dora Key Buff. She retired from Joan's Fabrics. Pansy enjoyed painting, pottery, genealogy, and gardening. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four brothers, Otis Key, William Key,...
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William Earl "Red" Franklin

June 18, 1924 - August 11, 2020

Mr. William Earl "Red" Franklin, 96, of Lenoir passed away Tuesday August 11, 2020 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital following a period of declining health. Mr. Franklin was born in Caldwell County to the late Floyd Braxton Franklin and Sarah Branch Franklin. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Valdese where he served as a deacon, usher, and was on the Building and Grounds Committee. He...
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Stella Christine Ragle

September 19, 1951 - August 9, 2020

Stella Christine Ragle born on September 19th, 1951, passed in peace on August 9th at the age of 68. Chris beloved wife, beautiful mother, maw maw for many and "GG" will be remembered as we trek across her favorite nature trails, up tall mountains and through beautiful streams. As we all sit together enjoying the outdoors or finding remote places never been seen before. She will be remembered...
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Bobby Adam Costner

February 6, 1942 - August 8, 2020

Bobby Adam Costner, 78, of Drexel passed away Saturday, August 8, 2020, at Autumn Care after a period of declining health. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Tollie and Donie Costner and inlaws George and Grace Lowman all of Drexel. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Harvey, Virgil, Elven, and Ray Costner and three sisters, Dollie Moffitt, Addie Hampton, and Modell Walker....
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Devin Ray Spake

July 15, 1997 - August 7, 2020

Mr. Devin Ray Spake, 23, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020. Devin was born July 15, 1997, in Burke County to the Jamie Spake and Rebecca Edwards. Devin loved being outdoors and spending time with his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Roger and Brenda Edwards, and Dale Spake. Surviving are his son, Jase Starnes; sisters, Savanna Edwards, Jada...
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Linda Kay Davis

September 17, 1945 - August 7, 2020

Linda Kay Brittain Davis passed away from this earth and into eternity on August 7, 2020, after a period of declining health. She is preceded in death by her husband, Don Davis, parents, Claude and Ruby Brittain, brothers, Eulan and Jerry Brittain. She is survived by two sons, Chris Davis, of Richmond, VA, and Matt Davis, and his wife, Lindy, of Granite Falls, NC, as well as two sisters, Margie...
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Myrtle Abee Lowman

April 19, 1934 - August 7, 2020

Mrs. Myrtle Abee Lowman, 86, of Connelly Springs, went to be at peace with our heavenly Father, following a 12 year battle with Alzheimer's, on Friday August 7, 2020. Myrtle was born on April 19, 1934 in Burke County to the late Rev. Ralph G. Abee Sr., and Pansy Lowman Abee. She was a loving homemaker and caregiver, who loved cooking, baking and visiting the western NC mountains, for gospel and...
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Jacalyn Diane Collins

January 19, 1954 - August 7, 2020

Jacalyn Diane Collins, 66, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care after several months of declining health. Diane was born January 19, 1954 to the late Jack E. Collins and Millicent King Collins. She was employed at Meridian, LTD. in Valdese for a total of thirteen years and Burke Yarns prior to that. She loved her...
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Billy Speigle Brittain

April 8, 1926 - August 7, 2020

Mr. Billy Speigle Brittain, 94, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020 at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke County, following a period of declining health. Billy was born April 8, 1926, in Burke County to the late Grace Otis Brittain and Fern Abernathy Brittain. He was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church and worked for the Waldensian Bakery for over fifty years. Billy left...
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Sue Benfield Shuffler

December 20, 1933 - August 6, 2020

Sue Benfield Shuffler, 86, of Valdese, died peacefully at home on Thursday, August 6, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born on December 20, 1933 to William Howard Benfield and Lottie Bumgarner Benfield Stump, the youngest of their four children. She was employed with Drexel Heritage for 43 years as a supervisor in the data entry department. She also taught continuing education at Western...
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Roger Dean Potter, Sr.

March 8, 1964 - August 6, 2020

Mr. Roger Dean Potter, Sr., 56, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Roger was born on March 8, 1964 in Watauga County to the late George M. Potter and Virginia Cooper Potter. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church and was employed as a roofer in the construction industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by...
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Sally Burns Heavner

April 21, 1931 - August 6, 2020

Mrs. Sally Burns Heavner, 89, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at College Pines Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Sally was born on April 21, 1931 in Burke County to the late Dolph Burns and Lela Lail Burns. She was a longtime member of East Valdese Baptist Church, and was a retired cafeteria worker for the Burke County Public Schools. In addition to...
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Lucille Mull Martin

November 13, 1936 - August 5, 2020

Reilda "Lucille" Mull Martin, 83, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center following a period of declining health. Lucille was born November 13, 1936 in Burke County, to the late Earl Hampton Mull and Supry Bell Chapman Mull. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Valdese and worked at Valdese Manufacturing for many years....
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Fred Lee Bolick

February 16, 1938 - August 4, 2020

Mr. Fred Lee Bolick, 82, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Fred was born on February 16, 1938 in Caldwell County to the late Marvin and Mary Killian Bolick. He retired after 30 years of service for the City of Hickory, and was a member of Wilkie's Grove Baptist Church. After retirement Fred worked for 10 years...
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Norma Jean Ross

June 6, 1947 - August 3, 2020

Norma Jean Ross of Morganton passed away Monday, August 3, 2020 at Deer Park Health of Morganton and Rehabilitation. She was born in Morganton, the daughter of Evelyn Fox Byrd and Claude L. Byrd. Norma graduated from Glen Alpine High School, class of 1965. She worked at Mimosa insurance for many years and retired from Iris Fox Insurance Agency in 2012. Mrs. Ross married Clyde Nelson Ross on...
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Paul Revere Whisnant

March 12, 1932 - August 3, 2020

Mr. Paul Revere "Pop Pop" Whisnant, 88, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020 at his home. Paul was born on March 12, 1932 in Burke County to the late Willie and Bertha Harris Whisnant. He retired from Henredon Furniture, where he worked in marketing for 44 years. He was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Morganton and attended Pleasant View Baptist Church. Paul was a...
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Kenneth Eugene Harris

December 31, 1965 - August 3, 2020

Mr. Kenneth Eugene Harris, 54, of Conover, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center following a brief battle with cancer. Kenneth was born December 31, 1965 in Burke County to Shelba Saunders Harris and the late Kenneth Houston Harris. He worked as a printing press operator for Intercontinental Corporation. Kenneth enjoyed Nascar, country music, and the...
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James Wesley Wilson

June 1, 1934 - August 2, 2020

Mr. James Wesley Wilson, 86, of Morganton, died in his sleep on Sunday, August 2, 2020. Jim was born on June 1, 1934 in Carbondale, IL to the late James Wesley Wilson Sr. and Joyce Warner Wilson. Soon after, he moved to Texas, where he resided in San Antonio, Waco and Austin. After graduation from Waco High School in 1952, he attended Texas Tech and Baylor University. In 1954, he enlisted in...
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