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Jerry Lee Hudson

April 12, 1945 - July 22, 2019

Mr. Jerry Hudson, 74, of Hildebran passed away peacefully Monday, July 22, 2019 at Cambridge House following a period of declining health. Jerry was born April 12, 1945 in Catawba County to the late Judson J. Hudson and Josephine Propst Hudson Baker. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jack Hudson and Lewis Hudson;...
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Katy Pittman Anthony

July 1, 1935 - July 22, 2019

Mrs. Katy Lucele Anthony, 84, of Drexel, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 21, 2019. Mrs. Anthony was born July 1, 1935 in Avery County to the late Ernest and Ethel Pittman. She was a member of Freedom Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ray Anthony, sister Naomi Phillips, and grandson, Josh Childs. Left to cherish her...
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Carolyn West Franklin

July 14, 1937 - July 22, 2019

Carolyn Ruth West Franklin, 82, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019, after a period of declining health. She was born July 14, 1937, in Cherokee County, NC, the daughter of Myrtle Sherrill West and Charley Glen West. Mrs. Franklin was an active member of United Baptist Church in Valdese, serving her Lord and church in many capacities. Mrs. Franklin was devoted to and sustained her...
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Patricia Ann McCall Ollis

May 3, 1938 - July 19, 2019

Patricia Ann McCall Ollis, 81, of Morganton, passed away Friday July 19, 2019 at her residence. Mrs. Ollis was born on May 3, 1938 in Transylvania County to the late Edwin Cullen McCall and Muriel Autry McCall. She was a retired maintenance technician with Southern Devices, and most recently worked at Patsy's Pretty Plants in Morganton. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her...
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Christopher Bryan Lukomski

December 14, 1977 - July 12, 2019

Mr. Christopher Bryan Lukomski, 41, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019, at his residence, following a period of declining health, due to ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Chris was born December 14, 1977, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to Pamela Thornbury Lukomski and the late Paul Chester Lukomski. He was a member at Mountain Grove Baptist Church in Granite Falls. In addition to his mother...
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Ruth Bailey Fulbright

November 29, 1925 - July 9, 2019

Mrs. Ruth Bailey Fulbright, 93, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ruth was born on November 29, 1925 in Burke County to the late Stanley Bailey and Lourah Williams Bailey. She was a lifetime member of Mount Harmony United Methodist Church and was retired from the Alba-Waldensian Inc. In...
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Wanda Jean Carswell Bolding

January 25, 1953 - July 7, 2019

Wanda Carswell Bolding, 66, of Valdese passed away Sunday, July 7, 2019 at her home surrounded by loved ones. Wanda was born January 25, 1953 in Burke County to the late Francis Warlick Carswell and David Lee Carswell. She worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Survivors include, her son, Robert Lane and partner Robert Dupuis of Valdese, and William Gantt; granddaughter, Halie; and three great...
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Pamela Renee Boughman

October 13, 1958 - July 5, 2019

Pamela Renee Boughman, 60, of Morganton passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Pamela was born October 13, 1958 in Catawba County to the late Ed Thomas Cook and Edith Mae Porter Cook. She was a member of Glory Land Baptist Church and worked in the furniture industry. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by...
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Robert Lee Bonner, Sr.

March 5, 1935 - July 2, 2019

Mr. Robert Lee Bonner, Sr., 84, of Valdese passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Robert was born March 5, 1935 in Burke County to the late Robert Bonner and Roberta Wiseman Bonner. He worked as a salesman in the textiles industry. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor Corbett. ...
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Commiedore Powell

July 4, 1959 - June 30, 2019

Mr. Commiedore Powell, 59, of Valdese passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Deer Park Health & Rehab Center in Nebo, following a period of declining health. Commiedore was born on July 4, 1959 in Burke County to the late Commiedore Powell, Sr. and Bessie May Benfield. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. at Shady Grove United Methodist Church with Rev....
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Timothy Wayne "Tim" Johnson

May 20, 1956 - June 29, 2019

Timothy "Tim" Wayne Johnson, age 63, of Connelly Springs, NC passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Tim was well known to many, having worked at Alray Tire in Valdese for 15 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hildebran, NC. He was predeceased by his mother Sydney Watts Johnson. He was the loving husband of Cindy Smith Johnson and beloved father of Eric Timothy...
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George Edward Woody

October 28, 1938 - June 27, 2019

Mr. George Edward Woody, 80, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at his residence following a period of declining health. George was born October 28, 1938, in Avery County, to the late Joe Woody and Eva Mae Franklin Woody. He was retired from Drexel Heritage where he worked for over fifty years. George built his life by being an avid woodworker. His best days were spent fishing...
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Margaret Perrou McGee

January 19, 1936 - June 26, 2019

Mrs. Margaret Perrou Lowman McGee, 83, of Valdese,passed away on Wednesday June 26, 2019 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. McGee was born January 19, 1936 in Valdese, a daughter of the late William "Bill" Perrou and Viola Setzer Perrou. She was a member of Bollingers Chapel United Methodist Church and retired as assistant treasurer, after over 43 years of service from...
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Joe Cullen Cook

October 6, 1927 - June 26, 2019

Mr. Joe Cullen Cook, 91, of Hildebran, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Cambridge House Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Joe was born on October 6, 1927 in Burke County to the late Marshall Cook and Minnie Tallent Cook. He attended Coming Home Baptist Church and was a retired band saw operator in the furniture manufacturing industry. In addition to his...
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Keysha Renae Franklin

August 26, 1992 - June 22, 2019

Ms. Keysha Renae Franklin, 26, of Gastonia, passed away on Saturday, June 22 2019 at her residence. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 5, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at High Shoals Memorial Gardens with Rev. Billy Dunigan officiating. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Franklin family.
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Sarah Alice Piercy Annas

October 30, 1936 - June 22, 2019

Mrs. Sarah Alice Piercy Annas, 82, of Morganton passed away Saturday June 22, 2019 at Grace Heights following a period of declining health. Sarah was born October 30, 1936 in Burke County, a daughter to the late Polly Piercy and Charlie Piercy. She enjoyed her job as a CNA in the restorative care program at Grace Heights until her retirement. She will be remembered as a great caregiver. In...
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Rita Aderholdt Mull

April 11, 1941 - June 21, 2019

Mrs. Rita Aderholdt Mull, 78, of Hildebran passed away Friday, June 21, 2019 at Trinity Ridge Nursing Facility following a period of declining health. Mrs. Mull was born April 11, 1941 in Catawba County to the late David Miles Aderholdt and Marie Rudisill Aderholdt. She was a member at Central Baptist Church in Hildebran and retired as a school teacher with Burke County Public Schools. In...
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Howard Lee Lail

November 4, 1958 - June 20, 2019

Mr. Howard Lee "Yuffy " Lail, Jr., 60, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday June 20, 2019. Mr. Lail was born November 4, 1958 in Burke County to Thelma Stillwell Huffman and the late John Luther Lail. He worked as a mechanic at C&L Scrap Metal. Survivors include his mother, Thelma Huffman of the home; children, Brady Lail, Haley Lail, Whitney Lail, and Danny Lail; grandchildren, Hunter...
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Curtis Howard Yancey

May 30, 1977 - June 18, 2019

Mr. Curtis Howard Yancey, 42, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Curtis was born on May 30, 1977 in Burke County to Johnny Yancey and Vickie Mull Metcalf. He was previously employed with Rutherford Electric and was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Vale. Survivors include his son, Charlie...
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Henry "Butch" Lail, Jr.

January 15, 1955 - June 17, 2019

Mr. Henry "Butch" Lail, Jr., 64, of Valdese, passed away on Monday June 17, 2019 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Lail was born January 15, 1955 in Burke County, a son of the late Henry Leon Lail, Sr. and Edith Hall Lail. Butch was employed in the retail grocery industry, working in the meat department and grocery department of Childers Market for a...
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Larry Kent Young

June 4, 1956 - June 17, 2019

Mr. Larry Kent Young, 63, of Connelly Springs passed away Monday, June 17, 2019 at his home following a period of declining health. Larry was born in Catawba County to the late Joe Calvin Young and Christine Propst Young. He was a member of Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church and worked as a truck driver. Larry was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan. His hobbies included deer hunting and drag...
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Fairy Dora Coleman McNeely

May 28, 1939 - June 15, 2019

Mrs. Fairy Dora Coleman McNeely passed away on June 15, 2019 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. She was born to Avery and Carrie Coleman on May 28, 1939. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Jethro McNeely, seven brothers; Roy, Ralph, John , Robert, Frank, Jerry, and Charlie; five sisters; Grace Deal, Sadie Harless, Cupid Beach...
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Evelyn Beatrice McGalliard Morgan

July 10, 1926 - June 13, 2019

Mrs. Evelyn Beatrice McGalliard Morgan, 92, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Autumn Care of Drexel, following a period of declining health. Evelyn was born July 10, 1926, in Burke County, to the late Lafayette McGalliard and Gertie Williams McGalliard. She was a member at Table Rock Seventh Day Adventist. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her...
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Ted Samuel Reece, Sr.

November 7, 1932 - June 12, 2019

Mr. Ted Samuel Reece, Sr.,86, of Drexel, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at his residence following a period of declining health. Ted was born on November 7, 1932 in Burke County to the late Buford T. Reece and Viola M. Lowman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in Korea, and was a retired food inspector for the USDA, working for them for over 30 years. In addition to his...
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Elizabeth Huffman "Lib" Caruso

October 27, 1935 - June 12, 2019

Mrs. Elizabeth "Lib" Caruso, 83 of Valdese, traveled from this world into the arms of God on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Lib was born on October 27, 1935 in Burke County to the late Wade and Isabelle Huffman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Samuel Page and Carlton Caruso. Lib was the baby sister of her five brothers: Guy, Albert, Roy, Wade(Jay), and Osborne...
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Harshad "Harry" Patel

September 26, 1981 - June 11, 2019

Mr. Harshad Chimanbhai Patel, 37, of Claremont passed away Tuesday June 11, 2019. A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:00 A.M., in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the Patel family.
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Leroy Robinson

May 29, 1940 - June 9, 2019

Mr. Leroy Robinson, 79, of Valdese passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Carolina's Healthcare System Blue Ridge Valdese. Leroy was born May 29, 1940 in Yancey County to the late Bristoe Robinson and Mary Whitson Robinson. He owned and operated his own insulation business, R & S Insulation. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Bristoe Robinson, Jr. and Allen...
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Marshall Lee Powell

July 23, 1931 - June 9, 2019

Mr. Marshall Lee "Bud" Powell, 87, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Marshall was born July 23, 1931, in Burke County, to the late Garlie Powell and Elsie Abee Powell. He was a great husband and father. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Tina Marie Powell Wright;...
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Horace Alexander Brown, Jr.

May 22, 1944 - June 9, 2019

Horace Alexander Brown, Jr. age 75, was born on May 22, 1944 in Morganton, NC. He was the third of six children born to Horace Alexander Brown, Sr. and Marjorie Matthews Brown. He was married for 50 years to Carol Ann Perrou Brown of Valdese. They resided for 40 years in Valdese, NC and 10 years in Granite Falls, NC. Horace graduated from Morganton High School in the class of 1962 where he was...
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Florence Costner Buchanan

May 21, 1936 - June 8, 2019

Mrs. Florence Costner Buchanan, 83, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019 at College Pines Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Florence was born May 21, 1936 in Burke County to the late Ernest Costner and Bertha Craig Costner. She was a faithful member of Abee's Chapel Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for over twenty years. In addition to her...
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Lona Mae Day

September 6, 1942 - June 8, 2019

Mrs. Lona Mae Caldwell Day, 76, of Hickory passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Carolina Caring in Newton following a period of declining health. Lona Mae was born September 6, 1942 in Catawba County to the late Perry Caldwell and Carie Edna Cook Caldwell. She worked at Sherrill Furniture and was a member of Charity Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in...
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Edward Jacob Roe

July 21, 1999 - June 5, 2019

Mr. Edward Jacob Roe, 19, of Morganton passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at his residence. Eddie was born on July 21, 1999 in Akron, OH. He was employed with Seiren North America, and also worked part time at Zaxbys as well. Eddie enjoyed comic books, video games and music in his spare time. He was a loving son, brother and friend and will missed by all who knew him. Eddie was preceded...
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Martha Jordan Franklin

October 13, 1936 - June 4, 2019

Mrs. Martha Alice Jordan Franklin, 82, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Alice was born on October 13, 1936 in Burke County to the late Jay Cook, and Rosie Lee Jordan Cook. She retired from Carolina Shoe Company, where she worked as an inspector for many years. Alice was an honorary member of the Lady Auxiliary of...
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Robert Claywell English, Sr.

May 7, 1918 - June 3, 2019

Mr. Robert Claywell English, Sr., 101, of Valdese passed away Monday, June 3, 2019 at CHC-Blue Ridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Robert was born May 7, 1918 in Burke County to the late Harriett Huskins English and William Wakefield English. He was a WWII Veteran, serving in the US Army, where he received a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat. Following his time...
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Jewel Ellen Mull Lafferty Clay

August 10, 1926 - June 2, 2019

Mrs. Jewel Ellen Mull Lafferty Clay, 92, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at McCurry Family Care, following a period of declining health. Jewel was born August 10, 1926, in Burke County, to the late Carze Alexander Mull and Alice Lefevers Mull. She was a member at Southside Baptist Church. She was the proud mother of three sons, Larry Lafferty, John Lafferty and wife Karen,...
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Linda Joyce Huffman Reece

March 19, 1942 - May 31, 2019

Mrs. Linda Joyce Huffman Reece, 77, of Hudson, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care of Hudson, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on March 19, 1942 in Burke County to the late Kermit Huffman and Bessie King Huffman. She was a longtime member of Baton Baptist Church, and was a retired CNA for Western Carolina Center, now known as J. Iverson...
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Elbert Lane

September 26, 1934 - May 24, 2019

Mr. Elbert Lane, 84, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period declining health. Elbert was born on September 26, 1934 in Burke County to the late Holden Lane and Nannie Smith Lane. He was a longtime member of Asheville St. Baptist Church, and was a retired upholsterer, working in the furniture industry for many years. Elbert also served...
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Roland Henry Carpenter

October 31, 1940 - May 23, 2019

Mr. Roland Henry Carpenter, 78, of the Longtown Community, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Autumn Care of Drexel, following an extended illness. Roland was born October 31, 1940, to the late Henry Dayton Carpenter and Allie Johnson Carpenter. He is survived by his wife, RoseAnne; daughters, Wendy Abee, and Jill Jarrell and husband Mark; grandchildren, Kaitie, R.J., Scout, and...
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Lorraine Marie Perrou Watts

January 21, 1938 - May 22, 2019

Mrs. Lorraine Marie Perrou Watts, 81, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Grace Hospital in Morganton, following a period of declining health. Lorraine was born on January 21, 1938 in Burke County to the late Emmanuel Perrou and Rose Vacca Perrou. She was a retired corporate accountant. Lorraine loved animals and was involved with many different organizations on their behalf...
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Robert Wayne Herman

May 4, 1935 - May 22, 2019

Mr. Robert Wayne Herman, 84, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Wayne was born on May 4, 1935 in Burke County, to the late Johnny Monroe Herman and Edna Hudson Herman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and had retired from Corning Cable after 36 years of service. Wayne loved to fish, travel ,and be outdoors, and he loved...
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Dennis Lee Walker

May 23, 1952 - May 22, 2019

Mr. Dennis Lee Walker, 65, of Drexel, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at his home. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Burke Memorial Park. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Carroll Phillip Knox

July 28, 1944 - May 17, 2019

Mr. Carroll Phillip Knox, 74, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday May 17, 2019 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Phillip was born on July 28, 1944 in Burke County to the late John Patrick Knox and Minnie Kiser Knox. He joined the U.S. Navy on August 11, 1965 and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the U.S.S. Chipola (AO-63) in...
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Virginia Dare Crawley Pritchard

May 6, 1931 - May 17, 2019

Mrs. Virginia Dare Crawley Pritchard, 88, of the Jamestown Rd. community and more recently Hickory Falls Health & Rehabilitation of Granite Falls, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019 She was the daughter of the late Ivey Crawley and Ora Glasco Crawley, and the widow of Paul Nelson Pritchard, who died April 17, 1993. Virginia was a dedicated lifetime member of Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church in...
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Pamela Medford Adkins

November 8, 1968 - May 16, 2019

Mrs. Pamela Medford Adkins, 50, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday May 16, 2019 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Adkins was born November 8, 1968 in New Port News, VA, a daughter of the late Jerry Wayne and Marguerite Holcombe Medford. She was formally employed in the cake decorating department of Ingles Super Market. In addition to her parents she was preceded...
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Shelby Jean Stilwell

April 14, 1937 - May 14, 2019

Mrs. Shelby Jean Wilkie Stilwell, 82, of Hildebran, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Shelby was born on April 14, 1937 in Catawba County to the late Leonard P. Wilkie and Bertha Elizabeth Wilkie. She was retired from the textile industry, where she worked as a fixer for many years at Valdese Weavers. In addition to...
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Patrick Joseph Gantt

March 7, 1948 - May 11, 2019

Mr. Patrick "Pat" Joseph Gantt, 71, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday May 11, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Pat was born March 7, 1948 in Catawba County to the late William Darnell Gantt, Sr. and Hazel Reynolds Gantt. He retired from the Burke County Sheriff's Department as a jailer and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. In addition to...
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Christopher David Banks, Jr.

October 30, 1990 - May 10, 2019

Mr. Christopher David Banks Jr., 28, of Rhodhiss, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care of Hudson, following a period of declining health. Christopher was born on October 30, 1990 in Caldwell County to Christopher Banks Sr. and Alma Sweet Banks. He was previously employed at Ace Tire Sales in Hickory. Christopher was preceded in death by his grandfather,...
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Joshua Matthew Deal

October 21, 2000 - May 9, 2019

Joshua Matthew Deal, 18, of Valdese passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019 as a result of an automobile accident. Joshua was born August 21, 2000 in Burke County to Laura Hurst Deal. He was a student at Appalachian State University. Joshua was also a member of Crosslink Church. Survivors include, his mother, Laura Hurst Deal of the home; brother, James Deal and wife Hailey of Valdese, sister,...
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William "Larry" Clark, Sr.

April 12, 1937 - May 9, 2019

Mr. William "Larry" Clark, Sr., 82, of Hickory passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Carolina Caring following a period of declining health. Larry was born April 12, 1937 in Catawba County to the late Howard Clark and Carrie Sigmon Clark. Survivors include his wife Betty Simmons Clark of the home; children, Keith Clark and wife Rosanne of Asheville, Sandie Thomas of Asheville, and William...
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Carol Ann Jackson Messer

June 26, 1938 - May 9, 2019

Mrs. Carol Ann Jackson Messer, 80, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Grace Heights, following a period of declining health. Carol was born June 26, 1938, in Duplin County, to the late John W. Jackson Sr. and Lola Mae Knowles Jackson. She is survived by her son, Harold Berry Jr. and wife Jeri; daughter, Johnna Gilliland and husband Todd; grandchildren, Stephanie Keller and...
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Thomas Russell Whray

September 29, 1967 - May 6, 2019

Rev. Thomas Russell Whray, 51, of Midland, NC entered the gates of Heaven on May 6, 2019 due to complications of ALS. Thomas worked for Cummings Diesel Recon in Charleston, SC, as a Tool and Die machinist, then on to Levington Mfg. in West Jefferson, NC where he entered the apprenticeship program and became a certified Tool & Die maker. Thomas was an ordained Deacon, Sunday School teacher,...
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Larry Dale Fowler

January 23, 1946 - May 5, 2019

Mr. Larry Dale Fowler, 73, of Morganton passed away Sunday May 5, 2019 at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville. Larry was born January 23, 1946 in Burke County to the late Clifford Alex Fowler and Louise Powell Fowler. He worked as a textiles machine mechanic and was a member of Abee's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Pat...
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Jennifer Joan Word Ross

July 14, 1945 - May 2, 2019

Jennifer Joan Word Ross, 73, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at CHS-BRHC Morganton, following a period of declining health. Jennifer was born July 14, 1945, in Jackson County, Alabama to the late James R. Word and Gladys Veal Word. She loved to tend to her roses, paint, and crafting. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her infant son, Rex Alan...
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Paul Edward Stamey

October 20, 1928 - April 30, 2019

Mr. Paul Edward Stamey, 90, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, April 30, 2019 at CHS-BRC Morganton, following a period of declining health. Paul was born on October 20, 1928 in Guilford County to the late Elijah S. Stamey and Mary A. Stamey. He was a veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. Paul also worked as a longtime mechanic and also in the construction business. In addition to...
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Elaine Pritchard Applegate

February 19, 1947 - April 29, 2019

Elaine Pritchard Applegate died 29 April 2019 in Burke County. Elaine was born in Logan, WV in 1947 to Mary and Tommy Pritchard. Her family moved back to Valdese in 1954. Elaine attended Valdese Public Schools, and graduated from VHS in 1965. She graduated from Gardner-Webb Jr. College in 1968 and Mars Hill College in 1970. She spent most of her adult life in Princeton, NJ. Since moving back to...
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Doris Day Turner

December 10, 1934 - April 28, 2019

Mrs. Doris Day Turner, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday April 28, 2019 at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Turner was born December 10, 1934 in Barbour Co. Al., a daughter of the late James Day and Ottie Mae Wilson Day Wycoff. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker. Doris along with her husband owned and operated Turner...
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Martha "Ruthie" McAlister

July 13, 1942 - April 28, 2019

Martha Ruth "Ruthie" McAlister embarks a journey to Heaven where she is gracefully embraced by God's welcoming arms with her infectious smile on Sunday, April 28, 2019 where her adorable pets also affectionately greet her along with her ardent parents and siblings. She knows she leaves a doting husband, Everette, a devoted son, Nathan, and her beloved pets much sooner than she would like to as...
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Diane Neale Savig

December 30, 1950 - April 27, 2019

Diane Neale Savig, 68, of Connelly Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at her residence. Diane was born December 30, 1950, in Avery County. She was the daughter to the late Dr. Richard C. Neale Sr. and Eva Whitehead Neale, and Peggy Gardner and Jim Rayfield. She loved to sew, make jewelry and was a rock hound. Diane never met a stranger and became new friends with many...
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Laura Gail Bradshaw Keen

April 4, 1967 - April 27, 2019

Ms. Laura Gail Bradshaw Keen, 52, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019, following a brief illness. Laura was born on April 4, 1967 in Burke County to the late Hobert and Relma Houston Bradshaw . Laura was a kind, sweet person who had a love for the pursuit of education. She was also a strong person who overcame many struggles. She was well loved and will be missed dearly...
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Joshua Erik Bathe

February 22, 1990 - April 26, 2019

Mr. Joshua Erik Bathe, 29, of Newton, pass away peacefully at home in Newton on Friday April 26, 2019, with his family by his side. Joshua was born February 22, 1990 in Knoxville, TN and was baptized in the Roman Catholic faith. Surviving are his father, Erik Bathe (Lisa Powell), sister Kristen Bathe (Joey McMahon) grandparents, Linda and Ed Francisco, Duane and Sharon Franklin, brother and...
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Kathleen Yates Franklin

August 16, 1927 - April 25, 2019

Mrs. Kathleen Yates Franklin, 91, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday April 25, 2019 at College Pines Nursing Center with her family by her side. Mrs. Franklin was born August 16, 1927 in Guilford County, NC, a daughter of the late Dewey Yates and Ruth Faye Shoe Yates Michael . She was a longtime member of Valdese First Baptist Church serving as a Sunday School Class secretary...
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Charles "Rudy" Rudisll

June 2, 1927 - April 24, 2019

Mr. Charles "Rudy" Lindburg Rudisill, 91, of Drexel, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Autumn Care Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Charles was born on June 2, 1927 in Rutherford County to the late William Guy Rudisill Sr. and Eula Burns Rudisill. He was a longtime member of Christ United Methodist Church, and veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during WW II. ...
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Marion Hill Davis

October 17, 1939 - April 24, 2019

Mrs. Marion Hale Hill Davis, 79, of Rutherford College, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Marion was born on October 17, 1939 in Stanly County to the late George H. Hill and Winnie Elizabeth Simpson Hill. She was a retired teacher, working in the Georgia State Public Education System for many years. In addition...
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Brenda Ball Ethridge

August 22, 1949 - April 24, 2019

Mrs. Brenda Ball Ethridge, 69, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday April 24, 2019 at her residence surrounded by her family. Mrs. Ethridge was born August 22, 1949 in Logan County, WV, a daughter of the late Harrison Ball and Bertha Gillispie Ball Mills. She was a member of Mount Hebron Baptist Church. Brenda was a loving homemaker and retired from the textile manufacturing industry...
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Cynthia Leverne Dale

March 28, 1955 - April 24, 2019

Mrs. Cynthia Leverne Davidson Dale , 64, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Memorial Mission Hospital, following a period of declining health. Cynthia was born on March 28, 1955 in Guilford County to the late Joe Davidson, Jr. and Jessie Upton Davidson. She was a beloved sister and will be missed dearly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her...
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Jimmy Ralph Yancey

April 26, 1943 - April 24, 2019

Mr. Jimmy Ralph Yancey, 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday April 24, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Yancey was born April 26, 1943 in Burke County, a son of the late Ralph Odell and Connie Irene Burns Yancey. He was a faithful member of The River of Life Church in Valdese and retired from Century Furniture Co as a band saw...
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James Larry Sheets

December 12, 1947 - April 23, 2019

Mr. James Larry Sheets,71, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. James was born on December 12, 1947 in Carter County, TN to the late Fred Thomas Sheets and Mary Evelyn Heaton Sheets. He was a member of Refuge Baptist Church in Hickory, and was retired from Spectrum Dyed Yarns, where he had worked for over 45...
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Ann Yancey Buff

September 12, 1945 - April 21, 2019

Mrs. Ann Yancey Buff, 73, of Hickory, passed away on Sunday April 21, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Buff was born September 12, 1945 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Roy and Myrtle McGalliard Yancey. She was a member and former pianist of Christ United Baptist Church in Longview and retired as a seamier in the textile manufacturing...
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Ruby S. Cline

December 18, 1933 - April 20, 2019

Mrs. Ruby S. Cline, 85, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ruby was born December 18, 1933, in Burke County to the late Jack Smith and Florence Causby. She was a member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Williard E. Cline; and son,...
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Eugene Edwards

March 16, 1948 - April 20, 2019

Mr. Eugene Roland Edwards, 71, of Valdese passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at residence, following a period of declining health. Eugene was born on March 16, 1948 in Guilford County to the late Charles Edwards and Gladys Yow Edwards. He was previously employed as a welder and served in the United States Army. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Bea Shickel...
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Katherine Glover Fulton

August 1, 1932 - April 18, 2019

Mrs. Katherine Glover Fulton, 86, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Katherine was born on August 1, 1932 in Warriormine, WV, to the late Chester Glover and Virginia Jackson Glover. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Hildebran and was retired from James Oxygen, where she had worked as a secretary for many years. Katherine loved working outside with her...
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Aaron Lonnie Hildebran, Jr.

December 10, 1949 - April 17, 2019

Mr. Aaron Lonnie Hildebran, Jr., 70, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, following a brief illness. Lonnie was born on December 10, 1949 in Burke County to the late Aaron L. Hildebran Sr. and Nellie Whitesides Hildebran. Lonnie was a retired supervisor with the NCDOT, a longtime member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. In addition to...
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Jerry Lee Collier

September 20, 1945 - April 17, 2019

Mr. Jerry Lee Collier, 73, of Rutherford College, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at his residence. Jerry was born on September 20, 1945 in Macon County, NC to the late William J.B. Collier and Lillie Lucille Carver. He was a retired supervisor in the furniture industry for many years, working at Crestline, Hickory Hill and McCreary Modern. He was a loving husband, father and...
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Betty Jane Houston

November 1, 1936 - April 17, 2019

Mrs. Betty Jane Houston, 82, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Betty was born on November 1, 1936 in Avery County to the late Earl Houston and Cordie Oakes. She retired from Valdese Hospital, where she worked as secretary for many years. Betty had attended the Valdese First United Methodist Church and...
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Patricia Anne "Pat" Goforth Enloe

September 30, 1943 - April 14, 2019

Mrs. Patricia Anne "Pat" Goforth Enloe, 75, of Hudson, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Pat was born September 30, 1943, in Caldwell County, to the late Woodrow Goforth and Johnsie Duncan. She was a member of Baton Baptist Church. Pat retired from Broyhill Furniture as an accountant after 43 years of service....
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Eleanor Cramer Robb

July 10, 1928 - April 14, 2019

Eleanor Cramer Robb, 90, of Morganton died at GRACE RIDGE Retirement Community on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Eleanor was born in Pittsburgh, PA on July 10, 1928, 2nd daughter of late Ivan Homer Cramer and Alice Myra Reese. Her older sister, Marion C. Baker (d. 2010) had 2 children: Paul Baker, Jr. and Alice C. Baker, both of Alabama. The family were members of the Aspinwall Methodist...
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John Thomas Stephens, Jr.

March 29, 1950 - April 13, 2019

Mr. John Thomas Stephens, Jr. , 69, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Trinity Village in Hickory, following a period of declining health. John was born on March 29, 1950 in Salzburg, Austria to the late John Thomas "Jack" Stephens, Sr. and Katie Robinson Stephens. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Christopher Matthew Stephens. Survivors...
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Betty Wycoff Honeycutt

February 10, 1943 - April 13, 2019

Mrs. Betty Wycoff Honeycutt, 76, of Valdese passed away Sunday, April 13, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 2:00PM in the Hildebran First Baptist Church Cemetery.
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Jimmy Max Pritchard

October 18, 1960 - April 13, 2019

Jimmy Max Pritchard, 58, of Morganton, passed away Saturday April 13, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Jimmy was born October 18, 1960 in Burke County to Mildred Ingram Pritchard, and the late Max Pritchard. He was a supervisor with Leviton Manufacturing, and was a member of Summit Community Church. Jimmy coached both basketball and...
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Hazel Zimmerman Bales

June 16, 1937 - April 12, 2019

Mrs. Hazel Zimmerman Bales, 81, of Drexel, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Hazel was born on June 16, 1937 in Person County, NC to the late Preston R. Zimmerman and Sarah Viola Heavner Zimmerman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Bales, one son, David Bales, two brothers,...
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Audie Luke Smith

August 31, 1985 - April 11, 2019

Mr. Audie Luke Smith, 33, of Valdese passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at CHS-BRHC Morganton, following a brief illness. Audie was born on August 31, 1985 in Burke County to Lemmie Smith and Cynthia Bacot Smith. He was previously employed as an auto mechanic. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents. Surviving in addition to his parents, are four children,...
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David Paul Henson

April 2, 1943 - April 11, 2019

Our hearts were shattered on Thursday, April 11, 2019 when a wonderful man was called home to Heaven. David Paul Henson, 76, of Morganton, NC and originally from Endicott and Newark Valley, NY , passed away on Thursday April 11, 2019. He was retired as a fuel transport truck driver and a volunteer firefighter. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lala Zimmer Henson;...
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Renia Mae Ward Sullivan

March 22, 1945 - April 9, 2019

Renia "Reba" Ward Sullivan, loving mother and grandmother, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 surrounded by the love of her family. Reba was born March 22, 1945 to the late Russell Otis Ward and Martha Emma Ward. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two of her children. She was proud of her large family of nine children, twenty two grandchildren, and...
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Paul James Miller, Jr.

December 7, 1973 - April 8, 2019

Mr. Paul James Miller Jr., 45, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2019 at his home. Paul was born December 7, 1973, in Lucas County, Ohio, to Paul James Miller Sr. and Michelle McKay Miller. Paul was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hiking, bird watching and wood working. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Cecilia Nolf, Luke Miller, Paul...
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Stewart Gordon Becktel

June 8, 1920 - April 7, 2019

Mr. Stewart Gordon Becktel, 98, of New Cumberland, PA, passed away on Sunday April 7, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, NC after a period of declining health. Mr. Becktel was born June 8, 1920 in Schuylkill County, PA a son of the late Gordon and Lottie Walker Becktel. He served his country with two tours of duty in the US Army during WW II and retired as a business...
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Janell Virginia Williams

October 1, 1987 - April 6, 2019

Janell Virginia Williams departed this life on April 6, 2019. Born October 1, 1987, she leaves behind her Mother, Sarah Louise Hamilton of Morganton, her father, David Berry of the home, one brother Saidrick Eugene Williams of Lenoir, two children of the home, Nevaeh Lashae and Christian Andre Williams, grandmother, Geneva Williams; and a host of aunties, uncles other family and friends. A...
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Jackie Sherrill

October 30, 1962 - April 5, 2019

Mr. Jackie Lee Sherrill, 56, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Carolina Caring. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Brookford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Carolina Caring 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28655. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the family.
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Ruby Mae Herman McGuire

May 28, 1935 - April 5, 2019

Mrs. Ruby Mae Herman McGuire, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ruby was born May 28, 1935, in Catawba County, to the late Edgar Herman and Emma Gilbert Herman. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Bill McGuire; sons, Gary Joe Young, Jimmy Young, Eugene...
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John Herman Chapman

December 19, 1936 - April 4, 2019

Mr. John Herman Chapman, 82, of Granite Falls, passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at his residence, following a period of declining health. John was born December 19, 1936, in Burke County, to the late Forest Chapman and Izetta Carswell Chapman. He was a member of North Catawba Baptist Church. John loved to make birdhouses and feeders for his many friends and family. He had a loving heart...
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James Vernon Smith

May 27, 1935 - April 3, 2019

Mr. James Vernon Smith, 83, of Morganton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, following a period of declining health. Vernon was born on May 27, 1935 in Burke County to the late Louis Rand Smith and Lillie Mae Carswell Smith. He was previously employed as a machinist with Rexnord Inc., and also worked as an accountant...
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Phillip Wayne Helms

October 4, 1960 - April 1, 2019

Mr. Phillip Wayne Helms, 58, of Connelly Springs passed away Monday, April 1, 2019 at his home following a period of declining health. Phillip was born October 4, 1960 in Lincoln County to the late Phillip Pinky Helms and Ruby Jane Swink. He worked as a truck driver and was a member of Friendly Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his children, Cynthia Capwell of Lawndale, Kenny Helms...
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Michael Alan Cooke

December 10, 1989 - March 31, 2019

Michael Alan Cooke, 29, of Morganton passed away Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home. Michael was born December 10, 1989 in Burke County. He worked at several retail stores including Dollar General and Mighty Dollar. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Linda Leach; cousins James Lee York and Ryan Chapman; great grandfather, Vince Cooke; aunt, Tammy Chapman; and uncle, William Chapman...
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Thelma Hicks Prather

May 8, 1924 - March 30, 2019

Mrs. Thelma Hicks Prather, 94, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Caldwell County Hospice in Hudson following a period of declining health. Thelma was born May 8, 1924 in McDowell County, WV to the late Berb Crigger and Julia Grindstaff Crigger. She was a member at Zion Rd. Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl...
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Donald Searcy, Sr.

February 13, 1930 - March 29, 2019

Mr. Donald Searcy, Sr. 89, of Valdese passed away on Friday March 29, 2019 at his residence, after a period of declining health. Donald was born February 13, 1930 in Valdese a son of the late Earl Searcy, Sr. and Mae Bumgarner Searcy. He was a graduate of Staunton Military Academy in Staunton, VA. Mr. Searcy retired from the Waldensian Bakery after thirty three years of service. He then...
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Alan Filmore Huffman

July 24, 1951 - March 27, 2019

Mr. Alan Filmore Huffman, 67, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Carolina Health Care Center - Morganton, following a period of declining health. Alan was born July 24, 1951, in Burke County to the late Millard Filmore Huffman and Elizabeth Ward. He was a member of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army National Guard. Survivors include his...
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Beulah Mae Duty Rash

August 6, 1934 - March 26, 2019

Mrs. Beulah Mae Duty Rash, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at her residence, following a brief illness. Beulah was born on August 6, 1934 in Berwind, WV to the late Muncy Duty and Octavia Roberts Duty. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Wiley Rash. Survivors include her three children, Claude Franklin Rash and wife...
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Carolyn Joan Lockee Herman

October 4, 1937 - March 25, 2019

Mrs. Carolyn Joan Lockee Herman, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 25, 2019, at her residence. Carolyn was born October 4, 1937, in Lincoln County, to the late Rev. Angus "AA" Archie Lockee and Swoney Oxentine. She was a member of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church. Carolyn loved to travel, but the destination did not matter as long as she was there with her family....
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Essie Lorene Rhoney King

February 28, 1921 - March 25, 2019

Mrs. Essie Lorene Rhoney King, 98, of Valdese passed away March 25, 2019 at her home following a period of declining health. Essie was born February 28, 1921 in Catawba County to the late Fred Rhoney and Lillie Mae Johnson Rhoney. She was owner and operator of King Hosiery Mill with her husband Clarence. She was a member of Enon Baptist Church, where she attended as long as she was able. Essie...
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Sheryl Laverne Huff Hoyle

May 4, 1971 - March 24, 2019

Mrs. Sheryl Laverne Huff Hoyle, 47, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2019, at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge - Morganton, following a period of declining health. Sheryl was born May 4, 1971 in Pippa Passes Kentucky to the late Estill Huff and Barbara Jean Martin Hollifield Huff. She was the first lady at Back to Calvary Community Church. Sheryl was a God fearing woman and the...
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Virginia Shirley Crowe Ledford

May 9, 1935 - March 24, 2019

Mrs. Virginia Shirley Crowe Ledford, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Virginia was born May 9, 1935, in Burke County to the late Homer Samuel Crowe Sr. and Katie Wilson Crowe. She loved taking trips to the beach and enjoyed working on different craft projects. In addition to her parents, she...
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