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Kimberly LeFevers Evans

December 10, 1968 - October 15, 2019

Mrs. Kimberly Leigh LeFevers Evans, 50, of Drexel, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Carolinas Healthcare-Blue Ridge of Morganton, following a period of declining health. Kim was born on December 10, 1968 in Burke County to Roy Lee LeFevers Jr. and Betty Jo Ogle. She was previously employed in the hosiery industry, and most recently worked at Ellis Hosiery. She was preceded in...
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Ayden Michael Gurley

October 2, 2019 - October 12, 2019

Ayden Michael Gurley, ten days old, passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Carolinas Medical Center. Ayden was born October 2, 2019 in Burke County to Jamie Gurley and Sophia Shutz Gurley. In addition to his parents he is survived by sister, Amelia Gurley; and grandparents, Dean and Vickie Gurley. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Flat Gap...
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Teresa Hildebran Carswell

March 13, 1968 - October 12, 2019

Mrs. Teresa Hildebran Carswell, 51, of Connelly Springs went home, to be with her Lord and Savior on October 12, 2019 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. Teresa was born March 13, 1968 in Burke County to Mr. Johnny Hildebran and Mrs. Cora Lee Greene Hildebran. Teresa will be remembered for her kind soul and sweet spirit. She loved children, and enjoyed working in the nursery and teaching Sunday...
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Dana Rondal Burns, Sr.

June 1, 1952 - October 10, 2019

Dana Rondal Burns, Sr., 67, of Hickory, passed away Thursday October 10, 2019, at his home following a period of declining health. Dana was born in Burke County, NC, to the late Homer Roosevelt Burns and Christeen Rogers Burns. He was a very generous man, often giving groceries to families in need, from his store. He loved the Lord, and was thankful for the many blessings he received. He will...
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Brian Keith Newton

September 5, 1958 - October 10, 2019

Mr. Brian Keith Newton, 61, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday October 10, 2019 at CMC-Main in Charlotte after a brief illness. Mr. Newton was born September 5, 1958 in Burke County a son of Billy Ray Newton and Jean Nichols . Brian was formally employed as a supervisor with Morganton Dyeing and Finishing and Rexnoid, Inc. He was a loving son, father and loved anything to do with the...
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Craig Steven Callaway

February 1, 1959 - October 9, 2019

Craig Steven Callaway (Tuna), age 60, passed away at his North Carolina home on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Craig was born on February 1, 1959 in Alexandria, Virginia to the late Kenneth Albert and Constance Marie Callaway (Morone). Craig is survived by his beloved wife, Mari Tolhurst Callway, siblings Joseph Callaway (Fanny), Margaret "Dee" Stutzman (Curtis), Jeffrey Callaway (Cindi); ...
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Ruby Viola Vess

April 21, 1924 - October 9, 2019

Mrs. Ruby Viola Vess Long, 95, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Carolina Rehab and Nursing, following a period of declining health. Ruby was born on April 21, 1924 in McDowell County to the late Peter Vess and Nora Dalton Vess. She was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory, and worked for many years in textiles and retail sales. Ruby was a beloved wife,...
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Helen Patton Edgins

January 3, 1940 - October 8, 2019

Helen Patton Smith Edgins, age 79, departed this life to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Carolina Caring Hospice in Newton, with her loving husband Jimmy and her children by her side. Helen, daughter of the late Horace Graham and Florence Reed Patton, was born in Burke County. She worked for many years at Carolina Shoe in Morganton. She grew up on a farm in the Dysartsville...
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Elizabeth T. "Libby" Cooper

October 6, 2019

Elizabeth T. "Libby" Cooper, 75, of Valdese passed away on Sunday, October 6 after a brief illness. Born in Valdese, she was the daughter of the late Oliver and Ophelia Teague. She was preceded in death by her husband Hoyte Cooper and her sister Judy Gibbons. She is survived by daughter Kristy Hodges and husband Andy, son Chip Cooper, daughter in law Denise Cooper, and daughter Julie...
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Margie Ogle Hipps

September 2, 1927 - October 6, 2019

Margie Ogle Hipps, 92, of Valdese passed away Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Abernethy Laurels Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Margie was born September 2, 1927 in Burke County to the late Earnest Ervin Ogle and Mary McGalliard Ogle. She was a member at Abee's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband James Marvin Hipps;...
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Norma Annas

January 1, 1939 - October 2, 2019

Mrs. Norma Epley Annas, 80, of Rutherford College, went to receive her Heavenly Reward on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Annas was the first born child of the year in Burke County, being born on January 1, 1939. She was the daughter of the late Louis and Kitty Anderskow Epley. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and a former member of Valdese...
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Katherine "Kitty" Laura Glazebrook Reep

April 28, 1929 - September 30, 2019

Mrs. Katherine Laura "Kitty" Glazebrook Reep, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday, September 30, 2019, at her residence following a period of declining health. Kitty was born April 28, 1929, in Burke County, to the late William Glazebrook and Agnes Christmas Glazebrook. She attended Lakeview Baptist Church. Kitty was an excellent cook and enjoyed life to the fullest. In addition to...
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Kenneth Lee Rector

November 19, 1956 - September 30, 2019

Mr. Kenneth Lee Rector, 62, of Valdese passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Kenneth was born November 19, 1956, in Burke County, to the late Lee E. Rector and Viola Hull Rector. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Rutherford College and a big fan of Nascar. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in...
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Billy Homer Gibbs

March 24, 1936 - September 26, 2019

Billy Homer Gibbs, 83, of Valdese passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Billy was born March 24, 1936 in Burke County to the late James Pinkney Gibbs and Hattie Duckworth Gibbs. He retired from the military, after twenty years serving in the U.S. Air Force and after another twenty years, retired from the State Department of Corrections. He enjoyed working...
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Lisa Anne Suddreth Dale

February 17, 1957 - September 26, 2019

Lisa Anne Suddreth Dale, age 62 of Morganton, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on September 26, 2019. She was born on February 17, 1957, on a snowy Sunday, to the late John Lloyd Suddreth, and surviving, Eunice Mae Clark Suddreth, as the first of four daughters to the couple. Lisa had a great sense of humor and led an active, fun filled life- just like her Daddy. She was also the first...
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Thomas Francis Appleba

December 27, 1946 - September 25, 2019

Rev. Thomas Francis Appleba, 72, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at his residence following a period of declining health. Thomas was born December 27, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, to the late William Albert Appleba and Margaret Quinn Appleba. He was retired from the United States Army and served in Vietnam. Thomas was a children's evangelist, serving as Sparkles the Clown...
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Ronald Jack Pritchard

November 4, 1948 - September 24, 2019

Ronald Jack Pritchard, age 70 of Valdese, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, after an extended stay at Grace Hospital. Ronnie was born on November 4, 1948 in Burke County to the late Jack Williams Pritchard and Ethel Fox Pritchard. He was retired from Catawba Valley Community College, where he taught upholstery for 28 years. Ronnie was a good neighbor and...
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Bernard Earl White

May 19, 1937 - September 24, 2019

Mr. Bernard Earl White, 82, of Drexel, passed away on Tuesday September 24, 2019 at Grace Hospital Morganton after a period of declining health. Mr. White was born May 19, 1937 in Logan, WV, a son of the late Mason Z. and Molly Burgess White. He was retired as a machinist at Milwaukee Tool and a member of Victory Freewill Baptist Church in Pecks Mill, WV. While living in Drexel he...
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Roy Max Nations

May 6, 1943 - September 21, 2019

Mr. Roy Max Nations, 76, of Connelly Springs Community, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, September 21, 2019. Max was born on May 6, 1943 in Swain County, the son of the late Reverend Clyde Nations Sr. and Bertha Cochran Nations. He was retired from Drexel Heritage where he worked as a supervisor for many years. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Geraldine Gregory and Yvonne Ammons...
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Lena Dale Smith

May 29, 1935 - September 19, 2019

Mrs. Lena Dale Smith, 84, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday September 19, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Smith was born May 29, 1935 in McDowell County, a daughter of the late Russell Alexander and Minnie Crawley Dale. She was a member of Cross Link Church and retired as a ward secretary from Valdese General Hospital . ...
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Peggy June King

October 30, 1942 - September 17, 2019

Peggy J. Grindstaff King, 76, of Icard, NC, went to her heavenly home to meet her Savior and loved ones on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. She was born in Bandana, Mitchell County, NC to the late Kenneth C. Robinson and Azalene M. Robinson. She was married to the late James H. King. She leaves here temporarily a son, Leon King and wife Kim of Hildebran, and a daughter, Millie King of Valdese. She...
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Louie Dean Ward

May 4, 1943 - September 16, 2019

Mr. Louie Dean Ward, 76, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019 at his residence following a period of declining health. Louie was born May 4, 1943, Avery County to the late Howard Ward and Virginia Ward. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by son, Larry Shane McKinney; brothers, Melvin Ward, Raymond Ward, and Alfred Ward; and sisters, Ruth Lusk and Nola...
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Kandi Sipe Murphy

November 4, 1961 - September 15, 2019

Mrs. Kandi Leigh Sipe Murphy, 57, of Collettsville, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Carolinas Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Kandi was born November 4, 1961 in Burke County to the Fannie Gaye Evans Sipe and the late Robert Lee Sipe. She worked as a Deputy Clerk of Court for Caldwell County. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of...
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Jerry Lee Burleson

January 5, 1940 - September 13, 2019

Jerry Lee Burleson, 79, of Morganton went to his heavenly home following a battle with Alzheimer's on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. Jerry was born January 5, 1940 in Mitchell County to the late Kate Carpenter Burleson and Ernest Burleson. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Morganton for over forty years, where he served as a Deacon. Jerry enjoyed...
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Frank Ransom Lutz

August 2, 1927 - September 12, 2019

Mr. Frank R. Lutz, 92, of Valdese, went home to be with his Heavenly Father and wife Bonnie on Thursday September 12, 2019 at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. Mr. Lutz was born August 2, 1927 in Burke County, a son of the late Edgar and Mary Pascal Lutz. Frank was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. and after retirement he worked at Food Lion in Valdese...
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Danita Glazebrook Dellinger

February 14, 1968 - September 10, 2019

Mrs. Danita Glazebrook Dellinger, 51, of Lenoir went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Carolina Health Care Blue Ridge in Valdese. Danita was born February 14, 1968 in Chehalis, Washington. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Drexel. Survivors include, her husband, Mark Dellinger of the home; children, Kristie Ogle and husband Jarrod of Drexel, Tyrin Cobb of...
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Hubert P. Young

July 2, 1935 - September 8, 2019

Mr. Hubert P. Young, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday September 8, 2019 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Young was born July 2, 1935 in Burke County, a son of the late William McKinnley and Ollie Lindsay Young. He was a member of Icard Church of God and self employed farmer. Hubert was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a hard...
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Aithes Denver "A.D." Lowman

July 25, 1927 - September 7, 2019

Aithes Denver "A.D." Lowman, SCPO, US Navy Ret., 92, of Horton Lane, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital in Ahoskie. Mr. Lowman was born in Burke County on July 25, 1927, and was the son of the late Alvin Lester and Annie Mae Lowman. A retired Senior Chief Petty Officer, he served for thirty years in the United States Navy, and was a veteran of: World...
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Lura Ann Strange Turner

October 8, 1944 - September 6, 2019

Lura Ann Strange Turner, 74 of Rutherford College, NC joined our Heavenly Father on September 6, 2019. Ann was born on October 8, 1944 in La Crosse, Va to the late Mary Margaret Campbell Strange and Thomas Edward Strange. She was retired from Western Piedmont Community College Continuing Education Department where she loved working. She gained lifelong friendships there that touched her...
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Dwight Ransom Spann

December 15, 1942 - September 5, 2019

Mr. Dwight Ranson Spann, 76, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Dwight was born on December 15, 1942 in Burke County to the late Raymond Spann and Junie Brittain Spann. He was owner and operator of his own mobile home moving business and was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. In addition...
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Betty Ruth Setzer

December 31, 1925 - September 3, 2019

Betty Ruth Janowick Setzer, 93, of Connelly Springs, peacefully passed away at College Pines Nursing Center on Tuesday September 3, 2019. Born in Birmingham, AL on December 31, 1925 to the late Gertrude Locke Janowick and Albert Lewis Janowick, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Lee Setzer in 1995. After growing up in Alabama, Betty moved to NC after her marriage. She retired from...
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Mark Kevin Bridges

November 13, 1969 - September 2, 2019

Mr. Mark Kevin Bridges, 49, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019 at his residence. Mark was born on November 13, 1969 in Burke County to Ruth Stephens Bridges and the late Maurice Bridges. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Morganton and was formerly employed as a computer programmer in the web design industry. Mark was an accomplished self taught musician, who...
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Ellen Michelle Lewis

July 26, 1961 - August 29, 2019

Ellen Michelle Lewis, 56, of Lenoir passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. A funeral service will be held 2:00PM Monday September 9, 2019 in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Lenoir. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Monday from 1:00PM to 2:00PM at Heritage Funeral Service.
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Linda Diane Chester

December 12, 1951 - August 29, 2019

Mrs. Linda Diane Chester, 67, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on December 12, 1951 in Lakeworth, FL to the late Marie Croteau Johnson. She was a retired Lieutenant, working at the Burke Catawba District Confinement Facility. Surviving are her two children, Jonathan Chester of...
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Shirley Smith Childres

September 15, 1932 - August 29, 2019

Mrs. Shirley Jean Smith Childres, 86, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Shirley was born on September 15, 1932 in Burke County to the late Earl Austin Smith and Elma Singleton Smith. She was a longtime member of Crosslink Church and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother...
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Joanne Maxwell Pendergrass

September 30, 1947 - August 27, 2019

Joanne Maxwell Pendergrass passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Born on September 30, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Pendergrass and Wilma Owens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Kay Pendergrass. She is survived by one brother, Steve Pendergrass and wife Betty; and sisters, Jane Hawkins and Melissa Womick and husband Jerry. Also...
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Mary Greene Tallent

May 10, 1936 - August 26, 2019

Mary Annabelle Greene Tallent, 83, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte. Mary was born May 10, 1936, in Burke County, to the late Glenn Greene and Mae Patton Greene. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Mary enjoyed quilting and crocheting. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Tallent;...
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Lori Helton Bowman

December 5, 1972 - August 26, 2019

Following a courageous battle, Mrs. Lori Helton Bowman, 46, of Hickory went home to sing in her Lord's choir on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Carolina Caring following a period of declining health. Lori was born December 5, 1972 in Catawba County to Mr. Dwight Helton, Jr. and the late Mrs. Cathy Garmon Helton. She was a member at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, J....
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Pollie Jane Wyatt

April 4, 1927 - August 25, 2019

Polly Jenkins Wyatt , 90, of Valdese passed away peacefully in her home on August 25th . A private family viewing will be held at 10am Tuesday, August 27th at Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory.
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Howard Dale Mull

March 1, 1935 - August 25, 2019

Mr. Howard Dale Mull, 84, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Carolinas Health Care System-Blueridge. Dale was born March 1, 1935, in Burke County, to the late Dwight Mull and Dorothy Ogle Mull. He was a faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church in Drexel. Dale worked at Drexel Heritage Furniture for forty-four years. He loved to watch Atlanta Braves baseball and UNC...
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Katherine Austin Ingle

January 16, 1936 - August 25, 2019

Mrs. Katherine Austin Ingle, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Katherine was born on January 16, 1936 in Lincoln County to the late Grover Austin and Leecie Ellis Austin. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother through the years and will be greatly missed by all who...
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Betty Lou Gardner Brittain

August 3, 1934 - August 23, 2019

Mrs. Betty Lou Gardner Brittain, 85, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, August 23, 2019 at her residence, following a period of declining health. She was surrounded by her loved ones. Betty was born August 3, 1934, in Yancey County, to the late William Gardner and Dora Woody Gardner. She was a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church. She was a beloved homemaker and quilter. In addition to her...
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Linda Marie Poulter

January 29, 1962 - August 21, 2019

Linda Marie Poulter, 57, of Connelly Springs passed away Wednesday August 21, 2019 at Carolina Rehab following a period of declining health. Linda was born January 29, 1962 in Cumberland County to the late Frank Daniel Miller and Georgia Ann Pearson Richardson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ruben Poulter. Survivors include, her children, Michael Poulter...
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Linda Spencer Lindsay

January 17, 1941 - August 21, 2019

Mrs. Linda Spencer Lindsay, 78, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday August 21, 2019 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Lindsay was born January 17, 1941 in Burke County, a daughter of the late William Lafayette and Zelda Lowman Spencer. Linda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and was a faithful member of Bible Baptist Church. She was a member of...
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Alan David Lowman

July 10, 1945 - August 21, 2019

Mr. Alan David Lowman, 74, of Lenoir, passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at his residence, following a brief illness. Alan was born on July 10, 1945 in Burke County to the late Loy Edward Lowman and Pearl Stilwell Lowman. He was a member of Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church and was previously employed in the construction business. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death...
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Janet Canipe Rhoney

October 10, 1947 - August 17, 2019

Mrs. Janet Canipe Rhoney, 71, of Connelly Springs passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019 at her home following a period of declining health. Janet was born October 10, 1947 in Lincoln County to the late Grady Lee Canipe and Arlee Wilson Canipe. Survivors include her husband Larry Rhoney of the home; daughter, Cathy McFalls and husband Blaine of Iron Station; grandchildren, Cayden McFalls and...
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Enes Pons Durand

January 2, 1920 - August 16, 2019

Enes Pons Durand, 99, passed away peacefully on August 16, 2019, at Trinity View Retirement Center of Asheville, where she spent her latest years. She was born in Italy. Her family migrated to New York where she was raised and educated. After marriage to Rene (Ray) Durand, they made their home in Hackensack, NJ. Years later, they moved to Valdese, NC, where she was active in her church and...
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John Henry Truesdale

January 26, 1938 - August 16, 2019

Mr. John Henry Truesdale was born in South Carolina on January 26, 1938. He was raised in the Carolina hills by his parents, Henry and Litener Truesdale. He had one precious sister, Betty Ruth Truesdale, who passed away when she was four years old. John grew up with a passion for music and since he already possessed a natural talent for singing, he taught himself to play guitar and formed the...
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Harper Grace Page

June 26, 2014 - August 15, 2019

Miss Harper Grace Page, 5, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Duke University Hospital due to pulmonary hypertension . Harper was born June 26, 2014 in Burke County. She loved life and was a ray of sunshine to all those she knew. Harper enjoyed dancing. She took classes at the Debbie Huffman Dance Academy. She was her Mom's whole world and fought so hard to live. She...
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Fannie Smith Roberts

December 2, 1945 - August 15, 2019

Mrs. Fannie Smith Roberts, 73, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at her residence. Fannie was born December 2, 1945 in Burke County, to the late Jack Smith and Florence Causby Smith. She was a loving member at Winkler's Grove Baptist Church. Fannie was a loving mom, who loved to ride with the top down in her convertible listening to Elvis. In addition to her parents, she...
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Baysel Jones Knox

August 27, 1936 - August 15, 2019

Baysel Jones Knox, 82, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday August 15, 2019 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Mr. Knox was born on August 27, 1936 in Caldwell County to the late Burl Knox and Toye Herman Knox. He was a United States Marine, and retired from Florida Power and Light. He was founder, owner and operator of B & B Food Store opening on April 1, 1977. Baysel was a member of the...
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Reba Beaver Barnes

August 30, 1930 - August 14, 2019

Reba Beaver Barnes, 88, of Connelly Springs, passed away Wednesday August 14, 2019 at her residence following a brief illness. Mrs. Barnes was born on August 30, 1930 in Cherokee County to the late Mont Beaver and Madge Adams Beaver Vernon. She was a retired nurse with Western Carolina Center (now J. Iverson Riddle Development Center) and was a member of Rutherford College First Baptist Church....
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Jo Anne Mace Carlton

November 27, 1952 - August 13, 2019

Mrs. Jo Anne Mace Carlton, 66, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at her residence following a period of declining health. Anne was born November 27, 1952 in Burke County to the late Javan Mace and Bedie Lail Mace. She was a member at Hopewell Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of twenty-seven years, Charles Bennie Carlton of the home; sons, Travis Butler and...
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Jane Byrd Carswell

July 24, 1948 - August 11, 2019

Mrs. Jane Byrd Carswell, 71, of Drexel passesed away on Sunday August 11, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, after a brief illness. Mrs. Carswell was born July 24, 1948 in Burke County, a daughter of the late John Byrd and Mary Brittain Byrd Bradshaw. She was a member of Valdese First Baptist Church and retired the Dean of Business from Western Piedmont Community College. Surviving are...
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Charles Alvin Morgan, Sr.

November 16, 1953 - August 11, 2019

Mr. Charles Alvin Morgan, Sr., 65, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday August 11, 2019 at Grace Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Morgan was born November 16, 1953 in Rutherford County, a son of the late Charles Edgar and Maggie Stamey Morgan. He was a member of Rising Church in Morganton and employed as Co-owner and operator of Morgan and Son Auto Machine Shop. In addition to his parents...
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William Boyd Greer

October 20, 1948 - August 11, 2019

Mr. William Boyd Greer, 70, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation following a period of declining health. William was born October 20, 1948 in Madison County to the late William Grady Greer and Elizabeth Ramsey Greer. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam and retired from Western Youth Correctional Institution as a...
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Preacher Harold Lee Kanupp

March 27, 1933 - August 11, 2019

Preacher Harold Lee Kanupp, with eyes fixed on heaven, made his triumphant transition to be with our Savior Sunday August 11, 2019. Throughout his life, he served his family, his country, but most importantly his Heavenly Father. Regarded as a "simple man", he touched lives of many people throughout his ministry and willingness to help others. He was selfless, lived to please God and tried to...
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Mary Sue "Dolly" Cook

September 29, 1944 - August 10, 2019

Mary Sue "Dolly" Smart Cook of Valdese; beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and aunt; passed away August 10, 2019 following a period of declining health. Mary was born September 29, 1944 in Burke County, a daughter to the late Rev. John and Ethel Powell Smart. She enjoyed traveling, arts and crafts, and was a member of the Burke County Quilting Guild. She worked at Alba...
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Lois Harmon Church

July 17, 1935 - August 10, 2019

Mrs. Lois Harmon Church, 84 of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully on Saturday August 10, 2019. Mrs. Church was born July 17, 1935 in Avery County, a daughter of the late Floyd and Blanche McGuire Harmon. She was of the Baptist faith and formally employed as a knitter with Alba-Waldensian and Burke Yarns. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Chester...
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Frances St. John Harmon

July 31, 1943 - August 7, 2019

Mrs. Frances St. John Harmon, 76, of Drexel, passed away on Wednesday August 7, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Harmon was born July 31, 1943 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Frank Jesse and Helen Painter St John. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker and retired as a healthcare tech. In...
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Donna Jo Williams

July 23, 1968 - August 7, 2019

Donna Jo Williams, 51, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Donna was born on July 23, 1968 in Burke County to Betty Swink Coffey and the late Joe Fredrick Williams. She had previously worked for Spectrum Dye and Yarns and most recently served as a loving mother and homemaker for her family. Survivors include her two...
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Robenia "Tiny" Brawley Deal

October 15, 1944 - August 7, 2019

Mrs. Robenia Brawley "Tiny" Deal, 74, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Wednesday August 7, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Deal was born October 15, 1944 in Catawba County a daughter of the late Charles and Ruth Huffman Brawley. She was a faithful member and former choir member of Grace Baptist Church, Morganton, and...
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Genesis Nevaeh Offenbacker

August 6, 2019 - August 6, 2019

Genesis Nevaeh Offenbacker, infant daughter of Juana Diego-Pascual and Daniel Lee Offenbacker, passed away August 6, 2019 at CHC-BR Morganton. A graveside service will be held 10:00AM Monday, August 12, 2019 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Morganton.
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Larry Gene Hastings

December 13, 1948 - August 6, 2019

Mr. Larry Gene Hasting, 70, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at his residence, following a brief illness. Larry was born on December 13, 1948 in Cleveland County to the late Rev. Buren Hastings and Muriel Spake Hastings. He was a retired truck driver, and most recently served as a driver and caretaker for autistic children In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
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Shelby Jean Gouge Seagraves

June 12, 1946 - August 5, 2019

Mrs. Shelby Jean Gouge Seagraves, 73, of Drexel, passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019, at her home, following a period of declining health. Shelby was born, June 12, 1946 in Yancey County to the late John Gouge and Mary Hughes Gouge. She attended Lakeview Baptist Church. Shelby enjoyed going to the beach and fishing and going to Cherokee; but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her...
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Gloria Dianne Williams

October 22, 1936 - August 5, 2019

Ms. Gloria Dianne Williams, 82, of Valdese, was an "Angel in training" that gained her wings on Monday, August 5, 2019, at Autumn Care of Drexel, following a period of declining health. Gloria was born October 22, 1936 in Mecklenburg County, to the late Richard McNeil Williams and Sarah Griffin Williams. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Morganton. In...
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Nolan Eddie Wilson

November 20, 1945 - August 4, 2019

Mr. Nolan Eddie Wilson, 73, of Icard passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a brief illness. Nolan was born November 20, 1945 in Catawba County to the late Otis Dale Wilson and Juanita Mull Wilson. He graduated from Hildebran High School in 1964 and continued his education at Lenoir Rhyne University where he graduated in 1968. He retired from Hickory...
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James Charles Malone

January 23, 1940 - August 3, 2019

James "Jim" Charles Malone, PhD, 79, of Morganton passed away Saturday August 3, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. Jim was born January 23, 1940 in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin to the late Franklin P. Malone and Helen Ward Malone. He attended Culver Military Academy, Vanderbilt University, where he received his Bachelors and Masters Degree; and the University of Oklahoma, where he received...
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Ruby Lowman Young

November 11, 1929 - August 3, 2019

On Saturday August 3, 2019 Ruby Lowman Young was met by her loving husband and daughter in Heaven. Ruby was born November 11, 1929 in Catawba County to the late Dorse Lee Lowman and Maude Anne Cloninger. Ruby was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a seamstress, sewing clothes for her family; and will be remembered as a wonderful homemaker. Ruby co-authored a book...
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Yvonne "Bonnie" Hogan Taylor

September 23, 1931 - July 31, 2019

Mrs. Yvonne "Bonnie" Hogan Taylor, 87, of Hildebran, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Yvonne was born on September 23, 1931 in Burke County to the late Howard Richard Hogan and Henrietta Ribet Hogan. She was a member of the Hildebran United Methodist Church and was a retired inspector with Alba-Waldensian Inc. In...
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Herbert Eugene Stamey

July 29, 1935 - July 31, 2019

Mr. Herbert Eugene Stamey, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at BRHC-Morganton, following a period of declining health. Herbert was born July 29, 1935, in Burke County to the late John Walton Stamey and Delphia Lowman Stamey. He was a truck driver for the Waldensian Bakery for forty-seven years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife,...
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Rev. Brenda Plemmons Dove

May 21, 1949 - July 31, 2019

Rev. Brenda Miles Plemmons Dove, 70, of Granite Falls, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care of Hudson, following a period of declining health. Brenda was born on May 21, 1949 in Buncombe County to the late Dewey Miles Plemmons and Leta Chandler Plemmons. She was a devoted member of the Longview Church of God. Brenda was known as "Momma" to everyone she...
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Maston Samuel Parham

July 30, 2019

Maston Samuel Parham, Jr. (Buddy) 75, of Linville, died Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at his home. He was born in Gaston County, NC the son of the late Major General Maston Samuel Parham, Sr. and Gwendolyn Sue Parham. Buddy started his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University and finished at Pfeiffer University after returning home from the Army where he voluntarily joined as an MP and spent...
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Charlie Lee Childers

July 30, 2019

Charlie Lee Childers, Jr. , 77, passed away July 30, 2019 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He was the son of the late Charlie L. Childers, Sr. and Bertha Laws Childers of Taylorsville. Survivors include his sisters, Linda Hatton of Taylorsville, Ruth Johnson of Louisiana, Rosie Fox of Conover; 5 brothers, Kelly Childers (deceased) of Taylorsville, Raymond Hall Childers of Taylorsville, Roger...
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Dorinda Joy Deal

August 18, 1978 - July 30, 2019

Dorinda Joy Deal, 40, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly Home on Tuesday July 30, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese. Joy was born August 18, 1978 in Burke County, a daughter of Paul and Robenia "Tiny" Brawley Deal. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the church services. Joy attended Hillcrest, Liberty and Freedom High School. She may have...
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Patricia Stiles Miller

February 5, 1951 - July 25, 2019

Mrs. Patricia Stiles Miller, 68, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at Grace Heights Health and Rehab Center, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Patricia was born February 5, 1951, in Mecklenburg County to the late D.C. Stiles Jr. and Edwyna Russell Stiles. She grew up in Greensboro, NC and was a 1969 graduate of Page High School. Patricia moved to Morganton in the mid...
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Jimmie Curtis Sain

May 1, 1949 - July 25, 2019

Mr. Jimmie Curtis Sain, 70, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Autumn Care of Drexel, following a period of declining health. Jimmie was born May 1, 1949, in Burke County, to the late Conley Sain and Margaret Fox Sain. Jimmie was an auto mechanic for over thirty years and loved anything to do with racing. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved deer hunting. Jimmie was a jack of...
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Shirley Puckett Kincaid

March 29, 1935 - July 24, 2019

Shirley Puckett Kincaid, 84, of Morganton, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday July 24, 2019. Born in Burke County on March 29, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Albert Lee "Buddy" Puckett and Estelle Mull Puckett. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Shirley was a very caring and giving person, and always thought of others before herself. She...
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William David Heafner, Sr.

January 2, 1941 - July 24, 2019

Mr. William David "Bill" Heafner, Sr., 78, of Lincolnton passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019 surrounded by his family at his home, following a period of declining health. Bill was born January 2, 1941 in Lincoln County to the late John Wray Heafner and Corine Huss Heafner. He worked as a dispatcher for Carolina Freight for twenty eight years. Bill was a member of Bethphage Lutheran Church. ...
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Clara Poole Stroupe

December 2, 1941 - July 24, 2019

Mrs. Clara Mae Poole Stroupe, 77, of Rutherford College, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at her residence, following a brief illness. Clara was born on December 2, 1941 in Ashe County to the late Dillon Arthur Poole and Clyde Howell Poole. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and served as a homemaker for her entire family. Survivors include her husband,...
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Raymond Ray Burns

September 4, 1929 - July 23, 2019

Mr. Raymond "Ray" Burns, 89, of Drexel passed away Tuesday July 23, 2019 at Carolina Caring following a period of declining health. Ray was born, September 4, 1929 in Morganton County to the late Martin Luther Burns and Maybell Harris Burns. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Korean War, and worked as an Air Traffic Controller. In addition to his parents he was preceded...
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Crystal Mosteller Heien

March 13, 1959 - July 22, 2019

Mrs. Crystal Mosteller Heien, 60, of Connelly Springs, entered God's Glory on Monday, July 22, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Crystal was born on March 13, 1959 in Catawba County to the late Gary Mosteller and Marie Walsh Mosteller. She was loving wife, mother and homemaker, and was a member of Warlick's Baptist Church. Crystal was always active within the church, working...
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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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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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Katy Pittman Anthony

July 1, 1935 - July 21, 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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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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