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Charles Arthur Parlier

October 1, 1946 - July 9, 2020

Mr. Charles Arthur Parlier, 73, of Morganton, went Home to be with his Heavenly Father, Thursday, July 9, 2020 at his residence following a period of declining health. Mr. Parlier was born on October 1, 1946 in Avery County to the late Virgil Parlier and Lounette Cook. Charles was a faithful member of Mt. Home Baptist Church, and retired from Broughton Hospital as a Healthcare Technician. He...
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Bobby Dean Bailey

June 19, 1956 - July 9, 2020

Mr. Bobby Dean Bailey, 64, of Valdese passed away Thursday, July 9, 2020 at his home following a period of declining health. A graveside service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Valdese. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the family.
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Emily Brittain Carswell

August 31, 1929 - July 8, 2020

Emily Brittain Carswell of Newton, North Carolina passed away July 8, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Carswell, and leaves behind her daughters, Donna Leathers (Dan) and Gleta Carswell (René Quadt) and her grandson, Sterling Jordan Weed. She is also survived by two brothers, Walter Brittain and Herbert Brittain (Brenda). Emily is preceded in death by her parents, Patrick...
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Larry James Davis, Sr.

December 10, 1963 - July 8, 2020

Larry James Davis, Sr., 56 of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Pineville following a period of declining health. Mr. Davis was born on December 10, 1963 in Los Angeles county, California to the late Edward and Shirley Davis. He worked for Bassett Furniture in Newton as a Security Guard. Larry loved playing the guitar, some of his favorites were Elvis Presley and Glen...
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Mary Anna Collins Gibson

February 12, 1940 - July 8, 2020

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Mary Anna Gibson, loving mother, grandmother and friend to many, passed away peacefully at home at age 80. Mary Anna was born on February 12, 1940 in Hildebran, NC to the late Roy D. Collins and Daisie Anna Collins. To those that knew her, she lived by her own rules and had a tenacity unmatched by another. She was married to the late James "Jim" Gibson and together...
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Sheila Rena Bishop

August 8, 1961 - July 8, 2020

Mrs. Sheila Rena Hembree Bishop, 58, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Shelia was born on August 8, 1961 in Burke County to Margaret Benton Kincaid and the late Walter Hembree. She was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother and homemaker for her entire family. ...
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Johnny Lewis Lowman

March 21, 1947 - July 8, 2020

Mr. Johnny Lewis Lowman, 73, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday July 8, 2020 at Grace Hospital after a six week illness. Mr. Lowman was born March 21, 1947 in Burke County, a son of the late Lewis and Bessie Lowman Lowman. Johnny was a US Army Veteran and an active member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, choir leader, and directed the annual...
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Peggy Wisell Wege

December 19, 1930 - July 7, 2020

Mrs. Lois Peggy Wisell Wege, 89 , of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at The Berkeley Assisted Living, following a period of declining health. Peggy was born on December 19, 1930 in Schenectady, NY to the late Hubert J. Wisell and Lula Matthews Wisell. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morganton and was retired from the banking industry. Peggy was also very proud of...
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Paul Burlins Carswell

October 14, 1937 - July 4, 2020

Paul Burlin Carswell, 82, of Connelly Springs, passed away following a period of declining health on July 4, 2020. Paul was born on October 14, 1937 in Burke county to the late Bryson Afuse Carswell, and late Ottie Mae Lail Carswell. He worked as a self-employed carpenter, before being unable to work. He was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, Mr. Carswell...
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Rachel Bivens Martinat

December 20, 1934 - July 1, 2020

Mrs. Rachel Bivens Martinat, 85, of Rutherford College, passed away on Wednesday July 1, 2020 at Shaire Center, Lenoir, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Martinat was born December 20, 1934 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Lloyd Jacob and Carrie Zimmerman Bivens. Rachel was retired from Neuville Industries in Hildebran and was a founding and life-long member of First Baptist...
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Rita Faye Crowder

December 15, 1959 - June 30, 2020

Ms. Rita Faye Crowder, 60, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Carolina Healthcare Blue Ridge Morganton, following a period of declining health. Rita was born December 15, 1959, in Burke County to Eva Belle Benton Crowder and the late Lawrence Crowder. She enjoyed reading comic books and anything Sci-Fi. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her sister, Mona...
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Donald Scott Young

May 18, 1991 - June 29, 2020

Donald Scott Young, 29, of Hickory passed away June 29, 2020. Donald was born May 18, 1991 in Catawba County to Mary Sweet Bean and David Loransa Young. He worked at United Plate Glass. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Bobby Sweet, Sr.; paternal grandmother, Debra Moody; paternal grandfather, Dave Young; and cousin Christopher Banks, Jr. Survivors include, his mother,...
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Leah "Sis" Mitchell

August 18, 1947 - June 29, 2020

Mrs. Leah"Sis" Hontas Mason Mitchell, 72, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Leah was born on August 18, 1947 in Graham County, to the late Herbert Mason and Edith George Mason. She was retired from Leviton Manufacturing in Morganton, and was a member of Laurel Haven Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she...
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Margaret Cooke Hedrick

April 27, 1927 - June 28, 2020

Sunday, June 28, 2020, Margaret completed her 93 year Earthly visit and entered Paradise. She ended her battle with Parkinsons Disease while sleeping. She was an obedient daughter, loving wife, and compassionate mother. She had many "careers" in textiles, retail, real estate, and demo at Sam's Club. She retired from Nite Furniture where she made many lifelong friends. Mailing cards to those she...
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Lawrence "Chip" Hugh Beck

August 27, 1959 - June 24, 2020

Mr. Lawrence "Chip" Hugh Beck, 60, of Morganton passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at his residence, following a brief illness. Chip was born on August 27, 1959 in Buncombe County to Patricia Patton Lunsford and the late Leslie Hugh Noblitt. He was previously employed as a salesman for Clayton Homes and was a member of the Baptist faith. In addition to his father he was preceded in...
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Michael James Kiers, Sr.

February 22, 1972 - June 24, 2020

Mr. Michael James Kiers Sr., 48, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at his residence. Michael was born February 22, 1972 in Newport News, VA to Charles Kiers and Cathy Persico. He is preceded in death by his aunt, Margaret Persico. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sons, Michael James Kiers Jr., and Dylan Gallant and girlfriend Samantha;...
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Ann "Rheba" McDaniel Burleson

May 19, 1943 - June 21, 2020

On, June 21, 2020 Ann "Rheba" McDaniel Burleson reached out for the hand of her Savior and made her final journey home, where she not only joined numerous family and friends, but she was forever reunited with her beloved late husband, James Weldon Burleson. Rheba was born on May 19, 1943 to the late Robert and Lennie McDaniel. She was blessed with many siblings, most of whom she was...
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Billy Joe Monday

March 30, 1943 - June 20, 2020

Mr. Billy Joe Monday, 77, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020, following a period of declining health. Mr. Monday was born on March 30, 1943, in Alabama, to the late Ross Monday, and Inez Snellgrove Monday. He attended Abees Chapel Baptist Church. Billy worked as a supervisor in the textile industry after serving in the United States Army. He was a loving husband, father,...
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Odene Mae LeFevers Justice

February 5, 1936 - June 20, 2020

Mrs. Odene Mae LeFevers Justice, 84, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Odene was born February 5, 1936, in Burke County, to the late Herman Roy LeFevers and Pearl Cline LeFevers. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Robert...
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Virginia Ray Yancey Neely

July 13, 1939 - June 19, 2020

Virginia Ray Yancey Neely, 80, passed away in North Carolina with her family on Friday, June 19, 2020. She is preceded in death by her father, Bill Yancey; mother, Mary Yancey; and husband, John Neely. Mrs. Neely is survived by her son, John Neely; daughter-in-law, Dirce Neely; and grandchildren Jared Neely, and Paige Neely. Virginia was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Her family...
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Frank Micheal "Piney" Clark

August 18, 1952 - June 18, 2020

Mr. Frank Micheal Clark, "Piney", 67, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Piney was born on August 18, 1952 in Burke County to the late William Taft Clark and Fannie Brittain Clark. He was a self employed painter and attended Celia Creek Baptist Church in Lenoir. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death...
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Barry Michael West, Sr.

June 11, 1953 - June 18, 2020

Mr. Barry Michael West ,Sr., 67,. of Hickory, passed away on Thursday June 18, 2020 at Carolina Caring after a period of declining health. Mr. West was born June 11, 1953 in Forsyth County a son of the late Garland West, Sr. and Carlee Almond West. Barry was member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Icard and a proud Marine Veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a green thumb home gardener with a...
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Patricia Marie Butts

March 8, 1944 - June 18, 2020

Mrs. Patricia Marie Marshall Butts, 76, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Patricia was born on March 8, 1944 in Susquehanna, PA to the late George Marshall and Florence House Marshall. She was retired from the furniture manufacturing industry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands...
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Kathy Varnadoe

October 31, 1944 - June 17, 2020

Kathy Varnadoe, 75, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at Carolina Continued Care of Pineville. Mrs. Varnadoe was born October 31, 1944 in Rowan County to the late C.B. Hudson and ruby Hurd Kantz. Kathy was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church, Lenoir, serving as a Sunday School Teacher, church pianist and a number of other duties. She retired as a CNA II from...
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Nancy Reed Blanton

October 13, 1936 - June 14, 2020

Mrs. Nancy Reed Blanton, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at her residence following a period of declining health. Nancy was born October 13, 1936 in Forysth County, to the late Monroe Reed and Gladys Brittain Reed. She was a member of St. Johns Baptist Church in Connelly Springs. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Jack Eugene...
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Mary Ellen Starnes

October 16, 1941 - June 13, 2020

Mrs. Mary Ellen Shuford Starnes, 78, of Connelly Springs, passed away on June 13, 2020, at Carolina Caring Hospice, following a period of declining health. Mary was born October 16, 1941 to the late Frank Shuford and Candies Killian Shuford. She was a longtime member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Starnes was...
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Anita Ann Bittle Sutton

April 28, 1973 - June 12, 2020

Anita Ann Bittle Sutton, 47, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, June 12, 2020 at her residence. Anita was born April 28, 1973, in Chesterfield SC to Lucille Davis and the late Charles Bittle. She was a great grandmother and loved her grandchildren. In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by her husbands, Stevie Graham and Alfred Hudson Jr. She is survived by her children,...
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Sherri Yoder Crafton

March 18, 1976 - June 12, 2020

Mrs. Sherri Lynn Yoder Crafton, 44, of Hickory, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at Carolinas Medical Center. Sherri was born March 18, 1976, in Burke County to the late Gary Yoder and Cynthia Gilliam. She was an amazing, tough, strong wife, mother, sister and friend to many. Sherri had an amazing personality that could light up any room and worked hard, played hard, and loved harder. In...
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Linda Gail Huffman Powell

June 3, 1941 - June 11, 2020

Mrs. Linda Gail Huffman Powell, 79, of Hildebran, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Linda was born on June 3, 1941 in Burke County to the late Harvey E. Huffman and Lura Shook Huffman. She was a member of Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church in Hildebran and a retired cafeteria worker for the Burke County Public School...
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Pauline Bridges Lail

September 18, 1933 - June 9, 2020

Mrs. Pauline Bridges Lail, 86, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly reward on Tuesday June 9, 2020 at College Pines Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Lail was born September 18, 1933 in Burke County , a daughter of the late Ray and Emma Carswell Bridges. She was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church and retired as a bookkeeper for her husband at Lail Used Cars...
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Steven Matthew Shuffler

September 24, 1971 - June 8, 2020

Mr. Steven Matthew Shuffler, 48, of Granite Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Monday June 8, 2020 at his residence. Steven was born September 24, 1971 in Burke County a son of Ann Rudicil Brown and the late Melvin Claude Shuffler. He attended Lakeview Baptist Church and was a 28 year employee of J. Iverson Riddle Development Center . He took a great deal of pride in his job and was admired...
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James David Miller

July 22, 1933 - June 8, 2020

Mr. James David Miller, 86, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020 at his residence. James was born on July 22, 1933 in Caldwell County to the late Jude and Lois Miller. He was retired from General Electric and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. James was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church and volunteered at the North Catawba Fire Dept.. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Linda Taylor Becton

July 21, 1939 - June 7, 2020

Mrs. Linda Sue Taylor Becton, 80, of Newland, NC, passed away on Sunday June 7, 2020 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Becton was born July 21, 1939 in Bogue, NC, a daughter of the late Carl and Virginia Moore Taylor. She met her husband Lee and due to his career advancement they moved from Kinston, to Winston-Salem, to Wilkesboro, and finally settled in Conover, NC...
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Jo Ann Guin

March 6, 1937 - June 4, 2020

Mrs. Jo Ann Thomas Guin, 83, of Hildebran, passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at Hospice Home at High Point, following a period of declining health. Jo Ann was born on March 6, 1937 in Ashe County to the late Kermit Thomas and Edna Rose Mundy Thomas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Billy Donald Guin, one son Billy Donald Guin Jr. and one daughter, Cynthia...
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Clyde Gilbert Warren

April 4, 1925 - June 3, 2020

Mr. Clyde Gilbert Warren, 95, of Valdese, peacefully passed away on June 3, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Clyde was born April 4, 1925 in Springfield, Illinois to the late Ross Warren, and late Ethel Sebring Warren. The Warren family moved to Taylorsville during the Great Depression when Clyde was just four years of age. Clyde helped his...
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Allen Randall Willix

August 26, 1958 - June 2, 2020

Mr. Allen Randall Willix, 61, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2020, following a period of declining health. Allen was born on August 26, 1958 in Haywood County to the late John Willix and Vienna Young Willix. He was previously employed as a dye house operator with Carolina Solvent. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Willix and...
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Roy Alan Icard

November 29, 1957 - June 2, 2020

Mr. Roy Alan Icard, 62, of Newton, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a brief illness. Roy was born on November 29, 1957 in Lincoln County to the late Ernest Leroy Icard and Margaret Louise Leonard Icard. He was previously employed as a fixer in the hosiery industry. Roy was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of the 101st Airborne....
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Michael Alison Smith

February 3, 1965 - June 2, 2020

Michael Alison Smith, 55, of Hickory passed away Tuesday June 2, 2020 at his home following a brief illness. Michael was born February 3, 1965 in Burke County to Hampton Eugene Smith and Emma Callender Smith. He was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory and worked as a security officer at Paladin Security in Charlotte. Michael enjoyed Star Wars, fishing, guns, and astronomy. He...
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Robert Caine Fox

April 24, 1989 - June 1, 2020

Robert Caine Fox, 31, of Connelly Springs passed away unexpectedly, June 1, 2020 following a bicycle accident. Robert was born April 27, 1989 in Burke County to Robert Junior Fox and the late Patricia Marie Hicks. He worked as a picker at MDI. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandmothers Sue Brittain, and Gladys Collins; and Grandfather Hubert Fox. Survivors...
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Mickey Dwayne Buchanan

May 29, 1975 - May 30, 2020

Mr. Mickey Dwayne Buchanan, 45, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Frye Regional Medical Center, unexpectedly. Mr. Buchanan was born on May 29, 1975 to William "Dewayne" Buchanan, and Barbara Carter Buchanan. Mickey worked at Avast Technology in I.T., he loved computers. Mickey was an avid drummer who enjoyed all other genres of music, except country. He loved his...
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Chris Allen Roberson

January 18, 1991 - May 29, 2020

Chris Allen Roberson, 29, of Morganton passed away Friday, May 29, 2020 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Chris was born January 18, 1991, a son to Jerry London and Gloria Roberson. He worked as a cook at Cookout. Preceding him in death are his maternal grandparents, Eugene and Lavada Roberson; paternal grandfather, Carroll London; brother, Justin Brinkley; aunt, Judy; and uncles,...
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Betty Sue Mench

October 23, 1933 - May 27, 2020

Mrs. Betty Sue McGalliard Mench, 86, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday May 27, 2020 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Betty was born on October 23, 1933 in Burke County to the late Ivey McGalliard and Florence Powell McGalliard. She was a member of First Baptist Church Valdese and was a loving, wife, mother and homemaker for her entire family. In addition to her...
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Chasrick Donte Pearson

June 17, 1983 - May 25, 2020

Chasrick Donte Pearson, 36 of Morganton, NC passed away at his residence unexpectedly on May 25,2020. Chasrick was born on June 17, 1983. He was the beloved son of Shelia Pearson and Norman Gidney. The Hartland Church of God is where he held a membership. To know Chasrick was to love him. He had a huge heart. He loved many things: basketball, the Dallas Cowboys but most of all his family and...
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Nancy Harris Bost

February 28, 1938 - May 25, 2020

Mrs. Nancy Harris Bost, 82, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Nancy was born on February 28, 1938 in Beaver Falls, PA to the late John Edward Uselton and Faye Morrison Uselton. She was a retired Burke County Tax Administrator and was a member of Crosslink Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by...
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Blanch Ann Gullett Fitch

April 27, 1951 - May 24, 2020

Mrs. Blanch Ann Gullett Fitch, 69, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2020 at Carolinas Caring in Sherrills Ford, following a period of declining health. Blanch was born April 27, 1951, in Williamson, West Virginia, to the late Charles Gullett and Mary Charles Gullett. She was a member of the Hickory Church of Christ and retired from West Point Stevens. Blanch was a loving wife and...
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Sheila Rene Clark Christian

April 13, 1963 - May 24, 2020

Mrs. Sheila Rene Clark Christian, 57, of Drexel, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge Morganton. Sheila was born April, 13, 1963 in Avery County to the late Jimmy Clark and Ruth Riddle Clark. Sheila was a very good hearted person and will be greatly missed. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, Cory W. Christian; and brothers...
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Jean Aldridge Deal

April 28, 1950 - May 23, 2020

Mrs. Alma Jean Aldridge Deal, 70, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Deal was born on April 28, 1950 to the late Mack and Mamie Aldridge in Watauga County. Alma was a member of Living Word Church of Morganton. Alma was known for being a witness for the Lord to many people. She truly carried Gods grace through her, as well as...
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Craig Allen Honeycutt

May 15, 1964 - May 21, 2020

Craig Allen Honeycutt, 56, of Morganton passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at his home. Craig was born May 14, 1964 in Prince George, MD to the late James Glenn Honeycutt, Jr. and Judy Wildasin Brown. He worked as a truck driver. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Tristain Honeycutt. Survivors include his wife, Lisa Ramsey Honeycutt of the home; daughter,...
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Teresa Diane Smith

October 3, 1964 - May 18, 2020

Teresa Diane Smith, 55, of Morganton passed away Monday, May 18, 2020 at Carolina Healthcare Blue Ridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Teresa was born October 3, 1964 in Burke County to the late Roy Lynn Smith and Wilma Penley Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Mickey Roy Smith. Survivors include, her daughters, Natasha...
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Lillian "Gladys" Marr Maynor

July 7, 1923 - May 18, 2020

Mrs. Lillian Gladys Marr Maynor, 96, of Rutherford College, passed away on Monday May 18, 2020 at College Pines Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Maynor was born July 7, 1923 in Swann County a daughter of the late Robert and Dess Dehart Marr. She was a faithful member of Rutherford College First Baptist Church. Gladys was employed for over fifty years as a CNA-2 with...
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Rebecca Conley Epps Myers

August 6, 1946 - May 17, 2020

Mrs. Rebecca Conley (Becky) Epps Myers, 73, of Hickory, passed away on Sunday May 17, 2020 at Brian Center East after a period of declining health. Mrs. Myers was born August 6, 1946 in Burke County a daughter of the late Roy James and Effie Burleson Conley. She was a member of Westfield Baptist Church and was formerly employed as Executive Secretary of Burke Mills, Inc. Surviving are...
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Mary Lou Bower

March 17, 1962 - May 17, 2020

Mary Lou Huffman Bower, 58, of Connelly Springs passed away Sunday May 17, 2020 at her home, following a period of declining health. Mary Lou was born March 17, 1962 in Burke County to the late John Huffman and Hazel Houston Huffman. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Huffman. Survivors include her children, Sarah Ibrahim of Morganton, and Ashley...
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Jimmie Raymond Gurley

October 17, 1944 - May 16, 2020

Mr. Jimmie Raymond Gurley, 75, of Hickory, passed away at his residence on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Jimmie was born October 17, 1944, in Burke County, to the late Jason Gurley and Ida Yount Gurley. He was a veteran of the United States Army. The body will lie in state on Tuesday, May 20, 2020 from 9:30 AM to 1130 AM at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. A graveside service will be held at...
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Catherine Marie "Cathy" Cline Helton

January 16, 1938 - May 16, 2020

Catherine Marie "Cathy" Cline Helton, 82, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at College Pines, following a period of declining health. Cathy was born January 16, 1938 in Burke County to the late R.C. Cline and Faye Donald. She was a faithful member at Winkler's Grove Baptist Church until she was unable to attend due to her health; but even still she remained a devout and loving...
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Jerry Blain Hudson, Sr.

May 21, 1951 - May 16, 2020

Mr. Jerry Blain Hudson, Sr., 68, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at his residence, following a period of declining health. Jerry was born on May 21, 1951 in Cleveland County to the late W.B. "Dick" Hudson and Thelma Swink Hudson. He was a beloved father, loved NASCAR and was an exterminator for 35 years with Andy's Exterminating. Jerry loved the Lord and was a...
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Billy Donald Guin, Sr.

June 2, 1933 - May 15, 2020

Mr. Billy Donald Guin, Sr., 86, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020, at his residence. Don was born on June 2, 1933 to the late Lee Henderson Guin, and late Nettie Lowder Guin. He served in the United States Army as a MP, before working for Hickory Springs as a maintenance supervisor for many years. He was also a longtime and active member of Hildebrand First Baptist Church. Don...
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Elizabeth Elaine Parker Short

February 28, 1961 - May 14, 2020

Elizabeth Elaine Parker Short, 59, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at Catawba Valley Medical Center following a period of declining health. Elizabeth was born February 28, 1961 in Yancey County to the late Harry Lee Parker Sr. and Lovada Elkins Parker. She was of the Baptist faith, and has been attending Trinity Baptist Church of Newton. In addition to her parents,...
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Marilyn Anderson Barger

August 17, 1943 - May 12, 2020

Mrs. Marilyn Anderson Barger, 76, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Marilyn was born August 17, 1943 in Catawba County to the late Avery Tellis Anderson and Betty Heavner Anderson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Lee Barger; and brothers, Steve Anderson...
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Clara Smith Powell

September 29, 1937 - May 10, 2020

Mrs. Clara Smith Powell, 82, Valdese, passed away on Sunday May 10, 2020 at her residence with her loving family by her side. Mrs. Powell was born September 29, 1937 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Theadore and Texie Anna Swink Smith . Clara was a long time and active member of Morganton First Church of God and retired as a seamstress from Alba-Waldensian. She was a loving wife,...
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Edward Jake Lail

April 9, 1931 - May 9, 2020

Mr. Edward "Jake" Lail, 89, of Connelly Springs passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 at North Carolinas State Veteran Home in Black Mountain, North Carolina, following a period of declining health. Mr. Lail was born on April 9, 1931 in Catawba County to the late Charles Lail, and late Ruth Jarrett Lail. Jake was a brick layer following his time serving in the United States Navy. He fought in...
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Charles Harvey Kincaid

February 7, 1931 - May 9, 2020

Mr. Charles Harvey Kincaid, 89, of Rutherford College, passed away on May 9, 2020 at his home, following a period of declining health. Mr. Kincaid was born to the late Henry Harvey Kincaid, and late Emma E. Clontz on February 7, 1931. He was a member of the United States Air Force. He later worked at North West Drywall Company in Hickory. He was a member for many years of Drexel first church...
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Jeffery Lee Deal

January 12, 1976 - May 8, 2020

Mr. Jeffery Lee Deal, 44 of Lenoir passed away very unexpectedly on Friday May 8, 2020 at his residence. Mr. Deal was born January 13, 1976, a son of the late Martha Crane Peek. He was a former forklift operator and attended Faith Community Church in Connelly Springs. Surviving are his daughter, Jessica Deal and fiancé Travis of Conover, sons, Justin Deal of Connelly Springs, Jayden...
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James Edward Hutchinson, Sr.

April 29, 1953 - May 8, 2020

Mr. James Edward Hutchinson, 67, of Connelly Springs passed away Friday, May 8, 2020 at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte following a period of declining health. James was born April 29, 1953 in Bluefield, WV to the late Herman Vestal Hutchinson and Ora Long Hutchinson. He was a member of Zion Rd. Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Miranda Smith Hutchinson of the home; sons,...
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Margaret Lewis Passmore

August 24, 1935 - May 7, 2020

Mrs. Margaret Lewis Passmore, 84, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday May 7, 2020 at Abernethy Laurels Health Care after a period of declining health. Mrs. Passmore was born August 24, 1935 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Bonnie Lindsey Lewis. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Valdese, and retired as a dietician from Brian Canter and First Baptist Church of...
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Dorthy Pascal Brittain

December 13, 1928 - May 5, 2020

Mrs. Dorothy Pascal Brittain, 91, of Valdese passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at her home following a period of declining health. Mrs. Brittain was born December 13, 1928 in Burke County to the late Willie Morrison and Annie Clontz Morrison. She worked as a secretary at Broughton Hospital and owned and operated Plain and Fancy Wood on Main Street in Valdese where she taught painting for ten...
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Stephen Wayne Winkler

August 7, 1948 - May 5, 2020

Mr. Stephen Wayne Winkler, 71 , of Hickory, passed away at his residence on May 5, 2020, following a period of declining health. Stephen was born August 7, 1948 in Catawba County to Catherine Killian Winkler and the late Theodore Winkler. He was a member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church and worked as a Rural Mail Carrier for the Morganton Post Office for forty years. He served in the United...
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David Jonathan Ashley

September 23, 1958 - May 4, 2020

David Jonathan Ashley, 61, of Morganton passed away Monday, May 4, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. David was born September 23, 1958 in Syracuse, NY to the late Jerome Ashley and Ruth Saunders Ashley. He worked as a baker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Joy Ashley. Survivors include his wife, Lori...
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Nellie Addie Mae Kincaid Johnson Daves

March 19, 1936 - May 3, 2020

Ms. Nellie Addie Mae Kincaid Johnson Daves, 84, of Valdese passed away at her home on Sunday, May 3, 2020. Nellie was born March 19, 1936, in Burke County to the late John Thomas Kincaid and Katie Ethel Bradshaw Kincaid. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and retired from the North Carolina School for the Deaf. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sons, Ricky...
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Dustin Christopher Fowler

April 23, 1985 - May 2, 2020

Mr. Dustin Christopher Fowler, 35, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday May 2, 2020 at his residence. Dustin was born April 23, 1985 in Burke County, a son of Tammy Fowler Pendergrass and Andrew Bradshaw. He attended First Baptist Church of Icard and was employed as a foam cutter in the furniture manufacturing industry. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles Fowler. ...
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Modene Stroup

July 7, 1930 - May 2, 2020

Ms. Ethel Modene Stroup, 89, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Grace Height, following a period of declining health. Ethel was born July 7, 1930, in Burke County to the late David Carl Stroup and Mary Ellen Propst Stroup. She was a lifelong member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She was retired from Burke County Schools. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by...
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Leslie Carol Everett

February 15, 1941 - May 2, 2020

Mrs. Leslie Carol Smith-Everett, 79, of Morganton passed away in her sleep on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at BrookDale Senior Living, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Everett was born on February 15, 1941 in Hollywood, California, to the late Donald Smith, and late Margaret Willis Smith. Leslie was a member of Unity Church during her time living in New Mexico. She was known to see beauty...
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Kirk Leslie Duncan

January 12, 1960 - April 29, 2020

Mr. Kirk Leslie Duncan, 60, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 following a period of declining health at his home. Mr. Duncan was born January 12, 1960 to Jerry Lee Duncan, and the late Pansy Barnes Duncan. Kirk was a member of New Life Assembly church. He was the owner of K&L Machining, Inc. and worked as a machinist for many years. He was an outdoors man and loved fishing...
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Roger Dale Mays

April 22, 1947 - April 27, 2020

Mr. Roger Dale Mays, 73, of Morganton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, April 27, 2020, at his residence, following a period of decling health. Roger was born on April 22, 1947 in Russell County, VA to the late James William Mays and Nell Hawkins Parson. He was a fixer in textiles, a mechanic, and retired as a truck driver for the state of North Carolina. He proudly served...
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Cecil Allen Powell

June 10, 1940 - April 26, 2020

Mr. Cecil Allen Powell, 79, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Carolinas Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Cecil was born, June 10, 1940 in Burke County to the late Sidney Powell and Dovie Lou Young Powell. Cecil served in the United States Navy. He enjoyed going to the movies, playing the lottery, and being a consistent patron of the Snack Bar in...
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Peggy Howard Lindsey

December 9, 1940 - April 26, 2020

On the Lord's Day, Sunday, April 26, 2020, Mrs. Peggy Howard Lindsey of Connelly Springs was called home to be with her Lord and Savior. Mrs. Lindsey faithfully served as a pastor's wife for 53 years by her husband's side, never seeking glory for herself, but always giving glory to her Lord for the fruits of their labor. She was a devoted wife, mother, nanny, sister and friend. She was born...
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Gladys Ramsey Thomas

November 2, 1926 - April 25, 2020

Gladys Ramsey Thomas, 93, of Valdese passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020 at her home. Gladys was born November 2, 1926 in Burke County to the late Glen A. Ramsey, Sr. and Fannie Benfield Ramsey. Gladys was a member of First Baptist Church of Valdese. She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-mother,...
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Walter William Huffman, Jr.

July 20, 1946 - April 25, 2020

Walter William Huffman, Jr. , 73, of Hickory passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020 at his home following a period of declining health. Walter was born July 20, 1946 in Catawba County to the late Walter Hoffman, Sr. and Ola Jane Tallent Huffman. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in Vietnam. Following his time in the service, he worked as a cook. In addition to his parents he was...
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Donald Baker Waldrop

September 25, 1940 - April 23, 2020

Mr. Don Baker Waldrop, 79, of Micol Avenue in Valdese, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2020 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Don was born on September 25, 1940 in Lincoln County to the late Paul H. and Edith B. Waldrop. He was a 1962 graduate of North Carolina State University, majoring in Furniture Manufacturing and Management, and Industrial Engineering. He spent his entire career in...
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Deborah Lynn Smith

April 7, 1969 - April 22, 2020

Deborah Lynn Smith, 51, of Morganton, formerly of Ronda, NC, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at the J. Iverson Riddle Center, following a period of declining health. Deborah was born on April 7, 1969 in Surry County to the late James Bert Smith, Jr. and Helen Settle Smith. Survivors include her two brothers, Mitchell Smith and wife Judy of Ronda, and Robert Smith and wife Gwen of Ronda...
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Patricia Hayes Johnson

August 14, 1955 - April 21, 2020

Mrs. Patricia Hayes Johnson, 64, of Connelly Springs, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at her home following a period of declining health. Patricia was born August of 1955 in Caldwell County to the late Floyd Hayes and Helen Davis Keller. She was a member of Cornerstone Covenant Church in Hudson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Hayes Widener; and...
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Curtis Leo Foshee

March 29, 1930 - April 21, 2020

Mr. Curtis Leo Foshee, 90, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at CHS-BR Morganton, following a brief illness. Curtis was born on March 29, 1930 in Natchitoches county to the late John Foshee, and late Mildred Slaughter Foshee. He was a member of the Waldensian Presbyterian church, and served in the Korean war under the Air Force branch in communications. In addition to his...
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William Luther Lovelace

November 29, 1944 - April 19, 2020

William "Bill" Luther Lovelace, 75, of Valdese passed away Sunday, April 19, 2020 at his home, following a period of declining health. Bill was born November 29, 1944 in Cleveland County to the late Charles Lovelace and Edna Carpenter Lovelace. He retired as a produce manager from Harris Teeter Grocery Store. Bill graduated from Morganton High School with the class of 1963. In addition to his...
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Louise Crawley Toney

December 2, 1929 - April 18, 2020

Mrs. Louise Crawley Toney, 90, of Morganton, lost her battle, Saturday, April 18, 2020 to Alzheimer's after her fifteen year battle at Share Center of Lenoir. Mrs. Toney was born on December 2, 1929 to the late Ivy Crawley, and late Ora Crawley. She was married to John Robert Toney, Sr. and spent 67 years with him before his passing. Mrs. Toney will have a private graveside service with...
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Franklin David Clark

January 8, 1959 - April 17, 2020

Mr. Franklin David Clark, 61, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020 at CHS-BR Morganton, following a brief illness. David was born on January 8, 1959 in Junction County, KS to the late Otis Delon Clark and Carrie Baker Clark. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Morganton and had worked in furniture for Henredon for many years. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Eula Mae Hoyle Crowder

May 2, 1930 - April 16, 2020

On April 16, 2020, just 16 days before her 90th birthday, Eula Mae Hoyle Crowder, left her earthly home to join her Heavenly Father and her beloved husband of 70 years. She was a woman of deep and abiding faith and our family's personal prayer warrior. She passed very peacefully of complications of Alzhiemer's Disease while listening to her favorite hymns at Abernathy Laurels in Newton, NC. ...
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Dale Robert Paige

October 29, 1972 - April 15, 2020

Dale Robert Paige went home to be with his Heavenly Father on April 15, 2020. Dale was a former worker at Catawba County Schools Transportation Garage. He loved tractors and farming. He was loved by many and never met a stranger. He is survived by his wife, Kelly Paige; daughter, Brittany Paige; father, Roger Dale Paige, mother, Judy Hughes, sister, Lori Costner and husband Billy; nephew,...
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James Lee Jordan

November 23, 1959 - April 14, 2020

Mr. James Lee Jordan, 60, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. James, better known as Jimmy, was born November 23, 1959, in New Castle, PA, to Mary Lois Berry Jordan and the late Rev. Harry Elmer Jordan. In addition to his mother, with whom he lived for almost 59 years, his survivors include sisters Maggie...
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Lester Elwood Hartman

July 29, 1928 - April 11, 2020

Mr. Lester Elwood Hartman, 91, of the George Hildebrand Community went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday April 11, 2020 after a period of declining health. Lester was born on July 29, 1928 in Lincoln County to the late Ellis and Maudie Jane Sain Hartman. He was the youngest and last surviving of 12 children. He grew up on a farm and told many stories of picking cotton,...
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Johnny Lee Bowman

May 11, 1989 - April 11, 2020

Johnny Lee Bowman, 30, of Morganton passed away Saturday April 11, 2020 at his residence. Johnny was born May 11, 1989 in Caldwell County to Johnny Ray Bowman and Melissa Auton Walker. He worked at Standard Heating and Air. He is preceded in death by his wife, Tiffany Jordan Bowman; and grandfather, Jack Bowman. Survivors include his son, John David Bowman; daughters, Abigail Lynn Bowman,...
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Lorene Polly Hamby Lane

February 13, 1941 - April 11, 2020

Mrs. Lorene Polly Hamby Lane, 79, of Morganton, passed away at College Pines Nursing Center on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Mrs. Lane was born on February 13, 1941 in Burke County to the late Claude Hamby, and late Annie Mae Webb Hamby. Lorene was a member of Asheville Street Baptist Church. Mrs. Lane also worked in the furniture industry for Drexel Heritage, and earlier than that she worked...
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Bennie Harold Davis, Jr.

November 24, 1965 - April 10, 2020

Mr. Bennie Harold Davis, Jr. passed away on Friday April 10, 2020 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Davis was born November 24, 1965 in Burke County, a son of Carolyn Rudisill Davis and the late Bennie H. Davis, Sr. Bennie was a faithful member of Olive Grove Baptist Church, serving as the Young Adult Sunday School teacher and as the Intermediate Boys Bible School...
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Terry Avondale Johnson

October 30, 1955 - April 9, 2020

Terry Avondale Johnson, 64, formerly of Valdese, NC, passed away on April 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Terry was known by many names, Tuffy, TJ, #24, son, brother, friend, Papa T, husband, and Mr. Postman. Terry was born in Morganton, NC to Margaret Ann Berry and James Wilkins on October 30, 1955. He graduated from Drexel HS, Drexel NC, in 1974, where he was senior class president and MVP...
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Lois Johnson Barnes

July 1, 1931 - April 9, 2020

Lois Johnson Barnes, 88, of Granite Falls, passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Caldwell Hospice of Hudson following a brief illness. Lois was born, July 1, 1931 in Caldwell County to the late W.H. Johnson and Gertrude Bolick Johnson. She was a devoted wife and a loving housewife. She worked for Kohler and Campbell Piano Factory making baby grand pianos. In addition to her parents, she...
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Lucille Childers Smith

November 13, 1929 - April 7, 2020

Lucille Childers Smith, 90, of Connelly Springs passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Lucille was born November 13, 1929 in Burke County to the late Titus Childers and Ada Berry Childers. She retired as a sewer at Sherrill Furniture after 35 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Michael Wayne Turner

September 17, 1965 - April 5, 2020

Mr. Michael Wayne Turner, 54, of Hickory, passed away at his residence on Sunday, April 5, 2020. Michael was born September 17, 1965, in Mecklenburg County, NC, to Lucille Hastings and the late Muldrow b. Turner. He was a wonderful grandfather, husband, brother, son and so much more. Michael loved the Steelers and doing something that mattered. He was an honest and loving person and loved to...
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Helen Hicks Huffman

July 19, 1942 - April 4, 2020

Helen Hicks Huffman, age 77, went on to be with her Lord on April 4th, 2020 after a period of declining health. Helen was born on Sunday, July 19, 1942 to the late John Hicks, and late Rosie Hicks. Helen was a faithful church member at First Baptist Church of Hildebran. She was married on April 15, 1967 to the late George Lee Huffman Jr. Helen and George had two sons, Christopher Allen...
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Lois Ann Holder Bleynat

August 8, 1931 - March 29, 2020

Lois Ann Holder Bleynat , age 88, of Lynmore Assisted Living in Fort Pierce, Florida passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020. She was a previous resident of Valdese, residing there from her teen years until 2007 when she moved to Florida to be near her brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Judy Holder Lois was born August 8, 1931, in Albemarle, North Carolina to Willian F. and Etta Morris Holder. ...
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Teresa Locke Childers

January 19, 1949 - March 29, 2020

Teresa "Terri" Ann Locke Childers, 71, died March 29, 2020, in Hickory, North Carolina, but joyfully is resurrected to new life in Christ. Her life spoke a word of good news, comfort, servanthood, and love to the world. She was a character! Terri was born January 19, 1949, in Hickory, North Carolina, to Jack Howard Locke and Blanche Cody Locke. She is survived by Nathan, her husband of more...
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Judy Maharaj

November 15, 1965 - March 29, 2020

Judy Maharaj, 54, of Valdese passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020 at her home following a period of declining health. Judy was born in Trinidad on November 15, 1965. She enjoyed traveling, meditation, and teaching. Judy will be remembered as a caring person who loved all people. She had strong inner peace that she shared with those around her. Survivors include her mother, Rampaire Mohbair;...
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Phillip Audrey Mangum

April 12, 1942 - March 26, 2020

Mr. Phillip Audrey Mangum, 77, of Hickory passed away Thursday, March 26, 2020 at his home following a period of declining health. Phillip was born April 12, 1942 in Burke County to the late Carroll Coleman Mangum and Macie Winifred Mangum. He was a longtime, faithful member of Philadelphia Baptist Church. Phillip was a man of many talents. His creativity and skills are evident throughout his...
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