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Mildred McNeilly Lail

July 28, 1921 - November 20, 2019

Mrs. Mildred McNeilly Lail, 98, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at College Pines Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Mildred was born on July 28, 1921 in Cleveland County to the late Clyde Falls McNeilly and Dona Hoyle McNeilly. She was retired from the textile industry, where she worked as a winder for many years. Mildred was also a member...
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Berniece Pittman Smith

November 7, 1934 - November 18, 2019

Mrs. Berniece Pittman Smith, 85, of Morganton passed away Monday, November 18, 2019 at her home following a period of declining health. Berniece was born November 7, 1934 in Spruce Pine, NC to the late Guy Pittman and Edith Dayton Pittman. She was a member of Missionary Ridge Baptist Church and served as a Foster Grandparent in Burke County. Berniece retired from Walmart as a sales clerk. In...
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Billie Solomon Norville

March 21, 1938 - November 18, 2019

Mr. Billie Solomon Norville, 81, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019 at Frye Regional Hospital following a period of declining health. Billie was born March 21, 1938 in Rutherford County, to the late Thomas Crawford Norville and Robert Mae Laughter Norville. He was a member of Nowlings Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by...
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Althea Lucille Sturk Parker

November 16, 1955 - November 18, 2019

Althea Lucille Sturk Parker, 64, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019 at Frye Regional Hospital following a period of declining health. Althea was born November 16, 1955, in Haverhill, Massachusetts, to the late Peter Sturk and Lucille Sturk. She was a very loving, strong, caring woman with a huge heart. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother Andy...
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Mary Louise Holton McCorkle

July 15, 1936 - November 17, 2019

Mrs. Mary Holton McCorkle, 83, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday November 17, 2019 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a period of declining health. Mrs. McCorkle was born July 15, 1936 in Catawba County, a daughter of the late John R. and Grace Warlick Holton. She was a member for 56 years of East Valdese Baptist Church and retired form Corbett Hosiery and FootHills Area Programs...
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Karen Denise McNeely

February 24, 1963 - November 16, 2019

Karen Denise McNeely, 56, of Morganton passed away Saturday November 16, 2019 at her residence. Karen was born on February 24, 1963 in Burke County to the late Junior Cephus McNeely and Rachel Cook McNeely. She was formerly employed by Drexel Heritage Furniture in the finishing department. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a sister, Alisha Burns. Survivors include her son...
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Wayne Douglas Sturgill

July 11, 1937 - November 14, 2019

Wayne Douglas Sturgill, 82, of Rutherford College, NC departed this life to his heavenly home on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Sturgill was born on July 11, 1937 in Wise County, Virginia to the late Watson Glen Sturgill and Edna Phillips Sturgill. He worked diligently as a supervisor in the furniture industry for many years and enjoyed building...
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Janette Lynn Weatherbie Wischerath

August 18, 1958 - November 11, 2019

Janette Lynn Wischerath (née Weatherbie), age 61, passed away in the early hours of November 11, 2019, surrounded by her family. After nearly a year-long battle with brain cancer, she left this world peacefully near her home in Hickory, North Carolina. Janette was a loving wife and mother, and doting "Nanna" to her grandchildren. She was a teacher by profession and in spirit, a gifted singer,...
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Linda Kay Brown Smith

April 2, 1959 - November 11, 2019

Mrs. Linda Kay Brown Smith, 60, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019, at her residence following a period of declining health. Linda was born April 2, 1959 in Catawba County to the late Paul Brown and Lacy Laws Brown. Linda was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to all. She loved going to the mountains and dancing. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by...
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Teresa Dawn Hess

August 7, 1951 - November 11, 2019

Teresa Dawn Bollinger Hess, 68, of Valdese, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a brief illness. Dawn was born August 7, 1951, in Burke County, to the late Phifer Bollinger and Marie Tise Bollinger. She was a 1969 graduate of Valdese High School and a graduate of East Carolina University with a degree in English. She was the owner...
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Margie Ruth Franklin Lane

July 17, 1929 - November 11, 2019

Mrs. Margie Ruth Franklin Lane, 90, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2019 at the Shaire Center Nursing Home in Lenoir. Margie was born on July 17, 1929 in Jonesville, SC to the late Bryant Franklin and Rosalee Burgess Franklin. She was a member of Warlick's Baptist Church, was a dedicated and loving wife, mother and homemaker for her family, and will be dearly missed...
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Joy Louise Lindsay

January 13, 1940 - November 8, 2019

Joy Louise Lindsay, 79, of Hickory left this world to be in the presence of the Lord November 8, 2019. She was born in Swain County January 13, 1940 to Zeb Vance White and Beatrice Jones White. Joy Louise was a charter member of Hildebran First Baptist Church where she loved to sing in the choir. In addition to her parents Joy was preceded in death by her sister Linda Davis. Survivors...
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Ruby Bryant

November 6, 1933 - November 8, 2019

Mrs. Ruby Ingle Bryant, 86, of Hickory, passed away at Carolina Caring following a quick period of declining health on Friday, November 8, 2019. Ruby was born on November 6, 1933, in Burke County to the late John Ingle and Nellie Shuffler Ingle. She attended Liberty Baptist. Ruby enjoyed cooking almost as much as gardening, but not quite as much as she loved her family. Ruby is survived by her...
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Jean Ellen Jackson

March 4, 1947 - November 7, 2019


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George Lawrence Fisher , Jr.

August 13, 1937 - November 3, 2019

George Lawrence Fisher, Jr., 82, of Rock Hill, SC formerly of Linville passed away Sunday November 3, 2019 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Mr. Fisher was born on August 13, 1937 in New Hope, AL to the late George L. Fisher, Sr. and Berniece Hair Fisher. He was a United States Navy Veteran and was Quality Control Inspector in the Textile industry. He was a member of Newland First...
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John Edward Mead

April 27, 1938 - November 2, 2019

MEAD, John Edward, age 81, of Connelly Springs, NC passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019. He was born on April 27, 1938 in Cleveland County, NC, to Plato and Monta Lou Mead. John will be remembered as a loving and proud father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He loved watching sports and working outside on his tractor. John retired from the bakery in Valdese, NC where he was a truck...
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Patricia Holman McCreary

February 13, 1942 - November 1, 2019

Mrs. Patricia H. McCreary, 77, of Valdese passed away peacefully from this life in the evening of November 1, 2019, after a gradual decline in health. Pat was a loving wife, mother, and friend and will be missed tremendously. She was born February 13, 1942 in Caldwell County to the late Haywood and Ruth Holman. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of sixty years, Max L. McCreary;...
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John Ray Lowman

April 14, 1967 - November 1, 2019

Mr. John Ray Lowman, 52, of Connelly Springs, passed away at his home on November 1, 2019. John was born April 14, 1967, in Burke County to Roy Lee Lowman and Jeffie Arnold Lowman. He was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church. John enjoyed landscaping and gardening and always willing to lend a helping hand. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of nineteen years, Deanna...
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Jeffery Dean Whitener

July 16, 1962 - October 31, 2019

Mr. Jeffery Dean Whitener, 57, of Valdese passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Jeffery was born July 16, 1962 in Burke County to the late Roy Alexander Whitener Jr., and surviving Cillar Smith Whitener. He brought laughter and joy to everyone with his prolific sense of humor. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his...
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Bobby Joe Ross

September 1, 1952 - October 31, 2019

Mr. Bobby Joe Ross, 67, of Morganton passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Bobby was born on September 1, 1952 in Burke County to the late Owen Ross and Nelleen Roper Ross. He was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church, and retired as a Policeman at Broughton Hospital. He loved fishing, hunting, and watching the Atlanta...
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Annette Young Brittain

November 28, 1950 - October 30, 2019

Annette Young Brittain, 68, of Hickory, departed this life to her heavenly home on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at her residence, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Annette was born on November 28, 1950 in Catawba County to Lloyd Paul Young and the late Katherine Burns Young. She was a graduate of Meredith University with a bachelor of science in home economics, and a masters...
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John Robert White

May 10, 1985 - October 29, 2019

Mr. John Robert White, 34, of Waynesville, NC, formally of Rutherford College, passed away on Tuesday October 29, 2019 after a brief illness. John was born May 10, 1985 in Burke County, a son of Martha Maynor White and the late Dr. Emmett R. White, Sr. He was a graduate of East Burke High School , attended Campbell University and employed with Haywood Vocational Opportunities. In addition...
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Paulette Dale Barrier

August 9, 1931 - October 29, 2019

Mrs. Paulette Dale Barrier, 88, of Valdese passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at her residence. Paulette was born on August 9, 1931 in Yancey County to the late James Wesley Dale and Missouri Dale. She was a longtime member of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church, and was retired from Burke Mills where she worked as a supervisor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her...
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Nai Lor

August 20, 1975 - October 28, 2019

Nai Lor, 44, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Nai was born on August 20, 1975 in Laos to Wakhue Lor and Youa Lee. He was the lead singer and bass player of the band Reflections. His songs touched many hearts and souls, and will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew him. He was preceded in death by his mother and one son, Jacob...
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Cody Douglas Cook

August 4, 1987 - October 27, 2019

Mr. Cody Douglas Cook, 32, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday October 27, 2019 after a brief illness. Mr. Cook was born August 4, 1987 in Richlands, VA, a son of Patricia Brown Cook Pyatte and the late Jerry Douglas Cook. Cody was a member of Long View Church of God and employed as a finisher in the furniture manufacturing industry. Surviving are his mother and step-father, Patricia and Tim...
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Jacob Lor

December 19, 1997 - October 26, 2019

Jacob Lor, 21, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at CHS-BR Morganton. Jacob was born on December 19, 1997 in Burke County to Coly Heu Lor and the late Nai Lor. Survivors include his mother, Coly Heu Lor of the home, four siblings, Cedric Lor, Desmond Lor, Elsa Lor, and Alyne Lor. Also surviving are eight uncles, Meng Lo, Koua Lor, Chai Lor, King Lor and Nou Yang, Kou Heu...
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Alford Lee Carswell

July 15, 1949 - October 22, 2019

Mr. Alford Lee "Pap Cooter" Carswell, 70, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Alford was born July 15, 1949 in Burke County to the late Azer B. Carswell and Bonnie Anthony Carswell. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and animals. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother,...
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Mary Magadlene Bryant Brown

April 13, 1926 - October 21, 2019

Mrs. Magadlene Bryant Brown, 93, of Granite Falls, passed away on Monday October 21, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Brown was born April 13, 1926 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Oscar Lee and Lelia Cannon Bryant. She was an active member of Baton Baptist Church, before her health prevented her she served as a...
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Stanley W. "Butch" Leonhardt

October 14, 1953 - October 19, 2019

Mr. Stanley W. "Butch" Leonhardt, Sr., 66, of Valdese passed away on Saturday October 19, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Leonhardt was born October 14, 1953 in Amberg, WI, a son of the late Alex and Helen Leonhardt. Stanley was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church and employed by MDI as a truck driver and refrigerant...
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Carolyn Loretta Berry Atwood

October 1, 1950 - October 18, 2019

Carolyn Loretta Berry Atwood, 69, of Hickory passed away Friday, October 18, 2019 at Livingston Healthcare in Livingston, MT following a period of declining health. Carolyn was born October 1, 1950 in Burke County to the late, Edward Junior Berry and Gladys Tomlinson Berry. She was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and was the owner of T&M Hosiery Mill in Hildebran. In addition to her...
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Carolyn Loretta Berry Atwood

October 1, 1950 - October 18, 2019

Carolyn Loretta Berry Atwood, 69, of Hickory passed away Friday, October 18, 2019 at Livingston Healthcare in Livingston, MO following a period of declining health. Carolyn was born October 1, 1950 in Burke County to the late, Edward Junior Berry and Gladys Tomlinson Berry. She was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and was the owner of T&M Hosiery Mill in Hildebran. In addition to her...
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Vernie Mae Abee Lowman

August 27, 1930 - October 17, 2019

Mrs. Vernie Mae Abee Lowman, 89, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Vernie was born August 27, 1930 in Burke County to the late John Abee and Ada Brittain Abee. She was a member of Smarts Grove Baptist Church. She was a very loving mother, grandmother, and great...
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Margaret Duckworth Greer

April 28, 1950 - October 16, 2019

Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Duckworth Greer, 69, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a brief illness. Margaret was born on April 28, 1950 in Burke County to Mozelle Dale Duckworth and the late Gerald J. Duckworth. She was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church, and was retired from J. Iverson Riddle Center, where she served as a...
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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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