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Roger Dean Church

July 14, 1940 - November 10, 2018

Mr. Roger Dean Church, 78, passed away Saturday November 10, 2018 at Carolina Caring in Hickory following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Burke County on July 14, 1940 to the late Ernest L. Church and Ruth P. Church. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 56 years, Loretta Hendrix Church of the home; his daughter, Julia Stewart; son, Scott Church and wife Valenia,...
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Beverly Ann Teague

July 17, 1946 - November 10, 2018

Mrs. Beverly Ann Teague, 72, of Granite Falls passed away Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Carolina's Medical Center Main Campus following a period of declining health. Beverly was born July 17, 1946 to the late Beverly "Bill" Ward and Christine Church Ward. She was a member of North Side Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband James Teague of 51 years. A memorial service will be held...
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James Robert Gurley

August 18, 1973 - November 9, 2018

James Robert Gurley "Jamie", 45, of Valdese passed away Friday, November 9, 2018 at Carolina's Healthcare Blue Ridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Jamie was born August 18, 1973 in Anchorage, Alaska. He is survived by his wife Muranda; step-daughter, Kaidence; his mother, Wanda Gurley of the home ,who is a dedicated mother who spent the last several years caring for Jamie...
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Walter Alexander Gragg, Jr.

November 8, 1946 - November 8, 2018

Mr. Walter Alexander Gragg, Jr. 72, passed away on his birthday Thursday November 8, 2018 at Duke University Hospital, following a six month illness with pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in Burke county on November 8, 1946 to Sarah Ingle Gragg and Walter Alexander Gragg, Sr. both deceased. His maternal grandparents, Cleo and Harrison Ingle, his paternal grandparents, Charlie and Maggie Gragg...
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Clara Novella Clark Adams

January 27, 1938 - November 8, 2018

Mrs. Clara Novella Clark Adams, 80, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at CHS-Blue Ridge Morganton, following a period of declining health. Clara was born on January 27, 1938 in Burke County to the late Grady Clark and Murta Barrier Clark. She was retired from Leviton, formerly Southern Devices after 30 years of service and she was a longtime member of Jonas Ridge Baptist...
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Doretha Lucille Lawrence Dungale

July 31, 1937 - November 7, 2018

Mrs. Doretha Lucille Lawrence Dungale, 81, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at Sherrills Ford Hospice House, following a period of declining health. A private memorial service will be held at a later date by her family.
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Elbert Tipton

November 15, 1941 - November 6, 2018

Mr. Elbert Tipton, 76, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at his family's residence, following a period of declining health. Elbert was born on November 15, 1941 in Yancey County to the late Brisco Tipton and Georgia Griffith Tipton. He was retired from the furniture industry, where he worked in the rub room and packaging for many years. In addition to his parents,...
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Reba Reece Parise

June 3, 1931 - November 6, 2018

Mrs. Reba Reece Parise, 87, of Valdese, went to her Heavenly Reward on Tuesday November 6, 2018 after a brief illness. Mrs. Parise was born June 3, 1931 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Buford T. and Viola Lowman Reece. Reba was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister and loyal friend. Her faith in God was sure and steadfast as she followed her Christ. She...
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Glenn McKinley Baker

January 29, 1943 - November 4, 2018

Mr. Glenn McKinley Baker, 75, of Morganton passed away Sunday November 4, 2018 at Magnolia Lane Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Survivors include his wife, Patsy S. Baker of the home; and son, Nathan G. Baker and wife Melissa of Morganton. A funeral service will be held 11:00AM Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Burkemont Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Bunton and Rev. Ray...
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Ernest Alvin Buff

December 5, 1926 - November 2, 2018

Mr. Ernest Alvin Buff, 91, of Garner, formerly of Morganton, passed away on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Wake Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Ernest was born on December 5, 1926 in Burke County to the late Moulton C. Buff and Bertha Powell Buff. He was retired from the food service industry, was a longtime member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church in Morganton and a...
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Robert Young Biggerstaff

October 30, 2018

Mr. Robert Young Biggerstaff, 69, of Connelly Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Robert was born in Burke County to the late Rex Biggerstaff and Dorothy Graham Biggerstaff. He was formerly employed as a truck driver in the recycling industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Travis Biggerstaff, a brother, Johnny Rex Biggerstaff and...
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William "Bill" Stacy Clark

May 4, 1939 - October 29, 2018

Mr. William "Bill" Stacy Clark, 79, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018 at Frye Regional Hospital, following a period of declining health. William was born May 4, 1939, in Avery County, to the late Harty Lee Clark and Novie Evelyn Eller Clark. He was a member at Warlick's Chapel United Methodist Church and served in the United States Army. In addition to his parents, he is...
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John "Rocky" Douglas Pierce

February 9, 1982 - October 28, 2018

Mr. John "Rocky" Douglas Pierce, 36, of Asheville, passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Rocky was born February 9, 1982, in Burke County, to Douglas Pierce and Cynthia Gail Smart Phillips. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Alita May Blayze Pierce and her mother, Nicole Kistler; Memphis Rayne Pierce, Onaka Carlee Pierce, and Bristol Swaye Pierce and their mother...
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Mark Anthony Lockee, Jr.

February 13, 1943 - October 28, 2018

Mark Anthony Lockee, Jr. , 75, of Connelly Springs unexpectedly departed this life to his heavenly home on Sunday October 28, 2018. Mark was born on February 13, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late Mark Anthony Lockee, Sr. and Zula Icard Lockee. He was a retired department manager with Corning for over 37 years, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Hildebran where he served as a Deacon,...
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Jerry Willard Lail

February 2, 1940 - October 27, 2018

Mr. Jerry Willard Lail, 78, of Lenoir passed away peacefully at his home Saturday October 27, 2018 following a period of declining health. Jerry was born February 2, 1940 in Burke County to the late John Willard Lail and Della Decker Lail. He was a quality control supervisor at Mid-State Paving Company for forty-five years and a member of Kings Creek Baptist Church. He was also a Captain at...
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Wesley Sion Hart

December 21, 1987 - October 25, 2018

Mr. Wesley Sion Hart, 30, of Asheville passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018 at his home following a period of declining health. Wesley was born December 21, 1987 in Burke County. He worked as a mechanic. He was preceded in death by maternal grandfathers, Cecil Phillips and Joe Humphries; paternal grandfather, Melvin Hart; and uncle, Robert Coffield. Survivors include, his mother, Sandra...
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Martha Karen Crane Peek

June 26, 1960 - October 25, 2018

Mrs. Martha Karen Crane Peek, 58, of Connelly Springs, went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday October 25, 2018 after a long battle with her health. Mrs. Peek was born June 26, 1960 in Gilford County, a daughter of Ruby Mae Greene Setzer and the late George Washington Crane. In addition to her father she was preceded in death by a brother, George Crane. Surviving are her mother, Ruby Mae...
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Bryant Thomas Howard

July 16, 1993 - October 24, 2018

It is with great sadness, that the family of Bryant Thomas "Cowboy" Howard, announces his passing at the age of 25 years, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Bryant was born on July 16, 1993 in Catawba County to Charles Timothy Howard and Kathryn Lineberry Johnson. He was currently employed in the lawn care industry. Bryant was a loving father, son and friend to all who knew and loved him. He...
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Mary Oxentine Young

April 17, 1930 - October 24, 2018

Mary Oxentine Young, 88, of Hickory, departed this life to her heavenly home on Wednesday October 24, 2018 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health. Mary was born on April 17, 1930 in Burke County to the late Claude Oxentine and Cora Benfield Oxentine. She was retired from MDI as a selector and also from Kids Patch Consignment Clothing. She was a member of South Fork...
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Ray Lynn Bridges

January 7, 1939 - October 22, 2018

Mr. Ray Lynn Bridges, 79, of Valdese, passed away on Monday October 22, 2018 at the Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mr. Bridges was born January 7, 1939 in Burke County, a son of the late Ervin Ray and Emma Carswell Bridges. He was employed in the textile industry as a sewing machine repairman and in the automobile industry as a radiator...
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Gary Marvin Rudisill, Sr.

May 6, 1950 - October 20, 2018

Mr. Gary Marvin Rudisill Sr., 68, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at his residence, following a period of declining health. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Paris Keever Kelly

May 7, 1927 - October 19, 2018

Mrs. Paris Keever Kelly of Valdese, 91, passed away peacefully on October 19 at Shaire Center where she had been a resident since 2012. Paris was born on May 7, 1927 in Burke County to the late Oliver D. Keever and Donnie Singleton Keever. She graduated from Valdese High School where she was Salutatorian in the Class of 1945 and began work in the local textile factories. Paris married...
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Sue Gurley Cannon

March 28, 1936 - October 19, 2018

Mrs. Sue Carol Gurley Cannon, 82, of Rutherford College, went home to be with her Lord while surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Caldwell Hospice Robbins Center. Sue was born on March 28, 1936 in Caldwell County to the late George Lemmie Gurley and Clara Bell Carswell Gurley. She was a retired registered nurse who worked at the Richard Baker Hospital in Hickory,...
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Cristina De La Vega

June 22, 1943 - October 17, 2018

Mrs. Cristina De La Vega, 75, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at her residence, following a period of declining health. The family will receive friends on Monday, October 22, 2018 from 5:00 until 6:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, with a memorial service to follow at 6:00 P.M. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the De La Vega family.
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Bonita Nadine Smith Morris

February 11, 1934 - October 15, 2018

Mrs. Bonita Nadine Smith Morris, of Granite Falls, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Bonita was born February 11, 1934, in Rockingham County, to the late Blanch B. Smith. She was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church and the Christian Motorcycle Association. In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death by her son, Jeff Curtis Cannon; husband,...
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Elizabeth "Lib" Branch Kirby

September 8, 1930 - October 12, 2018

Mrs. Elizabeth "Lib" Branch Kirby, 88, of Drexel passed away Friday, October 12, 2018 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital following a period of declining health. Lib was born September 8, 1930 in Burke County to the late Frazier Branch and Alice Small Branch. She was a charter member of United Baptist Church where she was a member of the choir, WMU, and attended Sunday School. She worked at Drexel...
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Leonard Earl Jeffcoat

September 21, 1954 - October 11, 2018

Mr. Leonard Earl Jeffcoat, 64, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Leonard was born on September 21, 1954 in Pennsylvania, to the late Wilber Lee Jeffcoat, Sr. and Emma Kathren Jeffcoat. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War and was a retired Deputy with the Mecklenburg...
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Glen Edward Marcus

January 4, 1945 - October 10, 2018

Mr. Glen Edward Marcus, 73, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at his residence. Glen was born on January 4, 1945 in McDowell County, WV, to the late Roy Marcus and Mable Buchanan Marcus. He was a retired as a paint and body repairman at Causby Buick in Morganton. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his children Renee Marcus and Stevie Marcus. ...
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Michael Eugene Cook

February 4, 1955 - October 9, 2018

Mr. Michael Eugen Cook, 63, of Morganton passed away Tuesday October 9, 2018 at his home, following a period of declining health. Mike was born February 4, 1955 in Burke County, raised by the late Rosa Lee Jordan Cook and J. Cook. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Vietnam War. Following his time in the service he was a deputy sheriff for the Burke County Sheriff's Department. He...
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Michael Allen Dodgen

May 16, 1947 - October 7, 2018

Mr. Michael Allen Dodgen, 71, of Morganton, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Michael was born on May 16, 1947 in Gaston County a son of Mildred Bradley Cable and the late Charles Dodgen. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was retired from the North Dakota DOT, where he was employed for over 35 years. In...
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Zora Hoyle Powell Johnson

June 1, 1924 - October 7, 2018

Mrs. Zora Lee Hoyle Powell -Johnson, 94, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018, following a period of declining health. Zora was born June 1, 1924, in Catawba County, to the late Gordon Hoyle and Brady Young Hoyle. She was retired from Broughton Hospital and a longtime member of River of Life Church of God where she was a Sunday School teacher. She was a loving mother to her children. In...
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James Elam Wise

August 25, 1936 - October 6, 2018

Mr. James Elam Wise, 82, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. Memorials may be made to North Laurel Baptist Church at 1942 Laurel St NE, Valdese, NC 28690. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the...
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Aaron Lee Brown

February 11, 1972 - October 1, 2018

Mr. Aaron Lee Brown, 46, of Mooresboro, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 1, 2018. Aaron was born on February 11, 1972 in Burke County. He was a veteran of the U.S Army, where he served as a Military Policeman, and was awarded numerous decorations, medals, badges and citations. He was formerly employed in Asset Protection with Wal-Mart Distribution for 16 years. Aaron loved the...
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Roy "Glennis" Lee, Jr.

September 5, 1955 - October 1, 2018

Mr. Roy "Glennis" Lee, Jr., 63 of Icard passed away Monday, October 1, 2018 at his residence. Glennis was born September 5, 1955 in Clintwood in Dickenson County, VA to the late Roy Glennis Lee, Sr. and Effie Faye McCowan Lee. He proudly owned M and S Tire and Auto where he served the community for twenty six years . He enjoyed gardening, tractors, and hiking in the mountains in search of...
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Ellen Delphine Mitchell Griffin

August 16, 1942 - September 30, 2018

Ellen Delphine Mitchell Griffin, 76, of Morganton passed away peacefully on September 30, 2018 following a period of declining health. Ellen was born August 16, 1942, as the daughter of Joe and Mary Mitchell in Burke County, North Carolina. During her early years she moved to Florida later marrying and having a son. She was fortunate in that she had become the daughter in law of Clarence and...
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Allen Stafford

December 19, 1927 - September 30, 2018

Mr. Allen Stafford, 90, of Icard, passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018, at his residence, following a period of declining health. Allen was born December 19, 1927, in Alexander County, to the late Amos A. Stafford and Sallie B. Crawford. He was a member of Mt. Home Baptist Church in Morganton. Allen loved vacationing with the Word of Life Christian Ministries; being outdoors hunting and...
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John Howard Tuttle

January 9, 1941 - September 29, 2018

John Howard Tuttle, 77, of Lenoir passed away Saturday, September 29, 2018 at his residence following a period of declining health. John was born January 9, 1941 in Caldwell County, NC to the late William Howard Tuttle and Mildred Smiley Tuttle. He worked as a supervisor at the NC Department of Transportation and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Morganton. In addition to his parents...
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Dora Elizabeth "Betty" Garrou

December 24, 1919 - September 27, 2018

Dora Elizabeth ("Betty") Bowles Garrou died on September 27, 2018 at her home in Grace Ridge Retirement Community in Morganton, N.C. Betty was born on December 24, 1919 in Hickory, N.C to Hilton and Sadie Whitener Bowles. Her brother, Robert, predeceased her. She is survived by her husband of 79 years, Louis, by her children John (Linda) Garrou of Winston- Salem, N.C, Elizabeth (James) Furr of...
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Barry Olin Abee

March 9, 1966 - September 25, 2018

Mr. Barry Olin Abee, 52, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at CHS-BRHC Morganton, following a period of declining health. Barry was born on March 9, 1966 in Burke County to Gladys Lail Abee and the late David Delain Abee. He was a longtime member of Abee's Grove Baptist Church and was previously employed as a long distance truck driver. In addition to his father, he...
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Lebbie Warren Hardy

January 31, 1954 - September 24, 2018

Ms. Lebbie Warren Hardy Stamps, 64, of Morganton, departed this life on Monday, September 24, 2018. Lebbie was born January 31, 1954, in Burke County, to the late Thomas James Hardy and Bessie V. Moore Hardy. She was educated at McAlpine Elementary and graduated from Glen Alpine High School. Lebbie was a devoted, faithful, and loving member of McElrath Chapel AME Church, where she was choir...
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Lois Mabel Holland Mull

May 1, 1919 - September 24, 2018

Lois Mabel Holland Mull , 99, of Hickory, NC, passed away September 24, 2018 at Trinity Ridge Nursing Home. Born May 1, 1919 in Graham County, a daughter of the late Thomas and Ivye Nettie Barnes Holland of Robbinsville, NC. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Arthur Griffin Mull; son, Jack Griffin Mull; and grandson, George Erick Mull; five brothers, Rev....
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Virgil Markes Anthony

February 5, 1932 - September 22, 2018

Mr. Virgil Markes Anthony, 86, of Drexel, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at College Pines Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Virgil was born on February 5, 1932 in Lincoln County to the late Carlo S. Anthony and Vacie Craig Anthony. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War and was retired from the Maintenance Department with Burke County...
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Beatrice Lingerfelt Moose

August 24, 1934 - September 21, 2018

Mrs. Loretta Beatrice Lingerfelt Moose, 84, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Beatrice was born August 24, 1934, in Burke County, to the late William W. Lingerfelt and Grace Salvaggio Lingerfelt. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Valdese. She loved cooking, decorate cakes, shopping...
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Wilma Sue Cook

November 28, 1951 - September 17, 2018

Mrs. Wilma Sue Mann Cook, 66, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, September 17, 2018 at CMC-Charlotte , following a period of declining health. Sue was born on November 28, 1951 in Dickenson County to the late Sammy Mann and Elsie Martin Mann. She was formerly employed in the hosiery industry and as a longtime cook at the B & B Restaurant in Hildebran. In addition to her parents, she...
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Mark Steven Aucoin

January 5, 1956 - September 16, 2018

Faithful husband and loving father. "Til we meet again on that beautiful shore - together again." Mr. Mark Steven Aucoin, 62, of Lenoir passed away Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Mark was born in Hampden County, Mass. to the late Richard Aucoin and Beverly Meyers Aucoin. He worked as a machinist in the furniture and...
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Brian Wesley Clark

June 4, 1963 - September 15, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Brian Wesley Clark announces his unexpected passing on September 15, 2018 at the age of 55. Brian will be lovingly remembered by his wife Linda Graham Clark and his children, Kari Clark Nix and husband Mike, Kaitlin Clark Chattin and husband Tyler; his parents, Jerry and Lois Gryder Clark; sister, Karen Clark Caruso and husband Carlton. Brian will...
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Mary Sue Spake Lackey

January 21, 1938 - September 15, 2018

Mary "Sue" Spake Lackey, 80, of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord, September 15, 2018, following a brief illness. Sue was born January 21, 1938, in Cleveland County, to the late Robert K. Spake and Mary Louise Cook Spake. She was a member of Rutherford College First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Jack A....
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Kathy Lynn Clevenger

December 11, 1959 - September 14, 2018

Kathy Lynn Clevenger, 58, of Connelly Springs passed away Friday September 14, 2018 at Magnolia Lane Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Kathy was born December 11, 1959 in Catawba County to the late Robert Lee Clevenger and Martha Ann Bargsley Clevenger. She was a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church. Survivors include, children, Sally Roberson Burch and husband...
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Kimberly Elizabeth Saine

August 4, 1963 - September 14, 2018

Kimberly Elizabeth Saine, 55, of Valdese passed away Friday, September 14, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a brief period of declining health. Kimberly was born August 4, 1963 in Burke County to the late Daniel Laray Saine and Maudie Lowman Saine. She was a member at Oak Ridge Baptist Church and worked as a finisher in the furniture industry. In addition to her parents she...
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Alan Alexander Osborne

March 24, 1981 - September 14, 2018

Mr. Alan Alexander Osborne, 37, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018, at his family's home, following a period of declining health. Alan was born March 24, 1981, in Watauga County, to the late Ray Edward Osborne and Janice Randall Osborne. Alan was a member of The Rock Church in Morganton. He loved music and making people laugh, but most of all he loved spending time with his...
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Candace Grace Hildebran

November 7, 1963 - September 13, 2018

Candace Grace Hildebran, 54, of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at CHS-BRHC Valdese, following a period of declining health. Candace was born on November 7, 1963 in Burke County to the late Richard Lee Hildebran and Martha Ann Early Hildebran. She was a member of Morganton First Church of God, and was formerly employed with city of Morganton and in the restaurant industry. ...
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Carl Edward Metcalf

June 23, 1932 - September 10, 2018

Mr. Carl Edward Metcalf, 86, of Valdese, passed away on Monday September 10, 2018 at his residence, after a period of declining health. Mr. Metcalf was born June 23, 1932 in Buncombe County, a son of the late Joseph Edward and Vera Mae Fulton Metcalf. He was a employed with Metcalf and Sons along with his father and brothers as a carpenter and contractor. Together they constructed and rebuilt...
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Carl Edward Metcalf

June 23, 1932 - September 10, 2018

Mr. Carl Edward Metcalf, 86, of Valdese, passed away on Monday September 10, 2018 at his residence, after a period of declining health. Mr. Metcalf was born June 23, 1932 in Buncombe County, a son of the late Joseph Edward and Vera Mae Fulton Metcalf. He was a employed with Metcalf and Sons along with his father and brothers as a carpenter and contractor. Together they constructed and rebuilt...
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Jason Eugene Powell

April 5, 1945 - September 8, 2018

Mr. Jason Eugene Powell, 73, of Drexel, went home to be with our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Blue Ridge Health Care Morganton, following a courageous battle with cancer. Jason was born April 5, 1945, in Burke County to the late Joel L. Powell and Iva E. Michaels Powell. He loved music, playing the guitar and singing with his family, tending to their mini...
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Ora "Suzie" Hogan Smith

June 21, 1937 - September 8, 2018

Mrs. Ora "Suzie" Suzanne Hogan Smith, of Valdese, passed away on September 8, 2018, at Autumn Care of Drexel, following a period of declining health. Suzie was born June 21, 1937, in Burke County to the late Howard Hogan and Henrietta Ribet Hogan. She was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, Stewart Hogan. She is...
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Thomas "Eddie" Lail

July 22, 1948 - September 6, 2018

Mr. Thomas "Eddie" Edward Lail, 70, of Morganton, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Eddie was born on July 22, 1948 in Burke County to the late Thurman Edward Lail and Irene Queen Lail. Following his graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Marine Corp., where he served from 1967-69 and was awarded the Vietnam Campaign...
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Lenora Rogers Raxter

April 6, 1929 - September 6, 2018

Mrs. Lenora Rogers Raxter, 89, of Kernersville, formerly of Valdese, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Rose Tara Senior Living Memory Care, following a period of declining health due to Alzheimer's. Lenora was born on April 6, 1929 in Cherokee County to the late Ernest Rogers and Jennie Painter Rogers. She was an active member of Enon Baptist Church and retired from Drexel Heritage...
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Lois Canipe Smith

June 9, 1919 - September 4, 2018

Mrs. Lois Canipe Smith, 99, of Greenville SC, passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at NHC Healthcare in Mauldin, South Carolina. Lois was born June 9, 1919 in Lincoln County, to the late David G. Canipe and Sarah Queen Canipe. Lois was a devoted member of Valdese First United Methodist Church. She loved her church, family, and gardening. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in...
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Betty Cooke Stokes

February 23, 1927 - September 3, 2018

Mrs. Betty Cooke Stokes, 91, of Morganton passed away Monday September 3, 2018 at College Pines Nursing Home following a long and full life. Betty was born February 23, 1927 in Buncombe County, NC to the late Shell Cooke and Minnie Pipes Cooke. Betty retired from Broughton Hospital as a social worker. She enjoyed RV camping and remained very close to the friends she met while doing so. She was...
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Gene Epley

January 14, 1932 - September 1, 2018

As one of his favorite hymns states, "I'll fly away", H. Gene Epley left his earthly body surrounded by his loving family to be with his Heavenly Father on September 1, 2018. He was born January 14, 1932, the oldest of four. Growing up in Valdese, he began working at an early age and demonstrated a strong work ethic throughout his life. Gene loved sports, playing basketball and baseball at...
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Sheila Glynn Dean

October 17, 1967 - September 1, 2018

Miss. Sheila Dean, 50, of Morganton passed away Saturday September 1, 2018. Sheila was born October 17, 1967 in Suffolk County, NY to Ann Baldanza. She was preceded in death by her step father Anthony M. Baldanza. Survivors include her children, Kaitlyn Scales and husband Patton, and Samantha A. Ward; mother, Ann Baldanza; sisters, Lisa Dean and boyfriend Tim Pruitt of Granite Falls, and...
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Hattie Mae Smith

August 17, 1941 - September 1, 2018

Mrs. Hattie Mae Smith, 77, of Morganton, passed away Saturday September 1, 2018 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a brief period of declining health. A graveside service will be held 2:00PM Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at High Peak Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Kevin Purcell officiating.
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Mary Dorothy Pritchard Isaacs

September 23, 1930 - August 30, 2018

Mrs. Mary Dorothy Pritchard Isaacs, 87, of Valdese passed away Thursday August 30, 2018 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mary was born September 23, 1930 in McDowell County to the late Jackson Lee Simmons and Louise Moody Simmons. She worked at Britt Haven Nursing Home and Highlander Limited. Mary was a member at Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to...
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Walter Grady White

May 1, 1934 - August 30, 2018

Mr. Walter Grady White, 84, of Conover, formerly of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at Conover Nursing and Rehab, following a period of declining health. Walter was born on May 1, 1934 in Catawba County to the late Grady and Virginia White. He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church, a veteran of the U.S. National Guard and a retired band saw operator in the furniture...
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Charles Willard Church

March 10, 1925 - August 28, 2018

Charles Willard Church, 93, of Valdese, died at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Asheville on Tuesday August 28, 2018. Willard was born on March 10, 1925 in Caldwell County to the late Mitch Church and Rosa Dell Triplett Church. He was a 1943 graduate of Valdese High School. Immediately following graduation, he reported for basic training in the U.S. Army, followed by participation in the...
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Helen Aileen Williams Abernethy

April 16, 1921 - August 27, 2018

Mrs. Helen Aileen Williams Abernethy, 97, of Valdese went to her Heavenly home on Monday August 27, 2018 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Abernethy was born April 16, 1921 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Loy Ivey and Willie Emma Arney Williams. Helen was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Valdese, the Valdese Music Club and the DAR. She...
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Glenn Robert Lingerfelt, Sr.

November 16, 1949 - August 25, 2018

Mr. Glenn Robert Lingerfelt Sr., 68, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Glenn was born on November 16, 1949 in Burke County to the late George Henry Lingerfelt and Cora Stillwell Lingerfelt. He was a retired truck driver with Hickory Springs and a longtime member of Winkler's Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his...
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Harold "Shorty" Austin

October 20, 1935 - August 24, 2018

Mr. Harold "Shorty" Austin, 82, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, August 24, 2018 at Wake Forest Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Harold was born October 20, 1935, in Lakeworth, Florida, to the late Floyd Austin and May Gross. He was a member at Table Rock Seventh Day Adventist Church and retired from Drexel Furniture. He was a great photographer and he loved to...
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Arthur Eddie Brittain II

June 24, 1957 - August 23, 2018

Mr. Arthur Edward Brittain II, passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Eddie was born on June 24, 1957 in Burke County to the late Arthur Edward Brittain and Virginia Dare Reid Brittain. He was the owner and operator of Burke Upholstery and Auto Restoration since his father's passing in 1976. Eddie had a love for animals and a passion...
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Joseph Ephriam Smith

January 29, 1934 - August 22, 2018

Dr. Joe Ephriam Smith died Wednesday, August 22, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at Hahnemann University Hospital of congestive heart failure. He was a national leader in Hospital Pharmacy and Pharmacy Education and until he retired, was formerly Director of Pharmacy Service at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He was born January 29, 1934, in Connelly Springs, North...
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Dennis Keith Carter

March 21, 1954 - August 20, 2018

Mr. Dennis Keith Carter, 64, of Valdese, went home to be with the Lord on Monday August 20, 2018 at his residence. Dennis was born March 21, 1954 in Burke County to the late Herman Inell Carter and Hazel Louise Hull Carter. He attended United Baptist Church and retired from the shipping department at Drexel Heritage. He enjoyed volunteering at the soup kitchen and at Burke County Friends for...
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Robert Clyde Opp, Jr.

July 1, 1935 - August 19, 2018

Robert (R.C.) Clyde Opp, Jr. (also known as Bob) of Morganton, NC; born in Akron, Ohio, July 1, 1935, an Army Veteran of the Korean War, died August 19, 2018. Preceded in death by his parents, Robert Clyde Opp, Sr. and Mary Ann (Mulvaney) Opp, and four sisters: Juanita, Irene, Gladys, and Evelyn. Survived by wife of 62 years, Leona (Lee) Opp and children, Sandra Desorgher (Max), Ginger...
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Terri "Michelle" Orders Townsend

March 23, 1966 - August 19, 2018

Mrs. Terri Michelle Townsend, 52, of Connelly Springs, passed away Sunday August 19, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Valdese, following a battle with Cancer . Michelle was born March 23, 1966 in Burke County, NC to the late Francis Orders and Wilma Turnmire Orders. She was employed by the First Baptist Icard Childcare Enrichment Center as a Teacher. She truly loved...
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Douglas Adams

October 18, 1959 - August 17, 2018

Douglas Adams, 58, of Hickory, passed away Friday August 17, 2018 at Brian Center of Hickory following a period of declining health. Mr. Adams was born on October 18, 1959 in Fort Worth, TX to Denver Adams and the late Betty Crosier Hall. He was an automobile mechanic at Auto Works of Valdese, and was a member of Smarts Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Pam Brittain Adams of...
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Hunter Lee Watts-Teague

July 17, 2003 - August 15, 2018

Hunter Lee Watts-Teague, 15, of Hickory, was a fun loving , happy, amazing boy who always had a smile on his face. He loved to make others laugh. He was born July 17, 2003 and he gained his wings at his residence on August 15, 2018. He completed the eighth grade at Ardnt Middle School in Hickory. He is preceded in death by his great-grandfather, John Mark Watts; and a brother, Brandon Teague ...
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Doris Doyle Davis Burns

May 12, 1922 - August 13, 2018

Mrs. Doris Doyle Davis Burns, 96, of Rutherford College passed away August 13,2018 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Mrs. Burns was born May 12, 1922 in Horse Pasture, VA to the late W.H. Davis and Hester Doyle Davis. She worked for thirty five years at Valdese Hospital as Head Registered Nurse, and eleven years at Broughton as supervisor of G Ward. She was a...
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Brenda Gantt Walker

November 18, 1949 - August 13, 2018

Mrs. Brenda Gantt Walker, 69, of Mount Airy, died on Monday August 13, 2018 at Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Walker was born March 18, 1949 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Charles Maynard and Bertie Pruitt Gantt. She was retired inspector in the textile manufacturing industry. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by...
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Bobby Fred Benfield

October 28, 1930 - August 12, 2018

Mr. Bobby Fred Benfield, 87, of Morganton passed away Sunday August 12, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Bobby was born October 28, 1930 in Burke County to the late John Benfield and Fannie Mincey Benfield. Following his time in the United States Army ,serving as a tank operator in the Korean Conflict; he worked as a manager at Sky City. Bobby...
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Robert Charles Sewell

November 6, 1948 - August 11, 2018

Mr. Robert Charles Sewell, 69, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Catawba Hospice of Sherrills Ford, following a period of declining health. Robert was employed by Bethlehem Salvage and active in Bad Company Street Rods. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices...
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Mary Ellen Robinson Deaton

April 13, 1940 - August 10, 2018

Mrs. Mary Ellen Robinson Deaton, 78, of Hickory, passed away on Friday August 10, 2018 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Deaton was born April 13, 1940 in Burke County, a daughter of the late John Henry and Susie Matthews Robinson. She was a member of Wilkies Grove Baptist Church, a loving wife, mother and homemaker. In addition to her parents she was preceded in...
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Edwyna Lee Russell Stiles

November 4, 1928 - August 10, 2018

Mrs. Edwyna Lee Russell Stiles, 89, of Morganton, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Grace Heights Health and Rehab Center, following a period of declining health. Edwyna was born on November 4, 1928 in Burke County to the late William T. Russell and Faye Tillotson Russell. She remained in Burke County until the early 1950's and eventually relocated to Greensboro and began a career in...
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George "Ed" Edward Singleton

April 21, 1942 - August 10, 2018

Mr. George Edward "Ed" Singleton, 76, of Valdese, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Ed was born April 21, 1942, in Avery County, to the late Edgar Singleton and Doral Ollis Singleton. He was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church. Ed loved to watch his favorite teams, NC State and the Washington Redskins; but...
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Adaline Dawn Hullette

February 17, 2017 - August 9, 2018

Adaline Dawn Hullette, 17 Mo. of Connelly Springs, died Thursday August 9, 2018 as the result of an auto accident. Adaline was born February 17, 2017 in Burke County a daughter of Heather Hullette and the late Cody A., Myers. She was preceded in death by her sister, Piper Layne Myers. Surviving are her mother Heather Hullette of Connelly Springs, sister, Mira Myers, grandparents, Robert and...
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Cody Austin Myers

February 17, 1997 - August 8, 2018

Mr. Cody Austin Myers, 21, of Connelly Springs, died Wednesday August 8, 2018 as the result of an auto accident. Cody was born February 17, 1997 in Burke County, a son of Robert Myers and Joyce Frye Myers He was a graduate of East Burke High School and employed as a metal fabricator. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Adaline Dawn Hullette and Piper Layne Myers. Surviving are his...
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Piper Layne Myers

April 5, 2018 - August 8, 2018

Piper Layne Myers, 4 mo. old died Wednesday August 8, 2018 as the result of an auto accident. Piper was born April 5, 2018, in Burke County a daughter of Heather Hullette and the late Cody A. Myers. She was preceded in death, in addition to her father, by her sister, Adaline Dawn Hullette. Surviving are her mother, Heather Hullette of Connelly Springs, Sister, Mira Myers of Hickory,...
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Harold Coy Earley

November 8, 1936 - August 8, 2018

Harold Coy Earley, 81, of Rutherford College, NC and formerly of the Baton community died on August 8, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care after an extended battle with cancer. He was born November 8, 1936 in Rutherford County, NC to the late Coy Earley and Virle Lane Earley. Harold was a member of Mountain Grove Church in Baton and was retired from Caldwell County Schools after 33...
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Eva Virginia Bradshaw Decker

July 26, 1935 - August 8, 2018

Mrs. Eva Virginia Bradshaw Decker, 83, of Morganton passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Grace Heights Nursing Home following a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held 3:00PM Sunday August 12, 2018 at Zion Road Baptist Church with the Rev. Micah Piercy officiating. Interment will follow at Benfield Cemetery in Avery County. The family will receive friends prior to the...
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Bettie Bowman Carswell

November 12, 1930 - August 8, 2018

Bettie Bowman Carswell of Rutherford College, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in her home following a period of declining health. Born in Caldwell county, Nov. 12, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Henry Milton Bowman and Mary Elizabeth McLean Bowman. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Rutherford College. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Dewey...
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Robert Alabama Whitney

November 26, 1943 - August 8, 2018

Mr. Robert "Alabama" Buckingham Whitney III, 74, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, following a period of declining health. Bobby was born November 26, 1943, in Alexander, Virginia, to the late Robert Buckingham Whitney, Jr. and Wanita Johnson Whitney. Bobby loved to talk about his childhood spending time on his grandparents farm in...
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Timothy Randall Williams

July 18, 1968 - August 7, 2018

Mr. Timothy Randall Williams, 50, of Morganton passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Carolina Medical Center Main Campus in Charlotte. Timothy was born July 18, 1968 in Burke County to Esther Brittain Williams Smith and the late Lloyd Randall Williams. He attended United Baptist Church and The Church of God in Nebo. Timothy was co owner and operator of LRW Trucking; he also worked for the...
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Larry Scott Arney

September 21, 1958 - August 6, 2018

Mr. Larry Scott Arney, 59, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, August 6, 2018, at his residence, following a period of declining health. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.
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Herman "Reid" Childers

September 23, 1941 - August 6, 2018

Mr. Herman "Reid" Childers, 76, of Connelly Springs passed away Monday, August 6, 2018 at the V.A. Medical Center in Asheville following a brief period of declining health. Reid was born September 23, 1941 in Burke County to the late Henry Lemuel Childers and Vergie Bryant Childers. Following his time serving in the U.S. Army he owned his own heating and air business. He enjoyed camping,...
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Janet Miriam Sanders Bell

July 17, 2018 - August 5, 2018

Janet "Jan" Miriam Sanders Bell, 79, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at College Pines Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Janet was born July 17, 1939, in Adams County, Pennsylvania, to the late Lloyd B. Sanders and Treva K. Bowman. She loved gardening and the companionship of her cat. Jan was a loving mother and grandmother. She was deeply devoted to her...
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Pearl Esther Thomas Sandoval

October 1, 1921 - August 4, 2018

Pearl Esther Thomas Sandoval, born a coal miner's daughter on October 1, 1921, and raised in Scattertown, PA to the late John Wright and Lulu Belle Thomas. She was an inquisitive child who enjoyed growing up on the family farm of 63 acres where many relatives still reside. After high school she hitchhiked and found work 35 miles from home earning $.33 per hour painting auto emblems. After...
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Jonie Robert Carswell

April 16, 1941 - August 2, 2018

Mr. Jonie Robert Carswell, 77, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday August 2, 2018 in Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Carswell was born April 16, 1941 in Burke County, a son of the late Logan and Emma Jane Watts Carswell. He retired from Century Furniture machine shop and enjoyed working on lawnmowers in his metal shop at home. Jonie was a faithful member...
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Wayne Morris Rouse

October 10, 1938 - August 2, 2018

Wayne Morris Rouse, 79, of Morganton, passed away Thursday August 2, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Mr. Rouse was born on October 10, 1938 in Guilford County to the late Ellen Rouse and Paul Rouse. He was retired from Henredon Furniture as a Quality Control Manager, and was a faithful member of Christ United Methodist Church. In...
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Carole Pauline Duncan Rice

November 15, 1934 - August 1, 2018

Mrs. Carole Pauline Duncan Rice, 83, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, following a period of declining health. Carole was born November 15, 1934, in Catawba County, to the late Eli G. Duncan and Lillian Grant Duncan. She was a member of First Advent Christian Church, and was retired from JC Penney's . Carole loved to cook and work puzzles; but most of all she loved being...
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Bumper Timmy Shawn Truesdale

March 20, 1983 - July 31, 2018

Mr. "Bumper" Timmy Shawn Truesdale, 35, of Bayboro, NC, formerly of Morganton, passed away July 31, 2018. Bumper was born March 20, 1983 in Burke County to Mrs. Teresa Yelton Truesdale and Mr. Timmy Tony Maurice Truesdale. Bumper will be remembered as a kind and loving individual who was spontaneous and full of life. He loved his family and enjoyed making everyone laugh. He was attending...
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Michael Glenn Owenby

March 18, 1955 - July 31, 2018

Michael Glenn Owenby, age 63, of Hickory, and formerly of Marion, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 31, 2018, at home following a long battle with cancer. Born March 18, 1955, in Rhode Island, he was a son of Peggy McKinney Owenby of Marion and the late Glenn Ervin Owenby. Left to cherish his memory are his loving and supportive wife of 23 years Kaye McCall Owenby; his mother, Peggy...
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Sandra Rozetta Hardy Middleton

March 20, 1955 - July 31, 2018

Sandra Rozetta Hardy Middleton, 63, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at her residence, following a period of declining health. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM at First Church of God in Lenoir, with Pastor Jerome Pearson and Rev. Jasper Hemphill officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday, from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM at First...
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