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Evelyn Lynn Newton

December 24, 1927 - January 22, 2020

Evelyn Naomi Lynn Newton, 92 , of Hildebran, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Hickory Falls Health and Rehab, following a period of declining health. Evelyn was born on December 24, 1927 in Gaston County to the late Ollie Lynn and Kate Young Lynn. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church Hildebran and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker for her entire...
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Rodney Edgar Abernathy

December 19, 1976 - January 20, 2020

Mr. Rodney Edgar Abernathy, 43, of Hildebran, passed away from a long and painful battle with pancreatic cancer, on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care. Rodney was born on December 19, 1976 in Catawba County to Rosalind Carpenter Smith and the late Ralph Abernathy Jr. He was a graduate of East Burke High School and Nashville Auto-Diesel College. In the last few years...
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Albert Lee Williams , Sr.

October 25, 1941 - January 20, 2020

Mr. Albert Lee Williams Sr., 78, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2020 at Charles George VA Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Albert was born October 25, 1941, in Burke County to the late Ernest Kelly Williams and Ethel Burns Williams. He was a devoted follower of the Truth All His Life and served in the United States Army. Albert loved to go to his...
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Minnie Huffman Bumgarner

April 21, 1933 - January 19, 2020

Minnie Huffman Bumgarner, 86, of Hickory passed away Sunday January 19, 2020 at Carolina Rehab following a period of declining health. Minnie was born April 21, 1933 in Burke County to the late William Huffman and Maudie Whisnant Huffman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Roscoe Huffman, Noah Huffman, and Lee Huffman; and sisters, Mary Bradshaw, Jeanette...
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Joseph E. Rogers

November 27, 1945 - January 17, 2020

Joseph E. Rogers, Sr., 74, of Morganton, was called to his Heavenly home on January 17, 2020. Born in Valdese, North Carolina, Joe made a name for himself as the owner and operator of Joe's Tire Service, formerly located on South Sterling Street in Morganton. Joe had a passion for working on cars, and was noted at the time to be the best wheel alignment man in Morganton. Joe always enjoyed...
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Edith Barrier Singleton

February 18, 1922 - January 17, 2020

Mrs. Edith Barrier Singleton, 97, of Morganton passed away Friday, January 17, 2020 at College Pines Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Edith was born February 18, 1922 in Avery County to the late Alex Barrier and Flettie Rose Barrier. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sons, Cecil Jean Ollis and Paul Dean Ollis; grandson, George Ollis; brothers,...
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Carrie Fox

May 20, 1921 - January 16, 2020

Carrie Elizabeth Scott Fox (Maw Maw), age 98, passed away at Hospice House on Thursday, January 16, 2020. She was born on May 20, 1921, but birthdate was not recorded until June 2, 1921. Carrie was the last of ten siblings, born to Junius Washington Scott and Laura Estelle Dale Scott. Living for many years on Lail Road , Carrie was independent until she was in her late nineties. She was an...
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Larry Charles Briggs

June 11, 1963 - January 16, 2020

Larry Charles Briggs, 56, of Morganton Street Valdese, formerly of Hickory was ushered into the gates of heaven on Thursday January 16, 2020. Larry was born on June 11, 1963 in Chester, S.C. to L.C. and Patricia Lunsford Briggs. Raised in the Hildebran area, he attended Hildebran Junior High School and was a 1981 graduate of East Burke High School. He was a second shift supervisor at B & W...
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Margaret Renee Grill Gravel

October 5, 1952 - January 15, 2020

Margaret Renee Grill Gravel, 67, of Valdese, passed away on January 15, 2020 after a brief illness. Renee was born October 5, 1952 to Henry and Louise Grill. She attended both Valdese High School and Fairfax Hall in Virginia, as well as Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. In 1978, she married John Richard (Jack) Gravel. They enjoyed a wonderful marriage until his death in 2016. Together, they...
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Sammy Allen Lowman

November 5, 1946 - January 15, 2020

Sammy Allen Lowman, 73, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday January 15, 2020 at his residence following a period of declining health. Sammy was born on November 5, 1946 in Burke County to the late Pete Edward Lowman and Mabel Shell Lowman. He worked for Drexel Heritage Furniture for over 47 years and was a member of Valdese First Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death...
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Wilburn Edward "Bill" Miller

February 16, 1934 - January 15, 2020

Mr. Wilburn Edward "Bill" Miller, 85, passed away on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Charles George VA Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Bill was born February 16, 1934 in Catawba County to the late Hazel Christopher Lippard. He served in the United States Army and was retired from Leathercraft Furniture. Bill will always be remembered as having a heart as big as a house...
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Cesar Menchu Garcia

November 4, 1979 - January 14, 2020

Mr. Cesar Sebastian Menchu Garcia, 40, of Lenoir passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at his residence. Cesar was born on November 4, 1979 in Guatemala to Nicolas Menchu and Juana Garcia Chamorro. He was a member of Iglesias Evangelical Church and was employed with Fuji Restaurant in Hudson. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. at Heritage Funeral Service...
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Gary Lynn McDaniel

May 12, 1958 - January 14, 2020

Mr. Gary Lynn McDaniel, 61, of Hickory passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Gary was born, May 12, 1958 in Burke County to the late Ray McDaniel and Garnie Brown McDaniel. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed playing pool, NASCAR, and watching the Atlanta Braves. In addition to his parents he was preceded in...
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Mattie Jane Wilson

April 19, 1935 - January 14, 2020

Mrs. Mattie Jane McCall Wilson, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Jane was born on April 19, 1935 in Caldwell County to the late Wallace Elige McCall Sr. and Sula Kirby McCall. She was a longtime member of Berea Baptist Church and was a retired textile inspector, working for Jobst. In...
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Clifford Leroy Yarger

January 3, 1942 - January 12, 2020

Mr. Clifford Leroy Yarger, 78, of Drexel, passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at his residence, following a period of declining health. Clifford was born January 3, 1942, in Richland County, Ohio to the late Gerald Yarger and Eilene Leedy Yarger. He graduated from Butler High School in 1960 and was an over the road truck driver and retired in 2012. Clifford loved to talk NASCAR and enjoyed...
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Wendell Vaxter Lowman

August 18, 1935 - January 11, 2020

Mr. Wendell Vaxter Lowman, 84, of Connelly Springs, went to his Heavenly home on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Wendell was born on August 18, 1935 in Burke County to the late John Lewis Lowman and Bessie Lowman. He was a retired upholsterer in the furniture industry and attended Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church. Wendell loved working in his garden and watching the race. In addition to...
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LouEllen Kincaid Devine

November 13, 1932 - January 9, 2020

Mrs. LouEllen Kincaid Devine, 87, of Valdese, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, January 9, 2020 at her residence, following a period of declining health. LouEllen was born on November 13, 1932 in Burke County to the late Robert Kincaid and Lois Mull Kincaid. She was a member of River of Life Church for almost seven years and was a retired seamer in the hosiery industry. In...
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Ricky Alan Hildebran

March 10, 1956 - January 6, 2020

Mr. Ricky Alan Hildebran, 63, of Connelly Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 6, 2020, at Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge Valdese. Rick was born March 10, 1956 in Burke County to the late Aaron Hildebran and Nellie Whitesides Hildebran. He was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and retired from the Town of Valdese water treatment plant. Rick loved going to dirt...
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Robert Luther Hester, Jr.

July 23, 1948 - January 4, 2020

Mr. Robert Luther Hester, Jr., 71, of Morganton passed away Saturday, January 4, 2020 at his home following a period of declining health. Robert was born July 23, 1948 in McDowell County, NC to the late Robert Hester, Sr. and Martha Gaddy Hester. He was a veteran of the US Army and served his country in Vietnam. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was...
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Mary Jeanete Miller Sigmon

January 4, 2020

Mrs. Jeannette Miller Sigmon, 83, of Hickory went to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday January 4. 2020 at Trinity Ridge Nursing Home following a period of declining health, surrounded by her loved ones. Jeannette was born November 17, 1936 in Burke County to the late G.E. (Deuce) Miller and Toye Louvinia Sullivan Miller. She was a music teacher for over thirty years at Hildebran Elementary...
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Frances Rogers Coleman

April 3, 1928 - January 3, 2020

Mrs. Frances Rogers Coleman, 91, formerly of Valdese, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Bowling Green Health and Rehab Center located in Bowling Green, Va., following a period of declining health. Fran was born on April 3, 1928 in Fulton County, GA, to the late Willow Tempie Ragan Rogers and Walter Edwin Rogers. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Valdese and...
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Kathleen Diane "KD" Ball

July 14, 1987 - January 1, 2020

Kathleen Diane Ball, better known as "KD" of Valdese passed away the morning of January 1, 2020 at the age of thirty-two. KD was the daughter of the late Hal Ball and Diane Lovelace and husband, Dennis Lovelace. She is survived by a much-loved son Matthew David Ball; and long-time partner, Michael Clement; she is also survived by numerous brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, as well as a...
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Karen Jean Harbaugh

January 26, 1954 - January 1, 2020

Miss. Karen Jean Harbaugh, 65 of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at The Brian Center, following a period of declining health. Karen was born on January 26 of 1954 in Cambria County, Pennsylvania to the late Charles Harbaugh and Emma Wertz Harbaugh. She loved to spend her free time participating in one of her two favorite hobbies; playing bingo or bowling. Karen is survived...
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Essie Mae Hudson Carver Shook

May 5, 1928 - December 30, 2019

Mrs. Essie Mae Hudson Carver Shook, 91, of Granite Falls, passed away on Monday December 30, 2019 at College Pines Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Essie was born May 5, 1928 in Burke County, to the Late Ellis Hudson and Mary Fidel Rector Hudson. Mrs. Shook was a longtime member of Northside Baptist Church in Granite Falls. She worked in textiles and retired from...
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Betty Lou Rector Brown

May 8, 1946 - December 28, 2019

Mrs. Betty Lou Rector Brown, 73, of Valdese, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Grace Hospital, following a period of declining health. Betty was born on May 8, 1946 in Burke County to the late Bart Monroe Rector and Mamie Lail Rector. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker, and a longtime member of High Peak Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death...
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Hubert Daniel Smart

January 28, 1943 - December 28, 2019

Mr. Hubert Daniel Smart, 76, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at his home, following a period of declining health. Hubert was born January 28, 1943, in Burke County, to the late Matthew M. Smart and Flossie Carswell Smart. He loved being outdoors hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife of fifty-one years, Katrina Willis Smart; children, Kimberly Benfield...
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Lydia Hunter Holt

November 8, 1933 - December 25, 2019

Mrs. Lydia Mae Hunter Holt, 86, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Lydia was born on November 8, 1933 in Yancey County to the late Claude Hunter and Flossie Bradford Hunter. She was a longtime member of the Drexel First Church of God and was a loving wife, mother and homemaker for her entire family....
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James Daniel Bryant

December 7, 1971 - December 24, 2019

Mr. James Daniel Bryant, 48, of Rutherford College, passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a brief illness. James was born on December 7, 1971 in Savannah, GA to Jackie Smith Bryant and Donna Duncan Bryant. He was previously employed in the construction business. James was preceded in death by one brother, Jimmy Dean Bryant and his grandparents....
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Cathy Hayduk Rivas

December 23, 2019

Cathy Hayduk Rivas, 62, of Hickory, N.C., passed away on December 23, 2019. Born in Johnstown, PA in 1957, Cathy followed her father's, James Hayduk, footsteps by going into the car business and achieved Salesperson of the Of the Month awards many times. She loved her Paramount KIA family and looked forward to going to work every day. In addition to her work at Paramount, her other positions...
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Eric Wayne Whisenant

June 28, 1963 - December 22, 2019

Mr. Eric Wayne Whisenant, 56, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2019 at the Charles George VA Medical Center following a period of declining health. Eric was born June 28, 1963 in Burke County to Wayne W. Whisenant and Louise Propst Gilley. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Following his time in the service, he worked as an electrician. He was a member at Rainhill...
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Margaret Dodson Hester

September 21, 1941 - December 18, 2019

Margaret Elizabeth Dodson Hester, 78, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at Carolina Rehab, following a period of declining health. Margaret was born September 21, 1941 in McMinn County, TN, to the late Henry Fields Dodson and Annie May Webb Dodson. She was a loving mother and grandmother. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her great-grandson, Ethan...
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Johnny Carroll Cannon

January 13, 1950 - December 17, 2019

Mr. Johnny Carroll Cannon, 69, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Johnny was born on January 13, 1950 in Burke County to the late JC Cannon and Lottie Gilliand Cannon. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church and was self employed in the auto paint and repair business for many years. In addition...
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Derrin Bruce McGee

January 24, 1970 - December 16, 2019

Mr. Derrin Bruce McGee, 49, of Connelly Springs, passed away Monday, December 16, 2019 at CHC Blue Ridge in Morganton. Derrin was born January 24, 1970 in Caldwell County to Mr. Dennis McGee and Mrs. Lanie Cozart McGee. He retired as a machinist and was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Marshall McGee of the home; step-daughter, Hailey Carter of...
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Ernest Coots

May 12, 1947 - December 12, 2019

Ernest Coots, 72, of Hickory, passed away on December 12, 2019 at Carolina Caring, following a period of declining health. Mr. Coots was born on May 12, 1947, in Hazard, Kentucky, to the late Monroe Coots and Mallie Wells Coots. He was a member of Lighthouse Ministries of Valdese. He had a great love for University Kentucky Basketball, but an even bigger love for his church. He served as a...
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William David Owens

December 10, 1956 - December 10, 2019

William David Owens III, 63, of Valdese, passed away December 10, 2019 following a brief illness. David was born on December 10, 1956 in Burke County to the late William "Bill" Owens, Jr. and Sue Searcy Owens. He graduated in the first class from East Burke High School and earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. David started Southern Computer in...
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William Reed Robinson

April 19, 1932 - December 9, 2019

Mr. William Reed Robinson, 87, of Valdese, passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, following a period of declining health. William was born April 19, 1932 in Yancey County to the late Leonard Brooks Robinson, Sr. and Hazel Bonning Robinson. He was a retired supervisor in the textile industry, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. William was...
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Ada Coleen Calloway Green

July 21, 1931 - December 9, 2019

Mrs. Ada Coleen Calloway Green, 88, of Granite Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 9, 2019 at her residence. Coleen was born July 21, 1931 in Caldwell County to the late Charles Calloway and Mary Dula Calloway. She was a member of Baton Baptist Church. She had a great talent for making beautiful embroidered quilts. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her...
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James Glenn Queen

July 5, 1923 - December 9, 2019

Mr. James Glenn Queen, a lifelong resident of Valdese, North Carolina, passed away on December 9th, 2019 at the age of 96 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. James was born July 5, 1923 in Burke County, a son of the late Okie and Margaret Patton Queen. James was a veteran serving in the US Navy on destroyers in the North Atlantic and South Pacific during World War II. After...
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Edgar Lee Barnes

February 18, 1942 - December 9, 2019

Edgar Lee Barnes, 77, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday, December 9, 2019 at Hickory Falls, following a period of declining health. Mr. Barnes was born February 18, 1942, in Burke County, to the late Lee Barnes and Beulah Heavner Barnes. He was a member of Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church. Edgar was a hard worker that loved his family. In addition to his parents, he is...
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Beverly Parsons "Sue" Mast

August 15, 1943 - December 8, 2019

Mrs. Beverly Parsons "Sue" Mast, 76, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday December 8, 2019 at her residence after a period of declining health. Sue was born August 15, 1943 in Stanley County, a daughter of the late Walter L. and Alma Whitley Parsons. She was a faithful and active member of the Valdese First United Methodist Church and a lifelong teacher in the Burke County Public Schools. Sue...
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Patricia Kline Lingle

October 5, 1946 - December 8, 2019

Patricia "Patty" Kline Lingle, 73, of Charlotte NC (and most recently of Morganton NC), died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday morning, December 8, 2019 in the company of loving family. She was born on October 5, 1946 in Salisbury NC, and moved from San Diego CA to Charlotte NC in 1973. She was a talented seamstress and prolific creator of exquisite costumes, clothing, shoulder bags and more...
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Marleen Jones Freeman

November 8, 1949 - December 7, 2019

Marleen Jones Freeman, 70, of Hickory passed away Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Carolina Caring, following a period of declining health. A receiving of friends will be held Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 6:00PM to 7:00PM at Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory.
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Dorothy Lee Huffman Baker

December 29, 1934 - December 7, 2019

Dorothy Lee Huffman Baker, 84, of Valdese, passed away Saturday December 7, 2019 at College Pines Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Baker was born on December 29, 1934 in Burke County to the late Russell R. Huffman and Annie Belle Icard Poe. She was employed for many years with Mom and Pop's Ham House in Hickory and Curley's Fish Camp. She was most recently employed by...
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Shirley Louise Edwards

January 27, 1949 - December 5, 2019

Miss Shirley Louise Edwards, 70, of Morganton passed away unexpectedly in her home on December 5, 2019, following a period of declining health. Miss Edwards was born January 27, 1949, a daughter of the late Sidney and Lee Ila Moses York. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by Charles York, Brenda Barus, and Gwyn York. She was survived by many loving family and friends as...
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Verlene Allen Penley

July 26, 1943 - December 5, 2019

Verlene Allen Penley, 76, of Morganton, passed away Thursday December 5, 2019 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Verlene was born on July 26, 1943 in Surry County to the late Gurnie Coram Allen and Gladys Ethel Harvey Allen. She worked as a travel agent and at Belk's Department Store. Verlene was also a member of Community Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded...
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Bennie Richard Paige

March 27, 1940 - December 4, 2019

Mr. Bennie Richard Paige, 79, of Hickory, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Blueridge Healthcare System - Valdese. Bennie was born March 27, 1940, in Cleveland County to the late Cletus R. Paige and Minnie Burns Paige. He was a member at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. Bennie enjoyed making molasses, gardening, and listening to Bluegrass music. In addition to his parents,...
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Harold Lee Horton

March 5, 1958 - December 1, 2019

Mr. Harold Lee Horton, 61, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Carolinas Medical Center. Harold was born March 5, 1958, in Burke County to Mary Fortune Horton and the late Laton Alton Horton Sr. He is survived by his wife of thirty seven years, Terry Pearson Horton; son, Harold Lee "Hal" Horton Jr. and wife Laura; grandchildren, Eli Horton and Holden Horton;...
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Mark Douglas Lane

August 13, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Mark Douglas Lane, 59, of Hickory passed away, surrounded by his loving family, on Saturday November 30th , 2019 at Wake Forest University Medical Center, Winston-Salem NC. Mark was born on August 13, 1960 in Burke County. Mark maintained a membership at First Baptist Church of Icard and he was a founding member of the Trail of Faith Board of Directors. He was currently employed in a job he...
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Karen Louise Peirce

June 13, 1957 - November 30, 2019

Mrs. Karen Louise St. Denis Peirce, 62, of Morganton, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Karen was born on June 13, 1957 in Middleberry, VT to the late Harry St. Denis and Ruth Barton Cram. She was formerly employed as a CNA in the home health care industry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death...
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Gary Wesley Starnes

October 8, 1940 - November 28, 2019

Mr. Gary Wesley Starnes, 79, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at his residence following a period of declining health. Gary was born on October 8, 1940 in Cleveland County, to the late Earnest Wesley Starnes and Laura Brittain Starnes. He was a member at Willkie's Grove Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, assistant Sunday School teacher, and RA's leader. Gary was...
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Sherry Renee Cantrell Pugh

September 21, 1967 - November 28, 2019

Ms. Sherry Renee Cantrell Pugh, 52, of Rutherford College, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at her residence, following a period of declining health. Sherry was born September 21, 1967, in Burke County, to Rev. Harold Cantrell and Mary Greene Cantrell. She was a member at First Baptist Church Hildebran, where she loved singing in the choir and special Cantata. She was formerly...
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Elizabeth Adams Mason

July 13, 1935 - November 26, 2019

Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Adams Mason, 84, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at CHS Blue Ridge-Morganton, following a period of declining health. Elizabeth was born on July 13, 1935 in Waukegan, IL to the late John E. Adams, Sr. and Rose Kalisnig Adams. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Morganton and was previously employed as a receptionist, and in the...
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David Lee Brown

June 6, 1953 - November 25, 2019

Mr. David Lee Brown, 66, of Morganton passed away at his home on November 25, 2019. David was born June 6th, 1953 in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was a loving husband , father, grandfather, brother, uncle, in-law and friend. He was preceded in death by his son Aaron Lee Brown, sister in law Gina Hinkel and numerous family members. He is survived by wife Sharon Brown, daughter, Lesley Alderman...
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Doris Farris Queen

October 17, 1929 - November 24, 2019

Mrs. Doris Farris Queen, 90, of Morganton passed away Sunday, November 24, 2019 at her home following a period of declining health. Doris was born October 17, 1929 in Rutherford County to the late Duke Farris and Pearl Morrow Farris. She worked at Shadowline as a seamstress. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyle Queen; son, Dennis Queen; and siblings,...
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Betty Jean Kincaid

May 16, 1930 - November 23, 2019

Early Saturday morning, on November 23, 2019 our loving Savior came to get our beloved Betty Jean Kincaid and take her to the place He prepared for her in Heaven. Our dear sister, aunt, and friend to many was born on May 16, 1930 to the late William Alexander Kincaid, Sr. and Essie Johnson Kincaid Forney in Valdese, North Carolina. Betty grew up in Burke and Caldwell counties with her siblings....
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Arvin Clarence Childers

December 9, 1941 - November 22, 2019

Mr. Arvin Clarence Childers, 77, of Valdese passed away on Friday, November 22, 2019 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Arvin was born on December 9, 1941 in Burke County to the late Clarence Childers and Fay Lail Childers. He was a member of Bollinger's Chapel United Methodist Church for over 50 years, and worked as the meat cutter for Childers Market for over 50 years...
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Beverly Christine Thombs Sullivan

February 18, 1953 - November 20, 2019

Mrs. Beverly Christine Thombs Sullivan, 66, of Morganton passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2019. A funeral service will be held 1:30PM Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Gaston Chapel A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Alphonso E. McGlen officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at Gaston Chapel A.M.E Church. Interment will follow the service at Olive Hill Cemetery in...
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Dorothy Harrison Kerstetter

December 18, 1938 - November 20, 2019

Mrs. Dorothy Harrison Kerstetter, 80, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at her residence. Dorothy was born on December 18, 1938 in Cherokee County, NC , to the late Claude Day and Fannie Love Day. She was a longtime member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Valdese and was retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by...
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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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Debbie Udzinski Mayfield

October 14, 1956 - November 12, 2019

Mrs. Debbie Mayfield, 63, of Morganton passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. 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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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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