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Jean Aldridge Deal

April 28, 1950 - May 23, 2020

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

May 15, 1964 - May 21, 2020

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

October 3, 1964 - May 18, 2020

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

July 7, 1923 - May 18, 2020

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

August 6, 1946 - May 17, 2020

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

March 17, 1962 - May 17, 2020

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

October 17, 1944 - May 16, 2020

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

January 16, 1938 - May 16, 2020

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

May 21, 1951 - May 16, 2020

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

June 2, 1933 - May 15, 2020

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

February 28, 1961 - May 14, 2020

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

August 17, 1943 - May 12, 2020

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

September 29, 1937 - May 10, 2020

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

April 9, 1931 - May 9, 2020

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

February 7, 1931 - May 9, 2020

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

January 12, 1976 - May 8, 2020

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

April 29, 1953 - May 8, 2020

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

August 24, 1935 - May 7, 2020

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

December 13, 1928 - May 5, 2020

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

August 7, 1948 - May 5, 2020

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

September 23, 1958 - May 4, 2020

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

March 19, 1936 - May 3, 2020

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

April 23, 1985 - May 2, 2020

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

July 7, 1930 - May 2, 2020

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

February 15, 1941 - May 2, 2020

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

January 12, 1960 - April 29, 2020

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

April 22, 1947 - April 27, 2020

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

June 10, 1940 - April 26, 2020

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

December 9, 1940 - April 26, 2020

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

November 2, 1926 - April 25, 2020

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

July 20, 1946 - April 25, 2020

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

September 25, 1940 - April 23, 2020

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

April 7, 1969 - April 22, 2020

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

August 14, 1955 - April 21, 2020

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

March 29, 1930 - April 21, 2020

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

November 29, 1944 - April 19, 2020

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

December 2, 1929 - April 18, 2020

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

January 8, 1959 - April 17, 2020

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

May 2, 1930 - April 16, 2020

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

October 29, 1972 - April 15, 2020

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

November 23, 1959 - April 14, 2020

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

July 29, 1928 - April 11, 2020

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

May 11, 1989 - April 11, 2020

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

February 13, 1941 - April 11, 2020

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

November 24, 1965 - April 10, 2020

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

October 30, 1955 - April 9, 2020

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

July 1, 1931 - April 9, 2020

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

November 13, 1929 - April 7, 2020

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

September 17, 1965 - April 5, 2020

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

July 19, 1942 - April 4, 2020

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

August 8, 1931 - March 29, 2020

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

January 19, 1949 - March 29, 2020

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

November 15, 1965 - March 29, 2020

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

April 12, 1942 - March 26, 2020

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

July 20, 1955 - March 24, 2020

Mr. Roy Lee Thorne, 64, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at CHS-BR Morganton, following a brief illness. Roy was born on July 20, 1955 in Catawba County to the Effie McNeely Thorne and the late Reuben Merlin Thorne. Roy served his country as a recovery specialist with the U.S. Army. Surviving in addition to his mother are his two sons, Jason Thorne and wife Stephanie of...
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Geneva Houston Pons

January 17, 1943 - March 24, 2020

Surrounded by family and friends, Mrs. Geneva Ann Houston Pons, 77, of Connelly Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday March 24, 2020 at her residence after a period of declining health. Geneva was born January 17, 1943 in Burke County, a daughter of the late Ralph and Thelma Stamey Houston. She was a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church and Eastern Star. She...
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Michael Steven Christenbury

December 12, 1969 - March 24, 2020

Mr. Michael Steven (Steve) Christenbury, 50, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday March 24, 2020 at Grace Hospital, Morganton, after a period of declining health. Michael was born December 12, 1969 in Mecklenburg County, a son of the late Steven Howard Christenbury and Linda Sue Hoyle Christenbury Braswell. He was self-employed most of his life working in maintenance and mobile home installation...
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David Joseph Logue

February 6, 1956 - March 22, 2020

David Joseph Logue, 64, of Mooresville passed away Sunday, March 22, 2020 at Carolina Rehab Nursing Center following a period of declining health. David was born February 6, 1956 in Boston, Mass. to the late Joseph Patrick Logue and Mildred Cusack Logue. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Logue. Survivors include his wife, Jeanie Finizio, of Mooresville...
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Barrett Lynn Carwford

February 20, 1951 - March 22, 2020

Barrett Lynn Crawford passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 22, 2020 surrounded by his family. Barry was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on February 20, 1951 to the late Herbert Crawford and Georgia Parker Crawford. He grew up in Speedway (Indianapolis), Indiana. Barry lived in the Haw Creek area of Asheville with his wife Diana. Prior to moving to Asheville, he lived in Valdese, North...
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Reda Sue Stilwell Shook

March 23, 1937 - March 22, 2020

Mrs. Reda Sue Stilwell Shook, 82, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at her residence following a period of declining health. Reda was born March 23, 1937, in Burke County to the late John Filo Stilwell and Delphia Lail Stilwell. She was a member at Shoup's Grove Baptist Church. Reda loved to cook and bake for all of her friends and family. In addition to her parents,...
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Clara Mae Deal Demiter

May 6, 1923 - March 20, 2020

On March 20, 2020, Clara Mae Deal Demiter, age 96, passed away peacefully at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation in Connelly Springs, North Carolina. Clara was preceded in death by her husband, George Steven (Jack) Demiter, of 54 years; her father, Arthur Deal; her mother Virginia (Jannie) Jacumin Deal; her sister, Francis Deal Micol (husband, Robert Micol); and her brother, Julius...
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Claude Ray Whisenant

September 2, 1943 - March 19, 2020

Claude Ray Whisenant, 76, of Connelly Springs passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at Autumn Care of Drexel following a period of declining health. Claude was born September 2, 1943 in Burke County to the late Michael and Mary Whisenant. He worked as a machine operator in the furniture industry. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Neely and brother, Leroy...
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Spottswood Pryor Neale

May 6, 1938 - March 18, 2020

Dr. Spottswood Pryor Neale of Valdese, NC passed away on March 18, 2020 at his residence. He was born on May 6, 1938 in Richmond, Virginia. He was the son of the late Dr. Richard C. Neale, Sr. and Eva Whitehead Neale. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, John Neale and James Neale, his sister, Diane Savig, and his sisters-in-law, Yvonne, wife of Dr. Richard Neale,...
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C Propst

January 28, 1959 - March 18, 2020

Mr. C. Propst, 61, of Connelly Springs, passed away on March 18, 2020 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was a loving father, son, and brother. The family will be having a memorial service in his honor at a later date. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the family.
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Ruby Clark Puett

March 18, 1917 - March 17, 2020

Mrs. Ruby Clark Puett, 102, of Morganton and the Jonas Ridge Community, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 one day shy of her 103rd birthday. Ruby was born on March 18, 1917 in Avery County to the late Wesley Joseph Clark and Fannie Rose Clark. Also preceding her in death are her husbands, James Webb and Clarence Puett, one son, Bobby Webb, a grandson, Rodney Puett,...
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Darren Christopher Little , Sr.

September 14, 1965 - March 16, 2020

Mr. Darren Christopher Little Sr., 54, of Drexel, passed away on March 16, 2020 at his residence. Darren was born September 14, 1965, in Guilford County, to the late Doyle Little and Joy White Little. He was a 1987 graduate of UNCW; a member at Drexel First Baptist Church and a veteran of the United States Army National Guard. Darren loved spending time with his children, Harley Davidson...
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Doris Annas Wright

February 25, 1934 - March 15, 2020

Mrs. Doris Annas Wright, 86, of Granite Falls, passed away on Sunday March 15, 2020 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Wright was born on February 25, 1934 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Ivey and Mae Elrod Annas. She was a faithful member of Cajah's Mountain Baptist Church serving in the WMU and working in the nursery department. Doris was a loving wife,...
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Janet McNeilly Hildebran

May 8, 1929 - March 14, 2020

Janet Hildebran, 90, of Connelly Springs, passed away Saturday March 14, 2020 at Carolina Rehab. Janet was born May 8, 1929 in Cleveland County, North Carolina to the late Clyde McNeilly, and the late Dona Hoyle McNeilly. She was a member of Mount Hebron Baptist Church for years. In addition to her parents, Janet is preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Theodore Hildebran. She is survived...
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Arty Ogle Snypes

August 15, 1926 - March 12, 2020

Mrs. Arty Ogle Snypes, 93, of Cherryville, passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Peak Resources in Cherryville. A graveside service will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM at Warlicks Baptist Church, with Pastor Gary Murry officiating. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory is serving the family.
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Janet Thompson Payne

June 6, 1969 - March 11, 2020

Mrs. Janet Carol Thompson Payne, 50 of Connelly Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Janet was born on June 6, 1969, in Caldwell County to John Thomas Thompson, and the late Barbara T.S. Elmore. Janet was a woman of great faith and virtue who served Christ with joy. She loved and cared for everyone she came in contact with, no matter where she was. She was...
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Carl Nathan Mull, Sr.

January 14, 1933 - March 11, 2020

Mr. Carl "Nathan" Mull, 87, of Icard passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at CHC Blue Ridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Nathan was born January 14, 1933 in Burke County to the late W.T. Mull and Cozie Berry Mull. He was a member at Oak Ridge Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great...
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Virginia Fite Riddle

September 3, 1927 - March 10, 2020

Mrs. Virginia Fite Riddle, 92, of Valdese passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a short period of declining health. Virginia was born September 3, 1927 in Spindale, NC to the late Adam Street and Cora Byrd Street. She was baptized at age thirteen at Valdese First Baptist Church. Shortly after she started the girls' choir and won state recognition for...
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Dillon Parker Law

July 3, 1996 - March 8, 2020

Mr. Dillon Parker Law, 23, of Drexel, passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2020. Dillon was born July 3, 1996 in Burke County to John P. Law and Susan P. Law. He loved exploring in the mountains hiking and finding new adventures. Dillon also enjoyed going to concerts, snowboarding, and playing golf with his dad. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim and Evelyn; and grandfather June. ...
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Lillian Satterwhite Mauney

February 4, 1922 - March 8, 2020

Mrs. Lillian Satterwhite Mauney, 98, of Rutherford College, died on Sunday March 8, 2020 at her residence after a period of declining health. Mrs. Mauney was born February 4, 1922 in Dysartsville, North Carolina, a daughter of Thomas Eugene and Addie Landis Satterwhite. She moved to Rutherford College in 1925 where she later became a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. ...
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Lucille Young Wilson

March 30, 1930 - March 6, 2020

Mrs. Lucille Irene Young Wilson, 89, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Grace Heights Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Lucille was born on March 30, 1930 in Burke County to the late Luico Young and Katie Eva Padgett Young. She was a longtime member of South Fork Baptist Church and was a previous owner and operator of Burke Tire Sales. In addition to her...
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Stephen Lance Childers

September 16, 1980 - March 4, 2020

Stephen Lance "Steve" Childers, 39, of Valdese, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday March 4, 2020 at his residence. Steve was born on September 16, 1980 in Burke County to Clinton Lance Childers and Brenda Winkler Wilkinson. He was self employed in furniture sales, and had previously worked for Childers Discount Furniture, Lindy's Furniture, and Catawba Furniture Mall. In addition to his...
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Mark William Abee

April 13, 1960 - March 4, 2020

Mr. Mark William Abee, 59, of Vale, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at Carolina Rehab and Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Mark was born on April 13, 1960 in Burke County to Billy Abee and Mary Lou Lowman Abee. He was a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and a member of Providence Baptist Church. Survivors include his parents, Billy and Mary Lou Abee of the home, and...
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Loy Ray Burris

March 22, 1930 - March 2, 2020

Loy Ray Burris, Jr. 89, passed peacefully on Monday, March 2, surrounded by his loving family. Loy Ray was born in Gaston County on March 22, 1930, to Loy Ray Burris, Sr. and Violet Elmore Burris. The family moved to Valdese, NC in August of 1945. After completing his high school education at Francis Garrou High School, Loy Ray received his BS in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina...
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Roy Edward Shuffler

December 4, 1949 - March 2, 2020

Mr. Roy Edward Shuffler, 70, of Marion, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Kissito Healthcare in Wytheville, VA, following a period of declining health. Roy was born on December 4, 1949 in Burke County to the late Gordon Shuffler and Alice Terry Shuffler. He was previously employed in the hosiery business. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Gordon...
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Jacob Dean Coley

September 10, 1995 - March 2, 2020

Jacob Dean Coley, 24, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Catawba Medical Center following a brief illness. Jacob was born September 10, 1995, in Burke County, to Albert Jenkins Coley III and Cynthia Reep Coley. Jacob was always full of smiles and loved his family. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Jackie and Margie Reep. Survivors include his fiancée, Ashley...
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Rita Settlemyre Byrd

March 13, 1946 - March 1, 2020

Rita Louise Settlemyre Byrd, 73, of Drexel passed away Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Rita was born March 13, 1946 in Burke County to the late Herman Settlemyre and Minnie Lambert Settlemyre. She worked as a Deputy Clerk at the Burke County Court House. Survivors include her son, Kenneth David Rhoney of Drexel; brother, Larry Settlemyre and wife Gloria of Valdese;...
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Edward Louis Bleynat

April 18, 1935 - February 29, 2020

Commander Edward Louis Bleynat (USN–Ret), age 84, of Valdese passed away on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Ed was born April 18, 1935 in Valdese, North Carolina to Albert and Helen Bleynat. He graduated from Valdese High School and Lees-McRae Junior College, which he attended on basketball and academic scholarships. His high school and Junior College classmates both voted him Best All Around...
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Seth Edward Frazier

December 8, 1991 - February 28, 2020

Seth Edward Frazier, 28, of Valdese left this world February 28, 2020. He was born December 8, 1991 in Forsyth County to Lee Ann Cranford and Ed Frazier. Preceding him in death are his maternal grandparents, Leroy and Naomi Scott; paternal grandparents John and Gloria Frazier; and special mom, Kimberly Sain. Survivors include his daughter Abbigail Secrest; wife, Haley Frazier; step children...
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Henry Young DuBose, Jr

May 31, 1939 - February 26, 2020

Rev. Henry Young DuBose, Jr, 80, passed peacefully into the arms of his Savior on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at Roper Hospital in Charleston, SC. Henry Young Dubose, Jr. (IV) was born to the late Henry Young DuBose, Sr. (III) and late Annie Lee McLaughlin DuBose on May 31, 1939, in Sumter, South Carolina. He graduated from Hillcrest School in Dalzell, SC, and earned a Bachelor of...
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Henry Leon Lowman

May 16, 1937 - February 24, 2020

Mr. Henry Leon Lowman, 82, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Monday February 24, 2020 at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Mr. Lowman was born May 16, 1937 in Burke County a son of the late Wade T. and Georgia Belle Young Lowman. He was a Veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving with the Military Police as a Guard of the United Nations. Henry was a loving husband, father,...
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Gerald Eugene Stewart

February 22, 1934 - February 23, 2020

Mr. Gerald Eugene Stewart, 86, of Connelly Spring passed away on Sunday February 23, 2020 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Stewart was born February 22, 1934 in Greene County, IND , a son of the late Jesse Floyd and Jessie Anna Mower Stewart. He was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church, the NRA, a US Army Veteran and retired as a machinist from General Motors. In...
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Mamie Pearl Lyons Owens

July 16, 1941 - February 23, 2020

Mrs. Mamie" Pearl Lyons Owens", 78, of Morganton, went to her Heavenly home on Sunday February 23, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. Mrs. Owens was born July 16, 1941 in Carter County, TN, a daughter of the late Mack Daniel and Tessie Borders Lyons. She was a member of Praise Assembly Church and Cornerstone Covenant Church. Pearl...
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Norma Kay Bradshaw

September 2, 1931 - February 23, 2020

Mrs. Norma Fite Bradshaw, 88, of Hickory, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Trinity Ridge following a period of declining health. Norma was born September 2, 1931, in Burke County to the late Nash Fite and Alda Merrick. She was a member at Providence Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Harold Bradshaw and daughter, Karen Elkins. ...
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Edwin Paul Honsaker

February 16, 1936 - February 23, 2020

Mr. Edwin Paul Honsaker, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Edwin was born February 16, 1936 in Scottdale, PA to the late David Honsaker and Ella Paul Honsaker. Edwin enjoyed riding his motorcycle all over the country, working jigsaw puzzles, but most of all he loved his family and was a wonderful father and grandfather. In...
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Vera Inez Carswell Duckworth

May 2, 1931 - February 22, 2020

Vera Inez Carswell Duckworth, 88, of Hickory, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 22, 2020 after a period of declining health. Vera was born on May 2, 1931 in Burke County to the late Frank and Sudie Brittain Carswell. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church Hildebran, where she enjoyed teaching children in Sunday School, singing in the choir and...
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Robert Allen "Bob" Davis

August 5, 1966 - February 21, 2020

Mr. Robert Allen "Bob" Davis, 53, of Hildebran passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 21, 2020 at Valdese Hospital. Bob was born August 5, 1966 in California to Edward J. and Shirley K. Davis. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four brothers, Eddie Davis, Terry Elliot, Floyd Best, and Jerry Palmer. Survivors include his three brothers, Gary Davis, Larry (Nannette)...
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Jeremiah Hoilman

July 5, 1982 - February 21, 2020

Jeremiah Hoilman, 37, of Morganton passed away Friday, February 21, 2020. Jeremiah was born July 5, 1982 in Buncombe County to the late Terry Lee Hoilman and Ruby Ann Laws Hoilman. He worked at Saft America in Valdese. Survivors include, aunts and uncles, Henry Ruben Hoilman of Morganton, Gene and Deanna Hoilman of Burnsville, Dennis and Sandra Hoilman of Elizabethton, TN, Mark and Linda...
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Pauline Helton Collins

September 11, 1934 - February 14, 2020

Mrs. Pauline Helton Collins, 85, of Connelly Springs passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Pauline was born September 11, 1934 in Burke County to the late William Franklin Helton and Martha Berry Helton. She was a member of Shoup's Grove Baptist Church and worked as a Knitter at Johnson Hosiery Mill. In addition to...
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Willie Faye Brown Lail

June 19, 1937 - February 14, 2020

Mrs. Willie Faye Brown Lail, 82, of Connelly Springs passed away February 14, 2020 at her home following a period of declining health. Willie Faye was born June 19, 1937 in Burke County to the late William Lonnie Brown, Sr. and Mary Edith Allen Brown. She graduated Salutatorian from Oak Hill High School and worked many years as a weaver at Valdese Weavers. She was a member of the Valdese...
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Philip Ray Cook

March 28, 1945 - February 13, 2020

Philip Ray Cook, 74, of Connelly Springs, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Carolina Rehab Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Philip was born March 28, 1945 in Cleveland County to the late Wade Alvin Cook and Azalie Lynn Cook. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Sue Mann Cook; brothers, Kenneth Cook and Norman Cook, and sister,...
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Ruby Beatrice Huffman Hartman

November 19, 1927 - February 13, 2020

Mrs. Ruby Huffman Hartman, 92, of the George Hildebran community, went to be with her Lord that she served faithfully on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, following a period of declining health. Mrs. Hartman was born November 19, 1927 in Burke County. A daughter of the late Henry and Ollie Martin Huffman, Ruby was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. ...
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Herman Jasper Bumgarner

October 13, 1933 - February 13, 2020

Herman Jasper Bumgarner, 86, of Lenoir passed away Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Caldwell Hospice in Hudson. Herman was born October 13, 1933 in Burke County to the late Ivey Patton Bumgarner and Vera Rhyne Bumgarner. He was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. Herman worked as a mechanic for over fifty years. He was a championship bowler, competing in many leagues and tournaments. In...
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Mary Lou Buff Huffman

October 29, 1933 - February 13, 2020

Mrs. Mary Lou Buff Huffman, 86, ,of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at CHS-BR Morganton, following a period of declining health. Mary was born on October 29, 1933 in Burke County to the late William Arthur Buff and Etter Haney Buff. She was formerly employed as a winding fore person and floor person for Burke Mills, where she retired after over 35 years of service. In...
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Abbie Leigh Baker

October 23, 1949 - February 12, 2020

Abbie Leigh Baker, 70, of Hickory, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday February 12, 2020 at her residence. Mrs. Baker was born on October 23, 1949 in Mecklenburg County to the late Mack Baker and Susan Sherrill Baker. She was self-employed as a cosmetologist. Survivors include her two sons, David Sigmon and Steven Sigmon both of Hickory; her step daughter, Gwenn Hefner and husband Ralph of...
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Roy Amos Lingerfelt

October 8, 1933 - February 12, 2020

Roy Amos Lingerfelt, 86, of Connelly Springs, departed this life to his heavenly home on Wednesday February 12, 2020 following a brief period of declining health. Amos was born on October 8, 1933 in Burke County to the late George Lingerfelt and Lily Speagle Lingerfelt. He was retired from the maintenance department with the State of North Carolina, and was a member of First Baptist Church...
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