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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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Deborah Raylene Wilson

March 22, 1953 - February 11, 2020

Mrs. Deborah Raylene Wilson, 66, of Valdese, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Deborah was born on March 22, 1953 in Yancey County to the late Herman Hall and Dixie Blevins Hall. She was a dedicated member of Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church for 57 years, with many loving church family members. She worked for Alba...
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Edgar Lee Hollifield, Jr.

January 21, 1963 - February 11, 2020

Edgar Lee "Junior" Hollifield, 57, of Morganton passed away Tuesday February 11, 2020 at his home, following a period of declining health. Mr. Hollifield was born January 21, 1963 in McDowell County to the late Edgar Lee Hollifield, Sr. and Rosa Townsend Hollifield. Survivors include his wife, Frances Hollifield of the home; brothers, Robert Hollifield, Roland Townsend, Ronnie Townsend, and...
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Timothy Parton

May 20, 1967 - February 11, 2020

Timothy Guy Parton, 52, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at his residence following a period of declining health. Timothy was born May 20, 1967, in Buncombe County to Patricia Parton Hildebran and the late Thomas Guy Powell. He attended Word of Life Assembly and enjoyed truck driving. In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by his step-father, Tommy...
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Lisa Danielle Collins

March 7, 1988 - February 9, 2020

Lisa Danielle Collins, 31, of Hickory passed away Sunday February 9, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Lisa was born March 7, 1988 in Forsyth County, NC to Tina Hudson and Robert Collins. She was a graduate of the N.C. School for the Deaf and worked in the furniture industry. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Lesley and...
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Joyce Hullender Gillispie

February 15, 1950 - February 8, 2020

Mrs. Joyce Hullender Gillispie, 69, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Mrs. Gillispie was born, February 15, 1950 in Gaston County, a daughter of the late John Marshall and Grace Regina Hartsoe Hullender. Joyce was a loving mother, grandmother and adored her great-grandchildren She was employed as a waitress with Denny's restaurant...
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Karen Ruth Edwards

December 22, 1950 - February 7, 2020

Ms. Karen Ruth Edwards, 69, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, following a period of declining health. Karen was born December 22, 1950, on the island of Guam at the naval base to her late father, Bernard "Bernie" Edwards and mother, Mary St. John Galbreath. She worked at Oscar Myer in Chicago for thirteen years, and moved to North...
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Jane Lane

February 8, 1923 - February 7, 2020

Jane Garrou Lane, 96, of Valdese passed away Friday February 7, 2020 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Lane was born on February 8, 1923 in Burke County to the late Albert Francis Garrou and Louise Holloway Garrou. Jane Graduated from Salem College (Winston-Salem) with a music/vocal major. She was a lifelong member of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, serving on...
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Geneva Hildebran

October 7, 1931 - February 7, 2020

Mrs. Geneva Glazebrooks Hildebran, 88, recently of Valdese, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center, following a period of declining health. Geneva was born on October 7, 1931 in Burke county to the late James Berry Glazebrooks, and late Emmer Lee Deal. She worked as a Mill worker at Shufford Mills for many years. ...
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Betty Jo LeFevers

August 14, 1943 - February 6, 2020

Mrs. Betty Jo Ogle LeFevers, 76, of Drexel, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Autumn Care Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Betty was born on August 14, 1943 in Burke County to the late Wilburn Ogle and Helen Winebarger Ogle. She a longtime member of the Baptist faith and was retired from the hosiery industry. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Eva Mae Elizabeth Wilkie Williams

May 10, 1933 - February 6, 2020

Mrs. Eva Mae Elizabeth Wilkie Williams, 86, of Hickory, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 6, 2020, following a brief illness. Eva was born on May 10, 1933 in Burke County, the only daughter to the late Richard Alfonzo Wilkie and Delphia Ada Butler Wilkie. She attended and graduated from George Hildebrand High School. While there she met John Harley Williams, who had moved from...
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Demetri Vance Saltz

February 16, 1991 - February 6, 2020

Mr. Demetri Vance Saltz, 28, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Demetri was born February 16, 1991, in Catawba County to Richard Saltz and Sherri Williams Saltz. He was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church and a graduate of CCCTI Adult High School Program. Demetri will always be remembered for living in the moment and living each moment to the fullest. He had a passion...
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Thurman Tim McPeters

September 25, 1949 - February 6, 2020

Mr. Thurman Tim McPeters, 70, of Marion, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, following a period of declining health. Tim was born on September 25, 1949 in McDowell County to the Ruby Helton McPeters and the late Thurman Anderson McPeters. He was a member of New Covenant Fellowship Church in Marion and was a retired industrial buyer. ...
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Karl Randall Randy Miller

June 7, 1963 - February 5, 2020

Mr. Randy Miller passed away at Carolina Caring on Thursday, February 5, 2020, following a period of declining health. He was born on June 7th, 1962 to the late Jimmy Ralph Miller, and Edna Karlena Fisher Miller in Wetzel, West Virginia. Randy worked as a landscaper for many years. He had a passion for weed eating, mowing, and whatever else you could think of that involved working in the yard....
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Shirley Carswell Lowman

November 19, 1935 - February 5, 2020

Mrs. Shirley Louise Carswell Lowman, 84, of Connelly Springs, passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Shirley was born on November 19, 1935 in Burke County to the late Bryson Carswell and Ottie Lail Carswell. She was a charter member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Connelly Springs, and was a loving wife, mother and homemaker for...
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Thomas Leroy Flowers

May 9, 1938 - February 4, 2020

Mr. Thomas Leroy Flowers, 81, of Newton, passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at Abernethy Laurels, following a period of declining health. Tom was born May 9, 1938 in Catawba County to the late Gordon Flowers and Martha Hilton Flowers. He worked at Centel Telephone Company for thirty-five years and served in the United States Navy. Tom was a devout, humble, Christian that loved spending...
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Jerdy Maynor Robinson

November 2, 1926 - February 3, 2020

Mrs. Jerdy Hazel Maynor Robinson, 93, of Connelly Springs passed away Monday February 3, 2020 at Grace Heights Nursing Home following a period of declining health. Jerdy was born November 2, 1926 in Haywood County, NC to the late Rudy Maynor and Amanda Ruff Maynor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Dale Robinson; and brothers, John Maynor, Virgil...
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Marlene Baker Maye

March 16, 1938 - February 3, 2020

Marlene Baker Maye, 81, of Valdese passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at CHS Blue Ridge Morganton. Marlene was born March 16, 1938 in Burke County to the late Ernest Baker and Bertie Church Baker. She worked at Drexel Heritage Furniture for 38 years and was a member at Solid Rock Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Maye; and son, Brett...
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Edgar Ray Greene

June 6, 1943 - February 3, 2020

Mr. Edgar Ray Greene, 76, of Valdese, passed away on Monday February 3, 2020 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Greene was born June 6, 1943 in Burke County, a son of the late Rhoney Ray and Anthy Mae Turnmire Greene. He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church and a retired employee of the Town of Valdese. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Delores Tensley Greene of...
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Elwood Allan Jepson

January 22, 1932 - February 3, 2020

Mr. Elwood Allan Jepson, 88, of Valdese passed away Monday, February 3, 2020 at his residence following a period of declining health. Elwood was born January 22, 1932 in Portland, Maine to the late Elwood Jepson and Daisy Goodspeed Jepson. He was a member at Grace Communion Church in Hickory. He retired from Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by...
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Benny Julius Orders

May 6, 1943 - February 2, 2020

Mr. Benny Julius Orders, 76, of Drexel, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Grace Heights Nursing Center, following a period of declining health. Benny was born on May 6, 1943 in Burke County to the late J. Fred Orders and Vesta Mae Mull Orders. He was a charter member of the Christ United Methodist Church in Drexel, where he was Chairman of the Administration Board, and sang in the...
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Jill Lynae Franklin Fletcher

June 26, 1963 - February 2, 2020

Jill Lynae Franklin Fletcher, 56, of Valdese, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020, after a brief period of declining health. She was born June 26, 1963, in Valdese, NC, the daughter of Carolyn Ruth West Franklin and Lewis Palmer Franklin. She retired from the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, having worked in the Advocacy, Warehouse, and Purchasing departments. She was also an...
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Jessie Edward Fortenberry

April 24, 1925 - February 1, 2020

Jessie Edward Fortenberry of Hickory died peacefully on February 1, 2020 at Carolina Caring Hospice in Catawba County after an extended illness. He was born on April 24, 1925 to Jessie C. Fortenberry and Nora Bradshaw Fortenberry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Eddie and Billy; eight siblings, Thelma F. Wycoff, Hattie F. Bass, Roy, Fred, Ethel F. Walker,...
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Jennifer Gates Fletcher

July 20, 1974 - February 1, 2020

Mrs. Jennifer Erica Gates Fletcher, 45, of Claremont, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Jennifer was born July 20, 1974, in Greer, SC, to Levado Pressley Porter and the late Joseph F. Gates. She loved doing many different activities outdoors, such as fishing and hunting; and taking care of and riding horses on the family horse farm. But most of all, she...
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William Preston "Red" Deal

September 14, 1931 - January 31, 2020

Mr. William P. "Red" Deal passed away peacefully in his sleep at Burke Hospice and Palliative on January 31, 2020 after a short illness. He is survived by his sister Margaret Fleming, his brother-in-law, Benjamin Fleming, and his adopted son George Paul Neer. Red was born on September 14, 1931 to William "Willie" and Cora Lee Holland Deal. He is preceded in death by his brother, James Rhobin Deal...
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Beatrice Griffin Baker

July 22, 1922 - January 31, 2020

Beatrice Griffin Baker, 97, of Drexel, passed away Friday January 31, 2020 at Autumn Care Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Mrs. Baker was born on July 22, 1922 in Burke County to the late Esten Griffin and Nancy Buff Griffin. She was retired as a knitter at Drexel Knitting Mill. She was a longtime member of Drexel First Church of God. In addition to her parents she is...
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Max Norman Duckworth

July 7, 1942 - January 29, 2020

Max Norman Duckworth, 77, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Max was born on July 7, 1942 in Burke County to the late Carl E. Duckworth and Carrie Brittain Duckworth. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and was formerly employed as a driver with Sealtest Dairy and Waldensian Bakery. He was later well known as an...
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Donald Ray Corpening

May 19, 1967 - January 29, 2020

Mr. Donald Ray Corpening, 52, of Morganton, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at his residence. Donald was born on May 19, 1967 in Catawba County to Geraldine Carroll Corpening and the late Jack Donald Corpening. He was self employed in the tree trimming and landscaping business. He enjoyed NASCAR, had an infectious smile and always loved to joke around. In addition to his father, he...
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Bruce Calvin Steele

January 12, 1942 - January 28, 2020

Mr. Bruce Calvin Steele, 78, of Granite Falls, passed away on Tuesday January 28, 2020 at his residence after a period of declining health. Mr. Steele was born January 12, 1942 in Burke County, a son of the late Pink Jenkins and Lottie Steele Kelly. He was a graduate of Olive Hill High School, a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of The American Legion in Granite Falls....
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Margaret Lucy Robinson Davis

August 12, 1934 - January 28, 2020

Margaret Lucy Robinson Davis, 85, of Drexel, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory following a brief illness. Margaret was born on August 12, 1934, in Athens, TN, to the late Authur Lee Robinson and Nina Mae Lawson. She enjoyed spending her time with her loved ones, as well as talking on the phone with close friends and family. She had a love for...
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Julie Anissa Johnson

September 28, 1971 - January 27, 2020

Julie Anissa Johnson, 48, of Connelly Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 27, 2020, at Caldwell UNC Healthcare surrounded by her children, family, and friends. Julie was born September 28, 1971, in Caldwell County, to Berry Whisnant and Peggy Trivette Whisnant. She was known to everyone as "Mama Julie" because not only did she love her children and family dearly, she loved...
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Mary Lou Carswell Abee

November 29, 1929 - January 26, 2020

Mary Lou Carswell Abee, 90, of Hickory passed away Sunday, January 26, 2020 at CHC Blue Ridge in Morganton following a period of declining health. Mary was born November 29, 1929 in Burke County to the late Frank Carswell and Sudie Brittain Carswell. She was a faithful, lifetime member of First Baptist Hildebran, where she served the Nursery Department for more than thirty years as Director and...
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Margaret Houser Rudisill

September 13, 1944 - January 24, 2020

Margaret Elizabeth Houser Rudisill, 75, of Connelly Springs, passed away Friday, January 24, 2020, at Carolina Caring, following a period of declining health. Margaret was born September 13, 1944, in Cleveland County to the late Henry Franklin Houser and Edna Marie Sigmon Houser. She was a member of Flat Gap Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband...
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Dorothy Gates Abee

July 22, 1922 - January 23, 2020

Dorothy Lee Gates Abee, 97, of Valdese, passed away peacefully on Thursday January 23, 2020 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care following a period of declining health. Born on July 22, 1922 in Ellijay, Ga. she was the daughter of the late Andrew Franklin Gates and Tamer Sumner Gates. She was a seamstress for many years. She was a charter member of East Valdese Baptist Church, where she was a...
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Alton Richard Heavner

July 1, 1936 - January 23, 2020

Mr. Alton Richard Heavner, 83, of Vale, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday January 23, 2020 at his residence. Mr. Heavner was born July 1, 1936 in Lincoln County, a son of the late John Shuford Heavner and Dolly Essie Gantt Heavner. He retired from Drexel Furniture Co. as a bandsaw operator and was a faithful member of Mt Vernon Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather...
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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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Wenke Benestad Surface

October 8, 1950 - January 5, 2020

Mrs. Wenke Benestad Surface, 69, of Connelly Springs, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Wenke was born October 8, 1950 in Norway to the late Gunnar Benestad and Signe Benestad. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Ivan Maynard Surface Sr. She is survived by her siblings, Stehpan Benestad, and Dag Andres Benestad; children, Ivan...
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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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