Blue Ridge Memorial Park Obituaries
Lenoir, Caldwell County, NC

Below are obituaries for the Blue Ridge Memorial Park. They are gathered mainly from the News-Topic and other online sources. Cemetery marker photos may be included on the cemetery page or we may only have the obituary at this time.


Index of Surnames Included on This Page

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Adams | Arnett | Aubain | Barber | Barker | Barlow | Barnes | Bell | Bentley | Benton | Berry | Bidwell | Broyhill | Bryant | Bumgarner | Cawley | Chester | Childers | Church | Clippard | Collins | Conrad | Cooke | Creger | Crouse | Crump | Davenport | Davis | Dollar | Dula | Farmer | Freeman | Geddie | Giddens | Goforth | Greer | Haga | Harper | Hendrix | Herman | Hice | Hirsch | Holder | Holloway | Holman | Holsclaw | Horton | Houck | Huffhine | Jones | Lee | Link | Lutz | Mabe | Marshall | Martin | Mathias | McGalliard | McGee | McNeil | Mikeal | Moore | Munday | Nelson | Oakley | Oliver | O'Neal | Parsons | Petree | Pitts | Poole | Price | Rainey | Rich | Riggs | Roberts | Saunders | Simmons | Stallings | Steele | Stone | Storie | Story | Story | Thomas | Triplett | Vaughan | Vaughan | Walker | Walsh | Ward | Warren | Weaver | Whisenant | Whisnant | Whittington | Wilson | Winebarger | Winkler

Sources of Names Listed

The listing that follows is derived from the News-Topic, Lenoir, NC unless otherwise noted.


 

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NINA ADAMS

Nina McCracken Adams, 95, of Warrior Road, Lenoir, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Lenoir Health Care Center.

She was born Aug. 20, 1907, in Washington County, Tenn. to the late Jacob D. and Minnie Yeager McCracken. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence B. Adams; two brothers, and one sister.

She was a homemaker and a member of Setzer Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Bingham of Lenoir; two sisters, Lois Lovegrow of Telford, Tenn. and Christine Foster of Cave Creek, Ariz.; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 11 a.m. today at Setzer Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Mashburn officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Howard Arnett

Howard W. Arnett, Sr., 82, of Nuway Circle, NE, Lenoir, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born May 9, 1921, in Avery County to the late Bynum and Victoria Carter Arnett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by eight brothers, two sisters and one grandson. Howard W. Arnett, Sr., who died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, was also preceded in death by a great-grandson, Silas Mathews.

He was former-owner of Howard's Heating and Air Conditioning and Howard's Mobile Home Court. He was a member of the Lenoir Aviation Club and attended Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Peggy Turner Arnett of the home; three sons, Jim Arnett and Dean Arnett, both of Lenoir, and Paul Spears of Phoenix, Ariz.; two step-sons, Terry Cannon and Tim Cannon, both of Lenoir; two daughters, Mrs. Clayton (Reba) Cannon and Ms. Linda Benfield, both of Lenoir; a step-daughter, Mrs. Penny Cannon Triplett of Lenoir; a brother, Charles Arnett of Lenoir; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Billings and Mrs. Virginia Pearson, both of Lenoir; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Hugh Kincaid and Rev. Wayne Borders. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park, where a fly-over will be performed by the Lenoir Aviation Club.

The family will receive friends this evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Bill Cannon, David Whisnant, Jr., Steve Mathews, Dennis Coffey, Chad German and Keith Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Kincaid, Bobby Storie and members of the Lenoir Aviation Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2005, Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or to the Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C.

CHARLES LEWIS AUBAIN

Charles Lewis Aubain, 56, of Carbondale, Ill., died Monday, June 2, in Carbondale.

He was born Jan. 26, 1947, in Lenoir to Anthony Aubain of Darlington, S.C. and the late Virga Leona Eller Aubain. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents.

Mr. Aubain moved to Southern Illinois three years ago. After moving to Carbondale, Charles opened a new business, Southern Touch Painting Service which he owned and operated.

Survivors, in addition to his father, include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Angela and Kent Arnold of Carbondale, Cynthia and Victor Rodriguez of Jacksonville, Fla., Barbara Aubain of Janesville, Wisc.; four grandchildren, Mikel, Tanner, Jasmine and Kala; and one brother, Roy Gene Aubain of Hickory.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 6, at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. Interment will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with military honors.

Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of local arrangements.

Erroll Barber

Erroll Elizabeth Barber, 93, of the Bowman Road, Granite Falls, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Camelot Manor Nursing Care.

She was born Jan. 3, 1910, in Caldwell County to the late Thomas and Elizabeth Houck. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Barber; a son, Charles Wade Royals Jr.; five brothers, Charlie Houck, Ben Houck, Locke Houck, Hill Houck and Bud Houck; and three sisters, Mary Hollister, Vara Anderson and Grace Houck.

Mrs. Barber was an inspector for Lenoir Hosiery Manufacturing Co. and a member of Whitnel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Alice Bowman of Granite Falls and a brother, Robey Houck of Gamewell.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today, Sept. 17, 2003, at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Mitchell Wilson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Bertha Barker

Bertha J. Barker, 80, of Sandusky Place, Lenoir, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003, at the residence.

She was born April 27, 1923, in Ashe County to the late Manley Shumate and Laura Wagner Shumate. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Garland and Robert Shumate, and two sisters, Clara Sawyer and Jessie Shumate Mullis.

Mrs. Barker was retired and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, James G. Barker of the home; two sons, James J. Barker of Hudson and Richard G. Barker of Lenoir; one daughter, Ann Barker Tester of Lenoir; one sister, Myrtle Jean Bledsoe of Todd; eight grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Dyson officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Richard Carter, Tom Davis, Sonny Rinck, Ricky Barker, Jimmy Barker and Lloyd Trivette.

William Barlow

William "Willie" Charles Barlow, II, 85, of Taylorsville Road, Lenoir, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at the residence.

He was born March 8, 1917, in Caldwell County to the late William Charles and Magalene Roberts Barlow. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Link and Henry Barlow, and a sister, Mildred Smith.

He was a retired truck driver with Wilkie Construction and was a member of Lower Creek Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Kirby Barlow of the home; two sons, William Charles Barlow, III of Lenoir and Clinton R. Barlow of Hudson; four daughters, Mrs. Charles (Linda) Shoe of Harrisburg, Gwen Alford of Asheville, Barbara Holloman and Becky Stafford, both of Hudson; one brother, Warren Barlow of Lenoir; two sisters, Wilma Chastka and Jessie Barlow of Lenoir; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. James W. Hamby and Billy Rivers officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Joel, Scott, and Richard Barlow, Randy Smith, Richard Bolick and Travis Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons: Allan Barlow, Wayne Cook, Bradley Leonhardt, Buddy Barlow and Wesley Shoe.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

VIRGINIA G. BARNES

Virginia Addie Mae Gilbert Barnes, 82, of Henry D. Barnes Lane, Lenoir, died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at the residence.

She was born July 10, 1920, in Caldwell County to the late James Monroe Gilbert and Cordie Gibson Gilbert. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry Doffis Barnes; one daughter, Hazel Mae Barnes; two sons, Everett Blake Barnes and Ray Samuel Barnes, and a grandson.

She was a homemaker and a member of Closerwalk Baptist Church.

Survivors include eight sons, Roy D., Frank J., Paul E., Larry D., Jimmy R., Ronnie L., Herny Arnold Barnes and Stanley J. Barnes, all of Lenoir; four daughters, Mrs. Danny (Faye) Harrison, Mrs. Clint (Evelyn) Oakes, and Mrs. David (Rita) Roberts, all of Lenoir and Mrs. John (Gracie) Holmes of Granite Falls; 40 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gurney Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Keith Lankford, Robert Pritchard Donnie Spears, Rick Francum, David Farthing, Sammy Greer, Tim Barr, Tim Jenkins and Marty Hart.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Gary Bell

Gary Eugene Bell, 55, of Melody Lane, Lenoir, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born April 13, 1948 in Caldwell County to the late Keener and Cecile Kincaid Bell.

Mr. Bell was self-employed and was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Perkey Bell of the home; a step-son, Robert Perkey, Jr. of Lenoir; a daughter, Ms. Amy Wilson of Lenoir; two brothers, Norman Bell of Marion and Rodney Bell of Lenoir; four sisters, Mrs. Jean Lane and Mrs. Linda Champion both of Morganton; Mrs. Cathy Frye of Granite Falls and Ms. Frances Bell of Lenoir and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. at Lakeview Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Ron Burgett and Rev. Robert Brown. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be: David Frye, Kenneth Champion, Leon Lane, Steven Bell, Robert Perkey and Darrell McDaris. Honorary pallbearers will be: Joel Icenhour and Scottie Kale.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Faye Bentley

Faye Spears Bentley, 88, of Cedar Hills Court, Lenoir, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at Autumn Care of Drexel.

She was born Aug. 8, 1914 in Wilkes County to the late John Spears and Silas Crane Spears. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Conley Bentley and one sister Mrs. Irene Spears.

Mrs. Bentley was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include seven sons; Major Bentley, Callis Bentley, Fred Bentley, Kenneth Bentley, Clyde Bentley, Jay Van Bentley, and Kelly Bentley all of Lenoir; four daughters Mrs. Ron (Gail) Franck of Cary, Mrs. Ron (Susie) Warfield of Angier, Mrs. Rick (Irene) Barr of Greensboro, Mrs. Rick (Lorene) Bremerman of Burlington; one sister Ms. Jenny Spears of Taylorsville; 21 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park conducted by the Rev. Ed. Greene. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory are in charge of arrangements.

JOHN HENRY BENTON

John Henry Benton, 68, of Vance Street, Lenoir, died Monday, May 26, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 15, 1934, in Walker County, Ala. to the late Walter Thomas and Thelma Sides Benton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lola Clark Benton.

He was employed with Bentley Roofing Company.

Survivors include a nephew and his wife, Howard and Barbara Bowman of Lenoir, and a friend, John Witherspoon of Lenoir.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Ed Greene officiating.

Visitation will be from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

George James Berry

George James Berry, 70, of Powell Brickyard Road, Lenoir, died Sunday, November 03, 2002, at Brian Center of Hickory.

He was born in Watauga County to the late Henry Berry and Lurrenie Harmon Berry. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Jean Berry; a grandson; three brothers, and one sister.

He was retired from Thomasville Furniture.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Matheson Berry of Lenoir; one son, Ricky Junior Berry of Lenoir; one daughter, Patricia Ann Cole of Lenoir; one bother, Ralph Berry of Lenoir; two sisters, Lillie Mae Woods of Lenoir and Helen Hicks of Virginia, and two grandchildren.

The funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Horace Minton officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852-9813.

Date of Death: Sunday, November 03, 2002

IZETTA LEE BIDWELL

Izetta Lee Holman Morrow Bidwell, 79, of Dewberry Place, Granite Falls, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at the residence.

She was born March 27, 1923, in Caldwell County to the late Elisha Att and Edna Barlow Holman. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Grover C. Morrow; her second husband, Earl Bidwell; one great-granddaughter; four brothers, Ronald, John, Gene and Everett Holman, and one sister, Nellie Robbins.

She was a retired restaurant manager with Holiday Inn and was a driver for the Caldwell County Department of Social Services. She attended First Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Grover C. Morrow Jr. of Granite Falls and Howard Steven Morrow of Morganton; two brothers, Ed Holman of Granite Falls and Tom Holman of Lenoir; three sisters, Betty Michael and Thelma Sexton, both of Lenoir, and Carolyn Austin of West Jefferson; five grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 2 p.m. Friday at First Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Jack Moses, Jim Robbins and Hugh Kincaid officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Lucy Bryant

Lucy Harrel Bryant, 82, of Huckleberry Lane, Lenoir, died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at Lifecare Center in Banner Elk.

She as born April 4, 1920, in Watauga County to the late Jake and Virgie Byers Harrell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie David Bryant; two sons, James Carroll Bryant, Sr. and David Larry Bryant, Sr.; four brothers; three sisters, and two grandsons, Bobby Darrell Bryant and Raymond David Bryant.

Mrs. Bryant was a homemaker and attended Bethany Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Raymond Wilson Bryant and Ralph Tony Bryant, both of Lenoir; a daughter, Mrs. Peggy Bryant Greene of Granite Falls; three sisters, Mrs. Catherine Harrell of Lenoir, Mrs. Mary Hamel of Valley Stream, N.Y. and Mrs. Betty Gregg of Kingsport, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, July 2, at 4 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Mashburn officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Wayburn Greene, James Carroll Bryant, Jr., David Larry Bryant, Jr., Gregory Allen Bryant, Timothy Alan Swartz, Kerry Haigler and Jerry Harrell.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

David Bumgarner

David Taft Bumgarner, 93, of Park Street, S. W., Lenoir, died Monday, July 21, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born August 20, 1909 in Lincoln County to the late Paul K. and Bessie Clark Bumgarner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Bumgarner; and two sisters, Sarah Paul Bumgarner and Wier and Dicie Rose.

Mr. Bumgarner was a retired firefighter with the city of Lenoir and a member of College Avenue Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mrs. Margaret Clonigner Bumgarner of the home; a son, Bob T. Bumgarner of Boone; a daughter Mrs. Bill (Betty) Williams of Lenoir; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 24, 2003, at 11:15 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. J. David Everett officiating.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m prior to the service at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St, N.W., Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or Lenoir Fire Department, 602 Harper Avenue, Lenoir, N.C.28645 or: College Avenue Baptist Church Joy Group, 1201 College Avenue, S. W., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Edith Cawley

Edith Huntley Cawley, 79, of Cedar Hills Court, Lenoir, died Monday, July 7, 2003.

Mrs. Cawley was born Nov. 15, 1923, in Caldwell County to the late Lawrence B. Huntley and Meta McGhee Huntley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Cawley; two brothers, Winfred and Basil Huntley, and two sisters, Helen Fife and Virginia Harris.

Mrs. Cawley was a retired clerical worker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lenoir.

Survivors include three sisters, Genoise Davidson and Lillian Braswell, both of Lenoir and Vivian Mull of West Virginia.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. John W. Fowler officiating.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Elsie Chester

Elsie McGee Chester, 80, of Antioch Road, Morganton, died Monday, July 7, 2003, at Grace Hospital in Morganton.

She was born June 3, 1923, in Wilkes County to the late Rufus and Roxie Anner Keys McGee. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Chester; a daughter, Nancy Simpson and three brothers, Albert McGee, Phineas McGee and Walter McGee.

Mrs. Chester was retired from Broyhill Furniture Industries.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Chester of Morganton and Clarence "Bud" Chester of Lenoir; two daughters, Mrs. Hellen C. Taylor and Mrs. Peggy "Elaine" Hoyle, both of Lenoir; a sister, Mrs. Lois Ellis of Morganton; 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ed Greene officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Estelle Chester

Estelle McGarr Chester, 83, of Edgebrook Place, Lenoir, died Aug. 27, 2003, at Carolina Health Care of Icard.

She was born April 18, 1920 in Caldwell County to the late William McGarr and Nancy Coffey McGarr. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John W. Chester; a son, Doug Chester; a daughter, Irene Chester Spears; two brothers, Lawrence and Ray McGarr; and two sisters, Jane Gentry and Lonia Hargus.

She was a homemaker and was of Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne Chester and Jerry Chester, both of Lenoir; five daughters, Judy Greene of Granite Falls, Nancy Hollar of Hickory, Diane Edwards, Brenda Triplett and Sandy Greer, all of Lenoir; 17 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 2 p.m. Friday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Bean officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home, and other times at the daughter's home, Judy and Jim Greene, 2660 Connelly Springs Rd, Granite Falls.

Pallbearers will be: Josh Edwards, Keith Chester, Mike Sybrant, Wesley Chester, Jeremy Chester, Gary Spears, Brian Greene and Robbie Chester.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Covenant Baptist Church, 1425 Lee Pearson Road, Granite Falls, N.C. 28630.

Janie Childers

Janie Austin Childers, 93, of Wright Street, Lenoir died Friday, Jan. 24, 2003 at Camelot Manor Nursing Care Facility.

Mrs. Childers was born Jan. 30, 1909 in Caldwell County to the late Louis and Cora Penley Childers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie A. Childers; and one son, Lee Austin Childers.

Mrs. Childers worked in various retail stores in Lenoir. She worked in her later years at Caldwell Memorial Hospital as a nurse's aide, telephone operator and volunteer. She also was a homemaker and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Charles Norvel Childers of Melbourne, Fla, and Linville, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Charles M. Childers of Delmar, Maryland and Elizabeth C. Smith of Reston, Va.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Lynn Hawkins.

The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Trinity United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 901 Seehorn St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Roger Church

Roger Michael Church, 46, of Underdown Ave., Lenoir, died Monday, July 7, 2003, at Carolina's Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 29, 1956, in Caldwell County to Pansy Price of Lenoir and the late Johnson Church. He was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

He was a self-employed painter.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a son, Roger Harris of Lenoir; one brother, Keith Church of Lenoir, and two sisters, Relma Church and Denise Williams, both of Lenoir.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at the home of Pansy Price, 1408 Underdown Ave., Lenoir open hours.

Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Lonnie Clippard

Lonnie Clippard, 92, of Cedar Rock Circle, Lenoir, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

He was born Nov. 9, 1911, in Wilkes County to the late Reese B. Clippard and Sallie Keller Clippard. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Rufus Russell, Marshall and Ralph Clippard; and one sister, Hester Enloe.

He was a retired self-employed sawmiller and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include one niece, Coleen Clippard of Lenoir; two sisters, Jane Hatley and Bessie Chester, both of Lenoir; dear friend Pat McGee of Lenoir; and several nieces and nephews of Lenoir.

The funeral service will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Pendry's Chapel with the Revs. Randy Goode and Gary Waters officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Pendry's Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Richard Clippard, Maynard Clippard, Gary Waters, Walter Haigler, Clay Hedrick and Jeff Greer.

Memorials will be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

Samuel Collins, Sr.

Samuel Martin Collins, Sr., 63, of Beach Road, Hudson, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at Valdese General Hospital.

He was born April 11, 1940 in Wise County, Va. to the late Spencer Collins, Sr. and Lillie May Sergent Collins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby Collins, and a sister, Naomi Ashley.

Mr. Collins was employed with Singer Furniture Industries and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his fiancee, Rebecca Lois Simmons of Hudson; a son, Samuel Martin Collins, Jr. of Lenoir; three daughters, Rhonda Carolina Collins and Samanthia Collins Booth, both of Lenoir and Patricia Collins Pittman of Morganton; two brothers, Spencer Collins, Jr. of Rhodhiss and Billy Joe Collins of Hudson; three sisters, Loretta Lawson of Arcadia, Fla., Betty Preston of Brookville, Ohio and Margaret Fritz of Hudson; nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park conducted by the Rev. Mark Dula.

The family will receive friends today at 6 p.m. at Rebecca Simmons, 4007 Beach Road, Hudson.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Earl Lovins, II, Jeremy Gibson, Mark Creger, Tim Hamby, Donald Booth and Wesley Rhom. Honorary pallbearer will be Ronald Galloway.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Vivian Conrad

Vivian Franklin Conrad, 73, of Emerald Isle, a native of Caldwell County, died Monday, Nov. 10. 2003 at Onslow Memorial Hospital.

She was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Caldwell County to the late Donald Franklin and Emma Suddreth Franklin.

Mrs. Conrad was an accountant for a construction company in Caldwell County, and was a former Emerald Isle emergency dispatcher from 1984 to 1998.

Survivors include her husband, Bob Conrad of the home; two daughters, Chiquita Prestwood of Lenoir and Regina Poindexter of Lexington; one son, Glen Tig of Toronto, Canada; two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

The funeral is 1 p.m. Friday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stuart White officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Friday from noon until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ethel Cooke

Ethel Estelle Davis Cooke, 90, of Hawthorne Drive, NE, Lenoir, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 2, 1913 in Caldwell County to the late Roy Asbury Davis and Zora Annie Courtney Davis. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Coy Cooke; one brother, Ray Davis; two sisters, Irene Hawkins and Dorothy Teague; and one great-granddaughter, Abby Gail Cook.

She was a Caldwell County teacher for 30 years and was a charter member of Fairview Presbyterian Church. She also taught Sunday School classes at the church and was Alpha Delta Kappa and received an honorary life membership award from the Presbyterian Women Organization.

She was survived by one son, James Truman and his wife Carolyn Cook of Nebo; one daughter, Linda Irene and her husband Paul Lewis of Hudson; one brother, James Elgie and his wife Hazel Davis of Lenoir; two sisters, Jewell Davis and her husband Jack McCreary of Lenoir and Ann Davis Herman of Lenoir; four grandchildren, Celia Wahl, Laura Beach , Rev. Tommy Cook, Douglas Laney; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Monday at 3 p.m. at Fairview Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Edyth Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be: Guy Hall, Fred Jenkins Jr., Richard Kirby, Gene Gray, Mike Davis and Johnny Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be: Vernon Yount, Dennis Jenkins, Bruce Davis, Jack Suddreth, Melvin Lutz and Bill Suddreth.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Fairview Presbyterian Church, 111 Fairview Dr., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Ledru Creger

Ledru Clark Cregar, 93, of Wildwood Road, Lenoir, died Monday, June 9, 2003 at Lenoir Health Center.

He was born Aug. 21, 1909, in Marion, Va., to the late Leftwitch Waymon Creger and Malinda Umbarger. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jane Blevins.

He was retired from the furniture industry and was a member of College Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Charles W. Creger of Lenoir; one daughter, Thada C. Crisp of Lenoir; one brother, Randolph Creger of Louisville, Ky; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

The funeral is 11 a.m. Thursday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Butler officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

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GLADYS D. CROUSE

LENOIR - Gladys Donovan Crouse, 103, of Beverly Circle, died Jan. 10, 2004, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at Lower Creek Baptist Church with burial in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family was at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home and Crematory from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Eugene Crump

Eugene Poe Crump, 82, of Crump Road, Lenoir, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

He was born Dec. 2, 1921 in Caldwell County to the late Lewis L. and Nannie Kelly Crump. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Hunter Crump, Jasper Crump, Thomas Crump, Garland (Bill) Crump, John Crump and Arthur Crump; four sisters, Elizabeth (Jade) Corpening, Almeater (Moe) Cannon, Lucille Crump and Annie Crump.

Mr. Crump was a retired plumber, member of Rocky Springs Baptist Church, Word War II U.S. Army veteran and a charter member of Collettsville Ruritan Club with 50 years perfect attendance.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Georgia Rhodes Crump of the home and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Ronnie Miller, Rev. Raymond Coffey and Rev. Randy Gibson.

The family will receive friends Tuesday morning one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers will be his nephews: Kelly Corpening, Dusty Crump, E.C. Crump, Jim Crump, John Crump and Thomas Crump. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Collettsville Ruritan Club and Collettsville Fire Department.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Collettsville Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 161, Collettsville, NC 28611; or Collettsville Fire Department, P.O. Box 101, Collettsville, NC 28611.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Isaiah Davenport

Isaiah Oscar Davenport, 75, of 316 Eastview Place, Lenoir, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2003, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 24, 1927, in Concord, N.C., to the late Rev. Oscar Davenport and Bessie Watts Davenport. He was also preceded in death by one son, Allen Berdette Davenport; and two brothers, Manifred and James Davenport.

He was retired from W.E. Shaw Furniture where he was a repairman and was a member of Harpers Chapel United Methodist Church. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Gennis Horton Davenport of the home; two sons, Steve A. Davenport and Manifred E. Davenport, both of Lenoir; one sister, Sidney Elizabeth D. Bowers of Killeen, Texas; and one grandson and one granddaughter.

Funeral services for Isaiah Davenport have been changed to Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003 at 2 p.m. at E.R. McGimpsey, sr. Memorial Chapel at Ebony Funeral services. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 1:55 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Ebony Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements and is serving the family.

Ruth Davis

Ruth Martin Davis, 66, of Dogwood Street, Hudson, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 18, 1937, in Caldwell County to the late William "Bill" Joe and Dessie Woods Martin.

Mrs. Davis was retired from Fairway Dry Cleaners and was a member of Hibriten Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ray (Vickie) Kirby of Hickory and Mrs. Derrell (Kim) Stokes of Lenoir, and three grandchildren, Scott Propst of Hickory, Kristin Propst of Georgia and Tyler Stokes of Lenoir.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Hugh Whitefield officiating.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Allen Kirby, Steve Reid, Brian Benfield, Scott Potter, Gary Potter and Hugh Strong.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Frye Auxiliary Neurological Unit, 420 N. Center Street, Hickory, N.C. 28601 or to: Hudson Fire Department and Rescue, P.O. Box 651, Hudson, N.C. 28638.

Silas Dollar

Silas Daniel Dollar, 75, of Nuway Circle, NE, Lenoir, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 12, 1927, in Ashe County to the late John Neil and Vaughtie Davis Dollar. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Evie Townsend, Ruth Farthing and Leona Greer.

He was retired from Barger Ashe Roofing Co. and was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Raymond N. Dollar of Granite Falls and Robert W. Dollar of Clayton; five daughters, Mrs. Gary (Margaret) Stallings and Mrs. Joe (Annette) Hendrix, both of Granite Falls, Mrs. Randy (Pam) Frye of Lenoir, Mrs. Joey (Janet) Beaver of Boomer and Mrs. Frankie (Lisa) Rowe of Pittsboro; one brother, Paul P. Dollar of Wilkesboro; two sisters, Edna Hodge of Deep Gap and Mae Idol of Boone; 19 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 4 p.m. Sunday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. John Brashear and Mike Minton officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Brandon Clark, Daniel Stallings, Nicholas Dollar, Derrick Dollar, Jason Dollar and Logan Greene.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Diabetes Association, 434 Fayetteville Street Mall, 2 Hanover Squire, Suite 1600, Raleigh, N.C. 27601.

Betty Dula

Betty Welch Dula, 85, of Rt. 10, Lenoir died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

She was born on June 8, 1918 in Wilkes County to the late Robert Lee Welch and Ollie Cox Welch. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by spouse, Herman Spencer Dula and one son, Johnny Harold Dula.

Mrs. Dula was a homemaker.

Survivors include four sons, Alvin Dula, Steve Dula, William Dula and Kenneth Dula all Lenoir; four daughters, Rachel Spears and Charlotte Coffey both of Lenoir, Margaret D. Reinwald of Statesville and Delaine Gutierrez of Gaston, Ore.; nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. at Pendry's Chapel with the Rev. Van Proffitt. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Jan. 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pendry's Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Robert Spears, Scott Dula, Joe Reinwald, Tyler Jolly, Ryan Howell and Murray Gray.

Pendry's Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Johnie Farmer, Sr.

Johnie Jackson Farmer, Sr., 84, of Farmer Lane, Lenoir, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at Shaire Center.

He was born May 27, 1919, in Greer. S.C. to the late Joel Grover Farmer and Ethel Vinie Campbell. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Aileen Lytton Farmer; one brother, Joel Eldridge Farmer, and a great-great granddaughter, Nicole Aileen Cloer.

He was retired from American Efird Mills, Inc. and was a member of Yadkin Valley Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, honorably discharged and received a Purple Heart, three Bronze Stars, Medal of Gallantry and Medal of Honor.

Survivors include one son, Johnie Jackson Farmer, Jr. of Lenoir; five daughters, Mrs. Elsie F. Moss, Ms. Helen F. Curtis, Mrs. Pearl F. Hoyle and Ms. Tammy F. Shook, all of Lenoir and Mrs. Jonell F. Triplett of Happy Valley; one sister, Gladys L. Holland of Bessemer City; four brothers, Clyde C. (C.G.) Farmer of Midlothian, Va., Robert V. (R.V.) Farmer of Cherryville, Dewey D. Farmer and Ray Farmer, both of Gastonia; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and a special loved one, Allie Pritchard.

Graveside services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Revs. Hugh Kincaid, Bobby Pritchard and Mark Dula officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: John Curtis, Gary Tippins, Charles Cloer, Larry Gragg, Tim Gilbert, Logan Shook and Landon Shook. Honorary pallbearers will be: Larry Hoyle, Jr., Phillip Cloer, Cameron Dula and Tim Kelley.

Johnie Farmer, Sr.

Johnie Jackson Farmer, Sr., 84, of Farmer Lane, Lenoir, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at Shaire Center.

He was born May 27, 1919, in Greer. S.C. to the late Joel Grover Farmer and Ethel Vinie Campbell. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Aileen Lytton Farmer; one brother, Joel Eldridge Farmer, and a great-great granddaughter, Nicole Aileen Cloer.

He was retired from American Efird Mills, Inc. and was a member of Yadkin Valley Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, honorably discharged and received a Purple Heart, three Bronze Stars, Medal of Gallantry and Medal of Honor.

Survivors include one son, Johnie Jackson Farmer, Jr. of Lenoir; five daughters, Mrs. Elsie F. Moss, Ms. Helen F. Curtis, Mrs. Pearl F. Hoyle and Ms. Tammy F. Shook, all of Lenoir and Mrs. Jonell F. Triplett of Happy Valley; one sister, Gladys L. Holland of Bessemer City; four brothers, Clyde C. (C.G.) Farmer of Midlothian, Va., Robert V. (R.V.) Farmer of Cherryville, Dewey D. Farmer and Ray Farmer, both of Gastonia; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and a special loved one, Allie Pritchard.

Graveside services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Revs. Hugh Kincaid, Bobby Pritchard and Mark Dula officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: John Curtis, Gary Tippins, Charles Cloer, Larry Gragg, Tim Gilbert, Logan Shook and Landon Shook. Honorary pallbearers will be: Larry Hoyle, Jr., Phillip Cloer, Cameron Dula and Tim Kelley.

Pearl Freeman

Pearl Miller Freeman, 83, of Legion Road, Lenoir, died Friday, July 25, 2003, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

She was born April 14, 1920 in Alexander County to the late Jake and Bessie Cloer Miller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John G. Freeman; one brother, Woodrow Miller; one son-in-law, Curt Livingston and several half brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Freeman was retired from Troutman Shirt Co. and a member of Miller Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Johnny Freeman and wife Hazel of Lenoir; two daughters, Judy Simmons and husband Tommy of Lenoir and Linda Livingston of Boomer; four grandchildren, Charmin Knight of Taylorsville, Lisa Young of Granite Falls, Donna Warren of Lenoir and Clay Freeman of Hickory and five great-grandchildren, Zane Knight and Jaycie Knight of Taylorsville, Kyneell Warren of Lenoir, Billy Young and Fayth Young of Granite Falls.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. today, July 27, at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Carl Hamm. Internment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour to the service at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Buck Harrison, Buck Smith, James Miller, Gordon Knight, Terry Freeman and Gary Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory are in charge of the arrangements.

Edna Geddie

Edna Lee Geddie, 83, of Roby Martin Road, Lenoir, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at Caldwell County Hospice.

She was born Nov. 25, 1920 in Wilkes County to the late Lennie F. and Nora Walker Wilcox. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest B. Geddie and three sisters, Ruby Miller, Bonnie Wilcox and Connie Wilcox.

Mrs. Geddie was retired from Tremont Restaurant in Virginia and attended Yadkin Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Billy Alverson of Montrose, Va. and Robert Todd of Philadelphia, Tenn.; a daughter, Linda Kay Taylor of Plano, Texas; four brothers, Charlie Wilcox of Danville, Va., Frank Wilcox of Canton, Ohio, Willard O. Wilcox and R. D. Wilcox both of Lorton, Va.; a sister, Mrs. Reba Coffey of Patterson; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and a special friend of 28 years, Bob Willis.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Robert B. Livingston. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Berniece Giddens

Berniece Mabe Giddens, 84, of Sunset Street, Granite Falls, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at Camelot Manor Nursing Care.

She was born Sept. 14, 1919, in Caldwell County to the late John N. and Ollie Smith Mabe. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Giddens; a son, Johnnie Giddens; three brothers, John Mabe, Dennis Mabe and Vergil Mabe, and three sisters, Eunice S. Laws, Sadie Farthing and Litus Smith.

Mrs. Giddens was self-employed as an interior decorator and was a member of Lenoir Community Church.

Survivors include a foster son, Joe Glaze of Hillsboro; three sisters, Mrs. Leslie Faulkner of Raleigh, Mrs. Louise Haas and Mrs. Frances (Tootsie) Story, both of Lenoir, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Robert N. Parmley officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Vernon Goforth

Vernon Woodrow Goforth, 90, of Eastover Circle, Lenoir, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 15, 1913, to late John William Goforth and Virginia Church Goforth. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jim, Archie and Carl Goforth; and two sisters, Norma Dyer and Arizona Walker.

Mr. Goforth was retired from Hammary Furniture, was a musician, a very avid fox hunter and a member of Meadowbrook Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Johnsie Duncan Goforth of the home; two sons, Vernon Eugene Goforth and James Thomas Goforth both of Hudson; three daughters, Patricia Enloe of Hudson, Ladonna Chandler of Lenoir and Gaynell McCall of Hudson; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

The funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. at Meadowbrook Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Parker, Rev. Roger Beck and Rev. Roger Parker officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Pendry's Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Willie Goforth, Brian Chandler, Kevin Stine, Greg Hollar, Matt Stillmon and Joe Young. Honorary pallbearers will be: The Senior Citizens of Hardee's and Terry McDonald.

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Jesse Greer

LENOIR - Mrs. Jesse Evelyn Broyhill Greer, 76, of Maehill Place, died Friday, March 9, 2001, at her home.

Born Nov. 12, 1924, in Wilkes County, she was the daughter of the late Issac Jefferson and Ada Bell Carlton Broyhill. She was a retired schoolteacher. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lenoir and a member of the Samaritan Sunday School class. She was a sister of Alpha Delta Kappa sorority, Omicron Chapter. She taught 36 years in the Caldwell County Schools.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Greer.

She is survived by one son, Larry F. Greer of Shelby; one daughter, Frances G. Malcolm of Lenoir; two brothers, Lloyd Broyhill of Boomer and Vernon Broyhill of Taylorsville; two sisters, Arlee B. Andrews of Boomer and Naomi B. Triplett of Wilkesboro; and three grandchildren.

The funeral was Sunday at First Baptist Church of Lenoir with Dr. David Smith officiating. Burial was in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family received friends Saturday at Pendry's Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Lenoir, 304 Main St. Northwest, Lenoir, NC 28645 or to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St.Northwest, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Cecil Gurley

Cecil G. Gurley, 81, of Knoll Street, Lenoir, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice. He was born April 23, 1921, in Yancey County to the late Timothy G. and Texie Gibbs Gurley. He was also preceded in death by a son, Tony Gurley, and three brothers, Herman, Paul and Alfred Gurley.

He was retired from Bernhardt Furniture Industries and was a charter member of Landmark Baptist Church where he was a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and was the recipient of two Bronze Starts for valor while serving in Central Europe.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Burgin Gurley of the home; a son, Tim Gurley of Lenoir; seven daughters, Mrs. Robert (Libby) Ross of Morganton, Mrs. Bill (Irene) Melton of Columbia, S.C., Christine Hice and Mrs. Tommy (Anita) Helton, Mrs. Jerry (Clara) Annas, Cecila Beane and Lana Braswell, all of Lenoir; 22 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 2 p.m. Wednesday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Ron Miller and Wayne F. Borders officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Randy Phillips Robert Alan Ross, Bradley Woodie, Daron Beane, John Melton, Dean Braswell, Dustin Beane, Mark Braswell, Aaron Stamey, Shawn Stamey and Kyle Gurley.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

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John Haga

John Alexander Haga Jr., died Thursday, March 5, 1998 in a hospital in Lenoir, N.C. He was born March 21, 1920.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lundy Haga; one daughter, Lavada Haga, Granite Falls, N.C.; three sons, Wesley Haga, Paul Haga and Daniel Haga, all of Granite Falls, N.C.; two sisters, Beatrice Blevins, Bristol, and Dorothy Musser, Rural Retreat; two brothers, Robert Eugene Haga, Fenton, Mich., and Sherman Haga, Atkins.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 8, at Rock Chapel Church of God in Granite Falls, N.C., with interment in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Pendry's Funeral Home in Granite Falls, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.

James Harper

Mr. James William "Bunny" Harper, 79, of 322 NuWay Circle, NE, Lenoir, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at Lenoir Health Care.

He was born March 24, 1924, in Caldwell County to the late James Harper and Willie Mae Clark Harper. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jean Norwood Harper.

Mr. Harper was retired. He had worked for Harper Furniture, Broyhill Furniture for eight years and Bernhardt Furniture for 30 years. He was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church, a member of the Harper-Witherspoon American Legion Post #231, and a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include two sons, James Edward Harper and wife, Susan of Boston, Mass., and Roger William Harper of Brooklyn, N..Y.; one sister, Jean Marie Harper of Lenoir; two brothers, Claude M. Harper and wife, Bobbie J., and Preston H. Harper and wife, Virginia, all of Lenoir, and three grandchildren.

The funeral is noon on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the E.R. McGimpsey, Sr. Memorial Chapel of Ebony Funeral Services, Lenoir with the Revs. Jimmie Norwood Sr., Thomas Nixon, Venoy Pearson and Myrtle Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 11 to 11:55 a.m. at the chapel.

Memorials may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St, NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Ben Hatley

Ben Alonzo Hatley, 87, of Seehorn Place, Lenoir, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Gateway Nursing Center.

He was born May 2, 1916, in Caldwell County to the late James Monroe and Jessie Williams Hatley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Troy Hatley, Ray Hatley and Melvin Hatley.

Mr. Hatley was retired from Nu-Woods Mfg. and was a member of Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jean Clippard Hatley of the home; a nephew, William Clippard and wife, Imogene of Lenoir; a brother and sister-in-law, Ellis and Helen Hatley of Hudson; a sister-in-law, Colleen Hatley of Gastonia and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park conducted by the Rev. Joe Parker.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service at Greer-McEveen Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or to the charity of ones choice.

Marvin Hendrix

Marvin J. Hendrix, 47, of Hickory Nut Ridge Road, Granite Falls, died Thursday, May 1, 2003, in Rowan County.

He was born Dec. 26, 1957, in Caldwell County to Naomi Hendrix and the late Turner Hendrix. He was also preceded in death by Harley H. Hendrix, and a grandson, Brandon E. Wagoner.

He was a machine operator for the furniture industry and was of Baptist faith.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a son, John C. Hendrix, of Statesville, a daughter, Angel Lee Wagoner of Tennessee; three brothers, Turner Hendrix, Jr. of Vale, George "Joe" Hendrix of Granite Falls, and G. L. Hendrix of Lenoir; two sisters, Mary Hendrix Shook of Granite Falls and Mrs. Michael (Wanda) Ireland of Blackburn, and two grandchildren.

The funeral is 2 p.m. today at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Minton officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Novella Herman

Novella Watson Herman, 76, of Hospital Avenue, Lenoir, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 5, 1926, in Caldwell County to the late Elbert and Gertrude Whittington Greene. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, R. Don Watson.

Mrs. Herman was a homemaker and a member of College Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Loree V. Church of Lenoir; a nephew, Charles W. Watson of Lenoir and a niece, Mrs. Mary Louise Cheek of Deep Gap.

The funeral will be Thursday at 4 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Curtis Tutterrow officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

JAMES PERRY HICE

James Perry Hice, 80, of Wilson Street, NW, Lenoir, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at Hilltop Rest Home.

He was born June 10, 1922, in Caldwell County to the late David J. and Mary Hice.

He was retired from Huffman Hosiery and was a member of Clover Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Bill Brown officiating.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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Bernard Hirsch

Bernard Benedict Hirsch, 89, of Nuway Circle, Lenoir, died Thursday, Jan. 6, at Lenoir Living Center.

A mass was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel. Father Michael Buttner and the Rev. Gerrit S. Dawson officiated. Burial was in Blue Ridge Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Bob Love, Ed Schell, Jim Gossler Jr., Ed Whitener Jr., Jim Malcolm and Montrose DeVane.

He was born in Aberdeen, S.C., and was a former resident of Sylva. The son of the late William M. and Catherine Deschner Hirsch, he received his both his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University at Michigan. He did post-graduate work at Columbia University in New York.

He was named Man of the Year in Marion in 1954 and was a member of Francis Marion Club, Lenoir Lions Club, a member of the N.C. Band Masters Association and the N.C. Music Educators Association. He was band director at Marion High School from 1935-1942, Hanes High School and Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem in 1946, Marion High School 1947-1958 and Lenoir High School from 1958-1969.

While in Sylva he served as assistant director of Smoky Mountain Cultural Arts Development Association from 1969-71 and director of Two Arts, Cultural Three from 1971-74. Both SMCADA and TACT were federal program geared toward providing art and music education for students in the region.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II where he served in New Guinea and Borneo and was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Hirsch. Surviving are his wife, Rebekah Lowe Hirsch; one son, Bill Hirsch of Raleigh; and one sister, Gertrude Norris of Conway, Ark.

Memorials may be made to Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center, 500 W. Thomas Road, Suite 70, Phoenix, Ariz. 85013.

Rebekah Hirsch

Rebekah Lowe Hirsch, 92, of Main Street, Lenoir, died Friday, Sept. 26, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Hirsch was born April 17, 1911, in Guilford County, to the late William and Mattie Tucker Lowe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard B. Hirsch.

Mrs. Hirsch graduated from Greensboro College in 1933 with a major in music and a minor in French. She taught music in the public school system from 1935-1945 and private piano lessons until 1960. A member of First Presbyterian Church, she loved language, crossword puzzles, the Atlanta Braves baseball team, ACC Basketball and loved people and music.

She is survived by a son, William B. Hirsch of Raleigh.

A graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, 2003, at Blue Ridge Memorial Park, followed by a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Dr. Gerrit Dawson. The family will receive friends this evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kyle Austin, Doug Pegram, Steve Sime, Bruce Vanderbloemen, Dr. Jane Carswell Roberts, Winnie Harding, Nancy Gwyn, Madeline Nash, Jean Bernhardt, Daniel Hudgins, Clara Hudgins, Twinker Mauney, Polly Neal, Emily Blanton, Jim McCarl, Dr. Robert Belk, Lynn Bernhardt and Ed and Betty Joe Shell.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir at 1002 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645; or Caldwell County Hospice at 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is charge of arrangements.

Champ Holder

Champ Holder, 62, of Delwood Drive, SW, Lenoir, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at the residence.

He was born April 8, 1941 in Caldwell County to the late Charlie George and Pairlee Watts Holder. He was the grandson of the late Early and Carrie Walker Holder.

Mr. Holder was employed with Broyhill Furniture Industries Central Trucking.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Linda Speagle Holder of the home; two sons, Charlie Clipper Holder of Lenoir and Guy Troy Holder of Pittsboro, and a brother, Dyke A. Holder of Lenoir.

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Services for Champ Holder, who died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, will be held Saturday at 8 a.m. at Greer McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James E. Lee officiating.

Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Richard Coffey, Steve Corpening, Ken Cassidy, Matt Fulbright, Alex Moss and Johnny Moss.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or to: American Cancer Society, 500 E. Morehead Street, Suite 211, Charlotte, N.C. 28202.

Henry Holloway

Henry Morgan Holloway, 87, of Journey's End, Lenoir, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at Gateway Nursing Center.

He was born Dec. 17, 1915, in Lincolnton County, Ga. to the late Henry Morgan and Pauline Burns Holloway. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Valerie Clark Holloway.

Mr. Holloway was retired from Singer Furniture Industries and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Richard M . Holloway and wife, Nan of Lenoir and Steven L. Holloway of Lenoir; a daughter, Mrs. Harry (Vivian) Clifton of Hollywood, Fla.; a brother, Alan Holloway of Lincolnton, Ga.; seven sisters, Patsy Wall of Augusta, Ga., Ellen Tankersley, Prudey Tankersley, Rachel Haynes, Julia Reese and Ernestine Bohler, all of Lincolnton, Ga., and Lula Belle Williams of Birmingham, Ala.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Parker officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jack Rary, Tony Graves, Ken Ward, Richard Kincaid, Jerry Babb and Robert Crump.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association, Mid Atlantic Affiliate, Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216. Glenn Allen, Va. 23058-5216.

Myrtle Holman

Mrs. Myrtle Ruth Holman, 83, of Lenoir, passed away on Dec. 30, 2003, at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md.

Beloved wife of the late Louise Cecil Holman and mother of the late Myrtle Elizabeth Holman Elie, Myrtle served as a caregiver and nurse for 40 years at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

She leaves to mourn a brother, Fred Edward Suddreth and wife, Marjorie H. Suddreth of Lenoir; a granddaughter, Tannura Elie of Riverdale, MD; stepsons, Nathaniel Holman of Southfield, MI, Samuel Eleazer of Virginia Beach, Va., and a host of nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.

Family and friends will be receiving Monday at St. Paul AME Church, located at 444 Finley Ave., NW, Lenoir from noon to 12:55 p.m., where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. The body will be placed in the church from 10 a.m. until noon. The interment follows immediately after the funeral service at Blue Ridge Memorial Park, located at 2017 Wilkesboro Blvd. in Lenoir.

If desired, flowers and cards can be sent to Ebony Funeral Home, located at 519 Main St., NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Hilda Holsclaw

Hilda M. Holsclaw, 73, of Collettsville Road, Lenoir, formerly of Huntsburg, Ohio, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

She was born Dec. 28, 1929, in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, and two sisters.

She was a homemaker and was of Catholic faith.

Survivors include her husband, Jack M. Holsclaw Sr. of the home; a son, Glenn B. Holsclaw of Unionville, Ohio; and a stepson, Jack M. Holsclaw Jr.

Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Robert B. Livingston officiating.

Pallbearers will be Thomas McRary, Gregory McRary, Mark Bolick, Dennis Arney, Ben McRary and Gene Clarke.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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Horton

Thomas Horton Jr., of Columbus, died Monday, May 24, 1999. Veteran U.S. Air Force. Retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Member of the National Wildlife Conservatory.

Preceded in death by parents Thomas and Annie Mae Horton.

Survived by wife, Hilda; children, Guy A. Horton, Tia D. Horton, Guy Thomas Horton; grandchildren, Amanda, Alexandria, Anthony, Alia, Jasmine; brothers, Harold (Margaret) Horton, Cincinnati, Oh., James (Constance) Horton, Columbus; sisters, Commella (Raymond) Floyd, S.C., Barbara Horton, Cincinnati, Oh., Stephanie (Kevin) Davis, N.C.; special cousins, Austin (Frances) Link; special aunt, Dorothy (Artile) Gray; a host of aunts, nieces, nephews; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mr. O.C. and Rev. Hazel Boyd; sisters-in-law, Delores Johnson, Virgileen Nesby, Swayzene (Elvern) Talley, Crystal (Helal) Alshawa and Denna Boyd.

Funeral service will be held 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 1999 at SCHOEDINGER NORTH CHAPEL, 5554 Karl Rd., where the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until time of service. Pastor Dr. Timothy J. Clarke officiating. Interment will take place in Blue Ridge Memorial Park, Lenoir, N.C.

Friends may contribute in Trust for the Horton Children c/o any Bank One location.

Hilda Houck

Hilda Griffin Houck, 82, of Morganton Blvd., Lenoir, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Caldwell County to the late Hurley and Clementine Crump Griffin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Sally Chapman, Lorie Craig and Maudeana Greene.

Mrs. Houck was retired from First Union National Bank where she had worked for 43 years. She was a member of Flemings Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Robert J. Houck of the home; a brother, Larry L. Griffin of Lenoir; two sisters, Lethal Anderson and Linda Johnson, both of Lenoir, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Revs. Hugh Whitfield and Stanley Townsend. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Larry Griffin, Jr., Barry Johnson, Eddie Greene, Mike Orders and Bill Lennon.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Fleming Chapel Baptist Church, 4430 Littlejohn Church Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Mildred Houck

Mildred McQueen Houck, 86,of Hartland Road, Lenoir, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

She was born December 14, 1916, in Nichola County, W. Va., to the late David and Eunice Edwards McQueen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank McQueen and Edgel McQueen, and two sisters, Virginia Suddreth and Eloise Taylor.

Mrs. Houck was a member of Gamewell United Methodist Church where was also an active choir member.

Survivors include her husband, Willie Frank Houck of the home; a son, Grover Houck of Raleigh; a daughter, Frances Houck Coffey and her husband Bill, of Statesville; two grandchildren, Christina Coffey of Raleigh and Brian Coffey and his wife, Heather of Huntersville.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 3, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Gamewell United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ed McKinney officiating. Interment will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Gamewell United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2897 Morganton Blvd., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Robert Huffhine

Robert Kaid Huffhine, 50, of Idlewood Dr., Granite Falls, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

He was born Sept. 27, 1953, in Walter Reid Army Hospital to Betty Allen Buckland of Hudson and the late Robert Cletus Huffhine.

Mr. Huffhine was an independent distributor for Flowers Bakery.

Survivors, in addition to his mother include his wife, Mary Beth Haigler Huffhine of Granite Falls; two sons, Brandon Huffhine and Jason Huffhine, both of Joplin, MO.; two daughters, Amanda Huffhine of Joplin, MO and Genealy Haigler of Granite Falls; one brother, James Huffhine of Savannah, Ga.; three sisters, Rebecca Moulton, Terry Duncan and Belinda Ruland, all of Savannah, Ga.; one grandchild, Chelsea Huffhine, and special friends, Cathy and Ashlee Bowman.

Graveside services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Paul Dula officiating.

Pendry's Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Albert Jones

Albert Lee "Barney" Jones, 69, of Cove Branch Road, Lenoir, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

He was born Oct. 1, 1933, in Caldwell County to the late Nathaniel Jones and Beulah Anderson Jones. He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Mable Link, Annie Mae Horton, Bernice Hendrix, and Inez Fox, and three brothers, Tasco, Archie Ray and James Charles Jones.

He was retired from Western Carolina Tire.

Survivors include a brother, Robert Edward Jones, of the home; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Jones of the home and Dorothy J. Gray of Columbus, Ohio

The funeral is 3 p.m. Sunday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Miller Carter officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Thomas Jones

Thomas Bernard Jones, 67, of Evans St., SW, Lenoir, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at the residence.

He was born July 31, 1936, in Caldwell County to the late Thomas Carl Jones and Hazel Coffey Jones. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Greer Jones and three brothers, John, Bill and Doug Jones.

He was retired from Bernhardt Furniture as an upholsterer.

Survivors include one son, Tommy Bernard Jones of Hudson; four daughters, Debbie Bounous and husband, Jimmy, of Valdese, Kathy Hollar and husband, Mike, of Greensboro, Ginger Jones and John Wilson of Lenoir and Summer Jones of the home; two brothers, Arthur Jones and Paul Jones, both of Lenoir; three sisters, Margert Triplett and Linda Triplett, both of Granite Falls and Peggy McCall of Baton, and five grandchildren, Colby Bounous, Julie Bounous, Jason Hollar, Kristi Hollar and Raven Horton.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. John Barnhardt officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Paul Jones, Jr., Michael McCall, Dee Triplett, Arthur Jones, Paul Jones and Jonathan Teague.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Wilda Jones

Wilda Pennell Jones, 93, of Old North Road, NW, Lenoir, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at Gateway Nursing Center.

She was born June 10, 1910, in Caldwell County to the late Walter Greene and Cora E. Icenhour Pennell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Claude William Pennell.

Mrs. Jones was retired from Moore Mill and was a member of United Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a son, William Ray Jones of Lenoir; a daughter, Doris Jones Meek of Charlotte, and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be held today, Jan. 10, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Austin officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Rathmul Helms, Jim Barlow, Bill Clippard, Carlton King, Will Osier and Jones Riggs.

Memorial contributions may be made to: United Presbyterian Church, PO Box 1495, Lenoir, NC 28645 or to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Walton Lee

Walton Hill Lee, 89, of Bradford St., Lenoir, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born April 29, 1914, in Caldwell County to the late John Hill Lee and Bessie Coffey Lee. He was also preceded in death by a son, Douglas Hill Lee; two brothers, Horace Lee and Robert "Bob" Lee, and two sisters, Helen Presnell and Edith Robbins.

He was a farmer and carpenter and a furniture worker. He was a very avid Bible reader, and a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Hayes Lee of the home; one son, Clarence Anthony "Toney" Lee of Lenoir; two daughters, Mrs. Richard N. "Jean Lee" Morris of Cheraw, S.C. and Mrs. Junior "Pat Lee" Trivette of Lenoir; 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Monday at Pendry's Funeral Home with the Revs. Richard Morris, Don Slizewski and Gary Lee officiating. Burial was in Blue Ridge Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: McRay Robbins, Jeff Smith, Terry Kincaid, Ned Hayes, Ralph Trivette, David Hollar, Edward Robbins and Johnny Trivette.

Memorials may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645; or to any Children's Charity of choice.

Marvin Link

Marvin Prince Alexander Link, 77, of 330 Glenwood Pl., NW, Lenoir, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at the residence.

He was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Lincoln County to the late Edmund Mongo Link and Lois Derr Link.

He was also preceded in death by three daughters Vannessa Link, Janice Davenport and Odessa Corpening, and the mother of his children, Mrs. Betty Jo Davenport.

He was a retired service station technician and a member of Smith Memorial United Methodist Church, and a U.S. Navy veteran.

Survivors include two daughters, Annie V. Logan and husband, Raymond, with whom he made his home, and Barbara Ann Jones of Seattle, Wash.; one son, Arthur A. Davenport and wife, Anna of Lenoir; one sister, Zella Mae Link Corpening of Lenoir; one uncle, Millard Link of Cincinnati, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 3:30 p.m. today at Smith Memorial United Methodist Church with the Revs. Miller Carter, James Wilfong, Pastor Leaner Austin and Evangelist Cynthia Drew officiating. Burial will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Park

The family will receive friends today from 3 until 3:30 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to; Smith Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund, 322 Woodsway Lane, NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645

Ebony Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Alta Lutz

Alta Celeste Greer Lutz, 72, of Swain Drive, Lenoir, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

She was born Feb. 21, 1930, in Caldwell County to the late Lois Icenhour Johnson. She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Noah E. Johnson.

She was a retired nurse and a member of Central Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and was a choir member.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Ambrous Lutz of the home, and a son, Michael Jeffrey Lutz of Lenoir.

The funeral is 11 a.m Thursday at Central Baptist Church with the Rev. John M. Jernigan officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Alice Steel Sunday School class.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to; Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 1444 Norwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or College Avenue Baptist Church Bus Fund, 1201 College Ave., Lenoir.

Vergil Mabe

Vergil Edward Mabe, 81, of Pinecrest Place, Lenoir, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at Shaire Nursing Center.

He was born Dec. 7, 1921, in Caldwell County to the late John N. and Ollie Smith Mabe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife and the children's mother, Evelyn Powell Mabe; two brothers, John Mabe, Jr. and Dennis Mabe; three sisters, Eunice Sharpe Laws, Sadie Farthing and Litus Smith.

Mabe was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a well known self-employed watch maker and jeweler for 53 years, being owner of The Jewel Shop. He was also a member of Central Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice (Bunny) Turnmire Mabe of the home; two sons, Virgil Garon Mabe and his wife, Emily Sain Mabe, and Randle Edwin Mabe, both of Lenoir; one daughter, Mrs. Mark (LuAnn) "Cookie" Bradshaw of Lenoir; four sisters, Mrs. Louise Haas and Mrs. Frances Story, both of Lenoir, Mrs. Leslie Faulkner of Raleigh and Mrs. Bernice Giddens of Granite Falls; four grandchildren, Thomas Mabe and Evie Mabe, both of Lenoir, and Vince and Suzanne Bradshaw of Lenoir.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Central Baptist Church conducted by Rev. John M. Jernigan. The family will receive friends Monday at the church one hour prior to the service.

Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park with Military Honors.

Serving as pallbearers will be: John Mabe, Fred Powell, Dudley Farthing, Sam Williams, Ron Church, Larry Church and Scooter Clark. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Men's Sunday School Class.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Central Baptist Church, 311 Connelly Springs Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Thornton Marshall

Thornton C. Marshall, 88, of Rowe Cr., Columbia, S.C., formerly of Lenoir, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at Richland Palmetto Memorial Hospital in Columbia.

He was born Oct. 30, 1915, in Carroll County, Va. to the late Shadrach and Dinah Hancock Marshall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Thurmon Marshall and one sister, Nancy Jane Dolan.

Mr. Marshall was a federal retiree and was a member of Corner Stone Presbyterian Church in Columbia. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Azalee Calrton Marshall of the home; two daughters, Dr. Jerry Lee McRoy of Columbia, S.C. and Mrs. Terry Lynn Beamer of Asheville; two sisters, Mrs. Imogene Keil of San Pedro, Calif., and Miss Nelda Faye Marshall of Azalea, Ore.; four grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Graveside services will be held Friday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park conducted by the Rev. Clarence Marshall.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Hillsville First Baptist Church, 1401 North Main Street, Hillsville, Va. 24343.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Sadie Martin

Sadie Irene Pennell Martin, 90, of Shaire Center, Lenoir died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Caldwell County Hospice.

She was born March 19, 1913 in Caldwell County to the late Marcus Mack Pennell and Maude Leah Bradley Pennell. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a spouse, Ralph Merion Martin; and three brothers, Clay Pennell, Hill Pennell and Randolph Pennell.

Mrs. Martin was a secretary and treasurer of Pennell and Hailer Construction and Custom Veneers, Inc. and a member of Lower Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Terry Ralph and Delma Jean Martin, David Pennell and Geraldine Martin and Mac Jason and Peggy Martin, all of Lenoir; a brother, Harold Pennell of Lenoir; four grandchildren, Alisa Schauman, Scott Martin, Christopher Martin and Jason Martin; and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at Lower Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Phil Frady. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Lower Creek Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be: Terry Martin, David Martin, Mac Martin, Christopher Martin, Scott Martin and Jason Martin.

Memorials can be made to Lower Creek Baptist Church, Building Fund, 633 Lower Creek Dr., Lenoir, NC; or Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Pendry's Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Jayson Mathias

Jayson Mathias, infant son of Anthony Matthews of Griffin, Ga. and Michele Mathias of Lenoir, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his paternal grandparents, David and Ann Homiller of Griffin, Ga. and maternal grandparents, Jeff and Julia Mathias of Lenoir, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside services will be held Friday, July 18, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Ed Greene officiating.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ELLA McGALLIARD

Ella Franklin McGalliard, 94, of Bradford Mtn. Road, Lenoir, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

She was born Oct. 19, 1908, in Burke County to the late James W. Franklin and Mary Jane Lowman Franklin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Pinkney McGalliard; two brothers, Calvin and Leroy Franklin, and a sister, Beuna Berry.

She was a homemaker and a member of Whitnel United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women, and the Sharing Sunday School Class.

Survivors include three sons, Robert McGalliard and Bill McGalliard, both of Charlotte and Douglas McGalliard of Lenior; one daughter, Ann Holman of Garden City, S.C.; and 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

The funeral is 11 a.m. Friday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Lookadoo officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Friday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Whitnel United Methodist Church, 1373 Delwood Dr., SW. Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

BLANCHE GERMAN MCGEE

Blanche German McGee, 86, of Lenoir Park Assisted Living, died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

She was born April 1, 1916, to the late John Edgar German and Belle Laxton German. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Connor J. McGee.

She was retried manager at West Lenoir School cafeteria and was a member of Lower Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Mary Doug) Murdock of Raleigh and Mrs. Thomas C. (Sarah) Harville, Jr., of Cary; one brother, Atwell German of Boomer; one grandchild and three great grandchildren.

The funeral will be Monday at the graveside at Blue Ridge Memorial Park at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Phillip Frady officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Pendry's Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St. Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or to Lower Creek Baptist Church, 633 Lower Creek Dr. N.E., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Joe McNeil

Joe Mathis McNeil, 65, of Sawmills School Road, Granite Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born Oct. 23, 1937, in Wilkes County to Mrs. Monies Johnson McNeil of Lenoir and the late Robert Glenn McNeil, Sr. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Glenn NcNeil, Jr.

He was retired from Merita Bakery where he had worked for 28 years. He was of Baptist faith and a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Mary Ann Golds McNeil of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Anthony (Carolyn) Griser of Hickory and Mrs. Danny (Phillis) Malcolm of Hudson; two brothers Arlon McNeil and Harold McNeil both of Lenoir; a sister, Trena Dillard of Lenoir, and four grandchildren.

The funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Edd Warren officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Anthony Allen Griser, Danny Malcolm, Hansel McNeil, Lonnie Dillard, Don Golds and Joe Golds, Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Shirley Mikeal

Shirley May Mikeal, 68, of Husband Creek Rd., Lenoir, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at the residence.

She was born Aug. 18, 1935, in Caldwell County to the late Spencer N. Mikeal and Violet Douglas Mikeal.

Ms. Mikeal was a retired pharmacist and a member of St. James Episcopal Church.

Survivors include two uncles, Ted Douglas and Ned Douglas, both of Lenoir; an aunt, May M. Beaver of Lenoir, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral is 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Episcopal Church with the Rev. Ingram Parmley officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9:30 until 10 a.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be: Todd Helton, Chad Helton, Dale Helton, David Marshall, Jefferson D. Douglas and Darrell D. Douglas.

Memorials can be made to: St. James Episcopal Church, 806 SW College Avenue, Lenoir, NC 28645; or to Caldwell County Historical Society, Heritage Museum, 112 Vaiden St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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James Moore

James Dale Moore, 63, of Pennell Street, Lenoir, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

He was born Jan. 5, 1940, in Caldwell County to the late James Wilson and Josephine Hodges Moore. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, William R. Moore.

He was employed with Everett Chevrolet for 27 years as a used car salesman and manager, and was an avid classic car enthusiast. He was a member of First Advent Christian Church where he was a Deacon.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Davis Moore of the home; one son, Joseph (Joey) Moore of Lenoir; one daughter, Ms. Beth Roberts of Lenoir; one brother, Douglas Keith Moore of Hudson; three sisters, Mrs. Dean (Linda) Hall and Mrs. Dennis (Ava) Suddreth, both of Lenoir, Mrs. Alan (Donna) Bryant of Patterson and two grandchildren, Taylor Moore and Mason Moore, both of Lenoir.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Johnny Carpenter and Rev. Bob Hodges. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Serving as Pallbearers will be: Bill Littlejohn, Steve Icenhour, Roy Johnson, Wade Whitener, David Martin and Ross Winkler. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Men's Sunday School Class.

Memorial contributions may be made to: First Advent Christian Church, P.O. box 1714, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Roy Moore

Roy Hardy Moore, 61, of Lincoln Lane, Lenoir, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born Dec. 18, 1941, in Caldwell County to Mrs. Kathleen Moore of Lenoir and the late Otis Moore.

Mr. Moore was employed with M & M Barber Shop and was a member of College Avenue Baptist Church, where he was a member of the deacon board.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mildred Sullivan Moore of the home; three sisters, Mrs. Johnny (Joanne) Carpenter of Hudson, Mrs. Betty McMillon and Mrs. Roger (Virginia) Tolbert, both of Lenoir.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, at 2 p.m. at College Avenue Baptist Church with the Revs. David Boan and Curtis Tutterrow officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: College Avenue Baptist Church, 1201 College Avenue, Lenoir, N.C. 28645, or to the charity of one's choice.

Claude Munday

Claude Grady Munday, 69, of Robbins Lane, Hudson, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

He was born April 28, 1934, in Iredell County to the late Claude Gordon and Maggie Waugh Munday. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel J. Munday.

Mr. Munday was retired from the U.S. Navy and also worked at Uniwood, a division of International Paper Co. and at Krispy Kreme Donut in Hickory. He was a member of Confidence Advent Christian Church.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Yvonne Escalle Munday of the home; a son, Claude R. Munday and his wife, Denise Munday of Union Grove; three daughters, Elaine Mackey and husband, Keith Mackey of Statesville, Mary Beth Smith and husband, Junior Smith of Lenoir and Amy Dawson and husband, Derek Dawson of Bethlehem and seven grandchildren, Michael, Angela, Matthew, Robert Zachary, Sarah and Sophie.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Tony E. Bunton. Interment, with full military honors, will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m.. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Cecil Nelson

Cecil Franklin Nelson, 82, of Wildwood Road, Lenoir died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004, at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born Feb. 6, 1921 in Watauga County to the late Avery Nelson and Velma Church Nelson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Collis and Fred Nelson; a sister, Faye Nelson and a grandson, Trent Farris.

Mr. Nelson was retired from National Veneer Mill and was a member of Cedar Rock Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Edna P. Nelson of the home; a son, Dennis Michael Nelson of Granite Falls; a daughter Betty N. Greene of Lenoir; two brothers, Ray Nelson of Lenoir and Romey Nelson of Columbia, S.C.; a sister, Pansy Hollar of Wilkesboro; three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. at Pendry's Chapel with the Rev. Ed Greene, Rev. Raymond Spann and Rev. David McNeil officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pendry's Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Stacey Triplett, Fred Lowarance, Keith Greene, Carl Beane, Jr., Jake Sanders and Doug Sanders. Honorary pallbearers will be Clyde Hall and Haywood Dixon.

Memorials may be made to the Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Pendry's Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Douglas Nelson

Douglas Melvin Nelson, 58, of Clearview Circle, Lenoir, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at the residence.

He was born April 17, 1945, in Caldwell County to the late Oliver Lee Nelson and Reba Dew Huntley Nelson. Mr. Nelson was a retired furniture worker with Broyhill Furniture and was of the Baptist faith. He served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Marcus and Virginia Nelson of Hudson.

The funeral is 2 p.m. today at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Claude Suddreth officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 1 until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: John Riggs, Robert Barlow, Jimmy Bumgarner and Ken Brown.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell Memorial Hospital Foundation, 321 Mulberry St., Lenoir, NC 28645; or to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

MARY PAULINE MCGEE OAKLEY

Mary Pauline McGee Oakley, 82, of Resica Street, Lenoir, died Tuesday, March 4, 2003, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

She was born July 13, 1920, in Caldwell County to Florence McGee Walsh of Hickory and the late George McGee. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Oakley; a son, Charles Allen Oakley; a brother, Warren McGee and a sister, Margaret William.

She was retired from Caldwell Memorial Hospital as a ward secretary and was a 1937 graduate of Hudson High School where she was class valedictorian. She was a life member of Trinity United Methodist Church, formerly South Lenoir Methodist Church.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a son, Melvin Douglas Oakley of the home; a daughter, Elaine Oakley of the home; a sister, Virginia Whisnant of Hickory; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Joe Parker and Lynn Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Kidney Foundation of N.C., 5950 Fairview Road, Suite 708, Charlotte, N.C. 28210 or: Trinity United Methodist Church, 901 Seehorn St. Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Barbara Oliver

Barbara Olivia Oliver, 61, of Wilson Street, Lenoir, died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 18, 2003, in Caldwell County to the late James and Rufus and Nellie Rebecca Nelson Oliver. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence McCoy, Jesse Albert and Richard Bryan.

Miss Oliver attended Full Gospel Pentecostal Church of God.

Survivors include two brothers, Rufus Lee Oliver of Mooresville and Carl Edward Oliver of Lenoir; five sisters, Nora Irene Morganthaler of Venice, Fla. Pauline Anette Triplet of Eugene, Oregon, Celia Louise Hawkins of Mooresville, Elizabeth Hattie Rogers and Nancy Avajean Huffman, both of Lenoir.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Revs. Marilyn Boughman, Daniel Boughman and Bryan Lancaster. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Larry Triplett, Shawn Huffman, Nathan Huffman, Derick Oliver, Keith Howell and Wayne Oliver. Honorary pallbearers will be Quintin Howell and Ronald Huffman.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Nancy Huffman, c/o Barbara Olivia Oliver, 1516 Catawba Terrace, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Harold O'Neal

Harold Smith O'Neal, 66, of Mt. Olive Church Road, Morganton, died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at the residence.

He was born March 14, 1937, in Wilkes County, Ga., to the late Roger Ellington O'Neal and Dorothy Moody O'Neal. He was also preceded in death by a twin brother, Harry McBride.

He was a retired sergeant FC U.S. Army (Security), and a member of the VFW, Moose Lodge and American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Dianne O'Neal of the home; one sister, Peggy Jo Norman of Macon, Ga.; a niece, Patricia O'Neal Longerbeam, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral is 4 p.m. Sunday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Wayne Miller officiating. Graveside services will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with Chaplin Ted Swann officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 3 until 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690.

Ray Parsons

Ray (Roy) Harley Parsons, 78, of Smokey Road, Lenoir, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2003, at Lenoir Healthcare Center.

He was born May 10, 1925, in Wilkes County to the late Augustus and Vicie Church Parsons. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Meadows Parsons; three brothers, Woodrow Parsons, Ernest Parsons and Talmadge Parsons, and a sister, Edith Parsons.

Mr. Parsons was retired from Duro Metals in Chicago, Ill.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Andrew and Merry Farmer of Woodbridge, Va.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Audie Laxton and Diana and Larry Burchette, both of Lenoir, Sandra and Kenneth Hamby of Hudson and Susan and Scott Meneou of Santa Clarita, Calf.; a brother, Charlie Parsons of North Wilkesboro; a sister, Etta Parsons of Granite Falls; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nephews, and five nieces.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Hamby officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mr. Parsons' sons-in-law.

Aileen Pennell

Aileen Geneva Greer Pennell, 72, of Plymouth Road, Lenoir, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

She was born May 15, 1931, in Wilkes County to the late James Calvin and Vera Laws Greer.

Mrs. Pennell was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Wilkes County.

Survivors include her husband, Council Pennell of the home; a son, Tony Pennell of Lenoir; two daughters, Mrs. Bunnie Burchette of Hudson and Mrs. Debra Hickman of Lenoir; a brother; four sisters; seven grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Jim Robbins. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Bobby Martin, Paul Burchette, Ronnie Bennett, Doug Jones, David Mathis and Boone Rich.

MAGGIE MAE POPE PENNELL

Maggie Mae Pope Pennell, 83, of Hayes Place, Lenoir, died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at the residence.

She was born Aug. 29, 1919, in Caldwell County to the late Osborne and Fannie Freeman Pope. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charlie A. Pennell.

She was a homemaker and a member of College Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Bruce C. Pennell of Lenoir and Charlie Dennis Pennell of Granite Falls; two brothers, Paul Pope of Hudson and Henry C. Pope of Gastonia; seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren

Graveside services were held Monday, March 17, at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Revs. Robert N. Parmley and Ronald Leasure officiating.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nell Petree

Nell Barnes Petree, 82, of Hibriten Drive, Lenoir, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

She was born Sept. 1, 1920, in Alexander County to the late Robert S. and Della Watts Barnes. She was also preceded in death by one brother, D.C. Barnes.

She was a retired secretary at Nu-Woods Inc. and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lenoir.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence W. Petree of Lenoir; two sons, Barney Petree of Lincolnton and John Petree of Garner; one brother, Bill Barnes of Hammond, Ind.; two sisters, Mary White of Taylorsville and Ellen Mayhew of Shelby; and two grandchildren.

The funeral is 2 p.m. Monday at Pendry's Chapel with the Rev. David Smith and the Rev. Fred Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends after the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell County Hospice or to the First Baptist Church of Lenoir.

Barbara Pitts

Barbara Gentry Pitts, 66, of Hawthorne Drive, Lenoir, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2004, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

She was born June 3, 1937, in Caldwell County to the late Jessie L. and Jane McGarr Gentry.

Mrs. Pitts was retired from Smith-Stevens & Company. PA as a bookkeeper and secretary and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Roy L. Pitts of the home.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church conducted by the Revs. Lynn Hawkins and Joe Parker. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Steve Crisp, Leon Clark, Lloyd Smith, Darrell Keener, Art Farmer and Richard Greene.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Trinity United Methodist Church, 901 Seehorn Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Noah Poole

Noah Keith Poole, son of Keith L. Poole and Jennifer A. Church of Dudley Shoals, Granite Falls, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Survivors in addition to his parents include paternal grandparents, Tim and Diana Poole, of Hickory; step-paternal grandfather, Rick Poole of Hickory; paternal great-grandparents, Mary Elaine Shoul of Baltimore, Md., Donald Cave of Virginia, Sara Walker and John Bell of Baltimore; maternal grandparents, Dale and Mitzi Watson of Granite Falls; maternal great- grandmothers, Ava W. Conley of Boome, and Lucille W. Watson of Lenoir; and maternal great-great-grandmother, Vera Walker of Boomer.

Graveside services will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park conducted by Rev. Randy Goode.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Malayia Price

Malayia Darshae Price infant daughter of Jason Gibbs and Phonnicea Price, both of Lenoir, died Monday, June 16, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include paternal grandparents, William Gibbs and Angelia Jackson, both of Lenoir; maternal grandparents, Sean and Rosehell Gillenwater of Lenoir; maternal great-grandparents, Henry and Patricia Perrish of Lenoir; maternal great-great grandparents, Rhonda and Sylvia Pearson of Lenoir; several aunts and uncles and a special friend, Will Pearson.

Graveside services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with Bishop Wade Danner officiating.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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Juel P. Rainey

LENOIR - Juel Barlow Pipes Rainey, 83, of Cedar Crest Drive, died Sunday, March 2, 2003, at her home.

Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Lenoir, where she was a member, with the Dr. David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

She was a native of Lenoir, a graduate of Lenoir High School, attended Appalachian State University, was a teacher in the Caldwell County Schools, secretary/vice president of Prestwood Hardware and on the board of directors for Sheltered Home of Caldwell County. She was a worthy matron of the Eastern Star in the Hibriten chapter, president of Cedar Rock Ladies Association, president of Blue Ridge Ladies Association and served on numerous committees of the Ladies Golf Association and Lenoir Golf Club. She was the widow of Victor D. Pipes and Ted Rainey.

Surviving are sons, William Russell Pipes of Asheboro, Victor David Pipes of Boone and Charles E. McLean of Hickory; sisters, Olene Prestwood of Lenoir and Scottie Sue Huffman of Hickory; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

The family will be at Pendry's Funeral Home, Lenoir, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood uneral Home is in charge of arrangements

Kiter Reid

Mrs. Kiter Elizabeth (Sissy) Corpening Reid, 60, of 1340 Bradford Mt. Road, Lenoir, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at Wake Forest University Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 11, 1942, in Caldwell County to the late Jason Jackson Corpening and Frances Mavis Harper.

Mrs. Reid was employed at Western Carolina Center for 20 years as a certified nursing assistant and also worked at Blackwelder Hospital and Greer Laboratories in Lenoir. She was a member of the Hood's Chapel United Church of God in Lenoir, where she was a member of the Corpening Usher Board and president.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Mack C. Reid of the home; two sons, Mack C Reid Jr. of Lenoir and Ivan Banner of Winston-Salem; three daughters, Jill Aleta R. Wheeler and husband, Kirk, of Winnabow, Denise Reid of the home and Shanazi Dubose and husband, Ernest Jr., of Forestville, Md.; three brothers, Jason Laverne Corpening and wife, Diane D., Permon Donald Corpening and Jackson Harper Corpening, all of Lenoir; two sisters, Francine C. and husband Samuel Shell and Normanese C. , and husband, Malcolm Jr. , all of Lenoir; five grandsons, Mack C. Reid III and Phillip Brady Hollar, both of Lenoir, Fielding Mack Wheeler, Redmon J. Wheeler, and Tyler J. Wheeler, all of Winnabow.

The funeral is 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the First Church of God with Dr. Venoy Pearson, Overseer Philmore Hester, Evangelist, Diane Hester and the Revs. Miller Carter, Jerry Reid and Myrtle Carlton officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 to 12:25 Thursday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Hood's Chapel United Church of God, P.O. Box 3088, Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or: First Church of God, P.O. Box 2232, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Ebony Funeral Services of Lenoir is in charge of arrangements.

Cadriene Rich

Cadriene "Cadie" Michelle Rich, 25, of 226 Wilson Street, Lenoir, died Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003, at the residence.

The funeral is 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Church of God with the Rev. Venoy Pearson officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Ebony Funeral Services.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Ebony Funeral Service, 519 Main St, NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Elsie Riggs

Elsie Jones Riggs, 80, of Lower Creek Drive, NE, Lenoir, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at Lenoir Park.

She was born Sept. 21, 1922, in Caroline County, Va. to the late C. Horton and Etoy Jones.

Mrs. Riggs was retired from Bernhardt Furniture Industries and was a member of Central Advent Christian Church.

Survivors include a son, Jones Riggs of Lenoir, and one grandson, Josh Riggs

Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Edward M. Neal officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be: Jim Barlowe, Will Osier, Roger Melton, Lez Frye, Lynn Frye and Ray Jones.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Central Advent Christian Church, 104 Willow St., NW, Lenoir. N.C. 28645.

Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy Triplett Roberts, 76, of College Avenue, Lenoir, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

She was born Feb. 7, 1927, in Caldwell County to the late Charles Everett and Myrtle Suddreth Triplett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Odell Roberts; and a sister, Kathleen Carter.

Mrs. Roberts was a homemaker and was of Baptist faith. She was a member of the Senior Women's Club.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Tracey Roberts of Hickory, and two grandchildren, Jennifer Agee and Pami Roberts, both of Raleigh.

Graveside services will be held Friday, Oct. 17, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park conducted by the Rev. James Hamby.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Jefferson Roberts, Jr.

Jefferson Pomeroy Roberts, Jr., 75, of Winchester Drive, Lenoir, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at the residence.

He was born June 11, 1928, in Hudson to the late Jefferson Pomeroy Roberts, Sr. and Lillie Jackson Roberts. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Ray, Ralph and James Roberts and six sisters, Bertha Roberts, Sarah Graham, Lesie Benfield, Maude Butler, Emily Duncan and Fay Roberts.

Mr. Roberts was a retired shipping manager with Broyhill Industries. He was a member of Whitnel First Baptist Church and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Louise Kirby Roberts of the home; two sons, Eddie D. Roberts and wife, Shirley of Hudson and Steve A. Roberts and wife, Dianne of Granite Falls; one brother, Raymond Roberts of Lenoir; a sister, Ruth Roberts Bean of Lenoir, and two grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Park Wednesday at 11 a.m.

The family will receive friends today from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home.

Edna Saunders

Edna Lucille Jenkins Saunders, 83, of Lower Creek Drive, NE, Lenoir, died Friday, Sept. 19, 2003, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

She was born March 4, 1920 in Caldwell County to the late James Harrison and Emma Elizabeth McNeeley Jenkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Edward Saunders; a son, Thomas Edward Saunders; a brother, Fred Jenkins; a sister, Ruth Bryant, and a grandson, Mark Saunders.

Mrs. Saunders was a homemaker and a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Ann Cansler of Raleigh; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Edyth P. Pruitt. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Fairview Presbyterian Church, 111 Fairview Drive, N.W., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Leona Simmons

Leona McCall Simmons, 84, of Rocky Road, Lenoir, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at the residence.

She was born Nov. 16, 1918, in Caldwell County to the late Duncan C. and Martha Price McCall. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Simmons; a daughter, Wanda Simmons Corpening; two brothers, James McCall and Garland McCall; and three sisters, Mildred Turner, Lou Ellen Smith and Annie White.

Mrs. Simmons retired from Broyhill Furniture Company and was a member of Miller Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Donald C. Simmons and his wife Nancy of Sevierville, Tenn.; one daughter, Dorothy Simmons Fodel of Charlotte; two brothers, Donald McCall and David McCall, both of Lenoir; five sisters, Ruth M. Moore, Louise M. McCall, Helen M. Clay and Willa Dean M. Burgess, all of Lenoir; and Edith M. Medlock of Taylorsville; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren and Wanda Davis, mother of three grandchildren, and Mason Corpening, father of one grandson.

Funeral services will be held today, Aug. 17, at 4 p.m. at Miller Hill Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Carl Hamm. The family will receive friends Sunday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Danny Meadlock, Roger McCall, Tom Simmons, Doug Gilbert, John Hubbard and Clay Gilbert.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Stallings

Dorothy Childers Stallings, 81, of Harrisburg Drive, SW., Lenoir, died Tuesday, July 15, 203, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

She was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Caldwell County to the late James Monroe Childers and Betty Setzer Childers. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Garland Childers, and a sister, Pauline Lindsey.

She was a retired florist and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Lenoir High School.

Mrs. Stallings is survived by her husband, Earl C. Stallings of the home.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Lynn Hawkins officiating.

The family will receive friends Friday from 1 until 1:45 p.m. at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Trinity United Methodist Church, 901 Seehorn Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645, or to the charity of ones choice.

Edna Steele

Edna Carlton Steele, 93, of Taylorsville Road, Lenoir, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at Shaire Center.

She was born Dec. 12, 1909, in Caldwell County to the late Rom S. and Alice P. Ferguson Carlton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lee Greene Steele, a daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Hodge, and a brother, George S. Carlton.

Mrs. Steele was also preceded in death by five additional brothers, Romulus Lex Carlton, Hearold Houston Carlton, Russell Ferguson Carlton and Virgil Lee Carlton; and a sister, Wilta Lu C. Ragsdale.

She was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of Lower Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, David C. Steele and Roger Lee Steele, both of Lenoir; two sisters, Dorothy Triplette and Virginia Waters, both of Lenoir; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lower Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Phil Frady officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Max Waters, Chad Parker, John Steele, Walter Reis, Ben Hunt and Steve Hunt. Honorary pallbearers will be retirees of the Lenoir Post Office.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Bernard Stone

Bernard Goodman Stone, 76, of Overlook Drive, Lenoir, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004, at the residence.

He was born July 4, 1927 in Caldwell County to the late William R. and Elzora Turnmire Stone. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ramona Stone; three brothers, Ralph Lee Stone, W. Franklin Stone and Maynard Stone; and four sisters, Mattie Stone Christenbury, Nellie Stone Winkler, Winnie Stone Miller and Grace Stone Eller.

Mr. Stone was retired from Bernhardt Furniture Industries and was an active member of College Avenue Baptist Church where he was also a member of the choir. He was a member of Hibriten Masonic Lodge #262 A.F. & A.M. for 50 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Evalee Hampton Stone of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Truett Wayne and Debra Bradshaw Stone of Leonard Town, Md.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon S. and Chuck Johnson of Boiling Springs, S.C.; four sisters, Mrs. Vidett S. Joplin of Hudson, Mrs. Carmen S. Suddreth, Mrs. Vivian S. Brown and Mrs. Elsie Dean S. Angley all of Lenoir; and five grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson and Sarah Johnson both of Boiling Springs, S.C., Charlie Johnson of Lenoir, Heather S. DeJusus and husband, David DeJusus of S.C. and Isaac Stone of S.C. Mr. Stone's favorite saying was "The woods were full of nieces and nephews."

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, at 2 p.m. at College Avenue Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Ron Hinson. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment with Masonic Rites will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park. Members of Hibriten Masonic Lodge will meet at the lodge Friday at 1 p.m. to make service preparations.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be members of Hibriten Masonic Lodge.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be members and spouses of the graduating class of 1944 Hudson High School.

Memorial contributions may be made to: College Avenue Baptist Church, General Fund, 1201 College Avenue, SW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645; or to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

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George Storie

George Washington Storie, 77, of Wyndham Place, Lenoir, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, at Shaire Center in Lenoir.

He was born Oct. 18, 1927, in Caldwell County to George W. Storie and Jessie Joins Storie. He was retired from Sealed Air, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Setzers Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Storie; sisters, Myrtle, Mable and Ruth; and brothers Charlie, Tom and Rufus.

Survivors include a daughter, Karen Glasscock and her husband Jim, of Mocksville; and a sister, Lois Gragg of Lenoir.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at Pendry's Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Mashburn and the Rev. Robert Livingston officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Pendry's Funeral Home and 30 minutes prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, NC 28645 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 3291, Morganton, N.C. 28655.

Pendry's Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com

Bascome Story

Bascome Wade Story, 86, of Highway 268, Happy Valley, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born March 30, 1917, in Caldwell County to the late Blanch Story Davis. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Stella Rae Beard Story, a sister, Opal Greene, and twin brothers, Harold and Darrell Davis.

He was retired and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and received a Purple Heart.

Survivors include one step-son, Kenneth Beard of Lenoir; two daughters, Vanda S. Crisp and Janice Story, both of Lenoir; one step-daughter, Mickey B. Davis of Lenoir; one brother, Wayne Davis of Lenoir; six sisters, Carolyn Waters of Dallas, Texas; Ruby Elder of Hudson, Becky Vann of Rocky Mount, Mae Carrol, Jean Eller, Shirley Greene, all of Lenoir; best friend, Reginald Ford; 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

The service will be Saturday, Aug. 23, at 11 a.m. at Pendry's Chapel with the Rev. Charles Keever officiating. The burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Aug. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Pendry's Funeral Home.

The Pallbearers will be Tommy Winkler, James Davis, Reginald Ford, Gary Clark, Riley Todd, Pete Tugman, alternate pallbearer is Larry Laws.

In lieu of flowers, gifts and memorials should be given to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

James Summerlin

James Dallas Summerlin, 59, of Piedmont Drive, NW, Lenoir died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 27, 1944 in Caldwell County to Mrs. Betty Ozena Pope Edmisten of Lenoir and the late Dallas Carl Summerlin. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his step-father, Robert Cody Edmisten.

Mr. Summerlin retired from Bernhardt Furniture Plant #2 and was a member of First Advent Christian Church of Lenoir. James was a very caring person who loved life and the outdoors. He was an avid sportsman of deer, with bow and gun, and an excellent fisherman. He was known as "Green Tree" over the citizens band radio network.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Devin Shea and Melissa Summerlin of Granite Falls; a daughter, Mrs. Sheila Renee Summerlin Coffey of Lenoir; a brother and sister-in-law, Shuford and Wendy Edmisten of Flat Rock; two sisters, Ms. Patricia Ann Summerlin of Wilkesboro and Mrs. Aileen Johnson and husband, Marvin of Lenoir; two grandchildren Alexia Jade Summerlin of Granite Falls and Dallas Wilson Coffey of Lenoir; five nephews, Troy L. Johnson of Boone, David Capps, Aaron Moody and Daniel Moody all of Flat Rock and Alex S. Edmisten and wife, Crystal of Boone and a niece, Mrs. Erica Johnson Greene of Lenoir.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Pastor Bob Hodges and Rev. Jim Lee. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Dallas Wilson Coffey, Troy L. Johnson, Alex S. Edmisten, Tommy Coffey, Roy Pope, Johnny Pope, Bill Hedden and Tommy Hedden.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Tony Barnette, Walt Winebarger and David Wood.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Lois Summerlin

Lois Ann Smith Summerlin, 66, of Charlois St., Hudson, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

She was born June 7, 1937, in Kentucky to the late Roy Smith and Maggie Enloe Smith Greer. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene Summerlin; a son, Darrell Summerlin and a brother, Boyd Smith.

She was a homemaker and a member of Rock Chapel Church of God in Granite Falls.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence Summerlin of the home; one son, Douglas Summerlin of Greer, S.C.; two daughters, Debra Prevette of Lenoir and Devonda Almond of Hudson; one sister, Wilma Cunningham of Kannapolis; five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

The funeral is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rock Chapel Church of God in Granite Falls with Pastor Ron Leasure and the Rev. Earl Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Pendry's Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Charles McCrary, Dennis MrCrary Jr., Earl H. Burns, Steven Burns, Lee Faucette and Michael Spicer.

Vaughan Summerlin

Vaughan R. Summerlin, 84, of Moonbeam Lane, Lenoir, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 2, 1919, in Cabarrus County to the late Rev. James O. and Cordie Landis Summerlin. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Erna M. Summerlin; two brothers, Paul Summerlin and Marvin Summerlin; and one sister, Ithiel Edens.

Summerlin was a salesman for Teague Furniture and D.D. Suddreth and a member of College Avenue Baptist Church where he was current treasurer and former deacon and choir member. He was also a past member of Hibriten Masonic Lodge #262, past patron of Eastern Star Hickory #155, member of the Oak Hill Ruritan Club and former member of Little River Fire Department. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include one daughter, Evon E. Summerlin of Lenoir; and his fiancé, Ruth Teeters of Lenoir.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. at College Avenue Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Ronald Hinson, Dr. David Boan and Rev. Frank Hall. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. Masons will meet one hour prior to the service at the Masonic Lodge to prepare for the service. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and will be preceded by an Eastern Star Service.

Memorial contributions may be made to: College Avenue Baptist Church, 1201 College Ave. S.W. Lenoir, N.C. 28645; Masonic and Eastern Home, 700 South Holden Rd. Greensboro, N.C. 27407; and/or ESTARL Scholarship, P.O. Box 289 Midland, N.C. 28107.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of services.

Richard Swanson

Richard Durham "Bill" Swanson, 96, of Bartles Lane, Lenoir, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born Jan. 2, 1907, in Caldwell County to the late James Richard and Lucy Thompson Swanson. He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Florence Hayes, Catherine Wooten, Pansy Stokes and Mable Swanson.

He was retired from Bernhardt Furniture Industries and was a member of Lower Creek Baptist Church. He was a member of the National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen McMurray Swanson of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Rebecca) Davis of Hickory and Mrs. Ernest (Brenda) Bartles of Lenoir; a sister, Mary Austin of Morganton; three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 2 p.m. Sunday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phil Frady officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: James Davis, Lance Bartles, Ryan Wooten, Bufford Bennett, Scott Chatlin and Joe Hill.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645

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Sylvester Thomas

Sylvester Thomas, 62, of Patterson St. NW, Lenoir, N.C. died Sunday, July 18, 2004 at Kindred Hospital.

He was born June 12, 1942 in Caldwell County to the late Clarence Evans Thomas and Mabel Ethel Bynum Thomas. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Thomas, Jr. and Harrison Thomas; four sisters, Elsie Michaux, Pauline Gibbs, Carolyn Icard and Evans Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was a Caldwell County Magistrate, a member of the National Guard and was very active with the Democratic Party. He was a member of Smith Memorial United Methodist Church where he served as Treasurer, Trustee, Secretary, Usher, Administrative Council Chairperson, member of the Chancel Choir and Mass Choir, Founder of Stevens Ministry, Finance Committee Chairman and member of the North Carolina Magistrates Association. He graduated from Freedman High School in 1961, attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Morristown Junior College.

Survivors include three brothers, Coy Edward Thomas of Glenrock, Penn., Bynum Thomas of Austin, Texas and Alvin Thomas of Lenoir; five sisters, Valeria Jones of Lenoir, Drucella Hartsoe of Hickory, Lorean Icard of Lenoir, Sylvia Neely of Lenoir and Brenda Jones of Fayetteville, N.C.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 22, 2004 at 3 p.m. at Smith Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Miller Carter officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 21, 2004 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Pendry's Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be David Brakefield, David Davenport, Gary Mallard and other classmates of 1961. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Horton and the Smith Memorial Women Flowerbearers.

Memorials may be made to Smith Memorial United Methodist Church, Parsonage Fund, 426 Woodsway Lane NW, Lenoir, NC 28645 or online condolences may be made at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.

Pendry's Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Erroll Triplett

Erroll Haas Triplett, 94, of Grace Ridge Retirement Center, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at Grace Ridge.

She was born April 17, 1909 in Caldwell County to the late Charles and Aida Dula Haas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, D. Andrew "Andy" Triplett; a daughter, Willa Dean Triplett Wilson; two brothers, Edward and Russell Haas; six sisters, Mrs. Clara Beach, Mrs. Mame Beach, Mrs. Grace Ferugson, Mrs. Beulah Barnett, Mrs. Nora Laxton and Mrs. Eva Tolbert.

Mrs. Triplett was a member of College Avenue Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for over 50 years. She was an active member of the Lenoir Women's Club, active in W.M.U. having a circle named in her honor, and was a past member of Cedar Rock County Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Gwyn Triplett Conway; of Morganton; four granddaughters, Lisé Wilson Black, Denise Wilson Scarboro, Betsy Conway Blatz, and Maria Conway Clark, and three great-grandchildren, Jordon Scarboro, Jenna Scarboro and John Evertte Clark, all of Morganton.

Erroll Triplett was our loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved being surrounded by her family and cherished her late husband, Andrew Triplett. When her "Andy" went to be with the Lord, Erroll's live was never the same; for our "Big Mother" lived for our "Big Daddy." Losing her first-born daughter, Willa Dean, also forever impacted her life. We are blessed in knowing that our two precious lovebirds and their first child are now reunited in eternity.

Erroll enjoyed the beauty of the world around her. She loved her home and worked diligently to make her house warm and inviting. For almost 30 years, the yard of her Lenoir Pennton Avenue home reflected her pride and joy. Erroll planned and enjoyed many family and church outings. Blowing Rock and the Patricia Inn in Myrtle Beach, were two of her favorite destinations. She loved snow and taught her eldest granddaughter, Lisé to sing the "Lord's Prayer" when Lisé was small and spending the night with her grandparents.

Densie, her second granddaughter fondly remembers picking blueberries with her. Baking brownies is one of Betsy's (third granddaughter) favorite "Big Mother" memories. Maria, the youngest granddaughter recalls the "Noah's Ark" book that she always read to her at bedtime.

Erroll Triplett took pride in her appearance and looked radiant even in her final earthly hours. She lived with God's love ever-present in her heart and always had a smile on her face. Erroll Triplett, graceful and humble - touching and blessing so many. She will never be forgotten. We will always love our "Big Mother."

Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at College Avenue Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Chris Tutterrow and Dr. Ron Hinson. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family received friends Monday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and other times at the home of her daughter, Gwyn Conway at 105 Independence Trail, Morganton.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Robert A. Kent Sr., Robert S. Erb, James T. Black Jr., Phillip Scaroboro, Joseph L. Hoyle, and Durand B. Blatz, Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Burke County at 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Triplett

Mrs. Ruby Harris Triplett, 83, of Grand Rapids, Mich., passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, at the Newaygo Medical Care Facility in Fremont, Mich.

She was born March 29, 1920 in Lenoir to the late Jennings Herndon Harris and Bertie Minton Harris.

Mrs. Triplett was a member of College Avenue Baptist Church for most of her adult life and taught Sunday school for 4-year-olds.

Mrs. Triplett and her late husband, Walter Milton Triplett, raised their children in Lenoir before moving to Michigan in 1960. Survivors are children, Francis Arlee Nevins and husband, Barry, James E. and wife, Gloria, all of Michigan and Jonnie Philyaw and husband, Buck of Charlotte. Also surviving are grandchildren, Bridget, Jerry, Kimberly and Jill Smith, Jim, Heather, Hayley and Jeffrey Triplett and Christopher and Michael Philyaw; 18 great-grandchildren; four siblings, Betty Beard, Lucille Bryant and Kenneth Harris, all of Lenoir and Joyce Koker of Hickory, also survive her.

In addition to her parents and husband, one sister Virginia Mikeal and two brothers, Jennings and J. B. Harris preceded her in death.

She was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who dearly loved her family. We will miss her greatly.

The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff of the Newaygo Medical Care Facility for their compassionate and loving care given to our mother for the last 11 months. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Newaygo Medical Care Facility, 4465 W. 48th St., Fremont, MI 49412. Please indicate that the memorial is to be used for the patients of the "Reflections Unit" in loving memory of our mother.

Visitation will be at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home, 522 Wilkesboro Blvd., SW, Lenoir from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15. Graveside services will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Lenoir with the Rev. John Beshears officiating.

William Vaughan, Sr.

William Thomas Vaughan, Sr., 97, of Prince Street, Durham, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, at Duke Hospice at the Meadowlands in Hillsborough, after a brief period of illness.

He was born April 20, 1906 in Granville County to the late William Pleasant and Sara Bray Vaughan. In addition to is parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Vaughan and two sisters, Mary Woods and Claire Wright.

Mr. Vaughan graduated from Oak Hill High School in northern Granville County and went on to graduate from Duke University School of Engineering in 1930. He managed the East Campus dining facilities at Duke for over 10 years. During WWII he worked for Fairchild Aircraft in Burlington and later Hagerstown, Md. specializing in the use of veneer plywood in the construction of fighter planes and cargo aircraft. After the war he worked for Wright Machinery as an engineer and regional sales manager for packaging machinery. After retiring, he worked for Elkins Chrysler Plymouth for a number of years.

He was a lifelong lover of animals and enjoyed recounting cherished memories of his childhood growing up on the family farm. Through his reflections, he shared an insight and wisdom with his family that has connected them to his love of animals and their relationship with their caretakers. He was a skilled and talented woodworker creating period furniture cherished by family members and friends. He was a connoisseur of Mercedes Benz motor cars, enjoyed playing golf and was an avid fan of Duke basketball.

He was a member of the Durham Engineers Club, Willowhaven Country Club, Duke Memorial Methodist Church and a benefactor of Duke Gardens. Bill's life spanned nearly a century and bestowed upon this quiet, unassuming gentleman, a unique insight and compassion for all living things. We celebrate the goodness of Bill's life and treasure the gentle wisdom of the family's patriarch.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Mary Hickman Vaughan of the home; his son, William Thomas Vaughan, Jr. and wife, Linda and their family of Durham; a daughter, Caroline Hickman Vaughan and her life partner, Pamela Conover of Chapel Hill; three grandchildren, Christopher Holt and Jennifer Holt and William Thomas Vaughan, III and his two great-grandsons, William Thomas Vaughan, IV and his brother, Hunter.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Tim Brittain. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Steve Smoot, J. Daniel Moore, Stuart Hickman, John Greene, Christopher Holt and William T. Vaughan, III.

Flowers are accepted or memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice at the Meadowlands, 1001 Corporate Drive, Hillsborough, N.C, 27278.

Joe Walker

Joe William Walker, 34, of Outback Lane, Lenoir, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born Nov. 18, 1968, in Cook County, Chicago, Ill. to Roger Allen and Frances Crump Walker of Lenoir.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George and Juanita Pipes.

Mr. Walker was a truck driver for Hancock Transportation and attended New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Johnna Brown Walker of the home; two sons, Joseph Junior Walker of Lenoir and Tyler Joe Walker of the home; a daughter, Miss Heather Kay Walker of Lenoir; a stepdaughter, Ms. Ashley Leah Carlton of the home; two brothers, Gregg Walker and Scott Walker, both of Lenoir, and a sister, Miss Susan Walker of Lenoir.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Revs. Daniel Buchanan and Boyd Coffey. Interment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Stacy Cox, Mike Cox, Sam Cox, Pete Cox, Mark Walker and Billy Moore. Steve Bates will be an honorary pallbearer.

Johnsie Walsh

Johnsie Vickers Walsh, 89, of Hwy. 268, West, Ferguson, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at the residence.

She was born July 31, 1914, in Wilkes County. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Geno Walsh and a daughter, Elaine Walsh Meade.

Mrs. Walsh was previously employed by the North Wilkesboro Police Department, former co-owner of Hilltop Rest Home and Walsh-Miller Funeral Home in Lenoir, a member of Order of Eastern Star for 58 years and past Worthy Matron, a member of the Senior Democratic Party of Wilkes County and a member of Lenoir First Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Doyle Keith Walsh of Wilkesboro and Charles Edward Walsh of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Mrs. Carl C. (Babe) Faw of North Wilkesboro; a son-in-law, William V. (Afta) Meade of Wilkesboro; a brother, Chalmers Cartner of Newport News, Va.; 13 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lenoir First Baptist Church conducted by Dr. David B. Smith. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Keith Walsh, Kevin Walsh, Todd Meade, Braldey Meade, Dusty Faw and Michael Bilow.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Lenoir First Baptist Church Building Fund, 304 Main St., NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

MARGARET ELIZABETH LIVINGSTON WALSH

Margaret Elizabeth (Mama Lizzie) Livingston Walsh, 91, of Wilkesboro Road, Lenoir, died Saturday, April 12, 2003 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 7, 1911 in Wilkes County to the late Julius and Victoria Pennell Livingston. She was a member of Lower Creek Baptist Church, the Mary and Martha Sunday School Class and the Half Century Homemakers Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vilas Triplett Walsh; five brothers, Virgil, Odell, Ray, Roy and Albert Livingston; four sisters, Myrtle Brookshire, Mattie Livingston, Vada Correll and Elsie Livingston.

She is survived by one son, Clinton Walsh; three daughters, Ina Martin, Betty Jo (BJ) Setzer, and Vivian (Cokie) Taylor; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 14, 2003 at Lower Creek Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with the Revs. Phil Frady and Robert Livingston officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service, and burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Sunday, April 13, 2003 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lower Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 633 Lower Creek Drive, Lenoir, or Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir.

Jim Ward

Jim Murphy Ward, 81, of Lenwell Street, NW, Lenoir, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at Gateway Nursing Home.

He was born Dec. 26, 1922 in Shulls Mills, Watauga County, to the late James Amos Ward and Elizabeth Hicks Ward. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Glenda Trivette Ward and a son, Brian Ward.

Mr. Ward was retired from a furniture factory, was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict and was a member of Word and Truth Ministries.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Paulette Ward of Lenoir, Darrell and Sheila Ward of Vashti, N.C., and Howard and Laura Ward of Lenoir; three daughters and sons-in-law, Rita and Arthur Ingram of Lenoir, Darlene and Anthonio Lopez of Lenoir and Fredia and Jerry Roberts of Morganton; two brothers, Casey and Wilburn Ward, both of Boone; two sisters, Corena Woodring and Racheal Miller both of Boone; and 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. at Pendry's Chapel with the Revs. Donna Oneil and Bill Bentley officiating. Burial will be in the Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 23, at Pendry's Funeral Home from 1 to 2 p.m.

Pallbearers will be: Todd Smith, Anthonio Lopez, Ryan Colley, Kyle Ervin, Jason Stewart and Otis Adams.

Memorials can be made to Word and Truth Ministries, P.O. Box 1801, Lenoir, NC 28645; or Lighthouse Ministries.

Pendry's Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Viola Ward

Viola G. Tester Ward, 94, of Morganton Boulevard, Lenoir, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003, at the residence.

She was born May 15, 1909 in Watauga County to the late Charles and Jane Farthing Tester. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Zane Ward and Gary Ward; one daughter, Rebecca Ward Huffman; two grandsons, Randy Ward and Nathan Ward; one brother, Grady Tester, and four sisters, Maude Ward, Edna Vines, Ivalee Harmon and Jessie Mae Harmon.

Mrs. Ward was a homemaker, foster mother and was a member of Hartland Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 78 years, Dewey Ward of the home; four sons and a daughter-in-law, Dale and Mildred Ward, Kenneth Ward and Bob Clement, all of Lenoir and Larry Ward of Taylors, S.C.; a daughter, Miss Myrtle E. Ward of the home; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Steve Parker. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tim Ward, Bud Ward, Marty Huffman, Kelly Huffman, Bobby Clement and Curtis DeHart. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Ward, Nolan Ward and Richard Holloway.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or to: Hartland Baptist Church Building Fund, 3730 Hartland Rd., Morganton, N.C. 28655.

ERNEST WARREN JR.

Ernest Flake "Bubba" Warren Jr., 78, of Eastover Circle, NE, Lenoir, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Alexander County to the late Ernest Flake Warren Sr. and Eva Rogers Warren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Beach Warren; a brother, William Rogers Warren, and a sister, Mary Ruth Warren Monday.

Mr. Warren retired from Fairfield Chair Co. as a customer service representative and was a long-time employee of Kent-Coffey Manufacturing. He was founder of Bubba's Breakfast Club; member of Lenoir High School Bearcat Football team and played in the Shrine Bowl team and was known in the community for preparing big band music for Lenoir High School reunions. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lenoir and was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

Survivors include a son, Ernest Flake Warren, III of Daytona Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Mrs. Jennifer Warren Greer of Lenoir, and two grandchildren, Stephanie Greer Fulcher of Winston-Salem and Kevin Warren Greer of Hillsborough.

Graveside services will be held Friday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Revs. David Smith and Fred Barnes officiating.

The family will receive friends open hours at the home of Steve and Jennifer Greer, 1010 Frosty Lane, Lenoir.

Memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church of Lenoir, 304 Main Street, N.W., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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Martha Weaver

Martha Frances Weaver, 78, of Wilson Street, NW, Lenoir, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 10, 1024 in Burke County to the late Carl and Frances Postelle Weaver. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Mickey Setzer.

Miss Weaver was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Betty Hartley of Rockville, Md.; two nephews, Randy Setzer of Pennsylvania and Mark Hartley of Maryland, and a niece, Melia Hartley of Maryland.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at 10 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Revs. John W. Fowler and Marietta Smith officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to: First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 309 Church Street, NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Lankie Whisenant, Sr.

Lankie Lee Whisenant, Sr., 73, of Westbrook Street, Lenoir died Monday, July 19, 2004 at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born Dec. 12, 1930 in Caldwell County to the late William Leonard and Minnie Coffey Whisenant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Lankie Lee Whisenant, Jr.; seven brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Whisenant was retired from J.S. Trogdon and was a member of Grace Baptist Church where he was a deacon. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Barbara Knight Whisenant of the home; two sons, Daniel Leonard Whisenant of Atlanta, Ga. and Claude Richard Whisenant of Nashville, Tenn.; two daughters, Charlene Warhurst of Lenoir and Cynthia Lee Mashburn of Marion; nine grandchildren, Dora Lynn Clark and Troy Chester Warhurst, Jr. both of Lenoir, Cynthia Ann Cannon of Granite Falls, Katherine Marie Whisenant of Atlanta, Michael James Mashburn and Aaron Lee Mashburn both of Marion, Wesley Daniel Whisenant, Zachery Joseph Whisenant and Luke Andrew Whisenant all of Nashville, Tenn. and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 22, 2004 at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Bill Wright and Rev. David Bean. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be his Sunday School Class from Grace Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Luther Whisnant

Luther James Whisnant, 79, of Collettsville Road, Lenoir died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born Jan. 1, 1925 in Caldwell County to the late Luther W. Whisnant and Maude Pendergrast Whisnant. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Whisnant Justice; and a brother, Eugene Edmond Whisnant.

Mr. Whisnant was retired from the furniture industry and a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include two brothers, Ray D. Whisnant and Claude R. Whisnant, both of Lenoir and three sisters, Lillian Whisnant Crisp of Lenoir, Margaret Whisnant Church of Hickory, and Helen Whisnant Reese of Lenoir.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. at Pendry's Chapel with the Rev. Harold Joplin officiating. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Pendry's Funeral Home.

Pendry's Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph Whittington

Ralph Linden Whittington, 86, of Norwood Street, Lenoir, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at Caldwell County Hospice.

He was born Feb. 3, 1917, in Wilkes County to the late Gaither Whittington and Ila Palmer Whittington Pilkenton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Clyde Vannoy Whittington, and a grandson, Bobby Lynn Whittington.

Mr. Whittington was a retired foreman with Bernhardt Furniture and was a member of Central Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Bob Whittington of Lenoir and Jerry Whittington of West Palm Beach, Fla., and two granddaughters, Wendy W. Kincaid of Aiken, S.C. and Faith Fullbright of Hickory.

The funeral is 11 a.m. today at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. John Jernigan and Daniel Buchanan officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 10 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be: Sam Williams, Roy Barnwell, Gary Lail, Alvin Triplett, Williard Moore, Don Bowman, Johnny Setzer and Paul Hamby.

Memorials may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Ray Lee Wilson

Ray Lee Wilson, 76, of Norwood Street, SW, Lenoir, died Sunday, December 29, 2002, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.

He was born in Caldwell County to the late Claude and Grace Stilwell Wilson. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Iris Wilson.

He was a self-employed carpenter and was of Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Ray Lee Wilson, Jr. and Bruce Wilson, both of Lenoir; a daughter, Mrs. Tommy (Carol Ann) Coffey of Lenoir; three sisters, Faye Hartley of Lenoir, Doris Frame of Moline, Ill. and Lois Laws of Ferguson, and five grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial park with the Rec. C.H. Kincaid officiating.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Catherine Winebarger

Catherine Jane Winebarger, 46, of Pennsylvania Avenue, Lenoir, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at Caldwell County Hospice.

She was born Sept. 16, 1957, in Decatur County, Ga., to Mrs. Ruby Lawson Coffey of Lenoir and the late George T. Coffey.

Mrs. Winebarger was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Grandview Villa Assisted Living and was a member of Harris Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, includes her husband, Raymond K. Winebarger of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Eric (Sandy) Minton and Mrs. Rodney (Joanie) Nelson, both of Gamewell; a brother, George Thomas Coffey, Jr. of Washington Court House, Ohio; three sisters, Mrs. Edna Eloise Bentley and Mrs. Alma Jean Jordan, both of Lenoir, and Mrs. Judy Ann Miller of Valle Crucis, and three grandchildren, Rodney Nelson, Jr., Tabitha Nelson and Scottie Minton, all of Gamewell.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at 3 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Mark Dula. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: George Coffey, Jr., George Edward Coffey, Robert Winebarger, Donnie Winebarger, Dennis Miller, Joseph Coffey, Junior Bennette and Eric Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Wayburn Winkler

Wayburn Hamby Winkler, 74, of Anderson, S.C., formerly of Lenoir, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, in Anderson, S.C.

She was born Feb. 20, 1928 to the late Charles Alden Hamby and Jenny Webster Hamby. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Alden Hamby and a sister, Gaye Hamby.

She was a homemaker and a member of North Anderson Baptist Church, where she taught Acteens at the church.

Survivors include her husband, Robert G. Winkler; one son, C. John Winkler of Suwanee, Ga.; two brothers, James Hamby of Valdese and Wallace Hamby of Lenoir; and three sisters, Betty Holder, Peggy Jackson and Paula Shew, all of Lenoir.

The funeral is 11 a.m. today at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dean Harrold officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.


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