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Rachel Hill (Little)

March 12th, 1945 - September 20th, 2023

Class of 1963

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Gainesville, VA - Rachel Hill, age 78, passed away peacefully on September 20, 2023. She was
born on March 12, 1945, in Lincolnton, NC to the late Mr. Alvin and Mrs. Ethel Little. Rachel was
a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be deeply missed. She will be
remembered for her unwavering love for her family, her dedication to education, and her kind
and caring nature. She was welcoming, kind, and always interested in what was important in
the lives of others.

Rachel is survived by her loving husband, Jim (or Clint as family know him), her three sons Alan,
Stephen, and Gary, her six cherished grandchildren - Emma, Charlotte, Nathan, Kiana, Nolan, and
Connor, and her sisters Polly Waters and Evelyn Pate and their children.

Following her graduation from Lincolnton High School as class Valedictorian, Rachel continued
her passion for education at High Point College, subsequently transferring to the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she and her husband met in English class.  Rachel extended
her studies at the University of Kentucky receiving her Master’s Degree in Counseling.

Rachel embodied a life of service as a teacher, school counselor, inspector of state childcare
facilities, and as a fellow at the U.S. Department of Education.  Her expertise and love of English
composition led her to also work at the local newspaper, the Fauquier Democrat. Rachel was
also active in the community and worked to keep her local county from being overdeveloped.

In addition to being an avid reader, especially in Civil War history, Rachel enjoyed working in
her garden and happened to discover, after months of laboring one day, that her garden had
taken the shape of her beloved home state of North Carolina. Rachel possessed a wonderful
intellect with a twinkle in her eye that highlighted her mischievous nature.  With a wonderful
sense of humor she enjoyed playing pranks on her unsuspecting sons.  Pretending a plastic cup
of cold black coffee was Pepsi as an unsuspecting son took a sip, or freshly waxing the wood
floor in the living room knowing she could watch her boys go for an unexpected slide in their
socks. The punchline was her loving cackle at her boys’ reactions.

As Grandma, she loved taking her grandchildren walking through her garden and over the little
“troll“ bridge that was set in the middle. Her grandchildren were her true joy and she loved
reading stories, playing games, and hosting sleepovers where "What happened at Grandma's
stayed at Grandma's'."

Friends and family are invited to attend a local memorial service on Tuesday, September 26,
2023, at the Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, VA, with receiving starting at 2:00PM, followed
by a chapel service at 3:00 PM. A second service will be held in Rachel's hometown of
Lincolnton, NC on September 30, 2023, at the Warlick Funeral Home with receiving starting at
1:00 PM, followed by a chapel service at 2:00PM and then burial service at Hollybrook
Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.moserfuneralhome.com
 

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Brenda Kay Goins (Brown)

October 31st, 1941 - September 8th, 2023

Class of 1961

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Brenda Kay Brown Goins
( October 31, 1941 - September 8, 2023 )
Brenda Kay Brown Goins, 82 of Maiden, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2023, at Carolina Caring in Newton.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10, 2023, in Hollybrook Cemetery.  The family will speak with friends following the service.

She was born on October 31, 1941, to the late Connie Perkins Brown and William Cecil Brown in Lincoln County. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandchild, Darrah McNeill.  

Survivors include her husband, Roger Tony Goins of the home; daughters, Debra Buchanan (Jody) of Newton-Conover, and Lynn Rudisill Towery of Lincolnton; son, Todd Rudisill of Catawba; sister, Bettina Brown Gantt of Loris, SC; grandchildren, Matthew Buchanan, Marah Towery, and Jessee Towery; and great-grandchildren, Jasper Towery, Trystan McNeill, Trace McNeill, and Aurora Duncan.  

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Judy Ann Lovelace (Reel)

February 19th, 1945 - September 1st, 2023

Class of 1963

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Judy Ann Reel Lovelace
( February 19, 1945 - September 01, 2023 )
Judy Ann Reel Lovelace, age 78, of Herman Drive in Lincolnton, NC, passed away on Friday, September 01, 2023.  Mrs. Lovelace was born February 19, 1945, in Lincoln County, a daughter of the late Blair Reel and Emma Carpenter Reel Elmore.

Mrs. Lovelace had many loves in her life, family being her greatest love.  A close second to her family was the Lincolnton High School Wolves.  Judy enjoyed attending football games and hardly ever missed.  She was one of the Wolfpack’s biggest fans.

Mrs. Lovelace is survived by her son, Steven “Flat” Lovelace of Lincolnton, NC; daughter, Susan Lovelace (David) of Lincolnton, NC; brother, Johnny Reel of Oak Island, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Lovelace was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Lovelace; infant daughter; and sister, Kathy Lovelace.

A funeral service for Mrs. Lovelace will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 08, 2023, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Rick Sloop officiating.  Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Lincolnton, NC.  The family will receive friends from 9:45 until 10:45 a.m. at Warlick Funeral Home prior to the funeral service.

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David Lynn

May 12th, 1942 - August 20th, 2023

Class of 1960

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David Griffin Lynn
( May 12, 1942 - August 20, 2023 )
David Griffin Lynn, age 81, of Chapel Creek Drive in Denver, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 20, 2023.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2023, weather permitting, at Hollybrook Cemetery in Lincolnton, with Rev. Sarah Underwood officiating.  In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel.  DAV military rites will be given graveside.  A reception will be held, immediately following the ceremony, at Local Roots and Provisions, 110 E. Water Street, Lincolnton.  

David was born May 12, 1942, in Rowan County, to the late Kemp Griffin Lynn and Bessie Linville Lynn.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Carswell and Faye Bryant.  He served in the United States Air Force.  Upon leaving the service, he would work for Carolina Freight Carriers for 25 years and then later was president of A & D Corporation for 30 years.  

He is survived by his wife, Lou Ann Dyson Lynn of the home; and one son, Jason Bradley Lynn (JoAnna);  two grandsons, Joseph Griffin Lynn, and Jaxon Bradley Lynn, all of Harrisburg; niece, Emily Boone; and nephew, Brent Dyson.

David lived an amazing life with 61 years of marriage.  His greatest treasure was his family.  

Memorial gifts may be made to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC  28658.

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Sandra "Sandy" Dismukes (Blanton)

July 19th, 1947 - August 15th, 2023

Class of 1965

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Cherryville - Mrs. Sandra Blanton "Sandy" Dismukes, 76, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at Hospice at Wendover in Shelby.

Sandy was born on July 19, 1947 in Lincoln County, NC a daughter of the late Oscar "Bud" Blanton and Margaret Poovey Blanton. She graduated from Lincolnton High School class of 1965 and attended Gaston College for two years. She worked at Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville for 28 years and retired in 1995 as Assistant Secretary. In 2004 she and her husband Joe assumed management responsibilities for the C. Grier Beam Truck Musuem where they worked for 14 years. They loved working there and considered it a continuation of their careers at Carolina Freight. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville where she was a member of the Callie Beam Circle. She was also a member of the Village Garden Club and former member of the Board of Directors for the Cherryville Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Joe Dismukes of the home; a son, Tim Dismukes and wife Noelle of Greenville, NC; a daughter, Pam Dismukes Nixon and husband Kent of Belmont; four grandchildren, George, Charlie and Grayson Dismukes and Ella Smith; two sisters, Susan Oliver and husband Jim of Mooresville and Donna Lail and husband Steve of Lincolnton; a niece, Katie Earman and husband Will; two nephews, Brad Canipe and wife Melissa and Chris Lail.

The family wishes to express a special and sincere thank you to Hospice nurse Regina Clewell and Hospice of Cleveland County for their love and care shown to the family.

The family will receive friends from 9:45AM to 10:45AM on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at First United Methodist Church.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Zack Christy officiating.

A private burial will take place at the City Memorial Cemetery in Cherryville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink Street, Cherryville, NC 28021 or to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.

A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com

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Joel Campbell

November 10th, 1942 - August 12th, 2023

Class of 1960

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K. Joel Campbell
( November 10, 1942 - August 12, 2023 )
K. Joel Campbell, age 80, of Squirrel Hill Lane in Denver, died on Saturday, August 12, 2023.

His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 17, 2023, at St. Matthews Reformed Church with Rev. William Sowers officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

Mr. Campbell was born November 10, 1942, in Lincoln County, to the late Joe Bandy Campbell and Helen Cline Campbell.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Tilley Campbell.  Joel served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.  He would later work as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service.

He is survived by a brother, Kenney Campbell of Lincolnton; two sisters, Beverly Page (James) of Lincolnton, and Kathy Thames of Nelson, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

The family would like to express a special thank you to the caregivers, Angee, Becky, Darlene, Gail, Jackie, Josephine, and Millie.

Memorials may be made to Angels to the Animals, PO Box 1745, Denver, NC  28037, or St. Matthews Reformed Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 739, Maiden, NC  28650.

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Barbara Ann Davis (Armstrong)

April 8th, 1951 - August 9th, 2023

Class of 1969

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Barbara Ann Armstrong Davis
( April 8, 1951 - August 9, 2023 )
Barbara Ann Armstrong Davis, loving wife and dedicated mom and Grammy, age 72, of 3247 Pine Tree Street in Lincolnton, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 9, 2023.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2023, at Unity Baptist Church, 3017 Old Highway 150 in Crouse, with Rev. Dr. Eddie Piercy and Rev. Nathan Grooms officiating.  Burial will follow in the David Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Monday from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m. at the church.

Barbara was born April 8, 1951, in Lincoln County, to the late Robert Lee Armstrong and Jeanette Arzie McSwain Armstrong.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Timothy Lee Spencer.  She worked for Sherman Textile Company for 35 years.  

She is survived by her devoted husband, Jerry Davis of the home; two daughters, Eron Davis Stowe (Damon) of Lincolnton, and Emily Davis Anthony of Denver; sisters, Linda Armstrong Spencer of Supply, Sheila Armstrong of Lincolnton, and Cynthia Armstrong Williams (Matt) of Lincolnton; and four grandchildren; McCoy Stowe, Tatum Stowe, Elle Anthony, and Smith Anthony.

Memorials may be made to Christian Ministry of Lincoln County, PO Box 423, Lincolnton, NC  28093.

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John A. Mauney

1950 - July 25th, 2023

Class of 1968

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Prayers for the family of 1968 classmate John A Mauney, who passed away July 25,2023 in Florida. He is the brother of Andy Mauney(1962) and Molly Mauney Harris(1965). There are no arrangements.

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Gary McConnell

March 20th, 1944 - July 23rd, 2023

Class of 1962

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Gary Benny McConnell
( March 20, 1944 - July 23, 2023 )
Gary Benny McConnell, age 79, of Lincolnton, NC, passed away on July 23, 2023, at his home surrounded by family and close friends. He was born March 20, 1944, in Lincoln County to the late Ralph Douglas and Ollie Wise McConnell.

Gary was a member of the 1962 graduating class of Lincolnton High School. He attended Appalachian State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in 1967, a Master of Education degree in 1974 and an Educational Specialist degree in 1976. He served on the ASU Alumni Council, was an Advancement Board Member of Reich College of Education and was a member of the Yosef Club. Gary was an avid supporter of the Appalachian State Mountaineers football team and followed them to games around the country including their three National Championship victories in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

A lifelong educator, Gary began his career as a teacher in Lincoln County at Love Memorial School. He also taught at Cramerton School in Gaston County and was a counselor at East Lincoln Junior High before becoming the Assistant Principal there. Gary went on to become the Principal of Park Elementary School and then Lincolnton Junior High before moving to the Lincoln County Schools County Office where he served for 15 years as the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel.

As a devoted member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Gary served on the Church Council, taught Sunday School, was Youth Group advisor and sang in the choir for many years. He was also a Board Member of Lutherhaus, an affordable housing ministry for senior citizens supported by Emmanuel, for a total of 36 years, serving as its President for 29 years.
 
Active in Lincolnton Jaycees, Gary served as local President and District Director. He was also an Optimist baseball coach and was active in the scouting program at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
 
Gary’s greatest joys, however, were found as a husband, father and grandfather, and spending time with his close group of friends lovingly known as “The Groovy Gang”. Their activities included tailgating at Mountaineer football games, ski trips in the High Country of North Carolina, attending concerts, relaxing at Cherry Grove beach, and traveling in various parts of the world. Devoted to each other for over 60 years, this group has formed a unique bond which continues to be enjoyed by their children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his brothers Douglas McConnell and Tony McConnell. Survivors include his beloved wife of 55 years, Susan Cline McConnell; son Jason McConnell of Charlotte, son Adam McConnell and wife Lisa of Matthews; and grandchildren Hayward Cline McConnell, Ewan James McConnell, Lila Jane McConnell, Ayden Danielle McConnell and Emery Ryan McConnell, and several nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate Gary’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Lincolnton, NC, with the Rev. Dr. Leonard Bolick officiating.  A reception for the family to receive friends will be held following the service in the church fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 216 South Aspen Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Joe Beal

March 12th, 1941 - July 22nd, 2023

Class of 1960

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Joseph Franklin Beal
( March 12, 1941 - July 22, 2023 )
Joseph Franklin Beal, age 82, of Lincolnton, passed away on Saturday, July 22, 2023.

His funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jane Hull officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm until 12:45 pm prior to the service on Tuesday at Warlick Funeral Home.  

Mr. Beal was born March 12, 1941, in Lincoln County, to the late Mason and Sadie Perkins Beal.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sheila Cherry Beal, a granddaughter, Amber Brook Millsaps; four sisters, Johnnie Beal Gilbert, Bessie Beal Leigh, Willie Beal Howard and Jean Beal Hartman; five brothers, Duke Beal, R.B. Beal, Donald Beal, Darrell Beal and J.D. Beal.  He was a self-employed carpenter.

He is survived by one daughter, Larisa Beal McSwain (Marcus Williams) of Lincolnton; one grandson, Larson McSwain of Lincolnton; sister-in-law, Louise Beal of Lincolnton.

The family would like to express special thanks to Joe’s caregivers, Elaine Elmore and Debra Avery.

Memorials may be made to Levine’s Children’s Hospital, 1000 Blythe Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203.
 

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Grace Arey (Goodson)

September 20th, 1946 - July 21st, 2023

Class of 1964

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Prayers for the family of 1964 classmate Grace Goodson Arey, who passed away on July 21, 2023. Her husband is Ted Arey and her brother is Robby Goodson, class of 1960. Her Daughter Jennifer Masse wrote the following on her page:
Unfortunately I have some extremely sad news to share with you all.
Mom went into the hospital on Sunday with stomach pain and general stomach bug type symptoms. Well, they admitted her. And ran at least three CT scans over five days… and suddenly discovered on the fourth scan today that she had some sort of obstruction or perforation in her colon. So, they preformed emergency surgery.
Only to find way too much damage to be fixed, which had also sent her into renal failure. With her recent heart surgery, it was all too much.
And my beloved mother and my dad’s beloved wife, passed away July 21, 2023.
I have no other words at the moment. Only shock and grief.
Jennifer's husband is Nathan Masse, and children are Vann and Rylan. They live in Prescott, Arizona. There will be an inurnment service in Lincolnton in October 2023.

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John Michael Cline

April 3rd, 1951 - July 20th, 2023

class of 1969

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John Michael Cline
( April 3, 1951 - July 20, 2023 )
John Michael “Mike” Cline, age 72, of Lincolnton and Lake Hickory, a long-time North Carolina banker, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2023.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2023, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel.  Inurnment will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Cline of Lincolnton; daughters, Katherine Cline of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Meredith Cline of Rutherford County; brother, Guy E. Cline, III and wife Christol of Sherrills Ford; sister, Frances Patterson and husband Hal of Chapel Hill; niece, Candace Cline of Charlotte; nephew, Brandon Cline of Sherrills Ford; stepson, Jeremi Stamey and wife Haley; and step-grandchildren, Jaxon and Jayli Stamey.  He also leaves behind many friends in Rutherford County, Lincolnton, Lake Hickory, and the low country of South Carolina.

Mike graduated from Lincolnton High School, then attended Western Carolina University and Lenoir-Rhyne University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.  He also attended the North Carolina School of Banking Advanced Management Class.  Mike had a lifelong love for the outdoors, hunting and fishing, especially at the Santee Cooper lakes.  He was a lifelong member of the Old Hickory Rifle and Pistol Club in Bostic, NC, which he served as President for many years.  He served on various boards in the communities in which he lived.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Forest City where he served in numerous positions, member of the Forest City Masonic Lodge #381, and the Oasis Temple Shrine.  During his long banking career, he loved nothing more than helping his customers achieve their dreams.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC  29605, or to Carolina Caring Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC  28658.

 
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Danny Ray Parker

September 25th, 1946 - June 10th, 2023

Class of 1964

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Vale - Mr. Danny Ray Parker, 76, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at Atrium Health Main in Charlotte.

Danny was born on September 25, 1946 in Alexander County, NC a son of the late Deward W. Parker and Verna Lee Ingram Parker. He was retired after 33 years of service with Duke Power. Danny was a member of Crouse United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Debbie Parker; a sister Wanda Parker Baucom and a brother, Johnny Parker.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Glinda Leatherman Parker of the home; a step-daughter, Melissa Thompson of Shelby; a step-son Michael Maiwald and wife Rebecca of Dallas; six grandchildren Cameron Maiwald, Tyler Maiwald, Amber Maiwald (John Lawing), Dalton Hively (Amanda), Kaitlyn Hively and Kylie Reynolds; five great grandchildren, Derik, Gavin, Emma, Danny and Nevaeh. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 12:45PM to 1:45PM on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Nathan Yoder officiating.

Burial will be private.

Memorials may be made to Carolina Caring Catawba Valley Hospice House, 3975 Robinson Rd Building 3, Suite A, Newton, NC 28658.

A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family.

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Julia Roberts (Cashion)

November 1st, 1943 - June 10th, 2023

Class of 1962

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Julia Faye Cashion Roberts

d. June 10, 2023

Durham

 Durham- Mrs. Julia Faye Roberts, 79, passed away, June 10, 2023, at Hock Family Pavilion.
Mrs. Roberts was born November 01, 1943, to the late David Larken Cashion and Thelma Ida Williams Cashion in Durham, NC.
Julia Roberts attained her Bachelors degree at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. and later became a Guardian in Children Welfare. Mrs. Roberts volunteered in taking care of abused children for over twenty years, mostly in Charleston, S.C. Julia was also active in the Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue. For many years, she was very involved in the Democratic Party. Mrs. Roberts enjoyed spending time in her garden as she was a Master Gardener. She will be remembered as a loving wife mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother.
Mrs. Roberts is survived by her husband of 62 years, Worth D. Roberts, III; son, David Roberts (Mark Hough) and Chris Roberts; daughter, Kim Goodson (Scott); grandchildren; Wesley Goodson, Thrace Goodson; great- granddaughters, Sara, Evie, Parker and Rhyss; sister, Polly Marguardt (Eddie) and many loving family members and friends.
No services will be held at this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Blueridge Boxer Rescue or Carolina Boxer Rescue.
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David Houston

- - June 8th, 2023

Class of 1960

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No services planned at this time per Warlick's. Funeral Home

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Jimmy Dale Norman

April 29th, 1941 - May 20th, 2023

Class of 1959

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Jimmy Dale Norman
( April 29, 1941 - May 20, 2023 )
Jimmy Dale Norman, 82, of Lincolnton died on Saturday May 20, 2023. Dale attended UNC Chapel Hill and later worked at B.F. Goodrich, New York until he returned to NC in 1973. He then opened Dale Norman Tire in Dallas until he retired in 2014. He loved owning his own business and was an excellent businessman. Dale was known for his kindness, integrity and generosity and would go out of his way to help anyone in need.

Dale was preceded in death by his mother, Isabell Sullivan Norman Beal; his father, his father, William Earl Norman who was killed in WWII; his stepfather, Reverend Belton C. Beal; his ex-wife, Sybil Keener Norman; his sisters, Linda Norman Wilkinson, Noma Beal Hallman, Jean Beal Ballard; his brothers, Dr. Lewis Beal, William Edward Beal, Reverend B.C. Beal, Jr., Hugh Beal and Millard Beal.

Surviving are sisters Jane Beal Chronister, Carole Beal Carter (James), Beth Beal Roseboro (Nelson) and brother Jeff Beal (Lou).

A graveside gathering of family and friends will be held at Hollybrook Cemetery on Wednesday, May 24th at 2:00 pm. A reception will immediately follow at the home of Jeff and Lou Beal.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Danny Ray Smith

December 19th, 1946 - May 19th, 2023

Class of 1964

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Danny Ray Smith
( December 19, 1946 - May 18, 2023 )
Danny Ray Smith, age 76, of Hestertown Road in Lincolnton, passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2023.

His funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 22, 2023, at the Lincolnton Church of God with Rev. Donnie Wise and Rev. Ronald Martin officiating.  Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, in the Pisgah United Methodist Church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 6:45 p.m. on Monday prior to the service at the church.

Danny was born December 19, 1946, in Lincoln County, to the late Herman Franklin Smith and Irene Self Smith.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie Smith.  Danny served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and, on return home, worked as a licensed contractor.   

He is survived by his wife, Jerri Smith of the home; children, Bunny Ingle (Mark), and Chad Smith (Natalie), all of Lincolnton, Natalie Wise (Donnie) of Mooresville, and Brad Smith of Charlotte; brother, Steve Franklin Smith of Charlotte; nine grandchildren, Heather, Cora, Seth, Megan, Breyden, Brooke, Bryce, Evan, Bailee, and Luke; and five great-grandchildren.

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James David Lineberger

November 27th, 1943 - May 14th, 2023

Class of 1962

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James David Lineberger, age 79, of Ronda, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2023 at his home. He was born November 27, 1943 in Lincoln County to James Rufus and Ruby Hubbard Lineberger.


James is survived by his spouse, Glenda Lineberger; step-daughter, Elaine Blackburn; sister, Doris Lineberger Whitman and spouse Terry; and two nieces.


A service will be held at a later date. Miller Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com

 
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Linda Wilkinson (Norman)

June 3rd, 1943 - May 10th, 2023

Class of 1961

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June 3, 1943 - May 10, 2023

Mrs. Linda Earlene Norman Wilkinson, 79, of Valdese, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at UNC-BR Morganton, following a period of declining health.

Linda was born on June 3, 1943, in Lincoln County to the late William Earl Norman and Isabell Sullivan Norman. She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Valdese and retired after 30 years of teaching with Burke County Public Schools. She was heavily involved with her church over the years, enjoyed watching baseball, growing flowers and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Belton Beal, and seven siblings.

Survivors include her beloved husband of almost 60 years, Samuel Wilkinson of the home, two daughters, Kelly W. Tyson and husband Douglas of Drexel, and Linda Katherine "Kathy" Watts and husband James of Drexel. Also surviving are four grandchildren; Danielle Tyson, Samuel "Sammy" Tyson and fiancé Britney Parton, Nicholas Jaquins and wife Althea, and Rachel Branch, four siblings; Dale Norman, Jane Chronister, Carole Carter and husband James, Jeff Beal and wife Lou, and Beth Roseboro and husband Nelson, sister in-law, Mary Ellen Reid and brother-in-law, Ben Cozort.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Valdese with Rev. Jim King officiating. Interment will follow at Burke Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends on Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese, and again briefly on Saturday, from 2:30 to 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Valdese in the parlor.

Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at stjude.org, or to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, P.O. Box 758589, Topeka, KS 66675-8589.

An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com

Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Wilkinson family.

Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory

1507 Main St E, Valdese, NC 28690

Published by The News Herald on May 12, 2023.

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Julia Carolyn Varner (Keener)

July 11th, 1943 - May 8th, 2023

Class of 1961

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Julia “Carolyn” Keener Varner, age 79 of Lincolnton, passed away Monday, May 8, 2023, at Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville.

Born July 11, 1943, in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late William Henry Charles “Charlie” Keener and the late Mary Pauline Sherrill Keener. Carolyn was an avid animal lover and caretaker to many animals. In addition to her parents, husband, Harry Albert Varner preceded her in death.
Left to cherish her memory:
2 Daughters: Jennifer Sherrill Varner of Denver; Megan Price and husband, Jamie, of Hodges, SC.
Son: Gregory Bryan Varner and wife, Tracie, of Jacksonville, FL.
Grandchild: Natalee Price.
Best Friend: Mary Withers of Lincolnton.
Numerous first cousins who were like sisters.
A memorial service will be held, Friday, May 12, 2023 at 4:00 PM at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 3:00 – 3:45 PM at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to: Levine and Dickson Hospice House and / or The Humane Society of Lincoln County.
Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Varner Family.


 

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Jennifer Lopez (Caskey)

February 11th, 1955 - May 2nd, 2023

Class of 1973

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Jennifer Lynn (Caskey) Lopez, 68, of Gastonia passed away on Tuesday May 2, 2023.
Jennifer was born February 11, 1955 in Lincolnton, North Carolina. Jennifer graduated with honors from Appalachia State University. She worked in the banking industry as a financial advisor, retiring from Wells Fargo in 2020. Jennifer liked to do puzzles and in her younger days she enjoyed traveling. Jennifer will be dearly missed.
Jennifer is the daughter of the late Dorcus “Dot” Hellen (Sigmon) Caskey and Floyd Thurman Caskey. Two of her brothers-in-law, Rick Noles and Bill Elmore, have also gone on before her. 
Cherishing their memories of Jennifer are her husband of 24 ½ years, David Lopez, of the home and her two children, Sarah Jones of West Palm Beach, Florida and Greg Jones of Gastonia. She also leaves behind her sisters Victoria “Vickey” Goforth and her husband Rick of Henrico, North Carolina, Jane Noles of Lincolnton, and Susan Elmore of Alabama as well as brothers Jerry Caskey and his wife Brenda of Texas and Terry “Mickey” Caskey and his wife Ann of Newton, North Carolina. Jennifer was very fond of animals and she will be greeting her dog Gracie in heaven. She also leaves behind her daughter Sarah’s two dogs, Brody and Binky and her son Greg’s cat, Calli. 
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday May 13, 2023 at Carothers Funeral Home in Stanley, 412 South Main Street, Stanley, North Carolina. A celebration of Jennifer’s life will follow the visitation at 2:00 PM in the chapel at Carothers in Stanley. Pastor Johnny Norton, of First United Methodist Church in Stanley is the officiant and he will offer works of encouragement and hope to those that gather to remember Jennifer. Mr. Ben Cockman will provide special music.
 Fond memories of Jennifer and condolences for the family may be left at www.carothersfuneralhomestanley.com
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made in Jennifer’s name to The First United Methodist Church in Stanley – 5481 Hickory Grove Road, Stanley, NC 28164.

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Doris Turner (McCaslin)

December 19th, 1942 - April 17th, 2023

Class of 1960

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Doris Ann Turner
( December 19, 1942 - April 17, 2023 )
Doris Ann Turner, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, age 80, of Antique Road in Lincolnton, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 17, 2023.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023, at New Vision Ministries, 661 Clark Creek Road, Lincolnton, NC.  

Doris was born December 19, 1942, in Lincoln County, to the late Dorothy Mae Eurey Dement.    

Survivors include her husband, Dwight E. Turner of the home; son, Ed Turner of Oak Brook, IL; daughter, Shay Turner Campbell (Michael) of Denver; brother, Michael Dale Eurey (Amy) of Iron Station; sister, Vicki E. Hovis of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Carly Blevins (Clint), James, Caleb, and Caroline Turner; and one great-grandson, Mason Blevins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hesed House of Hope, 100 Ann Gaither Court, Lincolnton, NC  28092, or to Samaritans Purse, Operation Christmas Child, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC  28607.

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John Tyler Roseman

1947 - April 15th, 2023

Class of 1965

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Prayers to the family of 1965 classmate John Tyler Roseman, who passed away on April 15,2023. His sisters are 1967 classmate Beth Blume, and 1974 classmate Judy Roseman Lawing. He is married to Betsy Roseman.
The funeral will be Wednesday April 19,2023 at 3:00 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 454 Fieldstone Road, Mooresville NC.
The family will receive friends after the service in the Family Life Center.

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Vickie Wise (McGee)

January 24th, 1944 - April 14th, 2023

Class of 1962

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Vickie McGee Wise
( January 24, 1944 - April 14, 2023 )
Vickie McGee Wise, age 79, of Leonard’s Fork Church Road in Crouse, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2023.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2023, at River View Baptist Church with Rev. Barry Brookshire and Rev. Mike Young officiating.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 5:45 p.m. on Monday at the church.

Vickie was born January 24, 1944, in Lincoln County, to the late George O. McGee and Lola Michael McGee.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Linda McGee Ledford Auton.  She worked for Carolina Freight Carriers and, after retiring, she worked in Guest Services for Atrium Health Lincolnton for 12 years.

She is survived by her husband, James “Sonny” Wise of the home; son, Chad Wise of Lincolnton; daughter, Kelly W. Palmer (Wes) of Knoxville, TN; brother, C.W. McGee (Bernice) of Lincolnton; granddaughter, Sydney Palmer; and grandson, Cole Palmer.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to River View Baptist Church, Building Fund, 2230 Riverview Road, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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John Branton, Sr.

July 21st, 1942 - April 13th, 2023

class of 1960

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John Harvey Branton, Sr.
( July 21, 1942 - April 13, 2023 )
John Harvey Branton, Sr., age 80, of Orchard Road in Iron Station, died on Thursday, April 13, 2023.

His funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2023, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kevin Pitts officiating.  Burial will follow in the Iron Station Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

John was born July 21, 1942, in Swain County, to the late David Lester Branton and Mary Anna Friar Branton.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ellen Greene.  He worked for the Timken Company for 25 years as a heat treat analyst.

He is survived by his wife, Jewell Fourshee Branton of the home; two sons, John Harvey Branton, Jr. (Teena) of Sherrills Ford, and Keith Branton (Iva) of Lincolnton; daughter, Christine Pitts (Kevin) of Iron Station; three sisters, Lucille Bolton of Iron Station, Mae Mitchamore of Kingswood, TX, and Ann Queen of Lincolnton; nine grandchildren, Julie Branton, Ethan Branton, Evan Branton, Elizabeth Branton, Robby Hughes, Jonathan Hughes, Jeremy Hughes, David Branton, and Kelly Baker; six great-grandchildren, Mariah Little, Naiomi Little, Lilly Hughes, Blaze Hughes, Nora Hughes, and Carrolline  Hughes.  He also leaves behind nieces, nephews and many other loving family members.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA  22116-7023.

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Wanda Cheek (Hartsoe)

April 26th, 1951 - April 3rd, 2023

Class of 1969

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Prayers for the family of 1969 classmate Wanda Hartsoe Cornwell Cheek, who passed away on April 3,2023. Wanda was born in Lincolnton to Bobbie Jean Hartsoe on April 26,1951. She was preceded in death by her husband Garry Cheek and her Mother. She is survived by a daughter, Kelley Cornwell and granddaughter, Imani Jalloh of Stockbridge, Georgia. The family is planning a private memorial service.

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Sheila Payseur (Reep)

October 26th, 1950 - March 25th, 2023

Class of 1969

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Sheila Elizabeth Reep Payseur
( October 26, 1950 - March 25, 2023 )
Sheila Elizabeth Reep Payseur, age 72, of Springfield Drive in Lincolnton, died on Saturday, March 25, 2023.

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023, at Bethphage Lutheran Church with Pastor Marcus Miller officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 2:45 p.m. in the Family Life Center of Bethphage Lutheran Church.  

Mrs. Payseur was born October 26, 1950, in Lincoln County, to the late J.B. Reep and Bonnie Raeford Reep.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, David Harvey Payseur, III; brother, Monroe Baxter Reep; and sister, Diane Armstrong.  She worked in textiles.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, David Payseur, Jr. of the home; son, Keith Lee Payseur of the home; sister, Elaine Canipe (Steve) of Lincolnton; and brother, J.B. “Chuck” Reep, Jr. of Hendersonville.

Memorials may be made to Bethphage Lutheran Church, 3440 Highway 182, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Harvey Eddie Cherry

August 18th, 1948 - March 19th, 2023

Class of 1967

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Harvey Edward Cherry
( August 18, 1948 - March 19, 2023 )

With Love, grace and gratitude Harvey “Eddie” Cherry went to be with our heavenly father.  He was surrounded by his family that loved him so dearly.  He was the best husband, father and grandfather to our family.  His humor and smile welcomed friends and neighbors near and far.

Harvey is survived by his high school sweetheart and forever love, Martha Reynolds Cherry.  Two children, Scott, Hope Digh and his son-in-law Rob.  Grandsons are Carson, Cody and Aaron Digh and a granddaughter Anna Digh with who he shared his birthday with and called “his twin’.  Harvey was blessed with two great grandchildren that he loved dearly.  Harvey was looking forward to getting a new granddaughter in law, Taylor Garrett.

Harvey retired from Duke Energy after 25 years and followed his dream of woodworking.  He began his own Hardwood flooring business in which he was blessed to have many customers, turned friends, in the Denver and surrounding areas, then teaching his skill to his grandson.

A special heartfelt thanks to Sarah Cochcroft, Patty Korn and
Tricia Harris along with Hospice of Catawba County for their endless hours of providing the best care and love possible.

In lieu of a funeral or flowers Harvey requested that each spend time with their families and loved ones.

Harvey and Martha resided at 3645 Mack Ballard Road in Maiden.

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Donna Kay Wise (Dellinger)

May 15th, 1945 - March 19th, 2023

class of 1963

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Donna Kay Wise
( May 15, 1945 - March 19, 2023 )
Donna Kay Dellinger Wise, age 77, of Lincolnton, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2023.

Her funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Troy Howard officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:45 p.m. on Thursday at the church.

Kay was born May 15, 1945, Gaston County, to the late Thomas Eli Dellinger and Geraldine Baker Dellinger.  She was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, graduated from Lincolnton High School, and Kings College.  

She is survived by her husband, Larry Wise of the home; daughter, Kellie Goins (Matt) of Lincolnton; son, Matt Wise of Lincolnton; three brothers, Tommy Dellinger of Denver, Dennis “Monk” Dellinger of Vale, and Curtis “Dobie” Dellinger of Gastonia; sister, Paulette Sain of Vale; three grandchildren, Eli Goins, Larsyn Wise, and Anderson Wise; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, PO Box 43, Crouse, NC  28033.

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From harvey crouse on March 25th, 2023
Condolences to the family.  Larry,  thank you for the years together at Love Memorial.  In retospect, it was some the best years of my younger days. Since I moved to Florida years ago, I lost touch with folks in Lincolnton. However, you were not forgotten. Again, sorry for your loss old friend.
 

Mary Reynolds (Sherrill)

July 2nd, 1948 - March 18th, 2023

Class of 1966

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DATELINE:  KINGS MOUNTAIN, NORTH CAROLINA
MARY SHERRILL REYNOLDS
Mary Sherrill Reynolds, 74 of Denver, NC, passed away on March 18, 2023 at her home.   She was born in Lincoln Co., NC to the late Samuel Pinkney Sherrill and Ayline Smith Foster.  She graduated from Lincolnton High School and Sandhills Community College and was employed in the financial dept at Broughton Hospital, Morganton, NC.  Mary was an avid cook and baker who enjoyed teaching and spending time with her grandchildren who affectionately called her Mimi.  She was a lifelong NC Tarheels fan, a wonderful wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend who will be truly missed. 
SURVIVORS: Husband of 56 years: Jack Reynolds, Denver, NC
Son: Brian Lawson Reynolds, Denver, NC
Daughter: Kelly Reynolds Seigler and husband Chad, Denver, NC
Brother: Allen Sherrill and wife Anna, Charlotte, NC
Grandchildren: Jackson Seigler and Maitlain Seigler
Nephews: Jason Sherrill and wife Desiree
                 Danny Sherrill
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel, Saturday, March 25, 2023
    11:00 A.M.    
VISITATION: 10:00 -  11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 25, 2023 prior to the service at Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
INTERNMENT: Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, North Carolina
MEMORIALS: In Lieu of Flowers: Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive Lincolnton, NC 28092
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mary Sherrill (Sherrill) Reynolds, please visit our floral store.
 
 
 

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Barbara Elizabeth "Libby" Brown (Senter)

May 3rd, 1945 - March 11th, 2023

Class of 1963

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Barbara Elizabeth Senter Brown
( May 3, 1945 - March 11, 2023 )
Barbara “Libby” Elizabeth Brown, age 77, of The Addison in Lincolnton, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2023.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 followed by her funeral service which will be held at 2:00 p.m., in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Shea Houser officiating.  Burial will follow in Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.  

Mrs. Brown was born May 3, 1945 in Lincoln County to the late Torrence Coley and Lila Mae Beal Senter.  She retired from Bell South.  She was a loving, strong, funny lady, who meant so much to so many, especially her family.  They meant the world to her.  She was a precious woman who loved the Lord.  She will finally get to see her daddy who she has dearly missed since she was fourteen years old and her sweet mama.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph H. Brown, Jr.; her son, Scott Douglas Dellinger and wife Dawn Renee of Lincolnton; her daughter, Lisa Marie Dellinger Bagwell of Lincolnton; her brother, Torrence “Allen” Senter of Raleigh; her sister, Jill Dean Senter Woods of Charlotte; and “Mimi’s” grandchildren, Kirstin McKahl Pulcini and husband Jonny, Chayton Allen Dellinger, Caillou Douglas Dellinger, Corporal James “Jake” Harold Bagwell, Jr., Lauren “Lexi” Alexis Bagwell.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association - Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, North Carolina 28209.

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Lynette Greer (Dellinger)

February 13th, 1948 - March 8th, 2023

Class of 1966

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Polly Lynette Dellinger Greer
( February 13, 1948 - March 8, 2023 )
Polly Lynette Dellinger Greer, age 75, of Walker Branch Road in Lincolnton, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

Her funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2023, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Billy Dellinger officiating.  Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at Warlick Funeral Home.  

Mrs. Greer was born February 13, 1948, in Lincoln County, to the late Ernest and Pauline McMurry Dellinger.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Brian Greer; and a sister, Joann Whitesides.  She was the former owner/operator of City Lunch.  

She is survived by her daughter, Angie Andrade (Ron) of Lincolnton; granddaughters, Brittany Greer (fiancé, Tyler Schultz) of Lincolnton, and Ashlin Grantt (Zach) of Archdale, NC; two great-grandchildren, Cooper and Espen Cook; brother-in-law, Elliott Whitesides of Florida; former daughter-in-law, Lorna Mullinax of Granite Falls; niece Laverne Cash of Florida; nephew, Jeff Whitesides of Nevada; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and two special friends, Pat Reep of Lincolnton, and Franklin Finger of Lincolnton.  

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA  23060, or the Arthritis Foundation, 4530 Park Road, Suite 230, Charlotte, NC  28209.

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From harvey crouse on April 2nd, 2023
Condolences to the to family.  I want to thank Lynette for the many years of serving those famous  hot dogs.  After I moved to Florida, a visit to City Lunch was always a first for my wife and me. She will alway be part of the city's history.
 

Billie Guy (Gladden)

March 3rd, 1943 - February 19th, 2023

Class of 1961

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Billie Gladden Guy

Billie Gladden Guy, 79, of Fayetteville, passed away on Sunday, February 19th at her home.
The family will receive friends Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 11:30 am to 1 pm at Sullivan's Highland.
Funeral services will be held at 1 pm in Sullivan's Highland Chapel with Rev. Nick Smith presiding.  The burial will follow in Cross Creek Cemetery #4.
Please check back for a complete obituary to be posted shortly.
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George Michael Pope

June 23rd, 1946 - February 18th, 2023

Class of 1964

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George Michael Pope
( June 23, 1946 - February 18, 2023 )
George Michael Pope, age 76, of Alexis-High Shoals Road in Dallas, died on Saturday, February 18, 2023.

His funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 23, 2023, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Wright officiating.  Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Belmont.  The family will receive friends from 11:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Mr. Pope was born June 23, 1946, in Lincoln County, to Dorothy “Lorene” Pope Brown.  He was preceded in death by his father; stepson, Teddy Wall; and brother-in-law, Paul Lane.  George worked as an analyst for Timken.

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Ann Pope of the home; mother, Lorene Brown of Lincolnton; daughter, Sherry Taylor of Iron Station; son, David Pope of Iron Station; stepdaughter, Lois Lockerman of Weddington; brothers, Jim Pope (Bunny) of Vale, and Rodney Pope (Shilda) of Cherryville; grandchildren, Dillon Taylor, Natalie Salter, Brandy Sisk, and Landon Gaertner; great-grandchildren, Peyton Pullas and Carson Waldrop; brothers-in-law, Teddy Lane (Judy) of Florida, and David Lane (Beverly) of West Virginia; and sister-in-law, Carolyn Lane of West Virginia.  

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Rebecca " Becky" Beal (Kiser)

August 22nd, 1947 - February 15th, 2023

Class of 1965

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Helen Rebecca “Becky” Kiser Beal passed peacefully with her family by her side on February 15th, 2023 due to a long battle with illness. Becky was born in Mobile, Alabama on August 22, 1947 to James Craig Kiser and Helen Cassidy Kiser but spend most of her childhood in Lincolnton, North Carolina.
To cherish her memory, she leaves behind her devoted husband of 54 years, Frank Bradley "Brad" Beal and her much loved dachshunds, Ginger and Lady, sister Jane Modlin and husband Mike Modlin, brother Craig Kiser and wife Sandra, and brother Dan Kiser and wife Mary.
Becky graduated from Lincolnton High School, Meredith College, Auburn University where she earned a Masters in Library Science, and VPI, PHD Adult Education. Becky had a passion for learning and giving others the opportunity and resources to learn as well through her work in several organizations such as PEO and the Meredith College Alumni Association. She loved being an Educator and learning librarian.
She was an avid reader and loved to travel, especially to the beach. She spent extensive time in China, often talking with others about her experiences. Becky loved devoting much love to all of her nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and nephews and watching them grow and mature. Becky loved loving others and often expressed this love through gifts to others and cards. Becky’s caring heart, generous, and joyful spirit will be greatly missed but the family finds comfort in knowing she is at peace with the Lord.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.BrownWynneCary.com for the Beal family.

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William Harry Page

January 27th, 1946 - February 8th, 2023

Class of 1965

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William Harry Page
( January 27, 1946 - February 8, 2023 )
William Harry Page, 77, of Prince George Road in Charlotte, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2023, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Lincolnton with Rev. Elizabeth Tester and Rev. Dick Little officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will greet friends following the service in the Parish Hall.

Mr. Page was born January 27, 1946, in Lincoln County, to the late George Calvin Page, Sr. and Vassey Berry Page.  Everyone remembers him as a talented football player who played in the Shrine Bowl.  He then went on to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War as a navigator for radar and reconnaissance equipment on the Mohawk airplane.  He would later own/operate Page Sales, Inc. and Sun Stone Marble and Granite, Inc.  Always in search of excitement, he owned and drove a racecar in the Sportsman division of NASCAR.  He loved the outdoors and spending time at Lake Norman with his family.  He was a beloved “Poppy” to all of his grandchildren.  

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Paula Reynolds Page of the home; daughters Natalie Page Inman (Chris) of Charlotte, Amanda Page Abbey (Bill) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Leah Carson Page (Joseph) of Murrells Inlet, SC; son, Clinton Harry Page of Charlotte; grandchildren, Mallory Abbey, Samuel Abbey, Anna Page Stephens, Luke Abbey, and Reynolds Page; brothers, George C. Page, Jr., and James E. Page (Beverly); sister, Jane E. Page; eleven nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Deborah Garner.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 315 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Sandra Rudisill

January 12th, 1949 - February 3rd, 2023

Class of 1968

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No arrangements were given. 
Sandra was an artist and loved to paint.   
Sister is Elaine Rudisill Black
 

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Betty Mae Gilbert (Noles)

August 14th, 1943 - January 9th, 2023

Class of 1961

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Betty Mae Noles Gilbert
( August 14, 1943 - January 9, 2023 )
Betty Mae Noles Gilbert, age 79, of East Highway 150, Lincolnton passed away on Monday, January 9, 2023.

Her funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at Redeemed Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Bevins officiating.  Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton.  The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Redeemed Baptist Church.     

Mrs. Gilbert was born on August 14, 1943 and was the daughter of the late Pervey James and Edith Lemmonds Noles.  She was also preceded in death by her brother, David Noles.

She is survived by her husband, Terly W. Gilbert of the home; one son, Timothy Wray Gilbert (Angela) of Lincolnton; one brother, Jerry Noles(Glenda) of Lincolnton; four grandsons, Josh, Ben, Ethan (Laura) and Aaron.

Memorials may be made to Redeemed Baptist Church, 1525 Riverview Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Pam Lutin (Howard)

- - January 4th, 2023

Class of 1964

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Douglas Arthur Craig

April 9th, 1943 - December 29th, 2022

Class of 1961

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Obituary for Mr. Douglas Arthur Craig

Douglas Arthur Craig, 79, of Albemarle died peacefully Thursday, December 29, 2022. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 28,2023 in the fellowship hall of the Central Methodist Church in Albemarle, NC at 3PM.  

Born April 9th, 1943, in Lincoln County, NC, he was the son of the late Robert Harold Craig and Faye Teague Craig. He had a Bachelor’s degree in music from Appalachian State University and a Master’s degree in Library Science from UNC-Greensboro. Mr. Craig was a retired music teacher from West Stanly High School and later the librarian from South Stanly Middle School. He was loved by his students and touched many lives.

Doug loved to travel and camp. He was the manager of the VFW pool and was also a member of the Stanly County Concert Band.

Mr. Craig is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sylvia Dane Sechler Craig of the home. Other survivors include sons Tony Craig (Cindy Renea) of Harkers Island, NC, and David A. Craig of Las Vegas, NV; sister Catherine Craig Krupa of Hockessin, DE. A brother, Robert Teague Craig, preceded him in death in 2008.

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Cecil (Monty) Woodruff

- - December 29th, 2022

Class of 1987    Monty is listed because he came to the reunion at the beach for many years. 

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Cecil "Monty" Woodruff, 53, of Lincolnton passed away Thursday, December 29, 2022 at Atrium Health Lincoln. Born April 9th, 1969 he was the son of Cecil William Woodruff and Glenda Bollinger Fox.

Left to cherish his memory are a daughter Kourtney Flowers; four sons Matthew Woodruff, Keith Woodruff, Kevin Woodruff, and Kele Woodruff; a stepdaughter Keary Sherbert; his mother Glenda Dean Fox; and a brother Gregory Woodruff.

He was preceded in death by his father Cecil Woodruff.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.caringcremations.net. The Woodruff family has entrusted arrangements to Caring Cremations Life Celebrations and Funerals at 828-855-3350.
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Rebecca Becky Roseman (Scronce)

February 14th, 1942 - December 9th, 2022

Class of 1961

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Rebecca Scronce Roseman
( February 14, 1942 - December 9, 2022 )
Rebecca Scronce Roseman, age 80 of Lincolnton, passed away on Friday, December 9, 2022.

Her funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2022 at McKendree United Methodist Church with Rev. Gregg Plott officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Roseman was born on February 14, 1942 and was the daughter of the late Ray Leonard and Lorene Taylor Scronce.  She was also preceded in death by her husband Jerry Thomas Roseman and her sister Linda Mathis.

Mrs. Roseman is survived by her son, Ricky Thomas Roseman and wife, Sandra; her daughter, Julie R. Ledford and husband, David; four grandchildren, Matt Roseman, Brooke R. Dellinger (Garrett), Christopher Ledford (Rachel) and Ross Ledford (Nicole); six great-grandchildren, Jayden Dellinger, Ava Dellinger, Lylah Dellinger, Beckham Roseman, Averie Ledford and Zoey Ledford.

Memorials may be made to McKendree United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 426, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

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Tommy Leonhardt

September 25th, 1949 - December 8th, 2022

Class of 1967

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George Thomas Leonhardt
( September 25, 1949 - December 8, 2022 )
George Thomas Leonhardt, age 73, of Highway 150, Lincolnton passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

Mr. Leonhardt was born on September 25, 1949 and was the son of the late John Henry and Blanche Brown Leonhardt. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Shelia Leonhardt and Shirley Merrick. He worked as an automobile salesman.

Mr. Leonhardt is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Leonhardt of the home; one son, Bradley of WV; one daughter, Jana Leonhardt of Lincolnton; two brothers, Larry Leonhardt of Lincolnton and Bob Leonhardt of Lincolnton; three grandchildren.

A private service for Mr. Leonhardt will be planned at a later date.

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Ervin Barry Brafford

September 12th, 1944 - November 29th, 2022

Class of 1962

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Ervin Barry Brafford, 78, of Alexis, passed away November 29, 2022. He was born in Gastonia on September 12, 1944 to Ervin and Lucille Brafford.

Barry graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1962. He was married to Ruthann Brafford on June 26, 1965. Barry served in the Air Force from 1962 to 1966. He worked as a wood worker most of his life and owned his own wood working business Woodenuno.

He was predeceased by his daughter Ruthellen; sister, Judy Ritchie and Pam Hamilton; and brother, Daniel Brafford.
He is survived by his wife Ruthann Brafford; sister, Karen Gann; children, Donald Brafford, Lisa Ryden and Frank Brafford; grandchildren, Christopher Turner, Katelynn Canipe, Mark Mcmickle Jr., Mitchell McMickle, Damien Brafford, Martie Tainter, Kendall Brafford and Amelia Brafford; great grandchildren, Casey McMickle, Leanna Tainter, Marebelle Brafford, Leon Brafford, Cora Brafford, Nellie McMickle, Riley Tainter, Logan Canipe, and Eli McMickle and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service and reception will be held at Mt Zion Baptist Church on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 1pm.

Memorials may be made to the Robin Johnson Hospice House.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.carothersfuneralhomestanley.com for the Brafford Family.

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Timothy "Timmy" Daugherty

March 21st, 1978 - November 21st, 2022

Class of 1995

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Wayne Goodson

August 11th, 1944 - November 17th, 2022

Class of 1962

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Wayne W. Goodson
( August 11, 1944 - November 17, 2022 )
Wayne W. Goodson, of Lincolnton, died peacefully at home on November 17 after a courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia.  

Born in Lincoln County in 1944, Wayne was one of nine children of the late Guy and Alene Keener Goodson. Wayne graduated from high school in 1962.  He served our country in the Army during the Vietnam era, and was lucky enough to bring home a beautiful German bride, Erika and a daughter, Tammy.  Later, they added a second daughter, Leslie, to complete the family.  

Before this terrible disease took away his mind and almost everything he loved, Wayne was an avid fisherman, loved traveling and spending time with family and friends.   He was retired from Mohican Mills.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years, Erika and their two children, Tammy Barry and husband Anthony, and Leslie Bailey and husband Ethan.   He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Jacob Dickerson, Emma Bailey and Noah Bailey, as well as one special great granddaughter Joselynn Barry and his faithful four legged friend Olivia.

He is also survived by brothers and sisters Judy Watts and husband Jim, Phyllis Huss and husband, “N.C.”, Rita Reel and husband, Ronald , Karen Presswood and husband, Randy,  Roger Goodson and wife Kathy, and Michael Goodson and wife, Gail, along with many nieces, nephews and other friends and family members.  

He was preceded in death by his parents as well as brother and sister in law Gerald and Wanda Jones Goodson and sister and brother- in- law Bernice and Bill Harris.

The family would like to thank the many kind people from Stress Free Home Care and from Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County. It was with their help that Erika was able to keep Wayne at home until the end.  In particular, Marilyn and Cassandra went above and beyond in their care for Wayne and the entire family by providing information and advocacy when it was needed most.  

Lewy Body Dementia affects an estimated 1.4 million individuals in the United States. Although it is the second most common form of dementia and many families are affected by this disease, few individuals and medical professionals are aware of the symptoms, diagnostic criteria, or even that LBD exists.

In lieu of flowers, we ask you to consider making a donation to either the Lewy Body Dementia Association (lbda.org) or to Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County. (hpccr.org)

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.   

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From harvey crouse on November 21st, 2022
So sad to hear about Wayne's death. Some of my most charished memories of my youth were with the Goodson family. I haven't seen the family much since I moved to Florida, but they were always on my mine. God bless them.  
 

Joy Watson (Keener)

May 8th, 1947 - November 2nd, 2022

Class of 1965

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Joy Keener Watson, 75, of Murphy went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, November 2, 2022. She was a native of Lincolnton, North Carolina and a 1965 graduate of Lincolnton High School. She then attended and graduated from Western Carolina University in 1969, where she met her future husband, Joseph Wayne Watson and received degrees in Marketing and Advertising. In 1971, she received a degree in Business Ed. also from Western Carolina University. She later received her Master’s in Business Administration from Appalachian State University.


Joy began her career teaching 6th grade at Hiwassee Dam and Business Education at Andrews High School for three years. Joy continued teaching Business Ed. at Murphy High School for another 14 years. She became Vocational Director of Cherokee County Schools for 13 years until retirement in 2002.


Joy had kept a real estate broker’s license since 1981 and following retirement, she worked alongside her husband at Appalachian Land Company for many years.


She was a devoted member of Murphy First United Methodist Church and served as treasurer of Willing Workers/Willing Hands Circle.


She enjoyed cooking and gardening, and was a Murphy Bulldog, Georgia Bulldog, and Atlanta Braves fan, but her greatest love was supporting her husband, children, and grandchildren in all of their sporting events.


She was the daughter of the late Floyd and Emma Keener. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Michael Keener.


Surviving are her loving husband of 53 years, Wayne Watson; a daughter, Kellee Watson and Wes Johnson of Atlanta; a son, Joseph Watson and wife, Heather of Murphy; two grandsons, John Parker and Brady Watson; two sisters-in-law, Denise Keener and Karen Watson and husband, Flip; a niece, Nikol Edwards; and three nephews, Jonathan Watson, Andy Keener, and Aaron Keener.


Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm Saturday, November 5, 2022 at Murphy First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wil Posey officiating. The interment will be in Sunset Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tyler Edwards, Brandon Dockery, Erik Laney, Hayden Rogers, Caesar Campana, and Gary Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Westmoreland, Scott Fletcher, David Gentry, and Bill Dyer.


The family will receive friends from 10-11:45 am Saturday, November 5, at the Murphy First United Methodist Church, prior to the services.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Joy Keener Watson to the Willing Hands Circle, Murphy First United Methodist Church, PO Box 86, Murphy, NC 28906.


Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy in charge of all arrangements.

 

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William (Billy) Lentz, Jr

October 31st, 1946 - October 21st, 2022

Class of 1964

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William Montgomery Lentz, Jr.
( October 31, 1946 - October 21, 2022 )
William Montgomery “Billy” Lentz, Jr., age 75, of Lincolnton, NC, passed away Friday, October 21, 2022.
 
Billy was born October 31, 1946, to Lincolnton Mayor William Montgomery “Buster” Lentz and Margaret Sloan Lentz. He was preceded in death by his parents, and son William Montgomery Lentz, lll.
 
He is survived by Joanna Cronland West of Charlotte, NC; their two sons, Zachary Cronland Lentz of Aspen, CO; John Matthew “Matt” Lentz (Amanda) of Lincolnton, NC; two grandsons and two granddaughters, Margaret Ann “Maggie” Lentz of Orlando, FL; Bode Montgomery Lentz of Aspen, CO; Charlotte Wray Lentz and Levi Matthew Lentz of Lincolnton, NC, and one sister, Linda Neighbors of Winston, NC.

Billy graduated from Lincolnton High School, attended NC State University and graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University. He served on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Bank for many years, and was the President and a very active member of the Lincoln County Historical Association.

Billy had a passion for history, traveling, and adventure. Colorado and Wyoming, in particular, held a special place in his heart. His many hobbies included skiing, scuba diving, hunting, and fishing.

Billy’s funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 23, 2022 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel.  A private burial will be held at a later date. The body will lie in state on Sunday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at Warlick’s Chapel.

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Rita Haney (Schronce)

May 14th, 1947 - October 11th, 2022

Class of 1966

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Rita Sue Schronce Haney
( May 14, 1947 - October 11, 2022 )
Rita Sue Schronce Haney, age 75, of Lincolnton, passed away on Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2022, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with      officiating.  Burial will follow in the Bethel Baptist Church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:45 until 1:45 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Haney was born May 14, 1947, in Lincoln County, to the late R.W. Schronce and Flossie Davis Schronce.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, L.J. Haney; daughter, Crystal Haney; and brother, Tim Schronce.

She is survived by a daughter, Misty Hamrick (Danny) of Lincolnton; granddaughter, Maisy Hamrick; brothers, Hal Schronce (Vicky) and Randy Schronce (Barbara), all of Lincolnton; sister, Judy Schultz (Steve) of Newton; sister-in-law, Sheri Schronce; two step-children; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, 258 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC  28054.

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Roy Allen Poovey

December 10th, 1945 - October 4th, 2022

Class of 1964

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Roy "Allen" Poovey
( December 10, 1945 - October 4, 2022 )
Roy “Allen” Poovey, age 76, of Lincolnton, passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

His funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at Bethphage Lutheran Church with Pastor Marcus Miller officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 2:30 until 3:45 p.m. on Sunday in the Fellowship Hall.

“Allen” was born December 10, 1945, in Lincoln County, to the late Lee Roy Poovey and Lois Goodman Poovey.  He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, and would later work in insulation installation.  

Those who are left to cherish his memory are his wife, Clarice Heavner Poovey of the home; children, Amy Gardner, Ryan Poovey (Haley), and Candace Poovey Hyde (Clint), all of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Will Gardner, Yates and Harper Poovey, and Oaklyn Hyde; and half-sister, Patricia Ballard.

Memorials may be made to Bethphage Lutheran Church, 3440 Highway 182, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Daphine Arp (Hoffman)

June 12th, 1945 - September 17th, 2022

Class of 1963

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Daphine Hoffman Fernandez Arp
( June 12, 1945 - September 17, 2022 )
Daphine Hoffman Fernandez Arp, a.k.a, “The Asparagus Queen” age 77, of Long Shoals, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022.  

Mrs. Arp was born in Lincoln County on June 12, 1945 to the late George Theodore and Ernestine Huffstetler Hoffman.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Lawrence Fernandez of Tampa, Fl; her second husband, Gary Arp, Sr. of Mt. Holly, NC; her brother, Bubber Hoffman and sister Linda Evans.

Survivors include three sons, Yancey Fernandez and wife Cinnamon of Lincolnton, André Alonzo Fernandez and fiancé Lauren of Lincolnton, Gene Arp and wife Katie of Lincolnton; one brother, Teddy Hoffman of Pelham, GA; two sisters, Jane Harrelson and Phyllis LaBauch borh of Lincolnton; eleven grandchildren, Rebekah Fernandez, Sophia Fernandez, Sadie Fernandez, Philip Fernandez, Tristan Fernandez, Aurora Fernandez, Atticus Fernandez, Arden Fernandez, Phoenix Fernandez, Demi Kate Arp and  Darci Kay Arp.

Daphine grew up on a small family farm in Long Shoals. Despite daily farm chores, on top of schoolwork, she found a way to balance the two and graduated from Lincolnton high school in 1963. Soon after, she left country living for the sunshine state, where she raised two sons before returning home to care for her aging father. She quickly revitalized the farm bringing a new vision and new ideas to an old land with the help of a third son, Gene. In additon to old crops like okra and moon and star watermelons, Daphine brought asparagus to devoted customers at surrounding farmer’s markets for over 25 years. She was passionate about her church, Long Shoals baptist, her late night rook games, parties at the river bank, her family and especially her 11 grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Long Shoals Baptist Church, 2988 Long Shoals Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Her funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Long Shoals Baptist Church with Rev. Wesley Ingle officiating.  Burial will follow in Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 4:00 pm on Friday, September 23 at Warlick Funeral Home.

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Wanda Chapman (Caldwell)

March 3rd, 1942 - September 15th, 2022

Class of 1960

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Wanda Ann Caldwell Chapman
( March 3, 1942 - September 15, 2022 )
Wanda Ann Caldwell Chapman, age 80, of the Addison in Lincolnton, passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2022.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2022, in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Mike Devine officiating.  The family will receive friends on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Warlick Funeral Home.  At other times the family will be at the home of her son and daughter-in-law at 1062 Willow Drive in Lincolnton.

Mrs. Chapman was born March 3, 1942, in Lincoln County, to the late Chester and Rachel Dysart Caldwell.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Van Chapman, Sr.  She worked in administrations at several automotive locations and retired from Lincoln County Hospital, working for the IT Department.

She is survived by her three sons, Jerry Van Chapman, Jr. (Paula), David Scott Chapman (Jackie), and Edward Lee Chapman (Karen Hussey); four grandchildren, Anna Elizabeth Chapman, Erica Lacie Norman (Kevin), Brian Paul Chapman, and Tyler Alexander Chapman; and five great-grandchildren, Holden Norman, Braydon Chapman, Ashtyn Chapman, Raelynn Norman, and Kashton Broome.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA  22116-7023, or to the Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.  

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Darrell Harkey

April 9th, 1942 - September 13th, 2022

Class of 1960

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Woodrow Darrell Harkey
( April 9, 1942 - September 13, 2022 )
Woodrow Darrell Harkey, born April 9th 1942, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sept 13th, 2022.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16, 2022 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel.   The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. prior to the service at Warlick Funeral Home.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow and Virgie Harkey, and brother Gary David Harkey.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Judy Harkey and children: Doug Harkey (Michele) of Vale, Karen Queen (Larry) of Lincolnton, Julie Dunbar (Todd) of Vale, Janet Benton (Gray) of Lincolnton, and David “Charlie” Harkey of Vale and his 10 grandchildren Amber, Rachel, Kevin, Jamie, Chris, Jessica, Megan, Kate, Hailey, and Aleks and his 4 great-grandchildren Olivia, Logan, Kennedy, and Khloe. He also leaves behind one brother Scott (Renee) Harkey of Lincolnton.

Darrell led a rich life as he served in the United States Air Force, was among of the first EMTs in Lincoln County, served as a deputy sheriff, and worked for many years in textiles. He completed an associate degree in history to pursue his life’s passion in preserving Lincoln County history. He was the county’s first and only County Historical Coordinator, a job that he would have gladly done for free. As Historical Coordinator, he devoted many hours to clubs and organizations that care about the history and preservation of our local historical monuments and landmarks. He particularly enjoyed investing time and hard work into the Battle of Ramsour's Mill reenactment. During this time, he also published several articles in the Charlotte Observer detailing life during the 1950s, which were later compiled into a book titled “Memories of a Mill Village and other Short Stories.” After retiring as Historical Coordinator, he went on to teach history at Gaston College and Living Word Academy. He enjoyed being approached by former students and hearing how he inspired their love of history. He continued to give tours, lectures, and enjoyed sharing his love of history with others.

In 1974, he received his biggest honor, The “Goodest Dad” Award, from his 5 adoring children.  

We love you Dad, Doug, Sissy, Julie, Janet, and Charlie.

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Stephen Michael Powell

January 6th, 1952 - September 12th, 2022

Class of 1970

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Tom Seagle

February 25th, 1952 - September 11th, 2022

Class of 1970

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Thomas Clyde Seagle III
February 25, 1952 – September 11, 2022
Thomas Clyde Seagle, III of Iron Station, NC died peacefully September 11, 2022 while on vacation in his beloved Outer Banks.
Thom was preceded in death by his father, Thomas C. Seagle Jr., his mother Betty Ann Lancaster Seagle Bayley, and his brother Capt. Jeb Franklin Seagle USMC.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Martha Keever Seagle, children Stacey Sheppard (Scott) of Graniteville SC, and Jeb Seagle (Ashley Bober) of Hartsville SC. He is additionally survived by sister Patricia Scronce (David) of Lincolnton, niece Angela Holliday (Phillip) of Denver and numerous cousins.
He also leaves behind the “4-legged gang, North and South Carolina Chapters” that he loved so dearly.
Thom never met a stranger and had friends from all walks of life. He cherished each and every one of those friendships. He would tell you all to hug your loved ones and tell them how much you love them. He certainly told us. His was a life well lived in spite of many challenges.
The family is planning a celebration of Thom’s life and his love of the Outer Banks. As requested, his cremated remains will be scattered at the spots he and his family enjoyed over 42 years of visiting this God-given slice of Heaven on earth.
We covet your prayers.
Gallop Funeral Services of Nags Head is graciously serving the Seagle family.

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From harvey crouse on September 15th, 2022
Sorry for your lose, Martha.  Tom was a good friend in our younger days. I can't remember the name of the street where Tom and Jeb lived, but Barry Weaver and Vickie Turner also lived there. I spent many days with the brothers there which are now fond memories.  God bless you and the children.
 
 

David Michael Eurey

February 5th, 1952 - September 9th, 2022

class of 1970

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David Michael Eurey
( February 5, 1952 - September 9, 2022 )
David Michael Eurey, age 70, of Ivey Church Road in Lincolnton, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 9, 2022.

His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at Rhyne Heights United Methodist Church with Rev. Gene Bragg officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the church.  

Mike was born February 5, 1952, to the late Paul H. Eurey, Sr. and Ruth Aderholdt Eurey.  He worked for Duke Energy as a welder, and was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association.  

He is survived by a son, Zach Eurey, and wife Eva, of Concord; grandson, Owen Eurey; brother, Paul Eurey, II of Lincolnton; and sister, Linda Ackerson of Gastonia.  

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region, PO Box 470408, Charlotte, NC  28247.

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Ted Eurey

March 1st, 1943 - September 3rd, 2022

Class of 1961

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Teddy Warren Eurey
March 1, 1943 - September 3, 2022
 
 
 
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Teddy Warren Eurey passed away peacefully at his home in Greenville on September 3, 2022.
Born March 1, 1943 in Lincolnton, N.C. to the late Ted and Lillie W. Eurey. Ted was a US ARMY veteran serving in Vietnam.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Rachel Alice (Shortie) McConnell and brother-in-law Jud McConnell; nephews Terry Heavner and Jamie McConnell.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Eurey of Greenville; his son John Brissie and grandson Michael Brissie; sister Mallie E. Heavner and husband Don of Lincolnton, N.C.; nephew, Keith Heavner and wife Myra; niece Jeanene McConnell; great-nephew Luke Heavner; great-niece Rachel Kelly Tallent; and his beloved dog Lucy.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
 
 

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Mary Ann Hoyle (Cline)

April 17th, 1945 - August 12th, 2022

Class of 1963

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Mary Ann Cline Hoyle
( April 17, 1945 - August 12, 2022 )
Mary Ann Cline Hoyle, age 77, of Reepsville Road in Vale, died on Friday, August 12, 2022.

Mary was born April 17, 1945, in Lincoln County, to the late Charles Gordon Cline, Jr. and Mary Josie Long Cline.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brothers, Jerry Cline, Terry Cline, Donnie Cline, and David Cline.  She worked in textiles.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Ray Hoyle of the home; sons, Tracy Robinson (Tammy) and Brooks Robinson, all of Vale; daughter, Lisa Taylor (Gerard) of Dupont, PA; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Joseph Cline (Tommy) of Mt. Holly; sisters-in-law, Judy Cline, Deane Cline, Susan Cline, and Tina Cline, all of Lincolnton; and special friend, Candace Elmore.  
A private service will be held.

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Elaine Wilson (Duncan)

September 24th, 1951 - August 8th, 2022

Class of 1969

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Prayers for the family of 1969 classmate Rose Elaine Duncan Wilson (Elaine Duncan) who passed away on August 8,2022. She is survived by her sisters Judy Duncan Sigmon (husband Jay) and Nancy Duncan.
I will post any other information as available.

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Patricia Ann Gates

January 21st, 1949 - August 5th, 2022

Class of 1967

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Patricia Ann Gates
( January 21, 1949 - August 5, 2022 )
Patricia Ann Gates, age 73, of Lineberger Road in Lincolnton, died on Friday, August 5, 2022.

Patricia was born January 21, 1949, in Lincoln County, to the late Earl Marion Gates and Donnie Olive Calloway Gates.  She worked in textiles.
 
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Hart (Edgar), and Crystal Elgin, all of Lincolnton; brother, Earl M. Gates, Jr. of Lincolnton; and seven grandchildren. 
 
A memorial service will be held at a later date.  

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Peggy Coffey (Ray)

November 27th, 1944 - August 3rd, 2022

Class of 1963

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Peggy Ray Coffey
( November 27, 1944 - August 3, 2022 )
Peggy Carolyn Ray Coffey (77) entered Heaven’s Glory on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.  Mrs. Coffey was born on November 27, 1944 in Homer, GA to the late Henry Johnson Ray and Fearl James Ray.  She was preceded in death by 10 brothers and sisters, Drucilla, Henry, Verlin, Mary Frances, Garnett, Emma Lee, Wortie Lee, Grady, Glenn, and William.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at River View Baptist Church with Pastor Barry Brookshire officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at River View Baptist Church.  

Peggy lived most of her life in High Shoals, NC and Lincoln County, NC.  She lived her early years in the High Shoals community and graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1963.  After working in several mills, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, and the Holiday Inn, she studied cosmetology at Noble’s Hair Design and the American Beauty College and spent her apprenticeship with Juanita Dysart and Helen Blackburn.  She owned and operated Peggy’s Beauty Shop continuously for over fifty years until her recent illness.  She loved decorating and working in her flower gardens and spending time with family and friends.  She enjoyed hosting meals and was a wonderful cook.

Peggy accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior as a result of the bus ministry of Salem Baptist Church.  She was a member of River View Baptist Church for over 50 years and served in many areas of ministry including Sunday School, decorating, and bereavement.  She planned, funded, and maintained the church’s Prayer and Meditation Garden.

She is survived by her husband of over 57 years, Larry Coffey, son David Larry Coffey and wife Robin, daughter Kelly Caroline Coffey Washam and husband Rusty, seven grandchildren, Zachary, Summer, Autumn Washam and Caprice, Josiah, Rhaina, and Dessa Coffey, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and cousins too many to number.

Memorial can be made to River View Baptist Church, 2230 Riverview Rd, Lincolnton, NC 28092 for the Prayer Garden or Bereavement Ministry.

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Kenneth Allen Stevens, SR

January 16th, 1946 - August 1st, 2022

Class of 1965

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Kenneth Allen Stevens, Sr.
( January 16, 1946 - August 1, 2022 )
Kenneth Allen Stevens, Sr., age 76, of McRee Road in Lincolnton, died on Monday, August 1, 2022.

His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at Calvary Baptist Church of Lincolnton with Brother Bud Jernigan and Rev. Bruce Brooks officiating.  Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.  

Mr. Stevens was born January 16, 1946, in Lincoln County, to the late Clyde Bennett Stevens and Ruth Parker Stevens McGinnis.  He served in the United States Army and would later own and operate Stevens Motors.  He dedicated his time and service to Calvary Baptist Church and his family and his grandchildren were the joy of his life.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Norene Wilson Stevens of the home; daughter, Candy Stevens of Lincolnton; son, Kenny Stevens (Darla) of Lincolnton; brothers, Benny Stevens of Easton, PA, Randall Stevens (Mickie) of Lincolnton, and Michael Stevens (Angie) of Huger, SC; sister, Jill Eaddy (Marty) of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Jordan Baker (Madison) of Lincolnton, Kenneth Michael Stevens of Austin, TX, Katie Stevens of Lincolnton, and Kyle Burgin of Lincolnton; and two great-grandchildren, Colton Baker and Kaiden Baker.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 493 Calvary Church Road, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Linda Corpening (Duncan)

September 24th, 1951 - July 3rd, 2022

Class of 1969

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Linda Duncan Corpening, 70, of Mount Holly passed away Sunday, July 3, 2022 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. Born September 24th, 1951 she was the daughter of Olis Winston Duncan and Leona Rebecca Duncan.

She worked for 26 years at Bassett Furniture and for 22 years at BB&T, where she was a Vice President. She was a lifelong, active member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Al Corpening of Mount Holly; her sister Margaret Davis of Conover; her brother Clyde (Alice) Duncan of Conover; her sister Dorothy Duncan (Tommy) Kepley of Salisbury; brother-in-law Gray Childers; Al's daughter Kara (Brant) Davenport, grandson Blue of Greensboro, and son Ian Edward Corpening of Hickory; special niece Karen Williams and great niece Harli Owensby, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents Olis and Leona Duncan, siblings Lona (Coney) Helton, Lorene Childers, Perry Edmond Duncan, James Winston Duncan, and William Ellis Duncan, and she special dog Oprah.

The memorial service will be Friday, July 8, 2022 at 11:00 AM at St. Luke's Lutheran Church 4051 King Wilkinson Rd, Lincolnton, NC 28092 with Pastor Glenn Roseman officiating.

Jenkins Funeral Home will not be involved in the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Luke's Family Life Center Building Fund.

Please sign the online guestbook on the Memorial Wall at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Corpening family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.
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Beth Wrenn (Gilbert)

August 20th, 1951 - July 3rd, 2022

Class of 1969

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Elizabeth (Beth) Gilbert Wrenn 08/20/51 - 07/03/22 Beth was born in Lincolnton, NC to amazing parents, Hubert and Miriam Gilbert who taught her kindness, love, joy, generosity, responsibility, and service to others, enduring qualities that defined Beth’s life. She is survived by her husband Lee of 47 years, her son Philip Wrenn (Anna), her daughter Anna Bruton (Michael), and her granddaughter Kayla Bruton. She was predeceased by her parents and her brother Larry Gilbert. Beth attended Greensboro College where she made lifelong friendships which she dearly cherished. In 1973 she received her bachelor's degree in elementary education. She taught in Highpoint and later at Tileston Elementary in Wilmington until the birth of their son Philip when she transitioned to full-time in the family business, the Islander Food Mart. By the time Anna was born Beth had mastered the art of juggling business obligations and being the ultimate soccer mom. Beth loved her involvement with Women of the ELCA Lutheran Church. She welcomed opportunities to serve on projects that uplifted women and families. Her devotion to the organization led her to leadership roles on the district, statewide and churchwide levels. As president of the churchwide organization she championed the idea that an organization must change with the times to address the needs of young women and their families. In her travels with the organization Beth met many women who told their stories which gave her insight and perspective into how the organization could reach out and make a difference. Beth’s work career with her business partner husband took her to various places along the coast acquiring easements for Corps of Engineers’ beach nourishment projects until they landed in Kill Devil Hills in the Outer Banks. Shortly after arriving Beth and Lee found the Outer Banks Shag Club and hardly ever missed dance night or a special event. Beth did aerobics three days a week at the Baum Center. While she enjoyed the workouts, the real fun was the coffee sessions after class, sitting and talking with that special friend or friends. Beth truly cherished those friendships and the sharing of stories about family. With Beth, the sharing of family stories most likely involved stories about Kayla or Philip and Anna’s childhood or their careers. Whether it was the latest video or pictures of the activity of the day, there was no shortage of information or pride to share with her friends. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday July 31st at Kure Memorial Lutheran Church in Kure Beach. In lieu of flowers, please consider please consider donating to Kure Memorial Lutheran Church, PO Box 2, Kure Beach, NC 28449 or to Lower Cape Fear Lifecare (lifecare.org)

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Pamela Hamilton (Brafford)

November 21st, 1948 - June 13th, 2022

Class of 1967

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Pamela Renee Brafford Hamilton, 73 of Lincolnton passed away on June 13, 2022 at Carolina Caring in Newton, NC. Pamela was born on November 21, 1948 to the late Ervin Saul and Lucille Bridges Brafford in Gaston County, NC. In addition to her parents, Pamela was preceded in death by one brother, Den Brafford, and one sister, Judy Ritchie. Pamela is survived by her beloved husband, Danny Lewis Hamilton, two daughters; Ginger Kiker and husband Edward, Angela Baker and husband William, one brother, Barry Brafford, one sister, Karen Gann, six grandchildren; Tiffany, Bradley, Justin, Ariel, Zachery, and Connor, twelve great-grandchildren; Danielle, Hayden, Kolton, Landon, Aryanna, Dean, Sam, Liliana, Laurena, Iris, Kyrie, Cesar and many other cherished relatives and friends. E.F. Drum Funeral Home is serving the Hamilton Family. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Pamela Renee (Brafford) Hamilton, please visit our floral store.

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Susan Tiller (Stroup)

November 14th, 1947 - May 23rd, 2022

Class of 1965

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Georgetown:
SUSAN TILLER, MOM, GRANDMOTHER, WIFE, FRIEND, ARTIST
Mary Susan Stroup Tiller, aged 74, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 23rd, surrounded by family. Susan was born in Lincolnton, NC November 14, 1947, to Chauncey D. Stroup Jr. and Marynette Link Stroup. She was graduated from Lincolnton High School, University of North Carolina-Greensboro with a degree in home economics education and the University of South Carolina with a master's degree in Adult Education. She enjoyed a career in the Georgetown County public school system: first as teacher of Home Economics, and later as Child Nutrition Director for Georgetown County School District for thirty years.
After retiring Susan followed her passion by becoming a professional painter, working primarily in oils. Painting was a lifelong interest and following retirement she chose to study painting under several different artists to develop her style. She painted many outdoor scenes of the Lowcountry, and still life renderings of floral arrangements including her favorites, hydrangeas and blue and white porcelain. A lifelong musician, Susan learned to play the violin at age 65 and joined the Saltwater Chamber Orchestra in Myrtle Beach. She played piano at home and would often play music with her two sons who learned guitar in their teenage years.
Susan loved her church, Prince George Winyah Parish Church in Georgetown where she was a communicant, served on the vestry for four years, and was a member of the choir and flower guild for 22 years. She was Chairman of Prince George’s annual art sale for thirteen years and one year for plantation tours. She was Artist of the Year for the 2013 Georgetown Wooden Boat Show where her painting broke the auction record for the SC Maritime Museum. She was a proud member of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Susan chose to fill her free time pursuing her interests including travel, music, art, food and spending time with friends and family. Every week she drove to Charleston to spend time with her grandchildren.
Susan is survived by her husband Harry C. “Hank” Tiller Jr. and her son Robert K. Williams Jr. and his spouse Amy A. Williams, their two children Anna and Betsy, and her son Matthew W. Williams, and his two children, Lovett and Madeline. She is also survived by her brother C.D. “Chip” Stroup III and nieces Jennifer and Kristen, and nephews Jess and Braden.
Visitation will be held from 5pm to 7pm at Mayer-Ethridge Funeral Home in Georgetown, SC on Wednesday, May 25th. A memorial service will be held at Prince George Winyah Parish Church in Georgetown, on Thursday, May 26th at 10:00am. A private burial service will be held at Hollybrook Cemetery in Linconlton, NC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Susan’s name at Water Missions International and Samaritan’s Purse.
Please sign a guestbook at: www.mayerfuneralhome.com.
The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer-Ethridge Funeral Home is assisting the family.
 
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Sibyl Goodson (Rudisill)

March 18th, 1946 - May 17th, 2022

Class of 1964

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Sibyl Rudisill Goodson
March 18, 1946 - May 17, 2022
Sibyl Rudisill Goodson, 76, of Kannapolis, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2022, at her home.
She was born March 18, 1946, in Lincolnton, to the late Joseph Solomon Rudisill and Irene Hoke Rudisill.
Sibyl graduated from Gaston Community College, she did secretarial work at Cannon Mills and also was a tour guide for Cannon Mills. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jerry R. Goodson; two sons, Scott Bartley Goodson of Raleigh, Paul Daniel Goodson, of Asheboro; three granddaughters, Savannah Rae Goodson, Mary Scott Goodson, Lilly Vaughan Goodson; two sisters, Linda Goodson of Lincolnton, Patricia Haselden of Conway, S.C.; two brothers, Hugh Rudisill of Charlotte and Julian Rudisill of Lincolnton.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
As Sibyl never met a child she didn't love, in lieu of flowers, please remember her with a gift to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Whitley's Funeral Home
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Carl Frederic Clanton

March 24th, 1942 - April 9th, 2022

Class of 1960

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Carl Frederic Clanton
( March 24, 1942 - April 9, 2022 )
Fred went on to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ April 9, 2022. His passing was due to complications with advanced dementia. Fred was predeceased by his parents, C F and Alice Clanton, of Lincolnton and his wonderful wife of 36 years, Connie Rodrigue Clanton. During his life he was a Boy Scout, a member of the Civil Air Patrol and served in the United States Air Force.  He mainly lived in Lincolnton, Charlotte, and lastly Ocean Isle Beach.

Fred had an extraordinary ability to do just about anything that he wanted to do.  When he was six years old, he got a bicycle for Christmas. The first thing he did was take it apart and put it back together.  He was a wizard with repairing or building anything and everything. During his life he built new homes, boats, guitars, and restored old guitars along with other musical instruments. He knew about everything one could know about automobiles as well. He was an accomplished airplane pilot with his own plane. Above all else Fred was always in charge and always a force to be reckoned with.

Over his lifetime Fred served the Lord in many ways within the churches he attended. But he in later years He mostly enjoyed to share his love of faith with his family and friends.  Fred’s family is grieved but celebrating his life for we know the Bible says there is no sickness, sorrow, or pain in heaven.
 
Fred is survived by his daughter Anne Marie Sharpe and son Carl Frederic (Buck) Clanton Jr; brother John Sidney (Sid) Clanton and his wife Karen, and stepsons James, Rick, and Shawn Hayes and his wife Sandi. Grand children: Shantel, Myriah, Sierra, Travis, Austin, Samantha, Hannah, Levi, Nicky and Taylor.

His funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 23, 2022, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in the Salem Baptist Church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:45 until 1:45 pm on Saturday at the funeral home.

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Brenda Hudson (Holbrooks)

May 31st, 1943 - April 7th, 2022

Class of 1961

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Brenda Holbrooks Hudson, 78, of Vale passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at Atrium Health in Lincolnton.

She was born May 31, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late Lester Vance Holbrooks and Lona Mae Scronce Holbrooks. Brenda was a member of Reepsville Baptist Church in Vale and retired from Lincoln County Schools where she worked as a bus driver for 31 years. She enjoyed quilting, watching westerns, gardening and playing video games.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sammy Lee Hudson; brother, Harvey Holbrooks.

Those left to cherish her memory are;

Sons: Marty Lee Hudson and wife Janice of Lincolnton
Gregory Scott Hudson and wife Rhonda of Vale
Derek Vance Hudson and wife Clarissa Dill of Vale

Daughter: Lisa Kay Hudson of Vale

Grandchildren: Christopher Lee Hudson, Christina Hudson Helms (Harley), Brook Elizabeth Hudson, Brandie Nicole Land (Cody), Christephen Terry Scott Hudson, Shana Danielle Hudson, Erika Blake Hudson

Great-Grandchildren: Abigail Renee Helms, Carson Lawrence Hudson and Mia Renee Helms

A service to celebrate Brenda’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. at Reepsville Baptist Church in Vale. Rev. Jeff Hull, Rev. Jaie Warlick, and Rev. Matthew Seagle, Sr. will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. at Reepsville Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Reepsville Baptist Church, 1513 Alf Hoover Rd, Vale, NC 28168

Condolences may be sent to the Hudson family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com

The Hudson family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111
 
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Jim Sisk

July 6th, 1943 - April 5th, 2022

Class of 1961

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Jimmy Lewis Sisk, 78 of Lincolnton, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at his residence.

He was born July 6, 1943 in Gaston County to the late Kelly Wilburn Sisk and Lelia Holland Sisk. Jimmy retired from Thornburg Machine Co. in Lincolnton. He enjoyed reading westerns and loved to mow grass, always keeping a beautiful lawn. Jimmy was a loyal Lincolnton Wolves football fan. Jimmy’s motto was “you have to have a system in all you do.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Clarence Taylor.

Those left to cherish his memory are;

Wife of 36 years: Cathy McGee Sisk of the home

Son: Barry Sisk and wife Chrissy of Cherryville

Daughters: Ellen Jackson and husband Chuck of Cherryville
Jamie McSwain and husband Kevin of Cherryville
Ashley Dellinger and husband Waylon of Lincolnton

Sister: Judy Taylor of Tarboro

Mother-In-Law: Betty Cruse of Newton

Sister-In-Law: Beverly Lester and husband Nathan of Winston Salem

Nephews: Eugene Taylor (Rose), James Taylor (Cathy), Cruise Lester

Grandchildren: Zeb, Wes (Kayla), Emily, Macey (Russell), Gauge, Conner, and Madelyn

Great-Grandchildren: Braelyn, Isabella, Lucas, Asher, Mason

A memorial service to celebrate Jimmy’s life will be held on Friday, April 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church in Claremont. Rev. Todd Garren will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN, 38105 or Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658

Condolences may be sent to the Sisk family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com

The Sisk family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111
 

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Ruby "Ann" Jenkins (Abernethy)

November 17th, 1941 - March 28th, 2022

Class of 1960

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In lieu of an official obituary, my heart tells me to acknowledge the passing of my mother for her family and friends.
Ruby Ann Abernethy Jenkins, 80, passed away at home on Monday, March 28, 2022. She was born in Lincoln County to the late Edgar Hugh and Vivian McCaslin Abernethy.  She was also preceded in death by her brother James Robert (Jim) Abernethy.
Those left to treasure her memory as a loving sister, mother, and grandmother include her sister Kay Abernethy Houser (Robie); son Tony Jenkins (Karen); daughter Sandra Jenkins Phillips (Wes); and grandchildren Daniel and Hannah Jenkins.
She was a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church who enjoyed family and friends.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Hospice of Lincoln County for their loving care of Ann.
I appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

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Virginia "Ginger" Kistner (Little)

June 30th, 1951 - March 9th, 2022

Class of 1969

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Virginia Little Kistner
June 30, 1951 - March 9, 2022
Prairie Village, Kansas - Virginia (Ginger) Kistner of Charlotte, North Carolina passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at the age of 70. At the time of her passing, she was in the care of hospice in the comfort of her home at The Village at Mission, in Prairie Village, Kansas. In the weeks, days and hours leading up to her passing she was surrounded by loved ones.
Ginger was born in Charlotte, NC on June 30, 1951 to parents, Robert Anderson Little and Virginia McLean Little. Ginger grew up in Lincolnton, NC and was a graduate of Lincolnton High School, where she was an honor student and proud member of the Marching Band. Ginger was an accomplished organist and enjoyed playing whenever possible.
Growing up, Ginger was very close with her family. She enjoyed spending her summers with her many cousins at the family lake house and loved sharing stories of those fond memories.
After graduating from Queens College in Charlotte, NC, where she was the Campus Representative for Eastern Airlines, Ginger went on to work for the Airline in reservations as an Executive Sales Representative. This job was a source of great joy as she was able to pursue her passions for traveling the country and serving people with her friendly smile.
Despite contracting a long-term illness that debilitated her physically, Ginger's beautiful spirit never dimmed. For everyone who knew and met Ginger, from her early friends and family members, to the many caregivers that served her, to the hospice nurses that sat with her day and night, she was an inspiration. Her positive outlook on life and resilience was infectious and inspiring.
Ginger is preceded in death by her father, Robert Anderson Little, her mother, Virginia McLean Little, and her brother, Robert Anderson Little, Jr.
Ginger is survived by her two sons, Michael Carl Kistner, Jr, and Robert McLean Kistner; her two daughters-in-law, Yjasming Nicole Kistner and Barbara Madison Kistner; and her four grandchildren, Lyla Dawn Kistner, Anna Michelle Kistner, Barbara Carroll Kistner and Thomas Michael Kistner.
Services will be held on Saturday, May 7th at 1:00pm at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC. Graveside service to follow.

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James "Jim" Barkley, Jr.

February 28th, 1948 - February 26th, 2022

Class of 1966

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James Reeves Barkley, Jr.
( February 28, 1948 - February 26, 2022 )
James “Jim” Reeves Barkley Jr, 73, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 26, 2022.

Jim was born February 28, 1948, in Lincolnton, NC to the late James R Barkley Sr and Helen Schrum Barkley. A graduate of Lincolnton High School, class of 1966, Jim started his career as a transmission lineman with Duke Power and then transitioned to the City of Lincolnton Electrical Department working as a lineman while volunteering as a firefighter and EMT.  Jim’s excellent service led to his appointment as the Assistant Fire Chief for the Lincolnton Fire Department. Jim decided to continue his career as a lineman with Williams Electric and later moved to Pike Electric where he worked for 26 years before retiring as an electrical distribution line general foreman.  

Jim lived in Sherrills Ford, NC, with his wife, Sharon, of 37 years. In his free time, he enjoyed making wine from his home grown muscadines, singing karaoke, dancing, fishing, and spending time with countless friends and loved ones. Jim enjoyed life tremendously and will be remembered for his fun-loving spirit, kind heart, and great cooking.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his son, James “Trey” R. Barkley III; his daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” G. Barkley; and his sisters, Janette “Jan” Barkley Winston of Goshen, OH, and Carolyn Barkley Little of Wilmington, NC.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sharon Rhodes Barkley; his granddaughter, Shelby Laine Barkley and significant other Austin Harris of Lincolnton, NC; his brothers, Steven Barkley and wife Joyce of Denver, NC, Dale Barkley and wife Vicky of Lincolnton, NC, and John Barkley and significant other Susan Walters of Lincolnton, NC; his sister Christine “Chris” Barkley Hendrick of Lincolnton, NC; a beloved aunt, Margaret Barkley Ellis of Shelby, NC; and many cherished nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 4, 2022, from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton, NC. A celebration of life service will follow visitation at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Warlick Funeral Home. Burial will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton, NC.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in Jim’s honor.

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Marguerite "Maggie" Church (Ballard)

July 25th, 1945 - February 13th, 2022

Class of 1963

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Iva Marguerite Ballard Church
( July 25, 1945 - February 13, 2022 )
Iva Marguerite Ballard Church, age 76, of 732 N. Flint Street in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, February 13, 2022.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2022, in the Warlick funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Wyant officiating.  Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Mrs. Church was born July 25, 1945, in Lincoln County, to the late William Lester Ballard and Ruth Stella Lorena Peeler Ballard.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Danny Wayne Church.  She worked as a teacher.  

She is survived by a son, William Church (Linda) of Lincolnton; and grandchildren, Meredith Church of Maggie Valley, William W. Church, Jr. of Lincolnton, and Maddy Brown of Florida.

Memorials may be made to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC  28658.

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Roger Dale Goins

June 2nd, 1946 - January 27th, 2022

Class of 1968

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Roger Dale Goins
( June 2, 1946 - January 27, 2022 )
Roger Dale Goins, age 75, of Pinetree Street in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, January 27, 2022, after a lengthy battle with dementia.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, in the Gainsville Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Eric Reel officiating.  

Roger was born June 2, 1946, in Lincoln County, to the late Lawrence Edward Goins and Hazel Pauline Mayberry Goins.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his wife, Brenda Ingle Goins.  He graduated from Lincolnton High School.  Afterwards, he served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  Upon returning home, he worked on the dock in shipping and receiving for Carolina Freight Carriers.

He is survived by a son, Roger “Dale” Goins, II of Lincolnton; daughter, Nikki Milholland (Jason) of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Rylie Powell, and Marshall, Keaton, and Josie Milholland; and a brother, Doug Goins (Patty) of Lincolnton.

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Brenda Bates (Harris)

July 14th, 1946 - January 23rd, 2022

Class of 1964

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Brenda Harris Bates, 75, of Gastonia passed away January 23, 2022. She was born July 14, 1946 in McDowell County, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Von Ray Harris and Eunice Atkins Harris.


Brenda was raised in Lincolnton and was a graduate of Lincolnton High School. She was a Certified Public Accountant and would do anything for anyone. Brenda was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Brenda loved spending time with her grandchildren and was known as "Nana B" to many. She was a loving sister, mother and grandmother and will be missed by many.


Brenda is survived by her sons, Von Heavner and wife, Ashley of Gastonia, NC, and Jeffrey Heavner and wife, Cathy of Polkton, NC; brother, Ronald Ray Harris and wife, Dottie of Hickory, NC; grandsons, Nicolas Heavner, Nash Heavner, and Dalton Heavner; nephew, Ronald "Buddy" Ray Harris, II; and extended Bates family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, John T. (J.D.) Bates.           


A graveside service will be held at 12:00 pm in Gaston Memorial Park on Thursday, January 27, 2022 with Rev. Brandon McKoy officiating.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, 2024 Redbud Dr, Gastonia, NC 28056.


Condolence messages may be sent online at mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Bates family.


 
 
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Wendy Abernathy

August 7th, 1952 - January 21st, 2022

Class of1970

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Wendy Abernathy Smith
August 7, 1952 - January 21, 2022
 
 
 
LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Wendy Abernathy Smith, 69, of Lincolnton passed away on Friday, January 21,2022 at Atrium Lincoln.
She was born August 7, 1952 to the late Gordan and Willie Jean Abernathy of Lincolnton. She was preceded in death by her husband Roy Smith and one son Jamie Abernathy of Lincolnton.
Survivors include her sisters Sydelia Cooper of Vale, Pamela Wright of Denver, Gail and Bobby Chaney of Lincolnton, Kerrie and Steve Seeley of Lincolnton; and many nieces and nephews.
The family is having a private memorial service.
Memorials can be made to the Human Society.
 

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From Judy Lee on January 26th, 2022
Wendy you was a great friend, it's been years since we saw each other but I have never forgotten our friendship..I'm going to miss you and forever regret I lost touch with you....Take your rest my friend
 

Johnny Colvard, Jr.

June 19th, 1950 - January 18th, 2022

Class of 1969

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John Henry Colvard Jr.

JUNE 19, 1950 – JANUARY 18, 2022
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John “Johnny” Henry Colvard, Jr. went home to be with his lord on January 18, 2022. He is survived by his loving wife, Vickie, his daughter Amie Millsaps and husband Frankie, son Ron Colvard, stepdaughters Tonya West and husband Derrick and Amy Chaney and husband Shawn. Surviving grandchildren are Kachae Mayo, Kaiyah Millsaps, Megan West, Dylan West, Ashlynn Chaney, and Aubrey Chaney. He is also survived by his adoring fur baby, Louie.
Johnny graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1969 where he played and coached a plethora of sports including football, basketball, soccer, and baseball where he was pitcher. He was also an amateur boxer. In high school, he was known as Lincolnton High’s “busiest” athlete.
Johnny attended Gaston College where he was the pitcher for the baseball team and ran cross country.
At Stetson University in Deland, Florida, Johnny attended on a baseball scholarship as a pitcher where he graduated with a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in physical education. He was inducted into the Stetson University Sport Hall of Fame in 2001.
As an adult, Johnny continued in his love of sports by continuing to coach and play many sports. He was an avid golfer for over 30 years and played on several softball leagues. He has played racquetball and some pickleball in his spare time. Additionally, he served as a referee for recreational basketball.
Awards and accolades include several Golden Gloves Championships 1964 – 1970. Johnny received several MVP and Most Valuable Pitcher awards throughout high school and college. He achieved all-state selection at Gaston College for two years. In golf, he earned 1st Hole in One at Glen Oaks Country Club, shot score of 69 at Sandpiper Bay Golf Club, and achieved double eagle at Regent Park Golf Club. Johnny was inducted into the Lincolnton Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
Johnny retired after 30 years from Lincoln County Schools where he spent most of his career as the beloved PE teacher at Love Memorial Elementary School.
Johnny was also known as DJ Johnny C and “Mr. Line Dance” due to his side businesses as a DJ and teaching line dance classes. This is where his larger than life personality really shined. Johnny wasn’t the life of the party, he was the party.
Johnny had a heart of gold. He routinely volunteered his DJ services at daycares, events for Least of These Carolinas, Special Olympics Lincolnton, Relay for Life, and Purple Stride events. He was also involved in many events for the Down Syndrome Association of Charlotte. He loved and cared for his family and friends deeply.
Johnny was a member of City Church in Gastonia. He served in his church every Sunday as an usher and loved going on the church golf trips.
A memorial service will be held in honor of Johnny’s life on Saturday, January 29 at 2:00 PM at City Church in Gastonia. A celebration of life will be planned at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of Lincoln County, Least of These Carolinas, or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Purple Stride.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.neptunesociety.com/location/charlotte-nc-crema for the Colvard family.
 

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From John Hoyle on January 20th, 2022
Johnny was so nice to us at the reunion.We will miss him.Our deepest sympathy,Cindy and John Hoyle
 
From John Cloninger on January 19th, 2022
Coach, thank you for all you did for the kids at S R Lowder. You were the best. Love ya and you will be missed
 

Carol Stallings (Whiteside)

November 10th, 1944 - January 12th, 2022

Class of 1963

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Carol Lee Whiteside Stallings
( November 10, 1944 - January 12, 2022 )
Carol Lee Stallings, age 77, of Iron Station passed away on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.  She was born November 10, 1944, in Lincoln County, North Carolina, a daughter of Mrs. Brice Rhyne Whiteside and the late James Lee Whiteside.  She was the manager of Mohican Fabric Outlet for many years.

Ms. Stallings is survived by her mother, Brice Rhyne Whiteside;  son, Todd Stallings (Lori) of Iron Station; daughter, Terri Manley (Brad Bolick) of Lincolnton; two grandchildren, Haley Furr (Jeremy Dishmond), and Summer McAbee (Michael McAbee, II); and five great-grandchildren, Rylie Furr, Peyton Furr, Michael McAbee, III, Elijah McAbee, and Easton McAbee.

In addition to her father, Ms. Stallings is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Stallings.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Warlick Funeral Home from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Saturday prior to the graveside service.

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Milton Dellinger

July 15th, 1948 - January 12th, 2022

Class of 1966

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Milton Terry Dellinger
 
 
 
SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. - Milton Terry Dellinger, age 73, of Surfside Beach went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
Born in Lincolnton, N.C., Milton was the son of the late Garland Milton Dellinger and Maxine Dellinger. A retired driver for Carolina Freight and ABF Trucking Company, Milton enjoyed fishing, boating and collecting antique toys.
Survivors include his loving wife, Sandra Lynch Dellinger of Surfside Beach; daughter Amy Housinger and husband Brian of Columbus, N.C.; granddaughters Shelby Thomas and Sydney Housinger; sister Myra Cronland and her husband Rick of Lincolnton, N.C.; sister Teresa Waters of Nebo, N.C.
A Celebration of Milton’s Life will be held at a later date with day and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Milton’s name to the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692, online at www.heart.org or to the American Kidney Foundation at www.kidneyfund.org or to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023, online at www.diabetes.org
The family would like to express a special “Thank You” for all the special care given to Milton by all his doctors and staff.
Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet, S.C. is serving the Dellinger family.

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Gilbert Steve Ogle

March 6th, 1941 - December 18th, 2021

Class of 1960

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Gilbert “Steve” Stephen Ogle, age 80, of Lincolnton, passed away Saturday, December 18, 2021 at Novant Health- Presbyterian in Charlotte. Born March 6, 1941, he was the son of the late Robert Glen Ogle and Hazeline “Hazel” Peacock Ogle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Carolyn “Sue” Ogle, who passed away on September 12, 2021. He was a member of Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church in Maiden.

He is survived by:

2 Daughters: Jodie Noble and husband Raymond of Charlotte, Elizabeth Lamb and husband Jim of Lincolnton

Granddaughter: Macie Brown of Charlotte

3 Sisters: Pat Dellinger and husband Lane of Lincolnton, Bobbie Williams and husband Coy of Maiden, June Lawing and husband Jeff of Lincolnton

A graveside service will be held on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton with Rev. Jeremy Smathers officiating.

Memorials may be made to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Ogle family.
 
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Larry Walker

December 17th, 1947 - December 13th, 2021

Class of 1967

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Larry Eugene Walker
( December 17, 1947 - December 13, 2021 )
Larry Eugene Walker, age 73, of 2510 Burton Estates Lane in Lincolnton, died on Monday, December 13, 2021.

His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at First Wesleyan Church in Bessemer City with Rev. Matt Mitchell officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Lincolnton, NC.  The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m. in the Family Life Center of First Wesleyan Church.
 
Larry was born December 17, 1947, in Burke County, to the late J.P. Walker and Ethel Fortenberry Walker.  He was a salesman of custom home building supplies.
 
He is survived by his wife, Colette Turner Walker of the home; son, John Wesley Walker of Stanley; daughter, Krista Walker Dilling (Mark) of Dallas; brother, Arnold Walker of Gastonia; sister, Nancy Walker of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Victoria Dilling, Matthew Dilling, and Jonathan Walker; nephew, Marshall Walker (Lauren) of Charlotte, and their children, Patterson and Hays Walker.

Memorials may be made to First Wesleyan Church Building Fund, 510 E. Alabama Avenue, Bessemer City, NC  28016.

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Sandra Brown (Laney)

September 15th, 1946 - December 10th, 2021

Class of 1964

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Sandra L. Brown, age 75, of North Myrtle Beach passed away peacefully at her residence on Friday, December 10, 2021. Sandra was born September 15, 1946 in Newton, NC. She was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Bryte Huss Laney.
Sandra was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville, NC. She loved spending time with her friends and family. Sandra enjoyed laying on the beach and shagging.
Survivors include her children, Heath and Josh Brown; granddaughter, Camille Brown Hoyle (Daryl); great-granddaughter, Caroline Elisabeth Hoyle; sister, Brenda Avery (Jerry) and brother, Jim Laney (Aneta). She was preceded in death by her parents,and her husband of 18 years, Eugene Hollis Brown, Jr.
A Memorial Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Cherryville, NC at a later date.
Donations may be made to TR Cancer Fighters, INC. 1306 Painted Tree Lane, North Myrtle Beach, SC.
Lee Funeral Home and Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.leefhandcrematory.com for the Brown family.

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Mary Ann Bynum (Campbell)

January 19th, 1945 - December 4th, 2021

Class of 1963

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Mary Ann Bynum
( January 19, 1945 - December 4, 2021 )
Mrs. Mary Ann Bynum, age 76 of Lincolnton passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 4th, 2021 at the Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, NC.

Her funeral will be at 4:00 p.m. at Boger City Baptist Church on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021.

Mrs. Bynum was born January 19th, 1945 in Lincoln County. She was preceded in death by her parents, Reid and Ruth Campbell; and one sister, Clara Gilbert. She was a retired hairdresser. She was an active member of Boger City Baptist Church where she served on numerous committees and sang in the choir.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Robert Bynum; one sister, Becky Hurt of Lincolnton; two daughters, Kelly Horstmann and husband Brad of Mooresville; Kendy Pound and husband Greg of Denver; and one son, Bo Bynum and wife Tammy of Iron Station; five granddaughters, Addy Brotherton and husband Gray of Charlotte, Lyndsi Pound and fiance’ Jacob Perez of Charlotte, Ashlynne Horstmann, Campbell Bynum, Channing Bynum; and one grandson, Connor Horstmann.

Memorials can be made to Boger City Baptist Church, 2201 East Main St., Lincolnton,  NC 28092;  Hospice & Palliative Care of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Barry Milton Long

September 4th, 1944 - November 29th, 2021

Class of 1962

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Lincolnton - Mr. Barry Milton Long, age 77, departed this life at 1:45 pm on the afternoon of Monday, November 29, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia after a brief illness of 31 days.

Barry entered this world on Monday, September 4, 1944 at Gordon Crowell Memorial Hospital in Lincolnton, NC. Barry was the son and only child of proud parents, James Berlin and Dora Blanche Long, also of Lincolnton, NC.

Barry displayed an interest in music and an ear for perfect pitch at an early age as music was a constant in the household. He began his lifelong hobby of record collecting at the age of 4 in 1948, a passion that followed him throughout his life. At the age of ten, Barry’s mother, Blanche, agreed to piano lessons from local teacher, Nadine Brown, with the stipulation that Barry keep up his end of the bargain by practicing for an hour each day, which he did with due diligence. He became proficient on the instrument and, upon graduation from Lincolnton High School in June 1962, entered the music program at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, NC, graduating with an A.B. Degree in Piano from the school in June 1966. Out of 12 students who entered the program, Barry was the only one to finish in his graduating class. Barry also supplemented his income during his college years by playing piano in a local band on weekends.

Barry embraced his hometown of Lincolnton and, as opposed to the life of a traveling musician, opted for a career closer to home in the department of Social Services where he served the citizens of Gaston County, NC in his roles in Adult Services and Adult Income Maintenance until his retirement in September 1995. For 20 years he also taught private piano lessons from the home.

Among the many accomplishments in his career in social work, Barry served on a special committee in the state office writing the first state manual on Adult Placement and was awarded Gaston County’s NCSSA Employee of the Year award in 1982. Additionally, he served in NCSSA as South Piedmont District Vice President and on several state committees. Barry also earned an additional college degree in social work from Livingstone College in 1978 and taught night classes related to social work at Cleveland Community College in the 1980s.

Barry met his high school sweetheart, Polly Aldean Little, in a high school math class in 1960. They dated for six years and married in June 1966 upon Barry’s graduation from college. Four years later, in August 1970, they started their family with the addition of the first-born child, a son, Adam Shane. In January 1974, they added daughter, Erin Amanda, to the fold and Carrie Grace in July 1979. Although Barry and Polly divorced in 1987, they remained friends.

Barry was a lifelong member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC until 2004 when he became a member of First Baptist Church in Lincolnton, NC. He was a devoted member in both congregations, serving for eight years on church council in the former and in various capacities in the latter, which included, but not limited to, serving as a deacon and facilitating the Grace Singles, Grief Share and Divorce Care Groups and sharing his musical gifts with the congregation on a regular basis. His love of service and compassion was evidenced by all.

In his post retirement years, Barry enjoyed volunteer work and was a driver for the Meals on Wheels Program in addition to volunteering his time and energy to Hospice House of Lincolnton, NC. Barry also enjoyed dancing, in particular, ballroom and swing dancing, and regularly attended swing dance events in the area.

Barry was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed weekend family get-togethers with his children and their spouses and his grandchildren and imparting his wisdom and life lessons. He leaves a void that will not be filled.

Left to cherish Barry’s memory are his son, Adam Shane Long, his daughter, Erin Amanda Long and spouse, Trevor Orr, daughter, Carrie Long Franks and spouse, Danny Franks, granddaughter, Hannah Olivia Long, grandson, Nicholas Adam Long and many friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched in numerous special ways.

Visitation will be from 12:30PM to 1:45PM on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Lincolnton.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Lincolnton with Dr. Stanley Spence officiating.

Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 201 Robin Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092 or to Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984 Gastonia, NC 28053.

A guest register is available at www.stameycherryvillefuneralhome.com

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mr. Long.
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    Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm
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    First Baptist Church of Lincolnton
    Address
    201 Robin Road
    Lincolnton, North Carolina 28092

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William "Bill" Cashion

January 13th, 1948 - November 24th, 2021

Class of 1966

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William “Bill” Dean Cashion, age 73, of Maiden, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Carolina Caring in Sherrills Ford. Born January 13, 1948 in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late William Forrest Cashion and the late Lurena Wells Nicholson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. William studied Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland. He loved his family and enjoyed time with his children and grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Forrest Gordon Cashion; and a sister, Sherry Cashion.

He is survived by:

Wife of 48 years: Lynne Curlee Cashion of the home

Daughter: Kristi Cashion Miller and husband Cory of Gastonia

Son: Kasey Dean Cashion of Maiden

Grandchildren: Larkin Satterwhite, Jackson Pressley, Raider Miller, Raven Miller, all of Gastonia; Alec Miller of Radford, Virginia

Sister: Nelda Cashion of Vale

4 Nieces, 3 Nephews, 5 Great-Nieces, 3 Great-Nephews, and a Great-Great Niece

A Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Maiden City Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 16. Rev. Angela Burris will be officiating.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, following the Graveside service, at First United Methodist Church of Maiden Fellowship Hall. The family requests that those attending wear a mask.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Carolina Caring.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Cashion Family.
 
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Carol Conner (Caskey)

March 27th, 1947 - November 7th, 2021

Class of 1965

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Carol Caskey Conner
( March 27, 1947 - November 7, 2021 )
Carol Caskey Conner, age 74, of Lincolnton, passed away on Sunday, November 7, 2021.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Vesuvius Vineyards.  The service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Tim Roberts officiating.  

Carol was born March 27, 1947, in Lincoln County, to the late Graham M. Caskey and Frances R. Caskey.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Caskey.  She worked as an administrative secretary for the North Carolina Employment Commission.  

She is survived by her daughter, Lyndsey Conner of Lincolnton (Doug Meier); the love of her life, grandson, Caleb Beard; Ellen Lingerfelt (Wally), Pam Huskey (Tommy), Robin Caskey (Pam), and Jan Caskey; nieces, Jennifer Huskey, Kelsey Lingerfelt (Daniel), Kendall and Kandace Caskey; nephews, Chris Huskey (Lucy), and Kane Lingerfelt.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Stand Firm Warrior Foundation, PO Box 96, Denver, NC  28037, or www.standfirmwarriorfoundation.org

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Caroline Grisette (Burgin)

February 25th, 1942 - October 22nd, 2021

Class of 1960

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Caroline Burgin Gourley Grisette
( February 25, 1942 - October 22, 2021 )
Caroline Burgin Gourley Grisette, age 78 died October 22, 2021 in Edenton, NC.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church Statesville, 125 North Meeting Street, Statesville, NC .

The daughter of Jacob Alexander Burgin, Jr. and Caroline Neely Burgin, she graduated from Queens College in Charlotte and later received her Masters of Divinity, Cum Laude, from Duke University in Durham, NC.  

A lifelong lover of education and people, she spent almost her entire life in avid pursuit of both.  Caroline simply never met a stranger and believed that life was about service.  This calling led her to enter Divinity School at age 40 –her pioneering spirit and determination led her to become the first woman Presbyter and Stated Clerk of Presbytery of Western, N.C.

Caroline loved her Lincolnton roots and they carried her to Statesville, N.C. where she raised a family and then on to Morganton, N.C.

Mimi’s (to her grandchildren) spontaneity, playfulness and sheer delight in going against what mom and dad would recommend made her a grandmother any child would envy.

Caroline is predeceased by her husband, Julius Alfred Grisette, Sr.  Surviving are her children, Robert Harrison Gourley, Jr. (Heather Griffin) of Mooresville, N.C.; Caroline Gourley Morgan “Kakki” (Ed) of Sunbury, N.C. and son, Julius Alfred Grisette, Jr. (Hettie).  Also surviving is her brother, Alex Burgin (Carolyn) of Fountain Inn, S.C.  She leaves eight grandchildren, Rob Gourley (her favorite), Alex Gourley (her favorite), Edwards Morgan (her favorite), Margaret Gourley (her favorite), Harrison Morgan (her favorite), Caroline Morgan (her favorite), Layton Grisette (her favorite) and Jay Grisette (her favorite).

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William Edgar "Eddie" Lemmond

March 4th, 1950 - October 19th, 2021

Class of 1969 

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Rev. William Edgar Lemmond Jr.
March 4, 1950 - October 19, 2021
 
 
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Rev. William Edgar Lemmond Jr., 71, of Knoxville was unexpectedly called home on October 19, 2021.
Born on March 4, 1950 he was the son of the late William Edgar Lemmond Sr. and Pearl Burris Lemmond.
He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Lemmond; his son, Michael Lemmond (Linda); their mother, Paula Womack; as well as many extended family members and friends.
In addition to being a loving father, Ed was an active member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden where he most recently served as a Sunday school leader. Ed's unwavering faith led him to pursue a career as a chaplain, serving first as the Director of Pastoral Care at St. Mary's Hospital and most recently with Caris Healthcare as a hospice chaplain. He brought great comfort to so many during their most difficult days. He found tremendous joy in reaching patients and families through his playing of hymns on the organ which was then broadcast across the hospital televisions. His compassion, empathy, humanity, and kindness were unmatched. When not serving others, Ed found enjoyment in cooking, being sure to always pass along his favorite recipes to others. His excitement and enthusiasm for trips to Costco for ingredients and supplies were evident through his animated stories of his shopping excursions. Ed was also a loyal fan of the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Atlanta Braves. His favorite time of year was the holiday season when he could spend quality time with his family. Ed was a faithful man of God and his impact through his work and everyday interactions will live on for years to come. Ed never knew a stranger and will be greatly missed.
The family received friends from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Central Baptist Church of Bearden, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville. TN. A Celebration of Life service immediately followed.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Central Baptist Church of Bearden.
East Tennessee Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Blountville, Tenn. is serving the Lemmond family.

 

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Gary Alexander

July 7th, 1951 - October 13th, 2021

Class of 1970

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Gary Boggs Alexander
( July 7, 1951 - October 13, 2021 )
Gary Boggs Alexander, age 70, of Lincolnton, died Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Carolina Caring in Sherrills Ford.
 
A graveside service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 18, 2021 at Hollybrook Cemetery, with Pastor Wayne Brittain officiating.

Gary was born on July 7, 1951 and was the son of late Jay C. Alexander, Sr. and Sybil Alexander Beaver.

He is survived by brother; Jay C. Alexander Jr. and wife Sandra of Sherrills Ford, nephew, Shane Alexander and wife Sherry of Denver, NC; two great nieces, Avery Alexander and Storey Alexander.

Memorials may be made to Carolina Caring, 7473 Sherrills Ford Rd Suite A, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673.

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Ann Sigmon (Harrill)

April 14th, 1948 - October 1st, 2021

Class of 1966

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April 14, 1948 ~ October 1, 2021 (age 73)
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Ann Self Sigmon, age 73 of Old Fort, formerly of Lincolnton, passed away Friday, October 1, 2021 at her residence.  She was born April 14, 1948 in Lincoln County to the late Robert and Fleta Boggs Harrill.  Ann was a member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church.  She was the founder and owner for 40 years of Carolina’s Independent Trucker’s Service, Inc.  Ann enjoyed gardening and all the beautiful flowers.  She had a servants heart and was always helping others.
 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Eddie Don Self.
 
Survivors include her husband, Bill Sigmon; daughter, Stacie Self; sister, Linda Harrill Rudisill (Ken); stepchildren, Tina Grindstaff (Barry), Tami Waters (Mickey), Billy Sigmon (Debra), and Joey Sigmon (Aleshia); grandchildren, Chelsea Comadoll (Lucas), Chandler Grindstaff (Taylor), Chad Grindstaff, Jordi Mayes (Hal), Graci Schultz, Breanna Sigmon, Brooklyn Woody (Garrett), and Garrett Sigmon; great grandchildren, Hartley, Wilder, Boone, and Logan Mayes, Kiara and Gavin Woody; BBFFC; and The Girls at Carolina’s Independent Truckers Service, Inc.
 
A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 1:00 PM at Cross Memorial Baptist Church in Marion with Pastor Ryan Bennett and Rev. Richard Anderson officiating.  Burial will be private.
 
Memorials may be made to Cross Memorial Baptist Church, 15 Cross Memorial Baptist Church Loop Marion, NC 28752.
 
Condolences may be made to www.carpenterporter.com
 
 

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From Linda Harrill Rudisill on April 1st, 2023
Ann Harrill  Self   Sigmon   was   the   best   of   the  best...kind, genuine..non  judgemental... .sharing...caring...giving,,forgiving...succeessful  in   business...highly  respectted....dedicated Christian....loved  by   all  who  knew her  ....encourager....compassionate...humble....gracious..trustworthy....wise...........beautiful inside/out...amazing   mother....precious  sister.
 

Larry Gilbert

August 31st, 1949 - September 17th, 2021

Class of 1967

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Larry Hubert Gilbert
( August 31, 1949 - September 17, 2021 )
Larry Hubert Gilbert, 72, of Charlotte, born August 31, 1949, passed to eternal life September 17, 2021.
 
Larry grew up in Lincolnton, NC where he cultivated a great appreciation for nature and lifelong friendships. In 1962 he was recognized as a national Eagle Scout by the Boy Scouts of America. A true outdoorsman, he was an expert gardener and enjoyed sharing the fruits of his labor with friends and family. Larry was an avid bird watcher and feeder, and easily identified birds of North Carolina and other regions. Observing creatures large and small in their natural habitat brought him great joy. Larry valued the people in his life, and showed his love for family and friends with his passion for outdoor cooking. He enjoyed annual camping trips with childhood friends for more than 50 years. Larry served as a military police officer for the United States Army in Okinawa during the Vietnam War 1969-1971. He was preceded in death by his parents, Miriam and Hubert Gilbert of Lincolnton, NC.
 
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Diane Solomon Gilbert, daughter Ingrid Gilbert Kopp, son-in-law Rusty Kopp, four grandchildren: Lily, Ridge, Abby and Stella, all of Charlotte, NC and his sister Beth Gilbert Wrenn and brother-in-law Lee Wrenn and the Wrenn family of Kure Beach, NC.
 
The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until– 11:15 a.m. with a service to follow at 11:30am on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton, NC.
 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Charlotte, 7845 Little Ave, Charlotte, NC 28226, www.hpccr.org or The Alzheimer’s Association of Western North Carolina chapter, 4600 Park Rd. Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209, act.alz.org.

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Carolyn "Sue" Ogle (Howard)

October 6th, 1942 - September 12th, 2021

Class of 1960

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Carolyn “Sue” Howard Ogle, age 78, of Lincolnton, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Carolina Caring in Newton. Born October 6, 1942 in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Gaylen Q. Howard and Susan Elizabeth Shrum. She was a member of Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by:

Husband of 60 years: Steve Ogle of the home

2 Daughters: Jodie Noble and husband Raymond of Charlotte, Elizabeth Brown of Lincolnton

Granddaughter: Macie Brown of Charlotte

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton with Rev. Jeremy Smathers officiating.

Memorials may be made to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658 or the Humane Society.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Ogle family.

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Harry Hewitt Costner, Jr.

August 16th, 1944 - September 9th, 2021

Class of 1962

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Harry Huitt Costner, Jr., 77, of Davidson, North Carolina, passed away on September 9, 2021.
Harry was born in Lincolnton, NC on August 16, 1944 and was the son of Harry H. Costner, Sr. and Carolyn Turner Costner.
After graduating from North Carolina State University with honors, he joined the Humble Oil Company which later became Exxon Mobil. During his 36 year career, Harry held extensive positions in a worldwide basis primarily in the U.S., Canada, Belgium, France, Alaska, England and Aruba. While the ExxonMobil, Harry worked on such noted projects as the Alaska Pipeline and clean-up operation for the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. After retiring from ExxonMobil, Harry started the Gulf Coast Division in Baton Rouge, LA for Becht Engineering, a leading international engineering consulting company.
Harry was always dedicated to serving charitable organizations and was on the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Music at St. Alban’s, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Corpus Christi Symphony, and the KREW of the Lincolnton YMCA.
He is survived by his oldest son, Harry Costner, III and his wife, Misty, and their daughter, Elizabeth; his youngest son, Brent Costner and his wife Delphine, and their children Aiden and Chloe. Harry is also survived by his younger sister, Cecelia Smith and her husband Chris Smith.
Harry was most proud of being a member of the Davidson United Methodist Church where he faithfully worshipped.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, September 13, 2021 at Mimosa Cemetery in Davidson, NC. ** The Time is pending at this time**
Memorial contributions may be made to the Davidson United Methodist Church, in honor of his father, Harry H. Costner, Sr.

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Sue Duncan (Hoffman)

October 30th, 1950 - September 1st, 2021

Class of 1969

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Martha Sue Hoffman Duncan
( October 30, 1950 - September 1 ,2021 )
Martha Sue Hoffman Duncan, age 70, of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Her funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jaie Warlick officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Martha was born October 30, 1950, in Lincoln County, to the late Robert Lee Hoffman and Lena Beal Hoffman.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Myrtle Bumgarner; and a brother, Melvin “Bo” Hoffman.  She worked as a phlebotomist and physician assistant.  

She is survived by her husband, Paul Edmond Duncan of the home; son, Robbie Wyatt Duncan, and wife Josette, of Gastonia; sisters, Elsie Keever, Delores Rhodes, and Billie Chapman (Robert), all of Lincolnton; brothers, Darrell Hoffman and David Hoffman, both of Lincolnton; special nieces, Gail Hoffman Reep, Tonya Warlick, and Kristen White, all of Lincolnton; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

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Herbert Harrison Lingerfelt

June 9th, 1946 - August 31st, 2021

Class of 1964

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Mr. Herbert Harrison Lingerfelt, age 75 of Charlotte, passed away Tuesday, August 31 surrounded by his loving wife and three children.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Charlotte with Rev. Richard Johnson officiating.  A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Cranberry  Baptist Church Cemetery in Roaring River with military rights by the Veterans of Foreign Affairs Post 1142 with Rev. Victor Church officiating.
Mr. Lingerfelt was born June 9, 1946 in Lincoln, NC to the late T.M. and Mabel Jones Lingerfelt.  He retired from Bank of America. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict.
Mr. Lingerfelt is survived by his wife, Regina Williams Lingerfelt of the home; one daughter, Holly Behr and husband, David of Mint Hill, NC; two sons, Brandon Lingerfelt and wife, Romona of Harrisburg, NC, and Tyson Lingerfelt and wife Michelle of High Shoals, NC; five grandchildren, Raquel, Baxter, Faith, Wilkes, and Abigail.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cross Trail Outfitters, Catawba River Basin by going online to teamctonc.com, donate-Catawba River Basin, or by check to 358 Dallas Spencer Mtn. Rd. Gastonia, NC  28056
Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com
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Charles Leo Rayfield

September 9th, 1946 - August 19th, 2021

Class of 1965

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Charles Leo Rayfield
( September 9, 1946 - August 19, 2021 )
Charles Leo Rayfield, age 74, of Misty Dawn Lane, Lincolnton passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

His funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at Anthony Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Beam officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service at Anthony Grove Baptist Church.  

Mr. Rayfield was born on September 9, 1946 and was the son of the late Alonzo and Nellie Ross Rayfield. He was also preceded in death by a sister.

Mr. Rayfield is survived by his wife, Pam Rayfield of the home; two sons, Quint Rayfield of Vale and Clay Rayfield of Lincolnton; three brothers, David Rayfield of Lincolnton, Tim Rayfield of Lincolnton and Terry Rayfield of Morganton; five grandchildren, Natalie, Harper, Kynleigh, Ava and Joanna

Memorials may be made to Anthony Grove Baptist Church, 100 Anthony Grove Road, Crouse, NC 28033. 

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Barbara Jane Hovis (Carpenter)

January 9th, 1946 - August 17th, 2021

class of 1964

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Barbara Carpenter Hovis, 75, of Lincolnton passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at Atrium Health-Lincoln.

She was born January 9, 1946 in Lincoln County to the late Hosey Carpenter and Ethel Ballard Carpenter Brown. Barbara was a member of Sparks Freewill Baptist Church in Lincolnton. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, cooking, baking, playing solitaire on her tablet and had a great love for her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Shelton Hovis; son, Robert Allen Hovis; brother, Larry Carpenter; and sister, Janette Cherry and step-brothers; Bub Carpenter, Odell Carpenter, Toad Carpenter, Clarence Carpenter; step-sisters, Bonnie Thornburg and Dink Motz.

Those left to cherish her memory are;

Daughter: Karen Hovis Moore of the home

Sister: Patricia Daniel

Grandson: Christopher Rudisill

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the Hovis family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com

The Hovis family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111
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Mary Moore (Zimtbaum)

July 13th, 1950 - August 17th, 2021

Class of 1968

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From Randy Zimtbaum:
It is with much sadness that I must tell everyone that my sister, Mary Zimtbaum Moore, passed away early this morning around 4:15 AM due to complications with Cancer at the age of 71. Mary grew up in Lincolnton and developed a lot of friendships in her early years. People still ask me about her all the time. In the later stages of her life she developed Fibromyalgia along with Multiple Myeloma and it was just too much for her body to handle. She was living in an Assisted Living facility in Shepherdstown, WV and passed away peacefully into a much better place. She is now out of all pain and suffering.
 

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From harvey crouse on August 25th, 2021
Wow!  I am very sorry for your loss, Randy. I always considered you a good friend at old LHS.  Man, did I have a crush on Mary in high school. Please contact me sometime.  I would really like to hear from you.
 

Mary Ruth Schronce (Hubbard)

October 15th, 1942 - August 15th, 2021

Class of 1961

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Mary Ruth Hubbard Schronce
( October 15, 1942 - August 15, 2021 )
Mary Ruth Hubbard Schronce, age 78, of Asbury Church Road in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, August 15, 2021.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021, in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Jaie Warlick officiating.  The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. on Friday at Warlick Funeral Home.  

Mrs. Schronce was born October 15, 1942, in Swain County, to the late William Frank Hubbard and Flora Irene Lakey Hubbard.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Schronce.  Mary worked in customer service for Ethan Allen.

She is survived by a daughter, Tonya Pope of Waxhaw, NC; granddaughter, Charlee Pope; a sister, Faye Louise Hubbard Carpenter, and husband Terry Eugene Carpenter, of Lincolnton; nieces, Michele Carpenter Vido of Mt. Holly, Monique Carpenter of Roanoke, VA, Monica Carpenter Moore of Lincolnton; and nephew, Terry Carpenter, Jr. of Lincolnton.

Memorials are requested to the American Diabetes Association, 222 S. Church Street, Suite 336M, Charlotte, NC  28202.

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Barbara Seagle (Carpenter)

December 31st, 1940 - August 10th, 2021

Class of 1958

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Barbara Carpenter Seagle
( December 31, 1940 - August 10, 2021 )
Barbara Carpenter Seagle, age 80 of West Park Drive in Lincolnton passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at her home.

Mrs. Seagle was born December 31, 1940 in Lincoln County. She was the daughter of the late James Carpenter and Katherine Mauney Carpenter. She was also preceded in death by her husband Arthur Cleveland Seagle. Barbara was a retired teacher in the Lincoln County school system. She was a member of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Hollybrook Cemetery.  Rev. Mike Devine will officiate.

She is survived by daughter, Robin Seagle Todd and her husband Craig and daughter Sherry Seagle Caldwell; granddaughter, Maddie Caldwell Eaker and her husband Daniel all of Lincolnton; sister Terry Carpenter Freeman of Lincolnton; niece, Jamie Freeman Vernon and husband Randy and their daughters, Haley and Holly Vernon; and her faithful fur baby Ellie.

Memorials may be made to Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, P. O. Box 441, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

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Linda Jean Setzer

December 14th, 1942 - August 2nd, 2021

Class of 1960

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Linda Jean Setzer
( December 14, 1942 - August 2, 2021 )
Linda Jean Setzer, age 78, of Iron Station, passed away on Monday, August 2, 2021.

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Phil Goins officiating.  Burial will follow in Iron Station Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 9:45 until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Linda was born December 14, 1942, in Lincoln County, to the late Harold Floyd Setzer and Lottie Mae Rudisill Setzer.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by brothers, Earl, Jack, Bill, and Howard Setzer.  She worked in textiles.

She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Setzer (Sherry) of Vale, and Johnny Setzer (Julie) of Lincolnton; brothers, Darrell Setzer (Christine) of Maiden, Danny Setzer (Nancy) and Keith Setzer (Susan), all of Iron Station; grandchildren, Michaela Rae Setzer (Nick), Tanner James Setzer, Nolen Ty Setzer, Courtney Rossi, Arthur Houser, and Sara Kate Houser; sister-in-law, Jane Caldwell Setzer; and great-granddaughter, Claire Rossi.  

Memorials may be made to Special Olympics of Lincoln County, 1685 Hines Circle, Stanley, NC  28164.

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From Steve Benfield on August 3rd, 2021
Linda was the only girl in a house full of boys, and was special to them all.  She, and my sister Sarah, were best friends for a while in high school and went cruising together.  She was always kind to me when I was in the Setzer house, and I am saddened to hear this news.  Keith and Danny,-- my prayers go out to you.
 

Linda Cook (Carnes)

April 30th, 1944 - July 22nd, 2021

Class of 1962

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Linda Carnes Cook
( April 30, 1944 - July 22, 2021 )
Linda Carnes Cook, age 77, of the Brian Center in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, July 22, 2021.

Mrs. Cook was born April 30, 1944, in Lincoln County, to the late James Gilbert Carnes and Bertie Branton Carnes.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Lee Cook; brothers, Jimmy Carnes and Richard Carnes; and sister, Joyce Ramsey.  

She is survived by a son, Joseph Lee Cook of Lincolnton; daughters, Sonja Gates, and husband Dale, of Lincolnton, and Angie Hartley of Gainesville, GA; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  

No services are planned at this time.

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Kelly Edwards (Richard)

September 22nd, 1980 - July 13th, 2021

Class of 1998

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Kelly Richard Edwards
( September 22, 1980 - July 13, 2021 )
Kelly Richard Edwards, age 40, of Lincolnton, died after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer and is now walking the streets of gold.  Kelly went home to Jesus on July 13, 2021.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Denver United Methodist Church with John Doggette officiating.  An informal gathering for friends to mingle will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at Vesuvius Vineyards, 6173 Vesuvius Furnace Road in Iron Station, NC.  

Kelly was born September 22, 1980, in Catawba County, to Danny and Patti Richard.  She was preceded in death by her grandparent “Chappie”, and paternal grandparents, Forace and Sally Richard.  She graduated from Lincolnton High School Class of 1998 and earned her Master’s degree from Western Carolina University.  She worked as a speech pathologist at Iron Station Elementary.

She is survived by her husband, Matt Edwards of the home; two daughters, Ellery Edwards and Mallie-Kate Edwards of the home; parents, Danny and Patti Richard of Lincolnton; brother, Keith Richard, and wife Ashley, of Iron Station; father and mother-in-law, Wayne and Carol Edwards of Ocean City, MD; maternal grandmother, Sue Chapman; sisters-in-law, Stephanie Helsel and Kimberly Edwards; nieces, Millie Mae Richard and Taylor Shirah; and nephews, Lawson Richard, Trevor Shirah, Brandon Martin, Justin Groleau, and Ryan Groleau.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested in Kelly’s name to the Lustgarten Foundation for pancreatic cancer research, 415 Crossways Park Drive, Suite D, Woodbury, NY  11797, or to the Pursuit Church, Student Ministry, 3618 NC-16 Business Highway, Denver, NC  28037.

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Danny Eurey

February 7th, 1952 - July 12th, 2021

Class of 1970

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Danny Eugene Eurey
( February 7, 1952 - July 12, 2021 )
Danny Eugene Eurey, age 69, of South Madison Street in Lincolnton, entered into Eternal rest on Monday, July 12, 2021.

His funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021, at Rhyne Heights United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Stevens and Pastor Gene Bragg officiating.  Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 12:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Danny was born February 7, 1952, in Lincoln County, to the late Robert C. and Katherine Elizabeth Rhyne Eurey.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Trey Hyslop; granddaughter, Brianna Eurey; nephew, Robert Hayden Rawlinson; and niece, Lisa Eurey.  Dan was an Eagle Scout and was very active in the Boy Scouts of America Troop #74 at Rhyne Heights United Methodist Church, where he was a lifelong member.  

He is survived by a daughter, Kristin Eurey Hyslop of Lincolnton; a son, Daniel Eurey of Lincolnton; sister, Phyllis Rawlinson (Haden) of Greer, SC; brother, Robby Eurey of Lincolnton; three grandchildren, Kaitlyn Blackburn Pauley (Ty), Hunter Blackburn, and Jaxon Hyslop, all of Lincolnton; great-granddaughter, Harlow Pauley; two nieces, Laura Brittain (Scott) of Maiden, and Haley Adams (Jason) of Greenville, SC; and nephew, Ryan Rawlinson (Kara) of Georgia; and numerous cousins.  

Memorials may be made to Rhyne Heights United Methodist Church, Methodist Men, 520 S. Madison Street, Lincolnton, NC  28092, or to Boy Scout Troop #74, c/o Rhyne Heights United Methodist Church, 520 S. Madison Street, Lincolnton, NC  28092.
 

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Don James

April 29th, 1943 - June 24th, 2021

Class of 1961

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Obituary Donald Gordon James
On June 24, 2021, Donald Gordon James passed away at age 78, in Johns Island, SC, after a prolonged illness.
Don was born in Lincolnton, NC on 4/29/43 to Edna Jones James and Thomas N. James, Jr.
He is survived by his sister, Carolyn Leonard, and also Jackie James, his wife of 53 years, his daughter, Judith Condon, her husband, Kevin, and grandchildren Taylor, Sydney, Eli and Brody.
In addition, he is survived by other cherished extended family members and those of his wife, Jackie, who remained devoted to him throughout his life.
Don was preceded in death by his mother, Edna, and father, Tom, his brothers Harold and Tommy, and his loving son, Jay Thomas James, whose wife was Kelly.
 
Being on the football team at Lincolnton High School, from which he graduated in 1961, was a "highlight" of his life. He then attended the Citadel and University of South Carolina where he graduated in 1966. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity there.
Following graduation, Don became a member of the US Army Armor Division and served in Germany. His successive career in sales and credit services involved moving to many states, where he made lasting memories and friendships.
 
His "favorite things" were the Gamecocks, including a "fake" one he kept in garage that "crows" when you walk by it, also country music, old hymns, tennis and golf. Vacations at the beach, time spent with family and friends, and his sense of humor and laughter will never be forgotten! The trusted support, love, and advice that he gave to family members is everlasting.
 
Even after numerous health issues, he never wanted to "give up." He wrote down to "stay positive with self." His faith remained strong and he trusted in God. As his health declined, Don wrote a quote, " Our Father wants us to come to Him for help. He loves us."
A "Celebration" of Don's life will be held on a future date.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ethel Garver (Holtzclaw)

1944 - June 18th, 2021

Class of 1962

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Ethel Loretta Garver, age 77, died peacefully at home on Friday, June 18, 2021, due to harm caused by bone cancer.
Retired from the public service industry, Ethel was well known & admired for her beautiful voice and song. She is loved will be missed by many. 
In addition to her birth parents, Oakley Geter and Ella Mae (Allred) Holtsclaw, Ethel is preceded in death by her adopted parents, Marshall & Edith (Crisson) Kirby, her brother, Johnny Leon Holtsclaw, Sr., and sisters Della Moore & Geretha Walker. 
Survivors include her husband, Clyde Garver; her sister, Carolyn Greene; her brothers, Ronnie & Darrell Kirby; her children: sons, Eric and Stephen White, daughter, Rebecca White and son-in-law Mikey Lail, Jr; 7 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
The Good Samaritan Funeral Home of Denver, NC is serving the Garver Family

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Judy Burrell (Lingerfelt)

September 22nd, 1946 - June 3rd, 2021

Class of 1964

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Judith Lingerfelt Burrell
( September 22, 1946 - June 3, 2021 )
Judith Lingerfelt Burrell, age 74, of Lincolnton, died on Thursday, June 3, 2021.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Judy was born September 22, 1946, in Lincoln County, to the late George and Lucille Featherstone Lingerfelt.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Roger Burrell.  Judy worked in human resources for most of her professional career, recently at McMurray Fabrics in Lincolnton.  She enjoyed crafting, traveling, shopping, and dining at diverse restaurants.

She is survived by two sons, Mike Morris and wife Stephanie of Lincolnton, and Scott Morris and wife Jenn of Wilmington, DE; brother, Wally Lingerfelt and wife Ellen of Lincolnton; two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Abby Morris; and two grandsons, Jensen and Greysen Morris.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA  23060.

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Elizabeth "Libby" Mize (Shuford)

March 24th, 1943 - May 23rd, 2021

Class of 1960

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Elizabeth Ann Shuford Mize
( March 24, 1943 - May 23, 2021 )
Elizabeth Ann Shuford Mize, age 78, of Lincolnton, passed away on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at home.  

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Harley Scalf officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

“Libby” was born on March 24, 1943, in Panama City, Florida, to Wade Michael Shuford and Esther Beam Shuford.  After attending grades 1-8 at Iron Station Elementary School, she graduated as Valedictorian of Lincolnton High School Class of 1960 and as Salutatorian of Lenoir-Rhyne College Class of 1963.  She also took graduate courses at the University of Maryland, Northern Arizona University, and the University of New Mexico before returning to N.C. in 1983.

Libby began her forty-year teaching career in Prince Georges County, Maryland, from 1963 to 1966.  She taught on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation for the Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1966 until 1969 and on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and New Mexico from 1969 until 1983.  Libby then taught in the Lincoln County Public Schools for twenty years (S. Ray Lowder 1983-1990) and (East Lincoln Middle School 1990-2003).

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church as a child and returned to her home church after moving back to Lincoln County.  She served as Sunday School teacher, choir member, and AV Coordinator and in many administrative positions in the church, including Chairman of the Administrative Board and Church Council, Board of Trustees, President of the United Methodist Women, and Lay Leader.  She was elected as UMW District Vice President and treasurer.

Libby was an officer in the Jacob Forney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the North Carolina Retired School Personnel, and the Priscilla Book Club.  She was active in the N.C. Senior games for many years, participating in Photography and Creative Writing.

She met her husband of 55 year, Charles Frank Mize, who was a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.  They met in Sunday School at South Capitol Street Methodist Church in Washington, DC.  Their first date was after church in November 1963, when they went to the U.S. Capitol to see John F. Kennedy’s casket brought in to lie in state before his funeral.

The Mizes had no children, but proudly claim Rev. Earlynne Bartley of Lincolnton as their “adopted daughter” and her son, Chandler Bartley, of Gastonia, as their “adopted grandson.”  The family includes two dogs named JoJoe, and Talia, and a cat named Clawdia.

Libby is survived by a brother, Charles David Shuford, and wife Gloria, of North Palm Beach, Florida; and a sister, Carole Shuford Jenkins, and husband Roger, of Lincolnton.  She leaves six nieces and nephews:  Rhonda Jenkins Davis (husband William Jr. and sons Trey and Trent), Dale Jenkins (wife Jennifer and children Savannah and Dylan); and Bobby Jenkins, all of Lincolnton; Cynthia Gayle Lindsay (husband Brian and son Bailey) of Casa Grande, Arizona; Robin Shuford Frank (husband Ted and daughter Leila) of Naples, Florida; and Joseph Shuford of North Palm Beach, Florida.

Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, PO Box 676, Lincolnton, NC  28093.

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Jacqueline "Jackie" Lockman (Barkley)

April 25th, 1949 - May 10th, 2021

class of 1967

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Jacqueline Barkley Lockman
( April 25, 1949 - May 10, 2021 )
Jacqueline Barkley Lockman, age 72, of Hill Road in Lincolnton, died on Monday, May 10, 2021.

A graveside service with entombment will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at the Forest Lawn Mausoleum with Rev. Dr. Stanley Spence officiating.  Mrs. Lockman will lie in state from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Warlick Funeral Home for those wishing to pay their respects.

Jackie was born April 25, 1949, in Lincoln County, to the late Jack and Edith Wease Barkley.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edwin “Charlie” Lockman; and siblings, Martha “Mott” Abee, Doris B. Poole, and Michael Barkley.  She worked as a phlebotomist in the lab at Lincoln County Hospital and Atrium Lincoln.

She is survived by a daughter, Angela Lockman Cable, and husband Michael, of Conover; granddaughter, Lauren Holcomb of Conover; and step-granddaughter, Lauren Cable of Coral Gables, FL.  

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 201 Robin Road, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Judith Gail Calloway (Hovis)

September 10th, 1946 - May 6th, 2021

Class of 1964

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Judith Gail Hovis Calloway
( September 10, 1946 - May 6, 2021 )
Judith “Gail” Hovis Calloway, age 74, of Terrace Place Road in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Ingle, Dixon Free and Dr. Stanley Spence officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:45 pm prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Calloway was born September 10, 1946, in Lincoln County, to the late Namon and Cleta Setzer Hovis.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by one son, Mitchell Eugene Calloway; two brothers, Darrell Hovis and Ken Hovis. Mrs. Calloway worked as a church administrative assistant.  

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Jackie Calloway of the home; one son, Richie E. Calloway and his wife Tina of Lincolnton; one daughter, Katrina C. Warren and her husband David of North Wilkesboro; one grandson, Chy Franklin Billings, III and partner Kenneth of Wichita, KA.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church Playground Fund, 3413 NC-150, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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From Steve Benfield on June 16th, 2021
Gail was a good friend of mine.  She was kind and always had a smile.  We went to church together at Southside Baptist church, and we attended Sunday School and many church functions together.  Several times my parents and I visited Gail's home after church for a social.  I always looked farward to it because Gail's dad worked for the icecream company and there was always lots of icecream served! Gail's whole family were good people as well.  I bought my first stereo from Gail's brother, Ken, and kept it until after I was married.  Ken was a good guy and, though older, did not treat me as an underling as some of the older guys at church did.  Jack, your loss is tremendous in losing Gail, but you know where your comfort comes from and the fact you will be reunited with Gail and our Heavenly Father someday.
 

Judy Tutherow (Ray)

March 23rd, 1945 - April 28th, 2021

Class of 1963

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Judy Ray Tutherow
( March 23, 1945 - April 28, 2021 )
Judy Ray Tutherow, age 76, of Jerry Crump Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Judy was born March 23, 1945, in Lincoln County, to the late Homer Verlin Ray and Margaret Lillian Jones Ray.   In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Darold Winfield Tutherow.  Judy was the owner of La Charm.

She is survived by a daughter, Michelle T. Johnson (Mark) of Lincolnton; sister, Rebecca Powell (Roger) of Lincolnton; three grandsons, Daniel Yount (Hannah Ford) of Greenwood Village, CO, Ian Yount of Charlotte, and Cameron Johnson of Boston; nephew, Michael Powell (Casey) of Vale; and two great-nephews, Cayden and Bryson Powell.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

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Carolyn Keener (Lail)

December 25th, 1943 - April 19th, 2021

Class of 1962

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Gastonia, North Carolina

Carolyn Lail Keener, age 77, passed away April 19, 2021 at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born December 25, 1943 in Hickory, NC, , a daughter of the late Clyde and Julia Lail. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Richard Darrell Keener and brother Gene Lail.
Carolyn was a loving and caring wife, mother, grammy and sister. She was a very giving and kind person who never said "no" to someone in need. Carolyn enjoyed the holidays and time spent with her large family. She will be greatly missed by her children Derrick Keener, Sandy Moore (Rick), Ralph Keener (Elaina), Sheryl Click (Johnny), Danny Keener; brothers Bill Lail and Terry Lail (Karen); sister Pat Devine; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12 until 1 pm, Thursday, April 22, 2021 at McLean Funeral Directors, Gastonia. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm in the Founders Chapel of the funeral home. Burial will be in Gaston Memorial Park.
Condolence messages may be sent online at mcleanfuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Keener family.

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Allen Aycoth

September 29th, 1943 - April 9th, 2021

Class of 1963

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Reverend Allen Anderson Aycoth, 77, of Gastonia, NC passed away Friday, April 9, 2021, at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, Gastonia, NC.
He was born September 29, 1943, in Mecklenburg County, NC, son of the late Cliford Aycoth and Rachel Carpenter Aycoth.
Allen attended Welcome Baptist Church in Stanley NC, he was an ordained Minister having a online radio broadcast called “Back to Calvary”. He also was a ham operator; his call sign was KI4JSM. He also loved to fish.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son Darrell Aycoth.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife of over 23 years, Nancy Hodge Aycoth; daughter Teresa Edwards and husband David; stepsons, Allen and Glen Swink; stepdaughter Ann Pearson and husband Randy; seven step-grandchildren, and 20 step great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at Greene Funeral Service, South Chapel, 1503 South York Road, Gastonia, NC. 3 pm Friday, April 16.  Pastors George Miller and Cecil Spry will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to Welcome Baptist Church, 811 Manney Rd. Stanley, NC 28164.
 

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Patricia "Trisha" Gager (Noles)

February 22nd, 1949 - April 6th, 2021

Class of 1967

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Patricia Noles Gager
February 22,1949 - April 6, 2021
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
Proverbs 18:22  "Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord."
Charlotte, North Carolina - Patricia Noles Gager,72 of Charlotte, NC, precious wife, loving mother, warm and gracious towards all, passed away peacefully at home in the presence of family.
Born February 22, 1949 in Lincolnton, N.C. to the late Walter and Jeanette Noles.
Before returning to Charlotte to start a family, Trisha packed in a lifetime of adventure during the years  she lived in Anchorage, AK and Key Largo, FL. She cherished the time spent with her son as a K-12 Homeschool mom, was a avid painter, talented pianist, and could sing beautifully, She brought happiness and joy to so many people in her life. We love her dearly and her presence in our lives will be sorely missed but never lost. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Randel, her son Jason and his wife Nan, 
A small private service will be held in the near future.
 

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Suzanne Ballard (Ramseur)

August 9th, 1952 - March 30th, 2021

Class of 1970

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Suzanne Gayle Ramseur Ballard
( August 9, 1952 - March 30, 2021 )
Suzanne Ramseur Ballard, age 68, of North Aspen Street in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Services will be private.

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Ted Carl Helms

July 12th, 1948 - March 28th, 2021

Class of 1965

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Ted Helms

 
Ted Helms, 73, of Knoxville, TN passed away on March 28, 2021.
Ted was a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Master’s degree in public health and safety. He worked at Oak Ridge National Lab for most of his career. He had a passion for cooking, photography, biking and hiking, tennis, playing bridge, classical music and travelling.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Mary Helms; sisters, Barbara Bumgarner and Mable Helms.
Survivors include nephew, Nelson Bumgarner; nieces, Susan Biglin and Lori Bumgarner.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Ted’s memory to Church Street United Methodist  (900 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902) or Amedisys Hospice Care (1420 Dutch Valley Dr, Suite C, Knoxville, TN 37918).
The family will have a private service.
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Gwendolyn "Gwen" Ballard (Eaker)

November 17th, 1950 - March 18th, 2021

Class of 1969

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Gwendolyn Eaker Ballard
( November 17, 1950 - March 18, 2021 )
Gwendolyn Eaker Ballard, age 70, of The Shelby Manor in Shelby and formerly of Lincolnton, died on Thursday, March 18, 2021.

Gwen was born November 17, 1950, in Lincoln County, to the late David Eaker, Sr. and Gail Gaffney Eaker.  She worked as a caretaker.

She is survived by two sons, Kyle Ballard (Natasha) of Iron Station, Jeff Lawing (Shanda) of Lincolnton; five grandchildren, Frank, Chris, Kyleigh, Katie and Allison; and a sister, Rhona Eaker Cathey of Weaverville, NC and a number of nephews and nieces.

A committal service will be held at a later date in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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James "Jim" Ward

July 15th, 1949 - March 16th, 2021

Class of 1967

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James Speight Ward, age 71, of Anderson, SC, passed away Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at Rainey Hospice House.

He was born July 15, 1949 in Avon Park, FL, and was the son of the late Dr. Stuart Jones Ward and Martha Mauney Ward.

Jim was a graduate of Lincolnton High School and continued his education at North Carolina State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering. He worked in IT at BASF retiring after over 30 years of faithful service to the company. Jim was an avid Harley Davidson rider and enjoyed geocaching. He attended St. George Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Kay Wilkinson Ward; son, Michael Ward of Charleston, SC; daughter, Anna W. Tyas of Anderson, SC; brother, Dr. Michael Ward (Debbie) of Wilmington, NC; sister-in-law, Doris Ward of Ashboro, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, David and Bill Ward.

There will be a private family memorial service at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Anderson, 215 E Calhoun St, Anderson, SC 29621.

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Robert Dalton

April 13th, 1946 - March 6th, 2021

Class of 1965

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Robert Edgar Dalton
( April 13, 1946 - March 6, 2021 )
Robert Edgar Dalton, age 74, of Hudson Poultry Road, Iron Station passed away on Saturday, March 6 2021.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Dr. Hugh Whitfield officiating.  His body will lie in state at Warlick Funeral Home from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Mr. Dalton was born on April 13, 1946 and was the son of the late Datha Pink “D.P.” Dalton and Mary Elizabeth Shrum Dalton. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Rita Dalton.  Mr. Dalton retired after 28 ½ years from Duke Energy having worked at the Riverbend Steam Station and was a veteran of the Air National Guard.

Mr. Dalton is survived by his wife, Mary Ervin Dalton of the home; one son, Robert S. Dalton and wife, Lee Ann of Iron Station and two granddaughters, Caroline and Isabelle.

Memorials may be made to the Lincoln County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, P.O. Box 476, Lincolnton, N.C. 28093-0476, Pearl Baptist Church Benevolent Fund, 4657 NC-27, Iron Station, NC 28080, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Michael E Powers

September 28th, 1946 - February 23rd, 2021

Class of 1964

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Michael Eugene Powers, age 74 of Hickory passed away on Tuesday morning, February 23, 2021 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Michael was born on September 28, 1946 to the late Harold and Martha Bost Powers in Iredell County.
Michael was a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and finance chairman. Michael was incredibly involved in his faith.
In addition to his parents, Michael was preceded in death by his daughter, Angela Mayberry and a brother Don Powers.
Those left to cherish the memories of Mr. Powers include his wife of fifty-five years, Judy Faye Helms Powers, son, Christopher Powers (Erica), brother, Larry Powers (Kim), sister, Carolyn Smith (Jan), sister-in-law, Jane Powers, four grandchildren, Brennan Mayberry, Noah Powers, Emerson Powers, Elle Powers, and number of special friends, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for Mr. Powers will be conducted in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery on March 6, 2021 beginning at 11:00 am.
The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Antioch Baptist Church’s general fund or to the senior ministry @ 580 Antioch Church road.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.
Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com


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From steve benfield on March 2nd, 2021
So sad to hear.  Mike and I were friends in Newton at Thornton Elementary school.  We were both together is the "Safety Patrol"That was before both of us moved seperately to Lincolnton for the 6th grade.  Mike and I went back a long way.  I just drove by his old house on N. College Ave in Newton this past Sunday and pointed it out to those with me that that is where one of my Lincolnton classmates and I first met.  I used to help Mike fold his newspapers for his paper route so he could get back sooner and we could play. Don was always faster than both of us and was out the door when we were still folding papers. Mike was responsible for me getting a job at Teeters by asking his dad for me.  Mr Powers, manager of Teeters at the time, remembered me from the 5th grade and I got the job! Mr Powers was a great guy and boss BTW. Of course we all knew what a great guy Don was. I spent some after school days briefly in the Powers house and got to know Mike and Don's dad and mother as well.  I don't remember much about their little brother (sister?). Mike had an infectious smile, was full of "can do" attitude and brought people like me up around him. The whole Powers family were good people and the world is a darker place everytime one of them passes away.  Goodbye old friend.  I am glad we sat together at our 50th high school reunion. I didn't know that would be the last time I would see you. RIP
 
From steve benfield on March 2nd, 2021
So sad to hear.  Mike and I were friends in Newton at Thornton Elementary school.  We were both together is the "Safety Patrol"That was before both of us moved seperately to Lincolnton for the 6th grade.  Mike and I went back a long way.  I just drove by his old house on N. College Ave in Newton this past Sunday and pointed it out to those with me that that is where one of my Lincolnton classmates and I first met.  I used to help Mike fold his newspapers for his paper route so he could get back sooner and we could play. Don was always faster than both of us and was out the door when we were still folding papers. Mike was responsible for me getting a job at Teeters by asking his dad for me.  Mr Powers, manager of Teeters at the time, remembered me from the 5th grade and I got the job! Mr Powers was a great guy and boss BTW. Of course we all knew what a great guy Don was. I spent some after school days briefly in the Powers house and got to know Mike and Don's dad and mother as well.  I don't remember much about their little brother (sister?). Mike had an infectious smile, was full of "can do" attitude and brought people like me up around him. The whole Powers family were good people and the world is a darker place everytime one of them passes away.  Goodbye old friend.  I am glad we sat together at our 50th high school reunion. I didn't know that would be the last time I would see you. RIP
 

Martha Abee (Barkley)

October 24th, 1943 - February 13th, 2021

Class of 1960

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Martha Ann Barkley Abee, age 77 of Lincolnton, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Martha was born October 24, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late John Walter Barkley and Edith Wease Lowe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Abee; a sister; and two brothers.

She is survived by:

Daughter: Annette L. Sutton and husband Rocky of Maiden

2 Sons: Terry Lowman and wife Teresa of Maiden, Ron Abee and wife Crystal of Claremont

7 Grandchildren, 4 Great-Grandchildren


2 Sisters (Harriet & Jackie) and a brother(Edward)

No services will be held.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Abee family.
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Charles "Charlie" Lockman

May 10th, 1944 - January 27th, 2021

Class of 1963

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Charles Edwin 'Charlie' Lockman
( May 10, 1944 - January 27, 2021 )
Charles Edwin ‘Charlie’ Lockman, age 76, of Hill Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

A graveside service with entombment will be held 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021, at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Stanley Spence officiating.  The body will lie in state from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at Warlick Funeral Home for those wishing to sign the guest register.

Mr. Lockman was born May 10, 1944, in Lincoln County, to the late Austin Alexander “Bub” Lockman and Sara Cauble Lockman.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jim Lockman and Tommy Lockman.  He was a distribution manager in textiles.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Barkley Lockman of the home; daughter, Angela Lockman Cable, and husband Michael, of Conover; step-daughter, Lauren Cable of Miami, FL; granddaughter, Lauren Holcomb; and a number of nieces and nephews.  

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 201 Robin Road, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Andrew "Andy" Peacock

May 2nd, 1951 - January 27th, 2021

Class of 1969

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Andrew “Andy” Gilbert Peacock, age 69 of Maiden passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Born May 2, 1951 in Lincoln County, he was the son of Vernon Eugene Peacock and the late Julia Hoyle Peacock. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Left to cherish his memory:

Son: Dustin Peacock and wife, Amy of Catawba

Daughter: Amber Waters of the home

Children’s Mother: Donna Peacock

2 Grandsons: Tyler Peacock and Skyler

Brother: Warren “Eugene” Peacock and wife, Teresa of Florida

Sister: Elaine Harris and husband, Donald of Maiden

Father: Vernon Peacock of Sherrills Ford

Numerous nieces and nephews and extended family

A graveside service will be held, Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Salisbury National VA Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Peacock Family.
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Reggie Strutt

July 18th, 1948 - January 25th, 2021

Class of 1966

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Reginald William “Reggie” Strutt, age 72 of Roy Eaker Rd. passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 at Atrium Health Cleveland.  He was born July 18, 1948 in Jefferson County, Kentucky to the late Jack William Strutt and Patricia “Paddy” Hoyle Myers.  Reggie was a retired dock worker from Carolina Freight and ABF.  He was a member of Riverview Baptist Church in Lincolnton and while he may not have been perfect, he sure loved the Lord.  Reggie loved horses and he enjoyed watching his grandkids play sports.
 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gaye Blaine Beam Strutt.
 
Survivors include his three daughters, Holly Gidney and husband, Tyson of Cherryville, Sally Strutt of Lincolnton, and Sara Strutt of Cherryville; grandchildren, Zion Beam Strutt, Teaghan Elijah Strutt, Raylei Giana Gidney, Layla Senae Strutt, Marley Jayne Daniels, and Jakobe Kye Gidney; sister-in-law, Jane Buchanan; nephew, William Shane Black; and numerous other relatives.
 
A graveside service will be held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2:00 PM at City Memorial Cemetery.  The family will greet friends after the service.
 
“See you later, Alligator; After while, Crocodile”
 
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From harvey crouse on January 27th, 2021

Wow!  Reggie was a real character. He, York Rudisill, and I had way too much fun together while old LHS.  You never knew what kind of trouble the two would get you in to.  I haven't seen him since high school, but I thought of him often.  Condolences to his family.






 
 

Sharon Turney (Heavner)

November 6th, 1951 - January 25th, 2021

Class of 1970

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Sharon Faye Heavner Turney
( November 6, 1951 - January 25, 2021 )
Sharon Faye Heavner Turney, age 69, of Lincolnton, died on Monday, January 25, 2021.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021, in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Pastor Chris Diciaccio officiating.  The body will lie in state from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday at Warlick Funeral Home for those wishing to sign the guest register.

Sharon was born November 6, 1951, in Lincoln County, to T. Ned Heavner and the late Faye Eurey Heavner.  In addition to her mother, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Sue Jackson.  She worked for Bank of America, and then the Lincoln County School System.  Sharon was a member of Life of Faith Fellowship in Gastonia, NC.

She is survived by her husband, John Turney of the home; daughter, Angie T. Stump (Wayne) of Maiden; sisters, Beth Mosteller (Dale) of Lincolnton, and Jane Trakas (Greg) of Gastonia; and three grandchildren, Audrey, Addysen, and Anderson Stump.

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Jim Farris

June 3rd, 1948 - January 16th, 2021

Class of 1967

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Jimmy Roger “Jim” Farris, age 72, of Moonlit Trail, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Heath House in Lincolnton.  He was born June 3, 1948 in Cleveland County to the late Doris Clyde and Vergie Vida Whitworth Farris.  Mr. Farris was a U.S. Army Veteran and served in Vietnam.  He loved baseball and enjoyed coaching his children in various sports.  Jim was an avid fisherman and would even fish in a mud hole.  He also enjoyed camping and later in life, he enjoyed lap quilting.  He was the best daddy and the greatest “Papa” in the whole world.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Jody Lynch; brothers, Clyde, Charles, and Sam; and sisters, Pauline, Shirley, Ruth, Helen, Nellie, Bertha, Margaret, and Fern.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Huskins Farris; children, William “B.J.” Russ (Denise) of Lincolnton, Wendy Mauney (Sam) of Cherryville, Kate Johnson (Chuck) of Lincolnton, LeAnn Self (Randy) of Cherryville, Teresa Farris (Michael Link) of Clover, SC, Charles Norman (Patty) of Maiden, Chris Kennedy of Gastonia, and Todd Farris (Traci) of Charlotte; thirteen grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Mr. Farris will lie-in-state on Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:45 PM at Unity Baptist Church in Crouse. Due to COVID19, social distancing and face coverings will be observed.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Unity Baptist Church with Rev. Matt Munday and Rev. Ricky Sigmon officiating. Burial will be private.
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James Winston Duncan

November 9th, 1946 - January 13th, 2021

Class of 1965

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James Winston Duncan, 74, of Maiden passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.

He was born November 9, 1946 in Lincoln County to the late Olis Winston Duncan and Leonna Sherrill Duncan. James was a member of Redeemed Baptist Church in Lincolnton and was the sole owner of Lake Norman Upholstery.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Perry Duncan; and sisters, Lorene Childers and Lona (Coney) Helton.

Those left to cherish his memory are;

Wife of 57 years: Mary Self Duncan of the home

Son: Eric James Duncan and wife Monica of Maiden

Daughter: Angela Duncan Hensley and husband Darrell of Maiden

Brother: Clyde Duncan and wife Alice of Conover

Sisters: Dorothy Kepley and husband Tommy to Salisbury
Linda Corpening and husband Al of Mt. Holly
Margaret Davis of Conover

Grandchildren: Tanya Jones, Bridgett Brannon, Brenna Frey, Abby Duncan, and Alyson Duncan

Great-Grandchildren: Emma Jones and Carter Jones

A service to celebrate James’ life will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at Redeemed Baptist Church in Lincolnton. Rev. Alan Wheeler will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. at Redeemed Baptist Church. A graveside service will follow on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton. Those serving as pallbearers are; Mike Duncan, Thad Duncan, Roy Helton, Tony Crawley, Terry Crawley, and Joe Devine.

Memorials may be made to Redeemed Baptist Church, ℅ Missions, P.O. Box 1588, Lincolnton, NC 28093

Condolences may be sent to the Duncan family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com

The Duncan family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111

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From harvey crouse on March 10th, 2021
Jim moved when we in the eight grade, and I never saw him again  which I regret.  He was a great friend the years that we shared together at Asbury schiool.   Your father was a great basketball player in the 7th and 8th grade, and I hope he played in high school. I moved to Florida 40 years ago and lost track of most of the folks that I grew up with,  but I never forgot your dad.  He was a good man.  
 

Kathy Parker (Seagle)

December 16th, 1946 - January 11th, 2021

Class of 1965

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Kathy Seagle Parker
( December 16, 1946 - January 11, 2021 )
Kathy Seagle Parker, age 74, of Love Memorial School Road in Lincolnton, died on Monday, January 11, 2021.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021, in the Daniels Lutheran Church Cemetery for family and close friends with Rev. Steve Parker officiating.  Her body will lie in state from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021.  During that time, the family will be at the home of her daughter, Lindsay Mathis, 704 N. Oak Street in Lincolnton.

Kathy was born December 16, 1946, in Lincoln County, to the late David Tom Seagle and Kathryn “Kat” Lineberger Seagle.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Amy Tate.  Kathy was retired from Lincoln County Schools where she was a teacher assistant for twenty-plus years.  

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dennis “DP” Parker of the home; two daughters, Lindsay Parker Mathis, and husband Joey, of Lincolnton, and Katie Parker of Lincolnton; her brother, Tommy Seagle of Lincolnton; her sister, Andrea Sigmon of Lincolnton; and four grandchildren, Gracie Parker Fisher, and husband Curtis, Andi Parker, and Cesar Leiva, Parker Mathis, and Kat Parker.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC  28092.                                           

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Dwight Hoyle

October 6th, 1958 - January 10th, 2021

Class of 1976

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Nancy Jordan (Bivens)

September 30th, 1942 - January 1st, 2021

Class of 1960

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Nancy Bivens Jordan
( September 30, 1942 - January 1, 2021 )
Mrs. Nancy Bivens Jordan, age 78, of 1598 Old Mill Road in Lincolnton, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Friday, January 1, 2021.

Mrs. Jordan was born September 30, 1942 in Lincoln County, NC to the late Arles Howard Bivens and Sue Hastings Bivens Webb.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Gerald Douglas Jordan of the home; one daughter, Julie Jordan Setzer and husband, Johnny of Lincolnton; one son, Brad Jordan and wife, Shelly of Gastonia; four sisters, Patsy Little and husband, Darrell of Denver, NC, Fran Hawkis and husband, Buddy of Denver, NC , Jeannie Scoggins of Maiden and Jan Willis and husband, Kerry of Vale; one half-brother, Doug Bivens of Maiden and her beloved fur baby, Bonnie.

Nancy was a beloved wife, mother, sister and friend to many and will be missed dearly.

Services for Mrs. Jordan will be held at a later date.

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From Sharon Jordan on January 11th, 2021
Image Nancy was not only my sister-in-law but a friend and I'd know her for many years.  I started 1st grade at Love Memorial with her sister, Frances.  Nancy, I'll really miss you and eating pie on your front porch!
 

Robert "Bob" Rankin

February 1st, 1952 - December 19th, 2020

Class of 1970

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Robert Lee "Bob" Rankin, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020 at his home. He was born in Lincolnton on February 1, 1952 to Margaret Lineberger Rankin and William Benjamin Rankin. He was a graduate of Lincolnton High School, Appalachian State University, and a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton. Bob and his parents owned and operated Rankin's Jewelers on Main Street in Lincolnton for over 50 years. While working there he became a Registered Jeweler with the GIA. As an active member of the business community, he served as President of the Lincolnton Rotary Club. When the jewelry store closed in 2006, Bob worked part time at the Denver ABC Store. He worked there 12 years enjoying the company of many co-workers who became dear friends. Bob loved golfing, travelling, telling stories, beach music, dancing and his favorite dogs Ruby and Little Bit. Bob was famous for his cooking and especially his New Year's Day greens following his own secret recipe. Bob is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Anna, his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Amy and Joey Lockman, several cousins and many cherished friends.
Due to Covid 19 and concern for our friends, there will be no service at this time. If you wish, memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincolnton or First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton.
Ebony and White's Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. You may visit their website Ebony and White's Funeral Service, Inc.


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Evelyn Helms (Whiteside)

September 20th, 1947 - December 18th, 2020

Class of 1966

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James David and Evelyn Whiteside Helms
( September 27, 1954 and September 20, 1947 - November 16, 2020 and December 18, 2020 )
James David Helms, age 66, of 291 Grandview Lane in Lincolnton, died on Monday, November 16, 2020.  His wife, Evelyn Whiteside Helms, age 73, died on Friday, December 18, 2020.

Mr. Helms was born September 27, 1954, in Mecklenburg County, to the late Gerald C. Helms and Joyce Deese Helms.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Shelley Mellon.   He worked as a mechanic for Wal-Mart.

Mrs. Helms was born September 20, 1947, in Temple, Texas, to the late Arnold Lee Whiteside, Jr. and Faye Carroll Whiteside.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a daughter and a sister.  

He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Rivas, and husband Jess, of Lincolnton; a brother, Gerald Helms of Raleigh; two sisters, Judy Jenkins of Lancaster, SC, and June Helms of Wingate; and eight grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Jessica Rivas, and husband Jess, of Lincolnton; half-brother, Bill Whiteside of Gastonia; sister, Nancy Dutton of Kentucky; and eight grandchildren.  

A graveside service with inurnment will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 28, 2020, in Hollybrook Cemetery with Pastor Michael Collins officiating.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC  28207, or to Lincoln County Relay for Life.
 

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Gail Williams (Heavner)

March 19th, 1948 - December 17th, 2020

Class of 1966

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Gail Heavner Williams
( March 19, 1948 - December 17, 2020 )
Gail Heavner Williams, 72, of Arden Oaks, Lincolnton, NC, left this world on Thursday, December 17th, 2020. Gail was born to the late Harold and Virginia “Pete” Heavner on March 19, 1948 in Lincolnton, NC. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers-in-law, Dan Auton, Freddie Barrett, and Michael Crowell.

Gail was a graduate of Lincolnton High School, attended King’s and Gaston Colleges, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was Corporate Secretary and Treasurer of Central Carolina Sprinkler Company in Lincolnton, NC, for nearly 35 years. She also held a real estate license.

Gail was a lifelong member of Boger City United Methodist Church, where her grandparents were founding members. An active member of the Lincoln County YMCA, Gail was a frequent face in Group Exercise classes for many years. She loved music, dancing, travel, and, above all, spending time and making memories with her family. Rarely, if ever, having a cross word to say about anybody, Gail epitomized the quote, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Gail is survived by her loving husband, Roger Williams; daughters, Krista Morgan and husband Jay of Lincolnton, NC, and Sara Eichinger and husband Bob of Asheville, NC; sister, Kathey Crowell of Blowing Rock, NC; sisters-in-law, Deanie Auton and Joy Barrett, of Lincolnton; brother-in-law, Dennis Williams and wife Sandra of Lincolnton, NC; nephews, Shane Auton and wife Leslie of Denver, NC, John Michael Crowell and wife Morgan of Pittsboro, NC, Roman Williams of Miramar, FL, and Charles Crowell and wife Hannah of Asheville, NC; nieces, Kelsey Williams and husband Travis, Zoe Bagan and husband Brad, and Kendall Boulding and husband Brandon, all of Lincolnton, NC, and Susanna McQuarrie and husband Sean of Rockville, MD; and three great-nephews and five great-nieces. She loved them all.

The family would like to thank the following caregivers for remaining by Gail’s side: Judy Lowe, Judy Heffner, Carol Mason, and Fran Bass, as well as Hospice of Lincoln County.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 21, 2020, at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Pastor Ron Perry officiating.  Her body will lie in state from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Warlick Funeral Home for those wishing to sign the guest register.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Judson Devine

February 29th, 1940 - December 15th, 2020

Class of 1958

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Judson Luther Devine
( February 29, 1940 - December 15, 2020 )
Judson Luther Devine, age 80, of Westview Drive in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  

Mr. Devine was born February 29, 1940, in Lincoln County, to the late J.L. Devine and Emma Rhyne Devine.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Alice Catherine Devine; brother, David Alonzo Devine; and brother-in-law, David C. Farrar, Jr.  He served in the United States Navy, then worked for AT&T from which he retired. Judson was an avid dirt race car driver, who enjoyed racing most of his life, as well as daily crossword puzzles.

He is survived by his sister, Sarah Devine Creswell (Eddie) of Maiden, and Becky Devine Farrar of Mount Holly; and very special friend, Betty Gregg.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Laboratory United Methodist Church, 2896 Laboratory Road, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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James "Jim" Artis Reavis, Jr.

November 30th, 1941 - December 1st, 2020

Class of 1961

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James “Jim” Artis Reavis Jr., 79, of Lincolnton passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at Heath House in Lincolnton.

He was born November 30, 1941 in Iredell County to the late James Artis Reavis Sr. and Mary Helen Knight Reavis. Jim’s greatest love next to his family was Nascar. He was a local race car driver and dealt in Nascar memorabilia as his business for 30 years.

Those left to cherish his memory are:

Wife of 39 years: Carolyn Mosteller Reavis of Lincolnton

Sons: Scott Reavis and husband Randy Barbour of Raleigh
Scott Whitesides and wife Joy of Vale

Daughter: Lori Reavis Chastain and husband David of Newton

Brother: Mike Reavis and wife Judy of Newton

Sister: Carole Reavis of Maiden

Sister-In-Law: Linda McNair and husband Gary

Brother-In-Law: Steve Mosteller and wife Linda

And a number of nieces and nephews

A private memorial service will be held at a later date at Blessed Hope Baptist Church in Newton.

Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care Lincoln County, 900 Donita Dr., Lincolnton, NC 28092

Condolences may be sent to the Reavis family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com

The Reavis family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111

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John David Harrison

May 26th, 1943 - November 28th, 2020

Class of 1961

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John David Harrison, age 77, of Iron Station, NC passed away Saturday, November 28, 2020 at his residence.  He was born on May 26, 1943 in Lincoln County, North Carolina to the late Clarence Taylor and Bonnie Hoke Reinhardt Harrison.  He was a retired textile supervisor with American Efird.  
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one grandson, Jacob Rays Sanders.
Mr. Harrison is survived by three children, Tina Marie Harrison, Brian Harrison, and Christopher Harrison; four grandsons, and three granddaughters; and eight great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 2pm - 4pm at the home of Brian Harrison.
E. F. Drum Funeral Home is serving the Harrison family.

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Ernest Baxter

August 29th, 1946 - November 7th, 2020

Class of 1965 and also class of 1964

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Ernest Yancey Baxter
( August 29,1946 - November 7, 2020 )
Mr. Ernest Yancey Baxter, age 74, of Lincolnton, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Hollybrook Cemetery.  His body will lie in state at Warlick Funeral Home from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the family will not be present during this time.

Mr. Baxter was born on August 29, 1946 and was the son of the late Brodis Crouse Baxter, Sr. and Ruth McMurry Baxter.  He was also preceded in death by his daughter and only child, Lisa, and two sisters, Sybil Baxter and Dorothy Weaver. He was retired from Timken.

Mr. Baxter is survived by his wife: Frances P. Baxter of the home; one sister, Connie Baxter of Springfield, IL and one brother, Brodis C. Baxter, Jr. of Vale.

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Linda Seagle (Scronce)

February 15th, 1943 - October 18th, 2020

Class of 1961

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Linda Scronce Seagle, 77, of Lincolnton, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at her residence.

She was born February 15, 1943, in Lincoln County to the late Marvin Lee Scronce and Essie Haynes Scronce. Linda was an active member of Reepsville Baptist Church in Vale where she served as church secretary for more than 20 years. She was also a member of the mission team and Young at Heart.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John Charles Scronce and Joe David Scronce, and sisters; Nannie Bell Mahala and Thelma Elizabeth Day.

Those left to cherish her memory are;

Husband of 57 years: Freddie Dale Seagle of the home

Sons: Rodney Dale Seagle and wife Teresa of Vale
James Matthew Seagle, Sr. and wife Telisha of Maiden

Daughter: Candace Dawn Seagle of Lincolnton

Grandchildren: Allison Seagle Brewer and husband Nicholas of Vale, James Matthew Seagle, Jr. of Maiden, and Andrew James Seagle of Maiden

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

Fur Baby: Precious

Fur Great-grandbaby: Oreo Clover

A service to celebrate Linda’s life will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Reepsville Baptist Church in Vale. Rev. Jeff Hull, Rev. Dr. Foyd Bennett, and Rev. James Matthew Seagle, Sr. will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. at Reepsville Baptist Church.

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Jeff Turner

October 1st, 1945 - September 15th, 2020

Class of 1963

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Jefferson (Jeff) Sylvanus Turner
( October 1, 1945 - September 15, 2020 )
Mr. Jefferson Sylvanus Turner (Jeff), age 74 of 513 Bethel Church Road in Lincolnton, died at home, surrounded by his loving wife and daughters, on September 15, 2020.

Graveside service will be held at 10am, Saturday, September 19th, at Hollybrook Cemetery in Lincolnton.  A Celebration of Life service will follow at Covenant Church of Lincolnton at 11am, with a time of receiving of friends immediately after the service.   

Mr. Turner was born October 1st, 1945 in Lincoln County to the late William M. and Clara McRee Turner.  He was preceded in death by his parents William and Clara Turner of Lincolnton, NC; Sister Betty Hoffman of Lincolnton, NC; and two brothers Marty Turner of Villa Rica, GA and Ronnie Turner of Chapel Hill, NC.

Jeff was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He was a man of great wisdom, strength, grace and integrity whose faith led him in his service to the Lord, his love for his family, and in all he contributed to the world around him.  He served as an Elder at Covenant Church where his leadership impacted the Kingdom of God greatly.  He was the Founder of Turner Insurance Group (Turner Houser Insurance) in Lincolnton.  He was loved and trusted by many.

He is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis Summey Turner; three daughters, Kimberly Turner Seel and husband Harry of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Mandy Turner Devine and husband Keith of Statesville, NC, and Michelle Turner Sutton and husband Michael of Greenville, SC; sister, Carolyn Turner Dellinger of Lincolnton, NC; brothers, Bill Turner and wife Mary of Greensboro, NC, Kermit Turner and wife Carol of Hickory, NC, and Dwight Turner and wife Doris of Lincolnton, NC; grandchildren, Hunter Seel and wife Jordan of Sumter, SC, Ella Devine, and Logan Seel. 

The family wants to especially thank all of those who have been there for both Jeff and Phyllis throughout his battle with Primary Progressive Apraxia, in prayer and service in the practical aspects of daily life.  You have blessed us tremendously! 

Memorials may be made to Covenant Church, P. O. Box 654, Lincolnton, NC 28093 or Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Warlick Funeral Home of Lincolnton, N.C. is serving the Turner family. 

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From MELBA FINLEY on February 15th, 2022
Such a sweet man and couple. A wonderful Godly man. You will be missed by so very many. God Rest your soul. 
 
From harvey crouse on September 16th, 2020
Wow!  Jeff and Phyllis are two of the greatest people that I have ever known.  I grew up with Phyllis and met Jeff after they were married. What great memories I have of the time that we spent together. I haven't seen theme in many years since I moved to Florida, but they were never forgotten.  God bless you, Phyllis,  my "older sister." Love you always.
 

Karlette Marsh (Coffey)

March 26th, 1947 - September 15th, 2020

Class of 1965

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Karlette Coffey Marsh
( March 26, 1947 - September 15, 2020 )
Karlette Coffey Marsh, 73 of Laboratory Road in Lincolnton died Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Mrs. Marsh was born March 26, 1947 in Lincoln County. She was the daughter of the late Carl William Coffey and Roberta Moore Coffey. She was also preceded in death by her husband Billy Gene Marsh, Sr., brother, Carl Coffey, Jr. and sister, Carolyn Spake. Mrs. Marsh worked as a church custodian.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Riverview Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Ricky Brown officiating. He body will lie in state on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Warlick Funeral Home for those who wish to pay their respects. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the family will not be present.

She is survived by three daughters, Sharon Sain of Vale, Annabet Hager and husband Dennis of Oak Island and Karla Southern and husband Phil of Charlotte; son, Billy Marsh, Jr. and wife Stephanie of Lincolnton; sister, Janice Spake and husband Donald of Kings Mountain; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; her companion cats, Rupert and Jasper.

Memorials may be made to Riverview Baptist Church, 2230 Riverview Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Samuel Farris

August 16th, 1939 - September 12th, 2020

Class of 1960

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SAMUEL'S OBITUARY

Samuel Wayne Farris, age 81 of Spartanburg, died Saturday, September, 12, 2020 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. He was a native of Lincolnton, NC and the son to the late Doras Clyde Farris and the late Virgie Vider Whitworth Farris. He retired from ABCO Industries and was a longtime member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Spartanburg. He was also preceded in death by eight sisters and one brother and his first wife Faye McCracken Farris

He was the husband of Linda K. Eaker Farris and also survived by two daughters; Susan A. Hudak (Randy) and Gina M. Lucy (Michael), two sons;Mark D. Farris, (Tracy) and Jeffery Scott Farris, one brother Jim Farris, ten grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

The visitation will be at 12 pm Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at the First Church of The Nazarene in Spartanburg. The funeral service will follow the visitation at 1 pm with Reverend Brian Winebrenner officiating.

Interment will be at Boiling Springs Memorial Gardens with military honors given by the American Legion Post #200.

Online condolences may be made at www.eggersfuneralhome.com.

The family will be gathering at the home of Mark and Tracy Farris.

Eggers Funeral Home of Boiling Springs is serving the family.

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Herbert Bryant, Jr.

February 3rd, 1951 - September 11th, 2020

class of 1969

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Herb went to be with his Lord and savior on September 11, 2020.
Herb was predeceased by his parents Herbert Henning Bryant Sr. and Luella Jones Bryant. Herb was survived by his loving wife Teresa Peoples Rogers Bryant and his faithful companion Chiquita, his sister Lynn Owen (her children Rob Owen and Anna Hill), his children John Phifer Rogers IV and Julie (their children John and Trevor), Zachary Heathcote, Eric Bryant, Scott Bryant, Jeremiah Bryant, Spencer Bryant, and grandchildren.
Herb served in the National Guard. He started his Law Enforcement career with Lincoln County Communication Center. He retired as a Lieutenant with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as the Jail Administrator. Herb was distinguished by having an advanced certificate in Law Enforcement from the State of North Carolina. Herb enjoyed the outdoors including a love of fishing. He “Never” turned down a game of cards.
Due to Covid-19 and out of town family members, the date and place of his Memorial Service will be announced at a later time.

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From MELBA FINLEY on February 15th, 2022
So sorry to here of your passing. I thought a lot of you and admired all you did. 
 

Doris Joan Dalton (Land)

June 23rd, 1945 - September 8th, 2020

Class of 1965

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Doris Joan Land Dalton
( June 23, 1945 - September 8, 2020 )
Doris Joan Land Dalton, age 75, of Calvary Church Road in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday September 11, 2020 in the Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Bruce Brooks officiating.  Mrs. Dalton will lie in state on Thursday from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. at Warlick Funeral Home.  The family will not be present during this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Mrs. Dalton was born June 23, 1945, in Lincoln County, to the late Flossie Mosteller Land Smith.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Braxton Dalton; brother, Eddie Land; and brother-in-law, Joseph Robinson.  She worked in textiles for JP Stevens.

She is survived by two daughters, Vickie Rikard (Marty), and Patty Dalton, all of Lincolnton; three brothers, Jimmy Land (Julie) of Crouse, Roger Land (Pam) of Dallas, and Bill Land (Mary Ennis) of Lincolnton; four sisters, Glenda Robinson of Gastonia, Martha Weaver (Paul) of Lincolnton, Betty Warlightner of Lincolnton, and Annette Hartman (Glenn) of Shelby; and six grandchildren, Braxton Rikard, Andrew Dalton, Bailey Rikard, Eilainia Ballenger, Brayden Rikard, and Abigail Ballenger. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Dr. Phillip Goodson

1950 - August 31st, 2020

Class of 1968

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Dr. Phillip R. Goodson, 70, of Statesville, N.C., passed away August 31, 2020, at his home after a courageous battle with recurrent pancreatic cancer.
Dr. G was born and grew up in Lincoln County, N.C. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry before earning his MD degree from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University as a full Reynold’s Scholarship recipient. Following his education, he remained at N.C. Baptist Hospital for specialty training in OB/GYN.
Dr. Goodson and his wife moved to Statesville in 1980, where he practiced OB/GYN with Dr. Ray Green until 1989. Dr. Goodson and Dr. Walter Meadors formed a new medical practice in 1989 and later helped to found and joined Piedmont Health Care, a new multispecialty medical group. In 2000, Dr. Goodson limited his specialty to gynecology and gynecologic surgery after delivering over 3,000 babies. He retired from practice in 2016.
He spent much of his retirement time honing his mandolin playing and deriving pleasure from playing music with other amateur musicians around Statesville, Troutman and Mocksville areas.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Kitty Goodson of the home; two sons, John Goodson of Boone, N.C., (grandsons, Noah and Isaac); Matthew Goodson of Kyoto, Japan (grandchild Milo); and daughter, Rebecca of Burlington, N.C.
He was very thankful for the care received from Dr. Ruby Grimm, Dr. Amy McLaurin, Dr. Trivedi, Dr. Roger Roark and many others through the years.
Please share memories and condolences with the family.
Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Rev. William John Campbell

September 30th, 1942 - August 29th, 2020

class of 1960

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Rev. William John Campbell
( September 30, 1942 - August 29, 2020 )
Rev. William John Campbell, age 77, of China Grove passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020.

Respects and viewing for Rev. Campbell is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton. A family graveside service will be held at St. Matthews United Church of Christ (UCC) Cemetery, followed by a Celebration of Life at Mt. Zion UCC in the spring. 

Rev. Campbell was born on September 30, 1942 and was the son of the late William Theodore and Maude Leonhardt Campbell.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ray Campbell and Robert Campbell.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Shaw Campbell of the home; three daughters, Jan Campbell Wharton and husband, Jacob Steven of Winston-Salem, Lisa Campbell Smith and husband, Shawn Michael of Whittier, NC, and Nicole Campbell James and husband, John Lander of Salisbury; two sisters, Helen Owens of Lincolnton and Dorothy Mathis of Lincolnton; eight grandchildren, Ian William Wharton, Isaac Jacob Wharton, Irving Campbell Wharton, Sydney Michelle Smith, Luke Michael Smith, Andy Lee Smith, Emma Nicole James, and Levi Alexander James.

Rev. Campbell graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in 1968. He was a dedicated pastor, great teacher, and compassionate counselor. During his 43 years of ministry, he served Hedrick’s Grove UCC in Lexington, First Reformed UCC in High Point, and Mt. Zion UCC in China Grove.

Rev. Campbell served in many leadership and volunteer positions. In the UCC, these positions included the Board of Directors of the Western North Carolina Association and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Johns River Valley Camp. He also served as a volunteer fireman becoming the Assistant Chief of the Central Davidson Volunteer Fire Department.

Rev. Campbell was family-oriented and community-minded and was always generous with his time and resources. He would literally give you the shirt off his back.

He enjoyed working in the yard, fishing, following the news and solving word puzzles. Good music, especially bluegrass, always made him happy. His kind blue eyes and big-hearted spirit will be deeply missed by all, including his wife of 58 years, his family, and his beloved dog, Piper. 

Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, 1415 South Main Street, China Grove, N.C. 28023.

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Forney Wilson "Bill" Reinhardt

October 23rd, 1943 - August 29th, 2020

Class of 1962

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Forney Wilson "Bill" Reinhardt, Jr.
( October 23, 1943 - August 29, 2020 )
Forney Wilson “Bill” Reinhardt, Jr., age 76, of Reinhardt Circle, Iron Station passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020.
A memorial service will be held at 11: 00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Tim Byrd officiating.  The service will be held outdoors and all who attend are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  The family will receive friends following the service.
Mr. Reinhardt was born on October 23, 1943 and was the son of the late Forney Wilson Reinhardt, Sr. and Rebecca Cloniger Reinhardt.  He was the owner of Reinhardt Heating and Air Conditioning.
Mr. Reinhardt is survived by his wife, Phyllis Ballard Reinhardt of the home; two daughters, Kimberly Anne Reinhardt of Iron Station and Kelli Reinhardt Walker and husband, Trent of Cramerton;  one brother, Michael Scott Reinhardt and wife, Jodie of Iron Station; one sister, Judy MacGillis and husband, Jimmy of Pawley’s Island, SC; three grandchildren, Sydney Norris Douglas and husband, Devin of Iron Station, Katie Walker of Cramerton and Lilian Walker of Cramerton; one great-grandson, Braxton Wilson Douglas of Iron Station.
Memorials may be made to Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church, 1360 Ivey Church Road, Maiden, NC  28650.

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From steve benfield on September 7th, 2020
I loved to see him run in high school football games.  I remember one time at Forest City High (before East Rutherford) he took over the game by scoring, I think, 2 TDs.  I was standing on the sidelines when he broke one for about 40 yards, and I was so struck by him as he flashed by.  He was always very humble, and as a younger guy I looked up to him.  Thanks for the example you set Bill,
 

Janie Hildebran (Hines)

January 1st, 1951 - August 1st, 2020

Class of 1969

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Janie Hines Hildebran, age 69 of Sherrills Ford, passed away Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Brian Center Gastonia. Janie was born January 1, 1951 in Lincoln County. She was the daughter of the late Walter Jack Hines and Daisy McCune Hines. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Hildebran.

She is survived by:

Daughter: Jackie Campbell and Wayne of Sherrills Ford

Son: Kenneth Hildebran and Amy of Claremont

5 Grandchildren: Ethan Hildebran, Jillian Hildebran, Kimberly Campbell, Josh Campbell, Sam Campbell

A Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Sherrills Ford Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Taylor officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45 in the Fellowship Hall

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105

Burke Mortuary-Newton is serving the Hildebran family.

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Linda Aschbrenner (Huss)

November 25th, 1946 - July 31st, 2020

Class of 1964

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Linda Huss Aschbrenner passed away peacefully at home on July 31, 2020 with her husband by her side, after a long and valiant battle with lung cancer. She was born on November 25, 1946, in Shelby, North Carolina, to the late Nadine Ellis Huss Brown and the late Kemp Donald Huss. She grew up in Lincolnton, NC.
Linda graduated from UNCG in 1969. She was proud of her Southern heritage and was a member and officer of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Johnston Pettigrew Chapter No. 95 in Raleigh. She retired from Bayer Crop Science RTP in 2011, and continued contracting with several crop protection companies until April 2019. Linda was a giving person, financially supporting many worthwhile organizations such as the North Carolina Art Museum and North Carolina Public Television. She also volunteered as a Girl Scout leader for over eight years, volunteered at her church, and volunteered in the library at Leesville Middle School.
She is survived by her loving husband, Don Aschbrenner; daughters Laura Chapman Smith (Jeff), Raleigh; Jennifer Aschbrenner Schultheis (Paul), Westminster, MD; and Kristen Aschbrenner Dubovec (Jim), Emerald Isle, NC; and four grandchildren who were the lights of her life; Kylie Smith, Taylor Schultheis, Tucker Schultheis, and Palmer Grace Dubovec. She is also survived by a brother, Kemp Huss (Pam), Bath, NC.
Linda’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. She had a wonderful sense of adventure and she and her husband traveled extensively, both around the world and in the US. They loved nature and the beauty of the National Parks. Their goal was to visit as many National Parks as possible; they visited 26 parks and admired the beauty in each of them. She and her husband loved relaxing at their beach cottage on Holden Beach, where she was actively involved with the local community as a past board member of the Holden Beach Property Owners Association Board of Directors, and a member of the Holden Beach Chapel.
The family extends its deep gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Copeland and her team at Rex Oncology Center in Raleigh. Dr. Copeland and her team provided excellent care and counseling during the time Linda was undergoing treatment for this aggressive cancer. The family is grateful to Heartland Hospice Care in Raleigh, whose care was very calming and allowed Linda to be at peace.
A private interment of her ashes will be held at Highland United Methodist Church for the immediate family. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a celebration of life will take place at Mitchell Funeral Home at a future date. Memorials may be made to Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road Raleigh, NC, 27607 or to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 4505 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC, 27609.

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Linda Sue Propst (Reynolds)

June 1st, 1942 - July 22nd, 2020

Class of 1961

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Linda Sue Reynolds Propst, 78, of Newton passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

She was born June 1, 1942 in Lincoln County to the late Marcus and Martha Eurey Reynolds. Linda Sue was a member of East First Street Baptist Church in Newton.

Those left to cherish her memory are;

Husband of 60 years: Jerry Propst of the home

Sons: Ricky Propst and wife Phyllis of Newton
Bob Propst and wife Jody of Conover

Daughters: Susan Houston and husband Steve of Conover
Nickie Suddreth and husband Robb of Conover

Sisters: Joanne Bridges and husband Bill of Lincolnton
Cissy Burgin and husband David of Lincolnton
Jill Thomas and husband Jim of Port Charlotte, FL

Grandchildren: Nigel Alexander, Gavin Houston, Chase McCrary, Caleb Propst, Jordan Propst, Michelle Norman and Lisa Sprouse

Great-Grandchildren: Jayden Sprouse, Kara Norman and Nova Propst

A memorial service to celebrate Linda Sue’s life will be held on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at East First Street Baptist Church, 703 E. 1st Street, Newton, NC 28658. Rev. Allen McCoy will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. at East First Street Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to East First Street Baptist Church, 703 E. 1st St., Newton, NC 28658.

Condolences may be sent to the Propst family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com

The Propst family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111
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Jacob "Jake" Jones

August 18th, 1946 - July 21st, 2020

Class of 1969

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Jacob Lawrence Jones, 73, of Maiden passed away on July 21, 2020 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.  Jacob was born August 18, 1946 in Lincoln County to the late  Clinton Lawrence  and Onie Ree Bland Jones.  He was a retired salesman for Times Oil Co.
Jacob is survived by one son, Wesley Jones of Maiden, NC, one sister, Jo-Ann Leonard of Lincolnton, NC, five brothers; Jim Jones of Lincolnton, NC, Larry Jones of Cherryville, NC, Johnny Jones of Vale, NC, Jessie Jones of Lincolnton, NC, and Dean Jones of Lincolnton, NC, and nineteen nieces and nephews.
The family will have a graveside memorial service at Hollybrook Cemetery in Lincolnton on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 3:00 pm.
 

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From steve benfield on August 18th, 2020
The first time I saw Jake he was in a street fight accross from the Shake Shop.  He was beating the snot out of some guy and had him in a head lock with the guys head pinned against a light pole.  The police station was on that side of the street so a cop finally came out, broke it up, he took them both inside.  I remember thinking, "Man I don't wont to get into a fight with that guy (Jake)".  Later I would come to know him at high school, and he was more of that big smile you see on his yearbook. Still wouldn't want to mess with him.  Bless you Jake!
 
From Harvey Crouse on July 29th, 2020
Jake was a force in high school, but only if you did not spend time with him.  We had many laughs together shooting pool at Midway pool room, riding around town,  and hanging out at the bowling alley with the late night "trouble makers." I haven't seen him since the 60's, but he was not forgotten.  Bless his family.

Harvey Crouse
 
From Danny Pickens on July 27th, 2020
Image Jake, you were a very good friend in the early 60s. We had a lot of fun at the Hilltop/Calvary Baptist Church. The many Bible studies we were involved in, the many questions that would come up, and the answeres we were not expecting. I enjoyed picking you and Bill Riley up to go to church and the times we parked on Main Street just to talk about 'things'. We three were a trio of singing in church and the people took us and the Teen Choir on short road trips. I've missed you over the years but now may you have sweet peace in the Jesus you loved. May the Holy Spirit rest upon your family while you enjoy your time with Jesus. Love You, Man. Danny
 

Susie Houk (Wilkinson)

August 27th, 1948 - July 14th, 2020

Class of 1966

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Alda Sue "Susie" Wilkinson Houk
( August 27, 1948 - July 14, 2020 )
Susie Houk passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, after a long and courageous battle with cancer and other health issues.  She was surrounded by her family, friends, and her “fur baby” Andy.  She was a 1966 graduate of Lincolnton High School and the oldest daughter of Robert D. Wilkinson, Jr., and Dorothy Johnson Dellinger who preceded her in death, as well as her stepfather, Coleman Dellinger.

Susie had a great passion and love for her family ancestry and history.  She spent much of her free time researching, collecting and visiting family and historical sites in the area.  She deeply loved her family, friends, extended family, and most of all, her three grandsons, Owen, Gavin and Evan Ellis.  They were her pride and joy and what she was most proud of.

Susie is survived by her loving husband, Richard “Rick” Houk; son, Justin Ellis, and wife Julie, and their three sons, Owen, Gavin and Evan; sister, Debbie Woods, and husband Bill, and their son, Tyler; brother, Ken Wilkinson, and wife Shirley, and their sons Jake and Ethan; cousins; and many friends that will miss her dearly.

The family would like to thank the wonderful Hospice team from Lincolnton for their care and support, especially Cassandra and Amy, and also Debra Huss, her neighbor and friend.  

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC  28092 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959.

The family will hold a private service at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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Yvonne Thornburg (Mosteller)

November 19th, 1943 - July 13th, 2020

Class of 1962

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Yvonne Eller Mosteller Thornburg
( November 19, 1943 - July 13, 2020 )
Yvonne Eller Mosteller Thornburg, age 76, of Birchwood Lane in Denver, died on Monday, July 13, 2020.

Mrs. Thornburg was born November 19, 1943, in Lincoln County, to the late Lee and Lyda Mae Wilson Mosteller.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Gail Thornburg; sister, Zettie Whitesides; and brother, Phillip Gordon Mosteller.  She worked in furniture manufacturing.

She is survived by her husband, David W. Thornburg of the home; two daughters, Christy Cloer (Keith) of Maiden, and Teresa Carnivale of Johnson City, TN; a brother, Glenn Mosteller (Barbara) of Lincolnton; two sisters, Sue Bollinger and Cleo Williams (Wade), all of Lincolnton; five grandchildren, Casey Andrew Cloer, David Cody Cloer, Patrick Christopher Carnivale, Kent Larkin Riteilze, and Brooke Lauren Carnivale; and one great-grandchild, Andrew William Cloer.  

No services are planned at this time.  

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Rebecca "Becky" Wilkinson (Crouse)

July 15th, 1949 - July 10th, 2020

Class of 1967

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Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Crouse Wilkinson, age 70 of Cherryville passed away Friday, July 10, 2020 at her residence.  She was born July 15, 1949 in Lincoln County to the late Hall Edmond and Ruby Huffman Crouse.  She was a member of First Baptist Church where she served on various committee and was a member of the Renee Crain Mission Group.  She was very artistic, sang in the choir, and enjoyed playing the piano. Becky was a licensed North Carolina Contractor and Realtor. 
 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Slade Wilkinson.
 
Survivors includer her husband of 52 years, Steve Wilkinson; son, Shea Wilkinson; and grandsons, Austin Wilkinson and Cain Wilkinson
 
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 13, 2020 at 12:00 PM at First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Vince Hefner officiating.  Burial will follow at City Memorial Cemetery. 
 
Mrs. Wilkinson will lie-in-state on Monday, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM prior to the service at the church.
 
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, social distancing and face coverings will be required.
 
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Prayer Quilt Ministry, 301 E. First St. Cherryville, NC 28021.
 
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net

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Hazelene Ford (Hush)

September 20th, 1948 - June 29th, 2020

Class of 1966

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Reverend Dr. Hazelene Hush Ford age 71 of Lincolnton, North Carolina transitioned on Monday, June 29, 2020 at CaroMont Health, Gastonia, North Carolina. She was born in Lincoln County, North Carolina on September 20, 1948 to the late John Amos Hush and Cleola Charles Hush.
Those who knew Dr. Ford would say she was a woman of strong resolve who pushed past boundaries and loved education. She was among the first group of African American students to integrate Lincolnton High School, graduating in 1966. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from N.C. A&T State University. She went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Education from Lenoir Rhyne University. In addition, Dr. Ford obtained a Master of Educational Administration, a Master of Learning Disabilities, and an Advance Degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She served for 30 years with the State of North Carolina, as a teacher and then Principal of the night High School Equivalency program before finishing her career as an administrator with Lincoln County Schools. Dr. Ford continued her educational pursuits by obtaining first a Master of Biblical Studies and then a Doctor of Biblical Studies. Dr. Hazelene Ford also obtained her Doctor of Divinity degree from New Vision University. She was an active member of the NAACP. She was a member and Golden Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Dr. Ford was a charter member of Xi Phi Omega Chapter in Hickory, NC. Dr. Ford served as a Chaplain at Lincoln County Hospital and served as a member and contributor to many organizations in the community.
Funeral Service is Monday, July 6, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at St. James A.M.E. Zion Church with burial to follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service. The body will lie in state at Ebony & White’s on Sunday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The family will not be present. Due to COVID-19 everyone is asked to wear masks.
Survivors are her husband, Gary Ford of the home, son, DeRon Ford (Catina) of Gastonia, NC, daughter, Garrette Martin-Yeboah (Samuel) of Baltimore, MD, two brothers, Reginald Hush of Largo, MD, Elworth Hush of New Paltz, NY, two sisters, Mary Briggs of Marlboro, NJ, Evangelist Ellen Louise McClain of Lincolnton, NC, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren
Ebony & White’s Funeral Service is serving the Ford family

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Sandra Braswell (Beam)

September 21st, 1952 - May 23rd, 2020

Class of 1970

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Little River, SC

Sandra Beam Braswell, 67, died May 23, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family.
Born on September 21, 1952 in Lincoln County, NC, she was the daughter of Bobby Carroll and Sadie M. Newton Beam.
Sandra is survived by her husband, Joe H. Braswell; two sons, Marty William Abernathy (Amy) and Dustin Kemp Abernathy (Carmen); one stepdaughter, Dawn Leigh Braswell; two sisters, Deborah Shelley (Adrian) and Karen Helms (Kenny); two grandchildren, Brody William and Conley Robert Abernathy; and best friend, Gerri Craig (Danny).
Services will be private with the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 950 48th Avenue North, Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
A guestbook is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com.
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

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Bobby J Braddy

July 16th, 1949 - May 3rd, 2020

Class of 1970

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Jerry Dean Franklin

February 20th, 1949 - May 2nd, 2020

Class of 1968

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Jerry Dean Franklin
( - May 3, 2020 )
Jerry Dean Franklin, age 71, of Salem Church Road, Lincolnton died Saturday, May 2, 2020.
The family will receive guests at the home, 2464 Salem Church Road, Lincolnton, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020.
Mr. Franklin was born on February 20, 1949 and was the son of the late Wylie and Martha Whitesides Franklin.  He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Danny Franklin, Bill Franklin and Eddie Franklin. Mr. Franklin worked as a brick mason and was also a veteran of the United States Army having served in the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Thresia Ray Franklin of the home; one son, Wylie Shane Franklin and wife, Dawn of Lincolnton; two grandsons, Bradley Franklin and Brent Franklin; one brother, Phillip Franklin and wife, Cindy of Lincolnton; one sister, Martha Jane Starr of Iron Station.

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Jane Whitaker (Mullen)

September 8th, 1950 - April 18th, 2020

Class of 1968

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Jane Whitaker, age 69, passed away suddenly at her home in Wellington, Florida on Saturday, April 18. 2020. Jane was born on September 8, 1950 in Lincolnton, North Carolina. She married her beloved husband, Edward Whitaker on February 27, 1981. Jane attended Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina. She was a valued teacher at Lake Worth High School in Lake Worth Florida from 1975 until 2004, when she retired. Jane was honored as a “Who’s Who Among Americans Teachers” recipient. Jane was an avid reader and crossword puzzle solver. She loved her cats, Paul McCartney and the theatre. Jane enjoyed travelling and was a dedicated fan of the Tarheels and the Miami Dolphins. Her sense of humor will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Jane is survived by her husband, Edward Whitaker. She is also survived by her niece, Susan Newman and her nephew, Chuck Hipp, both of South Carolina. National Cremation Services of West Palm Beach is handling the arrangements. There is no service planned at this time due to current quarantine conditions. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. Donations can be made on their website (peggyadams.org). Please select the “donate” option, then the “tribute” option. As an alternate, checks may be sent to Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, 3200 N. Military Trail, #3100, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33409. Please note on the check that the donation is in memory of Jane Whitaker so the family can be notified.

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Steve Faulkner

April 1st, 1951 - April 7th, 2020

Class of 1969

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Steve Nicholas Faulkner
( April 1, 1951 - April 7, 2020 )
Steve Nicholas Faulkner, age 69 of Laboratory Road in Lincolnton, and formerly of Catawba, died on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
Mr. Faulkner was born April 1, 1951, in Lincoln County, to the late Daniel and Rosa Franklin Faulkner. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Edith Kay Lockman Faulkner. He was retired from CommScope.
He is survived by sisters, Jane F. Martin, Shirley Potts, and Betty Faulkner; and a brother, William Faulkner.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Stewart Stoudemire

November 3rd, 1941 - March 29th, 2020

Class of 1960

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Obituary for Stewart McBryde Stoudemire

November 3, 1941 - March 29, 2020
Stewart McBryde Stoudemire gained eternal life on March 29, 2020 after a brief illness. Stewart was born in Rock Hill, SC and spent his childhood in Lincolnton, NC. Stewart was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed a good laugh and having fun with his family. He was a master craftsman, intellectually curious, and could speak thoughtfully on most any subject.

He lived a life of humble service to others. Upon graduation from N.C. State with ROTC experience and an industrial engineering degree, he served his country, rising to the rank of Army Captain and leading his own unit. His service continued with the Army Reserve in Galax, VA. Stewart enjoyed a successful career in the furniture industry culminating with the founding and co-ownership of The Charles Stewart Company, where he served as president for 25+ years. In 1985, he was called to serve as an ordained Deacon at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Hickory, NC where he helped lead worship services and led inventive confirmation training for countless young people in the church. Stewart volunteered his time to public school mentoring programs and the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a Cubmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster for many years.

Stewart is survived by his wife Sandy Bishop Stoudemire, son Woody Stoudemire (wife Kelly), of Granite Falls, NC, and daughter Sarah Stoudemire Mohammed, (husband Faisal), of Asheville, NC. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Claire Stoudemire of Erie, PA, Maggie Stoudemire, of Chapel Hill, NC, Emma Mohammed, and Isaac Mohammed of Asheville, NC, sister Sylvia Stoudemire Wallace, (husband John) of Lincolnton, NC, first wife Cornelia Wood Stoudemire, of Hickory, NC, niece Anna Stoudemire of Mermaid Beach, Australia and nephew Dr. Will Stoudemire (wife Katie, son Walden) of Chapel Hill, NC. He was predeceased by his mother Margaret Louise Stewart Stoudemire, father George Asbury Stoudemire and brother Dr. George Alan Stoudemire.

In the future, once it is deemed safe to socially gather, there will be a celebration of Stewart’s life. The family will make the arrangements known at that time.

Memorial donations may be made in Stewart’s name to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 130 39th Ave Pl NW, Hickory, NC 28601 www.stalbansparish.org or Banner Elk Presbyterian Church, 420 College Ave, Banner Elk, NC 28604 www.bannerelkpresbyterian.org


Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Stoudemire family by visiting our website www.rsfh.net

The care of Stewart and his family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.
(828) 733-2121

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Milly Hord (Chaffin)

January 3rd, 1945 - March 19th, 2020

Class of 1963

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Milly Chaffin Hord
( January 3, 1945 - March 19, 2020 )
Milly Chaffin Hord, age 75 of Lincolnton, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

A private graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at a later date.  

Mrs. Hord was born January 3, 1945, in Lincoln County, to the late Joseph Henry Chaffin and Bertha Ewing Chaffin.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Lamar Hord, Sr.  She worked as a sales representative for American Tobacco.  

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth L. “Chip” Hord, Jr. of Charlotte, and Steven D. Hord, and wife Melanie of Lincolnton; two sisters, Judy Stover of Cherryville, and Debbie Chaffin of Shelby; three grandchildren, Addison Hord, Abby Hord, and Derek Hord; and numerous nieces and nephews.    

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Wayne Johnson

October 28th, 1946 - March 19th, 2020

Class of 1965

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Wayne Shuford Johnson
( October 28, 1946 - March 19, 2020 )
Wayne Shuford Johnson, age 73, of Lee Lawing Road in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

A private graveside service will be held in Iron Station Cemetery.  Wayne’s body will lie in state at Warlick Funeral Home on Sunday, March 22, 2020, from 1:00 until 4:30 p.m. for those who wish to pay their respects; however, the family will not be present (due to the state mandate on the COVID-19 virus).  

Wayne was born October 28, 1946, in Lincoln County, to the late James Elliott Johnson and Norma Rhyne Johnson.  He worked as a training instructor for Duke Energy.  

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Green Johnson of the home; two sons, Jeff Johnson (Lori) of Lincolnton, and Brian Johnson (Molly) from Gardnerville, NV; a daughter, Jennifer J. Heavner (Noah Damon) of Lincolnton; a brother, Tommy Johnson (Frances) of Charlotte; a sister, Ann Ballard (Stan) of Lincolnton; special aunt, Wilhelmina Ledford of Lincolnton; one grandson, Kelly Johnson; three granddaughters, Ana Johnson, Makayla Johnson, and Sarah Johnson; one great-granddaughter, Kaia Grace Kahoiwai.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pearl Baptist Church Building Fund, 4657 Highway 27, Iron Station, NC 28080.

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Joe Austin Gladden

January 1st, 1941 - February 25th, 2020

Class of 1961

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Joe Austin Gladden
( January 1, 1941 - February 25, 2020 )
Joe Austin Gladden, age 79, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went home to his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at Carolina Caring in Sherrills Ford.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28, 2020, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Greg Plott officiating.  The family will receive friends on Friday from 12:15 until 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.  

Joe was born January 1, 1941, in Lincoln County, to the late Edward and Etta Huffstettler Gladden.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers, Hugh Gladden, Herman Gladden, Jim “Raeford” Gladden; sisters, Sadie Smith, Faye Gladden, Hazel Childress, Ozelle Helms, and Ruth Kadau; son, Little Joe Gladden; and daughter, Jewel Gladden.

Joe loved his family and enjoyed working on cars.  He ran Buffalo Service Station and Joe’s Body Shop for over 30 years.  He enjoyed cheating at family cards, driving WAY TOO FAST, and playing with his grandkids, while teaching them all of his bad habits.  He loved watching Tarheel basketball, westerns, and enjoyed camping with family and friends, and meeting with friends at Hardee’s.  

He is survived by his wife, Linda Gladden of the home; a daughter, Crystal Mull of Hickory; a brother, Kemp Gladden of Conover; two grandchildren, Samantha Wilkinson and Jacob Mull; and one great-grandchild, Silas Lee.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC  28685.

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Dennis "Buddy" Setzer

August 23rd, 1944 - February 4th, 2020

Class of 1962

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Rev. Dr. Dennis Lee Setzer Jr.
Greer, SC
 Rev. Dr. Dennis Lee Setzer Jr., 75 of Greer, SC, passed away Tuesday February 4, 2020 at Spartanburg Medical Center.
Born in Lincolnton, NC, he was the son of the late Dennis Lee Setzer Sr. and the late Mabel Robinson Setzer. He was a Pastor of The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America), an Eagle Scout as well as a member of The Civitan.
Survivors include his loving wife Jean Miller Setzer of the home, four sons, Dennis Lee Setzer III and his wife Donna of Safety Harbor, Fl, Kirk Monroe Setzer and his wife Kelly of Lowell, NC, Trevor Kolby Setzer and his wife Maria of Greenville, SC, John Robinson Setzer and his wife Wendy of Cumming, GA; two sisters, Kaye Bach of Lincolnton, NC, Freida Cooper of Weaverville, NC; thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.  he was predeceased by a brother, Curtis Setzer.
The family will gather at 2:00 PM Friday February 7, 2020 at Forest Hills Funeral Home in Woodruff, SC and a Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday February 8, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hardin, NC with Rev. Gerald sanders officiating.  In Lieu of flowers the family wishes memorials be made to Sleep in Heavenly Peace - Pinellas, PO Box 713, Tarpon Springs, FL, 34688 or to Piedmont Council Boy Scouts - PO Box 1059. Gastonia, NC 28053 - https://www.piedmontcouncilbsa.org/memorials.
Forest Hills Funeral Home
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Gary Chapman

July 15th, 1949 - February 2nd, 2020

Class of 1967

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Gary Hugh Chapman
( July 15, 1949 - February 2, 2020 )
Gary Hugh Chapman, age 70, of Redbud Road in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ken Gibson officiating.  Burial will follow in the Southside Baptist Church cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Warlick Funeral Home.

Gary was born July 15, 1949, in Lincoln County, to the late Jack Chapman and Tiny Reynolds.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his bride, Sherry R. Chapman, Father and Mother-in-law, Pete and Peggy Reynolds and sister-in-law, Betty Reynolds.

Gary was well known by many for his love for family, especially his grandsons, and his friends, known as “the entourage”.  His sense of humor was unmatched, his way of making others smile and laugh was a true gift.   In his younger years  he was the owner of Chapman Building & Remodeling, where he enjoyed helping others bring something old and outdated back to life and beautiful again.  

He is survived by a son, Tommy Chapman (Lesley) of Lincolnton; a daughter, Shelley C. Butler (Shawn) of Grand Haven, MI; two brothers, Steve Chapman and Larry Green, both of Lincolnton; a sister, Lisa Chapman of Hickory; brothers-in-law, Terry Reynolds and Gary Reynolds (Betty) of Lincolnton, and Rusty Reynolds (Donna) of Greensboro; four grandchildren, Carson Chapman, of Lincolnton, NC.  James Butler, Garrett Butler and Reid Butler of Grand Haven, MI;  as well as a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Autism Support of West Shore, PO Box 39, Spring Lake, MI 49456, or to Levine Children’s Hospital, PO Box 32861, Charlotte, NC  28232-2861.

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Jerry Norman

January 19th, 1950 - February 1st, 2020

Class of 1969

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Jerry Alan Norman
( January 19, 1950 - February 1, 2020 )
Mr. Jerry Alan Norman, age 70 of Brocton Trail in Lincolnton died Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Mr. Norman was born January 19, 1950 in Lincoln County to Louise Reynolds Boyce and the late Horace Franklin Norman. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam era.  Mr. Norman worked as a building contractor.

His funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Covenant Church. Rev. Mike Devine, Rev. Joey Williams, Rev. Butch Ross and Rev. Carl Brown will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Norman Family Cemetery located at 5521 Crouse Road in Crouse, NC 28033.  The family will receive friends on Monday from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Warlick Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Dana Daves Norman of the home; three sons, Dennis Norman of Lincolnton, Teddy Norman and wife Chastidy of Crouse, Cory Norman and wife Amber of Lincolnton; one daughter, April Norman of Lincolnton; one brother, Ricky Norman and wife Lou of Lincolnton; two sisters, Joyce Cruse of Crouse and Brenda Howard and husband Bobby of Lincolnton; ten grandchildren; one great- grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

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Donald Hoyle

June 28th, 1944 - January 30th, 2020

Class of 1962

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Donald Ulysses Hoyle Jr.
June 28, 1944 - January 30, 2020
 
 
 
LINCOLNTON – Donald Ulysses Hoyle Jr., 75, of Lincolnton passed away January 30, 2020.
Donald was born June 28, 1944 in Lincolnton to the late Donald Ulysses Hoyle Sr. and Mamie Poteat Hoyle. He was a graduate of Lincolnton High School and Catawba Valley Community College, majoring in Furniture Production. He worked his entire career in furniture manufacturing and as a furniture plant owner. He also served with honor in the United States Army serving in Vietnam in the 25th Infantry Division at Chu Chi, South Vietnam and in the 1968 Tet Offensive. Mr. Hoyle was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, and the Army Commendation Medal. His hobbies were owning and rebuilding classic automobiles. He was an avid NASCAR fan and NFL fan. He also enjoyed restoring fine antique furniture. He loved his many animals especially his loyal dog, Minnie.
He was preceded in death by brother Carrol William Hoyle and sisters Clara Hoyle Conner, Ruby Hoyle Crump, Wanda Hoyle Lee, and Murel Hoyle Canipe.
He is survived by a brother Kenneth Ray Hoyle and wife Louella Hoyle; son Donald Michael Hoyle of Lincolnton; daughter Jennifer Hoyle Vincett and husband Matthew Vincett of Rockingham; two grandchildren Henry Michael Vincett and Cynthia Louise Vincett; a number of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery on Wesley Chapel Road in Catawba County at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Dr., Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Jenkins Funeral and Cremation Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Hoyle family.
 

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Judy Crisp (Weathers)

August 21st, 1948 - January 27th, 2020

Class of 1967

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Judy Gail Weathers Crisp
( August 21, 1948 - January 27, 2020 )
Judy Gail Weathers Crisp, age 71, of Lincolnton, died on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Delbert Minner officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Friday from 2:00 until 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Judy was born August 21, 1948, in Lincoln County, to the late Miles Burley Weathers and Margaret Chapman Weathers.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Dickie Leon Crisp.  She worked in textiles.

She is survived by three sons, Clayton Alexander Crisp (Linda) of El Paso, TX, Kenneth Randall Crisp (Wendy Adams) of Hickory, and Derrick Adam Crisp (Jennifer Hill); a daughter, Melissa Gail Crisp (Trey Loftin) of Lincolnton; two brothers, Miles Weathers (Blairette) of Lincolnton, and David Weathers (Peggy) of Maiden; and six grandchildren, Brooke Crisp, Clayton Crisp, Jr., Ivey Loftin, Gracie Loftin, Bradlee Mueller, and Adam Crisp.

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From MELBA FINLEY on February 15th, 2022
I will miss you my friend. My aches with your passing. Thanks for the years of your friendship, laughs, nights of playing cards, you meant a lot to me. Love you forever.
 

Larry Craig

September 16th, 1946 - December 23rd, 2019

Class of 1965

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Lincolnton - Mr. Larry Steve Craig, 73, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019.

Larry was born on September 16, 1946 in Cleveland County, NC a son of the late Thomas Craig and Louise Bessie Faulkenbury Craig. He was the operator for the NCDMV License Plate Agency in Lincolnton. Larry was a member of Anthony Grove Baptist Church in Crouse.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Wilson Craig.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Vicki Bumgarner Craig of the home; a son, Matthew Craig and wife Lauren of Lincolnton; a daughter, Leslie Thomas of Denver; a sister, Kay Craig Burgin of Lincolnton; mother-in-law Carolyn Bumgarner of Cherryville; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Visitation will be from 1:30PM to 2:45PM on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Anthony Grove Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM on Sunday December 29, 2019 at Anthony Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Dennis Bean officiating.

A private burial will follow at Gainsville Baptist Church Cemetery in Lincolnton.

Memorials may be made to Anthony Grove Baptist Church, Building Fund, 100 Anthony Grove Church Road, Crouse, NC 28033.

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Neil Edgar Allran

June 17th, 1951 - December 21st, 2019

Class of 1969

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Neil Edgar Allran
( June 17, 1951 - December 21, 2019 )
Neil Edgar Allran, age 68, of Lincolnton, passed from his earthly home to his new home in Heaven on Saturday, December 21, 2019.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Michael Collins officiating.  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m. in the North Wing.  A reception will follow the service.

Neil was born June 17, 1951, in Lincoln County, to the late Cecil Edgar Allran and Lena Belle Travis Allran.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Steve Martin.  At an early age, Neil worked as a surveyor and then continued his work in commercial construction throughout his career.  Most recently, he was Operations Manager for Ratzlaff Construction in Charlotte.  

“Uncle Neil” was a hero to all of his nieces and nephews.  Through the years, we all enjoyed his humor, companionship, and most of all, his love.  Any activity that we had the chance to participate in with him was always a lot of fun.  He had a heart of gold and cherished spending time with his family and friends.  

Those who will forever cherish his memory are his daughter, Kiley Allran Donnell, and husband William; two granddaughters, Arlee and Arden Donnell; his sisters, Emily Robinson, and husband Ben, and Cecelia Driscoll, and husband, Paul, all of Lincolnton; his very special nephews, Paul Neil Robinson, and Will Warren, and wife Nori; and numerous other cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, HVAC or Stained Glass Window Projects, 216 S. Aspen Street, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

 

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Mike Barkley

April 11th, 1951 - December 8th, 2019

Class of 1969

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Harold Michael “Boo Boo” Barkley, age 68, of Candice Court, passed away peacefully at home Sunday December 8, 2019. He was born April 11, 1951 in Lincoln County to the late John Walter and Edith Wease Lowe Barkley.
 
Mike enjoyed restoring old cars. He participated with the New Year’s Shooters for many years. He also was retired from the City of Cherryville Public Works. Mike loved his family and will be dearly missed.
 
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Poole.
 
Left to cherish his memory is loving wife of 21 years, Jannette Hicks Barkley; daughter, Brandy Sipe (T.J.) of Lincolnton; stepsons, John Oxentine (Paula) of Boone, and James Oxentine (Norma) of Cherryville; step-daughter, Teresa Jones (Gene Ray) of Sharon, SC.; brother, Edward Barkley; sisters, Harriet Smith, Jackie Lockman, and Martha Abee; 7 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
 
 
His family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Tuesday December 10, 2019 at Carpenter-Porter Funeral & Cremation Services.
 
Burial will be private.
 
Memorials may be sent to the family.

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Fred Tommy Mullinax

August 3rd, 1945 - November 30th, 2019

Class of 1965

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Fred "Mountain" Thomas Mullinax
( August 3, 1945 - November 30, 2019 )
Fred “Mountain” Thomas Mullinax- the man, the myth, the legend- of Lincolnton NC died peacefully in his home on Saturday, November 30th, surrounded by his family. He went to be with Jesus--where his heart truly longed to be--after a hard-fought battle over the past three months. He was one of the toughest and strongest men we knew even to the end.
Mountain was born in Crowder’s Mountain on August 3, 1945 to parents Fred Morgan Mullinax and Kathleen Scism Mullinax Ross. As a young boy, he was hard-working, loved animals, hardly ever missed a day of school, and was doted on by his sisters and his mama. In high school, he was known as one of the best baseball pitchers around and for his ability to hustle anyone who dared to challenge him to a game of pool. By the age of 16, he had purchased Mullinax billiards, a house for his mama, and a ‘61 Corvette. At 18, he joined the Air Force during the Vietnam War. After he was medically discharged, he played semi-pro baseball and then travelled the country as a professional pool player. At the age of 25, he met the only person who could make him settle down, his wife Kathy, the love of his life. During their almost 50 years of marriage, they had three daughters and eight grandchildren of whom he couldn’t have been more proud.
He loved fishing, playing cards, his rabbits, travelling with his wife, going to his grandkids’ ball games, rocking in his rocking chair, and gossiping with his friends at the pool room. He never knew a stranger and was known for how he cared for people- those who have been cast aside by society have found a friend in him. Those who have needed help have found a meal or a job or whatever else they needed with him. Those who have had complicated relationships with their own fathers have found a father-figure in him. He wasn’t much of church-going man but how he lived his life and how he cared for people reflected the character of Jesus more than anyone we’ve known.
His funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2019 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday at Warlick Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Survivors include: his wife, Kathy Pittman Mullinax; daughters, Jacque Mullinax Adkins and husband Chris of Lexington, KY, Lori Mullinax of Lincolnton and Abby Mullinax Hendricks and husband Andy of Lincolnton; sisters, Joyce Williams and husband Rodney of Hudson, NC, and Kathy Webb and husband Mackie of Vale; grandchildren, Amber Adkins, Kayla Reep, John Adkins, Zach Reep, Taylor Hendricks, Gavin Hendricks, Emma Adkins and Sophie Hendricks. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his sisters Linda and Frankie.
Memorials may be made to Leonards Fork Baptist Church, 1462 Leonard’s Fork Church Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Deborah Hinson (Leonard )

April 24th, 1959 - November 24th, 2019

Class of 1977

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Deborah Leonard Hinson
( April 24, 1959 - November 24, 2019 )
Deborah Leonard Hinson, age 60, of Lincolnton, died on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at McKendree United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Plott officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state for thirty minutes prior to the service. Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Ms. Hinson was born April 24, 1959 in Harnett County, to the late Sterling and Nadine Auton Leonard. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Jeff Hinson; and a brother, Russell Leonard. She worked for Hickory Chair.

She is survived by her children, Jamie Hinson, and wife Mindy, Jennifer Shull, and husband Adam, Jonathan Hinson, and wife Alisha, and Jesse Hinson, and wife Rebecca, all of Lincolnton; a brother, Jerry Leonard of Lincolnton; three sisters, Kathy Leonard and Brenda Ellington, both of Lincolnton, and Loretta Byers of Sherrills Ford; two granddaughters, Laney and Paisley; and nine nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to McKendree United Methodist Church, PO Box 426, Lincolnton, NC 28093.
 

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Rebecca Brackett

March 5th, 1949 - October 17th, 2019

Class of 1968

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LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Rebecca Ann Brackett, age 70, of Lincolnton, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Atrium Health – Lincoln.
She was born March 5, 1949 in Lincoln County to the late John Brackett and Dorothy Brackett Homesley. Rebecca was a graduate of Lincolnton High School and Gardner-Webb University. She was retired from Lincoln County Social Services where she was employed as a social worker. Rebecca enjoyed reading, jigsaw puzzles, and crocheting.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Steve Moose.
She is survived by numerous cousins.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Yount officiating. Burial will follow at Hollybrook Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, 618 S. Grove St., Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
Carpenter-Porter Funeral & Cremation Services of Cherryville, N.C. is serving the Brackett family.
 

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Bonita Warren (Hager)

March 24th, 1950 - October 16th, 2019

Class of 1968
 

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Bonita Faye Hager Warren
( March 24, 1950 - October 16, 2019 )
Bonita Faye Hager Warren, age 69, of Goodson Road in Maiden, died on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, after losing her courageous battle with cancer.  She was a beloved Wife, Mother, and Grandmother.  

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Tim Byrd and Rev. Jim Mathews officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the church.

Mrs. Warren was born March 24, 1950, in Lincoln County, to the late Coley Eugene Hager and Gladys Goodson Hager.  She worked for Cronland Hardware and Cronland Lumber Company as the office manager and bookkeeper for 49 years.  

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gary “Tun” Warren of the home; a son, Jeffrey Warren (Kelly) of Denver; a daughter, Jennifer Woodsby (Jason) of Denver; a brother, Terry Hager of Maiden; sisters, Daphine Laney of Maiden, and Joyce Manera of Charlotte; and seven grandchildren.  

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC  28092, or to Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church, 1360 Ivey Church Road, Maiden, NC  28650.

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Glenda Keenan (Lineberger)

- - September 19th, 2019

Class of 1968

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Our world is a little darker today. Glenda left us at 10:45pm 9/19/19. She was the guiding light of our lives and the heart of our family. She will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Thank you all for supporting her as she exited our world. She was so loved. We will cherish that forever. To all of those we were not able to contact directly, we are sorry you had to find out here and not from us. We will post here again when we have a celebration of life party date.
We have a date for Glenda's celebration of life. It will be Sunday, October 27th at Manns Chapel from 11am-2pm. There is limited parking so we do encourage carpooling for all those that can. The address is 175 Poythress rd, Chapel Hill 27516. We do hope that you will be able to come celebrate her incredible life with us and feel free to pass the information on to those that might not see this.

For all of our Old Mission friends there will be a gathering in OM next summer to remember our remarkable friend.

 

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Catherine "Cathey" Finger (Hollifield)

October 12th, 1951 - September 5th, 2019

Class of 1970

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Catherine "Cathey" Hollifield Finger
( October 12, 1951 - September 5, 2019 )
Catherine “Cathey” Hollifield Finger, age 67, of Oak Grove Church Road in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, September 5, 2019.

Her funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Eddie Yount officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Monday from 12:00 until 12:45 p.m. at the funeral home.  

Cathey was born October 12, 1951, in McDowell County, to the late James and Mary Norton Hollifield.  

Those that are left behind include her husband, James “Jim” Finger of the home; a son, Jason Finger of Lincolnton; and a sister, Judy Turner, and husband Dwight, of Lincolnton.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Wayne Hull

1952 - August 28th, 2019

Class of 1970

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Alvin Garry Stallings

July 29th, 1941 - August 18th, 2019

Class of 1961

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Alvin Garry Stallings
( July 29, 1941 - August 18, 2019 )
Alvin Garry Stallings, age 78, of 4717 Morning Glory Way in Rocky Mount, died on Sunday, August 18, 2019.

His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at McKendree United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 9:45 until 10:45 a.m. in the fellowship building. 

Mr. Stallings was born July 29, 1941, in Lincoln County, to the late Olen Henry Stallings and Ola Mae McMurry Stallings.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Carolyn Sisk Stallings; a sister, Nancy Baucom; and a brother, Bill Stallings.  He retired from Carolina Freight Carriers/ABF Trucking Company.

He is survived by three daughters, Jackie Chapman (Larry Ray), Kim Key (Kevin Dwayne), and Penny White (Roger), all of Nashville, NC; two sisters, Louise Scronce (Jerry), and Pat Lingerfelt (Ray), all of Lincolnton; and two grandchildren, Ashley Lynn White and Travis Lynn White. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McKendree United Methodist Church, PO Box 426, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

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Jay Heavner

September 10th, 1945 - August 17th, 2019

Class of 1963

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GASTONIA- Jay Clyde Heavner, age 73, of Candlewick Way in Gastonia died Saturday, August 17, 2019.
Mr. Heavner was born September 10, 1945 in Lincoln County. He was the son of the late Clyde Preston Heavner and Daisy Eurey Heavner. He was preceded in death by a grandson Gabriel Savage and brother, Jack Heavner. Mr. Heavner retired as the Director of Revenue for Gaston County. Prior to working in Gaston County, he was the Tax Administrator for Lincoln County. He was a veteran of the US Army.
His funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at Covenant Church where he was a member for many years.. Rev. Mike Devine will officiate. His body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Warlick Funeral Home.
Mr. Heavner is survived by his wife, Amelia "Millie" Smith Heavner of the home; son, Andy Heavner and wife Stephanie of Lacey, Washington; daughter, Amy Heavner Savage and husband Jonanthan of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Victoria Savage, Isabella Savage and Jacob Heavner.
Memorials may be made to Covenant Church, P. O. Box 564, Lincolnton, NC 28093.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton, NC is serving the Heavner family.

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Chester Judd

January 30th, 1951 - August 11th, 2019

Class of 1968

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Chester Judd passed away on August 11,2019. No services are planned.  He was survived by Judy Judd Griffin, Susan Judd Stamey McDonald, Jennifer Judd, brothers David and Wally Judd, and step-sister Libby Judd Carroll. 

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Joyce Richards (Lowe)

January 3rd, 1952 - August 5th, 2019

Class of 1969

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Joyce Ann Richards 67 of Vale NC passed away on Aug. 5, 2019 at charlotte medical center. 

Joyce was born in Greenville NC. Her parents were Clifton and Aldeen Lowe. Joyce was born January 3 1952. She married Michael Steven Richards on December 5 1998. 
 
Joyce loved her family and spending time with them. She lived the beach racing and football. Her favorite team was the Pittsburg Steelers. Joyce adored her grandyoungins. 
 
Joyce is preceded in death by both her parents and her husband. 
 
She is survived by her 3 youngins, 16 grandyoungins. 
 
The family of Joyce would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff of CMC Main in Charlotte. And everyone for their thoughts and prayers. 

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Candy Gaudet (Mauney)

July 8th, 1947 - July 23rd, 2019

Class of 1965

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Candace Mauney Gaudet
( July 8, 1947 - July 23, 2019 )
Candace Mauney Gaudet, age 72, of Martinez, Georgia, and formerly of Lincolnton, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

Her funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Mrs. Gaudet was born July 8, 1947, in Lincoln County, to the late William Andrew Mauney and Grace Williams Mauney.  She worked as an art teacher for Georgia Public Schools.  She loved animals and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Gaudet of the home; a son, William Gaudet, and wife Monica, and their daughter, Alethea, all of Aiken, SC; and a daughter, Mary Hosch, and husband Bryant, and their son, Brandon, all of Atlanta, GA.  

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Lincoln County, PO Box 23, Lincolnton, NC  28093.

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David Brown

December 17th, 1943 - July 12th, 2019

Class of 1962

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David Hubert Brown
( December 17, 1943 - July 12, 2019 )
David Hubert Brown, age 75, of the Gastonia Highway, Lincolnton died Friday, July 12, 2019.
His funeral will be 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2019 at Pisgah United Methodist Church with Rev. Sarah Underwood and Rev. William Wease officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at Pisgah United Methodist Church.
Mr. Brown was born on December 17, 1943 and was the son of the late Wilson David Brown and Ann Canipe Brown.  He was retired from Bell South and was a veteran of the United States Navy.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Revonda Brown of the home; one son Jeffrey Brown and wife, Lauren of Texas; one daughter, Angela Brown Warner and husband, Tim of Lincolnton; one brother, Jim Brown of Vale; three grandchildren, Coleman Warner, Cameron Warner and Madison Brown.
Memorials may be made to Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2582 Gastonia Highway, Lincolnton, NC 28092 or to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Mary Rita Dalton

December 19th, 1942 - June 16th, 2019

Class of 1961

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Mary Rita Dalton
( December 19, 1942 - June 16, 2019 )
Mary Rita Dalton, age 76, of Lincolnton, died on Sunday, June 16, 2019.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019, at Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Spencer officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The body will lie in state for thirty minutes prior to the service.  Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Warlick Funeral Home.  

Ms. Dalton was born December 19, 1942, in Lincoln County, to the late Datha Pink “D.P.” Dalton and Mary Elizabeth Shrum Dalton.  She worked as a teacher for the Shelby City Schools.

She is survived by a brother, Bob Dalton, and wife Mary Ervin Dalton, of Iron Station; a nephew, Rob Dalton, and wife Lee Ann, of Iron Station; and two great-nieces, Caroline Dalton and Isabelle Dalton. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Asbury United Methodist Church Renovation Fund, PO Box 676, Lincolnton, NC  28093.

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Diane Smith (Bumgarner)

February 20th, 1944 - June 1st, 2019

Class of 1962

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Diane Bumgarner Smith
( February 20, 1944 - June 1, 2019 )
Diane Bumgarner Smith, age 75, of Brookdale Lane in Stanley celebrated her home going on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Reepsville Baptist Church with Rev. Matthew Seagle and Jeff Hull officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:45 until 2:45 on Tuesday prior to the service at the church.  At all other times, the family will be at the home of her son Steve, 2595 Gates Road, Lincolnton, NC.

Mrs. Smith was born on February 20, 1944 in Lincoln County, to the late Buford Allen and Myrtle Hoffman Bumgarner.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Haskel Lee Smith.  Mrs. Smith was retired.

She is survived by three sons, Tim Smith and wife Amy of Shelby, Steve Smith and wife Pam of Lincolnton, Lonnie Smith and wife Katrina of Denver; one brother, Allen Bumgarner and wife Terri of Marietta, GA; seven grandchildren, Seth Smith, Hayden Smith and wife Jessie, Kelsey Fowler and husband Eian, Ethan Smith, Zach Smith, Daniel Smith, and Shyanna Smith; three great-grandchildren, Henry Smith, Jonah Smith and McCoy Fowler; one niece, Kelli Pacheco; one nephew, Tyler Bumgarner and beloved pet, Bear.

Memorials may be made to Reepsville Baptist Church Seniors, 4287 Reepsville Rd; Vale, North Carolina 28168.

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Jerry Long

March 20th, 1946 - May 8th, 2019

Class of 1964 and 1965

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Jerry Franklin Long
( March 20, 1946 - May 8, 2019 )
Jerry Franklin Long, age 73, of 1942 Rhyne Land Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

His funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jaie Warlick and Chaplain Greg Hager officiating.  Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Jerry was born March 20, 1946, in Lincoln County to the late J.D. and Carrie Faulkenbury Long.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters.  Prior to his retirement, he served 18 years at Lincoln County Sheriffs Department in various roles. 

He is survived by his loving companion, Joyce Elmore of Lincolnton;  son, Scott Long, and wife Maureen, of Plantation, FL;  daughter, Julie Haupt of Hickory; three grandchildren, Ian McMahon, Hunter Long, and Dakota Long; and special brother, Jerry Lowe of Newton.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501     St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-9959.

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From Vickie Hendrick Hoke on January 7th, 2022
Miss talking to you on the phone. Always such a joy when you came to visit.  You were my sweet friend and cousin.
 
From Steve Benfield on May 10th, 2019
The picture in my mind I will always have of Jerry is his big smile.  He was quick to laugh and had an infectious laugh that just made you feel good.  He seemed to aways be happy, and that is why I always wanted to be around him.  He was a fun guy.  We will miss you happy fellow.
 

Imogene Clanton

February 9th, 1942 - May 8th, 2019

Class of 1960

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Imogene Clanton
( February 9, 1942 - May 8, 2019 )
Imogene Clanton, 77, of Lincolnton, NC, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, with her family by her side.  Imogene fought a long hard battle with COPD and cancer.  She now is at home with her Savior Jesus Christ.

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Spencer and Rev. Dustin Roberts officiating.  Burial will follow in the Webbs Chapel Baptist Church cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Imogene was born February 9, 1942, to the late David R. Clanton and Hattie V. Clanton.  Imogene was a precious mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was a member of Webbs Chapel Baptist Church in Lincolnton.  Imogene retired from Emerson Leather in Hickory with 21 years of service.  Imogene was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie A. Carver; sister, Betty L. Moody; and brother, David R. Clanton, Jr.  

She is survived by two sons, Daniel Woodie, and wife Melanie, of Lincolnton, and Michael Woodie, and wife Sherri, of Gastonia; a sister, Patricia V. Carpenter; eight grandchildren, Amy Patterson, and husband Walter, Dustin Roberts, and wife Julia, Keith Woodie, Josh Roberts, and wife Amy, Ashley Woodie, Starr Tate, Eric Tate, and Kassie Woodie; and three great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Patterson, Natalie Patterson, and Noah Roberts.  

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951, Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC  28150.

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Roger Yarbrough

November 14th, 1948 - May 7th, 2019

Class of 1967

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Roger Eric Yarbrough, 70, of Burlington died on May 7, 2019 from complications of Prostate Cancer. He was born in Lincolnton, NC to Moses Gilbert Yarbrough and Elsie Lee Helms. Roger was Valedictorian of his graduating class at Lincolnton High School in 1967. He was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and attended UNC Chapel Hill as an English Major. While away at college, he met his wife of 47 years, Patricia King Yarbrough.
Roger proudly served his country as a Communication Technician in the US NAVY. During the Vietnam War, he studied Russian in order to work as part of a Special Intelligence Group stationed in Edzell, Scotland. When the war ended, Roger and his wife Patricia decided to make her hometown of Burlington, NC their home base.
Roger obtained a Degree in Graphics Art from Alamance Community College. Over the next 30 plus years, Roger would commute to RTP, working as contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency. His artistic talents brought important projects such as the EPA's Healthy Watersheds Protection website to life. During his career with the EPA, Roger designed many learning activities for children in grades K-12.
In his retirement, Roger enjoyed traveling the world with his family and found himself drawn to beaches and beautiful bodies of water. When home, he spent his time hiking, gardening, painting and solving crossword puzzles. He most enjoyed time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Patricia King Yarbrough; a son David Yarbrough and his wife Maya of Cary; a daughter Rebecca May and her husband Brandon of Gibsonville. He also leaves three grandsons, Grant Lynn, Alexander Yarbrough and Jake May. He is also survived by his mother Elsie Yarbrough, his brother Mark Yarbrough and sister in law Brenda Graves. He also leaves his nieces Cathi Renner, Andrea Sydnor, Jenny O'Neill and his nephew Jeff Graves.
A Gathering of Family and Friends will be conducted at the Rich & Thompson Funeral Home in Burlington on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Military Honors will be presented at 2:45 p.m. A time of sharing memories will follow.

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From Phyllis Hoffman labauch on August 25th, 2019
Image  Roger family I have often wonder what happened to Roger. I am Phyllis Hoffman,  I have a brother teddy, sister Daphine and was ur uncle George hoffman daughter.  U and my brother teddy were very good friend.  As a child u lived right here on Hoffman road.   U would come over to our house all the time.  We had a set of enclyopedia and we would look at them all the time.    I remember  how smart u were way back then.  I think uall moved from long shoals before 7 or 8 grade.    Family I am so sorry Roger passes away.  I have many fond  memories of him .  Ask ur mother if she  remember my  parents. George and Ernestine Hoffman.  We lived on the big farm on Hoffman road.  Would love to hear from one of uall. My phone 704 473 0926.   Sincere sympathy. 
 

William "Bill" Kiser II

August 20th, 1946 - May 4th, 2019

Class of 1964

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William Edward "Bill" Kiser II
( August 20, 1946 - May 4, 2019 )
William Edward “Bill” Kiser II, age 72 of North Cedar Street Lincolnton died Saturday, May 4, 2019.
His funeral will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Boger City United Methodist Church with Rev. Ron Perry officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019 at Warlick Funeral Home.
Mr. Kiser was born on August 20, 1946 and was the son of the late Fred Brown and Dorothy Stroupe Kiser.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Beth Kiser Carswell. He retired from BellSouth.
Mr. Kiser is survived by his wife, Jill Kiser of the home; one son, Will Kiser and wife, Lawson of Lincolnton; one daughter, Jenny Kiser Brogden and husband, Chris of Lincolnton; two sisters, Dorothy Kiser Caldwell of Lincolnton and Freda Kiser Crump of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Luke Brogden, Miller Brogden, Cole Kiser and Hayes Kiser.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092 or to Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Sandra Leonhardt (Ramsey)

January 31st, 1951 - April 17th, 2019

Class of 1969

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Obituary for Sandra Ramsey Leonhardt
Sandra Darlene Ramsey Leonhardt, age 68 of Lincolnton passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Carolina Caring in Sherrills Ford.

Born January 31, 1951 in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Blair Theodore and Glendora Campbell Ramsey. In addition to her parents, sister, Vickie Ramsey preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory:

Husband of 51 years: Ronnie Leonhardt of the home

Son: Jeff Leonhardt and wife, Julie of Lincolnton

Daughter: Mandy Baugus and husband, Jonathan of Lincolnton

4 Grandchildren: Wesley Leonhardt; Kara Hinkle; Katelyn Leonhardt; Lily Hinkle

2 Sisters: Chrissy Leatherman of Lincolnton; Gail Schronce of Lincolnton

The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Cline Farm Clubhouse, 1675 Cline Farm Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092 with a private celebration of life service to follow with Pastor Mike Collins officiating.

Memorials may be made to: Emmanuel Lutheran Church Kitchen Fund; 216 Aspen St., Lincolnton, NC 28092

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Leonhardt Family.

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Phyllis Friday (Abernathy)

October 31st, 1942 - April 4th, 2019

Class of 1960

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Phyllis Abernathy Friday
( October 31, 1942 - April 4, 2019 )
Phyllis Abernathy Friday, age 77, of Lincoln Street in High Shoals, died on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at First Baptist Church of High Shoals with Rev. Doug McClain officiating.  Burial will follow in High Shoals Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m. at the church.

Mrs. Friday was born October 31, 1942, in Gaston County, to the late Henry and Beulah Morris Abernathy.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley.  Phyllis worked for Mohican Mills for 45 years where she was an inspector.  She was Mayor Pro-tem on the City Council of High Shoals, as well as the owner of Phyllis Catering of High Shoals. 

She is survived by her husband, Lamar Friday of the home; a daughter, Angie Setzer, and husband Nathan, of Lincolnton; stepsons, Jeff Friday, and wife Lynette, of Lincolnton, Barry Friday, and wife Tabatha, and Kevin Friday, and wife Charlotte, all of Gastonia; sister, Frances McConnell of Vale; nine grandchildren, Colby Setzer, Cori Setzer, Christen Setzer, Scott Friday, Christopher Friday, Cameron Friday, Matthew Friday, Noah Friday, and Savannah Bell; and great-grandchildren, Carleigh and Chandler Setzer, and Emmaline and Emeri Friday.  

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of High Shoals, 600 N. Lincoln Street, High Shoals, NC  28077.

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Billie Fisher (Carpenter)

August 4th, 1949 - April 1st, 2019

Class of 1967

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Billie Carpenter Fisher
( August 4, 1949 - April 1, 2019 )
Billie Carpenter Fisher, age 69, of Asbury Church Road in Lincolnton, died on Monday, April 1, 2019.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2019, in the Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Ken Spencer and Rev. Gregg Plott officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Warlick Funeral Home.  

Mrs. Fisher was born August 4, 1949, in Lincoln County, to the late Bill Forney Carpenter and Evelyn Faye Cash Carpenter.  She worked as a bookkeeper for R.B. Cronland Building Supply.  

She is survived by her husband, David W. Fisher, of the home; a son, Charles David Fisher, and wife Jennifer, of Concord; and a sister, Janice Poovey of Lincolnton.  

Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, Back Pack Kids Fund, PO Box 676, Lincolnton, NC  28093.

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Rebekah Beal (Andrews)

July 30th, 1947 - March 17th, 2019

Class of 1965

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Rebekah Andrews Beal
( July 30, 1947 - March 17, 2019 )
Rebekah Andrews Beal, age 71, of Crouse, died on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Alan Wheeler and Rev. Todd Auton officiating.  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.  

Rebekah was born July 30, 1947, in Liberty, South Carolina, to the late Alfred ‘Andy’ Andrews and Hazel Patterson Andrews.   She worked for Lincoln County Schools for a short time and then later retired from Wix Filters. She loved her family, the beach and Dalton, Avery, and Oliver were her source of strength and purpose. The family would like to thank the staff of CMC Main and Dickson Heart ICU for their extraordinary care of her.

She is survived by a daughter, Amanda ‘Amie’ Norcutt of Iron Station; a son, Dan Beal (Emily) of Vale; a brother, Butch Andrews (Joyce) of Lincolnton; a sister, Melissa Scronce (Joe) of Lincolnton; three grandchildren, Hannah Norcutt, Emily Norcutt Huss (Andrew), and Dalton Beal; two great-grandchildren, Avery and Oliver; numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly as well as special family friends, Gary Montgomery, Erin and Jameson Selbe.  

Memorials may be made to The Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC  27560, or to charity of one’s choice.

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Bill Hedspeth

June 5th, 1951 - March 3rd, 2019

Class of 1968

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Sympathy to the family of 1968 classmate Bill Hedspeth, who passed away on February 3rd, 2019. His sister is Patty Alexander Masters (Patty N Donald Masters), class of 1971.  Bill suffered from Diabetes for many years. 

William Hedspeth

JUNE 5, 1951 ~ MARCH 3, 2019 (AGE 67)
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SHELBY, NORTH CAROLINA
June 5, 1951 ~ March 3, 2019
William Hedspeth, 67, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
The Hedspeth Family has entrusted his care to Boston's Mortuary.

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Priscilla Beckwith (Gibbs)

March 11th, 1952 - February 25th, 2019

Class of 1970

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Sympathy to the family of 1970 classmate Priscilla Gibbs Beckwith.
Mrs. Priscilla Gibbs- Beckwith, age 66 of Hope Mills departed this life on February 25, 2019.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 1:00 PM in the Moore's Chapel Baptist Church in Lincolnton, NC. Burial: March 5, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery.

She is survived by: husband; Herbert, Jr. children, Arian Beckwith and Ebony Beckwith, sister; Joyce Hopkins-Floyd and a host of other relatives and friends.
There will be a viewing on Friday, March 1st from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at in the Wiseman Mortuary Chapel.
Priscilla had suffered from leukemia.

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Edward Eugene Robinson

January 19th, 1946 - February 18th, 2019

Class of 1964

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LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Edward Eugene Robinson, 73, of Lincolnton passed away Monday, February 18, 2019 at Decedent's Home.
Born Saturday, January 19, 1946 he was the son of Thomas Edison Robinson and Eva Lucille Clanton Robinson. Edward Robinson was a former Superintendent of the Utilities Maintenance Department with the City of Lincolnton with 27 years of service. He served six years as a Specialist Five 1452d Transportation Company of the National Guard Lincolnton, NC. He loved his family greatly, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Sandra Davidson Robinson; two sons; four grandchildren and a daughter-in-law.
No Service will be held at this time.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net.
Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Lincolnton, N.C. is serving the Robinson family.

 

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From Jim Burke on January 20th, 2020
Eugene was my first roomate. We worked at Leslie Faye in Lincolnton. He was a good guy and we had many a good time. I had not senn Eugene in 45 years and stumbled upon his obit. I traded his girlfriend(wife ) a GTO for a Trans AM and I never forgot that. Sorry to hear he is gone. 

Jim Burke
 

Larry Burton

November 14th, 1952 - February 5th, 2019

Class of 1970

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Larry Veron Burton was born in Lincolnton NC on 11/14/1952. He graduated from Lincolnton High School, where he was on the basketball team, and in the 4-H club. He later moved to New Jersey. He joined the Army in 1971. He received the National Defense Service medal, the Vietnam Marksman medal and a parachutist badge.  Honorable discharged.  Preceded in death by mother Valerie Burton and Father Howard Burton.  He leaves behind 3 children, Parrish Burton of Conover NC, Nicole Burton-Jones of Rock Hill Sc, and Jason Burton of Spartanburg, SC.  Siblings: Prentice Bess of Rock Hill, SC, Clara Collins of Lincolnton NC, Carolyn Anderson of Kingston, NC, and Robert Burton of Lincolnton, NC.  Internment on June 21,2019 at National Cemetary in Salisbury NC. 

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Susan Rhodes

December 4th, 1951 - January 31st, 2019

class of 1970

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Susan Elizabeth Rhodes was born December 4, 1951, in Lincolnton, North Carolina to Robert Wilson and Helen Beam Rhodes. On Thursday, January 31, 2019, surrounded by loving family, Susan began her new life in heaven after waging a two-and-a-half-year courageous bout with pancreatic cancer. 

Susan was a warrior princess throughout her life. Her strength and generosity touched so many lives and we will always remember her legacy of love and happiness. She graduated from Lincolnton High School,attended Lenior-Rhyne University, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in English and her Juris Doctor. She also earned her M.A. of Reading Education from Western Carolina University. She worked in publishing at Scholastic Magazine in New York City, as a teacher in Lincoln County Schools, as well as a partner at Roberts and Rhodes Law Firm in Gastonia. She also had her own private practice of law and ended her career as a senior Workers’ Compensation attorney at Michael A. DeMayo in Charlotte. 

She is lovingly survived by her sister, Cathy Katz and her husband Mark, her brother Robert Rhodes and his wife Shaye, her uncle Oscar Sappenfield and his wife of blessed memory Kathryn, her nieces, Erica Katz and Lacie Burton and her husband Clay and daughter Ella Kate, her nephew Josh Katz, and her dear friend of 23 years Darrell McKee.

The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:45 pm, Saturday, February 2 at First United Methodist Church. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 pm, Saturday, February 2 at First United Methodist Church in Gastonia. Burial will follow at Hollybrook Cemetery in Lincolnton.

Memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com. McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Rhodes family.

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From Tom Froneberger on August 27th, 2020
Image Geez, Susan was pretty and nice since before third grade. Tom
 

Linda Jean Rudisill (Newton)

April 29th, 1952 - January 22nd, 2019

Class of 1970

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Linda Jean Newton Rudisill
( April 29, 1952 - January 22, 2019 )
Linda Jean Newton Rudisill, age 66, of Mull Road in Lincolnton, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

The family will celebrate Linda’s life by receiving friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Warlick Funeral Home.  

Linda was born April 29, 1952, in Gaston County, to the late Earnest L. and Lucy Byers Newton.  She worked as the Human Resources manager for Delta Apparel in Maiden.  Linda enjoyed camping and boating on Lake James.  She was an avid gardener and loved working in her flower garden.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Ernest L. Rudisill of the home; a daughter, Sandi Rudisill Teague of Hickory; a grandson, Dillon Moore of Hickory; two brothers, Avery Newton, and wife Glenda, of Lincolnton, and Ricky Newton of Gastonia; and a sister, Patsy Wood of Lincolnton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Michael (Mike) Nale

August 27th, 1949 - January 20th, 2019

Class of 1967

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Walter Michael Nale
( August 27, 1949 - January 20, 2019 )
Walter Michael Nale, age 69 of River Road in Lincolnton died Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Mr. Nale was born August 27, 1949 in Lincoln County to the late Jack Nale and Helen Forrester Nale. He was Vice-President of Thornburg Machine and Supply Company. 

His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2019 at Boger City Baptist Church. Rev. Bill Bigham will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Warlick Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Byrd Nale of the home; two sons, Wesley Nale and wife Molly, Michael Nale and wife Jada both of Lincolnton; sister, Kay Kerr of Gastonia; three grandchildren, Maxus Nale, Emmie Nale and Livie Nale.

Memorials may be made to Boger City Baptist Church, 2320 East Main Street, Lincolnton NC 28092 or Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Carole Grace Smith (Chapman)

May 16th, 1951 - January 6th, 2019

Class of 1970

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Carole Grace Chapman Smith
( May 16, 1951 - January 6, 2019 )
Carole Grace Chapman Smith, age 67, of Landers Church Road in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, January 6, 2019.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Webbs Chapel Baptist Church with service to follow at 1:00 p.m.  Burial will follow in the Antioch Methodist Church Cemetery.  

Mrs. Smith was born May 16, 1951, in Lincoln County, to the late Cecil and Pauline Sneed Chapman.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Cecil Chapman, Jr.  She was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Smith, Jr. of the home; two daughters, Pauline Neal and Jennifer Ledford, both of Lincolnton; two sisters, Celia Palmer of Fayetteville and Rita LaBrecque of Gastonia; a brother, Ronnie Chapman of Crouse; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.  

Memorials may be made to Levine Cancer Center, PO Box 32861, Charlotte, NC  28203-2861.

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Dennis Reinhardt

July 4th, 1947 - January 3rd, 2019

Class of 1967

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Dennis Ray Reinhardt
( July 4, 1947 - January 3, 2019 )
Dennis Ray Reinhardt, age 71, of Dennis Reinhardt Lane in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Kelly Whitener officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at the home of his daughter, Crystal Reep, 246 Valerie Drive in Lincolnton.  

Dennis was born July 4, 1947, in Lincoln County, to the late Laurence and Florence Varner Reinhardt.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lillian Renee Reinhardt, and a brother, Jerry Reinhardt.  Dennis worked as a supervisor for La-Z-Boy Furniture.  

He is survived by his wife, Paula Clark Reinhardt of the home; a son, Denny Reinhardt of Lincolnton; a daughter, Crystal Reep, and husband Jeff, of Lincolnton; a grandson, Ash Reinhardt; his beloved cat, Courage; and granddog Bitsy.  

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Judie Diane Walker (Hedspeth)

June 23rd, 1943 - December 23rd, 2018

Class of 1961

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Lincolnton, NC - Judith (Judie) Diane Hedspeth Walker, 75, of Lincolnton passed away Sunday December 23, 2018, at Atrium Health Center - Lincoln.
Born June 23, 1943 in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late James Daniel and Lela Virginia Rumfelt Hedspeth. She was retired from The Pantry, where she managed for 16 years. She attended Highland Drive Freewill Baptist Church in Lincolnton.
Judie was a strong Christian woman who loved her family. She took joy from making others happy. She loved the beaches for all the sun and sand; the mountains for all the snow and campfires; celebrations with and friends. She will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Sandra Rotolo, Michael Walker, Beverly (Jim) Mayhew, and Jamie Walker. Her grandchildren: Stephanie Reel, Justin Hale, Nicole Hampton, Daniel Walker, Jeremy Walker, Jason Birchfield, Jarrod Birchfield, Jessica Stamey, Jaclyn Sours, Katie Black, and Mallorie Walker, sixteen cherished great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.
Judie is also survived by one beloved brother William (Bill) Hedspeth (Nancy), many nephews, nieces and friends 
A memorial service will be held Saturday December 29, 2018 1:00pm at Highland Drive Freewill Baptist Church in Lincolnton with Pastor Cole Sours officiating. 
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30pm - 1:00pm at Highland Drive Freewill Baptist Church.
Memorials can be made in honor of Judith walker to St. Judes Childrens Hospital.
E. F. Drum Funeral Home is serving the Walker family.

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Shirley Sigmon (Beal)

July 23rd, 1943 - November 22nd, 2018

Class of 1961

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Shirley Beal Sigmon
( July 23, 1943 - November 22, 2018 )
Shirley Beal Sigmon, 75, of Iron Station, N.C. passed away at home surrounded by family on November 22, 2018.  Shirley lived a vibrant and generous life and adored being a wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend.  Her love of family and friends was matched only by her love of God.  She had a quick wit, laughed often (sometimes at herself), and frequently showed her love by cooking delicious food for her family and friends.  

Shirley is survived by her husband of 54 years, Milton Sigmon, her daughters, S. Montaye Sigmon and Tania Sigmon Miller, and her two much-loved grandchildren, Theryn P. Miller and Lawson B. Miller.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Safonya Jane Sigmon, and her parents, Noah Edward Beal and Susan Jane Shrum Beal.  Shirley was the tenth of eleven children born to the Beals. Six of her sisters, Evie Beal Lynch, Joyce Beal Mitchem, Betty Beal Setzer, Linda Beal Chambers, and Queeta Beal Harkey, and one brother, Milas Beal, survive her; her sisters Mattie Beal Richards and Marie Beal Wilkinson and brothers William E. Beal and Darrell V. Beal predeceased her.

A service celebrating Shirley’s life will be held at Denver Baptist Church on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. with a receiving immediately before at 2:00 p.m.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baptist Children’s Homes of N.C. or Hospice and Palliative Care Lincoln County.  

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Charlotte Heavner (Seagle)

October 23rd, 1941 - November 19th, 2018

Class of 1960

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Charlotte Seagle Heavner
( October 23, 1941 - November 19, 2018 )
Charlotte Seagle Heavner, age 77, of Blackburn Bridge Road in Lincolnton, died on Monday, November 19, 2018.

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23, 2018, at Crowell Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Freida Hobson officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Heavner was born October 23, 1941, in Lincoln County, to the late Charlie and Juanita Brown Seagle.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother and a sister.  

She is survived by her husband, Carroll Heavner of the home; two daughters, Melissa White of Newton and Crystal “Crissy” Lentz of Maiden; a brother, Steve Seagle of Cherryville; two sisters, Susie Houser of Vale and Judy Faulkner of Lincolnton; and four grandchildren, Kristen White, Garren White, Ryder Lentz, and Savannah Lentz.   

Memorials may be made to Crowell Memorial United Methodist Church, 4018 Killian Road, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Sandra Carpenter (Whitesides)

June 18th, 1943 - November 14th, 2018

Class of 1961

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Sandra Whitesides Carpenter
( June 18, 1943 - November 14, 2018 )
Sandra Whitesides Carpenter, age 75, of 1558 Salem Church Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at First Wesleyan Church with Rev. Tommy Wright officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Warlick Funeral Home.  

Mrs. Carpenter was born June 18, 1943, in Lincoln County, to the late Fletcher and Ruth Long Whitesides.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Darlene Gantt, and a brother, Kenny Whitesides.  She worked in textiles.  

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Carpenter; a daughter, Tammy Dellinger of Lincolnton; a son, Darin Carpenter, and wife Penny, of Lincolnton; a sister, Lana Bollinger of Lincolnton; a brother, Terry Whitesides of Lincolnton; five grandchildren, Kristen Dellinger, Jordan Carpenter, Darin Carpenter, Jr., Jennifer Dellinger, and Rita Carpenter; and six great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Lily, Ayden, Chris, Brayden, and Stella.  

Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, for Robin Johnson Hospice House, 258 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC  28054.

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Steven Lynch Cornwell

September 30th, 1946 - November 11th, 2018

Class of 1965

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Stephen Lynch Cornwell
( September 30, 1946 - November 11, 2018 )
Stephen Lynch Cornwell, age 72 of Petes Road in Lincolnton died Sunday, November 11, 2018.


Steve was born September 30, 1946 in Lincoln County. He was the son of the late Allen Cornwell and Ruth Lynch Cornwell. He was also preceded in death by a brother Larry Cornwell. Mr. Cornwell was a claims investigator at Carolina Freight. He later retired from American Tire where he worked in maintenance.
 
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at River View Baptist Church. Rev. Ricky Brown will officiate. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will be private at River View Baptist Church Cemetery.


He is survived by his wife, Wanda Ewing Cornwell of their home; daughter, Stephanie Hughes and husband Jonathan of Lincolnton; granddaughter, Nora Hughes; nieces, Kelley Cornwell and daughter Imani of Atlanta, Whitney Chapman and husband Duff and their children Wyatt and Stella of Raleigh; sister-in-law, Rene Picard and husband Joe of Raleigh.


In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to River View Baptist Church, 2230 Riverview Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Howard Heavner

- - November 9th, 2018

Class of 1967

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Heav's Memorial Service has been finalized. The service will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church in Jensen Beach, FL on Saturday, January 5th at 11:00 am. A light luncheon will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the service. Because many people have asked me, in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Trinity in Heav's memory. Thank you all for your love and kindness of the past few weeks. Heav would be so honored to be able to read all the comments, tributes and honors from all of you.

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From harvey crouse on April 30th, 2019
I wish that I had known that Howard was in Florida because I am only a few miles from Jensen Beach.  I would have enjoyed talking over old times about our days at LHS together.  Condolences to his family.
 

James "Dabber" Jordan

January 7th, 1945 - October 31st, 2018

Class of 1963

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James Lee "Dabber" Jordan
( January 7, 1945 - October 31, 2018 )
James Lee “Dabber” Jordan, age 73, of Asbury Church Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

His funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Kenneth Clapp officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1:00 until 3:15 p.m. at the funeral home.  

“Dabber” was born January 7, 1945, in Cleveland County, to the late Dee Gar “Smiley” Jordan and Irene Colvard Jordan.  He was the part-owner of Jacklegs, Incorporated.  

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Sharon Schronce Jordan of the home; son, Jeffrey Jordan, and wife Debbie, of Lincolnton; daughter, Dori Jordan Gantt, and husband Allen, of Dubai; grandchildren, Joshua Lee Jordan and Gunnar Jameson Gantt, of Dubai; brothers, Max Jordan, and wife Marsha, and Gerald Jordan, and wife Nancy, and Joseph Jordan, all of Lincolnton; sisters, Nancy Riley, Louann Johnston, and husband Jim, and Gail Villalobos.  

Memorial donations may be made to Oxford Orphanage, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC  27565, or to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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From Sharon Jordan on September 20th, 2019
It’s been almost a year since you left us and we miss you more every day!  Love you much
 

Junior ( Loy Lander ) Keener

July 14th, 1943 - October 11th, 2018

Class of 1961

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Loy Lander Keener, Jr. 75 of Lincolnton died Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at his residence. Born July 14th, 1943 he was the son of the late Loy Keener and Nellie Baker Keener. He retired from North Hand Protection after 38 years of service. He served as firefighter and chief of North 321 Volunteer Fire Department.He was a member of McKendree UMC where he faithfully served many positions. He was head coach for the Rotary sponsored "Rotary Rams" Pee Wee football team. He was an avid automotive performance classic car enthusiast and a member of Lincoln High School Sports Boosters. 
His wife of 54 years, Patricia Ann Keener of the home; Greg Keener and wife Louann of Claremont and Rodney Keener and wife Laura of Crouse, NC; a sister, Pansey White of Denver, NC; a brother, Jim Keener and wife Cathy of Conyers, GA; five grandchildren, Lauren Philyaw and husband Jeremy, Scott Keener, Nicole Keener, Daniel Keener and wife Maelle, Mathew Keener and a great grandchild, Amberlyn Philyaw survive him.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be 1:00 pm Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at McKendree UMC with Rev. Gregg Plot officiating. Burial will follow at McKendree UMC Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 am-12:45 pm Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at McKendree UMC.  
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to McKendree UMC  3537 Maiden Hwy, Lincolnton, NC 28092 or to Carolina Caring 3975 Robinson Road Newton, NC 28658..
Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Keener family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.

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Ray Correll

August 18th, 1943 - September 28th, 2018

Class of 1964

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Ray Von Correll
( August 18, 1943 - September 28, 2018 )
Mr. Ray Von Correll, age 75, of Story Street in Lincolnton, died on Friday, September 28, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018, at Boger City Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Bigham officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. on Monday prior to the service at the church.  

Mr. Correll was born August 18, 1943 in Lincoln County, to the late Clyde and Cleo Bradshaw Correll.    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son in law, Robbie Smith.  Mr. Correll worked for Duke Power as a pipe fitter.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Rhyne Correll of the home; one son Derek Correll and wife Kathi of Sherrills Ford; one daughter, Krista C. Smith of Shelby; one brother, Jimmy Correll and wife Sandy of Florida; three sisters, Rose Huckle and husband Stewart of Alexis, Cheryl Wiley of Alexis and Katherine Addison and husband Larry of Eden; two grandchildren Jaelyn and Maylee Smith of Shelby.  

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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From MELBA FINLEY on February 15th, 2022
Sorry to here of your passing. We valued your friendship and dedication to the service of God. 
 

Mary Ellen Beers (Hurley)

July 25th, 1946 - September 23rd, 2018

Class of 1964

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Mary Ellen Beers

 
1946 - 2018 Obituary 
 Mary Ellen was born in Beckly West Virginia to the parents of Robert and Lois (Jessup) Hurley on July 25th, 1946 and entered into eternity with her Lord Jesus Christ on September 23rd, 2018. Mary Ellen was raised in Lincolnton, North Carolina and after all these years still considered North Carolina home. Mary Ellen resided in Vicksburg Michigan with her husband, of 40 years, Ric Beers. In her mid 50's Mary Ellen decided to complete her Associates degree @ KVCC and then went on to Spring Arbor University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Family Life Education (Social Work), Where she had the oppottunity to work in that field and very much enjoyed. Mary Ellen touched many lives, too many to mention here. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her sister, Barbara Feathersone (and huband Daniel Featherstone) of Boone, NC, Two sons, Samuel Paul Stevens (and Wife, Michelle Stevens) of Heath, OH (53years old) and John Simon Stevens of Talkeetna, AK (46 years old) and also two grandchildren, Allissa (Stevens) Hammack of Columbus, OH and Evan Stevens of Heath, OH and nieces and a nephew in North Carolina and many cousins in West Virginia. Funeral service will be held 11AM Thursday Sept. 27, 2018 at the Avink Funeral Home in Schoolcraft. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11AM. Burial will be at Mt. Ever Rest Cemetery in Kalamazoo. Please go to her web page to leave a message for her family at www.avinkcremation.com.
 
 
 

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Vicki Diane Jarrett (Lawing)

September 24th, 1951 - September 23rd, 2018

Class of 1969

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https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/charlotte-nc/vicki-jarrett-7998562

No Services are planned at this time

Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Services in Charlotte NC are handling arrangements. 

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Lester "Bud" Auton

April 18th, 1945 - September 21st, 2018

Class of 1964

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Lester Dean "Bud" Auton
( April 18, 1945 - September 21, 2018 )
Lester Dean “Bud” Auton, age 73, of 814 Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton, died on Friday, September 21, 2018.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2018 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Justin Houser officiating.   The family will greet friends following the service. 
Mr. Auton was born April 18, 1945, in Lincoln County, to the late Lester Kendell and Catherine Cody Auton.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Terry Kendell Auton.  He served in the United States Army and then later worked in golf course maintenance. 
He is survived by his wife of almost 51 years, Sandra Sherrill Auton of the home; a son, Terry Scott Auton of Lincolnton; grandsons, Lukas Dylan Auton, Benjamin Scott Auton, and his twin sister, Catherine “Pat” Annas, and husband Phillip, of Granite Falls; three nephews, Phillip Ray Annas, Jr., and wife Wendy, of Media, PA, Kim Ray Annas, and wife Andrea, of Hillsborough, NC, and Terry Kendell Auton, Jr. of Lincolnton; great-nephews, Christopher Annas of Media, PA and Samuel Annas of Hillsborough, NC; and great-niece, Meredith Annas of Hillsborough, NC.
Memorials may be made to Risen Church Building Fund, 571 Salem Church Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of Lincoln County for their caring and compassion for our family member.

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Sidney Ray Price

September 26th, 1947 - September 19th, 2018

Class of 1966

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Sidney Ray Price, age 70, of Lincolnton NC passed away September 19, 2018 at Presbyterian Healthcare, Charlotte, NC.  He was born September 26, 1947 in Lincoln County to the late Johnny Alex and Willie Mae Motz Price.  He was a retired truck driver who was employed with Yellow Freight for many years. 
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by one brother, John Price; one sister -in-law, Vickie Price, one niece, Tina Price and one nephew, Jeff Eurey.
Mr. Price is survived by his beloved fur baby, Bella; one daughter, Jamie Price Keller of Pumpkin Center, one son, Darby Ray Price and Leanne of Lincolnton, one granddaughter, Shana Smith and husband Jarrod of Pumpkin Center;  three grandsons, Chandler Price and Tyler Price both of Denver;  and Cameron Keller of Pumpkin Center; one sister, Patsy Eurey of Lincolnton; two nephews, Tommy Eurey and wife Cindy of Lincolnton and  John John of Charlotte;  one niece,  Kelly Hughes and husband Joe of Pumpkin Center. 
The family will hold a private service.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Buddy Kemp Cancer Support Center, 242 South Colonial Ave., Charlottte, NC 28207 
E. F. Drum Funeral Home is serving the Price family.

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Carolyn Diane Dalton

October 4th, 1950 - September 8th, 2018

Class of 1969

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Carolyn Diane Dalton
( October 4, 1950 - September 8, 2018 )
Carolyn Diane Dalton, age 67, of Lincolnton, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the First Baptist Church of High Shoals with Rev. Doug McClain and Rev. Charles Ingle officiating.  Burial will follow in High Shoals Memorial Gardens.  Her body will lie in state for one hour prior to the service at the church. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Ms. Dalton was born October 4, 1950 in Spartanburg, SC, to the late Randolph Leroy and Erie Lee Holden Dalton.   In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Leroy Dalton, Buddy Dalton and Frank Dalton and two sisters, Jackie Johnson and Sherry Dalton.

She is survived by two sons, Tim Wilson and wife Kathy of Cherryville, and Jamie Wilson of the home; one sister, Judy Ghantt of Dallas; two grandsons, T.J. Wilson and Blake Wilson; one great granddaughter, Gracie Wilson.  

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Michael Earl Roberts

November 12th, 1948 - July 15th, 2018

Class of 1967

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1967 classmate Michael Roberts passed away on July 15,2018. He was a SP5 Vietnam Veteran and is buried in the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery in Black Mountain, NC.

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Jimmy Wayne Goins

February 4th, 1941 - July 11th, 2018

Class of 1961

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James Wayne Goins
( February 4, 1941 - July 11, 2018 )
James “Jim” Wayne Goins, age 77, of 432 E. Rhodes Street in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, July 11, 2018.

James was born February 4, 1941, in Lincoln County, to the late Evan and Clara Huffman Goins.  He worked for the Lincoln County Solid Waste Department.  He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and collector of many things.  He loved his family, friends, and his dogs.  His love of being outdoors took him many places and gave him many great adventures with wonderful friends.

He is survived by his wife, Frankie Peeler Goins of the home; a daughter, Jamie Goins of Lincolnton; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved fur grandbabies, Blackie, Kida, and Milo.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Woodside Church of Our Savior with Rev. Fred Helms officiating.  The family will greet friends in the parish hall following the service.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Woodside Church of Our Savior, PO Box 203, Lincolnton, NC  28093.

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Jim Paul Haynes

August 5th, 1945 - June 28th, 2018

Class of 1964

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AUGUST 5, 1945 ~ JUNE 28, 2018 (AGE 72)
 

 James “Jim” Paul Haynes, age 72, of Rutherfordton passed away June 28, 2018 at Willow Ridge Rehabilitation & Living Center.
Born August 5, 1945 in Lincolnton, N.C. to the late Albert Haynes and Peggy Harrington, Mr. Haynes retired from Duke Energy, was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the Marine Corp.
In addition to his parents Mr. Haynes was preceded in death by brothers Fred, Johnny and Jerry; and a sister Judy.
He is survived by his sons Daren (Debbie) Haynes, Josh Haynes; daughter Lisa (Stacey) Phipps; sister Frances (David) Rhyne; and grandchildren James M., Steven C., Daniel S., Eliana G., Molly, Ben, Brooklyn, and Taylor.
Graveside service with military honors will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday July 1, 2018 at McKendree United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lincolnton, N.C. with Rev Gregg Plott officiating.
Family will receive friends following the service in the church social hall.
Memorial contributions can be made to McKendree United Methodist Church, 3537 Maiden Hwy., Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Sanders Funeral & Cremation Service.
 
 

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Diane Moody (Price)

August 31st, 1946 - June 8th, 2018

Class of 1964

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Sylvia Diane Price Moody
( August 31, 1946 - June 8, 2018 )
Sylvia Diane Price Moody, age 71, of Highland Drive in Lincolnton, died on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018, at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Yount officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Diane was born August 31, 1946, in Union County, to the late Theron W. and Eunice Nash Price.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, T.W. Price.  She retired from the Lincoln County Department of Social Services, and was a faithful member of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church.  About the age of 15, she started playing the piano and organ at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church.  She also taught Sunday School in the youth department and adult department.  Diane was a devoted mother to her boys and grandkids and loved having all the family over for Sunday lunch.  

Her memory will be cherished by her sons, Rick Moody, and wife Renee, of Lincolnton, Steve Moody, and wife Amy, of Mooresville, Bill Moody of Lincolnton, and Brian Moody, and wife Dawn, of Lincolnton; a sister, Martha Price of Matthews; six grandchildren, Lauryn Sailors, and husband Brian, Bailey Moody, Madison Moody, Korbyn Moody, Reece Moody, and Rylan Moody; and two great-grandchildren, Aubrey Sailors and Rhett Sailors.

Memorials may be made to Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, PO Box 441, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

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Anita (Nita) Lathan (McNeill)

January 13th, 1942 - June 8th, 2018

Class of 1960

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nita Lathan

January 13, 1942 - June 8, 2018
Anita McNeill Lathan, after a courageous battle with cancer, age 76, passed away on June 8th, 2018. She was the daughter of Neill C. McNeill and Ella Mae Kiser McNeill of Lincolnton, N.C.
Anita is survived by her husband and best friend Jerry Fields Lathan, their daughter Kelly Lathan Fort, favorite son in law John L. Fort and her two beautiful and wonderful granddaughters Bailey McNeill Fort and Raigan Fields Fort.
She graduated from Lincolnton High School and Catawba College with degrees in psychology and sociology.
Thirty years of her life was spent working with Services for the Blind in Butner, Raleigh, and Wilmington. She was a teacher, a work adjustment counselor, a placement specialist, and field counselor. She was awarded the J Marshall Parham Award for outstanding job performance placing legally blind and blind clients into gainful employment.
Since her retirement her focus has been on family and friends. She has enjoyed partying with and working with other crafters, knitting, crocheting, and basic crafts. She called herself the accidental artist. She was involved in many social groups that participated together weekly. She was also known as the scrubby queen. Her loves were her husband, her exceptional daughter and two very special grand girls.
She has developed many friendships through her life and all of her friends were very special to her. She started several Mexican Trains groups, played Mah-jongg and other games with her many wonderful friends. She was always happiest when surrounded by  her family and friends.
She had a unique sense of humor and she loved joking with her family and friends. Her favorite saying was, “ Meet all challenges with determination and humor.”
Anita said  “I want to thank my family and friends for all the support and love through cards, visits and calls helping me to survive this past year ! No one is as lucky as I am to have such love from family and friends.”
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A memorial service will be held at 2 pm, Friday June 22nd at Kenan Chapel in Landfall, 510 Arboretum Drive, Wilmington, NC.
A reception will follow immediately after memorial service at Seapath Towers, 322 Causeway Dr., Wrightsville Beach, NC.
In Lieu of flowers Anita asked for donations to her favorite Charity. Indo Jax Surf School (Visually impaired surf camp, specifically)
Share memories and condolence with the family by clicking on the “Condolence” tab.
Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403  910-791-9099

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Lillie Mae Ballard

January 13th, 1947 - May 10th, 2018

Class of 1965

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Lillie Mae Ballard, age 71, of Charlotte, passed away on May 10 after a long illness.     She is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Dalton of Seattle and Rhonda Hedspeth of Charlotte, and two nephews, Brian and Brigham Hedspeth.    

A memorial gathering will be held in early June.     Details will be available at Warlick Funeral Home's website.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or Hospice of North Carolina.

Lilli Mae  grew up in Lincolnton and, after graduating from Lincolnton High School in 1965, pursued her dream of being a registered nurse.     She had a fulfilling career at Presbyterian Medical Center that spanned 37 years and included many honors and accomplishments, including overseeing the opening of the first Oncology Unit at Presbyterian.

She was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, friend and caregiver to many.   She was loved by everyone who had the good fortune to know her and she will forever be in our hearts.

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Gary Dean Mosteller

1951 - -

Class of 1969

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All services were private.  Gary was the son of Margaret Stamey Mosteller and Odes Kenneth Mosteller. 

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From Eric Beam on May 6th, 2021
Gary was my best friend, We ate lunch together everyday and on weekends went to the mountains or swimming in the new Lake Norman. We argued about the Baltimore Colts vs the Falcons alot and when the Jets beat the colts in the Super Bowl I went up to his house to console him. I baked his Mother a cake once. Gary could fix anything on car. My car broke down during night school at UNCC, the night there was big fire uptown Lincolnton. My wife Doona called him very late that night  because cell phones didnt exist at that time-the next day he came to UNCC and helped me change the radiator and waterpump on my 57 Ford. Not long after that we never spoke again. I lost the closest friend I will ever have.
 

Burley Franklin Beal

October 12th, 1940 - February 20th, 2018

Class of 1961

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Burley Franklin Beal
( October 12, 1940 - February 20, 2018 )
Mr. Burley Franklin Beal, age 77, of Hill Road in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

His funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday February 23, 2018, at Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Spencer and Rev. Mike Devine officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Beal was born October 12, 1940, in Lincoln County, to the late Rufus and Iva Martin Beal.  He worked in textiles.  

He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Ann” Palmer Beal of the home; three sons, Ronald Beal, and wife Donna, Tommy Beal, and wife Tammy, and Terry Beal, and wife Paige, all of Lincolnton; three grandchildren, Brittany Ward, Ashley Bolen, and Lizzie Beal; and one great-grandchild, Caden Ward.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, PO Box 676, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

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Linda Absher (LIttle)

February 5th, 1950 - February 5th, 2018

Class of 1969

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Linda Little Absher, 68, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018, while at Caromont Regional Medical Center. She was born February 5, 1950 in Lincoln County, Daughter to the late Ernest and Willie Reynolds Little
Linda worked as a manager for the Economy Craft Shop for 35 years.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Sandy Gibbs, and her brother, Jerry Little.
Left to cherish her memories is her husband of 45 years, Michael Absher of the home; sons, Michael Steven Absher & wife Elizabeth of Bessemer City; and Christopher Jason Absher & wife Jessica of Belmont; sister, Wanda Bullock and husband Eddie of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Sullivan, Sadie, Stella, Shepherd, Gavin, Shelby, and Graham; numerous nieces and nephews.
Her family will receive friends Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Family Life Center of First Wesleyan Church, Bessemer City.
To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com 
Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.

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Marsha Rominger (Hensley)

December 22nd, 1943 - January 16th, 2018

Class of 1962

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Marsha Hensley Rominger, 74, of High Point, entered into eternal life on January 16, 2018. 
Marsha was born December 22, 1943 in Lenior and lived for 74 years and 25 days. She was the daughter to the late Marion Lafayette Hensley and Dorothy Huntington Hensley. 
She was a member of Kernersville Wesleyan Church. 
While Marsha was her name, she was more affectionately known as Nana. She wore this name with pride as it was what everyone called her. She and Dan met at Lee’s McRae College in Banner Elk, NC; where she studied and became a medical secretary. In 1964, she eloped Dan, but  their love was so grand they married again a year later. Her passions were family, flowers, sewing, her flock of birds, reading, sitting in the sun on the lanai, a box of Russell-Stover’s, Red Lobster, and living on “Mibeck time”. While she may have been short in stature, welding her “Texas persona”, she impacted both her family and friends, strangers and acquaintances alike with enormous grace and love. Blue glass, Lucy & Ethel, and chickens.
Those who are left to cherish her memories are her husband of 54 years, Rev. Danny Lee Rominger, two daughters: Denise Rominger Jarman, Melissa Rominger Bagwell and husband, Len of Belews Creek, and a special granddaughter, Suzannah Melissa Rominger; two grandchildren: Reagan Bagwell, Luke Bagwell; a sister, Dorothy Hensley Barrett of Murfreesboro, TN, and her surviving nieces and nephews.
A service to celebrate Marsha’s life will be held at 11:00 am of Friday, January 19, 2018 at Kernersville Wesleyan Church, 930 N. Main Street, Kernersville, NC  27284 with the Rev. Scott Simmons and Pastor Don Martin officiating.
The family will visit with friends following the service in the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: The House of Prayer, 5884 Riverdale Drive, Jamestown, NC 27282. 
Condolences may be shared at www.cumbyfuneral .com.


Charitable donations may be made to:

House of Prayer
5884 Riverdale Rd., Jamestown NC 27282
Tel: 1-336-882-1026
 
 

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Robert (Bobby) Beal, Jr.

September 21st, 1943 - January 15th, 2018

Class of 1961

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Robert Lester Beal, Jr.
( September 21, 1943 - January 15, 2018 )
Robert Lester Beal, Jr., age 74, previously of Labans Lane in Lincolnton, died on Monday, January 15, 2018.

Bobby was born September 21, 1943, in Gaston County, to the late Robert Lester Beal, Sr. and Margaret Harkey Beal.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Judy Beal Smith.

He is survived by three daughters, Stefani Beal of Southport, NC, Lauren Hawkins of Lincolnton, and Maria Burgin of Concord; a sister, Nancy Beal of Huntersville; two grandchildren, Sydni Hawkins and Grayson Hawkins. 

Services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, or to the Diabetes Foundation.

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Robert (Bobby) Finley

September 27th, 1948 - December 23rd, 2017

Class of 1967

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Bobby Wayne Finley, 69, of Catawba passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at his residence.

He was born September 27, 1948 in McDowell County to the late James and Madge White Finley. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, shooting pool, reading and anything involving the North Carolina Tarheels.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, James “Jimmy” Finley and Barry Finley.

Those left to cherish his memory are;

Sons: Justin Heath Finley and wife Meg of Hampstead
Scott Grant of Maiden

Daughter: Haley Finley Clinton and husband Kevin of Cherryville
Sister: Virginia Jeroline Finley Curry and husband William “Bill” of Catawba
Grandchildren: Savannah, Patton, Gavin Finley, Bristol Clinton, Megan and Christian Grant. 
Great-Grandchildren: Aria Ake
Numerous Nieces and Nephews 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Newton. Rev. Jerry White will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. 

Condolences may be sent to the Finley family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com.

The Finley family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

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From MELBA FINLEY on February 15th, 2022
Bobby I am so sorry to hear of your passing. You were loved by many and will be missed dearly. I am so glad we were able to get together for Christmas before Barry's passing. I know he loved seeing his family. Rest in God's Care. 
 

Donald Powers

November 14th, 1944 - December 4th, 2017

Class of 1963

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Donald Wayne Powers, 73, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Jane Strickland Powers died Monday, December 4, 2017. His Funeral Service will be held Thursday, December 7, 2017 in Summerall Chapel at The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm.
Donald was born November 14, 1944, native of Lincolnton, NC, son of the late Lonnie Harold Powers and the late Martha Bost Powers. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 1967 and received his Masters in Education from Western Carolina in 1968. He coached college football for 34 years. His career began at Western Carolina University in 1968- 1983. At WCU, he served as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator, and the first football coach to be named assistant head coach in WCU history. In 1984, Powers served as assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Western Kentucky University. In 1985-88, Powers was defensive coordinator, assistant head coach and defensive backs coach at East Carolina University. He then served at The Citadel from 1989-1995 as defensive coordinator and in 1996 was named Head Coach until 2000. In 2007, he returned to his Alma Mater, Western Carolina University, to serve as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Powers received many awards and honors as a player and coach thru out his life and career. As a player he earned district 26 honors three times and MVP his senior year as an linebacker and defensive end. Powers' 1974 defensive team at WCU finished fourth in the nation in scoring defense by allowing just 87 points in 11 games. Five times from 1976-1983 his WCU defense ranked among the NCAA leaders in pass defense. In 1983, the catamounts went to the NCAA-1AA national championship game. At The Citadel in the 90's, three of his units lead the Southern Conference and he helped coach the Bulldogs to a Conference Championship in 1992 and two NCAA 1-AA playoff appearances. He is a two time Southern Conference Assistant Coach of the year while at The Citadel. In 2004, Powers was inducted into the Lincoln County, NC Sports Hall of Fame. In the fall of 2016, a group of former Citadel football players created a book in tribute to Powers called "The Powers In Us". The book was a collection of his "Powerisms" or his quotes that have impacted these players lives. Powers was the sole inductee into Western Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017 as a player and a coach. Off the field, Powers shared a passion for flying as a private pilot for 44 years. After hanging up his whistle, Powers continued his joy of learning with computers, technology, and cooking. Powers used football to inspire, mentor and influence his family, players, colleagues and friends about life. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. Powerism #8, "Pray for a stronger back, not a lighter load".
He is survived by his wife, Jane Powers of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two daughters, Cassie P. Hanna (Brad) of Florence, SC and Carrie P. Zipperer (Ros) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two brothers, Michael E. Powers (Judy) of Hickory, NC and Larry A. Powers (Kim) of Denver, NC; sister, Carolyn P. Smith (Jan) of Marrietta, GA; three grandchildren, Simmons Hanna, James Hanna and William Zipperer.
A special thank you to Dr. John Rowe, Jr., Dr. Michael Zile and to his nurse Sarah Falzarano for her loving and constant care.
Memorials may be made to The Citadel Brigadier Foundation and "The Powers in Us" book available at www.amazon.com, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409 Attention Andy Solomon in honor of Don Powers and Western Carolina Catamount Club and the Coach Don Powers endowed scholarship, 
WCU Athletics, 92 Catamount Road, Cullowhee, NC 28723 and Amedisys Hospice Care, www.amedisys.com, 1027 Physicians Drive, Suite 240, Charleston, SC 29414.

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From STEVE BENFIELD on December 10th, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. My sympathies to the family, especially to Don's brother and my friend, Mike.  I first met Don & Mike when I lived in Newton, NC in 1956-57.  Don was in the 6h grade and Mike and I were in the 5th grade. A year later I moved to Iron Station and Don and Mike moved to Lincolnton and we lost touch with each other.  We were not reunited until we met each other again my freshman year at LHS. I was often in the Powers home in Newton,  Both Don and Mike were hardworking and made money delivering papers via bikes on a long peper route they had. I helped Mike one day, and I never was so exhausted in my life. I never "helped" him again.  Don was always pushing on to be something.  Even in the 5th grade I always admired him for that. There was something special in him you could see at an early age. He seemed so mature for his age.  As it so happened just this week I was going through some old memorabilia and I found my ""yearbook" for Thornton Elementary School 1956-57 in Newton NC.  I read what classmates had said, one was from Don.  He said, "Best wishes to my little buddy.  Be a good boy.  Don Powers".  Don always called me "little buddie" even when we were older at LHS. Mike, you lost a great brother, and the rest of us a great friend. Sad day for all who knew him.
 

Harry Doug Caldwell

October 1st, 1942 - November 20th, 2017

Class of 1961

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Harry Douglas “Doug” Caldwell, age 75 of Lincolnton, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at his residence.

Born October 1, 1942 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Frank Alvin and Pauline Johnson Caldwell. Doug was a member of Boger City Baptist Church in Lincolnton. In addition to his parents, grandson, Luke Caldwell preceded him in death.

Left to cherish is memory:

Wife of 53 years: Ruby Anne Caldwell of the home

1 Son: Kerry Caldwell of Vermont
2 Daughters: Marla Beard and husband Todd of Lincolnton; Andrea Caldwell of Lincolnton
1 Brother: Max Caldwell
1 Sister: Maxine Devine
1 Grandson: Adam Beard
2 Granddaughters: Olivia Beard and Maddie Eaker
1 Great-Grandson: Emmett Beard
1 Great-Granddaughter: Ellie Beard
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Amity Baptist Church with Rev. Barry Devine officiating. 

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM at the church.

Memorials may be made to: Gideons International, www2.gideons.org

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Caldwell Family.

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Franklin Carpenter III

March 16th, 1943 - October 22nd, 2017

Class of 1961

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Anderson Franklin Carpenter
( March 16, 1943 - October 22, 2017 )
Anderson Franklin “Frankie” Carpenter, age 74 of the Brian Center in Lincolnton, and formerly of Bailey Springs Drive, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at River View Baptist Church with Pastor Ricky Brown officiating.  

Mr. Carpenter was born March 16, 1943, in Lincoln County, to the late A.F. and Ruby Jenkins Carpenter.  He was formerly employed by Vermont American.  

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Trent Carpenter, and wife Sherry, of Lincolnton; and a grandson, Spencer Carpenter. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Barbara Carter (Johnson)

January 11th, 1942 - October 18th, 2017

Class of 1960

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Barbara Johnson Carter
( January 11, 1942 - October 18, 2017 )
Barbara Johnson Carter, age 75, of Pebble Bay Drive in Denver, died on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017, in Hollybrook Cemetery, with Rev. Jaie Warlick officiating.  

Mrs. Carter was born January 11, 1942, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the late Edgar Lee and Kate Hines Johnson.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Larry Carter.  She worked as an ophthalmic technician.   

She is survived by three sons, Scott Carter, and wife Tammy, of Crouse, Todd Carter and Tommy Carter, both of Lincolnton; one daughter, Cammie Elmore, and husband Danny, of Denver; one sister, Kay Mann, and husband Jimmy, of Pittsboro, NC; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Warlick Funeral Home, for the Barbara Carter Funeral Fund, PO Box 1407, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Harvey "Buddy" Setzer, Jr.

April 1st, 1943 - September 27th, 2017

Class of 1961

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Harvey Alonzo Setzer, Jr.
( April 1, 1943 - September 25, 2017 )
Harvey “Buddy” Alonzo Setzer, Jr., age74, of Lincolnton, died on Monday, September 25, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Ingle officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:15 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Mr. Setzer was born April 1, 1943, in Catawba County, to the late Harvey Alonzo Setzer, Sr. and Libby Buff Setzer.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lou Huss.  He served in the United States Army and then later worked for General Electric as a transformer repairman.  

He is survived by a daughter, Christy Setzer Chaney (Buddy) of Lincolnton; three sisters, Mildred Canipe (Mack) of Charlotte, Judy Wurtzer, and Ella Stirewalt (Dennis) all of Hickory; two grandchildren, Blaine Chaney and Skyler Chaney, both of Lincolnton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.  

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Nancy Carol Reep

October 9th, 1945 - September 21st, 2017

Class of 1965

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Nancy Carol Reep
( October 9, 1945 - September 21, 2017 )
Nancy Carol Reep, age 70, of Hoffman Road in Lincolnton, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Long Shoals Wesleyan Church with Michael Jordan officiating.  Burial will follow in the Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 9:45 until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. 

Ms. Reep was born October 9, 1946, in Lincoln County, to the late Clarence H. Reep, Sr. and Lucy Hoffman Reep.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Peggy Reep Reece.

She is survived by a brother, Clarence Reep, Jr., and wife Pauline, of Lincolnton; and a sister, Alene R. Blair, and husband Gary, of Newton; brother-in-law, Norris Reece of Lincolnton; and her adored dog, Dusty.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritans Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC  28607.

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Vickie Turner (Ray)

February 3rd, 1951 - September 19th, 2017

Class of 1969

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Vickie Gwendolyn Ray Turner
( February 3, 1951 - September 19, 2017 )
Vickie Gwendolyn Ray Turner, age 66, of Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. 

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harvey Gates officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:15 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Vickie was born February 3, 1951, to the late Robert Lamar Ray and Willie Reep Ray.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Sanders, and a brother, Sonny Ray.  She worked as a CNA for Hospice of Lincoln County.  

She is survived by two sons, Bobby “Bo” Turner of Lincolnton and Calvin Turner of Greensboro; a daughter, Julie Turner-Hughes of Hickory; a brother, Kenneth Ray of Lincolnton; three sisters, Georgia West of Cherryville, Jane Bronowicz of Lincolnton, and Iotha Parker of Davidson; and four grandchildren, Austin, Hudson, Holden, and Taylor.  

A special thanks to the Brian Center Hickory East for their love and compassion.

Memorials may be made to Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church, 2515 Gates Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Billy Joe McAlister

June 9th, 1944 - August 31st, 2017

Class of 1963

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Billy Joe McAlister
( June 9, 1944 - August 31, 2017 )
Billy Joe McAlister, age 73, of Sherwood Forest Road in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

His funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 3, 2017,  at McKendree United Methodist Church with Rev. Gregg Plott and Rev. Kathy Naish officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The body will lie in state for 30 minutes prior to the service.  Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Warlick Funeral Home.  

Billy Joe was born June 9, 1944, in Lincoln County, to the late Garland and Helen Campbell McAlister.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Jack McAlister.  He served in the United States Army serving in Korea during the Vietnam War, and then later worked for 34 years as a truck driver for Carolina Mills in Maiden.  

He is survived by his wife, Dianne Stowe McAlister of the home; a daughter, Lisa M. Jenkins, and husband Jim, of Lincolnton; a brother, Gerald McAlister of Lincolnton; a sister, Emma Jean Calloway of Lincolnton; three grandchildren, Annesa Jenkins Brewer , and husband Matthew, Abigail Jenkins DiPento, and husband Eddie, and Jim “Jimbo” Jenkins; and two great-grandchildren, Rocco DiPento and Maddie Jo Brewer.  

Memorials may be made to McKendree United Methodist Church, PO Box 426, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

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Edward Homesley

July 29th, 1945 - August 28th, 2017

Class of 1963

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Edward Cleveland Homesley
( July 29, 1945 - August 28, 2017 )
Edward Cleveland Homesley, age 72, of 2230 Homesley Trail in Lincolnton, died on Monday, August 28, 2017.

His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at David Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Andy Royals and Pastor Mike Devine officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Warlick Funeral Home. 

Mr. Homesley was born July 29, 1945, in Lincoln County, to the late Grover and Nora Mathis Homesley.  He served in the United States Army and then later worked in insurance sales.  Ed was a member of American Legion Post 30. 

He is survived by three sons, Bill Homesley of Charlotte, and Roger Homesley and Clifford Homesley, both of Lincolnton; a daughter, Angela Homesley of Maiden; a sister, Jane Highland of Lincolnton; eight grandchildren, Madison Homesley, Makayla Homesley, Makenzie Zammarelli, Laken Homesley, Draven Homesley, Cain Deal, Katie Homesley, and Will Homesley; and Trudy B. Homesley, the mother of Bill, Roger and Clifford. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 30, 1120 N. Aspen Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Dorothy Lee Chapman

April 6th, 1944 - August 12th, 2017

Class of 1962

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Newton - Dorothy Lee Chatman(also listed as Chapman) Hoffman, 73, passed away on August 12, 2017 at Catawba Valley Regional Hospice in Newton, NC. Dorothy was born on April 6, 1944 to the late Marion Clinzo and Elsie Frances Smith Chatman in Lincoln County.  She was a machine operator for J.P. Stevens and Carolina Mills before retiring.
     Dorothy is survived by one son, Bryan Hoffman and wife Leigan of Newton, NC, one grandson; Matthew Hoffman and wife Emily of Maiden, NC, one great-granddaughter, Kinleigh Hoffman of Maiden, NC, one brother; Robert Chapman of Lincolnton, NC, one sister; Rachel Baumgardner of Lincolnton, NC, and many cherished nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
     The Hoffman family will receive friends on Tuesday August 15, 2017 from 10:00 am till 11:00 am at E.F. Drum Funeral Home in Lincolnton, NC.  The funeral service will be Tuesday August 15, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of E.F. Drum Funeral Home.  Pastor Lonnie Ramsey will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton, NC.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to Catawba Valley Regional Hospice in Newton, NC.  For further information go to efdrumfuneralhome.com.

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L. Howard "Butch" Chapman

February 25th, 1943 - August 6th, 2017

Class of 1962

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L. Howard Chapman
( February 25, 1943 - August 6, 2017 )
Mr. L. Howard ”Butch” Chapman, age 74 of  Norman Parker Road in Lawndale died on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Carolina Care in Cherryville.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017, at Bethphage Lutheran Church with Pastor Fred Mitschke officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 2:45 p.m. on Friday in the fellowship hall at Bethphage Lutheran Church.

Mr. Chapman was born February 25, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late David Plonk and Ruby Scronce Chapman.  He was a hair stylist at Howards in Charlotte.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Scronce Chapman of the home; one son, David Wayne Chapman and wife Stacey of Fort Mill, SC; three brothers, Larry Chapman of Huntersville, Michael Chapman of Crouse and Gary Chapman of Crouse; three sisters, Rhonda Myers of Fort Mill, SC, Meredith Dorsey of Fort Mill, SC and Renelda Jones of Lexington, SC; three grandchildren, Chasity Chapman, Jacob Walden and Garrett Chapman.

Memorials may be made to Bethphage Lutheran Church, 3440 Highway 182, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Ronnie Anthony

July 3rd, 1947 - August 3rd, 2017

Cherryville - Mr. Ronnie Eugene Anthony, 70, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Ronnie was born in Lincoln County, NC on July 3, 1947. He grew up in the Long Shoals community a son of the late Harold E. "Tooney" Anthony and Evelyn Cloer Anthony. Ronnie was retired as a supervisor from Timken in Iron Station. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville, the Cherryville Masonic Lodge #505 A.F. & A.M. and Cherryville Chapter #156 Order of the Eastern Star where he served as Past Worthy Patron.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Pam Eaker Anthony of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Heidi Anthony-Cash and Chad; a son and daughter-in-law, Wesley Anthony and Angie; two granddaughters, Alli and Alexandra Anthony; mother-in-law, Vera S. Eaker; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Danny and Judy Eaker all of Cherryville.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Collins, D.Min, officiating.

The family will receive friends and have a reception following the service in the fellowship hall. 

Burial will be Private.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink Street, Cherryville, NC 28021. 

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the Anthony family.

 

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From MELBA FINLEY on July 23rd, 2021
Remember you well from Grammer School. Always thought a lot of you. You and my brother were in school together. But I loved your teasing and chasing you on the playground. 
 

Clyde Van Fore

March 24th, 1948 - July 19th, 2017

Class of 1968

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March 24, 1948 - July 19, 2017
 
Clyde Van Fore Sr., age 69, of Frank Mast Road, Valle Crucis, passed away Wednesday morning, July 19, 2017, at Watauga Medical Center in Boone.

Clyde was born March 24, 1948 in Newton, North Carolina, a son of the late Clyde Pascal Fore and Charlotte Wiggins Fore. He was a retired Auto Salesman.

Clyde is survived by his wife, Ginger Mast Fore of the home; one son, Clyde Van "Buddy" Fore of Boone; one step-son, Nicholas Asa of Charlotte; one step-daughter, Kimberly Asa of Brooklyn, New York; one brother, Eric Fore and wife Betty of Hickory, and two brothers-in-law, Norman High of High Shoals, North Carolina and David Mast of Valle Crucis. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Fore, and two sisters, Sherri High and Judy Baker.

A Celebration of the Life of Clyde Van Fore, Sr. will be held Friday, July 21, 2017, from 5:00 until 8:00 o'clock, at the home of his son, Buddy Fore, 280 Graggville Road, Boone.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medi Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the Fore family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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Theresa Diane Houser (Mosteller)

September 12th, 1950 - July 13th, 2017

Class of 1968

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Theresa “Diane” Mosteller Houser, age 66 of Lincolnton passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at her residence. 

Born September 12, 1950 in Lincon county, she was the daughter of the late Wade and Inez Whitesides Mosteller.

Left to cherish her memory:

Husband of 40 years: M.C. Houser of the home

Daughter: Donya Burris and husband Joe of Cherryville

Grandson: Dalton Burris of Cherryville

Sister: Deane Cline of Lincolnton

Aunt: Maxine Pilkington and husband Eugene of Lincolnton

The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden.

Memorial Donations: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - www.stjude.org

Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Houser family.

 

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Theo Elam Cochrane

May 28th, 1949 - July 9th, 2017

Class of 1967

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Theo Elam Cochrane

On Sunday, July 9, 2017 Theo Elam Cochrane, of Westerville, Ohio, known to his friends and family as Ted, died peaceably at Columbus Colony in Westerville, Ohio.

He is survived by his wife, Lana Drew Cochrane; son, Brian Cochrane; granddaughter, Tara Cochrane; sister, Carole Cochrane; and brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Deborah Cochrane. Ted was preceded in death by his mother and father Wanda Duncan Cochrane and Theo “Sonny” Elam Cochrane, Jr.

Born May 28, 1949 in Charlotte, Ted grew up in Lincolnton, where he graduated from Lincolnton High School. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1969 after serving two tours of duty in Vietnam. He worked as a sales representative in Ohio for Cochrane Furniture and later with the Honda Corporation in Maryville, Ohio where he retired in 1998.

Ted was an avid pilot and enjoyed instructing student pilots part time. He was an automobile aficionado and his knowledge of automobile technology was extraordinary.

An accomplished cook, Ted enjoyed reading cookbooks and cooking magazines to help plan and enjoy elaborate recipes with his loving wife Lana. Both were Civil War historians who traveled to many Civil War historic sites and enjoyed many battlefield re-enactments.

Memorials can be made to Christian Ministry of Lincolnton, PO Box 423, Lincolnton, NC 28093

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Harry Lloyd

September 26th, 1943 - July 7th, 2017

Class of 1962

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Harry Luther Lloyd
( September 26, 1943 - July 7, 1917)
Harry Luther Lloyd, age 73 of Brady Branch Trail in Lincolnton died Friday, July 7, 2017.
His funeral will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Church of Our Saviour, Woodside Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday at Warlick Funeral Home.
Mr. Lloyd was born September 26, 1943 in Lincoln County. He was preceded in death by his parents Alton Atlee Lloyd and Lona Lackey Lloyd. He was a United States veteran serving in the US Air Force. Mr. Lloyd was retired from Vermont American Tool Manufacturing.
Survivors include: son, Harry Lloyd of Lincolnton; daughter, Kim Britton of Palm Bay, FL; three grandchildren, Misty, Matthew, and Harley; two step-grandchildren, Justin and Jennifer; two great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

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From Sharon Jordan on August 16th, 2020
Harry, you were a nice guy.  When we worked together at Vermont American you brought me a picture of my husband, Dabber, in his overalls when he was a little boy.  Rest in piece.  I know your family misses you.
 

John Hines

June 27th, 1944 - July 7th, 2017

Class of 1963

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John Emmit Hines, Sr.
( June 27, 1944 - July 7, 2017 )
John Emmit Hines, Sr., age 73, of Lincolnton died Friday July 7, 2017.
His funeral will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Marvin United Methodist Church with Rev. Amy Vaughan officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Warlick Funeral Home.
Mr. Hines was born on June 27, 1944 and was the son of the late James Henry “Bill” Hines and Ruth Maureen Adams Hines.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Gene Hines.  Mr. Hines retired after 31 years as a supervisor for Sonoco Products and was a veteran of the United States Navy having served aboard the USS Aircraft Carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt and in Da Nang, Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Sain Hines of the home; one son, John E. Hines, Jr. of Lincolnton; one daughter, Andrae H. Beam of Vale; brother, Frank Hines of Lincolnton; three sisters, Pat H. Ballard and husband, Clayton of Lincolnton, Susie Martin and husband, Gary of Lincolnton and Lucy H. Houser of Lincolnton; five grandchildren, Jessica Hines, Austin Hines, Caleb Hines, Brittany Beam and Justin Beam.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Marvin United Methodist Church, 2731 Startown Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092 or Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Janis Self

August 7th, 1944 - June 24th, 2017

class of 1962

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Janis Ruth Self, age 72 of Lincolnton passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Brian Center & Rehab in Gastonia. Born August 7, 1944 in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Yates Woodrow and Ruth Harmon Self.

Left to cherish her memory:
2 Sisters: Jane Lockman (Philip) and Judy Bailey,(Glenn) both of Lincolnton

Brother: Bill Self (Debbie) of Lincolnton

A number of Nieces and Nephews

A graveside service will be held at Asbury Methodist Church. with Pastor Ken Spencer officiating on Thursday. June 29th at 11:00 AM. .

The family will receive friends immediately after the service.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Self family. 

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Donald Grigg

June 17th, 1944 - June 17th, 2017

Class of 1961

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Donald Floyd "Duck" Grigg 73 of Iron Station died Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in  Lincolnton. Born June 17th, 1944, he was the son of the late James Grigg Sr. and Merle Whitworth Grigg. A US Navy Veteran, he was a supervisor in the textile industry.  A loving and caring father and husband, he was a man of many talents. He played guitar in a band and was a great cook and gardener. 
 His wife, Nancy Gail Thomas Grigg of the home; a daughter, Tammy Grigg Dameron and husband Alfred of Hickory; two sons, Bobby Gene Grigg of Iron Station and Danny Grigg and wife Wendy of Pumpkin Center; a sister, Linda Cleveland  and husband Richard of Iron Station ; a brother, Steve Grigg and wife Linda of Lucia, NC; grandchildren; Christopher Grigg, and Melissa Grigg of Ohio, Alyssa Smith of Lincolnton, Trinity Johnson of Hickory, Serenity and Chasity Dameron of Hickory, Shane Blagg of Virginia, Paige Reel of Pumpkin Center,  and great grandchildren; Maddie and Breanna Woodrum of Ohio survive him.
A brother, James Thomas Grigg, Jr. preceded him in death.
The funeral will be  Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 at 2:30pm at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel with the military Chaplin officiating. A private burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00pm at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.  .  
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation 4701 Hedgemore Drive Suite 810 Charlotte, NC 28209.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Grigg family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.

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Kaye Langlois (Davis)

January 1st, 1949 - May 29th, 2017

Class of 1967

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There is to be a memorial service on June 3,2017 at David Memorial Baptist Church. 
Sister of Jerry Davis and Robin Davis Mosteller and Sue Davis. 

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Brenda Hallman (Sisk)

July 5th, 1947 - May 16th, 2017

Class of 1965

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Brenda Catherine Sisk Hallman
( July 5, 1947 - May 16, 2017 )
Brenda Catherine Hallman, age 69, of 5160 King Wilkinson Road in Denver, died on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Denver Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Griggs officiating.  The family will receive friends from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Hallman was born July 5, 1947, in Lincoln County, to the late Rev. Ernest John Sisk and Billie Hamrick Treadway.  She retired from Lincoln County.

She is survived by her husband, Vaughn Hallman of the home; a son, Jonathan Hallman of Iron Station; a daughter, Christina Sutton of Lincolnton; a brother, Gary Sisk of Lincolnton; two sisters, Joyce Roberts and Sandra Jennings, both of Lincolnton; and four grandchildren, Hannah, Ethan, Madison, and Wyatt.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105-1942.

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Martha Keener (Gates)

December 9th, 1941 - May 13th, 2017

Class of 1960

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Martha Jane Gates Keener
( December 9, 1941 - May 13, 2017 )
Mrs. Martha Jane Gates Keener, age 75, of Redwood Lane, Lincolnton died Saturday, May 13, 2017.
Her funeral will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Covenant Bible Church with Rev. Mike Devine and Rev. Nathan Grooms officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service at Covenant Bible Church.
Mrs. Keener was born on December 9, 1941 to the late William G. and Loretta Reynolds Gates.   She worked in nursing as a LPN and RN.
Mrs. Keener is survived by her husband, Jerry Keener of the home; two sons, Randy Keener of Lincolnton and Rick Keener of Lincolnton; one brother, Chris Gates of Lincolnton; five sisters, Pat Thrower of Topsail Beach, Nita Turner and husband, Bobby of Lincolnton, Rita Hauss and husband, Gary of Lincolnton and Billie Moore of Lincolnton; 5 grandchildren  Joshua, Jordan, Rachel ,Nathan and Noah.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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From MELBA FINLEY on July 23rd, 2021
Thank you for your kindness and caring attitude toward me when I was hanging out at your house. And thank you for the kindness you showed to my Mom. 
 

Rodney Norris

June 18th, 1942 - May 12th, 2017

Class of 1961

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ALEXIS - Rodney Ray Norris, Major, USAF Ret., 73, died May 12, 2017, at his residence.

He was born in Lincoln County, son of the late Ray Archie and Margaret Ann Helderman Norris. He served 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, and the North Carolina Air National Guard with the 263rd in Badin and the 145th in Charlotte. He retired from Avery Dennison and Wallace, Inc. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Alexis where he had served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and R.A.'s leader.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Evans Norris; a son, Jason Norris and wife Tami, of Alexis; a daughter, Heather Morris and husband Ben, of Alexis; a brother, Davey Boyce Norris and wife Jean, of Iron Station; a sister-in-law, Wanda Randolph and husband Richard, sister-in-law, Debbie Adams and husband David, brother-in-law, Gus Evans and wife Lamar, and sister-in-law, Debbie Evans; and many nephews and nieces. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Wesley, Spencer and Chandler Norris, Bailey and Camryn Morris; a great-granddaughter, Avery Kate Morris; and a great-grandson due in August.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, William and LaVerne Evans, and a brother-in-law, Rick Evans.

The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 2151 Mount Zion Church Road, Alexis.

The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, with the Rev. Joel Collette officiating, assisted by the Rev. Phillip Tillman and the Rev. Ken Gibson.

Interment with full military honors provided by the United States Air Force Honor Guard will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mount Zion Baptist Church, c/o The Stacy Hovis Hall, P.O. Box 70, Alexis, NC 28006, or Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28053.

Woodlawn Funeral Home of Mount Holly is serving the Norris family. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gastongazette/obituary.aspx?n=rodney-norris&pid=185382267&#sthash.JuKpvKAU.dpuf

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Judith Elaine Lynch (Smith)

October 2nd, 1943 - May 6th, 2017

Class of 1961

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Judy Smith Lynch
( October 2, 1943 - May 6, 2017 )
Mrs. Judy Smith Lynch age 73 of the Maiden Highway, Lincolnton passed away on Saturday May 6, 2017.
A Celebration  of  Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday  at McKendree  United Methodist Church with Rev. Gregg  Plott  officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service Tuesday at the church.
Mrs. Lynch was born on October 2, 1943. She was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Alice Setzer Smith.  She was also preceded in death by her husband Dean Lynch and one son James Allen Lynch. Mrs. Lynch worked for the Lincoln County Emergency Medical Services as a paramedic and Lincoln County 911 before retiring and was a member of the Lincoln County Lifesaving Crew.
Survivors include: one son Randall Lynch and wife Grace of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Miranda, Sabrina Lynch of Charlotte and Geneva Lynch of Lincolnton.
In lieu of flowers memorials should be made to McKendree United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 426 Lincolnton, N.C. 28093.

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Paul David Lingerfelt

January 31st, 1947 - May 2nd, 2017

Class of 1966

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Paul David Lingerfelt
( January 31, 1947 - May 2, 2017 )
Paul David Lingerfelt, age 70, of Oklahoma Court in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Forest Lawn Cemetery.   

Paul was born January 31, 1947, in Lincoln County, to the late Mary Lingerfelt.  In addition to his mother, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Lingerfelt; stepson, Todd Cook; and stepdaughter, Robin Cook. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and then later worked as an operator at Timken for 28 years. 

He is survived by two sons, David Lingerfelt of Durham and Paul Lingerfelt of Lincolnton; a brother, Roy Lingerfelt of Lincolnton; thirteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and a stepdaughter, Sherry Cook of Iron Station.

Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice, 258 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC  28054.
 
 

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Rose Keever

December 6th, 1951 - April 20th, 2017

Class of 1970

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Rose Marie Keever
( December 6, 1951 - April 20, 2017 )
Rose Marie Keever, age 65, of Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Rose graduated from Lincolnton High School.  She was a CRNA and worked in hospitals in Charlotte, Columbia and Savannah.  Later she worked as an anesthetist in private practice plastic surgery until her health forced her to retire.  Community volunteer work and medical emergency service were a great part of her life.  A Daughter of The King, Rose was active also in the Episcopal Church in Savannah.  Adventuresome, a lover of animals and nature, Rose lived life to the fullest. 

Rose was born on December 6, 1951, in Lincoln County, to Elsie Hoffman Keever and the late Herman John Keever.  In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Clifford Counts.  She is survived by her mother, Elsie Keever of Lincolnton; a brother, Eddie Keever, and wife Robin, of Lincolnton; a nephew, Matthew Keever, and wife Mary, of Mooresville; and a host of family and friends.

A graveside memorial will be held at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, Lincolnton, NC on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at five o’clock.  The family will receive friends following the service. 

A special thanks to her hospice nurses, chaplain, caregivers, and friends for kindness and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 735 Buffalo Shoals Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Wynn Ford

May 22nd, 1949 - April 5th, 2017

Class of 1967

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Wynn Stuart Ford
( May 22, 1949 - April 5, 2017 )
Mr. Wynn Ford, age 67, of the Brian Center in Mooresville, and formerly of N. Poplar Street in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Hollybrook Cemetery with DAV military rites.   

Wynn was born May 22, 1949, in Lincoln County, to Ann Davis Ford and the late Joe Ford.  In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by his sister, JoAnn Ford.  He served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his mother, Ann, D. Ford, of Lincolnton. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lincoln Chapter DAV #53, c/o Charles Adams, 1120 Ponderosa Road, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Marvin Noles

May 23rd, 1947 - March 24th, 2017

Class of 1965

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( May 23, 1947 - March 24, 2017 )
Marvin Lester Noles, 69, went to his heavenly home on Friday, March 24, 2017, while at home with his family.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at First Baptist Church, 201 Robin Road, Lincolnton, NC.  Visitation will be from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.  The family will be available to mingle with friends after the service.  

Mr. Noles was born May 23, 1947, in Lincoln County, to the late Dennis and Dora Palmer Noles.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Jane Noles Taylor.  He worked for, and retired from, Air Gas National Welders.  

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Elaine Herron Noles; daughters, Kimberly Noles, and partner Ashley Craig, and Erin Noles, and partner Adam Staley; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Lou Noles; brother-in-law, Ted Taylor; and numerous relatives and friends.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Levine Cancer Institute, or to First Baptist Church, Lincolnton. 

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Floyd Wayne Whitesides

February 8th, 1949 - March 8th, 2017

Class of 1968

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Floyd Wayne Whitesides
( February 8, 1949 - March 8, 2017 )
Floyd Wayne Whitesides, age 68, of 1800 Southside Road in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017, at Warlick Funeral Home.  Burial will be private.

Wayne was born February 8, 1949, in Lincoln County, to the late James and Alice Rudisill Whitesides.  He worked in textiles.

He is survived by a son, Doug Whitesides of Lincolnton; a daughter, Dawn Miller of Mt. Holly; a brother, Marshall Whitesides of Lincolnton; and two grandchildren, Randy Miller and Lacey Miller, both of Mt. Holly.  

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James Daniel Goodson

July 7th, 1946 - March 2nd, 2017

Class of 1964

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James Daniel Goodson
( July 7, 1946 - March 2, 2017 )
Mr. James Daniel Goodson, age 70, of Hwy 150 East in Lincolnton, passed away on March 2, 2017.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Monday, March 6, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Ervin officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton. The family will receive friends on Monday from 1:00pm until 1:45pm prior to the service at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Goodson was born on July 7, 1946, son of the late James Robert and Elizabeth Finger Goodson.  He was preceded in death by his wife Lynda Ann Dennison Goodson. Mr. Goodson worked for Bell South as a mechanical engineer before retiring, and also ran Dan’s Speed and Custom.

Survivors include: one son Stan Goodson, and wife Heather, of Maiden; one brother, Mike Goodson of Lincolnton; and two grandsons, Casey Hughes, and Cody Hughes, and wife Whitney.

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From Steve Benfield on March 20th, 2017
"Goodie" was my first friend when I moved to Lincolnton (actually Iron Station) in the fifth grade.He befriended me at a time I really needed a friend, and for that "Goodie" always had a special place in my heart. So, good bye old friend, you made a difficult transition easier for me and gave me a passion for cars.
 

Rickie Stroupe

July 6th, 1945 - February 12th, 2017

Class of 1964

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Cherryville - Mr. Rickie David Stroupe, 71, of S. Elm Street passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center -Main in Charlotte.

Rick was born on July 6, 1945 in Mecklenburg County, NC a son of the late Claude Stroupe and Geneva Stroupe Dulin. He was a graduate of Lincolnton High School, Gaston College and obtained a degree in Electrical Installation and Maintenance from Cleveland Community College. Rick worked for Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville and retired as a mail carrier with the U.S. Post office in Cherryville. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville and served the church in many capacities. Rick served in the U.S. Marines during Vietnam and was wounded in Saigon and received the following awards, Combat Action Ribbon for service, Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct medal, National Defense service medal, Vietnam Service medal with two bronze campaign stars, two Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citations, a rifle marksman badge and a sharp shooter award. Rick was a Gold Circle member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. He was also an organ donor.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Ruth Messer; a brother, Tim Dulin and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Will and Viola Eaker.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Anita Ray Eaker Stroupe of the home; a daughter, Tonya Stroupe Throckmorton and husband, Mike of Cherryville; a very special granddaughter, Kayla Ray Throckmorton; a sister, Joann Houser of Lincolnton; three nephews, Kevin Houser (Shannon); Teddy Houser (Wendy) and Chad Houser; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenny and Karen Eaker of Terrell; a niece, Lauren Eaker Kale (Logan); great nieces, Lexi and Lilly Kale; also surviving are several great nieces and nephews and extended family members.
Visitation will be on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 2:00PM to 3:15PM at First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3:30PM at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Bill Lowe officiating.
Military honors provided by Cherryville American Legion Post 100 Honor Guard.
Burial will be Private.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Outdoor Worship Center, 107 W. Academy Street or to the Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256.
Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mr. Stroupe.

 

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Charles Edward Cook

June 12th, 1947 - February 3rd, 2017

Class of 1965

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Charles Edward Cook
( June 12, 1947 - February 3, 2017 )
Charles Edward Cook, age 69, of Elm Street in Lincolnton, died on Friday, February 3, 2017.

His funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2017, at Gloryland Baptist Church with Rev. Macon Ballard officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church. 

Mr. Cook was born June 12, 1947, in Lincoln County, to the late George Edward Cook and Jeanette McGinnis Cook.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Hendricks Cook.  He worked as a barber and also for Duke Energy.  

He is survived by a son, Charles Joseph Cook, and wife Stephanie, of Lincolnton; a sister, Janet Cook Mathis, and husband Danny, of Vale; a brother, Richard Cook, and wife Martha, of Vale; and two grandchildren, Tommy Roberts and Lindsey Roberts. 

Memorials may be made to Gloryland Baptist Church, 3925 King Wilkinson Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Jane Annette Mosteller

August 1st, 1951 - February 2nd, 2017

Class of 1970

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Jane Annette Mosteller
( August 1, 1951 - February 2, 2017 )
Jane Annette Mosteller, age 65, of Lightview Lane in Lincolnton, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Long Shoals Baptist Church with Rev. Wesley Ingle officiating.  Burial will follow in the Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Jane was born August 1, 1951, in Lincoln County, to Mamie Short Mosteller and the late Cleveland Mosteller.  She worked in textiles and also furniture.  

She is survived by her mother, Mamie S. Mosteller of the home; a sister, Kay Withers of Lincolnton; a brother, Timmy Mosteller, and wife Christine, of Lincolnton; two nieces, Erica Short and Tiffany Harkey, both of Vale; and two nephews, Dale Withers, Jr. of Lincolnton and Brandon Mosteller of Vale. 

Memorials may be made to Long Shoals Baptist Church, 2988 Long Shoals Road, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

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Harry Caldwell

January 30th, 1949 - February 1st, 2017

Class of 1967

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Rev. Harry Neal Caldwell
( January 30, 1949 - February 1, 2017 )
Rev. Harry Neal Caldwell, age 68, of Home Trail in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

His funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Andrew Royals, Rev. Ken Gibson, and Rev. Lanny Cook officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

Rev. Caldwell was born January 30, 1949, in Lincoln County, to the late Carl and Edna Bumgarner Caldwell.  He proudly served in the United States Army.  He pastored three churches during 27 years of ministry.  

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Proctor Caldwell of the home; a foster son, Ron Wyatt, and wife Mandy, of Thomasville; a brother, Frank Caldwell, and wife Sharon, of Locust Fork, AL; a sister, Evelyn Caldwell of Raleigh; a brother-in-law, Wayne Proctor, and wife Sue, of Cherryville; two grandchildren, Hannah Wyatt and Maddie Wyatt; and several nieces and nephews.

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George Cecil Chapman, Jr.

December 19th, 1941 - January 27th, 2017

Class of 1960

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George Cecil Chapman, Jr.
( December 19, 1941 - January 27, 2017 )
Mr. George Cecil Chapman Jr. age 75 of Pleasant Grove Church Road Crouse passed away on Friday January 27, at his home.
A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday February 4, 2017 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jim Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:15 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Mr. Chapman was born on December 19, 1941, son of the late George Cecil and Pauline Sneed Chapman Sr. He was preceded in death by his wife Ava Davis Chapman. Mr. Chapman worked in the furniture industry and also for Carolina Freight before retiring.
Survivors include: one daughter Laura Smith of Raleigh; one son Josh Chapman of Lincolnton; one brother Ronnie Chapman of Lincolnton; three sisters Carol Smith of Lincolnton, Rita LaBresque of Gastonia, and Cecila Palmer of Raeford; one granddaughter Kylie Smith and one grandson Hunter Chapman.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County 900 Dontia Drive Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.

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Sharon Stowe (Hovis)

January 28th, 1942 - January 18th, 2017

Class of 1960

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Sharon Hovis Stowe
( January 28, 1942 - January 18, 2017 )
Sharon Hovis Stowe, age 74, of 22nd Avenue, East, in Seattle, died on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.