Deceased Classmates


This page is dedicated to memories of all LHS classmates from graduation years 1960-1970.  If a death occurs of a spouse or a guest of a classmate who attended the reunion, we will add that person to our deceased classmates.

If you know an LHS 1960-1970 classmate whose obituary is not included here, please send name, date of death, and a link to the obituary to    


Phyllis Friday (Abernathy)

Birth Date: 1942-10-31
Deceased Date: 2019-04-04
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.
Phyllis Friday - April 5th, 2019
Class of 1960

Wendy Abernathy

Birth Date: 1952-08-07
Deceased Date: 2022-01-21

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.

Wendy Abernathy - January 23rd, 2022
Class of1970
Judy Lee - 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 â

Steve Abernathy

Deceased Date: 1992-09-28
Joanna ( Cronland) West - March 28th, 2015
Man! Steve and I went through school together, and I remember him in grade school....he was MY COUSIN !! per my mother...distantly. Therefore, he was special to me, but probably never knew it! How sad that we miss the opportunities to tell people what they mean to us! Miss you, Steve.
Johnny Whitesides - April 27th, 2013
I loved you like a brother!  I remember the last time I seen you, was in your Macro truck and you waved good-bye.   Boy, if we didn't have some good times together, but its probably best that I don't let others know.  You have and will always be in heart.  Johnny Whitesides
Vickey A. Lewis - March 25th, 2013
Steve will forever be on my mind and in my heart. I have some wonderful memories of my dearly beloved brother!
Vickey Abernathy Lewis - February 26th, 2013
Best brother ever! I miss and love you so very much! ! !
Vickey Abernathy Lewis - February 19th, 2013
The best brother ever!
Steve Abernathy - October 29th, 2012
Class of 1967
Peggy Turner - November 28th, 2012
Never a dull moment when Steve was around.  He was always laughing about something.

Danny Abernathy

Danny Abernathy - January 22nd, 2013
Class of 1970

Ruby "Ann" Jenkins (Abernethy)

Birth Date: 1941-11-17
Deceased Date: 2022-03-28
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.
Ruby "Ann" Jenkins - April 6th, 2022
Class of 1960

Gary Alexander

Birth Date: 1951-07-07
Deceased Date: 2021-10-13

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.

Gary Alexander - October 13th, 2021
Class of 1970

Patricia Rhyne (Allen)

Patricia Rhyne - November 6th, 2012
Class of 1964
Betsy Garbade - February 8th, 2015
One of my best friends ever.  

Neil Edgar Allran

Birth Date: 1951-06-17
Deceased Date: 2019-12-21


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.

Neil Edgar Allran - December 23rd, 2019
Class of 1969

Rebekah Beal (Andrews)

Birth Date: 1947-07-30
Deceased Date: 2019-03-17
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.
Rebekah Beal - March 17th, 2019
Class of 1965

Tommy Andrews

Birth Date: 1949-05-09
Deceased Date: 1996-03-01
Tommy Andrews - October 29th, 2012
 Class of 1967

Ronnie Anthony

Birth Date: 1947-07-03
Deceased Date: 2017-08-03
Ronnie Anthony - August 4th, 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.  
MELBA FINLEY - 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. 

Barbara Ann Davis (Armstrong)

Birth Date: 1951-04-08
Deceased Date: 2023-08-09
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.
Barbara Ann Davis - August 10th, 2023
Class of 1969

Nancy Morrison (Armstrong)

Birth Date: 1945-06-26
Deceased Date: 2006-10-12
 Nancy Lee Armstrong Morrison, 61, Gastonia, died at home Thursday, October 12, 2006.Mrs. Morrison was a native of Lincoln County, N.C. and the daughter of the late Ed Hugh and Lollie Helton Armstrong. She was a member of Carson Memorial Baptist Church and worked as a customer service representative for FMC Lithium Corp.Survivors include: husband, Dan J. Morrison of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Donna Leann and Anthony Walker of Gastonia; sons and daughter-in-law Jerry "Scott" and Deanna Morrison of Gastonia and Brian E. Morrison of Grover; four grandchildren, Dustin and Ashleigh Walker, Clay and Toby Morrison, all of Gastonia; brothers, Darrel, Craig and Tony Armstrong of Lincolnton, Roger Armstrong of Walker Town and Don Armstrong of Conover; sister, Ruth Barfield of Gastonia.Burial will be held at Westview Gardens, Edgewood Rd., Bessemer City, N.C.
Nancy Morrison - November 18th, 2012
 Class of 1963

Frank Armstrong, Jr.

Birth Date: 1947-11-20
Deceased Date: 2016-01-03
Frank Armstrong, Jr.

( November 20, 1947 - January 3, 2016 )

Mr. Frank Armstrong Jr. age 68 of  Freeman Road Lincolnton died on January 3, 2016.

Funeral services will be held 2:00pm Wednesday January 6, 2016 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Michael Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery in Lincolnton. The family will receive friends 6:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday at Warlick funeral Home.

Mr. Armstrong was a native of Lincoln County, born on November 20, 1947, son of the late Frank and Virginia Freeman Armstrong Sr. He was employed by Rhodes and Corrhier Implement Co. for 38 yrs. and also worked as a security guard for Mohican Mills. Mr. Armstrong was also a member of the Lincoln County Life Saving Crew for many years.

Survivors include: sister, Brenda Bradshaw and husband Steve of Lincolnton; aunt Dot Martin of Lincolnton; brother-in-law Jerry Smith of Maiden; and a number of nephews and nieces.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church Stain Glass Window Fund 216 South Aspen Street Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.
Frank Armstrong, Jr. - January 4th, 2016
Class of 1968 (also attended some classes with 1967 group)  

Steve Arrington

Birth Date: 1952-06-22
Deceased Date: 2010-09-11
Tom Froneberger - May 25th, 2020
Steve died 11 Sept 2010, exactly nine years after 9/11. 
Steve Arrington - January 22nd, 2013
 Class of 1970
Tom Froneberger - May 25th, 2020
Solid as a rock friend: strong, modest yet powerful, and caring. Never heard of Steve saying anything negative to a friend, just encouragement. My fault to have lost contact. Froney 

Roy Ashe

Roy Ashe - January 22nd, 2013
 Class of 1969

Lester "Bud" Auton

Birth Date: 1945-04-18
Deceased Date: 2018-09-21
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.
Lester "Bud" Auton - September 23rd, 2018
Class of 1964

Michael Avery

Becky Gibson - March 12th, 2021
I will never forget you, Michael. It's hard to believe you are gone. I'd love to sit on the old and talk to you again. Thank you for being the Father figure to my son. You are surely missed..... Becky
Michael Avery - October 12th, 2013
Class of 1964
Kelley Cornwell - January 22nd, 2015
Miss you Mike

Allen Aycoth

Birth Date: 1943-09-29
Deceased Date: 2021-04-09
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.
Allen Aycoth - April 10th, 2021
Class of 1963

James Bailey

Birth Date: 1948-12-14
Deceased Date: 2010-06-16
James Franklin Bailey, Sr.James Franklin Bailey, Sr., 61, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at his residence.Born December 14, 1948 in Huntington, W.Va., he was the son of the late Verna Scarborough and Denver Bailey.Mr. Bailey was a retired employee of Wal-Mart in Conover and a member of Joy Baptist Church. He loved his family and was a racing fan. He also spent time as a race car driver.He is survived by his wife, Dianne Franklin Bailey of the home; sons: James Bailey, Jr. and wife Pam of Lincolnton, Kenneth Bailey and wife Rebecca of Hickory, Rick Franklin and wife Susan of Taylorsville; daughters: Chasity Huffman and husband Chad of Hickory, Courtney Berry of Hickory, Patty Kump of Asheville, Teresa Starnes and husband Larry of Claremont; sister, Betty Bailey of Iron Station; thirteen grandchildren: Josh, Brooke, Dylan James, Daniel, Zackery, and Zoie Bailey; Crystal and Monica Kump; Dalton Franklin, Ashley Day, Lori and Jennifer Powell, and Colby Lail; aunt, Elizabeth Bryant of Lincolnton; cousin, Roger Bryant of Lincolnton; and nephew, Shane Poole and wife Jessica of Lincolnton.A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Joy Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Shook officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the church.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658 or Joy Baptist Church, 4015 Herman Sipe Rd., Conover, NC 28613.On-line condolences may be left for the family at Funeral Home is serving the family of James Franklin Bailey, Sr.
James Bailey - January 15th, 2013
Class of 1966

Donnie Ruth Barnes (Bailey)

Birth Date: 1947-06-30
Deceased Date: 2015-07-04
Donnie Bailey Barnes

MOORE, S.C. — Donnie Bailey Turbeville Barnes, 68, of Moore, SC, died Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Rosecrest. Born June 30, 1947, in Gaston County, NC, reared in Lincolnton, NC, she was the daughter of Donie Shults Denton of Lincolnton, NC and the late Morrison (Bill) L. Bailey.

Donnie was a 1965 graduate of Lincolnton High School and held several degrees from USC-Columbia. She retired from BMW as a manager of Customs Compliance. She was also a member of Joy Lutheran Church.

Survivors in addition to her mother are her husband, Edward N. Barnes; step-father, Carroll Denton of Lincolnton; daughter, Kelly McDill (Howard) of Asheville; son, Michael Kiser of Wilmington; step-daughters, Stephanie Marshall of Illinois and Monica Gray (Dr. Ronald) of Spartanburg, S.C.; brothers, Michael Bailey (Judy) of Taylorville and Stephen Bailey (Jeannie) of Vale; 14 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Joy Lutheran Church, 3980 Moore-Duncan Hwy., Moore, SC 29369. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m., at the Church, conducted by the Rev. Lane Bembenek. Burial will be in Westwood Memorial Gardens, 6101 Reidville Road, Moore, SC 29369 immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Joy Lutheran Church Building Fund, 3980 Moore-Duncan Hwy., Moore, SC 29369.

An online guest register is available at

Floyd’s North Church St. Chapel is serving the Barnes family.

Donnie Ruth Barnes - July 5th, 2015
Class of 1965

Billy Ray Baker

Birth Date: 1942-07-16
Deceased Date: 2013-05-04

Mr. Billy Ray Baker, age 70, of 1337 Pressley Drive, Lincolnton died Saturday, May 4, 2013.


His funeral will be 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Long Shoals Wesleyan Church with Rev. Jon Mann officiating. Burial will follow in the PisgahUnited Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday at Warlick Funeral Home.


Mr. Baker was born on July 16, 1942 in GastonCounty and was the son of the late Robert Ray Baker and Drucilla Ray Baker.  He retired as a machinist from Sherman Textiles.


Mr. Baker is survived by his wife, Brenda Kinley Baker of the home; two daughters, Laura Baxter Munday of Cherryville and Mindy Baker of Lincolnton; three grandsons, Nic and Matt Baxter and Cameron Baker.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LongShoals Wesleyan Church  or to the Long ShoalsWesleyan Academy, both of 3032 Wesleyan Church Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Billy Ray Baker - May 6th, 2013
Class of 1962

Marguerite "Maggie" Church (Ballard)

Birth Date: 1945-07-25
Deceased Date: 2022-02-13
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.
Marguerite "Maggie" Church - February 16th, 2022
Class of 1963

Lillie Mae Ballard

Birth Date: 1947-01-13
Deceased Date: 2018-05-10
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.
Lillie Mae Ballard - May 13th, 2018
Class of 1965

Jerry Buzzy Ballard

Deceased Date: 1975-12-14
Jerry Buzzy Ballard - October 29th, 2012
 Class of 1967
Tommy Holbrooks - November 15th, 2012
Buzzy and I were very good friends. Played baseball together in Little League, and pall'ed around for a number of years. I still occasionally ride by his house very nearr Asbury School. A life ended much too soon. God bless you Buzzy. Tommy

Ronnie "Eddie" Ballard

Birth Date: 1942-10-01
Deceased Date: 2014-07-02
( October 1, 1942 - July 2, 2014 )
Mr. Ronnie "Eddie" Ballard, age 71, of the Brian Center, and formerly of the Heath House in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014, at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Ken Jones officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Ballard was born October 1, 1942, in Lincoln County, to the late James Edgar and Delcia Sneed Ballard.He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Ballard. He worked in furniture manufacturing. 

He is survived by a son, Ronnie Ballard of Lincolnton; three brothers, David L. Ballard and wife Jackie of Long Shoals, Donald Ballard and wife Jean, and Bill Ballard and wife Carolyn, all of Lincolnton; and his nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ronnie "Eddie" Ballard - July 3rd, 2014
Class of 1962

Cynthia Barber

Cynthia Barber - January 22nd, 2013
 Class of 1970

Kenneth Barger

Kenneth Barger - April 16th, 2013
Class of 1960  

Saida Elizabeth Barineau

Saida Elizabeth Barineau - November 6th, 2012
Class of 1961

Martha Abee (Barkley)

Birth Date: 1943-10-24
Deceased Date: 2021-02-13


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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Martha Abee - February 14th, 2021
Class of 1960

Charles Jerry Barkley

Birth Date: 1943-07-30
Deceased Date: 2014-06-15
Charles Jerry Barkley, age 70, of 110 McCleave Street in China Grove, passed away.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service.

Mr. Barkley was born July 30, 1943, in Lincoln County, to the late Joseph Van and Louise Dellinger Barkley. He was the owner/photographer of Barkley Studios, and also a photographer for Lincoln Times-News and retired from Yellow Freight.

He is survived by a daughter, Malinda Barkley of Cornelius; two brothers, Fred Barkley of Raleigh and David Barkley of Wilmington; two sisters, Susan Hester of Lincolnton and Debbie Vance of Jacksonville, FL; friend, Kelly Pierce Rosales; and his very special K-9 companions.

Memorials may be made to Christian Ministry of Lincoln County, PO Box 423, Lincolnton, NC 28093.
Charles Jerry Barkley - June 18th, 2014
Class of 1961
Jim (Horse) Hoyle - April 3rd, 2017
Have some very good memories with Jerry (& Jackie Pohill) in our sports car club (60 members) and sport car functions.  A good friend always matter what predictment I got him into!  Rest in heavenly peace my friend  ...

Jacqueline "Jackie" Lockman (Barkley)

Birth Date: 1949-04-25
Deceased Date: 2021-05-10
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.
Jacqueline "Jackie" Lockman - May 10th, 2021
class of 1967

Sarah Jane Bumgarner (Barkley)

Birth Date: 1949-12-05
Deceased Date: 2015-11-17
DUNCAN, S.C. — Sarah Bumgarner, 65, of 416 Fairbanks Court passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at her home.

Born December 5, 1949 in Lincolnton, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Mattie Sloop Barkley and the wife of the late Johnny Yates Bumgarner. She was a cashier at CVS on Roper Mountain Road in Greenville.

Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Michelle Petrusak and husband Christopher of Lyman and Crystal Lynn Goodwin and husband Thomas of Cincinnati; and a granddaughter, Madeline Goodwin.

The family is at the home.

Condolences may be made at

Stribling Funeral Home of Duncan, S.C. is serving the Bumgarner family.
Sarah Jane Bumgarner - November 20th, 2015
Class of 1967

L. C. Barkley

Birth Date: 1947-01-01
Deceased Date: 1964-01-01
L. C. Barkley - May 14th, 2013
Class of 1965

Mike Barkley

Birth Date: 1951-04-11
Deceased Date: 2019-12-08
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.
Mike Barkley - December 14th, 2019
Class of 1969

James "Jim" Barkley, Jr.

Birth Date: 1948-02-28
Deceased Date: 2022-02-26

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.

James "Jim" Barkley, Jr. - February 27th, 2022
Class of 1966

Dixie Barnes

Deceased Date: 2003-08-29
Dixie Barnes - November 6th, 2012
Class of 1961

Herbert (Herbie) Battle

Deceased Date: 1998-10-16
Mike Parrott - December 31st, 2017
Saturday, the 30th would have been Herb’s 71st birthday, he was my best friend, he was every bit my brother. Let me clear something up that I have heard and bothers me a great deal, Herb died of a massive heart attack. We were leaning back on the front fender of my car, making plans for the next day, when he fell over, almost knocking me down. He was gone.  Stress!  My best memory, I have a lot, was “that’s the damn crooked-ist stick I have ever seen” and a little later that night “the moon is ossiscillating”.   Slick, one day we will see that moon ossiscillate again.  I think about you every day, I tell a Herb story just about every week.  I have thought about you a lot today, New Year’s Eve, I love ya brother and I miss ya.  
Debbie Wilkinson Woods - October 9th, 2013
Herbie was a very dear friend, one of a kind and one of the nicest people I have ever known.  He was like a brother and we had great times together.  Miss him and loved him very much.  
Herbert (Herbie) Battle - November 12th, 2012
Class of 1965
Susie Wilkinson - November 14th, 2012
He was like a brother, and we all miss him so much.

Dorothy Weaver (Baxter)

Dorothy Weaver - January 22nd, 2013
 Class of 1970

Ernest Baxter

Birth Date: 1946-08-29
Deceased Date: 2020-11-07
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.
Ernest Baxter - November 9th, 2020
Class of 1965 and also class of 1964

J. D. Beal

Sharon Jordan - August 15th, 2020
J.D. I enjoyed working with you at Vermont America.  You were a good friend!  You died too soon. Sharon Schronce Jordan
J. D. Beal - May 12th, 2013
Class of 1964
Jim "Horse" Hoyle - September 8th, 2015
At random (I think), we chose the names of the band "Jay Dees" after my close friend Jasper Dixie Beal.  By necessity, music groups have to become very close to do well.  More than I ever knew, I surely did that with JD and most every one I performed with.  ;God I miss all of fellows !   Horse  '63

Burley Franklin Beal

Birth Date: 1940-10-12
Deceased Date: 2018-02-20

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.

Burley Franklin Beal - February 20th, 2018
Class of 1961

Richard (Ricky) Beal

Deceased Date: 2015-07-04
Richard (Ricky) Beal - July 5th, 2015
Class of 1968

Nanci Beal

Nanci Beal - November 12th, 2012
Class of 1965

Shirley Sigmon (Beal)

Birth Date: 1943-07-23
Deceased Date: 2018-11-22
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.  
Shirley Sigmon - November 23rd, 2018
Class of 1961

James Edward Beal

Deceased Date: 1994-11-14
James Edward Beal - October 29th, 2012
 Class of 1967

Trudy Gail Beal

Birth Date: 1950-08-26
Deceased Date: 2011-09-23
Trudy Beal LINCOLNTON Miss Trudy Gail Beal, 61, of 1998 Buffalo Shoals Road in Lin-colnton, died on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. Her funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Antioch Baptist Church with the Revs. George Townsend and Todd Garren officiating. The body will lie in state for 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, at Warlick Funeral Home. Miss Beal was born Aug. 26, 1950, in Lincoln County to Macie Williams Beal and the late Robert E. Beal, Sr. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by one brother, Eddie M. Beal. She worked for Lincoln County Home Health, was a lifelong member of Antioch Baptist Church and was well-known and well-loved by many. She is survived by her mother, Macie Williams Beal, of the home; her brother, Robert E. "Whitey" Beal, Jr. and his wife, Bessie, of Lin-colnton; two sisters, Jewell Beal Lane and her husband, Michael, and Ann Beal Caldwell and hser husband, Kermit, all of Lincolnton. Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 3387 E. Highway 150, Lincolnton, NC 28092. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Beal family.
Trudy Gail Beal - May 3rd, 2013
Class of 1968
Linda Chambers - September 22nd, 2013
What a sweet, kind, loving individual...just didn't find a better person than Trudy.  She was very active in her church and served her Lord well.  With Trudy's passing, Heaven truly gained an angel.

Deedria Stephens (Beal)

Deedria Stephens - November 6th, 2012
Class of 1964
Linda Chambers - September 21st, 2013
    To her family and friends Deedria was known as "DeeDee",   A very sweet, devoted daughter, mother, and grandmother, DeeDee nurtured her family, always thinking of others and went the extra mile to help.  Through her quiet strength, her determined independence, and her strong convictions, in her own unique way, DeeDee sacrificed and supported those who knew and loved her.  She now rests in peace..pain free.  Miss you dear one!  (Aunt Linda)      

Darrell Beal

Deceased Date: 2006-10-10
Darrell Beal - November 6th, 2012
Class of 1961
Patsy Cashion - December 31st, 2012
 I worked for Darrell at Edmos.  He was a funny, sweet guy.

Joe Beal

Birth Date: 1941-03-12
Deceased Date: 2023-07-22
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.

Joe Beal - July 25th, 2023
Class of 1960