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Shirley Beal (Sigmon)

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 Seagle (Heavner)

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 Whitesides (Carpenter)

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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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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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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Vicki Diane Lawing (Jarrett)

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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Mary Ellen Hurley (Beers)

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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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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Frank Hines

October 26th, 1940 - August 8th, 2018

Class of 1959

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James Franklin Hines
( October 26, 1940 - August 8, 2018 )
James Franklin “Frank” Hines, age 77, of South Cedar Street in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.

His funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2018, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dr. Stanley Spence officiating.  Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  At all other times, the family will be at the home of Gary and Susie Martin, 3315 E. Highway 27 in Lincolnton.

Frank was born October 26, 1940, in Lincoln County, to the late James Henry “Bill” Hines and Ruth Adams Hines.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Saine Hines; two brothers, John Emmit Hines and Charles Eugene Hines; and a brother-in-law, Dale Houser.  He served in the United States Air Force for twenty-one years, and then later worked as a computer programmer.  

He is survived by two daughters, Lisa Jane Doherty, and husband Phil, of England, and Jackie Ellis, and husband Tim, of Lincolnton; a son, Shannon Touhy, and wife Rita, of Cherryville; three sisters, Patricia Ballard, and husband Clayton, Susie Martin, and husband Gary, and Lucy Houser, all of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Whitney Mullen, Zachary Ellis, Pearl Doherty, and LuLu Doherty; numerous nieces and nephews; and his best friend, his canine Andy.   

Memorials may be made to the Lincoln County Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, 704 E. Main Street, Cherryville, NC  28021, or to the Lincoln County Humane Society, PO Box 23, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

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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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Anita (Nita) McNeill (Lathan)

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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Diane Price (Moody)

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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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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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 LIttle (Absher)

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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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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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 Johnson (Carter)

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 Ray (Turner)

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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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 Mosteller (Houser)

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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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 1st, 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 Davis (Langlois)

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 Sisk (Hallman)

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 Gates (Keener)

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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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.

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Judith Elaine Smith (Lynch)

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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John Moore

June 1st, 1941 - January 27th, 2017

Class of 1959

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John Michael Moore, 75, of Lincolnton passed away on January 27, 2017 at CMC-Lincoln.  John was born in Lincoln County on June 1, 1941 to the late John Walter and Genevieve Hovis Moore.  He was a textile plant manager for J.P. Stevens and other companies.  John was a member of Boger City Baptist Church.  In additon to his parents, John was preceded in death by one brother, Walter Gary Moore.
John is survived by his beloved wife, Linda D. Moore, one son, William Michael Moore and wife Beverly K. Moore, and two sisters; Ann Moore Dellinger and husband Robert, Barbara Moore McConnell and husband Louis.
The Moore family will receive friends on February 1, 2017 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Boger City Baptist Church in Lincolnton.  The funeral service will follow at 2:30 pm in the sanctuary at Boger City Baptist Church.  Rev. Bill Bigman will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering at Boger City Baptist Church, 2201 E. Main St., Lincolnton, NC.

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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 Hovis (Stowe)

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.  

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.  

Sharon was born January 28, 1942, in Caldwell County, to the late Barnett Monroe and Lena Smith Hovis.  She worked as an insurance agent for Allstate.  

She is survived by her two sons, Vann Abernethy and Neil Abernethy; two grandchildren, Kenton Abernethy and Thomas Abernethy; one brother, Robert Hovis; and two sisters, Ardenia Sain and Lois Graham.  

Memorials may be made to the Lincoln County 4-H Program, 115 W. Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Susan Anita Shuford (Houser)

October 18th, 1946 - January 14th, 2017

Class of 1965 

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October 18, 1946 - January 14, 2017 )
Susan “Anita” Shuford Houser, age 70 of Long Shoals Road in Lincolnton, died Saturday, January 14, 2017.

Anita  was born October 18, 1946 in Lincoln County. She was the daughter of the late Marshall Bennett Shuford and Blanchard Frances Whitesides Shuford. Susan was formerly a floor manager at Wal Mart.

Her funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2016 at Pisgah United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include; husband, Dean Houser of the home; son, Marty Houser and wife Jennipher of Lincolnton, daughter, Nicole H. Avery and husband Chad of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Stacie “Niki” Gilbert, Ty Houser, Trevor Houser and Heather Flynn; two great grandchildren.

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

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Claudette Thornburg (Crawley)

July 7th, 1944 - January 7th, 2017

Class of 1962

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Claudette Thornburg Crawley
( July 7, 1944 - January 7, 2017 )
Mrs. Claudette Thornburg Crawley age 72 of Gastonia Highway died on January 7, 2017.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Tuesday January 10, 2017 in the Pisgah United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:00am until 10:45 am prior to the service at the church.
Mrs. Crawley was the daughter of the late D.C. and Claudia Mae Whitesides Thornburg. Mrs. Crawley was also preceded in death by her husband Harold Dean Crawley. She worked as a case worker for the Lincoln County Dept. of Social Services before retiring.
Survivors include:  one son Chad Andrew Crawley and wife Amy of Lincolnton; one brother Calvin Thornburg and wife Cathy of Lincolnton; one sister Jill Putnam and husband David of Shelby; one grandson Conner Andrew Crawley of Lincolnton.
Memorials may be made to Pisgah United Methodist Church 2582 Gastonia Highway Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.

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Allen Harrill

- - January 6th, 2017

Class of 1965

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ALLEN MARK HARRILL Allen Mark Harrill, age 69, passed away January 5, 2017. He was born in Lincolnton, NC on July 11, 1947. He is preceded in death y by his parents Viola Davis and Mark Harrill and his sister Gail Harrill Seagle. He is survived by his nieces Amanda Eller and husband Shawn and Brittany Schrum as well as many dear friends. Allen was a wonderful chef, world traveler, bon vivante, avid hiker and adventurer. He was a voracious reader, exceptional photographer, artist and a dear friend. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Kagyu Shenpen Kunchab (KSK) 3777 KSK Lane, Santa Fe, NM 87507. A memorial celebration will be held at the Kiva Chapel at the Rivera Family Funeral Home on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 santafefuneraloption.com
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Darlene Waters (Warlick)

August 2nd, 1952 - December 29th, 2016

Class of 1970

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Darlene Inez Waters Warlick, age 64, of Bill Lynch Road in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, December 29, 2016.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ricky Brown officiating.  Burial will follow in the Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. on Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home.  

Darlene was born August 2, 1952, in Lincoln County, to the late Johnny  and Lena Richard Waters.  She worked in human resources for American Efird.

She is survived by two sons, Johnny Warlick and Shannon Warlick, both of Lincolnton; two daughters, Angela Howard, and husband Jason, of Charlotte, and Lisa Warlick of Vale; six grandchildren, Tristan Warlick, and wife Alyssa, Emily Belton, Jacob Belton, Landon Howard, Avery Howard, and Gia Warlick; and one great-grandchild, McKinley Warlick.  

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Harold Reep

November 6th, 1947 - December 28th, 2016

Class of 1967

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LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Harold Gene Reep, age 69, of Lincolnton passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at his residence.
Born November 6, 1947 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Fred and Margaret Arney Reep. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church, Lincolnton.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Sheila Sigmon Reep of the home; two sons Jeffery Reep and wife Tammy of Lincolnton, Chris Reep and wife Kelly of Huntersville; daughter Susan Bryson and husband Mike of Maiden; two brothers Steve Reep and wife Ann of Lincolnton, Wayne Reep and wife Gail of Lincolnton; two grandsons Kyle Reep and Chris Reep Jr.; four granddaughters Kayla Reep, Emily Bryson, Shelby Bryson and Virginia Reep; two brother-in-laws Michael Sigmon and wife Reba of Newton, Dale Sigmon and wife Debby of Lincolnton; one sister-in-law Joan Penn and husband Larry of Sherrills Ford; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Lincolnton with Rev. Scott Whitesides officiating.
The family will receive friends at the home of Jeff and Tammy Reep, 5461 Dolphin Lane, Lincolnton, NC 28092 on Friday, December 30, 2016 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.
Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences.
Burke Mortuary of Maiden, N.C. is serving the Reep family.

 

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William (Bill) Holloway

January 4th, 1950 - December 18th, 2016

Class of 1968

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William Eugene Holloway age 66
of 902 Car Farm Road, Lincolnton, NC
transitioned on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at CMC-Main, Charlotte, NC
He was born in Lincoln County on January 4, 1950 to the late Robert Holloway, Sr. and Genella Link Holloway. In addition to his parent he was preceded in death by a brother, 
Robert Holloway, Jr.
He graduated from Lincolnton High School and attended A & T University. Early in life he was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church, he was a member of Poplar Springs A.M.E. Zion church. He was employed with Lincoln County Communications, Carolina Freight Carriers and North Carolina Department of Corrections.

Funeral service is Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Poplar Springs A.M.E. Zion Church. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service.


Those left to cherish fond memories are his loving wife of thirty two years, Gale Bess Holloway of the home; William Chavin Holloway (Tomika) of Greensboro, NC; daughter, Teresse Bess of Lincolnton, NC; two sisters, Rena Holloway Gaspard (Will) of Louisana; Frances Holloway Hodges (Jasper) of Temple Hills, MD; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, 

Ebony & White's Funeral Service will be serving the Holloway family

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Larry Ward

April 20th, 1949 - November 27th, 2016

Class of 1968

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 Larry Ford Ward, 67, of Shelby, passed away at Carolinas Healthcare System Shelby.
He was born April 20, 1949, in Lincoln County, son of the late Walter Ford Ward and Myrtle Auton Ward.
All services will be private.
Arrangements are with the West Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastoina.
 

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James(Sheriff) Withers

July 28th, 1941 - November 1st, 2016

Class of 1961

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James Michael Withers
( July 28, 1941 - November 1, 2016 )
Mr. James Michael Withers, age 75, of Dogwood Flower Lane in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

His funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6, 2016, at Friendly Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Jeff Harris officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Withers was born July 28, 1941, in York, South Carolina, to the late Charlie and Edna Pierce Withers.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by brothers Troy Withers, Osbourne Withers, and J.L. Withers.  He retired from Timken after 24 years of service. 

He is survived by his wife, Betty Lawing Withers of the home; a daughter, Angela Withers of Lincolnton; a son, Scott Withers, Sr., and wife Deborah, of Lincolnton; two grandchildren, Scott Withers, Jr. and Meghan Withers; a brother, Harold Withers of Lincolnton; and a sister, Moenner Shrum of Lincolnton.

Memorials may be made to Friendly Chapel Baptist Church, 6714 Highway 150, East, Maiden, NC  28650.

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Joe Elmore

January 14th, 1941 - August 27th, 2016

Class of 1959

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Larry Joe Elmore
( January 14, 1941 - August 27, 2016 )

Larry Joe Elmore, age 75 of the Wexford House in Denver and formerly of West Pine Street in Lincolnton died Saturday, August 27, 2016.

A celebration of life memorial service will be 3:30p.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 N. Highway 16, Denver, NC 28037. The family will receive friends from 2:00p.m.until 3:00p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Elmore was born January 14, 1941 in Lincoln County. He was the son of the late Vernon Fabius Elmore and Myrtle Pernell Finger Elmore. Joe served as a signalman in the US Navy. He was a graduate of Wingate College. Mr. Elmore served over 30 years as a program supervisor for the NC Correctional Department.

He is survived by a son, Patrick Kane Elmore and wife Byrony of Denver, NC; grandchildren, Cooper Davis Elmore and Collins Rae Elmore.

In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to the Wexford House, 3900 Wexford Lane, Denver, NC 28037.

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From Jim "Horse" Hoyle on April 3rd, 2017
A good friend, always good to see him....very sad loss.
 

Michael Keener

- - August 13th, 2016

Class of 1960
 
 

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Michael Floyd Keener.
 
Woodlawn Funeral Home
 
Cramerton

Michael Floyd Keener, 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 13, 2016, surrounded by his family, at his home.  He was born in Lincoln County, son of the late Floyd and Margaret Harmon Keener.  He was retired from the NC Air National Guard after 34 years of service as warehouse supervisor.  He loved his job and his coworkers. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved being in the woods with his chainsaw and riding his tractor.  He loved to travel with his wife and friend, Ginger, both to the beach and the mountains.  His joys were his two sons, Andy and Aaron.

He was a loving husband, father, and friend and is survived by his wife of 29½ years, Denise Edwards Keener; two children, Michael Andrew Keener and companion, Mariana of Mount Holly, and Aaron Glenn Keener and wife, Laura of Greenville, NC; a sister, Joy Keener Watson and husband, Wayne of Murphy, NC; a niece, Kellie Watson, a nephew, Joseph Watson, wife, Heather, and twin boys, John Parker and Brady; and three cats whom he dearly loved, Mooey, Chloe, and Tammy.
 

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Michael Kale

September 26th, 1946 - July 18th, 2016

Class of 1964

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Michael Thomas Kale ( September 26, 1946 - July 18, 2016 ) Michael Thomas Kale, age 69, of 121 Antique Road in Lincolnton, died on Monday, July 18, 2016. His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016, at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Brad Philbeck officiating. Burial will follow in the Pisgah United Methodist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Warlick Funeral Home. Mr. Kale was born September 26, 1946, in Billings, Montana, to the late Sidney H. and Grace Thomas Kale. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Jason Thomas Kale. Michael served in the United States Air Force and then later worked in sales. He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Diana Kale Cory, and husband Eli, of Bristow, VA; and two grandsons, Thomas and Cameron Cory. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.

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From STEVE BENFIELD on March 21st, 2017
Mike always had a wonderful smile and a great belly laugh.  He made you feel important when you talked to him.  He listened real well which is very hard for most of us to do, including me.
 

Michael Shelton

May 28th, 1945 - July 17th, 2016

Class of 1963

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Michael David Shelton ( May 28, 1945 - July 17, 2016 ) Michael David Shelton, age 71 ,of Lineberger Road in Lincolnton, died Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Michael was born May 28, 1945, in Gaston County. He was the son of the late Marlin Shelton and Eva Lackey Shelton. He was preceded in death by a sister, Merle Payseur. Michael is survived by his sisters, Rachel Bainbridge of Greensboro, Judith Shelton of Lincolnton, and Janice Pryce of Sunset Beach; and six nieces and nephews. He will be missed and remembered by his friends for his wit and dry humor. Services will be private.

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Rodney Putnam

November 2nd, 1946 - July 12th, 2016

Class of 1965

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Rodney Allen Putnam ( November 2, 1946 - July 12, 2016 ) Rodney Allen Putnam, age 69, of 1088 Calloway Road in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jim Loftis officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:45 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Mr. Putnam was born November 2, 1946, in Lincoln County, to the late Allen James and Mary Hollifield Putnam. He worked as a lab operator for the City of Lincolnton. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Putnam of the home; two daughters, Wendy Putnam Starnes, and special friend Grayson Smith, and Amanda Putnam of Charlotte; and two grandchildren, Sydney Starnes and Abby Starnes. Memorials may be made to Rankin Lake Baptist Church, 2705 Gastonia-Dallas Highway, Dallas, NC 28034.

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Johnny Grigg

December 17th, 1949 - June 10th, 2016

Class of 1969

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Johnny Houston Grigg
( December 17, 1949 - June 10, 2016 )
Mr. Johnny Houston Grigg age 66 of 211 Hoffman Road Lincolnton died on Friday June 10, 2016.

Funeral services will be held 2:00pm Monday in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jim Schall officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton. The family will receive friends Sunday night from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Grigg was born on December 17, 1949 son of the late George and Elvie Brackett Grigg. He was a truck driver before retiring. Mr. Grigg was preceded in death by one brother Jimmy Grigg and one sister  Mary Mc Coy.

Survivors include: wife Molly Ross Grigg of the home; one daughter Melissa Ann Grigg of the home; two brothers David Grigg of Lincolnton and Ervin Grigg of Vale; one sister Kay Cook of Lincolnton.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Boger City Wesleyan Church 2803 E. Highway 27 Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.

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George Hovis

February 18th, 1949 - June 4th, 2016

Class of 1968

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George Wayne Hovis
( February 18, 1949 - June 4, 2016 )
George Wayne Hovis, age 67, of Salem Church Road, Lincolnton died Saturday, June 4, 2016.
His funeral will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church with Pastor Chad Walker officiating.  Burial will follow in Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2016 at Warlick Funeral Home.
George was born on February 18, 1949 and was the son of the late W.J. and Gladys Saine Hovis.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Pete and Carroll Hovis, three sisters, Sarah Garrison, Betty Jean Hovis and Mary Jo Hovis was employed in the modular home business, was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, and had a love of horses, vintage cars and especially his family.
He is survived by his wife Sharon Sain Hovis of the home; one son Jason Hovis and wife, Pam of Lincolnton; one brother, James E. Hovis of Lincolnton; two sisters, Ethel M. Hovis of Lincolnton and Patricia Hovis Hance of Lincolnton; two grandsons, Gabriel Hovis and William Hovis.
Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 2639 East Highway 150  Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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From Lana Seagle/Rogers on July 14th, 2016
Sharon, I was reading about the 60-70 reunion and decided to look at the deceased classmates.  I was shocked to see George had passed away.  I just recently saw him at Hardee's cruise-in.  We talked about having an Asbury Reunion again.  I am so sorry.  George was a super nice guy and will really be missed by all.  I'm sorry I missed the funeral, just didn't know.  You were a good friend too, Sharon.  I miss those good ole days.  If I can do anything for you, please let me know.  Love and sympathy, Lana 
 

Dan Taylor

January 23rd, 1951 - May 22nd, 2016

class of 1969

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Richard Dan Taylor, Sr.
( January 23, 1951 - May 22, 2016 )
Richard “Dan” Taylor, Sr., age 65, of McBee Street passed away on May 22, 2016. He was born on January 23, 1951 in Lincoln County. His parents were the late Hoyle Taylor and Mary Bangle Taylor. He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Hoyle Taylor. 

He graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1969, and then graduated from Gordon Military College as a cadet 1st Sgt. He served in the U. S. Army as a Ranger in the Vietnam War Era. He was Safety Director and a volunteer fireman for the City of Lincolnton. Most of his career he was dedicated to serve the public as Superintendent of the Lincolnton Water Treatment Plant. 
His faith in Jesus Christ was the center of his life. His focus was service to God, family and those in need.

Survivors include his wife, Becky Burris Taylor; children, Richard Dan Taylor, Jr., Micah Joseph Loving, and Rebecca Caroline Taylor Foster; grandchildren; Khloe and Abigale Taylor; daughter-n-law, Ann Taylor; son-in-law, Adam Foster; nephew, Michael Taylor and niece, Laurel Davis.

The memorial service will be on Wednesday, May 25 at 2:00 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s cemetery. Family will receive friends in the Parish Hall afterward.
The family requests that memorials be made to Samaritan’s Purse with the designation of Clean Water Projects. A memorial page has been set up on www.samaritanspurse.org; Memorial Giving; Dan Taylor. Checks can be sent to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 designating in his memory for Clean Water Projects. Also, donations may be made to the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, ifcj.org, with the selection of “On Wings of Eagles”.

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George "Leck" Hoke, Jr.

February 4th, 1950 - May 8th, 2016

Class of 1968

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George Alexander Hoke, Jr.
( February 4, 1950 - May 8, 2016 )
George “Leck” Hoke, 66, of Lincolnton died peacefully, due to complications from cancer, on the afternoon of May 8, 2016. He was the youngest of six children to Ruth Kiser Hoke and the late George Alexander Hoke of Lincolnton.

Visitation is Wednesday, May 11, from 6-8 p.m. at Warlick Funeral Home. The funeral service will take place at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 12 at Rhyne Heights United Methodist Church. Graveside rites will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery following the service.

George was soft-spoken and kind and he deeply loved his family and the church. He was well-respected and loved dearly by those fortunate enough to know him. Leck was an independent man--smart and capable of anything he set his mind to. He enjoyed working around the house, especially outside, where he was always comfortable and skilled. He enjoyed going to the beach and listening to music. When Leck was around, there was always a radio playing.

George was a devoted son, brother, husband, and father. He was always available when family needed him and, during his sickness and decline, they paid him back ten-fold. The love he has been surrounded with in the past months has been nothing short of amazing. His death mimics the life he led--quiet, peaceful, and surrounded by family and friends. He will be missed.

George was preceded in death by his father, George Alexander Hoke, and brothers-in-law, William “Bill” Finger, Howard L. Lawing, and Timothy Hendrick.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Vickie Hendrick Hoke; son, Colby Alexander Hoke; mother, Ruth Hoke; sisters Doris Finger, Joanne Mason and husband Darrell Mason, Faye Rucker and husband Jerry Rucker, Libby Ballard and husband Ben Ballard, Linda Lawing; nine nephews; and two nieces.

Leck is also survived by his vigilant and loving companion, Bogey.

To everyone, near and far, who came to see Leck, bring food, help with chores, or offer words of comfort, Vickie, Colby, Bogey, and the extended Hoke family sincerely thank you.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Dr, Lincolnton, NC 28092, and the ASPCA at www.aspca.org/donate.

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From Vickie Hoke on July 17th, 2016
Miss you sweetheart you were my best friend and life without you will never be the same. See you in heaven one day but for now please watch over me and Colby.
 

Gary Bruce Jenkins

December 2nd, 1946 - April 26th, 2016

Class of 1964

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Gary Bruce Jenkins 69 of Hickory died Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 at Cardinal Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Born December 2nd, 1946 he was the son of Bruce Jenkins and Patricia Jenkins. No services are planned at this time. Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Jenkins family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.

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Alfred Dean Wilson

June 12th, 1948 - April 25th, 2016

Class of 1968

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Alfred Dean Wilson
( June 12, 1948 - April 25, 2016 )
Alfred “Dean” Wilson, age 67, of 1328 Little Valley Lane in Lincolnton, died on Monday, April 25, 2016.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Dennis White officiating. 

Mr. Wilson was born June 12, 1948, in Lincoln County, to the late James A. and Hazel Ritchie Wilson. He worked as a truck driver for Cochrane Furniture.

He is survived by two sons, Tim Wilson and Jamie Wilson, both of Lincolnton; three stepsons, Mitchell White of Lincolnton, Dennis White of Kings Mountain, and Tim White of Lincolnton; and twelve grandchildren.

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

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Jerry P Lackey

August 7th, 1946 - April 23rd, 2016

Class of 1964

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Jerry Paul Lackey
( August 7, 1946 - April 23, 2016 )
Jerry Paul Lackey, age 69 of Lincolnton, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2016. 

His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Covenant Bible Church with Rev. Nathan Grooms and Rev. Mike Devine officiating. Burial will follow in the Church of Our Saviour Woodside Episcopal Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Jerry was a respected business owner and community leader in both Lincolnton and Denver, NC. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Hershel H. Lackey and Sarah Inez Harmon Lackey, and an older brother, Donald H. Lackey. 

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Vickie G. Lackey; his two daughters, Adeline L. Carson, and husband Darron, and Elizabeth L. Duncan, and husband Christopher; three grandchildren, Austin, Connor, and Miller Carson; and two brothers, John Harmon Lackey of Cherryville, and Steve A. Lackey of Lincolnton. 

He was a 1964 graduate of Lincolnton High School, attended Lenoir-Rhyne College, and graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 1969 with an AB degree in Economics and Mathematics. After graduating from college, he served as a teacher in mathematics and was the assistant principal at Chesterfield Junior High School, Chesterfield, SC. After returning to Lincolnton in 1972, he and his younger brother, Steve, opened a clothing business in Lincolnton, “My Brother,” which became a favorite of the youth in the area.

He began his real estate career in 1977 and continued in this field over the past 39 years. During his career in the real estate field, he was the manager of Century 21 Town & Country Realty, co-owner and broker in charge of Coldwell Banker By The Lake Realty, owner of Jerry Lackey Realty, co-owner of Lackey and Whitley Realty, and owner of Jerry P. Lackey Appraisal Service, Inc. with offices in both Lincolnton and Denver, NC. He received his residential real estate appraiser’s license in 1991 and his commercial appraiser’s license in 1992. The appraisal company became, and remains, one of the largest and most respected appraisal firms in the area being approved by the majority of major lenders. He also served on the VA appraiser roster since 1988. In addition to his real estate enterprises, he had a number of smaller business endeavors with different close friends and family members. 

In addition to being well known in the tri-county area, he was instrumental in community involvement in the Lincolnton and Denver area. He served on numerous committees, board of directors, and organization memberships that worked to improve living in the area. He served on the church council for Emmanuel Lutheran Church (his family church since the early 1900s) , and served as Deacon at Covenant Bible Church for 25 years. He was recognized as the area’s small businessman of the year in 1998 and Lincoln County Man of the Year in 2007.

Although being involved with community activities and highly motivated with his business endeavors, he was deeply committed to his love of his Lord, his wife, his family, and his friends. He will best be remembered for his smile, regardless of his situation, his care, and his genuine concern for others, always endeavoring to treat everyone equally.

Diagnosed with a fatal kidney disease in 1980 created the need for him to make a choice as to which path to take in life. He chose to work to survive and to become involved with sharing with others about overcoming life’s challenges. He received a kidney transplant in 2000 and then was blessed again with another chance at life by receiving a second kidney transplant from a loving friend, Lincolnton native Debbie Pope.

He and his loving wife, Vickie, who was always by his side, for many years traveled the area as ambassadors speaking to groups (large and small) sharing God’s love and promoting tissue and organ donation and blood donation. He will be missed by all that knew him and his legacy and memory will live for as long as those whom he touched continue to survive.

Memorials may be made to Covenant Bible Church Building Fund, PO Box 564, Lincolnton, NC 28093, or to LifeShare of the Carolinas, PO Box 32861, Charlotte, NC 28232.

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Sylvia Holland (Norman)

June 20th, 1947 - March 13th, 2016

Class of 1966

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Sylvia Norman, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away peacefully on March 13, 2016, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Roger, her son Bart, daughter-in-law Cathy, grandsons Eli and Sam, brother-in-law Ron Norman, and brothers Terry Holland and Joel Holland.

Sylvia was born in Lincolnton, N.C. She met her husband and high school sweetheart, Roger, in study hall. They married in 1968 and moved to Raleigh for Roger to finish his senior year at N.C. State University. They moved to Charlotte for four years after Roger graduated, returning to Raleigh in 1973.
Sylvia attended Kings Business College in Charlotte. Over the years she held multiple administrative positions, and she started her own business to provide contract data entry services. She, along with two partners and friends, also formed Clutter Pros, which was a home organizational service that often acted as a ministry to seniors downsizing their lives to assisted living or nursing facilities. Her last position before retirement was recruiting for the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. 

Sylvia was active in her church. She was a deacon, elder, and caregiver in the Presbyterian Church, and was honored to serve on the search committee that brought Rev. Bob Walkup to Saint Andrews Presbyterian in Raleigh in 1987. She served as president of the Women of the Church at Grace Community Church and was a devoted Bible Study leader. 

Sylvia was really thankful for her family and friends, and she loved to be with them. She enjoyed taking her grandsons to the beach, having them over for sleepovers and attending their activities. She loved to travel, and her favorite traveling companion was Roger (she was his favorite, too). Favorite trips were to Alaska and New England, and also to Hawaii and many cruises in the Caribbean where she enjoyed snorkeling in clear waters. She went to Disney World with Roger, Bart, Cathy, Eli and Sam in 2010, and it was wonderful. She enjoyed spending time at the beach and mountains. She never met a stranger and Roger joked that she could dial the wrong phone number and talk for 15 minutes. She helped start couples and women's bridge groups with neighbors in the 1980s that still meet today, and she always enjoyed her annual couples beach trip with her and Roger's friends. She left her mark on the world through all that she did, through the beautiful family she has left and through the many people who called her friend. We will all miss her very much. 

Sylvia's life started with the struggle of polio and ended with the struggle of ovarian cancer but in between she lived a full and joy-filled life, and she was grateful for all the blessings in it. She gave her all to everything she did including work, volunteering and fighting cancer. The disease won the fight over her body, but it never took anything from her spirit or faith. It only made them stronger. Sylvia received wonderful medical care from Dr. Mark Yoffe, MD, Alison Casey, FNP and the nursing team at Rex (Blue Ridge), and we're all grateful for them. 

We are grateful to our family and friends for all the prayers, cards, food, phone calls and other support given to us during Sylvia's illness and passing.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Community Church at 6561 Meridian Dr., Raleigh, N.C. at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 17, 2016. A reception will immediately follow. A private burial at Oakwood Cemetery will precede the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Duke Cancer Institute. Checks can be mailed to the Duke Cancer Institute Office of Development, 710 West Main St., Suite 200, Durham, N.C. 27701. Online donations can be made at www.gifts.duke.edu/dci (add "ovarian cancer" to the unlisted designation box). Please mark all donations in memory of Sylvia Norman. 

Condolences may be sent through www.brownwynne.com
 

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Barry Friday

January 30th, 1943 - March 6th, 2016

Class of 1962

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Barry E. Friday
( January 30, 1943 - Sunday, March 6, 2016 )
Mr. Barry Friday, 73, of Stanley, passed away March 6, 2016. 

His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Faith Baptist Church, 4194 Old Plank Road, Iron Station, NC. Burial will be in the church cemetery immediately following the service. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2016, at Warlick Funeral Home. 

Born January 30, 1943, Barry was the son of Rev. Ernest and Grace Friday. Mr. Friday retired from H&S Lumber Company, House of Doors Division, in Charlotte, NC. Barry was proud to be an Army Veteran. He was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church. Barry enjoyed visiting with friends and family, woodworking, Boy Scouts, camping, and teasing those closest to him. He loved his family dearly and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. 

Barry is survived by his wife, Sharon; son, Craig Friday of Charlotte, NC; sister, Judy Friday of Lincolnton, NC; brothers-in-law Joe Rhyne of Lincolnton, Jerry York, and wife Sudie, of Stanley, NC, and M.O. York, and wife Linda, of Mt. Pleasant, SC; nephews, Tim Rhyne, and wife Terri, of Lincolnton, Mike Rhyne, and wife Dana, of Xenia, OH, Chris York of Rockwell; nieces, Donna Blackburn of Lincolnton, Shana Biggerstaff, and husband John, of Mt. Holly, Patricia Williams, and husband Randy, of Stanley; and great-nieces and nephews, Johnathan Biggerstaff, Emily Biggerstaff, Sarah York, Corey York, Caroline York, Brandon Ritter, Samantha Williams, and Mick Williams. Mr. Friday is predeceased by his parents and sisters, Frances Rhyne and Helen Blackburn. 

Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 5194 Old Plank Road, Iron Station, NC 28080.

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Linda Sullivan (Reed)

March 25th, 1949 - March 4th, 2016

Class of 1968

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Linda Watts Sullivan Reed
( March 25, 1949 - March 4, 2016 )
Mrs. Linda Watts Sullivan Reed, age 66, of Lincolnton, died on Friday, March 4, 2016 at her home.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2016 at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Slaughter officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Monday at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Reed was born March 25, 1949 in Lincoln County to the late, C.G. Watts and raised by Robert Richard and Eva Matthews Sullivan. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Ronnie Darty.  Mrs. Reed worked in Home Health Care.
 
Survivors include her husband Richard Reed of the home; two sons, John Clay Drum and Joseph Clay Mull both of Lincolnton; one daughter, Connie Drum Carter of Lincolnton; one brother Randy Campbell of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Robert Wesley Ford, Chelsea Leigh Ford, Tyler Andrew Mull and John Clay Drum, Jr. and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658.  

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Dewey (Jud) Turner

March 4th, 1951 - March 3rd, 2016

Class of 1969

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Dewey Wayne "Jud" Turner
( August 4, 1951 - March 3, 2016 )
Mr. Dewey Wayne “Jud” Turner, age 64, of Highway 73 in Iron Station, died Thursday, March 3, 2016.

There are no services planned at this time.

Mr. Turner was born August 4, 1951 in Catawba County, to the late Bobby Joe and Donzell Campbell Turner. He was a body shop tech with Volvo Automotive.
 
Survivors include one son, Tim Turner of Lincolnton; one brother Bobby Joe Turner, Jr. and wife Nita of Lincolnton; one sister, Lana Turner Avery and husband Robert of Crouse; one aunt, Barbara Atkins and husband Adam of Lincolnton; special friend, Cindy Turner and husband, Dion Cannon of Lincolnton; one grandson, Timothy Wayne “T.J.” Turner, Jr., of Lincolnton.

Memorials may be made to Sharon Baptist Church, 2388 Highway 73
Iron Station, NC 28080.  

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Linda Engle (Fortenberry)

January 8th, 1945 - March 1st, 2016

Class of 1963

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Linda Gail Engle Fortenberry
( January 8, 1945 - March 1, 2016 )
Linda Gail Engle Fortenberry, age 71, of John Chapman Road in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. 

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at David Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Benjamin Ramseur and Rev. Richard Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Warlick Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Fortenberry was born January 8, 1945, in Lincoln County, to the late Summey and Nancy Jane York Engle. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Velma Chatman. She worked for Mohican Mills for 50 years. 

She is survived by her husband, Walter Fortenberry of the home; a son, Jason Fortenberry, and fiance Bobbie Newgard, of Lincolnton; one brother, John Ingle of Newton; two sisters, Nancy Gates of High Shoals and Sarah Ledbetter of Lincolnton; and one grandson, Joshua Hunter Fortenberry. 

Memorials may be made to David Memorial Baptist Church, 2533 Country Club Road, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

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Libby Richard (Caldwell)

August 10th, 1943 - February 28th, 2016

Class of 1961

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Libby Richard Caldwell
( August 10, 1943 - February 28, 2016 )
Mrs. Libby Richard Caldwell, age 72 of Wheatfield Court in Lincolnton lost her fight with cancer on Sunday, February 28, 2016.
Her funeral service will be held 2:00pm Tuesday, March 1, 2016 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bud Painter officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12:30 until 1:45 prior to the service at Warlick Funeral Home.
Libby was a native of Lincoln County born on August 10, 1943, daughter of the late M.G. (Bus) and Patsy Beal Richard.  She was preceded in death by two sisters Peggy Ann Richard and Dean Christine Ailey. Mrs. Caldwell was a real estate agent in Lincoln County for many years before retiring.
Survivors include: husband of 43 years, Steve Caldwell of the home; one son Tom Caldwell and wife Karen of Lincolnton; one grandson, Chase Caldwell of Lincolnton and one granddaughter, Kayda Caldwell Carmichael and husband Garrett of Lincolnton; one brother Bill Richard and wife Hazel of Lincolnton; one step-granddaughter, 
Brandy Spencer Wyatt and husband Dwayne; two step-great-granddaughters, Bailey and Anderson Wyatt of Vale.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658 or to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.

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Ann Dellinger (Sigmon)

September 26th, 1951 - February 8th, 2016

Class of 1970

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Ann Dellinger Sigmon
( September 26, 1951 - February 8, 2016 )
Ann Dellinger Sigmon, age 64, of 418 Monroe Street in Lincolnton, died on Monday, February 8, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at McKendree United Methodist Church with Rev. Greg Plott officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Sigmon was born September 26, 1951, in Lincoln County, to the late Ray and Margaret Haynes Dellinger. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Leon Sigmon. She worked in textiles.

She is survived by a daughter, Dana Gail Sigmon of the home; a son, Chad Sigmon, and wife Jennifer, of Lincolnton; four brothers, Sam Dellinger, and wife Jan, of Lincolnton, Ray H. Dellinger, Jr., and wife Donna, of Lincolnton, Gene Dellinger, and wife Crystal, of Maiden, and Tony Dellinger of Lincolnton; two sisters, Elizabeth Bivens of Lincolnton, and Renee Wade, and husband Deke, of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Randall McGowan, Caleb Sigmon, and Kirsten Sigmon; twelve nieces and nephews; and eight great-nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to McKendree United Methodist Church.

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Mary Ellen Henley (Hull)

- - February 8th, 2016

Class of 1960

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Cynthia Long (King)

July 27th, 1948 - January 26th, 2016

Class of 1966

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Cynthia Long King, age 67, of Second St. went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Robin Johnson Hospice House. She was born on July 27, 1948 in Lincoln County to the late Carl Lee and Ramona Beal Long. She was a lifelong member of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. In her teen years, she helped carry the bricks as the Sunday School wing was being constructed. She loved her church and her Sunday School Class. Cyndy was a floral designer and previously worked for Lincoln Florist and various Winn Dixie locations. She enjoyed traveling to the beach. She had a great love for her children and grandchildren and cherished the time she spent with them.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Randy Darrell King.

Survivors include her five sons, Darrell King, Don King, Derek "Mickey" King, and Beau King all of the home, and Rev. Jonathan King and wife, Elizabeth, whom she loved as a daughter, of Crouse; grandchildren, C.J., Kathryn, Julianna, and Nathan King; brothers by marriage, Richard King of Concord, Tony King of Salisbury, Steve King of Mooresville, and Danny King of Mooresville; sisters by marriage, Sherry King of Mooresville and Gail Lowery of Mooresville; and cousin "sister," Martha Cherry of Denver; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church with Pastor Ken Jones, Rev. Jonathan King, and Pastor James Cape officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Lincoln Ave Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, PO Box 441, Lincolnton, NC 28093 or Robin Johnson Hospice House, 5005 Shepherds Way, Dallas NC 28034

Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net

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Sherry Reynolds (Chapman)

September 4th, 1951 - January 18th, 2016

Class of 1969

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Sherry Reynolds Chapman
( September 4, 1951 - January 18, 2016 )
Sherry Reynolds Chapman, 64, born September 4, 1951, went to be with her Lord on Monday, January 18, 2016. 

A celebration of Sherry’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2016, 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 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Warlick Funeral Home. 

She was preceded in death by her father James Reynolds, and sister-in-law Betty Fredell Reynolds. 

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Gary Chapman; son, Tommy Chapman and wife Lesley; daughter, Shelley Butler, and husband Shawn; mother, Peggy Reynolds; brother, Terry Reynolds, Gary Reynolds, and wife Betty, Rusty Reynolds, and wife Donna; treasured grandsons, Carson Chapman, James, Garrett, and Reid Butler; and six nieces and nephews. 

Sherry will always be remembered for her love of family, making memories with her grandsons, and a sweet spirit that touched everyone she met.

Heartfelt gratitude to Randy and Ann Ingle, and Larry Green.

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

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Frank Armstrong, Jr.

November 20th, 1947 - January 3rd, 2016

Class of 1968 (also attended some classes with 1967 group)

 

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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.

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Greg Gates

November 21st, 1951 - December 9th, 2015

Class of 1970

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Gregory Craig Gates
( November 21, 1951 - December 9, 2015 )
Gregory Craig Gates, age 64, of Lincolnton, died Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

His funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2015, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Michael Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:30 until 11:45 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Mr. Gates was born on November 21, 1951, and was the son of the late Herbert and Mildred Craig Gates.  He was the owner of the Country Side Hardware Store.

He is survived by two brothers, David Gates of Lincolnton and Rick Gates, and wife Nancy, of Georgetown, KY; and four nieces, Kelsey Gates, Lyndsey Gates, Sydney Gates, and Mya Ratliff, all of Georgetown, KY. 

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, or to the Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Association.

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Sarah Jane Barkley (Bumgarner)

December 5th, 1949 - November 17th, 2015

Class of 1967

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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 www.striblingfuneralhome.net

Stribling Funeral Home of Duncan, S.C. is serving the Bumgarner family.

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Faye Warlick (Lockman)

May 14th, 1942 - November 6th, 2015

Class of 1960

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Faye Warlick Lockman
( May 14, 1942 - November 6, 2015 )
Mrs. Faye Warlick Lockman, age 73, of 971 Hill Road in Lincolnton, died on Friday, November 6, 2015 at Harris Hospice in Charlotte. 

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Spencer officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm on Saturday at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lockman was born May 14, 1942, in Lincoln County to the late Charles Millard and Inez Nettles Warlick.  She and her husband were co-owners of the former Iron Station Superette.

Survivors include her husband Jim Lockman of the home; two daughters, Karen Lockman Mace and husband Randall of Rockingham and Kathy Lockman Taylor and husband James of Lincolnton; one brother, Ralph “Buddy” Warlick of Hickory; three sisters, Catherine W. Waters of Vale, Emma Jo W. Hood of Cookesville and Martha W. George of Newton; four grandchildren, Tyler Sharpe, John Randall Mace, Jr., Michael Sharpe, Will Mace.

Memorials may be made to NH Hospice and Supportive Care, PO Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233-3549 or to Asbury United Methodist Church, 3097 Asbury Church Rd, Lincolnton, NC 28092

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Susan Cloninger

February 28th, 1952 - October 25th, 2015

Class of 1970

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Helen Susan Cloninger

Helen Susan Cloninger, 63, of Bowie, Maryland, beloved wife of Andrew Heath Smith, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Born on February 28, 1952 in Lincolnton, Ms. Cloninger was the daughter of Harry Ben Cloninger and Helen Whiteside Cloninger. Ms. Cloninger, who went by Susan, was a scholar and academician for over 40 years.

She earned her B.A. and Master’s degrees from Appalachian State University over a four-year period before moving on to the PhD program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She later studied at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the PhD program in policy sciences.

She taught at Francis Marion College, worked in institutional research and planning at Cleveland State University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, and University of Maryland University College where she served as Assistant Vice President before returning to hands on research.

Susan is survived by her husband of thirty-six years Andrew Smith; sister, Sandra Cloninger Bledsoe; devoted toy poodles, Cappy and Sebastian; nieces, Bevin Griffith Lovelace, Amity Hope Griffith, and Sonya Rossin and her nephew Nicholaus Colin Martin.

A memorial service was held in Bowie, Maryland on October 31, 2015.

Susan was a brilliant, kind, and generous woman. She was deeply loved and she will be missed immensely.

 

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Danny Seagle

June 8th, 1942 - October 1st, 2015

Class of 1960

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Danny Banks Seagle
( June 8, 1942 - October 1, 2015 )
Danny Banks Seagle, age 73, of 1722 Roseland Drive in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Mr. Seagle was born June 8, 1942, in Lincoln County, to the late Arnold Russell and Frances Geneva Stamey Seagle. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother Benny Seagle, a sister Vickie Leonhardt, and a brother-in-law Danny “Buck” Leonhardt.  He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and then later worked as a caretaker of lifestock. 

He is survived by a sister, Rebecca Warlick and husband Danny of Vale; four nephews, Benji Seagle, Danny Leonhardt, Jr., Mike Warlick, and Mark Warlick; two nieces, Amanda “Pooh” Mitchell and Tammy Homesley; several great-nieces and great-nephews. 

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

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David Frye

January 24th, 1951 - August 30th, 2015

Class of 1969

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David William Frye Jr. age 64, of Loveland, passed unexpectedly Sunday, August 30, 2015. He was born January 24, 1951 in Lincolnton, North Carolina, the son of David William & Mary Frances (nee Shuford) Frye Sr. He was an Industrial Engineer with Graphic Packaging Company and a member of the Epiphany United Methodist Church in Loveland. He is survived by his wife, Ann Grigg Frye; two daughters, Monica (Frye) Humphrey and Stacey (Frye) Staton; one brother, Gene C. Frye; as well as 3 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the Epiphany United Methodist Church, 6635 Loveland Miamiville Rd., Loveland, OH 45140, with a gathering of friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service led by Pastor Steve Swisher. A reception will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Southwest Ohio Chapter, 4015 Executive Park Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45241.
 

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Gloria Janeen Smith

- - August 23rd, 2015

Class of 1964

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Gloria Janeen Smith, 69, of Seattle died Aug. 23, 2015, of brain cancer.
The daughter of the late Lowell and Wilma Smith, Janeen is survived by her sister, Lanisse Cantelmo of Lenoir.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 at Tabernacle Advent Christian Church.

 

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Larry Dellinger

November 28th, 1943 - August 2nd, 2015

Class of 1962

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November 28, 1943 - August 2, 2015
 
 

LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Mr. Larry Duwayne Dellinger, age 71, of 615 N. Laurel Street in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, August 2, 2015.

His funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Rosa Parks officiating. The body will lie in state for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Dellinger was born November 28, 1943, in Lincoln County, to the late Jacob and Ruth Seagle Dellinger. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Alexa McNeil Dellinger. He served in the United States Navy and then later was a production manager for the Lincoln Times-News and the co-founder of the Lincoln Herald.

He is survived by two sons, Ramsey Dellinger of Hickory and Jacob “Jay” Dellinger of Lincolnton; a brother, Dennis Dellinger of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Jasmine Dellinger, Tanner, Garon, and Jayna Dellinger; and his loving companion, Nancy Cable of Lincolnton.

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

Warlick Funeral Home of Lincolnton, N.C. is serving the Dellinger fam

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Roger Lay

February 23rd, 1951 - July 22nd, 2015

Class of 1969

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Roger Dennis Lay, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, age 64 of Lincolnton, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Carolina’s Medical Center – Lincoln. He was the owner/operator of Magic Cleaners on Riverside Drive, Lincolnton for 30 years.
Born February 23, 1951 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Thomas Edward Lay and the late Mary Kate Fulbright Lay. 
Left to cherish his memory:
Wife of 33 years Sherry Winkler Lay of the home
Daughter: Kendel Austin and husband Josh of Raleigh
Son: Clint Lay of the home
1 Granddaughter: Amelia Austin of Raleigh
2 Sisters: Marsha Lay Ivey of Lincolnton; Alita Lay of Cornelius
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden with Rev. Jason Winkler officiating. 
The family will receive friends following the service. 
Memorials may be made to: Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Lay family.

 

 

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Billy White

April 29th, 1947 - July 22nd, 2015

Class of 1967

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Billy Gene White
( April 29, 1947 - July 22, 2015 )
Billy Gene White, age 68, of Vale, died on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at Long Creek Baptist Church in Dallas, NC. The family will receive friends graveside following the service. 

Mr. White was born April 29, 1947, in Gaston County, to the late Henry Willard and Betty Davis White. 

He is survived by his companion, Nelda Cashion of the home; three daughters, Kimberly Sudol of Clover, SC, Windy White of Texas, and Misty Long of Dallas; six grandchildren, Austin Long, Brooke Long, Chase Long, Christian Crain, and Chelsea and Amber Crain; five great-grandchildren, Journii Long, Jullian Black, Adailyn Long, Leo Crain, and Amyiah Crain; extended family, Kevin Cash of Vale and Dennis Cash of Dallas, daughter Kerry Strange of Lincolnton, and grandchildren Derek Strange, Claire Strange, Jordan Cash, Kristen Dillard, and Matt Horchak.

Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

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Donnie Ruth Bailey (Barnes)

June 30th, 1947 - July 4th, 2015

Class of 1965

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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 www.floydmortuary.com.

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

 

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Richard (Ricky) Beal

- - July 4th, 2015

Class of 1968

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Ava Davis (Chapman)

September 4th, 1947 - June 27th, 2015

Class of 1965

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Ava Ruth Davis Chapman
( September 4, 1947 - June 27, 2015 )
Mrs. Ava Davis Chapman age 67 of Pleasant Grove Church Road Lincolnton died on June 27, 2015.

A memorial service will be held 3:00pm Wednesday July 1, 2015 at Pleasant Church United Methodist, with Rev. Jim Sanders and Pastor Ronnie Smith officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday at the church from 1:30 until 2:45pm prior to the service.

Mrs. Chapman was a native of Lincoln County born on September 4, 1947, daughter of the late Claude and Ruth Childers Davis. Mrs. Chapman worked in the Lincoln County School system as a teacher before retiring.

Survivors include: husband Cecil Chapman of the home; one son Joshua Chapman of Lincolnton; one daughter Laura Smith of Raleigh; one sister Kay Lowe of Lincolnton; two grandchildren Kylie Smith and Hunter Chapman; most of all her special friend and pet “Tiny”.

The family would like to thank her caregivers Tracy Andrews, Glenda Wray, Lisa Phipps, Deborah Huss, Brenda  Noles and Debbie Saunders and Special thanks to Hospice of Lincoln County.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church P.O. Box 43 Crouse, N.C. 28033 or to Hospice of Lincoln County 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton N.C. 28092.

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Freddie Bumgarner

September 3rd, 1948 - June 24th, 2015

Class of 1966

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  Frederick Howard Bumgarner, Jr., age 66, passed away at Catawba Valley Medical Center on June 24, 2015.   He was born on September 3, 1948 in Lincoln County, N.C. to Frederick Howard Bumgarner and the late Betty Louise Schrum Bumgarner.   
Mr. Bumgarner was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was a faithful member of  the American Legion Post 240 in Maiden and  the Vietnam Veterans of Lincoln County. 
He was preceeded in death by his wife Sheila Diane Harbinson Bumgarner. 
Mr. Bumgarner is survived by one son, Sean Bumgarner and wife Jennifer of Maiden, two brothers;  Ronnie Bumgarner and wife Kathy of Lincolnton, and Charles Bumgarner and  wife Sandy of Maiden, one grandson, Dalton Bumgarner of Maiden, and one granddaughter, Helen Bumgarner of Maiden. 
The Bumgarner family will receive friends Friday June 26, 2015 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Goodin-Drum Funeral Home. 
A funeral service will be held Saturday June 27, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St, Martin's Lutheran Church in Maiden.  The Rev. Dr. Nathan Howard Yoder will be officiating.   Interment will follow the service at St. Matthew's UCC cemetery.

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Leonard Campbell

September 3rd, 1948 - June 21st, 2015

Class of 1966

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Leonard Floyd Campbell

( September 3, 1948 - June 21, 2015 )

Mr. Leonard Floyd Campbell, age 66, of 525 21st Street, SW in Hickory, and formerly of Maiden, died on Sunday, June 21, 2015.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at St. Matthews United Church of Christ under the arbor with Rev. John Barnette officiating. The family will greet friends following the service at the church.

Mr. Campbell was born September 3, 1948, in Lincoln County, to the late Ray and Eva Dellinger Campbell. A guitarist for several local bands in his early years (The Jay-Dee’s and The 7 Motions), he continued this passion throughout his entire life.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie R. Campbell of the home; a brother, Richard Campbell and wife Martia of Lawndale; a son, Todd Campbell and wife Cheryl of Gastonia; a daughter, Shanda Walker and husband Lonnie of Maiden; a stepson, Bryan Keith Lowman of Hickory; and seven grandchildren, Chris Campbell, Jordan Campbell, Kenan Campbell, Ethan Campbell, Brendan Campbell, Nathan Sims, and Kayleigh Sims. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Matthews United Church of Christ, PO Box 739, Maiden, NC 28650.

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From Jim "Horse" Hoyle on September 8th, 2015
Another great friend from the days we played together in the band.  After his divorce, moreso than usual, he suffered greatly,....I guess appropriately, the last time I saw him was briefly in a parking lot at Mytle Beach Bowery as we were both walking to different appointments.  There was an unfinished conversation I wish we could have had together.  He's a "stubborn kind of fellow got his mind made up about" her and his kids.  Horse
 

Kenneth (Ken) Hovis

January 23rd, 1943 - June 7th, 2015

Class of 1961

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Kenneth "Ken" Wayne Hovis
( January 23, 1943 - June 7, 2015 )
Mr. Kenneth “Ken” Wayne Hovis, age 72, of 615 Victor Street in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, June 7, 2015.

His funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Stanley Spence officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will greet friends for an informal reception beginning at 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church. 

Ken was born January 23, 1943, in Lincoln County, to the late Namon E. and Cleta Setzer Hovis. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Darrell E. Hovis. He worked as a real estate broker, and previously in the furniture industry. 

He is survived by his wife, Linda Weaver Acree Hovis of the home; two daughters, Pam Hovis Pearson and husband Robert of Lincolnton, and Heather Acree Jones and husband Scott of Roswell, GA; two sons, Lewis Acree of Shelby, and Roone Acree and wife Amanda of Tulsa, OK; one sister, Gail H. Calloway of Lincolnton; sister-in-law, Priscilla Hovis; and seven grandchildren, Abbey Parker, Gabriel Jones, Caleb Jones, Sarah Cate Parker, Annie Jones, Joshua Acree, and Kaley Pearson. 

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 201 Robin Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Camilla Laney (Davidson)

October 8th, 1946 - May 9th, 2015

Class of 1965

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Camilla Laney Davidson
( October 8, 1946 - May 9, 2015 )
Mrs. Camilla Laney Davidson, age 68 of 664 South Grove Street, Lincolnton, NC passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

A service to honor this wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Rhyne Heights United Methodist Church, 520 Madison Street, Lincolnton, NC, with Pastor Kathy McAbee officiating.  Burial will take place privately at Hollybrook Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 10:30 until 11:45 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the church prior to the service.

Camilla was the daughter of the late Calvin and Alice (Peach) Eurey Laney and David Eurey and Hettie Beal Eurey.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Ray Davidson of the home.  Daughters Crystal Hallman Huss and husband Ted of Lincolnton and Michelle Hallman McLaughlin and husband Larry of Lincolnton.  Granddaughters, Kristin Huss, Candace Huss, Cheyenne Huss, Brandie McLaughlin Scott and husband Josh all of Lincolnton.  Great-grandchildren Jaden Scott and Joshua (JJ) Andrew Scott, Jr. of Lincolnton.  Sisters, Cecelia Laney Haynes and husband Paul of Lincolnton, Patricia Laney Bridges and husband Jack of Gastonia, Wanda Laney Siler of Myrtle Beach, SC and Marsha (Tinker) Laney Davis and husband Scott of Sherrills Ford, NC.  Brothers, Corwin Eurey and wife Denise and Ray Eurey all of Lincolnton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Store House at Rhyne Heights United Methodist Church, 520 Madison Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
 

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From Crystal Huss on May 4th, 2016
I love you Mother and miss you very much.
 

Janet (Jan) Lawing (Newton)

February 15th, 1944 - March 31st, 2015

Class of 1962

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Janet Lawing Newton, 71, passed away peacefully at Covenant Village March 31, 2015. She was a native of Lincoln County, daughter of the late Paul Henderson and Augusta B. Lawing. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lynn Newton, Sr., one brother, Paul H. Lawing, Jr. "Skippy".
Janet retired as a Guidance Counselor, she worked for both The Gaston County School System and Hickory City Schools. She was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church where she served the Church as a Stephen Minister, and also a member of the Joy Sunday School Class.
Survivors include her daughter Lezlie E. Hill; step-daughter, Laura Kelly Newton Boone and husband David; three grandchildren, Elliott Paul Hill, Sydney Isabella Hill, and Laura Lynn Hayes; two aunts, Bunny Saine, and Gloria Robertson and husband John.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Friday, April 3, 2015 at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia.
The funeral service will take place Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Gastonia, with Revs. David Christy and Ashley Anne Lloyd, and Rev. Dr. Jim Westmoreland officiating.
Interment will be private.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund 190 E. Franklin Blvd. Gastonia, NC 28052 or to Gaston Hospice PO Box 3984 Gastonia, NC 28054
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mrs. Newton.
 

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Fran Chapman (Ballard)

- - March 25th, 2015

Class of 1966

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Frances Chapman Ballard
( April 3, 1948 - March 25, 2015 )
Frances “Fran” Chapman Ballard, age 66, of 218 N. Dotger Avenue in Charlotte, died on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rick Sloop officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:45 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. Ballard was born April 3, 1948, in Lincoln county, to the late Stowe Henry and Helen Stamey Chapman. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Randy Chapman.

Fran was a devoted wife and an inspiration to many. She loved her family unconditionally along with her four cats. She enjoyed spending time with her family and taking trips to the beach. Fran was also a respected CPA in Charlotte for 40 years and owned her own firm for 15 years. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Fred “Pudgy” Ballard of the home; three sisters-in-law, Joan Chapman of Vale, Beckie B. Mitchem and husband Terry of Cary, and Sharon B. Burns of Charlotte; nieces, Kellie C. Dellinger and husband Ruskin of Vale and Kelly B. Simon and husband Jason of Charlotte; nephews, Duff Chapman and wife Whitney of Raleigh, Lee Chapman and wife Allison of Lincolnton, Mark Mitchem and wife Kristin of Lawrenceville, GA, and Jonathan Mitchem of Raleigh; and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte NC 28207, or to the Arthritis Foundation, Carolinas Chapter, 4530 Park Road, Suite 230, Charlotte, NC 28209.

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From Joanna West ( Cronland) on March 28th, 2015
Fran and I were high school cheerleaders together...I always have thought she was a beautiful person, and I wish we had spent lots of time together these last number of years,    as I have, also, lived in Charlotte! She was a very special person, and I miss her. Let this be a lesson for us all....don't hesitate to take a little time, or occasion, to spend time with someone you like, and miss. We never know when our opportunities are past. Pudge, we love you. Fran is out of all pain, and definity in a better place. Take care of yourself...

Joanna (Cronland) West
 

Dennis Kuck

October 14th, 1947 - March 19th, 2015

Class of 1965

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Dennis Franklin Kuck of Cornelius, NC, and formerly of Lincolnton, NC, passed away March 19th. 

His funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Wyant and Rev. Steve Audrey officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:15 p.m. on Sunday at Warlick Funeral Home. 

Dennis was born October 14, 1947. A graduate of Lincolnton High School’s Class of 1965, he graduated from the University of Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He joined the US Army on March 16, 1970, before being honorably discharged on November 30, 1971. A Bronze Star decorated veteran, he completed his tour of Vietnam in 1970.

He enjoyed an outstanding career in International Business, living overseas for a number of years. He finished his professional career by founding his own company Lincoln Tool Co.

Dennis is survived by his wife Sharon Kuck, his mother Lavinia Burris Kuck, a sister Dorea Kuck Drum, brother-in-law Tommy Dale Drum, a nephew Jon Drum all of Sherrills Ford, NC, a niece Laura Drum Wopperer and three great-nieces all of Cornelius, NC. He was preceded in death by his father Frank Gamble Kuck and his brother David C. Kuck.

Memorials may be made to Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078.

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From Jim (Horse) Hoyle on September 9th, 2015
If there ever was a "live wire", it was Dennis.  He was our lead singer for a number of years with the JayDees,  We recorded a presentation on the Kilgo's Canteen Show which used to be on WBTV Saturday mornings.  one of the two songs we played was "Stay" originally by Maurice Williams/Zodiacs.  At one point, Eddie Ramsey, the other singer was singing the "falsetto"part, and the TV camera scanned the rest of us playing our individual stuff, etc. ; but as the camera caught Dennis, he was picking his nose with his little "pinkey" finger...oooooooohh did his mom slap him on the head when we were watching it televised a week later!  He was an original "live wire" up to something always...but dearly missed. 
    However, most of the time when we were playing, he was  serious...but I've been told ...the words weren't always what was originally recorded...he probably liked his better, I guess.  I was very fortunate to have been his friend. 
 
From Joanna ( Cronland) West on March 28th, 2015
Dennis was my first "boyfriend"!!! I was in the 8th grade.  He was a fun person, and I can still hear his little laugh! He told me that my dad gave him his first job, out of college, and, not so many years ago, he paid a visit to my father in my father's later years. It certainly makes me sad that Dennis is gone. He will definitely be missed.
 

Larry Dean Reep

May 4th, 1943 - March 12th, 2015

Class of 1963

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Larry Dean Reep
( May 4, 1943 - March 12, 2015 )
Larry Dean Reep, age 71, of 5033 Daffodil Lane in Concord, and formerly of Lincolnton, died on Thursday, March 12, 2015. 

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the home of his son, Jeff and Crystal, 246 Valerie Drive in Lincolnton (Lincoln Meadows subdivision). 

Mr. Reep was born May 4, 1943, in Lincoln county, to the late Thomas Baker and Carrie Lowrance Reep. He was self-employed.

He is survived by his wife, Pat Faulkner Reep of the home; a son, Jeff Reep and wife Crystal of Lincolnton; a daughter, Michelle England and husband Todd of Concord; a sister, Jackie Reep of Lincolnton; two grandsons, Andy England and Ash Reep; and his loving dog, Pepper.

Memorials may be made to the Lincoln County Humane Society, PO Box 23, Lincolnton, NC 28093, or to Doug Herbert BRAKES Program, 7140 Weddington Road, NW, Suite 120, Concord, NC 28027.

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Nancy Cloninger

February 9th, 1943 - March 12th, 2015

Class of 1961

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Nancy Jean Cloninger, age 72, of the Brian Center in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Her funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2015, at River View Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 until 11:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church. 

Ms. Cloninger was born February 9, 1943, in Lincoln county, to the late Ralph Miles and Connie Lee Punch Cloninger. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother Jack Cloninger, and two sisters Bobbie Beal and Margaret Fredell. She worked as an administrative assistant

She is survived by two daughters, Marsha West McNeely and husband Jimmy of Charlotte, and Cindy West Letorney and husband Dean of Gastonia; one sister, Ann Schrum of Lincolnton; and one granddaughter, Mindy Robinson and husband Chase of Boiling Springs.

The family would like to thank the Brian Center staff, especially those on the 300 hall. 

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Dianne Reep (Armstrong)

February 27th, 1949 - March 3rd, 2015

Class of 1968

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Dianne Reep Armstrong
( February 27, 1949 - March 3, 2015 )
Dianne Reep Armstrong, age 66, of 3250 Pine Tree Street in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Her funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015, at Long Shoals Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Gibson and Rev. Charles Ingle officiating. The body will lie in state for 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Pisgah United Methodist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Armstrong was born February 27, 1949, in Lincoln county, to the late J.B. Reep, Sr. and Bonnie Radford Reep. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Monroe Reep. She worked as an assembler for Dallas Pillow Company. 

She is survived by her husband, Darrel Gene Armstrong of the home; a son, Timothy Armstrong of Lexington, NC; a brother, J.B. Reep, Jr. of Hendersville, NC; two sisters, Shelia Payseur and Elaine Canipe, both of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Timothy C. Armstrong of Crouse, Elijah Armstrong and Kennedy Armstrong, both of Lexington, NC, and Amber Pate of Boone, NC 

Memorials may be made to Long Shoals Baptist Church, “Home Mission Fund”, 2988 Long Shoals Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
 

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Frankie Mosteller

January 20th, 1948 - February 23rd, 2015

Class of 1966

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( January 20, 1948 - February 23, 2015 )
Mr. James Franklin Mosteller, Sr., age 67, of 1465 Poston Drive in Lincolnton, died on Monday, February 23, 2015.

His funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015, at Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Andy Royals and Rev. Ken Gibson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Mosteller was born January 20, 1948, in Lincoln county, to Margaret Armstrong Mosteller and the late Aaron James Mosteller. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by a grandson and a great-granddaughter. He served in the Army National Guard and then worked in construction.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Hill Mosteller of the home; two sons, Jamie Mosteller and wife Jenifer of Huntersville and Chad Mosteller and wife Emily of Crouse; one brother, Larry Mosteller and wife Sharon C. of Lincolnton; one sister, Kay M. Iddings of Conover; his mother, Margaret Mosteller; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Salem Baptist Church Building Fund, 1982 Salem Church Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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From Jamie Mosteller on June 24th, 2015
I miss you dad.  Not a day goes by that I don't think of you.  I love you.  
 

Jerry Lee Jenkins

July 16th, 1951 - February 9th, 2015

Class of 1968

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Mr. Jerry Lee Jenkins, age 63, of 619 E. Sycamore Street in Lincolnton, died on Monday, February 9, 2015, surrounded by his family.

His funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at Emanuel Reformed Church with Rev. Dr. Keith Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at Warlick Funeral Home. 

Mr. Jenkins was born July 16, 1951, in Lincoln county, to Albert Lee Jenkins and the late Mallie Blackwell Jenkins Teague. He was a Highway Patrolman for the State of North Carolina and was in law enforcement for over 30 years. 

He is survived by his wife Emmie Newton Jenkins of the home; three sons, Jerry Gene Jenkins and wife Dawn of Maiden, Brandon Parker and wife Jennifer of Vale, and Michael Lee Jenkins of Lincolnton; his father, Albert L. Jenkins; three grandchildren, Katelyn Parker, Christopher Lee Jenkins, and Joshua Fortney; three brothers, Tony Jenkins of Iron Station, Rick Jenkins and wife Minnie, and Danny Teague and wife Aileen, all of Lincolnton; two sisters, Faye Holland of Lincolnton, and Delonda Badgley and husband George of Greensboro; and abundance of family.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Donita Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Emanuel Reformed Church, PO Box 2058, Lincolnton, NC 28093. 

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Robby Goins

June 17th, 1949 - January 23rd, 2015

Class of 1968

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Robert E. Goins, Jr.
( June 6, 1949 - January 23, 2015 )
Robert E. Goins, Jr., age 65, of Lincolnton died Friday, January 23, 2015.

A graveside service will be held 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Hollybrook Cemetery in Lincolnton with Rev. Charles Ingle officiating.  The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Warlick Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be gathered at the Baker residence, 1460 Smith Farm Road, Lincolnton .  

Mr. Goins was born on June 17, 1949 and was preceded in death by his son, Robby Goins and his mother, Katherine Mosteller Goins. He was a commercial truck driver.    

He is survived by his wife, Karen of the home; father, Robert E. Goins, Sr.; three brothers, Rev. Charles Ingle of Lincolnton, Randy Ingle of Lincolnton and Tim Goins of Lincolnton; one sister, Linda Jones of Lincolnton.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, PO Box 27985, Raleigh, NC 27611.

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C. David Cline

July 14th, 1949 - January 22nd, 2015

Class of 1967

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Charles David Cline, age 65, of 169 Hershel Lackey Road in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, January 22, 2015.

His funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Redeemed Baptist Church with Rev. Alan Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:45 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

David was born July 14, 1949, in Lincoln County, to the late Gordon and Josie Long Cline. He was a produce manager.

He is survived by his wife, Susie Guiton Cline of the home; a son, Charles David Cline, Jr. of Lincolnton; two daughters, Jennifer Cline Hobgood of Charlotte and Misty Cline Thornburg of Crouse; two brothers, Jerry Cline of Lincolnton, and Joe Cline of Mt. Holly; one sister, Mary Ann Hoyle of Vale; and three grandchildren, Olivia Thornburg, Makayla Thornburg, and Ansley Cline.

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

 

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From Larry Walker on February 16th, 2015
We had fun playing baseball in the summer
 

Jerry Queen

January 20th, 1944 - January 21st, 2015

Class of 1962

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Gerald Queen died on January 21, 2015.  There was a long obit for him in the Atlanta Journal.  He was living in Lafayette, LA.   He taught at one of the private schools here in Atlanta for many years.  The announcement can be seen at www.mourning.com.

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Bernard Eugene Harless

August 8th, 1947 - December 23rd, 2014

Class of 1965

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Mr. Bernard Eugene Harless, age 67, of 3283 Laboratory Road in Lincolnton died Tuesday, December 23, 2014.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at Riverview Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Brown officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

Mr. Harless was born March 8, 1947 in Lincoln County to Nell Brown Harless and the late Donald Dwight Harless.  He was a veteran of the United States Air Force.  Mr. Harless was an appliance repairman.

Survivors include his mother, Nell Harless of Lincolnton; one son, Mac Harless of Hickory; one daughter Lillian Harless Lewis and husband Mark of Wilmington, NC; one brother, Kevin E. Harless of Lincolnton; three grandchildren, Samuel, Kendall and A.J. Lewis.

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Clyde Ray Crouse III

September 4th, 1949 - December 14th, 2014

Class of 1969 and 1967

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Clyde Ray Crouse, III
( September 4, 1949 - December 14, 2014 )
Mr. Clyde Ray Crouse, III, age 65, of 829 Calloway Road in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

His funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bo Osborne officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Crouse was born September 4, 1949, in Lincoln county, to the late Clyde and Pauline Reynolds Crouse. He worked as a counselor.

He is survived by his wife, Melody B. Crouse of the home; a daughter, Elaini Crouse of the home; a brother, Jerry Crouse of North Carolina; and a sister, Debra Wehunt and husband Terry of Lincolnton.

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Robert Dyson,, Jr.

July 9th, 1947 - December 8th, 2014

Class of 1965

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Mr. Robert Lemuel “Lum” Dyson, Jr., age 67, of Lincolnton, died on Monday, December 8, 2014.
His funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral home Chapel with Rev. Robert Wise officiating. Burial will follow in the Wehunt Family Cemetery at North Brook Baptist Church with DAV military rites. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Mr. Dyson was born July 9, 1947, in Lincoln county, to the late Robert Lemuel Dyson, Sr. and Minnie Chapman Cronland. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and then later worked in field service for Duke Power. He was a member of the VFW and enjoyed golfing and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his son, Brent Dyson and wife Amy of Lincolnton; three grandsons, Nicholas, William, and Blakely Dyson; and sister, Lou Ann Lynn and husband David.
Memorials may be made to the Lincoln Chapter VFW, c/o Jerry Canipe, Treasurer, 2087 Lee Lawing Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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From Joanna West ( Cronland) on March 28th, 2015
We miss you, Robert!
 

Donald Lackey, Jr.

May 16th, 1952 - November 28th, 2014

Class of 1970

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Donald Harold Lackey, Jr.
( May 16, 1952 - November 28, 2014 )

Mr. Donald (Don) Harold Lackey, Jr. passed away on Friday, November 28, 2014 in his grandmother’s home in Lincolnton, NC. His funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church where Don was a member with Rev. Michael Collins officiating. Following the service Don will be buried next to his wife in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory, NC. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Lackey was born May 16, 1952 in Lincoln County to the late Donald Harold Lackey, Sr. and Evelyn Hoover Lackey. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Edythe (Beth) Lackey. Don loved to be outdoors and spent most of his free time hiking, boating, biking and competing in triathlons. He also enjoyed spending time in North Myrtle Beach, exploring the marshes and swimming in the ocean. He worked as a chemist for more than 30 years at General Tire and ShurTape Technologies. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his sister, Lynn Moore and his four children, Lela Lackey, Hershel Lackey, Elijah Lackey and Joseph Lackey, his nephew Austin Moore; as well as his two grandchildren, Harold Heldenbrand and Edythe Heldenbrand.

In lieu of flowers his family suggests that contributions in his memory be sent to Friends of the Mountains to the Sea, an organization that supports the 1000 mile trail from the Blue Ridge to the Outer Banks.

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James Kinley

January 6th, 1943 - November 18th, 2014

Class of 1963

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James Wesley Kinley, Sr.
( January 6, 1943 - November 18, 2014 )
James Wesley Kinley, Sr., 71 DOB January 6, 1943.  A resident at Port Charlotte Rehabilitation Center for 9 years. He was called up to Heaven on Tuesday, evening around 6:00 P.M.  He fought long and hard for 9 ½ years, he never gave up he wanted to live, Unfortunately, he died from a long term complication from lung disease/pneumonia at the Bayfront  Health Hospital in Port Charlotte, Florida.
James was born in Lincolnton, N.C. He was the only child of Beson Joseph Kinley and Mae Beatrice Norman.  He graduated from Lincolnton High School, his first job was at the local movie theater and from that point movies was his favorite past time.  He met Alice Faye Canipe a beautiful red head at a church picnic and fell in love, got married and have 5 children.  Their daughter Stephanie died of crib death at the age of 6 months.  They divorced, but remained close friends and spent family holidays together.  James worked in management and sales where his friendly people skills developed.  He was the nicest, friendliest, the most trustworthy person you would ever meet.  He never complained he had great work ethics never missed a day of work and was always on time never late.
He moved to Florida in 1998 and worked at his son in laws business U Build It Aluminum.  He was an expert at making screens and running and managing the aluminum hardware store.  While at the Port Charlotte Rehab Center he was the President of the Residents.  He loved going out to eat once a month, participating in activities, hanging out either in the courtyard or by the front window to greet all who passed by and playing bingo.
The things that he loved most were Faith, Family, Food and Movies.  He attended church and always lived by the Ten Commandments.  James enjoyed his watching and hearing about the lives of his children, grandchildren and great-grandson.  He loved watching football, baseball, basketball and golf.  He wore many ball caps of his favorite teams and watched sports every Sunday.  Food was enjoyable some of his favorite foods were Chicken Cacciatore, Steak, bacon cheeseburgers, red velvet cake and honey buns.   
James was survived by his four children, James W. Kinley, Jr. 49 from Clover, S.C., Amie F. Graziano, 48, from Fort Myers, FL, Joseph D. Kinley, 45 from Worthington, MN,  and Eric N. Kinley 43 from Worthington, MN.  He had 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.
There will be visitation at 10:00 A.M., service at 11:00 A.M. and graveside to follow on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Warlick Funeral Home located at 125 Dave Warlick Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092, telephone (704)735-2521.  And a memorial service will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014, at 10:00 A.M. at Port Charlotte Rehabilitation Center located at 25325 Rampart Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL  33983, tel. 941-629-7466.
Our family wants to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and staff at Port Charlotte Rehab. Center who was a second family to him.  Also, Bayfront Health Hospital, Fawcett Hospital, Sarasota Memorial and Complex Care at Ridgelake in Sarosota, who made his life longer we appreciated having him here on earth as long as possible.  Flowers or a donation can be made to The American Lung Association at www.lung.org/donate.

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From Jim "Horse" Hoyle on September 8th, 2015
He had the best manners, was very considerate of others, ...seemed to me.  He was a friend throughout grade schood..O  I was so glad to learn that, like another mutual friend, danny pickens, they both have done very well in life ...I' m so happy for them.
 
 

Dale "Mike" McClure

March 15th, 1950 - September 22nd, 2014

Class of 1968

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Dale Mike McClure, age 64 of Lincolnton, passed away Monday, September 22, 2014 at Levine and Dickson Hospice. He was born March 15, 1950 in Lincoln County to the late Charles Calvin McClure and Margaret Sain McClure. 
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Smith McClure of the home, one son, Michael “Keith” McClure and his wife Kelly of Lincolnton, one daughter, Ashley McClure of Lincolnton, two grandchildren, Colton McClure andAbbigale McClure, one brother, Jerry McClure of Lincolnton, and one sister, Jeannie Lineberger of Lincolnton. 
Services will be held Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM at E. F. Drum Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 7:00-8:30 PM at E. F. Drum Funeral Home. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Rev. Doug McClain will officiate. 
E. F. Drum Funeral Home is serving the McClure family.

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Barry Norwood

October 18th, 1942 - August 12th, 2014

Class of 1961

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INDIAN TRAIL - Barry McClain Norwood, 71, of Indian
Trail, NC went to be with the Lord on August 12, 2014. He will be reuniting with his loving wife Reitta, and his parents Jack and Laura Norwood. Barry is survived by his sons Randy Dial (Karen), Jeff Bolton; daughters Rhonda Olson (Steve), Jennifer Bolton; grandchildren Kailyn, Karlie, Joshua, Ashley, Pfeiffer, Raleigh; sisters Betty Greenway, Dana Gates; nephew Paul Norwood. Service will be held at Heritage Funeral Home, 3700 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews on Saturday, August 16, 2014 beginning at 10:00am. Internment will take place at Forest Lawn East Cemetery.

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Shirley Houk (Smith)

December 7th, 1947 - July 19th, 2014

Class of 1966

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Shirley Faye Houk Smith
( December 7, 1947 - July 19, 2014 )

Mrs. Shirley Faye Houk Smith, age 66 of 901 Highway 150 West in Lincolnton died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

A graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21, 2014 at Gainsville Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Rob Wise officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Monday at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith was born December 7, 1947 in Lincoln County. She was the daughter of the late Forrest Hampton and Mazle Reynolds Houk.  Mrs. Smith was retired from the North Carolina State Department of Community Corrections.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis Smith and wife, Ashley of Shelby, Brent Smith and wife, Kristy of Vale, NC; five grandchildren, Clary Smith of Shelby, Riley McClellan and husband, Philip of Shelby, Gracie Smith of Shelby, Dylan Smith of Vale and Laney Smith of Vale.

 

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Paula Bumgarner (Finger)

February 1st, 1947 - July 13th, 2014

Class of 1965

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Lincolnton- Paula Inez Bumgarner Finger, age 67, of Lincolnton passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at CMC-Main in Charlotte.  She was born in Catawba County to the late Paul Bumgarner and Nancy Devine Bumgarner. 
She was survived by her husband, Marshall Finger of the home, one son, Michael Finger and his wife Angela of Lincolnton, one daughter, Suzie Finger of Concord and one sister, Martha Bumgarner Heavner of Lincolnton.   
Services will be held Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM at E. F. Drum Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  The interment will be in Maiden City Cemetery.  Rev. Jerome Walker will officiate. 

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Ronnie "Eddie" Ballard

October 1st, 1942 - July 2nd, 2014

Class of 1961

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( 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.

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Charles Jerry Barkley

July 30th, 1943 - June 15th, 2014

Class of 1961

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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.

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From Jim (Horse) Hoyle on 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 ...no matter what predictment I got him into!  Rest in heavenly peace my friend  ...
 

Linda Kistler (Cannedy)

August 21st, 1944 - June 13th, 2014

Class of 1962

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Linda K. Cannedy of Gambrills, MD passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday June 13, 2014 in Annapolis MD after an extended illness.

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Vicky Ramsey

- - June 5th, 2014

Class of 1967

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Sheila Boyd (Eggers)

June 10th, 1951 - June 2nd, 2014

Class of 1970

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Sheila Boyd Eggers, 62, of Lincolnton, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, June 2, 2014.
 A celebration of life service will be 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Andy Royals and Butch Boyd officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
Sheila was born June 10, 1951, in Lincoln County, to the late Marion and Gloria Houser Boyd. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Wayne “John” Boyd of Holden Beach. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church and recently retired from Ethan Allen. Sheila was the Queen of the Red Hat Society and loved her fellow red hatters. She enjoyed life to the fullest and those who knew her will miss her smile and humor.
She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Danny Eggers; two daughters, Lisa Philbeck and husband Allen of Shelby, and Wendy Huffman of Hudson and her stepchildren, Cody Eggers and fiancée Carla of California and Allison Chapman and husband T.J. of Conover; two sisters, Debbie Oxford and husband Rick of Lincolnton and Evette Drum and husband Tony of Newton; three special sisters-in-law, Cindy Cook, Sandy Huffman and Candy Tomblin; and four grandchildren, Landon Burns of the home; Elizabeth Drum, Nicholas Huffman, and Henry Chapman, all of whom she loved dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Landon Burns, c/o Peoples Bank, P.O. Box 134, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

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Julie Hollar (Smith)

March 26th, 1972 - April 6th, 2014

Class of 1990.

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Pamela Byrd (Reeves)

June 17th, 1951 - March 18th, 2014

Class of 1969

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Pamela Joy Byrd Reeves, age 62, of 715 Sunridge Drive in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Bill Bigham officiating.
 
Mrs. Reeves was born June 17, 1951, in Clinton, NC to Rebecca Craig Byrd and the late L.G. Byrd. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Sgt. David Allen Reeves. She was a homemaker.
 
She is survived by two sons, David Allen Reeves, Jr. of Lincolnton and Brian Byrd Reeves of Mooresville; her mother, Rebecca C. Byrd of Lincolnton; two sisters, Diane Byrd Nale of Lincolnton and Amy Byrd Reinhardt of Hickory; a grandson, Asher Finley Reeves; two nieces; and three nephews.
 
Memorials may be made to Boger City Baptist Church, 2201 E. Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Kenneth Lee Huffstetler

December 20th, 1945 - March 8th, 2014

Class of 1964

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Kenneth Lee Huffstetler
( December 20, 1945 - March 8, 2014 )
Mr. Kenneth Lee Huffstetler, age 68, of 160 Antique Road in Lincolnton, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

His funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at First Christian Church with Rev. Kathy Naish officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:30 pm on Tuesday at the church prior to the service.
 
Mr. Huffstetler was born on December 20, 1945 in Lincoln County to the late Marshall E. and Myrtle Carpenter Huffstetler.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Marshall Huffstetler and two sisters Joann Hill and Carolyn Allran. He was a veteran of the United States Navy.  Mr. Huffstetler was retired from manufacturing where he worked as a plant superintendent.
 
He is survived by his wife, Judy Ewing Huffstetler of the home; one son, Ben Cauley and wife Holly of Lincolnton; one daughter, Michelle Hughes and husband Sean of Wilmington; one brother, Bill Huffstetler and wife Christy of Dallas; two sisters, Deborah Buff and husband Neil of Maiden and Jeannie Daniels of Sebring, FL; three grandchildren, Montgomery Hughes, Camden Hughes and Carter Cauley.
 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 735 Buffalo Shoals Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092 or to the American Heart Association, PO Box 5216, Glenn Allen, VA 23058-5267.
 

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From STEVE BENFIELD on June 20th, 2017
Kenny was a good guy, and a good friend.  He could run very fast.  We used to play backyard football in the new football stadium at Battle Ground Elementary on Sundays after church.  One Sunday Kenny broke his ankle (we played tackle football). Since we had climed over the fence to get in the stadium, we had to hoist Kenny up over the top in a difficult effort on our part but a courageous endurance of pain on his part to get him out.  That day I saw a side of Kenny I had never knewn,  that he also was a very tough guy. I will miss you my friend and running to try to catch you.
 

John Carlos Chapman

December 16th, 1941 - March 7th, 2014

Class of 1961

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John Carlos Chapman
( December 16, 1941 - March 7, 2014 )
Mr. John Carlos Chapman, age 72, of 1675 Lenora Circle in Lincolnton, died on Friday, March 7, 2014.

His funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 10, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Devine officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Sunday at Warlick Funeral Home. 
Mr. Chapman was born on December 16, 1941 in Lincoln County to the late Claude and Christine Rudisill Chapman.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy.  Mr. Chapman was retired from Carolina Freight where he worked for 30 years. 
He is survived by his wife, Deitra Chapman of the home; two sons, Tony Chapman and wife Renee of Lincolnton, Kevin Chapman and wife Pamela of Taylorsville; one daughter, Christy Harkey and husband Ben of Lincolnton; one brother, Jerry Chapman and wife Wanda of Lincolnton; three sisters, Sharon Mosteller and husband Larry, Robin Wease and husband Glenn and Pat Wilburn and husband Tommy, all of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, T.J. Chapman and wife Allison, Mallory Sweet, Ethan Johnson and Abi Harkey and one great grandchild, Henry Chapman.
 Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207 or to Lincolnton Relay for Life, c/o American Cancer Society, PO Box 486, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

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Peggy Reep (Reece)

November 8th, 1942 - February 25th, 2014

Class of 1961

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Peggy Jane Reep Reece
( November 8, 1942 - February 25, 2014 )
Peggy Jane Reep Reece, age 71, of 929 Hoffman Road in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. 
Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Long Shoals Wesleyan Church with Rev. Jon Mann officiating. Burial will follow in the Pisgah United Methodist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
 Mrs. Reece was born November 8, 1942, in Lincoln County to the late Clarence Reep, Sr. and Lucy Hoffman Reep. She was a homemaker. 
She is survived by her husband, Norris Reece of the home; a daughter, Selina Keever and husband David of Lincolnton; a grandson, Brett Keever of Lincolnton; a brother, Clarence Reep, Jr. of Lincolnton; and two sisters, Nancy Reep of Lincolnton and Alene Blair of Newton.
 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Long Shoals Wesleyan Church, 3032 Wesleyan Church Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078.

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Jack Heavner

October 24th, 1946 - February 14th, 2014

Class of 1964

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Jack Brady Heavner, Sr.
( October 24, 1946 - February 14, 2014 )
Jack Brady Heavner, Sr., age 67, of 757 Brady Branch Trail in Lincolnton, died on Friday, February 14, 2014.
 
A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at Hollybrook Cemetery with Rev. Joe Ervin officiating. The family will be at the funeral home between 2: 00 until 3:00 p.m. prior to the graveside.
 
Jack was born October 24, 1946, in Lincoln County, to the late Clyde Preston and Daisy Eurey Heavner. He worked as the parts manager for Abernathy Chevrolet and Sonny Hancock.
 
He is survived by a son Brad Heavner and wife Kristel of Lincolnton; a daughter Jennifer Heavner Kollock of Huntersville; a brother Jay Clyde Heavner and wife Millie of Gastonia; three grandchildren, Brady Heavner, Matt Heavner, and Lindsey Kollock; nephew Andy Heavner; niece Amy Heavner Savage; and aunt Nancy Heavner Gilbert and husband Wally of Lynchburg, VA.
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From Jay Heavner on February 18th, 2015
Jack was a wonderful Brother & friend!!!  Miss you so much!  Jay
 

Martha Goodson (Story)

August 20th, 1942 - July 17th, 2013

Class of 1960
 
 

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Martha Goodson Story, age 70 of 286 Trey Trail in Lincolnton died Sunday, July 14, 2013.
 
Funeral service will be 1:00pm Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at Westside Baptist Church in Maiden. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00pm until 8:00pm Tuesday at Warlick Funeral Home.
 
Mrs. Story was born August 20, 1942 in LincolnCounty. She was the daughter of the late Albert Daniel Goodson and Fannie McAlister Goodson. Martha was preceded in death by her siblings Floylee Billings, Helen Burris, David Goodson, Sybil Fortenberry and Linda Goodson.  She worked in insurance prior to retirement.
 
Survivors include husband, F. Truett Story of the home; daughters, Shasta Story-Martin of FL, Trudie Story Cullen of Sherrills Ford, and Teresa Story Green of FL; six grandchildren, Josh Price, Travis Price, Tiffany Green, Tyler Green, Trevor Green and Heather Martin; six great grandchildren.
 
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave. Suite 100, Charlotte,NC 28027 or Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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From Patsy Cashion on September 16th, 2013
Martha was a wonderful neighbor and a very sweet lady!
 

Frances Geraldyne Newton (Lockman)

July 31st, 1944 - July 13th, 2013

Class of 1962

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Frances Geraldyne Newton Lockman, 68, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2013 at her home. 
Born July 31, 1944 in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late George Lee Newton and Carrie Frances Robinson Newton. 
Geraldyne grew up in Iron Station, NC and graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1962. She studied education at High Point College and Appalachian State University where she received a Master of Arts. Geraldyne retired in 2006 from the Caldwell County School System where she taught 4th and 5th graders for 33 ½ years and received many honors and awards. After retirement, Geraldyne volunteered at the Helping Hands Clinic in Lenoir. 
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 50 years, John Wesley Lockman; three daughters, Maria Michaelle Lockman Greer, Jennifer Gayle Lockman, and Jonjie Joanne Lockman and four grandchildren, Carrie Frances Greer, Sydney Gail Greer, Bergsvein Wesley Toverud, and Shelton Lee Toverud.
A memorial service will be held at Pendry's Chapel on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dottie Tugman, Jane Curtis, and Kim Avery for their love and care for Geraldyne over the last few years as well as Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care during her final days.
Memorials may be made to Helping Hands 810 Harper Avenue Lenoir, NC 28645.
Online condolences may be made at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.
 

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Becky Faye Gales (High)

August 11th, 1946 - July 11th, 2013

Class of 1964

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Becky Faye Gales High, age 66, of 528 Joe Ross Street in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, July 11, 2013.
 
Her funeral service will be 1:30 pm on Saturday, July 13, 2013 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ray Pennell officiating. Burial will follow inForest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 1:15 pm on Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.
 
Mrs. High was born August 11, 1946 in LincolnCounty to Margie Hallman Gales Heafner and the late J.D. Gales. She was a homemaker.
 
She is survived by her husband, Lewis High of the home; one son, Jeff High of Lincolnton; one daughter, Lorrie High of Lincolnton; her mother, Margie Heafner of Lincolnton; and one granddaughter, Kayla Powell.
 
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC28092.

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Ronald "Ronnie" Coleman Sigmon

July 21st, 1946 - July 2nd, 2013

Class of 1964

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( July 21, 1946 - July 2, 2013 )
Mr. Ronald “Ronnie” Coleman Sigmon, age 66, of321 S. Grove Street in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.
 
His funeral service will be 2:00 pm on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Emanuel Reformed Church of Lincolnton with Rev. Earle Potts officiating. Burial will follow inHollybrook Cemetery.
 
Mr. Sigmon was born July 21, 1946 in LincolnCounty to the late Claude Woodrow and Bonnie Conner Sigmon. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Dwight Sigmon, and three sisters, Susie Sigmon, Lois Ray, and Yvonne Helms. He worked in textiles.
 
He is survived by his wife, Andrea Seagle Sigmon of the home; four sons, Cole Sigmon and wife Sandy, David Lee Sigmon, Kyle Sigmon and wife Regina, and Andy Sigmon and wife Leigh, all of Lincolnton; seven grandchildren, Aubrey, Avery, Ashton, Michael, Hunter, Max and Harrison Sigmon; a sister, Phyllis Dellinger of Dallas, NC; brother, Claude Sigmon and wife Kathy of Lincolnton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Memorials may be made to Emanuel Reformed Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 2058, Lincolnton,NC 28093.

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Lana Trammel (Woods)

May 26th, 1943 - June 3rd, 2013

Class of 1962

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Lana Trammel Woods, age 70, of 162 Riverside Drive in Hertford, NC, and formerly of Terrell, died on Monday, June 3, 2013.
 
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, June 7, 2013 at Crowell Memorial UnitedMethodist Church with Rev. Freida Hobson officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 pm on Friday prior to the service at the church.
 
Mrs. Woods was born May 26, 1943. She was the retired co-owner/operator of Catawba Valley Catering and Vending and recently the co-owner/operator of Albemarle Pet Sittin’ in Hertford. 
 
She is survived by her husband, James David Woods of the home; a daughter, Robin Wilson Hardin and husband Danny of Lincolnton; a son, Billy Wilson of Lincolnton; a sister, Glenna Roberts of Hickory; three stepstons, James Woods, Jr. and wife Maryann of Virginia Beach, VA, Robert Woods and wife Jessica of Pelham, AL, Marvin Woods of Statesville, NC; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
 
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Lincoln County, P.O. Box 23, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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Marshall Fox

February 16th, 1946 - May 30th, 2013

Class of 1964

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Mr. Marshall Wilson Fox, age 67, of 3122 Maiden Highway in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, May 30, 2013.
 
His funeral service will be 4:00 pm on Monday, June 3, 2013 at McKendree United MethodistChurch with Rev. Tommy Conder and Rev. Rick Crouse officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:45 pm prior to the service at the church.
 
Mr. Fox was born February 16, 1946 in LincolnCounty to the late Albert Henry and Isabelle Victoria Byers Fox. He served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War and then later worked as a supervisor in furniture manufacturing.
 
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Cash Fox of the homed; one son, Brian Fox of Portland, OR; one daughter, Angela Fox Ritch and husband Jonathan of Granite Falls; and three granddaughters, Lorin Burgess, Emma Fox, and Brenna Burgess.
 
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC28092.

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From Jim "Horse" Hoyle on September 8th, 2015
I somehow graduated from UNC and Clemson with my MBA, buutttt...there ain't no words to express the loss I felt for Marshall.  In my younger days at Hickory Grove school, Marshall and I went to 4H camp somewhere up in the NC mountains for a week.  The game plan was for different counties to have different cabins, but Marshall and I were the only 2 from Lincoln, and had to share with Ca tawba...I think....an;yways...no matter what activities we got involved in , HE managed to have EVERYONE laughing over some smart observations of his.  The last I saw him, was at walmart.  He was at the door getting signatures for support to run for some office....;it didn't matter to me what the office was, I knew he would be a very effective candidate...Much like Donald Casper...you couldn't know him and not have very tender, as well as respectful, memories. 
 

Larry Dean Colvard

January 3rd, 1948 - May 13th, 2013

Class of 1966

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Larry Dean Colvard
( January 3, 1948 - May 13, 2013 )
Larry Dean Colvard, age 65, of 502 Horseshoe Lake Road in Lincolnton, died on Monday, May 13, 2013.

His funeral service will be 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Warlick Funeral Home.
 
Mr. Colvard was born January 3, 1948 in Lincoln County to the late J.B. Colvard Sr. and Virginia Reynolds Colvard.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a stepson, Charlie Crowder, a sister, Joyce Colvard, and two brothers, Donald Lee Colvard and Eddie Colvard. He was the owner of The Car Shop.
 
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Cody Colvard of the home; two daughters, Shelly Lovelace and husband Harold and Hope Lankford and husband Robbie, all of Cherryville; three brothers, Jewel Lee Colvard and wife Susan and Bobby Ray Colvard and wife Kawna, all of Lincolnton, and J.B. “Babe” Colvard, Jr. and wife Revonda of Taylorsville; a sister, Jeannie Colvard Cherry and husband Randy of Lincolnton; sister-in-law Shirley Cody Dellinger and husband Bud of Crouse; and a grandson, Cameron Lovelace and fiancée Jeannie Zazzarino, both of Mooresville.

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Billy Ray Baker

July 16th, 1942 - May 4th, 2013

Class of 1962

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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.

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Ken Hord, Sr.

- - April 23rd, 2013

Class of 1960

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Ken departed this life for his heavenly home on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Carillon Assisted Living in Lincolnton.
 
Ken, formerly of 317 Mellwood Drive, Charlotte and, for the past 5 years, 2404 E. Highway 150, Lincolnton fought a courageous and long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
 
Ken and Milly June Chaffin met in school at Lincolnton High. They married shortly after graduation. Every day Ken sang the lyrics, “Just too good to be true, can’t take my eyes off of you” to Milly and, showered her with love. Ken always referred to Milly as “Baby Girl.” Ken and Milly celebrated their 49th anniversary in February.
 
Ken joined Overnite Transportation shortly after high school and remained there for 38 years. After several years of service in Chattanooga, Ken was offered the opportunity of returning to NC and Ken and Milly chose Charlotte to be the place where they would remain and raise their two sons, Chip and Steve. Ken wanted to remain close to family and old friends and decided not to take promotions that would have required relocating.
 
Ken was preceded in death by his father, Gaston C. Hord who shared Ken’s love of all things sports and loved and adored his sons and grandsons. His mother, Ruth Lanier Clark, also preceded him in death. Ken was blessed with a younger brother, Mark Clark, and they were true and genuine friends throughout Ken’s life.

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From Dianne (Stamey) Jenkins on April 24th, 2013
I remember Ken when I was growing up on Grier Street.  He was so handsome!  And he was also very kind to the younger kids on the block.  He lived two doors down from me and I really looked up to him.  My condolences to the family.
 

Bobby Carroll Turner

January 31st, 1946 - April 23rd, 2013

Class of 1964

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Mr. Bobby Carroll Turner, age 67, of Hunting Avenue in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
 
A memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 26, 2013 in the Warlick Funeral HomeChapel with Rev. Harvey Gates officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 6:45 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.
 
Mr. Turner was born January 31, 1946 in LincolnCounty to the late Dorus and Helen Willis Turner. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Dean Turner.  He served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War and then later worked for, and retired from, Eastern Airlines where he was a reservations supervisor.
 
He is survived by his wife, Vickie Ray Turner of the home; two sons, Bo Turner of Lincolnton and Calvin Turner of Greensboro; one daughter, Julie Turner Hughes of Hickory; and four grandchildren.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blazin’ Trails Cowboy Church, 2515 Gates Road,Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to the Humane Society of the United States, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 52137, Phoenix, AZ  85072.

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From Harvey Crouse on May 28th, 2014
Bobby was guite a character.  We had way too much fun together, and it was amazing that we lived through it.  Again, what a laugh.  He also had that Cheshire Cat smile that would make you think he just got back with a rendezvous with your girl friend.  I will miss him.
 
From jim hoyle on May 12th, 2013
for the "Shake Shop" crowd, I can safely say, we have lost one of our own.  Who was he NOT friends with?  Still can hear his laugh...hope it coming from "upstairs"!!!!
 

Gail Keener (Brotherton)

May 17th, 1947 - April 21st, 2013

Class of 1965

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 Gail Keener Brotherton, 65, of Newton, passed away Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Born May 17, 1947, in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Coy Larkin Keener and the late Louell Setzer Keener. Mrs. Brotherton was a member of East Maiden Baptist Church in Maiden and was a program secretary for Catawba Correction Center for 20 years. In addition to her parents, a sister, Sandra Fowler, preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Bill Brotherton Jr., of the home; one nephew, Darren Fowler, of Lincolnton; one niece, Angela Sundell, of Shelby; one great-nephew; and two great-nieces. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at East Maiden Baptist Church in Maiden with the Rev. Nathaniel Austin officiating. Burial will follow in Maiden City Cemetery. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the church. Memorials may be made to East Maiden Baptist Church Youth, P.O. Box 386, Maiden, NC 28650. Visit www.burke mortuary.com to register your condolences. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Brotherton family.

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From Cherrie Weaver on May 20th, 2013
Gail was a wonderful cousin. She always had a smile on her face even when you knew her story.
Miss  you Gail
 

Vickie Link (Sides)

September 9th, 1943 - April 15th, 2013

Class of 1961

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Vickie Link Sides, age 69, of Lincolnton, died on Monday, April 15, 2013. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Covenant Bible Church with Rev. Doug McClain and Rev. Keith Chronister officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 pm on Sunday prior to the service at the church. Mrs. Sides was born September 9, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late Kenneth Kee and Pauline Sigmon Link. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roney Leroy Sides, a sister, Robin Link, and grandparents Hugh and Jessie Sherrill Link and George and Kate Goodman Sigmon. She was a graduate of Lincolnton High School and was the first female rural letter carrier at the Vale post office where she worked for 19 years. She also was the author of the book “Vickie’s Story, My Cancer Journey.” She is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Sides Rumple and husband Randy Alan of Whitsett, NC; a son, Gregory Link Sides and wife Johnna of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Julianna Sides, Madeline Sides, Natalie Sides, and Landon Rumple; one sister, Wanda Dellinger and husband Larry; two brothers, Ken Link and wife Thresia and Scott Link and wife Pam, all of Lincolnton; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and Sides’ relatives. Vickie enjoyed vacation time at the beach with family, gardening, writing, and singing in her choir. She provided encouragement and inspiration to all those she met along her faith journey. She trusted in God to provide the miracle of life all while accomplishing His plans. The verse that provided a constant beacon of encouragement was Jeremiah 29:11; “For I know that plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Vickie knew God would go beyond what she could ever ask or think and His plan was the only plan to fulfill. “My affairs are in order; the most important being where I will spend eternity with my Jesus.” Thank you to our family and friends for all the love, prayers and support during her years of illness. Special thanks to our churches, pastors, and medical staff. Thank you to Dr. Sykes, Dr. Yates and all their staff for the excellent care and kindness they provided. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207, Gideons International – Lincoln West Gideons, P.O. Box 1074, Lincolnton, NC 28093, or to the First Baptist Church of High Shoals, 600 N. Lincoln Street, High Shoals, NC 28077.

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From Teresa Lail on May 23rd, 2013
Vickie was my role model.    I followed her around at church.   I remember her working at Eagle's Dime Store and when she got her first car.   There are not many people like her around any more.    She taught me a lot about life by the way she lived her life.   After reading her book about her journey through her 14 years of cancer I was blown away by her resilence.    Vickie will alway be remembered by me as a very devoted wife, mother, Christian, grandmother and friend.     She always had a smile on her face. 
 

Carolyn Lineberger (Rudisill)

March 20th, 1944 - March 31st, 2013

Class of 1962

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Carolyn Ann Lineberger Rudisill, age 69, of 1805 St. Marks Church Road in Crouse, died on Sunday, March 31, 2013.
 
Her funeral service will be 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Stanley Spence and Rev. Phillip Campbell officiating.  Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:30 pm on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Warlick Funeral Home. 
 
Mrs. Rudisill was born March 20, 1944 in LincolnCounty to the late Yates Webb and Grace Keever Lineberger.  She was a music teacher in the public school system. 
 
She is survived by her husband, J.C. Rudisill of the home; two sons, Mark Rudisill and wife Corie Ann of Crouse and Timothy Rudisill and wife Patricia Ann of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two sisters, Barbara Jo Lineberger of Wilmington and Linda L. Buff of Lincolnton; and two grandchildren, Matisen Pettit and Andrew Hubbard. 
 
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church,201 Robin Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

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From Norlinda Philbeck on August 10th, 2013
I am so sorry to see that we don't have Carolyn any longer. She was one  class ahead of me and, as I recall, I didn't get that much attention from "upper classmen," however, Carolyn always made me feel like she was a special friend.  Thru the years, I've seen her around town and we'd always stop to talk. Carolyn, we won't forget you. Norlinda Philbeck
 

Clyde Palmer

March 17th, 1949 - March 14th, 2013

Class of 1967

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John Burgin

December 4th, 1940 - March 8th, 2013

Class of 1961

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Mr. John Laban Burgin Sr., 72, of North Grove Street in Lincolnton, died on Friday, March 8, 2013.

A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Hollybrook Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Stanley Spence officiating.  The family received friends from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on March 10, 2013 at the funeral home.

Mr. Burgin was born December 4, 1940 in Lincoln County to the late Thomas Jacob Burgin Sr. and Mildred Mitchum Burgin.  Mr. Burgin was self-employed.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Craig Burgin; two sons, Todd Burgin and wife Candy of Lincolnton, and John Burgin Jr. of Waxhaw; grandson, Kyle Burgin; one sister, Joannah Harbinson of Maiden; brothers, Tom Burgin, Rodney Burgin, and David Burgin all of Lincolnton, and Bill Dameron of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Burgin family.

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Carole Long (Jones)

October 19th, 1948 - January 22nd, 2013

Class of 1966

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Carole Long Sain Jones, age 64, of 1122 Tree Haven Trail in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, January 28, 2013 at New Vision Ministries cemetery with Rev. Daniel Arant officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Warlick Funeral Home.
 
Mrs. Jones was born October 19, 1948 in Lincoln County to the late J.D. and Elizabeth Faulkenbury Long. She was a homemaker.
 
She is survived by her husband, Terry Eugene Jones of the home; one brother, Jerry Long of Lincolnton; one sister, Patsy Crump of Crouse; two grandchildren, Justin Sain and Ashley Sain; and four great-grandchildren, Kensley Sain, Mallorie Styles, Caiden Styles, and Shawn Scoggins.

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Johnny Fitzgerald

- - January 14th, 2013

 Class of 1960

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 John Hill Fitzgerald III

John Hill Fitzgerald III of Zebulon, Ga. died Monday, January 14, 2013 at Southern Regional Hospital in Riverdale, Ga. following surgical complications. He was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Fitzgerald Jr. of Lincolnton. Johnny was a member of the Lincolnton High School graduating class of 1960.

He attended Davidson College, Florida Presbyterian College and received a Bachelor of Arts from Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga.

Johnny is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Zander Fitzgerald and is survived by five daughters, two sons and 15 grandchildren.

Upon receiving his commercial pilot’s license, Johnny became a pilot for Eastern Airlines where he rose to captain of a Boeing 757. Johnny’s name is included on the Eastern Airline’s bronze memorial in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. This memorial includes a representation of over 6,700 pilots who flew for Eastern Airlines from 1928 until the company’s dissolution.

When Eastern folded, Johnny attended a police academy in Clayton County, Ga. and served on police forces in Peachtree City, Palmetto & Fairburn, Ga.

Johnny spent his life in service to his fellow man.  He was engaged to Barbara Johnson Carter, also formally of Lincolnton.

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From Douglas Craig on February 26th, 2015
You were talented way beyond your years!
 
 

Betty Reep (Houser)

January 18th, 1942 - January 3rd, 2013

 Class of 1960

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 Betty Ann Reep Houser

Betty Ann Reep Houser, age 70, of 756 Shoal Road in Lincolnton, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

Mrs. Houser was born January 18, 1942 at home in Lincoln County to the late Robert Pinkney and Elizabeth Ellen Allen Reep.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Catherine Reep Craig and her husband, Gerald Craig, brother-in-law Jimmy Keever, sister-in-law Patricia “Pat” Reep, nephew Tim Reep, brother-in-law Gene Gladden Houser, and mother and father-in-law, M.C. and Mazele Gladden Houser.

Mrs. Houser graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1960, married the love of her life, devoted husband and caretaker, Darrell Houser on April 28, 1965.  She later fulfilled her dream of obtaining a degree in education from Sacred Heart College, a masters degree from UNCC, and AG certification from Lenoir Rhyne University.  Mrs. Houser taught for Lincoln County Schools as a classroom teacher until retirement after 26 years of service.  She will be remembered, by many students, for her love, dedication and passion for them and for their learning.  Mrs. Houser also had a love for music that was expressed through teaching area students piano.  She also enjoyed sewing, scrapbooking, and quilting with dear friends who gathered weekly at her home.

She is survived by her loving husband of forty-seven years, Darrell Houser of the home; five brothers, James Reep and wife Betty, Robert Reep, David Reep and wife Annette, Dean Reep and wife Vickie, and Ray Reep and wife Patty; two sisters, Joyce Costner and husband Clyde and Lorraine Keever; nieces Quanita Hayes, Maria Childers, Brooke Reep, Tammy Smith, and Gaye Morton; nephews, Robbie Reep, David Reep, Jr., Michael Reep, Rocky Reep, Kevin Reep, Ray Reep, Jr., Randy Costner, and Frankie Costner; eleven great-nieces; ten great-nephews; brother-in-law Caroll Monroe Houser; sister-in-laws Judy S. Houser, Diane Rudisell and husband Jim Rudisell, and Sandra Lindler and husband Dennis; niece, Gena Houser Tallent; nephews, Jeff Houser, Shawn Houser, Kurt Houser, Bryan Church, Brandon Lindler, and Carson Lindler; eight great-nieces; and six great-nephews.

A funeral service for Mrs. Houser was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Bethphage Lutheran Church with Pastor Robert Mitschke officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.  The family received friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Betty Ann Houser to the Kidney Foundation, or to Bethphage Lutheran Church, 3440 Highway 182, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton served the Houser family.

 

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Richard Steven Poole

May 26th, 1945 - December 23rd, 2012

 Class of 1963

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Richard Steven Poole

IRON STATION — Graveside service with military honors for Richard Steven Poole, 67, was held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2012, in Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Mr. Poole died Sunday, December 23, 2012. Born in Charlotte, he was a son of the late Lawrence Richard and Bobbie Bumgardner Poole. A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was employed by the N.C. Department of Transportation and was owner of a logging and timber company.

Surviving are his children, Shane Poole (Jessica) of Stanley, Stephanie Phillips (Christopher) of Lincolnton, Sherry Taylor of Stanley, David Pope of Iron Station; five grandchildren, Matthew Poole, Gavin Phillips, Shelby Poole, Dillon Taylor, Natalie Pope; and a brother, Donald Poole (Linda) of Iron Station.  He was predeceased by his wife, Blanche Dellinger Poole and a brother, Ronald Poole.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville FL 32256.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Columbia, S.C., assisted the family.

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From Jim Hoyle on January 15th, 2013
It really hurt my heart to see Steve's obit, as I was hoping to see him again.  Steve was a real Prince of a fellow human being in all my relations around him.  I am so very sorry for his departure.  Horse
 

Ervin Keever

January 23rd, 1947 - December 6th, 2012

 Class of 1965

Ervin was a great guy and friend to all who knew him.

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 Ervin Nelson Keever, age 65, of Maiden passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012 at his residence.

Born January 23, 1947 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Ernest A. Keever and the late Nora Goodson Keever. Ervin was a member of Calvary Baptist Tabernacle Church in Salisbury.

Survivors include:

1 Daughter: Kirsten Goodwin and husband, Chris of N. Charleston, SC.

1 Grandson: Duncan Goodwin.

1 Brother: Lawrence Keever and wife, JoAnne of Easley, SC.

1 Step-brother: Tony Cline and wife, Rita of Maiden.

1 Step-sister: Lydia Shaw and husband, Jerry of Maiden.

2 Nephews: William “Bo” Keever of Liberty, SC; Kevin Keever of Easley, SC.

1 Uncle: J.R. Keever of Dillsboro, NC.

2 Aunts: Gladys Goodson of Maiden and Doris Westby of Hickory.

Special Lady Friend: Opal Parnell of Salisbury.

The funeral service will be held Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church in Maiden with the Rev. Steve Holhouser and Rev. Robert Combs officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to: Calvary Baptist Tabernacle Church Building Fund, 3760 Stokes Ferry Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146 and / or Gideon’s International, PO Box 1409, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

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Danny Leonard

May 20th, 1943 - December 1st, 2012

 Class of 1962

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 Mr. Daniel Carr Leonard, III, age 69, of 635 Jerry Crump RoadLincolnton NC died Saturday, December 1, 2012.

 

His funeral will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2012 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Key officiating.  Burial will follow inHollybrook Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Warlick Funeral Home.

 

Mr. Leonard was born in Lincoln County on May 20, 1943 to the late Daniel “Dutch”Carr and Carolyn Lucille Lineberger Leonard, Jr.  He worked as a freight loader with Carolina Freight.

 

Mr. Leonard is survived by one son, Dutch Leonard and wife Molly of Lincolnton; one daughter, Andie Gavin and husband Jeff of Lincolnton; one sister, Jane Fox and husband John of Danville, VA; three grandsons, Devin Leonard, Gabe Gavin, Casey Blackwelder

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From jack heavner on January 20th, 2013
sorry jane,  Jack
 

Milton Canipe

December 15th, 1948 - October 11th, 2012

Class of 1967

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Charles Milton Canipe

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( December 15, 1948 - October 11, 2012 )

Mr. Charles Milton Canipe, age 63, of 2078 Dale Avenue in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, October 15, 2012 at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Bill Bigham officiating.

Mr. Canipe was born December 15, 1948 in Lincoln County to the late Charles Ray and Ethel Sherrill Canipe.

He is survived by a sister, Beverly Canipe Ward of the home; one niece, Kasida Ward McKenny of Newton; aunts Naomi “Tut” Robinson of Lincolnton and Dean Abee of Maiden; uncles, Mack Canipe of Charlotte, Bill Canipe of Maiden, and Bob Canipe and Julius Sherrill, both of Lincolnton.

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Freddie Sisk

- - July 19th, 2012

 Class of 1965

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Jerry Chapman

- - July 17th, 2012

Class of 1961

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Judith Diane Brafford (Ritchie)

- - July 7th, 2012

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Tony Story

April 25th, 1952 - May 28th, 2012

 Class of 1970

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 Mr. E. Tony Story, age 60, of 182 Drum Street in Lincolnton, died on May 28, 2012.

 

His funeral service will be 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Justin Houser officiating.  Burial will follow in ForestLawn Cemetery.  The body will lie in state for thirty minutes prior to the service.  Visitation will be from 6:30 until 8:30 pm on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 atWarlick Funeral Home.

 

Mr. Story was born April 25, 1952 in Lincoln Countyto M. Rose Lynch Story and the late Harold Kenneth Story.  He attended the Citadel after graduating from Lincolnton High School and then later worked as a building contractor.

 

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Davis Story of the home; daughter, Victoria S. Morris and husband Billy of Lincolnton; mother, M. Rose Story of Lincolnton; one brother, Chris Story and wife Marian of Hickory; two sisters, Robin S. Machado and husband David of Lincolnton and Mickie S. Stevens and husband Randall of Lincolnton; two grandchildren, Brooklynn and William Morris; and a number of nieces and nephews.  

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Donald Mack Cline

March 29th, 1942 - May 14th, 2012

 Class of 1961

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 Mr. Donald Mack Cline, Sr., age 70, of 516 Battleground Road in Lincolnton, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 14, 2012. 

 

His funeral service will be 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at FirstWesleyan Church in Lincolnton with Rev. Tommy Wright officiating.  Burial will follow in the South River Baptist Church Cemetery.   The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Warlick Funeral Home. 

 

Mr. Cline was born March 29, 1942 in Lincoln County to the late Gordon and Josie Long Cline.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Terry Cline.   Donald was a member of FirstWesleyan Church.  He worked as a truck driver.

 

He is survived by his wife, Susan Jackson Cline of the home; two sons, Donald Mack Cline, Jr. and wife Neenie and Jamie Cline and wife April, all of Lincolnton; one daughter, Kendall Cline Webb and husband Justin of Lincolnton; three brothers, Joe Cline and wife Tommy of Mt. Holly, Jerry Cline and wife Judy and David Cline and wife Tina, all of Lincolnton; one sister, Mary Ann Hoyle and husband Tom of Vale; sister-in-law, Deane Cline of Lincolnton; and five grandchildren, Emaly Williams and husband Michael, Anna Cline, Aaron Cline, Jacob Cline, and Kinley Cline.

 


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Michael Taylor

January 16th, 1944 - May 12th, 2012

Class of 1962

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Johnny Peeler

June 28th, 1951 - February 4th, 2012

Class of 1969

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Johnny Alfred Peeler, Jr.
( June 28, 1951 - February 4, 2012 )

Mr. Johnny Alfred Peeler, Jr., 60, died after an extended illness on Saturday, February 4, 2012. 

 

His funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Salem BaptistChurch in Lincolnton.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:30 pm on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 atSalem Baptist Church. 

 

He was born on June 28, 1951 to the late John Alfred Peeler, Sr. and Mary Rayfield Peeler.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret McCray, and brother, Toney Eugene Peeler.  Johnny served with the United States Army Reserves for 8 years.  He worked for Duke Power for 26 years, and owned his own construction company for the last 20 years.  Johnny was a wonderful husband, father, uncle and brother.  He also loved spending time with his friends, golfing and fishing.  He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. 

 

Johnny is survived by his wife of 42 years, Janice Lockman Peeler of Lincolnton, NC; two sons, Jeffery Keith Peeler and wife Nicole Hardee Peeler of Raleigh, and Jonathan Alan Peeler and wife Jodi Stamey Peeler of St. Kitts, West Indies; brother, Tommy Owen Peeler of Iron Station, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

           

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Baptist Church Building Fund,1982 Salem Church RoadLincolntonNC  28092, or to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar StreetLincolntonNC  28092.

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From Michael Caskey on September 23rd, 2013
Johnny and I were good friends in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. We had many good times. I last saw him at Pearl Baptist in 1992.
 

Betty Houk (Gantt)

December 6th, 1943 - November 9th, 2011

 Class of 1962

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Trudy Gail Beal

August 26th, 1950 - September 23rd, 2011

Class of 1968

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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.

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From Linda Chambers on 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.
 

Nancy Stallings (Baucom)

October 18th, 1943 - August 29th, 2011

 Class of 1962

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Donnis Payseur

June 15th, 1944 - April 14th, 2011

 Class of 1962

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James Thomas Grigg

December 27th, 1942 - April 4th, 2011

Class of 1960

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CONOVER James Thomas Grigg Jr., 68, of Conover, died on Monday, April 4, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born on Dec. 27, 1942 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late James Thomas Grigg and Lula Merl Whitworth Grigg. Mr. Grigg worked for Overnight Transportation for 14 years while also working at Carolina Mills where he retired after 37 years as a mechanic. He proudly served four years in the U.S. Army, where he served for two years in Germany as a tank mechanic. He was a member of Oxford Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sissy Grigg. Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Eva Long Grigg; daughter, Kimberly Hass and husband, Frankie, of Conover; son, Tommy Grigg and wife, Shon, of Claremont; brothers, Steve Boyd Grigg of Stanley and Donald Grigg of Iron Station; sister, Linda Cleveland of Iron Station; grandchildren, Amber Renae Hass, Halley Grigg, Shannon Hass, Megan Hass, Tiffany Grigg. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Drum Funeral Home Chapel in Conover with Rev. Bobby Langston and Rev. Dr. Ed Yount officiating. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory with military rites by American Legion Post 16. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at Drum Funeral Home Chapel. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 6000 Fairview Road, Suite 200, Charlotte, N.C. 28210 or American Lung Association of N.C., 3801 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 190, Raleigh, N.C. 27607. Condolences may be sent to the Grigg family at www.drumfuneral home.com. The Grigg family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

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Grady Leon Turner

February 8th, 1942 - February 22nd, 2011

Class of 1961

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Linda Stroupe (Clarke)

September 21st, 1950 - January 20th, 2011

Class of 1968

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 Mrs. Linda Stroupe Clarke, age 60 of 132 Woodvale Circle in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, January
20, 2011.
Her funeral service will be 11:00 am on Monday, January 24, 2011 at First Presbyterian Church in Lincolnton with
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Rev. Claude Wilson-Stayton, Rev. Meg Skidmore, and Rev. Doug McClain officiating. Burial will follow in the Southside Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 10:45 am on Monday prior to the service at the church.
Mrs. Clarke was born September 21, 1950 in Lincoln County to Joyce Sigmon Stroupe and the late James Walter Stroupe. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Delores Ann Stroupe. Linda worked as a paralegal and as a stong hospice advocate.
Linda kept her membership at Southside Baptist Church while at the same time was very active in the First Presbyterian Church along with her husband. Most recently she has served as moderator of the Women of the Church. She was a great cook and served as co-chair of the bereavement committee at First Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her husband, David Clarke of the home, and her mother, Mrs. Joyce Stroupe of Lincolnton.

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Rosemary Kennedy (Barker)

September 11th, 1945 - December 23rd, 2010

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Mrs. Rosemary Kennedy Barker, age 65, passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2010, after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her parents James Milton Kennedy and Mary Helen Modlin Kennedy, maternal grandparents B.M. and Jessie Dellinger Modlin, all of Lincolnton, paternal grandparents Duncan R. and Beulah Hartsell Kennedy of Oakboro, N.C., aunt, Betty E. Modlin and uncles, William (Bill) W. Modlin and Eugene (Gene) D. Modlin and Robert (Bob) Modlin, all of Lincolnton. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Leon J. Barker of Lincolnton; two daughters, Melissa L. Barker and Melanie B. Carter, both of Lincolnton; sister and brother-in-law, Sandra K. Dowd and Roy Clinton Dowd, of Metter, Ga.; three grandchildren, Kaitlyn M. Carter, Campbell J. and Carrington R. Barker, all of Lincolnton; nephew, Corey Carpenter, of Metter, Ga.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rosa and Dwight Barker of Roaring River, N.C. and their many beloved family members. Mrs. Barker was a native of Albemarle, N.C., and lived in Oakboro, N.C., before moving to Lincolnton at the age of five. She was a graduate of High Point College in 1966, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. She was employed by the State of N.C. for 30 years, working primarily in Gastonia and Charlotte, N.C., where she retired as a field tax auditor with the Employment Security Commission. Mrs. Barker was a member of First United Methodist Church of Lincolnton. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, sister-in-law and friend. She loved her family very much and was an integral part of all of their lives. Her favorite activities included those that involved family (watching her 13 year old granddaughter, Kaitlynn, dance at competitions, watching her 3 year old grandson, Campbell, play soccer, or watching her 1 year old granddaughter, Carrington, discover the world around her) and reading. Her three grandchildren adored their Mimi�

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Bobby Hartman

August 23rd, 1951 - December 21st, 2010

Class of 1970

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Birth:  Aug. 23, 1951, USA
Death:  Dec. 21, 2010
Lincoln County
North Carolina, USA

Mr. Bobby Allen Hartman, 59, born August 23, 1951, died on December 21, 2010.

His funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 26, 2010 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Laboratory United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at Warlick Funeral Home.

A resident of Lincoln County, he was known to many people through the skill trade of carpentry. Some knew him as "Buffalo Bob" through the a.m. Swap Shop radio station.

His survivors include three siblings, Ralph Hartman, Daris Hartman, and Jean Hartman. He had three children, Joe Hartman, Erica Avery, and Jessica Hudson; and two grandchildren, Shane Hartman and Frank Avery. 

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Buddy Loftin

- - September 26th, 2010

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Frankie Lowman (Towery)

- - September 25th, 2010

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Carl Rudy Rudisill, Jr.

May 7th, 1950 - September 23rd, 2010

Class of 1968

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Randy Heafner

February 10th, 1951 - September 6th, 2010

 Randy was a great guy!!!  

Class of 1968
 

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Randy Thomas Heafner, 59, of 155 Yarborough Road in Lincolnton, died on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010.
Mr. Heafner was born Feb. 10, 1951 in Lincoln County to the late Jack Roosevelt and Betty Morrison Heafner.
His funeral service will be 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010 at Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Doug McClain and Rev. Charles Ingle officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 at Warlick Funeral Home.
Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Heafner family.

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Dennis Byrd

August 31st, 1946 - July 23rd, 2010

Class of 1964

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Mr. Dennis Wayne Byrd, 63, of 105 Gaston Drive in Elizabeth City, N.C., and formerly of Lincolnton, died on Friday, July 23. A celebration of life service will be held in Lincolnton at 4 p.m. today at Freedom Church with Pastor Eric Reel officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. A service to celebrate the life of Dennis Byrd will also be held in Elizabeth City at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, at the COA Auditorium on North Road Street with Dr. Matt Thomas officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Mr. Byrd was born Aug. 31, 1946, in McDowell County to the late Leonard and Dolcia Byrd. Byrd maintained his love of football, spending 30 years as a North Carolina public school teacher and high school football coach at both West Lincoln High School in Lincolnton, N.C., and at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City, N.C. He retired from teaching and coaching in 2004. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Wilson Byrd of the home; three sons, Dennis David Byrd and wife Angie, James Paul Byrd and wife Jennifer, all of Lincolnton, and Kyle Wilson Byrd and wife Lane of Washington, N.C.; one daughter, Gennis Leigh Byrd of the home; two brothers, Jackie Byrd of Galveston, Texas, and James Byrd of League City, Texas; and five grandchildren, Christian, Matthew, Andrew, Alex, and Parker. Memorials may be made to the Riverside Baptist Church, 1528 Weeksville Road, Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909, or to the Athletic Department, c/o Lincolnton High School, 803 N. Aspen St., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Byrd family.

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From Mickey Caskey on January 14th, 2014
23, 2010

NC State football legend Dennis Byrd passes away

Dennis Byrd, the first two-time All-America in the history of NC State football and the only Wolfpack defensive player to have his jersey retired, passed away Thursday afternoon at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, his family informed the NC State athletics department. He was 63.

Byrd suffered a heart attack on July 15 while undergoing an unrelated back surgery and never regained consciousness.

Recently selected for induction into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame, Byrd was one of the most dominant defensive tackles in Atlantic Coast Conference history, earning first-team All-ACC honors in each of his three years of varsity competition. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive tackle helped Coach Earle Edwards and the Wolfpack win a share of the 1965 ACC championship as a sophomore and was a consensus All-America in both 1966 and '67.

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NC State two-time All-American Dennis Byrd passed away Thursday at age 63 after suffering a heart attack during an unrelated back surgery July 15.
A member of the famed "White Shoes Defense" in 1967, Byrd was the physical leader of the defense that gave the Wolfpack its first national acclaim on the gridiron by beating third-ranked Houston in the Astrodome and rising to No. 3 in the Associated Press poll, the high ranking in school history. However, the Wolfpack, with Byrd out of the lineup because of a knee injury, lost its final two games in the regular season, to Penn State and Clemson, before earning the school's first post-season bowl victory, a win over Georgia in the 1967 Liberty Bowl.

Byrd was the No. 6 pick of the American Football League's Boston Patriots in 1968, just the second first-round draft pick in school history after quarterback Roman Gabriel. But Byrd never fully recovered from the after-the-whistle knee injury he suffered against Duke late in his senior season. His professional career ended after two seasons.

Byrd maintained his love of football, spending 30 years as a North Carolina public school teacher and high school football coach at both West Lincoln High School in Lincolnton, N.C., and at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City, N.C. He retired from teaching and coaching in 2004.

He also maintained his affection for NC State.

"All I had ever known growing up was ACC football, and I wanted to be a part of it," Byrd said in a 2007 interview. "There was not much question I was going to stay in state, and I wanted to play for NC State. I am not a big person for going out or being part of the night life. I'm not that kind of person.

"I am more of a down-to-earth person, and that's what appealed to me about NC State. I thought I could play anywhere in the country, but I wanted to stay here. I just wanted to play football."

His No. 77 jersey was retired in 2001. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

Dennis Wayne Byrd was born on Aug. 31, 1946, in Pleasant Gardens, N.C. At the age of 5, his family moved to Lincolnton, N.C., in search of work in the textile industry. He played at Lincolnton High School for coach Von Ray Harris, along with future NC State teammate Steve Warren, currently a member of the NC State University Board of Trustees.

"Dennis was a dear, dear friend, and the thoughts and prayers of the NC State community are with his family," said senior associate athletics director David Horning. "I remember calling him the day we heard about his election to the College Football Hall of Fame. He was so happy and proud.

"I am so glad that he knew that he had been elected to the hall of fame. He
was very deserving."

Byrd is survived by his wife, Kim, and four children. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Dennis Byrd's NC State highlights


1965

• Sophomore starter
• First-team All-ACC

NCSU: 6-4 overall, 4-3 ACC, ACC co-champions

1966

• First-team All-ACC
• Football Writers All-America (first team), NEA
 

James Bailey

December 14th, 1948 - June 16th, 2010

Class of 1966

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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 www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of James Franklin Bailey, Sr.

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Gayle Harkey

November 16th, 1951 - May 15th, 2010

 Class of 1970

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Alice Gayle Harkey, age 58, of 119 Riverside Drive in Lincolnton, died on Saturday, May 15, 2010.
Her funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Reepsville Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. this evening, May 17, at Warlick Funeral Home.
Ms. Harkey was born November 16, 1951 in Lincoln County to the late Henry “Beaverâ€Â

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Jerry Lee Huss

- - April 8th, 2010

Class of 1968

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Jerry Calvin Houser

- - February 3rd, 2010

Class of 1961

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Phyllis Heafner (Christie)

June 23rd, 1944 - September 22nd, 2009

 Class of 1962

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Vicky Jean Keener (Price)

February 22nd, 1946 - September 22nd, 2009

 Class of 1964

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Vickey Jean Keener Price
Mrs. Price, 63, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Lincolnton, N.C., died Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at Presbyterian Hospital.
Her funeral service will be held 3:30 p.m. today, September 25, at McEwen Funeral Service, Mint Hill Chapel, with the Rev. John Harrill and the Rev. Ernest Richards officiating. Interment will follow in Charlotte Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Born February 22, 1946 in Lincoln County, N.C., Mrs. Price was the daughter of the late Ralph Bly Keener and Deseree Milburn Keener. She retired from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System after 28 years of service and was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Price was a loving wife and caring and devoted mother.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Johnny A. Price; son, Johnny A. Price, Jr.; daughter, Tina Price; and two grandchildren, Justin and Jessie Price, all of Charlotte; and a brother, Richard Keener of Gastonia.
Memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 6050 Hickory Grove Road, Charlotte, NC 28215.
Arrangements by McEwen, Mint Hill Chapel.

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Nancy C. Rhodes (Jackson)

- - September 3rd, 2009

Class of 1961

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From Linda (Huss) Aschbrenner on September 5th, 2014
Today, randomly, I was playing from your John Thompson's piano book.  I enjoyed the (simple) songs from the masters.  I will never be the gifted musician my mother, Nadine, was but I still enjoy playing.  I don't know why your book remained in her possession all these years (you were in the 8th grade) but I'm glad it did.  Peace....
 

Faye Smith

January 6th, 1944 - December 18th, 2008

 Class of 1962

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Suzanne McGinnis

- - December 13th, 2008

 Class of 1965

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Betsy Rhyne (Mazak)

February 3rd, 1950 - December 13th, 2008

Class of 1968

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Skip Ward

March 10th, 1950 - October 17th, 2008

Class of 1968

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 Edwin Franklin (Skip) Ward, 58, of Charlotte died October 17, 2008. The family will receive friends at Harry & Bryant Company, 500 Providence Road in Charlotte on Monday, October 20 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The funeral service will be on Tuesday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m. at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte. Immediately following the service, the family will receive friends in Jubilee Hall at the church. A graveside service will be held at Hollybrook Cemetery at 302 Hollybrook Avenue in Lincolnton at 5 p.m. Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Joan Pearsall Ward; her sister, Darlene Pearsall Brown; Joan’s mother Agnes Pearsall; their daughter Jennifer Ward Aldredge, her husband Greg and their child, Gavin; son John Franklin Ward. Also surviving is Skip's birth Mom, Gladys Grose; his brother, Robert Edison Brendle and his family, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Mr. Ward was born March 10, 1950 in Lincolnton, N.C. and was adopted two weeks later by his parents Edwin Yates Ward and Willie Armstrong Ward, both of whom preceded him in death.
He graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1968, attended Appalachian State University, ECPI, Central Piedmont, UNCC, and received a degree in American Studies from Queens University.
Skip worked in systems management for The City of Charlotte, Rexham, First Union National Bank, and the Hinrichs Financial Group. Skip then went on to have a successful kidney-pancreas transplant. Skip spent a lifetime serving others through a variety of community and civic organizations. A lifelong Democrat, he has served his party and the people it serves as Precinct Chairman, Vice President of The Mecklenburg County Young Democrats, Vice Chairman of The Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, Treasurer of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, a long time member of the North Carolina Democratic Party State Executive Committee, Chairman of The Uptown Democratic Forum, and a co-founder of The District 5 Cluster Precinct. He was a candidate for the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners in 2000.
Skip was active in church activities since serving as President of his MYF at First United Methodist Church in Lincolnton. At Myers Park United Methodist Church he has served on the Administrative Board, The Race and Religion Task Force, The Commission for Church and Society, as Bloodmobile Chairman and President of the Singles Class. He was most proud to also be the co-founder of the Faith and Reason Sunday School Class and the founder of the Progressive Christianity Study Group. He was also a longtime visitor at the Unitarian Universalists Church.
Skip was a Toastmaster for 20 years, serving as president of Uptown Toastmasters, co-founder and president of Independence Toastmasters, and Area 42 Governor. This is where he met his wife, Joan. He has served as local president and district chairman of the Association for Systems Management. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Selwyn Neighborhood Association, and the Board of Directors for Mecklenburg Ministries. Other community activities included Smoke-Free Mecklenburg, Second Harvest Food Bank, Friendship Trays, Big Brothers, Boy Scouts, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and the Sierra Club.
In addition to his community activities, Skip's personal loves included collecting books and people. He enjoyed spending quite evenings or weekends with the love of his life, Joan. 
Memorials can be made to Lifesharecarolinas or the National Kidney Foundation.  

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Roy Calloway

October 19th, 1942 - July 3rd, 2008

 Class of 1962

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Randy Keever

February 1st, 1948 - May 31st, 2008

Class of 1967

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Earl P. Mauney

August 21st, 1949 - May 12th, 2008

Class of 1967

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MAUNEY Earl P. Mauney, 58, of Jacksonville, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, May 12th, 2008. Earl was born in Lincolnton, N.C. on August 21st, 1949 and moved to Jacksonville when he was 8 years old. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 36 years, Mary; daughter Anne Scott; grandsons Ryan and Colin Scott; sister-in-law Susan Mauney; niece Heather Mauney; nephew David Mauney plus a grand-niece and grand-nephew and family and friends in the U.S. and United Kingdom. The family would like to thank graciously the Staff of Regents Park and Community Hospice of N.E. Florida for the wonderful care and support they have given and continue to give. A Memorial Service will be held at Greenlawn Cemetery, Jacksonville on Tuesday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in his name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or Community Hospice of N.E. Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257. Arrangements by GREENLAWN FUNERAL HOME, 4300 Beach Blvd. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

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Roy Harold Norman

- - February 21st, 2008

Class of 1961

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Jerry Lee Reinhardt

- - January 1st, 2008

Class of 1961

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Robert (Bob) Rudisill

April 14th, 1954 - December 2nd, 2007

Bob Rudisill was a loving Husband, Father, Grand-Father, Business Owner and a fantastic drummer. Bob was loved by all and is missed everyday by his wife and family. 

Class of 1972

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Robert S. Rudisill Jr. (Bob) (4/14/1954-12/2/2005) passed away on December 2, 2005 of Colon Cancer. 

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From Jim (Horse) Hoyle on April 3rd, 2017
In my younger days, I was fortunate to play and perform music with many talented friends.  Very fortunately , our drummers were well "seasoned" and talented so very little practice was necessary for them to rise to the occassion...We were very fortunate to have Bob at a time that wer were moving from mostly "Beach Music" to a  more difficult sounds of "Chicago", "Blood, Sweat, & Tears " etc..requiring a more progressive drummer than before.  We were very fortunate to have Bob to share his talents with us.     
Good man...
 

Jerry Seagle

- - November 15th, 2007

Class of 1961

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Tracy Boyles

- - September 28th, 2007

Class of 1961

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Anne Hoover (Lanning)

- - July 29th, 2007

Class of 1961

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Eddie Land

- - June 14th, 2007

Class of 1968

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Jackie Polhill

August 5th, 1944 - May 6th, 2007

 Class of 1962

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From Jim Hoyle on January 15th, 2013
Jackie was one of my best friends, as he was to so many others, and I often think of him and the days when we enjoyed our lives.  We lived in the best days ever afforded to our country, and God do I miss Jackie and many others of those days.  Horse
 

Leon Chapman

- - March 24th, 2007

Class of 1961

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Linda Gail Mullinax

- - March 21st, 2007

Class of 1961

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Alice McConnell

1949 - March 11th, 2007

Class of 1967

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Larry (Casper) Cornwell

- - February 1st, 2007

Class of 1960

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From Kelley Cornwell on January 22nd, 2015
Miss you Pop. All is well
 
From Cindy Sherrill on October 5th, 2013
Randy and I Had lots of fun times with Larry at "the farm".  
 

Nancy Armstrong (Morrison)

June 26th, 1945 - October 12th, 2006

 Class of 1963

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 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.

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Darrell Beal

- - October 10th, 2006

Class of 1961

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From Patsy Cashion on December 31st, 2012
 I worked for Darrell at Edmos.  He was a funny, sweet guy.
 

Jerry Cunningham

December 2nd, 1943 - October 6th, 2006

 Class of 1962

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Patrick Hallman

- - September 15th, 2006

 Class of 1970

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 Patrick Neil Hallman INDIAN TRAIL -- Mr. Hallman, age 54, of 515 Dovefield Drive in Indian Trail, died Friday, September 15, 2006 at Carolinas Medical...

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Rita Summey (Sharpe)

July 1st, 1946 - August 29th, 2006

Class of 1964

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Susan Mauney

- - August 21st, 2006

 Class of 1965

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Judy Eurey (Carpenter)

January 3rd, 1944 - July 14th, 2006

 Class of 1962

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From Linda Ackerson on October 12th, 2013
Such a great friend and cousin. We had many fun times crusin' downtown,It's & the Plaza.
 
From Trent Carpenter on April 8th, 2013
She was the best mother, friend and grandmother. I miss her so very much and look forward to our reunion one day.
 

Dan Brafford

- - April 9th, 2006

Class of 1968

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Jonell Goodson (Harris)

February 18th, 1944 - February 24th, 2006

 Class of 1962

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Delores Stroupe

- - February 18th, 2006

 Class of 1966

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 Dolores Stroupe
Dolores Ann Stroupe, 57, of 1377 Redbud Road, Lincolnton, died Feb. 18, 2006.
A graveside service will be 2 p.m. today at Southside Baptist Church Cemetery. A 3 p.m. memorial service will follow in the church.
A native of Lincoln County, she was a volunteer with the Humane Society of Lincoln County.
Survivors include her parents, Joyce Sigmon Stroupe and James Walter Stroupe of Lincolnton; a sister, Linda Clarke; and a brother, Dale Turnmire.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Lincoln County, P.O. Box 23, Lincolnton, NC 28093, or to Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658, or to Independence Dogs Inc., att: Donna McCaffery, 146 State Line Road, Chadds Ford, Pa. 19317.

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From Pat Hovis on September 16th, 2013
When I was a foster care supervisor, Delores' parents were foster parents. Delores was one of the most active volunteers we ever had. She was always there, ready to help and advocate. The children in the home adored her and she was an inspiration to all. She was very involved in the Humane Society and had a heart bigger than about anyone I have ever known. Rest well, my friend. Your legacy lives on.
 
From Teresa Lail on May 23rd, 2013
Delores was a great friend.   We went to church together, to summer camp together and I sat with her during her graduation at her home as we kept up with each classmate from the annual as their name was called.   She was such a cut up and loved to tell jokes.    Delores was included in all our church events.   When I was in the hopital she called several times to check on me.   She loved sunflowers and animals.  She is missed. 
 

William Dellinger

- - November 3rd, 2005

Class of 1968

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From Dan Ledbetter on August 21st, 2014
Billy was a gentle soul and a great friend. Had a lot of fun together at Iron Station Elementary & LHS. RIP
 

Joann Ford

- - November 1st, 2005

 Class of 1965

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From David Reep on February 28th, 2016
When asked by a teacher in Lincolnton Grammar School, what she wanted to do when she grew up, she answered, I want to be a dirty DJ and take payola.
She made everyone laugh.  I wished I could have known her better. 
 
 

Virginia Greene (Harrison)

February 24th, 1944 - October 26th, 2005

 Class of 1962

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Sandra Jean Smith (Harris)

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Class of 1968

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Roger Johnson

- - February 13th, 2005

Class of 1960

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Rhett Melvin Doolittle

- - 2005

Class of 1960

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Janice Kay Hallman

- - 2005

Class of 1964

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Tim Stamey

- - 2005

Class of 1967

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Linda Hallman

- - November 8th, 2004

Class of 1960

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Gary Jenkins

May 9th, 1944 - November 5th, 2004

 Class of 1962

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Keith Turner

November 20th, 1942 - June 12th, 2004

 Class of 1960

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 James Keith Turner
Mr. James Keith Turner, age 61, of 1891 Startown Road in Lincolnton died Saturday, June 12, 2004 at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
A Celebration of Life service was held 11:00am Tuesday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with Rev. Gary Dittman, Rev. Kim Trabold and Rev. Dr. Boyce Whitener officiating. The family received friends from 6:30pm until 8:30pm Monday night at Warlick Funeral Home.
Keith was a native of Lincoln County, born on November 20, 1942. He was the son of the late J.D. Turner. He was a graduate of NCSU and attended the US Naval Academy. He was President of TPS Machinery. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where he served as vice-chairman of the church council, Sunday school teacher and representative to the NC Synod Assembly. He was co-founder of Helping Hands/Giving Hearts

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From James Duckworth on April 23rd, 2013
Keith and I always competed in geometry, trig and algebra.  Keith was a fine gentleman and he is missed.  I remember an instance in Grigg's class one time, I was sitting behind Keith and I made the comment to Mr. Grigg that we didn't think he was so tough. He looked at me and, the veteran that  he was, told me that I would find out.  I was lucky that day.  Later I found out Mr. Grigg served in WWll, if I recall, in the airborne. At the time he was teaching us trajectory formulae for artillery.  How unfortunate we all are in losing track of our school family over time.  James Duckworth
 

Sandy Kiser (Bridges)

November 24th, 1948 - May 5th, 2004

Class of 1967

Sandy was a good friend !!

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From Patsy Cashion on April 2nd, 2013
Sandy was a lot of fun!!! Good Friend!
 
From Judy KISER on April 2nd, 2013
Best sister ever, I miss her terribly and think of her everyday.
 
From June Loftin on March 12th, 2013
enjoyed working with Sandy.  She was a very caring person
 

Larry Douglas Rudisill

- - April 25th, 2004

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Butch-George F. Goodson

- - March 6th, 2004

 Class of 1965

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Charlie Mattox

July 13th, 1944 - January 5th, 2004

 Class of 1962

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Gary Moore

August 11th, 1944 - December 21st, 2003

 Class of 1962

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Gary Cashion

July 7th, 1947 - September 17th, 2003

 Great brother and brother-in-law!  He is missed!

Class of 1965

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Dixie Barnes

- - August 29th, 2003

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Ruffin Self

- - March 3rd, 2003

Class of 1961

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Nancy Pollock

- - February 26th, 2003

Class of 1960

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John Daniel Froneberger

- - February 19th, 2003

Class of 1961

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Ronnie Helms

- - November 2nd, 2002

Class of 1967

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Tommy Lockman

July 13th, 1950 - August 3rd, 2002

Class of 1968

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From Susie Houk ( Wilkinson) on April 29th, 2015
I'm sure he is missed by all who knew him.  A nice man, and gone way to soon.
 
 

George Brown

October 28th, 1950 - March 23rd, 2002

Class of 1968

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Brenda Chapman (Dellinger-Martin)

- - March 3rd, 2002

Class of 1961

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From jennifer varner on January 16th, 2013
mss brenda was a sweet person and is missed  
 

Ronnie Grigg

February 22nd, 1950 - February 4th, 2002

Class of 1968
Ronnie was class of 1968, just 1 year ahead of me. He served his country well in the military. He was a wonderful brother with a heart so tender and kind. He would and did give the shirt off his back to someone in need. We lost him to cancer in 2002, but it seems like it was just yesterday. Your 3 sisters, Mom and Dad Love and Miss you very much !!!
Love you, Brenda

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Joyce Lawing (Baker)

November 17th, 1941 - September 27th, 2001

Class of 1960

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 Joyce Lawing Baker, of #5 Sommerton Dr., died Sept. 27, 2001. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Warlick Funeral Home Chapel, Lincolnton. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.

She was born in Lincoln County.

Survivors include her husband, James W. Baker; her mother and father, Ada P. Lawing and Gaither Lawing, both of Lincolnton; two brothers, Howard Lawing, and Vernon Lawing, both of Lincolnton; two sisters, Ruth Little of Lincolnton, and Brenda Pearce of Denver.

Memorials may be made to the ITP Society of the Children s Blood Foundation, 333 E. 38th St. Suite 830, New York, N.Y. 10016-2745.

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Joe Keener

April 29th, 1950 - June 11th, 2001

Class of 1968

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Joe Silas Keener, 51, of 441 Buffalo Shoals Road, died June 11, 2001 at Lincoln Medical Center.  He was a native of Lincoln County, son of the late Guy D. and Jane Miller Keener, Eagle Scout, graduate of UNC Charlotte, engineer for RWM Casters so., Gastonia.  Survivors:  Wife, Brenda Keener; son, Joshua Keener;daughters, Lisa Armstrong and husband Michael; Pam Haynes and husband Stoney; brother, Dan Keener and wife Lesley;grandchildren, Cassidy, Devon, and Caleb Armstrong; Laura and Haley Haynes.

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Jimmy Hartman

March 2nd, 1950 - April 5th, 2001

Class of 1968

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Barry Lockman

- - 2001

Class of 1961

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Elizabeth Hampton (Abernethy)

- - 2001

Class of 1967

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Robert Ray

July 31st, 1943 - September 4th, 2000

 Class of 1962

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Peggy Wise (McAlister Roberts)

- - July 22nd, 2000

class of 1964

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Peggy Roberts 
SHELBY — Peggy Joyce Wise Roberts, 54, 207 Charles Road, died July 22, 2000, at home. 
She was a native of Lincoln County, a homemaker. 
SURVIVORS: Husband, Robert D. Roberts; son and daughter-in-law, Trey and Leslie McAlister, Lincolnton; stepson and daughter-in-law, Van and Shelly Roberts, Shelby; parents, Sam and Evelyn Ross Wise, Lincolnton; brothers, Larry and Jim Wise, both of Lincolnton; four grandchildren. 
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Revs. Fred Falls and Reginald Dawkins, body will be placed in church one hour before service 
VISITATION: One hour before service 
BURIAL: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church cemetery 
MEMORIALS: Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 873 W. Highway 27, Lincolnton 28092 
ARRANGEMENTS: Warlick Funeral Home

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Alan Stoudemire

1951 - February 2nd, 2000

Class of 1969

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 ATLANTA   Dr. George Alan "Zeke" Stoudemire, 49, 2302 Dellwood Drive N.W., died Feb. 2, 2000. He was a professor of psychiatry and behavorial sciences, director of medical student education in psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine, graduated from the School of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill in 1977, did a rotating internship in medicine, neurology and emergency medicine at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, where he completed his residency in psychiatry, joined faculty at Duke University School of Medicine, in 1983 moved to Emory University School of Medicine, authored over 140 publications, edited numerous textbooks. 
SURVIVORS: Wife, Sue Sprunt Stoudemire; daughter, Anna Louise Stoudemire, Atlanta; son, William Sprunt Stoudemire, Atlanta; mother, Louise Stoudemire, Lincolnton; brother, Stewart Stoudemire, Hickory; sister, Sylvia Stoudemire Wallace, Lincolnton 
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. Sunday, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Revs. Gary Dittman, Alvin Raymond 
BURIAL: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Lincolnton 
VISITATION: After graveside service at Stoudemire homeplace, 529 Jacob�s Trail, Lincolnton 
MEMORIALS: Boise Blake Educational Trust, Sue Sprunt Stoudemire, Trustee c/o Morgan Keegan, 3060 Peachtree Road, Suite 1600, Atlanta, Ga. 30305 or Stoudemire Psychosocial Fund of the AFLAC Cancer Center at Children�s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation Office, 1680 Tullie Circle, Atlanta, Ga. 30329 
ARRANGEMENTS: Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton

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Anne Whitesides (Loftin)

- - January 25th, 2000

Class of 1960

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Doyce Turbyfill

November 16th, 1947 - January 10th, 2000

Class of 1966

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From Bob Baker on September 20th, 2015
Doyce was two years ahead of me at LHS, very athlectic & I looked at him  as a hero. I was at Ft. Bliss, Texas when I heard he was injurded in      Vietnam. He was a hero & will be missed by all.
 

Jerry Weaver

- - March 8th, 1999

 Class of 1965

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Bill Modlin

April 14th, 1950 - December 24th, 1998

Class of 1968

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James H. (Jim) Elliott

March 5th, 1946 - November 21st, 1998

Class of 1964

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From Steve Benfield on November 27th, 2014
Jim Elliott was a very good friend of mine.  We became close after high school, specifically the last year and half before we both went off to the military in the summer of 1966.  I first became a casual friend of Jim's my junior year at LHS while working with him after school at Teeters.

But starting in late 1965 when most of our 1964 classmantes were off at college, we really became close. We hung out in front of Teeters, cruised Its, Schronces, the square, etc..  Together we saw every movie for a twelve month period, went to Toni's ice cream in Gastonia, you name it.  My brother-in-law had a 360hp GTO that I sometimes borrowed. The two of us would take it out to see what it would do. As I floored it and burned tires, Jim sat in the passenger seat giggling and bouncing with joy.  I believe he enjoyed it as a passanger more than I did as the driver.

We were convinced we were both going to die in Vietnam so the last six months before we went in we lived like we were dying, as the country music song says.  We competed to see how many different girls we could date without dating the same one twice.  One time Jim had three dates one week with three different girls. The best I could do was two. I think Jim won that contest.

To get in shape for boot camp, one day we went over to the country club and ran from one tee to another, jumping a ditch along the way which convinced us we were physically fit for anything.  To ratchet-up the conditioning we supplemented this vigorus regime with three or four days of running a lap or two around the track at LHS.  Gluttons for punishment, we threw in possibly twenty games of tennis.  We thought we were ready of basic training. We were wrong.

Sometimes when we were just sitting in our car in front of Teeters, when boredom had reached new lows, one of us would say, "I NEED a doughnut!"  Without another word, other than whose car are we going to take, off to Kryspy Kreme in Charlotte we went for a fresh doughnut.  One time we went to Winston Salem. This seemed to happen with some frequency around 11:00PM every few weeks. If boredom struck earlier, say around 8:00PM, one of us would say, "I NEED some BBQ!". So off to Old Hickory House in Charlotte we would go.  Fast forwarding to two years later when we were roommates at Appalachian, around 4:00PM on at least two occasions one of us looked at each other and said, "I NEED a doughnut/BBQ!" One night we didn't get back to Boone until 11:00PM.

Although we planned on going into the Air Force together, I volunteered for the Army draft, and two weeks later Jim decided to join the Marines. Jim went to Vietnam with the 2nd MEU, and I went to the DMZ in Korea with the 2nd ID. During the two years we were in the service, we corresponded with each other, and upon discharge we enrolled in Appalachian.

To say college was an adjustment for both of us was an understatement. I finished my first year with a 1.26 GPA, and Jim didn't even stay for finals.  Jim shared with me some of the horrible things he experienced in Vietnam.  It was a miracle he made it out alive: Purple Heart, scars, wounds, burns, schrapnel still in his body. I guess he felt comfortable telling me his experiences.  Those stories are between him and me.

At the time I didn't know what was happening to Jim, I was dealing with my own issues as well.  But in retrospect, its clear Jim was having major issues with what we know now is PTSD. He starting cutting classes on Fridays, then Fridays & Mondays, then Fridays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.  Finally exam week Jim left for good, and I believe that was the last I saw him.  I think we corresponded a couple of times but, I moved out of state a few years later and lost all contact with him or his wereabouts.

Then last year I found the LHS Reunion website, and that's when I found out he was deceased.  It was a shock.  I mourned for days without anyone to share my grief. Not knowing how or when he died, or where he was buried made it worse. I still don't know.

Jim Elliott was my friend, a good friend of whom I have fond memories.  Jim was a good person, he was a war hero, he was a Marine, he was my friend and confidant, and I told him my stories that I couldn't tell anyone else.

I used to say, often to my Mom, I wished I was Jim Elliott.  First of all, he was a big guy (I'm small).  He had a great deep resonating voice that could have given him a career in radio or commericals. He had great social skills that I envied. He put everyone at ease around him.  He was likable.  He liked to have fun, and there was a mischievous streak in him. I learned to "window shop" in ABC liquor stores with him.  When he laughed his whole body shook, and just as wonderful as his voice was, so was his laughter. He had a great smile.

I loved Jim Elliott, but I didn't know it at the time. I miss him. He left a void in me that no friend has been able to replace.  Good friends are hard to come by. He made those of us who knew him at LHS and beyond the better for the association.

James Hale Elliott. He always like to prounounce his middle name "hell".
 
From jim Hoyle on May 12th, 2013
I helped get Jimmy a job at International Harvester shortly after he got back from Vietnam.  I would have never imagined that the kind, joking, easy going "Preacher's Boy" I knew at High School, would have gone to Vietnam and returned decorated with medals for bravery in Combat.  I left International Harvester shortly afterwards (before they went bankrupt...I was the accountant...hee,hee) never saw him again. 
 

Herbert (Herbie) Battle

- - October 16th, 1998

Class of 1965

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From Mike Parrott on 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.  

 
From Debbie Wilkinson Woods on 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.
 
 
From Susie Wilkinson on November 14th, 2012
He was like a brother, and we all miss him so much.
 

Jerry Mull

- - April 26th, 1998

Class of 1964

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Jackie Ray Cody

March 30th, 1943 - October 24th, 1997

 Class of 1962

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David Seymour

August 25th, 1950 - April 24th, 1997

Class of 1968

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Ronnie Reid

August 28th, 1950 - December 12th, 1996

Class of 1968

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From Debbie Funderburke on October 14th, 2013
My friend.  I miss him.
 

Michael Crowell

August 9th, 1950 - April 21st, 1996

Class of 1968

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From Jim Heafner on September 22nd, 2013
Mike was a man of integrity, a straight shooter, but he loved to have fun. I was fortunate to have him become a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity aUNC-Chapel Hill, following my brother, Bill, and me. We had a great time together. I respect, admire, and miss him.
 

David Ward

- - April 5th, 1996

 Class of 1965

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From James Hoyle on January 15th, 2013
I am so sorry for the family.  David was a joy to know.  Horse
 

Tommy Andrews

May 9th, 1949 - March 1st, 1996

 Class of 1967

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Clifford Crisson

September 13th, 1952 - January 2nd, 1996

 Class of 1970

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Ted Elmore

- - August 24th, 1994

Class of 1960

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Gary Richard

- - July 9th, 1994

Class of 1961

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Jerry L. Burgess

October 2nd, 1946 - December 18th, 1993

 Class of 1969

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Jerry Stallings

November 6th, 1943 - December 1st, 1993

 Class of 1962

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From Vickie Stallings Houser on July 11th, 2017
Gone too soon!  Jerry was my brother and was such a good man.  He was an avid golfer, Tarheel fan and loved the beach.  Miss him so much!
 

Tony McConnell

December 12th, 1949 - May 5th, 1993

Class of 1968

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Richard Drye

April 2nd, 1950 - November 19th, 1992

Class of 1968

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From Jim (James) Hoyle on May 12th, 2013
 I only knew Richard for a couple of years when he played very well at drums for our band.  He impressed me as a well-mannered and mostly serious drummer.   
 

Judy Haynes

February 18th, 1949 - November 19th, 1991

Class of 1968

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Margaret Peeler (McCray)

April 25th, 1944 - April 22nd, 1990

 Class of 1962

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Mary Florence Shuford

April 11th, 1948 - June 14th, 1989

Class of 1966

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Paulette Campbell (Nunnery)

December 12th, 1943 - June 2nd, 1989

 Class of 1962

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From Cynthia Campbell Houser on November 14th, 2014
Paulette was my sister.  She was a beautiful and generous lady.  She loved her family and her son, Paul, who died nine months before her.  She loved the beach, and laying out to get a good tan.  She loved Heath Bars. I have missed her so much..she left way too soon.  I love you, Paulette.  Always.
 

Johnny Carpenter

July 17th, 1944 - March 1st, 1987

 Class of 1962

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Eddie McGinnis

November 25th, 1949 - February 18th, 1987

Class of 1968

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Gary Bowen

February 3rd, 1944 - January 16th, 1987

 Class of 1962

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Carmon Martin

- - 1987

Class of 1961

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Judy Johnson (Lewis)

- - September 30th, 1986

Class of 1961

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Virginia Clark (Hellard)

- - January 9th, 1986

 Class of 1962

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David Warner

June 17th, 1947 - October 30th, 1983

A wonderful brother.  A fun friend.  A loving father.


Class of 1965

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From james "horse' hoyle on May 12th, 2013
"Pops" was about as straight-faced as anyone I've ever known, regardless of the situation...sad, funny, hurtful, rewarding....no matter.  He was very good with  "dry humor".    Mike Schultz, Harry Whitner, Pops, and myself went to the beach one time...along the way in the middle of the late night we stopped the car , and got out to reload our beer-coolers....while me and Harry were getting ours, Mike & Pops started faking like they were boxing.  Unfortunately , they both musta misjudged the distance between them and "SMACK" !!  Mike mistakingly plopped Pops good (    oror    oor   or or bad depending on your perspective)  on the jaw.  By the time we got to Windy Hill, Pops whole right jaw was swolled up black and blue. 
However...at the Pavillion the next night, Pops had more women on his shoulder than any guy, all in sympathy for "poor old Pops"  .....he paid the price but he shore ended up with the most phone numbers.....I always liked having him around...
 

Mary Lou Setzer (Huss)

- - May 1st, 1983

Class of 1965
 

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From Pat Hovis on September 16th, 2013
Mary Lou was a very close friend of my brothers and their wives. Her son is now my niece's husband. She was lively and loving. She would be so proud of her grandchildren who in many ways remind me of her.
 

MaryJane Whitesides

- - May 26th, 1982

 Class of 1965

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Bobby Lynch

- - December 19th, 1978

 Class of 1965

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Sheila Cherry (Beal)

February 23rd, 1944 - August 19th, 1978

 Class of 1962

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Mark Matig

May 29th, 1944 - December 1st, 1977

 Class of 1962

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David Cook

November 7th, 1942 - March 11th, 1977

 Class of 1962

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From Cherrie Weaver on November 14th, 2012
David was a great brother and friend he served 14 years in the Navy . He was on a nuclear submarine during the Vietnam war.
He married and moved to Florida. He was killed by a drunk driver as he was driving home from work.

He is missed by his family.
 

Boyce Blake

1951 - 1977

 Class of 1969

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From Colin Rudisill on March 15th, 2013
Boyce was not only a great teammate but an around great person. I was lucky enough to know Boyce years before he reached LHS was always a good friend.
 

Jerry Buzzy Ballard

- - December 14th, 1975

 Class of 1967

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From Tommy Holbrooks on 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
 

Charles Pendleton

July 30th, 1944 - September 2nd, 1972

 Class of 1962

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Paul H. Lawing

May 14th, 1950 - June 14th, 1972

Class of 1968
Paul was a veteran and was killed in the Vietnam War.  Rest in Peace!
 

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From Bob Baker on September 20th, 2015
Paul was a great person & much to young to die in Vietnam. He will be missed as a hero.
 
From Debbie Wilkinson Woods on October 9th, 2013
Paul was a great guy....cute, sweet, nice and a hero!  Still think of him and miss him!
 

Bobby Dixon

July 1st, 1950 - June 7th, 1971

Class of 1968

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From Bob Baker on September 20th, 2015
I knew Bobby at asbury he was a fun guy. I miss him.
 

Dennis Daves

July 20th, 1949 - September 13th, 1970

Class of 1968  Lost his life protecting our freedom
 

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From Bob Baker on September 20th, 2015
Dennis was a great person who served & died in vietnam he was a hero & missed by all.
 
From Gerhard Lindenmayer on May 12th, 2014
I was there in Vietnam on September 13, 1970.  Combat Assault, ambush, firefight in the bunker complex. RIP Dennis.  "Gary Owen!"
 

Spencer Sigmon

June 22nd, 1949 - March 1st, 1970

 Class of 1967 - Lost his life defending our freedom.

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From Vickie Hoke on July 17th, 2016
He was  a  special guy . We grew up in the  same neighborhood and I had a big crush on him .He was  so  nice to everyone and  when the news  came that he had been killed it  shocked  us all ! Rest in peace  my friend.
 
From Bob Baker on September 20th, 2015
I knew Spencer at LHS he was a fun person to be around. I was in the army when I got the news he was killed in action. He was a hero and missed by all.
 

Ann Lingerfelt

1951 - 1968

Class of 1970

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Henry Hovis

November 15th, 1943 - November 20th, 1967

 Class of 1962

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Barry Saunders

October 10th, 1943 - August 27th, 1966

 Class of 1962

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Ralph R. Smith

- - June 13th, 1966

Class of 1961

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From Carole Ross on November 18th, 2017