John W. Culp
GASTONIA — John Walter Culp Jr., 88, formerly of 707 Torrence Drive, died May 27, 2000, at Britt Haven Nursing Home, Chapel Hill.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late John Walter and Stella Bradley Culp Sr., wife of the late Mary Belle Carpenter Culp, president and treasurer of Standard Hardware, member of Gastonia Elks Club, lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, Gastonia.
SURVIVORS: Sons, John Walter Culp, III, Charlotte, Robert Culp, Hillsborough; brothers, Ben Bradley Culp, William Reid Culp, Robert Lewis Culp, Gastonia; two grandchildren
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Son, Charles Frederick Culp; sister, Mary Alice Culp Daniel
FUNERAL: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia, Dr. Joseph Seymour
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, funeral home
MEMORIALS: Meals on Wheels, 300 Milestone Drive, Hillsborough 27278
Mary W. Goodnight
GASTONIA — Mary Whitener Goodnight, 90, 1351 Robinwood Road, died May 29, 2000, at Covenant Village.
She was a native of Lincoln County, daughter of the late Claud R. and Daisy Yount Whitener, wife of the late Howard R. Goodnight, graduated from Startown School and Kings Business College, Charlotte, homemaker, member of First United Methodist Church.
SURVIVORS: Daughters and son-in-law, Daisy Waldrep, Cedartown, Ga., Doris Vlaservich, Gastonia, Joyce and Henry Gerald, Lake Wylie, S.C.; grandchildren, David Vlaservich, Woodstock, Ga., Greg Gerald, Greensboro, Jeff Gerald, Charlotte, Jenny Gerald Davis, Rocky Mount; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Eva G. Whitener, Lincolnton; nieces and nephews
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Brothers, J.S., Boyce, P.W. and Claud Whitener; sister, Katherine W. Phillips
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, First United Methodist Church of Gastonia, Dr. Jody Seymore, Deacon Jack Weisenhorn
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: One hour before service, church
MEMORIALS: Alzheimer’s Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, Ill. 69611-1676 or Holy Angels, 6600 Wilkinson Blvd.
ARRANGEMENTS: Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia
Robert M. Lowery Sr.
SHELBY — Robert Mike Lowery Sr., 76, 416 Franklin Ave., died May 29, 2000, at home.
He was a native of Cleveland County, son of the late Hugh and Delia Camp Lowery, retired policeman from the City of Shelby, member of Westview Baptist Church, V.F.W., retired from the NC Peace Officers Association, Army veteran of World War II, received the Purple Heart.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Carolyn Reinhardt Lowery; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Mike and Vicki Lowery Jr., Shelby; daughters and son-in-law, Debbie and Stan Gainey, Gastonia, Cindy Lowery, Greenville, S.C.; brother, Hugh Lowery, Shelby; sister and brother-in-law, Willie Sue and Reuben McSwain Jr., Belmont; granddaughters, Amy Lowery Bridges, Andrian Baker, Dawn Watts; great-grandsons, Steven Johnson, Bobby and Colin Watts; great-granddaughter, Brandi Johnson; special nieces, Connie and Emerald Martin; special nephew, Jacob Martin
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Granddaughter, Stephanie Cavalier; brother, William Lowery; sister, Ella Lowery Drewery
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Clay-Barnette Funeral Home, Revs. Jim Brackett, Todd Bolin
BURIAL: Sunset Cemetery
VISITATION: 6-8 tonight, funeral home
MEMORIALS: Westview Baptist Church, 500 Melody Lane, Shelby 28152; Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby 28150
Mac P. Wise
MOUNT HOLLY — Mac Pearl Wise, 81, died May 29, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia.
She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Calvin and Laura McGinnis Wise, retired from textiles.
SURVIVORS: Nieces and nephews
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Pineview Cemetery, Rev. Jerry Stanfield
VISITATION: One hour before service, Carothers Funeral Home, Mount Holly
James F. Gardin
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — James F. Gardin, 70, 1337 N.W. 19th Ave., formerly of Gaston County, died May 25, 2000, at Florida Medical Center.
He was a native of Gaston County, son of the late Fred V. Gardin.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Myrtle A. Gardin; sons, J. Tomothy, Michael F., David M. Gardin, Flint, Mich., Dennis P. Gardin, New Orleans, Robert T. Gardin, Newport News, Va.; daughters, Virginia Thatcher, Warren, Ohio, Caroline and Angela Gardin, Flint; mother, Clara F. Gardin, Dallas; sisters, Vergie Sloan and Cindy Gardin, Dallas, Margaret Hunter and Mary Gardin-Miller, Charlotte, Patricia Thomas, Fayetteville, Anne Rue, Pittsburgh, Penn.; brothers, Raymond Gardin, Dallas, Wayne Gardin, Gastonia; goddaughter, Shirley Lewis; grandchildren
FUNERAL: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Costner Funeral Home, Rev. Anthony Kovacir, monsignor
BURIAL: St. Helens Catholic Church Cemetery, Spencer Mountain
VISITATION: 30 minutes before service, funeral home
Ruby B. Fleming
ROCK HILL, S.C. — Ruby Wallace Brown Fleming, 81, 621 University Drive, died May 29, 2000, at home.
She was a native of York County, S.C., daughter of the late J.R.A. and Nettie Lou Gardner Wallace, wife of the late Sewell G. Brown, retired tax collector from York County after 34 years, member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
SURVIVORS: Sons, Ronald G. Brown, York, S.C., Richard S. Brown, Rock Hill; daughter, Patty Brown Dover, York; sister, Thelma Wallace, Rock Hill; five grandchildren
GRAVESIDE SERVICE: 4 p.m. Wednesday, Rose Hill Cemetery, York, S.C., Rev. James Correll Jr.
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Bratton Funeral Home
MEMORIALS: York County Hospice, 325 S. Oakland Ave., Rock Hill
Cleo M. Evitt
BESSEMER CITY — Cleo M. Evitt, 77, 119 Helen Ave., died May 28, 2000, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
He was a native of Jackson County, son of the late Dock and Aldie Stewart Evitt, member of Bingham Memorial Baptist Church, former deacon and president of men’s Bible class.
SURVIVORS: Wife, Lucille Evitt; son, Virlen Evitt, Bessemer City; sister, Maxine Chastain, Highlands; grandchild, Joshua Evitt, York, S.C.
PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Sons, Darrell Evitt; brothers, Harley Evitt, Raymond, Dawl, Claude and Lawrence Stewart; sisters, Stella Woods, Bertie Moses
FUNERAL: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Bingham Memorial Baptist Church, Revs. Jack Stafford, Ray England, Alvin Sawyers
BURIAL: Westview Gardens
VISITATION: 7-9 tonight, Greene Funeral Service, Westside Chapel
PALLBEARERS: Ray Flower, Andy Harris, Jim McCarthy, Lefty Neal, Boyd Payseur, Jack Sneed
HONORARY PALLBEARERS: George Coggins, Russell Gilreath, Slim Haney
MEMORIALS: Bingham Memorial Baptist Church, 616 Athenia Place, Bessemer City 28016
Billie R. Brown
CHARLOTTE — Billie Kathryn Ryan Brown, 79, former resident of Asheville and recent resident of Saturn Assisted Living Center, Charlotte, died May 30, 2000, at Presbyterian Hospital.
She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Robert Lloyd Ryan and Vera Bright Setzer, wife of the late Vernon Weaver Brown, retired after 15 years from Eastern Airlines as reservation supervisor, graduate of Glade Valley High School, Sparta, after retirement volunteered at Memorial Mission Hospital, Asheville, member of Oak Forest Presbyterian Church, Asheville, choir, Sixty Plus or Minus Senior Citizens Group.
SURVIVORS: Son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Alice Faye Puckett Keziah, Belmont; brother, Robert Floyd Ryan, Gastonia; granddaughters and spouses, Anna Caroline and Eddie Ginn, Charlotte, Julie Ann and Tim Morgan, Mount Airy; six grandchildren
FUNERAL: 3 p.m. today, Ward Funeral Home, Gastonia, Rev. Ralph Halliwill
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia
VISITATION: 5-8 tonight, at the home of Mike and Alice Keziah, 4520 Forest Cove Road, Belmont
MEMORIALS: Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 3420 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte 28215
Betty Clark Norman
GASTONIA — Betty Clark Norman, 72, 2835 Douglas Drive, died May 30, 2000, at home.
She was a native of Gaston County, daughter of the late Charles Everett and Flossie Blackwell Clark, member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, a homemaker.
SURVIVORS: Husband of 46 years, Andy Norman; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Tammy Norman, Gastonia; son and fiancee, Chris Norman and Theresa Layel, Gastonia; grandchildren, LeAnne and Kasay Norman, Gastonia; brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Jenny Clark, Gastonia; sister-in-law, Ann Costner; brothers-in-law, James, Melvin, Gene and Eddie Norman, Gastonia; nieces and nephews
FUNERAL: 2 p.m. Friday, Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia, Revs. James Drennan, Dale Lawing
BURIAL: Gaston Memorial Park
VISITATION: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, funeral home