SHELBY — Lessie Beasley Maddox, 90, formerly of 315 Atlantic Avenue, died June 11, 2002. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Good Samaritan Fellowship Church. Burial will follow at Webb Memorial Lawns. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Enloe Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
MAIDEN — James Daniel “J.D.” McDuffie, 60,of 1329 Handy Trail, died June 8, 2002. No funeral services will be held.
Born in New Hanover County, he was a law enforcement officer who had worked for the Carolina Beach Police Department, the Catawba and Lincoln county Sheriffs Departments, and the Newton Police Department.
Survivors include a daughter, Gayle Weathers of Conover; and three grandchildren, James Weathers, Timothy Weathers, and Whitney Weathers.
Memorials may be made to the YMCA of Catawba County, 701 1st St., S.W., Hickory, N.C. 28601.
Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
IRON STATION — Oscar Brown Fisher, 87, of 747 North Ingleside Farm Road, formerly of Belmont, died June 9, 2002. A funeral service was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Carothers Funeral Home. Burial followed on Wednesday in Hillcrest Gardens in Mt. Holly.
Born in Iredell County, he worked as a supervisor for Dixie Yarns in Belmont until retirement and was a former member of Park Street United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Snead Fisher; five sons, Tony Fisher, Barry Fisher and Randy Fisher, all of Iron Station, Dick Fisher of Gastonia, and Todd Fisher of Richardson, Texas; a brother, Rev. Don Fisher of Iron Station; three sisters, Violet Cash of Lincolnton, Elizabeth Whitner of Belmont, and Julia Whitner of Topeka, Kansas; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Fisher, Lisa Blackwell, Carrie Fisher, Ryan Black, Britt Fisher and Monica Conner; and four great-grandchildren.
CHERRYVILLE — Catherine Ritch Jones, 75, of 700 Self Street, died June 2, 2002. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4 in the chapel at Cleveland Funeral Services. Burial followed in Sunset Cemetery.
Born in Cleveland County, she was a member of Westview Baptist Church in Shelby, and worked at Joy Crème Donuts until retirement.
Survivors include four sons, Miller T. Jones Jr. of Raleigh, Jimmy Jones of Toluca, Richard Jones of Fallston and Gary Jones of Kramerton; two daughters, Anne Jones Haugen of Liberty and Nancy Jones Martin of Lincolnton; a sister, Margaret Armstrong of Fayetteville; five grandchildren, including Bobbie Leigh Martin, Barbie Linn Martin, and Jessica Leigh Jones; and one great-grandchild.
Betty Tayburn Solomon, 81, of 1579 Daniels Road, died June 10, 2002. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Gaston Memorial Park.
Born in Morris County, N.J., she worked as a laundry attendant at Charsal Corporation.
Survivors include two sons, M.C. Solomon Jr. of Charlotte and James Solomon of Pineville; one daughter, Sarah Parrish of Hamlet; one sister, Eleanor Weide of Sussex, N.J.; ten grandchildren, including Michael A. Solomon; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 3420 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28215.
Carothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PUMPKIN CENTER — Richard Lee Keever, 63, of 4964 East Highway 150, died June 12, 2002. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Macedonia Baptist Church.
Born in Lincoln County, he was the president of Keever Building and Developing, Inc.
Survivors include his wife, Joy Goodson Keever; three daughters, J. Renee Keever of Cary, Rhonda Keever Hager of Denver and Dr. Rachel Keever of Durham; a son, Rick Keever of Winston-Salem; a brother, L. Leroy Keever of Denver; a sister, Violet Keever Cannon of Stanley; and four grandchildren, Ben Hager, Alyssa Hager, Katie Carter, and Emma Carter.
Memorials may be make to Macedonia Baptist Church Renovation Fund, 5233 E. Hwy. 150, Lincolnton, N.C. 28092; or Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar St., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.
Warlick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Suzanne Dodd Figueroa, 52, of 1258 Park Circle #2, died June 13, 2002. A funeral service will be held at a later date in Detroit, Mich.
Born in Boone County, W.Va., she was a secretary in the medical field.
Survivors include her husband Francisco Figueroa; two brothers, Clark Workman Jr. of Denver and Ricky Workman of Whitesville, W.Va.; and two sisters, Edie Caldwell of Elizabeth City and Linda Tucker of Denver.
Warlick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
HICKORY — Walter Harold Deal, 93, of Brian Center East, formerly of the Mt. Olive Community in Newton, died June 13, 2002. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church where he was a member. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Born in Catawba County, he was a farmer and worked for Broyhill Furniture until retirement.
Survivors include four sons, F.A. “Bud” Deal of Sumpter, S.C., Raeford Deal of Newton, Harold Deal of Lenoir and George Deal of Maiden; a sister, Flossie Brandon of Newton; seven grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2103 Mt. Olive Church Rd., Newton, N.C. 28658.
Burke Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Alma Tutherow Speagle, 91, of 1485 Angela Court, died June 13, 2002. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Laboratory United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Warlick Funeral Home from 12:30 until 1:30 prior to the service.
Born in Lincoln County, she worked for Sweetree in Cherryville until retirement.
Survivors include two daughters, Ruth S. Cannon of Charlotte and Ann S. Anthony of Lincolnton; two sisters, Edna Devine of Lincolnton, and Lucille Fisher of Dallas; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Laboratory United Methodist Church, 2896 Laboratory Rd., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.
Lurena Wells Nicholson, 80, of 709 S. Tait Street, died June 13, 2002. A funeral service will be held at noon Saturday in the chapel at Warlick Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hull’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
She was born in Wilcox County, Ga.
Survivors include one son, William D. Cashion of Maiden; one daughter, Nelda Cashion of Lincolnton; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Rev. Clifford Henry Doucette, 97, of 961 Mooreland Lane, died June 13, 2002. A funeral service will be held Monday in the chapel at Warlick Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Sunday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Born in Bridgeport, Conn., he worked in the aircraft manufacturing industry.
Survivors include his twin sons, Joseph Earl Doucette of Arizona and Paul Henry Doucette of Stafford Springs, Conn.; four daughters, Virginia Hickton of Rockville, Conn., BettyAnn Doucette of Colchester, Conn., Joyce Atwell, and Nadine Becker, both of Lincolnton; 27 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 322 McBee St., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.
Frankie Roberta Pate Canipe, 93, of Lincoln Nursing Center, died June 14, 2002. A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Born in Robbinsville, she was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sisters, Virginia P. Bynum of Lincolnton, and Mary Lee Smith of Fallston; and one grandchild, Donald Friday.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 500 E. Morehead St., Suite 211, Charlotte, N.C. 28202; or Calvary Baptist Church, 493 Calvary Church Rd., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.
Warlick Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
CHERRYVILLE — Mamie Mildred Barlow Peeler, 85, of 1010 Ranbar Drive, died June 14, 2002. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church where she was a member. Burial will follow in City Memorial Cemetery.
Born in Caldwell County, she worked for Carlton Yarn Mill until retirement, and was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, J. Hal Peeler; two daughters, Bertha Maxey, and Mildred Young, both of Cherryville; two sons, James Peeler of Cherryville, and David Peeler of Hamptonville; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and ten step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink St., Cherryville, N.C. 28021; or Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984 Gastonia, N.C. 28053.
Carpenter’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Everett Ralph Ray, 80, of 1957 Union Church Road, died June 15, 2002. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30 until 8 at E.F. Drum Funeral Home.
He was born in Gaston County.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Emeline Ray; one brother, Kenneth Grigg of Mobile, Ala.; and two sisters, Louise Schrum of Cherryville, and Pearl Martin of Lincolnton.
Memorials may be made to the Lincolnton Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 315 S. Aspen St., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.