SHELBY — Thelma Elizabeth Huss Hoyle, 77, of 2008 Kings Road, died June 4, 2003. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Stamey Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Bethphage Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Stamey Funeral Home.
Born in Lincoln County, she was a retired machine operator at Hoechst Celanese.
Survivors include her husband James Robert Hoyle of Shelby; one son, Dennis Hoyle of Raleigh; one daughter, Debbie Smith of Kernsville; five brothers, Harry Huss, Edwin Huss, N.C. Huss, Johnny Huss of Lincolnton and Donald Huss of Crouse; three sisters, Christine Dixon of Crouse, Mabel Greene of Shelby and Marie Sigmon of Cherryville and three grandchildren, Amelia Hoyle, Lauren Smith and Kathryn Smith.
Memorials may be made to Aldersgate Untied Methodist Church, 1207 W. Dixon Blvd., Shelby, NC 28152 or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby NC 28150.
DAVIDSON — Talmadge O. Conner, 82, of 132 Mock Circle, died June 3, 2003. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Torrence Chapel AME Zion Church.
Survivors include his wife Cecelia Simolton Conner of the home; three sons and three daughters.
Clyburn and Bigham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
NEWTON — Reuben Miller Overcash, 87, of 310 West “B” Street, died June 4, 2003. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Burke Mortuary. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery with Military Graverites by American Legion Post 16. The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 8:30.
Born in Catawba County he was a State Employee retiree and a member of the American Legion Post 16 and a World War II U.S. Army veteran.
Survivors include his wife Helen Almetta Davis Overcash of the home; one step-son, Tony Davis of Newton; one step-grandson, Matt Davis of Newton; one step-granddaughter, Holly Davis of Newton; three grandsons and several great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Conover Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 920 4th Street SW, Conover, NC 28613.
Pamela H. Lybrand, 50, of Lincoln County, died June 4, 2003. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at McEwen Charlotte Chapel. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn West Cemetery.
Born in Mecklenburg County she was a member of Sharon Baptist Church and was associated with the William M. Mercer Corporation for 12 years.
Survivors include her husband, John “Mickey” Lybrand; father, Fred D. Hoke of Huntersville and mother, Miriam Hall of Charlotte; two brothers, Freddie Hoke of Charlotte and Rick Hall of Spruce Pines; one sister, Donna Choate of Charlotte; two sons, Patrick Collins and Jonathan Lybrand both of Charlotte; two daughters, Aimee Balfour and Maggie Roberts both of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Jessica Collins, Heather Collins and Avery Balfour.
Memorials may be made to Sharon Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 563, Iron Station, NC 28080
McEwen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joe Ann Smith
ALEXIS — Joe Ann Smith Hager, of 2022 Mt. Zion Church Road, died June 5, 2003. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, where she was a member. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 tonight at Mount Zion Baptist Church.
She was a substitute teacher for several years. Most recently she was employed as a teacher assistant, a Sunday School teacher, Women of Mission secretary and Sunday School secretary.
Survivors include her husband Darrell E. Hager of Alexis; one daughter, Terry Ann Hager; one son, Steven Marion Hager; two grandchildren, Benjamin Hager and Alyssa Hager of Denver and one brother, Bob Smith of Charlotte.
Memorials may be made to Mount Zion Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 70, Alexis, NC 28006.
Warlick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
GASTONIA — Louise Smith Ratchford Bentley, 84, of BelAire Health Center, died June 4, 2003. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Founders Chapel of McLean Funeral Directors. Interment followed at Gaston Memorial Park.
Born in Lincoln County, she retired from Matthews Belk, a former member of Union Presbyterian Church and was currently a member of Christ United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3415 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28054 or Gaston Hospice, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.
SHELBY — Terrance Tyrone “Slim” Poston, 34, of 515 Smith Street, died June 3, 2003. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at S.T. Enloe Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Webb Memorial Lawns. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2 p.m. at Enloe’s.
Survivors include his father Roosevelt Poston of Shelby; grandparents, Yates and Dorothy Poston of Shelby; two sisters, Tammy Shell of Gaffney, SC and Linda Spikes Rondo of Shelby; four brothers, Danny Shell, and Kenny Poston both of Shelby, Franklin Spikes of Gastonia and Timothy Spikes of Tennessee.
Enloe Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
IRON STATION — Mamie Lee Johnson Gwinn, 67, of 543 Mt. Vernon Church Road, died June 5, 2003. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at White’s Funeral Home. Burial followed in Hollybrook Cemetery.
Born in Alexandria, Va., she was retired from Rhyne Mills and a member of Oak Grove AME Zion Church.
Survivors include two sons, Bruce Gwinn of Lincolnton and Donald Gwinn of Iron Station; three daughters, Donna McMillian of Houston, Texas, Barbara Jones and Lisa Gwinn both of Arlington, Texas; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ebony and White’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Wilma Crump Dellinger, 65, of 2679 Keener Road, died June 6, 2003. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Wesleyan Church. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Born in Caldwell County, she was a cafeteria employee at GE Massey Elementary School.
Survivors include he husband Jesse Dellinger of the home; two sons, Ricky Dellinger and Donald Dellinger of Lincolnton; three daughters, Diann Ward of Vale, Karen Sigmon of Newton and Norma Jones of Lincolnton; one brother, Allen Crump of Lincolnton; two sisters, Norma Heafner of Lincolnton and Lois Starnes of Denver; five grandchildren, Brandon Jones, Adam Jones, Amanda Yandle, Tiffany Sigmon and Ricky Dellinger.
Memorials may be made to First Wesleyan Church, PO Box 642, Lincolnton, NC 28093.
Warlick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
KINGS MOUNTAIN — Donald Keith Carpenter, 66, of 112 Ashley Jordan Lane, died June 6, 2003. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Pearl Baptist Church. Burial will follow in City Memorial Cemetery.
Born in Lincoln County, he was a retired long line driver with Carolina Freight, a member of Teamsters Local #61, member of the Sons of the Conferderate War Veterans.
Survivors include his wife Alice Smith Carpenter; three daughters, Cynthia Harris of Iron Station, Allison Carpenter of Cornelius and Keitha Reep of Kings Mountain; four grandchildren, Lisa Harris Anthony, Jennifer Harris, Keith Harris and Ashley Jordan Reep; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sybil Davis and Marcel McClure both of Gastonia and Kay Wendell of Bessemer City.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 2315-A, Sunset Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804 or Salvation Army, 107 S. Broad Street, Gastonia, NC 28052.
Carpenter’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Rev. Corene Hamrick Clark, 82, died June 5, 2003. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Covenant Christian Church. Burial will follow in Catawba Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 tonight at Burke Mortuary.
She was a member of New Jerusalem Fire Baptized Holiness Church, where she served as Church Clerk, Missionary President, Sunday School Secretary, Assistant Pastor, a member of the Mother’s Board and a member of the Adult and the Senior Choirs and a lifetime member of the NAACP.
Survivors include one brother; five daughters, Dr. Willie Mae Butler of Baltimore, Md., Margaret Cecilia Clark of Newton, Emma Jean Clark of Silver Springs, Md., Barbara Ann Farley of Maiden and Mary Alice Huitt of Catawba; five sons, Reginald Clark, James Benjamin Clark and Kenneth Roshard Clark all of Baltimore, Md.; one brother, Rev. Lester P. Hamrick of Balatimore, Md.; 24 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
Memorial may be made to Catawba Medical Foundation, Catawba Valley Medical Center, 810 Fairgrove Church Road SE, Hickory, NC 28602 in memory of Corene H. Clark.
LENOIR — Elsie Austin Sanders, 81, of Fairway Acres Circle, died June 8, 2003. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today at First Advent Christian Church, where she was a member. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.
Born in Lincoln County, she was a retired shipping clerk with the furniture industry.
Survivors include her husband Ned H. “Pete” Sanders of the home; three sons, D. Ned Sanders, Richard A. Sanders and Gary T. Sanders all of Lenoir; two daughters, Peggy Sanders Isaac of Pickens, SC and Vicki Sanders Wedding of Lenoir; two brothers, Guy Austin of Euphrata, Va. and Claude Austin of Lenoir; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Advent Christian Church, 1102 Old North Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.
Pendry’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
William Cecil Brown, 84, of 701 South Poplar Street, died June 9, 2003. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Burial followed with a DAV graveside service at Hollybrook Cemetery.
Born in Lincoln County, he was a funeral director at Warlick Funeral Home and was a WWII Army Veteran.
Survivors include two daughters, Bettina Gantt and Brenda Goins both of Lincolnton; one brother, Winslow Brown of Lincolnton; one sister, Margaret Dellinger of Lincolnton; one step-daughter, Linda Ashbrenner of Raleigh; one-step son, Kemp Huss of Bass; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Untied Methodist Church, 201 E. Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Warlick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.