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Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina
Obituaries


DORIS W. WATTS
Doris Ann Walker Watts, 47, of Forty-seventh Avenue Place, NE, died Jan. 13, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 20, 1953, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Novella Walker. A member of Bethany Lutheran Church in Hickory, she was an administrative coordinator for Frye Home Health Care, member of Bethlehem Wildlife Club, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, National Conservancy Club and Sierra Club. She was a past member of American Society for Quality Control (ASQC), National Society for Female Executives and Catawba County Board of Realtors. Survivors include her husband, Luke Watts; two sons, Larry D. Watts and David A. Watts of Hickory; three brothers, Coach Lee Walker of Lenoir, Ivey F. Walker of Virginia, and Harry Keever of Tennessee; a sister, Linda W. Boling of Conover; a grandson, Dylan Christian Watts of Hickory; three nephews; and four nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Greg Williams at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at her church. Burial will be at a later date. The family will be at Bass-Smith Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Sipe's Orchard Home, 4431 County Home Road, Conover, N.C. 28613.

ANNIE J. MORRISON
Annie Mae Johnson Morrison, 87, of Thirteenth Street, SE, died Jan. 13, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 14, 1913, in Lincoln County, she was a daughter of the late Jacob B. and Dora Walker Johnson. A member of East Hickory Baptist Church, she retired as a spinner from Regal Manufacturing. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Lee Morrison; a son, Robert Lee Morrison; four brothers, Clyde Johnson, Woodrow Johnson, Paul Johnson and Marshall Johnson; and a sister, Velcie J. Gregg. Survivors include three sons, Gene Morrison of Maiden, Glenn Morrison of Claremont and Ray Morrison of Hickory; a daughter, Dora Ammons of Taylorsville; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Michael Riley at 3 p.m. today at her church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Darius Morrison, Rodney Morrison, Shannon Morrison, Danny Ammons, Joe Morrison and Justin Morrison. Honorary pallbearers will be David Morrison and Matt Morrison. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to East Hickory Baptist Church, Renovation Fund, 130 Sixteenth St., SE, Hickory, N.C. 28602. Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CAROLYN S. CALDWELL
Carolyn Sigmon Caldwell, 59, of Weyland Drive, Conover, died Jan. 12, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital. Born Nov. 17, 1941, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Curtis E. and Charlcie Bolick Sigmon. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Sigmon; a sister, Betty Jean Hall; and a great-grandson, Devin Lofland. Survivors include her husband, Brandon C. Caldwell; two daughters, Kimberly Barnes of Catawba and Lisa Kiziah of Bethlehem; three brothers, Curtis Earl Sigmon Jr. of Taylorsville, Jerry Sigmon of Charlotte and Billy Sigmon of Winston-Salem; five grandsons, Brian Lofland, Scott Lofland and Cody Barnes of Catawba and Ethan Kiziah and Dylan Kiziah of Bethlehem; and a granddaughter, Tiffeny Stewert of Vale. The funeral will be conducted by Pastor Richard Schwandt at 2 p.m. today at her church. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

EULAN G. FRANKLIN
Eulan Glenn Franklin, 77, of Henry River Road, Hildebran, died Jan. 12, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born April 1, 1923, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Paul R. and Elizabeth Ross Franklin. A member of Longview Baptist Church, he retired from Century Furniture Company and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Hildebran “Tink” Franklin; a son, Bobby Franklin; three brothers; and a grandson. Survivors include a son, Glen Franklin of Hickory; two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Dean Childers and Monica and Brad Arney of Hildebran; two brothers, Jerry Franklin of Waco and Ervin Franklin of Shelby; two sisters, Mary Jo Everhardt of Lexington and Catherine Lail of Lawndale; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Gary Coble at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hickory Funeral Home. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

JESSE R. SCHRONCE
LINCOLNTON - Jesse Robert Schronce, 89, of Broome Street, died Jan. 14, 2001, at Lincoln Medical Center. Born in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Charlie A. and Elizabeth Smith Schronce. He retired as a cabinet fitter with Cochrane Furniture Company after 21 years of service. He was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters. Survivors include his wife, Zora Lee Schronce; a son and daughter-in-law, Cecil and Brenda Schronce of Claremont; three daughters and a son-in-law, Carolyn and James Smith of Vale, and Kate Whitesides and Helen Anthony of Lincolnton; four sisters, Winnie Cody of Pompano Beach, Fla., Lona Holbrooks and Ella Haynes of Vale and Timmie Chapman of Lincolnton; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Nicky King, Caroll Anthony, Paul Schronce and Foyd Bennett at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Reepsville Baptist Church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Brown, Bob Kelly, Bryan Schronce, Scott Bost, Shawn Smith, Dale Turnmire, Nick Scott and Gene Whitesides. Honorary pallbearers will be Joshua Scott, Jason Schronce, Jeffrey Beard, Ethan Smith, Caleb Smith and Logan Bost. The family will be at the church from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight and at the residence of Kate Whitesides, 1602 Massapoag Road, Lincolnton, at other times. Memorials may be made to Reepsville Baptist Church 1513 Alf Hoover Road, Vale, N.C. 28168. Warlick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LYNN M. SPIVEY
MORGANTON - Lynn Medley Spivey, 51, of Stonebridge Drive, died Jan. 12, 2001, at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Born March 4, 1949, in Guilford County, she was a daughter of W. Reitzel Medley of Gastonia and the late Wanda Eastridge Medley. Survivors, in addition to her father, include three sons, Wayne Hill of Vale, Timothy Curry of Granite Falls and Paul J. Spivey of Icard; a daughter, Wanda Spivey of the home; a brother, Ricky Medley of Wilmington; four sisters, Becky M. Hallman and Judy M. Foster of Gastonia, Ruth M. Gore of Winnabow and Jewel M. Clayton of Greensboro; and four grandchildren, Victoria Hill, Courtney Hill, Stephen Spivey and Adrien Hopkins. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Miriam Powell at 2 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

PAUL G. ROSS
LINCOLNTON - Paul Gilbert Ross, 64, of Saunders Street, died Jan. 11, 2001. Born June 30, 1936, in Lincoln County, he was a son of Fletcher E. Ross of Lincolnton and the late Vertie Gilbert Ross. A residential commercial builder, he retired as a superintendent for Myers and Chapman Company. Survivors, in addition to his father, include three sons, Jeff Ross of Maiden, Phil Ross of Pumpkin Center and Tim Ross of Newton; two brothers, David Ross and Rodney Ross of Lincolnton; a sister, Brenda Bridges of Lincolnton; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The funeral was Saturday at Warlick Funeral Home. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 North Cedar St., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.

ALBERT L. EADES
CONOVER - Albert L. Eades, 76, of Dale Street, Newton, died Jan. 15, 2001, at Hospice of Catawba Valley. Born May 29, 1924, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Walter F. and Claudia Setzer Eades. A member of Shiloh United Methodist Church, he was a member of the Methodist Men. Retired from Hickory Springs Manufacturing, he was a U.S. Army 563rd Anit-aircraft Artillery veteran of the European Theater during World War II. He remained an active member of the 563rd Veteran Association. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patsy Eades; a brother, Harold Eades; and three sisters, Lena Carmichael, Nina Goble and Alene Bumgarner. Survivors include his wife, Beulah H. Eades; a son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Wanda Eades of Newton; a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Boyd Haynes of Marion; a brother, Bill Eades of Newton; four sisters, Inez Moore and Ada Goble of Catawba and Maxine Sigmon and Colleen Travis of Newton; and five grandchildren, Wendy Foley, Christi Pliaconis, Marc Lamb, Chris Lamb and Josh Haynes. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Dean Kelly at 2 p.m. Thursday at his church. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by members of the NJROTC unit of McDowell High School. Pallbearers will be Marc Lamb, Chris Lamb, Doug Foley, Tony Speagle, Clay Sigmon and Toby Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews. Flower girls will be his nieces. The family will be at the church from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BRENDA J. EARP
LENOIR - Brenda Jean Earp, 45, of Walt Arney Road, died Jan. 14, 2001, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Born June 12, 1955, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of Clara Elizabeth Caudill Kincaid of Lenoir and the late Eugene Kincaid. A member of Seventh Day Advent Church of Lenoir, she was employed by Fairfield Furniture and Lower Creek Baptist Church Nursery. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Harold Earp; two daughters, Kellie Elizabeth Earp and Leslie Lynn Earp of Lenoir; two brothers, Kenny Kincaid of Valdese and Joe Kincaid of Hudson; and a sister, Amanda Kieffer of Hudson. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Phil Frady and David Borton at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Kenneth Kincaid, Jason Kincaid, Clint Harmon, Jeremy Earp, Joe Earp and John Broyhill. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Seventh Day Adventist Church of Lenoir, 518 Pennell St., NE, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

BERNARD WILLS
BELLE, W.Va. - Bernard “Bernie” Wills, 24, of Newton, N.C., formerly of East Bank, died Jan. 12, 2001, at his residence. A graduate of East Bank High School, he was a fork-lift operator with MDI Industries in Hickory, N.C. Survivors include his parents, Ronald Wills of East Bank and Karen Clark of Hickory, N.C.; a stepfather, Mike Clark of Hickory, N.C.; his wife, Sabrina Samms Wills; two sons, Isaiah Wills and Colton Wills of the home; maternal grandmother, Mary Toler of Campbell's Creek; paternal grandmother, Marie Wills of Belle; two sisters, Michelle Wills of East Bank and Marlea Clark of Hickory, N.C.; and a niece, Haley Workman of Cabin Creek. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Lloyd Daubenspeck and Sandy Cook at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fidler and Frame Funeral Home. Burial will be in Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens in Glasgow. The family will be at the funeral home at 6 tonight.

FORREST A. BAKER
CONOVER - Forrest Adelbert Baker, 89, of Second Avenue, NE, died Jan. 15, 2001, at his residence after a period of declining health. Born July 4, 1911, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Preston H. and Lizzie Emma Hewitt Baker Sr. A member of Concordia Lutheran Church, he retired as a maintenance supervisor from Newton-Conover City School System. He was preceded in death by a brother, Hoke Baker; and two sisters, Vivian Gilbert and Margaretta Eckard. Survivors include his wife, Lucille Margureite Bolick Baker; a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry A. and Alice Baker of Conover; a brother, George Baker of Blowing Rock; two grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law, Jerri B. and Jason Carter and Allen S. and Tricia Baker Sr.; three great-grandchildren, Kristin LeAnn Baker, Allen Shay Baker Jr. and Maggie Lou Alice Carter; and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Donald Oldenburg and Edward Meyer at 2 p.m. Thursday at his church. Burial will be in Conover City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Daniel Self, Shay Baker, Allen Rose, Ronnie Hedrick, Ronnie Marshall and Everett Simmons. The family will be at the church from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church, 216 Fifth Ave., SE, Conover, N.C. 28613; or Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658. Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

THOMAS V. CALLANAN
Thomas Vincent Callanan, 76, of Hickory, died Jan. 16, 2001, at the Lutheran Nursing Home. Born Oct. 20, 1924, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late John and Della Slowey Callanan. A member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, he was the owner of B.C. Builders. A U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, he was a member of the American Legion and Hickory Elk's Lodge. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggi Baucom Callanan. Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Teresa Callanan and Anna and Brad Sullivan of Hickory and Joan and Ron Padgett of Rutherfordton; two sisters, Roberta Callanan of Hickory and Agnes C. Miller of Mount Holly; and four grandchildren. A memorial mass will be conducted by the Rev. Bill Tanguay at 11 a.m. Thursday at his church. A private graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will remain at the church after the memorial mass. Memorials may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 921 Second St., NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601; or Sipe's Orchard Home, 4431 County Home Road, Conover, N.C. 28613. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RANDY C. RABY
LENOIR - Randy Clyde Raby, 42, of Dogwood Street, Hudson, died Jan. 15, 2001, at his residence. Born May 16, 1958, in Caldwell County, he was a son of Clyde Stephenson and Cola Bishop Raby of Hudson. A member of Blessed Hope Advent Christian Church, he was self-employed. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Edward Raby. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Cynthia Laws Raby; a daughter and son-in-law, Misty R. and Samuel Lipps of Gamewell; two brothers, Ricky Stephenson Raby of Icard and the Rev. Rodney R. Raby of Hudson; a sister, Judy Foxx Christian of Hudson; and three grandchildren, Dylan Lipps, Olivia Lipps and Kaitlyn Lipps. A memorial service will be conducted by the Revs. Rodney R. Raby and Ronnie Jones at 11 a.m. Thursday at Nazareth Advent Christian Church. The family will be at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to The Buddy Fund, c/o Nazareth Advent Christian Church, 3221 Deerbrook Road, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

HAZEL C. PHILYAW
LENOIR - Hazel Coleen Philyaw, 75, of Hudson, died Jan. 15, 2001, at her residence. Born Dec. 1, 1925, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Dan W. and Emma Caroline Rich Philyaw. A member of Hudson Church of God, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Philyaw; an infant daughter; two brothers, Ralph Philyaw and Gordon Philyaw; and three sisters, Lois Greene, Edith Bradshaw and Mary Beard. Survivors include six sons, Stephen Douglas Philyaw of Nashville, Tenn., John Carroll Philyaw and Malcolm Floyd Philyaw of Lenoir, Burl Lynn Philyaw of Canton, Malvin Dale Philyaw of Granite Falls and Byron Wayne Philyaw of Las Vegas, Nev.; five daughters, Doris Ann Summerlin and Bonnie Karen Philyaw of Lenoir, Martha Gail Smith and Harriet Melissa Philyaw of Hudson and Sarah Marie Lankford of Greensboro; three brothers, Ray Philyaw of Hudson, Charles Philyaw of Valdese and Stephen Philyaw of Lenoir; three sisters, Margaret Austin of Lenoir, Vick Thompson of Hayesville and Pearl Munday of Valdese; 21 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. David Thurman and Howard Smith Jr. at 2 p.m. Thursday at her church. Burial will be in the Rich Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her sons. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons. The family will be at the church from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Hudson Church of God, 333 Cedar Valley Road, Hudson, N.C. 28638. Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JOHN I. ALWRAN
MORGANTON - John Ivey Alwran, 69, of East Meeting Street, died Jan. 15, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, after a period of declining health. Born Jan. 29, 1931, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Emory D. and Mamie Grigg Alwran. A member of First Baptist Church, he retired from Drexel Heritage Furnishings Company after 47 years of service. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he received the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars and the United Nations Service Medal. He was preceded in death by a brother, William “Bill” Alwran. Survivors include his wife, Marie Burgess Alwran; a stepdaughter, Connie Barnette of Morganton; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Emory and Betty Alwran of Morganton and Harry Alwran of St. Louis, Mo.; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann Alwran and Ted Beasley of Titus, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Jean Alwran of Conover; two nephews and nieces-in-law, David and Debbie Alwran of Conover and John Kyle and Betty Alwran of Angier; a niece and nephew-in-law, Cindy and Gary Green of Del Ray Beach, Fla.; a great-nephew, Jake of Angier; and a great-niece, Jessica of Angier. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Thomas A. Bland Jr. at 2 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will be at his residence at other times. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690.

PHILIP A. BUSH
LENOIR - Philip Allen Bush, 27, of Main Street, NW, died Jan. 14, 2001, at his residence. Born Aug. 27, 1973, in Watauga County, he was a son of Sarah Lewis Bush of Elkin and the late Ned William Bush. A member of First Advent Christian Church, he was an installer. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Odean Bush. Survivors include three brothers, Larry Ned Bush and Mark Anthony Bush of Lenoir and Michael Todd Bush of Elkin; and a sister, Debbie Bush Kelsey of Lenoir. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Johnny Carpenter at 11 a.m. Thursday at his church. The family will be at the residence of Mark Bush, 1311 Main St., at other times. Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645; or First Advent Christian Church, 1102 Old North Road, Lenoir, N.C. 28645. Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ELLA R. CLAMPET
Ella Mae Roberts Clampet, 89, of Twenty-first Avenue, NE, formerly of Concord, died Jan. 15, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 28, 1911, in Concord, she was a daughter of the late Ernest C. and Mamie Holland Deas. She retired from Cannon Mills after 44 years. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl O. Roberts Sr.; her second husband, Jesse James “J.J.” Clampet; two brothers, Col. Eugene Allen Deas and Ray Holland Deas; and a great-granddaughter, Danielle Roberts. Survivors include two sons, Carl O. Roberts Jr. of Deep Creek, Md., and Don E. Roberts of Hickory; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a number of stepgrandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery in Concord. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 3 Louisiana Ave., Asheville, N.C. 28806. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DAVID C. DEAL
David Clayton Deal, 43, of Meadville, Pa., died Jan. 15, 2001, at Meadville Medical Center. Born Sept. 5, 1957, in Jacksonville, Fla., he was a son of Vernie Hugh Deal of Hickory and the late Patsy Moser Deal. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernie Deal Sr. Survivors, in addition to his father, include two daughters, Amanda Deal and Dakota Deal of Meadville, Pa.; a stepmother, Margaret Deal of Hickory; a sister, Ashley D. Denton of Pineville; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Moser of Blowing Rock. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Albert Young at 1 p.m. Friday in Catawba Memorial Park. The family will remain at the cemetery after the service. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

POLLY M. HARDIN
GASTONIA - Polly Martin Hardin, 93, formerly of Elizabeth Street, died Jan. 9, 2001, at Pell Care Nursing Center in Hickory. Born in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph S. and Manimie Walker Martin. A member of First Presbyterian Church, she retired from Chapel Grove School where she taught first grade for a number of years. She was preceded in death by a son, C.D. “Dwight” Hardin Jr.; a brother, Joe Martin; and three sisters, Gladys M. Lee, Grace M. Whisnant and Jessie M. Jarvis. Survivors include a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Charles D. and Amanda Hardin of Hickory; a daughter-in-law, Anne Robertson Hardin Mason of Hickory; and two nephews, Hardin and Pat Lee of Shelby and Dick Whisnant of Polkville. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Wilson P. Rhoton Jr. at 2 p.m. Friday in Gaston Memorial Park. Carothers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

PERRY H. PHILLIPS
Perry Holland Phillips, 83, of Hickory, died Jan. 15, 2001, at Brian Center in Viewmont. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Hildebrand Phillips; two sons, Perry Thomas Phillips of Rutherford College and David Lee Phillips of West Jefferson; two daughters, Phyllis P. Turbeville of Charlotte and Mary Alice Owens of Hickory; two grandsons, David Mauney Phillips of Dalton, Ga., and Philip H. Owens of Antioch, Tenn.; four granddaughters, Lura P. Cummings of Dalton, Ga., Sarah P. Savytskyy of Champaign, Ill., Sonya P. Vannoy of West Jefferson and Carla O. Burns of Newton; a stepgrandson, Chuck Hathcock of Marion; two stepgranddaughters, Amanda Rector and Amy Rector of West Jefferson; four great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BETTY D. REYNOLDS
Betty Doris Reynolds, 50, of Valdese, died Jan. 16, 2001, at her residence after a period of declining health. Born Jan. 20, 1950, in Abington, Va., she was a daughter of James Reynolds of Abington, Va., and the late Cleo Wise Reynolds. She was a member of Evangelist of the Word Church in Hildebran. Survivors, in addition to her father, include her former husband, Ralph Preston Wolfe Sr.; a son, Ralph Preston Wolfe Jr. of Newton; two daughters, Rebecca Whisenant of Hickory and Melissa Wolfe Berry of Newton; four brothers, David Reynolds of Florida, and Bill Reynolds, Roger Reynolds and Michael Reynolds of Abington, Va.; two sisters, Faye Nunley and Brenda Sue Hicks of Abington, Va.; and eight grandchildren, Melissa Whisenant, Kimberly Whisenant, Stephanie Whisenant, Brittany Whisenant, Preston Wolfe III, Steven Wolfe, Joshua Berry and Jacob Berry. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Roger Reynolds and Dick Chapman at 11 a.m. Friday at Catawba Funeral Home. Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690; or American Cancer Society, 352 Second St., NW, Hickory, N.C. 28601.

EDNA P. CHAPMAN
HIGH POINT - Edna Palmer Chapman, 94, of Merrimon Place, died Jan. 15, 2001, at Graybrier Nursing Center after a period of declining health. Born Jan. 4, 1907, in Monroe, Ga., she was a daughter of Robert and Etta Whitley Palmer. A member of High Point Friends Meeting, she was a member of the church circle and active in other church activities. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Leroy Chapman. Survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Hazel C. Minnick of Bloomsburg, Pa., Hilda C. LaPrade of High Point and Joyce C. and Albert Brown of Hickory; two brothers, Robert K. Palmer and Joseph L. Palmer of Monroe, Ga.; five grandchildren, Harvey E. Minnick, Brenda C. Minnick, Cindy Amerson, Elizabeth Stultz and Jeannie Farrell; and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. David Kingrey at 2 p.m. today at her church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Floral Garden Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to High Point Friends Meeting, 800 Quaker Lane, High Point, N.C. 27262. Sechrest Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

EDWARD M. LEDFORD
LENOIR - Edward Max Ledford, 67, of Blowing Rock, died Jan. 16, 2001, at Blowing Rock Hospital. Born Dec. 29, 1933, in Caldwell County, he was a son of the late Clyde N. and Ollie Houser Ledford. A member of Yadkin Baptist Church, he was retired. Survivors include his wife, Mabel Tuttle Ledford; a son, Edward Clyde Ledford of Blowing Rock; a daughter, Jane Ledford Pipes of Granite Falls; a brother, Hugh Ledford of Lenoir; a sister, Marjorie Greene of Lenoir; and four grandchildren, Gabe Pipes, Kelli Pipes, Sarah Ledford and Jake Ledford. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Robert “Pug” Greene at 11 a.m. today in Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock. Pallbearers will be Troy Bolick, Sam Hartley, Steve Hollar, Ben Hood, Grady Miller and Eddie Poteat. Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645. Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RONNIE W. HUFFMAN
WILKESBORO - Ronnie Wilburn Huffman, 56, of Brushy Mountain Road, Moravian Falls, died Jan. 17, 2001, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. Born Dec. 15, 1944, in Wilkes County, he was a son of Lillian Lucille Adams Huffman Davis of Moravian Falls and the late Rommie Wilburn Huffman. A member of Liberty Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and church treasurer, he retired from General Electric Company in Hickory after 28 years and from Northwest Toyota in North Wilkesboro. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Grace Moore Huffman; a son, Rommie D. Huffman of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Talitha H. and Clifford Gwaltney of Hiddenite; a brother, Johnny Huffman of North Wilkesboro; three sisters, Ladonna Prevette and Shirley Frazier of Moravian Falls and Deena Watts of Denver; and three grandchildren, Brandon Gwaltney, Jessica Gwaltney and Jenna Gwaltney of Hiddenite. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Vincent Adams, E.R. Wiles and Clifford Gwaltney at 11 a.m. Saturday at his church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. A graveside service will be conducted by the Revs. Jerry Gwaltney, Joey Campbell and Clifford Johnson in the church cemetery. The family will be at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Liberty Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, c/o Gwendolyn White, 11409 Brushy Mountain Road, Moravian Falls, N.C. 28654.

VICTORIA D. HOLLAND
MARION - Victoria Lynn Davis Holland, 35, of Pyramid Road, died Jan. 15, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Born in Mecklenburg County, she was a daughter of John Davis of Rutherfordton and Jane Hall McCall of Sparta. A member of First Christian Church of Marion and First Presbyterian Church of Marion, she was a speech therapist with Gentiva Health Services. A graduate of Appalachian State University, she received a master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was preceded in death by a sister, Nichole Alexandria Davis. Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Kevin Lee Holland; a stepfather, Harry Logan McCall; a stepmother, Katherine Davis; a son, Caudle Jonathon Warren of the home; a stepson, Kristopher Scott Holland of the home; six stepbrothers, Ryan Lee Mathis of Charlotte, Randall Lane Mathis of Concord, Clifton Lee McCall of Cary, Carlton Logan McCall of Nashville, N.C., David Wayne McCall of Wilson and Donny Allen McCall of Sparta; a paternal grandmother, Evelyn Davis Randolph of Marion; and maternal grandparents, Will and Helen Hall of Marion. The funeral will be conducted by Minister Don Mitchell and the Rev. George Hutchins at 11 a.m. today at First Christian Church of Marion. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Kirksey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MARTHA M. DUNCAN
LENOIR - Martha Ola May Duncan, 91, of Sunset Street, Granite Falls, died Jan. 16, 2001, at Valdese General Hospital. Born June 9, 1909, in Scott County, Va., she was a daughter of the late J. Walter and Maude Price Barney. She was of the Church of God faith and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Shell; two sons, Floyd Ray Shell and Ralph Shell; four daughters; six brothers; and two sisters. Survivors include a son, Robert W. Shell of Pensacola, Fla.; a daughter, Margaret Watts of Granite Falls; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Jerry Tow at 2 p.m. today at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

BERNICE P. HOGLEN
Bernice Polk Hoglen, 57, of Hildebran, died Jan. 16, 2001, at her residence. Born Nov. 29, 1943, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Oma Page Polk. A member of First Baptist Church in Hildebran, she was a knitter for Influential Hosiery. Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda and David Sheffield of Icard, Brenda and Bobby Mathews and Linda and Paul Propst of Hickory and Ronda and Eddie Lane of Hildebran; a companion, Gary Wayne Hester of Hildebran; ex-husband, Ted Hoglen of Morganton; a brother, Harold Dean Polk of Long View; a sister, Evelyn Childers of Hildebran; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Ronald Arndt at 2 p.m. Friday at her church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Sheffield, Junior Sheffield, Joseph Sheffield, Eddie Lone Jr., Robert Mathews III and Bobby Mathews. The family will be at Bass-Smith Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight and at the residence of Wanda and David Sheffield, 3779 Berry Road, Icard, at other times.

DOROTHY A. CARROLL
MORGANTON - Dorothy Ann Carroll, 61, of Morganton, died Jan. 15, 2001, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born June 15, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Hershel and Ruth Fields Byers. A Baptist, she worked as a certified nurse6s assistant in Florida hospitals and nursing homes. Survivors include her husband, James Lincoln Moore; three sons, Tom Moore and Shon McGee of Kissimee, Fla., and James Moore of Lenoir; three daughters, Robin Arney of Morganton, Melanie Horhou of Connecticut and Geneva McGee of Hickory; three brothers, Hershel Byers Jr. of Ohio, Ivan Byers of Florida and David Byers of Pennsylvania; three sisters, Neomia Ruschel of Pennsylvania, Opal Mall of Ohio and Vera Seyer of California; 20 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Burt Wilbur at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kirksey Funeral Home. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

RUTH P. MASSEY
MORGANTON - Ruth Parker Massey, 85, of Grace Heights, died Jan. 16, 2001, at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Born Feb. 24, 1915, in McDowell County, she was a daughter of the late William “Bill” and Millie Ann Owensby Parker. A member of Eastside Independent Baptist Church in Marion, she retired from Southern Devices. She also was a former employee of Black Mountain Hosiery Mill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Massey; a son, Ted Massey; a daughter, Edith Lucille Robinson; a great-grandson, Michael Childers; and a number of brothers and sisters. Survivors include two sisters, Effie Nealon of Black Mountain and Rebecca Bartlett of Old Fort; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Bill Long at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Sossoman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Burke Memorial Park. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

GRACE P. PRITCHARD
MORGANTON - Grace Powell Pritchard, 80, of Causby Road, Glen Alpine, died Jan. 15, 2001, at Grace Hospital. Born Aug. 9, 1920, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Marvin and Minnie Benfield Powell. A member of Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church for 62 years, where she was a Sunday school teacher and held many church offices, she worked for the Burke County school system. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer Powell and Charles Powell; and four sisters, Julie LaFevers, Annie White, Ruby Powell and Ruth Cook. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Howard Pritchard; two daughters and sons-in-law, Letha P. and Louie Hawkins of Glen Alpine and Linda P. and Billy Clontz of Morganton; five grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Chris and Lori Hawkins, Eric and Jennifer Hawkins, Jeff and Jeanie Hawkins, Vincent and Susan Ledford and Shannon and Kristen Ledford; six great-grandchildren, Garrett Hawkins, Bryson Hawkins, Zachary Hawkins, Kaleb Hawkins, Erica Hawkins and Grace Hawkins; and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Dean Lavender and W.G. Davidson at 11 a.m. today at her church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will be at the residence, 342 Causby Road, Glen Alpine, at other times. Memorials may be made to Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church, 1741 Jamestown Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

VERA S. RICE
BURNSVILLE - Vera Silver Rice, 83, of the Windom Community, died Jan. 15, 2001, at Caldwell County Hospice. Born in Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Mack and Kate Allen Silver. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Rice, and a brother, Paul Silver. Survivors include a daughter, Myrna Thomas of Granite Falls; a sister, Ollie Styles of Burnsville; a sister-in-law, Helen Silver of Miami, Fla.; a grandson, Randy Woody of Raleigh; and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral was Wednesday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today in Bowman-Rector Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Caldwell County, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.


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