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Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina
Obituaries


ISOBEL Y. SETZER
CONOVER - Isobel Yount Setzer, 79, of the Abernethy Center, Newton, died Feb. 13, 2001, at the Abernethy Center. Born June 23, 1921, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Robert G. and Edna Shook Yount. A member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Claremont, She was the first woman elected to the church council and was formerly active in the Women's Missionary Society, Sunday school and choir. A homemaker, she was a hairdresser for a number of years. The first woman elected to Claremont City Council, she was a nationally accredited flower show judge and was active in the Out-to-Grow Garden Club and the Home Demonstration Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Coyte E. Setzer; a daughter, Patsy Ann Setzer; two brothers, Hugh Yount and Ralph Yount; and a sister, Frances Yount Aderholt. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Juanita Setzer and Lonnie and Barbara “Bobbie” Setzer of Conover; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Dave Kiziah of Conover; two brothers, Robert Yount and Joseph McDaniel Yount of Conover; three sisters, Glenna Mae Y. Estes of the Lutheran Home in Hickory, Loretta Y. Huffman of Conover and Sara Y. Olup of Asheville; two grandsons, Ron Setzer and Dennis Setzer of Conover; three granddaughters, Zanetta Kiziah of Boone, Angela Sherrill of Newton and Zina Burney of Wilmington; and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Jim Cone and Eric Morphis 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 Ron Setzer, Dennis Setzer, Jeremy Hipps, Jay Burney, David Sherrill and Roger Olup. The family will be at Drum Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 579, Claremont, N.C. 28610.

HILDA V. ALLEN
Hilda Victoria Allen, 88, of Hickory, died Feb. 13, 2001, at the Lutheran Nursing Home. Born Feb. 7, 1913, in Pleasantville, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Orlandi. A member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she retired from Defense General Supply Center. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Fred N. and Judy Allen of Hickory; a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Stuart F. and Denise Allen of Hudson; a granddaughter, Kimberly R. Allen of Richmond, Va.; a stepgrandson and stepgranddaughter-in-law, Christopher H. and Angie P. Cannon of Charlotte; two great-grandsons, Nicholas Allen and Trevor Allen of Hudson; and a great-granddaughter, Amber Allen of Richmond, Va. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Roger Beck at 6:30 tonight at Bass-Smith Funeral Home. Burial will be in Laurel Memorial Park in Pomona, N.J. Memorials may be made to a Hospice chapter of one's choice. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

NELSON C. LITTLEJOHN
NEWTON - Nelson Casey Littlejohn, 42, of Lawing School Road, Charlotte, died Feb. 11, 2001, at Gaston Memorial Hospital. Born April 10, 1958, in Catawa County, he was a son of the late James Isaiah Littlejohn and Annie Mae Byrd Littlejohn Nichols. Survivors include a brother, James “JP” Littlejohn of Charlotte; two sisters, Bertie Lineberger of Sherrills Ford and Frances Lewis of Hickory; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Ronnie Roseboro at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Beulah United Methodist Church in Sherrills Ford. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Newton Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

JOSEPHINE B. CLARK
Josephine Brown Clark, 68, of Dan Brown Drive, Claremont, died Feb. 11, 2001, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born April 19, 1932, in Fayetteville, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Dan and Bertha Hunsucker Brown. A member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, she retired from Trophy Shop Bookstore and was a manager of Will's Bookstore. She was a member of the optimist club and other organizations. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lillie B. Singletary. Survivors include her husband, Emmett D. Clark Sr.; a stepson, Emmett D. Clark Jr. of Washington, D.C.; three sisters, Catherine Dickens of Washington, D.C., Ruby Peeples of Acworth, Ga., and Thelma White of Claremont; a brother-in-law, Thomas F. Dickens Jr. of Washington; six nephews, Thomas E. Dickens III of Washington, D.C., Alvin Singletary of Maiden, Bert Singletary of Clarksville, Tenn., Daniel Peeples of Austin, Texas, Nathan Peeples of Cartersville, Ga., and Danneil Brown of Claremont; five nieces, Kay Massey of Raleigh, Carolyn Brinkley of Chesterfield, Va., Ella Parker of Stony Point, Nora Linley of Acworth, Ga., and Samantha Cherry of Power Springs, Ga.; two friends, Jim Belcher and Barbara Belcher of Hickory; and a number of cousins, great-nephews, great-nieces, other relatives and friends. The funeral will be conducted by Father Edward Sheridan at 2 p.m. Friday at her church. Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park. The family will be at the church from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Allen Mitchell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CHARLIE W. WALKER
LENOIR - Charlie W. Walker, 91, of Hasac Lane, died Feb. 13, 2001, at his residence. Born Jan. 21, 1910, in Caldwell County, he was a son of the late Gaither and Alice Church Walker. A member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, he retired from Singer Furniture Industries. He was preceded in death by two brothers; and four sisters. Survivors include his wife, Edna Maltba Walker; a son, Douglas C. Walker of Lenoir; three daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and John Moser and Sandra and Earl Trivette of Lenoir and Priscilla Walker Smith of Hudson; three brothers, Collis Walker of Montana, Wallace Walker of Lenoir and Arnold Walker of Hudson; four sisters, Ollie Helton and Bertha Maltba of Lenoir, Parlie Hollar of Gamewell and Mollie Parson of Florida; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Charles H. Byers and Joe Angle at 2 p.m. today at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kyle Prestwood, Jason Helton, Steve Hedrick, Carroll Hedrick, Gene Helton and Wilson Walker. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

DOROTHY B. MANSBERGER
ATHENS, Ga. - Dorothy Ann Barlow Mansberger, 73, of Kentucky Circle, formerly of Hickory, N.C., died Feb. 13, 2001, in Dearborn, Mich. She was a daughter of the late Elmer and Bessie Lee Barlow. She was a lab technician. Survivors include her husband, William Carl Mansberger; two sons, Michael Mansberger of Athens and David Mansberger of Honolulu, Hawaii; a daughter, Jennifer Grabiak of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; two bothers, Robert McAuslan of Hermanston, Ore., and David Barlow of Travis City, Mich.; a sister, Isabell Potisa of San Francisco, Calif.; and five grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Ben Rowe of Hickory, N.C., at 2 p.m. Friday at Mars Hill Baptist Church. The family will be at Bernstein Funeral Home at 7 tonight. Memorials may be made to Atlanta Area Chapter of the Alzheimer Association, 1925 Century Blvd., Suite 10, Atlanta, Ga., 30345.

WARD LANEY
CONOVER - Ward Laney, 81, of Sixteenth Avenue, NE, Hickory, died Feb. 13, 2001, at his residence. Born April 22, 1919, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Ivey O. and Ethel Cline Laney. A member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church, he retired from the city of Hickory and at the time of his retirement was the oldest building inspector in North Carolina. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Laney. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Margaret Herman Laney; two daughters, Brenda Laney of Newton and Kathy Laney of Hickory; a brother and sister-in-law, Reid H. and Mable Laney of Burlington; a sister-in-law, Charlotte Laney of Icard; two nephews; two nieces; and four friends, Brad Brown, Patti Brown, Trevor Brown and Taylor Brown of Hickory. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. James P. Zimmerman, Kristine Franke Hill and Harold Drum at 4 p.m. Friday at his church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Laney, Wilson Laney, Brad Brown, Tim Abernethy, Gene Frye and John Hicks. Honorary pallbearers will be the men's Bible class of Mount Zion Lutheran Church. 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. 28658; American Cancer Society, 825 Third Ave., NW, Hickory, N.C. 28601; or Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Memorial Fund, 4420 County Home Road, Conover, N.C. 28613. Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JACK M. DAVIS
Jack Marion Davis, 74, of Sixteenth Avenue, NE, died Feb. 13, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. Born May 31, 1926, in Hendersonville, he was a son of the late William S. and Ocie Jackson Davis. A member of Springs Road Baptist Church, he retired from Shuford Mills. He was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters. Survivors include his wife, Lucille Putnam Davis; three sons, Michael Shayne Davis of Chattanooga, Tenn., Randall Allen Davis Sr. of Concord and Dennis Tabor Davis of Hickory; a daughter, Janice Marion Keever of Hickory; a brother, Vance Davis of Hendersonville; a sister, Helen Davis Richards of Hickory; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Arthur Yount and Derik Davis at 2 p.m. Friday at his church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Shayne Killian, Randall Davis Jr., Michael Payne, Matthew Payne, Danny Rhoney and Kevin Wright. The family will be at Hickory Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Springs Road Baptist Church, 3580 Springs Road, NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601.

LAWRENCE M. MILLER
ASHEVILLE - Lawrence Morris “Cap” Miller, of Pleasant Gardens, died Feb. 13, 2001, at his residence. Born in McDowell County, he was a son of the late J.H.L. and Maggie Morris Miller. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by a brother, James T. Miller. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lois Laughridge Miller; two daughters and a son-in-law, Susie M. Miller of Fort Collins, Colo., and Lois M. and David Whisnant of Lawndale; two sisters, Mary Anna M. Wilkinson of Asheville and Louise M. Sitton of Hickory; a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Maggie T. and Vince Latham; and a great-granddaughter, Taylor Marie Latham of Reno, Nev. A memorial service will be held at his residence from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be made to Hospice of McDowell County, 116 North Logan St., Marion, N.C.; or First Presbyterian Church, Marion. Asheville Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

KIM T. TRAVIS
TAYLORSVILLE - Kim Maryetta Trivette Travis, 34, of West Twelfth Street, Newton, died Feb. 13, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 21, 1966, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of Albert Trivette of Vale and Hazel Pruitt Trivette of Conover. A member of Smyrna Baptist Church in Taylorsville and the young married Sunday school class, she was an employee of Regency Home Fashions in Conover. Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Christopher D. Travis; a son, Randall Julian Cook of Roan Mountain, Tenn.; her stepmother, Donnelle Trivette of Vale; father- and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis D. Travis of Hickory and Cindi L. Ryffel of Icard; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl and Terri Trivette of Vale, Albert and Sharon Trivette of Hickory, James and Judy Mathis of Tobaccoville, Johnny and Tammy Mathis of Winston-Salem and Lanny and Debbie Mathis of Lewisville; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeannie and Tracy Parker of Hickory, Alice and Gary Miller of Conover, Frankie and Keith Reese of Taylorsville and Shirley and James Hall of Thurmond; and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Michael Barber at 2 p.m. today at her church. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be her brothers and brothers-in-law. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

EDNA M. PAYNE
STONY POINT - Edna Mable Martin Payne, 86, of Mount Wesley Church Road, Hiddenite, died Feb. 14, 2001, at her residence. Born Oct. 13, 1914, in Alexander County, she was a daughter of the late James H. and Mary Julia Clodfelter Martin. A member of Mount Wesley Wesleyan Church, she retired as a cafeteria worker at Stony Point Elementary School. A member of the Alexander County Home Demonstration Club, she was a former member of New Salem Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, T. Wayne Payne; a brother, John Martin; and a sister, Lilibelle Martin. Survivors include a son, Gale Payne of Hiddenite; two daughters, Marjorie Payne Roberson of Taylorsville and Julia Elizabeth “Beth” Payne Dagenhart of Kannapolis; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Don Dennis and Steve Dagenhart and Dr. Ronald Vaughn at 4 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 her grandsons. The family will be at Chapman Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight and at her residence, 445 Mount Wesley Church Road, at other times. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, N.C 28681; Mount Wesley Wesleyan Church, 420 Mount Wesley Church Road, Hiddenite, N.C. 28636; or New Salem Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 257, Stony Point, N.C. 28678.

NHIA P. KHANG
Nhia Pao Khang, 77, of Newton, died Feb. 14, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital after a period of declining health. He was born Dec. 31, 1923, in Sengkhoung, Laos. Survivors include his wife, Bla Vang; two sons, Chue Khang of Newton and Chor Khang of Hickory; a daughter, Nou Khang of Fresno, Calif.; and a sister, Zang Khang of Saint Paul, Minn. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Catawba Funeral Home. Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park. The family will be at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday.

CARRIE V. SIGMON
CONOVER - Carrie Victoria Sigmon, 92, of the Abernethy Center, died Feb. 13, 2001, at the Abernethy Center after a period of declining health. Born Sept. 7, 1908, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Marion and Nannie Lail Hefner. A member of St. John's Lutheran Church, she retired from the textile industry. She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Edgar Sigmon; a son, Ray Edward Sigmon; three brothers, Russell Hefner, Ivo Hefner and Oscar Hefner; three sisters, Londa Herman, Fannie Kanipe and Annie Lail; three grandchildren, Gary Eugene Wallace, Carolyn Denise Wallace and Harold Eugene Sigmon; and a great-grandson, Logan Patrick Caldwell. Survivors include a son, James Sigmon of Claremont; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Ruby Wallace of Claremont, Jean and Wilson Harris of Newton and Claudine and James Tubbs of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a sister, Estelle Carpenter of Claremont; 21 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Scott Johnson at 11 a.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 Mike Harris, Tim Harris, Jon Sigmon, James Sigmon, Joe Sigmon, Dan Sigmon, Jeff Kanipe and Jerry Sigmon. The family will be at Drum Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Building Fund, 2126 St. John's Church Road, Conover, N.C. 28613.

ANNIE W. WILLIAMS
MORGANTON - Annie W. Williams, 81, of Dothan, Ala., formerly of Morganton, died Feb. 10, 2001, at her residence. Born April 29, 1919, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence A. and Floy White Wilkinson. A member of First Baptist Church in Morganton, she was employed by Buster Brown Textile for a number of years. A seamstress, she operated Williams Vegetables and Flower Sale. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hartsell Williams; two brothers, June Wilkinson and Webb Wilkinson; and a grandson, Scott Williams. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Betty Williams of Hampton, Va.; a daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Robert Deaton of Dothan, Ala.; a sister, Margaret Berry of Morganton; five grandchildren, Barbara Deaton of Dothan, Ala., Linda Deaton of Dalonega, Ga., Dianne Brinkley of Frederick, Md., David Deaton of Madison, Ala., and Larry Deaton of Round Rock, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Anna Deaton and Eric Deaton of Madison, Ala., and Lauren Brinkley, Jordan Brinkley and Ben Brinkley of Frederick, Md.; a nephew, Rick Wilkinson of Newton; two nieces, Pat Nelson of Morganton and Laverne Bolick of Maiden. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Thomas Bland at 10 a.m. Friday at her church. Burial will be in Burke Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Warren Williams, Eric Williams, Rick Wilkinson, John David Reed, David Brinkley, Jordan Brinkley, David Deaton, Larry Deaton and Wesley Saunders The family will be at Kirksey Funeral Home from 6 to 8 tonight. Memorials may be made to Wiregrass Hospice, P.O. Drawer 2127, Dothan, Ala. 36302; The Bible Learners Sunday School Class, 502 West Union St., Morganton, N.C. 28655; or Alzheimer's Resource Center, P.O. Box 1170, Dothan, Ala. 36302.

CAIRO A. IJAMES
Cairo Alexander Ijames, infant son of Jonathan F. and Nichole Anthonette Richardson Ijames of Conover, died Feb. 12, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will held at 2 p.m. today in Catawba Memorial Park. The family will be at Catawba Funeral Home 30 minutes prior to the service.

LILLIE P. SIGMON
CONOVER - Lillie Punch Sigmon, 88, of Old Conover-Startown Road, Newton, died Feb. 12, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital after a period of declining health. Born Feb. 11, 1913, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Pinkney H. and Mary Anna Sigmon Punch. A member of Fairgrove United Methodist Church, she retired from Southern Furniture. She was preceded in death by five brothers; and four sisters. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Carroll M. Sigmon; a son and daughter-in-law, Jack M. and Shirley Sigmon of Newton; a daughter and son-in-law, Vera and Frank Withers of Claremont; a sister and brother-in-law, Eva and Thurman Abernethy of Hickory; four grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Zella Sparks Carpenter and Dean Kelly 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 Catawba Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Herbert Punch, Boyd Punch, Jerry Sigmon, Joshua Hefner, William Spivey and Lance Abernethy. Memorials may be made to Fairgrove United Methodist Church, 1800 Fairgrove Church Road, Hickory, N.C. 28601. Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

HAL G. WILSON
Hal Gilmer Wilson, 85, of Icard, died Feb. 13, 2001, at Valdese General Hospital. Born April 10, 1915, in Alexander County, he was a son of the late Rance and Ida Mays Wilson. An active member of Mount Harmony United Methodist Church, he was a self-employed entrepreneur. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Wilson and Bill Wilson. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mildred “Mickey” Berry Wilson; a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Mary Wilson of Hildebran; a daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Charles Thornburg of Icard; two sisters, Kathryn Beaty and Elizabeth Suereth of Mooresville; four grandsons, Jim Wilson Jr., Kent Wilson and Brian Thornburg of Icard and Jeffery Thornburg of Charlotte; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Scott Owens at 3 p.m. Friday at his church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minute prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Wilson Jr., Kent Wilson, Jeffery Thornburg, Brian Thornburg, Bill Abernathy and Gordon Harkelrode. The family will be at Bass-Smith Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Mount Harmony United Methodist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 120, Icard, N.C. 28666.

ROY DULA Jr.
LENOIR - Roy “Powerhouse” Dula Jr., 80, of Roy Dula Plaza, died Feb. 11, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital after a period of declining health. Born Aug. 15, 1920, in Caldwell County, he was a son of the late Roy and Easter Hemphill Dula Sr. A member of Dulatown Presbyterian Church USA, he was a member of the men's council and senior choir. He retired as a carpenter from Bernhardt Plant 1 after 38 years of service in the finishing room. He was preceded in death by two sons, Jimmy Martin Dula and Randy Dula; and a granddaughter, Nancy Dula. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Ferguson Dula; five sons, Harry Dula, Terry Dula, William Dula, Christopher Dula and Jerrod Dula of Lenoir; 10 daughters, Loretta Woods of Atlanta, Ga., Shirley Hamilton of Wilkesboro, Velvon D. Forrest of Charlotte and Patricia D. Grimes, Regina D. Barnes, Twana D. Dula, Mona D. Harshaw, Angela D. Truesdale, Leslie D. Bristol and Tessa D. Burgess of Lenoir; a brother, Floyd Dula of Lenoir; two sisters, Delia Propst and Winnfred Dula of Flint, Mich.; 44 grandchildren; 78 great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Issaac Moore, Betty Greene and Elijah Freeman at 3 p.m. Saturday at his church. Burial will be in Dulatown Community Cemetery. The family will be at the church from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturday. Ebony Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

RUTH B. ANDREWS
Ruth Boatwright Andrews, 80, of Hickory, died Feb. 14, 2001, at Brian Center in Statesville. Born Sept. 2, 1920, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Ollie Moose Boatwright. A member of First Presbyterian Church, she was a bookkeeper and controller at Southern Hosiery for more than 47 years. She also was a member of the National Secretary Association, Altrusa Club and the American Kennel Club. Survivors include a daughter, Sylvia Andrews of the home. A graveside service will be conducted by the Revs. Wallace Johnson and Cecil Jividen at 11 a.m. Friday in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will be at her residence at other times. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 237 Second St., NW, Hickory, N.C. 28601. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ANNIE L. ERVIN
MORGANTON - Annie Leona Ervin, 55, of Magnolia Drive, formerly of N.C. 126, died Feb. 12, 2001, at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Born April 5, 1945, in Burke County, she was a daughter of Osea Long Ervin and Leola McDowell Ervin of Morganton. She was a member of Shiloh A.M.E. Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Ray Ervin; and a sister, Hessie Lee Ervin. Survivors, in addition to her parents, include six brothers and five sisters-in-law, Lawrence Ervin of Virginia Beach, Va., John L. and Shelia Ervin of Temple Hill, Md., Ralph E. and Yolanda Ervin of Raleigh, Bruce M. and Nannie Ervin, Phillip E. and Fannie Ervin and O. Waddell and Carol Ervin of Morganton; a sister, Marjorie L. Ervin of Morganton; three aunts, Lila J. Ervin of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Eunice Ervin and Helen McDowell of Morganton; a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Frank W. Saunders and James Hawthorne at 2 p.m. today at her church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will be at the church from 1:30 to 1:55 p.m. today and at the residence of Osea L. and Leola M. Ervin, 2642 N.C. 126, at other times. Memorials may be made to Shiloh A.M.E. Church, Sunday School Department, 1323 North Powerhouse Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655. Ebony Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

EDNA H. VIOLETTE
Edna Levine Hawn Violette, 82, of Hickory, died Feb. 16, 2001, at Pellcare Nursing Center. Born July 24, 1918, in Chattanooga, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late Edward and Myrtle Denton Levine. A lifelong member of First Baptist Church, she retired from Sixteen Plus Clothing store. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Claude W. Hawn; her second husband, Martin Hammond Violette; two sons, Weston Hawn and Gary Hawn; and a daughter, Brenda Hawn. Survivors include a son and a daughter-in-law, Don C. and Judy Hawn of Hickory; a daughter-in-law, Lou Anne Hawn of Hickory; a sister, Helen Mauser of Hickory; four grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Wesley and Hanna Hawn of Morganton, Jeffery Hawn and Michael Hawn of Newton and Eugene Mull of Hickory; two granddaughters, Jodi Hawn and Ellen Mull of Hickory. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. William Leathers III and Pat Pearce at 2 p.m. Sunday at her church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park. The family will be at Bass-Smith Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Dave Byler Organ Fund, 339 Second Ave., NW, Hickory, N.C. 28601; or Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

CALVIN A. CHRISTOPHER
CONOVER - Calvin Alonzo Christopher, 54, of Lowrance Road, Catawba, died Feb. 15, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital. Born April 12, 1946, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late John C. and Lillie Viola Newton Christopher. He was a machine operator with Leathercraft Furniture. He was preceded in death by a sister, Maybell Christopher. Survivors include his wife, Betty Barnes Christopher; two sons, Ricky Lee Christopher and Calvin Lynn Christopher of Catawba; three brothers, Johnny Christopher of Catawba, Roger Christopher of Conover and Kenneth Christopher of Newton; seven sisters, Joann Killian and Kay Foster of Maiden, Majel Moser and Catherine Devine of Lincolnton and Mary Becky Christopher and Janice Keller of Conover; and a grandchild, Kayla Nicole Christopher. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Charles Buff at 11 a.m. today at Drum Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hudson Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tony Little, Eric Goode, Sean Russell, Danny Killian, Roger Carroll and Chris Hicks.

DOROTHY G. MORETZ
LENOIR - Dorothy Eunice Greer Moretz, 70, of Shallow Creek Road, died Feb. 15, 2001, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Born May 12, 1930, in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late Carl S. and Jeanie Mae Greer. A member of Setzer Creek Baptist Church, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Greer and Harley Greer. Survivors include her husband, Horace Jerome Moretz Sr.; a son, Jerome Moretz Jr. of Lenoir; two daughters and sons-in-law, Creola and Johnny Dula of Morganton and Reba and Jim Pipes of Lenoir; a brother, Grady Greer of Lenoir; six sisters, Iris Reid of Taylorsville, Claudine Coffey, Louella Reece, Ruby Adkins, Marlene Carter and Erlene Walker of Lenoir; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted by the Revs. Kenneth Mashburn and Tony Moretz at 11 a.m. today in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Setzer Creek Baptist Church, 3163 Warrior Road, Lenoir, N.C. 28645; or Gideons International Bible Program, P.O. Box 169, Lenoir, N.C. 28645. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CHARLES C. SPORER
Charles Carl “Grandpa” Sporer, 85, of Hickory, died Feb. 16, 2001, at Brian Center East after a period of declining health. Born Sept. 17, 1915, in Caspian, Mich., he was a son of the late Ferdinand “Fred” and Mary Milos Sporer. A member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, he was self-employed as a technician in the printing press service and a service representative in Chicago, Ill. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Hickory Moose Lodge, Hickory Masonic Lodge 343 and a charter member of Widowed Persons Organization, sponsored by Catawba Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Marie Manning Sporer. Survivors include a son, David Michael Sporer of Los Angeles, Calif.; a daughter, Nancy Jack Young of Hickory; a brother, Emil Sporer of Detroit, Mich.; a sister, Ann Kovaleski of Detroit, Mich.; six grandchildren, Jason Manning Jack, Jeremy Brian Jack, Elizabeth Marie Jack, Jason Jerome Paxton of Hickory, Julie Sporer of Los Angeles and Lynne Sporer of Iowa; and four great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. William F. Milholland at 3 p.m. Monday at his church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the Masons of Hickory Masonic Lodge 343. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 North Center St., Hickory, N.C. 28601; or Northminister Presbyterian Church, 3730 North Center St., Hickory, N.C. 28601.

ZELMA C. LEFEVRE
LENOIR - Zelma Campbell Lefevre, 88, of Abington Road, died Feb. 15, 2001, at Brian Center East in Hickory. Born Aug. 13, 1912, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Millie Hart Campbell. A member of Nazareth Advent Christian Church, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Harvey Lefevre; a son, Wayne Lefevre; and a sister, Lena Richards. Survivors include two sons, Elbert Lee Lefevre and Gerald Douglas Lefevre of Lenoir; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Charlotte and Herman Warren, Mae and Mike Hall and Sharon and David Crump of Lenoir and Faye Lefevre of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a sister, Elizabeth Hoyle of Lenoir; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Bradley Spencer at 2 p.m. Sunday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Todd Center, John McCrary, Gary Coffey, Jeff Coffey, Eric Lefevre and Mark Wootton. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Nazareth Advent Christian Church, Building Fund, 3221 Deerbrook Road, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

EDITH C. BEAN
Edith Fannie Collins Bean, 84, of Countryside Drive, died Feb. 16, 2001, at Gateway Nursing Home. Born Oct. 6, 1916, in Henderson County, she was a daughter of the late Hall and Dovie Sizemore Collins. A Baptist, she was a housewife and Avon representative. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Walter Bean; and two sons, Fred Junior Bean and Bobbie Eugean Bean. Survivors include a son, Jimmy D. Bean of Lenoir; a daughter, Betty B. Hawkins of Hickory; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Randy Gibson at 2 p.m. today in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will be at her residence after the service. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Western North Carolina Chapter, 3 Louisiana Ave., Asheville, N.C. 28806-3419. Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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