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Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina
Obituaries


EDISON L. MOORE
Edison Lyerly Moore, 82, of Hickory, died May 16, 2001, at his residence after a period of declining health. Born Dec. 19, 1918, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Roy Morrison and Carrie Mae Moore. A member of First Church of God in Hickory, he was owner of Moore's Launderette and Shoe Shop in Hickory. He was preceded in death by a brother, Morrison Moore; and a sister, Mary Settlemyre. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Cecile Moore; two daughters and sons-in-law, Elaine and Reg Tucker of Charlotte and Carolyn and Bob Hymer of Hickory; four brothers, Ero Moore of Lake Wells, Fla., Billy Moore, J.C. Moore and Ronnie Moore of Hickory; three grandchildren and a grandchild-in-law, Shea and John Waldron of Hickory, Leslie B. Smith of Charlotte and Brian Bean of Hickory; a stepgrandson and a stepgranddaughter-in-law, Brad and Crystal Hudson of Charlotte; and four great-grandchildren, Chase Waldron, Taylor Waldron, Cassidy Smith and Andrew Smith. The funeral will be conducted by Pastors Michael Hone and Joe Smith at 11 a.m. Saturday at Catawba Funeral Home. Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Joe Brittain, Ken Gates, Brad Hudson, Garvey Bean, Rick Mahoney and Bobby Holland. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to First Church of God, 306 Fourteenth St., SW, Hickory, N.C. 28602; or Hospice of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

IRENE D. GRIMES
LENOIR - Irene Yount Dixon Grimes, 78, of B. Hill Street, NW, died May 13, 2001, at Lenoir Health Care Center. Born Jan. 3, 2001, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Marshall and Cornelia Shade Yount Sr. A member of Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, she was a founder of the Young Missionary Society and a former member of the senior choir. She retired as a sander from Singer Furniture Company Plat 5. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Sharon D. Dixon and Barbara Jean Dixon; and three brothers, Thad Yount, Louis Yount and Vernon E. Yount. Survivors include a son, Leonard B. Dixon Jr. of Lenoir; a daughter, Annie Dixon Keaton of Lenoir; four brothers, Marshall Yount, Samuel Yount, the Rev. Earl Yount and Oscar Yount of Lenoir; four sisters, Quentina Johnson, Bessie Ann Hicks and Linda Sturgis of Lenoir and Emma Watkins of Long Island, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Oliver Banks, Larry Smith, Kaye Gamble, Jimmie Norwood Sr. and Thomas O. Nixon at 11 a.m. Saturday at her church. Burial will be in Belleview Cemetery. The family will be at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday. Ebony Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

FRANCES S. PRICE
Frances Sherrill Price, 84, of Granite Falls, died May 15, 2001, at her residence. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Price Sr.; and two brothers, Frank R. Sherrill and William A. Sherrill. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Terrell G. Long at 2 p.m. today at her church. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery in Granite Falls. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Rhoney, Jacob Smith, Casey Smith, Max Sherrill, Ervin Terrell Jr. and Stephen Maynard. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Granite Falls BPW. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Philadelphia Lutheran Church, 52 Pinewood Road, Granite Falls, N.C. 28630. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ALICE M. BRENDLE
Alice Mull Brendle, 56, of Newton, died May 16, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 23, 1944, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Azor and Flossie Huffman Mull. A member of Blackburn Baptist Church, she served as church treasurer and Sunday school teacher. Employed by Century Furniture, she also was a member of Six Squares. Survivors include her husband, William “Chic” Brendle; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Dena Brendle of Conover; a daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Terry Bolick of Hickory; two brothers, David Mull of Hickory and Harold Mull of Newton; a sister, Virginia Rudisill of Newton; a cousin and his spouse, Howard and Nadine Huffman of Monroe, Mich.; three grandsons, Kody Hopkins, Hunter Bolick and Nicholas Bolick of Hickory; and a granddaughter, Hayley Hopkins of Hickory. A memorial service will be conducted by the Revs. Danny Miller and Marion Powell at 11 a.m. Saturday at her church. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital, 2100 N. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, S.C. 29606. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MAX C. GREEN
LENOIR - The Rev. Max C. Green, 79, of Setzer's Gap Road, died May 16, 2001, at his residence. Born Sept. 25, 1921, in Mississippi County, Ark., he was a son of the late George and Cornelia Dyar Green. The former pastor of Globe Baptist Church and New Hopewell Baptist Church, he founded and pastored Free Spirit Baptist Church in Hudson. A member of Liberty Baptist Church, he retired from the furniture industry. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Maxine Nichols; two brothers, Thelmo Green and Jesse J. Green; and three sisters, Irabelle Garvin, Kathryn Johnson and Maxine Green. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Gragg Green; two sons, Kenneth Dale Gragg of Granite Falls and Mike J.R. Green of Dallas, Texas; four daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and Terry Crump and Maggie and Ralph Williams of Lenoir, Linda and Dusty Holman of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Joyce and Monty Crowe of Bethlehem; 21 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Dewey Bristol, C. Hugh Kincaid, Randy Gibson and Donald Gragg at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gragg Family Cemetery in Linville. Pallbearers will be Shawn Williams, Michael Crowe, Chris Bentley, Shane Gragg, Randy Bentley and Jason Holman. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to the Gragg Family Cemetery, 119 Foothills Drive, Lenoir, N.C. 28645; or Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

DENNIS H. BESHEARS
Dennis H. Beshears, 88, of Sunrise Drive, died May 16, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital. Born Sept. 5, 1912, in Wilkes County, he was a son of the late Albert Gaither and Mary Jane Phillips Beshears. He retired from Habersham Furniture Company. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annabelle Lee Beshears; a brother; and two sisters. Survivors include two son, Richard Beshears and William Beshears of Hickory; a daughter, Linda Minton of Hickory; a brother, Latt Beshears of Hickory; and a grandson, Jeffrey Melton of Hickory. A memorial service will be held at 7 tonight at Hickory Funeral Home. The family will remain at the funeral home after the service. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley Inc., 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

CLAUDE M. McCURDY
TAYLORSVILLE - Claude Mcklawson McCurdy, 76, of Fourth Street, NE, died May 15, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory after a period of declining health. Born Oct. 24, 1924, in Alexander County, he was a son of the late John and Nona Linney McCurdy. A member of Smith Grove Baptist Church, he retired from Schneider Mills and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Floyd McCurdy, George McCurdy and Dwight McCurdy; and a sister, Odessa Dula. Survivors include his wife, Rose Antha Jones McCurdy; a daughter, Claudette and Leon Mayberry of Taylorsville; two brothers, Allie McCurdy of Taylorsville and Charlie McCurdy of Reidsville; a grandson, Cameron Shane Mayberry of Greensboro; and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Sterling Howard, William Little and Jeffrey Miller at 3 p.m. Saturday at Adams Funeral Home. Burial will be in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery with full military rites conducted by Disabled American Veterans Chapter 84. Pallbearers will be her nephews. Flower girls will be family members and friends. The family will be at Adams Funeral Home one hour prior to the service and at his residence at other times.

WARREN E. PLICHTA
LENOIR - Warren Eugene Plichta, 75, of Phoebe Lane, died May 16, 2001, at Caldwell County Hospice. Born Dec. 28, 1925, in Detroit, Mich., he was a son of the late Otto and Anne Plichta. A member and former president of Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, he retired as manager from Group Insurance after 35 years of service and was a member of Lenoir Golf Club. A Merchant Marine, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Submarine Service during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Murray; three daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Ronald Sjoblom of Tampa, Fla., April and Roger Taylor of Syracuse, N.Y., and Robin and Alan Coale of Dayton, Ohio; a stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Lynne and Benjamin Green of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; three grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at his church. The family will remain at the church after the service. Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645. Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BRANDON J. WILSON
Brandon Jaymar Wilson, 15, of Fifth Street, NE, died May 14, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital. Born Aug. 12, 1985, in Catawba County, he was a son of Tony Walls of High Point and Dorothy Wilson Walls of the home. A member of St. Stephens A.M.E. Zion Church in High Point, he was a ninth-grade student at Hickory High School. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a brother, Mychal Wilson of the home; a sister, Mercedes Wilson of the home; a paternal grandmother, Frances Walls of High Point; a maternal grandmother, Barbara Covington of Hickory; a maternal great-grandmother, Dorothy Harrison of Hickory; seven aunts, Fernet Ramseur of Statesville and Lisa Abernathy, Ava England, Erin Covington and Sharra Covington of Hickory and Bridgette Walls and Jade Walls of High Point; four uncles, Paul Wilson of Catawba, James Wilson of Hickory, Victor Walls of Atlanta, Ga., and Jackie Walls of High Point; and a number of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Webster Lytle at 1 p.m. Saturday at Allen Mitchell Funeral Home.

PAUL V. CROSBIE
ARCATA, Calif. — Dr. Paul Vincent Crosbie, 60, of Park Avenue, Arcata, died May 16, 2001, after a long illness. Born July 4, 1940, in Tucson, Ariz., he was a son of the late Dr. Glen and Helen Jane Crosbie. A professor of sociology at Humboldt State University, he attended California Polytechnic University at Pomona,and graduated from San Diego State University with a full scholarship to Stanford University. He completed his doctoral studies at Stanford and went to Humboldt State University in 1969, where he remained except for a brief hiatus at Arizona State University. He was preceded in death by a brother, Glen G. Crosbie Jr. Survivors include his wife, Jane Marie Abernethy Crosbie; a son and daughter-in-law, Joel K. and Kate Crosbie of Paso Robles; three daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine T. and Adam Felt of Mt. Rose, Nev., Holly C. and Michael Cerne of Herndon, Va., and Amy E. and Jonathan Barnes of Fieldbrook; a brother, Dr. Charles F. Crosbie of Poway; a sister and brother-in-law, Catherine F. and Daniel Robertson of Lakeside; a sister-in-law, Betty Crosbie of Sweet Home, Ore.; an aunt, Bernice S. Abbott, of La Mesa; and eight grandchildren, Kathryn Elizabeth Cerne, Sarah Clayton Cerne, Keenan Patrick Crosbie, Lucy Jane Barnes, Morris David Barnes, Samuel Paul-Patrick Barnes, Emily Rose Felt and Hannah Lynn Felt. The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the home of Dr. Richard and Professor Sandy Vrem in Arcata. Memorials may be made to the Downriver Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 608, Big Bar, Calif. 96010. Pierce Mortuary Chapels/Paul’s Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

MAUDE P. LYTTON
GASTONIA — Maude “Booie” Pope Lytton, 90, of Covenant Village, Robinwood Road, died May 18, 2001, at her residence. Born in Hickory, she was a daughter of the late Ransom and Daisy Kaylor Pope. A member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Gastonia, she was a member of the Gaston Country Club, a volunteer with Gaston Memorial Hospital and a member of the Garden Club in Columbus, Ohio, whee she won many awards. She was preceded in death by her husband, Coit Barnwell Lytton; eight brothers, Clyde Pope, Russell Pope, Jack Pope, Arnold Pope, Edward Pope, Walter “Bob” Pope, Hugh Pope and Dave Pope; and three sisters, Lena Pope, Ora Meadows and Edith Triggs. Survivors include a number of nephews and nieces. A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. today at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory. A memorial service will be conducted by the Revs. Rammy Lybrand, J.P. Jack Weisenhorn and Harold Skinner at 4 p.m. today at Covenant Village in Gastonia. Pallbearers will be Mark Pope, Jason Herrin, Tommy Towery, Gary Triggs, David Pope and Charles Jetton. The family will be at Covenant Village at 3:15 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 805 S. York St., Gastonia, N.C. 28052. McLean Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LENA C. COOK
Lena Abernathy Childers Cook, 92, died May 18, 2001, at Abernethy Retirement Center in Newton. She was a longtime member of Penelope Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Sanford Eugene Childers and her second husband, William Andrew Cook Sr. Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ted and Pat Childers of Knoxville, Tenn., and Bill Childers of Del Ray Beach, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. James Phillips of Asheboro; a niece, Faye Cline of Newton; a grandson; six granddaughters; and 14 great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Catawba Memorial Park. The family will be at her church at 2 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to Penelope Baptist Church, 3310 Main Ave, NW, Hickory, N.C. 28602, or Abernethy Retirement Center, 102 Leonard Ave., Newton, N.C. 28658. Bass Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JOHN A. SETZER
NEWTON — John Alfred Setzer, 71, of Fay’s Drive, Maiden, died May 18, 2001, at Britthaven Nursing Home. Born July 18, 1929, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late John F. and Julia Adalea Sigmon Setzer. A member of St. James Lutheran Church, he was a retired foreman with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He was a member and two-time past master of Maiden Masonic Lodge No. 592, and a member of Eastern Star No. 127. Survivors include his wife, Florence Johnson Setzer of the home; a son, Wayne Setzer of Sherrills Ford; three daughters, Julietta Cline, Nancy Murphy and Margaret Wilson of Maiden; two sisters, Helen Neville of Charlotte and Peggy Walker of Sherrills Ford; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at his 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 Mack Sigmon, Audy Murphy, Michael Peterson, Josh Cline, Joe Cline and Randall W. Murphy. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Dellinger, Bill Rudisill and Trey Greene. The family will be at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 1942 St. James Church Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

SARAH M. SUTHERLAND
WILMINGTON — Sarah McLain Sutherland, 85, of Wilmington, died May 17, 2001, at Davis Health Care Center. Born March 12, 1916, in Rock Hill, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Edward T. and Louzette Watson McLain. A member of First Baptist Church, where she was a charter member of the 50+ group, she was a member of the Cape Fear Garden Club, organized the Campfire Girls in Clinton, S.C., and retired from Belk after 15 years of service. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Ada Geitner House in Hickory for recovering female alcoholics and was awarded a plaque by former Gov. James B. Hunt for “Nine Who Care” in recognition of her volunteer work. Survivors include her husband, Arthur Goodwin Sutherland Jr.; a son and daughter-in-law, Arthur G. and Ilvie Sutherland III of Charlotte; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda S. and Wayne Edwards of Wilmington; a sister, Rebecca Vaughn of Charlotte; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday in Oakdale Cemetery. The funeral will be conducted by Dr. Michael G. Queen at 11 a.m. Monday at her church. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Wallace I. West men’s Sunday school class and members of the Wilmington Lions Club. The family will remain at the church after the service. Andrews Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

FRANKIE L. MICHAUX
LENOIR — Frankie Lillian Michaux, 74, of Wheeler Street, died May 18, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 3, 1927, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Addie Bristol Michaux. A member of Divinity Temple of Christ, where she served as a church mother, she retired from the finishing department of Harper Furniture Co. She was preceded in death by a son, Allen Helton; a brother, Walter Bristol; two sisters, Ora Steed and Hazel Witherspoon; and a great-grandon, JeJuan Bailey. Survivors include four daughters, Frances M. Teague, Bessie A Banner and Harriet Michaux of Lenoir and Myra Michaux of Louisville, Ky.; a brother, Clarence Michaux of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three sisters, Ruth Ferguson, Octavia Michaux and Barbara Tji-A-Lien of Lenoir; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by Pastor Martin C. Wilson and Miller Carter at 4 p.m. Monday at Ebony Funeral Services. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be her nephews. The family will be the funeral home 30 minutes prior to the service.

CORA J. HEFNER
TAYLORSVILLE — Cora Lou Jolly Hefner, 84, of Carl E. Hefner Lane, died May 18, 2001, at her residence after a period of declining health. Born Oct. 31, 1916, in Alexander County, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Minnie Lou Little Jolly. A member of Friendship Lutheran Church, she was a retired textile worker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Edward Hefner; a son-in-law, Gene Pennell; nine brothers, Clyde Jolly, Arthur Jolly, Edgar Jolly, Perry Jolly, John Jolly, Glenn Jolly, Charles Jolly, Clarence Jolly and Carlie Jolly; two sisters, Rosa Lee Myers and Alma Bowman; and a grandson, Rocky Eugene Pennell. Survivors include a daughter, Lou Ann Pennell of Taylorsville; two granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Sandy and J.D. Eckard and Sonya and Leslie Elder; and two great-grandchildren, Shauna Eckard and Devin Elder. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Todd Rauscher and Phillip Thorsen at 4 p.m. today at her church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service and at her residence at other times. Memorials may be made to Friendship Lutheran Church, Family Life Center, 5300 Church Road, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681, or Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681. Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

FRONNIE S. HORD
LINCOLNTON — Fronnie Elizabeth Smith Hord, 78, of Hilltop Road, died May 18, 2001, at Cardinal Care Nursing Center. Born May 27, 1922, in Union County, she was a daughter of the late Will E. and Loretta Stewart Smith. A member of Gainsville Baptist Church, she was a sewer with Piedmont Mop Factory. Survivors include her husband, Bertrand H. Hord; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charlie C. and Van Meter Hord of Vancouver, Wash., and Eddie A. and Cheryl Hord of Mountain Home, Ark.; a daughter and son-in-law, Agnes and Harold Osborne of North Pole, Alaska; three brothers, Charles Smith of Charlotte, Marvin Smith of Rock Hill, S.C., and Roland Smith of Charleston, S.C.; a grandson, Harold David Osborne of North Pole, Alaska; a granddaughter, Sandra Elizabeth Osborne of North Pole, Alaska; two great-grandchildren, William Lennon and Zachary Lennon; and two great-great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Scott Slaughter at 4 p.m. today at Gainsville Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will be at E.F. Drum Funeral Home from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to Gainsville Baptist Church, 276 Gainsville Church Road, Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.

ZEB M. SMITH Jr.
VALDESE — Zeb Mitchell Smith Jr., 88, of Rhodhiss Road, Connelly Springs, died May 18, 2001, at Valdese General Hospital after a period of declining health. Born Oct. 3, 1912, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Zeb M. and Vonnie Berry Smith Sr. A member of Warlick’s Baptist Church, he was a U.S. Army Infantry veteran of World War II and was a shipping clerk for 37 years at Cline Hosiery Mill in Hildebran. He was preceded in death by an infant son. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Withers Smith; a sister, Bertha Feimster of Statesville; and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Ron VanLente and Mel Campos at 2 p.m. today at Shady Grove United Methodist Church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Shady Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 234 of Valdese. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690. Heritage Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

VIRGINIA H. BOWLES
LENOIR — Virginia Hayes Bowles, 81, of Cajah Mountain Road, died May 19, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born March 14, 1920, in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late William H. and Louise Edmisten Hayes. A member of Friendship Baptist Church, she was a member of the W.M.U. at her church and at Harris Chapel Baptist Church. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice Bowles; and a sister, Mary Johnson. Survivors include her husband, Dean Clayton Bowles; a daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Larry Hollar of Hudson; a sister, Della Austin of Boone; three granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Teresa and Jeff Branch, Cheryl Landers and Tonya and William Johnson of Hudson; and five great-grandchildren, Tyler Branch, Brittany Branch, Nicholas Landers, Jill Johnson and Mason Johnson of Hudson. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Wayne Caviness and Howard Barnes at 4 p.m. Monday at Friendship Baptist Church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Harris Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbeareres will be Kenneth Cloer, Bob Coffey, James Fox, Boyd Greene, Dennis Hollar and Levi Vanney. Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Agner, J.B. Cloer, Gary Austin, Fred Cooke, John Branch, Jay Curtis and Pete Eavenson. The family will be at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

PHYLLIS M. COLLINS
GRANITE FALLS — Phyllis McRary Collins, 62, of Boyd G. McRary Road, died May 18, 2001, at Caldwell County Hospice in Lenoir. Born Oct. 22, 1938, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Boyd G. and Allie Kirby McRary. A member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, she was a former Sunday school teacher, member of the church choir, pianist, custodian, and former treasurer and member of UM Women. She was an employee of Burke Hosiery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Collins; a son, Tracy Collins; a brother, Leo McRary; and a sister, Rita McRary Jones. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Candace Collins of Granite Falls; three daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Donald Hagee of Hickory, Rhonda and Mike Christie of Denver, N.C., and Cynthia and Allen Trantham of Granite Falls; a brother and sister-in-law, Steve and Cinda McRary of Granite Falls; and 10 grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Mitchell Wilson and John Cole at 2 p.m. Monday at her church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenny Jones, Randy McRary, Tracy McRary, Richard McRary, Gene Collins and Darren McCrary. The family will be at Mackie-High Funeral Home from 6 to 8 tonight. Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645; Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Parsonage Building Fund, 4948 Burns Road, Granite Falls, N.C. 28630; or to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Building 1, Asheville, N.C. 28801.

MARY R. PALMER
SHELBY — Mary Lou Richards Palmer, 88, of Casar Road, Casar, died May 18, 2001, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 29, 1912, in Casar, she was a daughter of the late Augustus A. and Della Lindsay Richards. A member of Casar Baptist Church, Casar Chapter Order of Eastern Star and Home Demonstration Club, she was the 1997 Casar Citizen of the Year. She was a graduate of Gardner-Webb College and retired from the Schoool of the Deaf and Broughton Hospital in Morganton. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Clyde Palmer; and a daughter, Jannie Palmer. Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Danna Palmer of the home; Jennie and Randy Bost of Newton, and Mary Ann and Randy Stegall of Charlotte; two sisters, Doshia Hall of Oxford and Gustee Williams of Shelby; three grandchildren and a grandson-in-law, J. Taylor Bost and Amy and Peyton Beverly of Charlotte, and J. Randall Bost of Newton; and two great-grandchildren, Mitchell Beverly and Katie Beverly of Charlotte. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Fred Mauney at 2 p.m. today at her church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Casar Baptist Church for Chimes, Casar, N.C. 28020. Palmer Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

BESSIE K. FLEMING
MORGANTON — Bessie Lucille Kincaid Fleming, 81, of N.C. 126, died May 16, 2001, at Grace Hospital after an extended illness. Born Dec. 31, 1919, in Morganton, she was a daughter of the late James O. and Ella Lou Fullwood Kincaid Sr. A member of Slades Chapel AME Church, she was a former member of the Stewardess Board, secretary, former member of the gospel choir, former member of the adult Sunday school class and missionary board. She also served as historian for the Fullwood Family Reunion Committee. A member of the Bethune’s Woman’s Civic Club and Burke County NAACP, she was a member and secretary of the quarterly conference of the Hendersonville District. She retired as a domestic worker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank “Boonie” Fleming, a brother, John Walter Kincaid; a sister, Ruby Odessa Kincaid Moore; two half brothers, Leroy Kincaid and Sylvester Kincaid; and a great-grandson, Justin Whitehead. Survivors include a son, Frank Gilbert Fleming of Reidsville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Norma E. and Geoffrey Wedington-Hart of Apopka, Fla., and Dell B. and Edward Gardin of Boston, Mass.; a stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, the Revs. Frankie K. and James Woods of Jersey City, N.J.; a brother and sister-in-law, James O. and Betty Kincaid Jr. of Morganton; two half brothers, Robert Kincaid of Boston, Mass., and James Howard Kincaid of San Diego, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews, nieces, cousins and family and friends. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Darryl Jackson, W.F. McIntosh Jr., Herbert Carter, Frances B. Tate and James Woods at noon Monday at her church. Burial will be in Shiloh AME Church Cemetery. The family will be at Ebony Funeral Services from 7 to 8 tonight.

DONNIE M. TOLBERT
MORGANTON — Donnie M. Tolbert, 88, of Whispering Pine Street, died May 17, 2001, at Grace Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph W. and Barbara Jane Cook Moore. She was a member of Walker Road Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Tolbert Sr.; a son, Joe Tolbert; a brother, Cossie Moore; and two sisters, Mary Childers and Sudie Walker. Survivors include two stepsons, Woody Tolbert of the home and William Tolbert of Morganton; three brothers, J.C. Moore and Paul Moore of Morganton and Walter Moore of Vale; three sisters, Anne Stewart, Alma Moore and Virgie Cook of Morganton; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Carroll Fox at 11 a.m. Tuesday at her church. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will be at Sossoman Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday Memorials may be made to Walker Road Baptist Church, 100 Walker Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655.

JOE TOLBERT
MORGANTON — Joe Tolbert, 52, of Ingleside Street, Olney, Md., died May 14, 2001, as a result of a car accident. Born April 28, 1949, in Mecklenburg County, he was a son of the late Woodrow and Donnie Moore Tolbert Sr. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Leonard Tolbert of the home; a son, Bradley Tolbert of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Kelly M. and Tim Coates of Olney, Md.; and two brothers, Woody Tolbert and William Tolbert of Morganton. The funeral was conducted Friday in Olney, Md. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. Obituary information courtesy of Sossoman Funeral Home.

CHARLES B. GILBERT
MAIDEN - Charles Bennett Gilbert, 77, of First Street, NE, Catawba, died May 19, 2001, at the Abernethy Retirement Center. Born Dec. 7, 1923, in Iredell County, he was a son of the late Charles B. and Mabelle Powlas Gilbert. A lifelong member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Claremont, he served on the council, was a member of the Lutheran Men's Organization and choir, and chaired various committees. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, during which time he served as a sergeant and received a Purple Heart medal. President and owner of Catawba Valley Hosiery, he graduated from Catawba High School and attended Lenoir-Rhyne College, where he was a member of the basketball team. He was a charter member of the Catawba Lions Club, a former member of the Catawba Volunteer Fire Department, and member of the board of directors at Peoples Bank. He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances G. Britton. Survivors include his wife, Annie Herman Gilbert; a son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Tammy Gilbert of Conover; two stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Tom and Betty Jones of Catawba and Jonathan and Deborah Jones of Conover; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Brenda and Wayne Moore of Statesville, Gail and Mike Lamb of Hickory, and Edith G. Bentley of Claremont; a brother, Hubert Gilbert of Hickory; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Jim Cone at 4 p.m. Tuesday at his church. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military grave rites by members of American Legion Post 16. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 3180 West Main St., Claremont, N.C. 28610. Burke Mortuaries is in charge of arrangements.

BETTY L. CASH
LENOIR - Betty Laura Cash, 63, of Horseshoe Bend Road, Hudson, died May 19, 2001, at Caldwell County Hospice. Born Feb. 9, 1938, in Blairsville, Ga., she was a daughter of the late Roy F. and Nettie Plott Jordan. A member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bobby Harris; her second husband, James Dallas "J.D." Cash; and two brothers, Tommy Jordan and Claude David Jordan. Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Harris Slater of Hudson; a brother, Lewis Jordan of Blairsville, Ga.; two sisters, Bennalee Thomas of Blairsville, Ga., and Irene J. Harris of Granite Falls; and a grandchild, Sarah Cannon. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Duane Kuykendall at 2 p.m. today at her church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Danny Deal, Jakey Deal, Alan Barger, David Barger, Floyd Ingle and Alex Stilwell. Honorary pallbearer will be Joel Stilwell. Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645. Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MARY C. JORDAN
MORGANTON - Mary Sue Childers Jordan, 76, of Drexel, died May 19, 2001, at Grace Hospital. Born Feb. 4, 1925, in Lincoln County, she was a daughter of the late David L. and Bessie Lail Dedmon Childers. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Leonard Jordan; a son, Bobby Jordan; a brother, Maynard Childers; and three sisters, Lurene C. Davis, Zelda Kizer and Minnie I. Davis. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Melvina and Michael Beach of Drexel; a brother, Benny Melton Childers of Taylorsville; a sister, Hattie Virginia Clanton of Gastonia; and two grandsons, Joseph M. Beach and Kelly R. Beach of Drexel. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Homer Murdock at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Kirksey Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

RONALD W. STEWART SR.
CONOVER - Ronald Wade "Little Bit" Stewart Sr., 56, of Third Street, NE, Hickory, died May 19, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 26, 1944, in Pearson County, he was a son of the late John Ray Stewart and Geneva Cothran Stewart Walton. He was employed by CSS Cleaning Co. He was preceded in death by two brothers, his twin, Donald Stewart, and Bobby Stewart. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Poole Stewart; two sons, Ronald Stewart Jr. of Mocksville and Jeremy Bracken of Germany; two stepsons, Michael Gardner and Jamie Gardner of Salisbury; two daughters, Laura Potter and Angela Stewart of Mocksville; a stepdaughter, Tabatha Blackwell of Lexington; two brothers, Hugh Ray Stewart of Roxboro and James Stewart of Fayetteville; two sisters, Ann Buchanan of Bethlehem and Martha Bracken of Advance; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Jim Gryder and Eddie Reynolds at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Mocksville. 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 Stewart, Wade Stewart, Steve Stewart, Michael Gardner, Timmy Bracken and Chris Bracken. Honorary pallbearers will be Grady Sanders, Tim Trivette and Don Humphries. The family will be at Drum Funeral Home from 7 to 9 tonight. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Third Ave., NW, Hickory, N.C. 28601.

JACK E. BEAVER
MORGANTON - Jack Edward Beaver, 47, of Glen Alpine, died May 19, 2001, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born Feb. 25, 1954, in Burke County, he was a son of Willie Causby Beaver of Glen Alpine and the late Grover Lee Beaver. A member of Drucilla Independent Fundamental Church in Marion, he was a former 29-year employee of Carolina Shoe. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a son, Matthew Beaver of the home; a daughter, Amy Beaver of the home; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Fordham of Morganton; a brother, Paul Beaver of Glen Alpine; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Paula Beaver, Mary Hardin and Trudy and Greg Bills of Glen Alpine, and Cathy and Denver Davis of Nebo; four nephews, Keith May, David Hardin, Korey Beaver and Kyle Beaver; two nieces, Robin Owens and Kayla Beaver; a grandson, Elijah Fordham; a grandniece, Cassidy Owens; and a number of uncles and aunts. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Rick Bishop and Douglas St. John at 11 a.m. Tuesday at his 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 Sossoman Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Drucilla Independent Fundamental Church, 5578 N.C. 226, Marion, N.C. 28752.

FRED M. ADAMS
GRANITE FALLS - Fred Monroe Adams, 87, of Laurel Street, died May 19, 2001, at Shaire Center in Lenoir. Born April 28, 1914, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Hardy M. and Lillian P. Adams. A member of Concord Baptist Church in Granite Falls, he retired as a boilermaker. He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Adams. Survivors include his wife, Irene Adams of Lenoir; and a son, Gary L. Adams of Federal Way, Wash. No service is scheduled at this time. Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645. Mackie-High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RICKY E. YATES
Ricky Edward Yates, 39, of Hickory, died May 20, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born April 4, 1962, in Banner Elk, he was a son of Ralph E. and Evelyn Edmondson Yates of Boone. A member of Lakeview Baptist Church, he was chief probation parole officer for Catawba County and past president of a MS support group. He was preceded in death by a brother, Randall D. Yates. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Angela Bailey Yates; a daughter, Darby Lee Bailey Yates of the home; and a maternal grandmother, Irene Meyers of Banner Elk. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Ben Rowe at 3 p.m. Tuesday at his church. The family will be at the church at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials may be made to Lakeview Baptist Church, 4080 North Center St., Hickory, N.C. 28601. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

OCIA P. RHODEN
SHELBY - Ocia Mae Prince Rhoden, 82, of Churchill Drive, died May 20, 2001, at Hospice of Wendover. Born in Columbus County, she was a daughter of the late William H. and Docia Wright Prince. A member of Westwood Heights Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher, mission action chairperson of WMU, Sunbeam leader, and member of the homebound committee and Financial Society, she retired as a sales associate for Belk of Shelby. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Rhoden; and three brothers, Arthur L. Prince, J. Oliver Prince and Harry H. Prince. Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles W. and Charlotte Rhoden Jr. of Charleston, S.C., Richard P. and Judy Rhoden of Mount Airy, and David A. and Vikki Rhoden of Charlotte; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy R. and James Lamb of Newton; a sister, Alice Prince Harrelson of Whiteville; and six grandchildren, Jonathan Rhoden, Allison Rhoden, Will Rhoden, William Rhoden, Jordan Rhoden and Elizabeth Lamb. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Jimmy Black and Dr. Paul Sorrells at 2 p.m. Tuesday at her church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Cleveland Memorial Park. The family will be at Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight and at 842 Churchill Drive, Shelby, at other times. Memorials may be made to Westwood Heights Baptist Church, 650 Dellinger Road, Shelby, N.C. 28152.

CHARLES C. DILKS
CONOVER - Charles Calvin "Pop" Dilks, 68, of Herman Road, Claremont, died May 20, 2001, at his residence. Born May 6, 1933, in Hunterdon County, N.J., he was a son of the late Albert W. and Ella English Dilks. A member of Lighthouse Ministries in Claremont, he worked at the Riverview Beach Park and Chester Bridgeport Ferry, and he retired from the Pennsville School District. He also volunteered with the Pennsville Fire Co. He was preceded in death by a half brother. Survivors include his wife, Lucreda H. Osborn Dilks of Linwood, Pa.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Albert and Debbie Dilks of Claremont and Kenny and Candi Dilks of the home; a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, William and Zelda Rexroad of Claremont; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Cindy and Joe Ruiz of Wilmington, Del., Debbie Orner of Trainer, Pa., Mary Rodriguez of Toughkenamon, Pa., and Christina Carpenter of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 12 grandchildren, Brandy Cruiz, Lucreda Dilks, R.J. Frye, Olivia Banks, Benjamin Flynn, David Cork, Sherry Plaster, A.J. Dilks, Mya Banks, Cyrus Banks, Amber Fox and Billy Cork; and 14 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Billy Hamlett at 3 p.m. Wednesday at his church. Burial will be in Shiloh Tabernacle Cemetery in Statesville. The family will be at Drum Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

RANDY J. EADES
CONOVER - Randy Joel Eades, 54, of N.C. 10 East, died May 20, 2001, at his residence. Born April 22, 1947, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Harold and Thelma Mathis Eades. A member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Claremont, he was a 23-year employee of CommScope. He was preceded in death by a brother, Coyte Eades; and an infant sister, Joyce Louise Eades. Survivors include his wife, Regina Bean Eades; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Joel and Michelle Eades of Swannanoa, and Jeremy Eades of the home; two daughters and a son-in-law, Monica E. and Joey Workman of Cherryville, and Amanda Eades of the home; a brother and two sisters-in-law, Tim and Charlene Eades of Lincolnton, and Nancy Eades of Little Rock, Ark.; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Dixie and Ray Gillian and Kay Eades of Denver, N.C., and Marsha and Walter Joyner of Sherrills Ford; four grandchildren, Mason Eades, Joseph Workman, Adrian Bradley and Tara Workman; and in-laws, Bob and Nell Cope of Cooleemee. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Dean Kelly at 2 p.m. Tuesday at his church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Phillip Gillian, Clinton Joyner, Bob Freeze, Marvin Midkiff, Bobby Moose and Leroy Helms. Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Hurley, Dennis Craig and Joe Mathis. The family will be at the church from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1648 Shiloh Road, Claremont, N.C. 28610. Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LILLIE M. GRADY
MORGANTON - Lillie Mull Grady, 92, of U.S. 70, Glen Alpine, died May 20, 2001, at Autumn Care of Drexel after three years of declining health. Born June 16, 1908, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late John H. and Ellen Lafevers Mull. A member of Glen Alpine United Methodist Church, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Grady; two brothers, J. Ed Mull and Jack Mull; and two sisters, Princess M. Coulter and Bessie M. Hefner. Survivors include her husband of 75 years, W. Forest Grady; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald F. and Diann Grady of Valdese; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Garland T. Mull and Dewey W. and Sharon Mull of Glen Alpine; two sisters, Ruby M. Cuthbertson and Raye M. Scott of Glen Alpine; a granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Roslyn and Joe Phipps of Morganton; and a number of nephews and nieces. A graveside service will be conducted by the Revs. Tom Beall and Frank Gordon at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Glen Alpine Cemetery. The family will be at her church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Glen Alpine United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 576, Glen Alpine, N.C. 28628. Sossoman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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