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Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina
Obituaries


ROSA S. HAHN
CONOVER - Rosa Sigmon Hahn, 98, of the Abernethy Center in Newton, formerly of Ninth Street, SW, Conover, died June 12, 2001, at the Abernethy Center. Born Sept. 11, 1902, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Robert P. and Alice Matthews Sigmon. A member of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, she retired from Jackson Buff in Conover. She was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Hahn; four brothers, Charles Sigmon, Troy Sigmon, Roy Sigmon and Lester Sigmon; and three sisters, Claudia Gantt, Maudina Hefner and Catherine Sigmon. Survivors include a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Carroll Bartholomew at 11 a.m. today at her church. Burial will be in Conover City Cemetery. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Trinity Reformed Church of Christ, 217 Second Ave., NE, Conover, N.C. 28613. Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

GENEVA D. KANIPE
MORGANTON - Geneva Dellinger Kanipe, 81, of Whispering Pine Street, died June 12, 2001, at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Born Jan. 14, 1920, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Emma Moses Dellinger. A member of Southside Baptist Church, she retired from the former Skyland Textile Corp. in Morganton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Kanipe; four brothers, Charles Dellinger, Jack Dellinger, Pete Dellinger and Joe Dellinger; a sister, Mary Francis Heavner; and a grandson, Bobby Valentine. Survivors include a son, James Kanipe of Morganton; a daughter, Jean Valentine of Georgetown, S.C.; a sister, Serena Walker of Flint, Mich.; four grandchildren, Michael Kanipe, Donna Vance, Kelli Armentrout and Genelle Williams; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Virgil Morrow 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 Burke Memorial Park. The family will be at Sossoman Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight and at the residence, 139 Whispering Pine St., at other times. Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2306, Morganton, N.C. 28680.

DOROTHY H. BROOKSHIRE
NEWTON - Dorothy Priscilla Hamilton Brookshire, 87, formerly of Davidson County and Asheville, died June 13, 2001, at the Abernethy Center. Born Feb. 3, 1914, in Union County, she was a daughter of the late R.C. and Eulalia Griffin Hamilton. A member of First Baptist Church in Asheville, she was an elementary school teacher for 37 years, teaching in the Davidson County school system and associated with Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. W.N. Brookshire, two brothers and a sister. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Linda Brookshire of Durham and David and Martha Brookshire of New York, N.Y.; a sister, Christine Evans of Marshville; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Ronald Brookshire at 1 p.m. Saturday in Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery in Alexander County. The family will remain at the church after the service. Memorials may be made to Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, Inc., Mills Home Campus, Attention: Treasurer, P.O. Box 338, Thomasville, N.C. 27360. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

CHALLIE S. BEAL
MAIDEN - Challie Bain Sherrill Beal, 89, of Leonard Avenue, Newton, formerly of East Maiden Road, died June 12, 2001, at the Abernethy Center. Born Sept. 21, 1911, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Challie Bain Sherrill and Callie Epsie Brotherton Sherrill Cline. A member of Lawings Chapel Baptist Church, she retired from J.P. Stevens textiles and worked at American Efird. She was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Beal; a son, Dayton Beal; a sister, Evelyn “Chuck” Campbell; and a stepfather, Ernest Otha Cline. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerrell A. and Laura Beal of Lincolnton and Jimmie R. and Tina Beal of Newton; a daughter, Callie Ima Jean Beal of Maiden; seven sisters, Lois Snipes, Juanita “Neat” Drum, Jeannette “Net” Black and Josephine “Jo” Little of Newton, Avis “Doll” Little of Claremont, Vera “Bunk” Caldwell of Maiden and Helen Campbell of Denver, N.C.; four grandchildren, Patti Beal and Chandra Beal Holbrooks of Maiden, Myron Beal of Lincolnton and Nicole Beal of Newton; and a great-grandchild, Grace Holbrooks of Maiden. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Foyd Bennett at 5 p.m. today at her church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ernest Snipes, Larry Drum, Kenny Campbell, Gregory Campbell, Myron Beal and Donald Caldwell. Honorary pallbearers will be Jacel Snipes, Tracy Drum and Joel Campbell. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Lawings Chapel Baptist Church, Family Life Center Building Fund, 3438 East Maiden Road, Maiden, N.C. 28650. Burke Mortuaries is in charge of arrangements.

NOAH L. McDANIEL
NEWTON - Noah “Poppy” Laston McDaniel, 82, of North Spring Avenue, died June 12, 2001, at Brian Center East in Hickory. Born Feb. 27, 1919, in Louisville, Tenn., he was a son of the late Porter M. and Ida Graham McDaniel. He was self-employed as a farrier and blacksmith for 45 years. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was inducted into the North Carolina Horseman Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie “Nanny” Shaw McDaniel; a daughter, Sylvia McDaniel Roth; a brother, Allen McDaniel; and two sisters, Katherine Hughes and Molly Glass. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Joanna McDaniel of Oxford; a daughter, Linda McDaniel of the home; a sister, Nora Birchfield of Kingsport, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Nora Pope, Joe Eckard, Missy Blanchard and Allen McDaniel; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Roger Hawkins at 1 p.m. today in Eastview Cemetery with military rites conducted by members of American Legion Post 16. Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 1820 East Seventh St., Charlotte, N.C. 28204. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DOROTHY L. BIESKI
Dorothy Lincoln Bieski, 76, of Fortieth Avenue Drive, NW, died June 12, 2001, at Lutheran Nursing Home. Born Feb. 12, 1925, in New York, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Jennifer Drellick Olshey. She retired as a secretary from West Point Military Academy. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Bieski. Survivors include two daughters, Karen Ryan of Asheville and Barbara Steen of Hickory; a brother, Alexander Olshey of Hampton Bay, N.Y.; five nieces, Carol Ricotta and Nancy Latimer of Nags Head, Janice Vander Schaof of Circleville, N.Y., Aileen Ryan-Niere of Crestwood, N.Y., and Kathleen Castiglione of Golden Bridge, N.Y.; and a grandson, Brett Steen of Chattanooga, Tenn. A memorial service will be held at Millspaugh Funeral Home Monday in Walden, N.Y. Obituary information courtesy of Bass-Smith Funeral Home.

MOZEY PENNELL
GRANITE FALLS - Mozey Pennell, 75, of Bush Mountain Road, Lenoir, died June 12, 2001, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Asheville. Born Oct. 11, 1925, in Montgomery County, Ala., he was a son of the late William R. and Idell Owens Pennell. He was employed with Jim Alton Company and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sally Brown. Survivors include two sons, Alfred Pennell of Lenoir and Freddie Pennell of Hickory; three daughters, Barbara Hollar of Taylorsville, Phyllis Walters of Florence, S.C., and Diane Robinson of Connelly Springs; a brother, Odis Pennell of Lenoir; a sister, Ileen Walker of Taylorsville; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Max Crump at 11 a.m. today at Mackie-High Funeral Home. Burial will be in Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Lenoir. Pallbearers will be Alvin Brown, D.A. Brown, Billy Pennell, Michael Pennell, Tim Crump and Winfred Walker.

VIRGINIA D. GREENE
LENOIR - Virginia Dell Greene, 68, of North Main Street, died June 13, 2001, at Britthaven Nursing Home. Born July 12, 1932, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence R. and Cornelia Beaver Bradshaw. A Presbyterian, she was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Rodney Hayes Greene; a son, Rodney Steven Greene of Lenoir; a sister, Cornelia B. Austin of Lenoir; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Marietta Smith at 11 a.m. Friday in Belleview Cemetery. The family will be at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

EDGAR T. HOLMAN
LENOIR - Edgar Thomas Holman, 89, of Hudson, died June 13, 2001, at Lenoir Health Care. Born June 11, 1912, in Caldwell County, he was a son of the late Frank and Lillie Holman. A member of East Hudson Baptist Church, he retired from the furniture industry as an upholsterer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Phillips Holman; and a son, Terry Holman. Survivors include three daughters, Gloria Robbins of the home, Gail Adams of Lenoir and Judy Freeman of Roan Mountain, Tenn.; four brothers; a sister; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home.

TIA CHA
Tia Cha, 71, of Claremont, died June 10, 2001, at her residence after a period of declining health. Born Dec. 4, 1929, in Sayaboury, Laos, she was a daughter of the late Zang Cheng and Yer Lee Cha. Survivors include three sons, Pheng Lee, Jake F. Lee and Cher “Rocky” Lee; and four daughters, Shoua Lee, Mo Yang, Blia Lee and Selena Cha. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Catawba Funeral Home. Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park.

BERTIE S. FALLS
Bertie Shuford Falls, 93, of Hickory, died June 13, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital. Born March 24, 1908, in Hickory, she was a daughter of the late George and Sara Powell Shuford. A member of Bible Baptist Church of Hickory, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tonie “Ted” Lee Falls; three brothers, Charles Shuford, Robert Shuford and Phifer Shuford; and four sisters, Ruth Shuford, Ada Mosteller, Hazel Craig and Mae Brittian. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Earl and Ann Falls of Hickory; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Helen Falls Collins and Brenda and Paul Pope of Hickory, Bobbie and Wayne Collins of Connelly Springs, Shirley and Andrew Herron of High Point and Peggy and Will Eisenhour of Newton; a sister, Pauline Falls of Hickory; 14 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Harold Cantrell and Perry Stone Sr. and Pastor Jerry Stine at 11 a.m. Saturday at Catawba Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Hickory. Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight and at the residence of Brenda Pope at other times.

RUBY D. HARRIS
LENOIR - Ruby Deaton Harris, 90, of Nuway Circle, died June 13, 2001, at Lenoir Health Care. Born Feb. 5, 1911, in Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Eliam and Vettie Wilson Pritchard. A homemaker, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Harris; two sons, Bruce Deaton and Frank Deaton; two brothers, Ken Pritchard and Darius Pritchard; a sister, Pauline Henson; and two grandsons, Jerry Greene and Darrell Deaton. Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Susie and Ike McLain of Marion, Jean and Banks Phillips of Lenoir and Ellen and Bill Hollifield of Spruce Pine; two brothers, Delmar Penley of Taylorsville and Damon Pritchard of Avery County; five sisters, Margaret Braswell and Floretta Colvard of Lenoir, Dovie Stamey of Asheville, Sylvia Biggerstaff of Rutherfordton and Florence Curtis of Raleigh; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by Dr. David Boan and the Rev. Tony Bernhasel at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

IRENE B. BOLICK
CONOVER - Irene Brown Bolick, 85, of Valley Nursing Center, Taylorsville, formerly of Catawba, died June 14, 2001, at Valley Nursing Center. Born Dec. 23, 1915, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late John H. and Evy Lee Pope Brown. A member of Bethel Lutheran Church, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garland O. Bolick; a son, Kenneth R. Bolick; a daughter, Johnsie B. Rhyne; a brother, Glenn P. Brown Sr.; and a sister, Willie Mae B. Benfield. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Mack and Polly Bolick of Claremont and Jimmie and Laverne Bolick of Newton; a brother, Walter Brown of Hickory; 11 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Craig Schultz at 3 p.m. Saturday at Drum Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, 5759 Bolick Road, Claremont, N.C. 28610.

ELMENA W. FLEMING
MORGANTON - Elmena Walker Fleming, 86, of Morganton, died June 13, 2001, at Grace Hospital. Born Jan. 8, 1915, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late John W. and Mary Martha Mace Walker. She was a member of South Mountain Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Vernon Fleming; a son, Daryl John Fleming; six brothers, Joe Walker, Carl Walker, Ebbe Walker, William Walker, Frank Walker and Raymond Walker; and a great-grandson, Terry Lee Fleming Jr. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Iris Fleming and Toney and Barbara Fleming of Morganton; a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Daryl Haynes of Morganton; two brothers, Tillman Walker and Edward Walker of Morganton; a sister, Beulah Waters of Morganton; six grandchildren and four grandchildren-in-law, Bruce and Jean Fleming, Terry and Jeannie Fleming, Bryon and Tammy Fleming, Todd and Karen Fleming, Dwayne Fleming and Brad Haynes; nine great-grandchildren and a great-grandson-in-law, Sabrina and Kevin Woolridge, Jerry Fleming, Cody Fleming, Amanda Fleming, Megan Fleming, Clint Fleming, Dalton Fleming, Dustin Fleming and Wyatt Fleming; and two great-great-grandchildren, Colt Woolridge and Dawson Woolridge. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Bob Deviney at 11 a.m. today at Kirksey Funeral Home. Burial will be in South Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

PEGGY R. SHANE
LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Peggy L. Reep Shane, 69, of Greenacres, formerly of Hickory, N.C., died June 12, 2001, after a period of declining health. She was born June 11, 1932. Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Charles W. Shane; three daughters, Cynthia Dowell Lawerence, Lyndell Clay Dowell and Margaret Ellen Duncan; a brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Rachel Reep of North Carolina; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Betty Connell and Rebecca and Frank Hyne of North Carolina, and Davie Lee and Malcolm Raphael of New York; eight grandchildren and a grandson-in-law, Theresa and Donald Cook, Judy Duncan, John Duncan, Michael Frick, Clay Dowell, Jerry Dowell, Amber Stewart and Selina Stewart; and a number of other relatives and friends. The funeral will be conducted by Pastor Daniel Kyle at 1 p.m. today at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach, 5300 East Ave., West Palm Beach, Fla. 33407. Dorsey E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

HELEN M. SOUTH
LENOIR - Helen Mae South, 71, of Gateway Nursing Home, died June 14, 2001, at Caldwell County Hospice. Born June 12, 1930, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Hattie Rector Moore. A homemaker, she was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Moore. Survivors include two sons, Jerry Crouch of Rhodhiss and Barry Blevins of Lenoir; a daughter, Michelle Waters of Lenoir; two brothers, Smith Moore of Granite Falls and Lemual Moore of Florida; two sisters, Mildred Willis of Hickory and Margie Prestwood of Hudson; and three grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted by Otis Blevins at 10 a.m. today in Nazareth Advent Christian Church Cemetery. The family will be at the cemetery 30 minutes prior to 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.

MARY J. VOIERS
MAIDEN - Mary Joyce Voiers, 56, of Brookwood Circle, Lincolnton, died June 13, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Born Sept. 12, 1944, in Harveysburg, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Edith Lucille Milner Voiers. She was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Hilt. Survivors include three brothers, Bill Voiers of Jackson, Tenn., Robert Voiers of Somerset, Ky., and Charles Voiers of Mint Hill; and two sisters, Vivian Hacker of Union, Ohio, and Dorothy McKinney of Cloverdale, Calif. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burke Mortuaries is in charge of arrangements.

EVA W. HEAVNER
MAIDEN - Eva Jaye White Heavner, 65, of Berry Cap Drive, Conover, died June 13, 2001, at her residence. Born Oct. 15, 1935, in Russell County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Roy T. and Anna Mae Meade White. She retired from Ethan Allen and was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Lee Heavner, and a sister, Lela Mae Hicks. Survivors include her husband, Cecil Joe Heavner; two sons, Michael Gene Herndon of Conover and Roy Samuel Herndon of Catawba; a sister, Trula Helbert of Virginia; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Burke Mortuaries. Burial will be in Maiden City Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

ROSEMARY M. SHEW
LENOIR - Rosemary Mathis Shew, 55, of Heather Dawn Lane, died June 12, 2001, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Born Dec. 1, 1945, in Wilkes County, she was a daughter of Rosa Lee Moser Mathis of Lenoir and the late Jessee Woodrow Mathis. She attended Miracle Church in Lenoir and was a homemaker. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Billy Jo Shew; a son, Bennie Nelson Faucette of Thomasville; a daughter, Debra Souther of Greensboro; a sister, Ann Garner of Greensboro; and six grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Tim Suter at 2 p.m. Sunday in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will be at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Memorials may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.

U.L. WRIGHT
NEWTON - U.L. Wright, 80, of the Brian Center East, formerly of Liberty Hill Church Road in Claremont, died July 17, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital. Born June 13, 1921, in Monroe, Ga., he was a son of the late Tom Wright and Daisy Tillman. A member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church, he retired from Midstate Mills in Newton and was a member and senior deacon of Zion Masonic Lodge 25 in Catawba. Survivors include his wife, Lucy Wright; four sons, Thomas Wright of Charlotte, Roosevelt Wright of Lincolnton, Anthony Wright of Pfafftown and Kenneth Wright of Newton; five daughters, Connie Roland of Hickory, Daisy Bryant of Lincolnton, Ruby Pegram of Newton, Barbara Connor of Sherrills Ford and Princella Wright of Claremont; 23 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a number of nephews, nieces, relatives and friends; a godson, Roy Carr; and a goddaughter, Gladys Carr. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Michael Tolbert and Benny Thomas at 2 p.m. Saturday at his church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be the members of Zion Lodge 25. Flowerbearers will be the members of Martha Chapter 11 Order of Eastern Star. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Newton Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

HAZEL H. BOTTOMS
FALLSTON - Hazel Hedgecock Bottoms, 84, of Casar Road in Casar, died July 18, 2001, at her residence. Born Oct. 15, 1916, in Old Lyme, Conn., she was a daughter of the late Maxwell R. and Helen Mae Rogers Hedgecock. A member and former children's Sunday school teacher of Casar United Methodist Church, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Bottoms; and a sister, Ernestine White. Survivors include her husband of 68 years, the Rev. Floyd Grayson Bottoms Sr.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Floyd and Bernice Bottoms Jr. of Lincolnton and Larry and Carole Bottoms of Casar; a niece and nephew-in-law, Jane and Wayne Cole of High Point; five grandchildren, Michael Bottoms, Julie Lucas, Tracy Bottoms, Lori Bottoms and Kenneth Bottoms; five stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Herman Beck, Richard Johnson and Larry Thompson at 3 p.m. Saturday at Stamey Funeral Home. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, N.C. 28150.

SARA M. BLUM
WINSTON-SALEM - Sara Mitchell Blum, 96, died July 17, 2001, at the Nursing Center at Oak Summit. Born April 2, 1905, in Stokes County, she was a daughter of the late Jerry L. and Susie Moorefield Mitchell. A member of Calvary Moravian Church, she was a former member of the Winston-Salem Woman's Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph D. Blum; and a number of brothers and sisters. Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Peggy and Alfred Hill of Hickory and Nancy B. Wood of High Point; a brother, Stedman Mitchell of Cullowhee; two sisters, Evelyn M. Ross of Walnut Cove and Ruth M. Sherrod of Raleigh; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Lane Sapp at 2 p.m. today in God's Acre, the Moravian Graveyard In Old Salem. Memorials may be made to Calvary Moravian Church, 600 Holly Ave., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101. Vogler & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

VIVIAN J. LITTLE
Vivian H. Johnson Little, 81, of Second Street Place, SW, died July 17, 2001, at her residence after a period of declining health. Born June 13, 1920, in Hickory, he was a son of the late Rev. John and Addie Barber Holland. A member of Friendship Baptist Church, she retired from Kayser-Roth Hosiery Mill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris “Cute” Little; a daughter, Shirley Ann Johnson Jones; three brothers, Nunnie Holland, J.C. Holland and Robert Holland; three sisters, Teressa Holland, Odessa Holland and Dorothy Holland Adams. Survivors include a stepdaughter, Libby Little of Harrisburg, Pa.; three grandsons, Robert E. Jones Sr. of Hampton, Va., and John Douglas Jones and Thomas Allan Jones of Hickory; seven great-grandchildren; a nephew, Hambrick Holland of Harrisburg, Pa.; four nieces, Odessa Holland of Georgia, Virginia Holland of Colorado and Patty Holland and Cheryl Holland of Pennsylvania; three great-nephews, Koron M. Osborne of Winston-Salem, Mistor D. Williams and Mastor D. Williams of Hickory; a great-niece, Ittiely “Tigia” Osborne-Hill of Hickory; and a number of other relatives and friends. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at her church. Burial will be in Southside Cemetery. The family will be at Allen Mitchell Funeral Home from 7 to 8 tonight.

WILLIE W. HIGGINS
MORGANTON - Willie Williams Higgins, 94, of Tate Boulevard in Hickory, died July 15, 2001, at the Brian Nursing Center in Hickory after a period of declining health. Born Jan. 6, 1907, in Greenwood, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Alma Jackson Williams. A member of Maple Grove Church of God in Connelly Springs, she was a former member of St. Mark Holiness Church in Greensboro and a retired domestic worker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred W. Higgins; a brother, Ozell Williams; and two sisters, Mattie Wiley and Grace Grier. Survivors include a daughter, Peggy L. Higgins Carson of Connelly Springs; five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Paulette Anderson, James Rutheford and Keith Wiley and Elder Lamo Prysock at 1 p.m. Sunday at her church. Burial will be in Peidmont Memorial Park in Greensboro. The family will be at the church from 12:30 to 12:55 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to Maple Grove Church of God, 8894 N.C. 185, Connelly Springs, N.C. 28612. Ebony Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

SIGNA H. TRIPLIN
LENOIR - Signa Mae Horton Triplin, 88, of Healen Place, NW, formerly of Laytown, died July 16, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Born Aug. 22, 1912, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Clyde T. and Mamie Bailey Horton. A member of Laytown Mennonite Church, she retired as a health-care worker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Triplin; three brothers; four sisters; two nephews; and a niece. Survivors include two brothers, Vanda Horton of Paterson, N.J., and Utah Horton of Lenoir; two sisters, Wyoming J. Anderson of Lenoir and Eva Tugman of Paterson, N.J.; five nephews; five nieces; and a number of great-nephews and great-nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Earl Yount, James Fox and James Isbell at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home. Burial will be in Horton's Cemetery in Laytown. Pallbearers will be Avery Horton Jr., Milik Prather, Courtney McCoy, Rick Salters, Kenneth Patterson Jr. and Dale Patterson. The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 tonight.

DAVID L. CLINE Sr.
David Lee Cline Sr., 52, of Vale, died July 19, 2001, at his residence after a period of declining health. Born Dec. 22, 1948, in Lawndale, he was a son of Charles L. and Grace Parker Cline of Hickory. He was a line operator for William T. Burnett and Co. of Statesville, and was a former supervisor for Regal Manufacturing of Hickory for 19 years. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a son and daughter-in-law, David and Dora Cline Jr. of Morganton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Sean Frasure of Newton and Vickie C. and Danny Abee of Morganton; a brother, Michael Earl Cline of Hickory; a sister and brother-in-law, Linda S. and Tommy London of Claremont; and eight grandchildren, Megan Frasure, Darren Frasure, Brittany Buckner, Tyler Buckner, Haley Cline, Marha Cline, Tessa Workman and Justin Workman. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Larry Cooley and Ken Frasure at 2 p.m. Saturday at Catawba Funeral Home. Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

MARTHA C. LEDFORD
FALLSTON - Martha Jane Carpenter Ledford, 59, of Cedar Lake Farm Road in Cherryville, died July 18, 2001, at Hospice of Wendover. Born Aug. 20, 1941, in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Lawson and Bertie Marie Biggerstaff Carpenter. A member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church, she retired from Wix Oil Filters. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Fred Haney; and her second husband, William “Bill” Dean Ledford. Survivors include a son, Robert Lynn Carpenter; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tonya and Terry Smith of Cherryville and Melody Haney-Kim and Hyeon Cheonl Kim of Durham; three stepsons, Wayne Haney of Blacksburg, S.C., Danny Haney of Clover, S.C., and George Ledford of Shelby; four stepdaughters, Brenda Haney of Blacksburg, S.C., Cheryl Tallent of Polkville, Monica Mathis of Shelby and Debbie Blanton of Lawndale; two brothers, Harvey Hardin Carpenter of Kings Mountain and Donald Carpenter of Gastonia; a sister, Virginia C. Sherlin of Shelby; friends, the Rev. Carlis and Libby Ledford-Owens, Mico Owens and Dakota Owens of Mooresboro, Vera and Joe Ball of Gastonia and Barbara McDaniel of Cliffside; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. John Stein and George Williams at 4 p.m. Saturday at her church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park. The family will be at Stamey Funeral Home from 6 to 8 tonight. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Building Fund, c/o Doris Wilson, 147 Latham Wilson Road, Lawndale, N.C. 28090; or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, N.C. 28150.

BELLE E. SEAGLE
MORGANTON - Belle Epley Seagle, 92, of Regan Street, died July 18, 2001, at Grace Hospital. Born Oct. 29, 1908, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Duff R. and Blanche Epley. A member of Calvary Baptist Church, she was a former employee of Premiere Hosiery and a homemaker. She was a seamstress for many families in Burke County, and at the age of 74 won the Women's 70-74 age group USA/TFA National Championship in the 100 meter race. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gorman Lanston Seagle. Survivors include a son, Danny D. Seagle; a daughter, Linda S. Miller; a sister, Helen Epley; three grandchildren and a grandson-in-law, Deana and Randy Barrier, Jody Gibby and Erik Seagle; and two great-grandchildren, Starr Barrier and McCartney Barrier of Morganton. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Larry Thompson at 2 p.m. today in Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Playground Fund, 407 S. Green St., Morganton, N.C. 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JACK F. WILSON
MAIDEN - Jack Franklin Wilson, 70, of West Pine Street, died July 18, 2001, at his residence. Born Sept. 25, 1930, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Erin and Vashti Michaels Wilson. A member of First Baptist Church in Newton, he was a dryer operator for Delta Apparel and served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include his wife, Inez Wilson; six sons, Gene Haynes and Jimmy Haynes of Claremont, Donnie Wilson Sr., Terry Wilson and Scot Wilson of Maiden and Nelson Wilson of Lincolnton; two daughters, Sandy McHugh of Lincolnton and Gail Helms of Denver; a brother, Ernest Parker of Maiden; a sister, Nancy Clark of Newton; 19 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Rusty Craig and Ronnie Parker at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cornerstone Church. Burial will be in Maiden Cemetery. The family will be at Goodin-Drum Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

BOBBY L. PAIGE
STONY POINT - Bobby LeRoy Paige, 62, of N.C. 127, Taylorsville, died July 18, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Born July 15, 1939, in Alexander County, he was a son of the late Clinard W. and Ruby Leona Benfield Paige. A Baptist, he retired as a furniture worker. He was preceded in death by a son, David Trivette; and a brother, Hoyle Paige. Survivors include four sons, Stanley Paige of Hickory, Douglas Paige of Bethlehem, Robert Paige of Lenoir and Joe Trivette of Hudson; three brothers, Arvil Paige of Granite Falls and Atwell Paige and Gary Paige of Taylorsville; five sisters, Madeline Hull and Loretta Hull of Casar, Shirley Warlick of Newton, Martha Lackey of Simpsonville, S.C., and Reba Paige of Taylorsville; and 10 grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Dennis Spivey at 11 a.m. today in Teague-Munday Cemetery. The family will be remain at the cemetery after the service. Chapman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

COLENE B. HOKE
LENOIR - Colene Boston Hoke, 79, of Old North Road, died July 18, 2001, at Caldwell County Hospice. Born Jan. 2, 1922, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Simon and Eliza Secrest Boston. A member of First Advent Christian Church, she retired from Fairfield Chair. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence B. Hoke; three brothers; and a sister, Vergie Mae Pennell. Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Carolyn and Kyle J. Griffin and Linda A. Griffin of Lenoir; a stepson, Jackie Hoke of Lenoir; two brothers, Carroll Boston and Eugene Boston of Lenoir; a sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Horace Correll of Seattle, Wash.; and five grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted by the Revs. Johnny Carpenter and Floyd N. Boston at 4 p.m. today in Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will be at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today.

MARY E. PENNINGTON
MORGANTON - Mary Eva Pennington, 75, of Old Shelby Road, died July 18, 2001, at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. Born May 19, 1926, in Avery County, he was a daughter of the late Fred J. and Jenette Shook Greene. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe William Propst; a brother, Dallas Greene; and two sisters, Lila Hawkins and Emma Jean Mace. Survivors include a son, William Eugene Propst of Lancaster, S.C.; a daughter, Gale Propst of the home; three grandchildren, Ron Abee, Melissa Garrett and Travis Propst; and six great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Nancy Krall at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sossoman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight and at the residence of Gale Propst, 427 Old Shelby Road, at other times.

LINDOFF J. LYALL
ELKIN - Lindoff James Lyall, 92, died July 17, 2001, at Wilkes Regional Hospital after a period of declining health. Born June 7, 1909, in Wilkes County, he was a son of the late Hilt and Mandy Wingler Lyall. He retired as a farmer. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Willie Lyall; his second wife, Grace Lyall; a son, Victor Warren Lyall; and a daughter, Mary Carolyn Lyall. Survivors include three sons, James Lyall of Hickory, Joe Lyall of Elkin and Perry Lyall of Pfafftown; two daughters, Norma Jean Farmer of Florida and Iris Shook of Claremont; 30 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Joel Frye at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kennedy Funeral Home. Burial was in Grassy Creek Cemetery.


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