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Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina
Obituaries


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, she was a daughter 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. today at her church. Burial will be in Southside Cemetery. Allen Mitchell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BELLE R. BARKER
TAYLORSVILLE - Belle Ruff Barker, 94, of Kings Mountain, died July 18, 2001, at White Oak Manor. Born in Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Lafayette and Laura Luellen Carver Ruff. A member of Kings Mountain Baptist Church, she retired from American Threads in Troutman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Watson Barker; and eight brothers and sisters. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Anna B. and Talmage Loudermilk of Taylorsville and Barbara B. and Thomas Tindall Sr. of Kings Mountain; five grandchildren and four grandchildren-in-law, David Loudermilk and Danny and Jeanne Loudermilk of Taylorsville, Thomas and Lynn Tindall Jr., Greg and Jan Tindall of Kings Mountain and Christopher and Cindy Tindall of Fallston; seven great-grandchildren, Candace Loudermilk, Jenell Loudermilk, Christopher Loudermilk, Leistey Tindall, Lane Tindall, Krista Tindall and Jana Tindall; and a great-great-grandson, Seth Alexander Bruton. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today at her church. Burial will be in Mountain Rest Cemetery in Kings Mountain. Memorials may be made to Kings Mountain Baptist Church, Building Fund, 101 West Mountain St., Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086. Harris Funeral Home in Kings Mountain is in charge of arrangements. Obituary information courtesy of Alexander Funeral Service.

SHEILA H. EVANS
MORGANTON - Sheila Ann Haynes Evans, 64, of East Parker Road, died July 19, 2001, at her residence after a period of declining health. Born April 3, 1937, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late S.M. and Annabelle Clark Haynes. A member of Bethel United Methodist Church, she was a Sunday school teacher and longtime member of the church administrative council. Survivors include her husband, Gene Dixon Evans; a son, Andrew Evans of Forest City; a daughter, Cynthia Evans of Morganton; a brother, Jimmy Haynes of Morganton; a sister, Georgia Berry of Morganton; and three grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Neville Storey and Terry Howell at 4 p.m. Sunday at her church. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will be at Sossoman Funeral Home from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690; or Bethel United Methodist Church, 1338 Bethel Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655.

ANNABELL D. BENTLEY
TAYLORSVILLE - Annabell Deal Bentley, 90, of Valley Nursing Center, formerly of Seventh Street, NW, died July 20, 2001, at Valley Nursing Center. Born Nov. 29, 1910, in Alexander County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie D. and Lula Queen Wike Deal. A member and former Sunday school teacher of Salem Lutheran Church, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Herman Bentley; four brothers, Frank Deal, Wilson Deal, Roy Deal and Sam Deal; and two sisters, Ideal Wike and Estelle Deal. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Arnold Barnette of Taylorsville; a special daughter, Margie Hall; a brother, Henley Deal of Taylorsville; two sisters, Nora Lou Bowman and Jennie Wike of Taylorsville; a grandson, Billy Adams; two granddaughters and a grandson-in-law, Argena Barnette and her fiance, Joy Sweet, and Arnetta and Richard Sumpter; four great-grandchildren, Taylor Sumpter, Anna Sumpter, Jessica Sumpter and William David Adams; and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Ray Ohlendorf at 3 p.m. Sunday at her church. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Kerley, Mark Norris, Jimmy Hall, Steve Hoover, Jacob Kerley and Roy Deal Jr. The family will be at Adams Funeral Home from 7 to 9 tonight and at the residence of Brenda Barnette, 204 Seventh St., NW, at other times. Memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church, Play Ground Fund, 4046 N.C. 16 North, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681.

VIRGINIA I. GORTNEY
Virginia Irene Gortney, 74, of Hickory, died July 19, 2001, at the Brian Center in Viewmont after a period of declining health. Born March 3, 1927, in Hansonville, Va., she was a daughter of the late Bill and Lacy Hicks. She was a member of Way of Life Ministries in Lincolnton. She was preceded in death by a son, George Edward Weeks; and three daughters, Nancy Scronce, Betty Pruitt and Pauline Fisher. Survivors include her husband, Johnny Gortney; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Dallas Ballard Weeks of Newton, Barry and Karen B. Weeks of Hickory and Larry Weeks of Salisbury; two daughters and a son-in-law, Elizabeth Camby of Claremont and Shirley and Gary Ball of Lawndale; five brothers, Arnold Hicks of Viewmont, the Rev. Paul Hicks of Conover, John Tanner Hicks and Jim Hicks of Claremont and Dillard Hicks of Catawba; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Pat and Ben Moser of Claremont and Clara Hughes of Newton; 21 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Paul Hicks 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 7 to 8:30 tonight.

INEZ H. WILSON
MAIDEN - Inez Haynes Wilson, 78, of West Pine Street, died July 20, 2001, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born March 24, 1923, in Lincoln County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Mae Correll Haynes. A member of Cornerstone Church, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Franklin Wilson. Survivors include 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, Clarence “Bud” Haynes of Newton; a sister, Irene Gurley 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. today at her church. Burial will be in Maiden City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658. Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JONIA BILLINGS
TAYLORSVILLE - Jonia Billings, 94, of Belcamp, Md., died July 18, 2001, at Riverside Nursing Home in Belcamp, Md. Born Nov. 18, 1906, in Wilkes County, he was a son of the late Thomas and Betty Billings. A Baptist, he was a paver in highway construction and a farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Ella Watkins Billings; three sons, Carl Billings, David Billings and Charles Brinegar; three brothers, Meridith “Bud” Billings, Frank Billings and Orlie Billings; five sisters, Maude Caudill, Doanie Joines, Bethany Billings, Alli Billings and Becky Brooks; a grandchild; and a great-grandchild. Survivors include seven sons, Talmage Billings, Woodrow Billings, Paul Billings and Daniel Billings of Street, Md., Hort Billings and Steavy Billings of Bel Air, Md., and Don Billings of Port Deposit, Md.; a daughter, Lorene Billings Jarrell of Taylorsville; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Burch Hamby, Amos Combs and Karl Jarrell at 4 p.m. Monday at his church. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142. The family will be at the church two hours prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Wayside Missions Inc., P.O. Box 749, Hiddenite, N.C. 28636. Alexander Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

ISAAC A. CRUNKLETON Jr.
LENOIR - Isaac Austin “I.A.” Crunkleton Jr., 85, of U.S. 321-A in Granite Falls, died July 19, 2001, at Caldwell County Hospice. Born Sept. 13, 1915, in Habersham County, Ga., he was a son of the late Issac A. and Maggie Mae Teasley Crunkleton Sr. Retired from Burlington Industries after 33 years of service, he attended Sunrise Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ted Crunkleton, Earl Crunkleton and Roy Crunkleton; and three sisters, Edna Fulbright, Ruth Oliver and Hettie Faulkenbury. Survivors include his wife, Ossie Brown Crunkleton; two sons, Wayne E. Crunkleton of Sawmills and Gerald W. Crunkleton of Hudson; a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and David Whisnant of Lenoir; two sisters, Inez Fisher and Eloise Howell of Jacksonville, Fla.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Edd Warren at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sunrise Baptist 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 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.

MARGARET P. LYONS
ANGOLA, Ind. - Margaret Jean Pfingstag Lyons, 71, of Hickory, N.C., died July 19, 2001, at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Born Dec. 10, 1929, in Hudson, she was a daughter of the late Vivian and Cleota Lint Pfingstag. A member of Angola Christian Church, she attended Highland Baptist Church in Hickory, N.C., and was active in the choir. A homemaker, she was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a school teacher for a number of public and private schools in California, Indiana and North Carolina. She also taught for two years in Germany. Survivors include her husband, Donald W. Lyons of Hickory, N.C.; a son, Gary Lyons of Wake Forest, N.C.; a daughter, Amy Holdeman of Bloomington; a brother, Richard Pfingstaf of Angola; two sisters, Joann Coggeshall of Angola and Ruth Fox of Bay City, Mich.; and four grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by Pastor Kenny Robinson at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Angola Christian Church. Burial will be in Circle Cemetery in Hudson. The family will be at Weicht Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to Angola Christian Church; or Highland Baptist Church in Hickory, N.C.

DONNA A. HALSTEAD
BOONE - Donna Ann Halstead, 49, of Ridgecrest Lane, Blowing Rock, died July 17, 2001, at her residence. Born Jan. 18, 1952, in Charleston, W.Va., she was a daughter of Christine Burgess Halstead of Mooresville and the late Ernest Eugene Halstead. A self-employed computer consultant, she was listed in Who's Who Worldwide for her achievements in computer programming. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Sarah Halstead of Mooresville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Diana and Ricky Chambers of North Wilkesboro and Debbie and Mark Haney of Mooresville; three nephews; and three nieces. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Watauga County, 136 Furman Road, Boone, N.C. 28607; or Watauga County Humane Society, 200 Casey Lane, Boone, N.C. 28607. Barney Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

LINDOFF J. LYALL
ELKIN - Lindoff James Lyall, 92, died July 17, 2001, at Wilkes Regional Hospital after a period of declining health. Survivors include three sons, James Lyall of Hickory, Joe Lyall of Elkin and Perry Lyall of Pfafftown; two daughters, Norma Jean Turner of Florida and Iris Shook of Claremont; 30 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren. Kennedy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

W.A. BRADSHAW
W.A. Bradshaw, 36, of Hickory, died July 21, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 21, 1964, in Catawba County, he was a son of R.W. Bradshaw of Hickory and the late Laura Jean S. Bradshaw. A member of Hickory Mennonite Church, he was employed by Shurtape. He was preceded in death by a brother, Denver Allen Ayers. Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Debbie F. Bradshaw; four sisters, Brenda Walters, Sheila Townsend and Diane Bradshaw of Hickory and Addie Bradshaw of Conover; mother-in-law, Dianne Frisk of Granite Falls; three nephews; and a niece. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Ben Eberly and Matt Cubbage at 4 p.m. Monday at Bass-Smith Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mountain View Mennonite Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Shane Rooks, Michael Frisk, Scott Ingle, Jerry Burnette, John Powell, Tommy Townsend, Mark Kanupp and Jeremy Powell. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Hickory Mennonite Church, 1405 Second Street Drive, SW, Hickory, N.C. 28602.

JOHN S. TEAGUE
TAYLORSVILLE - John Spergon Teague, 83, of Rink Dam Road, died July 20, 2001, at his residence. Born Oct. 7, 1917, in Alexander County, he was a son of the late Boone and Betty Teague. A member of Smyrna Baptist Church, he was a former Sunday school class member. A farmer, he owned and operated a grocery and service station. He also worked in furnture and carpentry. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Woodrow Teague and Earl Teague; and two sisters, Christine Teague and Annie Fox. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Vera Bowman Teague; two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty M. and Hugh Sherrill and Shirley and Andy Baker of Taylorsville; a brother, Sam Teague of Hickory; two grandsons, Mike Sherrll and Vic Baker; and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Horace Moree, Stan Frye and Michael Barber at 3:30 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. The family will be at Adams Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight and at his residence at other times. Memorials may be made to Smyrna Baptist Church, 6174 Church Road, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681 or Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681.

JAMES W. SIDES Jr.
TAYLORSVILLE - James William Sides Jr., 59, of Leach Road, Hiddenite, died July 20, 2001, at his residence. Born Jan. 23, 1942, in Rowan County, he was a son of James W. Sides Sr. of Salisbury and the late Frances Sides. A member of Calvary Baptist Church in Salisbury, he attended Freedom Baptist Church in Hiddenite. A supervisor and senior employee with Freightliner Trucking in Cleveland, he was a member of B.A.S.S. and the Ellis Crossroad Saddle Club. He was a minor-league baseball player with the Greensboro Yankees. Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Betty Warren Sides; a daughter, Sherry Sides of Spencer; a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Tracy and Peggy King of Hiddenite; a brother, Ronnie Sides of Salisbury; two sisters, Barbara Gail Cobb of Summerfield, S.C., and Patricia Sides of Salisbury; and a stepgrandson, Tracy Derrick King. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Sam Vallini and Craig Hamlin at 3 p.m. today at Adams Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Hiddenite Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service and at his residence at other times. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681.

LEONA D. FELDER
LENOIR - Leona “Tussy” Devone Felder, 45, of Hartley Place, NW, died July 19, 2001, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born Feb. 26, 1956, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of Edith B. Felder of Lenoir and the late Leon Felder. A member of Smith Memorial United Methodist Church, she was a former front desh clerk at Jameson Inn. She was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Joe Felder. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a son, Gerard M. Felder of the home; a daughter, Lasheyla D. Felder of the home; two brothers, Terry Leon Felder of Lenoir and Nolan Carlton of Atlanta, Ga.; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Rebecca F. and Tony Davenport of Troutman, Brenda K. Felder and Genevieve F. Howell of Lenoir; two uncles, Leroy Felder and Howard Tugman of Lenoir; two aunts, Winnie Dixon and Mabel Scott of Lenoir; a friend, George “Spooky” Witherspoon of Lenoir; and a grandson, Shyhem M. Felder of the home. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Miller Carter, Thomas O. Nixon, Earl Yount, Jimmie Norwood and Rocky Dula at 3 p.m. Tuesday at her church. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Derek Witherspoon, Michael Ferguson, Ronald Harper, Anthony Horton, Keith Norwood and Cortez Gibbs. Honorary pallbearers will be Ervin Patterson, Samuel Felder and Angelo Bristol. The family will be at Ebony Funeral Service from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and at the residence of Edith Felder, 430 Arlington Circle, at other times.

OPAL D. GREENE
LENOIR - Opal Elizabeth Davis Greene, 72, of Roby Martin Road, died July 21, 2001, at her residence. Born May 31, 1929, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late S. Columbus and Blanche Story Davis. She retired from Bernhardt Furniture Company after 20 years of service. Survivors include her husband, Roy L. Greene; three daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and William Smith and Linda and Tracy Bradshaw of Lenoir and Pam and James Gibson of Wadmalaw Island, S.C.; a brother, Wayne B. Davis of Lenoir; six sisters, Mae Carroll, Jean Eller and Shirley Greene of Lenoir, Ruby Elder of Hudson, Carolyn Waters of Dallas, Texas, and Becky Vann of Rocky Mount; and three grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Kenneth Mashburn, Robert Livingston and Tim Greene at 4 p.m. Monday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be A. Scott Hayes, Jack Greene Jr., Tony Greene, Lee Carroll, Chris Conley and Vernon Berryhill. 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 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 870, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

HARMON A. HALL
Harmon Albert Hall, 84, of Thirty-third Street, NW, died July 20, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. Born Nov. 21, 1916, in Montgomery County, he was a son of the late Charles V. and Gladis Byers Hall. Owner and operator of H & H Burner Service, he was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lena Teague Hall; a brother, Aubrey Thomas Hall. Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn P. Connell of Stanley and Wendy Wade of Realto, Calif.; a sister, Lavonia H. Saunders of Charlotte; a nephew, John Saunders of Lenoir; three nieces, Diana Spiegler of Charlotte and Geri Hopkins and Gladys Hardister of Albemarle; three grandsons, Randi Neff of Cullowhee, Todd Caldwell of Huntersville and Chris Goodwin of Joplin, Mo.; a granddaughter, Regina Goodwin of Joplin, Mo.; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Gregg Williams at 3 p.m. today in Catawba Memorial Park. The family will be at Hickory Funeral Home from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today.

ERVIN M. WALKER
MORGANTON - Ervin Michael Walker, 61, of Morganton, died July 21, 2001, at Valdese General Hospital. Born April 7, 1940, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Robert E. and Ruby Smith Walker. A member of Burkemont Baptist Church, he attended Mount Home Baptist Church. The former owner and operator of the Laurel General Store, he was employed by American Efrid. He was preceded in death by a brother, William Rex Walker. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Roper Walker; a son and daughter-in-law, Ervin M. and Rutha Walker Jr. of Morganton; two daughters and a son-in-law, Pamela Dawn Walker of Boone and Jill W. and Gerald King of Morganton; two brothers, Danny Bernard Walker of Morganton and Larry Jefferson Walker of Drexel; three sisters, Betty Ann Buff of Valdese and Alice Faye Poteat and Rebecca Carolyn Stamey of Morganton; and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Jerry Gamble, David Orders and Clyde Murray at 4 p.m. Monday at Mount Home Baptist Church. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Mount Home Baptist Church, Building Fund, 2272 Mount Home Church Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655 or Burkemont Baptist Church, Building Fund, 4668 Burkemont Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655. Kirksey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JAMES BOYD
MORGANTON - James “Mick” Boyd, 62, of Sol Mull Street, died July 21, 2001, at Morganton Long Term Care after a period of declining health. Born Feb. 6, 1939, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Walter and Ethel Padgett Boyd. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gene Boyd and Harold Boyd. Survivors include his wife, Nina Hawkins Boyd; a son, Steven Boyd of Morganton; a daughter, Sheila Boyd of Morganton; three brothers, Earl Boyd, Richard Boyd and Ralph Boyd of Morganton; and a granddaughter, Kelly Saulmon of Morganton. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Nancy Krall at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Snow Hill United Methodist 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 p.m. Monday and at his residence at other times.

GRADY R. GORMAN
SHELBY - Grady R. Gorman, 91, of Sunrise Circle, died July 19, 2001, at his residence. A member of Eastside Baptist Church, he retired as a loom fixer from J.P. Stevens. He was preceded in death by his parents, James R. and Myrtle Louise Haynes Gorman; his first wife, Mattie Alice Stamey Gorman; his second wife, Nell Killian Smith Gorman; a son, Donald Gorman; and a friend, Beula Pendleton. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Ray Howard Gorman of Lake Norman, Wayne and Patsy Gorman of Hickory and Doris Gorman of Shelby; a daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Howard Smith of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted by Dr. Harold Fite at 3:30 p.m. today in Cleveland Memorial Park. The family will be at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home from 2 to 3 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to Eastside Baptist Church, 1165 Wyke Road, Shelby, N.C. 28150.

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. 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; a sister, Eliza Mae Bridges of Lincolnton; 23 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends; a godson, Roy Carr; and a goddaughter, Gladys Carr. Newton Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

ELMA C. LAIL
MORGANTON - Elma Childers Lail, 75, of Lail Drive, SE, Valdese, died July 19, 2001, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born April 16, 1926, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Elihugh and China Cook Childers. She attended The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira L. Lail; two daughters, Betty Ann Lail and Onita Faye Lail; a brother, Aaron Childers; and two sisters, Delma Lail and Goldie Kaiser. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Brady I. and Delia Lail of North Wilkesboro and Wesley D. and Tammy Lail of Valdese; two daughters and sons-in-law, Fonda L. and Steve Brown of Morganton and Jamie Marie L. and Thurman Stoddard of Marion; a brother, Clarence Childers of Connelly Springs; a sister, Verdie Mull of Morganton; eight grandchildren, Emmie Hays, Tonia Taylor, Bradia Burwell, Joshua Lail, Kimberly O. Brown, Daniel Stoddard, Autumn Stoddard and Isaac Stoddard; and five great-grandchildren, Taylor Burwell, Dawson Burwell, Kendell Brown, Kendrick Brown and Kierre Brown. The funeral will be conducted by C.S. Brown at 2 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Jehovah's Witnesses Cemetery.

AUBREY C. WILLIAMS Jr.
Aubrey Chappell Williams Jr., 48, of Hickory, died July 20, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 13, 1952, in Petersburg, Va., he was a son of Gertrude Winn Williams of Hickory and Aubrey C. Williams Sr. A member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church, he was a correctional officer with Burke-Catawba Detention Center. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a son, Micheal Williams of Newton; a daughter, Stephanie Strouse of Pennsylvania; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy W. and Benjamin Yoder of Newton and Patricia W. and Kenneth Wilmoth of Hickory; and two nephews, Cory Yoder and Justin Yoder. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Gordon Benton at 3 p.m. Monday at his church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Mountain Grove Baptist Church, Building Fund, 6156 Mountain Grove Road, Hickory, N.C. 28602. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ORA MAE P. BRITTAIN
Ora Mae Propst Brittain, 91, of Old Shelby Road, died July 21, 2001, at the Abernethy Center in Newton. Born Oct. 13, 1909, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Sally Fulbright Propst. A member of Providence Baptist Church, she served in several capacities at the church, including treasurer, Sunday school teacher, vacation Bible school teacher, W.M.U. leader, and director of senior adult ministries. She also was active in the Cooksville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and owned and operated Brittain's Supermarket. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Brittain; four brothers, Alex Propst, Tom Propst, Reed Propst and Ralph Propst; and a sister, Vida Propst Huffman. Survivors include a number of nephews and nieces and the family of Gary and Linda Whitener. A memorial service will be conducted by Dr. Carson Mosely and the Rev. Ernest Richards at 11 a.m. today at her church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Keith Whitener, Kevin Whitener, Jerry Watts, J.R. Sigmon, Curt Abee and Eulas Lynn. Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church, 7618 Providence Church Road, Hickory, N.C. 28602. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RUBY W. ROBERTS
MORGANTON - Ruby Williams Roberts, 78, of U.S. 70 East, died July 22, 2001, at Hospice Shytle House after a period of declining health. Born Nov. 20, 1922, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Otis B. and Carrie Wike Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe T. Roberts, and a son, Wesley Roberts. Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ronnie F. Roberts of Morganton and his friend, Ellen Kisby, and Thomas R. and Barbara Roberts of Dover, Del.; a daughter, Frances Roberts Carrigan of Gastonia; a brother, Ralph Williams of Lake Norman; two sisters, Rachel Crisp of Granite Falls and Gladys Kirby of Saluda, S.C.; five grandchildren, Greg Carrigan, Andrea Hardee, Candi Roberts, Grant Roberts and Tracy Williams; and seven great-grandchildren, Clay Carrigan, Chandler Carrigan, Anna Hardee, Alex Hardee, Abigail Hardee, Shyla Miller and Kimberly Roberts. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Ray Hardee at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sossoman Funeral Home. Entombment will be in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight and at the residence, 2535 U.S. 70 East, Morganton, at other times. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 29690 or Forest Pointe Community Church, P.O. Box 550186, Gastonia, N.C. 28055-0186.

CECIL L. SIPE
CONOVER - Cecil Lee Sipe, 65, of Canova Forest Drive, died July 21, 2001, at his residence. Born May 21, 1936, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Cecil A. and Lucy Lee Travis Sipe. A member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, he was employed with Leathercraft Furniture for 28 years and maintained part-time employment there. He attended Catawba Valley Community College and served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army6s 82nd Airborne. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Willa Mae LeFevers and Juanita Wishon. Survivors include three daughters, Leona Patton of Maiden and Sandra Hardin and Janice Melvin of Conover; a brother, Charles W. Sipe of Newton; a sister, Becky McCall of Long View; six grandchildren, Kris Patton, Kyle Patton, Jonathan Sipe, Adam Hardin, John David Hardin and Brandi Melvin; and his ex-wife, Betty Barfield of Conover. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Wilburn J. Edmondson at 7 tonight at Drum Funeral Service. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Conover City Cemetery. The family will remain at the funeral home tonight after the service and will be at the residence from 1 to 5 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1560 Nathanial St., Newton, N.C. 28658.

JAMES D. BROWN
James Douglas “J.D.” Brown, 57, of Conover, died July 22, 2001, at his residence. Born March 31, 1944, in Johnson County, Tenn., he was a son of James A. Brown of Mountain City, Tenn., and the late Venie Mae Tester Brown. A member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, he retired from General Electric. Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Sylvia Cody Brown; a son, Keith D. Brown of Dayton, Ohio; a daughter, Jamie Brown Ballard of Newton; a sister, Ann Brown Cress of Mountain City, Tenn.; two grandsons, Ritchie Ballard of Newton and Ethan Douglas Brown of Dayton, Ohio; and a granddaughter, Emily Danielle Brown of Dayton, Ohio. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Lonnie Ray and Kirk Swisher at 6 p.m. Tuesday at his church. A graveside service will be held in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Mountain City, Tenn., at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The family will be at his church after the funeral. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

TERRY L. POOVEY
CONOVER - Terry Denise Lattimore Poovey, 45, of Hillview Drive, NE, died July 21, 2001, at Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville after a period of declining health. Born Aug. 12, 1955, in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of Osteen Ensley Lattimore of Statesville and the late James Thomas Lattimore. A member of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, she was a graduate of Gaston College's nursing program. She was employed with Davis Regional Medical Center as a registered nurse and was a former supervisor in the psychiatric unit. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Paul David Poovey; a son, Alexander Smith Poovey of the home; two brothers, James Thomas Lattimore III of Newton and Tracy Melvin Lattimore of Statesville; and a sister, Tammy Lattimore Detyens of Charleston, S.C. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Carroll Bartholomew 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 St. Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery in Conover. The family will be at Drum Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

MARY L. LOGAN
NEWTON - Mary Lee Logan, 70, of Sixth Avenue Drive, SW, Conover, died July 20, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital. Born May 15, 1931, in Gaffney, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Alford Dawkens and Alice Leach. A homemaker, she was a graduate of Grand High School in Gaffney, S.C. She was preceded in death by a son, two brothers and two sisters. Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Thomas Logan; three daughters, Mary L. Studderton and Gloria Gean Hert of High Point and Alice Marie Shorts of Cary; eight grandchildren; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Frederick Perry and Cornelius Holland at 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Washington Park Cemetery in Conover. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Newton Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

LOUIE A. TRIPLETT
LENOIR - Louie Atwell Triplett, 80, of Forrest Hill Park Place, died July 21, 2001, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born Sept. 8, 1920, in Caldwell County, he was a son of the late Reece and Mamie Higgins Triplett. He owned and operated Carolina Bonded Roofing & Sheet Metal Company. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Barnes, and a brother, Elwood Triplett. Survivors include his wife, Louise Rader Triplett; a brother, Wayne Triplett of Lenoir; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral and burial will be private and held at a later date. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BLANCHE C. HUFFMAN
VALDESE - Blanche Carpenter Huffman, 80, of Malcolm Boulevard, Rutherford College, died July 21, 2001, at Shaire Center in Lenoir after a period of declining health. Born Dec. 9, 1920, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Spurgeon and Fannie Lambert Carpenter. A member of Valdese First Baptist Church, she was active in the OWLS and women's circle. A homemaker, she had worked at Alba-Waldensian, Valdese General Hospital clinic, Belk and Waldensian Bakery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton James “Kip” Huffman. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and JoAnn Huffman of Lenoir; four sisters, Grace Lowman and Ruby Sigmon of Valdese, Ruth Hollar of Conover and Rita Franklin of Drexel; a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Alan and Amanda Huffman of Granite Falls; a granddaughter, Tricia Huffman of Columbia, S.C.; a great-grandson, Alec Clifton Huffman of Granite Falls; and a number of nephews and nieces. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Timothy Horldt at 3 p.m. Tuesday at her church. Burial will be in Burke Memorial Park. The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Valdese First Baptist Church, 500 Faet St., Valdese, N.C. 28690. Heritage Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

JOE B. MASK
LENOIR - Joe Bain Mask, 71, of Karr Drive, Hudson, died July 21, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born May 20, 1930, in Caldwell County, he was a son of the late William and Martha Austin Mask. A member of Harris Chapel Baptist Church, he retired from Kincaid Furniture Company after 25 years of service. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ira Mask, John Mask and Brooks Mask, and two sisters, Ruby Mathis and Mary Helton. Survivors include his wife, Linda Benfield Mask; a son, Larry Lowman of Madison; two daughters and sons-in-law, Crystal and Patrick Morrow of Hudson and Sheila and Charles Lackey of Rhodhiss; a brother, Glenn “Hank” Mask of Hudson; four sisters, Billie Sue Mask, Cassie Wright and Colleen Miller of Hudson, and Wilma Miller of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Lynn Parsons at 2 p.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. Pallbearers will be Henry Mask, David Wright, Dennis Mask, Tim Nichols, Tommy Maltba and Michael Mask. The family will be at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight. Memorials may be made to Harris Chapel Baptist Church, 1144 Cajah's Mountain Road, Hudson, N.C. 28638.


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