Ethel Carrigan Wike Brookshire, age 90, of Herman Road, Taylorsville, died unexpectedly Monday, October 7, 2002, at the residence of her daughter following an illness of six months. She was born in Alexander County May 28, 1912, the daughter of the late Robert C. Carrigan and Hattie Mae Little Carrigan. She was retired from textiles and was a homemaker. She was educated in the Alexander County Schools and was a member of Liledoun Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Adult Sunday School Class. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Chaunce Wike; her second husband, Charlie Brookshire; a sister, Carma Teague; and two brothers, Ronald Carrigan and Monroe Carrigan.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Brown and husband Herman of Taylorsville; a step-daughter, Evelyn Harring-ton and husband David of Statesville; a son, J. D. Carrigan and wife Jossie of Taylorsville; a step-son, Everette Wike and wife Dorothy of Taylorsville; a sister, Dalphine Loudermelk of Taylorsville; three brothers, William (Bill) Carrigan, Samuel Carrigan, and Ozzie Carrigan all of Taylorsville; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, October 9, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. at Liledoun Baptist Church with Rev. James Bumgarner and Rev. Michael Barber officiating. Burial followed in the Liledoun Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Adams Funeral Home of Taylorsville was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Jane Kinsey Heffern, age 84, of Salisbury, and formerly of Culpeper, Va., and Long Branch, N.J., died Saturday, October 5, 2002, at Autumn Care of Salisbury. She was born in East Liverpool, Ohio, March 22, 1918, the daughter of the late Wilkie Kinsey and Thresa Kinsey. She married Vernon Wilson Heffern on February 7, 1942. Together, they attended the Salvation Army Training College in New York City, preparing them to serve as officers with that organization for ten years. Mary was a devoted wife and helpmate, assisting and supporting her husband in his professional work and in his many civic and religious activities. They spent fifty-three years together until the time of his death in 1995.
Surviving are her three children, Robert Heffern and wife Diane of Salisbury, Barbara Sue H. McBride and husband David of La Crosse, Wisc., and Thomas Heffern and wife Janet of Clinton, Tenn.; grandchildren, Thomas, Collin, Peter, Robert, Todd, and Andrew Heffern and Jane, John, and James McBride; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Joseph, Noah, and soon to be born Daniel Heffern; sister, Helen Kinsey of East Liverpool, Ohio; sisters-in-law, Lois Kinsey of Franklin, Tenn., and Marion Phillips of Port Orange, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Mary was preceded in death by brothers, Collin, Harry, Wilkie, Donald, Ray, and Robert Kinsey; sisters, Minnie Hyder and Ruth Sanford; and a great-grandson, Isaiah Heffern. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 9, 2002, 7:00-9:00 p.m., at Found and Sons Funeral Home in Culpeper, Va.
A service of celebration of Mary’s life will be held Thursday, October 10, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. at the Culpeper United Methodist Church with Rev. John Crawford and Rev. Robert Donnelly officiating.
Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, 61 Atlantic Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740, to Culpeper United Methodist Church, 1233 Oaklawn Dr., Culpeper, VA 22701, or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 83, Culpeper, VA 22701.
Found and Sons Funeral Home of Culpeper, Va., is assisting with arrangements.
Walter William Melton, age 66, of N.C. Hwy. 127, Taylorsville, died Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was born in Rutherford County April 30, 1936, the son of the late Jesse William Melton and Dora Gladys Philbeck Melton. He was of the Baptist faith and was a retired furniture worker. Mr. Melton was also an avid CB operator whose handle was “Red American.”
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Melton and Larry Melton, and an infant sister, Sylvia Melton. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Fox Melton of the home; three daughters, Cindy Wyatt, Lisa Brown, and Sandy Shook, all of Taylorsville; four brothers, Harley Melton and Clarence Melton, both of South Carolina, Jack Melton of Dallas, N.C., and James Melton of Granite Falls; one sister, Brenda Bunton of Hickory; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, October 4, 2002, at the Chapman Funeral Home Chapel in Stony Point with Rev. Rick Peterson officiating. Burial followed in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Hickory. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Melton Family at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com. Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point was in charge of arrangements.
Rosa Lee Gunter Payne, age 67, of Statesville, died Thursday, October 3, 2002, at her residence.
She was born in New Port, Tenn., September 22, 1935, the daughter of the late Dave Gunter and Neter Gunter. She was a retired seamstress and a retired sales clerk at JR Sales. She was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her second husband, Glenn Payne; one son, Ronnie Gunter; two brothers, Arville Gunter and Jessie Gentry; and two sisters, Dorothy McDade and Nancy Sowers. Survivors include one son, Wayne Gryder of Hickory; two daughters, Teresa Gryder Queen of Statesville and Kathy Payne of the home; three brothers, L.V. Gunter and Andrew Gunter, both of Statesville, and Steve Gunter of Maiden; three grandchildren, Tim Gryder, Ashley Simpson, and Sara Elizabeth Fox, all of Statesville; and three great-grandchildren, Brandon Gryder, Kaylan Gryder, and Jazlyn Simpson, all of Statesville. A graveside service was conducted Sunday, October 6, 2002, at Iredell Memorial Gardens in Statesville with Rev. Jason Guyer officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Founda-tion, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852. Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Payne Family at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com. Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point was in charge of arrangements.
Harold Winston Bowman, age 72, of Asheville, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at his residence.
He was born in Alexander County, the son of Retha Simmons Bowman of Asheville and the late Ransom Bowman. He was a member of Corinth Baptist Church and was retired from WNC Tile. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Bowman will be remembered most for his unconditional love for his family. His hobbies were family, playing with the grandchildren, and chatting with the guys at McDonald’s.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Bowman, in 1975. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his loving wife of forty-six years, Annie Mae Russ Bowman; three daughters, Brenda Sue Plemmons and husband Ted of Leicester, Nancy June Bowman of Asheville, and Mitzi Wade and husband Larry of Leicester; eight grandchildren, Scott Plemmons, Tim Plemmons, Kellie Plemmons, Mark Plemmons, Jennifer Campbell, Harold Keith Sellers, Justin Wade, and Courtney Wade; two great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Jackson Plemmons; two sisters, Nancy Randall of Asheville and Janet Cartwright of Leicester; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, October 5, 2002, at the Patton Avenue Chapel of Groce Funeral Home in Asheville with Rev. Ralph Sexton, Jr., Rev. C.J. Duvall, and Rev. Bennie Wade officiating. Burial followed in the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers included Van Duncan, Joe Lamir, J.T. Barber, Mark Gowing, Joe Woody, and Ron Gowing. Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813. The memorial register is available at “Funerals Scheduled” at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
Carles Michael “Mike” Wellman, age 49, of Morganton, died Saturday, October 5, 2002.
He was born in Cleveland County June 20, 1953, the son of Verlie Denton Deaton of Morganton and the late Carles Sidney Wellman. He was a graduate of Salem High School and was the founder and co-owner of Town and Country Tire in Mountain View, Hickory, Taylorsville, and Morganton. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Morganton, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, committee member, R.A. leader, and choir member. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Randy Olin Wellman.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Rachel Shook Wellman of the home; one son, Jeff Wellman and wife Melisa of Morganton; one daughter, Kimberly Wellman of Morganton; four grandchildren, Taylor Lane, Blake Wellman, Anna Tallant, and Alec Wellman; a sister, Bettye Baird and husband David of Morganton; his step-father, Bill Deaton of Morganton; his parents-in-law, Clyde and Marie Shook of Connelly Springs; three sisters-in-law, Elaine Lawton, Patricia Wright, and Laura Schark; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning, October 9, 2002, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Cline and Rev. Ernie Richards officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 678, Morganton, NC 28680 or to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2396 Enola Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home of Morganton was in charge of arrangements.
Charles Robert “Bob” Cagle, age 76, of Taylorsville, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at his residence.
He was born in Haywood County October 11, 1925, the son of the late Archie Martin Cagle and Maude Cochrane Cagle. He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Hickory and was retired from General Electric. A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, he served during World War II in the South Pacific.
Mr. Cagle was a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association, a charter member of the Hickory Rescue Squad, Chairman of the Hickory City School Board (1970-1973), Commissioner with the Employment Security Com-mission (1986-1996), Past Commander of Hickory American Legion Post #48, and Past State Commander of the American Legion. Mr. Cagle was a 1942 graduate of Hickory High School and attended Lenoir-Rhyne College and the Franklin Institute in Boston, Mass. He also served seven years in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Townsend Cagle of the home; one son, Chris Cagle of Hickory; one daughter, Jennie C. Hefner and husband Barclay of Hickory; two grandchildren, Rachel E. Hefner and Clay T. Hefner, both of Hickory; two brothers, Carl Cagle of Canton and Lawrence Lyons of Hickory; and a family friend, Mary Sain of Hickory. Funeral services were conducted Friday, October 4, 2002, at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church with Rev. Jim Stephenson officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with military graveside rites provided by American Legion Post #48. Memorials may be made to Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church, RFD 13, Hickory, NC 28601 or to Hospice and Home Care of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Bass-Smith Funeral Home of Hickory was in charge of arrangements.
Clyde Ray Matheson, age 96, of Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville, and formerly of Newton, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at Valley Nursing Center. He was born in Ironsburg, Tenn., November 27, 1905, the son of the late Martin Alexander Matheson and Ura Blackwell Matheson. He was retired from the textile industry as a machine operator and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Newton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Lee Ledwell Matheson; two sons, Richard Matheson and Charles Matheson; five brothers; and two sisters. Survivors include one son, Forrest Matheson of Taylorsville; one sister, Willie Matheson of Newton; eleven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 7, 2002, at the Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home Chapel in Newton with Rev. Keri Hefner officiating. Burial followed in Eastview Cemetery in Newton with military rites provided by American Legion Post #16. Pallbearers included James Matheson, John Matheson, Guy Barriger, Paul Harrington, Steve Staley, and Wendel Cook.
Memorials may be made to Taylorsville Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 507, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Cremations of Newton was in charge of arrangements. This obituary is a courtesy of Adams Funeral Home in Taylorsville.
L. Willard White, age 77, of Lenoir, died Tuesday, October 8, 2002, at Caldwell County Hospice.
He was born in Caldwell County March 22, 1925, the son of the late Columbus White and Lydia Winkler White. He was owner and operator of a sawmill and was a member of Dover Baptist Church in Taylorsville, where he was the Assistant Sunday School Superintendent and teacher of the Young Adult Sunday School Class. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn White and Willie White. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Irene Myers White of the home; two sons, David Alan White of Taylorsville and Luther Gordon White of Lenoir; a daughter, Cherie Annette White Bowman of Lenoir; a brother, A.Y. White of Argyle, Mo.; a step-brother, Tony Stevens of Bethlehem; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Thursday evening, October 10, 2002, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home in Lenoir.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, October 11, 2002, at 2:00 p.m. at Dover Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Shumate officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory of Lenoir is in charge of arrangements.
William Dale McDaniels, age 28, of Statesville, died Thursday, November 28, 2002, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte from injuries sustained in an industrial accident. He was born in Iredell County September 22, 1974, the son of Rev. Garland J. and Linda McDaniels of Statesville and Pam and William Cody of Taylorsville. He attended the Catawba County Schools and Hickory High School. He was employed with William C. Reynolds Mechanical Contrac-tors of Hickory. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ted and Margaret Cornett and James R. Givens; great-grandparents, O.A. Givens, Worth and Virginia Barrow, and Mary Rimmer; and a nephew, Jeffrey Ward. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include three brothers, Garland “Dink” McDaniels and wife Kathy, Jonathan McDaniels, and Kelly Weatherman and wife Cindy, all of Statesville; three sisters, Jeaannie Nelson and husband Michael of Hickory, Lisa Hatley and husband David of Statesville, and Kim Martin and husband Barry of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandparents, Rev. Gene McDaniels of Statesville and Cynthia Givens of Conover; great-grandmother, Doris Givens of Statesville; and his favorite people in the world, his nieces and nephews, Vince, Jackson, and Justin McDaniels, Jason and Trevor Nelson, Ricky Cartner, Michael and Nikki Weatherman, Mandy Jensen, Amy Martin, Ashley Jermaine, and Chris Killian. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 2, 2002, at Seventh Street Baptist Church in Statesville with Rev. David Byers and Rev. Wayne Little officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers included Ricky Cartner, Kelly Weatherman, David Hatley, Richard McDaniels, Thomas McDaniels, Randy Christopher, David Morrison, and Vince McDaniels. Honorary pallbearers included the employees of William C. Reynolds Mechanical Contractors. Memorials may be made to New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1560 Nathaniel St., Newton, NC 28658 or to Seventh Street Baptist Church, 1321 7th St., Statesville, NC 28677.
Nicholson Funeral Home of Statesville was in charge of arrangements.
Rosa Lee Sigmon Helton, age 83, of Rink Dam Rd., Taylorsville, died Friday, November 22, 2002, at her residence following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Alexander County October 9, 1919, the daughter of the late Foy D. Bowman and Hattie Pope Bowman. She was a homemaker and a member of Millersville Baptist Church. She was educated in the Alexander County Schools. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Conley Sigmon, and two grandsons, Scott A. Sigmon and Roger D. Sigmon.
Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Helton; two daughters, Shelby Payne and husband Larry of Taylorsville and Doris Flanagan of Kinston; four sons, Wade Sigmon and wife Sylvia and Cecil Sigmon and wife Wilda, all of Taylorsville, Fred Sigmon of Granite Falls, and Larry Sigmon and wife Carolyn of Eden; ten grandchildren, Terry Payne, Tim Payne, Sharon Adkins, Sandra Miller, Robin Greene, Freddie Sigmon, Lee McGee, Florinda Earp, Jonathan Sigmon, and Travis Sigmon; and twelve great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, November 24, 2002, at Millersville Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Orren officiating. Burial followed in the Friendship Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Adams Funeral Home of Taylorsville was in charge of arrangements.
Mildred Fox Warren, age 79, of Warren Rd., Taylorsville, died Tuesday, November 26, 2002, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was born in Alexander County November 2, 1923, the daughter of the late Dallas Fox and Clara Bowman Fox. Mildred was a very loving and kind mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved to work outdoors planting flowers and gardening during the summer months. She worked the majority of her life in the furniture industry starting at Broyhill Furniture and then going to Orbit Industries. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, AY Cornelius “Neil” Warren, and one brother, Earl Junior Fox. Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Dwayne and Linda Warren, Paul and Martha Warren, and Gary and Cynthia Warren, all of Taylorsville, and J.C. and Sally Warren of Statesville; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Tommy Ayers of Taylorsville; two sisters, Mary Ingram and Evelena Lowe, both of Taylorsville; three brothers and sisters-in-law, John R. and Jackie Fox, Jimmy G. and Reba Fox, and George Franklin and Mary Lena Fox, all of Statesville; fifteen grandchildren, Mark Warren, Michael Warren, Bradley Smith, Matt Warren, Andy Warren, Sherry Dishmond, Susan Watson, Karen Brown, Robin Tedder, Lisa McNeely, Kendra Dyson, Tara Warren, Tiffany Cotuna, Angie Warren, and Jenny Warren; thirteen great-grandchildren, Danny Dishmond, Stacy Dishmond, Jon Dishmond, Kyle McNeely, Candace Crawford, Derek Dyson, Kaylin Dyson, Dylan Tedder, Alex Tedder, Morgan Smith, Adele Warren, Mason Smith, and Averi Warren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, November 28, 2002, at East Taylorsville Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Spears and Rev. Craig Hamlin officiating. Burial followed in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 63 Macedonia Church Rd., Taylorsville, NC 28681.
Alexander Funeral Service, Inc., of Taylorsville was in charge of arrangements.