Miscellaneous Burke County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Gloria Melissa Grill Pons 

VALDESE -- Gloria Melissa Grill Pons, 75, of 604 Laurel St., died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at her residence. 

Born May 1, 1926, she was a daughter to the late Philip Stephen and Melissa Wacaster Grill. She was devoted to the well-being of her family, church and community. She enjoyed being in the kitchen and spending a great deal of time there, collecting recipes and cooking delicious food for family and friends. Their home was always a stopping off place for food and fellowship. 

Mrs. Pons was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Valdese where she provided a ministry of love. Through the years, she participated in the life of her church by being a member of the United Methodist Women, serving as a trustee, and participating in many other church activities. 

For more than 30 years, she enjoyed being a school teacher in Burke County. She taught at Valdese High School, Morganton High School and East Burke High School. She loved recounting past school days with "all" her students. She also served as a member of the Burke County Library Board. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Maj. Henry S. Grill and John Grill, and a sister, Doris Grill. 

Surviving are her life-long friend and husband, Frank Harvey Pons of the home; devoted family members which include sons, Harvey Pons and his wife, Mary Carol, of Statesville, and Tim Pons and his wife, Pat, of Valdese; a daughter, Jennifer Boggs and her husband, Dan, of Valdese; a brother, Dr. George P. Grill of Greensboro; loving grandchildren, Beth, Jeff, Brad, and Andrew Boggs, Lauren Pons, and Timmy and Taylor Pons; many friends and the supportive congregation of the First United Methodist Church. vThroughout her illness with cancer, she received many beautiful flowers, cards, thoughts and prayers that she greatly appreciated. 

A memorial will be held Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Valdese with the Rev. Jeff Johnson officiating. Entombment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese. 

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 217 St. Germain Ave., Valdese, N.C. 28690. 

Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese, is assisting the Pons family.
 

Bobby G. Abernathy 

RALEIGH -- Bobby Grey Abernathy, 35, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at Valdese General Hospital after an automobile accident. 

Born Aug. 6, 1966, in Burke County, he was a son of Zane Grey Abernathy Sr. of Morganton and Ella Abernathy of Cary. 

In addition to his parents, surviving are his step-mother, Nancy Ross Abernathy of Morganton; a sister, Julie Abernathy of Raleigh; a brother, Zane G. Abernathy Jr. of Morganton; a nephew, Michael Ray Herdon of Raleigh; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Graveside services will be held 3 p.m. today at Fairview Cemetery with the Rev. Ralph Gouge officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for New York and Washington, D.C., P.O. Box 1329, Hickory, N.C. 28601 or to the charity of one's choice. 

Bass-Smith Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Thomas Blackburn Jr. 

MARION -- Thomas Leon Blackburn Jr., 62, of N.C. 221 South, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at Mission St. Joseph's Hospital, Asheville. v Born in Avery County on Nov. 11, 1938, he a son of the late Thomas L. Blackburn Sr. and Ruby Baynard Blackburn. He was a graduate of Appalachian State University and served in the United States Marine Corps. He worked for the Pepsi-Cola Company as a School/Business Development Representative and was a member of Marion First Presbyterian Church. 

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Wise Blackburn; a son, Jon Thomas Blackburn and wife, Lisa, of Marion; a brother, John Michael Blackburn of Linville; sisters-in-law, Roberta Aldridge and Leota Coffey, both of Crossnore and Gay Franklin of Marion; brothers-in-law, Ben Wise, Tom Wise and Lowell Wise, all of Newland, Earle Wise of Marshall and Milton Wise of Seneca, S.C.; aunt, Ann Mull of Brevard; and uncle, Paul Baynard of Brevard. 

The memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Marion First Presbyterian Church with the Revs. George Hutchins and Tyler Martin officiating. vMemorials may be made to the McDowell High School Athletic Booster Club, P.O. Box 1113, Marion, N.C. 28752, or to Marion First Presbyterian Church, 79 West Fort St., Marion, N.C. 28752. 

Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, is serving the Blackburn family. 

Harry L. Curtis 

CHARLOTTE -- Harry L. Curtis, 82, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at Presbyterian Hospital. 

Born Sept. 12, 1919, in Morganton, he was the son of the late Henry Curtis and Estelle Fleming Curtis. He served in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific and Germany during World War II, attaining the rank of major and later attained the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. 

He began his career in the machinery business with North Carolina Equipment Company following World War II and then served as senior vice president of A.E. Finley and Associates Inc., until his retirement in 1991. 

He was an active member of Mouzon United Methodist Church and a charter member of Carmel Country Club. vIn addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marguerite Curtis, in 1986 and by his second wife, Rebecca Crowell Curtis, in 1999. 

Surviving are a daughter, Harriet C. Forbes and her husband, Ted, of Chapin, S.C.; two grandsons, Bryon Forbes of Greenville, S.C., and Scott Forbes of Chapin, S.C.; and his niece and care-giver, Jane Benton. 

The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Mouzon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Craig Langston officiating. Interment will follow in Sharon Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Bob Austin, Walter Byrd, Harold Deal, Russell Fleming Bill Marvin, Claude Plumlee, Sam Smith and Phil Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be C.R. Goodwin and Walter Smith. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. today at the Harry and Bryant Chapel, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte. vMemorials may be made to Mouzon United Methodist Church, 3100 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte, N.C. 28209 or Hospice of Charlotte, 1420 E. 7th St., Charlotte, N.C. 28204. 

Harry and Bryant Company is serving the family of Mr. Curtis. 

Lib F. Joyner 

HICKORY -- Ora Elizabeth "Lib" Friday Joyner, 90, of Kingston Residence, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at her home. 

Born Dec. 2, 1910, in Hickory, she was a daughter of John Lee Friday and Ora Bumgarner Friday. She graduated from Hickory High School and Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1933. She married her school sweetheart Archie Joyner in June 1935. They lived in the suburbs of Camden, N.J., and Chicago, Ill., before retiring to Waynesville, N.C., later returning to Hickory. Lib spent most of her adult life teaching preschool and reading to adults and seniors. She was quite active in the Episcopal Church and the Daughters of the King. 

Surviving are brothers, Garth Friday of Goose Creek, S.C., and John Friday of Hempstead, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Guigou Friday of Hickory; a son, Lee Joyner of Wheaton, Ill.; a daughter, Mary Pryde of Norco, Calif.; and four grandchildren. 

The memorial service will be held 2 p.m. today at Grace Episcopal Church in the Mountains in Waynesville, N.C. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Albans Episcopal Church in Hickory or Grace Episcopal Church in Waynesville, N.C. 

Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Joyner. 

Charles M. Lominac 

RUTHERFORD COLLEGE -- Charles M. Lominac, 91, formerly of Buncombe County, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at College Pines Nursing Center, Valdese, after a period of declining health. 

Mr. Lominac was born Jan. 24, 1910, in Buncombe County to the late Melvin A. and Emma Ryner Lominac. He was a member of Weaverville First Baptist Church, a U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran of World War II, and a retired educator, having served as a teacher and principle with the Buncombe County School System. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dollie Freeman Lominac. 

Surviving are a son, Tom Lominac of Buena Vista, Va.; two daughters, Ruth L. Willis and husband, Michael, of Canton, N.C. and Jane L. Jensen and husband, Richard, of Rutherford College; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held 3 p.m. today at Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church, Rutherford College with the Rev. Dave Hamlyn officiating. The graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Monday at Shepherd Memorial Park, Hendersonville, N.C. 

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. today at Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. 

Memorials may be made to Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 127, Rutherford College, N.C. 28671. 

Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese, is assisting the Lominac family. 

Grady Pruett 

VALE -- Grady Pruette, 72, of 1636 N. Brook #3 School Road, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Local survivors include a sister, Clara Glenn of Rutherford College. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Zion Hill Baptist Church. The family will receive from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Stamey Funeral Home. 

Roy R. Thombs 

WALDORF, Md. -- Roy Rogers Thombs, 57, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2001. 

Born July 14, 1944, in Rutherfordton, N.C., he was a son to Lillian Thombs Washington and the late Herbert Loister "H.L." Thombs. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and worked in auto retail sales as a sales clerk. 

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gene, and a sister, Annie Marie. 

In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife, Mary Thombs of the home; his step-mother, Mildred Richardson; his step-grandmother, Maude Conley; three daughters, Amanda Deloatch, Tiffany Willis and Karen Martin; a son, Roy L. Thombs; two step-daughters, Dethra Credle and Valarie Johnson; six brothers, Alvin Thombs, Harvey Washington, Thomas Washington, Matthew Washington, Sylvester Washington and Calvin Washington; a sister, Savannah Thombs; a son-in-law, Darryl Credle; 10 grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. 

The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Holiness Church with the District Elder Gilbert Gooden, Elder James McCorkle and the Rev. W.F. McIntosh Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Union Hill Methodist Church Cemetery, Union Mills. 

The family will receive friends from 9 until 10:55 a.m. Monday at the church. 

Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton is assisting the Thombs family. 

Roger D. Weatherman 

NEWTON -- Roger Dale Weatherman, 56, of Wyoming Street, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory following an extended illness. 

Born April 16, 1945, in Avery County, he was a son of Florence Phillips Weatherman of Jonas Ridge and the late Webb Weatherman. He was an employee of Pet Dairy for 18 years when he retired in 1998 due to failing health. He also attended the Pineola Church of God. 

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sons, Timothy Dale Weatherman and Roger Allen Weatherman. 

In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife, Kathy Biggs Weatherman of the home; a son, Dan Weatherman and wife, Kelly, of Harrisburg, N.C.; a daughter, Jeanie-Marie Weatherman of the home; a daughter-in-law, Christy Brittain of Newton; grandchildren, Andrew Weatherman and Ariel Weatherman; a brother, Webb Weatherman Jr. of Sumter, S.C.; and a sister, Louise Stamey of Jonas Ridge. 

The funeral was held Saturday at Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Carswell officiating. 

Burial will be at 3 p.m. today in Jonas Ridge Cemetery. 

The family will be at his residence, 2196 Wyoming St., Newton, N.C., or at the residence of his mother, Florence Weatherman, 8769 Buckeye Hollow, Jonas Ridge. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
 

Gladys Berry 

CONNELLY SPRINGS - Gladys Tomlinson Berry, 72, of Berea Church Avenue, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory after a brief illness. 

Born Aug. 21, 1929, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Purdy and Ida Townsend Tomlinson. 

She was a member of Berea Baptist Church, where she sang in the church choir. She was a member and very active in the South Mountain Baptist Association Mission Team. 

She retired as a knitter, having worked at J.A. Cline and Influential Hosiery Mills and at present was employed as a foster grandparent at Hildebran Elementary School. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husband, Edward J. Berry; a daughter, Patricia Ann Berry; two brothers, Albert and Miles Tomlinson; and a sister, Marie Eckerd. 

Surviving are: sons, Charles E. Berry and wife, Diane, and Michael Dean Berry and wife, Romona, both of Connelly Springs; a daughter, Carolyn Atwood and husband, Terry, of Hickory; brothers, Fred Tomlinson of Connelly Springs and Jason Tomlinson of Lynchburg, Va.; eight grandchildren, Kelly, Aaron, Keisha, Brad, Joseph and Cassie Berry, Tonya Clemmons and Teresa Smith; and eight great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Berea Baptist Church with the Revs. Harold Grindstaff, Joe Barrett and J.T. Cline officiating. Interment will follow in Burke Memorial Park. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese, where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. 

Memorials may be made to the South Mountain Baptist Association Mission Fund, 3639 N.C. 18, Vale, N.C. 28168. 

Heritage Funeral Service is assisting the family. 

James D. Cook 

MORGANTON - James D. Cook, 59, of Silver Trail, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Sossoman Funeral Home. 

Frances Yount Ingold 

HICKORY - Frances Yount Ingold, 92, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at her residence. 

Born Aug. 13, 1909, in Catawba County, she was a daughter to the late Davis Clingman Yount and Alpha McDwigher Yount. 

She was co-owner of The Ingold Co. and was a member of Corinth Reformed United Church of Christ. She graduated from Hickory High School and attended Lenoir-Rhyne College. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husband, Frank Bernard Ingold; a sister, Violet Yount Brannock; and a brother, Dr. Glenn O. Yount. 

She is survived by six nieces and nephews and a number of great-nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Thompson officiating. Burial will follow. 

The family will be at the home of James Brannock, a nephew, 223 Eighth Ave. N.W., Hickory. 

Memorials may be made to Corinth Reformed United Church of Christ, 150 16th Ave. N.W., Hickory, N.C. 28601 or to one's favorite charity. 

Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family. 

Rachel P. Jokinen 

DeLAND, Fla. - Rachel P. Jokinen, 93, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at The Florida Lutheran Retirement Center in DeLand. 

Born in Ely, Minn., she was a retired registered nurse and a charter member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in DeLand. 

Surviving are: a son, John Jokinen of Morganton; two daughters, Joyce Sims of Longwood, Fla., and Joan Tate of Orange Park, Fla.; a sister, Laura Peschel of Ely, Minn.; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 509 E. Pennsylvannia Ave., DeLand, with the Rev. Byron W. White officiating. 

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia-Flagler, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, DeLand, or Florida Lutheran Retirement Center, DeLand. 

Lankford Funeral Home, DeLand, is in charge of the arrangements. 

Cameron Monroe Sr. 

VALDESE - Cameron Alexander Monroe Sr., 63, of Church Street, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Asheville following a lengthy illness. 

Born June 23, 1938, in Burke County, he was a son of the late John Clifton Monroe and Eula Buchanan Monroe. He was a United States Army veteran and a textile supervisor with Alba Waldensian Inc. He was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church. 

Surviving are: his wife, Betty Dale Monroe of the home; sons, Cameron Alexander Monroe Jr. and Stephen Allen Monroe, both of Valdese; a stepson, Dennis Wise of Marianna, Fla.; a brother, Michael Monroe and wife, Inez, of Valdese; sisters, Claudia Berry and husband, Jerry, of Drexel, Mary Ellen Spicer and husband, Bud, and Miriam "Bayo" Drum and husband, J.P., both of Valdese; grandchildren, Clifton "Alex" Alexander Monroe and Derrick Thomas Monroe; and a stepgrandchild, Aaron Wise. 

The funeral will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese, with the Rev. Gary Garner officiating. Interment will follow in Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery, Spruce Pine, with military rites by the American Legion. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. 

Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese is assisting the Monroe family.

Jimmy Bishop 

CHESNEE, S.C. - James Dean "Jimmy" Bishop, 37, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001, at his home. 

He was the son of Judi Caldwell Thomas and stepson of Edward A. Thomas of Morganton. He was the brother of Brett and Kenn Thomas, both of Morganton and Hope Thomas Attaway of Morganton. He is survived by two daughters, Jamie and Kasey Bishop. 
 

Jim Cook 

MORGANTON - James "Jim" Cook, 59, of Silver Trail, died unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at his residence. 

Born Sept. 10, 1942, in Mississippi, he was a son of Lucille Denton Cook of Marion and the late Carl Dewey Cook. He was a member of Grandview Baptist Church and an employee of Resolution Packaging Company in Marion. 

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Juanita Leigh Graham Cook of the home; a daughter, Pam Walker of Indiana; a stepson, Ralph Collier of Centerville, Va.; a stepdaughter, Victoria Buechling of Germantown, Md.; brothers, Bobby Cook and Douglas Cook, both of Marion; sisters, Frances Cook and Nell Hawkins, both of Marion; and grandchildren, Jessica Walker, Amber Buechling and Aaron Buechling. 

The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Grandview Baptist Church with the Rev. John Whisnant officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral hour. 

Memorial gifts may be made to Grandview Baptist Church Building Fund, 1290 Harris-Whisnant Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 
 

Winston Worley 

MARION - Winston Worley, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2001, at Mountain Ridge Wellness Center. The funeral will be held 3 p.m. Thursday at Zion Hill Baptist Church and the family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. the day of the funeral at the church. Local survivors include a son, Charles Worley of Morganton.


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