Miscellaneous Burke County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Neta McCall

LINCOLNTON - Neta Bowers McCall, age 79, of 107 McKellar St., died April 16, 2000, at the Lincoln Nursing Center. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church with Father Everette Thomas officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of the daughter, Ethel M. Bolick at 103 McKellar St., Lincolnton.

She was a native of Burke County, born on Jan. 2, 1921, daughter of the late D.R. and Callie Epley Bowers. She was a retired department manager with Roses Department Stores. Her husband, Ned L. McCall, preceded her in death.

Survivors include: one daughter, Ethel M. Bolick of Lincolnton; one brother Jimmie Bowers of Lincolnton; two grandsons Timothy and Will Bolick of Lincolnton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 322 McBee St., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.
 

Ruby Lowman

Mrs. Ruby Abee Lowman, age 78, of Connelly Springs, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at College Pines Nursing Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Heritage Funeral Services in Valdese.

Debra Lawhon

Debra Jo Clark Lawhon, 40, of Rutherford College, died Saturday, May 6, 2000. Memorial services will be 7 p.m. today in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese. The family will receive friends following the service.
 

Betty A. Lytle

Betty A. Lytle, 77, of Knowles Avenue, Morganton, died Saturday, May 6, 2000, at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. Born April 23, 1923, in Saint Marys, W.V., she was the daughter of the late Louis and Garnett Schaub.

Surviving are: sons, James Freeman of Dallas, Texas, Marty Freeman of Long Beach, Miss. and Rodger Freeman of Milton,Wash; a daughter, Becky Breland of Drexel; a brother, Charles Schaub of Fort Worth, Texas; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and Matthew M. Lytle.

Graveside services will be held in Long Beach, Miss. at a later date. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home.
 

Terry 'T.J.' Dale

Terry Jay "T.J." Dale, 35, of Goins Avenue, Drexel, died May 5, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center as a result of an auto accident. Born Nov. 16, 1964, in Burke County, he was a son of Donald Ray and Mary Charlotte Brown Dale of Morganton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Elizabeth Goins Dale. He was an employee of Dale's Antiques. 

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are: a son, Dustin LaChance Dale of Drexel; and brothers, Donnie Dale, Victor Dale and Donald Ray Dale Jr., all of Morganton.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Revs. Earl Cross and Bob Roark officiating. Pallbearers will be Darren Jackson, Dale Swafford, Ronnie Baker, David Suddreth and Chris Lackey. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home.
 

James A. Cooper

James Albert Cooper, 80, of Salem Drive, Morganton, died Monday, May 8, 2000, at Grace Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Sossoman Funeral Home.
 

Bill Pittman

"Bill" William Harold Pittman, 67,of Music Mountain Road in Morganton, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at College Pines Nursing Home in Valdese following a lengthy illness. 

Born Sept. 18, 1932, in Yancey County, he was the son of the late Morgan and Amanda King Pittman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Peterson Pittman. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Moose Lodge No. 193 and VFW Post No. 5362 in Morganton.

Surviving are: a son and daughter-in-law, William Terry and Patricia Collins Pittman of Morganton; grandchildren, Jessica Elaine Pittman and Alicia Mae Pittman, both of Morganton; a brother, Grady Pittman of Burnsville; a sister, Martha Pittman of Burnsville; favorite nieces, Melinda Hester and Sheila Rhom, both of Morganton; and other nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Westview Baptist Church with the Rev. Dwayne Turner officiating. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
 

Clarence L. Griffin

MARION - Clarence Leonard Griffin, 77, of Ashworth Circle, died Friday, June 9, 2000, in the V.A. Medical Center.

Born July 26, 1922, in Burke County to the late Commodore and Ada McClure Griffin, he was a retired Chief Flight Engineer with the U.S. Navy with 23 years of service, during which he served in World War II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine Wofford Griffin.

Survivors include: two sons, Leonard Griffin of Marion and Randy Griffin of Black Mountain; two granddaughters, Cori and Stevi Griffin of Black Mountain.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday at noon at Drexel Memorial Park with the Rev. Ray Holland officiating.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion.
 

Von Farr

Von Farr, 60, of Linville Street, Glen Alpine, died unexpectedly Friday, June 9, 2000, at his residence. 

Born Aug. 16, 1939, in McDowell County, he was a son of Dolly Patterson Farr of Marion and the late Kelly Farr. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Warren Edwin Farr.

Surviving in addition to his mother are: his wife, Melinda McNeilly Farr of the home; a son, Shane Farr of the home; daughters, Stacie Farr of the home, and Lavona Farr of Marion; brothers, Donald Farr and Jerry Farr, both of Marion; sisters, Sybil Williams, Glenda Burleson and Frankie Elliot, all of Marion; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Moriah United Methodist Church in Cleveland County with the Revs. Wayne Buff and Bob Deviney officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home, where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral hour.
 

Mary Adams Brooks

Mary Adams Brooks, 61, of Fern Gully Drive, Morganton, died Sunday night, June 11, 2000, at her residence following a brief illness. 

Born Feb. 6, 1939, in Swain County, she was a daughter of the late Wade H. Adams and Elizabeth Nations Adams. She was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Morganton and a retired employee of the Buncombe County health department.

Surviving are: her husband, John Brooks of the home; sons, Tracy Brooks of Knoxville, Tenn., and Douglas Brooks of Asheville; a granddaughter, Emily Brooks of Knoxville Tenn.; and a sister, Jane McMahan of Morganton.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Sandy Curnow officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the memorial service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690, or to a charity of personal choice. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
 

Pauline Smith Craig

MARION - Pauline Smith Craig, 68, of Wilkerson Way, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 10, 2000, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Hospital in Baton Rouge, La. 

Born Sept. 11, 1931, in McComb, Miss., she was a daughter of the late Johnnie Benton and Maybelle Jones Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Johnnie B. Smith Jr. She was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church in Marion and a retired employee of Southern Bell.

Surviving are: her husband, Benny Joe Craig of the home; a son, Randal Wayne Craig of Crumpler; brothers, Alva Lee Smith of Valdese and Ralph M. Smith of Harrisburg; sisters, Betty Jean Payne and Linda Gale, both of Charlotte, Sue Evans of Mooresville and Bennie Miller of Hickory; and grandchildren, Sara Craig and Mary Craig, both of Crumpler and Matthew Craig of Charlotte.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Baptist Church in Marion with the Rev. Jim Brewer officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Glenwood Baptist Church Building Fund, 1089 Old Highway 221 South, Marion, N.C. 28752.
 

Jessie McAteer

GASTONIA - Jessie Elizabeth Wilson McAteer died Sunday, June 11, 2000.

Survivors include: her daughter, Louise McAteer Henson and her husband, William Henson Jr., of Valdese. 

The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Gastonia. 

Visitation will be today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Carothers Funeral Home.
 

Peggy Page Lail

Peggy Page Lail, 73, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Morganton Long Term Care.

She was born March 16, 1927, in Catawba County to the late Amos and Annie Sanders Page.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Ivo Lail Sr., brothers, William Page, George Page, Ernest Page, Garland Page; and sisters, Rozella Page, Florence Hawkins and Eva Hill.

She was retired from Sprint after a 44-year career.

Survivors are: a son and daughter-in-law, Dewey Ivo Lail Jr. and Angela of Morganton; and two grandsons, Brandon David Lail and Bryan Dewey Lail, both of Morganton.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Hickory with the Revs. Randy Shook and Dr. Hoyle Bowman officiating.

Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Raby Page, Ernest Lippard III, Joe Hill, Billy Page, Brandon Lail and Gene Page.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at 500 E. Morehead St., Suite 211, Charlotte, N.C. 28202.

 

Evelyn Townsend

Evelyn L. Townsend, 61, of Main Street, Valdese, died Friday, June 9, 2000, at Valdese General Hospital after a period of declining health.

She was born on April 20, 1939, in Cleveland County to the late Raymond P. and Mittie Sain Lackey.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Lackey.

She was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College and retired as the former co-owner and operator of the Knotty Pine Restaurants No. 1 in Valdese and No. 2 in Icard.

Survivors are: her husband of 42 years, Herbert H. Townsend of the home; a son, Jackie Goodin Townsend of Hickory; two daughters, Patsy Denise Townsend of Rutherford College and Lisa Dawn Townsend of the home; a brother, Ray Lackey of Cooksville; three stepsons, Larry Townsend of Denver, Bobby Townsend of Dudley Shoals and Gary Wayne Townsend of Connelly Springs; and a stepdaughter, Janice Spann of Hickory.

Graveside services were Sunday at Burke Memorial Park with the Rev. Diana Spangler-Crawford officiating.

The Townsend family received friends Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home in Valdese.

At other times the family will be at Knotty Pine No. 1 on U.S. Highway 70 in Valdese.

 

Carl J. Bennett Sr.

Carl J. Bennett Sr., 85, of Bennett Road, Morganton, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at the Hospice Shytle House in Valdese following a brief illness. 

Born June 23, 1914, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Leland Ivy Bennett and Mary Elma Walker Bennett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Hugh, Harold and Richard Bennett; and a sister, Martha Baker. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the 103rd Cactus Division in Europe during World War II. He was a retired employee of Duo Drug in Conover. Prior to attending First Baptist Church in Morganton, he was a very active member of Glen Alpine First Baptist Church.

Surviving are: his wife, Melba Elizabeth Wilson Bennett of the home; sons, Carl J. Bennett Jr. and his wife, Joann, and Michael L. Bennett and his wife, Shari, all of Morganton; a daughter, Carolyn Bennett Norman and her husband, Ron of Nebo; sisters, Helen Avery and Betty Nichols, both of Morganton; grandchildren, Lindsey, Carrie, Emily, Heather, Matthew and Glen; four great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Thomas Bland and the Rev. Marvin Goble officiating. Burial will follow in the Bennett Family Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Morganton Veterans Ceremonial Team. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690.
 

Johnston Williams

Johnston L. Williams, 82, of Tate Street, Morganton, died Sunday, June 11, 2000, at Grace Hospital.

Born April 30, 1918, in Burke County, he was the son of the late John P. and Henrietta Farr Williams. He was preceded in death by a brother, Manley Williams, a sister, Henrietta Williams, and a niece, Katharine Booth Bartholomew.

Mr. Williams was a retired postal employee of 34 years and a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving his country in the European Theater during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Murline Childers Williams; a son, Johnny Andrew Williams of the home; a sister, Mary Williams Booth of Morganton; a brother, Troyal L. Williams of Morganton; nieces, Martha Booth Ripley of Fulton, Mo., Mildred Williams Guthrie of Charleston, S.C., Janet Williams Smith of Asheville; nephews, Jimmy Williams of Newland, and Gene Williams of Morganton.

Mr. Williams was an active and devoted member of North Morganton United Methodist Church and was especially appreciative of the church choir. He served on numerous committees and projects.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at North Morganton United Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Christy officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. Military rites will be performed by the Morganton Veterans Ceremonial Team.

Memorials may be made to the North Morganton United Methodist Church Building Fund, 990 Sanford Drive, Morganton, N.C., 28655.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the family.
 

Johnnie Dale

Johnnie A. Dale, 85, of U.S. 70 West, Morganton, died Monday, June 12, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph's Hospital in Asheville, following an extended illness. Born Nov. 12, 1914, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Jink Dale and Jesse Seagle Dale. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: a daughter, Betty L. Tevepaugh; and brothers, William Dale and Ernest Dale. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Surviving are: his wife, Louise Whisnant Dale of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Johnnie and Linda Dale of Morganton and James E. and Phyllis Dale of Valdese; brothers, Ralph Dale, George Dale and Millard Dale, all of Morganton and Albert Dale of Old Fort; sisters, Bertha Scott of Glen Alpine, Louise Whisnant of Morganton and Mary Sigmon of Hickory; six grandchildren; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral hour. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 1609 U.S. 70 West in Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church 5388 Mt. Olive Church Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655.


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