Miscellaneous Burke County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Evelyn Hollar

Evelyn Louise Hollar, 92, of Edgemont Terrace, Morganton, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at Grace Heights.

Born April 24, 1908, in Asheville, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Carrie Lee Saunders Hollar.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Richard Lee Hollar and Emerson Lee Hollar; and a sister, Carrie Mae Harville.

She was a member of Morganton Seventh-day Adventist Church and did volunteer work in Community Services at her church. She made her home with her sister, Mary Swain of Morganton, and spent her winters in Florida.

She retired from Takoma Hospital in Greenville, Tenn., after 30 years as a medical secretary. She volunteered in the medical records department at Broughton Hospital.

Surviving are: sisters, Mary E. Swain of Morganton, Nellie Love Olson of Conyers, Ga., and Dorothy Jean Gant of Asheville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2:30 p.m. today in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Revs. Ed Herzel and Tim K. Sheridan officiating. Burial will follow in the Seventh-day Adventist Church cemerery.

The family will receive friends today from 1 until 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the residence of a niece, Shirley Mitchell, 3804 Norman Road, Morganton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morganton Seventh-day Adventist Church Building Fund, 300 Rockyford St., Morganton, N.C. 28655.
 

Nellie Carswell

Nellie Mae Franklin Carswell, 79, of Loy Shuffler Road, Morganton, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness. 

Born on Nov. 15, 1920, in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late Hugh W. and Emmie Lela Whisnant Franklin. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Carswell; sons Ben Carswell and James R. Carswell; and brothers, James Franklin and Carl Franklin.

Mrs. Carswell worked for Premiere Hosiery and loved to sing gospel music.

Surviving are: a granddaughter, Pamela Carswell Dupuis of Morganton; her great-granddaughter, Jennifer Dupuis of Morganton, who was the light in her life; and sisters, Gladys Vaughn, Ruby Propst, Rosalie Franklin, Bessie Mulweed, Betty Sue Allen, and Martha Blanchard, all of Morganton.

The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Burean Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690.
 

Clifton Williams

Clifton Charles Williams, 32, of Harrison Carswell Avenue, Morganton, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta.

Born Dec. 23, 1967, in Yancey County, he was the son of Bobby Kenneth Williams and Juanita Ollis Williams of Morganton.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by: his paternal grandmother, Martha Monee Honeycutt of Nebo; a brother, Michael Darin Williams of Morganton; his sisters, Sandra Poarch of Lenoir, Vickie Swink, Deana Scarboro and Robin Williams, all of Morganton; nephews Josh Poarch, Cody Poarch and Kip Arnett; and a niece, Destiny Williams.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastor Tim Sheridan officiating. There will be no formal visitation.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Williams family with arrangements.
 

Margie Miller

HICKORY - Margie Hicks Presnell Miller, 72, of 426 2nd Avenue S.E., a native and former resident of Watauga County, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

Born May 30, 1928, in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late John and Martha Ellen Presley Hicks. 

She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Howard Odell Presnell; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Ward and Mrs. Ore Rominger; and a brother, Gold Hicks.

Mrs. Miller is survived by: her husband, James Miller of the home; six daughters, Mrs. Wanda Farrior and husband, Ken, of Marion, Mrs. Betty Higgins and husband, Herman, of Greensboro, Mrs. Vickie Stamey and husband, Bob, of Boone, Mrs. Peggy Cota and husband, Mike, of Granite Falls, and Mrs. Donna Broomer and husband, James, of Gastonia; one son, Howard Presnell of Morganton; two brothers, Robert Hicks and Luther Hicks, both of Banner Elk; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Margie Hicks Presnell Miller will be conducted today at 2 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 p.m. Officiating will be Rev. Gilbert Ward. Burial will follow in the Yates Cemetery.

The family received friends Saturday at Hampton Funeral Service.

Hampton Funeral Service of Boone is in charge of the arrangements.
 

Thelma White

Thelma Cook White, 84, of 111 Locust Street, Rutherford College, died Friday, June 16, 2000, at her residence.

Formerly of Lawndale, Mrs. White was born July 6, 1915, in Cleveland County. She was the daughter of the late Oscar Cook and Hattie Cook Cook.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Franklin White; a son, Delbert White; two brothers, O.C. Cook and Zollie Cook; and a sister, Corene Buff.

A homemaker and former employee of Cleveland Mills in Lawndale, she was a member of Olive Grove Baptist Church.

Surviving are: a son Walter White and wife, Shirley, of Rutherford College; two daughters, Estelle Walker and husband, Paul, of Shelby, and Linda Edwards and husband, Tommy, of Shelby; brothers, Warren Cook and Lester Cook, both of Casar; 10 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Olive Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Terrill Crump and Buren Hastings officiating. The body will lie in state at the church 30 minutes before the funeral. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at Stamey Funeral Home.

Stamey Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
 

Mae Belle Dale

Mae Belle Dale, 86, of U.S. 70 East, Drexel, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at her residence. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time. Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Dale family.
 

Robert Brown

Robert Brown, 50, of Falls Street, Morganton, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, in Valdese General Hospital.

Funeral services will be held in Neon, Ky. Service times and dates will be announced at a later time by Banks Funeral Home of Neon, Ky. Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the family locally.
 

Coman R. Mosteller

Coman R. Mosteller, 53, of Suburban Drive, Morganton, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Grace Hospital following a long period of declining health. 

Born Jan. 18, 1947, in Burke County, he was the son of Vestie Carswell Mosteller of Morganton and the late Raymond Mosteller Sr. Mr. Mosteller was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are: his wife, Lynda Williams Mosteller of the home; a stepson, Chris Pritchard of Morganton; brothers, Raymond Mosteller Jr. and Bill Mosteller both of Morganton; grandsons, Alex Pritchard and Daniel Pritchard; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2000, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Larry Cline officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sossoman Funeral Home. 

At other times the family will be at the residence, 1906 Suburban Drive, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2396 Enola Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655.

James E. Ervin

James E. Ervin, 87, of Claywell Street, Morganton, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, in the Longview Assisted Living Center, Morganton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time. Kirksey Funeral Home, Morganton, is assisting the Ervin family. 
 

Mae Belle Dale

Mae Belle Dale, 86, of U.S. 70 East, Drexel, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at her residence. Mrs. Dale was born Jan. 30, 1914, in Burke County, to the late George Lackey Bradshaw and Lelia Bradshaw Bradshaw and is also preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Hayes Dale.

Survivors include: one son, G. Allen Dale and wife, Yvette of McLean, Va.; three brothers, Arnold Bradshaw of Drexel, Finely Harold Bradshaw of South Carolina and George Bradshaw of Morganton; one sister, Helen Q. Walker of Morganton; two grandchildren, Alexander and Christopher Dale, both of McLean, Va.

Visitation hours for Mrs. Dale will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Kirksey Funeral Home, Morganton. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, at the First Advent Christian Church, Morganton, with the Rev. Jim Taber officiating. Interment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park Cemetery.
 

Pearl V. Hallyburton

Pearl V. Hall Hallyburton, 95, of Morganton, died Sunday, June 18, 2000. 

Born July 6, 1904, in Burke County, Mrs. Hallyburton was the daughter of the late William Cameron Hall and Laura Selena Fisher Hall. She is also preceded in death by: her husband, John Julius Hallyburton; and a son, Robert J. Hallyburton. Mrs. Hallyburton was an active member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, Morganton, the Eastern Star and the local VFW.

Survivors include: one son, James F. Hallyburton of Morganton; one brother, James Hall of Richmond, Va.; two daughters, Raye H. Hedgepath of Durham and Sara M. Stroup of Arlington, Va.; one daughter-in-law, Patricia Hallyburton of Durham; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation hours for Mrs. Hallyburton will be 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Kirksey Funeral Home, Morganton. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, in the Kirksey Memorial Chapel, Morganton, with the Rev. Michael Riley officiating. Interment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to: Calvary Lutheran Church, 119 North King St., Morganton, N.C. 28655, or to: The American Cancer Society, 352 2nd St., N.W., Hickory, N.C. 28601.

Kirksey Funeral Home, Morganton is assisting the Hallyburton family.
 

Bobby Dale Hunt

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Bobby Dale Hunt, 47, died unexpectedly Tuesday, June 6, 2000, at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. 

Born in North Carolina on Jan. 30, 1953, he grew up in Lincoln County. He graduated from West Lincoln High School in 1971 and attended U.N.C.-Charlotte. He was a member of Laurel Hill United Methodist Church in Vale, N.C. At the time of his death, he was employed in sales in North Palm Beach, Fla.

Mr. Hunt was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ike Sain, of Vale where he grew up working in his grandfather's country store. He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Dovie and Broadus Hunt of Casar.

Mr. Hunt is survived by: his mother and stepfather, Faye and Ted Brittain of Shelby; his father and stepmother, Bob and Mary Ann Hunt of Vale; his maternal grandmother, Carrie Sain of Vale; one sister, Sherry Hunt of Morganton; two stepsisters and their husbands, Melanie and Ed Hamrick and Cathy and Gene Smith, all of Shelby; a stepbrother, Michael Davis of Jacksonville, Fla.; two nephews, Trey and Derek Ross of Morganton; one step-nephew, Tripp Smith of Shelby; and two step-nieces, Brittany and Lauren Hamrick of Shelby.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 20, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Stamey Funeral Home in Fallston with the Rev. George Burton officiating. An interpreter will be provided for the deaf. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 4390, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27515-4390 or to Laurel Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Nelson Yarbro, 8364 West N.C. 27 Highway, Vale, N.C. 28168.
 

Grace W. Hoke

Grace W. Hoke, 98, of Forest Hill Street, Morganton, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Britthaven of Morganton following a brief illness. 

Born in Cleveland County on March 18, 1902, she was the daughter of the late Jessie and Zula Willis Warlick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husband, Garland C. Hoke; and by a great-grandson, Zackary Hoke. Mrs. Hoke was a retired employee of Broughton Hospital and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Surviving are: a son and his wife, Pinkey and Geneva Hoke of Morganton; grandchildren, Steven Hoke of Lexington, Va. and Kathy Hoke of Morganton; great-grandchildren, Kaitlin Hoke, Matthew Hoke, Mike Hoke, Andy Hoke and Laurel Hoke; and a sister, Edna Parker of Charlotte.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at Burke Memorial Park with the Rev. Jim Marsh officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times the family will be at Mrs. Hoke's residence, 218 Forest Hill St., Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 N. King St., Morganton, N.C. 28655.
 

Fran Hubbard Miller

GRANITE FALLS - Fran Hubbard Miller, 50, of Ala Lane, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Kirkwood Hospice of Caldwell County following an illness of six months. 

Born in Caldwell County on June 11, 1950, she was the daughter of Hazel Dixie Walker Hubbard of Hickory and the late Lawrence D. Hubbard. She graduated in 1972 from Norton's Infirmary in Louisville, Ky. as a medico legal secretary. She graduated from Caldwell Community College receiving her certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. Mrs. Miller was employed by Hickory Business Furniture as the coordinator of health, benefits and safety. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Hudson.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are: her husband, Gary Wayne Miller of the home; a son, Joshua Marcus Miller of the home; brothers and their wives, Patrick and Nancy Hubbard of Morganton and Phillip and Gloria Hubbard of Hudson; a sister and her husband, Becky and Mike Helton of Hickory; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Duane Kuykendall officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the funeral hour. 

At other times the family will be at the residence, 2097 Ala Lane, Granite Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Caldwell County, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1787 Cajah Mountain Road, Hudson, N.C. 28638.
 

James 'J.C.' Lowman

Mr. James Cecil "J.C." Lowman, 74, of Powell Avenue,Valdese, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Valdese General Hospital after a brief illness.

Mr. Lowman was born April 23, 1926, in Burke County to the late Horace Lowman and Annie Heavner Lowman Stephens. He was a member of New Covenant Full Gospel Church, an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired from Drexel Heritage Plant #1. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Seagle Lowman.

Surviving are: two sons, Dannie Lowman of Hopewell, Va. and Tommy Allen Lowman of Longmont,Colo.; two daughters, Sherry L. Bivens of Drexel and Connie L. Philips of Nebo; two sisters, Effie Laughridge of Drexel and Eva Wilson of Connelly Springs; a half-brother, Larry Stephens of Valdese; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for James Cecil "J.C." Lowman will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at New Covenant Full Gospel Church, Valdese, with the Revs. Ray and Faye Clemens and the Rev. Rockey McLenden officiating. Interment with military rites by American Legion Post #234 of Valdese will be in the Abee's Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese, N.C. where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.

At other times, the family will be at the residence of Sherry Bivens, Clark's Avenue, Valdese.

Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese is assisting the Lowman family.
 

James 'Pick' Ervin

James E. "Pick" Ervin, 87, of Claywell Street, Morganton, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, in the Longview Assisted Living Center, Morganton.

Born June 28, 1912, in Burke County, Mr. Ervin was the son of the late James McKesson and Janie Ervin. In addition to his parents, "Pick" was preceded in death by his wife, Addie Mae Avery Ervin and a brother, William Ervin.

After having served in the U.S. Navy during W.W. II, Mr. Ervin was employed by the City of Morganton until retiring and then worked with Bristol Electronics. He was a Charter member of the American Legion Berry-Chambers-Wright Post 322 and a member of the Gaston Chapel A.M.E. Church, Morganton, serving on the Steward Board and the Trustee Board as well. "Pick" enjoyed cooking as a hobby.

Survivors include: one daughter, Susan Ervin Hendrix of Morganton; one brother, James McKesson of Philadelphia, Pa.; one sister, Augustine Boyd of Philadelphia, Pa; one sister-in-law, Cardell Ervin of Morganton; one niece, Bernadette Thompson of Asheville; one nephew, James Thompson of Asheville; two grandsons, James Brandon and Wesley Ervin Herndrix, both of Morganton.

Visitation hours will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Kirksey Funeral Home, Morganton. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, June 22, at the Gaston Chapel A.M.E. Church with the Revs. Ronald Knight, Herbert Carter and W.F. McIntosh officiating. Entombment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with Military Rites to be performed by the American Legion Ceremonial team.

Memorials may be made to The Gaston Chapel A.M.E. Church Building Fund, c/o Mr. L.D. Carpenter, 100 Bouchelle St., Morganton, N.C. 28655.

Kirksey Funeral Home, Morganton, is assisting the Ervin family.
 

Carl Cline

Mr. Carl Jackson Cline, 49, of Hildebran died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at his residence.

Born June 23, 1950, in Burke County, he was the son of the late Guy and Edna Shoup Cline. He was employed with C.V. Industries.

Mr. Cline was preceded in death by two brothers, Homer and James Cline.

Surviving are: seven brothers, Boyd Cline of Hildebran, Ray Cline of Hickory, Guy Cline, Robert Cline, Ronnie Cline, all of Hildebran, Charles Cline of Granite Falls and Paul Cline of Hickory; one sister, Sadie White of Hildebran; and special friend, Margaret Herman of Hickory.

Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, at Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. His nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.
 

Julie Kaster

Julie Emma Bumgarner Kaster, age 68, of Valdese died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at her residence following a period of declining health.

Mrs. Kaster was born on Dec. 24, 1931, in Watauga County to the late George and Julia Emma Childers Bumgarner. She was a United States Army Veteran serving nine years in Military Intelligence and retired from Southern Devices after 24 years as an Electrical Assembler. She was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Wayne Kaster Sr.

Survivors include: a son, Jim Kaster Jr. and Brenda of Houston, Texas; three daughters, Julia Rena Aaron and husband, Timothy of Valdese; Katharine Goodwin of Austin, Texas, Gena Stewart and husband, Jeffrey of Austin, Texas; ...[cut off]


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