Miscellaneous Burke County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Aileen Crotts Spurling

LAWNDALE - Mrs. Aileen Crotts Spurling, 63, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at her residence. 

Funeral services will be held at Olive Grove Baptist Church on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at the Olive Grove Baptist Church cemetery. 

The family will receive visitors today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Olive Grove Baptist Church.

 

Lloyd Yount

Mr. Robert Lloyd Yount Jr., 79, of Drexel, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at Grace Hospital, after a period of declining health.

Mr. Yount was born June 23, 1921, in Catawba County to the late Robert Lloyd Sr. and Fannie Elliott Yount. He was a member of Drexel First Baptist Church, an Army veteran of World War II and retired as a machinist in the hosiery industry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte McNeely Yount, and a sister, Mavis Yount Miller.

Surviving are: a son, Terry Bryan Yount and wife, Candace; and two granddaughters, Jennifer Yount and Laura Yount, all of Drexel.

Funeral services for Robert Lloyd Yount Jr. will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese. Interment will be in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church cemetery in Claremont.

The Yount family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese.

Memorials may be made to Drexel First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 308, Drexel, N.C. 28619.

 

'Ronnie' Elliott

LOWELL - Larry "Ronnie" Elliott, 35, of 13 Black St., died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at his residence. 

He was a native of Buncombe County. He was a self-employed truck driver. He served in the Army National Guard. He was a graduate of South Point High School and a member of Sharon Freewill Baptist Church. He was a grandson of the late John Edward Williams, and Taft and Eva Garrison Elliott.

Survivors include: his wife, Jodi "Dawn" Morrow Elliott; father and stepmother, Lawrence E. and Joyce Linda Elliott of Union Mills; mother and stepfather, Linda Williams Haggins of Morganton and Frank Haggins of Gastonia; maternal grandmother, Belle Williams Smith of Banner Elk; sons, Dylan Taft Elliott of Gastonia and Gary Kyle Elliott of the home; daughter, Erin Lee Elliott of Gastonia; stepson, Joey Biddix of the home; stepbrother, Kenny Ray Willett of Hickory; stepsisters, April Cooley of Charlotte and Marci Nealey of Charlotte.

Services will be held Wednesday at Sharon Freewill Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Odell Cook officiating. Visitation will be today from 7 to 9 p.m. at McLean Funeral Directors. Burial will be at Sharon Freewill Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Eric Elliott, Kevin Elliott, Mark Walters, Gary Morrow, Shane Langley and Ernie Burns.

McLean Funeral Directors is assisting the Elliott family.

 

Millard Lee Norman

Millard Lee Norman, 81, of Highway 64, Morganton, died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at his residence, following several years of declining health. 

Born March 18, 1919, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Vester Lee Norman and Lillie Mae Denton Norman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: brothers, Thomas Norman and Clarence Norman; and sisters, Jane Poteat and Vernie Hunter. 

He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, and a retired employee of Henredon Furniture with 35 years of service.

Surviving are: his wife, Loretta Reynolds Norman of the home; daughters, Sarah Brown and her husband, Charlie, Vesta Ball and her husband, I.V., and Rebecca Callahan and her husband, Mark, all of Morganton, and Sylvia Norman of Oklahoma City, Okla.; brothers, Vance Norman and Lewis Norman, both of Morganton; sisters, Bonnie Mull of Rutherford College and Stella Webb of Drexel; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Mr. Steve Brown and Mr. Gene Lail officiating. Burial will follow in the Jehovah's Witness cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home.
 

'Bibi' Johnson Cook

Mrs. Ethel "Bibi" Johnson Cook, 57, of Conley Road, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

Born in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late James Elmore Johnson and Margaret Sparks Johnson. She was a homemaker and a member of Missionary Ridge Baptist Church.

She is survived by: her husband, Otis Spencer Cook; daughter and son-in-law, Jeraldine and Bobby Street of Morganton; brothers, David Johnson and Floyd Johnson, both of Morganton; sisters, Dorothy Costner of Morganton and Mabel Carswell of Louisville, Ky.; grandchildren, Misty Street and J.D. Street; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Cook will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Missionary Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lovelace officiating. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Missionary Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund, 5612 John Watts Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Cook family.

Walter Williams

MORGANTON - Walter (Buster) Williams, 87, of 1884 Paul Shuping Ave., died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at Grace Hospital. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. today in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home, Waynesville. Visitation was Thursday.
 

Ethel Williamson

MORGANTON - Mrs. Ethel Virginia Chester Williamson, 86, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir.

Born Oct. 21, 1913, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Laburn Lindsey Chester and Essie Mae Lingle Chester. 

Mrs. Williamson was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

Survivors include: four sisters, Faye Chester Witcher, Sue Chester Fruitticher, Florence Chester Penley, all of Morganton, and Lucille Chester Isaac of Lenoir; four brothers, Maynard Chester and Ronald Chester, both of Morganton, Howard Chester of Lenoir and Albert Chester of Gross Pointe, Mich.

Visitation for the Williamson family will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Kirksey Funeral Home, Morganton. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Brady Adkins presiding. Interment will follow in the Mount Pleasant Methodist Church cemetery.

Kirksey Funeral Home is assisting the Williamson family.

 

Brandi Houk Clark

MORGANTON - Brandi Houk Clark, 21, of Bennett Road, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Sossoman Funeral Home.
 

Arthur 'Grant' Pearson

VALDESE ­ Arthur "Grant" Pearson, 77, of Powell Drive Extension, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital in Hickory, following a period of declining health. 

Born April 14, 1923, in Burke County, he was a son of the late John Lee Pearson and Effie Hoffman Pearson. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: sons, Randy Pearson and Barry Pearson; and brothers, Clyde Pearson and Doyle Pearson. 

He was a member of United Baptist Church and was a retired employee of Western Piedmont Community College. 

Surviving are: his wife, Juanita Whisenant Pearson of the home; sons, Grant Eugene Pearson of Chattanooga, Tenn., Mike Pearson of Valdese, Terryl Pearson of Drexel and Bryon Pearson of Morganton; daughters, Detra Hall of Morganton and Lana German of Lenoir; sisters, Louise Towery of Charlotte, Erlene Whisnant, Faye Lyle and Marion McNeely, all of Morganton; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at United Baptist Church with the Revs. Darrell Saunders and James E. Lee officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 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, 2901 Powell Drive Extension in Valdese. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Baptist Church Building Fund, 2638 Messer Road, Valdese, N.C. 28690.
 

Jerry Kent Wade

HILDEBRAN ­ Jerry Kent Wade, 57, of North Center Street and the Greensboro area, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. 

Jerry was born Oct. 9, 1943, in Burke County to the late Samuel Jennings and Luda Amelia Eckard Wade. He was very active in his church and community affairs, having served as past president of an area Chamber of Commerce. He organized and was past chairman of the Archdale-Trinity Bush-Hill Heritage Festival. 

For a number of years, Mr. Wade was the director of purchasing for Stroupe Mirror Co. in Thomasville. He is a member of the First Lutheran Church in Greensboro and attended Mount Hebron Lutheran Church while living in Hildebran. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Nelson Wade and Miles Norman Wade. 

Surviving are: his wife of 36 years, Mary Sain Wade of the home; a sister, Marie Wade Smith of Connelly Springs; his father-in-law, Philo Sain of Hildebran; his mother-in-law, Ila Mae Sain of Hildebran; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

A service of worship and celebration will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hebron Lutheran Church in Hildebran with his pastor, Charles Zimmerman, and the Rev. Gary Coble officiating.

The Wade family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Hebron Lutheran Church in Hildebran. 

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Catawba Memorial Park. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Lutheran Church in Greensboro with the Rev. Charles Zimmerman officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Director of Spiritual Life position, N.C. Synod of the ELCA, 1988 Lutheran Synod Drive, Salisbury, N.C. 28144.

Heritage Funeral Service of Valdese is assisting the Wade family.
 

Valerie B. Carico

MORGANTON ­ Valerie B. Carico, 71, of N.C. 18, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph Hospital. 

Born April 26, 1929, in Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Esper Bumgardner and the late Nancy Smith Bumgardner. She was a retired health-care technician at Western Carolina Center. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by: her husband, Sam Junior Carico, three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by: two sons, James Carico and his wife, Deborah, and Gary M. Carico, all of Morganton; three brothers, the Rev. Eugene Bumgardner, G.C. Bumgardner and J.U. Bumgardner, all of Polkville; three sisters, Louise Michaels of Morganton, Addiebell Wray of Kings Mountain and Beatrice Michaels of Casar; two grandsons, Mike Carico and his fiancee, Vicki Clark, and Scott Carico and his wife, Bonnie, all of Morganton; and her fiance, Bustar Duncan of Hickory.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Golden Valley Missionary Methodist Church with the Revs. Earl Michaels and Howard Michaels officiating. The body will lie in state from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Burial will be at Golden Valley Missionary Methodist Church cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Stamey Funeral Home.

Stamey Funeral Home of Fallston is assisting the Carico family.

 

'Kenny' Smith Jr.

MORGANTON ­ William Kenneth "Kenny" Smith Jr., 36, of North Greet Street was found dead Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2000. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Sossoman Funeral Home. 
 

John William Fox Jr.

MORGANTON ­ John William Fox Jr., 86, of Morganton Long Term Care, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at the nursing home following a period of declining health. 

Born Sept. 10, 1914, in Burke County, he was a son of the late John William Fox and Della Scott Fox. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church and a retired employee of Hickory Chair Company. Mr. Fox was a Gunner's Mate in the U.S. Navy and a veteran of World War II where he served in the Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy on Dec. 6, 1945. He was a long time member of the American Legion. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ollie Mae Barrier Fox; a daughter, Elizabeth Smoot; two brothers, Charlie Fox and Lee Fox and three sisters, Nora Whisnant, Violet Black and Ann Cannon.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Fox of Morganton; sons, Johnny Fox of Catawba and David Fox of Henry, Va.; daughters, Deborah Robertson of Acworth, Ga. and Jean Mattingly of Glen Burnie, Md.; brothers, James Fox of Washington and Ulsus Fox of Little Rock, Ark.; sisters, Louise Fox and Edith Bishop, both of Morganton; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Ralph May officiating. Burial will be in Burke Memorial Park. 

The family will receive friends Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Western North Carolina Chapter, 3 Louisiana Ave., Asheville, N.C. 28806-3419. 
 

Clarence 'Eb' Bradshaw

MORGANTON ­ Clarence "Eb" Elbert Bradshaw, 72, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at his residence after a long period of declining health.

Born in July 15, 1928, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Patton Bradshaw and Fannie Swink Bradshaw. Mr. Bradshaw was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict. Mr. Bradshaw was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 16 years and also retired as a healthcare technician at Broughton Hospital after 24 years of service. 

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Smith Bradshaw of the home; a son, Keith Bradshaw of Hickory; a daughter, Karen Bradshaw of Hickory; three brothers, Harold Bradshaw, Bill Bradshaw and Lee Swink, all of Connelly Springs; a stepson, Ronnie Butler of Morganton; a stepdaughter, Rebecca Early of Morganton; three grandchildren and three step grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at the Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Burl Sain officiating. Interment will follow in the Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690 or to Zion Hill Baptist Church, 7208 Old N.C. 18, Lawndale, N.C. 28090. 

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

Josh Warren Greene

MORGANTON ­ On Wednesday, March 28, 2001, a fine Christian gentleman, good citizen and beautiful soul, Josh Warren Greene passed on.

Born Feb. 24, 1911, in Union, S.C., he was a son of Maryland and Anne Greene. He grew up in Union and graduated from Union High School. He then worked for Arthur State Bank. During World War II he served in Iceland, England, Germany and France. After the war he used his talents for Deering Milliken until he retired as director of personnel services in 1975. He continued as consultant for Milliken, serving as a popular public speaker promoting the virtues of the free enterprise system. Josh was active in both church and community affairs. He was a member of the Full Gospel Business Men's Association and served as a counselor for the Christian Reconciliation Counsel. Using his 58-year long marriage to his wife, Mary Agnes, who died in 1997, as a basis, he taught classes on successful family life. 

He is survived by his three sons and a nephew of whom he was very proud: son, Jack "Jake" Warren Greene and his wife Pamela of Tega Cay, S.C., son, James "Jim" Allen Greene and his wife, Caren of Oxford, Ga., son, Richard "Dick" Green and his wife Prudy of Morganton and his nephew, Gary Greene of San Antonio, Texas. He has seven grandchildren, Rance, Josh, Graham, Casey, Warren, Allison, and John and a brother, Harold and his wife, Janelle of Paris, Texas. 

There will be a celebration of life service at 1 p.m. on Saturday at ARP Presbyterian Church, Skylyn Drive in Spartanburg, S.C. where Josh and Mary Agnes lived for almost 40 years. A graveside service will follow at Union Memorial Gardens in Union at 3:30 p.m. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to "There is More Ministries," Balsam Grove, N.C. 28708. 

Josh, we will all miss your loving heart, your keen sense of humor and your strong Christian example. There will be a gathering with a light supper for friends and family following the graveside service at Union House, North Gadberry Street. 

The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home of Union, S.C. is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Myrtle McGalliard Yancey

DREXEL ­ Myrtle McGalliard Yancey, 91, formally of Ridge Street, Rutherford College, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at Autumn Care Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. 

Born Oct. 28, 1909, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late LaFette and Gertie Lou Williams McGalliard. She was retired from Robinson Hosiery Mill and was a member of East Valdese Baptist Church, serving in the WMU and as a homebound mission worker of her church, delivering books and tapes to the shut-ins. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Yancey Sr. 

Surviving are sons, Roy Yancey Jr. and his wife, Jennie, of Rutherford College, and Charles Yancey and his wife, Linda, of Valdese; daughters, Ann Buff and her husband, Ronnie, of Hildebran, and Rachel Crowder and her husband, Jerry, of Connelly Springs; brother, Owens McGalliard of Valdese; sisters, Allie Dellinger and Martha Williams, both of Drexel, and Evelyn Morgan of Morganton; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese with the Rev. Marion Powell officiating. Interment will be in the Enon Baptist Church Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. 
 

Rassie Baker

CHARLOTTE ­ Rassie Baker, 94, of Sharon Towers, and formally of Carolina Street in Valdese, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, after a period of declining health. 

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday in the Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Memorial services will follow in the Waldensian Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Feild Russell officiating. 

The family will receive friends after the service at the church.

Heritage Funeral Service of Valdese is assisting the Baker family. 
 

Joel Briggs

MORGANTON ­ Joel Briggs, 31, of Henderson Mill Road, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence. S.C. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. 


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