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Hazel J. Brown 

VALDESE - Hazel Jacumin Brown, 78, of Hauss Ridge Road, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, at Valdese General Hospital following a brief illness. 

Born May 4, 1923, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Levi Alexander Jacumin and Martha Bennett Jacumin. She was a member of High Peak Baptist Church and a former employee of Drexel Furniture Company. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Elworth Brown, and a stepson, William Brown. 

Surviving are a son, Danny O. Mull and wife, Lucy, of Dallas, N.C.; daughters, Rachel Shuford and Shirlene Huggins and husband, Jimmy, all of Valdese, and Cathy Costner and husband, Bill, of Glen Alpine; sisters, Vivan Erwin and Lena Ogle, both of Valdese; a stepson, Eugene Brown of Lincolnton; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

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

The family will receive friends today from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 
 

Mary Ruth Smith 

GLEN ALPINE - Mary Ruth Smith, 68, of Lail Road, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Sossoman Funeral Home. 
 

Thomas 'Tom' Childers 

MORGANTON - Thomas G. "Tom" Childers, 80, of Brown Mountain Beach Road, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at his home following a period of declining health. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sossoman Funeral Home. 
 

Mildred Rigdon Deal 

MORGANTON - Mildred Rigdon Deal, 80, of Chigger Street, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Sossoman Funeral Home. 
 

James 'Bud' Powell 

GLEN ALPINE - James O. "Bud" Powell, 76, of London Street, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001 at his home following a period of declining health. 

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Sossoman Funeral Home. 
 

Belle Smith 

MORGANTON - Belle Pearson Williams Smith, 79, of Golf Course Road, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001 at Britthaven of Morganton following a period of declining health. 

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sossoman Funeral Home. 
 

Mary Herman 

MORGANTON - Mary Leonhardt Herman of Valdese Avenue died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton. 
 

Edna McNeilly Self 

CASAR - Edna McNeilly Self, 68, of Casar Road, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at Rutherford Hospital. The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Olive Grove Baptist Church and the family will receive friends from 6 until 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Stamey Funeral Home of Fallston. 
 

Pansy Ruth Walker 

LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Pansy Ruth Walker, 55, of 3820 St. Road 28 E., died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, at St. Vincents Hospital in Indianapolis after an extended illness. 

Born Oct. 30, 1945, in Marion, she had lived in Lafayette for the past 33 years. She married Winford W. Walker Aug. 28, 1972, in Jellico, Tenn., and he survives. She was a homemaker and also was a member of Christ Memorial Temple. She enjoyed gardening, sewing and raising a large family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, a brother and a sister. 

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are sons, Jason Walker, Michael Walker and his wife, April, Fred Walker and his wife, Vickie, all of Lafayette, and Kenneth Walker and his wife, Julia, of North Carolina; daughters, Pamela Walker of Lafayette, Debbie Harrison and her husband, Frank, and Cathy West and her husband, Lenny, both of North Carolina; sisters, Margie Gibbs and her husband, Roby, Irene Cain, Rosie William, and Nellie Randolph and her husband, Billy, all of North Carolina, and Violet Burdett of South Carolina; 18 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. 

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ Memorial Temple with the Revs. Raymond E. Parnell and Anthony E. Carson officiating. Burial will be at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens in W. Lafayette, Ind. 

The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Hippensteel Funeral Home. 

Memorials may be made to St. Vincents Cardiac Care Unit. 

Hippensteel Funeral Home in Indiana is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Ralph Edwards 

VALDESE - Ralph Edwards, 69, of Lakeview Acres, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001. 

Born in Yancey County, he was a son of the late Joe Edwards and Texie Hensley Edwards. He was retired from the Town of Valdese having worked at the Water Department. 

Surviving are his wife, Fannie Hoilman Edwards; sons, Roger Dale Edwards and his wife, Brenda, of Valdese, and Ralph Dewayne Edwards and his wife, Mary, of Morganton; daughter, Teresa Rene Edwards Keel and her husband, David, of Valdese; brother, Hobert Edwards of Valdese; sisters, Katherine Duckworth of Morganton, Ola Faye McAmis of Cleveland, Ohio, Mary Jo Wyatt and Chloe Edwards, both of Valdese, and Bonnie Edwards of Morganton; grandchildren, Rebecca Edwards, Chris Edwards Sr. and his wife, Leslie, Wesley Edwards, and Brandon Phillips; and great grandchildren, Devin Spake, Chris Edwards Jr., and Savannah Edwards. 

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Leonard Lindsey officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Memorial Gardens. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. today at Family Funeral Care, Kirksey Chapel in Valdese. 

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 300 Eldred St., Valdese, N.C. 28690. 

Family Funeral Care, Kirksey Chapel in Valdese is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Fern Prestwood 

MORGANTON - Fern Harris Prestwood, 92, of South Matthews Street, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at Grace Heights following a brief illness. 

Born Jan. 18, 1909, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Robert G. and Anna Setzer Harris. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fletcher Prestwood; a brother, Frank Harris; and a sister, Pearl Weatherford. 

Surviving are a daughter, Sybil Barrier, with whom she made her home; grandsons and their wives, Michael and Patti Barrier, Timothy and Trina Barrier, and Jeffrey and Angie Barrier, all of Morganton; and four great-granddaughters. 

The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. today in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Revs. Thomas Stinson-Wesley and James Taber officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. 

The family will receive friends from 3 until 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at the residence, 204 S. Matthews St., Morganton. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Eva Davis 

VALE - Eva Clyda Houser Davis, 73, of 1977 Northbrook III School Road, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001, at her home. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Beulah Baptist Church and the family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. today at Stamey Funeral Home in Fallston. 

Wilhelmina Shytle 

CONNELLY SPRINGS - Wilhelmina Wilson Shytle, 82, of Woodlawn Drive, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at her residence following a brief illness. 

Mrs. Shytle was born June 2, 1919, in Burke County, to the late Self and Essie Wilson. As a young girl, she worked in the Hickory candy factory and made gliders during World War II. She retired as a spinner at Valdese Manufacturing and was a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church. 

Survivors include: her husband, Winfred Hugh Shytle of the home; daughters, Sharon Mise of Columbia, S.C., Renae Brame of Black Mountain and Celeste Tolbert of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a son, Gary Shytle of Valdese; sisters, JoAnn Causby of Valdese, Margaret Graham of Naples, Fla., and Mary Lee Heavner of Morganton; brothers, Clifford Wilson of Connelly Springs, Harold Wilson, Iris Lindbergh Wilson and Steve Wilson, all of Icard; grandchildren, Angela Berry, Susan Trivette, Sarah Tolbert, Stephanie Tolbert, Johnny Wilson, James Wilson, Jerald Shytle and Nicholas Tolbert; and great-grandchildren, Katie Trivette and Joey Trivette. 

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Officiating will be the Rev. Steven Matthews and Rev. Terry Ritchie. Interment will follow at Burke Memorial Park. 

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

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

Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese is assisting the Shytle family. 

Ruby Kendall 

SHELBY - Ruby Spratt Kendall, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at Presbyterian Home of High Point. 

Mrs. Kendall was born on March 22, 1909 in Dysartsville, a daughter of the late James L. Spratt and Fannie Goforth Spratt. 

She was a 1931 graduate of East Carolina University, majoring in intermediate education. She was a member of Central Methodist Church of Shelby, a charter member of the Shelby Charity League, a member of a book club and played bridge and golf. 

In addition to her parents, her husband, Dr. Ben H. Kendall, preceded her in death. 

She is survived by two sons, William A. Kendall and his wife, Joyce of Morganton and James M. Kendall and his wife, Paula of High Point; six sisters, Annie Spratt, Sybill Spratt and Sarah S. Cash, all of Tega Cay, S.C., Ethel S. Bowden of Faison, Geneva S. Craig of High Point and Delphia S. O'Malia of Dallas, Pa.; five grandchildren, the Rev. Fr. Jeffrey A. Kendall of Charleston, S.C. and Sara K. Mauney of New York City, James L. White of Charleston, S.C., James M. Kendall Jr. and Carrie K. Butler, both of High Point; and three great-grandchildren. 

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Sunset Cemetery in Shelby with the Rev. John Boggs officiating. 

Memorials may be sent to Central Methodist Church, 200 East Marion St., Shelby, N.C. 28150 or the N.C. Community Foundation for the Kendall Memorial Endowment, c/o W.A. Kendall, 103 Liberty Trail, Morganton, N.C. 28655. The Kendall Memorial Endowment's purpose is to grant high education scholarships to those pursuing Christian service vocations. 

Palmer Mortuary of Shelby is in charge of arrangements. 

Delia Wilkins 

MORGANTON - Delia Irene Kincaid Wilkins, 79, of 107 Magnolia Dr., died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at Grace Hospital following an extended illness. 

Born Sept. 25, 1922, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Carson Kincaid and Beulah Bradshaw Kincaid. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and a member of the Senior Mission Department. She worked for 23 years at Valdese Weavers Inc., as an inspector. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James L. Wilkins; brothers, Robert Kincaid, Melvin Kincaid, and Phillip Kincaid; and sisters, Fannie K. Conley, Marie K. Connelly, Willie Mae K. Ellis, and Josephine K. Johnson. 

Surviving are a son, William "Bill" Wilkins and his wife, Robin, of Morganton; brothers, Ned Kincaid and wife, Rebecca, of Spindale, and Allen Kincaid and his wife, Barbara, of Morganton; a sister, Ophelia E. Kincaid of Morganton; grandsons, Gerald L. Wilkins and his wife, Paula, of Glen Alpine, William Wilkins II and Ryan Kincaid, both of Morganton; a granddaughter, Tina Caldwell of Charlotte; a great-grandson, Jerrian Wilkins of Glen Alpine; great-granddaughters, Olana Wilkins of Glen Alpine and Taylor Steele of Charlotte; sisters-in-law, Mary McKesson and Edna Moore, both of Morganton; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and other relatives and friends. 

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenneth Falls and Frances Tate officiating. Burial will be a private affair at the Bristol Family Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 1:55 p.m. Friday at the church. At other times, the family will be at the home of her sister-in-law, Edna (Reece) Moore, 1857 Zion Road, Morganton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Senior Mission Department, P.O. Box 776, Valdese, N.C. 28690. 

Ebony Funeral Services in Morganton is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Lovie Ann Hayden 

MORGANTON - Lovie Ann Hayden, 88, formerly of 210 Eastview St., died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at a local hospital following an extended illness. 

Born Oct. 20, 1913, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Lemon H. Hayden and Josephine Moore Hayden. She was a member of the Gaston Chapel AME Church and was a charter member of the L.O. Gospel Choir. She was also a member of the Ladies Usher Board, Pastor Aide Club and Lay Organization. She worked for 20 years at Western Carolina Center in the dietary department. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Leroy W. Hayden; and a brother, Joseph F. Hayden. 

Surviving are a son, James M. Hayden and his wife, Vanessa L., of Morganton; a sister, Leola Hayden Wilkerson of Morganton; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. 

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gaston Chapel AME Church with the Revs. Ronald J. Knight, John H. Cantrell, Herbert Carter, Frances Tate and Jas Hemby. Burial will be in Burke Memorial Park. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m. Friday in the Fleming Memorial Chapel at Ebony Funeral Services in Morganton. At other times, the family will be at the home of James M. Hayden and his wife, Vanessa L. Hayden, 402 2nd St., Morganton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gaston Chapel AME Church Building Fund, 100 Bouchelle St., Morganton, N.C. 28655. 

Ebony Funeral Services in Morganton is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Fred Mullinax 

GRANITE FALLS - Fred Morgan Mullinax, 82, of the Camelot Manor Nursing Care Facility and formerly of Morganton, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001, at the nursing home following an extended illness. 

Born May 19, 1919, in Gaston County, he was a son of the late Alonzo and Sally Culbertson Mullinax. He was a member of the Baptist faith. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend, and his handshake will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Scism Mullinax; a son-in-law, Danny Mosteller; brothers, Lee, Carl, and Bill Mullinax; and sisters, Bessie Barrett and Ethel Bridges. 

Surviving are a son, Tommy Mullinax and his wife, Kathy, of Lincolnton, N.C.; daughters, Linda Smith and her husband, Ted, of Granite Falls, Joyce Williams and husband, Rodney, of Hudson, and Frankie Mosteller of Claremont; 10 grandchildren; eight great-granddaughters and many loved nieces and nephews. His first great-grandson will be born in December. 

The funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Revs. Gary Garner, Randy Gibson and Freddie Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Joyce Williams, 1715 Carriage Lane, Hudson, N.C. 28638. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the Mullinax family. 

Homer G. Woods 

MORGANTON - Homer G. Woods, 68, of Lenoir Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital in Hickory following a period of declining health. 

Born April 11, 1933, in Lauderdale County, Ala., he was a son of the late Johnny T. Woods and Mattie Wesson Woods. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed for many years as a fireman with the City of Morganton. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Earl Woods and a sister, Eunice Baskins. 

Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Terry and David Ward of Houston, Texas, and Carol and Jeff Childres of Newton; brothers, James Woods and Charles Woods, both of Alabama, and Gene Woods and J.B. Woods, both of Indiana; sisters, Virginia Patterson, Ruby Young, Frances Briggs, Betty Stanfield and Lois Dempsey, all of Alabama; and granddaughters, Brandie Childres and Randie Childres. 

The funeral will be held 1 p.m. Friday in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. A.M. Stephens officiating. Burial will follow in the Barrier Cemetery, Jonas Ridge, with firefighters honors provided by the Morganton Department of Public Safety. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour before the service. 

Memorial gifts may be made to the Hickory Firefighters Association or the New York Firefighters Relief Fund, c/o BB&T, Hickory, N.C. 28601. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the Woods family. 
 

James Clyde Hise 

CONNELLY SPRINGS - James Clyde Hise, 53, of 2816 Knob Mountain Drive, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital. 

Born Feb. 20, 1948, in Burke County, he was the son of the late Ray and Bonnie McGee Hise. He was a member of Amherst Baptist Church and was employed by Green Thumb Landscaping Company. 

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Queen Hise of the home; a daughter, Kimberly Hise Hughes and her husband, Tim, of Connelly Springs; a son, Shane Hise and his wife, Johanna, of Connelly Springs; a grandson, Hunter Hise of Connelly Springs; a sister, Shirley Hise of Morganton; and nieces, Shawn Reavis-Long of Connelly Springs and Shannon Hanley of Lancaster, S.C. 

The memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Ridge Baptist Church with the Revs. Mel Compos and Charlie Crump officiating. 

The family will receive friends following the service at the home of Shane Hise in Connelly Springs. 

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Unit of Catawba Memorial Hospital, 810 Fairgrove Church Road S.E., Hickory, N.C. 28602, or to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for New York and Washington, D.C., P.O. Box 1329, Hickory, N.C. 28603. 

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

Suzanne M. Belville 

EAST COVENTRY, Pa. - Suzanne M. Belville, 51, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001, at her home following an extended illness. 

Born April 1, 1950, in Barre, Vt., she was a daughter of the late Ralph Jameson and Thelma (Champany) Belville. She was a graduate of Radnor High School. She was the general manager of the Gypsy Rose Restaurant in Rahns until she retired due to illness. She had a lifelong interest in antiques and folk art and loved to travel. She was a member of the Community Club of Collegeville, the Historical Society of Trappe, Collegeville and Perkiomen and a member of the Skippack Antikuers. 

Surviving are two brothers, Robert C. Belville and his wife, Nancy, of Morganton, and Dale A. Belville and his wife, Kathryn, of Springfield, Pa.; three nieces, Sharon Metzger of Arlington, Mass., Celeste Haq of Decatur, Ga., and Sarah Herold of Sydney, Australia; two nephews, Andrew D. Belville of Norristown, Pa., and Christian Belville of Media, Pa.; and three great-nephews, Andrew J. Belville and Ethan M. Belville, both of Media, Pa., and Phineas T. Haq of Decatur, Ga. 

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. 

Ruggiero Funeral Home in Trappe, Pa., is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Henry Gregg Patterson 

GLEN ALPINE - Henry Gregg Patterson, 90, of 416 Catawba St., died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001, at his home. 

Born in Lanford, S.C., he was a son of the late William Lawrence and Janie Fleming Patterson. 

He was a graduate of Wofford College and a member of the 50 Year Club. He joined Roses Department Store in 1935 and in 1953 he was named district manager. In 1974, he retired after 40 years. 

He was active in the Morganton Rotary Club, was past president of the Roanoke Rapids Rotary Club and past president of the N.C. Angus Association. He had been a resident of Fort Myers, Fla., for the last 25 years. 

Surviving are: his wife, Elizabeth Burt Patterson of the home; a son, Robert Hannon Patterson of Asheville; three daughters, Linda Dianne Cobb of Palm Bay, Fla., Rhonda Fleming Metcalf of Morganton, and Frances Moore of Spartanburg, S.C.; two brothers, Ralph F. Patterson Sr., of Clinton, S.C., and W.L. Patterson of Laurens; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Patterson Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday at the church in Lanford, S.C. 

Memorials may be made to Patterson Chapel United Methodist Church, 251 Edgewood Lane, Woodruff, S.C. 29388. 

Gray Funeral Home of Clinton, S.C., is in charge of the arrangements. 
 

Eric Cranford 

Lt. Cmdr. Eric Allen Cranford, 32, was killed in the terrorist attack while on duty at the Naval Command Center at the Pentagon on Sept. 11. 

Eric graduated from East Burke High School in 1987 and North Carolina State University in 1992 with a double major in political science and economics. After graduation, he was commissioned and accepted for naval flight school. 

He served two tours as a helicopter pilot in the Persian Gulf and then was assigned to the Navy Command Center at the Pentagon, where he helped shape U.S. Naval policy in the Navy's Plans, Policy & Operations Directorate. 

Surviving are: his wife, Emily Cranford, of Falls Church, Va.; his parents, Betsy and Fred Cranford of Drexel; his brother, Brad, and sister-in-law, Kristie, of Clayton; his grandmother, Treva Nichols of Deep Gap; Emily's parents, Rachel and Dale Cozort of Drexel; and Emily's grandmother, Lillie Wray of Valdese. 

A memorial service and burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery, conducted with full military honors, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. A special service honoring Eric's memory will be held Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at Drexel First Baptist Church. 

The family has announced the establishment of the Eric A. Cranford Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will be granted to a Burke County high school graduate accepted at North Carolina State University. 

Memorials may be sent to: Eric A. Cranford Scholarship Fund, N.C. State Alumni Association, Attention: Joan De Bruin, Campus Box 750l, Raleigh, N.C. 27695-7501. 

Colin Lee Brittain Sr. 

MORGANTON - Colin Lee Brittain Sr., 59, of Jamestown Road, died unexpectedly Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at Grace Hospital. 

Born in Burke County on Aug. 18, 1942, he was a son of the late Harry Lee Brittain Sr. and Lura Mae Whitener Brittain. 

He was a U.S. Army veteran. For many years he owned and operated Brittain Dairy Farm and in recent years Brittain Logging Co. He was a volunteer fireman with West End Fire Department. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: brothers, Raymond Brittain and Harry L. Brittain Jr.; a sister, Margaret Brittain; and a granddaughter, Emma Brittain. 

Surviving are: his wife, Peggy Bowman Brittain of the home; sons, Colin Lee Brittain and his wife, Nicky, and Harry Wesley Brittain and his wife, Joy, all of Morganton; daughters, Belynda Brittain Clay and her husband, Phillip, of Iron Station, and Lisa Brittain Buff and her husband, Rodney, of Morganton; a stepson, Glenn Edwin Morrison II of Morganton; sisters, Virginia Rogers and Shirley Mitchell, both of Morganton; grandchildren, Ian Morrison, Megan Brittain, Nathaniel Brittain, Joshua Clay, Haley Brittain and Kelsey Buff; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Snow Hill United Methodist Church with the Revs. Nancy Krall, W.G. Davidson and Gary Capps officiating. Burial will follow in Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at Mr. Brittain's home at 1646 Jamestown Road. 

Memorial gifts may be made to West End Fire Department, P.O. Box 1317, Glen Alpine, N.C. 28628 or to Snow Hill United Methodist Church, 8661 U.S. 70 West, Morganton, NC 28655. 

Donald R. Parish 

MORGANTON - Donald Richard Parish, 62, of Causby Road, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at Hospice Shytle House following a period of declining health. 

Born Sept. 9, 1939, in Delaware County, Okla., he was a son of Ruth Idonia Womach Parish of Idaho and the late Hershel Cline Parish. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a member of Walker Road Baptist Church. 

Surviving in addition to his mother are: his wife, Janice Young Parish, of the home; daughters, Helen Mace Clark and Mary Mace Duncan, both of Marion, and Judy Mace Meeker of Monroe; sisters, Neva and Doris, both of Idaho; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Faith Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Rocky Reese and Mike Hatton and Chaplain Ted Swann officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral. 

At other times, the family will be at the residence, 581 Causby Road, Morganton. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

James David Smith 

NEWLAND - James David Smith, 49, of Everette Clark Road, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 

A native of Avery County, he was a son of Cordelia Shook Smith of Newland and the late Joe Smith. He was a shrubberyman. 

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by two sisters, Lula Belle Clark and Rita Nelson. 

Surviving in addition to his mother are: his son, James Smith of Newland; a grandson, Dakota James-Arthur Smith of Newland; a granddaughter, Kelsi Dawn Smith of Newland; sisters, Colleen Clark of Newland, Lillian Campbell of Yadkinville, Arlleta Dudley of Stanley; and a brother, Joe Allen Smith of Morganton. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today from the Grandfather Chapel of the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with the Revs. Burl Saine and Hugh Hall officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services today at the funeral home. 

Interment will follow at 11 a.m. Monday in Wilburn Shook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Smith family. 

Ruth M. Conley 

MORGANTON - Ruth McGimsey Conley, 93, of Morganton Long Term Care, formerly of Vintage Avenue, Winston-Salem, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at the nursing home following a period of declining health. 

Born in Burke County on May 10, 1908, she was a daughter of the late T. Jessie and Frances McGimsey Conley. She lived in Winston-Salem for a number of years and was a retiree of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and was a member of Central Terrace United Methodist Church. 

Surviving are a sister-in-law, Mae M. Conley of Morganton, and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Tom Stinson-Wesley officiating. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Central Terrace United Methodist Church, 3 E. Devonshire St., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27127. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Evelyn Marie Bronson 

RUTHERFORD COLLEGE - Mrs. Evelyn Marie Pons Bronson, 87, of 101 Oak Terrace, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. 

Born Jan. 7, 1914, she was a daughter of the late Rev. John Pons and Lydia Jacumin Pons. 

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Bronson, three brothers, Arnaldo Albert "Trigger" Pons, Edward Pons and Walter Pons. 

A graduate of Rutherford College, college, she lived out a life of exemplary service to her home, church and community, as a member of the Valdese Pilot Club and employment as office manager of The Valdese Building and Loan. She was a lifelong member of Waldensian Presbyterian Church of Valdese and served this church as a member of the Session. 

In 1964, she was elected as the first woman member of the Diaconate and ordained in 1965; also elected an Elder in 1971 and ordained in 1972. She was awarded Presbyterian Women Honarary Life Membership. In addition, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of Valdese, she served on the community's Steering Committee. 

Her indefatigable service as member of the church's Waldensian Historical Committee will long be remembered. To her credit is attributed organizational talent and effort in initiating permanent and up-to-date record of the of the Waldensian settlers of Valdese. Through this effort, pictorial family albums, as well as community albums, are on permanent display at the Historical Museum. 

In addition, much credit is due to aiding in assembling and publishing a genealogy of the Waldensian settlers of Valdese. Her assistance was also invaluable, as a child of the Manse, serving on committee to compile the History and Heritage of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church 1893-1993 for its centennial year as well as compiling information for centennial year's communitywide publication "What Mean These Stones." 

She is survived by: her sister, Marguerite Albertine Pons Reich and her husband, Gary, of Winston-Salem; sister-in-laws, Annie Mae Pons and her husband, Arnaldo, Jennie Mae Pons and her husband, Edward, and June Pons and her husband, Walter, all of Valdese; and a number of nieces and nephews to whom she was very devoted. 

Funeral services will conducted 3 p.m. today at Waldensian Presbyterian Church, Valdese, with the Revs. Dr. Paul Felker and Dr. James Aydelotte officiating. Interment will be in the family plot of the Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery. 

The family received friends Saturday at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. 

Memorials may be made to the Walter Pons Educational Fund, or the Waldensian Historical Museum, P.O. Box 216, Valdese, N.C. 28690 or the Trail of Faith, 401 Church St. N.W., Valdese, N.C. 28690 or the charity of choice. 

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

William Vance Hall 

HUDSON - William Vance Hall, 54, of Deal Mill Road, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. 

Born in Caldwell County on Feb. 21, 1947, he was the son of the late Glenn Willard Hall and Thelma Howell Hall. He was a retired furniture employee and graduate of Hudson High School and Caldwell Community College. He was also a life member of Green Mountain Park and a member of Hickory Moose Lodge. 

He is survived by: a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Dawn and Steve Huffman of Morganton; a grandson, Ryan Harlan Huffman of Morganton; brothers, Danny E. Hall of Hudson and Larry Hall of Houston, Texas; special friends, Frances Smith, her daughter, Sierra (Pokey), and her mother, of Hudson. 

No services are scheduled, but relatives and friends may come by Danny Hall's residence today at 3254 Deal Mill Road, Hudson. 

Mackie-High Funeral Home, Inc. of Granite Falls is assisting the Hall family. 

Virginia C. Marr 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Mrs. Virginia C. Marr, 84, formerly of Morganton, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg. 

She was born Nov. 15, 1916, in Statesville, to the late Claude and Maude Curlee. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Marr. 

Mrs. Marr was a 1936 graduate of Rutherford College and in 1938 graduated from Cecil's Business School. In 1940 she moved from Morganton to St. Petersburg, where she worked at the VA Medical Center in Bay Pines for 50 years. 

She was a member of Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, where she attended All States Bible Class, Young at Heart Senior Adult Group and the Women's Missionary Union. 

She is survived by: a son, Richard F. Marr of Rancho San Fe, Calif.; sisters, Nelle C. Anderson and Sue R. Curlee, both of Tallahassee, Fla.; four grandchildren, Richard F. Marr of Atlanta, Charles E. Marr of Charlottesville, William H. Marr and Elaine Sexton, both of Los Angeles. 

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Rev. John Woods officiating. 

Memorials in Mrs. Marr's memory may be made to Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, 600-49th St., No. Suite A, St. Petersburg, Fla. 3370. 

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is in charge of local arrangements. 
 

Jessie M. Sloan 

FOREST CITY - Jessie M. Sloan, 94, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at Grace Hospital. 

A native of Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late William Jesse and Rebecca Godfrey Matheny and her stepmother, Carrie Greene. 

She was a foster grandmother for many years at Western Carolina Center in Morganton and a homemaker. 

She was also a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Forest City, and was the widow of Raymond Sloan, who died in 1993. 

Survivors include: two sons, Joe Sloan and Larry Sloan, both of Morganton; a foster son, William Cortney of Morganton; three daughters, Joyce Hill and Rebecca Sloan, both of Morganton, and Vicki Sloan Brandenburg of Oak Hill, Fla.; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church with the Revs. Bob Clinard and Don Freshour officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 

Visitation will be at the church fellowship hall from 1 until 2 p.m. today. 

The Padgett & King Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.


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