Miscellaneous Burke County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Margie S. Keever 

VALDESE - Margie Shook Stirewalt Keever, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at Valdese General Hospital following a period of declining health. 

Mrs. Keever was born Nov. 11, 1919, in Bluefield, W.Va., to the late Russell Shook and Mae Huffman Shook. She was a retired inspector with Valdese Weavers and a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church. 

She is proceeded in death by her husbands, Clarence Stirewalt and Conrad Coffey; three brothers, Russell Shook Jr., Claude Shook and Roy Shook; and one great-grandson, Cory Dale Hudson. 

Survivors include: two sons and their wives, Joe Stirewalt and Gloria and Howard Stirewalt and Priscilla, all of Hildebran; a daughter and her husband, Linda Travis and Franklin of Conover; four sisters, Hazel Keever, Irene Queen, Ethel Andrews and Lucy Watson, all of Valdese; her husband, Bill Keever; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese with the Rev. Harold Cantrell officiating. Interment will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. 

Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese is assisting the family. 
 

Marie Kade 

RUTHERFORD COLLEGE - Marie Munday Kade, 70, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, after a period of declining health. 

Born Sept. 5, 1931, in Alexander County, she was a daughter of the late Lawson Thomas and Shabie Childers Munday. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Rutherford College, and was a homemaker. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Kade; three brothers, Mitch, Ray and Frank Munday; and a sister, Louvada Sharp. 

Surviving are three sons, Tommy Munday of Butner, George Lee Kade of Rutherford College, and Robert Kade of the home; a sister, Faye M. Brown of Taylorsville; caregiver, Rosie Coleman of Hildebran; and seven grandchildren, Jennifer Kade, Jessica Kade, Kaddie Kade, James Hoops, Justin Munday, Colten Munday, and Crystal Munday. 

The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Rutherford College First Baptist Church with the Rev. David Stikeleather officiating. Interment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park. 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:30 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese, 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 on Malcolm Boulevard, Rutherford College. 

Memorials may be made to the Outreach Program, First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 130, Rutherford College, N.C. 28671, or to Burke County Nutrition Program, Meals on Wheels, c/o DSS, Morganton, N.C. 28680. 

Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese, is assisting the family with the arrangements. 
 

Gregory J. Hogan 

MORGANTON - Gregory Joseph Hogan, 73, formerly of Conover, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at College Pines Nursing Center. 

He was born Feb. 2, 1928, in Waterloo, Iowa, to the late Leo F. Hogan and Anna Weiden Hogan. Mr. Hogan served in the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Air Force where he served many years as a technical sergeant. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Hogan. 

He is survived by his wife, Rama Beck Hogan; a brother, William Hogan of Arlington, Iowa; three sisters, Kay Becker of Ole Wein, Iowa, and Mary Konicki and Melita Whitsell, both of Atlanta, Ga.; a stepgranddaughter, Lisa Fox; a stepgrandson, Aaron Joseph Herman and four stepgreat-grandchildren. 

A mass of Christian burial will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Charles Catholic Church with Father Ken Whittington officiating. Interment will follow the mass at Burke Memorial Park. 

The family will receive friends Wednesday at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Memorials may be made to the Naval Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the family. 

John March 

MORGANTON - John March, 94, of 107 Magnolia Drive, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at Britthaven of Morganton following an extended illness. 

Born July 26, 1907, in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Rufus March and Amanda Pompey March. He was a member of Chambers Chapel Baptist Church where he was part of the Gospel Choir and a former deacon. He was retired from Drexel-Heritage Furniture after 25 years as a pipe fitter. Mr. March also played baseball in the Negro National Baseball League with the Florida Cuban Giants and was a former member of the Blue Ridge Center. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Horton March, and a daughter, Essie Mae March Crisp. He was also preceded in death by an infant son. 

Surviving are granddaughters, Vicky Crisp Cuthbertson of Drexel and Susan Crisp of Glen Alpine; grandsons, Alfred Crisp III of Lenoir, Ricky Crisp of Marion, Todd Crisp and Rodney Crisp, both of Glen Alpine; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a host of nephews, nieces, and a circle of family and friends. 

The funeral will be held 3 p.m. Thursday at Chambers Chapel Baptist Church with the Revs. Tommy Carpenter, John Cantrell, Herbert Carter and Frances Tate officiating. Burial will be in Mount Herman AME Church Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 2:30 until 2:55 p.m. prior to the service at the church. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Todd Crisp, 3343 Lytle Drive, Glen Alpine. 

Memorials may be made to Chambers Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 867, Glen Alpine, N.C. 28628-0867. 

Ebony Funeral Service of Morganton is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

Pauline Brown 

MORGANTON - Pauline Buff Brown, 91, of Colony Drive, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at her residence following a period of declining health. 

Born May 21, 1910, in Patrick, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Dr. John Thomas Buff and Ada Dixon Buff. She was a registered nurse, formerly employed at the North Carolina School for the Deaf and also Broughton Hospital. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Morganton. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George K. Brown; and a brother, James Edward Buff. 

Surviving are a daughter, Georganne Crowe and her husband, Charles, of Morganton; and grandsons, Charles Deeluqwadag Crowe and his wife, Mary, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and John Wadiyei Crowe of Morganton. 

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Lineberger 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 the First Baptist Church or to the First Baptist Church Deaf Mission, P.O. Box 459, Morganton, N.C. 28680-0459. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the Brown family with the arrangements. 

Gregory Hogan 

RUTHERFORD COLLEGE - Gregory Joseph Hogan, 73, formerly of Conover, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001, at College Pines Nursing Center. 

Born Feb. 2, 1928, in Waterloo, Iowa, he was a son of the late Leo F. Hogan and Anna Weiden Hogan. He served in the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Air Force where he served many years as a Technical Sergeant. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Hogan. 

Surviving are his wife, Rama Beck Hogan; a brother, William Hogan of Arlington, Iowa; sisters, Kay Becker of Ole Wein, Iowa, Mary Konicki and Melita Whitsell, both of Atlanta, Ga.; stepgranddaughter, Lisa Fox; stepgrandson, Aaron Joseph Herman; and four stepgreat-grandchildren. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 1 p.m. today at St. Charles Catholic Church with Father Ken Whittington officiating. Interment will follow in Burke Memorial Park. 

The family will received friends from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be made to the Naval Memorial, Washington, D.C. 

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the family. 

Nashia Hough 

MORGANTON - Nashia Rebena Small Hough, 76, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at Morganton Long Term Care. 

Born Aug. 6, 1925, in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late Ivey Hunter Small and Winnie Goins Barkley. She was a homemaker. 

Surviving are her son, Allan Rodney Hough of Morganton and her brother, Winston Small of Morganton. 

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. today at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Allen Fredell officiating. 

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

David Poteet 

HUDSON - David Alan Poteet, 40, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001. 

Born Oct. 17, 1961, in Burke County, he was a son of David and Myrtle Smith Poteet of Hudson. He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Lenoir and a graduate of West Caldwell High School, class of 1979. He enjoyed playing the guitar and loved sharing his talent with family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his sister, Cindy Diane Clark. 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Samantha F. Poteet; sons, David Alan Poteet of Lenoir, Matthew Alexander Poteet of Hickory; a daughter, Pamela Smith of Hudson; a brother, Brian Poteet of Morganton; a sister, Vickie Franklin of Sawmills; a maternal grandmother, Dorothy Smith of Morganton; nieces, Cindy and Amber Poteet and grandson, Dalton Ford. 

The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Kirksey Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Robert Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Denton's Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. 

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

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

Emily Ribet 

GREENSBORO - Emily Catherine Ribet, 75, of Donegal Drive, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at her residence. 

Miss Ribet was born in Valdese. She retired in 1986 after being a physical education teacher and a coach in the Guildford County School System for 30 years. She graduated from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1957, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Master of Education degree. She was also a counselor at the Sky Ranch Camp, a member of Green Valley, Belair and Long View Ladies Golf Association, a life member of the High School Athletic Association, active in the Special Olympics, a tennis and track coach at Page High School for many years and an avid Carolina fan. 

Surviving are a brother, Ferdinand A. Ribet of Valdese; a sister, Hilda Deaton of Rock Hill, S.C.; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Thursday at Forbis & Dick Funeral Service, Greensboro. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at the Forbis & Dick North Elm Street Chapel. 

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Dr. Paul Felker officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics, 501 Yanceyville St., Greensboro, N.C. 27405, Ellen Griffin Endowment Fund/Womens Golf Scholarship at UNC-G, the School of Health and Human Performance or to a charity of your choice. 

Heritage Funeral Service is assisting the Ribet family. 
 

John E. Sisk 

MORGANTON - John Eric Sisk, 31, of Forest Hill Street, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at his residence. 

He was a member of the Happy Heart Sunday School Class at Burkemont Baptist Church where he was a member. 

Preceding him in death is his mother, Rosena Boaer Sisk; and a brother, Tommy Allen Sisk. 

Surviving are his father, Paul C. Sisk of Morganton; brothers, Paul C. Sisk Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev., Ray J. Sisk of Shelby, George W. Sisk of Granite Falls, and James E. Sisk of the home; sisters, Ruth Ann Sisk Isaacs of Tennessee, Pam Sisk of Burke County, Anna L. Sisk of Taylorsville, Rosena S. Kiziah of Valdese, Jenny Tester of North Wilkesboro, and Mary P. Sisk of the home; cousin, Nancy Barton of Morganton; and several nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Burkemont Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Marshall Pridgen officiating. 

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

Lucille Pettigrew 

MORGANTON - Lucille Frady Pettigrew, 74, of Laurel Heights Drive, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001 at Hospice of Burke County Shytle House following a period of declining health. 

Born in Madison County on June 1, 1927, she was a daughter of Cynthia Plemmons Frady of Morganton and the late Burnette Frady. Mrs. Pettigrew was a retired employee of Broughton Hospital where she had worked for thirty years and she was a member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church. 

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Pettigrew; brothers, George, Fred, and Dewey Frady; and a sister, Wilma Lee Price Allman. 

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are daughters and their husbands, Linda and Jim Palmer of Fayetteville, and Wanda and the Rev. Clyde Penry of Morganton and Bethlehem; grandchildren, Shane Wood and Dustin Ollis, both of Morganton; stepgrandchildren, Danielle and Brad Palmer, both of Fayetteville; a brother, the Rev. Kenneth Frady of Connelly Springs; sisters, Helen Caldwell of Columbia, Tenn., Edith Harrison of Morganton, Pauline Norris of Harrison, Mich. and Faye Peeler of Morganton. 

The funeral will be held 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Cross Memorial Baptist Church with the Revs. Jerry Campbell, Clyde Penry, and Kenneth Frady officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes before the funeral hour. At other times, the family will be at Mrs. Pettigrew's residence, 3832 Laurel Heights Drive. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 803, Morganton, N.C. 28680-0803. 
 

Clyde Deal 

ICARD - Clyde A. Deal, 76, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001 at Morganton Long Term Care, after a period of declining health. 

Mr. Deal was born Sept. 23, 1925, to the late Janie Jacumin Deal. He was member of the lcard First Baptist Church, a Navy veteran and was retired ftom Catawba Dunbrick. 

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Eckard Deal. 

Surviving are daughters, Deborah Johnson and her husband, Philip, and Lisa Smith and her husband, Keith, all of Icard; a brother, Julius Deal, of Morganton; sisters, Clara Demiter of Valdese and Frances Micol of Morganton; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday 

at the Icard First Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Earls officiating. The family will receive friends following the services in the Christian Family Life Center of the church. 

Graveside Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Catawba Memorial Park. 

Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1500 San Pablo St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90033 or to the Morganton Long Term Care, Southview St. Morganton, N.C. 28655. 

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

James E. Johnson 

VALDESE - James Edward Johnson, 62, of 4378 Berry School Ave., died suddenly and unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at Valdese General Hospital. 

Born Oct. 23, 1939, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Elvin Artinia Johnson and Vernell Geneva Horne Johnson. He was a life long member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He served as a member of the deacon board, assistant Sunday school superintendent, a member of the usher board and the men's choir and was very faithful and dedicated. 

He was retired from the Burke County Public Schools after 20 years as a media specialist at Freedom High School. He was a graduate of Olive Hill High School, acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Johnson C. Smith University and his Master's degree from Appalachian State University. He also studied at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. 

He was also a member of the Clover Hill Lodge #10 of Lawndale, a board member of the Blue Ridge Community Action, a former member of the National Teachers Association and a former member of the Valdese JC, former advisor for the State Credit Union, former 4-H leader and a member of the Burke County NAACP. He delivered Meals on Wheels for 15 years and was formerly self employed in sales. 

Surviving are his faithful wife of 37 years, Mary F. Johnson of the home; a son, Timothy Edward Johnson of the home; a brother, Charles Hubert Johnson of Valdese; four sisters, Odessa L. Peterson and Sarah E. Johnson, both of Valdese, Clara J. Kinlow of Cherryville, and Belinda J. Williams of Winston-Salem; aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, and a circle of other relatives and friends. 

The funeral was held 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Kenneth B. Falls, W.F. McIntosh Jr., Frances Tate, Herbert Carter and Bryant Corpening officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Memorial Park. 

The family received friends prior to the service at the church. 

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

Julia R. Gray 

MORGANTON - Julia R. Gray, 88, of Morganton Long Term Care, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2001 at the nursing home following a period of declining health. 

Born Dec. 8, 1913, in Marion, Va., she was a daughter of the late Sidney Baxter Rider and Edna B. Rider. 

She was a former resident of Lenoir and worked for many years as an assistant to the Caldwell Memorial Hospital Administrator. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Gray; and a grandson, William Joseph Hennessee. 

Mrs. Gray is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Juli and Carl Hennessee of Morganton; grandchildren; Linda Melton and her husband, the Rev. Larry Melton of Dunn, Dean Hennessee and his wife, Karen of Morganton, and Judy Cooper and her husband, Eben of Plano, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Melissa Melton, Adam Melton, Katelyn Melton, Kasey Hennessee, Jessica Hennessee, and Carl Dean Hennessee, III. 

Graveside services will be held 3:30 p.m., Thursday, at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Revs. Larry Melton and David Gay officiating. Following the graveside service, the family will receive friends at the home of Juli and Carl Hennessee, 3064 Frank Whisnant Road, Morganton. 

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 
 

Ella Mae Winkler 

NEWTON - Ella Mae Winkler, 65, of 311 W. 12th St., formerly of Morganton, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at her residence. 

Born June 6, 1936, in Avery County, she was the daughter of John Henry and Mary Elizabeth Mulberry Winkler. She was an employee of Ithaca Industries. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Leonard Winkler and Sherman Winkler and a sister, Evelyn Winkler. 

Survivors include four daughters, Sharon Bumgarner of Newton, Mariesa Winkler and Emma Lathrop, both of Morganton and Beverly Jimenez of Newton; four sons, Wayne Winkler of Charlotte, Robert Winkler of Newton, and Daniel Winkler and Clifton Winkler, both of Morganton; five sisters, Roberta Boone of Hickory, Margie Webb of Morganton, Velma Townsend and Lula Belle Ballard, both of Newland, and Pearl Ingram of Morganton; two grandchildren who were her caretakers, Scott Bumgarner and Stephanie Winkler of the home; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Pineola Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Byron Repass officiating. Burial will be in the Winkler-Webb Cemetery in Pineola. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and then from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at Pineola Presbyterian Church. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658. 

Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton is assisting the Winker family with arrangements. 


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