Miscellaneous Burke County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Helen Hutchins 

GLEN ALPINE - Helen Elizabeth Williams Hutchins, 80, of Allen Street, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001 at Grace Hospital. 

Born in McDowell County on June 9, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Grover and Mary Puckridge Williams. Mrs. Hutchins was a member of Glen Alpine Presbyterian Church and in addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John V. Hutchins; sisters, Ruby Williams and Pearl Nichols; and a brother, Ivey Williams. 

Surviving are sons and their wives, John and Jennie Hutchins, and David and Edith Hutchins, all of Morganton; a daughter, Margaret Owens of Glen Alpine; brothers, Frank, Fred and Tally Williams, all of Marion, Jack Williams of Nebo, and Lester Williams of Texas; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Faith Tabernacle Church in Marion, with the Rev. Harold Davis officiating. Burial will follow in McDowell Memorial Park. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral hour. Memorial gifts may be made to Samaritan's Purse, P. O. Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607. 
 

Emmett Satterfield 

SPRUCE PINE - Mr. Emmett Allen Satterfield, 83, formerly of Marion, died, Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, in the Blue Ridge Hospital, Spruce Pine. 

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday, in the McCall Memorial Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion. Internment will follow in the Montford Cove Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, is serving the Satterfield family. 
 

Eunice Marie Ervin 

DREXEL - Eunice Marie Cuthbertson Ervin, 85, of 307 Oakland Ave., died Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at Autumn Care of Drexel after a period of declining health. 

Born Aug. 30, 1916, in McDowell County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie Cuthbertson and Martha Caldwell Cuthbertson. A retired domestic worker, Mrs. Ervin was also a member of the Bethune Woman's Civic Club and a volunteer for the Burke United Christian Ministries. She was a member of Shiloh AME Church where she was a member and former president of the Stewardess Board for 14 years. She was also a member and former president of the Nina Bess Missionary Society and a former member of the Willing Workers Club at Shiloh AME Church. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Phifer Ervin Sr.; brothers, Kirksey Cuthbertson, Charles Edward Cuthbertson, Avery Cuthbertson; sisters, Flossie C. Caldwell, Fannie C. Hunter, Lucille C. Ervin, Mildred N. Cuthbertson, Gladys Cuthbertson and Mary Willie Cuthbertson. 

Survivors include her sons, retired Lt. Col. Charles Phifer Ervin Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla., Danny B. Ervin and his wife, Dottie of Marion, and Kenneth D. Ervin and his wife, Liz of Greensboro; a foster son, Alan Cuthbertson of Greensboro; daughters, Norma E. Caldwell and Flossie E. Bryant and her husband, Elias, all of Morganton, and Carolyn E. Hill of Hackensack, N.J.; a sister, Minnie C. James of Chapel Hill; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces and a circle of family and friends. 

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. today at Shiloh AME Church with the Revs. Frank W. Saunders, Carol Davis, Charles P. Ervin III and Herbert Carter officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends 1 p.m. today at the church. At other times the family will be at 2624 N.C. 126 in Morganton. 

Memorials may be made to the Shiloh AME Church Building Fund, 1323, N. Powerhouse Road, Morganton, N.C. and Burke United Christian Ministries, 305 B. West Union St., Morganton, N.C. 28655. 

Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton is assisting the Ervin family. 
 

Dorothy 'Dot' Humphries 

RUTHERFORD COLLEGE - Dorothy Cassels Humphries, 80, died Saturday Nov. 24. 2001 at her residence, after a period of declining health. 

Mrs. Humphries was born July 3, 1921 in Rutherford College to the late Rhuben Oscar and Minnie Pearl Franklin Cassels. She was a member of the Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the Valdese Pilot Club, a charter member of the Lovelady Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary, a past president of the N.C. State Ladies Fire Dept. Auxiliary, and a charter member of the Valdese Rescue Squad Ladies Auxiliary. 

Mrs. Humphries retired from the Rutherford College Post Office, after 25 years of service from 1958 till 1983. "Dot" also was an Avon representative from 1952 until the present. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Charles "J.C." Humphries; one son, Earl Terry Humphries; five brothers, Norris, Theodore "Ted," Melvin, Ralph and Lee Cassels; and one sister, Catherine Cassels. 

Survivors include: sons, Larry Humphries and his wife, Alice of Connelly Springs and Johnnie Humphries and his wife, Connie of Rutherford College; a daughter-in-law, Marie B. Humphries of Clayton; a sister, Minnie Belle Cassels of Rutherford College; grandchildren, Mike and Dru Humphries, Janice Kirby, Marion Reid, Jerry and Julie Humphries, Tim Humphries, Rick and Madonna Humphries, and John Humphries; great-grandchildren, Danielle Humphries, Erica Humphries, Jeff Hensley, Jamie and Josh Kirby, Chase Reid, Jessie, Jodie and Jerry Humphries, Jeni and Terry Humphries; and special great-great grandchildren, Cynthia Hensley and Lindsay Puett. 

Funeral Services were held 11 a.m. today at the Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Hamlyn officiating. Interment will follow in Burke Memorial Park. 

The family received friends from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690 or to Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 127, Rutherford College, N.C. 28671. 

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

Minnie H. Young 

VALDESE - Mrs. Minnie Hull Young, 90, of Valdese, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at College Pines Nursing Center, after a period of declining health. 

Mrs. Young was born May 5, 1911, in Cleveland County to the late Hosea Benjamin and Mary Bessie Cook Hull. She was retired from Valdese Mfg. Co. Inc. and was a member of New Covenent Church, Valdese. 

She is survived by: her husband, Monroe Young of the home; a daughter, Janet Young of Charlotte; two brothers, Thomas Hull of Valdese and Columbus Hull of Gastonia; two sisters, Golia Lail of Connelly Springs and Zula Parker of Casar; three grandchildren, Charles Taylor and wife Michelle of Conover, Mary Elizabeth Abernethy and Jennifer Lee Abernethy, both of Charlotte; two great-grandchildren, Zachary Taylor and Brendon Taylor. 

Graveside services for Mrs. Minnie Hull Young will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Hillcrest Cemetery with the Rev. R.A. Brackett officiating. 

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

Mildred B. Perrou 

HICKORY - Mrs. Mildred Bradshaw Perrou, 75, of Hickory, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at Catawba Memorial Hospital after a period of declining heath. 

Mrs. Perrou was born Aug. 8, 1926, in Burke County to Willie Rhoney Bradshaw of Hickory and the late Arcie Bradshaw. 

She was a member of Wilkie's Grove Baptist Church and retired as an accountant with J.P. Stevens and formerly with Alba-Waldensian Inc. 

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Steven J. Perrou and a brother, Harold Bradshaw. 

In addition to her mother, she is survived by: a daughter, Ann Perrou Mefford of Hickory; a sister, Virginia Brittain of Hickory; and two nephews, seven nieces, five great-nephews and a great-niece. 

Funeral services for Mrs. Mildred B. Perrou will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Wilkie's Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Ray Raymer officiating. Interment will follow in Catawba Memorial Park, Hickory. 

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

Memorials may be made to the building fund of Wilkie's Grove Baptist Church, 5780 Wilkie's Grove Church Road, Hickory, N.C. 28602. 

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

Betty Hobbs 

LENOIR - Memorial services for Betty S. Hobbs will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at South Caldwell Family Worship in Sawmills, N.C. 
 

Ora Belle Tilley 

LENOIR - Ora Belle Setzer Tilley, 88, of Baton School Road, died Nov. 27, 2001, at College Pines Nursing Center. 

Born on March 24, 1913, in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late Martha Benfield Setzer and Ralph Newton Setzer. She was a member of North Catawba Baptist Church and was a homemaker and co-founder of Tilley's Superette. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Harold Tilley. 

She is survived by: a son, Warren Harold Tilley of Lenoir; two daughters, Mrs. Richard "Alwina" Hallyburton of Easley, S.C., and Mrs. Carl "Shirley" Pless of Lenoir; a brother, Fred Setzer of Drexel; two sisters, Thelma Coffey and Mary Burgin, both of Morganton; and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at North Catawba Baptist Church with the Rev. John Barnhardt officiating. Burial will follow in the North Catawba Baptist Church cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Bob King, Neal Thompson, Pete Combs, Thurman Chapman, Dale Smith and Richard Petty. 

The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Pendry's Funeral Home in Lenoir. 

Pendry's Funeral Home is assisting the Tilley family. 
 

Pauline Jaynes 

MORGANTON - Miss Pauline E. Jaynes, 88, of Burkemont Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2001, after a lingering illness. 

Born July 20, 1913, she was the daughter of the late B.Y. Jaynes and Nora Dobson Jaynes. 

She was retired from Premier Hosiery, where she was employed for 45 years. Miss Jaynes was a lifelong member of Burkemont Baptist Church, where she enjoyed 20 years of perfect attendance, serving as church clerk and a Sunday school teacher for many years. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Sherman, Edward and Calvin Jaynes. 

She is survived by: her brother, Odell Jaynes and his wife, Macie, of Morganton; a sister, Beatrice Smith of Morganton; nephews, Baxter Jaynes and wife Faye, of Morganton, Dennis Jaynes and wife Georgia, of Winston-Salem, Edward D. Jaynes of Morganton, Eric W. Jaynes and wife Cynthia of Morganton, and John Jaynes of Chapel Hill; nieces, Anita Poe and husband Charles, of Suffolk, Va., Frances Aguilar of Morganton, Kim Kishel of Denver, Co., Robin J. Burnette and husband Richard, of Morganton, Kathy Chinezee and husband, Eric, of Chapel Hill; several grand-nieces and nephews and several great-grand-nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Burkemont Baptist Church with Revs. Mark Pridgen and Johnny Tiller officiating. The Rev. Eddie Bunton and Loretta Denton will render music selections. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, prior to the service, from 2 until 3:30 p.m. at the church. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Burkemont Baptist Church Building Fund, 4668 Burkemont Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655. 

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Jaynes family. 
 

Tammy L. Asher 

CORBIN, Ky. - Tammy Laxton Asher, 32, of 119 Southern Magnolia Drive, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, in Laurel County. 

Born Dec. 31, 1968, in Lenoir, N.C., she was the daughter of Reba Lackey Cornwell and the late Cade Laxton. She was a member of the Central Baptist Church. Mrs. Asher was employed as the secretary for the South Union- Mt. Zion Baptist Association in Williamsburg. 

In addition to her mother, survivors are: her husband, Mike Asher of Corbin; stepfather, George Cornwell of Corbin; a sister, Annette Quarles and husband, Mark of Morganton; and a nephew, Austin Quarles. 

The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Corbin Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Dr. Bill Whitaker. Burial will be at Pine Hill Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Corbin Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: South Union - Mt. Zion Baptist Association, P.O. Box 432, Williamsburg, KY 40769 or Laurel Lake Baptist Camp, P.O. Box 933, Corbin, KY 40702. 
 

Samuel Davis 

MORGANTON - Samuel "Sam" Hamilton Davis, 75, of 108 Alwran St., died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at Britthaven of Morganton after an extended illness. 

Born Jan. 27, 1926, in Burke County, he was the son of the late Hamilton "Hamp" Davis and Sarah Scott Davis. 

He was a retired employee of Great Lakes Carbon. He was a member of Green Street Presbyterian Church, USA, and a former member of Mission AME Church. Mr. Davis worked in sales for Bowers-Greene Oldsmobile/Dodge and Steve White and Gray's Chrysler-Plymouth-Jeep. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: his brothers, J. P. Davis, Carol Davis, Nelson Davis and H. Eddie Davis; and a sister, Maxine D. Caldwell. 

Survivors include: his wife, Katherine Johnson Davis of Morganton; a brother, David Scott and his wife, Vernice, of Ellenwood, Ga.; a sister, Shirley Davis of Charlotte; an aunt, Catherine Scott of Morganton, and a host of nephews, nieces and a circle of relatives and friends. 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Fleming Memorial Chapel with the Rev. W.F. McIntosh Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Mission AME Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 12:55 p.m. today at Ebony Funeral Services, Fleming Memorial Chapel. 

Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton is assisting the Davis family. 
 

Howard A. Saunders 

MORGANTON - Howard Alexander Saunders, 85, of Pax Hill Road, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. 

Born June 16, 1916, in Burke County, he was the son of the late Frank P. and Della Lowery Saunders. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Tony Max Saunders in 1959 and Harvey Dean Saunders in 1995. 

Mr. Saunders had retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. with 33 years of service and had been a very active and faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and a member of the Adult IV Sunday school class. 

He is survived by: his wife, Grace Cannon Saunders of the home; daughter-in-Iaw, Rebecca B. Saunders of Greensboro; two sisters, Ruby Hudson, Ruth McNeely and her husband, Bill, all of Morganton, and a grandson, Reuben D. Saunders of Ithaca, N.Y. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Kirksey Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Burton Wilbur officiating. Burial will follow at the Bethel Baptist Church cemetery. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton. Memorials in Mr. Saunders' memory may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 3851 Pax Hill Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Burkemont Baptist Church Building Fund, 4668 Burkemont Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655. 

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Saunders family. 
 

Lottie Lail Brittain 

CONNELLY SPRINGS - Lottie Lail Brittain, 57, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health. 

Mrs. Brittain was born Feb. 19, 1944, in Cleveland County to Thelma Lowman Lail of Morganton and the late Jack Lail. 

She was a member of St. John's Baptist Church and was retired from Catawba Valley Community College as an accountant. 

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are: her husband, Jimmy Brittain of the home; a son, Mathew Brittain of the home; daughters, Karen Brittain of Chapel Hill and Amy B. Martin and her husband, Tony, of George Hildebrand; a sister, Shirley Brittain of George Hildebrand and a grandson, Hunter Martin, of George Hildebrand. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the St. John's Baptist Church cemetery. 

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

Memorials may be made to St. John's Baptist Church, St. John's Avenue, Connelly Springs, N.C. 28612 or Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690. 

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

Frank Townsend 

VALDESE - Frank M. Townsend, 82, of Tom Deal Avenue, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at Grace Hospital in Morganton. 

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m. today at Kirksey Funeral Home in Valdese. Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Family Funeral Care Kirksey Chapel of Valdese at a later time. 
 

Mary Ella Eaker 

CHERRYVILLE - Mary Ella Self Eaker, 89, of 557 Old Fallston Road, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby. 

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley and Ray Buff of Valdese. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Carpenter's Funeral Home, 1100 E. Main St., Cherryville. 


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