Miscellaneous Cabarrus County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Mr. John Freeze Jr.
KANNAPOLIS -- John Daniel Freeze Jr., 72, of 303 Elwood Street, Kannapolis, died Saturday, November 17, 2001, at Five Oaks Nursing Center. 
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The Rev. Dale Jenkins will officiate.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 at Hartsell Funeral Home and at other times will be at the home.
Born May 22, 1929, in Cabarrus County, Mr. Freeze was the son of the late Lottie Turner Freeze Shoaf and John Daniel Freeze Sr. He was a broker and officer with Freeze Real Estate, Inc. and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired barber and served on the ABC Board. Mr. Freeze received the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Irvine Freeze of Kannapolis; two sons, John Charles Freeze of Mooresville, Maurice Dean Freeze of Kannapolis; and five grandchildren, Mauranda Freeze, Daniel Garren Freeze, Kyle Landon Freeze, Kendall Leigh Freeze and Alexis Thigpen.

Infant Gary
CONCORD -- Cameron Eric Gary, infant son of Nathan and Melissa Gary, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center.
The family will receive friends at Hartsell Funeral Home on Monday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. A private graveside service will immediately follow at 4 p.m. Pastor Ralph Hager will officiate.
Survivors include his parents; one brother, Dylan Gary of the home; two half-brothers, Matthew Gary and Ryan Gary, both of Mount Pleasant; his grandparents, Richard and Laura Severt of Concord, Rev. David and Lieu Via Gary of Newton; his great-grandparents, Mrs. Jaynell Rimer of Kannapolis, Mr. Johnny Stubbs of China Grove, Mrs. Nancy Lieu Mabe of Virginia, Mr. & Mrs. Rufus Gary Sr. of Kentucky, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Severt of Mount Holly, and Mr. & Mrs. Walt Budde of Illinois.
Other survivors include his godparents, Lt. Eric Dennis and wife Angela K. Dennis of Germany; his aunts, Lisa, Ashlyn and Rikki Severt; and his uncle, Mr. Michael Gary and fiance Sandra Azevado.

Mr. Alonzo Kennedy Jr.
CONCORD -- Alonzo Kenneth Kennedy Jr., 54, of 3212 Jessica Road, Concord, died Saturday, November 17, 2001, at Avante At Concord.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Harmony Baptist Church in Harrisburg. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The Revs. Ronnie Hargett and Robin Blackwelder will officiate.
The family will receive friends toßnight from 7 to 8:30 at Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord and at other times will be at the home.
Born Nov. 19, 1946, in Randolph County, he was the son of the late Etta Cox Kennedy and Alonzo Kenneth Kennedy Sr. He was a deputy sheriff for Randolph County for nine years and was also a self-employed investigator. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Glady Lucas.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Wilson Kennedy of Concord; three step-sons, Billy Fields, John Fields and Thomas Fields, all of High Point; a step-daughter, Belinda Mashburn of High Point; and two sisters, Peggy Fuller of Trinity and Helen Grubb of High Point.

Mr. Emmette Ketner
CONCORD -- Emmette Leon “Humpy” Ketner, 86, of 2452 Rock Hill Church Road and formerly of 299 Cabarrus Ave., Concord, died Saturday, November 17, 2001, at Transitional Health Service.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wilkinson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The Rev. Lonnie Karriker will officiate.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 at Wilkinson Funeral Home and at the home of the son at 68 Shamrock Drive at other times.
Born June 27, 1915, in Cabarrus County, Mr. Ketner was the son of the late William Arthur and Nannie Suther Ketner. He was a retired employee of Widenhouse Brothers Lumber Company. He was a member of Family of Faith Lutheran Church, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Ketner enjoyed fishing and previously played baseball with Cannon Mills Plant 6 baseball team.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Helen Widenhouse Ketner; a daughter, Mrs. Tonya K. Rosman and husband Vaughn of Concord; a son, Garry L. Ketner and wife Shirley of Concord; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth “Tiss” K. Moose of Concord, Mrs. Joyce K. Baucom of Concord; a brother, William “Runt” Ketner of Concord; four grandchildren, Sherie Jenkins and husband Rick, Rick Ketner and wife Daphne, Brian Nunn and wife Ashley, Scott Nunn and wife Brandy, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Family of Faith Lutheran Church, 240 Pitts School Road, Concord, NC 28027.

Mrs. Creola Wade
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- Creola Woodward Wade, 95, of 324 6th Ave., Mount Pleasant, S.C., died Sunday, November 18, 2001, at Sandpiper Convalescent Center.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the J.W. Woodward Memorial Chapel of Spartanburg. Burial will be at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Wade was a native of Spartanburg County. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Lillie Woodward Sr. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church of Charleston.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. William Wade Sr.
Mrs. Wade is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Lesesne of Mount Pleasant; five grand-children; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
J.W. Woodward Funeral Home, at 594 Howard Street, Spartanburg, S.C., is handling arrangements.

Mr. Harold Blackwelder
MOUNT PLEASANT -- Harold C. “Tuff” Blackwelder, 74, of 1123 Pinecrest Drive, Mount Pleasant, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001 at his home.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Gordon Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis. The Rev. Earl Barringer will officiate.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to the service. 
Born Feb. 22, 1927, in Cabarrus County, Mr. Blackwelder was the son of the late Edward Blackwelder and Mary Morton Blackwelder. He was retired from Cannon Mills.
Survivors include his wife, Fannie Marie Whitley Blackwelder and brother, Hazel “Shank” Blackwelder of Mount Pleasant.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 500 East Morehead St., Ste. 211, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Mrs. Doris Fesperman
KANNAPOLIS -- Doris Long Fesperman, 69, of 2407 Vale Ave., Kannapolis, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001 at Transitional Health Services of Kannapolis.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at New Hope Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove. The Rev. Larry Bost will officiate.
The family will receive friends Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at New Hope Lutheran Church.
Born March 26, 2001, in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late Hattie Presley Long and Homer Long. She graduated from Landis High School and was retired from Cannon Mills Plant 4. She was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her husband, Benjamin F. “Ben” Fesperman; a son, Andy L. Fesperman and wife Sandy of Kannapolis; two daughters, Connie Weaver and husband Robert of Kannapolis, Donna Taylor and husband Roger of Salisbury, and four grandchildren, Chrissy Taylor Walton, Heather Taylor, Benjamin Fesperman and Kimberly Fesperman.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Lutheran Church, 1615 Brantley Road, Kannapolis, NC 28083.
Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in Landis is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Gilbert Fields
KANNAPOLIS -- Gilbert Leon Fields, 66, of 4501 Nob Hill Drive, Kannapolis, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001 at NorthEast Medical Center. Although he had been in declining health for 15 years, his death was unexpected.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Charity Baptist Church in Kannapolis. Burial will follow at the Kannapolis City Cemetery. The Rev. Beaver Hammons will officiate.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Whitley's Funeral Home and at other times will be at the home of daughter Renee Sanders, 260 Westen Acres Drive, Kannapolis.
Born April 25, 1935, in Cabarrus County, Mr. Fields was the son of the late Julius Fields and Louise Payne Fields. He was a life long area resident. He was a “jack-of-all-trades,” but primarily a self-employed carpenter. He was also an ordained minister in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. He loved music and was very active in several music ministries and was a member of Charity Baptist Church. He will always be remembered as a compassionate and loving man to everyone he met.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Evelyn Kimble Fields of the home; six sons, Michael Fields of Texas, Ricky Fields of Salisbury, Randy Fields of Fayetteville, Troy Fields of Harrisburg, Timothy “Bo” Fields of Charlotte and Scott Fields of Kannapolis; two daughters, Teresa Wood of China Grove and Renee Sanders of Kannapolis; 26 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Harold Frye
CONCORD -- Harold Julian Frye, 77, of 430 Brookwood Ave., Concord, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at Universal Heath Care.
A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Hartsell Funeral Home Chapel in Concord. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Bauguess will officiate.
The family will receive friends Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hartsell Funeral Home.
Born June 5, 1924, in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late Penola Brady Frye and James Garland Frye. Mr. Frye was retired from the U.S. Army and of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Freida Frye.
Survivors include his son, Mr. John Myers Sr. of Kannapolis; two brothers, Mr. James Robert Frye of Wallace, and Billy Ray Frye Sr. of Concord; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Charles Loving
MIDLAND -- Charles Edgar Loving, 65, of 12095 Loving Road, Midland, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Hartsell Funeral Home in Midland. Burial will follow at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Lewis Whittington will officiate.
The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hartsell Funeral Home and at other times will be at the home of nephew Coley and Angie Loving, 4901 Highway 24/27, Midland.
Born June 24, 1936, in Cabarrus County, Mr. Loving was the son of the late Doris Stapp and Charles Edgar Loving Sr. He was the owner and operator of Loving Farms and a truck driver. He was a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Diana Wolfe Loving; daughter, Annette and husband John Gunter of Jonesville; sister, Lucy Alice Jarvis of Washington; two brothers, Boody and wife Diana Loving of Midland, and Larry Loving of Washington; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; five nephews, one is serving in active military duty; four nieces and several great-nephews, nieces and many friends.
Memorials may be made to the Cabarrus County Humane Society, 3220 Old Salisbury-Concord Road, Concord, NC 28025.

Mrs. Doris Overcash
KANNAPOLIS -- Doris Plyler Overcash, 75, formerly of Kannapolis, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2001, at Britthaven of Charlotte, following eight years of declining health.
A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
Born Aug. 11, 1926, in Iredell County, she was the daughter of the late Edward D. Plyler and Edna Plyler Plyler. She was formerly employed in the weave room of Cannon Mills. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Overcash.
Survivors include her son, Gerald S. Simpson of Clover, S.C.; her brother, Clark Plyler of El Paso, Texas; six sisters, Lorene Deal of China Grove, Lucille Christy, Margie Hartsell and Joyce Brown, all of Cleveland, Wilma Stone of Charlotte, and Bonnie Whitman of Harrisburg; and three grandchildren, Pandora Elizabeth Simpson, Caroline Simpson and Steven Simpson.
Memorials may be sent to First Wesleyan Church, 301 Bethpage Road, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
Lady's Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. James Poplin
CONCORD -- James Augustus Poplin, 90, of 1620 Irish Potato Road, Concord, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at his home.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Carolina Memorial Park. The Rev. Mark Eudy will officiate.
The family received friends last night at Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord.
Born Dec. 9, 1910, in Stanly County, he was the son of the late Betty Burris Poplin and Timothy Augustus Poplin. He was a tie cutter at Collins and Aikman and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lillie Maxwell Poplin of the home.
Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Ramon Whitley
CONCORD -- Ramon C. Whitley, of Concord, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center.
He is survived by five daughters, Shirley White, Linda Harkey and Wendy Calhoun, all of Mount Pleasant, Arlene McEachern of Locust, and Jennie Caudill of Concord; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. Whitley's remains were laid to rest yesterday in a private ceremony with his daughters.

Mrs. Gertrude Wilson
HARRISBURG -- Gertrude H. Wilson, 76, of Harrisburg, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at her home.
Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the Wilson Chapel of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service, 5301 Albemarle Road. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 at the funeral home.
Born Sept. 15, 1925, a daughter of the late Horace G. Hart Sr. and Eva Mae Paris Hart. Mrs. Wilson retired in 1981 following over 30 years of federal service.
Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Harvey P. Wilson; one daughter, Linda Reed of the home; two grandchildren, John Reed Jr. and Kimberly Robles and her husband, Jesse; one brother, Horace G. Hart and his family of Concord; and two sisters, Lucille Smith of Concord and Ruth Dunn of Charlotte and their families.
The Wilson Chapel of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service is serving Mrs. Wilson's family.

Mrs. Linda Burleson
MOUNT PLEASANT -- Linda Ann Turner Burleson, 41, of 10333 Highway 49 North, Mount Pleasant, died Monday, Nov. 19, 2001, at Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Death was unexpected.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel in Kannapolis. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The Rev. Leon Smith will officiate.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30 to 9 at Lady's Funeral Home.
Born July 28, 1960, in Albemarle, she was the daughter of Wilson Turner of Polkton and Evelyn Edwards Spears of Oakboro. She was the secretary and treasurer of Regional Wholesale Florist. She was a graduate of West Stanly High School and attended Western Carolina University and Wingate University. She was a loving mother and friend to many.
In addition to her parents, survivors include her husband, James F. Burleson, Sr.; a daughter, Courtney Deay Burleson of the home; two sons, James F. Burleson, Jr. and Andrew Spencer Burleson, both of the home; a sister, Vicky Andrews of Polkton and a half-brother, Billy Spears of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Flowers are accepted and appreciated.

Mr. James Cook
MOUNT PLEASANT -- James Norman Cook, 56, of 8237 North Drive, Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Mt. Pleasant. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Rev. Dr. Kenny Wallace will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Mike Rogers, Bill Kennedy, Lanny Shoe, Rick Huneycutt, Darrelly Caldwell and Jerry Furr.
The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord. At other times the family will be at the home of a sister, Margie Sneed, at 347 Snead Lane, Mt. Pleasant.
Born Oct. 26, 1945, in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late Alice Mayfield Biggers Cook and Robert Alexander Cook. He was an installer for Maxon & Assoc. Door Company and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was also a member of Lutheran Church of Holy Trinity.
Survivors include his brother, Harry Lee Cook of Hickory; six sisters, Blanche Howell of Concord, Virginia Almond of Locust, Helen Kades and Margie Sneed, both of Mt. Pleasant, Sue Boyter of Charlotte, and Emily Kennedy of Kannapolis; and two godchildren, Jimmy Goodman of Kannapolis and Brandon Mills of Mt. Pleasant.
Memorials may be made to Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity, 1500 S. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, NC 28124.
Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Everette Crisco
KANNAPOLIS -- Everette Dee Crisco, 74, of 1285 West A Street, Kannapolis, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001, at the Big Elm Nursing Center, after a period of declining health.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Kannapolis West A Church of God. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The Rev. Sam Crisp will officiate. The body will remain at Lady's Funeral Home until taken to the church to lie in state from 10 until 11 a.m.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lady's Funeral Home.
Born Feb. 16, 1927 in Kannapolis, he was the son of the late James and Globie Lawing Crisco. He was a retired employee of Cannon Mills and a member of Kannapolis West A Church of God. Mr. Crisco was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Ruby Rollins Crisco on March 9, 2001; his daughter, Melba Jean Wheeler; and his grandson, Clint Wheeler. 
Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at ladysfuneralhome.com/obituaries.htm.
Lady's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Emmett Full
CONCORD -- Emmett O. Full, 72, of Concord, died Nov. 20, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center.
He was born in Wood County on Jan. 3, 1929, a son of the late Homer Full and Velma Hurd Full.
He attended Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and retired from the WV Department of Highways.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara A. Full; four daughters, Linda Lafreniere and Sandi Black, both of Concord, Karen Richards of Kannapolis, and Tammy Harris of Parkersbury, West Virginia; two sons, Randy Full of Charlotte and David Full of Parkersburg, West Virginia; nine grandchildren; one brother, Eugene Full of Richmond, Va.; and three sisters, Carrie Gorrell, Roberta Davis and Eleanor Fought, all of Parkersburg, West Virginia.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons, Brian and Mark Full, and two sisters, Lula Bock and Doris Sams.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg with Rev. Phil Newhart officiating. Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Friends may call Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg.

Mrs. Billie White
CHINA GROVE -- Billie Sue White, 51, of 2330 W. N.C. Hwy 152, China Grove, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center in Concord.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Landis Baptist Church. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. The Revs. Billy Honeycutt, Ted Ragsdale, and Richard Horn will officiate.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Landis Baptist Church, 110 N. Kimmons St., Landis.
Born Oct. 27, 1950, in West Jefferson, she was the daughter of Grace Viers Sheets of Kannapolis and the late Wade Sheets. She was a graduate of South Rowan Senior High School and operated a home day care for many years. She was a member of Landis Baptist Church and Jesse Stirewalt Circle.
Survivors include her husband, Mr. Fred White of China Grove; a son, Scott White of Rockwell; a daughter, Jenny Starnes of China Grove; four sisters, Eva Hunter, Wanda Honeycutt, and Brenda Morris, all of Kannapolis, and Betty Evans of China Grove; and three grandchildren, Brianne White, Bryson White and Jaben Starnes.
An online memorial has been opened for Mrs. White at www.linnhoneycutt.com.
Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Dudley Wilson
LANDIS -- Dudley Guy Wilson, 88, 407 W. Davis Street, Landis, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001, at Big Elm Nursing Center in Kannapolis after a lengthy illness.
The funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis. The Revs. Tom Cabaniss and Norman Brisson will officiate.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church. At other times they will be at the home on Davis Street.
Born May 9, 1913, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Green B. Wilson and Lockie Alice Young Wilson. He was employed with Cannon Mills Co., Plant 1, where he was overseer in no. 4 Carding and Spinning departments for 40 years until his retirement in 1975. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Kannapolis, where he was active with the Wyatt Sunday School Class, Keen-agers Senior Citizens Group, and various church activities throughout the years. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He had been a resident of the area since 1937.
Survivors include his wife, LaRue Parrish Wilson; a son, Norman B. Wilson and his wife Patricia of Richfield; a daughter, Janice Wislon Henson and husband Bill of Laurel Springs; five grandchildren, Connie Weavil and husband Mark of Lexington, Vickie Wilson of Albemarle, Emily Wilson of Richfield, Scott Henson and wife Melanie of Laurel Springs, and Robin Ashley and husband Greg of Jefferson; and one great-grandson, Samuel Henson of Laurel Springs.
Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, Building or Van Funds, 101 N. Main Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081.
Whitley's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.


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