Miscellaneous Cabarrus County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Mr. B.J. Fortson

KANNAPOLIS -- Bethune Jackson (B.J.) Fortson, 78, of 1301 Mount Vernon Ave., Kannapolis and formerly of 1202 Oakwood Ave., Kannapolis, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at his home.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shadybrook Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The Rev. Charlie Littlejohn will officiate. The body will lie in state 30 minutes before the service at the church. Military services will be conducted at the grave by the D.A.V.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Whitley's Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home on Mount Vernon Ave.

Born Nov. 30, 1923, in Madison County, Ga., he was the son of the late King David Fortson Sr. and Birdie May Carrithers Fortson. B.J. was a member of Shadybrook Baptist Church, where he had been a deacon of the church and in his earlier years was a Sunday School teacher. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving in the Army. He was a member of the Poston Perkins Post 8989 VFW. He retired from Cannon Mills where he worked in the plant #1 shop.

Mr. Fortson was preceded in death by his wife, Fannie Ruff Fortson, who died Jan. 9, 1983. 

Survivors include his daughter, Diane F. Gunden and husband Jackie of Kannapolis; two grandsons, Brian Gunden and wife Kelly and Christopher Gunden, all of Kannapolis; a brother, King David Fortson of Kannapolis; and two sisters, Sara F. Adams of Danielsville, Ga., and Edna F. Murphy of Louisiana.

Memorials may be made to Shadybrook Baptist Church, 1009 Oakwood Ave., Kannapolis, NC 28081.

Whitley's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
 

Infant Galloway

CONCORD -- Infant Alex Shane Galloway, of 1421 Geneva Drive, Concord, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at NorthEast Medical Center.

A graveside service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Carolina Memorial Park. The Rev. Tim Helms will officiate.

Born in Cabarrus County, he was the son of John Earl Galloway and Stacy Buder Galloway.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his sister, Tiffany Skye Galloway of the home; paternal grandparents, Edith Galloway of Bessemer City and Earl Galloway of Misenheimer, N.C.; maternal grandparents, Lea Foutz of Charlotte and Johnny Foutz of Kannapolis; and maternal great-grandmother, Myralea Mielnik of Concord.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is handling the arrangements.
 

Mr. Gerald Linton

CONCORD -- Gerald Wayne Linton, 44, of Avante Nursing Home, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2002, at Avante.

Norton's Funeral Home in Hartsell, S.C., is in charge of arrangements.
 

Mrs. Betty Mobley

CONCORD -- Betty Hayes Mobley, 68, of 201 Booker Drive, Concord, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, at NorthEast Medical Center after being seriously ill for two months.

The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sandy Ridge A.M.E. Zion Church in Landis. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Bobby L. Smith, pastor, will officiate.

The family will receive friends at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sandy Ridge A.M.E. Zion Church in Landis. At other times they will be at the home of her daughter, Peggy Holt, at 3725 Hwy 152 in Salisbury.

Born Sept. 14, 1933, in Cabarrus County, she was the daughter of the late Felix and Kathleen Smart Hayes. She attended the public schools of Cabarrus County and was a retired nursing assistant. She was a member of Sandy Ridge A.M.E. Zion Church, where she was a member of the Usher Board, Parent Body Missionary, Lay Council, Board #2, and Kitchen Committee.

Mrs. Mobley was preceded in death by her husband, Major Mobley, who died in 1973.

Survivors include her step-son, Major Eugene Burton of Kannapolis; a daughter, Peggy Hayes Holt and her husband Johnny of Salisbury; her brother, Felix Hayes Jr. of Concord; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Noble & Kelsey Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
 

Mrs. Azalea Moore

CONCORD -- Azalea Ballard Moore, 86, of 601 Wil-Mar Drive NW, Concord, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, at Universal Health Care.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hartsell Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hartsell Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home on Wil-Mar Drive.

Born March 18, 1915, in Cabarrus County, she was the daughter of the late Della Mae Bost Ballard and Ambrose Webster Ballard. She was a retired winder from Cannon Mills Plant #6. She was a member of Bible Presbyterian Church of Concord.

Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her husband, Harley H. Moore.

Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Lee and her husband Jimmy of Concord; a brother, Cletus Earl Ballard of Concord; two grandsons, Randy Lee and wife Robin and Barry Lee and wife Susan, all of Concord; and three great-grandchildren, Brent Lee, Rebekah Lee, and Rachel Lee, all of Concord.

Memorials may be made to The Coltrane Life Center, 321 Corban Ave. SE, Concord, NC 28025.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is handling the arrangements.
 

Mr. Duck Mullis

KANNAPOLIS -- James “Duck” Mullis, of 205 Dale Ave., Kannapolis, born Nov. 12, 1923, traded his sick, earthly body for his glorified one on Jan. 19, 2002.

He was the son of C.F. and Betty Mullis, who have also gone to their Heavenly home. Duck was one of seven children, of which three are still living. A sister, Hilda Bradley of Mint Hill, and two brothers, Harold “Bud” Mullis and Grady Mullis of Kannapolis.

“Duck” is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Juanita Mull Mullis; three sons, Cameron “Cam” Mullis and wife Beverly of Jacksonville, Fla., Stanley “Stan” Mullis and wife Dixie of San Leon, Texas, and Scott Mullis and wife Kellie of Kannapolis; two step-children, Mike Clark and wife Nancy of Kannapolis and Barbara Asay and husband David of Chapel Hill, N.C. Additions to his family are nine grandchildren, Mica Thomas, Natalie Clark, Serena Mullis, C.J. Mullis, Jeremy Mullis, Lauren Asay, Whitney Mullis, Alana Brooke Asay, and Kristina Mullis.

“Duck” was a man of loving character, never ashamed to show emotion. He was strong when need be and yet humble at the same time. He worked hard to support his family through the years and never let them lack for anything. By his humble spirit he has left a great example for his family and others to follow. 

He was educated at McIver School in Kannapolis and was an active member of Central Baptist Church. He served the U.S. Army as a member of the 825th Engineer Aviation Company for four years during World War II, serving in the European Theater. He was employed by Cannon Mills as an overseer in wet finishing department until his retirement in 1981 due to his declining health.

His family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Whitley's Funeral Home. At other times the family will be gathered at the home.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Central Baptist Church on 1810 Moose Road in Kannapolis. Rev. Curtis Parker will officiate with special remarks by Nathen Blackwelder. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the D.A.V. Post #27 of Cabarrus County.

Memorials may be sent to Central Baptist Church Building Fund, in memory of James Mullis, 1810 Moose Road, Kannapolis, NC 28083.

Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Mullis.
 

Mr. Ned Mullis

MOUNT PLEASANT -- Robert Nelson “Ned” Mullis, 69, of 965 Lentz Harness Shop Road, Mount Pleasant, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, at NorthEast Medical Center.

The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Howard Baker will officiate.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord. 

Born Nov. 19, 1932, in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late Faye Colon Thomas Mullis and Brady Pernay Mullis. He was a music teacher and the retired founder of Mullis Music and a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lonia Peggy Mullis of Mount Pleasant; a son, Randy Mullis of Mount Pleasant; three daughters, Teresa Eudy of Mint Hill, Debbie Mullis of Concord, and Angie Mullis of Locust; two sisters, Kay Smith of Mount Pleasant and Diane Fisher of Charlotte; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 9400 Gold Hill Road, Mount Pleasant, NC 28124.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is handling the arrangements.
 

Mr. Larry Munson

CONCORD -- Larry Wayne Munson, 57, of 2354 Munson Road, Concord, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at NorthEast Medical Center.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hartsell Funeral Home Chapel in Concord. Burial will follow at West Concord Cemetery. The Rev. James Smith will officiate.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord. At other times the family will be at the home on Munson Road.

Born March 14, 1944, in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late Fronties William Munson and Yoular Medlin Munson of Concord. He was a retired fabracator from Moss Supply in Charlotte and a member of Highland Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Sandra Shue Munson of Concord; a daughter, Pamela Munson and her husband Dave Medlin of Florence, S.C.; two grandchildren, Kacey Lauren Medlin and Sarah Brooke Medlin, both of Florence, S.C.; three brothers, Billy Munson and wife Brenda of Concord, Bobby Munson of Stanfield, and Donnie Munson and wife Brenda of Concord; two sisters, Deane Yow and her husband Steve of Locust and Bonnie Kennedy and husband Roger of Kiawah Island, S.C.; six brothers-in-law, Bob Hatley, Gary Shue, Mike Shue, Tommy Shue, Steve Shue, and Rick Lewis; and six sisters-in-law, Betty Shue, Sylvia Shue, Sharon Hatley, Judy Shue, Gail Shue and Cathy Shue.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is handling the arrangements.
 

Mrs. Marie Smith

SALISBURY -- Marie Cauble Kearns Smith, 78, of Salisbury, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, at Autumn Care of Salisbury after an 18 month illness.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chestnut Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Hollar, former pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church, will officiate.

The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 at Lyerly Funeral Home on S. Main Street in Salisbury.

Born Aug. 11, 1923, in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late Beulah Goodman Cauble and Moses Apson Cauble. She was educated in Rowan County schools and was a retired waitress for Eddie's Delicatessen. She was a lifelong member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Salisbury.

Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her first husband, James H. Kearns Sr., who died July 14, 1977, and her second husband, Rodney Arthur Smith, who died July 13, 1991.

Survivors include three sons, James H. Kearns Jr., Jerry Wayne Kearns Sr., and John David Kearns, all of Salisbury; three sisters, Ruth Ennis, Virginia Roberts, and Lucille Basinger, all of Salisbury; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Rowan Unit, at PO Box 1264, Salisbury, NC 28145-1264.

Lyerly Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
 

Mrs. Vedolia Suggs

KANNAPOLIS -- Vedolia Lucille Klatt Suggs, 77, a resident of Transitional Health Services of Kannapolis and formerly of the Westbury Apartments in Concord, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at NorthEast Medical Center.

A service to celebrate her life will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Mooresville. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The Revs. Leo Fair and Doris Weddington will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Born April 23, 1924, in Fenton, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Arnold Klatt and the late Beata Augusta Schneider Klatt. Mrs. Suggs worked as a bookkeeper and secretary for several companies in Raleigh, N.C. before moving to this area 16 years ago. She also worked as a waitress. 

Her husband, Jarvis B. Suggs, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughter, Sondra Connelly and her husband Glenn of Mooresville; her son, Bill Holloway and his wife Jeanne of Mooresville; a sister, Vernona Ridge of Algona, Iowa; five grandchildren, Cynthia Plott and Ronnie Hill, both of Concord, N.C., Michael Hill of Rockwell, N.C., Barbie Dale of Spring Lake, N.C., and Brian Holloway of Mooresville, N.C.; three step-grandchildren, Robin Jones, Deeanne Parker and Dana Leazer, all of Mooresville; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of North Carolina, South Central Area, 5315 Greenbrook Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205-6521.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ladysfuneralhome.com/obituaries.htm.

Lady's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
 

Mr. Lewis Yow

CONCORD -- Lewis Rodgers Yow, 60, of Five Oaks Nursing Center, Concord, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002, at Five Oaks Nursing Center.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at West Concord Cemetery. The Rev. Kevin Hartsell will officiate.

The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Wilkinson Funeral Home.

Born Nov. 22, 1941, in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late James Lewis Yow and Virginia Wilkerson Yow of Kannapolis. He was employed by Fuller Supply Co.

In addition to his mother, survivors include two sisters, Diane Y. Worley of Davidson and Geraldine Fisher of Landis; and two brothers, James Yow and Willard Yow, both of Concord.

Wilkinson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements for Mr. Yow.


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