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Mrs. Della Austin
HARRISBURG -- Della Summers Austin, 93, died Friday, May 24, 2002, at Carolinas Medical Center -- University. There will be a funeral service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at McEwen Funeral Service, Charlotte Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. John Harrill officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Della Lee was born Aug. 13, 1908, in Mecklenburg County. She was the daughter of the late Robert E. Lee Summers and Cora Lee Keller Summers. She was a lifelong member of Shamrock Drive Baptist Church. Along with her parents, Della was preceded in death by her husband, W. T. Austin; and her children, James and Dorothy. She is survived by her sons, Robert Austin of Harrisburg, Donald Austin of Charlotte, Bill Austin of Matthews, Roy Austin of Rock Hill and Richard Austin of Ft. Mill; daughters, Nancy McLeod of Harrisburg and Carol Austin of Harrisburg; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Stewart Tucker for the tender loving care provided to Mrs. Austin.

Memorials may be made to Hickory Grove Baptist Church Tape Ministry, 6050 Hickory Grove Road, Charlotte, NC 28215.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints, Psalm 116:15

Arrangements by McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service, Charlotte Chapel.
 

Mrs. Martha Bennage

MOUNT PLEASANT -- Martha Elizabeth (Showers) Bennage, 87, formerly of Mount Pleasant, died Saturday, May 18, 2002. Her husband, Claude N. Bennage, preceded her in death.

She was born in White Deer Township, Pa., March 11, 1915. She was the daughter of the late Ammon Ario and Ruth Elizabeth (Farley) Showers.

A daughter, Jean a. Fortney of Mount Pleasant; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Fairman of Turbotville, survive her. One son, Robert N. Bennage; three brothers; two sisters; and one grandson, Thomas Bennage, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 22, at the Dale E. Ranck Funeral Service, Inc. in Milton, Pa.
 

Mrs. Katie Bost

CHINA GROVE -- Katie Wilhelm Bost, 83, of 290 Emma Road, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, at her home. Services are incomplete at this time and will be handled by Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove.
 

Mr. Richard Davis Jr.

ROCKWELL -- Richard Dean “Rick” Davis Jr., 37, died Friday, May 24, 2002, at Rowan County Regional Medical Center after a motorcycle accident.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Peters Lutheran Church. The Revs. Doug and Lori Hefner will officiate. Burial will be at Brookhill Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Law enforcement officers will sit as a group in the church.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Powles Funeral Home in Rockwell. Honorary graveside services will be conducted by the Rowan County Sheriffs Department.

Born Jan. 7, 1965, in Cabarrus County, he was the son of Wanza Kay Mattox Knace of Kannapolis and Richard Dean Davis Sr. of Kannapolis. He graduated from South Rowan High School and then Rowan Cabarrus Community College with a degree in basic law enforcement.

He was a detective with the Rowan County Sheriff's Department. He worked on child abuse and with the Department of Social Services. He was a former reserve officer with the Spencer Police Department and had worked with the China Grove Police Department and the Rockwell and Granite Quarry Police Department.

He was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Survivors include his wife, Trudy Shue Davis, whom he married on July 7, 1990; two daughters, Brittnay Davis and Kayla Davis, both of the home; a maternal grandfather, Carl Mecimore of Kannapolis; and four sisters, Crystal Atwell of China Grove, Caren Bates of Kannapolis, Toni Moore of Newton and Jennifer Roten of Concord.

Memorials may be made to the Richard D. Davis Education Fund, c/o Haley Mattox, First Bank, PO Box 1730, Albemarle, NC 28001.
 

Mrs. Lucille Deal

MOORESVILLE -- Lucille Virginia Bost Deal, 86, died May 25, 2002. Services Monday at 4 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church. Visitation Sunday, 7 to 9 p.m. at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home, China Grove.
 

Mrs. Mable Edwards

CONCORD -- Mable Jean Perkins Edwards, 73, of Roberta Road, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, at NorthEast Medical Center.

A private graveside service will be held in Carolina Memorial Park. The Rev. David Christy will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday at Wilkinson Funeral Home.

Born Jan. 15,1929, in Cabarrus County, she was the daughter of the late Samuel B. And Rosa Morris Perkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Rayvon Edwards.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Ryan and Tracy E. Edwards, both of Concord; two sons, Jim Edwards and Jody Edwards, both of Concord; a sister, Dorothy Wade of Charlotte; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a lifelong friend, Mrs. Earle Francis Ganas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Truth Temple, 2705 Moose Road, Kannapolis, NC 28083, or to the American Lung Association, 5315 Greenbrook Drive, Charlotte, NC 28205.

Wilkinson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements of Mrs. Edwards.
 

Mrs. Edith Goodman

CONCORD -- Edith Marshall Goodman, 81, of 5817 Plyler Mill Road, died Friday, May 24, 2002, at NorthEast Medical Center.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cold Water Lutheran Church in Concord. The Revs. Jerry and Marion Rhyne, and the Rev. John Kahl will officiate. Burial will be at Cold Water Lutheran Cemetery in Concord.

The family will receive friends Sunday at Cold Water Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall after the service.

Born May 28, 1920, in Scott County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Roy and Nancy Alice Wright Marshall. She was a homemaker and member of Cold Water Lutheran Church in Concord. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Jacob Goodman; a son, Jerry Goodman; and a number of brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Beth Hart of Monroe; a sister, Maxie Meade of Kingsport, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Lelani Cress and Donna Yates, both of Concord, John R. Tarleton Jr. of Monroe and Laura Hart of Wilmington; five great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Cold Water Lutheran Church, 1725 Gold Hill Road, Concord, NC 28024.
 

Mrs. Lavata Hart

KANNAPOLIS -- Lavata Hart, 47, of Concord Place and formerly of 523 Old Centergrove Road, Apt. B, died Friday, May 24, 2002. Arrangements are incomplete and will be handled by Clark Funeral Home.
 

Mr. Braither Mull

MATTHEWS -- Braither Odell “Butch” Mull, 64, died May 24, 2002. Service 11 a.m. Monday at Landis Baptist Church. Visitation Sunday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home, China Grove.
 

Mrs. Ethel Pethel 

KANNAPOLIS -- Ethel Goss Pethel, 87, formerly 1212 West A St., died Friday, May 24, 2002, at NorthEast Medical Center after six years of declining health and one week of serious illness.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel in Kannapolis. The Rev. Richard Pethel and the Rev. Chris Pethel will officiate. Burial will be at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Whitley's Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of a granddaughter, Penny Cannon, at 4455 Miller Road, Lot 22 in Salisbury.

Born May 18, 1915, in Royston, Ga., she was the daughter of the late John Franklin and Lilly Mae Eaton Goss. She was employed with Cannon Mills Co. Plant 1, weave room 1 for 50 years until her retirement. She was a charter member of West A Tabernacle Baptist Church in Kannapolis, where she was a former Sunday School teacher. 

She had been a resident of Kannapolis for most of her life and she loved the Lord and her family.

She was preceded in death in 1988 by her husband, Harry Wertz Pethel; then by her son, Jerry Pethel; and by three brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Harry Pethel Sr. of Dundalk Md., and Frank Pethel of Kannapolis; a daughter, Pat Stiller of Salisbury; a sister, Sue Lyerly of Salisbury; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to West A Tabernacle Church, 1218 West A St., Kannapolis, NC 28081.
 

Mrs. Martha Triece

KANNAPOLIS -- Martha Helen Goodman Triece, 80, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, at NorthEast Medical Center. 

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church in Concord. The Rev. Peter Hale will officiate. Burial will be at Center Grove Lutheran Church Cemetery in Kannapolis.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord. At other times they will be at the home of a daughter at 635 Pitt School Road in Concord.

Born Oct. 12, 1921, in Cabarrus County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Walter and Elizabeth Wood Goodman. She was in the Cabarrus County Home Extension Club, a member of the Recycled Teenagers Club of Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Church Circle and the Eastern Star. She was also a member of Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church of Concord.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Howard Taft Triece; and by a daughter, Jean Brumley.

Survivors include a son, Charles William Triece of Concord; a daughter, Donna T. Bonds of Concord; a sister, Elizabeth G. Milstead of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Esther Goodman of Texas; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church, 6841 Poplar Tent Road, Concord, NC 28027, or to Center Grove Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 1601 South Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis, NC 28083.
 

Mr. Harold Whittington

STATESVILLE -- Henry Harold Whittington, 70, of 114 Camp Oak Road, died Saturday, May 25, 2002, at his home after a lengthy illness.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Tim Fluke will officiate. Burial will be at Kannapolis City Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Nicholson Funeral Home. 

Born Nov. 5, 1931, in Concord, he was the son of the late Walter Benton and Carrie Mae Honeycutt. He was a member of Bethesda Road Lighthouse Ministries and a retired insurance executive for Charlotte Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., where he was an insurance sales manger. He attended Lexington City Schools. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Whittington and Walter B. Whittington Jr.; and by two sisters, Cleo Whittington and Margaret Whittington Ball.

Survivors include his wife, Dorcus Smith Whittington of the home; three daughters, Sylvia Whittington McGinnis of Statesville, Angela Burgess of Charlotte and Sheila Tomlin of Newton; two brothers, Ernest Whittington and Paul Whittington, both of Lexington; a sister, Ruth Whittington Johnson of Concord; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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