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Mr. William Brice Duncan
Mr. William Brice Duncan, 84,  of 526 Eastway Drive, Kannapolis, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in Salisbury. 
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Monday at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel.  The Rev. Willie Rash will be officiating.  Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 3 to 5:00 PM Sunday at Lady's Funeral Home.
Mr. Duncan was born January 13, 1917 Chesterfield County, SC.  He was the son of the late Walter Timmons Duncan and Numa Bell Smith Duncan.  He was retired from Cannon Mills.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Margie Sellers Duncan, and a son, Michael Eugene Duncan.
Mr. Duncan is survived by one daughter, Betty Duncan Woodie of Salisbury;  two sons, Danny Lee Duncan of Kannapolis and William Brice Duncan, Jr. of Salisbury;  eleven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Mrs. Della Mae Earley Litaker
Mrs. Della Mae Earley Litaker, 81, of 513 West 8th Street, Kannapolis, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center in Concord after six months of declining health. 
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 AM Tuesday at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel.  The Rev. Gene Edwards will be officiating.  Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 PM on Monday at Lady's Funeral Home.  The family will be at the home of a brother, George Earley, 570 Earley Street, Kannapolis, at other times.
Mrs. Litaker was born January 15, 1920 in Cabarrus County.  She was a daughter of the late Charlie Lee Earley and Emma Belle Dayvault Earley.  She was retired from Cannon Mills.  She attended Lane Street Baptist Church in Kannapolis.  She is preceded in death by her husband, John Litaker.
Mrs. Litaker is survived by a step son, Glenn Litaker of Charlotte;  two sisters, Voida Hilton and Mary Price, both of Kannapolis;  four brothers, Gene Earley of Myrtle Beach, SC, Joe Earley of Landis, Charles Earley of Salisbury, and George Earley of Kannapolis;  two step grandchildren.

Mrs. Juanita Gaston Miller
Mrs. Juanita Gaston Miller, 71, of 322 East 20th Street, Kannapolis, died Saturday, August 4, 2001 at her home after ten months of declining health and four weeks of serious illness.
Funeral services are scheduled for 4:00 PM Sunday at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel.  Dr. Rick Felts and Rev. Jasen Kirkman will officiate.  Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 PM Sunday at Lady's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Miller was born April 1, 1930 in Gaston County, NC.  She was a daughter of the late John Lee Gaston and Mary Josephine Burch Gaston.
Mrs. Miller retired from Fieldcrest Cannon Plant #6 after 24 years of employment.  She was a member of Rogers Park Baptist Church.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jody Dwayne Miller, who died in 1981.
Mrs. Miller is survived by two daughters, Pamela Dean Miller of Concord, NC and Thesa Vannoy Whitaker of Rockwell, NC;  five grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Rowan Regional Home Health & Hospice, 825 West Henderson Street, Suite A, Salisbury, NC 28144.

Ace "Ab" Albert Linker
Born: March 18, 1925
Died: May 21, 2002  
Kannapolis, NC 
Mr. Ace "Ab" Albert Linker, 77, of 2208 Lane Street, Kannapolis, died Tuesday, May 21, 2002, at his residence after several weeks of declining health. 
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Friday, May 24, 2002, at Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church. Rev. David J. Duncan will officiate. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:00 PM Thursday at Lady's Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the home of his son, Gary Linker, 4882 Concord-Salisbury Road, Kannapolis. 
Mr. Linker was born March 18, 1925 in Cabarrus County, NC. He was a son of the late Norman Harley Linker and the late Annie Carter Linker. 
Mr. Linker was associated with Akers Motor Lines and Central Motor Lines for 42 years. He was an active member of Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church. Mr. Linker delivered take-out meals from Lane Street Grill to Fieldcrest-Cannon Mills for a number of years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Aileen Long Linker, who died in 1991. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps having served in World War II. 
Mr. Linker is survived by a daughter, Donna Annette Linker of Kannapolis; son, Gary Alan Linker, and his wife, Jackie, of Kannapolis; special friend, Betty Jordan of Enochville; sister, Maggie Keener of Kannapolis; two brothers, James Linker of Concord and Coy Linker of Kannapolis; three grandchildren, Meredith Linker Valentine, Phillip Bradley Linker, and Christian Aileen Goetzinger. 
Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Cabarrus County, Post Office Box 1235, Concord, NC 28026-1235 or Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church, 6001 Salisbury-Concord Road, Kannapolis, NC 28083.

Ruby Walker Johnson 
Born: December 5, 1924
Died: June 10, 2002  
Kissimmee, FL 
Mrs. Ruby Walker Johnson, 77, of 111 Cuautla Street, Kissimmee, FL, and formerly of Kannapolis, died Monday, June 10, 2002, at Florida Hospital in Kissimmee. 
A graveside service will be conducted at 3:00 PM Friday, June 14, 2002, at Bethpage Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Dr. Steve Mowery will officiate. 
The family will beceive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 PM Friday at the funeral home.  
Born December 5, 1924, in Kannapolis, she was a daughter of the late Sylvanus Walker and the late Minnie Gheen Walker. Mrs. Johnson was a retired jeweler and worked for Walt Disney World. She was a Veteran of World War II having served as a nurse in the WAC.  
Survivors includer a daughter, Deborah Ruizzo-Schofield and her husband, David, of Lincoln, RI; three sons, Donald Ruizzo and his wife, Janice, of Saint Cloud, FL, Gary Ruizzo and his wife, Jackie, of Lincoln, RI, and David Ruizzo of Texas; one sister, Lois Smith of Concord; a special friend and caregiver, Don Green of Kissimmee, FL; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Delmer Reid Smith
Born: June 3, 1926
Died: May 2, 2002 
Kannapolis, NC 
Mr. Delmer Reid Smith, 75, of 2203 Summit Avenue, Kannapolis, NC, died, Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Saturday, May 4, 2002, at North Kannapolis Wesleyan Church. Rev. Edwin Luther will officiate. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9:00 PM Friday at Lady's Funeral Home. The body will remain at Lady’s Funeral Home until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Mr. Smith. 
Mr. Smith was born June 3, 1926 in Cabarrus County, NC. He was a son of the late Millard Clayton Smith and the late Ollie Ashby Smith. He retired several years ago from Linn-Corriher Mills in Landis. He was a member of North Kannapolis Wesleyan Church and was a US Army veteran of World War II. 
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Ruby Barnett Smith; son, Douglas R. Smith and his wife, Marilynn, of Statesville; sister, Nellie Wright of Kannapolis; three brothers, Mack Smith, Roland Smith, and Harvey Smith, all of Kannapolis; one grandson, Danny Smith of Kannapolis; and great granddaughter, Allison Smith.
Memorials may be sent to North Kannapolis Wesleyan Church, 314 West 12th Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081 or The Gideons International, Post Office Box 52, Kannapolis, NC 28082.

Sally Armour Fisher 
Born: February 9, 1939
Died: May 29, 2003 
Kannapolis, NC 
Ms. Sally Monree Armour Fisher, 64, a resident of Avante at Concord, and formerly of Plyler Road in Kannapolis, died Thursday, May 29, 2003, at Avante at Concord. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2003, at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Barry Kemp will officiate. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove.
The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Lady's Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of a son, Scottie Bray,775 Atwell Road, Mt. Ulla, NC. 
Born February 9, 1939, in Iredell County, she was a daughter of the late Joe Montgomery Armour and the late Mary Ann Frasure Armour. She was a homemaker and attended Liberty Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Linn Bray. 
Survivors include a daughter, Scarlet Miller of Kannapolis; a son, Scottie Bray of Mt. Ulla; three sisters, Joann Nance of Cornelius, Melvie Sweet of Rockwell, Katie McCoy of Concord; and two grandchildren. 
Memorials may be sent to Liberty Baptist Church, PO Box 81, Gold Hill, NC 28071-0081. 

Lovenia Bost Price 
Born: November 7, 1929
Died: March 31, 2003 
Kannapolis, NC 
Mrs. Lovenia Bost Price, 73, of 2126 Hopedale Street, Kannapolis, NC, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at NorthEast Medical Center. 
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Thursday, April 3, 2003, at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Tim Jernigan will officiate. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. 
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 PM Thursday at Lady's Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Mrs. Price. 
Mrs. Price was born November 7, 1929 in Concord, NC. She was a daughter of the late Ralph Bost and Audrey Shinn Bost. She was a beautician and a member of Franklin Heights Baptist Church. 
Mrs. Price is survived by her husband, Lloyd E. Price; daughter, Barbara Price Frye of Concord; two sons, Johnny Price and his wife, Elaine, and David Price, all of Kannapolis; Imogene Bost Carpenter of Charlotte, NC; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Erma T. Slough Brown 
Born: October 28, 1909
Died: April 28, 2002 
Concord, NC 
Mrs. Erma T. Slough Brown, 92, died Sunday, April 28, 2002, at the home of a daughter, Dawn Blackerby, 3600 Still Oaks Court NW, Concord, with whom she made her home. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Landis Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Concord. The Revs. Billy Honeycutt, James Pauley and Jack Watts will officiate. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. At other times they will be at the home of a daughter, Wanda Morgan, 1120 China Grove Road, China Grove. 
Born October 28, 1909, in Yadkin County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Clarence Hampton Taylor and the late Ada Mae Haga Taylor. Mrs. Brown retired several years ago from the Sewing Room of Cannon Mills, Plant One in Kannapolis. She was a member of Landis Baptist Church. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Homer Alexander Slough, who died in 1967, and William Bruce Brown, Sr., who died in 1989; and a brother, Jesse Taylor. 
Survivors include two daughters, Dawn Blackerby and her husband, Harold, of Concord, and Wanda Morgan and her husband, Jack of China Grove; four sisters, Lois Brooks and Inez Harrington, both of Kannapolis, Geneva Luther of China Grove, and Virginia Allred of Siler City; two brothers, Oren Taylor and John Taylor, both of Kannapolis; five grandchildren, Todd Murphy of Lexington, Benjie Bayne and Kelly Broadway, both of Kannapolis, Jackie Smith and Joshua Blackerby, both of Concord; and nine great-grandchildren. 
Memorials may be sent to Landis Baptist Church, PO Box 8, Landis, NC 28088.

Dorcus Hartis Browning
Born: February 3, 1920
Died: May 17, 2002 
Kannapolis, NC 
Mrs. Dorcas Hartis Browning, 82, of 606 Jackson Street, Kannapolis, died Friday, May 17, 2002, at Avante at Concord Nursing Center. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 12 Noon Monday, May 20, 2002, at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. Dr. Greg Pierce, pastor of Lane Street Baptist Church, will officiate. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9:00 PM Sunday at Lady's Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the residence. 
Born February 3, 1920, in Cabarrus County, she was a daughter of the late D. S. Hartis and the late Viola Baker Hartis. Mrs. Browning retired after 45 years of service from the sewing room of Cannon Mills, Plant One in Kannapolis. She was a member of Lane Street Baptist Church. 
Survivors include her husband, Curtis L. Browning; a son, Curtis Browning, Jr. and his wife, Marlene, of Landis; a sister, Lametta Christie of Indian Trail; a brother, D. S. Hartis of Kannapolis; two grandchildren, Todd Browning and Lori Wilson; and five great-grandchildren. 

Wesley J. "Wes" Hathaway
Born: August 19, 1925
Died: May 26, 2002
Kannapolis, NC
His mansion was finished, and Wesley James "The Sign Doctor" Hathaway, 76, of 1802 Valwood Street, Kannapolis, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 26, 2002, at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Concord.
Come and help us celebrate his life at 8:00 PM Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Central Baptist Church. The Rev. Curtis Parker will officiate. Entombment with Masonic Rites conducted by Allen Graham Masonic Lodge #695 will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday at West Lawn Memorial Park in China Grove.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:00 PM Wednesday at the church. At other times they will be at the residence.
Born August 19, 1925, in Chester, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Harvey Hathaway and the late Anna Simcox Hathaway. Mr. Hathaway was the founder of Wesco Signs in Kannapolis. He was known by many of his friends and associates as "The Sign Doctor" He was a member of Central Baptist Church where he was a member of the Crusaders Sunday School class. He was a member of the first Kenya Mission Trip in 1991 with Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Concord where he was an active member for 25 years.
He was a member of Allen Graham Masonic Lodge #695, the Scottish Rites, York Rites, and the Oasis Shrine in Charlotte. He served on the Oasis Shrine Directors Staff for over 25 years and was an honorary lifetime member of the Directors Staff. His first wife, Margaret McLemore Hathaway, preceded him in death on April 28, 1994.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Northam Hathaway; a son, Edward "Eddie" Hathaway and his wife, Linda, of Concord; a step-daughter, Susan Key and her husband, Dennis, of Enochville; a step-son, Richard W. Stevens of Salisbury; three brothers, Claude Hathaway of Claymont, DE, Albert Hathaway and Robert Hathaway, both of Rehobeth Beach, DE; three sisters, Betty Hathaway of Kannapolis, Ida Mae Hathaway of Rehobeth Beach, DE, Patty Stoterau of Huntingtown, MD; five grandchildren, Michael "Chris" Hathaway and his wife Susan, Amanda Key, Thomas Joshua Stevens, Candice Lee Stevens and Kimberly Paige Stevens; and two great-grandchildren, Christian Hathaway and Jeremy Hathaway.
Memorials may be sent to Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 1810 Moose Rd., Kannapolis, NC 28083 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 928, Concord, NC 28026. 

Carl Van Athey
Born: April 11, 1924
Died: March 15, 2003
Kannapolis
Mr. Carl Van Athey, 78, a resident of Avante at Concord and formerly of Lane Street in Kannapolis, died Saturday, March 15, 2003, at Avante at Concord, following a serious illness of three weeks.
A graveside service with interment to follow will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Kannapolis Cemetery. Pastor Sean Brigman will officiate.
Friends may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lady's Funeral Home.
Born April 11, 1924, in Rowan County, Mr. Athey was a son of the late John Athey and the late Mary Yost Athey. He retired several years ago from the towel packaging department of Cannon Mills Plant One. He was a veteran of the US Navy. Mr. Athey was a member of Pleasant Avenue Freewill Baptist Church.
His wife, Lois Pulliam Athey, preceded him in death on September 28, 1998.
Survivors include two nieces, Barbara Chapman of Davidson and Dianne Brigman of Kannapolis.

Eugene McInnis Propst
Born: September 26, 1914
Died: September 1, 2002 
Kannapolis, NC
Mr. Eugene McInnis Propst, 87, of 2403 Brantley Road, Kannapolis, NC died Sunday, September 1, 2002, at his residence.
Funeral services will be conducted 3:00 PM Wednesday, September 4, 2002, at Center Grove Lutheran Church. Rev. Zachariah Harris, III will officiate. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park with Graveside Rites conducted by the DAV, Chapter 27, of Concord.
The family will receive friends at Lady's Funeral Home from 7 to 9:00 PM Tuesday. At other times, the family will be at his residence.
Mr. Propst was born in Kannapolis on September 26, 1914, a son of the late Andrew Jackson Propst and Elizabeth Eddleman Propst. He served in the U.S. Army with the 32nd Division, Battery "C" 120th Field Artillery Battalion during World War II. From April 1942 until September 1944 he served in Australia and New Guinea in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. After returning home from service he began work as an Automotive Body Mechanic and later operated Propst Paint & Body Shop. He retired from the carpenter shop of Fieldcrest Cannon in 1982. A lifelong member of Center Grove Lutheran Church, he served on the Church Council as well as the Music & Worship committee and the Property committee. He was active in all programs of the church.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Harry and Charles Propst; seven sisters, Ruth Cline, Blanche Cline, Anna Tarleton, Margaret Riddle, Beulah Propst, Naomi Propst and Mary Propst.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Louise Upright Propst, and a daughter, Patsy Black McFalls and her husband, Charles Michael McFalls; also surviving are three grandchildren, Keith Black, Jennifer McFalls Stone and Shawn McFalls and a great grandchild, Luke Stone.
The family request that memorial be directed to the Center Grove Lutheran Church Window Fund, 1601 South Cannon Blvd, Kannapolis, NC 28083 or to Hospice of Cabarrus County, P.O. Box 1235, Concord, NC 28026.

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