Miscellaneous Cabarrus County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Mr. Harry Auten, Jr.
CONCORD -- Harry Alexander Auten, Jr., 71, of 97 East Side Drive, Concord, died Thursday, September 27, 2001, at his home.

Mr. James Brown
KANNAPOLIS -- James Cleveland Brown, 54, of 125 Waco Street, Kannapolis, died Saturday, September 22, 2001, in Phoenix, Arizona of unknown causes.

Mrs. Monica Davis
CONCORD -- Monica Lewis Davis, 44, of 187 Georgia St. SW, Concord, departed this life on September 24, 2001, following a brief illness. 

Mrs. Ella Drake
MIDLAND -- Ella Knight Drake, 90, of 3251 Drake Rd., Midland, died Thursday, September 27, 2001, at Transitional Health Services in Kannapolis. 

Mrs. Mildred Green
HARRISBURG -- Mildred Iley Green, 85, formerly of 4330 Crozier Branch Road, Harrisburg, died Thursday, September 27, 2001, at Transitional Health Care in Kannapolis.

Mrs. Zula Livengood
CONCORD -- Zula Elizabeth McDaniel Livengood, 93, of 248 Cabarrus Avenue, Concord, died Thursday, September 27, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center.

Mrs. Katheryn McAllister
RALEIGH -- Katheryn Dry McAllister, 79, of Raleigh, N.C., died Thursday, September 27, 2001, in Rex Convalescenter Care Center.

Mrs. Emily Smith
CONCORD -- Emily Crosland Smith, 91, of 4104 Sandy Lane, Concord, died Tuesday, September 25, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center.

Tharp infant
CONCORD -- Conner Tharp, 8 days old, of 5712 Bunaza Drive, Concord, died Wednesday, September 26, 2001, at Carolinas Medical Center.

Mrs. Penola “Reece” Wilks
CONCORD -- Penola “Reece” Wilks, 43, of 60 Todd Drive, Concord, died on Monday, September 24, 2001, at Avante of Concord. 

Mrs. Leona Lipe
CONCORD -- Leona Smith Lipe, 90, a former resident of Circle Drive, Concord, died Thursday, September 27, 2001, at St. Andrews Living Center. 

Mr. Joseph Blackwelder
KANNAPOLIS -- Joseph “Joe” Brown Blackwelder, 57, of 1400 Oakwood Ave., Kannapolis, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at his home.

Mrs. Jessie Bush
KANNAPOLIS -- Mrs. Jessie Elizabeth Bush, 86, formerly of 801 Richard Ave., Kannapolis, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at Universal Health Care.

Mrs. Lucille Kimray
CONCORD -- Mrs. Lucille Krimminger Kimray, 89, of 1691 Cold Springs Road, Concord, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center.

Mrs. Leona Lipe
CONCORD -- Mrs. Leona Smith Lipe, 90, a former resident of Circle Drive in Concord, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at St. Andrews Living Center.

Mrs. Zula Livengood
CONCORD -- Zula Elizabeth McDaniel Livengood, 93, of 248 Cabarrus Ave., Concord, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center.

Mr. Don Phillips
KANNAPOLIS -- Mr. Edgar Donald “Don” Phillips, 69, formerly of 2137 Lane St., Kannapolis, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at Avante at Concord.

Mr. Ned W. Tarlton
MONROE -- Ned Tarlton, 73, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at Union Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Hazel Fowler
KANNAPOLIS -- Hazel Roberts Fowler, formerly of Kannapolis, died Saturday, September 29, 2001, at Fairhaven Nursing Center in Birmingham, AL.
The funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Whitley?s funeral Home.

Mrs. Helen Gardner
GOLDSBORO -- Helen Gardner, of 2420 Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro, died Sunday, September 30, 2001, at Kitty Askins Hospice.
The arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord.

Mr. David Sechler
KANNAPOLIS -- David Samuel Sechler, 73, of 1308 Washington Lane, Kannapolis, died Saturday, September 29, 2001, at his home after declining health for several months.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Skyland Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The Rev. David Icenhour will officiate. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the D.A.V. Chapter 27.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Whitley?s Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home on Washington Lane.
Born Nov. 15, 1927 in Rowan County, he was the son of the late W.L. Sechler and the late Mary Elizabeth Shinn Sechler. He was employed with Kluttz Construction Company in Charlotte as a sub-contractor for many years. He was a member of Skyland Baptist Church in Kannapolis and was a lifetime resident of the area. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Poston-Perkins Post 8989.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel M. Sechler and his second wife, Ola D. Sechler.
Survivors include his wife, Dot Chastain Sechler; three step-daughters, Becky Wagoner and her husband Lloyd of Landis, Judy Hardister and her husband Bucky of Brownsville, Tenn., and Virginia Watson and her husband Bobby of Salisbury; three step-sons, Roy Willard and his wife Sheryl of Concord, and James Fink and his wife Hattie and Raymond Fink and his wife Lynn, all of Kannapolis; a sister, Betty Ritchie and her husband Rev. Hoke Ritchie; and a number of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Skyland Baptist Church at 200 S. Little Texas Road, Kannapolis, NC or to Rowan Regional Home Health & Hospice at 825-A W. Henderson Street, Salisbury, NC 28144.
Whitley's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Fred Sides
CONCORD -- Fred Anderson Sides, 91, of 475 Central Drive, Concord, died Sunday, September 30, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ann Street United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at First Baptist Church Cemetery in Stanfield. The Rev. Bill Ruckart and Richard Lapish will officiate.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hartsell Funeral Home in Midland. At other times they will be at the home of his son, Larry Sides, at 530 Hwy 200 in Stanfield.
Born Nov. 15, 1909 in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late Minnie Julia McKinley and Floyd Harold Sides. The was an overseer at Cannon Mills and attended Ann Street United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Roy O. Sides.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret “Maggie” Mann Sides of Concord; his son, Larry A. and wife Mary Sides of Stanfield; his grandson, Jeffery and wife Ann Side of Cary; and his sister-in-law, Nettie Harrell of Tuscaloosa, AL.
Memorials may be made to Ann Street United Methodist Church at 335 Ann Street, Concord, NC 28025 or to Hospice of Cabarrus County at PO Box 1235, Concord, NC 28026.
Hartsell Funeral Home in Midland is handling the arrangements.

Mrs. Cora Weaver
ALBEMARLE -- Cora Elizabeth Furr Weaver, 86, of 2418 Snuggs Park Road, Albemarle, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at Manor Healthcare Nursing Center.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Love?s Grove Methodist Church in Stanfield. The family received friends yesterday.
Hartsell Funeral Home in Midland is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Grady Corriher
KANNAPOLIS -- Grady Eugene Corriher, 84, of 1012 Hoke St., Kannapolis, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center after a year of declining health and being seriously ill for six weeks.
The funeral will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church. Entombment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park Chapel Mausoleum. The Rev. Tom Tucker and Dr. Dale Tanner will officiate. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the D.A.V. Chapter 27.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Whitley's Funeral Home. At other times the family will be at the home on Hoke Street.
Born June 23, 1917, in Rowan County, he was the son of the late Henry W. Corriher and the late Carrie Bell Shuping Corriher. In earlier years he was employed with Johnston Furniture. Then, later with Jackson Park Furniture which became Discount Furniture Outlet World in Kannapolis. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he held many offices, including head usher. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp. where he was a Staff Sergeant with the 336th Army Airborne Division serving with the Air offensive in Europe, receiving the EAMET Campaign Medal with the Bronze Star. He was also awarded the American Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World and a graduate of China Grove High School, class of 1935.
Survivors include his wife, Vera Bost Corriher; a daughter, Betty Jones and her husband Charles of Kannapolis; three grandchildren, Dale Jones and wife Terri, Todd Jones and wife Tomoyo, and Brandi Jones; great-grandchildren, Holly Jones and Alexis Jones; sister, Willene Barnhardt of China Grove; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 703 Buick Ave., Kannapolis, NC 28083.
Whitley's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Mrs. Hazel Fowler
KANNAPOLIS -- Hazel Roberts Fowler, 84, formerly of Burlington and Kannapolis, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at Fairhaven Nursing Home in Birmingham, Ala.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. Dr. William C. Simpson Jr. will officiate.
Born May 12, 1917, in Cabarrus County, she was the daughter of Charlie Jones (CJ) Roberts and Ann Wilma Nance Roberts. She retired from Burlington Merchants Assoc. and Credit Bureau in 1990 after 32 years. She was also a member of Front St. Methodist Church in Burlington, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lury Clinton (Red) Fowler, who died in 1959.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Sylvia F. Traynham of Hoover, Ala., and Mrs. Sarah Ann F. Hooper of Burlington; a sister, Joan R. Bray of Mooresville; a brother, Farrell Robert of Burlington, and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Front Street United Methodist Church c/o Music Dept. at Fisher St., Burlington, NC, 27216 or to Alzheimers Association at 3420 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215-3298.
Whitley's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Mrs. Helen Gardner
GOLDSBORO -- Helen Marie Krimminger Gardner, 67, of 200 Worth Drive, Goldsboro, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, at Kitty Askins Hospice of Goldsboro. She passed away after an extensive illness.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carolina Memorial Park. 
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 at Hartsell Funeral Home.
Born Aug. 19, 1934, in Cabarrus County, she was the daughter for the late Eva Beatrice Aldridge Krimminger and Paul Ebert “Jack” Krimminger. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Gardner; two daughters, Leigh Gardner Lane of Concord and Julia Piper of Wilmington; a sister, Ann Krimminger Edwards of High Point, and one grandson, Zachary Lane.
Hartsell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Charles McRorie
CONCORD -- Charles Ralph McRorie, 85, of 664 Jackson Terrace, Concord, died Monday, Oct. 2, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The Rev. Dr. Mark Erickson will officiate.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 pm at Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord. At other times they will be at the home of one of their son, Rick D. McRorie at 952 Gold Street, Concord.
Born July 30, 1916, in Union County, he was the son of the late Mamie Elms McRorie and Perry Lee McRorie. He was a retired barber from Johnson's Barber Shop.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Mabrey McRorie.
Survivors include two sons, Ricky D. McRorie and Wayne McRorie, both of Concord; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at 2425 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28203, or to the charity of one's choice.
Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord is handling the arrangements.

Mrs. Mary Ann Nanney
CHARLOTTE -- Mary Ann Christy Nanney, 93, of Charlotte, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at Wesley Nursing Center.
A graveside memorial service will be held noon Wednesday at Sharon Memorial Park. The Rev. David Lytle will officiate.
Mrs. Nanney was born Oct. 2, 1907 in Iredell County, a daughter of the late John Andrew Christy and Lula Sowers Christy. She was employed by the Belk department store and was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
Surviving are her sons, Glenn Nanney of Charlotte and Ray Nanney of Greenville, S.C.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimers Foundation at 3420 Shamrock Drive in Charlotte, NC 28215.
Arrangements are being handled by McEwen Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Charlotte.

Mrs. Leola Owens
BALTIMORE -- Leola Marie Owens, 94, of 1736 Hill Ave., Baltimore, Md,. died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, at Mount Siani Hospital
The arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be announced later by Clark Funeral Home.

Mr. Don Phillips
KANNAPOLIS -- Edgar Donald “Don” Phillips, 69, a resident of Avante at Concord and formerly of 2137 Lane Street, Kannapolis, died Friday, September 28, 2001, at Avante at Concord.
The funeral was held 2 p.m. Sunday at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Carolina Memorial Park. The Revs. Tim Jernigan and John Jones officiated.
Born June 4, 1932, in Wilkes County, he was the son of Helen Harrington Phillips of Kannapolis and the late Edgar Dewey Phillips. He was previously employed with Phillips Painting and Refinishing Company. He later worked for Kannapolis Construction Co. He was a member of Pleasant Avenue Baptist Church where he was active in the Senior Citizens Group. He was also a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his mother, Helen Harrington Phillips of Kannapolis; two sons, Eddie Dean Phillips of Kannapolis and Tony Phillips of Tennessee; granddaughter, Angie Phillips; two sisters, Dorothy Phillips Ragan and her husband J.W. of Kannapolis and Doris Phillips Yates and her husband Rev. J.C. Yates of Saratoga, N.C.; a niece, Sharon Ragan Goodson of Rockwell; nephews, Danny Yates of Beaufort, Donnie Yates of Angier, Dennis Yates of Kannapolis, Eddie Ragan of Old Fort, and Steve Ragan of King; and several great nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cabarrus County at PO Box 1235, Concord, NC 28026-1235.
Lady's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Richard Sheets
KANNAPOLIS -- Richard Nathan Sheets, 73, of 1511 Buffalo Street, Kannapolis, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at NorthEast Medical Center. 
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The Revs. Randy Foster and Willis Parrish will officiate.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Whitley's Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of a granddaughter, Kathy Hubbard, at 4707 Rainbow Drive, Kannapolis.
Born Jan. 1, 1928, in Wilkes County, he was the son of the late Roosevelt Sheets and Minnie Sheets. He was retired from G.G. Ray Roofing and Siding in Charlotte and a veteran of the U.S. Army, World War II. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Virginia Sheets, who died in September of 2001.
Survivors include two sons, James Bare and Gene Bare, both of Kannapolis; two brothers, Fred Sheets of Landis and Carl Sheets of Winston-Salem; three sisters, Clara Roten and Dare Miller, both of Glendale Springs, and Edna Overcash of Flint, Mich.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross at 167 Union Street S., Concord, NC 28025.
Whitley's Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Mr. Wiley Plemmons
ASHEVILLE -- Wiley Lee Plemmons, 82, of 6 Wiley Drive, died Friday, September 28, 2001, in the VA Medical Center in Asheville.
Mr. Plemmons was born Jan. 17, 1919, in Madison County, and was a resident of Buncombe County most of his life. Wiley was a retired farmer and also a disabled veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. 
He was born the son of the late Farida and Viola Haney Plemmons. Also preceding him in death was a daughter, Rebecca Louraine Plemmons, who died in 1962, and a brother W.O. Plemmons.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Louise Radford Plemmons, sons Mark Andrew Plemmons and his wife Kim of Concord, and Luke Stephen Plemmons and his wife Ruth of Asheville; sisters Helen Riddle of Jacksonville, Fla., Elsie Culbertson, Lillian Matthews and Joy P. Radford and her husband Ben, all of Asheville; brothers Rev. J.R. Plemmons and his wife Mildred, Calvin W. Plemmons and his wife Doris, Blaine Plemmons and his wife Louise, Rev. David Plemmons and this wife Ursula, all of Asheville, and Rufus “Dean” Plemmons and his wife Sue of Fairview; grandchildren, Jordan Michelle and Dayne Andrew Plemmons, both of Concord; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were today in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Eddie Rice, Ebb Jenkins and H.L. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Asheville.
The family will received friends Monday at West Funeral Home, 17 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, where the body remained until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the services.
At other times the family will be at the residence.
Flowers are acceptable and appreciated. Those desiring to make a memorial contribution are encouraged to consider making a donation to Pleasant Church Building Fund at PO Box 18293, Asheville, NC 28814.
West Funeral Home and Memorial Park is handling the arrangements.


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