Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries
(2000)

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PHYLLIS S. BENFIELD

Phyllis Stafford Benfield, 75, of 3308 16th St. NE, Hickory died July 28 at Catawba Memorial Hospital.

A member of Sandy Ridge Baptist Church, she was employed at Southern Glove in Newton and was later a homemaker. She taught Sunday School, led the youth group and was active in the church throughout her life.

Services were held at the church by the Revs. Homer Greene, Jerry Laughter and Tom Huntsinger; burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be given to the church, 3702 16th St. NE, Hickory 28601. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.

Survivors include her husband, Homer Benfield; sons Harold Benfield; and Kelvin Benfield of Charlotte; daughter Leemanda Benfield of Hickory; sisters Joann Wagner and Sarah Vivian Bowman of Hickory; and one grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews. 

SUE K. BERRY

Sue Keller Berry, 99, of 16th Ave. NE, Hickory died July 28 at Hickory Manor following a period of declining health.

A homemaker, she was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, where services were held by the Rev. Dale Watts. Burial was in Catawba Memorial Park. Hickory Funeral Home was in charge.

Survivors include sons Jim and Clarence Berry of Hickory and Glenn Berry of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and 12 grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. 

EVELYN L. BOSTIAN

Evelyn Kathleen Lail Bostian, 77, of West 12th St., Newton died July 28 at Hospice of Catawba Valley.

Born in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Katherine Huffman Lail.

She was a retired shipping clerk in the furniture industry and was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover.

Survivors include a son, Jim Bostian of Claremont; daughter Mary Bentley of Conover; sister Faye Sigmon of Conover; brother Ray Lail of Salisbury; and five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services were held at Concordia Lutheran by the Rev. Donald Oldenburg; burial was at Catawba Memorial Park. Drum Funeral Home served the family.

Memorials may be given to Concordia Lutheran Church, 216 Fifth Ave. SE, Conover 28613 or to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton 28658. 

CLIFTON G. BROWN

Clifton (Red) Grover Brown, 58, of Hickory died July 28 in Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Md.

He was a truck driver for Hickory Hill Furniture.

Services were held at Providence Baptist Church by the Revs. Ernie Richards and Michael Harrill Jr.; burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2315 A Sunset Ave., Rocky Mount 27804. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Brown; son Roy Brown of Hickory; daughters Sheila Brown of London, Ky., Carolyn Lowman of Connelly Springs and Verna Brown of Icard; son Ronnie C. Brown of Maiden; mother Agnes Haith of Mebane; sisters Betty Bowes and Carolyn Wrenn of Burlington; and 10 grandchildren. 

LOLA J. CROUSE

Lola Jones Crouse, 86, of Joe Crouse Road, Maiden died July 29 at Catawba Memorial Hospital.

Born in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lee and Ida Goodson Jones.

She was a homemaker and a member of Center View Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Wade Crouse of Newton; daughters Colleen Gilleland of Maiden and Aileen Little of Denver; sister Julia Hicks of Maiden; and six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at her church by the Revs. Larry McCracken and Grady Barringer; burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Center View Baptist Church, 3976 E. Maiden Road, Maiden 28650 or Gideons International, 433 N. Main Ave., Newton 28658.

Drum Funeral Home served the family.

RAY J. DEAL

Ray Junior Deal, 69, of Snow Creek Road NE, Hickory died July 28 at his home.

Born in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Edward Cleatus and Minnie Houston Deal. Retired from C. R. Laine Furniture, he was a member of St. LukeÕs Lutheran Church, where services were held by the Rev. Rick Carter. Burial was in the church cemetery. Hickory Funeral Home was in charge.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton 28658; or to St. LukeÕs Lutheran, 3916 Springs Road, Conover 28613.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Bumgarner Deal; daughter Cathy Mull of Clarksville and Bonnie Sandlin of Hickory; son Johnny Ray Deal of Hickory; brother Foy Cleatus Deal of Hickory; sisters Grace Deal Lail and Betty D. Helms of Hickory; and six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

BARBARA H. HOUSTON

Barbara Elizabeth Helton Houston, 99, of Icard died July 30 at Frye Regional Medical Center following several years of declining health.

A homemaker, she was a member of Shoups Grove Baptist Church, where services were held by the Revs. J. C. Bradley and Tony Land. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Hickory Funeral Home was in charge.

Survivors include daughters Katherine Patton of Hickory, Betty Kiser and Christine Hoyle of Icard; sons Eugene Houston of Maiden, D. C., Lenorie, and David (Bill) Houston of Icard and Vernon Houston of Hickory; son-in-law Vance Brittain of Hickory, daughter-in-law Flavie Houston of Icard and sister-in-law Keron Evans of Connelly Springs; and 42 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren, 29 great-great-grandchildren, one great-great-great-grandchild and a number of step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

ARCHIBALD A. JOYNER

Archibald Andrews Joyner, 86, of 904 2nd St. NE, Hickory died July 26 at Valdese General Hospital.

He was a member of Episcopal Church of the Ascension, where he was a lay reader from age 21 until his death. He graduated from Hickory High School in 1930 and was an assistant to the professor in physics at Lenoir-Rhyne College. He earned his BS in physics from Lenoir-Rhyne and after graduation went to New York City to study at the RCA Institute. He became an electrical engineer and was hired by RCA in Camden, NJ, spending 23 years there, then he and his wife moved to Wheaton, Ill., where he was a manufacturing representative. He worked there 27 years and retired to Waynesville.

Services were held at Grace Church in the Mountain, Waynesville, by Dr. Howard White; inurnment was at the church.

Memorials may be made to St. AlbanÕs Episcopal Church, 130 39th Ave. Pl. NW, Hickory; Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 726 First Ave. NW, Hickory 28601 or to Grace Church in the Mountain, 394 N. Haywood St., Waynesville 28786.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.

Survivors include his wife, O. Elizabeth Friday Joyner; daughter Mary Pryde of California; son Edmond Lee Joyner of Illinois; and three grandchildren. 

WILLIAM M. LITAKER SR.

William Mundy Litaker Sr., 66, of Hickory died July 28 at his home.

A member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church, he was retired from Hickory City Schools where he was a teacher and educator for 31 years. At St. Andrews, he was Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent and served on the church council. He was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College and received a masterÕs degree from Appalachian State University. He was an Eagle Scout.

A memorial service was held at St. Andrews by the Rev. Richard W. Fritz Jr.; burial was at the church. Memorials may be sent to St. Andrews, 629 8th St. NE, Hickory 28601.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Suther Litaker; son Dr. William Litaker Jr.; brother Charles Litaker Jr. of Hickory; sister Frances Boyd of Hickory; and two grandchildren.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family. 

NELLE D. LOWMAN

Nelle Donnelly Lowman, 89, of Hildebran died July 28 at Eastside Medical Center, Snellville, Ga.

A homemaker, she was a member of Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church, where services were held by the Revs. Gary Coble, Steve Brown and Don Phillips. Burial was in First Baptist Church Cemetery, Hildebran.

Memorials may be made to the church, 103 Main Ave. East, Hildebran 28637. Bass-Smith served the family.

Survivors include a daughter, Doris Lucille Brown of Lithonia, Ga.; brother Bert Donnelly of Hickory; sister Pearl Phillips of Hickory; and seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

ROSE M. THOMPSON

Rose Marie Magliarditi Thompson, 57, of Icard died July 30 at Frye Regional Medical Center.

A paralegal with attorney Kirby Kepford, she attended Granite Falls Church of God.

Services were held at Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Donald Caldwell; memorials may be made to the Association for the Blind.

Survivors include her husband, Verdell Thompson; son David Thompson of Hildebran; daughters Donna Helms and Doreen Abernethy of Hickory and Denise Wiggins of Connelly Springs; brother Vincent Magliarditi of Clifton; father Peter Magliarditi of Wayne, NJ; and seven grandchildren. 

INEZ W. WILLIAMS

Inez White Williams, 70, of 3272 47th Ave. Pl. NE, Hickory died July 25 at Frye Regional Medical Center.

She was a member of Springs Road Baptist Church and retired from Centel.

Services were held at Springs Road Baptist by the Rev. Arthur Yount; burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the church, 3580 Springs Road NE, Hickory 28601 or to American Heart Association, PO Box 2636, Chapel Hill 27515. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.

Survivors include a son, Gary L. Watts of Taylorsville; daughter Judy Poole of Taylorsville; brothers Perry and Paul White of Bethlehem; sister Ruth Johnson of Hickory; and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

ANN BEAVER WITHERSPOON

Ann Beaver Witherspoon, 82, of 1309 14 St. Dr., NE, Hickory died at her home.

Born in Blue Ridge, Ga., she was the daughter of Hattie Yelton Beaver and Obe Beaver. She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Witherspoon and son, Jimmy Whitherspoon.

A member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, she was retired from Catawba Sox, Newton, where she worked for over 40 years. She was very active in the Democratic party.

Services were held at Bass-Smith Funeral Home by the Rev. Phillip Vos; burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Tabernacle Christian School Foundation, 1225 29th Ave. Dr. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Frank and Jeanette Ridley, brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Carrie Yelton, daughter-in-law, Sandy M. Whitherspoon, three grandchildren, two great-children, a number of nieces and nephews.

Edna J. Aldridge
Edna Elsie Johnson Aldridge, 76, of Hickory, died Nov. 27 at Brian Center East.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
Mrs. Aldridge was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Howard Aldridge.
Survivors include her husband, Hubert Wiley Aldridge, Sr.; daughter Judy Aldridge Lail of Hickory; sons Hubert Wiley Aldridge, Jr. of Rhodhiss, Garland Lee Aldridge and Joseph Douglas Aldridge, both of Hickory; sisters Thelma Austin and Rose Kerley, both of Taylorsville, Tootsie Chapman of Mt. Holly, N.C., and Linda Comer of Stony Point; brothers Eugene Johnson of Taylorsville and Conrad Johnson of Maryland; 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
The Rev. Bert Dixon conducted services at Calvary Baptist Church, and burial followed in Catawba Memorial Park. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 1823 3rd Avenue SW, Hickory 28602. 

Lula S. Barger
Lula Smith Barger, 79, of Hickory, died Nov. 24 at Brian Center in Viewmont. She was born in Catawba County to the late Robert A. and Dovie Whitworth Smith.
Mrs. Barger was retired from Red Sox Hosiery Mill.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Barger.
Survivors include a daughter, Joan Hayes of Hickory; a son, Bobby Barger of Hickory; a sister, Wilma Wilkie of Hickory; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
A graveside service was conducted at Catawba Memorial Park by the Rev. Jerry Stines. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Solid Rock Baptist Church, 170 Duke Street, Granite Falls 28630.

Virginia B. Barlow
Virginia McGuire Bullock Barlow, 88, of Hickory and formerly of Southern Pines and Hamlet, N.C., died Nov. 21 at Brian Center East in Hickory.
Mrs. Barlow was a retired teacher from Hamlet High School. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eugene Charles Bullock; her second husband, David Barlow; and a daughter, Margaret Virginia Bullock.
Survivors include daughters Sarah Elizabeth Bullock of Washington, D.C., and Eugenia Bullock Miller of Hickory; brother William B. McGuire of Charlotte; and one grandson.
A private graveside service was held at Mary Love Cemetery in Hamlet, N.C. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.

Fulmer Bowman
Fulmer Bowman, 84, of Hickory, died Nov. 22 at Pellcare Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. He was born in Catawba County to the late O.P. and Bessie Bowman.
Mr. Bowman was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was a retired car salesman for Rodman Chevrolet in Fresno, Calif.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie Lackey Bowman.
Surviving him are three sisters, Revonda B. Huffman of Hickory, Lorette B. Hicks of Hildebrand and Janette Queen of Shelby.
The Rev. James Stephenson conducted services at Hickory Funeral Home Chapel and entombment followed in Catawba Memorial Park.

Mae L. Bowman
Mae Lee Bowman, 74, of Startown Road in Newton, died unexpectedly on Nov. 26 at a Hickory hospital. She was born in Catawba County to the late Matthew M. and Minnie Lee Sigmon Bowman. She was a homemaker.
Miss Bowman is survived by sisters Mary Alice Keller and Susie Belle Starr, both of Startown, and Sarah Starnes of Hickory; and a brother, John Lewis Bowman of Startown.
The Rev. Richard T. Carter conducted a graveside service at St. Paul’s Memorial Park. Hickory Funeral Home served the family.

Carl D. Bunton, Jr.
Carl D. Bunton, Jr., 70, of Hickory, died Nov. 26 at a Hickory hospital.
An active church member, he was a Sunday school teacher and church elder. He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army, a former executive with Champion Paper Company, and a retired furniture manufacturer.
Mr. Bunton was a member of Lake Hickory Country Club, Catawba Country Club, Civitan Club and Jaycees.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Jane Lewis Bunton; daughters Sheri Bunton Gillette of Raleigh, Julia Bunton Hunt of Wilmington, and Laura Catherine Bunton of Richmond, Va.; sons Carl D. Bunton, III (Rusty) of Hickory and Michael Edward Bunton of Nashville, Tenn.; sisters Jean Bunton Hodgkinson of Conover and Mildred Kirby-Blair of Lincoln City, Ore.; brother Larry E. Bunton of Panama City Beach, Fla.; and six grandchildren.
Services were conducted at Northminster Presbyterian Church. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to either Northminster Presbyterian Church or to Grandfather Children’s Home in Banner Elk.

Hugh E. Edwards
Hugh Elmer Edwards of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and formerly of Hickory, died Nov. 22 at the V.A. Medical Center in Charleston, S.C.
Mr. Edwards was retired from an insulation company and was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Lackey Edwards.
Surviving him is a niece, Susan Wiltsie of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
A graveside service was held at Oakwood Cemetery. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 342 2nd Avenue SE, Hickory 28602.

Catherine W. Fitzwater
Catherine Louise Wilson Fitzwater, 57, of Gastonia, died Nov. 27 at her residence, following a period of declining health.
Mrs. Fitzwater was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Jane Clemons; and two sons, Denver Allen Clemons and Scott Allen Wilson.
Survivors include daughters Rose Jenkins, Lily Watkins, and Gladys Clemons, all of Hickory, and Beverly Clemons of Hildebran; sons Tommy and Carl Clemons of Clover, S.C., Robert Clemons of Bessemer City, N.C., Keith Grubb of Hickory, and James and Dale Clemons of Gastonia; and sisters Gladys Gillenwater of Peytona, W.Va., and Doris Klinefilter of Oak Hill, W.Va.
Minister Ruby Bridges conducted services at the Catawba Funeral Home Chapel, and burial followed in Catawba Memorial Park.

Walter E. Fox
Walter Eugene Fox, 58, of 31st Street NW in Hickory, died Nov. 21 in Catawba County.
Mr. Fox was employed by Hickory Chair as a sander. He was a Vietnam veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Day Fox; daughter Angela Turner of Hudson; sons Chris “Todd” Fox of Hudson, Chad Fox of Rome, Ga., and Brandon Eugene Fox of Conover; sisters Shirley Forte and Linda Fox-Watson, both of Lenoir; and a brother, James Henry Fox of Hudson.
Services were conducted at the Catawba Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Robbie Carver, and burial followed in Catawba Memorial Park.

Joseph J. Harvey
Joseph Jerome Harvey, 38, of St. Paul’s Church Road in Newton, died Nov. 25 at a Hickory hospital. He was president of Southern Glove, Inc., in Conover.
Mr. Harvey is survived by his wife, Kimberley Belcher Harvey; sons Arthur Julian, James Killian and John Carter Harvey, all of the home; parents William John Harvey, Jr. and Janice Killian Harvey of Durham; brother William John Harvey, III of Charlotte; sister Virginia Scoville of Morrisville, N.Y.; and maternal grandmother Florence Killian Little of Newton.
A memorial service was held at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hickory, with Father Robert Roncase officiating. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Montessori Children’s House, 935 East 11th Street, Newton 28658.

Roger V. Houston
Roger Vance Houston, 79, of Springs Road in Conover, died Nov. 25 at a Hickory hospital. He was born in Catawba County to the late Tommy E. and Claudia Winebarger Houston.
Mr. Houston was a lifelong member of St. Peters Lutheran Church and was the retired owner of Houston Mill & Hardware in Conover. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army and was an avid fisherman on Ocracoke Island, N.C.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Deal Houston.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Hester Houston; sons Buddy and Phil Houston of Conover; daughters Dixie Ingram and Sherry Kenworthy of Hickory and Jill Gunter of Bear Creek, N.C.; brother Kenneth Houston of Hickory; sister Sadie Eckard of Conover; and five grandchildren.
The Revs. Paul D. Birner and Paul D. Sundbom conducted services at St. Peters Lutheran Church, and burial was in the church cemetery. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to St. Peters Lutheran Church, 6175 St. Peters Church Road, Conover 28613.

Rebecca B. Huffman
Rebecca June Butler Huffman, 73, of 19th Street SW in Hickory, died Nov. 24 at a Hickory hospital.
Mrs. Huffman was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was retired from the textile industry.
She is survived by her husband, Guy L. Huffman; son Larry Dean Huffman of Hickory; daughter Kathy Isenhour of Hickory; brother Bobby Butler of Drexel, N.C.; and four grandchildren.
The Revs. Bert Dixon and Bill Marr conducted services at Calvary Baptist Church, and burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 1823 3rd Avenue SW, Hickory 28602.

Doris H. Jarrett
Doris Hewitt Jarrett, 69, of North Davis Avenue in Newton, died Nov. 22 at a Hickory hospital. She was born in Catawba County to the late Grover Cleveland and Annie Reap Hewitt.
Mrs. Jarrett was a retired textile employee and was a member of Pentecostal Church of the Living God.
Survivors include a son, Stanley S. Jarrett of Newton; brothers Jack L. Hewitt of Reidville, N.C., and Kenneth R. Hewitt of Newton; sisters Nancy H. Rutland of Newport News, Va., and Katheline H. Parkhurst of Catawba; half-brother Willie L. Allen of Lincolnton; and one granddaughter.
Drum Funeral Home served the family.

Alta (Jane) W. Johnson
Alta Jane Wilson Johnson, 55, of 15th Street SW in Hickory, died Nov. 23 at her residence, following a brief illness. She was born in Catawba County to Bill Wilson of Alexandria, La., and Mary Louise Huffman of Hickory.
Mrs. Johnson was a member of West Hickory Baptist Church. She and her husband, Kenneth (Ken) Blair Johnson, were owners/operators of Ken & Jane Wallcovering.
Mrs. Johnson was also co-owner of Ice Castle Skating Rink in Newton and founding president of the Catawba Valley Figure Skating Club. She served as a volunteer for the Red Cross at Frye Regional Medical Center, and was a former quality control inspector for J.P. Stevens Co.
In addition to her husband and parents, survivors include sons Clegg Anderson and Jonathan Gray Johnson, both of Newton; brother Milo Wilson of Alexandria, La.; and one grandson.
The Rev. Michael Staton conducted services at West Hickory Baptist Church. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Jane Johnson Skaters Memorial Fund, 1901-N Northwest Boulevard, Newton 28658.

William H. Kincaid
William Howard Kincaid, 59, of Hickory, died Nov. 25 at a Hickory hospital.
Mr. Kincaid was a property manager with CPM designation for 30 years, and was employed as manager of Mulberry Medical Park in Lenoir for The Cogdell Group, Inc. He is remembered for his faithful service and volunteer work as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for nearly 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Johnson Kincaid; sons Michael Aubrey and Spencer Mark Kincaid of Frederick, Md., and Timothy William Kincaid of San Diego, Calif.; daughter Kathy Deniese Farris of Raleigh; and mother Mildred Flack Kincaid of Morganton.
Memorial services are not complete. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to The Watchtower, Bible and Tract Society of Brooklyn, 124 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201-2483.

Hester A. Kiziah
Hester Ada Kiziah, 78, of Kiziah Lane in Hickory, died Nov. 23 at a Hickory hospital, following a period of declining health.
Mrs. Kiziah was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Eugene Kiziah.
Survivors include sons Boyd W. and David L. Kiziah, both of Bethlehem; sisters Faye Myers and Ruth Teague, both of Granite Falls, and Ruby Jewel of Vale; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Services were conducted at Bethlehem Baptist Church by the Revs. Jeff Bowden and Oliver C. Price, and burial followed in the church cemetery. Hickory Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, 7500 N.C. Highway 127, Taylorsville 28681.

Ruth H. LaFon
Ruth Hudson LaFon, 92, of Sulphur Springs Road in Hickory, died Nov. 21 at Lakeland Medical Center in Lakeland, Fla.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and had worked for more than 50 years as a nurse for Dr. R.T. Hambrick. She was active in the Catawba County Nutrition Program at Highland United Methodist Church.
Mrs. LaFon was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Glen LaFon.
Survivors include sons Ken LaFon of Lakeland, Fla., and Rick LaFon of Hickory; and five grandchildren.
Services were held at the Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. James R. Stephenson officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery.

Rebecca C. Marlow
Rebecca Cody Marlow, 86, of 28th Street NW in Hickory, died Nov. 24 at a Hickory hospital. She was born in Catawba County to the late Emmett Wesley and Ella Mull Cody.
Mrs. Marlow was a member of Christ United Baptist Church and was retired from Ivey Weavers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Philip C. Marlow.
Survivors include her husband, Jeffie D. Marlow; sons Thomas Keith Marlow, Sr. of Hickory and Jeffrey E. Marlow of Morganton; sister Susan Cody Howard of Hickory; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The Rev. E.B. Elmore conducted services at the Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, and burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Christ United Baptist Church, 1131 33rd Street SW, Hickory 28602.

Clara K. Marlowe
Clara Keller Marlowe, 81, of Hickory, died Nov. 24 at Brian Center in Viewmont.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Hickory and was a retired salesperson with Melville’s Shoe Department.
Mrs. Marlowe is survived by her husband, L.J. (Red) Marlowe; sons James Richard Marlowe of Newton and Stephen E. Marlowe of Charlotte; sisters Goldie Johnson of Vale and Mildred Huffman of Mt. View; brother Leroy Keller of Hickory; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
The Rev. Dr. William Leathers and
the Rev. Pat Pearce conducted services
at the Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, and burial followed in Catawba Memorial Park.

ROBERT J. MARTIN IV
Robert Jouette Martin IV, 49, died Sunday, Nov. 26, at his home in Simi Valley CA.
A former Hickory resident, he was a brother to Hickory educator Dr. Nicole Martin Pope and Keith T. Martin of Charlotte, producer and managing director of the Charlotte Repertory Theatre.
Martin, a 1969 graduate of Hickory High School, was a computer engineering and design consultant specializing in micro-miniaturization, and was active in school and community affairs. He was born in 1951 in Pasadena CA to the late Jane Whitener Martin, a native of Hickory, and the late Robert J. Martin III. He was a descendant of Virginia Revolutionary War hero Jacques Jouette and 18th century Catawba Valley pioneer Michael Weidner.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Steele Martin, and their three children, Robert J. Martin V, 14, Nicole Martin, 12, and Teddy Martin, 9. He is also survived by brothers and sisters including Oxford OH educator Janet Martin Kretschmer; Michele Martin Dienno, a graphic design and advertising consultant, also of Oxford OH; Michael W. Martin of Santa Ana CA, a food service executive; Kevin K. Martin, a touring dance professional and auditions director for the Nutmeg Ballet in Fairfield CT; and Brian Xan Martin of Costa Mesa CA,
an actor in the Los Angeles area; and by his maternal uncle, Julian G. Whitener of Hickory, and by his maternal aunt Elizabeth Martin Amos of Towson MD
The family will hold a private memorial service in the Simi Valley area. They have requested that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Robert J. Martin IV Family Memorial Fund, PO Box 2584, Hickory NC 28603. Personal correspondence will be forwarded to both East and West Coast family members from the Hickory address.

Marguerite H. Parke
Marguerite “Marge” Hull Parke, 91, of 2nd Street SE in Conover, died Nov. 26 at a Hickory hospital.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Conover and was a retired photographer and owner of Falcon Studio.
Mrs. Parke was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred W. Parke. She is survived by several nieces, neighbors and friends.
Memorial services were held at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kerry Fralic officiating. Drum Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 235, Conover 28613.

Juanita B. Sigmon
Juanita Bryant Sigmon, 68, of Westway Drive in Conover, died unexpectedly on Nov. 23 at her residence.
Mrs. Sigmon was a member of Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, where she had been active as a Sunday school teacher and with the youth and various other duties. She was a retired employee of Southern Furniture.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey L. “Bud” Sigmon.
Survivors include son Allen Sigmon of Conover; daughter Elaine Sigmon Weaver of Newton; sister Jackie Drum of Hickory; brothers Eugene Bryant of Hickory, Clyde Bryant, Jr. of Newton and James Bryant of Conover; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at the Conover City Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Carroll Bartholomew officiating. Drum Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 217 2nd Avenue NE, Conover 28613.

John C. Smathers
John C. Smathers, 51, of Madison, Ala., died Nov. 18 at his home.
Mr. Smathers was a veteran of the U.S. Army and owned John Smathers, Inc. He was a member of University Baptist Church and served as a volunteer firefighter.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Doris and William Howard Goans of Huntsville, Ala.; sister Louise Brezin of Hickory; and half sister Martha Potts of Madison, Ala.
A memorial service was held at Laughlin Service Funeral Home, with the Revs. Dan Summerlin and Bill McKinney officiating.
Memorials may be made to Madison Fire Department Donation Account, 100 Hughes Road, Madison, Ala. 35758.

Rev. Ted L. Starnes, Sr.
Rev. Ted Linzy Starnes, Sr., 76, of Hickory, died Nov. 26 at his residence.
He was a member of Dudley Shoals Baptist Church. A Baptist minister, he pastured several local churches and was also president and part owner of Starnes Industries. Rev. Starnes was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army.
Surviving him are his wife of 55 years, Kathleen Austin Starnes, and a son, Ted Linzy Starnes, Jr., of Hickory.
Services were held at Bass-Smith Funeral Home, with the Revs. Don Ingle and Jack Ray Hodge officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Dudley Shoals Baptist Church Building Fund, 1882 Dudley Shoals Road, Granite Falls 28630, or to Bethel Colony of Mercy, Inc., 1675 Bethel Colony Road, Lenoir 28630.

Myrtle M. Whitener
Myrtle Marie Whitener, 79, formerly of Granite Falls, died Nov. 23 at the N.C. Lutheran Home.
She was a member of Trinity Baptist Temple and was a retired seamer with Reese’s Finishing Co.
Mrs. Whitener was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Lee Whitener; son Nathaniel Whitener; and daughter Patricia Ann VanHorn.
Surviving her are sons Daniel R. Whitener of Mt. View and Paul Rudledge Whitener of Icard; daughters Dorothy Marie Vandenburg and Julia K. Hefner, both of Hickory; sisters Helen Houston of Bethlehem, Ruth VonArk of Monroe, Wis., Nancy Mays and Barbara Price, both of Granite Falls; brother John Robert Mace of Marion, Ga.; 11 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.
Services were held at the Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Charles Ledford officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.

Rev. Robert W. Winters, Sr.
Rev. Robert W. Winters, Sr., 97, of Squirrel Creek Road in Newland, N.C., formerly of Conover, died Nov. 27 at his residence, following a period of declining health. He was born in Catawba County to the late James F. and Rosa McRee Winters.
He was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, where he served as Visitation Pastor for 18 years after retiring from full time ministry. He served as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, Pa., for 18 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Boggs Winters.
Surviving are sons Paul Winters of St. Michaels, Md., and Robert Winters, Jr. of Enon, Ohio; daughters Sylvia W. English of Newland, N.C., and Patricia Winters of Tilghman, Md.; brother John Winters of N.C.; sister Elizabeth Freeze of Statesville; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 30 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church. The Pastors James P. Zimmerman and Tim Smith and Bishop Leonard Bolick will officiate, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Drum Funeral Home is serving the family.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 4420 County Home Road, Conover 28613.


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