Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries

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GRACE C. BOLTON
CONOVER - Grace Carpenter Bolton, 87, of North Carolina Lutheran Home in Hickory, formerly of Catawba Street in Claremont, died Aug. 1, 2000, at the N.C. Lutheran Home.

Born Aug. 27, 1912, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Lottie Brown Carpenter.

A member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Richard Bolton; two brothers, Coyte Carpenter and Clarence Carpenter; and six sisters, Chloe Sigmon, Nona Deal, Belle Cline, Rena Bost, Nell Bolton and Sue Nealy.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Becky Bolton of Conover, Neil and Diane Bolton of Homestead, Fla., and Stan and Jean Bolton of Newton; a daughter and son-in-law, Lottie Davey-Beyer and Lew Beyer of Fairbanks, Ark.; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Scott Bollinger at 11 a.m. Saturday at her church.

The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

Burial will be in Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Leland Eckard, David Bolton, Dale Bolton, Jason Lamb, Bryan Dula and Mark Carpenter.

The family will be at Drum Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 550, Claremont, N.C. 28610; or N.C. Lutheran Home, 1265 Twenty-first St., NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601.

RUTH S. STAMEY

VALDESE - Ruth Sain Stamey, 75, of Morganton Street, died Aug. 1, 2000, at her residence after a period of declining health.

Born April 12, 1925, in Lincoln County, she was a daughter of the late Charles L. and Hettie Yancey Sain.

A member of First Baptist Church, she retired as a seamer from Alba-Waldensian after 37 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus A. Stamey; and two brothers, Kenneth Sain and Elmer Sain.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Charles R. and Rebecca Stamey of Valdese; two daughters and sons-in-law, Gwen and Gary Jones of Valdese and Andrea and Robert Barlow of Charlotte; a brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Katherine Sain of Welcome; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Melva Pendia of Clearwater, Fla., and Merrell and Bill McCall of Valdese; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Tim Horldt at 3 p.m. Friday at her church.

The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

Burial will be in Burke Memorial Park.

The family will be at Heritage Funeral Service from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, N.C. 28690.

McDUFFIE S. LUTZ

McDuffie Smith Lutz, 50, of Davis Cove Road in Taylorsville, died Aug. 1, 2000, at his residence.

Born Aug. 15, 1949, in Catawba County, he was a son of Jane Smith Lutz Thomson of Raleigh and the late Joe Anderson.

A member of Bethany Lutheran Church, he worked in sales in the furniture industry.

He was preceded in death by his adoptive father, Iverson Lutz; and grandparents, Fred and Agnes Smith.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include a son, Austin McDuffie Lutz of Hickory; a daughter, Tisha Ann Lutz of Hickory; and a sister, Laurie Lutz Wegner of Hickory.

A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Greg Williams at 4 p.m. Friday at his church.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 1644 Main Ave. Drive, NW, Hickory, N.C. 28601.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MICHAEL D. HOYLE

Michael “Mike” Dean Hoyle, 44, of Hickory, died Aug. 1, 2000, in Catawba County.

Born July 23, 1956, in Cleveland County, he was a son of Edwin “Toy” and Evelyn Clark Hoyle of Lake Norman.

Manager of Music and Games of Cherryville, he was a member of Moose Club, American Legion and a graduate of St. Stevens High School.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Rose Lenhardt; and grandparents, Raymond and Blanche Hoyle.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Regina Yoder Hoyle; a son, Matthew Edwin Hoyle of the home; a daughter, Erika Dianne Hoyle of the home; a brother, Terry Hoyle of Hickory; a sister, Ruth Ann Hamby of Hickory; a grandfather, Clyde Lenhardt of Cherryville; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Terry Pitts at 1 p.m. Friday at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Pallbearers will be Allen Yoder, Harold Yoder, Johnny Coffey, Kenneth Roades, Billy Travis and Rick Little.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Hahn, Dr. Wes Cardwell, Gary Humphries, Bob Kanipe, Jeff Mathis and Andy Yoder.

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimers Association, 3 Louisiana Ave., Asheville, N.C. 28806; or The Ronald McDonald House, 419 South Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103.

NELLIE C. PHILLIPS

GRANITE FALLS - Nellie C. Phillips, 77, of Archer Street, died Aug. 1, 2000, at Caldwell County Hospice.

Born July 18, 1923, in Lee County, Ky., she was a daughter of the late Elisha and Mary Elizabeth Fields Collins.

A member of Rhodhiss Church of God, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Phillips; a daughter, Kathy Haddix; and three infant children.

Survivors include two sons, Roy Phillips of Granite Falls and Lonnie Phillips of Hickory; four daughters, Marie Reynolds, Brenda Deaton and Donna Boggs of Granite Falls and Elsie Johnsion of Rhodhiss; four brothers, Herbert Collins of California, Floyd Collins of Louisiana, Bobbie Collins of South Carolina and Ed Collins of Ohio; two sisters, Martha Pennell and Ellen Ellis of Ohio; an adopted daughter, Debbie Morningstar of Dayton, Ohio; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Dennis Stillwell at 3 p.m. Friday at Mackie-High Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Sunset Hills Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

The family will be at the funeral home from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

SHARON M. DELLINGER

NEWTON - Sharon “Sherry” Martin Dellinger, 48, of Winfield Drive in Maiden, died Aug. 1, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 21, 1951, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of Yates Terry Martin and Esther Drum Martin of Newton.

She was a sewer for Southern Furniture Company.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Rodney Dellinger; a son, Steven Dellinger of the home; two sisters, Susan Lane of Newton and Holly Martin of Kinston.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Fred Thompson at 3 p.m. Friday at Willis Reynolds Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery.

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Appalachian State University, School of Music, P.O. Box 32096, Boone, N.C. 28608-2096.

MARY N. REID

Mary Jo Neal Reid, 60, of Seventh Street, SE, died July 30, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health.

Born Jan. 3, 1940, in Blacksburg, S.C., she was a daughter of Myrtle Smith Neal of Hickory and the late Joseph Neal.

A member of Friendship Baptist Church, she was on the finance committee and news staff letter. She retired as a business instructor from Catawba Valley Community College. A graduate of North Carolina Central University, she also was a member of the honor society Phi Beta Kappa, former secretary of Ridgeview Reunion Committee and valedictorian of the 1959 senior class at Ridgeview High School.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a daughter, DeLisa Reid of the home; an adopted daughter, Iona Saddler of the home; two adopted sisters, Sarah Johnson of Hickory and Rosemary Manson of Charlotte; an aunt, Lillian Neal of Indianapolis, Ind.; and a number of other relatives and friends including Faye Dula, Pastor Peggy Geter and Emma Johnson of Hickory.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. E.B. Wilkerson at 3 p.m. Friday at her church.

Burial will be in Southside Cemetery.

The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service.

Allen Mitchell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BOBBIE W. ESTEP

MAIDEN - Bobbie Neil Wilkinson Estep, 67, of Ingleside Drive in Sherrills Ford, died Aug. 2, 2000, at Brian Center in Lincolnton.

Born Dec. 22, 1932, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Hoyle A. and Esie Mae Whitener Wilkinson.

A member of First Baptist Church in Maiden, she was an inspector in the furniture industry.

She was preceded in death by a son, Neil Estep; four brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Estep; a son, Bryon Estep of Maiden; a daughter, Rita Estep Bass of Newton; two sisters, Louise Dellinger of Cherryville and Dorothy Williams of Maiden; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by Dr. Jeff Clark at 2 p.m. Friday at her church.

The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

Burial will be in St. Matthew's United Church of Christ.

The family will be at Burke Mortuaries from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 338, Maiden, N.C. 28650.

LORETTA C. PYATTE

VALDESE - Loretta Campbell “Nana” Pyatte, 63, of Cook Road, died Aug. 1, 2000, at Valdese General Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born Sept. 21, 1936, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Carl T. and Geneva Deal Campbell.

A charter member of Trinity Baptist Church, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Lon Pyatte; a son, Rodney Dale Pyatte of Morganton; two daughters, Carlotta Denise Ross of Valdese and Star Baughman of Nebo; two brothers, Carl Robert “Bear” Campbell and Jerry Campbell of Valdese; a sister, Helen Williams of Valdese; eight grandchildren; and a great- grandchild.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Scott Moneyham at 3 p.m. Friday at her church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will be at the church from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 3333 Trinity Church Road, Valdese, N.C. 28690.

Heritage Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

HOWARD C. EPLEY

MORGANTON - Howard Calvin Epley, 82, of Dysartsville Road, died Aug. 1, 2000, at Broughton Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born May 12, 1918, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Herbert C. and Myrtie Epley Epley.

A member of Mountain View 2 Baptist Church, he retired from Wamsutta Doblin Inc. of Morganton. He also worked for W.R. Patton Construction and Highlander Ltd. and Henredon Furniture.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Homer Epley; and four sisters, Ethel Epley Farris, Carrie Epley Clontz, Beulah Epley and Florence Epley.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Myrtle Deaton Epley; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert C. and Joette Epley of Lenoir; two daughters and a son-in-law, Betty Epley Taylor of Morganton and Frances E. and Walter Thomas of Hickory; a brother, Roy Epley of Marion; three sisters, Sadie Epley Farris Eller of Drexel, Raye Epley Whitener Parrish of Columbia, S.C., and Myrtle Epley Downs of Nebo; four grandchildren, Robert Steven Epley, Kimberly Dawn Epley, Franklin Todd and Erin Taylor and Jason Scott and Alea Taylor; and three great-grandchildren, Ian Perry Taylor, Olive Denton and Christian Stamey.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Burl Sain and David Orders at 2 p.m. today at his church.

The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will be at the residence of Betty Taylor, 4749 Dysartsville Road, at other times.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Western North Carolina Chapter, 3 Louisiana Ave., Asheville, N.C. 28806-3419.

Sossoman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LORETTA B. HELMS

MORGANTON - Loretta Benton Helms, 33, of Brista Trail, died Aug. 1, 2000, at Grace Hospital.

Born Sept. 4, 1966, in Burke County, she was a daughter of Mary Jane Benton Benton of Angier and the late Marshall Benton.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, James T. and Annie Estelle Benton.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Robert Thomas Helms; two daughters, Amanda Nicole Wilson and Annie Margaret Helms of Morganton; three brothers, Mark Benton of Icard, Dwayne Banks of Angier and Michael McMahon of Telford, Tenn.; and a sister, Tammy Benton Tallent of Angier.

A private service will be held at a later date.

The family will be at the residence of Eva Belle Crowder, 4797 Duckworth Circle, at other times.

Sossoman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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