Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries

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MERLIE S. BOWMAN
TAYLORSVILLE - Merlie Stafford Bowman, 97, of Church Road, died Aug. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Born July 8, 1903, in Alexander County, she was a daughter of the late George W. and Elizabeth Oliver Stafford.

A charter member of Smyrna Baptist Church, she was a member of the Ladies Adult Sunday School Class.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carrol M. Bowman; a son, Gurthie Bowman; a daughter, Helen Fox; six brothers, Hall Stafford, Issac Stafford, Vance Stafford, Erastus Stafford, Ralph Stafford and Chase Stafford; a sister, Lula Stafford; a grandson, Mark Dyson; and a daughter-in-law, Arcola Bowman.

Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ray Bowman of Taylorsville and Kelly and Mabel Bowman of Taylorsville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth and Hayden Isenhour of Charlotte, Betty and Bill Dyson and Janelle and Wade Price of Taylorsville; a daughter-in-law, Louella Bowman of Taylorsville; 16 grandchildren, Ronnie Bowman of Tampa, Fla., Sandra Ritch of Gastonia, Susan Laney of Charlotte, Cheryl Wilson of Greenwood, S.C., Randy Dyson of Newton, Terry Dyson of Daytona Beach, Fla., Mickey Price of Hickory, Libby Richey, Kenny Bowman, Shelia Rogers, Debbie Mecimore, Myra Bowman, Alan Fox, Tim Dyson, Jan Watson and Rickey Price of Taylorsville; 23 great-grandchildren, Chris Bowman, Shayla Richey, Yvette Richey, Alyson Richey, Chris Ritch, Tina Ritch, Shannon Laney, Lindzey Laney, Brock Wilson, Hayden Wilson, Lanny Caldwell, Mila Caldwell, Eric Rogers, Monte Rogers, Scott Mecimore, Reggie Fox, Matthew Dyson, Shay Johnson, Chris Dyson, Chassity Watson, Tyler Watson, Felicity Price and Nathan Price; and three great-great-grandchildren, Tiffany Bowman, Justin Bowman and Amber Fox.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Michael Barber and Bill Dyson at 3 p.m. Saturday at her church.

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

Burial will be in Friendship Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Bowman, Alan Fox, Tim Dyson, Rickey Price, Mickey Price, Terry Dyson and Lanny Caldwell.

Honorary pallbearer will be Randy Dyson.

The family will be at the residence at other times.

Memorials may be made to Smyrna Baptist Church, 6150 Church Road, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681.

Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DOROTHY R. MULL

MORGANTON - Dorothy Rose Mull, 84, of Oakwood Street, died Aug. 9, 2000, at Grace Heights after a period of declining health.

Born Jan. 30, 1916, in Hamilton County, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Charles B. and Lenore Brossmer Kary.

A member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, she was a former employee of Allis-Chalmers and Pogue's Department Store of Cinncinnati, Ohio.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Murphy Mull; a brother, Raymond C. Kary; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Kenneth Whittington at 7 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date.

The family will remain at the cemetery after the service.

KELLY R. HUGHES

FALLSTON - Kelly Ray “Gut” Hughes, 30, of Roger Hill Road, died Aug. 9, 2000.

Born Aug. 14, 1969, in Lincoln County, he was a son of the late Chevious F. and Maybelle Bolick Hughes.

Survivors include three brothers, Bruce Hughes of Shelby, Tom Hughes of Connelly Springs and Randy Hughes of Hildebran; and three sisters, Connie Parker of Vale and Amy Hughes and Becky Craig of Connelly Springs.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Roger Webb at 2 p.m. Sunday at Stamey Funeral Home.

Burial will be in North Brook Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be at Stamey Funeral Home from 6:30 to 8 tonight.

CAROLYN B. ROGERS

STATESVILLE - Carolyn Boggs Rogers, 58, of Sorrell Lane in Troutman, died Aug. 10, 2000, at her residence.

Born Feb. 18, 1942, in Iredell County, she was a daughter of the late Chester and Estelle Dagenhart Boggs.

She was employed by Sara Lee (Bali).

Survivors include her husband, Robert “Bobby” Rogers; a son, Larry Campbell of Troutman; two daughters and sons-in-law, Traci and Curtis Sherrill of Troutman and Melinda and David Cooper of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a stepdaughter, Joni Rogers of the home; two brothers, Butch Boggs and Dan Boggs of Statesville; a sister, Barbara Braddock of Hickory; two grandchildren, Kristopher Cooper and Emily Cooper of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three stepgrandchildren, Brian Cooper and Jennifer Cooper of Statesville and Courtney Sherrill of Troutman; an uncle, David Dagenhart of Harrisburg; two aunts, Mary Hooks of Lexington and Hilda Brower of Ashboro; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Jamie Fox at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Iredell Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Greg Rogers, Bob Ostwalt, Daniel Boggs, Robert Boggs, Wilson Riddle, Wayne Nixon and Tommy Ostwalt.

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 tonight and at the residence of Traci Sherrill, 274 Autumn Leaf Road, Troutman, at other times.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Iredell County, Inc., 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, N.C. 28625; or Mountain Road Baptist Church, Building Fund, 132 Compton Park Road, Statesville, N.C.

FRANCES B. SIGMAN

Frances Burns Sigman, 73, of Overland Lane in Vale, formerly of N.C. 127 South, died Aug. 11, 2000, at her residence.

Born Oct. 11, 1926, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Edward C. and Elva Justice Burns.

A member of Sardis Lutheran Church, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Nelson Daniel Sigman Jr. and Bruce Franklin Sigman of Hickory; two daughters, Karen Sigman and Sharon Rhoney of Vale; a stepdaughter, Jean Chucci of Newton; a sister, Marian Burns of Hickory; four grandsons, Christopher Waldon, Joshua Rhoney and Reginald Rhoney of Vale and Justin Sigman of Hickory; two granddaughters, Tasha Brittain of Vale and Karrie Lail of Hickory; a stepgrandson, Anthony Chucci of Hickory; two stepgranddaughters, Ashley Hartsoe and Jennifer Smith of Hickory; four great-grandchildren; and a stepgreat-grandchild.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Robert Howard at 2 p.m. Sunday at her 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 Hickory Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Sardis Lutheran Church, 6103 N.C. 10 West, Hickory, N.C. 28602.

HENRY D. SHORT

MOCKSVILLE - Henry Winter Davis Short, 76, formerly of Mocksville, died Aug. 9, 2000, at the Lutheran Nursing Home in Salisbury.

Born Aug. 20, 1923, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Samuel Smith and Mabel Davis Short.

A Presbyterian, he was an active independent insurance agent. A member of Mocksville Masonic Lodge A.F. and A.M. 134, he was an Eighth Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War and a prisoner of war in Germany.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank H. Short.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Sam S. and Ruth Short Jr. of Mocksville; two sisters and brother-in-law, Betsy Whitley of Atlanta, Ga., and Mabel S. and Royall C. Jones of Salisbury; and a number of nephews and nieces.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Neal Carter at 4 p.m. today in Rose Cemetery.

The family will be at the residence of Sam and Ruth Short, 370 Sain Road, Mocksville.

Eaton Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

BOBBY D. CORN

ARDEN - Bobby D. Corn, 65, of Pinners Cove Road, died Aug. 8, 2000, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.

He was the founder and publisher of IWANNA Inc. of Asheville and Greenville, S.C., and founder of IWANNA Inc. of Hickory.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine Haden Corn; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Deborah McCart of Asheville, Valerie and Ray Hudson of Greenville, S.C., and Robin and Mark Graham of Asheville; five grandchildren, Austin Hudson, Tyler Hudson, Dylan McCart, Marshall Hudson and Jordan Graham; a stepmother, Clara Corn of Hendersonville; a sister, Brenda Corn Laney of Asheville; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Arden Presbyterian Church.

The family will be at Groce Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Eblen Foundation, 304 Summit St., Asheville, N.C. 28803.

BRADY E. SPRY

Brady “Ed” Edward Spry, 45, died Aug. 11, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

Born Jan. 6, 1955, in Rowan County, he was a son of Charles D. and Lena Mae Champion Spry of the home.

A former member of the Hickory Jaycees, he was an accountant for Hickory Springs.

Survivors include two brothers and sister-in-law, Monty Spry of Connelly Springs and Randy and Rose Spry of Asheville; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis and Bruce James of Mocksville and Kristy and Calvin of Swink of Connelly Springs.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Ron Davis at 11 a.m. Sunday at Catawba Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park.

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

JESSIE L. ALDRIDGE
Jessie Lee Aldridge, 72, of Newton, died Aug. 12, 2000, at Brian Center East after a period of declining health.

Born March 23, 1928, in Watauga County, he was a son of the late Lewis D. and Bertha Moody Aldridge.

A member of Startown First Baptist Church, he retired from Sherrills Furniture. He was a former owner and operator of Shug's Service Station in Long View.

He was preceded in death by three wives, Evelyn Clark Aldridge, Dorthy Wycoff Aldridge and Virginia Bridges Aldridge; a brother, Lewis Aldridge; and three sisters, Lora Murry, Jenny Ellis and Charlotte Brown.

Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Linda and Gene Starr and Sandra and Daniel DeFrank of Newton; three brothers, Joe Aldridge of Rhodhiss, Ralph Aldridge and Rom Aldridge of Boone; a sister, Essie Justice of Lenoir; three grandchildren, Matthew Starr, Joshua DeFrank and Elaine Lutz; and a great-granddaughter, Jessica Lutz.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Len Aldridge and Dean Hart at 2 p.m. Monday at Catawba Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park.

The family will be at the funeral home from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Building Fund, 4081 Startown Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

MARY W. ROSS

FALLSTON - Mary Virginia Williams Ross, 94, of Shaire Center in Lenoir, died Aug. 11, 2000, at the Shaire Center.

Born Nov. 1, 1905, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late M.S. and Nancy Ella Willis Williams.

A member of Fallston Baptist Church, she served in the Baptist Women, Fallston Women's Club, the Home Demonstration Club and was a Sunday school teacher at the church for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Osborn Ross Sr.; two brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, George and Marilyn Ross Jr. of Charlotte; three daughters and a son-in-law, Alice R. Austin of Lenoir and Betty R. Stewart of Roxboro and Jean and Dr. W.M. Coward of Greensboro; a sister, Ethel Watkins of Macon, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Scott Norton and Bruce Rabon at 2 p.m. today at her church.

Burial will be in Rose Hill Memorial Park.

The family will be at Stamey Funeral Home from 1 to 1:45 p.m. today.

Memorials may be made to Fallston Baptist Church, P.O. Box 116, Fallston, N.C. 28042.

HAROLD D. ALLISON

Harold D. Allison, 70, of Sixth Street, NE, died Aug. 11, 2000, at Brian Center in Viewmont.

Born May 4, 1930, in Elvaston, Ill., he was a son of the late Thomas S. and Henrietta Leiser Allison.

A member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, he retired as a product manager from Hickory Springs Inc.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Allison, Thomas Allison and George Allison.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Owen Allison; three sons, Ryan Allison of Wilmington, Jeff Allison of Kansas City, Kan., and James Allison of Naperville, Ill.; two sisters-in- law, Sarah Allison of Richardson, Texas, and Patricia Allison of Macomb, Ill.; two grandsons, Kyle Allison of Winston-Salem and Evan Allison of Naperville, Ill.; and three granddaughters, Elizabeth Allison of Winston-Salem, Meredith Allison of Wilmington and Alia Allison of Naperville, Ill.

A memorial service will be conducted by Pastor Weldon Sheets and Vicar Vickie Powell at 2 p.m. Monday at his church.

The family will be at Bass-Smith Funeral Home from 6 to 7:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association, 2315 Sunset Ave., Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804.

EARL J. PATTERSON

STONY POINT - Earl Jay Patterson, 83, of Grady Place in Lenoir, died Aug. 12, 2000, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir.

Born Aug. 14, 1916, in Caldwell County, he was a son of the late Jesse M. and Julie Gilreath Patterson.

A member of Patterson Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Kings Creek, he retired from Singer Furniture in Lenoir.

He was preceded in death by four sons, Willie Wayne “Bill” Patterson, Tony Nelson Patterson, Donald Gene Patterson and Teddy Lee Patterson; and two sisters, V. Ester Coles and Elizabeth Baldwin.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Mae Patterson; three sons, Gregory Gary Patterson of Greensboro, Earl Monroe Patterson and Fredrick “Freddy” Patterson of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four daughters, Ellen Patterson Clark, Peggy Patterson Jones and Shirley Patterson Rouson of Greensboro and Evelyn Patterson Lipford of Lenoir; four sisters, Thelma Ferguson of Lenoir, Katie Jones of Bronx, N.Y., Juliet Battle and Lois Williams of Raleigh; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. John Hayes, L.J. Hayes, Earl Yount and Montier Howell at 2 p.m. Tuesday at his church.

Burial will be in Pear Tree Family Cemetery.

The family will be at the church from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Memorials may be made to Patterson Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Building Fund, 4738 Grady Place, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Chapman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MARGIE P. RUSSELL

STONY POINT - Margie Price Russell, 85, of Third Avenue Drive, SE, died Aug. 11, 2000, at her residence after a period of declining health.

Born Aug. 18, 1914, in Alexander County, she was a daughter of the late Joe B. and Bettie Bostain Price.

A member of First Baptist Church in Taylorsville, she retired from Broyhill Furniture in Taylorsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Russell; a brother, Harold Price; and a sister, Evelina Bebber.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Margie D. and Mickey Mayberry of the home; two grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Russell and Pam Mayberry of Hiddenite and John and Sarah Mayberry of Taylorsville; four great-grandchildren, Taylor Elizabeth Mayberry, Rebecca Leann Mayberry, Jonathan Lawrence Mayberry and Christopher Lee Mayberry; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Roger Underwood and Marion Powell at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Taylorsville.

Burial will be in Taylorsville Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 405 West Main Ave., Taylorsville, N.C. 28681; or Hospice of Alexander county, 50 Lucy Eckerd Lane, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681.

Chapman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MINNIE G. HOLDER

LENOIR - Minnie R. Gragg Holder, 94, of Greasy Creek Road, died Aug. 11, 2000, at Caldwell County Hospice.

Born May 11, 1906, in Lake County, Fla., she was a daughter of the late Samuel A. and Mary Holten Ritch.

A member of Confidence Advent Christian Church, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a son, Raymond A. Gragg; two brothers, Archie Ritch and Charlie Ritch; two sisters, Lela Nail and Maude Holly.

Survivors include a son, Homer Gragg of Lenoir; a daughter, Evelyn L. Vanderlike of Ocala, Fla.; a sister, Bertha Green of Morganton; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Bobby Brock at 4 p.m. Monday at her church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will include members of her church.

The family will be at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today.

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

LILLIE P. EDMONDS

CONOVER - Lillie Price Emonds, 90, of Twelfth Avenue Drive, NE, died Aug. 11, 2000, at Catawba Valley Hospice House.

Born May 5, 1910, in Cowpen, S.C., she was a daughter of the late James M. and Luellen Gilland Price.

A member of North Newton Baptist Church, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Geter P. Edmonds; two sons, Charles P. Edmonds and Geter Junior Edmonds; and a number of brothers and sisters.

Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Neomi and Kermit Junior Hedrick of Hickory, Shirley Tallent of Charleston, S.C., and Dorothy and Bobby Benson of Newton; 13 grandchildren, 16 great- grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Don Ferrell at 3 p.m. today at her church.

Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658; or North Newton Baptist Church, 316 West Twenty-first St., Newton, N.C. 28658.

Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

WALTER D. NORMAN

SPRUCE PINE - Walter Dale Norman, 33, of Oak Avenue, died Aug. 11, 2000, in Asheville.

Born in Catawba County, he was a son of Harold Norman of Spruce Pine and Christine Sherrill of Valdese.

A member of Sullins Branch Baptist Church, he was a tree surgeon.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Gail Wiseman of Spruce Pine; a son, Cody Norman Ledford of the home; a daughter, Casey Norman Ledford of the home; a stepson, Chris Wiseman of the home; two stepdaughters, Crystal Wiseman and Cathy Wiseman of the home; a brother, Junior Norman of Hickory; two sisters, Debbie Norman and Mary Sue Norman of Valdese; a paternal grandmother, Edith Ollis of Spruce Pine; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Jack Jones and Billy Ledford at 2 p.m. Monday at Sullins Branch Baptist Church.

Burial will be in Sullins Branch Cemetery.

The family will be at Webb Funeral Home from 7 to 9 tonight.

BURL W. WARLICK

VALDESE - Burl Wilson “Judge” Warlick, 61, of Sunset Street in Lenoir, died Aug. 11, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory after a period of declining health.

Born July 13, 1939, in Burke County, he was a son of Ruby Beach Warlick of Valdese and the late Clifford Warlick.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Sylvia Rose Barr Warlick; five stepsons, Marshall Barr of Hildebran, James Barr of Hickory and David Barr, Billy Barr and Robert Barr of Lenoir; a brother, Lewis C. Warlick of Hickory; three sisters, Mary Frances Carswell of Valdese, Nancy Cottrell of Lenoir and Ann Kental of Morganton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. James Lockee at 3 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Service.

Burial will be in Burke Memorial Park.


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