Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries

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HOYLE C. MILLER
Hoyle Cleveland Miller, 73, of Hickory, died Aug. 13, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

Born April 23, 1927, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Cleveland E. and Hattie Bumgarner Miller.

He attended Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church in Marion, was co-owner of Hickory Upholstery Co., graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College, and earned a master's degree in chemistry. He was scoutmaster at First Presbyterian Church in Hickory, past president of the Hickory Exchange Club where he had 44 years of perfect attendance and was a member of the Hickory Moose Lodge, American Legion Post 48 and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Burlin Miller; and two sisters, Kathleen Hollar and Vera Chambers.

Survivors include a son, Gary Miller of Hickory; a daughter and son-in-law, Fran and Gary Clark of Hickory; a sister and brother-in-law, Frances and William Austin of Hickory; two grandchildren, Justin Clark and Emily Clark of Hickory; and friend, Velma Krause of Marion.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. John Setchfield at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.

Burial will be private in Oakwood Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Hickory Exchange Club.

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

Memorials may be made to Hickory Exchange Club, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 235, Hickory, N.C. 28603.

MARTHA M. SMITH

MORGANTON - Martha Mae McDaniel Smith, 73, of U.S. 70 West, died Aug. 11, 2000, at her residence.

Born March 23, 1927, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Adoluphus and Laura Maloney McDaniel.

She was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Smith; two brothers, John Henry McDaniel and Edward McDaniel; and a sister, Kathleen Costner.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Perry E. and Doris Smith of Lenoir; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Betty and Richard Boyd of Morganton, Brenda Williams of Glen Alpine and Debra and Alan Banner of Rocky Mount; five grandchildren, Chris Boyd, Sharon Williams, Tracy Holland, Jina Shea Banner and Alisan Paige Banner; two stepgrandchildren, Angela Smith and Laura Johnson; a great- grandson, Johnathon Mitchell; and a stepgreat-granddaughter, Victoria Smith.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Marshall Dill and Clifford Early at 5 p.m. Tuesday at her church.

Burial will be in Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service and at the residence at other times.

Memorials may be made to Faith Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1225, Glen Alpine, N.C. 28628.

Sossoman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RUSSELL S. MELTON

LENOIR - Russell Samuel Melton, 90, of Pisgah Church Road, died Aug. 10, 2000, at Gateway Nursing Center.

Born June 26, 1910, in Wilkes County, he was a son of the late Henry O. and Sally Hudson Melton.

A member of Pisgah Baptist Church, he retired as a timber cutter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Polly Shatley Melton; four brothers, Finley Melton, Woodrow Melton, John Melton and Clarence Melton; and a sister, Susan C. Benge.

Survivors include six daughters and five sons-in-law, Lois and Jack Crump, Faye and Stanley Townsend, Mary and Floyd Waters, Oralee M. Brakefield and Frances and Steven Reid of Lenoir and Nancy and Ethridge Smith of Matthews; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted Saturday.

Burial was in Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were his grandsons.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 169, Lenoir, N.C. 28645; or Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

RAY E. HUFFMAN

Ray Ernest “Bud” Huffman, 71, of Fourteenth Avenue, NE, died Aug. 12, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

Born June 30, 1929, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Raymond and Edna Raby Huffman.

A member of Unity Lutheran Church in Hickory, he retired from Shuford Mills as a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Walls.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Walters Huffman; two sons, Tony Huffman of Hickory and Scott Huffman of the home; four daughters, April Huffman and Robin Huffman of the home, Edna Lee Lail of Conover and Dawn Hall of Hickory; four brothers, J.C. Huffman of Rural Hall, Clyde Huffman, Bob Huffman and Wade Huffman of Hickory; two sisters, Inez Watts of Connelly Springs and Frances Cranford of Hickory; three grandchildren, Andy Huffman, Stephanie Thomas and Samantha Coffey of Conover; and five great- grandchildren, Audra Claypoole, Megan Claypoole, Brittany Coffey, Cristin Coffey and Tori Hall.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Woodrow Frick at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Catawba Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Huffman, David Huffman, Richard Huffman, Maurice Huffman and Tommy Hall.

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

Memorials may be made to Unity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 5396, Hickory, N.C. 28603.

JOSEPH W. SUMLIN

MARION - Joseph William “Willie” Sumlin, 82, of Landis Lane, Dysartsville, died Aug. 12, 2000.

Born Feb. 7, 1918, in McDowell County, he was a son of the late Ed and Edna Washburn Sumlin.

A member of Dysartsville Baptist Church, where he served as deacon for many years, he retired from Broyhill Furniture in Marion.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jay Sumlin and R.E. Sumlin; and a sister, Eula Sumlin.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Rhom Sumlin; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Gwen Sumlin of Dysartsville and Roy and Pat Sumlin of Macedonia; a daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Ray Melton of Hickory; a brother, James Everette Sumlin of Dysartsville; five sisters, Janie Burnette of North Cove, Ruby Rhom of Marion, Gladys Patterson of Dysartsville, Mary Childers of Pleasant Gardens and Shirley Sorrells of Forest City; four grandchildren, Tina Sumlin, Richard Sumlin, Vanessa Sumlin and Ben Melton; friends, Mildred Lawing and Virginia Rumfelt of Marion; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. T.B. Deese, Phillip McCall and Walker Toney at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Westmoreland Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Dysartsville Baptist Church, Route 1, Nebo, N.C. 28752.

JAMES S. PERKINS

James Stanley Perkins, 64, of Sixteenth Street, NE, died Aug. 12, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital.

Born May 11, 1936, in Fayetteville, he was a son of Claudia Blevins Perkins of Burnsville and the late Stanley Perkins.

He was a furnace operator for General Electric.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Betty Hughes Perkins; a son, Casey Perkins of Hickory; two daughters, Lisa Rowe of Newton and Dawn Perkins of the home; a stepson, Danny Hughes of Burnsville; a stepdaughter, Cathy Wilson of Newton; a sister, Keta Brown of Burnsville; two half sisters, Marlyn Perkins and Carolyn Perkins of Marion; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Jesse D. Hamlett II at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hickory Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory.

Pallbearers will be Jeremiah Wilson, Ricky Brown, Noel Brown, Chad Perkins, Casey Perkins and Dawn Perkins.

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

LEOLA E. MILLER 

LENOIR - Leola Eggers Miller, 75, of Dakota Street, Kannapolis, died Aug. 11, 2000.

Born Nov. 30, 1924, in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas O. and Della Elizabeth Penley Eggers.

A member of Calvary Baptist Church in Lenoir, she was a nutrition aid for social services in Caldwell County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Donald Miller; and a sister, Josephine Roberts.

Survivors include a son, Michael Lee Miller of Lenoir; a daughter, Tamara Haynes of Kannapolis; a brother, Carson Eggers of Blowing Rock; a sister, Jean Davis of Lemon Springs; a grandchild; and a great- grandchild.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Jeff Davis at 11 a.m. today in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be the staff of Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home.

JOHN H. SIGMON

MORGANTON - John Henry Sigmon, 90, of Britthaven Nursing Home, died Aug. 11, 2000, at Britthaven Nursing Home.

Born July 28, 1910, in Lincoln County, he was a son of the late Robert L. and Annabell Reinhardt Sigmon.

A member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church E.L.C.A., in Hickory, and a graduate of Morristown High School in Morristown, Tenn., he worked for Hickory Printing Company from 1945 until he retired in 1981.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lottye Seitz Sigmon.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Craig Saltzer at 11 a.m. today in his church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Stephen Lutheran Church E.L.C.A., 2259 Twelfth Ave., NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601.

Kirksey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 

WALTER C. MUNDAY
Walter Clay Munday, 71, of Thirteenth Avenue, SW, died Aug. 14, 2000, at Valdese General Hospital.

Born June 23, 1929, in Ashe County, he was a son of the late Thomas C. and Alma Michael Munday.

A member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church in Mountain View, he was employed by Overnight Transportation. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he earned two bronze service stars and a purple heart.

Survivors include his wife, Nina Wilson Munday; a son and daughter- in-law, Allen and Belinda Munday of Cornelius; a daughter and son-in- law, Michele and James McAdams of Hickory; two brothers, John Munday of Hickory and Ed Munday of Baltimore, Md.; a grandson, Tucker Munday of Cornelius; and a granddaughter, Sarah Munday of Cornelius.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Gordon Benton at 4 p.m. Thursday at his church.

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

Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Newton, Fred Cochran, Charles Buchanan, Dale Starnes, Mark Winkler, Dean Wilson, Stephen Wilson, Glenn Johnson, Ray Shelton and Rick Stephens.

The family will be at Bass-Smith Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Grove Baptist Church, 6156 Mountain Grove Church Road, Hickory, N.C. 28602.

DAISY S. CANIPE

Daisy S. Canipe, 87, of Cajah Mountain Road in Hudson, formerly of Hickory, died Aug. 14, 2000, at Camelot Nursing Home after a period of declining health.

Born Jan. 8, 1913, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Jerdon and Cora Teague Sparks.

A member of First Baptist Church in Hildebran, she retired from Valdese Manufacturing Company.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, J.T. Bryson; and second husband, Carrol Canipe.

Survivors include a son, J.R. Bryson of Hudson; a daughter, Jean Annette Barnhardt of Concord; two sisters, Alice Starnes of Granite Falls and Thelma Looper of Drexel; two grandsons, Jonathan Edmisten of Concord and Ronnie Edmisten of Cherokee; eight granddaughters, Vivian Whitmire of Harrisburg, Cindy Alexander of Monroe, Carolyn Thomas of Rock Hill, S.C., Linda Cairithers of Charlotte, Sue Rodrigues, Toree Barnhardt of Concord, Sassy Hagler and Angela Roger of York, S.C.; and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Ronald R. Arndt at 11 a.m. today at her church.

Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MILLARD L. NORMAN

MORGANTON - Millard Lee Norman, 81, of U.S. 64, died Aug. 14, 2000, at his residence after a period of declining health.

Born March 18, 1919, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Vester L. and Lillie Mae Denton Norman.

A member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, he retired from Henredon Furniture after 35 years of service.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Norman and Clarence Norman; and two sisters, Jane Poteat and Vernie Hunter.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta Reynolds Norman; four daughters and sons-in-law, Sarah and Charlie Brown, Vesta and I.V. Ball and Rebecca and Mark Callahan of Morganton and Sylvia Norman of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two brothers, Vance Norman and Lewis Norman of Morganton; two sisters, Bonnie Mull of Rutherford College and Stella Webb of Drexel; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by Steve Brown and Gene Lail at 3 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Jehovah's Witness Cemetery.

EDWARD R. HUFFMAN

LENOIR - Edward Roosevelt Huffman, 84, of Cedar Rock Circle, died Aug. 14, 2000, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Asheville.

Born Feb. 12, 1916, in Konnarock, Va., he was a son of the late William R. and Duclia Pennington Huffman.

A member of Seventh-Day Adventist Church, he was a church elder. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a watch repairman for Tuttle Jewelry.

He was preceded in death by a son; a daughter; two brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include his wife, Jettie Pennington Huffman; two sons, Richard Huffman of Nashville, Tenn., and Dan Huffman of Mouth of Wilson, Va.; three daughters, Retha Huffman Nuckles of Lenoir, Charlotte Huffman Sayler of Konnarock, Va., and Charlotte Huffman Sayler of Hagerstown, Md.; two brothers, Ernest “Doc” Huffman of Damascus, Va., and Jack Huffman of Konnarock, Va.; five sisters, Ella Mae Taylor, Vivian Adams and Naomi Boone of Konnarock, Va., Bernice Priest of Gauley Bridge, W.Va., and Peggy Steele of Lenior; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by Pastors Garland Day and David Borton at 11 a.m. Thursday at his church.

The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Azen Cemetery in Konnarock.

Pallbearers will be Eric Huffman, Russell Petersen, Jimmy Hoosier, Jeff Sayler, Mike Huffman, Ben Huffman, Steve Henson and Jack Henson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Arley Hoosier and Herman Hoosier.

The family will be at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

RUSSELL B. NORMAN

LENOIR - Russell Bradford Norman, 71, of Merriman Street, NW, died Aug. 14, 2000, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Born May 14, 1929, in Harlan County, Ky., he was a son of the late Oscar and Lula Napier Norman.

A Baptist, he retired from Bernhardt Furniture Industries Plant 7.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Elaine Norman; and a sister, Vandetta Odett.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Greene Norman; a son, Larry W. Norman of Hudson; two daughters and a son-in-law, Diane and Walter Wayne Nelson of Gamewell and Brenda Norman Triplett of Lenoir; a brother, James W. Norman of Phenix City, Ala.; a sister, Kathleen Burton of Marmet, W.Va.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Dewey Bristol at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Zacks Fork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Larry Norman, Wayne Nelson, Jeremy Norman, Brad Nelson, Tyler Norman and Greg Nelson.

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

ETHEL J. COOK

MORGANTON - Ethel “Bibi” Johnson Cook, 57, of Conley Road, died Aug. 14, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

Born in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late James E. and Margaret Sparks Johnson.

A member of Missionary Ridge Baptist Church, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Otis Spencer Cook; a daughter and son-in-law, Jeraldine and Bobby Street of Morganton; two brothers, David Johnson and Floyd Johnson of Morganton; two sisters, Dorthory Costner of Morganton and Mabel Carswell of Louisville, Ky.; two grandchildren, Misty Street and J.D. Street; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Donald Lovelace at 2 p.m. today at her church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Missionary Ridge Baptist Church, Building Fund, 5612 John Watts Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655.

Kirksey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

PERRY R. RADER

Perry Ralph Rader, 81, of Newton, died Aug. 14, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital.

Born July 20, 1919, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late William P. and Mary Linney Poovey Rader.

He retired from Stedman Hosiery Mill after 30 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Elizabeth Starr Rader; second wife, Dorothy Withers Rader; and a brother, Woodrow Wilson Rader.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Mary Jane Wyant of Newton and Carol Holder of Maiden; four sisters, Mary Sigmon of Conover, Margaret Moose of Newton, Willie Sue Raley of Taylorsville and Jean Harris of Gaithersburg, Md.; four stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat- grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday 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.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 52, Hickory, N.C. 28603.


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