|James D. Barnes
HICKORY – James Daniel Barnes, 91, of Hickory, died June 4 at Frye
Regional Medical Center. Born July 15, 1910 in Sumter, S.C., he was the
son of the late James Duncan and Marian Mitchell Barnes.
Mr. Barnes was a member of First United Methodist Church of Hickory,
where he was president of the Men’s Bible Class, president of the Methodist
Men, served on the board of the parsonage committee and the board of stewards
and building committee. He was retired as an officer with Piedmont Natural
Gas and had served as president of the Southeastern Gas Association and
the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Hickory
Rotary Club, where he received the Paul Harris Fellows Award, a member
of Hickory Coffee Club and Lake Hickory Country Club, where he served on
the board of directors.
His wife, Nellie Waits Barnes, also preceded him in death.
Surviving are a goddaughter, Shelor Boliek Robin of Hickory; sister
and brother-in-law Marion and Henry K. Graul of Heritage Village, Fla.;
and a number of nieces and nephews.
The Rev. Paul Starnes will conduct 11 am services today at Oakwood
Cemetery, and members of his Sunday School Class will serve as honorary
pallbearers. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family.
Memorials may be made to Building Fund, First UMC, 311 Third Avenue,
NE, Hickory 28601.
NEWTON – Cecil Burgess, 75, of Buffalo Shoals Road, Newton, passed
away May 30 at his residence. Born July 21, 1926 in Catawba County, he
was the son of the late Joseph and Lillian Lail Burgess.
Mr. Burgess was a retired truck driver, a member of Mt. Ruhama Baptist
Church and the Maiden Masonic Lodge #592. He was a WWII veteran of the
Also preceding him in death were sisters Elizabeth Beaver and Eva Williams,
and brother Fred Burgess.
Survivors include his wife, Christine W. Burgess; daughters and son-in-law
Revonda and Gary Sigmon of Claremont and Wanda Burgess of Surfside Beach,
S.C.; brother Bandy Burgess of Newton; grand-
children Michelle Dickerson and husband Jim of Hickory, Melissa
Valentin and husband Javier of Hickory, and Stacy Sigmon of Claremont;
three great grandchildren; and special friends Ben Neil and Mary Campbell
Services were held June 1 at Mr. Burgess’s church by the Revs. Larry
Burns and Earl Wilcox, and burial was in the church cemetery with military
rites by American Legion Post 16. Burke Mortuary in Maiden served the family.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund,
3273 Mt. Ruhama Church Road, Maiden 28650.
Lillian W. Byers
MAIDEN – Lillian Maxine Williams Byers, 69, of Hwy. 321 South, Maiden,
passed away May 30 at her residence. Born Jan. 23, 1933 in Catawba County,
she was the daughter of the late George Avery and Nancy Amanda Holsclaw
Mrs. Byers was retired from the furniture industry and was a member
of East Maiden Baptist Church, where she served on the Lord’s Supper Committee
and was a nursery worker for 20 years.
Her husband, William Byers, also preceded her in death.
She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Marsha B. and Tony Bennett
of Greer, S.C.; granddaughters Bonnie Killian of Vale and Carrie Gibson
and husband Larry of Maiden; great grandsons Michael Williams of Maiden
and Jordan Killian of Vale; and brother and sister-in-law Foy and Barbara
Williams of Maiden.
Services were held June 2 at Mrs. Byers’s church by the Rev. Nathaniel
Austin, and burial followed in Maiden City Cemetery. Burke Mortuary Chapel
in Maiden served the family.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 500 East Morehead
Street, Charlotte 28202; Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road,
Newton 28658; or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1409, Lincolnton 28093.
Jimmy R. Chaney
VALE – Jimmy Ray Chaney, 34, of Bridle Path Road, Vale, died suddenly
on May 31 on Rhoney Farm Road in Vale. Born June 17, 1967 in Burke County,
he was the son of the late Charles Luther and Mary Inez Parsons Chaney.
Mr. Chaney was employed as a car detailer.
His wife, Vivian Marie Spicer Chaney, also died on May 31.
Surviving are daughter Nikki Rae Chaney of Rhodhiss; son Jimmy Dean
Chaney of Rhodhiss; stepson Dakota Spicer of Vale; sisters and brothers-in-law
Patricia and Mark Scarbrough of Hickory, Libby and David Workman of Vale
and Brenda Cranford of Virginia; brothers and sister-in-law Charles Lewis
and Tanya Chaney of Rhodhiss, Dale Allen Parsons of Icard and Darrell Chaney
of Hickory; maternal grandmother Merit Parsons of Hickory; paternal grandmother
Ruth Wentz Chaney of Valdese; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services for Mr. and Mrs. Chaney were held June 3 at Royal Chapel Church
of God by the Rev.
John Petty, and burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were
David Workman, Mark Scarbrough, Allen Parsons, Darrell Chaney, Lewis Chaney,
Keith Wright, Eddie Dean Pressley, II and Dylan Starnes. Hickory Funeral
Home served the family.
Vivian S. Chaney
VALE – Vivian Marie Spicer Chaney, 27, of Bridle Path Road, Vale, died
suddenly on May 31 on Rhoney Farm Road in Vale. Born Aug. 2, 1974 in Colorado
Springs, Colo., she was the daughter of Donna Frederick Starnes and the
stepdaughter of Clyde Starnes, Jr., both of Vale. She was a homemaker.
Her husband, Jimmy Ray Chaney, also died on May 31.
Additional survivors include son Dakota Spicer of Vale; stepdaughter
Nikki Rae Chaney of Rhodhiss; stepson Jimmy Dean Chaney of Rhodhiss; brother
Dylan Starnes of Vale; stepbrother Bryan Savage of Tucson, Ariz.; half
sister Jennifer Spicer of Tucson, Ariz.; maternal grandparents Bill and
Anita Pries Frederick of Tucson, Ariz.; paternal grandparents Ben and Hellen
Spicer of Tucson, Ariz.; and step grandparents Clyde and Colleen Berry
Starnes, Sr. of Hickory.
Services for Mr. and Mrs. Chaney were held June 3 at Royal Chapel Church
of God by the Rev. John Petty, and burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers
were Casey Morgan, Ian Atkin, Matthew Starnes, Paul Starnes, Daniel Parsons
and Clyde Starnes, Sr. Hickory Funeral Home served the family.
Johnny L. Clontz
HICKORY – Johnny Lewis Clontz, 62, of Sixth Street Drive, NW, Hickory,
died June 1 at his residence following a period of declining health. Born
May 4, 1940 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Henry and Annie
Mr. Clontz was a mechanic at Regal Manufacturing.
A sister, Gladys Travis, also preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian Brown Clontz; daughter April Strickland
of Hickory; son Johnny Lewis Clontz, Jr. of Hickory; sisters and brother-in-law
Phyllis and James Hines and Frances Brittain, all of Hickory; brothers
Ronald and Wayne Clontz of Hickory and Ray Clontz of Conover; and half
brothers Richard Wilson and Kenneth Yoder of Hickory.
Graveside services were held June 4 at Catawba Memorial Park by the
Rev. Donald J. Martin, with military rites by American Legion Post 48.
Hickory Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road,
Harvey V. Field
HICKORY – Harvey Victor Field, 61, of Hickory, died May 30 at his residence.
Born July 7, 1940 in Cohocton, N.Y., he was the son of Eleanor Wilkinson
Field of Howard, N.Y., and the late William Field.
Mr. Field was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and was an operations
associate with Alcatel. He had served as a state trooper for 21 years and
was a member of Benevolent Association of Police in New York.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, June Hosmer
Field; sons and daughters-in-law William Arthur and Elizabeth Field of
Stafford, Va., Scott Lee and Linda Field of Columbia, S.C., and Gregory
Lynn and Rebecca Field of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law
Karen Field and Alan Deal of Hickory; brothers James Field of Andover,
N.Y., and Larry Field of Hickory; sister Linda Berlin of Howard, N.Y.;
and six grandchildren.
The Revs. Deborah Michaels and Robert Shoffner conducted June 1 services
at Mr. Field’s church, and burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Bass-Smith Funeral
Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 547 Sixth Street,
NW, Hickory 28601
Ronald A. Geyer
HICKORY – Ronald August Geyer, 70, of Hickory, formerly of New York,
died June 3 at his residence. Born Sept. 19, 1931 in New York City, N.Y.,
he was the son of the late August William and Marion Lesser Geyer.
Mr. Geyer was a member of St. Jehosophat Catholic Church in New York
City and attended St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hickory. He was the owner
and operator of G.S. Associates, in which he did carpet and floor covering
installation. For years he was contractor for Madison Square Garden and
parts of the World Trade Center. He was a lifetime member of Elks Lodge
#878 in Elmhurst, N.Y.
Two brothers, Garrett and Kenneth Geyer, also preceded him in death.
Surviving are sons Ronald August Geyer, Jr. and Garrett William Geyer
of Bayside, N.Y.; and daughters Robin Geyer McKenzie and Glory Lou Geyer
of Hickory, and Sharon Ann Geyer of Bayside, N.Y.
Graveside services will be held at 10 am today at Cedar Grove Cemetery
in Flushing, N.Y. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family locally,
and Frances X. Hatton Funeral Home is serving the family in New York.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Hospice
of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton 28658; or to St. Aloysius
Catholic Church, 921 Second Street, NE, Hickory 28601.
Fred W. Hawkins
HILDEBRAN – Fred Walter Hawkins, 84, of 10th Street, SE, Hildebran,
died June 2 at Shytle House following six months of illness. Born April
14, 1918 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late David Moore and
Emma Weaver Hawkins.
Mr. Hawkins was a member of Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church and was retired
from Hickory Construction Co. He was an antique dealer in Hildebran for
30 years and was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army.
Also preceding him in death were sisters Louise Herman and Ida Mae
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Minnie Lutz Hawkins; daughters
and sons-in-law Debbie and Don Price and Vicki and Rodney Houser, all of
Icard, Judy and Curtis Eckard of Hickory and Juanita and Clement Hahn,
Jr. of Asheville; son and daughter-in-law Fred Loy and Katherine Hawkins
of Valdese; brother Robert Hawkins of Hickory; friends Ronnie and Jeanie
Stamey of Hildebran; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
The Rev. Gary Coble conducted June 5 services at Mr. Hawkins’s church,
and burial was in Catawba Memorial Park, with military rites by American
Legion Post 48. Pallbearers were Kenneth Hahn, Rodney Isenhour, Barry Granda,
Charles Heilig, III, Tim Stroupe, Kyle Houser, Shane Stamey and Kim Heck.
Hickory Funeral Home served the family.
Carrie B. Hayes
VIRGINIA – Carrie Butler Hayes, 82, formerly of Hickory, died June
2 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va. She was the daughter of
the late Joseph Franklin and Mamie Bridger Butler.
Mrs. Hayes was a 1940 graduate of Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.
and did post-graduate work in music in Chapel Hill. She was active in the
community as a music teacher and promoter of music education, as well as
in the school Parent Teacher Association. She was president of St. Cecilia
Music Club for three terms and was instrumental in building and extending
She played an important role in the organization of the Hickory Choral
and Oratorio Society and the Piedmont Youth Orchestra. She also served
on the State Federation Board and was a leader in the District Junior Festivals.
As a fervent pursuer of the Lord Jesus Christ, she was always very active
in the Christian community.
Her husband of 61 years, Hayden Burke Hayes, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her devoted daughters and sons-in-law Faith Hayes
and Robert Holden Dilworth of Arlington, Va., and Karen Hayes and John
H.G. Mitchell, Jr. of Roanoke, Va.; six grandchildren who were dear to
her heart and 16 great grandchildren; sister Jane B. Black of Atlanta,
Ga.; and brother Joseph Franklin Butler of Seven Lakes, N.C.
Burial will take place June 8 in Atlanta, Ga., beside her late husband.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family.
Hattie L. Heffner
HICKORY – Hattie Lindsay Heffner, 85, of 11th Avenue, SE, Hickory,
died June 2 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining
health. She was born Aug. 22, 1916 in Burke County.
Mrs. Heffner was a member of Bright Light Tabernacle Church and was
retired from Jones Fabric.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Crancie C. Heffner; son Bill
Heffner; brothers Phiefer and Edison Lindsay; and sister Zettie Duncan.
Surviving are son Bobby Heffner of the home; and sisters Edith Piercy
and Flossie Anderson of Connelly Springs, Dellar Lockheart of Valdese and
Beddie Adkins of Margate, Fla.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Hickory Funeral Home
is serving the family.
Stella L. Hyatt
GRANITE FALLS – Stella Laney Hyatt, 75, of Camelot Manor, Granite Falls,
died May 30 at Camelot Manor. Born July 14, 1916 in Catawba County, she
was the daughter of the late Charlie and Bertha Willet Laney.
Mrs. Hyatt was a member of Rhodhiss First Baptist Church, where she
had worked in the nursery for many years. She was retired from Pacific
Mills as a textile worker.
Also preceding her in death were her husband, Johnnie Hyatt; son Bobby
Allen Hyatt; sister Notsie Rash; and brothers John and William (Bill) Laney.
Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law Roger James and Linda Hyatt
of Granite Falls and William Clyde and Judi Hyatt of Patterson, N.C.; granddaughters
Sherry Helton of Connelly Springs, Sandy Bumgarner of Rhodhiss and Charity
Morrison of Granite Falls; grandsons Rick Sisk of Connelly Springs and
Gregory Hyatt of Lenoir; and six great grandchildren.
Pastors Conrad Hefner and Robert Livingston conducted June 1 services
at Mrs. Hyatt’s church, and burial was in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Granite
Falls. Pallbearers were William Helton, Andy Morrison, David Bumgarner,
Rick Sisk, Ronnie Rash and Charles Laney. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served
Memorials may be made to Rhodhiss First Baptist Church.
Glen W. Kirby
HICKORY – Glen Wilborn Kirby, 71, of Hickory, died May 29 at Frye Regional
Medical Center. Born Nov. 5, 1930 in Burke County, he was the son of the
late John C. and Daisy Settlemyre Kirby.
Mr. Kirby was retired from General Motors after 32 years of service,
having worked in the Swartz Creek/Gaines Michigan area. He had served in
the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Carole Rawlins Kirby; son Stephen
Kirby of Hickory; daughters Glenda Fisher of St. Peters, Mo., and Deana
McMurty of Granite Falls; grandsons Larry and Gary McMurty of Rhodhiss,
Barry McMurty of Fort Bragg, N.C., Tery McMurty of Granite Falls and Joel
and Jake Fisher of St. Peters, Mo.; granddaughter Heather Fisher of St.
Peters, Mo.; great grandson Alan McMurty of Rhodhiss; and a host of cousins
Services were conducted June 2 at the Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel
by the Rev. Floyd Perry and burial was in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Granite
Falls. Pallbearers were Kenneth Mahan, John Settlemyre and Mr. Kirby’s
Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 172 North Main Street,
Granite Falls 28630.
NEWTON – Raymond “Buddy” Morgan, 86, of Springdale Drive, Newton, died
May 29 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born Nov. 23, 1915 in Boothville,
La., he was the son of the late Frank and Alveretta Goodman Morgan.
Mr. Morgan was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and was retired from
Freeport Sulphur-McMoran. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army.
A grandson, Christopher Lee Morgan, one brother and two sisters also
preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie B. Morgan; daughters and sons-in-law
Brenda and Rick Powell of Newton and Carol Tanner-Thornton and Buck Thornton
of Henrietta, N.C.; and son and daughter-in-law Danny R. and Oene Morgan
of Simpson, La.
A June 1 memorial service was held at Mr. Morgan’s church by the Rev.
Brant Hoots, and burial was in Catawba Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers
were members of Mr. Morgan’s Sunday School class. Willis-Reynolds Funeral
Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, Choir Robe Fund, P.O.
Box 4, Newton 28658; N.C. Baptist Children’s Home, 501 West Main Street,
Thomasville 27360; or to Catawba County Home Health, P.O. Box 669, Newton
28658. Condolences may be made at www.willisreynoldsfuneralhome.com.
William T. Powell, Jr.
HICKORY – William Thomas Powell, Jr., 95, of Eighth Avenue Drive, NE,
Hickory, died May 29 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Dec. 14, 1906
in Wilson, N.C., he was the son of the late William Thomas and Mamie Jenkins
Mr. Powell was a member of Episcopal Church of the Ascension and was
retired from Liggett-Myers Tobacco Co. as a manager. He was a mason and
Surviving are his wife, Martha Farmer Powell; sons William “Bill” Powell,
III of Hickory and Joe Powell of Rocky Mount, N.C.; grandsons Mark and
Chris Powell of Hickory; great granddaughter Katie Powell of Hickory; and
brother Joe C. Powell of Little Rock, Ark.
A graveside memorial service was held June 3 at Maplewood Cemetery
in Wilson, N.C. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Thompson Childrens Home, P.O. Box 25129, Charlotte
Linda C. Putnam
MAIDEN – Linda Lee Conard Putnam, 62, of East Main Street, Maiden,
passed away May 30 at her residence. Born Feb. 12, 1940 in Greene County,
Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Charlie P. Conard and Mary Good
Mrs. Putnam was retired from the textile industry and was a member
of Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witnesses Church.
Her husband, Jule Frank Putnam, also preceded her in death.
Survivors include daughters and son-in-law Mary Sue and Charles Stidham
of Denver and Navada Marie Price and companion David Price of Maiden; granddaughters
Stephanie Luann Christopher of Conover and Carol Ann Brooks of Maiden;
and great grandchildren Julee Marie Stidham and Halen Lee Hoke.
A memorial service was held June 1 at Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness
Church in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden served the family.
CLAREMONT – Ricky Reavis, 48, of Circle Drive, Claremont, passed away
unexpectedly May 30 at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, Colo.
Born Feb. 14, 1954 in Catawba County, he was the son of Mrs. Elizabeth
Beard Rozzelle of Conover and the late Hubert P. “Shorty” Reavis.
Mr. Reavis was a member of North Newton Baptist Church and was an electrician
for Sieman Corporation.
In addition to his mother, survivors include daughter Rochelle Sain
of Taylorsville; sisters Sherry R. Cline of Newton, Frances McCaslin of
Dobson, N.C., and Judy Triggiano of Tampa, Fla.; and brother Richard D.
Reavis of Newton.
The Rev. Lloyd King conducted June 3 services at Mr. Reavis’s church,
and burial was in Catawba Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Dennis Campbell,
Rick Beard, Loyd Whitmire, Eddie Coulbourn, Jeff Beard and Allen Whitmire.
Drum Funeral Home in Conover served the family.
Memorials may be made to American Liver Foundation, 1425 Pompton Avenue,
Cedar Grove, N.J., 07009; or to the University of Colorado Hospital, 4200
East Ninth Avenue, Denver, Colo., 80262. Condolences may be made at www.drumfuneralhome.com.
Godfrey R. Shafto
SOUTH CAROLINA – Godfrey Richard Shafto, 98, a resident of the Seabrook,
Hilton Head Island, S.C., died May 31. He was born April 22, 1904 in Cliffwood,
Mr. Shafto was a pioneer in broadcasting in South Carolina. He began
his career in Columbia as general manager of WIS and was a leading force
in the growth and development of the station as it grew into Cosmos Broadcasting
Corporation. He became president of an organization that controlled six
radio stations, three television stations and six cable television systems.
He was the first president of the South Carolina Broadcasters’ Association,
a director of the National Association of Broadcasters, chairman of the
Association’s Television Code Review Board and chairman of the NBC Stations
Planning and Advisory Committee. He was also the first president of the
Broadcast Pioneers Educational Fund, Inc. He was inducted into the S.C.
Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1973, and served as a director to the Liberty
Corporation since 1969.
As a result of his expertise, Mr. Shafto became a consultant with the
Office of War Information and was a Naval consultant during WWII. He represented
the United States as a delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization in Paris in 1949. He contributed generously of
his time and resources to numerous civic, educational and humanitarian
causes nationally and in Columbia, the Midlands and Hilton Head Island.
Preceding him in death were his first wife, Treva Hanson Shafto; his
second wife, Elizabeth Jordan Shafto; sister Florence Shafto Wade; and
brother Wesley Simes Shafto.
He is survived by a sister, Mary Shafto Rohr of Pascagoula, Miss.;
and numerous nieces, nephews and godchildren, including niece Patricia
Moss of Hickory, who is accepting condolences for the family.
A memorial service was held June 4 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on
Hilton Head Island, and burial was June 5 in Trinity Church Cemetery in
Columbia. Island Funeral Home in Hilton Head, S.C., served the family.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Hilton Head;
South Carolina Educational T.V.; or to the University of South Carolina
College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Archie W. Shuford
HICKORY – Archie Whiting Shuford, 88, of Hickory, died May 29 at the
Lutheran Home. Born May 4, 1914 in Hickory, he was the son of the late
James Campbell and Elva Crowell Shuford.
Mr. Shuford was a member of Corinth Reformed United Church of Christ,
where he was a past deacon and Sunday School teacher, and also served in
many other capacities. He was a retired hosiery manufacturer, having served
on the National Board of Hosiery Manufacturers. A graduate of Episcopal
High School in Alexandria, Va., he was also a 1936 Phi Beta Kappa graduate
of Davidson College, where he was on the track team and later served as
president of the college’s Alumni Association.
He was a member of Hickory Rotary Club, where he had served as president,
was a Paul Harris Fellow and served as Rotary District Governor in 1963-64.
He served as president of the Hickory Chamber of Commerce and as chairman
of what is now the United Fund. He was a former member of the Hickory Coffee
Club and Lake Hickory Country Club.
A brother, James C. Shuford, Jr., also preceded him in death.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy Cline Shuford; daughters and sons-in-law
Nancy and Al Spivey of Hickory and Mary and Bob Singletary of Cambridge,
Mass.; sons and daughter-in-law A. Whiting Shuford, Jr. of Asheville and
Henry and Mary Shuford of Hickory; granddaughters and their husbands Suzanne
and Ty Brown of Kannapolis, Alice and Glen Hutto, Jr. of Hickory, Sara
Jane Spivey of Washington, D.C., and Adrienne Shuford of Hickory; grandsons
Archie Shuford, III and Henry Shuford of Hickory; great granddaughter Claire
Hutto of Hickory; step great-granddaughter Summer Brown of Kannapolis;
step great-grandson Samuel Brown of Kannapolis; and sisters and brother-in-law
Elva Schmulling of Hickory, Maude Lloyd of Greensboro and Mildred and William
Stronach of Lenoir.
A June 1 memorial service was conducted at Mr. Shuford’s church by
the Revs. Robert M. Thompson and William Howell, and burial was in Oakwood
Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Hickory Rotary Club
and the Hickory Coffee Club.
Memorials may be made to Corinth Reformed UCC, 150 16th Avenue, NW,
Hickory 28601; or to Davidson College.
Obituary courtesy of Bass-Smith Funeral Home.
Angel N. Shull
GRANITE FALLS – Angel Nichelle Shull, stillborn daughter of Chad M.
Shull of Conover and Heather D. Dula of Granite Falls, passed away May
29 at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem.
She was preceded in death by paternal grandfather Bobby Shull; maternal
great-grandfathers Durine Dula and Albert Starnes; paternal great grandparents
Guy and Junie Baker and Zero and Helen Shull; and aunt Crystal Michelle
In addition to her parents, survivors include maternal grandparents
Jeff and Pam Dula of Granite Falls; paternal grandmother Inez B. Shull
of Conover; maternal great grandmothers Willadean Dula of Granite Falls
and Barbara Edwards of Bethlehem; uncle Eugene Shull of Woodland Park,
Colo.; and aunt Leslie Dula of Granite Falls.
A graveside service will be held today at 2 pm at Temple Hill Baptist
Church Cemetery in Granite Falls, with the Revs. Charles Murrell and Jeremy
Emory officiating. Drum Funeral Home in Conover is serving the family.
Memorials may be made to Forsyth Medical Center Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit, c/o Janice Andrews, 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem
27103. Condolences may be made at www.drumfuneralhome.com.
Essie T. Shull
HICKORY – Essie Thelma Shull, 76, of Second Avenue, SE, Hickory, died
May 28 at Catawba Valley Medical Center following several years of declining
health. Born June 23, 1925 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the
late Thomas Lewis and Anna Penola Smith Reese. She was retired from Neuville
Also preceding her in death were her husband, Woodrow Willie Shuff;
daughters Helen Seagle and Margie Reese; and son Everett James Shull.
She is survived by daughters Sue Stroupe and Joyce Greene of Morganton,
Louise Seagle of Valdese and Judy Shull of Hickory; sons Willie and Forest
Shull of Drexel; sisters Inez Cook of Hickory and Clara Beard of Brookford;
27 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
The Rev. Kenneth Bright conducted graveside services May 31 at Burke
Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Tim Reese, Wayne Reese, Todd Shull, Johnny
Shull, Clint Shull, Ben Greene, Wesley Sain and Allen Seagle; and grandchildren
were honorary pallbearers. Hickory Funeral Home served the family.
Nita R. Sigmon
NEWTON – Nita R. Sigmon, 78, of Brentwood Drive, Newton, passed away
June 1 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born Oct. 23, 1923 in Rowan County,
she was the daughter of the late Robert Guy Ritchie, Sr. and Mae Boyd Ritchie.
Mrs. Sigmon was a legal secretary and a member of Beth Eden Lutheran
Church in Newton.
Also preceding her in death were her husband, Jesse C. Sigmon, Jr.;
and brother Robert Guy Ritchie, Jr.
Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law Sharon B. Sigmon and Rebekah
and Roger Martin of Newton, and Miriam and Roy Hunt of Fort Mill, S.C.;
and granddaughter Jessica Davis Hunt of Fort Mill, S.C.
Services were conducted June 4 at Mrs. Sigmon’s church by the Rev.
Dr. Bill B. Mims, Jr. and the Rev. Ronnie Church, and burial followed in
Eastview Cemetery in Newton. Pallbearers were Gene Sigmon, Randy Isenhower,
Kenny Goodson, Robert G. Ritchie, III, Nathan Poovey, Hugh Gaither and
Eddie Haupt. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Sipes Orchard Home, 4431 County Home Road,
Conover 28613; or to Beth Eden Lutheran Church, Family Life Center Building
Fund, 400 North Main Avenue, Newton 28658. Condolences may be made at www.willisreynoldsfuneralhome.com.
Dennis L. Starnes, Sr.
HICKORY – Dennis LeeRoy Starnes, Sr., 59, of 42nd Avenue Circle, NE,
Hickory, died May 29 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period
of declining health. Born March 26, 1943 in Catawba County, he was the
son of Eulalia Deal Starnes of Hickory and the late Vance Starnes.
Mr. Starnes was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
and was the owner and operator of Starnes Construction. A graduate of St.
Stephens High School and CVCC, he also attended Lenoir-Rhyne College and
was a member of the National Association of Homebuilders.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by fiancée Nancy Sessions
of Hickory; former wife Doretta Sigmon of Hickory; son and daughter-in-law
Dennis LeeRoy and Debbie Starnes, Jr. of Hickory; daughters and son-in-law
Pamala Lenette Starnes of Hickory and Tameletah and David Baxley of Holly
Ridge, N.C.; granddaughters Sydney A. Starnes and Abigail G. Starnes of
Hickory and Christina M. Baxley of Holly Ridge; grandsons Logan M. Starnes
and Corbin D. Starnes of Hickory; brother Art C. Starnes of Hickory; and
sisters Jeanette Pappas of Hickory and Peggy Putnam of Newton.
The Rev. David Guelzow conducted June 1 services at the Hickory Funeral
Home Chapel, and burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Dennis Starnes Memorial Scholarship Fund,
c/o CVCC, 2550 Highway 70, SE, Hickory 28602.
Desola S. Stilwell
CONNELLY SPRINGS – Desola Starnes Stilwell, 89, of Sain Avenue, Connelly
Springs, died May 29 at Morganton Long Term Care following a period of
declining health. Born Nov. 23, 1912 in Burke County, she was the daughter
of the late Perry and Leatha Miller Starnes.
Mrs. Stilwell was a member of Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church and was retired
from Elliotts Hosiery Mill.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,
George D. Stilwell; son Luther Grant Stilwell; brothers Leonard, Glenn
and Hubert Starnes; and stepson George Hildebran.
Survivors include daughter Magdelene Bowman of Conover; son Clyde Wayne
Stilwell of Connelly Springs; six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren
and two great-great grandchildren.
The Rev. Gary Coble conducted June 1 services at Mrs. Stilwell’s church
and burial was in Shoupes Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were
Wayne Starnes, Ronald Bowman, Terry Gilliland, Darrell Freeman, Kendrick
Starnes and Robin Stilwell. Hickory Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Hebron Lutheran Church, 103 Main Avenue,
East, Hildebran 28637.
Dayton J. Wilson
HICKORY – Dayton Jack Wilson, 84, of Hickory, died June 2 at his residence.
Born April 16, 1918 in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Clyde
and Pearl Green Wilson.
Mr. Wilson was a member of Grace, Truth Missionary Baptist Church,
where he was the oldest member, former Sunday School teacher, chairman
of the deacon board and a trustee. He was retired as a shoe cobbler and
also from J.P. Stevens Co.
Also preceding him in death were son James (Jim) Wilson; grandson Jeff
Wilson; granddaughter Valerie Wilson; and sister Betty Gouge.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Anna Cain Wilson; daughters and
sons-in-law Pat and Claude Danner and Cathie and Eddie Johnson, all of
Newton, and Sue and Jim Hobson of Bakersville; son and daughter-in-law
Raymond and Sue Wilson of Hickory; daughter-in-law Cindy Wilson of Newton;
brother Kepler Wilson of Hendersonville; 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren
and three step grandchildren.
Services were conducted June 5 at Mr. Wilson’s church by the Revs.
Ronnie Gouge, Danny Silvers and Howard Wilson, and burial was in the church
cemetery. Pallbearers were Roger Hobson, Ken Hobson, Tim Hobson, Rick Hayes,
Mike Miller and Derek Brown; and honorary pallbearers were Carl Patton,
Sherman Church, John Dempsey, Jessie Kannupp, John Blevins, Buddy Oliver,
Jeff Wright, Jum Hobson, Eddie Johnson, Claude Danner and Andy Smith. Bass-Smith
Funeral Home served the family.
Memorials may be made to Grace, Truth Missionary Baptist Church, 2128
First Avenue, NW, Hickory 28601.
Ellen M. Yount
GRANITE FALLS – Ellen Maecill Yount, 76, formerly of Granite Falls,
died June 3 at Hospice House of Catawba Valley. Born April 9, 1926 in Dry
Ponds, N.C., she was the daughter of the late David Monroe and Sarah Etta
Mrs. Yount was retired as the owner of Troydon Hosiery Mill and was
a member of Concord Baptist Church in Granite Falls. She was a member of
the Hibriten Chapter #140 Order of Eastern Star and of Widowed Persons
Also preceding her in death were her husband, Troy E. Yount; brother
Dewey Helton; sisters Caddie Belle Lowman, Irene Young and Ethel Hamby;
and grandchildren Dana Watkins and Tracey Marshall.
Surviving are son and daughter-in-law David E. and Pamilla Yount; daughters
and son-in-law Susan N. Yount of Granite Falls and Angela E. Yount and
Bill Watkins of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; sister Coleen Hamby of Baton,
N.C.; grandchildren Laura Watkins, Vicki Watkins, Sarah Watkins, Alannah
Watkins, Tammy Yount, Tiffany Munday and Theron Marshall; and great grandchild
The Rev. Scott Bollinger will conduct 3 pm services today at Catawba
Funerals and Cremations, and burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park. The
family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the
service. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.