Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries
(2001)

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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.

Cecil Burgess
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 U.S. Army.
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 of Maiden.
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 Williams. 
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 Yoder Clontz. 
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, Newton 28658.

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
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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 White.
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 the club.
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 the family.
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 and friends.
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 grandsons.
Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 172 North Main Street, Granite Falls 28630.

Raymond Morgan
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 Powell, Sr.
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 a Shriner.
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 28229-5129.

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 Propst.
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.

Ricky Reavis
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, N.J.
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 Dula.
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 Industries.
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 Bright Hilton.
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 Organization.
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 Karahgan Munday.
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.


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