Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries

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CLAUDE M. SIGMON
MAIDEN - Claude Moses Sigmon, 75, of Eleventh Avenue, SE, Conover, died Sept. 25, 2000, at University Hospital in Charlotte after a period of declining health.

Born June 19, 1925, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Claude M. and Annie Cloninger Sigmon Sr.

A lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church, he served with the Lutheran Men in Mission and the church council. He worked in transportation with Gulf State Paper Corp. for 20 years and part-time with Jacksonlea.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Marl Sigmon and George Sigmon; and a sister, Kathryn S. Yount.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Bass Sigmon; a daughter and son- in-law, Denelta S. and Colin Clinard of Thomesville; a brother and sister- in-law, M.H. and Lucille Sigmon of Newton; a sister, Mary Charles Blackburn of Conover; sister-in-law, Linda B. and James Griffin of Fort Mills, S.C.; a sister, Mary Charles Blackburn of Conover; a grandson, James T. and Shannon Long of Valdese; a granddaughter, Claudia L. and Allen Lovingood of Thomesville; great-grandchildren, Ashlee Long and Sydney Long; a great-granddaughter, Mallory Elizabeth Lovingood of Thomesville; and a stepgranddaughter and a stepgrandson-in-law, Kandace and Brian Easter of Thomesville.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Malcom Lerch, Jason Sigmon and Chaplain Patty Levering at 4 p.m. today at his church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 1942 St. James Church Road, Newton, N.C. 28658; or Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28659.

Burke Mortuaries Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

MABEL D. STEWART

MORGANTON - Mabel Digh Stewart, 71, of N.C. 18 South, died Sept. 25, 2000, at Valdese General Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born April 6, 1929, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late J.C. and Nettie Rhoney Digh.

A member of Mt. Home Baptist Church, she worked for Mom and Pops restaurant for 15 years and the Holiday Inn system.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Solon Digh, Paul Digh and Fonzo Digh; and a sister, Beulah May Digh.

Survivors include her husband, Henry V. Stewart; four sons, James V. Stewart of Shelby, Benny L. Stewart and Ricky L. Stewart of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Michael K. Stewart of Charlotte; three brothers, R.P. Digh, Clarence Digh and Bill Digh of Morganton; three sisters, Azle Poteat, Webber Smith and Margie Moses of Morganton; five grandchildren, Tony Stewart of Colorado Springs, Colo., Danny Stewart of Hickory, Phillip Stewart of Shelby, Tonya Stewart of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Alban Stewart of Charlotte; and three great-grandchildren, Kevin Stewart and Alasia Stewart of Colorado Springs and Amoura Stewart of Hickory.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Jerry Gamble and David Orders at 11 a.m. Friday at her church.

Entombment will be in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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

GUY B. SETZER

MAIDEN - Guy Boyd Setzer, 78, of Mount Olive Church Road, Newton, died Sept. 25, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

Born May 18, 1922, in Rowan County, he was a son of the late Guy E. and Lucy Ann Setzer.

A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a knitter in the textile industry.

Survivors include three sisters, Geraldine Setzer Cline and Dorothy Setzer Williams of Newton and Margie Setzer Witherspoon of Statesville.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today in Eastview Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by members of American Legion Post 16 in Newton.

Burke Mortuaries Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

GENE L. HUTCHENS

Gene L. “Hutch” Hutchens, 71, of Barger Street, Newton, died Sept. 25, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital.

Born July 5, 1929, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Glenn L. and Cora Robinson Hutchens.

A member of Bethany Lutheran Church, he was on the church council and the finance and building committees. Retired from Hendricks Motors, he was owner of Setzers Day Care. A Mason and Shriner, he was a past master of Lodge 248 in Newton.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Mozeley Hutchens; and a sister, Elizabeth H. Boyle.

Survivors include his wife, Faye Greene Setzer Hutchens; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Michael Lee Roberts of Granite Falls; four stepsons, Bobby Joe Setzer and Allen Ray Setzer of Hickory, Larry Dean Setzer and David Lee Setzer of Claremont; two stepdaughters, Sarah Jean Williams of Lincolnton and Patrica Sue Tinney of Hickory; a brother, Charles U. Hutchens of Newton; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Roberts of Granite Falls; 15 stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat- grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Gregory B. Williams at 11 a.m. Thursday at his church.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by members of Lodge 248.

Pallbearers will be his fellow Masons.

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

Memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 1644 Main Avenue Drive, NW, Hickory, N.C. 28601; or Shriners Childrens Hospital-Burn Center, 950 West Farris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605.

VERONA T. CARTER

MAIDEN - Verona Bell Turbyfill Carter, 92, of East Maiden Road, died Sept. 26, 2000, at Yancey Rest Home in Hillsborough after a period of declining health.

Born April 27, 1908, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late William M. and Rhoda Clippard Turbyfill.

She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Dale Carter; a son, Jimmy Carter; five brothers, Paul Turbyfill, Emmitt Turbyfill, George Turbyfill, Wade Turbyfill and Clarence Turbyfill; and a sister, Pinkie T. Burke.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Reginald Carter of Hillsborough; a daughter, Joan Carter Henry of Maiden; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Larry McCracken and Foyd Bennett at 4 p.m. today at Center View Baptist Church.

Burial will be in Lawing Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to Center View Baptist Church, Building Fund, East Maiden Road, Maiden, N.C. 28650.

Burke Mortuaries Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

PAUL E. TURNER Sr.

Paul E. Turner Sr., 68, of Claremont, died Sept. 24, 2000, at a Selma, Ala., hospital.

She was preceded in death by a brother.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Barbara R. Turner; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Paul Eugene Turner Jr. of San Jose, Calif., and Andy and Sheryl Turner of Athens, Ala.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy A. and William Lapham of Claremont, Dyan and Tommy Friday and Debbi and David Barnes of Selma, Ala., and Terri and Tom Tupta of Santee, Calif.; three brothers; two sisters; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Brandt Hoots at 2 p.m. Thursday in Catawba Memorial Park with military graveside rites.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Trinitarians.

The family will be at Catawba Funeral Home two hours prior to the service.

Catawba Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary information courtesy of Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home in Selma, Ala.

DAVID M. COX

David Michael Cox, 50, of Hubbard Road, died Sept. 25, 2000, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center after a period of declining health.

Born May 12, 1950, in Bell County, Texas, he was a son of Lillian Hyman Barrier of Temple, Texas, and the late Wilford Cox.

He worked in utility maintenance for Meridian Automotive System and served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Frankie Hefner Cox; a daughter, Mellissa Diana Cox of Advance; two stepdaughters, Lisa Dixon of Hickory and Julie Harrington of Kannapolis; a brother and sister-in-law, Audry L. and Annie Cox of Temple, Texas; a sister and brother-in-law, Belinda Cox and Johnnie Psenick of Temple, Texas; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Doug Douglas at 4 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by members of American Legion Post 48.

Pallbearers will be Richard McCreary, Chad Harrington, Pete Dixon, Lewis Hefner Jr., Craig Wood and Doug Parsons.

Honorary pallbearer will be Nathan Quinn.

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

PAMELA D. TURNER

MORGANTON - Pamela Denise Turner, 30, of Center Street, died Sept. 25, 2000, at Grace Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born Dec. 28, 1969, in Burke County, she was a daughter of Brenda Page Turner of Morganton and the late Robert Hal Turner.

She was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a son, Anthony Tate of Morganton; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Dennis H. and Shannon Turner of Morganton and Scottie Wayne Turner of Korea; a nephew, Alex Mitchell Turner of Morganton; a friend and caretaker, Kathy Coffey; and a number of uncles, aunts and cousins.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Dwight C. Rice at 2 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 10000, Charlotte, N.C. 28209.

DEVIN E. BOLLING-LOFLAND

NEWTON - Devin Edward Bolling-Lofland, infant son of Amanda Carol Bolling and Brian Edward Lofland, died Sept. 21, 2000, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandfather, James Arnold Adkins; and his paternal great-grandmother, Mary Josina Lofland.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include a maternal grandmother, E. Christine Adkins of Conover; a maternal grandfather, Michael T. Adkins of Conover; paternal grandparents, William and Kimberly Barnes of Catawba and Bradley and Monica Lofland of Newton; a maternal great- grandmother, Ida Lorene Adkins of West Virginia; a paternal great- grandfather, Albert Luther Lofland Jr. of Newton; and paternal great- grandparents, Brandon and Carolyn Caldwell of Conover.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Rick Jamelle at 2 p.m. today at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Eastview Cemetery.

VIVIAN H. STACEY

Vivian Lorraine Howard Stacey, 68, of Hickory, formerly of Bossier City, La., died Sept. 25, 2000, at Brian Center in Viewmont.

Born Dec. 5, 1931, in Grand Island, Neb., she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Nora Howard.

She retired from F.W. Woolworth Co. in Shreveport, La.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Greene of Claremont; and a granddaughter, Cynthia Potter of Granite Falls.

A private service was held.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MELVIN LUTZ

Melvin Lutz, 68, of Woodland Manor, died Sept. 21, 2000, at his residence.

Born Oct. 27, 1931, in Hickory, he was a son of the late John T. and Fannie Whitener Lutz.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, John C. Lutz, Robert Lee Lutz, Sterling Lutz, King Lutz and Tedro Lutz; and six sisters, Annie Florine Sudderth, Florence Lutz, Juline Bone, Fannie Lutz, Queen Lutz and Teresa Faperia.

Survivors include a brother, Zenephone Lutz Sr. of New York; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. B.F. Humphrey at noon today in Southside Cemetery.

Allen Mitchell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

MARY B. BENTLEY

TAYLORSVILLE - Mary Lee Bumgarner Bentley, 82, of East Main Avenue, died Sept. 25, 2000, at Alexander Community Hospital.

Born Jan. 23, 1918, in Alexander County, she was a daughter of the late Chaunce C. and Sadie Helen Deal Bumgarner.

A member of Mount Hebron Baptist Church, she retired from the Alexander County Department of Social Services.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Bumgarner; and two sisters, Mae Owensby and Catherine Robinette.

Survivors include two daughters, Patsy Icenhour and Pamela Bentley of Taylorsville; two brothers, Wayne Bumgarner of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Glenn Bumgarner of Virginia; three sisters, Betty Jolly of High Point, Clara Wike of Taylorsville and Suma Hicks of Newton; three grandchildren, Dawn Rogers, Dixie Caskaddon and Jeremy Johnson; and a great-granddaughter, Erica Dawn Rogers.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Bill Orren at 3 p.m. today in Mount Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be at Adams Funeral Home from 1 to 2:30 p.m. today and at her residence at other times.

Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RANDOLPH MILLER Sr.

Randolph Miller Sr., of Hurricane Road, Dinwiddie, Va., died Sept. 23, 2000, at McGuire's Veterans Hospice Center after a period of declining health.

Born in Rutherfordton, he was a son of the late Robert and Lila Miller.

A member of Olive Branch Baptist Church, he served on the board of deacons and was a former usher board member. A physical education teacher and basketball coach at West Side High School in Smithfield, Va., he served in the U.S. Army and received a medal of good conduct.

A member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, he was a physical education teacher, football and track coach and guidance counselor for the Dinwiddie School System for more than 25 years.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rempson Miller and Ted Miller; and two sisters, Willard McDowell and Francis Miller.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Miller of Dinwiddie, Va.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Randolph and Lashawn Miller Jr. of New York and Marcus L. and Taneka Miller of McKenney, Va.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Monica and Robert Lamb of Chesapeake, Va., and Daphne Miller of Coloniel Heights; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Helen Miller of Rutherfordton; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Pauline Wilford of Hickory, Evelina Ryce of Baltimore, Md., and Lila and Henry Jay Carson of Brooklyn, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Robert Lamb Jr., Marcus Lin Miller Jr., Shanice Lambe, Alexandria Miller and Karmen A. Gregory; three aunts, Lola Carpenter of Washington, D.C., Evelyn Carpenter of Florida and Doris Tucker of Sherevport, La.; a father- in-law, Ronell Flowers of Whiteville; and a number of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Robert K. Long today at his church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will be at Shirley P. Johnson Funeral Home one hour prior to the service.

Joseph M. Johnson & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary information courtesy of Allen Mitchell Funeral Home.


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