Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries

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CORA M. POTTER
Cora Mae Doris McGinnis Potter, 73, of Sixth Avenue, SW, Conover, died Oct. 4, 2000, at her residence after a period of declining health.

Born April 21, 1927, in Otoe County, Neb., she was a daughter of the late James W. and Cora Bell Walters McGinnis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Leroy Potter; and four brothers, Al McGinnis, Raymond McGinnis, Charlie McGinnis and Clarence McGinnis.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Ervan and Cynthia Potter of Newton and Troy and Renee Potter of Conover; two daughters and a son-in-law, VaDonna and Wayne Harris of Fayetteville and Rosemary Potter of the home; a sister, Emma Walters of Omaha, Neb.; six grandchildren, Todd Harris, Jeffery Potter, Dawn West, Amber Burgess, David Potter and Heather Potter; and seven great-grandchildren, Aaron Harris, Emily Potter, Alex Burgess, Lindsay Potter, Samantha West, David Potter and Hailey Burgess.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Revs. Bill Mims and Ronnie Church at 4 p.m. Friday in Catawba Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jeffery Potter, Jimmy Burgess, Steve West, Steve Clodfelter, James Clodfelter and Bob Eury.

The family will be at her residence, 407 Sixth Avenue, SW, Conover, at other times.

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

Catawba Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JAMES H. McRARY

GRANITE FALLS - James “Jim” Henry McRary, 91, of Jim and Pearl Lane, died Oct. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Born May 15, 1909, in Caldwell County, he was a son of the late Charles A. and Kate Keller McRary.

A member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, he retired from Shuford Mills.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Clyde McRary, Haywood McRary, George McRary and Tom McRary; and three sisters, Essie Church, Bertha Mae Kirby and Gladys Cannon Survivors include his wife, Pearl R. McRary; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Keith and Judy McCrary of Granite Falls and Ray McRary of Hudson; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Bleaka and Monte Hollar, Carlene and Larry Deal and Margaret Campbell of Granite Falls; a brother, Clarence B. McRary of Granite Falls; a sister, Mary M. Burns of Granite Falls; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Mitchell Wilson and John W. Cole at 3 p.m. Friday at his church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Billy “Pete” McRary, Gary Camp, John McCrary, Darren McCrary, Brian Knepp and Chris Miller.

The family will be at the church from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday.

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

Mackie-High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BETTY C. JACKSON

NEWTON - Betty Sue Culler Jackson, 64, of North Ridgecrest Street, Pinebluff, died Oct. 2, 2000, at her residence.

Born in Moore County, she was a daughter of the late Roger and Lois Hembree Culler.

A homemaker, she worked for Carolina Telephone.

Survivors include her husband, James “Jack” Jackson; two sons, James L. Jackson Jr. and Charles Michael Jackson of Carthage; two brothers, Leroy Culler of Southern Pines and John R. Culler of Vassa; a sister, Doris Marie White of Newton; a grandchild; two stepgrandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Greg Newton and Max Gilmore at 3 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will be at her residence, 110 North Ridgecrest St., Pinebluff, at other times.

Obituary information courtesy of Willis Reynolds Funeral Home.

BRYAN H. CROW Sr.

NEWTON - Bryan Howard Crow Sr., 74, of Tiffany Street, Conover, died Oct. 3, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Salisbury after a period of declining health.

Born Jan. 2, 1926, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Mack C. and Sally Lawing Crow.

A former master maintenance technician with GE Transformer Company, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and he participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

He was preceded in death by a son, Bryan H. Crow Jr.; and a brother, Wade A.B. Crow.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Maynard Crow; a son and daughter-in-law, Allie S. and Pamela H. Crow of Newton; a daughter, Patricia Lynn Johnson of Chicago, Ill.; a daughter-in-law, Debra Blauvelt Crow of Newton; a brother and sister-in-law, Ambers and Rachel R. Crow of Boger City; three nephews; and four grandchildren, Jennifer Crow and Christopher Crow of Newton and Heather Crow and Andrew Crow of New Bern.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. David Gary at 3 p.m. Friday at Willis Reynolds Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park with military graveside rites conducted by members of American Legion Post 16.

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

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 501 Northwest Blvd., Newton, N.C. 28658.

CHARLENE R. WATSON

GRANITE FALLS - Charlene Reid Watson, 66, of Beach Road, Hudson, died Oct. 4, 2000, at her residence.

Born Dec. 26, 1933, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Nell Walker Reid.

A member of Center Grove Baptist Church, she was the church librarian and also a member of the mission action group. She retired from Singer Furniture.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Steve A. Reid.

Survivors include her husband, Hayes Watson; a son, Ronald Watson of Sylva; two daughters, Janice Triplett of Hudson and Melanie Kiziah of Granite Falls; a brother, Zane Reid of Hudson; two sisters, Jean Powell of Charlotte and Martha Haigler of Lenoir; and five grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Dan Redding and Jerry Woodie at 2 p.m. Friday at her church.

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

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will be at the Mackie- High Funeral Home from 7 to 9:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Center Grove Baptist Church, Children and Youth Programs, 3234 Deal Mill Road, Hudson, N.C. 28638.

FLOYE S. DRUM

CONOVER - Floye Setzer Drum, 93, of the Abernethy Center, Newton, formerly of the Balls Creek community, died Oct. 4, 2000, at the Abernethy Center.

Born Dec. 23, 1906, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Lee and Emma Setzer.

A member of Center View Baptist Church, she retired as a teacher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Paul K. Drum.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Bobby S. and Dorothy Drum of Columbia, S.C.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Martha D. and Ted Torrence of Huntersville, Patsy D. and Bobby Whitehead of Laurinburg and Shirley D. Lewis of Hickory; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Larry McCracken at 11 a.m. Friday at her church.

Burial will be in Mount Ruhama Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to Center View Baptist Church, 3976 East Maiden Road, Maiden, N.C. 28650; or Mount Ruhama Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, 3273 Mount Ruhama Church Road, Maiden, N.C. 28650.

Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DORIS C. PARKER

Doris Clack Parker, 67, of Kennedy Street, died Oct. 3, 2000, at her residence after a period of declining health.

Born May 23, 1933, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Omer Clyde Clack and Ethel Murphy Clack Holt.

A member of Faith United Church of Christ, she was employed by the Waffle House.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Carroll Parker.

Survivors include three sons, Gary Wade Parker of Sugar Land, Texas, Eric Carroll Parker of Conover and Gregory Todd Parker of Newton; a daughter, Tamara Parker Childers of Connelly Springs; a stepfather, George W. Holt of Daytona Beach, Fla.; a stepbrother, Boyd Holt of Daytona Beach; and six grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Dale Leonhardt at 2 p.m. Friday at Hickory 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 Hospice of Catawba Valley Inc., 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

ROY W. MILLER

Roy William Miller, 88, of Thirty- seventh Avenue, NE, died Oct. 2, 2000 after at Catawba Memorial Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born July 31, 1912, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late George A. and Ada Hahn Miller.

A member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Mo Synod, he retired from Charles Propst & Son Frame Shop and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Blanche Frye Miller; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby R. and Helen Miller and Charles E. and Janie Miller of Hickory and Jerry E. and Pam Miller of Bethlehem; four grandsons, Jeff Miller of Raleigh, Rodney Miller and Adam Miller of Hickory and Dustin Miller of Bethlehem; and a granddaughter, Tracy Miller of Hickory.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. David Guelzow at 2:30 p.m. today at his church with military graveside rites conducted by members of American Legion Post 48.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Miller, Rodney Miller, Tracy Miller, Dustin Miller, Jim Drum, David Drum and Eugene Couch.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at his church.

The body will be placed in the church until the funeral service.

The family will remain at the church after the service.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Western North Carolina Chapter, 3 Louisiana Ave., Asheville, N.C. 28806; or St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, 2304 Springs Road, NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601.

Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

IDA F. DEAL

TAYLORSVILLE - Ida Mae Frye Deal, 94, of Rink Dam Road, died Oct. 3, 2000, at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville.

Born Jan. 28, 1906, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Vandie Hefner Frye.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Solon E. Deal; and two brothers, Ransome Frye and Alvin Frye.

Survivors include two stepsons, G.P. Deal of Hickory and Arvel Deal of Taylorsville; a stepdaughter, Freida and Eugene Cline of Taylorsville; a sister, Bessie Frye Bowman of Taylorsville; two stepgrandsons; three stepgranddaughters; two stepgreat-grandsons; three stepgreat- granddaughters; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Phil Thorsen at 4 p.m. today at her church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will be at the church one hour prior to the service and at the residence of Linda Rector, 1241 Millersville Road, at other times.

Memorials may be made to Friendship Lutheran Church, Family Life Center, 5300 Church Road, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681.

Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

WADE M. SHUFORD

LINCOLNTON - Wade Michael Shuford, 82, of the Brian Center, formerly of Asbury Church Road, died Oct. 3, 2000. Born Feb. 26, 1918, in Lincoln County, he was a son of the late Joseph and Beulah Michael Shuford.

A member of Asbury United Methodist Church, he served as church treasurer, Sunday school teacher and on the official board. A scoutmaster, he served in the U.S. Army with the 286th Combat Engineer Batallion, 7th Army European Theater of Operations, Colmar Campaign in the Rhine Valley and Operation Northwind. He was a veteran of World War II.

A member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, he was rural mail carrier for Lincolnton Post Office on routes 4 and 1 from 1955 to 1983.

He was preceded in death by an infant son; three brothers, Paul Shuford, George Shuford and Fred Shuford; and a sister, Virginia Shuford Hawn.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Beam Shuford; a son, Charles David Shuford of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; two daughters, Elizabeth Ann “Libby” Mize and Carole Anita Shuford Jenkins of Lincolnton; a brother, Steve Monroe Shuford of Hickory; six grandchildren, Rhonda Denise Jenkins Davis, Cynthia Gayle “Cindy” Jenkins, Roger Dale Jenkins II and James Robert “Bobby” Jenkins of Lincolnton, Joseph McLean Shuford and Robin Elizabeth Shuford of Florida State University; and three great-grandsons, Trey Davis, Trent Davis and Bailey Todd Jenkins.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Lee Ellis and Everette Freeman at 2 p.m. Saturday at his church.

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

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will be at Warlick Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Memorials may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, Cemetery Fund, 3097 Asbury Church Road, Lincolnton N.C. 28092.

BILLY L. BAXTER

CONOVER - Billy Lee Baxter, 66, of County Home Road, died Oct. 3, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital.

Born July 23, 1934, in Gaston County, he was a son of the late Carvin and Annie Viola Huffstetler Baxter.

A member of Trinity Baptist Church, he retired as a welder from Ford Motor Company and had worked as a welding instructor at Catawba Valley Community College after retirement. A volunteer at the Catawba County Fire Museum in Conover, he served in the U.S. Marine Corp.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Max Baxter.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Field Baxter; a son and daughter-in- law, David L. and Mary Ann Baxter of Oxford, Mich.; a daughter and son- in-law, Debbie and Bill Rosebrugh of New Port Richey, Fla.; three grandchildren, Mark, Matt and Ben; and a great-granddaughter, Christie.

A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Brant Hoots at 3 p.m. today at Trinity Baptist Church.

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

Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, P.O. Box 4, 725 West Thirteenth St., Newton, N.C. 28658; or Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

PAYTON R. BURGESS

NEWTON - Payton Ryleigh Burgess, infant daughter of David and Patti Burgess of Newton, died Sept. 30, 2000, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her grandparents, Michael and Denise Burgess of Hickory and Tony and Karen McDaniel of Newton.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. William Kanupp at 3 p.m. today in Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery.

Willis Reynolds Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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