Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries

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GERALD M. HUFFMAN
Gerald Michael Huffman, 55, of Sixteenth Street Drive, NE, died Oct. 4, 2000, at his residence.

Born Aug. 7, 1945, in Catawba County, he was a son of Everette A. Huffman of Hickory and the late Muriel Hedrick Huffman.

A member of Miller's Lutheran Church, he served on the church council and as chairman of the finance committee and endowment committee. Owner and mechanical contractor of Huffman Metal Works Inc., he was a member of Lake Hickory Rotary Club, Catawba Valley Home Builders Association, Ashrae Inc. and former board member of North Carolina Heating and Air Contractors Association.

He also was a member of North Carolina Society of Engineers, Catawba Valley Chapter of North Carolina Mechanical Contractors Association and Professional Contractors Estimator Association (PECA).

Survivors, in addition to his father, include his wife, Dianne Mitchell Huffman; two daughters, Amber C. Huffman and Megan M. Huffman of the home; a brother, Ronald Huffman of Hickory; two sisters, Pat Carson of Hickory and Jan Carpenter of Claremont; and a surrogate aunt and mother, Betty H. Mahoney of Hickory.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. John Woodard and Michael J. Jenkins at 11 a.m. Saturday at his church.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Paul Black, Danny Poteat, Jeff Brice, Mike Rink, Charles Strickland, Ron Linder, Bill McConnell and Mark Rae.

Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Huffman Metal Works Inc., K.C. Robbins and Gordon Fox.

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

Memorials may be made to Millers Lutheran Church, Building Fund, 2280 Twelfth Ave., NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601; or Colon Cancer Alliance, 175 Ninth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10011.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

BOBBY L. McNEELY,

MORGANTON - Bobby Lee McNeely, 51, of Campground Road in Spartanburg, S.C., died Oct. 2, 2000, at the Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Born Oct. 30, 1948, in Burke County, he was a son of Ruby Cooper McNeely of Morganton and the late Paul Lee McNeely.

He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Barbara McKinney McNeely; three sons, Bobby Shane Seagle of Wrightsville Beach, Paul Kane McNeely and Phillip Scott McNeely of Spartanburg, S.C.; a daughter, Angela Denise McNeely of Spartanburg, S.C.; a brother, Donald Paul McNeely of Nebo; two sisters, Regina Hamby of Lenoir and Jeannine Tomlinson of Morganton; and paternal grandmother, Naomi Cooper of Glen Alpine.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Donald Smith and Tim J. Kufeldt at 3 p.m. today at Sossoman Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Burke Memorial Park.

The family will be at the residence of Ruby Cooper McNeely, 1948 Cooper's Loop, at other times.

BERNICE M. PAYNE

LENOIR - Bernice McLean Payne, 79, of Columbus Street, died Oct. 3, 2000, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Born Dec. 5, 1920, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Robert L. and Bessie Hoyle McLean.

A Presbyterian, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Foster Payne; three brothers, Robert M. McLean, Howard McLean and Charles J. McLean; and a sister, Margaret McLean Eggers.

Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Odell Brookshire of Lenoir.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Pendry's Lenoir 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; stepfather, George W. Holt of Daytona Beach, Fla.; stepmother, Mae Clack Gulledge of Hickory; a stepbrother, Boyd Holt of Daytona Beach; and six grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Dale Leonhardt at 2 p.m. today at Hickory Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Larry Weaver, Jeff Heffinger, Kenny Heffinger, Terry Heffinger, Wayne Heffinger and Steve Cash.

Honorary pallbearer will be Charles Taylor.

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

FLOSSIE W. HOLLOWAY

TAYLORSVILLE - Flossie Geneva Wagoner Holoway, 77, of Oct. 3, 2000, at Taylorsville House.

Born July 4, 1923, in Yadkin County, she was a daughter of the late Melvin L. and Jettie Vanhoy Wagoner.

A member of Christian Home Baptist Church in Trap Hill, she retired as a nursing aid from Shady Rest Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Horton Holloway; a son, Jerry Wagoner; three sisters, Janie Garris, Mae Burcham and Doroetha Newman; a stepbrother, Gene Luffman; a grandson, Jerry Lynn Wagoner; and a great-grandchild, Coty Hawk.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James “Jimmy” and Betty Wagoner of High Point; a daughter and son-in-law, Geraldean and Bill Smith of Taylorsville; a stepbrother, Willie Luffman of Dobson; two half brothers, Mack Wagoner and Lee Wagoner of Mount Airy; five grandchildren and four grandchildren-in-law, Terry and Tonya Wagoner, Teresa and Curtis Chatham, William and Candy Smith, Carol Ann Wagoner Hawk, Jeff and Lavenia Wagoner; six great-grandchildren, Ashley Smith, Justin Wagoner, Erica Wagoner, Dakota Smith, Tisi Chatham and Jordan Wagoner; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Gary Jennings and Bill Orren at 2 p.m. today at Alexander Funeral Service.

Burial will be in Christian Home Baptist Church Cemetery in Trap Hill at 4 p.m. today.

Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Wagoner, William Smith, Clyde Horn, Jeff Hartness, Jeff Wagoner, Jerry Ingram, Dwayne Miller, Wayne Robbins, Johnny Garris, Dakota Smith, Justin Wagoner and Jordan Wagoner.

Memorials may be made to Millersville Baptist Church, Child Development Center, 130 Millersville Church Road, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681; or Christian Home Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1522 Christian Home Church Road, Trap Hill, N.C. 28685.

WILLIAM V. HELMS Sr.

MAIDEN - William Vance Helms Sr., 72, of Union Church Road, Lincolnton, died Oct. 1, 2000, at his residence.

Born Dec. 27, 1927, in Lincoln County, he was a son of the late James H. and Nellie Stamey Helms.

He was a fixer in the textile industry.

Survivors include a son, William Vance Helms Jr. of Lincolnton; two daughters, Ann Helms of Washington, D.C., and Billie Helms of Lincolnton; a brother, James Boyd Helms of Lincolnton; a sister, Marie Helms of Lincolnton; and five grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Gordon Schrum at 11 a.m. Thursday at Burke Mortuaries Inc.

Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

WILLIAM G. JUSTICE Jr.

LENOIR - William G. Justice Jr., 29, of Victoria Court, died Oct. 3, 2000.

Born Nov. 11, 1970, in Onslow County, he was a son of William G. Justice Sr. of Naples, Fla., and Marie and John Looper of Granite Falls.

Survivors include a brother, Jeff Justice of Lenoir; a paternal grandmother, Margaret Hayes of Lenoir; and maternal grandmother, Blannie Whisnant of Lenoir.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Danny Messer at 3 p.m. today in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Colony of Mercy, 1675 Bethel Colony Road, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

LONA N. HEAVNER

Lona N. Heavner, 87, of South Myrtle Avenue, Sanford, Fla., died Oct. 2, 2000, at Central Florida Regional Hospital after a period of declining health.

She was born March 20, 1913, in Newton.

A Protestant, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Billy Joe Heavner of Baltimore, Md.; a brother, Erwin Hilton of Hickory; two grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Larry Yoder at 1 p.m. Saturday at Catawba Funeral Home.

Entombment will be in Catawba Memorial Park.

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

EVANS A. PROPST
NEWTON - Evans Alfred Propst, 83, of Emmanuel Church Road, Conover, died Oct. 6, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

Born Jan. 23, 1917, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Lester J. and Mary Lea Abernethy Propst.

A member of Mays Chapel United Methodist Church in Maiden, he was a Sunday school teacher and a former chairman of the administrative board and finance committee.

He retired as a maintenance engineer with Southern Furniture Company in Conover and was a self- employed contractor. A recipient of the Jack Stickley Award, he was a member of the Maiden Lions Club and Catawba County Cattlemens Association.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served on the USS Nevada during the European and Pacific Theater.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Rutledge; a son, Ricky Lee Propst; a brother, J.D. Propst; and a great-grandson, Corey McGee.

Survivors include his wife, Carroll Bost Propst; a son and daughter-in- law, David and Jean Propst of Sherrills Ford; three daughters and sons- in-law, Gail and Norris McRee of Maiden, Betty and Mervin McGee and Cheryl and Alfred “Sonny” Canipe of Newton; three stepchildren and two stepchildren-in-law, Beverly and Michael Finney of Lenoir, Catherine and Anthony DiNapoli of Fayetteville, and Craig Cansler of San Francisco, Calif.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Astor and Gerri Propst of Newton and Lestor and Wanda Propst of Sherrills Ford; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Propst of Conover; seven grandchildren and six grandchildren-in-law, Brad and Beth McRee of Rock Hill, S.C., Marty Propst of Charlotte, Aaron and Cindy McGee of Dover, Ariz., Shannon and Veronica McGee of McKinney, Texas, Missy and John Rosenbaum of Sherrills Ford, Hope and David Janowitz of Asheville and Alisha and Ray Lidke of Denver; three stepgrandchildren, April Hawkins of Durham, Monica Felton of Fayetteville and Vincent DiNapoli of Asheville; six great-grandchildren, Anna McRee, Joshua McRee, Joseph McRee, Caleb McGee, Jacob McGee and Hayden Lidke; and numerous nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Lester Roof and David Talbert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Willis Reynolds Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Mays Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with military rites conducted by members of American Legion Post 16 in Newton.

The family will be at the funeral home two hours prior to the service and at the residence of Sonny and Cheryl Canipe, St. James Church Road, at other times.

Memorials may be made to Maiden Lions Club, 25 Pinehurst Lane, Newton; or Mays Chapel United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 1707 Mays Chapel Church Road, Maiden, N.C. 28650.

ROBERT L. SPENCER

Robert Lee Spencer, died Oct. 4, 2000, in Massillon, Ohio.

Born July 4, 1948, in Akron, Ohio, he was a son of Howard and Myrel Burgy Spencer of Biscoe.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a self-employed paint contractor.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Judy Dixon Spencer; three daughters, LeAnn Wolfe, Anita Spencer and Angie Spencer of the home; a brother, Richard Craig Spencer of Biscoe; two grandsons, Ralph Preston Wolfe Jr. and Steven Nathaniel Wolfe of Hickory; and two granddaughters, Cheyenne Marie Santos and Kayla Nichole Spencer of the home.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Floyd Boston at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with military graveside rites conducted by members of the American Legion Post 48.

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

DORIS H. SIGMON

CONOVER - Doris Hunsucker Sigmon, 73, of Ridge Street, Claremont, died Oct. 5, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital in Hickory after a period of declining health.

Born Dec. 10, 1926, in Akron, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Worth E. and Annie Yount Hunsucker.

A member of Bethel Lutheran Church, she retired as a seamstress with Newton Glove.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roswell L. Sigmon; and a son, Steve E. Sigmon.

Survivors include a son, Larry F. Sigmon of Claremont; a daughter, Linda S. Kaneer of Claremont; a brother, Worth “Gene” Hunsucker Jr. of Raleigh; three grandchildren, Tammy Killian, John Kaneer and Donald Sigmon; three stepgrandchildren, Brian Pipkin, Paul Pipkin and Titus Miller; and three great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Killian, Courtney Killian and Tyler Pipkin.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Edward Meyer at 1 p.m. Sunday at her church.

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

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Killian, John Kaneer, Donald Sigmon, Paul Pipkin, Brian Pipkin and Titus Miller.

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

Memorials may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, Building Fund, 5759 Bolick Road, Claremont, N.C. 28610.

PEARLEE T. LAIL

Pearlee Bolick Teague Lail, 82, of Hickory, died Oct. 4, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

Born April 5, 1918, in Bluefield, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late David H. and Sally Snow Phillips Bolick.

A member of Dudley Shoals Baptist Church, she retired from Cleaner World Dry Cleaners.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank William Teague; her second husband, Charles Lail; a son, Harold Teague; and a granddaughter, Catherine Teague.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Michael D. and Patti Teague of El Paso, Texas; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara T. and Ralph De Pasquale of Creedmor; three grandsons, Wayne Teague of Hickory, Steve Byrd of Claremont and Wesley Byrd of Taylorsville; four granddaughters, Beth Herman of Hickory, Suzanne Byrd of San Francisco, Calif., Angela Stowell and Christa Teague of El Paso, Texas; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Don Ingle and Ron Winkler at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at her church.

Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to Dudley Shoals Baptist Church, 1882 Dudley Shoals Road, Granite Falls, N.C. 28630.

ETHEL C. WILLIAMSON

MORGANTON - Ethel Virginia Chester Williamson, 86, died Oct. 4, 2000, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir.

Born Oct. 21, 1913, in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Laburn L. and EssieMae Lingle Chester.

A member of Antioch Baptist Church, she was a homemaker.

Survivors include four brothers, Maynard Chester and Ronald Chester of Morganton, Howard Chester of Lenoir and Albert Chester of Gross Pointe, Mich.; and four sisters, Faye Chester Witcher, Sue Chester Fruitticher and Florence Chester Penley of Morganton and Lucille Chester Isaac of Lenoir.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Brady Adkins at 3 p.m. Sunday at her church.

Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

HELEN H. WITHERSPOON

Helen Evelyn Hawn Witherspoon, 76, of Granite Falls, died Oct. 5, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born April 19, 1924, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Perry L. and Lena Beatrice Reid Hawn.

She retired from Shuford Mills in Granite Falls.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Lilburn Hawn; and a sister, Leona Bowman.

Survivors include her husband, Agustus Calvin Witherspoon; two sons, Dennis Witherspoon of Newton and Frank Witherspoon of Marion; three daughters, Carol Smith of Hickory, Gale Dula of Granite Falls and Lena White of Wilmington; a brother, Willard Hawn of Granite Falls; two sisters, Marie Flowers of Hickory and Betty Annas of Granite Falls; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by Brother Larry Tallent at 3 p.m. Sunday at Catawba Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park.

The family will be at the funeral home from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2994, Hickory, N.C. 28603.

DOROTHY N. STILES

Dorothy Christine Noggle Stiles, 67, of Hickory, died Oct. 5, 2000, at her residence.

Born Jan. 29, 1933, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of Clyde Noggle of Hickory and the late Vertie Tallent Noggle.

A member of Temple Baptist Church, she was a restaurant owner and worked for Piedmont Vending Company.

Survivors, in addition to her father, include her husband, Clayton Lewis Stiles; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert L. and Tanya Blaylock Stiles of Conover and Dennis F. and Julie Ann Stiles of Jonesboro, Tenn.; two daughters, Kimberly Anne Stiles and Pamela Stiles McKeehan of Hickory; four granddaughters, Wendy Denise McKenley and Christy Dawn Kress of Jonesboro, Tenn., and Tonya Michelle Stiles of Hickory; three great-grandchildren; three aunts; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Floyd Boston at 4 p.m. today at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at the funeral home from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today.

AMANDA A. HANES

TAYLORSVILLE - Amanda Arlene “Mandy” Hanes, 21, died Oct. 6, 2000, at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born June 28, 1979, in Yadkin County, she was a daughter of Frankie and Sammy Adkins of Taylorsville.

A member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church and the Girl Scouts for 10 years, she had won numerous awards and worked at Royal Comfort Seating.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Frank E. and Barbara Jean Collins Hanes.

Survivors, in addition to her parents, include a half brother, Jason Edward Adkins of the home; two stepbrothers, Christopher Bryan Adkins of Taylorsville and Wesley Jermone Adkins of Statesville; a niece, April Samantha Adkins of Statesville; steppaternal grandparents, Coyte and Marie Pennell Adkins of Taylorsville; a fiance, Adam Carter Bolick of Bethlehem; and a number of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends, including Eric and Sindra Bolick and Erica Bolick of Bethlehem.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Gary Jennings and Craig Hamlin at 3 p.m. Sunday at her church.

Burial will be in Taylorsville City Cemetery.

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

Alexander Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

EVANS THOMAS Jr.

Evans Thomas Jr., 87, of Ramseur Road, Maiden, died Oct. 5, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital.

Born March 7, 1913, in Hartsville, S.C., he was a son of the late Evan and Courtney Propst Weaver Thomas Sr.

A member of New Hope Baptist Church, he was a deacon and retired from Hutton-Bourbon.

He was preceded in death by two stepsons, Robert Weaver and Eddie Weaver; three brothers, Herbert Thomas Sr., Russell Thomas and Elbert Thomas; three stepbrothers, Ephriam Pounds, John Pounds and Ulua Lee; a sister, Eula Williams; and three stepsisters, Rose Durham, Addie Mae Franklin and Ella Mae Blyther.

Survivors include his wife, Eillen Propst Weaver Thomas; a daughter, Inez Thomas of the home; five stepdaughters, Frances Odoms of Lincolnton and Emma Jean Williams, Christine Weaver, Catherine Moore and Joan Cline of Hickory; four stepsons, Howard Weaver and Haywood Weaver of Conover and Enoch Weaver Jr. and Johnny Lee Weaver of Hickory; a brother, Henry Thomas Sr. of Hickory; a stepbrother, William Will Pounds of Cleveland, Ohio; five sisters, C.T. Roberts, Lillian Pounds, Catherine Hammonds and Betty Perkins of Vale and Annie Wilson of Cleveland, Ohio; two stepsisters, Pastor Frances Watts of Vale and Fannie Robinson of Cleveland, Ohio; a grandson, Kenneth Thomas of the home; two granddaughters, Shontay Shuford and Shelia Thomas of the home; a great-grandson, Antwan Shuford of the home; and a number of steprandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Larry Roseboro at 3 p.m. Sunday at his church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

RUTH W. DILLARD

TAYLORSVILLE - Ruth Louise Woodruff Dillard, 69, died Oct. 5, 2000, at her residence.

Born May 1, 1931, in Ashe County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie L. and Jennie Hodson Woodruff.

A member of Lebanon Baptist Church, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Woodruff; and four sisters, Melinda Woodruff, Fannie Woodruff, Lillian Combs and Mamie Estridge.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Robert B. Dillard; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Roy D. and Carol Dillard, Dennis and Debbie Dillard and Jeffery Allen Dillard of Taylorsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Robin V. and Larry Clay of Taylorsville; two sisters, Fern Mullis and Ruby Rutherford of West Jefferson; six grandchildren, Robert “Robbie” Dillard, Christopher Dillard, Amber Clay, Jennifer Cahill, Heather Dillard and Chad Dillard; five great- grandchildren, Brandon Dillard, Ashley Dillard, Zachary Dillard, Darian Dillard and Devin Donahue; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Keith Childers and Gwyn Kilby at 2 p.m. Sunday at her church.

Burial will be in the Dillard Family Cemetery in Taylorsville.

The family will be at Alexander Funeral Service from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

BRANDY H. CLARK

MORGANTON - Brandy Houk Clark, 21, of Bennett Road, died Oct. 5, 2000.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sossoman Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Burke Memorial Park.

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 tonight and at the residence of Larry Epley, 108 Pine Wood Drive, Drexel, at other times.


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