Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries
(2002)

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Margaret W. Brown
     Margaret Weatherman Brown, 87, of Hickory, died Sept. 7 at the N.C. Lutheran Home in Hickory. Born Dec. 5, 1914 in Winston-Salem, she was the daughter of the late Early I and Lenora Jane Weatherman. 
     Mrs. Brown was a member of First United Methodist Church and served her church in many areas and on many projects, including Vice President and President of United Methodist Women; President and Secretary of her Sunday school class; Student Secretary of the local church and the Statesville District; Secretary and Chairman of Wesleyan Service Guild; Chairman of the Worship Commission; and MYF Counselor and Bible school teacher. She was a faithful member of the choir for over 50 years and grew up singing wit her father and sisters in Winston-Salem at church services and revivals.
     She worked at Katies in Hickory and ran a mens/womens/childrens hosiery shop during the Furniture Markets held in Hickory at the Foundation Center and Hickory Home Furnishings Mart from the late 1950’s to 1984. Mrs. Brown’s volunteer work included work in the schools her daughters attended; Red Cross Bloodmobile; Girl Scout Leader, Hickory Swim Team, started at the Community Center; Soup Kitchen; Meals on Wheels; Catawba Memorial Hospital; and Tutoring Program, for Ridgeview Schools. 
In addition to her parents Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband of Henry Wakefield Brown and a sister, Virginia Sams and a brother Bill Weatherman.
     She is survived by a daughter, Beverly B. Crews of Apex; a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy B. Brown and Al Stivers of St. Paul, MN; a daughter and son-in-law Jane B. and Mike Tomberlin of Hickory; four sisters, Lucile Weatherman of Highpoint, Gladys Kiger of Sterling, VA, Louise Smith of Virginia Beach, VA, and Betty March of Winston-Salem; a brother, Earl Weatherman Jr. of Winston-Salem; a sister-in-law, Emily Lambert of Burlington, NC. Grandchildren include Jean Klein, Cathy Van Liew, Sue Munnell, Steve Crews, Rebekah Stivers, Elizabeth Hall, Brent Tomberlin, Charles Tomerlin and James Tomberlin. Great-grandchildren include Molly and Britt Munnell, Joshua and Nicole Van Liew and Colin Crews. 
     The Rev. George Freeman conducted Sept. 10 memorial services at Mrs. Brown’s church, and burial was in Catawba Memorial Park. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
     Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 311 3rd Ave. NE, Hickory, NC, 28601 or to YMCA of Catawba Valley, Youth Scholarships, PO Box 2608, Hickory, NC 28603.

Minnie Belle B. Bumgarner
     Minnie Belle Benfield Bumgarner, 84, of Hickory, died Sept. 7 at her residence, following a period of declining health. Born Jan. 9, 1918 in Alexander County, she was the daughter of the late Sardis and Alma Fox Benfield.
     Mrs. Bumgarner was a member of Gateway Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
     In addition to her husband, Mrs. Bumgarner was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Wesley Bumgarner; two daughters, Norma Belle and Paula Marvelle Bumgarner; two sisters and three brothers.
     Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Lowell Baker of Newton; a son and daughter-in-law Ronald Wesley Bumgarner and Ann of Gainesville, FL; a granddaughter and husband of Hildebran; a granddaughter and husband of Tina Bumgarner English and Pete of Gainesville, FL; a granddaughter and husband CheriAnn Bumgarner Peterson and Bill of Gainesville, Fl; a grandson, Jason Lowell Baker of Charlotte; six great-grandchildren and a sister, Ruth Mitchell, of Hickory.
     Rev. Stan Frye and Rev. Mike McKinney conducted Sept. 9 services at Mrs. Bumgarner’s church. Burial followed in Winklers Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Hickory Funeral Home served the family.
     Memorials may be sent to Gateway Baptist Church Building Fund, 691 9th St. NW, Hickory, NC, 28601.

Katherine H. Caldwell
     Katherine Herman Caldwell, 96, of the Abernethy Center in Newton, formerly of Charlotte, died Sept. 7 at the Abernethy Center. Born Sept. 7, she was the daughter of the late James Lawrence and Eddie Coulter Herman. 
     She was a member of Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte and was a homemaker. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Lowell L. Caldwell, a brother and four sisters.
     Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Lowell H. and Iris Caldwell of Blowing Rock; three daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Glenn Keever of Raleigh, Dotty and Bob Blake of Gastonia, and Peggy and Gary Williams of Rock Hill, SC; two sisters, Lucile Herman Harris of Newton, and Sarah Herman Rhodes of Newton; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
     The Rev. Al Mullen conducted Sept. 9 memorial services at the Spirit Place in the Abernethy Center. Burial was at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton served the family.
     Memorials may be made to the Lowell L. and Katherine Herman Caldwell Scholarship Fund, Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory, NC 28603.
     Condolences may be sent to the Caldwell family at www.willisreynoldsfuneralhome.com. 

Virginia W. Campbell
     Virginia Wright Campbell, 79, of the Heritage Village in Newton died Sept. 7 at the Brian Center East. Born Sept. 15, 1922 in Wythe County, VA, she was the daughter of the late Robert Brady and Della Catherine Rosenbalm Wright.
     She was a homemaker.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Akers Campbell Sr; a son, Rex Stanley Akers and a brother, Butch Wright.
     Survivors include five sons: Doug Akers and his wife, Thelma of Newton; Edgar Akers Jr. of Hickory; Claude Akers of Buckner, NC; Billy Joe Campbell of Asheboro; Johnny Campbell of Asheboro; six daughters: Mary Catherine and her husband, Billy Nance of Gibsonville; Evelyn Blizzard of Elreno, OK; Rebecca Patterson and her husband, Neal Patterson of Claremont; Diane Campbell of Asheville; Teresa Campbell of Charlotte; Juanita Campbell of Highpoint; seven brothers, Rex Wright, Ray Wright, Ronnie Wright and Donnie Wright of Greensboro; Jackie Wright of Richmond, VA; and George Wright and Albert Wright of Portland, OR; a sister, Willie Mae Fisher of Greensboro, and a number of grandchildren.
     Rev. Macon Ballard conducted Sept. 10 services at the Drum Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Eastview Cemetery. Drum Funeral Home in Conover served the family.
     Memorials may be made to Gloryland Baptist Church, 3925 King Wilkinson Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
     Condolences may be sent to the Campbell family at www.drumfuneralhome.com. 

John C. Chaney
     John Clayton “J.C.” Chaney, 10-week-old son of John and Amanda Bryant Chaney of Conover died Sept. 3 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born June 24, 2002 in Catawba County, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Brenda Bryant.
     In addition to his parents survivors include a sister, Amber Allison of the home; two brothers, Wayne Richardson of Lincolnton and Sean Lambert Jr. of the home; and paternal grandparents Clayton And Angela Smeal of Lusby, MD and Teresa Smeal of Elizabethtown, PA.
     Rev. Bobby Langston conducted Sept. 6 services at the Fairgrove Baptist Church. Burial was Sept. 8 in the Southern Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Dunkirk, MD. Drum Funeral Home in Conover served the family.
     Memorials may be made to Fairgrove Baptist Church, 1614 U.S. Highway 70-A West, Hickory, N.C. 28601.
     Condolences may be sent to the Chaney family at www.drumfuneralhome.com.

Richard D. Clark
     Richard Dwane Clark, 73, died Aug. 28 at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health. Born Jan. 4, 1929 in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Raymond D. and Lila Ray Rozzel Clark.
     Having served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S. Fargo, he attended Clevenger Business College in Hickory, and Radio and TV Technical College in Baltimore, MD. He worked for the Bendix Corporation in Baltimore and Superior Cable Corporation in Quality Control. He retired from Shurtape Technologies.
     A member of Sandy Ridge Wesleyan Church, he served as Treasurer and o the Local Church Board. He was a member of the St. Stephens Optimist Club for 10 years and coached Little League Baseball.
     He was preceded in death by four brothers, Raymond Clark Jr., Burl Clark, Howard Clark, and James Clark.
     Survivors include his wife, Peggy Lane Clark, two sisters, Peggy C. Beam of Conover; and Betty C. Parker of Hildebran and many nieces and nephews.
     Rec. Scott Howard and Rev. Eric Lane conducted Aug. 31 services at Mr. Clark’s church. Burial was in Catawba Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Max Richards, James Cannon, Darrell Wise, Todd Lane, Scott Beam and Kyle Lane. Honorary Pallbearers were Dean Caldwell, Maurice Richards, Lester Dellinger, Jim Huffman, Leonard Wise, Doyle Carter and James R. Johnson. Military Services were conducted by American Legion Post 48 of Hickory. Catawba Cremations and Funeral served the family.
     Memorials may be made to Sandy Ridge Wesleyan Church or Hospice of Catawba County.

Lynda T. Day
     Lynda Tyler Day, 62, of Newton, died Sept. 8 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 5, 1940 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Joshua M. and Bernice Phelps Tyler.
     Mrs. Day was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church where she served as the first organist as well as a Sunday school teacher and Bible school teacher. She was employed by Newton-Conover City Schools for 28 years.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Thomas “Tommy” Day.
     Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law: Nancy and Vic Glenn of Hickory, and Patti and Frank Harris of St. Louis, MO; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Teri Day of Thomasville, N.C. and Robert and Lea Day of Newton; mother-in-law, Mrs. Ida Day of Hickory; sister and brother-in-law, Mrs.Carol and Dr. Carter Sinclair of Hickory; brothers-in-law Allen Day and Jerry Day; sister-in-law Donna Buff; seven grandchildren, Lauren Glenn, Katherine Glenn, Glen Harris, Jessica Harris, Tommy Day, Nathan Day, and Alyson Day; and a number of nieces and nephews.
     Rev. Fred Thompson and Rev. Randy Cowan conducted Sept. 11 services at Mrs. Day’s church. Burial followed at Eastview Cemetery. Ushers from Calvary Baptist Church served as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were sons and sons-in-law, Dr. Carter Sinclair, Larry “Red” Self, Arthur “Ott” Dillingham, Grady Hefner and Jim McRee. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton served the family.
     Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 107, Newton, NC 28658.
     Condolences may be sent to the Day family at www.willisreynoldsfuneralhome.com. 

Bradley S. Dills
     Bradley Shawn Dills, 6, of Hickory, died Sept. 8, from accidental drowning. Born Dec. 6, 1995, in Catawba County, he was the son of Wanda Hall Dills of Hickory, and the late Robert Eugene Dills. 
     He was a kindergarten student at Bethlehem Elementary School.
     In addition to his father he was preceded in death by maternal great-grandmothers Lottie Lail and Clara Hall, paternal grandfather Jerry Clain Dills; two uncles, Danny Dills and Gilbert Dills; two great-aunts, Frances Smith and Carolyn Shook; and two great-uncles, Dean Hall and Lee Teague.
     Survivors include his mother Wanda Hall Dills of the home; a brother Dale Hall of the home; a sister Christina Dills, of Hickory; maternal grandparents Blain and Ruby Hall of Bethlehem; paternal grandmother Fannie Dills of Catawba; maternal great-grandfathers Woodrow Lail of Conover and George Hall; special cousin, Chloe Hall of Bethlehem; maternal aunts Rita Hall of Conover and Lisa Hall of Bethlehem; maternal uncle Randy Hall of Bethlehem; paternal aunts Joan Dills, Joyce Dills, Darlene Drum, Wilma (Dusty) Hardwick of Hickory; and a number of cousins and great-aunts and uncles. 
     Rev. David Guelzow will conduct Sept. 12 services at 4 p.m. at St. Stephens Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Hickory Funeral Home served the family.

Helen C. Duclos
     Helen Comeau Duclos, 78, of Hickory, died Sept. 5 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Apr. 16, 1924 in Cohoes, New York, she was the daughter of the late Eugene Louis Comeau and Katherine O’Brien Comeau.
     Mrs. Duclos was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church and a member of the Supreme Timers and the Bible Study Group at her church. 
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lt. Eugene Comeau. 
     Surviviors include her husband, Donald A. Duclos of the Hickory; a daughter Katherine Marks of Hickory; two daughters and sons-in-laws Jo-Ann (Mrs. Glen) Davis of Plano, N.C., and Gene Louise (Mrs. Ralph) Scalvini of Concord; a son and daughter-in-law, Donald A. (Mrs. Cynthia) Duclos Jr. of New Bedford, MA; a daughter, Mary Hartness of Hickory; a daughter and son-in-law Theresa (Mrs. Richard) Jackson of Burlington, MA; a grandson, Nathan Marks of Waltham, MA; a granddaughter, Jessica Scalvini of Concord, N.C.; five grandsons, Jason Scalvini of Concord, Devin Hartness and Cory Hartness of Hickory, and Dennis Jackson and Jake Jackson of Burlington, MA; and a granddaughter, Lisa Duclos of New Bedford, MA.
     Father William Pharr conducted Sept. 9 services. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
     Memorials may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic Church Building Fund, 912 2nd St., Hickory, N.C. 28601.

Norman G. Eddy
     Norman Grey Eddy, 78, of Hickory, died Aug. 25 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 17, 1923 in Bates County, Missouri, he was the son of the late Clifford William Eddy and Edith Gench Eddy Coop. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hortense Mitchell Eddy.
     He was employed by Boise Cascade as a General Plant Manager. He was a friend to many. He was an avid golfer and he also served in the U.S. Military. He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
     Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, William L. and Roberta Eddy of Kirkwood, Missouri; three nieces, Caroline Ross Eddy of Kirkwood, Missouri, Jeanne Mitchell of Leewood, Kansas, and Barbara Mitchell Hardin of Kansas City, Missouri; a nephew, Ryan Ritchey, of Leewood, Kansas.
     Rev. David Guelzow conducted Sept. 3 services in Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
     Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, 500 E. Moorehead St., Suite 211, Charlotte, N.C. 28202, or The American Lung Association, P.O. Box 2702, Asheville, N.C. 28802. 

Ruth Ellen F. Emerick
     Ruth Ellen Fetherolf Emerick, 89, formerly of Holiday, Fla., died Sept. 7 at Spring Arbor in Hickory. Born Nov. 29, 1912 in Pickaway Co., Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Harley D. and Hazel McNeal Fetherolf.
     She was a retired beautician and of the Non-denominational faith. 
     Survivors include a nephew, Gary Fulton of Hickory.
     Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, N.C. Southern Piedmont Chapter, 3420 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28215.

Melva C. Fox
     Melva Chapman Fox, 77, of Carillon Assisted Living, Newton, formerly of Startown, died Sept. 6 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born Dec. 12, 1924 in Alexander County, she was the daughter of the late Larkin Spurgeon and Estelle Pennell Chapman.
     She was a member of Startown First Baptist Church and had retired from Regency Home Fashions.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Harold Fox.
     Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Steve Deal of Conover, and Penny and George Bollinger of Claremont; a sister, Joan Price of Taylorsville; a brother, Benny Chapman of Winston-Salem; and four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and three step great grandchildren.
     Rev. Dean Hart conducted Sept. 8 services at Mrs. Fox’s church. Burial followed in Catawba Memorial Park. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home served the family.
     Memorials may be made to Startown First Baptist Church Building Fund, 4081 Startown Road, Newton, N.C. 28658 or to Carillon Assisted Living of Newton, 1088 Radio Station Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.
     Condolences may be sent to the Fox Family at www.willisreynoldsfuneralhome.com.

Bertha Anna R. Hefner
     Bertha Anna Reitzel Hefner, 88, of Brian Center-Viewmont, died Sept. 9 at Brian Center-Viewmont, following a period of declining health.      Born Mar. 28, 1914 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Norris Columbus and Lovie Ellen Mingus Reitzel.
     She was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and was retired from Conover Glove. 
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Eugene Hefner; a son Dwight Michael Hefner; three sisters and two brothers.
     Survivors include three daughters, Rosella Bollinger and husband Howard and Marlene Eckard and husband Wayne of Hickory, and Judy Crump of Virginia Beach, VA; a sister Alma Hefner of Hickory; a brother, Ernest Reitzel of Hickory; six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.
     Pastor David Guelzow and Pastor Paul Fitzpartick will conduct Sept. 12 services at 10 a.m. at Mrs. Hefner’s church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers are Gene Bollinger, Stephen Eckard, Eric Eckard, Richard Eckard, Jonathan Eckard, Thomas Eckard, Lance Eckard, Daniel Eckard and Shane Christopher. Hickory Funeral Home served the family.
     Memorials may be made to St. Stephens Lutheran Church, Mo.Synod, 2304 Springs Rd. NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601 or to Hospice of Catawba Valley, Inc. 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, N.C. 28658.

Paul H. Kanipe
     Paul Henry Kanipe, 88, of Lincolnton, died Sept. 7 at Brian Center Viewmont following a period of declining health. Born Aug. 16, 1914 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late John Robert and Maggie Gibson Kanipe.
     He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and was a retired textile worker from Maiden Mills. He was a veteran of the Army and World War II European Theater.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by former wife Norene Yount Kanipe; three brothers, Worth, Merrill and Azelle Kanipe; four sisters, Clara Frye, Lena Young, Grace Mozeley and Linnie Kanipe.
     Survivors include his wife, Virginia Pittman Grindstaff Kanipe of the home; son and daughter-in-law Paul G. and Ann Kanipe of Hickory; daughter and son-in-law Joan N. and William Johnson of Houston, TX; daughter and son-in-law Libby and Benny Pittman of Connelly Springs; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews; brother Ray Kanipe of Hickory; three sisters, Berlie Deal of Hickory,      Blanche Frye of Valdese and Fairy Burton of Vale.
     Rev. Landon Rice conducted Sept. 9 services at Hickory Funeral Home. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery. American Post Legion #48 conducted Military Rites. Hickory Funeral Home served the family.

Bessie L. Killian
     Bessie Loretta Stillwell Killian, 79, of Hickory, died Sept. 8 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born Oct. 6, 1922 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Ellis and Jenny Smith Stillwell.
     She was a member of Highland United Methodist Church.
     In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, J.P. Killian, and daughter Faye Poovery.
     Surviviors include three sons Richard Killian of Layton, Utah, Melvin Killian of Hickory, and James Killiam of China Grove; two daughters Delores K. Price of Hickory and Brenda K. Webb of Hickory; sister Margaret Connelly of Hildebran; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
     Rev. Jim Church will conduct Sept. 12 services at Catawba Funerals & Cremations at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park.      Pallbearers are Tony Maynard, Robbie Kight, Matthew Hefner, Randy Stillwell, Noell Stillwell and Larry Stillwell.
     Memorials may be made to Highland United Methodist Church, 1020 12th St. Pl. NE, Hickory, NC 28601. 

Bonnie H. Killian
     Bonnie Mae Hefner Killian, 89, of Hickory, died Sept. 8 at Brian Center Viewmont. Born Sept. 4, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Alfred McClellan Hefner and Esther Naomi Miller Hefner.
     She was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and was retired from the hosiery industry, furniture industry and farming.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Preston Leroy Killian; a son David Ray Killian, two sisters, Irene Hefner Reeves, Christine Hefner Clontz and a son-in-law Eugene Gregory; three brothers, James Hefner of Los Angeles, Leonard Hefner and Donald Hefner of Hickory; a sister Virginia Hefner Hass of Hickory.
     Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law: Alfred John (Johnny) Killian and Jan of Hickory, Robert Preston (Bob) Killian and Connie of Bethlehem and James Ruel (Jim) Killian and Phyllis of Bethlehem; daughter Mary Naomi Killian Gregory of Hickory; four granddaughters, three grandsons, six great-granddaughters, four great-grandsons, two great-great-granddaughters, and three great-great-grandsons.
     Rev. David Keck conducted Sept. 11 services at Mrs. Killian’s church. Burial followed in Catawba Memorial Park. Bass-Smith Funeral Home served the family.
     Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2780 North Center St., Hickory, N.C. 28630.

Sudie P. Lail
     Sudie “Tine” Pope Lail, 73, of Conover, died Sept. 8 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born Oct. 11, 1928 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Leroy and Rena Bell Hollar Pope.
     She was a homemaker and the former owner of Tiny’s Flower Shop in Conover. She was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Conover.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Vernon E. Lail Jr., a brother, Kenneth Pope, and four sisters, Josie Franks, Edith Sigmon, Ester Pope, and Mary Brice Pope.
     Survivors include her husband, Vernon E. Lail of the home; sons Jimmy D. Lail and Joe D. Lail of Conover; sisters Ruby Reed and Brenda Abernethy of Newton; brothers Billy Pope, Jerry Pope and Johnny Pope of Conover.
     The Revs. James Zimmerman, Kristine Hill and Harold Drum conducted Sept. 10 services at Mrs. Lail’s church. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Charlie Abernathy Jr., Jeremy Pope, Johnathan Pope, Perry Pope, Shane Pope and Carl Pope. Drum Funeral Home in Conover served the family.
     Condolences may be sent to the Lail family at www.drumfuneralhome.com. 

Hector Lemus
     Hector Lemus, 29 of Hickory, died Sept. 6 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born July 2, 1972, in Guanaguato, Mexico, he was the son of Andres Lemus and Celia Lopez.
     Arrangements are being made for burial in Morelia Mich, Mexico. Drum Funeral Home in Conover is serving the family. 

Dorothy M. Lowe
     Dorothy Mae Lowe, 86, of Brian Center Viewmont, died Sept. 8 at Brian Center Viewmont following a period of declining health. Born May 29, 1916 in Alexander County, she was the daughter of the late Dock C. and Nancy Josephine Davis Lowe.
     She was a member of Tri-City Baptist Church and a former member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was retired from Hickory Dyeing & Winding as a winder.
     In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four brothers Leonard, Robert, Walter, and Edward Lowe, and a sister Mrs. Artie Lowe Russell.
     Survivors include sister Irene Bowman of Newton and a number of nieces and nephews and a number of great-nieces and nephews.
     Rev. Byron Repass conducted Sept. 10 services at Hickory Funeral Home Chapel. Hickory Funeral Home served the family.
     Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, N.C. 28658. 

Marshall W. McAllister
     Marshall Walter McAllister, 52, of Lincolnton, died Aug. 27 at Lincoln Medical Center. Born July 4, 1950 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Archie McAllister and the late Cora Shook McAllister. 
     He was previously employed in the textile industry.
     In addition to his parents, one sister, Mabel Cloninger preceded him in death.
     Survivors include his wife, Brenda W. McAllister of the home; two step-daughters, Tina Schaffer of Taylorsville and Tammy Sigmon of Newton; brother Archie McAllister of Conover; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
     A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the family. 

Everett L. Miller
     Everett Lee Miller, 79, of Catawba died Sept. 7 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born Mar. 30, 1923 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Lester Eugene Brown and Fanny Brown Miller.
     He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, a member of the American Legion, and a retired employee of Newton Knitting Mill. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served as a Sergeant during World War II, where he received a Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal. 
     In additon to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Miller and Kenneth Miller.
     Survivors include his wife, Alice Nessare Pope Miller of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law Nancy and Kenneth Edwards of Catawba, Dianne and Norris Harwell of Newton, Lana and David Scott of Boone; brother Clyde Miller of Hickory; three sisters and brothers-in-law: Mary Nell Sigmon of Conover, Rachel Ervin of Catawba, and Joann and William Scott of St. Cloud, FL; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
     Rev. Greg Alms conducted Sept. 9 services at Mr. Miller’s church. Burial followed in the Providence Cemetery with military rites provided by the American Legion Post #16. Drum Funeral Home in Conover served the family.
     Memorials may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, PO Box 187, Catawba, NC 28609.
     Condolences may be sent to the Miller family at www.drumfuneralhome.com

Brenda C. Moore
     Brenda C. Moore, 50, of Maiden, died Sept. 4 at her residence. Born Dec. 9, 1951 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of John Lewis and Willow Allen Caldwell.
     She was a substitute teacher and office manager for Family Business. She was active in Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, SC.
     She was preceded in death by her father John Lewis Caldwell.
     Survivors include her husband, Monty Moore; mother, Willow Allen Caldwell of Maiden; one son, Devin S. Moore of Statesville; one daughter, Danielle M. Figueroa of Greenville, SC; five grandchildren, Zackary, Abigail, Emily, Jayden and Nevan.
Apostle Ron Carpenter Jr. conducted Sept. 7 at Living Word Pentecostal Holiness Church in Maiden. Burial followed in Catawba Memorial Park. 
     Memorials may be made to Living Word Pentecostal Holiness Church/Brenda Moore Medical Expenses, 923 Island Ford Road, Maiden, NC 28650.

Albert P. Moose
     Albert P. Moose, 87, of Conover, died Sept. 7 at the Abernethy Center in Newton. Born Aug. 15, 1915 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Flora Travis Moose. 
     He was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Newton, and a retired employee of Bassett Furniture in Newton. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Theater, where he received a Silver Star for his service. He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, American Legion Post 1981, and the VFW-Donald Landord Drum Post 5305.
     In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd L. Moose and Millard “Jack” Moose.
     Survivors include his wife, Pauline Huffman Moose; son and daughter-in-law Randall and Liz Moose of Newton; daughter and son-in-law, Judy Little and Jerry McMurry of Lincolnton; two brothers, George Moose of Conover and Charles Moose of Newton; two sisters, Lorene Yount of Claremont and Josephine Cansler of Conover; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
     Rev. Ralph A. Abernethy III and Rev. Richard Mazak conducted Sept. 9 services at Mr. Moose’s church. Burial followed in the church cemetery with military rites provided by American Legion Post 16. Drum Funeral Home in Conover served the family.
     Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 2103 Mt. Olive Church Rd., Newton, NC 28658.
     Condolences may be sent to the Moose family at www.drumfuneralhome.com.

Eugene Ray
     Eugene “Sammy” Dexter Ray, 84, of Hickory, died Sept. 4 at his residence. Born Feb. 1, 1918, in Watauga County, he was the son of the late Clyde and Minnie Carroll Ray.
     He was a retired electrician.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn E. Ray; four brothers, Clyde, Clifford, Rhonda, and D.O. Ray; and a sister, Treva Coonce.
     Survivors include his wife, Anna Belle Miller Ray, Hickory; a son, Johnny Ray, Boone; three grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
     Rev. Homer Greene conducted Sept. 7 services at Catawba Funerals and Cremations. Burial followed in Catawba Memorial Park. Catawba Funerals and Cremations served the family. 

Mildred C. Seagle
     Mildred Christine Cooke Carroll Seagle, 74, of Lenoir died Sept. 8 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born April 8, 1928 in Cairo, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Cecil C. and Onita Cox Cooke.
     Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, William R. and Regina Gonzales of Lincolnton; two daughters and a son-in-law, Mildred Kay Main of Lenoir, and Ann Carroll Manson and Al Manson of Pensacola, Fla.; grandchildren Frank and Sharon Raines, Ronda and James Edwards of Lenoir, Robert and Connie Powell of Hickory, Anita Owens of Taylorsville, Star and Butch Crawford of Spindale and Jennifer and Anthony Gonzales of Maiden; 12 great-grandchildren, Shane, Coty and Josh Bumgarner, Amber Raines, Danielle and Jermey Edwards, Gavin, Anslie and Terrance Owens, Haley and Austin Crawford and Shelby R. Price. 
     A graveside service was held Sept. 11 at Brookford Cemetery.

Doris E. Shinn
     Doris Eleanor Coffey Shinn, 62, of Connelly Springs died Sept. 7 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 5, 1940 in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Paul Milton and Willie Mae Fulbright Coffey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Billy A. Coffey, Benny W. Coffey and Ronald G. Coffey.
     She worked at Shuford Mills.
     Survivors include her husband Sherman William Shinn of the home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Kim Coffey and Terry Coffey, all of Granite Falls; a daughter, Stacey Simmons of Granite Falls; two stepsons and a stepdaughter-in-law, Kenneth W. and Patricia Shinn of Lenoir and Darren Shinn of Bethlehem; two stepdaughters and a stepson-in-law, Cathy L. Shinn and husband Scott of Granite Falls and Deborah A. Ward of Hickory; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Paul “Butch” Milton Coffey Jr. and Barry and Ann Coffey, all of Granite Falls, Rick and Kay Coffey of Conover and Dan Coffey of Youngstown, Ohio; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Trudy and Leonard White of Granite Falls and Tommy Jean and Don Wagner of South Carolina; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
     The funeral service was Sept. 10 at Catawba Funerals & Cremations with Rev. Kevin Keffer officiating.
     Burial was in Catawba Memorial Park.
     Pallbearers were Kenny Shinn, Josh Shinn, Bryan Ward, Kelly Ward, Willie Street and Scotty White.

Clyde E. Starnes Jr.
     Clyde Emit Starnes Jr., 46, of Vale, died Sept. 8 at Cherokee Indian Hospital in Cherokee, N.C. Born July 19, 1956 in Catawba County, he was the son of Clyde E. Starnes Sr. of Hickory and the late Thelma Knox Starnes.
     He was a member of Royal Chapel Church of God and owner of C-S Mart. He served in the Armed Forces. 
     In addition to his father and stepmother, Colleen Starnes of Hickory, survivors include his wife Donna Federick Starnes of the home; two sons, Dylan Starnes of Vale and Bryan Savage of Tucson, Ariz.; three grandsons, Dakota Spicer of Vale, and Brandon and Tyson Savage, both of Tucson, Ariz.; a granddaughter, Kailee Savage of Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Delores Starnes of Buffalo, S.C.; and a brother, Jonathan Starnes of Hickory.
     The funeral service was Sept. 11 at Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Petty officiating. 
     Burial was in Catawba Memorial Park.
     Bass-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ruth T. Stracke
     Ruth Torres Stracke, 84, of 23rd St., NW, Hickory died Sept. 3 at her residence after a brief illness. Born May 3, 1918 in New York, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Harry and Mae Torres. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Gustave Nis Stracke, a daughter, Dolores Stracke Ivey and a grandson, Chad Ivey.
     Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law Richard and Suzan Stracke of Fairfield, Ohio; three grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Charles “Chip” H. and Jennifer Ivey of Granite Falls, Richard G. Stracke II of Akron, Ohio, and Robert Chad Stracke of Fairfield, Ohio; two great-granddaughters, Jena and Madison Ivey, both of Granite Falls.
     The memorial service was Sept. 7 at Hickory Funeral Home Chapel and conducted by Chuck Ivey. 
     Entombment was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
     Hickory Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Nolene S. Teague
     Nolene St. Clair Teague, 79, of Hickory, died Sept. 9 at N.C. Lutheran Home. Born April 15, 1923 in Alexander County, she was the daughter of the late Ervin and Artie Davis St. Clair. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Teague and by three brothers, James, Charlie and Ed St. Clair. 
     She was a life-long member of Calvary Baptist Church and a homemaker.
     Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Melissa Teague of Hickory; granddaughter Sara Teague of Hickory; brother Ernest St. Clair of Taylorsville; two sisters-in-law, Dee St. Clair of Oregon and Lucille Cordelle of Hickory; two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Perry and      Tressie Jarrett and Bill Michael, all of Hickory.
     The funeral service was Sept. 11 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Bert Dixon officiating. 
     Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. 
     Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 1823 3rd Ave., SW, Hickory, N.C. 28602.

Howard L. Ward Sr.
     Howard Louis Egnor Ward Sr., 58, of 13th St., SE, Hickory, died Sept. 8 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born July 1, 1944 in Delaware County, N.Y., he was the son of the late Luke Egnor and Mary Wyman Degasta. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Christina Ward and Deborah Ward and stepfather Frances J. Ward.
     He was self-employed as a contractor and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
     Survivors include his wife Mary Gouthremont Ward of Sidney, N.Y.; four sons, Tad Ward Moore of Tonawanda, N.Y., William Ward of Granite Falls, and Howard L. Ward Jr. and Clarence Ward, both of Hickory; five brothers, Luke Egnor of Phoenix, Richard Ward of Sidney, N.Y., William Egnor of New York, Mikey Ward of Columbia, S.C., and Aaron Ward of Maiden; four sisters, Leah Archer of Sidney, N.Y., Beatrice Kane of Unadilla, N.Y., Edna Helms of Endicott, N.Y., and Jennifer Ward of California; eight grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncle and cousins.
     A memorial service was held Sept. 11 with Rev. Darrell Mull officiating.
     Burial will be at a later date in New York.
     Condolences may be sent to www.drumfuneralhome.com. Drum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ray Weaver
     Ray Weaver, 78, of Granite Falls, died Sept. 7 at Caldwell County Hospice. Born Aug. 8, 1924 in Burke County, he was the son of the late John and Sally Decker Weaver. 
     He was employed by Carrier Heat & Air Conditioning Co.
     Survivors include his wife Dotty Burns Weaver of the home; stepson Donnie Bumgarner of Granite Falls; grandson Ethan Bumgarner of Granite Falls; and a number of nieces and nephews.
     Bass-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Wayne G. White
     Wayne Gilbert White, 64, of North Caldwell Avenue, Newton, died Sept. 5 at Conover Nursing Center. Born Nov. 24, 1937 in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Moton and Grace Short White. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Wayne White, a sister Ailene Towery, and three brothers, Paul White, James White and Cly White.
     He was retired from the Newton Police Department as a lieutenant after 15 years of service and was a member of East First Street Baptist Church in Newton.
     Survivors include his wife of 44 years Lois Kanupp White of the home; three daughters, Vickie Perkins and Sandra Hall, both of Newton, Katherine White of Mt. View; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry Lee and Amy White of Newton and Jeffery Wayne and Janet White of Grover; a sister, Nadine Saunders of Morganton; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Earl and Norma White of Hickory and Hugh White of Morganton; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services were Sept. 8 at Drum Funeral Home Chapel in Conover with Revs. Fred Thompson and Henry Payne officiating.
     Burial was in Eastview Cemetery.
     The Newton Police Department served as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.
     Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658. 
     Condolences may be sent to www.drumfuneralhome.com. Drum Funeral Home in Conover was in charge of arrangements.


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