Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries

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JOHN H. SIGMON Jr.
The Rev. John Henry Sigmon Jr., 79, died Oct. 14, 2000, in Hickory.

Born Oct. 6, 1921, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late John H. and Sally Miller Sigmon.

A 1938 graduate of Hickory High School, he graduated from Lenoir- Rhyne College in 1942. After graduation, he taught at Granite Falls High School before entering the military. He served in the Air Force for more than three years and was sent to India and Tinian Island during World War II. He later attended the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and, in 1949, he was called as pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Morganton, where he served for more than 34 years.

He was a member of the Morganton Lions Club and chaplain of PTO. He served in various committees and organizations. He held offices in Morganton and Burke County Minister's Associations, Catawba Valley Lutheran Minister's Association and Western District of the North Carolina Synod. He served 15 years on the board of the N.C. Lutheran Homes, served as chairman of Retired Pastors and Wives Organizations of the N.C. Synod for many years and was past president of the Lenoir-Rhyne College Alumni Association.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Winston T. Sigmon and C. Miller Sigmon; two sisters, Christine Mauney and Erline Blevins; and a granddaughter, Amber L. Sigmon.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Vivian Miller Sigmon; three sons and daughters-in-law, John H. and Linnie C. Sigmon III and David G. and Iris C. Sigmon of Hickory and Dr. Timothy M. and Linda T. Sigmon of Charlottesville, Va.; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Beth and George Young of Newton; a grandson, Benjamin B. Young; two granddaughters, Kelly E. Sigmon and Amanda L. Young; four nephews; and five nieces.

A memorial service will be conducted by Bishop Leonard Bolick and the Revs. Richard Fritz and Greg Williams at 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Andrews Lutheran Church.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory.

Honorary pallbearers will be his friends, the Revs. William Milholland, Ralph Eckard, Harold Skinner, Henry Rendleman, Woodrow Frick, and Floyd Bost, and Robert Ormand.

The family will remain at the church after the memorial service.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Building Fund, 629 Eighth St., NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601; or, Calvary Lutheran Church, Building Fund, 119 North King St., Morganton, N.C. 28655.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

LEONARD J. FORD

LENOIR - Leonard James Ford, 66, of Hope Avenue, Hudson, died Oct. 14, 2000, at Carolina's Medical Center in Charlotte.

Born Jan. 20, 1934, in Watauga County, he was a son of the late William S. and Lillie Mae Ford.

A member of Union Grove Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member and church council member, he was retired. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Sue Ford; and a brother, Frank A. Ford.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Cline Ford; a son, Jeffery L. Ford of Granite Falls; four daughters, Sandra Ford, Kim Miller and Dana Watson of Hudson and Anita Lackey of Lenoir; four brothers, Walter Ford and Paul Ford of Lenoir, Ray Ford of Morganton and Alfred Ford of Newton; a sister, Lucy Smith of Morganton; and six grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Sam Craven and Jim Hamby at 11 a.m. Tuesday at his church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ed Haigh, Andy Johnson, Fred McCall, David Hall, Rex Cannon, Paul Gibbs, Gerald Long and Jim Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Lenoir Fire Department, Caldwell County EMS and his Sunday school class.

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

Memorials may be made to Union Grove Baptist Church, 1808 Union Grove Road, Lenoir, N.C. 28645; or, Fellowship Baptist Church, 2682 Fairwood Drive, Hudson, N.C. 28638.

Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ROY T. HEPLER

Roy Tate Hepler, 87, died Oct. 14, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

He was born July 27, 1913, in High Point.

A member of First United Methodist Church of Hickory and a past president of the St. Stephens Lion's Club, he worked as a teacher of woodworking with the National Youth Administration in Albemarle and was a regional vocalist and radio singer in Greensboro during the Big Band Era.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served in North Africa on the battleship New York and the repair ship Delta. He was trained in firefighting and bomb disposal and he saw action in Sicily, Italy, Enowetok and the Marshall Islands. At the end of World War II, he was present when the flags came down and the Japanese surrendered at Tokyo Bay.

He was employed by Central Telephone Company as a commercial engineer and later as a regulatory coordinator for the company. He helped introduce direct distance dialing in North Carolina and helped set up regulations to allow customer- owned equipment in the state. He retired in July 1978.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Pearl Thompson Hepler; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Sidney R. and Yvonne Munoz-Hepler of Gastonia and Robert Tate Hepler and Terry Bush of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a daughter, Jennifer Derrick of Hickory; a sister, Ruth Simmons of High Point; and three granddaughters, Cami Hepler, Lea Hepler and Erena Hepler of Hickory.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Paul Starnes and William Roberts at 11 a.m. Tuesday at his church.

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

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

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Land Purchase Fund, 311 Third Ave., NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601.

LUCY C. BARNETTE

TAYLORSVILLE - Lucy Campbell Barnette, 86, of Valley Nursing Center, formerly of Gaines Lane, Statesville, died Oct. 15, 2000, at Valley Nursing Center.

Born July 11, 1914, in Alexander County, she was a daughter of the late Ila and Nancy Shoemaker Campbell.

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

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Barnette; a son- in-law, Paul Green; a brother; and three sisters.

Survivors include a son, Robert Barnette of Alexander County; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Janette B. and Marvin Lambert and Pat B. and Ray Akers of Statesville and Faye Barnette Green of Mooresville; three sisters, Emmer Bunton of Landis, and Vona Gabriel and Ann Deaton of Mooresville; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Bill Smith and Roger Holland at 3 p.m. Tuesday at her church.

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

The family will be at Adams Funeral Home from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight and at the residence of Marvin and Janette Lambert, 126 Gaines Lane, Statesville, at other times.

CAROLYN B. WILLIFORD

VALDESE - Carolyn Bivens Williford, 56, of Mallard Drive, Charlotte, died Oct. 14, 2000, at University Hospital in Charlotte.

Born March 19, 1944, in Burke County, she was a daughter of Elsie Buff Bivens of the home and the late Russell Bivens.

A secretary with Trigon Environmental, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William E. Williford.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a brother, Gary Bivens of Morganton; three sisters, Frances Flynn of Covina, Calif., Lucille Massie of Rocky Mount and Maxine Robinson of the home; a niece, Charlene Robinson of the home; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Allan Barlow at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Service.

Entombment will be in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum.

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

CLYDE W. FOX

Clyde William Fox, 86, of Kool Park Road, NE, died Oct. 15, 2000, at Brian Center in Hickory after a period of declining health.

Born Aug. 25, 1914, in Alexander County, he was a son of the late William P. and Hester Little Fox.

A member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, he was self-employed as a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Mae Fox and Myrtle Sue Fox.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Clyda Emily Shook Fox; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry C. and Mildred Fox of Hickory; a daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and C.R. Turner of Hickory; two brothers, Ray Fox of Hickory and Fred Fox of Indiana; five sisters, Mary Rooks of Knoxville, Tenn., Pansy Abee of Hickory, Flois Jones of Winston- Salem, Bessie Overcash of China Grove and Marie Thompson of Collinsville, Va.; a grandson, David B. Mingus of Hickory; a granddaughter, Cathy Michael of Bethlehem; a great-grandson, Shawn Mingus of Hickory; and two great-granddaughters, Spencer Rendleman and Emily Mingus of Hickory.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. David Guelzow at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at his church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to St. Stephens Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, 2304 Springs Road, NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601; or, Catawba Valley Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

LEONA B. HEFNER

Leona Barnette Hefner, 89, of Springs Road, died Oct. 13, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health.

Born Nov. 25, 1910, in Mecklenburg County, she was a daughter of the late James F. and Lula Barnette.

A member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, she retired from Belk Broome Company.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Hefner Sr.; three brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Ralph E. Hefner Jr. of Hickory and Gerald L. Hefner of Kannapolis; a daughter, Judy H. Houser of Vale; two brothers, Frank Barnette of Matthews and Reid Barnette of Indian Trails; a sister, Daisy Green of Oakboro; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. David Guelzow at 3 p.m. today 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 remain at the church one hour after the service.

Memorials may be made to St. Stephens Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, 2304 Springs Road, NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601.

Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JOHN D. LOWE

CANTON - John David J.D. Lowe, 59, of Incinerator Road, died Oct. 14, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.

Born in Haywood County, he was a son of the late James V. and Gladys Ford Lowe.

He was employed with Blue Ridge Paper Products in the shift repair department for 34 years. He also was an ordained Baptist minister.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Judith Ann Lowe.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Martha Sorrells Lowe; two sons, Michael David Lowe of Tellico Plains, Tenn., and Stephen Mark Lowe of the home; a brother, the Rev. Russell M. Lowe of McAlester, Okla.; a sister, Mary Lucy Lowe Andrews of Hudson; and two grandsons, Tallon Lowe and Jesse Lowe of Canton.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Charles Lewis and Bruce Cayton at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Old Thickety Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eugene Belt, Charles West, Wayne Oates, Kenneth Warren, Ray Queen and Roland Osborne.

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Haywood County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1275, Canton, N.C. 28716.

MARSHALL A. DRUM

CONOVER - Marshall Alexander Drum, 88, of Big Cedar Lane, Newton, died Oct. 14, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 23, 1911, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late John L. and Laura Kincaid Drum.

A member of Old St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Newton, he retired as a supervisor in the shipping department of Ridgeview Hosiery after more than 45 years of service.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, D. Kelly Drum, Donald L. Drum, Vance Drum and Howard J. Drum; and two sisters, Anne Snyder and Nora Mae Hewitt.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Cora Lea Poovey Drum; a daughter, Barbara Robinson of Centreville, Va.; three sisters, Ruth Sipe and Nell Wilkinson of Maiden and Stella Caldwell of Newton; two grandchildren and grandchildren-in- laws, Robert and Kathleen Robinson of Knoxville, Tenn., and Beverly and Minoru Tanabe of Irving, Texas; and a great-granddaughter, Laura Robinson.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. David Ridenhour and Luther Knauff at 3 p.m. Tuesday 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 Drum Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to Old St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Building Fund, 2035 Old Conover-Startown Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

PEARL B. GREER

LENOIR - Pearl Beaver Greer, 94, of Connelly Springs Road, died Oct. 13, 2000, at Caldwell County Hospice.

Born Jan. 22, 1906, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Frank J. and Mary Elizabeth Canner Pope.

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

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Volis Beaver; her second husband, Talf Greer; a brother, Monroe Pope; and two sisters, Jonsie Missmore and Corey Pope.

Survivors include four sons, Joe Raymond Beaver and Floyd Raynard Beaver of Lenoir, Jerry Donnal Beaver of Lewiston, Idaho, and Willard Buddy Beaver of Butler, Tenn.; three daughters, Lois C. Pope of Lenoir, Lucille Bayse of Lynchburg, Va., and Azalee Elizabeth Burris of Springfield, Mo.; a brother, Donnal Pope of Las Vegas, Nev.; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Horace Minton and Wally Smith at 2 p.m. today at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Floyd Beaver, Randy Stilwell, Chris Beaver, Tim McCloud, Danny Glieiser and Tim Griffin.

JERRY L. WAUGH

Jerry Leonard Waugh, 60, of Noah's Path, Conover, died Oct. 14, 2000, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston- Salem.

Born Dec. 4, 1939, in Iredell County, he was a son of the late J.C. and Hazel Lean Johnson Waugh.

A member of Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Conover, he was employed with Southwood as a cutter.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Miller Waugh; a son and daughter- in-law, Michael L. and Mary Waugh of Claremont; a daughter and son-in- law, Lisa and Steven Dellinger of Conover; two brothers, Donald Nelson Waugh of Claremont and J. Thomas Waugh of Conover; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Boyce Ballard of Sherrills Ford; three grandsons, Brian Waugh and Donald Carswell of Claremont and Steven Dellinger of Conover; and two great-grandchildren, Austin Dellinger of Conover and Deanna Carswell of Claremont.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. James Zimmerman at 11 a.m. Tuesday at his church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will be at the church from 6 to 8 tonight.

Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JOEY D. PATTERSON

MORGANTON - Joey Dean Patterson, 41, of Enola Road, died Oct. 14, 2000, at Grace Hospital.

Born Feb. 8, 1959, in McDowell County, he was a son of the late Ralph H. and Hope Madge McFalls Patterson.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Randy Lee Patterson.

Survivors include a son, Joseph Mitchell Patterson of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Dennis Carroll Patterson of Morganton; and three sisters, Pamela Renee Ward and Melissa Patterson of Morganton and Janice Patterson Kelley of Dysartsville.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Pat Buchanan and Walker Toney at 5 p.m. today at Connelly Springs Freewill Baptist Church.

Burial will be in McDowell Memorial Park.

The family will be at the residence of Renee Ward, 3439 Enold Road, at other times.

Memorials may be made to Burke United Christian Ministries, P.O. Box 642, Morganton, N.C. 28680-0642.

Sossoman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

GERALD B. HOLLIFIELD

LENOIR - Gerald Barnett Hollifield, 64, of Redbud Place, died Oct. 13, 2000, at Valdese General Hospital.

Born July 27, 1936, he was a son of the late Verner Hollifield.

A Baptist, he was employed by Piedmont Industries and served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Beatty Hollifield; five sons, Gerald Hollifield and Mark Hollifield of Lenoir, Daryl Hollifield of Catawba, Tim Hollifield of Hickory and Joe Hollifield of Hildebran; two daughters, Debra Hollifield of California, and Lisa Bodan of Denver, N.C.; a sister, Clara Jo Brown of Conover; and 13 grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Revs. Jerry Shatley, Richard Privett and Doug Blevins at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be the Rev. Doug Blevins, Gerald Hollifield, Mark Hollifield, Tim Hollifield, Joe Hollifield and Charlie Winberg.

The family will be at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 tonight.

WILLENA E. PARHAM

MAIDEN - Willena Ennie Parham, 78, of Arcadia Heights Road, Lincolnton, died Oct. 14, 2000, at Lincoln Medical Center in Lincolnton.

Born June 17, 1922, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late David D. and Edna Mae Ballard Drum.

She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda P. Colville; and a sister, Vilona Withers.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Horace Earl Parham; five sisters, Alda Bumgarner and Gladys Sipe of Maiden, Martha Deveney of Newton, Mozelle Moore of Stanley and Millie Shook of Kings Mountain; and two grandchildren, Brian Colville of Notre Dame, Ind., and Sarah Colville of Winter Park, Fla.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Eddie McGinnis at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Burke Mortuaries, Inc.

Burial will be in Hillcrest Gardens in Mount Holly.

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


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