Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries
(2002)

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James Blackburn Jr.
     James Blackburn Jr., 74, died Nov. 20 at Hospice of Catawba Valley. Born Sept. 12, 1928 in Wilkes County he was the son of the late James Blackburn Sr. and Jessie Bell Blackburn.
     He was an electronic engineer with the FAA and a member of First Christian Church of Newton. He was a Veteran serving in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post #16 of Newton and a member of 40/8 of Newton. 
     In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter Judy Blackburn.
     Survivors include his wife Flossie Hatley Blackburn of the home; sons James “Doug” Douglas Blackburn of Newton, David Alan Blackburn of Hays, N.C., Rick Wallace of Newton and Bob Hatley of Claremont; daughters Deborah Lynn Blackburn of Pfaggtown, Sandy Wilfong of Newton, Pam Smith of Vale, Kay Salyers of Newton and Dona Turner of Newton; twenty-one grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Services were held Nov. 23 at Burke Mortuary with Rev. Gary Patterson officiating. Burial followed in Conover City Cemetery.
     Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

Fred R. Bowen
     Fred Randall Bowen, 69, died Nov. 20 at his residence. Born June 22, 1933 in Catawba County he was the son of Thomas Marshall and Myrtle Bowen.
     Bowen was a retired construction worker.
     He was preceded in death by his parents.
     Survivors include his wife Mary H. Bowen of the home; son Roger Bowen of Florida; daughter Brenda Gail Bowen of Florida; brothers Jimmy Bowen, Hubert Bowen and Jack Bowen all of Hickory; sister Della Frye of Hickory.
     Graveside services were held Nov. 22 at Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Homer F. Greene officiating.
     Hickory Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Charles J. Burgess
     Charles “Charlie” J. Burgess, 76, died Nov. 19. Born Aug. 3, 1926 in Catawba County he was the son of the late Paul J. Burgess and Juanita Deal Burgess. 
     The owner of Burgess Transport, Inc. in Charlotte he held numerous industry and civic posts such as American Trucking Association, Florida Trucking Association, North and South Carolina Trucking Association as well as a member of the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle. His passions were his work with various organizations such as the Sword of the Lord, Peace for Israel, Friends of Israel, Wings of Freedom as well as his passion for being a pilot. He was a member of Providence Road Baptist Church. 
     In addition to his parents a brother Glenn Burgess preceded him in death.
     Survivors include his wife of fifty one years, Anne Burgess of the home; daughters Pam Burgess of Charlotte, Peggy Burgess of Atlanta; sons Robert Burgess and wife Monica of Alpharetta Georgia and Bill Burgess of Hollywood Florida; grandsons Jeremy Dalton of Murphy and Chris Burgess of Alpharetta, Georgia.
     Services were held Nov. 21 at Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden with Rev. Charles Worley officiating. A graveside service was held Nov. 22.
     Memorials may be made to Providence Road Baptist Church, Providence Road, Maiden, and N.C. 
     Burke Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy H. Edwards
     Dorothy Hursey Edwards, 79, died Nov. 19 at Abernathy Retirement Center following a long battle with alzheimer’s disease. Born Sept. 5, 1923 in Catawba County she was the daughter of the late William Durant Hursey and Irma Yount Hursey.
     She and her late husband owned and operated Newton Furniture Store, Inc. She was also involved in various volunteer activities with senior adults and people who were in need. The focus of her life was her relationship with the Lord and with her family. She was involved in various leadership opportunities with Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Currently she was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Newton. She enjoyed traveling around the world and spending time with her children and grandchildren. 
     Her husband Rupert Gantt Edwards, sister Claudine Hursey and brothers Norman Hursey and William Durant Hursey, Jr, preceded her in death.
     Survivors include two sons Alan Gantt Edward of Newton and Donald Edward of Shurman Oaks, California; sis grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
     Services were held Nov. 22 at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Newton with Rev. Daniel G. Martin and Dr. Boyce Huffsteler officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem United Methodist church cemetery in Claremont.
     Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Western N.C. Chapter, P.O. Box 1066, Asheville, N.C. 28802.
     Burke Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Edward B. Hedrick
     Edward “Eddie” Baxter Hedrick, 38, died Nov. 21. Born July 16, 1964 in Catawba County he was the son of the late John Theodore Hedrick and Rose Blanche Moser Hedrick.
     He was formerly employed at Pizza Hut.
     In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother James Hedrick.
     Survivors include four sisters Gladys Hall of Newton, Lena Hedrick of Newton, Lena “Sis” Willis of Maiden and Peggy Wise of Lincolnton.; five brothers Russell Hedrick of Newton, Leroy Hedrick of Newton, David Hedrick of Newton, Guy Hedrick of Maiden and Ray Hedrick of Maiden; and a number of nieces and nephews.
     Services were held Nov. 24 at Drum Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Richard Kale officiated and burial followed in Eastview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Hall, Delbert Hall, Tommy Wise, Jr., Gary Reynolds, David Hedrick, Mark Stalnaker, Brian Smith and John Hardy.
     Drum Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

David R. Kanipe 
     David Rocklyn “Rocky” Kanipe, 53, died Nov. 20 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born April 18, 1949 in Catawba County he was the son of the late Byrl E. and Louise Smith Kanipe.
     He was employed by Interstate Foam and was a U.S. Army veteran.
     A brother Jerry W. Kanipe preceded him in death.
     Survivors include his wife Faye Ann McLaughlin Kanipe of the home; three sons, Allen Shook of Claremont, Joey Shook and Tommy Shook of Newton; sister and brother-in-law Rita and Johnny Williams of Newton; sister-in-law Bessie B. Kanipe of Newton; five nieces and nephews Natalie Williams, Kathy Davis, Diane K. Cushing, Kenneth Kanipe and Jeffrey Kanipe.
     Services were held Nov. 23 at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton. Rev. Ronnie L. Church officiated and burial was in Eastview Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kenneth Kanipe, Jeffrey Kanipe, Jeff Davis, John Cushing, Jeremy Cushing and Larry Annas.
     Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.
     Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Daisy C. Proctor
     Daisy Carswell Proctor, 78, died Nov. 21 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born June 26, 1924 in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late Robert S. and Nancy Carswell. Proctor was a homemaker.
     She was preceded in death by her husband Dwight J. Proctor; sister Marie Buchanan; three brothers Roy Carswell, Ed Carswell and Jesse Carswell.
     Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Butch Lippard of Hickory; daughter Phyllis Proctor of Hickory; grandaughter Brooke Lippard of Hickory; grandson Chase Lippard of Hickory; sister Betty Abernethy of Morganton; brothers Wilson Carswell, Joe Carswell and Sherrell Carswell of Morganton.
     Services were held Nov. 23 at Augustana Lutheran Church. Rev. Delbert R. Roth officiated and burial was in the church cemetery.
     Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658 or to Augustana Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1523 16th St., SE, Hickory, N.C. 28602.

Jennifer L. Rowe
     Jennifer Lassena Rowe, 31, died Nov. 11 at N.C. Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. Born March 13, 1971, she was the daughter of Bruce and Jan Spurlock Ketcham and Dennis and Margie Rowe.
     She was a graduate of Hickory High School and received a bachelor’s degree in human and community services at Lenoir-Rhyne College. She was in Sigma Kappa sorority. She was active at Corinth Reformed United Church of Christ. She taught Sunday school and kept the nursery. She was a Hospice volunteer and taught pre-school at First Presbyterian Church. Jennifer was waiting for a multi-organ transplant.
     She was preceded in death by her grandparents Albert and Lassena Spurlock.
     Survivors include her step-father and mother Bruce and Jan Spurlock Ketcham of Hampstead, N.C.; father and step-mother Dennis and Margie Rowe of Vale; brother Devin Clark Rowe of Hickory; sister Taylor Spurlock Ketcham of Hampstead; grandfather Herbert Ketcham of Hampstead; grandparents Howard and Tommie Rowe of Hickory; several aunts and uncles.
     A memorial service was held Nov. 14 at Corinth Reformed United Church of Christ. Rev. Robert Thompson and Rev. Bill Howell officiated.
     Memorials may be made to Corinth Reformed United Church of Christ, 150 16th Ave., NW, Hickory, N.C. 28601; Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658; Lenoir-Rhyne College. P.O. Box 7546, Hickory, N.C. 28603; Starzl Transplant Institute, IRTC, Suite 400, 3708 5th Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213.
     Bass-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Margie S. Turner
     Margie Sigmon Turner, 77, died Nov. 18 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born March 20, 1925 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late B.A. and Edith Smyre Turner.
     She was retired from New Sock Co. and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
     Survivors include her husband Donald Lee Turner of the home; half-brother Carl Sigmon of Catawba; brother Claude Sigmon of Catawba; brother-in-law Charles Ray Turner of Connelly Springs; brother-in-law J.R. Turner of Hickory.
     Services were held Nov. 20 at Hickory Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bert Dixon officiating. Burial was in Catawba Memorial Park.
     Hickory Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Young 
     Robert “Bobby” Young, 42, died Nov. 19 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Jan. 5, 1960 in Queens, N.Y., he was the son of the late Robert and Carmen Bezada Young. 
     Survivors include four sisters Laura Pritchard of Lenoir; Deborah Cook of Taylorsville; Lisa Scott of Hickory and Diane Cruz of Morganton.
     Services were held Nov. 21 at the Salvation Army in Lenoir with Captains Timothy Bartram and Garnett Bartram officiating. Burial was in Catawba Memorial Park.

Elizabeth H. Bradberry
     Elizabeth Hollifield Bradberry, 80 died Nov. 27 at her residence. Born Nov. 15, 1922 in Little Switzerland, N.C. she was the daughter of the late Ron and Minda Elliott Hollifield.
     She was a homemaker and was a member of Fairgrove Baptist Church. 
     In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Watkins C. Bradberry and a son Charles A. “Chuck” Bradberry.
     Survivors include two sons Watkins C. Bradberry of Catawba and Kenneth . Bradberry of Conover; one daughter Vicki Bradberry Abee of Hickory; one brother Linzie Hollifield of Cullowee; one sister Lessie Williams of Marion; eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
     Services were Nov. 30 at Fairgrove Baptist Church. Rev. Bobby Langston officiated with burial in Catawba Memorial Park.
Catawba Funerals & Cremations was in charge of arrangements.

Arnold G. Brandon, Sr. 
     Arnold “Arnie” G. Brandon Sr., 56, died Dec. 1 at his residence. Born July 27, 1946 in Caswell County he was the son of the late Robert Allen and Annie Bet Snow Brandon.
     He attended Center United Methodist Church in Catawba where he was active in the Methodist Men’s Group.
     In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters Sarah Watlington and Janie Brandon; three brothers Henry Brandon, William Brandon and Edward Brandon.
     Survivors include his wife Brownye C. Brandon of the home; daughters and sons-in-law Dawn and Jerry Hensley of Catawba and Ginnye A. Brandon of Catawba; son and daughter-in-law Gwynn Jr. and Kitty Brandon of Burlington; grandchildren Austin and Alex Brandon of Burlington, Trey Hensley of Catawba; Savannah Hensley of Catawba; mother-in-law Virginia Coward of the home; sister Mrs. Sally Shelton of Danville, Virginia; brother Hezekiah Brandon of Danville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
     Services were held Dec. 4 at the Center United Methodist Church Cemetery in Catawba. Rev. Peter McGuire officiated.
Memorials may be made to Center United Methodist Church, Methodist Men’s Group, 4945 Sherrills Ford Road, Catawba, N.C. 28609.
     Condolences may sent to the Brandon family at www.drumfuneralhome.com.

Beulah K. Benfield
     Beulah Inez Kanipe Benfield, 79, died Nov. 30 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Mar. 21, 1923 in Catawba County she was the daughter of the late Ed Kanipe and Ester Lafone Kanipe.
     She was retired from Shuford Mills and a member of First Assembly Church of God.
     In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Arcus Acoda Benfield and one sister Elizabeth Craig Marsh.
     Survivors include a sons Ronald Benfield of Hickory and Autry Dan Benfield of Hickory; granddaughter and husband Dawn and William Mull of Maiden; grandson Jesse D. Benfield of Nashville; great grandsons Joseph and Andrew Mull of Maiden; great granddaughter Lindsey Mull of Maiden; granddaughters Diana Benfield Beebe and Angela Benfield of Hickory; grandson Charlie Benfield of Hickory.
     Graveside rites were held Dec. 2 at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Homer Greene officiating.
     Hickory Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pete T. Bowman
     Pete T. Bowman, 92, died Nov. 30 at his residence. Born June 2, 1910 in Alexander County he was the son of the late Calvin and Matilda Miller Bowman.
     He was retired from Clayton Marcus and was a member of Shiloh Lutheran Church.
     In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a granddaughter Sherry Bowman, four sisters Carrie Hickey, Amanda Hefner, Alice Isenhour and Edna Bowman; five brothers Gilbert Bowman, Augustus Bowman, John Bowman, Vernace Bowman and Charles Bowman.
     Survivors include his wife Lottie Elizabeth Bowman of the home; daughters Mrs. Arnold (Pauline) Richey of Bethlehem, Mrs. Harold Lou Ann) Frye of Taylorsville, Mrs. Conley (Glenda) Sipe of Taylorsville; sons Ted Bowman of Bethlehem, Linzey Bowman of Taylorsville and Wayne Bowman of Bethlehem; five grandsons Chris Richey, Bradley Richey, Eric Frye, Kevin Sipe and Kendall Sipe; eight granddaughters Cindy Maese, Roxanne Buff, Crystal Clippard, Julia Rhyne Shelly Chapman, Mitizi Farrens, Jill Peek and Christie Alley; nine great grandsons Joey richey, Jamie Richey, Kyle Richey, Morgan London, Jacob Frye, Mason Frye, Keaton Peek, Karter Peek and Kyler Peek; seven great granddaughters Caroline Clippard, Porter Maese, Andrea Rhyne, Brianna Rhyne, Candy Sprinkle, Kaitlyn Sipe and Kenna Sipe; one great-great grandson Logan Sprinkle; sister Susie Bowman.
     Services were held Dec. 3 at Shiloh Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Walter L. Hitchcock Jr. and Rev. Glen Yount officiated. Pallbearers were Chris Richey, Bradley Richey, Kevin Sipe, Kendall Sipe, Eric Frye and Dennis Rhyne.
     Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alexander County, 412 3rd Street S.W., Taylorsville, N.C. 28682 or to Shiloh Lutheran Church, 1011 Shiloh Ch. Road, Hickory, N.C. 28601.
     Hickory Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mattie H. Clevenger
     Mattie Huffman Clevenger, 81, died Nov. 27 at Valdese General Hospital. Born April 15, 1921 in Burke County she was the daughter of the late Columbus Hayes and Ida Burns Huffman .
     He was retired from the hosiery industry,
     In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband William Hugh Clevenger, a son Ernest Clevenger and a daughter Carolyn Perkins; brothers Eli Huffman, Ike Huffman, Bill Huffman and Ray Huffman; sisters Bertha Rogers, Lillie Icard, Minnie Wright and Pearl Ingle.
     Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Thomas Houston of Hildebran; brother and sister-in-law John and Grace Huffman of Baton; grandsons Chad Houston of Hildebran, Dwayne Perkins of Hildebran and Timothy Perkins of Hildebran; granddaughter Kim Houston of Hildebran; niece Linda Faye Hersom of Morganton; and several other nieces and nephews.
     Services were held Nov. 30 at Bass-Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Gerald Hutley and Rev. Marcus Huntley officiated. Burial was in Sunrise Full Gospel Cemetery.
     Bass-Smith Funeral was in charge of arrangements.

Christine S. Fox
     Christine Sparks Fox, 95, died Nov. 27 at Abernethy Center United Church Retirement Homes in Newton where she had been a resident for more than 11 years. Born April 22, 1907 in Morganton she was the daughter of the late James W. Sparks and Margaret Hallyburton Sparks. 
     She was on the nursing staff of the former Catawba General Hospital in Newton for many years. She had also been a nurse at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and in Valdese, and at a hospital in Asheboro and in medical offices in Atlanta and in Valdese. She was a charter member of the      Catawba Memorial Hospital Auxiliary when it was established in 1968 and was honored by the medical facility for having been a volunteer for 30 years. Mrs. Fox had also been a volunteer with the local Red Cross blood collection program.
     A member of the Ransom-Sherrill Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Catawba County Historical Association, she was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Newton. Mrs. Fox had been a donor to the Catawba Medical Foundation to benefit the county-owned hospital and had donated family heirlooms to the Catawba County Museum of History. Mrs. Fox moved to the retirement village at Abernethy Center in April 1991 following the death of her husband.
     In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Newton realtor Ralph T. Fox and four sisters and a grandson.
     Survivors include a son John Courtney of Columbia, S.C., two granddaughters Constance Courtney and Kelly Courtney; great grandson Aaron Courtney and a niece Margaret McBride of Atlanta Georgia.
     A memorial service was conducted Dec. 4 at Spirit Place at Abernethy Center. Rev. Randy Cowan of Calvary Baptist Church and the Rev. Fred Thompson officiated.
     Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 107, Newton, N.C. 28658.
     Condolences may be sent to the Fox family at www.willisreynoldsfuneralhome.com.
     Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Donald R. Fuller, Sr.
     Donald Ray Fuller, Sr., 80, died Nov. 24 at Duke University Medical Center. He was a resident of Lumberton, N.C.
     Survivors include sons Donald R. Fuller Jr. and Sue Nell of Hickory, and Stephen A. Fuller and Janet Fuller of Savannah Georgia; sister Mary Louise Fuller Berkeley of Fairfax, Va.; and one granddaughter Carson Elizabeth Fuller of Hickory.
     Services were held Nov. 26 at First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton with burial in Meadowbrook Cemetery. Rev. Sam Warner and Rev. David Ruth officiated.
     Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1061, Lumberton, N.C. 28359 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Shirley D. Goble
     Shirley Dover Goble, 42, died Nov. 28 at her residence. Born Jan. 13 in Catawba County she was the daughter of William Floyd Dover of Pickens, S.C. and the late Charlene Hubbard Dover.
     She was a homemaker.
     In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by a daughter Beverly Higgs and a sister Julie Dover.
     Survivors include her father and stepmother William Floyd and Ruby Dover of Pickens, S.C.; daughter Kimberly Joan Banner of Kentucky; fiancé Bobby Young; sisters Janet Estes of Morganton, Patricia Workman of Hickory, Debra Carpenter of Newton, Joyce Day of Hickory and Tammy Greenard of Hickory; brother Eddie D. Dover of Newton.
     Services were held Dec. 1 at Drum Funereal Home Chapel. Rev. Mike McKinney officiated and burial followed in the Eastview Cemetery.      Pallbearers were Terry Carpenter, Wayne Day, Aaron Young, Delano Young, Michael Young and Verlin Estes.
     Condolences may be sent to the Goble family at www.drumfuneralhome.com.
     Drum Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ernest K. Hefner, Jr.
     Ernest Kenneth “Skip” Hefner, Jr., 49, died Nov. 22 at his residence. Born Nov. 10, 1953 in Catawba County he was the son of the late Ernest K. Hefner, Sr. and Kathleen Jones Hefner of Hickory.
     He was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and worked for Cranford Wood Carving where he was a master carver.
     Survivors include a daughter Ricci Hefner of the home; granddaughter Haly Adams of Hickory; grandson Cody Hefner 
of the home; mother Kathleen “Cassie” Hefner of Hickory; companion and care giver Cindy Houston of Conover; sister Elizabeth “Betsy” Buchanan of Hickory.
     Services were held Nov. 24 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church M.S. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. David Guelzow officiated.
     Memorials may be sent to St. Stephens Lutheran Church M.C., 2304 Springs Road N.E., Hickory, N.C. 28601 or to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, N.C. 28658.
     Bass-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Arnold L. Lowman
     Arnold Lee Lowman, 71, died Nov. 22 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Born June 26, 1931 in Catawba County he was the son of the late Clarence Lowman and Antha Withers Lowman.
     He was co-founder of and president of Maiden Frame Shop until his retirement. He served in the U.S. army Paratroopers in Korea and received the Purple Heart. He was member of the American Legion and Gideon’s International. He was a member of Lawings Chapel Baptist Church and served as a deacon.
     In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Dean Lowman.
     Survivors include his wife of fifty-one years Lois Lovings Lowman; two daughters Gail L. and Doug Bandy of Newton, Teresa L. and Laban Helderman of Newton; brother Neal Lowman of Newton; two sisters Mildred Lowman Shrum and Carolyn Lowman Burke of Maiden; two granddaughters Melanie Bandy Spencer and Chad Spencer of Conover and Monica Helderman of Newton; two grandsons Joshua and Deanna Bandy of Maiden and Justin Helderman of Newton; one great grandson Cy Aaron Spencer of Conover.
     Services were held Nov. 24 at Lawings Chapel Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Foyd Bannett officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
     Memorials may be made to Lawings Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund or Gideon’s 
     International. Burke Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Stuart M. Martin, Jr. 
     Stuart McGuire Martin, Jr. 62, died Nov. 30 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 12, 1940 in Roanoak Rapids he was the son of the late Stuart M. Martin, Sr. and Louise Cornwell Martin.
     Mr. Martin was employed in risk management.
     He was preceded in death by his parents.
     Survivors include his wife Judith Martin Martin of Maiden; two daughters Dee Martin of Maiden and Tara Pigcon of Gray, Tennessee; one brother Gene Martin of Milwaukee, N.C.; one sister Carole Britt of Severn, N.C.; and three grandchildren.
     Services were held Dec. 4 at Catawba Funerals & Cremations. 
     Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 3305-5 16th Avenue S.E., Suite 115, Conover, N.C. 28613 or to Mental Health Association or Hospitality House in Charlotte.
     Catawba Funerals & Cremations served the family.

Kenneth D. Miller
     Kenneth David Miller, 26, died Nov. 30 at his residence. Born Feb. 23, 1976 in Catawba County he was the son of Ronald Miller and Donna Cline Bradshaw.
     He graduated from St. Stephens High School and was a member of the W.C.R.F.C.
     Survivors include his parents Ronald Lee Miller of Newton and Donna Cline Bradshaw of Conover; sister Mindy Miller of Newton; paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Lester H. Miller with whom he made his home; maternal grandmother Shirley Cline of Conover; niece Lillie Niehoff of Newton; and a number of nieces and nephews.
     Services were held Dec. 3 at Hickory Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Rev. Robert E. Allen and Rev. Tim Shook officiated. Burial was in Catawba Memorial Park.

Charles A. Nash
     Charles Andrew Nash, 70, died Dec. 1 at Hospice of Caldwell County. Born Jan. 29, 1932 in Syracuse, New York, he was the son of the late William and Louise Brockway Nash. 
     He retired from General Electric after 24 years of service and Bazz-Houston after 24 years of service.
     Survivors include his wife Emma Humphrey Nash o the home; two sons Robert Charles Nash of Seattle, Washington and James William Nash of Connelly Springs; sister Jean Marie Bailey of Susanville, California; four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
     Mr. Nash was buried at Warners Memorial Park in Warners. New York. A service will be held at a later date.
     Hickory Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James R. O’Shields
     James Reginald O’Shields, 76, died Nov. 18 at Brian Center East in Hickory. Born Dec. 5, 1925 in Greenville, S.C. he was the son of the late James O’Shields and Mae O’Shields Childs.
     Survivors include his wife Juanita Oliver O’Shields of Vale; one son Donald O’Shields of Charlotte; one daughter Elizabeth Settlemyre of Vale; nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
     A graveside service was held Nov. 20 at Catawba Memorial Park.
     Catawba Funerals & Cremations was in charge of arrangements.

Renee J. Sain
     Renee Johnson Sain, 51, died Nov. 15 at her residence. Born Nov. 29, 1951 in Catawba County she was the daughter of the late Horace Ray and Ruby Bailey Johnson.
     She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Hildebran where she was a former Sunday school teacher. She was a teacher at East Burke Middle School and was a past president of Hildebran PTA. A member of the Kiwanis Club, she was a graduate of St. Stephens High School and Lenoir Rhyne College.
     In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother J. Kelly Johnson, maternal grandparents J.S. and Irene Bailey and paternal grandparents T.R. and Franzena Johnson.
     Survivors include her husband Michael F. Sain of the home; daughter Jenna R. Sain of the home; son Jeremiah F. Sain of the home; brother Jeff Johnson of Hickory; sister Jan Hendrix of Hickory; sisters-in-law Karen Johnson of Port St. Lucie Fla., Barbara J. Sain of Asheville, Irene S. Patton of Mt. Olive and Patricia Wallace of Hickory.
     Services were held Nov. 18 at First Baptist Church in Hildebran with Rev. Ronald Arndt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Joel Burns, Joe Burns, Dennis Huffman, Michael Lockee, Jon Huffman and Tex Burns.
     Memorials may be made to Hospice of Burke County, 1729 Enon Road, Valdese, N.C. 28690
     Bass-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mark C. Wagner
     Mark Clinton Wagner, 32, died Nov. 26 at his residence. Born July 14, 1970 in Catawba County he was the son of Roger Owen and Rena Eller Wagner.
     He was employed by Com Scope and was a member of the Hickory Moose Lodge.
     Survivors include his parents Roger Owen and Rena Eller Wagner of Hickory; brother and sister-in-law Michael Scott and Loretta Wagner of Granite Falls; nephew Todd Chester Wagner of Granite Falls; grandmother Irene Eller of Hickory; grandparents Pete and Lois Wagner of Conover.
     A graveside service was held Nov. 29 at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. 
     Bass-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Howard L. Ward
     Howard Lee Ward, 79, died Nov. 26 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 23, 1923 in Catawba County he was the son of the late Lloyd David and Minnie Gilbert Ward,
     He was a member of Sandy Ridge Wesleyan Church and retired from Drexel Heritage. He was a US Army veteran of World War II.
     In addition to his parents he is survived by a brother Glenn Anderson Ward and a sister Mania Ward Rudisall.
     Survivors include his wife Pearl Long Ward of the home; daughters Evelyn and Mack Lail of Claremont, Sandra and Jim Little of Hickory; granddaughters Sherry Sigmon of Claremont, Brandee Little of Buies Creek; grandson Scott Little of Buies Creek; great grandsons Nolan Smith of Claremont and James Simmons of Claremont; sisters Gurleanis Ward of Conover, Ramona W. Kiziah of Hickory; brother Sterlng David Ward of Hickory.
     Services were held Nov. 29 at Sandy Ridge Wesleyan Church with Rev. Scott Howard officiating. Burial was in Catawba Memorial Park.      Pallbearers were Nolan Smith, Shawn Ward, Kim Isenhour, David Ward, William Shelton, Scott Little, Dwayne Simoom and Vernon Shelton.      Military graveside rites were conducted by American Legion Post #48.
     Hickory Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Donald R. Yount
     Donald Ray Yount, 69, died Nov. 22 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born May 12, 1933 in Alexander County he was the son of the late Kenneth Yount and Lovie Hall Yount Bolick.
     He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church and worked at North Hickory Furniture where he was a furniture supervisor. He was a member of Hickory Moose Lodge and Granada Farms Club.
     In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a daughter Laura R. Yount.
     Survivors include his wife Norma Cloer Yount of the home; mother Lovie H. Yount of Hickory; daughter Diedri Y. Garrett of Hickory; daughter and son-in-law Tamers Y. and Daniel Odom of Hickory; granddaughter Kelly Garrett; grandsons Chase Garrett and Justin Garrett of Hickory; granddaughter Porscha Yount of Hickory; grandsons Trenton Yount and Clifton Smoot of Hickory; brothers Allen R. Yount and Dewey L. Yount of Hickory; sister Sylvia Y. Bevans of Hickory.
     A memorial service was held Nov. 25 at Mt. Pisagh Lutheran Church. Rev. Michael Stine officiated
     Hickory Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Larson Moore: A life fully lived

      Imagine Larson Hughes Moore’s shock when he found out Hickory Fire Education Coordinator Teri Rhodes didn’t have a joke ready and she was about to speak to the Rotary Club!
      Quickly, he told her one, to save her from the situation.
      Rhodes and other firefighters gathered around a table at the main fire station on Tuesday afternoon, laughing and remembering the man who worked so long for the fire department and the city. The man who always had a joke ready and was always ready to befriend a new person.
Moore, 79, died Nov. 28 at Frye Regional Medical Center, but is still warmly remembered by those who knew him.
      Ted Beshears, his best friend and a pallbearer at his funeral, knew Moore for about 45 years and remembers him as a friendly person with an outgoing personality. 
      “More than any other person, I saw that he liked to help people,” Beshears said. 
      Moore would help people in his neighborhood and those who were disadvantaged, and he tried to be fair to everyone, Beshears said. 
      But, he also enjoyed himself.
      “He enjoyed living life more than anyone I ever saw,” Beshears said.
      That showed in his playing golf, and in his later years, working with computers. But, it also showed in his personality – the fact that he always had a joke ready and a quick wit, said Deputy Fire Chief Fred Hollar, who worked with Moore while he was the fire chief. Moore, who had joined the Hickory Fire Department in 1953, retired in 1987 after serving 11 years as chief.
      Even while Moore was sick and carrying around an oxygen tank, the humor never left him, Hollar said. He recalled one day when he, Moore and others from the fire department went out to lunch and the waitress accidentally kicked the oxygen tank.
      “‘It’s OK, I throw it around,’ he told her,’” said Hollar.
      It was just like Moore to try to make everyone feel at ease.
      “He was always extremely nice and always had time to speak to you,” said firefighter Bobby Rudisill.
      “He always had a story,” added Fire Chief Thomas Alexander.
      “Always,” agreed Hollar.
      “He was the Will Rogers of the Fire Department,” Alexander joked.
      But, afterward, everyone was quiet for a while, remembering their own stories of Moore.
      His death was difficult because of the family-type relationship members of the Hickory Fire Department share with one another, Alexander said.
      “I worked 30 years with another department,” he said. “When people there retired, you didn’t see them again. This is truly more of a family situation.”
      Though Moore hadn’t worked at the fire department since the 1980s, he continued to visit and to be an active part of the community.
      “He stayed involved,” said Battalion Chief Rick Davis.
      While at the Hickory Fire Department, Moore organized the fire prevention bureau, implemented Hickory’s first fire code and served as the city’s arson investigator. 
      After retirement, he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine in 1988 by then-Gov. James G. Martin. The award is presented to individuals who have a proven record of service to the state and is among the most prestigious awards presented by the governor of North Carolina.
      In the 1990s, he decided to run for office and served on Hickory City Council as a Ward 3 representative from 1991-98.
      His service to the community dates back much further, though. Moore served on the board of the American Red Cross in the 1960s and taught first aid. He also helped Boy Scouts earn their first aid and firemanship merit badges. 
      A World War II veteran, Moore served in the 357th anti-aircraft artillery battalion as a sergeant and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. In the military, he earned an EAME Service Medal with two bronze stars, a good conduct medal and a WWII Victory Medal.
      Moore was born March 7, 1923 in Henderson to the late Nannie and Larson Moore. 
      He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Smith Moore of Lenoir, who died in 1994; by an identical twin brother, Carson; by brothers Max and Tommy; and sister Nelly Gray.
      Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Tony and Beverly Moore of Newton; granddaughter and grandson-in-law Meredith and Mark Haynes of Bethlehem; granddaughter Elizabeth Moore of Newton; two sisters, Maxine, who lives in Henderson, and Loraine, who lives in Alabama; and companion Mary Emma Smith of Hickory.
      He was a member of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church on Main Avenue Drive and 17th Street, NW, where memorials may be sent.       Memorials may also be made to the Larson H. Moore scholarship fund at Lenoir-Rhyne College.
He was also a member of the N.C. Fire Chiefs Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Catawba Valley Golden “K” Kiwanis, American Legion Post 48 and Oasis Shrine.
      His funeral was Dec. 2, with Rev. Gregory B. Williams officiating and burial was in Catawba Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Ted Beshears, Buren Hamrick, Gene Haynes, Cecil Clark, Danny Seaver and O.W. Jarrett. Honorary pallbearers were the firemen of Catawba County and the Catawba Valley Golden “K” Kiwanis.


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