Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries

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OSCAR A. HEFNER
CONOVER - Oscar “Bud” Alexander Hefner, 88, of Sixth Street, SW, died July 21, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital in Hickory.

Born June 20, 1912, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Marion and Nannie Lail Hefner.

A member of Concordia Lutheran Church, he retired from Warlong Glove Company.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maudine Sigmon Hefner; two daughters, Ann Elizabeth Hefner and Alice Louetta Helms; two brothers; four sisters; and a great-granddaughter, Allison Marie Holland.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Eubert Sigmon of Claremont; two sisters, Estelle Carpenter of Claremont and Carrie Sigmon of Newton; six grandchildren, Dawn Misenheimer, Danny Sigmon, Keith Sigmon, Kimberly Holland, Tony Helms and Sherry Miller; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Donald Oldenburg at 2 p.m. Monday at his church.

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

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

Memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church, 216 Fifth Ave., SE, Conover, N.C. 28613; or Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

WILLIAM H. GILBERT

FLORENCE, S.C. - William Hugo Gilbert, 85, died July 21, 2000, in an area hospital after a period of declining health.

Born in Newton, N.C., he was a son of the late John O. and Mary Emma Hunsucker Gilbert.

A member of First Baptist Church, he was also a member of King's Men Sunday School Class.

A member of the Retired Railroad Employees Club, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the Noon Optimist Club, he retired as an engineer from ACL Railroad.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Culpepper “Polly” Gilbert; two sons and daughters-in-law, William D. and Dee Gilbert of Suffolk, Va., and Michael H. and Dixie Gilbert of Florence; two granddaughters, Mary Margaret “Meg” Gilbert of Suffolk, Va., and Macey Stanton Gilbert of Florence; a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Michael H. and Molly Gilbert Jr. of Richmond, Va.; and a great-grandson, Frederick Oliver Gilbert of Richmond, Va.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Waters-Powell Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery.

LOU D. ASKEW

STONY POINT - Lou Dyson Askew, 83, of Stony Point, died July 22, 2000, in Alexander County Community Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born June 25, 1917, in Wilkes County, she was a daughter of the late Robert L. and Tishey Laws Dyson.

A member of Stony Point Tabernacle Church, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Edith Whitley; three brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence Askew; two sisters, Elizabeth Kelly and Ethel Connolly of Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Chuck Hager at 2 p.m. Monday at Chapman Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Wilkes County.

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

ROBERT L. SETTLEMYER

TAYLORSVILLE - Robert Lee Settlemyer, 82, of Taylorsville, died July 21, 2000, at his residence.

Born March 2, 1918, in Iredell County, he was a son of the late Charles and Nora Brotherton Settlemyre.

A member of Beulah Baptist Church, he retired from Ideal Frank and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Lail Settlemyer; five brothers, Beauford Settlemyre, James Settlemyre, Cecil Settlemyre, Phillip Settlemyre and an infant brother; two sisters, Frances Holifield and Lorene Wilhelm; and a grandson, Stacy Settlemyer.

Survivors include a son, Gary Settlemyer of Taylorsville; three daughters, Brenda Shook of Taylorsville, Gail Millsaps of Hiddenite and Jean Dillard of Statesville; stepmother, Niece Marlow Settlemyer of Mooresville; a brother, Henry Setttlemyer of Kannapolis; two sisters, Ruby Archer of Mooresville and Ruth Beam of Troutman; three half brothers, Steve Settlemyre of Morganton, Johnny Settlemyer of Cleveland, Ga., and Clifford Settlemyer of Mooresville; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Chase White at 2 p.m. today at his church.

Burial will be in Taylorsville City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will include his grandsons, Chuck Millsaps, Matt Millsaps, Tim Stewart, William Shook, Jeff Settlemyer and Jason Settlemyer.

Memorials may be made to Beulah Baptist Church, Building Fund, 111 Marsh Road, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681.

Alexander Funeral Service will be in charge of arrangements.

FRANK A. MAYS

TAYLORSVILLE - Frank Albert Mays, 67, of Greenville, formerly of Taylorsville, died July 22, 2000, at his residence.

Born Sept. 1, 1932, in Alexander County, he was a son of the late Ralph W. and Goldie Candace Teague Mays.

A retired truck driver, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Connley Mays and Lynn Mays; and a sister, Helen Elder.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Mays; a son, Michael Mays of Winston-Salem; a stepdaughter, Becky Batts of Greenville; a stepson, Michael Bass of Raleigh; two brothers, Lewis Mays and Arthur Mays of Taylorsville; two sisters, Lucille Chapman and Martha Warren of Taylorsville; five grandchildren, Corey Mays, Ashley Havse, Wesley Havse, Philip Bass and Morgan Bass; two stepgrandchildren, William Batts and Jessica Batts of Greenville; and a number of nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Gary Jennings at 11 a.m. Tuesday at East Taylorsville Baptist Church.

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

Alexander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

JOE E. COLEMAN Sr.

Joe E. Coleman Sr., 88, of Sixteenth Avenue Place, NW, died July 21, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

Born Oct. 8, 1911, in Duplin County, he was a son of the late Joseph E. and Mary Lou Watkins Coleman.

A member of First United Methodist Church, he retired from Spainhours of Hickory.

A member of Hickory Masonic Lodge 343, Lion's Club and Elks Club, he was a former president of Lake Hickory Country Club, Hickory Merchants Association.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delide Vaughan Coleman.

Survivors include his wife, Nell Jones Coleman; a son, Joe Coleman Jr. of Hickory; three daughters, Mary Louise Transou and Ann Atchison of Greensboro and Dee Vannoy of Wilkesboro; eight grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Paul Starnes at 2 p.m. Monday at his church.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Men's Bible Class at First United Methodist Church.

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

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

HELEN M. HEFNER

Helen Motley Hefner, 71, of Hickory, died July 21, 2000, at Camelot Manor in Granite Falls.

Born Jan. 1, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Kate Parlier.

She was a registered nurse and worked as a nursing supervisor at Frye Hospital for a number of years and was a health nurse in Cleveland County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Hefner; a brother, Kenneth Parlier; and two sisters, Margaret Williams and Betty Jo Parlier.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, John and Ronda Motley; a daughter and son-in-law, Gaye and Richard Tucker; two stepsons and daughters-in-law, Dick and Kathi Hefner of Concord and Jim and Luann Hefner of California; a brother, Richard Parlier of Hickory; three sisters, Ann Morgan of California, Peggy Craig of Winston-Salem and Jenny Icard of Bethlehem; six grandchildren, Reshea Tucker and John Tucker of Granite Falls, Chad Tucker of Wake Forest, Shane Motley and Travis Motley of Hickory and Dana Motley Davis of Shelby; four great-grandchildren, Nakia Maria, Michael Aaron, Samantha Michelle and Hannah Kathryn Tucker; and stepgrandchildren, Jason, Nathan, Matt, AJ and Zack.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.

The family will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the service and at the residence of Gaye Tucker, 1336 Sixth St., NW, Hickory, at other times.

Memorials may be made to Arthritis Foundation, Carolina Chapter, Building 7, Suite 217, Woodlawn Green Office Park, Charlotte, N.C. 28217.

CLARENCE R. HELDERMAN

LENOIR - Clarence Rufus Helderman, 90, of Shaire Center of Lenoir, died July 22, 2000, at Caldwell County Hospice.

Born March 22, 1910, in Caldwell County, he was a son of the late Marvin D. and Nora Lee Barlow Helderman.

A member of Clark's Chapel Baptist Church, he retired from North Carolina Baptist Children's Home and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Blanche Hickman Helderman; and three brothers, Francis Hilderman, Russell Helderman and Raymond Helderman.

Survivors include his wife, Nora Craig Helderman; a son, Clarence Gerald “Jerry” Helderman of Raleigh; a daughter, Linda Helderman McDonald of Liberty; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Jack Sprinkle and Jim Waters at 11 a.m. Tuesday at his church.

Burial will be in Lower Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ron Helderman, Bobby McDonald, Jim Boltz, Stewart Pettit and Larry Helderman.

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

Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir N.C. 28645; or North Carolina Baptist Children's Homes.

RUTH G. PEELER

LINCOLNTON - Ruth Gales Peeler, 61, of Peeler Road in Vale, died July 21, 2000, at her residence.

Born Dec. 7, 1938, she was a daughter of the Mary Ethel Bess Gales of Lincolnton and the late Harse Gales.

A member of Reeps Grove United Methodist Church, she was a secretary for Lincoln County Schools. She was a former president of the North Carolina School Secretaries Association.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Don Peeler; a son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Elizabeth Peeler of Cary; two daughters and sons-in-law, Donita and Delaine Davis of Vale and Mary Beth and Doug Finley of Simpsonville, S.C.; two brothers, Jasper Gales and Gary Gales of Cherryville; and four grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Jim Calloway at 3 p.m. today at her church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County or Reeps Grove United Methodist Church.

E.F. Drum Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

ILA H. COLLINS

Ila Hood Collins, 92, of Lenoir, formerly of Dry Ponds Road in Granite Falls, died July 22, 2000, at Caldwell County Hospice.

Born Dec. 25, 1907, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late John D. and Betty Ann Ward Hood.

A member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a number of brothers and sisters.

Survivors include nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. John Brashear at 2 p.m. Monday in Mountain Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be at the funeral home from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday.

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

Mackie-High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

RUSSELL L. WHEELER

Russell Leo Wheeler, 79, of Twelfth Street, NE, died July 22, 2000, at his residence.

Born Aug. 23, 1920, in Utica, N.Y., he was a son of the late Leo E. and Claudia Fournier Wheeler.

A retired engineer for the city of Utica, N.Y., he served in the U.S. Navy.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Colleen Maloney Wheeler; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Derek Lawrence of Hickory; and a sister, Catherine Hoag of Florida.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.


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