Miscellaneous Catawba County, North Carolina Obituaries

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ANNIE M. HIGH
GRANITE FALLS - Annie Rebecca Mackie High, of Eight Plaza Drive, died July 23, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

Born April 18, 1916, in Granite Falls, she was a daughter of the late Marvin A. and Monta Martin Mackie.

A member of Granite Falls First Baptist Church and the Elizabeth Mackie Sunday school class, she organized the church library and served as librarian for 25 years. She also served as a church trustee, historian and Sunday school teacher.

She studied at Mars Hill Junior College and received a bachelor's degree from Woman's College (now UNC-Greensboro) and a library science degree from Appalachian State Teachers College (now ASU) in Boone. She began teaching in Wendell and taught for 20 years in Hudson and Granite Falls. She was also the librarian at Granite Falls High School for eight years n 1963, she, her husband and son founded High Funeral Home, which later became Mackie-High Funeral Home. She received her North Carolina Funeral Directors License in 1969.

She was a charter member of the Granite Falls Business and Professional Women's Club for which “The Annie High Award” has been presented since 1986 to an outstanding BPW member. She received the “Annie High Award” for 1999-2000. She served as president, vice president, secretary and committee chairwoman, was consistently appointed parliamentarian and became the first district director from the Granite Falls BPW. She served a term as historian of the state federation and was selected The Granite Falls Woman of the Year in 1987. A charter member of the Cosmopolitan Book Club, a charter member of the N.C. Baptist Historical Society, a member of the Catawba Valley Executive Club, Hickory Christian Woman's Club and the Hickory Tavern Daughters of American Revolution, she also established the “Thomas C. High Memorial Scholarship” at Caldwell Community College.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Clair “Lanky” High; and four brothers, M.A. Mackie, Boyce Mackie, Glenn Mackie and Joe Mackie.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas C. and Phyllis Saunders High Jr.; a sister, Maclyn Humphrey of Spartanburg, S.C.; and two grandsons, Thomas Clair High III of Atlanta, Ga., and Avery Saunders High of Granite Falls.

A celebration of her life will be conducted by the Revs. Dr. Robert B. Evans Jr. and Roger Mercer at 2 p.m. Tuesday at her church.

The committal service will be held in Pinecrest Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Danny Church, Melton Hope, Bill Keller, Roger McGuire, Jim Mackie and Mike Mackie.

Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Mackie-High Funeral Home and members of the Granite Falls Business and Professional Womens' Club.

The family will be at First Baptist Church Family Life Center from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to the Thomas C. High Scholarship Fund, c/o The Edward Jones Company, P.O. Box 1675, Lenoir, N.C. 28645; or First Baptist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 507, Granite Falls, N.C. 28630.

WILMA F. GITLIN

LONGWOOD, Fla. - Wilma F. Gitlin, 78, of Smokerise Boulevard, died July 21, 2000, of complications from cancer.

She was born March 19, 1922, in Hickory, N.C.

A member of Bethel Methodist Church in Hickory, N.C., she was a member of Sweetwater Country Club and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Allen R. Gitlin; two sons, Ronald F. Gitlin of Montclair, Va., and David A. Gitlin of Woodbridge, Va.; two daughters, Sheila G. Dye of Casselberry and Suzanne G. Rydzewski of Doyles Town, Pa.; two sisters, Raydell McRee and Bebe Fulbright of Maiden, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 7 tonight at Woodlawn Carey Hand Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

The family will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

WILLIAM P. INGRAM

TAYLORSVILLE - William “Bill” Preston Ingram, 86, died July 19, 2000, at Alexander Community Hospital.

Born March 24, 1914, in Alexander County, he was a son of the late Garland F. and Gertrude Campbell Ingram.

A member of Taylorsville First United Methodist Church, where he served as lay leader and a Sunday school teacher for a number of years, he also served on the official board and the board of trustees. The Bill Ingram Sunday school class was named in his honor.

He was owner and operator of a television sales and repair business in Taylorsville for a number of years, and he operated the license bureau until retiring in 1983. A military veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery. He also was a charter member of the Brushy Mountain Golf Course in Taylorsville and a former member of the Taylorsville Rotary Club.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Brame Ingram; three brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Rebecca Brame Ingram; a daughter, Molly Preston Ingram of Cornelius; a sister, Sarah Ingram Coffey of Bethlehem; and a number of nephews and nieces.

A graveside service will be conducted by Dr. Charles Hutchens at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Taylorsville Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at his church.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 157, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681.

Adams Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

KATE H. DULA

LENOIR - Kate Hartley Dula, 85, of Fire Station Lane, died July 22, 2000, at Caldwell County Hospice.

Born June 29, 1915, in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Alfred B. and Sarah Hartley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas “Pink” Dula; a daughter, Jean Blair; three stepsons, Lawrence Dula, Clyde Dula and Thomas Dula; a brother, Kilby Hartley; six sisters, Lula Arnette, Allie Gilliland, Nettie Mae Hartley, Connie Watson, Amelia Laney and Beulah Price; and a grandson.

Survivors include four sons, J. Lester Dula of Icard, and Walter R. Dula, J. Steve Dula and the Rev. Paul P. Dula of Lenoir; a daughter and son-in-law, Dottie and Wayne Hamacher of Hickory; two stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law, Alma and Jerome Kincaid of Gamewell and Belvia and Thomas Houck of Baltimore, Md.; 25 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Don Ingle and C.H. Kincaid at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Dula, J.R. Dula, Jeff Murphy, Jimmy Dula, Jamie Lynch and Tim Arnette.

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

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

FULMER F. GRIFFIN Sr.

LENOIR - Fulmer Frank Griffin Sr., 68, of Delwood Drive, SW, died July 22, 2000, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Born Sept. 28, 1931, in York County, S.C., he was a son of the late John F. and Samantha Elrod Griffin.

He attended Whitnel United Methodist Church and retired from Wal-Mart as a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Griffin.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice Lane Griffin; two sons, Fulmer Frank Griffin Jr. of Gallatin, Tenn., and Thomas Craig Griffin of Douglas, Ga.; two daughters, Lane Griffin Fritsch of North Palm Beach, Fla., and Anna Griffin Clifton of Deland, Fla.; two sisters and a brother-in- law, Margie Griffin McGee of Morganton and Thelma and Whitey Hawkins of Lenoir; and six grandchildren, Frank Griffin III, Anna Griffin, Katharine Griffin, Kenneth Walker IV, Matthew Walker and Aaron Walker.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. David Lookadoo and Wayne Dills at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

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

TOM BASINGER

Tom Basinger, 79, of Liberty Church Road, died July 22, 2000, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Born May 10, 1921, in Richfield, he was a son of the late Walter M. and Iris Culp Basinger.

He retired as a carpenter and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the infantry in Guam, New Guinea and the Phillippines. He also was a member of American Legion Post 48.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Thomas Hendrix Basinger; four brothers, Edward Basinger, Clay Basinger, Alton Basinger and Roger Basinger; and a sister, Mamie Sides.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Hendrix Basinger; a brother, Emanuel Basinger of Richfield; and six sisters, Ruby Weaisner, Claudine Hinson and Isabelle Rowland of Albemarle, Ann Henry of New London, and Jennie Polizze and Stella Kirk of Richfield.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Benny Hendrix at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park with military graveside rites conducted by members of American Legion Post 48.

Pallbearers will be Mike Watson, Jeff Watson, Tony Watson, Scott Church, Chris Watson and Todd Lynn.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Bowman, Bud Bowman, Larry Hendrix, Terry Hendrix, Charles Thompson, Geoffrey Watson and Patrick Watson.

The family will be at the funeral home from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

KENNETH W. CLONTZ

VALDESE - Kenneth Wayne Clontz, 60, of Emerson Court, Connelly Springs, died July 22, 2000, at Valdese General Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born July 18, 1940, in Burke County, he was a son of the late Ivey V. and Rebecca McNeilly Clontz.

A member of Asheville Street Baptist Church in Morganton, he was a commercial sign artist. He also served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon Wilber Clontz.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Scott Clontz; a son, Christopher Scott Clontz of the home ; two daughters, Ginger C. Swanson of Hildebran and Stephanie Bradshaw of Valdese; a stepson, Robert Steven Davis of Morganton; a grandson, Dusty Dale Swanson of Hildebran; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Barry Camp at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Harvest Praise Church in Morganton.

Burial will be in Burke Memorial Park with military rites conducted by members of American Legion Post 234 of Valdese.

The family will be at the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to The Harvest Praise Church, 805 Vine Arden Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655.

Heritage Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
 

JOSEPH S. BANACH
Joseph Stanley Banach, 84, died July 23, 2000, at the Lutheran Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 16, 1916, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of the late Stanislaus and Eva Wiechnik Banach.

A member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, he retired from General Electric as a designer and engineer of safety equipment.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Anne Banach.

Survivors include a son, Richard J. Banach of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Alexandra Millholland of Hickory; four grandsons, Richard J. Banach Jr., Matthew Banach, Philip F. Banach and Keona C. Millholland; and a granddaughter, Marjorie M. Dahlstrom.

A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Joseph Waters at 10 a.m. Thursday at his church.

Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Philip F. Banach, Leona C. Millholland, John D. Dahlstrom Jr. and John G. Millholland.

The family will remain at the funeral home after the prayer service.

Memorials may be made to St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 921 Second St., NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601; or Lutheran Nursing Home, 1265 Twenty-first St., NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601.

ARTHUR T. BOSTON

STONY POINT - Arthur Thomas Boston, 76, of Little River Church Road, Taylorsville, died July 22, 2000, at Alexander Community Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born Dec. 5, 1923, in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Charlie and Addie Boston.

A Baptist, he retired as a sawmill and furniture worker and was later self-employed.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Genvia Howell Boston; two brothers, Turner Boston and Ester Boston; and seven sisters, Idna Campbell, Lillian Williams, Pearl Barber, Carrie Boston, Blanche Turner, Mae Jolley and Anna Flowers.

Survivors include a daughter, Retha Boston Simms of Hickory; a sister, Bessie Hawks of Pantego; five grandchildren; a number of great- grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. James Millsaps at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Chapman Funeral Home.

Burial will be in St. Johns Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be at the funeral home from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday and at the residence of Jackie and Pamela Lineberger, 498 Parsonville Road, Taylorsville, at other times.

DALLAS MYERS

GRANITE FALLS - Dallas Myers, 83, of Myers Road, died July 20, 2000, at his residence.

Born Nov. 1, 1916, in Wilkes County, he was a son of the late Spurgeon Robert S. and Nettie Belle Harris Myers.

A member of Sweet Home Baptist Church in Wilkesboro, he retired from Singer Furniture.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Zettie Tevepaugh.

Survivors include his companion, Bessie C. Hutchins; three sons, Ira Myers and Jerry Myers of Wilkesboro and Gaither Myers of Connecticut; three daughters, Rachel Wyatt and Helen Williams of Wilkesboro and Frances Johnson of Hayes; eight brothers, Raymond Myers of Jonesville, James Myers of Tennessee, John Myers of Ronda, L.P. Myers and Silas Myers of Cycle, Luke Myers of Granite Falls, Commie Lee Myers of Harmony and Paul Myers of Winston-Salem; two sisters, Ina Gallaher of Harmony and Dovie Hobbs of Augusta, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and seven great- grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted by the Revs. R.C. Redmond and J.W. Myers Saturday at his church.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mackie-High Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

ALMA E. MULLEN

Alma Pearline England Mullen, 83, of South Ervin Avenue, Newton, died July 22, 2000, at Catawba Memorial Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born Sept. 9, 1916, in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late Pete and Pearl Rudisell England.

A member of Snow Hill AME Zion Church, where she was a trustee, missionary and class leader, she was employed by the Coles Gaither Family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vester Mullen; two brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include two sisters, Cathryn Anthony of Newton and Ivey Williams of Fayetteville; three grandsons, Preston Coulter, Cecil Coulter Jr. and Shelton Coulter of Newton; three granddaughters, Judy Bonds, Sadie Coulter and Bessie Coulter of Newton; and a number of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

The funeral will be conducted by Elder W.L. Bailey, the Rev. Joseph Shaw and Hilda Bailey at 3 p.m. Thursday at her church.

Burial will be in Central Cemetery.

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

Allen Mitchell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

EDNA H. GRAGG

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Edna H. Gragg, 85, died July 21, 2000.

Born Sept. 14, 1914, she was a daughter of the late Bruce A. and Fannie Belle Brittain Hudson.

A member of Kilbourne Park Baptist Church, she was a graduate of Kings Business College in Asheville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth M. Gragg; a brother, Glenn Hudson; and two sisters, Donnie H. Hayes and Lucy H. Robbins.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda G. Hilliard of North Augusta and Jane G. Lewis of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; three brothers, Bruce Hudson Jr. of Hickory, N.C., Truman Hudson of Gastonia, N.C., and Britt Hudson of Asheville, N.C.; a sister, Dot H. Meadows of Hickory, N.C.; two grandsons, Pearce Truesdale of North Augusta and Tom Truesdale of Leesville; two granddaughters, Eryn L. Briner of Fairbanks, Ark., and Britta L. Wahl of Bitburg, Germany; and a great-granddaughter, Alexandra Truesdale of Leesville.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Michael and All Angels' Episcopal Church.

Memorials may be made to Kilbourne Park Baptist Church, Van Fund or Benevolent Fund.

Dunbar Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

HENRY L. FORD

Henry Lee Ford, 77, died July 22, 2000, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Salisbury after a period of declining health.

Born Oct. 5, 1922, in Gaston County, he was a son of the late George E. and Iris Sloan Ford.

He retired from the textile industry in Hickory. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he received a battlefield commission, earning the rank of Lieutenant, and was awarded three Purple Hearts.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Campbell Ford.

Survivors include a son, Henry Lee “Jeep” Ford Jr. of Vale; a daughter, Beth Simmons of Cookeville, Tenn.; a stepson, Dr. Ned H. Euliss Jr. of Jamestown, N.D.; two stepdaughters, Judith E. Barlow of Lenoir and Barbara E. Stewart of Statesville; a nephew, Leigh Ford of Charlotte; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Homer Greene at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Catawba Memorial Park with military rites conducted by members of American Legion Post 48 of Hickory.

The family will be at Catawba Funeral Home 30 minutes prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to American Field, 542 South Dearborn St., Chicago, Ill. 60605.

EDITH Y. BLACK

Edith Marie York Black, 53, of Conover, died July 23, 2000, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

Born Oct. 3, 1946, in York, S.C., she was a daughter of Clara Jane Lowman York and the late Cullen York.

A member of Sweetwater Baptist Church, she was a former employee of Hickory Springs and Farr Company in Conover.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Jimmy R. Black; a son, Donald Black of Newton; two daughters, Angie Ellen Black of the home and Regina Marie Lones of Conover; three brothers, Ed York and Jessie York of Catawba and Billy York of Hickory; four sisters, Betty Trivette, Louise Walker and Cathy Eggers of Hickory and Annie Mae Baker of Conover; and four grandchildren, Katie Black, Tiffany Black, Chad Black and Christopher Black.

The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Ronnie Johnson at 2 p.m. Wednesday at her church.

Burial will be in Catawba Memorial Park.

The family will be at the church from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, Catawba East Camp, P.O. Box 807, Newton, N.C. 28658.

Catawba Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

SAUL S. TURNER

SUMTER, S.C. - Saul S. Turner, 66, died July 22, 2000, at Tuomey Healthcare System.

Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Clifton and Effie Brewer Turner.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hazel Turner and Isadore Turner; and a sister, Geneva Lloyd.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene S. Turner; two sons, John Turner and Keith Turner of Sumter; two daughters, Shirley J. Price of Niceville, Fla., and Faye Turner of Hickory, N.C.; two brothers, Rufus Turner of Pinewood and Stubs Turner of Sumter; two sisters, Ruth Mathis and Lois Yarbrough of Sumter; eight grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted by the Revs. Dale Turner and G.W. Harrell at 2 p.m. today at Elmore-Hill- McCreight Funeral Home.

Burial will be in Calvary Nazarene Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons and nephews.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.


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