Miscellaneous Iredell County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Shane Woodsom

Mr. Shane Richard Woodsom, 34, 1092 Forest Ridge Drive, Concord, died Feb. 16, 1999 at Duke Medical Center. He had been in declining health for four months.

Born July 6, 1964 in Rochester, New York, he was a son of Richard Hilton Woodsom of Kannapolis and Maureen Graham Woodsom of China Grove. 

Mr. Woodsom was a sergeant with the patrol division of the Statesville Police Department. He was named Police Officer of the Year for the state of North Carolina in 1998.

Survivors in addition to his parents include his wife, Suzanne Harris Woodsom; two sisters, Sheryl W. DeFlavis and Sharon Faw both of China Grove; and one brother, Shawn Harold Woodsom of Lexington Park, Maryland. 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999 at Landis Baptist Church with Pastor Billy Honeycutt officiating. The body will remain at Lady's Funeral Home until taken to the church at the funeral hour.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lady's Funeral Home and at other times, the family will assemble at the residence, 1092 Forest Ridge Drive in Concord.

Memorials may be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 5007 Monroe Road, Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28205 in memory of Mr. Woodsom. Lady's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 

Robert H. Sherrill

Mr. Robert H. Sherrill, 72, of 488 Wallace Springs Road, died on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home which is serving the Sherrill family.
 

Hilary H. Vestal

Mr. Hilary H. "Joe" Vestal, 70, of Monroe, died Feb. 17, 1999. Funeral at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial in the Lakeland Memorial Park. Family receive friends Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at McEwen Chapel. McEwen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
 

Elizabeth C. Spillman

Mrs. Elizabeth Crump Spillman, 91, of Statesville, died Wednesday at Mapleleaf Nursing Center in Statesville following a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 29, 1907 in Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late William Newton Crump and Margaret Clontz Crump. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Frank Ennis, William H. Kimel and Charles P. Spillman. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Stacey and Mrs. Frances Tipton, three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include a son, William H. Kimel of Statesville; seven grandchildren, Linda Matuca of St. Augustine, Florida, Wilma McBride and Jane McKinney both of Nipomo, California, Harley Kimel of Goldsboro, Lillian Eller of Statesville, Woodrow Tipton of Houston, Texas, and Tony Tipton of Cocoa, Florida; 13 great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, at Westmoreland Chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Henry Cook and Rev. Robert Garrett officiating. Burial will follow at a later date. The family will assemble at the residence of the son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Kimel at 137 Big Tree Dr., Statesville, and will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home prior to the service.

For those who prefer, memorials may be given to the Building Fund of Beulah Baptist Church, 1851 Old Mountain Road, Statesville, N. C. 28677. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Spillman.
 

John Marshall

Saunders

John Marshall Saunders of Charlotte died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, at University Hospital.

Graveside services were held on Thursday, Feb. 11, at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Saunders was born on Sept. 28, 1917, to the late John Joseph and Nancy Stella Heath Saunders of Statesville. He retired after many years in the computer industry.
 

Press Simpson

Mr. Press Otis Simpson, 67, of 1428 Wilson Lee Boulevard, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at Iredell Memorial Hospital. He was born in Iredell County on Oct. 6, 1931, and was the son of the late Lula Blackwell Simpson. He was married to Geraldine Houser, who survives.

He attended the Statesville City Schools and was a member of the United House of Prayer for All People. 

Surviving addition to his wife are two sisters, Mary Frances Simpson and Kay Frances Simpson, both of Statesville, and several nieces and nephews including Tyler K. Simpson of the home.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at The United House of Prayer for All People. Elder R. Harrison will officiate and burial will follow in the Belmont Cemetery. The body will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home until taken to the church to lie in state at 1 p.m.

Members of the family will receive friends at the church from 1:30 until 2 p.m., but will assemble at the residence of a sister, Kay Frances Simpson, 1019 Wilson Lee Boulevard, at other times.

Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Simpson family.
 

James Howard

Mr. James W. Howard, 61, of 246 Brookview Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999, at Davis Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Howard family. 

Mark Salamanchuk

Mark Storm Salamanchuk, 40, of 129 Big Tree Drive, Statesville, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 31, 1958 in Jefferson County, Pa., he was a son of Mrs. Ann Laws Salamanchuk of Kannapolis and the late Nicholas Anthony Salamanchuk. He attended A.L. Brown High School, was a member of New Bethany Baptist Church, and was a self-employed paint contractor.

He was married to the former Paula Mason, who survives. In addition to his wife and mother, survivors include two daughters, Miss Nena Salamanchuk of the home and Miss Layla Salamanchuk of Salisbury; one step-son, Blaine Mason of Statesville; and one brother, Nick G. Salamanchuk of Kannapolis.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Bethany Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Mason officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

The family will be at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Bill Mason, 108 Low Lane, Statesville, and will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Reavis Funeral Home in Statesville. 
 
 

Betty Mills 

Mrs. Betty Jean Edison Mills of 706 Haverford Road, Bryn Mawr, Pa., died Monday, April 26, 1999, at Bryn Mawr Hospital in Pennsylvania following a brief illness.

She was born in Statesville on Dec. 24, 1936, and was the daughter of the late M.H. "Snap" Edison and Lula Mae Stinson Edison. She was married to Jay Lynn Mills, who preceded her in death.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. 

Donald Hinson

Mr. Donald Mberry Hinson Sr., 61, of 5015 Peregrime Drive, Shallotte, died Tuesday.

Mr. Hinson was formerly of Statesville and was a native of Robenson County, born Dec. 26, 1937, a son of the late McNeill and Idell Hill Hinson. He was retired from Carolina Mills. He had served in the U.S. Air Force.

On Sept. 6, 1959 he married the former Nora Lee Tyson, who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Donald M. Hinson Jr. of Taylorsville; a daughter, Deborah H. Ervin of Statesville; and three brothers, Odell Hinson of Scotts, Floyd Hinson of Shallotte and Arnold Hinson of Lawrenceville, Ga. Four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hinson was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Hinson, who died 1982, and two brothers, Larry and Rodney Dale Hinson.

Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Iredell Memorial Gardens, conducted by Dr. Leath Johnson. Entombment will follow at Iredell Memorial Gardens. The family received friends Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home and at other times at the home of a daughter, Deborah H. Ervin, of 114 May Jean Drive, Statesville.

Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Hinson.
 

Tyler Handy

Tyler Ray Handy, infant son of Adam and April Williams Handy, died Wednesday at Forsyth Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem. Funeral plans will be announced by Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, which is serving the Handy Family.
 

Ray Burris

Mr. Ray Von Burris, 75, of 35849 City Lake Drive Albemarle, died at 11:02 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, 1999 at Stanly Memorial Hospital. 

Mr. Burris was born in Stanly County on Feb. 17, 1924 to the late Ernest Lee Burris and Azzie Raye Morton Burris. He was a retired Supervisor at Wiscassett Mills. He had served in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theatre-Germany and later in Japan. Mr. Burris was a very active member of the Plyler Baptist Church were he served as church deacon, church treasurer, usher and a Sunday school officer.

He is survived by wife Violet Lee Bowers Burris of the home; two daughters, Jamie (Iris) Burris Smith of Statesville and Pearlie Rae Burris of the home; a twin brother, Mac Don Burris of Albemarle; a sister, Hazel Burris Clontz of Albemarle; two half-sisters, Karla Wilhoit and Joyce Rowland, both of Albemarle; and a granddaughter, Shelley Yvonne Smith of Winston-Salem. In addition to his parents, Mr. Burris was preceded in death by two brothers, Javan Burris and Boone Burris, and a sister, Helen Burris Mann.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999 at Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel, Albemarle, with the Rev. Alvin Melton officiating. Interment is at Plyler Baptist Church Cemetery in Albemarle.

Visitation was from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, 1999 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Abemarle.

Memorials may be made to Plyler Baptist Church, 25958 Austin Rd., Albemarle, NC 28001, or they may be made to the American Heart Association, 1300 Baxter Street, Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28204.
 

Wille Rease

Mr. Wille Doy Rease, 96, of 81 Third Creek Road, Stony Point, N.C., died Wednesday at Iredell Memorial Hospital. He was born in Dublin, Ga. on Dec. 5, 1902 to the late Hector Rease and Annie M. Rease. He attended Evergreen Elementary School. He moved to North Carolina in 1929 and was an active member of Third Creek Baptist Church where he served as president of the Senior Choir, church treasurer, Sunday school teacher, president of the Baptist Training Union and chairman of the Deacon Board until his health failed.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Lucille C. Rease. He is survived by two daughters, Priscilla Rease and Christine Kelly Parker, both of Stony Point; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 1, 1999 at 3 p.m. at Third Creek Baptist Church, Stony Point. The Rev. Sterling Howard and the Rev. E.B. Wilkerson will be officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. The family will assemble at the church and receive friends from 2:30-3 p.m. Friday at the church.

Davis and Mangum Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Rease. 
 

Janie Brown

Miss Janie Bell Brown, 93, of Amity Hill Community, Cleveland, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999 at Brian Center in Mooresville. She had been in declining health, but death was unexpected.

She was born in Rowan County on Sept. 17, 1906, the daughter of the late Thomas Edgar Brown and Cordie McLaughlin Brown. She attended Rowan County Schools and was a member of Triplett United Methodist Church, Mooresville. She was a homemaker. 

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Alice Cook, and one brother, John M. Brown, both of the Amity Hill Community. A number of nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Nettie Brown, Florence Cooke and Mattie Cooke, and two brothers, Ray Brown and Allen Brown.

Funeral services will be conducted at Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, 1999. The Rev. Tony Matthews will officiate and burial will be the Centerary UMC Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Brown, Mark Brown, Reid Cooke, Ronnie Aiken, Dave Sheridan and Terry Oglethorpe. The family will receive friends at Nicholson Funeral Home on Friday from 2 p.m. until the funeral hour. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the Brown Family.

Wayne Summers

Mr. Luther Wayne Summers, 86, of Greencrest Lane, Statesville, died Saturday at Britthaven in Wilksboro. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced by Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home, which is serving the family of Mr. Summers.
 

Coy Williams

Mr. Coy Lee Williams, 79, of 3825 Harmony Highway, Harmony, died Saturday at Brian Center. Funeral plans will be announced by Reavis Funeral Home of Harmony which is serving the family of Mr. Williams.
 

Melissa Bible

Funeral services for Miss Melissa May Bible, 18, of 194 Meadow Oaks Drive will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Saint Johns Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery. The family will greet friends at the cemetery following the services. Friends and church family may call at Nicholson Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. to pay respects to Melissa.

Miss Bible, daughter of John and Sarah Bible, died Friday in Charlotte following an automobile accident near Statesville on Thursday. Memorials may be made to Upper Room, 316 Signal Hill Drive, Statesville, NC 28625, or to New Life Pregnancy Center, c/o 119 N. Tradd St., Statesville, NC 28677. Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Miss Bible.
 

Ed Martin

Edward Lorenza Martin, 66, of 236 Buffalo Shoals Road, Statesville, died Saturday morning, Nov. 13, 1999, at Iredell Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.

He was born Dec. 21, 1932 in McDowell County to the late Lyman Martin and Della Stone Martin. He was married to Ollie Smith Martin who survives of the home on Feb. 19, 1955. Mr. Martin was a retired painter and attended McDowell County schools.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 1999, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Henry Cook officiating.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Martin is survived by five sons, Michael (Mike) Edward Martin, Richard (Rick) Wayne Martin, Donald Henry Martin, Charles David Martin and Thomas (Tommy) Allen Martin, all of Statesville; a daughter, Lois Ann M. Potts of Hickory; three sisters, Eloise Buff and Jerleen Higgs, both of Newton, and Barbara Carter of Hickory; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Two sons, Brian Eugene Martin in 1968 and Terry Lee Martin in 1983, preceded him in death along with a sister, Marie Benge.

The family will be assembled at the residence but will receive friends at Nicholson Funeral Home on Sunday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Martin.


 
 
 

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