Miscellaneous Iredell County, North Carolina Obituaries
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Mr. Rodney Eugene (Gene) Austin, 50, of 193 Raven Road, Harmony, died Tuesday morning at his home unexpectedly.
Born in Forsyth County on Dec. 19, 1949, he was a son of the late Howard Austin and Opal Parker Austin, of the home. He served in the U.S. Navy, was a soccer coach, Boy Scout leader, member of the Ratite Association and was an avid horseback rider. He was a devoted son, husband and father, and lived his life as he wanted. He was self-employed as a farmer.
On June 20, 1992, he married the former Melanie Fox, who survives. Also surviving are one son, Dustin Austin, of the home; one brother, Michael Austin, of Tampa, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Shirley Tuttle, of Troutman, and Mrs. Peggy Furches, of Little River, S.C. Also surviving are his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Boyce and Helen Fox, of Statesville.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Beulah Baptist Church in Statesville, with the Rev. Robert Garrett officiating. The body will lie in state for 30 minutes prior to the funeral hour and burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Clay Poole, Chuck Hoover, Lynn Fox, Alton Fox, Ron Tuttle and David Mayberry.
The family will assemble at the residence of the deceased and will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Reavis Funeral Home of Harmony.
Reavis Funeral Home of Harmony is serving the family.
Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Stewart Smith, 88, of 440 Sharon School Road, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at New Bethany Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Mason officiating. The body will lie in state for 30 minutes prior to the funeral hour and burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be given to New Bethany Baptist Church, 106 Eufola Road,
Statesville, NC 28677.
Funeral services for Mrs. Naomi Huie Mullis, 101, formerly of Harmony, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. David McHugh officiating. The body will not lie in state at the church. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Bruce Frost, Larry Frost, Lawrence Frost, Colin Davis, John Robertson, Arthur Wood and Horace Huie.
For those who prefer, memorials may be given to Harmony Baptist Church, 135 Little Wilkesboro Road, Harmony, NC 28634 or the charity of the donor's choice.
Reavis Funeral Home of Harmony is serving the Mullis family.
Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Smith family.
Mrs. Jimmie Lee Powers Thompson, 65, of 314 Dockery Street, died on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Iredell Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.
Two sons, Blair Jr. and Baby Boy Thompson; and a brother, Charles Powers, all preceded her in death.
She attended Morningside High School where she graduated in 1952. At an early age she was baptized at the First Baptist Church where she was active as a Sunday School teacher for many years, a member of the Adult Choir and the Gospel Choir. She also served as a Deaconess and was on the Usher Board. For several years until her health started to decline, Jimmie (known as Jim-Jim) ran a Daycare Center. She was also active as Girl Scout Leader. Later in life she was baptized at Refuge Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ where until her health further declined she was active in the Nurses' Guild, a member of the Senior Choir, and on the Usher Board. She was a Church Mother. Mother Jimmie also stared a monthly church newsletter published each month and was instrumental in helping with the Building Fund Program and the weekday noontime prayer.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Kacinia (Winford) Meadows, of Winston-Salem, and Laura (Freddie Teasley) Thompson, of Statesville; a niece she raised, Sheena (Eugene) Jones, of Salisbury; two sisters, Bessie Williams and Lorene Carruth, both of Statesville; two grandchildren, Jessie Meadows, of Winston-Salem, and Eugene Jones IV, of Salisbury; two brothers-in-law, Richard (Betty) Thompson, of Middletwon, CT, and John (Ruth) Thompson, of Hartford, CT; one sister-in-law, Gloria (Dan Sr.) Lawson, of Dudley; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, church sons, and daughters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Refuge Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Troutman. Bishop Ralph White will officiate and burial will follow in the Iredell Memorial Gardens.
The body will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home where members of the family will receive friends from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. A Praise and Worship Celebration will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday following the visitation. She will be placed in the church on Friday, prior to the funeral hour, to lie in state at 1:30 p.m.
Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Thompson family.
Charlie Butler Johnson, 92, of Taylorsville, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000.
Graveside service at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation 7-9 p.m. today at Adams Funeral Home which is in charge.
Kenneth Eugene Karriker, 57, of Mooresville, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000.
Funeral 2 p.m. today at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel, Mooresville. Burial
in Glenwood Memorial Park. Visitation one hour prior to the service at
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home which is in charge.
Mrs. Edith Norton Waugh, 85, of 410 Beverly Drive, Statesville, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Brian Center of Statesville, following a lengthy illness.
Born in Alexander County Jan. 11, 1915, she was a daughter of the late William Hubbard and Minnie Hendron Norton.
Mrs. Waugh was a graduate of Stony Point High School, a member of Stony Point Baptist Church, and was a homemaker.
She was married Jan. 25, 1934 to Dewey M. Waugh, who died May 19, 1999. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son; a brother, Ray Norton; and four sisters, Mrs. Ruth N. Beard, Mrs. Ethel N. Mayberry, Mrs. Marie N. Stout, and Mrs. Hazel N. Campbell.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Barbara Waugh Bustle and husband Benny, Mrs. Brenda Waugh Jolly and husband Lee Ray, all of Statesville, and Mrs. Kay Waugh Clendenin and husband Karl, of Troutman; six grandchildren, Brent Bustle, David Bustle, Lea Anne Goodin, De Ann Alphin, Jon Clendenin, and Josh Clendenin; 10 great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Rachel N. Reavis, of Statesville; and two brothers, Thomas D. Norton of Statesville, and Howard Norton of Stony Point.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Stony Point Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Brent Kasey and the Rev. Henry Cook. Burial will follow in Stony Point Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brent Bustle, David Bustle, Jon Clendenin, Josh Clendenin, Ashley Alphin and Mark Goodin.
The family will be at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Brenda Jolly, 1853 Kenmore Drive, Statesville, and received friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Reavis Funeral Home in Statesville.
Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer's Disease Research, 3420 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215-3298; or to the Cemetery Fund, Stony Point Baptist Church, P.O. Box 198, Stony Point, NC 28678.
Reavis Funeral Home in Statesville is serving the family of Mrs. Waugh.
Mrs. Elinor Ilie Foulks, 84, of Statesville, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, in the Statesville Brian Center.
Survivors include her son, William H. Foulks, of Statesville.
Burial will be in the Green Grove Cemetery, Keyport, N.J., at a later date.
Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Foulks.
Mr. Wenton Belo Souther, 82, of 2929 Wilkesboro Highway, Statesville, died Monday morning, Oct. 16, 2000, in the Wilkes Regional Hospital, North Wilkesboro, following a period of declining health.
Mr. Souther was born in Wilkes County, on Nov. 16, 1917, and was the son of the late Joel Newton Nathaniel Souther and Lillie Henderson Souther. He was educated in the Wilkes County Schools, and on April 6, 1939, was married to Ve Ora Nichols Souther, who survives.
He was associated with the J.C. Penney Warehouse Packing Department before retiring with 35 years of service. He was a member of the Yadkin Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Souther is survived by two sons, Charles W. Souther and Joel N. Souther, both of Statesville; two brothers, Calvin Souther and Graydon Souther, both of Wilkesboro; one sister, Alta S. French, of Greensboro; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Mr. Souther was preceded in death by six brothers and five sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Yadkin Baptist Church with Dr. J.B. Parker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Souther will be taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the funeral hour to lie in state. Active pallbearers will be deacons of the church.
The family will be assembled at their respective homes but will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Nicholson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Yadkin Baptist Church, 2980 Wilkesboro Highway, Statesville, NC 28625.
Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Souther.
Mrs. Teresa Ann Redmond Stokes, "Tootie" 32, of 152 Trailsway Drive, Statesville, died at her residence on Saturday morning, Oct. 14, 2000, unexpectedly.
She attended Statesville High School, and Mitchell Community College and was a CNA (Certified Nurses' Assistant). She was employed by Shurtape Industries and was a member of Lilly's Chapel Church. She was a choir member.
Surviving in addition to her husband, mother and father are three children, Ted William Stokes III, of the home; two daughters, Onya Redmond and Shanika Redmond, both of the home; a stepdaughter, Stephannie Burch, of Columbia, S.C.; her maternal grandmother, Gladys Whittington, of Statesville; one aunt, Cathy (Ancil) Murray, of Troutman; five uncles, George (Earlene) Whittington, of Troutman, William (Charlene) Whittington and Sammy Whittington, all of Statesville, L.G. Redmond, of Gastonia and Billy Redmond, of Mocksville; great-aunts and uncles, Daisy and Willie Strickland, Allie Chippley and Bertha Chippley, all of Statesville; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ted and Shirley Stokes, of Stony Point; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sheril (David) Summers, Wanda (Dwight) Martin, all of Statesville, and Kenny Stokes, of Stony Point; a host of cousins including, Jay, Shawn, Chris, Kevin, Candance and Shantee; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lily's Chapel Church. Overseer H. Moore will officiate and Elder W. Leach will eulogize. The body will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home until taken to the church to lie in state at 1:30 p.m.
Members of the family will receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. During the visitation they will view the memory video and also have moments of sharing through words and song. Members of the family will assemble at the residence of her grandmother, Mrs. Gladys Whittington, 323 Drake Street, at other times.
Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the Stokes Family.
Mr. Edwin Muriel Bowles, 71, of Caldwell St., Mooresville, died Monday, October 16, 2000, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center, Mooresville.
Born on Dec. 17, 1928, in Mooresville, he was a son of the late William Haiti and Ruth McCurdy Bowles. Mr. Bowles was a retired maintenance mechanic for Burlington Industries, Mooresville, having 27 years of service. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church, Mooresville. Mr. Bowles was preceded in death by brothers, Lynn and Brice Bowles.
He is survived by his wife, Rachel Brown Bowles, whom he married Dec. 17, 1949; children, Suzette B. Hobbs and husband, Bobby, of Mooresville, Ricky Bowles and wife, Michelle, of Denver, and Diane B. Billerman and husband, David, of Cornelius; brothers, Buddy Bowles and Julian Bowles; sister, Kay Bowles, all of Mooresville; grandchildren, Amy Anderson, Barrett Anderson, Smith Bowles and wife, Samantha and Brittany Hobbs; stepgrandchildren, Cortney Dillenbeck and Kristin and Ashley Billerman; and great-granddaughter, Alexandria Bowles.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Southside Baptist Church, Mooresville, with Dr. D. Steven Gouge and the Rev. Hal D. Greene officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Memorial Park, Mooresville.
The family will receive friends from 7- 8:30 p.m. today at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville.
Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, 525 S. Broad St., Mooresville, NC 28115; and Duke Medical Center, Pulmonary Research Fund, Box 2629, Durham, NC 27710.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the family of Mr. Bowles.
Ann May O'Keefe
Mrs. Ann May Horvath O'Keefe, 62, of 219 Deer Trails Road, died Monday morning, Oct. 16, 2000, at her home.
Born in Orange, N.J., she was a daughter of the late Frank Michael Horvath and Louise May Myer Horvath. She was secretary of O'Keefe Excavating Company. On Dec. 3, 1955, she married Edward O'Keefe who survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Edward John O'Keefe, of Toms River, N.J., Ted Lewis O'Keefe, of Statesville, Dennis Joseph O'Keefe, of Dickson, Tenn., and Frank Michael O'Keefe, of Newton; two daughters, Mrs. Merry Ann Howley, of Bayville, N.J., and Mrs. Louise Lois LoVaglio, of Statesville. Also surviving are two brothers, Frank Michael Horvath, of Harmony, and Michael Robert Horvath, of North Wilkesboro; and one sister, Mrs. Louise H. Meyer. Thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services are scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Westmoreland Chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Dailey officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service, and at other times will assemble at the residence of the deceased.
For those who prefer, memorials may be given to Hospice of Iredell County Inc., 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.
Funeral services for Mr. Willard Allen Hollar, 77, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Westmoreland Chapel of Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home.
Mr. Hollar died Saturday at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Hollar.
HAMPTONVILLE - Mrs. Mazie Sturgill Martin, 79, of 1805 U.S. Hwy. 21, died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, at the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital in Elkin.
Funeral plans will be announced by Reavis Funeral Home of Harmony, which is serving the family.