Miscellaneous Stanly County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Carl Elkins 
Funeral services for Carl Dewey Elkins, 62, of Locust, were held September 26, 1999, at Locust Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Rick McIntee presiding.

Ray Burris 
Funeral services for Ray Von Burris, 75, of Albemarle, were held September 28, 1999, at Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Alvin Melton and the Rev. Marvin Honeycutt presiding.

Ruby Burris 
Funeral services for Ruby Lydiabell Green Burris, 78, of Oakboro, were held September 29, 1999, at Big Lick Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Linker presiding.

Melinda Sprouse
Funeral services for Melinda Sprouse, 48, of Albemarle, were held September 23, 1999, at Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Reese English presiding.

Donna Vanhoy
Funeral services for Donna Kaye Plowman Vanhoy, 54, of Richfield, were held September 28, 1999, at Mt. Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Albemarle with elders, Joe Helms, Rommie Williams and Roy Speir presiding. 

David Tenhengel Sr 
Memorial services for David Morgan Tenhengel Sr., 65, of 842 West Stanly Street, Stanfield, were held Saturday at Hartsell Funeral Home chapel in Midland with Rev. Ray Osborne officiating.

Leroy Burleyson 
Mr. Leroy Crowell Burleyson, 81 of Albemarle, died November 6, 1999 at home.

Ethel Harwood 
Miss Jennie Ethel Harwood, 89 of Albemarle, died November 6, 1999. A funeral service was held at Salem United Methodist Church, Albemarle with Reverend Mark Denton presiding. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Earl Hartsell 
A funeral service was held November 4, 1999 for Mr. Earl Seymore Hartsell, 72, of Oakboro, who died November 2 at his home. Reverend Steve Barbee and Reverend Joe Smith officiated the service which was held at Gleaning Mission Church. Burial was in Red Cross Baptist Church cemetery with Military Rites by Albemarle-Stanly County DAV.

Julian Smith 
Mr. Julian Bennett Smith, 77, died November 3, 1999 at Mercy Hospital, Charlotte. A funeral service was held November 6 at Hartsell funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel, Albemarle. 

Annie Mae Jennings 
A funeral service for Mrs. Annie Mae Phillips Jennings, 88, of Midland, was held November 12, 1999 at Hartsell Funeral Home in Midland. Reverend Cecil Buchanan officiated. Burial was in Carolina Memorial Park, Kannapolis.

Jim Poplin 
Mr. James Firth "Jim" Poplin, 70 of Monroe, died November 10, 1999 at Hospice of Union County. He was born in Stanly County. He was a retired staff sergeant, serving in the US Air Force for 21 years. He received full military rites from the Pope Air Force Base Honor Guard.

Carl Harvell 
Funeral services for Carl Therman Harvell , 67, who died November 10, 1999 in Northeast Medical Center, Concord, were held at First Baptist Church, Midland. Reverend Thomas Gibbs and Reverend Tony Wood officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Virginia Gantt 
Mrs. Virginia Bowen Gantt, 82 of Albemarle, died at home November 10, 1999. A funeral service was held November 13 at Main Street United Methodist Church with Reverend David M. Rorie presiding. Burial was in Fairview Memorial Park, Albemarle.

Linda Bickford 
Mrs. Linda Faye Shue Bickford, 53, of Albemarle, died November 10, 1999 at Stanly Memorial Hospital. She was born in Stanly County, the daughter of the late Braudis Lambert Shue and Grady Shue. She was married to the late Gary Earl Bickford. She was a homemaker.

Ruby Lee Hathcock 
A funeral service for Mrs. Ruby Lee Melton Hathcock, 86, of Lexington, NC and formerly of Albemarle, was held November 17, 1999 at Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle. Reverend David Robinson and Reverend Otis Goins presided. Burial was in Norwood Cemetery.

Tammy Atkinson 
Miss Tammy Renee Atkinson, 37, of Albemarle, died in Stanly Manor November 14, 1999. No service was held.

Bertha Ina McLester 
Mrs. Bertha Ina Taylor McLester, 94, of Oakboro, died November 14, 1999 at Stanly Memorial Hospital. She was born in Stanly County and her parents were the late Amanda Crisco Taylor and Jesse Allen Taylor. A homemaker, she was married to the late Dan McLester.

Albert Lee Baucom 
Mr. Albert Lee Baucom, 65, of Stanfield, died November 14, 1999 at home. A funeral service was held at Kinza Memorial Baptist Church in Stanfield with Reverend Gerald Lanier and Reverend Billy Mobley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Harold Austin
Harold Turner Austin died Tuesday, February 8, 2000 in Seattle, WA. He was 85. He was born in Midland and moved as a teen to California. In the mid-30's, he worked in Seattle as a logger. He got the idea for a "broaster," according to a colleague, John McFarland, when he was eating a dry steak sandwich for lunch. He quit his job and put together an oven that blows pressurized hot air into meat to cook it in seconds, retaining its juices.
According to McFarland, Mr. Austin sold the idea to Col. Harlan Sanders, who worked in a Seattle restaurant in the 1940's before founding his fried-chicken empire.
Mr. Austin became a Boeing machinist in 1940, doing his own work on the side. He retired in 1980. As a machinist he helped invent dozens of aircraft-enhancing parts in his years with Boeing, including a ridged nose wheel that revolves in the wind to soften landings.
At the end of a work day he would head for his own welding shop and work on private projects, such as a portable gurney with pop-down wheels that still is used in ambulances and hospitals.
He liked to buy and tinker with aluminum, tin and other surplus materials after World War II.
"In addition to his work at Boeing, he was always chasing his dreams," said his son, Alvan Austin of Puyallup. "His imagination was endless, and then there was his support of 'causes' - the environment, politics, humanity."
To delight his son, Mr. Austin once welded together two oil cans and mounted them on a beam bolted to a hub, thus creating a prototype for what became the Jet Plane carnival ride.
In the late 1940's, he and several other Boeing employees developed the finished product, which starts vertically like a Ferris wheel and rotates to the horizontal while planes orbit the center. He also created other carnival rides. "He was very industrious and inventive," said McFarland. "He was always entertaining us with his ideas."
Mr. Austin recently invented a plow that makes cup-like furrows to hold water and thwart erosion. He also pioneered a motorized wheelbarrow with a clawed wheel that climbs trees and banks.
"Harold was right on the fringe of greatness," said McFarland. "We used to say, 'If we're so smart how come we're not rich?' Truth was, he was an idea man, not a marketing or business man, but he was happy and led a good life."
Services were held February 11 in Seattle.

Margaret Gray
Margaret Blomberg Gray, 83, of Midland died February 18, 2000 in NorthEast Medical Center, Concord. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
She was born April 1, 1916 in Deerwood MN, the daughter of Carl John and Selma Tornstrom Blomberg.
She was a retired secretary at Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte. A member of Carolina Presbyterian Church, Locust, she was a member of the Abundant Life Sunday School class, a past member of the Midland Lioness club and a member of the County Homemaker Extension Club.
She was married to Robert Howard Gray and is survived by two sons, Jerry Gray and Darrell Gray, both of Midland; a daughter, Mrs. Cheryl Lemmond of Midland, a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Cinn of Minnesota and three grandchildren.

Bronnie Morton
Funeral services for Bronnie Ellie Hill Morton, 77, of Oakboro were held February 23, 2000 at Smith's Grove Primitive Baptist Church. Elder Ted Morton and Rev. Dwayne Hinson officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Morton died February 21 at Forest Oakes Healthcare Center. She was born September 30, 1922 in Union County. Her parents were Bessie Thomas and Jason Hill. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the World Wide Church of God.
Her survivors include her husband, Dewey Leander Morton of Oakboro; a son, Ted Morton of Oakboro; two daughters, Lois Morton Hinson of Norwood and Louisa Norton Curlee of Oakboro; two brothers, Lane Hill of Charlotte and Ned Hill of Mt. Pleasant; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Smith's Grove Primitive Baptist Church cemetery fund, c/o Kent Burgess, 24082 Barbees Grove Road, Oakboro, NC 28129.

Gladys Wise
Gladys Maxine Austin Wise, 67, died February 19, 2000 at Britthaven of the Piedmont. A funeral service was held February 22 at Hartsell Funeral Home, Albemarle. Rev. Henry Dunaway and Rev. Ben Dunaway officiated. Burial was in Aquadale Baptist Church cemetery in Norwood.
Mrs. Wise was born March 29, 1932 in Stanly County, the daughter of Zula Troutman and John Clarence Austin. She was a homemaker, married to the late George Edward Wise. She was a member of Caanan Baptist Church and was a Morgan Business School graduate.
Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Edwards of Albemarle; a son, Donald Wise of Concord; a brother, Ronnie Austin of Oakboro, a sister, Ruth Crisco of Albemarle and a sister, Roseann Jordan of Albemarle; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A sister, Lois Little, and a brother, Jay C. "Rooster" Austin, preceded her in death.

Cheryl Lowder
Funeral services for Cheryl Lynn Brocato Lowder, 38, of Hobe Sound, Fla., were held February 26, 2000, at Hartsell Funeral Home, Concord with the Rev. Dwight Pearson presiding.
Mrs. Lowder died February 21, 2000, at Martin Memorial Hospital.
She was born August 17, 1961, in Shelby, daughter of Lurlene Brocato and the late Frank Brocato. She was a professional engineer for 15 years with Duke Energy Corporation. Mrs. Lowder was a member of Chester ARP Church, and of the South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers. She also was a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and of the Society of Women Engineers. She was a registered professional engineer in South Carolina.
Survivors include husband, William Aaron Lowder, Sr., of Hobe Sound, Fla.; mother, Lurlene Standridge Brocato of Concord; sons, William Lowder, Jr., and Anthony Lowder, both of the home; sisters, Barbara Orr of Spartenburg, S.C., and Deborah Brocato of Arlington, Va.; and mother and father-in-law, Martha and Aaron Lowder of Oakboro.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Stanly County, 500 East Morehead Street, Suite 211, Charlotte, N.C. 28202, or Chester ARP Church, P.O. Box 174, Chester, S.C. 29706.

Jim Dunn
Funeral services for Jim Dunn, 93, of Albemarle, were held February 26, 2000, at Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dan Abernathy and elder Charles Broadway presiding.
Burial was in Hamer Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Mt. Gilead. Mr. Dunn died February 23, 2000, at Britthaven of the Piedmont.
He was born February 16, 1907, son of Calvin and Ada Dunn. Mr. Dunn was a stone cutter with Jacob's Creek Stone Company. He was married to the late Katherine Louise Parnell Dunn and was a member of Hamer Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include sons, Jerry Dunn and Jimmy Dunn, both of Albemarle; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Geneva Kimrey
Funeral services for Edna Geneva Baucom Kimrey, 84, of Badin, were held February 27, 2000, at Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Frank Thompson presiding.
Burial was in Norview Gardens in Norwood.
Mrs. Kimrey died February 25, 2000, at NC Lutheran Nursing Homes.
She was born April 21, 1915, in Anson County, daughter of Charlie and Mamie Baucom. Mrs. Kimrey was a homemaker and was married to the late Cecil Ray Kimrey. She was a member of Cottonville Baptist Church.
Survivors include sons, Warren Kimrey of Albemarle and Wayne Kimrey of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Max Baucom of Greensboro; sister, Esther Carpenter of Peachland; and eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Julia Lowder, and brothers, Wilson Baucom, Alton Baucom, Reed Baucom and Wade Baucom preceded her in death.

Edna Trupia
Funeral services for Edna Ruth Burnie Trupia, 66, of Albemarle, were held February 26, 2000, at Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel.
Burial was in Stanly Gardens of Memory in Albemarle. Mrs. Trupia died February 23, 2000, at Stanly Memorial Hospital.
She was born March 3, 1933, in St. Lawrence County, N.Y., daughter of Cecil and Hazel Burnie. Mrs. Trupia was a homemaker.
Survivors include husband, Salvatore Trupia of the home; sons, Patrick Trupia of Mt. Pleasant, Thomas Trupia of Albemarle, and Salvatore Trupia of Wichita, Kan.; daughters, Paula Fischer of Nokomie, Fla., Theresa Trupia of Babylon, N.Y., and Linda Lauer of Babylon; brothers, Thomas Burnie of Texas and Robert Burnie of Connecticut; sisters, Vera Hazen, Doris Laturno and Betty Dobler, all of New York, Viola Wilson of Florida, Beulah Rowe of New Jersey, Geraldine Bubar and Gladys Garner, both of Georgia, and Myrtle Cain of New York; eight grandchildren.

Katherine Tarantino
Katherine Lee Tarantino, 74, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, February 22, 2000 at Presbyterian Hospital.
She was born November 28, 1925 in Hendersonville, N.C. to the late Emory Baylus and Katie Lee Justice. She worked with her husband, Dr. D.A. Tarantino, in his Locust, N.C. chiropractic office from 1970-1990. She was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church and the Sunday School Class.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Tarantino is survived by her daughter, Katie Lee Brett of Mooresville and grandson Ian Hayes Brett of Ahoskie, N.C.
Graveside services were held February 24 with the Rev. John Harrill officiating. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Tarantino was held February 29 at Hickory Grove Baptist Church.
The family requests memorial contributions me made to Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 6050 Hickory Grove Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28215.

Vada Mills
A graveside service for Vada Viola Mills, 89, of Black Mountain, was held February 25, 2000, at Mills Cemetery in Marshville, with the Rev. Crawford A. White presiding.
Miss. Mills died February 23, 2000, in Midland. 
She was born January 26, 1911, in Stanly Cunty daughter of Vernon and Mollie Mills. Miss. Mills was a retired registered nurse with the Black Mountain Sanatorium.
Suvivors include sisters, Buna Mills of Charlotte and Dorothy Barnette of Milborn Beach, Fla.; brothers, Clyde Mills of Stanfield, Judge Mills of Leonora and Roy Mills of Orlando, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Geraldine Chrisco
Funeral services for Mrs. Geraldine Rogers Chrisco, 80, of 5151 Sardis Road, Charlotte, were held May 30 at Badin United Methodist Church. Interment was in the Fairview Memorial Park, Albemarle. Mrs. Chrisco died on May 28, 2000 at Sardis Nursing Home in Charlotte.
She was born on July 21, 1919 in Stanly County, the daughter of Martin Luther and Carrie Moody Rogers. She was a member of Badin United Methodist Church where she was active in women's circles as long as health permitted. A graduate of the Woman's College in Greensboro (now UNC-Greensboro), she taught business education at Elizabeth City, Carthage, Aquadale, Endy, New London, North Stanly and Albemarle High School from which she retired. She was married to the late Otis Lendo Chrisco.
Survivors include son/daughter-in-law, Timothy and Peggy Chrisco of Kinston; daughter/son-in-laws, Barbara and DeV. Walter of Hickory and Beth and Charles Cranford of Charlotte; brothers, Dwight M. Rogers of Birmingham, Ala., and William M. Rogers of Albemarle; sisters, Bessie Lee Fitzgerald of Laurinburg, Virginia Stonestreet of Winston-Salem, Jewel Culp of New London, Betty Vaughn Moser of Lincolnton; grandson, Chris Walter of Hickory; granddaughters, kawren Walter of Hickors, Leigh Ann Chrisco and Louisa Chrisco of Kinston. Brothers who have passed on are H. Wells Rogers, Oron J. Rogers, and Charles J. Rogers. Mrs. Chrisco was formerly of Badin. Sisters Bessie Fitzgerald and Virginia Stonestreet are from Albemarle.

Lizzie Scott
Funeral services for Mrs. Lizzie Dolena Efird Scott, 74, of 18519-B Dusty Road, Stanfield, will be held today at 2 pm at St. Martin Lutheran Church, Rev. Stanley Leas presiding. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. Scott died on May 29, 2000 at Northeast Medical Center.
She was born on August 26, 1925 in Stanly County, daughter of Zora Marylee Huneycutt and Winford Carl Efird. She was married to the late Monroe W. (Roe) Scott. Mrs. Scott was retired from Wiscassett Mills where she worked as a fixer and spinner. She was a lifelong member of St. Martin's Lutheran Church.
Survivors are a daughter, Betty Kay Wilson of Stanfield; brothers, Carl Efird and Tony Efird of Albemarle, Ondrie Efird of Stanfield; sisters, Virgie Cooper of Thomasville and Rosena Tucker of Stanfield; grandchildren, Holly Wilson and Patrick Wilson of Stanfield.
Memorials may be made to Metrolina Kidney Center Foundation Fund, 217 Branchview Drive SE, Concord, N.C. 28025.

Barbara Crotts
Funeral services for Mrs. Barbara Lynn Hedrick Crotts, 60, of 2219 Pope Road, Midland, were held May 28 at Hartsell Chapel in Midland, Roy Lee Tucker presiding. Mrs. Crotts died on May 26, 2000 at Northeast Medical Center in Concord.
She was born on October 25, 1938 in Gaston County, daughter of Joseph T. and Thelma Ibba Huffman Hedrick. She worked as a spotter with Delmar Printing in Charlotte. She was married to the late Edward L. McCall.
Surivors are son, Mike McCall and wife, Monaco of Midland; brothers, Horace Hedrick of Dallas, N.C., Howard Hedrick and Kenny Hedrick of Charlotte; sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Norris and Mrs. Aleathia Crowley, both of Midland; and three grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Janice Greer is deceased.

Autie Pinion
Autie Marie Furr Pinion, 81, formerly of Midland, died May 30, 2000 at Britthaven of Charlotte. Her funeral will be held at First Baptist Church cemetery in Midland, Rev. Thomas Gibbs presiding. Visitation is today from 7-8:30 pm at Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland.
Mrs. Pinion was born on June 13, 1918 in Stanly County, daughter of John and Mary Burris Furr.She was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church, Midland. She was married to the late William Clifford Pinion.
Surviving are a son, Irwin Pinion of Midland; brother, Roy Lee Furr of Locust; and grandsons, Chad and Chris Pinion.

Lt. Col. Eva Hathcock
A memorial service at Mineral Springs Baptist Church was held May 29, 2000 for Lt. Col. Eva Myrna Hathcock, 78, of Oakboro. Rev. Kenneth Martin officiated. She died May 25 at Stanly Memorial Hospital.
She was born May 13, 1922 in Stanly County. Her parents were Pearl Mae Green Hathcock and James Bunyan Hathcock.
She worked at Stanly Memorial Hospital in the physical therapy department. She was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church, Oakboro, and graduated from Pfeiffer College and Appalachian State Teachers College. She was in the Army serving as a women's medical specialist Corp./Lt. Col. She served 25 years active duty in Japan, Korea and Germany World War II and the Korean Conflict. After returning from the military, Myrna was one of the first physical therapists at Stanly Memorial Hospital She supported the Oakboro Garden Club. She had a keen appreciation of nature, beautiful music, fine art and travel. Her priorities were always determined by long range goals - the education, encouragement and happiness of nephews, nieces and the well being and comfort of sisters, brothers and parents were always the foremost of her concerns.
Survivors include a brother, Knowles Chalmers Hathcock of Marshville; four sisters, Edna Ruth Hathcock of Oakboro, Minnie Lee Honeycutt of Locust, Evelyn Wheeler of Morris, NY, and Bessie Beautone Hathcock of Oakboro.
Memorials may be sent to the Stanly Memorial Hospital Foundation, PO Box 254, Albemarle, NC 28002-0254 or to Brenner Children's Hospital at Wake forest University Medical Center, Medical Center Blvd., Winston-Salem, NC 27157.


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