Miscellaneous Stanly County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Donald Parks
Donald Lee Parks, 27, passed on January 24, 2001. A funeral service was held January 26 at Dunn's Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Stephen Jackson officiating. Burial was in Norview Gardens in Norwood.
Mr. Parks was born January 23, 1974 in Baltimore, Md. He was a mechanic using heavy equipment at Danny Russell's Welding and Sandblasting.
Survivors include his parents, Raymond Lee and Mary Jean Stipe Parks, a brother, William "Chris" Parks and his grandmother, Mildred Taylor of Star, N.C.

Vera Chandler
A funeral service for Mrs. Vera Howard Chandler, 80, of Oakboro was held January 27 at Stanly Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Gary Waisner and the Rev. Wayne Chandler officiating. She passed on January 24, 2001 at Carolinas Medical Center.
Mrs. Chandler was born October 16, 1920 in Stanly County, the daughter of Oliver A. and Elizabeth Cagle Howard. She was a retired employee of Wiscassett Mill Co.
Survivors include her husband, Alton Chandler of the home; three sons, the Rev. Wayne Chandler of Fayetteville, N.C., Gary Chandler of Oakboro and Richard Chandler of Fayetteville, N.C.; and seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Jan Herbert
Jan Ellis Purser Herbert passed on January 23, 2001 at Stanly Memorial Hospital. She was 56. A funeral service was held January 26 at Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Vaughn presiding. 
She was born November 24, 1942 in Stanly County, the daughter of Lila Stallings Purser and Ellis Miller Purser. She was married to the late Wayne Bradford Herbert. She was a member of New London United Methodist Church and a retired secretary at East Albemarle School. She was a graduate of Kings business College, Charlotte and a natural self-taught artist. She enjoyed art and crafts. One of her accomplishments was designing a cross stitchery for the Pfeiffer University Falcon Mascot that is displayed in the lobby of Pfeiffer Gym.
Survivors include her son, Jeffrey Herbert of Albemarle; a daughter, Lorie Starke of Richfield and sister and brother-in-law Carolyn Darleen and Bill Burgess of Albemarle and five grandchildren.

Lucy McCoy
A funeral service for Lucy Junita Tucker McCoy, 88, of Concord, was held January 24 at Hartsell Funeral Chapel in Midland with the Rev. Asa Farris presiding. Burial was in Running Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Midland. She passed on January 22, 2001 at Avanta of Concord.
Mrs. McCoy was born August 12, 1912 in Stanly County. Her parents were Adam Elvin and Katie Tucker Tucker. She was a retired weaver with Cannon Mills where she worked for 30 years. She was married to the late Warren C. McCoy and was a member of Cold Water Baptist Church.
Survivors include three nephews, Rodney Tucker of Locust, Dale Tucker of Charlotte and Ronald McCoy of Concord.
Memorials may be sent to Cold Water Baptist Church, 1045 Union Street, South, Concord, NC 28025.

Lula Helms
Mrs. Lula Macie Hinson Helms, 77, died June 9, 2001 at Stanly Memorial Hospital. A graveside service was held June 13 at Aquadale Baptist Church cemetery with Rev. Lawrence Walton officiating.
Mrs. Helms was born February 17, 1924 in Stanly County. Her parents were Minnie Efird Hinson and Jonah Abury Hinson. She was a World War II Veteran of the United States Navy and received an Honorable discharge August 23, 1945. She worked for Wiscassett Mills for 25 years, and was a registered CNA for 25 years. She worked for Stanly County Hospital and in the homes of the elderly. She was a faithful member of Albemarle Seventh Day Adventist church and held many offices. 
Survivors include her husband, James Clayton Helms of the home; a daughter, Sibyl Austin of Marshville; and two sisters, Olar Hinson Coley and Cletus Hinson Haynes, both of Albemarle.

Pauline Drye
Pauline Elizabeth Talley Drye, 82, of Oakboro, died June 12, 2001 at Britthaven of Piedmont. A funeral service was held June 15 at Big Lick Baptist Church with Rev. Jeff Springer and Rev. Larry Linker, her former pastor officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Drye was born June 21, 1918 in Cabarrus County. She was the daughter of Gennie Furr Talley and Paul Wilson Talley. She worked at Cannon Mills as a weaver. She was married to the late Johnnie Adam Drye who died in 1997. She was a member and former Sunday School teacher and WMU member at Big Lick Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Winfred Drye and Ronald Lee Drye, both of Oakboro; a daughter, Linda Paulette Griffin of Oakboro; two sisters, Vernie Hathcock of Stanfield and Hazel Helms of Oakboro; a brother, Charlie Talley of Stanfield; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Charles Mullis
Charles Randy Mullis, 49, of Monroe, died June 9, 2001 at Mercy Hospital. A funeral service was held June 12 at Crooked Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Monroe. Rev. Gary McLaine officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Mullis was born December 8, 1951 in Union County. His parents were Polly Harkey and the late Earl Thomas Mullis. He was a mechanic and did floor covering work. He was a member of Fairfield Baptist Church in Monroe. 
Survivors include his mother Polly Harkey, his wife, Betty Lorraine Mullis of Monroe; a daughter, Kim Efird of Marshville; three sons, Dennis M. Wheeler of Monroe, Kevin Reid Wheeler and Daniel Wheeler, both of Marshville; and two brothers, Lane Mullis of Monroe and Danny Mullis of Midland.

Odessa Honeycutt
A funeral service for Odessa Mae Honeycutt was held June 18, 2001 at Hartsell Chapel in Midland. She died June 15 at Brian Center and she was 90 years old. Dr. Marvin Tyson and Dr. Michael Lynn Sasser presided. Burial was in United Love Baptist Church cemetery. She was a charter member of the church.
Mrs. Honeycutt was born January 1, 1911 in Union County and lived in Midland. Her parents were Minnie Smith Honeycutt and Lester L. Honeycutt. She was a cashier at the Coin Store.
Survivors include a daughter, Daris Mullis of Midland; a brother, Earl (Pete) Honeycutt of Albemarle; a sister, Mrs. Lucille Poplin of Albemarle; six grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Raymond Eli Lowder
Funeral services for Raymond Eli Lowder, 84, of Austin Road, Albemarle, were held November 5 at Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel, Rev. Gary Hunsucker presiding. Burial was in Canton Baptist Church cemetery in Albemarle.
Mr. Lowder died on November 2, 2001, at Stanly Memorial Hospital. He was born on November 6, 1916, in Stanly County, son of Eunice Hatley and James Henry Lowder. He was married to the late Viola Bell Hartsell Lowder.
He was a retired tractor mechanic and attended Canton Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth Lowder of Albemarle; daughters, Carolyn L. Culp of Gold Hill, Joyce L. Grimmitt of Charlotte, and Nancy L. Downer of Locust; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Mary Boyd Ross
Funeral services for Mary Boyd Hawkins Ross, 85, of Badin Road, Albemarle, were held November 2 at Hartsell Funeral Home, Rev. Ben Wilson and Rev. Kenneth Lambert presiding. Burial was in Stanly Gardens of Memory.
Mrs. Ross died on October 30, 2001 at Stanly Memorial Hospital. She was born on September 4, 1916 in Stanly County, daughter of Minnie Carpenter and Plummer Oscar Hawkins. She was married to the late Lee "Buck" Ross. Her step-father was F.A. Wentz. 
She graduated from Norwood High School in 1935 and attended Queens College. She enjoyed bridge, was a member of Central United Methodist, and was a retired sewer at Wiscassett Mill.
Survivors include a son, Michael Lee Ross of Albemarle; grandchildren, David Michael Ross of Albemarle and Leanne Ross of Raleigh; and several nieces and nephews.

William Leroy Kiker
Funeral services for William Leroy Kiker, 81, of Sikes Mill Road, Monroe, were held November 2 at Crooked Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Elder Larry Austin and Rev. George Gouge presiding. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mr. Kiker died on October 31, 2001, at Union Regional Medical Center in Monroe. He was born on August 7, 1920, in Union County, son of Beddie Merniva Baucom and Augustus Marsh Kiker. He was a retired farm.
Survivors include a daughter, Colon Wofford of Monroe; brother, Norman Kiker of Monroe; sisters, Evelyn Page and Ruth Rushing of Monroe; four grandchildreh and 10 great grandchildren.

Gladys Russell Howard
Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Elizabeth Russell Howard, 77, of Long Street, Albemarle, were held December 15 at Grace Baptist Church, Rev. Sid Martin presiding. Burial was in Fairview Memorial Park.
Mrs. Howard died on December 13, 2001 at her home. She was born on August 11, 1924 in Albemarle to Nora Chance and Dan Russell. She was married to the late J.B. Howard and was retired from Wiscassett Mill. Her church membership was at Grace Baptist.
Survivors include a son, Chad Howard of Concord; brothers, D.N. Russell of Albemarle, Donald Russell of Stanfield, Joel Russell of Albemarle and Ned Russell of New London; sister, Dean Ingold; grandchildren, Terry Napier and Jay Howard; great grandchildren, Nathan Little, Troy Howard, and Carson Howard.

Bill Jo Smith
Funeral services for infant Bill Jo Smith were held December 15 at White Crest Baptist Church cemetery in Mt. Gilead, Rev. Danny Laws presiding. Bill died on December 13, 2001 at Stanly Memorial Hospital.
Survivors include parents, Henry Oran Smith and Billi Jo Kalaczynski, both of Mt. Gilead; paternal great grandmother, Betty D. Smith of Mt. Gilead; paternal grandparents, Edward and Nesrin O. Smith of Mt. Gilead; maternal grandparents, William Joseph and Kim Wentz of Mt. Gilead; and maternal great grandfather, Ismet Oran of Izmire, Turkey.

Thaddeus Whitley Furr
Funeral services for Thaddeus Whitley Furr, 89, of Albemarle were held December 16 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Oakboro, Rev. Phillip Hunter presiding. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Furr died on December 14, 2001 at the North Carolina Lutheran Nursing Home. She was born August 27, 1912 in Stanly County to Creita Barbee and Virgil P. Whitley. Mrs. Furr was retired as an LPN with Stanly Memorial Hospital.
She graduated from Greensboro College with a degree in business and Central Piedmont College with a degree in nursing. In retirement she was a private duty nurse for many years.
A past Sunday school teacher at Pleasant Grove, she was a member of Treasured Friends, Eastern Star, Business Professional Women's Club, and the Mildred Crotts Garden Club. She was also an avid traveler.
Survivors include a son, Harold W. Furr of Albemarle; daughters, Lucille Mauldin of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mildred Whitley of Albemarle; 6 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildfren; and 2 great great grandchildren.

Holly Rene'e Love
Funeral services for infant Holly Rene'e Love of Rushing Road, Stanfield, were held at Hatley's Grove Primitive Baptist Church cemetery, Rev. Ronnie Simpson presiding. Holly died on December 14, 2001 at Unversity Hospital.
Survivors include her parents, Robert Lynn Love Jr. and Teresa Hatley Love of the home; brother, Matthew Love of the home; sister, Heather Love of the home; maternal grandfather, Robert Ervin Hatley of Stanfield; paternal grandparents, Robert and Rene'e Love of Midland; paternal great grandmother, Kathleen Love of Midland; paternal great grandmother, Vasti Crayton of Stanfield; materinal great grandparents, Claude and Rachel Herrin of Mt. Pleasant.

Colen Furr Austin
Funeral services for Mrs. Colen Furr Austin, 93, of Oakboro were held at Hartsell Funeral Home, Rev. Kenneth Martin presiding. Burial was in Mineral Springs Baptist Church cemetery in Oakboro. Mrs. Austin died on December 16, 2001at Britthaven of Piedmont. She was born July 1, 1908 in Stanly County to Rosa Hopkins and Charlie Furr. Mrs. Furr was married to the late Pearl Vernon Austin. She was the oldest member of Mineral Springs Baptist.
Survivors include sons, Cecil Austin of Oakboro and Shelton Austin of Albemarle; daughter Betty Whitley of Oakboro; brothers, Leonard Furr of Oakboro; sisters, Lois Furr Coble and Ruby Furr Tucker of Oakboro; 7 grandchildfren; 13 great grandchildren; and 7 great great grandchildren.

Dewitt Mills
Funeral services for Dewitt Mills, 79, of Dunlap Road, Albemarle, were held December 17 at Hartsell Funeral Home, Rev. Ronald Honeycutt presiding. Burial was in Stanly Gardens of Memory in Albemarle. Mr. Mills died on December 14, 2001 at his home. He was born June 21, 1922 in Albemarle to Ester Mae Dennis and George Stamie Mills. Mr. Mills was retired from the city of Albemarle and served in the Army in World War II. His church membership was at Anderson Grove Baptist.
Survivors include his wife, Vernie Louise Poplin Mills of Albemarle; sons, Paul Stephen Mills of Oakboro and Matthew Mark Mills of Albemarle; daughters, Lou Archer of Albemarle, Judy Smith of Richfield, Mary Daniels of Lexington, Barbara Davis of Gold Hill, Linda Crisco of Locust, Kathy Tucker of New London, Tammy Deaton of Mt. Gilead, Susan Mauney of Mt. Pleasant, and Kelly Speights of Concord; brother, James Thomas (Jim) Mills of Albemarle; sisters, Cleola Deese and Bertie McKeithan of Albemarle; 20 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 North First Street, Albemarle, N.C. 28001.

Jessie Earp Sharpe
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Lee Earp Sharpe, 89, of Dutch Road, Mt. Pleasant will be held today at 11 am at Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord, Rev. Randy Kivett and Rev. Scott Kivett presiding. Burial will be in Forest Lawn West cemetery in Charlotte.
Mrs. Sharpe died on December 17, 2001 at NorthEast Medical Center. She was born January 5, 1912 in Mint Hill to Hattie Reams and Harris Earp. She was married to the late Earl Thomas Sharpe and was retired from American and Efird.
Mrs. Earp was a resident of the Carebridge Assisted Living Center in Mt. Pleasant and her church membership was at Plaza Road Baptist.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Gloria Sharpe of Mt. Pleasant; sisters, Eva Isley and Sue Taylor of Burlingtron and Miss Lillian Mae Sharpe of Charlotte; 6 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Plaza Road Baptist Church, 7041 The Plaza, Charlotte, N.C. 28215.


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