|Dr. Ray L. Graham
Dr. Ray Logan Graham was born July 1, 1934 in Plainview, Texas
to George Logan and Mildred King Graham and passed away Dec. 1, 2000, at
Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Dr. Graham received his B.S. in mathematics from West Texas
State University in 1956. He went on to earn an M.A.T. in mathematics education
(1960) and a Ph.D. in mathematics (1968) from New Mexico State University.
Graham spent two and one-half years as a mathematician at White
Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, where he also wrote several technical
papers on missile flight simulation. He taught high school math in New
Mexico and was an instructor at Hardin-Simmons University (1959-62) and
New Mexico State University (1962-63) before joining Appalachian State
as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1963. He was promoted to associate
professor in 1968 and to professor in 1971.
While at Appalachian, Dr. Graham served as chairman of the mathematics
department and was involved with the TTT program for the 1971-72 academic
year. He also did extensive work with Appalachian's mathematics lab. He
worked for several years on the departmental honors program, developing
a course of enrichment studies in mathematics for honors students. In addition
to being a freshman advisor, Dr. Graham worked with Upward Bound students.
He received a teacher trainer grant in 1972, and in 1989 received
a grant from the National Science Foundation to teach calculus on computer.
Dr. Graham also participated in a project to teach college-level calculus
to high school seniors in Wilkes County.
On leave from Appalachian, Graham spent one year as a research
associate for the Center for Research of College Instruction in Science
and Mathematics at Florida State University and one year as director of
educational systems development at Drexel University.
Graham's service to the university included membership in the
faculty senate, the council on computer usage, the council of arts and
sciences, the university career planning and employment advisory council,
the academic policies and procedures committee and the council on teacher
Dr. Graham was affiliated with the following professional societies:
Mathematical Association of America, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics,
National Education Association, and American Men of Science.
Upon receiving notification of Dr. Graham's intention to retire,
a friend and colleague wrote to him in part: "I know of so many instances
in our community when you have given of yourself time, money, and
other possessions when people have needed you. As a faculty member
over the thirty-two years you have been associated with Appalachian, you
have been a truly outstanding teacher, server, and scholar."
Dr. Graham retired from the university in June 1995 and was
awarded emeritus status by the Board of Trustees in December of 1995.
Surviving Dr. Graham are his wife, Mary Daye Graham; three sons,
Kelly Graham of Hilton Head, S.C., Kyle Graham of Boulder, CO, and Kent
Graham of Blowing Rock, N.C.; his mother, Mildred King Graham of Blowing
Rock; a sister, Peggy Sheretz of New York City; a foster brother, Dr. Pat
Sullivan of Canyon, Tex.; three step children, Brenda Farris of Walnut
Cove, N.C., Calvin Johnson, Jr. of Winston-Salem, and the Rev. Timothy
Johnson of Great Falls, MT; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kara Graham; and his
father, George Logan Graham.
Memorial services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10:30
at the First Baptist Church in Boone, officiated by Dr. Lamar King, the
Rev. Bill Rogers and the Rev. Timothy Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes
Association, 434 Fayetteville Street Mall, 2 Hanover Square Suite
1600, Raleigh, NC 27601-1764.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is in charge of announcements.
Karen Lee Wilson
Ms. Karen Lee Wilson, 48, a resident of Brian Center of Statesville,
formerly of Taylorsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Iredell Memorial
She was born April 18, 1952, in Watauga County, to Bess Moody
Wilson of Taylorsville and the late Hugh Wilson.
Ms. Wilson was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. She
had worked as a caregiver and also at Clayton Marcus Furniture Company.
Survivors include her mother, Bess Moody Wilson of Taylorsville;
two brothers, Russell Wilson and wife, Edith, and Charles Wilson and wife,
Vicki, all of Taylorsville; six sisters, Mrs. Howard (Sara Marie) Teague,
Mrs. Ronald (Mary) Walker, Mrs. Henry (Linda) Warren, Barbara Wilson, Darlene
Wilson, and Melissa Edwards, all of Taylorsville; a special friend, Bobby
Paige of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hugh Wilson; two brothers,
an infant and David Lynn "John" Wilson; and by three sisters, twins, Brenda
Mae Wilson and Glenda Faye Wilson and Mrs. (Hendil) Ruby Little.
Services were conducted Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the Chapel
of Alexander Funeral Service officiated by the Rev. Rick Safriet. Burial
followed in the Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Alexander Funeral Service in Taylorsville was in charge of the
Thomas Holloway Jr.
Mr. Thomas I. Holloway Jr., 76, of North Canton, Ohio, died Wednesday
morning, Oct. 25, 2000, at Aultman Hospital.
He was born in Boone, N.C., June 13, 1924, to the late Thomas
I. Holloway Sr. and Edna Winkler Holloway.
Mr. Holloway graduated from Cove Creek High School in 1941, attended
Appalachian State in North Carolina, and graduated from Milwaukee School
of Engineering in 1955. After 30 years of service as an aircraft engineer,
he retired from Aircraft Braking Systems (formerly Goodyear Aerospace)
in 1991. In those 30 years, he helped to research and develop PAGEOS (the
Passive Geodetic Satellite), and the wheel and brake systems of both the
Lunar Rover and the Stealth Bomber. He was a member of the Goodyear 25-Year
Club, Fidelity Lodge 712, F&AM, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Tadmor
Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Greentown American Legion Post 436, Grace United Seniors,
Mr. Holloway was a technician sergeant with the 390th Infantry,
98th Division, 3rd Battalion, during World War II. He loved to spend time
in his "puts-in-room", where he and his grandsons would tinker and experiment
with electronics and other projects. He was very interested in science,
mechanics, and aerospace, and was always proud when he saw one of the Goodyear
blimps flying overhead and during space shuttle launches and landings.
His interest and love in reaching for the stars was passed on to his daughter
and grandsons. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed caring for the gardens
and home that he shared with his wife.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Jan Norris Holloway;
one daughter, Mary G. Mohler and husband, Les "Tebb" of North Canton; two
grandsons, Tom Mohler and Matt Mohler; two sisters-in-law, Jeanne Warburton
of North Canton and Natalee Cook of Orwell; two nephews, David Hendershott
and wife, Cindy, of Orwell, and Don Hendershott and wife, Fran, of Warren;
four nieces, Stacey Warburton, Cherrie Dole and husband, Tom, of Columbus,
Ohio, Susan Swierskowski and husband, Tony, of San Jose, Calif., and Stephanie
Corbitt and husband, Chuck, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; five great-nephews, Chad
Gaines and Chris Gaines and Tommy Dole of Columbus, Ohio, Joshua Hendershott
of Orwell, and Kevin Hendershott of U.S. Air Force; four great-nieces,
Melissa Porter of North Canton, Michelle Corbitt of Akron, and Mandy Corbitt
and Marie Corbitt, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; one great-great-nephew, Heath
Porter of North Canton; many Chatham Hills neighbors, and many friends.
A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.,
at Grace United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Don Richards officiating.
Burial was in the North Canton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Grace United
Karlo & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
H. Mark Altvater
Mr. H. Mark Altvater, 79, of Greensboro, died Jan. 30, 2001.
A graduate of N.C. State University, he was a decorated veteran,
a bomber pilot in World War II and was a prisoner of war in the European
Mr. Altvater was an accomplished oboist with the Greensboro Symphony
and the Winston-Salem Symphony. He was a member of the Golden K Kiwanis
Club and the American Ex-prisoner of War Greater Greensboro Chapter.
Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth A. Lambeth of Durham
and Marcia A. Hamilton of Semora, N.C.; a son, Mark A. Altvater of Summerfield;
one brother, Dr. A. Hugh Altvater of Boone; seven grandchildren and two
A memorial service will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.
at First Lutheran Church.
The family will receive friends at the church following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kiwanis Foundation,
c/o Mr. Louie Hoffman, 3039 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Summerfield, N.C. 27358
or the First Lutheran Church, 3600 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, N.C. 27410.
Cremation Services, Inc. of Winston-Salem was in charge of the
William Lee Adams
Mr. William Lee Adams, age 81, of 657 Appalachian Drive, Boone,
died from cancer Thursday morning, Feb. 1, 2001, at his daughter's home
He was born June 28, 1919, in Hustonia, Mo., to the late Taylor
S. and Willie Ann Sprecher Adams. He attended the University of Florida
before World War II and graduated from Appalachian State University in
1969, after which he served as director of public affairs for 10 years
before retiring to the golf course in 1980.
Mr. Adams was a 30-year naval officer and achieved the rank of
captain and was the recipient of the Navy Cross. He served during World
War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Era.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Parker "Peggy" Harris
Adams, of Boone; three daughters, Patricia Adams of Winston-Salem, Clarita
King of Concord and Joan Moore of Boone; one son, William L. Adams Jr.
of Wilmington; two granddaughters, Mollie King and Chaney Adams; six grandsons,
Josh King, Taylor King, Colby Moore, Seth Moore, Andrew Moore and Will
Adams; and one great-grandson, Christopher King.
There will be no service. The family will receive friends Saturday
afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Adams residence in Boone.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Council for Children, 229 Brevard St., Suite 202, Charlotte, N.C. 28202.
Hampton Funeral Service in in charge of the arrangements.
Carl Irving Heider
Mr. Carl Irving Heider, age 75, of 208 Cherry Street, Hound Ears
Club, Blowing Rock, died Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at home.
He was born February 21, 1925, in Miami, Dade County, Florida,
to the late Fred W. and Edith Pent Heider.
Mr. Heider was a retired truck driver and rigger from Miami Transfer
Survivors include his wife, Mary Davis Heider, of Blowing Rock
and Miami; two daughters, Ms. Margie Hyatt of Blowing Rock and Ms. Karlan
Hawkins of Miami; two grandsons, Hutch Hawkins of Miami and Chaz Hyatt
of Blowing Rock and one granddaughter, Priscilla Hyatt of Blowing Rock.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Miami.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Watauga County, 136 Furman
Road, Boone, NC, 28607.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
John B. Lawson Jr.
Mr. John Benfield Lawson, Jr., 31, of Boone, died Wednesday,
May 30, 2001, at his home.
He was born Jan.10, 1970, in Forsyth County, to John Benfield
Lawson, Sr. and Margaret Myers.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, John Benfield Lawson,
Sr. and Nancy Green Lawson, of Spartanburg, S.C.; his mother, Margaret
Myers, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; paternal grandmother, Edith Lawson of Jefferson;
paternal great-grandfather, John D. Benfield of Delray Beach, Fla.; two
brothers, Michael and Lee Lawson, both of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two step-brothers,
Charles and David Ulery, both of Boone; and a step-sister, Lynn Fulcher
of Augusta, Ga.
Services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Boone
Family Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Ballou officiating. Burial
followed in the Ashelawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Boone Family Funeral Home, Inc. of West Jefferson was in charge
of the arrangements.
Mrs. Ethel V. Clawson
Mrs. Ethel V. Clawson, 88, of 3377 Bluegrass Plaza, Lenoir, formerly
of Butler, Tenn., died Saturday, July 28, 2001, at Caldwell County Hospice,
Lenoir, following an extended illness.
A native of Washington, N.C., she was the daughter of the late
Isaac and Belle Flanrey Lambert. She was a member of the Piney Grove Christian
Church and she was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Clawson, on
Aug. 4, 1971; and one daughter, Donice Clawson James, on Feb. 23, 2001.
Survivors include three daughters, Mae Clevenger of Liberty.
Mo., Madgie Rhoader of Virginia Beach, Va., and Sue Fletcher of Butler,
Tenn; seven sons, Robert Clawson Jr. of Granite Falls, James Clawson of
Butler, Tenn., Fred Clawson of Lenoir, Carroll Clawson of Elk Park, Raymond
Clawson of Clearmont, Dennis Clawson of Elizabethon, Tenn., and L.D. Clawson
of Boone; one sister, Ruby Gavin of Hudson; 22 grandchildren, 13 great-granchildren
and one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday, July 31, at 2 p.m.
in the Lambert Cemetery in Butler, Tenn., with the Rev. Joe Angle and Dean
Estep, minister, officiating.
Active pallbearers will be selected from her grandsons.
Interment will follow in the Lambert Cemetery in Butler, Tenn.
The family will receive friends Monday, July 30, from 6 until
8 p.m. in the Garden Room at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, in
Those who prefer in liew of flowers may make a donation in memory
of Mrs. Clawson to the American Cancer Society, 209 S. Riverside Drive,
Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, in Elizabethon, Tenn.,
is in charge of arrangements.
Howard Odell Jones
Mr. Howard Odell Jones, 73, of Clarence Newton Road, Blowing Rock,
died Saturday evening, Oct. 27, 2001, at Blowing Rock Hospital.
Mr. Jones was born June 12, 1928 in the Meat Camp community of
Mr. Jones was a member of Boone's Fork Baptist Church and a member
of the Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors include five sisters, Thelma White of Blowing Rock,
Mrs. Ruth Rich of Lenoir, Mrs. Irene Smith of Granite Falls, Mrs. Louise
Presnell of Greensboro and Mrs. Judy Bryant of Wilmington. A number of
nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Bynum and
Goldie White; and one brother, Paul Jones.
Services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock at Hampton
Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Gordon Noble. The body
will lie in state from 10-11 o'clock at the chapel. Burial will follow
at White Springs Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7-8:30 at
Hampton Funeral Home.
Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the American
Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1903, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Ina Ward Hagaman
Mrs. Ina Ward Hagaman, 96, of U.S. Hwy. 321 North, Sugar Grove
and Blowing Rock Extended Care, died Saturday evening, Oct. 27, 2001.
She was a native of Watauga County, born Jan. 20, 1905, a daughter
of the late Miles and Esther Trivette Ward.
Mrs. Hagaman was a homemaker and a member of Zion Hill Baptist
Survivors include two sons, Lloyd C. Hagaman and wife, Verna
Mae, of Sugar Grove and Dan M. Hagaman of Sugar Grove; a daughter-in-law,
Lillian McCrary and husband, Rufus, of Sugar Grove; a brother, Earl Ward
of Lenoir; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gradon Hagaman; a son,
Donald Hagaman; a sister, Eula Trivette; and five brothers, Marshall Ward,
Floyd Ward, Robert Ward, Charlie Ward and Ollie Ward.
Services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at
Zion Hill Baptist Church. The body will lie in state at the church from
1-2 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. James Hagaman and the Rev. Quincy
Norris. Burial will follow in the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7-8:30 at
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at
the home of her daughter-in-law, Lillian and Rufus McCrary.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Frederic Scott Ragan
Mr. Frederic Scott Ragan, 37, of 5807 Stage Line Dr., Arlington,
Texas, a native and former resident of Watauga County, died Friday morning,
Oct. 26, 2001 at his residence.
He was born May 19, 1964, in Boone, to Johnny H. Ragan, Jr. and
Audria Hinchman Ragan. He was a software programmer and a member of First
Baptist Church in Arlington.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Ussery Ragan; his father, Johnny
H. Ragan, Jr. of Boone; his mother, Audria Hinchman and her husband, David
Arthur, of St. Augustine, Fla.; one brother, John H. Ragan III of Altamont
Springs, Fla.; one sister, Ms. Colleen Ragan of Boone, N.C.; two stepsons,
Charles Sewell and Brian Sewell, both of Roanoke Rapids;
Services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Calvary
Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, with the Rev. John Alford officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m.,
at Mt. Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens, with the Rev. Vernon Eller officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Halifax County,
1225 Julian Allsbrook Highway, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. 27870.
Askew Funeral Service in Roanoke Rapids is in charge of the arrangements.
Daisy May Hoover
Mrs. Daisy May Mullis Hoover, 99, of 5801 Old Providence Road,
Charlotte, N.C., wife of the late Lloyd Leon Hoover, died Thursday morning,
Nov. 29, 2001, at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews.
She was born May 22, 1902, in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County,
to the late William H. and Clara Bell Barfield Mullis.
Mrs. Hoover was a retired switchboard operator from Associated
Transport Company in Charlotte and a member of Third Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include two sons, Leon Hoover, Jr. and wife, Joan,
of Boone and William D. Hoover and wife, Ann, of Asheboro; and one daughter,
Dolly Windle and husband, Brice, of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, Terri
H. Reynolds of Boone, Alan Hoover, Rev. Donnie Hoover, Dr. Chip Hoover,
Dr. Hunter Hoover, Al Windle, Mark Windle and Windi W. Brady. She is also
survived by 21 great-grandchildren, including Bethany Reynolds, Brandon
Reynolds, John Michael Reynolds and Abby Reynolds, of Boone.
Services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Third
Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, with the Rev. Dr. Carl Dumford, the Rev.
Dr. Jane Fobel and the Rev. Donnie Hoover officiating. Burial will follow
in Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7-9 p.m.
at Harry & Bryant Funeral Home in Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Third
Presbyterian Church, 4019 Central Avenue, Charlotte, N.C. 28205.
Harry & Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
James Clarke Owen
Mr. James Clarke Owen, 87, of 108 Doe Drive, Boone, N.C., died
Nov. 27, 2001, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 25, 1914, in Asheville, N.C., to Dr. Jesse C.
Owen and Rebecca Miller Owen.
He was baptized in the Little Tennessee River when he was six
years old. His father was giving a revival.
His parents were missionaries in China. His family lived with
Lottie Moon for a while, and his oldest sister, Margaret, was born at Lottie
Moon¹s. During the Boxer Rebellion (or Uprising), Dr. Owen carried
Henry Luce (later of Time Magazine) and his sister to safety.
Dr. Owen was a substitute minister at First Baptist, Boone, at
He attended the University of New Mexico for his first year,
and Chowan College for another year. He graduated as an electrical engineer
from N.C. State University and was employed by Carolina Power and Light
Company until 1940 when he entered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He
was a First Lieutenant.
Following the Second World War, he went to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia,
where he worked as an electrical engineer for the Arabian American Oil
Company. In Arabic class he met Mary Ford, whom he married at St. Peter¹s
Basilica in Rome, Italy. He retired from ARAMCO after 21 years, and settled
in Boone, N.C., in 1969.
A member of First Baptist Church in Boone, he was a member of
the First Friday Club and of the Baptist Men. He was a deacon for several
years and sang in the choir.
Mr. Owen was a charter member of the Golden K (Kiwanis) and of
the Institute for Senior Scholars. He received many honors including two
Volunteer of the Year awards from Governor Hunt.
Survivors include his wife, Mary F. Owen; three daughters, Kathleen,
Rebecca and Angela, and three grandsons, Benjamin Woodard, Brian Myer and
Joseph Owen, and one granddaughter, Miranda Claire Nicholson Owen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four sisters, Margaret
Smith, Leila Rodgers, Rebecca Burks and Jessie Meachum.
Services will be conducted Friday morning at 11 a.m. at First
Baptist Church in Boone, officiated by the Rev. Mark Chaney. Private entombment
services will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to the Watauga County Hunger Coalition,
417 Meadowview Drive, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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