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Archived Obits September 2006


 

Jay "Pops" Scarboro     [Back to Top]

On September 2, 2006 our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend Jay “Pops” Scarboro was called to his Heavenly home after a lengthy illness.

Jay was born on December 28, 1929 in Thomasville NC. He was preceded in death by his parents Betty Helms Scarboro and Joe B. Scarboro; sister Jewel Haynes and four brothers Calvin, Olin, David and Elmer Scarboro.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty four years Jane Whitley Scarboro; two sons Phillip Craig Scarboro and his wife Denise, Michael Douglas Scarboro and his wife Deana; two loving grandchildren Jordan Elise Scarboro and Jena Emily Scarboro all of Morganton. Jay is also survived by a sister Grace Scarboro Sexton and husband Ray of Thomasville and a number of nieces and nephews. He also left behind a loving best friend, Felix, his little browned eyed puppy dog.

Jay has been a very devoted member of the Salem United Methodist Church where he had served as a youth leader for many years. He also cherished his many friends from Salem Church. He was a hard worker all of his life, retiring from Romarco Inc. in 1991. After his retirement Jay enjoyed many hours with his family in the concession business “Scarboro Fair” and working with “J &J” vending company. Jay had served in the armed forces from 1951 until 1953 being station in France and Germany. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday September 5, 2006 at the Salem United Methodist Church with the Reverends Donald Freshour, Alan Wilson and Beth Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 7:30 Monday at Sossoman Funeral in Morganton where the body will remain until being place in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

Memorials in Mr. Scarboro memory may be made to the Salem United Methodist Church building fund, 1206 Salem Road, Morganton NC 28655.



 

Wanda C. Shaw     [Back to Top]

Mrs. Wanda C. Shaw, 45 of Camellia Garden Street in Morganton died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 2, 2006 in Watauga County. She was born August 9, 1961 in West Chester Pennsylvania to the late Richard and Maude P. Ward.

She is survived by her husband Earnest Shaw of the home, a son Tyler Shaw of the home, daughters Tara Shaw, Tina Shaw of the home Lisa Kerley and husband Chad of Boone; brothers Gary Ward and Donald Ward both of Mountain City Tennessee.

The family will receive friends 10:00 am until 11:00 am Thursday, September 7, 2006 at Sossoman Funeral in Morganton.



 

Roy "Toucho" Burleson     [Back to Top]

Roy “Toucho” Boyce Burleson, 62, of Fernwood Dr., Morganton, NC went to be with the Lord Saturday, September 2, 2006 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. He was born October 14, 1943 in McDowell County, NC, and was a son of the late Clayton Burleson and Alma Lindsay Burleson Franklin. He was a US Marine Corp Veteran and a retired truck driver. Roy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morganton.

He is survived by former wife, Phyllis Webb Burleson and their two daughters, Lisa Micol and her husband, John, of Durham, NC, and Julie Collins of Winston-Salem, NC; grandchildren, Kyndyl Collins, Kaitlyn Micol, and Spencer Micol; brothers, Clayton F. Burleson and wife, Ruth, and Lloyd E. Burleson; sisters, Lois Marlowe and husband, Jack, and Melba Bartlette; his extended family and companion, Melinda Farr of the home; and her children, Stacie Farr and Shane Farr; and special friends, Jimmy and Debbie Smith. Over the years, he has held many special relationships and the family would like to thank all of those who touched his and their lives. During his final days it was important to him that everyone be acknowledged for touching his heart and loving him.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm., Saturday, September 9, 2006 at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. and Rev. Carl Roland officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be considered for First Baptist Church at P.O Drawer 459, Morganton, NC 28680-0459. Condolences may be sent to Lisa Micol at 4723 Cole Mill Rd. Durham NC 27705 and/or Julie Collins at 532 Mill Pond Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.



 

Darlia Lail Danner     [Back to Top]

Yesterday, on Wednesday, September 6, 2006 we lost a very special lady. Darlia Lail Danner, otherwise known as “Nanny” to all who loved her, pass away. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was also a baptized member of The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She was preceded in death by a husband, Clyde Ray Danner, Sr. and several brother and sisters. She has left behind a son, Clyde Ray Danner, Jr. and his wife Susan; a grandson, Robert Ray Danner, and his wife Wendy; and a granddaughter, Kelly Danner Simon, and her husband Brett. She will also be missed by her brothers and sisters, Artis Lail, Carlon Lail, Lee Lail, Elsie Mae Land and Faydean Lail, along with their families.

Nanny will be missed greatly, but her love of family and friends will live thru those whose lives she touched. Her love of flowers will never be forgotten as we are reminded every time we see a new bloom in the spring. Her love to laugh will not be forgotten any time soon either, even in her last days she was always making someone laugh, with her silly faces and sense of humor.

She spent 81 years on this earth and touched everyone’s life that she met. Now she lays asleep in death, waiting for the time when she will be welcomed back, with open arms by all who love her, in the resurrection that Jehovah God has promised. This hope was spoken by his son Jesus Christ at John 5:28-29, “…the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”

Sossoman Funeral Home is handling the services for the family. Friend that wish to pay their respects will be welcomed at the home of her son, Ray Danner, 408 Old NC 18. A memorial talk will given at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, at 1663 Jamestown Rd., on Sunday, September 10, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. for all who wish to attend.



 

Diane K. Carswell     [Back to Top]

Diane K. Carswell, 58, of Salem Road, NC, went home to be with the Lord while surrounded by her family on Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at Valdese General Hospital. Born in Burke County, NC on October 10, 1947, she was the daughter of Martha Epley Huntley and the late Otis William King. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her step-father, George L. Huntley, and a sister, Patty King. Diane was a member of New Grace Church where she sang in the choir and had been church treasurer. She worked at Salem Daycare Center and ran the Family Storage Units for many years. She was an avid camper and traveler.

Mrs. Carswell is survived by her husband of 42 years, Frank Carswell of the home; a son, Wayne Eric Carswell and wife, Catherine, of Morganton; brothers, Freddie King, Larry King, Rick King, and Greg Huntley, all of Morganton; a sister, Debbie Buff of Valdese; grandchildren, Megan and Barry McPeters; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 9, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Reverends Mark L. Moody, Ken Suttles, and Donnie Dula officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive Friday evening at the funeral home from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. At other times the family will be at the residence of her mother, Martha Huntley, on Poteat Street, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to New Grace Church Building Fund, 612 Old 18 South, Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Kathleen Watts Clarke     [Back to Top]

Kathleen Watts Clarke, of Ridgedale Drive, Morganton, NC, went to be with the Lord with her family at her bedside on Saturday, September 9, 2006 at her residence. Born in Burke County, NC, she was the daughter of the late James McKinnley Watts and Mary Alice Dale Watts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Clarke, and a brother, Jim Watts. Kathleen was a member of Brookwood Baptist Church and was a retired employee of Broughton Hospital.

Mrs. Clarke is survived by her two sons, Jackie and Eddie Clarke, both of Morganton, a daughter, Toni Clarke Ledbetter of Morganton; two brothers, Joe Ernest Watts of Morganton and Edwin Watts of Las Vegas, NV; a sister, Ruby Wise of Morganton; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and her faithful dog, “Wolfie.”

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 11, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Reverends Earl Cross and Robert Rownd officiating. Entombment will follow in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. At other times, the family will be at Mrs. Clarke’s residence, 202 Ridgedale Drive, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Brookwood Baptist Church, 210 Brookwood Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



 

James "David" Pearson     [Back to Top]

James “David” Pearson, 46, of Huffman View Trail, Morganton, NC, died Sunday, September 10, 2006 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. He was born October 4, 1959 in Burke County, NC to the late Clyde Pearson and Etta Faye Epley Pearson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Doug Pearson and a sister, Janice Benfield. David was a former employee of Packaging Corporation of America and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Mr. Pearson is survived by wife, Kathy Clark Pearson; a son, Cody Pearson, both of the home; brothers, Keith Pearson and his wife Ann, and Johnny Pearson; sister Carolyn Pearson, all of Morganton; and left to cherish his memory a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 13, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Reverends Dean Presnell and Douglas St. John officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. At other times the family will be at Mr. Pearson’s residence, 4736 Huffman View Trail, Morganton, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, PO Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to help the family with funeral expenses.



 

William "Bill" Campbell     [Back to Top]

William Dennis “Bill” Campbell, Jr. of Amherst Road, Morganton, NC, passed away Sunday, September 10th, 2006 at Grace Heights Nursing Home following a period of declining health.

Born August 26, 1922 in Charlottesville, VA, he was the son of William D. Campbell, Sr. and Eunola Leta Kounse Campbell. Bill is preceded in death by his wife of 57 years; Iva Mae Spooner Campbell and his sister, Sylvia L. Saunders.

Bill attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, prior to serving his country in the United Sates Army during WWII. He received a Masters Degree in Special Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 1966. Following several years of teaching at the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton, NC, Bill pursued his career in printing and retired from The Hickory Daily Record in 1987.

Bill was an avid sportsman, model airplane and model train enthusiast. His love of life and family was contagious to all who knew and loved him. Recently, Bill celebrated his 84th birthday surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Velma L. Campbell and husband, Ross Vincent, of Pueblo, CO; a son, W. Dennis Campbell, III of Asheville, NC; and a daughter, Patti C. Williams and husband, Rex, of Morganton. Also surviving are grandchildren, Rusty Williams and wife, Tammy of Glen Alpine, NC, Jaime Williams and fiancé, Ben Handley of Morganton, Laura and Julia Chappell-Campbell of Asheville, NC. Great-grandchildren are Zackary and Hunter Williams of Glen Alpine and Bryson Handley of Morganton.

Services will be held Thursday, September 14th, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Holly Cobb Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Memorial Methodist Church Cemetery in Drexel, NC with military graveside rites to be conducted by the Ceremonial Team of Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Sossoman Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 and the Burke County Library, 204 S. King Street, Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Bill D. Daniels     [Back to Top]

Bill D. Daniels, 73, of Burke Dr., Morganton, NC died Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC following a period of declining health. He was born January 24, 1933 in Avery County, NC, and was a son of the late Charlie H. Daniels and Mamie Barlow Daniels. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Daniels; and sisters, Evelyn Costea, Margie Gruber, Blanche Pritchard, and Avis Daniels. Bill served with the US Army Combat Engineers in the Korean War, and retired in 1991 from Broughton Hospital after 30 years of service.

Mr. Daniels is survived by his wife, Betty Gold Deviney Daniels of the home; sons, David Daniels and wife, Donna of Crossnore, NC, and Mark Daniels and wife, Nancy of Greenville, SC; daughters, Lisa Mackay and husband, Jeff, Kathy Zimmerman and husband, John, all of Morganton, and Susanne Eaton and husband, Wayne, of Kernersville, NC; grandchildren, Melissa Daniels, Luke Daniels, Michael, Adam, and Taylor Mackay, John and Clint Zimmerman, and Rachel, Aaron, and Justin Eaton; a sister, Reba B. Miller and husband, Bob of Millersport, OH; brothers-in-law, John Costea and Jim Gruber, both of Ohio; aunts, Myrtle Chapman of Drexel, NC, and Pearl Mull of Autumn Care of Drexel; a “very special” sister-in-law, Mary Sue Price of Lawndale, NC, many dear nieces, nephews, and friends; and his special feline companion, Jazz.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 14, 2006 at North Morganton United Methodist Church with the Reverends Tony Matthews, Paul Christy, and John C. Woods, Jr. officiating. Entombment will follow in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 until 8 pm at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes before the funeral hour. Memorial contributions may be made to North Morganton United Methodist Church, 990 Sanford Dr., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Alton "Al" Lewis Alderman     [Back to Top]

Alton “Al” Lewis Alderman, 74, of Rollins Park Dr., Connelly Springs, NC, died Friday, September 15, 2006 in Asheville, NC. He was born June 9, 1932, in Carroll County, VA and was the son of the late Ellis Alderman and Thelma Alderman. Al was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran.

He is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Poteat Alderman of Connelly Springs; sons, Elden Lewis Alderman and his wife, Anna of Hickory, Kenneth Alton Alderman and his wife, Carol of Hildebran; Tim Walker and his wife, Vickie, and Gary Walker both of Monroe, NC; daughters, Renee Korn and her husband, Rocky of Lexington, NC; and Robin Bradshaw and her husband, Randy of Connelly Springs; grandchildren, Keith Alderman and his wife, Stephanie of TN, Kevin Alderman of Hickory, NC, Brandon Alderman of Troy, NC, Nicholas Korn of Lexington, NC, Jonas Bradshaw of Connelly Springs, Megan Walker and Derrik Watkins, both of Monroe, NC; great grandchildren, Brandon Alderman, Jr. of Troy, NC, Devin Alderman, of Hickory, NC, Derik Watkins, Jr. and Katie Watkins both of Monroe, NC, Christian and Lakeon Alderman of TN, and Ashley Sigmon of Hickory.

The funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, September 17, 2006 at the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday in the Alderman Family Cemetery in Hillsville, VA. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke County Friends for Animals, P.O. Box 1884, Morganton, NC 28680.



 

Melvin Glenn Norman     [Back to Top]

Melvin Glenn Norman, 93, of North Street, Morganton, NC, died Friday, September 15, 2006 at his residence. Born in Cleveland County, NC, on May 11th, 1913, he was the son of the late Clemmie Franklin Norman and Bessie Towery Norman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clayton Norman and John Henry Norman, and a sister, Mamie Norman. Melvin was a loving husband and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He enjoyed watching gospel music and preaching on television, and shopping with his wife. He was a retired employee of Henredon Furniture.

Mr. Norman is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ada McNeely Norman of the home, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, September 18, 2006 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the residence, 114 North Street, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or Calvary Baptist Church, 407 S. Green St., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Ruth Franklin Singleton     [Back to Top]

Ruth Franklin Singleton, 79, of East View Street, Morganton, NC, died Friday, September 15, 2006 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Born December 2, 1926, in Burke County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Minnie Franklin. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Clifford Jack Singleton; a brother, Paul Franklin; a sister-in-law, Dorothy McNeely Simpson; and a brother-in-law, James Dula. Mrs. Singleton was a member of Friendship Baptist Church where she sang in the choir and taught Children’s Sunday School. She was a former employee of the Sara Lee Corporation and Morganton Dyeing and Finishing.

Mrs. Singleton is survived by her sons, Thomas S. Beach and wife, Linda, of Charleston, SC, and Charles C. Singleton and wife, Sandy, of Morganton; six grandchildren, Matt McClain and wife, Kathleen, Adam Beach, Thomasina Beach Kitchen & husband, Brian, Andy Beach, Cheryl Singleton, and Chris Singleton; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Jacob Kitchen; a sister, Hazel Franklin Dula of Morganton; and a sister-in-law, Trudy Williams Franklin.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 23, 2006 in Forest Hill Cemetery with Rev. Max Baker officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. At other times the family will be at her residence on Friday & Saturday, 305 East View Street, Morganton. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Harley Allen "Tom" Cook     [Back to Top]

Harley Allen “Tom” Cook, 59, of Hill Haven Circle, Morganton, NC, died unexpectedly Saturday, September 16, 2006 at his residence. Born in Avery County, NC, on November 11, 1946, he was the son of Lila Frances Johnson Durham and the late Harley Cook. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Billy Joe Cook, and a grandson, Roger Branch. Harley attended the Drexel Christian Center and was an avid fisherman. A US Army veteran of the Vietnam war, he received the Purple Heart and was MIA for 8 weeks.

Mr. Cook is survived by two daughters, Tonya Baker and Lisa Branch, both of Morganton; a brother, Eddie Durham of Marion, NC; four sisters, Betty Coffey of Spartanburg, SC, Lila Kay Chambers, Lynn Allen, and Gwen Durham, all of Asheville, NC; a step-father, Earl Durham of Old Fort, NC; four grandchildren, J.J. Smith, Ashley Smith, Eddie Branch, and Brittney Branch; two great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and a special companion of twelve years, Carol Danner.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Reverends Steve Durham and Bill Shuffler officiating. Burial will follow in Concord United Methodist Church Cemetery with military rites to be conducted by the Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at the residence of the daughter, Tonya Baker, 4871 Scott Road, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



 

Gary "Smiley" Lee Piercy     [Back to Top]

Gary “Smiley” Lee Piercy, 38, of St. Paul’s Church Road, Morganton, NC, died unexpectedly Saturday, September 16, 2006 at Grace Hospital. Born in Burke County, NC, on December 13, 1967, he was the son of Thomas Lee Piercy and Patricia Duckworth Piercy of Morganton. He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael “Lightning” Piercy. Gary was a graduate of Freedom High School and was a self-employed heavy equipment operator. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 9 years, Sabrina Piercy of the home; four sons, Mikall, Taylor, Tyler, and Dillian Piercy, all of the home; a nephew, Kenneth Piercy of Morganton; and a number of aunts and uncles who loved Gary dearly.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at the Pentecostal Holiness Church on Foreman Street with Rev. Bill Rice officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the church before the service. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Garry Clay Fender     [Back to Top]

Garry Clay Fender, 61, of Kela Drive, Morganton, NC died Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center following an extended illness. He was born on October 29, 1944 in Yancey County, NC and was a son of Clay Fender and the late Lila Grace Wyatt Fender. Mr. Fender served as a staff sergeant in the U. S. Army from 1963-1969 with three years of service in Germany and three at Ft. Bliss, TX. He was a technician on the Nike-Hercules Missile. He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church.

Surviving in addition to his father are his wife, Sandra Allen Fender, of the home; his son, Martin Fender; his daughter, Marcia Hamm; a brother, Gerald Fender; a sister, Sandra Hall; two grandsons; and one granddaughter.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23, 2006, at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Reverends Sandy Curnow and Mike Thompson officiating. A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church on Bost Rd. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Faith Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 605, Morganton, NC 28680 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

Evelyn Byrd Whisenant     [Back to Top]

Evelyn Byrd Whisenant, 87, of Fletcher Street, Morganton, NC, a very devoted wife and mother, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at Carolina Rehab in Connelly Springs, NC. Born August 8, 1919 in Ervin, TN, she is the daughter of the late James Henry Fox and Hannah Styles Fox. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Claud Byrd, and two sons, Steve and James Byrd. Evelyn retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. and was a member of Glen Alpine First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Ervin Whisenant of the home; a son, Royce L. Byrd and wife, Olivia, of Glen Alpine, NC; a daughter, Norma Ross and husband, Clyde, of Glen Alpine; two brothers, Eugene Fox of Morganton and John C. Fox of Hickory, NC; two sisters, Ethel Pritchard and Lillian Harris, both of Morganton; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 23, 2006 at First Baptist Church of Glen Alpine with Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or to the First Baptist Church of Glen Alpine Building Fund, P.O. Box 205, Glen Alpine, NC 28628. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

Ryan Bobo     [Back to Top]

Ryan Bobo, 26, of Conley Rd., Morganton, NC went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, September 22, 2006 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center following an extended illness. Born on May 28, 1980 in Burke County, NC, Ryan graduated from Freedom High School with the class of 1999 and was attending WPCC where he was earning an associates degree. He was employed at J. Iverson Riddle Institute as a Trainer I. He loved his friends and residents at JIR Institute and all he came in contact with at Jones Pharmacy where he also worked. Ryan was a member of Mountain View Church of Christ in Marion. He never met a stranger.

Left to cherish his memory are those he will always love, his wife, Bethany Bobo, of the home; his parents, David and Judy Bobo, of Morganton; his paternal grandparents, Clyde and Mary Francis Bobo of Marion; his maternal grandfather, Floyd Davidson, of Winter Haven, FL; his brother, Chris Bobo, of Charlotte; his father and mother in-law, Michael and Ellen Lawyer of Morganton; his sister-in-law, Renee Lawyer, of Morganton; his beloved aunts and uncles, Aunt Kathy and Uncle Whitey, Aunt Martha and Uncle Wayne, Aunt Betsey and Uncle Gary, and Uncle Tom and Aunt Vickie; his godmother, Pam; his good friends, Kyle, Matt, and Dusty; and many beloved cousins. Ryan was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Jane L. Davidson; his loving “Nanny”, and Uncle Neil.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2006, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Minister Carl Bowles officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. A graveside inurnment service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marion. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Church of Christ, 200 Arrowhead Trail, Marion, NC 28754.



 

Myrtle Liche Smith Honeycutt     [Back to Top]

Mrs. Myrtle Liche Smith Honeycutt, 92, formerly of Roan Mountain Tennessee, died Sunday September 24, 2006 at the Shaire Center in Lenoir, NC. She was born January 20, 1914 in Roan Mountain to the late Nicholas and Oma Tipton Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Reverend Zeb Honeycutt of Roan Mountain and two sons Shelbourne Honeycutt and Donald Honeycutt of Morganton, NC. Mrs. Honeycutt graduated from Lee’s McRae College and East Tennessee State University. She was a retired school teacher and an avid quilter. She was a faithful member of the Lower Heaton Creek Holiness Church in Roan Mountain where she loved to play the piano.

She is survived by sisters Emma Gouge of Kingsport TN.; Evelyn Buchanan of Johnson City TN.; Daughters-in-laws Leslie Anne Honeycutt and Brenda Honeycutt both of Morganton NC; Granddaughters Kay Honeycutt of Concord NC, Shawnah Lunsford of Old Fort NC, Sheila Jones of Morganton NC, Nikki Costello of Arden NC, Carol Holden of Morganton NC; great grandchildren Jacob Holden of Morganton NC, Andrew Costello of Arden NC and Adam Lunsford of Old Fort NC.

The Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at the Lower Heaton Creek Holiness Church.

A Graveside Service will follow at 3:30 PM Tuesday at the Happy Valley Memorial Park Cemetery in Elizabethton TN. Sossoman Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the family with arrangements.



 

Ruby Etta Burns Speigle     [Back to Top]

Ruby Etta Burns Speigle, 90, of 115 23rd Street, NW, of Hickory, NC, died Monday, September 25, 2006 at Carolina Rehab following a period of declining health. Born July 9th, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester Horace Burns and Minnie Brown Burns. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Loy Speigle; five brothers, Worth, Ras, Paul, Ted, and Cecil Burns; one sister, Hazel Burns; and a step-daughter, Shirley Koo. Ruby was a member of the Catawba Valley Church of Christ, Hickory, NC.

She is survived by her son, James Farrell Speigle and wife, Marsha, of Knoxville, TN; a daughter, Myra Hill and husband, Jerry, of Hickory; two step-daughters, Jean Creel of Maiden, NC and Carolyn Walker of Jonesboro, GA; a sister, Pearl Homan of Denver, CO; four grandchildren, one step-grandson, five great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Ministers Tony Forrest and Nelson Brockenborough officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the residence of the daughter, Myra Hill, in Hickory. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658 or to Catawba Valley Church of Christ, 423 3rd Avenue, Hickory, NC 28603.



 

Mamie Williams Leger     [Back to Top]

Mamie Williams Coleman Leger, 83, died Sunday, September 24, 2006, at Burke Long Term Care following a brief illness. She was born in Burke County, NC on February 20, 1923 and was a daughter of the late John Franklin Williams and Lula Jane Moore Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are her husband, Ervin A. Leger, of Morganton; children and their spouses, Mari and Charles Hann of Sanford, NC, Betty and Jim Davis of Broadway, NC, Eleanor and Ralph Powell of Ventura, CA, and Judith and Chuck Giglio of Winnetka, CA; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

No services are planned at this time. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

Jonathan Earl Watts     [Back to Top]

Jonathan Earl Watts, 25, of Lutz Boulevard, Newton, NC died Sunday, September 24, 2006 at his residence. He was born March 2, 1981 in Burke County, NC. Jonathan attended Mulls’ Grove Baptist Church and was an employee of Sipes Landscaping.

Mr. Watts is survived by his wife, Bridget Logan Watts of the home; his mother, Sandra Mace Carter of Morganton; sons, Tyler and Kadd Watts, both of Virginia; brothers, Andrew Watts, Cory Carter, and Michael Causby, all of Morganton; paternal grandmother, Joyce Bell of Asheboro, NC; maternal grandmother, Lucy Mace of Morganton; maternal grandfather, Winfred Mace of Morganton; and stepfathers, Shad Causby and Larry Carter, both of Morganton. Also surviving to cherish Jonathan’s memory are many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 28, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie LeFevers officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7:00 until 8:30 pm at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Sandra Carter, 2981 Clark Loop in Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses, c/o Sossoman Funeral Home, PO Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680.



 

Ray McDonald Ward, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Ray McDonald Ward, Sr., 73, of Laurel Haven Ave., Morganton, NC died Monday, September 25, 2006 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care Center in Valdese. He was born May 17, 1933 in Avery County, NC, and was a son of the late Homer Ward and Vida Ellen Wise Ward. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Ward; and a number of half-brothers and half-sisters. Ray was a retired employee of Portable Equipment. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved country music.

Ray is survived by his wife, Emily Wiseman Ward of the home; sons, Ray Ward, Jr. and wife, Revonda, and Tracy Ward and wife, Chris, all of Morganton; a daughter, Mary Ellen Orders and husband, Johnny, of Morganton; grandchildren, Donna Silvers and husband, Jeremy, Jason Reed and wife, Laura, Jeremy Reed and wife, Lauren, Jessie Ward, Ashley Ward, Christina Ward, Hailey Ward, and Hannah Ward; great grandchildren, Dillon Johnson, Destiny Silvers, Luke Fisher, Ben Fisher, and Jake Reed; a sister, Ruth Duncan of Nebo, NC; a sister-in-law, Wilma Ward; and a number of nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 27, 2006 at Laurel Haven Baptist Church with Rev. Ed Lawing officiating. Burial will follow at the Barrier Family Cemetery in Jonas Ridge, NC. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at the church. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 5128 Laurel Haven Avenue, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care Center, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



 

Joyce Yelton Isaacs     [Back to Top]

Joyce Yelton Isaacs, 76, of Robey Street, Morganton, NC, died Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at her residence. Born in Rutherford County, NC, on June 4, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Cletus and Estelle Towery Yelton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald and Bobby Yelton, and two sisters, Marie Nichols and Thelma Williams. Mrs. Isaacs was a retired employee of Roses Department Store. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, the Eastern Star, and Women of the Moose #1382.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Earnest Isaacs of the home; three daughters, Sandra Thomas and husband, Roger, of Morganton, Debra Williams and husband, J.B., of Morganton; and Brenda Curtis and husband, Lynn, of Rock Hill, SC; three brothers, Donald Yelton of Indian Trail, NC, Boyd Yelton of Morganton, and Wayne Yelton of Morganton; six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 29, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Joseph Lynn Curtis officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home after the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Avery Co., P.O. Box 1357, Newland, NC 28657.



 

Rosa Lee "Jordan" Cook     [Back to Top]

Rosa Lee “Jordan” Cook, 86, of Mill Street, Glen Alpine, NC died Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at her residence following a period of declining health. She was born December 11, 1919 in Burke County, NC, a d was a daughter of the late Will Jordan and Elizabeth Carswell Jordan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Cook; and brothers, Walt, Mill, John, Brad, and Luther Jordan. Rosa was a member of the Praise Assembly of God where she taught Sunday school. She was a retired employee of Drexel Knitting Mill. Rosa was a loving mother and grandmother.

Surviving are her daughter, Martha J. Franklin of Glen Alpine; a sister, Eva Frances Bollinger of Morganton; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and a number of extended family members.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 29, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Dean Gurley officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes before the funeral hour. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 116 Mill St. in Glen Alpine. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



 

Jessie Virginia Murphy Rader     [Back to Top]

Jessie Virginia Murphy Rader of Clemmons, NC, formerly of Morganton, died on Friday, September 29, 2006 of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease after 10 years of declining health. She was born on November 16, l927 in Yancey County, NC to Jesse and Mattie Lou Wilson Murphy who preceded her in death, along with six brothers and sisters. An infant son, Mark Andrew Rader preceded her in death in 1957. She is survived by one brother, Vernie Murphy of the Veteran’s Hospital, Oteen, NC and one sister whom she loved and adored, Mrs. Effie (Roy) Prueitt of Morganton.

Bill Rader, her husband of 57 years of Clemmons, NC survives her as well as one daughter, Teresa Rader Pitts, formerly of Morganton and currently of Bermuda Run, NC. She has three grandchildren, Jessica (Phillip) Pitts Carter of Winston Salem, NC, Marshall Pitts of Morganton, NC as well as David (Danielle) Ranford Almond of Browns Summit, NC and one great-grandson, Ranford Owen Almond, age 7 of Browns Summit, NC and a number of nieces and nephews.

Jessie was employed with Southern Bell Tel & Telegraph at the first telephone office in Morganton located across the street from the new Burke County Courthouse. Her career took her through 36 years of growth and expansion with Bell South, ending in Lenoir, N.C. before her retirement.

She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, and attended Sunday School and church at Calvary Baptist Church, Morganton, NC until her health declined. She had a strong faith and often said that it is not by words and deeds, but by faith alone in Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior that allows us to enter through the gates of heaven. She exemplified this by going about her business quietly, enjoying her family, home, neighbors, growing vegetables and flowers, and cooking for family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home in Morganton at 4:00 p.m., Monday, October 2, 2006. The family will receive two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Bermuda Village Health Care Center, 142 Bermuda Village Drive, Bermuda Run, NC 27006 in memory of Jessie Rader, to the attention of Sandy Welker, S.W.



 

Joan campbell Burns     [Back to Top]

Joan Campbell Burns, 87, of Morganton, NC, died Saturday, September 30, 2006 at her residence following a lengthy illness. Born in Caldwell County, NC on November 11, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Gwyn and Callie Mcguire Campbell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. She was a member of Freedom Church of God.

Mrs. Burns is survived by her husband, Harold D. Burns of the home; a daughter, Gwen Duplain and husband, Bill, of Morganton; a granddaughter, Heather Mauney; two great-grandchildren, Porter and Davis Engle; and two sisters, Mary McGalliard of Valdese, NC and Dori Campbell of Hudson, NC.

A cryptside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 2, 2006 at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with Rev. Todd Phillips officiating. The family will receive friends at the mausoleum after the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



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