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Archived Obits December 2006


 

Herbert "Hank" Avery     [Back to Top]

Herbert “Hank” Avery, 85, of Riverside Court, Morganton, NC, died Friday, December 1, 2006 at Grace Hospital. Born in Daytona Beach, FL on May 30, 1921, he was the son of the late Walton Avery, Sr. and Ruth Houk Avery Vaughn. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Causby Avery, who died May 11, 2001; a brother, Walton Avery, Jr.; paternal grandparents, Isiac Thomas Avery, Sr. and Lilliam Burr Avery; and maternal grandparents, Herbert Osgoode Houk, Sr. and Lura Lackey Houk.

Hank graduated high school in Decatur, GA. After high school he attended Lenoir-Rhyne College where he was in the Civilian Pilot Training Program at the Hickory Airport. He entered the Navy in the Naval Flight Program. After graduation he transferred to the US Marine Corps, where he was commissioned as a captain and served in the south pacific theatre of WWII as a pilot. After the war, he came back to Morganton where he and his father-in-law started A.P. Causby Concrete & Stone Company. Hank was a member of the Sabre Society, the Carolina’s Wing of the Confederate Air Force, Aircraft Owner Pilot Association, War Birds of America, Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association, and the National Bi-plane Association. Mr. Avery was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Morganton where he and his father-in-law, Mr. A.P. Causby donated the stone for the present-day church.

Hank and his family were instrumental in bring First Citizen’s Bank and Trust Company to Morganton in 1975. He served on the original board of directors for the bank until his retirement.

Hank is survived by his extended family, Peggy Connelly; his god-son, Jonathan Whalen; a sister-in-law, Aileen Avery; a niece Ruth Anne Acuff; nephews, Stanley Avery and Tom Avery; and the special people who took care of him during his later years, Mary Walker, Marge Reep, Joann King, Brenda Bailey, and Kim Bolick.

A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Sydnor Thompson, III officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 200 N. King Street, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Ruby Gertrude Steele     [Back to Top]

Ruby Gertrude Ford Steele, 92, of College Pines, Valdese, NC, died Saturday, December 2, 2006 College Pines Rehabilitation Center following a year of declining health. Born March 28, 1914 in Watauga Co., NC, Ruby was the 5th of 7 children of the late Cordova Smith Ford and Laura Alice Hamlet Ford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Eagles Steele; her beloved son, George Robert Steele; three brothers, Jesse Bynum Ford, Arnold William Ford, and Rodney Allen Ford; and two sisters, Lillie Ford Ford and Retha Belle Church Perrell. Mrs. Steele was a housewife, as well as a loving mother and grandmother to four living generations that will miss her. Her love of flowers and nature were her passion and she could make anything grow. Her flower gardens and helping others before herself has been her entire life. She loved her family and her eyes would light up with her grandchildren would visit.

After her husband’s death she made her home with 2 sisters, Retha Perrell and Connie Ford until Retha’s death. She then lived with her daughter until she required an assisted living lifestyle. She has been at College Pines, Valdese, NC since March of 2001.

Ruby was a member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church.

Ruby is survived by one sister, Connie Lois Ford of Autumn Care of Drexel, NC; two daughters, Nancy Sue Steele Smith and Alice Pauline Steele Lehn, both of Morganton; seven grandchildren, Bruce Coleman Smith and wife, Susan, of Morganton, Vickie Joyce Smith of Morganton, Varda Alice Smith Giordano and husband, Ralph, of Goldsboro, NC, Nancy Jean Smith Reed of Morganton, Debra Ann Lehn Heintzleman and husband, Tom, of Grand Rapids, MI, Michael Anthony Lehn and wife, Chasity, of Morganton; and Susan Denise Lehn of Morganton; seven great-grandchildren, Nikki Carswell, Katy Hankins, Kenneth Giordano, Kelly Heintzleman, Ryan Heintzleman, Phillip Stockton, and Olivia Grace Lehn; and four great-great-grandchildren, Dawson, Dylan, Derrick, and Megan Carswell.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Reverends Clyde Buckner and Jerry Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in the Steele Family Cemetery in Lenoir, NC. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the residence of the Nancy Smith, 2630 Old NC 18, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Memorial Baptist Church Bus Fund, 650 Enola Road, Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Ida R. Zappa Bradley     [Back to Top]

Ida R. Zappa Bradley, 55, of Huffman St., Morganton, NC died Monday, December 4, 2006 at Carolina Commons in Greensboro, NC. She was born Feb. 9, 1951 in Burke County, and was the daughter of Donald Zappa and Rudell Smith Jackson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel J. Bradley. She was a member of Faith Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by a step-son, Robert Dean Bradley; an uncle, Thomas Smith; and numerous cousins, including Lucille Hartmann and Shirley Jean Epley Yount.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 8, 2006 at Faith Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Rocky Reese officiating. Burial was held in the church cemetery at an earlier date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help with funeral expenses, to the Ida Bradley Fund, c/o of Faith Freewill Baptist Church, 1310 Jamestown Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

Marvin Carswell     [Back to Top]

Marvin Carswell, 88, of Salem Rd., Morganton, NC died Monday, December 4, 2006 at Grace Heights following a period of declining health. He was born in Burke County, NC on August 9, 1918, and he was a son of the late Charlie Wesley Carswell and Minnie Chapman Carswell. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Fox Carswell; his son, Harold Carswell; brothers, Wilburn Carswell, Jessie Carswell, Ernest Carswell, and Gaston Eugene Carswell; and by a sister, Gracie Carswell. Marvin was a retired employee of Henredon Furniture and attended Shining Light Baptist Church.

Surviving are his daughter, Brenda Carswell Rector, of Newton, NC and a sister, Versie Carswell Chapman, of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2006, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Castle officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour before the service.



 

Annie Mae Harmon Goodnight     [Back to Top]

Annie Mae Harmon Goodnight, 92, of Bethel Street, Morganton, NC died Monday, December 4, 2006 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Mrs. Goodnight became known affectionately as Nite-Nite to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. She was born in Cleveland County, NC on October 4, 1914 and was a daughter of the late William Columbus Harmon and Ava Gettus Moss Harmon of Cleveland County. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Soundra Kay Hoyle, by her husband, Dale Leonard Goodnight, a brother, Earl Haywood Harmon, and by a sister, Alpha Harmon Jenkins. Mrs. Goodnight retired from Broughton Hospital after 40 years of service, and she was a long time member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a brother, Ernest Paul Harmon, and his wife, Gertrude, of Chattanooga, TN; a son, Charles Leonard Goodnight, and his wife, Dian, of Morganton and their son, Michael Gassmann Goodnight, and his wife, Emma, of Mt. View, NC; daughter, Patricia Krewson, of Newport, NC and her daughters, Melody Kay Bennett and her husband, Craig, of Cocoa Beach, FL and their children, Crystal Ann and Craig Thomas; Michelle Ann Mills and her husband, Stuart, of Newport, NC and their children, Alexis Kalynn and Kirby Lee, Sherri Lynn Garner and her husband, Clayton, Jr., of Newport, NC and their children, Brandon Lee Scronce and Sydney Leigh Scronce; daughter, Billie Sue Duckworth, and her husband, Kenny, of Morganton and their children, Donna Jean Duckworth, and her son, Joshua Paul McLamb, Kenneth Jerome Duckworth and his children, Katelyn Victoria, Lauren Danielle, Luke Kenneth, and Laccee Sara; son, Gary Walter Goodnight, of the home; Soundra’s husband, Dock Hoyle, Jr. of Connelly Springs, and their children, Jennifer Renee’ Cook and her husband, Rodney of Hickory, NC and their children, Kalie Renee’ and William Austin, and Adam Wesley Hoyle of Connelly Springs and his son, Wesley Adam. Also surviving are many beloved nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 8, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Allen P. Boliek officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. At other times the family will be at the home of Billie and Kenny Duckworth, 3873 Laurel Heights Dr., Morganton; Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 201 Shady Rest Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

James Lafayette McGalliard     [Back to Top]

James Lafayette McGalliard, “Jim”, 92, of Morganton Long Term Care died Dec. 4, 2006. Born March 21, 1914 in Burke County, NC, he was the son of the late Elijah and Polly Proctor McGalliard. In addition to his parents, his wife, Dorothy Boyter McGalliard; sisters, Ann Bland, Carrie Moses, Sue Polland, Ruby Jones, and Lib Henson, and brothers, Aaron McGalliard, Paul McGalliard, and Otis McGalliard preceded him in death. Jim graduated from Glen Alpine High School. He attended Rutherford College before transferring to Elon College on an athletic scholarship. He graduated from Elon with a degree in Christian Ministry. Jim had a Methodist ministry calling in the mountains of North Carolina in the late 1930’s. During World War II, he was involved in the construction of military facilities on the East Coast of NC. After the war, he and his family moved back to Burke County where he purchased and developed a successful dairy farm, bringing many new ideas to farming. He bought and used the first field chopper in Burke County. While living in Burke County from 1944 until 1958, he attended Mountain Grove Methodist Church where he taught the Men’s Sunday school class. Jim served on the Oak Hill Board of Education. He also served as a teacher in the World War II veterans training program at Salem High School. The program provided returning veterans with up-to-date training in farming techniques. In 1958, Jim and his family moved to Georgia where he ran a water mill and lumber operation. In the early 1980’s, he moved back to North Carolina and built a home on Snow Hill Church Rd. in Western Burke County. At that time, Jim attended Snow Hill United Methodist Church and Mt. Olive Baptist Church where he sang in the Adult choir.

He is survived by his two sons, James D. McGalliard and wife, Carol, of Pomona Park, FL, and David L. McGalliard and wife, Juanita, of Morganton; a sister, Martha Franklin of Morganton, six grandchildren, Sherry Westhoven, and husband, Charlie, of Houston, TX, Dawn McGalliard, Kathleen Seja and husband, Greg, all of Anaheim, CA, Krista McGalliard of Lafayette, CO, Kim McGalliard of Brooklyn, NY, and David McGalliard of Randolph, Vermont; and seven great grandchildren, Paul, Alex, Melia, Aspen, Gabe, Katie, and Meadow.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Leonard officiating. Burial will follow in the Glen Alpine Cemetery. Family and friends will gather at Snow Hill United Methodist Church following the burial. The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Snow Hill United Methodist Church, 5425 Snow Hill Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 5388 Mt. Olive Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Pearl Stroupe Propst     [Back to Top]

Pearl Stroupe Propst, 87, of Duckworth Circle, Morganton, NC died Monday, December 4, 2006 at Grace Hospital following an extended illness. She was born Oct. 11, 1919 in Burke County, and was a daughter of the late David Jackson Stroupe and Eliza Christine Mooney Stroupe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Hennessee Propst; brothers, Carl and Jim Stroupe; sisters, Mary Walker and Callie Schlachter. Pearl was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Jim Propst and wife, Mary, of Raleigh, NC; a sister, Ada Bingham and husband, Warren, of Morganton; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Homer Murdock officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall one hour before the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church Building Fund, 1112 Hopewell Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. The family would like to thank Dr. David Abernathy and the staff at Grace Hospital, especially the ICU staff for their care and compassion. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Leola Jewel Whisenant     [Back to Top]

Leola Jewel Whisenant, loving mother and grandmother, 86, of Valley Nursing Center, Taylorsville, NC died Monday, December 4, 2006 at Gateway Nursing Center in Lenoir following a period of declining health. She was born on July 23, 1920 in Burke County, NC and was a daughter of the late John Emoch Branch and Annie Lee Branch Branch. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Leonard Whisenant; brothers, Jimmy Lee Branch, Walter Branch, and Adam Branch; a sister, Siddie Mae Branch; and by a son-in-law, Jim Padgett. Prior to her illness Mrs. Whisenant served faithfully as a foster grandparent at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center and was a member of Zion Baptist Church where she loved her Sunday School Class. Leola loved and appreciated those that cared for her and loved working with children.

Surviving are her son, Marshall Whisenant, and his wife, Doris; daughters, JoAnn Padgett and Jeanette Yancey and her husband, Dennis, all of Morganton; brothers, John Branch of Lenoir and Harold Branch of Morganton; sisters, Della Hammer of Lenoir and Louise Hoffman of Hudson; nine grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 7, 2006, at Zion Baptist Church with the Reverends Ron Cooper, David Orders, and Jimmy Lambert officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral hour. Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, NC 28645 or to The Alzheimer’s Association, WNC Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.



 

Forrest J. McNeely, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Forrest Jackson McNeely, Sr., 80, of Fox St., Morganton, NC died Thursday, December 7, 2006 at Sunrise Rehab and Care, Marion, NC following an extended illness. He was born March 28, 2006 in Cleveland County, NC, and was a son of the late Horace and Naomi Sigmon McNeely. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Greene McNeely; and sons, Jack McNeely and Buddy McNeely. Forrest was a member of North Morganton Baptist Church, and a retired employee of Drexel-Heritage Furnishings.

He is survived by a son and his wife, Dean and Reta McNeely of Nebo, NC; a daughter and her husband, Sheila and Rick Long of Morganton; a brother, “Dub” McNeely of Vale, NC; sisters, Betty Jones of Lincolnton, NC, Marie Turner of Casar, NC, and Vertie Price of Blountsville, TN; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 10, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Deviney officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



 

Jean Whisnant Rarick     [Back to Top]

Jean Whisnant Rarick, 67 of Tellis Lane, Morganton, NC went to be with her Lord and Savior and her loved ones whom had gone before her on Friday, December 8, 2006 following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on March 27, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Tellis Cameron Whisnant and Lettie Ann Powell Whisnant. Jean was a lifelong member of Zion Baptist Church where for many years she was in charge of the children’s Sunday School Department. She was a 1957 graduate of Oak Hill High School. Jean loved and cherished her family. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Rarick; brothers, James, Charlie, Bill Jack, Pinky, and Joe Ben Whisnant; and a sister, Bobbie Clay.

Surviving are her children, Madalyn McMahan and her husband, Greg of Morganton and John Rarick and his wife, Gina of Granite Falls, NC; a brother, Ronnie Whisnant and his wife, Dinah of Morganton; sisters, Mickey Whisnant, Hannie Owens, and Aileen Fisher and her husband, Jerry all of Morganton; grandchildren, Natosha, William, and G’Lellier McMahan, and Chase Rarick; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of extended family members.

The memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 11, 2006 at Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Ralph May and Rev. David Orders officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday at the church. Memorial gifts may be made to Zion Baptist Church Children’s and Youth Departments, 3396 Pea Ridge Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

James A. Williams, Jr.     [Back to Top]

James A. Williams, Jr., 77 of Fish Hatchery Rd., Morganton, NC died Saturday, December 09, 2006 at Valdese General Hospital following a brief period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on February 15, 1929, he was a son of the late James A. Williams, Sr. and Solon Peterson Cox Williams. James was a farmer, avid reader, amateur geologist, and environmentalist. He was a member of Mountain Grove United Methodist Church and was a loving and gentle father and grandfather. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Sisk.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Avis Smith Williams of the home; a son, Jim Williams and his wife, Melanie of Morganton; a daughter, Susan Williams Melton and her husband, Burl of Morganton; grandchildren, Peter Allen Helton, Jr. and his wife, Crystal of Raleigh, NC and Courtney Laine Williams of Morganton; a sister, Thelma Kayga; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 11, 2006 at Mountain Grove United Methodist Church with the Reverends Neal F. Brantley, Jr. and Alan Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial gifts may be made to Mountain Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 3624 Fish Hatchery Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or to the Leukemia Society of America, N. C. Chapter, 5950 Fairview Rd., Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28210. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the Oncology Dept. and all of the caregivers at Valdese General Hospital for the love and support given to them.



 

Ovena Gallimore Lingerfelt     [Back to Top]

Ovena Gallimore Lingerfelt, 78, of Duckworth Drive, Morganton, NC, died Friday, December 8, 2006 at Hospice of Catawba Valley Palliative CareCenter after a period of declining health. Born December 29, 1928 in Davidson County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Otis Wade Gallimore and Pearl Leonard Gallimore. In addition to her parents, Ovena was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Lingerfelt. Mrs. Lingerfelt was a retired sales clerk for John Grahams and Tobias clothing.

Left to cherish the memory of Mrs. Lingerfelt are her children, Joy Patterson and husband, Everett, of Morganton, Billy Kim Sechrest and wife, Penny, of Morganton, and Etta Kay Sechrest and husband, Thom Richardson, of Dragoon, AZ; step-children, Danny Lingerfelt, Barbara Lingerfelt, and Jackie Ward, all of Morganton; a grandchild, Jessica Patterson of Morganton; step-grandchildren, Jeremy Grady of Morganton, Hanna Rienks of PA, Jason Grady of Morganton, and Jeremy Richardson; one niece and nephew, and a number of special friends.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 12, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Lineberger officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.



 

Gene C. Williams     [Back to Top]

Gene C. Williams, 73, of Pete Brittain Rd., Morganton, NC died Saturday, December 9, 2006 at Wake Forest University Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born in Danville, VA on January 16, 1933 and was the son of the late Carl L. Williams and Ruby Estelle Goodson Williams. Mr. Williams owned Williams Autos and was a veteran of the U. S. Army. Gene was a member of Mt. Home Baptist Church and enjoyed golf, horseback riding, and participating in beagle field trials.

Gene was a loving husband and father and a devoted friend. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jonnie Fox Williams, of the home; five children; four step-children; eighteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren: his sister, Joyce McKee and her husband, Charles of Swansboro, NC and his many special friends.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2006 at Mt. Home Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. At other times the family will be at the home, 754 Pete Brittain Rd. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Home Baptist Church Building Fund, 2272 Mt. Home Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



 

Pearl Lina Mabe Isaacs     [Back to Top]

Pearl Mabe Isaacs, 85, of East Parker Road, Morganton, went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 11, 2006 at Grace Heights following an extended illness. Born in Burke County, NC on November 27, 1921, she was the daughter of the late King David Mabe and Dora Walker Mabe. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two-brothers, Garland Mabe and Henry Mabe; and one sister, Ocie Austin. Pearl was an loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and loved teaching Sunday school. She was a faithful member of Asheville Street Baptist Church and a faithful Bible reader.

Mrs. Isaacs is survived by her husband, Greer Thurman Isaacs of the home; two daughters, Doris Ebert and husband, Tim, and Linda Isaacs of Morganton; a grandson, Richie Roper; three step-grandchildren, Michelle Bollinger, Tim Patton, and Melissa Brittain; two great-grandchildren, Macy Roper and Morgan Roper; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, December 14, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Goforth officiating. Entombment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western NC Chapter, 31 College Place, Suite D-320, Asheville, NC 28801.



 

Esper Crump Chapman     [Back to Top]

Esper Crump Chapman, 94, of Settlemyer St., Drexel, NC died Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at Grace Heights following a period of declining health. She was born in Caldwell County, NC on April 27, 1912 and was the daughter of the late William Wesley Crump and Mamie Hood Crump. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Ernest Chapman; brothers, Fred and Gene Crump; sisters, Beulah Crump, Connie Moore, Violet Coffey; and a grandchild, William Lee Chapman, II. She was a member of Drexel First Baptist Church.

Esper is survived by sons, William Lee Chapman of Morganton, NC and Larry Joe Chapman of Hickory, NC; daughters, Wanda Chapman Sampson of Springdale, AK, Gayle Chapman Murphy of Ocala, FL, and Karen Chapman Shifflett of Spotsylvania, VA; grandchildren, Kathy Hagmann, Susan Chapman, Samuel Chapman, Joe Baxter, Laura Beck, Roy Chapman Sampson, Donald Murphy, Rodrick Murphy, Jeffery Murphy, Shane Shifflett, Joe Shifflett, and Tony Shifflett; nineteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 17, 2006 at the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Reverend Tito Madrazo officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends the funeral home one hour prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the residence of William Chapman on Summers Rd. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690 or to Grace Heights Quality of Life Fund, 109 Foothills Dr., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Jackie Dean Farris     [Back to Top]

Jackie Dean Farris, 57 of Dysartsville, NC died Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Born in Burke County, NC on August 21, 1949, he was a son of the late Jack and Berniece Crawley Farris. Jackie worked as a paramedic in various counties for 20 years, after which he became a physician’s assistant.

Surviving are a son and his wife, Scott and Christy Farris of Morganton; grandchildren, Jessica Burton and Michael Farris both of Morganton; a sister, Barbara Farris of Morganton; and a brother, Walter Farris of Morganton.

A memorial visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, December 18, 2006 at Westview Baptist Church on U.S. 64, Morganton. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

Luther Gideon "L.G." Sink, Jr.     [Back to Top]

Luther Gideon “L.G.” Sink, Jr., 85, of Bethel Road, Morganton, NC, died Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at College Pines Health & Rehabilitation Center following several months of declining health. Born December 3, 1921 in Lexington, NC, he was the son of the late Luther Gideon Sink, Sr. and Sallie Cross Sink. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Stokes Sink and Clarence Sink; and a grandson, Luke Sink.

Mr. Sink was a graduate of N.C. State University and was employed as Farm Manager at Broughton Hospital under the NC Department of Agriculture until his retirement in 1982. He served in the U.S. Army in both WWII and the Korean Conflict. L.G. was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church where he was a long time Sunday School teacher and former member of the church council.

L.G. is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris Swing Sink of the home; a son, Ronnie Sink and wife, Kathy, of Lexington, KY; a daughter, Becky Schlein and husband, Chuck, of Morganton; a brother, Jack Sink and wife, Betty, of Lexington, NC; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Sheppard of Lexington, NC; and two grandchildren, Ryan and Katie Sink of Lexington, KY.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 16, 2006 at Calvary Lutheran Church with Rev. Michael F. Riley officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Burial will be held on Friday, December 15, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. in Lexington City Cemetery in Lexington, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church Building Fund, 119 N. King Street, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke United Christian Ministries, 305-B West Union Street, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at College Pines and Valdese Hospital for their loving care during the past three months.



 

Arthur Laslett Smith     [Back to Top]

Arthur Laslett Smith, 93, of Morganton, NC, died Thursday, December 14, 2006. Born January 16, 1913 in Newark, NJ, he was the son of the late Robert A. Laslett Smith and Harriet Tilley Smith.

Arthur graduated in 1935 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY as a chemical engineer. He was instrumental in developing “plexiglas” with Rohm and Haas Co. in Bristol, PA. He later served as a consulting expert in reinforced plastics.

Mr. Smith sang publicly in a barbershop quartet called “The Tunesmiths” and had a great love for sail-boating. He was born in New Jersey, but has also lived in PA, OH, MD, NH, ME, DE, NC, and MA.

Arthur was an active member of the Christian Science faith and a member of the Christian Science Society of Hickory.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Preisler Smith of the home; a son, Allan Laslett Smith of Chatham, MA; two daughters, Sandra Melton of Morganton and Dorritt Vidosic of San Diego, CA; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

No formal services are scheduled at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Christian Science Society of Hickory, 3048 North Center St., Hickory, NC 28601. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

Virginia Brackett Brooks     [Back to Top]

Virginia Brackett Brooks, 71 of Miller Ave., Morganton, NC died Friday, December 15, 2006 at Grace Hospital. Born Jan. 15, 1935 in Lincoln County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Clarence D. Brackett, Sr. and Mattie Mosteller Brackett. Virginia was a devoted mother and grandmother. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Lewis Brooks; brothers, Lee and Carl Brackett; sisters, Ethel and Lona Brackett, and Pauline Unverzagt; and a grandson, Robert Allen Presnell.

Surviving are her sons, Timothy Wayne Brooks and James Edward Brooks both of Morganton; daughters, Donna B. Presnell and her husband, Ricky, Myra B. McDaniels and her husband, Alan, and Vickie B. Garnhum all of Morganton; brothers, Lonnie, C.D., Edgar, and Fred Brackett; and sisters, Geneva Colvard, Rebecca Osborne, Eva Hoyle, and Evelyn Smith; 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; and a friend and companion, Raymond Bryan and his children, Debbie Mosley and Becky Blevins.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 19, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Garnhum officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at Mrs. Brooks home, 1139 Miller Ave. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorials and Tributes Processing Center, P. O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216 or to the American Red Cross, Burke County Chapter, 305 W. Union St., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Mary "Fronia" Mathis     [Back to Top]

Mary “Fronia” Mathis, 76, of Bollinger Loop, Morganton, NC, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, December 18, 2006 at her residence following an extended illness. Born Madison County, NC on September 7, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Davis and Alzia Crow Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three children, David Mathis, Vanessa Mathis, and Van Doran Mathis; five brothers, Winfred, John, Fred, Woodard, and Warren Davis; and four sisters, Gertie Bishop, Zelda Mathis, Barbara Davis, and Josephine Brown. Fronia had worked at Wamsutta Knitting and Drexel Heritage, and was a member of Nowlings Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 59 years, William Carl Mathis of the home; five children, Bobby Mathis and wife, Wanda, Sam Mathis and wife, Elizabeth, Johnny Mathis and wife, Patrice, all of Morganton, Rev. Douglas Mathis and wife, Debbie, of Hemingway, SC, and Louise Hamby and husband, Carlos, of Granite Falls, NC; three brothers, Nehemiah Davis of Morganton, Charles Davis of Morganton, and Lattie Davis of Cleveland, OH; two sisters, Edna Roberts of Marshall, NC and Wilma Fowler of Asheville, NC; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at Nowlings Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Reverends Doug Mathis and Darvy Hensley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. At other times the family will be at the home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



 

Sandy P. Smith     [Back to Top]

Sandy P. Smith, 57, of Old NC 18, Morganton, NC, died Sunday, December 17, 2006 at the Palliative Care Center, Valdese, NC following a period of declining health. Born in New Castle, IN on December 20, 1948, she was the daughter of Billy Gene Poston and Virginia Feeback Poston of Morganton. She was preceded in death by a sister, Susie Poston. Mrs. Smith was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and a former employee of Continental Teves. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and daughter.

In addition to her parents, Sandy is survived by her husband, Randy B. Smith of the home; sons, Ronnie L. Durrance and wife, Tonia, of Jacksonville, FL, James D. Durrance and wife, Vera, of Drexel, NC, and Billy G. Durrance and wife Michelle, of Morganton; grandchildren, Danielle Hoosier, Jason, Amanda, Kaitlyn, and Ashley Durrance; and brothers, Terry, Dennis, Doug, Bobby, and Jesse Poston.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Larry Cline officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral. At other times the family will be at the residence, 1941 Old NC 18, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Effie Saunders Smith     [Back to Top]

Effie Saunders Smith, 77, of Britthaven of Morganton, NC died Monday, December 18, 2006 at the nursing home following a period of declining health. She was born March 31, 1929 in Burke County, NC, and was a daughter of the late James Russell Saunders and Ethel Clark Saunders. In addition to her parents, Effie was preceded in death by her first husband, Ralph McKitrick; her second husband, Jack P. Smith; daughters, Evelyn Sue Whitaker and Sandra McKitrick; and a brother, Earl Douglas Saunders. She was a member of Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Effie was a wonderful cook and enjoyed gardening.

Effie is survived by a daughter, Lisa McKitrick and husband, Chris, of Seattle, WA; step-children, Dan Smith and wife, Ava, Tommy Smith, Nelson Smith, Greta Newton and husband, Ken, and Beverly Smith, all of Morganton; brothers, Bruce Saunders, Donald Saunders and wife, Brenda, and James Saunders and wife, Shirley, all of Morganton; sisters, Azalee Fleming, Helen Hallyburton and husband, James, and Linda Saunders, all of Morganton, and Viola Harris of Merkel, TX; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 21, 2006 at Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Alan Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 pm Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 5358 Denton’s Chapel Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, or to Burke Hospice and Pallative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690, or to Alzheimer’s Association, Western North Carolina Chapter, 31 College Place, Suite D-320, Asheville, NC 28801. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Lila Mae Parker Smith     [Back to Top]

Lila Mae Parker Smith, 93, formerly of Northwestern Dr. in Morganton, died Monday, December 18, 2006 following a period of declining health. She was born April 26, 1913 and was a daughter of the late Albert and Mary Gilbert Parker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie L. Smith; two brothers and four sisters. Lila was a graduate of Glen Alpine High School, and retired from W. R. Patton Construction Company after 32 years of employment. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where Lila was a member of the R.T. Claywell Sunday school class and also held several offices at the church. She was a member and past president of the Morganton Pilot Club. For many years, she served as a Pink Lady with the Grace Hospital Guild.

She is survived by a daughter, Margaret York Causby and husband, Nelson, of Morganton; grandchildren, Beth York Isenhower and Sandi York, both of Morganton, John York and wife, Kathy, of Arden, NC, and Kathryn Causby of Raleigh, NC; a step-granddaughter, Nelsonya Moorehead of Berkley, CA; great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Harrison York, Kayla Adams, Mack Isenhower, Jessica and Christopher Edwards, and Rob Warren; step-great grandchildren, Avery and Brooke Moorehead; and a great great-grandson, Ethan Cox.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 21, 2006 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Sydnor Thompson, III and Rev. Holly Cobb Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Margaret and Nelson Causby, 113 Normandy Dr., Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Cats Cradle, c/o Linda Garibaldi, 112 Clark St., Morganton, NC 28655, or to Burke County Friends for Animals, PO Box 1884, Morganton, NC 28680, or to the First United Methodist Church Discretionary Fund, 200 N. King St., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Terri McKenna Smith     [Back to Top]

Terri McKenna Smith, infant daughter of Terry “Buck” and Maria Greta Rice Smith, of Bennett Rd., Morganton, NC died Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, NC. She was born December 18, 2006.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by sisters, Megan Smith of Morganton and Kayla McNeely of the home; paternal grandparents, Murphy and Mary Smith of Morganton; maternal grandparents, Terry and Margaret Rice of Morganton; paternal great grandmother, Bess Smith of Morganton; maternal great grandmother, Margaret Carson of Northern Ireland; aunts and uncles, Tracey and Pam Smith, Tony and Laura Smith, Jeannie Smith, Terence and Leila Rice, Kevin and Cara Rice, and Angelene Rice and her fiancée, Darrell Fortune; and numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 22, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Father Kenneth Whittington officiating.. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 3877 Bennett Rd., Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Frye Regional Medical Center Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit, 420 N. Center St., Hickory, NC 28601.



 

Darren Scott Bolick     [Back to Top]

Darren Scott Bolick, 40, died Thursday, December 21, 2006, at the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center following a period of declining health. He was born on July 15, 1966 in Catawba County, NC and was a son of James A. and Annette Bolton Bolick of Hickory. Darren received the 2006 Resident of the Year for Magnolia Cottage.

Left to cherish his memory are his parents, James and Annette Bolick; a brother, Jeff Bolick and his wife, Lee, of Hickory; a sister, Jan Bolick Greene, and her husband, Randy, of Lenoir; four nephews; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his caregivers and friends at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James (Verna) Bolick and Mr. and Mrs. William C. (Lee) Bolton.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 23, 2006, at the Covenant Center with Rev. Johnny A. Phillips officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Covenant Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the J. Iverson Riddle Foundation, 300 Enola Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.



 

Paul Ed Walker, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Paul Ed Walker, Sr., 87, of Hopewell Rd, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, December 21, 2006 after an extended illness. Paul was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church where he was active in the choir. He was a U.S. Army, WW II veteran serving in the European Theater with Company B. Paul was co-owner of Firestone Home & Auto in Morganton until he opened Quality Tire Service in 1960, which he ran until his retirement in 1995.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Fletcher Bon Walker and Viola Dale Walker; Wife, Velsie Etta Smith Walker; brothers, Carl Walker, George Walker and Charles Walker; sisters Anniebelle Walker Smith and Beulah Walker Simpson.

Left to cherish his memory is a son, Paul Walker, Jr.: daughter, Lynn Walker and husband Gary both of Morganton; one grandchild, Erin Walker; sister, Pauline Scott of Raleigh and special caregivers, Pat Brittain, Teresa Brittain and Brenda Pearson.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 23, 2006 at Hopewell Baptist Church with the Rev. Homer Murdock officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church Building Fund 1112 Hopewell Rd., Morganton, NC. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

Ruth H. Snipes     [Back to Top]

Ruth H. Snipes, 75, of Skyland Drive, Morganton, NC, died Friday, December 22, 2006 at the Palliative Care Center in Valdese, NC following a period of declining health. She was born in Burke County, NC on October 2, 1931 was a daughter of Cleo Hoffman Hildebran of Morganton and the late Murphy Martin. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Glenda Jo Snipes. Ruth was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College and later taught at their School of Nursing for four years. She also worked at Grace Hospital for a short period of time. Prior to her graduation from Lenoir-Rhyne she worked for Dr. Reece in the Pathology Department at Grace Hospital as a cytologist. Ruth was also a member of Mt. Home Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother, Mrs. Snipes is survived by her former husband, Vernon L. Snipes of Morganton; a son, Martin Snipes and his wife, Martha, of Morganton; two brothers, Hal and Charley Martin, both of Burke County; two sisters, Jane Simmons and Nelda Lambert, both of Morganton; and three grandchildren, Martin Kelly Snipes, Amber Fox, and Patrick Snipes, all of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 26, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Home Baptist Church Building Fund, 2272 Mt. Home Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



 

Bennett Long Orders     [Back to Top]

Bennett Long Orders, 79, of Morganton Long Term Care died Friday, December 22, 2006, at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was born on July 8, 1927 in Burke County, NC and was a son of the late Marvin and Beulah Wise Orders. In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his wife, Deloris Lloyd Orders, and by brothers, Clyde, Harry, and Roy Orders. Mr. Orders was a U. S. Veteran and served in both the Army and the Navy, and he was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a barber for many years in both Glen Alpine and Morganton.

Surviving are his sister and her husband, Leola and Tommy Turner, of Glen Alpine; brothers, Jerry Orders and his wife, Betty, and Raymond Orders and his wife, Jo, all of Glen Alpine, and Charles Orders, of Morganton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2006 at Glen Alpine Cemetery with Rev. R. L. Icard officiating. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 234. The family will receive friends following the service at Lail Road Community Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Lail Road Community Church, PO Box 517, Glen Alpine, NC 28628. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



 

Anita Powell Fowler     [Back to Top]

Anita Powell Fowler, 87 of Carolina Rehab Center, Connelly Springs, NC died Saturday, December 23, 2006 at Valdese General Hospital following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late O.B. and Nannie Cooper Powell. For many years she owned and operated Anita’s Beauty Salon in Valdese, and she was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Foston Ivey Fowler; brothers, Charles and J. B. Powell; and a sister, Myrtle Williams.

Surviving are a daughter, Penny Scott and her husband, Gary of Raleigh; grandchildren, Dr. April Scott of Chicago and Katherine Scott of Raleigh; brothers, Thompson Powell and John Powell both of Drexel; sisters, Odessa Clark of Drexel, Ermine Abee of Georgia, and Rebecca Dalmas of Rutherford College; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at Christ United Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Fletcher officiating. Burial will follow in Drexel Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:15 until 11:00 a.m. Memorial gifts may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, P. O. Drawer 38, Drexel, NC 28619. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

Barbara Jo Chapman     [Back to Top]

Barbara Jo Chapman, 45, of Self St., Cherryville, NC, formerly of 4007 Sunrise Lane, Morganton, NC died Dec. 24, 2006 at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. She was born Feb. 12, 1961 in Charleston, West Virginia, and was a daughter of Helen Ann Taylor Atkinson of Ohio, and the late Arthur Elkin Davis. She was a member and the Senior Pastor’s wife of First Pentecostal Church.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Rev. William Franklin Chapman, Sr. of the home; sons: Rev. William Franklin Chapman, Jr. and his wife, Misty, of Morganton, and John Arthur Chapman of the home; honorary son, Christopher Q. Arney of the home; a daughter, Tabitha Dawn Kirk, and husband, Roy, of Morganton; honorary daughter, Erika McLean Challita, and husband, Elie, of Morganton; grandchildren: Nicholas Kirk, William F. Chapman, III, Victor Rey Chapman, Diana Marie Chapman, and Savannah Nicole Kirk; brothers: Carl Davis and Paul Davis, both of Ohio, and Marvin Davis of West Virginia,: sisters: Karen Maskers of West Virginia, Linda Maddix of Kentucky, and Jennifer Mathey and Patrica Mathey both of Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at the First Apostolic Church with Rev. Bill McCartney, Rev. W. W. Gilmore, and Rev. Don Bault officiating. Burial will follow in the Cherryville City Cemetery, Cherryville, NC. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Tabitha Kirk, 3736 NC 18 South, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Pentecostal Church, 301 Patterson St., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Jean Lingafeldt     [Back to Top]

Jean Lingafeldt, 82, of Grace Heights in Morganton, died Monday, December 25, 2006 at the nursing home following a period of declining health. She was born September 5, 1924 in Norristown, PA, and was a daughter of the late Charles Joseph Wood and Mullie Hoffman Wood. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Lingafeldt, Sr.; her twin sister, Betty Smith; and a brother, Eddie Wood. Jean enjoyed sewing and knitting. She loved people and greeted visitors to Grace Heights.

She is survived by a son, John P. Lingafeldt, Jr. and wife, Reba, of Marion, NC; a daughter, Emma Jean Shattuck of Yadkinville, NC; four granddaughters; and eight great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm, Thursday, December 28, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Buckner officiating. Burial will follow at Calvin Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday one hour before the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



 

Homer I. Cline     [Back to Top]

Homer I. Cline, 77, of Oakwood Street, Morganton, NC, died Tuesday, December 26, 2006 at his residence. Born in Burke County, NC, on February 10, 1929, he was the son of the late Ernest Cline and Blanch Garrison Cline. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara Miller Cline; a brother, Frank Cline, and two step-granddaughters, Grayson and Katelyn Vann. Homer was a member of First Baptist Church of Morganton. He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and a graduate of Drexel High School. Mr. Cline was employed by Retail Credit Co. and Stoney-Kistler Insurance Agency. He retired from Stoney-Kistler in 1994. Homer past president of the Drexel Fair Association and a member and past president of Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club. He was an avid golfer.

Mr. Cline is survived by his second wife, Betty P. McCurry of the home; two daughters, Kimberly Cline and husband Peter Fishbein of Garden City, NY, and Mitzi Cline Lynch and husband, Craig, of Charlotte, NC; three step-daughters, Kristen McCurry Vann and husband, Mitch, of Siler City, NC, Kelli McCurry Haughey and husband, B.J., of Charlotte, and Courtney McCurry Allen and husband, Ryan, of Savannah, GA; five grandchildren, Ashley, Morgan, P.J., Devin and Ryan; five step-grandchildren, Karsyn, Mac, Sarah, Molly, and Kendall; and a sister, Orelia Drummond of TN.

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 30, 2006 at First Baptist Church with the Reverends Dr. Thomas Bland, Bill Rotan, Dr. Bob Shepherd, and Fred Schuszler officiating. A family graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends following the memorial service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Drawer 459, Morganton, NC 28680 or to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Rev. Glen A. Ramsey     [Back to Top]

Rev. Glen A. Ramsey, Jr. 77, of Rondel Childres Ave., Hildebran, NC died Wednesday, December 27, 2006 following a period of declining health. He was born in Burke County, NC on March 17, 1929 and was the son of the late Glen A. Ramsey, Sr. and Fannie Benfield Ramsey. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Margaret Black and Arlene Stewart, and by his step-mother, Lillian Grisette Ramsey. Rev. Ramsey had a long career as pastor of many Baptist churches throughout North Carolina. He began his career as minister at Rutherford College First Baptist Church at the age of 19 and then served as pastor at Marshall Baptist Church in Marshall, Calvary Baptist Church in Canton, Catawba Baptist Church in Catawba, Longview Baptist, Walker Road Baptist, Fairbrook Baptist, and Joy Baptist Churches in the tri-county area. He also founded Blackburn Baptist Church in Catawba County. Rev. Ramsey also served as director of missions for 42 churches in McDowell County and was a social worker for the Baptist Children’s Home in Thomasville. During his life, he also served as interim pastor at Bethel Baptist, Smyrna Baptist, Drexel Memorial Baptist, Chapel Hill Baptist, and Catawba Baptist Churches and for a time he taught school at the Western Youth Correctional Center in Morganton. Rev. Ramsey was a member at First Baptist Church in Hickory.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Faye Walsh Ramsey, of the home; his daughters and their husbands, June and Michael Cook of Hildebran and Gail and Danny Bordner of Vale; sisters, Gladys Thomas of Valdese and Paralee Tolbert and Doris Abee both of Morganton; grandchildren, Angelia Bedford, Tony Harris, Jr. and his wife, Christine, Lorissa Kale Vines and her husband, David, Wesley Paul Kale and his wife, Rebekah, and Terri Miller and her husband, Nathan; and great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Bedford, Lauren Harris, Christopher Miller, Daniel Miller, and Eden Miller.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2006 at First Baptist Church, Hickory, NC with Dr. William Leathers and Rev. Pat Pearce officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Cook, Danny Bordner, Tony Harris, Jr., Wesley Kale, Jeffrey Bedford, Nathan Miller, and David Vines along with all ministers in attendance. Burial will be at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Friday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral hour. Memorial contributions may be made to Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215-3220.



 

Jim Whitaker     [Back to Top]

Jim Whitaker, 79, of Highridge Dr., Morganton, NC died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 26, 2006. Mr. Whitaker was born February 28, 1927 in Kentucky to the late Robert Whitaker and Ruth Whitaker. He was a U. S. Army veteran of WW II.. He was a member of Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Mr. Whitaker was retired from Ford Motor Company with 30 years service where he served as local president of the U.A.W. He was an avid bowler, who won many trophies. He also loved to fish and golf.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his former wife, Evelyn Sue Whitaker, a son, Kevin Whitaker,and a sister, Joy Turner. Mr. Whitaker is survived by daughters; Shawn Brown and her husband, Tim, of Valdese, Christine Roché of Michigan,and Sharon Christnovich of Wisconsin; sons; Brian Whitaker of North Carolina , Joe Whitaker of Michigan, Bob Wagner of Michigan, Ron Wagner of Michigan; and Kirk Whitaker of Ohio, 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by long time companion, Wilma Jarrett, his and faithful companions, Smokey and Misty.

Funeral services for Mr. Whitaker will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 30, 2006 at Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Alan Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Tributes Processing Center, P. o. Box 5216, Glen Alen, VA 23058-5216.



 

George Wesley Barrier     [Back to Top]

George Wesley Barrier, 95, of US 70 East, Drexel, NC died Thursday, December 28, 2006 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. He was born June 1, 1911 in Caldwell County, NC, and was a son of the late Elijah and Mary Curtis Barrier. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Sharpe, a brother, Luther Barrier, and sisters, Minnie Moses, Ada Bridges, Ollie Fox, and Roena Farris. He was a member of Drexel First Baptist Church, and a retired employee of Drexel Knitting Mills with over 50 years of service. He enjoyed repairing antique clocks after his retirement. George was a loving husband, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Essie Robinson Barrier of the home; a son, Edward Barrier of Gardena, CA; a daughter, Faye Pearson of Casar, NC; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 31, 2006 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Fletcher officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Sunday one hour before the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Pallative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



 

Clyde Edward McNeely     [Back to Top]

Clyde Edward McNeely, 59, of Bethel Road, Morganton, NC died Friday, December 29, 2006 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born August 30, 1947 in Burke County, NC, and was a son of the late Joseph Cephus McNeely and Sue Emma Hawkins McNeely. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Paul, Joe, and James McNeely; and a sister, Ruby Chapman. Clyde was a US Army veteran and served in the Vietnam War.

He is survived by brothers, Junior McNeely of Morganton, and Tom McNeely of White Pine, TN; sisters, Ada Norman and Mary Whisnant, both of Morganton; and his caregiver and former wife, Jeralene Boyles.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 31, 2006 at Bethel United Methodist Church in Morganton with Rev. Roderick Randolph officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park with military graveside rites conducted by members of the American Legion Post #234 in Valdese. The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral service at the church. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Ada Norman, 114 North St., Morganton the residence of Jeralene Boyles, 1635 Bethel Road, Morganton. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Tallulah Kershaw     [Back to Top]

Tallulah Kershaw, 64, of Lake James, NC, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 7. She was born in Charleston, SC, the daughter of the late Joseph Brevard Kershaw and Elizabeth Lucas Kershaw, and was a direct descendant of General J. B. Kershaw of the Civil War and General J. B. Kershaw of the Revolutionary War, after whom Kershaw County, SC, was named.

Tallulah began her working life as a dance instructor for children on a local Charleston, SC, TV station when she was 12. After graduating from General William Moultrie High School, she journeyed to New York, becoming a backup dancer with the June Taylor Dancers on the Jackie Gleason Show. She then became a Flight Attendant for United Airlines, and was a champion skier with the company’s ski team. She was well known for her many wonderfully entertaining stories of her travels and adventures throughout the US, Europe and Asia, and for her warmth, empathy and exceptional courage.

Tallulah is survived by her husband of 24 years, Christopher Perky; a brother Joseph Brevard Kershaw and his wife Kathe of Deerfield Beach, FL; their children, Kathleen, Tracy, and Summer; a brother Jonathan Lucas Kershaw and his wife Carole of Bethlehem, PA; their children; Laura and Stephen; Jonathan’s son, Adam Kershaw and his wife Devon of Mt. Pleasant, SC; a cousin, Jean Stutsman of Mt. Pleasant, SC; her children Jane, Judy and Pete; a cousin, Alyse Lucas Corcoran of Atlanta, GA; a sister-in-law, Janine Renee Perky of Vienna, VA; Janine’s children Jennifer and Ray; a close friend, roommate and fellow Flight Attendant since 1963, Suzy Lynch and her husband Bob of Seattle, WA, a close friend and the Best Man at her wedding, Walt Johnson and his wife Terry of Martinsburg, WV. Tallulah was proud to be called their ‘nother mother by Adam Kershaw, Jason Boehme, Breck, Tressa and Brennen Wheelock.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, January 6, 2007, at the Morganton First Church of God with visiting Pastor and Worship Leader Roger Wheelock and his wife, Elaine, officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Morganton First Church of God. Sossoman Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.



 

Joe Bynum Buff, Jr.     [Back to Top]

Joe Bynum Buff, Jr., 81, of Messer Rd., Valdese, NC died Saturday, December 30, 2006 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, NC following a period of declining health. He was born July 5, 1925 in Burke County, NC, and was a son of the late Joe Bynum Buff, Sr. and Elizabeth Stamey Buff. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Joe was a member of United Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school. He served in the US Navy during World War II. Joe enjoyed hunting rocks and antique bottles, woodcarving, and painting. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Joe is survived by his wife, Marie West Buff of the home; sons, Terry Ray Buff of Morganton and Randy Buff and wife, Shelia, of Hudson, NC; a daughter, Dianne Garner and husband, Bill, of Nebo, NC; a sister, Nellie Pruett; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 1, 2007 at United Baptist Church with Rev. Avery Owenby and Rev. Billy Cline officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman 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, 2474 Messer Rd., Valdese. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Baptist Church Building Fund, 2638 Messer Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



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