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Archived Obits April 2007


 

Diane Kraft Causby     [Back to Top]

Diane Kraft Causby, 62, of Newland St., Morganton, NC died Monday, April 2, 2007 at her residence following a period of declining health. She was born September 19, 1944 in Savannah, GA, and was a daughter of the late Morton and Louise Allman Kraft. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Noah Morris Kraft and Samuel Kraft; an aunt, Isa Dunn, a cousin, J. L. Dunn; and Magdalene Causby. Diane was a dedicated member of North Morganton United Methodist Church, and a former member of the First Baptist Church. She was a devout Christian who enjoying assisting other people and always put their needs over her own.

Diane is survived by a son, Todd Edward Causby and wife, Vicki, of Morganton; a sister, Karen Samulak of Lakeland, FL; a niece, Michelle Samulak of Lakeland; Donald and Margaret Causby, Paul Edward Causby, and Vickie Causby, all of Wilmington, NC; cousins, Bill and Margaret Allman of Morganton, Martha and John Morrison and Pat and George Druery, all of Charlotte, NC; and an aunt, Flossie Griffin of Morganton.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill 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 Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



 

John "Ralph" Watson     [Back to Top]

John “Ralph” Watson, 87, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 2, 2007 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C. He had been in declining health for several years. Mr. Watson has been retired for many years. He worked for the Henredon Furniture Company and retired from the Home Security Life Insurance Company. At his retirement, he continued to work for many years as a school bus driver for the Burke County School System. He was born on December 23, 1919, in the Dysartsville Community of Burke County and attended Glen Alpine schools. Ralph had to leave school before he graduated to help his family on the farm. It was his dream to finish school. At age fifty, he achieved that dream and graduated from Western Piedmont Community College with his high school diploma. He was a life long member of the Methodist faith and was a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church. He was the son of John Baxter and Martha Alice Deaton Mode Watson who preceded him in death. His sister, Mary Lillian Watson, and his half-sister, Willie Eva Mode Lewis, and his son-in-law, Thomas “Tommie” Carl Anderson, Jr., all preceded him in death.

He was the devoted husband to his wife of 61 years, Grace Irene Benfield Watson who survives him in death. He was a loving father to his four surviving daughters; Linda Gail Watson Anderson, Wilma Diann Watson Head, and Husband Kenneth W., Thelma Jean Watson, and companion, Woodrow F. Carson and Vickie Gay Watson Clarke Brittain, and husband Wayne all of Morganton, NC. He is also survived by his faithful and loving canine companion, Bob. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Terri Lynne Anderson Deyton Bourne, Christy Leanne Anderson, Kelley Kathryn Butler, John Russell “J.R.” Clarke and Wife, Dana, all of Morganton, Kevin Dwayne Head of Hampstead, NC, Jodi Carole Anderson of Cramerton, NC, Teresa Diann Head Treadway and husband Tim of Valdese, NC. His great-grandchildren Brandon Ray Deyton, Bradley Anderson Deyton, and Sarah Kathryn Deyton, of Morganton, Katelyn Hope White and Mackenzie René White of Cramerton, NC, Tayler Maree Treadway and Tyanna “Chase” Treadway of Valdese, NC also survive him.

The funeral service will be at the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home Friday, April 6, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2007 at the funeral home. The Rev. Sidney Houk assisted by Rev. David Duncan, Pastor J. D. Mallory and Rev. Donald Farris will officiate at the service. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. At other times the family will be at the residence, 4036 Dysartsville Rd., Morganton, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 28052-9813. The family wishes to extend our thanks to the staff of the DaVita Dialysis Center, Marion, NC for their gentle loving care and devotion to our husband, father and grandfather.



 

Leonard Melton Dagenhart     [Back to Top]

Leonard Melton Dagenhart, 84, of Propst Rd., Morganton, NC died Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at his residence following a period of declining health. He was born November 1, 1922 in Iredell County, NC, and was a son of the late Roy Sylvester Dagenhart and Edna Elizabeth Johnson Dagenhart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Johnny and Richard Dagenhart. Leonard was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. He served in the US Navy during World War II, and was a retired employee of Henredon Furniture.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Virginia Propst Dagenhart of the home; daughters and their husbands, Cynthia and Ed Ward, and Elaine and Cecil Robinson, all of Morganton; grandchildren, Amanda Ward, Rachel Ward, Marilea Ward, and Jamie Ward; step-grandchild, Stephanie Robinson; step-great grandchildren, Tabitha and Angel Russ; and special nephews and their wives, Johnny and Wanda Dagenhart, Michael and Pat Dagenhart, and Ricky and Faye Dagenhart.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, April 5, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Dr. Dewey Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post #234 of Valdese. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 until 3 pm at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 1966 Propst Rd., Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Pallative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



 

Douglas Howard Clark     [Back to Top]

Douglas Howard Clark, 58, of Nolan Wood Heights, Morganton, NC died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at his residence. He was born in Caldwell County, NC on May 17, 1948 and was a son of the late Theodore Roosevelt Clark and Cordia Berry Clark. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Emory Delion Clark and Rev. T. R. Clark, Jr. Mr. Clark was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and served with the 1st and 8th Calvary from 1968 to 1969. As a Sgt. First Class he was an expert rifleman and received the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was a member of Hartland Baptist Church.

Surviving are his daughter and her husband, Sharon and Jon Files of Hickory; a grandson, Spencer Huffman; sisters, Lois Arney, Joyce LeFevre, and Brenda Crowe, all of Lenoir; his former wife, Paula Franklin Clark, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2007, at Hartland Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Parker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 234 of Valdese. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:30 p.m. Friday at the church. .Memorial contributions may be made to Hartland Baptist Church Building Fund, 3730 Hartland Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

Joe Mack Powell, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Joe Mack Powell, Sr. 76, of Joe Powell Rd., Morganton, NC died Wednesday, April 4, 2007, at his residence following a period of declining health. He was born in Avery County, NC on April 30, 1930 and was a son of the late Arthur Leonard Powell and Maude Holtsclaw Moore. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Joe Mack Powell, Jr.; his daughter, Sheena Winkler; a sister, Ruby Hoilman; and an infant sister, Anna Lee Powell. Mr. Powell was a member of Faith Tabernacle Church in Marion. He was an avid Nascar race fan and enjoyed traveling. Mr. Powell was a talented craftsman and inventor and worked with metal and wood in his shop.

Surviving are his wife, Lois Goff Powell, of the home; sons, Charles Powell and his wife, Kathy, Edward Powell, and Donnie Powell and his wife, Amy, all of Morganton; brothers and their wives, Wade and Margaret Powell of the Chesterfield community and Paul and Mildred Powell of Morganton; a sister, Virginia Heffinger, of Forest, VA; eleven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Van Harold Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at the home, 4879 Joe Powell Rd.. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



 

Graceson Dale Pritchard     [Back to Top]

Graceson Dale Pritchard, infant son of Roger Dale “R.D.” Pritchard and Melanie Bumgarner Pritchard of Sugar Loaf Rd., Morganton died Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at Forsyth Medical Center.

In addition to his parents, Graceson is survived by paternal grandparents, Roger and Susie Pritchard of Newton; maternal grandparents, Joe Dean and Janice Bumgarner of Connelly Springs; paternal great-grandmother, Nola Ray Pritchard of Morganton; maternal great-grandparents, Ace and Joann Smith of Connelly Springs and Louise Bumgarner of Bostic; paternal great-great-grandmother, Ruth Ray of Morganton; and a number of aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Sue Pritchard, and by great-grandfathers, Harrison Pritchard and Lero Bumgarner.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2007, at Riverside Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Tim Dockery officiating. At other times the family will be at the home of Joe Dean and Janice Bumgarner, 4635 Doublehead Dr., Connelly Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes, attn: DRFR, 1275 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

Dorothy Lane Smith     [Back to Top]

Dorothy Lane Smith, 81, died Thursday, April 5, 2007, following a prolonged illness with Parkinson’s. She was born on March 18, 1926 in Burke County and was a daughter of the late Holden and Nanny Smith Lane. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, Wesley, Louis, and Robert Lane. Mrs. Smith retired from Premier Hosiery Mill where she had worked for 41 years. She loved caring for her family and took great pleasure in their visits. Traveling with family and friends brought her much joy especially the bus trips with the groups from Missionary Ridge Baptist Church where she was a member. She enjoyed flowers and seeing the beauty in them.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Ray T. Smith of the home; their children, Michael R. Smith and his wife, Sandra, of Hickory, Helen White and her husband, Willard, of Morganton, and Rebekah “Becky” Smith of the home; granddaughters, Brenda Johnson and Bella Jenkins; great-granddaughter, Keri Johnson; and brothers, Holden Lane, Jr. of Drexel, Elbert “Ebey” lane of Morganton, and Charles Lane of Valdese.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2007, at Missionary Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Lovelace officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690 or to Missionary Ridge Baptist Church, 5612 John Watts Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Margaret Hughes Carpenter     [Back to Top]

Margaret Hughes Carpenter, 65, of Homestead Dr., Morganton, NC died Saturday, April 7, 2007 at her residence following a period of declining health. She was born April 25, 1941 in Buncombe County, NC, and was the daughter of the late Lee and Frances Jones Hughes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Bernice Edward Hughes and James Arthur Hughes.

Margaret is survived by a daughter, Donna Hollis and husband, Faron, of Lenoir, NC; a brother, LeRoy Hughes of Asheville, NC; a sister, Nancy Anderson of South Carolina ; three grandchildren, Sylvia Crain, Dustin Hollis, and Dillon Hollis; great grandchildren, Brian Crain, Bryson Loftis, and Breanna Loftis; nieces, Stephanie Hughes and Melissa Hughes, both of Florida; and nephews, Junior Hughes of Morganton, Randy Hughes of Vale, NC, and Greg Hughes of Asheville, NC.

The family will be at the residence of the daughter, Donna Hollis, 1399 Nellys Way, Lenoir. Services will be held at a later date. Sossoman Funeral service is assisting the family.



 

Carrie Secrest Bradshaw     [Back to Top]

Carrie Secrest Bradshaw, 98, a long time resident of Cleveland Pines Nursing Center, and formerly of Drexel, NC died Sunday, April 8, 2007 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born November 22, 1908 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Jeneral Lee Secrest and Addie Berry Secrest, and also the sole survivor of nine siblings. In addition to her parents and siblings, Carrie was preceded in death by her husband, Ersel C. Bradshaw who died in 1988; and their only child, Peggy Jean Bradshaw Harper who died in 1980. Mrs. Bradshaw knew three great loves, “music, reading, and meeting people”. Her greatest love was for the town of Drexel, and for the people who resided in it. Carrie enjoyed everything the small town had to offer. She was active in the Garden Club, the Community Club, and Drexel Fair. Mrs. Bradshaw was honored as Drexel’s Woman of the Year for 1976 just one year after her husband, Ersel, was named Man of the Year for 1975. Carrie attended Drexel First Baptist Church, and cared deeply for those who worked and worshipped there. She served as the church organist and also sang in the choir. Mrs. Bradshaw attended worship services as long as she was physically able. Carrie worked at the Drexel Hosiery Mill, Wall Lumber Company, and the News Herald. Her last job was with Burke Memorial Park where she spent many happy years, but retired early to spend time with her husband. Carrie was extremely fond of cats, especially Siamese cats. Her own cat, Cozy, was so well cared for that Cozy lived 22 years, and merited 2 articles in the News Herald. Always honest and sometimes outspoken, Mrs. Bradshaw was quite a personality. She will be dearly missed by both family and friends.

Mrs. Bradshaw is survived by three grandchildren, David Harper of Charlotte, NC, Laura Falls and husband, Robert, of Bostic, NC, and Matthew Harper of Drexel, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at Drexel First Baptist Church with the Reverends Tito Madrazo and Donald Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 until 7:30 pm at Sossoman Funeral Home, and also Wednesday from 1:00 until 2:00 pm at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Drexel Garden Club, c/o Clete Hoyle, PO Box 7, Icard, NC 28666, or to Burke County Friends for Animals, PO Box 1884, Morganton, NC 28680.



 

Lee Edward Ramsey     [Back to Top]

Lee Edward Ramsey, 79, of Clarence Brittain Rd., Morganton, NC died Monday, April 9, 2007 at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC following a period of declining health. He was born July 4, 1927 in Burke Co., NC and was a son of the late Otis Ramsey and Flavia Chapman Ramsey Pruitt. Lee was a US Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of Mt. Home Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Leonard Ramsey of the home; a son, Jerry Ramsey and wife, Rama, of Asheville, NC; a daughter, Rhonda Ramsey Robinson and husband, Alan, of Morganton; brothers, Joseph “Bud” Ramsey, Jack Ramsey, Bill Ramsey, and Don Ramsey, all of Morganton, John Ramsey of Vale, NC, Frederick Ramsey of Glen Alpine, NC, and Millard “Tooter” Ramsey of Hickory, NC; sisters, Geneva Bradshaw of Lawndale, NC, Jeanette Chapman and Geraldine Lail, both of Morganton, and Marlene Cooper of Valdese, NC; grandchildren, Tara Ramsey, Jeremy Ramsey, Jamie Robinson, Tiffany Pearson, and Heidi Bristol; and great grandchildren, Hannah Pearson, Tabitha Pearson, Benjamin Pearson, Jasmine Ramsey, and Elias Gaines.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at Mt. Home Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 12:30 until 2:00 pm at the church. At other times, the family will be at the residence on Clarence Brittain Rd., Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Home Baptist Church, 2272 Mt. Home Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Jonathan “John-Boy” Ernest Hutchins     [Back to Top]

Jonathan “John-Boy” Ernest Hutchins, 30, of Enola Road, Morganton, NC, died Monday, April 9, 2007 as the result of an automobile accident. Born in Burke County, NC on June 16, 1976, he was the son of John Hutchins, Jr. and Jennie Chapman Hutchins of Morganton. Mr. Hutchins was a member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Brenda Benjamin Hutchins of the home; a son, Jonathan Roy Hutchins of the home; a sister, Mary Alice Nelson of Morganton; maternal grandparents, Cecil and Sadie Chapman of Morganton ; two nephews, Richard David Wyatt and James Robert Wyatt; and his father and mother-in-law, Robert Benjamin of New York and Donna Benjamin of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 12, 2007 at Cross Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 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. Memorial contributions may be made to the Awana Children’s Organization, c/o Cross Memorial Baptist Church, 650 Enola Road, Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Marsha D. States     [Back to Top]

Marsha D. States, 43, of Morganton, NC went home to be with the Lord on April 11, 2007 at Grace Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born June 19, 1963 in Avon Park, FL, and was a daughter of J. Lawrence Huber of Sebring, FL. She was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church and taught English as a second language at Mountain View Elementary School. Marsha was affectionately known as “Mama States” in the community and by her children’s friends.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, Jim States of the home; a son, J. T. States of the home; daughters, Kimy and Kristin States, both of the home; a brother, J. Lawrence Huber, Jr. of Omaha, NE; sisters; Anita Jean Huber of Ft. Collins, CO and Allyson O’Dea of Parker, CO; an uncle and aunt, John and Elsa Huber of PA; in-laws, Jim and Dolly States of Hamilton, OH; a brother-in-law, Tim States of Anderson, IN; sisters-in-law, Carla Merrill of Morganton and Cheryl Pickett of Hamilton, OH; and a host of loving nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to their friends at Burkemont Baptist Church and Morganton Church of God, Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Reddy and their staffs; the wonderful assistance of Burke County Hospice, especially Carolyn Plemmons, and her extended family in the Burke County Schools where she served.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2007 at Burkemont Baptist Church with the Reverends David Mills, Eddy Bunton, Donald Smith, and Scott Arnold officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday 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. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, PO Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to help with the funeral expenses.



 

Lisa Gail "Sissy" Holland     [Back to Top]

Lisa Gail “Sissy” Holland, 32, of Cedar Pine Ave., Morganton, NC died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at Grace Hospital. She was born September 6, 1974 in McDowell County, NC, and was the daughter of Georgia Branch Moore of Morganton, and the late Everett Moore. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Sammy Branch; and nephews, Eddie Branch and Roger Lee Branch. Lisa was a member of Pathway Ministry, Marion, NC.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Jonathan “Bush” Holland of the home; brothers, Everett Douglas Moore and wife, Anita, and James Franklin Moore, all of Morganton; a half-sister, Rita Jean Poteet of Morganton; a half-brother, Ricky Everett Moore of Morganton; nieces, Brittney Branch, Samantha Moore, Savannah Moore, and Olivia Moore; a great niece, Myra Branch; nephews, Cody Moore, Jamie Franklin Moore, Jr., Timothy Moore, and Kyle Riddle; and a great nephew, Samuel Branch.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Branch officiating. Burial will follow in the Murphy’s Chapel Cemetery, Marion, NC. The family will receive friends Friday from 1:00 until 2:00 pm at the funeral home.



 

Ruby Tallent Hecht     [Back to Top]

Ruby Tallent Hecht, 93, of Foothills Dr., Morganton, NC died Thursday, April 12, 2007 at Grace Heights following a period of declining health. She was born December 5, 1913 in Walker County, GA and was a daughter of the late Cornelious Tallent and Alma Houston Tallent. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Hecht; a brother, James Otis Tallent; and a sister, Flora Shuping. Ruby was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hecht is survived by sons, Louis W. Hecht of England, and Bruce B. Hecht of New Jersey; a brother, Jesse Carl Tallent of Morganton; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 13, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Earl Cross officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Heights, Quality of Life Fund, 109 Foothills Dr., Morganton, NC 28655 or Brookwood Baptist Church, General Fund, 231 Brookwood Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Burkett Kibler Bergl     [Back to Top]

A memorial service for Mrs. Burkett Kibler Bergl of Morganton will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Morganton, Monday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m with Rev. Dr. Sydnor Thompson, III officiating. The family will receive friends in the Upper Gathering Room from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. An interpreter for the deaf will be provided.

Mrs. Bergl died April 2, 2007 at Abernethy Laurels, Newton, NC. She met and married Alex Olsen Bergl while they were both serving with the Army Medical Corp at Hoff General Army Hospital in Los Angeles during WWII. He predeceased her in death. She was born in 1908, and was the daughter of Michael Benedict Kibler and Gertrude Wagg Kibler of Morganton; the granddaughter of William P. M. Kibler and Louisa Bristol Kibler, and of the Reverend Dr. Thomas H. E. Wagg and Mary Ellen Burkett Kibler, all of whom predeceased her. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mozelle Kibler Horton and husband O. Lee Horton; brother Michael Benedict Kibler, Jr. and wife Margaret Blackwell Kibler; brother William Eugene Kibler and a brother-in-law Russell Lamar Berry. She leaves two sisters, Evelyn Kibler Berry of Morganton and Mary Kibler Osenga of Los Angeles, CA, and a sister-in-law Ann Hollingsworth Kibler (Mrs. William Eugene Kibler) as well as many loving nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Mrs. Bergl was a lifelong teacher of the deaf and those with learning disabilities. She studied at the North Carolina School for the Deaf in Morganton, completing their 2-year course requirements. She completed her BA at the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in Education of the Deaf. She completed her M.A. at Appalachian State University.

She taught at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf, Buffalo, New York, and through the University of California, taught many institutions for the deaf in and around Berkeley, Santa Barbara, Hollywood and Los Angeles, CA. She taught both the deaf and those preparing to teach the deaf. She taught at Clarke School for the Deaf, Northhampton, Massachusetts, and was the Speech Pathologist at the Cerebral Palsy Center, Kingsport, Tennessee. She also taught at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, St. Augustine, Florida, as well as institutions in Jacksonville, FL. An article in the “Hickory Daily Record”, July 22, 1969, says of Mrs. Bergl that “She has the rare distinction of being one of the few persons to have been certified in clinical competence by the American Speech and Hearing Association in both speech pathology and in audiology.”

She served from 1944-1946, with the U.S. Army Medical Corp as teacher, lecturer, audiologist, and speech pathologist at the Hoff General Army Hospital, Santa Barbara, California. She worked with the wounded returning from the Pacific with damaged hearing and speech. She was also stationed at the Bordon General Army Hospital in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Bergl returned to Morganton, NC, in 1965, and taught at Appalachian State University and Lenoir Rhyne College. She is best known for her teaching at the NCSD in Morganton during those years. She was instrumental in the planning and writing of Developmental Program for Preschool Deaf Children, 1967. She developed the Curriculum Guide and Instructional Materials, Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, 1964. Mrs. Bergl continued to tutor many children and young adults with learning disabilities into her eighties.

She moved to assisted living at Abernethy Laurels in 1997. No one could be sure which name was her given name or how to pronounce it. She became known affectionately as “BB” and for rolling down the hall in her wheelchair when she could no longer walk, blowing kisses to all she met. When she was moved into the nursing care facility, she spent time with those with disabilities, taking their hand and speaking with them. She continued to blow kisses even when she had lost her hearing and spoke less.

Mrs. Bergl was for many years the historian of the Schubert Music Club. She enjoyed working in oils and watercolor. She was a member of the Burke Arts Council and the Historic Burke Foundation.

The family requests that in lie u flowers, memorials may be made to the Combined Choirs, c/o First Baptist Church, PO Drawer 459, Morganton, NC 28680, or to the First United Methodist Church Music Program, 200 N. King St., Morganton, NC 28655, or to Abernethy Laurels, 102 Leonard Ave., Newton, NC 28658. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Mary Bartles Duckworth     [Back to Top]

Mary Bartles Duckworth, 96, of Bristol St., Morganton, NC died unexpectedly Friday, April 13, 2007 at Grace Hospital. She was born December 14, 1910 in Rutherford County, NC, and was a daughter of the late Millard Vance Bartles and Sarah Elizabeth Keeter Bartles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Ervin Duckworth; and her son, Millard “M.T.” Duckworth. Mary was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She was one of the first Pink Lady volunteers at Grace Hospital with over 26000 hours of service.

Mary is survived by her daughter-in-law and caregiver, Nancy Duckworth of Morganton; grandchildren, Mark T. and Allison Duckworth of Rockingham, NC, and Lisa Gail Duckworth of Asheville, NC; and a great granddaughter, Emily Duckworth.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 15, 2007 at Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Timothy Horldt officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday at the church one hour before the service. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Nancy Duckworth, 1604 Jamestown Rd., Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church Building Fund, 1112 Hopewell Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Albert Landon Suttle, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Albert Landon Suttle, Sr., 70, of Suttle Street, Morganton, NC, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at his residence following a period of several months of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on August 22, 1936, he was the son of the late James Martin Suttle and Ethel Mae Saunders Suttle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ervin, Edward, and Dwight Suttle; sisters, Colleen Burns and Carrie Penley; and several half-brothers and half-sisters.

Albert was a very active member of Missionary Ridge Baptist Church which he loved dearly. He had also been a deacon, taught Sunday School, and had been a member of the church choir. Mr. Suttle was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired from Drexel Heritage after 20+ year and was a master carpenter and painter. He was a past member of the Board of Directors for Brentwood Water and also a past member of the Board of Director for the Salem Ruritan.

Albert is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Mattie Johnson Suttle of the home; a son, Albert L. Suttle, Jr. and wife, Shelly, of Morganton; daughters, Pam Long and husband, Mike, Kim Eller and husband, Jeff, and Tira Duckworth and husband, Shawn, all of Morganton; grandchildren, Tori Braswell and husband, Chad, Fallon Hensley, Clint Duckworth, Shawna Duckworth, Kyle Rhoney, and Caitlyn Rhoney; a great-grandchild, Taylor Hensley; brothers, Darrel Suttle of Morganton; sisters, Mabel Beverin and husband, Mark, of Biloxi, MS, Nell Barnette of Biloxi, and Bertie Braswell of Morganton; a number of special nieces and nephews of the Penley family; and Walter Tullos.

The funeral will be held at 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2007 at the Life Enrichment Center at Missionary Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Lovelace officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites to be performed by American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends in the L.E.C. two hours prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Missionary Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund, 5612 John Watts Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or the Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Hospice Staff, Blue Ridge Home Health Care, Wanda Mull, Dr. Abernathy, Dr. Stutesman, Dr. Brazinski, and Dr. Tomlinson.



 

Melva Elizabeth Jenkins Franklin     [Back to Top]

Melva Elizabeth Jenkins Franklin, 87, of Jamestown Road, Morganton, NC passed away peacefully into her eternal reward on Saturday, April 14, 2007 after several years of declining health. Born in Rutherford County, NC on September 11, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Ollie J. Jenkins of Harris, NC. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Gwendolyn J. Cannon of Columbia, SC, Hoke Jenkins, Maurice Jenkins, and Bill Jenkins, all of Harris, NC. She was a 1937 graduate of Harris High School and a 1940 graduate of Grace Hospital School of Nursing. After a number of years on the Grace Hospital staff, she entered into private practice with Dr. J.B. Helms for over thirty years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for over fifty years. Additionally, she was an active member of Grace Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association. She also co-authored with Ms. Katherine Whisnant “The History of Grace Hospital”, which was published on the seventy-fifth anniversary of Grace Hospital.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Herbert “Hub” Franklin of Morganton; three children, Robert A. Franklin of Greensboro, NC, Elizabeth Ann F. Ragan of Oak Ridge, TN, and Richard Franklin of Morganton; seven grandchildren, Amanda Ragan of Oak Ridge, Captain Patrick Ragan (USAF) of Glendale, AZ, Lindsay F. Berrang of Jacksonville, FL, Kelly F. Greene of Asheville, NC, Christopher “Chris” Franklin of Arlington, VA, Katherine “Katie” Franklin of Greenville, NC, and Craig Franklin of Morganton; and two great-grandchildren, Savannah and Corban Berrang, both of Jacksonville, FL.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Thompson officiating. Entombment will follow in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Hospital School of Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Jackie Pruett, 136 VFW Road, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Mildred Secrest Smith     [Back to Top]

Mildred Secrest Smith, 85, of Grace Heights, Morganton, NC, formerly of Whitley Road, died Sunday, April 15, 2007. Born in Burke County, NC on September 5, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Jacob Secrest and Sarah Wilson Secrest. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Leroy Smith; brothers, Albert, Arles, Robert, and Lee Secrest; and sisters, Mamie Whisenant and Christin Harvey. Mrs. Smith was one of the original twelve charter members of Asheville Street Baptist Church to which she was very devoted. She was employed at the N.C. School for the Deaf and retired from Western Carolina Center.

She is survived by her children, Adam Leroy Smith, Jr. and wife, Janet, of Asheville, NC, Robert Nelson Smith and wife, Patricia, of Marion, NC, Donald R. Smith and wife, Ruhama, and Linda Moore, and husband, Walter, all of Morganton; sisters, Louise McFalls and Beulah Phillips, both of Morganton; grandsons, Adam, Stephen, and Robert Smith; seven step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, nineteen step-great-grandchildren, and a special step-great-grandson, Charles Lanning.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at Asheville Street Baptist Church with Rev. Douglas Goforth and Bishop Cade Burns 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 Asheville Street Baptist Church Building Fund, 107 Colony Drive, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Ray Nelson Anderson     [Back to Top]

Ray Nelson Anderson of Oak Ridge Dr. in Morganton died Monday, April 16, 2007 at the VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. He was born in Burke County, NC, and was a son of the late Charlie Anderson and Mary Queen Anderson. Ray was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a retired US Navy veteran. He worked for the VA in Winston-Salem as a real estate broker, and also in the Burke County Tax office. He was currently working for the State of North Carolina as a bedding inspector. Mr. Anderson was a member of the Catawba Valley Lodge #217 where he had been a past Master and was the current Senior Warden. He was a member of the Burke County Shrine Club, the D.A.V., the VFW, and the Scottish Rite.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothea Chapman Anderson of the home.

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Thursday, April 19, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Reverends Larry Thompson and Ed Lawing officiating. Entombment will follow at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with military graveside rites. The family will receive friends Thursday one hour before the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Catawba Valley Lodge #217, 600 College St., Morganton, NC 28655 or the Masonic Home for Children, c/o Catawba Valley Lodge #217 600 College St., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Robert L. "Joe" Lewis     [Back to Top]

Robert L. “Joe” Lewis, 71, of Washboard Lane in Morganton died Monday, April 16, 2007 at his residence. He was born Jan. 8, 1936 in Edgecombe County, NC, and was a son of the late Ervin and Kate Harold Lewis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Paul “Boots” Lewis. Joe was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War, and served on the USS Wise. He was a devoted Christian and a member of New Beginnings Church. Joe loved the outdoors and was talented in many areas, especially auto repairs.

He is survived by his wife, Paulette Farmer Lewis of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Dean Smith of Morganton; a grandson, Robert Dean Smith of Morganton; brothers, William Earl Lewis and wife, Linda of Micahville, NC, David Lewis and wife, Addie, of Tarboro, NC, Sidney Lewis and wife, Tracy, of New Hampshire; sisters, Josephine Tolson and husband, Richard of Fayetteville, NC, Addie Suggs and husband, Jimmy, and Ann Harold, all of Tarboro; and Joe’s mother-in-law, Mary Farmer of Pinetops, NC.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Reverends Bob Deviney, David Orders, and William Earl Lewis officiating. Military rites will be performed by the American Legion Post #234 of Valdese. Burial will follow at South Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery. 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 Sharon and Dean Smith, 1109 Windy Acres, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to New Beginnings Church, c/o Carolyn Crowder, 5005 Duckworth Circle, Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Wilford Williams     [Back to Top]

Wilford Williams, 66, of Linville St. in Morganton died Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at Grace Hospital. He was born September 27, 1940 in Polk County, and was the son of the late William Lester Williams and Eva Annie Womack Williams. Wilford was a member of Amherst Baptist Church. He worked as a painting contractor for 52 years in Burke County. As well as his work, his greatest love, and joy of his life, was his grand-daughter Chelsea. Wilford loved each day, the camaraderie of his fellow workers and friends.

Wilford is survived by daughters, Donna Williams Cash and husband, Spencer, and Linda Williams Buff and husband, Tim, all of Morganton; his beloved granddaughter, Chelsea Alexis Howard; brothers, Billy Norman Williams and wife, Debbie, of Hickory, NC and Bobby Joe Williams and wife, June, of Morganton; and his special friend, Stephanie Baker.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Gardner officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Tim and Linda Buff, Silver Creek Plantation, 4352 Plantation Dr., Morganton.



 

Hokie "Hoke" Powell Hennessee     [Back to Top]

Hokie “Hoke” Powell Hennessee, 94, of Burke Long Term Care, formerly of Hogan St., Morganton died Tuesday, April 17, 2007, following several years of declining health. She was born in Cleveland County on November 16, 1912 and was a daughter of the late James J. Powell and Caroline Crowder Powell. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Hennessee; brothers, Clarence, Jacob, Grover, Bon, George, Luther, and Aden Powell; and sisters, Nora Powell, Calvie Van Dyke, Mattie Bridges, Marinda Holland, Essie Devine, Emma Morris, and Lela Holland O’Kelly. Mrs. Powell was the youngest of 15 children all who preceded her in death. She was a committed and dedicated member of Calvary Baptist Church for 72 years.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews including Billy Dean Morris and his wife, Betty and Bobby Bridges all of Morganton and sisters-in-law, Margaret Carswell of Shelby and Mary Grigg of Morganton. While she had no children Hoke loved her nieces and nephews as if they were her own. One of her true joys was spending time with children. She appreciated the simple beauty that children bring to the world.

The funeral will be held at 12 noon on Friday, April 20, 2007, at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. W. Larry Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Mrs. Hennessee’s family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Burke Long Term Care for the exceptional care provided to her. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.



 

Gaynell Thompson     [Back to Top]

Gaynell Thompson, 93 died Tuesday, April 17, 2007 in Raleigh, NC where she had resided for the past 13 years. She was born in Burke County, the daughter of the late Anderson and Dollie McBee McCall. Gaynell was known for her wonderful generosity, strong faith in the Lord, and great love for family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Thompson; her younger brothers, Clyde, Clarence, Forest, Carl, and Bernie McCall.

Surviving are her son, Patrick Thompson and his wife, Magdalene of Raleigh; grandchildren and their spouses, Vic and Mary Thompson of Huntersville, NC, Jenny and Joe Kelvington of Raleigh, and Susan and Shane McCarthy of Portsmouth, RI; and 8 great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2007 at Christ United Methodist Church with the Reverends Ken Curtis and Larry Fletcher officiating. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial at Burke Memorial Park will follow the funeral. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 2314 Starnes St., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Conley Lee Smith     [Back to Top]

Conley Lee Smith, 80, of US 70 West, Morganton died Friday, April 20, 2007 at Grace Hospital, following a period of declining health. He was born in Burke County on October 3, 1926 and was the son of the late Zero Smith and Jessico Walker Smith Bollinger. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a step-father, Reid Bollinger; a granddaughter, Ashley Nicole Smith Brown; and a great granddaughter, Madison Nicole Brown. Mr. Smith was a retired employee of Drexel Heritage Furnishings and was a WWII US Navy Veteran. He was a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce Branch Smith; son, Brian Keith Smith and wife, Carolyn of Morganton; daughter, Brenda Lee Moses and husband, James of Glen Alpine; grandchildren, Ricky Lee Moses, Tony Lee Moses and wife, Eva, Tammy Lynn Moses Williams and husband, Rusty, Amanda Dawn Smith Allman and husband, Ben; great grandchildren, Billy, Ricky, and Marissa Moses, Tyler Aaron Moses, Zackary S. and Hunter Sixx Williams; brother, Broadus Smith, Larry Bollinger; and a sister, Judy Bollinger Brown all of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2007, at the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Reverends Terry Robinson and Marshall Dill officiating. Burial will follow at Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:30 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at the residence, 2219 US 70 West, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1225, Morganton, NC 28680 or Snow Hill United Methodist Church, 5425 Snow Hill Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Kenneth Tilmon Riddle     [Back to Top]

Kenneth Tilmon Riddle, 73, of Conley Road, Morganton, passed away Friday, April 20, 2007 at Grace Hospital after a long battle with cancer. Tilmon was born, May 21, 1933, in Yancey County to the late Ed and Sally Edwards Riddle. He was a graduate of Bald Creek High School in Burnsville, and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Tilmon was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His quiet and gentle spirit will be sorely missed. He was a self employed owner and operator of numerous business throughout the area.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters, Mae Miller and Mary Emma Anglin; brothers, Lee, Ray , Buster, and Jay Riddle.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nancy Dale Riddle, of the home; sons, Kenneth Edward Riddle and wife Kathie, Gregory Dale Riddle and wife Beverly and Chuck Eric Riddle and wife Angela all of Morganton;; grandchildren, Jessica Bryant and husband Charles, Jarred Riddle of Shaw Air Force Base, SC, Eric Riddle, Trevor Riddle, Suanna Riddle, Chelsea Riddle and Trent Riddle; and great grandchildren, Taylor and Bailey Bryant; brothers Ted and Ben Riddle both of Morganton, and Glen Riddle of Marion, NC.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, April 22, 2007 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Dewey Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:00 P.M., at the church. At other times the family will be at the home, 1027 Conley Road, Morganton, NC. In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to the Building Fund, Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Post Office Box 1159, Morganton, NC 28680.



 

Mary Elizabeth Crowder Clark     [Back to Top]

Mary Elizabeth Crowder Clark, 95, of C. C Drive, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, April 22, 2007 after a brief illness. Mrs. Clark was born August 11, 1911 in Rutherford County, NC to the late Rev. William “Bill” Palmer Crowder and Laura Fannie McMurray Crowder. She was a devoted and beloved member of Missionary Ridge Baptist Church, where she was the oldest member. She was a shining example of Christian love to all, and her legacy will live on for ever.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Manley E. Clark, Sr., whom she met while they were both working at Broughton Hospital as nursing aides and by sons, Manley E. Clark, Jr., Steve Edward Clark, Clyde Hoey Clark, Paul Dale Clark, Lou “Champ” Clark, and “Tom” Reid A. Clark. She is survived by a son, Mark Wayne Clark and wife Linda of Marietta, GA; a daughter, Wanda Feimster and husband Steve of Morganton; sister, Lucy Upton of Forest City, NC; and daughters-in-law, Lottie Clark, and Joan Clark both of Morganton, and Barbara Clark of Cleveland Co., NC. .

Funeral for Mrs. Clark will be 4:00 P.M., Tuesday, April 24, 2007 at Missionary Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lovelace and Rev. Eddie Bunton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the home of Lottie Clark, 2046 C. C. Dr., Morganton. Memorial contributions can be made to Missionary Ridge Baptist Church, Youth Program, 5612 John Watts Rd, Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Richard B. Snipes     [Back to Top]

Richard B. Snipes, 81, of Morganton Long Term Care, Morganton, NC, formerly of NC Hwy 18, Morganton, died Saturday, April 21, 2007. Born in Burke County, NC on July 7, 1925, he was the son of the late Luther Edgar Snipes and Lillian Dagenhart Snipes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Verlene Cline Snipes; and three brothers, Luther Snipes, Jr., Dwight Snipes, and David Snipes. Mr. Snipes was a veteran of WWII, during which he served with the 2nd Marine Division in the Pacific Theatre. Richard was a member of Brookwood Baptist Church where he sang in the church choir. He also taught Sunday School at Mt. Home Baptist Church. He retired from Great Lakes Carbon after 50 years.

Richard is survived by a son, Edgar Brooks Snipes and wife, Guadalupe, of Lincolnton, NC; a brother, Benjamin Snipes of Morganton; sisters, Kay S. Lethcoe of Jonesboro, NC and Carol Peck of West Virginia; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Earl Cross officiating. Entombment will follow in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with military rites to be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Brookwood Baptist Church, 231 Brookwood Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Gail Ann Whisenant     [Back to Top]

Gail Ann Whisenant, 55, of Morganton passed away at Valdese Hospital on Sunday, April 22, 2007 after a battle with cancer. Gail, a native of Morganton, was a lifelong resident of Burke County. She was born August 17, 1951 to the late John Clifton (Cliff) Whisenant and Ernestine Miller Whisenant. Gail was educated within the Morganton School System and graduated from Morganton High School in 1969. She attended Western Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in social sciences. In her career as a social worker and social services administrator, she worked for a number of health and human services agencies in Burke and McDowell counties. In addition to her parents, Gail was preceded in death by a brother Albert (Bert) Clifton Whisenant and sister-in-law Margaret (Peggy) Griffin Whisenant.

She is survived by a brother, John Murray Whisenant of Lewiston, Idaho; a sister, Mary Helen Young and husband, Stephen Young of Calabasas, California; a niece, Stephanie Young of Washington DC; a nephew, Jeffrey Young of Seattle, Washington; along with an aunt, two uncles, and numerous loving and cherished cousins living in the Carolinas and surrounding states, and in Wyoming and nearby western states.

A graveside service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery on Thursday, April 26 at 11:00AM with Pastor Michael Riley of Calvary Lutheran Church officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Burke County Public Library, 204 S. King St., Morganton, NC 28655 or to Calvary Lutheran Church, 119 N King St., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Roy William Cox     [Back to Top]

Roy William Cox, 89, of Grace Ridge, Morganton, NC died Monday, April 23, 2007 at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. He was born June 25, 1917 in Kansas City, KS and was the son of the late William Eli Cox and Minnie Lambe Cox. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Iris Cox, and by his sister, Eva Mason. He served as Chief Petty Officer with the U. S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. Roy retired after 32 years of service with National Airlines as an avionics expert, and was an avid ham radio operator.

He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Foss Cox, of the home.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2007, at Grace Episcopal Church with Father Bruce Walker officiating. The family will receive friends in the church parish hall following the service. Interment of the ashes will be held at a later date at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden, Boone, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Ridge Scholarship Fund, 500 Lenoir Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Ella Allman Hudson     [Back to Top]

Ella Allman Hudson, 82, of Morganton passed away Sunday, April 22, 2007, following several years of declining health. Mrs. Hudson was born May 11, 1924, in Rowan County to the late Janie Harrison Allman and Isaacs Tony Allman. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Hudson; three brothers, Harrison S. “Shine” Allman, Leon Allman, and Robert S. Allman; and by two sisters, Mae Allman Halliburton and Sarah “Tincy” Allman Whisenant. She was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and retired from Leviton/Southern Devices.

She is survived by two brothers; Warren I. Allman, Jr. and William Alfred Allman; her foster son, Rodney Whisenant, and his wife, Lisa, all of Morganton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside rites will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2007, at Burke Memorial Park with The Rev. Mike Jenkins officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 1:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times the family will be at the home of Maxine and Forest Roper of Selman Ave., Morganton. Memorials contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



 

Marshall Eugene "Gene" Black     [Back to Top]

Marshall Eugene “Gene” Black, 68, of Duckworth Circle, Morganton, NC died Monday, April 23, 2007, at his residence after a long but courageous battle with heart disease. Born in Burke County, NC on Nov. 13, 1938, he was a son of the late Lester Marshall Black and Ruby Hudson Black. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Oak Forest United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Addie Black.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Betty Lanning Black of the home; sons and their wives, Bryan and Marla Black and Jason and Melissa Black all of Morganton; grandchildren, Sara Black, Catherine Black, and Ashton Nicole Black all of Morganton; three nieces, a nephew, and many friends.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Rod Randolph officiating. Entombment will follow at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with military honors by Valdese American Legion Post 234. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour before the funeral. Memorial gifts may be made to Oak Forest United Methodist Church, 101 Forest St., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Charles Howard "Chuck" Boone     [Back to Top]

Charles Howard “Chuck” Boone, affectionately known as “Music Man”, 68, of Propst Rd., Morganton, NC died Friday, April 20, 2007 at his residence. Born in Yancey County, NC on July 28, 1938, he was the son of Zenas J. Boone and the late Grace Curtis Duvall.

Chuck is survived by his sons, Tony Boone of Fayetteville, NC, Shannon Boone of Valdese, NC, Charles “T.J.” Boone and Brendon Boone, both of Morganton; a daughter, Karen Boone of Albemarle, NC; his father, Zenas Boone and his step-mother, Irene Boone both of Los Alamos, NM; a brother, Steve Grady of Hickory, NC; a sister, Mary Ruth Heckrotte of Guatemala; and four grandchildren.

A cryptside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with Rev. Richard Ellington officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home.



 

Louise Woodie Clark Lane     [Back to Top]

Louise Woodie Clark Lane, 83 of Robey St., Morganton, NC made an unexpected move to heaven on Wednesday, April 25, 2007. Born in Avery County, NC on June 3, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Alfred and Gertrude Coffey Woodie. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Woodie and infant sisters, Mary and Betty Woodie. She was a retired employee of Broughton Hospital and was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Throughout her life, Louise was a tower of strength to her family and was a loving, caring, and sharing woman who adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She always offered a ready smile, a hug, and food whenever visitors came to her home. Her accomplishments were many but her greatest ones were the strength, love, and faith she instilled in her children and grandchildren. Louise’s passing on will leave a vast empty space in many lives; but, her arrival in heaven is reason to rejoice.

Surviving are her children, Jerry Lynn Clark of Morganton, Jean C. Harrell of Asheville, Lonnie F. Clark and June Kunhe of Morganton, and Janell C. Wakefield and her husband, Charles of Morganton; grandchildren, Chris Clark and his wife, Anita of Denver, NC, Stacy Clark and his wife, Dana of Bardstown, KY, Joel Harrell and his wife, Jenny of Raleigh, NC, Monica Wakefield, Lisa Dooley and her husband, Floyd, and Stephanie Clark all of Morganton; great grandchildren, Zane and Wylie Clark, Camden and Bailey Dooley, and Marcus Clark, and Elias Wakefield; brothers, Roy Woodie and his wife, Irene of Jonas Ridge, Ralph Woodie and his wife Anna of Oak Hill, NC; a sister, Myrtle Clark of Jonas Ridge; a sister-in-law, Christine Woodie of Jonas Ridge; many special nieces and nephews who loved her as a second mother; all of their spouses and children; and special friends, Jettie Causby and Verna Beach.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2007 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Holland officiating. Burial will follow in the Calloway Cemetery at Jonas Ridge. The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday beginning at 1:30 p.m. At other times the family will be at Mrs. Lane’s home, 103 Robey St. Memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or to Calloway Cemetery, c/o Long Ridge Baptist Church, Newland, NC 28657. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



 

John Robert Richey     [Back to Top]

John Robert Richey, 41, of Pitts Farm Dr., Morganton, NC died Thursday, April 26, 2007, at Grace Hospital following an eleven year battle with cancer. He was born in Wausau, WI on March 19, 1966 and was a son of Robert and Kathleen Ollhoff Richey of Tomahawk, WI. Mr. Richey was a U. S. Army veteran and was an employee of the Morganton Post Office. He was an avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by daughters, Robin and Jenny Richey; and grandparents, Raymond and Caroline Richey, and Reuben Ollhoff.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Carol Pope Richey, of the home; daughters, Heaven Richey of Wisconsin and Sydney Richey of the home; a step-son, E. J. Starnes, of the home; sisters, Sherrie Krohn of Tomahawk, WI, McKenya Gore of Mosinee, WI, and Jennifer Zimmerman of Minocqua, WI; his maternal grandmother, Ruth Ollhoff, of Wausau, WI; and a niece and several nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at Royal Chapel Church of God on George Hildebran School Rd., Hickory with Rev. Dennis Pitts officiating. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Monday at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times the family will be at the home, 3788 Pitts Farm Dr. Memorial contributions may be made to B.A.S.S. Conservation, PO Box 10000, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5950 Fairview Rd., Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28210.



 

William Tellis "Tell" Burns, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Mr. William Tellis “Tell” Burns, Sr., 86, joined his beloved wife, Erma, to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Friday, April 27, 2007. He was born March 13, 1921 in Burke County, NC, and was a son of the late James Russell and Katie Icard Burns. In addition to his parents and wife, Erma Walker Burns, he was preceded in death by brothers, James Robert Wilford Burns, Everet Harly Burns, John Ellis Burns, and Finley Monroe Burns; and sisters, Ollie May Burns, Carrie Lee Burns Baird, Beulah Estelle Burns Moore, and Virginia Mearl Burns Hunneman. Tell was a US Navy veteran of World War II, and a lifetime member of Woodmen of the World. He was an active board member and retired fireman with the Triple Community Fire Department; a retired machinist and supervisor in the textile industry; and enjoyed gardening. Tell was a member and Deacon of Mount Home Baptist Church. Mr. Burns will be remembered for his honesty and integrity, his willingness to help others in their time of need, and his devotion to his Lord and Savior each day of his life.

Tell is survived by a son, William T. Burns, Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Drexel; a grandson, Bill; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Katie Sue Burns Barnes of Mooresville, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2007 at Mount Home Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Entombment will follow at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with military rites conducted by members of American Legion Post #234 in Valdese. The family will receive friends Sunday one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Home Baptist Church Graceful Giving Fund, 2272 Mount Home Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



 

Max Edward Warlick     [Back to Top]

Max Edward Warlick, 60 of V.F.W. Rd., Morganton, NC died Thursday, April 26, 2007 at the VA. Medical Center in Asheville, NC following a period of declining health. He was born .October 8, 1946 in Burke County, and was a son of the late Floyd Warlick and Lizziebelle Carpenter Warlick. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rachel Grooms. Mr. Warlick was a retired US Army Staff Sergeant with over 20 years of military service, and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was very active in V.F.W. Post 5362, and was a member of the MOCA.

He is survived by his wife, Moria Dhondt Warlick of the home; a son, Todd Warlick of Morganton; step-children, Paula Weston and Patricia Weston, both of Morganton; step-grandchildren, Georgina Weston, Perry Dellinger, and Taylor Weston, all of Morganton; and brothers, James Warlick of Morganton, John Warlick and his wife, Carol, of Montgomery, AL, Perry Warlick and wife, Brona, of Milton, FL, and Bill Warlick and wife, Kay, of Casar, NC.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 pm, Sunday, April 29, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Beatty officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Baptist Church Cemetery in Drexel with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post #234 in Valdese. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:30 until 7:30 pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the V.F.W Post 5362, 557 Hopewell Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Alex William Karr     [Back to Top]

Alex William Karr, 83, of Lake Lure, NC, passed away on April 27, 2007 following an extended illness. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 3, 1924. Mr. Karr was a graduate of Washington High School in Milwaukee where he was a Wisconsin All-State football player. During WWII he served with the Navy in the South Pacific. He was wounded in action on Iwo Jima and received the U.S. Navy Commendation Medal for Heroism in action during the Solomon Islands campaign.

Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison after which he was licensed as a certified public accountant in Wisconsin and North Carolina. Mr. Karr was also an appellate conferee with the Internal Revenue Service’s Midwest Region and taught accounting, federal tax law, and the CPA review course at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

In 1981 he retired to Lake Lure where he maintained an accounting practice and was elected to two terms as Town Commissioner. He was very active in the Lake Lure Community and served on the Boards of American Red Cross of Rutherford County, the Lake Lure Lions Club, the Hickory Nut Gorge VFW, and the Fairfield Mountains Volunteer Fire Department.

Alex is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Karr of the home; sons, Stephen Karr and wife, Pamela, of Winston-Salem, NC, David Karr of Milwaukee, and Sam Karr and wife, Denise, of Lake Lure; sisters, Eileen Rondoni of Menomonee Falls, WI, Barbara Kapel of Winneconne, WI; and grandchildren, Andrew, Nicholas, Jodie, and Mia.

A private memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration in Bat Cave, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his favorite charity, The Fairfield Mountains Volunteer Fire Department, 1415 Buffalo Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Clay Richardson for the extraordinary care he provided for Alex as well as the staff of Grace Hospital and Grace Heights in Morganton.

Sossoman Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.



 

Wilma Elaine Caler Turner     [Back to Top]

Wilma Elaine Caler Turner, 90, of Rabbit Ridge Road, Morganton, NC, died Saturday, April 28, 2007 at Grace Hospital. Born in Cape Girardeau, MO on December 30, 1916, she was the daughter of the late William and Georgia Kendall Caler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad Wall Turner. Wilma was a member of Faith Missionary Ridge Baptist Church.

Mrs. Turner is survived by her son, Richard Turner and wife, Dian, of Morganton; a daughter, Brenda Schultz and husband, Dennis, of Troy, MI; a sister, Ernestine Hysinger and husband, Edgar, of FL; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at Riverside Baptist Church with Rev. Raymond Roland officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour.



 

Vicente Guerrero Jeronimo     [Back to Top]

Vicente Guerrero Jeronimo, 43, died April 28, 2007. The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday at Sossoman Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mexico at a later date.



 

Douglas “Doug” McArthur Patton     [Back to Top]

Douglas “Doug” McArthur Patton, age 59 of 4784 Patton Road, passed away April 30, 2007 at Valdese Hospital after a brief illness. He was born September 17, 1947 to the late Hence L. Patton and Edith Bolding Patton of Patton Road, Morganton. He was a 1966 graduate of Glen Alpine High School, and was owner of Patton Crane Service for over 30 years. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Una V. Patton, Ronnie E. Patton, Don C. Patton, Robert M. Patton, Nelson A. Patton, Harold H. Patton, Ernest Logan Patton, John Wesley Patton, Jacob I. Patton, and sisters, Rosa Lee Patton, Fannie Patton and Bertie Patton Branch.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne Perkins Patton of the home. He is also survived by brothers, Len and Nancy Patton, Troy and Joann Patton, David Patton, Willard and Clara Patton, Alfred and Mary Patton, of Morganton, Edward and Karen Patton of Huntingtown, Maryland; sisters, Elizabeth Lane, Eldorador and Dallas Norman, Edith and Darrell Worsham of Morganton and Kaye and Carl Cline of Icard; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2007 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Reverends Randy Queen and Bob Shepherd officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. Mr. Patton’s nephews will serve as Pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church Building Fund, 5388 Mt. Olive Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. The family will be at the Patton Family Home, 4752 Patton Road, Morganton.



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