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Archived Obits May 2007



Annie Grady Dale     [Back to Top]

Annie Grady Dale, 100, of 138 Mimosa Hills Drive, Morganton, died at Grace Heights on May 1, 2007 following a brief illness. She was born in Morganton, NC on December 13 1906. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Simpson Grady and Leonia Lowdermilk Grady. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-five years, Horace James Dale, her son, James Norman Dale, five brothers, Jim, Will, Frank, Thomas and Edward Grady, and two sisters, Leola Oxford and Rosa Wall. Annie was retired from the North Carolina School for the Deaf, where she was a supervisor for Goodwin Hall Dietary Department. Following her retirement, Annie played the piano for the choir and chapel services at Western Carolina Center and traveled with the choir when they were performing. She was a member of Asheville Street Baptist Church, where she played the organ and piano until 1995. Annie played for various churches for seventy-five years, having studied under the late Harvey Turner.

Surviving is one daughter, Patricia, and husband George Baily of Morganton. Also surviving are a daughter-in-law Luna Dale, granddaughter Kathy Morrison and husband, Jack, and a grandson Rev. Chris Leonard and wife Debbie. Annie has four great grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at Burke Memorial Park at 10:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 3, 2007. A Memorial Service in Thanksgiving of her life and in Celebration of the Resurrection will be held at the Asheville Street Baptist Church at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday with Rev. Doug Goforth and Rev. Chris Leonard officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the Memorial Service in the fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to Asheville Street Baptist Church Music Program, 107 Colony Dr., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Mary Ella Clark Erb     [Back to Top]

Mary Ella Clark Erb, 75, of Rose Carswell Rd. Morganton, NC went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory following a period of declining health. She was born December 10, 1931 in Burke County, NC, and was a daughter of the late Postell Clark and Annie Katherine Byrd Clark. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert “Bob” Clark. Mary was a member of the Way of the Cross Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Robert Steven “Steve” Erb of Morganton; daughters, Carla Baker and husband, Kenneth, Sr., and Teena Norman and husband, Gerald, all of Morganton; brothers, Paul “Buzz” Clark and Derrill Clark, and a sister, Maxine Taylor, all of Morganton; grandchildren, Kenneth, Jr. and Jason Baker, Jeremy and Amanda Norman; and a great grandson, Gavin Baker.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2007 at the Way of the Cross Baptist Church with the Reverends Eugene Pons and Richard Ellington officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 7:00 until 8:30 pm at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 5500 Rose Carswell Rd., Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Way of the Cross Baptist Church Building Fund, 5500 Rose Carswell Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.


 

Bobby Frank Baird     [Back to Top]

Bobby Frank Baird, 68, of Old Amherst Circle, Morganton, NC, died Sunday, May 06, 2007 at his residence. Born in Gaston County, NC on July 24, 1938, he was the son of David H. Baird of Morganton and the late Bertis Lee Barrett Baird. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, John William Baird. Mr. Baird was an U.S. Air Force veteran. He was owner and operator of B & G Quick Stop in Burke County and Doc’s Superette in Caldwell County.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Grace Ingram Baird, of the home; a daughter, Rhonda Baird Moore of Racine, WI; sons, Shawn Alan Baird of the home and Robert Nepaul Baird of the U.S. Marines; his father, David H. Baird of Morganton; and brothers, Jack Baird of Morganton and Joe Baird of Kent, OH.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home of Morganton, NC with Rev. Sam Abee officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park with military graveside rites to be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28655.



 

Roy L. Neatherly, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Roy L. Neatherly, Sr., 87, of Sam Wall Ave. in Morganton died Monday, May 7, 2007 at Autumn Care in Drexel following several years of declining health. He was born June 11, 1919 in Crackers Neck, Johnson County, TN, and was a son of the late Leeland and Myrtle Greene Neatherly. In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Williams Neatherly; sons, Roy L. Neatherly, Jr. and Phillip Wayne Neatherly; a brother, R. Dean Neatherly; and sisters, Vona Ruth Neatherly and Nell Neatherly Miller. He was a member of Mountain Grove United Methodist Church. Roy served for thirty years with the US Army Air Corps and the US Air Force.

He is survived by daughters, Constance L. Turner and husband, Rev. Charles M. Turner, Jr. of Lewisville, NC, and Dawn Neatherly Byrd of Morganton; sisters, Grace Neatherly and Mabel Wagoner, both of Mountain City, TN; grandchildren, Charles M. Turner, III, Christina M. Turner, Christopher L. Neatherly, Kerry Neatherly Ritchie, and Daniel L. Neatherly; great grandchildren, Cassie and Lauren Ritchie; a daughter-in-law, Judy Neatherly; a son-in-law, Gregory Byrd; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2007 at Mountain Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Karen Kagiyama and Rev. Neal F. Brantley, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:30 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, 106 Sam Wall Avenue, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Grove United Methodist Church, 3624 Fish Hatchery Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



 

Paul Black     [Back to Top]

Paul Black, 87, of Lail Road, Glen Alpine, NC went home to be with the Lord, Monday, May 7, 2007 at Grace Hospital. He was born May 29, 1919 in Burke County, NC, and was a son of the late William Martin Black and Annie Gertrude White Black. Paul was a US Army veteran of World War II serving in North Africa and Italy. He retired from the Morganton Filter Plant as head operator. Paul was a member and Deacon of Lail Road Community Church and was an active member of the Men’s Sunday school class.

Mr. Black was a devoted family man and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret Lail Black of the home; children, Kenneth Black and wife, Joyce, of Morganton, Jane Bender and husband, Pete, and John Black and wife, Barbara, all of Glen Alpine; brothers, Ralph Black and Harold Black, both of Glen Alpine; sisters, Lenora Cornelius of Birmingham, AL and Ruby Nell Graybeal of Morganton; grandchildren, Sherri Lintern, Tim Black, Jennifer Willard, Kimberly Black, Carla Bender, Kerry Black, and Amanda Guthrie; and great grandchildren, Chase Willard, Caroline Willard, Trent Black, Katie Black, Karson Guthrie, Emma Guthrie, and Gracie Guthrie.

Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2007 at Lail Road Community Church with Rev. R. L. Icard officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Alpine Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday at the church one hour before the service. At other times, the family will be at the residence in Glen Alpine. 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 the arrangements.



 

Calvin Yelton     [Back to Top]

Calvin Yelton, 80, of Whiteside Rd., Forest City, NC died Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at Oak Grove Health Care Center in Rutherfordton, NC following a period of declining health. He was born May 24, 1926 in Rutherford County, NC, and was a son of the late Edgar L. Yelton and Effie Smalley Yelton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Anita Gail Yelton; four sisters, and four brothers. Calvin was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, and a retired employee of J. A. Jones Construction. He was always there for his family.

Mr. Yelton is survived by his wife, Hettie Pruett Yelton of the home; brothers, Howard and Blaine Yelton of Rutherfordton, NC; a sister, Betty Yelton of Rutherfordton; a number of nieces and nephews including Donald Yelton and wife, Joan, with whom he made his home; Donald’s sons, Jamie and Aaron; and a special friend and caregiver, Linda Epley.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2007 with Reverends Randy L. Queen and Robert Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 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 residence of Donald Yelton, 1498 Whiteside Drive, Forest City. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 5388 Mt. Olive Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Office Manager, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407.



 

Glenn O. Greer     [Back to Top]

Glenn O. Greer, 90, of Greer Ave., Glen Alpine, NC died Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at the Brian Center in Hendersonville, NC following a period of declining health. He was born March 16, 1917 in Watauga Co., NC, and was a son of the late Charles W. Greer and Vertie Lawrence Greer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Elizabeth Scott Greer; brothers, Austin, R. L., Clate, James, and Lawrence Greer; and sisters, Edith Shull, Daisy Lail, Kathleen Cook, Nona Isaacs, and Addie Greer. Glenn attended First Advent Christian Church. He served with the Civilian Conservation Corps, and was a retired employee of Henredon Furniture Company. During the last years of his life, Reid and Pat Scott were Glenn’s caregivers.

He is survived by a daughter, Glenda Lookadoo and husband, Dennis, of Etowah, NC; grandsons, Shannon Lookadoo and wife, Nichole, and Jonathan Lookadoo; and great grandchildren, Serrin, Chance, and Brayden Lookadoo.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Victor Rampey officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Alpine Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday one hour before the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Four Seasons Hospice and Pallative Care, 571 S. Allen Rd., Flat Rock, NC 28731.



 

Geneva Brown Harrow     [Back to Top]

Geneva Brown Harrow, 76, of Black Oak Ridge Rd., Taylorsville, NC, died Thursday, May 10, 2007 at Hospice of Catawba County, Newton, NC. Born in Burke County, NC on October 27, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie Brown and Mary Denton Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack T. Harrow; a son, Darrell Goins; a daughter, Jeannie Sue Harrow; brothers, Wilson Brown and Glover Williams; and a sister, Virginia B. Jones.

Geneva is survived by four sons, Gary Harrow of Hickory, NC, Dennis Harrow and wife, Teresa, Rusty Harrow and wife, Tammy, and Phillip Harrow, all of Taylorsville; grandchildren, Colt Harrow, Isaac Harrow, and Kelley Harrow; a brother, Grady Brown of Maiden, NC; and sisters, Ruby B. Weaver of Hickory, Cloey B. Aultman of Charleston, SC, and Mary Ellen B. Bolick of Asheville, NC.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, May 14, 2007 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Price and Pastor Mike Stone of Pisgah Lutheran Church, Bethlehem, NC officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday 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.




Vivian Faye Vermillion     [Back to Top]

Vivian Faye Vermillion, 60 of Willowbrook Drive, Morganton passed away Saturday May 19, 2007 at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. She was a daughter of the late Horace Dudney. Faye was employed at Alpine Chiropractic Center. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Morganton. The best Mother a son could have. You leave a husband, Daniel W. Vermillion, who will forever miss his best friend and soul-mate. Anyone who remembers Faye knows she was the life of the party. It was just her time to go, and the Lord wanted you to help spice things up in Heaven.

You were a survivor that has made it through a life of hard knocks, overcoming every obstacle. In the dictionary under the word “perfect” is where you can find Vivian Faye Vermillion. You were the perfect Mother to Chad and Brad, a perfect wife to Dan, a perfect role model, and a perfect grandmother to Blaze. The Lord is waiting for you with open arms, and one day you’ll be there to welcome all of us with open arms. Its time for us to share you with heaven, they are lucky to have you.

You are forever in our hearts and prayers!

Mrs. Vermillion is survived by her husband, Dan, of the home; her mother, Roudy Turberville Dudney, of Salisbury, NC; two sons, Chad McCall and wife, Ashley, and their son, Blaze, all of Salt Lake City, UT, and Brad McCall and wife, Wendy, of Morganton; a brother, Mickey Dudney of Salisbury; and two sisters, Brenda Graham and Linda Brigg, both of Salisbury.

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 21, 2007 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Bailey officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. At other times the family will be at the residence, 309 Willowbrook Drive, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407.



John William Huffman     [Back to Top]

John William Huffman, 91, of Burke Memorial Park Rd., Valdese, NC, passed Saturday, May 19, 2007 at College Pines Nursing Home in Valdese. Born in Burke County, NC on July 24, 1915, he was the son of the late Miles Huffman and Sallie McNeely Huffman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, (twin) James Robert, Obie, and Alvin Huffman; half-brother, Pine Huffman; sister, Fannie Mae Huffman; and half-sister, Flossie Mull. John was a member of the First Baptist Church Deaf Mission and retired from Drexel Heritage Furniture Co. after 47 years.

He is survived by his sister, Vera Swink of Morganton, NC; a half-brother, Clarence Huffman of Hickory, NC; caregivers, Pam and Buddy Crowder, Kaitlyn and Kristie Crowder; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2007 in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Morganton with Rev. Tom Lineberger officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends in the church parlor Tuesday from 3:00 until 4:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Deaf Mission, PO Drawer 459, Morganton, NC 28680. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



Rev. Elizabeth “Beth” Bean Henderson     [Back to Top]

Rev. Elizabeth “Beth” Bean Henderson, 82, of Edgewood Ave, Morganton, NC, died Monday, May 21, 2007 at Grace Heights Nursing Center following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC, on August 27, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Walter E. Bean and Martha Whisenant Bean. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Lawson P. Henderson; a brother, Rev. Ed Bean; and a sister, Katherine Vines.

Beth was a devoted pastor’s wife. She worked for many years as office manager with Burke County Civil Defense and served as a volunteer with many community organizations. She was ordained as a deacon in 1989 with the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and was admitted as associate member to the conference that same year. Beth served as pastor of many United Methodist churches including Deerfield in Boone, Fairview, Mountain Grove, Arney’s Chapel, Linville, Zion Memorial, Mt. Pleasant, and as associate pastor at Salem.

Mrs. Henderson is survived by her sisters, Ruth Curtis and Bessie Curtis both of Morganton; a half-sister, Elvie Herron of Valdese, NC; sisters-in-law, Peggy Bean of Morganton and Barbara Henderson Thomas of Texas; a number of nieces and nephews; a special nephew, Jimmy Henderson Padgett of Cleveland, NC; and a special friend, Lena Cloninger of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2007 at Salem United Methodist Church with Reverends Donald Freshour, David Bean, Steve Curtis, and Bubba Rose officiating. Burial will follow at El Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and on Thursday afternoon from 2:30 until 4:00 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to a church or charity of one’s choice



Florence Hice Fleming     [Back to Top]

Florence Hice Fleming, 84, of Autumn Care of Drexel went home to be with her loving Savior on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. She was born July 5, 1922 in Burke County, NC, and was a daughter of the late Claudus C. Hice and Mary A. Shuffler Hice. In addition to her parents, Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Marshall Fleming; four brothers and four sisters. She was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. Florence was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She is survived by a son, Earl Fleming and wife, Beverly; daughters, Evelyn Benton and husband, Paul, Cora Fleming and fiancé, Gary Trantham; a sister, Eva Berry; and a sister-in-law, Jessie Hice, all of Morganton; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m, Thursday, May 24, 2007 at Riverside Baptist Church with the Rev. Raymond Rowland officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7:00 until 8:30 pm at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Cora Fleming, 319 Fletcher St., Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Baptist Church, 516 NC 126, Morganton, NC 28655.



Horace William Huffman     [Back to Top]

Horace William Huffman, 94, of Morganton, NC passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2007. He was born July 11, 1912 in Burke County to the late John “Mackie” Huffman and Katherine Keller Huffman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Alberta Mae Berry Huffman; two brothers, Sam Huffman and Claude Huffman; and two sisters, Brintie Mullinax and Gladys Moore. Horace was devoted to his church and his family and prided himself, as the oldest son, on helping his siblings get their start in life. He was an active member of Enon Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, and was active in youth groups. Horace worked for many years at Huffman Hosiery, and then retired from J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center after 20 years as a security guard.

He is survived by his current wife and the joy of his life, Esther “Pearl” Smith Huffman; son and daughter-in-law, Claude and Delores Huffman; grandson, Claude “Douglas” Huffman; and step-grandson, Jeremy Huff, all of Morganton; brothers, Gene Huffman of Morganton and Paul Huffman of Hickory, NC; sisters, Ellen Eichenbrenner of Charlotte, NC, Lottie Swink of Morganton, and Essie King of Lawndale, NC; a brother-in-law, Conley Moore of Morganton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 26, 2007 at Enon Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Garner and Dr. Larry Cline officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday, May 25 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Enon Baptist Church Building Fund, 2059 Enon Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, or Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2396 Enola Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, or Burke Hospice and Pallative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Kim D. Trotterchaud     [Back to Top]

Kim D. Trotterchaud, 38, of Mt. Gilead Church Rd., Connelly Springs, NC died unexpectedly, at Grace Hospital, Thursday, May 24, 2007. Kim was born April 9, 1969 in Iredell Co. to the late William and Mary Trotterchaud. She attended Mt. Gilead Baptist Church and was a loving mother. She had a heart of gold, and spent her life helping others.

Kim is survived by her husband, Curtis Lail of the home, sons, Matthew Hicks of Connelly Springs and Derrick Hicks of Union Grove, NC, one granddaughter, Madison Forsack of Statesville; a sister, Gayle Bradley and brothers, Tim Trotterchaud and Billy Hicks, all of Knoxville, TN., and her faithful canine friend “Honey”.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M., Sunday , May 27, 2007 at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Fulbright officiating. Inurnment will follow at a later date. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Saturday 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 home of Shirley Lail, 8751 Ward’s Gap Rd., Connelly Springs. Memorial gifts may be made to Burke County Friends for Animals, PO Box 1884, Morganton, NC 28680.



Wallace William Justus     [Back to Top]

Wallace William Justus, 84 of Shell Ave., Valdese, NC died Friday, M;ay 25, 2007 at Carolina Rehab Center following a brief illness. Born May 20, 1923 in Burke County, NC, he was a son of the late William David Justus and Flava Berry Justus. During World War II, he served with U. S. Army Air Corps for six years including a tour of duty in Germany. Wallace was employed for forty two years with Drexel Furniture Company and was a member of Enon Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Larry Justus; a brother, Willard Justus; and sisters, Louise Lambert and Irene Pope.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Piercy Justus of the home; a son, Jimmy Wayne Justus and his wife, Helen of Valdese; daughters, Evelyn Dean, Linda Justus, and Virginia Whisnant all of Valdese; a brother, Doug Justice of Hildebran, NC; and sisters, Oralee Watts of Hickory, NC and Mert Smith of Connelly Springs, NC.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 28, 2007 at Enon Baptist Church with the Reverends Gary Garner and Melvin Curlee officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday 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, 2931 Shell Ave., Valdese. Memorial gifts may be made to Enon Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2059 Enon Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



George Howard Clark     [Back to Top]

George Howard Clark, 88 of Ervin Rd., Morganton, NC died Friday, May 25, 2007 at Burke Hospice Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on December 18, 1918, he was a son of the late Frederick Cyrus Clark and Caroline “Carrie” Stumbles Clark. He lived for many years in Ohio where he raised his family. In the late 1980’s he moved to the Morganton area and was a member of the Morganton Elks Lodge. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel Stiefel Clark; an infant son; a daughter, Eileen Clark; and a number of brothers and sisters.

Surviving are his wife, Judith Reichert of the home; sons, Brian Clark of Seattle, WA and Gary Clark of Elyria, OH; daughters, Barbara Clark of Attleboro, MA, Vivian Clark of Cooperstown, NY, and Kerry Clark of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Jonathan and Kate Hupp-Clark, Rachel and Carlen Adler, Jemma Clark, and Ryan Jackson.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2007 at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial gifts may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Paralee "Sis" Ramsey Tolbert     [Back to Top]

Paralee “Sis” Ramsey Tolbert, 86, of Creekside Dr., Morganton, NC, died Sunday, May 27, 2007 at Valdese General Hospital following a period of declining health. Born March 14, 1921 in Valdese, NC, she was the daughter of the late Glen A. Ramsey, Sr. and Fannie Benfield Ramsey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, James L. “Buzz” Tolbert, Jr.; sisters, Margaret Ramsey Black and Arlene Ramsey Stewart; a brother, Rev. Glen A. Ramsey, Jr.; and a step-mother, Lillian Grisette Ramsey.

“Sis”, by which most of her family and friends knew her, was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and a wonderful friend to all. She was highly active throughout her married life in her church, the First Baptist Church of Morganton, and in the work of her Sunday School Class, The Bible Learners Class. Mrs. Tolbert was employed for many years at Shadowline.

Paralee is survived by her husband, James L. “Boots” Tolbert, Sr. of the home; a daughter, Barbara T. Lambert of Morganton; a grandson, Mark Allen Lambert; sisters, Gladys Ramsey Thomas of Valdese, NC and Doris Ramsey Abee of Morganton; a number of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 29, 2007 at the First Baptist Church with the Reverends Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr., Fred Schuszler, Bill Rotan and Dr. Bob Shepherd officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends in the church parlor one hour prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the residence of the daughter, Barbara, 106 Creekside Drive, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Drawer 459, Morganton, NC 28680. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Oliver R. Rockett     [Back to Top]

Oliver R. Rockett, 76, of Meadowbrook Dr., Valdese, NC died Monday, May 28, 2007 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. He was born May 17, 1931 in Burke County, NC, and was a son of the late William Rockett and Lucy Carswell Rockett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Robert, William, and Melvin Rockett; and a sister, Mildred Walker. Oliver was a US Air Force veteran, and was a member of Drexel First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Shearin Rockett of the home; his niece and caregiver, Lucy Walker of Drexel; a brother, Kenneth Rockett and wife, Kathy, of Asheville, NC; a sister, Wilma Powell and husband, Cecil of Connelly Springs, NC; a brother-in-law, Rudy Shearin and wife, Sue of Cary, NC; sisters-in-law, Frances Rockett of Morganton, Kathryn Green and husband, Jacky, and Margie Carter, all of Greensboro, NC, and Judith May of Willow Springs, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2007 at Drexel First Baptist Church with the Reverends Tito Madrazo and Buddy Corbin officiating. Entombment will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends Thursday at the church following the memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to Drexel First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 308, Drexel, NC 28619 or to a charity of personal choice. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Frances Goins     [Back to Top]

Frances Goins, 69, of Oak Tree Rd., Morganton, NC, died Monday, May 28, 2007 at Grace Heights Nursing Facility following a lengthy illness. Born in Burke County, NC on August 22, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Gravis Smith and Beulah Hawkins Smith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Kirksey Goins, and a brother-in-law, Vernon Poteat. Mrs. Goins was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She retired from Drexel Furniture with 31 years of service and then worked at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center until she retired in January 2006. Frances enjoyed her home at the beach and cherished the time she spent there with friends and family.

Frances is survived by a son, Bennie Goins and wife, Cindy of Morganton; a daughter, Susan Myers and husband, Richard of Morganton; three brothers, Earl M. Smith and wife, Bertha, Gerald Smith and wife, Gertie, and Max Carroll Smith and wife, Nola, all of Morganton; three sisters, Mattie Poteat, Edith Riles and husband, Bruce, Ruth Brittain and husband, Bart, all of Morganton; grandsons, Josh Goins, Zachary Myers and wife, Dana, and William Myers, all of Morganton; a step-grandson, Cameron Myers and wife, Amy, of Morganton; two step-great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31, 2007 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Larry Cline officiating. Burial will follow in the 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. At other times the family will be at the residence, 1613 Oak Tree Rd., Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 2396 Enola Road, Morganton, NC 28655.



Virginia Dare Fox Deal     [Back to Top]

Virginia Dare Fox Deal went to live eternally with Christ her Lord on May 29, 2007. She passed away at her home after a long illness under the gentle care of Burke Hospice. Mrs. Deal was born in Burke County on September 24, 1939 and was a daughter of the late Thomas and Rosa Etta Fox. Virginia was the last member of her family and was also preceded in death by a number of brothers and sisters.

Surviving are her husband, Donald D. Deal; daughters, Lisa Pinson and Helen Duckworth; a son, Steven Crane; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four step-children; nineteen step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. We all give praise to our Heavenly Father for her life, and we honor her with tender love and affection. We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to Burke Hospice for their professional support and loving care.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 31, 2007, at Mt. Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Gamble and Rev. David Orders officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the church. At other times the family will be at the residence, 109 Drexel Rd.

Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.



James Lee Martin     [Back to Top]

James Lee Martin, 84, of Byrd Road died Tuesday, May 29, 2007, following an extended illness. He was born on July 10, 1922 in Rutherford County, NC and was a son of the late Jerry and Cora McKinnish Martin. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Lonnie and Johnny Martin. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Martin was a retired employee of Southern Devices with 20 years of service and was a member of Mount Home Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Emma Hurley Martin, of the home; a son, James Lee Martin, Jr. and his wife, Natalie, of Hickory; a daughter, Helen Johnson and her husband, Ralph, of Morganton; a brother, W. D. Martin, of Roebuck, SC; sisters, Doris Adams, Betty Godfrey, and Evelyn McCurry, all of Forest City; grandsons, Cale Johnson of Raleigh, Thad Johnson, Clint Johnson, Ellis Martin, and Andrew Martin, all of Morganton; great-grandson, Reid Johnson, of Raleigh; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2007, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Home Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. At other times the family will be at home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Home Baptist Church Building Fund, 2272 Mt. Home Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.


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