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Archived Obits May 2008



Carl Junior Speagle     [Back to Top]

Carl Junior Speagle, 76, of Grover Beaver Road, Glen Alpine, NC, died Thursday, May 1, 2008 at Autumn Care in Drexel following a period of declining health. He was born on July 8, 1931 in Burke County, NC to the late George Solomon Speagle and Maudie Cline Speagle. Carl was a former employee of Pitts Lumber Company in Glen Alpine and a retired employee of Henredon Furniture Company. He was an avid NASCAR and baseball fan. He loved to raise chickens and birds.

Carl is survived by his wife of 33 years, Ione Smith Speagle of the home; an adopted son, Russell Speagle of Charlotte, NC; a step-son, David Smith and wife, Kay, of Glen Alpine; an adopted grandson, Ronnie Joe Speagle of Glen Alpine; surrogate daughters, Betty Bivens of Vale and Carol Ann Crump of Morganton, NC; grandchildren, Allen Smith and wife, Retha, of Longview, NC, Chris Smith of Glen Alpine and her fiancée Chris Curry, and Anthony Mull of Glen Alpine; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Eric, Casey, Ashlyn, Samantha, Miranda, Ocyona, and Marek; special cousins, Sadie White and Ray Cline; and several other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by his first wife, Ellie Mull Speagle; brothers, Jonah, Lonnie, and Andrew Speagle; sisters, Hester Mull, Nellie Yancey, and Eula McMahan; and a step-son, Ronnie Mull.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Reverends Paul Speagle and Dennis Carswell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:30 until 4:00 p.m. before the service. At other times the family will be at the residence, 3892 Grover Beaver Road in Glen Alpine.



William Macon Pearson     [Back to Top]

William Macon Pearson, 59, of Hawthorne Street, Morganton, NC, died Thursday, May 1, 2008 at his residence. Born in Burke County, NC on September 28, 1948, Macon was the son of the late Paul Means Pearson, Jr. and Willie Faye Stover Pearson. He was a graduate of Glade Valley High School and the North Carolina School of the Arts where he majored in music, studying under instructors from the Juilliard School of Music. He was also a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College. Macon was a concert pianist and a member of Grace Episcopal Church. He retired from Western Carolina Center.

Mr. Pearson is survived by aunts, Edith Venable Pearson of Charlotte, NC, Betty Suarez of Jacksonville, FL, and Nancy Grier Pearson of Charlotte.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Paul Means Pearson, Sr. and Sarah Virginia Pearson and his maternal grandparents Lexie and Faye Stover.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Reverend Scot McComas officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, Attn: South Mountain Crafts, 300 Enola Road, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



V.A. "A.V." Morgan     [Back to Top]

V.A. “A.V.” Morgan, 72, of Duckworth Ave., died Sunday, May 04, 2008, at his residence following a period of declining health. “A.V.” was born June 6, 1935 in McDowell County to the late Claude and Sarah Morgan. He was a member of Friendly Freewill Baptist Church and was retired from Henredon Furniture. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Wayne Morgan.

“A.V.” is survived by his wife, Faye Hensley Morgan of the home; a daughter, Judith Moore and husband, Eddie; a grandson, Cody Moore; a daughter-in-law, Gail Morgan all of Morganton; a sister, Lula Mae Reel of Marion; and a favorite niece, Mildred Hensley and husband, Johnny of Marion. Several other nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at Friendly Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Daniel Hensley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Friendly Freewill Baptist Church, c/o Rev. Daniel Hensley, 104 Cross Memorial Ave., Morganton, NC 28655.



William Buddy Swink, Jr.     [Back to Top]

William Buddy Swink, Jr., 48, of N. Chestnut St., Morganton, NC died unexpectedly, Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at his residence. He was born April 27, 1960 in Burke County, and was the son of Shirley Poteet Swink of Morganton, and the late William Buddy Swink, Sr. Buddy was a member of Mount Home Baptist Church. He was an avid golfer, hunter, and fisherman.

In addition to his mother, Buddy is survived by his sister, Phyllis Hart and husband, Randy, of Morganton; nephews, Tyler and Brett Hart; his faithful canine companion, Fisher; and a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Mount Home Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow at Burkemont Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:30 until 4:00 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Home Baptist Church Graceful Giving Fund, 2272 Mount Home Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



Martha Louise Reep Barber     [Back to Top]

Martha Louise Reep Barber, 50, of Oak Crest Drive, Marion, NC, died Thursday, May 08, 2008 at her residence. Born in Horry County, SC on December 13, 1957, she was the daughter of Rev. Ralph Reep and Linda Dale Taylor Reep. Martha was a member of Gethsemane Free Will Baptist Church. She was the church pianist for thirty-six years. She loved teaching and being with the children of the church. She loved her sons who were the center of her world, and she was a big help to her father in his ministry.

A faithful and loving wife, mother, daughter, and companion; she is survived by her husband, Ron Barber of the home; sons, Mark Edward Barber and Mathew Dale Barber and wife, Julie, all of Marion; and her parents-in-law, Paul Edward Barber and Doris Jean Barber of Marion. Martha was looking forward to the arrival of her first grandchild this November.

Martha was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Martha Taylor and Hilda Reep.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 10, 2008 at Murphy’s Chapel Cemetery in Marion, NC with Rev. Ronyal Reep officiating. The family will receive friends at Sossoman Funeral Home from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. before the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 678, Morganton, NC 28680 or to Free Will Baptist International Missions, P.O. Box 5002, Antioch, TN 37011-5002.



Minnie Williams Bowman     [Back to Top]

Minnie Williams Bowman, 82, of Summers Rd., Valdese, NC died Thursday, May 8, 2008 at Valdese Hospital following a period of declining health. She was born Feb. 12, 1926 in Burke County, and was a daughter of the late Tessie Richard Williams and Emma Lee Bradshaw Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William “Toots” Bowman; and a brother, Willie Williams. Minnie was raised in the Baptist faith, and was a retired employee of the Hollars Hosiery Mill in Hickory, NC.

She is survived by a daughter, Bobbie Bowman Yancey of Valdese; a son, William Ray Bowman and wife, Kathy, of Morganton; grandchildren, Johnathan Bowman and wife, Vaedra, Renée Bowman Dula and husband, Scott, Danielle Arney, Richard Yancey, Jr., Kelly Yancey Bradshaw and husband, Joe; great grandchildren, Trevin and Ashlyn Dula, Grace Arney, Courtney White, Christian Sizemore, Richard Yancey, III, Kelsey Stump, Ella and Jonah Bradshaw.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Clifton Black officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. At other times the family will be at the home of Ray Bowman on Zion Road.



Reba Searcy Setzer     [Back to Top]

Reba Searcy Setzer, 88, of Rader Circle, Morganton, NC, left her earthly home peacefully as she slept on Saturday, May 10, 2008 and now resides with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in her mansion in the sky. Born on December 23, 1919 in Burke County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Rufus Searcy and Hattie Barton Searcy. Reba was a former employee of Waldensian Hosiery and a member of the Church of Christ in Chesterfield, NC.

Mrs. Setzer is survived by two sons, Charles Steven Setzer and Marshall Setzer and wife, Tammi, all of Morganton; a daughter, Elsie Spencer and husband, John, of Statesville, NC; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Webb Setzer.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Law officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.



Angie Hawkins Lane     [Back to Top]

Angie Hawkins Lane, 98, of Charles Avenue, Morganton, NC, died Saturday, May 10, 2008 at her residence following a period of declining health. Mrs. Lane was born in Burke County, NC on November 15, 1909 to Robert Barto Hawkins and Mary Alysabeth “Minnie” Carswell Hawkins. She was a direct descendant of Heinrich Weidner, George Wilfong of Catawba County, Aaron Stacy, Christofel Mull, and Samuel Hoffman of Burke County.

She spent her early years in the home of her maternal grandfather, Jasper Carswell, from whom she learned her love and appreciation of nature and the environment. She attended schools at Enola and the old Mull School.

In 1920 Angie’s father, a Spanish-American War veteran, was entitled to homestead free land in Florida. He was given 160 acres to live upon, cultivate, and improve.

Angie was brought back to Burke County in 1922 to stay with her aging grandparents, Julius Pinkney Hawkins and Julia Evangeline Mull Hawkins. From her grandmother she developed a love of the land and a fondness for growing herbs and flowers. In 1927 Mrs Lane entered nurse’s training at State (now Broughton) Hospital. She graduated in 1929.

In 1929 she married Edward Benson Lane, son of Charlie Washington Lane and Belle Boyd Turner Lane.

Edward Lane wanted his four young children to grow up in a rural setting. Thus began the years of country life, living first at the historic Quaker Meadows house, and later at the Connelly-Berry house in Chesterfield.

The rationing of gasoline to three gallons per week at the onset of WWII forced the family to return to Morganton.

After her youngest child entered school in 1943, Angie went back to work. First she worked at Ross Fabrics and later at Morganton Hosiery Mill.

In 1966 she began working at the NC School for the Deaf and then transferring to the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center from which she retired.

As a child Mrs. Lane was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, the home church of her mother and the Hawkins family. In March of 1932, she joined the North Morganton Methodist Church, her husband’s church. She was a faithful member for seventy-four years, living to become the oldest member in age.

Mrs. Lane was an active member of the United Methodist Women since its inception as the Woman’s Society of Christian Service. She was honored for her years of service in 1973.

She was the church historian and chaired the committee that compiled the history of North Morganton Church at its fiftieth anniversary in 1974.

Mrs. Lane was honored to be a part of the ground-breaking ceremony for the new church on Sanford Drive.

After retirement, Mrs. Lane was instrumental in forming the Alder Springs Herb Showers. In 1972 she began the annual Harrison Brittain Hawkins Reunion.

She was a member of the Oak Hill Home Demonstration Club and made regular contributions to the Burke County Fair. One by one, she saw her older friends pass away. New, younger friends were constantly drawn to her by her youthful energy and enthusiasm for life.

Mrs. Lane was thoughtful of others. She visited the sick and elderly at home and at hospitals, and attended funerals, all of which she considered a part of her Christian duty.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys Maude Hawkins Brittain; brothers, Herman George Hawkins of Morganton and Laben Richard Hawkins of Lenoir, NC.

Her beloved husband of 73 years, Edward Lane, died on January 14, 2003.

She is survived by two sons, Edward Benson Lane, Jr. and wife, Betty Burgess Lane, of Rutherfordton, NC and Richard Neal Lane of Lexington, NC; daughters, Nina Belle Lane Hogan and Mary Frances Lane Bradley and husband, Bob, all of Morganton; granddaughters, Martha Gail Hogan Jump, Linda Frances Hogan Mabe, Debra Lane Bradley, Kimberly Ann Bradley, Mary Louise Bradley Ayers, Angela Lee Lane Wilkinson, and Edie Luvinia Lane Crook; ten great-grandchildren, a sister, Julia Viola Hawkins Price ; a sister-in-law, Minnie Mae Walker Hawkins; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at North Morganton United Methodist Church with Rev. Tony Mathews and Chaplain Bill Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:45 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Angie Lane Memorial Fund, c/o North Morganton United Methodist Church, 990 Sanford Drive, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Robert Allan Forbes     [Back to Top]

Robert Allan Forbes, 65 of Pax Hill Rd., Morganton, NC died Saturday, May 10, 2008 at the Charles George Veterans Administration Medical Center, Asheville, NC. Born August 19, 1942, he was a son of Calvin and Loretta Forbes of Fargo, ND. Bob was a loving and devoted husband, son, father, grandfather and a friend to all who knew him. He served his country with the U. S. Navy and was a generous volunteer with many organizations including Chesterfield Ruritan and the Morganton Elks Lodge. An avid golfer, he was a former member of Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club, and in 1989, in Black River Falls, WI, the Bob Forbes Classic Golf Tournament was named in his honor. Bob was a wonderful gardener, a terrific story teller, and an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an active member of North Morganton United Methodist Church. Living life to the fullest was his purpose.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Grace William Forbes of the home; children, Sandra Marie Forbes of Burnsville, MN, Steven Robert Forbes and his wife, Christine of Maple Grove, MN, and Mishelle “Poo” Lee Forbes of Edina, MN; step-children, Virginia Nichols and her husband, Chris of Clemmons, NC and Robert Johnston of Morganton; grandchildren, Angeline, Calvin, Addison, Matthew, and Ryan; a sister, Bonnie “Susie” Turner of Fargo, ND; a brother, Don Forbes and his wife, Lynda of Saint Cloud, MN; his ex-wife, Marjorie Forbes of Burnsville, MN; three nieces, two nephews, and many, many close friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at North Morganton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tony Matthews officiating. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour before the service. Memorial gifts may be made to North Morganton United Methodist Church, 990 Sanford Dr., Morganton, NC 28655 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.



Charles Gordon Tate, Jr.     [Back to Top]

Charles Gordon Tate, Jr., 81, of Lenoir St., Morganton, NC died Sunday, May 11, 2008, at Burke Hospice Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. He was born in Burke County on November 6, 1926 and was a son of the late Charles Gordon Tate, Sr. and Katelyn Wood Tate. Charles Gordon was a grandson of the late Col. Samuel McDowell Tate. Mr. Tate was a graduate of The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn. and of UNC—Chapel Hill. For many years he owned and operated Burke Brokerage and later several other retail businesses in Morganton. Charles was a Mason with Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge and was a past Master of the Lodge. He also was a life member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Col. Samuel McDowell Tate Camp. The Cedars was his ancestral home.

Surviving are his longtime friend, Larry Brooks of the home; his faithful canine companion, Abigail Tate; and a number of cousins.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 18, 2008 at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Reverends Jim Pierce and Judy Eury officiating. Honors will be conducted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Col Samuel McDowell Tate Camp. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690 or to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Col. Samuel McDowell Camp, 1697 Conley Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.



Berlie Beshears Harris     [Back to Top]

Berlie Beshears Harris, 87, of Grace Heights went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 11, 2008 following an extended illness. She was born in Wilkes County, NC on August 3, 1920 and was a daughter of the late Lee Cornette and Carry Phillips Cornette. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Scott Harris; her first husband, Zeb Beshears; three brothers; and four sisters. Mrs. Harris was a former secretary at Dixie Oil Company and Breeden Poultry, and she was raised in the Baptist faith.

She is survived by a son, Lowman Beshears and his wife, Louise; a grandson, Cass Beshears and his wife, Shirley; great-grandchild, Cassie Beshears; great-great-grandchild, Kaidance Leonhardt, all of Morganton; a sister in Virginia; and a number of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Victory Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny McCarty officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at the church.



Thompson "Fil" Powell     [Back to Top]

Filmore “Fil” Powell, 63, of Woodside Dr. East, Drexel, died Monday, May 12, 2008 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center from complications of cancer. He was born in Burke County on September 23, 1944 and was the son of Thompson “Thompie” and Martha Kincaid Powell of Drexel. Fil was a graduate of Appalachian State University. For many years he owned and operated Powell Properties and worked his entire career as a realtor and real estate appraiser. He taught real estate courses at Western Piedmont Community College and Southwestern Community College in Sylva. Fil was an avid automobile racing fan and golfer.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his son, Byron L. Powell of Oak Island, NC and his daughter, Amy Powell of Albuquerque, NM.

The funeral will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2008, at Christ United Methodist Church with the Reverends Ken Curtis and Doug Hochmuth officiating. Burial will follow at Drexel Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. Thursday. At other times the family will be at his home, 201 Woodside Dr. East, Drexel. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, PO Drawer 38, Drexel, NC 28619. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.



Bobby Mills Watts     [Back to Top]

Bobby Mills Watts, 75, died Monday, May 12, 2008 at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. He was born August 30, 1932 in Morganton to the late D .Mills Watts and Hester Prewitt Watts. He had been in ill health for a number of years and was residing at Burke Long-Term Care until his final illness. Bobby was a member of Southside Baptist Church, and loved his Lord. He was a retired employee of Shadowline, Inc. in Morganton. Bobby was devoted to his family. He loved to sing, and especially enjoyed classical music.

He is survived by two daughters, Deborah Patton and Susan Kanipe (Mrs. James), both of Morganton; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Rama Mills and Bettijoe Harbison, both of Morganton.

In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by brothers, Guy O. Watts, who died in infancy, Edison “Bud” Watts, and Harold D. Watts; and sisters, Beulah Allen, Edna Piercy, and Melva Hyder.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at the First Baptist Church Chapel with Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:15 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, PO Box 1167, Hickory, NC 28603-1167, or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.



Milton "Sonny" Hobbs, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Milton “Sonny” Hobbs, Sr, 76, went to laugh and dance in heaven on Friday, May 16, 2008. Hopping trains to go shoot pool in the next town, serving his country during the Korean War, and then teaching Electrical Engineering: these were the early days of the life of Milton Hobbs, Sr., who was born in 1931 in Logan County, WV.

Dancing away the evening hours in the middle of the living room was a typical routine seen at the Hobbs residence in Connelly Springs, NC in the 60s and 70s. Those of the six children too young to “cut a rug” would stand on Milton’s shoes as he danced. Laughter would erupt until it was time to get ready for bed, Milt would rock each child on the front porch and sing songs like “Amazing Grace”, “The Old Lamplighter”, and “Old Rugged Cross.” Maybe his nickname, “The Juke-box Man”, was a fitting name as he delivered jukeboxes, pin-ball games, and pool tables to customers in four states. “Can I borrow a nickel?” was his favorite question when he called, followed by “I’ll pay for your gas to bring it to me”. Maybe he is most recently remembered for the red mustang convertible in which he made his daily drive through Morganton and Drexel. Top down and old music playing loudly, he laughed and joked with everyone he met and he never met a stranger.

Milton is survived by sons, Milton Hobbs and wife, Tammy, and Darryl Hobbs; daughters, Joyce Reece and husband, Dean, Theresa Jaynes and husband, Nathan, Deborah Hoffman and husband, Ted, and Allison George and husband, Captain Neal E. George, USAF; a sister, Patsy Ferguson of CA; and eleven grandchildren, Jessica, Christopher, Victoria, Alexandria, Joshua, Rebecca, Dillon, Calli, Holli, Samantha, and Leigh Anne.

Sonny has gone to join his wife, Betty Smart Hobbs; his father, James Thomas Hobbs; his mother, Betty Clines Hobbs Tabor; one sister, and three brothers.

The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 19, 2008 at North Morganton United Methodist Church with Rev. Tony Matthews 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 Sunday evening from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Piedmont Council, 1222 East Franklin Street, Gastonia, NC 28053.



Clyde H. Dula     [Back to Top]

Clyde H. Dula, 98, of Ridge Street, Rutherford College, NC died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Britthaven of Morganton following a period of declining health. Born on April 9, 1910 in Caldwell County, NC, he was the son of the late Alfus Dula and Martha Mays Dula. He was a member of Connelly Springs First Baptist Church and a retired employee of Valdese Manufacturing.

Clyde is survived is survived by his wife, Lettie Smith Dula of the home; nephews, Thad Harrison of Hildebrand, Arnold Hamlet of Montreat, VA, and Wayne Moore of Eakert CO; nieces, Billie Sue Byron of Gainsville, FL and Aileen Corpening of Granite Falls, NC; his special nephews and niece, Jack and Jim Harrison and Maxine Childres, all of Hildebran; a number of great nephews and nieces; and great-great-nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Etta Hamrick and Lena Moore; and a brother, Edward Dula.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Burke County Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. and Britthaven of Morganton.

The graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 19, 2008 at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Granite Falls, NC with Rev. Phillip Hawkins officiating. The body will lie in state at Sossoman Funeral Home on Sunday from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. and on Monday from 8:30 am until noon. At other times the family will be at the residence in Rutherford College. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or to Connelly Springs First Baptist Church, 6460 Spring Street, Connelly Springs, NC 28612.



Clifton "J.C." Dobson, Jr.     [Back to Top]

Clifton “J. C.” Dobson, Jr., 74, of Jay Road, Morganton, NC died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. He was born November 9, 1933 in Burke County, and was a son of the late Clifton J. Dobson, Sr. and Nettie Iola Dobson. Clifton was a faithful member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and fan of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. Clifton loved his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Sarah Lorene Smith Dobson of the home; daughters, Vickie Stamey and husband, Keith, and Lori Mosteller and husband, Chuck, all of Morganton; grandchildren, Chris Ratliff and wife, Leslie, of Morganton, T. J. Ratliff of Marion, NC, Billy Stamey, Betsy Mosteller and Sara Mosteller, all of Morganton; great grandchildren, Trevor Ratliff, Davin Ratliff, and Bryson Raliff; a brother, Bobby Dobson and wife, Shirley, of Morganton; a brother-in-law, Don Smith and wife, Betty, of Morganton; an aunt, Betty Mathis of Morganton; an uncle, Howard Cline of Charlotte, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Cline officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday 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. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Forgiven Ministry, PO Box 117, Taylorsville, NC 28681.



Kenneth Allan McGee     [Back to Top]

Kenneth Allan McGee, 53, of McGee St., Morganton, NC died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville, NC following a brief illness. He was born May 13, 1955 in Burke County, NC, and was a son of the late Arnold Lee McGee, Sr. and Ethel Powell McGee. Kenneth attended Zion Baptist Church. In 1976, he graduated from the North Carolina School for the Deaf, and was active in restoring the NCSD museum. Kenneth worked at Lowe’s Foods as an assistant for many years.

He is survived by a brother, Arnold “Junior” McGee, of Wilmington, NC; a nephew, Martin McGee and a niece, Monica McGee, both of Morganton. Kenneth was loved by all his aunts, uncles, and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Powell and Rev. David Orders officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the residence of James and Debbie Hensley, off Goodman Lake Road in Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Carolina School for the Deaf Museum, 517 W. Fleming St., Morganton, NC 28655.



Thompson "Thompie" Powell     [Back to Top]

Thompson “Thompie” Powell, 86, of West View Street, Valdese, NC died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Autumn Care of Drexel, NC following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on October 6, 1921, he was the son of the late Owens Bascom Powell and Nannie Cooper Powell.

He was a US Navy veteran of WWII. Thompie was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church which later became Christ United Methodist Church. He had owned and operated PAL Oil company which operated service stations in Burke and Catawba Counties. He also operated Tri-County Grill on Hwy 18 South in Catawba County. He loved auto racing and flea markets. Thompie was a jack of all trades.

Mr. Powell is survived by his wife, Martha Kincaid Powell of the home; a grandson, Byron L. Powell of Oak Island, NC; a granddaughter, Amy Powell of Albuquerque, NM; a brother, John H. Powell and wife, Liliane, of Conover, NC; sisters, Odessa Clark of Drexel, Ermine Abee of Brunswick, GA, and Rebecca Dalmas of Rutherford College, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Thompie was preceded in death by his son, Fil Powell; brothers, J.B. and Charles Powell; and sisters, Myrtle Williams and Anita Fowler.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Curran Welch officiating. Burial will follow in Drexel Memorial Park with military graveside honors 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 Christ United Methodist Church, P.O. Drawer 38, Drexel, NC 28619.



Hazel Walker Hubbard     [Back to Top]

Hazel Walker Hubbard, 87, of Icard Dam Road, Hickory, NC, died Saturday, May 17, 2008 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. Born in Caldwell County, NC on June 30, 1920, she was the daughter of the late William Fletcher Walker and Luvenia King Walker. Hazel was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Granite Falls, NC and a retired employee of Shuford Mills.

She is survived by sons, Patrick Hubbard and wife, Nancy, of Morganton, NC and Phillip “Hub” Hubbard and wife, Gloria, of Hudson, NC; a daughter, Becky Helton and husband, Mike, of Grace Chapel, NC; a son-in-law, Gary Miller of Hudson; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence D. Hubbard; a daughter, Fran Miller; two brothers, eight sisters, and a grandson, Mike Andrew Helton, Jr. Hazel was the last of eleven children.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church with Reverends Wayne A. White and Ron Winkler officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. At other times the family will be at the residence of the daughter, Becky, 6113 Icard Dam Road, Hickory, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan B. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway #370, Dallas, TX 75240. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Tellis "Pap" Benfield     [Back to Top]

Tellis “Pap” Benfield, 99, of Benfield Landing Road, Nebo, NC, died Sunday, May 18, 2008 at the Burke Palliative Care Center in Valdese, NC following a brief illness. Born in Burke County, NC on October 8, 1908, he was the son of the late John Douglas Benfield and Jennie Alexander Benfield. Pap was a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church and was owner of Benfield’s Boat Landing for over 60 years.

He is survived by his daughter, Frances B. Leonard and husband, Charles, of Nebo and a son, Tellis E. Benfield and wife, Louise, of Morganton; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, Pap was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen G. Benfield; his second wife, Dessie M. Benfield; brothers, John A. Benfield, Samuel M. Benfield, and Paul A. Benfield; and a sister, Julia N. Benfield.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Snow Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Leonard officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or the Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 5425 Snow Hill Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Alice Ball Duffey     [Back to Top]

Alice Ball Duffey, 87, of Jamestown Road, Morganton, NC died Monday, May 19, 2008 at Grace Heights. Born in Buncombe County, NC on September 8, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Ball and Ellie Hensley Ball.

Alice is survived by two sons, Charles Elmer Duffey and wife, Connie, and Steven Lawrence Duffey, all of Morganton, NC; a daughter, Jean Hawkins and husband, Larry, of Morganton; grandchildren, Johnny Hawkins, Melinda Marco, Paul Duffey, Heather Duffey, and Sage Duffey; and two great-grandchildren, Kiera Hawkins and Dominique Marco.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Carl Duffey, and two brothers, Garrett Ball and Ellis Ball.

The graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery on Dysartsville Road. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Ruth Elizabeth "Granny" Ray     [Back to Top]

Ruth Elizabeth “Granny” Ray, 94, of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at her residence following a period of declining health. She was born November 24, 1913 in Yancey Co., NC, and was a daughter of the late Melvin “Doc” Styles and Mary Hensley Styles. Ruth was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. She was a former employee of Broughton Hospital and a retired employee of Burke County Schools. Ruth was a loving mother and grandmother, and was known as “Granny Ray” by family and friends alike.

Ruth is survived by sons, Robert Ray of Morganton, and Larry Ray and wife, Jodi, of Blacksburg, SC; daughters, Nola Pritchard and Wilma Smith, both of Morganton, and Thelma Bright and husband, Ernest, of New Bern, NC; 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Ray; a daughter, Lorena Moses; brothers, Warner “Buck” Styles and Erby Styles; sisters, Maye McMahan, Viola Smith, and Eula Ray; 1 great-grandbaby and 1 great-great grandbaby.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2008 at Riverside Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Raymond Rowland officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 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, 4586 Burkemont Rd. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Baptist Church, 516 NC 126, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Ronald James Regan     [Back to Top]

Ronald James Regan, 53, of Halloway Street, Hickory, NC, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born in Caldwell County, NC on June 30, 1954, he was the son of the late Rev. Dewey Clyde Regan and Myrl B. Regan. Ronald was of the Baptist Faith and a skilled craftsman. He was plant manager for Kontane, Inc. in Hickory. He treated his employees well and was great to work for.

Ronald is survived by his children, Ronald James Regan, Jr. of Valdese, NC, Angela Regan of Drexel, NC, and Chris Benfield of Icard, NC; sisters, Bobbie Campbell and husband, Leonard, of Maiden, NC and Betty Jane Reece and husband, Larry, of Pawley’s Island, SC; brother, D.C. Regan, Jr., and wife, Ann, of Drexel, Jerry Regan of Connelly Springs, NC, David Regan and wife, Teresa, of Valdese, NC, and Gary Regan of Drexel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Edna Benfield Regan, and a sister, Myrlene R. Byrd.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 23, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorials and Tributes Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.



Karl R. Cleveland     [Back to Top]

Karl R. Cleveland, 78, of 111 Oak St., Morganton, NC died Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory following a brief illness. He was born January 22, 1930 in Huntington, WV, and was the son of the late Max Cleveland and Clara Hayes Cleveland. Karl was raised in the Church of Christ where his father had been a minister. He attended Marshall University in West Virginia. Karl was a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict where he served on the USS Warrington. He worked for of Union Carbide and Honeywell, and then retired from G.E. Nuclear as a process control engineer in Wilmington, NC. Karl’s hobbies included restoring old cars and boats, fishing, and telling jokes. He also built and flew model air planes, and loved photography.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Rebecca Ricks Cleveland of the home; a daughter, Katrina of Ohio; sisters, Betty Ruth Burns and husband, Froud of Norcross, GA, and Freda Handley and husband, Jim, of Teays, WV, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Becky would like to express her appreciation to Karl’s nurses on CCU#2 at Frye Regional, and to the doctors and nurses at Piedmont Cardiology.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 24, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Stephenson officiating. A private burial will follow in Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Cats Cradles, 112 Clark St., Morganton, NC 28655, or any other responsible animal group.



David R. Clark     [Back to Top]

David R. Clark, 53, of Tammy Lane, Morganton, died Saturday, May 24, 2008, after a period of declining health. David was born June 23, 1954, in New Brunswick, NJ to the late Raymond Clark and Josephine Chernek. David was a member of Missionary Ridge Baptist Church. Left to cherish his memory are his mate, Ragena Truman of the home; daughter, Carshina Clark; son, Chance Clark; and grandson, Matthew Clark all of Marion.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm, Saturday, May 31, 2008 at Missionary Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Lovelace officiating. The family will receive friends after the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.



Ned McClendon Whisnant     [Back to Top]

Ned McClendon Whisnant, 87, of East Commons Drive, Morganton, NC, died Sunday, May 25, 2008 at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Burke County, NC on September 30, 1920, he was the son of the late Frank Douglas Whisnant and Alice Mincey Whisnant.

Ned was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Co. B 105th Engineers. He was owner of East Union Barbershop which was later changed to Mastercut Hairstyling after he sold it to Dennis Whisnant. Ned continued to cut hair at the shop for many years. He was a faithful member of North Morganton United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees and always enjoyed being involved in other church activities.

Mr. Whisnant is survived by his wife of sixty-one years, Amanda Norman Whisnant of the home; a daughter, Norma Whisnant Roberts and husband, Robert, of the home; a very special niece, Carolyn Norman Williams of Morganton; nephews, Worth Whisnant and wife, Frances, of Morganton, Donald Whisnant and wife, Laura Beth, of Fayetteville, NC, Billy N. Whisnant and wife, Debbie, of Morganton, Irie Whisnant and wife, Verlie, of Morganton, Jim Blankenship of Morganton, and Sanford Norman and wife, Carolyn, of Morganton; a brother-in-law, Woodrow Norman; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Murphy; and a number of great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Worth Sherrill Whisnant and Harold Douglas Whisnant; and sisters, Mary Sue Powell, Margaret Alice Whisnant, and Ruth Ann Whisnant.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 28, 2008 at North Morganton United Methodist Church with the Reverends Tony Matthews, Paul Christy, and Jim Tabor officiating. Entombment will follow in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with military honors to be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. 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. Memorial contributions may be made to North Morganton United Methodist Church, 990 Sanford Drive, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Harold J. Mull     [Back to Top]

Harold J. Mull, 96 of Valdese Ave., Morganton, NC died Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at Britthaven of Morganton. Born in Burke County, NC on September 7, 1911, he was a son of the late Alonzo Sexton Mull and Ada Hawkins Mull. Harold was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and was a former deacon. For many years, he owned and operated H. J. Mull Grocery on Valdese Ave. and was a former employee of Drexel-Heritage Furnishings Plants 3 & 5. He was a former councilman for the City of Morganton and was a life member of Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge #217. In his spare time, he loved to repair old clocks. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Fannie Brackett Mull; a brother, Stacey Mull; and a sister, Lonnie Digh.

Surviving are his daughter, Nancy O’Neal of Delano, CA; two step-daughters; a nephew, Sexton Digh of Morganton; and a niece, Juanita Chapman of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery with Masonic Rites by Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge #217. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour before the service. Memorial gifts may be made to Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge #217, P. O. Box 215, Morganton, NC 28680 or to Calvary Baptist Church, 407 S. Green St., Morganton, NC 28655.



Theodore "Bud" Carswell     [Back to Top]

Mr. Theodore “Bud” Carswell, 90, of Drexel, NC died Monday, May 26, 2008 at Valdese Hospital following a period of declining health. He was born December 25, 1917 in Burke County to the late Elisha and Perlie Brown Carswell. Theodore was a member of the Morganton First Church of God, and retired in 1983 from Alba-Waldensian with 40 years of service. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed playing checkers with friends and family.

Theodore is survived by daughters, Betty Rockett and Lynda Davis, both of Valdese, Barbara Ritchie and husband, Slayton, of Taylorsville, and Janice Woodruff of Drexel; a son, Dennis T. Carswell of Ormond Beach, FL; a sister, Emma Bridges of Valdese; grandsons, Clay D. Ritchie of Valdese, Eric Rockett of Lenoir, Greg Davis of Morganton, Jay and Shawn Berry of Kingsport, TN, and Brian Woodruff of Drexel; granddaughters, Kathy Rockett Smith and Crystal Berry Ayers, both of Morganton, Robin Rockett Bowen of Taylorsville, Renee Davis Bradshaw of Valdese, and Denise Davis Clay of George Hildebran, 20 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Daisy Starnes Carswell; brothers, Johnny, Alvin, Asberry, Marshall, Lawrence, and David Carswell; sisters, Lizzie Carswell, Evan Abee, Mary Cooper, Ethel Rhoney, and Louise Thorne; and a son-in-law, Clyde L. Rockett.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 30, 2008 at the Morganton First Church of God on Summers Rd. with Rev. Terry McGarrity and Rev. Donald J. Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Drexel Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Morganton First Church of God, PO Box 1404, Morganton, NC 28680. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



Bobby Fred Causby     [Back to Top]

Bobby Fred Causby, 75, died Thursday, May 29, 2008 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on January 1, 1933 in Burke County and was a son of Floy Prince Causby and the late Arthur Causby. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his wife, Beverley Zak Causby; a son, Jimmy Causby, a daughter, Kathryn Bryant, and a brother, Wayne Causby. Bob was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a retired employee of the City of Morganton.

Surviving in addition to his mother, Floy Causby, of Morganton are Nancy Presnell of the home; sons, Jackie Causby of Morganton and Bobby Causby of Cherryville, NC; daughters, Jeanne Kelly of Fort Mill, SC and Janet Vail of Portland, ME; brothers, Larry Causby of Morganton, and Charles and Bennett Causby of Valdese; a sister, Brenda Revis of Morganton; grandchildren, Beth and Cliff Kelly, Zach and Derek Causby, Matt and Brian Vail, Mrs. Lauren Cobb, Mrs. Heather Hollander, and Mrs. Michelle Bryant; and great-grandchildren, Kathryn, Dakota, and Camden.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2008, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Ken Curtis officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery with military honors conducted by Valdese American Legion Post 234. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Kenneth Leo Kanzleiter     [Back to Top]

Kenneth Leo Kanzleiter, Sr., 65, died Thursday, May 29, 2008 following a lengthy illness. He was born on December 9, 1942 in Allegheny Co., PA and was a son of the late John Leo and Leona Helena Fromherz Kanzleiter. Ken was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard during the Vietnam Conflict and worked for American Roller Bearing Co. for over 45 years. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church where he organized and coached the first softball team for several years. Ken loved to bowl and was an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Barbara Hertzig Kanzleiter, of the home; his son, Kenny Kanzleiter; his daughter, Kim Beck and her husband, Keith; grandchildren, Olivia and Van Kanzleiter and Caitlin and Kevin Beck, all of Morganton.

A funeral Mass will be said at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2008, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with Fr. Kenneth Whittington officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in Murray Hall. At other times the family will be at the home on Rebel Run. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family to help with Kenneth’s medical expenses, c/o Sossoman Funeral Home, PO Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



James "Jim" Burnette     [Back to Top]

James “Jim” Burnette, 60, beloved husband and father, of Hemlock Run, Morganton died Thursday, May 29, 2009 at Carolinas Medical Center. He was born in McDowell County on February 11, 1948 and was a son of the late James Odis Burnette and Leona Henderson Burnette.

Jim is survived by his wife, Susan Cunningham Burnette, of the home; sons, James William Burnette, Jr., Shorty Burnette, Steven William Burnette, Johnny Burnette, Anthony Borsotti and his wife, Melissa, and Scott Cunningham and his wife, Ashley, all of Morganton; daughters, Kimberly Jane Burnette of Morganton, Angie Deal of Icard, and Lisa Michelle Cunningham of Georgia; a brother, Charles Albert Burnette, of Morganton; sisters, Rosa Lee Carneal of Glen Alpine, Della Jane Burnette of Morganton, and Wanda Grace Lane, of Vale; eight grandchildren.

In addition to his parents Jim was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Burnette; a niece, Roxann Alley; and a great-nephew, Donnie Powell.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday, June 2, 2008, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. William Riggs officiating. Burial will follow at Dysartsville Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. At other times the family will be at the home, 2305 Hemlock Run. Memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, PO Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to help with funeral expenses.



James Lewis Causby     [Back to Top]

James L. “Lewis” Causby, 72, of Salem Rd., died Saturday, May 31, 2008, following a period of declining health. He was born on in Burke County on January 14, 1936 and was a son of the late Horace and Annie Lou Hennessee Causby. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Ben and Ray Causby; sisters, Mamie Causby and Pauline Mace; father and mother-in-law, Carl and Sadie Garrison; brother-in-law, Ted Garrison; and a sister-in-law, Betty Franklin.

Lewis was a former employee of Drexel-Heritage Furnishings and Habersham Furniture Company of Hickory, NC and was a retired employee of Henredon Furniture Company. He attended Salem United Methodist Church and loved his church family. Lewis enjoyed camping with his family and friends.

A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Lewis is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jean Garrison Causby, of the home; a son, Chris Causby and his wife, Melissa; grandsons, Matthew, Neal and Grant Causby, all of Morganton; a brother, Thomas Causby, of Prattville, AL; sisters, Inez Williams and her husband, Jack, of Morganton; and Betty Anderson, of High Point, NC; brothers-in-law, Tommy Garrison and his wife, Faye, of Morganton; and David Garrison of Olympia, WA; and sisters-in-law, Judy Stamey and her husband, Troy, of Valdese, Nancy Clark and her husband, James, and Carolyn Garrison, all of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 2, 2008, at Salem United Methodist Church with Rev. Donald Freshour and Rev. Alan Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. At other times the family will be at the home, 1011 Salem Rd., Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 1206 Salem Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 5358 Denton’s Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



Nell Cook Deal     [Back to Top]

Nell Cook Deal, 83, of Cook Rd., Valdese died Saturday, May 31, 2008. She was born in Cleveland County on November 4, 1924 and was a daughter of the late Jerry and Annie Carpenter Cook. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, Jerry, Russell, Bud, and Marshall Cook; baby sister, Betty Cook; and granddaughter, Christy Smith.

Surviving are her husband, Odis Deal, of the home; sons, Ronnie Deal of Florida and Gerald Kerry Deal and his wife, Vickie, of Conover, NC; a brother, Vance E. Cook, of Morganton; a sister, Louise Ives, of Florida; grandchildren, Melissa Deal, Cheryl Deal, Jessica Deal, Matthew Deal, and Rodney Odis Deal, II; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2008, at Burke Memorial Park with Mr. Bill Bradshaw officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. Monday at Sossoman Funeral Home.


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