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Archived Obits August 2008



Jack W. Patton     [Back to Top]

Jack W. Patton, 83, of the Chesterfield Community, Morganton, NC, peacefully went to meet his Savior and Lord on Thursday, July 31, 2008 after several years of declining health. Born on April 30, 1925, he was the son of the late John C. Patton and Marie Branch Patton Mull.

Jack was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII in the pacific theatre and served in Japan. He was on the U.S.S. Guadalcanal when the ship was hit by torpedoes and had to return to port on its side. Many lives were lost. Mr. Patton retired from Wamsutta Mills where he worked as an electrician.

Jack is survived by a daughter, Debbie Patton; a grandson, Cory Hunt; granddaughters, Lorrie Harris, Wendy Houk, and Dana Hensley; a brother, Sammie F. Patton; sisters, Annie Patton Costner, Ethel Patton Smith, and Lena Patton Patrum; sisters-in-law, Ruth Patton and Gail Patton; close friends, care-takers, and family members, Rachel Freeman, Jeff Freeman, Mark Freeman, and Vickie Freeman.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Patton was preceded in death by three daughters and a son, Larry W. Patton.

The graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, August 3, 2008 at Mt. View Baptist Church with Scottie Patton officiating. Military graveside rites will be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to assist with expenses.



John Linville Greene     [Back to Top]

John Linville Greene, 81, died Friday, August 1, 2008, at Burke Hospice following a period of declining health. He was born in Watauga County on May 17, 1927 and was a son of the late Leonard and Maggie Watson Greene. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita Gantt Greene; four brothers; and two sisters. Mr. Greene retired from Broughton Hospital after 30 years of service. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Flavia Logan York Greene, of the home; a daughter and her husband, Maria and Chuck Lowdermilk, of Morganton; a sister, Blanche Shoemake, of Boone; and grandchildren, Sara and Paul Benfield, of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2008, at Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Homer Murdock officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. At other times the family will be at the home, 3958 Bel Aire Dr., Morganton. Memorial contribution may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church, 1112 Hopewell Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



Naamah "Nicky" Pearl Howell Franklin     [Back to Top]

Naamah “Nicky” Pearl Howell Franklin, 83, of Mountain View Drive, Drexel, NC, died Saturday, August 2, 2008 at Grace Hospital. Born in Richmond, VA on May 31, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Buster and Bessie Howell. Nicky was a lifelong member of the Drexel First Church of God where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the board and council. She retired from Crestline Furniture in Valdese.

Nicky is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 65 years, Ralph J. Franklin of the home; daughters, Janice Huffman and husband, Stephen, of Valdese, NC, and Dianne Felder and husband, James, of Charlotte, NC; a daughter-in-law, Carole Franklin of Valdese; six grandchildren, Todd Huffman and wife, Jackie, Jamie White and husband, Pat, Brian Huffman and wife, Cherie, Mark Franklin and wife, Carol, Jarrett Felder and wife, Alicia, and Chad Franklin and wife, Mary; great-grandchildren, Zachary and Harper White, Jonathan and Kaylee Huffman, Kelsey Franklin, Sydney Richie, Hannah and Madison Felder, Payton Huffman, and Danny, Nicole, and Lalia Franklin.

In addition to her parents, Nicky was preceded in death by a son, Rondell Franklin.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at Drexel First Church of God with Reverends Don Smith and Steve Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in the Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday 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. At other times the family will be at the residence on Mountain View Drive, Drexel, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to the Drexel Memorial Baptist Church Choir Fund, P.O. Box 638, Drexel, NC 28619 or to the Morganton First Church of God Choir Fund, P.O. Box 1404, Morganton, NC 28680.



Wayne Tilman Brackett     [Back to Top]

Wayne Tilman Brackett, Sr., 59, of Brackett Lyles Dr., Morganton, NC died unexpectedly following minor surgery on Saturday, August 2, 2008 in Charlotte, NC. Born September 1, 1948 in Wake County, NC, he was a son of Clyde Harrison Brackett and the late Hazel Lucille Bollinger Brackett. Wayne excelled in Tae Kwon Do, wrestling, gymnastics, golf, hunting, fishing, and all outdoor activities. He loved nature and all of God’s Creation, and he had a special appreciation for his Native American heritage. Mr. Brackett was Chief Financial Officer for Brackett Brothers Corporation and South-East Lumber Corporation which his father started in 1960. He was a devoted and loving husband, son, brother, father, and grandfather. His wife, children and grandchildren were the light of his life.

Surviving are his wife, Sheila Marie Johnson Brackett of the home; sons, Wayne Tilman Brackett, Jr and Bryant Christopher Brackett; a daughter, Kristin Marie Brackett Johnson; brothers, Ted Harrison Brackett and Steve Carroll Brackett; a sister, Theresa Brackett Lyles; and grandchildren ( in the order of their birth ), Katelyn, Austin, Kierstin, Paul, Tyler, Conner, Samuel, Madison, and Garrett.

The funeral will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Elders Tim Sheridan and Michael Dean Brackett officiating. Burial will follow in the Brackett Family Place of Rest. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made to the Silver Creek Seventh-Day Adventist School, 2187 Jamestown Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or to the Tri-City Christian Academy of Seventh-Day Adventists, 8000 Clinard Farms Rd., High Point, NC 27265.



Lois Goff Powell     [Back to Top]

Lois Goff Powell, 76, died Sunday, August 3, 2008. Mrs. Powell was born May 20, 1932 in McDowell County to the late James Edward Goff and Lillie Mae Ayers Goff. She was a member of Faith Tabernacle Church in Marion, NC and retired from Western Carolina Center where she worked in housekeeping. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, of 52 years, Joe Mack Powell; a son, Joe Mack Powell, Jr.; a daughter, Sheena P. Winkler; a brother, Daniel Goff; and sisters, Alice Spencer, Frances Walton, and Annabelle Goff.

Mrs. Powell is survived by sons, Charles Powell and his wife, Kathy, Edward Powell, and Donnie Powell and his wife, Amy, all of Morganton; brothers, James E. Goff of Lynchburg, VA and William L. Goff of Lake City, FL; sisters, Helen G. Wilt of Lynchburg, VA, Bessie G. Roland of Wythville, VA, Margie G. Mawyer of Midlothian, VA, Nancy G. New of Amherst, VA, Mary G. Jenkins of Lynchburg, VA, and Barbara G. Gooden, of Sunland, CA; eleven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2008, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Reverends Van Harold Davis and Calvin Lonon officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Roy George Bartlett     [Back to Top]

Roy George Bartlett, Jr., 91, of Hazel St., Valdese, NC, died Monday, August 04, 2008 at College Pines Nursing Center, Valdese, following a period of declining health. Born in Wheaton, IL, he was a son of the late Roy George Bartlett, Sr. and Laura Estella Guild Bartlett. During World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater of War with the U. S. Coast Guard as a machinist mate. He was an employee of the Pullman Company for thirty six years and retired from the First National Bank of Chicago following twelve years of employment. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Morganton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. Bartlett.

Surviving are his wife, Elsie Newcomer Bartlett of the home; a son, Roy George Bartlett, III, and his wife, Jurine of Downers Grove, IL; a daughter, Elsie Jane Bartlett of Valdese; a sister, Helen M. Bartlett of Wheaton, IL; and nephews, Robert Bartlett of Oak Park, IL, and Larry Bartlett of the Washington, D.C. area.

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at the First Presbyterian Church, Morganton, NC with the Rev. Michael R. Bailey officiating. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the church parlor. Memorial gifts may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Music Department, 100 Silver Creek Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



Lassie Rhoney Brittain     [Back to Top]

Lassie Rhoney Brittain, 84, of Peyronel Street, Connelly Springs, NC, died Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at Valdese General Hospital following a period of declining health. Born in Lincoln County, NC on January 12, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Neal Rhoney and Cordia Willis Rhoney. Lassie was a member of Hildebran View Baptist Church. She retired from the Burke County School System after 17 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and she loved her church family. She enjoyed cooking for her family and caring for other people.

She is survived by sons, Nathan “Bud” Brittain and wife, Debbie (deceased) and Tim Brittain and wife, Sandra, all of Connelly Springs; daughter, Faye Mitcham and husband, Gene, of Granite Falls, NC, Nancy Lowman and husband, Henry, Naomi Lowman and husband, Junior, and Shelia Sizemore, all of Connelly Springs; brother, Jack Rhoney of Valdese, NC, Neal Rhoney of Valdese, Eulan Rhoney of Hickory, NC, and Ray Rhoney of Connelly Springs; a sister, Willard Smith of Valdese; twelve grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Stanley Thomas Brittain; a son, Stanley Thomas Brittain, Jr.; a grandson, Randal Lowman; three brothers, Evan A. Rhoney, A.R. “Tut” Rhoney, and Epheus Rhoney; and two sisters, Eva Mae Reynolds and Della Hudson.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 8, 2008 at Hildebran View Baptist Church with Reverends David Cassida, Leonard Lindsay, and Pat Buchanan officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening at the church starting at 6:00 p.m. At other times the family will be at the residence, 6508 Peyronel Street, Connelly Springs, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hildebran View Baptist Church Building Fund, 6551 Hildebran View Street, Connelly Springs, NC 28612 or to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Sudie Baker Johnson Hollifield     [Back to Top]

Sudie Baker Johnson Hollifield, 97, of Duckworth Circle, Morganton, NC, died Thursday, August 7, 2008 at the Palliative Care Center of Catawba County, Hickory, NC. Born in Burke County on March 8, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Stanly and Sarah Poteat Baker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charlie Johnson; second husband, Hayward Hollifield; a son, Leonard Johnson; a brother, Fred Baker; and sisters, Della Terlichak and Pearl Nantz. Sudie was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. She was mild mannered with a will of iron and contributed to every part of her church. She also loved to help people.

Sudie is survived by a grandson, Greg Johnson and his wife, Susan, of Taylorsville, NC; a daughter-in-law, Nell Johnson, of Conover, NC; a step-daughter, Linda Luckadoo and her husband, Tommy, of Morganton; two step-granddaughters; and two step-grandsons.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 10, 2008 at Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Homer Murdock officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church, 1112 Hopewell Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.sossomanfuneralservice.com.



Howard Oscar Laymon     [Back to Top]

Howard Oscar Laymon, 86, of NC 181, Morganton, NC, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on August 8, 2008. Howard was born on November 29, 1921 in Michigan. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church. Howard served four years with the U.S. Navy submarine service. He retired from the Hayes Albion Corporation after thirty-three years. He moved to Burke County in 1979.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen Louise Warlick Laymon; a sister, Lorene; and three brothers, Walter, David, and Lee.

The graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, August 10, 2008 in Zion Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Ralph May officiating. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the North American Mission Board, Attn: Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543.



Betty Jo Small Grady     [Back to Top]

Betty Jo Small Grady, 79, of Randolph Street, Morganton, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 8, 2008 at Grace Hospital following a lengthy illness. Born in Burke County, NC on March 15, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Ivey Ernest Small and Bertie Lee Clontz Small. Betty was a member of North Morganton Baptist Church. She enjoyed singing and playing gospel music on the piano. She was a talented painter with an extraordinary appreciation for all of God’s creations. Betty enjoyed her work as owner/operator of Riverside Fish Camp. She loved her customers and meeting people. She loved Burke County History and had an extensive knowledge of its genealogy. She will be greatly missed and was a precious friend to many.

A great mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend, she is survived by a son, Thomas P. Grady, Jr. of Morganton; daughters, Beverly G. Seeds and husband, Kim, of Bethlehem, NC and Andrea G. Ferris of the home; sisters, Marie Cheatham of Jonas Ridge, NC, Evelyn Conyers of Morganton, and Sarah Woody and husband, Paul, of Morganton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Pinkney Grady, Sr.; a daughter, Judith E. Woods; three brothers; and one sister.

The graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 11, 2008 at Forest Hill Cemetery with Reverends Bob Devinney and Kenny Baker officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, c/o Burke County Shrine Club, P.O. Box 695, Morganton, NC 28680.



Frankie P. Giles     [Back to Top]

Frankie P. Giles, 89, of 101 Powe Street, Morganton, NC, died Saturday, August 9, 2008 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born in Burke County, NC on April 24, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Lee Pitts and Maggie Morrow Pitts. Frankie worked for Burands Clothing Store for over forty years. She attended First Presbyterian Church in Glen Alpine, NC.

Frankie is survived by her daughter, Dorothy Perkins and husband, Richard, of Morganton; a son, Roy “Andy” Giles, Jr. of Morganton; grandchildren, Keith Giles Bristol of Lexington, KY, Andrea Webb and husband, Jeff, of Hudson, NC, and Angela Perkins of Sherrills Ford, NC; and great-grandchildren, Ethan Perkins of Sherril’s Ford, Kennedy Webb of Hudson, and Reagan Webb of Hudson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy A. Giles, Sr.; brothers, Robert and Edward Pitts; and sisters, Rose Morrow, Betty Beach, and Pauline Pitts.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 11, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Walter Styles officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Cecil P. Chapman     [Back to Top]

Cecil P. Chapman, 91, of Conley St., Morganton, NC died Sunday, August 10, 2008 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Born in Catawba County, NC on September 3, 1916, he was a son of the late Boston and Lula Denton Chapman Huffman. Cecil was a retired Sergeant with the U. S. Army, serving in both World War II and Korea. Following his retirement from the Army, he served for two years in the U. S. Navy. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mr. Chapman was a Thirty Second Degree Mason and a member of Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge #217. He attended Walker Road Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Boyd “Jack” Chapman and James Chapman; half brother, Bobby Joe Huffman; sister, Pearl Harris; and half sister, Peggy Dale.

Surviving are his wife, Versie Carswell Chapman of the home; step-sons and their wives, Joe and Loreen Carswell and Daryl and Penny Carswell all of Morganton; a step-daughter, Kay Barker of North Myrtle Beach, SC; a sister, Helen Monaco of Morganton; three step grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; and two nephews and five nieces.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 12, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Jill Rhinehart officiating and with Masonic Rites by the Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park with military honors by Valdese American Legion Post 234. The family will receive friends for thirty minutes before the funeral. Memorial gifts may be made to Walker Road Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 Walker Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



Agnes Wilson Johnson     [Back to Top]

Agnes Wilson Johnson, 84, of New Orleans Blvd., Morganton, NC, died Monday, August 11, 2008 at Hospice of Catawba County. Born in Burke County, NC on February 28, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Marcus Wilson and Bessie Mace Wilson. Agnes was associated with the Burke Community Bible Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Baxter of Morganton; grandchildren, Crisci Miller of Pinehurst, NC and Jordan Baxter of Morganton; great-grandchildren, Meagan Miller and Carolanne Miller; brothers, Russell Wilson, Clarence Wilson, and Roy Wilson, all of Morganton; and a sister, Hazel Smith of Hickory, NC.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Ervin Johnson; brothers, Walter, Chester, and James Wilson; and a sister, Viola Bollinger.

The graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at Burke Memorial Park with Rev. David Doster officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 10:45 a.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home.



Nancy A. Thomas     [Back to Top]

Nancy A. Thomas, 58 of Rivershadow St., Glen Alpine died Thursday, August 14, 2008 at her residence. She was born in Brookline, Mass. on March 31, 1950 and was a daughter of the late Arthur and Cynthia June Brown Churchill.

Surviving are her husband, Terry Ray Thomas, of the home; daughters, Pam Morrison and her husband, Mike, of Mebane, NC, Teri Ann Thomas, and Ashley Rae Thomas, both of Morganton; a son, Timothy Robert Thomas, of Morganton; and her grandchildren, whom she loved and who were her world, Mikie Morrison, Kailie Ann Morrison, and Brenna Ann Metcalf.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 2008, at First Baptist Church of Glen Alpine with Reverends Michael Brown and Mike Morrison officiating. Burial will follow in the Glen Alpine Cemetery. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral hour. At other times the family will be at the home, 105 Rivershadow Street. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75244.



Joe R. Franklin     [Back to Top]

Joe R. Franklin, 64, of the Salem Community, died Thursday, August 14, 2008 at his residence. Born in Burke County, NC on January 7, 1944, he was the son of the late Ralph Alexander Franklin and Virgie Chapman Franklin. Joe attended Missionary Ridge Baptist Church.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, he is survived by his wife, Pam Bowers Franklin of the home; a daughter, Michelle McKiernan and husband, Kevin; a son, Kelly Franklin; a granddaughter, Becca McKiernan; a sister, Shelia Garrison; and a brother, Wayne Franklin.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Watts.

The graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 17, 2008 at Burke Memorial Park with Rev. Donald Lovelace officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Ruth J. Puett     [Back to Top]

Ruth J. Puett, 90 of John’s River Loop, Morganton died Friday, August 15, 2008, at her residence following a period of declining health. She was born in Burke County on May 14, 1918 and was a daughter of the late Arthur Edward Jones and Mary Edmondson Jones. Mrs. Puett was a retired employee of Broughton Hospital with 20 years of service as a health care technician. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Morganton. Ruth enjoyed to travel and had traveled around the world. She loved to cross stitch.

Left to cherish her memory as a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother are her son Lloyd Weeks Puett, Jr. and his wife, Alice, of Marion; her daughters, Carolyn Tilley and her husband, Warren, of Lenoir, and Mary Ruth Cooper of Morganton; her brother, Harold Jones, of California; 3 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Weeks Puett, Sr. and by sisters, Billie Zimmerman and Blanche Maness.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 2008, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Thomas Bland officiating. Entombment will follow at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Drawer 459, Morganton, NC 28680 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Paul M. Davis     [Back to Top]

Paul M. Davis, 80, of Powell, TN died Friday, August 15, 2008 at his residence. He was born August 15, 1928 in Morganton, NC to the late Vance M. and Ethel Buff Davis. He was married to Bythia Conley Davis of Morganton, NC, who preceded him in death on December 22, 1982. He was a representative of the International Chemical Workers union servicing local unions in the southern states until 1961. He was then relocated from Morganton, NC to Marietta, OH and serviced locals in Ohio, NJ, WV, PA, DE and Washington, D.C. In 1966, at the annual convention of the ICWU in Montreal, Canada the delegates elected him Vice President of the International Chemical Workers Union and Director of Region IV, which covered the Mid-Atlantic States, a position he held until his retirement in 1981.

He is survived by a son, Charles Davis and his wife, Lorraine, of North Brunswick, NJ: daughters, Judy Christopher and her husband, Wayne, of Belpre, OH and Kathy Davis and her fiancée, Harold Barnes of Powell, TN; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Clifton; Alfred; Gerry; Donnie; and a sister Margaret Franklin. In addition to his parents and his wife, Paul was preceded in death by brothers William and James Davis, and by a sister, Louise Gosnell.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2008 at El Bethel Baptist Church in Morganton where he was a member with his brother, Dr. Donald Davis, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Monday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral hour. At other times the family will be at the Sleep Inn in Morganton.



Ruby Lee Ramsey Fortenberry     [Back to Top]

Ruby Lee Ramsey Fortenberry, 79, of Burkemont Avenue, Morganton, NC died Sunday, August 17, 2008 at Carolina Rehab Center in Connelly Springs, NC following a period of declining health. She was born December 14, 1928 in Burke County, and was a daughter of the late Max Ramsey and Maggie Donie Gales Ramsey. Ruby was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, and a retired employee of Broughton Hospital with over 20 years of service.

She is survived by sons, Ricky Fortenberry and wife, Robin of Morganton, and Ronnie Fortenberry and wife, Lisa of Charlotte, NC; a daughter, Sheila Clark and husband, Rocky, of Valdese, NC; a sister, Edith Parker of Connelly Springs; grandchildren, Amy Ramos, Amanda Clark, and Cody Fortenberry; and great grandchildren, Haley Ramos, Israel R. Amos, and Corey Carswell.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Everett Fortenberry; a son, Michael Fortenberry; and brothers, Howard Ramsey and Stewart Ramsey.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 19, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Todd Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Lawndale, NC. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Patsy Ruth Carpenter     [Back to Top]

Patsy Ruth Carpenter, 71, of Morganton died Sunday, August 17, 2008 in her home where she was lovingly surrounded by family. She was born in 1936 in Custer City, Oklahoma, and moved to Oakdale, California at the age of 15 to live with her Aunt and Uncle, Lucy and R. C. Kell. Patsy was very athletic in high school and lettered in softball. For many years, she lived in Chowchilla, CA where Patsy raised her family. She was an active participant in community life serving as President of the Women’s Auxillary in the Chowchilla Post of the VFW, and also as Worthy Matron in the Chowchilla Chapter of the Eastern Star. Patsy moved to Morganton, NC in 2003.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Glenn Carpenter; daughters, Carol Souza of Winters, CA, Glenda Hoxie of Turlock, CA, Brenda Simon of Madera, CA, and Kelly Rogers Carpenter of Chowchilla, CA; sons, Glenn Vines of Louisiana, Frank Gates of Chowchilla, Ca, and James Carpenter of San Lorenzo, CA; a grandson that she raised, William Lewis of Morganton; 16 grandchildren; and 32 great grandchildren with two more expected this year. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Carpenter; a sister, Lois Buchannan; and brothers, Larry and Gilbert Harrall.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 22, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Mark S. Denton officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Frank Mull     [Back to Top]

Frank Mull, 76, of Garland Johnson Road, Morganton, NC, died Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at Grace Hospital. Born in Burke County, NC on May 27, 1932, he was the son of Posie Magnolia “Nola” Denton Mull and the late Arthur Nelson Mull. Frank was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church and was a retired supervisor at Morganton Dye and Finishing.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Julia Poteet Moore Mull of the home; a son, John Nelson Mull and wife, Sherri, of Vale, NC; a daughter, Frankie Hensley and husband, Mark, of Morganton; step-sons, Keith Tate of Drexel, NC, Eddie Moore of Morganton, and Randy Moore of Morganton; a brother, Spencer Mull of Morganton; and sister, Sudie Crowder of Morganton; grandchildren, Zack Hensley and Kayla Hensley; and five step-grandchildren.

Frank was preceded in death by his first wife, Zora Mae Mull; a son, Tilden Alexander Mull; and brothers, Max, Clyde, and Donald Mull.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, August 22, 2008 at Burkemont Baptist Church with Rev. David Mills officiating. Burial will follow in Faith Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends Thursday 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. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or to the Burkemont Baptist Church Building Fund, 4668 Burkemont Road, Morganton, NC 28655.



Andrew Milton Kistler, II     [Back to Top]

Andrew Milton Kistler, II, 74, of Morganton, NC, died Thursday, August 21, 2008 at his home after a prolonged illness. Born April 11, 1934 in Morganton, he was the son of the late Charles Edmund Kistler and Mary Wilson Kistler Stoney. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Edmund Kistler, Jr., and step-father, Andrew Burnet Stoney.

Andy, as he was fondly known by those who knew him, never met a stranger and enjoyed people and life to the fullest. He enjoyed playing golf, particularly at Mimosa Hills and Linville golf courses, as well as “the old courses” in Scotland. Andy loved to travel and enjoyed the cuisine of the many places he visited. He was an ardent Tar Heel fan who had to eat popcorn during the games to calm his nerves. Andy loved his family, his church, his hometown, and had an endearing smile and an innate sense of humor, and will be remembered for his capacity to be friendly to all.

Andy dearly loved the City of Morganton and Burke County. He generously supported the community and many of the activities through his time and talents.

Mr. Kistler proudly served the City of Morganton as mayor for six consecutive terms. In this role, he provided leadership not only at home but in other reaches of government. He was president of the North Carolina League Municipalities, chairman of the Governor’s Advocacy Council, chairman and executive committee member of the Western Piedmont Council of Governments, and board member of the NC Municipal Power Agency. He also served as a member of the National Association of Development Organization’s committee on Title V and the Appalachian Regional Commission’s committee on general revenue sharing.

As mayor, he was instrumental in developing the funding for renovating the old Burke County Courthouse, in securing money to build the Morganton-Burke Senior Center, and in helping provide funds for enlarging and renovating the library. During his tenure, the city adopted the public safety officer program, built the Law Enforcement Center, and renovated the wastewater treatment and water plant.

Under his leadership, the City of Morganton built Carbon City Park, Bethel Road Park, Gene Turner Memorial Park, and Freedom Park and completed the Shuey Field complex.

His proudest achievement as mayor was securing the funding for the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium (CoMMA) and seeing it enjoyed by so many citizens.

Mr. Kistler also served as chairman of the Burke Economic Development Council, trustee of Grace Hospital and Grace Hospital Foundation, a director and president of the Burke County Public Library Board, a member of the Morganton Recreation Foundation, trustee of Historic Burke Foundation, president of the Burke County Chamber of Commerce and Burke County United Way, and a board member of the Western Piedmont Community College Foundation.

Mr. Kistler was a board member of the Patterson School in Lenoir, NC, the Children’s Home Society in Greensboro, NC, and was a chairman of the Table Rock District of the Boy Scouts of America.

Before his retirement in 1996, Mr. Kistler was president of Stoney-Kistler Insurance Agency. He served as a director of Wachovia Bank until 2006, as well as trustee and trustee emeritus of the Tryon Palace Commission.

He was president of the Morganton Jaycees, was honored with the Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Award – “Young Man of the Year” designation and served as vice president of the North Carolina Jaycees. In 1985, Mr. Kistler received the Morganton’s “Man of the Year” award presented by the Morganton Rotary Club.

Mr. Kistler was a lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church, Morganton, where he served on the vestry, and as senior warden, and in many other functions. He was past president of the Grace Episcopal Church Foundation. He was a member of the board of the visitors for Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, served several terms on the Standing Committee and several terms, one as president, of the Episcopal Foundation of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina. In addition, for 25 years he enjoyed being the parliamentarian at the annual Diocesan Convention. In 2000, he received the “Distinguished Communicant” Award from the Diocese.

Mr. Kistler attended Asheville School, graduated from Morganton High School in 1953, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Kistler served his county in the U.S. Army Reserves and received an Honorable Discharge in January, 1963.

Mr. Kistler is survived by his wife, Matilda Omwake Kistler of the home; his sister, Mary Kistler Stahl of Delray Beach, FL; a son, Andrew M. Kistler, III, and wife, Louise, of Potomac, MD; daughters, Margaret Christine Kistler of Seattle, WA and Dorothy Kistler Hamer and husband, Wilson, of Morganton; grandchildren, Mary Louise Kistler, Wilson Collett Kistler, Andrew Collins Hamer, and Eliza Murphy Hamer; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and –nephews, two great-great-nieces and one –nephew, and former wife, Margaret Johnson Kistler of Fletcher, NC.

The family gratefully acknowledges and appreciates the dedication, loyalty, and compassion of Ruby Avery, Charles Harbison, and Eugene Houpe who took such loving care of him over the years and for those affiliated at the Shytle House and the Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley for their loving-kindness of Mr. Kistler and his family during his illness. The family wishes to extend their deep abiding love and appreciation to Keith Berry, Keisha Duvall, Timmy Paden, and Erica Watson for their tender care of Andy during the past two years and especially his final days.

The service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 25, 2008 at Grace Episcopal Church with the Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor of the Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina, officiant, with the Rev. S. Bruce Walker, rector of Grace Church, and the Rev. James B. Craven, III, assisting. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Kistler had requested that memorial contributions be made to the following: Grace Church Foundation, 303 S. King St., Morganton, NC 28655, The Library Foundation of Burke County, 204 S. King St., Morganton, NC 28655, or to South Mountain Children and Family Services, 7330 Myrtle Drive, Nebo, NC 28761.



Letha Parker Bradshaw     [Back to Top]

Letha Parker Bradshaw, 91, of Old NC 18, Connelly Springs died Thursday, August 21, 2008, at her residence following a period of declining health. She was born in Lincoln County on November 2, 1916 and was a daughter of the late Chive Z. Parker and Metta Mae Kiser Parker. She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church and will be remembered as a wonderful cook, housekeeper, and gardener.

Mrs. Bradshaw is survived by her grandson, David Bradshaw, and his wife, Wendy; her daughter-in-law, Annette Bradshaw, all of Morganton; sisters, Eva Miller, Clara Lee Pizzoli, Guynell Bingham, and Christine Greene; and a brother, Clyde Parker. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Everette Bradshaw; her son, Bobby Bradshaw; brothers, Farrell Parker and Ford Parker; and by sisters, Elva Hull and Mable Kistler. Mrs. Bradshaw’s family would like to express their appreciation to her caregivers, Ethel Stamey and Daphine Hudson, for their love and care.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 23, 2008, at Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Allan Barlow officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Hill Baptist Church, 7208 Old NC 18, Lawndale, NC 28090. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



Ruby Moses Bryant     [Back to Top]

Ruby Moses Bryant, 83, of Clay St., Morganton, NC, died Friday, August 22, 2008 at Autumn Care of Drexel, NC. Born in Burke County, NC on August 6, 1925, she was the daughter of the late William Johnson Moses and Anna Elizabeth Sprouse Moses. Ruby retired from Shadowline.

Mrs. Bryant is survived by her daughter, Mary Ellen McGee and husband, Harold, of Morganton; sisters, Bertha Harrison of Bostic, NC, Viola Adcock of Allen Park, MI, and Rosa Lee Hash of Chase City, VA; grandchildren, James McGee, Kathy Rexrode, Mark McGee, Joe Hampton, Geraldine Brown, and Mary Ann Jackson; eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence E. Bryant; a daughter, Pearl Elizabeth Hampton; brothers, Alfred Moses and Claude Moses; and sisters, Lillie Mae Bollinger and Anna Belle Bynum.

The graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, August 25, 2008 at the Bryant Family Cemetery with Rev. David Orders officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home.



Ralph Junior Merrell     [Back to Top]

Ralph Junior Merrell, 57, of Hawkins Drive, Morganton, NC, died Sunday, August 24, 2008 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on October 29, 1950, he was the son of the late Ralph Pearson Merrell and Gladys Miller Merrell. Ralph was a member of Mount Home Baptist Church. He retired from Great Lakes Carbon after thirty-seven years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and drove a race car for eight years. He enjoyed going to shooting matches and restoring antique cars.

A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Ralph is survived by his wife, Pamela Powell Merrell of the home; a daughter, Jennifer Merrell of Morganton; a grandson, Tyler Ralph Merrell; a brother, Larry Merrell and wife, Ruthie, of Morganton; and sisters, Vicki Whisnant, Teresa Jamison, and Donna Burnette, all of Morganton.

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 27, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times the family will be at 300 Lenoir Street, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to South Mountain Children’s Home, 7330 Myrtle Drive, Nebo, NC 28761.



Arthur Dean Olsen, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Arthur Dean Olsen, Sr., 61, of Owens Mountain Avenue, Icard, NC, died Monday, August 25, 2008 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born in Burke County, NC on June 26, 1947, he was the son of Oliver R. Olsen, Sr. of Minneapolis, MN and the late Helen Griffin Olsen.

In addition to his father, Arthur is survived by his sons, Arthur Dean Olsen, Jr. and Renee Laney, of Morganton, NC and Billy Dean Christopher Olsen and wife, Teresa, of Lenoir, NC; a daughter, Dena Ann Olsen-Parton and Joseph Laney, of Morganton; brothers, Bob Olsen and wife, Sharon, of Hickory, NC, Don Olsen and wife, Maureen, of Minnetonka, MN, Ray Olsen and wife, Darleen, of Eden Prairie, MN, Jimmy Olsen of Anoka, MN, Gary Olsen of Minneapolis, and Dale Olsen of Minneapolis; a sister, Debbie Olsen of Minneapolis; and grandchildren, Tyler, Becca, Kayla, Sam, Brooke, Jonathan, and Brianna.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Annie Mare Ross Dorris, and Ernest Williams.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 28, 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.



Mark Joseph Garnhum     [Back to Top]

Mark Joseph Garnhum, 24, of E. Hunt Drive, Nebo, NC, died Monday, August 25, 2008 as the result of an automobile accident. Born in Burke County, NC on January 8, 1984, he was the son of James Francis Garnhum and Vickie Brooks Clontz.

Mark was a loving and devoted father and husband who had a passion for preaching the word of the Lord and fishing. He will be missed.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Kala Scott Garnhum; a daughter, Kassie Garnhum; a son, Kayden Garnhum; all of the home; and a sister, Virginia Smith and husband, Ivy, of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 27, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Alan Morris officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5:00 until 6:15 pm at the funeral home before the service. Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday at Patterson Branch Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Burnsville, NC. At other times the family will be at the residence of Danny and Kay Scott, 5355 Rainhill Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to help with funeral expenses.



Edith Marie Ramsey Parker     [Back to Top]

Edith Marie Ramsey Parker, 81, of Rhoney Rd., Connelly Springs, NC died Monday, August 25, 2008 at her residence following a brief illness. She was born in Burke County on September 30, 1926 and was a daughter of the late Max A. and Maggie Donie Gales Ramsey. Mrs. Parker received her associate degree from Mars Hill College and her bachelor degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College. For 25 years she taught business and typing in the Burke County Public School System at both George Hildebrand and East Burke High Schools. Following her teaching career, Edith became president of Parker Industries, a metal stamping company in southeastern Burke County which she ran for 28 years until her death. Having lived in Ramsey on Old NC 18 her entire life, she was instrumental in establishing South Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are her son, Jeff Parker, and his wife, Angela, of Huntersville; daughters, Susan Parker Sherrill and her husband, Bill, of Valdese and Jane Parker of Cornelius; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Parker, of Connelly Springs; grandchildren, Lance Sherrill and his wife, Mandy, Kirk Sherrill and his wife, Kim, Jill Knox and her husband, Adam, Joshua Parker and his wife, Roseanna, and Emily Parker; and great-grandchildren, Tyler and Paige Sherrill and Madelyn and Sam Knox. Also left to cherish her memory are special friends, Dot Gasperini, Rhonda Wingo, and Betty “Sis” Chapman and her special canine companion, Maggie.

Mrs. Parker’s family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Doctors Christopher McDonald and Roger Seagle and their staffs for the care given to Edith.

In addition to her parents, Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Farrell Devon Parker; a son, Randy Parker; a sister, Ruby Fortenberry; and brothers, Howard Ramsey and Stewart Ramsey.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 28, 2008 at Zion Hill Baptist Church with Reverends Allan Barlow and Burl Sain officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Center at Blue Ridge Health Care, PO Box 700, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.



Pamela Jordan Cantrell     [Back to Top]

Pamela Jordan Cantrell, 44, of Sequoyah Cr., Morganton, NC, died Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at her residence following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on January 31, 1964, she was the daughter of Carl Benjamin Jordan and the late Lucy Chapman Jordan. Pamela was a wonderful wife, mother, and sister with a kind heart for all.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, John Christopher Cantrell of the home; a daughter, Lindsay Cantrell of the home; brothers, Billy Jordan and wife, Leisa, of Morganton, and Ronnie Jordan and wife, Kathy, of Conover; uncle, Roy Everett Chapman; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 30, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Dewayne Buchanan officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home at 1:00 p.m., prior to the service.



Willis Ray Greene     [Back to Top]

Willis Ray Greene, 83 of Drexel Road, Valdese passed away Thursday, August 28, 2008 at Burke Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. He was born in Watauga County on May 19, 1925 and was a son of the late Robert Warren Greene and Lilly Dishman Greene. Mr. Greene was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and was retired after being self-employed for many years as an owner/operator in the trucking industry. Willis was a member of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church and truly loved his church family.

Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Janie and Ronnie Perry; grandsons and their wives, Jack and Dawn Perry and Jay and Lee Ann Perry. Mr. Greene was blessed with four very special great-grandsons of whom he was so proud, Avery, Wakefield, Grant, and Jake Perry. Also surviving are one brother and his wife, Roy Lee and Betty Greene, of Salisbury, NC; four sisters and their husbands, Lucille and Homer Smith of Salisbury, Joyce and Truett Coffey of Mountain City, TN, Rachel and Bill Townsend, and Lois Ann Hodges, of Banner Elk, NC; special friends, Kaye Penley and Greg Helton; and numerous nieces, nephews, several special cousins, and many friends.

In addition to his parents, Willis was preceded in death by his wife, Emogene Swift Greene; an infant grandson, Kenneth Brian Perry; and brothers, Henry Lawrence Greene and George Wayne Greene.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 30, 2008, at Drexel Memorial Baptist Church with Pastor Steve Chapman officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes before the service. At other times the family will be at the home of Ronnie and Janie Perry, 508 Bost Rd., Morganton. Memorials contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Building Fund, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to all of Mr. Greene’s wonderful neighbors, friends, and caregivers. Anyone who knew him well knew his favorite pastimes were working on his vehicles and spending time with his faithful canine companions, Little Girl and Timer. Your faithfulness and watchful eye gave him added days to be at home doing what he liked to do best.



Alva Kincaid Miller     [Back to Top]

Alva Kincaid Miller, 85, died Thursday, August 28, 2008, at Britthaven of Morganton. She was born in Burke County, NC on December 27, 1922 and was a daughter of the late James Henry Kincaid and Mary Jane Bean Kincaid. Alva retired from NCSD where she was a vocational education teacher, and with her husband also owned and operated Miller Upholstery. Mrs. Miller was a charter member of both North Morganton Baptist and El Bethel Baptist Churches.

Surviving are her children, Jerry Miller, Randy Miller and his wife, Candace, and Roger Miller and his wife, Barbara, all of Morganton, and Sharon Miller of Charlotte; grandchildren, Cynthia, Jaime, Brent, Bobbi, Jacki, Cameron, Jason, and Trevor; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Cecil Kincaid; and a sister, Elizabeth Conley.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her husband, Cameron Andrew Miller, and a number of brothers and sisters.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, August 31, 2008, at El Bethel Baptist Church with the Reverends Ron Cooper and Kenny Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday one hour before the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Asso., Western Carolina Chapter, 31 College Place Ste D320, Asheville, NC 28801-2644. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.



Lillie Hoyle Clontz     [Back to Top]

Lillie Hoyle Clontz, 80, of Lail Rd., Glen Alpine, NC went to be with her Savior on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at Burke Palliative Care Center in Valdese, NC following a period of declining health. She was born April 5, 1928 in Burke County, NC, and was a daughter of the late Fred Hoyle and Mae Roper Terry. She was a 35 year employee of Roses in Morganton, and was of the Baptist faith.

Lillie is survived by sons, Fred H. Clontz and wife, Vickie, and James R. Clontz, Jr. and wife, Reba, daughters, Sheila “Pat” Thompson and husband, Grady, and Tasha Dawn Clontz, all of Glen Alpine; a brother, Dean Terry of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Lori Dawn Williams, Beatrice Jane Clontz, Royanna Paulette Clontz, Kimberly Ann Calhoun, Jamen Roy Clontz, III, Courtney Lynn Clontz, and Jerry Eugene Fair; great-grandchildren,Kasha Ray Pritchard, Jonesha Wilkerson, Chasity Branch, Charity Branch, Josh Hughes, Ashley Gardner and husband, Chris, and Grant Huffman; and great great-grandchildren, Bryson Patrick Clontz, and Keelieigh Jade Clontz.

In addition to her parents, Lillie was preceded in death by her husband, James Roy Clontz, Sr; a brother, Jack Hoyle; and a great-grandson, Freddie James Williams.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, August 31, 2008 at Sunrise Baptist Church with the Rev. Douglas St. John and Rev. Craig Price officiating. Burial will follow at Bible Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. at Sunrise Baptist Church. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Jim Clontz, 2261 Lail Rd., Glen Alpine. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke County Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



Hubert C. Kelly     [Back to Top]

Hubert C. Kelly, 86, of Morganton, NC, died Friday, August 29, 2008 at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Gaston County, NC, he was the son of the late Troy Mathias Kelly and Mary Warren Kelly. Hubert was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he was a former deacon and training union director.

He served with the U. S. Navy in WWII as a flight engineer and gunner. He served from June 1942 until December 1945. Hubert received a commendation from the Navy for action on a patrol plane on January 5, 1944 in the Atlantic Ocean.

Hubert retired from Great Lakes Carbon Corp. with thirty years of service as a supervisor. Prior to his employment at Great Lakes Carbon, he worked at Ross Fabrics and Jacquard Mills. Following his retirement he worked part-time for various area grocery and convenience stores and a local sports complex.

Mr. Kelly was an active member of the Corvair Society of America. He participated in car shows all over the southeast. He attended his Navy unit reunions all over the U.S. He enjoyed walking with his buddies at Bethel Park and was a participant in Senior Olympics.

Hubert is survived by his wife, Irene Buff Kelly of the home; sons, Ron Kelly and wife, Jill, of Durham, NC and Jody Kelly and wife, Tracy, of Apex, NC; daughters, Dereama Coffin and husband, Gary, and Tammy Packard and husband, Wayne, all of Morganton; grandchildren, Kirsten Marett and husband, Jeff, Kelsey Webb and husband, Tim, Kelly Packard, Dana Packard, Lindsey Packard, Alex Kelly, and Emily Kelly; great-grandchildren, Hunter Marett, Madison Marett, and Cooper Webb; sisters, Helen Lail of Morganton and Betty May of Andrews, NC; and a sister-in-law, Paris Kelly of Valdese, NC.

In addition to his parents, Hubert was preceded in death by brothers, Odell, Everette, Robert, Basil, and Billy Kelly; and sisters, Martha Rimmer and Evelyn “Kitty” Morgan. The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, September 1, 2008 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Larry Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park with military honors to be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends on Monday at the church from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 407 S. Green Street, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Teddy Wayne Gurley     [Back to Top]

Teddy Wayne Gurley, 38 of Lail Road, Morganton, NC, died Sunday, August 31, 2008 at the Palliative Care Center of Burke County following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on April 21, 1970, he was the son of Teddy Jerry Gurley and Virginia Ruth Lequire Gurley. Teddy was employed at the Burke-Catawba Detention Center and was a former employee of Foothills Correctional Institute.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Faladay Gurley of the home; sons, Dominic Gibay, Joshua Gurley, and Kevin Gurley, all of Morganton; a daughter, April Gurley of Morganton; his father, Teddy Jerry Gurley of Morganton; his mother, Virginia Gurley of Connelly Springs, NC; and brothers, Dean Radford of Morganton and Mark Edwin Gurley of Hickory, NC.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, September 4, 2008 at Glen Alpine First Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Alpine Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 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.



Christopher Whisnant     [Back to Top]

Christopher Whisnant, 50, of Old NC 18, Morganton, NC died Sunday, August 31, 2008 at Carolina Rehab of Burke in Connelly Springs, NC following a period of declining health. He was born October 21, 1957 in Burke County, and was a son of Manly Hamilton Whisnant of Morganton and the late Hazel Ardenia Powell Whisnant. Christopher was a member of Calvary Assembly of God.

In addition to his father, Christopher is survived by a son, Joshua Michael Whisnant of Antioch, CA; sisters, Phyllis Smith, Karen Butler, and Lori Taylor, all of Morganton, Connie Hartzog of Valdese, NC, and Georgia Greer of Hickory, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary H. Whisnant.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, 2008 at Calvary Assembly of God with Rev. Mike Whisnant officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 405 Old NC, Apt. 114, Morganton.


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