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Archived Obits October 2008



T. Max Ramsey     [Back to Top]

T. Max Ramsey, 88, of Morganton died at home Wednesday, October 1, 2008, following a short period of declining health. He was born on April 8, 1920 in Cleveland County and was a son of the late Lemuel E. and Ida Mae Winn Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey was a U. S. Army veteran serving four years in Iceland, German, and England during World War II. He retired from the U. S. Post Office in 1980 and was a member of the Civitan Club for several years. As a faithful member of North Morganton United Methodist Church for about 65 years, Max held many positions in the church including church treasurer for many years, member of the building committee for the educational building, and treasurer of his Sunday School Class.

In addition to his parents Max was preceded in death by brothers, Frank, Guy, and L.E. Ramsey, Jr., and sisters, Hazel Ramsey Jones and twin sisters who died at birth.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Annie Laura Moses Ramsey, of the home; a sister, Frances “Toots” Hardin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2008, at North Morganton United Methodist Church with the Reverends Tony Matthews and John Wood officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690 or North Morganton United Methodist Church, 990 Sanford Dr., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.



Watson G. Drinkwater     [Back to Top]

Watson G. Drinkwater, 87, of N. Anderson St., Morganton, NC died Thursday, October 2, 2008 at his residence following a period of declining health. He was born July 11, 1921 in Manteo, NC, and was a son of the late Watson Gray Drinkwater, Sr. and Rebecca Allen Rodgers Drinkwater. Watson was a US Navy veteran of World War II. He worked as a supervisor in the shipbuilding industry including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Virginia and also the Mayport Shipyard in Florida. Watson was a Mason.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Howlett Drinkwater of the home; a son, Watson G. Drinkwater, III and his wife, Shelby, of Clinton, TN; daughters, Denise D. Milburn of Morganton, and Sharon D. Jarvis and husband, Arley Dale Jarvis, of Smithfield, VA; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, October 4, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Bill Edward Lyle     [Back to Top]

Bill Edward Lyle, 82, of Phoenix Dr. in Morganton died Thursday, October 2, 2008 at Grace Heights following an extended illness. He was born December 2, 1925 in Wilkes County, and was a son of the late William Everett Lyle, Sr. and Zora Mash Lyle. Bill was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church, and the Salem Ruritan Club. Bill worked for Giles Motors and then retired from Drexel Heritage Furnishings.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Walters Lyle of the home; sons, Michael Lyle and wife, Debi, of Raleigh, NC, and Danny Lyle and wife, Lisa, of Valdese, NC; a daughter, Jeanne Lyle of Morganton; a brother, Charles Lyall and wife, Oma, of West Virginia; sisters, Marjorie Hayes and husband, Bill, of Moravian Falls, NC, Betty Furr of Charlotte, NC, and Louise Bare of Crumpler, NC; grandchildren, Scott Lyle and wife, Kim, and Kristy Lyle; and step-grandchildren, Nichole Pyatte and T. J. Watkins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Guy, Kinley “Dob”, W.E. “Jr.”, and Bernard Lyle.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Burkemont Baptist Church with Rev. David Mills and Rev. Eddy Bunton 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 residence, 102 Phoenix Dr. Memorial contributions may be made to Burkemont Baptist Church, 4668 Burkemont 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.



Hazel Elizabeth Curlee     [Back to Top]

Hazel Elizabeth Curlee, 87, of Hilltop Street, Morganton, NC, died Saturday, October 4, 2008 at Grace Hospital. Born in Burke County, NC on August 7, 1921, she was the daughter of the late William Pinkney Ballew and Brentie Stamey Ballew. Hazel was a member of North Morganton United Methodist Church. She served with the Women’s Army Corps in WWII and was a retired employee of Calvary Baptist Church Daycare.

She is survived by sisters-in-law, Betty Ballew of Morganton and Nelle Anderson and Sue Curlee of Tallahassee, FL; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Thomas Curlee; a son, Ben Thomas “Tommy” Curlee, Jr.; brothers, Paul and James Ballew; half-brothers, Charles Poteat, William Ballew, John Ballew, Charlie Ballew, and Horace Ballew; and a sister, Lillian Wade.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at North Morganton United Methodist Church with Reverends Tony Matthews and Paul Christy officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery with military honors to be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to North Morganton United Methodist Church, 990 Sanford Drive, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Ernest M. Morgan     [Back to Top]

Ernest M. Morgan, 87, of Adventist Circle, Morganton, NC, died Saturday, October 4, 2008 at the Palliative Care Center of Catawba County Hospice in Newton, NC following a period of declining health. Born in Hendersonville, NC on October 1, 1921, he was the son of the late William Morgan and Marie Foster Morgan Acuff. Mr. Morgan served in World War II with the U. S. Army in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of Table Rock Seventh Day Adventist Church and was a graduate of Morganton High School. Ernest received his B.S. degree from Southern University in Chattanooga, TN and his masters degree from Appalachian State Teachers College in Boone, NC. He worked for 21 years for the Department of Defense Educational System in Morocco, Germany, and Spain. Ernest served as a Burke County Commissioner.

A wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his wife, Louise Powell Morgan of the home; a son, Ernest W. “Ernie” Morgan of Morganton; grandchildren, Phyllis Ann Morgan Clendenen and Yasmine Kenzie Morgan; great-grandchildren, Isabelle and Knox Clendenen; brothers, Dr. Calvin Acuff and Fred Acuff, both of Morganton.

In addition to his parents, Ernest was preceded in death by his step-father, Fred Acuff; brothers, Foster W. Morgan and James Acuff; and a sister, Virginia Breen.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at Table Rock Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Eric Annandale officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 p.m. 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 gifts may be made to Table Rock Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2625 Adventist Circle, Morganton, NC, 28655.



Patricia "Patty" Ruth Jackson     [Back to Top]

Mrs. Patricia “Patty” Walburn Jackson, 81, of Newland St. in Morganton died Sunday, October 5, 2008 at the Shaire Center in Lenoir, NC. Born April 2, 1927 in LaGrange, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Robert Walburn and Eunice Cassidy Walburn. A graduate of Appalachian State University, she taught at Hillcrest Elementary School in Burke County for 21 years until her retirement in 1992. She also enjoyed working with children as a Sunday school teacher, Cub Scout Den Mother, and Girl Scout leader. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Burke County Unit of the North Carolina Retired School Personnel.

Patty is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dr. F. M. Jackson of the home; sons, Dr. Daniel Jackson and wife, Debbie, of Cumberland, MD, and Thomas Jackson of Charlotte, NC; a daughter, Mary J. Rasnick of Morganton; and five grandchildren, Dan “Chip” Jackson, Jr. of Chapel Hill, NC, Katie J. Budris of Arlington, VA, Ashley Jackson of Little Rock, AR, Miller Jackson of Asheville, NC, and Carly Rasnick of Morganton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Walburn.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 8, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Dr. Sydnor Thompson, III officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 902 Kirkwood St., N.W., Lenoir, NC 28645.



Ambrielle Marialene Miller     [Back to Top]

Ambrielle Marialene Miller, three month old daughter of Brian and Brandi Valentine Miller of Valdese, NC, died unexpectedly Sunday, October 5, 2008 at her residence. She was born July 13, 2008 in Buncombe County, NC.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her paternal grandfather, William Miller and his wife, Patricia of Moneta, VA; paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Schwiegart of Danville, VA; maternal grandfather, Virgil Valentine of Morganton; maternal grandmother, Olga Welch of Colton, CA; paternal great grandmothers, Thelma Hoptcroft of Bedford, VA and Doris Miller of Raleigh, NC; maternal great grandfather, Harold Welch of Fontana, CA; uncles, Christopher Miller and his fiancée, Melissa Jones, Shawn Valentine and wife, Carrie, and Derek Valentine; aunts, Jennifer Falls and her husband, Jonathan and Kristina Hudson; godfather, Shawn Long; godmother, Shannon McElhiney and god-grandmother, Della Childress; special friends at Standard Heating and Air Conditioning; and numerous extended family members.

The celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Brett Howell officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour before the service.



Dr. Richard Eugene Bradley, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Dr. Richard Eugene Bradley, Sr. went home to be with our Lord on October 6, 2008. He was born on October 18, 1927 in Decatur, Illinois to Mabel Waltz and Donald Bradley. He grew up in Illinois, attending the University of Illinois before joining the U.S. Navy in the Hospital Corps at the end of World War II. After the Navy he attended Florida State University in the first co-ed class, graduating in 1949. After graduation from FSU he went to veterinary school at the University of Georgia where he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, as well as a Masters Degree. After several years of private veterinary practice in Illinois he went back to the University of Georgia and was awarded his Ph.D. in Parasitology. He joined the veterinary science faculty at the University of Florida in 1965 where he taught and did research in veterinary medicine until his retirement in 1990. During his years as a faculty member at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, he served in many positions with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, the Eastern States Veterinary Association, as well as chairing many committees with the College of Veterinary Medicine. From 2003 he and his family have owned and operated Kustom Kare Kennel in Morganton.

He is survived by his wife, Alla Parnell Bradley and their daughter Meghann Parnell Bradley of Morganton, NC. He is also survived by three of his sons from his previous marriage: David Bradley of Bethesda, MD, Donald Bradley of Cary, NC, and Douglas Bradley of Cary, NC, and by six grandchildren: Philip Bradley of Washington, DC, Scott Bradley of Quincy, MA, Bert Bradley of Cincinnati, OH, Eric Bradley of Grand Rapids, MI, and Claire and Colin Bradley of Cary, NC.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mabel Bradley; his father, Donald Bradley; his sister, Barbara Jean Ludwig; and his son, Richard Bradley, Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 11, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. Friends will be received from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. If preferred, donations in Richard’s name may be made to the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Senior Director of Development, P.O. Box 100125, Gainesville, FL 32610. Please make checks payable to the University of Florida Foundation and mail with a cover letter designating donations for the Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund in memory of Richard E. Bradley, DVM, PhD, Professor Emeritus.



Carl H. Wall, Jr.     [Back to Top]

Carl H. Wall, Jr., 72, of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, October 07, 2008, at his residence following a period of declining health. He was born in Burke County on November 25, 1935 and was the son of the late Carl Herman Wall, Sr. and Rama Dale Wall. A 1958 graduate of N. C. State University where he was active in the Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Mr. Wall owned and operated Wall Lumber Company and was owner of Jamestown Flea Market. A lover of horses and an avid golfer, Carl was also part owner of Quaker Meadows Golf Course. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Grandfather Golf and Country Club.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Linda Smith Wall of the home; his son, Edward Wall of Morganton, and his daughter, Jenner Wall of Charlotte.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 9, 2008, at First Presbyterian Church Parlor. Private inurnment services will be held with Reverends Michael Bailey and Bob Shepherd officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Exploring Joara Foundation, Inc., PO Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815 or to the WPCC Foundation, Inc., 1001 Burkemont Ave., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.



Nollie "Buddy" Smawley     [Back to Top]

Nollie “Buddy” Smawley, 76, of Scott Rd., Morganton, NC died Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at his residence following a period of declining health. He was born July 2, 1932 in Cleveland County, NC, and was a son of the late Dewitt Talmadge Smawley and Cola Lea Allen Smawley. Mr. Smawley served with the U. S. Army 82nd Airborne Division in Korea. Nollie was a member of Bible Missionary Baptist Church where he served as an usher. He dearly loved his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Horne Smawley of the home; a son, Michael Smawley of Maryland; a daughter, Debra Rawlings and her husband, Bobby of Maryland; a step-daughter, Kathy Thomas and her husband, David of Morganton; step-sons and their wives, Daniel and Sara Norris and Timothy and Tammy Norris all of Morganton; a brother, Zane Smawley of Valdese; grandchildren, Ashley, Katie, Jason, and Ryan; three great grandchildren; eleven step-grandchildren; and five step-great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 10, 2008 at Bible Missionary Baptist Church with the Reverends Ricky Watkins and Robert Vance officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. At other times the family will be at Mr. Smawley’s home, 4640 Scott Rd. Memorial gifts may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



Edna Diann Vasser Browning     [Back to Top]

Edna Diann Vasser Browning, 62, of Charlie Crawley Rd. in Morganton died Friday, October 10, 2008 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. She was born March 11, 1946 in Edgerly, Louisiana to the late August Dean Vasser and Dorothy Lee McFetridge Vasser. Edna was a member of Mt. Home Baptist Church, and worked as a cake decorator at the Food Lion of Burkemont Avenue. She was a joy and loved by all who knew her.

Edna is survived by her husband, Herbert F. Browning of the home; sons, Ronnie Vasser and wife, Wendy, of Morganton, and Chuck Morse of Polkton, NC; daughters, Angela Vallery and fiancée, Robbie McNeil, of Morganton, and Peggy V. Johnson and husband, John of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Richard Vasser, Kyle Johnson, Stephanie Dameron, Samantha Fontenot, Benji Fontenot, Korey Morse, Lindsey Morse, and Haley Morse; great grandchildren, Madison Morse and Hunter Dameron; a brother, Tommy Vasser and wife, Gaynell, of Vinton, Louisiana; a sister, Lila Faye Jackson of Ragley, Louisiana; and a special friend and sister, Nell Carpenter.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Home Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the residence.



Elmer Larry Meise     [Back to Top]

Elmer Larry Meise, 82, of Myrtle St., Morganton, NC, died Friday, October 10, 2008, at his residence. Born in Baltimore County, MD on October 12, 1925, he was the son of the late Lawrence Bernard Meise and Barbara Catherine Baier Meise. Elmer attended Glen Alpine United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the European, African, Asian, and Pacific Theaters of WWII and the Korean Conflict where he received Unit Citation, WWII Service Awards, Korean Service Award, National Defense Award, and the medal of Appreciation from Korea on the 50th Anniversary of the conflict. He was retired from Greenville Steel and worked at Great Lakes Carbon and Valdese Manufacturing.

Surviving are sons, David Meise and wife, Debbie Leonard; Gary Meise and wife, Debbie Foust all of Glen Alpine; grandchildren, Tracey Allison Meise Cork, Matthew Bryan Meise, Nathaniel David Meise, and Rebekah Ann Meise; and great grandchild, Connor Cork.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Louise Atkins Meise, six brothers and three sisters.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 12, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. David Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in Calvin Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690 or to Glen Alpine Methodist Church Vacation Bible School, P.O. Box 576, Glen Alpine, NC 28628.



Lela Elizabeth Smith     [Back to Top]

Lela Elizabeth Smith, 60, of Carolina St., Morganton, NC, died Thursday, October 9, 2008, at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in Burke County on June 19, 1948 and was the daughter of the late Roysville Luther Carswell and Margaret Ruth Carswell. Lela was a member of Faith Temple Tabernacle Church.

Surviving are her son, Ivey Smith and his wife, Virginia; daughters, Betty Hardin and her husband, John all of Morganton and Kim Stamey of Drexel; sister, Betty Hudson of Morganton; brothers, Luther Carswell and his wife, Estelle of Jonas Ridge and Van Carswell and his wife, Ruth of Chesterfield; and grandchildren, Selena, Tyler, Daniel, Samara and Jewel.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, 2008, at Faith Temple Tabernacle Church. The funeral will follow with Reverend Danny Sprouse officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to help family with funeral expenses c/o Sossoman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680.



Martha Kincaid Powell     [Back to Top]

Martha Kincaid Powell, 82, died Sunday, October 12, 2008 at Autumn Care of Drexel, NC following a lengthy illness. Born in Burke County, NC on March 25, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Marvin Byron Kincaid and Sarah Rusmisell Kincaid. Martha was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. She was a great cook and a loving homemaker.

She is survived by her grandson, Byron Powell of Oak Island, NC; a granddaughter, Amy Powell of Albuquerque, NM; a sister, Virginia Drury of Morganton; and brothers, Max Kincaid and Gilbert Kincaid and wife, Betty Jean, all of Morganton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Obie Thompson Powell; a son, Thompson Filmore Powell; and a sister, Dorothy K. Moran.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Drexel Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the residence of the late Fil Powell, 201 Woodside Drive, Drexel, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Forest United Methodist Church, 101 Forest Street, Morganton, NC 28655.



Howard W. Barrier, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Howard W. Barrier, Sr., 68, of Fish Hatchery Road, Morganton, NC, died Sunday, October 12, 2008 after several months of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on May 15, 1940, he was the son of the late Paul William Barrier and Ollie Clark Barrier. He was a member of Mountain Grove United Methodist Church. Howard was a member of the graduating class of 1958 of Crossnore High School. He retired from Harris Teeters in Morganton with twenty years of service. He was an avid hunter and outdoor lover, as well as a member of the Cane Creek Hunting Lodge.

Mr. Barrier is survived by his wife, Glenda Tucker Barrier of the home; a son, Howard Barrier, Jr. and wife, Pamela, of Morganton; a daughter, Margie Sturgill and husband, Tim, of Churchville, MD; grandchildren, Timothy Sturgill, Jr., Taylor Sturgill, Paul Barrier, and John Barrier; a sister, Josie Taylor and husband, Buster, and family of Jonas Ridge, NC; aunts, Roxie Franklin, Savannah Beam, Ethel Clark, and Effie Barrier; and his extended family.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at Mountain Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Neal Brantley, Rev. Charles Sisk, and Rev. Tony Clark officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 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. At other times the family will be at the Barrier residence. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Grove United Methodist Church, 3624 Fish Hatchery Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or to the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.



George William Leonhardt, Jr.     [Back to Top]

George William Leonhardt, Jr., 80, of Valdese Avenue, Morganton, NC, died Monday, October 13, 2008 at his residence. Born in Burke County, NC on March 5, 1928, he was the son of the late George William Leonhardt, Sr and Beulah Lambert Leonhardt. George owned and operated Leonhardt’s Builder’s Supply Store for 36 years. He loved to hunt, fish, and work with his hands.

He is survived by his wife, Clyde Phillips Leonhardt of the home; son, Frederic Kirk Leonhardt and George William Leonhardt, III, both of Morganton; daughters, Beth MacLean and husband, Pete, and Janice Armour and husband, Robert, all of Morganton; granddaughters, Emily Armour of Morganton and Meghan Armour of Valdese; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Gail Leonhardt, and sisters, Gloria Harrison, Mary Herman, and Eva Plemmons.

The graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Mamie Cooper Rathburn     [Back to Top]

Mamie Cooper Rathburn, 77, of Morganton died Sunday, October 12, 2008, at Grace Heights follow a period of declining health. Mrs. Rathburn was born in Avery County on December 25, 1930 and was a daughter of the late George Washington Cooper and Jane Turbyfield Cooper. Mrs. Rathburn was retired from Ellis Hosiery in Hickory but her life work was beside of her husband, Frank, on the family farm. Mamie was raised in the Baptist faith and attended local Baptist churches.

Surviving are her sons, Bobby Rathburn and his fiancée, Donna Edmisten, of Morganton and Kermit Rathburn of Hildebran; sisters, Molly Penland of Hillsborough, NC and Bessie Irene Knight of Steel, AL; a brother, Robert Cooper, of Charlotte; grandchildren, Darrell, Iris, Angelica, Shawn, Nikki, Bobby Shey, and Buffy; and seven great-grandchildren. Mamie will be remembered by her family as a very caring, loving, and highly spirited person.

In addition to her parents, Mamie was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Eugene Rathburn, three brothers, and four sisters.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 13, 2008, at Chapel Hill Church Cemetery in Marion with Rev. Gyles Widner officiating. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



Dock S. White     [Back to Top]

Dock S. White, 70, of Morganton, NC, died Monday, October 13, 2008 at Grace Heights Nursing Facility. Born in Cleveland County, NC on May 10, 1938, he was the son of the late Marvin White and Ethel Luckadoo White. Dock was a member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church. He taught himself how to play the guitar and loved country and gospel music.

Dock is survived by his wife, Edith Morris White of the home; brothers, Buren White of Morganton, John H. White and wife, Selma, of Morganton, Joe White and wife, Sis, of Casar, NC, and Harold White of Jacksonville, FL; and a sister, Carrie Powell and husband, Tom, of Morganton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ralph White and Worth White; and sisters, Mozzell Halton and Gynnell Cook.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Buckner officiating. Entombment will follow in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Memorial Baptist Church, 650 Enola Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or to a charity of one’s choice.



Dallas Roper, Jr.     [Back to Top]

Dallas Roper, Jr., 67, of Roper Hollow Road, Morganton, NC, died Monday, October 13, 2008 at his residence following a year of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on November 18, 1940, he was the son of late Dallas Avery Roper, Sr. and Ethel Short Roper. Dallas was a member of Praise Assembly of God in Glen Alpine, NC. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He had worked as a machinist in several of the local hosiery mills before owning and operating D & D Painting.

Dallas is survived by his wife, Margaret Joyce Taylor Roland of the home; sons, Kevin Roper of the home, Samuel Roper and wife, Linda, and Dallas L. Roper, all of Morganton, and Frank Roland of Marion, NC; daughters, Ellen D. Roper of Morganton, Cpt. Ethel D. Tamasi of Minot, ND, and Karen Thompson and husband, Kenny, of Marion;a brother, Bud Roper of Rutherfordton, NC; a sister, Betty Abee; a special cousin, Rudelle Puett; seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, James Edward Roper, and a son, Jerry Lynn Roper.

The celebration of life will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Crawford officiating. Military honors will be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:45 until 8:00 p.m. following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Praise Assembly of God, P.O. Box 897, Glen Alpine, NC 28628.



William Zane "Bill" Parker     [Back to Top]

William Zane “Bill” Parker, 66, of Arnold Drive, Morganton, NC, died Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at Valdese General Hospital. Born in Burke County, NC on March 23, 1942, he was the son of the late Bill Parker and Nadie Chapman Parker. Bill attended New Grace Church. He retired from Dana Corporation and was a current employee of United Security.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Bird Parker of the home; a daughter, Pamela Parker Phillips and husband, Todd, of Morganton; brothers, W. A. “Shorty” Parker of Morganton, Jesse Parker of Morganton, and Ray Dean Parker of Connelly Springs, NC; sisters, Joie Dayberry of Morganton, Buna Lane of Taylorsville, NC, Eunice McCoy of Morganton, Aileen Attaway of Morganton, and Mary McNeilly of Morganton; and two grandchildren, Ashley and Cameron Phillips, who were his pride and joy.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Parker, an infant brother, and two infant sisters.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 18, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Buckner officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors to be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 43, c/o Robert Miller, P.O. Box 572, Morganton, NC 28680.



Ella "Frances" Willis Beam     [Back to Top]

Ella “Frances” Willis Beam, 71, of Mountain Meadows Dr., Morganton, NC died Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at her residence following several years of declining health. She was born May 23, 1937 in Cleveland County, and was the daughter of the late Evan Sol Willis and Ruby Tula Richards Willis.

Frances is survived by daughters, Janice Maynard and Robin Willis and husband, Gene, all of Morganton; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Esper Earl Beam, Sr.; a son, Esper Earl Beam, Jr.; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Rogers; and a great-grandson, Adam Chase Maynard.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 16, 2008 at the Beam Family Cemetery with Rev. Donald Lovelace officiating. The family will receive friends at the home following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



William "Ed" Clontz     [Back to Top]

William “Ed” Clontz, 89, died Wednesday, October 15, 2008, following a period of declining health. He was born in Burke County on June 8, 1919 and was a son of the late Thurman and Mattie Puckett Clontz. Mr. Clontz was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and worked at Drexel Furniture for a number of years and Great Lakes Carbon and in his later years worked as a carpenter. He was a member of Mt. View #2 Baptist Church. William was a member of the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class and was an avid beekeeper.

Surviving are his son, Wayne Clontz and his wife, Betty, of Morganton; grandchildren, Barry Clontz and his wife, Vanessa, and Gregory Clontz and his wife, Annette; great-grandchildren, Phillip Clontz and Victoria Owensby; two nieces; and one nephew. In addition to his parents, Mr. Clontz was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Mills Clontz, and by sisters, Virginia Patton and Jess Queen Bridges.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 17, 2008 at Mt. View #2 Baptist Church with Rev. Ken Mashburn officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by Valdese ceremonial team post 234.At other times the family will be at the home of Wayne Clontz. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



Mary Evelyn "Ebbie" Poteat     [Back to Top]

Mary Evelyn “Ebbie” Poteat, 71, of Edgewood Avenue in Morganton died Thursday, October 16, 2008 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. She was born February 14, 1937 in Rutherford County, and was a daughter of Ruth Elizabeth Pursley Campbell of Morganton and the late James Andrew Campbell. Mary was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Marion, NC, and had also attended Laurel Haven Baptist Church in Morganton. She loved to bake cakes and was the “best cake baker” in Morganton. In 2006, Mary was named Foster Grandparent of the Year at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center.

She is survived by her children, Mike Cook of Morganton, Patricia Steffey and husband, Arnold, of Virginia and Richard McCall of Maiden, NC; step-daughter, Joann Smith and her children, Eric and Ricky Smith, all of Chesney, SC; granddaughter, Linda Evans of VA; a great-granddaughter, Morgan Evans of VA; a special grandniece, Katie Benfield; brothers, Wayne Campbell and wife, Frances, Bruce Campbell, Bob Campbell and wife, Patsy, Tom Campbell and wife, Margaret, Ernest Campbell and wife, Alice, and Leon Campbell and wife, Renee, all of Morganton; sisters, Ethel Runion, Brenda Arnette, and Jane Lawing and husband, Ed, all of Morganton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred Poteat.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, October 18, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Lawing officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Marion, NC. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the residence of Jane and Ed Lawing. Memorial contributions may be made to Laurel Haven Baptist Church, PO Box 57, Icard, NC 28666.



Cathy Herald     [Back to Top]

Cathy Herald, 52, of Piedmont Rd., Morganton died Friday, October 17, 2008 at her residence following a period of declining health. She was born in Warren County, NY on April 3, 1956 and was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Catherine Weber Yarter. Cathy’s passion in life was her love of birds and animals. She ran a non-profit organization, Mountain Vista Bird Haven and Sanctuary, out of her home. As a young woman she worked as an LPN in New York State. She was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her husband, Brian Herald, of the home; brothers, Raymond Yarter of Salem, NY and Kenneth Yarter of Florida; and a number of nieces and nephews. Cathy also cherished her many friends across the United States.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2008, at Faith Presbyterian Church with Rev. Mike Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes before the funeral hour.



Charles "Chuck" Hill     [Back to Top]

Charles “Chuck” Hill, 39, of Greenhaven Circle, Morganton died Thursday, October 17, 2008. He was born in Charleston, SC on February 3, 1969 and was a son of Bonnie Cawthorne of Hendersonville and the late Charles Khun Hill, Sr. Chuck was a registered nurse at Caldwell Memorial Hospital and was a member of Morganton Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Tammy Elias Hill, of the home; his children, Seth, Sarah, and Madison Hill all of the home; and his sisters, Anita Childs of Louisville, KY and Lynn Tyler of Hendersonville. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a sister.

A celebration of the life of Chuck Hill will be held at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 19, 2008, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Sheridan officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.



Jessie Gibbs Mull     [Back to Top]

Jessie Gibbs Mull (Mrs. Forest L. Mull) died Saturday, October 18, 2008 in Durham, NC. Born January 5, 1915 in Glen Alpine, she married Forest L. Mull on August 30, 1935. He preceded her in death on July 13, 2001. She was a resident of Burke County for 86 years before moving to Croasdaile Village United Methodist Retirement Community in Durham in 2001.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter Jacqueline (Jack) Reichert and son-in-law, Allan Reichert of Hickory and siblings Lucy Beach, James Gibbs, Beatrice Duckworth, Jack Gibbs, Sunshine Gibbs, and Nell Shearin.

She is survived by her daughter Carolyn (Jo) Honeycutt of Morresville; her daughter and son-in-law Kathie and Tom Heffner of Chapel Hill; grandchildren, Preston Honeycutt of Charlotte, Jeffrey Honeycutt of Charlotte; Gray Heffner Herndon and husband Christopher of Raleigh; and Hunt Heffner and wife Lorae and great-granddaughter Harper of Woodberry Forest, Virginia. She is also survived by her sister Laura Clark of Morganton and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held at 2 pm Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at Glen Alpine United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall at 1 pm preceding the service. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Glen Alpine United Methodist Church General Building Fund.

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Jan Price     [Back to Top]

Jan Price, 87, of Butler Street, Morganton died Saturday, October 18, 2008, at her residence following a period of declining health. She was born in Rutherford County on November 29, 1920 and was the daughter of the late Horace Grady Clements and Winona Hill Clements. Mrs. Price attended Cross Memorial Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons and their wives, Kenneth and Helen Price of Spruce Pine, NC, Jerry and Karen Price of Crystal River, Fla, and David and Diane Price of Goldsboro, NC; a daughter and her husband, Brenda and John Wilson of Laurens, SC; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Price was preceded in death by four brothers.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 20, 2008, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends an hour before the funeral.



Dorothy Baldridge Green     [Back to Top]

Dorothy Baldridge Green, 64, a woman of God who lived in Drexel, NC passed away on Thursday, October 16, 2008 at her residence. She was born in Madison County, NC on July 26, 1944 and was a daughter of Girlie C. Baldridge of Drexel and the late William Lonnie Baldridge. She was the assistant pastor of Miracle Revival Church in Connelly Springs, NC and was and still is loved greatly by her children, family, and friends.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her sons and their wives, Tony and Martha Baldridge of Vale, NC, William R. and Lisa Anderson of Leesburg, GA, and Keith E. Anderson of Drexel; her daughter, Juanita Renee Allen of Mars Hill, NC; grandchildren, Brianna and Tonya Baldridge, Cody, Justin, and Ashley Anderson, and Rachel and Aaron Allen; brothers, Herman G. Baldridge of Valdese, Dennis L. Baldridge and his wife, Winona, of Drexel, and James C. Baldridge and his wife, Judy, of Valdese; five nephews; and four nieces.

The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Keller officiating. Burial will follow in the Conley Road Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.



Estelle Yount Wright     [Back to Top]

Estelle Yount Wright, 96, of Buena Vista Apartments, in Drexel, went home to be with the Lord on October 18, 2008. She was born on September 2, 1912 in Lincoln County and was a daughter of the late Samuel Walter Yount and Flossie Ramsey Yount. A longtime member of Salem United Methodist Church, Estelle devoted the last 24 years of her life caring for the residents of J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center as a Foster Grandmother.

Surviving are two sons, Steve Wright and Danny Wright and his wife, Dot, all of Morganton; her daughter-in-law, Anne Duckworth Wright; grandchildren, Alan Wright and his wife, Annette, Austin Wright and his wife, Stephanie, their children, Brittany, Grace, Will, and Matt Wright, Ron Richards and his wife, Terri, their children, Meredith and Matthew, Pam Chapman and her husband, Bryan, their daughter, Millie, and Kale Wright; brothers, Sam Yount and his wife, Marguerite, and Rev. Robert “Bob” Yount; and sisters, Katheryn Goodman and Bryte Mosteller. A host of nieces and nephew also remain, many of whom she took care of in her home when they were children. Her extended family includes many residents and staff members of J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William “Lloyd” Wright, a son, Aaron Wright; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Wright; a sister, Louise Yount Blackburn; and a great-grandchild, Wesley Russ.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2008, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Freshour officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Park, Lawndale, NC with Rev. Robert Yount officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 1206 Salem Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or to Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.



Ada S. Wyatt     [Back to Top]

Ada S. Wyatt, 88, of Grace Ridge, Morganton, NC and a former Valdese, NC resident, died Monday, October 20, 2008 at Grace Ridge following a period of declining health. Born May 3, 1920 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Charles Manuel Smith, Sr. and Mary Brown Smith. For many years, Ada was an active member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Valdese, and for over forty years, she was an employee of Alba Waldensian Textiles. She served as a foster grandparent at Western Carolina Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Wesley Wyatt; brothers, Charles Manuel Smith, Jr. and Arnold Smith; and sisters, Clara Rhoney and Mildred Smith.

Surviving are heer son, Thomas L. Wyatt of Charleston, SC; sisters, Juanita Brittain and her husband, John of Valdese and Pauline King of Chattanooga, TN; brother, Roy Smith and his wife, Linda of Morganton; and a number of nieces and nephews including a special niece, Jane Howell of Lake Lure, NC.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at Mount Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Marion Powell officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes before the funeral hour. At other times, the family will be at the home of Juanita and John Brittain, Conservation Camp Rd., Valdese. Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimers Association, Western North Carolina Chapter, 31 College Place, Suite D-320, Asheville, NC 28801.



Lloyd Samuel Pritchard     [Back to Top]

Mr. Lloyd Samuel Pritchard, 77, of Mt. Olive Church Road, Morganton answered the call of the Lord on Monday, October 20, 2008 while surrounded by his family at Grace Hospital. He was born in Burke County on April 23, 1931 to the late Fleming and Connie Morris Pritchard. He was also preceded in death by a brother named Lee. Mr. Pritchard was a loyal Deacon and member of McDowell Independent Presbyterian Church. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from Drexel Furniture after 43 years.

He was adored by his wife of 56 years, Bessie Epley Pritchard. He was deeply loved by his only child, Sheila Bumgarner. “Papa Dude” was utterly admired by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Lloyd was a man who was more caring, open-hearted and generous than any other human could possibly be. He will be dearly missed by all his loved ones and all his furry friends (even strays) that he accumulated during his time on this earth.

He is survived by his wife, Bessie Epley Pritchard, one daughter, Sheila Bumgarner, and husband, Robert; four grandchildren and their spouses, Chris and Regina Bumgarner, Scott and Shenia Bumgarner, Rodney and Dawn Bumgarner, and Robin and Jason Smith; six great-grandchildren, Wesley, Sara, Sam, and Haley Bumgarner, and Kelsey and Jacob Smith, all of Morganton.

The funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 23, 2008, at McDowell Independent Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dennis Carswell officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Valdese American Legion Post 234. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes before the funeral hour.



Howard Childers     [Back to Top]

Howard Childers, 78, of Emerald Drive, Morganton, NC died Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Born in Mitchell County, NC on March 3, 1930, he was the son of the late Ad Childers and Pearl Forbes Childers. Howard was a U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran and a recipient of the Silver Star medal. He was a retired employee of Crestline Furniture Company. He was an active member of the First Apostolic Church on Drexel Road and was also a former evangelist. He was an avid fisherman and loved to travel.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jones Childers of the home; a son, Mike Childers of Charlotte, NC; daughters, Gail C. Burnette of Charlotte and Janet C. Campbell and husband, Mark, of Morganton; grandchildren, Mellonie, Mindy, Melissa, Tanya, Amanda, Thomas, and Donald; great-grandchildren, Tara, Zachary, Parker, Cassandra, Alexis, R.J., Tommy, Jasmine, Anastasia, Alyssa, Abby, Alexander, and Alexandria; a twin brother, Ray Childers and wife, Imogene, of Bakersville, NC; and a faithful canine companion, Samson. In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by a brother, J. D. Childers; and sisters, Joyce Baker and Lorene Barnette.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2008 at First Apostolic Church with Reverends Alvin Baker and Danny Baker 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 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour.



Johnsie Keller Puckett     [Back to Top]

Mrs. Johnsie Keller Puckett, 87, one of the greatest generation, of Air Park Dr. Morganton passed away at her home on Thursday, October 23, 2008 following a period of declining health. She was born July 3, 1921 in Caldwell County, NC, and was a daughter of the late Joseph Nelson Keller and Carrie Marie Poarch Keller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Ben Puckett; a brother, Winford Keller; and a sister, Winnie Meeks. Johnsie was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church. She was a 1940 graduate of Lenoir High School, and a 1943 graduate of the Grace Hospital School of Nursing. Mrs. Puckett retired from Broughton Hospital after 34 years of service. Johnsie will be greatly missed by her beloved granddaughters and her feline companion, “Blackie”.

She is survived by daughters, Nancy C. Puckett and Cheryl Puckett Huffman, and husband, Gary, all of Morganton; granddaughters, Stephanie Kinsland and husband, Seth, of Franklin, NC, and Jennifer Huffman of Morganton.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 25, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. David Mills and Rev. Eddy Bunton officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at Mrs. Puckett’s residence. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, c/o Mrs. Jackie Pruett, 136 VFW Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, or Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Judith "Judy" Fredell     [Back to Top]

Judith “Judy” Fredell, 51, of Persimmon Rd., Connelly Springs, NC died Sunday, October 26, 2008 at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke. She was born August 27, 1957 in Burke County, and was a daughter of the late John Thomas Fredell and Florence Presnell Fredell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Fredell. Judy was a member of Bible Gospel Church, and an employee of George Hildebran School until her retirement in 2004.

She is survived by sisters, Violet Webster and husband, Tom, of Shelby, NC, Joyce Rector and husband, Bob, of Orlando, FL, Shirley Bingham and husband, Larry, Wanda Lynn and husband, Joe, and Debra Coleman, all of Connelly Springs, and Teresa Lail of Hickory, NC; a brother, Jerry Fredell and wife, Anita, of Connelly Springs; a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and an aunt, Rosa Lee Presnell of Hudson, NC.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2008 at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Tim Dockery officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. Memorial contributions may be made to Shady Grove Baptist Church, 6021 NC 18 S, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



Betty Powell Henry     [Back to Top]

Betty Powell Henry, 78, of Perpons Street, Morganton, NC, died Monday, October 27, 2008 at the Burke Palliative Care Center in Valdese, NC. Born on August 14, 1930 in Burke County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Perry Powell and Eva Powell Powell. Betty was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church and a former employee of J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center.

She is survived by her sons, Steve Henry and wife, Becky, James Douglas Henry, and Jimmy Lee Henry, all of Morganton; a daughter, Sandy Fletcher and husband, Richard, of Morganton; a sister, Margaret Baker of Conover, NC; grandchildren, Lorinda Baldwin, Jeremy Henry, and Jessica Henry; great-grandchildren, Chesnee Baldwin and Alli Henry; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, James Junior Henry.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 30, 2008 at Burkemont Baptist Church with Rev. Eddy Bunton and David Mills officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



John G. Mabe, Jr.     [Back to Top]

John G. Mabe, Jr., 85 of Southview St., Morganton, NC died Monday, October 27, 2008 at Grace Hospital. Born in Burke County, NC on June 22, 1923, he was a son of the late John G. Mabe, Sr. and Lollie Smith Mabe. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and was a retired employee of Rutherford Electric where he had worked for over thirty eight years. John was a faithful member of Calvary Lutheran Church where he had served in many capacities. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sara Shinaman and a great granddaughter, Erin Walsh.

Surviving are a daughter, Belinda Mascol and her husband, Bill of Columbia Station, OH; sisters, Amanda Mabe of Morganton and Betty Glasbrook and her husband, Sam of Drexel; grandchildren, Jennie Warner of Olmsted Falls, OH and Vickie Walsh and her husband, Dale of N. Olmsted Falls, OH; great grandchildren, Amanda and Alex Walsh of N. Olmsted, OH; a niece, Donna Glasbrook; nephews, Brad and Craig Shinaman; and a loving nephew, Alan Brown of Lodi, OH.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 30, 2008 at Calvary Lutheran Church with the Reverend Michael Riley officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall for one hour before the funeral. At other times the family will be at the home of Amanda Mabe. Memorial gifts may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 119 N. King St., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



Robert D. Payne     [Back to Top]

Robert D. Payne, 31, of Enola Rd., Morganton, NC died unexpectedly, October 28, 2008 at Grace Hospital. He was born October 30, 1976 in Burke County, NC, and was a son of Darlene Silvers Payne Carswell and her husband, David, of Morganton, and Bruce Payne and his wife, Janet, of Morganton. Robert was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Randy Payne and his wife, Kim, of Morganton; and a nephew, Schylar Payne of Morganton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 1, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. David Orders and Rev. Ken Frady officiating. Burial will follow at Payne Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Marshall, NC. The family will receive friends Saturday one-half hour prior to the funeral.



Robert H. Justice     [Back to Top]

Robert H. Justice, 74, of Stephens Dr., Morganton, NC went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at Grace Hospital. He was born January 6, 1934 in Burke County, and was a son of the late Dick Justice and Bonnie McCrary Justice. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, William and Ken Justice; and a sister, Cordeal Perry. Robert was a member of Southside Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon and former teacher of the men’s adult Sunday school class. He retired from Drexel-Heritage Furnishings with over 25 years of service. Robert was an avid bowler and had been a member of several leagues at Mimosa Lanes.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Odene Mae LaFevers Justice of the home; sons, Randy D. Justice and wife, Patty, of Salem, and Keith Justice of the home; grandchildren, Derek Justice of Charlotte, NC, and Casey Justice of Salem; a sister, Pearl Lambert and husband, Curtis, of Morganton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 31, 2008 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Randy Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park with military graveside rites conducted by the Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the residence.



Thomas Lester Wilkerson, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Thomas Lester Wilkerson, Sr., 88, of Varina, VA, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at the Hunter Homes McGuire Veterans Nursing Home. Born May 27, 1920 in Forest City, NC, he was the second child born to the union of the late Mary Rose Ella Reavis Wilkerson and Thomas Jethro Wilkerson. A 1937 graduate of Sunshine High School, he joined the U. S. Navy in 1939 and served aboard the USS Hopkins and USS Schenek. During World War II he saw duty in both the European and Pacific Theaters and served aboard the USS Ancon as chief radioman. He took part in the invasions at Normandy, Sicily, Salerno, and Okinawa, and was granted a medical discharge from the Navy in 1945. Mr. Wilkerson was a 1954 graduate of the University of Richmond from which he received an accounting degree. Until 1972 he was employed by Eubank White Truck Company as Secretary-Treasurer and in 1982 he retired from O’Boyle Tank Lines. Before his decline in health, he enjoyed deepwater fishing, golf, reading, and playing cards especially bridge and gin rummy. He was a great storyteller and loved a good joke. Thomas was a member and past president of the Varina Ruritan Club and in 1971, he received the Varina Citizen of the Year Award. He was a fifty year member of the Varina Masonic Lodge #272 and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9808, Mechanicsville, VA. Mr. Wilkerson was baptized in Robinson Creek at Mount Harmony Baptist Church, Bostic, NC and was a member for forty six years of Four Mile Creek Baptist Church, Richmond, VA. At Four Mile Creek he faithfully attended Sunday School, was a deacon, and served on the finance and pastor search committees.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of sixty-three years, Juanita Page Wilkerson of the home; children and their spouses, Thomas Wilkerson, Jr. and Linda of Moscow Mills, MO, Eugene Wilkerson and Megan of Oakville, WA, Marsha W. Whitehead and Brad of Courtland, VA, Malinda W. Blevins and Bill of Tallahassee, FL, and Richard Wilkerson and Shawna of Richmond, VA; sixteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first child, Sandra Floy Wilkerson and a sister, Hester Malinda Tony.

The funeral was held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 1, 2008 at Four Mile Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Sam Grozdanov and Rev. Eugene Wilkerson officiating. The family will received friends at the church for one hour before the service. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 3, 2008 at Forest Hill Cemetery, Morganton, NC. The family expresses their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the V. A. Medical Center Nursing Home for their patience, kindness, and exceptional care given to Mr. Wilkerson. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Four Mile Creek Baptist Church, 2950 New Market Rd., Richmond, VA.



Joseph Sharpe Ward     [Back to Top]

Joseph Sharpe Ward, 78, of Settlemyre Road, Drexel, NC, died Friday, October 31, 2008 at his residence. Born in Burke County, NC on July 28, 1930, he was the son of the late William Leith Ward and Hettie Elizabeth McGalliard Ward. Joseph was a member of First Baptist Church of Drexel. He was a graduate of Morganton High School and served four years in the U. S. Navy stationed in Newfoundland after serving on the USS Taconic. He was a former employee of Lazarus Men’s Store, 100 West Union, and spent 27 years as a parts manager for Giles Motors.

Joseph is survived by his wife Franceleen Powell Ward of the home; daughters, Dawn Ward Cline and husband, Mike, and Libby Ward Waters and husband, Mickey, all of Morganton; grandsons, Neil Arney and fiancée, Pam Hicks, and Kyle Arney and fiancée, Sara Kral, all of Morganton; a brother, Charles Ward and wife, Penny, of Morganton; and a sister, Anne Ward McGalliard or Morganton Long Term Care.

In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by a brother, Luther Alexander “L.A.” Ward of Morganton, and by an infant brother that died at birth.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2008 at First Baptist Church of Drexel with Reverends Tito Madrazo and Bob Devinney officiating. Burial will follow in Drexel Memorial Park with military honors to be performed by Valdese American Legion Post #234. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509New York, NY 10018. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Leon Goudas and the staff of Burke Hospice and Palliative Care and also Burt Montcrief of Burke Primary for their wonderful care. They would also like to thank the family and friends for their loyal support during this period of declining health.



Eddie Lee Buchanan     [Back to Top]

Eddie Lee Buchanan, 74, of Ridgecreek Dr. in Morganton died Friday, October 31, 2008 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. He was born November 25, 1933 in Pound, VA and was a son of the late Clifford and Goldie Newson Buchanan. Eddie served in the US Air Force for 10 years and was a retired employee of the Morganton US Post Office. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church where he served on several committees including the finance committee and the pre-school Board of Directors. Eddie was a faithful member of the Adult Men’s Sunday school class and was the financial advisor for the “Touch the World Ministry”.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Anne Franklin Buchanan, of the home; daughters, Robbin D. Buchanan of Morganton, and Debbie Ogle and her husband, Gary, of Rutherford College; granddaughters, Deanna Parks of Morganton and Kristy Ogle of Rutherford College; a brother, Ivens Buchanan of Rockville, MD; half-brothers, Woodrow Buchanan and Nat Buchanan and his wife, Janice, all of Johnson City, TN, and Howard Buchanan of Erwin, TN; a half-sister, Bessie Thomas and her husband, L. G., of Johnson City, TN; and a special cousin, J. L. Hughes and his wife, Frankie, of Cheraw, SC.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford Buchanan, Jr. and by a sister, Janice Butler.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Homer Murdock and Rev. Rob Castle officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. At other times the family will be at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church Youth Building Fund, 1112 Hopewell Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



James R. "Jim" Whisnant     [Back to Top]

James R. “Jim” Whisnant, 71, died unexpectedly, Friday, October 31, 2008 of natural causes. He was born In Burke County on June 13, 1937 and was a son of the late Ernest “Humdinger” Whisnant and Mary Sue Cope Whisnant. In 1999, Jim retired from Henredon Furniture Co. where he had worked for 43 years. He was also a hard working farmer and still used some horse drawn equipment for his farming. He had a deep appreciation of nature and the outdoors and maintained his land on Johns River for family gatherings.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Lackey Whisnant, of the home; his son, Mike Whisnant, of Morganton; his daughters, Arlene Freeman, Darlene Crotts and her husband, Mike, and Regina Whisnant-Roper and her husband, Vince, all of Morganton, and Brenda Whisnant and her husband, Harry Poovey, of Hickory; grandchildren, Tana Freeman, Matt Crotts, Parker Whisnant, Jaxon Whisnant, Grayson Roper, and Wade Roper; great-grandchildren, Kendall and Baylee Freeman; his brothers, W. G. “Bud’ Whisnant and Richard Whisnant both of Morganton, David Whisnant of Jonesboro, TN, Winfred Whisnant of Granite Falls, and Gene Whisnant of Connelly Springs; and his sisters, Gladys Allman, Lucille Allman, Gertrude Clontz, Lib Norville, Sadie Whisenant, and Frances Stamey, all of Morganton. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Bona Whisnant.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 3, 2008, at Victory Chapel Baptist Church with the Reverends John McCarty and George Patton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund, 425 Lost Corner Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.


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