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Archived Obits May 2011



Donald R. "Donnie" Smith     [Back to Top]

Donald R. “Donnie” Smith, 56, of River Road, Morganton, NC died Tuesday, May 2, 2011 at his residence. Born on March 27, 1955, he was a son of Frank D. Smith of Morganton and the late Mary Ruby Penley Smith. Donnie attended Walker’s Chapel Baptist Church.

In addition to his father, Donnie is survived by a brother, Glen Edward Smith of Morganton; three nephews; and one niece. Donnie was also preceded in death by a brother, Frank C. Smith, Jr.

The funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at Walker’s Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Danny McNeilly officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Howard T. Bumgarner     [Back to Top]

Howard T. Bumgarner, 82 died Wednesday, May 04, 2011, following a period of declining health. He was born in McDowell County on September 10, 1928 and was a son of the late Ivey Patton Bumgarner and Vera Rhyne Bumgarner. Mr. Bumgarner was a U. S. Army veteran and a retired employee of Drexel-Heritage Furnishings. Howard was also a faithful member of Zion Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher.

Surviving are his wife, Frances Southerland Bumgarner, of the home; son, Howard James Bumgarner and his wife, Faye Acuff; daughter, Rev. April Bumgarner Abernethy and her husband, John B. Abernethy, Jr. all of Morganton; grandsons, John B. Abernethy, III, James Abernethy, Josh Rhodes, and Graham Rhodes; brothers, Ivey R. Bumgarner and wife, Edna, of Connelly Springs and Herman J. Bumgarner and wife, Bessie of Lenoir; sisters, Sue B. Southerland of Connelly Springs and Doris B. Norman and husband, Lewis of Newton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Steve Parker and Rev. Dr. Ralph May officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center is assisting the family.



Betty Alice Bowers Brown     [Back to Top]

Betty Alice Bowers Brown, 84, of Golf Course Road, died Thursday, May 5, 2011. Mrs. Brown was born on Lenoir Road in Morganton on April 17, 1927 and was a daughter of the late, Judson and Evelyn Getty Bowers. After graduating from Morganton High School in 1944, Betty Alice enrolled at Pfeiffer Junior College earning a degree in business administration. While a student at Pfeiffer she sang in the chorus, served as vice president of the Order of the Sundial and also vice-president of the student council. Upon graduation, she returned to Morganton and worked at Morganton Hosiery Mill. In 1948 because of her volunteer work with the youth at First United Methodist Church, she became church secretary and director of Christian education at Elkin Methodist Church. God must have sent her there because that is where she met Jack Frye Brown whom she married in 1950.

Betty Alice worked for 27 years at Bowers Insurance Company and also worked at Hardwoods of Morganton, and Tux Bowers Motor Company. Upon her retirement she enjoyed cooking, gardening, and was an avid sports fan. She loved helping others through her volunteer work. She was active in senior citizens groups including the Friendly Tuesday Club and also at CoMMA. As a musician, Betty Alice enjoyed singing and playing the piano and was a member of the Mimosa Trio which performed for residents at local nursing homes.

As a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, Betty Alice was a member of the choir, the Aldersgate Sunday School Class, and also taught the second grade Sunday school class for many years.

Surviving are sons, Kenneth Brown and his wife, Barbara, of Valdese and Michael Brown and wife, Lynn of Morganton; daughter, Mary Ellen Witherspoon and her husband, Odell of Morganton; sister, Margie Greene and husband, Jim of Lenoir; a sister-in-law, Patsy Bowers of Morganton; grandchildren, Chris Witherspoon and wife, Tanya, Leslie Carpenter and husband, Jeremy, Jamie Sisk and husband, Clay, Anna Brown, Dylan Brown, and Chase Brown; great-grandchildren, Carson and Allie Witherspoon, Tucker and Courtney Sisk, Tanner and Abigail Carpenter; and extended family, Patti Roehrig and husband, Jason, of Morganton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Frye Brown, and brothers, Frank Bowers and Clifton Avery Bowers.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Sydnor Thompson, III and Rev. Todd McCullough officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. Saturday. At other times the family will be at the Bower’s family homeplace. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Music Dept., 200 N. King St., Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center is assisting the family.



Ralph Ward Berry, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Ralph Ward Berry, Sr., 69, of the Salem Community died Thursday, May 5, 2011. Born in Burke County, NC on April 11, 1942, he was the son of the late Alvin Ward Berry and Floy Louise Ross Berry Propst. Ralph was a member and deacon of Missionary Ridge Baptist Church. He was a well-known, self-employed painter in Burke County for 20 years. In 1998 he retired as paint supervisor from J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 46 years, Billie Ann Bristol Berry; children, Patricia Ann Berry and husband, Terry, of Morganton, Charlotte B. Hughes and husband, Samuel, of Old Fort, NC, Ralph Ward Berry, Jr. and wife Angie, of Morganton; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; sisters, Edith B. Waddell and husband, George, of Morganton and Mary Ellen Wagner of Kannapolis, NC; a step-sister, Louise Abernathy of Morganton; a brother, James David Berry, Sr., and wife, Freda, of Morganton; a step-brother, Vernon Propst; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Berry, who died in early childhood; a step-father, Melvin Propst, Sr.; a brother-in-law, Frank Wagner of Kannapolis, NC; and step-brother, Melvin Propst, Jr.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 8, 2011 at Missionary Ridge Baptist Church with Reverends Donald Lovelace and Al Tinnin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. Memorial contributions may be made to Missionary Ridge Baptist Church, 5612 John Watts Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Ruth Stairs Lawrence     [Back to Top]

Ruth Carolyn Stairs Lawrence, 88, of Grace Heights, died Sunday, May 08, 2011. Mrs. Lawrence was born December 31, 1922 in Stoneham, Massachusetts, to the late Jerome and Ruth Mae Lambert Stairs. She was a Chef for 17 years at Southern Adventist University and enjoyed quilting, knitting and crocheting. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Philip E. Lawrence and a brother, Stuart Stairs.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Linden L. Lawrence (Marilyn), Sandra Nowacki (Dave) David E. Lawrence (Paula), Naomi R. Smith (Harold), Ramona L. Grant (Bob), Thomas M Lawrence and Rebecca M Lawrence (Anthony Guadagno); 17 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Pastors Robert Grant and Barry Mahorney officiating. Burial will follow in the Table Rock Seventh Day Adventist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Office Manager, 4-A Oak Branch Dr., Greensboro, NC 27407 or to Southern Adventist University, Worthy Student Fund, P.O. Box 370 Collegedale, TN 37315-0370.



Joe P. Williams     [Back to Top]

Joe P. Williams, 82, of the Salem Community, Morganton, NC went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at Grace Hospital. Born in Burke County, NC on July 19, 1928, he was the son of the late Joseph Preston Williams and Mona Pruett Williams. He was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church. Joe was a manager of the A. & P. Food Store and retired after 30 years. He then worked for Morganton Dye and Finishing for 10 years.

Joe is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Phifer Williams of the home; daughters, Aresa Boykin and husband, Bill, of Columbia, SC and Angela Mabry and husband, Darrell, of N. Myrtle Beach, SC; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Joe Tommy Causby; two nieces; and one nephew.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by two sisters, Aileen Mull and Veredah Causby.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Burkemont Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. David Mills and Rev. Eddy Bunton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burkemont Baptist Church, 4668 Burkemont Road, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Eloise Garrett Bridges     [Back to Top]

Eloise Garrett Bridges, 90 of Cresthill Dr., Morganton, NC died Thursday, May 12, 2011 at her home following a brief illness. Born November 9, 1920 in Buncombe County, NC, she was a daughter of the late William Browning Garrett and Grace Elma Bell Garrett. She was a retired salesperson with Carolina Office Supply in Hickory. Eloise was a very active member of First Baptist Church where she served on food service and bereavement committees. For over forty years she worked with the pre-school age children at the First Baptist Churches of Hickory and Morganton. Mrs. Bridges was an avid and accomplished doll maker. She was a member of the Red Hat Club and of the Elderberries. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Floyd “Jay” Bridges, Jr.

Surviving are her children, Charlotte Bridges Duncan and her husband, Rev. C. Richard Duncan of Montclair, VA, Shirley Bridges-Owen of Morganton, J. Michael Bridges and his wife, Deborah of Morganton, and Keith T. Bridges and his wife, Danette Steelman-Bridges of Morganton; sisters, Elizabeth Love of Gladstone, VA, Anne Robilatto of Martinsburg, PA, Dot Anderson of Hendersonville, NC, and Wilma Cox of Waterloo, SC; grandchildren, Richard David Duncan and wife, Christine, James Robert Bridges and wife, Elizabeth, Anna Catherine Wheeler and husband, Sam, Elizabeth Nicole Murphy and husband, Andy, Michael Keith Bridges and wife, Emily, Jennifer Beth Hines and husband, C. J., Erin Owen, Joshua Keith Bridges, Mark Thomas Bridges, Stephen James Bridges, Kelly Garrett DiFoggio and husband, Mario, Justin Garrett and wife, Jennifer, and Chase Garrett; great grandchildren, Jake and Will Duncan, Jace, Liam, Hana, and Michael Bridges, Thomas and Isabelle Wheeler, Eva and Jack Murphy, James Bridges, Ellie and Maggie Hines, Carmen and Garrett DiFoggio.

A memorial service to celebrate Mrs. Bridges life will be held at 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 16, 2011 at First Baptist Church, Morganton with Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. and Rev. C. Richard Duncan officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church parlor. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Drawer 459, Morganton, NC 28680-0459. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.



Velma Taylor Davis     [Back to Top]

Velma Taylor Davis, 83, of Morganton died Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Grace Heights. Born September 12, 1927 in Greene County, TN, she was a daughter of the late Sidney F. Taylor and Maude Cornwell Taylor. Velma was a member of Nowlings Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Cody Olin Davis; sisters, Ruby T. Drain, Wanda P. Taylor, Charlotte T. Arrington, and Charlsie D. Taylor; and brothers, Maynard, Howard, Luther, Johnnie, Billy, and Jay Taylor.

Velma is survived by her husband, Guy Nelson Davis of the home; children, Peggy Davis Johnson and husband, James, Kenneth H. Davis and wife, Kathy, Gary N. Davis and wife, Judy, Judy Davis Dale and husband, Randy, Bobby Joe Davis and wife, Nancy, Vicki Davis Mayfield and husband, David, Randy Olin Davis and wife, Donna, and Pamela Davis Moses and husband, Jeff, all of Morganton; thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; and brothers, Ray Taylor and wife, Lucy, and Ralph Taylor and wife, Lena, all of Greeneville, TN.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday May 17, 2011 at Nowlings Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with the Reverends Darvy Hensley and Jack Moses officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Nowlings Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 5827 Fisher-Davis Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, or to Special Olympics North Carolina-Burke County, 200 Poteat Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 (checks payable to SONC-Burke County). Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Nita "Raye" Queen Anderson     [Back to Top]

Nita “Raye” Queen Anderson, 88, of Morganton, NC went to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Burke County, NC on April 14, 1923, she was the daughter of the late William Queen and Ida Deal Queen. Mrs. Anderson was a member of Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church where she was active in the Women’s Missionary Society, Senior Citizens Group, and children’s ministries. She also sang in the church choir, and served as the nursery director for many years. She was affectionately known as “Mamaw” to many people in Burke County.

Mrs. Anderson is survived by her daughters, Georgia “Doo-dad” Cowan, and Linda Daves and husband, Robert, all of Morganton; grandchildren, Paula Ford and husband, Robbie, Pam Cowan, Rob Daves, and Amanda D. Looney and husband, Brent; four great-grandchildren, Ali, Jake, and Brodie Ford, and Blaze Cowan; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, George Carl “Bud” Anderson; a daughter, Connie Anderson Bowers; a brother, Ervin Queen; and sisters, Annie Mae Harrison, Mary Anderson, Pearl Beck, and Jane Fortenberry.

A graveside service will be held at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 19, 2011 at Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church Cemetery with the Reverends Brandon Ware and Roger Brackett officiating. Mrs. Anderson will lie in state Thursday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the residence and following the service on Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Shirley B. Douglas     [Back to Top]

Shirley B. Douglas, 68, of Valdese, NC died Monday, May 16, 2011 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Born in Burke County, NC on July 31, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Clyde William Brown and Catherine Saunders Brown. Shirley was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She retired from Western Carolina Center after 30 years of dedicated service. She currently worked part-time for Blue Ridge Healthcare at both Grace and Valdese Hospitals. Shirley and her husband were both active members of the Valdese Lion’s Club.

A loving and devoted, wife, sister, and aunt, Shirley is survived by her husband, Bobby Douglas of the home; sisters, Nancy Barrett and husband, Bill, of Mooresville, NC and Cathy Slick and husband, Glenn, of Marion, NC; a brother-in-law, Robert Cook and wife, Kay, of Drexel; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her sister, Peggy Cook, and her brother, Clyde A. Brown.

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Larry Cline officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Valdese Lion’s Club, P.O. Box 82, Valdese, NC 28690.



Mildred Lee Lafevers Scott     [Back to Top]

Mildred Lee LaFevers Scott, 81 of Lail Rd in Glen Alpine died Thursday, May 19, 2011. Mrs. Scott was born July 31, 1929 in Burke County to the late Roy Lee LaFevers and Julia Wesley Powell LaFevers. A very spiritual woman, she was a member of Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church, and taught Sunday school for over fifty years. Mildred was also active in Wesleyan Women at church. Mildred was a retired employee of the Burke County school system with 25 years of service. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, and spending time with her family. Mildred was well-known for her keen sense of humor.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Vernon “Phil” Scott.

Mrs. Scott is survived by a son, David H. Scott and wife, Karen of Morganton; daughters, Leann S. Grogan and husband, Dave of Drexel, and Sheila S Grady and husband, Ken of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Paige Grogan, Erin Grady, and Landon Grady; a sister, Betty Ann Orders of Glen Alpine, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church with the Reverends Roger Brackett and Dean Lavender officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Alpine Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Ronald Charles Denton     [Back to Top]

Ronald Charles Denton, Sr., 64, of Morganton, NC died Thursday, May 19, 2011. Born in Cleveland County, NC on November 22, 1946, he was the son of the late Charles Baxter Denton and Mary Frances Peeler Lloyd. Ronald was a member of Catawba Valley Baptist Church. He was a graduate of both Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ron had served as a Cubmaster at First Presbyterian Church Cub Scout Pack #200 and a Scout Master at St. Charles Catholic Church for Boy Scout Troop #182. As an avid auctioneer, he was also a collector of antiques. Ron touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed.

Ronald is survived by his wife of 46 years, Judy Ann York Denton of the home; children, Shandy Williams of Morganton, Ronald Charles “Chuck” Denton, Jr. and wife, Jessica, of Clearwater, FL, and Matthew Denton of the home; grandchildren, Morgan Barr, Courtney Barr, Christian Barr, David Denton, and Gracie Denton; and a sister, Denise Hullender and husband Joseph, of Kings Mountain, NC.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Catawba Valley Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Odom officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the residence of the daughter, Shandy, on Bristol Creek Ave., Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to Catawba Valley Baptist Church Building Fund, 107 Valley View Street, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Mina Jo Brooks     [Back to Top]

Mina Jo Brooks, 82, of Morganton, NC died Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Burke Palliative Care Center in Valdese. Born in Atoka County, OK on August 30, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Cecil B. Hacker and Leach C. Ward Hacker. She was a past employee of N.C. School for the Deaf and Western Carolina Center.

Mina Jo is survived by her husband, Joseph Carl Brooks of the home and a sister, Caroline H. Trickett of OK.

A celebration of Mina Jo's life will be held at 6:00 p.m., Monday, June 6 2011 in the Chapel of First Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Lineberger officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Clayton Arthur Nichols     [Back to Top]

Clayton Arthur Nichols, 85, of Morganton, NC died Friday, May 20, 2011 surrounded by his family. Born in Amesbury, MA on March 11, 1926, he was the son of the late Elmer Gerald Nichols and Natalie Georgia Bennett Nichols. Clayton was a 26 year veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during WWII, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. He then worked and retired from the U.S. Government. Following his retirement he moved to Morganton and worked for several years as a substitute teacher.

Clayton is survived by his wife, Alice Sue Dove Nichols of the home; sons, Victor Nichols and Christopher Nichols; a grandson, Sinjin Nichols; a step-son, Paul Dove and wife, Becky, and their children, Savannah and Thomas Dove; and a sister, Barbara Noyes of Amesbury;

In addition to his parents, Clayton was preceded in death by three brothers, Harrison, Gerald, and Robert Nichols.

The memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2011 at Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church with Rev. Roger Brackett officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church, 1741 Jamestown Road, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Roy Lawrence Barrier     [Back to Top]

Roy Lawrence Barrier, 78, of Morganton, NC died Monday, May 23, 2011. Born in Burke County, NC on April 23, 1933, he was the son of the late Adam Comador Barrier and Lola Singleton Barrier.

Roy is survived by his sons, Michael Roy Barrier and wife, Elaine, of Glen Alpine, NC, Steven Lawrence Barrier and wife, Teresa, of Newland, and Brian Keith Barrier and wife, Michelle, of Morganton; a daughter, Pamela K. Barrier-Beck, and husband, Joe, of Morganton; step-children, Thomas Mull of Atlanta, GA and Lynn Mull of Lenoir, NC; brothers, Thomas Barrier of Newland, NC and Dale Barrier of Morganton; sisters, Evelyn Grindstaff of Forest City, NC and Jackie Clark of Morganton; grandchildren, Starla McClellan, Ian Beck, Tara Beck, Trevor Barrier, and Luke Barrier; and a great-grandchild, Zakery McClellan.

The memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Dr. Larry Cline officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan’s Clinic, P.O. Box 3601, Morganton, NC 28680.



Peggy Joyce Wheelon     [Back to Top]

Peggy Joyce Wheelon, 78, of Henderson Mill Rd., Morganton, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011. Peggy was born in Burke County January 19, 1933 to the late Harry Grady Wheelon and Bonnie Mae Dellinger Wheelon. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by daughter, Beverly Oree Anderson McCall and a grandson James Guthrie McCall.

Peggy was a member of Quaker Meadows Presbyterian Church where she served as a Sunday School Teacher, member of the Prayer Circle #2 and the Presbyterian Women. For many years Peggy was active in the Republican Party and Peggy was a member of American Business Women’s Association and The Glen Alpine Woman’s Club. She was employed by Lowes Food for 33 years. Peggy was a wonderful sister, and Amazing Mother, an Awesome Nanny and a compassionate friend. Her love for animals was only surpassed by her love for family and friends.

Our mother enjoyed many years of travel visiting places from Edinburg, Scotland to Jerusalem. She enjoyed these jaunts with childhood friend Bob Terrell and his touring company. Mother has traveled even further now to her New Israel; heaven, to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our Mother lived a quiet faith, instilling in her children the goal that should be firmly set forth, to be in our final days “One with the Lord.” Mother also was an avid reader following the best sellers list and meeting personally many authors of her favorite reads. Her children and grandchildren can attest to her many culinary skills. She made the finest Italian foods and the best biscuits. Far more reaching was her ability to encourage the youth who crossed her path during her career in the food industry, encouraging them to “Reach for the Stars” through educational endeavors and by supporting many monetarily.

Peggy is survived by a son, George Wesley Hawks, IV and wife Shirley of Hyde Park, New York; daughters Denise Anderson Bishop and husband Gary of Lake James Community, and Audrey Anderson Berry and husband, Burton of Morganton with whom she made her home; brother William Wheeler of Lake Forest, Illinois; sisters, Natalie Bumgarner and husband, William of Arcola, Illinois and Polly Cockrell and husband, Ray of Black Mountain; 12 grandchildren, Graham Bishop, Shane Bishop, Angel Williams, Amanda Knutson, Elizabeth Rollins, Buddy Hawks, Ehren Hawks, Melinda McCullough, Genevieve Chapman, Kristalynn Hawks, Autumn Hawks and Heather Hawks and 15 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday at Quaker Meadows Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Andy Parkey and Neil F. Brantley, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Berry Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. At other times the family will be at the home of Audrey and Burton Berry on Henderson Mill Rd. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke County Friends for Animals, PO Box 1884 Morganton, NC 28655.



Elizabeth Bachman Randolph     [Back to Top]

Elizabeth Bachman Randolph, 93, of Bost Rd., Morganton, NC died Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Grace Hospital. Born July 1, 1917 in Baltimore, MD, she was a daughter of the late John Frederick Bachman and Nora Patterson Bachman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Kenneth Vincent “Ted” Randolph; a brother, Henry Bachman; and a sister, Evelyn Daughton. Mrs. Randolph was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who cherished her time helping with children’s and grandchildren’s activities. She was a great supporter of her husband’s dental career, and she was always an avid participant in activities and organizations related to being a dentist’s wife. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Morganton.

Surviving are her children, Janice Randolph Marlow and her husband, Jeff of Morganton and Kenneth V. Randolph, Jr. and his wife, Beverly of Morgantown, WV; grandchildren, Lisa Marlow McRacken of Morganton, Randy Marlow and his wife, Denise of Burnsville, NC, Ted Randolph, III and his wife, Kelly of Fairfield, CT, Shawn Randolph Kelly and her husband, Nick, and Rusty Randolph and his wife, Mandi all of Morgantown, WV; and eleven great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Dr. Sydnor Thompson and Rev. Todd McCullough officiating. Entombment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 N. King St., Morganton, NC 28655 or to a charity of choice.



Bernice Brittain LaFevers     [Back to Top]

Bernice Brittain LaFevers, 84, of Louise St., Morganton died Saturday 28, 2011. Bernice was born March 1, 1927, in Burke County, to the late Lester Samuel Brittain and Edith Luara Branch Brittain. She was a former member of Mount Home Baptist Church where she had taught youth Sunday school. Bernice was the last graduating class of Morganton High School that only went 11 years and was one of the first students at Western Piedmont Community College. She worked at Drexel Heritage for 21 years and retired from BASF with 25 years of service. Bernice had been chairperson of the Senior Citizens Dance Club and the Thursday Night Dance Club at Collette Street Recreation Center.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Eugene LaFevers; a son, Randall “Randy” LaFevers; a sister, Millie Keller and brothers, Garry, Ted and Ralph Brittain.

Bernice is survived by sisters, Betty Jo Phillips of Morganton, Norma Walker of Merritt Island, Florida, and Margaret Hendren of Morganton; a special niece, Diana Keller Espino and many other nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church Chapel, with Rev. Michael R. Bailey officiating. Entombment will follow in the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church parlor. Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial & Tribute Processing Center, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA, 23058-5216, or to First Presbyterian Church, 100 Silver Creek Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



Rudelle McCurry Puett     [Back to Top]

Rudelle McCurry Puett, 80, of Morganton, NC died Saturday, May 28, 2011 at her residence. Born in Burke County, NC on June 11, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Manley McCurry and Ellen Roper Smith. In addition to her parents, Rudelle was preceded in death by her first husband, Oscar Propst, and her second husband, Howard Puett.

Mrs. Puett is survived by her sons, Michael Propst of Morganton and Richard Puett and wife, Miki, of Matthews, NC; and a grandson, Michael C. Propst of Mroganton.

A graveside service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Burke Memorial Park with Rev. Kevin Crawford officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Praise Assembly of God Building Fund, 3925 Maloney Ave., Morganton, NC 28655 or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Patricia Ann Wyatt     [Back to Top]

Patricia Ann Wyatt, 67, of Marion, NC died Monday, May 30, 2011 at the Burke Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. Born in McDowell County, NC on July 28, 1943, she was a daughter of Lillie Pittman Hyatt of Michigan and the late Arlion Wyatt. Patricia was a follower of the Pentecostal Faith.

An accomplished artist, Pat frequently taught oil painting classes at McDowell Technical College. She previously owned and operated “Shaggy Dog” grooming shop. She was also instrumental in establishing the Humane Society in McDowell County. She spent most of her life rescuing animals. Although she did not have children of her own, she mothered many of her nieces and nephews and was very influential in their lives.

In addition to her mother, Pat is survived by her siblings, Barbara Hollifield of Marion, Delores “Dee” Pendley of Morganton, Linda Dillingham of Morganton, Geraldine Roy of MI, William “Bill” Hyatt of MI, and Robin Greenman of MI; and a special, long-time friend, Tom Gibson.

In addition to her father, Pat was preceded in death by her step-father, William Hyatt; brothers, David Houston “Richard” Wyatt and Robert James Hyatt; and a sister, Helen Claudine Wyatt.

The family will have a private family memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to the McDowell County Humane Society, 2986 US 221 North, Marion, NC 28752. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.


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