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Archived Obits August 2011



Mary Idella Branch Hoke     [Back to Top]

Mary Idella Branch Hoke, 96, of Burkemont Ave., Morganton, NC died Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at her home. Born in Burke County, NC on December 23, 1914, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Pinkney Branch and Alvina Wilhelmena Heele Branch. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, James Quinton Hoke; brothers, Joseph Holmes Branch, Cecil Douglas Branch, Richard Donald Branch, and Leroy Walter Branch; and sisters, Ruby Branch Scott, Catherine Branch Byrd, Minnie Branch Williams, and Amelia Branch Wall.

Surviving are her son, Johnny Pinkney Hoke and his wife, Mable Queen Hoke of Morganton; a daughter, Ann Hoke Paschal of Dahlonega, GA; sisters, Virginia Branch Kirby and Faye Branch Leonhardt both of Morganton; numerous nephews and nieces; and a special family friend and Mary’s caregiver, Steve Holder.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Salem United Methodist Church with the Reverends Mark Conforti and Donald Freshour officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour before the service. Memorial gifts may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 1206 Salem Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



Roy Eli Setzer     [Back to Top]

Roy Eli Setzer, 85, of the Hartland Community died Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Roy was born May 22, 1926 in Caldwell County to the late Joseph Wilfong Setzer and Lou Ellen Kincaid Setzer. He was a member of Hartland Baptist Church and U.S. Marine veteran of WWII. In addition to his parents Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elise McCurry Setzer. Roy is survived by a step-son, Norris McCurry and his wife Brenda of Morganton; and step-grandsons, Adam McCurry and Patrick McCurry both of Morganton.

A funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Hartland Baptist Church with Rev. Matthew A Grindstaff officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Hartland Baptist Church, 3730 Hartland Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Annie Bashie Chastain Crutchfield     [Back to Top]

Annie Bashie Chastain Crutchfield, 94, of Morganton, NC died Wednesday, August 3, 2011 following a period of declining health. Born in Thomas County, GA on November 13, 1916, she was the daughter of the late William Chastain and Nellie Benton Chastain. Bashie was a member of Grace Episcopal Church where she served as an interpreter for many years, taught Sunday School, was a member of the Altar Guild, and was a member of the Vestry. Bashie was a girl scout leader for girls at Grace Church ranging from Brownies to high school. She interpreted for her husband at Boy Scout functions, and helped him with numerous Boy Scout activities. She graduated from Montreat College and was in the teacher training program at the NC School for Deaf. She spent her entire teaching career at NCSD. She was a member of the Morganton Lioness Club and the Friday Book Club.

Bashie is survived by her son, Paul B. Crutchfield and wife, Sharon, of St. Augustine, FL; a daughter, Anne Crutchfield Chastain of Morganton; grandchildren, Jeter Crutchfield of Austin, TX, Brad Call of Asheville, NC, Operations Spec. 3rd Class Andrew Call of the U.S. Navy and wife, Sarah, of Bremerton, WA, and Josh Call and wife, Brenna, of Morganton; great-grandchildren, Gracie Call, Henry Call, and Abigail Call; a former son-in-law, Dale Call of Morganton; a brother, Hugh Chastain and wife, Ursula, of Orlando, FL; and special nieces, Betty Lou DeLaughter of Morganton, Pat Crutchfield, and Trisha Crutchfield, both of Drexel, and many other nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Bashie was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Bradshaw Crutchfield, five brothers, and two sisters.

The celebration of Bashie’s life will be held at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Grace Episcopal Church with Rev. Bruce Walker, Rev. Scott Oxford, Rev. Kenneth Whittington, and Mr. Don Hemstreet officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or to the Altar Guild at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South King Street, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Maudie Duckworth Cline     [Back to Top]

Maudie Duckworth Cline, 97, of Morganton died Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at Grace Hospital following a period of declining health. Born July 30, 1914 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Jerome Kenneth Duckworth and Ora Alice Rockett Duckworth. Maudie was the oldest member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church. She loved to landscape her yard with shrubbery and flowers. Maudie was a former employee of the Rainbow Grill, and later worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Ralph Falls. She was a devoted wife and mother.

Maudie is survived by sons, C. Wayne Cline and wife, Carolyn of Morganton, and Alan D. Cline of Newton, NC; grandchildren, Devin William Cline and Hannah Olivia Cline; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Betty Bailey.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil G. Cline; brothers, Oscar Lee, James Kenneth, Orville Wilbur, Floyd Melville, Wilson Woodrow, and Richard Watkins Duckworth; and sisters, Wecie Geneva D. Harris, Bonnie Louise D. Epley, and Callie Mae D. Mull.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Heather S. Kilbourne officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday one hour before the funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthews United Methodist Church, 201 Shady Rest Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



Margaret Franklin Scronce McCall     [Back to Top]

Margaret Franklin Scronce McCall, 84, of Morganton, NC, formerly of Drexel, died Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Born in Burke County, NC on May 2, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Ed Franklin and Willie Chapman Franklin. Margaret was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and retired from the Burke County School System after 18 years of service.

She is survived by her sons, Thomas Vernon Scronce and wife, Connie, of Valdese, David Steele Scronce and wife, Joanelle, of Morganton; a daughter, Frances Stamey Scronce of Drexel; a brother, J.D. Franklin of Oak Ridge, TN; sisters, Betty Brendle and husband, Jim of Valdese and Lena Mosteller of Morganton; grandsons, Joshua Scronce and wife, Donna, Matthew Scronce and wife, Tracy, Jacob Scronce and wife, Maggie, and Daniel Stamey; great-grandchildren, Hannah Scronce, Caleb Scronce, Hailey Stamey, and Terri Shook; and two great-great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Carson Shook.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Steele Scronce; her second husband, Bernie Gilbert McCall; a son, Robert Daniel Scronce; sisters, Lavaughn Weatherman and Lorena Wiggins; and a son-in-law, Eddie Stamey.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Christ United Methodist Church with Rev. Martha Buff Welch officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday 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 30 minutes prior to the funeral. At other times the family will be at the residence of Frances Scronce, 3812 Castle Drive, Drexel. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or to Grace Heights, 109 Foothills Drive, Morganton, NC 28655.



John "Obie" Buff     [Back to Top]

John “Obie” Buff, 67, of Morganton, NC died Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at Grace Hospital, NC. Born in Burke County, NC on June 5, 1944, he was the son of the late John A. Buff and Swannie Causby Buff. John retired from the City of Morganton after thirty years of service. He and his wife loved the mountains and camping at Maggie Valley.

Obie is survived by his wife of 47 years, Virginia Louise Swink Buff of the home; sons, Keith Buff and wife, DeShane, Kenneth Buff and wife, Sherry, and Sherman Buff and wife, Michelle, all of Morganton; grandchildren, J.P., Brooke, Sha, Brandon, Miranda, and Kenneth A. Buff; great-grandchildren, Zach Ward, Jade Williams, Sidney Williams, and Chloe Buff; and siblings, Woodrow Buff and wife, Marie, of Morganton, Shirley McDaniels and husband, Jim, of Glen Alpine, NC, and Darlene Waters of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Faith Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Richard Ellington and Mr. Randy Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society, North Carolina Chapter, 505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230, Raleigh, NC 27605.



Ray Woodard Lipe     [Back to Top]

ay Woodard Lipe, 81 of Morganton, N.C. died Thursday morning, August 04, 2011 following a yearlong battle with liver disease. He was born in Kannapolis, NC on January 11, 1930 and was a son of the late John Alexander Lipe and Ada Lou Overcash Lipe. He was a 1949 graduate of J.W. Cannon High School in Kannapolis, NC and served in the US Army during the Korean War. After his service he attended King’s College in Charlotte, NC and worked as a finance manager for Ralston Purina. He retired in 1995 from Southern Devises as a financial controller. Mr. Lipe was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner.

Ray is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara Simmons Lipe; two sons, David Kent Lipe and wife, Karleen, of Concord, NC and Kevin Scott Lipe and wife, Emily of Lexington, NC; one sister, Faye Cook of Concord, NC. Ray and Barbara were blessed with six grandchildren, Ashston and Julia Lipe of Fredericksburg, VA, Alexander and Audrianna Lipe of Lexington NC, Christian Lipe and Brandon Lamie of Concord, NC.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Otto, Homer, Floyd, and Marvin all of Kannapolis, NC and five sisters, Nell Tedder, Pauline Westmoreland, Mary Lou Johnson, Grace Gregory and Pearl McCormac all of Kannapolis, NC.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 6, 2011 at First Baptist Church of Morganton with Rev. Frederick L. Schuszler officiating. The family will receive friends at the church parlor one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Street, Greenville, SC 29605.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center is assisting family.



Mackie "Mack" W. Epley     [Back to Top]

Mackie “Mack” W. Epley, 76 of Mt. Olive Church Rd., Morganton, NC died Thursday, August 4, 2011 at his home following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on November 11, 1934, he was a son of the late Benjamin Franklin Epley and Frances Settlemeyer Epley. For over thirty years, Mack worked as a molder at Drexel-Heritage Furnishings, and he also worked at Universal Furniture in Marion, NC. He attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Tom Epley and sisters, Judy Buff and Katie Belle Fowler.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Ruth McMahan Epley of the home; a son, Randy Wilson Epley of Morganton; daughters, Judy Epley Roberts and her husband, Tim of Newton, NC and Peggy Epley Connelly of Morganton; grandchildren, Dustin Epley, Cody Epley, Chastity Edney McNeely, Jonathan Whalen, Fred Whalen, Emily Connelly, and Timberly Clauss; three great grandchildren; a sister, Betty Herrick of Morganton; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with the Rev. Doug St. John officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour before the service.



Max Auldredge     [Back to Top]

Max Auldredge, 79, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died Thursday, August 4, 2011 following a period of declining health. Mr. Auldredge was born in Buncombe County, NC on October 9, 1931 and was a son of the late Claude A. and Octavia Clark Auldredge. Max was a hard working man who enjoyed spending time with his family. He was also an avid musician and enjoyed playing the banjo and guitar. He was a member of Glen Alpine First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Sue Frisbee Auldredge, of the home; sons, Ricky Auldredge and wife, Anne, of Morganton and Tracy Auldredge and wife, Melanee, of Olympia, WA; daughters, Linda Hunt and husband, Pat, of Lenoir, Maxine Davis, and Robin Burgess and husband, David, all of Glen Alpine; sisters, Pauline Owenby, Frances Ball and Nanette Dowdle all of Asheville, Jean Hunter, of Birmingham, AL, Vivian Scott of Fletcher, and Virginia Tweed, of Hendersonville; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Max was preceded in death by a half brother, Walter Auldredge; and twin sisters, June and Joan Auldredge.

Funeral services for Max Auldredge will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Mull officiating. Entombment will follow at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Palliative Care & Hospice Center of Catawba County, Inc., 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.



Elizabeth "Lib" Fisher Giles     [Back to Top]

Elizabeth ‘Lib” Fisher Giles, 82, of Morganton died August 5, 2011. She was born in Burke County on January 8, 1929 to the late Benjamin Harrison Fisher and Effie Aletha Wooten Fisher. Mrs. Giles was a member of Mt. Home Baptist Church. She was the role model grandmother with her world champion pound cake and “C.C.” baking. She loved to garden and yard work. “There will not be a leaf on the yard of heaven from now on.”

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Trexler Giles; a son Timothy Giles; a brother, Clyde Fisher; and a sister, Irene Bowers.

Mrs. Giles is survived by her son, Ernie Giles and his wife, Marsha of Chattanooga, Tennessee; grandchildren, Jessica Giles Hurst and her husband, Tim, and Destiny Giles Johnson and her husband, James all of Chattanooga, Tennessee; great-grandchildren, Jakob, Elias, Samuel, Ellanor, and Charlie; siblings, Virginia Propst, Jo Ellen Lipe, Louis Fisher, and Ben Herman Fisher.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Mount Home Baptist Church with the Rev. David Orders officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p. m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Mount Home Baptist Church, 2272 Mount Home Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.



Richard Douglas Lott     [Back to Top]

Richard Douglas Lott, 75, loving father and devoted fisherman, passed at Burke Palliative Care Center on Sunday, August 7, 2011. Born in Endicott, NY on April 15, 1936, he was the son of the late Harry Lott and Cleo Buck Lott. Mr. Lott was a retired engineer for IBM.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Brittain and husband, Marty, of Valdese, NC and a brother, Roger Lott of Endwell, NY.

In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Phoebe Lott, two brothers, and one sister.

The memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Mr. Jeff Franklin officiating. 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 Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Pamela Garrison, Amanda Nowatka, and the staff at Burke County Hospice for their remarkable care and friendship.



Virginia Cleo Rector Hamby     [Back to Top]

Virginia Cleo Rector Hamby, 86, of Jonas Ridge, NC died Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at Jonas Ridge Adult Care following a period of declining health. Born December 10, 1924 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late William Anderson and Minnie Ogle Rector. Cleo was a member of High Peak Baptist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Irene Abernathy and husband, Robert, and a brother-in-law, Jim Hamby, all of Valdese; a sister-in-law, Betty Holder of Lenoir; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Allen Hamby; six brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, August 11, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Lonnie Wayne Barns officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour before the service.



Norma Jean Brock     [Back to Top]

Norma Jean Brock, 73, of Morganton went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at her residence following a lengthy illness. Born May 23, 1938 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Leslie Dean Whetstine and Margaret Elizabeth Powell Whetstine. Norma was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church where she attended Sunday school and sang in the church choir. She also taught I.W.A.N.A. Norma retired as a health care technician with over 20 years of service from J. Iverson Riddle Development Center. Her hobbies were working in her garden and around her house.

She is survived by her husband, Henry A. Brock, Jr. of the home; daughters, Tonya Denise Edwards Silver of Valdese, and Lisa Edwards Brown of Rutherford College; grandchildren, Dylan Silver, Brooke Silver, Allie Brown, and Beige Brown; and great-grandchildren, Ariel Silver, Skylar Mull, and Ayden Brown.

In addition to her parents, Norma was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sabra Patrice Brown; and siblings, Bill Whetstine and Maxine Rector.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, August 12, 2011 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Dr. Dewey Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.



Robert Chandler, Jr.     [Back to Top]

Mr. Robert Chandler Jr., 50, of Morganton died unexpectedly, Saturday August 13, 2011 at his residence Formerly of Lincoln County he was born May 5, 1961 to Robert Chandler Sr. and Maxine Shelton Chandler of Morganton.

Mr. Chandler had worked for Drexel Heritage for a number of years in the maintenance department.

In addition to his parents he survived by a son, Aaron Chandler, of Stanley; brother, Bruce Chandler, of Fallston; and many other family members.

A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Monday August 15, 2011 at Riverside Baptist Church with the Reverend Burl Sain officiating. Burial will follow in the Church cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends at the church from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Monday August 15, 2011.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Baptist Church, 516 NC 126, Morganton, NC 28655.



Blanche Irene Little Tensley     [Back to Top]

Blanche Irene Little Tensley, 89, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, August 13, 2011 following a period of declining health. She was born in Catawba County on October 17, 1921 and was a daughter of the late Marshall Vance Little and Essie Mae Starnes Little. Mrs. Tensley was a “Mom” to all, loved her animals and gardening, and she crocheted daily. She was a member of Lake View Baptist Church.

Surviving are sons, John Henry Tensley, III and wife, Christine of Connelly Springs, Lawrence Tensley and Terry Ray Tensley both of Morganton; daughters, Melba Delores Greene and husband, Edgar, and Tonia Gail Cook and husband, Jackie Ray all of Valdese, Janice Hamby and husband, Billy Ray of Morganton, Teresa Ann Miller and husband, Charles of Hickory, and Debbie Mae Branch and husband, John of Drexel; nineteen grandchildren; forty-two great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Blanche was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Tensley, II; son Richard Tensley; and brother, Harold Little.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 16, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hickory, NC. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Margaret Hennessee Carswell     [Back to Top]

Margaret Hennessee Carswell, 97, of Shelby, NC formerly of Morganton died Sunday, August 14, 2011. She loved her husband, her family and friends, and above all, the Lord Jesus Christ. She was born in Burke County on June 19, 1914 and was a daughter of the late Robert Avery Hennessee and Flora Newton Hennessee. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Millard Carswell who died in 1994; brothers, Robert, James, Russell, Carl, and Paul Edwin Hennessee; and by sisters, Josie Watts, Helen Poteat, Mary Grigg, and Martha Preuss. Mrs. Carswell was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church which she joined in 1938.

Surviving are her nieces and nephews, Betty Samole, Barbara Preuss, Patrick Preuss and his wife, Gary Grigg, Teresa Grigg, Donald Grigg and his wife, Edith Hennessee Mitchell and her husband, Bob Hennessee and his wife, and David Hennessee; many great-nieces and great-nephews, including Nicholas Samole, Anthony Buchanan, Michael Sherrod, Jon Sherrod, Randy Sherrod, Mary Helen Sherrod Crowder, Patrick Mitchell, and great-niece “by heart”, Bridgett Condren; and great-great-nieces and nephews including, Jacob, Ethan, Tyler, Zachary, Jackson, Dianna, and Julia.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, August 20, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. John Barnhardt officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Saturday at the funeral home one hour before the service.



Ellene Sanders Beck     [Back to Top]

Ellene Sanders Beck, 83, of Glen Alpine, NC died Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at Grace Heights. Born December 17, 1927 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Frank Sanders and Grace Yarborough Sanders. Ellene was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church, and a retired employee of Drexel-Heritage Furnishings Company.

She is survived by a son, James “Buster” Beck of Glen Alpine; a daughter, Phyllis Beck Fox and husband, Jim of Morganton; grandchildren, William “Dee” Beck and wife, Lisa, and Tracey Fowler and husband, Kevin; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Eula Matthews of Drexel, Iris Moore and Thula Cairico, both of Rock Hill, SC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ellene was preceded in death by her husband, James Douglas Beck; brothers, Ed, Earl, and Jimmy Sanders; and sisters, Mammie Henson, Vonnie Holder, and Virginia “Babe” Hawkins.

Cryptside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, August 18, 2011 at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with Rev. Adrian Shephard officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 until 8:00 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.



Alice Whisenant     [Back to Top]

Alice Whisenant, 88, of Morganton died Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at Burke Palliative Care Center in Valdese. Born August 16, 1923 in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie T. Whisenant and Nellie Perkins Whisenant. Alice was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Sigmon, a special niece, Barbara Small, nephews, Ed Whisenant, Howard “Butch” Whisenant, and Roger Dale Baker; and a great-nephew, John Small, all of Morganton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Willie Mae Whisenant; and brothers, Charlie “Caleb” Whisenant, Winford Robert Whisenant, C. J. Whisenant, and Howard Whisenant.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Forest Hill Cemetery with Rev. Harold Joplin officiating. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Bradley "Lee" Stephens, Jr.     [Back to Top]

Bradley Dale “Lee” Stephens, Jr., 25, of Spainhour Road, Morganton, NC died Thursday, August 18, 2011 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte as the result of an automobile accident. Born in Burke County, NC on August 11, 1986, he was the son of Bradley Dale Stephens and Linda Lee Harney Stephens of Morganton. Lee was a member of Quaker Meadows Presbyterian Church.

He was a 2004 graduate of Freedom High School and was attending Western Piedmont Community College to get his Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. Lee worked together with his father at Stephens Auction Company and wanted to become an auctioneer. Lee had a life-long love of horses and was known throughout the country as an accomplished horseman. A kind-hearted and genuine man, Lee had a deep love for his family and friends and had a smile that could light up a room.

In addition to his parents, Lee is survived by his siblings, Ginny Stephens and fiancé, Chance Gregory, of Hutchinson, KS, Carrie Stephens of the home, and Sam Stephens of the home; paternal grandparents, Bob and Franda Stephens of Morganton and a maternal grandfather, John Harney of Reno, NV; aunts and uncles, Frankie and Daphne Stephens, Chris and Libby Stephens, Larry and JoLee Harney, and Kenny and Donna Harney, all of Morganton, and Tommy and Jody Harney of Franklin, TN; along with many other close family members and friends.

Lee was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Irene Lee Harney, and an uncle, Henry James Harney.

The funeral will be held at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, August 21, 2011 at Quaker Meadows Presbyterian Church with Rev. Andrew Parkey officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Quaker Meadows Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall Building Fund, 2698 NC Hwy 181, Morganton, NC 28655 or to the Lee Stephens Scholarship Fund, c/o Kenny Harney, 4638 Mount Olive Church Road, Morganton NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



William E. Aldridge     [Back to Top]

William E. Aldridge, 44, of Morganton, NC died Thursday, August 18, 2011 after several years of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on January 11, 1967, he was the son of Barbara J. Hurt Aldridge of Morganton and the late Bill E. Aldridge. William loved the Lord and outdoors, and he was an avid gun and knife collector.

In addition to his mother, William is survived by his wife, Cindy Cook Aldridge of the home; a son, Joshua Hennessee and special friend, Jennifer Crisp, of Morganton; grandchildren, Meagen Hennessee and Briar Hunter Hennessee; a step-grandson, Kevin Crisp; a brother, Stephen Aldridge of Morganton; and two special nieces, Cheyenne Aldridge and Melissa Aldridge.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, August 21, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Reverends Joshua Hennessee and Jackie Price officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View #1 Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to help with family expenses.



Bettye F. Lay     [Back to Top]

Bettye F. Lay, 57, of Valdese, NC began her great adventure on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at her residence. She was surrounded by friends and family when she left. Born on November 14, 1953 to Bob and Frances Lay, she had lived in Morganton for most of her life.

Left to remember the life here are her brother, Douglas, with wife, Luanne, in Salt Lake City; her children, Emily Castelow, with husband, David, and Jonathan Hipps, both of the Outer Banks; granddaughters, Kristen and Ashley Castelow; and her best friend, spouse, and the love of her life, Katherine McCall of Drexel.

Bettye was lucky enough to find two careers that she loved. She spent many years working in the health care field, from CNA to Administrator. Her residents loved her bright, caring spirit. It would be difficult to say who gained the most from their interactions.

In 2006 Bettye embarked on her next career as a real estate agent. In 2009 she, along with her business partner, Louis Pugh, began Key Property Associates. At a time when everyone else would have run from that business, she jumped in with both feet and the business has tripled in size. She was very proud of “her baby”.

A celebration of Bettye’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 22, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Costner officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to assist with expenses.



Opal Elizabeth Todd     [Back to Top]

Opal Elizabeth Fulks Todd, 84, died Sunday, August 21, 2011 following a period of declining health. She was born in Dallas, Texas on July 2, 1927 and was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Octavia Fulks. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Todd was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Lindon Todd, and by four sisters.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed cooking and baking her special pies for her family and her church family. She was a member of Hickory First Church of God.

Surviving are sons, Gerald Alvin Todd and wife, Doris, of Colorado Springs, CO and Ralph Levon Todd and wife, Shirley, of Bentonville, Arkansas; daughter, Velma Mozingo and husband, Duane, of Hickory; seven grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, August 25, 2011, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Dr. Michael Hone officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. The committal service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2011 at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. Memorial contributions may be made to Hickory First Church of God, 306 14th St., SW, Hickory, NC 28601.



C. Toni Whitesell     [Back to Top]

C. “Toni” Whitesell, 76, died Monday, August 22, 2011 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. She was born in Palm Beach County, FL on October 8, 1934 and was a daughter of the late Frank E. and Nioma Parrish Mize. In addition to her parents, Toni was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-nine years, Claire A. Whitesell, Jr.

Toni attended St. Mary’s High School in Miami, FL, and entertained troops at USO functions with her musical talents. She was a past president of the Burke County Board of Realtors and owned her own real estate company. Toni was an advocate for special needs children and was instrumental in the building of The House of Refuge Homeless Shelter. She was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and was active in many ministries there throughout the years.

Surviving are sons, Joseph Whitesell of Morganton and David Whitesell and wife, Jill, of Watkinsville, GA; daughters, Liz Grant and husband, Gary of Columbus, GA, and Kathy Whitesell and Debby Whitesell both of Morganton; sister, Roberta “Cookie” Letourneau of Enfield, NC; grandchildren, Marni Jennings, Michael Grant, Christopher, Joshua, Cameron, Mattie, Callie, and Emma Whitesell; and great-grandchildren, Patrick and Paige Jennings.

The funeral Mass will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2011 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with Fr. Kenneth Whittington officiating. A sign language interpreter will be provided for the funeral service. The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 1:00 p.m. Friday at the church with a rosary to be said for Toni at 11:40 a.m. At other times the family will be at the residence.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 728 W. Union St., Morganton, NC 28655, or The House of Refuge, PO Box 1371, Morganton, NC 28680, or Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center is assisting with arrangements.



Jim Carico     [Back to Top]

Jim Carico, 62, of Morganton, NC went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, August 22, 2011. Born in Cleveland County, NC on September 2, 1948, he was the son of the late Sam Junior Carico and Valerie Bumgardner Carico. He was a devoted member of North Side Baptist Church in Caldwell County. He worked at Impact Furniture for over 20 years and retired from Caterpillar. Jim was an avid outdoorsman.

Jim is survived by his wife, Debbie Hicks Carico of the home; a son, Scott Carico and wife, Heidi, of Morganton; a brother, Gary M. Carico of Morganton; a nephew, Mike Carico; and a god-son, Dalton Land.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 24, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Reverends Howard Michaels and Eugene Bumgardner officiating. Burial will follow in Old Golden Valley Missionary Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to North Side Baptist Church, c/o Rev. Howard Michaels, 5516 Jenkins Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



Charles Keith Mosteller     [Back to Top]

Keith Mosteller, 54, of Valdese, died suddenly Monday August 22, 2011 at Grace Hospital. Born in Burke County on July 20, 1957, Keith was the son of Betty Tallent Mosteller of Valdese and the late Willie G. Mosteller.

In addition to his mother, Keith is survived by his partner of 29 years, John H. Bounous, their son Aiden Keith Johnson, and his faithful dog, Demi, all of the home. A devoted son, partner, father, and companion, he will be greatly missed. Keith is also survived by his dear cousin, Barbara Metz of Hudson, NC.

Also left to cherish his memory are numerous friends including Debbie, Kevin, and Destiny Thompson and the many colleagues, patients, patrons, and neighbors he touched as a caregiver at Western Carolina Center, as a cosmetologist and salon owner, or as a true companion.

In spite of any personal discomfort he might have from time to time, he remained smiling and cheerful and was always more than happy to do anything he could to help a friend. In addition to his family and friends he loved going out or just relaxing in front of the TV with his dog or keeping in touch on the phone.

In keeping with Keith’s wishes, in lieu of any service, his family will host a reception in his honor and memory and welcome all his friends to join them in a celebration of his life on Sunday, August 28, 2011, from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Waldensian Heritage Wines, 4946 Villar Lane, NE, Valdese, NC 28690. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith in America, PO Box 1176, Hudson, NC 28638 or to The Waldensian Heritage Museum, PO Box 111, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Elsie L. Denton     [Back to Top]

Mrs. Elsie Lane Denton, 92, of Morganton, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Grace Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

She was born on May 19, 1919, in Morganton and was the child of the late Ned Lane and Sarah Roper Lane.

Elsie was educated in Burke County and graduated from Morganton High School. She was an assistant teacher at both Pilot Mountain and Mull Elementary schools. Elsie loved to read, take rides, spend time with family and had a perfect smile. During her ninety-two years she devoted herself to the care of others. She was a member of Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Pinkney Denton; her brothers, Will, Shuford, Luke, Lonnie and Walter Lane; and a sister, Annie Deal.

Surviving are her children, William “Bill” Denton and his wife, Judy Spake Denton, Robert “Bobby” Denton, Lynette Denton Waters and her husband, Steve Waters, Rebecca Denton Ritchie and her husband, Clay Ritchie; her grandchildren, Mark Denton and his wife, Sandy Denton, Kevin Denton, Kimberly Morris and her husband, William Morris, Robert K. Denton and his wife, Lauren Denton, Zachary Denton and his wife, Sherry Denton, Morgan Williford and her husband, Stanly Williford, Bronwyn Crain and her husband, Jason Crain, Dustin Rick Durham; and her great-grand children, Colby Denton, Jessica Denton, Sarah Denton, Brooke Morris, Jackson Denton, Hampton Denton, Kennedy Denton, Kaylee Denton, Talon Denton, and Claire Williford. She was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donald Lovelace officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church two hours prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 5358 Denton’s Chapel Road, Morganton, N.C. 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Christine Hogan Goodnight     [Back to Top]

Christine Hogan Goodnight, 85, died Monday, August 29, 2011. She was born in Burke County on March 20, 1926 and was a daughter of the late John and Lillian Smith Hogan. In addition to her parents, Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Goodnight, and by her sister, Helen Hogan.

Christine was a lifelong member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a faithful volunteer of BUCM Soup Kitchen when it opened in the original location on South Green Street. She also worked at both Grace Hospital and Roses.

The funeral will be held at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 1, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Larry Thompson officiating. Friends will gather Thursday at the funeral home at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 407 S. Green St., Morganton, NC 28655.



Ruth Ann Lewis Epley     [Back to Top]

Ruth Ann Lewis Epley, 68, of Morganton, NC died Monday, August 29, 2011 at the Burke Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. Born in McDowell County, NC on December 3, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Lewis and Alda Randolph Lewis. Ruth was of the Baptist Faith. A loving mother and grandmother, she enjoyed spending time with her family.

Ruth is survived by her sons, Chris Crain and wife, Tara, of Aynor, SC and Randy D. Crain of Morganton; daughters, Nancy Piercy and husband, Johnny, Jr., of Morganton and Brandy Miller and husband, Don, of Scotland; a brother, David Lewis and wife, Nellie of Morganton; a sister, Brenda Johnson of Morganton; eighteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; an aunt, Ruth Duncan of Morganton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by a daughter, Phala Ballard; two great-grandsons, Jayden Peyton and Thomas Miller; a brother, Harold Lewis; a special companion, Scott Rogers; and a daughter-in-law, Sandra Crain.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 1, 2011 at Carswell Memorial Baptist Church with Reverends Jeff Boone and J. C. Bradley 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 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 the family to assist with final expenses.



Artie Clark Patton     [Back to Top]

Artie Clark Patton, 73, of Lenoir, NC died Monday, August 29, 2011 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir. Born in Avery County, NC on December 10, 1937, she was the daughter of the late William Elgie Clark and Margaret Loretta Clark. Artie was a member of Lenoir First Freewill Baptist Church and was a poultry grower for Breeden Poultry.

She is survived by her sons, Dennis Patton of Morganton, NC, Kenneth Patton of Lenoir, Michael Patton of Granite Falls, NC, and Mark Patton of Lenoir; twelve grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and half-sisters, Dovie Mae Rogers and Pearl Buchanan.

In addition to her parents, Artie was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Franklin Patton; son, Keith Patton and Darin Patton; a grandson, Tracy Patton; brother, Hubert, Morris, John, and Archie Clark; sisters, Opel Friday, Dorothy Patton, and Ann Everhardt; four half-brothers; and four half-sisters.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, September 2, 2011 at Nowling’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Reverends Darvy Hensley and Jack Moses officiating. Burial will follow in Drucilla Independent Fundamental Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.



Seth Tyler Carswell     [Back to Top]

Seth Tyler Carswell, 19, of Marion, NC passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2011 as the result of an automobile accident. Seth was born in Burke County, NC on May 8, 1992. Seth was raised in the Free Will Baptist Faith. He graduated from McDowell County Early College in May of 2011. He was a kind, tender hearted person who had many friends.

Seth is survived by his father, Charles W. Carswell of Morganton; his mother, Levonda Hensley Smith and husband, Charles, of Marion; brothers, Charles Matthew Carswell of Morganton, Kyle William Carswell and wife, Casee, of Pensacola, FL, and Calvin D. Metcalf and wife, Marisol, of El Paso, TX; a sister, Brianna Moretz of Marion; a nephew, Caleb Carswell; nieces, Kailyn Carswell, Hannah and Gracie Carswell, and Madison Metcalf; and his maternal grandparents, Rev. Dan and Voneta Hensley.

Seth was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, W.E. and Willeskie Carswell.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 3, 2011 at Nowlings Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with Reverends Darvy Hensley and Dan Hensley officiating. Burial will follow in the Carswell Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Nowling’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 5061 US Hwy 64, Morganton, NC 28655 to help the family with funeral expenses.



Bobby Joe Seay     [Back to Top]

Bobby Joe Seay, 42, of Hickory, NC died Tuesday, August 31, 2011. Born May 27, 1969 in Burke County, he was a son of Joseph Seay, Sr. of Morganton and Ellen Dyer Seay of Bryson City, NC. He was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Seay, Jr.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, Christopher-Joseph Rocky Seay, and a daughter, Autumn Nicole Seay, both of Hickory; his fiancée, Amanda Mitchell of Hickory; and step-children, Brandon, Victoria, Taylor, Anthony, and Cameron.

A private family visitation will be held Sunday morning, September 4, 2011 at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.


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