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Archived Obits October 2011



Hattie Duval Spaulding     [Back to Top]

Hattie Duval Spaulding, 80 died Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Burke Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. She was born in McDowell County on February 18, 1931 and was a daughter of the late Clyde Vernon Duval and Lillie Mae Biggerstaff Duval. Mrs. Spaulding was a loving mother, sister, and aunt, and she enjoyed cooking, reading, and working in her flower garden. She was a member of Denton?s Chapel United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son, Tom Lowery and wife, Ann, of Conover; sisters, Loree Wilson and husband, Andy, of Morganton and Pearl Ippolito and husband, Charlie, of Tampa, FL; daughter-in-law, Jacque Lowery of Los Angeles, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Spaulding was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Edward Spaulding; a son, Randy Lowery; brothers, Sam, Bob, Lawrence, and John Duval, and by a sister, Ruby Juskie.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at Denton?s Chapel United Methodist Church with Reverends Cynthia Arnold and John Duval officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Mrs. Spaulding cremains will be taken to Arlington National Cemetery to be placed beside those of her husband. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690 or to Denton?s Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund, 5358 Denton?s Chapel Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center is assisting with arrangements.



Sarah Mae McGalliard Johnson     [Back to Top]

Sarah Mae McGalliard Johnson, 87, of Linville St. in Glen Alpine, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, October 3, 2011 at Burke Palliative Care Center in Valdese. Mrs. Johnson was born November 24, 1923 in Burke County to the late Avery and Lydia Arney McGalliard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Coleman ?Red? Johnson; son, Jerry ?Jock? Johnson; brother, James McGalliard; and a sister, Louise Anderson. She was a member of the Church of God in Longview, NC.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by her daughters, Edna J. Scott and her late husband, Ronnie Scott, of Glen Alpine, Ruby ?Nell? Huffman and husband, Lee R. of Morganton, and Susan Snider and husband, Paul of Glen Alpine; daughter-in-law, Glenda Johnson of Glen Alpine; grandchildren, Micah Huffman, Brooke Mullins, Amanda McGee, and Misty Simmons; great-grandchildren, Curtis Huffman, Melina Keller, Grant Brown, Leya Brown, Stevee McGee, and Statlee McGee; a great-great-grandchild, Kinslee Huffman; sisters, Mary May, Betty Fleming, and Grace McGalliard; and brothers, Clyde McGalliard, and John McGalliard.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at Glen Alpine Cemetery with the Reverends David Duncan and Ronnie Lyle officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the Glen Alpine United Methodist Church Life Enrichment Center. 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 and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Vivian Miller Suttles     [Back to Top]

Vivian Miller Suttles, 64, of Morganton died unexpectedly, Thursday, October 6, 2011 at her residence. Born April 25, 1947 in Prince George County, MD, she was a daughter of Robert Miller and his wife, Betty Dejarney, of Nevada. Vivian was a former employee of several local nursing homes.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her husband, Robin Suttles of the home; sons, Richard I. Thomas and Robert J. Thomas, both of Shalimar, FL; daughters, Edith E. Lindberg and Christine D. Heywood, both of Morganton; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Gail Skaggs of Harpers Ferry, WV.

A celebration of Vivian?s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 9, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Dr. Burt Wilbur officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour before the service.



Rose M. Gimpel     [Back to Top]

Rose M. Gimpel, 72, of Horseshoe Lane, Morganton, NC died Thursday, October 6, 2011 at Grace Hospital. Born in Ontario, Canada on February 28, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Frank Heritz and Lillian Andrewjewsky Heritz. Rose loved working with flowers and was devoted to her family. She was a member at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by sisters, Lillian Gimpel and Shirley Reid.

She is survived by her husband, John Gimpel; son, Jack Gimpel and his wife, Jackie of Kings Mountain, NC; daughters, Victoria Messer and her boyfriend, David Hobart of Morganton, NC, Constance Ray and her husband, Ernie of Gastonia, NC; brother, Richard Heritz; sisters, Connie Hillman, Sylvia Rawson all of Canada; grandchildren, Jonathan Dixon, Jeffrey Karst, Christopher Karst, Amber Milwood; great grandchildren, Austyn Dixon, Skyler Karst, Colt Dixon, Hunter Karst, and Javian Milwood and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.



Phyllis A. Palmieri     [Back to Top]

Phyllis A. Palmieri, 62, of Morganton, NC passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011. Born in Bethlehem, PA on October 19, 1948, she was the daughter of Margaret Rizzo Cunningham and husband, Clayton, of Easton, PA. Phyllis attended St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and Unitarian Universalists of Caldwell County.

Phyllis graduated from Wilson Borough High School in Easton, PA. She then attended and received her law degree from West Virginia University. Miss Palmieri moved to Morganton around 1990 and worked for Legal Aide; she established her own private practice around 1998.

In addition to her parents, Phyllis is survived by three sons, Neil Roth of Boston, MA, Morgan Kelly of Princeton, NJ, and Seth King of Pittsburgh, PA; a brother, Michael Palmer of Hawthorne, CA; and grandchildren, Peter, Nicholas, and Angela Roth of Boston and Zachary Reynolds of High Point, NC.

The funeral Mass will be held at 6:00 p.m., Monday, October 10, 2011 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with Rev. Kenneth Whittington officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. A Rosary will be said for Phyllis at 4:45 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 728 West Union 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.

The family would like to give thanks to all of her friends who helped her during this difficult time.



Billy J. Poston     [Back to Top]

Billy J. Poston, 82, of Morganton, NC died Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. Born in Huntington, WV on December 30, 1928, he was the son of the late Herman Poston and Odella Ingram Poston. Billy was raised in the Pentecostal Faith and worked in Florida as an auto mechanic. He loved woodworking and making crafts.

Billy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia Lee Feeback Poston of the home; sons, Terry Poston and wife, Elaine, of Ripley, TN, Dennis Poston and wife, Sherry, of Ocla, FL, Robert Poston of Morganton, Herman Douglas Poston and wife, Gladys, of Morganton, and Jessie Poston and wife, Rebecca, of Morganton; a son-in-law, Randy Smith; a brother, Clifford Dale of Tampa, FL; thirteen grandchildren; and twenty-six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Billy was preceded in death by daughters, Susan Poston and Sandra Smith; and brothers, Herman Poston, Jr. and Howard L. Poston.

The graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. until noon at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Essie F. Barrier     [Back to Top]

Essie F. Barrier, 88, of Valdese, NC died Sunday, October 9, 2011 at High Point Regional Hospital following a period of declining health. Born March 27, 1923 in Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Martin Amos Robinson and Hattie Simmons Robinson. Essie was a member of the Drexel First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school. She retired after 35 years of service from Drexel Knitting Mills.

Left to cherish her memory are her step-children, Edward Barrier of Gardenia, CA. and Faye Pearson of Casar, NC; grandson, Wesley Sharpe of High Point; three step-grandchildren and six step-great grandchildren; nephews, Robert Donald Black and wife, Shirley, and Paul James Black and wife, Nadine all of Hickory, and George Dewey Black and wife, Mila of Burnsville; a special niece, Ruby and other nieces and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Barrier Sharpe; four brothers; and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 14, 2011 at Drexel First Baptist Church with Rev. Tito Madrazo officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 12:30 until 2:00 pm at the church. At other times, the family will be at the residence, 2629 US 70 East, Valdese. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407, or to Drexel First Baptist Church, 200 South Main Street, Drexel, NC 28619. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Don Row Smith     [Back to Top]

Don Row Smith, 88, of Morganton died Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Valdese. Born October 15, 1922 in Bushnell, NC, he was a son of the late George and Hettie Anthony Smith. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Arnold; and three sisters. Don was a US Navy veteran of World War II.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 68 years, Virginia D. Smith of the home; grandchildren, Missey Fontenot and husband, Mitch, of Morganton; and Elisa de Groot and husband, Derk, of Raleigh, NC; sisters, Lexie Kirkland of Candler, NC, and Flonnie Peeler of Bryson City, NC; their son-in-law, Wayne Arnold of Valdosta, GA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Cryptside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with Rev. David Orders officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assocation, Memorial & Tribute Processing Center, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060, or Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Jean Moses Brittain     [Back to Top]

Jean Moses Brittain, 75, of Morganton left this life for Heaven Monday, October 10, 2011 at College Pines in Valdese. Born June 29, 1936 in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late Ben Moses and Betty Moses Crook. Jean was a faithful and loving member of Bible Baptist Church and went on several mission trips. Jean was a former employee of Hanes Corporation and Roses in Morganton. Jean was an avid gardener and she especially enjoyed the flowers she produced.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Steve Brittain and wife, Pat, Terri Miller and husband, David, and Chris Brittain and wife, Crystal, all of Morganton, Karren Fulton and husband, Tim, and Robin Barrier, all of Drexel; a special friend, Wayne Cline of Granite Falls with whom Jean enjoyed traveling and attending mission trips; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Otis Brittain; and a brother, Douglas Moses.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2011 at Bible Baptist Church with Rev. Ricky Watkins officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. At other times, the family will be at Jean?s residence. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Joan Banks Erwin     [Back to Top]

Joan Banks Erwin, 57, died Sunday, October 9, 2011 in her hometown of Asheville, NC after a period of declining health. She was born August 14, 1954 in Columbia, SC to Lawrence and Betty Erwin. She graduated from Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and received her Master?s Degree at NC State College in Raleigh.

Joan is survived by her two strong and courageous sons, Dan Entmacher of Boulder, CO and Devin Entmacher of Asheville; her sons? father, Dr. Ed Entmacher of Asheville (who is out of the country at this time); her long-time friend, M. Cissy Majebe of Asheville and her daughter, Genia, of Santa Fe, NM; a brother, John Erwin and wife, Mary, and their children, Will and Jack Erwin, all of Burlington, NC; her mother, Betty Banks Erwin of Morganton; and her wonderful, loving caregiver, Teri McKinney.

Preceding her in death are her father, Lawrence Erwin; a brother, Eddie Erwin; her grandmothers, ?Nanny? and ?Grandmonk? to whom she was very close; and her very special aunt, ?Ibby? Hutchins.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 13, 2011 at Forest Hill Cemetery with Rev. Beth Ann Vinay and Rev. Michael Bailey officiating. The family will receive friends in the cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers and because of her work and love for children, memorial contributions may be made to Barium Springs Home for Children, P.O. Box 1, Barium Springs, NC 28010 or to one?s charity of choice.

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



Sallie M. Lingerfelt     [Back to Top]

Sallie M. Lingerfelt, 85, of Morganton, NC died Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at Autumn Care of Drexel. Born June 18, 1926 in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late Dock Horton Pearson and Fronnie Irene Cannon Pearson. Sallie was a member at North Morganton United Methodist Church since November 19, 1939. Sallie was a loving mother that never tired of having her family around her. Her favorite saying was ?I love my family 110 percent?.

She is survived by her children, Colonel (ret) Deanie Ray Walker and his wife, Jean of Marion, NC; Marie Walker Summers and her husband, Ted of Valdese, NC; Carla D. Walker Kendrick and her husband, John of Morganton, NC; SFC Todd Lee Lingerfelt and his wife, Kimberly of Morganton, NC; stepdaughters: Betty, Barbara Lingerfelt; stepsons: Benny, Roy, Kenneth and Warren Lingerfelt all of Granite Falls, NC; grandchildren: John Kendrick IV, Kevin Kendrick, Jason Summers, Michael Todd Walker, Deana Marie Chamberlain, Joshua Logan Lingerfelt, Alexandria Nora Lingerfelt, Victoria Madison Lingerfelt, Samuel Parker Lingefelt, Larry Goree, James Lytle; great grandchildren: Jordan Kendrick, Jalen Kendrick, Drake Summers, Mitchell Summers, Caitlin Irish, Mason Chamberlain, Chrissie Walker and great great grandson, Hayden Walker.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by first husband, Carl ?Nute? Walker; second husband, John Lingerfelt; sisters: Minnie Setzer, Princess Burnes, Alice Coffey, Viola Pearson, Gessie Braswell, Bertha Pearson; brothers: Cliff Pearson, John Pearson, Russell Pearson, Ivey Pearson, Louis Pearson; stepsons: Johnny and Paul Lingerfelt. A special thank you to Eva Ray, a special friend.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 15, 2011 at North Morganton United Methodist Church with Rev. Neill Shaw officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. At other times the family will be at the home of Carla and John Kendrick, 104 Falls St., Morganton, NC 28655. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



Clyde Emmette "Sam" Pollard     [Back to Top]

Clyde Emmette ?Sam? Pollard, 84, of Morganton, NC died Thursday, October 13, 2011. Born in Burke County, NC on June 19, 1927, he was the son of the late John Andrew Pollard and Clara Virginia Garrison Pollard. Sam was a member of First Baptist Church in Glen Alpine. He was a U.S. Merchant Marine veteran of WWII and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Sam retired from Morganton Dye and Finishing and was the former owner of Pollard?s Used Cars.

Sam is survived by his brother, Kenneth Wayne Pollard and wife, Betty, of Glen Alpine; his fiancée, Edith Cobb of Morganton; his special niece and caregiver, Susan Houck of Morganton; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The family would like to express special thanks to Sam?s helpers and caregivers, Betty and Myra Ford. In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lee Houck Pollard; brothers, Carl, Everette, Sr., Ralph, and Hicks Pollard; sisters, Pauline Perry, Louise Causby, and Frances Clarine Pollard; a half-brother, Dewey Pollard; and a half-sister, Ethel Rains.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2011 at First Baptist Church in Glen Alpine with Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery with military honors provided bv the NC National Guard. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 557, Glen Alpine, NC 28628. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Ralph Wesley Roper     [Back to Top]

Ralph Wesley Roper, 54, of Hickory, NC died Saturday, October 14, 2011 at his residence. Born in Burke County, NC on May 21, 1957, he was the son of Ralph Howard Roper and wife, Rochelle, and the late Lilly Virginia Norville Moody. Ralph was a truck driver for 27 years, during which his last employer was Sain and Heavner Trucking Company in Vale, NC. He enjoyed fishing and playing pool, and using his mechanical talents on various types of vehicles.

Ralph is survived by his fiancé, Pamela Lukomski of the home; a son, Timmy Roper and wife, Sarah; brothers, Rick Roper and wife, Darlene, and Randy Roper and wife, Ruthie; a sister, Lib Waters and friend, Gary Chester; a granddaughter, Cynthia Rose Roper; nephews, Zach and Steve Roper; nieces, Tammy Brackett and Cynthia Patton; a great-niece, Abigail Roper; and a ?special? great-nephew, Steven Roper, II.

In addition to his mother, Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Price Roper.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 17, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Jack Moses officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. At other times the family will be at the residence of the brother, Rick Roper, on J.R. Tallent Road in Morganton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Carolyn C. Weller     [Back to Top]

Carolyn C. Weller, 66, of Catawba, NC died Friday, October 14, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born in Avery County, NC on November 5, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Schyler McKincie Carpenter and Bertie Stamey Carpenter. Carolyn attended Christian Outreach Center Church. She was a determined, strong-minded woman who loved watching her soap operas.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, of 33 years, Richard T. Weller of the home; a daughter, Rebecca Beach and friend, Paul Myers, of Hiddenite, NC; brothers, Max Carpenter and wife, Ann, of Marion, NC and Russell Carpenter and wife, Mozell, of Hickory, NC; a sister, Ellen Carpenter of Marion; and several nieces, nephews, and close family friends.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was preceded in death by seven brothers and four sisters.

The memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.



Dottie Billings Reed     [Back to Top]

Dottie Billings Reed, 55, of Morganton, NC died Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. Born in Lexington, NC on July 13, 1956, she was the daughter of the late James William Billings, Sr. and Ella Wolfe Hamer Billings. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was a 4-H leader for many years. She was a graduate of William Woods University in Fulton, MO with a degree in equestrian science.

Dottie was a founder of the Exceptional Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Program at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center. She started the program with 2 donated horses and built it into a state of the art stables with 22 horses and indoor riding arena. Over 200 riders participated in the program each week. She also pioneered a volunteer program to assist the therapy program. Dottie also organized fundraising, such as the Haunted Barn, Christmas with the Horses, trail rides at Choo Choo Justice?s ranch, and the HAY-U Summer Camp, to help the riding program. She received the Governor?s Award for Excellence in 2003.

Dottie provided horses for people from other countries and riders from the Center to compete in the World Special Olympics in Raleigh. She helped organize the Equestrian Special Olympics for North Carolina and served on the advisory board.

Dottie is survived by her husband of 25 years, Jim Reed of the home; children, Crosby Ella Reed, a student at the University of Kentucky, Alex Reed and wife, Jamie, of Pinehurst, NC, and Dr. Wendy Callahan and husband, Fred, of Morganton; grandchildren, Thad Craney, Mackenzie Reed, Abby Reed, Katie Callahan, and Collin Callahan; a brother, James W. Billings, Jr. and wife, Ellen, of Morganton; a sister, Mary Stuart Lackey and husband, Larry, of Hickory; nieces, Amanda Carswell and Linda Carter and husband, Chris; and two great-nieces, Alexa Carswell and Ashley Ballard.

The graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 18, 2011 in Forest Hill Cemetery with Rev. Michael Bailey officiating. The family will gather at the farm following the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made 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.



Henry L. Browning     [Back to Top]

Henry L. Browning, III, 88, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of Sunday, October 16, 2011 in the presence of several of his children. He was born October 2, 1923 in Indianapolis, IN to Henry Lindsay Browning, II and Charity Anna Hendren.

Bo, as he was known from the time of his childhood, served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He first served in the Army Corps of Engineers and later for the U.S. Army newspaper, The Stars and Stripes. He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Business Administration. In 1948 he began his career as a Senior Accountant with Price Waterhouse and Company, CPAs in New York City. He also served as a Comptroller for the State Road Commission of West Virginia. He came to Morganton 1961 as Assistant Treasurer of Morganton Hosiery Mills, eventually rising to the position of Treasurer, Controller, and Assistant Secretary. He finished his career with Morganton Dye and Finishing Company as Chief Financial Officer in 1998 at the age of 75.

He served as Treasurer of the Morganton Recreation Foundation for 43 years. Bo worked with a group of parents in the region to found the Western Carolina Swim Association and served the association as well as the Morganton Swim Team in every role from swim meet timer to League and Team President.

Bo was a quiet man and a Quaker by faith. He loved and took great pride in his wife, Carol B. Browning, his five children and their families, and his grandchildren. He loved traditional jazz music and his Triumph TR3. Bo was passionate about playing and watching tennis. In 1971 he was a founding member of WUAC, the West Union Athletic Club. He served as its President, CEO, and Head Grounds Keeper. The friendships he developed here meant the world to him. He was part of the fabric of Morganton and he will be dearly missed. Bo was a proud member of the High Hat Society, founded in Indianapolis, IN early in the last century. He enjoyed many of his days on ?the backporch? reading, birdwatching, and celebrating with family and friends. Bo is survived by his five children and their spouses; Lindsay C. Browning and wife, Deborah, of Charlotte, NC, Gilbert M. Browning of Morganton, Betty B. Browning and husband, Jeffrey S. Allen, of Nantucket, MA, Carol T. Browning of Burlington, NC, and Henry W. Browning and wife, Barbara, of Asheville, NC; and his two grandchildren, Taylor L. Browning of Greensboro, NC and Sydney M. Browning of Washington, D.C.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center in Morganton. A celebration of life will be held at the family home on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited to both gatherings. A meeting of the WUAC membership is planned during the celebration. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 352, Morganton, NC 28680 or the Burke County Public Library, 204 S. King Street, Morganton, NC 28655.



Cline Yancey     [Back to Top]

Cline Yancey, 78, of Glen Alpine, NC passed away Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Burke Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on September 25, 1933, he was the son of the late Ellis Yancey, Sr. and Dora Woods Yancey. Cline retired from Dana Corporation and was of the Baptist Faith. He loved the outdoors, nature, and gardening. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing, but hunting was his passion.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Jordan Yancey of the home; sons, Tracy Yancey and wife, Maureen ?Mo? Schwind of Morganton and Sandy Yancey of Morganton; a brother, Marvin Yancey and wife, Lois, of Columbia, SC and their granddaughter, Nikki; special nieces, Terry Jordan and Taylor Lowdermilk, both of Morganton; brothers-in-law, Ralph Jordan, Paul Jordan, and Larry Jordan and wife, Robyn, all of Morganton; sisters-in-law, Nancy Jordan, Ruby Ramsey, and Frances Stroupe and husband, James, all of Morganton; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and a great-great-nephew to whom he was much more than an uncle.

In addition to his parents, Cline was preceded in death by two brothers, William Yancey and Ellis Yancy, Jr.; three sisters, Martha McLawhorn, Mary Hildebrand, and Ethel Baxter; and two brothers-in-law, Albert Jordan and Fred Ramsey.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2011 in Burke Memorial Park with Rev. Todd McCullough of First United Methodist Church of Morganton officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 222 S. Church Street, Suite 303, Charlotte, NC 28202, the American Lung Association, 3801 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607, 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.



Joann Hartley Clark     [Back to Top]

Joann Hartley Clark, 56, of Morganton, NC died Monday, October 17, 2011 following an extended illness. Born in Mitchell County, NC on April 18, 1955, she was the daughter of the late George Hise and Laura Grindstaff Hise. Joann was a past employee of the Morganton Army Navy Store.

She suffered many years with disabilities but she kept a cheerful personality and was loved by all.

Joann is survived by her son, Mark Clark of California; grandchildren, Jessica Long and husband, Dustin and Damion Patton, both of Morganton; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Aiden Long; and brothers, Frank Hise of Morganton and Jack Hise of Alaska.

In addition to her parents, Joann was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy R. Clark; sisters, Dot, Carolyn, and Evelyn; and a brother, George.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at Missionary Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Lovelace officiating. The family will speak to friends at the graveside following the service. Friends can come by and see Joann from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.



Pauline Smith Goins     [Back to Top]

Pauline Smith Goins, 85, of Connelly Springs, NC died Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at her residence following a period of declining health. Born October 22, 1925 in Catawba County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Audie Smith and Eva Hood Smith. Pauline attended the First Baptist of Grace Chapel. She loved her fish pond, her Teddy bear collection, and working in her flower gardens.

A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Pauline is survived by sons, Robert E. Goins of Conover, Bobby Goins and Thomas Goins, both of Morganton, Roy Goins of Glen Alpine, and Roger Goins and Ricky Goins, both of Connelly Springs; daughters, Debbie Willix of Granite Falls, Judy Stephens of Icard, and Patsy Reep of Lawndale; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a brother, George Smith of Newton; and a nephew, George ?Butch? Smith, Jr. of Phoenix, AZ.

In addition to her parents, Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Goins; a son, Teddy Goins; and a daughter, Betty Parker.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 21, 2011 at Soloman Queen Cemetery in Connelly Springs with Dr. Carl Willix officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Gerard "Rod" Donohue     [Back to Top]

Gerard L. "Rod" Donohue, 55, of Morganton, NC died Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. Born in Hartford County, CT on May 19, 1956, he made his home in Morganton, NC for the past 35 years.

He was the son of Stephen M. Donohue of Andover, CT and the late Mary K. Clemens Donohue. In addition to his father, Rod is survived by his siblings, Sheila D. Johnston of Asheville, NC, Michael T. Donohue and wife, Carole, of Cincinnati, OH, Stephen J. Donohue and wife, Romina, of Newton, MA, Thomas W. Donohue and wife, Kristin, of Windsor, CT, and Brigid M. Donohue and husband, Paul Chill, of Andover; seventeen nieces and nephews; and other extended family. In addition to his mother, Rod was also preceded in death by his sister, Maureen A. Donohue.

A member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Rod dedicated himself to special education. He moved in many communities. ADA compliance, Adaptive Recreation, and ASL communication were a few of his passions. Rod was an avid reader, world traveler and lover of the arts. He will be missed greatly by those who have been inspired by his spirit and his life. Rod is beloved and remembered as a son, brother, uncle, friend and role model.

The funeral Mass will be held at noon, Saturday, October 22, 2011 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with Father Kenneth Whittington officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the church and again in the morning from 10:00 a.m. until the noon, also at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Food Pantry at St. Charles, 728 W. Union St., Morganton, NC 28655, Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690, or to a charity of one?s choice.

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



Opal Benfield Woody     [Back to Top]

Opal Benfield Woody, 86, of Hopewell Rd., Morganton, died Saturday, October 22, 2011. Mrs. Woody was born March 7, 1925 in Avery County to the late Joe Coleman Benfield and Fannie Carpenter Benfield. She was a member of Big Meadows Baptist Church in Newland, NC.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Joleen Woody; brother, Bill Benfield; and sisters, Pearl Lowman and Hope Vance.

Mrs. Woody is survived by her husband, Joseph Alfred Woody; sons, Joseph ?Joey? L. Woody and wife, Lynda of Morganton and Lawson Woody and wife, Audrey of Kasilof, Alaska; grandchildren, Eric Woody and wife, Shanda of Morganton and Heather Woody of Glen Alpine; step-great grand children, Aaron and Lindsey; and sister, Dorothy Lunsford of Rhodhiss.

A funeral service will be held at11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at Big Meadows Baptist Church in Newland, with the Rev. Harry Lee Turbyfill officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery The family will receive friends at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center Monday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Memorial contribution may be made to Big Meadows Baptist Church, 1985 Horney Road, Newland, NC 28657-8556.



Mildred Elizabeth Young Ellis     [Back to Top]

Mildred Elizabeth Young Ellis, 87, of Hickory, NC went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 24, 2011. Born in Mitchell County, NC on March 31, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Preston and Geneva Woody Young. Mildred was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church in Lakeview Acres, Valdese.

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she is survived by a son, Larry Ellis of Shelby; a daughter and son-in-law with whom Mildred made her home, Linda and Daniel Briggs of Hickory; grandchildren, Tim Stafford and his wife, Edith of Valdese, Eric Briggs of Hickory, and Sharon Bumgarner and her husband, Richard of Conover; sister-in-law, Faye Griffith and her husband, Frank of Green Mountain, NC; several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Frank Ellis; a daughter and son-in-law, Lora and Joe Stafford; brothers and their wives, Clarence and Tempie Young, and Ralph and Lela Young; a sister and her husband, Annie Mae and Stokes Ellis; and a great-granddaughter, Kayla Briggs who was 12 years old.

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 pm, Wednesday, October 26, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Clyde Buckner officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 pm Wednesday before the service. The burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 27, 2011 at Burke Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.



Earl M. Crooks     [Back to Top]

Earl M. Crooks, 85, of Lake James, NC died Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at his residence. Born June 15, 1926 in McDowell County, NC, he was a son of the late John Cuba Crooks and Ethel Williams Crooks. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. Earl was a US Army Veteran and served in Italy during World War II. He was a retired homebuilder; most of all a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who devoted his life to his family.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife, Muriel Daniels Crooks of the home; a son, Garry Crooks and wife, Debby of Lake James; a daughter, Kathy Justice of Winston-Salem, NC; grandsons, Travis Crooks and wife, Clarissa of Lake James, Dustin Crooks of Charleston, SC, and Logan Crooks of Lake James; granddaughter, Sheila Parks and husband, David of Kernersville, NC; great-grandchildren, Blaikley Crooks, Holden Parks, and Riley Parks; brothers, John Crooks, Jr. and wife, Bell of Morganton, Jim Crooks and wife, Dorothy of Lake James, and Carl Crooks and wife, Alice of Hildebran; sisters, Louise Stamey of Glen Alpine, Anna Laura Jaynes and husband, Carroll of Charleston, TN, Mary-Martha Cooper and husband, Cleve of Valdese, and Nancy Newton of Morganton. He is also survived by his step-mother, Mary Crooks of Charleston, TN.

In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by sisters, Naomi Johnson and Pauline Yancey

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, October 28, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Josh Edwards officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. The graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1065 Paddy?s Creek Rd., Nebo, NC 28761.



Robert "Barn Rat" Harbison     [Back to Top]

Robert ?Barn Rat? Harbison, 61, of Morganton died Thursday, October 20, 2011 at Grace Hospital. Born May 15, 1950 in Burke County, NC, he was a son of the late Joseph Carter and Nellie Mae Harbison. In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by a son, Anthony Allen Conley; a brother, Archie Leary; and his former wife, Ella Mae Johnson. He attended New Hope in Christ Baptist Church, and was a former employee of Norman Construction.

Robert is survived by sons, Robert Conley and wife, Amanda, Herman Johnson and Henry Johnson all of Morganton; daughters Karen and George Johnson , Barbara Johnson , Debra Johnson , all of Morganton Robert Conley?s mother, Dianne Conley of Morganton; grandsons, Kellen Conley and Julian Harbison; and a host of other grandchildren and great grandchildren brothers, Ivory Leary, Clifton Leary, and Gilbert Leary and Cherly; a sister, Dessiree Bristol and Gene; aunts, Kay Griffin, Lizzie Harbison,, Wilma Grimes , Doretha Carson , Elizabeth Brown and Margarette Harbison; and uncles, Rev. Herbert Carter, Robert Carter, Harold Carter and Charles Carter.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2011 at New Hope in Christ Baptist Church with Revs. Max Bristol and Herbert Carter officiating. Inurnment will follow at Olive Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday one hour before the service. At other times the family will be at the residence of Herman Johnson or Dianne Conley.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to help with funeral expenses. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.



Mabel Iris Teague     [Back to Top]

Mabel Iris Teague, 79, formerly of Morganton, NC passed away Monday, October 24, 2011 while surrounded by her children. Born in Burke County, NC on January 2, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Clinton Leory Teague and Roxie Mae Hamby Teague. Mabel worked in the nursery of Grace Episcopal Church for several years and retired from McCombs Oil Company. She had been a member of Sandy Beach Shag Club, loved to dance, and was an avid reader and animal lover.

Mabel is survived by her children, Kim Rochelle Funk and husband, Doug, of Bagley, WI and Richard ?Greg? Kearns of Indianapolis, IN; sisters, Elois Leach, Mary Lee Adams, Linda Crawford and husband George, Brenda Penley and husband Richard; a brother, Johnny Teague and wife, Betty; a grandson, Jason Kearns and wife, Katie; and great-grandchildren, Kaiya and Jackson Kearns.

In addition to her parents, Mabel was preceded in death by her former husband, Richard W. Kearns.

A celebration of Mabel?s life will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Kevin Crawford and the Rev. Bruce Walker officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South King Street, Morganton, NC 28655, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001, or to Burke County Friends for Animals, P.O. Box 1884, Morganton, NC 28680.



Shawn-Patrick Thomas Charles     [Back to Top]

Captain Shawn-Patrick Thomas Charles, 40, of Copperas Cove, TX passed away Sunday, October 23, 2011 at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX following a brief illness. Shawn was born in Los Angeles, CA on September 28, 1971. He graduated from Tavares High School in Tavares, FL, received his Bachelor?s Degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC, and received his Master?s Degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

A 22 year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, Captain Charles was a recipient of the Bronze Star and was currently stationed in Fort Hood, TX as a member of the 2-8 Cav. He served as the S-1 and Battalion Adjutant. Prior to his illness, Shawn was serving in Iraq.

Prior to his military service, Shawn worked at Henredon Furniture in Morganton, NC. He was the former Chairman of the Catawba County Republican Party, a member of Theta Chi Fraternity, and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Copperas, TX.

Shawn is survived by his wife of nine years, Melissa Johnson Charles of the home; and his children, Zoe and Max Charles of the home.

A funeral Mass will be held at 3:30 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2011 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hickory, NC with Father Ed Sheridan officiating. The family will receive friends Friday at the church from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m.. Burial will follow in Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery in Morganton with military honors provided by the U.S. Army.

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



Jonathan Wayne Bledsoe     [Back to Top]

Johnathan Wayne Bledsoe, 23, of Morganton died Wednesday, October 26, 2011. Born October 1, 1988 in Macon, GA, he was a son of Billy Rex Bledsoe of Morganton and the late Tina Michelle Scotton Bledsoe.

In addition to his father, Johnathan is survived by a sister, Christina Bledsoe of Concord; a brother, Rex Bledsoe of Texas; grandmother, Jo Ann Scotton of Concord; uncles, Eric Scotton of Concord, Jack Bledsoe of Boone, John Bledsoe of Greensboro, Jimmy Bledsoe of Fleetwood, and Allan Huneycutt (Johnathan?s longtime buddy) of Morganton; aunts, Beth Horrocks of Concord, Bobbie McKenzie of Charlotte, Ina Clark of Greensboro, and Martha Handy, of Burlington; and his faithful canine companion, Jasmine.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Larry Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Memorial contributions to help with funeral expenses may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, Inc., PO Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680.



Helen Irene Murphy     [Back to Top]

Helen Irene Murphy, 94, of Morganton died Thursday, October 27, 2011 at Burke Hospice following a period of declining health. Born May 8, 1917 in Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Alfred Cordell and Nora Louise Wright Cordell. Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morganton. She was an avid Braves fan and enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens. She was a former employee of both the Mimosa and Fox Theaters for many years.

A loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, Helen is survived by sons, Bobby Lee Murphy of Morganton, and Larry Dean Murphy of the home; a daughter, Ann Lowery of Morganton; a brother, Paul Edward Cordell of Morganton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Earl Murphy; a son, Glen Ray Murphy; brothers, Alvin and Tommy Cordell; and sisters, Virginia Bowman and Annie Gunter.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 30, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. and Rev. James Taber officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Sunday one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Larry Richard Saulman     [Back to Top]

Larry Richard Saulman, 59, of the J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center went home to be tithe Lord on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at Valdese Hospital. Larry was born on March 1, 1952 and was the son of the late Albert L. and Frances Taylor Saulman. He was preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Mary Frances Saulman; maternal grandparents, Mark and Hannie Taylor, and a brother, Stephen Eugene Saulman.

Larry is survived by his sister, Marie S. Craig and husband, Fred, of Glen Alpine, NC; brother, Ralph L. Saulman and wife, Marilynn, and Charles G. Saulman and wife, Mary, all of Morganton; a number of nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and his extended family at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center, to whom the family would like to extend a special thanks for all the love and care they gave Larry over the last 43 years.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at The Covenant Center at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center with Chaplain Johnny Phillips officiating. The family will receive friends at the center one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Riddle Institute, P.O. Box 250, Morganton, NC 28680. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Kay Murphy Clark     [Back to Top]

Kay Murphy Clark, 71, of Morganton, NC went to meet her heavenly Father on Friday, October 28, 2011. Born in McDowell County, NC on November 22, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Fred Gerald Murphy and Ruth Irene Jones Carter. Kay attended Asheville Street Baptist Church and retired from Broughton Hospital. She loved to play bingo and bowl.

Kay is survived by her sons, John Clark and Danny Clark, both of Connelly Springs, and Jeff Clark and wife, Tammy, of Morganton; a daughter, Crickett Ray of Morganton; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard Murphy of Morganton; a sister, Kathleen Spicka and friend, Rick Reese, of Morganton; three nieces; and her former husband, Homer Clark, and wife, Carolyn.

In addition to her parents, Kay was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanne Murphy.

A celebration of Kay?s life will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Burean Clark officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.



Roy Yates Barlow     [Back to Top]

Roy Yates Barlow, 77, of Morganton died Saturday, October 29, 2011. Yates was born May 23, 1934 in Burke County to the late Roy Richard Barlow and Margaret Estelle Hern Barlow. He was a US Army veteran, Past Master of Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge # 217 and attended Catawba Valley Baptist Church. After retiring from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Yates enjoyed his mission work and travels to Costa Rica.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Goodman Barlow.

Yates is survived by his son, Roy ?Rusty? Barlow and his wife, Stirling, of Arden; a daughter, Carole Rich and her husband, Paul, of Lenoir; grandchildren, Sarah, Samantha and Jacob Rich of Lenoir, and Madison, and William Barlow of Arden; and brothers, Charles and Richard Barlow, both of Morganton.

A graveside service will be held 2:45 p.m., Monday, October 31, 2011 at Forest Hill Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Mike Odom and Rev. Charles Barlow officiating. Masonic Rites will be provided by Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge # 217. The family will receive friends on Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 352, Morganton, NC 28680 or to The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.



Virginia "Lucille" Levan Brittain     [Back to Top]

Virginia ?Lucille? Levan Brittain entered the Kingdom of Glory on October 30, 2011 at Valdese General Hospital following a short battle with lymphoma. She was born on August 14, 1925 in Iredell County and was a daughter of the late Ralph W. and Stella Martin Levan. Lucille was also preceded in death by her husband, Phifer Hamilton Brittain, Sr.; brothers, little Tom, Rev. Wayne, Craig, Troy, and Halbert Levan; and by sister, Betty Levan Johnson.

Lucille was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church and was dedicated to her faith, family, friends, and community. As a former employee of Pineburr Hoisery, Lucille remained life-time friends with a group she worked with there. In the late 1950?s she became a licensed cosmetologist and began a new career with Melvin Digh at Modern Barber and Beauty Shop in Morganton. Lucille went on to manage the hair department at Western Carolina Center. She also became a registered health care technician, gave wonderful care to many people in Morganton and Valdese, and served for many years as a HCT in admissions at Broughton Hospital. She loved giving and caring for others. In 1962 Lucille opened her own beauty shop, Lucille?s Beauty Shop, where she united with many old friends and has remained and friends with them and her many customers. She was a dedicated and hard worker her entire life, and she grew up in a loving family who were taught Gospel music by her father. Her family blessed many people with their performances.

Surviving are her children, Judi Diana Goare, Martin Lang ?Marty? Brittain and wife, Jennifer, all of Valdese, and Phifer Hamilton ?Tony? Brittain, Jr. and wife, Jennie, of Drexel; grandchildren, Dawn Cline Deal and husband, Lee, of Newton, Crystal Cline Sigmon of Valdese, and Douglas Cline and wife, Amanda, of Raleigh; great-grandchildren, Sydney Deal McIntosh and husband, Joe, of Conover, Kaitlyn Deal of Newton, Brooke Wilner of Valdese, and Emery and Kennedy Cline of Raleigh; and by brothers, Wade, Ira Lee, Clifford, and Buddy Levan all of Statesville.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center with Reverends Donald Smith and John Coffey officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2:30 until 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Lakeview Baptist Church, 4744 Lakeview Acres Road, Valdese, NC 29690.



Jacqueline "Jackie" Graham     [Back to Top]

Jacqueline ?Jackie? Graham, 47, of Morganton, NC died Monday, October 31, 2011 at her residence. Born in Burke County, NC on December 31, 1963, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Mode and Ruby Mae Davis Mode. Jackie had a green thumb, and she loved her flower and vegetable gardens.

A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Jackie is survived by her sons, Thomas Andrew Greene of Greensboro, NC and Larry Dale Greene, Jr. of Morganton; grandchildren, Braxton Greene, Cambric Trinks, Addison Greene, and Trenton Dula; brothers, Franklin Mode of Glen Alpine, NC, and Charles Mode and wife, Louise of Morganton; and a daughter-in-law, Jessica Right of Morganton.

In addition to her parents, Jackie was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Victor Mode and George Andrew Mode.

The funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2011 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Mike Brown officiating. 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.

The family would like to give special thanks to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care for their care and compassion during this difficult time.


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