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Archived Obits January 2012



Jesse "J.C." Haynes     [Back to Top]

Jesse “J.C.” Haynes, 92, of Morganton passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Grace Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Cleveland County, NC on October 14, 1919, he was the son of the late John Dargin Haynes and Zulia Carter Haynes. J.C. was a faithful member of Mount Home Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of several South Pacific Campaigns in WWII and was also a veteran of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He retired from Broughton Hospital after 30 years but stayed busy. He loved to read and garden.

J.C. is survived by his wife of 63 years, Velma Pruett Haynes of the home; sons, Ronald Haynes of Taylorsville, NC, Randall Haynes and wife, Jean, of Arlington, TN, and Jeffery Haynes and wife, Amy, of Charlotte, NC; a daughter, Jessica Stine and husband, Dan, of Jackson, TN; eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; brothers, John Haynes of Forest City, NC and Hal Haynes of Claremont, CA; a sister, Beatrice Bell of San Luis Obispo, CA; and a number of nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, J.C. was preceded in death by two brothers, E.Y. Haynes and Bob Haynes; and a sister, Edith Hughes.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Mount Home Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at the Polkville United Methodist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the N.C. National Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Home Baptist Church Building Fund, 2272 Mt. Home Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Sterling Walker     [Back to Top]

Mr. Sterling Walker, 81, of Morganton, NC went to his Heavenly Home on Sunday, January 1, 2012. He was born May 6, 1930 in Burke County to the late Pink and Tessie Walker.

Sterling retired from Rutherford Electric after many years of service. Along with his wife, he dedicated his remaining years as owner and operator of Walnut Hollow, a community grocery store on Hwy 64.

Sterling is survived by his wife, Vergie Walker of the home; his son, Stephen James Walker and wife, Pat, of Morganton; a granddaughter, Lisa Bolick and husband, Bobby; great-grandchildren, Stephen Bolick, and Brittany Bolick; step-grandchildren, Andrew and Smokye Williams; a brother, Raymond Walker of Morganton; sisters, Viola Walsh of Valdese and Beulah Williams of Hickory; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Sterling was preceded in death by his brothers, William, Robert, and Edward Walker; and his sister, Lessie Morrow.

The funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Donald Lovelace officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. At other times the family will be at the home. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Mabel Kincaid Puett     [Back to Top]

Mabel Kincaid Puett, 90, died Sunday, January 1, 2012. She was born in Burke County on March 3, 1921 and was a daughter of the late Thomas Monroe Kincaid and Jessie Lee Harris Kincaid. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Puett was preceded in death by her husband, James Alexander Puett; her brother, William T. Kincaid; and a sister, Belva McGinn. She was a retired employee of J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center and a member of North Morganton United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Transy “Licata” Wagner, of Morganton and her sister, Louise K. Gosnell of Candler, NC.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at North Morganton United Methodist Church with Rev. Neill Shaw officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. Memorial contributions may be made to North Morganton United Methodist Church, 990 Sanford Dr., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center is assisting with arrangements.



Henry Harrison Fisher     [Back to Top]

Henry Harrison Fisher, 69, of Chadbourn, NC died Sunday, January 1, 2012 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. Born April 29, 1942 in Burke County, NC, he was a son of the late C. Harlon Fisher and Lillie Mae Jones Fisher. Henry was a US Army Veteran and served in the 101st Air Borne in Ft. Campbell, KY. He was a member of Silver Creek Baptist Church, and an avid fisherman and boater. He owned and operated Fisher’s Roofing in Chadbourn, NC.

Henry is survived by sons, Henry Harrison Fisher, II and Christopher Harlon Fisher, both of Chadbourn; a daughter, Helen Rebecca Fisher of Morganton; two granddaughters; brothers, Charles R. Fisher, Paul A. Fisher, Isaac “Buddy” Fisher, and Steve A. Fisher, all of Morganton; sisters, Beatrice Fisher Webb and Maryann Fisher Morrow, both of Morganton; and number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Henry was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Harlon Fisher; and a sister, Hazel Fisher McNeely.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Silver Creek Baptist Creek with Rev. Dwayne Buchanan officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the NC National Guard. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles George VA Medical Center, 1100 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



John Thomas Watkins, Jr.     [Back to Top]

John Thomas Watkins, Jr. died at Grace Ridge Retirement Community in Morganton, North Carolina, on January 2, 2012. John was born on March 13, 1920, in Richmond, Virginia, son of John Thomas Watkins and Eva W. (Brewer) Watkins.

He attended public schools in Richmond and graduated from the University of Richmond in 1940. While in college, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He rowed for the Richmond Crew and the Virginia Boat Club.

John joined the Army Air Corps in November, 1940, and graduated from advanced flying school in July, 1941. On December 8, 1941, he left Langley Field, Virginia, with the 22nd Bomb Group for Australia. John was in action until July, 1944, when he was transferred home. He was separated from the service as a Major in 1946.

John married Betty Lee Edwards in 1947, in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. They were married for nearly sixty years when Lee passed away in 2007.

John spent his career in business working for Travelers Insurance Company, Monsanto Chemical Company, Fabricon Products, and Watkins Machine Sales, which he founded. Job changes sent John and Lee to Richmond, Virginia, Suffield, Connecticut, Detroit, Michigan, Arcadia, California, and Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Michigan. In 1981, the couple retired to Morganton, North Carolina.

While in Morganton, John was involved in many civic activities. He was Director of Economic Development, and president of the Friends of the Library, the Morganton Kiwanis Club, and the Western Piedmont College Foundation. He was active in the Burke County Chamber of Commerce, participated in fund-raising for the Phifer Learning Center, and co-chaired the Burke County United Way.

Additionally, he assisted in the restoration of the Quaker Meadows House, helped construct homes with Habitat for Humanity, repaired bicycles for Christmas Cheer, and tutored for the Literacy Council. John was honored as the Morganton Rotary Club’s “Man of the Year” in 1996.

John was a participant in the development of the Burke Mission Station where he served on the Board of Directors. He worked in the soup kitchen and was building manager.

John enjoyed woodworking, reproducing 18th and 19th century pieces. John and Lee collected antique furniture and pewter. They were members of the Pewter Collectors Club of America. John’s other interests included flying, model railroading, and antique and classic automobiles.

Surviving are a sister, Anne Watkins, of Richmond, Virginia; daughters Dell Coyne and her husband, Michael, of Nashua, New Hampshire, Donna Bacon and husband, Judd, of Hendersonville, North Carolina; and son, Tom Watkins and his partner, Debra Tootla, of San Antonio, Texas. He leaves five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Surviving also is a sister-in-law, Susi Edwards, of El Paso, Texas, and two nephews.

There will be no funeral services. Memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund at Grace Ridge Retirement Community, 500 Lenoir Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

Sossoman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.



Thomas "Tommy" Parker     [Back to Top]

Thomas “Tommy” Simpson Parker, Jr., 63, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Born July 16, 1948, he was the son of the late Thomas Simpson Parker, Sr. and Margie Aileen Cannon Parker. He was a member of Glen Alpine Presbyterian Church. Thomas was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Conflict. He worked for several local construction companies but was best known as a musician.

Thomas is survived by his son, Ian Thomas Parker; a daughter, Bo “Liberty” Parker; grandchildren, Stevie-Rhae Parker and Garren Thomas Parker; a brother, Henry D. Parker and wife, Deborah; sisters, Lynda Parker Wiseman and husband, Robert, and Denise Parker Ferber and husband, David; numerous nephews, nieces, and friends; a special friend, Peggy Acuff; and his significant other, Teresa McDavid.

In addition to his parents, Thomas was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Nicholas Raymond Parker and Swanie Inez Simpson Parker, and his maternal grandparents, John Wilfong Cannon and Nellie Grace Leonhardt Cannon.

The funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Dr. Robert Wiseman officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until noon. Burial will follow in Glen Alpine Cemetery with military honors provided by the N.C. National Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Glen Alpine First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 146, Glen Alpine, NC 28628.



Elizabeth Burgess Burns     [Back to Top]

Elizabeth Burgess Burns, 80, of Morganton, died Wednesday, January 4, 2012 after several years of declining health. She was born March 31, 1931 in Burke County to the late Roby Burgess and Roena Curtis Burgess. Mrs. Burns was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and a retired seamstress with Skyland Textiles.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Hickman Burns; and a brother, Deward Burgess.

Mrs. Burns is survived by her daughter, Carol Mills of Caldwell County; sisters Verna Dean Burgess Shuping and her husband, Leon of Morganton, and Emily Burgess Nestor and her husband, Steven of Vale, NC; sisters-in-law, Faye Burgess and Gladys “Sissy” Coffey and her husband, Harold of Morganton; grandchildren, Shannon, Andrew, and Stacie; and great-grandchildren, Michalla, Amber, and Keith; a special niece, Elizabeth Shuping Silvey and her husband, Mark of Morganton; and a number of other nephews and nieces.

The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with the Rev. Brady Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burke County Friends for Animals, 417 Kirksey Drive, Morganton, NC 28655-2790.



Becky Powell Martin     [Back to Top]

Becky Powell Martin, 70, of Morganton, NC died Saturday, January 7 2012 at her residence. Born in Burke County, NC on February 2, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Harlin W. Powell and Mae Alice Culler Powell.

Becky is survived by son, David Martin of Charlotte; a brother, Bill Powell of Morganton; sisters, Maxine Lail of Morganton, Judy Pendleton of Morganton, Joyce Powell of Winston-Salem, Sara Sherrill of Morganton, and Ruth Duckworth of Morganton; and a number of nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, Becky was preceded in death by her brother, Bob Powell; and a sister, Nancy Powell Payne.

A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2012 at Glen Alpine Cemetery with Rev. Neill Shaw officiating. The family will receive friends at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. At other times the family will be at the home of Ruth and Jerry Duckworth on Lost Corners Road, Morganton. Memorial contributions may be made to North Morganton United Methodist Church, 990 Sanford Drive, Morganton, NC 28655.



Earleen Waters Morrison     [Back to Top]

Earleen Waters Morrison, 64, of Morganton, NC passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012 at her residence. Born in Burke County, NC on March 22, 1947, she was the daughter of Beulah Walker Waters and the late John Marshall Waters. She was a member of South Mountain Baptist Church.

Earleen is survived by her husband, Kenneth Morrison of the home; a son, Kenneth Morrison, Jr., of Morganton; a brother, Dean Waters of Morganton; and a sister, Robin Waters of Morganton.

In addition to her father, Earleen was preceded in death by her brother, David Waters, and her sister, Patsy Waters.

The memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Reverends Donald Lovelace, Bob Deviney, and Chris Annas 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 home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407.



Billie Dean Callahan     [Back to Top]

Billie Dean Callahan, 82, of Morganton, NC passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Grace Hospital. Born in Chattanooga, TN on November 24, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Edna Dean Shelton.

Billie is survived by her sons, Duayne Nester Callahan, Walter Robert Callahan and wife, Connie, and Pink Lester Callahan, Jr., all of Morganton; grandchildren, Terri, Duayne, Nicole, and Tiffany; great-grandchildren, Marky, Katie, Carlie, Sierra, Chloe, and Jordan; and a great-great-grandchild, Hailey; a sister, Jean Coachman; a sister-in-law, Bertie Shelton; and numerous nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, Billie was preceded in death by her husband, Pink Lester Callahan, Sr., and three brothers, Walter, Robert Vance “R.V.”., and Joe Shelton.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, January 12, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Paul Mace officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke County Friends for Animals, P.O. Box 1884, Morganton, NC 28680.



J. C. Parton     [Back to Top]

J. C. Parton, 74, of Morganton, NC died Sunday, January 8, 2012 at Morganton Long Term Care. Born in Swan County, NC on July 31, 1937, he was the son of the late Harley Pearson Parton and Grace Ann McHann Parton. J. C. was a former employee of Drexel Heritage Furnishings.

He is survived by his brother, Harley Parton, Jr. of Morganton, and sisters, Bonnie Mae Jones of Asheville, NC, Hazel Pauline Hall of Valdese, NC, and Dorothy Coulter of Valdese.

No services are planned at this time.

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



Otis A. Bivens     [Back to Top]

Otis A. Bivens, 97, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012 following a period of declining health. He was born in Lincoln County on October 14, 1914 and was a son of the late Frank Johnny Bivens and Sally McClurd Bivens. In addition to his parents Mr. Bivens was preceded in death by his wife Bertha Moses Bivens; two sisters; one brother; five half-sisters; and his beloved cat, Morris.

Otis served in the Civilian Conservation Corp. during the New Deal administration of Franklin Roosevelt and retired from Great Lakes Carbon Corp. in 1979. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Glen Alpine.

He is survived by his son, Kenneth Harrison Bivens and his wife, Loretta, of Nebo; his daughter, Barbara Bivens Cartwright and her husband, Leslie, of Morganton; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour before the funeral service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Gilbert Staley Scott     [Back to Top]

Gilbert Staley Scott, Sr., 89, of Morganton, NC died Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Autumn Care of Drexel. Born August 15, 1922 in Guilford Co. NC, he was a son of the late William Allen Scott and Annie Lee Staley Scott. Gilbert was a retired design engineer with Thomas Built Buses in High Point, NC. He was an accomplished artist, creating works in both wood and metal.

Gilbert is survived by two sons, Danny Lee Scott and wife, Deborah of Morganton, and Gilbert Staley Scott, Jr. and wife, Janice of Lexington, NC; and grandchildren, Zachary D. Scott and wife, Anna, Cyrus M. Scott, and Melissa L. Fender.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 13, 2012 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Francis King officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church parish hall. Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Floral Garden Memorial Park in High Point. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Organ Fund, 140 St. Mary’s Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Paul Garland Emery     [Back to Top]

Paul Garland Emery, 70, of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at his residence. Born November 15, 1941 in Rockingham Co., NH, he was a son of the late Raymond Emery and Mildred Brooks Emery. Paul served in the US Navy for four years.

Paul was retired, and he was the proprietor of a nursery and landscape business in South Berwick, ME. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by a son, David Emery of Morganton; a granddaughter, Mary Sarah Emery; two brothers, Steve Emery of Westmoreland, NH, and Raymond Emery of North Berwick, ME; and several nieces and nephews.

At Paul’s request, no services will be held. His cremated remains will be scattered in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Clara Lee "Polly" Huffman     [Back to Top]

Clara Lee “Polly” Huffman passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Burke Hospice. Polly was the daughter of Effie Blackburn Watts and Rev. Finley C. Watts. She was born on December 19, 1926 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Polly began her collegiate education at Mars Hill College at the age of fifteen. Upon graduation, she worked with Northwestern Bank. In 1950, Polly married Frank Huffman, Jr. of Drexel, N.C. and soon moved to Drexel. She worked for Drexel Heritage Furnishings for over thirty years serving as administrative assistant to the Vice President of Sales. Polly retired in the early 1980s and spent the decades that followed enjoying her family and volunteering in her church and community.

Polly was deeply committed to her family and friends. She loved without reservation and was kind and thoughtful to everyone she met. For much of her adult life, she taught Sunday School at Drexel First Baptist Church. She also served as an officer in the local garden club. For all of her life, she worked for the good of her family, her community and her church.

Polly is survived by three children, Jane Adaire Huffman of Drexel, Lydia Huffman Hoyle and husband, Rick, of Cary, and Frank Robert Huffman and wife, Lynne, of Morganton; her brothers L. Earl Watts and wife, Jo Ann, and R. Victor Watts and wife, Millie; her sister, Alice Dare Watts Crews; sister-in law Doris Franklin; close family friends, Margaret Church, Mary Thomas, and Norma Shuford; niece, Elizabeth Berry Woody and husband, Bill, and many other nieces and nephews. Her grandchildren, Haley, Graham, and Cole Huffman of Morganton and Matthew, Michael, and Jessica Hoyle of Cary will miss her.

Polly was preceded in death by her husband Frank Huffman Jr., as well as her parents and her brother, Clay Watts.

A celebration of Polly’s life will be held at 3:00 on Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at Drexel First Baptist Church with Reverends Tito Madrazo and Buddy Corbin officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial Contributions may be made to Drexel First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 308, Drexel, NC 28619.

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



Wayne Grayson     [Back to Top]

Wayne Grayson, 68, of Morganton, NC passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Rutherford County, NC on February 2, 1943, he was the son of the late William Ray Grayson and Ima VanDyke Grayson. Wayne previously attended Fairview Baptist Church.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Army Reserve. Wayne worked for many years at Southern Devices and retired from Paramount Ford. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

A loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Wayne is survived by his children, Michael Grayson of Cocoa, FL and Melissa Grayson Taylor and husband, Jason, of Morganton; grandchildren, Ashley Grayson Barrier, Kiersten Grayson, and Chris Starnes; great-grandchildren, Marlie Mauney and Holden Starnes; and a sister, Faye Gettys of Rutherford County.

A celebration of Mr. Grayson’s life will be held at a later date. 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.



Gladys Whisnant Allman     [Back to Top]

Gladys Whisnant Allman, 88 of Morganton, NC died Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Grace Heights. Born March 1, 1923 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Mary Sue Cope Whisnant. Known by everyone as “Grandmaw Gladys”, she loved children and was a mother to lots of kids. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Samuel Allman; a grandson, Mike Anderson; and brothers, Bona Whisnant and James “Jim” Whisnant.

Surviving are her daughters and their husbands, Frances Anderson and Junior of N. Wilkesboro, NC, Barbara “Bobbie” Riddle and Donald of Statesville, Nina Annas and Bobby, and Linda Wittenberg and Ronnie all of Morganton; grandchildren, Kathy Church, Sharon Franklin, Steve Annas, Derek McNeely, Aaron and Erica Wittenberg; great grandchildren, Christy Ratlaff, Davey Anderson, Allison and Patrick Annas, Dylan Franklin, and Blaize Phipps; siblings, Lucille Allman, Bud Whisnant, Gertrude Clontz, Elizabeth “Lib” Norville, Sadie Whisnant, Richard Whisnant, Frances Stamey, David Whisnant, Winfred Whisnant, and Gene Whisnant.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with the Reverends Steve Parker and Gary Cline officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from noon until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. At other times the family will be at the home of Linda and Ronnie Wittenberg. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Zion Baptist Church, 3396 Pea Ridge Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, Bethel Baptist Church, 3861 Pax Hill Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the staff of Grace Heights and Burke Hospice for their devoted care of Mrs. Allman.



Gloria Elizabeth Banner Turbyfill     [Back to Top]

Gloria Elizabeth Banner Turbyfill, 77, of Morganton, NC passed away Sunday, January 15, 2012. Born in Avery County, NC on August 16, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Zachary Greene and Nettie McKinney Greene Benfield. Gloria was a member of Victory Chapel Baptist Church. She was a wonderful homemaker and a loving mother. Using her wit and courage, she was a cheerleader for everyone.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Clay Turbyfill of the home; sons, Lester Wayne Banner of Cleveland, OH, Robert Newton Banner of Fort Lauderdale, FL and New York City, NY, and Alan E. Banner and wife, Debra, of Columbia, SC; grandchildren, Jina Shea Banner of Wilmington, NC and Alisan Banner of Columbia, and Donald, Angela, Teresa, David, Dallas, and Montana, all of Ohio; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Jack Benfield of Morganton and Stanley Greene of Rockledge, FL; a sister, Virginia Bivens of Morganton; step-children, Doris Turbyfill of Morganton and Jane Dembnicki of Southern Pines, NC; and three step-great-grandchildren, Lacey Powell, Terry Moore, and Toby Turbyfill.

In addition to her parents, Gloria was preceded in death by her first husband, David Banner; three brothers, Bobby Benfield, Tom Benfield, and Dewey Greene; and a sister, Frances Burgin.

The funeral will be held at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. John McCarty officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. prior to the service. The graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday in Montezuma Cemetery in Newland, NC. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Chapel Baptist Church, 425 Lost Corner Road, Morganton, NC 28655, Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690, or to the United Way, 301 East Meeting Street, Morganton, NC 28655.



Robert "Bob" T. Pritchard     [Back to Top]

Robert “Bob” T. Pritchard, 72, of 124 Air Park Dr. in Morganton died Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Born August 1, 1939 in Burke County, Bob was a son of the late Paul Columbus Pritchard and Bessie Williams Pritchard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his companion, Ruth Lawyer; and brothers, Jack, Paul Nelson, and Stanley Pritchard. Bob was a car enthusiast. He enjoyed selling cars and talking about cars.

Bob is survived by brothers, Jerry Pritchard and wife, Judy of Marion, and Ned Pritchard of Florida; sisters, Betty Stewart and husband, Thurmon, and Sue Nichols, all of Morganton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Mr. Pritchard’s residence, Friday, January 20, 2012 from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm. No other services are planned at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke County Friends for Animals, PO Box 1884, Morganton, NC 28680. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Ruby Azalee Puckett     [Back to Top]

Ruby Azalee Puckett, 90 of the Oak Hill Community died Monday, January 16, 2012 following a period of declining health. Ruby was born in Burke County on February 23, 1921 and was the daughter of the late William Walter Puckett and Mattie Mae Fox Puckett. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Rev. Bill Puckett. Ruby was a retired employee of Premier Hosiery and a former employee of Skyland Textiles. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church and was devoted to her family.

Surviving are brothers, Ray Puckett and wife, Glenda, and Danny Puckett and wife, Revonda, all of Morganton; nieces and nephews, Gail Mitchum, Keith Puckett and wife, Cathy, Judi Hudson and husband, Ronnie, and Leslie Keller and husband, David; and a number of grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2012, at Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Parker, Rev. Ron Cooper, and Dr. Ralph May officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Sossoman Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes before the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, PO Box 678, Morganton, NC 28680 or to Zion Baptist Church, 3396 Pea Ridge Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



Roy William Wilson     [Back to Top]

Roy William Wilson, 81, died Monday, January 16, 2012 following a period of declining health. Roy was born in Burke County on October 31, 1930 and was a son of the late Marcus and Bessie Mace Wilson. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

Roy was a loving brother and is survived by a brother, Clarence Wilson of Morganton, and by a sister, Hazel Smith of Newton.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Burke Memorial Park with Rev. Michael Brown officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 29690.



Wallace Earley     [Back to Top]

Wallace Earley, 90, of Lake Lure, NC died on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center following a brief illness. Born in Rutherfordton, NC on September 30, 1921, he was the son of the late Marion Walter Earley and Maude Jane Dalton Earley. Wallace was a member of Bill’s Creek Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, and Sunday School superintendent.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He served with the First Armored Division in six major battle campaigns in North Africa and Italy, during which he earned the Purple Heart.

Wallace was the charter Fire Chief of Bill’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department. He served 7 years as chief and 17 years with the department. Mr. Earley was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. During his work career he was a farmer and ran a local store.

Wallace is survived by his wife, Louise Huntley Earley of the home; sons, Forrest Earley and wife, Becky, of Morganton, Steve McAbee and wife, Sandra, of Fairview, NC, and Jerry McAbee and wife, Pam, of Whittier, NC; a daughter, Sandra Blanks and husband, Ray, of Raleigh, NC; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Max Earley of Lowell, NC; and number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Wallace was preceded in death by his first wife, Gertrude Wilson Earley; brothers, Clarence, Ted, and Tommy Earley; sisters, Donnie Mae Goode and Vivian Earley; a step-son, Brian McAbee; and grandchildren, Jessica Ruth Earley, Natalie McAbee, and Andrew McAbee.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2012 at Bill’s Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Claude McIntosh officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the N.C. National Guard. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Bill’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 1118 Bills Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746 or to Bill’s Creek Baptist Church, 1475 Bills Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Bertha Cook Stillwell     [Back to Top]

Bertha Cook Stillwell, 82, of Morganton, NC went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Born in Burke County, NC on December 6, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Cook and Vassie Hildebran Cook. Bertha was of the Baptist Faith. She lived most of her adult life in Charlotte before moving back to Burke County around 2003.

Bertha is survived by two sisters, Rhoda Poe and husband, Roy, of Valdese and Joyce Carpenter and husband, Bill, of Connelly Springs, NC; a brother, Sidney Cook of Morganton; step-children, Virginia Godbey of Concord, NC, Penny Blaylock of Charlotte, NC, James Stillwell of Mt. Holly, NC, and Rev. Butch Stillwell of Asheville, NC; seven step-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, James Stillwell; a son, Dean Brackett; four sisters, Versie Hullette, Sadie Mace, Flavia Ann Brown, and Edith Cook; two brothers, Larry and James Cook; and one step-daughter, Ann Miller.

The funeral will be held at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 19, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Butch Stillwell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. The graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Walker’s Chapel Baptist Church, 5292 Walker’s Chapel Road, Morganton, NC 28655.



Roger C. Warlick     [Back to Top]

Roger C. Warlick, 72, of Morganton, NC was called home on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 after a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on December 21, 1939, he was the son of the late Archie Jones Warlick and Vergie Jane Clark Warlick. Roger was of the Baptist Faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. He retired from Broughton Hospital and had also worked at Wamsutta Mills, Bentley Machinery, and Giles Motor Company. Roger loved to play bluegrass music and was a mechanic at heart.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, Roger is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judy Blalock Warlick of the home; daughters, Lisa Warlick of Morganton, Amy Cable and husband, Gene, of Morganton, and Jennifer Chrisco and husband, Shane, of Valdese, NC; grandchildren, Shannon Warlick, Kara Warlick, Eric Hutchins, and Emily Chrisco; a great-grandson, Jacob Baker; a brother, Jerry Warlick and wife, Pat; sisters, Judith Cook and Betty Lane; and a number of nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved.

In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his sister, Linda W. Scott; a brother, Terry Warlick; and a nephew, Jeffrey Cook.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 21, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. David Mills officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Burkemont Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the N.C. National Guard. At other times the family will be at the home of his daughter, Amy Cable.



Kathleen Joyce Clark     [Back to Top]

Kathleen Joyce Clark, 88, of Morganton, NC died Friday, January 20, 2012 at her residence. Born April 11, 1923 inTarrytown, NY, she was the daughter of the late George B. Joyce (the former N. Tarrytown Fire Chief) and Helen Conrad Joyce. Kathleen was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Harrington, DE. She was a graduate of Grassland Nursing School in Valhalla, NY and spent the next 50 years as a registered nurse in several New Jersey area hospitals, including Freehold Area Hospital.

Kathleen is survived by her children, Robert James Clark and wife, Rita of Curtis Bay, MD, Michael George Clark and wife, Mutana of Bangkok, Thailand, Maureen Addie Poulson and husband, Richard of Atlanta, GA, Eileen Helen Murphy and husband, John of Camden, DE, Kathleen Mary Candlearia of Lawrenceville, NJ, and Christine Ann Engle and husband, Tim of Federalsburg, MD; siblings, Betty Burton of Youngsville, NC, David Joyce and wife, Sylvia of Rio Rancho, NM, and Marianne Connolly of Morganton; eighteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Edsel Clark; a son, Dennis Raymond Clark; two infant daughters, Mary Patricia and Rosemary Clark; five siblings; a son-in-law, David Candlearia; and a grandson, Michael Francis Clark.

The family will receive friends Friday, January 27, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernadette Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be follow from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the church with Rev. Monsignor George J. Brubaker officiating. The graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements in N.C. and Torbert Funeral Chapels is assisting in Delaware.



Lisa Webb Warner     [Back to Top]

Lisa Webb Warner, 40, of Morganton, NC passed away Friday, January 20, 2012 after several months of declining health. She was born in McDowell County, NC on October 29, 1971. Lisa attended the Journey Church. During her work career, she worked as a Home Health Care Nurse.

A loving mother, daughter, and sister, Lisa is survived by her father, Robert Webb and wife, Linda, of Newland, NC; her mother, Debbie Lane and husband, Roger, of Morganton; children, Justin Warner, Tera Warner, and Jessie Lane, all of the home; her paternal grandmother, Betty Webb of Marion; brothers, Gary and Jesse Webb, both of Newland; and a nephew.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park.



Brian Clint Walker     [Back to Top]

Brian Clint Walker, 26 of Morganton, NC died Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, NC. Born October 21, 1985 in Burke County, NC, he was the son of Timothy and Betty Roper Walker of Morganton with whom he made his home. Brian loved to fish and take road trips into the mountains. Because of his strong desire to help others, he was an organ donor with Carolina Donor Services. He was a member of the First Apostolic Church on Drexel Road. Brian was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and a number of aunts and uncles.

In addition to his parents he is survived by a sister, Timberly Nye and husband, Chris of Morganton; his fiancée, Kristin Anthony and her family of Morganton; a number of aunts and uncles; a close friend, Janet Benton of Morganton; and his faithful canine companion, Maggie.

A service of remembrance will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2012 at First Apostolic Church with the Reverends Daniel Baker and Earl Cross officiating. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour before the service. At other times the family will be at the home of Brian’s parents on East Union St. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to First Apostolic Church, 325 Drexel Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, to Brookwood Baptist Church, 210 Brookwood Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or to a charity of choice. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.



Gladys Mildred "Mimi" Burkleo     [Back to Top]

Gladys Mildred “Mimi” Burkleo, 96 of Marion, NC died Sunday, January 22, 2012 at her home. Born in Denison, TX on May 23, 1915, she was a daughter of the late N.W. and Mary Basden Seabolt. For over forty years she worked as a beautician in Fort Worth, TX. She was very proud of her work during 1940 as a welder in the San Diego, CA Shipyards. Mimi was a member of Calvary Assembly of God in Morganton. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Lloyd Knight; two brothers; two sisters; and three grandsons.

Surviving are her daughters, Janet Powell and husband, Ralph, Betty Knight Stump and husband, Frank all of Morganton, NC, Barbara Hendrixson and husband, W. T. of Mansfield, TX, and Leona Knight of Fort Worth, TX; ten grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and ten great great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Calvary Assembly of God, Pea Ridge Rd., Morganton with the Rev. Mike Whisenant 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 Hospice of McDowell County, 218 Logan St., Marion, NC 28752.



Betty Braswell Seagle     [Back to Top]

Betty Braswell Seagle, 82, of Morganton, died Monday, January 23, 2012 at her residence following several years of declining health. Born December 19, 1929 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Julius Robert Braswell and Annie Zulia Branch Braswell. Betty attended Calvary Baptist Church. She was a long time employee of Southern Bell, and also worked at Bumgarners for many years.

Betty is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles “Truett” Seagle of the home; a special niece, Linda LaFevers; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Howard, Clyde, Jack, and Bobby Braswell; and sisters, Levada Williams, Ruby Parks, and Norma Rector.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with the Reverends Larry Thompson and Allison Pryor officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 407 S. Green St., Morganton, NC 28655.



Joel Piercy     [Back to Top]

Joel Piercy, 70, of Hickory, NC, and formerly of Morganton, went to his eternal home on Monday, January 23, 2012 following several years of declining health. Born April 22, 1941 in Burke County, NC, he was a son of the late Clyde Vernon Piercy and Edith Cluo Lindsay Piercy. Joel was a member of Enon Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school. He enjoyed watching WWE “Wastlin”, the Dallas Cowboys, and the UNC Tar Heels. Joel was an avid gardener who loved flowers and plants. Mr. Piercy proudly served in the U. S. Air Force from 1959 until 1963, and, at the time of his discharge, he had attained the rank of Airman First Class with a specialty as a navigation system mechanic.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Cole Piercy of the home; daughters, Dolores McCorkle and husband, Aaron of Claremont, NC, and Brittany Gladden and husband, Gary of Morganton; grandchildren, Jessica, Andrew, Lily, and Brileigh; great-grandchildren, Noah, Sincere, and Khalil; siblings, Barbara McGee and husband, Bud, and Jannette Moore and husband, Wade, all of Morganton; Gaynell Donnelly and husband, Gary, Wanda Johnson and husband, Rick, Lucy Cagle, and Richard Piercy, all of Rutherford College, Kenneth Piercy and wife, Bea of Connelly Springs, and Garry Piercy and wife, Jenny of Hickory; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Joel was preceded in death by a brother, Vernon Clyde Piercy; an infant brother, Harold Dean Piercy; and an infant sister, Nancy Carolyn Piercy.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 26, 2012 at Enon Baptist Church with the Rev. Ernie Richards officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by members of the NC National Guard and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Thursday one hour before the funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of personal choice. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.



Bill Lane     [Back to Top]

Bill Lane, 78, of Morganton, died Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. He was born May 26, 1933 in Burke County to the late Jessie William Lane and Effie Maie Lane. Bill was a logger by trade and attended Silver Creek Baptist Church.

Bill is survived by his companion, Linda Rhom of the home; a daughter, Rebecca Miller of Burke County; one grandson; a brother, Henry Lane of Morganton; a sister, Dorothy O’Brian and her husband, John, of Putney, GA; five nephews; one niece; and a number of great-nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 26, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with the Rev. Jim Bollinger officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial & Tribute Processing Center, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.



Savannah Genevie "Ruby" Welborn     [Back to Top]

Savannah Genevie “Ruby” Welborn, 24, of Lenoir, NC died unexpectedly, Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Born March 4, 1987 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of John T. Welborn and wife, Donna, of Morganton, and Kathy S. Beach and husband, Michael, of Morganton. Savannah was a 2005 graduate of Freedom High School where she was an active participant in the ROTC program. She enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. She also enjoyed many different sports and outdoor activities; and was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. Savannah was a loving mother, sister and daughter, and a friend to all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Savannah is survived by her son, Travis “T.J.” Benfield, Jr. of the home; brothers, Jonathan Welborn and Dalton Welborn, both of Morganton; sisters, Amanda Welborn of Glen Alpine, and Shelby Welborn of Morganton; her fiancé, Travis Lee Benfield of the home; maternal grandmother, Bernice Chapman and husband Evoid, of Marshall, NC; a nephew, Xavier Allen Avery, Jr. of Glen Alpine; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; special friends, Caitlin Whisnant of Morganton and Brandy Dawkins of Glen Alpine, and Aunt Deb Benfield.

She was preceded in death by a son, Andrew Reed Benfield; paternal grandparents, Ruth Clark and Ralph Welborn; and maternal grandfather, Clinton Shelton.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. Clarence Correll officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Lenoir. The family will receive friends Saturday two hours before the funeral service. At other times, the family will be at residence of John Welborn, 125 Bennett Epley Lane in Morganton, and the residence of Kathy S. Beach, 3185 Arthur Mull Rd. in Morganton. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Daniel Lee and Taylor Nicole Thomas     [Back to Top]

Daniel Lee and Taylor Nicole Thomas infant son and daughter of Rick Lee Thomas and Jennifer McCracken Schachtschneider of Hildebran, NC died Monday January 23, 2012 at Grace Hospital. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Gateway Baptist Church with Rev. Jerome Walker officiating.



Jack Howard Ward, Jr.     [Back to Top]

Jack Howard Ward, Jr., 74, of Morganton, NC passed away Friday, January 27, 2012 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born in Burke County, NC on August 10, 1937, he was the son of the late Jack Howard Ward, Sr. and Mattie Jewell Anderson Ward. Jack was a veteran of the U.S. Marines and Navy, retired from the U.S. Air Force, and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He owned and operated Emorywood Electrical in Morganton.

Jack is survived by his wife, Janet Menzies Ward of the home; daughters, Jacinda Heidi Ward Weiss and husband, Stephen, of Cooper City, FL and Jewel Hope Ward of Chapel Hill, NC; a brother, James Robert Ward and wife, Christine, of Cooper City, FL; grandchildren, Rebecca Hannah Weiss and Mitchell Bryan Weiss; and a nephew, Jason Robert Ward.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a number of aunts and uncles, and loving cousins.

The funeral will be held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 31, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Mr. Jim Ward officiating. Military honors will be provided by the N.C. National Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke County Friends for Animals, P.O. Box 1884, Morganton, NC 28680.



Dr. James R. Collett     [Back to Top]

Dr. James Rountree Collett, last surviving child of Frances Adaline Rountree and Sterling Ruffin Collett, died peacefully at Heartsease, his Morganton home of 56 years, on Saturday morning. He was 91 years old.

He was a graduate of the McCallie School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of Harvard Medical School. He received the Howard Heinman Fellowship in Pathology from N.Y.U. and was a member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II and in the Air Force during the Korean War. After completing a residency in internal medicine with the Chest Service at Bellevue Hospital in New York he returned to private practice in his hometown of Morganton. He married Nancy Thornwell Bernhardt of Lenoir, North Carolina, in 1956.

Dr. Collett established the Critical Care Unit at Grace Hospital. He was past president of the Morganton Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Morganton Public Library board, a trustee of the First National Bank of Morganton, and of Wachovia Bank. He was on the boards of Knob Creek and Henredon Furniture Company, Ind.

He loved gardening, opera, the Blue Ridge Mountains and his family.

His decades long service to the patients under his care has been amply repaid by the kindness, generosity and compassion of those who cared for him during his declining health. His family has been humbled and filled with gratitude for the devotion of his faithful caregivers, Dr. Edward Plyler, Dr. Debra Davis, Kevin Dixon, Sue Hayden, Judy McNally, Tyler Hensley, Julia Cook, Sonya Akbar, Rodney McKinney, James Elliott, Charles Harbison, Max Cash, Malik Williams, Debbie Hensley, Tia Rutherford, Tina Padgett, Ryan Hensley and the staff of Healthy at Home.

Dr. Collett is survived by his wife, Nancy Bernhardt Collett and their children: Jean VanNoppen and husband Allen; Ellen Collett and Alexander Gruszynski; James Rountree Collett Jr. and wife Ellen; Alexander Collett and partner, Derek Long; and William Collett and his wife, Georgia. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Nancy Thornwell VanNoppen, Ellen Harper VanNoppen, Allen VanNoppen Jr., Jean Bernhardt VanNoppen, Alexander Collett Gruszynski, Adaline Rountree Collett Gruszynski, James Rountree Collett III, John Calhoun Collett, Ruth Ellen Hay Collett, Edgar Rand Collett, Mary Margaret Collett and Mathias Alexander Collett. In addition, he is survived by the beloved children of his siblings: of brother Sterling Jr.--Sterling Collett III, Mary Ruffin Collett, Dimples Collett and Martha Mellon; of his brother, John—-Becky Collett, Del Apperson, John Collett Jr., Sallie Prouty, Robert Collett, Vicky Mitchener and Tod Collett; of his sister Betsy—-Joe Patton Jr., Betts Drennen and Chuck Patton; and of his sister Frances—-Paul Hopkins Jr., Clay Doxey and John Hopkins. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, John Christian Bernhardt, Jr. and Mary Jane Winfrey, Alex Bernhardt and wife Anne and nieces and nephews Alex Bernhardt Jr., Lillian Sutcliffe and Mary Busko.

The Family will receive friends at the home on Monday evening between 5:30 and 7:30 pm. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Morganton at 2 pm on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Library Foundation of Burke County, 204 South King Street, Morganton, NC 28655 or to the Grace Hospital Critical Care Unit via Blue Ridge Healthcare Foundation, 2201 South Sterling St. Morganton, NC 28655.

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



Dewey Fox     [Back to Top]

Dewey Fox, 77, of Morganton, NC passed away Sunday, January 29, 2012 at home with his loving family. Born in Burke County, NC on June 25, 1934, he was the son of the late William Austin Fox and Hettie Belle Harris Fox of Morganton, NC. Dewey attended and graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1953 and entered the US Army. He served a distinguished military career and retired in 1973, achieving the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Three (CW3). Dewey served two tours of duty in Vietnam and numerous overseas assignments while serving in the Army. Some of his honorable military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. Additional awards include the Vietnam Campaign Medal with sixteen campaign stars, Vietnam Civil Actions Service Medal (3 awards) and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

Dewey is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judy Austin Fox; children, Pamela Favor of Norfolk, VA, Linda Jones and husband, Gary, of Bowling Green, KY, Brian Fox and wife, Candace, of Bowling Green, KY and Shane Fox (CW2, US Army) and wife Tonja, of Fort Riley, KS. Also, Dewey is survived by eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and a brother, Hylon Fox of Morganton. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins within Burke County.

Dewey’s passion in life was rooted in spending loving time with his family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors and crafting wood projects in his workshop. He spent endless hours with family and special friends fishing, hunting, and engaging in fellowship at every opportunity. Moreover, Dewey gained great joy by helping others within the church and the community. He was a loving man and dedicated to the service of our Lord.

In addition to his parents, Dewey was preceded in death by three brothers, Ned, Ben and Kirby Fox; and a sister Georgia Henson.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 2, 2012 at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. A private graveside service will be held at the North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the House of Refuge, P.O. Box 1371, Morganton, NC 28680 or to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 352, Morganton, NC 28680.



John Thomas McGlothlin, III     [Back to Top]

John Thomas McGlothlin, III, of Morganton, NC (formerly of Laurel, MS) died at home on Sunday, January 30, 2012 after a lengthy illness.

Born in Hattiesburg, MS on February 20, 1943, John was raised and educated in Laurel, MS. He was a member of the first class of St. John’s Episcopal Day School and graduated from Gardiner High School in 1961. He served in the United States Navy. Afterwards, he attended Jones County Junior College and the University of Southern Mississippi and was certified as a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS.

John had two passions in his life. He was an avid pilot with several certifications and ratings to his credit, including CFII Instructor Rating. In addition, he was an enthusiastic musician, playing the trombone since high school and performing with several organizations including the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the Laurel Community Concert Association and, for a time, he professionally represented several musical ensembles.

John was a lifelong Episcopalian and at the time of his death was a parishioner at Grace Episcopal Church in Morganton. He was also a member of Shelby Lodge 162, AF&AM in Bristol, VA.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John Thomas McGlothlin, Jr. (Tom) and Virginia Lee Musgrove McGlothlin, and by a sister, Bonnie Lee McGlothlin Peneguy.

John is survived by his wife, Katherine Ann Holliday McGlothlin of Morganton; two sons, John Thomas McGlothlin, IV (Tommy) and his partner, Mark Pratt, of Birmingham, AL and Woodrow Allen McGlothlin (Woody) and wife, Sandy, of Bristol, VA; two step-sons, Jack Clemens and wife, Lynne, of Greensboro, NC and Mark Clemens of Morganton; four grandchildren, Justin McGlothlin and Morgan McGlothlin of Bristol, and Taylor and Lorren Clemens of Greensboro; a sister, Elizabeth Jane McGlothlin White of Savannah, GA; and a brother, James F. McGlothlin of Louisburg, NC.

A celebration of John’s life will be held during a Requiem Eucharist at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 S. King Street, Morganton, NC on Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Inurnment will be at a later date at the columbarium of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Laurel, MS. At other times the family will be at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that a donation be made in John’s memory either to Grace Episcopal Church Parish Nurse Fund, c/o Grace Episcopal Church, 303 S. King Street, Morganton, NC 28655, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, c/o Jericho Shriners, P.O. Box 5548, Kingsport, TN 37663, 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.


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