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Archived Obits April 2012



Nellie Morrison Dobson     [Back to Top]

Nellie Morrison Dobson, 75, of Morganton passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012. Born in Rutherford County, NC on August 15, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Morrison and Macie Devinney Morrison. Nellie was a member of Central Baptist Church. A very outgoing person, she loved her church and loved helping other people.

Nellie is survived by her son, Robbie Dobson of Morganton; a granddaughter, Delanie Amor Dobson of Morganton; a brother, Jack Morrison and wife, Kathy, of Morganton; a sister, Rebecca Louise Arrowood of Morganton; special friends, Walter and Connie Callahan and Carolyn Clark, all of Morganton; nephews and nieces, Chip and Andy Dobson, Barbara Sharpe, Elizabeth Dobson, Debbie Bruns, Becky Brinegar, Tommy Morrison, Katie Nightengale, Adam Morrison, and Jody Morrison; a brother-in-law, Mac Dobson and wife, Elsa; and a sister-in-law, Mavis Dobson.

In addition to her parents, Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, William Robert “Bob” Dobson; a brother, George Neal Morrison; and a sister, Helen Morrison Elliot.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde Buckner officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior the service.



Dr. Philip T. Howerton     [Back to Top]

Dr. Philip T. Howerton, 78, died Sunday, April 1, 2012 at Grace Hospital. He was born in Mecklenburg County on May 15, 1933 son of the late Robert Dunn Howerton and Mildred Melgreen Howerton. Dr. Howerton graduated high school from Phillips Academy Andover in 1951, received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in 1954 and M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine in 1958. He was a captain in the U. S. Air Force, Medical Corps from 1956 until 1963 where he served his internship at Brooke Army Hospital. He completed his residency at Duke University in 1963.

He became certified with the American Board of Radiology in 1964 and moved to Morganton in 1966 to join the staff of Grace Hospital. He was past Radiological Director, past President of the Medical Staff, and member of the Board of Trustees at Grace Hospital. He was honored to be named to the Fellowship of the American College of Radiology in 1986. Dr. Howerton was one of the founders of Blue Ridge Radiology Associates. He remained at Blue Ridge Radiology until his retirement in 2003. He fully enjoyed retirement through his many hobbies: traveling to Italy, studying Italian, gardening, reading and stamp collecting.

Dr. Howerton was involved in many aspects of his community and served on many boards and organizations, including Burke County School Board, Chamber of Commerce, Burke County Red Cross, Morganton Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow, and Boy Scouts of America. As a member of First Presbyterian Church, Dr. Howerton served as a Deacon, treasurer, and Sunday school teacher.

He was devoted to his family and is survived by his wife, Hilda Wells Howerton; son, Philip T. Howerton, Jr. of Morganton; daughters, Virginia Howerton Grant and husband, Ken, of Mocksville and Mary Todd Howerton Peters and husband, Mark, granddaughters, Kayley, Rachel, and Melissa Peters of Chapel Hill; brother, Robert Howerton of Decatur, GA; step-son, Scott Chapman and wife, Sheena, and step-grandson, Robert Chapman, III of Lewisville; step-daughter, Beverly Crawford and husband, Tony, of Hickory.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Janet R. Howerton, and by his sister, Frances H. Lucas.

A memorial service will be held at 3pm Saturday, April 7, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Michael Bailey officiating. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2012 at Sossoman Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross, Burke County Chapter, 305-A W. Union St., Morganton, NC 28655, First Presbyterian Church, 100 Silver Creek Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, or to BSA, Piedmont Council, 1222 E. Franklin St., Gastonia, NC 28053.



Mary Shuping Bailey     [Back to Top]

Mary Shuping Bailey, 99, of Morganton died Sunday, April 1, 2012. Born in Burke County, NC on November 2, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Laxton Shuping and Sudie Morrison Whisnant Shuping. Mary was a charter member of Brookwood Baptist Church and was a retired employee of Skyland Textiles. She was a devoted mother to her sons, whose father, Grover, died when they were very young. She was also an avid gardener.

Mary is survived by her sons, Warren Bailey and wife, Faye, Phil Bailey and wife, Kathy, and Terry Bailey, all of Morganton; a granddaughter, Crystal Bailey of Morganton; several nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Grover Bailey; sisters, Mamie Snipes, Florence Snipes, Lena Poteat, and Inez Shuping; and an infant brother.

The funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Reverends Bill Jennings and Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Home Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690, to Mt. Home Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 2272 Mt. Home Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655, or to Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1206 Salem Road, Morganton, NC 28655.



Nell B. Cook     [Back to Top]

Nell B. Cook, 85, of Morganton, NC passed away Monday, April 2, 2012. Born in Mitchell County, NC on September 25, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edgar Buchanan and Eula May Ledford Buchanan. Nell retired from Drexel Knitting Mills after 28 years.

A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Nell is survived by her children, Tom Cook and wife, Susann, Nancy Sawyer and husband, Jimmy, and Carolyn Beaver and husband, Johnny, all of Morganton; grandchildren, Greg Beaver, Brad Sawyer and wife, Sarah, and Megan Cook; great-grandchildren, Holly Beaver, Kyle Sawyer, Luke Sawyer.

In addition to her parents, Nell was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Cook, and sisters, Ruth Entreken and Ora Shaffer.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Burke Memorial Park with Rev. Jim Lee officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home.



Ann Fisher Dale     [Back to Top]

Ann Fisher Dale, 82, of Morganton, NC went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 2, 2012 following a period of declining health. Born in Burke County, NC on March 13, 1930, Ann is the daughter of Eva Jane Fisher. She was a faithful member of Burkemont Baptist Church for 59 years. Ann retired from Alba Waldensian after 30 years. She loved her family life and being with her church family.

Ann is survived by her grandchildren, Kevin Brian Dale of Morganton and Amy Denise Snow of Lenoir, NC; great-grandchildren, Brandon Snow of Morganton, William Snow of Yadkinville, Josh Snow of Yadkinville, and Brittney Snow of Morganton; a daughter-in-law, Nancy C. Dale of Morganton; and special friends, Wanda Rose and Crystal Smith, both of Morganton.

In addition to her mother, Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Edward Dale; and a son, James Edward Dale.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at Burkemont Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Mark Pridgen and Rev. Eddy Bunton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burkemont Baptist Church Building Fund, 4668 Burkemont Road, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Richard "Dick" Call     [Back to Top]

Richard Douglas “Dick” Call, 80, of Morganton, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012. Born on October 6, 1931 in Franklin, PA, he was the son of the late Robert Douglas Call and Audine Roberta Call. Richard was a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH, where he met and married his wife. He was a salesman for Colgate-Palmolive until he retired. Dick lived in Livonia, MI until he recently moved to Grace Ridge Retirement Community in Morganton to be closer to his daughter.

Dick was an avid jazz enthusiast and sports fan. He will be remembered for his generosity, sense of humor, intellect, and soft heart. He was of the Lutheran Faith and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Dick is survived by his daughter, Roberta Call Kogut and husband, Bob, of Lenoir, NC; a granddaughter, Emelia Louise Kogut; and many other family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Adele Schirmer Call; a son, Matthew Douglas Call; and a sister, Janet Ruth Kelsey.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Riley officiating. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Gaye Campbell Walton     [Back to Top]

Gaye Campbell Walton, 75, formerly of US 64 West, Morganton passed away Monday, April 2, 2012 following a period of declining health. Born in Catawba County, NC on August 3, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Arthur B. Campbell and Minnie Hawn Campbell. Gaye was a member of Linville United Methodist Church. In 2001 she retired from Shadowline following 31 years of employment. She loved flower gardening, her beagles, her Tonkinese cat, “Stormy”, and country music. She was a very loving aunt.

Gaye is survived by her step-daughter, Del Walton of Morganton; a brother, Ben Neil Campbell of Maiden, NC; nieces, Vicky Campbell Whitmire, Debbie Campbell Propst, Kelly Campbell Moose, Marilyn Campbell McKiddy, and Marsha Campbell Nelson; and sisters-in-law, Mary Walton Kent and Eleanor Walton Neal.

In addition to her parents, Gaye was preceded in death by her husband, C. L. Walton, Jr.; a step-daughter, Anna Frances Walton; and a brother, Glenn Campbell.

The funeral will be held at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Dcn. Michael L. Jenkins officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. prior to the service. Mrs. Walton’s cremated remains will be interred in Forest Hill Cemetery after Easter.

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



Debra White Jackson     [Back to Top]

Debra White Jackson, 46, died Monday, April 2, 2012. She was born in Carter County, TN on October 13, 1965 and was a daughter of Wanda White Buff of Hickory. and Paul White and wife Barbara of Johnson City, TN. Debra was a loving mother and grandmother and devoted to her family.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her daughter, Nicole White and her fiancée, Eddie Swink, of Morganton; grandchildren, Kyleigh, Kirsten, Kelssie, and Tyler Swink; brother, Paul White, Jr. of Kingsport, TN; sisters, Cynthia White Trite and husband, Jerry of Mt. Holly, LeeAnn White Hoyle and husband, Danny, Jr.of Conover, and Lisa White Reece and husband, Aaron of Johnson City; her former husband, William Keith Hughes of Drexel; her uncle, Jack Smith and wife, Marlene and several nieces and nephews.

Debra was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Dawn Hughes.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Forest Hill Cemetery with Rev. Joe Dempsey officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, PO Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to assist with funeral expenses.



Foley Wendell Thornton     [Back to Top]

Foley Wendell Thornton, 75, of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Burke Palliative Care Center in Valdese. Born August 22, 1936 in Williamstown, KY, he was a son of the late Hollis Beauford Thornton and Delilah McCombs Thornton. Foley was a member of Salem United Methodist Church. He served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, and was a retired employee of the A.P.V. Bakery.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Wortman Thornton of the home; a son, Dustin James Thornton and his fiancée, Olivia Presnell, of Morganton; a brother, Ricky Thornton and his wife, Pam of Aiken, SC; a sister, Faye Holder of Salisbury, NC; two nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Reverends Donald Freshour and Mark Conforti officiating. Burial will follow in Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday one hour before the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Dr. Arthur James Coutu     [Back to Top]

Dr. Arthur James Coutu, 87, of Morganton died Wednesday, April 4, 2012. Born on September 14, 1924 in Hartford, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Arthur V. and Mary M. Coutu. His wife, Jean Marie died on March 23, 2005 in Morganton, NC. His son Jeffrey Coutu and wife, Jessica, of Mount Airy, NC and his son, Stephen Coutu and wife A. J. of Morganton, NC survive Arthur. He also leaves grandchildren: Angela and husband Terry Woodard of Clayton, NC; Dr. Ashley Coutu of York, England; Kelly Coutu and wife, Amanda, and Davin Coutu all of Wilmington, NC.

Arthur served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1943-1946. He attended Harvard, in Cambridge Mass., Duke University in Durham, NC and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Connecticut and his PhD from NC State University.

He served as a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at NCSU for 38 years. He devoted over 25 years to the area of economic development with 15 years focused on Peru in the areas of institutional and human resource development. He worked in over 20 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. From 1963 to 1966 Dr. Coutu was head of the NCSU Mission to Peru. In 1965, he was named a visiting professor of The National Agrarian University in Lima, Peru. In 1989 he received the Order of Merit from the President of Peru on behalf of their government. He continued to consult and teach in the areas of economic development after he retired in 1991.

Arthur played basketball for the University of Connecticut and the Marines, coached little league baseball in Raleigh, and pitched and played several positions for a local baseball team in Lima, Peru. His lifelong love of golf was well known, as was his unique swing. Arthur’s card playing skills were enjoyed throughout his stint in the Marines, during his foreign travels and more recently by his persevering home health workers.

In 2002, Arthur and his wife Jean moved from Raleigh to Morganton, NC with their beloved Cocker-Spaniel, Charlie. They belonged to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Morganton, NC where the funeral mass will be held for Arthur at noon, Tuesday, April 10th . A reception will follow in the church hall.

The family wishes to thank all those who loved and cared for Jean and Arthur throughout their adventurous life. In Lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the outreach programs of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 728 West Union Street, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center assisted the family with the arrangements.



Margaret O. Mauldin     [Back to Top]

Margaret O. Mauldin, 97, died Wednesday, April 04, 2012. A resident of Burke County since the 1930’s she was born in Staunton, VA on November 15, 1914 and was a daughter of the late Ernest and Ollie Stroop Owens. Mrs. Mauldin was devoted to her family and owned and operated Tommy’s Drive-In alongside her husband, the late Howard Thomas Mauldin, Sr. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Mauldin was preceded in death by her son, Howard Thomas Mauldin, Jr.; her daughter, Sheryl Ann Chapman; brothers, Guy and Bud Owens; and sister, Dorothy Miller.

She was a member of Morganton Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Surviving are her grandchildren, Michael Lee England and wife, Andrea, of Morganton and Lesa R. Briggs and husband, Jeff, of Hickory; great-grandchildren, Melissa Reynolds, Ryan Briggs, Laura, Chase, and Matthew England.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Elder Barry Mahorney officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.



Harry "Hal" Baker Ball     [Back to Top]

Harry “Hal” Baker Ball, 87, died Thursday, April 05, 2012, following a period of declining health. He was born in Kansas City, MO on May 26, 1924 and was a son of the late David Ball and Marguerite Baker Ball. Hal was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he was stationed in the South Pacific. Hal continued his education, receiving a B. A. degree from the University of Southern California. He also attended the Kansas City Arts Institute, Johns Hopkins, Coppin State College, and the University of Maryland. He was a member of the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge #219 in Kansas City and was proud to have had the late President Harry Truman as his past master.

As an art teacher, Hal taught in Baltimore City Schools, Anne Arundel County Schools, both in Maryland, and at the Children’s School in Morganton. He was also formerly employed at the Department of Defense as a graphic artist. Hal volunteered at the Burke United Christian Ministry Soup Kitchen, Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, and the Burke Literacy Council.

Surviving are his sons, Bruce A. Ball and his wife, Mary, of Las Cruces, NM and Brian D. Ball and his wife, Aleta, of Crownsville, MD; daughters, Judith Lynn Bonanno and her husband, John, of Severna Park, MD and KD Ball of Hickory; grandchildren, Kristin, Erika, David, Julia, and Matthew; his long time companion, Joan Pulliam of Morganton; his former wife, Diane Burnham Lovelace of Hickory; a brother, Robert Ball and his wife, Jane, of Bellingham, WA; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Hal was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Posko Ball; a brother, David Ball, Jr.; and a sister, Lorraine Bolte.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Costner officiating. Masonic Rites will be conducted by Catawba Valley Lodge #217. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service. Interment services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Bonnie Buff Wyatt     [Back to Top]

Bonnie Buff Wyatt, 78, of Morganton died Thursday, April 5, 2012 at her residence. Born in Burke County, NC on June 11, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Sanford Buff and Vastie Beaver Buff. Bonnie was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, George Wyatt of the home; a daughter, Pat Harmon and husband, Bud, of Morganton; grandchildren, Mark Harmon and Sherry Lee, both of Morganton; four great-grandchildren, Ashley, Destiny, Courtney, and Jacob; and a brother, J. D. Buff and wife, Wilma, of Icard, NC.

In addition to her parents, Bonnie was preceded in death by her first husband, Phifer Swink.

The funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 9, 2012 at Faith Missionary Baptist Church with Reverends Douglas Woody and Charles Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the home. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Frances Paschall Fleming     [Back to Top]

Frances Paschall Fleming died peacefully at her home in Morganton, Sunday, April 8, 2012, one day before her 76th birthday. She was born in Burke County to the late George Lewis and Annie Taylor Paschall. Frances married Robert Carl Fleming, Jr. on January 1, 1954, and they had five children.

Frances enjoyed sewing, crafting, reading, and playing bridge. She taught many a novice the game of bridge. Her greatest joy was in raising her children and watching her grandchildren grow.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marjorie Ann Paschall Shea; and her beloved daughter, Robbin Elizabeth Fleming. Frances is survived by her husband, Carl of the home; daughters, Susan Fleming Keaton and husband, Glen of High Point, and Ann Fleming Krohn and husband, Tom of Morganton; and sons, Robert C. Fleming, III and wife, Robin of St. Charles, IL, and Jeffery A. Fleming and wife, Lisa of Apex, NC. Eleven grandchildren knew the love of their Nana: Taylor Keaton, Drew Keaton, Bobby Fleming, Caitlin Fleming Wahl, McKendry Fleming, Caroline Fleming, Morgan Fleming, Laura Fleming, Ryan Fleming, Nicholas Krohn, and Nathan Krohn. A brother, Lewis Paschall also survives.

As Frances desired, there will not be a formal funeral service. Friends and family are invited to a gathering at her home on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Robbin Fleming Fund for Children at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 2239 NC 181, Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.



Shirley Omagene Smith     [Back to Top]

Shirley Omagene Smith, 76, of Morganton died Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the home of her sister, Betty Taylor, after a lengthy illness. Shirley was born in Avery County, NC on August 29, 1935, and was a daughter of the late William and Myrtle Garland Smith of Pineola, Avery County. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Florence Garland Hall. Shirley was a member of the Pineola Baptist Church. She was an angel unaware and loved by all who knew her.

Shirley is survived by sisters, Theresa S. Johnson of Spruce Pine, Betty S. and Charles Taylor of Morganton, Lucy S. Stokes, Life Care Center of Banner Elk, and Gail S. Burleson of Crossnore: brothers, Jim and Norma Smith of Spruce Pine, Ray H. and Margie Garland of Raleigh, and George and Vivian Garland of White Pine, TN; and a number of beloved nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2012 at Pineola Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Aldridge officiating. Burial will follow in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Pineola. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Yellow Mountain Enterprises, PO Box 548, Newland, NC 28657. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Alex Van Burleson     [Back to Top]

Alex Van Burleson, 18, of Morganton, died unexpectedly Monday, April 9, 2012. Born on February 8, 1994, he was the son of Lawrence Van Burleson and Janie Dee Warner Burleson, of Morganton. Alex was a member of First Baptist Church in Glen Alpine. A senior at Freedom High School, Alex participated in the Freedom High Band. When he was your friend, he was your best friend.

In addition to his parents, Alex is survived by a sister, April Bridges and husband, Alan, of Morganton; his grandmothers, Nancy Fogle and Elizabeth Burleson, both of Morganton; his maternal grandfather, Roger Warner, Sr. of Palm Coast, FL; uncles, Roger Warner, Jr. and companion, Geraldine White, of Mt. Holly, NC, Edwin Scott Warner of Hildebrand, NC, Dale Burleson, Danny Burleson, and David Burleson, all of Morganton; and three nieces, Samantha, Kathryn, and Susan Bridges.

Alex was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Bob Fogle and Lawrence Burleson.

The memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2012 at First Baptist Church in Glen Alpine with Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Freedom High Band Program, c/o Freedom High School, 511 Independence Blvd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Michael Williamson Eley     [Back to Top]

Michael Williamson Eley, of Morganton, NC died Monday, April 9, 2012 at Grace Hospital. He was a student at Western Piedmont Community College.

Michael is survived by his father, R. Michael Eley of Asheville, NC; his mother, Peggy Eley of Morganton; his fiancée, Heather Bentley of Morganton; an aunt; an uncle; and several cousins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. The cremated remains will be buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. The family will be at the home of his mother on Alexander Avenue, Morganton.

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



Joseph Monroe Carter Cheves, Jr.     [Back to Top]

After a valiant and heroic 4-year battle with prostate cancer, on April 11, 2012 56-year-old Joseph Monroe Carter Cheves Jr. passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. Carter is survived by his wife of 32 years, Jan Cheves, son Carter Cheves of Apex, daughter Emily Cheves of Apex, sister Carolyn Cheves of Little River, SC, aunt Louise Tostensen of Brunswick, GA., and numerous loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Carter was born in Morganton, NC on January 15, 1956. He was preceded in death in 2007 by his father, Joe Cheves of Cheraw, SC, and in 2011 by his mother, Martha Crawford Cheves of Wadesboro, NC.

He grew up in Morganton among countless childhood friends, and was an avid and accomplished athlete. As an 11-year-old, he won the Morganton punt, pass and kick contest in his age group. He was also the starting quarterback for the Mighty Mites PeeWee football team, and earned a spot as starting quarterback on the league's all-star team. He missed the game though, due to an ankle injury in the last game of the regular season. An excellent baseball player, Carter led the league in batting average at .470 as a ten-year-old. Carter's true sport was golf, though. He won three father/son tournaments with his dad, Joe Cheves, at Mimosa Hills Country Club, beginning as a ten-year-old with a net score of 78, a couple of years later with a net score of 67, and the pair again took home the trophy when Carter was 15, shooting a round of 68. He scored two hole-in-ones during his career. In 1972, he won the Burke County Junior Golf Championship, firing rounds of 71, 72 and 71. Durwood Buck wrote about the event, utilizing these compliments from other golfers to describe Carter's play: "great swing, best putter around, tremendous temperament and consistent." Carter played golf at Morganton High School, where he helped the team win the Northwestern Conference Team title in 1972. He also played golf at Freedom High School, and was a member of the first graduating class in 1974. Carter had an adventurous spirit, exemplified throughout his life, especially through his participation in an Outward Bound adventure and a month-long trip across the U.S. with friends in the early 1970's.

A 1979 graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering, Cheves began his career as the golf course superintendent for Twin Valley Country Club in Wadesboro, N.C. He left this position to pursue a career with The Wolfpacker, writing and learning all aspects of the publishing business. After the 1983 NCAA basketball championship, Carter worked on the book, Too Soon To Quit with Jim Valvano. In 2012, he was honored by Stuart Coman, whom he worked for at Coman Publishing, with an endowed golf scholarship at NCSU. He was an assistant sports information director at his beloved NC State University for nine years, winning numerous awards for his publications. In 1995, he took over the reigns as president of the American Golf Association, the company founded by his father, Joe Cheves, conducting senior golf tournaments throughout the U.S. and Latin America.

As president of American Golf Association, in 2003 Carter founded the Joe Cheves Junior Invitational, over the years developing it into the premier junior golf tournament in the southeast. Cheves established the JCJI to bring together an elite field of junior golfers for a quality prestigious annual event. The Joe Cheves Junior is recognized as an official N.C. Junior Rankings event by the Carolinas Golf Association, and is also a ranked tournament by the Junior Golf Scoreboard. In 2011, the JCJI was ranked number 22, among junior golf tournaments in the country by Golfweek Magazine. Cheves also created a scholarship program through the tournament to promote junior golf, support the Burke County community and reward excellence in the field of golf. He also did freelance writing for various sports publications.

In addition to his professional career, he devoted a great deal of his time to volunteer work with the Apex Cougar Club, Relay For Life and coaching little league sports. In a final act of bravery and sacrifice, he donated his prostate and additional tissues to support prostate cancer research. After his initial cancer diagnosis, Carter began training, and ran two half marathons, plus the 2010 full Tobacco Road marathon, and walked a marathon at the 2011 Relay For Life. His greatest joys in life were his children, and he loved every moment spent with them. Carter was a devoted father, husband, relative and friend. He lived the richest, most full life imaginable, filled with love and faith. Children and animals sensed his tender spirit, incredible wit and inner joy, and flocked to him. He was a member of Apex United Methodist Church, and was recently re-baptized, and lived a devoted life for his Lord and Savior Jesus. His last message for friends and family was 'I'm a lucky man.'

You are a much-loved man, Carter Cheves. We miss your beautiful smile and warm, tender heart already. Watch over us from heaven.

The family will receive friends at Sossoman Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012. On Saturday, April 14, a service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Morganton at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012, followed by a brief visit to the graveside at Forest Hill Cemetery..

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to American Cancer Society, CAM Relay SAS Jacks Team, 8300 Health Park Dr., Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, or Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.



Mary Olivia York     [Back to Top]

Mary Olivia York, 87, of Connelly Springs, NC died Thursday, April 12, 2012 at the Burke Palliative Care Center following a brief illness. Born in Burke County, NC on August 21, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Lafayette York and Nettie Chapman York. Mary was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. A loving mother and grandmother, she enjoyed keeping children.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Shelvia Lail and her husband, Russell, of Connelly Springs; grandsons, Michael Lail and his wife, Debi, of Connelly Springs, Brian York of Connelly Springs, and Kelly York of Hickory, NC; two great-grandsons, Jason York and his wife, Stephanie, of Connelly Springs and Benjamin Lail of Fayetteville, NC; a sister, Hazel Smith and her husband, Howard, of Connelly Springs; and a number of nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Arlen York; a son, Arlin Darlis York; and three brothers, Darlis, Alvin, and Herman York.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Fulbright officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. At other times the family will be at the residence of Mary’s daughter, Shelvia, on Ward’s Gap Road, Connelly Springs.

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



Wilma Bolay Whisnant     [Back to Top]

Mrs. Wilma Bolay Whisnant, 89, died Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Grace Ridge Retirement Community.

Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1922, Mrs. Whisnant worked as a translator for the U.S. Army during World War II. During the war she met and married her late husband, James Clayton Whisnant, a Morganton native. Together they moved to Morganton after the war to raise their family.

Mrs. Whisnant was a substitute teacher for the Morganton City Schools in the 1970's and 1980's. She loved the game of bridge and the company of her close friends. She will be greatly missed by her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Clayton Whisnant; her daughter, Diana Whisnant Webb; and her son, Clayton Bolay Whisnant.

Those left to cherish Oma's memory include her grandchildren, James Rusmisell, and wife, Amanda of Charlotte, NC; Amy Harper and husband, Johan of Atlanta, GA; and Jon Rusmisell of Charlotte, NC. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Quinn Rusmisell, Gabe Rusmisell, Maxwell Rusmisell, and Bennett Rusmisell.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Vicar Carolyn Remaklus officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made in her memory to Calvary Lutheran Church, 119 N. King Street, Morganton, NC 28655 or Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Burman H. Mull     [Back to Top]

Burman H. Mull, 81, of Morganton, NC went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. Born in Burke County, NC on October 2, 1930, he was the son of the late Thomas Mull. Burman was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and was of the Baptist Faith.

He is survived by his wife, Nina Duckworth Mull of the home; and sisters, Verenese Wilson and her husband, James, and Edith Peeler all of Morganton.

In addition to his parents, Burman was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Cryptside services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with Rev. Marty Bess officiating. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.



Harmon Claude Ollis     [Back to Top]

Harmon Claude Ollis, 92, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly Sunday, April 15, 2012, while at Grace Hospital. He was born on July 1, 1919 in Avery County and was a son of the late Council Vernon Ollis and Dixie Florence Wise Ollis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Lealon, Arnold, Clyde, and Lawrence Ollis. Mr. Ollis was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and was a retired machine operator at Henredon and Drexel Furniture factories. He enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Ollis was a member of Linville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of seventy-four years, Lillie Ann Ollis of the home; daughters, Eudine Beck and husband, Leroy, of Nebo and Joanne Epley and husband, Raymond, of Morganton; brother, Hayes Ollis and wife, Nadine, of Florence, SC; grandchildren, Susan Beck-Williams and husband, Mark, of Rural Hall, NC, Robin Henson of Nebo, and Russell Epley and wife, Shanda, and Becky Shehan and husband, Bobby, all of Morganton; and great-grandchildren, Lindsay Henson of Greenville, NC, Riley Shehan, Kylea Shehan, Lillie Katherine Epley, and Caroline Epley all of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at Linville United Methodist Church with Reverends Neil F. Brantley, Jr. and Betty Henson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the NC National Guard and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in the church fellowship hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to Linville United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3625 Fish Hatchery Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



Jessie Mills Greene     [Back to Top]

Jessie Mills Greene, 90, died Monday, April 16, 2012. She was born in Burke County, NC on February 19, 1922 and was a daughter of the late Zeb William Mills and Hattie Gurley Mills. Mrs. Greene was a member of Asheville Street Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the WMU. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, needlepoint, and quilting.

Mrs. Green is survived by her husband of sixty years, Arlis H. Greene; son, Leonard S. Greene and his wife, Diana of Morganton; daughters, Judy Alexander and her husband, Lynn, of Drexel, Kathy Powell and her husband, Danny, of Morganton, and Margaret Hill and her husband, Skip, of Old Fort; brother, David Mills of Drexel; sisters, Louise Brinkley of Drexel, Vernie Keller and Sarah Fletcher both of Morganton, and Oris Page of Valdese; grandchildren, Adam Feimster and his wife, Cristy, of Rockwall, TX, David Greene and Heather Greene both of Morganton, Drew Powell of Mooresville, and Ryan Alexander, Sonya Powell and Sara Alexander all of Drexel; three great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Greene was preceded in death by a sister, Carrie Holliday.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Asheville Street Baptist Church with Rev. Douglas Goforth officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel United Methodist Church on Dysartsville Road. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the church. At other times the family will be at the home on Regan Street.

Memorial contributions may be made to Asheville Street Baptist Church, 119 Asheville St., Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.

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



Danny McClamrock     [Back to Top]

Danny McClamrock, 19, died Saturday, April 14, 2012. He was born in Cabarrus County on October 1, 1992. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 20, 2012 at Broughton Hospital Cemetery with Rev. William Robertson officiating. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Ralph Eldridge White     [Back to Top]

Ralph Eldridge White, 79, of Morganton, NC died Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Grace Heights following a period of declining health. Born June 11, 1932 in Burke County, NC, he was a son of the late Robert Romulus “Rom” White and Annie Powell White. A lifelong resident of the Glen Alpine area, Ralph graduated from Glen Alpine High School where he was the Senior Class President. He went on to serve in the US Army during the Korean War. Ralph was an active member of the First Advent Christian Church where he was a deacon, choir member, and Sunday school teacher. He was a Scottish Mason and a member of the Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge #217. He was also a Shriner with the Oasis Temple. Ralph was a former fire fighter with the Morganton Fire Department and with the Glen Alpine Volunteer Fire Department. Ralph retired as Forest Supervisor of the Tuttle Educational State Forest, and held that position during the development and construction of the park. He was especially proud of the “talking trees”. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman. Ralph dearly loved talking to his fishing buddies and many other friends. He enjoyed music and playing his harmonica. He had a smile that would light up the room and warm everyone’s heart.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Hilda Setzer White of the home; a daughter, Loriann White Stock and husband, Barry, of Morganton; a grandson, Spencer Cameron Stock; brothers, Roy White and wife, Vera, of Dry Ponds, NC, and Harold White and wife, Nell, of Glen Alpine; sisters, Doris W. Orders of Morganton, Mary W. Brown and husband, Rev. Harold Brown of Shoals, NC, and Libby W. Morgan and husband, Jim, of Atlanta, GA; sisters-in-law, Linda White and Virginia White; a brother-in-law, Joe Scott; Hilda’s sisters, Carolyn Curtis and Ann Smith; and numerous cherished nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by brothers, Robert “Bob” White, Rev. Clyde White, and Rev. Dr. James White; and sisters, Sadie W. Hensley, Lillie Mae W. Greene, and Carolyn W. Scott.

The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the staff at Burke Hospice, Grace Heights, and Grace Hospital for the compassionate care given to Ralph during his illness.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the First Advent Christian Church with Rev. Harold Brown and Mr. Pat Bradshaw officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery with Masonic rites by members of Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge #217. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Advent Christian Church, 211 Lenoir Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Florence Britt Moss     [Back to Top]

Florence Britt Haskett Moss, 87, of Morganton, NC died Friday, April 20, 2012 at Grace Heights. Born September 11, 1924 in Pasquotank County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Albert M. Haskett and Sarah Bailey Haskett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warrington Caldwell Moss, Jr.

Florence is survived by children, Michael Moss of Merritt Island, FL, Elizabeth Rodgers of Morganton, and Jane Jones of Southern Shores, NC; thirteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services are planned for a later date. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.



Peggy Louise "Nanny" Parton Sparkman     [Back to Top]

Peggy Louise “Nanny” Parton Sparkman, 68, of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Born July 29, 1943 in Wilmington, NC, she was a daughter of the late Everett Grady Parton and Vestal Virginia Mikeal Parton. Peggy was a retired employee of Broughton Hospital. She is survived by a daughter, Carol L. Sparkman of Morganton; sons, Donald D. Price and wife, Tamara, of Hildebran, and Kenneth D. Price and wife, Angie, of Connelly Springs; grandchildren, Matthew A. Price and his mother, Kim Oliver and step-father, Randy, Kendra L. Brucke, and Sharla Moore; siblings, Barbara Sells and Thomas W. Parton, both of Lenoir, NC, and Jerry D. Parton of Hickory, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews that Peggy loved just like her children.

In addition to her parents, Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, James David Sparkman; and a brother, Perry Grady Parton.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 26, 2012 Bollinger’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Valdese with Rev. Larry Fletcher officiating. Interment of the ashes will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Thursday one hour before the service at the church. At other times, the family will be at the residence on Piedmont Rd.



Bertha R. Smith     [Back to Top]

Bertha R. Smith, 97, of Morganton, NC went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Born in Burke County, NC on October 8, 1914, she was the daughter of the late John Lee Robinson and Ida Mae Watts Robinson. Bertha was of the Baptist Faith. She loved to garden and can vegetables.

Bertha is survived by her son, Harry “Riddle” Smith of Morganton; a granddaughter, Sandy Johnson of Morganton; and a great-grandson, Nicholas Johnson of Morganton; sisters, Lillie Mae Neil, Pat Pritchard, and Bessie Robinson, all of Morganton; and a number of nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Riddle Smith; brothers, Lee Robinson and Boyd Robinson; and sisters, Velvie Smith and Mamie Buff.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. 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 Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Jerry Pritchard     [Back to Top]

Jerry Pritchard, 58, of Nebo, NC died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Born in McDowell County, NC on November 13, 1953, he was the son of the late Robert Eugene Pritchard and Melissa Lydia Chapman Pritchard. Jerry attended Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church. He was employed at American Roller Bearing and had worked at Drexel Heritage Furnishings and was a self-employed carpenter. Jerry loved his family, the Linville River, and his faithful Chesapeake Bay retriever, Jane.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Debra Lynn Hurd Pritchard of Valdese; a brother, Randy Pritchard and his wife, Pam, of Morganton; sisters, Regina Pritchard Silvers (Jerry’s twin) and her husband, Ronald, and Sharon Pritchard Falls and her husband, Ed, all of Morganton; a brother-in-law, Alva Lee Smith; a number of nephews and nieces; and a number of great-nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Pruitt Smith.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church with Rev. Roger Brackett officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



James Payne     [Back to Top]

James Payne, 59 of Morganton, NC died Friday, April 27, 2012 at his residence following a period of declining health. Born in Madison County, NC on September 29, 1952, he was a son of the late Isaac Francis Payne and Georgia Marie Greene Payne. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and brother. James was a dedicated teacher in the McDowell County Schools. He taught Junior High through college classes. He was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church and was involved in many church activities. James was an avid beekeeper and was owner and operator of Natures Perfect Candy. He enjoyed genealogical research. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Edward Payne and sisters, Nina Mae Payne and Shirley Ledford.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Kay Fish Payne of the home; a son, Michael Payne and his wife, Sarah of Valdese; a daughter, Ann-Marie Payne Samuelson and her husband, Robert of Waynesville, NC; grandchildren, Ethany and Hannah Payne; brothers, Robert Payne and Lee Payne both of Hot Springs, NC, and Charles Payne of Waynesville, NC; and sisters, Ethel Rathbone and Joyce Gosnell both of Hot Springs, Mary Worley of Marshall, NC, Betty Roberts of Morganton, and Debbie Smith of Waynesville.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Burkemont Baptist Church with Dr. David Mills and Rev. Eddy Bunton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Rev. Charley Bradley officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. At other times the family will be at the home of the son, Michael Payne, 816 Berry Ave., SE, Valdese.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690 or to Burkemont Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 4668 Burkemont Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.



Mabel Poteat Thomas     [Back to Top]

Mabel Poteat Thomas, 87 of Morganton, NC died peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at her daughter’s Charlotte home. Born in Morganton, she was the last surviving child of the late John Clayton Poteat and Della Mae Poteat. She was a 1941 graduate of Morganton High School. She and her husband, the late Perry Thomas, a Charlotte native, owned and operated for thirty-two years, Thomas Music Shop on Sterling St. For many years, she was an active member of First Baptist Church where she was a member of the Cauble Sunday School class. She was also a member of several bridge clubs and a home extension club. Mabel was a sweet, gracious, kind, and generous lady who will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred and a sister, Elizabeth.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter, Rose Lynn Thomas Imbleau and her husband, Claude Marcel Imbleau, and her grandchildren, Austin Perry Imbleau and Spencer Claude Imbleau.

A service to celebrate Mabel’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2012 in the chapel of the First Baptist Church with Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends in the church parlor for one hour before the service. Memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church or Huffman Bible Class, P. O. Drawer 459, Morganton, NC 28680, Burke Arts Council, 115 E. Meeting St., Morganton, NC 28655, or to the Catawba Valley Masonic Lodge #217, P. O. Box 215, Morganton, NC 28680 (of which her beloved husband, Perry was an active member for many years).

The family expresses their sincere thanks to the following organizations and people for the outstanding care given to Mabel: C.M.C.-Pineville, Levine-Dickson Hospice, homecare providers of Care Haven Charlotte, LLC including Vina Pesaru, M.D., Sallie English, R.N., and nursing assistants, Tiffanie Clarida, Vicki Nave, Shirley Hailey, Julian, Henrietta Crosby, Elaine Hasty, and Lydia Wells, and caregivers from Morganton, Mildred Sheets and Tonya Benfield. Special thanks also in Mabel’s final years to Bob Lewe, Jr. who provided 1950’s and 1960’s era music which reminded her of the years spent at the music store and which gave her reason to smile. We will miss you “Mimi”!!



Joyce Ann Powell     [Back to Top]

Joyce Ann Powell, 69 of Winston-Salem, NC died Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Forsyth Medical Center. Born in Burke County, NC on June 8, 1942, she was a daughter of the late H. W. and Mae Culler Powell. She was born and raised in Burke County and was a graduate of Morganton High School where she played basketball and other sports. Following graduation from Appalachian State Teacher College, she taught for many years in Forsyth County public schools. She was of the Methodist faith. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Bob Powell; sisters, Nancy Powell Payne and Becky Powell Martin; a niece, Ashley Hall; and a nephew, Todd Towery.

Surviving are a brother, Bill Powell and his wife, Junie of Morganton; sisters and their husbands, Maxine and Hub Lail, Judy and Dick Pendleton, Sara and Wilson Sherrill and Ruth and Jerry Duckworth all of Morganton; a number of nephews and nieces; and her canine companion, Passy.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Glen Alpine Cemetery with the Rev. Neill Shaw officiating. In lieu of Flowers memorials may be made to North Morganton United Methodist Church, 990 Sanford Dr., Morganton, NC 28655.


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