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Archived Obits May 2013



Forrest Sam Rogers     [Back to Top]

Forrest Sam Rogers, local businessman of Morganton, NC and Fort Lauderdale, FL died Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Born in 1924 in East Jordan, MI, he was the son of the late Maggie and Samuel Rogers. He is survived by his wife Phyllis Grant Rogers; three sons, Bruce Rogers and Laura of Richmond, VA, Jack Rogers of Asheville, NC, and Rick and Kathy Rogers of Brighton, MI; three granddaughters; Elizabeth, Patricia and Jane.

Sam loved his family, friends, tennis, fishing and life. His love of boating took him to many interesting ports of call.

His wife is filled with gratitude for friends, Dr. Edward Plyler, and Burke County Hospice for their kindness and compassion during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or Community Foundation of Burke County, P.O. Box 1156, Morganton, NC 28680. A private family service will be held at a later date.



Josie Flippin Shelton     [Back to Top]

Josie Flippin Shelton, 101, of Morganton, NC died Thursday, May 2, 2013 following a period of declining health. Born in Stokes County, NC on September 14, 1911, she was the daughter of the late Joe Henry Flippin and Hester Wright Flippin. Josie was a member of Morganton First Freewill Baptist Church for over 63 years and was active until her stroke last year. During WWII, Josie worked as a riveter in aircraft manufacturing. She retired as a health care technician from Broughton Hospital after 28 years.

Josie is survived by her son, Lewis E. Shelton of Morganton; a daughter, Joanne S. Arney and her husband, Clyde, of Morganton; grandsons, Jeff Allen Arney and his wife, Peggy, of Morganton and Robert Keith Arney and his wife, April, of Lenoir, NC; great-grandsons, Steven D. Arney of Granite Falls, NC and Randy Allen Arney and his wife, Nicole, of Morganton; great-granddaughters, Catherine Joanna “C.J.” Arney of Lenoir, Jessica Leann Arney of Lenoir, and Shan Bryson of Morganton; special people who called her “Maw Maw”, Eddie Alderson of WV and Crystal McNeely Hyatt of Charlotte; and two sisters, Allene Brown of Thomasville, NC and Otellia Flippin of High Point, NC.

In addition to her parents, Josie was preceded in death by her husband, Gilmer E. Shelton.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Morganton First Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center where the body will remain until placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour.

Memorial contributions may be made to Morganton First Freewill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2654, Morganton, NC 28680.

The family would like to give a special “thanks” to Savannah Miller, our niece, for being by mom’s side the past four days. All the CNAs and staff at Magnolia Lane, the nurses and staff at Burke Hospice, Ms. Libby Hardy who cared for mom this past year at her home; Catawba Valley Medical Services, their church family, Pastor Jeff Boone and his wife, Kim, Donna Wright and Tanya Sanders who read her the bible when she visited her each week, and to everyone to supported and prayed for Josie and family during this difficult time.



Carol Hembree     [Back to Top]

Carol Hembree, 38, of Hickory, NC died unexpectedly on Friday, May 3, 2013 at her residence. She was born in Burke County, NC on October 18, 1974. She had worked at several area nursing homes and Burke Hospice and Palliative Care.

Carol is survived by her daughter, Heidi Hembree and Gary Harris; grandchildren, Payton Harris and Maeligh Harris; her mother, Pamela Reams and her husband, Roger, of Oak Island, NC; an uncle, Brian K. DeVinney; cousins, Kenneth Tolley and Kris DeVinney; her maternal grandmother, Bernice Tallent DeVinney; and Carol’s companion, Mike Townsend.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. The body will lie in state at the funeral home from noon until the visitation on Tuesday.



Ethel Whitener Berry     [Back to Top]

Ethel Whitener Berry, 99, of Jacksonville, FL passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Born in Burke County, NC on July 1, 1913, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Winfred Whitener and Ollie Nigaro Williams Whitener. Ethel attended Morganton High School and retired from Skyland Textiles. She was a member of First Baptist Church all of her adult life and Salem United Methodist Church in her youth. She served for many years in the Mother’s Morning Out program at First Baptist Church. Ethel enjoyed working in her gardens and will be remembered for her sought-after hand work.

A loving mother and grandmother, Ethel is survived by her son, Larry Wesley Berry of Jacksonville, ex-daughter-in-law, Beverly Brown Terry of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Kathryn Berry Carter and her husband, John, of Germantown, TN and Jeffrey Winfred Berry and his wife, Leslie, of Jacksonville; great-grandsons, Wesley Alan Carter, Ashton Wade Carter, Samuel Brooks Berry, William Alexander Berry, and Winfred Scott Berry and many Nieces and Nephews and their families.

In addition to her parents, Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred “Wynn” Berry; a son, John Winfred Berry; all of her siblings: Lura Mae Brittain, Joe Whitener. Margaret Duckworth, Clyde Whitener and their spouses. She was the last of her generation of Berrys and Whiteners.

The memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, May 18, 2013 in the Chapel of First Baptist Church with Pastor Emeritus, Bob Shepherd officiating. The family will receive friends in the church Parlor following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Pre-school and After-school Program, P.O. Box 459, Morganton, NC 28680 or to Salem United Methodist Church, 1206 Salem Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

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



Novella Cate Ross     [Back to Top]

Novella Cate Ross, 101, of Morganton, NC passed away Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. Born in Knox County, TN on April 5, 1912, she was the daughter of the late Walter Elbert Cate and Anna Keener Cate. Novella was a member of Mount Home Baptist Church in Morganton and a former member of Thorngrove Baptist Church in Strawberry Plains, TN.

She is survived by her niece and nephew, who also acted as her caregivers, Loretta and Kenneth Bivens of Nebo, NC.

In addition to her parents, Novella was preceded in death by her first husband, Ruel L. Monroe, and her second husband, William Luther Ross.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Knoxville, TN under the direction of the Rev. Calvin Thomas, friend and former pastor of Thorngrove Baptist Church.

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. Condolences may be made online at www.sossomanfuneralservice.com.

The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Burke Hospice for their loving care and kindness shown to Novella.



Margie K. Shuping     [Back to Top]

Margie Marie Kerley Shuping, of Morganton went to be with Jesus and her family on Saturday, May 4, 2013 while surrounded by her family. Born in Dunlap, TN, she was the daughter of the late Jonah Kerley and Grace Haire Kerley. Margie was a faithful member of Burkemont Baptist Church.

Mrs. Shuping is survived by her son, Ned Shuping and his wife, Roberta, of Morganton; daughters, Naomi McGee and her husband, Larry, of Morganton and Wilda Herman and her late husband, Gary, of Palm Beach, FL; a daughter-in-law, Pam Long and her husband, Mike, of Morganton. Mrs. Shuping is also survived by her grandchildren, Jeffrey Poteet and his wife, Diana, and their children, David and Natalie; Andrew Shuping and his wife, Brenda, and their daughter, Loretta; Philip Shuping and his wife, Betty, and their daughter, Savannah; Fallon Gardner and her husband, Justin, and their children, Shelby, Taylor, and Titus; and Gary Herman, Jr. and his wife, Lavene, and their children, Jennifer and Lauren. A sister, Barbara Brittain and her husband, Charles, of Morganton, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive Margie.

In addition to her parents, Margie was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Martin Shuping; a son, David Shuping; four brothers, Wayne, Robert, Carl, and Milton Kerley; and two sisters, Helen Farr and Claudia Blalock.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Burkemont Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddy Bunton officiating. The family will speak with friends following the service. In case of bad weather, the service will be held in the church sanctuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to Burkemont Baptist Church, 4668 Burkemont Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

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



William "Bill" Howard Childers     [Back to Top]

William “Bill” Howard Childers, Jr., 70, of Morganton went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Born in Burke County on February 19, 1943, he was the son of the late William Howard Childers and Teresa Mary Moore Childers. Bill was an active and dedicated member of Harvest Praise Church. He retired in 1994 from the Western Youth Institution and was an avid NASCAR fan. His greatest love was his devoted wife and his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 48 years, Wanda Huntley Childers of the home; daughters, Kathy Grady and late husband, Bob, Kima Bowman and her husband, Phillip, Karen Campbell and her husband, Gene, Crystal Pritchard and her husband, Jesse, and Cherie Huffman and her husband, Brian; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Benny Childers and his wife, Barbara; and a sister, Mary “Punk” Hicks and her husband, Frank.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Harvest Praise Church with the Rev. Barry Camp officiating. Entombment will follow in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the church from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. At other times the family will be at the home of Cherie Huffman in Valdese.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Praise Church, P.O. Box 3116, Morganton, NC 28680.

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



Gloria H. Butler     [Back to Top]

Gloria Lee Butler, 76, of Morganton, NC died Saturday, May 4, 2013. Born in Cleveland County, NC on December 25, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Boyd Newton Jenkins and Rebecca Dale Jenkins. Gloria was an avid reader, flower gardener, and animal lover.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Barry A. Butler of the home; children, David K. Holman of Lenoir, NC, Cynthia Oxentine and her husband, Larry, of Rutherford College, NC, Jeff Holman of Morganton, and Barry Chris Butler of Morganton; grandchildren, Joshua Jackson, Arielle Oxentine, and Raina Oxentine; and a brother, Gene Jenkins of Hagerstown, MD.

The memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with the Rev. Marty Bess officiating. 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.



James William "Littleman" Burnette, Jr.     [Back to Top]

James William “Littleman” Burnette, Jr., 34 died Sunday, May 5, 2013. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Cremation Center. A private family graveside will be held at a later date.



Peggy Joan Perrou Leonhardt     [Back to Top]

Peggy Joan Perrou Leonhardt, 78, of Morganton went to be with our Savior Monday, May 6, 2013. Born in Burke County on May 25, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Stephen Phillip Perrou and Lora Mouser English Perrou. She was a loving wife to her husband, Henry, for 63 years who preceded her in death just eight days earlier. They were devoted to each other and were inseparable.

Peggy was a devoted member of El Bethel Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for her group of senior ladies whom she cherished. Mom was an avid reader and had thousands of books that she read and sold at her PJ’s Bookstore. She was a homemaker, gardener, seamstress, prayer warrior, and above all a true friend. During her early years, she worked at Shadowline and later at Oak Hill School cafeteria. She also worked with Dad for over forty years sewing in their shop.

The family was first in Mom and Dad’s life, and later the grand and great-grandchildren became their biggest blessing. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Derr Leonhardt, II and his wife, Kathy, of Raleigh, NC, Larry Leonhardt and his wife, Myra, and Alan Leonhardt and his wife, Carolyn, all of Morganton; a daughter, Sandra Powell and her husband, Tony, of Rutherford College, NC; grandchildren, Amy VanHook and her husband, John, Lisa Doherty and her husband, Frank, Jessica Epley and her husband, Dustin, Kelly Leonhardt, Leslie Edwards and her husband, Chris, David Leonhardt, Lindsay Leonhardt, Jesse Powell, Cassie Powell, and Corey Powell; and great-grandchildren, Grant, Luke, and Mark VanHook, Alex, Will, and Abby Doherty, and C.J. and Makenna Edwards. Thank you for raising us all in a Godly home, sacrificing everything to make us all so special. Mom, you will be missed. Peggy is also survived by her brothers, Stephen “Tavy” Perrou, Jr. of Rutherford College and Anthony “Tony” Perrou of Sacramento, CA.

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013 at El Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Cooper officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday at El Bethel Baptist Church.



Ronnie F. Roberts     [Back to Top]

Ronnie F. Roberts, 71, of Morganton, NC died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at his residence. Born in Caldwell County, NC on December 6, 1941, he was the son of the late Julius Thurman Roberts and Ruby Williams Roberts.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Brenda Marshall Roberts; a daughter, Candi Miller and her husband, Nick, of Hickory; grandchildren, Shyla and Riley Miller; a brother, Tommy Roberts; and a sister, Frances Boyd.

In addition to his parents, Ronnie was preceded in death by a brother, Wesley Roberts.

The cryptside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with the Rev. Ray Hardee officiating. The family will receive friends for half an hour following the service.

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



Staff Sgt. Robert Norris Earley, USAF Ret.     [Back to Top]

Staff Sgt. Robert Norris Earley, USAF Ret., 83, died Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Burke Palliative Care Center. He was born in Rutherford County, NC on September 16, 1929 and was a son of the late Rev. Robert and Effie Hyder Earley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tiffany Howell, four brothers, and eight sisters.

Robert was a retired staff sergeant in the U. S. Air Force and served both in the Korean War and Vietnam conflict. He was a member of the D. A. V. and the 12 step group. He was a member of Morganton First Church of God on Summers Rd.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lillian Beltz Earley, of the home; children, Robert A. Earley and wife, Lee, and John L. Earley all of Morganton, and Tammy R. Howell and husband, David, of Albuquerque, NM; sisters, Joyce Cordell and Grace DeHetre both of Morganton; grandchildren, Donald Earley, Starla Pierce and husband, Denny, Tesia Earley, and Austin Howell; a great-grandchild, Michaela Pierce; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at Morganton First Church of God with Reverends Jon McDivitt, Priscilla Logan, and Don Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park with military honors conducted by the U.S. Air Force. The family will receive friends Wednesday at the church one hour before the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Richard Howard Baugher     [Back to Top]

Richard Howard Baugher, 70, died Saturday, May 11, 2013. He was born in Harford County, MD on July 21, 1942 and was a son of the late William Howard and Ida Petty Baugher. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Stevie.

Surviving is his wife of 42 years, Jeanette Herman Baugher, of the home; one brother; and three sisters.

A memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home.



Jo Ann Bridgeman     [Back to Top]

Jo Ann Bridgeman, 61, of Morganton, NC died Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Burke Palliative Care Center following several years of declining health. Born November 11, 1951 in Letcher Co., KY, she was the daughter of the late John Astor “Babydoll” Short and Wanda Sexton Short. Jo Ann grew up in Jenkins, KY and moved to North Carolina twenty years ago to be with her family. She had attended Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and was a former employee of Burke County Department of Social Services.

Jo Ann is survived by three sons, Torry Mullins and wife, Pattie, Chadwick Mullins, and Jonathan Akers, all of Morganton; six grandchildren, Phillip Akers, Scott and Patrick Harlow, Frank and Mackenzie Fields, and Joe Baldridge; a brother, Johnny Holcomb and wife, Patsy, of Houlka, Mississippi; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Jo Ann was preceded in death by three husbands, Charlie Bill Mullins, Phillip Akers, and Charles Bridgeman; a grandson, Daniel Mullins; and brothers, Roger, Richard, and Donnie Short.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Rev. Ricky Speagle officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center, PO Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to assist with funeral expenses.



Asa Smith     [Back to Top]

Asa Dean Smith, 97, of Morganton, NC went home to Glory on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Grace Hospital. He was born in Centre County, PA on June 24, 1915. He was the son of the late James Nelson Smith and Mable May Schenck Smith. Asa was a member of Mull’s Grove Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon, chair of the Cemetery Committee, and was an honorary life-time trustee. Asa was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of WWII and retired from EMSCO Group in Girard, Pennsylvania. Asa moved to Morganton in 1988.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife of 69 years, Thelma Alice Willey Smith of the home; daughters, Almeda Foy and her husband, Norman, of Morganton, Kathleen “Kate” Bonesteel and her husband, Donald, of Valdese, NC, Nadean Hayes of Grove Port, OH, and Maralee Douglas and her husband, Rev. Murray Douglas, of Lawrenceburg, IN; nineteen grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Asa was preceded in death by three brothers, Merril, Victor, and Ellis Smith; and a sister, Pearl Smith.

The funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2013 at Mull’s Grove Baptist Church with the Reverends Bud Jernigan and Murray Douglas officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mull’s Grove Baptist Church, 5106 Burkemont Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

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



Ruth Perry Ramsey     [Back to Top]

Ruth Perry Ramsey, 82, of Valdese went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Born in Burke County on September 12, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Ulys Wiley Perry and Hessie Mae Poteet Perry Sprouse. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Clifton Ramsey; a brother, Ulys William “Buddy” Perry, and sisters, Molly Wright, Louse Baker, and Inez Walker.

Ruth was a member of High Peak Baptist Church.

Ruth is survived by her son, Ken Ramsey and his wife, Pamela; daughter, Robin Berthelot, both of Valdese; a brother, James C. Perry of Charlotte; a sister, Nelda King of Greensboro; grandchildren, Matthew McGalliard of Valdese and Heather Anderson and her husband, Aaron of Terrell, NC; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Brayden and Stella.

The family will be holding a private graveside service. Memorial contribution may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Michael Aaron McKinney     [Back to Top]

Michael Aaron McKinney, 43, of Connelly Springs, NC died on Tuesday May 14, 2013 at his residence. Born in McDowell County, WV on August 21, 1969, he was the son of Margie Alice Tilley McKinney and the late James Benard McKinney.

In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife, Amanda Dawn Johnson McKinney; son Vincent McKinney; brothers, William Rick Brown, of Connelly Springs and James McKinney of Drexel; sisters, Kathy Brown and Amy Bailey, both Connelly Springs.

Michael was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Timothy Joe Brown A memorial services will be held at 2 pm, Sunday, May 19, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.



Dr. Jamey Lee Myers     [Back to Top]

Dr. Jamey Lee Myers, 35, of Hickory, NC went to his Heavenly Home on Friday, May 17, 2013. Born in Burke County, NC on March 4, 1978, he was the son of Pastor Mark Myers and Wendy Singleton Myers of Morganton. Jamey was a member of Marketplace Church in Hickory. Jamey had worked for Sears in Hickory and Austin, TX, Macy’s in Houston, Texas, and finished his career in Pennsylvania with QVC.

In addition to his parents, Jamey is survived by his sisters, Amber Myers Welner and her husband, Matthew, of Hickory and Annabelle Myers of Morganton; grandparents, Jimmy and Iris Singleton and David Myers.

Jamey was preceded in death by his grandmother, Carolyn Myers, and his great-grandmother, Rena Singleton.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Pastor J.D. Mallory officiating. A private graveside service for immediate family will follow. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Marketplace Church Children’s Ministry, 2936 NC Hwy 127 South, Hickory, NC 28602 or to Pregnancy Care Center of Morganton, PO Box 116 Morganton NC 28680.



Charles Marsh Edwards, Jr.     [Back to Top]

Charles Marsh Edwards, Jr., 89, of Valdese, NC died Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. Born in Queens, NY on December 7, 1923, he was the son of the late Charles Marsh Edwards, Sr. and Gladys Bloomfield Edwards. Charles served with the U.S. Army during WWII and worked as a clerk in a medical dispensary in Taunton, England. He was a member and long-time treasurer of Calvary Lutheran Church. Charles retired from Leviton Industries/Southern Devices with over 30 years of service. He enjoyed model railroads, woodworking, gardening, and genealogy.

Charles is survived by his wife of 65 years, Louise Tiedt Edwards; children, Catherine I. Edwards of Charlotte, NC, Melissa Grace Edwards Moore and her husband, Stephen, of Johnson City, TN, and Barbara Grace Edwards Heilman and her husband, John, of Valdese, NC; grandchildren, Matthew Heilman, Amanda Lafitte and her husband, Jared, Charles Heilman, Caitlyn Moore, Wesley Moore, Benjamin Heilman, Anna Heilman, and Rebecca Heilman; and his adopted grandchildren, Luz, Philip, Joseph, Ryan, and Elle.

In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Edwards, and a sister, Grace Edwards Abrams.

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2013 at Calvary Lutheran Church with Reverend Michael Riley officiating. Military honors will be provided by the N.C. National Guard. The family will receive friends in the church hall following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, 119 North King Street, Morganton, NC 28655.

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



Michael John "Mike" Zimmer     [Back to Top]

Michael John “Mike” Zimmer, 71, of Morganton, NC died Monday, May 20, 2013 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. Born in Pontiac, MI on January 8, 1942, he was the son of the late Edgar Albert Zimmer and Helen McCloud Zimmer. Mike was a member of the Indiana National Guard and was of Catholic faith.

Mr. Zimmer is survived by his wife, Joyce Faye Rowen Zimmer of the home; children, Gayla Jean Moua and her husband, Savang, Ginger Snook and her husband, Rick, Janine Gibson and her husband, Dwayne, and Ron Zimmer; grandchildren, Derek Burleson, Pam Burleson, Michael Zimmer, Ross Gibson, Jasmine Gibson, Heather Snook, and Bailey Zimmer; and four great-grandchildren, Katherine Buskirk, Mason Burleson, Holly Burleson, and Kristin Buskirk. Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

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



Joe "Tommy" Causby     [Back to Top]

Joe “Tommy” Causby, Sr., 94, of Advance, NC, formerly of Morganton, NC, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Born in Burke County, NC on November 24, 1918, he was the son of the late William Riley Causby and Julia Catherine Lowdermilk Causby. Tommy was a U.S. Marine veteran of WWII. He was a former member of Burkemont Baptist Church and was currently attending Forsyth Park Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. He had been active in several Lions Clubs and other Civitan clubs and was a former mayor of Kure Beach, NC. Tommy was always active in the churches he attended; he taught Sunday school, served as a deacon and trustee, and sang in the choir. He retired from American General Insurance Company after over 40 years of service, having worked in Morganton, NC, Tallahassee, FL, Salisbury, NC, and Winston-Salem, NC.

Tommy is survived by his son, Joe Tommy Causby, Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Niceville, FL; a daughter, Ann Causby Wood and her husband, Ed, of Clemmons, NC; a grandson, John Bates and his wife, Joan, and their children, Elizabeth and Sidney; step-granddaughters, Sue Rice and her husband, Bill, and Ellen Fox and her husband, Clark; and many nephews and nieces. In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by his wife, Veredah Williams Causby; brothers, Ernest, Herndon, Preston, and Raymond Causby; and sisters, Viola Lanier, Elsie Tallent, Mary Summitt, Louise Avery, and Vassie Duckworth.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2013 at Burkemont Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. David Mills and the Rev. Tom Southern officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the N.C. National Guard and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Burkemont Baptist Church, 4668 Burkemont Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Forsyth Park Baptist Church, 1600 South Hawthorne Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Bermuda Village Health Care Center, Hospice of Davie County, and special caregiver, Lisa Roseborough, for their kind and compassionate care during this difficult time.



Katherine Louise Boetker Hansen     [Back to Top]

Katherine Louise Boetker Hansen, 73, of Morganton, NC died Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Born November 30, 1939 in Montgomery County, MD, she was a daughter of the late John Boetker and Nellie Allen Boetker. Katherine was devoted to her children and grandchildren, and loved life.

She is survived by children, Russell Randolph and Elaine, of Wasilla, Alaska, Glenda Carpenter and Scotty, of Fredericksburg, VA, Tammy Randolph and Kenny, of Morganton, Coy Randolph and Lynn, of Cleveland, NC, Debbie Thompson and Gary, of Morganton, and Bubba Randolph, Jr. and Nicole, of Mooresville, NC; grandchildren, Clayton, Wesley, Celena, and Crystal Randolph, Jennifer Bourne and Matt, Lisa Bromley and David, Christina Moore and Josh, Christopher Hearne, Jessica Randolph and Jimmy, Misty Randolph and Steven, Dustin Thompson and Megan, Brandon and Cody Thompson, Justin Randolph, Christopher, Brittany, and Jonathan Randolph, Ashlyn, Payton, Beam, and Austin Woolridge; the father of her children, Curley Randolph; a brother, Roland Boetker and wife, Stella of Pennsylvania; and sisters, Marie Nolde of Maryland, Agnes Law and John of Tennessee, Lorraine Byars and Frank of Tennessee; Gloria Woods and Dale of Virginia, and Patricia Payne and Bobby of Tennessee; and a devoted daughter-in-law, Loretta Randolph.

In addition to her parents, Katherine was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Eddie Nolde.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. The family will receive friends Thursday night from 7:00 until 9:00 pm at the funeral home.



Bruce Elmer Norris     [Back to Top]

Bruce Elmer Norris, 71 of Glen Alpine, NC died Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Born January 30, 1942 in Haywood County, NC, he was a son of the late James Elmer and Caddie Webb Norris. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a former employee of Drexel-Heritage Furnishings, Wal-Mart, and Grace Hospital security.

Surviving are his children, Dawn Stamey and husband, Roger, Keith Norris, and Cheryl Norris all of Morganton, and Curtis Norris of Sanford, NC; 7 brothers and sisters, 12 Grandchildren, and 14 Great Grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 5 brothers and sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 26, 2013 at McDowell Independent Presbyterian Church with the Reverends Dennis Carswell and Curtis Norris officiating. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour before the service. Donations may be made to help with funeral expenses. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting.



Harold V. "Toadie" Coffey     [Back to Top]

Harold V. “Toodie” Coffey, 85, of Morganton, NC died Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. Born in Burke County, NC on July 29, 1927, he was the son of the late Frank Richard Coffey and Maggie Lee Brown Coffey. Toodie was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and played bass for the church. Harold loved his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed gospel music and sang bass in several quartets.

Harold is survived by his wife, Gladys P. “Sissie” Burns Coffey of the home; daughters, Rhonda Fulbright and her husband, Mike, of Maiden, NC and Susie Edwards and her husband, John, of Morganton; grandchildren, Leslie Kiser and her husband, Heath, of Maiden, Michael Fulbright of Newton, NC, Lynsey Hanson and her husband, Michael, of Granite Falls, NC, and Amanda Edwards of Huntersville, NC; great-grandchildren, Jaiden Kiser, Kaley Kiser, and Ashtyn Kiser; and a number of nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, Toodie was preceded in death by his sisters, Flossie, Pat, Myrtle, Leva, Beatrice, Bonnie, and Irene; and two brothers, Herndon and Earl.

The funeral will be held at 3:30 pm, Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Antioch Baptist Church with the Reverends Clarence Correll and Charlie Crump 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.

Memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 2441 Antioch Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

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



Mary Lou Black     [Back to Top]

Mary Lou Black, 90, died Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Burke Palliative Care Center. She was born in Burke County, NC on December 7, 1922 and was the daughter of the late Walter Stephens and Nisha Ross Stephens. Mary Lou was a member of First Baptist Church of Glen Alpine. She was retired from the North Carolina School for the Deaf and enjoyed doll making, arts and crafts, flower arranging, and cooking for her family.

Mary Lou is survived by son, Steve Black and wife, Tish of LaGrange, GA; daughter, Olivia Ann Byrd and husband, Royce of Glen Alpine; half sister, Mary Alice Walker of Kings Mountain, NC; and grandchildren, Lee Byrd of Cherokee, NC, Jonathan Byrd and wife, Sheree of Connelly Springs, NC, Taylor Black and wife Sheryl and their daughter, Katelyn of Nashville, TN, and Allison Black of Boulder, CO.

In addition to her parents, Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Harold Black; brother, Herbert Stephens; sister, Neta Bowers, and a half brother, W. C. Stephens.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Glen Alpine with Rev. Michael Brown and Chaplain Ted Swann officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Alpine Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.



Daniel D. Wilson     [Back to Top]

Daniel D. Wilson, 80, of Morganton, NC went to be with Jesus on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Born in Burke County, NC on August 15, 1932, he was the son of the late Albert Asbury Wilson and Ollie Mae Mooney Wilson. Daniel was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon, was a past chairman of the deacons, and was a past chairman of the Kitchen Committee. Daniel had also served as chairman of the Board of Directors for Enola Fire Department. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a 44 year employee of Bernhardt Furniture.

Daniel is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy Ross Wilson of the home; a son, Douglas Wilson and his wife, Doris, of Morganton; a daughter-in-law, Cherly Wilson of Claremont, NC; grandchildren, Nathan, Tiffany, Jennifer, and Blake Wilson; great-grandchildren, Raelyn Wilson, Chase Stotts, Madison Stotts, and Skyler Durham; and sisters, Lillie M. Mace and Frances Marie Dale.

In addition to his parents, Daniel was preceded in death by two sons, Denis K. Wilson and Richard A. Wilson; brothers, James E. Wilson, Albert T. Wilson, and Ralph A. Wilson; and two sisters, Virginia D. Wilson and Mary E. Leonard.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Larry Cline and the Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors provided by the N.C. National Guard and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 2396 Enola Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

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



William Thomas "Tommy" Hensley     [Back to Top]

William Thomas “Tommy” Hensley, 69, of Valdese, NC died Monday, May 27, 2013. Born in Yancey County, NC on June 24, 1943, he was the son of the late Leslie Hensley and Lena Edwards Hensley. Tommy was a member of Poarch Chapel Missionary Methodist Church. He was a retired employee of Drexel-Heritage Furnishings where he worked for 28 years. Tommy loved his church and his garden, and he was an avid craftsman.

Tommy is survived by his friends, Selena and Jimmy Avery and Michele and Jason Day, all of Morganton; and his faithful canine companion, Jack.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Poarch Chapel Missionary Methodist Church with the Rev. Wallace Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Poarch Chapel Missionary Methodist Church, 3580 Playmore Beach Rd., Lenoir, NC 28645.

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



Betty Hildebran Jaquins     [Back to Top]

Betty Hildebran Jaquins, 80, of Morganton, NC died Monday, May 27, 2013. Born in Burke County, NC on July 2, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Dirl Hildebran and Jessie Taylor Hildebran. Betty was an active and involved member of Friendship Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting and canning, and she loved helping other people.

Betty is survived by her son, David Allen Jaquins and his wife, Myra, of Morganton; grandsons, D. J. Jaquins and his wife, Laura, of Newton, NC and Michael Adam Jaquins and his wife, Amber, of Lenoir, NC; great-granddaughters, Alexis Jaquins and Charlotte Jaquins; and sisters, Gertrude Young, Katherine Whiteside, Fannie Mae Lowman, and Sally Hildebran, all of Icard, NC.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Allen Jaquins; and a brother, Theodore Hildebran.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Phillip King officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the home of David and Myra on East Concord Street, Morganton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.

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



Betsy Quincy Price     [Back to Top]

Betsy Quincy Price, 76, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013. She was born in Nash County, NC on May 26, 1937 and was a daughter of the late Ronald E. and Edna Ruffin Quincy. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Price, and by her son, Ronald Preston Greene. Betsy was a member Laurel Hill Baptist Church, Ellenboro, NC.

Mrs. Price is survived by her sister, Gladys Blizzard and husband, Donald; and her brother, Joe Waters and his wife, Grace all of Rocky Mount, NC. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Oak Grove Health Care.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2013 at Burke Memorial Park with Rev. Thurston Greene officiating. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting with arrangements.



Joyce Childers Hinkle     [Back to Top]

I hope I have made my parents proud by giving my word and sticking to it shows who I am. Joyce Childers Hinkle, 67, of Hickory, NC went home to the Lord on Thursday morning, May 30, 2013 after a long fight with cancer. Born January 13, 1946 in Burke County, she was preceded in death by her parents, John and Inez Childers. Joyce was a retired Activity Director and hair stylist at Camelot Manor.

She is survived by two children, a daughter, Michelle Barger and husband, Larry, and a son, Clint Smith and fiancée, Wendy Reid; grandsons, Michael McCall and Conner Smith; a brother; and an uncle, Oliver Childers and wife, Wanda.

Memorial services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Shady Grove United Methodist Church with Rev. Bobby Hallyburton officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658, or to Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 6908 Oak Ridge Church Rd., Connelly Springs, NC 28612. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Emilee Cheyenne Bishop     [Back to Top]

On Thursday, May 30, 2013, Emilee Cheyenne Bishop passed away from heart complications after a three month battle with Leukemia. Emilee was an artistic, musical 6th grader at Liberty Middle School. She had an affinity for all animals, but especially those of the creepy, crawly variety. Emilee loved to read, draw, design, and play violin and guitar. She was a vibrant force of life. She touched every life she came into contact with. Emilee will be missed but greatly remembered. She was a member of United Church of God in Lincolnton, NC.

Emilee is survived by her parents, Harper Graham Bishop and Maria Shannon Carswell Bishop of the home; siblings, Cody, Beverly, Caroline, and Savannah; grandparents, Robert and Mary Carswell of Morganton and Gary and Denise Bishop of Nebo; a wonderful aunt, Amanda Edwards; uncles, Chris Edwards and Shane Bishop, all of Morganton; great-grandparents, Graham and Sarah Anderson; as well as numerous loving great-aunts and great-uncles.

The funeral will be held at 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 3, 2013 at Patton High School with the Pastor Scott Hoefker officiating. A private graveside service will be held later. The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with expenses.



Ivory Lonon     [Back to Top]

Ivory Lonon, 95, of Morganton, NC died Friday, May 31, 2013 at his residence. Mr. Lonon was born in Old Fort, NC on January 10, 1918 to William E. Lonon and Julia Bertha Hicks Lonon. He was a 1935 graduate of North Cove High School and was officer of his class. At the time of his graduation, the country was in the midst of the great depression and there was little opportunity in rural McDowell County. Joining the military was one of the few good opportunities available and Mr. Lonon joined the U.S. Navy.

The Navy trained Mr. Lonon as an electrician and he served on several ships including the USS Pennsylvania, Ontario, Princeton, and Sperry. By the early 1940s, war had broken out in Europe and the United States was providing warships to Great Brittain. Mr. Lonon served for a short time with a British crew out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. As was customary on British ships, a ration of rum was served daily before dinner. As the war continued in Europe, Mr. Lonon was transferred to Pearl Harbor where he worked on providing anti-mine protection for destroyers and mine sweepers. On December 7, 1941, Mr. Lonon witnessed the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Eventually Mr. Lonon was transferred to Bremerton, WA where he met his future wife while traveling on a bus to downtown Seattle. He and Rosemary Gottsacker were married in Washington, DC on October 30, 1943 at the Franciscan Monastery.

After 20 years of service in the Navy, Mr. Lonon retired and moved back to North Carolina. He worked for General Electric in Hickory and also worked at their nuclear devices plant in the Tampa Bay area. After 20 years of service with GE, Ivory retired to Morganton.

Mr. Lonon is survived by his son, William D. Lonon of Spartanburg, SC; his daughters, Nancy Lonon of Seminole, FL and Martha Meyer of St. Petersburg, FL; grandchildren, Joshua Lonon, Michael Lonon, Leah Costner, and Suzanne Saunders; and great-grandchildren, Alex Lonon, Trey Costner, Charlie Lonon, Jonathan Lonon, and Rosemary Costner.

In addition to his parents, Ivory was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Gottsacker Lonon.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2013 at Burke Memorial Park with Father Kenneth Whittington officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.


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