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Archived Obits June 2013



Annie B. Ross     [Back to Top]

Annie B. Ross, 91, of Morganton, NC passed away Saturday, June 1, 2013. Born in Burke County, NC on April 17, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Smith and Ennie Carswell Smith Garrison. Annie was an active member of Burkemont Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

A devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother, Mrs. Ross is survived by her sons, Ken Ross of Morganton and Gary Ross and his wife, Brenda, of Asheville, NC; grandchildren, Tracy Ann Ross, Josh Ross, Cassie Ross, and Adrienne Donohue; great-grandchildren, Brandon Schuszler and Eleanor, Henry, Christopher, and Ross Donohue; and sisters, Cleo Dale, Minnie Pearl Ross, and Frances Mabe.

In addition to her parents, Annie was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Ray Ross; brothers, Clyde and Paul Smith; and two step-brothers, Hardie and Wilson Garrison.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Burkemont Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. David Miller and Rev. Eddy Bunton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Burkemont Baptist Church, 4668 Burkemont Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Betty McGalliard Fleming     [Back to Top]

Betty McGalliard Fleming, 82, of Morganton, NC died Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Carolinas Medical Center. Born in Burke County, NC on December 22, 1930, she was the daughter of the late James Avery McGalliard and Lyda Arney McGalliard. Betty was a former member of Calvin Heights Baptist Church and was currently a member of Asheville Street Baptist Church. She worked for over 35 years at Shadowline, Inc. and enjoyed flowers, quilting, reading, and spending time with her family.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Beverly Roland of Morganton; a grandson, Gregory Allen Tuttle of Marysville, WA; great-grandchildren, Brandon Allen Tuttle and Christine Marie Tuttle; siblings, Clyde McGalliard and his wife, Shirley, of Glen Alpine, John McGalliard and his wife, Faye, of Morganton, Mary May of Glen Alpine, and Grace McGalliard of Glen Alpine; nephews and nieces, Ailene and Joe Cooper, Edna Scott, Ruby and Leroy Huffman, Susan and Paul Snider, Terri Piercy, Connie and Robin Hallyburton, Eva Leigh Moses and Greg Barrier, Tammy and Russell McGalliard, Glenda Johnson, Sonya Fleming, Lynn and Geraldine May, Danny and Vera May, Jeff May, Bryan and Angie Anderson, Chris “Mo” McGalliard, Eddie McGalliard, Avery and Wendy McGalliard, and Doug Fleming; and brothers-in-law, Benjamin Fleming and his wife, Margaret, Forest Fleming and his wife, Nancy, and Robert Fleming and his wife, Irene.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Frank Jones Fleming; a brother, James “Bud’ McGalliard; a sister-in-law, Mary Franklin; sisters, Sarah Mae Johnson and her husband, Lewis “Red”, Louise Anderson and her husband, Dayton; a brother-in-law, Arvil May; a niece, Rhonda Fleming; and nephews, Jerry “Jock” Johnson, Robert “Bob” Piercy, and Ronnie Scott.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Asheville Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Douglas Goforth officiating. Burial will follow in Bridge 42 (formerly Calvin Heights) 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 a charity of one’s choice.

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



Paul Dale Taylor     [Back to Top]

Paul Dale Taylor, 86, of Morganton went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 2, 2013. He was born on June 12, 1926 in Burke County, NC. Paul was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. He retired from Drexel Heritage Furnishing after 48 years and worked 4 years with E. J. Victor Furniture Company.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Willis Taylor, and a daughter, Debra E. Taylor.

Those left to cherish Paul’s memory held a graveside service on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at New Home United Methodist Church Cemetery in Casar, NC. Chaplain Dennis Stamper officiated the service and military honors were provided by the N.C. National Guard.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center assisted the family with the arrangements.



Angela Benson     [Back to Top]

Angela Benson, 65, of Spartanburg, SC died Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at her residence. Born in Burke County, NC on January 4, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Vernie Gary Franklin and Mildred Hendrix Franklin.

Angela is survived by her husband, Elen Wilson Benson of the home; sons, Franklin of Morganton, NC, Clint of Spartanburg, Kevin of Indiana, Kelly of Valdese, NC, Kirk of Morganton, Korey of Morganton, and Kip of Morganton; daughters, Kim Burcham of Valdese and Kristi Bordelon of Charlotte, NC; twenty-two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronnie Franklin; and sisters, Dawn Franklin of California, Cathy Watson of Atlanta, GA, and Karen Franklin of Valdese.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald J. Smith officiating. Interment of the cremated remains will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. prior to the service.



Colene Williams Cannon     [Back to Top]

Colene Williams Cannon, 87, of Valdese, NC died Thursday, June 6, 2013. Born in Burke County, NC on November 10, 1925, she was the daughter of the late James Harley Williams and Naomi Sigmon Williams. Colene was a faithful, active, and lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir, played handbells, and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed life and had a great sense of humor. Mrs. Cannon was a caregiver with Direct Care for about 18 years.

A loving mother, grandmother, and sister, Colene is survived by her sons, Michael Cannon of Conover, Terry Cannon and his wife, Tammy, of Goldsboro, NC, and Keith Cannon and his wife, Martha, of Hickory, NC; a daughter, Diane Cannon of Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Steve Cannon, Janet Byers, Natasha Benson, Brett Cannon, Samantha Young, Nick Cannon, Haley Cannon, Austin Pendergraph, and Aaron Pendergraph; ten great-grandchildren; brothers, Elmer and Jerry Williams, both of Valdese; and a sister, Frances Powell of Valdese.

In addition to her parents, Colene was preceded in death by her husband, William Baker Cannon, and a sister, Martha Jo Powell.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 9, 2013 at Christ United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stephen Knopp, II officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service. At other times the family will be at her home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church Choir Fund, P.O. Box 38, Drexel, NC 28619.

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



Betty Mabe Glasbrook     [Back to Top]

Betty Mabe Glasbrook, 84, of Drexel, NC died Friday, June 7, 2013. Born in Burke County, NC on October 31, 1928, she was the daughter of the late John Gilmore Mabe and Lollie Elizabeth Smith Mabe. Betty was a lifetime member of Calvary Lutheran Church and enjoyed her bridge club and friends.

Betty is survived by her husband, Sam J. Glasbrook of the home; a daughter, Donna Lynne Glasbrook of Raleigh, NC; a sister, Amanda Mabe of Morganton, NC; nephews, Craig and Brad Shinaman of North Wilkesboro, NC; a niece, Belinda Mabe Mascol of Ohio; and a number of great-nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her brother, John G. Mabe, Jr.; and a sister, Sara Mabe Shinaman.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2013 at Calvary Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Riley officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.

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

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



Barbara Wahl     [Back to Top]

Barbara Wahl, 91, died Friday, June 7, 2013. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 10, 2013 at Randolph Memorial Park, Asheboro, NC. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.



Earl Brown Payne     [Back to Top]

Earl Brown Payne, 86, died Saturday, June 8, 2013 following a period of declining health. He was born in Watauga County, NC on August 30, 1926 and was a son of the late Edgar and Blanche Brown Payne. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Edna Holubek. Mr. Payne was a U. S Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. Following his retirement from the NC Department of Transportation, he enjoyed helping his son, John, renovate the Alva Theater. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church where he formerly served as a deacon and enjoyed traveling on the church senior adult trips. Earl was a longstanding member of the Morganton Lions Club, with over 30 years of service. He also enjoyed gardening, stamp and coin collecting and was a proud Appalachian State University and NC State alumnus.

Mr. Payne is survived by his wife, Gladys Brown Payne; his sons, John Stephen Payne and Kim Sain of Morganton and Edgar Lee Payne and Ann Larsen of Gastonia; and by grandchildren, Erin Payne, Alex Payne and Kelly Lassiter.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Thomas A. Bland officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church parlor. The graveside will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday at The Sands Family Cemetery, Boone, NC. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Payne’s memory to First Baptist Church, PO Drawer 459, Morganton, NC 28680 or 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.



Margaret Mabe Perkins Powell     [Back to Top]

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher, and friend, Margaret Mabe Perkins Powell, 79, of Hartland Road, Morganton, NC passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2013. Born in Burke County, NC on March 2, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Jacob Nathaniel Mabe and Allie Setzer Mabe.

Mrs. Powell was a devoted elementary school teacher for Burke County Public Schools for 35 years. Known to her students as Mrs. Perkins, she loved teaching and guiding young children. A member of First Advent Christian Church, Mrs. Powell was a devoted Christian who loved God, her family, and friends. She had a big heart and always loved to spend time with her family. She will be greatly missed.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Harland Wade Powell of the home; her children, Norman Perkins and his wife, Sharon, of Hanford, CA, Janee Ramsey and her husband, Michael, of Morganton, Randy Perkins and his wife, Vonda, of Granite Falls, NC, and Audrey Ryan and her husband, Doug, of Winston-Salem, NC; grandchildren, Zachary Perkins and his wife, Sandy, Jeremy Perkins, Aaron Ramsey and his wife, Jordan Laney, Katie Dill and her husband, Chaz, Kristen Perkins, Rachel Perkins, Allie Ryan, and Jack Ryan; step-children, Wade Powell, Jr., Carolyn Johnson, Janet Branch, and Robin Powell; sisters, Iva Mabe and Nina LaFevers, both of Morganton; and several nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren whom she loved very much.

In addition to her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her first husband of 45 years, Burl Norman Perkins; brothers, Melvin and Harless Mabe; and a sister, Doris Stover.

The funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at First Advent Christian Church with the Rev. Patrick Bradshaw and the Rev. Ronnie LaFevers officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Crohn’s Nation Processing Center, Attn: Honor and Memorial Gifts, P.O. Box 1245, Albert Lea, MN 56007-9976 or First Advent Christian Church Building Fund, 211 Lenoir Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

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

2 Corinthians 5: 6-8 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.



Otto Henry Woerner     [Back to Top]

Otto Henry Woerner, 93, of Morganton died Monday, June 10, 2013 at Grace Ridge Health Care Center. Born in Lincoln, NE on July 4, 1919, he was the son of the late Adolph Henry Woerner and Edith Gibson Woerner.

Otto was the vice chairman of the board of H. H. Brown Shoe Company. He came to Morganton in 1963 to establish Carolina Shoe Company of which he was the president and general manager. He had a love for the people of Burke County. He was involved in many activities such as the Community Foundation of Burke, Burke United Christian Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, the Good Samaritan Clinic, First Presbyterian Church, Planning and Zoning Board, he helped establish the Foothills Higher Education Center, and was involved in many other charitable organizations. Otto was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he had served as an Elder and on numerous committees.

Mr. Woerner is survived by his wife, Betty McConnaughey Woerner of the home; a son, Drew Woerner and his wife, Tammy, of Dunn, NC; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Louise Gustin of Rosalie, NE; a step-daughter, Susan Duckworth and her husband, Ken; three step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Otto was preceded in death by his first wife, Wynne McAfee Woerner; a daughter, Kathy Miller and her husband, Wendell; brothers, Bob and Gene Woerner; and a sister, Marie Woerner.

A celebration of Otto’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Michael R. Bailey officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Good Samaritan Clinic, 305 W. Union Street, Morganton, NC 28655, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, c/o Betty and Otto Woerner Endowment Fund, CB# 7295, UNC at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, or to the Community Foundation of Burke County, P.O. Box 1156, Morganton, NC 28680.

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



Sylvia "Sib" Clark     [Back to Top]

Sylvia “Sib” Clark, 68, of Morganton, NC went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 after an extended illness. Born July 8, 1944 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Fred Lee Lackey and Zetta Clark Lackey. Sylvia was a member of El Bethel Baptist Church and a former employee of Henredon and E. J. Victor.

A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her husband of 48 years, Bob Clark of the home; a son, Lance Clark and wife, Cassie, of Morganton; a daughter, Lori Webb and husband, Lynn, of Morganton; grandchildren, Kayla Clark, Cameron Webb, and Faith Webb; a great-grandson, Ian Webb; brothers, Jack, Tony, Ted, Larry, and Danny Lackey; and sisters, Lillian Whisenant and Linda Whisnant.

In addition to her parents, Sylvia was preceded in death by brothers, Jimmy and James Lackey.

The family will receive friends Friday, June 14, 2013 from 2:30 until 4:00 pm at El Bethel Baptist Church. The funeral service will begin at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Ron Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to El Bethel Baptist Church, PO Box 2518, Morganton, NC 28680 or to the American Lung Association, 3801 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh, NC 27607. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Clara Calhoun Wise     [Back to Top]

Clara Calhoun Wise, 81 of Nebo, NC died Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Mrs. Wise was born in Avery County on August 25, 1931 and was a daughter of the late Starlin and Jodie Benfield Calhoun, In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Harold Wise, former sheriff of Burke County; one brother; five sisters; and a daughter-in-law, Janice Wise. Mrs. Wise was a graduate of Newland High School where she was captain of the basketball team and retired after 51 years of love and devotion to South Mountain Children’s Home. She enjoyed fishing, taking cruises, traveling to Montana and country music concerts with her grandson, Blake. She was a member of Vale Freewill Baptist Church in Newland.

Surviving are her sons, Rick Wise of Jonas Ridge, David Wise and wife, Tammy, and Ernie Wise and wife, Cynthia, all of Nebo; grandchildren, Misty Shane and husband, Adam, of Hickory, Jennifer Smith and husband, Eric, of Dysartsville, Myron Wise and wife, Maile, of Charlotte, Blake Wise of Tennessee, Robbie Wise and wife, Katie, of Nebo, and Jensen Wise and wife, Dannie of Longtown; great-grandchildren, Brittany Umphlett and Brooke Craig; and a sister, Nell Cuthbertson, of Crossnore.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Gyles Widener and Mr. Doug McConnell officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to South Mountain Children’s Home, 7330 Myrtle Dr., Nebo, NC 28761.



Jesse Lewis Greene     [Back to Top]

Jesse Lewis Greene, 80, of Morganton died Wednesday, June 12, 2013. He was born in Caldwell County, NC on August 27, 1932 and was a son of Robey Daniel Greene and Ella Mae Stout Greene. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Douglas Greene; brothers, Doug, Robey, and Edward Greene; and a sister, Hazel Patton. Mr. Greene was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was of the Baptist faith and was a retired truck driver from Broyhill Furniture.

Surviving are his wife, Jeannie Carol Mace Greene, of the home; his daughter, Karla Sue Mullins of Morganton; and a granddaughter, Jillian E. Greene.

Cryptside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, in the Chapel of Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with Rev. David Orders officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the NC National Guard and Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. Saturday at the mausoleum. At other times the family will be at the home on Chapman Road. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.



Martha Jean Fox Abernathy     [Back to Top]

Martha Jean Fox Abernathy, 72, of Morganton, NC went to her heavenly home on Friday, June 14, 2013 following a lengthy illness. Born July 3, 1940 in Caldwell County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Lester Levi Fox and Clara Presnell Fox. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. For many years, Martha worked as a certified nursing assistant at Autumn Care of Drexel.

She is survived by a son, Larry David Abernathy of Morganton; a daughter, Mary Jo Lambert and husband, Bill, of Morganton; grandchildren, Bradley Lambert and wife, Shari, and Carrie Abernathy; great grandchildren, Destiny Moss, Easton Lambert, and Ayden Nelson; a sister, Lois West of Lenoir, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Joe Abernathy; her infant twin brother, Marvin Dean Fox, Cloyd Fox, Paul Fox, and Perry Fox; and a sister, Louise Church.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, June 17, 2013 at Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. Clarence Correll officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 2441 Antioch Rd., Morganton, NC 28655, or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Juanita Mull Chapman     [Back to Top]

Juanita Mull Chapman, 89, formerly of Burke County, NC passed away Friday, June 14, 2013 at Halcyon Hospice House in Atlanta, GA. Born in Forest City, NC on September 18, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Stacy Mull and Kathleen McAfee Mull. Juanita was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She was a Rosie the Riveter during WWII and was a huge George Strait fan.

A loving and generous mother, grandmother, and friend, Juanita is survived by her daughters, Earlene Chapman Frost of Atlanta and Bobbie Chapman Ewing of Lakeland, FL; grandchildren, Scott Frost and his wife, Judith, of New York City, and their children, Georgia, Constance, and Charlotte; DeeDee Frost Childs and her husband, Randy, of Statesboro, GA and their children, Davis, Thomas, and Morgan; Stacy Gillilan of Lakeland and her children, Amanda Brooks of Glen Allen, VA and Heath Gillilan and his wife, Valerie, of Lakeland; great-great-grandchildren, Seth Brooks, Anna Brooks, and Tyler Gillilan; and a cousin, Sexton Digh of Morganton.

In addition to her parents, Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Alexander Chapman.

The graveside service will be held at 12:30pm, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Reverend Van Buchanan officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Halcyon Hospice, 5411 Northland Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30342.



Leslie J. Shaffer     [Back to Top]

Leslie J. Shaffer, 82, of Morganton died Saturday, June 15, 2013 at his residence. Born in Inglewood, CA on December 23, 1930, he was the son of the late Leslie Eugene Shaffer and Edna Lewis Shaffer. Leslie was a member of Drexel First Church of God and was a dedicated volunteer at Grace Hospital for many years. He was a retired employee of Drexel Heritage with over 20 years of service.

Leslie is survived by his son, Darren Shaffer and his wife, Beth, of Hickory, NC; granddaughters, Bethany, Jenna, and Dara Shaffer; and many beloved neighbors.

In addition to his parents, Leslie was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Elizabeth Shaffer, and a sister, Leah Shaffer Gaylord.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Greer officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Drexel First Church of God, P.O. Box 218, Drexel, NC 28619 or to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407.



Nelia Ann Johnson     [Back to Top]

Nelia Ann Johnson, 71, of Morganton died Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir. Born on February 24, 1942 in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late Ransom S. Robinson and Trivie Mae Lowman Robinson Williams.

Nelia is survived by her son, Jeffrey Johnson of Morganton; and two sisters, Shirley Robinson and her husband, Tom, of Rutherford College and Mildred Prestwood and her husband, Danny, of Granite Falls.

In addition to her parents, Nelia was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia Mae Cooke, and a brother, Eugene Robinson.

The funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday, June 17, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. George Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in the Calvary Assembly of God Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 until noon prior to the service. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Viney Huffman Wellman     [Back to Top]

Viney Huffman Wellman, 76, of Morganton, NC died Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Born in Cleveland County, NC on December 13, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Cicero Chapman and Pearl York Hudson. Viney was a devoted member of Walker’s Chapel Baptist Church. She retired from Western Carolina Center after many years of service.

Viney is survived by her sons, Keith Harvey Huffman and his wife, Jeraldine, of Vale, NC, Terry Lynn Huffman of Morganton, and Gregory Allen Huffman and his wife, Cheryl Jane, of Morganton; daughters, Patsy Huffman Gibson, Sylvia Huffman Hicks and her husband, Orville, Sr., of Boone, NC, and Shelly Huffman-Register and her husband, Charles, Jr, of Connelly Springs, NC; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Minnie Anthony of Morganton; and a half-brother, Cecil Chapman of Morganton.

In addition to her parents, Viney was preceded in death by her first husband, Harlan Sanford Huffman; and her second husband, Albert Franklin Wellman. The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2013 at Walker’s Chapel Baptist Church with the Reverends Danny McNeilly and Landon Rice officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the residence of Shelly Register, 6230 Tarheel Court, Connelly Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to Walker’s Chapel Baptist Church, 5292 Walker’s Chapel Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

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



Edith Jaynes     [Back to Top]

Edith Jaynes, 92, of Hickory, NC died Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Swain County, NC on April 8, 1921, she was the daughter of the late David Luther Conley and Pearl Smith Fleming Conley. In addition to her parents, Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Bennett Jaynes; a sister, Mary Johnson; and a nephew, Jack Annis, Jr.

Edith is survived by her sister, Sarah E. Annis of Morganton; a brother, David L. Connelly and his wife, Carmella, of Ft. Washington, MD; and nieces, Joyce, Judy, Leasa, Dianne, and Marsha.

The graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, June 23, 2013 at Burke Memorial Park. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.



Pauline "Polly" Engel Csercsevits     [Back to Top]

Pauline “Polly” Engel Csercsevits, 81, of Morganton, NC died Thursday, June 20, 2013 at her residence following an extended illness. Born in Stewartville, MN on August 28, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Walter Engel and Minnie Leona Roberts Engel. Polly graduated from Stewartville High School and went to work for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She then moved to Charlotte and later to Morganton to work at Burands Clothing. Polly finally worked at the Western Youth corrections Center until she retired after 17 years. She was a longtime volunteer at Grace Hospital and also a volunteer at COMMA. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and member of the Women of the E.L.C.A. She loved to play bridge. Polly was an avid arts and crafts person; she made baskets, stained glass, jewelry, etc., and sewed for various friends and family.

Polly is survived by her husband of 18 years, Joseph Csercsevits, III of the home; a daughter, Brenda Combs and her husband, Tim, of Greensboro, NC; a grandson, Spencer Combs; a brother, Paul Engel and his wife, Diane, of Naples, FL; sisters, Marcella Polkowske and her husband, John, and Janice Wellik and her husband, Dean, all of Minnesota; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Polly was preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Hodge.

The funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Calvary Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Riley officiating. Entombment will follow in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall from 11:00 a.m. until noon prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or to Calvary Lutheran Church, 119 N. King Street, Morganton, NC 28655.

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



Ruth Harris Suddaby     [Back to Top]

Ruth Harris Suddaby, 80, of Morganton, NC died Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory, NC. Born June 21, 1932 in Syracuse, NY, she was a daughter of the late Harvey and Frances Reid Harris.

Ruth was a retired bookkeeper with Jackler, Nelkin, and Ewanich Accounting in Syracuse and was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Morganton. When her children were little, Ruth was absorbed with their activities and with the Twins and Triplet’s Mother’s Club of Central New York. She particularly enjoyed the conventions, and has always kept up a friendship with the other members. Ruth had a lifelong love of camping and canoeing, until age forced her to give it up. She adored her dog, Pumpkin, but most of all, she loved her family and her friends at church. People often mention her sweet personality. Ruth will be sorely missed.

Surviving are her husband, Allen Suddaby of the home; sons and their wives, Steve and Beth Suddaby of Annandale, VA, Wayne and Pam Suddaby of Baldwinsville, NY, Rick and Kim Suddaby of Burdett, NY and Brian Suddaby and Dr. Emily Burns of Pittsburgh, PA; a daughter, Karen Spears and husband, Michael of Morganton; grandchildren, Alicia Titus, Darrell and Amber Spears, Katie Jo, David, Mikela, Lindsey, Maddie, Peter, Allison, Reid, and Katie Suddaby; and a great grandson, Brayden Titus.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Markell.

The memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, June 24, 2013 at Salem United Methodist Church with the Reverend Mark Conforti officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 1206 Salem Road, Morganton, NC 28680.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting.



Albert R. Hopper     [Back to Top]

Albert R. Hopper, 88, of Morganton died Thursday, June 20, 2013 following a period of declining health at his home where he had been lovingly cared for by Vicki Avery and his immediate family. He was born in Nassau County, NY on July 1, 1924 and was a son of the late Nathan and Mary Armeli Hopper. Al was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and was a member of V. F. W. Post 2770, Bellmore, NY. A carpenter by trade, Al was also a car enthusiast, an artist, and an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves.

He was a loving husband and father, and leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 67 years, Adele Conley Hopper of the home and his children and their spouses, Laurence and Kathy Hopper of Deland, FL, Linda and Richard Marzen of Morganton, and Dolores and Robert Troxel of Haddon Heights, NJ.Albert R. Hopper A devoted grandfather and great-grandfather, he was blessed with eight grandchildren, Rebecca, Richard, Tracy, Melissa, Wendy, Mary, Amy, and Sara and eleven great-grandchildren, Mickaela, Braden, Anthony, Madelyn, Luke, Ben, Gracie, Nathan, Amber, Caleb, and Abby.

In addition to his parents, Al was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn, and by a brother, Charles Hopper.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with Fr. Kenneth Whittington officiating. Burial will be at 12:00 noon on Tuesday at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with military honors conducted by the NC National Guard and the Buncombe County Veteran Council Memorial Team. The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Monday at Sossoman Funeral Home. At other times the family will be at the residence on Twin Oaks Drive.



Alton James Tallent     [Back to Top]

Alton James Tallent, 83, of Morganton died Friday, June 21, 2013 following a period of declining health. He was born in Burke County on April 5, 1930 and was a son of P. W. and Bessie Jane Hudson Tallent. Mr. Tallent was a U. S. Army veteran serving in Germany as a truck driver during the Korean conflict. For 36 years, he was a long distance and local truck driver for Carolina Freight and retired in 1990. He was a member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church where he served in many church positions including as deacon, and he loved being the church bus driver on church excursions throughout the southeast. He was also an avid gardener who delighted in sharing his corn, watermelons, and vegetables with family, friends, and neighbors.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Mary Beach Tallent of the home; his son, Jim Tallent and wife, Diane, of Boston, MA; his daughter, Rita Jo Brittain Isaacson and husband, Bill, of Indian Trail, NC; brother, Cecil Tallent and wife, Judy, of Morganton; sister, Hazel Dennehy and husband, Eddie, of Margate, FL, and his canine companion, Lexie.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Tallent was preceded in death by brothers, Clyde, Thad, and Forrest Tallent, and by a sister, Frances Carpenter.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Rev. Clyde J. Buckner and Dr. Jeffrey Beach officiating. Entombment will follow at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with military honors conducted by the NC National Guard and Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Monday from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Memorial Baptist Church, 650 Enola Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., who took excellent care of him, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Lexine Kirby Williams     [Back to Top]

Lexine Kirby Williams, 80, of Morganton died Friday, June 21, 2013, at her home following a period of declining health. She was born in Wayne County, NC on July 16, 1932 and was a daughter of the late Barney and Leckie Musgrave Kirby. Mrs. Williams was a member of Glen Alpine United Methodist Church where she held several offices and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was also an inactive member of the Eastern Star.

Surviving are her husband, James “Jim” Williams, of the home; step-children and their spouses, James David and Angela Williams and Susan and Ronnie Conley; step-grandchildren, Dawn Spoon, Jonathan Welborn, Justin Williams, and Sarah Williams; step-great-grandchild, Hunter Spoon, all of Morganton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Lexine was preceded in death by eight brothers; three sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Glen Alpine United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Beall officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Musgrave Cemetery in Pikeville, NC with Rev. Sherman Dilley officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to Glen Alpine United Methodist Church, PO Box 576, Glen Alpine, NC 28628.



Rodney Borden     [Back to Top]

Mr. Rodney Borden, 87, of Wesley Road, died Friday, June 21, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family and friends. Mr. Borden suffered a stroke on May 18th.

Born on August 29, 1925, in Marlboro, N.J., to James Arthur and Grace Emmons Borden, Rod was a graduate of Freehold High School in Freehold, N.J. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, when he served as a Second Class Petty Officer on the U.S.S. Sarasota APA from 1943 to 1946 in the Pacific Theatre, and the Korean Conflict. He was employed by the State of New Jersey’s Department of Labor and Industry for 44 years, retiring as chief appeals examiner in 1990.

He was an amateur pilot, aficionado of Big Band music, stock car driver, ardent conservative, avid reader, teller of jokes and stories and beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved wilderness camping, especially in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state. A handyman in the truest sense of the word, Rod could perform virtually any task and was always willing to help those in need, giving generously of his time and resources.

Rod was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Morganton since 1991 and First United Methodist Church of Toms River, N.J., from 1960 until 1991. He was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America from 1965 to 1970. He volunteered as a builder with Habitat for Humanity in Morganton for several years. He was long-time secretary of Salem Volunteer Fire Department in Morganton. Rod also was an active member of the U.S.S. Sarasota Association and served as reunion president in 2001. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Harold Borden, James Borden, who died aboard the U.S.S. Juneau during World War II, John Borden and Charles Borden; a sister, Meltha Borden Casey; and brother-in-laws, George Heflich Jr., Leonard Heflich Sr., Henry Heflich Sr., and Max Heflich.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Joan Mary Heflich Borden of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, James Rodney and Leticia Borden of Wakefield, Va., and Donald and Alice Borden of Audubon, N.J.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Pam and Stephen Eagerton of Suwanee, Ga., and Roberta Borden Wilson of Lincolnton, N.C.; 10 grandchildren: Adin Rodney Borden, Alice Joan Borden, Grace Ellen Borden and John Charles Borden, all of Audubon, N.J.; Mary Hannah Borden Wilson of Lincolnton, N.C.; Joshua Borden of Washington, D.C.; Zachary Borden of Wakefield, Va.; Lindsay Eagerton, Annalee Eagerton and Caroline Eagerton, all of Suwanee, Ga.; a brother and sister-in-law, Carlton and Betty Borden of Marlboro, N.J.; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Heflich of Westwood, N.J.; Diane Heflich of Bethel, P.A., Fran Heflich of Robesonia, Pa., Mary Rosania, Emily Heflich and Nancy Bennett, all of Somerville, N.J.; numerous nieces and nephews; and friends.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, at Salem United Methodist Church in Morganton, N.C. A memorial service with full military honors will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Salem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Conforti officiating. The family also will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the home of Roberta Borden Wilson at 1200 General Hoke Drive in Lincolnton, N.C. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, N.C. 28690; Salem United Methodist Church, 1206 Salem Road, Morganton, N.C., 28655; or Salem Volunteer Fire Department, 1315 Salem Road, Morganton, N.C., 28655.

Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center is assisting with arrangements.



Helen Walker     [Back to Top]

Helen Walker, 81, a long-time resident of Morganton, NC died Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Grace Heights Nursing Home from congestive heart failure. Born in Burke County, NC on December 23, 1931, she was the daughter of the late George B. Bradshaw and Leila B. Bradshaw. Helen married and divorced George Prestwood and later married Jim Walker, who died in an accident in 1975. She moved from North Carolina to Pontiac, Michigan, where she built a successful florist company, before relocating to North Carolina where she lived out her life.

Mrs. Walker loved good food and flowers, and in her later years, spending time with her two grandchildren. She had a wonderful smile that could light up a room.

Helen was the last of nine children and is survived by her son, Allen Dale and his wife, Yvette, of McLean, VA; and grandsons, Alexander and Christopher Dale.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the Colonial Chapel of the funeral home.



Mittie "Dot" Brackett White     [Back to Top]

Mittie "Dot" Brackett White, 91, of Morganton, NC went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, June 24, 2013. Born in Rutherford County, NC on August 22, 1921, she was the daughter of the late George Brackett and Rebecca Queen Brackett. She married James Guy White on April 9, 1939 in Casar, NC and later moved their young family to Morganton. Ms. White worked at Skyland Textile until the plant closed and later retired from Dana Corporation. She continued to work after retirement at the Morganton Community House, where she worked until she was in her 80's. Ms. White was a member of Burkemont Baptist Church and was actively involved with her dear friends in her ladies' Sunday School class. Ms. White played basketball in school and was an avid fan of the Carolina Tarheels. She also regularly watched and enjoyed cheering for the Atlanta Braves. Some of Ms. White's favorite hobbies included candlewicking and embroidery. She always took great care and found enjoyment in cooking, canning, and baking. Ms. White always had a pie or cake prepared when guests visited and made chocolate gravy with biscuits for her children as they grew up. Ms. White also loved flowers and gardening. She had a "green thumb" growing a variety of plants and flowers around her home, including one of her favorites, peony roses.

Ms. White is survived by her son, Larry White and his wife, Judy, of Lenoir; daughters, Shirley W. Beale of Washington state, Barbara W. Fleming and her husband, Larry, of Morganton, and Gail W. Carswell and her husband, Jerry, of Granite Falls; grandchildren, Cyndie Beale, Brenda Hansen, Charles Beale, Crystal Smith-Cooper, Jimma Carter, Tonya Kiser, Tara Hallyburton, Shayne White, Angie Reek, Blake White, Ursula Valgus, Jeremy Carswell, and Sasha Bocock; 23 great-grandchildren; and a number of nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, Ms. White was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Richard Darrell White; a daughter, Mabel Ann White; a great-grandson, Richard Dylan White; a son-in-law, David Beale; and several siblings. Ms. White was the last of her brothers and sisters to pass. The family will receive friends at Burkemont Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28, 2013. The funeral will immediately follow at the church at 1:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. David Mills and the Rev. Eddy Bunton officiating. The burial will follow at Clover Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery in Casar.

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

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Millard G. Dale     [Back to Top]

Millard G. Dale, 78, of Morganton, NC departed this earth to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Millard was born in Burke County, NC on May 23, 1935 to the late Jink Dale and Jessie Seagle Dale. Mr. Dale was a member of McDowell Independent Church where he was the oldest father and grandfather in the church. He worked for a number of years as a mechanic and wrecker driver for Wells and Seals and then worked for Dana Corporation until his retirement in 2000. Millard was a great handyman who could patch up almost anything and make it work. He was a charter member of Brendletown Fire Department where he served for over 45 years. He enjoyed working on old cars, gardening, and working with his hands, and he had visited all of the 48 continental United States.

A loving husband, father, and grandfather, Millard is survived by his wife, Joyce Greene Dale of the home; a son, Eddie Dale and his wife, Karen, of Morganton; a daughter, Aweeta Ellen Avery and her husband, David, of Morganton; a grandson, Blake E. Dale of Raleigh, NC; step-grandchildren, Tiffany Tallent, Robert Tallent, and Sadonja Wilcox; siblings, George Dale of Morganton, Ralph Dale and his wife, Hazel, of Morganton, Bertha Scott of Morganton, Louise Whisenant of Morganton, and Mary Sigmon and her husband, Harold, of Conover, NC; a number of nieces and nephews; and his faithful canine companion, Bo.

In addition to his parents, Millard was preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Mary Marie Martin Dale; step-children, Bobby Tallent and Phyllis Wilcox; and brothers, Earnest, William, Albert, and Johnnie Dale.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 28, 2013 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Pastor Dennis Carswell and the Rev. Jack Moses officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday 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 service. At other times the family will be at the residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to McDowell Independent Church, 4950 McDowell Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



William M. "Bill" Swain     [Back to Top]

William M. “Bill” Swain, 66, of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Born in Durham County, NC on December 17, 1946, he was the son of the late William Francis Swain and Betsy Miles Swain. Bill was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. He worked for many years in sales with Vanity Fair Corporation. Bill also dabbled in acting, including the movies ‘Raw Deal,” “Marie: The True Story,” and “Year of the Dragon.” He had many interests including jazz music and antique toys, trains, and cars, and he loved to share his knowledge of them. Bill was a wonderful husband and father; his daughter, Meredith was the joy of his life.

Bill is survived by his wife, Janet Irene Myers Swain of the home; a daughter, Meredith Myers Swain of the home; a son, William M. Swain, Jr. of Georgia; a sister, Betsy Swain Dominick and her husband, John, of Durham; a brother-in-law, Joseph F. Myers and his wife, Betty, of Michigan; and two nieces, Johnna Giordano and her husband, Glenn, of Wake Forest, NC and Betsy Piehler and her husband, Michael, of Morehead City, NC.

The memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Grace Episcopal Church with Father Gary Parker officiating. The family will receive friends in the parish hall following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South King Street, 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.



Vaughn Isaacs     [Back to Top]

Vaughn Isaacs, 90, of Glen Alpine, NC died peacefully at his residence on Thursday, June 27, 2013. Born in Watauga County, NC on August 8, 1922, he was the son of the late James Harley Isaacs and Nona Greer Isaacs. Vaughn was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and was stationed in North Africa and Italy. During his service he received a Purple Heart. Vaughn was a very active member of Glen Alpine United Methodist Church where he served on numerous committees. He was also a volunteer with the Glen Alpine Fire Department.

Vaughn is survived by his son, Jim Isaacs and his wife, Nan, of Marion, NC; a daughter, Barbara Black and her husband, John, of Glen Alpine; grandchildren, Meagan Isaacs, Amanda Guthrie and her husband, Jeremie, and Kerry Pope and her husband, David; great-grandchildren, Karson Guthrie, Emma Guthrie, Gracie Guthrie, and Lincoln Pope; brothers, Greer, Bill, and Bud Isaacs; and a sister, Francis Yelton.

Vaughn’s wife of 60 years, Sue Pitts Isaacs, passed away two days following his death. In addition to his parents, Vaughn was preceded in death by two brothers, Ernest and Carroll Isaacs; and three sisters, Eloise Woods, Mable Isaacs, and Adalee Stephens.

A joint service for Mr. and Mrs. Isaacs will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday, July 1, 2013 at Glen Alpine United Methodist Church with the Reverends Barbara Mayo and Thomas Beall officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Alpine Cemetery with military honors for Mr. Isaacs provided by the N.C. National Guard. The family will receive friends in the Life Enrichment Center at the church from 11:00 a.m. until noon prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Glen Alpine United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 576, Glen Alpine, NC 28628.

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



George William "Big Bill" Leonhardt, III     [Back to Top]

George William “Big Bill” Leonhardt, III, 52, of Morganton departed this life unexpectedly on Thursday, June 27, 2013. He was born on April 23, 1961 in Morganton to Clyde Julia Phillips Leonhardt and the late George William Leonhardt, Jr. Big Bill was a graduate of Freedom High School and went on to work with his father at Leonhardt Builder’s Supply. He was later employed by Heilig Meyers Furniture.

George was known to many as “Big Bill,” partly because of his 6’8” height and stature, but also because of his big personality. Big Bill, “Billy” to his family, lived life out-loud. He never met a stranger and considered the slightest acquaintance as a friend. He met and married his wife, Deborah, only 2 years ago and made a home with her and her two children, Darryl and Dykia, on North Street. Finding Deborah fulfilled his dream of becoming a husband and father, which was extremely important to him. He loved them so much. He was a loyal, dutiful, beautiful, caring soul, and he had given his life to God and his Savior, Jesus Christ.

Big Bill is survived by his wife, Deborah Little Leonhardt of the home; two children, Darryl and Dykia Barnes of the home; siblings, Beth Harbison and her husband, Scott, Janice Armour and her husband, Buddy, and Frederic Kirk Leonhardt; two nieces, Emily and Meghan Armour; his mother-in-law, Mary Richardson of Wadesboro, NC; and a sister-in-law, Demetri Little of Wadesboro.

In addition to his father, Mr. Leonhardt was preceded in death by his grandparents, George W. and Beulah Leonhardt and William and Julia Phillips; and a sister, Linda Leonhardt.

The family requests that friends of Big Bill join them for a celebration of his life at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 5, 2013 at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Max Bristol officiating.

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



Sue Pitts Isaacs     [Back to Top]

Sue Pitts Isaacs, 88, of Glen Alpine, NC died peacefully, Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Autumn Care of Marion. Born June 14, 1925 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Garfield Pitts and Mabel Boyd Pitts. Sue was a very active member of Glen Alpine United Methodist Church where she sang in the church choir and was involved in the church guild. Sue was also a member of the Glen Alpine Women’s Club. She worked in the cafeteria at Glen Alpine Elementary School, and then went on to retire from Western Carolina Center.

Sue is survived by her son, Jim Isaacs and his wife, Nan, of Marion, NC; a daughter, Barbara Black and her husband, John, of Glen Alpine; grandchildren, Meagan Isaacs, Amanda Guthrie and her husband, Jeremie, and Kerry Pope and her husband, David; great-grandchildren, Karson Guthrie, Emma Guthrie, Gracie Guthrie, and Lincoln Pope; and a sister, Ada Jones of Charlotte, NC.

In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Vaughn Isaacs, who passed just two days prior; two brothers, William Pitts and Robert Pitts; five sisters, including her twin, Sarah Pitts, Ida Pitts, Lucille McGimpsey, Maude Franklin, and Mary Stamey.

A joint service for Mr. and Mrs. Isaacs will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday, July 1, 2013 at Glen Alpine United Methodist Church with the Reverends Barbara Mayo and Thomas Beall officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Alpine Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the Life Enrichment Center at the church from 11:00 a.m. until noon prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Glen Alpine United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 576, Glen Alpine, NC 28628.

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


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