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Archived Obits September 2013



Bobby R. Dobson     [Back to Top]

Bobby R. Dobson, 77, graduated to his Heavenly home after a courageous battle with cancer on Sunday September 1, 2013. He was born in Burke County on May 4, 1936 and was a son of the late Clifton Jonas and Nettie Cline Dobson. Bobby was a U. S. Army veteran and was a retired employee of MDI. He also owned and operated along with his wife, Shirley, the Dogwood Greenhouse, and he delivered the paper for the Morganton News Herald for several years. As a life-long member of North Morganton Baptist Church, he served as a deacon and on numerous other boards. Bobby was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and leaves behind his feline companion, Cinnamon.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Shirley Clark Dobson; daughters, Debbie Dobson of Morganton and Crissie Propst and her husband, Scott of Granite Falls; grandchildren, Morgan and Sydney Propst; mother-in-law, Lillian C. Monn: sister-in-law, Lorene Dobson; and his aunt, Betty C. Mathis all of Morganton. He is also survived by two nieces; several great nephews and nieces and numerous extended family members.

In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by his brother, Clifton Dobson, Jr.

The funeral will be held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at North Morganton Baptist Church with Rev. Kenneth Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park with military honors conducted by the NC National Guard. The family will receive friends Wednesday at the church from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to North Morganton Baptist Church, 101 View St., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.



Ricci Wilbur Fretz     [Back to Top]

Ricci Wilbur Fretz, 82, of Morganton died Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Grace Hospital. He was born on July 10, 1931 to the late Ricci Richard Fretz and Iris Catherine Andersen Fretz in Easton, PA and also lived in Boonton, NJ. After high school, he attended two years at Gettysburg College in PA. He then joined the US Air Force and achieved the rank of Captain, became a Senior Pilot and Squadron Commander. Ricci completed his degree at the University of Oklahoma while still in service. Following his prestigious years in the Air Force, he flew for TWA Airlines, worked for the NASA Space Program, AEC and retired from the Department of Energy. During his retirement, Ricci and his wife, Susan lived in Albuquerque, NM, Las Cruces, NM, Fallbrook, CA and Morganton. Ricci did not know many people in Morganton, but the ones who did know him will remember him for his colorful personality.

Surviving are his wife, Susan Heim Fadeley Fretz of the home; sons, Ricci S. Fretz and his wife, Elizabeth and John N. Fretz both of California, a daughter Kim M. McAdory, a grand-daughter, Rebekah McAdory and stepsons Donald S. Flowers of Greensboro, and Brian M. Flowers of Morganton. He also left behind his loyal dog and companion, Louie.

In addition to his parents, Ricci was also preceded in death by his godfather, Wilbur Thatcher.

The family will have a private service at a later date.



Mary Browning Crooks     [Back to Top]

Mrs. Mary Browning Crooks, 103, of Cleveland, TN died Sunday, September 1, 2013. She was born on Paddy’s Creek, Burke County, NC on July 2, 1910 and was a life-long member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. Mary was married to John C. Crooks who preceded her in death by 42 years. Together they operated a store and boat landing at Canal Bridge on Lake James for many years. Mrs. Crooks was also preceded in death by her parents, Millard A. Browning and Harriett Ollis Browning.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by six brothers, James (Jim), Jeff, Smith, Jeter, Theodore, and Hamp Browning; four sisters, Lula Browning Craig (who lived to be 107), Vona Browning McLean, Texie Mae Browning (who passed when she was 7), and an unnamed infant; step-daughters, Naomi Crooks Johnson and her husband, Kurt, of Ft. Myers, FL and Pauline Crooks Yancey of Glen Alpine, NC; a step-son, Earl Crooks and his wife, Muriel; a nephew, Larry Yancey; a daughter-in-law, Dorothy Dellinger Crooks; two sons-in-law, Cleve Cooper and Alfred Stamey; an infant daughter, Minnie Belle Crooks; and an unnamed stillborn.

Of her large extended family, left to honor her memory are a step-daughter, Louise Crooks Stamey of Glen Alpine; a step-son, John Crooks, Jr. and his wife, Belle, of Morganton; sons, James “Jim” Crooks of Nebo, NC and Carl Crooks and his wife, Alice, of Hildebran, NC; daughters, Nancy Crooks Newton and her husband, D.Z., Anna Laura Crooks Jaynes and her husband, Carrol of Charleston, TN, Mary “Dinky” Crooks Cooper of Valdese, NC; seventeen grandchildren, Steve Brewer, Junior Stamey, Kim Stamey Mauney, Pamela Stamey, Dennis Yancey, Randy Yancey, Patricia Yancey Browning, Kathy Crooks Justice, Gary Crooks, David Newton, Jerry Newton, Johnnie Sue Crooks Web, Pamela Crooks Hipps, Carrol Jaynes, Jr., Scott Epley, Bryan Epley, and Pamela Epley Cheney; sixteen great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Wakefield and the Rev. Gyles Widener officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 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 Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1065 Paddy’s Creek Road, Nebo, NC 28671.



Taft David McFalls     [Back to Top]

Taft David McFalls, 50 of Morganton, NC died Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Burke Hospice Palliative Care Center. Born August 20, 1963 in Burke County, NC, he was the son of Lou Chester McFalls with whom he made his home and the late Taft Van McFalls. He was a graduate of Freedom High School and a member of North Morganton Baptist Church. David worked for many years at Morganton Hardware. He was a loving son and brother.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his sisters, Louann Renee McFalls of Granite Falls, NC and Linda Epps of Morganton; and nephews, Dillon Stone Swain and Darien Van Swain.

The memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013 at North Morganton Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenny Baker officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorial gifts may be made to North Morganton Baptist Church, 101 View Street, Morganton, NC 28655.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.



Harry Wilson Chapman     [Back to Top]

Harry Wilson Chapman, 84, of the Enola Community died Friday, September 6, 2013. Born in Burke County, NC on June 22, 1929, he was the son of the late Richard “R.C.” Chapman and Rhoney Ellen Smith Chapman. Harry was a lifetime member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and on numerous committees, often as chairman. He was a charter member and served as chairman of both the Burke County Farm Bureau and Enola Volunteer Fire Department. He was an active member of the NC Cattleman’s Association. A sawmill operator for 40 years, he owned Chapman Lumber Company.

Harry loved to talk of his experiences logging with draft horses, steam engines, and diesel engines. He recalled many stories of life at sawmill camps in his beloved South Mountains and as far away as Green River in Rutherford and Henderson Counties. Harry was a real sawmill man.

Mr. Chapman was also a farmer throughout his life, operated commercial chicken farms and raising some mighty fat and slick cattle. He was the personification of hard work; no golf or fishing for him. Put him

on his trusty Ford tractor with a bushog, that was a happy man. Six feet, eight inches tall, skinny as a rail, and with a million dollar smile, you could not miss “Slim” when he walked into a room.

Harry served as an example of quiet leadership, honesty, mental and physical strength, tenacity, humility, and topped it off with his signature sharp and witty, yet subtle, humor. Wils Chapman walked the walk and talked the talk.

He was blessed and grateful to have so many true friends and good neighbors in the Enola Community and on Watershed road.

Harry is survived by his wife, Nina Quteen Denton Chapman; sons, Bryan Chapman and his wife, Pam, and Paul Chapman, both of Morganton; grandchildren, Hamen Wilson Chapman, Issac Davis Chapman, Millie Ellen Lacy, and Laura Francis Chapman; a brother, Mrs. and Mrs. Ned Chapman of Raleigh, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Harry was preceded in death by eight siblings, Earl Chapman, Bea Steiner, Hazel Chapman, Mary Etta Chapman, Helen Chapman, Bill Chapman, Richard Chapman, Jr., and Ray Chapman.

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 8, 2013 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Larry Cline officiating. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Enola Fire Department, 2559 Enola Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

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

The Chapman family would like to express our immense gratitude to the staff and residents at Carolina Rehab in Icard. They adopted Harry as one of their own, truly becoming like an extended family to all of us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

“You will be missed Paw Paw Wils. We will never see the likes of you again.”



Karen Lea Barker Bigger     [Back to Top]

Karen Lea Barker Bigger, 57, of Morganton, NC passed away Friday, September 6, 2013 at her residence. Born on November 24, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Curtis Wilbur Barker and Patsy Joan Bailey Barker. Karen was raised in the Baptist faith. She loved her family very much and devoted the majority of her life to take care of her daughter, Patricia Bigger.

Karen is survived by her boyfriend, Brad Allen; a son, Ralph Bigger and his wife, Andrianee, of Morganton; daughters, Tiffney Maltry and her husband, Glenn, and Patricia Bigger, both of Morganton; a grandson, Joshua Giesler of Morganton; brothers, Curtis David Barker and T. P. Barker; and sisters, Teresa Adili and Becky Barker.

In addition to her parents, Karen was preceded in death by a daughter, Gretchen Bigger, and an aunt, Ruth “RuRu” Kendrick.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Camp Creek Baptist Church in Boiling Springs, NC. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will be placed in the church from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the funeral.

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



Sarah Jean Houpe     [Back to Top]

Sarah Jean Trent Houpe, 95 of 151 Camden Causeway, Elizabeth City, NC died Monday, September 9, 2013 at the Albemarle Hospital. A native of Iaeger, WV, she was the daughter of the late Harvey Trent and Sarah Cline Trent and the widow of E. V Houpe. She was the former owner of Three Way Grocery and retired as a cottage parent from the West Carolina Center and was a member of North Morganton United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandra H. Ward of Elizabeth City, NC; a son, Michael Houpe, Indian Land, SC; grandchildren Michael T. Ward and wife Ann, Becky Ward Pittman and husband Bruce, Jamie McDaniel Ward and wife Brandee, Michael Houpe, Jr., and wife Robin, Jason Houpe and wife Rebecca; great grandchildren, Avi Houpe, Aaran Houpe, Pierce Houpe, Mac Ward, Baker Ward, Phillip Pittman, Elizabeth Pittman, Bruce Pittman, Sarah Kelly and Savannah Ward. She was pre-deceased by nine siblings, Nona Alma Trent, Donald Everett Trent, Maxine Trent, Madeline Barbara Trent, Raymond Harvey Trent, James Tasker Trent, Jo Ann Elizabeth Trent, and Faye Trent.

A graveside funeral service will be Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Neill Shaw officiating. Memorial donations may be made to North Morganton UMC or Cann Memorial Presbyterian Church, Fund for Christ, PO Box 2818, Elizabeth City, NC 27906-2818. Sossoman Funeral Home, 1011 South Sterling Street, Morganton, NC will be handling the funeral. Twiford’s Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street is assisting the family.



Bonnie Mae Williams Phillips     [Back to Top]

Bonnie Mae Williams Phillips, 87, of Morganton was called home to be with her Heavenly Father, with her family by her side, on Monday, September 9, 2013. She was born on January 4, 1926 in Burke County to the late Jesse James Williams and Eva Mae Herron Williams. She was an active member of Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir, taught children’s Sunday School, and served on many church committees. Family was very important to Bonnie and she enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her extended family. She enjoyed sewing and working in her garden. She was an angel to her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Cameron H. Phillips; daughters, Faye Phillips Warlick and Martha Phillips Dyson; sisters, Vida Richardson, Ruth Stevens and Mary Chapman.

Beloved daughter, wife, Mom and “Mawmaw”, she is survived by a son, Jimmy Phillips and his wife, Margaret of Morganton; grandchildren, Hope Hudepeth and her husband, Tim, Diane Oliver and her husband, Jason, Brooke Simmerer and her husband, Mark, Jassen Phillips and his wife, Tonya, Steve Dyson, David Warlick; 12 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great- grandchildren; sisters, Raye Leonhardt, Margaret Deitz, Sue Hallyburton, Alice Williams, Marie Richardson all of Morganton, Ruby Pons of Valdese, and Donnie Plemmons of Waynesville,

The funeral will be held at 12:00 p.m. Thursday, September 12, 2013 at Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brad Thompson and Rev. George Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. At other times, the family will be at Bonnie’s residence. Memorial contributions may be made to Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 5358 Denton’s Chapel Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.



Jeannie Michelle Smith     [Back to Top]

Jeannie Michelle Smith, 40 of Valdese died unexpectedly Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at her home. Born December 15, 1972 in Burke County, NC, she was the daughter of Murphy Ensley Smith of Morganton and the late Mary Lee Epley Smith. She worked for several years as a C.N.A. in area nursing homes.

Surviving in addition to her father are her sons, Mitchell Ensley Hefner and Matthew Wynn Hefner both of Nebo, NC; a daughter, Katelyn Wilcox of the home; brothers, Terry E. “Buck” Smith and wife, Maria, Tracy L. Smith and companion, Patricia Harmon, and Tony A. Smith and wife, Laura all of Morganton; and a number of uncles, aunts, nephews, and nieces.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home for thirty minutes before the service.



Betty Price White     [Back to Top]

Betty Price White, 81, passed away Thursday, September 12, 2013 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born on May 11, 1932 in McDowell County to the late Alvin Lee Price and Edna Gallion Price. Betty and her husband, “Craty” owned and operated White’s Tax Service, a family business, which was started by “Craty’s” parents. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Morganton. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by a grandson, Gavin Sewell; brother, Leonard Price; sister, Joann Suttles.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Lamar “Craty” White; daughters, Leah White of Glen Alpine and Dawn Collett and husband, Robert of Morganton; grandchildren, Lee, Cray and Arlie Collett; brother, Reece Price of Morganton: sisters, Billie Crump and Pat Warren both of Morganton; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

A private family service to celebrate Betty’s life will be held this weekend. The family has requested that instead of flowers, donations be made to South Mountain Children’s Home, 7330 Myrtle Drive, Nebo, NC 28761 or to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.



Geneva Clontz Hoke     [Back to Top]

Geneva Clontz Hoke, 81, of Morganton, NC died Thursday, September 12, 2013 at her residence. Born in Burke County, NC on February 9, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Harmon Clontz and Thelma Baker Moses. Geneva was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Geneva was a 1953 graduate of the Grace Hospital School of Nursing. She began her career by working at Grace Hospital for three years and then working at Broughton Hospital for the next twenty-seven years. She was a member of the Grace Hospital School of Nursing Alumni. She was an avid needleworker and enjoyed flowers, knitting, tole painting, and basketry.

Geneva is survived by her husband, Garland “Pinkey” Hoke of the home; a son, Steven Hoke and his wife, Debra, of Lexington, VA; a daughter, Kathy Hoke of Morganton; grandchildren, Andrew Hoke of Portland, OR, Michael Hoke and Jessica, of Lexington, Kaitlin Hoke of Colorado Springs, CO, Matthew Hoke of Lexington, and Laurel Morris and Sam Kayga, of Morganton; great-grandchildren, Zayden and Zoe Hoke of Lexington and Gage Kayga of Morganton; a brother, Harmon Junior Clontz and his wife, Nanena, of Morganton; a half-brother, Daniel Moses of Morganton; half-sisters, Wilma Sartain of Poway CA, Inez Hill of Morganton, and Marie Abee and her husband, Doras, of Morganton; and a number of nephews, nieces, and extended family.

In addition to her parents, Geneva was preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary Hoke; a brother, Lloyd Clontz; and a half-brother, Buddy Moses.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. Larry Thompson 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 the residence.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 407 South Green Street, Morganton NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

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



Mary Adeline Powell Piercy     [Back to Top]

Mary Adeline Powell Piercy, 76, of Morganton, died on Friday, September 13, 2013. She was born on February 9, 1937 in Burke County to the late Lester Powell and Lacy Shull Powell Long. She was a lifelong member of Glen Alpine United Methodist Church and an active member of the Beth Ada Group in the United Methodist Women. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Lee Piercy; son, Charles Lynn Piercy; brother, Jimmy Powell.

Surviving are a son, Dean Lee Piercy of Morganton; granddaughters, Paige Nichole Piercy, Skye Marie Adams, Beverly Ann Piercy and Charlie Piercy; daughter-in-law, Elaine Piercy; great-grandchildren, Parker, Torrin, and Tierany.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2013 at Glen Alpine United Methodist Church with the Reverends Barbara Mayo and Mary Gordon officiating. Burial will follow in the Glen Alpine Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Glen Alpine United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 526, Glen Alpine, N.C. 28628. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.



Ed Brooks Snipes     [Back to Top]

Ed Brooks Snipes, 65, of Lincolnton, NC died Friday, September 13, 2013 at his residence. Born in Burke County, NC on August 29, 1948, he was the son of the late Richard Brooks Snipes and Ethel Verlene Cline Snipes. Ed was a member of West Side Community Church. He was a loving, wonderful, beautiful husband, and was known as “Honey” by his grandkids. He enjoyed computers and was a fan and collector of NASCAR memorabilia.

Ed is survived by wife, Maria “Lupe” Pizano Snipes of the home; son, Carlos Miranda and his wife, Ashley of Lincolnton, NC; daughter, Janeth Miranda and husband, Armando of Morganton, NC; Laura Santamaria and husband, Julio of Virginia; cousins, Laura Butler and husband, Randy of Cary, NC; Nancy Burns and husband Bill of Drexel, NC; aunts and uncles, Claris and Benjamin Snipes, Kay and the Rev. Charles Lethcoe, Carol and Stephen Peck, and Francis Snipes; and six grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by a cousin, Harriet Patricia “Pete” Snipes.

Cryptside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with Dr. Jack Ford officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Westside Community Church, 2500 Crescent Lane, Gastonia, NC 28034.

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



Frank Delbert "Deb" Lingafelt     [Back to Top]

Frank Delbert “Deb” Lingafelt, 85, of Morganton died Saturday, September 14, 2013. Delbert was born April 2, 1928 in Burke County to the late Frank Lloyd Lingafelt and Iris Lee Franklin Lingafelt. He was an active member of Burkemont Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and usher. Delbert was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a retired employee of Western Piedmont Community College, where he had worked for over 20 years. He was a former employee of Mull Oil and Superior Oil. Delbert loved to garden and share his bounty with family and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Fred B. Lingafelt and a sister, Rachel L. Allman.

Delbert is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Jean Dale Lingafelt; brother, Alexander Lingafelt and wife, Nina of Morganton; sisters Laura Whisnant, Louise Coffey, Virginia Carpenter and her husband, J.C., Ethel Morrison and Geneva King all of Morganton; brother-in-law, Nick N. Dale and wife, Bennie of Morganton and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 16, 2013 at Burkemont Baptist Church with Dr. David Mills and Rev. Eddy Bunton officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 p.m. till 2:00 p.m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to a favorite charity. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.



Pansy Evans Causby     [Back to Top]

Pansy Evans Causby, 63 of Morganton, NC died Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Grace Hospital. Born February 21, 1950 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late William Henry and Laura Malinda Jordan Evans. Pansy enjoyed her trips to the beach and mountains, was an active supporter of the Freedom High School Marching Band, and was a diehard Richard Petty fan. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Mattie Coleman; a brother, James Evans; and a nephew, Kenneth Coleman.

Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughter, Melinda Powell and her husband, Charles of Drexel, NC; grandsons, Tyler Angley and Jalen Powell; a granddaughter, Megan Powell; a sister, Frances Freeman of Morganton; a brother, Bob Evans of Morganton; and a number of nephews and nieces.

The memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, September 16, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with the Rev. Barry Camp officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 5:30 p.m.



Sam Wakefield     [Back to Top]

Sam Ervin Wakefield, 82, of the Oak Hill Community in Morganton, NC passed away unexpectedly Sunday, September 15, 2013. Sam was born on December 7th, 1930 in Burke County to the late Thomas Edgar Wakefield, Sr. and Atha Bama Cox Wakefield.

Sam was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force from1948 to 1952. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1987 and enjoyed a fulfilling retirement spending time with family, friends, gardening, and serving his community.

Sam’s community service was varied and extensive. For many years he coached midget football at Oak Hill and Little League baseball at Morganton. He was an active member of the Oak Hill Ruritan Club. Sam served 2 terms on the Burke County School Board. He was a volunteer at City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium (CoMMA) and Burke County Hospice & Palliative Care.

Sam was a dedicated Christian and shared his faith with others in many ways. He was a faithful member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church where he actively participated in the Mabel Harbison Sunday School Class, was a choir member for many years, taught Sunday School, and worked on mission projects. He was involved in the men’s group and enjoyed working on their many construction projects. Sam was known for purchasing and giving Daily Walk Bibles to family and friends as another way of sharing his faith.

Sam was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and showed interest and took great pride in everyone’s lives and accomplishments. He enjoyed camping trips with his family and attended countless sporting and other events supporting his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren throughout the years . Sam always taught by example instilling the values of honesty, respect, and service to others.

He will be remembered for his smiles, hugs, and kind words by all who knew him.

Sam is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lorece Virginia Burleson Wakefield of the home; children, Gail Clark of Morganton, Michael Wakefield and his wife, Glenda of Valdese, Joel Wakefield and his wife, Sherry of Morganton and Susan Allison and her husband, Greg of Cary; sister, Dorothy Reams and her husband, Carlisle of Columbia, SC; grandchildren, Traci, Talon, Daniel, and Able Wakefield, Grace Warren, Kenneth, Gregory and Tim Clark, Chelsea and Marc Wakefield and Brittain, Nathan and Hannah Allison; and eleven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by siblings, Lola Small, Lena Haigler, Katheline Stallings, Edgar Wakefield, Jr., Virginia Barrier Thompson, Mac Wakefield, Hazel Finch, Atha Lambert, Lucille Wakefield, Barbara L. Wakefield, and Dan Wakefield; and a son-in-law, K. Harold Clark.

The funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2013 at Oak Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Wakefield and the Rev. David Lawrence officiating. Burial will follow in Mtn. Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the N.C. National Guard. The family will receive friends Thursday night from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church Impact Building.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2239 NC 181, Morganton, NC 28655 or to the Mountain Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 3625 Fish Hatchery Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

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



Lena Popp Mull     [Back to Top]

Lena Popp Mull, 84, of Morganton, NC passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013 at Mission Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Russell County, VA on March 19, 1929, she was the daughter of the late George Popp and Hellen Honto Popp. Lena was a member of Mt. Home Baptist Church. She moved to Morganton in 1948 to attend the Grace Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1951. She worked there at the hospital and later worked at Broughton Hospital until she retired in 1968.

Lena is survived by her husband of 59 years, Arnold Richard Mull of the home; brothers, Lawrence and Franklin Popp; and several nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, Lena was preceded in death by four brothers, Bill, Joe, George, and Lewis; and four sisters, Ellen, Edith, Goldie, and Margaret.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Mt. Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 1:00 until 2:00 pm prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Home Baptist Church Building Fund, 2272 Mt. Home Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

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



Jean Doman Anderson     [Back to Top]

Jean Doman Anderson, 80, of Morganton, NC died Monday, September 16, 2013 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. Born in Cumberland, MD on July 11, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Doman and Edna Brock Doman. Jean was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church where she was active in the Ladies’ Guild. She graduated from Sinai Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD and worked in labor and delivery and assisted with hundreds of births. Jean retired from Grace Hospital and volunteered with Burke Hospice and Palliative Care for several years.

Jean is survived by her sons, Charles Anderson and his wife, Cathy, of Norman, OK and the Rev. Kenneth Anderson and his wife, Wanda, of Spruce Pine, NC; a daughter, Laura Sias of Concord, NC; sisters, Lee Callahan of Jacksonville, NC and Shirley Lemmert of Frostburg, MD; and grandchildren, Lisa, Deborah, and Thomas Anderson and Alex, Emily, and Olivia Sias.

In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Anderson; a daughter, Susan Anderson; a brother, Ray Doman; and a sister, Inez Eirich.

The funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 20, 2013 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church with the Rev. Kenneth Whittington officiating. Entombment will follow in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The Rosary will be said Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. followed by the visitation until 8:00 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690 or to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 728 West Union Street, Morganton, NC 28655.



Jerry A. McMahon     [Back to Top]

Jerry A. McMahon, 75, of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at his residence. Born in Burke County, NC on July 12, 1938, he was the son of the late John Clyde McMahon and Eula Beck McMahon. Jerry was a member of Mt. Home Baptist Church.

He was a graduate of Morganton High School. He received his associate’s degree from Mars Hill College in 1959 and his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from N.C. State University. After finishing school he was employed by DuPont in Martinsville, VA and then went to work at Great Lakes Carbon, Corporation for 20 years. Jerry also owned and operated several real estate development companies and was currently co-owner of Quaker Meadows Golf Course. When he was just 14 years old, he built and operated Jerry’s Miniature Golf on East Union Street. He also published the Trade Winds trader magazines for several years.

Jerry was on the Board of Trustees for Western Piedmont Community College in 1991. He was a member and past president of the Morganton Optimist Club and served as the lieutenant governor of Optimist International for North Carolina. Jerry was a former member of the Burke County Commissioners from 1981-1988 including serving as chair from 1984-1988. He was a member of the Burke County Economic Development Council from 1979 until 1988 and the N.C. Waste Management Board in 1989. Recently Jerry helped his grandson, Drew, complete his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout project at the Erwin Cemetery.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janice McLamb McMahon of the home; a son, Dr. Mark A. McMahon and his wife, Nan Pate McMahon, of Morganton; a grandson, Drew McMahon; a granddaughter, Mallory Grace McMahon; and a sister, Roxie McMahon Hewel and her husband, Capt. William Hewel (Ret. US Coast Guard), of Wilmington, NC.

The funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Piedmont Council, P.O. Box 1059, Gastonia, NC 28053 or to Mount Home Baptist Church, 2272 Mount Home Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655.



Ronald Wayne "Hard" Norman     [Back to Top]

Ronald Wayne “Hard” Norman, 63, of Valdese, NC died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. Born in Burke County, NC on December 18, 1949, he was the son of the late William Lee Norman and Betty Geneva Pritchard Norman. Hard was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. He graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1968 and served as a medic in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Ronald was a retired employee of the Hickory Crawdads with over 20 years of service. He loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, and all sports, and he enjoyed watching old movies.

A devoted brother and uncle, Mr. Norman is survived by his siblings, Martha Baird and her husband, Roger, of Morganton, Jerry Norman and his wife, Nona, of Valdese, and Wanda McGuire and her husband, Tommie, of Lenoir, NC; five nieces; two nephews; three great-nieces; four great-nephews; three aunts; and one uncle.

The funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. David Bean officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park with military honors provided by the N.C. National Guard and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until noon prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the home of Jerry and Nona Norman on Greentree Acres, Valdese.

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



Leon Ralph Shuping     [Back to Top]

Leon Ralph Shuping, 79, of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at his residence. Born September 6, 1934 in Burke County, NC, he was a son of the late Paul Alexander Shuping and Louise Ross Shuping. Leon was a Salem High School graduate and a retired route man with Holiday Laundry and Dry Cleaners. He was a member of First Baptist Church and was an avid gardener and woodworker.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of 59 years, Verna Dean Burgess Shuping; daughters, Elizabeth Shuping Silvey and husband, Mark of Morganton and Debbie Shuping Smith of Goldsboro; grandchildren, Kathryn Silvey Long and her husband, Jason, of Morganton, Robin Smith of Goldsboro, NC, and Christopher Smith of Goldsboro; brothers, Paul Shuping of Rock Hill, SC and Robert Shuping of Morganton; a sister, Carolyn Matthews and her husband, Jack, of Rock Hill, SC; sisters-in-law, Faye Burgess of Morganton and Emily Nestor and her husband, Steve, of Vale; a special niece, Kayla Mills of Morganton; and special friends and neighbors, Chris and Melissa Leonhardt of Morganton, Alison Hall of Goldsboro, and Pat Denton of Morganton.

The funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with the Rev. Kelvin Gurley and Dr. Thomas A. Bland, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to A Better Life Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 8311, Morganton, NC 28680 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Berlin Andrew Stine     [Back to Top]

Berlin Andrew Stine, 85, of Morganton, NC went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 after an extended illness. Born in Forsyth County, NC on September 8, 1928, he was the son of the late Edward Alonzo Stine and Ruth Proctor Stine. Berlin was a very active member of Friendship Baptist Church, which was very dear to his heart. At the church he served as a deacon, taught adult Sunday school, loved music, and sang in the church choir. He retired from Drexel Heritage Furnishings with over 42 years of service.

Berlin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mearl Louise Morrow Stine; a son, Danny Stine and his wife, Jessica, of Jackson, TN; daughters, Linda Barnes and her husband, David, of Stallings, NC and Patsy Franklin and her husband, Eddie, of Morganton; seven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph Stine and his wife, Diana, of Mocksville, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Berlin was preceded in death by a step-mother, Addie Mabe Stine.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2013 at Friendship Baptist Church with the Reverends Phillip King and Larry Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church for one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, 408 Church Street, Morganton, NC 28655.

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



Michael Zane Spake     [Back to Top]

Michael Zane Spake, 50, of Morganton, NC died Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Born March 7, 1963 in Burke County, NC, he was a son of the late Robert Zane Spake and Sara Francis Sealey Spake. Michael was a member of Mt. Home Baptist Church and a US Navy veteran. During his time at Freedom High School, he was a promising athlete and played several sports, including football and baseball.

Michael is survived by his two children, Stephanie and Jordan Spake; brothers, Randy Spake and wife, Regina, Kelly Spake, and Kenny Spake and wife, Sharon; sisters-in-law, Kathy Spake and Connie Spake; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Terry and Dale Spake.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Mt. Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the D.A.R.E. Program, Attn: Captain Mark Bradshaw, 304 S. College St., Morganton, NC 28655 or to Mt. Home Baptist Church, 2272 Mt. Home Church Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Herman Marshall Scott     [Back to Top]

Herman Marshall Scott, 88, of Morganton, NC died Friday, September 20, 2013 at his residence. Born in Burke County, NC on August 18, 1925, he was the son of the late John Marshall Scott and Lillie Mae Penley Scott. Herman was a US Army veteran of WWII and owned and operated Dixie Cab for over 60 years. In recent years he attended Harvest Praise Church.

A loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Mr. Scott is survived by his wife, Vonnie Gallion Scott of the home; a son, Joe Rogers and his wife, Barbara, of Morganton; a grandson, Joe Rogers, Jr. and his wife, Theresa, of Morganton; great-granddaughters, Chelsea McCoy and Tamara Coffey; great-great-granddaughters, Jaycee McCoy and Kendall Coffey (who is due in November); a sister, Ruth Reinhardt of Asheboro, NC; and a number of nephews, nieces, and friends.

In addition to his parents, Herman was preceded in death by his brothers, Ernest, Thomas, Mark, Charlie and Paul Scott; sisters, Mary Jordan and Sarah Scott; a half-brother, James Scott; and a half-sister, Della Fox.

The funeral will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, September 22, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Capell officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill 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 funeral home from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service.

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



Edward "Leroy" McFalls     [Back to Top]

Edward “Leroy” McFalls, 84, of Morganton, NC passed away Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Burke Palliative Care Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Burke County, NC on May 18, 1929, he was the son of the late Edward Earl McFalls and Nettie Cuthbertson McFalls. Leroy was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church where he had served as a trustee and on various church committees. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Leroy worked as a lumber inspector for 20 years at Drexel Heritage Furnishings. He later worked as supervisor of the lumber yard at Henredon Furniture for 24 years before his retirement from the company.

Leroy enjoyed gardening, meeting his friends at Phifer Wellness Center, and spending vacations and weekly outings with special friends, Bill and Ruth McNeely.

Leroy is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy Ross McFalls; a son, Mark McFalls and his wife, Tammy, of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Anna and Dan McFalls; and siblings-in-law, Lib McFalls, Marquean Cole and her husband, Gene, Kenneth Ross and his wife, Jewell, Bill Galloway, and Chris Lingerfelt.

In addition to his parents, Leroy was preceded in death by his brother, John McFalls, and three sisters, Juanita McFalls, Nina Lingerfelt, and Peggy Galloway.

The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 23, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church with the Reverends Timothy Horldt and Larry Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. 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 Baptist Church, 407 South Green Street, Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Burke Hospice for their compassion and care shown to Leroy and the family during this difficult time.

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



Wilma Wise Jarrett     [Back to Top]

Wilma Wise Jarrett, 81, of Morganton, NC died Saturday, September 21, 2013. Born March 26, 1932 in Burke County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Malcom Wise and Naomi Dellinger Wise Hefernan. Wilma was a member of Asheville Street Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of Autumn Care of Drexel where Wilma worked as an activity director. She had volunteered for the past 15 years at J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center with the Foster Grandparents Program. In 2012, Wilma was nominated for the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service for her devotion to the Foster Grandparent Program.

Wilma is survived by her gentleman friend, Ray Burns of Drexel; sons, Michael Jarrett and wife, Terri, and Kirby Jarrett and wife, Susan, all of Morganton; grandchildren, Kurt Jarrett of Asheville, NC and Christy Fulbright of Longview, NC; a great-granddaughter, Summer Fulbright; brothers, Forrest Wise of McDowell County, and Jimmy Hefernan of Glen Alpine, NC; and an adopted foster son, Kevin of JIRDC.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Edward Wise, Geraldean Wise Lamb, and Johnny Wise.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at the Asheville Street Baptist Church with Rev. Douglas Goforth officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Judy Arrowood Roper     [Back to Top]

Judy Arrowood Roper, 71, of Morganton, NC went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the Burke Palliative Care Center. Born in Canton OH on January 3, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Donald Charles Arrowood and Frankie Reep Arrowood. Judy was a member of Gibb’s Chapel Wesleyan Church where she served as Assistant Sunday School Secretary. She graduated from Glen Alpine High School in 1960 and attended Western Piedmont Community College where she was president of the Student Government Association and graduated Phi Theta Kappa with an associate’s degree in Art and Fine Arts. Mrs. Roper was a member of the Glen Alpine Women’s Club and was a chairman of the International Affairs Department. She is survived by her husband, Joe Eddy Roper of the home; sons, Alan Roper and his wife, Debra, G., of Morganton, Vince Roper and his wife, Regina, of Morganton; and Gannon Roper of the home; sisters, Donella Dagerhardt of Morganton, Frances Guszczo of Miami, FL and Lynn Smith of Morganton; grandsons, Grayson, Gavin, and Wade Roper and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank and Cora Jane “Bessie” Reep and Henry and Hannah Arrowood.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Gibb’s Chapel Wesleyan Church with the Reverends Roger Bracket and David Orders officiating. Burial will follow at Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 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.

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



Roy Earl Lookadoo     [Back to Top]

Roy Earl Lookadoo, 78, was called home Tuesday evening, September 24, 2013. He was born June 19, 1935 in Hickory, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Garth and Lillian Fortner.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Sherry Broyles of the home, 4 children: The Rev. David G. Lookadoo and wife Cathy of New London, NC, Joseph (Scott) Lookadoo and wife Pam of Morganton NC, Russell W. Lookadoo and wife Tanya of Lehi, Utah and Alison L. Falls and husband Michael of Farmington, NC. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Roy attended NCSU (NC State College) and retired from Burke County Social Services as a IV-D child support enforcement agent.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Morganton. Roy loved his church, teaching Sunday school, serving as a trustee and held various other positions.

Roy loved scouting and was active from Cub Scout leader through Commissioner of Boy Scouts. He found great joy working with the bicycle program in support of Christmas Cheer.

A celebration of Roy’s life will be held at 2pm, Saturday September 28 at First United Methodist Church with The Reverend Dr. John W. Fowler and The Reverend Laura Elliot officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 1-2pm prior to the service.

A family graveside service will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Hickory NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 200 N. King Street, Morganton, NC 28655.

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



Maj. Charles E. "Box" Hallyburton, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Maj. Charles E. “Box” Hallyburton, Sr., (U.S. Army retired), 74, of Morganton died Wednesday, September 25, 2013. He was born in Burke County on September 21, 1939 and was a son of the late Jay Vance Hallyburton and Pearl Sides Hallyburton. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict and retired with a rank of Major from the U. S. Armed Forces in 1999. Major Hallyburton was a proud member of the 82nd Airborne Division, of Ft. Bragg, the First Calvary Assoc., Combat Infantrymen Assoc., and the National Guard Bureau. He was also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion. He was also owner and operator of Hallyburton Plumbing and Heating.

Surviving are his children, Chuck Hallyburton of Morganton, Sissy Hallyburton of Hickory, and Karen Hallyburton Kelly and her husband, Frank, of Tybee Island, SC; grandchildren, Joshua David Watts, Wendy Watts Hicks; Ashley Nicole Abernathy, Stephen Ray Burns, Jacob Ryan Burns, and Sidney Jay Hallyburton; great-grandchildren, Tinity Jo Watts and Alainah Rose Hicks; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters.

The family will receive friends at Sossoman Funeral Home from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013. Committal services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain with Rev. Joshua Watts and Rev. Charlie Crump officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the NC National Guard Honor Guard.



Thomas Ray Hoosier     [Back to Top]

Thomas Ray Hoosier, 32, of Morganton, NC died Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Graveside services will be held at 12 Noon Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center from 10:30 until 11:30 am before the graveside service.



Hettie Crawley Santymire     [Back to Top]

Hettie Crawley Santymire, 89, died Thursday, Septeber 26, 2013. She was born October 2, 1923 in Burke County, NC to Ivey and Florence Mace Crawley. Hettie was raised by Ivey and Ora Glascow Crawley on Jamestown Road in Morganton. She resided in Morganton prior to moving to Hickory because of her health. She has also lived in California and West Virginia. Hettie attended Hickory Church of Christ and was a member of the Morganton Church of Christ. She enjoyed making and sending cards to her family, church family, and friends. She also made baby blankets for her grandchildren and babies of friends. Hettie was devoted to reading and studying her Bible each morning and took pride in her gardens.

Hettie was preceded in death by her mother, Florence, who died when Hettie was a little girl; her parents, Ivey and Ora Crawley; her husband, Robert; brothers, Albert and Bill Crawley; sisters, Carrie Smith and Rachel Brittain; and an infant sister.

She is survived by five children, Jackie Avey-King and her husband, Buddy, of Martinsburg, WV, Robert Santymire and his wife, Linda, of Martinsburg, Al Santymire and his wife, Elise, of San Francisco, CA, Earl Santymire and his wife, Beth, of Nashville, TN, and Lois Braswell and her husband, Rick, of Hickory; ten grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Louise Toney and Virginia Pritchard; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, September 29, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with Mr. Jeff Lovitt, Mr. Kevin Bibbee, and her son, Mr. Earl B. Santymire, officiating. Burial will follow in Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 until 3:30 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Morganton Church of Christ, 404 Lenoir Road, Morganton, NC 28655, Hickory Church of Christ, 1218 Fairgrove Church Road, Hickory, NC 28602, or to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Wilma Lynn Hylemon     [Back to Top]

Wilma Lynn Hylemon, 68, a native of Yancey County, passed from this life on Friday, September 27, 2013 at her residence after years of declining health. Born on January 13, 1945, she was the daughter of the late John Henry and Mae Miller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Yvonne Miller.

Wilma lived with her family in Washington and Oregon for over 40 years and returned to the mountains of Yancey County in 2006. Mrs. Hylemon was a homemaker and loved to travel, hunt, camp, and fish with her husband and children. She was dearly loved by all who knew her. Wilma is survived by her loving husband of over 50 years, Everett Hylemon of the home; a daughter, Claudia Tosh and her husband, Brett, of Klamath Falls, OR; a son, Denver Hylemon and his wife, Trudy, of Dexter, OR; grandsons, Donald, Tosh, Jacob, and Mason Hylemon; brothers, Lloyd Miller of Monroe, OR and Chester Miller of Easley, SC; sisters, Shirley Hughes of San Angeles, TX, Phyllis Edmonds of Westwood, CA, and Betty Connon of Burnsville, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Wilma was also very special to her husband’s family. We will all miss her dearly and we thank God he shared her with us.

At her request, no services are planned for Mrs. Hylemon.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

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



Rachel Brintle McBrayer     [Back to Top]

How do you say goodbye to the person who gave you life and who has always been in your life?

On Saturday, September 28, 2013, the children, grandchildren, sisters, brother, other family and friends had to say goodbye to Rachel Ann Brintle McBrayer. She died at home with her children by her side.

All we are left with is gratitude for having been blessed to know a woman who was intelligent, loving, kind and full of grace and dignity. She was her children’s moral compass.

Her priorities in life were her service to God and her family. The memories she has left us with are oftentimes funny. She wasn’t above sending the Coast Guard after a wayward child floating along the seashore, or sending police to the door of a child at college who hadn’t called home lately. Any of her children who thought they could play sick to stay home from school quickly learned there was no fooling her.

She rarely met a stranger and if you were a friend, you were a friend always.

She loved babies, planting flowers, sewing, music and teaching.

Rachel was born Jan. 31, 1928 in White Plains, the oldest of six children and the daughter of the late Mary Kate and Charles Brintle. She was a graduate of White Plains High School and a 1950 graduate of Appalachian State Teachers College, where she met her husband. She taught at Montreat College in Black Mountain before moving with her husband to Burke County.

Rachel taught at Hildebran High School and Valdese High School before leaving teaching to be a full-time homemaker in 1960. She eventually went back to teaching and retired in 2001 from Heritage Middle School.

In addition to her parents, Rachel was preceded in death by her husband, Charles McBrayer Jr.; son, Michael McBrayer; and brother, Thomas Brintle.

Rachel is survived by her children, Kathy Hildebran and husband, Michael, of Connelly Springs; David McBrayer of San Francisco, Calif.; Sheila Zagata and husband, Ed, of Guam; Sarah McBrayer of Hickory; and Sharon McBrayer of Valdese.

She also is survived by three grandchildren, Christopher McBrayer and wife, Suzanne, of Chapin, S.C.; Casey McBrayer of Morganton; and Aubrey Zagata of San Francisco, Calif.; Great-grandchildren, Andrea Hicks, Ava and Isabella McBrayer and Fletcher McBrayer; Sisters, Mary Lou Link of Salisbury, Cinnie Sue Cobbler of Mt. Airy and Frances Bolick and husband, Ben, of White Plains; Brother, Charles Brintle and wife, Blanche, of Mt. Airy; Sister-in-law, Elfreta Frady and husband, Worth, of Fairview; and numerous nephews and nieces.

We are grateful to all of her caregivers throughout the years, particularly Blaka Abee and Tamara Phillips, and to Hospice of Burke County.

A Celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m., Monday, September 30, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. A private graveside service will be held at Cane Creek Cemetery, Fairview, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospice of Burke County, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.



Minnie Fay Rockett Speranza     [Back to Top]

Minnie Fay Rockett Speranza, 85, of Morganton, NC went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday, September 28, 2013 after a prolonged illness. Born in Burke County, NC on February 26, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Nolan Steel Rockett and Bertha Suzanne Parker Rockett. Minnie was an active member for many years at Mt. Home Baptist Church where she participated in numerous committees and was a big supporter of the Graceful Giving Fund. Minnie retired from Container Corporation of America in New Jersey. After her retirement in the late 1970’s she moved back to NC to take care of her parents. She really loved to sit on her back porch feeding the animals and was an avid gardener.

Minnie is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles Speranza of the home; nephews, Gary, Steve, Tommy, and Bennie Rockett; nieces, Jean Stephens and Joyce Olinger; and several grand and great-grand nephews and nieces.

In addition to her parents, Minnie was preceded in death by her siblings, Clyde Rockett, Ned Rockett, Mozelle Busic, and Evelyn Ross. The funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at Mt. Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 5:30 until 7:30 pm at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Home Baptist Church Graceful Giving Fund, 2272 Mt. Home Church Road, Morganton, NC 28655.



Vance Cline, Sr.     [Back to Top]

Vance Cline, Sr., 64 of Morganton, NC died Sunday, September 29, 2013 at his residence. Born April 1, 1949 in Swain County, NC, he was the son of the late Flornel Cline, Sr. and Laura Watkins Cline. Vance attended Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. He was a Marine Veteran. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth Shook and Anne Belle Cole; and brothers, Carl Cline, Clayton Cline and Oliver Cline.

Vance is survived by wife, Doris Ann Pritchard Cline of the home; sons, Vance Cline Jr. and wife, Shannon of Morganton, Frank Lee Cline and wife, Lisa of Albemarle; grandchildren, Kasey, Tyler, Kallie, Brittney, Dylan, and Shianne; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Emma; brothers, Gove Cline and wife, Dorothy of WI and Flornel Cline Jr. of Marion; sisters, Rachel Arnette of SC, and Minnie Gene Housley of TN; and brother-in-law, J.C. Cole of Marion.

The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 1, 2013 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with Mr. Tommy Sain officiating. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park with military honors conducted by NC National Guard and Caldwell County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends an hour and half before the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.



Dr. Joan Hill Croft     [Back to Top]

Dr. Joan Hill Croft, 67, of Glen Alpine, NC died Monday, September 30, 2013. Born April 13, 1946 in Etowah County, AL, she was a daughter of the late Wilbur Hill and Maybell Calhoun Hill. Joan was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. She graduated from the University of Alabama with her Ph.D. in psychology and had worked as a doctor of psychology and director of Unit R at Broughton Hospital. After her marriage, Joan managed her husband’s medical practice.

Joan is survived by her husband of 30 years, Dr. James M. Croft of the home; and a brother, Donald Loftin Hill and his wife, Yvonne, of Rainbow City, AL.

In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by a brother, Doyle Hill.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Grace Episcopal Church with Father Gary Parker and Rev. Mike Jenkins officiating. Entombment will follow at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends Wednesday night from 5:30 until 7:30 pm at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690, or to Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 303 N. King St., Morganton, NC 28655.


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