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Friday 11/28/2014
Rutherford, James

James Rutherford NEBO Mr. James B. Rutherford, 83, of Nebo, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Born July 13, 1931 in McDowell County, he was the son of the late Gilbert Rutherford and...

Thursday 11/27/2014
Bryant, Dylan

Dylan Stevens Bryant ANTHONY, Fla. Dylan Stevens Bryant, aka "James Dylan Singleton", 20, of Anthony, Fla., received his angel wings Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. He was born Jan. 29, 1994, i...

Magana, Dylan

Dylan Isaias Magana MARION Dylan Isaias Magana, 9 months, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. A graveside service will be held Friday, Nov. 28, at 11 a.m. at Murphy's Chapel Cemetery. Westmoreland Funeral ...

Wise, Lois Jean Maney

Lois Jean Maney Wise WEST JEFFERSON Lois Jean Maney Wise, 69, of West Jefferson, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Ashe County Memorial Hospital in Jefferson. Born in McDowell County to the late Frank...

Wednesday 11/26/2014
Fisher, Harry

Harry Fisher MARION Harry Lee Fisher, 33, of Drums Inlet Drive, Marion, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Hospice of Rutherford County. He was born June 13, 1981 in Escambia County, Fla., to and Wilma...

McMurray, Beverley

Beverley "MaBev" Gilmer McMurray MORGANTON Beverley "MaBev" Gilmer McMurray, 94, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The memorial service will held at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, at First ...

Prueitt, Debra

Debra Prueitt MORGANTON Debra K. Prueitt, 63, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

Summers, William

William H. Summers Jr. GLEN ALPINE William H. Summers Jr., 67, of Glen Alpine, died Nov. 24, 2014. Funeral services are incomplete. Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton is assisting the family with ...

Tuesday 11/25/2014
Campbell, Ruth

Ruth Campbell MORGANTON "Pretty Eyes" Ruth Campbell, 95, of Morganton, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Funeral services for "Pretty Eyes" Ruth Campbell will be Wednesday, Nov. 26,...

Farmer, Virgil

Virgil Eugene "Gene" Farmer OLD FORT Virgil Eugene "Gene" Farmer, 82, of Old Fort, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at his residence with his loving family b...

Franklin, Lee

Lee Franklin BLACK MOUNTAIN Lee Franklin, 86, of McDowell County, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at Givens Highland Farms after an extended illness. Mr. Franklin was born Jan. 27, 1928 in Avery ...

Lambert, Jack

Jack A. Lambert MORGANTON Jack A. Lambert, 92, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 26, at Summit Community Church (formerly Calvary Baptist Church). So...

Ledbetter, Clifton

Clifton Lawrence Ledbetter MARION Clifton Lawrence Ledbetter, 88, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital. Born in McDowell County, Oct. 26,...

Long, Bobby

Bobby Cecil Long HICKORY Bobby Cecil Long, 83, of Hickory, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, Nov. 25), at Central Baptist Church. So...

Pouilot, Amelia

Amelia Randolph Pouliot KERNERSVILLE Amelia Randolph Pouliot, born April 6, 1955, passed away Nov. 21, 2014. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. She always put others...

Webb, Dennis

Dennis H. Webb NEBO Dennis H. Webb, 75, husband of the late Clara Bell Keneer Webb, formerly of Pendleton, S.C., passed from this life Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Mr. Webb was born in Mountain Rest, S.C...

Sunday 11/23/2014
Brown, Donna

Donna M. Brown MORGANTON Donna Marie Vaughters Brown, 53, of Morganton, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 12 p.m. at Slades Chapel A.M.E Zion Church. ...

Early, Richard

Richard Donald Early ASHEVILLE Richard Donald Early, 65, of Asheville, formerly of Old Fort, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April ...

Ellis, Rosa Lee

Rosa Lee Ellis MARION Rosa Lee Ellis, 65, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. A native of McDowell County, Rosa was born March 17, 1949,...

Gibbs, Gladys

Gladys Gibbs OLD FORT Gladys Bradley Gibbs, 97, of Old Fort, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Autumn Care of Marion, surrounded by her loving family. Gladys was born Oct. 2...

Houston, Flavie

Flavie Mae Houston ICARD Flavie Mae Houston, 89, of Icard, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

White, David

David "Burt" White OLD FORT David "Burt" White, 71, of Old Fort, died. A memorial service will be held Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Westmoreland Funeral Home- Old Fort Ch...

Friday 11/21/2014
Boulware, Thomas

Thomas Mack Boulware MARION Thomas Mack Boulware, 63, of Marion, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A memorial service will be held Monday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. with visitation following the service at L...

Brown, Donna

Donna V. Brown MORGANTON Donna V. Brown, 53, of Morganton, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton is in charge of arrangements.

Lehrer, James

James French "Jake" Lehrer ASHEVILLE James French Lehrer (Jake) 62, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2014. A celebration of Jake's life will be held in Chapel Hill at a later date. Westmoreland Fune...

Thursday 11/20/2014
Demers, Sue

Sue Elaine Ross Demers MARION Sue Elaine Ross Demers, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away Nov. 18, 2014, after a brave battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Born Aug. 14, 1...

Fisher, Harry

Harry Fisher MARION Harry Lee Fisher, 33, of Marion, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Fisher f...

Mangum, Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Mangum MORGANTON Mary Ellen Mangum, 71, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Glen Alpine Cemetery. Sossoman Funeral Home and...

Mendez, Miguel Diego

Miguel Diego Mendez MORGANTON Miguel Diego Mendez, 33, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Visitation will ...

Nichols, Michael

Michael L. Nichols MARION Michael L. Nichols, 68, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital in Asheville. A native of McDowell County, Michael was born Dec. 20, 19...

Sanders, Roy

Roy Lynn Sanders MORGANTON Roy Lynn Sanders, 76, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at the First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends ...

Wednesday 11/19/2014
Austin, Joel Ann

Joel Ann Austin MARION Joel Ann Austin, age 78, of Marion, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Austin was born May 6, 1936, in McDowell County, to the...

Mayshack, Iris

Iris Orean Pearson Mayshack ROSENBERG, Texas Iris Orean Mayshack, 58, of Rosenberg, Texas, formerly of Lenoir, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 22, at Firs...

Thurmond, Thomas

Captain Thomas Grady Thurmond MARION Captain Thomas Grady Thurmond, USNR. Ret., 90, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. A memorial service will be held at Peachtree Christian Church, 1580...

Wilson, Debra

Debra Wilson MORGANTON Debra "Debbie" Norman Wilson, 64, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Sossoman Funeral Home Chapel an...

Tuesday 11/18/2014
Fincher, Aileen

Aileen Buchanan Fincher MADISON Aileen Buchanan Fincher, 73, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at her home. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, wit...

Ricketts, Jeffery

Jeffery Ricketts OLD FORT Mr. Jeffery Allan Ricketts, 52, of Old Fort, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Arrangements are entrusted to Kirksey Funeral Home, Old Fort, and will be announced at a later d...

Thurmond, Thomas

Captain Thomas Grady Thurmond MARION Captain Thomas Grady Thurmond, U.S. Navy Ret., 90, of Marion, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Peachtree Christian...

Tollie, Frankie

Frankie Tollie MARION Frankie Tollie, 41, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at Carolina Medical Center, in Charlotte. Frankie was born in Avery County June 5, 1973, and was...

Sunday 11/16/2014
Bailey, Nancy

Nancy Bailey MORGANTON Nancy "Mama G" Bailey, 76, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. The family will receive friends at the residence today (Sunday, Nov. 16), from 2 to 4 p.m. Sossoman Funeral H...

Ballew, Sara

Sara Ballew MOREHEAD CITY Sara Tulloch Ballew, 82, of Morehead City, NC, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at Crystal Coast Hospice House, Newport. Mrs. Ballew was born Feb. 9, 1932, in Winston-Salem, ...

Caldwell, Jean

Jean Chrisawn Caldwell KERNERSVILLE Jean Chrisawn Caldwell, a85, of Kernersville, and formerly of Marion, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Piney Grove Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, ...

McGee, Sharon

Sharon Moore McGee MARION Sharon Moore McGee, 66, of Marion, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at Memorial Campus- Mission Hospital in Asheville. A native of McDowell County, Sharon was born Apr...

Friday 11/14/2014
Ballew, Sara

Sara Ballew MOREHEAD CITY Sara Tulloch Ballew, 82, of Morehead City, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at Crystal Coast Hospice House. She was born Feb. 9, 1932, in Winston-Salem, to Earl Franklin Tull...

Causby, Sterling

Sterling "Shad" Causby MORGANTON Sterling "Shad" Causby, 67, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. The graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at Park Hill Memorial...

Freeman, Rebecca

Rebecca Freeman MARION Mrs. Rebecca Freeman, 84, of 60 Victory Ln., departed this world Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Rose Hill Retirement Community. Born in Rutherford County to the late Otis W. Logan and ...

Jones, Teresia

Teresia Richburg Jones MARION Teresia Richburg Jones, 83, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at her residence, with her loving family by her side. Teresia was born in Claredon County,...

Kaeslingk, Norbert

Norbert Kaeslingk MORGANTON Norbert Ernst Kaeslingk, 78, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. T...

Thursday 11/13/2014
Baker, Margaret

Margaret Louise Baker MORGANTON Margaret Louise Harris Baker, 105, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at Grace Heights in Morganton. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, N...

Freeman, Rebecca Logan

Rebecca Logan Freeman MARION Mrs. Rebecca Logan Freeman, 84, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at Rose Hill Retirement Community. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. ...

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