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Tuesday 03/03/2015
Buff, Jackie Royster

MORGANTONJackie Royster Buff, 83, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Pleasant View Baptist Church with visitation at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. S...

Crowe, Lila

OLD FORTLila Jessica Crowe, 41, of Old Fort, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Cherry Springs Baptist Church. The family will receive frien...

Day, Clyde Calvin

MARIONClyde Calvin Day, 91, of Marion, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015 at his residence with his loving family by his side. Born in Mountain City, Tenn., Nov. 20, 1923, he was the son of the late...

Epley, Randy Wilson

MORGANTONRandy Wilson Epley, 52, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 7, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center wit...

Haupt, Mary Janice

MARIONMary Janice Haupt, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. A native of northern New York, Mary moved to North Carolina after high school. Having had a strong faith, ...

Owensby, Carroll

BLACK MOUNTAIN Carroll Owensby, 74, of Black Mountain passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015. Mr. Owensby was born Dec. 26, 1940, in McDowell County. Carroll was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Sea Bees wher...

Scalese, John Joseph

NEBOJohn Joseph Scalese, 65, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The funeral will be held at 12 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, at Grace Baptist Church, with visitation at the church from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., pri...

Stutzman, Hubbie Christine Buchanan

BLACK MOUNTAINHubbie Christine Buchanan Stutzman, 80, of Black Mountain, died Sunday, March 1, 2015. Arrangements will be anounced shortly by Kirksey Funeral Home of Marion.

Thomas, Tony M.

MARIONMr. Tony M. Thomas, 68, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 4, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Moun...

Treadway, Betty Jo Goldsmith

MARSHALLBetty Jo Goldsmith Treadway, 79, of Marshall, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2015. Mrs. Treadway was born July 19, 1935 in Fork Ridge, Tenn. She was a faithful member of Walnut Missionary Bap...

Wehunt, Evelyn Webb

MORGANTONEvelyn Webb Wehunt, 83, died Monday, March 2, 2015. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Denton's Chapel United Methodist Church. The family will receive friend this e...

Monday 03/02/2015
Clark, Julis Monroe "Bud"

MORGANTONJulis Monroe "Bud" Clark, 88, of Morganton died Feb. 28, 2015. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 3, at Sossoman Funeral Home of Morganton, with a receiving ...

Sunday 03/01/2015
Briscoe, Jack

FOREST CITYJack Simpson Briscoe, 87, of Forest City, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. today (Sunday, March 1), at Oak Springs Baptist Church in Rutherf...

Browning, David "Bud"

David "Bud" BrowningNEBODavid "Bud" Browning, 81, of Nebo, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital, Lenoir. Born May 23, 1933, in Burke County, he was a son ...

Burleson, Lula Biddix

MARIONMrs. Lula Biddix Burleson, 80, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at Sunrise Rehabilitation and Care Center in Nebo. Born Aug. 8, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Herbert M. Biddix, Sr. ...

Johnson, Jennifer

MORGANTONJennifer Ellen Duncan Johnson, 41, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at her residence. Jennifer was born in McDowell County, Feb. 21, 1974 to Sue Loudermilk and the late Jame...

Loftis, Charles

MARIONCharles Donald "Don" Loftis, 70, of Marion, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at St. Joseph Campus in Asheville.He was born Feb. 5, 1945, in McDowell County, to the late Edgar Vernon L...

Tyler, William "Bruce"

MARIONWilliam "Bruce" Tyler, 90, of Marion, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. A native of McDowell County, born March 9, 1924, he was ...

Ward, Harry

SALISBURYMr. Harry Miller Ward, 75, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at his residence. Mr. Ward was born Dec. 6, 1939, in Iredell County, son of the late Jacob Wesley Ward and Franc...

Friday 02/27/2015
Browning, David

MORGANTONDavid "Bud" Browning, 81, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Mar. 1, at Oak Grove Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the chu...

Ervin, Elizabeth

MORGANTONElizabeth Ervin, 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. The funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, March 2, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, with visitation at the church from 10 ...

Jones Jr., Deacon John Lee

LENOIRDeacon John Lee Jones Jr., 57, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m., at St. Paul A.M.E. Church. The family will receive friends Saturday, F...

Sain, Hildreth

VALEHildreth "Hid" Fulbright Sain, 95, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. The memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, at Sardis Lutheran Church, with visitation at the church ...

Swann Jr., Joseph Gayden

OLD FORTJoseph Gayden Swann Jr., 80, of Old Fort, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at Autumn Care of Marion. He was born Jan. 10, 1935, to the late Joseph Gayden Swann Sr. and Ruby Helton Swann.He was...

Thursday 02/26/2015
Aldredge, Carl Cecil

MARION Carl Cecil Aldredge, 78, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at The McDowell Hospital. A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and neighbor, Carl was born May 9, 1936, a...

Davis, Josephine Laughridge

MORGANTONJosephine Laughridge Davis, 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, at Bethlehem Baptist Church, with visitation at the church from 2 to 3 p...

Kelley III, William Garrison

FAIRVIEWWilliam Garrison Kelley III, 85, of Fairview, died Feb. 11, 2015, at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville.He was born Nov. 16, 1929, in Evansville, Ind., to William Garrison Ke...

Metcalf, Sharon Lou Ledford

NEWTONSharon Lou Ledford Metcalf, 71, of Newton, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. at New Life Fellowship Church, Newton. Cornerstone Crematio...

Ross, Lloyd "Junior"

MORGANTONLloyd "Junior" Ross, 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Woodie, Anna

Anna WoodieMORGANTONAnna Jean Carpenter Woodie, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Zion Baptist Church, with visitation at the church from 1 t...

Wednesday 02/25/2015
Norman, Ruby Rae Buff

MORGANTONRuby Rae Buff Norman, 90, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27, at Nowling's Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. The family will receive friend...

Thompson, Sadie Fox

MORGANTONSadie Fox Thompson, 84, of Morganton, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. A private family memorial service will be held at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

Tuesday 02/24/2015
Burleson, Alice Ann

MARION Alice Ann Burleson, 62, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born in Rutherfordton, Oct. 17, 1952, she was t...

Clarke, Mae S.

Mae S. ClarkeMORGANTONMae S. Clarke, 89, of Morganton died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. A graveside funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26, at Burke Memorial Park. The family will recei...

Duncan, Paul Dean Edgar

MARIONMr. Paul Dean Edgar Duncan, 80, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at The McDowell Hospital. A native of McDowell County, Mr. Duncan was born March 19, 1934 and was a son of the lat...

Johnson, Betty Cleo Smith

OLD FORT Betty Cleo Smith Johnson, 88, of Old Fort, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 at her residence with her loving family by her side. Born in Buncombe County, Aug. 30, 1926, she was the daught...

Millwood, Terry Wayne

MARIONTerry Wayne Millwood, 68, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, while visiting in Greensboro. A native of McDowell County, he was born Jan. 21, 1947, to the late Richard ...

Mull, Thomas "Tom"

CONNELLY SPRINGSThomas "Tom" Mull, 85, of Connelly Springs died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, at Mull's Chapel Baptist Church. Rec...

Ward, Cora Lee Carroll

MARIONMrs. Cora Lee Carroll Ward, 83, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville surrounded by her family. Born in Yancey County March, 28, 1931,...

Wright, Roy Ray

OLD FORTMr. Roy Ray Wright, 79, of Rutherfordton, formerly of Old Fort, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at Willow Ridge in Rutherfordton. Roy was born Jan. 24, 1936, in Buncombe County to the la...

Sunday 02/22/2015
Caraway, J. R. "Smoky"

DREXEL J. R. "Smoky" Caraway, 89, of Drexel, went to his heavenly home Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Born in Yancey County Dec. 12, 1925, he was the son of the late Robert Roscoe Caraway and Reb...

Ramsey, Lillie

NEBOLillie Ramsey, 57, of Nebo, passed away Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, at Grace Hospital in Morganton. Born in Macon County, N.C. April 3, 1957, she was the daughter of the late James and Harriett Jo...

Friday 02/20/2015
Hogan, Thomas L. "Tommy

NeboMr. Thomas L. "Tommy" Hogan, 82, of Nebo, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 at his residence. Tommy was born in Old Fort, Sept. 6, 1932 to the late Lawrence and Mary Jon...

Leakey, Robert

HendersonvilleRobert Wayne Leakey, 67, of Hendersonville, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Romey Leakey and Lois Howard Leakey; and his wife, Nancy Hall Leak...

Moore, Glenn Leslie

Marion Glenn Leslie Moore, 72, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at his residence. Born in McDowell County June 12, 1942, he was the son of the late Harvey and Ada Belle Ledford Moor...

Rausch, Steve

MARIONSteve Rausch, 54, of Marion passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.Left to cherish his memory is Shelly Troop, the loving mother of their children, Jamie, Felic...

Sikes, Dr. Tom

ConcordThomas Edward Sikes, Jr., M.D., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend was born in Columbus, Ga., June 3, 1944 to Lillie Belle Pirkle Sikes and Thomas Edward Sikes. Tommy was soon ...

Young, Rev. Albert

Hickory The Rev. Albert Alba Young, 97, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 at his residence.Born June 13, 1917 in Mitchell County, N.C., he was the son of the late John Dosser Young and...

Thursday 02/19/2015
Carroll, Welzie Lee

NEBOMr. Welzie Lee Carroll, 84, of Nebo, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at Sunrise Rehabilitation and Care Center. Born in Yancey County May 12, 1930, he was the son of the late Will and Irene...

Davis, Marmion Dean

MarionMr. Marmion Dean Davis, 82, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, at the McDowell Hospital. A native of McDowell County, Mr. Davis was born April 7, 1932, and was a son of the late Marmion an...

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