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Thursday 09/18/2014
Bailey, Roger

Roger William "Heavy" Bailey OLD FORT Roger William "Heavy" Bailey, 52, of Old Fort, following a yearlong battle with cancer, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at his re...

Greene, Preston

Preston Rufus Greene MORGANTON Preston Rufus Greene, 76, of Morganton, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Burke Memorial Park. The fami...

Harper, Gloria

Rev. Gloria Mae Kincaid Harper HICKORY Rev. Gloria Kincaid Harper, 82, of Hickory, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. The funeral will be Saturday, Sept. 20, at 12 p.m., at Hartland Church of God. The ...

Pennington, Nancy

Nancy Pennington MORGANTON Nancy Jane Pennington, 80, of Morganton, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Mount Home Baptist Church. The famil...

Rogers, Ruby

Ruby Rogers MORGANTON Ruby Mae Singleton Rogers, 91, of Morganton, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton. The ...

Wednesday 09/17/2014
Benfield, Kenneth

Kenneth "Kenny" Benfield MORGANTON Kenneth "Kenny" Benfield, 56, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The family will receive friends Thursday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Sossoman ...

Carr, Robert

Robert P. Carr MORGANTON Robert P. Carr died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, at Forest Hill Cemetery. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Ce...

Wheeler, Carroll

Carroll Grady Wheeler GLEN ALPINE Carroll Grady Wheeler, 77, of Glen Alpine, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, at Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Churc...

Tuesday 09/16/2014
Berry, Jerry

Jerry Allen Berry CONNELLY SPRINGS Jerry Allen Berry, 67, of Connelly Springs, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Jerry was honored with a private funeral service with Military Honors. Valdese Family F...

Burnette, Rufus

Rufus "Bill" Burnette OLD FORT Rufus "Bill" Burnette went home to be with the Lord, Sept. 8, 2014. He was born June 17, 1933, to the late John Frank Burnette and Julia Ann Boyce...

Epley, Myrtle

Myrtle Elizabeth Deaton Epley MORGANTON Myrtle Elizabeth Deaton Epley, 91, of Morganton, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Mountain View #...

Lillian, Whalen

Lillian Brenda Whalen MORGANTON Lillian Brenda Whalen, 67, of Morganton died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Ch...

Poole, Charlie

Charlie Mae Poole MORGANTON Charlie Mae Woodard Poole, 95, of Morganton, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at the Ebony Funeral Services Flemi...

Rector, Fred

Fred Rector MORGANTON Fred Daniel Rector, 83 of Morganton, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be held today (Tuesday, Se...

Sowers, Judith

Judith "Diane" Sowers MYRTLE BEACH, SC Judith "Diane" Sowers, 67, mother to many, friend to all,died Satur day, Sept. 13, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. She was born Ju...

Stewart, Joseph

Joseph M. "Joe" Stewart NEBO Joseph M. "Joe" Stewart, U.S. Navy Veteran, Retired, has disembarked from this side of Eternity, and has berthed into his Home Port, and is now on d...

Whisenant Jr., Richard

Richard William Whisenant Jr. MORGANTON Richard William Whisenant Jr., 71, of Morganton, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Webb's Chapel...

Sunday 09/14/2014
Boyd, Max

Max Boyd MARION Max Russell Boyd of the Woodlawn/Sevier community left his earthly body to be present with the Lord Friday morning, Sept. 12, 2014. Born the fifth child and fourth son of Everette P...

Boyd, Sarah

Sarah Ann Currington Boyd MARION Sarah Ann Currington Boyd, 70, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Born in Bri...

Burgess, Larry

Larry Burgess MORGANTON Larry W. Burgess, 51, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. A memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in the Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. The family will rec...

Derey, Wesley

Wesley Derey CARRBORO Wesley Dean Derey of Carrboro, N.C., formerly of Lake Worth, Fla., died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at his home following a long illness. He was born Jan. 4, 1949 in Bristol, Va...

Hicks, Phillip

Phillip Hicks MARION Mr. Phillip Hicks, 60, of Marion, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. A service to celebrate his homegoing will be held Monday, Sept. 15, at the First Free Will Baptist Church of Ma...

Jeune, Randall

Randall Jeune LINCOLNTON Mr. Randall Wilson Jeune, 58, of Lincolnton, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Services for Mr. Jeune will be held at a later date. Valdese Family Funeral Care and Perfect Pe...

Kendrick, Susan

Susan Kendrick MORGANTON Susan Kendrick, 32, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The family will receive friends Monday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

Lewis Jr., Millard

Millard E. Lewis Jr. NEBO Mr. Millard E. Lewis Jr., 70, of Nebo, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. A service in celebration of his life was held Saturday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church. ...

Phillips, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Phillips MORGANTON Elizabeth Mitchell Phillips, 95, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. The family will receive friends 2 to 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 15, in the Table Rock Room of Grace Ridge Retir...

Urban, Stella

Stella Branch Urban MARION Stella Branch Urban, 93, of Marion, passed away Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, while at Sunrise Rehabilitation & Care Center. Born in Yancey County Oct. 13, 1920, Stella...

Waycaster, Mary

Mary Waycaster MARION Mary Elizabeth Ballew Waycaster, 84, of Marion, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, at Autumn Care of Marion, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Dec. 25, 1929, in Yancey...

Friday 09/12/2014
Caldwell, Daniel

Daniel "Bob" Gordon Caldwell MORGANTON Daniel "Bob" Gordon Caldwell, 75, of Morganton, went to be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p...

Hubbard, Gilda

Gilda Shuping Hubbard DREXEL Gilda Shuping Hubbard, 89, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The funeral will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and ...

McFalls, Marvin

Marvin McFalls MORGANTON Marvin L. McFalls, 80, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Hartland Baptist Church. The family will receive friends a...

Pearson, Venoy

Rev. Dr. Venoy Pearson LENOIR Rev. Dr. Venoy Eugene Pearson Sr., 88, of Lenoir, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Funeral services will be Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. at First Church of God. The family w...

Reel Sr., James

James Wayne "Jim" Reel Sr. MARION Mr. James Wayne "Jim" Reel Sr., 86, of Marion, has claimed the promise of Eternal Life and is now with his Lord and Savior, having cast off the...

Thursday 09/11/2014
Callahan, David

David Wilson Callahan MORGANTON David Wilson Callahan, 71, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The celebration of life will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13, at Grace Episcopal Church. Sossoman Funeral ...

Corn, Ruth

Ruth Grindstaff Corn MARION Mrs. Ruth Grindstaff Corn, 88, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, while at Mountain Ridge Wellness Center in Black Mountain. Born in Yancey County Jan. 31, 1...

Wednesday 09/10/2014
Clay, Kathy

Kathy Early Clay GRANITE FALLS Kathy Early Clay, 62, of Granite Falls passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, at her residence. Born Dec. 15, 1951, in McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late B...

DeViney, Shirley

Shirley Gibbs DeViney NEBO Mrs. Shirley Gibbs DeViney, 70, of Nebo, passed away Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Born December 6, 1943, in McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Tallmadge G...

Gaither, Brenda

Brenda Gaither MORGANTON Brenda Tishan Gaither, 43, of Morganton, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. T...

Hughes Sr., Clifton

Clifton Hughes Sr. MARION Mr. Clifton Hughes Sr., 81, of Marion, died, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Mr. Hughes was born July, 30, 1933 to the late Earnest Hughes and the late Harriet Laws. In addition to...

Pool, Clarence

Clarence Walter "C.W." Pool MARION Clarence Walter "C.W." Pool, 83, of Marion passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at the North Carolina State Veteran's Home of Black...

Robinson, Rex

Rex C. Robinson NEBO Mr. Rex C. Robinson, 81, of Nebo, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. A native of McDowell County, Rex was born June 2, 1933 and was a son...

Tuesday 09/09/2014
Ayers, Roscoe

Roscoe Reece Ayers SPINDALE Roscoe Reece "Jack" Ayers, 88, of Spindale, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 8, at Crowe's Funeral Chapel. Th...

Franklin, Norma

Norma Prewitt Franklin MORGANTON Norma Prewitt Franklin, 76, of Morganton, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. The...

Greenlee, Lib

Lib Greenlee MARION Lib Greenlee, 87, of Marion, passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Grace Hospital in Morganton. A native of McDowell County, she was born July 7, 1927, and was the daughter of...

Hancock, Janice

Janice Stewart Hancock NEBO Janice Stewart Hancock, 72, of Nebo, passed away Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, following an extended illness. Born in Burke County, on Jan. 1, 1942, she was the daughter of the...

Hughes, Kenneth

Kenneth "Ken" Lee Hughes NEBO Kenneth "Ken" Lee Hughes, 54, of Nebo, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m., in the Chapel of...

Williams, Harley

Harley Albert Williams NEBO Harley Albert Williams, 64, of Nebo, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 3 p.m. at Bethel Freewill Baptist Church. The fami...

Sunday 09/07/2014
Holtzclaw, James

James "Jim" Aaron Holtzclaw MARION Mr. James "Jim" Aaron Holtzclaw, 75, of Marion, passed away Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at his residence with his loving family by his side. A nati...

Jenkins, Cecil

Cecil Jackson Jenkins MARION Mr. Cecil Jackson Jenkins, 75, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, having just celebrated his 75th birthday with his family and friends. Cecil was bor...

Friday 09/05/2014
Berry, Crystal

Crystal Connelly Berry MORGANTON Crystal Connelly Berry, 48, of Morganton, died Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 6, at Israel Chapel A.M.E. Churc...

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