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Sunday 12/21/2014
Pollard, Geneva

Geneva Pollard MORGANTON Geneva Stillwell Pollard, 96, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. today (Sunday, Dec. 21), at Gibbs Chapel Wesleyan Church, with visitation at th...

Friday 12/19/2014
Cravener, Herman

Herman L. Cravener BLACK MOUNTAIN Herman L. Cravener, 74, of Black Mountain, died Thursday, April 4, 2013. Services will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Swannanoa Monday, Dec. 22, 2014...

Cuthbertson, Hettie

Hettie Cuthbertson MARION Hettie Cuthbertson, 101, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. A native of McDowell County, Hettie was born Jan. 10, 1913, and was a daughter of the late ...

Duncan, Georgia

Georgia Poteat Duncan MARION Georgia Poteat Duncan, 89, of Marion passed away peacefully Thursday morning, Dec. 18, 2014. Georgia was born May 26, 1925, to the late John and Cordia Gardin Poteat. S...

Elliott, Johnnie McCoyle

Johnnie McCoyle Elliott MARION Johnnie McCoyle Elliott, 81, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, at her residence with her loving family by her side. Johnnie was born in Rutherford Coun...

Lester, Luke D.

Luke D. Lester MARION Luke D. Lester, 55, of Marion, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. A celebration of Luke's life will be held Sunday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home. T...

Thursday 12/18/2014
Fugate, Marie

Marie Steffey Fugate MORGANTON Marie Steffey Fugate, 53, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. The family will receive friends Saturday, Dec. 20 from 2 to 4 p.m., at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

Lassiter, Angela

Angela Lassiter CANDLER Angela Crowe Lassiter, 40, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Trinity Baptist Church, with visitation at the church from...

Wednesday 12/17/2014
Moore, George

George W. Moore LONG BEACH, Calif. George W. Moore, 93, of Long Beach, Calif., originally of Old Fort, died Dec. 11, 2014. No local services are planned at this time. Forest Lawn Funeral Home of Cy...

Tuesday 12/16/2014
Proctor, Texie

Texie Bartlett Proctor MARION Texie Bartlett Proctor, 70, of Marion, passed away Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at her residence following an extended illness. Born in McDowell County, May 19, 1944, she was...

Stelzner, Gertrude

Gertrude "Trudy" Stelzner MARION Gertrude "Trudy" Stelzner, 87, of Marion, formerly of East Aurora Buffalo, N.Y., died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. She was born March 10, 1927 in Ge...

Sunday 12/14/2014
Callahan, Jean Gouge

Jean Gouge Callahan NEBO Jean Gouge Callahan, 81, of Nebo, went home to be with the Lord, while her family was by her side Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at The McDowell Hospital. Born in Mitchell County A...

Leonard, Frances

Frances Leonard NEBO Frances Benfield Leonard, 79, of Nebo, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today (Sunday, Dec. 14), at Snow Hill United Methodist Church. The f...

Poole, Louis

Louis Poole MORGANTON Louis Edward Poole, 88, of Morganton, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Born Sept. 28, 1926, in McDowell County, he was a son of the late John Summerfield Poole and Hester Grant Poo...

Puett, Clyde

Clyde Puett MORGANTON Clyde Rees Puett, 91, of Morganton, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Private Interment will be in the Veterans Cemetery at Black Mountain at a later date.

Sturdivant, Eva Rae

Eva Rae Sturdivant MARION Eva Rae Sturdivant, 89, of Marion, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Autumn Care of Marion surrounded by her loving family. She was born Dec. 15, 1924, in Cuba, Ala., to th...

Wilkins, Katherine

Katherine Burleson Wilkins PLUMTREE On Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, Plumtree native Mrs. Katherine Burleson Wilkins resumed dancing. Affectionately and respectfully known across Avery, Mitchell and Yancey...

Friday 12/12/2014
Gammon, Eliza

Eliza Matilda Ervin Gammon MORGANTON Eliza Matilda Ervin Gammon, 65, of Morganton, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. at Gaston Chapel AME C...

Thursday 12/11/2014
Guderian, Brenda

Brenda Brown Guderian OLD FORT Brenda Brown Guderian, of Old Fort, passed away peacefully Dec. 9, 2014 as Jesus, in all His glory, took her hand from her daughter Wendy's and took her home. She is ...

Roper, Jerry

Jerry Wesley Roper MORGANTON Jerry Wesley Roper, 74, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Cremator...

Withrow, MAJ Robert

MAJ Robert E. "Bob" Withrow MARION MAJ Robert E. "Bob" Withrow, 76, of Marion, passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. Born in Ru...

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Edwards, Simon

Simon Lee Edwards MARION Simon Lee Edwards, infant son of Joseph Matthew Bohren and Peggy Lee Edwards Cantrell, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 3 ...

McKinney, Ray

Ray D. McKinney MARION Ray D. McKinney, 85, of Marion passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at his residence. Ray was born in Mitchell County Dec. 6, 1929, a son of the late Bynum Herbert McKinney and ...

Pressley, Jennifer

Jennifer "Jenny" Pressley NEBO Jennifer "Jenny" Pressley, 53, of Nebo, passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at her residence following a brief battle with cancer. Her loving family...

Smith, Steve

Steve W. Smith NEWTON Steve W. Smith, 57, of Newton, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. A celebration of Steve's life will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral H...

Tuesday 12/09/2014
Hovan, Betty

Betty Lou Hovan STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. Betty Lou Hovan, 82, of Stone Mountain, Ga., passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, from complications due to a stroke that she suffered three years prior. Betty is ...

Johnson, Lessie

Lessie Johnson GAFFNEY, S.C. Lessie Rutherford Johnson, 93, of Gaffney, S.C., formerly of Marion, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Gaffney Medical Center surrounded by her loving ...

Ledbetter, Ronald

Ronald Eugene "Gene" Ledbetter MARION Ronald Eugene "Gene" Ledbetter, 60, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, at his residence, with his loving family by his side. Gene...

Waldroup, Brenda

Brenda Waldroup MARION Brenda Kaye Waldroup, 69, of Marion, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at Stone Creek Health & Rehab surrounded by her loving family. She was born Jan. 13, 1945 in Avery Coun...

Waycaster, Joyce

Joyce Waycaster OLD FORT Joyce Waycaster, 70, of Old Fort, passed away Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at her residence with her loving family by her side. Joyce was born in Swain County March 28, 1944, a da...

Wiggin, Dorothy

Dorothy Newcomb Wiggin MARION Dorothy Newcomb Wiggin, 91, of Marion, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. A private memorial service will be held. Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arran...

Sunday 12/07/2014
Bristol, Sara

Sara Bristol MARION Sara Rebecca Bristol, 99, of Marion, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at Sunrise Rehab & Care Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 3, 1915, in McDowell ...

Hewitt, Alfred

Alfred Seaver Hewitt BRONXVILLE, N.Y. Alfred S. Hewitt of Bronxville, N.Y. (fondly called Fred), died peacefully in his sleep Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. He was born in North Carolina on October 19, 1...

Jones, Odessa

Odessa Crocker Jones MARION Mrs. Odessa Crocker Jones, 91, of Marion, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Sunrise Rehabilitation and Care in Nebo after several years of declining health. Born in...

Murray, Carolyn

Carolyn Murray CHASE, Md. On Dec. 4, 2014, Carolyn Priscilla Murray, 77, of Chase, Md., formerly of Marion, went home to be with the Lord. She was the loving daughter of the late Cecil and Ann Hens...

Padgette, Jo Ann

Jo Ann Padgette MORGANTON Jo Ann Jewell Whisnant Padgette, 72, of Morganton, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The funeral will be held at 12 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, at El Bethel Baptist Church. The famil...

Friday 12/05/2014
Garcia, Melissa

Melissa D. Garcia MORGANTON Melissa D. Garcia, 39, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and C...

Thursday 12/04/2014
Pyatt, Everett

Everett Pyatt MOAB, Utah Everett Lee Pyatt, 81, of Moab, Utah, joined his heavenly family Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, due to complications following surgery. He was born Feb 23, 1933, Crooked Creek in Ol...

Wednesday 12/03/2014
Hollifield, Edd

Edd Hollifield MARION Edd Hollifield, 83, of Marion, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at McDowell Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 4, 1931 in McDowell County, to the late Sewell a...

Tuesday 12/02/2014
Collins, Leona

Leona "Lucille" Lytle Collins OLD FORT Leona "Lucille" Lytle Collins, 85, of Old Fort, passed away Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at her residence, with her loving family by her side. A ...

Crawley, Abner

Abner Colin Crawley WAYNESVILLE Abner Colin Crawley, 55, formerly of Marion, passed away Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at Haywood Regional Medical Center, in Waynesville. Born in McDowell County, Feb. 25,...

Drayton, William

William Alden Drayton MARION William Alden Drayton, 60, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital. Born in Dade County, Fla., June 7, ...

Hudgins, Danny

Danny Hudgins OLD FORT Danny Hudgins, 66, of Old Fort, died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014 at his residence. He was born Feb. 3, 1948, in Yancey County, to the late Wayne and Ivory Ogle Hudgins...

Johnson, Teresa

Teresa Johnson MOREHEAD CITY Teresa Ann Chrisawn Johnson, 68, of Morehead City, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 at her home with family. A memorial service will be held ...

Lonon, Jack

Jack Edward Lonon MARION Jack Edward Lonon, 92, of Marion, passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at Sunrise Rehabilitation & Care in Nebo. Mr. Lonon was born to the late Joseph and Easter Jolly ...

Loudermilk, Brenda

Brenda Leigh Laudermilk MARION Brenda Leigh Laudermilk, 66, of Marion died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. A celebration of Brenda's life will be held Thursday, Dec, 4, at 4 p.m., at Liberty Free Will Bapti...

Presnell, Norman

Norman "Uncle Bud" Presnell MARION Norman "Uncle Bud" Presnell, 78, of Marion, went to be with his Lord Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. He was a son of the late Hughie Presnell and Mary ...

Sunday 11/30/2014
Anthony, Minnie

Minnie Pearl Chapman Fredell Anthony MORGANTON Minnie Pearl Chapman Fredell Anthony, 80, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Zion Road Bapt...

Bordeaux, Sadie

Sadie Bordeaux MORGANTON Sadie Baker Bordeaux, 78, of Morganton, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today (Sunday, Nov. 30), at Denton's Chapel United Methodist Chu...

DeHetre Sr., Walter

Walter DeHetre Sr. MORGANTON Walter Earl "Red" DeHetre Sr., 92, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. The family will receive friends at St. Matthews United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 201 ...

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