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Friday 08/29/2014
Crane, Garland

Garland "Bud" Crane MORGANTON Garland "Bud" Marlowe Crane, 83, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The funeral will be held Sunday, Aug. 31, at 4 p.m., in the Colonial Chapel of Soss...

Falls, John

John Falls GLEN ALPINE John Falls, 52, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 31, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. The fa...

Ledford, Fred

Fred Edward Ledford OLD FORT Fred Edward Ledford, 76, of Old Fort, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. He was born March 15, 1938, in McDowell County, to the late Edward Winslow "Windy...

Thursday 08/28/2014
Bowen, Alice

Alice Bowen MORGANTON Alice Joann Bowen, 80, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at the Faith Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. Sossoman Funeral ...

Brown, Jonathan

Jonathan "Jon" Brown MARION Jonathan "Jon" Brown, 21, of Marion, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Jon was born in Apple Valley, Calif. March...

Hall, Virginia

Virginia Hall MORGANTON Virginia Hicks Hall, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Mountain View #2 Baptist Church, with visitation at the chur...

Ledbetter, Raymond

Raymond Ledbetter BALDWIN, Md. Raymond Ledbetter passed away peacefully Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Formerly of McDowell County, Mr. Ledbetter was a resident of Baldwin, Md. He is survived by his wife J...

Setzer, Steve

Steve Setzer MORGANTON Steve "Old Man" Setzer, 67, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The Celebration of Life service will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, in the Colonial Chapel of Sos...

Wednesday 08/27/2014
Branch Jr., Paul

Paul Branch Jr. ASHEVILLE Paul McKinley Branch Jr., 67, of Asheville, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. The funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. this evening (Wednesday, Aug. 27), in the Colonial Chape...

Hamrick, L. G.

L. G. Hamrick MORGANTON L. G. Hamrick, 90, of Morganton, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Graveside services will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at Littlejohns United Methodist Church Cemetery in...

McCall, Dorothy

Dorothy McCall MORGANTON Dorothy Mae Franklin McCall, 89, of Morganton died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hopewell Baptist Church. The family will receive fr...

Tuesday 08/26/2014
Branch, Paul

Paul Branch MORGANTON Paul Branch, 67, of Morganton, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

Causby, Michael

Michael Dean "Bubba" Causby MORGANTON Michael Dean "Bubba" Causby, 42, of Morganton, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, in the Co...

Curtis Sr., Cecil

Cecil Curtis Sr. FRIENDSVILLE, Tenn. Cecil Martin Curtis Sr., 82, of Friendsville Tenn., formerly of Charlotte, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. He was born in Marion, Sept. 15, 19...

Koehler, Doris

Doris Maxine Roper Koehler MORGANTON Doris Maxine Roper Koehler, 82, of Morganton, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. The graveside service will be held at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Faith Missionar...

Loven, Sterling

Sterling Loven MORGANTON Sterling Loven, 84, of Morganton, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crem...

Phillips, Charles

Charles Rubin Phillips MORGANTON Charles Rubin Phillips, 89, of Morganton, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. A private service will be held with the family. Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton is assisti...

Sunday 08/24/2014
Dula, Lettie

Lettie Smith Dula CONNELLY SPRINGS Lettie Smith Dula, 102, of Connelly Springs, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. The graveside service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24, at Sunset Hills Cemetery i...

Johnson, William

William "Ott" Johnson GLEN ALPINE William Arthur "Ott" Johnson, 83, of Glen Alpine, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25, in the Col...

Patrick, Howard

Howard Patrick MARION Mr. Howard Lee Patrick, 70, of Marion, passed away, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, while at his residence, surrounded by his family. Born May 4, 1944, in McDowell County, he was a s...

Patrick, Kenneth

Rev. Kenneth D. Patrick MARION The Rev. Kenneth D. Patrick, 81, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care's Hospice House in Valdese. A ...

Summerlin, Keith

Keith Summerlin MORGANTON Keith Summerlin, 67, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, at North Morganton Baptist Church. The family will receive...

Friday 08/22/2014
Hardy, Lonnie

Lonnie Hardy MARION Lonnie Roger Hardy, 60, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Duke University Hospital. A native and lifelong resident of Marion, he was the son of the late Samuel Jo...

Silver, Hazel Poteat

Hazel Poteat Silver MARION Hazel Poteat Silver, 79, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital. Born in Rutherford County Nov. 21, 1934, Hazel was the d...

Woody, Todd

Todd Woody MARION Todd Charles Woody, 82, of Old U.S. 221-North in Marion, the Woodlawn community, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Brian Center Health and Rehab in Spruce Pine. Todd was born Jan. 2...

Thursday 08/21/2014
Boulton, Genevieve

Genevieve Boulton OLD FORT Genevieve "Bunny" Wise Boulton, 81, of Old Fort, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was bor...

Ferguson III, James

James Ferguson III MARION James Lionel Ferguson III, 39, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. A native of McDowell County, he was the son of Gracie Ferguson, of Marion and t...

Hardy, Lonnie

Lonnie Hardy MARION Lonnie Hardy, 60, of Marion, died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Penland Family Funeral Home in Swannanoa is serving the family.

Lewis, Kelly

Kelly Dale Lewis ASHEVILLE/MARION Kelly Dale Lewis, 48, of Asheville and formerly of Marion, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at his residence following a lengthy battle with diabet...

Ratledge, Jean Redden

Jean Redden Ratledge LINVILLE Jean Redden Ratledge, 91, died peacefully in her home Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. She was born in Springfield, Mass., in 1923. She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James A....

Tuesday 08/19/2014
Burleson, Thelma

Thelma Burleson HILDEBRAN Mrs. Thelma Faye Crowe Burleson, 77, of Hildebran, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Chapel of Valdese Family ...

Epley, Thelma

Thelma C. Epley GLEN ALPINE Thelma C. Epley, 77, of Glen Alpine, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Lakeview Baptist Church. The family will rece...

Flynn, Glenn

Glenn Darrell Flynn MARION Glenn Darrell Flynn, 54, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospital. Born in McDowell County, May 3, 1960, he was the son of th...

Gardin, Teddy

Teddy D. Gardin MARION Teddy D. Gardin, 76, of Marion, passed away Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital. A native of McDowell County, born Nov. 23, 1937, he was the son of...

Penson, Tom

Tom Penson MARION Mr. Tom Penson, 68, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at his residence, with his loving family by his side. Born in Forest City, April 17, 1946, he was the son of the ...

Tatham, Lucille

Lucille Reynolds Holland Tatham MARION Mrs. Lucille Reynolds Holland Tatham, devoted mother, grandmother, sister and dear friend to everyone who knew her, is now in the presence of the Savior, Jesu...

Sunday 08/17/2014
Clark, Barbara Jean

Barbara Jean Clark MARION Barbara Jean Clark, 77, of Marion, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, while at Hospice of Rutherford County. A native of McDowell County, Barbara was born Oct. 19, 1936 an...

Duncan, Inez

Inez Duncan SPRUCE PINE Inez McKinney Duncan, 96, formerly of Bridgeview Road in Spruce Pine, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Brian Center Health and Rehab in ...

Hartley, Granville K.

Granville K. Hartley MARION Mr. Granville K. Hartley, 91, of Marion, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at the McDowell Hospital. Born in Watauga County March 23, 1923, Granville was the son of t...

Sheets, Robert

Robert L. "Bob" Sheets OLD FORT Mr. Robert L. "Bob" Sheets, 83, of Old Fort, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. No services are planned. Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the fa...

Thomas, Pearl

Pearl Thomas DREXEL Pearl Roper Walker Thomas, 73, of Drexel died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at Burkemont Baptist Church. The family will rece...

Friday 08/15/2014
Digh, Robert

Robert Digh MORGANTON Robert Pinkney "R.P." Digh, 95, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. The family will r...

Fields, Donna

Donna Fields MOUNT HOLLY Donna Turner Fields, 53, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Denver United Methodist Church in Denver. Sossoman F...

Halliburton, James

James Halliburton MORGANTON James "Jimmy" Halliburton, 31, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Burkemont Baptist Church. The family wi...

Hensley, Florence

Florence Duncan "Tootie" Hensley MARION Mrs. Florence Duncan "Tootie" Hensley, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, ...

Mull, Ramona

Ramona Mull LENOIR Ramona Nail Mull, 83, of Lenoir, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Bass-Smith Granite Chapel. The family will receive...

Thursday 08/14/2014
Love, Ora Lee

Ora Lee Love MORGANTON Ora Lee A. Love, 94, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center. ...

Wednesday 08/13/2014
Franklin, Gay

Gay Wise Franklin MARION Gay Wise Franklin, 79, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. She is survived by her daughters, Joy Hall and husband, Chris, and Starr Tennant; and grandchildren, Ben Hall, Megan Ten...

Powell, Robert

Robert Powell MORGANTON Robert Eugene "Bob" Powell, 85, of Morganton, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Oak Hill United Methodi...

Rowen, Lucille

Lucille Faye Rowen MARION/MORGANTON Lucille Faye Rowen, 93, went to be with our Lord Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Lucille was born in New Concord, Ohio, Feb. 8, 1921 and was a daughter of the late Mario...

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