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Tuesday 01/27/2015
Browning, Sandra

Sandra D. Browning NEBO Sandra D. Browning, 69, of Nebo, passed away peacefully at her home among family and friends, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Born in McDowell County, April 4, 1945, she was the daug...

Lowery, Mark

Mark Anthony Lowery MARION Mark Anthony Lowery, 46, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at his residence. A beloved brother, Mark was born July 19, 1968, in McDowell County...

Parker, Jefferson

Jefferson "Todd" Parker KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Jefferson "Todd" Parker, 49, passed away quietly Jan. 22, 2015. Todd was an avid Auburn fan, cat lover and player of Texas Hold 'em. He ...

Simpson, Dan

Dan R. Simpson NEBO Dan R. Simpson, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Morganton First Baptist Church. The family received friends Monda...

Thompson, Willis

Willis Duncan "Tommy" Thompson Jr. NEBO Willis Duncan "Tommy" Thompson Jr., 83, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 26, at ...

Sunday 01/25/2015
Barnes, Glenda

Glenda June Bowman Barnes MARION Glenda June Bowman Barnes, 58, of Marion, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at her residence. A native of McDowell County, Glenda was born Oct. 7, 1956 and was the...

Benge, Vernon

Vernon Kelly Benge MARION Mr. Vernon Kelly Benge, 64, of Marion, passed away peacefully at his home Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 surrounded by his family and friends. A native of McDowell County, born Oct...

Huffman, Dwight

Dwight Huffman NEBO Dwight Jonathan "D.J." Huffman, 23, of Nebo, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at his home. He was born March 8, 1991, in Burke County, to Tina Huffman of the home and Dwigh...

Martin, Nita

Nita Combs Martin NEBO Mrs. Nita Combs Martin, 74, of Nebo, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. A private memorial service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the fa...

Friday 01/23/2015
Kelly, Troy

Troy Lee "Bo" Kelly Sr. OLD FORT Troy Lee "Bo" Kelly Sr., 90, of Old Fort died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at Mountain Ridge Wellness Center in Black Mountain, surrounded by his l...

Thursday 01/22/2015
Fender Jr., Bernie

Bernie "Bud" L. Fender Jr. NEBO Bernie "Bud" L. Fender Jr., 74, of Nebo, joined the Lord following a brief battle with lung cancer Wednesday, Jan, 21, 2015 at the John F. Keever...

Hollifield, Starlette

Starlette Louise Hollifield HARDEEVILLE, S.C. Starlette Louise Hollifield, 50, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at her home in Hardeeville, S.C. Starlette was born Jan. 4, 1965, in Mario...

Tucker, Velma

Velma D. Tucker MORGANTON Velma D. Tucker, 78, died Jan. 20, 2015. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.

Wednesday 01/21/2015
Hollifield, Starlette

Starlette Louise Hollifield HARDEEVILLE, S.C. Starlette Louise Hollifield, 50, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, at her home in Hardeeville, S.C. Starlette was born Jan. 4, 1965, in Mario...

Payne, Gladys

Gladys Brown Payne MORGANTON Gladys Brown Payne, 84, of Morganton, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the First Baptist Church. The family will rec...

Wellmon, Mabel

Mabel Wellmon CONNELLY SPRINGS Mabel Joy Wellmon, 86, of Connelly Springs, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at Forest Hill Cemetery. Sossom...

Tuesday 01/20/2015
Austin, Barbara

Barbara M. Austin MARION Barbara M. Austin, 80, of Marion, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. A private family service will be held at a later date. Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting ...

Brooks, Wynettie

Wynettie Hicks Brooks MARION Mrs. Wynettie Hicks Brooks, 92, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 at Autumn Care of Marion. Mrs. Brooks was born in McDowell County, Dec. 9, 1922 to the late...

Fowler, Lockeland

Lockeland Cole Fowler MARION Lockeland Cole Fowler, infant son of Shawjuan and Nicole Brown Fowler, went home to be with the Lord and became an Angel on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Memorial Campus o...

Frances, Stamey

Frances Whisnant Stamey MORGANTON Frances Whisnant Stamey, 72, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. The funeral will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home, w...

Russ, Fletcher

Fletcher Hardin Russ MORGANTON Fletcher Hardin Russ, 94, of Morganton, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Conley Rd. Pentecostal Holiness ...

Turner, Brenda

Brenda Turner KINGSPORT, Tenn. Brenda Joyce Kell Turner, 71, of Kingsport, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. Born Nov. 16, 1943 in Canton, sh...

Williams, Donna

Donna Williams MARION Donna Williams, 65, of Marion, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Westmoreland Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sunday 01/18/2015
Causby, Curtis

Curtis William Causby NEBO Curtis William Causby, 72, of Nebo, passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. A native of McDowell County, Curtis was born Nov. 23, 1942 and was a son of Mildred Causby of Mar...

Harris, Jeannette

Jeannette Harris HOSCHTON, Ga. Jeannette Sexton Harris, 86, of Hoschton, Ga., formerly of Marion, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Sunday, Jan. 18), in ...

Hensley, Marilyn

Marilyn Hensley MARION Marilyn Moletta Hensley, 72, of Marion, passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. Ms. Hensley was born April 5, 1942, in Yancey County, ...

Jimison, Hazel

Hazel Brooks Jimison MARION Hazel Brooks Jimison, 88, of Marion, passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 with her loving family by her side. A native of McDowell County, she was born Dec. 1, 1926 and was...

Patton, Gay

Gay Gladys Dills Patton MORGANTON Gay Gladys Dills Patton, 96, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. The...

Whisnant, Ruth

Ruth Whisnant MORGANTON Ruth Johnson Whisnant, 81, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Burkemont Baptist Church with visitation at the church from 1...

Friday 01/16/2015
Lail, Helen

Helen Lail OLD FORT Helen Marie Lail, age 77, of Old Fort, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, after an extended illness. Helen was born Jan. 13, 1938, in Ridgecrest, to her late parents, Murphy Forbes ...

Martin, James

Rev. James J. Martin NEBO Rev. James J. Martin, 82, of Nebo, passed away Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 while at Hospice of Rutherford County. He was born in Georgia, July 12, 1932 and was a son of the la...

Norman, Clara

Clara Norman MORGANTON Clara Turner Norman, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Hopewell Baptist Church. The visitation will be two hours pri...

Thursday 01/15/2015
Metcalf, Burling

Burling Metcalf MORGANTON Burling Metcalf, 81, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 16, at Safe Harbor Baptist Church. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crema...

Wednesday 01/14/2015
Burleson, Clayton

Clayton Burleson HICKORY Clayton Burleson, 87, of Hickory (formerly of Marion), passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Frye Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; and son, Stev...

Morris, James

James M. Morris MARION Mr. James M. "Jim" Morris, 65, of Marion passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. Jim was born Oct. 17, 1949, in Marion, a son of the late Glenn Morris Sr. and Augusta Mc...

Tuesday 01/13/2015
Church, Grady

Grady A. Church MORGANTON Grady A. Church, 79, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Burkemont Baptist Church, with visitation at the church from...

Davis, Harold

Gene Davis SHELBY Harold Eugene Davis, 79, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m., at New Prospect Baptist Church. The family will receive friends...

Fender, Elmorrow

Elmorrow Freeman Fender DYSARTSVILLE Elmorrow Freeman Fender, 100, of the Dysartsville Community, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 at Sunrise Rehabilitation & Care in Nebo. Born Nov. 12, 1...

Garrison, Betty

Betty Ann Chapman Garrison MORGANTON Betty Ann Chapman Garrison, 77, of Morganton died Monday, Jan., 12, 2015. A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, at Pleasant Hill Baptist...

Lane, Sara

Sara Marie Wilson Lane MARION Mrs. Sara Marie Wilson Lane, 91, of Marion, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at her home. She was born Aug. 22, 1923, in Yancey County to the late Bryan and Dora E...

Miller, Allen

Allen George Miller MAGGIE VALLEY Allen George Miller, 57, formerly of Morganton died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, at Burke Memorial Par...

Ollis, Jack

Jack Ollis MARION Jack Ollis, 77, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 at his residence. He was born to the late Lee and Velva Crowder Ollis, Dec. 13, 1937 in Avery County. In his spare tim...

Rose, Shirley

Shirley Jean Rose MARION Shirley Jean Rose, 77, of Marion, passed away peacefully at her home Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 in the presence of her family. Born in Swain County, Aug. 7, 1937, she was the da...

Smith, Clarence

Clarence "Gus" Eugene Smith MARION Clarence "Gus" Eugene Smith, 65, of Marion, passed away Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at McDowell Hospital. He was born March 21, 1949, in McDowell Co...

Young, Ruth

Ruth Twitty Young MARION Ruth Twitty Young, 86, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at her residence. Born in Buncombe County, Feb. 23, 1928, she was the daughter of t...

Sunday 01/11/2015
Benfield, Ricky

Ricky Howard Benfield NEBO Ricky Howard Benfield, 58, of Nebo, passed away Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at the McDowell Hospital following a courageous battle with MDS. A native of McDowell County, bor...

Epley, Essie

Essie Epley MORGANTON Essie Michaels Epley, 92, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. today (Sunday, Jan. 11), in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Cremator...

Harbison, Thomas

Thomas Harbison MORGANTON Thomas Edwin "Ed" Harbison, 87, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, with visita...

Jones, Inez

Inez Cannon Jones CLAREMONT Inez Cannon Jones, 87, of Claremont and formerly of Lenoir, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. A celebration of Inez's life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 17, at St. P...

Pruett, James B. "Pop"

James B. "Pop" Pruett MORGANTON James B. "Pop" Pruett, 75, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. No services are currently scheduled. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.

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