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Sunday 11/23/2014
Brown, Donna

Donna M. Brown MORGANTON Donna Marie Vaughters Brown, 53, of Morganton, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 12 p.m. at Slades Chapel A.M.E Zion Church. ...

Early, Richard

Richard Donald Early ASHEVILLE Richard Donald Early, 65, of Asheville, formerly of Old Fort, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April ...

Ellis, Rosa Lee

Rosa Lee Ellis MARION Rosa Lee Ellis, 65, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. A native of McDowell County, Rosa was born March 17, 1949,...

Gibbs, Gladys

Gladys Gibbs OLD FORT Gladys Bradley Gibbs, 97, of Old Fort, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, at Autumn Care of Marion, surrounded by her loving family. Gladys was born Oct. 2...

Houston, Flavie

Flavie Mae Houston ICARD Flavie Mae Houston, 89, of Icard, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

White, David

David "Burt" White OLD FORT David "Burt" White, 71, of Old Fort, died. A memorial service will be held Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Westmoreland Funeral Home- Old Fort Ch...

Friday 11/21/2014
Boulware, Thomas

Thomas Mack Boulware MARION Thomas Mack Boulware, 63, of Marion, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. A memorial service will be held Monday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. with visitation following the service at L...

Brown, Donna

Donna V. Brown MORGANTON Donna V. Brown, 53, of Morganton, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton is in charge of arrangements.

Lehrer, James

James French "Jake" Lehrer ASHEVILLE James French Lehrer (Jake) 62, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2014. A celebration of Jake's life will be held in Chapel Hill at a later date. Westmoreland Fune...

Thursday 11/20/2014
Demers, Sue

Sue Elaine Ross Demers MARION Sue Elaine Ross Demers, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away Nov. 18, 2014, after a brave battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Born Aug. 14, 1...

Fisher, Harry

Harry Fisher MARION Harry Lee Fisher, 33, of Marion, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Fisher f...

Mangum, Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Mangum MORGANTON Mary Ellen Mangum, 71, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Glen Alpine Cemetery. Sossoman Funeral Home and...

Mendez, Miguel Diego

Miguel Diego Mendez MORGANTON Miguel Diego Mendez, 33, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. Visitation will ...

Nichols, Michael

Michael L. Nichols MARION Michael L. Nichols, 68, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital in Asheville. A native of McDowell County, Michael was born Dec. 20, 19...

Sanders, Roy

Roy Lynn Sanders MORGANTON Roy Lynn Sanders, 76, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at the First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends ...

Wednesday 11/19/2014
Austin, Joel Ann

Joel Ann Austin MARION Joel Ann Austin, age 78, of Marion, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at her residence surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Austin was born May 6, 1936, in McDowell County, to the...

Mayshack, Iris

Iris Orean Pearson Mayshack ROSENBERG, Texas Iris Orean Mayshack, 58, of Rosenberg, Texas, formerly of Lenoir, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 22, at Firs...

Thurmond, Thomas

Captain Thomas Grady Thurmond MARION Captain Thomas Grady Thurmond, USNR. Ret., 90, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. A memorial service will be held at Peachtree Christian Church, 1580...

Wilson, Debra

Debra Wilson MORGANTON Debra "Debbie" Norman Wilson, 64, passed away Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Sossoman Funeral Home Chapel an...

Tuesday 11/18/2014
Fincher, Aileen

Aileen Buchanan Fincher MADISON Aileen Buchanan Fincher, 73, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at her home. The funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, wit...

Ricketts, Jeffery

Jeffery Ricketts OLD FORT Mr. Jeffery Allan Ricketts, 52, of Old Fort, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Arrangements are entrusted to Kirksey Funeral Home, Old Fort, and will be announced at a later d...

Thurmond, Thomas

Captain Thomas Grady Thurmond MARION Captain Thomas Grady Thurmond, U.S. Navy Ret., 90, of Marion, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Peachtree Christian...

Tollie, Frankie

Frankie Tollie MARION Frankie Tollie, 41, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, at Carolina Medical Center, in Charlotte. Frankie was born in Avery County June 5, 1973, and was...

Sunday 11/16/2014
Bailey, Nancy

Nancy Bailey MORGANTON Nancy "Mama G" Bailey, 76, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. The family will receive friends at the residence today (Sunday, Nov. 16), from 2 to 4 p.m. Sossoman Funeral H...

Ballew, Sara

Sara Ballew MOREHEAD CITY Sara Tulloch Ballew, 82, of Morehead City, NC, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at Crystal Coast Hospice House, Newport. Mrs. Ballew was born Feb. 9, 1932, in Winston-Salem, ...

Caldwell, Jean

Jean Chrisawn Caldwell KERNERSVILLE Jean Chrisawn Caldwell, a85, of Kernersville, and formerly of Marion, passed away Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, at Piney Grove Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, ...

McGee, Sharon

Sharon Moore McGee MARION Sharon Moore McGee, 66, of Marion, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at Memorial Campus- Mission Hospital in Asheville. A native of McDowell County, Sharon was born Apr...

Friday 11/14/2014
Ballew, Sara

Sara Ballew MOREHEAD CITY Sara Tulloch Ballew, 82, of Morehead City, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at Crystal Coast Hospice House. She was born Feb. 9, 1932, in Winston-Salem, to Earl Franklin Tull...

Causby, Sterling

Sterling "Shad" Causby MORGANTON Sterling "Shad" Causby, 67, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. The graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at Park Hill Memorial...

Freeman, Rebecca

Rebecca Freeman MARION Mrs. Rebecca Freeman, 84, of 60 Victory Ln., departed this world Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Rose Hill Retirement Community. Born in Rutherford County to the late Otis W. Logan and ...

Jones, Teresia

Teresia Richburg Jones MARION Teresia Richburg Jones, 83, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at her residence, with her loving family by her side. Teresia was born in Claredon County,...

Kaeslingk, Norbert

Norbert Kaeslingk MORGANTON Norbert Ernst Kaeslingk, 78, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home. T...

Thursday 11/13/2014
Baker, Margaret

Margaret Louise Baker MORGANTON Margaret Louise Harris Baker, 105, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at Grace Heights in Morganton. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, N...

Freeman, Rebecca Logan

Rebecca Logan Freeman MARION Mrs. Rebecca Logan Freeman, 84, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at Rose Hill Retirement Community. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. ...

Wednesday 11/12/2014
Brawley, Deborah

Deborah "Debbie" Watson Brawley MORGANTON Deborah "Debbie" Watson Brawley, 54, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Funeral will be held at 4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13 at Enon Baptist Chur...

Freeman, Lora

Lora Grindstaff Freeman NEBO Lora Grindstaff Freeman, 61, of Nebo, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. In memorial to Laura, a visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13, from 3 ...

Johnson, Arnold

Arnold "Pee Wee" Johnson OLD FORT Mr. Arnold "Pee Wee" Johnson, 68, of Old Fort, passed away Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Born July 9, 1946, in McDowell County, he was a son of the la...

Nichols, Chuck

Chuck Nichols In loving memory of Charles Eugene Nichols Jr. (Chuck) BALTIMORE, Md. Chuck Nichols passed away peacefully at hospice of Baltimore, Md. Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, after a courageous battle...

Tilley, Shirley

Shirley Tilley DREXEL Shirley Powell Tilley, 74, of Drexel, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14, at High Peak Baptist Church. The family will receiv...

Tuesday 11/11/2014
Byrd, William

William C. "Bill" Byrd MARION Mr. William C. "Bill" Byrd, 74, of Marion, passed away at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 following a period of declining h...

Dixon, Mary

Mary Allen Dixon MORGANTON Mary Allen Dixon, 85, of Morganton, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. The family will receiv...

Green, Bernard

Bernard Green OLD FORT Bernard Preston Green, 57, of Old Fort, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Kirksey Funeral Chapel in Old Fort. The fam...

Holland, Harriet

Harriet Holland MORGANTON Harriet J. Ball Smith Holland, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today (Tuesday, Nov. 11), at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in...

Jackson, Edna

Edna York Jackson MORGANTON Edna York Jackson, 86, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2014. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Church of Christ with visitation at the church from 1 to...

Norman, Ardie Mae

Ardie Mae Norman MORGANTON Ardie Mae Norman, 85, of Morganton, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, Nov. 11), in Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home an...

Pittillo, Mary

Mary Etta Pittillo MORGANTON Mary Etta Pittillo, 74, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, Nov. 1...

Richardson Jr., Robert

Robert Williams Richardson Jr. MARION Robert Williams Richardson Jr., 97, of Marion, passed away Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at the Forest City Hospice in Forest City. He had been a long time resident o...

Sheaffer, Wanda

Wanda Brown Sheaffer OLD FORT Wanda Brown Sheaffer, 74, of Old Fort, passed away Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville. A native of McDowell County, Wanda was born O...

Whisnant, Pauline

Pauline Elizabeth Guigou Whisnant MORGANTON Pauline Elizabeth Guigou Whisnant, 92, of Morganton, died Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Mt. Home Bapt...

Sunday 11/09/2014
Banner, Virginia

Virginia Dare Davis Banner MARION Virginia Dare Davis Banner, 88, of Marion, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. A graveside service was held Saturday, Nov. 8, at Ashford Community Cemetery. Westmoreland Fu...

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