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Kenneth Lamont Bailey Jr.,
Mr. Kenneth Lamont Bailey Jr., 35, passed on Friday, April 10, 2015, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born on Dec. 6, 1979, in Rowan County, he was the son of the late Kenneth L. Bailey Sr. and Diane Holley Bailey. A graduate of Salisbury High School, Class of 1998, he was last employed as a Produce Manager at Food Lion. Kenneth last attended Henderson Grove Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Tiffany Mitchell Bailey; and children, Kenneth L Bailey III, Tyreke I Bailey and Micah K Bailey, all of the home; sisters and brothers Adrienne R Bailey, Greensboro, Keashia Wilborne, Cordell Mitchell, Charles Bruce Jr., Alisha Freeman and Natisha Bruce, all of Salisbury; stepmother Loretta S. Bailey, Salisbury; mother and father-in-law Jacqueline and Reginald Mills, Salisbury; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements: Services will be held on Friday, April 17 at A.R. Kelsey Memorial Chapel, Noble and Kelsey Funeral, Inc. with the visitation at 12:30 p.m. and funeral at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Bishop Ambus Bailey, Eulogist. At other times the family will receive friends at the home of mother and father-in-law, 1702 S. Rowan Ave., Salisbury. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the family. Online condolences many be made at www.nobleandkelsey.com.


Nina White Absher
Nina White Absher, 92, of Kannapolis, went to be with her Lord on Monday, April 13, 2015, from her son's home. She was born June 8, 1922, in Alexander County, the daughter of the late Jenner Ferch White and Matilda Brown White. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Absher; grandson Tony Absher; great- grandson Andrew Hodgson; sisters Leah Barnes and Bura Williams; and brothers Floyd, Turner and H.A. White. Nina retired from Cannon Mills Plant 1 after 45 years. She was a faithful member of Shadybrook Baptist Church. She is survived by her son, Eugene Absher (Fay); grandchildren Ronald Absher (Liz), Sherry Hodgson (Mark); and great-grandchildren Kate and James Absher, Avery and Colin Hodgson.

Arrangements: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at Shadybrook Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Ricky Oxford and Rev. Steve Wilson. Her body will lie in state at church one hour prior. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Whitley's Funeral Home. Memorials: May be made to Shadybrook Baptist Church, 1009 Oakwood Ave., Kannapolis, NC 28081. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com


Benita Peele
Benita Peele, 48, of Salisbury, who was born to Martha Peele and James Freeman in Pitt County on April 26, 1966, departed her life on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Carolinas Medical Center Main in Charlotte. A 1984 graduate of Roanoke High School, her last employment was at Brian Center of Salisbury. She leaves memories to her parents; son Kwame Peele; grandson Jayceon Peele; four brothers, Terrance Peele, Travis Davis, James L. Freeman, Jr., Alexander Freeman; sisters Sinterrogenna Williams, Zenithia Freeman; and a host of other relatives and friends. Arrangements: Funeral services will be Saturday, April 18 at 3 p.m. at Rowan Funeral Services Chapel. Visitation with family will be 30 minutes prior to service. Rowan Funeral Services is assisting the Peele family.


Dava Jenean Miller
Dava Jenean Miller, 41, of Kannapolis, went to be with the Lord on April 11, 2015, at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston- Salem after a period of declining health. She was born July 6, 1973, in Cabarrus County, the daughter of Shelby Ross Miller of Kannapolis and the late David Seaman Miller. She was a three sport athlete at South Rowan High School where she lettered in softball, track and basketball. She enjoyed music and loved to sing. She was an avid animal lover. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be deeply missed. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Terry Bunn of the home; daughter Jodi Eagle of China Grove; son David Miller of Kannapolis; sisters Pamela Miller Lawing and Donna Miller, both of Kannapolis; and seven grandchildren.

Arrangements: Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 17 at First Baptist Church of Enochville with the Rev. Don Davis officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 17 at First Baptist Church of Enochville. Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the Miller family. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Jannie Rachel Harris Lowery
Mrs. Jannie Rachel Harris Lowery, 98, departed this life on Monday April 13, 2015, at Transistional Health Services, Kannapolis. She was born Aug. 3, 1916, in Cabarrus County. She married Troy Baxter Harris in November of 1933, and one child, Andrew Thomas Harris, was born to this union. After Troy's death in April of 1935, she met and married Ralph Davis Lowery of Landis in December of 1942.They were married for 50 years and he preceded her in death in July of 1992. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Sylvia Parks Ingram and Mazelle Frances Bost Garland. Mrs. Lowery's life occupation was food service. She worked at Chick's Luncheonette in China Grove and later at Aggrey Memorial High School in Landis. She was an active member of Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church where she served on the senior usher board and as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee.She was a member of the Missionary Choir, was a Parent Body Missionary, and a member of the Life Member Council. She was also member of the Lay Council and Board 2. Mrs. Lowery was also a Girl Scout Leader for the Church troop. Mrs. Lowery was affectionately know as Mama Jannie or Aunt Jannie to both young and old. She will be remembered for her loving spirit and her care for children and the elderly. She enjoyed many hobbies such as baking, cooking, sewing, and gardening. She used the fruits of her labor to serve her family and her community. Mrs. Lowery leaves to cherish her memory her only son, Andrew Thomas Harris of Landis, who she called Sonny; a daughter-in- law and loving attentive caregiver, Marian Wilson Harris; two granddaughters, Andrea Harris Hicks (Harold) and Aricka Harris Hawkins (Kevin); five great- grandchildren, Ashlee Hicks, Harrison Hicks, Avery Hawkins, Keenan Hawkins and Marial Hawkins. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Luella Hudson of Kannapolis and Mrs. Eva B. Jones of Concord; and one brother, Mr. Adam Lee Bost of Huntersville. She also leaves behind a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements: Services will take place on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. at Sandy Ridge A.M.E. Zion Church, 1425 Mount Moriah Church Road in Landis. Burial will take place at the Church cemetery. Rev. Clarence Shuford, Jr. officiating and Rev. Harold Jordan, Eulogist.

Service will be handled by Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. At other times, the family will receive guest at the home of Andrew and Marian Harris in Sherrill Park, 201 Skycrest Ave., Landis.


Alexa Jade Kepley
Alexa Jade Kepley, 21, of Salisbury, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015, in Statesville. Alexa was born on Dec. 4, 1993, in Charlotte, a daughter of Nathan D. Kepley and Rhonda Higdon Bumgarner. Alexa attended school in the Rowan County School System and was a member of Enon Baptist Church, where she was active as a child in GAS and Upward Sports at First Baptist Church. She had worked as a waitress and home-caregiver. Alexa will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends. Her beautiful eyes and bright smiles will be remembered always. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, George Higdon; her uncles, Jeff H. Kepley and Randy Higdon; and most recently by her brother, Doug Kepley, three months ago on Jan. 8, 2015. Those left to cherish Alexa's memory are her father, Nathan D. Kepley and wife Bonnie of Vandalia, Ill.; her mother, Rhonda Higdon of Salisbury; grandparents Phillip R. and Mary Sue Kepley and Joyce Higdon all of Salisbury; three sisters, Christyn Anthony, Emily Burris and Corbyn Kepley, all of Salisbury; three step- siblings, Courtney Eller, Vicki Honeycutt and Tyler Ezell; nieces and nephews Naavya, Landon, Kennth, Kennedy, Wynter, Grayson, Emersyn, Autumn, Tyler, Destiny, Alexis, Zach and Colton.

There will be a private family service. Carolina Cremation is assisting the Kepley family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.


Uzeal Zee Taylor Berrier
Mrs. Uzeal Zee Taylor Berrier, 95, of Deadmon Road, died Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks in Salisbury. Mrs. Berrier was born on March 13, 1920, in Chesterfield County, S.C., to the late Jesse Thomas and Minnie Rosella Woodard Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Murray Junior Peeler of Faith; her husband of 56 years, James Jim Joseph Berrier of Mocksville; three brothers; and five sisters. Survivors include a son, John Thomas Peeler (Becky) of Mocksville; a daughter, Murray Toodles Peeler McKissick (Foster) of Greenville, S.C.; six grandchildren, Kathryn Taylor McKissick, Anthony Foster McKissick IV (Madison), Jerrine Emily Peeler, Carly Peeler Regan (Garth), Rebekah Peeler and Holden Peeler; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Zee was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She and Jim shared a love for traveling, dancing, gardening and playing bridge, but their biggest joy came with spending time and sharing their lives so lovingly with their six grandchildren.

Arrangements: A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at Eaton Funeral Chapel with Rev. Roy Miller officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the service.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be considered for Concord United Methodist Church, c/o Pat Patterson, 132 Fairway Road, Advance, NC 27006; Shiloh Reformed Church of Faith, 100 S. Main St., P.O. Box 308, Faith, NC 28041; or to a charity of one's choice . Online condolences may be made at www.eatonfuneralservice.com.


William Edward Robinette
William Edward Robinette, 86, of Kannapolis, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Tucker Hospice House. He was born July 3, 1928, in Rowan County, the son of the late John Wesley Robinette and Dollie James Robinette. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Oscar, John, R.P., Roland and Arthur (Short) Robinette. He was also preceded by his beloved dog, Rudy. William retired from Cannon Mills after many years of service as an electrician. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He was a member of Brookdale Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and served on the board of Deacons for many years. He was a Godly man who did a lot for the less fortunate throughout the years. He always taught his children that it was better to give than receive and to always be compassionate and caring to the less fortunate because you never knew the walk they had in life. William loved watching the Atlanta Braves and going to American Legion baseball games throughout the years. He was an avid Carolina Tarheels fan. He also loved geography, history and trips to the mountains. He is survived by daughter Robin Presson (Scott); son Mark Robinette; two grandchildren, Lauren Presson and Sarah Robinette; and a sister, Colleen Wilhelm (Leonard). He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews, who held a very special place in his heart.

Arrangements: Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Rev. Mike Hubbard. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday prior at Whitley's.

Memorials: May be made to Brookdale Baptist Church, 2511 S. Ridge Ave., Kannapolis, NC 28083; or Tucker Hospice House, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com


Howard Caldwell H.C. Linker Jr
Howard Caldwell H.C. Linker Jr. 73, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Tucker Hospice House following a period of declining health. He was born April 26, 1941, in Cabarrus County, a son of the late Howard C. Linker Sr. and the late Naomi Kerley Linker Payne. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Hartsell Linker, on May 22, 2008; a son, Richard Buddy Caldwell; and a daughter, Maxine Linker. H.C. was employed for a number of years with Asplundh Tree Company and later with Cannon Mills Company prior to his retirement. Survivors include two sons, Danny Linker (Karen) of Concord and William Linker of Raleigh; two daughters, Barbara Miller (Toby) of Kannapolis and Donna Morris of China Grove. He is also survived by three sisters, Maxine Bittles and Sylvia Swing, both of Kannapolis, and Becky Gearing of Salisbury; two brothers, Larry Payne and Billy Payne, both of Kannapolis; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great- grandchildren.

Visitation: A Visitation for Mr. Linker will be held Saturday, April 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Whitley's Funeral Home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Online condolences may be made at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com


Uzeal Zee Taylor Berrier
Mrs. Uzeal Zee Taylor Berrier, 95, of Deadmon Road, died Friday, April 10, 2015, at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks in Salisbury. Mrs. Berrier was born on March 13, 1920, in Chesterfield County, S.C., to the late Jesse Thomas and Minnie Rosella Woodard Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Murray Junior Peeler of Faith; her husband of 56 years, James Jim Joseph Berrier of Mocksville; three brothers; and five sisters. Survivors include a son, John Thomas Peeler (Becky) of Mocksville; a daughter, Murray Toodles Peeler McKissick (Foster) of Greenville, S.C.; six grandchildren, Kathryn Taylor McKissick, Anthony Foster McKissick IV (Madison), Jerrine Emily Peeler, Carly Peeler Regan (Garth), Rebekah Peeler and Holden Peeler; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Zee was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She and Jim shared a love for traveling, dancing, gardening and playing bridge, but their biggest joy came with spending time and sharing their lives so lovingly with their six grandchildren.

Arrangements: A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at Eaton Funeral Chapel with Rev. Roy Miller officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the service.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be considered for Concord United Methodist Church, c/o Pat Patterson, 132 Fairway Road, Advance, NC 27006; Shiloh Reformed Church of Faith, 100 S. Main St., P.O. Box 308, Faith, NC 28041; or to a charity of one's choice . Online condolences may be made at www.eatonfuneralservice.com.


Ernest Stephen Jones
Mr.Ernest Stephen Jones, affectionately called Steve, age 61, of Wood Edge Drive, passed Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Liberty Commons, Salisbury. The son of Janette Neely Jones and the late Jennings Jones, he was a graduate of North Rowan High School. Steve was a forklift operator with Cardinal Container of Lexington. He was a member of St. Luke Baptist Church of Salisbury. He is survived by his sons, Stephen Rogers (Kathryn Gleave) and Gavin D. Rogers, both of Lexington; mother Janette Neely Hawkins of Salisbury; brothers Larry Jones (Anne), Delaware, Eric Jones, New Jersey, and Billy Jones of Salisbury; four grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Arrangements: Visitation will be at 1 p.m. and funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at St. Luke Baptist Church with the pastor, Rev. Arthur Heggins, officiating. Burial will be in Rowan Memorial Park in the Martin Luther King Jr. section. Services are entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home of Salisbury.


Martha Magdelene Connor
Ms. Martha Magdelene Connor, 76, of Cedar Street, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born June 1, 1938, in Rowan County to the late John Robert Connor and Carrie Lettie V. Sherrill, she was educated in the public schools of Rowan County and attended R.A. Clement High School, Cleveland. She was a retired domestic worker and was a lifetime member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Boyden Quarters. Ms. Connor was preceeded in death by her brother; John J.C. Connor. She leaves precious memories to her brother, Jimmie (Mae) Connor, Woodleaf; nieces Sandy Connor, Angela Connor, Theresa Connor, Pamela Connor, all of Woodleaf; a nephew, Eddie (Tonya) Connor, Woodleaf; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will be at the home of her brother on 145 Crump Circle, Woodleaf.

Arrangements: Services will be held Sunday, April 19 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Boyden Quarters with Visitation at 2 p.m. and Funeral 2:30 at p.m. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery, Rev. Corey Barr officiating, Rev. Harold Jordan, Eulogist. Noble And Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.nobleandkelsey.com


Douglas Wesley Richardson
Douglas Wesley Richardson, 58 years of age, of Salisbury, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury.

Douglas was born July 2, 1956 in Sumter, SC to the late Bob and Jennie Ruth Richardson. He was also preceded in death by his former wife, April Richardson.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord. The funeral service will be on Tuesday at 1:00 pm at Hartsell Funeral Home Chapel of Concord, officiated by Rev. Eddie Hodge. Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery on Camp Julia Road, Kannapolis.

Survivors include daughters, Brandy Richardson of Salisbury, Amanda Richardson of Landis; brother, Robbie Richardson of Sumter, SC; sister, Marcia Baker of Sumter, SC; two grandchildren , Cadence Perkins and Kyler Perkins; Close Friends, Nita McLeod and husdand, Norm, Betty Taylor.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rowan County 720 Grove St. Salisbury, NC

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Richardson family.

Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com