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Lynnie Ruth Corriher Goodman
Mrs. Lynnie Ruth Corriher Goodman, 83 of China Grove, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Lutheran Homes at Trinity Oaks. Born on March 20, 1932 in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late Howard Lee and Ruth London Corriher. Mrs. Goodman was a graduate of China Grove High School and a longtime active member of Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church. She was owner operator of her own drapery business. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband Clyde R. Goodman on December 13, 2000 and her daughter Judy G. Crowell on September 15, 2006. Those left to cherish her memory are her sons Richard E. Goodman and Kenny R. Goodman (Frankie) and her brother Billy Corriher (Jeanette) all of China Grove. Also surviving her are her grandchildren, Chris Goodman (Tracie), Tara Culp (Brian), Greg Crowell (Chrissy) and Jenna Anderson (Gary), her great grandchildren, Aubrie, Jaxon, Brinly, Avery, Abbey and Luke. She was also survived by her step great grandchild Sarah Bishop.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 6:00 til 8:00 at Linn Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove, with funeral on Sunday at 2:00 at Mt. Moriah Lutheran Church, with Rev. Joseph Talent, minister. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.linnhoneycuttfuneralhome.c om

Maggie Allean Frye Cranford
Maggie Allean Frye Cranford, 94, of Randleman, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 at Randolph Hospice House. Maggie was known as Mumzie Lou an Miss Maggie by her loved ones. She enjoyed traveling, taking trips to the beach, camping and fishing. Maggie was an excellent seamstress. She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 ½ years, Robert Lee Cranford and her son, Melvin Douglas Cranford. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Hill and her husband Jerry of Salisbury, Betty Staley and her husband Darrell of Sophia, Carolyn Jones of Pleasant Garden and Nancy Parrish of Sophia; son, Steve Cranford of Randleman; eight grandchildren; 12 great- grandchildren; five great- great-grandchildren; brother, Jay Frye of Albermarle; and special friends, Donald Windsor and Audrey Harrelson.

Visitation and Service: The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Pugh Funeral Home, 600 S. Main St., Randleman, and other times at the home of Betty Staley. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 46977 Wesley Chapel Rd., Misenheimer, with Pastor Jim Honeycutt officiating. The family would like to extend a special Thanks to Randolph Hospice House for their excellent care.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Jim's Kids, 2262 Race Track Red., Sophia, NC 27350 or Hospice of Randolph, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27203. Pugh Funeral Home, Randleman is serving the Cranford family.

David Hunter Cherry, Jr.
David Hunter Cherry, Jr. , 72, died peacefully in Salisbury, NC on November 24, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and caregiver, his two daughters, and his sister. David is survived by wife, Linda Marie Beaver Cherry, his daughter, Amy Leigh Cherry McLaughlin and husband David Scott McLaughlin of Elon, NC, daughter Lora Michelle Cherry Abdou and husband Jeff Abdou of Charlotte, NC, two sisters Nadine Cherry of Landis, NC and Cora Mae Compton of Troutman, NC, and brother Glenn Cherry of Landis, NC. His brother, Donald Rumple, preceded him in death. David is survived by six grand- children that he adored: David Wayne McLaughlin (23), Emily Marie McLaughlin (20), Rachel Francine McLaughlin (20), Sarah Ruby McLaughlin (9), Nathan Joseph Abdou (13), and Peter Marcus Abdou (11). David was born on August 25, 1943 in Mooresville, NC to David Hunter Cherry, Sr and Velma Teague Cherry. Velma Cherry passed away during his infancy. His father married Evelyn Teague who raised him as her own. David graduated from Landis High School in 1961. He graduated from the University of Charlotte in 1973 with a degree in Education. He was a teacher at Knox Junior High in Salisbury, NC for 20 years and then was a teacher at Northwest Cabarrus Middle School for 10 years. He retired at the age of 62 and enjoyed spending time at home in China Grove working in the flower gardens, on family genealogy, and spending time with his grandchildren. He published a book entitled Cousins By the Dozens. David and Linda raised their two daughters in Kannapolis, NC before moving to China Grove, NC in 1984 where they remained until moving to Salisbury, NC in 2015. David was an active member at Trinity United Methodist Church for most of his adult life.

A memorial service is scheduled at Trinity United Methodist Church, Kannapolis, NC on November 29, 2015 at 2pm with visitation following the service at 3pm. All are welcome to attend and celebrate David's life.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the PSP foundation at or Trinity United Methodist Church, 416 E 1st St, Kannapolis, NC 28083. The family would like to thank the staff at Trinity Oaks Health and Rehab for their wonderful care during his recent illness. Condolences may be sent to

Nellie Ruth Shore Adams
Mrs. Nellie Ruth Shore Adams, 84 of Rockwell, passed away on Nov. 25, 2015, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury. Mrs. Adams was born April 15, 1931, in Davie County, daughter of the late William Henry Shore and Millie Beatrice Ellenburg Shore. Mrs. Shore was educated in the Davie County schools. She was a homemaker and was a member at Canaan Baptist Church. Her family was her life. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Parks Junior Adams, who passed away on Dec. 29, 2000; son Kenneth Adams; daughter Brenda Cranfield; brothers Leroy Shore and Jack Shore; sisters Helen Bean, Colene Williams and Cynthia West. Mrs. Adams is survived by sons James Jimmy Junior Adams, Ronnie Adams; daughters Lynda Cranfield, Barbara Hall, Carol Gobble, Joyce Thompson, Betty Jordan, Susan Susie Shinn; and by brother Doyle Shore. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.

Visitation: The family will receive friends at Canaan Baptist Church on Monday from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. for visitation. Service: The funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. on Monday at Canaan Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Bruce Graham. Burial will follow at Brookhill Memorial Gardens.

Memorials: May be made to American Heart Association , 128 S. Tryon St., #1588, Charlotte, NC 28202. Powles Staton Funeral Home, an honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Adams family. Online condolences may be made at

Ennis Camilla Wise nee Beshears
Ennis Camilla Wise nee Beshears, 97, of Salisbury, passed away at the Trinity Lutheran Home after a long and meaningful life. Mrs. Wise was the daughter of the late William Thomas and Belva Parsons Beshears from Wilkes County. Ennis was educated in Wilkes County schools and moved after her marriage to William J. Phillips to the Rowan and Cabarrus county area. Together they had two sons, William and Bobby Gene. Bobby predeceased her. She was a homemaker and a 60-year member of China Grove Baptist. She was a former Sunday School teacher as well as a member of the Oasis Club, Salisbury Retired Citizens Club and the Fan Trailer Club. She later married Harold Wise, who predeceased her. She often said her years with Harold were the happiest of her life. Her son Captain William J. Phillips, USN; a stepson, Kenneth Wise of Matthews; three grandsons, Brian Holtcamp of California, Bradford Phillips of Maryland and Erik Phillips High Point; and stepsons Keith and Doug Wise survive her. Additional survivors include great- grandsons Siddarth and Charles.

Arrangements: A memorial service will be held on Monday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at Powles Staton Funeral Home, 913 W. Main St., Rockwell, with the Rev. Steve Wilson officiating. Visitation begins one half hour prior to the service. Interment is private. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of China Grove building fund.

Delano Anthony Tony Winston
Mr. Delano Anthony Tony Winston, 67, of Woodson Street, passed away Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center. Born Sept. 3, 1948, in New York City to the late Bowling Winston and Gladys Carr Winston, Mr. Winston was educated in the public schools of New York and was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was last employed with W.G Hefner VA Medical Center in the housekeeping dept. He leaves loving memories to his children, Delano Winston II of Salisbury and Devina Desneos of Ithaca, N.Y.; other relatives; and friends.

At the request of Mr. Winston, there will be no services held. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

Jackie Monroe Soots
Mr. Jackie Monroe Soots, 77, of N.C. Hwy. 801 South, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville. He was born Feb. 16, 1938, in Davie County to the late Nancy Soots. Mr. Soots had been raised by his maternal grandparents, Katie W. and Mitchell Soots, with the help of a very special aunt, Mary E. Soots. He retired from Fiber Industries after 31 years of employment. For 13 years prior to Fiber, he had worked at Erwin Mills. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Janet Link Soots; his mother-in-law, Lola M. Link; his maternal grandparents; and his special aunt. Survivors include his daughter, Cindy McDaniel (and her husband John) of Cooleemee; two granddaughters, Johnna Parsons and her husband, Jason, and Julie Snow and her husband, Kenny; one grandson, Will McDaniel; five great- grandchildren, Madalyn McDaniel, Jack Broadway, Emma Grace Snow and McKinlee and Jackson Parsons; a special niece, Shirley Link Grimes; and faithful telephone friends Dallas Moore, John Martin and Shorty Cartner.

A graveside service will be conducted at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery in Mocksville with the Rev. Stan Riddle officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Eaton Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

Nancy Lois Fesperman Ridenhour
Nancy Lois Fesperman Ridenhour, 81, of Salisbury, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at Genesis Healthcare in Salisbury. Nancy was born on Aug. 21, 1934, in Rowan County, a daughter of the late Luther and Minnie Foutz Fesperman. Nancy was educated in the Rowan County School System and worked for Cannon Mills as an order coordinator. Nancy was a member of Rock Grove United Methodist Church and enjoyed country and gospel music. In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Adam H. Ridenhour Jr.; son Barry Keith Ridenhour; brother Hugh Fesperman; and sisters Gladys Bailey, Edith Cozart, Nora Kirkman, Mary Johnson, Mae Tilley, Katie Cook. Nancy is survived by her son, Ricky Ridenhour and friend Darlene Goodson of Kannapolis; granddaughter Mandy Nester and husband Tim of Salisbury; and great-granddaughter Bailee Nester. Nancy is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends Monday, Nov. 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Powles Staton Funeral Home. Service: There will be a Funeral Service Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at West Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum conducted by Rev. Mike Herring, pastor of Stallings Memorial Baptist Church.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Nancy may be made to American Diabetes Association ., 1300 Baxter St., #150, Charlotte NC 28204. Powles Staton Funeral Home, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care is assisting the Ridenhour family.

Larry Clyde Phillips
Larry Clyde Phillips, of Salisbury, 74, passed away Nov. 21, 2015, in his home. Born in Wilkes County, he was the son of the late William Clyde Phillips and Ruby Cleo Hemric Phillips of Hickory. Educated in Hickory, he attended Lenoir-Rhyne College and graduated from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fla. He was a Creative Director throughout his career in advertising agencies in North Carolina and Virginia. He was a very talented artist winning many national and international awards. He was also an avid sailor and talented craftsman. Larry's brother, Ken Phillips, preceded him in death. Mr. Phillips is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Alice Weant; son Todd Phillips (Michelle); granddaughter Skylar; grandson Vitalik of Charlotte; son Sean Phillips of Salisbury; and son Ross Phillips of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; sister Charlotte Davis (Gary) of San Antonio, Texas; niece Rebecca (Kevin); and grandchildren Finn and Harper of Keene, N.H.; nephew Lee Davis of Cleveland, Ohio; brother-in-law Ernest Weant of Salisbury.

Arrangements: Service and visitation will be held at St John's Lutheran Church in Salisbury on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. in Peeler Hall, and service at 2 p.m. in the Sanctuary with Pastor Rhodes Wooley and Pastor David Nelson. Burial will take place in the church Columbarium.

Memorials: May be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 200 W. Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144; or Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care, 720 Grove St., Salisbury, NC. Carolina Cremation of Salisbury is assisting the Phillips family. Online condolences may be made at

Helen Daughtery Butts
Helen Daughtery Butts, 90, of China Grove, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at St. Andrew's Nursing Center, Concord. She had been in declining health but death was unexpected. Helen was born Nov. 12, 1925, in Rowan County, a daughter of the late Ira Daughtery and Minnie Spears Daughtery. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Autry Butts, who died March 7, 2015. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to shop and play the piano. Helen also enjoyed fishing from the Holden Beach pier. She had served as pianist for Landis Baptist Church for more than 40 years, where she held her church membership. Survivors include a son, Ronald Butts (Barbara) of Sparta; granddaughter Vonda Butts Witherspoon (Tony) of Wilmington; grandson Randal Butts (Beverly) of Salisbury; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great- grandchildren.

Arrangements: Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 at Landis Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Ritchie Honeycutt. The family will receive friends at the church from 5-7 p.m. prior to the service. At other times they will be at the home of Randal and Beverly Butts of Salisbury. Burial: Interment will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 30 at West Lawn Memorial Park, China Grove. Memorials: The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Landis Baptist Church, 716 W. Ryder Ave,, Landis, NC 28088. Online condolences may be left at

John Henry Bame Sr.,
John Henry Bame Sr., 83, of Charlotte, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at Pineville Rehab and Living Center. John was born May 6, 1932, in Granite Quarry, a son of the late Reid and Sue Sheets Bame. He was a graduate of Granite Quarry High School and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. John worked for and retired from J&N as a salesman. He was a member of Sharon United Methodist Church and was an avid Carolina Panthers fan. He loved Broadway musicals and gardening. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his son, John Henry Bame Jr. John is survived by his wife of more than 61 years, Nancy Walker Bame, who he married on Jan. 24, 1954; daughter Leigh Bame Burton and husband Mike of Winston- Salem; daughter-in-law Pam Bame of Charlotte; brother Charles Bame of Winston- Salem; and grandchildren Sara Bame Joines and husband Michael and Amanda Bame Davis and husband Jacob, all of Charlotte.

Service: The Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Sharon United Methodist Church, 4411 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC 28211 conducted by Rev. Nancy Miller Campbell.

Visitation: The family will receive friends Tuesday, Dec. 1 following the service at Sharon United Methodist Church. Graveside: The Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. at Salisbury National Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites provided by the National Guard and the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Mr. Bame may be made to Sharon United Methodist Church or to Hospice & Palliative Care, Charlotte Region. Powles Staton Funeral Home, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care is assisting he Bame family. Online condolences may be made at

Charles F. McSwain
SALISBURY  Mr. Charles Franklin McSwain, 72, of Salisbury, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. Charles was born Jan. 22, 1943 in Davie County, the son of Mildred Link McSwain and Richard James McSwain, Sr. Charles was a graduate of Davie High School and a veteran of the United States Navy, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, serving from 1960 to 1966. Before retiring he worked for the Grand Prairie Police Dept. in Dallas, Texas and the Mocksville Prison Unit for 20 years retiring as a Sergeant. He also had worked for Cone Mills for 20 years and the North Carolina Department of Corrections High Rise Unit for seven years. He was a member of Community Baptist Church of Mocksville and a member of the Kennedy Hall American Legion Post #106. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard James McSwain, Sr. and a brother William Floyd McSwain. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ruth Cable McSwain of 54 years; his mother, Mildred Link McSwain of Cooleemee; daughter, LaDonna Overcash and husband Tim of Salisbury; brother, Richard James McSwain, Jr. of Mocksville; sister, Joyce Carter of Cooleemee; two grandchildren, Derek Michael Overcash and wife Heather and Daniel Aaron Overcash and wife Anna; and a great-granddaughter, Maddie Overcash.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials: Memorials may be made to Faithful Friends, 220 Grace Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28147. Summersett Funeral Home is assisting the McSwain family. Online condolences may be made at

Virgilene Downer
Mrs. Virgilene Downer, 92, of Salisbury, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 at Liberty Commons Nursing Home. Born July 3, 1923 in Yell County Ark., she was the daughter of the late George Washington Butts and Fannie Martin Butts. Educated in the Yell County schools, she was a member of Truth Temple. She was a homemaker. Next to the Lord, her family was her pride and joy. She loved gospel music and TV ministries. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Fred Maynard Downer on Jan. 20, 1992. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Patty Woodward (Danny) of Salisbury; sons, Fred M. Downer Jr. (Pam) of China Grove and Timothy Downer of North Wilkesboro; her brother, Joseph Butts of Salisbury; sister, Imogene Martin of Landis; six grandchildren; and 10 great- grandchildren.

Visitation and Service: Visitation will be 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at Linn Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove. Funeral service will follow at 12 p.m., also at the funeral home, with Rev. Garland Faw, minister. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery in Salisbury. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.linnhoneycuttfuneralhome.c om.

Elsie Cooke
SALISBURY  Mrs. Elsie Geneva Panter Weaver Cooke, 78, of Salisbury passed away Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks. Born March 3, 1937 in Wehutty, she was the daughter of the late William Hobert Panter and Bertha Margaret Harris Panter. She was educated in the East Spencer schools and attended Rowan Technical College. Mrs. Cooke was a caregiver for Rowan Medical Caregivers before retiring and was a member of the Salisbury Christian Fellowship. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Tony Lynn Weaver; grandchildren, Tony and Olivia Weaver; brothers, Lloyd Panter and Samuel Wayne Panter, and son-in-law, Larry Call. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Sheila Call of Salisbury, William Kent Weaver (Melanie) of Dallas, Larry Eugene Weaver (Patricia) of Gaffney, S.C., Bradley Wayne Weaver (Barbara) of Granite Quarry and Jamie Scott Weaver (Lisa) of Salisbury; brothers, James Ernest Panter of Lexington and William Charlie Panter of Gaffney, S.C.; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great- grandchildren.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at the Summersett Funeral Home. Services: Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at the Summersett Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Brenda Bynum officiating. Interment will follow at Rowan Memorial Park. The family would like to offer a special thanks to the staff at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks for their care of Mrs. Cooke. Summersett Funeral Home is assisting the Cooke family. Online condolences may be made at