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Nan Hickox Walker
GRANITE QUARRY - Mrs. Nan Hickox Walker of Granite Quarry, 95, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at home. Mrs. Walker was one of 11 children and the first daughter born after six sons, to William Harley Hickox and Annie Eliza Henderson Hickox of Hoboken, Ga. She attended the local schools and received her high school diploma at Manor High School in Ware County, Ga. on June 4, 1937. Mrs. Walker married Oliver Walker on June 12, 1937 in Pierce County, Ga. The family lived in the Southeast Georgia area until 1961 when they moved to Rockwell. At the time of her death, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Rockwell. Previously, Nan had been a longtime member of Dunn's Mountain Baptist Church in Granite Quarry, where she also taught Sunday School for many years. Prior to moving to North Carolina, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blackshear, Ga., where she was an active member of the choir. After graduating from high school and marrying her husband, Mrs. Walker taught school in a one room school house located in Pierce County, Ga. Preceding the births of her four daughters she worked for The Kenwin Shop as the Credit Manager and J.C. Penny in their accounting department in Waycross, Ga. Following the family's move to North Carolina, Mrs. Walker retired on Aug. 1, 1974 from her position as secretary/treasurer and office manager of Walker Industries, Inc. located in Rockwell. She continued to own and operate the Walker Mobile Home Park on Hwy 52 in Granite Quarry. Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Oliver; their daughters Janis Kaye Walker, Olivia Walker Mullis and Elaine Walker Andrews; her parents, William Harley Hickox and Annie Eliza Henderson Hickox; brothers, J. Estes Hickox, J. Claude Hickox, J. D. (Jake) Hickox, Homer L. Hickox, Oscar J. Hickox, Morris H. Hickox and Cecil F. Hickox; and sisters, Cleo E. Hickox Coldiron and Carrie Lee Hickox Trull. She is survived by her daughter, Anne Oliver (Bunny) Walker of Granite Quarry; her niece, Lee G. Hall of Concord; her brother, Harley V. (Sonny) Hickox of Pineville, La.; two granddaughters, Andrea A. Jones (Richard Jones) of Benson and Jennifer A. Kremer (Brian Kremer) of Wynnewood, Pa., three great- grandchildren, Ryan Jones of Raleigh, Haley Jones of Benson and Harley Kremer of Wynnewood, Pa.; two great- nieces, Rachael S. Dorton (Christopher Dorton) of Richland, Wash. and Michael Rose Bostick (Earnest "Trey" Bostick, III) of Concord; one great-great-grand-niece, Erin S. Dorton of Richland, Wash.; one great-great-nephew, Elijah E. Bostick of Concord; ten nephews; 13 nieces; 47 great- nieces and nephews; and 64 great-great-nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Powles Funeral Home, 913 W. Main Street, Rockwell. Service:The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church, Rockwell, Thursday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Matthew Laughter, pastor. Burial will follow at Brookhill Memorial Gardens, Rockwell.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 756, Rockwell, NC 28138, in the name of Nan H. Walker. Powles Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mrs. Walker. Online condolences may be made at -

Persivia Gean Jackson
SALISBURY - Ms. Persivia Gean Jackson, 55, daughter of the late John E. and Lois Mack Jackson was born Jan. 30, 1959 in Salisbury. On Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, Ms. Jackson exchanged life for life eternal. Persivia Jackson attended North Rowan High School. She was a member of The Tower of Power United Holy Church, Salisbury. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, David Lee "Bus" Jackson and John Henry Jackson, Sr. and two sisters, Ophelia J. Carr and Loressa J. Barnes. Those who shall forever cherish her memory are two daughters Natasha Sherald (Eric), and Chavon Jackson,both of Salisbury; one son Marcus Jackson (Nicole) of Charlotte; one brother, Willie Lee Jackson (Rosetta) of Salisbury; six sisters, Mamie L. Jackson, Bessie Bush, Hazel Alexander, Diane Jackson and Magdelene Barnes (Michael), all of Salisbury; Minister Julia McAuthur of Durham; 11 grandchildren, one great- grandchild; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation and Services: Visitation at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 followed by funeral services at 12 p.m. at Tower of Power United Holy Church, 601 Cemetery Street, Salisbury, with Reverend William D. Turner officiating. Interment will be at City Memorial Park in Salisbury. Boone-Carroll Funeral Home will be assisting the Jackson family. Online condolences may be made at

Jewell M. Alley
SALISBURY - Jewell Martin Alley, 92, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House. He was born in Rowan County on Oct. 11, 1922, to the late Joseph Franklin Alley and Argie Leonard Alley. Mr. Alley graduated from East Spencer High School and worked at Duke Power Company (now Duke Energy) for 43 years as a welder and maintenance supervisor, retiring in 1984. After retiring, he could be seen working in his garden, growing vegetables that he shared with many friends and neighbors, and working at the homes of many Rowan County residents because he loved helping other people. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the SeaBees (37th Construction Battalion) of the United States Navy on various islands in the South Pacific. Mr. Alley was an active member of Trading Ford Baptist Church all his life, where he served in many roles to support his faith. He especially enjoyed singing in the choir and performing solos and duets with his wife, Ruby. He served on the Rowan County School Board for the consolidation of Spencer and East Spencer High Schools into North Rowan High School. He also served on the boards of Miller Ferry Fire Department, helping to build the first truck put into service in the 1950's, and Rowan Mutual Fire Insurance Company. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Barry Lamonte Alley; brothers, Albert "Skeet" Alley and Robert Alley; step-brothers, A.B. Leonard, Jr. and William Leonard; sisters, Wilma Alley Butler, Dorothy Alley Butler and Betty Bowler; step- sisters, Irmena Leonard Copley, Geneva Leonard Thomas and Helen Leonard Barnes;and several nephews and a niece. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years and 11 months, Ruby Beck Alley; children, Sharlene Alley Streeter (Bill) of Wilmington, Mark Alley (Carol) of Badin Lake and Kendall Alley (Karen) of Charlotte; sister, Swanna Mae Cooper; grandchildren, Bryan Alley (Laura), Stephanie Hill (Adam), Ginny McCullough (Adam), Carrie Alley, Zac Alley and Trent Alley; one great-grandchild, Alley Brooke McCullough and three more on the way. There are many nieces and nephews that will miss their "Uncle Jewell".

Visitation&Service:Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 at Trading Ford Baptist Church from 6-8 p.m. Services will be Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Trading Ford Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Motley and Former Pastor David Blanton presiding. Interment will be in the church cemetery, followed by a family visitation in the church sanctuary.

The family wishes to send a heart-felt thank you to the staff of the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House for their wonderful care, compassion, dignity and love. Memorials:In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the World Hunger Fund or the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28144. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Alley family. Online condolences may be made at

Doris H. Woodard
KANNAPOLIS - Doris Hilburn Woodard, 87, of Kannapolis, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at CMC-NE from injuries resulting from a car accident.Doris was born Aug. 9, 1927, in Cabarrus County, a daughter of the late Clarence D. and Mary "Alice" Griffith Hilburn. She was a life-long area resident and graduate of J.W. Cannon High School Class of '44. Doris worked for Cannon Mills for many years as a weaver and a sweeper until retiring. She was a long-time member of Centerview Baptist Church, where she had taught Sunday School and was a "prayer warrior" on the church prayer chain. Doris was a skilled seamstress and quilter. Her heart and passion for sewing and helping others led her into her ministry of making and providing dresses to little girls in West Virginia for Christmas over many years. Her family fondly remembers her "burnt and ragged biscuits" and her love of working her daily crossword puzzles in the newspaper. Doris was a loving servant of the Lord, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to all. She will be dearly missed.In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her sister, Loretta Carpenter; her son, Matthew Dewitt Woodard; her granddaughter, Bobbie Jo Johnson; and great- granddaughter Jenna Alyse St. Clair.She is survived by her husband of 60 years, John Howard Woodard Sr.; her son, Harold Ford (Diane); her daughters, Jean W. Goodman (Steve), Jenny Bradshaw (Danny); her son, David Woodard, all of Kannapolis; and her son, Johnny Woodard of Texas. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 27 great- grandchildren, five great- great-grandchildren, two sisters, Phyllis Hill and Bobbie Jean Campbell, both of Florida; and many other loving relatives.

Arrangements: Her funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at Whitley's Funeral Chapel with Rev. Willie Rash officiating. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral.Online condolences may be left at

Memorials: Donations may be made to Centerview Baptist Church, 415 Walter St., Kannapolis, NC 28083.

Terry M. Whisonant
SALISBURY - Mr. Terry Michael Whisonant, age, 53 of Bell Street, passed Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. He was born Nov. 26, 1960, in Salisbury to Patricia Cherry Whisonant and the late Paul Boger. He attended Salisbury High School and was employed with Magna. He was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Whisonant; and a brother, Jerry Whisonant. Survivors are his mother, Patricia Cherry Whisonant of Salisbury; brothers Timothy Whisonant (Angela), Rodney Cherry and Brian Cherry (Sue), all of Salisbury; sisters Traci Whisonant and Treva McLendon, both of Salisbury; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements: Services will be Wednesday, 1 p.m. with visitation at 12:30 p.m. at Outreach Christian Tabernacle with the Pastor Bradley Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Services are entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home Inc.

Doris Miller Roberts
SALISBURY - Ms. Doris Miller Roberts, age 82, took flight to her new and eternal home on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, to be with her beloved father and mother. She was born March 26, 1932, in Salisbury to the late Arthur Mack and Bertha Kelly Miller. Doris grew up in the Jersey City neighborhood and attended Monroe Street School and graduated from J.C. Price High School. She continued her educational goals by graduating in 1953 from Bennett College in Greensboro with her Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduating from Bennett College, she began her career as a teacher that spanned more than 30 years. Doris taught in New York, Greensboro and retired from the Rowan-Salisbury School System.Doris was an active and dedicated member of Delta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for 41 years, where she served on various committees and created a bond of sisterhood that was felt by all.As a lifelong member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, she served as the church secretary, a member of the finance committee, President of Church Women United and was active in other various auxiliaries.Besides being active in the community, Doris was an avid gardener and could often be found working in her flower bed or garden. When she was not working in her garden, Doris assisted her mother in her catering business preparing delectable food for her multi- generation clientele for numerous years. Amidst the flowers and trees she will forever bloom in the heavenly Father's garden. Left to cherish her memory are a host of relatives and friends who will greatly miss her smile and sense of humor.

Arrangements: Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 23 at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley St., Salisbury, N.C., with Rev. Nilous Avery, II, pastor, officiating. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will conduct a memorial service at 12:30 p.m., followed by the family visitation at 1 p.m. Burial will be at Oakdale Cemetery.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in honor of Doris M. Roberts. The family will be assembling at the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 11:30 a.m.Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at

Leonard Kilgore
KANNAPOLIS - Mr. Leonard Kilgore, of Kannapolis, died on Oct. 17, 2014, at his residence. Funeral Services: Wednesday, Oct. 22, visitation at 12 noon with funeral at 1 p.m. at Marable Memorial AME Zion Church, Kannapolis.Interment: Carolina Memorial Park Cemetery.

Margie H. Harrington
LANDIS - Margie Hartsoe Harrington, age 88, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, Salisbury. Sadly, she passed away on her husband's birthday.She was born May 29, 1926, in Cabarrus County, the daughter of the late Otis P. Dancy and Ethel Mae Huffman Dancy.In earlier years, Margie worked as a dental assistant and later with the former B. Elwood Durham real estate office. She was a representative for Avon cosmetics for 20 years. In the 1990s she worked at the Belk's Budget Fair in the Cloverleaf Shopping Center as a seamstress until retirement. Margie was a member of Southside Baptist Church in China Grove. Her family remembers her love of sewing, crocheting and cooking. She loved flowers, always rooting new growth cuttings so she could plant them.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Elmer W. Hartsoe Jr. Survivors include her beloved husband, William L. (Samp) Harrington Sr.; her children, Rick W. Hartsoe and wife Kathy of Eden and Linda Miller Harrington and husband Bill of Kannapolis; her stepchildren, Bill Harrington of Kannapolis, John Harrington of Chesney, S.C., Bobby Harrington and Robin Miller; grandchildren Samantha Hartsoe and Kirsten Hartsoe, both of Eden, and Catherine M. McCracken and husband Arthur of Kannapolis; one special great-grandchild, Alexander McCracken; two brothers, Clinton Dancy of China Grove and Sherrill Dancy of Salisbury; and a niece, Ann Edgison of Kannapolis.

Arrangements: The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22 at Whitley's Funeral Home Main Chapel, Kannapolis, officiated by Rev. Gene Edwards. Entombment will follow at Carolina Memorial Plaza Mausoleum, Kannapolis. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the service. The family will be at the home of her daughter the remainder of the time.

Memorials: May be made to Genesis Baptist Church, 9710 Old Concord Road, China Grove, NC 28023.Online condolences may be left at

Robert L. Harkey
ROCKWELL - Mr. Robert "Bob" Lee Harkey, 69, of Rockwell, passed away Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury. He was born July 2, 1945, in Rowan County to the late Harry Lee and Anna Danner Harkey. He was a 1964 graduate of South Rowan High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Following his time in the Army, he attended and graduated from Rowan Tech, with a degree in Business and Marketing. Bob was employed by Kosa in Water Treatment and Testing. He was a member of the Rockwell AMVETS-Post 845 and Faith American Legion-Post 327. Bob enjoyed traveling to the mountains, gardening, joking, but most especially spending time with his grandchildren.In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. Lorene Laws.He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ruby Shinn Harkey, who he married May 15, 1966; children Bobby Harkey and wife Brenda of Salisbury, Karen Baucom and husband Derek of Salisbury and Bradley Harkey and wife Amanda of Salisbury; grandchildren Samantha, Sabrina, Carson and Kinsey Harkey; brothers Kenneth Harkey of China Grove, Don Harkey of Michigan; sister Betty Alman of California; sister-in-law Shirley Harkey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at Powles Funeral Home in Rockwell.Service: The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Powles Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Steve Holshouser, pastor of Calvary Baptist Tabernacle, and Rev. Don Harkey, pastor of Cambria Baptist Church, Michigan. Burial will follow at Brookhill Memorial Gardens with military graveside rites by the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard and the N.C. National Guard.

Memorials: May be made to Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Boulevard, Salisbury, NC 28144.Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the family of Mr. Harkey. Online condolences may be made at

Marion Weaks
KANNAPOLIS - Mr. Marion Weaks, 56, of North Cannon Blvd., passed on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Tucker Hospice House. Born May 10, 1958, in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late Clyde Weaks and Edna Mae Massey Weaks.He was a graduate of G.W. Carver High School and was last employed as a truck driver.Survivors include daughter Ebony Rhames of Salisbury; son Jamil Rasheem Weaks of Kannapolis; two grandchildren; brothers and sisters James Massey of Kannapolis, Billy Ray Massey of Concord, Jimmy Lee Weaks of Mebane, Clydia Mae Johnson of Kannapolis and Susie Weaks Smith (Brian) of Salisbury; wife Ira Francis Weaks of Charlotte; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements: Services will be held Saturday, Oct. 25 at A.R. Kelsey Memorial Chapel, Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc., Salisbury, with visitation at 11 a.m. and funeral at 12 p.m. Burial will follow services at Oakdale Cemetery with Pastor Bradley Taylor of Outreach Christian Tabernacle, officiating.Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at

Daniel P. Dayvault
CHINA GROVE - Daniel Philip Dayvault, 64, of China Grove, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury. He was born March 25, 1950, in Mooresville, the son of K.M. (Babe) and Bet Dayvault of Kannapolis. He was preceded in death by a sister, Donna Irene Dayvault; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Farabee, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. David H. Dayvault."Dandy" Dan was a graduate of A.L. Brown High School, 1968, Chowan College, Murfreesboro, 1970, and Memphis State University, Memphis, Tenn., 1972. He was employed with the Town of Landis until his health declined. He was a member of New Hope Lutheran Church. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Kathy Overcash Dayvault; children Max Dayvault (Amanda) of Landis and Lauren Dayvault Hubbard (Mitchell) of Kannapolis; grandchildren Caroline Ann Dayvault and Landon Mitchell Hubbard; and his sister, Ann Dayvault Carter of Wilmington.

Arrangements: A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at New Hope Lutheran Church, Kannapolis officiated by Rev. Roger W. Storms and Rev. Jeff Lindsay. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at Whitley's Funeral Home and also from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the church prior to the service. Private inurnment will be at Carolina Memorial Park.

Memorials: May be made to New Hope Lutheran Church, 1615 Brantley Road, Kannapolis, NC 28083; and/or Glenn A Kiser Hospice House, 720 Grove St., Salisbury, NC 28144.Online condolences may be left at

Melvin F. Cranfield
SALISBURY - Melvin Franklin Cranfield, 61, of Salisbury, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born in Rowan County on Dec. 5, 1952, a son of the late Harold Franklin Cranfield and Lucille Casper Cranfield.Melvin attended East Rowan High School and was a long-distance truck driver. A member of Canaan Baptist Church, he was a gifted wood worker, avid fisherman and loved being with family. Survivors include son Brian S. Cranfield and wife Stacy of Salisbury; daughters Amanda Cranfield of Salisbury and Heather Cranfield Asheland, Va.; brothers Ronnie Cranfield and Lonnie Cranfield; sisters Brenda Honeycutt of Woodleaf, Althea Scoggins of Holden Beach and Susan Murray of Granite Quarry; grandchildren Devon Morgan, Dakota Cranfield, Summer Cranfield, Sumi Cranfield, Micheal Barnes, Mia Cranfield and Keegan Cranfield.

Service: A Memorial Service will be held at Canaan Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations can be made to Carolina Cremation, P.O. Box 2185, Salisbury, NC 28145.Online condolences can be made to the Cranfield family at Carolina Cremation is assisting the Cranfield family.

Bobby L. Craig Sr.
SALISBURY - Mr. Bobby Lee Craig Sr., 75, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, Salisbury. Bobby was born on Aug. 8, 1939, in Lancaster County, S.C., son of the late George Lee Craig and Ethel Snipes Craig.Mr. Craig was educated in the Lancaster, S.C., schools and was the owner and operator of a automotive garage where he was a mechanic. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Salisbury.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Terry Claude Craig, who passed away in 1986; and sister Rosalea Craig.He is survived by his wife, Donna Faye Atkinson Craig, who he married Feb. 14, 2004; sons Bobby Lee Craig Jr. of China Grove, Marty Wayne Craig of Concord; daughters Sherry Jeanene Atkinson of China Grove, Kathy Denise Barro of Besimer City; stepdaughter Rebecca Lawing of Salisbury; brother Roger Dale Craig of Lancaster, S.C.; six grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; and 1 great- great-grandchild.

Service: There will be a graveside service Thursday at 2 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. Joe Black.

Memorials: May be made to Eastside Baptist Church, 370 Trexler Road, Salisbury, NC 28146.Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Craig family. Online condolences may be made at