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Sylvia Jean Brady
GOLD HILL - Sylvia Jean Wagoner Brady, 74, of Gold Hill, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.Sylvia was born on Oct. 15, 1940 in Rowan County, a daughter of the late Ruben and Henrietta Haycock Wagoner.She attended Boyden High School and worked for N.C. Finishing Company for over 35 years. After retiring she worked part-time for the Saleeby Fisher YMCA and Dan Nicholas Park. Sylvia was a caregiver, always watching over the elderly in her community. She also loved cooking and taking in animals.

In addition to her parents, Sylvia is preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Alan Brady; a son, David Alan Brady; brother, Tony Wagoner and sister, Gail Athey.Survivors include a son, Roy Laten Brady and wife Jessie, of Gold Hill; daughter, Megan Leigh Brady, of Salisbury; brother, Walter "Butch" Brady, of Gold Hill; 10 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren. Sylvia was dearly loved and will be truly missed by all who knew her.Carolina Cremation is assisting the Brady family. Online condolences may be made at

Betty Mae LAI Amos
Betty Mae LAI Amos, 84, of St. Roberts, MO passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Genesis ElderCare of Salisbury.

Born in Denver, CO on January 21, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Amelia LAI.

Betty attended school in Denver, CO and worked as a cook in the food industry. She was a member of Rock of Ages Church in St. Roberts, MO and was very active with the church youth.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ret. SFC Gabriel G. Amos; daughters, Myrna Turner and Carla Amos.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Greg Pine (Patricia) of Rockwell, NC, Marion Joe Pine (Lynne) of Chesapeake, VA; daughter, Carlene Miller of Houston, TX; sister, Freda Studenka of Arvada, CO; 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Ruth Hubbard Young
SALISBURY - Ruth Hubbard Young, 92, of Salisbury passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 after a long and amazing life. Her family was by her side.She worked at the Pentagon during World War II, and then attended Catawba College where she met the love of her life, Johnny Young. After graduation, she received the Kay Kyser Scholarship and received her Master's degree at the Univerity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her plays were presented at the Playmaker Theater. She enjoyed writing, especially poetry, and published some of her work and won several awards. She was Dean of Women at Catawba and then taught English and Creative Writing at Salisbury High School. She will be remembered fondly for her kindness and generosity.Preceding her in death was her husband Dr. Johnny L. Young on Dec. 28, 2000.Those left to cherish her memoriy are her daughters, Mary Paxton (Marc) of Staunton, Va., Joanna Young of Salisbury and Anita Young of Panama City, Fla.; brother, Joel Hubbard (Jayne) of Salisbury; sister, Sara Fairey (Bob) of Durham; and grandson, Russell Holloway.

The family will have a celebration of her life at a future date.
Memorials: Memorials may be made to Catawba College, Center for the Environment, 2300 W. Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144.Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Young family. Online condolences may be made at

Louie Swicegood Jr.
SALISBURY - Louie Alexander Swicegood Jr., 87, of Salisbury, passed away Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at Kiser Hospice House.Born in Rowan County Dec. 3, 1927, he was the son of the late Louie Alexander Swicegood and Mary Kluttz Swicegood.A veteran of the U.S. Army, Louie retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he worked for 43 years. He was also a volunteer fireman for many years at Ellis Crossroads Fire Department. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church. Louie's passion was "The Gift of Life." He led by example, donating to the Red Cross. Every 56 days he rolled up his sleeve and gladly donated blood with a big smile on his face. Over 17 years, he donated over 100 pints of blood.He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pearl Morgan Swicegood; and sister Jane Swicegood Morgan.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Rose H. Swicegood of Salisbury; daughter Julie Jordan (Teddy) of Salisbury; granddaughter Roxanne Davis of Salisbury; sisters Nell Brown of Salisbury, Louise Weant of Zebulon; stepson Terry Holshouser of Fancy Gap; stepdaughter Belinda Hester of Raleigh; three step- grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren.Entombment Service: 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22 at the Lakeside Mausoleum of Rowan Memorial Park with the Rev. Carroll Robinson officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Lyerly Volunteer Honor Guard.

Memorials: May be made to Autism Society of North Carolina, 505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230, Raleigh, NC 27605; American Red Cross, 1930 Jake Alexander Blvd. West, Salisbury, NC 28147; or a charity of the donor's choice .Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Swicegood family. Online condolences may be made at

Richard Allen Isenshour
SALISBURY - Richard Allen Isenhour "Paca Ike", 64, of Salisbury, passed away on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Richard was born on April 5, 1950 in Forsyth County, son of the late Robert Allen and Macie Wells Isenhour.Richard was a 1968 graduate of East Rowan High School, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for two years and Catawba College for one year. Richard was the store manager of Rite-Aid in Salisbury for 35 years, and most recently the store manager of Family Dollar in Spencer.Richard was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir. He enjoyed playing golf and sports of all kinds. Richard was a very humble and devoted man who dearly loved his family and extended family.In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by sisters, Patricia Lowman and Linda Marie Isenhour.Richard is survived by his wife of over 42 years, Judy Jackson Isenhour whom he married April 8, 1972; sons, Richard Allen Isenhour, Jr. and wife Susan of Clayton and Joshua Evan Allen Isenhour and wife Megan of Lexington; and grandson, Robert "Robbie" Isenhour. Richard is also survived by his extended family, Judy's family who adopted him and loved him as their own.

Service: The funeral will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 at Concordia Lutheran Church at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Ken Reed, Pastor. Burial will follow at Rowan Memorial Park.Visitation: The family will receive friends on Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at Powles Funeral Home from 7-8:30 p.m.

Memorials:In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Richard to Concordia Lutheran Church, 185 Concordia Church Road, China Grove NC 28023.Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of veteran's funeral care, is assisting the Isenhour family. Online condolences may be made at

Gladys Brown Hinson
KANNAPOLIS - Born and reared on County Line Road in Rockwell, she sometimes said she could throw a rock from her front yard all the way to Rowan County (the middle of the road). Gladys Brown Hinson, born Dec. 27, 1928, died Dec. 19, 2014. She was soon to be 86 years old.Mrs. Hinson was the daughter of the late C.A. Brown and Mamie M. Brown of Rockwell. She graduated from Rockwell High School and was a member of Bethpage United Methodist Church all of her adult life. Her devotion to the children's Sunday school classes is a testament of her love and compassion for the young and young at heart.Gladys loved and was loved by family and friends. Her quirky personality was always a subject of conversation. Anyone who met her always remembered her. She enjoyed years of crocheting and giving handmade items to friends, family and those in need. She retired after long careers with Sears & Roebuck and as office manager at Hinson Electrical Contractors of Kannapolis. Gladys Brown Hinson was preceded in death by her brothers, Joe and Norman; her sister, Erma Brown Sides; and her husband of 62 years, Daniel Broadus Hinson. Mrs. Hinson is survived by sons, Donald K. Hinson and wife Bobbie Hinson of Charlotte and Steven L. Hinson and wife Lisa Hinson of China Grove. Gladys is also survived by her five grandchildren, Scott Hinson and wife Whitney Hinson of Charlotte, Erin Hinson Banker and husband Chris Banker of Belmont, Rachel Hinson of Kannapolis and Jacob and Gracie Hinson of China Grove; great-grandchildren, Noah and Mason Banker of Belmont and Emery, Avery and Aubry Hinson of Charlotte.

Service and Visitation: The funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 at Bethpage United Methodist Church of Kannapolis. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. An 11 a.m. burial in the church cemetery, with family and any who wish to attend, will precede the funeral service.

Memorials:In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Bethpage Memorial Fund.

Arrangements are in the care of Whitley's Funeral Home of Kannapolis. Online condolences may be sent to

Carl Fleming
SALISBURY - Mr. Carl Fleming, 84, of North Long St., passed Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 in Salisbury.Born on May 31, 1930 in Rowan County, he was the son of the late Floyd Fleming and Beulah Luckey Fleming. Educated in the public schools of Rowan County, he retired from Cone Mills. Mr. Fleming was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Bassinknight.He is survived by his wife, Mary McCorkle Fleming of Winston-Salem; daughter, Kathy Long of Charlotte; stepson, Calvin McCorkle of Salisbury; sisters, Ruth Hosch and Lelia Cuthbertson, both of Salisbury; seven grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; sister-in-law; Hattie McCorkle; brothers-in- law, R. L. McCorkle, John McCorkle and James McCorkle; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Service and Visitation: Services will be held on Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014 at Trinity Presbyterian Church with the visitation at 11 a.m. and funeral at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow services at Oakdale Cemetery and Rev. Olen V Bruner, pastor, officiating. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of Beulah Fleming Tate, 1610 W Franklin St., Salisbury.Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent to

Carrie Leona Hampton Brown
ROCKWELL - Carrie Leona Hampton Brown, 89, of Rockwell, entered the Church Triumphant on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. Carrie was born April 10, 1925 in Stanly County, a daughter of the late David Samuel and Ida Furr Hampton.A graduate of Landis High School, she was the manager of Brown's Nursery which she and her husband Ben opened in 1953. Carrie was a faithful member of Organ Lutheran Church, where she attended the Adult # 1 Sunday School Class. Carrie was a Girl Scout leader and helped establish Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scout Troops at Organ Lutheran Church. She also served on the Holly Hut Committee of Hornets Nest Girl Scout Council, a group responsible for Holly Hut being established at Dan Nicholas Park.Carrie was a Gold Star member of Faith American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327. She was also active in numerous regional and state nursery associations with her husband. Carrie was a friend to all, and she loved to garden, can, cook, collect cook books, read and do cross word puzzles. She coordinated the community Rowan Public Library Book Mobile stop at the nursery for many years.In addition to her parents, Carrie is preceded in death by her siblings, Authur Hampton, Pansy Overcash Hinson, Polly Gryder, Jessie Eller, Harold Hampton, Mary Solomon, George Hampton and Ralph Hampton.Carrie is survived by her husband of 67 years, Benjamin "Ben" Harold Brown, whom she married on Oct. 19, 1947; children, Ted Brown of Matthews, Kaye Brown Hirst and husband Ed of Salisbury and Amy Brown of Greenville, S.C.; grandchildren, Darien Brown of Mint Hill, Marisa Brown of Charlotte and William Hirst and wife Carla of Fort Mill, S.C; and two great- grandchildren.

Service: The funeral will be held on Monday, Dec.22, 2014 at 11a.m. at Organ Lutheran Church, 1515 Organ Church Road, Salisbury NC 28146, conducted by Rev. Carlin Ours and assisted by Rev. Bruce Sheeks. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.Visitation: The family will receive friends at Powles Funeral Home on Sunday, Dec. 21,2014 from 4-7 p.m.Memorials:In lieu of flowers, gifts in Carrie's memory may be made to Organ Lutheran Church or to the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks, 820 Klumac Rd Salisbury NC 28144.The family would like to offer many thanks to Carrie's caregivers Magen Barber and Betty Frances File and to the staff at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks where she lived since spring.

A special thanks also to Rowan County Hospice and Palliative Care for their care.Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Brown family. Online condolences may be made at

Michael John Kraska
SALISBURY - Michael John Kraska, 44, of Salisbury, formerly of Portage, Mich. passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at his residence after a period of declining health.

Michael was born Dec. 29, 1969 in Kalamazoo, Mich. the son of Joanne and John Kraska of Portage, Mich He was a 1988 graduate of Portage Central High School and received his Bachelor's Degree in social work from Michigan State in 1992 and his Master's Degree from Western Michigan in 1994. He was a social worker for many years in Michigan and in North Carolina. Michael was an avid sports fan and loved the Detroit Lions and the Michigan State Spartans.In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory include his wife Jennifer Basal Kraska whom he married Feb. 23, 2008; mother- in law and father-in-law, Robert and Carolyn Basal of Marquette, Mich.; brother, Robert Kraska (Ellen) of San Carlos, Calif.; sister, Susan Dragt (Dirk) of Kalamazoo, Mich.; grandmother-in-law, Mary Downey of Marquette, Mich.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Julee and Michael Kaurala of Marquette, Mich; and numerous family members and friends.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Kraska family. Online condolences may be made at

Christopher Lee Hodge
SALISBURY - Christopher "Chris" Lee Hodge, 32, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Born June 28, 1982, he was the son of Don Hodge and Nora Stubbs Cannon.

Visitation: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home, China Grove. On-line condolences may be made at www.linnhoneycuttfuneralhome.c om. Linn-Honeycutt Funeral is serving the family.

Dorothy Blanche Deason
SALISBURY - Dorothy Blanche Davis Deason, 91, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at the Kiser Hospice House. Blanche was born April 27, 1923 Iredell County to the late William S. Davis and Josie Curley Davis. She was married to the late Johnny Lee Deason who preceded her in death in 2001. She was a member of West Corinth Baptist Church, a homemaker, and a resident of Carillon Assisted Living Center in Salisbury. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother, Glen Davis.Survivors include her special nieces and nephew, Judy (James) Mechum of Landis, Kay Fisher of Harrisburg and Sonny Blackwelder of Landis; a sister, Lucille Blackwelder (Nathan) of Landis; a special caregiver, Bonnie Fowler; and many nieces and nephews.

Service & Visitation: A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 at the Whitley's Funeral Home Annex Chapel with the Rev. Robert Suttles officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorials:Memorials can be made to Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Ave., Salisbury, NC 28144 or West Corinth Baptist Church, 120 Corinth Church Rd., Mooresville, NC 28115.Online condolences may be left at

George Wilson Gazeley
SALISBURY - George Wilson Gazeley, 76, of Salisbury passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 17,2014 at his home. George was born Nov. 4, 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio, son of the late Arthur and Lula Gazeley.George was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He attended Ohio State University and was a heavy equipment operator for Apex Construction. George was of the Catholic faith. George is survived by his wife of over 28 years, Betty Jean Gazeley, whom he married Sept. 8, 1986; sons, George Gazeley, Jr. and wife Lorie and Darrell Gazeley, all of Concord; step-children, Rhonda Lester, Karen Walls and husband Glen, RodneyWalls, Larry Ball and Lynn Hathcock and husband Ronald; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Aaron and wife Monica, Cory, Alison, Shandi andBrandon; great- grandchildren, Kaylee, Ryker, Ashlyn and Israel; good friends, Rocky and Pam and Curtis and Betty; and his beloved dogs, Zoie and Hank, Jr.

Service: There will be a graveside service at the Salisbury National Cemetery on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. with military graveside rites provided by the Marine Corps and the Rowan County Honor Guard.

Memorials:In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Freedom Christian Worship Center Church of God, PO Box 999, Rockwell, NC 28138.Carolina Cremation is assisting the Gazeley family. Online condolences may be made at -

Douglas Dills
SALISBURY - Douglas Dills, 67, of Salisbury, passed away Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 at his residence.Born Feb. 26, 1947 in Franklin, Mr. Dills was the son of the late Opal Evans Dills and Fred Dills. Mr. Dills was a graduate of North Rowan High School. He served in the U.S. Army, after which he went on to get his continuing education certification in electrical contracting. He was the owner and operator of Dills and Sons Electric for 40 years and Dills Construction. Douglas enjoyed playing golf and was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church in Cleveland. Preceding him in death are his son, James Douglas Dills and sister, Phyllis Welch.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Carol Dills; daughter, Tammy Wilhite (Travis); son, Adam Dills; daughter, Taylor Dill (Thomas); sisters, JoAnn Gregory and Freida Heitman; step-sisters, Cindy O'Boyle, Cathy Stinnett, Carrie Swanson and Jeanie Eschenbacher; grandchildren, Alessan and Camden Wilhite and step-grandson, Jerrett Wilhite.

Visitation and Services: Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m., Friday Dec. 26, 2014 at Summersett Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at Morning Star Baptist Church with Pastor Ron Young officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Rowan Memorial Park.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Summersett Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Dills family. Online condolences may be made at

Donald Ray Walser, Sr.
SPENCER - Donald Ray Walser, Sr., 85, of Spencer, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at Autumn Care of Salisbury.A loving husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed being with family, going out to eat, trips when possible and visiting with friends at Sims Auto, Spencer.Born Feb. 26, 1929 in Rowan County, he was the youngest of 12 children born to William Arthur Walser and Mary Alice Hege Walser.He was educated at the Junior Order Home in Lexington and Ohio along with his younger sisters, Doris and Mary and was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.He was employed by North Carolina Finishing Company and later served as Public Works Superintendent for the Town of Spencer where he retired in 1991.Mr. Walser was a member of North Main Baptist Church and attended Main Street United Methodist Church with family. He was also a Charter Member of the Spencer Moose Lodge #2019 and a retired volunteer fireman with the Spencer Fire Department.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Stacy Walser, Ed Walser, June Walser and Coy Walser; sisters, Lizzie W. Head, Lessie W. Clement, Beulah W. Cooper, Jennie W. Little and Mary W. Young.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 65 years, Doris Koontz Walser, whom he married Dec. 17, 1949; sons, Donald R. Walser, Jr. and wife Bonnie, of Salisbury, Steven "Randy" Walser and wife Linda, of Midlothian, Tex.; sister, Doris W. Bass, of Salisbury; granddaughters, Jennifer Ruth Walser, of Greensboro and Ashley Anne Walser, of Salisbury and step- grandson Kevin Swisher of Delta, Colo.

Visitation and Services: The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at Main Street United Methodist Church.Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Main Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Perry Bradshaw, officiating. Interment will follow at Rowan Memorial Park with military graveside rites conducted by the N.C. National Guard and Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice .Summersett Funeral Home is assisting the Walser family. Online condolences may be made at