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Martha Ligon Grimmett
SUNSET BEACH  Martha Ligon Grimmett, 97, passed away peacefully in her home in Sunset Beach, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Formerly of Concord and Clarksville, Va., Martha was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Matthew Hill Grimmett, MD. Born in Clarksville, Va. on March 10, 1919, Martha was the daughter of the late John Archer and Genevieve Hughes Ligon. Martha was a graduate of Clarksville High School, James Madison College for Women and Duke University School of Nursing. Survivors include her sister, Patsy Ligon Easley of Staunton, Va.; son, Colonel Jack (Joan) Grimmett of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter, Ellen (Jim) Mullen of Salisbury; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild. A special thanks to her dedicated caregivers  Paula Clay, Katherine Ellyn Fulmore, and April Clay. Services will be private.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, Martha asked that donations be made in her honor to M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), 5104 Western Blvd. #B, Raleigh, NC 27606. Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

Johnsie Irene Stevenson
Ms. Johnsie Irene Stevenson, 86, of Statesville, passed away, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Ms. Stevenson was preceded in death by three sisters, Willie Dorothy Stevenson Weaver, Martha Alberta Stevenson Davis and Henrietta Stevenson Ingram. Ms. Stevenson is survived by a brother, Alex Stevenson; and host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Arrangements: A celebration of life service will be conduted, Monday, Aug. 29, at 11:30 a.m., at the Mary B. Bigham Memorial Chapel, Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home. Members of the family will recieve friends from 11-11:30 a.m., at the funeal home, but will assemble at the residence of a niece, Jessie D. Summers, 117 Natawest Dr., Statesville, at other times. Visit the Book of Memories for Ms. Stevenson at: Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary, is serving the Stevenson family.

Natalie Jean Lippard
Natalie Jean Lippard, 4, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at the Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. She was born in Wake County the daughter of Stephen and Barbara Cobb Lippard. Natalie was loved by all who met her, but most of all by her family. Those left to cherish her memory are her parents, Stephen and Barbara Lippard; sister, Lexi; and brothers, Camden and Mason of Durham; also are her grandparents, Dana and Susan Lippard of Salisbury and Scott and Jean Cobb of Wake Forest; her great-grandmother, Joyce Cobb of Rocky Mount; aunts and uncles, Jeff and Robin George, Reagan, Kenan and Levi of Lexington, S.C., Denny and Emily Morgan, Caleigh, Lily and Joel of Salisbury, Katy Lippard of West Columbia, S.C., Melani Lippard of Salisbury, Scott and Michelle Guthrie, Addie, Sydney and Brody of Rolesville, Matt and Rachel Woods, Annie and Lydia of Papua New Guinea and Kevin Cobb of Wake Forest.

Service: A funeral service honoring her life will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Bay Leaf Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation: Friends may visit with the family form 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the church 12200 Bay Leaf Church Road Raleigh, NC 27614 A service of Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919-556-5811)

Ray Milem
Mr. Ray Milem, 92, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Ray was born July 21, 1924 in Cabarrus County. He was a son of the late James Hansford Milem, Sr. and Verdie Riggs Milem. Ray served proudly in the U.S. Army with the 563rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery as an automatic weapons gunner during World War II. Ray retired from Cannon Mills, Swink Plant after 50 years of service. He is fonly remembered for his love of gardening, raising animals, woodworking projects and serving his family throughout his life. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Frances Milem; three sons, Jim Milem and wife Karen of China Grove, Jerry Milem and wife Shirley of Salisbury and Joe Milem and wife Jackie of Kannapolis; daughter, Zeta Pittman of Charlotte; ten grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Service: A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Darryl Evans will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date at Salisbury National Cemetery. Visitation: The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m., Wednesday, at First Presbyterian Church prior to the service.

Memorials: Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Remembrances may be sent to the family at Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mr. Milem.

Serlena Sallie Smith McKinney
Mrs. Serlena Sallie Smith McKinney, 102, funeral service will be on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at 12 p.m., at the First Calvary Baptist Church, Salisbury, NC with a 30 minute visitation prior to service time. Kelsey Funeral Home of Albemarle is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Mary Louise Loughlin
Mary Louise Loughlin, 72, of Rockwell, passed away Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Mary was born on May 31, 1944 in Elizabeth, N.J., daughter of the late Edgar Hazlet Sebold and Alice Murphy Sebold. Mrs. Loughlin was a 1962 graduate of Neptune High School in New Jersey and moved to North Carolina in 2005. She was a home healthcare caregiver before retiring. Mary was a member of Highest Praise Family Worship Center in China Grove, where she met her best friend, Anita Wallace. Her faith and church activities were a major part of her life. She enjoyed drawing, cooking, crocheting and she loved being with her grandchildren. Survivors include children, David E. Lettice and wife Jill of Marlboro, N.J., Tom J. Lettice of Rockwell and Lori Ann Gunther of Granite Quarry; grandchildren, Priscilla, Katie, Becca Lynn, Charlie, Taylor, T.J., Brendan and Eric; and two special women who were a part of her family, Erica Lettice and Kari Asbbaugh.

Arrangements: Services will be held at a later date in New Jersey.

Memorials: Her life and her joy was her church, so in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Highest Praise Family Worship Center, 1700 Bostian Road, China Grove, NC 28023. (704) 857-6500 Online condolences may be made to the Loughlin family at Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte is assisting the Loughlin family.

Larry William Coley
Mr. Larry William Coley, 76, of China Grove passed away Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, unexpectedly. He was born April 3, 1940 in Cabarrus County to the late Paul William Coley and Mary Ritch Coley. Larry enjoyed meeting friends at Porky's for breakfast, touring the flea markets, fishing and watching old westerns. Most of all he treasured spending time with his family. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, Bobby Ray Coley. Larry is survived by his wife of fifty five years, Judy Brooks Coley of the home; three sons, Robert Coley and wife Susan of Oakboro, Michael Coley and wife Victoria, Scott Coley and wife Jennifer, all of Concord; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; and his special cat Muffin.

Visitation and Service: A funeral service for Mr. Coley will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Whitley's Funeral Home Annex Chapel with Rev. Scott A. Coley officiating. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park, China Grove, N.C. Online condolences may be left at

Lois Lumsden Avant
Lois Lumsden Avant, age 96, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at Big Elm Nursing Center, Kannapolis. She was born April 26, 1920, in Alexander County, the daughter of the late William Espy Lumsden and Nora Rufty Lumsden. Lois was employed with the former Cannon Mills Company, Plant One, #3 Weave Room for many years until her retirement in 1982. She was also a member of Central Baptist Church, Kannapolis. Her family fondly remembers her as a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Earl Freeze; second husband, Chester Eugene Avant; three brothers; and five sisters. Survivors include her two daughters, Patricia (Pat) Shepherd of Statesville and Miss Jane Susan Avant of Kannapolis; one granddaughter, Kelli Keever (John) of Mooresville; two great-grandchildren, Meredith and Ryan Keever; and two sisters, Evelyn Scarborough of Rockwell and Connie Brown of Landis.

Visitation and Service: The funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Whitley's Funeral Home Main Chapel, Kannapolis, NC officiated by Rev. Curtis Parker. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park, Kannapolis, NC. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home prior to the service.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the nursing staff of Big Elm for their loving and steadfast care that they gave to our mother and grandmother.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 1812 Moose Road, Kannapolis, NC 28083. On-line condolences may be left at

Donald Lee Snipes
Mr. Donald Lee Snipes, 78, of Rockwell, NC passed away Monday, August 29, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center Northeast. Born December 7, 1937 in Iredell County he was the son of the late Christine Lentz Snipes and J.W. Bill Snipes. Mr. Snipes was a graduate of A.L. Brown High School, class of 1957. He worked for Fieldcrest Cannon Mills textile factory for 47 years. He enjoyed watching Carolina Panther football games, fishing, NASCAR racing and spending time with his family. Along with his parents, Mr. Snipes is also preceded in death by his brother, Billy Ray Snipes.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Shelby Faggart Snipes, married 58 years; son, David Snipes of Granite Falls, NC; daughter, Jody Milstead of Kannapolis, NC; son, Rev. Jerry Snipes (Melissa) of Rockwell, NC; grandchildren, Jason (Tabitha), Clara (Doug), Amber, Sarah, Dustin; great-grandchildren, River, Canyon, Caleb and Sadie.

Visitation will be held from 10-11AM Wednesday August, 31, 2016 at Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church. Funeral service will follow at 11AM in the Church sanctuary with Rev. Neal Jones officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 6001 Old Salisbury Concord Rd., Kannapolis, NC 28083; and Resurrection Life Church, PO Box 846, Salisbury, NC 28146. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Snipes family. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be made at