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Daphne 'Gail' Ralston
SALISBURY - Mrs. Daphne "Gail" Ralston, 65, of Salisbury, passed away Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at her residence.She was born Sept. 28, 1948, in Salisbury to William Arthur Willmotte of Granite Quarry and the late Fannie Elizabeth Trexler Willmotte of Granite Quarry. Mrs. Ralston was a graduate of East Rowan High School. She worked at Dr. Kenneth T. Washko's Dental office as a receptionist and insurance coordinator. Mrs. Ralston was a member of Wittenberg Lutheran Church and of the American Legion Auxiliary Peeler Wood Livengood Post 448. Mrs. Ralston was a beloved caregiver of her father, Arthur Willmotte. Her life was her husband, daughter and granddaughters.Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Ronald David Ralston; daughter Veronica Gail Ralston Hobbs and her husband Charles Michael Hobbs of Granite Quarry; father William Arthur Willmotte of Granite Quarry; sisters Jean Willmotte Stirewalt and husband Buddy of Salisbury and Joan Willmotte Gasque of Salisbury; and granddaughters Haven Alexis Hobbs and Hadley Ralston Hobbs.

Visitation: The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Summersett Funeral Home.Service: A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Wittenberg Lutheran Church conducted by Rev. Kim Trabold. Burial will follow at Wittenberg Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials: May be made to Wittenberg Lutheran Church Preschool, in honor of her granddaughters, Haven and Hadley Hobbs, P.O. Box 345, Granite Quarry, NC 28072.Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Ralston family. Online condolences may be made at

Charles Nathaniel Gray, Sr.
KANNAPOLIS - Rev. Charles Nathaniel Gray, Sr., 75, of Scott Street, Kannapolis, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at his residence.He was born in Cabarrus County on March 9, 1939 to the Goldie Miller and the late Estelle Gray.Rev. Gray was a 1958 graduate of G.W. Carver High School and also graduated from Shaw University Theological Seminary. He was employed as a dock trainer with Cannon Mills. Rev. Gray also retired after 31 years of pastoring Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Huntersville. He was a member of Charity Baptist Church.Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, G. Joann Gray of the home; two sons, Rev. Charles N. Gray, Jr. (Gina) and Rev. Orlando D. Gray, Sr. (Thurshell) both of Kannapolis; seven grandchildren; two nephews, Gregory Gray of Landis and Rev. Dr. Donald Gray (Sharon) of Kannapolis; one niece, Angela L. Gray of Mooresville; special god- daughter, Teresa Willis Moss of Kannapolis; special cousin, Bobby Gray (Danielle) of Kannapolis and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Service&Visitation:A service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Huntersville. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Bethel Baptist Church in Kannapolis. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Charity Baptist Church in Kannapolis. Burial will follow at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.Memorials:In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Charity Baptist Church Food Pantry.Online condolences can be submitted at Clark Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the Gray family.

James 'Jimmy' Bolton
SALISBURY - Mr. James Morris "Jimmy" Bolton, 74, of Salisbury, passed away Sept. 15, 2014, at his residence. Born Oct. 23, 1939, in Charles Town, W.Va., James was the son of the late Ruth Krider Bolton and Neil Bolton. Mr. Bolton was a graduate of Northwest High School in Winston-Salem and attended Catawba College. He worked for 26 years at Summersett Funeral Home as a director's assistant. Mr. Bolton was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, where he was a member of the Everyman's Sunday School Class. Those left to cherish his memory are his sister, Christie Bolton Carter and husband Bill of Salisbury; nieces Allison Carter and Kimberly Perry and husband Dan; and nephew Christopher Carter and wife Lisa.

Arrangements: The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Randy Kirby officiating. Visitation will follow in Lewis Hall following the service.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Glenn Kiser Hospice House, 720 Grove St., Salisbury, NC 28144; and Rowan Helping Ministries, 226 N. Long St., Salisbury, NC 28144.Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Bolton family. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be made at

Edna M. Artz
KANNAPOLIS - Edna Moretz Artz, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at her home.She was born Dec. 20, 1923, in Watauga County, the daughter of the late Edward Franklin Moretz and Nelia Faw Moretz.Edna was employed at the former Cannon Mills Company, Plant One, in the Spinning Room and later the Distribution Department for 50 years until her retirement in 1990. She was a member of Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church, Kannapolis. Edna is fondly remembered by her family as a lady who loved baking and cooking. She could take a recipe, find out what was in it, and change it in a way to make the new creation her own special treat. She was also a family person who loved connecting with her many nieces and nephews. In the later years, she became a part of a "breakfast club" that met regularly at Cracker Barrel and talked about their special recipes.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Artz, in 2006.Survivors include her daughter, Sherry Artz, and her son, Ronald Artz, both of Kannapolis; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Thursday, Sept. 18 at Carolina Memorial Park, Kannapolis, officiated by Rev. Scott Swix. Visitation was prior to the service at Whitley's Funeral Home.

Memorials: May be made to Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church, 101 Vance St., Kannapolis, NC 28081; or Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.Online condolences may be left at

Roylene D. Smith
KANNAPOLIS - Roylene D. Smith, 78, of Salisbury went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at her residence following a period of declining health. Born Oct. 17, 1935 in Dickens, Tex., she was a daughter of the late Roy and Anna Lou Dunavant. She moved to this area in 2000 and was an active member of West Point Baptist Church. She was a dedicated wife and mother of two children and will be dearly missed.Survivors include her husband of 48 years, J.P. Smith of the home; a son, Carlton Smith of East Freetown, Mass.; a daughter, Melinda S. Perry of Pawtucket, R.I.; two sisters; and one brother.

Service & Visitation: Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at West Point Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Chris Shelton. The family will receive friends at the church from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service. Interment will be 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at Floydada Cemetery in Floydada, Tex.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215 or to Rowan County Hospice, 720 Grove St., Salisbury, NC 28144.Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Smith. Online condolences may be sent to