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Mary (Wezzie) Pickler Stevens
Mary (Wezzie) Pickler Stevens, age 81, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at her home. She was born Nov. 22, 1933, in Rowan County, the daughter of the late Carl H. Pickler and Geneva Bostian Pickler. Wezzie was a 1952 graduate of the former Rockwell High School. Wezzie was employed with the former Cannon Mills Company, Plant One, Label Room Dept. in the Sewing Room for 44 years until her retirement. She loved to go to the beach and enjoyed bowling. Wezzie had a strong love for her husband, Jack, and they were married for 50 years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Carl Pickler Sr. Survivors include her husband, Jack Stevens; two sisters, Joan (Doug) Brines and Patty White, both of Concord; a brother-in-law, Steve White of Gold Hill; a nephew, Ray Carl Pickler Jr. and wife Vickie of Rockwell; a niece, Jill Ann Pickler Platt and husband Ray of Salisbury; and a number of nieces and nephews. The family would like to express a special thanks to Sharon Holt, RN, and Layfonia P. Mayhew, CNA, both of Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County for their care shone to Weezie during her illness.

Arrangements: The funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 3 at Whitley's Funeral Home Main Chapel, Kannapolis, officiated by Rev. Howard Tyas. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park, Kannapolis. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. The family will be at the residence the remainder of the time.

Memorials: May be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Online condolences may be left at

Patricia Patti Julian Porter
Patricia Patti Julian Porter, age 55, of Salisbury, passed away on July 1st, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Aug. 29, 1959, in Muenchweiler, Germany, to the late Lt. Col Howard D. Julian and Bettye Anderson Julian. Patti was a graduate of East Rowan High School and attended Rowan Technical College. She was employed by Salisbury Motor Company and Richard Kluttz Insurance Agency of Salisbury for 12 years. Patti is survived by Tony Porter, her beloved husband; and her children, Joseph Cassels, Jared Cassels and Jenna Cassels; stepchildren Larkin Porter, Michelle Cauley and husband James Cauley; her grandchildren, Hailee Cassels, Carly Cassels and Jameson Cauley; her brothers, Joseph Julian, Donald Julian; sisters Susan Roberson and Brenda Williams; as well as her brother-in-law Tom Porter and wife Faye Porter; and sister-in-law Norma Thompson and husband Bill Thompson. Patti was a devoted wife, a loving, supportive mother and grandmother, a giving and selfless friend to all and a passionate fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Duke Blue Devils and the Atlanta Braves. Patti and Tony loved to entertain and were happiest when surrounded by family and friends. At Patti's request, there will be no service or visitation. She would like you to remember her, as you knew her.

Memorials: If you would like to honor her memory, donations may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513; or Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd. Salisbury, NC 28144.

Kirkpatrick Chirico
Kirkpatrick Chirico, 97, of Salisbury, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015, at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks. Born March 17, 1918, in Baileyton, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Homer and Nettie Hartsock Kirkpatrick. Mrs. Chirico was a graduate of Bulls Gap High School, Bulls Gap, Tenn., Berea College School of Nursing, Berea, Ky., and received her Public Health Certificate from Vanderbilt University. During World War II, she was a Public Health Nurse for the Tennessee Valley Authority, later a Public Health Nurse in Cincinnati, Ohio, and New York City. Her husband, whom she was married June 7, 1945, Frank Nicholas Chirico, preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 1993. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Nicholas Chirico of Charlotte and Linda N. Chirico of Salisbury; grandchildren Emily Chirico Deal and husband Drew of Nashville, Tenn., Nicholas F. Chirico Jr. of Greenville, N.C., William P. Chirico and Sophia M. Chirico both of Charlotte. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date at the Salisbury National Cemetery. Summersett Funeral Home is assisting the Chirico family. Online condolences may be made at

Mitchell Mitch Gregg Boylan
Mitchell Mitch Gregg Boylan, 72, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Mitch was born Jan. 13, 1943, in Canandaigua, N.Y., son of Helen Louise Schultz Boylan and the late Kenneth Gregg Boylan. He was a member of the crew of both the USS Corsair and the USS Trumpetfish. Mitch worked as a mechanic and supervisor for 37 years with Wrenn Brothers/Hyster Forklift now known as Briggs. He was a member of the Lowcountry Law Enforcement Bass Anglers. He is survived by his mother, Helen S. Boylan of Canandaigua, N.Y.; two sons, Keith Boylan (Joanne) of Ladson, S.C., Chris Boylan (Andrea) of Salisbury, N.C.; sister Cynthia Louise Boylan Langan (David) of Canandaigua, N.Y.; two stepchildren, Daleen Sease (Terry) of Irma, S.C., David Aldous of North Charleston, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Irick and Carmen Boylan, Tayton Hayes, Amber and Erica Flores, Christopher and Ashley Sease; great- grandchild Scarlett Robinson. He was preceded in death by his grade school sweetheart and wife of 39 years, Nancy Wesley Boylan; and Judith M. Boylan, his wife of 10 years.

Visitation: The family will receive friends Sunday, July 5, 2015 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., North Area Chapel, 2119 Dorchester Road. Interment will be private.

Memorials: May be made to American Lung Association , Coastal Branch, 44-A Markfield Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.

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James David Streater Jr.,
Mr. James David Streater Jr., of Lafayette Circle, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, surrounded by his loving family. He was a very loving and inspiring person and a very dedicated servant of the Lord. Born on Sept. 22, 1968, in Salisbury, he was the first son of Mr. and Mrs. James David Streater Sr. (Peggy Davis Streater) of Salisbury. James Jr., was a graduate of Salisbury High School and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. His hobbies included a love for trains and model cars, and he loved caring for his dog, Chocolate. He was a member of the former Locke Street Church of God, (currently Solid Rock Church of God), for 46 years, where he was affiliated and active in many church activities. He was a deacon, youth director, Missionary, and a member of the Men's Auxiliary, gospel choir and music ministry. He played the drums for more than 26 years for the church and other groups. He recently became a member of Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church. Throughout the years and many illnesses, he remained a faithful and dedicated servant of God. Everyone who knew James, knew he was extraordinary and represented love. He was kind, humble, loving, humorous and talented in more than one way: husband, son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle, cousin and a true friend. He will always be remembered and live deep in our hearts until we meet again. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of six years, Zenith Rene Streater; stepchildren Laquinta, Tyquinn, Quanesha and Dominique Campbell; grandchildren Zyrell, Torianna, Kyrie, Sineka and JahQuay Campbell; his parents, James and Peggy Streater, Salisbury; a godson, Ronnie Hamilton; special nephew, Jeremiah Streater; two brothers, William Streater (Rita), Atlanta, Ga., and Curtis Streater (Deanna), Salisbury; two brothers-in-law, Carson and Antonio Campbell; one sister-in-law, Kischa Hamilton; three aunts, Mrs. Jessie Bookhardt, Mrs. Hattie Myers and Mrs. Nellie Streater, all of Salisbury; two uncles, Mr. Boysie Davis and Mr. Elton Streater, both of Salisbury; two great- aunts, Mrs. Margaret Melton, Mocksville, and Mrs. Edora McManus, Chesterfield, S.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements: Visitation-2:30 p.m. and funeral 3:30 p.m., Sunday, July 5 at, Jerusalem Baptist Church, Spencer. Rev. Clarence Marlin, pastor of Fairview Heights Missionary Baptist Church, is the eulogist, and Evangelist Cathye Marlin is officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery. Hairston Funeral Home, Inc., is serving the Streater family. Online condolences may be made at

Royall Crenshaw (RC) Jones
Mr. Royall Crenshaw (RC) Jones, 95, of Raleigh, and formerly of Salisbury, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at his residence. Born May 23, 1920, in Sheppards, Va,, Mr. Jones was the son of the late Ruby Royall Sledd Jones and Paul Monroe Jones. Mr. Jones was a 1942 graduate of Virginia Tech University (VPI) with a degree in Agriculture. He worked for American Agricultural Chemical and Spartan Grain and Mill as a sales representative, was owner and operator of Rockwell Feed Service, and later worked for Walmart as a sales associate. Mr. Jones was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps serving during World War II. He was a past chairman of Agricultural Committee of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce. He loved baseball and golf. Mr. Jones was a member of First United Methodist Church in Salisbury. Preceding him in death, along with his parents, was brother Paul Jones. Surviving are his wife, Mabel Jones; daughter Rebecca Pinario of Raleigh; son Stephen Jones of Florida; grandchildren Paul Pinario and Amy Jean; and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements: The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday (July 7) at Summersett Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. in Summersett Memorial Chapel, conducted by Rev. Dr. Mark Conforti, Minister of First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Rowan Memorial Park with Military Honors. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Jones family. Online condolences may be made at

Russell Lee Davis III
Mr. Russell Lee Davis III, of LaDino Lane, passed Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Mr. Davis was born in Rowan County on Dec. 17, 1988, to Russell Lee Davis, Jr., and Tina D. Kelly. He attended Salisbury High School. He was employed as a welder with Flynn Burners in Mooresville. He previously attended Henderson Grove Baptist Church. Survivors are his wife, LaSheria Terry Davis of the home; daughters Sa'Niyah Davis and Raleigh Davis of the home; brothers Trae' D. Clark, Xzavia Davis, Ts'ion Kelly and Khalil Davis, all of Spencer; a maternal grandmother, Ms. Rebecca Kelly, Salisbury; uncles Kevin Kelly (Anitria) and Clarence Kelly (Joy), both of Salisbury; aunts Karen Hill (Tony), Teresa Archie (Garland) and Rita Luther (James), all of Salisbury, and Crystal Davis of Georgia; and a host of great uncles, great aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, co-workers and friends.

Arrangements: Visitation is 2:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 5 at Gethsemane Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St., Salisbury. Evangelist Angela Redfern, as eulogist. Hairston Funeral Home, Inc., has been entrusted with arrangements.

Mary Earnhardt Bost
Mrs. Mary Earnhardt Bost, age 94, of Salisbury, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Mary was born March 6, 1921, in Rowan County, the daughter of the late Lala Leugene Earnhardt Earnhardt and Clarence Calvin Earnhardt. She was a member of Community Baptist Church in Salisbury. Mary was a homemaker and devoted her life to husband and children and was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great- grandmother of five generations. Preceding her in death were husband Robert Eugene Bob Bost on Jan. 19, 2001, whom she married May 15, 1942; son David Joe Bost on Feb. 15, 2004; daughter Brenda Sue Bost May 19, 1954; granddaughter Mary Carol Whitten; sisters Lola Mae E. McCulloh, Barbara Ann E. Peacock Crisp and Doris Viola E. Miller; brothers Charles and William Bill Earnhardt. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters Connie B. Trexler Griffin (James Ray) of Rockwell, where Mary made her home, Carol Jean Jeanie Baker of Salisbury and Shelia J. Bost of Salisbury; daughter-in-law Angie Bost-Easter; grandchildren Ricky Whitten (Toni), Teresa W. Tickle (Roy), Bobby Whitten, Johnny Baker (Debbie), Tonja T. Wallace, Josh Trexler, Candy Bost, Keith Bost (Mindy), Samantha Bost, Roni Bost (Warren), Ashley Allen and Robert Allen; 29 great- grandchildren; 13 great-great- grandchildren.

Arrangements: Visitation will be held 10-11:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 8 at Summersett Funeral Home with a graveside service to follow at US National Cemetery.

Memorials: May be made to Community Baptist Church, 19 Carolina St., Salisbury, NC 28144. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Bost family. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be made at