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Azalee Powell Swindle
GRANITE QUARRY - Azalee Powell Swindle, age 90 years, passed Sunday, March 22, 2015, very peacefully and surrounded by love. She was born Aug. 7, 1924, in Efland to the late Ernest Burgin Powell, Sr. and Gassie Mae (Williams) Powell. She was one of two sons and eight daughters.She was a 1942 graduate of Boyden High School, Salisbury. She was employed for 15 years at the University of Maryland and retired in 1986 from the University of South Carolina. She had been a member of Park Avenue Methodist Church in Salisbury.She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great- grandmother who loved her family dearly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Noah C. ("Pete") Swindle (1993); two sons, Navy Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Lee Swindle (1986) and Thomas Edward Swindle (1980); two brothers, E.B. and Thomas Powell; three sisters, Geneva Powell, Ernesteen Williams and JoAnn Goodman; and one grandson, Russell Swindle.She is survived by one son, Donald C. (Orawee) Swindle of Frostburg, Md.; two daughters, Debbie Swindle of Granite Quarry and Sue Swindle of Cary; three sisters, Dorothy Bingham, Kathleen (Wilton) Young, and Jan Morris, all of Salisbury; 10 grandchildren; one step- granddaughter; 14 great- grandchildren; and a host of extended family.

Arrangements: The body will remain at Summersett Funeral Home in Salisbury where the family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday (March 28). The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m., being officiated by Rev. Michael Taylor. Burial will follow at Rowan Memorial Park, Salisbury. The family will be at the home the remainder of the time. Summersett Funeral Home of Salisbury is serving the Swindle family. Online condolences may be made at

Robert A. Miller
KANNAPOLIS - Mr. Robert Alexander Miller, of Kannapolis, passed away on March 20, 2015, at CMC- Northeast in Concord.

Born April 14, 1937, in York, S.C., he was the son of the late Paul and Mable Miller Parker. Mr. Miller attended Kannapolis City Schools and earlier in his life worked for Fieldcrest Cannon. Later, he became owner and operator of CAM LoBert Screen Printing Co.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a NASCAR fan and was an earlier member of the Stokesdale Moose Lodge.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Colette Marie Phillips (Scott) of Kannapolis; stepsons Richard Michael Perry (Dawn) of Reidsville and William Randall Perry (Jennifer) of Charlotte. Also surviving him are his sisters, Louise Smith (Ralph) of Kannapolis and Nancy Jordan (Cecil) of Blacksburg, S.C.; eight grandchildren, and seven great- grandchildren.

Arrangements: Visitation is Saturday, March 28 at Revolution Church in Kannapolis from 12-1 p.m. with memorial service to follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Keith Kannenberg, minister.

Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bobby Mac 'Bob' Mauldin
KANNAPOLIS - Mr. Bobby Mac "Bob" Mauldin, 78, of Kannapolis, died Saturday, March 21, 2015, following a brief illness. Mr. Mauldin was born Sept. 14, 1936, in Concord, to the late Matthew Rance and Gladys Goodman Mauldin. Mr. Mauldin was a 1956 graduate of Concord High School. After spending a year working for the City of Concord alongside his father at Oakwood Cemetery, he enrolled at Appalachian State Teachers College where he earned his BS in History and Physical Education in 1961. He was a member of Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society, lettered in soccer as a goal keeper and as manager of the varsity football and wrestling teams, was a member of the student council, and led review sessions prior to exams at the request of his history professor. In 1970, he earned his MS degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville where he attended on an Experienced Teacher Fellowship. In 1977, he was awarded Certificate of Graduate Study in Education, Sixth Year Program from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Mr. Mauldin began his 37-year career in education in 1961, in the Kannapolis City Schools (KCS) System teaching Health and Physical Education, as well as coaching wrestling, JV football and track at A.L. Brown High School. Mr. Mauldin was called to active duty at Fort Bragg, in January of 1962, during the Berlin Crisis. After his year of service he returned to teaching and coaching. In 1968, he was selected as the Kannapolis Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator of the Year. In 1970, Mr. Mauldin held the position of Director of the Middle Grade Occupational Program before being named Principal at J.F. McKnight Kindergarten. In his 23 years at McKnight, the school was recognized by the State Department of Public Instruction as a Model Kindergarten School and for an exemplary curriculum developed by the school staff. Mr. Mauldin was a member of numerous education associations and selected as Principal of the Year by KCS in 1991. He rounded out his education career assisting the transition of all Kannapolis sixth graders to Kannapolis Middle School in 1997, while serving on the administrative team. In 1998, Mr. Mauldin retired from KCS.Throughout his life, Mr. Mauldin was an active member of civic and charitable organizations. He was invited to join the Kannapolis Rotary Club in 1971, and served as president of the club 1988- 89. He was presented the Paul Harris Fellow Award in 1989 and continued to be an active member until his death. At the same time he joined the YMCA J.T. Fesperman Y's Men's Service Club, he served as president in 1976 and was named "Man of the Year" for 1987-88. Mr. Mauldin was active and served as officer/board member of numerous organizations including the Cabarrus Chapter of the American Red Cross, Cabarrus County Parks and Recreation, Cabarrus County Sports Council, Cabarrus County Christian Business Men's Club, American Field Service, Kannapolis Association for Teaching Bible in the Schools, Kannapolis History Association, Ralph A. Glenn Scholarship Committee, Cabarrus County Sports Hall of Fame, and the NC Chapter of the National Wresting Hall of Fame. In August 2014, Mr. Mauldin received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from Gov. Pat McCrory. The award is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state and is called the state's highest civilian honor.Mr. Mauldin was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Kannapolis where he was an ordained Elder. The Session nominated him for the Presbytery of Charlotte Outstanding Elder Award 2011, which he received on May 10, 2011. He taught an Adult Sunday School class there for the past 18 years and previously at churches he attended. His faith and belief in God was of utmost importance to him, sharing an understanding of the word of God was a gift he loved to pass on. He was dedicated to visiting hospital patients, nursing home residents and those that were home- bound.

To God be the Glory for the life he led.Mr. Mauldin enjoyed many hobbies. Wrestling was a special passion for him, he loved the sport and everyone involved in the sport. He published "NC Mat News," which covered high school wresting across the state each season for the last 45 years. He worked with the NCHSAA wrestling officials, by making clinics available and assigning matches. He acquired countless accolades and awards for his service and dedication to the sport. In 1990, "Wrestling USA Magazine" named him "State Man of the Year" for N.C. In 1999, the National Wrestling Media Association awarded "NC Mat News" The Wrestling Publication of the Year presented at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Mo. In 2004, Mr. Mauldin was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame located in Stillwater, Okla., by the NC chapter for his lifetime service to wrestling. The first annual Bob Mauldin MAT NEWS Wrestling Classic in honor of his promotion of NC High School Wrestling was held in 2007. Mr. Mauldin cared deeply for his wrestling family.His family was his greatest earthly possession.

Bob has been married to his wife Donna for 51 loving years. He and Donna enjoyed traveling with their children, Jill and Alex, each summer. Each trip brought delightful memories and fun times. He enjoyed drawing impromptu ink sketches and working in the yard with Donna creating gardens, planting flowers and incorporating his collection of old bricks to build pathways and borders. He dearly loved family gatherings with his brother and sisters and their families. As a Grandaddy, he was diligent in attending dance recitals and games to watch his granddaughters cheer. He and Grandmommy continued to share their love of travel with special summer trips with the girls.He is survived by his wife, Donna Thomson Mauldin; daughter Jill Mauldin Jansen and her husband Kraig; son Matthew Alexander "Alex" Mauldin; two granddaughters, Mary Katherine Underwood and Brianne Chrystelle Underwood; three step-grandsons, Kristopher, Hunter and Grant Jansen; three sisters, Gail Mauldin Rushing and her husband Harold, Letha G. Mauldin, Doris Mauldin Townsend and her husband Lee. He was preceded in death by his brother, Billy E. Mauldin, Sr.

Arrangements: A memorial service to celebrate the life of Bob Mauldin will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St., Kannapolis, NC with the Rev. Darryl Evans officiating. The service will be followed by a celebration reception in the church fellowship hall.

Memorials: May be made to First Presbyterian Church of Kannapolis, Building Fund, 201 Vance St., Kannapolis, NC 28081.Remembrances may be made to the family at

Margaret C. Lyerly
SALISBURY - Margaret Cranfield Lyerly, 88, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, at her residence.Born in Rowan County on July 1, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Belva Bailey and Stacy Cranfield.Margaret attended Rowan County schools and graduated from Boyden High School. She worked as a bookkeeper at a glass company and sales and management at Leonard's Jewelry and sold jewelry in Rowan County for more than 60 years. Ms. Lyerly was a member of Rufty Holmes Senior Center and the Pilot Club, where she received "Pilot of the Year." She was a member of Haven Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, served on the church council, was a member of the WELCA and was active in all church phases.Margaret was a much loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She loved everyone she ever met, loved to travel and socialize and loved her church. She will be dearly missed.She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Lyerly; son-in-law Bob Campbell; brother Everette Cranfield; sister Virginia Lancaster.Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Craig Lyerly, Jr. (Debi) and Mark Lyerly (Mercy); daughters Carol Campbell and Jan Edwards (George); grandchildren Amy Edwards (Bryan), Eric Campbell (Misty), Candace- Craig Lyerly, Camantha-Rea Lyerly, Ashley Lyerly, Jonathan Lyerly; great- grandchildren Callee Edwards, Brynlee Campbell, Gunner Edwards, Breyson Campbell, Jayse Campbell.

Visitation: 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Thursday, March 26 in the Haven Lutheran Church lounge, 207 W. Harrison St., Salisbury, NC 28144.Service: 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Haven Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ed Harper officiating. Burial will follow at Salisbury National Cemetery.Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Haven Lutheran Church or donor's choice.Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Lyerly family. Online condolences may be made at

Burnie Lee Hudspeth
ROCKWELL - Burnie Lee Hudspeth, 76, of Rockwell, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Yadkin Valley Community Hospital.Born in Cabarrus County on Aug. 13, 1938, he was the son of the late Carrie Dunn Hudspeth and Lewis Monroe Hudspeth.Burnie was a graduate of China Grove High School. He worked as a garden shop manager at Kmart. He loved gardening and his cats.He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Royal Hudspeth, who he married on Feb. 11, 1961; brother June Hudspeth; sisters Myrtle Smith, Thelma Mullins, Doris Sessoms, Elma Roseman; grandson Michael Dowell.Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Joel Hudspeth (Mary Anne) of Rockwell, Joseph Hudspeth (Jean) of Salisbury; daughter Sabrina Roseman; brother James Hudspeth (Shirley) of Georgia; grandchildren Alishia Dowell (Matt) of Boone, Steven Roseman of Rockwell.

Visitation: 1 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 305 Rudolph Road, Salisbury NC 28146.Service: 2 p.m. Thursday at Seventh Day Adventist Church with the Rev. Ryan Hodgins officiating. Burial will follow at Brookhill Memorial Gardens.

Memorials: May be made to Seventh Day Adventist Church.The family would like to say a special thank you to all of the caregivers.Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Hudspeth family. Online condolences may be made at

David Wayne Hagans
KANNAPOLIS - David Wayne Hagans, 49, of Kannapolis, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015. Death was unexpected. David was born July 20, 1965, in Cabarrus County to the late Grover Cleo and Lois Greer Hagans. He worked as a cabinet maker and enjoyed playing in a band, where he loved to play the drums and other instruments. He attended Clermont Freewill Baptist Church.David is survived by a number of aunts, uncle and cousins.

Arrangements: A Memorial Service will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Don Greer officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-6 p.m. prior to the service.Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneral

William 'Jerry' White
SALISBURY - Mr. William "Jerry" White, 71, of Salisbury, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Lexington Healthcare Center.Born Oct. 3, 1943, in Murphy to the late Dessie Brewster White and Luther Sweeney White, he attended Murphy schools. Mr. White was a truck driver for 42 years until his retirement in 2005. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.Preceding him in death was his wife, Eliza Kathleen White, on Feb. 20, 2013.Surviving are sons Mark Lee White and wife Tonya of Salisbury and Charles Wayne White and wife Jackie of Salisbury; daughter Sherry White Stiltner of Salisbury; sister Ailene White of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and seven grandchildren.

Arrangements: The family will receive friends from 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday (March 29) at Summersett Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in Summersett Memorial Chapel conducted by Rev. Jonathan Laws. Entombment at Rowan Memorial Park will follow the service.

Memorials: May be made to the charity of the donor's choice .Summersett Funeral Home is serving the White family. Online condolences may be made at

Doris Pruitt Manigault
SALISBURY - The funeral service for Doris Pruitt Manigault, 75, who died Saturday, March 21, 2015, is Friday, March 27 at 11:30 a.m. with visitation at 11 a.m. at New Life Community Church, Heiligtown Road, East Spencer. Services are entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home.

Harold Wayne Graham
SALISBURY - Harold Wayne Graham, 76, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, at Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast in Concord.Born in Rowan County on March 11, 1939, he was the son of the late Margie Rex and Gernie Graham, Sr.A veteran of the U.S. Army, Harold graduated from Mt. Ulla High School. He co-owned Graham's Piping, Inc. and was a member of Salem Lutheran Church.Harold was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He had a deep passion for baseball, fishing at the coast and rabbit hunting.He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia "Patti" Meadows Graham; and brothers Charlie and Gernie Graham, Jr.Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Todd Graham (Kara) of Salisbury and Scott Graham (Leigh) of Salisbury; daughter Lisa Ormand (Rob) of Hickory; brother Lonnie Graham of Kannapolis; grandchildren Spencer, Miller, Molly and Brett Graham, Rachel Graham Pickard (Chip) and Austin, Haley and Graham Ormand.

Visitation: 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 in the Salem Lutheran Church parlor, 5080 Sherrills Ford Road, Salisbury, NC 28147.Service: 4 p.m. Friday at Salem Lutheran Church with the Rev. Marty Ramey officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors performed by the Lyerly Volunteer Honor Guard.

Memorials: May be made to Salem Lutheran Church.Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Graham family. Online condolences may be made at

Joyce Crouch Corriher
CHINA GROVE - Mrs. Joyce Crouch Corriher, 79, of China Grove, passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at CMC- Northeast in Concord. Born Nov. 19, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Meredith and Car- lene Hudspeth Crouch. She was a graduate of Landis High School and a longtime member of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, where she was a member of the Myers Circle and the Larry Fisher Sunday School Class.She retired from First Union Bank as a teller and enjoyed raising sunflowers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Gary Lynn Corriher. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, James Elmer Corriher; son Keith Dwayne Corriher and wife Shelly of China Grove; and stepgrandchildren Samantha Kearns and Sydnie Starnes.

Arrangements: Visitation is Friday, Nov. 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Church of Christ with funeral at 3 p.m. also at the church with Rev. Mark Burns, minister. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorials: May be made to Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, New Building Fund, P.O. Box 1298, China Grove, NC 28023.Online condolences may be made to the family at www.linnhoneycuttfuneralhome.c om

Harry Pressley Corriher II
CHINA GROVE - Harry Pressley Corriher II, of China Grove, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury. Harry was born on April 1, 1942, to the late Harry Pressley, Sr. and Edith Beard Corriher. A 1960 graduate of China Grove High School, he attended Catawba College, graduating in 1964. He married Jane Shuping Corriher on Dec. 19, 1965. He completed his Master's Degree in Education Administration and completed studies toward his doctoral degree. Harry served the Rowan Salisbury Schools for 34 years as a teacher, principal and transportation coordinator. Many of those years were spent at Patterson School and Corriher-Lipe Junior High School. Following his retirement, he served as his son Chris's right hand man in his grading business. He was a loving father, farmer and longtime educator in school settings, agricultural settings and in life. A true steward of the land, he farmed his family land for years. His work ethic was insurmountable and patience unending. He was a huge proponent of agriculture, even securing a seat as the Rowan County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor in 2014. Mr. Corriher was a past president of China Grove Rotary Club and was second longest serving member of the club with membership since 1975. He had chaired numerous committees and was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.Harry is survived by Jane Corriher, his wife of nearly 50 years; their son, Chris Corriher and wife Spring and daughters Ellen Benfield of Shelby, her husband Brian, and Emily Bancroft, her husband, Bryan. Harry had seven grandchildren with whom he shared mutual adoration: Griffin, Keeley and Meredith Benfield, Ethan, Savanna, Luke and Holden Bancroft; two stepgrandchildren: Brianne Curlee and Kacie Damme (Darin); and four stepgreat- grandchildren: Ransom, Avery, Finley and Hardison Damme. Harry's siblings are his brothers: Steve Corriher, John Corriher and the late Jeff Corriher; and his sister, Jan Corriher Kelly of Hendersonville. Harry is survived by his uncle, Joe Corriher of China Grove; and aunts Mabel Riggsbee of Carrboro, Polly McLaughlin of Raleigh and Pat Corriher of China Grove. Harry is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews, and brothers-in-law and sisters- in-law.

Arrangements: Visitation will be held in the Mt. Zion Activity Room on Sunday, March 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. in the Mt. Zion Sanctuary. Committal service will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Memorials: May be made to Mt. Zion New Construction Fund, P.O. Box 1298, China Grove, NC 28023.Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove is in charge of arrangements.

Steven Jay Bradshaw
SALISBURY - Steven Jay Bradshaw, 64, peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at his home in Gastonia.Jay was born Feb. 26, 1951, in Salisbury, a son of the late George Bradshaw and Priscilla Honbarger Bradshaw. He was predeceased by a brother, Dennis Bradshaw of Augusta, Ga. He graduated from South Rowan High School in 1970 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.Jay is survived by his daughter, April Bradshaw Harris of Mooresville; two sons, Bryon Bradshaw of Kannapolis and Steven Jay (Brad) Herbert of Charlotte; a granddaughter, Chloe of Mooresville; a brother, Tom Bradshaw of Charleston, S.C.; three sisters, Penny Shotwell of Horseshoe, Susan Owen of Salisbury and Patty Carter of Asheville; a half-brother, Ryan James Burgess of Ellwood City, Pa.; stepmother Anne Palmer Bradshaw of Brevard; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend Susan Nabors.

Service: Graveside services will be at the Salisbury National Cemetery Annex at 1 p.m. Friday, March 27. Memorials: May be made in Jay's honor to American Cancer Society , 1901 Brunswick Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.