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Samantha Jena Cowan
Ms. Samantha Jena Cowan, age 34, of Franklin Street, passed Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Kiser Hospice House. She was the daughter of Linda Cowan Jackson and Rudolph Simpson, both of Salisbury. Ms. Cowan attended Rowan- Salisbury Schools. She was preceded in death by a grandmother, Mary Cowan Barger; and grandfather Lopez Wilson. She is survived by her two nieces and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Arrangements: Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. with funeral service at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 at New Zion Baptist Church, Linwood, with Rev. Richard Gray officiating and Dr. Beverly Rose, Eulogist. Services are entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home.


Charles Ray Gillespie
Charles Ray Gillespie, who was born Dec. 10, 1949, in Bakersville, N.C., to Alta Gillespie, passed away on Aug. 23, 2015, in his home after fighting a long battle with Parkinson's disease and other complications. He grew up in Spruce Pine with his grandparents, Tennie and Jess Gillespie. Charles was drafted into the Army and served his country honorably. During his bravery in the Vietnam War, he drove Jeeps transporting officers and made many lifelong friends. He was proud to support other veterans and bring awareness to our struggling heroes. Upon returning from the Army, he ran his own business, Gillespie Drywall, in various cities in North Carolina. He took pride in his work and turned it into a family business until he retired for health reasons. Charles never met a stranger and was known for helping anyone he came in contact with. He was very close to his family and friends. Mr. Gillespie is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Shoaf Gillespie; children Travis Gillespie, Stephanie Smith and Amanda and her husband Matthew Howard, all of Salisbury; six grandchildren, Brianna and Ciera Howard, Kurstey, Jared and Kilyan Gillespie and Trent Smith; one great- grandchild, Gabriel Howard; two sisters, Mildred and her husband Bruce Dellinger of Spruce Pine, Ethel Pittman of Asheville; three brothers from Michigan, Lawrence and his wife Patti Pittman, Melvin Pittman and Michael Pittman; other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

Service: A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28 at 176 Shoaf Ridge Road, Salisbury, NC 28147. Military honors will be performed by the Lyerly Volunteer Honor Guard. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Gillespie family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com


Dawn Renee Lyerly
Ms. Dawn Renee Lyerly, 58, of Old Wilkesboro Road, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Brightmoor Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 13, 1956, in Rowan County to the late Charles Edward Lyerly and Gloria Dean Woodruff. Ms. Lyerly was educated in the public schools of Rowan County and a graduate of North Rowan High School Class of 1975. She was last employed with Magnolia Gardens in Spencer and attended Antioch Baptist Church, Granite Quarry, until her health failed her. She is survived by brothers Graylin Charles Lyerly Jr., Salisbury, Derrick L. Lyerly, South Carolina; sisters Audrey Wood, Salisbury, Shelia Lyerly, Virginia, Valiere L. Sifford, Salisbury, Deborah Partee, California; special aunt Betty L. Holt, Salisbury; and aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements: Memorial Services will be held at 12 Noon Saturday, Aug. 29 at the A.R. Kelsey Memorial Chapel of Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.nobleand kelsey.com


Hattie Mae Miller Neely
Mrs. Hattie Mae Miller Neely, 89, of South Crump Circle, passed away Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury. She was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Chester, S.C., to the late James Miller and Emma Stringfellow. Mrs. Neely was educated in the public schools of South Carolina and retired from Abex in Salisbury. She was preceded in death by her husband, John K. Neely; daughters Betty Neely, Bertha Miller, Frances Porter; sons James E. Neely, John Henry Neely, Albertus Neely; and brother James Sonny Miller. She leaves precious and loving memories to her sons, Robert L. Neely, Woodleaf, John A. Neely (Christine), Woodleaf, Paul Ray Neely, Woodleaf, William Leroy Stringfellow, Thomas Neely; daughters Paula K. Neely, Woodleaf, Mary Ann Alexander, Salisbury, Mary Hughes, Statesville, Doris Neely, Harrisburg, Pa., Maggie Barbee, Statesville, Shelia Lyerly, Statesville, Lillie Bell McCluney, Salisbury; daughter-in-law Kathy White Neely; grandaughters reared in the home, Glenda Faye Wells (Dwayne), Salisbury, Emma Yvonne Houston (Emmanuel), Salisbury; a host grandchildren, great-grands, and great-greatgrandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. The family will be at the home on South Crump Circle in The Victoria Community of Woodleaf.

Arrangements: Services will be held Friday, Aug. 28, at Freedom United Church of God, 1555 Hart Road, Woodleaf, Visitation at 1 p.m. and Funeral at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Rowan Memorial Park, Salisbury, with Apostle Pleshette Redmond, officiating. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.nobleandkelsey.com


James Wade Slate
Mr. James Wade Slate, 78, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at his residence following his valiant battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 14, 1937, in Saltville, Va., to the late Beulah Farris Slate and Carl Slate. Mr. Slate was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as an Interior Communications Technician with Submarine Squadron 6. After discharge, he and his family moved to Williamsburg, Va., where he worked as the TV Systems Engineer for the College of William and Mary. He was also very involved in the College's radio station, deejaying for a number of years as Sydney Soul. An active member of the Williamsburg community, Mr Slate coached his three sons in a variety of little league sports and was instrumental in the integration of little league sports in Williamsburg that produced the talents of Ron Springs (Dallas Cowboys), Lawrence Taylor (NY Giants) and Mel Gray (Detroit Lions) and influenced the lives of many young athletes. He believed strongly that every child should develop his talents and his integrity. After leaving Williams and Mary, he helped build a new television station in Norfolk, Va., WTVZ. He later moved into sales where he designed and built television stations and broadcast systems for churches. He earned his Master's in Mass Communications from Norfolk State. Mr. Slate was a member of Milford Hills United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post and the Rowan County Wildlife Association. His first wife, Leda Mae Slate, and little daughter, Sherry, preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Shifflette Slate, who he married on Oct. 16, 1999; sons Carl Millard Slate and wife Donna of Williamsburg, Va., Wade Allen Slate and wife Rose of Knoxville, Tenn., and James Wesley Slate and wife Beth of Salisbury; sisters Joy Slate Brooks of Virginia Beach, Va., Paige Slate Debord and Beth Ann Slate Little of Saltville, Va. Also surviving him are nine grandchildren: Jessica Slate Carter, Carl Millard Slate II, Sara Michelle Slate, Wade Allen Slate JR., Karie Slate Douglas, Kristin Slate Carter, Taylor McClure Slate, James Robert Slate and Cameron Lain Slate; as well as eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements: The family will receive friends Saturday, Aug. 29 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Gathering Room at Milford Hills United Methodist Church. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. in the Milford Hills UMC Sanctuary, with the Rev. Carol Williams-Gilbert officiating.

Memorials: May be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka,, KS 66675 or Shriners Hospital for Children , 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29604. The family would like to express their deepest thanks to Kim Rogers, PA-C, Dr. Eric Mallico, Dr. William Brinkley and the staff at Carolina Oncology, Andrea Binkley and the staff at Advanced Home Care, and the staff at Rowan Hospice for the love, caring and exceptional medical care you provided Jim during his illness. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Slate family. Online condolences may be made to www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


John Kelvin Watkins
John Kelvin Watkins, age 55, passed on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House. Born in Davie County on Sept. 15, 1959, he was the son of Genelle Payne Watkins and the late John Henry Watkins. A graduate of Davie County High School, he was employed at Boral Brick as an Assembler. Mr. Watkins had served in the Army Reserve. He is survived by his daughters, Kenyatta Smith and Sade Granford, both of Salisbury; mother Genelle Payne Watkins of Cooleemee; sisters and brothers Lori Savall, Spencer, Avis Watkins- Smith (Rickey), Lillington, Carolyn Watkins-Dillard, Salisbury, James T Watkins, Salisbury, and Carl B. Watkins, Cooleemee; long time companion Mary Brown Nimley, Salisbury; aunts Ethel Louise Payne, Cooleemee, Joyce Demeyers, Lansing, Mich., and Hilda Dalton, Salisbury; two grandsons; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements: Services will be held on Saturday, Aug 29 at A.R. Kelsey Memorial Chapel, Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. with visitation at 3 p.m. and funeral at 3:30 p.m. At other times the family will receive friends at the home of sister, Lori Savall, 111 Seventh St., Spencer, NC. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.nobleandkelsey.com.


Geneva Morgan Long
Geneva Morgan Long, 93, of Grayson Creek in Welcome, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Hinkle Hospice House. Service: A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, at Tyro United Methodist Church Chapel with the Rev. Randy Foster officiating. Davidson Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Kay Frances Bronson
Ms. Kay Frances Bronson, age 71, passed on Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born on April 20, 1944, in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late William and Beulah Williams Bronson. She was reared by her grandparents, the late John Henry and Inez Miller Williams. Ms. Bronson attended J.C. Price High School. She retired from Rowan Regional Medical Center and was last employed at Livingstone College. Left to cherish her memory are children Kevin (Lenore) Bronson, Tonya Bronson, Kerry Bronson and Robert Bronson, all of Salisbury; sister Dorothy (Willie) Wright, Salisbury; nine grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; best friend Diane McConneaughey; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements: Services will be held Sunday, Aug 30 at A.R. Kelsey Memorial Chapel, Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. with the visitation at 2:30 p.m. and funeral at 3 p.m. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Lenore Bronson, 1507 W. Horah St., Salisbury. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the Bronson Family. Online condolences may be made at www.nobleandkelsey.com


Rev. James Clement
Rev. James Clement, 62, of Mocksville, died Aug. 25, 2015, after an extended illness. He faithfully served 11 years as the pastor of Fairfield Baptist Church in Mocksville, and he also worked at Comfort Built Windows and Doors. He is survived by his wife, Crystal Clement of the home; his mother, Rev. Mary Ann White; two sons, Quintin Clement and Trent Clement; one brother, Perry Clement; three sisters, Cathy Clement, Quintina McMahan and Rev. Wanda Fowler; two grandchildren.

Arrangements: Funeral service Sunday, Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church, located at 160 Midway St., Cooleemee, NC. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. Graham Funeral Home of Mocksville is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences can be made at www.GrahamFuneralHome.net


Samantha Jena Cowan
Ms. Samantha Jena Cowan, age 34, daughter of Linda Cowan Jackson and Rudolph Simpson, passed Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, at Kiser Hospice House. She was born March 7, 1981, in Salisbury. She attended the Rowan County and Forsyth County schools. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Mary (Liz) C. Barger; maternal grandfather Lopez Wilson; paternal grandfather Frank Simpson. Survivors are her mother, Linda Cowan Jackson and father Rudolph Simpson, both of Salisbury; sister Tonya Cowan Bailey of Durham; aunts and uncles; two nieces; and a host of cousins.

Arrangements: Visitation is Friday, 12 p.m. with the memorial service at 1 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, Clark Road, Linwood, with Pastor Rev. Richard Gray officiating and Eulogy by Dr. Beverly Rose, pastor of Mt. Zion CME Church, Salisbury. Hairston Funeral Home, Inc., is entrusted with arrangements.


Gueston Lazarian Doc Gaskey
Gueston Lazarian Doc Gaskey, 87, of Salisbury, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center, Liberty Lane Hospice House, after a period of declining health. Doc was born April 6, 1928, in Salisbury, son of the late John Jesse Gaskey and Ada Rufty Gaskey Leazer. Educated in the Rowan County schools, he had been employed at Sands & Co. and North Carolina Division of Prisons. Prior to employment, he served in the Civil Air Patrol in Rowan County and the U.S. Army, stationed in West Germany where he attained the rank of Technical Sergeant. Doc was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Salisbury. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Nancy Ellen Hall Gaskey. Survivors include daughters Sandra Ann Rary Park (Alvin) of China Grove and Ada Elizabeth Gaskey Kesler (Paul) of Lusby, Md.; son John Gueston Mariable Gaskey (Toni) of Salisbury; six grandchildren; and nine great- grandchildren.

Arrangements: Family and friends will gather in the St. Paul's Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 205 St. Paul's Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28146 from 2-2:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. in the church cemetery, with the Rev. D.J. Lura officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Lyerly Volunteer Honor Guard.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Parish Nurse Fund, 205 St. Paul's Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28146. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Gaskey family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com


Robert Alex Severt Sr.,
Robert Alex Severt Sr., 65, of China Grove, passed away suddenly on Aug. 22, 2015. Born on April 14, 1950, in New Hanover County, he was the son of Helen Marguarite Clark Severt and the late Bryant Severt. Robert owned his own grading company. Before that he was a mechanic at Rimtrax and Martin Marietta. Besides his father, Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Dale Corriher Severt; and his sister, Diane Severt Schaefer. In addition to his mother, Robert is survived by his son, Robert Alex Severt Jr. and his wife, Paula; grandson Noah; siblings Kathy Kirby and her husband, Cliff, Buddy Severt, Samuel Severt, Marilyn Severt Shores ; niece Amy Troyer; and many extended family members.

Arrangements: Family will receive friends beginning at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 at Rogers Park Baptist Church, 309 E. 24th St. Kannapolis, NC 28083. The Funeral Service will begin at 6 p.m. Pastor Scott Faw will officiate. The Good Samaritan Funeral Home, Denver, is serving the Severt family.


William Jackson Sr
On Aug. 23, 2015, the long- serving, retired pastor, Rev. Dr. William Theodore Jackson Sr., passed in Salisbury. He was 85.

Arrangements: His home-going and tribute will be held Monday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, located at 719 S. Caldwell St., Salisbury.

A public viewing for Rev. Jackson will be held Sunday, Aug. 30, from 2-5 p.m. at Prominence Funeral Home, located at 100 W. Guilford St. Thomasville.

Prior to services on Monday, a viewing will be held from 10-10:45 a.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church.

Rev. Jackson was born on May 14, 1930, in Chester, S.C., to the late George Washington Jackson and Alberta Mobley Jackson. Rev. Jackson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pearlena Mays Jackson and their children joined: William Theodore Jackson Jr. (Yvonne) of West Orange, N.J., Shelia P. Gorham (Ephraim) of Greensboro, Gwendolyn D. Jackson (Salisbury), George B. Jackson (Pamela) of East Spencer, and Albirda Jackson Beach (Anthony) of Atlanta, Ga.; his son, Tommy L. Walker (Naja) of Salisbury, and daughter Lothel Hicklin (Brooklyn, N.Y.). He is survived by sisters Christine Blake (Chester), Georgia Ree Jackson (Chester), Betty Jean Evans (Rock Hill), Dorothy McQueen (Bennettsville, S.C.), and Gloria Miles (Newark, N.J.); grandchildren, great-grands, nieces and nephews. In Salisbury, Rev. Jackson pastored Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church and Macedonia Baptist Church (33 years). He was the co-founder and member of the United Ministerial Alliance of Salisbury Rowan County and a 33rd Mason with Western Star Lodge #9 PHA. Burial: The interment will take place at Salisbury National Cemetery, 501 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144.


Carol Ann Correll
Carol Ann Correll, age 56, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at CMC-Main, Charlotte, after an illness of three months. She was born May 3, 1959, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Rebecca Alice Owen Edwards of St. Inigoes, Md., and the late Alvin Roy Edwards. Carol was raised in Accokeek, Md. She met her husband, Lee, in the Washington, D.C., area and they were married December 1982. Carol and Lee lived in Maryland, moved to Florida for a short while and eventually moved to Lee's hometown of Landis, where they settled and raised their two children. Carol worked at UNCC for 17 years. She just recently graduated from Bible Missionary Baptist Church College with a bachelor's degree in theology. Carol and was actively involved in her church, Tabernacle Baptist Church, Salisbury. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Jan Correll; and a sister, Karon Lee Seaton. Survivors in addition to her mother include a daughter, Carey Elizabeth Correll of Concord, NC; a son, Justin Wayne Correll of Landis, NC; a sister, Sharon Scott (Randy) of Charlotte Hall, MD; and a brother, John Edwards of St. Inigoes, MD.

Arrangements: The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Salisbury, officiated by Rev. Dan Caldwell. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Landis. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at Whitley's Funeral Home, Kannapolis.

Memorials: May be made to the registered charity: Help For Hungry & Homeless, 3261 Old Washington Road, Suite 3040, Waldorf, MD 20602. Proceeds will go to the benefit of her family. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Rev. James Clement
Rev. James Clement, 62, of Mocksville, died Aug. 25, 2015, after an extended illness. He faithfully served 11 years as the pastor of Fairfield Baptist Church in Mocksville, and he also worked at Comfort Built Windows and Doors. He is survived by his wife, Crystal Clement of the home; his mother, Rev. Mary Ann White; two sons, Quintin Clement and Trent Clement; one brother, Perry Clement; three sisters, Cathy Clement, Quintina McMahan and Rev. Wanda Fowler; two grandchildren.

Arrangements: Funeral service Sunday, Aug. 30 at 3 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church, located at 160 Midway St., Cooleemee, NC. The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service. Graham Funeral Home of Mocksville is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences can be made at www.GrahamFuneralHome.net


Kimberly Keller Bost
Kimberly Keller Bost, 59, of Kannapolis, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her home. She was born Dec. 19, 1955, in Mecklenburg County, to the late Floyd L. Keller Sr. and Loula Keller Matthews. Kim found her home at The Refuge and found joy through serving. She was the perfect match to work in the Information Booth, where she used her outgoing personality to enlarge her family through Christ. Kim spent several years as the caregiver for her brother and during that time he taught her patience, how to be humble and to love family and friends. Kim worked for the Kannapolis City Schools for 20 Years managing Child Nutrition at Jackson Park Elementary. Six words that best describe Kim's life would be Kindness, Patience, Love, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Joy. Kim wanted to express her Thanks to all the family and friends who spent time, cooked and reminisced with her. And to Wayne, husband of 40 years, thank you, for the love and care you gave me each day. One of Kim's greatest loves was spending time at their mountain house watching movies, eating out and shopping with Sissie. She liked to take Adasyn to the mountain house and spend time being a grandmother. The following description is in the form of a poem. Kim loved her family, Her friends were so dear. She held them all close, Like a fawn to a deer. But as days grew short, She was anxious you see, To be with her maker, Jesus, she would finally be. Kim is survived by her husband Wayne Bost of the home; her son, Adam Bost of China Grove; three sisters, Cathie Keller Straub of Concord, Cherry Keller Wright of Kannapolis and Kay Keller Herman of Taylorsville; one brother, Floyd L. Keller Jr. of Salisbury; one granddaughter, Adasyn Bost; three nephews; and one great-nephew, Elijah Ross.

Arrangements: A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, Sept. 3 at p.m. at The Refuge, Kannapolis, with Pastor Jay Stewart and Pastor Nathan Smith officiating. The family will receive friends and family from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the church prior to the service.

Memorials: May be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com, Kannapolis, who is serving the family


Grady Dennis Arrants
Grady Dennis Arrants, 83, of Spencer, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at Magnolia Gardens Nursing Home. Born in Beckwith, W.Va., on Oct. 5, 1931, he was the son of the late Mary Bell Graham Arrants and Hartwell Arrants. Grady was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in France. He was a graduate of Spencer High School and Catawba College. He retired from the Salisbury VA Hospital as an accountant. He was a member of Oakdale Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Floyd, Glenn and Elvin Arrants; sisters Dorothy Poole and Mary Brinkley. Those left to cherish his memory are his nieces, Susan Poole, Rebecca Lehman, Cathy McCrackin, Gini Vielman, Mandy Wyatt; nephew Alex Arrants; and sister-in- law Nancy Arrants.

Graveside Service: 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 at Salisbury National Cemetery, 501 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144, with the Rev. Jim Vickrey officiating. Military rites will be performed by the Lyerly Volunteer Honor Guard. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Arrants family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.


Clifford Snookie Luther Bernhardt Jr.,
Clifford Snookie Luther Bernhardt Jr., 82, of Faith, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family and comforted by the many visits and cards from friends and neighbors during his illness. Snookie was born April 18, 1933, in Rowan County, son of the late Clifford Bernhardt Sr. and Lois Kennerly Bernhardt. A beloved member of the Faith community, he attended Shiloh Reformed Church where he married his high school sweetheart, Marian Misenheimer Bernhardt, on April 6, 1952. They celebrated 63 years together this past spring. He attended Rowan County schools, graduating from Granite Quarry High School in 1951 where he excelled in basketball and baseball. He retired from 3M National Advertising Company in 1993. While with 3M, Snookie survived a serious accident in early 1967 involving 13 thousand volts of electricity. The accident cost him his right arm, right ear, and left thumb, but never dampened his spirits. He remained a cheerful inspiration to everyone who knew him. He was very active at Shiloh Reformed Church, serving several terms as President of the church Consistory. He was an active member of the Men's Fellowship and a past Sunday School teacher. He was also an active member of the Faith Jaycees and Faith Civitan Club. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Billy June Bernhardt, Bobby Jean Bernhardt, Virgil Vance Bernhardt and Ellis Phil Bernhardt. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Marian Misenheimer Bernhardt; sons Mike Bernhardt and wife Dolores of Raleigh, Kent Bernhardt of Salisbury; a daughter, Leigh Ann Fink and husband Clyde of Faith; four grandchildren, Katie Lane and husband Ernie, Kayla Fink and husband Ryan, Kimber Fink and McKenna Bernhardt. He is also survived by two great- granddaughters, Riley Lane and Emory Hunt.

Visitation: A visitation will be held Sunday, Aug. 30 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. at Shiloh Reformed Church in Faith. Service: The funeral service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. at Shiloh Reformed Church in Faith, conducted by Rev. Richard Myers, Pastor, and Rev. Wayne Trexler. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shiloh Reformed Church, P.O. Box 308, Faith, NC 28041, or Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care, 720 Grove St., Salisbury NC 28144. Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Bernhardt family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.


Janie Paulette Bost
Miss Janie Paulette Bost, 67, of Durham, went home to be with Lord on Aug. 27, 2015, at the Duke Hospice Center, Teer House, in Durham. Born June 27, 1948, in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Doris McSwain Bost. Miss Bost was a 1966 graduate of South Rowan High School and 1970 graduate of Appalachian State University earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She taught 30 years in the Durham Public School System, having taught at Lakeview (five years), Merrick-Moore (15 years), and Easley Elementary Schools (10 years), primarily teaching fourth grade. She was named Teacher of the Year twice, once at Merrick-Moore Elementary and the other at Easley Elementary. She was a life-long member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, China Grove. Survivors include her best friend for 50 years and roommate, Connie Duke of Durham; brother Lanny Bost (Lang) of China Grove; nephew Jonathan (J.T.) Bost (Shannon) of Salisbury; great- nephews and nieces Elise Bost, Thomas Bost, Brandon Blackburn, Bailey Bost and Reagan Bost; and her pet cat, Meeko.

Service: 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, China Grove, conducted by the Rev. Phil Thorsen. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 at Linn- Honeycutt Funeral Home, China Grove. Also, 2-2:30 p.m. prior to the service at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. The remainder of the time, the family will be at the home of her nephew at 358 Maple Ridge Circle, Salisbury.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Duke Hospice, Teer House, Hock Family Pavillion, 4023 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27704. Other memorials may be made to Duke Cancer Center, 20 Duke Medicine Circle., Durham, NC 27710. An appreciation goes out to the staff/team of Duke Hospice for the special care given to Miss Bost during her last days. Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home, China Grove, is assisting the Bost family. Online condolences may be made at www.linnhoneycuttfuneralhome.c om


Nena Littlejohn Garrett
Mrs. Nena Littlejohn Garrett, age 101, of Grant Street, passed Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at the Autumn Nursing Center, Salisbury. She was born, May 20, 1914, in Gaffney, S.C., the daughter of the late Ed and Agnes Knuckles Littlejohn. She attended the public schools of Gaffney, S.C., and retired from Winchester Gun Mfg. She attended North English Congregation, Old Union Church Road, of Jehovah's Witnesses. Surviving are a host nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special grandson, John L. Rustin III.

Service: Services will be Sunday, at 3 p.m. at the North Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses with Brother M.B. Woods giving the talk. Arrangements are entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home, Inc., of Salisbury.


Ola Mae White Livengood
Mrs. Ola Mae White Livengood, 93, of Salisbury, went to be with her Heavenly Father surrounded by her loving family Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born March 27, 1922, in Mount Ulla, she was the daughter of the late Robert C. White and Mattie Goodman White. She was educated in the Mount Ulla schools and graduated from Mount Ulla High School. Mrs. Livengood was a homemaker and a member of Gay's Chapel United Methodist Church and the Mildred Morgan Guild. She was very devoted to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, Lawrence Harding Livengood; son David Ray Livengood; and daughter Joyce Ann Livengood Kyles. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sandra Kaye Livengood Callahan and husband Richard of Salisbury; grandchildren Jonathan Callahan and Britney Callahan, Mark Kyles and wife Tonya; great-grandchildren Connor Kyles and Liam Kyles; brother Charlie C.L. White; sister Judy Lowman and husband Lindsey, all of Salisbury.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 29) at Summersett Funeral Home and at other times will be at Mrs. Livengood's home.

Service: The funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 30) at Gay's Chapel United Methodist Church with the Revs. Frank and Mary Gordon, minister of Gay's Chapel United Methodist Church, and former minister, Rev. Tony Jordan, officiating. Mrs. Livengood will lie in state 30 minutes before the service. Interment will follow at Rowan Memorial Park.

Memorials: May be made to Gay's Chapel United Methodist Church, 5545 Woodleaf Road, Salisbury, NC 28147. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Livengood family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Bertie Mae Ross Lowery
Bertie Mae Ross Lowery, 86, of Kannapolis, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at her residence. Death was unexpected. She was born Jan. 17, 1929, in Rowan County, a daughter of the late Charles Grady Ross and the late Lillie Mae Clinton Ross. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lowery; two brothers, Richard Chink Ross and Henry Ross; and two sisters, Mary Tootsie Murray and Bertha Lowery. Bertie was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church, She was an inspector in the wash cloth department of Cannon Mills retiring with 45 years of service. Survivors include one daughter, Marilyn Brown (Taft) of Kannapolis; one grandson, Paul Brown of Kannapolis; two sisters, Shelby Miller of Kannapolis and Rachel (Jim) Younts of Salisbury; two brothers, Tony Ross of Kannapolis and Grady Ross (Gloria) of Salisbury.

Arrangements: Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 at Whitley's Funeral Home Main Chapel conducted by Rev. Robert Howard. Interment will follow in Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. At other times, they will be at the residence of the daughter. Online condolences may be made at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com


Carl Christopher Cowboy Phillips
Carl Christopher Cowboy Phillips, an honored member of the Phillips family, 41, of South NC Highway 150, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at his home. Mr. Phillips was born Sept. 13, 1973, in Pittsylvania County, Va., to Carl Laverne Phillips and Deborah Marie Flora Phillips. He was a fire fighter for the Locke Township and Churchland Fire Department; a member of NC Firemen Association; and Davidson County Public Safety Association. Surviving are his loving wife, Elisabeth Irene Coggins Phillips of the home; a daughter, Lillian Irene Phillips of the home; honorary brothers Michael Everhart, Ryan Swink and Bradon Weaver.

Arrangements: A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Catawba College Chapel, with the Rev. Randy Foster officiating. The family will receive friends at the Catawba College Chapel prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m. and other times at the home.

Memorials: May be made to NC Fallen Firefighters Foundation, 2501 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 250, Raleigh, NC 27607 or Shriner's Hospital for Children  Greenville, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 92605. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net


Gina Poole Talbert
Mrs. Gina Poole Talbert, 60, of Salisbury, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Mrs. Talbert was born Aug. 12, 1955, in Rowan County, daughter of the late William M. Bill Poole and Jean Fisher Poole. She was a 1973 graduate of East Rowan High School and a 1977 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Math Education. She had taught at Albemarle High School and East Rowan High School, where she retired as a Math Teacher. She then taught at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College for five years. At Albemarle High School, she coached many sports and at East Rowan she coached and was the Head Basketball coach starting in 1991 and also served as Athletic Director. Mrs. Talbert was a lifelong member of St. James Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, was the current Council Chair and was always active in all phases of Church work. Gina loved her family and spending time with them, especially her granddaughters. She also loved animals. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Ray T-Bird Talbert. Gina is survived by her son, Derek Talbert of Greensboro; daughter Taren T. Davis and husband Drew of Salisbury; granddaughters Harper and Sloane; a grandson due in November; sisters Lisa Ledbetter of Rockwell and Laurie Wyrick and husband Todd of Salisbury. She is also survived by stepmother June C. Poole of Rockwell. She is also survived by sister-in-law Ann Edison and husband Wally; nieces and nephews Trey Ledbetter and wife Cortney and daughter Kinsley, Samuel and Seth Wyrick, Kari Britschege and husband Mike and son Crue and Kyle and Austin Venrick.

Visitation: The family will receive friends at Powles Staton Funeral Home on Sunday, Aug. 30 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Service: The funeral service will be Monday, Aug. 31 at St. James Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. Jason Huebner, pastor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials: May be made to The Jean Fisher Poole and David Ray Talbert Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 486, Rockwell, NC 28138; or Faithful Friends, 220 Grace Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28147. Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Talbert family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com


Kay Frances Bronson
Ms. Kay Frances Bronson, age 71, passed on Tuesday, Aug 25, 2015, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born on April 20, 1944, in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late William and Beulah Williams Bronson. She was reared by her grandparents, the late John Henry and Inez Miller Williams. Ms. Bronson attended J.C. Price High School. She retired from Rowan Regional Medical Center and was last employed at Livingstone College. Left to cherish her memory are children Kevin (Lenore) Bronson, Tonya Bronson, Kerry Bronson and Robert Bronson, all of Salisbury; sister Dorothy (Willie) Wright, Salisbury; nine grandchildren; four great- grandchildren; best friend Diane McConneaughey; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements: Services will be held Sunday, Aug 30 at A.R. Kelsey Memorial Chapel, Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. with the visitation at 2:30 p.m. and funeral at 3 p.m. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Lenore Bronson, 1507 W. Horah St., Salisbury. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the Bronson Family. Online condolences may be made at www.nobleandkelsey.com