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Addie Mae Bradshaw Goodman
Mrs. Addie Mae Bradshaw Goodman, 93, of China Grove, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis. Born on April 24, 1923 in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late George Luther and Nora Belle Graham Bradshaw. Educated in the Rowan County schools, she was a longtime, faithful member of New Hope Lutheran Church. Mrs. Goodman worked for 45 years at Cannon Mills as a towel hemmer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Arthur Goodman, to whom she married on January 20, 1939. In addition to her husband she was preceded by her daughters, Judy Goodman Lee and Mary Frances Turner; as well as granddaughter, Beth Karriker; and son-in-law, Walter Bennett Lee. Those left to cherish her memory are her grandchildren, Scott Turner of Concord, Jeff Turner of Mooresville, Kerri Overcash (Todd) of Salisbury, Geoff Lee (Carla) of Warner Robins, Ga. and Joseph Sloop of Norcross, Ga.; and son-in-law, Henry Turner. Also surviving her are her 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation and Service: Visitation will be on Monday from 12 til 1 p.m., at New Hope Lutheran Church in Kannapolis with funeral to follow at 1 p.m., also at the church with Rev. Darrell Norris, minister. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.linnhoneycuttfuneralhome.com.


Lois Cecil Rye
Lois Cecil Rye, age 94, died Thursday, March 23, 2017 at his residence in Aberdeen, Miss. He was born Nov. 4, 1922 to William Largus Rye and Lannie Mae Markham in Sulligent, Ala. He worked as a carpenter for Bradley Lumber Company. After leaving Bradley Lumber Company, L.C. became a partner of Rye and Martin Construction Company. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church. He was a veteran of WWII and served in the Philippines. L.C. was a very dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. Survivors include two daughters, Linda Houck (Richard) of Ferriday, La., and Sherron Martin (Earl) of Aberdeen, Miss.; one son, Danny Rye (Shirley) of Salisbury; two sisters, Joann Strain of Pontotoc, Miss., and Dorothy Warren of Barnesville, Ga.; one brother, Jerry Rye (Pat) of Alachua, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Melodie Claxton (Tommy) of Red Banks, Miss., Holly Reeves (Will) of Amory, Miss., Matt Martin (Kelly) of Amory, Miss., Daniel Martin (Colby) of Wren, Miss., Michael Andy Rye (Brandy) of Rockwell, Amy Tedder (Matt) of Glendora, Calif., Bradford Rye (Gina) of Vale; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth Gordon Rye; two grandsons, Baby Boy Rye and Chris Marion; and one brother, Hoyt Rye. Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.

Arrangements: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 27, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation: Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Sunday, March 26, at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen. You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.


Martha Faye Rogers Wilkerson
Martha Faye Rogers Wilkerson, age 76, of China Grove died at her residence on Thursday, March 23, 2017 after a period of declining health. Martha was born Jan. 15, 1941 in Rowan County, a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Emma Olaphant Rogers. She attended Landis High School and was a member of Bethpage United Methodist Church. Martha was a loving home-maker for her family. She enjoyed living at Charlotte and Sunset Beach with her husband and then moved back to this area. She enjoyed having friends over for parties, also working with crafts, and yard work. Martha is survived by her husband, Jimmie Charles Wilkerson, Sr. of the home; her son, Jimmie Charles Wilkerson, Jr. (Pam) of Charlotte and her daughter, Jeanette W. Splawn (Kenny) of Kannapolis. She is also survived by four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and her brother, Ray Rogers ( Pat ) of Kannapolis.

Arrangements: A going away party will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 27, at Bethpage United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Portis and Rev. Duane Melton officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Her family will receive friends Sunday at Whitley's Funeral from 3 until 5 p.m.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethpage United Methodist Church, 109 Fellowship Drive, Kannapolis, N.C. 28081, Hospice and Palliative Care, 720 Grove Street, Salisbury, N.C. 28144, Alzheimer's Association , Western Chapter,3800 Shamrock, Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28125. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Leo A. Lucas, MD
Leo A. Lucas, MD (born Algirdis Leonas Zukauskas), age 91, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks after a brief illness. He was born in Siauliai, Lithuania to parents Charles Koris and Maria Vambutas Koris. He and his family were forced to flee their home in 1941 when Russia invaded the Baltic States, and just barely escaped being deported to Siberia. He was only 15. During this chaotic time, his parents and two brothers were separated and none of them knew if the rest had survived. Leo was conscripted into a German work-camp, but one night just walked away, scaled a cliff and escaped into Switzerland. He eventually completed his medical school training in Bern, Switzerland. An unknown Lithuanian US citizen sponsored Leo, allowing him to travel to the US, vouching for his entry into this country. Leo was fortunate to find a Medical Internship position at the Lahey Clinic in Boston, where he worked long hours to complete his medical training. During this time, Leo heard from a cousin that his parents and brothers were alive and had safely made it to the US. In Boston, he met his wife, Jean L. Lowry. After they married, he continued his training in Madison, Wisconsin, became a US citizen, and then joined the US Army, serving this country for 2 years. They subsequently moved to Springfield, Ohio, where he opened a private medical office and practiced Internal Medicine for the next 35 years. He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He and Jean raised three children in Ohio. Leo is pre-deceased by his parents, Charles and Maria Vambutas Koris, his brother Bruno Koris, and his wife, Jean L. Lowry Lucas. Those left to cherish his memory include his brother, Rimas Koris (Seattle, WA), and his 3 children, Deborah M. Lucas, MD (Richard Lewis), Salisbury; Linda L. Mullis (Wayne), Salisbury; Paul L. Lucas (Karin), Minneapolis, MN. He has 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren: Samuel Lewis, Salisbury; Michael Benson (Kait) and infant Annabelle, Wesley Ingham, and Haleigh Ingham, Chillicothe, Ohio; and JP Lucas (Heather), and Nicholas Lucas (Brianna) and infant Henry, New Brighton, MN.

Leo loved nature, being outdoors, hiking, fishing, hunting and bird watching. He would find wild flowers and unusual plants and cultivate them. He was an advocate for the arts and appreciated fine paintings, sculpture, symphony, orchestra and folk music. He himself was an artist and painted with oils, acrylic, water color, and made linoleum block prints with intricate designs, carved duck decoys, and refinished old furniture.

He also was an extensive traveler with deep curiosity about other countries and cultures, and had been all around the world. He instilled the awe of nature, an appreciation for the arts, and a sense of responsibility to preserve the earth in all of his children. Quote: Absorb the beauty from the stars and the juices from the earth, squeezing from life as much as you can. Life does not last long. Do not worry about the dead; they do not suffer. Inspire your children to do the same.

orial service plans are pending. Summersett Funeral Home is assisting the Lucas family. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Memory of Leo A. Lucas, MD to: The Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Orchestra PO Box 4264 Salisbury, NC 28145 or the Water Works Visual Arts Center 123 E Liberty St, Salisbury, NC 28144. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Elizabeth Pearl Parker
Elizabeth Pearl Parker, 74, passed away on Sunday March 26, 2017 at her residence. She was born May 15, 1942 in Laurinburg, the daughter of the late Bruce and the late Pearlie Aline Brooks Carter. She worked in the Linn Mills for 15 years until her retirement. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Parker; and infant son, William Walters. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Carl, David and DeMarco Carter. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Helen Lewis (Danny) and Sandy Spry (William); three Step-children, Renae Burris, Billy Wayne Walters and Wanda Sandlin; two grandchildren, Tina Graham (David) and Dewayne Ervin (Wendy); and four great-grandchildren, Austin and Dakota Surratt, Christian and Breanna Ervin; sisters, Mary Floyd, Pat Wetter, Barbara Blackwelder, and Jeannie Walters; six brothers, Junior, Bill, Ronnie, Carly, Herbie, and Jimmy Ray Carter.

Visitation and Service: The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 29, from 12 until 1:30 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 1:30 p.m., in the Linn Honeycutt Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Annie Williams, of Word of Life Ministries and Evangelist Kathy Dixon. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home is serving the Parker family. Online condolences may be left at www.linnhoneycuttfuneralhome.com.


Doris Cruse Shore Williams
Doris Cruse Shore Williams, 88, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2017 in Winston-Salem. Doris was born in Maiden on Aug. 23, 1928 to Charlie Check Cruse and Minnie Leola Cruse. She was a graduate of Spencer High School and Salisbury Beauty College. Early in life, Doris worked as a beautician and later as manager of the Spee-Dee Mart and as a courier for Security Bank in Salisbury. She was preceded in death by husbands, John David Buck Shore and Lloyd Maurice Williams; and son, John David Shore, Jr. She is survived by son, Dean Marlow Shore of Winston-Salem. Doris was a life long member of Cooleemee Presbyterian Church. She truly loved her church where she served as Deacon, Elder and Treasurer.

Arrangements: There will be a public celebration of life graveside service at Rowan Memorial Park, Salisbury, on Wednesday, March 29, at 11 a.m. Memorials: Memorials may be made to Cooleemee Presbyterian Church, PO Box 27, Cooleemee, NC 27014.


David Homer Craver
David Homer Craver, 80, of Lexington, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Grayson Creek Assisted Living in Welcome. Born Dec. 6, 1936, in Lexington, he was the son of the late Gerald Homer Craver and Kathleen Mock Craver. David graduated from Reeds High School in 1955 where he played basketball and baseball, later played baseball for The American Legion, and graduated from Wake Forest College in 1959. He taught school at Reeds and North Davidson Jr. High, where he coached and drove a school bus. He farmed and had a herd of Registered Polled Herford Cattle. He was a N.C. Licensed Real Estate Broker and did real estate development. He ran an antique shop, did antique clock repair, built the Red House Inn Restaurant and owned and operated Davidson Auction House. He was instrumental with helping his son start Davidson Surveying and Mapping, PC, where he worked with him for many years until fully retiring. When he was growing up David enjoyed quail hunting and later in life loved to play golf. His biggest happiness in life was his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a faithful member of Reeds United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school for over 50 years, sang in the choir, held positions as chairman of the Administrative Board and Chairman of the Board of Trustees and served on many other committees. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Walser Craver of the home; his son, David A. Tonte Craver (Terry); daughter, Mitzi Craver Tysinger (Patrick); son, Phillip Walser Craver (Amy), all of Lexington; his six grandchildren, Dr. Alexander R. Craver (Amelia), Andrea Craver Hurt (Chase), Brooke Stogner Miller, Au.D. (Adam), Jordan Stogner Lanham (Joe), Elizabeth Lolly Tysinger (Bradley) and Seth Phillip Craver; four great-grandchildren, Rowan Craver, Emory Craver, Lilah Lanham and Liam Miller; one step-great- grandchild, Aiden Lanham; one sister, Jane Craver Koontz of Henrico, Va.; two brothers, Dr. Samuel Mock Craver of Richmond, Va., and Phillip Michael Mike Craver of Lexington. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Gerald Christopher Chip Craver.

Visitation and Service: A reception and celebration of his life with family and friends will be held at Reeds United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Sunday, April 9, at 1 p.m. There will be a private family funeral service held at Reeds United Methodist Church at a later date. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family would like to thank the wonderful owners and staff at Grayson Creek, caregivers at Hospice and the several other facilities that have helped with his care throughout this illness.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Alzheimer's Research Foundation or Reeds United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.


Louise Catherine (Mostia) Dulkoski
Louise Catherine (Mostia) Dulkoski, died Thursday, March 23, 2017. She was born Oct. 18, 1931. Arrangements: Memorial Mass in memory of Louise Dulkoski at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salisbury is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, at 6 p.m. Reception to follow. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters; by her husband, Myron Muzz Dulkoski; and by her oldest son, Myron, Jr. Surviving are three children and seven grandchildren: son, Steven Dulkoski, (Kristy) and their children Alexis and Zachariah; daughter Monette Dulkoski Moss (Phil) and their children Phillip, Nolan, and Ana; son Derron Dulkoski, (Tricia) and their children Kelly and Kaiden (Mimi's best friend). Louise led a full life raising her children in Adena, Ohio until 2006 when she relocated to China Grove, where she spent her last 11 years. Most recently, she enjoyed traveling and Jazzercise at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. She treasured lifelong friendships. She was strongly committed to her Catholic Faith and loved spending time with her family. Louise passed from this life at CMC-Northeast hospital, Concord, due to multiple complications following a planned surgery. She will be sadly missed by her friends and family in Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School, 375 Lumen Christi Lane, Salisbury, NC 28147 or the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center in Salisbury, North Carolina. Funeral Home


Max Ray Gibbons
Mr. Max Ray Gibbons, 80, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis. Mr. Gibbons was born June 28, 1936 in Kannapolis. He was a son of the late Brock B. Gibbons and Ruth Ellen Moon Gibbons. A graduate of A.L. Brown High School and Catawba College, he went on to receive his Master's Degree and EDS Degree from Appalachian State University. He was a teacher for six years prior to becoming the principal for ten years at Corriher-Lipe Junior High School in Landis. In 1974, he became principal at the Cleveland Elementary School, where he remained until his retirement in 1998, completing 40 years with the Rowan-Salisbury School System. He was also a member of the NC Retired Government Employees Teachers and Principals. Max was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Landis for 53 years, where he taught Sunday school for 40 years and served three terms on the church council. He was also a lay reader and member of the Men's Brotherhood and on the Parish Education Committee. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Hugh Gibbons and Roy Gibbons. Mr. Gibbons is survived by his wife of 57 years, Hilda Montgomery Gibbons; daughter, Leslie Savage and husband Vince of Reidsville; and two grandchildren, Kenan and Baden Savage.

Service: A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Landis. Pastor Jarrod Lanning and Pastor Graham Nahouse will officiate. Visitation: The family will receive friends from 3 to 3:45 p.m., Wednesday at the church. Memorials: Memorials may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, 108 West Rice Street, Landis, NC 28088. Remembrances may be sent to the family at www.ladysfuneralhome.com. Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mr. Gibbons.


Malinda R. Jones
Malinda R. Jones, of Salisbury, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in East Spencer where she served for 32 years. In 2004 she joined the Blessing of God Ministry in Lexington where she served as Minister of Helps. Malinda was married to the late Willie Jones. The union was blessed with four children: Clarence Pete Jones, Linda Hurd, Vanessa Medley and Elaine Hardy; three grandchildren: Stacie J. Curry, Nicolas A. Jones and Tracey Jeffries; and five great-grandchildren: Raley Curry, Emery Curry, Carter Curry, Markel Jessup and Nicholas Jessup.

Arrangements: Home going celebration will be on Wednesday, March 29, at Union Chapel AME Zion Church. 4329 Sowers Road, Linwood NC, 27299. Visitation will begin at 12 p.m., and service will be at 12:30 p.m. Service By Prominence Funeral Service.


Mildred Katherine Snider Kesler
Mrs. Mildred Katherine Snider Kesler, 89, of Salisbury passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Autumn Care of Salisbury. Mrs. Kesler was born Dec. 10, 1927, daughter of the late Charlie Odell Snider and Della Schenk Snider. She was a graduate of East Spencer High School and was retired from Carolina Maid where she was a seamstress. Mrs. Kesler was a member of Union Lutheran Church. She loved and was loved by her family. She enjoyed her many trips to the beach. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin David Kesler; and her sisters, Wilma Brown and Shirley Lambe. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Trexler and husband John of Salisbury; her son, Michael David Kesler and wife Deborah of Salisbury; grandchildren, John Mark, Jan and Jodi Trexler, Lucas Kesler and Sarah Sweatt; and also by six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her special friend and roommate Bessie Cooper.

Service: There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Union Lutheran Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. David Nuottila.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Autumn Care of Salisbury.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union Lutheran Church Building Fund, 4770 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC 28146 or to Autumn Care of Salisbury, Activities Department, 1505 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC 28146. Powles Staton Funeral Home is assisting the Kesler Family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.


June Baggett York
June Baggett York, 71, of Salisbury passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Genesis Healthcare. She was born Sept. 22, 1945 in Clinton, S.C., to the late Ruth Moates Cooper and the late Cole Cooper. June was a Registered Nurse and worked in all areas of nursing. She was passionate about her job and her patients. In addition to her parents, Ruth and Cole Cooper, she was preceded in death by her husband Jack Baggett. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Kim Bringle (Chase) of Salisbury, Jenny Kiser (Chad) of Mount Ulla; brothers: Chuck Cooper of Salisbury, Jack Cooper (Marcie) of Asheboro, David Cooper (Carolyn) of Salisbury; sister, Mary Hatch (Mike) of Utah; grandchildren: Amber (Nick) Basgall, Ashley (Garrett) Brewer, Andrew Sells, Alicia Hall, Benjamin Kiser and Isabelle Bringle; and great-granddaughter, Keely Brewer. June was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed.

Visitation: 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, at Rowan Memorial Park Chapel in the Pines, 4125 Franklin Community Center Road, Salisbury, NC 28144. Service: 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, at the Rowan Memorial Park, Chapel in the Pines with the Rev. Tim McQueen officiating. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the York family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.


Larry Thomas Atwell
Larry Thomas Atwell, age 74, of Mooresville, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Mr. Atwell was a licensed contractor in the Kannapolis, China Grove, and Salisbury areas. Mr. Atwell was preceded in death by his father and mother, Frank and Myrtle Atwell; and brother, Ronnie Atwell. He is survived by his loving wife, Star Bostian Atwell; children, Jeff (Kim) Atwell, Todd (Deloris) Atwell, and Jakob (Hayley) Corriher; step-daughters, Misty (Steven) Shue and Amanda (Brandon) Lefler; brothers, Roy (Joan) Atwell and Curtis (Dawn) Atwell; sister, Merlene (John) Cook; sister-in-law, Patsy Atwell; and seven grandchildren.

Arrangements: The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, March 31, at United Methodist Church, 8605 Unity Church Rd., Kannapolis NC 28081. The service will follow at 11 a.m. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be sent to United Methodist Church, 8605 Unity Church Rd., Kannapolis, NC 28081.


Sharon Britt
Ms. Sharon Britt, 66, of Salisbury passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 after several years of declining health. She was born in Robeson County to the late George and Aline Britt. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Christian Dillard. She is survived by sons, Chris Dillard of Lumberton and Steven Dillard of Salisbury, her sole caregiver and with whom Sharon lived for the past six years; sisters, Myra Britt of Orrum and Donna (Al) Freeman of Lumberton; grandchildren, Amy (Adam) Grimsley, Christy Dillard of Lumberton and Justin Dillard of Chesterfield, Mich. Steven would like to send a special Thank You to Phyllis Treece and the staff at Trinity Living Center (formerly Abundant Care) for their endless support and assistance.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to: Trinity Living Center, 1416 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. South, Salisbury NC 28144. Online condolences may be made at: www.tributecremationsociety.com.


Hoy Calvin Correll Sr.
Hoy Calvin Correll Sr., of China Grove, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Morningside Assisted Living in Concord. He was born Nov. 19, 1924, a son of the late James Edwin and the late Vertie Cline Correll. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, where he served 52 years as Building Fund Treasurer, as well as eight years as a deacon. He was a graduate of China Grove High School, where he played and captained the football and basketball teams. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1946-1947. Following his Army discharge, he completed his college education at Catawba College in 1950, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce. Upon graduation, his first employment was with Cabarrus Bank and Trust, followed by working four years with the Scottish Bank in China Grove. Following his appointment in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, he honorably served as Postmaster of China Grove for 31 years until his retirement in 1985. During his tenure as Postmaster, he was responsible for overseeing the expansion of customers served by the China Grove Post Office from 7,500 to 15,000. He was a 65-year member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge #283, receiving 50 and 60 year certificates from the Grand Lodge of the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, as well as past secretary and treasurer of the China Grove Civitan Club. He loved and cared deeply for his family, and in retirement enjoyed watching his favorite sports teams, found pleasure taking care of his backyard tomato plants, and traveling to vacation spots with his wife and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, James Correll and Ray Correll; and sister, Elizabeth C. Correll. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 61 years, Betty Pope Correll whom he married on April 24, 1955; son, Hoy C. Correll Jr. (Sophie) of Williamsburg, Va.; daughter, Melody Poole (Doug) of Salisbury; sister, Nan Graeber (Bud) of Salisbury; grandchildren, Thomas Gibson, Tyler Gibson, Christopher Correll, James Chambless anbd Joshua Chambless; and seven great-grand children.

Services: Services to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Mt. Zion United Church of Christ at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Mark Burns officiating. Burial will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery. The family expresses its appreciation and gratitude to Morningside Assisted Living in Concord for the 4½ years of care and warmth given, and to Salisbury Genesis, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and Rowan Hospice for the compassionate medical assistance provided.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Main Street Mission, 306 S. Main Street, China Grove, NC 28023 or Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care, 720 Grove Street, Salisbury, NC 28144. Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home is assisting the Correll family. Online memorials may be made at www.linnhoneycuttfuneralhome.com.


Sammie McCoy Long
Sammie McCoy Long, 94, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, Concord. Sammie was born Sept. 25, 1922, in Kannapolis, to the late Sank and Jennie McCoy. She was a graduate of J. W. Cannon High School in Kannapolis where she played on the basketball team. For the next 30 years, Sammie worked in account receivables and tabulating at the former Cannon Mills Company. Sammie's greatest joy in life was spending time with her family especially her three children; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also loved watching her belovedTarheels play hoops, summer trips to Topsail Beach, working with her hands making ski sweaters and afghans, having lunch dates with her friends at Lunch Plus, and simply hanging out on her back porch. Sammie was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Kannapolis, where she participated in the Ruth Kale Sunday School class where she could share the love of her Lord. In addition to her parents, Sammie was preceded in death by her daughter, Jo Long Thompson; a grandson, Brad Thompson; her sister, Dorothy McCoy Critz; brother, Charles McCoy; and husband, Luke Long. She is survived by her son Kim (Kim) Long and grandsons Matthew and Joseph of Harrisburg; son Sam Long and grandson Bryan of Durham; granddaughter Laura (Eric) Glader; great-grandson, Nils; and great-granddaughter Grace of Menlo Park, Calif.

Service & Visitation: A graveside service to celebrate her life will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2107 at Oakwood Cemetery, Concord, officiated by Dr. Sam Moore and Rev. Kirk Tutterow. The family will receive friends, from 1:30-3 p.m. Friday at Whitle's Funeral Home, Kannapolis.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 416 E. First St., Kannapolis, NC 28083. Whitley's Funeral Home, Kannapolis, is serving the family. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneral home.com.


Betty Jo Boger Efird
Betty Jo Boger Efird, 82, of Rockwell, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017. She was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Rowan County, to the late Thomas Howard and Ruth Ann Hoffner Boger. Mrs. Efird attended Rockwell High School, worked for Cannon Mills for 35 years and retired from Collins & Aikman. She was a long time member of Mills Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Kannapolis and enjoyed cooking. Mrs. Efird loved her children but truly treasured her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Wayne Efird; and two brothers, Clifford Boger and Thomas Boger. Mrs. Efird is survived by her children, Mike Efird and wife Rita of Salisbury, Johnny Efird and wife Joann of Rockwell, Kimberly Efird Fisher of Lexington and Rodney Perk Efird of Rockwell; twin sister, Peggy Jean Willis of Kannapolis; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation: The family will receive relatives and friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Powles Staton Funeral Home in Rockwell.

Service: The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 31, 2017, at Mills Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Kannapolis, conducted by Elders Tom Robinson and Rom Kerley. Burial will follow at Brookhill Memorial Gardens in Rockwell.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Mills Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Johnny Efird, Church Clerk, 225 Old Rocky Road, Rockwell, NC 28138. Powles Staton Funeral Home is assisting the Efird family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com


Donald Julian
Donald Julian, 59, of Salisbury, peacefully passed Sunday, March 26, 2017 at the Kiser Hospice House with his family, pastor and loved ones by his side. In his final days, Don and his wife, Brenda, and son, Alex, were blessed by an outpouring of love and support from friends and family who stopped by their home to share their favorite memories and to convey how their lives have been changed for the better by having known him. A member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Salisbury, Don was a private, thoughtful man who believed in showing kindness and respect toward everyone and was giving and loving in deed and in thought. He had a way of filtering life through slightly different lenses and found ways to make everything better and to make us laugh at the same time. A graduate of East Rowan High School and East Carolina University, Don eventually began a successful career at Salisbury Coatings, a local construction company owned by his beloved friend and mentor, A.D. Powell. Years later, Don became part owner of Salcoa Contracting along with A.D.'s son Danny, where they have remained steadfast business partners and closest friends. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Brenda and son, Alex; brother, Joe Julian (Cindy); sisters, Susan Roberson and Brenda Williams; nephews, Jeremy Julian, Joey Cassels, and Jared Cassels; nieces, Jennifer Mathers, Ali Roberson, Jenna Cassels, Lisa Sutton, Amy Callahan and Trudy Lyon. He was preceded in death by parents, Howard and Bettye Julian; sister, Patti Porter (Tony); and brother-in-law Ron Roberson.

Service: A memorial service celebrating Don's life will be held on Thursday, March 30, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul's Lutheran's Church in Salisbury. The family will receive friends prior to the memorial service from 10 to 10:45 a.m., in the church sanctuary.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in his memory to St. Paul Lutheran's Church at 205 St. Paul Church Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146 or to the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research at jimmyv.org. Carolina Cremation is honored to serve the Julian family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.


Shirley Ann Partlow Davidson
Shirley Ann Partlow Davidson 70 , who was born to late William C. and Ethel Puryear Partlow,Sr. in Forsyth County on November 26, 1946 departed her life on Sunday March 26, 2017 at her home. She retired from Celesnse as a Machine operator and was of the Baptist faith. She is survived by her son: Keith(Ta'Lia)Davidson,Salisbury, brother; Robert T. Partlow, 6 grandchildren , a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be Thursday March 30, at 1:00 Rowan Funeral Services Chapel burial will follow in Rowan Memorial Park family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to service. Rowan Funeral Services is assisting the Davidson family.


Marcelle E. Danforth
Ms. Marcelle E. Danforth, 91, of Salisbury passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks in Salisbury. She was born Dec. 22, 1925 in Bandy, Va. to the late Emory C. Harrison and the late Anna L. Nan Lambert Harrison. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husbands, A.J. Wheeler and Paul Danforth; and her twin brothers, Emory G. Harrison of Wytheville, Va. and Billy D. Harrison of Bluefield, Va. She is survived by her only child, Rodger W. Wheeler of Salisbury; one grandson, William Blake Wheeler of Gallatin, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Ann Thompson Harrison of Wytheville, Va.; special nieces, Debbie Sue Harless of Bluefield, Va., Cindy Wilkinson of Wytheville, Va. and Christi Armbrister of Mary Ester, Fla.; as well as the extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins. I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the nurses, CNAs and staff at Trinity Oaks Health & Rehab for the excellent care they gave my Dear Mother. I would also like to thank Mrs. Mildred McGee, her roommate for the past two years, for her caring concern for my Mom. They complimented each other very well as roommates. Mother also made many good friends while spending the last two years there. My Mother was a long time resident of Bluefield, W.Va. until moving to Salisbury in 2003. She had been employed by Goodykoontz Drug Store in Bluefield, W.Va. for 50 years as a cosmetics Manager, retiring in 2000. She lived with her son Rodger for 15 years and then the last two years at the Trinity Oaks Health & Rehab.

Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Trinity Oaks Health & Rehab with Pastor Brenda Bynum officiating. Trinity Oaks is located at 728 Klumac Road, Salisbury, NC 28144.

Service: A graveside service will be held at Grandview Memory Gardens at a later date. Grandview Memory Gardens is located at 38659 Gov. G C Peery Hwy, Bluefield, VA 24605. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Danforth family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.


Sandra Williams Earnhardt
Sandra Williams Earnhardt, 70, of Salisbury, peacefully passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Kiser Hospice House. Sandra was born to the late Robert L. Williams Jr. and Virginia Cline Williams on Dec. 12, 1946. She attended Granite Quarry Elementary, East Rowan High School, then Central State Cosmetology school. She worked as a hairdresser and later retired from Morgan Carpet. Sandra was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church and in her spare time enjoyed volunteering for Relay For Life , making stained glass, fishing, traveling, and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Williams III; and sisters, Norma Williams Hoyle and Judy W. Helms. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jerry Nelson Earnhardt; sons, Christopher Todd Earnhardt and David Nelson Earnhardt, both of Salisbury; grandchildren, Morgan Taylor Earnhardt, Robert Chase Earnhardt and Tucker James Merritt; sisters-in-law, Edna Hill (Coy) of Salisbury, Linda Walker (Charles) of Salisbury and Penny Shue (Dana) of Faith; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dog and best friend, Sassy.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Karen Whicker, Morgan Earnhardt, Linda Walker and Lisa Merritt for their continued love and support.

Visitation and Services: The family will accept friends on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Shiloh United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 234 N. Main GQ St., Granite Quarry, NC 28072, with a memorial service following, starting at 2 p.m.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144 or to Shiloh United Methodist Church, 234 N. Main GQ St., Granite Quarry, NC 28072. Carolina Cremation is assisting the Earnhardt family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com. Funeral Home