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Sylvia Elizabeth Kesler Grohs
Sylvia Elizabeth Kesler Grohs, 66, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. She was born on July 27, 1950, in Rowan County, to Carl and Zena Stirewalt Kesler. Sylvia is survived by her husband of 39 years, Phillip Grohs; her son, David Grohs; grandchildren, Brayden and Olivia Grohs; sister, Myra K. Seegers; brother, R. C. Kesler; brother-in-law, Carl E. Grohs; sister-in- law, Betty Sue Grohs; and many other loved ones.

Services: The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Sunday, Feb. 19, from 2-4 p.m. at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home, 2951 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem.

Memorials: Memorial contributions can be made to Pallative Care of Forsyth Memorial Hospital. Services provided by Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home.Online condolences may be made at

Michael Christopher Doby
Michael Christopher Doby, 35, of Salisbury, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Saturday, Feb 11, 2017. Michael was born March 6, 1981. He was experienced in roofing, construction and a hydraulic mechanic. He loved to fish, play video games, and most of all, he loved being with family and friends. Those left to cherish his memories are his three beautiful and amazing children: Christopher Michael Doby, Anthony Tyler Doby and Serenity Hope Doby; the mother of his children, Vanessa M. Misenheimer; his wonderful parents, Rhonda Oliver and Robert Doby; his loving sisters and brother, Amy Doby, Kristen Miller, and Joshua Miller. He also leaves behind many other family members and friends who will miss him dearly. Michael is now in a better place, where he stands as an Angel beside God, watching over us all!

Services and gathering for friends and public will be Saturday, Feb. 18 from 2-4pm at House of Prayer, 721 Pleasane Ave., Kannapolis NC 28081.

Ben Fisher Culp
Ben Fisher Culp, 62, of Gold Hill, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Carolinas Healthcare System - Northeast, following a short battle with pancreatic cancer. A life-long Cabarrus County resident, Ben was born in Rowan County on Oct. 1, 1954, the oldest of three children of the late Fisher Leonard Culp and Rachel Hill Culp. At the time of his death, Ben was a proud owner and president of Culp Brothers Inc., a family-owned grading and road construction business started by his father and uncles in 1960. Ben was a 1972 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School where he played football and ran track, served as student council president and was voted senior class superlative most leadership ability by his classmates. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1976 with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. A die-hard Wolfpack fan for life, Ben was partial to the color red, and his family asks that all persons attending the visitation and celebration of his life wear something red to honor Ben and his avid support of NC State. Go Wolfpack! A talented and natural Mr. Fix-it, Ben enjoyed the study of history, particularly American history, and had crisscrossed our nation from east to west and south to north (with side trips to Canada and Mexico) to visit historic monuments, hike the national parks and witness the lives of everyday people, all to help him better understand and appreciate our great country. A loving father and husband, Ben was particularly proud of his three girls and his son. His primary love and hobby, however, was being Papaw to his four grandbabies. What he taught them about gardening, taking in the wonders of nature while playing in the yard, and the respect commanded by the tractors and heavy equipment when he gave them rides on both are priceless memories of happier times that will keep their Papaw alive in their hearts forever. Ben is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dianne Jones Culp; three daughters, Carmen C. Sargent (Christopher), Natalie C. Whitley (Austin) and Melissa C. Hinson (Blake); a son, Adam Ben Culp; four grandchildren, Leonard Austin Whitley, Hannah Renae Sargent, Grace Michelle Whitley and Tucker William Sargent; a brother, Jay Tillman Culp (Betsy); a sister, Janet C. Wagoner (Robin); and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Service & Visitation: A celebration of Ben's life will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, where he was a faithful member and grateful servant. The Rev. Bruce Gwyn will officiate, and burial will follow in the family plot at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Gold Hill. The Culp family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 in the MPUMC sanctuary.

Memorials: Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 237, Mt Pleasant, NC, 28124. Gordon Funeral Home of Mt. Pleasant is serving the Culp family. Online condolences may be made at

Larry Wayne Chilton
Larry Wayne Chilton, 72, passed away on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born on Feb. 11, 1945 in Winston-Salem to the late James Edgar Chilton and Sadie Caudle Chilton. Larry was a graduate of Hanes High School and attended East Carolina University. He served in the United States Army as a member of the White House Honor Guard. Larry then went on to work as a coastal management planner for North Carolina. Work and family then took him west, where he became the director of Land Management and Development for the City of Salisbury. There he found a home and a true calling, and he remained in public service for 22 years. Under his leadership the City received national recognition for its exemplary city planning and community development achievements. Larry was a beloved father, friend and mentor, and with his thoughtfulness, his warmth and his wry humor, he touched the lives of everyone he met. He was an avid reader and book collector, a committed public servant, and a devoted UNC basketball fan. In addition to his father, mother, two brothers and two sisters, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Anne Lyman Chilton. Larry Chilton is survived by his daughters, Celeste Chilton of Charlottesville, Va. and Sarah Chilton of Charleston, S.C.

Service: 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home in Winston-Salem. Eric Chilton, nephew of Larry Chilton, will offer the eulogy.

After the service, interment is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Forsyth Memorial Park.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078. Services provided by Frank Vogler &Sons Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

Montress Strickland Causey
Montress Strickland Causey, 77, of Salisbury, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 with her family by her side. She was born in Horry County, S.C. the daughter of the late Guthrie and Estus Buffkin Strickland. Mrs. Causey was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A woman of great faith, she was a member of First Baptist Church of Salisbury. She was an exceptional pianist and spent many hours playing for her enjoyment. Mrs. Causey was predeceased, in addition to her parents, by three brothers, Marvin Strickland, Elias Strickland and Almond Strickland; and a sister, Balzora Hayes. She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, John Harold Causey of Salisbury; two sons, Timothy F. Causey of Rockwell and Jon Travis Causey of Salisbury; a daughter, Lisa C. (Tim) Walters of Salisbury; two sisters, Elizabeth (Harvey) Price of Sumter, S.C. and Doris (James) Shelley of Creedmore; four grandchildren, Carrie Causey Liapis, Therron Causey, Dustin Walters and Jacob Causey; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler Goodman, Stefano Liapis, George Liapis and Ryker Causey.

Service & Visitation: A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at Riverside Cemetery in Nichols, S.C. directed by Meares Funeral Home of Mullins, S.C. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.

Memorials: If you would like to remember Mrs. Causey, the family suggests that memorials be made in her memory to First Baptist Church of Salisbury, 223 North Fulton Street, Salisbury, North Carolina 28144 or to Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care, 720 Grove Street, Salisbury, North Carolina 28144. Meares Funeral Home is assisting the Causey family. An online guestbook is available at

John William Brady Sr.
John William Brady Sr., 83, of Salisbury, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Genesis Healthcare in Salisbury. He was born on July 23, 1933 to the late E.J. and Addie Trexler Brady in Salisbury. John was a 1952 graduate of Granite Quarry High School and he retired from Cone Mills in 1989. A member of Eastside Baptist Church, John enjoyed farming, traveling and watching baseball. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Carlene W. Brady; sisters, Annie Lee Brady and Jeanette Kluttz; and granddaughter, Cheryl Wyrick. John is survived by two daughters, Teresa Shinn and husband James of Rockwell and Paula Desmond and husband Donald of Easton, Pa.; two sons, John W. Brady Jr. and wife Elizabeth of Salisbury and James Brady and wife Sonya of Salisbury; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation: Visitation will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 10-11 a.m. at Powles Staton Funeral Home, Rockwell.

Services: Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 11 a.m. at the Powles Staton Funeral Home Chapel, Rockwell, with Rev. Joe Black, officiating. Burial will follow in the Brookhill Memorial Gardens. Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of veterans funeral care, is assisting the family of John Brady. Online condolences may be made at

Weston David Faulkner
Weston David Faulkner, 20, of China Grove, entered into rest on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. He is survived by his father, David Gary Faulkner and David's wife Jessie and his mother, Jodie Williams and her husband Harris. He is also survived by both his maternal grandmother, Brenda Durbin and his paternal grandmother, Judy Faulkner. Also left to cherish his memory are his loving uncles, Tim Durbin, Mike Faulkner, Kyle Faulkner and Scott Faulkner as well as his many cousins. Weston is predeceased by his grandfathers, Leigh Faulkner and Bill Durbin. Born on July 4, 1996 in Mooresville, Weston grew up with a love for sports. He played football from the age of five and participated in baseball and basketball. He watched over his cousins (as he was the only boy of this generation) and loved spending time with his grandparents at their homes in New York and North Carolina equally. Weston loved the time he spent fishing with his family and loved the friends he surrounded himself with; he considered them an extended family all their own.

Service: A memorial service for Weston will be held on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 from 2-4 p.m. at the Millbridge Ruritan Club, 490 Sloan Rd., Mt. Ulla, NC 28125. Everyone who knew and loved Weston is welcome to attend and celebrate his life.

George William Bill Brown
George William Bill Brown, 92, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at Valley Falls Terrace. Born Feb. 5, 1925, in Rowan County, he was a son of the late Ray W. and Mary E. Wagoner Brown and the last surviving member of his immediate family. A graduate of Rockwell North Carolina High School, Mr. Brown attended Catawba College and was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Brown was the retired owner of Brown Opticians, founding member and a past president of the S.C. Association of Opticians, a past member of the S.C. Board of Examiners in Opticianry and Board member of The Opticians Association of America, The National Academy of Opticians, and honored recipient of the S.C. Optician of the Year Award. As a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, he served as Deacon, Elder, Sunday School teacher, and choir member, as well as being elected as Elder Emeritus. He was also a member and past president of the Civitan Club of Spartanburg and on behalf of the State of S.C. received the Honored Naval Veteran Award presented by the governor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Brown; sister, Helen Earnhardt; and son-in-law, Paul Thomas McKown. Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Velma Willard Brown; children, Stewart Deane Brown of Spartanburg, S.C., William Grant Brown (Sandra) of Woodruff, S.C., Cynthia Brown Overcash (Edward) of Spartanburg, S.C., and Bunny Brown McKown of Chesnee, S.C.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation and Service: A memorial service will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 4, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. Robert H. Brozina. Visitation will follow the service. Burial, with military rites, will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 4, in Grace Lower Stone Church Cemetery, Rockwell, NC.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 880 W. O. Ezell Blvd., Spartanburg, SC 29301. An online guest register is available at Floyd's North Church Street Chapel.