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Marie Day Harrison
Mrs. Marie Day Harrison, 101, Candlewick Dr., passed on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at Laurels of Salisbury. Born on Aug. 13, 1915 in the District of Columbia, she was the daughter of the late John Edward Day and Carrie Grass Day. She was educated in the public schools of Washington, D.C. and was a graduate of Armstrong High School, Washington, D.C. Mrs. Harrison was a homemaker. As a member of Purity Baptist Church and Trinidad Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., she was an active choir member as a soprano soloist. Upon relocating to Salisbury, she became a member of Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church and served on the Life Members Council and the Parent Body of Women's Home and Overseas Missionary Society. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by son, Alfred Joseph Green; daughter, Patricia Harrison McBride; grandson, Andre Warren; granddaughter, Veronica Jean Green; and great-granddaughter, Talaya Patterson. Those left to cherish her memory include her son and daughter-in-law, Rev. Dr. Grant and Dr. Joanne Harrison Jr. of the home; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild; other relatives; and friends.

Service and Visitation: Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Soldiers Memorial AME Zion Church with visitation at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow services at Oakdale Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Derrick R. Anderson, Pastor, will officiate. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the Harrison family. Online condolences may be sent to

David B. Buddy Edwards
David B. Buddy Edwards, 78, of Kannapolis, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville. Mr. Edwards was born on May 15, 1938, the son of the late Ernest Neil Edwards and Ola Elizabeth Atwell Edwards. He was educated in the Landis Schools and grew up working and later running Edwards Farm. He also worked for JD Skidmore as a construction supervisor. Mr. Edwards was a life-long member of Unity United Methodist Church and was active in Unity's Mobile Meals. Mr. Edwards is preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Long Edwards; and sisters, Ruby Ball, Ruth Register and Viola Campbell. Mr. Edwards is survived by sisters, Edna Register and Bonnie Bost (Floyd); daughters, Sundy Butcher and Leslie Palacio (Michael); grandchildren and great-grandchildren; numerous friends and extended family. Special thanks from the Edwards family to caregivers: Erin Scarborough, Natosha Huffman, Debbie Waller Osmon, Patty Russell, the Hospice Team and friends and neighbors.

Visitation: The family will receive friends on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Unity United Methodist Church from 12- 1 p.m. Service: There will be a memorial service on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at Unity United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. with Rev. Timothy Whittington officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Unity United Methodist Church Mobile Meals, 8605 Unity Church Rd., Kannapolis, NC 28081 or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625. Carolina Cremation is honored to serve the Edwards family. Online condolences may be made at

Mildred Cauthen Allman
Mrs. Mildred Cauthen Allman, of North Main Street, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at NorthEast Medical Center. Mildred was born June 13, 1939, in Concord to the late Troy Lewis Cauthen and Mae Shue Cauthen. She was also preceded in death by husband, Kenneth L. Allman; son, Kenneth L. Allman, Jr.; companion, Clarence McGraw; and by eight brothers and sisters. She graduated from Winecoff School and later retired from Corriher Mills in Landis. Mildred loved to travel and especially enjoyed her mountain day trips with Clarence and the annual mother/daughter trips with her special sister Margie and her daughters. Mildred and Margie were often referred to as the M&M Sisters. She also loved working with Clarence in their famous garden and loved to put up the many garden goodies. Her family was her heart and she was a compassionate and strong woman who will be very much missed. Mildred is survived by her daughters, Juanita Tinker Allman Beaver (and special friend Rick Warren), Shelia Basinger and Debbie Smith; son, Lewis Whittington; special daughter-in-law, Jan Allman; son-in-law, Mike Beaver; grandsons, Josh Allman and Jacob Allman; great-grandchildren, Lukas, Ryan, Jackson, and Alice Allman; her furry shadow, Zoe; and her very special best friend, Jean Porter.

Arrangements: Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, at Wilkinson Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Rev. Lewis Whittington. Burial follow the service at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the funeral home and at her daughters home after the graveside service.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, 220 Grace Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28147. On line condolences may be sent to Wilkinson Funeral Home is serving the Allman family.

Richard Bernard Fortner
Richard Bernard Fortner, 81, of Salisbury passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 at his home.

Born September 30, 1935 in Rowan County, he was the son of the late Roy William Fortner and Ruby Goforth Fortner Brooks.

He was educated in the Salisbury schools and graduated from Boyden High School. Proud of his service to his country, he was a veteran of the US Marines where he drove tanks.

Mr. Fortner worked at Duke Energy for over 20 years. He retired as Transportation Supervisor of the Salisbury area.

Mr. Fortner was a member of the Spencer Masonic Lodge 543, A.F. & A. M. He was a very sociable person who never met a stranger. He loved country music especially Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. He also enjoyed working in his yard caring for his flowers and shrubs. Mr. Fortner was a wonderful cook and made holiday dinners special. He enjoyed watching football especially the Panthers.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Brandon James Fisher; and brothers, Carl Fortner, Charles Fortner, Billy Ray Fortner and sister, Doris Poole.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Catherine Elizabeth Ruffino Fortner; children, Diane Etheridge (Chris), of Salisbury, Robyn Ketchie, of Rockwell, Cheryl McElroy (Alan), of Jacksonville Beach, FL, Mark Fortner of Salisbury, Tammy Boulware (Petie) of Salisbury; sisters, Viola Hudgins of Salisbury, April Whitaker of Lexington; brother, Bobby Fortner of Salisbury; grandchildren, Chris Dunn (Shannon) of Salisbury, Summer Surratt (Mike) of Salisbury, Brittany Mullis (Kevin) of Brooklyn, New York, Adam Mullis (Katie) of Cornelius, several great-grandchildren, and his beloved cat Morris

The family will receive friends from 11 AM to 12 Noon Monday, (October 24) at Summersett Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12 Noon Monday at Summersett Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Rowan Memorial Park with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the US Marine Corp and the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard.

The family would especially like to thank the following for their kind and compassionate care. They all had a special place in his heart, Dr. Bayard Powell, Chief of Oncology and Hematology, Megan Manuel, PA in Oncology and Hematology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Suzanne Sparger, RN at Carolina Oncology Associates, Salisbury, Dr. Chet Amin and Tiffany Ingold, PA at Piedmont Family Medicine, Salisbury and all the nurses and staff at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Memorials may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or Faith Friends Animal Sanctuary, 220 Grace Church Rd., Salisbury, NC 28147

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Fortner family. Online condolences may be made at

Peggy Graham Beck
Peggy Graham Beck, 80, of Salisbury passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House.

Born April 15, 1936 in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Margaret Watson Graham.

She was educated in the Spencer schools and graduated from Spencer High School.

Mrs. Beck was employed with Environmental Services for Rowan County before retiring.

She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Her husband, Alvin Harper Beck preceded her in death on January 14, 1986. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Tommy Graham and Jimmy Graham.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Elbert Garney Beck and wife Julie of King, Alan K. Bobby Beck and wife Renee, Tracie B. Cauble and husband David, Jeffery L. Jeff Beck all of Salisbury; sister, Nancy Brown and husband Jim of Cleveland; brother, Jerry Graham and wife Betty of Mocksville; grandchildren, Ashley and Keith Cauble, Brandon, Jennifer, Jessi, Jeffery and Scott Beck; great-grandchildren, Chase, Colton, Kallie, Austin, Tuff, Kenny, Hunter, Peyton, Alexandria and Joshua.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 PM Sunday, (Oct. 23) at Summersett Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted 3 PM Sunday at Summersett Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Rick Cockerham, minister of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rowan Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 2255 E. Ridge Rd., Salisbury, NC 28144

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Beck family. Online condolences may be made at

Christine Elizabeth Fink Barrow
Christine Elizabeth Fink Barrow, 94, of Salisbury, NC passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Born July 28, 1922 in Richfield, NC to the late Myrtle Fink Pickler, she graduated from Granite Quarry High School in 1938. Before retiring, Mrs. Barrow was employed with A & P Grocery in the meat department for 18 years.

Mrs. Barrow was a member of Maranatha Bible Church in Salisbury, NC. She was also a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary Post 3006.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Bill Joseph Barrow on April 9, 1983 and her son, Jerry Lester Barrow, Sr. on Dec. 8, 2010.

Surviving are two grandchildren: Jennifer Barrow Crouch and husband Gregory of Statesville, NC and Jerry Les Barrow, Jr. of Salisbury, NC; two great-grandchildren, Sarah and Bill Gregory Crouch of Statesville, NC.

A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Monday (October 24) at Rowan Memorial Park, conducted by Rev. Merle Dye.

Memorials may be made to Maranatha Bible Church, 2320 Statesville Blvd, Salisbury, NC 28147; the American Cancer Society, Rowan County Relay for Life, 4-A Oak Branch Dr, Greensboro, NC 27407; or The American Heart Association, 128 S. Tryon St., Suite 1588, Charlotte, NC 28202.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Barrow family. Online condolences may be made at

Maurice Eddie Plott
Maurice Eddie Plott, 65, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem.

Arrangements: Memorial service 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, Eaton Funeral Chapel with Rev. Daniel Harmon officiating. Inurnment at Salisbury National Cemetery. Visitation, 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 24, Eaton Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

Marilou Garrett
Marilou Garrett, 70, of Gastonia, passed away Oct. 21, 2016, at Brian Center, Gastonia. She was born Oct. 7, 1946, in Mecklenburg County, daughter of Mary Jones and the late Loudie Garrett. Ms. Garrett attended Parkwood Baptist Church in Gastonia. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother; and all the granddaughters agree, man could she cook. Left to cherish her memories, in addition to her mother, are her son, Sean Ingram and wife Cindy; daughter, Shannon Leibacher and husband Dirk; sisters, Brenda Kisner and husband Jimmy, Toni Duncan and husband Tommy, and Anne Tate; grandchildren, Tori Armour and husband Andy, Caitlyn Culp, Madison Christopher, and Kyndall Christopher; great-grandchild, Paisley Armour.

Arrangements: Services will be private. Memorials may be made to Brian Center, 969 Cox Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054.

Annie Hulene Corn Petrea
Annie Hulene Corn Petrea, 86, of Faith, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, after a period of declining health. Ann, the oldest of four children, was born on Jan. 15, 1930, in Durham County to Claxton Lee Corn and Addie Barger Corn Abernathy. Ann was a 1948 graduate of Granite Quarry High School. She married Clyde Bruce Petrea on Aug. 15, 1948, and had three children, Troy Petrea (Janice) of Granite Quarry, Pam Frick (Mel) of Pensacola, Fla., and Alison Shue (Tim) of Faith; as well as seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Ann is preceded in death by her husband Clyde; and sister Rose Corn. She served as a children's Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, Women's Missionary Union and sang in the church choir and later, the Senior Adult Choir. Ann retired from the Rowan/Salisbury School System. Above all, Ann was a devoted mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother. The family wishes to thank the staff at Genesis HealthCare Rehab and Nursing Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Faith Baptist Church Mission Fund.

Visitation: The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 2-3 p.m., at Faith Baptist Church. Service: A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m., at Faith Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Tim Barnette and Dr. Charles Brawley. Powles Staton Funeral Home is honored to serve the Petrea family. Online condolences may be made at

Beverly A. McCoy
Beverly A. McCoy, 78, of Cassadaga, N.Y. and Salisbury, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at her Cassadaga home. Born Oct. 7, 1938 a daughter of the late Ralph and Morea Apthorp Vogt. Beverly was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1958-1960. She was a fulltime homemaker, who enjoyed, gardening, landscaping, quilting, knitting and refinishing furniture, especially antiques. Wife of 56 years to George McCoy, who she married Oct. 8, 1960; mother of, Theresa (Mike) Schweiger of Jamestown, N.Y., Tammy (Chris Turner) Imm of Clemson, S.C., Stephen (Michelle DeFreitas) McCoy of Mooresville, and Ann (Chad) Hamilton of Rockwell; grandmother of seven; great-grandmother of one; sister of Paula Skaggs of Henderson, Nev., Kenneth (Rhonda) Vogt of Rome and the late Jack Vogt. Also survived by nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Arrangements: A private service will be held at the family's convenience. Memorials to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society , 3 International Dr., Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573. Arrangements to by Jordan Funeral Home, Sinclairville, NY.

Helen Sherrill Honeycutt Brown
Helen Sherrill Honeycutt Brown, 80, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on Friday Oct. 21, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center. Born Oct. 14, 1936, in Rockwell, she was the daughter of the late Pearl Wyatt and Thomas Honeycutt. Mrs. Brown worked as a secretary at Turner Ashby High School for 25 years. She loved her job, especially working with the kids and they loved her. Mrs. Brown enjoyed puzzles and taking care of her grandchildren, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. On Feb. 7, 1963, she married James Earl Jim Brown, who preceded her in death on March 7, 2007. In addition to her husband, Helen was preceded in death by three sisters; and three brothers. She is survived by two daughters, Tracy Baker and her husband Joe of Roanoke, Va., Jodi Griffith and her husband Aaron of Keezletown, Va.; one son, Buck Brown and his wife Paula of Dayton, Va.; ten grandchildren, Stacey Miller and her wife Kristin, Todd Griffith and his wife Mindi, Benjamin Griffith, Katie Baker, Emily Baker, Joseph Baker, Trajan Brown, Cameron Brown, Piper Brown, Kyle Brown; one great -grandchild, Olivia Griffith; two siblings, Lillie Ruth Isenhouer and Robert Honeycutt; and one special niece, Bonnie Small.

Service: Janet Whetzel will conduct a memorial service at 2 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 25, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. Entombment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Visitation: The family will receive friends 7 to 8 p.m., Monday Oct. 24, at the funeral home.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society . Those wishing to leave a memory or online condolence to the family may do so by visiting

Kristin Lynne Mace Shattuck
Kristin Lynne Mace Shattuck passed away peacefully on Oct. 8, 2016, in Charleston, S.C. Kristin was born in Newburyport, Mass., on June 3, 1969. Kristin was the beloved daughter of Donald and Brenda Mace of Salisbury. She graduated from high school in 1986 and went into full-time ministry as ong of Jehovah's witnesses. During the past 14 years she worked for Nat Benson Lawfirm in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. She is survived by her father and mother; brother, Don Mace Jr. and wife, Katherine and their three sons, Ashton, Evan and Jackson all of Massachusetts; step-mother, Susan Macel two step-brothers, Har and Phillip Do of Salisbury; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Kristin will sadly be missed by all, she brought much happiness and joy into the lives of those who knew her.

Arrangements: Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, 3pm at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3411 Old Concord Rd., Salisbbury NC 28146. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be mad to the Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses, 3411 Old Concord Rd., Salisbury NC 28146.

Veda Irene Purcell
Veda Irene Purcell, age 73, passed away on September 11, 2016 at Brookdale Tanglewood Retirement Center in Houston, Texas. Irene was born on September 28, 1942 in Salisbury, North Carolina, and was the daughter of the late Irene zumBrunnen Purcell and Samuel Mitchell Purcell Jr.

She graduated from Boyden High School in Salisbury NC in 1960, and from Sullens Junior College in Bristol, Virginia in 1962. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Houston, majoring in physics, mathematics, and statistics. She was a longtime employee of American General Life Insurance Company at their international headquarters in Houston, Texas, starting as a keypunch machine operator, and working her way up to underwriter. She was also an underwriter for The Prudential Life Insurance Company and for Aetna. Prior to accepting a position with Prudential, she passed the Actuarial Exam with Tower Perrin in 1997. She retired in 2004. She had many friends in Houston, who will sorely miss her dry wit and honest opinions. She was preceded in death by her brother, George Ernest Purcell, in 2002. Surviving family members are her aunt, Alice Josephine Purcell, Salisbury, North Carolina; one brother, Samuel Mitchell Purcell III of Washington, North Carolina, and one sister, Marion Elizabeth Purcell Whatley, of Fletcher, North Carolina, and one nephew, Christopher Lawrence Whatley, of Mills River, North Carolina. Her service will be held at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Salisbury, North Carolina on October 29, 2016, at 11:00 AM, with burial to follow at City Memorial Park. The family asks that in Lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Veda Mae Beaver Scholarship Fund at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, 131 West Council Street, Salisbury, North Carolina, 28144.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Purcell family. Online condolences may be made at

Floyd Alexander Peewee Kerr, III.
Mr. Floyd Alexander Peewee Kerr, III., 66, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born May 5, 1950 in Salisbury, he was the son of the late Floyd Alexander Kerr, II and Annie Jo Alexander Kerr. Mr. Kerr was a graduate of J.C. Price High School, Class of 1968 and Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Mr. Kerr was employed with the City of Salisbury Parks and Recreation department and Maintenance department where he retired as a supervisor. He was very active in the community as a member of The Elks Club, Lincoln/Dixonville reunion committee, J.C. Price High School Alumni, Swagger enrichment program and many organzations within the community and recently just recieved the Fred Evans, John Mackey, Rufus Little founders award for his community service. He was preceeded in death by a brother, James Bernard Kerr; sister-in-law, Sylvia Kerr; and niece, Maria Denise Kerr. He leaves precious and loving memories to his faithful companion, Joann Russell of the home; children, Barry Russell and Shenita Russell both of Salisbury; three grandchildren, Darius Hall, DaJaun Russell, JahBreel Russell, brother; Timothy Bernard Davis, Salisbury; sister, Antionette Kerr, Lexington; special cousin, Vonda Femster; and a host of cousins other relatives and friends.

Arrangements: Services will be held on Tuesday Oct. 25, at Livingstone College Varick Auditorium. Visitation at 11 a.m., and Funeral at 12 p.m., burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery, Brenner Ave., Rev. Reginald McConneaughey, officiating. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the family and online condolences may be sent to