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Chester Leroy Croyle
Chester Leroy Croyle, 79, of Salisbury passed away Monday, May 14, 2018 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

He was born in Johnstown, PA on February 22, 1939. He joined the Navy and when he was stationed in Charleston, SC he met Anne Bowers at the Christian Servicemen's Center and they attended Youth for Christ. After a brief courtship, he proposed marriage. They were married on June 23, 1962 at Millgrove Bible Church near Lancaster, NY where they made their first home. They were married for almost 56 years.

Throughout the years he was involved in many lines of work - truck driver, construction superintendent and master carpenter, law enforcement, and maintenance mechanic for the National Starch Corporation.

During his time with the Spencer and Salisbury Police Departments, he was a firearms instructor for the NRA. He was a jack of all trades, teaching his family by example about the value of hard, dedicated work.

Not many know, but he was a gifted singer and played guitar. He served at various times as Church choir director and taught Sunday School and served as deacon. His artistic side also expressed itself in scale models of NC lighthouses that are absolutely perfect replications, down to the smallest detail. He made muzzle loaders that were museum quality. He loved creating things and sharing them with others.

Chet was a member of North Main Baptist Church. He didn't draw attention to himself, but he found quiet ways to help others when he knew there was a need. He supported charities and missionaries faithfully.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Pearl Croyle, sister Linda Croyle and brother, Robert Croyle.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Croyle, daughter, Marla Young (husband Stephen and daughter, Anna) and son, Jerry Croyle (sons Nathan and David).

A private graveside service will be conducted at 9:00 AM Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Salisbury National Cemetery with military honors provided by the US Navy and the Rowan County Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Friday (May 18) at North Main Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to North Main Street Baptist Church, 1501 N. Main Street, Salisbury, NC 28144 or St. Judes Research Hospital, Fund Raising Office, 2101 Rexford Road #165W, Charlotte, NC 28211.

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

Linda File Overcash
Linda File Overcash went Home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 15, 2018 at The Laurels of Salisbury, NC.

Born August 6, 1943 in Salisbury, NC, she was the daughter of the late Samuel and Dorothy File.

A loving wife and mother, Linda graciously served her family, church, and community with quiet and patient humility. As a mother, she devoted her time volunteering at her childrens schools and supporting their many daily activities. As a grandmother, she took great pride and joy in her grandchildren. In addition to her family, she loved her dogs, books, and traveling.

Lindas love, faithfulness, and service to the Lord were an inspiration to all who knew her. She shared a profound gift for music as the church organist at North Hills Presbyterian Church for over fifteen years. After North Hills, she served her church and community as a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Despite a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis, Linda persevered and demonstrated a deep, quiet strength that will resonate with her family and loved ones for years to come.<>P Those left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of fifty-five years, Tom Overcash; sister, Sandra Honeycutt (Don); son Glenn Overcash (Loanna) of Gaithersburg, MD; daughters Mary Ellen Kennedy (Tony) of Salisbury, NC; Donna Clements (Runcie) of Franklin, TN; and Margaret White (Don) of Greensboro, NC; eleven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

After a family graveside service, a Celebration of Life Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 18 at 12:00 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following the service in Lewis Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Faithful Friends of Salisbury, NC.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the skilled staff and caregivers at The Laurels. Although she lived there for a short time, the compassion and support displayed by the staff will never be forgotten.

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

Mackie Palmer Honeycutt
Mrs. Mackie Palmer Honeycutt, 71., of Salisbury, NC passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Autumn Care of Salisbury. She was born June 3, 1946 in Rowan County, NC to the late Hazel Holder Palmer and Charles Steven Palmer and attended North Rowan High School. Mrs. Honeycutt was a homemaker. Preceding her in death was her husband, Charles David Honeycutt. Surviving is her sister, Sue Palmer Fisher and husband Paul of Salisbury, NC; niece, Paula Fisher Philpot and husband Irv and nephew, Jacob Steven Fisher and wife Robin. A graveside service will be held 1 PM Saturday (May 19) at Trading Ford Baptist Church Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Mike Motley.

The family would like to thank the caring staff and administration at Autumn Care of Salisbury, Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care, and her special caregiver Susan Misenheimer and loving neighbors.

Memorials may be made at Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Longs Ferry Rd, Salisbury, NC 28146. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Honeycutt family. Online condolences may be made at

Irene Whited
Irene Whited, 74, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend to so many died Sunday morning May 13, 2018, at Novant's Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem. Born on Jan. 23, 1944, in Denver, Colo., she was the daughter of the late Arnold and Elwine von Kaenel. Before moving to North Carolina, Irene spent many years growing up, raising her son, and working in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She had a successful career working in customer service for several large chemical companies. Her position with Hoechst-Celanese brought her to North Carolina and was also where she met her husband of almost 27 years, Michael Whited. After retiring in 2008, she put her energy in many areas. She and Mike enjoyed traveling and regularly visiting with family and friends around the country and abroad. She enjoyed volunteering at Autumn Care Nursing Home where she would give manicures and have conversations with many residents over the years. She was also an active member of the Newcomers Club of Salisbury-Rowan. She would participate in both the fellowship and outreach activities that this group provided. Irene was a prolific writer of cards and letters to the many people that she cared for or to others she thought might need encouragement. Irene's kindness, and willingness to listen and help, blessed her with many friends. She will be greatly missed. Irene is survived by her son, John Medico (wife, Bianca; grandchildren, Sophie, Ava, Jack) of Houston, Texas; her husband, Michael of Salisbury and children, Chad Whited (wife, Jill; step-sons, Daniel and Troy Stanley) of Inman, S.C., Jennifer Whited McDaniel (husband, Travis McDaniel; granddaughter, Kinley) of Greer, S.C., and Matt Whited (wife, Sandy) of Santa Ana, Calif. She is also survived by her brothers, Walter von Kaenel (wife Karen) of Rochester, N.Y. and Arnold von Kaenel (wife Karen) of Kona, Hawaii.

Service: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m., at Powles Staton Funeral Home, 913 West Main St., Rockwell, NC 28138, (704) 279-7241.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Rowan Helping Ministries at or via check to address 226 North Long St., Salisbury, NC 28144. Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Whited family. Online condolences may be made at

Toan Quang Tran
Mr. Toan Quang Tran, 81, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Willowbrook Rehabilitation & Care Center in Yadkinville. Mr. Tran was born Oct. 21, 1936, in Vietnam. He was the son of the late Thanh Quang Tran and Biet Thi Nguyen. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. He retired from Clark Sound in Salisbury where he was an electronics technician. He was a veteran of the South Vietnam Air Force. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Binh Nhi Tran. Mr. Tran is survived by his wife, Micheline Yvette Dovan Tran; six children, Viet Quoc Tran, Mai Thuy Ngoc Tran, Tran Viet Tran, Van Thuy Ngoc Tran, Dung Thuy Ngoc Tran and Elvies Tran; four sisters, Anh Ngoc Nguyen, Thach Ngoc Tran, Lang Ngoc Tran and Trat Ngoc Tran; three step-sisters, Dao Hong Thi Nguyen, Nhung Hong Thi Nguyen and Nga Hong Thi Nguyen; and 11 grandchildren, Vincent Tran, Kenneth Tran, Ethan Tran, Carolyn Quach, Carson Quach, Landon Duy Vongkhamchanh, Lana Nhi Vongkhamchanh, Dante Syhavong, Dillon Syhavong, Darryn Syhavong and Dawson Syhavong.

Service: A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, May 19, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Rev. Phil Thorsen will officiate. Visitation: The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:45 a.m., Saturday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

Memorials: Memorials may be sent to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 326 N. Main Street, China Grove, NC 28023. Remembrances may be sent to the family online at Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mr. Tran.

Judy Carol Wilhelm Poteat
Judy Carol Wilhelm Poteat, 69, of Salisbury, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House. Born July 22, 1948 in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late Lucille Upright Wilhelm. She attended China Grove High School and worked as a CNA and worked in Restorative at Autumn Care. Judy was a member of Sloan Lake Community Church until her health began to decline. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by one brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Josephine Wilhelm; two sisters, Martha Earnhardt and Phyllis Wilhelm, and one brother-in-law, Ray Goodman. Those left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Mike Williams and his wife, Traci Cross Williams and Todd Clayton Hagans; one daughter, Karen Williams Small and her husband, Richard Small; brother, Leonard Wilhelm and wife Coleen; sisters, Louise Cates and Brenda Goodman. She is further survived by her grandchildren, Spenser Williams, Ashlyn Williams, Mason Williams, Anna Williams, Charly Small, Jacob Hagans and Molly Hagans. The family will celebrate Judys life during a private memorial service

Diana Sue Krueger Krider
Diana Sue Krueger Krider, formerly of Salisbury, peacefully passed away Friday, May 11, 2018. She was born in Vincennes, Ind. to the late Victor Krueger and Alberta McCoy Krueger. She proudly served in the United States Army and worked for the town of Granite Quarry. In her spare time, she enjoyed arts and crafts, reading, watching TV, gardening and being a Gmaw. In addition to her parents, Diana was preceded in death by her husband, Curry Krider. Diana is survived by two sons, Dana Hunter (Stacey) of Salisbury and Shane Hunter (Tina) of Salisbury; daughter, Whitney Krider of Salisbury; and six grandchildren, Cameron, Ivory, Matthew, Jacob, Atticus, and Amelia.

Diana will be laid to rest with her husband at the Salisbury National Cemetery on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. with full military honors.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Carolina Cremation is assisting the Krider family. Online condolences may be made at

Dorothy Dottie McKeel Roberson
Mrs. Dorothy Dottie McKeel Roberson, 89, a resident of Panther Point Rd., Richfield passed away on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, 2018 at her residence. Dottie was born Jan. 1, 1929 in Bethel, to Virgil McKeel and Elizabeth Allen McKeel. She attended East Carolina College and graduated from Emanuel College in Georgia. She spent 17 years as an Air Force wife. She had been employed with the United States Army, Guliford County District Court, and the High Point Elks Lodge. Dottie enjoyed spending time cooking, traveling, playing bridge, working in her greenhouse and with her friends at the Point. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, John Roberson. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Edwin Ed Roberson of the home; sons, Edwin Roberson Jr. and David Roberson and wife Rhonda; daughter, Kathy Ashley and husband Bob; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Service: A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Central United Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Richard Blount and Rev. Benny Clodfelter. Private inurnment will take place at a later date at the VA National Cemetery in Salisbury. Visitation: The family will receive friends from 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday prior to the service in the Central United Methodist Memorial Hut.

Memorials: Memorials in memory of Dottie can be made to Community Home and Hospice Care, 1024 Albemarle Rd., Suite 904, Troy, NC 27371 or Central United Methodist Church, PO Box 126, Denton, NC 27239. Briggs Funeral Home is serving the Roberson family. Online condolences may be made at

Richard L. Stoner Sr.
Mr. Richard L. Stoner Sr., age 86, of Salisbury, passed, Saturday, May 12, 2018 at the NC Veteran's Home, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Davidson County on Aug. 14, 1931, he was the son of Edward Richard Stoner and Mary Noble Miller Stoner. He was a graduate of Dunbar High School and attended Livingstone College for three years before being drafted into the United States Army in 1954, where he served honorably until 1956. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1961 and was the first African American 1st Sergeant of the local 991st Heavy Duty Truck Company where he served for almost 40 years. He was also employed with the VA Hospital for nearly 40 years. He was a long time employee of local grocery chains and eventually retired from Food Lion. He was a long-time employee of Marie's Print Shop as a Sales Counselor for many years, serving numerous businesses in the surrounding areas for nearly 50 years. In addition to his parent's, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Nottie Stoner Aldrich; and a wife, Marlene Gill Stoner. He was a member of Yadkin Grove Baptist Church and attended North Main Baptist Church for over 18 years. He was a member of the J.C. Price American Legion Post, #107, Eureka Lodge #45 and Mt. Nebo Temple #3. Cherished memories remain with his devoted wife, Dorothy Guest Stoner of the home; son, Richard L. Stoner, Jr. Dickie and wife Anna of Salisbury; grandchildren, Richard L. Stoner III, Trey, Logan Chase Stoner and Chloee Treshell Stoner; nieces, Donna Hall and Anita Stovall both of Salisbury; and many extended family members and friends.

Arrangements: A wake will be held on, Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 7 until 9 p.m., at North Main Baptist Church, 1501 N. Main St., Salisbury. Service, Thursday, May 17, 2018, visitation, 11 a.m., funeral, 11:30 a.m., at North Main Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Dale Robertson, pastor/eulogist. Burial will follow at the Salisbury National Cemetery, 501 Statesville Blvd., at 1 p.m. with military honors. The family will receive visitors at the home located at 1525 Sells Road, Salisbury. Hairston Funeral Home, Inc., is serving the Stoner family. Online condolences may be sent to

Paul Franklin Hilton
Paul Franklin Hilton, 78, of Kannapolis passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at his home. He was born March 17, 1940 in Cabarrus County, a son of the late Ralph and Lottie Bolick Hilton. Paul had retired as a machinist from Cannon Mills Machine Shop after many years. He loved fishing and NASCAR racing. Paul is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Hyde; three children, Ricky Hilton (Melissa), Danny Hilton (Janet) and Paula Marlow (Jerry); step-children, David Head and Delane Head (Lisa); six grandchildren, Cody, Brooke, Phylicia, Emily, Savannah and Jeremy; two great-grandchildren, Rilee and Summer; many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sister, Linda Lewis; and nieces and nephews.

Service & Visitation: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Rev. Darrell Coble and Rev. Michael Waters. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Whitley's Funeral Home. Memorials: Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Whitley's Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at

William Billy" Henry Blakene
Mr. William Billy" Henry Blakeney, 67, passed away Sunday May 13, 2018 at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House. Visitation and Service: Visitation at 1:30 p.m. and funeral at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Thomas Street Church of Christ. Burial Monday, May 21, 11 a.m., Salisbury National Cemetery, Statesville Blvd. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc is serving the family.

Frances Young Deal
Frances Young Deal, 97, of Kannapolis died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at her home after a period of declining health. Frances was born June 4, 1920 in Rowan County, a daughter of the late Beasley L. and Mary Raymer Wallace. She was the last surviving of six children, being preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. Frances was a life-long area resident and longtime member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in China Grove. She actively supported her church as secretary/treasurer and also taught Sunday school for over 20 years. In early years, Frances worked for the China Grove Department Store and then for Cannon Mills Plant #1 in the Wash Cloth department. Later she and her husband, Connie, owned and operated the U-Needa Launderette and Dry-Cleaner in Kannapolis, retiring in 1981. She then worked for the Rufty Senior Center in Salisbury, as a receptionist. Frances exemplified for her family what Christian living was supposed to be. In addition to her parents and siblings, Frances was preceded in death by her first husband, Connie Arthur Young and her second husband, Ray Deal. She is survived by her sons, C. Delane Young (Kathy) of China Grove and Donnie A. Young (Vickey) of Little River, S.C. She is also survived by six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Service & Visitation: Her funeral will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018 at Whitley's Funeral Chapel, with Rev. John Melton officiating. Burial will follow Greenlawn Cemetery in China Grove. Her family will receive friends at Whitley's Funeral home from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.prior to the funeral. Memorials: Memorial donations can be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church, 7230 Blackwelder Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146. Whitley's Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at

Marjorie Ann Brown Haworth
Marjorie Ann Brown Haworth, 93, of Salisbury passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Trinity Oaks. Born Sept. 8, 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio she was a daughter of the late Carl Carson Brown and Myrtie Monson Brown. She graduated from Winthrop College with a degree in Music Arts and taught in the elementary school until her retirement. She was a member of Shelby Presbyterian Church where she sang in the church choir and was in the Trinity Oaks choir. She loved going to the beach with extended family and was an avid sports fan. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Homer F. Haworth of the home; son, Bryan Haworth (Julie) of Plano, Tex.; daughters, Carlin Styers (Tom) of Albemarle and Ann Hatchett (Parker) of Salisbury; sister, Carson Baillie of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; and grandchildren, Anna Decker (Ben), Carson C. Hatchett (Sarah), Corrine Haworth, Camille Haworth and Luke Haworth.

Services: A graveside service will be conducted at 9 a.m. Monday, May 21, 2018 at the Salisbury National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21 at Trinity Oaks. Rev. Brenda Bynum, Chaplain at Trinity Oaks, will officiate.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Trinity Oaks Employee Appreciation Fund, 728 Klumac Road, Salisbury, NC 28144. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Haworth family. Online condolences may be made at

William Bill Clay Scoggins
William Bill Clay Scoggins, 66, of Franklin, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Born Oct. 2, 1951 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Nina Jo Kirk Scoggins of Lexington and the late William George Scoggins. He graduated from Surratesville High School, Clinton, Md., in 1969. Bill worked for Sea Ray Yachts in Melborne, Fla., for many years, as well as Mustang Caterpillar in Houston, Tex., before retiring and moving to Franklin. He attended Pole Creek Baptist Church, Candler. Bill was very proud of his Scotch/Irish ancestry and was a participating member of his Scottish Clan, Clan Maxwell and enjoyed wood working as a hobby. He never asked for anything for himself, but rather did for his family and loved all of them dearly. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, ABC Kirk, Sr. and Virley Lee Maxwell Kirk of Salisbury, Henry Allen Scoggins, Sr. of Landover, Md. and Lois Juneamann Isham of LaPlatta, Md. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife Vera Jones Scoggins of Franklin; three children, William F. Scoggins (Kristina) of Dallas, Tex., David K. Scoggins (Sook I) of Sea Side, Calif., and Adam C. Scoggins (Stephanie) of Melbourne, Fla.; two daughters and one son by marriage; sister, Jean Collins of Greensboro; two brothers, Karl Scoggins (Althea) of Shallotte and Mark Scoggins (Carol) of Clemmons; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Visitation will be held Monday, May 21, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m., at Summersett Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow at 12 p.m., in Chestnut Hill Cemetery.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407. Condolences may be made to the family at

Margaret Beatrice Bea Rinehart Harwood
Margaret Beatrice Bea Rinehart Harwood, 95, of Salisbury, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 with her daughter by her side at Trinity Oaks Health & Rehab in Salisbury. She was born April 25, 1923 in Rowan, to the late Soloman and Joetta Lyerly Rinehart. Bea was a Life long member of Grace Lowerstone Reformed Church where she had perfect attendance for many years. When she was able Bea was active in all aspects of the church, she was a past Sunday School Teacher, taught Bible School, and was a member of the Willing Workers Women's Guild. Bea was a lifetime member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary. Bea was an avid Duke fan, she also enjoyed quilting, gardening and canning. After retiring from the China Grove Cotton Mill, Bea was a caregiver for many of her friends and neighbors. In addition to her parents, Bea was preceded in death by her husband, Justice Jay Harwood; son, Donnie Wayne Harwood; grandson, Derek Todd Adams; brothers, Junior Rinehart and Bill Rinehart; sisters, Vernette Heilig, Elsie Peterson, Kathryn Trexler and Etta Mae Poole; and son-in-law, Clyde Adams. Bea is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Adams of Granite Quarry; grandsons, Darren Clyde Adams (Lynn Barringer) of Rockwell and Scott Harwood (Tammy Sasser) of Rockwell; granddaughters, Donna H. Blevins (Jeff) of Salisbury and Marci H. Ward (Trent) of Salisbury; great-grandchildren, Chacity Earnhardt (Russell Lindsey), Brittany Harwood (Jonathan Earnhardt), Spencer Torres (Jackie), Curtis Ward, Casey Ward, Hunter Harwood, and Brandon Torres; five great-great-grandchildren; and one on the way.

Visitation: The family will greet friends and relatives on Friday, May 18, 1:30-3 p.m., at Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church, Rockwell, NC. Service: The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., on Friday, May 18, in the Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church, Rockwell, NC, with former Pastor Rev. Jay Whitley, and Interim Pastor Brian Russell, officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church, 2405 Lower Stone Church Road, Rockwell, NC 28138. The family would like to offer a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Trinity Oaks Health & Rehab for their love, care and support during Bea's time there. Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Harwood family. Online condolences may be made at

Ryan Michael Turner
Ryan Michael Turner, 28, of Concord passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018 at his residence. Born in Brunswick County, on May 18, 1989, he was the son of Tracy Turner Powell of Cornelius and Patrick James Smith (Venise) of Salisbury. A veteran of the United States Army, Ryan was a graduate of Jesse C. Carson High School. He held two degrees from Central Piedmont Community College and was a full-time student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He attended Elevation Church of Lake Norman. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Amanda Kelly Trammell Turner of Concord; son, Brantley Turner; daughter, Blakelyn Turner; brother, Hunter Deal of Salisbury; sisters, Tabitha Smith of Salisbury and Megan Deal of Salisbury; paternal grandmother, Debbie Martin of Salisbury; andmaternal grandparents, Michael Turner (Sally) of Southport and Vickie Turner of Salisbury.

Visitation: 10-11 a.m. Monday, May 21, 2018 at Destiny City Church, 2324 S. Main St., Salisbury, NC 28147. Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Destiny City Church with the Rev. Don Vess officiating. Burial: 1 p.m. Monday at Salisbury National Cemetery, 501 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144, with military honors conducted by the Lyerly Volunteer Honor Guard.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the family's GoFundMe account at Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Turner family. Online condolences may be made at

Charles William Bill Marcum
Charles William Bill Marcum, caring and loving husband, father, and grandfather, 67, of Salisbury passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at his residence. Born in Louisville, KY on July 1, 1950, he was the son of the late Mary Agnes Kountz and Otto Ellery Marcum. His early years were shaped by Holy Name Catholic Church in Louisville and his devout mother who served the priests at the rectory. He served as an altar boy at 5:30 AM mass every day and, then, did his paper route. As a teen, he loved to work on cars, and his love of cars continued throughout his life. Bill was a veteran of the US Air Force, serving from July 24, 1968 until July 21, 1972 both at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and in Vietnam. Out of the service, worked for Louisville Cycle and moved to Chicago with the company. In 1990 he moved to Raleigh, where he worked for Cooper Kenworth for over 21 years until they were acquired by MHC. Bill retired from MHC in August 2017. Bill was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and earlier at St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, where he was married and Cecile and Gabrielle were baptized. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ashley Elizabeth Marcum; aunt, Elizabeth Ann Betty Kountz; brother-in-law, Vernon Christopher Chris Pinkston. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Ashley Pinkston Marcum, whom he married on December 3, 2005; son, Robert Allen Marcum of Lancaster, PA; daughters, Erin Marie Marcum of Louisville, KY, Charlotte Cecile Marcum of Salisbury, Gabrielle Brynn Marcum of Salisbury; sister, Kathleen M. Reynolds of Louisville, KY; grandchildren, Emma Rhea Marcum of Lancaster, PA and Shelby Jennifer Scott of Louisville, KY.

Visitation: 10:00-11:00 AM Monday, May 21, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 375 Lumen Christi Lane, Salisbury, NC 28147. Service: 11:00 AM Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father John Eckert officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 205 Regency Executive Park Dr., Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28217. Lyerly Funeral Home is assisting the Marcum family. Online condolences may be made at

Kenneth Kenny Ray Shepherd
Mr. Kenneth Kenny Ray Shepherd, 66, of Gold Hill passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at his residence. Mr. Shepherd was born on May 11, 1952 in Rowan County, the son of the late Irvin Kenneth Shepherd and Mary Fry Shepherd. Mr. Shepherd was a 1971 graduate of East Rowan High School. He worked for Bamby Bakery for 15 years, RF Harrell Plumbing, was owner of P & S Plumbing and was employed for 16 years at Piedmont Correctional Institution in the Maintenance Department. Most recently, he was employed as an engineer at Embassy Suites Hotel in Concord. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Eugene Shepherd. Mr. Shepherd is survived by his wife, Helen Bunny Bean Shepherd whom he married Oct. 10, 1992; sons, Adam Clifford Shepherd of Rockwell, Russell Chaffin of Harrisonburg, Va., Chris Chaffin of Charlotte and Mickey Chaffin of Salisbury.He is also survived by his daughter, Mary Ann Whitaker of Salisbury; brother, James Patrick Shepherd of Gold Hill; 10 grandchildren; and also by his beloved dog, Shadow.

Visitation: The family will receive friends on Monday, May 21 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Liberty United Methodist Church. Service: There will be a memorial service on Monday, May 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Liberty United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Charlie Curtis, Pastor. Powles Staton Funeral Home is assisting the Shepherd family. Online condolences may be made at

Nell Bruner
Nell Bruner, 93, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at Moses Cone Hospital after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joe M. Bruner Jr. and two brothers, Jim and Ed. Nell was born June 21, 1924, to the late Sarah Brown Edmiston and the late Perl Grey Edmiston in Mount Ulla. She was one of four children. She attended both Queens and Catawba Colleges before marrying Joe in February of 1946 after his return from World War II. The couple lived in several states as his employment with Coca Cola sent them to Georgia, West Virginia, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. They finally settled in Greensboro. Son Joseph Edmiston Bruner was born in Americus, Ga. in 1948 and daughter Susan was born in Charlotte in 1955. Surviving to cherish Nell's memory are her children and descendants. These include her son, Joe Bruner and Betty Schadle, Joe's son Bo and wife Brooke and their two daughters Caroline and Kate; Joe's daughter Amy Bruner de Rodriguez and husband Charly and their daughter Olivia Rodriguez Bruner; and Dorothy Davis, Bo and Amy's mother. Also included are her daughter Susan Bruner Bradner and husband Kenneth Lee Bradner and their sons John Joseph Bradner and wife Katie and Matthew Lee Bradner and wife Ana. Nell is also survived by her sister Ruth Hunter and her sister-in-law Rachel Edmiston as well as many dear nieces, nephews and cousins. Nell was a wonderful homemaker and seamstress. Once Susan reached junior high in 1968, Nell went to work for First Union. When she retired, she was a manager at the Davie Street First Union in Greensboro. As a parishioner of First Presbyterian Church, Nell was a Sunday school teacher and an active member in Women's Circle Group and Bethany. Nell's husband, Joe, enjoyed over 33 years of lasting sobriety through AA. In turn, both Joe and Nell were very active and dedicated sponsors and leaders for AA and consequently developed and nurtured many lasting friendships in both AA and Al-Anon. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Fellowship Hall of Greensboro. Most people that knew Nell will remember foremost her vibrant personality; her love of family, family reunions and grandbabies; her fondness for pimento cheese, chocolate and flowers; and her many devoted mutual friendships. She loved doing for others: hosting family dinners, finding just the right gift and hand-making beautifully crafted baskets and ornaments for her loved ones. Nell had a gift for inspiring love, care and kindness in her family and beyond. Even after death, her generosity extended to donating her body for medical research at Wake Forest School of Medicine (they can learn something from this long-lived body of mine).

Service: A celebration of Nell's life will be held June 23, 2018, at her son's home. A line from a song by Ed Sheeran says it well, When God takes you back, he'll say Hallelujah you're home. (& and just in time to join the greeting party at Heaven's gate for Nell's beloved Reverend Graham two days later&a party that Nell surely did not want to miss!)