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Ava Vernon Cooke Rickard
Mrs. Ava Vernon Cooke Rickard, 96, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at Best of Care Assisted Living in Kannapolis. Mrs. Rickard was born Sept. 23, 1918 in Iredell County. She was a daughter of the late Charles Linden Cooke and Martha Mills Cooke. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hearne Franklin Rickard, Sr., and one son, Arnold Carl Rickard. Mrs. Rickard is survived by her son, Hearne Rick Franklin Rickard, Jr., and wife, Danita, of Kannapolis; one granddaughter, Amy Rickard; two grandsons, Alex Rickard, and wife, Mari, and Casey Rickard; three great- granddaughters, Rachael, Liana, and Kiersten Rickard; and one special friend, Pug Coggins. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at St. John's Reformed Church in Kannapolis. Dr. Joe Coltrane will officiate. Entombment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park Mausoleum in Kannapolis.

The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the church prior to the service. Memorials may be made to St. John's Reformed Church, 901 North Main Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081 or the charity of the donor's choice . Remembrances may be sent to the family at www.ladysfuneralhome.com. Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mrs. Rickard.


Betty Yost Williams
Mrs. Betty Yost Williams, 73, of Spencer passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at her home. Born September 29, 1941 in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late Mary Fesperman Yost and John Yost. She educated in the Salisbury schools and was employed in Food Service at North Rowan High School before retiring. Mrs. Williams was a member of North Main Baptist Churc. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Renea Williams on August 16, 1992. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 57 years, Bobby L. Williams; sister, Debbie Munger and husband Tony of Lexington; brother, Donnie Yost and wife Becky of Granite Quarry; and grandson, Austin Potts of Spencer.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 PM  Thursday (May 28) at Rowan Memorial Park with the Rev. Steve Holshouser officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care, 720 Grove Street, Salisbury, NC 28144 Summersett Funeral Home is assisting the Williams family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com


Doris M. Gray
Doris M. Gray, 73, died May 22. Survivors include one daughter, Jennifer White; two sons, Dewey Gray and Kenny Gray; her mother, Lizzie Mayfield; three brothers and three sisters. Funeral on Thursday, May 28 at 3:00 PM at Erwin Temple CME Church in Woodleaf. Family visitation 2:30  3:00 PM. Condolences at www.GrahamFuneralHome.net


Doris M. Gray
Doris M. Gray, 73, died May 22. Survivors include one daughter, Jennifer White; two sons, Dewey Gray and Kenny Gray; her mother, Lizzie Mayfield; three brothers and three sisters. Funeral on Thursday, May 28 at 3:00 PM at Erwin Temple CME Church in Woodleaf. Family visitation 2:30  3:00 PM. Condolences at www.GrahamFuneralHome.net


Alfred Cook
Alfred Cook, 74, son of the late Lonnie and Carrie Irvy Cook passed Monday, May 25, 2015 at the Brian Center. He was born June 10, 1939 in Winnsboro, S.C. Mr. Cook was a graduate of the Rowan County Schools. He was a brick mason helper. Mr. Cook was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Lonnie Cook, Jr.; and sisters, Rebecca Smith and Margaret Gray. Those who survive to forever cherish his memory are a brother, Maceo Cook of Granite Quarry; sisters, Ella Cook and Daisy Morrow both of Salisbury, Mamie Sloan of Winston-Salem, and Noami Nixon of Lakeland, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services and Visitation: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 with visitation prior to the service at 12 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church with the Pastor, Rev. Ricky Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. At other times, the family will meet the home of his brother, Maceo Cook, 1070 Legion Club Rd., Granite Quarry. Services entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home.


Ruth Ward Koontz
Ruth Ward Koontz, 98, passed away peacefully Monday, May 25, 2015 in Lincolnton. She died of natural causes and was surrounded by loving family members. Born Dec. 30, 1916, in Spencer, Mrs. Koontz was a daughter of the late Jesse Lee and Nannie Kesler Ward. She was educated in the Spencer School System. Mrs. Koontz worked for many years for the W.T. Grant Company in Salisbury and the North Carolina Finishing Company in Spencer. She was a life-long member of Oakdale Baptist Church in Spencer. Her husband Byron Harrison Bus Koontz passed away Sept. 3, 1997. They were married for 61 years. Her loving son, Randall Byron Randy Koontz also preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 2012. She is survived by her daughter, Julia Koontz Holland and husband Chris of Vienna, Va.; five grandchildren, Christy and Michael Holland of Virginia and Shane Koontz, Leslie Koontz and Carrie Houser of Lincolnton; and 11 great- grandchildren. She was a kind and loving person, and will be greatly missed by members of her family, friends and neighbors.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Summersett Funeral Home. Service: The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Summersett Memorial Chapel, conducted by Rev. Richard A. Gross. Burial will follow at Rowan Memorial Park.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Oakdale Baptist Church, PO Box 233, Spencer, NC 28159. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Koontz family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Gary Monroe Leazer
Gary Monroe Leazer, 71, of Faith passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte surrounded by his family members after succumbing to complications related to his heart. Gary was born April 29, 1944 in Salisbury, a son of the late Hubert Monroe and Pauline Ruth Miller Leazer. Gary was a 1963 graduate of East Rowan High School; he received an Associate's Degree from Salisbury Business College in 1965. He completed several technical degrees throughout his life at Rowan Technical College (today known as Rowan Cabarrus Community College). Gary worked for Bamby Bakery. He also owned his own service station on Jake Alexander Blvd., was a salesperson for Rowan Distributing Company, supervisor at M.A.N. Trucking Company, and retired from Yellow Freight after 18 ½ years of service. Gary enjoyed being involved in his community. He was a member of Shiloh Reformed Church in Faith where he held positions as a Deacon, Elder, Superintendent of Sunday School, and Youth Leader. He was also a member of the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class. For the Town of Faith, he served as a member of the Faith Fire Department, Faith Jaycees, Faith Auxiliary Police and served as Judge of the Faith Election Board. During the annual Faith Fourth of July Celebration, he managed positions with the fireworks, prepared the BBQ shoulders, sold tickets for rides and entertained the locals. Gary loved fishing with his family and telling family stories and countless jokes. He also enjoyed spending time with friends, family and, especially, his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Gary is preceded in death by a brother, Donald Ray Leazer. Gary is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judy Fraley Leazer whom he married March 8, 1964 in Shiloh Reformed Church; sons, Timothy Scott Leazer and wife Amy Mako Leazer of Sugar Hill, Ga., and Christopher Bradley Leazer and wife Emily Harrison Leazer of Cramerton; grandchildren, Timothy, Ashlan, Olivia, Ruby, Kaitlyn and Audrey; brother, Hubert William Bill Leazer and wife Jan of Salisbury; sister- in-law, Betty Reavis Leazer of Salisbury; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 in the Fireplace Lobby at Shiloh Reformed Church. Service: A Celebration of Life will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Shiloh Reformed Church, conducted by Rev. Richard Myers, Pastor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shiloh Reformed Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 308, Faith NC 28041. Powles Funeral Home, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care is assisting the Leazer family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com. -


Ke'Juan Dishad Lamont Sweat
Mr. Ke'Juan Dishad Lamont Sweat: age 22, of Salisbury, North Carolina, went home to be with the Lord, on May, 21, 2015, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina. He was born to British T. Moss and Jeannett Sweat-Woodruff, on September, 17, 1992, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Lamont attended Salisbury High School and Rowan Cabarrus Community College. He worked with his mother in her commercial cleaning business Jani-King. Lamont took excellent care of his children. He was preceded in death by his brother, British Moss, Jr.; a grandfather, Willie Dickerson; two grand uncles, Joseph Ellison, Jr., and Michael Sweat. Those left to cherish his memories are: his mother, Jeannett Sweat- Woodruff (LaRonn) of Salisbury; his father, British Tyrone Moss of Wilmington; four children, Jamiah Howie, Keion Sweat, Kavion Sweat and Kemauri Pharrall of Salisbury; MaShae Partee, (Fiance'e) of Salisbury; five sisters, Ke'Juana Sweat, Wilmington, Brielle Neal of New York, Ka'Nyah Mingo of Salisbury, JaKilah Smith of Charlotte, Brinaja Moss of Greensboro; three brothers, Ky'Ron Sweat of Queens New York, Ky'Sheke Sweat of Salisbury, and Brandon Turner of Raleigh; Special loving grandmother, Josephine E. Gottfreid (Richard) of Wilmington; grandmother, Myrina Dickerson of Wilmington; great grandmother, Frances Ellison; grandfather, Arnold Sweat of Camden, New Jersey; Three Aunts, Debra Ann Metts (Owen) of Raleigh, Shadrica McKoy of Wilmington, and Angelica Sweat of Camden, New Jersey; Three Uncles, Jermain Ellison, Laurie Bernard Moss, Jr., and Jabbar Shawn Dickerson all of Wilmington; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation: Friday, May 29, 2015, at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 12:30PM, followed by Service 1:30PM. Min. Marcus Fairley, Eulogist and Rev. Dr. C. L. Phelps, officiating. A funeral service will be held for Mr. Ke'Juan Dishad Lamont Sweat, Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Adkins and Drain Funeral Service, 515 S. 8th Street, Wilmington, North Carolina. The visitation will be 1PM, followed by service at 2PM. Min. Nolinda Marshall will conduct the Eulogy and music will be provided by Mr. Shawn Wilson. Boone-Carroll Funeral Home of Cleveland is assisting the Sweat family. Online condolences maybe made at boone-carrollfh.com


Philip Hiram Young
Mr. Philip Hiram Young, 88, of Cleveland, NC passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House. Born November 11, 1926 in Statesville, NC he was the son of the late Lena Mae Arthurs and Purnell Hiram Young. Mr. Young was a graduate of Cleveland School. After high school he joined the US Navy and served during World War II. After his service he attended Brevard College. Mr. Young worked for several companies including: Southern Railroad, Northwestern Bank, Bank of Iredell, Farmers Home Administration, and American Moistening Company. He was a member of South River United Methodist Church, Cleveland Lions Club, and Harold B. Jarrett American Legion. Preceding him in death is his wife, Ruth Mann Young, Oct. 26, 2009. Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Philip H. Butch Young, Jr. (Alba) of Fayetteville, NC; daughter, Debbie Dickerson (John) of Cleveland, NC; special friend and companion, Barbara Rhinehardt; grandchildren, Angie Mott, Wendy Dickerson (Kalen), Cindy Livengood (John); and great grandchildren, Mason Mott and Lane Mott.

Visitation will be held from 6-8PM Friday, May 29, 2015 at Summersett Funeral Home. Graveside service with military honors will be at 12:30PM Saturday at South River United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Powell and Rev. Tommy Cuthbertson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South River United Methodist Church, 2880 South River Church Road, Woodleaf, NC 27054; Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144; Cleveland Lions Club, 1065 W. Cemetery St., Cleveland, NC 27013. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Young family. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


James Lawrence Thompson
James Lawrence Thompson, 80, of China Grove, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Glenn A.Kiser Hospice House. Born May 9, 1935 in Rowan County, to the late Goldie Lanning Thompson and Lawrence Reid Thompson, he was a graduate of Granite Quarry High School. Mr. Thompson was a veteran and served during the Korean War. He served in the Civil Air Patrol, United States Marines, United States Marine Reserves, the National Guard, and the United States Army. He worked for Fiber Industry and retired from the City of Salisbury. Mr. Thompson was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Harold B. Jarret American Legion & VFW, the Eureka Masonic Lodge of China Grove and the Scottish Rite. Preceding him in death was his brother, William Reid Thompson. Survivors include his wife, Helen McDonald Thompson whom he married April 22, 1973; brothers, Herbert Earnest Thompson and wife Nancy of Faith and Thomas Arthur Thompson and wife Thelma of Statesville; sisters-in-law, Doris Aldridge and husband Ed of Kannapolis, Shirley Stiller of China Grove and Betty Thompson of Salisbury; nieces, Diane Foster and husband Rick, Mary Beth Thompson and Denise Reid; nephews, William Reid Thompson, Jr., Mark Thompson, Steven Thompson, Timothy Thompson and Michael Aldridge; numerous great- nieces and nephews, and great- great-nieces and nephews; and his dog, Angel.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m.Friday, May 29, 2015 at Summersett Funeral Home. Service: A funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church, conducted by Rev. Jerome Cloninger and Rev. Allen Lunsford. Burial with military honors will follow at Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 3020 Grace Lutheran Church Rd, Salisbury, NC 28147. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Thompson family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Alfred Cook
Alfred Cook, 74, son of the late Lonnie and Carrie Irvy Cook passed Monday, May 25, 2015 at the Brian Center. He was born June 10, 1939 in Winnsboro, S.C. Mr. Cook was a graduate of the Rowan County Schools. He was a brick mason helper. Mr. Cook was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a brother, Lonnie Cook, Jr.; and sisters, Rebecca Smith and Margaret Gray. Those who survive to forever cherish his memory are a brother, Maceo Cook of Granite Quarry; sisters, Ella Cook and Daisy Morrow both of Salisbury, Mamie Sloan of Winston-Salem, and Noami Nixon of Lakeland, Fla.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services and Visitation: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 with visitation prior to the service at 12 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church with the Pastor, Rev. Ricky Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. At other times, the family will meet the home of his brother, Maceo Cook, 1070 Legion Club Rd., Granite Quarry. Services entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home.


Lewis Franklin Bittings
Mr. Lewis Franklin Bittings, age 75, of Pennington Ave., Lexington, NC was the son of the late Jessie and Isabelle Bittings. Mr. Bittings was a graduate of public schools of Davidson County. He attended Files Chapel Baptist Church, Lexington, NC. Those who survive to forever cherish his memory are a daughter, Iris Grady (Michael) of Hyattsville, MD.; a grandchild, Kristen R. Clyburn. Services will be Saturday 1:00 pm with visitation at 12:30 at Files Chapel Baptist Church with the Pastor, Rev. John Cade, officiating. Burial will be the city cemetery. Services entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home.


Annie Pauline Polly Carter Deal
Mrs. Annie Pauline Polly Carter Deal, 86, entered into eternal life on Thursday morning, May 28th, 2015 at her home in Faith, NC Polly was born July 2 1928, to the late Clyde Hampton Carter and Gladys Mae Howard Carter of Kannapolis. After losing both parents at age 6, Polly moved to Cooleemee, and lived with Grandparents, attending Cooleemee School, where she was a graduate. On Polly's 18th birthday, 1946, she married the love of her life, James Gilbert Deal from Woodleaf. They started their family and moved to Faith, NC. She loved to read, and was the Faith Librarian for 20 years and at the East Rowan Branch for 10 years. Many to this day still referred to her as Miss Polly. The Atlanta Braves were her team, and she and Jim watch every game on TV and Polly kept score in the official score books. They also were fortunate to travel all over the US whether it be by car or on bus trips. Polly has never met and stranger and has dedicated her life to helping others. To name a few, she was a member of the Extension Homemakers, American Legion Auxiliary,East Rowan Ladies Civitan, and a local Red Hat Club. She helped launch the first 4-H club in the Faith area. She participated in the Rowan Crop walk for 34 years, worked with the Habitat for Humanity port-a-pit meals, delivered Meals on Wheels, and worked with events in support of Victory Junction. She loved to dress up as a clown and other characters working with children in schools. One dear to her heart was her activity with the Rowan Special Olympics. Polly was competitive so whether it was raising money for Relay For Life , or selling tickets for the Habitat meals, she always threw herself across the line giving her all to everything she put her hand to work. She loved her church family from Shiloh Reformed in Faith. Polly served on many many committees such as, heading up the acolytes, teaching Sunday school, delivering tapes/CDs to those who couldn't attend church. She was part of the Women's Circle, participating in the knit one pray two group, and gathering groups for fundraisers. She was always involved in something. Family was so very important to her. She was involved making sure our families gathered each year for a reunion. Polly has two siblings, Ralph Wesley Carter of Mocksville, who passed into eternal life in 1977 and Walter Dwight Carter of Norfolk, Va who passed May 3, 2014 Those left to cherish her memory are her three daughters, Reba Louise Deal Drennan of N Myrtle Beach, SC; Paula Christine Deal Hill (Ronnie) of Rockwell; and Melissa Joyce Deal Waller of Granite Quarry. Grandchildren; Scottie Hill (Ginger), Alan Hill (Kim), Heather Drennan, Bradley Drennan, and Jordan Waller Johnson (Will), 7 Great grandchildren and 1 New Great Great grandchild.

Visitation: The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Powles Funeral Home. Funeral: The Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Shiloh Reformed Church, conducted by Rev. Richard Myers, Pastor. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family would like to thank Hospice of Rowan for providing such incredible care in her final days.

Donations in memory of Mrs. Polly may be made to Victory Junction 4500 Adam's Way Randleman NC 27317 or to Special Olympics North Carolina 2200 Gateway Centre Blvd, Suite 201 Morrisville NC 27560. Powles Funeral Home, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care is assisting the Deal family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.


Connie Lee Robinson Everhart
Connie Lee Robinson Everhart, 55, of Landis, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at CMC-NorthEast after a period of declining health. Connie was born March 8, 1960 in Cabarrus Co., a daughter of the late William RA Robinson and Nancy Beam Robinson, of Landis. Connie was a lifelong area resident, attended Landis First Assembly and worked many years for Cannon Mills as a spinner. She enjoyed fishing, listening to music and watching TV. Connie was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed. In addition to her father, Connie was preceded in death by her son, Ricky Lee Graham, Jr. She is survived by her mother; her son, Daniel Ray Everhart (Britney), of China Grove; her two daughters, Trish G. Parson (Chad), of Kannapolis and SPC Jessica E. Gallegos (SSG Rodolfo Gallegos), of Ft. Bragg; two grandsons, William Everhart and Kobie Parson; sisters, Jackie Hill (Ricky), of Clemmons, Ethel Yontz (Mark), of Salisbury and Lisa Stirewalt (Johnny), of Mooresville and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation and Services: Her funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Whitley's Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Coughlin and Rev. Joey Spry officiating. The family will receive friends at Whitley's Funeral Home on Saturday, May 30 from 2-4 p.m. Private burial will follow at a later date. Memorials: Memorials may be made to Landis First Assembly of God Church, 302 E. Corriher St., Landis, NC 28088. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Dennis Howard Mason
Dennis Howard Mason, 71, of Mt. Ulla, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his family. Born Aug. 22, 1943 in Alexander County, he was the son of the late Remus Howard Mason and Maggie Miller Mason. Mr. Mason enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting with his friends and was active in his church, Union Chapel Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was also involved with the Gideon's International. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during Vietnam. Mr. Mason worked as a credit manager with FCX and Southern States, and then with Bell & Howard as a commercial salesman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Jack Wooten. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Margaret Alene Johnson Mason, whom he married on Nov. 22, 1967; daughter and son-in- law, Jennifer and Andy Russell, of Mt. Ulla; one sister, Shelba Wooten, of Harmony and three grandchildren, Rachel Russell, Rebekah Russell and Aaron Russell.

Visitation and Services: The family will receive friends Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home. The service celebrating Mr. Mason's life will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Union Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Goodin and Rev. William Wease officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Bailey, Steve Campbell, Michael Gibson, Anthony Johnson, David Dull, Kent Wooten and Kelvin Wooten.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road Statesville, NC 28677 or to the Gideon's International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, Tennessee 37214-0800. Online condolences may be left at www.bunchjohnonsfuneralhome.co m. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Mason family.


Tony Sherman McCain
Tony Sherman McCain, 68, of China Grove went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Transitional Health Care following a period of declining health. Tony was born May 20, 1947 in Rowan County, NC a son of the late Sherman Odell McCain and Wilma Clinton Cooper McCain. He was a 1965 graduate of South Rowan High School. He was of the Baptist Faith. Tony retired in 2000 from Salisbury Fire Dept. as a Battalion Chief with 20 years of service. He also was a carpenter all his life, building houses and working in his carpentry shop. He also enjoyed watching hummingbirds, attending the Kannapolis cruise-ins, camping and spending time with his grandsons. Funeral services will be 3:00 P.M. Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park, China Grove. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. Sunday prior to the service. At other times they will be at the residence. Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Carolyn Beaver McCain, two daughters, Denise McCain Fink (Doug) of Kannapolis and Dana McCain Helms of China Grove. Three grandchildren; Nathaniel Sexton, Nicholas Sexton, and Austin Helms, one step- grandchild; Christopher Fink, and a brother, Lonnie McCain (Melbia) of Concord.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Rowan County, 720 Grove Street, Salisbury, NC 28144 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be sent to www.whitleysfuneralhome.com -


James Malcome Jim Purser, Sr.,
James Malcome Jim Purser, Sr., 78, passed away at his residence on May 28, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Gaston County on August 29, 1936 to the late Wayne and Nell Henson Purser. Streamer, as most people called him, was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Community Baptist Church, former Deacon and member of Long Creek Baptist Church. Streamer retired from Textile Parts and Machine after 39 years of service. He also worked many years at Akers Pharmacy. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and cherished spending time with his family. He loved golf, his golfing buddies and spending time at the beach. But most of all, he loved his family and they loved him. He will be greatly missed by all! In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Hazel Arthurs, brother, Roddy Purser and son- in-law Mike McDuffie Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ruth Williams Purser, the love of his life, whom he married on April 12, 1958; Daughter, Kathy Sanborn and husband Bruce; sons, Mike Purser and wife Erika; Mark Purser and Mitch Purser and wife Mary Grandchildren; Josh McDuffie (Jess); Brittany McDuffie Chavis (Jared); David Purser, James Purser, Jasmine Purser, Crissy McDorman (Mark); Michael Holcomb Great-Grandchildren; Brooks McDuffie, Hank Chavis, Madisyn McDorman and Caidyn McDorman Brother; Ted Pursuer and wife Melanie; and his beloved dog, Nikki.

Celebration of Life Service will be 3:00 pm Saturday May 30th at Community Baptist Church with Reverend Matt Seagle officiating and military honors by the Gaston County Honor Guard Visitation for family and friends will be 2-3:00 pm prior to the service Interment will be private Memorials may be made to Community Baptist Church, 823 Dallas Stanley Highway, Dallas, NC 28034 Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia 704-864-5144 is serving the Family. Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral .com.


Paulette Russell
Paulette Russell, 58, of Kannapolis passed away on Tuesday May 26, 2015 at Tucker Hospice House after valiantly fighting cancer for 4 years. She was born on August 4, 1956 in Iredell County, NC. She was the only daughter of Rufus Russell and Mary Frances Wright. Mom, Mimi, MawMaw, Aunt P, & friend are just a few of the names you may know Paulette as. If you knew her for even a second you knew she was the most caring, loving, & hard working southern woman you could ever meet. Paulette loved nothing more than to have a houseful of family & friends. She never met a stranger and had a heart of gold. She loved and cared about everyone she met and would give you her last dollar if she thought you needed it more. The day she became a grandmother was one of the best days of her life. She graduated from Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, VA in 1974, but attended school in Rowan County until 1972. She was a long time member of St. Enoch Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School, worked with the Boy Scouts, and volunteered in the church office. In recent years she attended church at Grace Community Church in Rockwell and The Cove in Mooresville. She worked earlier in her life at China Grove Textiles, but more recently worked for Food Lion stores all around the area. Those left to cherish her memory are her mother, Frances Russell, her fiancé Tommy Ray Fleming, and her children Tabatha Overcash (Daniel) and Frances Jordan (Earl)both of Mooresville, NC, Samantha Wyatt of Plano, TX, Boyce Cox III (Chastity) of Kannapolis, NC & Josh Cox (Amanda) of Baton Rouge, LA. She is also survived by the light of her eyes and the loves of her life, her grandchildren. The twins, Logan & Nicholas Jordan, her baby girls MaryLynn & AnnaMarie Overcash & the unborn & quickly on his way Matthew Cox. She is also survived by her brothers, Curtis, Walter, Jamie, & Luke Russell and numerous nieces and adopted children. She is preceded in death by her father Rufus & brothers; Grady & Hubert Russell & late husband Boyce Cox, Jr.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 11-1 at Linn Honeycutt Funeral Home in Landis with the funeral on Sunday at St. Enoch Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.linnhoneycuttfuneralhome.c om.