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Ira Thomas Tuck, Jr.
Mr. Ira Thomas Tuck, Jr., 68, of Statesville Blvd., died Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Cedar Rock Assisted Living Facility in Mocksville. Mr. Tuck was born December 18, 1947, in Halifax County, VA, to Margaret Renna Fifer Tuck Ferrell and the late Ira Thomas Tuck, Sr. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Tuck loved to travel and enjoyed watching NASCAR. Survivors include his mother of Mocksville; five children, Beth Fowler (Craig) of Yadkinville, Chris Tuck (Kendra) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Wendy Malloy (Patrick) of Salisbury, Matthew Tuck (Aaron) of Mocksville and Zachary Tuck (Alisha) of Advance; and twelve grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Monday, May 30, at Eaton Funeral Chapel, Mocksville, with the Rev. John Eckert officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be considered for charity of donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx
Mrs. Essie Mae Kiser Foxx, age 83, of S. Long St., passed on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, Salisbury. Born on Oct. 31, 1932, in Rowan County, she was the son of the late Odell Kiser, Sr. and Elease Brown Kiser. Mrs. Foxx attended the Rowan County Schools and was a proud graduate of Dunbar High School in East Spencer. A faithful and devoted member of Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion, she has served on the Steward Board, the Historical Committee, the Deaconess Board, the Women's Home and Overseas Missionary, Lay Council, a Co-Chairman of the Legacy of a Leader Committee and other Boards and organizations through the years. One Feb. 9, 2014, she was honored by Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church as the Legacy of A Leader. On Sept. 3, 2015, the Town of East Spencer gave a tribute to Essie K. Foxx by naming a street in her honor, Essie K. Foxx Lane. She was a Community Activist that held the East Spencer community near and dear to her heart. In 1984, she organized the Mass Dunbar Reunion In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by daughter, Doris Foxx and several siblings. Left to continue her legacy include sons, Howard E. Foxx, Jr. and Kenneth Muhammad El (Kim), both of East Spencer, Darrell Foxx (Sera), U.A.E, Mark Foxx, Salisbury, Derrick Foxx (Sabrina), Charlotte, Bryant Worthy (Tonya) and Kevin McCullough (Delphine), both of Salisbury; daughters, Delores Foxx, East Spencer, Jackie Hillian (Sam), East Spencer, Sharron Foxx and Vicky Foxx, both of Salisbury, Valerie Foxx, East Spencer and Tina Wallace, Salisbury; brother, James Kiser, East Spencer; sisters, Irene K. Bates, Catherine K. Bradley, and Brenda D. Kelly, all of Salisbury, Maybelle K. Hasty (Edmond), Detroit, Mich., Geraldine Mitchell (Andrew), East Spencer and Rosalind Kesler, Spencer; grandchildren, Sam Hillian, III (Malinda), Tony Hillian, LaSheka F. Walker (Curtis), Sedrick Hillian (Andrill), Brand Foxx, Keisha Foxx, Kyuanna Foxx, Mackenzie McMillon, Ronald Foxx, Greg Headan (Dawn), Malcolm McCillon, Tasha Turner, Tory Turner, Rodney Carpenter, Isaiah Foxx, Howard Foxx and Edwin Foxx; 21 great-grandchildren; and host of nieces nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation and Service: Services will be held on Sunday, May 29, at Livingstone College, Varick Auditorium, 701 W Monroe St, Salisbury, NC with the visitation at 2 p.m. and funeral at 3 p.m. Interment will follow services at Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Patrick Tate, pastor of Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion, Officiating. In honor of their mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother, the family will launch the Essie K. Foxx Scholarship Fund later on in 2016. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the Foxx Family. Online condolences may be sent to

Larry Lamar Cruse Turtle
Larry Lamar Cruse Turtle age 27, of South Clay Street, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born Nov. 14, 1988, in Rowan County, he was the son of Larry Gibson and Rogenia Cruse. He was educated in the public schools of Rowan County. Larry was a member of God's Will Be Done. He was preceded in death by maternal grandmother Verna Polk. He leaves behind loving memories, to his parents; children, Avalyon Cruse, Ariyonna Cruse, Aniyah Cruse, Larry Lamar Cruse Jr. and their mother Demisha Lewis all of Salisbury; brother, Malakhi Cruse, Eugene Millerner; and sister, Staci Millerner of all Salisbury; paternal grandparents, Edward and Mildred Gibson, Salisbury; special uncle, Chris Cruse, Salisbury; and a host of aunts; uncles; cousins; other relatives; and friends.

Arrangements: Services for Mr. Cruse will be held on Saturday, May 28, at A.R Memorial Chapel Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. Visitation at 1 p.m., and Funeral at 2 p.m., Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. Pastor Gary Withers, Eulogist Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc is serving the family. Online condolences may be sent to

Vander Van George Benfield, Jr.
Mr. Vander Van George Benfield, Jr., 78, of Salisbury passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House.

Born October 23, 1937 in Mooresville, NC he was a son of the late Vander George Benfield, Sr. and Mary Benfield. He graduated from East Spencer High School and was a veteran of the US Air Force. He retired from Kimberly Clark and had previously worked at Hoechst Celanese for over twenty years. Van was an avid golfer and loved all types of sports.

He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and the Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo Small Benfield on April 1, 2011.

Left to cherish his memory are his son Paul Benfield (Debbie) of Faith; daughter Sandra Bradley (Allen) of Salisbury; brother Wade Benfield (Donna) of Rockwell; grandchildren: Michelle Bradley Fink (Adam) and Joshua Bradley of Salisbury and Randall Bradley, US Marines stationed in Japan; and a great-grandchild Chloe Bradley.

The family will receive friends Tuesday May 31, 2016 from 6-8pm at Summersett Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be conducted at 10:00am Wednesday June 1, 2016 at Summersett Memorial Chapel with Pastor Sayward Fletcher officiating. Burial will follow in Rowan Memorial Park.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Benfield Family. Online condolences may be made at

Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church 2380 Long Ferry Rd. Salisbury, NC. 28146

Deemie Idell Pethel Boyd
Deemie Idell Pethel Boyd, 93, of China Grove, passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House surrounded by family. Ms. Boyd was born on Aug. 19, 1923, in Iredell County, to the late Ira J. Pethel and Lessie Overcash Pethel. Deemie was a member of Chimebell Baptist Church in Aiken S.C. During her lifetime, she worked as a millworker, a cook, and most importantly, a mother. She enjoyed cooking and canning in her free time and spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Boyd; a son, Mike Seamon; a sister, Viola Pethel; and a brother, Bud Pethel. She is survived by two daughters, Linda Garmon (David) of China Grove, and Marie Smith (Ray) of Frogmore, S.C; four sons, Bud Leonard (Sue) of Salisbury, Butch Leonard (Charla) of Sally, S.C., Chuck Seamon of Vidor, Tex., and Joe Seamon (Cheryl) of Aiken, S.C.; a sister, Mary Metcalf of Fayetteville; twenty one grandchildren, and forty four great-grandchildren. Arrangements: A family service was held over the weekend. Carolina Cremation of Salisbury is serving the Boyd family. Online condolences may be made at

Juanita Pickett Caldwell
Juanita Pickett Caldwell, 85, formerly of Salisbury, departed this earthly life Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Carroll Manor Nursing Home in Washington, D.C. She was born to the late Emanuel and Mary Pickett on Oct. 15, 1930. Juanita was educated in the Rowan County School System and graduated from Price High School in 1948. She had a long career of almost 30 years at the Veteran's Hospital Cafeteria as a supervisor. Her culinary skills were superb. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by all of her siblings, Mary Elizabeth Pickett, Emanuel Pickett, Roosevelt Pickett, George Pickett, Becote P. Neely, Maggie P. Ward, Lucy P. Corry, Milton R. Pickett and Eugene Pickett. Juanita raised two family members as her daughters, Forlesia Cook of Hyattsville, Md. and Jeannine C. Holmes of St. Leonard, Md. Her former home in North Carolina was a haven for many family members including a great-niece, Bonita Charity of Warrenton, Va. The home has historic value to the family as it was built by her brothers in the early 1940s. Left to cherish fond memories of her are the remaining children of her siblings, Walter Corry, Hayward Corry, Fredrick Corry, Margaret C. Rush, Carolyn Corry, Frances Gibson, Mary L. Neely, Ruth N. Williams, all of North Carolina; Gloria Marsh of Atlanta, Ga.; David Corry, Elizabeth Hill, Dorothy Pettus, George Pickett and Eugene "Geno" Pickett,all of the Washington, D.C. area) The family is planning a special memorial service on July 10, 2016 at the Henderson Grove Baptist Church.

Larry Wayne Norris
Larry Wayne Norris, 68, of Kannapolis died Monday, April 11, 2016, at his home. He was born Oct. 3, 1947, in Iredell County, the son of the late Harold and Mary Foster Norris. Larry retired from Kosa-Hoechst Celanese after many years. In his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his friends at Lee's Sandwich Shop in the mornings. Larry is survived by Teresa Moore Norris; five children, Kimberley Murphy (1), Khristopher Norris (2), Kristy Webb (3), Kacie Rollins (4), Keri Davis (5); six grandchildren, Alexis, Autumn, Amber, Mikayla, Lili, Brenlynne; and brother, Michael Norris.

Visitation and Service: Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Friday, April 15, at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at Whitley's. Online condolences may be left at