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David E. Talbert
SALISBURY - Mr. David Eric Talbert, 72, of Salisbury, passed away at his residence Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014. Mr. Talbert was born Sept. 13, 1941, in Washington, D.C., son of the late Corum Eugene Talbert and Mary Shuler Talbert.Mr. Talbert attended Boyden High School and was also a graduate of Rowan- Cabarrus Community College where he majored in Air Conditioning Repair. Mr. Talbert retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad as a conductor/brakeman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Talbert Brock.Mr. Talbert is survived by his wife, Judy Weatherford Talbert of Salisbury; son William Talbert and wife Crystal of Salisbury; daughters Ann Barbee and husband Nelson of Salisbury and Judy Simmons and husband Mike of Salisbury; four grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.

A private service will be held at a later date. Memorials: May be made to Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care, 720 Grove St., Salisbury, NC 28144.Carolina Cremation is assisting the Talbert family. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.


Bradley M. Smith
SALISBURY - Bradley MacNeil Smith, 55, of Salisbury, passed away Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at his residence.He was born Aug. 26, 1958, in New Haven, Conn., the son of the late Doris MacNeil Smith and Rodney Arthur Smith.Bradley was a graduate of Marple-New Town High School and Rowan Technical Institute. He was a "Jack of all trades," working as a carpenter and a mechanic. Bradley was a member of Salisbury Elks Lodge.In addition to his parents, preceding him in death were his in-laws, Thelma Marshall and Adrian Bach.Left to cherish his memory are his wife, JoAnna Bach Smith of Salisbury, who he married Sept. 10, 1999; stepson Jimmy Burnett (Molly) of Ohio; stepdaughters Cristi Burnett of Louisiana and Carrie Moore (Bradley) of Salisbury; brother Rodney Smith Jr. (Mary Lou) of New York; grandchildren Brittany Carr, Braeden Moore, Natalee Lynn, Kenedy Moore, Parker Moore, David Burnett,and Shannon Burnett; and great- grandchild Zaylee Martin.

Visitation: 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Phaniel Baptist Church, 2685 Phaniel Church Road, Rockwell, NC 28138.Service: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Phaniel Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Taylor officiating. Burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Phaniel Baptist Church, 2685 Phaniel Church Road, Rockwell, NC 28138; or Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care, 720 Grove St., Salisbury, NC 28144.Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Smith family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com


Lener W. Sanders
SALISBURY - Mrs. Lener Ruth Withers Sanders, 93, of West Fisher Street, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Genesis Eldercare of Salisbury.Born Nov. 17, 1920, in Mecklenburg County to the late Ulysses Withers and Ollie Allison Withers, she was educated in the public schools of Rowan County and was a retired domestic worker.A member of Cedar Grove AME Zion Church, Barbers, she was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Geneva Withers, Henrietta Toles, Myrtle Withers, Edith Feamster; brothers Theodis Withers, Frances Withers, Elmore Withers, William Withers, Charles Withers, James Withers, Floyd Withers.She leaves precious memories to her loving daughters, Mary (James) Smith, Salisbury, Deborah (Calvin) Shaw, Landis, Betty Eller, Salisbury; 13 grandchildren; 26 great- grandchildren; two great- great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.The family will be at the home on West Fisher Street and the home of daughter Betty Eller, 816 Lincolnton Road.

Arrangements: Services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20 at A.R. Kelsey Memorial Chapel of Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home Inc. Visitation is at 1 p.m. and Funeral at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Arthur Heggins officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.nobleandkelsey.com


Irene J. Mahaley
SALISBURY - Irene Johnson Mahaley, 93, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 at Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks.Born April 5, 1921, in Anson County, she was the daughter of the late Walter Johnson and Ruth Harkey Johnson WallerMrs. Mahaley was educated in the Rowan County schools and at Salisbury Beauty School.She was a hairdresser and operated her own beauty shop before retiring.Mrs. Mahaley was a very active member of Union Lutheran Church, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELCA), served as Sunday School teacher and a member of the church choir for more than 40 years, the Goodtimers Club and Starry Night Quilters. She enjoyed traveling after retiring.Her husband, Arnold Ray Mahaley, preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 1992; and a brother, Walter R. Johnson.Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Terri Miller and husband John of Salisbury; sister Mary Seaford and husband Gene of Salisbury; brothers Charles W. Waller and wife Millie of Cary and Thomas E. Waller and wife Tennie of Salisbury; sister-in-law Catherine Mahaley; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Service: Memorial services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 20) at Union Lutheran Church with the Rev. David W. Nuottila and Rev. Darrell Norris officiating.

A private interment will be at Church Cemetery.Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday in the Church Fellowship Hall.

Memorials: May be made to Union Lutheran Church, Building Fund or Choir Fund, 4770 Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC 28146Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Mahaley family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Linda S. Hinson
LANDIS - Linda Sherrin Hinson, age 68, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks, Salisbury.She was born Sept. 15, 1945, in Chesterfield County, S.C., the daughter of the late Lester Sherrin and Evelyn Walters Sherrin. Prior to her retirement she was employed for many years with Propst Brothers Distributing in Concord. She was a member of Memorial Independent Baptist Church, Landis, where she played the piano. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.Her family fondly remembers her love and taking care of her parents for many years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David C. Hinson, in 2008.Survivors include her three sons, Eric Hinson and wife Jacqueline, Dwayne Hinson and wife Shirley, both of Salisbury, and James Hinson and wife Christina of Florida; nine grandchildren; and six great- grandchildren.

Arrangements: The family will gather to celebrate her life in a visitation at Whitley's Funeral Home, Kannapolis, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Burial will be at a later date.Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Karen S. Foster
SALISBURY - Pastor Karen Lavonne Simpson Foster, 55, of North Boundary Street, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.Celebration of Life: Thursday, Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. at Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary, Inc. in Statesville. Visitation: 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.


David 'Bud' Fisher, Sr.
KANNAPOLIS - David "Bud" Leon Fisher, Sr., 68, of Kannapolis went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at CMC-Northeast Medical Center following a period of declining health.Bud was born Aug. 22, 1945 in Cabarrus County a son of the late Jessie Jacob Fisher and the late Grace Edwards Fisher.He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ray Fisher and two sisters, Ann Hawkins and Terry Keaton.Bud was an active member of Central Baptist Church, holding many positions throughout the years, as long as his health permitted. In early life he was employed as a Deputy with the Rowan County Sheriff's Dept. He later was employed by the State of North Carolina as Driver's License Examiner stationed at Cabarrus County. He retired due to ill health in 1991.

Visitation and Services: Memorial services for Mr. Fisher will be 7:00 P.M. Monday, August 18, 2014 at Central Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Curtis Parker, pastor. The family will receive friends at the church from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. prior to the service. At other times they will be at the residence.Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jeanie Goodnight Fisher of the home, two sons, Bud Fisher, Jr. of Matthews and Scott Fisher (Leisa) of China Grove, two daughters, Donna Coles (Steve) and Susan Varner (Rick) both of Kannapolis. Two sisters, Linda Cline (Gene) of China Grove and Gail Beck (Dean) of Landis. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Jesse, Erica, Madison, Morgan, Kayla, Savannah, Colton, Bailey, Avery, and Dalton.

Memorials: The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Ed and Linda Sloan Missionary Fund, c/o Central Baptist Church, 1810 Moose Rd, Kannapolis, NC 28083.Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Fisher. Online condolences may be sent to www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Thomas 'Mike' Combs
KANNAPOLIS - Thomas Michael "Mike" Combs, 58, of Kannapolis, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at CMC-NorthEast after a period of declining health.Mike was born June 17, 1956 in Cabarrus County, the son of the late Tommy and Maggie Bullard Combs. He was a life-long area resident and graduated from A. L. Brown High School, class of 1974. Mike was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, during the end of the Vietnam War Era. He served his community as a volunteer firefighter and was a 15+ year veteran of the police force in Kannapolis, Concord and China Grove. Mike was currently a Captain on the Speedway Security Force. He also was a forklift operator at Yellow Roadway Corporation. Mike was actively attending Truth Temple with his family. He loved the outdoors, laughing with grandchildren, cooking and entertaining and camping with his family and friends. Mike touched many lives and will be greatly missed.In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by infant twins, Michael Austin and Melissa Ann.Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Betty Jo Jenkins Combs of the home; daughter, Amanda Combs Parker (Chad) of Salisbury; step-children, Tara and Gregory Livengood, both of Kannapolis; six grandchildren, Emma, Benjamin, Eli, River, Bella and Gracie; two sisters, Diane Lambert (Wayne) of Salisbury and Debbie Robinson (David) of Kannapolis; his close cousin, Dennis Miller of Kannapolis and many other loving relatives.

Visitation and Services: A Celebration of life with Christ service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Truth Temple with Pastors Bryn Waddell and Wayne Miller officiating. Private interment will occur later. The family will receive friends at Truth Temple from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday prior to the memorial service.

Memorials: Memorial donations may be made to Truth Temple Restoration Fund, 2705 Moose Road, Kannapolis, NC 28083Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


David 'Bud' Fisher, Sr.
KANNAPOLIS - David "Bud" Leon Fisher, Sr., 68, of Kannapolis went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at CMC-Northeast Medical Center following a period of declining health.Bud was born Aug. 22, 1945 in Cabarrus County a son of the late Jessie Jacob Fisher and the late Grace Edwards Fisher.He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ray Fisher and two sisters, Ann Hawkins and Terry Keaton.Bud was an active member of Central Baptist Church, holding many positions throughout the years, as long as his health permitted. In early life he was employed as a Deputy with the Rowan County Sheriff's Dept. He later was employed by the State of North Carolina as Driver's License Examiner stationed at Cabarrus County. He retired due to ill health in 1991.

Visitation and Services: Memorial services for Mr. Fisher will be 7:00 P.M. Monday, August 18, 2014 at Central Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Curtis Parker, pastor. The family will receive friends at the church from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. prior to the service. At other times they will be at the residence.Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jeanie Goodnight Fisher of the home, two sons, Bud Fisher, Jr. of Matthews and Scott Fisher (Leisa) of China Grove, two daughters, Donna Coles (Steve) and Susan Varner (Rick) both of Kannapolis. Two sisters, Linda Cline (Gene) of China Grove and Gail Beck (Dean) of Landis. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Jesse, Erica, Madison, Morgan, Kayla, Savannah, Colton, Bailey, Avery, and Dalton.

Memorials: The family request that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Ed and Linda Sloan Missionary Fund, c/o Central Baptist Church, 1810 Moose Rd, Kannapolis, NC 28083.Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Fisher. Online condolences may be sent to www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Emma Elizabeth Carter
KANNAPOLIS - Emma Elizabeth Kidd Carter, age 94, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 at her home.She was born July 25, 1920 in Madison County, Georgia, the daughter of the late Thomas I. Kidd and Martha Langford Kidd. She moved to Kannapolis to live in 1940.Emma was employed with the former Cannon Mills Company, Plant One, Sheet Dept. from 1941 into the 1960's. In earlier years, she was an active member of Jackson Park United Methodist Church, Kannapolis where she was active in various church activities. Her family fondly remembers her love of gardening, cooking and sewing for people.In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by four brothers, Hughel Kidd, Walter Kidd, Marcus Kidd and Fred Kidd and three sisters, Imogene Kidd, Mozelle Seymour and Odell Moon.Survivors include two brothers, Hoke Kidd & wife, Graydene and Weyman Kidd & wife, Jeanette, both of Kannapolis; a sister, Dorothy K. Starnes of Supply and a number of nieces & nephews.

Visitation and Services: The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 at Whitley's Funeral Home Main Chapel, Kannapolis, officiated by Rev. Neal Brower. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park, Kannapolis. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home prior to the service.Memorials: Memorials may be made to Jackson Park United Methodist Church, 715 Mable Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28083.Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.