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Russell Nelson Settle
Russell Nelson Settle, 88, of Selma passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Smithfield Manor in Smithfield. Russ was born on March 12, 1930 in Richland County, S.C. Russ worked as a pilot with the South Carolina Wildlife Resources and as an aircraft mechanic for several airlines. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Cathryn Grice Settle, and by his daughter, Cathryn Settle Lewkowicz. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean Turman Settle, and three granddaughters, Nicole, Kaila and Shayna Lewkowicz of Naples, Fla.

A celebration of Russ' life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Cremation Society of the Carolinas.

Danial Martin Lefler
Danial Martin Lefler, 57 of Salisbury, died on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare  Northeast.

A celebration of Danial's life will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Eastside Baptist Church, with the Rev. Joe Black officiating. The Lefler family will receive friends at the church beginning at 2:00 p.m. Eastside Baptist Church is located at 370 Trexler Road, Salisbury, NC. A native of Cabarrus County, Danial was born August 5, 1960, to Larry and Jacqueline Bryant Lefler. He was predeceased by his mother, Jacqueline; a son, Danial Lefler, Jr.; maternal grandparents, Audrey and George Bryant; paternal grandfather, Luther Lefler. An avid outdoorsman, Danial enjoyed hunting and riding motorcycles. When pressed to be inside, he spent time with a hobby in woodworking. He is survived by his wife, Lesley Lefler of the home; two sons, Timothy B. Lefler (Amber) and Ronnie J. Lefler (Samantha); two daughters, Crystal L. Massey (James), and Lisa Lefler; two sisters, Cathy Talley (Marty) and Myra Turnmire (Jeff); his maternal grandmother, Lillie Lefler; 3 grandchildren, Angel, Alayna, and Ayden.

Ida Hunter Hargrave
Mrs. Ida Hunter Hargrave, age 79, of Salisbury, passed Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at her residence, 1108 Crosby St., Salisbury. She was born in Mecklenburg County on Jan. 2, 1939 to the late Herbert A. Hunter and Cory Stinson Hunter. She was educated in the Rowan County Public Schools. She retired as a weaver with Pillow Tex. She was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as a missionary. In addition to her parents, her husband, George Hargrave (January 2018); a son, Christoper Hunter; a sister, Nancy Ella Hunter; brothers, Albert Hunter, James Hunter, Daniel Hunter, Calvin Hunter and Oscar Hunter; half-sister, May Zella Forney; and brother-in-law, Richard Salters,all preceded her in death. Precious memories remain with her daughters, Brenda Coan (Dennis), Priscilla Hunter, Sheila Hunter (Dennis) and Karen Hargrave (Jarius), all of Salisbury; brothers, Alonzo Hunter (Rachel) of East Spencer and Bernard Hunter (Emma) of Salisbury; sisters, Mabel Burns, Estell Salters, and Margaret Hunter, all of Roanoke, Va.; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Services: Sunday, March 18, 2018 with visitation at 1:30 p.m. and funeral at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1920 Shirley Ave., Salisbury. Rev. Dr. Nilous Avery, pastor, will officiate. Committal service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2018 at the U.S. National Cemetery, 202 Government Road, Salisbury. Hairston Funeral Home Inc., is serving the Hargrave/Hunter families. Online condolences may be sent to

Peggye Davis Becton
Mrs. Peggye Davis Becton, 83, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born Aug. 21, 1934 in Rowan County to the late Nollie Davis Sr. and Alice Johnson Davis, Mrs. Peggye was educated in the public schools of Rowan County and Dunbar High School, East Spencer. She was last employed at Appalachian Hall, Asheville and Rowan Memorial Hospital, Salisbury. She was a faithful member of Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church where she served as a member of the Senior Choir, Missionary Society, Stewardess Board and Kitchen Committee. She served faithfully until she became ill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Nollie Jr., Bernard and Troy Davis; and sisters, De'Ella Garner and Jean Carol Alexander. Her memories shall forever be cherished by her son, Daniel (Stephanie) Becton of Reidsville; brother, Gilbert (Lolita) Davis of Spring, Tex.; sisters, Joyce Marker and Betty Davis, both of Upper Marlboro, Md.; grandchildren, Dana Becton, Diamond Williams, Antonio (Danielle) Williams, Christian Williams and Jewel Williams; great-grandchildren; Destiny, Elijah and Jayceon Williams; special nephew, Curtis (Stephanie) Garner, of the home; nephews, Donnie Williams of Salisbury and Edwin Suber of Salisbury; special cousin, Mrs. Grace Goins of East Spencer; niece, Veda Williams and nephew Derrick Davis of Maryland; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

A very special acknowledgement to Bayada Health Care Staff members Sada Patterson and Michelle Miller for their kindness and professional care.

Visitation & Service: The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 12:30-1 p.m. at Southern City Tabernacle AME Zion Church. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m., conducted by Rev. Patrick Tate. Burial will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery. Rowan Funeral Services, Inc. is serving the family. Online condolences may be sent to

Charles Everett Graham
FORESTVILLE, Md.  Charles Everett Graham passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at his residence in Forestville, Md. He was a devoted husband to his wife, Dorcas Anne Graham. He was the son of Salisbury's first African American police officer, Rayford Graham and he served honorably in the U.S. Airforce. He attended Price High School and was an active Alumni member. He is preceded in death by his wife, Dorcas Anne Graham. He is survived by his brother, Murrell; his cousin and best friend, Larry Vinson; children (Carlos,Ahmad, and Nicole); and a host of other relatives and friends.

Arrangements: The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 21, from 2 until 10 p.m., services will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at 11:45 a.m. at Sermon on the Mount Church, 5606 Marlboro Pike, District Heights, MD, 20747 with Pastor Herman Simms officiating. Interment will follow at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetary with military honors. Arrangements by Pope Funeral Homes.

Vance Kesler
Vance Kesler, a resident of the Manor House in Seaford, DE, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 21 at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. He was born in Salisbury, NC on March 31, 1922, to the late Lewis Alexander and Mary Jane Kesler. He was the youngest of eleven siblings, all who predeceased him.

His early education included eight years in a one-room schoolhouse across the road from his home, which was appropriately called the Kesler School. The teacher was always boarded in his house. He entered the Army Air Force in WWII after graduating from high school and served in a bomber squadron ground crew in Guam, earning three battle stars. After his honorable discharge, he attended NC State University where he met his future wife, Phyllis Kesler, at Meredith College. They were married in 1950 for forty years until her death in 1990.

Vance had a long, successful career in sales with Pure Oil and Union Oil of CA, which took him and his family to Norfolk and Chesapeake, VA and Seaford, DE, where he retired in 1984.

As an avid golfer, his retirement years were spent with many hours on the golf course and as an active member of Seaford Kiwanis. He was a faithful member of St. Johns UMC and after marrying his second wife, Marian Schamus, they made it a Sunday ritual to attend her church Midway Baptist in Lewes, DE, on Sunday as well. After twenty-five years of marriage, Marian predeceased him in 2016.

He is survived by his children, Jane LaJohn (Mark) of Jackson, WY, Penny Short of Seaford, DE and Russ Kesler (Joanne) of Durham, NC.; Step-children, Laurie Phoebus (Mike) and Ray Schamus (Sharleen); Eleven grandchildren, Jessica Rhodes (Nick), Erin Ricker (Kyle) Steven LaJohn, Daniel LaJohn, Amie Kesler, Kari Kesler, Brad Kesler, Corey Phoebus (Heather), Caitlyn Phoebus, Morgan Schamus and Michael Schamus; and three great-grandchildren, Ryan Ricker, Dilan and Porter Rhodes and a fourth on the way.

Vance was known as a gentle, kind and patient person with a great sense of humor and passion for life. He touched many in his 95 years and was a true inspiration to his family and friends. His strong faith was a constant through his journey of life.

A graveside service will be held at Providence United Methodist Church in Salisbury, NC on Monday, Feb. 26 at 2:00 PM.

A memorial service will be held at St. Johns United Methodist Church, Seaford, DE on his birthday, Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 PM. The family will receive visitors at the church at 1:00 PM prior to the service.

Special thanks to all the staff at the Manor House for their care and compassion to Vance and Marian during the past several years.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Vance to the Manor House Benevolence Fund, 1001 Middleford Rd., Seaford, DE, 19973, Delaware Hospice at 16 Polly Drummond Center, Newark, DE 19711 (online at www.delaware or St. Johns UMC, 300 Pine Street Seaford, DE. 19973.

Summersett Funeral Home and Cremation Center is assisting the Kesler family with arrangements in Salisbury, NC.

Kenneth K. Gochnauer
Mr. Kenneth K. Gochnauer, 84, of Lancaster, Pa., currently residing in Salisbury, passed away Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House of Salisbury. Born Aug. 10, 1933 in Lancaster County, Pa., he was the son of the late Benjamin H. Gochnauer and Ada Krider. Mr. Gochnauer was a graduate from New Danville Mennonite School. He served in the United States Army at Fort Gordon, Augusta, Ga. and was an instructor for Signal Corps. He worked for 58 years in various roles for E.H. Gochnauer Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning in Rohrerstown, Pa. He was a member and trustee of Stehman's United Methodist Church, Millersville, Pa. Preceding him in death, along with his parents, are his wife, Wanda Gochnauer, whom he married April 12, 1953; sisters, Mary Gochnauer, Esther Metzler (Christian) and Dorothy Hess (Walter); and brothers, Norman Gochnauer (Helen), and Elvin Gochnauer. Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Doris Plummer (Steve); grandchildren, Jonathan Kenneth Plummer and Joshua Olin Plummer; sister, Beulah Slaymaker; brother-in-law, Ben Lefever (Vonnie); and sister-in-law, Ethel Gochnauer.

Service: Memorial service will be held on April 5, 2018 for both Ken and Wanda Gochnauer at Stehman's United Methodist Church in Millersville, Pa. with Pastor Helen Adams officiating.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stehman's United Methodist Church, 485 Indian Run Rd.,Millersville, PA 17551 and North Hills Christian School, 2970 W. Innes St., Salisbury, NC 28144. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Gochnauer family. Online condolences may be made at

GREGORY MICHAEL MCCANN, 27, of Statesville, NC, died on Sunday, March 11 in a motorcycle accident.

Gregory was born on July 29, 1990 as Lee Myung Hoon in Seoul, South Korea.

By Gods grace he was placed with the McCann family and arrived in their arms in January 1991. Greg is a graduate of Schalick High School in Pittsgrove, New Jersey, and Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

Until his passing Greg was an employee of the Winston Salem Police Department. Greg has such a big and kind heart and enjoyed life to the fullest.

Greg is survived by his parents, Gail and Donald McCann of Statesville; his beloved sister Amanda McCann of Statesville; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A service to celebrate the life of Gregory will be held at Third Creek Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, NC, on Saturday April 7, 2018. The family will receive visitors at 1 p.m. and the service will take place at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers to honor Gregory please make donations to Holt International Childrens Services (

Summersett Funeral Home of Salisbury is honored to be serving the McCann family. Online condolences may be left at

Douglas Louie
Douglas Louie, age 90, of Granite Quarry passed away Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis.

Mr. Louie was born on January 29, 1928 in Hong Kong, a son of the late Fong Yee Louie and Yuet Ngan Ho. He was a graduate of St. Andrews College in Saskatoon, Canada, Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, NY, Syracuse University in Syracuse NY where he earned his MSW and PhD. Douglas was a minister of the United Church of Canada for 20 years, Rochester New York area and as a supply and interim minister in the Boston Massachusetts area. He worked as a clinical social worker for the Veterans Administration in Boston. He was an author of two books and was working on his third. Preceding him in death was his first wife May Wong Louie whom he married in 1954 and died in 1969; son Jeffrey Louie; brother Philip Louie; sister Alice Chen; great-grandson Vance Gabriel Stephan. Those left to cherish his memories are his wife Allene Marie Anderson Louie whom he married in 1971; daughters Denise Baker (Josh) of Rochester, NY; Donna Whitehead (Chris) of Surrey, BC and Diane Louie of Los Angeles, CA; step-daughter Lynne Anderson Downey (David) of Lyons, NY; grandchildren Kelley Stephan (Isaac) of Phelps, NY, Kady Anderson (Tom Sapp) of Concord, NC, Kaelyn Mintz (Zach) of Annandale, VA, Christopher Yandow and Michael Yandow of Rochester, NY, Matthew, Aaron and Alicia Whitehead of Surrey, BC; great-grandchildren Vincent and Victor Stephan of Phelps, NY and Jaxson Sapp of Concord, NC.

Graveside service will be held 2:00PM, Saturday, May 12 in south Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, NY.

Memorials may be made to Tucker Hospice House, 5005 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Louie 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!)

David Clyde Flickinger
David Clyde Flickinger, 77, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018 at his residence. David was born July 14, 1940 in Kent, Ohio to the late Hazel Utley Flickinger and the late Clyde Flickinger. David worked as a spinner in the cotton mill and also worked in the private security business. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Flickinger whom he married Dec. 9, 1962, and a great-granddaughter, Temperance Miller. David is survived by his sons, Clyde (Eddie) Flickinger of Atlanta, Ga. and William (Billy) Flickinger of Springfield, Mo.; daughter, Judy Flickinger Adams of Kannapolis; brother, Ronald Johnson, of Salisbury; sisters, Mary Lou McClintock and Diane Earnhart, both of Salisbury; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. No services are scheduled at this time. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Flickinger family. Online condolences may be made at