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Heather Dee Rumsey
Heather Dee Rumsey, 32, of Salisbury, NC passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at her residence. Born November 1, 1984 in Rowan Co, NC, she was the daughter of the late Charlotte Hutchens Rumsey . Heather was educated in the Rowan County Schools and was an Honors Graduate of East Rowan High School. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Salisbury and former member of Dunn's Mountain Baptist Church of Salisbury. She as a member of the Rockwell Lions Club. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Henry Rumsey and a niece, Tracey Lyn Fischer. Those left to cherish her memory are her two brothers, Cary Rumsey of Salisbury, NC; Erwin Rumsey, Jr. and wife Susanne of Michigan; sister, Clara Elaine Fisher and husband Jim of Michigan; niece, Leanne and great-niece Lyn Marie. The funeral service will be 11 AM Friday (May 26) at First Baptist Church Chapel of Salisbury, conducted by Rev. Brian Farmer of First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park, Greensboro, NC, with Pastor Jack Clayton Jones officiating. Heather was unable to speak but was able to use a computerized communication device during her days at school and vacation bible school. Heather had a warm smile, gentle touch and infectious laugh to communicate her love and compassion for others. Heather once confined to a wheelchair since birth, can now run free with the heavenly choir. Memorials to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital , PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Rumsey family. Online condolences may be made to www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Bernice Eleanor Safrit Josey
Bernice Eleanor Safrit Josey SALISBURY  Bernice Eleanor Safrit Josey, 94, of Salisbury, passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at her home surrounded by family. She was born on Nov. 25, 1922 in Rimertown, to the late John Safrit and Laura Boger Safrit. Bernice worked as a weaver for Cannon Mills until she retired from there. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, cooking, and working in her flower garden. Bernice was a talented quilter and seamstress having made many quilts and clothes for her family and friends. She loved to work on puzzles and spend time with her family. In addition to her parents, Bernice was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Luther Josey; two sons, Steve Josey, and Alvin Wayne Josey; a daughter, Linda Josey File; two sisters, Mary Fisher, and Mertie Cress; and two brothers, Ralph Safrit, and George Safrit. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Josey Kirby of Salisbury; six grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren on the way, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation and Service: The funeral service will be held on Wed., May 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Powles Staton Funeral Home conducted by Pastor Carlin Ours. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at Powles Staton Funeral Home. Burial will take place following the service at West Lawn Memorial Park, 1350 S. Main St., China Grove, NC 28023.

Memorial: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Organ Lutheran Church, 1515 Organ Church Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146 or to Rowan Hospice and Palliative Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Josey family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.


Chestley Junior Goins
Chestley Junior Goins passed away at his residence Saturday, May 20, 2017. He was born in Bennettesville, SC son of the late Chestley Goins and Alice Faye Hamilton Goins. Jr. attended Bennettsville High School and was a painter working for Sunshine Mobile Homes. He enjoyed landscaping his yard and being with family. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Deborah McGriffth. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Virginia McCall Goins who he married on November 11, 1989, daughters Deborah Elaine McDaniel and husband Anthony of Salisbury, Tina Louise Goins of Salisbury, Tracy Lynn Goins of SC, and son Elvis Dewayne Goins of SC sisters, Mary Alice Stevens, Linda Goins, Margie McCune and Vickie Mae Goins and grandchildren, Bryson McClenney, Austin McClenney, David Davis, Jr., Chesslee Allen and Kyleigh McDaniel.

The family will receive friends at Powles Staton Funeral Home from 5:00 to 6:30 Pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017. A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Online condolences can be made to the Goins family at www.powlesfuneralhome.com. Powles Staton Funeral Home is assisting the Goins family.


Mildred Edith Isenhour
Mildred Edith Isenhour, 92 years of age, of Gold Hill, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at her daughter Louise's home under hospice care.

Mrs. Isenhour was born April 14, 1925 in Cabarrus County to the late George William Barringer and the late Dora Culp. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray Spencer Isehhour and sisters, Ruth Morgan and Jennie Hall.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Friday, May 26, 2017 at Matton's Grove United Methodist Church, 24732 Matton's Grove Church Road in Gold Hill. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM in the church sanctuary officiated by Rev. Jim Groome and Rev. Tony Bowman. Burial will follow after the service in the church cemetery.

Survivors include son, Charles Alvin Isenhour of Kernersville; daughters, Betty Thomas of Kannapolis, Linda Woods of Salisbury, and Louise Luther of China Grove; eight grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and sisters, Irene Troutman of Richfield, and Christine Ridenhour of New London.

Memorials may be made Matton's Grove United Methodist Church, 24732 Matton's Grove Church Road, Gold Hill, NC 28071 or Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.

Hartsell Funeral Home Albemarle is serving the Isenhour family.

Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com


Betty Waggoner Kistler
Betty Waggoner Kistler, 88, of Salisbury passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Genesis Healthcare. She was born Nov. 9, 1928 in Rowan County to the late Edna Thompson Waggoner and the late Luther Waggoner. Betty was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church and very active when her health permitted. She enjoyed flowers and cooking. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul A. Kistler on Feb. 23, 2008; two brothers; and a sister. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Gary Kistler (Debbie) of Holden Beach; daughter, Gail Kistler (Darren Strickland) of Salisbury; granddaughter, Heather Coulter (Jimmy) of Salisbury; grandson, Gregory Kistler of Wilmington; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Dorothy Westmoreland of Salisbury.

Visitation: 3 p.m.. Thursday, May 25, 2017 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 11020 NC Highway 801, Mount Ulla, NC 28125. Graveside Service: 4 p.m.. Thursday, May 25, 2017 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Scott Swix officiating. A special thanks to the caregivers, nurses, administrators and the staff of Genesis Healthcare for the services they provided.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimers Association , P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, in her memory. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Kistler family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.


Albert N. A.N.' Honeycutt Jr.
Albert N. A.N.' Honeycutt Jr., 88, of Salisbury passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Liberty Commons. He was born Aug. 30, 1928 in Rowan County to the late Maude Winders and the late Albert N. Honeycutt Sr. After graduating Spencer High School, he became a contractor and helped build Disney World and Carowinds, as well as the Winn-Dixie Stores. Following in his father's footsteps, he enjoyed teaching his son, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the carpentry trade; thereby, carrying on The Family Tradition' earning the nickname G.P.' A.N. enjoyed watching westerns, John Wayne, the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers football, and Atlanta Braves baseball. At his annual Christmas Eve parties his daughters, granddaughter and great-granddaughters would hand out presents while he told his famous Christmas stories. He was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church and attended Oakdale Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Barker Honeycutt; brothers, Roe, R.J., Bob and Woody Honeycutt; sisters, Ree Cannon, Lou Fraley, Louise and Josephine Honeycutt; and nephews, Dale Cannon, Glen Honeycutt and Mickey Cannon. Mr. Honeycutt, the last of his family, is survived by his son Dan Honeycutt of Charlotte; sons-in-law, Larry Wilson of Salisbury and Jerry Peeler of Salisbury; daughters, Bonnie Honeycutt of Spencer and Linda Wilson of Salisbury; sister-in-law, Betty Honeycutt of Salisbury; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and special honorary family members.

Visitation and Service: There will be a graveside service at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26 , 2017 at Oakdale Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Gross and Pastor Jeff Norton officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church's Family Life Center.

Memorial: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakdale Baptist Church, 200 Charles Street, Spencer, NC 28159, in memory of Albert Honeycutt Jr. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Honeycutt family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.


Fronie Honeycutt Ervin Hamrick
Fronie Honeycutt Ervin Hamrick, 87, of Landis passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017, at Liberty Commons. She was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Iredell County, a daughter of the late Tobe Alexander Honeycutt and Lillian Mae Sloop Honeycutt. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Lee Ervin and Clinard Hamrick. Fronie retired from Cannon Mills after 40 years of service. She was a member of Rogers Park Baptist Church. She loved cooking and gardening. Fronie is survived by her daughters, Sandy Wood (David) and Bobbie Barbara Johnson (Lee); five grandchildren, Eric Reid (Anita), Chris Reid (Crystal), Wendi Reid Wyrick (Curtis), Brian Gobble, and Hailey Wood; seven great-grandchildren, Kayla, Kersten, Kaitlyn, Kinsley, Shelby, Savanah, and Spence; and special friends, Jewel Smith and Carol Honeycutt.

Visitation and Service: Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, May 26, at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel officiated by Rev. Ralph Robinette. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m., at Whitley's. The family would like to give special thanks to the Liberty Commons staff for their love and care. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Stevie Joe Ferguson
Mr. Stevie Joe Ferguson, 57, of Salisbury, passed away Sunday May 21, 2017, at The Laurels of Salisbury, born July 31, 1959, in Rowan County, he is the son of Joe Ferguson of Spencer and the late Parthenia Brown Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson was educated in the public schools of Rowan County, and was a graduate of East Rowan High School class of 1979. He was last employed with Novant Health Rowan Medical Center and was a member of Southern City AME Zion Church, East Spencer. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dwight L. Ferguson; and grandmother, Goldie Brown. He leaves precious and loving memories to his wife, Janet Watson Ferguson, Salisbury; daughter, Kayla L. Ferguson, Fayetteville; brothers, Tommy L. Ferguson (Darlene), Kannapolis and Mark O. Ferguson (Terri), Salisbury; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements: Services will be held on Thursday, May 25, at Southern City AME Zion Church, East Spencer, visitation at 11 a.m., and funeral at 11:30 a.m., with the burial following at Rowan Memorial Park, Salisbury, Rev. Patrick Tate, Pastor, Eulogist. The family will be at 1016 E. Lafayette St. the remainder of the time. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the family and online condolences may be sent to nobleandkelsey.com


James Jim Baker Nussman
James Jim Baker Nussman, 88, of Salisbury and Inman, S.C., passed away on Tuesday May 23, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in South Carolina. Services are incomplete at this time. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Nussman family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com


Randy Lunsford
Randy Lunsford passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at Forsyth Medical Center from complications of cancer. Randy was born Sept. 27, 1960 to Becky M. Tally and the late Percy O. Lunsford in Forsyth County. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Candace Lunsford and step-father, Robert Engblom. Randy was a pool builder, which he loved. He always had a smile and had beautiful blue eyes. He loved working in the garden and his chickens. Survivors include his wife, Shannon Lunsford; daughter, Georgia Marie Lunsford of West Virginia; step-children, Gracie and Josey Henderson; his mother; and brother, Britt Steven Lunsford. He will be missed, but he is not suffering anymore.

Memorials: Flowers and donations may be made to the family.


Pastor Emeritus, Melvin E. Kesler
Pastor Emeritus, Melvin E. Kesler of Woodleaf, died in his home on Saturday, May 20, 2017, after a short stay in the Brian Nursing Center of Salisbury. He was the former Pastor of New Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church located in Cooleemee and retired after 23 years of service with USA Airlines in Charlotte as a Mechanic. He leaves behind his wife, Mrs. Vivian Kesler of the home; two children, Mrs. Melvinia Cummings (Curtis) and Rev. AnTonelli Kesler (Tammy); two grandchildren, Tiffany Nicole (Gene) and Curtis Jr. of Charlotte; and a host of loving families and friends.

Visitation and Service: The funeral will be held on Friday, May 26, 2017, at 2 p.m. at New Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church, 108 Wall Street, Cooleemee, NC 27014, where the body will lie in state from 12 until 2 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Eulogist is Rev. Dr. Marcus Williams of Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church, of Hickory, NC. Hairston Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the Kesler family with care and dedicated service. Online condolences may be sent to, hairstonfh.com.


Juanita Neat Belk Howell
Mrs. Juanita Neat Belk Howell, 93, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant House. Juanita was born in Cabarrus County on Oct. 8, 1923, to the late William A. and Annie Colette Belk. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Phil Shelley Howell; one brother; and six sisters. Juanita had worked for many years at Belk and then was a receptionist at NorthEast Medical Center. She was a member of Forest Hill United Methodist Church and cherished her time at church. Juanita loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is survived by her sons, Mike Howell of Concord, Joe Howell (Sheila) of Mt. Pleasant; sister, Bette Hampton of Kannapolis; grandchildren, Angela, Alyson, Christina, Brian; and great-grandchildren, Elliot, Vivian, Nathaniel.

Visitaiton and Service: A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 26, at Wilkinson Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Rev. Jim Howell. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12-2 p.m., prior to the service.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Forest Hill UMC, 265 Union Street N., Concord, NC 28025. On-line condolences may be left at www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com Wilkinson Funeral Home is handling arrangements for the Howell family.


Edith Johanne Crafton
Edith Johanne Crafton, 83, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. She was born in Washington, D.C. to the late John W. Crow and Esther M. Bjorklin. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in the District of Columbia and worked at Weaver Brothers Realty company. She met and married Leonard B. Tucker and moved to Silver Spring, Md. There she was a homemaker and raised three children. She also worked part time as a school crossing guard and assistant librarian at Dennis Avenue Elementary School. Following her husband's death, she attended Lewis Hotel-Motel school and began a career in the hospitality field. She worked as a Secretary to Catering; Executive Manager's Secretary and Resident Manager Secretary at the Washington Hilton and was present the day President Reagan was shot. She fielded telephone calls from around the globe to respond to the national tragedy. Following her retirement, she moved to Ocean City, Md. with her husband Phillip Crafton where she worked as a professional floral designer while also working at her own business Sassy Silks. She pursued her interests of sewing, dancing, swimming, crocheting, painting, creating art from shells, dolphin watching and bowling. She served her church as altar guild member, Stephen's Ministry visitor, hostess to coffee fellowship and open kettle soup kitchen. She served on the Board of Directors for Montego Bay Mobile Home Park for one term. She volunteered at Worcester County Public Library and also assisted at the voting poles every election. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two husbands, and sister, Esther Crow Gallacher. She is survived by daughter, Linda Tucker (Bruce) of Fredericksburg, Va.; son, Reverend John Tucker (Jeanne) of Salisbury; daughter, Nancy Thompson (Carl) of East Palatka, Fla.; grandchildren, Nicole Blalock of Wilmington, Kelsey Binder of Brooklyn, N.Y., Kayla Tucker of Greensboro and Zachary Tucker of Salisbury; two great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Kelly Crafton Welch (Scott) of Potomac, Md. and Casey Crafton (Lisa) of Bethesda, Md.; grandchildren, Matthew, Blair, Christopher and McKenzie; nieces, Karen Alfers and Lueanne White; and her cousins.

Service & Visitation: Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Salisbury, led by Reverend Ed Harper. The family will greet guests at 10 a.m. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. A viewing will be held in Silver Spring, Md. at Collins Funeral on Saturday, June 4, 2017 from 11-11:30 a.m. Interment will be at Park Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Wheaton, Md. at noon.

Memorials: Memorial donations may be made to Marineland Dolphin Adventure, 9600 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080 or to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1908 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144. Summersett Funeral Home in Salisbury and Collins Funeral Home in Silver Spring, Md. are honored to be serving the Crafton family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Frank Mock Berrier
Frank Mock Berrier, age 79, of Sowers Road, Linwood, passed away Tuesday night, May 23, 2017 at Brookstone Retirement Center. Frank was born in Davidson County Nov. 28, 1937, to Wade Phillip and Esther Byerly Berrier. He was a retired employee of North Carolina Finishing and had attended Greer's Chapel when his health permitted. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Calvin Berrier; sisters, Ida Rebecca Berrier, Betty Spry and Irene Byrant; and brothers, Garland, Will, Grady, Wayne, Pete, Coy and Ed Berrier. Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Pallie Tysinger Berrier of the home; daughter, SarahHopkins (Jerry) of Lexington; sons, Roger Jake Berrier, Larry Doodie Berrier and Terry Hippy Berrier (Lesa) all of Linwood; grandchildren, Jacob, Logan, Houston and Ella; and brothers, Vestal Gabby Berrier of Linwood and Sherman Berrier of Denton.

Service and Visitation: Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2017 at Greer's Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles A. Lindquist Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday at the church prior to the service. The family would like to thank the staff of Brookstone Retirement Center for their care and support during his illness.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington, NC 27292. Davidson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.


Reba Crisco Austin
Reba Crisco Austin, 79, of Albemarle, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in Bethany Woods Nursing & Rehab Center. Mrs. Austin was born Jan. 20, 1938 in Stanly County, and was the daughter of the late John and Flossie Mills Crisco. She was a graduate of New London High School and a retired beautician. Mrs. Austin was a member of Anderson Grove Baptist Church. Mrs. Austin was preceded in death by her husband Glade Bill Austin in 2002. She was also preceded in death by a brother, John H. Crisco and a sister, Janie C. Hinson. She is survived by two sons, Jeffrey T. Austin and wife Pam of Salisbury and Kyle D. Austin; a sister, Gwen Frick of High Point; and a grandson, Alex Austin.

Service & Visitation: Her graveside service will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2017 in the Anderson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:30 p.m. prior to the service at Stanly Funeral & Cremation.

Memorials: The family will accept flowers as well as memorials made to Anderson Grove Baptist Church, 2225 East Main St., Albemarle, NC 28001. The family is being served by Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care.