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James Alfred Hodge
Mr. James Alfred Hodge, 74, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Carolinas HealthCare System-NorthEast in Concord. Mr. Hodge was born Dec. 22, 1943 in Cabarrus County. He was a son of the late William Hodge and Louise Butler Hodge. He was a veteran of the United States Army and later retired from the former Hoechst Celanese plant in Salisbury. He was a member of St. Enoch Lutheran Church in Enochville. Mr. Hodge is survived by his wife, Linda Hodge; son, Michael Paul Hodge and wife Sandy of Kannapolis; step-son, Alvin Carl Parham of Charlotte; brother, William Franklin Hodge of Kannapolis; and two grandchildren, Caitlin Hodge and Grayson Huffstetler.

Service & Visitation: A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Dale Cline will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis. The family will receive friends from 12-1:45 p.m. Friday at Lady's Funeral Home.

Memorials: Memorials may be sent to St. Enoch Lutheran Church, 701 Campbell Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mr. Hodge. Remembrances may be sent to the family online at

Gladys McDaniel Graham
Mrs. Gladys McDaniel Graham, 84, of Salisbury, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born June 13, 1933 in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late Curlee F. McDaniel and Jettie Mae Hodgson McDaniel. She was educated in the West Rowan schools and graduated from Mt. Ulla High School. Mrs. Graham was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, life-long member of W.E.L.C.A. Mrs. Graham was employed as a Supervisor for Laguna Sportswear before retiring. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, James Baxter J.B. Graham on Feb. 20, 2016; a son, Douglas Ray Graham; brothers, R. D. Hodgson and Bobby McDaniel; and a sister, Pauline Wright. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Gary Graham and wife Angela of Salisbury; daughter-in-law, Sandy L. Graham of Salisbury; granddaughters, Amanda Dunn of Florida, Ashley Graham Phipps and husband Devin of Winston-Salem and Lauren Graham of Salisbury; great-grandchildren, Taylor Westmoreland, Kyndle Westmoreland and Tyler Westmoreland; brother, Arnold McDaniel and wife Alice; sister, Vernice Beaver and husband Jim; sisters-in-law, Shirley Graham Cranfield and Faye McDaniel and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, at the Summersett Funeral Home followed by services at 2 PM at Summersett Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 5080 Sherrills Ford Rd., Salisbury, NC 28147. The family is sincerely grateful to Dr. Neil Patel, Dr. Bradley Propst, and the ICU Medical Staff at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center for the professional and extra ordinary care given to Gladys and to Dr. Dem Ward and to her niece Bonnie Drye for their kindness and care over the years. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Graham family. Online condolences may be made at

James R. Gillespie Jr.
James R. Gillespie Jr., 56, of Salisbury, passed Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at his residence. Memorial Service: 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at Dorsett Chapel United Church of Christ. Rev. Ricky Galloway, Pastor, will officiate. Hairston Funeral Home is serving the Gillespie family. Online condolences may be made at

James Thomas Elder
Mr. James Thomas Elder, age 80 of Salisbury, passed, Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center, Charlotte, NC. He was born in Rowan County on January 16, 1938 to the late James Milton Elder and Ruby Maison Elder. He was educated in the Rowan-Salisbury public schools and retired as a Merchant Marine with the Department of Labor. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, and was a lifetime member of the J.C. Price American Legion Post 107. In addition to his parents, a brother, Curtis Elder preceded him in death. Those who remain to cherish his memory are a sister, Jean Carol Blair, Philadelphia, Pa.,nephew, Ricky D. Blair (Connie), Philadelphia, Pa., cousins, Billy Elder (Anita), Harrisburg, NC; Yvette Elder, Charlotte, NC and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on, Friday, February 16, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the US National Cemetery, Salisbury, 501 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, with military honors. Rev. Jerry Miller, officiating.

Evelyn June James
Evelyn June James, 71, of Salisbury, peacefully passed away on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury. She was born Dec. 7, 1946, in Clintwood, Va. to the late Millard and Lona Hill Adkins. Evelyn was a member of Canaan Baptist Church and in her spare time enjoyed word searches, playing solitaire, bird watching and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by son, Michael Gibson; and brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Polly Adkins. Evelyn is survived by her husband of 28 years, Roger D. James; children, Jeff Gibson of Conyers, Ga., Roger James Jr. (Lori) of Mocksville and Jeremy James (Crystal) of Cooleemee; brothers, Dewey Adkins (Sheila) of Front Royal, Va. and Charles Rufus Adkins (Barbara) of Rockwell; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Service: There will be a memorial service held Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at Canaan Baptist Church in Salisbury, following the morning service.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Canaan Baptist Church, 630 Barringer St., Salisbury, NC 28146.

Carolina Cremation is assisting the James family. Online condolences may be made at

Geraldine Mama Jeri Benge Birkholz
Geraldine Mama Jeri Benge Birkholz, 80, of Landis, peacefully passed away on Saturday, February 10th, 2018. She was born November 28, 1937 in Iredell County, NC to the late Hattie Ashby Benge and Walter W. Benge. Jeri retired from the DOT in Salisbury and drove for TJ Taxi in Kannapolis. Those left to cherish her memory include, children, Elaina Marlow of Landis, NC; Paula Daughtery of Camden, SC; Richard Wetherbee of China Grove, NC; Candance Mundy of Gulfport, FL; Brenda Sproul Carpenter of Taylorsville, NC; Waynette Allison of Valdese, NC; grandchildren, Tim Smith, Johnny Wallace, Randy Daughtery, Christopher Daughtery, William Daughtery, Jonah Wetherbee, Keith Wetherbee Jr., Dekota Stewart, Tarin Miller, Joshua Allison, and Shanah Allison; 19 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ager Lee Vanderburg; son, Keith D. Wetherbee; and granddaughter Crystal A. Wetherbee.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at Fisher Street Baptist Church, 810 Fisher St, Concord, NC 28027, with Pastor Joy Spry officiating. Carolina Cremation is assisting the Birkholz family. Online condolences may be made at

Timothy Curtis Stacy Sr.
Timothy Curtis Stacy Sr., 54, of Rockwell, peacefully passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at his residence. He was born August 10, 1963 in Akron, OH to Curtis Stacy and the late Judith Hibbitts. Timothy worked as a machinist and in his spare time enjoyed listening to music and spending time with his family and friends. Timothy is survived by his daughter, Tanya Stacy of Austinville, VA; father, Curtis Stacy and wife, Brenda of Rockwell, NC; grandchildren, Lilly Hill and Camron Stacy; brother, Gregory Stacy of Richlands, VA; sisters, Anita Parton and husband, Gary of Asheboro, NC; Cynthia Earls and husband, Rick of Richlands, VA; nieces, Tristan Earls, Meagan Earls, and Carmen Earls; nephews, Ryan Parton, Michael Parton and Ian VanDyke; and numerous cousins. Timothy was preceded in death by his mother, Judith Hibbitts Stacy of Grundy, VA and son, Timothy T.C. Stacy, Jr. of Austinville, VA.

There will be a Celebration of Life held from 6-8pm on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at the Stacy residence. Timothy's final resting place will be at Greenhills Memory Gardens in Claypool Hill, VA at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rowan County Hospice and Palliative Care, 720 Grove Street, Salisbury, NC 28144.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Rowan County Hospice and Palliative Care, and Shannon Mickey for all their support, love and care. Carolina Cremation is assisting the Stacy family. Online condolences may be made at

Charlotte Ann Gladden Miller
Mrs. Charlotte Ann Gladden Miller, 80, was born May 3, 1937, in Winnsboro, S.C., to James Gladden and Nicie Boulware Gladden. She was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church. She made her transition on Friday evening Feb. 9, 2018, peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family. She goes to join her parents; her husband, Samuel Miller, Sr.; a grandson, Jermaine Hochhavs; three great-grandchildren: Antonio Saunders, A'jana Whitfield and TyQuasha McLane; eight brothers: Eugene and Johnny Boulware, Arthur, Sam, James, Joe Eddie, Henry and David Gladden and five sisters: Sarah Turner, Beatrice Barber, Cora Miller, Ella Neal and Albertha Boarder. She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Samuel G. Miller, Jr.; four daughters: Elizabeth Ann Blackwell, Loretta Miller, Ella Mae (Curtis) Dalton and Eleanor D. (Johnny) Lee; a sister, Maggie Gladden; 15 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and ten great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation and Service: Funeral service will be Saturday at 2 p.m., at Jerusalem Baptist Church with family visitation at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Online condolences can be expressed to the Miller Family at Arrangements are in the care of Roberts Funeral Service.

Carolyn Elaine McElrath
Carolyn Elaine McElrath, 71, of Salisbury, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at her residence. She was born June 10, 1946 in Rowan County, to the late Albert Ray Hill and Hazel Cauble. Carolyn was a 1964 graduate of East Rowan High School and was employed in food services for the school system. She was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, Robbie McElrath; daughter, Traci Patterson (Thomas) of Salisbury; sisters, Mary Frances Gobble (Riley) and Margaret Morgan, both of Salisbury; and grandchildren, Colby Patterson and Carlee Patterson.

Service: A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at Liberty United Methodist Church, 3940 Liberty Road, Gold Hill, NC 28071, with the Rev. Charlie Curtis and the Rev. Dan Gobble officiating. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the McElrath family. Online condolences can be made at

Charles Thomas Tommy Lefler
Charles Thomas Tommy Lefler, 77, of Rockwell, passed away Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born in Rowan County on Dec. 2, 1940 to the late Lillie Wyatt Lefler and the late Charlie Bowers Lefler. Mr. Lefler graduated from Rockwell High School. He retired from Duke Energy where he worked in the Meter Department for 30 years. Mr. Lefler was a past member of Faith Civitan and Spencer Moose Lodge. He was a lifetime member of Lyerly Evangelical Church, where he served as treasurer, on the church council and as usher. His greatest joy was his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. He was the owner of Tommy's Auto Sales for several years, enjoyed eating with family and friends, riding his golf cart, and was a little league baseball coach for the Rockwell Cubs, but he was his happiest playing jokes on others. Mr. Lefler was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Emma Rae Misenheimer Mr. Lefler is survived by his wife, Joyce Eller Lefler, whom he married on July 29, 1962; his daughter, Joellen Misenheimer (Chuck) of Salisbury; sons, Johnny Lefler (Diane) of Rockwell and Jody Lefler (April) of Rockwell; grandchildren, Samantha Bost (Holland), Danielle Stiltner (Danny), Brittani Dreer (Dylan), Jordanna Belk (Justin), Dylan Lefler and Dalton Lefler; and great-grandchildren, Brady Bost and Baylor Bost.

Service & Visitation: A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the First Reformed Church in Landis, 210 North Central Avenue, Landis, NC 28088 with the Reverend David Franks officiating. Visitation will follow the service.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC, 27317. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Lefler family. Online condolences may be made at

Jerry Allen Karriker
Serving my country was an inflection pointit set my life on a new course& It helped form and shape the life of Jerry Allen Karriker, First Sergeant, United States Army (ret) Veteran. Jerry was a very dedicated soldier serving his country honorably for 28 years, beginning in Vietnam as a Recon Ranger in the 25th Infantry where he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for combat injuries. Jerry trained with the in the 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, N.C., 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, Ky., 505 Black Panthers. Jerry extended his career in the U.S. Army as a part of the Air National Guard. A favorite quote of Jerry's was You've gotta have common sense. Jerry had many hobbies and interests but one of his favorites was building and restoring old tractors and trucks. He had his hand prints on many projects. Jerry will be missed greatly by his family, friends and country. Those left to cherish Jerry's memories and carry on his legacy are his wife of 20 years, Nell McClure Karriker of Gastonia; son: Kevin Karriker of Troy; step daughter: Christi Eller of Dallas; step son: Tony Eller of Gastonia; step grandson: Tony Eller, Jr; five sisters: Ann McNeely, Carolyn Timms, Rachel Pickler, Mary Owens and Judy Curlee; one brother: Jim Karriker. Jerry was the son of the late Ervin Alexander Karriker and Margaret Chambers Karriker. He was also preceded in death by one daughter: Kyanna Karriker; one sister: Alice Nell Bost; two brothers: Jack Karriker and Paul Karriker.

Visitation and Service: A Life Well Celebrated Ceremony will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 in the Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home, 2205 Williamsburg Drive, Gastonia, North Carolina. Entombment with Military honors accorded by the United States Army and the Gaston County Honor Guard will follow in the Mausoleum of Peace at Gaston Memorial Park. The family will receive guests from 1:00-2:00 prior to the service.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be given in Jerry's memory to the Disabled American Veterans, 2400 Rock Hill Church Road, Concord, North Carolina 28027. If you wish to make expressions of love and share fond memories, please visit Jerry's guestbook at Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to be serving the family of Jerry Karriker.

Grady Gilford Gulledge
Grady Gilford Gulledge, age 81 went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at CMC Northeast Hospital now Atrium after declining health since 2010. He was born on June 9, 1936 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. a son of the late Arlin Bryon Gulledge Sr. and the late Beulah Mae Boatwright. Also preceding him in death was a son Anthony (Andy) Gulledge, a sister Thelma Jordan, and 4 brothers Beuford Gulledge, A.B. Gulledge Jr., Rhett Gulledge, and Jerry Gulledge. He is survived by his wife, Terry Christy Stancil, whom he married in 2007 after having been together since 1986. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Margaret Stackleather (Oscar) of Richfield, NC, Joyce Jackson (Therald) of Monroe, NC, Shelby Barnes (Gary) of Kannapolis and a brother Larry Gulledge (Patrice) of Kannapolis. Grady is survived by two children Teresa Hardison (Jeff) and Keith Gulledge (late wife Denise Howard) both from Landis. 6 Grandchildren Ryan Hardison, Whitney Hardison Christina Harwood (Jason), Sheena Torrence (Jason), James Gulledge and Sharon Chapman. 9 Great Grandchildren, Hayleigh, McKenzi , Tucker, Levi, Davis, Tanner, Madalynn, Kerri Ann and Josey. In 1952, at the age of 15, Grady came to Kannapolis to work in Wykes Cabinet Shop with his brother A.B. Gulldedge Jr. which later became Gulledge Building Supply. He retired from Gulledge Building Supply as Assistant Manager in August, 2017 after 65 years of service in the building supply industry. He became a master carpenter and cabinet maker. From 1967 to 1969 he served as a volunteer fireman with the Enochville Fire Department. In the 70's he operated a security system company. Later in the 80's he became a licensed insurance agent, realtor and builder of homes and started a company, Gulledge and Brown Associates along with Gene Brown. In 1971 along with partners, Child Care of Kannapolis, Inc. was opened, providing day care for mostly Cannon Mills workers in the Centerview community of Kannapolis. They operated 3 shifts when the mill was operating at its prime. In 1980, they opened another daycare in the Parkwood Community of Concord, Parkwood Daycare until 2015. He served as President of Parkview Enterprises from its beginning in 1991 until his death. He was co-founder and Vice President of Operation Homeless, Inc. from 2013 until his death along with his wife. Grady received his 3rd degree from the Allen Graham Lodge #695 on May 23, 1971 where he served as Treasurer since 1990. He received his Life Membership into Allen Graham Lodge #695 in 2011. He completed his Thirty Second Degree into the Scottish Rite on April 27, 1972. He became Master of the Allen Graham Lodge #695 in 1982. Grady joined the Oasis Shrine and Cabarrus Shrine Club on January 26, 1974. He became President of the Cabarrus Shrine Club in 1984 and received his Life Time membership award on December 28, 2001 for his many years of dedicated service. He was Shriner of the year in 1985. He became an Oasis Tripster in 2001 which transported the children to the hospitals for treatment until 2015 when health issues required him to stop. He was a member of the Kannapolis Moose Lodge.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M. Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Kannapolis Church of God conducted by Dr. Greg Sloop. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park Chapel Mausoleum with Masonic graveside rites conducted by Allen-Graham Lodge #695. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 Am-1:00 PM Saturday prior to the service. At other times they will be at the residence.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to Operation Homeless, Inc, 511 Old Centergrove Rd. Kannapolis, NC 28083 Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Gulledge. Online condolences may be sent to.

Clyde K E. Kizziah Jr
Clyde K E. Kizziah Jr. passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury.

K was born July 4, 1931 and was a Salisbury native. He was the son of the late Clyde E. Kizziah Sr. and Dorothy Yancey Kizziah.

He attended Boyden High School and graduated from The Citadel in 1953, and then served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was employed for many years by Holmes Investment Company; working side by side with his life long friend, Jimmy Hurley.

K enjoyed music, photography, history, cooking, travel and he had a natural ability of navigation. (He truly needed no directions.)

He is survived by those who loved him. His wife, Sarah Kizziah, daughter Deborah Kizziah Gant, daughter Barbara Lynn Singer, son David O. Singer, daughter Beth Singer Mack and her husband, Stephen P. Mack. Grandchildren, Amanda Gant Smith, her husband Jimmy Smith, Andrew William Gant, Sarah Katherine Mack, and Alan Philip Mack. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Naomi Chandler Smith, and Asher James Smith.

The memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 308 W. Fisher St. Salisbury, NC on Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 2:00pm. A celebration of life reception will be held at the church immediately after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury NC 28144 or your favorite charity.

The family appreciates the loving care and friendship of the Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital Staff and Dr. Myron Goodman, and the entire staff of the Glenn Kiser Hospice House.

Summerset Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Kizziah family. Online condolences may be made at

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