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Pastor John H. Hills
Pastor John H. Hills, 73, of Salisbury passed away Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury. Born Sept. 29, 1944 in British Columbia, Canada he was the son of the late Henry Albert Hills and Helen Oxley Hills. John received his Masters of Divinity degree from the Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Denver, Colo., and was a Baptist minister. He served three churches: the Church of the Open Door in Coal Creek Canyon in Colorado, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bayville, N.J. and Pittsgrove Baptist church in Daretown, N.J. He also served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Franklin Baptist church in Salisbury. John was a volunteer fireman and EMT; he was in the Kiwanis, served on the school board of Bridgeton Christian School and had a jail ministry in central and south New Jersey. John was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Regina Lynn Hills; and sister, Mary Lou Woods. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Kirby Heglar Hills whom he married July 24, 1965; son, Jonothan David Hills (Laura) of Wrens, Ga.; daughter, Tonya Cope (D.J.) of Greenback, Tenn.; brother, Robert Hills(Marilou) of Canada; sisters, Pat Heroux of Canada and Judy Hills Hofstee (Hank) of British Columbia, Canada; grandchildren Erica and Erin Hills; brothers-in-law, Don Heglar (Nita) and Grant Heglar (Shirley); sister-in-law, Jean Boren (Robert); numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Visitation: 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at Franklin Baptist Church, 3810 US Hwy. 601, Salisbury, NC 28147. Memorial Service: 5 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at Franklin Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Thomas officiating.

Memorials: Franklin Baptist Church, 3810 US Hwy. 601, Salisbury, NC 28147, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Hills family. Online condolences may be made at

Buddy Ray Templeton
Buddy Ray Templeton, 83, of Kannapolis passed away on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. He was born Nov. 21, 1934 in Cabarrus County, a son of the late Carl and Georgie Cline Templeton. Buddy served in the United States Army from 1954-56 during the Korean War. He then worked at Cannon Mills until he joined the Kannapolis Police Department in 1958. He rose through the ranks of the Kannapolis Police Departmet until retiring as a Major in 1991. Buddy was a member of First Baptist Church. He enjoyed working out in his yard and gardening. Buddy is survived by his wife, Carroll McDowell Templeton; son, Tim Templeton (Kelly) of Concord; grandchildren, Griffin Templeton of Harrisburg and Hannah Templeton Cook (Bryan) of Concord; and his sister, Pat Harrell (Monty) of Kannapolis.

Service & Visitation: A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel, officiated Dr. Tom Cabannis. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park with police honors. The family will receive friends prior from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Whitley's.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 101 N. Main Street, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Whitley's Funeral Home is assisting the Templeton family. Online condolences may be left at

Katherine Yokes McFarland
Katherine Yokes McFarland, 90, of Salisbury, formerly of Greensboro, passed peacefully, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at Kiser Hospice House. Katherine was born April 30, 1927, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, daughter of the late Oscar Albert and Anna Katherine Yokes. She graduated from Greensboro Senior High School, now Grimsley High School and attended Women's College which is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She owned The Fish Market Antiques on South Elm Street. In addition to her parents, Mrs. McFarland was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee McFarland and her sister, June Yokes Hopkins. She is survived by her sons, James Irwin Kearney and wife, Tuyen of Houston, Tex. and Stephan Michael Kearney and wife Teresa of Southlake, Tex.; five grandchildren; two nieces; one nephew; two great-nephews; and one great-niece.

Arrangements: A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, at Westminster Gardens Cemetery, 3601 Whitehurst Road, Greensboro, with the Reverend Gene Dean officiating. Hanes Lineberry North Elm Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

Vera Boger Lewis
Miss Vera Boger Lewis, age 76, passed away Sunday morning, Dec. 10, 2017, at Autumn Care in Salisbury. She was born June 15, 1941, at Turo Infirmary in New Orleans, La., and was the younger daughter of Vera Alice Boger Lewis and Elbert W. Lewis. Educated in the public schools of Rowan County, Vera was a graduate of Boyden High School class of 1959, and she earned an Associates Degree in Business from Kings College in Charlotte. Prior to her retirement, Vera was a Senior Claims Analyst for Travelers Property Casualty Insurance Company. Vera was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rockwell where she served as a member of the Church Council, Immanuel Seniors and president of the Immanuel Lutheran Women. Having been one of the first women to join the Rockwell Civitan Club, Vera was active in many areas and served as Vice-President and President of the group. She was, also, an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Always, Vera will be very well known and remembered for her kindness and generosity to others especially for sharing her deliciously unique chocolate chip cookies with everyone. She made special efforts to take cookies to those who were home bound. Besides baking, Vera loved flowers, decorating for events, bird watching, fast driving and all cats! Vera is survived by her sister, Sara Jane Lewis of Charlotte, lifelong friend, Paula Lewis of Salisbury and a cousin, Frances Naffziger from New Mexico, and special caregivers, Woody and Helen Weddington. No one really knows the number of people that Vera impacted in her life, but she did so, because she had a deep faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her strong faith enabled her to serve her church and community in many capacities.

Service and Visitation: The memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rockwell, conducted by Rev. Bruce C. Sheeks, pastor. Interment will follow at the Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will receive visitors at Immanuel Lutheran Church, prior to the service from 10-11 a.m.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2070 Emanuel Church Road, Rockwell, NC, 28138. Powles Staton Funeral Home, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care is assisting the Lewis family. Online condolences may be made at

Mabel Lee Johnston
Mabel Lee Johnston, 78, of Mooresville, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at her residence surrounded by family members. She was born on Feb. 9, 1939 in Mooresville to the late Victor Allison Johnston Sr. and Mabel Lee McKnight Johnston. Ms. Johnston was a retired registered nurse, working at the Lowrance Hospital in Mooresville for over 33 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Mooresville. Ms. Johnston enjoyed quilting, needle point, puzzles, and loved to read, music, mysteries and her cats. She was an avid supporter of WDAV radio station in Davidson and of the Mooresville School System. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Victor Allison Johnston Jr.; and sister-in-law, Helen Frye Johnston. She is survived by her nephews, Victor Johnston III and wife Dianne, Nicholus Johnston and wife Debra and John Johnston and wife Samantha; niece, Cynthia Boyer and husband Martin; great-nephews, Nicholus Jr., Lucas, Matthew and Logan; great-nieces, Sarah, Heather, Katie and Allison; great-great-nephews, Evans, Miles and Declan; and great- great-nieces, Adalyn and Connie.

Visitation & Service: The family will receive friends on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 from 12-2 p.m. with a service following at 2 p.m. at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Howardofficiating. Burial will follow the service at Glenwood Memorial Park.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Humane Society of Iredell, 110 Robinson Rd., Mooresville, NC 28117 or Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Johnston family. Condolences may be made to the family at

Dortha Cole Chuber
Mrs. Dortha Cole Chuber, 92, of Trinity Oaks, died Monday at Trinity Oaks. Funeral services are scheduled for 3:00 P.M. Saturday at Nicholson Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Conforti officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and again for one hour prior to the service at Nicholson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Condolences may be sent online to the family to Memorials may be given to the American Legion Post # 65, 2446 Salisbury Hwy., Statesville, N.C. 28677 or to Trinity Oaks, 820 Klumac Rd., Salisbury, N.C. 28144. Nicholson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Sammy Charles Bebber
Mr. Sammy Charles Bebber, 80, of Salisbury, passed away on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center Northeast. Born on August 28, 1937 in Alexander County, he was the son of the late Charles and Beatrice Watts Bebber. He served his country during the Korean War in the US Army. Mr. Bebber worked for over 40 years at Cannon Mills. His passions were working on antique cars, spending time with his family, and having fellowship with his friends at Jimmy's and Gary's BBQ. Those left to cherish his memory are his sons Brad Bebber of Salisbury and Chad Bebber (Cathy) of Rockwell. Also surviving him are his brothers Jackie Bebber (Terrie) and Benny Bebber (Emo) as well as his sister Nedda Oliphant (John). He was also survived by his grandchildren, Bryson Bebber, Kadance Bebber, Brayleigh Bebber, Haven Bebber, Meadow Stewart and Johna Stewart.

Visitation will be on Thursday December 14, 2017, at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in Landis from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Service will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Friday December 15, 2017, at 9:30 A.M. with burial to follow with military honors, at Salisbury National Cemetery at 11:00 A.M. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Ruby Beck Alley
Ruby Beck Alley, 93, passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at the Autumn Care of Salisbury. She was born in Rowan County on Oct. 13, 1924, to the late Charlie Adam Beck and Pearl Henley Beck. She graduated from Boyden High School. Mrs. Alley was a member of Trading Ford Baptist Church for 73 years, where she was a Sunday School teacher, pianist for the children's department and a choir member. She especially enjoyed singing in the choir and performing solos and duets with her husband. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jewell Martin Alley whom she married in 1944, while he was on leave during World War II; a son, Barry Lamonte Alley; sister, Phil Barber; brothers, Charles Lynn Beck and E.J. Beck; and a niece, Reba Barber Krider. Mrs. Alley is survived by her children, Sharlene Alley Streeter (Bill) of Ocean Isle Beach,Mark Alley (Carol) of Badin Lake and Kendall Alley (Karen) of Charlotte; grandchildren, Bryan Alley (Laura), Stephanie Hill (Adam), Ginny McCullough (Adam), Carrie Alley, Zac Alley and Trent Alley; and four great-grandchildren, Alley McCullough, Jenna Hill, Luke McCullough and Everett Alley with one more due in March. Aunt Ruby will also be missed by her nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Service: Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017 at Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC 28146, from 6-8 p.m. Services will be Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Trading Ford Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Motley, Rev. Michael Frye and Rev. Richard Hovater presiding. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Baptist Children's Home of North Carolina, PO Box 338, Thomasville, NC 27361 Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Alley family. Online condolences may be made at

Lloyd Kenneth Beck
Mr. Lloyd Kenneth Beck, 68, of Salisbury passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017 at his home.

Born May 6, 1949 in Orlando, FL, and was the son of the late Lloyd James Beck and Emie Lee Bryant Beck.

He was educated in the North Rowan schools and graduated from North Rowan High School in 1967. While at North Rowan High School he set the state record for the most receptions in one game, which he held for 38 years. Mr. Beck attended Gardner Webb College.

Mr. Beck was a veteran of the US Marine Corps First Marine Division and served in the Vietnam War.

He was a District Manager for I. H. Services before retiring due to a disability.

Mr. Beck was a life member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church where he served on the Pastor Parrish Committee and served as a Trustee. He was also a life member of the American Legion.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 48 years, Gail Maye Beck whom he married November 27, 1969, daughters, Kiersten Beck of Rockwell, Lyndsay Martin of Salisbury and Morgan Schneider and husband Tom of Rockwell; grandchildren, Emilee Isenhour and husband Todd Coates, Gilby White, Montgomery Schneider, Audrey Schneider and Wade Schneider; Aunt Elizabeth Miller, many cousins and his dog Lily.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Tuesday (Dec. 12) at the Summersett Funeral Home Funeral services will be conducted 12:30 PM-Wednesday (Dec. 13) at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kris Mares, officiating. Mr. Beck will lie in state 30 minutes before the service. Interment will follow at the VA National Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the US Marine Corps and Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, 4520 Old Mocksville Rd., Salisbury, NC 28144 or Humane Society of Rowan County, 112 W. Innes Street, Salisbury, NC 28144.

The family would like to thank Jan Blume at the VA Medical Center for her care of Mr. Beck.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Beck family. Online condolences may be made at

Peter Joseph Merkwa, Jr.
Peter Joseph Merkwa, Jr. 70 of Salisbury passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017 at his home.

Born June 17, 1947 in Lancaster, NY, he was the son of the late Peter Joseph Merkwa, Sr. and Alice Zarajczyk Merkwa.

He was educated in the Lancaster, NY schools and graduated from Rutgers University.

Mr. Merkwa was a veteran of the US Marine Corps for 20 years and retired as a Gunnery Sergeant. He was employed for the W. G. Hefner VA Medical Center for 21 years before retiring in 2007.

He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Concord, where he served as an Elder, Treasurer and on the Consistory Board.

In addition to his parents he was preceded by his wife, Mary Ann Merkwa on December 20, 2012.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Patricia Merkwa and wife Rachel Merkwa of Salisbury and Paul Merkwa and wife Bobbie of Lenoir; sisters, Christina Job and husband Ronald of Clarence, NY and Patricia Cappelli and husband Vincent of Lancaster, NY, 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 12-1 PM Thursday (Dec. 14) at Summersett Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at 1:30 PM at Brookhill Memorial Gardens, Rockwell conducted by Pastor Nathan King, minister of Trinity United Church of Christ, Concord with Military Graveside Rites conducted by the US Marine Corps.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, 38 Church St. NE, Concord, NC 28025.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Merkwa family. Online condolences may be made at

Marvin W. Sonny Safrit, Jr.
Marvin W. Sonny Safrit, Jr., 66 of Rockwell passed away Friday, December 8, 2017 at Carolina Medical Center, Northeast, in Concord.

Born January 22, 1951 in Rowan County, he was the son of the late Marvin W. Safrit, Sr. and Ila Sides Safrit.

He graduated from Boyden High School and attended Appalachian State University.

Sonny was employed for the Salisbury Police Department for 30 years and later was an Assistant Funeral Director at Summersett Funeral Home for 10 years before retiring.

He was a member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge #283 A.F & A.M, China Grove and was a Past Master.

Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Justin G. Safrit of Mount Pleasant and Alana Safrit Graham of Mooresville; sister, Marty Safrit Stinson of Greensboro; and partner, Patty and her granddaughters, Cassidy and MiKyla.

A Celebration of Life Serivce will be held 1 PM Sunday (Dec. 17) at Hidden Pond Farm, 5115 Hwy 152 E., Rockwell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to family to help with end of life expenses or in memory of Sonny to the donors favorite charity.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Summersett family for their compassion and guidance.

James Phillip Sutton, Jim,
James Phillip Sutton, Jim, 60, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at The Laurels of Salisbury. Born June 6, 1957 in Sylva, NC, he was the son of the late Ottis Lewis Sutton and Elizabeth Polly Carter Sutton. Jim worked many years in the Plumbing Industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Camille Melchor Sutton; daughter, Marie Sutton Smith (Brian) of Salisbury; son, Phillip Melchor (Tasha) of Charleston, SC; three sisters; one brother and two grandsons, Troy and Hayden.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Westside Baptist Church 201 Clancy Street Salisbury, NC. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Sutton family. Condolences may be left at

Ruth Davis
Ms. Ruth Davis, 83, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at the Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury. She was born on July 20, 1934 to the late Madison and Rachel H. Davis. Ruth was educated in the Rowan Salisbury School Systems, she graduated in 1954. She was last employed at Brightmoor Nursing Center in Salisbury. She leaves everlasting memories of love and dedication to her niece, Tracey M. McMillian of the home and a host of other nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Visitation and Service: Funeral services for Ms. Davis will be on Thursday, Dec. 14, at Thomas Street Church of Christ at 12 p.m., visitation will be 30 minutes prior. Burial will follow immediately in Oakwood Cemetery. Rowan Funeral Services is assisting the Davis family.

Zoe Raborn Setzer
Zoe Raborn Setzer found peace and joy working in her flower garden and loved sharing her beautiful flowers with others. On December 9th, at age 98, she passed away peacefully to become a beautiful flower in God's celestial garden. Zoe Margaret was born to the late Emma and Henry Raborn in Dallas, North Carolina on April 23, 1919, the eighth of nine children. She was preceded in death by her sisters Nellie, Lois, Minnie, Dulah, Hazel and Evelyn, brothers Ernest and Marvin, and her husband of 70 years, Ralph Setzer. Zoe was an employee of Cannon Mills and Fieldcrest Cannon for 53 years and continued working part-time for American Greetings into her 80s, when she could still outpace many people half her age. Formerly a member of Midway Methodist Church in Kannapolis, where she was a Sunday school teacher and Cub Scout den mother, she became a long-time beloved member of Jackson Park UMC in Kannapolis in 1966, where she taught adult Sunday school classes for years and faithfully attended services well into her 90s. Its oldest member, she loved her church family and they loved her. She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Setzer Howard of Kannapolis; son, Terry Setzer of Belmont; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her son Terry wishes to thank family friends Terrie and Keats Dellinger, who lovingly and selflessly gave many hours of assistance, support and comfort in his mother's declining years; and special thanks to Nancy Connell, Zoe's roommate, friend and new sister during her stay at Transitional Health Services.

Arrangements: Funeral services are set for 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel in Kannapolis with Dr. Greg Gordon officiating. Burial will follow at Carolina memorial Park. A reception will be held from 12 to 1 p.m., prior to the funeral at the funeral home.

Please make memorials in memory of Zoe Setzer to Jackson Park UMC, 715 Mable Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28083. Online condolences may be left at

Phyllis Baker
Phyllis Baker, 66, of Salisbury, NC has gone on to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 10, 2017. She is now in heaven dancing with her special angel and daughter, Stacy, whom she had missed dearly every day. Born June 6, 1951 in Salisbury, NC to the late Betty Pridgen and Milton Pridgen, she was educated in Rowan Salisbury Schools, graduating from North Rowan High School. Mrs. Baker was a member of Central United Methodist Church and attended The Arbor United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her cherished and lovely daughter, Stacy Simpson. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Steven D. Simpson and wife Starr and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Dillon and Karsen Simpson , all of Salisbury; brother, John Pridgen and wife Kay; nephew, David, all of Kernersville, NC; niece, Sarah Gomez and husband Joe and son, Garrett, of Holly Springs, NC; sisters, Mary Bowers and husband Jeff of Summerville, SC and their sons, Justin and Ronald Bowers of Charleston, SC and Leslie Deaver and husband David and their sons, Bradley and Joshua, all of Goose Creek, SC; and her precious Yorkie dog, Gizmo, in which she held dearly to her heart in Stacys memory.

A memorial service will be held at 4 PM Wednesday (Dec. 13) at The Arbor United Methodist Church; conducted by Rev. Craig Sefa and Rev. Mary Gordon. The family will receive friends following the service.

The family asks that memorials be made to Davita Dialysis Center, 111 Dorsett Dr, Salisbury, NC 28144; The Arbor UMC, 5545 Woodleaf Rd, Salisbury, NC 28147 or to the grandchildren.

Theodore W. Sifford Sr.
Mr. Theodore W. Sifford Sr., of Granite Quarry, passed on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at the W.G. Bill Hefner VA Medical Center, Salisbury. He was born in Rowan County on May 27, 1931 to the late Ford and Sara Ellis Sifford. He was a graduate of Dunbar High School. He was a veteran having served in the United States Army. He retired from the W.G. Bill Hefner VA Medical Center. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Mt. Ulla, all of his life. He was chairman of the deacon board, former church treasurer and a member of the Jubilee Choir. He was preceded in death by his wife, Essie Mae Sifford; son, Theodore W. Sifford Jr.; sisters, Mary E. Williams, Annie L. Sifford, Elizabeth S. Turner, Olean S. Cook, Barbara S. Ruff and Ruth M Sifford; and brothers, Kizer W. Sifford Sr. and Deacon James (Jimmy) Sifford. Suvivors include daughters, Jennifer Sifford of the home and Monica Parker (George) of Salisbury; brothers, Willie B. Sifford Sr. (Mae Frances) of Faith and Ford V. Sifford Jr. (Patricia) of Granite Quarry; sister, Sara S. Charleston (John) of Granite Quarry; two grandchidlren; five great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Brenda Sifford of Newark, Del.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Service & Visitation: Funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will be at 11:30 a.m. and funeral at 12 p.m. with Rev. Ethel Bambarg-Revis, eulogist. Interment with military honors will be held on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at 11 a.m., at the U.S. National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of his nephew ,Walter Sifford, 1030 White Rock Ave., Granite Quarry, NC. Hairston Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the Sifford family. Online condolences may be made at

Ann Kenerly Fryar
Ann Kenerly Fryar, 80, of China Grove, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center - Northeast. Born in Rowan County on June 3, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Herman Kenerly and Helen Ritchie Kenerly. Ann graduated from Boyden High School and loved the monthly meetings of her Boyden Bunch. She retired from BB&T of Charlotte after 25 years as a Leasing Processor. She enjoyed her many friends made over the years. Ann adored her family. Her unfailing, unwavering love as a wife, mother and proud grandmother could always be seen. She was extremely outgoing and friendly to everyone she met. Spending the summers in the mountains, especially at the family home in Linville was something she looked forward too in her younger years. She was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. There she taught Sunday school, was an After School Tutor and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. In 1957, Ann married her sweetheart, Donald Fredrick Fryar, Sr. They shared 59 years together. He preceded her in death on October 27, 2016.

Remembering Ann's memory are her children, Donald F. Fryar, Jr. and wife, Amy Sloan, of Raleigh and Karen McElveen and husband Neal of China Grove; four grandchildren, Josie McElveen, Mac McElveen, Dale Zorak and Madeline Fryar and extended family and many friends.

The family will receive friends at their residence, 204 S. Main Street, China Grove, NC - Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 11 AM - 11:45 AM. At other times, respects may be made at Summersett Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery at 12:00 PM with Pastor Ed Thomas officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Main Street Mission 306 S Main St, China Grove, NC 28023. Online condolences may be left for the family at Summersett Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Fryar family.

Dewey Thomas Young, Jr.
Dewey Thomas Young, Jr., 91, of Kannapolis, passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Visitation and Service: There will be a graveside service today, Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m., at West Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel with visitation one hour prior in the chapel mausoleum. Whitley's Funeral Home will assist the family. Online condolences can be left at:

Bruce Whitney Springfield
SALISBURY  Bruce Whitney Springfield went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 8, 2017, after several years of declining health. Bruce was born June 20, 1936 in Syracuse, New York; he was the son of late William Whitney Springfield and Winifred Lois Knight Kinzly Springfield. Bruce is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Suzanne Susie Baker Springfield; son, Robert Bruce and wife, Margaret, of Champaign, Ill.; son, Brian Baker and wife, Pearl, of Bloomington, Ind.; Daughter, Kristin Suzanne, of Danville, Va. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Tucker Whitney Springfield, Cooper McCarthy Springfield, Kellen Clare Brown, Loudon Thompson Springfield, Keaton Erickson Springfield, and Mackenzie Anne Blair; two great-grandchildren, Dillon Alexander Sutherland and Isabelle Marie Springfield. He is survived by his brother William and his wife Barbara Springfield. Bruce was a native of Syracuse, New York, but spent most of his childhood and early adult life in the rural upstate town of Horseheads, N.Y. He graduated from Horseheads High School in 1955 as class president. He achieved his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson College of Technology in 1959. His Master of Science degree in engineering was achieved in 1965 from Purdue University. His military schooling includes Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced courses, Airborne and Ranger training, Army Command, General Staff College, and the Army War College. After graduation from Clarkson in 1959, he entered the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Corp of Engineers and spent the next twenty years in a variety of assignments both in the states and abroad. Major overseas assignments included two tours in Vietnam and six years with staff and troop units in the Federal Republic of Germany. During is active military career he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with device 60, Range Tab, Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal First Class, Vietnam Engineer badge and Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. He retired from active duty in 1979 and took a position with the U.S. Army Studies Center as a military planner. During his thirteen years with the Study Center, Bruce managed over 30 major studies dealing with analysis of theater engineering of wartime requirements and capabilities, wartime host-nation support, stationing of Army forces in Germany, and engineer force structure models. In 1994, after retirement from engineering, Bruce discovered his passion for woodworking. His work is proudly displayed in the homes of his wife, children, grandchildren and dear friends. His craftsmanship of working with wood eventually evolved into creating beautiful kaleidoscopes, which is dearly enjoyed. His artistic craftsmanship was not just limited to woodworking. He also created beautiful pieces of stained glass. Bruce not only loved time in his workshop, he enjoyed annual fishing trips with a dear college friend and family that was more about spending time together than actually catching fish. It was the event other than family Christmas that he spoke of and looked forward to most often. Fishing with John was one of the stories he spoke of in his final days. He and Susie took several cross country road trips to visit this great country's National Parks. In a letter to he wrote to his children several years ago to be read in the event of his death, his words of wisdom were to love fully, save for the future while mindfully enjoying today, and make it a priority to visit the National Parks. Those road trips touched his heart and soul deeply while the photos were cherished and reviewed often.

Service: A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at the Summersett Memorial Chapel, Salisbury, NC . Interment will follow at the VA National Cemetery with Full Military Honors conducted by the U.S. Army.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the W.G Hefner VA Medical Center of Salisbury, NC; on-line They provided amazing care to Bruce in his final months of life that the family will forever be grateful for. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Springfield family. Online condolences may be made at

Catherine Bedell Reynolds
Catherine Bedell Reynolds, 59, passed away on December 11 after a prolonged battle with pancreatic and breast cancer. The wife of Salisbury homebuilder Paul B. (Rick) Reynolds Jr, the two were together 10 years and resided in Salisbury.

Mrs. Reynolds, from Bethesda, MD, was a member of the Colonial Dames of America and the Mayflower Society. Educated at the Madeira School, she was an accopmplished equestrian. She graduated cum laude from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and spent a year studying abroad in Paris.

She led an extraordinary career in politics and crisis communications. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982, she was the youngest member of his Senior White House Staff, serving seven years.

She continued serving the government under President George H.W. Bush as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs. She oversaw the administration response as it handled public crises such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and various others.

Catherine served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Legislative Affairs for the Governor of New Mexico. She also represented the Mescalero Apache Tribe in the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dispute. In 1999, she moved to Denver, CO, to become head of Public Relations for the University of Colorado Hospital and Health Sciences Center. She was instrumental in helping the facility transition from a crowded downtown campus to a new campus.

She met her husband while on a cruise ship in Casablanca, Morocco and they have been inseparable since. In addition to her husband Rick, she leaves behind her mother Julie Bedell of Church Hill, MD and was preceded in death by her father, the late Rowland H. S. Bedell, MD, of Bethesda, MD. She also leaves behind her uncle Peter Bedell (Dorothy) of Philadelphia; her three brothers William (Teresa) of Olney, and their four sons, Derek, William, Russell and Doug; Rowland Jr. (Rob) (Jennifer) of Church Hill and their children Allison and Michael; and Peter Alexander (Laura) and their daughter Brooke.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 AM Saturday (Jan. 6, 2018) at Summersett Funeral Home in Salisbury, NC. A Celebration of Life service will follow at 11 AM in the Summersett Memorial Chapel. Following the service friends are invited to the Forest Glen Community Clubhouse for a reception.

She requests support for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3721 or