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Hailey Mae Wallace
Hailey Mae Wallace, 16, of Lexington passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018. Hailey was born in Forsyth County on Oct. 10, 2001 to James Bo Wallace and Vanessa Duval Simerson. She had just finished her sophomore year at West Davidson High School and attended Smith Grove Baptist Church. She was full of life with a unique, loving spirit. Hailey never met a stranger and had always aspired to be a veterinarian. She will be forever missed and never forgotten. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Jim and Connie Wallace and Lonnie Simerson. She is survived by her father, James Bo Wallace (Amy) of the home; her mother,Vanessa Leighanna Duval Simerson (Scott) of Linwood; brothers, Bo Wallace, Jordan Hall (Brandi) and Brandon Wallace; sister, Grace Pearson; grandparents, Dana Weldner, Mark and Cathy Russell, Violet Simerson and Georgia Lynch; numerous aunts and uncles; numerous cousins; her niece and nephew, TJ Hall and Abigail Hall; her very best friends and sisters, Codi Parrish and Makenzie Gordon; and a host of other friends.

Service & Visitation: A memorial service will be held at the Davidson Funeral Home Chapel in Lexington at 12 noon on Saturday, June 23, 2018 with Pastor Terry Smith officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

Memorials: Due to her love of animals, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Davidson County Animal Alliance, PO Box 183, Thomasville, NC 27361. Davidson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.


George Raymond Huffman
George Raymond Huffman, 90, of Salisbury, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Autumn Care of Salisbury. He was born Nov. 20, 1927 in Rowan County, to the late Coy and Linda Starnes Huffman. Mr. Huffman was a graduate of Rockwell High School. He was employed by Johnson Concrete, Southern Railroad and retired from Taylor Manufacturing. Mr. Huffman was a lifelong member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council and was former treasurer of the Cemetery Fund. Mr. Huffman was a sports fan who was very loyal to the University of North Carolina Tarheels, Erwin Middle School, East Rowan High School and the Rowan County Legion Baseball program. He very much enjoyed beach trips with family and fishing trips with his buddies. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a special place in his heart. In addition to his parents, Raymond was preceded in death by his sister, Marie H. Eller; brother-in-law, Reid Eller; and niece Elaine Eller. Raymond is survived by his wife of over 69 years, Lorie Lookabill Huffman, whom he married Sept. 8, 1948; daughter, Jackie Huffman of Salisbury; son, Gary Huffman and wife Elaine of Salisbury; grandson, Blake Huffman of Washington D.C.; granddaughter, Jordan H. Coggin and husband Jeremy of Huntersville; two great-granddaughters, Jillian Grace Coggin and Jenna Rose Coggin; and nephew, Kenny Eller and wife Rita.

Visitation: The family will greet friends and relatives on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Family Life Center, Salisbury. Service: The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018, in the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Salisbury, with Rev. Bill Ketchie officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Sanctuary Renovation Fund, 9275 Bringle Ferry Rd., Salisbury NC 28146. Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of veteran's funeral care, is assisting the Huffman family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.


Margaret Stokes Holshouser
Margaret Stokes Holshouser, 93, of Gold Hill passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018 at her residence. Born in Rowan County on May 18, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Carrie Trexler and Moses Marshall Stokes. Mrs. Holshouser worked as a seamstress before retiring and was a dedicated member of New Hope Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolphus Holshouser, Jr.; son, Rick Charles Holshouser; daughter, Marion Leach; sisters, Marie Hauser and Edith McIntyre; granddaughter, Eugenia Ann Brown. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Gene Holshouser of Orlando, Fla.; daughters, Phyllis Ingram (Ronnie) of Salisbury and Revonda Goodman of Salisbury; brother, Marshall Moses Stokes (Hazel) of Rockwell; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Visitation: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday, June 25, at New Hope Baptist Church, 830 Choate Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146. Service: 1 p.m., Monday, June 25, at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Darrell Worley officiating. Burial will follow at Brookhill Memorial Gardens, 8675 US Hwy. 52, Rockwell, NC 28138.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church. Lyerly Funeral Home is assisting the Holshouser family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com. Funeral Home


John Alton Holshouser
John Alton Holshouser, 70, of Gold Hill, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at his home in Gold Hill. He was born Oct. 12, 1947 in Albemarle to John and Ruth McDonald Holshouser. Alton was a 1965 graduate of East Rowan High School and a 1966 graduate of Nashville Auto Diesel College. Alton was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained while serving in the Army during Vietnam. He was a life member of the Miller Russell American Legion Post 112, serving as Commander from 1995-2017; member of the Rockwell AMVETS Post 845, serving as Commander from 1998-2000; member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 0909; and a member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 96. Alton was a lifelong member of Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church, and a charter member of the George Poole Brotherhood. Alton owned and operated Holshouser Farms in Gold Hill, where he raised Black Angus Cattle. He was a member of the NC Angus Association, Advisor for the NC Junior Angus Association for three years, and he was the Rowan County Director for the NC Cattleman's Association. Alton received the Rowan County Conservation Farm award in 1989. Alton enjoyed traveling to the National Junior Angus shows for many years and looking at good Angus cattle and making friends from all over the country. In addition to his parents, Alton was preceded in death by his brother, Terry Holshouser. John is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Martha Beck Holshouser, whom he married Aug. 8, 1970; sons, John J. Holshouser and wife Courtney of Rockwell, Paul A. Holshouser and fiancée Lauren of Bethesda, Md., and Karl L. Holshouser and wife Cortney of Castalia; grandsons, J. Colt Holshouser, Luke S. Holshouser and Coen J. Holshouser; brother, Kermit W. Holshouser and wife Charlene of Connelly Springs; and sister, Phyllis H. Sparling and husband Phillip of Big Canoe, Ga.

Visitation: The family will greet friends and relatives on Friday, June 22, 6-8 p.m., at Powles Staton Funeral Home, Rockwell, NC. Service: The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 23, in the Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church, Rockwell, NC, with Rev. J. Whitley and Rev. Brian Russell, officiating. Burial will follow in the Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church Cemetery with Military graveside rites provided by the NC National Guard and the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kitchen Fund at Grace Lower Stone Reformed Church, 2405 Grace Lower Stone Church Rd Rockwell, NC 28138. Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Holshouser family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.


Phyllis Osborn Hanna
Phyllis Osborn Hanna, 94, passed on to be even closer to God on Friday, June 15, 2018, at Trinity Oaks, Salisbury. Born in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of Leland and Katharine Osborn. Mrs. Hanna attended DePauw University, earning a B.S. in Psychology, and Ohio State University where she earned a Master's degree in Social Work. She married David C. Hanna on Sept. 14, 1946. Mrs. Hanna's life was filled with the love of learning. Among those interests was a deep appreciation for all things beautiful, especially God's creation. She and her family traveled to just about every state in the nation, as well as to many places abroad. The primary focuses of those trips were the natural wonders of the world. Her father taught her the marvels to be discovered through hiking. She continued that tradition with her children and grandchildren, and with her husband with whom she shared an avid love of camping and birding. Their life lists included hundreds of species. With her husband, Mrs. Hanna also shared a deep love of music. She became proficient at piano from an early age, and was an active and talented member of community choruses and of church choirs up until the time of her fatal illness. She rarely missed a performance of the Salisbury Symphony or the many music programs at First United Methodist Church in Salisbury. Mrs. Hanna's life was a life of service to others. Her first loves were her husband and children, all of whom she supported with unending patience and an encouragement to always reach beyond themselves into the gifts God had given them. But Mrs. Hanna was also involved in numerous community activities, including her many years as a Christian educator, her membership in D.A.R., her long, active membership in P.E.O.a philanthropic educational organization for womenher volunteering within local hospitals, and her deep commitment to the Girl Scouts of America. Mrs. Hanna was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, David. She is survived by two daughters, Beverly Bachhuber (Robert) of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Kathy Sang (Barry) of Salisbury; one son, David Hanna of Denver, Colo.; two granddaughters, Melanie Bachhuber and Rebecca Sang; and one great-grandson, Maddax Hartsell.

Arrangements: A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, in the First United Methodist Church, Salisbury, with Dr. Mark Conforti and Dr. Barry Sang officiating.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Music Department of First United Methodist Church and Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Hanna family. Online condolences may be left at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


George Ralph Timmerman Ralphie
George Ralph Timmerman affectionately known as Ralphie passed away May 13, 2018 at his home in Kingwood, Tex. Ralph was born Sept. 2, 1940 in Saluda, S.C., the son of the late Statia Dowd and Theodore Timmerman. Ralph's love for baseball from little league through a short career in the minor leagues was only surpassed by his passion for his family, fishing, and the jewelry industry. After serving his country in the United States Army, he graduated from UNC Chapel Hill. During his many years employed by Artcarved Bridal and later retiring from Camelot Bridal, Ralph was a long time member of the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association and founded the Southeastern Jewelers Alliance where he was known for his loyal dedication to his customers, infectious personality, mentorship, and his insightful business advice. Ralph is survived by his wife, Diana; children, Andrew and Amanda; former spouse, Jane Edwards and daughter Stacia Cromwell and husband Patrick of Winston-Salem; and granddaughters, Caroline and Evelyn; and son, Greg Timmerman of Winston-Salem; his sister, Margaret Hardegree and husband Lamar, of Charlotte. Ralph was predeceased by his step-father, Don Michelson; and brother, Ted Timmerman.

Visitation: The family will receive friends at Summersett Funeral Home, Monday, June 25, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Service: A Service of Celebration will begin at 1 p.m., in the Summersett Memorial Chapel with Robert Lewis officiating. Inurnment will follow at the US National Cemetery  Statesville Blvd. location, Salisbury, NC.

Memorials: Memorials donations to the Lymphoma Foundation P.O. Box 286236 New York, New York 10128 www.lymphomafoundation.org. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Timmerman family. Online condolences may be left at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Mary Ann Parks Mulrooney
Mary Ann Parks Mulrooney, 72, of Salisbury passed away Monday, June 18, 2018, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born Nov. 30, 1945 in Lakewood, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Beatrice Craven Parks and Robert A. Parks. She was educated in the Pennsylvania schools and was a Business Administrator having worked for Salisbury Lumber Company and the First Baptist Church of Salisbury before retiring. Mrs. Mulrooney was a member of Trinity Wesleyan Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Ann LaGamba on Dec. 26, 1966; and a brother, Robert Bobby Parks. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Richard Mulrooney whom she married April 6, 1997; sons, Michael LaGamba and wife Elaine of Carolina Beach and Mark LaGamba and wife Barbara of Hickory; daughter, Kelly Palevich and husband Matthew of Faith; step-son, David Paul Mulrooney of Charlotte; sister, Lynn Hetzner and husband Marty of Pennsylvania; sister-in-law, Cathy Parks of Salisbury; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 12-1 p.m., Friday, June 22, at Trinity Wesleyan Church followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Martha Richardson and Rev. Paul Titus officiating. Interment will follow at Rowan Memorial Park.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Rowan County Animal Shelter, 1465 Julian Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Mulrooney family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Sandra Lake Graham
Sandra Lake Graham, 61, of Rockwell, passed away Monday, June 18, 2018 at Novant Health Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte. Born Feb. 5, 1957 in Salisbury, she was the daughter of the late Irene Warford Lake Holshouser and Lewis C. Lake. She graduated from Salisbury High School and Rowan Cabarrus Community College. Mrs. Graham was employed by Rowan Business Forms until their closing and was employed for Graham Carlton Law Firm. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Ray Graham on Sept. 29, 1999. Those left to cherish her memory are her partner, Billy Yanisch; daughter, Amanda Yvonne Westmoreland of California; and grandchildren, Taylor, Kyndle and Tyler.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m.Friday, June 22, 2018 at the Summersett Funeral Home. Service: Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. at Summersett Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Graham family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Carl Anderson (Kluttz) Mecimore
Mr. Carl Anderson (Kluttz) Mecimore, 83, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at his home in China Grove surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Mecimore was born Jan. 26, 1935 in Belmont. He was a son of the late Cecil Kluttz and Gertrude Mecimore Kluttz. He was a member of South China Grove Baptist Church and a life member of both the VFW in Salisbury and the NC National Guard Association. He served five years in the US Marine Corps and retired as a Staff Sergeant in the NC National Guard. Mr. Mecimore won many awards, including the Army Service Ribbon, two National Defense Service Medals with Bronze Stars, Expert M-16 Rifle Badge, Army Reserve Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, NCO Professional Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Naval Occupational Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, and served Combat Tours of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Lois Snow Mattox Mecimore; son, Curtis Kluttz; grandson, William D. Kluttz; step-son, Butch Mattox; and step-daughter, Kay Knece. Mr. Mecimore is survived by daughter, Jackie Mueller and husband Terry of China Grove; two brothers, Cecil M. Kluttz, Jr. and wife Gayle of Gretna, LA and Eddie M. Kluttz and wife Lori of China Grove; five sisters, Sarah Beaver and husband Clyde of China Grove, Louise Walker and husband Paul of Mt. Pleasant, Cecilia Smith and husband Eugene and Brenda Thomas and husband Randy, both of China Grove, and Glenda Robinson and husband Gary of Salisbury; and granddaughter, Courtney Needham and husband Matt of Kannapolis; and numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Service: A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, June 23, at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. David Hayes will officiate. Interment with NC National Guard Honors will follow at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis. Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at Lady's Funeral Home.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Remembrances may be sent to the family online at www.ladysfuneralhome.com. Lady's Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mr. Mecimore.


Annie Ruth (Grant) Hellard
Annie Ruth (Grant) Hellard, 69, of Woodleaf, died Sunday, June 10, 2018. Arrangements: Services will be conducted at 4 p.m., Friday, June 15, at Community Baptist Church, 612 Gladstone Rd., Mocksville. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Davie Funeral Service is serving the Hellard family.