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Helen Irene Sasser Barnhardt
Helen Irene Sasser Barnhardt, 85, of Kannapolis passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017. She was born Feb. 27, 1932 in Cabarrus County, a daughter of the late Lee Anders Sasser and Isabelle Carithers Sasser. Helen adored her family and loved going to the beach. She had formerly worked at Cannon Mills #5 Weave Room for many years. She retired early to care for of her husband's health issues. She was a faithful member of Genesis Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Alexander Barnhardt and a brother, Henry Sasser. Helen is survived by two daughters, Deborah Victory of China Grove and Donna Nicholson (Craig) of Salisbury; six grandchildren, Ashley, Amy, Brian, Kristen, Lindsey and Brittany; and seven great-grandchildren.

Service & Visitation: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 26, 2017 at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Rev. Gene Edwards. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at Whitley's. Memorials: Memorials may be made to Genesis Baptist Church, 9710 Old Concord Rd., China Grove, NC 28023. Whitley's Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com


Myrtle Loretta Cranford Greer
Myrtle Loretta Cranford Greer, 76, of Salisbury, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast in Concord. She was born April 19, 1941 in Rockwell, to the late Earl and Ruby Brown Cranford. Myrtle loved to help others and to cook. In addition to her parents, Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Ryland Greer; and sister, Brenda Kay Cranford. Myrtle is survived by her daughter, Karen Carriker and husband S. David of Waxhaw; son, Ted Shane Greer of Faith; brother, Earl Ray Sonny Cranford Jr.; granddaughter, Julie Howell; two grandsons, Thomas Howell and Wyatt James Ryland Howell; two great-granddaughters, Bailey and Chloe; two special great-granddaughters, Elizabeth and Isabelle; and special friend, Alyssa Hucks.

Service: The graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at the Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury.

Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of veteran's funeral care, is assisting the Greer family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com


Elizabeth Lee (Bragg) Hoke
Elizabeth Lee (Bragg) Hoke of Salida, Colo., passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the age of 89. Elizabeth was born on Aug. 12, 1927, to Clyde and Jesse (Ford) Bragg in Kannapolis. She was married in Kannapolis on Feb. 23, 1946, to Adam Lee Hoke after a whirlwind courtship and was a devoted and loving wife throughout their marriage. Although her years were filled with hard work, she enjoyed the contact with the public and only retired in 2002 when she was 75. Elizabeth spent much of her life in service to others, taking into her home both friends and relatives who needed a place to stay, often for extended periods of time. She also regularly visited family members in nursing homes and tended her husband in their home during his extended terminal illness. She was a former member of First Baptist Church of Enochville in Kannapolis, serving for many years as treasurer and Deaconess. After retirement, she felt that staying busy and being useful were important, so she volunteered where she was needed. She regularly worked the Soup Kitchen at First Presbyterian Church in Salida, Colo. as well as Bus Stop Boutique, as long as she was able, serving at the Soup Kitchen as recently as six weeks ago. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Hoke;her parents, Clyde and Jesse Bragg; a brother, Jerry Bragg; and a nephew, Timothy Page. She is survived by a sister, Margaret Baker of Kannapolis; a brother-in-law, Don Karriker (Jean) of Fort Worth, Tex.; a sister-in-law, Pam Perry (Martin) of Salida, Colo.; nephews, Greg Page (Tonya) of China Grove, Marty Perry (Susan) of St. Louis, Mo. and Ken Karriker (Kathy) of St. Charles, Mo.; nieces: Cindy Moore (Ron) of Kannapolis, Marla Longing (Chad) of Springdale, Ark, Debbie Kinney (Kirby) of Arlington, Tex. and Donna Tomasi (Greg) of Fort Worth, Tex.; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and many loving friends.

Services: Arrangements are with Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in Landis, with memorial service scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017. Burial will be beside her devoted husband of 63 years in Greenlawn Cemetery in China Grove.

Memorials: The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Salida, Colo. or the First Baptist Church of Enochville, Kannapolis, in Elizabeth's memory. Online condolences to the family can be made at www.linn.honeycuttfuneralhome.com.


Neva Troutman Hollopeter
Neva Troutman Hollopeter, 78, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Tucker Hospice House. Born July 9, 1938 in Cabarrus County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Connie Louise Yost Troutman. Neva had worked for Cannon Mills, Carolina Memorial Park, and later ABEX. She enjoyedsewing, crafts, painting and spending time with family. A loving and devoted mother and grandmother, she loved all of her family, especially her great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Hollopeter. Family members left with cherished memories include her daughter, Jackie Benfield (Jeff) of Landis; her son, Jeff Russell (Libby) of Kannapolis; grandchildren, Jeffery Russell, Ashley Berry (Matt), Lynn Russell, Shane Benfield (Sara) and Keith Benfield (Melissa); and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation: The family will receive friends Monday, June 26, 2017 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Whitley's Funeral Home. Service: Graveside services to celebrate Mrs. Hollopeter's life will begin at 1 p.m. Monday at Carolina Memorial Park, conducted by Rev. Shane Utley.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Grace Community Church, 180 Cloverdale Drive, Salisbury, NC 28146, or to Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


J. C. Holt
J. C. Holt, 72, of Kannapolis, passed away peacefully on June 21, 2017, surrounded by his family. JC was born in Kannapolis on March 19, 1945. He graduated from South Rowan High School in 1963. JC was married to Becky Holt (Allman) on June 12 1965; they were married 52 years. JC worked as an insurance agent with Life and Casualty Insurance and then American General Insurance for more than 35 years. He was a member of Cabarrus County Life Insurance Underwriter Association. After retiring, he worked at Wal-Mart in Kannapolis for 13 years. He served in the 1/485th regiment of the 108th division of the Army Reserves for 26 years and was called into active duty in 1991, during the First Gulf War. He attended the Kannapolis Church of God for more than 60 years serving as an usher. He was serving as Commander of American Legion Post 115. JC volunteered many years with the Kannapolis Dixie Youth baseball league including several as league president. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, being outdoors in his garden, collecting and restoring classic lawnmowers, canning and making goodies for his Church's fall bazaar, and making Bar-B-Que for family and friends at Christmas. JC is preceded in death by his parents, James Carl Holt and Helen Cannon Holt; his brothers, Andrew Holt and Clark Holt; as well as his sisters, Bonnie Holt and Mattie Holt. JC is survived by his loving wife, Becky; two children, Jason Holt and his wife Laura and Jonathan Holt and his girlfriend Windy Gaddis; his four grandchildren, Alex, Aubrey, Landon and Preston Holt; his two brothers, Sam Holt and David Holt; many nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends.

Visitation and Service: A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., on Monday, June 26, at Kannapolis Church of God. Dr. Greg Sloop will be officiating. Visitation will be held before the service from 12 to 1:45 p.m., Monday, June 26, at Kannapolis Church of God. Burial will follow the celebration of life at Carolina Memorial Park.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Big Elm Ministries, 905 McKnight Street, Kannapolis NC 28081 or American Legion Post 115, PO Box 123, Kannapolis NC 28082. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Whitley's Funeral Home.


Ethel "Eloise" Peeler
Ethel "Eloise" Peeler, 83, of Granite Quarry, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017. She was born February 17, 1934, in Rowan County to the late M.J. and Annie Godwin Peeler. Miss Peeler was a graduate of Granite Quarry High School and retired as the Secretary to the President at Catawba College after 40+ years and six presidents. She was a member of Wittenberg Lutheran Church and served two terms on the Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen during which she was instrumental in establishing Granite Lake Park. After its establishment and as long as her health permitted, she enjoyed her morning walks with her dog, Sparkles, in the park. She loved Catawba College football, Duke University Athletics, and her Sunday evening gatherings with her church family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brother, Alan Lamar Peeler, sister, Betty Julian, niece, Nita Julian, and her beloved dog, Sparkles. Miss Peeler is survived by her nephew, Michael A. Peeler of Granite Quarry, great-niece, Dawn Peeler of Granite Quarry, great-nephew, Brian A. Peeler and wife, Daniela of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and great-great nephew, Donovan Peeler.

Upon her request, a graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Wittenberg Lutheran Church's Cemetery conducted by Rev. Ed Harper.

Memorials may be made to Wittenberg Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 345, Granite Quarry, NC 28072.

Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Peeler family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.


Joe F. Castleman
Joe F. Castleman, 72, of Tampa, Fla., passed away June 24, 2017. He was born on Oct. 5, 1944, in Nashville, Tenn. He is preceded in death by his sister, Betty Green; and daughter, Celia Ruiz-Obregon. Joe is survived by Aleida his devoted wife; daughters, Sybrian Castleman, Tavia Castleman and Celeste Castleman; siblings, Nancy Collins (Roy) and Larry Castleman, of Salisbury; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. www.bozaroel.com.


Cora Lee Crowder Windsor
Mrs. Cora Lee Crowder Windsor, 93, of Alexandria, La., and formerly of Spencer, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at Marigold Place in Alexandria, La. Born Jan. 29, 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., she was the daughter of the late William Robert Crowder and Myrtie Lee Rucker Crowder. She was a member of the Women of the Moose and enjoyed family, bingo, and golf, (especially following the career of Phil Mickelson!). In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Alvie Eugene Sullivan in 1953, James Lacey Hardin in 1969 and Wilbert Sherman Windsor in 2009; a son, Alvin Eugene Sullivan of Albuquerque, N.M., on May 30, 2017; brothers, L.Z. Crowder of Texas and Alvin Berry Crowder of Debary, Fla.; and sister, Willie Mae Crowder Sexton of Rockwell. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter-in-law Cleo Sullivan (wife of Alvin); her sons, Robert Douglas Sullivan and wife Vickie of Debary, Fla., and James Ronald Hardin and wife Lisa of Pineville, La. (formerly of Salisbury); grandchildren, Dawn Sullivan Byrnes and husband Larry, Shawn O'Brian Sullivan and wife Lorrie, Suni Lynn Sullivan Cruvant and husband Matt, Shylo Keith Sullivan, Destry Shane Sullivan, James Terry Hardin and Rachel Kay Hardin. She was also blessed with 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, June 28, at Summersett Funeral Home. Service: Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Wednesday at the Summersett Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Rhodes Wooly officiating. Interment will follow at Rowan Memorial Park.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or the Spencer Chapter #1197, Women of the Moose, PO Box 334, Spencer, NC 28159. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Windsor family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Gilbert Garfield Gib Russell
Gilbert Garfield Gib Russell, 92, of Salisbury, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017, at the Liberty Lane Hospice at the W. G. Bill Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury. He was born June 16, 1925 in Granite Quarry to the late Raymond and Viola Albright Russell. He attended Granite Quarry School. Mr. Russell worked for W.F. Brinkley and Son for many years before retiring from Rowan Business Forms in Salisbury. He was a Member of Christiana Lutheran Church, Men in Mission, the Men's Bible Class, past Church Council Member, and served on the Boy Scout Troop 317 Committee. Mr. Russell was a Charter Member of Boy Scout Troop 379 where he earned his Eagle Scout, and also served as an Assistant Scout Master. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, Costal Patrol Base 16 in Manteo in 1943 before he enlisted in the United States Army. Mr. Russell is Veteran of the United States Army 88th Infantry Division, serving during WWII and the Korean War. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star, and the Congressional Gold Medal. Mr. Russell was a Member of the Hudson, Miller, Tatum VFW Post, a life member of the Rowan County DAV, and the Men's Breakfast Club at Rufty Homes Center. Mr. Russell joined the Granite Quarry Fire Department in 1952, where he served as Chief from 1955-57 and as Deputy Chief from 1965-77. Mr. Russell served on the Granite Lake Park Committee. Mr. Russell was an avid woodworker, leather worker and worked in stained glass. He enjoyed fishing at the Outer Banks and listening to Blue Grass Music and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Russell was preceded in death by his wife of over 67 years, Madge Overman Brown Russell on Sept. 9, 2013; and brother, Alton Russell on June 14, 1992. Mr. Russell is survived by two daughters, Judy Stoner and husband Tommy of Spencer and Patti R. Boles of Sylva; three grandsons, Todd Kirk and wife Kelly of Richfield, Clayton Kirk of Pensacola, Fla., and Weston Boles of Charlotte; granddaughter, Maggie Petrea and husband Adam of Rockwell; two great-grandsons, Wyatt Kirk and Bennett Petrea; and two great-granddaughters, Cynthia Kirk and Kynley Petrea.

Visitation: The family will greet friends and relatives on Wednesday, June 28, 6-8 p.m., at Powles Staton Funeral Home, Rockwell, NC. Service: The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, June 29, in the Christiana Lutheran Church, with Rev.Don Safrit, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard and the North Carolina National Guard.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to Brighten the Beacon Fund at Christiana Lutheran Church 6190 US Hwy 52 Salisbury NC 28146. Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Russell family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.


Virginia Smoot Moore
Virginia Smoot Moore, 93, of the Yadkin Community passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Autumn Care of Salisbury. Mrs. Moore was born Aug. 30, 1923 in Mecklenburg County. She was the daughter of the late Arthur Samuel Smoot and Daisy Carson Smoot and moved with her family at an early age to Salisbury. She retired from R. W. Norman's of Salisbury in 1986. Mrs. Moore was a member of Yadkin United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, David William Moore Jr. They were married for 62 years upon his death in 2008. They were blessed with one daughter, Deborah Moore West who died in 2003. Surviving are her two grandchildren, Amy West Orrell (James) of Winston-Salem and Nathan West (Kristi) of Wake Forest; four great-grandchildren, Madison and Tanner Orrell and Tyler and Ava West; and three special nieces, Terry Noles (William) and Marlene Kepley (Bobby) of Salisbury and Norma Barnes of Lexington. Also surviving is her former son-in- law, Wayne West (Marie) of Winston-Salem.

Visitation & Service: The family will receive friends from 12-1:30 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2017 at the Summersett Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at Greer's Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Linwood, with the Rev. Terry Smith officiating. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Moore family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Margaret Ruth Leonard Kiser
Margaret Ruth Leonard Kiser passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Randolph Hospice House in Asheboro. Ruth was born on Aug. 22, 1929, in Salisbury, where much of her extended family lives currently. She lived in Chapel Hill when first married, then moved to Greensboro, which was home to Ruth and her family for 65 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael L. Kiser, Jr.; two sisters and a brother. Ruth was a proud mother to her four children, who survive her: Michael L. Kiser, III (Celia) of Greensboro, Pat Corry of Greensboro, Martha Leath (John) of Burlington, and David A. Kiser, of Wake Forest; and an active grandmother to Ariel Lev (Sam) of Roanoke, Va. and Mariah Leath of New York, N.Y. She is also survived by one sister, Ann Artz (Jackie) of Faith and many nieces and nephews. Ruth had a close circle of both younger and contemporary friends with whom she enjoyed an active social life. She was a wonderful hostess and enjoyed evenings with her friends (the hens), planning and decorating for the annual International dinner party gathering, playing cards with her bridge club, family beach trips with the South Carolina crew, and her lifelong neighborhood relationships. She enjoyed live theater, travel, music and art. Ruth spent many years working in her dear friends' frame shops surrounded by beautiful artwork, connecting with clients and artists alike. When at home, Ruth could be found relaxing with a crossword. She always let her family help her, but alone could handle any puzzle with ease. Her quick wit and wry sense of humor brought joy and laughter to family, friends and caregivers alike. Her memory will live on as we continue to cherish and share those quips and stories. Before she passed, Ruth requested a private family burial in the Memorial Garden of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Greensboro.

If you wish to honor her with a memorial, please contribute to an organization of your choosing that speaks to your relationship with Ruth, a strong and resilient woman who touched many in her long life.

Arrangements are being handled by Midstate Cremation Service.


Jesse Wade James
Jesse Wade James, 82, of China Grove, died Thursday, June 22, 2017. Jesse was born Dec. 31, 1934, to the late Jesse and Hazel James. He was a retired veteran of the United States Navy.

Arrangements: A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 27, at Carolina Memorial Park, Kannapolis, officiated by Rev. Eugene W. Edwards.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka KS 66675-8516. Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the James family. Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com


Ruth B. Hartman
Ruth B. Hartman, 89, of Salisbury passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at The Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks. She was born Feb. 27, 1928 in Davie County to the late Zeda Shoaf Brooks and the late Ed Brooks. Ruth attended the Granite Quarry School System and later became a lab tech at Cone Mills. She was a charter member of Franklin Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde A. Hartman Jr.; sisters Thelma Livengood, Sadie Goodnight and Eveline Loflin; and brothers, Wesley Brooks and Henry Brooks. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Terry Hartman (Sue) of Charlotte and Tom Hartman (Venezela) of High Point; brother, James Brooks of Salisbury; three grandchildren; one step-grandchild; six great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Visitation: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Franklin Baptist Church, 3810 US Highway 601, Salisbury, NC 28147. Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Franklin Baptist Church with the Rev. Joe Thomas officiating. Entombment will immediately follow at Rowan Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Franklin Baptist Church Building Fund, 3810 US Highway 601, Salisbury, NC 28147 in her memory. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Hartman family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.


Arnold L. A.L. Hensley Jr.
Arnold L. A.L. Hensley Jr., 68, went to meet his savior on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the Salisbury VA Medical Center. Born Aug. 23, 1948 in Rockingham County, Va., he was a son of the late Arnold Luther Hensley Sr. and Edith Showalter Hensley. Mr. Hensley honorably served his country with the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, where he was a recipient of two Purple Hearts. Fulfilling his calling into the ministry, he pastored churches in Albemarle; Bridgewater, Va.; Rock Hill, S.C.; and Fort Lawn, S.C. His love and faithfulness are remembered and celebrated here on earth, but Heaven's celebration is far greater today. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Janice Shifflet and son-in-law, Tim Mansfield. Loving family members include his wife of 43 years Martha Deaton Hensley; his sons, David Hensley (Roxanna) of Rock Hill, S.C. and Barry Lackey of Kannapolis; his daughters, Tanya Mansfield and Darla Michaw (Jeff), both of Rock Hill, S.C.; brothers, Larry Hensley (Brenda) and Hank Hensley, of Virginia; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation & Service: The family will receive friends 11a.m. - 12p.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Whitley's Funeral Home in Kannapolis. Funeral service to celebrate Mr. Hensley's life will begin at 12 noon in the funeral home chapel, conducted by Rev. Marion Hilton. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in the Salisbury National Cemetery with military honors. Whitley's Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Ben Allen Davis
Ben Allen Davis, 67, of Gold Hill, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis, NC. He was born July 10, 1949 in Salisbury, to the late Olin and Nancy Moree Davis. Ben received his high school diploma from RCCC in 2012 and he was a 2017 graduate of Bible Missionary Baptist Bible College earning a Bachelor in Theology. Ben recieved Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior on June 8, 1997 and was Baptized. He was an active and faithful member of Bible Missionary Baptist Church. He built all the backdrops and scenery for church productions, served on the cooking staff at church functions, was an Usher, Greeter, member of the Men's Prayer Group, and he was an inmate sponsor for the Davidson County Correctional Facility for twelve years. Ben was the owner and operator of Ben the Builder Home Improvements. Ben enjoyed photography, cooking, watching Jeopardy, and fishing. He was the East Rowan High School "Cannon Man" at football games for last 12 years. Ben was an accomplished woodworker and artist, a Jack of all trades and master of many. In addition to his parents, Ben was preceded in death by two grandsons, Zachary Davis and Boone Davis, and Granddaughter, Ella Ferguson. Ben is survived by his wife of over 26 years, Susan Basinger Davis, whom he married November 22, 1990; son, Josh Davis and wife Amanda Ferguson Davis of Salisbury; two daughters, Jodie Shipton Nash of Gold Hill and Wyndi Shipton Sifford of Gold Hill; four grandsons, Tyler Ferguson, Clinton Nash, Cody Trexler and Dalton Trexler; five granddaughters, Sarah Ferguson, Morgan Rowe, Cali McKenny and husband Ryan, Jeslyn Nash, and Macey Trexler; great-granddaughter, Blakely McKenny; great-grandson, Rowan McKenny; three sisters, Shirley Splawn, Audrey Wilson, and Vickie Turman; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends and relatives on Thursday, June 29, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Powles Staton Funeral Home, Rockwell, NC. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Bible Missionary Baptist Church, Rockwell, NC, with Pastors, Tom Bowling, Buddy Hoffner, and Cody Zorn officiating. Burial will follow in Brookhill Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Bible Missionary Baptist Church 11360 Old Concord Road Rockwell NC 28138 . Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Davis family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.


Elsie Shoemaker Benfield
Elsie Shoemaker Benfield, 77, of Mooresville, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Brian Center in Mooresville. She was born on October 8, 1939 in Rowan County, to the late Lester Robert and Edna Livingood Shoemaker. Ms. Benfield was a retired CNA from Genesis Eldercare in Mooresville and later worked at Harris-Teeter after her retirement. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the father of her children, Fred Benfield; brother, Sonny Shoemaker. She is survived by her children, David E. Benfield and wife, Andrea of Mooresville, Helen Kiker of Gastonia, Angela Readling and husband, Gene of Olin; sisters, Betty Wilson of Mooresville, Mary Christenbury of Mooresville; grandchildren; Michael Benfield and wife, Justine, Matthew Benfield and wife, Jessica, Amanda Drumm, Reece, Katie and Christine Readling, Emma and Evan Fencial; five great-grandchildren and best friend, Faye Wright.

Arrangements: A Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., on Friday, June 30, in the Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joel Patterson officiating. Burial will follow at Berea Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2-3 p.m., at the funeral home.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association, 1300 Baxter Street, Suite 150, Charlotte, NC 28204. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Benfield family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.


Gavin Wyatt Littleton
Gavin Wyatt Littleton, 20, of Salisbury, received his complete healing and moved onto Glory with God on Sunday, June 25, 2017.

The family will receive friends Friday, June 30, 2017 from 2:00 PM  4:00 PM at Destiny City Church. The Celebration of Life service will follow at 4:00 PM with Dr. Rev. Don Vess officiating.

The complete obituary will be published on Thursday. Words of comfort may be left for the family at www.summersettfuneralhome.com. Summersett Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Littleton family


Karen Kay Kinard
Karen Kay Kinard, of Summerville, S.C., 68, passed Sunday, June 25, 2017. Graveside Service: 1 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the Williston Cemetery. Visitation: 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Folk Funeral Home, Williston, S.C. Visit our online registry at www.folkfuneralhome.com.


Hazel Mauldin
Hazel Mauldin died Sunday, June 25, 2017. She was born May 15, 1916 on a farm in the Mt. Gilead. She was the twelfth child of Florence Sells and James Norman Luther. At 16 she left the farm and went to work at China Grove Cotton Mill, China Grove. There she met and married Raymond Mauldin. They were married for 54 years before Raymond's death. They both worked at that same mill until retirement. Hazel was an active member of First Baptist Church, where she and her famous pound cakes were greatly loved. At age 90 she left China Grove and moved to Murrells Inlet, S.C. with her son Philip. There she inspired others by her thrice weekly attendance at exercise class. She was an affiliate member of First Presbyterian Church, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Predeceased by her husband; her beloved son, Robert R.; her parents; six brothers; and five sisters, she is survived by her son, Dr. Philip (Judy) of Murrells Inlet, S.C. and daughter-in-law Pat Mauldin. In addition, she leaves countless beloved nieces and nephews including Francine Luther of Greensboro and Carolyn Searcy of China Grove. Her dear friend Clara Turentine also survives. Hazel's pride and joy were her seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, Mary Beth Edenfield (Ronnie) of Gilbert, S.C.; Ellie Jansky (OJ) and children Savannah and Riley of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; Clayton Mauldin of Rocky Mount; Tricia Pannill (David) and children Kristy, Tom and Janie of Cary; Beth Turnage (John) and children Olivia, Rob and Graham of Rocky Mount; Dr. Anne Mauldin (Jim Blount) and children Ginny and Jay of Greenville; and Kate Mauldin (Matthew Barton) and children Waite, Reave and Benji of Durham.

Visitation & Service: The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday, June 30, 2017 at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home, 1420 N Main Street, China Grove. The graveside funeral service will be at West Lawn Memorial Park, 1350 S. Main Street, China Grove, at 11 a.m. Friday, June 30.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mauldin Bell Choir at First Baptist Church, Patterson Street, China Grove, NC 28523 or the charity of one's choice. Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences to the family can be made at www.linn.honeycuttfuneralhome.com.


Gloria Jean Williams Sharpe
Gloria Jean Williams Sharpe, 69, of Kannapolis went home to be with her Lord on Monday, June 26, 2017 from her residence after a period of declining health. Gloria was born March 1, 1948 in Mecklenburg County, a daughter of the late Oscar and Evelyn Ervin Sharpe. She was a lifelong area resident and member of Faith Baptist Church. Gloria worked as seamstress for many local apparel manufacturers until she retired. She was a wonderful homemaker. Gloria was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She will be dearly missed. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 50 years, Donald Sharpe of the home; her daughter, Donna Sharpe Robison (Tim) of New London; her son, Brian Sharpe (Crystal) of China Grove; her grandchildren, Amber and Brandon Sharpe, Michael Connelly and Anthony, Derek, Jeremy and Brian Robison; as well as three great-grandsons. Gloria is also survived by her sisters, Sheila Godwin of Lucia and Robin Warren of Gaston; and her brothers, Walter Williams of W. Columbia, S.C. and Oscar Williams of Monroe.

Visitation and Service: Her family will receive friends at Whitley's Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Her funeral service will be held at noon on Thursday, June 29, at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Pauley officiating. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus Co. 5003 Hospice Ln, Kannapolis, NC 28081.


Paul Shew
Mr. Paul Shew, 89, of Davie Academy Road, passed from this life Monday, June 26, 2017, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born March 25, 1928, in Iredell County to the late Mancy and Nora Parker Shew. Mr. Shew was a graduate of Harmony High School, class of 1947. He was drafted into military service in 1950, serving in the Company A 175th Military Police Battalion in Germany during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Shew attended Barber School in Winston-Salem and began his career at Cooleemee Barber Shop in 1958, and retired in 2009. He was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church where he served as building fund treasurer. Mr. Shew was a charter member of the Davie Academy Ruritan Club, as well as a member of Cooleemee VFW Post 1119 and Woodmen Life Chapter 323. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years, Margaret Ann Cartner Shew; three daughters, Paula Allen (Dean), Darlene Fuller (Phil) and Teresa Santis (Johnny); granddaughters, Jessica Allen (Nick Cash), Julie Holt (Jamey), Stephanie Shoffner (Jeremy), Courtney Allen (Michael Carney) and Elizabeth and Rebekah Santis; grandson, Chad Fuller (Eleanor); great­-grandchildren, Winn and Silas Fuller, Fuller Kate and Seger Holt and Weston Shoffner; a brother, Glenn Shew (Dorothy) of Turnersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Service & Visitation: His celebration of life service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Salem United Methodist Church with Rev. John Erwin and Dr. Danny Cartner officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 28, 2017at Eaton Funeral Home.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be considered for Salem UMC Building Fund, 1582 Davie Academy Road, Mocksville, NC 27028.

Eaton Funeral Service is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.eatonfuneralservice.com.


Joel Wright Thompson
Mr. Joel Wright Thompson, 85, of Mooresville (Enochville area), passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Tucker Hospice House. He was born on March 13, 1932 in China Grove, but grew up in Thomasville. He was the son of the late John Thomas Thompson and Hattie Wright Thompson Clodfelter. Joel worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Southern Railroad and then retired from the Norfolk-Southern with 37 years of service. During his tenure on the railroad, he was Local Chairman for 29 years, serving the members of Local 783 United Transportation Union. After retiring, Joel and his son Alan renovated homes. He was a member of Landis Baptist Church for 45 years. He also served as a deacon and frequently volunteered his time in various ways at the church. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Coleen Ruth Henley Thompson; two sons, J. Wesley Thompson (Trey Owen) of Charlotte and Alan C. Thompson (Cindy) of Salisbury; and two daughters, Dani Thompson Howard (Sean) of Sidney, Australia and Lorrie Thompson Coulson (Stephen) of Roswell, Ga. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Thorin Thompson of Charlotte, Alana Thompson of Charlotte and Meghan Arrowwood of Seoul, Korea. Mr. Thompson is also survived by a brother, Carl Conley Thompson and a sister, Faye Corbett, both of Thomasville; and many nieces and nephews.

Service & Visitation: Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Landis Baptist Church in Landis, officiated by Pastor Richie Honeycutt. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. at the Linn Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove. Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.linnhoneycuttfuneralhome.com.


Mildred Gregory Greig
Mildred Gregory Greig, 81, of Franklin, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017. Born in Franklin, she was the daughter of Parker Gregory and Leila Woodard Greig. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Keith, Hayes, Bill and Charles Gregory and one sister, Ruby Ammons. Mildred attended Auburn University and was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was a home economics teacher and worked with the Unemployment Security Commission; she served as a WIC director and worked with the mentally handicapped. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. Mildred was an avid gardener and enjoyed tending her orchids. She also enjoyed cooking and knitting. A lover of culture and travel, she visited more than 15 countries across five continents. In recent years, she adored spending time with her two dogs and two granddaughters. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, William Grant Greig; her son, Grant Stephen Greig and wife Anne of Seattle, Wash.; one brother, Wayne Gregory of Leicester; and two granddaughters, Evelyn and Lillian Greig.

Service: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017 at First United Methodist Church. Rev. David Beam and Joanna Johnson will officiate.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to R.E.A.C.H of Macon County, P.O. Box 228, Franklin, NC 28744. Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.


Margie Clayton Howard
Margie Clayton Howard, 87 of Cleveland passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Laurels of Salisbury.

Born August 5, 1929, in Inman, SC, she was the daughter of the late Randall and Fannie Belcher Clayton.

Mrs. Howard attended Mars Hill College.

She was a homemaker and was employed for Markey Fabric and the City of Salisbury Recreation Department before retiring.

Mrs. Howard was a member of Neel Road Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Bruce Howard, Sr. on June 30, 2002; and sisters, Rose Blackwell and Sarah Kimmons

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Marie H. Harkey and husband Flipper of Cleveland; son H. Bruce Howard, Jr. of Salisbury; brother, Bill Clayton of Inman, SC; grandchildren, Phillip Howard of Salisbury and Jodie Saine and husband Chad of Cleveland; and great-grandson, Brock Saine.

The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 PM Thursday at the Summersett Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM  Friday (June 30) at Summersett Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tim McQueen, minister of Neel Road Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rowan Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4A Oak Branch Dr., Greensboro, NC 27407 or Neel Road Baptist Church, 135 Neel Rd., Salisbury, NC 28147

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Howard family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Mary Shoaf Gillespie
Mary Shoaf Gillespie, 67, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem. Born March 12, 1950 in Rowan County, a daughter of the late Edna Hilliard and Baxter E. Shoaf, Mary graduated from West Rowan High School in 1968. She worked with her husband in their own business, Gillespie Drywall. Caretaker for her family, she took care of her grandmother, mother and uncle, helping them stay home during their transition to Heaven. She stayed home to take care of her grandchildren, taking them to preschool, picking them up from school and loving on them daily. She was by her husband's side for over 40 years and was his main caretaker during his four years of failing health due to Parkinson's disease. The glue that held the family together, she will be missed by them all. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Charles Ray Gillespie on Aug. 23, 2015. Survivors include her son, Travis Gillespie of Salisbury; daughters, Stephanie Smith and Amanda Howard (Matthew), both of Salisbury; sister, Rose Evans (Harvey) of Valdese; grandchildren, Brianna and Ciera Howard, Kurstey, Jared and Kilyan Gillespie, Trent and Tara Smith, Audra Evans and Alyssa Ritchie; and great-grandchildren, Gabriel Howard and William Porter.

Visitation: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 176 Shoaf Ridge Road, Salisbury, NC 28147.

Memorials: May be sent to Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, 220 Grace Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28147 in her memory. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Gillespie family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.


Jeffrey Lee Plemmons
Jeffrey Lee Plemmons, 65, of Climax passed away Friday June 9, 2017. He was born June 15, 1951 in Michigan to Porter Wayne Plemmons and the late Yvonne Lee Kohnke. Jeffrey served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Friendly Baptist Church in Climax, NC. In addition to his mother Yvonne, he was preceded in death by his wife Rebecca Plemmons. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters: Connie Lee (Edward) with whom he made his home, Barbara Santana of Washington, Lorraine Wall (Scott) of Lexington, and Melinda Cruse (Cory) of Salisbury; sons: Warren Messick (Anne) of Salisbury and Mike Plemmons of Connecticut; brother, Greg Plemmons (Carol) of Michigan; two sisters; 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Emma Currie of Asheboro.

Service: 2 p.m., Saturday, July 1, at Friendly Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Hedgecock officiating. Friendly Baptist Church is located at 8102 Hwy 22, Climax, NC 27233. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Plemmons family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.


Earl Michael McCraven
Mr. Earl Michael McCraven, 55, of Landis, passed away June 25, 2017. He was born Feb. 8, 1962, in Cabarrus County a son of Edward Lee McCraven and Thelma Mullis McCraven. He was a heating and air technician, and enjoyed doing mechanical work. Michael loved to pitch horse shoes and spending time with friends and family. Michael was preceded in death by his father; and brother, William David McCraven. Michael is survived by his daughter, Hannah McCraven of China Grove; his mother, Thelma Mullis McCraven of Landis; his brothers, Charles McCraven and wife Susie of Landis, Wayne McCraven and wife Charity of Kannapolis, Walter McCraven and wife Deborah of Oakboro, and Steven McCraven and wife Katherine of China Grove; his sister, Jean Hilton and husband Jerry of China Grove; and one grandchild, along with a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements: A celebration of life service will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 29, at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wayne Laney officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 p.m., prior to the service. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Jonathan Garrett Luckadoo
Jonathan Garrett Luckadoo, 22, of Salisbury passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017. He was born Jan. 4, 1995 in Cabarrus County. He was the son of Kelly Page Wyatt and Jonathan R. Luckadoo. Garrett was a graduate of Concord High School in 2013 and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with a degree in radiographic technology in 2016. He was a technician with OBX Mobile X-Ray. He was a wonderful son who enjoyed spending his free time with family and friends. He especially enjoyed outdoor activities, sports, music and cooking. He was a gentle spirit who was full of love. He was a member of Trading Ford Baptist Church in Salisbury. Left to cherish his memory are his mother, Kelly Page Wyatt and step-father William Wyatt of Kannapolis; father, Jonathan R. Luckadoo and step-mother Kandee Luckadoo of Salisbury; paternal grandmother, Shirley Luckadoo of Salisbury; maternal grandparents, Wayne Page of Concord and Bobbie Christy (Bill) of Kannapolis; maternal grear-grandmother, Maggie Page of Concord; brothers, Trey Wyatt (Kim) of Concord, Josh Wyatt (Mandy) of Kannapolis and Jonathon Canterbury of Salisbury; sisters, Maggie Wyatt of Kannapolis and Kaitlyn Luckadoo of Salisbury; uncles, Jeff Luckadoo (Stephanie) of Mount Holly and Joe Luckadoo (Heather) of Salisbury; aunt, Shelly Miller (Jeff) of Concord; and many other loving family members. Garrett was a special young man who was loved by many.

Visitation: 3-4:45 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Trading Ford Baptist Church, 3600 Long Ferry Road, Salisbury, NC 28146. Service: 5 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Trading Ford Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Motley and the Rev. Kyle DeLong officiating. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Luckadoo family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com.


Annie Lee Caldwell King
Annie Lee Caldwell King, 79, of East Spencer, who was born to the late Charlie Graham and Ruth Lee Caldwell on Feb. 18, 1938, departed her earthly life of Monday, June 26, 2017 at her home. She was educated in Rowan Salisbury schools and was a member of Damascus Emanuel Pentecostal Church. She leaves memories to her sons, Nathaniel J. King, Michael (Angela) King, Elvis King, John King I and Titus(Beverly) King Sr.; daughters, Cathy White and Ruth (Micheal) Henderson; brothers, Raymond (Cathy) Luckey and Bishop Richard (Overseer Cornelia) Luckey; sisters, Sarah Williams, Colean (William) Britton and Thelma Luckey; 23 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Service and Visitation: Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday July 1, 2017 at Damascus Emanuel Pentecostal. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive at 12 noon at the church. Rowan Funeral Services is assisting the King family.


Ruby Bare Jones
Mrs. Ruby Bare Jones, 85, of Salisbury went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 26, 2017 at her residence following a period of declining health. She was born July 19, 1931 in Raleigh County, W. Va., a daughter of the late Eugene Bare and Pearl McGrady Bare. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Adolphus Benjamin Jones who preceded her in death in 2009. Ruby was owner/operator of Laurel Cottage Interiors for 20 years. She was of the Baptist Faith. Ruby enjoyed bridge and was a member of Newcomer Bridge Club. She also was an avid bowler. Survivors include a son, Mike Jones of Salisbury; a daughter, Deborah Jones of Landis; four brothers, Earnest Bare of China Grove, Robert Bare of Landis, Paul Bare and wife Sarah and Carol Bare and wife Frann all of Salisbury. She is also survived by one granddaughter, Ashley (Chase) Overcash of Salisbury; two great-grandchildren, Victoria and Vada Overcash and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a special friend whom she considered part of the family, Sylvia Gross.

Visitation and Service: Funeral services will be at 3 p.m., Thursday, June 29, at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Bill Roberts. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. At other times they will be at the residence. Interment services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, June 30, at the Old Historic National Cemetery in Salisbury.

The family would also like to express a special thanks to her caregivers; Brenda Ashburn and husband Ronnie; and grand daughter, Brittney Parrish.

Memorials: Memorials may be sent to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081 Whitley's Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Jones. Online condolences may be sent to www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Florie Geeter Hedrick
Mrs. Florie Geeter Hedrick, 86, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice Home, Salisbury. Born Sept. 18, 1930 in Cabarrus County she was the daughter of the late Samuel Geeter and Flora McCleave Geeter and was the fourth child of six children. Mrs. Hedrick was a graduate of Carver High School, Kannapolis and retired from the Salisbury Community Service Council as an Onsight administrator with Headstart. She was a devoted member of Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church, Landis where she served faithfully with the Life Member's Council, Stewardess Board # 2, Usher board, as Sunday School teacher, Buds of Promise advisor, Girl Scout leader, Senior Choir, Missionary Choir, Victory Choir. She was preceeded in death by husband, Matron Mr. Huck Hedrick; daughter, Matroy Hedrick McGhee; and sisters, Rojulene Blackburn, Ruth M. Johnson and Alberta Burton. She leaves precious and loving memories to her children, Myra Ann Williams of Ewing, N.J., Renee Lindsay (Perry) of South Carolina, Glenda Hedrick Weathers of Salisbury, Gerald Hedrick (Dorothy) of Cornelius, Kimberly Remy (Rene) of Cary and Jackie Hester (Bennett) of Kannapolis; sisters, Willow Atkins of Roosevelt, Long Island, NY. and Ruby Geeter Holmes (Harry) of Dover, Del.; 17 grandchildren; 29 great- grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Ernie McGhee of Binghamton, N.Y.

Arrangements: Services will be held on Friday, June 30, 2017 at Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church, Landis. Visitation will be 12 p.m. and funeral at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Clarence Shuford, pastor, will officiate.

The family will be at 641 Statesville Blvd., Apt #401 the remainder of the time. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the Hedrick family. Online condolences may be sent to nobleandkelsey.com.


Michael Wayne Blakeney
Michael Wayne Blakeney, 62, of Winston-Salem, passed away on June 22, 2017. Arrangements: A celebration of his life will be Friday, June 29, 2017, 1 p.m., at Abilene Church of Christ, 700 West Thomas Street, Salisbury, NC. The family will receive friends from 1-1:30 p.m., prior to the service. Professional services entrusted to Triad Cremation Society & Chape


Darren Edward Houston
Mr. Darren Edward Houston, 57, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born to Helen Simpson Houston and the late John Howard Houston Sr. on Feb. 18, 1960 in Rowan County, he was a graduate of Salisbury High School and was a self-employed construction worker. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Veronica Houston and brother, John Howard Houston Jr. He leaves precious and loving memories with his mother, Helen Simpson Houston of the home; sisters, Tara Houston Bobo of Spencer, and Cheryl Houston (Vernie) of Salisbury; brothers, Marvin Houston of Salisbury and Devlin Houston of Atlanta, Ga.; sister-in-law, Sharon Houston of Salisbury; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements: Private Service at a later date. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the family. Online condolences may be sent to www.nobleandkelsey.com


Army Sgt. Jacinta Nicolette Bumpy Kimbrough
Retired Army Sgt. Jacinta Nicolette Bumpy Kimbrough, 44, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News, Va. Born Aug. 7, 1972 in Iredell County, she was the daughter of William R. Kimbrough (Sandra), Statesville and Inita Robinson Gaither, Newport News, Va. She was a graduate of Davie County High School, class of 1991, and attended Livingstone College, Salisbury. She was a veteran of the United States Army having attained the rank of Sergeant. She attended Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church, Cleveland and Shiloh AME Zion Church, Statesville and was a member of the Order of Eastern Stars. Ms. Kimbrough was preceeded in death by her son, Lee Alan Mole Jr.; paternal grandparents, Ollie Kimbrough Sr. and Elizabeth Hall Kimbrough Jackson (David); and maternal grandparents, Christine R. Watson (William) and Robert L. Hosch. She leaves many loving and precious memories to her daughters, Camille N. Hyman (Sgt. Jermaine) of Tacoma, Wash. and Cameran N. Kimbrough of Salisbury; sisters, Terri A. Robinson of Durham, Willette Eley (Lt. Col. Alvernon Jr.,) of Concord, Robiane V. Morgan (Micheal) of Raleigh and VaLisa Bellamy (Terry) of Raleigh; grandchildren, Jaylen Kimbrough and Joi and Journee Hyman; stepsisters, Pamela Shirley (Shelton) and Stephanie Hernandez (Rafael), both of Huntersville; stepbrother, Edward Solitaire (Patricia) of Statesville; stepfather, Reginald Gaither of Mocksville; stepgrandmother, Alice Lee Gaither of Mocksville; special aunt, Lavonia D. Watson of Woodleaf; adopted brother, Alex Avery (Latoya) of Winston-Salem; godson, Deion Everhart of Salisbury; godparents, Ervin and Clara Sigmon of Statesville; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and special army friends. Arrangements: Services will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Caldwell St., Salisbury.

Visitation will be 12 p.m. and funeral at 1 p.m. Burial with military rites will take place on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Salisbury Historic National Cemetery, 202 Goverment Rd. Rev. Dr. Willie Funderburke will officiate and Minster Patricia Draughn will be eulogist. The remainder of the time the family will be at the home of her sister in Concord on 815 Juanita Drive.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ALS Association DC/Maryland/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish place, Rockville MD 20855. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc., Salisbury is serving the Kimbrough family. Online condolences may be sent to nobleandkelsey.com.


JoAnn Gerhardt Schoch
Mrs. JoAnn Gerhardt Schoch, 84, of Salisbury passed away June 27, 2017 at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House. Born October 6, 1932 in Evansville, Indiana she was a daughter of the late Raymond Adam Gerhardt and Florence E. Altmeyer Gerhardt. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Jackie Schoch. Left to cherish her memory are a son, Steve Schoch (Nancy); daughters, Linda Schoch, Karen Strombach; grandchildren, Andrea Schoch, Jeff Schoch, Miles Strombach, Lisa Strombach; and great-grandchildren, Jack Schoch, Kennedy Miller and Benjamin Schoch.

Service: A Memorial Mass will be conducted at 10:00 AM Monday, July 3, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation: The family will receive friends following the service. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House for their loving care and support.

Memorials May be made to the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Schoch family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.


Stella Veronica Ronnie Ramanauskas Bryant
Stella Veronica Ronnie Ramanauskas Bryant, 92, of Mooresville, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017. She was born on July 27, 1924 in Ansonia, Conn., to the late Stanley and Vera Astromskas Ramanauskas. She was a bookkeeper before her retirement. She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Salisbury. In addition to her parents, Ronnie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Chuck R. Bryant, Jr.; sisters, Minna Trizzino and Virginia Ramanauskas; and brother, Eddie Ramanauskas. Ronnie is survived by her children, Barbara Wadel, Debora Pearl (Scott) and Charles Reggie Bryant, III (Carmen); grandchildren, Danielle North, Melissa McCullough (Willis), Chase Bryant (Lisa), Courtney Rossi (Jim), Whitney (Gregg Matthews), Natalie Sangster, Cameron Bryant (Amber Leigh) and Colby Bryant; and great-grandchildren, Teagen, Skylah and Ava.

Arrangements: A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 14, at 11 a.m., in the Carolina Memorial Park Chapel, Concord, NC with Rev. Roger Wood officiating. Entombment will follow the service in Carolina Memorial Park.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28677. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Bryant family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.


Freddy Lamont Lynn
Freddy Lamont Lynn, 64, of Salisbury, was born to the late Dora Wells and Edward Dunlap on June 2, 1953, in Rowan County. He departed his life early Tuesday morning, June 13, 2017 at his home. He was a graduate of North Rowan High School and Campbell College, he was last employed as a substitute teacher with Rowan-Salisbury schools, and a former assistant basketball coach at Catawba College. Freddy enjoyed selling and collecting items from the flea market, pitching horseshoes with the guys in his back yard. He enjoyed life and people. He leaves memories to his wife, Teresa G. Lynn; son, Michael Lynn; daughters, Vanessa Lynn and Qureshi Wilson; brothers, Ricky (Karen) Dunlap, Rodney King, Kenneth Dunlap; sisters, Francine Price and Beverly McGee; four sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives and friends.

Visitation and Service: Funeral services will be Monday, June 19, at 12 p.m., at Rowan Funeral Services. Burial will follow at City Memorial Park, the family will receive family and friends 30 minutes prior to service. Rowan Funeral Services is assisting the Lynn family.


Sidney Lowell Doby
CONCORD  Sidney Lowell Doby, 85, of Concord passed away on June 15, 2017 at the VA Hospital-Liberty Lane Hospice House. He was born Aug. 3, 1931 in Stanly County, a son of the late Henry Calvin Doby and Bertha Lowder Doby. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Tucker Doby in 2013. Sidney, a veteran of the Vietnam War, retired as a Master Sergeant from the US Air Force after 21 years of service and later worked at Fiber Industries/Celanese. He was a member and faithful servant of Centerview Baptist Church. A loving husband of 57 years, Sidney valued time with his family and enjoyed sharing a round of golf with friends. He is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Massingale of Tuckaseegee; two sons, David Sidney Doby and wife, Kathy of Algonquin, Ill. and Douglas Allen Doby and wife, Julie of Concord; grandchildren, Ashlyn and Caroline Doby, Regina Lettner, Heather Queen, Rachel, Robert, and Sydney and Daniel Doby; great-grandchildren, Daisy, Rylee and Carson Queen and Tucker Doby; two sisters, Laura Frazier of Winston-Salem and Margaret Cooper of Flint, Mich.

Visitation and Service: The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 p.m., on Monday, June 19, at Whitley's Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services officiated by Rev. Mary Hatley will be held at 1 p.m., at Whitley's. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park with military honors. The family wishes to thank the staff of Morningside of Concord, and the VA Medical Center (Southport Community and Liberty Lane Hospice House) for their tireless effort and loving care.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International Kannapolis Camp, PO Box 52, Kannapolis, NC 28082. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.


Vernon Sherrill Ryan
Vernon Sherrill Ryan, 89, of Salisbury, NC passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born December 8, 1927 in Rowan County, he was the son of the late James Ryan and Zula Cutting Ryan. Educated in the Spencer schools he graduated from Spencer High School, and was the second recipient of the NC Textile Workers Scholarship Program and attended NC State where he received a BS degree in textile engineering. He was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War. Mr. Ryan was a First Lieutenant with the Eight Army Inspectors General Unit in South Korea. He was employed by Ciba-Geigy Chemical Company in Greensboro for 35 years before retiring. Mr. Ryan was an active member of Central United Methodist Church, where he served as Treasurer.

Mr. Ryan was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Miller Ryan, on May 25, 2017 and his brothers, James Ryan, Eddie Ryan and Lamont Ryan. Those left to cherish his memory are children, Tim Ryan and wife Lisa of Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Susan Catapano of Wilmington, NC, Melissa Wade and husband Jerry of Jupiter, FL, and Tony Ryan of Salisbury, NC. Also surviving are grandchildren, Mandy Kiger and husband Brett of Raleigh, Sara Catapano of Edinboro, PA, Nicole Catapano of New York, NY, Zack Ryan of Lexington, NC, Aaron Ryan of St. Louis, MO, Dori Ryan of St. Louis, MO, Ryan Wade of Jupiter, FL, Morgan Wade of Jupiter, FL and Savanna Wade of Jupiter, FL. The family will receive friends from 4-6 PM Tuesday (June 27) at the residence. A graveside service will be conducted at 10 AM Wednesday (June 28) at the Historic National Cemetery with the Rev. Don Mason, minister of Central United Methodist Church officiating. Military Graveside Rites will conducted by the NC National Guard and the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Ryan family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com.