Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations

Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations is here to help your family during the loss of your loved one. For over five decades, we have been providing professional service to the community. A caring staff of office assistants, funeral directors, cemetery personnel and family counselors will assist you in making arrangements, providing all services in one convenient location. We understand the decisions you face, and strive to help you create a unique and memorable service for your loved one. At Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations, we believe that every life is unique. Every funeral should be too. We celebrate life. For those who are thinking of planning their arrangements in advance, Catawba offers The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility. CATAWBA FUNERAL HOME The Catawba funeral home was established in the late 1980s with your comfort in mind. The funeral home features a softly lit, elegant decor and includes two arrangement rooms, each with plenty of space for family members to meet. One of the arrangement rooms is also used as a showroom and displays numerous alternatives for cremation, burial, and personalization of funeral services, as well as urn and casket selections. The funeral home also boasts a large visitation room that leads outdoors to a peaceful courtyard, decorated with colorful flower gardens, benches and birdbaths, and enclosed by a beautifully designed brick facade. The funeral home chapel accommodates all denominations and comfortably seats 250 guests. If families so choose, the funeral home can also create a presentation of favorite photos of their loved one set to music and placed on a DVD. The visitation room and hallway of the funeral home contain television screens for family and friends to view the DVD during visitation services. CATAWBA MEMORIAL PARK Catabwa Memorial Park was founded in Hickory, North Carolina, in 1948. Catawba Memorial Park resides on 140 acres of picturesque land, 60 of which are currently developed. Catawba Memorial Park offers a variety of burial options such as private estate mausoleums, community mausoleums, traditional ground burial, lawn crypts and cremation niches. Other options for cremation are available, including Forever on the Green, a beautiful, serene burial area designed to resemble a golf green. The park has two mausoleums: the Chapel of Memories Mausoleum and the Garden Mausoleum. If you are a veteran, you can elect burial in the Garden of Honor, a ground burial area adorned with a military flag display and reserved exclusively for veterans and their families. Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations proudly serves a community of diverse cultures and religious beliefs. Because more and more families are choosing to personalize funeral services, our priority is to help families create unique and memorable events for their loved ones.


Our Obituaries

Robert Townsend

January 31, 1934 - December 16, 2017

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Mary Frances Deyton

May 7, 1939 - December 14, 2017

Mary Frances Styles Deyton, 78, of Conover, NC, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice.Born on May 7, 1939 in Yancy County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Rass Styles and Islean Boone Styles.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Wilburn Deyton; son, Michael and Dale Deyton; brother, Virgil Styles; sisters, Jean...
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Joe Clyde Hedrick

April 16, 1940 - December 13, 2017

Joe Clyde Hedrick, 77, of Hickory, NC passed away December 13, 2017.He was born in Catawba County to the late Lester B. Hedrick and Jennie Reitzel Hedrick. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Malcolm, Jerry and Alfred Hedrick; sister, Peggy Hilton.Those left to cherish his memory are his sister, Rose Poole; special nieces and nephew, Tina Mahoney, Carla Barger and...
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William Huntley Flake

November 26, 1922 - December 10, 2017

William Huntley Flake, age 95, of Boone, NC, and formerly of Newton, NC, died December 10, 2017.Mr. Flake was born November 26, 1922 in Anson County, a son of the late Fred F. Flake and Lottie Cameron Flake. He was the beloved husband of the late Joyce Stafford Flake for 55 years. He worked with the North Carolina Agricultural Service from 1946 to 1957. Mr. Flake resided in Newton, NC for 51...
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James Joseph Husvar

June 16, 1944 - December 6, 2017

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William Shellum Abernathy

March 11, 1923 - December 5, 2017

WILLIAM SHELLUM ABERNATHY SR.NEWTON – William Shellum Abernathy Sr. 94 of Newton passed away on December 5, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton.Born March 11, 1923 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Lee Alexander and Connie Cashion Abernathy. Bill was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Startown Road. He retired from Wayside Furniture as owner after 41 years.In...
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James Wilson Matlock

September 7, 1942 - December 4, 2017

JAMES WILSON MATLOCKHICKORY – James Wilson Matlock, 75 of Hickory passed away on December 4, 2017.Born in Iredell County, he was the son of the late Crowson and Zeb Milstead Matlock. James was a very loving, caring and giving person. He was a Master Mason and Shriner. James was the owner of Yellow Cab Company and Diamond Cab Company of Hickory.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
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Ronald E. Huffman

February 13, 1948 - December 1, 2017

Ronald Edward Huffman, 69, of Conover, NC went to be with the Lord December 1, 2017.He was born in Burke County to the late Paul Edward Huffman and Lou Ella Heavner Huffman. He was a member of Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Connelly Springs. He retired from USF Holland, Nashville, TN and also drove for Carolina Freight. He enjoyed football and Nascar racing and also his grandchildren and great...
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Charles Hilton Odom

March 22, 1938 - November 28, 2017

Charles Hilton Odom Jr., 79, of Hickory, NC passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017.Charles was born on March 22, 1938 in Alexander County, NC, he was the son of the late Charles Hilton Odom Sr. and Mary Woodward Odom.He is survived by his sons, Joel Odom and wife Cyrstal, John Odom; daughter, Amanda Odom and fiancé Ted Overcash; grandchildren, Olivia and Ava Odom, Kayla Odom, Blake and...
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Peggy Sue Blackwell

August 26, 1931 - November 25, 2017

PEGGY SUE BRIGHT BLACKWELLHICKORY – Peggy Sue Bright Blackwell, 86 of Hickory went home to be with her Lord on November 25, 2017 at Trinity Village.Born on August 26, 1931 in Cherokee County, SC, she was the daughter of the late, Howard and Sarah Mason Bright. Peggy was a delight to be around, everyone just loved her and her fun loving ways.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Charles Yandle

December 13, 1970 - November 21, 2017

CHARLES “GARY” GARREN YANDLEVALE – Charles “Gary” Garren Yandle, 46 of Vale went home to be with the Lord on November 21, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.Born on December 13, 1970 in Gaston County, he was the son of late Charles Ray and Peggy Bess Yandle. Gary was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all who knew...
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Mary S. Roberts

May 29, 1930 - November 19, 2017

MARY SHOOK ROBERTSCONOVER – Mary Shook Roberts, 87 of Conover went home to be with her Lord on November 19, 2017.She was born on May 29, 1930 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Ross Walter and Catherine Bolick Shook. Mary retired from Vanguard Furniture and then worked for the Hickory Walmart as a greeter for fourteen years, where she never met a stranger. She was an avid...
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Betty Jean Hicks

February 15, 1936 - November 17, 2017

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Barry Bruce Smith

July 4, 1940 - November 13, 2017

BARRY BRUCE SMITHHICKORY – Barry Bruce Smith, 77 of Hickory went home to be with his Lord on November 13, 2017.Born on July 4, 1940 in Wichita, KS, he was the son of the late Elmer and Marita Forney Smith. Barry graduated Wichita High School North in 1958, and Kansas State University in 1964 with a degree in Architecture. After working with several firms, he opened his own practice in 1976...
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Wardell Huffman

August 28, 1934 - November 11, 2017

WARDELL “TINY” HUFFMANHICKORY – Our beloved Wardell “Tiny” Huffman, 83 of Hickory passed away on November 11, 2017.Born on August 28, 1934 in Burke County, he was the son of the late Francis Huffman. Tiny was a member of Longview Baptist Church and a US Army veteran. He was a loving husband, father, friend, and a good neighbor. He will be missed by all.In addition to...
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Daniel Eugene Coulter

January 28, 1941 - November 10, 2017

DANIEL EUGENE COULTERTRINITY – Daniel “Dan” Eugene Coulter, 76 passed from this life to the next on November 10, 2017.Born on January 28, 1941 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Harvey Eugene Coulter and Amanda Benfield Hunt. Dan was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, and friend to all who knew him.Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Sherry Odom...
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Powell William Turner

January 23, 1933 - November 7, 2017

POWELL WILLIAM TURNERHICKORY – Powell William Turner, 84 of Hickory went home on November 7, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family.Born on January 23, 1933 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late John Shuford and Pauline Powell Turner. Powell was a veteran of the US Navy. He was a truck driver for forty five years. Powell enjoyed fishing with his family. He loved driving his...
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Pa Pha

January 1, 1940 - November 6, 2017

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William Edward Heath

September 3, 1934 - November 4, 2017

William “Billy” Edward Heath, 83, of Hickory, NC passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 4, 2017 and went home to be with his Lord.William was born on September 3, 1934 in Beaufort County, NC, he was the son of the late Furnie Amos Heath and Alice Smith.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Ellen Heath.He was a devoted Husband, Father,...
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Terry Wayne Lutz

June 14, 1958 - November 3, 2017

Terry Wayne Lutz, 59, of Vale, NC passed away Friday, November 3, 2017.Terry was born on June 14, 1958 in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of the late Ralph Lee Lutz Sr. and Ollie Laws Lutz.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Billy and Larry Lutz; sister, Brenda Moore.He is survived by his wife of 41 long years, Deborah Isbell Lutz; daughters, Jessica Gouge and...
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Margaret Elloise Sperling

June 14, 1925 - October 29, 2017

MARGARET ELLOISE SPERLINGHICKORY – Margaret Elloise Sperling, 92 of Hickory went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 29, 2017.Born on June 14, 1925 in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late Oie Lee and Emma Keller Tolbert. Margaret was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, her personal ministry was sending greeting and sympathy cards to anyone in need. She...
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Celia Yvonne Travis

September 7, 1936 - October 29, 2017

Celia Yvonne Clanton Travis, 81, of Hickory, NC, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Trinity Village Hickory, NC. Born on September 9, 1936 in Gaston, NC, she was the daughter of the late Blair Jenkins Clanton and Ada Lee Armstrong. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Jenkins Clanton; sisters, Lillian Webb, Betty...
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Alice Jane Harden

January 21, 1934 - October 25, 2017

Alice Jane Show Harden, 83, of Granite Falls, NC, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Shaire Center in Lenoir, NC.Born on January 21, 1934 in Uniontown, PA, she was the daughter of the late Harold Show and Flora Herrington Show. She was a member of United Methodist Church in Granite Falls.Mrs. Harden is survived by her husband of 30 years, John Harden; daughters, Shelley (Keith) Moretz,...
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Virginia W. Shepherd

December 30, 1921 - October 20, 2017

Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28For Virginia Wilson Shepherd, at the age of 95, the time for her eternal peace and rest came as she was welcomed into her heavenly home on Friday, October 20th. She was born on December 30, 1921 in her parents’ home in Hildebran, NC. She was the youngest of eight children born to Sidney...
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Jerald Monroe Bost

October 22, 1931 - October 19, 2017

Jerald Monroe Bost, 85, of Hickory, NC passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice.Jerald was born on October 22, 1931 in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of the late Logan Tate Bost and Wanda Keener Bost. He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife of...
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Deborah Darlene Case

May 20, 1963 - October 17, 2017

Deborah “Debbie” Darlene Case, 54, of Shelby, NC, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Kings Mountain Hospital.Born on May 20, 1963 in Gaston County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Edward Charles Case and Dorothy Armstrong.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Cathy Case.Ms. Case is survived by her sons, Ricky (Robin) Butler and Chris Butler;...
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Doris Lois Mayes

June 26, 1930 - October 14, 2017

Doris Lois Couch Mayes, of Newton, NC passed on to eternal life on October 14th, 2017 surrounded by her children.She was born on June 26, 1930 to Henry Steven and Helena Lugg Couch in Hartford, Connecticut. She was married to the late Wheeler Harrison Mayes in November 1955. Doris was a lifelong member of the Advent Christian Church and a member of New Life Fellowship in Hickory since 1988....
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Johnny Ray POWELL, Sr.

February 20, 1935 - October 14, 2017

JOHNNY RAY POWELL SRCLAREMONT – Johnny Ray Powell, 82 of Claremont went home to be with his Lord on October 14, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family.Born on February 20, 1935 in Burke County, he was the son of the late Dover P. and Edith Moody Powell. Johnny the loved the simple things in life, his family, taking care of those he loved, being on and working on the farm.In addition...
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Susie Mae Collins

September 30, 1944 - October 13, 2017

SUSIE MAE COLLINSHICKORY – Susie Mae Collins, 73 of Hickory passed away after a long period of declining health on October 13, 2017.Born on September 30, 1944 in Waynesville, NC, she was the daughter of the late Everett Valentine and Lois Willix Spiva. Susie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother who adored her family.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death...
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Dorothy Peterson

February 4, 1974 - October 10, 2017

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Dorothy Elizabeth Elmore

August 4, 1926 - October 9, 2017

DOROTHY ELIZABETH ELMOREMORGANTON – Dorothy Elizabeth Elmore, 91 of Morganton passed away on October 9, 2017 at Grace Heights in Morganton.Born on August 4, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Susan Sisk Davis.A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 2 PM at Catawba Funerals & Cremations with Preacher Paul Deal officiating. Burial will follow...
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Virginia L. Craig

September 14, 1992 - October 7, 2017

VIRGINIA LOUISE “JENNY” CRAIGHICKORY - Virginia Louise “Jenny” Craig, 25 of Hickory went home to be with her Lord and family on October 7, 2017 at her home.Born on September 14, 1992 in Forsyth County, she was the daughter of Brooks and Lesley “Lea” Gleason Craig. Jenny was a special and inspirational young woman who touched many lives. She graduated Fred T....
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Wilma White

August 27, 1935 - October 5, 2017

Wilma ”Teen” Wright White, 82, of Hickory, NC, passed away Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Catawba Valley Hospital. Born on August 27, 1935 in Gaston County, NC, she was the daughter of the late John Dewey Wright and Margaret Lydia Swink Wright. She was a member of Henry River Baptist Church.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters.Ms. White...
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Robert Lee Yoder

January 19, 1938 - October 4, 2017

Robert Lee Yoder, 79, of Hickory, NC passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017.Robert was born on January 19, 1938 in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of the Roscoe Yoder and Mildred Scarbough Yoder.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a grandson, Cody Fox.He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frances Flowers Yoder; children, Melissa Fox, Kristi Cox (Robert); brother, James...
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James Jackson Brown

June 1, 1927 - September 21, 2017

James Jackson Brown Jr., 90, of Hickory, NC passed away Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Brian Center East Hickory, NC.Born on June 1, 1927 in Haralson County, GA, he was the son of the late James Jackson Brown Sr. and Willa Belle Alexander Brown. He served in the Marines for a short time at the end of the war.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, Jimmy Brown; brothers,...
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Angela Ruth Smith

August 22, 1936 - September 19, 2017

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Robbie Kathleen Kirby

March 23, 1935 - September 19, 2017

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William Blake Taylor

June 30, 1939 - September 17, 2017

William Blake Taylor, 78, of Hickory, NC passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017 at his residence.Born on June 30, 1939 in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of the late Charles Taylor and Violet Douglas Taylor. William was veteran of the US Army, and he also retired from General Electric.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Blake Taylor; and a sister, Virginia Haynes; son...
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Jack Bradley Coffey

November 25, 1934 - September 16, 2017

JACK BRADLEY COFFEYCLAREMONT – Jack Bradley Coffey, 82 of Claremont went home to be with his Lord and Savior on September 16, 2017.He was born on November 25, 1934 in Caldwell County to the late Eugene and Etoy Greene Coffey. Jack served in the US Army during the Korean War in the 3rd Infantry Division. He was a survivor of Out Post Harry in that war. He also served in the US Navy aboard...
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Dorothy Elizabeth Isenhour

May 7, 1923 - September 14, 2017

DOROTHY “DOT” ISENHOURCONOVER – Dorothy “Dot” Isenhour 94 of Conover went home to be with her Lord on September 14, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice.Born on May 7, 1923 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late William Oscar and Ivey Abernathy Hoke. Dot went to Faith Lutheran Church for most of her life and for the last three years she attended Tri-City...
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Violet Sims

June 21, 1934 - September 12, 2017

Newton, NC – Violet Irene Sigmon Sims, 83, of Newton, NC, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at her residence.Born on June 21, 1934 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Fred Joseph Sigmon and Blondie Candiceberry Sigmon.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her 1st husband Paul Adam Payne and her 2nd husband Clyde Benjamin Sims.Mrs. Sims is survived...
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Johnny Cephus Lunsford

May 22, 1941 - September 11, 2017

Newton, Johnny Cephus Lunsford, 76 passed away on Monday September, 11 2017 peacefully at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Caldwell County May 22, 1941, to the late Ruby Lunsford Buff and Fred Lee Lunsford. Johnny retired from Regal Manufacturing of Hickory. Johnny will be remembered by his friends and family as a loyal, hardworking, husband and father. He enjoyed a good day of...
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Marilyn Lee Autrey

January 9, 1956 - September 3, 2017

MARILYN LEE AUTREYHICKORY – Marilyn Lee Autrey, 61 of Hickory passed away on September 3, 2017.Born on January 9, 1956 in Plant City, FL, she was the daughter of the late Ivy and Jeanette Jurnigan. Marilyn was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Kenneth Autrey of Hickory; children, Donna Huffman of Hickory, Melissa...
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Laura Kate Gant

December 4, 1926 - August 30, 2017

LAURA KATE GANTHICKORY – Laura Kate Gant, 90 of Hickory passed away on August 30, 2017.Born on December 4, 1926 in Jonesville, NC, she was the daughter of the late William Earl and Hessie Gentry Gant. Laura Kate spent many years sharing the gospel of Christ in the USA and the West Indies.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Lyons Pike, brothers, Jack...
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Gwendolyn Hoyle McGrady

February 27, 1935 - August 25, 2017

OBITUARY FOR GWENDOLYN HOYLE MCGRADYGwendolyn "Gwenn" Nettlee Hoyle McGrady (82), of Hickory, NC, went to be with her Lord on August 25, 2017, in Charlotte, NC, after a brief illness. Mrs. McGrady was born February 27, 1935, in Valdese, NC, and was the oldest daughter of the late John Russell Hoyle and Ruth Taylor Hoyle. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth L. McGrady (87) of...
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Richie Allen Robinson

November 23, 1966 - August 24, 2017

Richie Allen Robinson, 50, of Newton, NC passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017 at his residence.Born on November 23, 1966 in Radford City, VA, he was the son of the late Rufus Brown Robinson and Judith Darlene Porterfield Robinson. He was raised by his grandparents John and Rose Porterfield.He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Joyce Robinson; sons, Peyton Robinson and Brady Burke; daughter,...
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Wilma Inez Atwood

May 7, 1925 - August 20, 2017

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Gary Hugh Ross

June 30, 1959 - August 20, 2017

Hickory, NC – Gary Hugh Ross, 58, of Hickory, NC passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice.Born on June 30, 1959 in Haywood County, NC, he was the son of the late Brown Worley Ross and Doris Burgess Ross Davis. He was an honorary member of Sumter County Sheriff’s Department and he was a big fan of South Carolina Game Cocks.In addition to his parents he was...
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Riley Layne Higgs

August 16, 2017 - August 17, 2017

RILEY LAYNE HIGGSCLAREMONT – Riley Layne Higgs, infant daughter of Elysa and Josh Higgs was born on August 16, 2017 and passed away on August 17, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 1 PM at Catawba Funerals & Cremations.The family will receive friends following the service.Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com.The Higgs Family is under...
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Helen Kathleen Boisvert

June 18, 1936 - August 15, 2017

Helen Kathleen Lockman Boisvert, 81, of Hickory, NC, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Kingston Residence of Hickory.Born on June 18, 1936 in Iredell County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Wade Lockman and Hazel Christopher Lockman.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Boisvert.Mrs. Boisvert is survived by her three daughters, Peggy “Jane...
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Ricky Allen King

October 16, 1960 - August 13, 2017

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Frieda Anita Robinson

March 25, 1921 - August 8, 2017

FRIEDA ANITA ROBINSONHickory- Frieda Anita Robinson, 96 of Hickory went home to be with her LORD on August 8, 2017.Born on March 25, 1921 in Hico, Texas, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Ozelle St. Clair Griffin. Frieda lived a life of devotion and service to all of her family and friends. She was an outstanding wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a faithful...
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Robert Eugene Bowman

April 16, 1931 - August 6, 2017

Robert Eugene Bowman, 86, of Hickory, NC passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center.Born on April 16, 1931 in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of the late Eugene Gray Bowman and Ruby Gallaway Bowman. He was a member of Church of God Worldwide Association, he also served in the Army from 1951-1953.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Hubert...
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James Lewis Worley

May 17, 1945 - August 6, 2017

James Lewis WorleyHickory – James Lewis Worley, 72 of Hickory went to Heaven to be with his Lord on August 6, 2017.Born on May 17, 1945 in Rutherford County, he was the son of the late Henry and Minnie Worley. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather and fisherman.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Frank Worley.Survivors include his...
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Harvey Dwayne Church

January 15, 1957 - August 6, 2017

Harvey Dwayne Church, 60, of Hickory, NC passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice.Born on January 15, 1957 in Caldwell County, NC, he was the son of the late Harvey Marion Church and Nilly Viola Hubbard Church.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters, Anita Smart and Donna Church.He is survived by his brothers, Jack Church and Billy Ray Campbells;...
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Lewis Clayton Burt

October 1, 1946 - August 4, 2017

Mr. Lewis “John” Clayton Burt died peacefully at CMC Pineville on August 4th at the age of 70.John is survived by his children Terrence Burt and Misty Hughes; step-children Tracy Whitman, DeNese McGinnis and Daniel Thain; grandchildren Clayton Burt, Dakota Burt, Brooklyn Burt, Lyla Rae Burt, Kevin Henry, Kimberly Wilson, Kara Wilson, Austen Thain, Avery Thain, Megan Swan, Marissa...
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Carolyn Rebecca White

August 29, 1944 - July 25, 2017

Carolyn Griffin White, 72, of Hickory, NC, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Frye Regional Medical Center.Born on August 29, 1944 in Burke County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Clyde Wilson Griffin and Bessie Penley Griffin. Mrs. White and her husband co-owned Doug White Motors in Hickory, NC for 32 years. She was also a member of New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Newton, NC.In...
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Oscar Edmundo Perez

August 13, 1964 - July 24, 2017

OSCAR E. PEREZLINCOLNTON - Oscar Perez, 52 of Lincolnton passed away on July 24, 2017 in Arlington, TX.Born on August 13, 1964 in Guatemala City. Oscar was a USA Army Veteran for the war Liberation of Kuwait, February 24-28, 1991. He was a US Customs and Borders protechtion officer and a fire arms instructor.Survivors include his wife, Patricia B. Perez; sons, Alejandro D. Perez, Fernando A Perez...
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Benjamin Franklin Dowell

January 7, 1941 - July 24, 2017

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN DOWELLBenjamin Franklin Dowell of George Hidebran NC, born January 7, 1941, went home to be with his Savior early Monday morning, July 24th. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Benny is survived by his daughters, Regina Dowel Long and husband Alan Long, and Teresa Dowell Icenhour and husband Terry Icenhour. He is also survived by his brother...
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Richard Nathaniel Propst

May 16, 1932 - July 15, 2017

Conover, NC –Richard Nathaniel Propst, 85, of Conover, NC passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017 at his residence.Born on May 16, 1932 in Lincolnton, NC, he was the son of the late Jacob Propst and Viola Detter. He was a member of Abernethy Methodist Church, and after serving in the United States Air Force for 27 years. He retired and started work in the furniture industry.In addition to his...
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Lewis Edward Bumgarner

May 22, 1940 - July 13, 2017

Hickory, NC – Lewis Edward Bumgarner “Mr. B”, 77, of Hickory, NC passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center, NC.Born on May, 22, 1940 in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of the late James Homer Bumgarner and Wilma Austin Bumgarner. Lewis was a lifetime member of Temple Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. He also co...
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Patricia Ann Finch

February 21, 1972 - July 13, 2017

Hickory, NC –Patricia Ann Shelton Finch, of Hickory, NC, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.Born on February 21, 1972 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of James W. Shelton and Johnnie Carver Shelton.In addition to her parents she is survived by her Husband of 23 years, Brian Finch; son, Jonathan Finch and fiancée, Amanda Lewis; daughter,...
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Jerry Ronald Rinck

March 2, 1954 - July 12, 2017

JERRY R. RINCKHICKORY - Jerry R. Rinck, 63 of Hickory went home to be with his Lord on July 12, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice.Born on March 2, 1954, he was the son of the late James Robert Rinck and Mary Keller Kuykendall. Jerry was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved antique cars, clocks, and racing. Jerry worked for Roush Yates Engine Shop for thirteen years.Survivors include...
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Betty Marie York

August 31, 1947 - July 6, 2017

Betty Marie Sweet YorkLincolnton- Betty Marie Sweet York, 69 of Lincolnton went home to be with her LORD on July 6, 2017.Born on August 31, 1947 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Odell and Jessie Deal Newton. She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel York.Survivors include her children, Bobby...
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Jose Gaona-Corne Jo

May 17, 1949 - June 28, 2017

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Barbara Ann Huffman

September 9, 1950 - June 27, 2017

BARBARA ANN HUFFMAN HICKORY - After an extremely brave 14 year battle, on Tuesday June 27, 2017 Barbara Ann Huffman completed her journey and joined her loved ones in Heaven. Barbara was a true fighter and loved by all that were lucky enough to get to know her. Barbara was born and raised in Bermuda by her father Reggie Bates and moved to Hickory, NC after meeting and marrying her husband Terry...
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Ruby Titus

January 21, 1924 - June 21, 2017

RUBY E. TITUSHICKORY – Ruby E. Titus, 93 of Hickory went home to be with her Lord on June 21, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family.Born on January 21, 1924 in Weston, WV, she was the daughter of the late Homer D. and Mamie Currence Lake. She was in the Army Signal Corps in Washington, DC during WWII; this is where she met her husband, Frank who was serving in the Marine Corps. Ruby...
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Rosemarie Grace Derra

January 26, 1936 - June 15, 2017

Rosemarie Grace Pizzichillo Derra, 81, of Newton, NC, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2017, at her home.Born on January 26, 1936 in Essex, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Frank Pizzichillo and Mary Lorefice Pizzichillo. Mrs. Derra was a manager for Ethel Shoppe in NJ for many years; she loved to sew and work in her garden, she loved music but mostly Elvis along with western TV and action...
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Crimilda Rubildo

April 9, 1939 - June 11, 2017

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Mary Ellen Tuttle

June 4, 2017 - June 9, 2017

MARY ELLEN TUTTLECATAWBA – Mary Ellen Tuttle, 83 went home to be with the Lord on June 9, 2017 in her home with family by her side.Born on June 4, 1934 in Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Beulah Bunker Cooper. Mary loved working in her yard and doing word find puzzles. She was an avid NASCAR fan. Mary was a member of Harvest Baptist Church. Mary’s first love was...
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Douglas Eugene Loudermilk

October 5, 1952 - June 9, 2017

Douglas Eugene Loudermilk, 64, of Lawndale, NC, passed away Friday, June 9, 2017, at Carolina Medical Center, Charlotte, NC.Born on October 5, 1952 in Walton Co., FL, he was the son of the late Oscar Gordon Loudermilk and Anna Maxwell Loudermilk. He was a Pastor of Wesleyan Memorial Methodist Church in Lenoir, NC. He was also employed as a baker at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. Along...
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Cecil Roy Huitt

September 9, 1956 - June 6, 2017

Cecil Roy Huitt, Jr.Newton- Cecil Roy Huitt, Jr. 60 went home to be with his LORD on June 4, 2017.Born on September 9, 1956 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Cecil Roy Huitt, Sr. and Mary Brown. He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, son, brother, friend and neighbor. He loved to preach the word of GOD. He enjoyed fishing, talking, eating and spending time with his family...
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Floyd W. Justus

January 15, 1939 - June 6, 2017

FLOYD W. JUSTUS SR.NEWTON – Floyd William Justus, Sr., went home to be with his Lord on June 6, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice.Born on January 15, 1939 in Brevard, he was the son of the late Christine Justus Landers and step-father, Cornelius Landers. Floyd was very much a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in...
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Lois Irene Hall

April 8, 1927 - June 4, 2017

Lois “Nana” Taylor Hall, 90, of Conover, NC, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Catawba Regional Hospice.Born on April 8, 1927 in Comers Rock, VA, she was the daughter of the late Bayard Taylor and Geneva Hackler Taylor. Mrs. Hall was a member of First United Methodist Church in Conover, NC and attended Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ in Conover, NC. She was also a member...
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Robert Joseph Marcellino

February 15, 1947 - June 3, 2017

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Frances M Juanita STEPP

April 6, 1923 - May 27, 2017

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Barbara E. Pruett

January 14, 1928 - May 22, 2017

BARBARA ELIZABETH PRUETTNEWTON – Barbara Elizabeth Pruett, 89 of Newton went home to be with her Lord on May 22, 2017 surrounded by her devoted family.Born on January 14, 1928 in London, England, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Elsie Underlin. Barbara was a member of St. Paul’s Reformed Church. She was an avid reader and loved to cross-stitch. Barbara’s life was her...
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Carrie Jane Hefner

December 19, 1944 - May 19, 2017

Carrie Jane “CJ” Hefner, of Hickory, NC, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at her residence, following a lengthy illness.Born on December 19, 1944 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Paul “Pete” Hefner and Frances Williams Hefner. She was a member of Viewmont Baptist Church in Hickory, NC.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by Baxter ...
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Sandra Denise Curtis

October 1, 1952 - May 14, 2017

Sandra Denise Bentley Curtis, 64, of Advance, NC, passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017, at Bermuda Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation in Advance, NC.Born on October 1, 1952 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late James Thomas Bentley and Ella Jean McIntosh Bentley. She was a graduate of Granite Falls High School and went on and graduated from Gardner-Webb University, where she then...
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Jeanna Ritter

November 17, 1947 - May 11, 2017

JEANNA WARD RITTERHickory- Jeanna Ward Ritter, 69 of Hickory went home to be with her LORD on May 11, 2017.Born on November 17, 1947 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late James Ward and Lula Watts Ward, she was a loving daughter, wife and devoted mother. Jeanna retired from Catawba Valley Medical Center.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Paul...
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Sheng Lee

February 13, 1955 - May 6, 2017

Sheng Vang Lee, 62, of Conover, NC, passed away Friday, May 6, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital Greensboro, NC.Born on February 13, 1955 in Sayaboury, Laos, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Cha Fong Vang. She was a member of Christ Redeemer Alliance Church of Conover, NC.Mrs. Lee is survived by her Husband of 41 years, Vang Pho Lee; two sons and two daughter-in-law’s; five...
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Joseph Douglas Proctor

February 8, 1959 - May 6, 2017

Joseph “Joey” Douglas Proctor, 58, of 960 Cape Hickory Rd Hickory, NC passed away peacefully Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the home of his fiancé in Shelby, NC.Born on February 8, 1959 in Gaston County, NC, he was the son of Levirtis (Lee) Short White and the late Summie Proctor. Joey was a member of Drowning Creek Baptist Church of Hickory and also a member of The Spa of Hickory....
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Grace Eva Cline

June 6, 1931 - May 5, 2017

Grace Parker Cline, 85, of Hickory, NC, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017, at Duke University Hospital.Born on June 6, 1931 in Lincoln County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Ottis Parker and Minnie Effie Lindsay Parker. Mrs. Cline was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church Lawndale, NC.In addition to her parents, she is proceeded in death by her husband of 65 years, Charles Cline; son, David...
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Juanita Ola Coggins

May 10, 1937 - May 4, 2017

Juanita Ola Yount Coggins, 79, of Hickory, NC, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Catawba Regional Hospice.Born on May 10, 1937 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Julius Pinkney Yount and Ola Maude Hewitt Yount. Mrs. Coggins was a life time member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.In addition to her parents, she is proceeded in death by her husband of many years,...
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Lucille Dixon

June 5, 1927 - April 28, 2017

LUCILLE PRIDGEN DIXONCONOVER – Lucille Pridgen Dixon, 89 of Conover went home to be with her Lord on April 28, 2017.She was born on June 5, 1927 in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Willis and Sarah Clay Pridgen. Lucille was dedicated to her family and her church. She was a nurse for over fifty years and a dedicated caregiver but her true passion was cooking for her...
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Susan Carol Yount

June 11, 1948 - April 23, 2017

Hildebran, NC –Susan Hutchinson Yount, of Hildebran, NC, passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Catawba Regional Hospice.Born on June 11, 1948 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of Jackson Winfield Hutchinson and the late Levonda Clark Hutchinson. She was a longtime member of 1st Methodist Church in Hickory, NC.In addition to her mother, she is proceeded in death by her...
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Tammy Renae Lail

February 2, 1966 - April 22, 2017

Tammy Renae Poteat LailHickory, NC –Tammy Renae Poteat Lail 51, of Hickory, NC, passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017, at her residence.Born on February 2, 1966 in Hickory, NC, she was the daughter of William Gerald Poteat and the late Betty Ruth Smith Poteat.Mrs. Lail is survived by her Husband of 25 years, Bobby Lail; father, William Gerald Poteat.A Visitation will be held on Wednesday,...
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Wilma Keller

July 26, 1920 - April 12, 2017

WILMA MADELINE KELLER BRITTIANWilma Madeline Keller Brittian, age 96, passed away on April 12, 2017. She was born on July 26, 1920, in Judson, NC, to Joseph and Mary Howard. She graduated from Hildebran High School. She was a homemaker and raised her five children. She worked a variety of jobs, from hosiery to sales. She was actively involved in the family tax preparation business for decades....
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Peggy J. Ervin

December 26, 1929 - April 10, 2017

Connelly Springs, NC –Peggy Joyce McIver Ervin 87, of Connelly Springs, NC, passed away Monday April 10, 2017, at her residence.Born on December 26, 1929 in Hickory, NC, she was the daughter of the late John C. McIver Jr. and Pauline Poovey McIver Young. She was a long time faithful member of Warlick’s Baptist Church in Connelly Springs, NC.In addition to her parents, she is proceeded...
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Ethel Peters

April 30, 1943 - April 9, 2017

ETHEL PETERSHICKORY-Ethel Peters, 73 of Hickory passed away on April 9, 2017.She was born on April 30, 1943, in Unico County, TN. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Swanner. Ethel was avid bowler and enjoyed crocheting and coloring. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Peters...
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Michel Jackson

July 25, 1943 - April 9, 2017

MICHEL JACKSONNEWTON-Michel Jackson, 73 of Newton passed away on April 9th, 2017.Born on July 25, 1943 in Polk County, he was the son of the late Dorothy Jane Jackson Haynes. Michel was a veteran of the US Army. He drove truck for over 47 years, he worked for Siecor/ CommScope Corp. of Catawba County. Michel was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, brother and friend to all who...
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Bobby Leon Wilson

October 28, 1938 - April 6, 2017

Connelly Springs, NC - There is a time to be born and a time to die. That time for Bobby Leon Wilson came on Thursday, April 6, 2017.Bobby was born October 28, 1938 in Taylorsville, NC. He graduated from Hickory High School in 1956 after which he served in the US Marines and the Army National Guard. He attended Western Piedmont Community College. He and Vivian were married in 1968 and together...
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Michael Wayne Proctor

September 8, 1947 - April 5, 2017

Granite Falls, NC – Michael Wayne Proctor, 69, of Granite Falls, NC, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at his residence.Born on September 8, 1947 in Iredell, NC, he was the son of the late Albert Osborne Proctor and Sara Meadows Proctor. Michael served in the Army during the Vietnam War, where he earned two purple hearts. He also was a sponsor for Alcoholics Anonymous.Mr. Proctor is...
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Chue Yang

August 8, 1958 - April 3, 2017

Warner, OK –Chue Yang (Ntsum Xwm Yaaj) 59, of Warner, OK, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, at Duke Hospital.Born on August 8, 1958 in Laos, he was the son of the late Nyiaj Kua Yaj and Yeeb Tsab. Chue was a member of the 1st Hmong Alliance Church in Hickory. He was also the first Hmong to move to Hickory in 1987.Mr. Yang is survived by his wife of 40 years, May Kha Yang; sons, Chee Nu...
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John Henry Smith

March 1, 1937 - March 29, 2017

JOHN HENRY SMITHMAIDEN – John Henry Smith, 80 of Maiden went home to be with Jesus on March 29, 2017.Born on March 1, 1937 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Silas Monroe and Ola Josey Smith. Johnny was a loving and devoted husband, father, and Paw Paw. He loved to fish and tinker with motorcycles and lawnmowers.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four...
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Tommy Lee Austin

December 10, 1946 - March 29, 2017

Tommy Lee Austin 70, of Vale, NC, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Frye Regional Medical Center.Born on December 10, 1946 in Caldwell, NC, he was the son of the late Ervin Monroe Austin and Ruth Austin. Tommy loved to fish and hunt, he loved spending time with his family, especially his son-in-law who he loved dearly. You never saw him without his hat on and a smile on his face. Tommy...
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Bennie Emmett Smith

August 6, 1949 - March 19, 2017

Bennie Emmett SmithCordele GA – Bennie Emmett Smith 67, of Vienna GA., passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Crisp Regional Hospital.Born on August 6, 1949 Vienna, GA, he was the son of George Ivines Smith and the late Mary Hendrix Smith. He retired from the recreation and maintenance department of the city of Clifton, N.J. He was also a member of Fairgrove Baptist Church in Conover, NC...
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David Lewis Reep

January 4, 1947 - March 18, 2017

DAVID LEWIS REEPHILDEBRAN-David Lewis Reep, 70 of Hildebran passed away on March 18, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.Born on January 4, 1947 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Bill Blake and Marie Huffman Reep. David was the owner/operator of National Transmission Center. He was a member of Hickory Masonic Lodge #343, York Rite, Catawba Co Shrine Club, and Oasis Gator Patrol....
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Cecile J. DeStasio

July 11, 1929 - March 16, 2017

CECILE (BENFIELD) DESTASIONEWTON – Cecile (Benfield) Destasio 87, of Newton went home to be with her Lord on March 16, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Sherrills Ford.Born on July 11, 1929 in Alexander County, she was the daughter of the late William and Bessie Bebber Jolly. Cecile was devoted to her church, Abernethy Memorial Methodist Church. She was president of the American Legion...
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Betty Canipe

February 11, 1939 - March 11, 2017

Betty Joyce CanipeHICKORY – Betty Joyce Canipe, 78 of Hickory passed away on March 11, 2017.She was born in Georgia on February 11, 1939. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.Betty was preceded in death by her husband, James Canipe; son, Jerry Lee Williams; daughter, Joyce Williams.Survivors include her children, Jessie Williams and wife Mary of Mt. View, Janet Canipe...
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