Our Obituaries

Ruth Carolyn Howard

March 31, 1942 - January 29, 2018

HICKORY- Ruth H. Howard, 75, of Hickory passed away at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Monday, January 29, 2018. Born Ruth Carolyn Housel in Buffalo, NY, on March 31, 1942, she was the daughter of the late William Franklin and Gertrude Russell Housel. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Edith Brown and a brother William Housel. Ruth was a member of St. Stephens...
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Anna Marie Rudisill

July 11, 1958 - January 21, 2018

Anna Marie Sigmon Rudisill, 59, of Hickory, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at her residence.She was born the daughter of the late Floyd Beckley and Virginia Dare Spencer Sigmon on July 11, 1958 in Catawba County. She was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Hickory. Along with her parents, Anna is preceded in death by her sister, Janice Bolick and brothers; David Sigmon and Dwayne...
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Rosa Lee Reep

July 20, 1926 - January 20, 2018

LENOIR- Rosa Miller Reep, 91 of Lenoir, passed away at Caldwell Memorial Hospital on Saturday, January 20, 2018 after a brief illness. Born Rosa Lee Miller in Johnson City, TN, on July 20, 1926, she was the daughter of the late John Quincy and Mary Anne Bentley Miller. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Estil Day, her husband of 8 years Jesse L....
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George David Bluhm

July 26, 1939 - January 18, 2018

Pastor Dave, age 78, of Conover, NC went home on January 18, 2018 to enjoy the love of the Lord forever. He was born July 26, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio to George and Alma Bluhm. He graduated from Lutheran High School in Cleveland. He earned a law degree from Harvard and practiced law, joining the law firm of Weston, Hurd and Feldon in Cleveland, from 1964 to 1980. The Holy Spirit called Dave into...
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Alta Mae Lail

January 9, 1930 - January 15, 2018

HICKORY- Alta Pruette Lail, 88, of Hickory passed away peacefully at Catawba Regional Hospice on Monday, January 15, 2018. Born Alta Mae Pruette in Cleveland County on January 9, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Harace and Ethel Fulbright Pruette. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Evoy Lail; sisters Doshia Houser and Lona Willis and a brother Grady Pruette....
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David Geree Childres

May 9, 1932 - January 12, 2018

GRANITE FALLS -David G. Childres, 85, of the Bethlehem community passed away Friday, January 12, 2018 Caldwell Hospice in Lenoir after a period of declining health. David was born May 9, 1932 to the late Minnie Mull Childres and Bela F. Childres. He was a member of Penelope Baptist Church and served in the Armed Forces. He was employed in the furniture industry and owner/operator of Hy-Lan Shoe...
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Vernia Lorine Wright

December 12, 1931 - January 5, 2018

HICKORY- Vernia Baker Wright, 86, "Mom" passed on Friday, January 5, 2018 at her residence. She was born December 12, 1931 in Carter County, TN, she was the daughter of the late John and Eva Harris Baker.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Thurman Wright. Mom retired from many years of service at West End BBQ. Survivors include her daughters Judith Isenhour and...
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Bryan Soots

May 25, 1963 - January 2, 2018

Bryan Soots, 54, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at his residence. He was born the son of his late father William Harrison Soots and mother Peggy Ann Easom Soots on May 25, 1963 in Alexander County. Along with his father, Bryan is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; John Harrison Soots Sr. and Lessie Mae Cheeks Soots and maternal grandparents; James Roy Easom Sr. and Mary...
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Clarence Eugene Bolick

August 23, 1926 - December 31, 2017

Taylorsville- Clarence Eugene Bolick, 91, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was born the son of the late Walter Ester Bolick and Hattie Hall Bolick on August 23, 1926 in Alexander County. He was a life-long member of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church. Clarence proudly dedicated 52 years of service to The Catawba Paper Box. Along with his parents and...
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Ruth Shull Lail

March 2, 1929 - December 31, 2017

NEWTON-Ruth Shull Lail, 88, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Trinity Village in Hickory. She was born the daughter of the late Charlie Otis Shull and Doshia Emma Houser Shull on March 2, 1929 in Catawba County. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Ruth enjoyed spending time with her family, cooking, gardening, canning, and going to the beach. She was also a retired seamstress...
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Elizabeth Stevens Moore

March 6, 1920 - December 31, 2017

HICKORY-Elizabeth Stevens Moore, born March 6, 1920 in Chatham County, GA, passed away December 31, 2017. She graduated with honors from the University of Georgia and was an Eagle Girl Scout. Along with being a social worker in North Carolina, she also served as a missionary to Liberia, West Africa, with her husband and four sons. She and George served a number of churches in Georgia, South...
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Edith Morrison

March 30, 1930 - December 29, 2017

Edith Whitener Morrison, 87, formerly of Hickory, NC, passed away on December 29, 2017 at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA. She was born the daughter of the late William Lee Whitener and Samantha Gabrilla Buff Whitener on March 30, 1930 in Catawba County. Along with her parents, Edith is preceded in death by husbands, Willie H. Lowman, W. Roy Morrison and Irdell Willis; brother,...
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Wynell Bridges Yount

October 29, 1930 - December 29, 2017

GASTONIA- Wynell Bridges Yount, 87, of Gastonia formally of Claremont, passed away at Brookdale Union in Gastonia on Friday, December 29, 2017. Born in Catawba County on October 29, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Ed and Mary Estelle Croone Bridges. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son Eddie Yount, 6 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by her daughter Diane...
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Betty Huffman Hawn

July 31, 1931 - December 28, 2017

CONOVER- Betty Huffman Hawn, 86, of Conover passed away at Frye Regional Hospital on Thursday, December 28, 2017. Born in Catawba County on July 31, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Earl Pinkney and Rena Bolick Huffman. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Joe Hawn, a daughter Carol Ann Hawn, a brother Earl Huffman and sisters Virginia Sipe and Earlene Bruce....
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Daniel Edward Schott-Bardol

April 9, 1961 - December 26, 2017

HICKORY - Daniel Edward Schott-Bardol, 57, of Hickory, NC, died at home on December 26th after a long struggle with alcoholism. He was born in Plainfield, NJ. to the late Ruth (Bardol) and Edward Schott. From an early age it was clear that Daniel had a brilliant and remarkably creative mind and was a consummate performer. He attended Washington and Lee University as well as programs in the...
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George T. Moore

August 25, 1920 - December 22, 2017

HICKORY- Reverend George T. Moore, born August 25, 1920 in Greenville County SC on his grandfather's farm, passed away peacefully next to his wife of almost 75 years, Friday, December 22, 2017. He was a Clemson graduate, served overseas as an Architect in WWII, and owned his own architecture business in Savannah, Georgia. He entered the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in 1952. Married to...
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Mary Faye Camp

September 27, 1932 - December 21, 2017

HICKORY- Faye Erwin Camp, 85, of Hickory passed away peacefully at Catawba Regional Hospice on Thursday, December 21, 2017. Born Mary Faye Erwin in Rutherford County on September 27, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Claude Myers and Elizabeth Gettys Erwin. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hickory. Faye was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College where she received her...
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Bobby Lee Cline

September 6, 1929 - December 19, 2017

HICKORY - Bobby Lee Cline, 88, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at his residence. Bobby was born in Alexander County to the late Moses Uriah and Naomi Ruth Austin Cline on September 6, 1929. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Ruby Lois Eckard Cline; sisters Lenabelle Cline Simmons and husband Judd, and Willie Cline Hood and husband Warren; brothers Connelly...
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Jimmy Darrel Seale

July 9, 1935 - December 19, 2017

HICKORY - Jimmy Darrel Seale, 82, passed away at Brian Center on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, after a brief illness. Jimmy was born in Catawba County to the late J.D. and Zelda Huffman Seale on July 9, 1935. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Canipe Seale. Jimmy was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, he was awarded Good Conduct and National Defense medals. His...
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William Jerry Rector

February 5, 1933 - December 18, 2017

Hickory- William Jerry Rector, 84, passed away on Monday, December 18, 2017 at Trinity Ridge. Jerry was born February 5, 1933 in Catawba County, he was the son of late William "Bill" Carson and Ella Bivens Rector. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter Leisa Setzer. A Member of Faith Church where he was a Sunday school teacher and fellowship leader for many years, his...
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Mary Katherine Price

December 22, 1939 - December 18, 2017

HICKORY- Mary Katherine West Price Panzitta born December 22, 1939 died unexpectedly on December 18, 2017 at her home. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Johnny Price and Joe Panzetti and parents Vicie and Gar West and two brothers, Denmon and Jackie West. She was of Baptist and Lutheran faith. She is survived by sisters Virginia and husband Gary Heavner, Betty Isenhour, Tina Sherrill,...
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Lee Rosco Troutman

June 8, 1925 - December 18, 2017

HICKORY-Lee "Put" Rosco Troutman Jr., 92 of Hickory passed away peacefully at Catawba Regional Hospice, Monday, December 18, 2017. Born in Rowan County on June 8, 1925 he was the son of the late Lee Rosco Troutman Sr. and Nora Gantt Troutman Ritchie. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Georgia Smyre Troutman. He was raised by the late Glendon and Raymond C. Putman of...
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Ginger Ann Byers

February 10, 1935 - December 15, 2017

Ginger Ann Bowman Byers, 82, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center.Ann was born on Feb. 10, 1935 in Catawba County to the late Everette Bowman and Edna Arndt Bowman Morris. She was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Hickory. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Hurby and Larry Bowman.In 1953 she graduated from Hickory High School and in 1967 from Lenoir...
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Heather Leigh Lyon

June 28, 1983 - December 8, 2017

CONOVER- Heather Leigh Lyon, 34 of Conover, passed away unexpectedly at her residence, Friday, December 8, 2017. Born in Catawba County on June 28, 1983, she was the daughter of Homer Lewis Lyon Jr. and Sandra Austin Lyon. Heather was employed by Best Buy in Mooresville. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Garland and Myrtle Austin; her paternal grandparents Homer and Joyce...
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Jerry Carlton Hefner

January 28, 1947 - December 5, 2017

CONOVER- Jerry Carlton Hefner, 70, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at his home after a brave battle with cancer due to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. He was born in Catawba County on January 28, 1947, he was the son of the late Peverlee "Pev" Carlton Hefner and Rose Dean Propst Hefner. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-son Richard Dean Starnes....
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Earl Cecil Guthrie

February 7, 1948 - December 1, 2017

CONOVER - Earl "Bunny" Cecil Guthrie, Jr., 69, of Conover, passed away, Friday, December 1, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice of Sherrills Ford. Born in Catawba County on February 7, 1948, he was the son of the late Earl "Rabbit" Cecil Guthrie, Sr., and Louise Wise Guthrie. Bunny attended St. Stephens High School. He was a master carpenter and could build almost anything. In his early years he...
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Benjamin Emanuel Bower

May 12, 1984 - November 28, 2017

Benjamin Emanuel Bower, age 33, passed away peacefully in the arms of his parents on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at UNC Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill. Born May 12, 1984, he was the son of Leo E. Bower and Kimberly S. Kelley of Hickory, NC and was the light of their world. Ben spent his childhood in Hickory, NC and graduated from Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, NC in 2002. Ben...
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Paula Yvonne Hughes

February 16, 1973 - November 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Hickory Funeral Home, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Rachel Teague Robinson

February 7, 1935 - November 18, 2017

HICKORY- Rachel Teague Robinson, 82, of Hickory passed away Saturday, November 18, 2017 at her home. Born February 7, 1935, in Valdese, NC. She was the daughter of the late John G. Teague, Sr. and the late the Lela Munday Teague. Rachel graduated from Granite Falls High School. Then started her career in banking and retired from Bank of America after 30 years. She was an active member of Baton...
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Raymond Lee Jones

July 7, 1927 - November 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Hickory Funeral Home, Hickory, North Carolina.
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John Wray Townsend

August 20, 1949 - November 15, 2017

John "Wray" Townsend, 68, went to be with his Heavenly Father and his mom, dad, and brother on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Hickory Falls Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Granite Falls where he resided for the last five and half years. He fought a long, hard fight to stay with us. He was born in Cleveland County on August 20, 1949 to Clifton Townsend and Trivie Ellen Young Townsend of...
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Charles Franklin Merrill

April 17, 1942 - November 13, 2017

CONOVER- Charles Franklin Merrill Sr., 75 passed away at his residence on Monday, November 13, 2017. He survived stage 4 lung cancer 9 years ago and colon cancer 4 years ago. He fought the good fight!Born in Moore County on April 17, 1942, he was the son of the late Lewis Albert and Eva Stilwell Merrill and was a member of Christ Church on Springs Road in Hickory. Charles served in the United...
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Nevaeh Angeline Harrelson

November 12, 2017 - November 12, 2017

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, God called his precious angel back home to be with him.A gathering of friends will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. at Hickory Funeral Home.
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Mabel S. Phillpotts

January 29, 1927 - November 9, 2017

HICKORY- Mabel Smith Phillpotts, 90, Hickory passed away at Brian Center east on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Born in Union County on January 29, 1927, she was the daughter of the late William and Pantha James Smith. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband William B. Phillpotts; her sisters Hazel Phillpotts and her husband H.N. "Phil" Phillpotts; and Lucille Kuykendall...
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Paul David Green

October 17, 1951 - November 8, 2017

HICKORY- Paul David Green, 66 passed away on November 8, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born in Catawba County on October 17, 1951, he was the son of the late John and Jessie Harrison Green. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather that will be deeply missed by his family. Paul is survived by his wife Ernestine Greene of the home; a daughter Jennifer Reed and her husband Bruce...
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Acelynn Noelle Bracey

October 3, 2017 - November 7, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Hickory Funeral Home, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Jean Vassar Wooldridge

August 25, 1926 - November 6, 2017

HICKORY- Jean Vassar Wooldridge, 91, of Hickory, passed away peacefully with her family surrounding her at Brookdale Falling Creek on Monday, November 6, 2017. Born in Campbell Co. VA on August 25, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Fred Starkey and Kathleen Oakes Vassar. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband William Rucker Wooldridge; a brother Fred S. Vassar,...
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Harold Levon Shook

August 8, 1932 - November 6, 2017

Hickory- Harold Levon Shook Sr. 85, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center after a period of declining health for several years. Harold was born in Alexander County to the late Ernest S. and Lou Susan Fox Shook on August 8, 1932. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a step-son Andrew Paul Shook. Harold was US Navy veteran, he proudly served during...
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James Edgar Snipes

October 20, 1932 - November 1, 2017

Hickory-James Edgar Snipes, 85, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He was born the son of the late Herman H. Snipes and Katie Maybelle Honeycutt Snipes on October 20, 1932 in Catawba County. James loved to travel with his wife Mary in their past time. He was an avid sports fan and loved his sweet dog Levi very much. James also served in the United States...
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Leona Catherine Kirby

March 11, 1929 - October 31, 2017

Leona Catherine Richey Kirby, 88, passed away on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. She was born the daughter of the late Clyde Eugene Richey and Floy Jeanette Beal Richey on March 11, 1929 in Catawba County. Leona was a lifelong member of Fellowship Advent Christian Church in Bethlehem. She worked for many years at Singer Sewing in Hickory where she was an award...
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Dorothea N. Rau

March 31, 1925 - October 28, 2017

Dorothea N. Rau passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Trinity Village in Hickory. Dorothea was born March 31, 1925 as the 10th child of the Lutheran minister, Christian Rau and his wife, Frieda, in Wildberg, Germany. Dr. Rau received her master's degree in special education from the U. of Mississippi and her PhD from the U. of Illinois. She returned to Germany to take the lead in...
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Jeffery Lance Ledford

June 15, 1957 - October 26, 2017

HICKORY-Jeffery Lance Ledford, 60, of Hickory passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, October 26, 2017 at his residence. Born in Orange County, CA, on June 15, 1957, he was the son of the late Roy Lee and Lois Clarice Plemmons Ledford. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law Jimmy Duncan and a nephew Douglas Olson. Jeff was a manager at GKN Driveline where he worked...
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Sarah Crump Eckard

August 10, 1923 - October 24, 2017

Sarah Crump Eckard, a lifelong resident of Hickory, died October 24, 2017, at Trinity Ridge in Mountain View. She was 94 years old. Mrs. Eckard was born August 10, 1923, in Gaston County to Jones Edward Crump and Margaret Goebel Crump. As the oldest daughter of nine children, Mrs. Eckard was her mother's chief assistant in caring for the large family during the Great Depression and through World...
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Barbara Ann Conway

July 5, 1938 - October 19, 2017

HICKORY-Barbara Thomas Conway, 79 of Hickory passed away at her residence on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Born in Greenville County, SC on July 5, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Delmer Preston and Zela Mae O'Shields Thomas. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Richard J. Conway Sr.; son Gregory Eugene Chandler. She is survived by her sons Ricky Ray Chandler...
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Pearl Greer Coffey

October 5, 1927 - October 19, 2017

HICKORY- Pearl Greer Coffey, 90 of Hickory passed away peacefully at Catawba Regional Hospice on Thursday, October 19, 2017. Pearl was born in Watauga County on October 5, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Pearl Walls Greer. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Paul Edward Coffey and a number of brothers and sisters. She was a member of West Hickory...
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Melza L. Starnes

July 6, 1925 - October 17, 2017

Melza Little Starnes, 92, of Hickory, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. Born Melza Irene Little in Alexander County on July 6, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Garland Fess and Eva Gant Little. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Grady Thomas Starnes, brothers; Arvel Little, Conley Little, and David Little, sisters; Arlee Puett, Ruth...
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John Bennie Parker

March 6, 1923 - October 16, 2017


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Ira David Miller

July 31, 1942 - October 1, 2017

HICKORY- Ira David Miller III, 75, of Hickory passed away peacefully, following an extended illness, at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke, on Sunday October 1, 2017. Born in Long Island, New York on July 31, 1942, he was the son of the late Ira David Miller Jr. and Mildred Bertha Coke Miller. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Diane Buck Miller. Raised in...
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Robert Warren Williams

January 26, 1936 - September 27, 2017

HICKORY-Robert Warren Williams, 81, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 due to declining health as a result of Parkinson's disease.Bob was born January 26, 1936 in Valdese to the late James Clyde and Louise Warren Williams. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert Lindsay Williams; granddaughter, Katie Elizabeth Bennett; and Betty Lindsay Williams,...
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Carl Graden Fox

November 8, 1923 - September 24, 2017

HICKORY- Carl "Graden" Fox, 93, of Hickory passed away peacefully at his residence on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Born in Alexander County on November 8, 1923 he was the son of the late George Roscoe and Dessie Ola Little Fox. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Lena Mae Shook Fox; brothers and sisters, Grafton, Ruby, Bonnie, Paul, Betty Jean and Glenn. Known as Wolf...
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Robin Ann Rudisill

May 29, 1955 - September 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Hickory Funeral Home, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Elizabeth Gale Chambers

December 22, 1939 - September 15, 2017

HICKORY-Elizabeth "Libby" Chambers, 77 of Hickory passed away peacefully at Trinity Ridge on Friday, September 15, 2017. Born in Catawba County on December 22, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Sterling and Lillian Holland Ward. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Harvey Ward. She is survived by her sons Scott Crider and wife Ellen of Hickory and Tommy Hefner...
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Earl Franklin Parlier

August 3, 1930 - September 14, 2017

Earl Franklin Parlier, age 87, of Hickory passed away, Thursday, September 14, 2017, at his residence. Born August 3, 1930, in Watauga County, he was the son of the late Lawrence S. Parlier and Lucy R. Norris Parlier. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Howard Parlier; sisters, Mildred Rogers and Clara Lindsey. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife,...
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Darrell Louis Pitts

December 11, 1948 - September 13, 2017

Darrell Louis Pitts, 68 of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at his residence. He was born December 11, 1948 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Lee Roy Pitts Sr. and Katherine Ellisor Pitts. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Katherine and Joe Caudill and their daughter Tamera Jo. A loving husband,...
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Bobby Lee Isenhour

July 27, 1942 - September 13, 2017

Bobby Lee Isenhour, age 75, passed away, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at his residence after a period of declining health. Born July 27, 1942, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Coy Edgar and Ida Mae Starnes Isenhour. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Linda Isenhour and 2 brothers Earl and Tony Isenhour. Survivors are his sisters Doris Dameron of...
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Michael Daniel Salmons

February 17, 1967 - September 9, 2017

Hickory- Michael Daniel Salmons, 50, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton.He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Dale of Hickory and son, Kristopher Stephens of Newton. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Hickory Funeral Home.Online condolences may be left at www.hickoryfh.com.Hickory Funeral Home is...
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Mary Ester Munday Herman

July 29, 1934 - September 1, 2017

Mary Ester Munday Herman, age 83, of Hickory, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 01, 2017 at her residence. Born July 29, 1934 in Caldwell County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Carson Munday and Eunice Ellen Bentley. In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Eugene Herman; and sister, Shirley Reed. She is survived by her four children, Allen...
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Willadene Huffman Bowman

July 9, 1927 - August 30, 2017

HICKORY-Willadene Huffman Bowman, 90, of Hickory passed away peacefully at Trinity Village on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Born in Guilford County on July 9, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Hathcock and Sarah Huffman Hathcock. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Elmore Bowman and a son Mark Bowman. Willadene is survived by her daughters Connie...
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Victoria McGee Farmer

June 19, 1947 - August 28, 2017

HICKORY- Victoria "Vicki" McGee Farmer, 70, of Hickory passed away at her residence, Monday, August 28, 2017. Born in Catawba County on June 19, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Milton McGee and Gertie Lance McGee Rhodes. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Wilmer McGee and a nephew Michael McGee. Vicki is survived by her longtime significant other John Nye...
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Verlee Elizabeth Pollock

April 20, 1927 - August 25, 2017

Verlee Elizabeth Pollock, the daughter of the late Lum Alexander and Bertha Wilson, was born April 20, 1927 in Gaston County, North Carolina. She departed this life Friday, August 25, 2017 at her residence. Verlee Elizabeth Pollock retired from the Willow Brook Develop Center, Staten Island, New York. She attended Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover, N.C. She was preceded in death by her husband...
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Betty Rae Carpenter Lutz

June 3, 1934 - August 24, 2017

Betty Rae Carpenter Lutz, 83, passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. She was born on June 3, 1934 to the late Ray Cline and Viola Herman Carpenter in Catawba County. Betty enjoyed talking and spending time with her family. Along with her parents, Betty is preceded in death by her husband Jackson Lee Lutz Sr., sisters; Thelma Waters and Dorothy Mae...
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Phillip Scott Sain

December 26, 1946 - August 22, 2017

Phillip "Scott" Sain, age 70, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 22, 2017. Born December 26, 1946 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Dwight Franklin Sain and Ruth Turner Sain and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hickory. Scott served in the United States Army in Korea during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 48 and an active member of the...
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Brenda Joyce Alexander

December 3, 1947 - August 17, 2017

Brenda Propst Alexander, age 69, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. Born December 3, 1947 in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late Houston Propst and Betty Young Propst. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Junior Propst; sister, Cathy Young; and brother in law, Clarence Young. Survivors are...
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Frances Icard Duncan

March 8, 1933 - August 16, 2017

HICKORY- Frances Icard Duncan, 84 passed away at Catawba Regional Hospice on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Born Sarah Frances Icard in Catawba County on March 8, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Arthur David and Fannie Deal Icard. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Billy L. Duncan and her brother Kenneth L. Icard. Frances served in the Armed Forces as an...
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Ellen Elizabeth Swindell

September 7, 1934 - August 13, 2017

HICKORY- Ellen Bass Swindell, 82, of Hickory went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Born Ellen Elizabeth Bass in Florence, SC on September 7, 1934, she was the daughter of the late George Washington Bass, Sr. and Mamie Young Bass. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Homer Theodore "Ted" Swindell; her daughter...
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Betty Sue Pearce

September 26, 1930 - August 12, 2017

Betty Sue Stafford Pearce, 86, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was born on September 26, 1930 to the late Dewey Elmer and Blanche Elizabeth Stafford in Alexander County. Betty was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hickory. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her son; Michael David Pearce, brother;...
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John Harry Barger

March 24, 1938 - August 12, 2017

John Harry Barger, 79, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Sherrills Ford Hospice in Sherrills Ford. He was born to the late Garland Whisnant and Ordie Barger on March 24, 1938 in Catawba County. John was a member of Faith Olive Baptist Church for many years and also served as a church Deacon. He was deeply loved by his family and will always be remembered for his love,...
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Elna Inez Riley

September 28, 1921 - August 11, 2017

Elna Inez Riley, 95, of Newton, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. She was born on September 28, 1921 to the late Odiest Herbert and Myrtle Huffman Hunt in Catawba County. She was a member of New Hope Moravian Church. Along with her parents, Inez is preceded in death by her husband, Everett Riley, son; Stephen W. Riley, sister; Estel Smith, brothers;...
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Frankie Irene Stallings

March 15, 1940 - August 11, 2017

Frankie Irene Stallings, 77, of Vale, passed away on Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Brian Center East in Hickory. She was born to the late Vance Luther and Mary Rudisill Stallings on March 15, 1940 in Catawba County. Frankie was a member of Corinth Baptist Church. She retired from Eastern and American Airlines after dedicating many years of service. Along with her parents, she is preceded in...
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Clyde Lincoln Lail

February 11, 1927 - August 8, 2017

HICKORY - Clyde Lincoln Lail, 90, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Trinity Village after a brief illness. Clyde was born on February 11, 1927 in Alexander County to the late Curvie P. and Carrie Flowers Lail. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Wilma Eckard Lail and a number of brothers and sisters. Clyde was a Navy veteran of WWII, he was retired founder, co...
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Vance Levi Brittian

June 30, 1917 - August 7, 2017

Vance Levi Brittian, 100, passed away on August 7th at College Pines Nursing Home. Vance was born on June 30, 1917 to the late Shupping Brittian and Dellie Berry Brittian. He is also preceded in death by his first wife; Violet Houston Brittian, son; Larry Brittian, his second wife; Wilma (Madeline) Keller Brittian, brothers; Henry, J.G., Wilburn, and Stanford, sisters; Junie Spann, Octie Miller,...
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Kay Weaver Milstead

November 14, 1949 - July 31, 2017

Kay Weaver Milstead, age 67, passed away July 31, 2017.Services will be at a later date.
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Ray Howard Eckard

August 10, 1923 - July 24, 2017

Ray Howard Eckard, a lifelong resident of Hickory, an accountant, and a World War II veteran, died Sunday, July 24, 2017, at Frye Regional Medical Center. He was 93 years old. Mr. Eckard was born August 10, 1923, to James A. Eckard and Estelle Hollar Eckard. He graduated from St. Stephens High School and received a degree in business and accounting from Clevenger Business College. He served three...
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J. T. Coonse

May 30, 1937 - July 23, 2017

BETHLEHEM- J. T. Coonse, 80, of Bethlehem went to be with the Lord, surrounded by his loving family, Sunday, July 23, 2017 after a lengthy illness. He was born on May 30, 1937 in Catawba County to the late Perry Robert and Mary Johnson Coonse. J.T. was a loving husband, father, brother and loyal friend. He served in the United States Air Force for 6 years, and the North Carolina Army National...
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Letha Cloer Warren

January 21, 1922 - July 20, 2017

NEWTON- Letha Cloer Warren, 95 of Newton, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Trinity Village on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Born in Catawba County on January 21, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Pinkney and Alta Barger Cloer. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son William "Willie" D. Warren and three brothers Thomas, Eubert and Edgar Cloer. Letha...
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Dawson Lee Close

July 19, 2017

Dawson Lee Close, infant son of Charles and Kimber Lail Close, passed away July 19, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He is survived by his sisters Cara Danielle Close, Kimberly "Justice: Close, and his brothers Charles Ray Close and Brayden James Close all of the home. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are with Hickory Funeral Home.
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Betty June Druhot

June 23, 1924 - July 19, 2017

Betty (Showalter) Druhot, 93, former resident of Bryan, Ohio and Englewood, FL passed away on July 19, 2017 after an extended illness at the Catawba Regional Hospice Center in Newton, NC. Betty was born on June 23, 1924 in Pulaski, Ohio. Her parents were Franklin and Constance Wiles. Betty was the youngest of their ten children.Betty loved her large family and she is survived by six of her...
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Betty Little Isenhour

November 8, 1963 - July 18, 2017

Betty Little Isenhour, age 53, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center, after a 25 year up and down battle with an autoimmune disease. Born November 8, 1963 in Portsmouth, VA, she was the daughter of Mildred Lou Allen Little and the late Billie Dean Little. She was the owner of Tea Rose Skin Care in Hickory. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her loving...
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Helen Hildebran Sain

November 22, 1935 - July 16, 2017

Helen "Sis" Hildebran Sain, 81, of Connelly Springs, passed away peacefully at Carolina Rehab of Burke on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Born in Burke County on November 22, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Maudie Kiser Hildebran. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Arlin "Duck" Sain; 6 sisters and 9 brothers. She is survived by her daughters Pam Simpson...
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Dorothy Anita Spencer

October 20, 1920 - July 7, 2017

HICKORY- Dorothy Anita Spencer, of Trinity Village East, Hickory, NC was welcomed to her heavenly home on Friday, July 7, 2017. Dorothy was born October 20, 1920, in Catawba County to the late Roy F and Anna Killian Spencer. She was a beloved parochial kindergarten teacher for many years in Baltimore, MD, at St. Johns in Winston Salem, NC and at St. Peters in Conover, NC. When Dorothy's mother...
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Paul Edgar Lanier

January 3, 1936 - July 5, 2017

HICKORY- Paul Edgar Lanier of Hickory, age 81, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Valley Nursing and Rehab in Taylorsville. Born January 3, 1936, he was the son of the late Edward Lanier and Ruth Pitts Lanier. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Miller. He is survived by his wife, Doris T. Lanier, of the home; sisters Gladys Lanier and Ruby Lanier; niece...
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Marian Rebeka Huffman Berry

July 11, 1928 - July 2, 2017

HICKORY---Marian Rebeka Huffman Berry, 88, passed away July 2, 2017, at Kingston Residence after a period of declining health. Marian was born July 11, 1928, in Catawba County to the late Franklin Andrew Marion Huffman and Bertie Honeycutt Huffman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Walter Berry. Marian was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University, and she...
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Floyd Berlin Newton

October 7, 1930 - June 30, 2017

Floyd Berlin Newton, 86, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, June 30, 2017. Floyd was a loving father, husband, and grandfather who is survived by his wife, Naomi, daughter, Wanda Hampton (Steve), and grandson, Zach Hampton (Kari). A military graveside service will be held on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Fellowship Advent Christian Church. Military Honors will be conducted by the...
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Maureen Elizabeth Flanegan Jones

August 4, 1947 - June 29, 2017

HICKORY- Sometimes we often wonder why God would take a loved one from us-such is the case with Maureen Jones. She was always there to help anyone, whether it was a family member or a complete stranger. Maureen always put everyone else first, and herself last. After a brief illness, Maureen passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017. She leaves behind her husband of almost 50 years, Bob, as well...
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Charlie Jonas Keener

January 7, 1930 - June 26, 2017

Hickory- Reverend Charlie Jonas Keener, 87, went to be with the Lord, Monday, June 26, 2017. He was born on January 7, 1930 in Catawba County to the late Robert E. Keener and Velma Cline Keener. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters, Lorene Griffey, Mildred Workman and Mary Campbell and a brother Howard Keener. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict;...
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Ethan Lee Church

December 25, 1990 - June 13, 2017

Connelly Springs- Ethan Lee Church, 26, of Connelly Springs, passed away on June 13, 2017 at his home with his family due to heart transplant complications.He was born on December 25, 1990 to Donna Icard Church and the late Curtis Church in Catawba County.Ethan made his career in the restaurant business working as a cook at Café Gouda. He was funny, talented, and kind hearted. Ethan loved...
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Helen Drum Sigmon

May 23, 1922 - June 12, 2017

Hickory-Helen Drum Sigmon, 95, of Hickory died June 12, 2017.Mrs. Sigmon was born on May 23, 1922, in Catawba County to the late H. Lafayette and Edith Reitzel Drum. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Everette C. Sigmon, her brother, Dale Drum, sisters, Margie Drum Gilbert and Carolyn Drum Combs, and half-brothers, Bryce Drum, Harry Drum, and Fred Drum. She is...
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Gary Wayne Daye

February 19, 1948 - June 10, 2017

Hickory- Gary Wayne Daye, 69, of Hickory passed away at Catawba Regional Hospice, June 10, 2017. Born February 18, 1948 in Catawba County to the late Clyde Columbus and Juanita Bost Daye. He is survived by his brother David Daye of Hickory. No services are planned at this time. Arrangements are with Hickory Funeral Home.
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Wilma Inez Fulbright

September 20, 1930 - June 6, 2017

Wilma Isenhour Fulbright, 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 6 at Kingston Residence of Hickory after a brief decline. She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Fulbright-Myers, a niece, Quinn Cline, and the many members of the Fulbright family. She was the daughter of Clifford Isenhour and Betty Hudson Isenhour, and the loyal and loving wife of Glenn Fulbright, to whom she was married for...
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Nancy Faye Burton Shull

August 3, 1936 - June 1, 2017

Nancy Burton Shull passed away peacefully Thursday, June 1, at Catawba Regional Hospice, surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 3, 1936, and was a life-long resident of Catawba County. Mrs. Shull was in the first graduating class of Fred T. Foard High School and was a proud graduate of Lenoir Rhyne University. Mrs. Shull was strongly committed to education and community interests....
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Keith Ryan Hutchinson

June 17, 1978 - May 27, 2017

RALEIGH- Keith Ryan Hutchinson, 38 of Raleigh, passed away on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at his residence. He was born on June 17, 1978 to the late Boyce Alton Hutchinson and Faye Royall Hutchinson in Iredell County. Keith is survived by his mother Faye Royall Hutchinson of Traphill, and his brother Bradley Alton Hutchinson of Hickory. He was employed as Web Production Lead Manager for IBM. The...
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Julia Christine Silver Hewitt

December 23, 1938 - May 22, 2017

HICKORY- Christine Silver Hewitt, 78, of Hickory passed away peacefully at Catawba Regional Hospice on Monday, May 22, 2017. Born Julia Christine Silver in McDowell County on December 23, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Roy Hicks Silver and Martha Virginia Hunter Silver. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jack Hewitt Jr., a brother and sister-in-law, Harold...
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Ruby Hoyle Reitzel

July 8, 1925 - May 22, 2017

HICKORY- Ruby Hoyle Reitzel, 91, of Hickory passed away peacefully at Catawba Regional Hospice on May 22, 2017. Born in Cleveland County, on July 8, 1925, she was the daughter of the late James Pinkney and Maggie Jane Riley Hoyle. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Charles John Reitzel Sr., a grandson Christopher S. Reitzel; 2 sisters and 1 brother. Ruby was a...
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Onada Harriet Taylor

March 10, 1926 - May 22, 2017

CONOVER- Onada Harriet Taylor, 91 of Conover, passed away peacefully at Abernethy Laurels on May 22, 2017. Born Onada Harriet Betchy in Fayette County, PA on March 10, 1926, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Govedich Betchy. Her husband Edwin M. Taylor preceded her in death. Known as "Nada" to her family, she is survived by her sons Ed Taylor and his partner Nancy of Conover, and...
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Aaron Shannon Cook

September 14, 1925 - May 18, 2017

HICKORY-Aaron Shannon Cook, 91, of Hickory, was taken to his heavenly home surrounded by his loved ones, on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Born in Cleveland County on September 14, 1925, he was the son of the late W. Lee Cook and Hattie Ray Cook. In addition he was preceded in death by 8 brothers and sisters. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church. While working as District Manager for Southern Life...
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Grady Ross Hefner

January 6, 1934 - May 15, 2017

Grady Ross Hefner, 83, passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. He was born on January 6, 1934 in Catawba County to the late Loyd R. Hefner and Golda Bumgarner Hefner. Grady loved to fish and spend time with his family and friends. Along with his parents, Grady is preceded in death by his brothers, Claude Lee Hefner, Jimmy Carroll Hefner, and sister Alma Jo Cole....
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Lucille Gélinas Joubert

June 24, 1920 - May 15, 2017

Lucille Gélinas Joubert, 96 passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House in Sherrills Ford. She was born on June 24, 1920 to the late Ferdinand Gélinas and Mary Poudrier Gélinas in St. Elie Quebec, Canada. Lucille was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Hickory and retired as a clothing designer and sewing professional. She was a loving and caring...
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Virgie Thornhill Smith

February 24, 1914 - May 9, 2017

BATON ROUGE, LA-After a full 103 years on this earth, Virgie Thornhill Smith, lovingly known as the "most cheerful person on earth", was called to her eternal home and is rejoicing in the arms of her Creator and King. Virgie was loved by all who had the honor of knowing her. She could always be found working in the garden tending to her flowers, playing with any available infant, loving her...
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Judith Ann Dierdorf

March 21, 1940 - May 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Hickory Funeral Home, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Trina Renae Killian

July 9, 1972 - May 7, 2017

CORNELIUS- Trina Renae Killian, 44 of Cornelius, passed away unexpectedly May 7, 2017 at her residence of natural causes. Born on July 9, 1972 in Catawba County she was the daughter Elmer E and Martha Honeycutt Killian. Her father Elmer E. Killian preceded her in death. Trina is survived by her daughters Kennedy Eckard and Elizabeth Eckard both of Hickory and a son Tate Eckard of Hickory; her...
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