Our Obituaries

Patricia Catherine Ellis

February 20, 1944 - December 14, 2017

Pat Ellis, age 73, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday December 14, 2017 at her residence in Catawba.Born in Wilkes County, she was the daughter of the late Lewis Ellis and Lillie Wallace Ellis.Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Ricky A Ellis of Catawba; daughter, Becky Ellis of Catawba; Brothers, Charlie Ellis and wife Wanda of Hickory, Tom Ellis of Hickory; sister, Betty...
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Carolyn Miller Furr

April 7, 1936 - December 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Wannetta Manning Tosqui

March 30, 1951 - December 9, 2017

Wannetta Manning Tosqui, age 66, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at home in Georgia. Wannetta was born in Catawba County on March 30, 1951 to the late James Robert Manning and Sonia Marie Hedrick Manning.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brother, James Edward Manning.Those left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Jennifer Carlton of Marietta, GA,...
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Kermit Shatley Cloninger

October 1, 1937 - November 30, 2017

Kermit Shatley Cloninger, 80, of Conover, passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Trinity Village in Hickory.Kermit was born in Wilkes County on October 1, 1937 to the late Quentin Kermit Cloninger and Grace Dexter Shatley.Kermit was a diesel mechanic for the Ryder Transportation company. He served for six years in the North Carolina National Guard. Kermit was a member of St. Mark's Church...
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Johnny Marion Galloway

January 5, 1940 - November 27, 2017

Johnny Marion Galloway, 77, of Claremont passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Sherrills Ford Hospice in Sherrills Ford, NC.Johnny was born in Catawba County on January 5, 1940 to the late George Spurgeon Galloway and Lou Etta Mews. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church.In addition to his parents, Johnny is preceded in death by his three brothers, James Galloway, Bill Galloway and...
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Vera Mae Arndt

April 2, 1919 - November 22, 2017

Vera Mae Drum Arndt, age 98, of Newton, NC, passed away peacefully on November 22, 2017 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC. Born April 2, 1919 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Gossie Durant Drum and Annie Lee Hawn Drum.Vera graduated from Balls Creek Consolidated School in 1936 and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Newton, NC, the United Methodist Women, and...
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Anna Lou Spencer Kaylor

December 4, 1924 - November 21, 2017

Anna Lou Spencer Kaylor, age 92, of Conover, NC, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC, after a brief illness. Born December 4, 1924 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Carroll McCoy Spencer and Viola Lucille Hollar Spencer.Anna Lou was a graduate of the Rex Hospital School of Nursing in Raleigh, NC, and had worked as a...
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Robert Eugene Patton

November 1, 1945 - November 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Sherri Cecile Isenhower

July 27, 1948 - November 19, 2017

Sherri Kale Isenhower, age 69, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at her home. Born July 27, 1948 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Mack Kale and Lucille Beard Kale.Sherri was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, NC, where she was active in the Altar Guild, and Christian Day School Board. She was also a member of the Garden...
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Avery Turner Kornegay

February 4, 1928 - November 16, 2017

Avery Turner Kornegay, 89, of Claremont went to his heavenly home on Thursday, November 16, 2017, surrounded by loving family. He was a loving husband, father, Papaw and friend. Avery was born on February 4, 1928 in Duplin County, North Carolina to the late Barney and Victoria Kornegay. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, JoAnn Hoke Kornegay; brothers, James Eric Kornegay,...
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Mary Elizabeth Cloninger

January 6, 1920 - November 13, 2017

Mary Elizabeth Green Cloninger, age 97, of Newton, NC, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017, at Conover Nursing & Rehabilitation in Conover, NC. Born January 6, 1920, in Alamance County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Lawrence Green and Nannie Brinsfield Green. Mary was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church in Newton, NC, and had retired from Carolina Glove Co. ...
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Damian Lowell Campbell

September 10, 1984 - November 11, 2017

Damian Lowell Campbell, 33, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. Damian was born in Charleston County, SC on September 10, 1984 to the late Willie Ray Campbell.He is survived by his mother, Sylvia Kay Carpenter; son, Cameron Odom; daughter, Chloe Reese Campbell; brothers, Willie Ray Campbell, Jr. and wife, Belinda, Brandon Ray Campbell, David A....
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James Walter Colley

June 22, 1939 - November 10, 2017

James Walter Colley, age 78, went to be with his Heavenly Father on November 10, 2017 at his home in Vale, NC.Born in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Tilman Colley and Julia Belle Maples. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Richard Colley; sisters, Cricket Price and Dean Colley Evans.Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Debbie Reinhardt...
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Ida Annette Cline

February 2, 1938 - November 8, 2017

Ann Reinhardt Cline, age 79, of Conover, NC, passed away peacefully on November 8, 2017, at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, NC. Born February 2, 1938, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late James Edward Reinhardt, Jr. and Claire Nell Beam Reinhardt.Ann was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Conover, NC, where she was a former member of the choir, LWML, Altar Guild...
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Peggy Lewis Drum

October 17, 1932 - October 30, 2017

Peggy Lewis Rudisill Drum, age 85, of Newton, NC, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC, after a brief illness. Born October 17, 1932, in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Hugh Rudisill and Macie Isenhour Rudisill.Peggy was a graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College and received her Masters degree from Appalachian State University. She was a...
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Josephine Elizabeth Setzer

October 1, 1921 - October 27, 2017

Josephine Elizabeth Little Setzer, age 96, of Claremont, NC, passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017, at Sherrills Ford Hospice in Sherrills Ford, NC. Born October 1, 1921 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Chase Little and Winne Mae Little Little.Josephine was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Claremont. She was a former Sunday school teacher, former member of...
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Minnie Ailene Patterson

April 18, 1931 - October 25, 2017

Minnie Ailene Parton Patterson, age 86, of Conover, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born April 18, 1931, in Sevier County, TN, she was the daughter of the late Horace Parton and Dicie Ogle Parton.Minnie was a member of Sweetwater Baptist Church in Hickory, NC, and had retired from the furniture industry. She enjoyed camping with her husband and...
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Eunice Myrle Punch

July 25, 1924 - October 22, 2017

Eunice Myrle Lail Punch, age 93, of Hickory, passed away at her home on Sunday, October 22, 2017 with her family around her.Born July 25, 1924, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Elmore Lail and Lela Miller Lail.She was a lifelong member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Conover. She had been active with the women of the church, Home Extension Club, St. Timothy Fire...
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Suzy Bell Ewing

September 27, 1939 - October 19, 2017

Susie Walker Ewing passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Catawba Valley Hospice House.No Services are planned at this time.Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Shirley Dean Lessnau

May 17, 1936 - October 14, 2017

Shirley Dean Sigmon Lessnau, age 81, of Hickory, NC, and formerly of Arizona, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born May 17, 1936 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Ivey Glenn Sigmon and Mary Beatrice Sherrill Sigmon.Shirley was a member of Catawba United Methodist Church in Catawba, NC. She was a former employee of Hunt...
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Sarah Alodye Sharp

November 6, 1942 - October 13, 2017

Sarah "Sally"Alodye Sharp, age 74, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Born November 6, 1942, in Shreveport, Louisiana, she was the daughter of the late William Ross Sharp and Sammy Estelle Harmon Sharp.Those left to cherish her memory are son, Ollie Thomas Perry, Jr. and husband, Clint of Houston, Texas; daughters, Lisa Wright and husband, Greg of...
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William Engel Holt

June 2, 1930 - October 5, 2017

Dr. William Engel "Bill" Holt, DDS, age 87, of Conover, NC, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born June 2, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of the late Paul John Holt and Anne Martha Engel Holt. Bill was educated at the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, Bill joined the...
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Scott James McCracken

December 3, 1962 - October 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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William Howard Gwaltney

November 12, 1936 - October 3, 2017

(United States Army Retired) Mr. William Howard Gwaltney, 80, went home to his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Mr. Gwaltney was a resident at Catawba Valley Living at Rock Barn in Claremont, having previously resided in the Hiddenite community. He was a member of Linney's Grove Baptist Church in Hiddenite. William was born November 12, 1936 on the Gwaltney Farm in Hiddenite to Jay...
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Mary Verna White

December 6, 1926 - September 27, 2017

Mary Verna "Bub" Arndt White, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Piedmont Village in Newton, NC. Born December 6, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Robert Franklin Arndt and Florence Propst Arndt. Mary was a wife, mother and homemaker for many years. She worked as an executive housekeeper for Southern Furniture in Conover until her retirement. She also worked and...
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Charles Rowe Coulter

July 16, 1931 - September 27, 2017

Charles Rowe Coulter, age 86, passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.Born July 16, 1931 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Vernon Claude Coulter and Mary Elizabeth Short Coulter. He retired from General Electric in 1993 and was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Newton, NC. Charles devoted his life to raising his...
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Bill McKinney

December 7, 1933 - September 25, 2017

Bill McKinney, age 83, went to be with his Heavenly Father on September 25, 2017 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House in Sherrills Ford, NC.Born in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Gaither McKinney and Eva Jane Ledford McKinney. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years Viola McKinney; daughter Renea McKinney; brothers, J.B. McKinney, Clay McKinney, Jack...
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Kimberly Ann Alvey

October 11, 1957 - September 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Ruby Pauline Lail Hedrick

February 23, 1931 - September 6, 2017

Ruby Pauline Lail Hedrick, age 86, of Conover, NC, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born February 23, 1931 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Rance Molly Lail and Lunda Lovella Lafone Lail. Ruby was of the Lutheran faith. She was a doll collector and enjoyed gospel music.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Walter Robert Farnsworth

February 9, 1943 - September 4, 2017

Walter "Walt" Robert Farnsworth, age 74, passed away on September 4, 2017 surrounded by his immediate family in Conover, NC.Born in Medina County Ohio, he was the son of the late Charles Walter Farnsworth and Betty J Farnsworth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Pat Cole.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 50 years, Bonnie Farnsworth; son, Chuck...
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Jonathan Lee Jones

August 21, 1954 - September 1, 2017

Jonathan Lee "J.J." Jones, age 63, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017, at home.Born August 21, 1954 in Iredell County, he was the son of the late Thomas Alonzo Jones and Annie Herman Gilbert.Jonathan was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday school and served as an elder and trustee. He was also a Boy Scouts of America leader. Jonathan retired from the NCSBI and...
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Claude William Hoke

October 16, 1924 - August 30, 2017

Claude William (Billy) Hoke, 92, of Conover died peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Billy was born in Catawba County on October 16, 1924 to the late Claude P. Hoke and Florence Sigmon Hoke. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Grace Setzer Hoke; sister, Florene Hoke Gantt Bryson; and nephew, Larry Gantt. He is survived by a nephew,...
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John Thomas Smith

January 8, 1954 - August 27, 2017

John Thomas "Tom" Smith, 63, ascended into heaven Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.Born in Catawba County, Jan. 8, 1954, he was the son of the late Dorothy Smith Hefner and stepfather Clyde Junius Hefner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Smith Crouse.Those left to cherish his memory are daughter, Shannon Nicole Little of Hickory; sisters, Myrtle Smith Newton of...
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Calvin Lewis Williamson

May 28, 1954 - August 25, 2017

Calvin "Cat" Lewis Williamson, age 63, went to be with his Heavenly Father on August 25, 2017 at the Catawba Valley Hospice House in Newton NC.Born in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Thomas Williamson Sr. and Christine Rippy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Thomas Williamson and Paul Williamson; and a sister, Marsha Williamson Gaither.Those left to...
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Barbara Jean Martin Carter

October 12, 1944 - August 2, 2017

Barbara Jean Martin Carter, age 72, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. Born October 12, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Lyman Henry Martin and Della M. Stone Martin.In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, Harold Lee Carter; brother, Edward Martin; sisters, Marie Benge and Eloise Martin; and grandchild, Raven Houston Deats...
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Martha Ann Keeling Brooks

February 24, 1931 - July 29, 2017

Martha Ann Keeling Brooks, 86, of Abernathy Laurels in Newton, died peacefully Saturday, July 29, 2017 in the arms of her husband of 63 years, Clayton Brooks, Jr. and their loyal rescue greyhound, Mrs. B-2 by her side.Marty was born in Paintsville, KY, daughter of the late Lee C. Keeling and Beulah Faye Painter Keeling. Raised in Kentucky and Dunbar, West Virginia, she graduated from Dunbar High...
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Toney Abron Frye

February 21, 1962 - July 18, 2017

Toney Abron Frye, age 55, passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Center United Methodist Church in Catawba.The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.Condolences may be sent to the Frye family at www.drumfh-conover.comThe Frye...
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James Edward Roseman

July 12, 1945 - July 17, 2017

James Edward Roseman, age 72, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. Born July 12, 1945 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Clifford Foree Roseman and Margaret Mae Haynes Roseman.In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by 2 deceased infant brothers and a deceased infant sister.James was a member at Providence Road Baptist Church...
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Kenneth Lee Shook

July 26, 1945 - July 9, 2017

Kenneth "Ken" Lee Shook, age 71, went to be with the Lord on July 9 2017.Born in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Hayden Clemet Shook and Stella Pearline Huffman Shook. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Eugene Robert Shook.Those left to cherish his memory are his brothers, Roger Hayden Shook and wife Shirley of Catawba, Keith Jonathan Shook of...
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Martha Jane Ford Tarter

April 8, 1944 - July 6, 2017

Martha Jane Ford Tarter, age 73, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Born April 8, 1944, in Lineville, Alabama, she was the daughter of William Clinton Ford, Jr. and the late Altha Irma Chapman Ford.Jane worked for BB&T as a Customer Service Representative and attended Tri-City Baptist Church. She adored her grandchildren, the...
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Henry Shane Byrd

June 18, 2007 - July 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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William Dauwalt Cranford

October 3, 1937 - July 5, 2017

William "Bill" Cranford, age 79, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Born October 3, 1937 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late George David Cranford and Mary Ella Sims Cranford.Bill was a member of Concord United Methodist Church.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 61 years, Shirley Reinhardt Cranford; daughters, Debra Lee and...
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Lee Rice

August 23, 1948 - June 26, 2017

Lee Rice, age 68, went to be with his Heavenly Father on June 26, 2017 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House in Sherrills Ford, NC.Born in Caldwell County, he was the son of the late William Edward Rice and Kathleen Reid Rice. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Lester Dan "Danny" Rice and Jerry Dean "Dean" Rice.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Darlene Rice;...
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Earl Edward Wright

March 15, 1960 - June 24, 2017

Earl "Hambone" Edward Wright, age 57, went to his heavenly home to join his family and friends on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at McWhorter Hospice House in Monroe, NC. Born March 15, 1960, he was the son of the late John McCoy Wright and Minnie Huffman Wright. He was a harvester in the food production division of the agriculture industry."Hambone" is survived by two brothers, Clyde Huffman of...
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Peggy Christine Hallman Hall

June 15, 1928 - June 24, 2017

Peggy Christine Hallman Hall, age 89, passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, NC. Born June 15, 1928, she was the daughter of the late June Hallman and Esper Smith Hallman. Peggy was a sander in the furniture industry and a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newton, NC.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alvie...
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Mary Anne Bolick

November 28, 1959 - June 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Mary Russell Cater

August 21, 1926 - June 16, 2017

Mary Russell Cater, age 90, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC.Born August 21, 1926 in Richfield NC, she was the daughter of the late David Eli Wyatt and Ester Frick Wyatt.Mary loved flower gardening. She had beautiful flower gardens on her property and even had a green house. She also had a great interest and love for birds and loved to watch them while...
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Betty Faye Hewitt Burch

June 18, 1934 - June 16, 2017

Betty Faye Hewitt Burch, 82, of Conover, passed away June 16, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice following a period of declining health.Born June 18, 1934, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Loy Austin and Flossie Sanders Hewitt and widow of Paul Franklin Burch.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Franklin Neil Hewitt; brothers,...
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Dorothy Lucille Deal Killian

October 20, 1934 - June 15, 2017

Dorothy "Dot" Lucille Deal Killian, age 82 of Claremont, passed away Thursday June 15, 2017 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. She was born October 20, 1934 in Catawba County. She was the daughter of the late William L. Deal and Lizzie Smith Deal.Dot was a woman who loved her kids and grandkids. She was fond of having the grandkids over for weeks at a time. Grandkids remember picking vegetables in...
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B. Raenelle Simmons Prevette

March 16, 1943 - May 31, 2017

Bertha Raenelle Simmons Prevette, age 74, passed away on May 31, 2017 at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville. Born March 16, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Ray E. Simmons and Bertha Killian Simmons. Raenelle was full of life and laughter. She was kind to all and loved by her family. After 54 years as a labor and delivery nurse at Davis Regional Medical Center she retired. She...
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Edward A. Arditti,

May 9, 1933 - May 30, 2017

Edward A. Arditti, Sr., age 84, of Conover, NC, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2017 at his residence, following a period of declining health. Born May 9, 1933 in New York, NY, the son of the late Albert Aaron Arditti and Diana Rebby Arditti.Ed was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Conover, NC and was the founder and CEO of Regency House Inc., Ardex Inc., and Highland Glass Industries....
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Jack Dale Bost

June 17, 1923 - May 30, 2017

Jack Dale Bost, age 93, of Valdese NC, passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at home. Born June 17, 1923 in Muskingum County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Carl Bost and Rena Carpenter Bost.Jack received a Teacher's Certificate at Mitchell College. He was self-employed as a brick contractor for over 35 years and retired from Fred T. Foard and CVCC.In addition to his parents, Jack was...
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Wayne Darrin McClure

August 25, 1969 - May 29, 2017

Wayne Darrin McClure passed away on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC.A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in the Chapel of Drum Funeral Home in Conover, NC.Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover is honored to serve the McClure family.
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Walter Glenn Cloninger

February 16, 1947 - May 28, 2017

Walter Glenn Cloninger, Jr., age 70, of Catawba, NC died Sunday, May 28, 2017. He was born February 16, 1947 to the late Walter Glenn Cloninger, Sr. and Pauline Martin Cloninger. He graduated from Bunker Hill High School in 1965. In 1966, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving four years active duty and two years in the reserves. Glenn married Martha Jean Fulbright on August 19,...
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William David Hughes

July 22, 1963 - May 26, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Sandra McGee Petrovich

February 2, 1947 - May 26, 2017

Sandra McGee Petrovich, age 70, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Born February 2, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Noah McGee and Jeanette Keener McGee.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Petrovich.She is survived by daughters, Lisa Newton and Stephanie Caetta and husband, Adam; brothers, Woody McGee and...
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Raenell Sigmon Hunsucker

December 18, 1927 - May 24, 2017

Mrs. David A. (Raenell Sigmon) Hunsucker, age 89, of Catawba, NC, went home to be with her Lord, and her husband, David, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Born December 18, 1927 in Catawba County, she grew up the daughter of James "Coon" Conley Sigmon and Nellie Jane Little Sigmon, in Claremont, NC. She graduated from Claremont School in the 11th grade and was asked to teach the following year. She...
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Mary Louise Harrison Bryant

October 16, 1936 - May 11, 2017

Mary Louise Harrison Bryant, age 80, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at home. Born October 16, 1936 in Union County, she was the daughter of the late Jehu Chasteen Harrison and Henrietta Love Harrison.Mary retired from Harris Teeter, and worked at First Union National Bank, as well as being a volunteer at Frye Regional Medical Center. She was a jokester who loved to laugh and make others...
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Shirley Ann Plaster Graves

March 30, 1948 - May 8, 2017

Shirley Ann Plaster Graves, age 69, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. The funeral will be scheduled at a later date. Drum Funeral Home in Conover, NC is honored to serve the Graves family.
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Patricia Ellen Simmons Herman

December 24, 1936 - May 6, 2017

Patricia Simmons Herman, 80, of Conover passed away on Saturday May 6, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.She was born in Catawba County on December 24, 1936, and was the daughter of Ralph B. Simmons and Effie Dellinger Simmons.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bobby) Lee Herman; brothers, Charlie, Paul, Joe, Eddie and Lewis Simmons; and...
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Joan Eleanor Stamey Campbell

December 6, 1940 - May 4, 2017

Joan Eleanor Stamey Campbell, age 76, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Trinity Village in Hickory. Born December 6, 1940, in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late James Coon "Bud" Stamey and Ila Mae Long Stamey.Joan was a homemaker and a member at Mays Chapel United Methodist Church in Maiden, NC.In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Alvin ...
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Lillian Marjorie Jones Setzer

January 5, 1922 - May 3, 2017

Lillian Marjorie Jones Setzer, age 95, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at home. Born January 5, 1922, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late George Grover Jones and Duvall Virginia Setzer Jones.Lillian worked for 22 years as a lab technician for Dr. John Sinnett. After retirement she was a docent for the Catawba County Historical Museum in Newton.In addition to her parents,...
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Nancy Louise Heafner Propes

September 16, 1939 - May 1, 2017

Nancy Louise Heafner Propes, 77, of Hickory passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton.She was born in Catawba County on September 16, 1939 and was the daughter of Grace Alice Adams Heafner of Newton and the late Ross Eugene Heafner. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Douglas Eugene Heafner; and her sister, Brenda Joyce Heafner...
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Patricia Gale Craig

July 4, 1950 - April 26, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Carl Eugene Huffman

February 22, 1959 - April 22, 2017

Carl Eugene Huffman, 58, passed away April 22, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born February 22, 1959, he was the son of George Robert Huffman of Conover, and JoAnn Little Cook of Taylorsville.He was preceded in death by his brother George Richard Huffman, and step-brother Roger Cook.Carl is survived by his daughter Candice Huffman Kane and husband, Tim, of Monroe; grandson, Elijah Kane;...
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Marvin Robert McKinney

March 24, 1952 - April 20, 2017

Marvin Robert McKinney, age 65, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Born March 24, 1952 in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Dewey George McKinney and Josephine Hoilman McKinney.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Patricia Ellis McKinney.Marvin served in the United States Marine Corps from December 10, 1973 to...
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Deborah Jean Hefner Grigg

November 25, 1950 - April 18, 2017

Deborah "Debbie" Hefner Grigg, 66, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at home. Born November 25, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Eulan Eugene Hefner and Josephine Mundy Hefner. In addition to her parents, Debbie was preceded in death by grandparents Lois and Preston Mundy and Earnest and Susan Hefner.She is survived by sister Sandra "Sandy" Hefner Sipes and husband, Foy; nephews Bradley...
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Hardin Mal Steelmon and Marin Harper Steelmon

March 23, 2017 - April 15, 2017

Infant twins Hardin Mal Steelmon and Marin Harper Steelmon were born March 23, 2017 at the UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Hardin passed away on March 25, 2017 and Marin passed away April 15, 2017. The twins were preceded in death by their maternal great-grandfathers, Mal Sherrill and Samuel Thompson, and their paternal great-grandparents, Shuford Hardin Sigmon and Frances Sigmon and...
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Dorothy Lynn Winkler Ellis

July 20, 1929 - April 13, 2017

Dorothy Lynn Winkler Ellis, age 87, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Trinity Ridge in Hickory, NC. Born July 20, 1929, in Caldwell County, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Allen Winkler and Mary Lucille Swanson Winkler.Dorothy was a member of A New Beginning Assembly of God in Hickory, NC, and was a homemaker.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by...
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Robert Charles McCracken

July 4, 1936 - April 13, 2017

The name of the deceased is Robert "Bob" Charles McCracken. He was 80 years of age at the time of death. He resided at 4572 Grassy Creek Road, Denver, North Carolina, 28037 at the time of his death. Robert Charles McCracken passed away on April 13th, 2017, at his home with his second wife, Shirley McCracken (Williams), and his eldest son, Charles Michael McCracken, by his bedside. Robert Charles...
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Peggy Jean Setzer Walker

November 4, 1931 - April 11, 2017

Peggy Jean Setzer Walker, wife of Ted B. Walker, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning, April 11, 2017. She was the daughter of John Fay Setzer and Julia Adalea Sigmon Setzer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ted B. Walker; sister, Helen Setzer Neville; and brother, John Alfred Setzer. She is survived by her brother in law, Leon Neville of Conover;...
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Betty Ruth Munday Reid

February 4, 1960 - April 4, 2017

Betty Ruth Munday Reid, age 57, of Taylorsville, NC, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Born February 4, 1960, in Alexander County, NC, she was the daughter of the late John Mitchell Munday and Ruth Lou Daniels Munday.Betty had retired from the furniture industry and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.In addition to her parents, she...
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Linda Jane Willis Merryman

August 8, 1943 - April 4, 2017

Linda Jane Willis Merryman, age 73, passed away on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at home. There are no services planned at this time.Drum Funeral Home in Conover, NC is honored to serve the Merryman family.
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James Oscar Rice

June 9, 1937 - March 28, 2017

James "Jim" Oscar Rice Jr. age 79 of Conover, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Watauga Medical Center in Boone. Born June 9, 1937, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late James Oscar Rice, Sr. and Nell Flack Rice. Jim was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, NC, and was an associate member of Grace Lutheran Church in Boone, NC. Over the years, Jim was very...
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Gregory Scott Ramsey

November 12, 1965 - March 24, 2017

Gregory Scott Ramsey, age 51, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.Born November 12, 1965 in Catawba County, he was the son of Ronald Jack Ramsey and Rebecca Louise Whitener Ramsey.He is preceded in death by a sister, Jackie Lynn Ramsey.Gregory was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Conover, NC. He performed data processing for ATM machines....
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Mildred Evelyn Moretz Weaver

June 15, 1928 - March 22, 2017

On March 22, 2017, Jesus came and took Mildred Weaver to her heavenly home to live with Him.She leaves her husband of 65 years, Robert "Bob" Weaver; her daughters, Diane Harling of Mendocino, CA, second daughter, Nancy Mernagh of Piscataway NJ; her son, James Weaver ofManville, NJ; and son-in law, Sam of Claremont; she was a loving grandmother to nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren....
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Walter Fred Reid

June 17, 1953 - March 6, 2017

Walter Fred Reid, age 63, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017, at Caldwell Hospice in Lenoir, NC.Born in Guilford County, NC, he was the son of the late Gurney Thomas Reid and Pauline Christopher Reid.Walter worked as a saw operator at Ideal Frame Company in Taylorsville, NC.In addition to his parents, Walter is preceded in death by brother in-laws, John McDaniels and Jerry Chatham. Those left...
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Heraclio Rodriguez-Lopez

February 26, 1994 - March 1, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Iowa Collins Terry

July 26, 1937 - February 27, 2017

Iowa Collins Terry, age 79, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at home. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Divine Grace Church in Hickory, NC. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. at Drum Funeral Home in Conover, NC. Drum Funeral Home in Conover, NC is honored to serve the Terry family.
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Olivia Lorane Plott

October 4, 1943 - February 23, 2017

Olivia L. Plott, age 73, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Gordon House Hospice in Statesville. A private service will be held at a later date. Drum Funeral Home in Conover, NC is honored to serve the Plott family.
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Nolan Moua Kong Lee

May 28, 2016 - February 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Kenneth Wayne Frye

October 13, 1964 - February 13, 2017

Kenneth Wayne Frye, Jr., age 52, passed away on Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home.Born October 13, 1964 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Kenneth Wayne Frye, Sr. Kenneth worked for Cardinal Health Enterprise in Rock Hill, SC and Northern Tool Distributing in Fort Mill. SC.He enjoyed working on and riding motorcycles, and he was handy with working and tinkering on electronics.In...
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Maxine Lillian Hines Cook

November 8, 1931 - February 12, 2017

Maxine Lillian Hines Cook, 85, passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Maxine was born in Catawba County on November 8, 1931 to the late Grady Hines and Ruth Mable Sigmon Hines.Maxine was a member of Cornerstone Church in Maiden. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, baking, knitting, and flower gardening. Maxine was a cat lover. In addition to her parents...
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Mary Ellen Salinas Mason

June 9, 1940 - February 11, 2017

Mary Ellen Salinas Mason, 76, passed away peacefully at her residence in Newton, NC on Saturday February 11, 2017. Born June 9, 1940 in Tarrant County, TX, she was the daughter of the late Ascencion Munoz Salinas and Maria Teresa Torres Salinas. She was a long time member of Faith Lutheran Church in Conover, NC.She was survived by her Husband of 58 years Aaron Wayne Mason; daughter, Marian...
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Maude Irene Miller Armstrong

September 30, 1923 - February 1, 2017

Maude Irene Miller Armstrong, age 93, of Conover, NC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC. Born September 30, 1923, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Alexander Miller and Rosalee M. Lail Miller.Maude retired as a unit secretary from Glenn R. Frye Hospital in Hickory, NC, and she was a life member of Mt. Zion Lutheran...
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Carolyn Elizabeth Yount Keisler

February 8, 1937 - January 29, 2017

Carolyn Elizabeth Yount Keisler, 79, of Conover passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Catawba Valley Living at Rock Barn in Conover after a 16 year battle with Parkinson's disease. She was born in Catawba County on February 8, 1937 to the late D. Gaither Yount and Willie B. Yount.She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Charles R. Keisler of the home; a daughter, Kristina (Tina) Propst and...
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Martin Lawrence Sigman

October 2, 1949 - January 29, 2017

Martin Lawrence Sigman, age 67, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Frye Regional Hospital.Born October 2, 1949 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Francis Rockett Sigman and Mary Evelyn Moose Sigman.Martin worked as metal press operator in the furniture industry. He was a member of Beth Eden Lutheran Church in Newton and enjoyed visiting at The Corner Table. Martin enjoyed...
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Helen Kaye Litten Williams

April 9, 1946 - January 28, 2017

Helen Kaye Litten Williams, age 70 of Conover died Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.Born April 9, 1946 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late James Floyd and Helen Doris Drum Litten. She graduated from Newton-Conover High School and Lenoir Rhyne College. Kaye retired from the Newton-Conover School System after 30 years of service...
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Wendy Shay Killian Cagle

July 8, 1980 - January 22, 2017

Wendy Shay Killian Cagle, age 36, of Statesville, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at her residence. Born July 8, 1980, she was the daughter of Wanda Lee Clark Cline and the late Gerald Killian.Wendy was a member of Back to Calvary Community Church in Valdese.In addition to her father, Wendy was preceded in death by her grandfather, Grady Clark; and uncle, Grady Clark Jr.Survivors ...
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Marie Weber Miller

April 5, 1922 - January 18, 2017

Marie Weber Miller, age 94 of Conover, passed away January 18, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. She was born April 5,1922 in New York City, NY, the daughter of the late Mathias and Eva Schmidt Weber, both immigrants from Hungary who entered the United States throughEllis Island.Marie moved to Conover, NC with her late husband William J. Miller, Sr. in 1957 when Bill was transferred to...
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Joseph Marion Brackett

June 14, 1947 - January 10, 2017

Joseph "Joe" Marion Brackett III, 69, of Catawba, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife Jackie Brackett; children Jody and Michelle Brackett, Carla and Brad Land, Scott Randleman, Courtney and Justin Wolfe, and Cody and Tara Brackett; eight grandchildren; and six brothers and sisters. A private ceremony will be held by the family. The...
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John Alton Huitt

May 12, 1926 - January 4, 2017

John Alton Huitt, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Catawba Valley Assisted Living in Catawba.Born May 12, 1926 in Maiden, North Carolina, he was the son of the late John Henderson Huitt and Margaret Elizabeth Murdock Huitt Underwood.John worked as a finishing carpenter in general construction. He worked on the Mostellar Mansion, Marshall Steam Plant, Abernethy Laurels and the...
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Kathryn Elizabeth Settlemyre Killian

July 5, 1916 - December 29, 2016

Kathryn Elizabeth Settlemyre Killian, age 100, passed away on Thursday December 29, 2016 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Born July 5, 1916 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Bradford Hill Settlemyre and Dora Maybelle Sigmon.Kathryn was a sewer in the textile industry,and a lifetime member at Old St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church.In addition to her parents, Kathryn was...
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Shirley Sue Carpenter Fisher

April 1, 1934 - December 25, 2016

Mrs. Shirley Sue Carpenter Fisher, age 82, of Claremont, NC, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 25, 2016. Born April 1, 1934 in Catawba County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Edward Carpenter and Cordie Nina Yount Carpenter. Shirley was an active member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Claremont, NC where she was a member of the choir, altar guild, WELCA board of...
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Laura Jane Liggett Hall

September 19, 1929 - December 24, 2016

Laura "Peggy" Jane Liggett Hall, 87, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. Peggy was born in Fresno, California on September 19, 1929, to the late Thomas Huey Liggett and Maude Clementine Rosprim Liggett.Peggy was a dedicated and compassionate nurse and cared for others in this profession she loved for 43 years. Peggy grew up during the lean years of the...
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Lyerly Peeler Cline

May 14, 1919 - December 15, 2016

Lyerly Peeler Cline, 97, formerly of Bethany Church Road, Claremont, died Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Abernethy Laurels, Newton, NC. Born May 14, 1919, he was the son of the late Coley Calvin and Ella Lee Wilson Cline. Lyerly was a lifetime member of Bethany United Church of Christ in Claremont. Throughout his life, he faithfully supported and participated in the mission and ministries of the...
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Candace Smith

January 28, 1931 - December 12, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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David Edward Wood

June 12, 1937 - December 11, 2016

David Edward Wood Sr., age 79, of Hickory, NC, passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.Born June 12, 1937, he was the son of the late James Clingman Wood and Hildreth Norman Wood. David was a self-employed plumber and a member of Plateau United Methodist Church in Vale. He served eight years in the U.S. Naval Reserves.In addition to his parents, he...
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Lula Diana Spencer McMickle

December 27, 1928 - December 10, 2016

Lula Spencer Phillips McMickle, 87, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2016 at Catawba Valley Hospice.Born December 27, 1928, she was a lifelong member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover, NC. She was a generous lady who never failed to donate to charities she received in the mail. Said of Lula, "She was saving the world five dollars at a time".Preceding her in death were her parents,...
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Carrie Lea Isenhour Sigmon

December 21, 1917 - November 30, 2016

Carrie Lea Isenhour Sigmon, 98, of Conover passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Trinity Village in Hickory.Born December 21, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Isenhour and Anna Pearl Hefner Isenhour. She was also precededin death by her husband of 62 years, Thomas "Tom" Vance Sigmon; three brothers, Vance Isenhour, John Isenhour and Paul Isenhour; three sisters, Lethia...
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