Our Obituaries

Mildred Ann Nations

December 13, 1939 - January 24, 2018

Mildred Ann Hinkley Nations, age 78, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Sherrills Ford Hospice. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Drum Funeral Home Chapel in Conover. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m - 1:15 p.m at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Conover City Cemetery.Condolences may be sent to the Nations family...
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Mildred H. Nations

December 13, 1939 - January 24, 2018


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Nellie Mae Biggs

December 30, 1927 - January 24, 2018

Nell Holden Biggs, age 90, passed away January 24, 2018, at Conover Nursing and Rehabilitation. Born December 30, 1927, in Avery County, she was the daughter of the late Walter Mal and Mollie Etta Norman Holden. Mrs. Biggs and her husband unselfishly opened their home throughout the years to family members in need. Many continue to enjoy her handmade quilts. In the past, she had worked in the...
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Helen Mae Jones

May 1, 1923 - January 23, 2018

Helen Mae Helms Jones, age 94, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Abernathy Laurels in Newton. Born May 1, 1923, she was the daughter of the late William J. Helms and Connie Shrum Helms.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William Webb Jones; and 5 siblings.Helen passionately loved gardening, and she loved to sew. She worked at Ridgeview Outlet Store...
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Ellen Ellen Wilson

July 24, 1950 - January 22, 2018

Ellen Fox Wilson, age 67, of Claremont, NC, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 22, 2018, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born July 24, 1950, in Forsyth County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Wade Hubert Fox and Vera Mae Moretz Fox.Ellen was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Conover, NC, where she had been a member of the choir, handbell choir, and church...
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Stanley Eugene Everett

December 3, 1929 - January 21, 2018

Stanley Eugene Everett, age 88, passed on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.Born December 3, 1929 in Berlin, New Hampshire, he was the son of the late George Albert and Florence Emma Bassett Everett. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, George Albert Everett, Jr., and wife, Irene Mae Golden Everett.Stanley was a retired school...
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Hazel Rozelle Edwards

June 21, 1918 - January 20, 2018

Hazel Wilson Edwards, born June 21, 1918, passed away on January 20, 2018. Hazel lived most of her life in Sherrills Ford. A devoted and loving wife and mother, she will be remembered for her gentleness, kindness, and her cooking and baking.She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Howard Brinkley Edwards, in 1996, and by her parents, Ray and Julia Starnes Wilson. Hazel is survived by her...
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Sadie Lee Simpkins

January 13, 2018

Sadie Lee Ipock Simpkins, age 91, of Conover, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.Born November 24, 1926 in Craven County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Biggs A. Ipock and Lela Robinson Ipock.In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband of 59 years, John W. Simpkins and brothers, Bud Ipock, Pete Ipock and Bill Ipock Left to cherish her...
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Naomi Kathleen Loftin

November 13, 1921 - January 11, 2018

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Dorothy Hefner

November 8, 1924 - January 11, 2018

Dorothy "Dot" Brooks Hefner, 93, of Newton, formerly of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, passed away Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.Born November 8, 1924, in Lancaster County, she was the daughter of the late Victor Brooks, step-father AT Fox, and Lucy Brooks Fox.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Sandra Travis Ferringer;...
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Arthur Eli Upright

June 26, 1956 - January 9, 2018

Arthur Eli Upright, age 61, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was born June 26, 1956, in Iredell County, NC, the son of the late Arthur Burns Upright and Halie M. Benfield Upright.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Upright.Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 25 years, Kathy; son, Bruce...
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Carl Henry Goble

April 13, 1939 - January 7, 2018

Carl Henry "Bud" Goble, 78, of Catawba, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Catawba Hospice House. Carl was born in Iredell County on April 13, 1939, to the late James Henry Goble and Nina Eads Goble.Carl was a long time member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Claremont, NC.In addition to his parents, Carl is preceded in death by one brother.Those left to cherish his memory are his...
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Clyde Hoke Huffman

April 28, 1932 - January 5, 2018

Clyde Hoke "Toby" Huffman, 85 of Conover passed away quietly on Friday, January 5, 2018. He was born to the late Walter Clyde and Mary Hoke Huffman on April 28, 1932 in Catawba County. Toby retired as a pattern maker and new product designer from Leathercraft Furniture Inc. He was a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Claremont and was a United States Air Force Veteran who served honorably...
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Henry Thomas Little

September 8, 1937 - January 2, 2018

Henry Thomas (Tom) Little entered into eternal rest on January 2, 2018 following a 17-year battle with Parkinson's disease and Lewy Body dementia. Tom always faced his many illnesses with grace and dignity.He owned and operated Little's Grocery in Claremont for several years prior to working at CommScope where he retired in 2000. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Newton. He graduated...
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Wade Marvin Lail

June 29, 1923 - January 1, 2018

Wade M. Lail, age 94, born June 29, 1923 in Catawba County, passed away unexpectantly on Monday, January 1, 2018 at his home. Wade was the son of the late William and Sofronia Annas Lail of Hickory.Wade was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army and in Normandy on D-Day. He was a life-long member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church where he served in many capacities. He was a long...
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Betty Jo McMahan Isenhour

July 24, 1935 - December 31, 2017

Pastor Betty Jo McMahan Isenhour, age 82, of Newton, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at her home. She was born July 24, 1935, in Sevier County, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Victor McMahan and Willie Muriel Henry.Betty Jo had ministries for several years with WHKY Channel 14 in Hickory, NC, and also WPAR 88.1 in Claremont, NC.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death...
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Mary Catherine Bowman

June 3, 1959 - December 30, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Lisa Maria Segaloff

July 2, 1968 - December 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Conover, Conover, North Carolina.
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Jimmy Dale Bentley

December 8, 1952 - December 18, 2017

Jimmy Dale Bentley, age 65, of Hickory, NC, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Sherrills Ford, NC. Born December 8, 1952, in Alexander County, NC, he was the son of Dorthey Mae Bentley Connell of Taylorsville, NC, and the late James William Bentley.Jimmy had worked at Hickory White and Sherrill Furniture Co. for over 30 years. He enjoyed hiking, riding his...
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Herman Long Smith

December 5, 1926 - December 17, 2017

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

Carolyn Miller Furr, age 81, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Claremont, NC, passed away December 12, 2017 at Novant Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Born April 7, 1936, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Foy Eugene Miller and Mary Nell Sigmon Miller.Carolyn graduated from Claremont High School and then attended Lenoir-Rhyne College. She was a member of Bethlehem United...
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Prescilla Wannetta 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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Laura Anna Lou Kaylor

December 4, 1924 - November 21, 2017

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