Our Obituaries

Adrienne Denise Overby

September 8, 1978 - November 20, 2017

Adrienne Denise Loftin Overby, age 39, of Hickory, NC, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 20, 2017, at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, NC. Born September 8, 1978, in Forsyth County, NC, she was the daughter of Walter Warren Loftin and Cindy Annette Crews Loftin, both of Lewisville, NC.Adrienne was an active member of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, NC, and was a volunteer...
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Juanita Ward Gregory

June 29, 1925 - October 23, 2017

Juanita Ward Gregory, 92, passed away October 23, 2017 at Trinity Village . Born June 29, 1925 in Knox County, TN, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Odie Sneed Ward.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce G. Hurley, and two brothers, George Ward and Clayne Ward.Local survivors include her son-in-law, Rev. Jerry Hurley of Hickory, NC, and granddaughter...
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Bruce Allen Sweezy

November 25, 1939 - October 21, 2017

Bruce Allen Sweezy, 77, of Hickory, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Born on November 25, 1939, he was the son of the late Dwight Lee Sweezy and Mary Lingle Sweezy.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Jimmy Sweezy.Bruce was an avid hunter with trips to many countries. He was an active member of the Catawba Valley Wildlife Club, having been a...
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Anna Manos Norris

October 18, 1916 - October 20, 2017

Anna M. Norris passed away October 20, two days after her 101st birthday. She was unique in her attitudes, blend of talents and accomplishments. Beautiful until the end, Anna was a life-long learner, proud of her Greek heritage, a world traveler, exercised daily and swam regularly into her 96th year. She enjoyed entertaining friends and many still talk about her culinary skills.An accomplished...
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Judith Irene Labo

November 28, 1944 - October 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Hickory, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Rachel Catherine Lail

January 24, 1943 - October 12, 2017

Rachel Catherine Scism Lail, 74, of Conover, passed away on October 12, 2017 after a long illness. Born in Cleveland County, NC on January 24, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Johnnie Grier Scism and Hazeleen Black Scism. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Alexander Alston Lail. Rachel is survived by her husband of 54 years, Conley Alston Lail;...
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John Bobby Mosteller

January 30, 1931 - October 8, 2017

John Bobby Mosteller, 86, of Hickory, passed to his heavenly home on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice surrounded by his loved ones. Born January 30, 1931, in Lincoln County, NC, he was the son of the late Lenoir Alexander Mosteller and Eva Lee Brackett Mosteller. Bobby retired as a welder with General Electric Co. and was a veteran of the US Army, having served during the...
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Catherine Francis Weyand

July 15, 1942 - September 27, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Hickory, Hickory, North Carolina.
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David Jackson Logan

September 23, 1929 - September 24, 2017

David Jackson Logan, 88, of Hickory passed away September 24, 2017 at Catawba Valley Living in Claremont. Born September 23, 1929 in Alexander County, NC, he was the son of the late David Jessie Logan and Gertie Isenhour Logan of Taylorsville, NC. David served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a founding and active member of Lakeview Baptist Church for over...
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Freddie Steven White

January 13, 1940 - September 19, 2017

With deep sadness, our family announces the death of beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather: Freddie Steven "Steve" White, Sr., 77, of Granite Falls, North Carolina, who passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 while at the Grand National Paso Fino Horse Show in Perry, Georgia.Steve was born January 13, 1940 in Mount Holly, North Carolina to the late...
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Ethel Jolley Logan

May 8, 1931 - September 15, 2017

Ethel Jolley Logan, 86, of Hickory, passed away September 15, 2017 at Catawba Valley Living in Claremont. Born May 8, 1931 in Troutman, NC, she was the daughter of the late Perry Lafayette Jolley and Leona Stafford Jolley of Taylorsville, NC. She was a founding and active member of Lakeview Baptist Church for over 55 years, teaching and serving in many capacities. Ethel was a devoted wife,...
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Darrell Wilburn Sigmon

November 29, 1932 - September 13, 2017

Darrell Wilburn Sigmon, 84, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Trinity Ridge in Hickory. Born Nov. 29, 1932, in Caldwell County, he was the son of the late Carroll Ezra Sigmon and Jettie Hill Setser Sigmon. Darrell was a 1951 graduate of Lenoir High School and a 1965 graduate of NC State University, where he received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a...
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Brian Cubine Hoover

March 20, 1957 - September 9, 2017

Brian C. Hoover, age 60, a beloved husband, brother, uncle and friend, died suddenly on September 9, 2017 while home on Lake Hickory in Taylorsville, North Carolina. Brian was born in Washington, D.C. on 20 March 1957, the sixth child and fifth son of Elizabeth Cubine Hoover and Charles Marion Hoover. He grew up in Falls Church, Virginia and attended Graham Road Elementary School and Falls...
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Dwain Herbert Booher

December 9, 1932 - September 5, 2017

Dwain Herbert Booher, age 84, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at Four Seasons Compassion for Life in Brevard, NC. Dwain was born December 9, 1932 in Albany, KY to the late Edwin Herbert Booher and Dora Ann Branam Booher. A U.S. Army Veteran, he retired from General Motors after 37 years working as a design engineer. He attended First United Methodist Church and loved...
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Naomi Lou Trado

December 7, 1930 - September 5, 2017

Naomi Lou Wood Trado, age 86, of Hickory, NC, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. She was born December 7, 1930 in Franklin County, NC, to the late John Melvin Wood and Novella Christmas Dickerson Wood. Naomi graduated from Epsom High School in Franklin County, NC, and had worked as a real estate broker and taught basket making at CVCC and Western Piedmont Community College. She was of...
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Vera Pauline Eckard

January 29, 1930 - August 31, 2017

Vera Pauline Reid Eckard's life ended on August 31, 2017 after a major stroke. Mrs. Eckard was born January 29, 1930, in the Grace Chapel area of Caldwell County to Nora Kirby Reid and James Frank Reid. She was the wife of Landen Pinkney Eckard and lived on the Drowning Creek Farm in Hildebran.Mrs. Eckard is preceded in death by her husband, Landen, and grandson, Charles Ray. She is survived...
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Josslyn Azaela Elliston Mitchell

July 31, 2017 - August 30, 2017

Josslyn Azalea Elleston Mitchell went to be with her Heavenly Father on August 30, 2017.Azalea was born to her parents, Davida Andrea Elleston and Brandon Matthew Mitchell on Monday July 31, 2017 at 8:08am at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Her parents were together at every pre-natal appointment and through every minute of the labor and delivery. This treasured child was a natural snuggler; she...
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Vada Renee Warren

August 29, 2017 - August 29, 2017

Vada Renee Warren passed away on August 29, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. She was the daughter of Edward Darrell "Trey" Warren III and Sydney Elise Bradshaw Warren of Hickory, NC.Vada Renee was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandfathers, Bill Bradshaw and Harrison Reid, and her paternal great-grandmother, Kletus Warren.In addition to her parents, Vada Renee is...
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Lorraine Agnes Kouba McMahan

October 21, 1966 - August 22, 2017

Lorraine "Lori" Kouba McMahan, 50, passed away August 22, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice.A memorial service will be held at a later date in Siler City, NC.Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Drum Funeral Home in Hickory.
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Michael Eugene Burleson

January 2, 1983 - August 14, 2017

Michael " Mikey Bear" Eugene Burleson, age 34, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017 at his residence. Michael was born January 2, 1983 in Catawba County to Ronald Burleson of Conover and Elizabeth "Liz" Stillwell Burleson. He was employed as a custodian with a commercial janitorial service. Mikey Bear loved playing football at St. Stephens High School. He loved to sing and had...
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Judy Ann Reed

April 9, 1948 - July 31, 2017

Judy Ann Regan Reed, 69, of Taylorsville, courageously fought an aggressive gastric cancer for 15 months before being called home to the Lord on Monday, July 31, 2017 at her daughter's residence. Judy was born April 9, 1948 in Lenoir, NC, to the late Ralph Regan and Nonnie Vee Burleson Regan. A member of Huntington Hills Church of God, she loved to sing in the choir (where she met Phillip Cline...
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Kenneth Raymond MacLeod

January 24, 1939 - July 21, 2017

Kenneth Raymond MacLeod, age 78, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton surrounded by his loved ones. Kenneth was born January 24, 1939 in Weymouth, MA to the late Raymond MacLeod and Margaret Herman MacLeod.Kenneth was a veteran of the US Army National Guard, having served from 1959 to 1964 and had served as a volunteer firefighter in New Jersey...
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Vance David Simpson

April 4, 1944 - July 17, 2017

Vance David Simpson, age 73, went to be with his Heavenly Father on July 17, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, NC.Born in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Bonnie David Vance Simpson and Ruby Earnhardt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother John Wesley Simpson.Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Alicia Simpson; sister in law's Ellen...
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Theron Kingsel Capps

March 6, 1943 - July 16, 2017

Theron Kingsel "T.K." Capps, Jr., 74, of Hickory, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory surrounded by his loved ones. T.K. was born March 6, 1943 in Valdese, NC to the late Theron Kingsel Capps, Sr. and Katherine Hamby Capps. T.K. was a member of the US Army, and served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War, his final tour as Infantry Company...
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Clyde Elmore Hollar

April 30, 1932 - July 14, 2017

Clyde Elmore Hollar, Jr., son of Clyde and Bertie Cline Hollar, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. A member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church (LCMS), and a US Army Veteran, Clyde was a wonderful husband and father, loved by all. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Kimberly Karen Hollar; and brothers, Hal Hollar...
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Brian Keith Hedrick

October 9, 1961 - July 7, 2017

Brian Keith Hedrick, age 55, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory after a period of declining health. Keith was born October 9, 1961 in Catawba County to Olivia Turbyfill Hedrick of Hickory and the late Ralph Aaron Hedrick.Keith was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church, ELCA, in Hickory, NC. He loved beach music and was a gun enthusiast...
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Ashby William Harler

June 14, 1944 - July 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Hickory, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Sonja Gail Punch Boston

January 17, 1939 - July 5, 2017

Sonja Gail Punch Boston, age 78, of Hickory, NC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, NC. Born January 17, 1939, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Blevin Adolphus Punch and Doris Catherine Yount Punch. Sonja was the secretary and treasurer of Boston Saw & Tool in Hickory and was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church in...
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Kenneth Ray Coble

September 2, 1962 - June 25, 2017

Kenneth Ray Coble, 54, of Hildebran, passed away June 25, 2017 at his residence. Born September 2, 1962 in Newton, NC, he was the son of Kenneth L. Coble and the late Judy Phillips Coble. Kenny, as he was known to his family and closest friends, was a gregarious and engaging man. His twinkling eyes, warm smile and white beard had children certain they had seen Santa Claus. He reinforced that...
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Terrance Lewis Wittcop

April 25, 1950 - June 23, 2017

Terrance Lewis "TW" Wittcop, 67, of Hickory, died peacefully, on June 23, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born April 25, 1950 in Lockport, NY, he was the son of the late Lewis John Wittcop and Edith Webb Wittcop. TW served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and retired as an electrician and was a member of IBW Local 379.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son,...
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Raymond Richard Pierce

July 16, 1942 - June 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Hickory, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Martha Joylee Jones

May 26, 1950 - June 20, 2017

Martha Joylee Jones, 67, of Hickory, formerly of Conover, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, following a period of declining health, on June 20, 2017 at her residence. Born May 26, 1950 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Harold Eugene Jones and Virginia Bassford Jenkins. Martha was known by her close friends and family as "Joy". She graduated from Maiden High School...
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Billy Jay Kerr

September 12, 1952 - June 18, 2017

Billy Jay Kerr, 64, passed away June 18, 2017 at his residence. A gathering of friends will be held from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory with a short service of remembrance for Bill to follow. Drum Funeral Home in Hickory is honored to be serving the Kerr family.
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John Franklin Turner

March 20, 1934 - May 31, 2017

John Franklin "Frank" Turner, 83, of Newton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on May 31, 2017 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Born March 20, 1934 in Fayetteville, NC, he was the son of the late Willis Perry Turner and Zera Payne Turner. Rev. Turner was previously a Baptist Minister for 53 years, serving North Carolina in the following churches, Bladen Union Baptist Church,...
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Helen Styles Ramsey

September 18, 1921 - May 24, 2017

Helen Mona Styles Ramsey, 95, of Hickory, passed away on May 24, 2017 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Born September 18, 1921 in Yancey County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Delzie Styles and Roxana Ray Styles. Helen was a member of Viewmont Baptist Church and a member of Alpha Delta Kappa. She was a retired school teacher, who taught at Grandview Jr. High and Hickory High School.In...
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Adrian Pinkney Seabock

September 18, 1935 - May 19, 2017

Adrian P. Seabock, Jr, 81, of Hickory, passed away on May 19, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born September 18, 1935 in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Adrian P. Seabock, Sr. and Edna Hawkins Seabock. A lifetime member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, he was a graduate of Hickory High School and Caldwell Community College where he earned his Associates degree. A US Army veteran,...
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Lola Virginia Bailes

April 28, 1944 - May 13, 2017

Virginia Thomas Bailes, 73, of Hickory, peacefully went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on May 13, 2017 at her residence. Born April 28, 1944 in Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Frank Thomas and Lydia Oaks Thomas. A longstanding member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, she loved to read her Bible and was a faithful prayer warrior for her family and friends....
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John Thomas McCarter

September 19, 1927 - May 11, 2017

John T. McCarter, Sr., passed peacefully on May 11, 2017 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his father, John McCarter and mother, Elizabeth Ida Dewees McCarter of Conshohocken, PA, his wife of 53 years, Jean Kratz McCarter, daughter, Susan McCarter and a brother, Jim McCarter.He is survived by his wife of 4 years, Kay Price Witherspoon McCarter; two daughters, Peggy Jean McCarter and...
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Gilbert Martin Metcalf

December 26, 1932 - May 6, 2017

Gilbert Martin Metcalf, 84, of Hickory, passed away May 6, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born December 26, 1932 in Washington State, he was the son of the late Lynn and Florence Metcalf. Gilbert served in the US Navy for 21 years, having served in Korea and Vietnam. A member of Wesley Memorial Church in Lenoir, he loved his family, loved to sing, dance and was a good poet. In high...
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John Daniel Strong

February 22, 1961 - April 28, 2017

John Daniel "Dan" Strong, 56, of Hickory, passed away April 28, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Born February 22, 1961 in Abbeville, SC, he was the son of the late John Hugh Strong and Sara Lu Ellis Strong. Dan was passionate about real estate. He turned his passion into a thriving business, "Carolina Investment Properties". He was known as the "baby whisperer" and loved to soothe the...
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George Whitmore Sorensen

August 18, 1931 - April 25, 2017

George Whitmore Sorensen, Jr., 85, of Bethlehem, passed away April 25, 2017 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House. Born August 18, 1931 in Charleston, SC, he was the son of the late George Whitmore Sorensen, Sr. and the late Nellie Hammersley Sorensen. George served in the US Air Force during the Korean conflict. A huge Clemson fan and graduate, he enjoyed singing, old cars and was an avid collector...
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Harriet Worsham

March 2, 1928 - April 24, 2017

Harriet Crutchfield Worsham, 89, of Hickory, passed away April 24, 2017 at Trinity Village in Hickory. Born March 2, 1928 in Fort Myers, Fl. she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and Clyde Crutchfield. Harriet had a strong faith and loved the Lord. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Woodson Worsham; daughter, Linda Worsham Hofeldt and brother,...
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Phyllis Carol Dunbar Miller

April 22, 1946 - April 9, 2017

Phyllis Carol Dunbar Miller, 70, of Hickory, passed away April 9, 2017 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born April 22, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Troy Ellis Dunbar and Birdie Edith Copp Dunbar. She was previously employed as a social worker with DSS, handling adult Medicaid. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James "Bubby"...
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Mildred Fay Gibson Waddell

November 11, 1922 - April 9, 2017

Mildred "Millie" Gibson Waddell, of Hickory, passed away April 9, 2017 at Trinity Village. Born November 11, 1922 in Scott County, VA, she was the daughter of the late Leonard L. Gibson and Martha Janie Salyer Gibson. Millie retired from Shuford Mills where she worked as a braider and for many years, she was a member and enjoyed East Hickory Seniors Morning Out.In addition to her parents, she...
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Dallas Lind Shields

January 18, 1941 - March 28, 2017

Dallas Lind Shields III, 76, of Hickory, passed away March 28, 2017 at his residence. Born January 18, 1941 in Sharon, PA, he was the son of the late Dallas Lind Shields, II and Betty Armstrong Shields. Dallas was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church, LCMS and was previously employed in sales with Readers Digest magazine and fundraising.Dallas is survived by his son, Aaron Shields and wife...
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Mary Elizabeth Smith

December 31, 1926 - March 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Hickory, Hickory, North Carolina.
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William Newton Pierce

June 16, 1942 - March 18, 2017

William "Billy" Newton Pierce, age 74, of Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 at home. Born June 16, 1942 in Iredell County, he was the son of the late Thomas Parks Pierce, Sr. and Luana Alton Guy Pierce.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Annie P. Foster, Francis P. Smith, Mary P. Robertson and Margaret P. Price.Those left to cherish his memory are his...
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Wanda Jeanne Milam Overcash

July 2, 1943 - March 15, 2017

Beloved mother, grandmother and sister, Wanda Milam Overcash, 73, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Brian Center in Hickory. Born July 2, 1943 in Creston, NC, she was the daughter of the late Edgar George Milam and Torrence Graybeal Milam. Wanda retired as a seamstress in the furniture industry. She enjoyed working puzzles, reading, playing bingo and spending time with her...
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Claude Leroy Barger

August 26, 1924 - March 15, 2017

Claude Leroy Barger, 92, of Hickory, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Trinity Village in Hickory. Claude was born August 26, 1924 in Catawba County to the late Ellis Barger and Agnes Townsend Barger. A veteran of the US Army, he served during World War II from 1943 until 1946. He was a member of Hickory Seventh-day Adventist Church and retired as a case fitter from the local...
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Ken Kenneth Garrett

July 2, 1923 - March 12, 2017

Charles Kenneth "Ken" Garrett, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Trinity Village after a brief stay. Born July 2, 1923, in Blount County, TN, Ken was the son of the late Clarence and Ruby Hord Garrett. Following his graduation from Friendsville (TN) High School, where he had been a member of the basketball team, Ken was invited to work for Alcoa, the "Aluminum Company of...
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Jean Eleanor Fisher

February 4, 1930 - March 2, 2017

Jean Eleanor Fisher, 87, passed away March 02, 2017 at Trinity Village in Hickory. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at St. Albans Episcopal Church with Pastor Tryttvi Arnason officiating. Inurnment will follow in the church Columbarium. Drum Funeral Home in Hickory is honored to be serving the Fisher family.
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Ruby Sullivan Bartlett

July 14, 1924 - February 28, 2017

Ruby Sullivan Bartlett passed from this world on February 28, 2017. Ruby was born on July 14, 1924 in Lansing, North Carolina. Her parents were John Wilson and Ida May Sullivan. Ruby was the last remaining child of their ten children.Ruby led a full and exciting life. During World War II she was a USO pin up girl and worked in a Seattle airplane factory. She married a handsome Marine, James...
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Frank John Shannon

April 13, 1934 - February 27, 2017

Frank "Sonny" John Shannon, Jr, 82, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born April 13, 1934 in Mt. Holly, NJ, he was the son of the late Frank Shannon, Sr and Louise Fehrle Shannon. Frank loved to play pool, play golf and play the trumpet. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and met his wife during that time. In addition to his...
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Robert Ernest Townsend

January 6, 1927 - February 23, 2017

Robert Ernest "Bob" Townsend, 90, of Hickory, went to meet his Lord on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Born January 6, 1927 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late John Ernest Townsend and Mamie Lee Little Townsend. Bob was a lifelong member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Hickory. He was among the first group of men that started the long standing "Tuesday Morning Bible Study" which he...
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Aileene Bowman Richard

May 30, 1932 - February 22, 2017

Aileene Bowman Richard, 84, of Hickory, passed away peacefully at Catawba Regional Hospice House in Newton, North Carolina on Wednesday February 22, 2017. Born May 30, 1932 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Cleo Bowman. Aileene was an active member of Sandy Ridge Baptist Church in Hickory and enjoyed worshiping with family and friends. She was a talented seamstress...
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Nathanael Lee Hoffman

February 4, 1977 - February 17, 2017

Nathanael Lee Hoffman, age 40, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly Friday, February 17, 2017. He was born February 4, 1977, in Sacramento, CA, he is the son of Brad Hoffman and Rebekah Sue Bressler Hoffman. He attended Tri-City Baptist church and also Grace Baptist church. Nathanael loved his job as a mental health counselor for A Caring Alternative, LLC. Nate was a huge Carolina Tar Heels...
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Wayne Charles Long

February 15, 1937 - February 10, 2017

Wayne Charles Long, 79, of Hildebran, passed away on February 10, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born February 15, 1937 in Wilkes County, he was the son of the late Noah Garfield Long and Ida Billings Long. He attended school in McDowell County, WV and served four years in the US Navy. Wayne was married to the late Nancy Lindsay Long. After serving his country, Wayne came to Hickory to...
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James Thomas Boleman

May 22, 1922 - February 8, 2017

James Thomas Boleman , 94 , of Hickory, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Born May 22, 1922 in Hartwell, GA, he was the son of the late Ernest T. Boleman and Grace Burns Boleman. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church since 1951 and retired from E.R. Carpenter. James loved fishing, coaching church softball team,...
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William Grover Isaacs

October 10, 1943 - February 8, 2017

William Grover Isaacs of Hickory, passed away February 8, 2017 at his residence.A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on February 19, 2017 at New Vision Baptist Fellowship in Granite Falls, NC with Rev. Ashley Crouse officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.Drum Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Isaacs family.
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Andrea Sue Heafner Maske

March 13, 1946 - February 6, 2017

Andrea Sue Heafner Maske, 70, of Hickory, died peacefully, February 6, 2017 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House. Born March 13, 1946 in Charlotte, NC, Sue was the daughter of the late Grady Anders Heafner and Pauline Katherine Smith Heafner. She was previously employed in insurance and retail sales. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Clyde...
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Stanley John Czapla

October 7, 1931 - January 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Hickory, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Edwin Frank Buckminster

January 30, 1920 - January 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Hickory, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Vernon Blevins

January 24, 1938 - January 16, 2017

Vernon Blevins, 78, of Hickory, died peacefully, January 16, 2017 at his residence. He was the son to the late Zackie Blevins and Lidey McKenna Blevins. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death his wife of 22 years, Alice Foxx Blevins; daughter, Kathy Bowman; three brothers and two sisters. Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters, Linda Lackey and Sharon Allen; brother,...
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John Burnette Carver

January 1, 1932 - January 16, 2017

John Burnette Carver, 85, of Hickory, died peacefully, January 16, 2017 at Trinity Ridge in Hickory. Born January 1, 1932 in Buncombe County, NC, he was the son of the late John Tinsley Carver and Malla Florence Burnette Carver. An active member of First Baptist Church in Hickory where he was a former deacon, RA leader and was involved in the NC Baptist Men Disaster Relief. He retired as a...
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Albert W. Davis

November 20, 1935 - January 1, 2017

Albert W. Davis, 81, passed away January 1, 2017 at Conover Nursing and Rehab Center in Conover. Born November 20, 1935, in Yancey County, NC, he was the son of the late Earnest Robert and Lena Bell Styles Davis. For many years, Albert owned and operated three service stations. He loved to go to the flea markets, he enjoyed old cars and raced at Hickory Motor Speedway. In addition to his...
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Blanche Travis Winstead

February 17, 1927 - December 26, 2016

Blanche Ann Travis Winstead , 89, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Born February 17, 1927 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late James Washington Travis and Carrie Anna Whitener Travis. A member of Faith United Church of Christ, she was previously employed in the textile industry as a weaver.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death...
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Russell Stephen Dowgos

January 21, 1952 - December 21, 2016

Russell S. Dowgos, originally from Dorchester, MA, living in Hickory, NC passed away on December 21, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center surrounded by love and God's light. Russell, 64, beloved husband of the late Doreen Y. (Chamberland) Dowgos joins her now in heaven, to continue their eternal love. He is survived by his loving son Jeffrey P. Dowgos and his wife Laura. As a father, Russell...
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Sam Grover Gouge

March 22, 1929 - December 20, 2016

Sam Grover Gouge, a loving, caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and veteran quietly slipped away to his Heavenly home on Tuesday evening, December 20th at Catawba Regional Hospice surrounded by his loving family. Sam served his country in the Korean War and was an active member of Viewmont Baptist Church since the 1950's. Afterwards he had a career in the grocery business for...
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Paul Alan Lackey

January 27, 1942 - December 2, 2016

Paul Alan Lackey, 74, peacefully passed away, December 2, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice House.He was born in Harmony, NC, January 27, 1942 to the late Horace Henley Lackey and Ethel Brock Lackey.Paul embraced ideas, people and adventures throughout his life. He dove into his passions from woodworking to boomerangs to video production. He cultivated a deep knowledge of whatever piqued his...
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Thomas Woodville Southerland

September 25, 1932 - November 22, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Hickory, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Jake Ryan Leatherman

May 26, 2011 - November 1, 2016

Jake Ryan Leatherman, age 5, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Born May 26, 2011 in Catawba County, he was the son of Michael Wayne Leatherman and Crystal Michelle Tensley Leatherman. Jake attended Coming Home Baptist Church.Our precious Jake was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare childhood cancer at...
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Gary Alan McKinney

July 26, 1961 - October 25, 2016

Gary Alan McKinney was born July 26, 1961 to Richard Keith and Patsy King McKinney in Hickory, NC. He was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church and graduated from East Burke High School, class of 1979. He was previously employed by Pepsi Cola, Discount Auto Glass and his parent's retail outlet stores, Springs Road Outlet and Longview Outlet.Gary, 55, of Henry River, a beloved son...
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Nora Faye Maples

February 27, 1941 - October 20, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Hickory, Hickory, North Carolina.
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John William Melton

August 8, 1927 - October 16, 2016

John William Melton, Sr, 89, of Hickory, died peacefully on October 16, 2016 at Carolina Rehabilitation in Connelly Springs. Born August 8, 1927 in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late Lee Herbert Melton and Ruth Camp Melton. John retired from the US Navy and then worked at Com-Scope and Catawba Mall. He loved to travel with the Avion Travel Club and to military reunions. He attended...
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Larry Lee Rollins

January 12, 1943 - October 1, 2016

Larry Lee Rollins, 73, passed away on October 1, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.Born January 12, 1943 in Woodville, Ohio, he was the son of the late Clarence Russell Rollins and Caroline Agnes Vestal Rollins. A member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church (LCMS), he previously owned and operated Carolina Fishing and Trains in Hickory. He was an avid fisherman and model train collector. Larry...
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Joyce Ann Oakley Holloman

March 15, 1932 - September 30, 2016

Joyce Ann Oakley Holloman, 84, of Taylorsville, died peacefully, September 30, 2016 at her daughter's home surrounded by her family. Born March 15, 1932 in Orange County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Stephen Ennis Oakley and Lillie Christian Self Oakley. It's almost hard to describe Joyce (Mom), because she was so multi-dimensional. One or two adjectives would hardly suffice. Joyce...
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Gladys Marie Honeycutt

April 10, 1937 - September 29, 2016

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Jeffery Baxter Smith

January 23, 1950 - September 18, 2016

J. Baxter Smith, 66, of Hickory, passed away September 18, 2016 at Brian Center Viewmont. Born January 23, 1950 in Caldwell County, he was the son of the late Paul Glenn Smith and Mildred Jean Barlow Smith. He was previously employed as a systems engineer for Bryant Heating and Air in Charlotte, and as a sales manager for Larry Smith Toyota in Hickory. Baxter was an avid UNC basketball fan...
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Kathleen Bathke Gotchy

April 18, 1953 - September 2, 2016

Kathleen "Katy" Bathke Gotchy, 63, passed away Friday, September 2, 2016 in Ogden, Utah, due to complications from her two year struggle with cancer. Kathleen was born in Sheboygan, WI and graduated from North High School in 1971. She married David Gotchy on June 2, 1971 and raised three sons, Todd, Scott and Justin. She lived in eight states and three countries where she absorbed and...
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Pauline Katherine Heafner

February 19, 1926 - August 28, 2016

Pauline Katherine Smith Heafner, age 90, of Hickory, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Abernethy Laurels. She was born February 19, 1926, in Gaston County, NC to the late Ray Smith and Leafie Long Smith. She has always been a caring and loving person, even up to her last days. One of her greatest joys was being a cheerleader at Belmont High School in Belmont, NC. In addition to her...
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Bernice Estelle Case Parks

December 3, 1925 - August 28, 2016

Bernice Estelle Case Reece Parks, 90, of Hickory, died peacefully, August 28, 2016 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Born December 3, 1925 in Hendersonville, NC, she was the daughter of the late James Henry Case and Annie Mae Stepp Case. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church, and was previously employed as a cosmetologist. She enjoyed shopping, traveling, "always had a packed suitcase",...
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Roland Walter Oesterreich

September 11, 1931 - August 19, 2016

Roland Walter Oesterreich, 84, of Hickory, died peacefully, August 19, 2016 at Brookdale Assisted Living. Born September 11, 1931 in Cook County, IL, he was the son of the late Walter Herbert Oesterreich and Rosa Clara Paulina Herzog Oesterreich. Roland was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during the Korean War. He had previously worked for Sky City Dept. Store and most recently had managed...
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Donny Shane Anderson

August 29, 1982 - August 13, 2016

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Donny Shane Anderson

August 29, 1982 - August 13, 2016

Donny Shane Anderson, 33, of Hendersonville, NC passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born August 29, 1982 in Catawba County, he was the son of Larry Kenneth Clark and Dianne Reese.In addition to his parents, he is survived by his step-father, James Robert "Runt" Reese; brother, David Wayne Anderson of CO; sisters, Julie Marie Anderson and Tiffany Dawn Lackey...
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David Lee Gourley

June 1, 1946 - August 7, 2016

David Lee Gourley, Sr., 70, of Hickory, went home to be with his Lord on August 7, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born June 1, 1946 in Reidsville, NC, he was the son of the late James David Gourley and Thelma Lee Newnam Gourley. He was a member of Omega Faith Ministries and was a retired electrician with the Union Pacific Railroad. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years...
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Rita Faye Penny

May 25, 1954 - August 7, 2016

Rita Faye Roseberry Penny, 62, of Conover, went home to be with her Lord on August 7, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born May 25, 1954 in Pulaski, VA, she was the daughter of Barbara Alison Roseberry and the late Fredrick Van Roseberry, Jr. Rita was a homemaker. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Tommy Roseberry.Left to cherish her memory are her...
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Roger Greg Scott

December 2, 1947 - August 4, 2016

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Francis Rocco Colavecchio

May 29, 1933 - August 3, 2016

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Dorothy Jean Shook Herman

April 24, 1936 - July 17, 2016

Dorothy Jean Shook Herman, 80, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Born April 24, 1936 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Paul Franklin Shook and Dorothy Louella Bost Shook Stallings and stepfather, Frank Stallings. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and retired as a sewer from King Hickory Furniture Co. In addition to her parents and...
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Gladys Elizabeth Johnson Knuckles

August 15, 1925 - July 14, 2016

Gladys Elizabeth Johnson Knuckles passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Trinity Village in Hickory, NC, where she has lived for almost two years. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Burse, "CB" Knuckles of Atlanta, GA. Gladys (Granny Gladys, Big Mama) is survived by three children and their spouses, Mark and Joy Knuckles of Hickory, NC, Rev. Alan and Helen Knuckles of...
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Margaret Jean McGinnis Lail

September 4, 1943 - July 11, 2016

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David Lee McCrain

June 1, 1959 - July 4, 2016

David Lee McCrain, 57, of Hickory, died peacefully, July 4, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born June 1, 1959 in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of the late Jack Arnold McCrain and Lura Maye Putnam McCrain. David adored his family, and loved going fishing with his son, Brian. He enjoyed watching the cooking channels and then trying out all of the recipes and was happiest with every...
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Kendra Diann Church

July 15, 1982 - June 30, 2016

Kendra Diann Church, 33, of Taylorsville, died peacefully, June 30, 2016 at Brian Center Viewmont. Born July 15, 1982 in Watauga County, NC, she was the daughter of C. Wesley Church and the late Teresa Gragg Church. She was employed as a waitress.In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Madge Buff Church and her maternal grandfather Maurice Gragg and aunt,...
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Kenneth Lewis Miller

March 9, 1954 - June 15, 2016

Kenneth Lewis Miller, 62, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born March 9, 1954 in Gaston County, he was the son of the late James Lewis Miller and Elizabeth Ann Cole Miller. He loved his family and was previously employed in the grocery industry.He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Deborah Metcalf Miller; daughters, Nichole Creed and husband Damien,...
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Lawrence Alan Fitzgerald

February 15, 1938 - June 12, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Hickory, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Mary A. Patterson

March 18, 1925 - June 10, 2016

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Theodore Andre deBot

December 14, 1938 - June 9, 2016

Theodore Andre deBot, 77, of Newton, went home to his Heavenly Father on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born December 14, 1938 in The Netherlands, to the late August deBot and Maria Bloomart deBot, Andre was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, served in the US Air Force and retired as an engineer in the textile industry. In addition to his...
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Jerry Lee Waldeck

October 26, 1938 - June 9, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Drum Funeral Home - Hickory, Hickory, North Carolina.
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Calvin Leverne Corpening

July 28, 1979 - May 25, 2016

Calvin Leverne Corpening, Jr., age 36, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born July 28, 1979 in Jacksonville, NC, he was the son of Mary Carlton Corpening of Hickory and Calvin L Corpening, Sr. of Baltimore, MD.Calvin was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp and was a registered nurse. He loved his girls, flying planes, cooking, and riding motorcycles...
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Gwendolyn Camp Buckminster

April 19, 1921 - May 23, 2016

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