Our Obituaries

Harvey Albert Hicks

February 23, 1943 - June 13, 2015

Harvey Albert Hicks, Jr., 72, of Morganton, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 at his residence. Harvey was born in Duluth, Minnesota on February 23, 1943, to the late Evelyn Hart Hicks & Harvey A. Hicks, Sr. He was married to his wife of 31 years, Brenda Heaton Hicks. Harvey proudly served his country with the United States Navy from1962 to1966 and was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist...
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Harriet Elaine Peterson

June 12, 1952 - June 4, 2015

Harriet Elaine Peterson, 62, of Hickory, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation Center. Harriet was born in Burke County, North Carolina on June 12, 1952 to the late Sonny Davis and Alice Lucille Peterson. She was a machine operator with Dana Corp. in Morganton. Harriet was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed knitting, crafting, cooking. Most of...
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Michael Wayne Ayers

September 17, 1993 - June 1, 2015

Michael Wayne Ayers, 21, of Morganton, died Monday, June 1, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 12, 2015 at the Memorial Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton is handling arrangements.
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Vinita Michelle Dula

December 21, 1969 - June 1, 2015

Vinita Michelle Dula, 45, of Morganton, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015. Vinita was born in Lenoir, North Carolina on December 21, 1969 to Thelma Carlton Dula and the late John Wilbur Dula, Sr. Vinita enjoyed music, dancing, photography, and writing poetry; and she loved spending time with her nieces & nephews and her two dogs. She was a very generous and kind hearted person who never...
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Jacqueline Crystal Longpre

September 16, 1961 - May 26, 2015

Jacqueline "Crystal" Longpre, age 53 of Morganton, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Crystal was born the daughter of Carrol Cannon and Rita Grady Cannon on September 16, 1961 in Morganton. Crystal is of the Baptist faith, and was an retired Detective with the Burke County Sherriff's Department and the City of Morganton. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Crystal will...
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Michael Hillary Fitzpatrick

January 4, 1961 - May 24, 2015


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James Franklin Harbison

February 22, 1965 - May 24, 2015

James Franklin Harbison, age 50, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, May 24 2015. He was born the son of Frank Helton and Shirley Harbison on February 22, 1965 in Burke County. He was a member of Willow Tree A.M.E. Church, and loved caring for animals.James is preceded in death by his father, Frank Helton.Those left behind to cherish James's memory include his mother Shirley Harbison of the home;...
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John Thomas Smith

August 15, 1970 - May 19, 2015

John Thomas Smith, 44, of Valdese, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. A graveside funeral will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Bible Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Morganton. Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton is handling arrangements.
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William Jay Bentley

January 21, 1932 - May 19, 2015

William "Bill" Jay Bentley, 83, of Morganton, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese. Bill was born in Alexander County, NC on January 21, 1932 to the late Jay and Lois Stine Bentley. He was married to the late Ruth Clark Bentley, who preceded him in death in 2002. Bill was a furniture maker at Drexel Heritage Furniture, with whom he retired after many...
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Annie M. Carson

February 14, 1917 - May 17, 2015

Annie Mae Milligan Carson, 98, of Morganton, died Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Grace Heights Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Carson was born in Burke County, North Carolina on February 14, 1917 to the late Perry and Lennie Milligan. She was married to the late Downie W. Carson, who preceded her in death on November 22, 1980. She was a life-long member of Bethel United Methodist Church in...
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Bertha J. Hudson

June 28, 1931 - May 7, 2015

Bertha Jane McNeilly Hudson, 83, of Morganton went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese. Mrs. Hudson was born in Burke County, North Carolina on June 28, 1931 to the late Sanford and Versie Chapman McNeilly. She was married to her husband of fifty eight years, Roy Lee Hudson, who preceded her in death in 2008. She was a furniture worker...
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Claudia Mae Schellschmidt

April 6, 1945 - May 7, 2015

Claudia Wallace Schellschmidt, 70, of Morganton, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Grace Hospital. Born April 6, 1945 in Washington, D.C. she was the daughter of the late Claude Riley Wallace and Barbara Calloway Stone.Claudia was a much-loved member of Faith Presbyterian Church.In addition to her parents, Claudia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mark Schellschmidt, and by Mark's...
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Larry Allen Costner

March 20, 1952 - April 21, 2015


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Leslie Renee Hensley

December 15, 1975 - April 12, 2015


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Pearl H. Bryant

February 21, 1932 - April 5, 2015

Pearl Harrison Bryant, 83, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2015 at her residence. Mrs. Bryant was born in Caldwell County on February 21, 1932, to the late Hill T. and Fanny Mae Harrison. She was married to the late Andy J. Bryant, her husband of 53 years. Mrs. Bryant worked at Grace Heights Nursing Center and was a member of Hartland Missionary Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening,...
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Annie Leola Avery

September 5, 1939 - April 1, 2015

Mrs. Annie Leola Rakestraw Avery, age 75, of Morganton, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at her residence. Leola was born the daughter of the late Joe Rakestraw and Ethel Foster Rakestraw on September 5, 1939 in Union County, NC.Leola was a lifelong member of Willow Tree AME Church where she served on the Stewardess Board #2. She was a member of the Blue Ridge Elks Lodge...
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Walter Edward Lippincott

May 15, 1940 - March 26, 2015


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Everett Lee Trivett

August 17, 1939 - March 14, 2015

Everett Lee Trivett, 75, of Killeen, Texas, died Saturday, March 14, 2015, at his home. "Lee" was born August 17, 1939, in Avery County. He was the son of the late William Eldridge Trivett and Mamie Oakes Trivett.Lee worked in the furniture industry in the Morganton, NC area, for Fairchild Aircraft in St. Augustine, FL, and as custodian for Long Leaf Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC,...
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Diego Diego Rodriguez

February 12, 2013 - March 11, 2015

Dustin "Diego" Rodriguez, age 2, of Vale, was received in the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. A funeral will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 16, 2015 at the Memorial Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Shiloh Lutheran Church Cemetery in Bethlehem. The family will receive friends from 10...
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Gazzie May Johnson

April 22, 1922 - March 11, 2015

On the evening of March 11, 2015, lovingly encircled by her family, Gazzie May "Granny" Kiser Johnson, 92, of Morganton, "turned her eyes upon Jesus, & looked full in His wonderful face." Gazzie was born April 22, 1922, in Burke County to the late Edmur & Lula Deaton Kiser. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Caney Johnson, and a loving son, Thomas S....
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Mabel D. Taylor

April 21, 1926 - February 23, 2015

Mabel Dale Taylor, 88, of Morganton, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015 at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia. Mrs. Taylor was born in Burke County, North Carolina on April 21, 1926 to the late James H. and Maude S. Dale. She was married to her husband of sixty one years, Vernon Harold Taylor, who preceded her in death in 2003. Mrs. Taylor was a homemaker and was a member of Mt....
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Mae Clarke

May 25, 1925 - February 21, 2015

Mae S. Clarke, 89, of Morganton, passed away in her sleep Saturday, February 21, 2015 at her residence. Mae was born in Burke County on May 25, 1925 to the late Russell L. and Bertie Saunders Suttles. She was a Beautician at Broughton Hospital, with whom she retired after thirty years of dedicated service. Prior to the onset of declining health, she attended Way of the Cross Baptist Church in...
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Margaret Tyler White

July 6, 1954 - February 16, 2015

Margaret Tyler White Andrews, of Morganton, was born on July 6, 1954 in Caldwell County and grew up in Happy Valley. She graduated from Lenoir High School in 1972 and then from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1976 with a BA degree in English. Maggie lived and worked in Winston-Salem from 1980 to 1984, where she worked with Hanes Printables in Customer Service and as Marketing Coordinator. She lived...
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Lonnie William Gaskin

February 23, 1945 - February 14, 2015


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Tim Elwood Huffman

September 23, 1957 - February 10, 2015

Timothy "Tim" Elwood Huffman, 57, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at his residence. Tim was born in Burke County on September 23, 1957 to the late Sid & Alma Marie Hartman Huffman. He was a classic car enthusiast. Tim devoted many hours repairing and restoring various types of vehicles. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved the mountains. He leaves behind many fond...
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Juanita S. O'Neil

June 29, 1935 - February 5, 2015

Juanita S. O'Neil, 79, of Morganton, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese. Mrs. O'Neil was born in Burke County, North Carolina on June 29, 1935, to the late William & Lula Gwen Surratt. She was married to William Howard O'Neil, who preceded her in death in 1992. Mrs. O'Neil was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Morganton. She was a...
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Ronald David Barnette

January 29, 1939 - February 2, 2015

Mr. Ronald David Barnette, age 76, of Morganton, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 2, 2015. Ronald was born to the late Riley Festus Barnette and Gladys Wilkie Barnette on January 29, 1939 in Cleveland County.Ronald was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. He also was a classic car enthusiast, having won numerous competitions over the years. Ronald Was a loving husband,...
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Eugene Douglas Lowdermilk

June 14, 1938 - February 2, 2015

Eugene Douglas Lowdermilk, 76, of Morganton, passed away Monday morning, February 2, 2015 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Mr. Lowdermilk was born in Burke County on June 14, 1938 to the late Douglas and Mary Alice Lowdermilk. He was married to his wife of fifty four years, Margie Pruett Lowdermilk. Mr. Lowdermilk was a master woodcraftsman. He retired after fifty years of dedicated service...
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Carl Edward Pearson

January 31, 1943 - January 23, 2015

Carl "Buddy" Edward Pearson, age 71, of Morganton, went to be with his Lord on Friday, January 23, 2015 at McAlpine Adult Care.Born January 31, 1943 in Burke County, Buddy was the son of the late Ernest Tate and Vissie Pearson. Buddy worked for many years at the Drexel Shop and Dye Plant. Along with his parents, Buddy is preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Ray Pearson; a sister, Brenda...
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Wonna Mae Clark

August 9, 1918 - January 20, 2015

.Wonna Mae Clark, age 96, a resident of College Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Wonna was the daughter of the late Walter Stamey and Elsie Henson Stamey on August 9, 1918 in Avery County.Wonna was a member of Bible Baptist Church. She enjoyed song writing, playing guitar, piano and organ. Wonna also sewed and created beautiful...
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Lillie Mae Benton

May 27, 1924 - January 8, 2015

Lillie Mae Benton, age 90, of Morganton, Wenthome to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 8, 2015A.graveside funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. Rich Magnuson officiating.Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton has the honor of serving the Benton Family.
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Delia Faye Hudson

September 5, 1921 - January 7, 2015

Delia Faye Hudson, age 93, and a resident of Grace Heights in Morganton, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. She was born the daughter of the late Albert and Ida Hudson on September 5, 1921 in Cleveland County.Delia was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed working in her garden. She was known for her wonderful cooking and "Amazing Biscuits". Delia was a loving mother,...
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Harold Steven Farlow

May 27, 1955 - January 4, 2015

Harold Steven Farlow, 59, died Sunday, January 4th, 2015 at his home. He had suffered for a decade with complications from cancer.Mr. Farlow was born on May 27, 1955 in Rowan County, a son of Mrs. Dorothy Marsh Farlow and the late Harold Farlow. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of China Grove. Mr. Farlow earned a BS Degree in History from Appalachian State University and a Master of...
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George Maxton Senter

April 3, 1927 - December 30, 2014


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Flossie Mae Hunter

December 11, 1928 - December 21, 2014

Flossie Mae "Coot" Hunter, 86, of Morganton, went to be with the Lord Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese. Mrs. Hunter was born in Burke County, NC on December 11, 1928 to the late James N. and Laura Rutherford. She was married to the late Samuel Hunter who preceded her in death in 1992. Mrs. Hunter was a lifelong faithful member of Shiloh AME Church in...
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Millard Filmore Huffman

July 31, 1926 - December 8, 2014

Millard Filmore "Buck" Huffman, age 88, of Drexel, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, December 8, 2014. He was born the son of the late Alvin Huffman and Bessie Propst Huffman on July 31, 1926 in Burke County. Buck was a long time member of Drexel Memorial Baptist Church. He enjoyed working on cars, carpentry projects, watching NASCAR and boxing. Buck was a loving husband, father,...
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Pamela Anne Rosage

January 12, 1964 - December 2, 2014

Pamela Anne Rosage, 50, of Morganton, NC passed to Heaven on December 2, 2014. Born January 12, 1964 in Bay Shore, NY, she was the daughter of June H. Rosage and Lawrence Robert Rosage of Morganton, NC. She obtained a Master's Degree in Social Work to pursue her passion of helping less fortunate individuals. Her passion was fulfilled through Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., in Gainesville...
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Diane Leigh Brown

April 18, 1962 - November 27, 2014

Obituary for Diane Leigh Allen BrownDiane Leigh Allen Brown, 52, of Asheville passed away unexpectedly Thursday November 27, 2014. While gone much too soon from this life, her family rests in knowing that she is home at last with Jesus and her grandson, Ollie. Diane was born April 18, 1962 in Burke County to Charles William Allen and Iris Alene Johnson Allen.In addition to her parents, Diane is...
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Joyce G. Crawford

November 28, 1928 - November 21, 2014

Joyce G. Crawford, 85, of Morganton, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 at her residence. Mrs. Crawford was born in Gary, Indiana on November 28, 1928, to the late Oscar and Helen Gustafson. She was married to her husband of 64 years, Douglas Crawford. For many years, Mrs. Crawford was a teacher with various public schools. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Morganton, where...
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Lucille Burnette Moore Dixon Burgess

April 25, 1947 - November 12, 2014

Ms. Lucille Burnette Moore Dixon Burgess, age 67, of Morganton, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, November 15, 2014, in the Kirksey Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Smiley officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm prior to the service at Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton. Burial will follow...
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Minnie Wilson Murphy

August 6, 1913 - November 11, 2014

Minnie Wilson "MeeMaw" Murphy, 101 years of age, of Morganton, NC passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in Marion, NC. Mrs. Murphy was born in Asheville, NC on August 6, 1913 to the late Willie and Maggie Wilson. She was married to the late Fred Douglas Murphy who preceded her in death in 1991. Mrs. Murphy was an inspector with the Collins & Aikman Co., with whom she retired after many years...
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Margaret Louise Baker

April 7, 1909 - November 11, 2014

Margaret Louise Harris Baker, age 105, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at Grace Heights in Morganton. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, November 14, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Morganton with Dr. Thomas Bland and Rev. Jerry Gamble officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday (today) at Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton. Burial will...
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Edward M. Penwell

June 21, 1944 - November 10, 2014

Edward "Mack" Penwell passed away Monday, November 10, 2014 at his home in Morganton, North Carolina.Mack Penwell was born June 21, 1944, in Bertie County, NC. He was the son of the late Henry Edward and Lena Mae Penwell. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Robert " Bud" Penwell and sisters, Susie Mae Faulker and Elizabeth Ann Early. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Penwell, her...
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Harriet J. Holland

April 3, 1927 - November 8, 2014

Harriet J. Ball Smith Holland, age 87, died peacefully on Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at home surrounded by her loving family after a long period of declining health. She was born on April 3rd, 1927 in Buncombe County, NC the daughter of Charlie S. and Burgie Wallen Ball. Harriet was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Morganton, NC and enjoyed cooking, serving, gardening and giving...
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William McGalliard Coleman

September 28, 1941 - November 1, 2014

William McGalliard Coleman, 73, of Morganton, passed away Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese. Mr. Coleman was born in Burke County, North Carolina on September 28, 1941 to the late Richard and Eloise Moses Coleman. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and was a member of North Morganton United Methodist Church. He was a youth...
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Gerald Allen Head

July 14, 1948 - October 14, 2014

Gerald Allen Head, 66, of Morganton, passed away, Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at his residence. Gerald was born in Morganton, North Carolina on July 14, 1948 to Betty Clevenger Head and the late Waldon E. Head. He was married to his wife of forty five years, Janice Morrison Head. Gerald was a supervisor at Bakers Waste Management where he retired after many years of service. He was a member of...
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Pauline Bess Daniels

October 27, 1921 - September 30, 2014

Pauline Gwaltney Daniels, 92, of the Oak Hill Community, passed away on September 30, 2014 following a period of declining health. Born on October 27, 1921, Pauline was the daughter of the late Marion Edgar and Rose Fox Gwaltney.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Durwood (Dan) Daniels, sisters, Nora Lee Davis and Marion Emma Gwaltney. Those left to cherish her...
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Lucy Ada Vickers

October 9, 1925 - September 21, 2014

Lucy Ada Wood Vickers, 88, of Glen Alpine, departed from this life to her Heavenly home on Sunday, September 21, 2014. Mrs. Vickers was born in Jackson County, North Carolina, on October 9, 1925 to the late Jerry Manuel and Lilly Mae Gurley Wood. She was married to the late Charlie Pascal Vickers. Mrs. Vickers worked for many years at Marion & Bessemer City manufacturing companies. She...
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Nancy Jane Vance Pennington

May 15, 1934 - September 16, 2014

Nancy Jane Pennington, 80, of Morganton went to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at her residence. Ms. Pennington was born May 15, 1934 in Avery County, NC to the late Howard Henry Vance and Lola Clark Vance. She worked as a Dieticians Assistant for the State of NC and was a member of Mount Home Baptist Church where she was also a member of WMU. She loved to go to church. Ms....
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Ruby Mae Singleton Rogers

September 28, 1922 - September 14, 2014

Ruby Mae Singleton Rogers, age 91, of Morganton, NC went to be with the Lord Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Grace Heights. She was born September 28, 1922 to the late Albert Lee Singleton and Mary Ethel Suttles Singleton. Ruby was a lifelong member of Friendship Baptist Church where she served in the nursery and as an adult teacher for many years. Ruby enjoyed her talent with gardening and...
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Carroll Grady Wheeler

July 27, 1937 - September 14, 2014

Carroll Grady Wheeler, 77, of Glen Alpine, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Grace Hospital in Morganton. Carroll was born to the late Harry Wheeler and Clara Wheelon Wheeler on July 27, 1937 in Burke County, North Carolina. Carroll was married to his wife of fifty eight years, Martha Jane Wheeler, who preceded him in death in 2013. Carroll was a supervisor with...
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Fred Daniel Rector

November 17, 1930 - September 13, 2014

Fred Daniel Rector, 83 of Morganton went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Visitation will be Tuesday (today) September 16, 2014 from 1pm to 2pm at Shining Light Baptist Church, 3682 Tom Deal Ave in Valdese, friends may also call at the Rector family home. Funeral services will be held at 2pm Tuesday at the church. Burial will follow...
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Daniel G. Caldwell

March 18, 1939 - September 8, 2014

Daniel Gordon Caldwell, 75, of Morganton, went to be with the Lord Monday, September 8, 2014 at Grace Hospital in Morganton. Mr. Caldwell was born in Burke County, North Carolina on March 18, 1939 to the late Pete and Josephine Avery Caldwell. He was married to his wife of fifty three years, Jana Kanipe Caldwell. He was a machine operator with Dixie Container with whom he dedicated many years...
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Blake Ronald Revis

March 14, 1958 - September 4, 2014

Blake "The Outlaw" Revis, 56 of Morganton passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 4, 2014. Funeral services will be 2 PM Monday, September 8, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church in Morganton. Visitation will be noon until 2 PM Monday at the church.Blake was born on March 14, 1958 to Georgia Revis and the late Horace Revis and was a proud "Class of '77" Freedom High School Graduate. He was...
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Hazel Henson Whetstine

May 11, 1937 - September 4, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Morganton, NC.
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Leola Poteat Williams

July 23, 1917 - August 31, 2014

Leola Poteat Williams, 97, of Drexel, North Carolina, died Sunday, August 31, 2014 in Lenoir. Mrs. Williams was born on July, 23, 1917 in Burke County, North Carolina to the late Will & Liza Poteat. She was married to her husband of 61 years, Harold Williams, Sr., who preceded her in death in 2001. Mrs. Williams was a homemaker and a member of Christ United Methodist Church. She enjoyed...
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Elsie Smith Pittman

November 25, 1932 - August 31, 2014

Elsie Smith Pittman, 81, went to be with the Lord on Sunday August 31, 2014 in Valdese. Funeral services will be held at 3 PM, Wednesday September 3, 2014 at Kirksey Funeral Home, 406 Lenoir Rd. Morganton. Burial will follow at Grandview Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 6 PM to 8 PM at Kirksey Funeral Home.Elsie was born on November 25, 1932 in Rutherford County to Sam...
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Ruth Ann Caraway

July 5, 1936 - August 10, 2014

Ruth Ann Turner Caraway, 78, of Morganton passed away August 10th, 2014 in Charlotte, NC. She was born in Burke County, the daughter of the late Hazel Thompson Turner and Beatrice Devinney Turner. She was married to her husband of 44 years, Donald Vincent Caraway, who preceded her in death on September 4, 1998. Mrs. Caraway was a member of Salem United Methodist Church. She loved gardening,...
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Ho Cha Kersey

May 30, 1942 - August 8, 2014

Ho Cha "Tony" KerseyHo Cha Kersey, affectionately known as "Tony" 72, of Morganton, Passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 at Sunrise Rehab and Care in Nebo.Tony was born on May 30, 1942 in Japan and came with her family to the United States in 1969.Those left to cherish her memory are her children, David Kersey, Jr., Thomas Kersey and wife Joanie, Dennis Kersey and wife Becky, Nancy Coffey and...
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Zakiya Talibah EL Bey

August 7, 1939 - August 7, 2014

Zakiya Talibah EL Bey, 75, of Morganton, North Carolina, formerly of New York, died Thursday evening, August 7, 2014 in Morganton. Mrs. Bey was born in New York, New York on August 7, 1939 to the late Robert Maillard and Olga Lewis. Mrs. Bey was married to Ogbonna Bey, who preceded her in death on February 23, 2011. She was a dietician with the Western Carolina Center, where she retired...
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James Melvin Powell

April 22, 1939 - August 7, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Morganton, NC.
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Garrett Alexander Queen

April 14, 1943 - July 26, 2014

Garrett Alexander Queen, Sr., age 71, of Glen Alpine/Morganton, went home to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, July 26, 2014. Garrett was born the son of the late William Ervin Queen, Sr. and Mary Ellen Lewis Queen on April 14, 1943 in Morganton. He is a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, and a former coach of many baseball and football teams. Garrett served his country honorably...
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Frank Junior Crane

December 5, 1943 - July 25, 2014

Mr. Frank Junior Crane, age 70, of Morganton, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 25, 2014. Frank was born the son of the late Addie Frank Crane and Sallie Mary Jane Connor Crane on December 5, 1943 in Rutherford Co. Frank was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. He enjoyed restoring his 1964 Chevy Impala and working in his yard. Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather,...
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Linda Elizabeth Whisnant

February 24, 1939 - July 15, 2014

Linda Elizabeth Lackey Whisnant, 75, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Mrs. Whisnant was born in Burke County, North Carolina on February 24, 1939 to the late Fred Lee & Zetta Clark Lackey. She was married to the late James Robert Whisnant, who preceded her in death in 2008. Mrs. Whisnant was a health care technician at the J....
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James Murphy Black

April 16, 1930 - July 4, 2014

KERNERSVILLE ''' Mr. James "Bill" Murphy Black, 84, died Friday, July 4, 2014 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. James was born on April 16, 1930 in Rutherford Co. to Daisy Pearl Steadman Black and Z. Taft Black. He retired from the US Air Force with 20 years of service to our country and was a member of the American Legion. He later established a 20-year truck driving career, working for McLean...
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William Dean Johnson

May 7, 1941 - June 15, 2014

Reverend William Dean Johnson, 73, of Morganton, North Carolina, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, June 15, 2014 at his residence. Reverend Johnson was born in Roan Mountain, Tennessee to the late Alice Marie Johnson on May, 7, 1941. He was raised by his late grandparents, James and Susan Smith Johnson. He was married to his wife of forty eight years, Nancy Ann Brewer Johnson....
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Mary Joan Jones

April 28, 1937 - May 29, 2014

Mary "Joan" Jones, age 77, of Morganton, went home to be with the Lord early Thursday morning on May 29, 2014. She was born the daughter of the late Harvey James Graham and Hettie Pearl Dale Graham on April 28, 1937 in Burke County. Joan was a member of Amherst Baptist Church. She enjoyed baking cakes and growing flowers. Joan was a loving caregiver to her son Marlen for over 60 years.Along with...
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Christine Price Carswell

January 2, 1941 - May 28, 2014

Christine Price Carswell, age 73, of Morganton, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at her residence and surrounded by her loving family. She was born the daughter of the late William Jefferson Price and Mamie Marie Miller Price on January 2, 1941 in Lenoir. Christine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed.Along with her parents,...
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Kelly McDonald Tuck

December 28, 1934 - May 14, 2014

Sgt. Kelly McDonald Tuck, age 79, of Glen Alpine, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Kelly way born to the late Samuel Tuck and Lucy Moore Tuck on December 28, 1934 in Person County, NC. He served his country honorably, and retired from the U.S. Air Force with over 20 years of service. Kelly was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle,...
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Ralph Winfred Roper

October 20, 1929 - May 13, 2014

Ralph Winfred Roper age 84 of Surfside Beach, SC and formally of Morganton, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014. He was born to the late Luther McDowell Roper and Mary Eloise Buff Roper on October 20, 1929 in Burke County. Ralph served his country honorably, retiring from the U.S. Air Force as a Chief Master Sargent with over 28 years of service. He was a member of the Sumter Masonic Lodge No. 364....
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Elmer T. Caldwell

September 23, 1934 - March 7, 2014

Elmer T. Caldwell, 79, of Morganton passed away, peacefully, Friday evening, March 7, 2014, surrounded by his family.Elmer was born in Morganton, North Carolina on September 23, 1934 to the late Herbert and Emma Tate Caldwell. He was a graduate of Olive Hill School and attended Norfolk State University. Mr. Caldwell was a proud veteran. He dedicated more than thirty years of service to his...
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Billy Ray Bowman

May 16, 1965 - December 18, 2011

.Mr. Billy Ray Bowman, Jr., age 46, of Morganton, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 18th 2011. Billy was born to Billy Ray Bowman and Betty Christine Gragg Bowman on May 16, 1965 in Burke County. He attended Cajah's Mountain and Westview Baptist Church. Billy was active in his community where he coached youth football and baseball. His favorite time of the year was Christmas and...
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Euria Grier Wilson

September 10, 1928 - Unknown

MORGANTON - A memorial service for Mrs. Euria Grier Wilson will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at 1 p.m., in the chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home, 405 Lenoir Rd., Morganton, NC 28655. Mrs. Euria Grier Wilson, 85, formerly of 301 Bay St., Morganton, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, following a lingering illness. Mrs. Wilson moved to Georgia in 2013 to be closer to family. She was born Sept. 10,...
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Louise Wilkenloh

February 8, 1936 - Unknown

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Morganton, NC.
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