Our Obituaries

Ursula Sonya Loewenstein

April 5, 1935 - December 11, 2017

Ursula Sonya Sternberg Loewenstein, age 82, of Newton, NC, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2017, at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC, after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis. Born April 5, 1935, in Germany, she was the daughter of the late Siegfried and HildaGoldmeier Sternberg.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Frederick Edward Anhouse,...
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Bessie Brennan Morgan

January 12, 1924 - November 27, 2017

Bessie Brennan Morgan, age 93, of Newton, NC, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 27, 2017, at Conover Nursing & Rehabilitation. Born January 12, 1924, in Plaquemines Parish, LA, she was the daughter of the late John Edward Brennan and Josephine Angelo Shelton.Bessie was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Newton, NC, where she was active in the Trinitarians and the Baptist Women's...
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Yer Thor

June 15, 1930 - November 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, North Carolina.
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David W. Lowrance

April 20, 1937 - November 24, 2017

David Wilson Lowrance (80) passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 at Abernathy Laurels in Newton, North Carolina. He is preceded in death by his wife, Carolynne (Yoakley) Lowrance. He is survived by his three daughters: Katy Anderson (Scott), Annie Hodge (Rick) and Eleanor Raispis (Tom); his two grandchildren Mitchell and Nick Anderson; brother, Morrison Lowrance (LiLo); two nieces, Silvia Earp...
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Joyce Cornwell Rudisill

February 9, 1932 - November 23, 2017

Joyce Cornwell Rudisill of Newton (formerly of Lincolnton) passed away on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Born February 9, 1932, she was the daughter of the late A. Hunter Cornwell and Connie Leonhardt Cornwell. Mrs. Rudisill was a member of Beth Eden Lutheran Church in Newton. After a career serving Catawba County for thirty-two years, she retired as Director of Elections in 1996. She was...
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Henry John Fieselman

January 28, 1921 - November 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, North Carolina.
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Robert Eugene Patton

November 1, 1945 - November 20, 2017

After a long courageous struggle with multiple strokes and other health issues, our beloved husband, father, and grandfather went home to be with God on Monday, November 20, 2017.Bob had a strong belief and trust in God, and God was faithful. He claimed the promise in Isaiah 49:23, "Those whose hope is in the Lord will not be disappointed." Though our hearts are broken, we rejoice in that hope...
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Dianne Miller

April 20, 1969 - November 15, 2017

Dianne Wally Miller, age 48, of Maiden, NC, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born April 20, 1969, in Iredell County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Grady Maxwell Wally and Barbara Sue Priest King.Dianne was a 1987 graduate of Bandys High School and received her bachelor degree and two masters degrees from Appalachian State University. She was...
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Thomas Xiong

May 2, 1954 - November 13, 2017

Thomas Xiong passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017 and ending with a Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park.
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Chue Lee

April 16, 1938 - November 12, 2017

Chue Lee passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at his residence.A Christian Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2017 and ending with a Celebration of Life at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017.Burial will follow at Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery.
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Doris Lawing Elliott

March 15, 1928 - November 9, 2017

Doris Lawing Elliott, age 89, passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at her residence. Born March 15, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Lester Raymer Lawing and Ruth Mae Burgess Lawing. Doris graduated from Newton-Conover High School and was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church in Newton where she was a member of the Women's Little Bible Class. She was married to Robert...
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Gnia Her Vang

November 13, 1949 - November 6, 2017

Gnia Her Vang passed away on November 6, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. The family will receive friends at the United Hmong Hall from 8:00 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2017 to12:00 Noon on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at which time a Service of Remembrance will be held atIredell Memorial Gardens in Statesville, NC.
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Norris Gerald McRee

June 10, 1953 - November 2, 2017

Norris G. "Mac" McRee, age 64, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017, at Brian Center Viewmont in Hickory, NC. Born June 10, 1953, he was the son of Barbara Anne Canipe McRee and the late George Clifford McRee.Mac was an Air Force veteran and an instructor of nuclear weapons at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, CO. He was a beloved scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 387 of Hickory, NC, as well as...
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Cynthia Moore Modlin

April 11, 1937 - November 1, 2017

Cynthia Ann Moore Modlin, age 80, of Hickory, NC, passed away November 1, 2017, at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, NC, following a courageous nineteenth month battle with cancer. 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." Born April 11, 1937, in Rockingham County, NC, she was the daughter of the late William Barnett Moore and Cynthia...
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Mary Kathryn Finger

February 22, 1934 - October 29, 2017

Mary "Kathryn" Workman Finger, 83, passed away Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at Catawba Valley Hospice House in Newton.Born February 22, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Howard Workman and Mozine Goins Workman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Lohr Finger Jr.; and sister, Faye Sigmon.Left to cherish her memory are her son, Tony Finger and wife, Amanda of...
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Sandra Ann Keller

January 17, 1942 - October 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, North Carolina.
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Chee Xiong

March 1, 1920 - October 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, North Carolina.
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Mary Lee Blackwood

October 20, 1932 - October 21, 2017

Mary Lee Richardson Blackwood, age 85, of Conover, NC, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at her home in Conover. Born October 20, 1932 in Ashe County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Lilliard Richardson of Warrensville, and the late Nellie Eve Wood Richardson Brooks Ashley. Mary was the step-daughter of the late Joe Brooks of Lansing and the late Rev. Arthur Ashley of West...
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Boutsady Dara

January 2, 1965 - October 17, 2017

Boutsady Dara, age 52, passed away on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at her CMC Main in Charlotte, NC. A Service of Remembrance will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, NC.The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017 at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home.
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Martha Net George

July 29, 1936 - October 16, 2017

Martha Net Warlick George, 81, of Newton, NC, died Monday, October 16, 2017 at her home. Born July 29, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Charles Millard Warlick and Rovella Inez Nettles Warlick. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Donald Edward George of the home; Her son Neal Edward George and Wife Allison Marie George of Navarre, FL; grandson Dillon Edward George and...
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Wachue Yang

June 15, 1968 - October 2, 2017

Wachue Yang passed away on Monday, October 21, 2017 at Oroville Hospital in Oroville, CA.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2017 and ending with a Celebration of Life at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
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Sally Mae McCraw Cannon

September 24, 1924 - September 19, 2017

Sally Mae McCraw Cannon, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at her residence. Born September 24, 1924, she was the daughter of the late R. J. McCraw and Isabell Franklin McCraw.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Eugene "Pete" Cannon Sr.; son, Michael Lee Sneed Sr. and sister, Inez Wise.Left to cherish her memory are sister, Dot Dow of...
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Roger Dale Martin

October 17, 1949 - September 17, 2017

Roger Dale Martin, age 67, of Newton, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at his residence.Born October 17, 1949 in Catawba County, he was the son of Virgil Guy Martin of Hickory and the late Vivian Ogle Martin. A graduate of Hickory High School, Wingate Junior College and Appalachian State University, Roger is known to many for his enthusiastic research in compiling high school...
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Helen Marie Lowery

January 26, 1929 - September 16, 2017

Helen Marie Lowery , loving mother and grandmother, died on Saturday, September 16, 2017.Helen was born January 1, 1929, the daughter of the late George and Mary Gunn Helms. Helen was preceded in death by husband Jesse Lowery and son Randall Lowery. She is survived by sons Daniel and wife Dyan Lowery and Clayton and wife Kathy Lowery.A private service and burial is scheduled for Monday,...
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Kenneth Edward Keener

March 2, 1924 - September 15, 2017

Kenneth Edward Keener, a beloved husband, uncle, and friend died on Friday, August 15, 2017.Ken was born on March 2, 1924, the son of the late Lewis and Lottie Hewitt Keener.Ken is preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Gaye; a sister-in-law, Eunice Keener; God-daughter, Nelie Morrison Prince; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends,...
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Harry Allen Ikerd

March 25, 1949 - August 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, North Carolina.
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Helen Elizabeth Pickel

January 8, 1933 - August 24, 2017

Helen Eckard Pickel, age 84, passed away, Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Conover Nursing and Rehab. Center in Conover, NC.Born January 8, 1933, she was the daughter of the late James Alexander and Katie Henrietta Van Horne Eckard.Helen attended St. Paul Reformed Church and was retired as a seamstress from Ridgeview Hosiery. She enjoyed crocheting. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in...
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Doris E. Barnes

June 17, 1924 - August 23, 2017

Doris Sims White Barnes, age 93, of Newton died Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. Born June 17, 1924 in Caldwell County, she was the daughter of the late, Arthur T. Sims and Ollie Benfield Sims.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jennings White and her second husband, Arnold L. Barnes Sr., four brothers and four sisters...
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Mary Catherine Lineberger

October 29, 1945 - August 19, 2017

Mary Catherine England Lineberger, age 71, of Newton NC, gained her wings Saturday August 19, 2017 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton NC. Born October 29, 1945 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Fred England and Carol Jean Baker.Mary Catherine was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Conover NC. Mary Catherine retired from the Catawba County School systems where she served in the...
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Willard Wilson Huffman

April 15, 1921 - August 12, 2017

Willard Wilson "Bill" Huffman, age 96, of Newton, NC, passed away August 12, 2017, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, NC. Born April 15, 1921, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late George Lee Huffman and Sue Bettie Wilson Huffman.Bill was a member and attended Friendship United Methodist Church in Newton, NC since his retirement from Michigan to his beloved Catawba County in...
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Frances Stone MacDowell

May 11, 1935 - August 11, 2017

Frances Stone MacDowell, age 82, of Conover, NC, passed away peacefully Friday, August 11, 2017, at Hospice of Hendersonville, Elizabeth House, in Flat Rock, NC. Born May 11, 1935, in Buncombe County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Garfield Rone Stone and Margaret Lee Hensley Stone.Frances was an active member of The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Newton, NC, and enjoyed spending...
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Mitchell Eugene Shook

September 30, 1923 - August 7, 2017

Mitchell Eugene Shook, age 93, passed away on Monday, August 07, 2017 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House. He was a loving husband and father. Born September 30, 1923 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Knox A. Shook and Lula Sherrill Shook. Mitchell was an Army Air Corp veteran during World War II and served in England and Europe before returning to the United States. He was an active...
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Kenneth Clifton Isaac

August 4, 1927 - August 6, 2017

Kenneth "Ken" Clifton Isaac, age 90, of Newton, NC, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, NC, after a period of declining health. Born August 4, 2017 in Lincoln County, NC, he was the son of the late Roy Clifton Isaac and Mary Lois Setzer Isaac. Ken was a graduate of Maiden High School and was a veteran of the US Army and US Navy, having served during World...
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Barbara Anne Hill Cobb

July 10, 1931 - July 24, 2017

Barbara Anne Hill Cobb, age 86 entered her eternal home on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Hospice of Catawba County in Newton NC. Born July 10, 1931 in Graham, Alamance County to Reid Lawton Hill Sr. and Della Elizabeth Moore Hill, she now joins them along with her beloved husband of 57 years, James Venner Cobb Jr., her dear daughter, Martha Cobb Rumley, and her brother, Larry Moore Hill.Left to...
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James Franklin Hendrix

September 20, 1941 - July 15, 2017

James Franklin Hendrix, age 75, died suddenly on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at his home in Newton, NC.Born in Lenoir, NC, he was the son of the late Carter Hendrix and Irene Clark. He was an active member and sang in the choir of New Hope Moravian Church in Newton. Jim was proud to have served his country in the United States Army. Jim worked as a sales representative of foam and fiber products for...
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Robby Wayne Cook

November 13, 1958 - July 13, 2017

Robby Wayne Cook Sr., age 58, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Born November 13, 1958 in Catawba County, he was the son of Frances Louise Teague Cook and the late Robert Lester Cook. Robby loved to play golf and assisting with Children's Church at Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church in Newton where he was a member. He particularly liked using his woodworking skills...
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Grace Alexander Williams Gaither

December 27, 1924 - July 12, 2017

Grace Alexander Williams Gaither passed away July 12, 2017 peacefully at her home in Newton, North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, Junius Robert Gaither Jr. also of Newton, North Carolina. Grace was born December 27, 1924 in Hickory, North Carolina, the youngest daughter of Hugh Preston Williams and his wife Adele Kirkpatrick Williams. She is survived by her three sons: Hugh...
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Mary Sue Tucker Eckard

August 21, 1933 - July 10, 2017

Mary "Sue' Tucker Eckard, age 83, passed on Monday, July 10, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, NC. Born August 21, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Henry Polk Tucker and Mary Wakefield Tucker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Franklin Eckard; brothers Lee Tucker, Myron Tucker, Richard Tucker, George "GW" Tucker; sisters Mavis Tucker,...
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Robert Schiller Akins

October 26, 1928 - July 5, 2017

Robert (Bob) Akins, husband of Karol, died early morning of Wednesday, July 5, 2017. A Service to Celebrate the Life and Bear Witness to the Resurrection of Bob Akins will be on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Spirit Place, Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC.Memorials may be made to:Abernethy Center Benevolent Fund100 Leonard AvenueNewton, NC 28658orCatawba Regional Hospice3975 Robinson...
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Myrtle Rae Sherrill Corpening

June 13, 1926 - July 3, 2017

Myrtle Rae Sherrill Corpening, age 91, passed away on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Catawba Valley Living at Rock Barn in Claremont, NC.Born June 13, 1926 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Ray Sherrill and Myrtle Anna Sherrill. She was a member of New Hope Moravian Church in Newton.Myrtle Rae spent her formative years in Terrell, NC. She was accepted and entered the Cadet Program...
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Helen Styles Davis

October 17, 1941 - July 3, 2017

Helen Styles Davis, age 75, passed away on Monday, July 03, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, NC. Born October 17, 1941 in Yancey County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Ules Grant Styles and Atlas Davis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Telsie G. Davis. Left to cherish her memory are sons, Michael Davis and wife,...
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Pay Lo

March 5, 1918 - June 30, 2017

Pay Ly Lo passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017 at her residence.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2017 and ending with a Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2017. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park.
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Caleb Rhyan Poulter

June 2, 1995 - June 30, 2017

Caleb Rhyan Poulter, age 22, of Taylorsville, left for his heavenly home on Friday June 30, 2017.Born June 2, 1995, in Caldwell County, he was the son of Michele Poulter Lackey and Haney Lackey.He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Mary Lackey, (MerMer) and Jimmy Hayes; and his maternal grandfather, Jay McAlpin (Pappy).In addition to his parents, Caleb is survived by a brother,...
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Harold Edward Reitzel

June 4, 1930 - June 28, 2017

Harold Edward Reitzel, age 87, of Newton passed away peacefully on June 28, 2017 at his residence. Born June 4, 1930, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Perry Vance Reitzel and Blanche Hilton Reitzel.Harold was a member of First United Methodist Church in Newton where he had served as a long-time usher. He had retired from BellSouth Telephone Co. and was a veteran of the US Army,...
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Deborah Lynn Neal

July 25, 1957 - June 26, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, North Carolina.
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Terrance Lewis Wittcoop

April 25, 1950 - June 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, North Carolina.
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Eugene Elmer Mason

June 26, 1931 - June 17, 2017

Eugene "Gene" Elmer Mason Jr., age 85, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at his residence in Sherrills Ford, NC. Born June 26, 1931, he was the son of the late Eugene Elmer Mason Sr. and Bertha Mae Smith Mason. Gene was a supervisor in the construction industry and a member of Sherrills Ford Presbyterian Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50...
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Cleva Mae Fulbright

May 30, 1924 - June 15, 2017

Cleva Mae Rudisill Fulbright, age 93, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Trinity Ridge Lutheran Home in Hickory, NC. Born May 30, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Lindsey Rudisill and Laura Alice Hood Rudisill. Cleva was a member of Sardis Lutheran Church, where she was a former member of the women's circle. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed working in her...
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Vernice Bumgarner Sittmann

November 6, 1929 - June 13, 2017

Vernice Elizabeth Sittmann (nee Bumgarner), 87, wife of the late Rev. Gustav E. Sittmann, Jr., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Catawba Hospice and Palliative Care in Newton.Born in Catawba County on November 6, 1929, Vernice Bumgarner Sittmann was the daughter of the late Vernon George Bumgarner and Flora Belle Hollar Bumgarner. She spent her early years in...
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Gary Wayne Combs

August 13, 1951 - June 11, 2017

Mr. Gary Wayne Combs, 65, of Newton, passed away on June 11, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center after an extended illness.A native of Clifton Forge, Virginia, he was the son of the late Melvin and Mary Jack Combs. He retired from the printing industry and began his own landscaping company, Apache Landscaping.Surviving Mr. Combs is his wife of 18 years, Nancy "Cord" Combs; by a daughter,...
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Mary Ann Keeton

November 19, 1949 - June 8, 2017

Mary Ann Wilkins Keeton passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory, NC.A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 in the Chapel of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, NC with Rev. Vincent Ross officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service.
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Mee Lee

July 9, 1915 - June 6, 2017

Mee Lee passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, NC.A Christian Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 and ending with a Celebration of Life at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Burial will follow at Iredell Memorial Gardens in Statesville, NC.
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Margie Fox

August 21, 1948 - June 2, 2017

Margie Fox of Hickory, age 68, passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017 in Hickory NC.Born August 21, 1948 in Alexander County, she was the daughter of Thelma Bowman and the late Carl Bowman.In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her bothers Earnest Bowman, Verlin Bowman, and Henry Bowman.Left to cherish her memory are her Daughter, Tina Tallent (Stephen Williamson) of Conover; Mother...
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Eugene Martin

August 11, 1931 - May 28, 2017

Born in Crowders Mountain, NC on Aug 11, 1931 to Otis and Sallie Martin, Gene went to be with the Lord on Sunday May 28, 2017 at the age of 85.Gene started preaching in 1956 and evangelized in numerous locations until he relocated his family to Hickory, NC. He started the New Testament Church in 1963 and was Pastor of the church until the Lord called him home. He is now enjoying time with family...
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Matthew Scott Reilly

February 1, 1993 - May 27, 2017

Matthew "Matt" Scott Reilly, age 24, of Boone, NC, formerly of Conover, NC, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017 at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Born February 1, 1993 in Catawba County, NC, he was the son of Lisa Karen Calhoun Owen of Oak Island, NC and David Scott Reilly of Conover, NC. Matt was a 2011 graduate of Newton...
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Theodore Legare Monroe

April 20, 1927 - May 15, 2017

Theodore Legare Monroe , 90, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Kingston Residence in Hickory, N.C. after a period of declining health. Born on April 20, 1927 in Marion, S.C., he was the only son of Clarence Alva Monroe and Alma Kathleen Bethea Monroe. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Jane Hollister Gray Monroe. Faith, family, friends, and music were an...
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Essie Jarrett Reinhardt

March 16, 1912 - May 14, 2017

Essie Blanch Jarrett Reinhardt, age 105, passed away May 14, 2017 at Homeplace of Burlington, NC. Essie lived in Catawba County for over 100 years, living in only two homes. She moved to Burlington, NC so that her daughter, Brenda, could be of greater help. Essie worked for over 40 years at Newton Glove Company, then as care-giver for many years with folks older than she who were incapable of...
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Lee Yang

March 5, 1968 - May 12, 2017

Lee Yang passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center Main in Charlotte, NC.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 and ending with a Celebration of Life at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017. . Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park.
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Henry Harrison Helton

April 2, 1933 - May 7, 2017

Henry H. Helton. Jr, passed away Sunday May 7, 2017. He was 84 years old, born in Albany, Georgia April 2, 1933 to Henry H. Sr. and Lenora Helton. He went to public school In Albany. He was active in all sports and was very active in Boy Scouts. He obtained the highest rank of Eagle Scout. After graduating from high school, Henry joined the US Army. During his 3 years in the military he...
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Mark Eric Evans

April 3, 1968 - May 7, 2017

Mark Eric Evans, age 49, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 7, 2017. Born April 3, 1968 in Alamance County, NC, he was the son of the late Dallas Lee Evans and Sara Page Evans.Mark was a 1986 graduate of Newton-Conover High School and 1990 graduate of East Carolina University where he received a bachelors degree in Industrial Technology and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He was the...
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Yeng Vang

December 11, 1980 - May 2, 2017

Yeng Vang passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017 and ending with a Celebration of Life at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park.
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Nannie Christine McKay

June 29, 1930 - April 26, 2017

Nannie Christine McKay, age 86, of Newton, NC passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Lincolnton Rehabilitation Center in Lincolnton.Born June 29, 1930 in Stanley County, she was the daughter of the late Jim and Hattie Virginia Mauldin Story. Nannie retired from CB Drugs in Harrisburg, NC in the Reclamation Department.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oren...
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Helen Carr Clapp

January 11, 1924 - April 20, 2017

Helen Carr MacLeod Clapp, age 93, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House in Sherrills Ford, NC. Born January 11, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Cora and Fred MacLeod. Helen was a member of First United Methodist Church in Newton and was active in the Girl Scouts in the 1950's with her daughters. She was an x-ray technician in Charlotte, NC before...
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Alice Josephine Burcham Murray

July 15, 1923 - April 13, 2017

Josephine Burcham Davis Murray of Newton, age 93, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Hickory Falls Health and Rehabilitation in Granite Falls, NC.Born July 15, 1923 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Lewis Burcham and Semora Antha Love Burcham. She was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church in Newton and retired as a retail sales clerk.In addition to her...
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Mary Glenn Kiker

February 20, 1942 - April 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, North Carolina.
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Cody Bouphavong

February 28, 2017 - April 7, 2017

Cody Manood Bouphavong, age 21, passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.Born February 28, 1996 in Catawba County, Cody was the son of Tom Bouphavong and Ratana Bouphavong. He graduated from Bunker Hill High School in 2014 and attended CVCC. Cody had a passion for landscaping and worked for Timberland Landscaping. His smile was contagious and his...
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Ruth Elizabeth Lutz

April 10, 1924 - April 7, 2017

Ruth Bowman Lutz, age 92, of Newton passed away on Friday, April 07, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born in Catawba County, NC on April 10, 1924, she was the daughter of the lateLuther Bowman and Bertha Elizabeth Bowman Bowman. Ruth was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hickory. She enjoyed talking to her friends and she never met a stranger. Her grandchildren knew her as ...
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William Matthew Weinrich

February 17, 1987 - April 5, 2017

The family of Navy Petty Officer First Class William Matthew Weinrich are heartbroken to announce his passing. William was born Feb 17, 1987 in nearby Burke County, and spent much of his early life in Catawba County. Upon graduating from Alexander Central high school where he was part of the NJROTC program, William joined the Navy and served for more than 12 years in varying positions as an...
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Thomas Vester Latham

July 18, 1946 - April 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, North Carolina.
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Ismini Kalapodas Frieser

September 24, 1920 - March 31, 2017

Ismini Kalapodas Frieser, age 96, of Newton passed away on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born September 24, 1920, she was the daughter of the late John Kalapodas and Emily Salisbury Kalapodas.Ismini is survived by her daughter-in-law, Dorothy M. (Lawrence) Frieser and grandson, Nicholas A. Frieser both of Kennesaw, GA; her daughter, Sandra Marie (Norman) Pottenburgh of...
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Norma Jean Pryor Hinson

April 10, 1928 - March 17, 2017

Norma Jean Pryor Hinson, age 88, passed away March 17, 2017 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House in Sherrills Ford, NC. Born April 10, 1928 in Ohio County, WV, she was the daughter of the late Oliver Birkett Pryor and Ethel Mae Buchanan Pryor. Jean was a graduate of Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She attended First Presbyterian Church in Newton, NC where she was a member of Circle One...
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Mai Vang

February 19, 1920 - March 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, North Carolina.
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Sidney Gerard Schell

October 28, 1931 - March 14, 2017

Sidney Gerard (Jerry) Schell, 85, of Lenoir, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson, NC.Jerry was born in Conover, NC, October 28, 1931. He was the youngest of the eight children of Alvin Osborne (Jack) Schell and Essie Mae Rowe Schell. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and six of his siblings. He is survived by one brother, Joseph...
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Rebecca Christine Beach

February 11, 1927 - March 12, 2017

Rebecca Christine Mize Beach passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at her residence.A Gathering of Friends will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017 in the Chapel of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, NC.
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Blanche Roy Martin

May 3, 1921 - March 10, 2017

Blanche Roy Martin, age 95, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, NC. Born May 3, 1921 in St. Agatha, ME, she was the daughter of the late Maxime Roy and Edith Sinclair Roy. Blanche, a mother of four, raised her children with love, devotion and a strong determination to provide for them. Although, not graduating from high school, she always had a desire to learn...
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May Yang Vang

August 13, 1932 - March 7, 2017

May Yang Vang passed away on Tueday, March 7, 2017 at her residence.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017 and ending with a Celebration of Life at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Burial will follow at Burke Memorial Park.
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Tony Anon Theuankham

September 30, 1988 - March 7, 2017

Tony Theuankham, age 28, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. A Traditional Buddhist Service will be held in the Chapel of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2017.
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Arend James Wesdyk

June 4, 1948 - March 7, 2017

Arend James Wesdyk, age 68, passed away on March 7, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Arend is survived by his loving wife, Jane, of 45 years.Arend is lovingly remembered by his children, Jeffrey Wesdyk and his wife, Kimberly;Debbie Gudat and her husband, Eduard; Melissa Wesdyk, Daniel Wesdyk and his wife, Krista; brothers, Adrian Wesdyk and wife, Anita; John Wesdyk and wife, Elizabeth;...
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Ariane Haissig

November 6, 1945 - March 3, 2017

Arianne G. Haissig passed away on March 3, 2017 at her residence.A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Spirit Place, Abernethy Laurels.
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Paul Edsel Ingram

February 24, 1926 - February 28, 2017

Paul Edsel Ingram, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Born February 24, 1926, in Iredell County, he was the son of the late Willie Lee Ingram and Mary Etta Mecimore Ingram. He was a member of Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church in Maiden where he was a former deacon and Sunday School teacher. Paul was a member of Gideons...
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Cheng Ceng Yang

October 10, 1947 - February 27, 2017

Cheng Ceng Yang passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at his residence.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017 and ending with a Celebration of Life at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2017. Burial will follow at Iredell Memorial Gardens.
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Nolan Moua Kong Lee

May 28, 2016 - February 22, 2017

Nolan Moua Kong Lee, age 8 months, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 until 12:00 a.m. and resuming at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 26, 2017 until the Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Catawba...
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Sara Watts Caldwell

September 18, 1930 - February 21, 2017

Sara Catherine Watts Caldwell, age 86, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Born September 18, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Catherine Reid Eckard Watts and John Warren Watts. Sara was a lifelong resident of Catawba County where she attended Hickory High School and graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College. She taught elementary school (mostly 5th grade) for 35...
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Jerry Wayne Deal

July 4, 1938 - February 19, 2017

Jerry Wayne Deal, age 78, of Newton, NC, passed away on February 19, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born July 4, 1938, he was the son of the late Kenneth Melvin Deal and Antha Harwell Deal. Jerry graduated from Newton-Conover High School and Lenoir-Rhyne College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration (1966). He enjoyed 30 years in banking as a loan officer and branch...
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Marvin Earl Ezzell

August 31, 1936 - February 6, 2017

Marvin Earl Ezzell, age 80, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, NC. Born August 31, 1936, he was the son of the late Henry H. and Lilly Pauline Dale Ezzell.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Marvin Eugene "Gene" Ezzell and his wife, Ann; grandson, Josh Denton; sisters, Evelyn Bell, Audrey Elliott; brothers, Oscar Leon Ezzell...
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Oren Harris McKay

February 25, 1928 - February 3, 2017

Oren H. McKay, age 88, formerly of Charlotte, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017 at CMC - Lincolnton. He was born February 25, 1928 in Anson County, NC to the late Randle Frederick McKay and Grace Mauldin McKay. Oren was a retired auto mechanic and an avid gardener, whose advice was sought after on both subjects. He loved and appreciated the beauty of nature and all creatures both small and...
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Grace Jane Deal

November 21, 1944 - January 26, 2017

Jane Link Deal, age 72, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Born November 12, 1944 in Rutherford County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Jasper Josiah Link and Viola Marie Beard Link. She was a member of Abernethy Memorial United Methodist Church in Newton, NC where she served as a Sunday School teacher and was the Matriarch of 100 years of...
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Souayeng Xiong

January 13, 1967 - January 24, 2017

Souayeng Ron Xiong, age 50, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at his residence.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held from 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017 until Sunday, February 12, 2017, 12:00 noon at the United Hmong Halls in Newton. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. at Burke Memorial Park in Morganton, NC.
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Pa Cheng Vue

June 15, 1913 - January 23, 2017

Pa Cheng Vue passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017 at his residence.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017 and ending with a Celebration of Life at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Waynesville, NC.
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Dardanella Alphonsine Pajares

August 2, 1920 - January 22, 2017

Dardanella Preto Pajares, 96, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the Brian Center in Hickory, NC. A native of New Orleans, she resided in St. Bernard, LA from 1951-2005 and Conover, NC since 2005. She was a member of the Perpetual Adorers of Prince of Peace Church in Chalmette, LA.Preceding her in death were her husband of 41 years, Albert Roy Pajares; parents Raymond Preto and Leota Huber...
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James Comer Gaither

October 19, 1934 - January 15, 2017

Dr. James (Jim) Comer Gaither, Sr., passed peacefully at his home in Newton, North Carolina, Sunday evening at 10:30 pm, January 15th, 2017. Dr. Gaither suffered from Leukemia and was taken home to our Lord after an extended battle with the illness. Dr. Gaither loved the community where he was born, and he returned following medical school with his beloved wife Rachel to found his medical...
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Elda Pauline Aasen

October 22, 1924 - January 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, Newton, North Carolina.
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Chia K. Hang

January 1, 1953 - January 8, 2017

Chia K. Hang, age 64, of Hickory died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.A Christian Hmong Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2017. The family will receive friends at the United Hmong Halls in Newton from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017 and from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
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Emma Punch

January 2, 2017 - January 3, 2017

No services are planned at this time.
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Robert Deane Griswold

January 8, 1927 - January 2, 2017

Robert "Bob" Deane Griswold, age 89, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017 at his residence in Abernethy Laurels of Newton, NC. Born January 8, 1927, he was the son of the late Harold Deane Griswold and Evelyn Mae Oates Griswold. He was a member of Abernethy United Church of Christ and retired after 38 years as a purchasing agent for Alcoa Aluminum. Bob was a proud veteran of the United...
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Mildred Blanche Ubry

February 9, 1933 - January 2, 2017

No Services are planned at this time.
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Thomas Lee Chang

October 15, 1953 - December 26, 2016

Thomas Lee Chang passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC at 8:00 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2017, resuming at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and ending with a Celebration of Life at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Burial will follow at...
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Choua Hang

May 5, 1939 - December 23, 2016

AChoua Hang, 77, passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016.A Traditional Hmong Gathering will be held at the United Hmong Hall in Newton, NC, Friday January 6, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. through Midnight. The gathering will continue Saturday, January 7, 2017 beginning at 8 a.m. and ending with a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. and ending with a Celebration of Life at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
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Thurman Gerome Lineberger

October 6, 1941 - December 16, 2016

Thurman Gerome "Jim" Lineberger, age 75, of Old Catawba Road, Catawba NC, died Friday December 16, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice in Sherrills Ford, NC. Born October 6, 1941 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late William "Bus" Lineberger and Virginia Bailey Lineberger. Thurman "Jim" was a member of Snow Hill AME Zion church in Newton, NC. A dedicated truck driver for over 50 years, he...
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Candace Loretta Smith

January 28, 1931 - December 12, 2016

Candace "Candy" Rogers Smith, 85, passed away December 12, 2016 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House. Born January 28, 1931, Candace was the loving wife of the late Howard Walter Smith. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Robert and Blanche Wheeler Rogers; a brother, Robert Rogers; and a daughter, Cheryl S. Lutz.Candace is survived by sons, Harold (Mary) Smith II and Paul (Mitzi) Smith;...
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