Obituaries for Aug. 7, 2014

Aug. 06, 2014 @ 03:45 PM

Joseph Freeman

Joseph Dale Freeman, 61, of Granite Falls passed away Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at Carolinas Medical Center.

Mr. Freeman was born in Burke County to the late Joseph Hutto Freeman and Helen Minton Freeman. He was the Owner of J & H Distributing. Dale was an avid Harley rider and was known to his many friends in the trucking community as “Dead Eye.”

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 43 years, Teresa Freeman of the home; his sons, Joseph Adam Freeman and wife Julie of Harrisburg, and Justin Mikeal Freeman and wife Pamela of Hudson; his granddaughters, Ally and Jocie Freeman of Harrisburg; grandsons, Tyler and Austin Freeman of Hudson; his sisters, Lynette McClendon and husband Mickey of York, S.C., and Dee Freeman and wife Emily of Raleigh; and a sister-in-law, Paula Adams of Granite Falls.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with Dr. Warner Doles and Pastor Simeron Hamby officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive prior to the service from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Joseph Dale Freeman.

Online condolences may be placed at

Tony Williams

Tony James Williams, 64, passed away on Aug. 6, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Online condolences may be sent to the Williams Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Williams Family.

Mary Fleming

Mary Christine Carson Fleming, 59, of Morganton died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2014.

The family will receive friends Friday, Aug. 8, 1-2 p.m. at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Marion, with the funeral service at 2 p.m. . Interment will follow at Gold Hill Cemetery, Rutherfordton.

Chloe and Shannon Benfield

Chloe Paige Benfield and Shannon Lee Benfield Jr., infant twins of Ashley N. Pierce and Shannon L. Benfield Sr., went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 4, 2014.

A service will be held at a later date.

Bass-Smith Granite is serving the Benfield family.

Richard Tate II

Richard Tate II, 77, of New York, N.Y., passed away Aug. 4, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time by Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton.