Obituaries for Aug. 10, 2014

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 07:18 PM

Samuel Clemmons

Samuel Clyde Clemmons, 59, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, at his home in Fayetteville. Sam was born on Aug. 13, 1954, in Aberdeen, Maryland, to Clyde L. and Alice Thompson Clemmons. While his father was serving in the Air Force, Sam grew up around military installations in the Philippines and Japan. When his family returned to the United States, he graduated from Aberdeen High School in Maryland. He began a law enforcement career where he was asked to serve on the Governor’s Drug Task Force as an undercover narcotics officer. He retired from the police department in 1985 and moved to Brunswick County, N.C., where he met his lovely wife, Evelyn. He was a volunteer fireman and a paramedic. While employed as an Operating Room Surgical Technologist at Brunswick Community Hospital, Sam developed an interest in nursing. He received his first nursing degree from Caldwell Community College, and later earned his BSN from Winston-Salem State University. When he retired due to illness in 2012, he was the Patient Care Manager of the main operating room at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville.

Sam was a gunsmith, a conservationist, an avid outdoorsman, and a hunter. He hunted large game in Tanzania, Africa; bears in Newfoundland; and elk in New Mexico. He was a member of several hunting and shooting clubs in Fayetteville and taught gun safety courses. He was a Life Time Member of the NRA, and was an instrument-rated private pilot

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a beloved cousin and brother, Ronald Hewett.

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Barlow Clemmons; daughter, Kristen Bizon and her husband Christopher of Hillsborough; grandchildren, Claire and Miles Bizon; special cousins, Russell Spillman of Louzerne, Pa., Pamela Satriano of Clearwater, Fla.; special friends, Julie Hewett and Jessica Hewett both of Calabash; and Justin Hewett of Chadbourn; and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the graveside by the Rev. Phil Norris on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, in Prospect Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are asked to be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Private on-line condolences may be sent to the family at

Brunswick Funeral Service, Shallotte.

Donald Wayne Costner Sr.

Donald Wayne Costner Sr. of Taylorsville passed away on Aug. 7, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will later be announced by Cornerstone Cremation Funeral Celebrations, Lenoir.

Lucille Ervin

Lucille Virginia Ervin, lovingly known as Lucy, 89, of Morganton was called home by her Lord and Savior on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. at Grace Heights Health and Rehabilitation Center. The funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. at New Day Christian Church. Burial will follow at the Mission AME Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the New Day Christian Church, from 10-10:55 a.m.

Rachel James

Rachel “Louise” Perkins James, 90, of Lenoir Avenue, Lenoir, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care. She was born July 31, 1924, in Iredell County to the late William G. and Grace Morrison Perkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray D. James; one daughter, Carolyn James Huff; one brother, Bill Perkins; and two sisters, Lois Frazier and Willa Mae Gillian.

Mrs. James was a homemaker and spent her life as a caregiver to her children, whom she cherished, and later was a caregiver to her disabled husband for 18 years. She served her community by collecting for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and always collected from the neighborhood when someone was sick or passed away. She was a strong Methodist and Democrat. She believed in and practiced treating others how you would want to be treated. “Louise” loved to laugh and make others laugh. Her favorite hobby was crewel embroidery and she furnished all her family and friends with her craft.

Survivors include two sons, Bobby Ray James and wife Peggy of Hickory, and the Rev. Tommy L. James and wife Jennifer of Burnsville; one daughter, Linda Andrews and husband Larry of Lenoir; one brother, Franklin Perkins; one sister, Peggy Pruitt; six grandchildren, Wesley Huff, Carla Huff Jenkins, Landon and Layton Andrews, and Tiffany and Steven James; and one great-grandchild, Jaylan Jenkins.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Uiyeon Kim and the Rev. Joe Parker. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Hazel Nix

Hazel Harris Nix, 79, of Morganton passed away Friday morning at Autumn Care of Drexel after a four-year struggle with cancer. Born March 19, 1935, in Caldwell County, she was the daughter of the late Fred Leroy Harris and the late Blanch Bryant Harris. In addition to her parents, brothers Charlie, Paul, and Ernest, and a sister, Addie, preceded her in death.

Hazel is survived by four sons from her first marriage to Cecil Eugene Nix, Roger and wife Genice of Raleigh, Gary of Louisville, Ky., Danny and wife Kay of Hildebran, and Rick and wife Connie of Morganton. Sisters Emma Triplett of Sun Valley, Calif., Peggy Beaver of Lenoir, and Minnie Bell Turner of Drexel also survive her. Other survivors include her five grandchildren, Adam Nix of Raleigh, Renee Griffin of Gastonia, Brad Nix of Hickory, and Joey and Matt Nix of Baton. There are also three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Hazel was raised in a family of 10 during the difficult Depression years. She learned the value of hard work on the farm where she andher brothers and sisters helped farm tobacco and raise crops for their food. She went to work in the cotton mills of Granite Falls at an early age and spent most of her working career in either furniture or textiles. Hazel loved to fish and took her sons often. In 1984 she took the trip of a lifetime when she traveled with a tour group from Gardner-Webb College to the Holy Land and Germany to see the Passion play in Oberammergau, Germany. She was a Baptist by faith

A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Granite Falls. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

The family would like to acknowledge the loving care and compassion shown to Hazel during her almost four and a half years at Country Pines Family Care Home. Mrs. Shirley Carswell, owner, and her excellent staff provided a comfortable and wonderful life experience for our mother during these days.

If you wish to express your sympathy in a tangible way please consider a memorial contribution to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

An online guestbook is available at

Heritage Funeral Service of Valdese is serving the Nix family.

Richard Tate II

Richard M. Tate II, son of the late Richard M. and Mrs. Margaret Wright Tate of Morganton, passed on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Services will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at Slades Chapel AME Zion Church. The family visitation will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the services at 3 p.m.

Dorothy Winkler

Dorothy Storie Winkler, 87, of Lenoir died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at College Pines Nursing Center - Valdese. She was born Aug. 23, 1926, in Watauga County to the late Col. McKinnley and Ethel Green Storie. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Winkler; one son, Thomas Jefferson Winkler Jr.; one daughter, Rose Winkler; two brothers, Romey G. Storie and Wayne E. Storie; and three sisters, Anna Lea Canipe, Beulah Autry and Maggie Freeman.

Mrs. Winkler was retired from Broyhill Furniture Industries and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include three sons, Henry Roger Winkler and wife Mary, Terry G. Winkler and Randal Dexter Winkler, all of Lenoir; three daughters, Patricia W. Austin and husband Carroll, Loretta W. Burkhart and Lori A. Winkler, all of Lenoir; one sister, Charlotte Overby; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Miller-Winkler Family Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Sam Craven.

The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care and College Pines Nursing Center for their excellent care of their mother.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon St., Valdese, NC 28690

Online condolences may be left at

Harriett C. Baird

Harriett C. Baird, 67, of Taylorsville passed away on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Hudson, following a period of declining health. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Appalachian State University Department of Education, 287 Rivers St., Boone, NC 28608; American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Charlotte, NC 28207; or a charity of your choice.