Obituaries for Feb. 12, 2014

Feb. 11, 2014 @ 03:53 PM

Frances Sumpter

Frances Trivette Sumpter, 69, of Lenoir passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Born Dec. 8, 1944, in Caldwell County, Mrs. Sumpter was a daughter of the late Donald Edwin Trivette and Mrs. Dorothy Mae Holden Trivette of Lenoir.

Other than her father, she was preceded in death by her son, Anthony “Tony” Collins.

Mrs. Sumpter was a member of West Lenoir Baptist Church and had worked in the furniture industry. She was the spiritual leader of her family and the glue that held them all together. She was highly respected in the community and known for her charity and helping others in need.

Other than her mother, she is survived by her three daughters, Anita Digh and husband Bill of Morganton, Amy Tester and husband Max of Lenoir, Jennifer Collins of Granite Falls; three sisters, Geraldine Wood and husband Richard of Granite Falls, Carolyn Miller of Lenoir, Peggy Whisnant and husband Barry of Icard; one brother, Eddie Trivette and wife Lilly of Whitnel; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Mrs. Sumpter’s life will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at West Lenoir Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Safriet and Pastor James Lockee officiating. Burial will follow in the Zack’s Fork Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2 prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be: William Miller, Matthew Tester, Devyn Snead, David Lee, Jonathan Brittain, Ben Snead, Michael Tester and Jason Blevins.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials be made to West Lenoir Baptist Church, 311 NW Abington Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Sumpter Family at

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

James Hunt

James Lee Hunt, 85, of Lake James passed away Feb. 10, 2014. Funeral arrangement will be announced by Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

Nolan Miller

Nolan Earl Miller, 80, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Online condolences may be sent to the Miller Family at

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

David Smith

David Henry Smith, 72, of 513 Harris St. NW, Lenoir, answered the Lord’s call on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care Center following a period of declining health.

Born Jan. 27, 1942, in Caldwell County, he was the son of the late Elder Frank Smith and the late Evangelist Alma Norwood Smith. In addition to his parents, a sister, Mary S. Cameron, and brother, Ervin Smith, preceded him in death.

He retired from employment with M.D.I. after working 29 years as a Truck Driver. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard, was a member of Chesterfield Community Church of God Inc. and a member of the Harper-Witherspoon American Legion Post No. 231. He enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, various sports, the Dallas Cowboys, was a member of the DAV Commanders Club and National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mrs. Margaret Patterson Smith of the home; his children, Jonice (Kim) Corpening, Ida “Tootsie” (George) Danner, Toia (Darrel) Banks, all of Hickory, Rudy (Jennifer) Fox of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Sierra Fox of Atlanta, Ga.; siblings, Frank Smith Jr., the Rev. Laura (John) Smith-Jones and the Rev. Larry (Evan. Yvette) Smith, all of Lenoir; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and cherished friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church with Elder Robert Hayes officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12-12:55 p.m. at the church prior to the services.

Burial will follow services at Dulatown Community Cemetery.

Military Rites to be presented by the North Carolina National Guard and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard Inc..

Condolences may be forwarded to

Ebony Funeral Services of Lenoir is caring for the Smith family.