Obituaries for Feb. 27, 2014

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Collis Coffey

Collis H. Coffey Jr. “C.H.,” 74, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. He was born in Caldwell County on Sept. 23, 1939, to the late Collis H. Coffey Sr. and Nellie Sumpter Coffey.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, the Rev. Richard “Dale” Matheson.

He is survived by his sister, Maxine C. Matheson; nephew, Richard D. (Rick) Matheson Jr. and wife Diane; niece, Kim McGalliard and husband Doug; double first cousins, Gary Sumpter and wife Ann, and Grady Sumpter Jr.; several other cousins; and 16 great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service for C.H. will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 6 p.m. with Carlene Horton and Reverend Gary Matheson officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the Coffey Family at

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

Robert Greene

Robert (Bobby) Ward Greene, 66, of Lenoir went to meet his Lord on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, after being fatally injured in a construction accident in Missouri.

Bobby was born in Caldwell County on Feb. 24, 1947, to the late Ward Spillman Greene and the late Faye Angley Greene.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by former wife Carolyn Ann Greene.

Bobby graduated from Gamewell High School in 1965 and served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1970 and was a Vietnam veteran. He was employed with Townsend Construction.

Bobby is survived by his companion, Ruby Moore, and her daughter, Traci, of the home; one sister, Joan Roten and husband Jackie; two nephews, Jonathan and Robert Phillips; stepdaughter Sherry Bumgarner Sherriff; stepsons Steve and Tim Bumgarner; former wife Wilma Greene, stepdaughter Tracy Effler; stepson Keith Mull; 10 step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and numerous other family and friends.

Bobby loved to play golf and spend time with lifelong friends Harold Stallings and Jerry (Boomer) Garland.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 4 p.m. at Calvary Advent Christian Church, conducted by the Rev. Jim Lee. The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

The family respectfully requests memorial contributions be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project,, or P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Ward Story

Ward Felix Story, 86, of Lenoir went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Ward was born in Caldwell County to the late Melvin and Hattie Triplett Story, and lived his life in the Lower Creek area.

In 1956, he married his loving and devoted wife, Frances “Tootsie” Mabe. He spent his 38-year career at Duke Power Company, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1945-46. Among his many interests, he was an avid rosarian and gardener whose roses won many awards at the Caldwell County Fair. He regularly kept a large vegetable and flower garden and was known for his generosity in freely sharing the bounty of his labor. He also served as BSA Scoutmaster for Troop 289 and was an avid sports fan who loved professional football, baseball, and golf. He and Tootsie are longstanding members and supporters of Lower Creek Baptist Church.

Ward is survived by wife; his two sons, Brooks James Story, wife Terri and children Blake and Mia, and Pierce Bradley Story and wife Heather; his beloved brother and fellow gardener, Robert Melvin Story; and his sister Jeanette Story Maltba. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Glenn, Darryl and Jack, and a sister, Christine Story Rhodes.

In keeping with Ward’s wishes, no services will be held. Memorials may be made to Lower Creek Baptist Church, 633 Lower Creek Drive, Lenoir, 28645 and to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Story Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory is proudly serving the Story Family.

Wautena Austin

A memorial service for Wautena “Tena” Austin of Conover, who died Feb. 3, 2014, will be held this Saturday, March 1, at Valdese Family Funeral Care, 205 Morgan St. SE in Valdese, at 2 p.m.

Eula Hartley

Eula Hartley, 86, of Melody Lane, Lenoir, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Lenoir Health Care Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.