Obituaries for Feb. 2, 2014

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 04:16 PM

Mildred Stronach

Mildred Shuford Stronach passed away in Tustin, Calif., on Nov. 3, 2013, from complications after suffering a stroke Oct. 9. “Mimi,” the Granddaughter of Able A. Shuford, was born to Elva and James C. Shuford in Hickory on Jan. 7, 1920.

She was educated at Queens College and was a business woman as well as a mother and housewife. She partnered with her sister, Elva, to take over and expand the “Elva Shuford Shop,” a mainstay in Hickory for over 50 years, started by their mother, Elva. It was renowned for its fine ladies apparel

She was preceded in death by two brothers, James Shuford and Archie Shuford, and a beloved twin sister, Maude Lloyd.

She was married to the late William Barron Stronach Jr. They had four children, Mimi Eastep of Livinston, Mont., Kitty Petar of Sana Ana, Calif., the late Anne Cataraha of Santa Ana, Calif., and Bill Stronach III of Lenoir. She is also survived by one sister, Elva Schmulling of Hickory; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, June 13, 2014, at 2 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lenoir, where she attended for over 50 years and sang in the choir until her move to California in 2004.

Online condolences may be sent to the Stronach Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.

Lisa Palmer

Lisa Littlejohn Palmer, 48, passed away Jan. 29, 2014. Born Feb. 28, 1965, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Donald Littlejohn Jr. She is survived by her father, Joseph Littlejohn Sr.; her mother, Georgia Littlejohn Roberts; her daughter, Adrienne Palmer, and granddaughter, Rayla Fortwengler; cousins, Jimmy and Danny Littlejohn, Susan Littlejohn Davidson, and Jana Zuerner Pokorney.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the Palmer Family at http://www.evansfuneralservice.com/

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

Stephen Harris

Stephen Douglas Harris, 46, of Hudson passed away on Jan. 28, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Centre.

There are no formal services at this time.

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

Dennis Cook Jr.

Dennis Shelton Cook Jr., 78, of Lenoir died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke. He was born Nov. 24, 1935, in Caldwell County to the late Dennis Shelton Cook Sr. and Annabev Whitmire Cook.

Dr. Cook was a 1954 graduate of Lenoir High School and a 1958 graduate of University of North Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Teaching. He graduated from UNC School of Dentistry in 1962. From 1962 to 1964 he served in the United States Air Force, stationed in France with the rank of Captain. He served in 608 Tactical Air Command at toul Rosiere, France. He was a Dental Consultant at two other bases at this time, Chamblee and St. Michiel, also France. He started his private practice in Lenoir, in 1964.

His educational organizations include the Academy of General Dentistry 1970-1974, North Carolina Dental Society Anesthesiology, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, Southern Academy of Oral Surgery, Western Piedmont Dental Society, North Carolina Dental Society, and past staff member of Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Cook served on the National Board of Dental Examiners, passed in 1962, and North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners. He wrote an article on Some Basic Observations in Physical Evaluations of Patients for Out-Patient General Anesthesia. This was published in the North Carolina Dental Journal and later made into a cassette tape about 1971 or 1972.

He was a member of Hibriten Masonic Lodge # 262, Shiner member of Oasis Temple in Charlotte, 32 Degree Scottish Rite work taken in Paris France while in Air Force, past active member of the Lenoir Rotary Club, member of Foothills Shrine Club of Caldwell County, Delta Sigma Delta professional fraternity while at U.N.C. of Dentistry, active staff member of Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

He loved flying – Commercial Pilot Rating (a) multiengine land (b) instrument, certified scuba diver, hunting, fishing almost all outdoor sports, especially sailing and boating.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lenoir. He helped initiate dental services in Liberia, Africa, at Ganta Hospital in 1976. This was done through the Methodist Church in Matthews. He had a multitude of post graduate work in various sections of the country (mostly in pain field), did an externship for three months in 1961 at State Hospital in Raleigh (Dorothea Dix).

Survivors include one son, Dennis Shelton Cook III and spouse of Chapel Hill; one daughter, Lee Ouellette and spouse of Lenoir; one sister, Carol Hammond of Orlando, Fla.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services with Masonic rites will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Belleview Cemetery conducted by Dr. David Smith.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home prior to the service.

The family respectfully request, no flowers, memorials made to Shriner’s Children Hospital, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605, or First Baptist Church of Lenoir, 304 Main St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Snow Adams III

The Rev. Anslem Snow Adams III passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord he so faithfully served on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in his home in Appleton, Wis. Snow was born on Aug. 28, 1938 in Asheville, the son of the late Anslem and Frederica (Clodfelter) Snow Adams Jr. After completing high school, he attended The Citadel and later married the former Melvine Angel on Aug. 5, 1960, in Greensboro. Snow was employed by the State of North Carolina in the License and Theft Division for 12 years. He then attended Montreat-Anderson College and the University of North Carolina-Asheville, where he received his Bachelor’s degree. After earning his Bachelor’s degree, Snow attended Duke University Divinity School, where he earned his Master of Divinity in 1984. He then entered the Methodist ministry. For 20 years he pastored churches in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Snow was a valued member of the A&A Scottish Rite Of Freemasonry, SJ, USA Valley of Asheville since 1969 where he earned his 32nd Degree. He served as Past Master of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Asheville, Biltmore Masonic Lodge 0446. Snow was also a member of the Oasis Shriners International.

Snow was known for sharing his Southern Bar-B-Que skills at church fundraisers and with friends. Nothing made Snow happier than bringing joy and laughter to the people around him. He was known for his sense of humor, his colorful story telling, and his Southern charm. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and family.

He leaves behind two daughters, Angela (Kevin) Sours and Deborah (Ben) Becher of Appleton. His grandchildren are Morgan (Matt) Majerus; and Mitchell, Sloan, and Bryant Becher. His brother, the Rev. Lawrence Clay Adams, resides in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife, the Rev. Dr. Susan Bennett Adams. He was preceded in death by his parents, A. Snow and Frederica, his sister, Suzanna Adams Neil, and his loving wife, Melvine Angel Adams.

A memorial service celebrating Snow’s life and ministry will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. in that very special chapel at First United Methodist Church, 325 E. Franklin St. in Appleton, with the Rev. Dr. Doyle Blanton officiating. A reception for family and friends will immediately follow the service in the Asbury Lounge at FUMC. In the spring, he will be placed alongside his beloved Melvine at the Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery in Greensboro. A memorial fund is being established in his name.

The family would like to express special gratitude to Theda Care Hospice, Dr. William Fletcher and his staff at Appleton Cardiology, Dr. Robert Ballard of Fox Valley Surgical Associates, and his caregiver Sandie Kerrigan.

Dennis Harris

Dennis W. Harris, 71, of Hibriten Road in Lenoir died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Anna Carr

Anna Novella Widener Carr, 69, of Hickory went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. She was born March 11, 1944, daughter of the late Festus Widener and Mary Puckett Widener.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, Texas Lewis and Noah Ramseur; three brothers; Roy Widener, Buddy Widener, and Johnny Widener; and two sisters, Mary Frances Price and Anna Mae Widener.

She is survived by her husband, James Carr of Hickory; three daughters, Lisa Wilson and husband Ashley, Julie Warren and husband Michael, and Sheri Davis and husband Todd, all of Conover. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Open Door Baptist Church in Hickory. The service will be at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Darrell Williams officiating. Burial to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory.

Mackie Funeral Home is serving the family.

You may view the obituary online at www.mackiefh.com.

Hazel Billings

Hazel Greer Billings, 81, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Watauga Medical Center. She was born in Caldwell County on July 10, 1932, to the late Roy W. Greer and Grace Benge Greer.

Mrs. Billings was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Billings, and infant brother and her brother, Jimmy Greer. She is survived by her sons, Stevie Billings and wife Wanda; Michael Billings and wife Susan; Ronnie Billings and wife Beckie; daughter, Pat Billings Turnmire and husband Charles; grandchildren, Christy Billings, Matthew Billings, Gene Key, Robbie McNeil, Elisha McNeil, Amanda Fellows, Joshua Billings, Wesley Billings; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Mrs. Billings' life will be held at Setzer's Creek Baptist Church on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at 3 p.m. with Pastor Gary Teague officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to the Billings family at www.evansfuneralservice.com. Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Billings family.

Nannie Cornell

Nannie Eller Cornell, 73, of Playmore Beach Road, Morganton, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at her daughter’s residence. She was born May 19, 1940, in Watauga County to the late James W. and Janie Smith Eller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe L. Cornell; and several brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Cornell was retired from Broyhill Furniture and was of the Christian belief.

Survivors include three sons, Donald Joe Cornell and wife Crystal of Lenoir, Scott Allen Cornell and wife Shannon, and William Steven (Tom) Cornell, both of Morganton; one daughter, Karen Cornell Kirby and husband Doug of Hudson; one brother, James Eller of North Wilkesboro; sisters, Stella Eller of New York and twin sister Annie A. Eller of Statesville; grandchildren, Jonathan, April and Christopher Kirby, Jordan, Isaiah, Chandler, Micah, Taylor, Johannah and Fearl Cornell, Shelby and Tiffany Perry; Micheal, Tabitha and Joshua Judd; and step-great-grandsons, Hayden and Aaron Judd.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Abundant Life Tabernacle Church conducted by Pastor David McNeil and Pastor Mike Greene. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons, Jonathan, Christopher, Jordan, Isaiah, Chandler and Micah.

Honorary pallbearers will be Donald (Duck) Hudson and Randy Burgess.

Memorial contributions may be made to Abundant Life Tabernacle Church, 2979 Playmore Beach Road, Morganton, NC 28655, or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Lillie Hollar

Lillie Mae White Hollar, 82, passed away on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center. She was born in Caldwell County on April 23, 1931, to the late Gaither White and Betty Walker White.

Mrs. Hollar loved the Lord and faithfully attended Crossroads Baptist Church, where she will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alex Hollar; son, Larry Dean Hollar; and brothers, Ted White, Bob White, and Clarence Walker.

She is survived by her children, Douglas Alex Hollar and wife Diane, Elijah Paul Hollar and wife Mary J., Deborah Teeters, Kimberly King and husband Gary, and Thomas Gregory Hollar; sisters, Doris Townsend, Mary Ellen White, Jeanette Teague, and Shirley Daves; brother, Frank White; 16 grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Mrs. Hollar’s life will be held at Crossroads Baptist Church on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at 3 p.m. with Pastor Danny Wright officiating. Burial will immediately follow the service at Union Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to the Hollar family at www.evansfuneralservice.com. Evans Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the Hollar family.