Obituaries for Dec. 19, 2013

Dec. 18, 2013 @ 02:12 PM

Ruth Starnes

Ruth Elizabeth Curtis Starnes, 94, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at Shaire Center. She was born Oct. 18, 1919, in Caldwell County to parents William Samuel and Nettie Verona Green (e) Curtis, who preceded her in death. Her husband, Clarence Edgar Starnes, nine brothers and sisters, and great-granddaughter, Amanda Bostain, also, preceded her in death.

She and her husband, Clarence, were parents to three children, Norma Starnes Lytle Suddreth and husband Jack of Lenoir and Blowing Rock, John Edgar Starnes and wife Linda of Lenoir, and Greta Starnes Whetzel and husband William of Hickory. She has seven grandchildren, Judith Starnes Butler, John Michael Starnes, Rebecca Lytle Lovette, Lynn Elizabeth Lytle, Joelle Bolick Kuhlman, Martin William Bolick and Heather Gaye Bolick. Her great-grandchildren are Jason Bostain, Hayden, Ross and Drew Lovette, Avery Bolick and Landon Kuhlman.

In the late 1930s, the couple owned and operated the Sanborn Inn, located on U.S. 321 South. It was a restaurant, service station and area social meeting place for eating, dancing, listening to music and fellowship. In 1942, during World War II, they answered the call to duty. They moved and resided at Carolina Beach, where he worked in the area shipyard. After the war, they moved back to Granite Falls and continued living there until her death.

Mrs. Starnes studied art and became an accomplished oil painter. She was an excellent seamstress, designing and making much of her own clothing, and her children’s and grandchildren’s apparel. She left a large collection of heirloom fabric art. Her quilts, afghans, delicate embroidery, and crocheted art pieces won many prizes. She exhibited in local art galleries and at regional fairs, where she took many ribbons. She gave many of her creations, as gifts, to family and friends. They are highly cherished today.

She had many hobbies that included working challenging picture and word puzzles. Keeping abreast of the weather, she charted and predicted forthcoming systems. She loved to fish, joining her husband with record breaking and prize winning catches. Photographs were displayed on the pier at Surf City, NC where records still stand. Her love of gardening was evident in the prizes she won at regional fairs, where she worked in the Fall. Her creativity didn’t diminish with advanced age and diminishing cognitive skills. She gathered walnuts and pecans, which grew on their property, making necklaces with them. Outside the home, she worked as a supervisor at a local manufacturing plant. Primarily, she was a homemaker.

Ruth loved her children. She was a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. She was active in their school activities, serving as grade parent and chaperoned trips. She served many active years in the Parent Teacher Association as a member and officer. She belonged to the Granite Falls Woman’s Club, the Granite Falls Garden Club, and the NC Garden Club, serving as a state officer, attending regional and state conventions. As a member of the Poovey’s Grove Home Demonstration Club, she exhibited and worked at the county fair. She faithfully worked at the polls during election times. Taking cruises with family and friends, and traveling abroad, gave her pleasure. She was active in her church, Poovey’s Grove Baptist Church. She taught the Sunbeam Band, youth, and enjoyed the fellowship of her Sunday School Class and Women’s Missionary Union, her circle friends.

At their summer home on Lake Hickory, “Sandy Beach,” she served countless meals and had cook-outs for church, family and friends. After coming in from swimming, boating and skiing, the family and invited, or drop-in-guests, were often served hand churned homemade ice cream. Vanilla ice cream in half a cantaloupe was a favorite. All were welcome! She was famous for her yummy biscuits, chicken and noodles, dumplings, pot roasts, country fried venison and gravy, persimmon pudding, strawberry cake and oatmeal cookies.

She lived her faith, constantly doing good deeds. She was continuously busy helping others and giving gifts of her time and money, for which she received hundreds of “thank you” notes from grateful people! The legacy she left for her family and friends is enviable!

The family extends appreciation to her caregivers and especially, Catherine and Richard Icard.

In lieu of floral gifts, it is requested by the family that memorials be made to the Shriner’s International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Poovey’s Grove Baptist Church conducted by Pastor Bennett Helton and Pastor James Todd. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

A reception will be held in the church fellowship hall following the interment.

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

Philip Jackson

Philip Robbins Jackson, 63, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at his home in Chatsworth, Calif., following a long battle with cancer.

Born on July 25, 1950, in Atlanta, Ga., he was the son of the late Wilford “Wick” Jackson and Kathryn Robbins Jackson. He attended New Mexico Military Academy, Roswell, N.M., graduated from Poway High School, Poway, Calif., and the University of California at Northridge, Calif. He was a master carpenter/building contractor — a fortunate man who was loved by his family, lived life as he wanted and made friends everywhere he went.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife Kathleen Nakaidinae Jackson of the home; one son, Andrew T. Jackson (Heather), one grandson, Alexander T. Jackson; one brother Stephen L. Jackson of Ranger, Texas; Aunts Margaret “Peg” Robbins of Hudson, Carolyn Sigmon (Darrell) of Hickory, and several cousins in North and South Carolina.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Belleview Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Stephen M. Austin and the Rev. Gurney Robbins. The family will receive friends at United Presbyterian Church, 415 Pennell St. NW, Lenoir, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Marceile Erian Cancer Foundation, 1687 Erringer Road, Suite 104, Simi Valley, CA 93065

Online condolences may be made at

Pendry’s Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to be assisting the Jackson family.

Fred Rash

Fred Rash, 83, of Granite Falls passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at the Brian Center in Hickory. Funeral arrangements are incomplete but will be announced later by Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir.

Wilma Rash

The services for Mrs. Wilma Jean Rash scheduled for today, Dec. 19, have been postponed to a later time due to unforeseen circumstances. Service times will be announced later by Evans Funeral Service & Crematory. Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir are serving the Rash family.

Benny Horton

Benny Earl Horton, 64, of Conover passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at the Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley.

Born on Oct. 10, 1949, in Wilkes County, Benny was a son of the late Benny Earl Snow and Mary Alice Horton. He had worked as a cook and loved watching football. Benny was well known and loved by many. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother in law, Mary Maggilen Horton Bowers and husband, James Bowers; a niece, Denise Bowers; and a nephew, James K. Bowers Jr.

Survivors include three brothers, Leroy Horton and wife Ella, Thomas Clyde Horton, and Jeffery Horton; two sisters, Fatina Horton Hunt, and Alda Mae Horton Dula and husband Dale; his nephews, Michael Powell, Makiaya Powell, Dale Robert Dula Jr., David Coffey, and Thomas Coffey; a niece, Kimberly Coffey; he is also survived by numerous other relatives.

A memorial service celebrating Benny’s life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 4 p.m. at the First Church of God with Pastor Jerome Pearson officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 3 to 4 p.m. at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the Horton Family at

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