Obituaries for Dec. 20, 2013

Dec. 20, 2013 @ 01:55 PM

Wanda Buchanan

Wanda Caudle Buchanan, 78, passed away on Dec. 18, 2013, following a four year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born in Lenoir to the late Lenora and Stewart Caudle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, and brother, E.D. Caudle.

Wanda graduated from Gamewell High School in 1953. She was married to her loving husband, James Buchanan, for 54 years before he passed away in 2007, also from Alzheimer’s. Wanda and Jim spent most of their life together in Charlotte, N.C., and Richmond, Va. They enjoyed playing golf in addition to sharing their musical talents with their church family and friends.

Wanda enjoyed her active role as a doting grandparent for her beloved grandchildren, Elliot, Chelsea, Paris, Jarett and Dylan. She stayed active in church choirs throughout her life and passed on her love of music to her family.

Wanda is survived by her daughters, Karen Buchanan of Raleigh and Julie Buchanan of Asheville; sisters, Shirley Riddle and Arlene Bowman; and brother, Bob Caudle; her five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter, Palace. She loved being an aunt to her thirty-three nieces and nephews in the Caudle and Buchanan families.

A graveside service will be held at Blue Ridge Cemetery in Lenoir on Dec. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Wake County Hospice, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607.

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

Fred Rash (has photo)

Fred Rash, 83, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Brian Center – Viewmont. He was born in Pennsylvania on May 25, 1930, to the late Cooge Rash and Bonnie Latham Rash. This year he celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Wilma Rash, who passed away on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Rash was preceded in death by his daughter, Loretta Rash, one sister and four brothers.

Mr. Rash is survived by his sons, Tony Rash and Greg Rash; one brother; grandsons, Adam Toliver and Dallas Rash; granddaughter, Victoria Rash; great-granddaughter, Alyia Greene; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mr. Rash’s life will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. with David Brown, Pastor Tony Hamby and Pastor Phillip Coffey officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 11 until 12:30 prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to the Rash Family at

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

Jewel Harris

Jewel Amanda Clark Harris, 85, of Granite Falls passed away on Dec. 19, 2013, at her home.

Born Aug. 31, 1928, in Caldwell County, Jewel was a daughter of the late Millard Filmore and Fonnie Carpenter Clark. She was the first female manager of a self service gas station in North Carolina. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph Harris; brothers, Doulas, Dennis, Vernon and Stanley Clark; a sister, Bernice Holobaugh.

Survivors include a son, Mark R. Harris, and three daughters, Pamela Zepeda, Sandra Mudd and Lee Anne Nicholson. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives.

Services for Mrs. Harris will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Harris Family at

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

Lorena Tedder

Martha “Lorena” Tedder went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. She was born June 11, 1935, in Connelly Springs to the late Lloyd Buzz Lowman and Zelder Rae Lowman. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Roy E. Tedder, and two children: her daughter, Andrea Beane and her husband, Lynn, and son, Thomas, of Baton, and her son, Michael S. Tedder and his fiancée, Brenda Stubbs, and her son Aidan of Greensboro; as well as her daughter-in-law and friend, Martha Johnson Tedder of Asheville. She also has a brother, Howard “Buddy” Lowman and his wife, Ann, of Glen Alpine, two sister-in-laws, Barbara Lowman of Sawmills, and Maureen Thompson of Connelly Springs; as well as two nieces, Martha Lowman Cornatzer of Oldsmar, Fla., and Sherry Barrier of Sawmills; and a nephew, Rayfield Lowman, also of Sawmills.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by one son, Kevin E. Tedder, and two brothers, Jay Van Lowman and Larry Joe Lowman.

Mrs. Tedder worked for the Caldwell County School System at East Harper Academy and Davenport Elementary School for 21 years. She enjoyed her time working with the children and touched many lives in her time with the school system.

The family will receive friends in the chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, from 2:30 until 3:30.

A graveside service will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Park at 4 on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.

Pallbearers will be Tim Annas, Jeff Annas, Terry Snyder, Jerry Snyder, Keith Tedder, Neil Tedder, Steve Tedder, Robert Tedder, and Rayfield Lowman. Honorary pallbearers will be Glenn “Bubba” Blair and Nick Wilcox.

After the service the family will be receiving friends at the home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Grace Baptist Church, N.C. 18 / Morganton Blvd, Lenoir NC 28645, and Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Tedder Family at

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

Barry Harper

Barry Glenn Harper, 62, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Funeral arrangements incomplete and will be announced by Ebony Funeral Services of Lenoir.

Elizabeth Berry

Elizabeth Mae Whisnant Berry, 79, of Merritt Island, Fla., formerly of Lenoir, passed away on Dec. 7, 2013. She was born on June 3, 1934, in Caldwell County to the late Robert Jay Whisnant Sr. and Clara Wagner Whisnant. She was also preceded in death by a loving brother, Robert Jay Whisnant Jr. Upon graduation from Happy Valley High School, she completed nursing school and became a most loving and caring registered nurse, beginning her career at Grace Hospital in Morganton before moving to Florida with her husband, Ray Berry. In Florida, her career path including serving hospitals in both Cocoa Beach and Merritt Island. Later she returned from Florida and worked at Broughton Hospital in Morganton. As her health began to decline, she moved back to Florida to live with her daughter Brenda and be near other family members there. Elizabeth was an awesome Mother, Grandmother, Great-grandmother, Aunt, Cousin and friend. She will be remembered for her Christian spirit, for being a very hard worker, for her fun-loving personality, great sense of humor, compassionate nursing skills, as a great seamstress, award-winning cook, and the maker of most delicious biscuits. Truly she was a "Proverbs 31 Mother, where the works of her hands will praise her in the gates of heaven." She loved all creatures, great and small, and especially her loyal canine friend "Boo Boo." Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Camilla Lewis and Brenda Hamilton (and sons-in-law), both of Florida; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; her beloved sister-in-law, Dolly Whisnant of Patterson; nephew David Whisnant; several cousins; and many friends. The memorial service will be Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. at Yadkin Baptist Church, Patterson, with the Rev. Robert Livingston officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Yadkin Baptist Church.

Carmon Kilby

Carmon O. Kilby, 70, of Millers Creek died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Mountain Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Scott Church officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home from 6 until 8 Friday night.

Mr. Kilby was born in Wilkes County on June 5, 1943, to Trelia and Pauline Carmen Turner Kilby. He retired after 30 years from the Wilkes County School System. He coached several sports while he taught and remained active in his involvement with sports after retirement.

Mr. Kilby owned and operated Kilby’s Livestock Market in North Wilkesboro for several years after he retired from teaching. He was an active cattleman and had served as president of the Wilkes Cattlemen’s Association and on Wilkes Cooperative Extension Service advisory committees. He was also an avid fisherman, hunter and loved any outdoor activity.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Kilby was preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Andrews and a brother, Maurice Turner Kilby.

Mr. Kilby is survived by his wife, Linda Poe Kilby of the home; two daughters, Laura Kilby Andrews and husband Brian of Boomer, and Jane Kilby Nichols and husband Allen of Boomer; three grandchildren, Alex Nichols, Katie Nichols, Jake Andrews; one sister, Carolyn Stoker and husband Dale of Hickory; one brother, Edwin Kilby and wife Jean of North Wilkesboro; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Chapter American Red Cross, 331 Queen Street, Suite B, Boone, NC 28607, or to Mountain Valley Baptist Church, C/O Bobbie Witherspoon, 1420 Cartpath Road, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in North Wilkesboro will be in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at