Obituaries for March 21, 2013

Mar. 20, 2013 @ 05:21 PM

David Mikeal (has photo)

David Warren Mikeal, 54, of Lenoir passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Mikeal was born in Caldwell County to Mae Setzer Laws of Lenoir and the late James Warren Mikeal. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was employed with Caldwell Freight for 23 years.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sherry Triplett Mikeal of the home; his son, Derek Steven Triplett of Lenoir; his daughter, Emerald Nicole Mikeal of Raleigh; his sister, Betty Neil Laws and husband Randy L. Laws; and a grandson, Derek Dalton Triplett.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, March 21, at 2 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with the Rev. Marshall Tidwell and the Rev. Ed Neal officiating. Burial will follow at Confidence Advent Christian Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Thursday at 1 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Randy Laws, Darrell Triplett, Billy Lovins, Terry Coffey, Terry Howell and Wesley Braswell.

The family requests that memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be placed at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of David Warren Mikeal.

Donna Hendrix (has photo)

Donna Loy Hendrix, 67, of Pine Street, Granite Falls, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the residence. She was born Oct. 11, 1945, in Caldwell County to the late Garland and Ruth Nelson Boughman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Don Boughman and David Boughman; and two sisters, Louise Greer and Lois Parrish.

Mrs. Hendrix was a retired retail manager and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Hendrix of the home; two sons, Rick Hendrix and Shane Jordan, both of Nashville; three daughters, Nancy McClellan and husband Mark of Claremont, Lisa Owens and husband Joe of Granite Falls, and Angela Minton and husband Rick of Granite Falls; one brother, Don Boughman of Lenoir; two sisters, Loretta Story and husband Richard of Chesterfield, and Lillian Sheets of Granite Falls; five grandchildren, Matt McClellan, Anthony McClellan, Hailey Peden, Zachary Hendrix and Megan Minton; and two great-grandchildren, Corrin Peden and James Ivey.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. at Full Gospel Pentecostal Church of God, 1216 Delwood Drive, Lenoir, NC 28645, conducted by the Rev. Marilyn Boughman.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5 to 6 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

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

Samuel Tugman (has photo)

Samuel “Sam” Leroy Tugman, 67, of Morganton passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Mission St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville. Born April 14, 1945, in Caldwell County, he was the son of the late Leroy M. Tugman and Elizabeth Dellinger Tugman. Sam was a member of Dula Chapel Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and Sunday school teacher. He was a graduate of Freedman High School in Lenoir and later served as custodian supervisor for Freedom High School in Morganton He was also a bus driver for 48 years and a custodian and landscaper for the Burke County Highway Patrol Station.

Sam is survived by his grandchildren, Tye and Torrie Tugman of Morganton; a brother, James Tugman of Lenoir; sisters, Martha Brown, Alice Gilreath, Thelma Tugman and Norma Tugman, all of Lenoir; an uncle, LaFont Tugman; and nephews and other family.

In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by his son, Samuel “Kin” Tugman; a brother, Jimmy Tugman; and a niece, Anne Brown.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 24, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home with the Rev. Herbert Carter, the Rev. Robert Hayes and the Rev. Valerie Hightower officiating. Burial will follow in the Bush Town Community Cemetery in Lenoir. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 until 3 p.m. prior to the service. At other times the family will be receiving friends at the home of his sisters, 1361 Old North Road, Lenoir.

Condolences may be made online at www.sossomanfuneralservice.com.

Ruth McDonald (has photo)

Ruth Queen McDonald, 82, of Lenoir passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. McDonald was born in Caldwell County to the late Glenn Queen and Vertie Self Queen. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne McDonald. She was a seamstress and a member of Collier’s United Methodist Church. She was very active until she became ill 2 years ago. Ruth was the former president of the Methodist Women of Colliers.

Survivors include her daughter, Jane Stroupe and husband Mark of South Carolina; her brother, Floyd Queen and wife Frances; her sister, Mabel Hoke and husband Johnny; her sister-in-law, Mag McDonald; her nephews, Ken Queen and Buddy McDonald; and her nieces, Kara Queen and Lillie Ann Spears.

A funeral service will be held at Collier’s United Methodist Church Friday, March 22, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lorie Ann Bowen officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Burial will be held in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Collier’s United Methodist Church, Relief Fund, 2625 Clarks Chapel Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences to the family may be placed at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com

The family would like to thank the staff at Gateway Rehab Center for their loving care during Mrs. McDonald’s six month stay.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Ruth Queen McDonald.

Clyde Griffin

Clyde Loyde Griffin, 75, of That Way, Lenoir, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born Feb. 23, 1938, in Caldwell County to the late David J. and Geneva Nichols Griffin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Charlie Griffin, and one sister, Dorothy Coffey.

Mr. Griffin was retired from Singer Furniture and was a United States Navy Veteran. He was also a member of Confidence Advent Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Dottie Lee Bolick Griffin of the home; sons, Bruce O. Griffin and wife Wanda of Kernsville, and Earl L. Griffin and wife Nancy of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Tammie D. Lupton and husband Rick of Apex; brothers, William Griffin and Kenneth Griffin, both of Lenoir; sister, Kathy Messer of Lenoir; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 22, at 3 p.m. at Confidence Advent Christian Church conducted by Pastor Norm Sherwood. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

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

June VanMeter

June Ella Neff VanMeter, 69, wife of Wally VanMeter of North Wilkesboro, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Millers Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Shannon Critcher officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 10:30. Burial will be in Scenic Memorials Gardens. The body may be viewed Friday from 6 until 8 at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Mrs. VanMeter was born Jan. 4, 1944, in Baltimore, Md., to Charles and Mildred Blackburn Neff. She worked at VanMeter Land Service and was a member of Millers Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Wally VanMeter of the home; three daughters, Elise Nash and husband Gary of Wilkesboro, Leslie Webb and husband Derek of Lawndale, and Zhen Mei Xie and husband Jian Min Chen of Mooresville; two sons, John Walter VanMeter of Jefferson, Ga., and Walter Scott Spurling and wife Dawn of Hawaii; one sister, Lucy Price and husband Jerry of Boomer; and 12 grandchildren.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Millers Creek Baptist Church Shut-Ins Fund, 5100 Boone Trail, Millers Creek, NC 28651, or to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

Harold Hickok (has photo)

Harold Hickok, 85, of Bethlehem passed away Monday, March 19, 2013, at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation of Hickory.

Born Jan. 9, 1928, in Jamestown, N.Y., he attended Cherry Creek High School, where he graduated as class valedictorian in 1945. He served two years in the Army, after which he began his working career with the Erie Railroad, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

In 1968, at the age of 40, he and his wife, Betty Lou, moved to Bethlehem, where Harold began a second career at Piedmont Natural Gas, where he worked for 22 years before retiring at age 62.

His hobbies included Woodworking, Golf and Music. He was a very talented Musician and played various instruments in his Orchestra for many years. After moving to North Carolina he played Trumpet in the Lenior Community Church Band for 28 years.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty Lou; three children, Gary, Greg and Cynthia; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Lenoir Community Church, 1002 Lower Creek Drive NE, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 to 3 p.m.

Online condolences can be sent to the Hickok family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir are serving the Hickok family.

Jonelle Suddreth (has photo)

Jonelle Yvonne Suddreth, 75, of 2719 Tablerock Road, Lenoir, entered eternity Friday, March 15, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 12, 1937, in Caldwell County to the late Jarvis Buxton Suddreth Sr. and the late Effie Viola Deal Suddreth. In addition to her parents, sisters Odessa Suddreth, Adele Branch, Josephine Ferguson and Katherine Gibbs, and brothers Jarvis B. Suddreth Jr., John Parker Suddreth and William A. Suddreth preceded her in death.

She was a member of Dulatown Presbyterian Church, USA, where she lovingly served as Music Director and Pianist, and she was a member of the Presbyterian Women. She was a former member of St. Paul AME Church. She retired from employment as an Inspector with Broyhill Furniture Company Pacemaker plant following 25 years of service.

Survivors include her children, Sheree Vonnell Byrd of Cary, Evelyn Suddreth Dula of Maricopa, Ariz., Alexandra C. Suddreth of Lenoir, and Curtis L. Suddreth of Lenoir; sisters, Imogene (Gaither) Echard and Lallage Killian, both of Lenoir; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and cherished friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. at Dulatown Presbyterian Church, USA, with the Revs. Harold Bennett, E.B. Freeman, Bishop Michael Sloan, Jervis Parsons, James Wilfong, and Pastor Grayson officiating.

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

Burial will follow services at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Ebony Funeral Services of Lenoir is caring for the family. em2ebony@att.net.