Obituaries for Feb. 23, 2014

Feb. 22, 2014 @ 04:19 PM

Lester Adkins

Lester Stanley “Bo” Adkins, 60, of Dickerson Drive, Lenoir, died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care of Lenoir. He was born Dec. 22, 1953, in Lappita, Md., to the late Iris Gertrude Greer and James Boyd Adkins.

Mr. Adkins was a truck driver for Fairway Grading of Lenoir and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include one son, Chris Adkins of Lenoir; one daughter, Jessica Williams and husband Kevin of Gamewell; four brothers, Roger Adkins and wife Katherine, Edward Adkins and wife Anita, James Adkins and wife Sissy, all of Lenoir, and Colon Reid and wife Anita of Taylorsville; one sister, Sue Adkins Gilbert and husband Loyd; and three grandchildren, Triston Adkins, Tevin Williams and Ja´veyah Williams.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Jim Robbins.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to 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.

James Rayle Jr.

James Leonard Rayle Jr., 78, of 806 Chesterfield Circle SW in Lenoir passed away in his sleep at his home in the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

"Jim" had been battling a 15-year-long fight with Alzheimer's  Disease. He died due to complications associated with the late stages of the disease. He had been under home Hospice care for the last year and a half. Jim was living at his home with his wife, two sons, and daughter-in-law (who have all been acting as his caregivers for the past 10 years).

Jim was born on March 17, 1935, in Statesville, and from a very young age, he was interested in flying ever since his uncle took Jim up in his bi-wing "crop-dusting" plane one day back in the late 1940s. After graduating high school in 1953, Jim went into the electrical business; first working for Gibbons Electric of Lenoir and then eventually becoming president of his own company, GRA Electric Service.

Over the years, Jim's reputation grew as the "go-to" man for the best electrical repair work in the area (especially air-conditioning repair and complicated automation control systems used in furniture plants and other industries). He would often receive service calls from as far outside the Lenoir area as Banner Elk, Asheville, and Statesville due to his reputation, rather than local electricians in those areas being called to handle the jobs.    

He was a member of the Jaycees and the Lions Club, and he found time to be on the Lenoir Planning Board and the Board of Adjustments for many years. He did a tremendous amount of electrical repair and service work for free for the First United Methodist Church of Lenoir (of which he and his family were members) between the 1970s and the early 2000s. (Many a Saturday night Jim could be found up at the church working into the late hours on the church's furnace to make sure it was up and running for the next day’s Sunday School classes and/or the boiler under the sanctuary to make sure it was working for the next day's Sunday morning services.)  Jim also served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the church for about a decade.    

In 1975, Jim took "ground school" private pilot classes at Caldwell Community College, and later began flying with an instructor out of Lower Creek Airport. On June 15, 1976, Jim fulfilled his dream of becoming a pilot when he "soloed" and got his pilot’s license. Throughout the 1980s, Jim and his flying buddies would fly just about every Sunday afternoon out at Lower Creek Airport or Morganton/Lenoir airport (including "glider" flying).     

But, besides being an electrician "extraordinaire" and an excellent pilot, Jim will best be remembered by his family and friends as a giving, generous soul who always tried to help, no matter what the situation or problem.    

Jim was the son of James Leonard Rayle Sr. and Viola Cashion Rayle (both deceased). He is survived by his wife, Marilyn McGimsey Rayle; his two sons, Geoffrey Leonard Rayle and Revere Garfield Rayle, wife Cherise White Rayle; and his two brothers, Tommy Rayle and Stuart Rayle.    

Funeral services for Mr. Rayle will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Pendry’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Delbert Minner and the Rev. Jamie Armstrong officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.    

Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. Pendry’s Funeral Home of Lenoir is honored to be serving the Rayle family. Online condolences may be left at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.

Clarence Poarch

Clarence Eugene Poarch, 78, of Lenoir passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born Aug. 21, 1935, in Caldwell County, Clarence was a son of the late Harley Poarch and Pauline Propst Brookshire. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and the owner of Poarch’s Play Ball Sport Card Shop. He attended the Crestview Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Poarch and Arnold Poarch; and one sister, Irene Holcombe. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Sandra Hatton Poarch of Lenoir; two sons, Derek Poarch, wife Kathy, of Lenoir, and Monty Steven Poarch, wife Sharon, of Hickory; a daughter, Kelly Tucker of Aiken, S.C.; a sister, Christine Secreast of Hudson; four grandchildren, Jordan Rice, Steven Poarch, Chase Tucker and Ian Tucker; two great-grandchildren and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services for Mr. Poarch will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in the Chapel of Pendry’s Funeral Home at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Michael Isaacs officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the funeral home from 2 to 3 p.m.

Memorials can be made to Crestview Baptist Church Building Fund at 1908 Blowing Rock Blvd, Lenoir, NC  28645. Online condolences may be left at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com. Pendry’s Funeral Home of Lenoir is honored to be serving the Poarch family.

Diron Winkler

Diron Kristopher Winkler, 40, of Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at his residence. He was born Feb. 21, 1974, in Burke County to Bruce and Jean Freeman Winkler.

Mr. Winkler was a landscaper. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and was member of Center Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors in addition to his parents include two brothers, Sandy Winkler and wife Jeanne, and Andy Winkler, all of Hudson.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at 4 p.m. at Center Grove Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Doug Howell and the Rev. Mark Dula. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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

Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Calloway, Jason Munday, Kelly Winkler, Scott Winkler, Jason Carlton and David Phillips.

Memorial contributions may be made to Center Grove Baptist Church, 3176 Deal Mill Road, Hudson, NC 28638

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