Obituaries for March 30, 2014

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

Anna Curtis

Anna Brookshire Curtis, 91, of the Kings Creek Community passed away at Caldwell County Hospice and Palliative Care on March 26, 2014. She was born in Caldwell County on April 23, 1922, to the late Elisha Herring and Ola Floy Laxton Brookshire.

Ann was a member of Kings Creek Baptist Church and worked for many years as a medical office assistant for both Dr. Kenneth Carpenter and Dr. Donald Lackey in Lenoir. Until a few years ago, she was a Green Thumb worker at Wilkes Community College in North Wilkesboro. She was also a past member of the Kings Creek Fire Auxiliary.

In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Columbus Curtis, two brothers, Ned and John Nelson Brookshire Sr., and a daughter, Martha Ford Allen.

She is survived by a sister, Mavis Brookshire Robbins Fleming; her granddaughter, Lori Bryant of the home; grandsons Scott and Dennis Bryant; a stepdaughter, Patricia Curtis Kight, and stepson, Wayne Curtis of Claxton, Ga.; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

According to her wishes, graveside services were held at Blue Ridge Cemetery on Friday, March 28.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Colony of Mercy, 1675 Bethel Colony Road, Lenoir, NC 28645; Kings Creek Baptist Church, 4698 Kings Creek Church Road, Lenoir, NC 28645; Kings Creek Fire Department, 3420 Wilkesboro Blvd., Lenoir, NC 28645; or another charity of your choice.

Online condolences can be sent to the Curtis family at

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Anna Brookshire Curtis.

Lillian Staley

Lillian Louise Stevens Braswell Staley, 74, of Hudson went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care of Hudson.

Born Sept. 16, 1939, in Watauga County, she was the daughter of the late Hubert Herman Stevens and Hazel Virginia Phillips Stevens. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two husbands, James Braswell and Stewart Staley; one son, Tommy Dean Staley; and one daughter, Connie Diane Staley.

Mrs. Staley attended Narrow Way Baptist Church. She graduated from Hudson High School and was a former employee of Green Mountain Park. She enjoyed working with her flowers and plants. She spent her whole life loving and caring for others.

God blessed Lillian with 10 children, including three sets of twins, Johnny Staley of Hudson, Mary Staley of Lenoir, Terry Perkins and husband Ronald of Lenoir, Ronnie Staley of Lenoir, Billy Staley of Lenoir, Betty Byrd of Lenoir, Donna Hicks and husband Johnny of Hudson, Shannon Stamey and husband Eric of Granite Falls; long-time companion, Thomas Johnson; grandchildren, Ricky Staley, Daniel and Benjamin Rich, Angela Scheuermann, Ronnie and Terry Perkins, Michelle Oakes, Ronnie Staley Jr., Tommy Staley Jr., James Staley, Dillion and Shante Byrd, Stewart, David, Elizabeth, Deanna and Leanna Hicks, Robert Dula Jr., Shana Dula, Benjamin and Annabelle Stamey; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three siblings, Donald Stevens of Lenoir, Harold Stevens of Fort Myers, Fla., and Deborah Norris of Hudson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 31, 2014, 3 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Ricky Bowman and the Rev. Daniel Buchanan officiating. Burial will follow in the Hibriten Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Bass-Smith Granite.

Serving as pallbearers will be Ricky Staley, Daniel Rich, James Staley, Benjamin Rich, Stewart Hicks, Ronnie Staley Jr., David Hicks, Ronnie W. Perkins, Robert Dula Jr., and Terry D. Perkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Dillion Byrd and Tommy Staley Jr.

Bass-Smith Granite is serving the family of Lillian Louise Stevens Braswell Staley.

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Carol Sain

Carol Clifton Sain, 80, of Hickory passed away Thursday morning, March 27, 2014, at his residence.

Mr. Sain was born Oct. 18, 1933, in Lincoln County to the late Fred Anderson Sain and Frances Iona Sain. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Marshall and Omah Sain, brother, Marvin Sain and brother-in-law, E. William “Bill” Price.

Mr. Sain was a member of the First Church of God. He formerly served as a member of the church council and leader in the Boy Scouts of America, for which he received the Cub Master of the Year and Silver Beaver awards. He was a member of the American Legion Post 48. After over 35 years of service, he retired from the City of Statesville Light Department.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Louise Bryant Sain of the home; daughter, Gina Louise Sain Swaim and husband Dennis Richard Swaim of Rural Hall; daughter, Connie Carol Sain of Charlotte; a sister, Pauline Price of Gastonia; and numerous other family and friends.

The funeral service will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at First Church of God, 3 p.m. with the Rev. Michael Hone officiating. Burial will follow in Catawba Memorial Park with graveside Military honors provided by American Legion Post 48 Hickory.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Camp Sain Fund of First Church of God, 306 14th St. SW, Hickory, NC 28602, or the National Parkinson Foundation Inc., 1501 NW Ninth Ave., Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494.

Dennis Swaim, Ronnie Thrift, Donald Price, Edward Morton, Charlie Smith, Alan Bumgarner, Tim Bumgarner and Christopher Honsaker will serve as pallbearers.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory in Hickory is serving the family of Carol Clifton Sain.

Wayne Miller Jr.

Wayne Joseph Miller Jr., 92, of Lenoir died March 28, 2014, following a courageous battle against failing health.

Born April 10, 1921, in Allegheny County, Wayne Miller was the son of the late Dr. Wayne J. Miller and Jennie Jones Miller.

Following graduation from Lenoir High School he attended N.C. State University, studying architecture and engineering and was a member of Sigma Phi Fraternity. After his freshman year, in 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. While in the service he studied at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service before being assigned to the 3rd Army Armored Division, U.S. Army Corps of Combat Engineers, during World War II. He entered combat at Utah Beach, Normandy, France, on June 7, 1944. His unit fought at the Battle of the Bulge and also saw service in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.

After the war he returned to Lenoir and married Betty Lou Huffines in 1950. Together they shared a loving marriage for 63 years and were blessed with three children and eight grandchildren.

Wayne was admired and loved by many and will be remembered for his warm personality, jovial spirit, quick wit and most certainly for his love of telling great stories – mostly true, but always interesting. His favorite hobby was playing golf and he played well into his 80s. He scored more than his fair share of hole in ones and on several occasions “shot his age.”

Mr. Miller spent most of his business career in the furniture industry, starting as a salesman for Broyhill Furniture and later holding executive positions with Kent Coffey Manufacturing and Hammary Furniture, retiring from Hammary as Vice President of Sales and Merchandising in 1998. Over the course of his career, he also served as President of Union Mirror Company, President of National Veneer Company, and President of the Blue Ridge Development Company.

Mr. Miller was an enthusiastic supporter of the local community and gave generously of his time. He held several civic leadership positions including Chairman of the Caldwell County Community Foundation, Chairman of the United Way, and for 43 years served as Chairman of the Coffey Foundation which provides hundreds of deserving students from Caldwell County scholarships for higher education. He also served as a member of the Lenoir City Council.

In addition to his beloved wife, Wayne Miller is survived by his three children, Wayne J. Miller III and wife Jenny of Blowing Rock, Kathryn Tillett of Wilmington, and Fielding Miller and wife Kim of Raleigh. He is also the loving grandfather of Joseph, John, Anna and Elizabeth Miller of Blowing Rock, Dane Harris of Chicago, Ill., Leigh Harris of Greenville, Cameron Miller of Raleigh, and Lauren Miller of Nashville, Tenn. He is also survived by his sister, Bettie Miller Purdom of Decatur, Ga., and was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel W. Miller of Holly Springs.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church, 309 Church St., Lenoir, conducted by the Rev. Marietta Smith and the Rev. Jamie Armstrong. The family will receive friends in the Christian Life Center following the service. Interment will be private.

The family extends thanks to the caregivers at Shaire Center and Caldwell Hospice for their loving care.

Memorials may be sent to the Wayne J. Miller Jr. Scholarship Fund of the Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, 2855 Hickory Blvd., Hudson, NC 28638.

Online condolences may be left at

Greer- McElveen Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Miller.