Obituaries for July 11, 2014

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Sandra Davis

Sandra Lucille Mull Davis, 61, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion, Illinois. She was the daughter of Myrtle Mae Mull of Lenoir and the late Lloyd Mull.

Sandra was a member of West Lenoir Baptist Church and worked for Caldwell County Department of Social Services as a case worker. She spent time every day enjoying her love for reading books.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Kenny Davis; daughter, Dawn Davis Phillips and husband Eric of Morganton; grandsons, Mason and Zachary Phillips; sister, Bernice Hart and husband William of Scotts Hill, Tenn.; sister, Eloise Jones and husband Bobby of Clyde; nephews, Andy Jones and Fred Taylor; nieces, Jill Jones Rabideau and Susan Taylor Conger; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

A celebration of Sandra’s life will be held at West Lenoir Baptist Church on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Rick Safriet and Pastor James Lockee officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 prior to the service.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Caldwell Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Online condolences may be sent to the Davis Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the Davis Family.

Clarence Cannon

Clarence Conrad Cannon, 75, of Sunset Street, Lenoir, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Caldwell UNC Health Care. He was born March 28, 1939, in Caldwell County to the late Eldridge Lyman and Mildred Williams Cannon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathlene Chester; one brother, Bobby Cannon; one sister, Dorothy D. Cannon Storie; and one stepson, Dennis Cozart.

Mr. Cannon was retired from Thomasville Furniture Industries and was a member of Hartland Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah Ellen Bradshaw Cannon of the home; one stepson, Tony E. Helton of Mountain City, Tenn.; three brothers, John T. Cannon, Harold E. Cannon, and Lawrence R. Cannon and wife Naomi, all of Lenoir; one step-granddaughter, Brittney Lou Helton; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Speaker Nelda Greene. Interment will follow at Tolbert Family Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be left at

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Hatley

Helen Justice Hatley, 90, of Hudson died peacefully Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care after a period of declining health.

Helen was born on Oct. 15, 1923, in Hudson, to the late Ira Lee Justice and Maude Sullivan Justice.

Known for her gracious manner and charming smile, Helen’s affection for people, engaging curiosity, and keen listening skills allowed her to forge deep, enduring relationships and challenge people to excel. She became a best friend to many and a mentor to all.

Helen’s passion for education led her to become the valedictorian of the Hudson High School Class of 1940, and later to become the second employee of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, where she helped shape the future of the institution and served as bookkeeper and business manager for over 20 years. One of her happiest moments was learning that the college would be located in her beloved hometown of Hudson. At retirement, the CCC&TI Board of Trustees bestowed on her the title of “Controller Emeritus” and established the “Helen J. Hatley Achievement Award” in her honor.

She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hudson, where she served in numerous capacities including Church Council, Altar Guild, and Sunday School Teacher. She was also an active member of Women of the ELCA.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by five siblings: Harold Justice, James Justice, Mary LeFever, Bill Justice, and infant sister Kathryn Justice.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Ellis E. Hatley of Trinity Ridge; daughter Ann H. Houck and husband Larry of McCormick, S.C.; daughter Kathryn H. Hicks and husband James of Hudson; son James Ellis Hatley of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Lauri H. Stilwell and husband Darren, Carey J. Houck and fiancée Julie Egan, and David J. Hicks and wife Margie.

She is also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Ben Pannenbacker and fiancée Emma Dobbin; Luke Pannenbacker; Riley Houck; Rachel Houck; Madeleine Houck; Hatley Hicks; Hailey Hicks; and one great-great-grandchild, Liam Pannenbacker.

Additional survivors include two sisters, Ruth J. Phillips and Betty J. Keaton; two sisters-in-law, Cleo Justice and Jean Justice; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held for Helen at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hudson at 3 Sunday July 13, 2014, with the Rev. Ann Kelly officiating. The family will receive friends at the church at 2 p.m. preceding the service. Private graveside rites will be conducted following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 325 Central St. Hudson, NC 28638, or The Foundation of CCC&TI “Helen J. Hatley Achievement Award,” P.O. Box 600, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Hatley Family at

Margaret Setzer

Margaret Elizabeth Hoyle Setzer, 97, of Lenoir passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care in Lenoir.

Born Nov. 24, 1916, in Burke County, Margaret was the daughter of the late John and Lena Lefever Hoyle. She was a lifelong member of the Oakwood Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and treasurer for over 50 years. Margaret was also an avid gardener who enjoyed working with her flowers. She retired from Blue Bell after 35 years of service. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Grayson Setzer, and two brothers, Jake Hoyle and Bruce Hoyle.

Survivors include a sister in law, Lois Hoyle of Lenoir; two nieces, Susan Gragg of Lenoir and Lora Letts, husband Robbie, of Raleigh; a nephew, Greg Hoyle, wife Tammy, of Lenoir; three great-nieces, Megan Gragg and Katelin Gragg of Lenoir, and Taylor Letts of Raleigh; three great-nephews, Bradley Letts and Carson Letts of Raleigh and Christopher Hoyle of Lenoir; two great-great-nieces, Ava Hubbard of Lenoir and Cameron Hoyle of Lenoir; one great-great-nephew, Jack Erskine of Lenoir; she is also survived by numerous other relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Setzer will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014, in the Chapel of Pendry’s Funeral Home at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Phillip Adams officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Lenoir. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the funeral home from 2 to 3 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Gary Shew, Butch Walker, Jonathan Erskine, Frank Greene, Chad Gragg and Christopher Hoyle.

Memorials can be made to Oakwood Presbyterian Church at 3445 Deerbrook Road, Lenoir, NC 28645, or to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

The family of Margaret Setzer would like to thank the staff of Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care for the care and support they gave to the family.

Online condolences may be sent to the Setzer family at

Pendry’s Funeral Home of Lenoir is honored to be serving the family of Margaret Elizabeth Hoyle Setzer.

Hunter Townsend

Infant Hunter Nathaniel Townsend of Lenoir passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Caldwell UNC Health Care. He was born July 8, 2014, to James Russell and Stacey Marie Townsend. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Marie Holden.

Survivors in addition to his parents include two sisters, Chloe Marie Townsend and Abigail Leigh Townsend, both of the home; maternal grandfather Thomas Holden of Lenoir; paternal grandparents Russell and Diane Townsend and Tammy and William Woods, all of Lenoir; paternal great-grandmother Margie Bryant of Lenoir; godmother Heather Nichols; one aunt, Tosha Quinn of Morganton; one uncle, Michael Helton of Lenoir; two step-uncles; and one step-aunt.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Walking by Faith Baptist Church conducted by Pastor Steven O. Walsh and the Rev. Marvin Ford. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Roger Lee Sr.

Roger Erwin Lee Sr., 63, of Taylorsville passed away Friday, July 4, 2014.

Services are 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Yadkin Baptist Church, 2044 Roby Martin Road, Lenoir, NC 28645, with the Rev. Robert Livingston officiating with military honors.