Obituaries for Sept. 4, 2013

Sep. 03, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

Carey Walton Jr.

Carey James Walton Jr., 92, of Cedar Rock Estate Drive, Lenoir, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. He was born Dec. 17, 1920, in Florence, S.C., to the late Carey James Walton Sr. and Pattie Sue Jones Walton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard S. Walton, and a sister, Lula Crawford.

Dr. Walton was a graduate of Wake Forest College in 1951, and entered Bowman Gray School of Medicine, finishing in 1955. He received post-graduate training at North Carolina Baptist Hospital until July 1959, at which time he came to Lenoir and co-founded Thompson Medical Center. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lenoir, where he was a life Deacon. He was a United States Army Air Force Pilot during World War II, being shot down in the Baltic Sea on his fifth combat mission, and was a POW for 11 months in Germany.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Mrs. Jennie Crawford Walton of the home; one son, Carey James Walton III and wife Denise of Lenoir; one daughter, Lessie Walton of Lenoir; one brother, A.J. Walton of Sneads Ferry, NC; one sister, Lina Walton Howard of Clinton; aunt, Margaret Jones Elliott of Virginia; sister-in-law, Alyce Morse Walton of Lenoir; three grandchildren, Caroline Land, Jason Smith and C.J. Walton IV; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Lenoir conducted by Dr. David B. Smith and the Rev. Fred Barnes.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church of Lenoir Love Fund, 304 Main St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, N.C 28645, or to the charity of one’s choice.

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

Lee Carter

Lee Carter, 62, of Pineola passed away on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Lee was born to the late Frank Carter and Sylvia Lespier Carter, Dec. 4, 1950, in Danville, Virginia.

Lee was the owner of Linville River Companies which he founded in 1984.

Lee graduated in 1969 from George Washington High School in Danville, Va., where he played center for the football team and was first team All-State in 1968. He went on to graduate from Appalachian State University with a degree in Business that he used to begin his firewood and ice manufacturing business. Known for his ever-present smile, Lee will long be remembered for his love of people and how he always took the time to talk with those he met. Lee was a tremendous enthusiast of ASU Mountaineer football, hardly ever missing a home or away game. Lee was an active member of the rock climbing community and was responsible for many first ascents in the Table Rock and Linville Gorge areas. Lee’s wide circle of climbing friends will attest to his zest for life, as he never saw a mountain or rock he couldn’t climb. His love of climbing, hiking, and camping with his beloved wife and three poodles remained with him until his death.

Lee is survived by his wife, Libby Sherrill Carter; son Leif Carter of Boone; son and daughter-in-law Jeb and Jessica Carter of Boone; and his beloved poodles Cupcake, Lambchop, and Digby; as well as siblings Sterling Carter, Anthony Carter, and Carmen Carter.

A memorial service will be held in McRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. H. Stephen Shoemaker officiating. A celebration of his life will follow afterwards at the home residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Appalachian Athletics or Carolina Climbers Coalition Access Fund.

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

Mary Barlow

Mary Kathryn (Kitty) Pipes Barlow, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Born to Wilma Beatrice Woodward and Collis Pipes in Lenoir on June 9, 1930, she had been a Hampton resident for the last 62 years, where she was a member of Buckroe Baptist Church, worked at Old Point Bank and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Claude Barlow. Survivors include her daughter, Teresa B. Miller and her husband, John Michael Miller; her brother, Marshall Wayne Pipes and his wife, Jerri Pipes; and two nieces, Darlene Townsend and Deena Suddreth.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Livingston officiating. Interment will follow in Belleview Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff at Northampton Convalescent Center for their care and support.

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Evans Funeral Service of Lenoir is serving the Barlow family.

Agnes Scroggs

Agnes Thompson Scroggs, cherished mother, wife and friend to so many, passed away peacefully at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care on Sept. 2, 2013.

Agnes was born on Aug. 30, 1930, and was a beloved daughter of Greene and Vera Thompson of Lenoir. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Wanda Thompson Land and Bobbie Jean Thompson Reese. She was married to John Cecil Scroggs for 49 years until his death in 2000.

She is survived by her children, John and Judy Scroggs of Asheville, Susan Scroggs of Morganton, and Nancy Scroggs of Lenoir; and her granddaughter Cameron Elizabeth Scroggs, also of Lenoir. She is survived by a sister, Marjorie Thompson Conley, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Agnes served as the Minister’s Secretary of First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir for 33 years and continued as Secretary Emeritus after her retirement.

Hers was a life of candor and wit, wisdom and faith. She lived a life of distinction that enriched this community in untold ways throughout her years.

A private interment is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir. The family will receive friends and family following the service in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the organ restoration fund of First Presbyterian Church, 1002 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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