Obituaries for April 28, 2013

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 06:40 PM

Mary White

Mary Heavner White, 81, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice. Mrs. White was born in Catawba County on Jan. 24, 1932, to the late Claude and Minnie Heavner. She was married to Justin D. White of the residence for 30 years. She retired after 29 years as Assistant Clerk of Court of Catawba County. Mrs. White was an active member of College Avenue Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and worked with the Alpine Christmas Village.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Chip Smith and wife Donna of Johnson City, Tenn.; sisters, Margie Bowman and husband Harley of Hickory and Joyce Frye of Tuscon, Ariz.; grandsons, Jesse Smith and wife Amber of Lenoir, and Drew Smith of Lenoir; great-granddaughter, Zoe Smith of Lenoir; three step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mrs. White’s life will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service with Dr. Chuck Brawley officiating.

Interment will immediately follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 until 12:30 prior to the service.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to: Caldwell Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645, or College Avenue Baptist Church Music Ministry, 1201 College Ave. SW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the White Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the White Family.

Blanche Garren

Blanche Coffey Garren, 90, of Lenoir passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care.

Mrs. Garren was born in Caldwell County to the late Monroe Coffey and Dovie Jane Clark Coffey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Bruce, Jack and Clyde Coffey; and sisters, Ruby Frye, Ruth Pappas and Nell Mize.

She was retired from Southern Bell and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lenoir.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, William “Bill” Garren of Lenoir and a sister, Louise Steele of Hudson.

A funeral service will be held Monday, April 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lenoir with Dr. David Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday at the church prior to the service at 10:00 a.m.

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

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Blanche Coffey Garren.

Online condolences to the family may be placed at

Jean Haghani

Jean E. Haghani, 70, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Evans Funeral Service.

Hansel McNeil

Hansel Harold McNeil, 65, of Hudson went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 26, 2013. He was born Sept. 20, 1947, the only child of Harold Younger McNeil and Vetra Florence McNeil, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his best friend and love of his life, his wife, Diana Laxton McNeil to whom he was married 45 years. He is also survived by his children, Carrie Alexandra McNeil of the home, John Glenn McNeil and wife Sareatha of Hudson, Laura McNeil Clontz and husband Mark of Lenoir; his beloved grandchildren, Tabatha Irene McNeil, Samantha Ann McNeil, Samara Alexis McNeil, Sara Lynn Clontz, and Emma Grace Clontz.

He befriended and helped many others who passed through their home and to which he claimed as his children, especially one daughter, Rebecca Laxton Welch of Atlanta, Ga.

He also left behind his loving sister and brother-in-law Jerry and Jane Cole, and niece Amanda Cole Polen.

Hansel was a Vietnam veteran who has suffered many years of illness due to his service there as a result of Agent Orange exposure, but he never let it get him down. He loved his country and was very proud of his service experience and always had a positive and hopeful attitude.

He graduated high school in 1965 from Happy Valley High School and remained close to many of his classmates and enjoyed his reunions even though it was difficult for him to attend. He was a licensed barber beginning his career at Avon Barber Shop in Lenoir until being drafted into the Army, where he was a combat medic.

When he returned from Vietnam, he worked for a short time as a barber at Laxton’s Hickory Plaza Barber Shop. He then started his career as a paramedic in Caldwell EMS and then finishing his career in Catawba EMS with over 29 years until his illness caused him to retire.

He loved his church, his family, his dogs Penny and Zoe, and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a fisherman and loved hunting with his buddies, especially one who took him out west many times and supported him as he hunted – Randy McMillian, whom he lovingly referred to as his other son.

The family is especially thankful to his many friends in the EMS and to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care staff for their loving support during those difficult times. He was especially fond of Dottie Metzger, Chuck Crisp, Jenny Patterson, Sharon Robbins, Dr. Dennice Herman, and Dr. Robert Belk, whom he lovingly referred to as family.

The family will accept flowers or memorials to Caldwell County Hospice or to the Carrie McNeil College Fund at the Bank of Granite in Hudson in the name of Diana McNeil for Carrie McNeil.

Services for Hansel will be Tuesday April 30 at 4 p.m. with receiving from 2-4 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Ed Warren and Rev. John Green. Pallbearers will be his friends at the EMS. The interment will be at the Mount Zion Cemetery.

Randy Elmore

Randy Frank Elmore, 70, of Athens, Ga., died Saturday, April 26, 2013, at his residence.

A native of Granite Falls, he was the son of the late James C. and Marie Marshall Elmore. Randy retired from Kennesaw State University as a Professor of Education and had also worked at the University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University, Northeast Georgia RESA and Piedmont College (Athens). He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Athens, a member and former president of Oconee River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, was an Athens Area Master Gardner and member of the Phi Delta Kappa Professional Association for Educators. Some of his hobbies included gardening, fishing, biking, running, traveling, beekeeping and hiking. He hiked the entire Appalachian Trail.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Yates Elmore; children, Lee (Molly) Elmore of North Potomac, Md., and Ellen (Stouffer) Ackerman of Athens, Ga.; sisters, Teresa (Robert) Clark of Lenoir, and Sheila (Gary) Pearson of Granite Falls; grandchildren, Rachel, Rebecca and Katherine Elmore and Gabriel Ackerman.

A memorial service will be held Monday, April 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Athens with the Rev. J. Hunter Coleman and Dr. Glenn Doak officiating. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the YWCO Building Fund, 562 Research Drive, Athens, GA 30605, with checks payable to YWCO; First Presbyterian Church, 185 East Hancock Ave., Athens, GA 30601; or to the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center, c/o Ralph H. Hruban, MD, 401 North Broadway, Weinberg, 2242, Baltimore, MD 21231-2410, with checks payable to "Johns Hopkins University."

Lord & Stephens East is in charge of arrangements.