Obituaries for May 15, 2013

May. 14, 2013 @ 06:39 PM

Elisabeth Hamrick

Elisabeth Adeline “Lisa" Hamrick, 77, of Hickory went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Lutheran Home Hickory West.

She was born May 10, 1936, in Shelby to the late Barnette Edgar and Charlie Mae Laughridge Hamrick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Barnette E. “Rick” Hamrick III.

Ms. Hamrick retired as a supervisor with Greer Laboratories in Lenoir and was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor's Degree.

Survivors include two sisters, Virginia Hamrick Sain and Charlotte M. Hamrick, both of Hickory; one sister in-law, Rebecca Short Hamrick Weiner of Denver, Colo.; seven nieces and nephews; and nine great-nieces and -nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013, at Sunset Cemetery in Shelby with the Rev. Kenny Swanson officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Bass-Smith Granite Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to Yokefellow of Caldwell County, P.O. Box 2422, Lenoir, NC 28645.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Lutheran Home West and to the Life Transitions of Catawba Regional Hospice.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Bass-Smith Granite is serving the family of Elisabeth Adeline “Lisa” Hamrick.

Vonetta Fountain

Vonetta Inez Sinyard Fountain, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior and Lord on Sunday, May 12, 2013.

Vonetta was the first daughter born to Zola and Lavander Sinyard on July 19, 1923, in Blaine, Okla. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 59 years, J W; daughter Wanda Smith; and siblings Omar, Hugo, Pat, Harold, Dolphus, and Mae. She is survived by her daughter Glenda F. Booth and her husband, Bob, of Lenoir; grandson Zachary and wife Leigha of Marion; granddaughter Laura of Archdale; great-grandchildren Callie and Canaan of Marion; son-in-law WC Smith III of The Woodlands, Texas; sister Wanda Cash and husband Dennis of Muldrow, Okla.; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Von started college at the age of 38 to become a teacher. She served as an elementary teacher for 24 years. Her first assignment was in Carlsbad, Texas, and she later served at Grape Creek, Texas, where she was the basketball coach for the ladies in middle school.

Holliman Elementary School was her last and longest teaching assignment. She loved working with children and embodied the spirit of a public servant. She gave them her very best efforts and her heart every day. Upon retirement Holliman Elementary School honored her with a lifetime membership to P.T.A. The faculty and staff brought great joy to her with this gracious honor, and she spoke of it often during her retirement. Even in her last days, she always interacted with children and babies and had a sweet smile for them.

Vonetta was a charter member of Baptist Tabernacle Church and served as a Sunday school teacher there for many years. Upon joining Harris Avenue Baptist Church, she became active as a Sunday school teacher for children and adults and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Harris Avenue Baptist childcare program, which later included pre-school and kindergarten. She was honored and humbled to be asked to serve the church in this capacity and was so proud of the school and the ministry it offered. She and J W built the first furniture used in the classrooms (she provided some of the labor and alllll of the meals!), and she was so pleased that they were able to provide this service for the church and the children.

After J W became a member of the Masonic Lodge, Vonetta was inducted as an Eastern Star. She maintained her membership in Chapter 10 to her last days. In the spirit of service, J W and Von served a number of years delivering Meals for the Elderly and the Harris Avenue Church provide meals to San Angelo State University Baptist Student Union students.

Her legacy is a life lived as a Christian and servant to others. Our lives are enriched for having been a part of her time with us, and the world is a better place for her presence in it. She let her life speak.

A service for North Carolina family and friends will be held at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home chapel at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Vonetta will lie in repose in the afternoon and evening of Friday, May 17, 2013, at Robert Massie Funeral Home.

Funeral services in San Angelo are scheduled at Harris Avenue Baptist Church at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013, with graveside services following at Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice or any of the following charities or foundations: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing. Hospice of San Angelo, P.O Box 471, San Angelo, TX 76902. Meals for the Elderly, 310 E. Houston Harte, San Angelo, TX 76903.

Vonetta’s family extends special thanks for the prayers and visits from extended family and friends which always brought joy to her. Our gratitude is extended to Billie Sutton and Patricia Bryant for their compassionate, meticulous care for Vonetta in San Angelo and Lenoir. The hospice facilities in San Angelo and Caldwell County provided much needed advice and comfort in caring for Vonetta’s needs.

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

Sharon Nelson

After a courageous four-year battle with breast cancer, Sharon “Sherry” Simmons Nelson went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 13, 2013.

Sharon was born in Caldwell County to the late Wayne Cranford Simmons and Goldie Church Simmons. She was a Teacher’s Assistant at Gamewell Elementary School for 22 years and was a member of New Life Baptist Church. She loved her family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Michael James Nelson of the home; her son, Tyler Wayne Nelson and wife Paula of Lenoir; her daughter, Sasha Nelson Ardison and husband Matthew of Morganton; her brother, Barry Simmons and wife Susan of Lenoir; her sister, Joanie Bumgarner and husband Gaither of Prosperity, S.C.; and her beloved grandchildren, Triston, Gracy, Sawyer, Karlee and Maggie.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, May16, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with the Rev. Timothy Suter and the Rev. Randall Honeycutt officiating. Burial will follow the service at Collier’s United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 15, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Alex Simmons, Lance Bumgarner, Randall Honeycutt, Locke “Skip” Smith, Camuel “Butch” Houk and Michael Pennell. Honorary pallbearers will be Timothy Story, Michael Williams and John Weaver.

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

Online condolences to the family may be placed at

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Sharon Simmons Nelson.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev. 21:4

Angela Bare

Angela Dawn Bare, 40, of Lenoir passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

A memorial service celebrating Angela's life will be held Thursday, May 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Lenoir Church of Christ.

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory are serving the Bare family.

Ruth Newcomb

Ruth Baker Newcomb, 77, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. She was born in Cheraw, S.C., on Dec. 31, 1935, to the late Paul Baker and Edith Miller Baker. She was married to the late David Newcomb.

Mrs. Newcomb loved her church, Harrisburg Baptist, where she was known for her knowledge and passion of the Bible.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her son, David John Newcomb, and three brothers.

She is survived by her daughter, Paula Blankenship and husband Mickey; grandson, Chris and wife Keila; and great-grandchildren, Keegan Blankenship and Garrett Warren.

A celebration of Mrs. Newcomb’s life will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Ted Williams and Pastor Tony Harris officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Mt. Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bud Dula, Chuck Brawley, Dillon Franklin, Steve Price, Stevie Price, and David Stuart.

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

The family respectfully requests that memorials be sent to: Caldwell Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645

Online condolences can be sent to the Newcomb Family at

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

Earl Hollar

Earl Norman Hollar, 88, of Conover died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Hospice and Palliative Care of Catawba Valley. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Edward Barnette

Edward Barnette, 68, of Morganton died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at his residence.

The family will receive friends Friday from 6-7 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Service, Valdese.

Inurnment will be Monday at noon at The Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

J.W. Smith

J.W. "Dub" Smith, 63, of Granite Falls passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at his residence. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir.

Justin Hamby

Justin Daniel Hamby, 20, passed away Monday, May 13, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir.

Marise Presnell

Marise Junior Presnell, 86, of Granite Falls passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Camelot Nursing Center. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir.

Ronald Bowean

Ronald Naquam "Popo" Bowean, 34, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away with peace, surrounded by love on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He died from complications related to pneumonia after living with dignity and grace with cerebral palsy. Ronald was a graduate of Fort Sanders Educational Development Center. He also attended the United Cerebral Palsy School Age Programs in Queens, N.Y. Ronald was an associate member of both the Christian Center of Knoxville and Grace Bible Baptist Church. Preceded in death by his grandmother, Laura Norwood Bowean; father, Walter Ronald Patterson; and aunt, Charlene Bowean. He is survived by his mother, Eather Mae Bowean, twin sister Lolly Bowean, stepfather, William L. Pearson, and cousin/brothers Demetrios, Yusef and Julius Bowean.

Arrangements, being handled by Unity Mortuary.

Family will receive friends at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Unity Mortuary at 1425 McCalla Avenue, Knoxville, Tenn. Funeral services to follow at 6:30 p.m.

Graveside funeral service and burial will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at Piney Hill Cemetery at 4242 Piney Road, Morganton, North Carolina.