Obituaries for May 16, 2013

May. 15, 2013 @ 04:57 PM

Marise Presnell

Marise Junior Presnell, 86, of Granite Falls passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Camelot Nursing Center. Born May 14, 1927, in Caldwell County, Mr. Presnell was a son of the late Frank and Bertha Mundy Presnell.

He was a member of Dudley Shoals Baptist Church and had served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Presnell was the founder and owner of Granite Appliance and Repair. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four sisters, JoAnn Mabb, Linda Reid, Madilene Jones and Barbara Mashburn; and one brother, Buster Presnell.

He is survived by his son, Edgar Marise Presnell and wife Nadine of Granite Falls; his daughter, Rebecca Ann White and husband Charles of Lenoir; three sisters, Betty Church, Hilda Teague and Delorise Johnson; four brothers, Larry Presnell, Ronald Presnell, Gary Presnell and Jimmy Presnell; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be held 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2013, in the Dudley Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Don Ingle officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the Presnell Family at

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

J.W. Smith Sr.

J.W. “Dub” Smith Sr., 63, of Granite Falls went to his Heavenly Home, Tuesday, May 14, 2013, after his courageous battle with cancer.

Mr. Smith was born March 17, 1950, in Lincoln County, a son of the late Paul and Mildred Smith. He was a member of Lenoir Community Church and retired from 25 years of truck driving.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, J.W. Smith Jr., and a brother, Haskel Smith.

He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Boggs Smith “Peas & Carrots,” with whom he had shared 28 years of marriage; his daughter, Lisa Gantt and husband Scott of Conover; two stepdaughters, Ashley Beaty and husband Mike of the home, and Heather Wilson of Granite Falls; and four grandchildren, Katie Rudisill and husband Jeffery of Hickory, Travis Gates of Conover, Kimberly Smith and Amber Smith of the home. Also surviving are two brothers, J.B. Smith and James Smith, both of Newton; six sisters, Prue Angel of Lincolnton, Joann Hedrick of Conover, Patricia Shook of Vale, Jessie Stephens of Hildebran, Rita Pope of Catawba and Brenda McCrary of Newton; a sister-in-law, Diane Smith of Maiden; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Mr. Smith’s life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Lenoir Community Church with the Rev. Daniel McGee officiating.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12 until 2 p.m. prior to the service at Lenoir Community Church.

The family respectfully requests memorials be made to: Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658, or to the American Cancer Society 6000 Fairview Road, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28210.

Online condolences may be sent to the Smith Family at

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

Justin Hamby

Justin Daniel Hamby, 20, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Carolinas Medical Center. He was born in Caldwell County on Aug. 21, 1992, to Danny Ray Hamby and Jennifer Earp Tolbert.

Justin was a 2010 graduate of South Caldwell High School and was attending Wilkes Community College seeking a degree in Criminal Justice so that he could pursue a career in law enforcement. He was employed with Food Lion on Wilkesboro Boulevard in Lenoir.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Jack Hamby, and great-grandfather, Posey Lovell.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his stepmother, Michelle Hamby; stepfather, Gregory Tolbert; his aunt and uncle, Amy and Josh Coffey, who were like his second parents; sisters, Hannah Hamby and Kristen Tolbert; brother, Michael Griffin; stepbrother, Tyler Keller; stepsister, Barbara Tolbert; grandparents, Annie Hamby, Phyllis and Dwight Earp, and Debra Harmon; and great-grandparent, Elizabeth Harmon.

A celebration of Justin’s life will be at Mt. View Baptist Church in Deep Gap on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Michael Barefoot and Pastor Mike Issacs officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Gragg, KC Coffey, Wesley Crowe, Kenneth Coffey, Spanky Graybeal, and David Winkler.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Michael Griffin, Tyler Keller, and Jasper Hamby.

The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Friday, May 17, 2013 from 6:30 until 8:00.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to: Lifeshare of the Carolinas, 5000 D, Airport Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28208.

Online condolences may be sent to the Hamby Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the Hamby Family.

Jeannie Fox

Jeannie Helena Pierre Fox, 67, of Lenoir passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at her residence.

A private graveside service will be held Friday, May 17, 2013. The family will receive friends Friday at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Norman Hollar

E. Norman Hollar, 88, of Conover died Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 18, at 3 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, Claremont. Visitation from 1 to 2:45 p.m. before the service. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra Thomas

Sandra (Sandi) Marie Hatton Thomas of Boomer died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, after a five-year battle with Mesothelioma at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care - Lenoir. She was born on Oct. 5, 1954, to John Bobby (Bob) Hatton and Marie Porter Hatton of Boomer, whom survive her. She was preceded in death by a son, Jason Stephen Douglas; and a brother, Jonathan Robert Hatton.

She is also survived by her loving husband, John Edward Thomas; daughter, Brandi Douglas Cook and husband Michael of Granite Falls; grandchildren, Ethan and Logan Clark, Sydnee and Dylan Cook; the boy’s father, Michael Clark and wife Stephanie of Lenoir; son, John Benjamin Thomas and wife Melanie of Raleigh, and granddaughter, Riley Thomas; sister, Joanne Hatton Douglas of Boomer; special brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Brenda Wallace of Lenoir; brother-in-law, Walt Thomas and wife Frances of Hickory; sisters of the heart, Cathy Eller-Minton of Granite Falls and Robbie Hoffman of Asheville; and numerous other special friends that she treasured. Sandi loved her family and her pets.

Sandi worked as a registered nurse at Caldwell Memorial Hospital for more than 30 years, 28 of those in the operating room, where she loved the GYN Room. She received her ADN from Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton and BSN from Winston-Salem State University and was CNOR certified (Certificated Perioperative Nurse). She was very proud of her certification and also attained a Clinical Nurse IV at Caldwell Memorial. She loved helping others. She felt blessed to hold the hands of thousands of people in Caldwell County, as they went to sleep for procedures. She treated each of them with the same dignity and respect that she would like to be treated. She loved her work and missed it after her illness occurred.

She was active in the community and church. She served on the Caldwell County Board of Health for nine years (1994-2003). Sandi and her family adopted a section of Highway 18, close to their home in memory of Jason. Thank you to everyone that has shared in the community service in Jason’s memory. She was a member of Whitnel United Methodist Church. She had a special place in her heart for WUMC Pre-school and the Whitnel Backpack Nutritional Program. She was also active in the Lenoir Gideon Auxiliary.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 17, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Whitnel United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Leon Morrow and the Rev. Stuart White. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Ben Thomas, Michael Clark, Michael Lookadoo, Jeremy Wallace, Michael Cook and S. Charles Wallace.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Whitnel United Methodist Church Backpack Program, 1373 Delwood Drive SW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645, Caldwell Memorial Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1890, Lenoir, N.C. 28645, Lenoir Gideons, P.O. Box 169, Lenoir, N.C., 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.

Spencer Robbins Sr.

Spencer Gerald “Red” Robbins Sr., 85, of 737 Ormand Road, York, S.C., died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Piedmont Medical Center, Rock Hill, S.C.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. on Thursday May 16, 2013, at Clover First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dave Stanford officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the church.

Mr. Robbins was born on May 5, 1928, in Caldwell County, N.C. He was a member and Deacon of the First Baptist Church, Clover, S.C. He was a Master Mason and member of Alpine Masonic Lodge #208 A.F. & A.M.D. Spencer was a member and Past Patron of the Charlotte and Clover Chapters of Order of Easter Star. Spencer was inducted into the Mecklenburg and Caldwell County Baseball Halls of Fame. Spencer’s career in baseball began in 1948 playing for Morganton, he then played with the Phillies, The Red Sox and Minnesota. He managed the Charlotte and Nashville Triple A teams. He started scouting in 1963, first with Minnesota until 1987. Spencer then scouted with the Toronto Blue Jays from 1991 to 1994, including when Toronto won the World Series in 1992 and 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Jenevia Louise Price Robbins; daughters, Patricia LaDonna Robbins Baker and husband Danny W. Baker of York, S.C., Tina Louise Robbins Davis and husband Terry K. Davis Sr. of York, S.C., Susan Glass Capps, PhD, and her husband John Capps; son, Spencer Gerald Robbins Jr.; brothers, James Dixon Robbins and wife Bobbi Robbins of Lincolnton, and Harold Deane Robbins and wife Jean Robbins of Grover; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clover First Baptist Church, 117 South Main St., Clover, SC 29710.

Online condolences may be made at

M. L Ford & Son Funeral Home in Clover is serving the family of Mr. Robbins.