Obituaries for May 17, 2013

May. 16, 2013 @ 04:18 PM

Robin Nunnery

Robin Elaine Transeau Nunnery, 51, of Lenoir died on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

The family will receive friends at Alexander Funeral Service on Friday, May 17, 2013, from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

A Memorial Service will follow in the Chapel at 5 p.m. 

Jettie Branton

Jettie Lucille Branton, 101, of Hiddenite passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at The Taylorsville House.

She was born Nov. 11, 1911, in Alexander County, the daughter of the late William Thomas and Mary Alice Bunton Miller. She attended Alexander County schools and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where she was the oldest member. In her earlier years of life she worked for Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, but spent the rest of her years working with her husband on their family farm.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Robert Branton; three brothers, William, Pleas and John Roy Miller; and four sisters, Flora M. Bunton, Dorothy M. Elliott, Mildred M. Jolly and Maggie M. Mason.

She is survived by two daughters of Hiddenite, Kay B. Cook (Henry) and Norma B. Rupard (Jim); four grandchildren, Mark Cook, Stephen Cook, Allison C. Bolick and Michael Head; and two sisters, Myrtle M. Ford (Leroy) and Mary Frances Millsaps, both of Statesville. She is further survived by seven nieces and four nephews; four great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Jordan and Meleah Cook and Ty Bolick; and four step-great-grandchildren, Megan, Michelle, Mikhayla and Nathan.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 17, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the funeral service. A funeral service celebrating Jettie's life will be conducted on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church of Stony Point with the Rev. Mark Robinette, the Rev. Henry Cook and the Rev. Charles Cook officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be Mark Cook, Stephen Cook, Jonathan Cook, Jordan Cook, Michael Head, Toby Bolick and Ty Bolick. Honorary Pallbearers - Dick Keyes, Tom Keyes, Harold Sprinkle, Ronnie Miller, Terry Millsaps, Newell Johnson, Bryce Privette and Clifford LeVan.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church building fund or to Hospice of Alexander County.

The family would like to give special thanks to all the family and friends for their prayers along with a special thanks to the Taylorsville House staff and Hospice of Alexander County. Condolences may be sent to Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Cecil Braswell

Cecil James Braswell, 80, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice. He was born in Caldwell County on March 18, 1933, to the late Guy Braswell and Essie Correll Braswell. He was married to Annie Church Braswell of the residence for 27 years.

Mr. Braswell was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Korean War.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Sybil Braswell and his brother, James Braswell.

Other than his wife, Annie, he is survived by his daughters, Gail Braswell Ridenhour and husband Mike, Julie Braswell Brown, and Billie Ward and husband Rodney; grandchildren, Brian Wilson and wife Ellen, Lindsey Wilson, Eric Brown and wife Mandi, Aaron Brown, Ashley Ridenhour, and Lee Ward; great-grandchildren, Tavia, Riley and Salem Wilson, and Elicia and Brodee Brown; brother, Donald Braswell; and sister, Teresa Braswell Dugger and husband Bill Dugger.

A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. with Chaplain Nancy Campbell officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:30 p.m. prior to the service.

The family would like to express a special thanks to the staff at Caldwell Hospice for their love and care during Mr. Braswell’s stay.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the Braswell Family at

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

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.