Obituaries for May 28, 2013

May. 28, 2013 @ 07:56 AM

Edward Swab

Edward Calvin Swab, beloved husband of Janice, devoted brother to seven sisters and two brothers, and ardent naturalist, died Monday at his home from complications of lymphoma and leukemia. He was born on Jan. 19, 1944, and died May 20, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; his sisters Annie Anderson, Norma Leech, Donna Oxley, Catherine Rinehart, Esther Ryan, Annette Stephenson, Gertrude Swab; and his brothers, Bernard and Joseph.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gertrude and Norman Swab.

Ed was born and received his early education in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. He held a BS degree in Chemistry and Physics from Clarion State University and an MS in Botany from North Carolina State University. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. After discharge he worked as an analytical chemist and later as a field biologist.

The family expresses profound gratitude to the oncology nurses and doctors at Duke University Hospital for their care throughout his illnesses and grateful thanks to the many friends and colleagues whose encouragement brightened the time of Ed's illnesses.

A memorial service will take place in the J. C. Raulston Arboretum at 5:30 pm Friday, June 7, 2013.

Memorial contributions are welcomed to the J.C. Raulston Arboretum of NCSU, the UNC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, Hospice of Wake County, Inc. or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, North Carolina Chapter, Cary

Arrangements are by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh.


Shelvia Richards

Mrs. Shelvia Dula Richards, age 76, passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. She was born in Caldwell County on August 25, 1936 to the late Fred Dula and Wilma Simmons Dula. She was married to her high school sweetheart,Lawrence L. Richards, for 60 years.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Fred Richards; sisters, Anita Tolbert and Bernola Elmore; and brother, Thad Henson.

Other than her husband she is survived by her children, Bryson Richards; Stewart Richards and wife Teresa; brothers, Steward Dula and wife, Sue; Charles “Joe” Dula and wife, JoAnn; sister, Modena Ellis; grandchildren, Benji Richards and wife, Summer; Robin Laxton and husband, Steven; Joshua Richards and Deborah; Bradley Richards and wife, Kristy; great-grandchildren, Darby Maie Richards, Kaleb Laxton, Kayla Laxton, Adisyn Richards, and Xander Richards.

A celebration of Mrs. Richard’s life will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Pastor Keith Gilliam officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Granite Falls.

Pallbearers will be:  Benji D. Richards, Bradley J. Richards, Charles B. Dula, Darrin H. Dula, William J. Dula and Steven Laxton.

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

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to: McCreary Cancer Center, 212 Mulberry Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences can be sent to the Richards family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Richards family.


Mike Mikeal

Mike “Doe” Mikeal, 56, of Lenoir passed away Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte.

Mr. Mikeal was born in Caldwell County to Mary Elizabeth Nelson Mikeal of Gamewell and the late Clyde Mikeal.  In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Nelson Mikeal.  He worked as a carpenter.  He was a member of the Gamewell Optimist Club and coached youth and teen baseball.  Never met a stranger, he loved all and was loved by all. He most dearly loved his family and friends.  Was cheerful in all weathers, never shirked a task, and had splendid behavior.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Alice “Michele” Wilson Mikeal of the home; his son, Shane Wilson and wife Lacie of Sawmills; his brother, Tony Mikeal and wife Kim of Nebo; his sisters, Libby Harris and husband Bob of Hudson, and April Carlton and husband Rusty of Maryland; nephews, Cody Mikeal and wife Becky of Hickory, and Travis Carlton; great nephew, Koa Mikeal of Hickory and great niece, Reese Mikeal of Hickory.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 29, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Dry Ponds Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Crouse officiating.  Burial will follow at Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 28, 2013 at Dry Ponds Baptist Church from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Moe Bean, Junior Saunders, Ralph Triplett, John Moore Allen Rudisill, Joey Smith, Allen Warren, Jerry Brown, Barry Waters, Johnny Main and Barry Moore.  Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Bean, Jeff  Benfield, Joe Don Biggerstaff, Jerry Brooks, Dave Christian, David Drum, Brian Hollar, Brad Hoover, Duck Hudson, Marty Huffman, Horry Kent, Mike Kent, Duck Mikeal, Jeff Moore, Doug Moss, Bob Prestwood, Hoss Prestwood, Scott Scruggs, Brent Swanson, Danny Swanson, Joey Watson, Mike Willis, and Gary Woods and many others who we may have overlooked during this difficult time, we apologize.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be made to the Gamewell Optimist Club, 3351 Sheely Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences to the family may be placed at

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family of Mike “Doe” Mikeal.

Dale Day

Dale Herbert Day, age 62 of Valdese, died Sunday May 26, 2013 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care after a recent decline in health.

There will be a private memorial service at a later date.

Valdese Family Funeral Care is serving the Day family.


Clifford Killen

Clifford Samuel Killen, age 58, of Smokey Creek Road, Lenoir, died Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the residence. He was born September 13, 1954 in Huntington, West Virginia to Sylvia Adams Dehart of Hudson and the late Clifton Killen.

Mr. Killen was employed by Bernhardt Furniture and was a member of Light House Ministries.

Survivors in addition to his mother, include his wife, Virginia J. Killen of the home; children, Victoria Alston and husband Montrice of Lenoir, Amanda DeLack of Colorado and Carrell Bryant of Marion; brothers, Phillip Killen, Mark Killen and Timmy Killen, all of Hudson and Russell Killen of West Virginia; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Light House Ministries in Drexel conducted by Rev. Donna O’Neal.

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


John Hinson

John Lee Hinson, age 82, of Crump Road, Lenoir, died Monday, May 27, 2013 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Lois Philyaw

Lois Kathleen Philyaw, an embodiment of God’s love, was reunited on Monday morning with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her beloved husband of 67 years, Elmer Philyaw, her father and mother, Rev. Leonard B. and Lottie Gragg Beane, 2 brothers, 3 sisters, and a parade of friends and relatives.  Left to honor her memory are her sons Stephen and wife Rita, and Michael and wife Debra, sisters  Ruth Widener, Lucenia (Pete) Chester, and Leonia (Jackie) Hall, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends.  The grief and sorrow we feel pales in comparison to the joyous celebration taking place on the other side.

Lois was married at 16 in July 1941, to Elmer Philyaw.  She moved to Oklahoma with him after he joined the Army.  While there she worked as a waitress and unofficial counselor for the hundreds of military personnel who frequented her diner.  She loved the job so much that she continued after Elmer was deployed overseas.  This, she said, was her all time favorite job.  She moved back to Caldwell County with Elmer and took a job at Blue Bell, Inc.  She worked there during Blue Bells glory years of the 50’s and 60’s.  She then went to work for Hammary Manufacturing, rising to the position of Sewing Room Supervisor, where she remained until she retired.  After her retirement she and Elmer purchased a vacation spot near Holden Beach which was enjoyed by the entire family for many years.  

Lois was a founding member of Mountain View Baptist Church which she attended for 30 years.  She was active as a Sunday School teacher, WMU director, Bible School coordinator, and Christmas play director.  Lois and Elmer then moved to Lakeview Baptist Church where she attended the remainder of her life.  She was active in all aspects of the church.  She especially loved singing.  She began singing with the Beane Family as a child and continued her entire life, either in the choir or as a member of several quartets.  She loved going to church and all the people who worshipped with her.

Lois’s visitation will take place at Pendry’s Funeral Home from 1 until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, with the funeral following immediately thereafter.  Officiating will be Rev. Ron Burgett and Rev. Gyles Widener.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to the Lakeview Baptist Church Building Fund, 325 Shasta Lane, Lenoir, NC  28645.  

The family would like to thank the staff of Koinonia and the dedicated caregivers at Lenoir Healthcare and Caldwell Hospice and Pallative Care for their loving care of Lois.

Online condolences may be placed at 

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Lois Philyaw.