Obituaries for May 30, 2013

May. 29, 2013 @ 04:12 PM

Richard Matheson

The Rev. and retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Richard Dale Matheson, 77, of Corolla Hills Drive, Lenoir, passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. He was born Aug. 24, 1935, in Caldwell County to the late Rev. Grady Lee Matheson and Ruth Church Matheson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Eileen Allison.

Mr. Matheson was a graduate of N.C. State and George Washington University with a Master’s in accounting. He was in charge of Washington Pentagon field office of Defensive Investigation Service for Department of Defense. He was Chaplain for Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years and West Caldwell Football team for a number of years. He was a member of Hibriten Masonic Lodge # 262 A.F. & A.M. and American Legion. He was a retired United States Army veteran, serving three tours of Vietnam. He served as a former pastor for several churches in Caldwell County and was a member of College Avenue Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Maxine Coffey Matheson of the home; children, Richard “Rick” Dale Matheson Jr. and wife Diane of Lenoir, Kim Matheson McGalliard and husband Doug of Lenoir; brother, the Rev. Gary Lee Matheson and wife Wanda of Lenoir; sister, Barbara Matheson Hawkins of Lenoir; grandchildren, Heather Miller and husband Chad of Lenoir, Hayley Penley and fiancé Steven of Hudson, Amy Leigh McJunkin of Lenoir, Brooke Matheson of Lenoir, Malarie McGalliard of Raleigh, Madalyn McGalliard of Lenoir, Chris Robbins and wife Suzy of Charlotte; great-grandchildren, Hunter Penley, Ashlyn Miller, Macy Penley, Molly Penley, Alley Miller, Grayson Priddy, Meliea McJunkin, Logan McJunkin and Bailey Robbins; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. at College Avenue Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Charles Brawley and Pastor Tim Hawkins. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with Masonic graveside rites and full military honors.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be: Barry Curtis, Hugh Curtis, Steven Gill, Tim Hawkins, Greg Penny, Kevin Matheson, Chad Miller, Hunter Penley, Connelly Phillips, Chris Robbins, Robert Roland, Fred Sides, Gary Sumpter and Grady Sumpter.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 505 East Blvd., Suite 101, Charlotte, N.C. 28203.

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

George Cannon

George Franklin Cannon, 59, of Lenoir passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 27, 1953, in Caldwell County, he was the son of the late Fred Homer Cannon and Gladys McRary Cannon. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Billy “Pete” McRary and Thomas Cannon; and sisters, JoAnne Sanders and Ada Katherine Cannon.

Survivors include his sister Lettie S. Kirby of Ferguson; sister-in-law, Ruby S. McRary of Sawmills; and brother-in-law Robert Sanders of Morganton.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013, 1 p.m. at Church on The Rock with Pastor Wade Mitchell officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

The family requests no flowers.

Bass-Smith Granite is serving the family of George Franklin Cannon.

Online condolences may be made to

Wallace Walker

Wallace (Wally) Marshall Walker, 57, of Gaither Walker Circle, Lenoir, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at the residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Juanita Melzer

Juanita Jackson Melzer, 78, of San Bernadino, Calif., passed away quietly in her sleep on Friday, April 5, 2013.

She was born May 13, 1934, in Alexander County to the late John Milton and Vila Sipes Jackson. She grew up in the Oak Hill community of Caldwell County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Melzer, and two brothers, John Rayford Jackson and James LynnRoe Jackson.

Survivors include two son, Robert Bodenhamer and Gregory Bodenhamer; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Addie Jackson and Betty Jackson. She enjoyed owning and operating her own garment factory with her late husband, Lester.

Visitation was April 11, 2013, at Babitt Memorial Chapel, 1299 E. Highland Ave., San Bernadino, Calif. A Mass of Christian Burial was April 12 at Our Lady of the Rosemary Cathedral on Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernadino. Graveside services were held at Montecito Memorial Park, 3520 E. Washington St., Colton, Calif.