Obituaries for April 12, 2013

Apr. 11, 2013 @ 04:26 PM

Hazel Tamminga

Hazel S. Tamminga, 88, of Wexford Village Circle, Lenoir, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Gateway Nursing Center. She was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Lake County, Ind., to the late George and Sarah Sullivan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William “Bill” Tamminga, and four brothers, George Sullivan, Lyle Sullivan, Donald Sullivan and Howard Sullivan

Mrs. Tamminga graduated from South High School and Davenport College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and attended Edinboro State University of Edinboro, Penn. She held many secretarial positions including Executive Secretary for the Easter Seal Society in Meadville, Penn., school secretary in Farmington, Mich., and was a Zoning Board secretary in Westerville, Ohio. In addition she was Senior Chorus Director and Senior Foods Center Coordinator in Lenoir.

She was a member of the Lenoir Women's Club, where she served two years as President, Catawba Valley Photography Club, where she received the amateur photographer award of the year, Foothills Visual Arts Guild, First Presbyterian Church Choir and Caldwell Community Chorus. Her hobbies included bird and landscape photography. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award through the Rotary Club. 

Survivors include two sons, Ray Tamminga and wife Christine of Lansing, Mich., and Ron Tamminga and wife Karen of Bend, Ore.; one brother, Gerald Sullivan of Hesperia, Mich.; one sister, Nora Sullivan of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and one grandchild.    

The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to Gateway Nursing Center and to Rick and Patty Green and family, for their outstanding love and care given to Hazel.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir conducted by the Rev. Robert F. Hinman. Interment will be private.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to: Lenoir Rotary Alzheimer’s  Fund, P.O. Box 1834, Lenoir, NC 28645, or Caldwell County Senior Chorus, c/o Caldwell County Senior Center, P.O. Box 933, Lenoir, NC 28645. 

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

Arlen Rash Sr.

Arlen “Roy” Rash Sr., 77, of Lenoir passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at his home.

Born Dec. 14, 1935, in Wilkes County, Roy was a son of the late Odell and Emaline Adams Rash. He was Baptist by faith and a member of the Union Grove Baptist Church. Roy worked in sales for many years and also enjoyed watching sports. He enjoyed watching racing and basketball the most. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Hobert Edward Rash, and two sisters, Lena Rash Shumate and Pansy Pauline Rash.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Betty Owens Rash of the home; three sons, Arlen Rash Jr., Bryant Rashand wife Leeann, and Wayne Rash and wife Paula, all of Hudson; five grandchildren, Alex, Colby, Zack, Caleb and Caroline; and numerous other relatives.

A graveside celebration of Roy’s life will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. in the Mountlawn Memorial Park in North Wilkesboro with Pastor Sam Craven officiating.

Memorials can be sent to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645, or to Union Grove Baptist Church at 1808 Union Grove Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Onlinecondolences can be sent to the Rash family at

EvansFuneral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Rash family.

Shirley Penn

Shirley Ethel Daisey Penn, 86, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

She was born March 8, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Lora and Florence Murray Daisey. She had been a member of the Blackstone Homemakers Club (Lenoir), a volunteer at the Kings Creek Nutrition Site (Lenoir), a volunteer at Catawba Valley Medical Center and an active member of the Republican Party (Sandusky, Ohio). Mrs. Penn enjoyed gardening, bird watching, quilting, crocheting and was an avid reader. Devoted to her family, she had a great sense of humor, and she loved advising and helping others. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Donald Penn, and three sisters, Peggy Daisey, Eileen Guldner and Helen Gordon.

She is survived by two sons, Dennis Penn of Raleigh and Doug Penn of Granite Falls; two daughters, Shelly Penn Madrid of Hickory and Lisa Penn Dias and husband Ken of Nantucket Island, Mass.; a brother, Edward Daisey of Dedham, Mass.; a sister, Dorothy Monahan of Sun City, Fla.: a sister-in-law, Irene McGookey of Sandusky, Ohio; three grandchildren, Melanie Powers of South Bend, Wis., Allison Zegadlo of Pasadena, Md., and Daisey Dias of Nantucket Island, Mass.; and a great-granddaughter, Riley Power of South Bend, Wis.

A family service will be held Friday, April 12, at Catawba Funerals and Cremations by Pastor Jeff Lindsay.

Memorials may be made to the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 3rd St. NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Online condolences may be made at

Catawba Memorial Park Funerals and Cremations are providing professional services for the Penn Family.

John Brinkley

John Stuart Brinkley, 63, of Granite Falls passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his residence. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, t Dudley Shoals Baptist Church. The family will receive friends an hour prior to services.