Obituaries for Sept. 26, 2013

Sep. 25, 2013 @ 04:45 PM

Helen Baker

Helen Kathryn Hallman Baker died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Trinity Village, Hickory.

She was born April 25, 1925, to the late John Rufus and Lula Richards Hallman. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Howard N. Baker; a brother, Charles Hallman; and sisters Margaret Hallman, Mary Winkler, and Nancy Elmore.

She was a lifetime member of Philadelphia Lutheran Church, Granite Falls, but through these last years attended St. Stephens Lutheran ELCA with her family. Throughout the years she sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, was an active member of WELCA, and served on numerous committees in the church.

She was a floral designer and for many years co-owned Bo-K Flower Shop in Granite Falls with her best friend, Mickey Calloway. The last years of her career she worked for Suzanne’s Flowers and Gifts in Granite Falls.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Jim Edwards of Hickory; two grandsons and their wives, David and Telitha Edwards, and Brad and Amy Edwards of Hickory; and four great-grandchildren, Riley, Colby, Cassi, and James Edwards. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Edith Beane, and by nieces and nephews whom she loved as her very own children.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Philadelphia Lutheran Church, Granite Falls, with the Rev. Rich Hites officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. prior to the service Friday. Burial will follow the service in Pinecrest Cemetery, Granite Falls. Memorials may be made to Philadelphia Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 278, Granite Falls, NC 28630, St. Stephens Lutheran Church ELCA, 2259 12th Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601, or to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Trinity Village for their love, compassion, and quality care they have shown Helen over these past months. Also, a heartfelt thank you to Hospice Care givers, Jodi, RN and Angela, SW.

Bass-Smith Granite is serving the family of Helen Kathryn Hallman Baker.

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Courtney Youngs

Courtney “Dave” Youngs, 79, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Gateway Nursing Center. Mr. Youngs was born in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 19, 1934, to the late Curtis E. Youngs and Ruth Sims Youngs. He was married to Maude L. Triplett Youngs for 39 years.

Mr. Youngs was a retired United States Air Force veteran, and he and his wife were former owners of the Star Restaurant in Lenoir. He also worked for 10 years for Thomasville Furniture in Lenoir.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Curtis “Gene” E. Youngs Jr., and sister, Gwenyth Cole.

Other than his wife, he is survived by his brother, Bob Youngs and wife Rose of Washington; sisters, Muriel “Mel” Reimal and husband Bob of California, and Ann Budworth and husband Raymond of Arizona; stepson, Cliff Suddreth and caregiver Edie Suddreth; and three stepdaughters.

A celebration of Mr. Youngs' life will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. with Dr. Cliff Black officiating. Interment will be held at 12 noon on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain with military honors.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 7:30 prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to the Youngs Family at

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

JoAnne Kincaid

JoAnne Buckner Kincaid, 70, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at Grace Heights Health and Rehab. She was born in Madison County on Oct. 21, 1942, to the late Rev. James Jackson Buckner and Leona Hensley Buckner. JoAnne was a member of Hartland Baptist Church for more than 50 years.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, E.A.”Tim” Kincaid, and her sisters, infant Martha Buckner and Doris B. Lingafeldt.

She is survived by her daughter, Cissy Kincaid, and son Timothy Bryan Kincaid and wife Janet; grandchildren, Jodi Ann Brittain and Cody Bryan Kincaid; brothers, the Rev. Clyde J. Buckner and wife Gail, and Sam D. Buckner and wife Jan; sister, Mary B. Robinson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of JoAnne’s life will be held at Hartland Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Clyde Buckner and Dr. Todd Smith officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 prior to the service.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be sent to Hartland Baptist Church Debt Retirement Fund, 3730 Hartland Road, Morganton, NC 28655.

Online condolences may be sent to the Kincaid Family at

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

John Story Sr.

John Lawson Story Sr., 83, went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. He was born in Rocky Mount on Feb. 7, 1930, and had been a resident of Lenoir for 42 years.

John attended Shelby High School and Broughton High School in Raleigh, playing trumpet in the band for all four years. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1952 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at State, he played soccer and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, the Honor Council, the Drum and Bugle Crops, and Arnold Air Society. After graduating he joined the Air Force serving in the 4710th defense wing as an aircraft controller. He retired Major Story from the Air Force Reserves many years later.

John was employed by Continental Insurance in Charlotte, and was “subject to transfer” moving frequently with his family to meet the company’s needs. He moved to Lenoir in 1971 and owned Reliable Insurance Agency on Pennton Avenue for over 30 years.

John is survived by Shirley Story, Lynn and Michael Downham, John Lawson Story Jr., Larry and Gail Story, and his grandchildren, Kyle, Kara, Caleb, Justin, and Bobbie Jo.

Also, John is preceded in death by his wife Patti Story and survived by her daughter Teresa and Darron Summers and grandchildren Jordan and Jake.

Services will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at the Worship Center at Bethel Colony of Mercy at 3:30 p.m. Interment will follow the service in Blue Ridge Memorial Park with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:30 to 3:30 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Paralyzed Veterans of America in John’s name.

Online condolences can be sent to the Story family at

Evans Funeral Service and Crematory of Lenoir are serving the Story family.

Milisa Davenport

Milisa Cherie Davenport, affectionately called “Chug,” 42, of 1011 County Home Road, Conover, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. She was born in Lenoir on Sept. 9, 1971, and was the daughter of Tony and Rebecca Ann Felder Davenport.

She was a 1989 graduate of South Iredell High School in Troutman. She attended Appalachian State University and graduated from Mitchell Community College. At the time of her death, she was employed by Kewaunee Scientific as the Human Resources Coordinator. She was a member of J.W. Abernathy Memorial Baptist Church in Hickory, where she served as the Church Clerk, President of the Usher Board and was a member of the Women of Praise Dance Ministry.

In addition to her parents, Tony and Rebecca Davenport, she leaves to cherish the memory of her life one son, Quincy Adam Sanders Jr. Davenport of the home; one brother, Tony Paul Davenport Jr. of Mooresville; one sister, Tonya Davenport (Pastor Timothy) Stevenson of Statesville; her maternal grandmother, Edith Felder of Lenoir; other relatives and dear friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at Christian Outreach of the Piedmont, 1424 Ricket St., Statesville, NC. Pastor Timothy Stevenson will officiate and burial will follow in the Iredell Memorial Gardens.

Ms. Davenport will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home until taken to the church to lie in state at 12:15 p.m. Members of the family will receive friends at the church from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. (one hour prior to the funeral) but will assemble at the residence of her parents, Tony and Rebecca Davenport, 502 West Ave., Troutman, at other times.

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Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary is serving the family of Ms. Milisa C. Davenport.

In addition to flowers, memorials can be made to J.W. Abernathy Memorial Baptist Church, 840 First Street SW, Hickory, NC 28602.