Obituaries for Oct. 1, 2013

Sep. 30, 2013 @ 04:39 PM

Barbara Bowman

Barbara Curtis Bowman, 65, of Lenoir went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Clarence Curtis and Dorothy Smith Curtis, born on Aug. 20, 1948, in Caldwell County.

Barbara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was a lifetime member of Oakwood Presbyterian Church and was active in the choir. Barbara will be greatly missed.

Barbara is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 40 years, Howard George Bowman, and two brothers, James and Joseph Curtis.

Those left behind to cherish Barbara’s memory include a son, Howard James Bowman and his wife, Regina Sechrest, of Winston-Salem; three sisters, Gloria Griffin of Stoneville, Jane Curtis and Rebecca LeFevre, both of Lenoir; and two grandchildren, Brayden James Bowman and Brooklyn Denise Bowman. Also surviving are numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at the Oakwood Presbyterian Church in Lenoir. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pastor Philip Adams will officiate. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the church.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Oakwood Presbyterian Church, 3400 Deerbrook Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Valdese Family Funeral Care has the honor of serving the Bowman family.

Opal Cox

Opal Robbins Cox, 85, formerly of Lenoir, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Wilkes Senior Village. She was born May 25, 1928, in Caldwell County to John and Arlie Bradshaw Robbins. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Whitnel. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Edward Cox; and infant daughter; three sisters, Dessie Smith, Myrtle Setzer, Christine Carswell; two brothers, Vilas Robbins, Luther Robbins.

Survivors include two sons, Morris Cox and wife Emma of Purlear, and Douglas Cox and wife Ina of Kernersville; three brothers, Maynard Robbins of Lenoir, Carl Robbins and John Robbins, both of Florida; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church-Whitnel, Sunday, Oct. 6, with memorial services following at 2:30 p.m., with Pastor Donald Ingle and the Rev. Stewart White officiating.

Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Cox Family at

Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes is serving the Cox Family.

Paul Hedrick

Paul Perry Hedrick of Lenoir died peacefully at his home on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1936, son of the late Dr. Paul Enos and Waldine Perry Hedrick. He attended Lenoir city schools, graduating in 1954 from Lenoir High School, where he was president of the student body and president of the Lenoir High School Band. He was a graduate of Culver Naval School, Culver, Ind. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958 and the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1961. He served in the Navy Dental Crops of the United States Navy from 1961-1963 and was stationed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Hedrick practiced dentistry for 46 years in Lenoir, where he will be remembered for his devotion to his patients. His professional interests have included presidencies of the Caldwell County Dental Society and Western Piedmont Dental Society. He was a Life member of the North Carolina Dental Society, American Dental Society and the American Orthodontic Society.

He was a life member of both the Delta Sigma Delta dental fraternity and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Alumni Association.

A very active man in civic life as well as in his profession, Dr. Hedrick was past president and life member of the Lenoir Optimist Club, member of the Board of Trustees at Catawba College, Lenoir Jaycees and past director of NCNB. He was holder of one dental patent and several copyrights. He was a member of Lenoir First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rebecca Torrence Hedrick; four sons, Paul Perry Hedrick, wife Mary Beth, of Charlotte, Joseph Torrence Hedrick, wife Courtney, of Kannapolis, Clyde Winston Hedrick, wife Julie, of Hickory, and Thomas Andrew Hedrick, wife Ellen, of Charlotte; four grandsons, Joseph Andrew Hedrick, Benjamin Perry Hedrick, William Torrence Hedrick, Matthew Henry Hedrick; two granddaughters, Stella Rebecca Hedrick and Jesslyn Sloan Hedrick; two step-grandsons, Jackson Robert Henline and Hartley Michael Henline; two brothers, Richard Reitzel Hedrick and Leslie Tilden Hedrick; and one sister, Jennifer Hedrick.

A memorial service will be held for Dr. Hedrick on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Marietta Smith officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church. The burial service will be private.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at the First United Methodist Church or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care.

Online condolences can be sent to the Hedrick family at

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

Charles Hart

Charles “Wayne” Hart, 78, of Zacks Fork Road, Lenoir, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at the residence. He was born April 15, 1935, in Caldwell County to the late William Turnmire and Viola May Hart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Maynard Hart.

Mr. Hart was retired from Hickory Hill and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Dula Hart of the home; two sons, Chris Hart and Tony Hart, both of Lenoir; one daughter, Darla Sands of Hickory; one brother, Ned Turnmire and wife Pat of Granite Falls; grandchildren, Lana Rose Thompson and husband Louis, Nicki Hart Price, Jonathan Cody Hart, Alyssa Marie Hart, Justin Wayne Hart and Joshua Miles Hart; great-grandchild, Liam Thompson; special friend, Malen Sands; and special friend and caregiver, Dorothy Stewart.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at 4 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Gary Waters.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

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

Roger Johnson

Roger D. Johnson, 62, of Greenwood Place, Lenoir, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care – Hudson. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.