Obituaries for Feb. 6, 2013

Feb. 06, 2013 @ 08:25 AM

Joe Patterson

Joe Benny Patterson, 60, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. He was born in Caldwell County on Jan. 11, 1953, to Alder Mae (Billie) Scott Patterson and the late Herman Lee Patterson Sr. He was married for 19 years to Donna Norwood Patterson of the home.

Benny worked for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety for 20 years, and at the time of his death he was serving as a Correctional Captain at Foothills Correctional Institution.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Zula Harris; paternal grandparents, Ralph and Annie Horton Patterson; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Other than his wife and mother, he is survived by his daughter, Charity Patterson; brothers, Herman “Buddy” Patterson Jr. and wife Emily of Lenoir, James Patterson and wife Lorraine of Hickory, Terry Patterson of Lenoir, and Roger Patterson of Lenoir; sister, Trish Patterson of Rock Hill, S.C.; two grandchildren; aunts, Elizabeth Patterson of Lenoir and Ruth Corpening of Lenoir; uncle, Willie “Bill” Patterson and wife Catherine of Lenoir; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and a host of friends.

A celebration of Benny’s life will be held at Smith Memorial United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Charlie Rivens, the Rev. James Perkins and the Rev. Jimmie Norwood. Interment will immediately follow the service at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Benny’s friends. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety Honor Guard will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 prior to the service.

The family respectfully requests memorials be sent to: Harpers Chapel United Methodist Church, 351 SW Fairview Drive, Lenoir, NC.

Online condolences may be sent to the Patterson Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com

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

Zeta Phillips

Mrs. Zeta Magnolia Patterson Phillips, 94, of 1770 Dulatown Rd. Lenoir, NC passed away on Jan. 26, 2013                    .  

Memorial services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 11 a.m. at E.R. McGimpsey, Sr. Memorial Chapel at Ebony Funeral Services.

A private burial will follow services.

Ebony Funeral Services of Lenoir is caring for the family.  em2ebony@att.net

Catherine Rutherford

Mrs. Catherine Propst Rutherford, 82, of 3015 Corpening Chapel Road, Morganton, NC died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Inc.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at 2 p.m.. at Corpening Chapel AME Church. The family will receive friends from 1-1:55 p.m. prior to the services.

Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton is assisting the family.

Harold Rowe

Harold Denver Rowe, age 60, Lower Cedar Valley Road, Hudson, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care - Hudson. He was born October 3, 1952 in Stuart, Florida to the late John Hurbert Rowe, Sr. and Carrie Louise Tester Rowe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Hurbert Rowe and Richard Rowe.

Mr. Rowe was employed with Golf Equipment Towers in Alabama and was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include the mother of his children, Alice Reynolds of the home; daughters, Sherry Yates and husband Danny of Sugar Grove, Shelia Whitlow and husband Bill of Ellendale and Carrie Hicks and husband Jonathan of Banner Elk; three brothers, Charles Rowe of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Thomas Rowe and John Hubert Rowe, Jr., both of South Carolina; one sister, Catherine Delgado, of Port St. Lucie, Florida; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Derick Wilson. Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. at Greene’s Cemetery in Sugar Grove following the service.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Danny Yates, Bill Whitlow, Jonathan Hicks, Jared Hicks, John Rowe and Tommy Rowe.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

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

Danny Shipley

Danny Howard Shipley, age 47, of Alexis Lane, Hudson, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care – Hudson. He was born February 2, 1966 in Caldwell County to William Howard Shipley of Lenoir and the late Pearlee Carlton Shipley. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by aunts, Violet Hamby, Rosa Lea Watson; and uncles Doc Watson and Vaughn Carlton.

Mr. Shipley was a cook for Coffee House and was a member of Indian Hills Baptist Church.

Survivors in addition to his father, include companion Katie Clift of the home; two sisters, Nina Hicks and husband Gerald and Tammy Shipley, both of Lenoir; nieces, Megan Franklin, Madison Shipley, Amber Johnson, and Tabitha Hicks; nephew, Leif Hicks; great-nephews, Elijah Johnson, Jeremiah Johnson; great-nieces, Mackenzie Johnson and Angelica Johnson; aunts, Dorothy Lowrance, Beulah Settlemyre, Marlene Marley and Irene Lewis; and uncle, Jay Carlton

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Bryan Davis. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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

Vivian Crotts

Vivian Crotts, of Lenoir, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Diane hamer

Diane Huntley Hamer died peacefully on Sunday, February 3, 2013 in her home with family by her side.  She lived in Morganton for the last 48 years of her life.  Diane was born in Caldwell County on July 27, 1934.  She grew up in Lenoir and always had a love for music.  She participated in her high school band chorus, attended the Brevard Music camp, and was awarded the exclusive opportunity to participate in the honorable Brevard music festival.  Diane attended Salem College in Winston Salem and married Dr. Alfred Wilson Hamer, Jr.  They would have celebrated their 57 wedding anniversary June of this year.  Alfred and Diane settled in Morganton, became active members of the First United Methodist Church, and raised four children. 

Diane believed in the value of travel and used her gifts and talent to improve the material, social, and spiritual welfare of the world by giving of herself to the community and a love for the whole humankind.  Diane passed this legacy on to her children and grandchildren.  She played active roles in the Burke Council on Alcohol and Chemical Dependency (Head of Fund Raising), Morganton Service League, Church and Community Choirs, and helped to create the First United Methodist Church Columbarium.  She discovered, in a field, the stain glass windows from the 1902 Methodist Church, which she later restored and donated to the church.  They were installed over the altered of the old Chapel in the church in 2010.  Diane was an outstanding Den leader for the Cub Scouts for a number of years, active in the Burke tennis league and a tennis player extraordinaire, United Way volunteer, Treasurer and very active and supportive of the Morganton Swim Club.  Diane was a Board member of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  She participated in the actual race with her husband, children, and grandchildren by her side shortly after being diagnosed with breast cancer over 15 years ago.  Diane was very active in and loved restoring, painting, and helping build houses for the less fortunate.  She was a proud grandmother of eight grandchildren and was an active part of their lives and their biggest fan.  She lived by the philosophy of “paying it forward” and often gave monetary gifts to total strangers.  She was best known for her sense of humor, strong conviction, and beautiful smile.  She will be deeply missed by all who encountered her wit and courage. 

She is survived by her husband, four children, and eight grandchildren.  Alfred Hamer of the home, Amanda Rotenstreich and husband Kenny of Greensboro and their children Josh and Alex, Melissa Horn and husband Tom of High Point and their children Ramsay and Dillon, Kristan Erwin and husband John of Morganton and their children Huntley and Holland, and Wilson Hamer and wife Dorothy of Morganton and their children Collins and Eliza. 

The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. John Fowler, Rev. Dr. Bob Roach and Rev. Todd McCullough officiating.  The family will gather with friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.  In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contribution be made to memorials set up in her name through the church First United Methodist Church, 200 N King St., Morganton, NC 28655 to benefit the music department and members of the church who have children in need.  They also request that donations be made in her name to Brenner Children's Hospital, Office of Development and Alumni Events, PO Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021.

Condolences may be made online at www.sossomanfuneralservice.com.