Obituaries for July 3, 2013

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 04:11 PM

Barbara Wallace

Barbara Ann Davis Wallace, 79, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Evans Funeral Service & Crematory. Online condolences may be sent to the Wallace Family at

Larry Corpening

Larry D. Corpening, 61, of Morganton passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Corpening was born Nov. 12, 1951, in Caldwell County to the late Luther Corpening and Bessie Anna Mae Hood Corpening. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Luther Corpening Jr.; sisters Caroline Corbin and Julia Ann Corpening; mother-in-law, Ruby Johnson Pearson; brothers-in-law Walter R. Johnson and Lonnie Lipford; sister-in-law Loretta Corpening. He worked in the furniture industry and was a member of Unity of Faith Church of God.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Paula Corpening of the home; his sons, Dionta Avery and Dondi Avery, both of Morganton; his daughters, Erica Johnson and fiancé Evan, and Delicia Johnson-Ervin and husband Wesley, both of Morganton; his brothers, Paul Corpening of Lenoir, Mark “Rickey” Corpening of Lenoir, Steve Corpening and wife Tammy of Conover, and Kelly Corpening of Lenoir; his sisters Hazel Horton and husband Fonze, Debra Corpening and Cypress Gail Lipford, all of Lenoir; his grandchildren, Jordan Johnson and his girlfriend Gabby, Marisha Avery, Braxton Grant, Dondi Avery Jr., Joslyn Grant, Cydnee Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Jatavious Johnson, Wesley Avery and Faith Avery, and a great-grandchild, Kayden Johnson. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and other loved ones, and special friends Elmer Pearson and Paul Calloway and his beloved dogs Molly Corpening, Lillie Johnson and Gizmo Williams.

A funeral service will be held Monday, July 8, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with Pastor Billy J. Lipford, the Rev. Eugene Kincaid, the Rev. Annabelle Corpening and Evangelist Betty Lipford officiating. Burial will follow in the Johnson Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home prior to the service from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be the nephews of Mr. Corpening.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Larry D. Corpening.

Online condolences may be placed at

Linda Chester

Linda Lee Mays Chester, 65, of Lenoir died Friday, June 28, 2013. Services will be Wednesday, July 3, at 11 a.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation is one hour prior to services. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

John Watson

John Garfield Watson, 66, of Blairs Fork Road, Lenoir, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at the residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Karen Hartley

Karen Sherrill Hartley, 70, of Cape Canaveral, Fla., formerly of Lenoir, died Monday, July 1, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.