Obituaries for July 4, 2013

Jul. 03, 2013 @ 06:28 PM

Barbara Wallace

Barbara Ann Davis Nelson Wallace, 79, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice. She was born in Caldwell County on March 17, 1934, to the late Walter McKinley Davis and Norma Bryson Davis. She was married to the late Dr. Raymond D. Wallace Jr.

Mrs. Wallace was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed 20 years of travel across the states with her family and loved playing golf. She was the first woman to get a hole in one at the former Tri-County Golf Course. She also won 12 beauty titles.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, Don Davis, Jack Davis, Wallace Davis, and Walter Davis Jr.; sister, Dorothy Davis Walker; and daughter-in-law, Cookie Nelson.

She is survived by her daughters, Debi Nelson and husband Jim Solano of Raleigh, and Dana Nelson and husband James W. “Bill” Watson Jr. of Lenoir; sons, Dudley Nelson III of Lenoir, Davis Nelson and wife Christine of Granite Falls, and Donald Nelson of the home; grandchildren, Michael and Joseph Solano, and Tiffany, Avery, Carrigan, Thomas and Donald Nelson Jr.

A memorial service for Mrs. Wallace will be held at the First Baptist Church of Hudson on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Chaplain Nancy Campbell officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the Wallace Family at

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

David Lane

David Keith Lane, 52, of Hickory died Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 6, at noon in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until noon at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.

Faye Dalton

On July 2, 2013, Heaven’s Gates opened for a most special angel and we had to let her go. Faye Rosemary (Bender) Dalton, 85 years of age, beloved wife of Kenneth Dalton for 47 years, mother of four, grandmother of seven, and great-grandmother, went home to be with our Lord. Mom worked hard all of her life and was the most unselfish and caring of people. She was a fantastic cook and had many Sundays of homemade sausage-gravy and biscuits with all the fixings with a home full of family and friends. She has been preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, son Merrill Dalton, and son-in-law James Elliott. She is survived by daughter Sharon Elliott and grandson Jim of Florida; son Marvin Dalton and wife Linda and grandchildren Jason of Florida, and Matthew, Carmen and Micah of Ohio; and daughter Anita Anderson and husband Donn and grandchildren Ashley and Jessica of North Carolina; and great-grandchildren. We take comfort in knowing that Mom is celebrating in Heaven and that one day, we will see her beautiful, smiling face with open arms to welcome us home. We miss you and love you so very much, Mom!

Mackie Funeral Home is serving the family.

Online condolences can be placed online to the family at

Karen Hartley

Karen Sherrill Hartley, 70, of Cape Canaveral, Fla., formerly of Lenoir, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Fla. She was born June 24, 1943, in Caldwell County to the late Neil Sharpe Sherrill Sr. and Una Dale Corpening Sherrill. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Neil Sharpe Sherrill Jr. and Bill Mason Sherrill; and one nephew, Philip Mason Sherrill.

Mrs. Hartley attended Gamewell High School, Brevard College and received a B.A. degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She had worked 10 years with the North Carolina Employment Security Commission in Charlotte, before she and Charles relocated to Cape Canaveral, where she first was employed with George Lewis Realty for 16 years. After working in real estate, she joined with husband Charles in insurance for over 20 years at Claim Resolution Management Inc. as office manager and a claims technician. She also served 16 years on the Code Enforcement Board for the City of Cape Canaveral and was a member of Cocoa Beach United Methodist Church.

She and Charles made 10 trips to the Bahamas on their beloved sailboat, CatsPaw. They vacationed and fished in Islamaroda, Florida Keys, over 20 years. She and Charlie made 10 cruises to the Caribbean.

Survivors include her husband, Charles L. Hartley of the home; one brother-in-law, Allen Jason Hartley of Lenoir; two sisters-in-law, Kaye Coffey Sherrill of Stony Point and Diana Wootton Hartley of Lenoir; four nieces, Beth Sherrill Pope and husband Wesley of Hickory, Lynn Sherrill Looper and husband Jeff of Taylorsville, Lisa H. McAllister and husband Gray of Lenoir, and Heather H. Johnson and husband Michael of Mebane; four great-nieces, Lyndsey Kaye Looper and Alexa Beth Looper, both of Taylorsville, and Ava Mikay Pope of Hickory and Hailey Angelique Johnson of Mebane; and two great-nephews, Michael Jason Johnson of Mebane and Philip Preston Pope of Hickory.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 5, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Littlejohn United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Floyd Boston. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mrs. Hartley’s family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Susan G. Komen Fund, Foothills Affiliation, P. O. Box 2667, Hickory, N.C. 28603; American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, N.C. 28207; or Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1496, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Online condolences may be left at 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. He was born May 8, 1947, in Caldwell County to the late Jud and Nancy W. Watson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Watson; one daughter, Katrina Watson Coffey; three brothers; and three sisters.

Mr. Watson was self-employed in furniture and was a member of Cajah’s Mountain Baptist Church.

Survivors include his son, John C. Watson; two brothers, Burl Watson, and Warren Watson and wife Chris, both of Lenoir; two sisters, Mayna Alvey and husband John, and Virginia McJunkin, both of Lenoir; and two grandchildren, Brandon Sutton of Catawba County and Shay Haas of Lenoir.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Diabetes Association, Charlotte NC Office, 222 South Church St., Suite 336M, Charlotte, NC 28202.

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