Obituaries for July 9, 2013

Jul. 09, 2013 @ 05:49 PM

Joe Davis

Joe Dean Davis, 73, of Morganton went home to be with the Lord, Friday, July 5, 2013.

Joe was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Ellenboro to the late L.V. Davis and Mattie M. Sisk Davis. Joe was a weaver and fixer for most of his life working at Paxar before retiring. He also had a gospel ministry at nursing homes for a number of years.

Along with his parents, Joe is preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Davis, and twin sister, Shelby Jean Davis Hollifield.

Those left behind to cherish his memory include his wife of 55 years, Barbara Gunter Davis; three sons, Randy Davis and wife Janet, David Davis and wife Patricia, and Denny Davis, all of Morganton; a daughter, Alisa Davis Foust and husband Mitch of Boomer; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in Burke, Rutherford and Cleveland Counties.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in the Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton. Pastors Pete Cox and Tom Luckadoo are officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Interment will take place at 4 p.m. at the Livingston Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery in Boomer. The Kings Creek Fire and Rescue Department will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Caldwell County Hospice and Palliative Care in memory of Joe Davis.

The Davis Family would also like to thank the Brockford Inn in Granite Falls and Caldwell County Hospice for all the love shown to Joe and the family.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton has the honor of serving the Davis family.

William Lias

William “Bill” Lias, 95, of Abernethy Laurels in Newton passed away on Friday, July 5, 2013.

Bill was born in Akron, Ohio, to Harold Dayre Lias and Grace (Black) Lias, the oldest of 12 children.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Lias was preceded in death by his devoted, dedicated and ever loving wife of 71 years, Emma LaRue (Thomas) Lias, two brothers, and two sisters of the Akron, Ohio, area.

He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Ann Greene and husband Dr. Robert L. Greene of Glen Allen, Va., and his son, Brian Lias of Brookford. He is also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, two brothers, two sisters, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill was a loyal member of Abernathy Memorial Church in Newton and formerly had been an active member of Lenoir First United Methodist Church. Since retiring, and while still able he devoted time and resources to some of those in need and less able on their own.

On discharge from the Transportation Corps of the U.S. Army in 1947, Mr. Lias returned to complete 43 years of dedicated service for the Carborundum Co. of Niagara Falls, N.Y.

A Memorial Service at Spirit Place Chapel of Abernethy Laurels will be announced at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the Lias family at

The Lias family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Linda Estes

Mrs. Linda Prestwood Estes, 65, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care.

She was born in Caldwell County on Sept. 21, 1947, to the late John Howard Prestwood and Emily Beatrice Adkins Prestwood. She was married to her loving husband, Arnold C. Estes of the home, for more than 41 years.

Linda worked at Shadowline in Morganton for over 40 years and while there she made many lifelong friends of her co-workers. Linda is fondly remembered for her good sense of humor and her ability to write poetry. She often remembered friends birthdays and special occasions by writing a poem for them.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Barbara P. Collins and her life-long friend from childhood, Nancy P. Kilby.

Other than her husband she is survived by her daughter, Tracy E. Bumgarner and husband Kevin; grandchildren, Mitchell Heavner, who is stationed in Italy with the U.S. Air Force, Nicholas Heavner of Lenoir and currently attending Appalachian State University, and Teresa Heavner, also known by her loving grandparents as “T-Berry,” currently attending Western Carolina University; her loving sisters, Mrs. Katherine P. Hayes, Mrs. Elsie P. Greene, and Mrs. Dorris P. Kincaid and husband Robert; and her loving neighbors, Brenda and Michael Hartley.

Above all Linda was known for her many friends, including Terry Kincaid, Janet Clontz, and many other friends to numerous to mention, but they know who they are and she loved them all.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be sent to:  Caldwell Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Estes Family at

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

Virginia Adams (has photo)

Virginia Cox Adams, 98, stepped lightly from this world to the next on July 5, 2013, in Morgantown, W.Va. She was born Sept. 13, 1914, in Asheville to the late Thomas A. and Mabel Smith Cox. She was also predeceased by her beloved husband of 25 years, Dr. Joe T. Adams, a brother and sister, and a grandson. She lived in St. Albans, W.Va., for 50 years, where she was a special education teacher until her retirement. She loved all “her children,” and kept in touch with many of them through the years.

In 1987, she moved to Lenoir and became active in the Lenoir Women’s Club, the Caldwell Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, where she worked every Tuesday morning, and was a volunteer at Davenport School. She was an accomplished needleworker, and enjoyed her membership in the Lenoir Needlepoint Guild, frequently showing her work in exhibitions. She joined first Presbyterian Church and loved taking trips with the “sight-seekers” and participated in a Women’s Circle. In 1999, she moved to Morgantown to a retirement community, and joined a new circle of friends.

She is survived by a sister, Eleanor Penny of Cosby, Tenn.; a daughter and son-in-law, Dottie and Jim Darsie of Lenoir; three sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Darline Adams of Oak Ridge, Tenn., John and Sandra Adams of Chicago, Ill., and Jim Adams and Dr. Charlene Horan of Morgantown, W.Va.; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, and another soon to arrive.

Services will be held Friday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at Highlawn Presbyterian Church in St. Albans, W.Va. The family requests that memorials be made to Lenoir Women’s Club “Hands Up Scholarship,” P.O. Box 2148, Lenoir, NC 28645, or to First Presbyterian Church, 1002 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Doris Bumgarner

Doris Opal Coffey Bumgarner, 77, of Granite Falls died Sunday July 7, 2013.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Poovey’s Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie 30 minutes prior to the service.