Obituaries for Nov. 6, 2013

Nov. 05, 2013 @ 04:01 PM

Ambrose Powell

Ambrose Dowd Powell, 77, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center.

A native of Caldwell County and raised in New York, Mr. Powell was a son of the late John Finley and Mary Dowd Powell.

Mr. Powell was an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, including tours in the Aleutian Islands and Topeka, Kan. After moving to Asheville in 1966, he worked for 12 years at the Asheville Citizen-Times, first in their circulation department and then in classified ads. He then worked for Buncombe County, first with AB-Tech Community College, and more recently with the Property Tax Re-appraisal Department. Mr. Powell was a devoted member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Gail Winkler Powell; brother John Powell Strader; brother-in-law Dorland Winkler; nephews Lance and Michael Winkler; and niece the Rev. Denise Clark-Jones.

A Funeral Mass for Mr. Powell will be celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Dean Cesa at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at St. Joan of Arc.

The family expresses their sincere appreciation to Dr. Thomas Rennard for the excellent care he provided for Mr. Powell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Joan of Arc Building Fund, 768 Asbury Road, Candler, NC 28715, or to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28816.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family, and the online register is available at

Gregory Triplett

Gregory Glenn Triplett, 59, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. He was born in Caldwell County on Sept. 15, 1954, to the late Glenn F. Triplett and Barbara McLean Triplett. He was married to Joan Brakefield Triplett of the residence.

Greg was loved by his family and will be remembered as having never met a stranger. He was comical and a well-known musician. Greg was a 1973 graduate of Lenoir High School. He was a member of the Triplett Family Gospel Group, and played in numerous bands throughout his life including Union Square, which became Sound Wave, and later with the Sylvio Martinat Swing Band. After graduation from high school he worked for Fairfield Chair, Hammary, and Bernhardt Furniture. He presently was working for Caldwell County Schools as a custodian at Granite Falls Elementary School. Greg was a former broadcaster for WKGX, a past member of the Historical Preservation 26th NC Troops Reactivated and a former member of the Caldwell County Fife and Drum Corps. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant brother, Jeffrey Lynn Triplett.

Other than his wife, he is survived by his son, Jason Gregory Triplett and wife Courtney of Lenoir; son, Matthew Edward Triplett and wife Kimberly of Idaho; daughter, Myra Kimberlee Triplett of Chapel Hill; brother, Terry Triplett and wife Elisa of Lenoir; grandchildren, Vallarie Marie Triplett, Owen McLean Triplett, Ava Lou Triplett; and the family is anxiously awaiting the arrival of their newest grandson; and he is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

A celebration on Greg’s life will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Steve Connor officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Tony Edward Brakefield, David Keller, Marcus Keller, Phillip Glasco, Jonathan Ansley and John Yokeley. Honorary pallbearers will be Leroy Whisnant, Keith Triplett and Dallin Brown.

The family will receive friends in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, from 6 until 7:30 p.m.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be sent to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, c/o Missionary Fund, 3741 Rain Valley Drive, Hudson, NC 28638.

Online condolences may be sent to the Triplett Family at www.evansfuneralservice.comvans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Triplett Family.

Steven Crump

Steven Allen Crump, 41, of Granite Falls passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at his home. Steven was born Aug. 18, 1972, in Watauga County to Donald S. Crump and the late Carolynn Bean Crump.

He was an upholster by trade and loved his work. He loved going to flea markets. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Marshall Crump and Jay V. Bean; an uncle, Dale Crump; and an aunt, Gail Crump Miller.

Those left to cherish his memory are Shirley Earp Crump (Mama) and also his stepmother, Diane Pipes Crump; his brothers, the Rev. Mark Crump and wife Amy of Lenoir, Conan Lee Hunt and wife Gail of Icard; he also leaves behind three nieces and two nephews which he loved with all his heart, Elijah, Elex, Anna and Abby Crump of Lenoir, and Irabella Hunt of Icard; two uncles, Darrell Crump and Dermont Bean; three aunts, Nancy Anderson, Judy Myers, and Reba Willard; and his maternal grandmother, Darlis Shoemake Bean.

A celebration of Steve’s life will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service with the Rev. Ronnie Miller and the Rev. Mark Crump officiating. A private burial will take place at a later time.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Online condolences may be sent to the Crump Family at

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

Belvia Richardson

Belvia Susanne Brooks Richardson, 92, of Conover died Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

The Celebration of Life Service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel in Newton. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Annie Laws

Annie West Laws, 88, of Lenoir went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Laws was born in Caldwell County to the late Ira West and Fanny Kilby West. She was a homemaker and a member of Poarch’s Chapel Missionary Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Andy and Arey Laws; two sisters, Vera McLean and Ruth Shook; three brothers, York, Harvey and Elmo West; and a granddaughter, Deva Laws.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 63 years, Joe David Laws of the home; her sons, Donald Laws of Lenoir, Steve Laws of Lenoir, and Jonas Laws and wife Lesley of Granite Falls; her daughters, Esta Crisp and husband Dennis of Lenoir, Reba Pennington and husband Gary of Lenoir, Mary Pritchard and husband Dennis of Granite Falls, and Toye Crisp and husband Dwayne of Lenoir; a brother, Abe West of Boomer; her sisters, Mary Houck of Lenoir, Minnie Smith of Morganton, Florence Walker of Lenoir and Sarah Holman of Lenoir; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in Pendry’s Chapel at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Wallace Smith, Pastor David Crisp and Pastor Eric Haggin officiating. Burial will follow the service at Confidence Advent Christian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home on Saturday prior to the service from 1 until 2 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Rocky Pritchard, Brian Pritchard, David Laws, Ethan Crisp, Joel Crisp and Aaron Crisp.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family of Annie West Laws.

Online condolences to the Laws family may be placed at

Alphonzo Hawkins

Alphonzo Edward "Pumkin" Hawkins, 73, of Valdese went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton.

James Sigmon

James Thomas Sigmon, “Joe,” 87, of Chickadee Trail Place, Hudson, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He was born Aug. 9, 1926, in Catawba County to the late Oscar and Mattie Helton Sigmon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Powell Sigmon, and a son, Steve Sigmon.

Mr. Sigmon was retired from the furniture industry and attended Covenant Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, James T. Sigmon Jr. “Joe” and wife Margaret of Lenoir; seven daughters, L. Darlene Helton and husband Gene, and L. Marie Kanipe and husband Jeff, both of Hildebran, M. Karen Cox and husband Sam of Lenoir, Monica E. Puett and husband Paul, H. Denise Townsend, and Doris M. Sparks and husband Johnny, all of Hudson, and Regina L. Helton and husband Gary of Dudley Shoals; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Covenant Baptist Church conducted by Pastor Paul Puett and Pastor David Bean. Interment will be private at Harris Chapel Baptist Church.

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

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