Obituaries for Jan. 17

Jan. 17, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

Zella Greer

Zella Graham Greer, 99, of Greenville, SC passed away Friday, January 11, 2013 at the National Healthcare in Mauldin, SC.
Mrs. Greer was born in Ashe County to the late Walter Graham and Jenny Lawrence Graham and was beloved mother of Wilbur, James and Nancy.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Plato Whittington Greer, her son, Wilbur Greer, two brothers and her sister.  She was a homemaker and operated her own seamstress business where she made clothing and drapes.  She was a member of Yadkin Baptist Church and was a member of the WMU.
Survivors include her son, James Greer of Greenville, SC; her daughter, Nancy Greer Radford of Greenville, SC; her brother, Lawrence Graham of Bel Air, MD; eight grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with Reverend Robert Livingston officiating.  Burial will follow at Yadkin Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home prior to the service from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons.
The family would like to give their gratitude to the staff of National Healthcare.
Memorials may be made to Yadkin Baptist Church, P O Box 37, Patterson, NC  28661.
Online condolences to can be placed at
Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Zella Graham Greer.

Pollie Carver

Pollie Jones Carver, age 91, of Littlejohn Church Road, Lenoir, died Monday, January 14, 2013 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. She was born November 2, 1921 in Jackson County to the late Dock Dee Jones and Jane Sitton Jones. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Elmer Carver; one son, Charles Elmer Carver; two granddaughters, Julie Anne Chandler and Tracy Michelle Carver; grandson, Mark Anthony Chandler; three brothers; and three sisters.
Mrs. Carver was a homemaker and a member of Flemings Chapel Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday school teacher.
Survivors include one son, Roger Lewis Carver, of Gamewell; daughters, Mrs. Frances Carver Chandler Chestnutt and husband Ray of Wilmington and Mrs. Birdell Waugh and husband Dale of Hudson; daughter-in-law, Laureene Woods Carver of Hudson; five grandchildren, Delena Carver of Lenoir, Donald Carver of Hudson, Billy Chandler of Wilmington, Michael Chandler of Ivahoe and Autumn Carver of Gamewell; four great-grandchildren, Jalon Tate and Kameron Carver, both of Gamewell, Bailea Waugh and Kiley Waugh, both of Statesville.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Flemings Chapel Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Lester Honson. The body will be placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Flemings Chapel Baptist Church, 4430 Littlejohn Church Rd., Lenoir, NC 28645 or American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, N.C. 28207.
Online condolences may be left at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge.

Garfield Connor

Garfield Connor, 85 of Hickory passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Palliative Care and Hospice of Catawba Valley. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2013, 3:00 p.m. at the Newton Expo, 525 West A St., Newton, NC 28658. Memorial discourse will be given by William Workman-Elder. Bass-Smith Granite is serving the family of Garfield Connor.

Willis Setzer

Willis “Hap” Setzer, 76, of Lenoir, went home to be with his Savior on Sunday, January 6, 2013.  He was born in Lenoir on May 8, 1936 to the late Timothy “Bickett” Setzer and Winnie Sanders Setzer.
Hap, known for his athleticism, lettered in baseball, basketball and football for the Lenoir High Bearcats.  Having earned All-State for the ’53 All-Western Conference he was later invited to play in the Shrine Bowl.  The University of North Carolina awarded Hap a scholarship to play as a Tar Heel.  While earning a Bachelor’s degree in History, he received three years of All-Conference recognition (’54-’57) and was named Honorable Mention All-South for his football talents.
Hap’s professional career began as a Head Wrestling and Assistant Football Coach while teaching history at Great Bridge High School in Virginia Beach, VA.  Later, he went on to become a Plant Manager with the Doll Paper Company in Shamokin, PA and Patterson, NC.  Before retiring from Century Furniture in 2003, Hap served in management roles for the Hammary Furniture and Singer Furniture Companies.
More recently, Hap could be seen walking at the T. H. Broyhill Walking Park, fishing at Wilson Creek and hanging out with pals of the Cedar Rock Country Club, where he held course records in golf and lived for many years.  In 2003, Hap was honored by the Rotary Club when inducted into the Caldwell County Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Setzer is survived by one son, Michael Edward Setzer, and one daughter, Rebecca L. Setzer-Antonino, both of Myrtle Beach, SC; two granddaughters, Melissa Setzer and Lindsey Setzer, both of  Trenton, NJ; one brother, Richard R. Setzer of Lenoir; one niece, Laurie S. James of Hudson; one nephew, Mark Setzer of Conover; and numerous grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
Open visitation to celebrate Hap’s life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 between 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home, 725 Wilkesboro Blvd., N.E., Lenoir, NC. All other services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to “Hap Willis Setzer Memorial”, c/o Bank of Granite, PO Box 779, Lenoir, NC  28645. Funds will be used for a memorial bench to be placed at Lenoir Walking Park, a place much loved and used by Hap during his retirement years.
Online condolences may be left at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

William Dula

William Clyde “Uncle Buck” Dula, Jr., age 74, of Lenoir, passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at his home.  Born February 20, 1938 in Caldwell County, William was a son of the late, William Clyde and Estelle Shoemake Dula.  William was a contractor and Baptist by faith.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Estelle Dula.
Survivors include his children, Teresa Dula, Lisa Hicks, Deanna Upchurch, husband Raymond, of Raleigh, NC; his stepchildren, Linda Enevoldsen, husband Neal, and Robbie Stringfellow both of Raleigh;  his brothers, Jack Dula, wife Reva, of Lenoir, Johnny Dula, wife Creola, and David Dula, friend Phyllis Coffey, all of Morganton; his sisters, Sherrie Scism of Panama City, FL, Obe Cormier, husband Paul, of Newton, Pam Trivette of Lenoir, Brenda Jones of Lenoir, Ann Holt of Lenoir, Jean Hart, husband Wayne, of Lenoir, and Billie Dula of Lenoir; a special nephew, Michael Dula, a loving caregiver, Chastity Davis, and the love of his life, Alzibeth “Lizzy” Purvis.
A memorial service for William will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
The family requests no flowers, but donations sent to the charity of your choice.