Obituaries for Jan. 18

Jan. 18, 2013 @ 07:39 AM

Julia Coffey

Mrs. Julia Claudine Greer Coffey, age 75, of Hudson, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson.
Mrs. Coffey was born August 1, 1937 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Carl Spencer Greer and Jeanie Mae Greer. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist Faith.
Mrs. Coffey is survived by three daughters, Penny Wagner and husband Michael of Lenoir, Deanie Clark of Hudson, and Daphne Byrd of Granite Falls; two sons, Floyd “Rooney” Greer of Lenoir, and Travis Calloway and wife Tammy of Granite Falls, and two sisters, Earlene Walker and Marlene Carter and husband Floyd, all of Lenoir. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Randolph Coffey; three brothers, Harley Greer, Howard Greer, and Grady Greer, and four sisters, Eunice Moretz, Iris Reid, Ruby Adkins, and Louella Reese.
Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Claudine Greer Coffey will be conducted Saturday afternoon, January 19, 2013, at 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Pastor Mike Lowman. Burial will follow in Laurel Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.
Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Laurel Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Stewart Rhymer, 6596 Old 421 South, Deep Gap, North Carolina, 28618, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28215-3220.
Online condolences may be sent to the Coffey family at Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

William 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 Wilsons 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.

Margaret Haigler

Margaret D. Haigler, age 93, of Lenoir, died Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care – Hudson. She was born June 4, 1919 in Morristown, Tennessee to the late Hubert Dukes and Lena Dukes. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Haigler; two sons, Richard Haigler and Dennis Haigler; and one sister, Ruth Adderholt.
Mrs. Haigler was a homemaker and was of the Methodist Faith.
Survivors include one son, Jon Haigler of Lenoir; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Beane and husband Glenn of Hudson and Patricia Haigler of Huber Heights, Ohio; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Nancy Campbell. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.
Online condolences may be left at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Rufus Summerlin Jr.

Rufus Henry Summerlin, Jr., of Lenoir, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care in Hudson.  
Born January 16, 1954 in Caldwell County, Rufus was a son of the late Rufus Henry and Carlene Eva Storey Summerlin.  He was Baptist by faith and was a retired screen printer and graphic artist.  He will be remembered by his family and friends as “something else”.  He owned “Summerlin Brothers’ Mustang” with his older brother Tommy.  He was also in the Crankin Brothers Band with the late Mike Courtner and Mark Pearson.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret Jeanette “Jean” Summerlin and Brenda Summerlin Tickle; his brother, William Thomas “Tommy” Summerlin.
Survivors include his nieces, Heather Gragg, Emily Thomas and Maggie Thomas; a nephew, Bryan Tickle; his pet dog, Fred; 15 great nieces and nephews, and many friends.
A memorial service celebrating Rufus’ life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 2:30 Pm in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service with Pastor Jim Hamby officiating.  
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials are made to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC  28645.
Online condolences can be sent to the Summerlin family at

Charles Clark

Charles Reeves Clark, age 88, of Lenoir, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Caldwell Memorial Hospital.
Born September 24, 1924 in Lincoln County, Charles was a son of the late Greenlee William and Bertha Teague Clark.  Charles graduated from Collettsville High School and served in WWII.  He was a tail gunner on a B17 for the “First over Germany” 8th Air Force.  He was a licensed plumbing and heating contractor, former co-owner of Mooney Plumbing and Heating, and retired employee for Bernhardt Central maintenance.  He was one of the founding members of Lenoir VFW and member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 6.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mattie Mann Clark, second wife, Dorothy Craig Clark; his brothers, William Eugene Clark and James Monroe Clark; and sister, Virginia Goolsby.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Loretta Younce Clark; his children, Brenda Berry, Charlene Clark, husband Larry Bailey, and Ron Clark, wife Susan; stepchildren, Rossanne
Annas, husband Eddie, and Sanford Younce, Jr., wife Lynn; a sister, Janice Moore; a brother, Robert Clark; he is also survived by 10 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
A graveside celebration of Charles life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the  Whitnel First Baptist Church Cemetery with Dr. Charles Brawley officiating.    In case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside the Whitnel First Baptist Church. A reception will follow the service at St. James Episcopal Church.
n lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to College Avenue Baptist Church or St. James Episcopal Church Backpack Ministry. Online condolences may be sent to the Clark Family at
Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Clark Family.