Obituaries for March 6, 2013

Mar. 06, 2013 @ 07:19 AM

Vonnie Harris (with photo)

Vonnie Stallings Harris, age 96, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida. She was born December 23, 1916 in Caldwell County where she resided for most of her life. She was one of eight children of the late Eddie and Minnie Stallings. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Toye (C.A.) Holden and Consie (Rev. Joe) Melton; brothers, Gypsy (Pauline), Rodker (Iola), Porter and Calvin Stallings.

Following the sudden death of her young husband in 1950, Mrs. Harris was employed in the office of the Hudson Cotton Mill and was the Personnel

Director for Kohler & Campbell Piano Company. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Lenoir and later a faithful member of

Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida where she moved eleven years ago to be near her daughter, Martha.

She was a devoted mother to Martha Fligg and husband Jim of Naples, Florida and Evon Gutierrez and husband Rick of Surfside Beach, South Carolina. Other survivors include, brother, Spencer Stallings of Bakersville, California, sister-in-law Winifred (Porter) Stallings, of The Colony, Texas and brother-in-law, Rev. Joe T. Melton (Consie) of Lincolnton, N.C. “Grandmommy” will be greatly missed by her grandson, Charlie Freeman and “bonus grandchildren”,  Tom (Amy) Gutierrez, Ginger (Dempsey) Hadley, Jennifer Roberts and Tracy (Jonathan) Abbott; and seven great-grandchildren, Kate and Georgia May Roberts, Jack Abbott, Gregory Gutierrez, Brandon and Dempsey Ray Hadley and Taylor Frenier.

Celebration of Life service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the First Baptist Church, Lenoir, N. C. conducted by Dr. David Smith.  Interment will be private at Old Collier’s United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorial Donations in honor of Mrs. Harris may be made to The First Baptist Church, 304 Main Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645, The Shelter for Abused Women and Children, P.O. Box 10102, Naples, Florida 34101, Surfside United Methodist Church, Attention: Jason’s House, 800 13th Avenue North, Surfside Beach, S.C. 29575 or Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida 34105.

Online condolences may be left at Greer. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home will be assisting the family of this most special lady.

Charles Parlier (with photo)

Charles Richard Parlier, 85, passed from this world on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at College Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rutherford College, NC.  He died peacefully in his sleep.  Charles, known fondly by many as “Charlie”, was born in Oak Hill, NC on July 23, 1927, the oldest son of the late Hazel Thompson and Clarence Carter Parlier.  He and his wife of 63 years, Margaret Rose Caudle Parlier, lived and raised their family for many years on Wildwood Road in Lenoir, NC, and had only recently moved to College Pines.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Parlier Price, Betty Parlier Helms, and John Parlier. 

Charles was a Lenoir High School graduate, class of 1946, taking a year’s leave to serve in WWII before returning to complete his schooling.  He completed business school in Hickory, N.C.  He played baseball in the minor leagues for a few years, with the Big Horns League and the Charlotte baseball Club.  Then for 34 years, Charles was the Assistant Administrator of Caldwell Memorial Hospital. He retired in 1990, and never looked back.  His fascination with flight led him to obtain his pilot’s license in 1960, and in 1989 at the age of 65 he flew his Maule airplane solo to Alaska and back, having a most eventful 3 month journey, and lived to tell the tale.   Charles served in the United States Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean War, and in retirement was actively involved in the Second Marine Division Association, serving as chapter president for 2 terms.  He was active in the Masonic Lodge and served as Grand Master at one time.  Charles’ passion for limited government and lower taxes led him to work tirelessly in the Good Neighbors of Caldwell to fight involuntary annexation by the city.   In his younger days he loved to hunt, and collected many different types of firearms over the years.  He loved flying, boating on the Kerr Scott Lake, and spending time in nature alone, and with friends.  Farewell, Charlie!  ‘Till we meet again…!

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Parlier of College Pines Nursing; three daughters, Margaret Anne Parlier and her husband Lee Skidmore of Greensboro, NC; Marilyn Madison Shumate and her husband David Shumate, of Lenoir, NC; and Susan Carol Parlier and her husband John Allen, of West Fork, Arkansas.  He is also survived by his siblings Joanne Parlier Moore of Lenoir and her husband, Curtis and Thomas Shuford Parlier of Mauldin, S.C. and his wife, Bev.  He was blessed with three grandchildren who have survived him:  Marshall William Madison, Meredith Clark, and Malia Caroline Madison, as well as one great-grandson, Eli Marshall Clark. 

Graveside services will be held Friday, March 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Belleview Cemetery.

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

  Minnie Puett

Minnie “Dinah” Ruth Puett passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Bass-Smith Granite Funeral Services. Online condolences may be made to