Obituaries for March 7, 2013

Mar. 06, 2013 @ 11:07 PM

Vonnie Harris

Vonnie Stallings Harris, 96, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. She was born Dec. 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 (the Rev. Joe) Melton; and 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 Co. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Lenoir and later a faithful member of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, Fla., where she moved 11 years ago to be near her daughter Martha.

She was a devoted mother to Martha Fligg and husband Jim of Naples, Fla., and Evon Gutierrez and husband Rick of Surfside Beach, S.C. Other survivors include brother Spencer Stallings of Bakersville, Calif., sister-in-law Winifred (Porter) Stallings of The Colony, Texas, and brother-in-law the Rev. Joe T. Melton (Consie) of Lincolnton, N.C. “Grandmommy” will be greatly missed by her grandson, Charlie Freeman; “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.

A Celebration of Life service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at the First Baptist Church, Lenoir, conducted by Dr. David Smith. The family invites all in attendance to join them following the service for lunch served in the church. This will be a time to share memories and greet her family. 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 St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645; The Shelter for Abused Women and Children, P.O. Box 10102, Naples, FL 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, FL 34105.

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

Utter Thomas

Mr. Utter “Sir UT” Thomas was born November 20, 1945, in Burke County. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 14 years, Jackie Thomas; his son, Shalamar Thomas; his brothers and sisters; children and stepchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. at Gaston Chapel AME Church. The family will receive friends from noon to 12:55 p.m. at the church prior to the services. Burial will follow services at Olive Hill Cemetery.

William Hamlet

William C. Hamlet, 92, of Orange Park, Fla., formerly of Lenoir, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013. He was born Aug. 8, 1920, in Caldwell County to the late Claude M. and Myrtle Eldridge Hamlet.

Mr. Hamlet was a retired jeweler. He was also a United States WWII Marine Veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Thomas Hamlet of the home; and one sister, Mrs. Virginia H. Hensley of Charlotte.

Graveside services will be held Friday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park conducted by the Rev. Marietta T. Smith.

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

Grady Mathes

Grady S. Mathes, 72, of Resaca Street NW, Lenoir, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Frye Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Linda Hasque

Linda Evelyn Hall Hasque, 71, of Hickory passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at her residence. Born Sept. 24, 1941, in Caldwell County, she was the daughter of Edith Triplett Hall and the late Curgus “Cub” Hall.

A Memorial Party will be planned at a later date to celebrate the woman who once sprayed shaving gel all over the bathroom, thinking it was air freshener.

Mackie Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences can be placed online to the family at