Obituaries for July 24, 2014

Jul. 23, 2014 @ 04:08 PM

Marvin Anderson

Marvin Miles Anderson, 75, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at his residence. He was born in Wilkes County on June 19, 1939, to the late Millard A. Anderson and Jenny Carlton Anderson.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Ernest Carlton and Charlie Earp.

He is survived by his son, Wayne Anderson; daughter Carolyn Arnette and husband Jerry; daughter Linda Church and Johnny Arnette; sisters, Ruby Hamby, Myrtle Greer and Mabel Townsend; grandchildren, Storm Arnette, Matthew Anderson, Michelle Church, Amanda Anderson, Connie Anderson, and Stephanie Walker; and great-grandchildren, Elijah Church, Trinity Anderson, Shay Church, and McKenzie Church.

A memorial service for Mr. Anderson will be held at Heart Peace Ministries, Cedar Rock Circle, on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Penny Smith officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the Anderson family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Anderson family.

Annie Rockette

Annie B. Rockette, 86, of Marion died Monday July 21,2014.

A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday July 29, 2014, at Fairgrove Baptist Church. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. at the church.

Cornerstone Cremation Funeral Celebrations is serving the Rockette family.

Donald Adkins

Eugene Donald Adkins, 73, of Columbia, S.C., died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care-Lenoir. He was born June 3, 1941, in Wake County to Loleta E. Stoudenmire Adkins of Lenoir and the late Charlie H. Adkins. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Carroll M. Laxton.

Mr. Adkins was retired with more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Military. He first served in the U.S. Air Force Security Service, then joined the U.S. Navy for a career in Aviation Electronics. He served aboard the USS Hornet off Vietnam; at the Naval Air Training Command, Weapons & Systems Testing, at Patuxent River, Maryland; with the HA(L)-3 Seawolf unit in Vietnam; aboard the USS Denver off Vietnam; aboard the USS Constellation and with HSL-31 Helicopter Antisubmarine unit, both out of San Diego; and with HSL-35 aboard the USS Chauvenete in the Indonesian Islands. After his military career, he completed a “Grand Tour” of the 48 states by motorcycle before settling in Columbia, S.C., where he worked in environmental testing.

His lifelong interest in studying and collecting artifacts from the Civil War began in his teens and expanded to include the study of both World Wars, resulting in a knowledge of military history and armaments that exceeded most college professors'. Later, his “light” reading included cosmology and astrophysics as well. To the end, he was colorful, interesting, gruff and remarkably kind, although he would deny that last one. His friends and family will miss him deeply.

Survivors in addition to his mother include one sister, Evelyn A. Laxton of Lenoir; nephew David K. Laxton and wife Dessie of Durham; niece Laura L. Laxton and husband Stuart Egan of Winston-Salem; great-nephews Gregory Laxton and Malcolm Egan; and great-nieces McKenzie Egan and Alicia Laxton.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Lenoir conducted by Dr. Bill Leathers. The family will receive friends after the service in the church parlor.

A gathering of friends will be held in Wilmington and military honors and burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, both at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645; or Friends of Fort Fisher, 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd. South, Kure Beach, NC 28449.

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

Carl Helton

Carl Ransom Helton, 73, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on July 23, 2014, at Valdese Hospital. He was born July 20, 1941, to late Walter Ransom Helton and Fannie Mae Preswood Helton. Mr. Helton was a Veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of Free Sprit Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents Mr. Helton is preceded in death by his first wife, Sue Taylor Helton, one brother and one sister.

Mr. Helton is survived by his wife, Sonja Suddreth Helton of the home; his daughter, Cathy Coggins and husband Gary of Conover; his son, Kenneth Helton of Granite Falls; and his stepdaughter, Monica Messer and husband Rick of Granite Falls.He is also survived by two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, five brothers and four sisters.

The family will receive friends Friday, July 25, 2014, from 6 until 8 at Mackie Funeral Home in Granite Falls. The funeral will be held at Mackie Funeral Home on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Calvin Hargett officiating. Burial will follow the funeral with full military honors rendered by DAV Chapter 6 and 84 at Dry Ponds Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mackie Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Errold Dula

Errold Randolph Dula, deceased this life July 14, 2014, in Brooklyn, N.Y.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank (Bus) Dula Sr., and mother, Naomi Dixon Dula; nine brothers, Dave, Frank, Richard, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Agron, Ray, John, and Dermont; four sisters, Mabel, Thelma Corpening, Brenda Boler, and Sarah Vaught; and sons Dwight, Bootsie and Joey.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Eva; his children Errold Jr., Jason, Johnathon, Michele, and Nina; a favorite brother, Gene Roger Dula Sr. (Corinthia); a sister, Betty Powell; and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 25, from 9 a.m.-noon at Holy Ghost Tabernacle in Brooklyn, N.Y.