Obituaries for March 19, 2014

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

Jean Michael

Jean Baird Michael, 85, of Hudson and Woodbridge, Va., a native and former resident of the Matney Community, passed away Monday morning, March 17, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson.

Jean was born Oct. 8, 1928, in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Stanley and Zenia Baird. She was secretary for her late husband's company, Dale Michael's Construction in Woodbridge, Va.

Jean is survived by her niece and special caregivers, Jennie Williams and husband J.B., and Virginia Yates and husband Andrew, and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Clay (Frances) Baird of Gainesville, Fla. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Michael; two sisters, Dessie Ward and husband Lee, and Obie Rominger and husband Fred; two brothers, Mitchel Baird and Clay Baird; three half-brothers, Earnest Baird, Dexter Baird, and Floyd Baird; three half-sisters, Florence Phillips, Alice Townsend, and Virginia Dare Cannon; one infant brother, and one infant sister.

Funeral services for Jean Baird Michael will be conducted Thursday morning, March 20, 2014, at 11 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 10 until 11 o'clock. Officiating will be the Rev. Harvey Presnell, the Rev. Joel Cook, and the Rev. Michael Falkner. Entombment will follow in the Michael Family Mausoleum in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family will receive friends Thursday morning, from 10 until 11 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Matney-Liberty Cemetery Fund, in care of Vanessa Rupard, 1078 Upper Crab Orchard Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604.

Online condolences may be sent to the Michael family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Frances Ashby

Frances S. Ashby, 83, of Hudson passed away at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Mrs. Ashby was born to the late William and Ruth Baker Smith in Caldwell County. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ashby was also preceded in death by her husband, Luther Thomas Ashby, six brothers, and three sisters.

Mrs. Ashby was retired from the Employment Security Commission. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lenoir where she was also a member of the United Methodist Women’s Circle.

Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Phyllis Kelly and husband Tim of Trinity, Angie Poston and husband Mark of Wilmington, and Audrie Eidson and husband Allen of Atlanta, Ga., and six grandchildren.

A graveside service for Mrs. Ashby will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with the Rev. Jamie Armstrong officiating.

The family will have a reception of friends following the graveside at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Lenoir, 309 Church St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. As well as Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Ashby.

Online condolences may be placed at

Tony Lail

Tony Lail, 71, of Granite Falls died Monday, March 17, 2014.

The family will receive friends at Mackie Funeral Home on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 5 to 6 p.m. The funeral service will follow in the Chapel at 6 p.m. Burial will be private.

Robert Mullinax Sr.

Robert Dennis Mullinax Sr. of Hudson passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home & Crematory.

Stephen Johonnot

Stephen G. Johonnot, 71, of Morganton died Friday March 14, 2014. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton.

Carroll Fox Sr.

Carroll Fox Sr., 79, of Lenoir died Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

The family will receive friends at Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church on Thursday, March 20, 2014, 1-2 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Garden, Lenoir.