Obituaries for Aug. 22, 2013

Aug. 21, 2013 @ 04:32 PM

James Leonard

James “Jim” “Candy Man” Leonard, 80, passed away Aug. 20, 2013, at Frye Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health.

James was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Catawba County to the late Ernest Vance and Lydia Anne Morrison Leonard.

He was a life time member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he was known as the Candy Man, retired from G.E. and was a U. S. Army veteran. He also loved hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife, Muriel Brittain Leonard of Hickory; daughter, Kim Hollars and husband Danny of Lenoir; son, Dennis Leonard and wife Susan of Hudson; grandchildren, Joshua Hollars of Fort Mill, S.C.; Jessica Wisniewski and husband Carl of Normal, Ill.; Charity Huffman and husband Chris of Lenoir; and special pets, Lola, Maggie, Beacon, Koda, Noah, Gizmo and Zoe.

Services will be Friday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church with the Rev. Edward Harper Jr. and the Rev. Dr. J. David Hill officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hickory Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell Regional Hospice, 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC 28638, or to Zion Lutheran Church, 1911 Zion Lutheran Church Road, Hickory, NC 28602.

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Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Blake Shore

Blake “Pops” Shore, 80, of Villa Rica, Ga., passed away on Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, 2013.

He was born on Aug. 25, 1932, in Boone, N.C., the son of the late Stuart Glenn Shore and Cordellia Lee Cook Shore. He worked as an electric motor repairman, having owned and operated Pompano Electric Motor Repair for 30 years. He worked for a number of years at Excel Apparatus in Charleston, S.C., retiring at age 79. Mr. Shore was a United States Army Paratrooper Veteran. He was a man of great faith in God. He was an ordained deacon and elder, having served in churches in Pompano Beach, Fla., and Charleston, S.C. He was a member of Discovery Church in Villa Rica.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Arlyne Marie Shore of Villa Rica; children, John and Ann Shore of Carrollton, Ga., and Julie and John Foster of Boca Raton, Fla.; sister, Katherine White of Port Charlotte, Fla.; brother, Harold Shore of Morganton, N.C.; grandchildren: Blake Shore, Heather Johnson, Erin Hope, Casey Shore, and Patrick Moran; great-grandchild, Hannah Johnson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, from Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel with Pastor Alan Trippe officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. In accordance with the family’s wishes, the body will be cremated. In lieu of flowers, family request memorial contributions be made to Discovery Church, 113 Commons Way, Villa Rica, GA 30180, or to Wounded Warriors Project at or P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel of Carrollton has charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Dean

Dorothy Belle Dean, 91, of Lenoir Park Assisted Living Center, Lenoir, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Lenoir Health Care Center. Services will be held at a later date. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Mi Kyong Carney

Mi Kyong Kim Carney, 66, of Yorktown Court, Lenoir, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 13, 2013, at the residence. She was born July 11, 1947 in Seoul, Korea, to the late Kum Tong Kim and Nam Sun Kim. In addition to her parents, Mi Kyong was preceded in death by her two sisters, whom she lost in wake of the Korean War, and later in life by her son, Kyle Brendan Carney, and by her beloved husband of 32 years, Roderick J. Carney Jr.

Mi Kyong, known to many as “Mickey,” loved her husband, Roderick, with an immeasurable passion and devotion, redefining for many the boundaries of the heart. As a mother, Mi Kyong exercised an infinite love for her son Thomas Kim Carney, holding him close to her blessed heart with an unyielding sense of joy and honor. Aside from her son Thomas, Mi Kyong was a mother by right of heart to many, conveying an affection and care that indescribably touched and inspired the lives of many. Mi Kyong drew great happiness from the selfless love she gave and received from her friends, showering those she knew with an unconditional adoration and care.

Among her many accomplishments in life, Mi Kyong was an exceedingly gifted artist. She established herself as a recognized painter in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area, where her revered Chinese watercolor paintings were showcased and sold in many art galleries in the area. In 1992, after only one year of tutelage, Mi Kyong handcrafted a full-sized Stradivarius-based violin for her son, Thomas, that earned her first prize at the 1992 Violinmakers Association of British Columbia Competition.

In 2010, Mi Kyong became an ordained Deacon of the Korean Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her son of the home, Thomas Kim Carney and wife Tiffany Pak Carney of Manhattan, N.Y.; son, Todd Patrick Carney and wife Lucy Albergaria of Miami, Fla.; daughter, Jennifer Carney Davis of Cranston; sister, Chung Ja Kim and husband David W. Kim of Los Angeles, Calif.; brother, James Thomas Carney and wife Joanne Carney of Fall River, Mass.; sisters Donna Carney of New Hampshire, and Helen Carney of Rhode Island; nieces Susan Kim and husband Harry Choi of Texas, Mee Young Kim of Seoul Korea, Diane Carney and husband David Crenshaw of Charlotte, Jeannine Carney of New Hampshire; nephews Roger Kim of Seoul, Korea, and Timm Carney of Los Angeles, Calif.; and grandchildren Kate Choi, Ryan, Justin, Connor, Jason, Josh, Jessica Carney, Joseph and Tina Furtado.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Dr. Clifton Black. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Thomas Kim Carney, Todd Patrick Carney, Justin Carney, Dave Crenshaw, Jaspaul Gosal and Harry Choi.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Be The Match –, 3001 Broadway St. NE, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413-1753, or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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