Obituaries for Aug. 24, 2013

Aug. 23, 2013 @ 05:13 PM

James Huffman

James “Bill” Huffman, 89, of Morganton passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Born in Wilkes County, on July 24, 1924, he was the son of the late James Granville Huffman and Beatrice Grace Austin Huffman. Bill was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WWII. He served at Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands. He worked with his father in the sawmill, worked at Great Lakes Carbon, worked at Inmont, and later worked as a building contractor.

Bill is survived by his son, Michael Huffman and his wife, Rita, of Clayton; a daughter, Susie Maples of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Amy Huffman Wigington and her husband, Doug, James Adam Huffman, and Michelle Newton and her husband, Mark; great-grandchildren, Michael Wigington, Madison McKenzie, and Megan Newton; and a sister, Betty Appleton of Washington, D.C.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two sisters, Dolly Miller and Sadie Coffey, and a brother, Jack Huffman.

The family will hold a private military service in November. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Mr. Huffman’s honor to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 909 N. Washington St., Suite 400, Alexandria, WV 22314.

Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Dan Howell

Dan Hayden Howell, 68, formerly of Boomer, passed on Wednesday August 21, 2013 at his residence in Hickory. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Allen-Mitchell Funeral Home is assisting the Howell family.

Cynthia Moody

Cynthia Ruth Moody, 51, of Vale, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Memorial services will be held Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. at New Song Church. Visitation will follow at the church. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Palmer

Robert William Lewis Palmer, 66, of Morganton died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Funeral serivces will be held Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at 4 p.m. at Zion Grove AME Zion Church in MIllspring. Family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at Ebony Funeral Services.

Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton is in charge of the arrangments.

Jan Smith

Jan Elaine Land Smith, Passionate Educator, Bookseller, devoted Mother, Grandmother and Friend, 67, of Cornelius passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, surrounded by loving family and friends after a dignified battle with cancer.

Born May 8, 1945, to William and Katie Land of Alexander County, Smith grew up in Taylorsville, where she graduated high school, and earned her bachelor's degree from East Carolina University. Upon completing her studies, she began a dedicated career in teaching at the Alexander County Head Start program, and subsequently taught at Charlotte, Spindale and Mooresville City Schools — where she was also named Teacher of the Year. An avid reader with a passion and commitment to children, Smith was also the proprietor of Moontree Children's Books in Mooresville in the 1980s, where she worked to bring a new approach to book retailing in the area.

Smith loved to travel and spent many vacations at the beaches of North Carolina, and in recent years went international, spending a memorable season with her son and family in Switzerland, as well as visiting Scotland with friends and sister Pat — a country where she shares an ancestral heritage, and last year enthusiastically served as copy editor for the new book "Scots Who Enlightened the World."

Smith is survived by her brother, Jim Land (Alice) of Taylorsville; sisters Patricia L. Belk of Cornelius, and Sandra L. Fulton (Donovan) of Taylorsville; her son, Andrew Montgomery Smith (Anna Marie) and daughter Magnolia of Wilson; daughter, Anna Claire Douglas Smith Blake (Kenny) and children Kennedy, Tanner, Mackenzie, Payton, Tristan and Abigail of Concord; along with loving nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends, coworkers, students and Yorkshire terrier, Tess.

Services will be held on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, 16901 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. The family will receive from 2 p.m., with a memorial service at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Children's Home Society of North Carolina,

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family. Friends may offer condolences to the family at