Obituaries for July 3, 2014

Jul. 02, 2014 @ 04:22 PM

Jerry Austin

Jerry Lee Austin, 70, of Lenoir, beloved husband, father, Pop, brother and friend, died unexpectedly Monday, July 1, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Born May 28, 1944, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Garland Avery Austin and Myrtle Deal Austin. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Wanda Gail Boyles.

A 1962 graduate of St. Stephens High School, Jerry attended Lenoir-Rhyne University and Catawba Valley Technical Institute, where here earned an Associate's Degree in Design. He was a furniture designer for Stanley and Broyhill Furniture companies early in his career. He later co-owned two businesses, The Wooden Lantern and 3 J's and Art. After he retired from Lowe's, Jerry enjoyed making jelly, baking cookies, piddling in his wood-working shop and spending time with his family. He was a unique, fun-loving guy with a goofy sense of humor who loved to entertain people, especially his grandchildren.

Left to cherish his memory is "the best thing that ever happened to him," his wife of 26 years, Carol Beach Austin. He is also survived by three children, Chad Donovan Austin of Hickory, Amy Holloway Moore and husband John of Lenoir, and Anna Holloway of Lenoir; six grandchildren, Jordyn Roberts, Ben Roberts, Dylan Moore, Jessie Moore, Austen Moore and Donovan Austin; a sister, Sandra Ann Lyon; a brother, Kevin Dwain Austin; sister-in-laws Anne Greene, Becky Pope and Cindy Beach; brother-in-laws David Beach, Billy Pope and Scott Henderson; and several nieces and nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.

A celebration of Jerry's life will be held Tuesday, July 8, at 4 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Lenoir. Interment will follow in the church columbarium. Prior to the service, the family will receive friends at a "mingling" in the church fellowship hall from 2 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to First Baptist Church of Lenoir, 304 Main St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, or Defenders of Wildlife, 1130 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Condolences to the family may be placed at

Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Willard Lee Blevins

Willard Lee Blevins, 68, of Lenoir died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care – Lenoir. He was born Dec. 12, 1945, in Carter County, Tennessee, to the late Walter Carl and Virginia Hargett Blevins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Adams Blevins, and brother, Larry C. Blevins.

Mr. Blevins was well known for his many outfits that he paraded the roads of Caldwell County in, entertaining all who passed him. His outfits included Superman, Batman, an Indian, a Cowboy, Policeman, Dracula and Elvis. Often he had his pet iguana, snake or monkey with him.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 5, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Laurel Haven Cemetery conducted by Joey Hoyle.

Friends will be received Friday, July 4, 2014, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Memorial contributions may be made to 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.

Margaret Cline

Margaret Pauline Cline, 86, passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Online condolences may be sent to the Cline Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Cline Family.