Obituaries for Oct. 29, 2013

Oct. 28, 2013 @ 03:43 PM

James Carlton

James Dwight “Red” Carlton of Lynchburg, Va., passed on Wednesday Oct. 23, 2013.

He was born June 2, 1932, in Kings Creek, the son of the late Ruby Beach Carlton. He attended Mars Hill Junior College, then transferred to North Carolina State University, graduating with a degree in nuclear engineering. He moved to Lynchburg in 1955, where he worked for Babcock and Wilcox, and remained with the company through all its acquisitions, retiring in 1997 after 42 years with the company. During this time he assisted in work on the NS Savannah, the first American nuclear-powered cargo ship. He was a member of Peakland Baptist Church in Lynchburg since shortly after its founding.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dawn Kincaid Carlton; his children, Jo A. Carlton, Captain, USN, Retired and husband John McClurkin, Major, USMC, Retired, of New Bern; James Philip Carlton and wife Maria of Charlottesville, Va., Daphne C. Taylor and husband Dennis of Lynchburg, and Robert Brian Carlton and wife Donna of Evington, Va.; one sister, Julia Carlton of Lenoir; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Barbara Lynn Carlton and infant twin brother, Robert Dwain Beach.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Lenoir.

A memorial service is scheduled to be held at Peakland Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va., on Nov. 3, 2013, at 3 p.m.

Cards or any correspondence may be mailed to Dawn Carlton at 120 Marvin Place, Lynchburg, VA 24503.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Benjamin Walsh Jr.

Benjamin Franklin Walsh Jr., 90, of Ferguson passed away on Oct. 26, 2013, at his residence following a brief illness.

Born in Wilkes County, he was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin Walsh Sr. and Mary Triplett Walsh.

Mr. Walsh served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a faithful member of Rock Spring Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, William (Bill) Walsh; and his sisters, Florence Walsh, Annie Walsh, Bertha Walsh Laxton, Alma Walsh White, Flossie Walsh Bryant and Mary Walsh Boughman. He also was preceded in death by a grandson, Chad Walsh.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 65 years, Margie McGee Walsh of the home; sons, Ken Walsh and wife Lib, and Steve Walsh and wife Joanne, all of Ferguson; daughters Patricia Dula Smith and husband Mac, of Lenoir, and Lynette Hawkins and husband Clayton of Ferguson; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the residence on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, starting at 4 p.m. Mr. Walsh will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

The funeral service will be held at Rock Spring Baptist Church on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Roy Kanupp and the Rev. Ron Burgett officiating. Burial will follow at Walsh-Triplett Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to United Hospice Foundation 902 West D St. Suite B, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

The family would like to express their deepest thanks to Nicole Foster, Sarah Prevette and the entire staff of United Hospice for the love, compassion and support given during this difficult time.

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Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Walsh family.

Lena Houck

Lena Mary Abel Houck, 92, of Lenoir passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home.

Byrl Baker

Byrl M. Baker, 79, of Optimist Avenue, Hudson, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at his residence. He was born June 20, 1934, in Caldwell County to the late Marion C. and Gladys Bishop Baker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Douglas Lee Baker; and one sister, Mary McCorkle.

Mr. Baker was retired from Singer Furniture Company, was a member of Hibriten Baptist Church and attended Miller Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Marion Monroe Baker, Christopher Lee Baker and wife Rene, and Eric Baker and wife Alicia, all of Lenoir; one daughter, Mrs. Cynthia Moretz and husband Johnny of Lenoir; his companion, Mary Clark; his companions children, Forrest Clark, Patsy Huffman, Deborah Melton, Charles Clark and Rick Berry; mother of his children, Dazine Baker; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Steven O. Walsh. Interment will follow at East Flat Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Chance Baker, Josh Baker, John Moretz Jr., and Jesse Moretz.

Honorary pallbearers will be the breakfast gang from McDonalds.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, or to Miller Hill Baptist Church, 1230 Virginia St., Lenoir, NC 28645

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Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Byron Osborne Jr.

Byron Mertins Osborne Jr., 90, of 809 Kay St., Lenoir, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, at his home.

He was born on Nov. 27, 1922, in Asheville to the late Ruth M. and Byron M. Osborne. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret Ann Sarley.

Mr. Osborne served in the United States Army during World War II. He served from 1942 until 1945 as a Staff Sergeant in the China Burma India Theater. He received the Bronze Service Star, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, and the Distinguished Unit Badge. He was a 1949 graduate of University of North Carolina, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Commerce. He went on to become the Western North Carolina Regional Manager of Southern Bell Telephone Company, where he retired in 1982, after 32 years.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Lenoir. He was also a member of the Lions and Rotary Clubs.

Mr. Osborne is survived by his wife of 61 years, Kathryn Worley Osborne of the home. He is also survived by one daughter, Kathy O. Chandler and husband Robert of Hudson; grandchildren, Jennifer L. Fox and husband Shane of Lenoir; Justin G. Chandler of Hudson; Casey S. Boseck and husband Martin of Bel-Air, Md., and David M. Sarley Jr. and wife Leisa of Huntersville; and great-grandchildren Ryan and Caroline Fox, Ashlea, Courtney and Gracie Boseck, and David and Daniel Sarley.

The family extends warm gratitude to Mr. Osborne’s caregivers: Claudia Dixon, Resha Shell, Sue Hartsoe, Shirley Moore and Linda Perkins.

Memorial services will be held at First Baptist Church of Lenoir on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. with Dr. David Smith officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 1 p.m. in the church parlor.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Osborne family.