Obituaries for Dec. 15, 2012

Dec. 15, 2012 @ 07:41 PM

Ray Walker

Ray Walker, 90, of Plantation Drive, Lenoir, died Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at the residence.
He was born October 12, 1922, in Caldwell County to the late Clarence and Ester Blankenship Walker.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Hoffman Walker; one brother, Willard Walker; sisters, Sybil Shaw and Olivia “Lib” Story.
Mr. Walker was a retired general manager for Drexel Heritage Furniture. He was a member of Central Advent Christian Church and also attended Deerfield United Methodist Church in Boone. He graduated from Lenoir High School and N.C. State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He was also a United States World War II Navy Seabees veteran as an electrical engineer. Ray was “A Pure Gentleman.” He was a member of Watauga Community Band. In 1940, he played in the World’s Fair with Lenoir High School Band under the direction of Captain Harper.
Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Pastor Ed Neal and the Rev. Doug Sterrett. Interment will follow at Belleview Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Mickey Story, Barry Story, Reggie Walker, David Hoffman, Joseph Hoffman and Johnny Watson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Advent Christian Church, 104 Willow St., NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645, or Deerfield United Methodist Church, 1184 Deerfield Road, Boone, NC 28607.
Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com.
Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Shirley Miller

Shirley Beshears Miller, 74, of Lenoir, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir.  
She was born August 17, 1938, in Wilkes County.  
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tam and Lou Beshears; her husband, Glen Miller; two brothers, Raymond Beshears and James Farley Beshears ,and Ed and Maddy Beshears.
Shirley had worked for Fairfield Chair and Broyhill Furniture. She was a member of Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church, the VFW Women’s Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society.
She is survived by one brother, Adam “Chuck” Beshears and wife Carol of Wilkesboro; and two sisters, Geraldine Callicutt and husband Ronnie of Thomasville, and Christine Evans and husband Robert of Badin Lake.
A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2012, at Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastor Keith Gilliam and Pastor David Crisp officiating. Burial will follow in the Yellow Hill Cemetery in Wilkes County.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 1 until 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service at Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church.
The family respectfully requests memorials be made to Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1890 Connelly Springs Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.
Online condolences may be sent to the Miller Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.
Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Miller Family.

Virginia Laxton

Mrs. Virginia Elizabeth Tuttle Laxton, 91, of Lenoir, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2012, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson.  
Born May 27, 1921, in Caldwell County, Mrs. Laxton was the daughter of the late Hulme and Julia Harris Tuttle.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, John Dale Laxton; her brother, William Lake Tuttle, one niece, Barbara Ann Tuttle Dula; and one nephew, Robert “R.P.” Ingle.
Mrs. Laxton was a member of Lower Creek Baptist Church, were she was very active in her Sunday school class. She was a member of the Eastern Star and worked in retail for many years at Spainhour’s. She will always be remembered for having a well-kept home and being such a wonderful cook.
She is survived by her husband, John Wilson Laxton, with whom she shared 73 years of marriage. She is also survived by four nieces, Laura Laxton Ingle, of Asheville, Marycallie Laxton of Atlanta, Sandra Leviner and husband Frank of Glen Allen, Va., and Betty Crowe of Chesapeake, Va.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Lower Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bert Blackburn officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1 until 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service at Lower Creek Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be deacons of Lower Creek Baptist Church.
Flowers are appreciated, or memorials be made to Lower Creek Baptist Church, 633 Lower Creek Dr., NE, Lenoir, NC 28645.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at both Kirkwood and the Robbins Center, for all of the wonderful care they provided to Mrs. Laxton.
Online condolences may be sent to the Laxton Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.
Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Laxton Family.

Margaret Farley

Margaret Coffey Farley, 76, of Winston-Salem, and formerly of Blowing Rock, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, December 13, 2012.  
Survivors include her special nephew, Steve Coffey; sister, Gladys Virginia Coffey Bailey; six step-children; 11 step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy McBride, and Jewell Nelson and husband, Charles.  
Services to celebrate the life of Margaret Coffey Farley will be conducted Sunday, December 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Max West. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 until 2 p.m. at Austin & Barnes.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at the web site austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Farley Family.

Monnie Arnold

Mrs. Monnie Arvella Campbell Arnold, of Lenoir, passed away Friday, December 14, 2012, at Lenoir HealthCare Center.  
Born February 19, 1923, in Shady Valley, Tenn., Mrs. Arnold was a daughter of the late Lewis and Alice Fletcher Campbell, and the wife of the late Armer Burl Arnold.
Other than her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Vernon Edward Arnold; a daughter, Jewel Juanita Arnold; three brothers, Nile “Bud” Campbell, Bill Campbell and Sanford Campbell; and two sisters, Viola Norris and Winnie Hodges.
She was of the Baptist faith and always loved joking.
She is survived by her daughters, Janette Trivette and husband Bert of Mountain City, Tenn., Diane Miller and husband Lester of Lenoir; son, Kenneth Arnold of Granite Falls; granddaughters, Dawn Woodring and husband Charlie of Boone, April Hargus and husband Derrick of Lenoir; grandsons, Leonard Trivette, Robert Trivette and wife Nicole, all of Zionville, Brandon Miller and wife Sherry of Hudson; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Woodring, A.J. Ugenti, Ella Ugenti, Ellic Hollar and Braeden Miller; along with several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Mrs. Arnold’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service with Pastor Russell Cook and Preacher Charlie Woodring officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 until 3 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Miller, Derrick Hargus, Benjamin Woodring, Charlie Woodring, Ellic Hollar and A.J. Ugenti. Honorary pallbearers will be Ella Ugenti and Braeden Miller.
Online condolences may be sent to the Arnold Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.
Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Arnold Family.

Mollie Drum

Mollie Wilcox Dru  massed away Friday, December 14, 2012, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Bass-Smith Granite Funeral Service.

Lorraine Rader

Mrs. Lorraine Belle Harris Rader, 91, of Hudson, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at the Shaire Center in Lenoir.
Born September 14, 1921, in Caldwell County, Lorraine was a daughter of the late James Perkins and Mabel Phillips Harris. She retired after working 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of Hudson First Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Haywood Rader; and two brothers, Norman Harris and Eugene Harris.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Lois Rader of Hudson; two sisters, Anita Miller of Dudley Shoals and Barbara Crump of College Pines; two grandchildren, Tracy Rader Fleming, husband Donnie, of Hudson and Jamie Rader, wife Mary Kate, of Hudson; six great grandchildren, Taylor Johnson, MacKenzie Fleming, Meredith Rader, Ethan Rader, Kaitlyn Rader and Dalton McGee; she also is survived by numerous other relatives.
A celebration of Lorraine’s life will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Hudson with Pastor Jim Hamby and Pastor Edd Warren officiating. Interment will follow the service at the Sardis Cemetery.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 until 3 p.m., one hour prior to the service at the church.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Rader, Donnie Fleming, Barry Harris, Britt Harris, Jerry Crump and Wesley Crump.
Memorials can be made to the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard at P.O. Box 702, Hudson, NC 28638.
Online condolences may be sent to the Rader Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.
Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Rader Family.