Obituaries for Nov. 21, 2012

Nov. 21, 2012 @ 08:20 AM

Mardrey Banner

God, in His divine love, grace, and mercy, called Mardrey Mae Corpening Banner from her earthly house to His heavenly home on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at White Oak Manor in Burlington, N.C., after an extended illness.
Funeral Service for Mrs. Banner will be at noon Friday, November 23, 2012, at Hood’s Chapel United Church of God, Inc. with final disposition in Blue Ridge Memorial Park. Bishop Philmore Hester will conduct the funeral service.
Mardrey was the oldest of nine children. She was born on January 28, 1926, to the late Ira Webster and Mary Elizabeth Corpening. Mardrey was educated in the Burke County School System. She was employed by Greer Laboratory for approximately 23 years.
On October 18, 1947, Mardrey Mae Corpening was united in marriage to the late Louis Edward Banner. To this union five children were born. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Longeon and LaFayette; and one daughter, Joan, who died at birth. In addition, two brothers, Odell and Bill Corpening; and one sister, Arnell Thomas preceded her in death.
Before her health started failing, Mardrey Banner was a faithful, dedicated, active and loyal member at Hood’s Chapel United Church of God. She served as a Sunday school teacher, member of the senior choir, member of the usher board, member of the mother’s board and served as treasurer of the missionary department. Even though she worked very hard in these departments, she felt her calling was to help the youth. For more than 30 years she served as president of the Y.P.H.A. (Young Peoples’ Holiness Association).
Loving survivors remaining to cherish her memory are one son, Ronnie Edward Banner Sr. (Bessie Ann); one daughter, Linda Banner Curry (Bernard); three grandchildren, Chastity Banner, Ronnie Edward Banner Jr. and Leeya Winstead (Anthony); four step-grandchildren, Antionette Kirkland (Maurice), Kimmie Michaux, Tyra Horton and Erica Bailey; four sisters, Hazel Evans and Laura Gilliam, both of Morganton, N.C., Shirleen Patterson of Granite Falls, N.C., and Priscilla Evans of Greensboro, N.C.; one brother, Ted Corpening (Genevia) of Morganton, N.C.; one special aunt, Aquilla Wakefield of Atlanta, Ga.; and a special nephew, Donald Banner; and special cousin, Carrie Hood, who were very instrumental in looking after her; seven great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Ida Banner and Rosie Corpening; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, neighbors and friends. She will also be fondly remembered by her Hood’s Chapel United Church of God family.
Family visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 23, 2012, at Hood’s Chapel.
Hinnant Funeral Services of Greensboro, N.C., is assisting the Banner Family with final arrangements.

Jeff Icenhour

Jeff Lyn Icenhour, 52, of Lenoir, passed away Monday, November 19, 2012, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Bass-Smith Granite.

Judith Hawn

Judith Ann Henson Hawn, 57, of Hickory, passed away Monday, November 19, 2012 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Wayside Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Brookford City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2012, at Wayside Baptist Church of Longview. Bass-Smith Granite is serving the family of Judith Ann Henson Hawn.

William Robinson

Mr. William L. “Bill” Robinson, 71, of Connelly Springs, passed away following a short illness at Valdese Hospital. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 3 p.m. in Westmoreland Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2 – 3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.Memorials may be made to the College Pines Nursing Home Patient Fund at 95 Locust, Valdese, NC 28612.  An online register is available under OBITUARIES at

Henrietta Ferguson

Mrs. Henrietta Kyle Ferguson, 98, of 538-B Wheeler St. NW, Lenoir, NC, answered the call of the Lord on Monday, November 12, 2012, in Willingboro, N.J.  
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. James Perkins, Jerome Pearson, James Wilfong and Bishop Michael Sloan officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1-1:55 p.m. at the church prior to the services.
Burial will follow services at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.
Ebony Funeral Services of Lenoir is assisting the family.