Obituaries for Nov. 23, 2012

Nov. 23, 2012 @ 08:15 AM

Margaret Melton

Margaret Catherine Melton, 74, of Walsh Road, Lenoir, died Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care – Lenoir.
She was born February 8, 1938, in Caldwell County to the late Floyd and Connie Hartley Watson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Warren (Spud) Watson, Roy Watson and Charles Watson; and two sisters, Ruby Watson Parker and Doris Watson Jackson.
Mrs. Melton was a retired seamstress and a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church. Margaret had the love of Jesus Christ in her heart. She opened her heart to Jesus, and He was No. 1 in her life. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was always the first to help her friends and her family anytime they needed her. She will be missed by many in the community, her home and her church.
Survivors include her loving and caring husband of 57 years John (J.C.) Melton of the home; daughter, Debbie Melton Watts and husband Dwight Watts of Lenoir; son David Eric Melton of Lenoir; one sister, Faye Watson Setzer of Lenoir; and five grandchildren, Jamie Lynn Melton, Jessica Dawn Melton, John Eric Melton, Jeffrey Brandon Watts and Jeremy Tyler Watts, all of Lenoir. She was also the proud “Nana” of Carson Eric Melton, which was her precious great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Jerry Reeves and the Rev. Robert Livingston. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Brent Dula, Bryan Melton, John Melton, Robert Richards, Jeffrey Watts and Jeremy Watts.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Melton, Kenneth Melton, Jay Suddreth, Riley Todd, Gene Woods and Charles Taylor.
Memorial contributions may be made to Piney Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 2331 Piney Grove Circle, Lenoir, NC 28645.
Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com.
Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Darlene Cramer

Ms. Darlene Clara Cramer, 70, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2012, in Sparta. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir.

Shelby Fox

Mrs. Shelby Jean Triplett Fox, 76, of Lenoir, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir.  
Born October 1, 1936, in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late Joe Harold and Wilma “Winnie” Triplett, and the wife of the late Ray Johnson Fox.
Other than her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Marjorie Rich; and one granddaughter, Cadie Rich.
Mrs. Fox will be remembered as a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother. She was a member of West Lenoir Baptist Church since 1969 and was a faithful member of the church choir.  She had worked at Greer Lab for more than 30 years.
She is survived by her son, Dale Rich Sr. and wife Jackie of Lenoir; her daughter, Glenda Rich of Lenoir; one brother, Ralph Triplett and wife Libby; two sisters, Charlotte Smith and husband Joe H.; Nancy Andrews and husband Roger, all of Lenoir; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Mrs. Fox’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012, at West Lenoir Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Safriet and Pastor Keith Rose officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 until 3 p.m., prior to the service at West Lenoir Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Joey Smith, Roger Andrews, Dakota Rose, Dale Rich Jr., Josh Triplett and Caleb Triplett. Honorary Pallbearer will be Joe H. Smith.
The family respectfully requests memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645
Online condolences may be sent to the Fox Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.
Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Fox Family.

Boyd Icenhour

Mr. Oscar Boyd Icenhour, of Lenoir, passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson.
Oscar, known to most as Boyd, is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Nancy Louise Hartley Icenhour. He also will be missed by his three surviving children, Randy Keith Icenhour, Jeffrey Allen Icenhour and Lori Ann Allen, and is preceded in death by his son, Michael Boyd Icenhour. Boyd was also the proud grandfather of six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. One brother, Bill Icenhour, survives him, and he is preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.  
Boyd was known as “Kook” by many of his friends and family. He was an avid collector of Native American artifacts, particularly arrowheads as well as a devoted historian of Native American culture. A student of life, his curiosity and inquisitive nature made him a wealth of knowledge on almost any topic. All who knew him were captivated by his insight, intelligence and mischievous smile, which usually indicated a new idea just under the surface. A collector of antiques as well, “Kook” was well-known for his vast experience and keen eye for spotting the value in something that most would not see as anything special. He was also able to apply this skill to people as well. When others lost faith in those he loved, he was always able to find the treasures underneath just waiting to be revealed. Outspoken in nature, he was always ready with an honest opinion on any topic and was held in high esteem because of that honesty. Being a part of nature was important to him, whether strolling the “North 40” behind his home or sitting on his lawn mower keeping the front yard immaculate.
Boyd was a veteran of the Korean War, where he was an infantryman. He was also an employee of Hammary Furniture Company and was an essential team member, trainer and boring machine operator. Never daunted by any task, he was valued for his creativity, knowledge and willingness to perform jobs that many would not do. He was respected by all who he worked for and with.  
A celebration of Boyd’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012, in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service with the Rev. Randy Goode officiating.
The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m., one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.
Online condolences may be sent to the Icenhour Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.
Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Icenhour Family.