Obituaries for June 12, 2014

Jun. 11, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

Alvina Logan-Vernon

Alvina Glennette Logan-Vernon, 45, of Lenoir passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born July 24, 1968, in Caldwell County, Alvina was a daughter of John Alvin Logan Pearson and the late Gladys Renette Dixon.

Other than her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Glennie Helton.

Alvina was a faithful member of West End Mennonite Church and had worked at Gateway Nursing Center for over six years.

Surviving other than her father is her husband, Jerome; seven children, Talmika, Tyrone, Alshajuan “Snake,” Eric, Alquleeaha, Alziaha and Alshemiah; five siblings, Sharon, Norma, Carmeleta, James, Orlando; and a special Aunt, Robin. She is also survived by a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives.

A celebration of Alvina’s life will be held 12 Noon Saturday, June 14, 2014, at First Church of God in Lenoir with the Rev. James Wilfong officiating. Burial will follow in the Harpertown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11 until 12, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the Logan-Vernon Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Logan-Vernon Family.

Mary Bowman

Mary Alice Bowman, 81 passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Brian Center Viewmont.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Bass-Smith Granite Funeral Service.

Kenneth Greene

Kenneth “Bo” Herman Greene, 67, of Lenoir passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Lenoir Health Care following a period of declining health.

Kenneth was born on Sept. 26, 1946, in Mountain City, Tenn., to the late Woodrow Willard and Francis Grindstaff Greene. “Bo” was a family man, he loved his friends and church family as well. He was a people person who never met a stranger and he enjoyed spending time outdoors.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, David Charles Greene, and an infant brother, James Carroll Greene.

Survivors include his brother Terry Sherman Greene of Lenoir; sister-in-law Judy Greene of Lenoir; nephews Brian Greene and wife Wendy of Lenoir, and Jeremy Greene of Lenoir; niece Renee Reid and husband Robb of Lenoir; and great-nieces and -nephews Kurt, Nathan, Brittany, A.J., Kylie, Maseon, David, and Dylan. Also surviving are great-great-nieces and -nephews Adyson, Noah, and Little Nate.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Poarch Chapel Missionary Methodist Church with the Rev. Wallace Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Abundant Life Tabernacle Cemetery.

Then family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday from 2-3 p.m. at Poarch Chapel Missionary Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to Poarch Chapel Missionary Methodist Church, 3580 Playmore Beach Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.

An online obituary is available at

Cornerstone Cremation Funeral Celebrations, Lenoir is serving the Greene family.

Doris Vannoy

Doris Ann Darcy Vannoy, 71, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2014, in Cape Coral, Florida.

Mrs. Vannoy was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to the late, Oscar and Josephine Hill Darcy. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Avery Earnest Vannoy Sr.

Survivors include her sons, Ernest DiBenedetto, wife Lisa, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, Anthony DiBenedetto, wife Diana, of Southaven, Mississippi, and Avery Vannoy Jr. of Charlestown, Rhode Island; granddaughters, Victoria DiBenedetto and Laura Vannoy; a grandson, Mark Vannoy Jr.; two sisters, Cathy Hopf, husband Ed, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and Claire Morse of Upton, Massachusetts; and Debbie Vannoy of Cape Coral, Florida, was like a daughter to Doris. She is also survived by numerous other relatives.

A memorial service for Doris will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at 12 p.m. in the Chapel of Pendry’s Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Evans officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Doris volunteered at Caldwell Memorial Hospital for 15 years and she loved her cats.

Memorials can be made to Helping Paws Animal Sanctuary at 10060 Mallory Parkway E, Unit D, Saint James City, FL 33956.

Online condolences to the Vannoy family may be placed at

Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Doris Ann Darcy Vannoy.

Benson Melton

Benson Smith Melton, 81, of Wellington, Florida, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Born Feb. 3, 1933, in Caldwell County, Benson was the son of the late Fred M. and Floy Smith Melton. Benson worked in real estate for a number of years. He was a veteran of the United States Army and then retired from the National Guard.

Survivors include his sister and brother-in-law, Aliceanne Compton, husband Robert, of Lenoir; and his friend and caretaker, Leah Owens.

A funeral service for Mr. Melton will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel in Lenoir with Dr. Cliff Black officiating. Military honors will be provided by the North Carolina National Guard and Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard.

Serving as pallbearers will be Ralph Prestwood, Delbert Cline, Dennis Wolfe, Donald Gray, Ronald Gray and Jon Gray.

Memorials can be made to the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard at P.O. Box 702, Hudson, NC 28638.

Online condolences can be sent to the Melton family at

Pendry’s Funeral Home of Lenoir is honored to be serving the family of Benson Smith Melton.

Thomas Howell

Thomas "Tommy" Karen Howell, 60, of Lenior died June 9, 2014. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, June 15, at 3 p.m. at E.R. McGimpsey Sr. Memorial Chapel. Ebony Funeral Services of Lenior is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be emailed to

Nancy Jacumin

Nancy Nell Simpson Jacumin, 78, of Connelly Springs died unexpectedly Monday June 9, 2014.

Mrs. Jacumin was born on Feb. 10, 1936, in Burke County to the late Roy Price Simpson and Muriel Morgan Simpson. She graduated as Valedictorian from Hildebran High School and Suma Cum Laude from Appalachian State University. She taught in North Carolina Public Schools for over 16 years, teaching in both Mecklenburg County and for the majority of her career in Burke County. Nancy Nell served many years with the Women's Auxiliary of the Gideons International, and faithfully served with the Board of Visitors of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She served her community by volunteering to teach children and adults to read and volunteering with the Red Cross. She also enjoyed serving with East Burke Christian Ministries. She was a faithful follower of Christ who served for many years at First Baptist Church Icard, where she served many capacities in the church including organist and pianist for over 40 years, Sunday School Teacher, and WMU Leader, and the for last 10 years at East Valdese Baptist Church

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Sen. Jimmy Ray Jacumin of the home; her children, Mitzi Jacumin Lane and husband Mark of Hickory, and Marty Jacumin and wife Lori of Raleigh; grandchildren, Ashley Lane Moody and husband Brad, Morgan Jacumin, Jarrett Jacumin, and Sara Beth Jacumin; a great-grandchild, Brody Lee; and a sister, Linda Simpson Thompson and husband Donald; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at East Valdese Baptist Church. Officiating will be Pastor Brett Howell, Dr. Marty Jacumin and Dr. Will Graham. A private family Interment service will follow.

The family will receive friends Friday from 1-3 p.m. at East Valdese Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Waldensian Trail of Faith, P.O. Box 1256, Valdese, NC 28690, or Gideons International, P.O. Box 326, Valdese, NC 28690.

An online guestbook and obituary is available at

Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the family.

Bill Ochalek

William J. “Bill” Ochalek, 87, of Hickory died on June 11, 2014, in the comfort of his home.

Known throughout his life as Bill, he was born May 29, 1927, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to the late Joseph and Viola Ochalek. Bill moved to the Northlakes community in Caldwell County in 1989, following his retirement from General Motors, where he spent most of his more than 30-year career working on tax and legislative matters. Bill was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and a veteran of World War II, during which he served in Europe.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister LaVerne Cooper and his brother Robert.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janet Richardson Ochalek; his five children and their spouses, Bill Ochalek Jr. and wife Marianne of Romeo, Michigan, Jill Ochalek Halco and husband Paul of Chicago, Illinois, Allan Ochalek and wife Wendy of Stuart, Florida, Janis Ochalek Moroni and husband Joseph of White Lake, Michigan, and daughter Leslie, a missionary in Chile; his brother Joseph Ochalek of Milwaukee and his sister-in-law Mrs. Robert (Jeanne) Ochalek of Milwaukee; and five grandchildren, Ken Ochalek of Madison Heights, Michigan, Andrew Ochalek and wife Amber of Orlando, Florida, Bryan Halco of Chicago, Illinois, Mary MJ Halco and MJ of Chicago, Illinois, and Nicholas Ochalek of Stuart, Florida.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory in Hickory. The family will greet visitors from 1–2 p.m. Sharing of stories of Bill’s life will begin at 2 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, North Carolina.

On-line condolences may be sent to

Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of William J. “Bill” Ochalek.