Obituaries for Jan. 21, 2014

Jan. 20, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

Sam Reid

Sam A. Reid, 88, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 18 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care. Sam was born July 18, 1925. He was a faithful member of Clover Baptist Church and the Andrews Sunday School Class. Retired fireman of Sawmills Fire Deparment and board member. He was also a WWII Army Veteran.

Those waiting to Welcome him home are his father and mother, Thomas and Hattie Coffey Reid; his first wife, Mary Elizabeth “Lib” Smith Reid; one son, Samuel E. Reid Sr.; four brothers, Harold, Boyd, Jack and Perry; and two sisters, Pearl R. McRary and Hazel R. Keller.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 25 years, Helen Medford Reid, of the home; one daughter-in-law, Bertha Reid of Granite Falls; one grandson, Samuel E. Reid Jr. and wife Karen of Lenoir; and two sisters, Shirley Winter and husband Danny of Toms River, N.J., and Cleo Clark and husband Hoke of Sawmills.

He is also survived by his extended family, two stepsons, David Medford of Whitevill and Tracy Medford of Concordia, Mo., five step-grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews, and special friends of the Breakfast Bunch of Hardee's.

The family will received friends tonight, Monday, from 6:30 until 8:30 at Clover Baptist Church in Granite Falls. The funeral will be held at Clover Baptist Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. Officiating will be the Revs. Keith Childers and Jim Hamby. Burial will follow the funeral with full military honors at Sunset Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, or to the building fund of Clover Baptist Church 100 Pinewood Road, Granite Falls, NC 28630.

Serving as pallbearers are Larry Roberts, Dorman Winkler, Wade Yount, Jim Evans, Tommy Simmons and Wayne Wilcox. Honorary pallbearers are Andrew S.S. Class and retired and serving Sawmills Fire Depart. Firemen and wives.

Military honors will be provided by DAV Chapters 84 and 6.

Mackie Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Betty Bower

The world is a little less bright with the loss of our sister, aunt, niece, and friend, Betty Lee Bower, who left us on Jan. 15, 2014. Betty was a spirited, determined, creative soul. She loved gemstones, the beach, birds (esp. Keet), singing, her kitty Dali, playing the piano, the mountains of North Carolina, and her family.

Born and raised in Ohio, she also made her home in Florida and California before coming “back home” to N.C.

She was an artist, a doting aunt, a loyal sister, and a beloved partner and friend.

She was “big sister” to David Bower of Charlotte, John Bower (wife Laura) of West Jefferson, Marguerite Moltz (husband Ray) of Blowing Rock, and Virginia Bower of Asheville; and partner to Orion Levi, Blowing Rock. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Betty and Dave Bower, and her sister Kathy Bower (1952-1969). She is also survived by her uncle David Barnes of Lenoir, her aunt Sally of Mountain City, Tenn., and several nieces and nephews: Johnny and Addie Bower; Rachel, David and Jenny Moltz; Nola and Marin Bower-Smith; Sarah and David (IV) Bower; Tilley Bower, grand-neice; and Ira Paterni, grand-nephew.

A remembrance gathering is planned for friends and family with that date to be determined. We love you Betty and miss you greatly!

Online condolences may be left at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Dale Starnes

Dale Starnes of Granite Falls passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2014.

Arrangements will be announced by Bass-Smith Granite.