Obituaries for Nov. 18, 2012

Nov. 18, 2012 @ 08:41 AM

Richard Bivens

Richard “Dickie” Dane Bivens, 61, of New Orleans, La., passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at Saint Theresa’s under Hospice care in Kenner, La.  
Richard was born February 6, 1951, in Rock Hill, So.C., to the late John Marshall Sr. and Sue Etta Dabbs Bivens. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War. Richard was an avid music lover. He enjoyed listening to albums and attending concerts of his favorite rock and roll artists. Richard shared his love of music with his nieces and nephews and numerous friends. Richard was also a devoted lover of dogs.
He is survived by one brother, John Marshall Bivens of Hendersonville, N.C.; and four sisters, Mrs. Hugh Carpenter (Jean) of Cherryville, N.C., Mrs. Thomas Williams (Velda) of Charlotte, N.C., Mrs. Charles Smith (Pat) of Lenoir, N.C., and Mrs. Harold Lail (Ruby) of Granite Falls, N.C. Richard also leaves behind 18 nieces and nephews, 17 great-nieces and great-nephews and two great-great-nieces.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, George Ray Bivens and Thomas Herman Bivens; by his sisters, Shirley Bivens Hayes and Betty Jo Bivens Maxfield, and close friend, Phillip Esteve.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to Richard’s New Orleans family of friends. Richard was very proud of the many friendships that he acquired while working at The Apple Barrel. The family would like to say a special thank you to Barbara Robichaux, Susan Gibeault, Kevin Coakley and Roy Kokich for your support and comfort over the years.    
The family requests that memorials be made to a Hospice facility of your choice. THARP-SONTHEIMIER FUNERAL HOME of Metairie is handling arrangements. Condolences may be expressed online at  For information, please call (504) 835-2341.

Amanda Barbare

Amanda Sue (Clark) Barbare, of Punta Gorda, Fla., died suddenly Nov. 14, 2012. She was 43.
Born April 27, 1969, in Lenoir, N.C., she was the daughter of Max and Norma (Grogan) Williams. She graduated from South Caldwell High School and the University of South Florida magna cum laude.
Amanda married Charles Richard Barbare Nov. 4, 2006, at University Park Country Club. She was a loving mother and homeschool teacher to their 5-year-old son, Max.
Amanda enjoyed photography and hiking out West. She was a member of Cornerstone Church in Lakewood Ranch.
Her creative genius showed during holidays through Max’s handmade Halloween costumes, the special pecan French toast she made on Christmas day and the beautiful Christmas trees that she decorated with sentimental ornaments and every light in the right place.
She is survived by her husband Charles; and son, Max, both of Punta Gorda, Fla.; sister and best friend, Lori A. Downey, of Nokomis, Fla.; mother, Norma Grogan Williams of Hudson; and brother, Mitchell Clark of Granite Falls.
A memorial service will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Cornerstone Church, 14306 Covenant Way, Lakewood Ranch, Fla., with Pastor Ted Hamm officiating.
A graveside service will take place Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Mount Herman United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lenoir. The Rev. Joe Parker will officiate.
Memorial contributions can be made to a children’s charity of choice.
Amanda had a tender heart and a strong, unspoken sweetness. She will be deeply missed.
Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to be serving the family of Amanda Sue Clark Barbare.

Josephine Cummings

Josephine Grant Hucks Cummings, “Granny Jo,” 80, of Hudson, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2012, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
Born March 6, 1932, in Swann County, she was the daughter of the late John Weldon Grant and Sally Southards Grant.
Mrs. Cummings worked as the front desk clerk with Days Inn and was a member of Joyceton Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters, and three infant siblings.
Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Danny Hucks of Hudson; daughters, Debbie Poteat and son-in-law Billy of Hickory, and Lisa Oxford of Hudson; a special son-in-law, Scott Oxford of Hudson; and one sister, Margie Dyson and husband Lloyd of Lenoir. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Ryan Oxford, Stacy Oxford, Chris Cooke, Brian Cooke, Alicia Procarione and husband Shawn, Chase Hucks, Brett Poteat, Robbie Poteat of Ohio, and Bailey Poteat of New York; one great-grandchild, Jace Parker Cooke, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 18, 2012, from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Pendry’s Funeral Home.  
The funeral service will follow the visitation at 6 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2012, at Pendry’s Chapel with the Rev. Dean Morgan and the Rev. E.B. Freeman officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society 500 Morehead Street Suite 211 Charlotte, NC 28202.
Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to be serving the Josephine Cummings Family.

Maxine Smith

Maxine Alice Wilson Smith, 75, of Lenoir, N.C. was eternally healed and went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, November 16, 2012, at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston Salem, N.C.  Mrs. Smith was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Mrs. Smith was born in Caldwell County to the late J.C. and Maggie Wilson.  he was co-owner of W&S Frame Company and served as secretary and treasurer until her retirement. Mrs. Smith was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church and was very active in her church family. She served as a Sunday school teacher, member of the WMU, assistant director of Vacation Bible School for several years and also sang in the church choir for many years.
In addition to her parents Mrs. Smith is preceded in death by three brothers, Ted Wilson, Basil Wilson and Baine Wilson.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Luther Smith of the home; one son, Mark Smith and his wife Tracy of Lenoir; one daughter, Robin Hamby and her husband Jimmy of Lenoir; four grandchildren, Kalee and Noah Smith, and Joshua and Jeremiah Hamby; two sisters, Hazel Harrison of Granite Falls, and Mary Munday and husband Jim of Granite Falls; one brother, Johnny Wilson and wife Dean of Granite Falls; one sister-in-law, Jo Wilson of Granite Falls.
A memorial service will be held to honor her memory on Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Union Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Sam Craven officiating. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the church.
Memorial may be made in lieu of flowers to the Union Grove Baptist Church Building Fund at 1808 Union Grove Road, Lenoir, NC 28645, or to the SECU Family House at 1970 Baldwin Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Ruth Hoffman

Ruth Virginia Hoffman, 93, of Lenoir, died Friday, November 16, 2012, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care-Kirkwood.
She was born January 24, 1919, in Caldwell County to the late Adam Jasper Hoffman and Vera Perry Hoffman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Hoffman Walker and Joyce Hoffman Livingstone; one brother, Adam Jasper Hoffman Jr.; and one niece, Mary Lynn Hoffman.
Miss Hoffman attended Bob Jones University, Lenoir-Rhyne College and Appalachian State University where she completed a Master’s in Education. She started her career in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. as an elementary school teacher and retired as an elementary school supervisor for Caldwell County Schools. For many years she was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed working with the children in the nursery.
Survivors include one sister, Mary Hoffman Farthing and husband Cline of Boone; one brother, William L. Hoffman and wife Pat Harless Hoffman of Boone; one brother-in-law, Ray Walker of Lenoir; and nieces and nephews, Rachel Sterrett, Benny Livingstone, Sammy Livingstone, Abbey Courtney, Dr. Vicki Farthing Leonard, Jasper Hoffman III, David Hoffman, Daniel Hoffman, Emily Hoffman, Dr. Jackie Hoffman Daniel, Dr. Karen Hoffman Smith and Liz Hoffman.
Funeral services will be held Monday, November 19, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. John D. Sterrett III.  Interment will follow in Belleview Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.   
The family would like to thank her caretakers Reba Shew, Nina Young, Nina Barrier and Brenda Curry.
Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645, or to The Samaritan’s Purse,  1165 Bamboo Road, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607
Online condolences may be left at
Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.  

Ruby Bean

Mrs. Ruby Bolick Bean, 94, of the Baton community died on Friday, November 16, 2012, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care following a brief illness.
She was born in Caldwell County on February 24, 1918, to the late A.A. and Alice Cannon Bolick. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 72 years, Perry “Buck” Bean; a son, Jerry Wesley Bean; five brothers, Midas, Ira, Walter, Ellis and Noah; and three sisters, Lula Smith, Hattie Beck and Gertie Johnson.
She is survived by her loving son, Donald E. Bean; his wife Betsy; and one grandson, Ronnie Bean, all of Charlottesville, Va. She also is survived by many nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Jack Bean and wife Helen, of Clover, S.C.; and two sisters-in-law, Bennie Rector and Mildred Munday of Rutherford College.
She was an active member of Hudson United Methodist Church and supported her husband in many civic and community activities. She will be missed by many friends and family members.
A celebration of Mrs. Bean’s life will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Tim Brittain and the Rev. Ed Warren officiating.  Interment will immediately follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family extends special thanks to the many family, friends and church members who visited and provided love and support.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC  28645.
Online condolences may be sent to the Bean Family at
Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Bean Family.