Obituaries for November 29, 2012

Nov. 29, 2012 @ 08:15 AM

Jerry Woods

Jerry Lee Woods, 72, of Lenoir, N.C., passed away on Saturday, November 24. Jerry died at home with his family by his side. Jerry’s wife, Dollie Philyaw Woods, and two daughters, Karen Woods Phoenix and Yvette Woods Townsend, walked the path with him as he fought his six-year battle with cancer.
Jerry was born in Lenoir and lived a long life as a contributing member of the greater Caldwell County area. Jerry graduated from Hudson High School and had many friends who became lifelong friends.
Jerry, an only child, was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie Laws Woods, his father Clyde Ervin Woods.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dollie Philyaw Woods; and his two daughters, Yvette Woods Townsend and Karen Woods Phoenix; and sons-in-law, Mike Phoenix and Mark Galleshaw. Jerry had four grandchildren, Breanna Townsend McKay and husband Chris, and their two children, Izzy and Braeden, Eyan Townsend and wife Kristi, and grandchildren Ashlyn Munday and Dylan Phoenix. Jerry also is survived by a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Additionally, Jerry is survived by his special friend-substitute brother, Barry Barber, who was by his side through the good and bad times of life.
Best known for his work with car repair and sales, Jerry was a jack of many trades, working many roles as an upholsterer in furniture, a courier, a billboard sign installer, completing commercial roof installation, and advertising and sales for his own company. Ex-son-in-law Brent Townsend and his wife Tena have been a large part of the family helping out when and where they were needed.
Since the 1980s, Jerry has been deeply involved in the political environment in Caldwell County. He was a strong advocate for people to exercise their right to vote and participated in some manner in every election. He was often seen at polls and rallies, encouraging citizens to vote. Jerry was a member of the Caldwell County Republican Party. He served as a member of the Republican Executive Committee and was a member of the Caldwell County GOP Men’s Club.
Jerry served the Town of Cajah Mountain for 24 years, almost since town incorporation. Jerry served on the Cajah Mountain Planning Board/Board of Adjustment from 1991-2003. He was a member of the Cajah Mountain Town Council for nine years, serving in the role as the town’s Utility Committee and served as Mayor Pro Tem. Jerry served as a delegate from Cajah Mountain to the Western Piedmont Council of Government Policy Board. Jerry was a member of the Joint Regional Forum that represented our four-county region on a state level. Additionally, Jerry was a member of the Greater Hickory Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization.
Jerry was a vital member of the Cajah Mountain Lion’s Club, serving 24 years with the club. Jerry performed many roles with the organization. When he joined, he indicated he would serve in any capacity other than president, and he did.
Community-wide, Jerry was known for his outspoken gentle kindness. He let you know where he stood on issues, but did not let his opinions restrict his friendships or his helping heart.
Jerry will be greatly missed by those left behind. He has left indelible imprints on everyone he touched.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Caldwell County Hospice or to the Cajah Mountain’s Lion’s Club in Jerry’s honor.
Visitation and memorial service will be held on Saturday December 1, 2012, at Evans Funeral Service. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m., with the memorial service to follow.
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Evans Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the Woods Family.

Gerald Houck

Gerald “Pee Wee” Thomas Houck, 81, of N. Center Street, Statesville, formerly of Lenoir, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville due to complications of Lymphoma.
He was born September 19, 1931, in Caldwell County to the late Ben and Alma Houck. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Eugene Houck, Jimmy Houck and Bill Houck.
Mr. Houck attended Caldwell County Schools. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in England during the Korean War. He was also attached to the U.S. Air Force while building bases at Greenham Common in England. After serving time in the U.S. military, he worked and retired from Caldwell Freight Lines in Lenoir. He later was owner and operator of The Country Store Antiques located on Morganton Boulevard in Lenoir.  
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Alice McCall Houck, of the home; one brother, Larry Houck and wife Ann of South Carolina; three sisters, Mrs. Marlon Prestwood, Miss Willie Sue Houck and Miss Betty Houck, all of Lenoir; one niece, Laurie Stilwell; one nephew, Cary of Charlotte, N.C.; and numerous cousins and other relatives.      
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Alice Day. Interment will be private.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Serving as pallbearers will be Cary Houck, Luke Houck, Ben Houck, Mike Moore, Tyler Moore and Darren Stilwell.    
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of  Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28677, or to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645, or to The Humane Society of Iredell, PO Box 1617, Statesville, NC 28687   
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Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Terry Watson

Mr. Terry Lee Watson, 64, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at his residence.
He was born in Caldwell County on August 10, 1948, to the late Benjamin Harrison Watson Jr. and Lois Mae St. John Watson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Spencer Edmisten.
He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Lynn Sodergren of Hagerstown, Md.; sisters, Patsy Hamby and husband Dwight, Kathy Miller, Marrianne Shew and husband Larry, Linda Sparks and husband Casey, Lisa Sparks and husband Michael, Jamie Hawley and husband Jay; brothers, Bill Edmisten and wife Carolyn; Larry Edmisten and wife Joan; grandchildren, Rebecca Ann Mana of St.Louis, Mo.; Tonya Marie Murray of Clear Spring, Md.; Anthony Wayne Sodergren and Emily Brianna Sodergren of the home.
A celebration of Mr. Watson’s life will be held at Grace Baptist Church on Friday, November 30, 2012, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Ronnie Watson and Pastor Richard Shew officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Celia Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Haas, DeWayne Kirby, Brian Phillips, Kenny Edmisten, Jack Rabinowitz, Butch Prestwood.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the service.
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Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Watson Family.