Obituaries for May 1, 2013

Apr. 30, 2013 @ 05:42 PM

Skip Walborn Jr.

Skip B. Walborn Jr., 54, of Morganton died Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Burke Palliative Care Center. Born in Dover, Del., on March 6, 1959, he was the son of the late Wally Walborn and Sandy Sterling Walborn. Skip graduated Mount Olive High School in Mount Olive, N.J., and was employed by Sara Lee. Skip was a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Lenoir and Calvary Lutheran Church in Morganton. He was a Scoutmaster, Sunday school teacher and President of the church council at St. Stephen’s and was youth leader for both churches.

Skip is survived by his wife, Beth W. Walborn, whom he married Feb. 18, 1995; his son, Andrew Turngren of Charlotte and Andrew’s friend, Kaylyn Waycaster, of Candler; and his in-laws, Jane and Will Wolfgang of Morganton.

The memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013, at Calvary Lutheran Church with the Revs. Michael Riley and Tony Bradshaw officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be made online at

Mamie Craig

Mamie Etta Craig, 86, of Circle Drive NE, Lenoir, was called home to be with the Lord, Monday, April 29, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 15, 1926, in Caldwell County to the late George Thomas and Myrtle Ivalee Allen Lovins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Craig; and two brothers, Charles F. Lovins and George W. Lovins.

Mrs. Craig was a homemaker. She was a faithful member of West Lenoir Baptist Church, where she was a choir member.

Survivors include one daughter, Treva Craig of the home; one sister, Patricia Cikanek and husband Reginald of Lenoir; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at West Lenoir Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Rick Safriet, Pastor Rodney Raby and the Rev. Brady Adkins. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Kent Lovins, Richard Cikanek, Chris Frye, Tom Watters, Bill Moffitt and Steve Campbell.

Memorial contributions may be made to: West Lenoir Baptist Church, 311 Abington Road, Lenoir, N.C. 28645, or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

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

Lisa Stephenson

Lisa Delores Stephenson, 42, of Lenoir died Saturday, April 27, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

James Herald

James Isaac Herald, 72, of Lenoir passed away April 25, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Herald was born in Caldwell County to the late Isaac Vaughn Herald and Hettie Cloe Herald. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Jesse James Herald and James Thomas Herald, and two sisters, Christine Williams and Lucille Herald.

He was of the Baptist faith, and his favorite thing was going to car sales with Jim Coffey.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Diane Williams Herald of Lenoir; a son, James Herald of Lenoir; daughters, Carla Kay Burner of Lenoir and Robin Faye Greene of Lenoir; and two sisters, Pauline Simmons of Lenoir and Reba Swafford of Shelby. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 3 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with the Rev. Tony Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service Thursday from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Tracey Hyler, William Cole, John Roberts, Johnny Wayne Johnson, Jim Coffey and Terry Cooke.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of James Isaac Herald.

Online condolences to the family may be placed at