Obituaries for March 6, 2014

Mar. 05, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

Charles Yeomans

Charles William Yeomans, 86, of North Wilkesboro died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir. He was born Jan. 20, 1928, in Newport, R.I., to Louis David and Edith Barnum Yeomans. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran in 1945, then worked at Northeastern Steel Company, Stanley Works Co., and then Carpenter Steel (Car-Tech) in Bridgeport, Conn., for 28 years as their #1 steel roller. In later years, he moved to Vermont with his late wife, Lena Virginia Yeomans of Stratford, Conn., where he was active in the American Legion and the VFW. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, belonging for many years to the Stratford Buckhorn Club, and the Milford Bow hunters. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis David Yeomans and Edward Yeomans.

Surviving are his son, Lanny Yeomans and wife Joyce of Wilkesboro; one granddaughter, Christine Marie Yeomans; and one great-grandson, Jacob A. Tracy, both of Connecticut.

Interment will be at a later date at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Milford, Conn. Donations may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to

Pauline Keyes

Pauline Keyes was welcomed into the home of angels on Tuesday March 4, 2014. She was given many happy and prosperous years on this earth. Pauline leaves vacant a place in the heart of those who knew and loved her. She was born in Haywood County. After graduating high school she attended Johnson Bible College in Tennessee. For many years she was manager of Abernethy’s Bakery in Lenoir before later purchasing it. Mrs. Keyes was the daughter of the late Laura and Jasper Plemmons. She is also preceded in death by a daughter, Vanda Story Crisp; three sisters, Dora, Zora and Nola; and a brother, Orris, all of whom she loved deeply. Pauline practiced her Christian faith and attended the Lenoir Church of Christ.

Left behind to mourn her passing is a much loved daughter, Jan Story of 334 Eastover Circle, Lenoir. Mrs. Keyes had three grandchildren. She also leaves behind four great-grandchildren with many loving nieces and nephews. Pauline also leaves behind a sister, Ella, and her husband, Dennis Greene, of Lenoir, who rented her a room in their home for a number of years before Pauline moved to Lenoir Park, where she lived her last years very peacefully and content.

Mourning her passing as well is a very special nephew, Rodney Greene, never missing an opportunity to visit with her. Each visit she cherished deeply and always looked forward to the next one. Pauline also had a special friend whom she had stayed in contact with since high school, Dean Reeves of Waynesville. She always looked forward and enjoyed his calls. The caregivers at Lenoir Park endeared themselves to her; she felt as if they were part of her family.

A celebration of her life will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Mr. Claude Pharr will officiate. Her burial will be private. Jan will welcome friends and family anytime at 334 Eastover Circle, Lenoir.

It is requested that any remembrances be made in the form of a donation to the East Tenn Children’s Home, P.O. Box 10, Spring Hill, TN 37174, marked for the Blountville home in Tennessee.

Online condolences may be sent to the Keyes Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Keyes Family.

Margaret Howell

Margaret Ann Suddreth Howell, 79, of Lenoir passed Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir.

Mrs. Howell was born in Caldwell County to the late Lloyd Suddreth and Viola Brookshire Suddreth. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Jerry Suddreth. She worked as a secretary at Kings Creek School and was a member of Kings Creek Baptist Church. She was a Kings Creek School Alumni and a homemaker. Her hobbies were sewing, knitting, quilting and other crafts.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 59 years, Edgar Hartley Howell; her sons, Lloyd Howell and wife Deborah of Lenoir, and Marvin Howell of Zebulon; her daughter, Sara Howell Hartzog and husband Mark of Lenoir; her grandchildren, Lara Lynn Howell Cook of Chesapeake, Va., and Grandin Howell and wife Shaneé of Winston-Salem; a great-grandchild, Kadin Cook of Chesapeake, Va.; her sister, Mary Isaac and husband Lewis of Lenoir; her sister-in-law, Jan Suddreth of Lenoir; a special friend, Dwain Driver; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with the Rev. Randy Goode officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home Friday, March 7, 2014, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The family requests that memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, or to Kings Creek Baptist Church, Building Fund, 4698 Kings Creek Church Road, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences to the family may be placed at

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Margaret Ann Suddreth Howell.

Maurice Keyes Jr.

Maurice C. Keyes Jr., 63, of Mansfield, Ohio, passed away Sunday morning, March 2, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 14, 1950, in Lenoir.

He grew up in North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Maurice was employed at MedCentral Mansfield Hospital for 29 years, most recently as a BCOP Oncology Pharmacist. He was passionate about his work with cancer patients and was constantly working with doctors and patients alike to come up with a new form of medicine to ease their pain and symptoms. Maurice would say a prayer over the medications he was making to help his patients in their journey. He enjoyed all types of music, extended bike rides and loved to read.

Maurice remained a fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team, adding along the way the OSU Buckeyes football team, and became an agonizing fan of the Cleveland Indians and Browns. He was very proud of his beautiful daughters, was a soccer and swim dad, and always had a coney at every Senior High sporting event. For nearly 29 years, he trudged the road to happy destiny alongside the other friends of Bill W.

Maurice is survived by his wife, Kim Fleishner Keyes; two daughters, Caroline and Gracie Keyes at home, both students at Ohio University; father, Maurice C. Keyes Sr. of Lenoir; mother, Brownie (Emory) Trainham of Emerald Isle; brother, Joe Keyes of western N.C.; brother, Lee (Lisa) Keyes of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and their children, Halley and Harrison Keyes; brother, Tim (Jennifer) Keyes of West Redding, Conn., and their children, Kyleigh and Connor Keyes; a brother-in-law, Rich Fleishner of Lexington, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Pam (Don) Edmiston of Mansfield, Ohio, and their children, Aaron Fliger (Kylee Foley), Brandon Fliger and fiancée Brittney Greene and their son, Bryce, Tyke and Matthew Edmiston and Hannah (Keith) Hurst; mother-in-law, Antoinette Fleishner Brooks; father-in-law, Richard L. (Marsha) Fleishner Sr.; his faithful canine companion, Maggie; feline friends, Bean and Al; special friends, Bob Exten, Scott Hoyda, and Scott Gordon; and many other good friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Grady and Dora Lee Keyes; maternal grandparents, Daries O. and Gladys Boggs Biggerstaff; aunt, Gwen Spencer; and good friends, Bill Worthington and Kenny Steele.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 5, in Mansfield, Ohio. To honor Maurice's passion for the continued college education of his daughters, memorial contributions may be made in care of the family.

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Randy Price

Randy Gary Price, 57, passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice. He was born in Caldwell County on Aug. 6, 1956, to the late Jeff Horton Price and Lula Belle Watson Price.

Randy was a member of Blue Creek Baptist Church and worked for many years at Newton Transportation as a diesel mechanic where he made many friends during his time there. He was active in the Gun Powder Creek Regulators where he found many SASS enthusiasts and more importantly friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his uncles, Odell Watson, Clemm Watson and Andrew Watson; four aunts, Avis Church, Leslie Greene, Ola Troplett and Deli Miller; and a nephew, David Carter Price.

Randy is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Price of Hudson; brothers, Wayne Price and wife Wanda, and Gene Price, all of Lenoir; grandchildren, Dalton Kaylor and Jillian Locklear of Hudson; niece, Brandy Lavatto; and he also leaves behind a dear friend, Diane Icenhour of Lenoir.

A celebration of Randy’s life will be held at Blue Creek Baptist Church on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 12 with Pastor Jack Lewis and Pastor Frank Hall officiating. Burial will immediately follow the service at Laurel Haven Cemetery.

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

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Caldwell Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Price Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Price Family.

Nina Pardue

Nina Raydell Ashley Pardue, 89, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir.

Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Evans Funeral Service & Crematory.

Michael Rutherford

Michael R. Rutherford, 69, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. at St. John AME Church in Nebo.

The family will receive friends from 1-1:55 p.m. Burial will follow at Corpening Family Cemetery.