Obituaries for Jan. 19, 2014

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 05:07 PM

Mary Pope

Mary Elizabeth Pope, 92, of Hudson went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. She was born in Catawba County to the late Harvey E. and Oma Duncan on Nov. 13, 1921.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Paul J. Pope, six brothers and three sisters.

She was a member of Concord Baptist Church, Granite Falls.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter and her husband, Faye and Willard Jacobs; three sons and their wives, Ralph and Kaye Pope, Gerald and Judy Pope, and Ricky and Agnes Pope. She is also survived by six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, and her sister, Mayno Benfield. Also, her special care-giver and friend, Pat Wakefield.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Mackie Funeral Home from 1 to 2 p.m. The service will follow at 2 p.m. in the Chapel with Pastor Tom McDonald officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Hudson.

Pallbearers will be Tim Pope, Jeff Pope, Chris Jacobs, Hunter Jacobs, Mike Jacobs, Zack Etheridge, and Charlie Philyaw.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Mackie Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Clarence Beaver

Clarence Hill Beaver, 90, of Lenoir passed away on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at Burke County Hospice and Palliative Care.

Mr. Beaver was born in 1924 to the late Walter D. Beaver and the late Lonnie Jolly. Mr. Beaver was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired from Bernhardt Plant # 3 where he was employed for over 30 years.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Beaver was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Dorothy Bradshaw; and three brothers, Avery Beaver, Charles Beaver, and Ralph Beaver.

Those left to cherish Mr. Beaver’s memory include two sons, Bobby C. Beaver of Lenoir and Butch Beaver (Connie) of Morganton; two daughters, Reba Beaver Smith (Dennis) of Hudson and Kay Beaver Watkins (John Toby) of Morganton; and three sisters, Nell McLean of Lenoir, Leona Osborne of Boomer and Ann Osborne of Lenoir. In addition, Mr. Beaver is also survived by eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Beaver will be in the chapel of Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Edd Warren officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home an hour prior to the service from 1:30-3 p.m.

Serving as pall-bearers will be Gregory Smith, Matthew Watkins, Anthony Smith, Chris Smith, Bobby Beaver, and Roger Smith.

Online condolences may be placed at

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family Clarence H. Beaver.

Gail Smithey

Gail Blanche Smithey, 67, of Calico Road, Lenoir, in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, went home. She was born Oct. 21, 1946, in Wilkes County to the late Don Miller and Gladys Smithey. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two grandsons, Aden Hood and Kaden Hood.

Ms. Smithey was employed with Yale and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Alvin Chad Hood and wife Julie of Gamewell and Trenton James Hood of Lenoir; two daughters, Lisa Annette Chester and husband Clarence, and Angela Lynn Browning and husband Rodney Wright, both of Lenoir; brothers, Billy Smithey, Jackie Miller and Donald Miller Jr., all of Wilkesboro; sisters, Joyce Bounds and Joanne Smithey, both of Wilkesboro; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel.

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

Edwin Robbins

Edwin "Eddie" Robbins passed away Jan. 9, 2014, in Johnson City, Tenn. He was the son of the late Robert E. Robbins and Grace Robbins of Hudson.

A graveside memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. at Harris Chapel Baptist Church in Hudson.

Bernice Mast

Bernice Ward Mast, 73, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at her residence. She was born in Watauga County on March 7, 1940, to the late John Marshall Ward and Icie Anabelle Tester.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude David Mast; sons, David Carroll Mast and Charles Phillip Mast; and brothers, Bynum Ward and Robert Ward.

Mrs. Mast is survived by her sons, Claude M. Mast and wife Tammy, Christopher B. Mast, and Edward Mast and wife Kay; brother, Howard Ward; sisters, Katie Watson and Paulette Greene; and grandchildren, Britney Mast, Nicholas Mast and ThomasMast.

A celebration of Mrs. Mast’s life will be held at Yadkin Baptist Church on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at noon with Pastor Robert Livingston officiating.

Burial will immediately follow the service in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be J.R. Dickinson, Claude Mast, Christopher Mast, Edward Mast, Jeff Hamby and Greg Elrod.

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

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 Mast Family at Evans Funeral Service and Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Mast Family.

Bill Holsclaw

Bill Lee Holsclaw, 83, passed away on Thursday morning, Jan. 16, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice.

He was born June 14, 1930, in Lenoir, the son of Raymond and Eula Setzer Holsclaw.

He was a graduate of Appalachian State College, served his country in the U.S. Army and taught in both the Caldwell and Catawba County School systems. Bill retired from the Employment Security Commission as an employee counselor after 30 years of service. He served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member for more than 50 years in churches in the Catawba County area and was a loving husband and father. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Anne; his son, Marty Holsclaw and wife Lori of Conover; his daughter, Lee Anne Pruitt and husband Tom of Phoenix, Ariz.; his brother R.B. Holsclaw Jr. and wife Faye of Hudson; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Catawba Funerals and Cremations with the Revs. Fred Thompson, Dale Clark and Michael Isaacs officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Online condolences may be made at Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations are providing professional services to the Holsclaw Family.

Karen Huss

Karen Celeste Huss (Brown), 64, of Rain Valley Drive, Hudson, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. She was born June 19, 1949, in Caldwell County to the late Kenneth and Irene Kirby Huss.

Ms. Huss was a registrar at South Caldwell High School and attended First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir.

Survivors include one son, D.J. Brown and wife Jessaca of Lenoir; one daughter, Denise Allen and husband Stuart of Hudson; one sister, Jane Macchia of Hudson; grandchildren, Ragan and Ryan Brown, Nicholas, Trevor and Trent Allen; one niece, three nephews and their children.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Lenoir conducted by the Rev. Robert F. Hinman, the Rev. Robert Livingston and the Rev. Leon Morrow.

The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.

The family respectfully request memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, or First Presbyterian Church Adult Life Program, 1002 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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

Lorene Baker Hunsucker

Ethel “Lorene” Baker Hunsucker passed into her eternal reward peacefully at Trinity Village in Hickory, Jan. 17, 2014, with her family by her side at the age of 88.

She was born Ethel Lorene Baker on Feb. 18, 1925, in Catawba County to the late Caswell Lafeyette Baker and Myrtle Sigmon Baker.

She attended Oxford High School, from which she graduated. She enjoyed playing basketball and had many fond memories of those days. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Conover, where she taught Sunday school for 55 years. She was a dedicated Christian and spent her life influencing and training those around by her example as she went about the Lord’s work. At St. John’s she also served as Secretary of the Church Council, Financial Secretary and Treasurer, sang in the choir, director of the junior choir, she served on the building committee as the stained glass window chairperson, a member of the Golden Nuggets, Sunshine Ladies and Walther League.

After high school, she spent two years in Washington, D.C., with her twin sister working at the Pentagon in the Marine Medals Department. Upon returning home, she went to work for Catawba County Court at the Register of Deeds and then to the tax office and mapping later. She worked 51 years for the county and was a walking history book concerning land transactions.

At home she kept the financial records for the dairy, beef and crop farm that the family operated. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and did whatever she physically could for them, from cooking to driving them to all sorts of activities while teaching them life lessons along the way. Lorene was also very involved in keeping up with both the Baker and Hunsucker family histories.

She was very meticulous at everything she did and often said, “If anything was worth doing, it was worth doing right.” She always believed honesty was the best policy whether in business or just in our daily life and she lived it. She was a loving mother; firm but fair and passed on timeless character traits such as honesty, fairness, hard work and perseverance.

Her hobbies included gardening, canning, cooking, growing roses and African violets and doing for others.

She will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her and for those of us who accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we will see her again. She believed all of our blessings come from God and believed in giving back to Him that which is His. She loved her church and church family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Dewey C. Hunsucker; brothers, Howard G. Baker and Cecil L. Baker; sisters, Hazel B. Sigmon, Zelda B. Whitener, Willie B. Yount, Irene B. Campbell and Edna Ruth Baker at only 6 years of age; niece, Sue B. Hunsucker; and nephew, Glenn Baker.

Survivors include her son, Dan Alan Hunsucker and wife Kathy of Conover; grandchildren, Bradley R. Hunsucker and wife Miranda, Amanda Lorene Hunsucker, and John Daniel Hunsucker, all of Conover; great-grandchildren, Charlie Ray Hunsucker and Madeline Grace Hunsucker of Conover; nieces, Becky Ramsey, Libby Connor, Linda Meadlock, Janice Elmore, Carolyn Keisler, and Ruth Rockett; nephews, Harold P. Baker, Paul Yount, Hugh Yount and Fred Baker; and many great-nieces and nephews.

A Service to Celebrate Lorene’s life will be held Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Conover. The Rev. Scott D. Johnson and the Rev. Anton G. Lagoutine will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Chuck Bolliger, Bruce Ingle, Ken Hilderbran, Kevin Ramsey, Eric Conner and Tim Keisler. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald Ramsey, Greg Ramsey, Brian Ramsey, Fred Baker, Harold Baker, Paul Yount and Hugh Yount.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2126 St. John’s Church Road, Conover, NC 28613, or Trinity Village, 1265 21st St. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to all the caregivers at Trinity Village Lutheran Home on Springs Road for their tenderness, love, kindness and devotion not only to Lorene but to her family.

Condolences may be sent to the Hunsucker family at

The Hunsucker family is in the care of Robert F. Bennett, Funeral Service Licensee, 828-465-2111.