Obituaries for July 12, 2013

Jul. 11, 2013 @ 05:31 PM

Bud Patterson

On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, our loving and all-wise Heavenly Father, the Alpha and Omega, called home James Arnold “Bud” Patterson of Lenoir. He departed this life at the age of 71 at Caldwell Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

Mr. Patterson was born Jan. 12, 1942. in Lenoir, North Carolina and was the son of the late Ida Mae and A.Y. Patterson. He was a loving father and grandfather, a soft-spoken brother, and a friend to everyone he met. He was affectionately known as “Uncle Bud,” whether you were family or not. A legend in his own time, “Bud” was a free spirit, an exceptional dancer, an avid bike-rider, and was always the life of the party.

He was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church. Mr. Patterson was a graduate of Freedman High School and attended Fayetteville State University, majoring in biology, Charlotte Business College majoring in auto mechanics and a graduate of Caldwell Community College with an Associate's Degree in computer programming and CNA.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper. He was honorably discharged after six years of serving in Korea, Vietnam, Germany, Guam, Australia, Panama and Puerto Rico.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Patterson was employed at Lenoir Healthcare Center, Bentley Roofing, Burlington Mills, and Bernhardt, Kincaid and Harper Furniture factories. He also worked in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. While working at Burlington Mills, he was part of the production team that manufactured the U.S. flag NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong anchored on the moon in that historic landing in 1969.

Mr. Patterson was a member of the Elk’s Lodge, We the People organization and Post 231 Harper Witherspoon Legion.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Norman Fredrick Patterson, and two sisters, Mary Jo P. Pegram and Sheila P. Bailey. Those left to cherish his memory are four sons, James Patterson Jr. of Willingboro, N.J., Pierre and Arnold Stone-Patterson of Charlotte, and Tyrone Stone-Patterson of Lenoir; one daughter, Keysha Daniels of Lenoir; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Betty Martin of Winston-Salem, Joan Suddreth of Lenoir, Margaret (David) Smith of Lenoir, and Arvette (Theodore) Pearson of Charlotte; four brothers, Michael (Mattie) Patterson of Lenoir, Henry (Crystal) Patterson of Hickory, Richard Patterson of Charlotte, and Chris “Joey” Patterson of Lenoir; special friends, Dewey Link, Steve Phillips, and Roger Witherspoon; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Lenoir at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 1-1:55 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Paul A.M.E. Church at 443 Finley Ave., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Ebony Funeral Services of Lenoir is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to

Mack Triplett

Mack Triplett, 79, of Granite Falls went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, July 11. Now he strolls the streets of glory with his parents, Zebulon Vance and Georgia Hall Triplett.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Glen Triplett, Hubert Triplett, Tamery Triplett, Comadore Triplett, William Triplett and his twin, Jack Triplett; and his sisters, Nina Ray Edmisten, Mable Keller and Anna Watson.

With his departure from this life to his eternal home in Heaven, he leaves his wife of 40 years, 11 months, Janet Summerow Triplett. Others he leaves behind to cherish his memory are his three sons: Tracy (Diane) of Hudson, Mack “Daryl” (Sandra) of Lenoir, and Travis (Beverly) of Hudson; one daughter, Sharon Keller (Charles) of Hudson; two stepsons, Mike Wilson (Pamela) of Morganton, and Jeffery “Darryl” Wilson of the home; and his only surviving sister, Hazel Triplett Aldridge of Lenoir. From all of his children listed above he had 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, who will always remember him as their beloved Pawpaw Monkey.

Mack loved his Lord, family, friends, church and bluegrass music. He enjoyed playing music with his friends: Jack Thompson, Chuck Jenkins, Andy Miller and other bluegrass picking buddies in the Overall Gang.

A celebration of Mack’s life will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 4 with Pastor John Jernigan officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be: Phillip Walker, Adam Triplett, Dedrick Long, Jason Dancy, Josh Dancy, and Junior Watson.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 prior to the service.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be sent to Caldwell Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645, or American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979.

Online condolences may be sent to the Triplett Family at

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

Carolyn Wyatt

Carolyn Casey Wyatt, 71, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Frye Regional Medical Center.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the Wyatt Family at