Obituaries for July 17, 2013

Jul. 16, 2013 @ 04:18 PM

Elizabeth Conrad

Elizabeth Kincaid Conrad departed this earth on Saturday, July 13, 2013, after a brief illness. She was born in Lenoir on May 10, 1920, to the late Marshall Wilfong Kincaid and Annie Clay Kincaid. She went to Greensboro to attend St. Leo's Nursing School in 1938. There she met and married Luke Conrad. Together they founded Libby Hill Seafood in 1953.

She is survived by children Kathryn Conrad of Elk Creek, Va., Ken Conrad and wife Lee of McLeansville, David Conrad and wife Shelia of Beech Mountain; grandchildren Leslie Conrad of Clemson, S.C., Ashley Conrad of Charlotte, Christian and wife Robin Conrad of Charlotte, Justin and wife Andria Conrad of Greensboro, and Luke Conrad of Qingdao, China; and five great-granddaughters. She is also survived by sisters Miriam Lawrence of Sugar Grove and Irene Wright of Greensboro. Also by her beloved Maltese, Emma Lu.

A service of Celebration was held at Muir’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Greensboro, on Tuesday, July 16, at 2 p.m.

Martha Shell

Martha Ann Toliver Shell, 72, of Lenoir passed from this earth to her heavenly home on Monday, July 15, 2013, at Frye Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 11, 1941, in Ashe County to the late Bonzy Ray and Bina Grogan Toliver.

Ms. Shell was an active member of New Hope Baptist Church, where she loved singing in the choir. Martha was a people person and loved the many friends she met along the way, from her earliest childhood until the day she was called home. She especially loved those she met after moving to Koinonia Apartments and joining the Red Hat Society.

Survivors include brothers, Kyle Toliver and wife Jeanette, and Dennis Toliver and wife Sue, both of Lenoir; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Livingston and husband Scott of Lenoir, and Mrs. Ruby Knotts and husband Al of Joppa, Md.; along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 19, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Joe Angle. Interment will follow at Laurel Haven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Drew Shell, Travis Toliver, Wayne West James Workman, Matthew Angle and Billy Miller.

Memorial contributions may be made to: New Hope Baptist Church, 3383 Gaither Walker Circle, Lenoir, NC 28645.

The family would like to thank the many friends, otherwise known as the doctors and nurses, that attended to Martha during her brief illness.

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

Jacqueline Zinn

Jacqueline Marie (Stanislaw) Zinn died peacefully on July 16, 2013, in her Chapel Hill home surrounded by her loving family.

Jacqueline is survived by her devoted husband of 33 years, Douglas C. Zinn, and their four loving children, Christopher, Jerry, James and Mary Kathryn; her faithful mother, Anne Stanislaw; her four dedicated siblings, sister Joan Shanahan and husband, Brien; brother Jerome Stanislaw and wife, Jeanine, sister Elizabeth Wilson and husband Patrick, brother James Stanislaw; Alicia Stanislaw; and her caring in-laws, Charles and Mary Zinn. She was blessed with 12 wonderful nieces and nephews: Conor and Regan Shanahan; Blake, Davis and Liza Stanislaw; Madeline, Laurel, Mara and Liam Wilson; Gwyneth, Phoebe and Lilly Stanislaw. Jacqueline is also survived by two maternal aunts, Eleanor Verba, and Joan Crowe and husband, Jim; and one paternal aunt, Doris Jean Vinkler and husband Paul. She was pre-deceased by her beloved father, Jerome J. Stanislaw, M.D.

Jacqueline was born in St. Louis, Mo., on Jan. 3, 1957, to Dr. & Mrs. Jerome J. Stanislaw. She spent most of her childhood in Warren, Ohio, graduating from John F. Kennedy High School in 1975. She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1979 and received her MBA from UNC Business School (now Kenan Flager) in 1989.

Jacqueline joined Burroughs Wellcome in 1983 as a Clinical Research Associate I. She progressed through several positions of increasing responsibility culminating as a Clinical Research Scientist III. She made significant contributions to projects in the Hematology/Inflammation and Cardiovascular Sections including initiating and monitoring the first Burroughs Wellcome Co. IND-sponsored study conducted in Europe. Jacqueline then joined the R&D Project Management department within Glaxo Wellcome and contributed to the development of several successful drugs (ZybanÒ, LamictalÒ, LanoxinÒ) and worked across a number of therapeutic areas (neurosciences, cardiovascular, metabolic). Jacqueline then turned her attention to developing new project managers, firstly as a section manager and finally within GlaxoSmithKline as the head of the project management group based in RTP.

Whatever the task, Jacqueline began it with alacrity, and completed it in an orderly, diligent and expeditious manner. Whether she was competing in triathlons, working on NDA’s for GSK, or running training sessions, she was always very thorough and committed to excellence. The role, of which she was most proud, was mother. When she was watching her children mature by playing in sports, participating in school activities, and relaxing at home or on family vacations, Jacqueline received her greatest joy.

Jacqueline was passionate about dance as a young child and carried that throughout her life. She had over decades-long tenures as a dancer with the Warren Civic Ballet Company in Warren, Ohio, and the Chapel Hill Ballet Company. She was a student in the first American Dance Festival at Duke University in 1978, after which she was a steadfast attendee of dance performances every year through 2012.

Jacqueline was extremely grateful for the overwhelming support she received from her family, the Saint Thomas More Church and School community, dear friends, office colleagues at GlaxoSmithKline, and the dedicated and caring health care providers at Duke University Medical Center and beyond. These loving individuals gave her tremendous strength and courage to persevere throughout her challenging battle with cancer and her end-of-life experience.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 10 a.m. Saturday from St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Chapel Hill. In lieu of flowers contributions in Jacqueline’s name may be made to the Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center, the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC On-line memorials: Arrangements are under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

Margaret Lawson

Mrs. Margaret Griffin Lawson, 84, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Lenoir Park. She was born in Burke County on Oct. 27, 1928, to the late Fred and Annie Shew Griffin. She was married to the late Cecil M. Lawson.

Mrs. Lawson was a member of the Church of God of the Union Assembly in Icard. She retired from Alba Hosiery in Valdese after 43 years of service.

Other than her husband and parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Fred Mitch Griffin.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandi L. Crouch, and son-in-law, Tracy W. Crouch of Dudley Shoals; sister, Betty G. Lowman; granddaughter, Gina H. Teague and husband Scott; grandsons, Mason and Abram Teague; and several nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Brian Lowman of South Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh officiating.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be sent to Caldwell Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Mrs. Lawson’s family would like to express their love and gratitude to her extended family of caregivers at Lenoir Park for the wonderful care given to her for the past 12 years.

Online condolences may be sent to the Lawson Family at

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

Luther Billings

Luther Frank Billings, 69, of Hudson passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, at his residence.

Mr. Billings was born in Caldwell County to the late Luther Gilmore Billings and Mary Arnett Billings. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Ada Parsons Billings, and a sister, Leona Raines. He was retired from the furniture industry and was a member of Hibriten Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Alicia Dye and husband Eddie of Hudson; his grandchildren, Daniel Dye, Kalin Toler and Gracie Toler, all of Hudson; his brothers Ronnie Billings Sr. of Lenoir, Wayne Billings of Texas, Randy Billings of Lenoir, Mike Billings of Denver, N.C., and Larry Billings of Hudson, and his sisters Nancy Carpenter of Granite Falls and Maxine Arnold of Hudson.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with Mr. Bud McLean officiating. Burial will follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home prior to the service from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jimmy Henson, Larry Billings, Randy Billings, Danny Billings, Donald Poole and Rick Foster.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Luther Frank Billings.

Online condolences to the family may be placed at