Obituaries for July 20, 2013

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 04:09 PM

Joseph Martin

Lord, we just want to thank you for allowing our family to have Joe “JW” for 65 years. Thank You, Lord! Thank You, Lord! Thank You, Lord! Joe has fought various health issues, but the Great Master, God, called him home to rest on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

O, Give thanks unto the Lord for He is good. For His mercy endureth forever! We begin Joe's tribute as we began his mom's tribute from the words of Maya Angelou:

And when great souls die,

After a period peace blooms,

Slowly and always irregularly.

Spaces fill with a kind of

Soothing electric vibration.

Our senses, restored, never

To be the same, whisper to us

They existed. They existed.

A memorial service will be held 4 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at Simpson’s Mortuary in Inglewood, Calif.

Joseph Walter Martin “JW” was born in Wilkesboro the 25th of February 1948 to the late Ralph William Martin Sr. and the late Ruby Louella Barber Martin. He was the fourth of seven children – five boys and two girls. The late Rev. R.W. and Ruby Barber and the late Mr. Robert and Lena Martin were his loving grandparents. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Williams Martin Jr.; and a sister and brother-in-law, Gwendolyn Martin and Clarence Hood.

Joe attended Lincoln Heights School. He joined New Damascus Baptist Church at an early age.

Joe lived in Lenoir for a brief period of time. During that time, he was employed by Broyhill/Bernhardt. In 1969,  Joe and his cousin, Rick Barber, took a Greyhound bus from North Carolina to California to explore a new life. While living in Inglewood, Joe married Barboure M. Willoughby, and to this union was born two daughters, Tanja and Taj-Zsa, before the marriage dissolved.

Joe was a member of the Corvette Club and he was a truck driver for Bullocks Department Store for approximately 20 years. He received numerous medals for his safe driving record and the number of years he had driven (10 years, 12 years and 14  years).

Joe “JW” was a very jovial person who enjoyed meeting people wherever he went. It did not matter the socio-economic level; he just liked making new friends. He was also a huge "Lakers" fan, loved watching Westerns and cruising in his Corvette.

Left to cherish his big smile and his loving memories are two daughters, Tanja Chere Martin and Taj-Zsa Marie Martin; big sister, J. Linda Martin; three younger brothers, Nelson H. Martin (Cathy), Douglas G. Martin (Pamela) and Reggie M. Martin (Jematta); one sister-in-law, Susan Martin; nieces, Vanessa Hood Fox, Tonya Hood Morgan, China Kanique Martin, Anisa Martin Nelson and Mariah Sinead Martin; nephews, William Shane Martin, Nelson Greg Martin, Lamar Jerome Martin, Michael Hood, Geoffrey Hood, Troy Hood, Aaron Udell Elliott and Darren Udell Elliott; grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins, loved ones, friends, and neighbors. Joe has a treasured friend, Kiter, who resides in Charlotte.

We will all miss him in the flesh but his charismatic spirit will remain in our memories forever. From Joe's sister, “I love you, J." It  saddens my heart when those of us bring out so much about you that is so untrue. You have taken flight and gone home. Rest in Peace, my brother, Rest in Peace. May God bless JW and keep him until we're all together again.

Elaine Cole

Elaine Mary Brant Cole, 97, of Hudson went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Born March 26, 1916, in Philadelphia, Penn., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Katherine Brant.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Harvey S. Cole, and one grandson, Gregory S. Cole.

She is survived by two daughters, Elaine Allan of Hickory and Wendy Griffith of Hudson; twin sons, Harvey S. Cole Jr. of Souderton, Penn., and John W. Cole of Kempton, Penn.; 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Mackie Funeral Home Chapel, Granite Falls.

Online condolences can be placed online to the family at www.

Caden Crisp

Infant Caden Daniel Chester Crisp of Harmony Lane, Hudson, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. He was born in Caldwell County on July 18, 2013, to Derrick and Brandy Crisp-Chester.

Survivors in addition to the parents include three brothers, Caleb Crisp-Chester, Nate Chester and Elijah Chester, all of the home; one sister, Roxie Chester of the home; maternal grandmother and step-grandfather Tammy K. and Jeff Phillips of Lenoir; maternal grandfather, Rick Crisp of Lenoir; and paternal grandparents Harvey and Libby Chester of Ferguson.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Kidney Foundation of North Carolina, 5950 Fairview Road, Suite 708, Charlotte, NC 28210.

Online condolences may be left at

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Jean King

Jean Gross King, 72, passed away July 19, 2013, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 21, 1940,  to the late Gaither and Maggie Townsend Gross. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles King, a sister, Geraldine Lail, and two brothers, Daniel and George Gross.

Surviving are her sons, Gather ( Vivian) King and Terry (Emily) King; daughters, Loretta (Ricky) Matney, Donna (William) Millman, Phyllis (Bruce) Byrd and Kim Eller; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Garrett and Mary Ann Wiseman.

There will be a funeral service Monday at 10 a.m. at Hickory Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Wilkies Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Hickory Funeral Home.

Hickory Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.