Obituaries for July 28, 2013

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 09:11 PM

Kenneth A. Powell

Kenneth Alton Powell, M.D., 78, of Rutherford College passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013, at Sunnybrook Assisted Living Center in Hendersonville following a period of declining health.

Dr. Powell was born on Dec. 23, 1934, in Mecklenburg County to the late Floyd J. Powell and Clara S. Powell. He was a United States Army Veteran, was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Ken opened a family practice office 50 years ago across from Valdese General Hospital, after his military service. He was a hometown doctor who delivered babies and made house calls for many years. After he retired, he enjoyed many years of flying, traveling and enjoying life.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his son, Kenneth A. Powell Jr. and his brother, Douglas Powell.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia Hendrix Powell of the home; his daughter, Sandy Searson of Drexel; and his granddaughter, Allie Searson of Savannah, Ga.

A Graveside Service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 29, at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary at Waldensian Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Mike Sears officiating.

In lieu of receiving friends, celebrate life in honor of Dr. Powell.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Waldensian Presbyterian Church, 109 Main St. East, Valdese, NC 28690, or the Alzheimers Association, 1265 A. 21st St. NE, Hickory, N.C. 28601.

An online guestbook and obituary is available at

Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Powell family.

Mack Calvin Edmisten

Mack Calvin Edmisten, ,89, of Green Valley Place in Lenoir died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir. He was born Jan. 16, 1924, in Caldwell County to the late W. Roby Edmisten and Emma R. Shoemake Edmisten. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Warren Edmisten; brothers, William H. “Pete” Edmisten, Woodrow W. Edmisten, B. Shuford Edmisten, Glen Edmisten, Howard B. “Mose” Edmisten, James W. Edmisten, R. Cody Edmisten; sisters, Mae Green, Lucy Shatley, Florence McNeely and Belle Edmisten.

Mr. Edmisten was a retired Assistant Fire Chief for the Lenoir Fire Department, served as chief of Valmead Fire Department for 12 years, and was instrumental in organizing this fire department. He was a lifelong member of Lenoir Community Church, where he served as a deacon, collector and trustee. He was also a United States World War II Army Veteran.

Survivors include his son, Mack W. “Buddy” Edmisten and wife Janet of Lenoir; one daughter, Marlene Edmisten Setzer and husband Tony of Lenoir; grandchildren, Amy Setzer Tuttle, Angela Setzer White, Beth Setzer Miller, Mark Edmisten and Kris Edmisten; and nine great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday, July 30, at 11 a.m. at Lenoir Community Church conducted by Pastor Daniel McGee. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mr. Edmisten’s grandsons and great-grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Lenoir Fire Department, Valmead Fire Department and retirees.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or Lenoir Community Church, 1002 Lower Creek Drive, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

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

Alice Haas

Friends and family are invited to a memorial celebration of the life of Alice Avett Haas. The service will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Hudson United Methodist Church, 383 Main St., Hudson, NC 28638.

George Preston Taylor

George Preston Taylor, 58, of Lenoir passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative – Robbins Center.

Born in Washington County, Tenn., he was the son of the late Ernest Peters and Helen Frances Taylor. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Jeanne Taylor, and Ann Miller and husband Chris Miller, all of Lenoir; the mother of his children, Reba Green; grandchildren, Harley Nicole Taylor, Donovan Taylor, Montell Killian, Ke’Onna Killian, Will-Will Killian, Jau’Da Killian, and E’maane’ Killian: one great-grandchild, Rayne Taylor; one sister, Linda Taylor, and one brother, Joe Anders.

Services will be held at a later date.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Taylor family.

Royster Wolfe

Royster Elizabeth Laws Wolfe, 90, of Boomer died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Wilkes Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Wolfe was born April 6, 1923, in Wilkes County to Thomas Wesley and Rosetta Williams Laws. She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Boomer. She was a well-known quilt maker and many people cherished her quilting talent. She had a special and wonderful sense of humor. She loved flowers, birds and old time gospel music. She was a wonderful storyteller, always keeping writings of her childhood and times gone by. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all. Mrs. Wolfe was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Delbert Richard Wolfe; three brothers, Lonnie Williams, Albert Williams, Walter Glenn Williams; and three sisters, Lois Williams, Opal Clarke and Flossie Laws.

Surviving are three sons, Thomas Wolfe, Johnnie Wolfe and wife Sherry, all of Boomer, Ernest Wolfe and wife Darlene of Killeen, Texas; four daughters, Alice Parsons and husband Dwight of Boomer, Julie Petros of Winston Salem, Linda Hefner and husband Johnny of Taylorsville, Gaynell Eller and husband Allen of Boomer; one brother, Burton Laws of Boomer; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren; her daughter and son-in-law, Gaynell and Allen Eller were her loving caregivers over the past three years.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, at Zion Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Webb and the Rev. Tim DeBorde officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Flowers will be accepted. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to

Pallbearers will be Cori Wolfe, Michael Petros, Patrick Brote, Derek Wolfe, Scott Parsons and Dexter Osborne.