Obituaries for Oct. 12, 2013

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

William Yount

William “Boyd” Yount (Pop), 82, of Blueberry Drive, Granite Falls, was welcomed in the Lord’s arms Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. He was born Jan. 11, 1931, in Caldwell County to the late Lester and Maybelle Reid Yount. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife Martha Tucker and brothers, Dale and Roger Yount.

Survivors include his “Doll” (wife), Jean Yount; daughter Angie Yount and husband David; two sons, Kenneth Yount and wife Debbie of Yermo, Calif., and Terry Dean Craig; sister, Barbara Jane Buchanan and husband Charles; grandchildren, Jeannie Yount-Hawkins and husband Shannon, Tiffany Craig Hannah and husband Brad, Terry Craig Jr., Matthew Yount and wife Carolyn, Amanda Yount Dokie and husband Jason; great-grandchildren, Indigo and Alana Hawkins, Ireland and Morgan Hannah, Rylan Dokie, and Hannah Yount.

Boyd was a dedicated man to the Rhodhiss community by serving in the Ruritan Club, with 23 years perfect attendance. Together they created a library, community garden, worked with the boys’ home, and did repairs throughout the community, along with much more. He served as president, vice president, director, song leader and was on the board of directors. He also served as zone governor for the Northwest NC Ruritan District.

Boyd was also a loyal worker of Burlington Mills (Pacific Mills). He worked as manager, supervisor and lead-supervisor of third shift. He obtained 33 years perfect attendance and could recall walking out with his last worker when the mill closed. He completed medical self-help classes to aid the people in his community. He continued being devoted to his work as a truck driver for 19 years. He received over 2 million miles safe driving with W&L Motor Lines. In addition he served as a past deacon at First Baptist Church Rhodhiss. Since retiring he focused on raising a big garden, canning, and spending time with his dogs and a loyal “member” of the Hardee’s breakfast club. He thoroughly enjoyed fishing, hunting and cutting wood. He was a past member of the Bee Keeper Association, a member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the National Republican Committee, and life-time member of the North American Fishing Club. He was also a supporter of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. He was a pillar to his community and family and a role model to everyone that called him Paw Boyd.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m. Oct. 12, 2013, at First Baptist Church Rhodhiss with the Rev. Rick Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Lovelady Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Shannon Hawkins, Brad Hannah, Scott Ingle, Matt Tester, Scott Coffey, Chris Craig, and honorary Terry Craig Jr.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. The family would like to thank all the amazing nurses of hospice for services they provide, and special thanks to Carla Sherill.

Bass-Smith Granite is serving the family of Mr. William Boyd Yount.

Online condolences may be made at

Shirley Robbins

Shirley Herman Robbins of Kingston Residence, Hickory, formerly of Lenoir, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at the Jack and Shirley Robbins Center of Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson.

Shirley was born April 23, 1930, in Caldwell County to the late Cecil J. Herman and Ruby Crotts Herman. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Warren E. (Bill) Kirby, and her second husband, T. M. (Jack) Robbins, her sister, Betty Campbell and her brother, Allen Herman.

She is survived by one niece, Carolyn Herman Teach of Naples, Fla., and one grandnephew, David Teach of Tampa, Fla.; and three sisters-in-law, Carolyn Robbins Sigmon of Hickory, Kathryn Robbins Jackson of Lenoir and Margaret Bradford Robbins of Hudson. Also left to cherish her memory are Kay and Gary Lambert, Special Friends and caregivers.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Hudson, conducted by the Rev. Mack Jarvis and Dr. Wade Dellinger. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 until 2 p.m. at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Garrett Lambert, Brent McCall, Ross Cowan, Ronnie Simmons, Ben Davis and Jerry Crump. Honorary pallbearers will be Mrs. Catherine Teague, Mrs. Margaret Sullivan, Mrs. Thelma Hawkins, Mrs. Helen Kincaid, Mr. James K (Whitey) Hawkins, Mr. Boyd Wilson and Dr. Donald Lackey.

The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home & Crematory of Lenoir.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hudson at 345 Main St., Hudson, NC 28638, or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Curtis Robbins

Robert Curtis Robbins, 86, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Caldwell Hopsice. Mr. Robbins was born in Caldwell County on Sept. 23, 1927, to the late Oscar Jones Robbins and Cora Mae Tuttle Robbins. He was married to Rayma Lou Kirby Robbins of the home for 61 years. He was a beloved husband, father, papa and friend. He was faithful in his work for the Lord at Crest View Baptist Church.

Mr. Robbins was a veteran of the U.S. Army and later retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 28 years of service.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Oscar Carroll Robbins.

Other than his wife, he is survived by his son, Steven Robbins and wife Linda; grandson, Andrew Coffey and wife Annie; grandson, Christopher Robbins and wife Suzy; great-granddaughter, Bailey Robbins; grandson, Brian Robbins and wife Lauren; granddaughter, Stephanie Robbins and fiancée Jeff Thumm; son John Robbins and wife Sharon; granddaughter, Amy Smith and husband Eric; great-granddaughter, Sawyer Anne; grandsons, Benjamin Smith and Henry Smith; grandson, Andrew Robbins and wife Carrie; great-granddaughters, Grace Robbins, McKinley Robbins, and Carter Finwall; great-grandson, Scott Robbins; daughter Anne Wilcox and husband Daniel; grandsons, Danny Wilcox and Kyle Wilcox.

A celebration of Mr. Robbins’ life will be held at Crest View Baptist Church on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Mike Isaacs officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Blue Ridge Memorial Park with military honors.

Pallbearers will be Mr. Robbins’ grandsons.

The family will receive friends at Crest View Baptist Church on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Crest View Baptist Church Building Fund, 1908 Blowing Rock Blvd., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Robbins’ Family at

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

Charles Conley

Charles Edward Conley, 59, passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by Freeman's Funeral Home of Chapmansville, W.Va.

Evans Funeral Service of Lenoir is assisting the Conley Family.

Richard Dula

Richard Stanley Dula, 75, of Roy Dula Place, Lenoir, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at Valdese General Hospital. He was born Feb. 20, 1938 in Caldwell County to the late Rufus M. and Alberta Michaux Dula. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by granddaughter, Kenyell Dula; one brother and four sisters.

Mr. Dula was a retired supervisor in the furniture industry. He was a member of Dulatown Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jerlene Hood Dula of the home; three sons, Eric S. Dula of Lenoir, Derrick M. Dula and wife Denise of Lake James, and Anthony D. Dixon and wife Shonna of Lenoir; three daughters, Tommie Gale Dula, Terry Denise Dula and Corneda Lynn Dula, all of Lenoir; three brothers, James R. Dula and wife Thelma, Fredrick Dula and Steven Dula, all of Lenoir; one sister, Wilma Carter; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Dulatown Presbyterian Church conducted by the Rev. Elizah Freeman. Interment will follow at Dulatown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mr. Dula’s nephew. Flowers bearers will be his nieces.

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