Obituaries for Aug. 1, 2014

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 05:10 PM

Arthur Bailey

Arthur C. Bailey, 93, of Louisville, Ohio, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2014, at the home of his grandson, Kurt Murrey. Born Aug. 4, 1920, in Frank, N.C., to Dover and Jenny Bailey. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II earning a rank of Staff Sergeant with honorable discharge. He was employed at the Ford Motor Company Local 542 for 39 years, eight months as an upset operator. He was a member of the First Church of the Resurrection in Canton.

He was preceeded in death by his wife, Hestella, eight siblings, and a great-granddaughter, Ashlie S. Murrey. He is survived by one daughter, Peggy Murrey; three grandsons, Ronald, Keith (Kimberly), and Kurt, all of Massillon, Ohio; two great-grandsons, Mason and fiancée Caroline Luna of Columbus, Ohio, and Marc of Massillon, Ohio; his loving companion, Bernice Garner of Louisville, Ohio; sister Jennie Mathis of Beech Bottom; and brother Grover Bailey of Lenoir.

His final resting place will be the Bailey Family Cemetery, Beech Bottom. The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Stark County for all their great care, his caregivers Becky, Christina, Monica, Nancy, Sharon and Lisa who were with him constantly and gave him great care, and most of all Kurt for all he has done over the last three weeks.

Gary Cozort

George Gary Cozort, 75, of Drexel passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Drexel. Born Aug. 20, 1938, in Caldwell County, he was the son of the late Stuart Lee Cozort Sr. and Margaret Mae Keever Cozort of Morganton. Gary was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Jane Wilkinson Cozort of Valdese, and his brother-in-law, Richard Cook of Florida.

Gary is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sue Cook Cozort; two daughters, Patricia Kim and husband Ken Kay of Jupiter, Fla., and Kathy Cozort Oliver of Drexel; and two grandchildren, Brianna Leigh Oliver of Washington, D.C., and Dan Thomas Cozort Oliver of Raleigh, a student at N.C. State University.

Gary is also survived by seven siblings, Stuart Cozort Jr. and wife JoAnn of Conover, Ben Cozort of Valdese, Sybil Butler and husband Jerry of Glen Alpine, Nancy Clark and husband George of Oak Hill, Dottie Fox and husband Ronnie of Salem, Dale Cozort and wife Rachel of Morganton, Jack Cozort and wife Kathy of Raleigh, along with many nieces and nephews. Furthermore, he is survived by sister-in-law Dwaina Renee Cook Humphries and husband Don of Charlotte, and Harold Dean Cook, brother-in-law, of Charlotte.

Gary was owner and operator of Cozort Builders alongside his father for more than 45 years and retired from Blue Ridge Community Action. He was a member of Drexel First Baptist Church, where he served on the Board of Deacons, as well as several other committees of the church. Gary served on the first board of Burke County Hospice, was a retired member of the Triple Community Fire Department, the Drexel Fair Board, and was involved in activities that were held in and around the Drexel Community alongside his wife – Drexel Street Festivals, the Singing Christmas Tree, and the Drexel Alumni Association. He also constructed stages for the high school musicals held in and around Drexel. Outside his activities of service, George Gary enjoyed fishing, growing his garden, and spending time with family and friends.

A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Drexel First Baptist Church followed by a receiving of friends. The Rev. Dr. Robert Shepherd will officiate. The casket will lie in state at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory, 940 29th Ave., NE, Hickory, NC 28601, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. A private committal service for family will be held at Burke Memorial Park prior to the service.

Pallbearers are his six nephews: Stuart Cozort III, Chris Cozort, Jeff Butler, Travis Clark, Randy Fox and Jackson Cozort. Honorary pallbearers are retired members of the Triple Community Fire Department who served alongside Gary, as well as members of his Sunday school class at Drexel First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Gary to Drexel First Baptist Church Music Fund, P.O. Box 301, Drexel, NC 28619, or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

Condolences may be sent to the Cozort family at

Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Hickory is honored to be serving the Cozort family.

Flay Godfrey

Flay George Godfrey, 87, of Lenoir died Monday, July 28, 2014. Memorial services will be held Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. at The Disabled American Veterans Home, 4113 Hickory Nut Ridge Road, Hudson.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family.

Verlie Duncan

Verlie Estelle Brown Duncan, 92, of Lenoir fell asleep in death on Thursday, July 30, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson. She now sleeps awaiting the return of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the glorious change to life everlasting at his appearing. She was born on Nov. 11, 1921, to the late Jesse J. Brown and Judy Walker Brown in Taylorsville. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; the Rev. Z.B. Duncan; a brother, Horace Brown; three sisters, Mary Monroe, Nadine Barnett and Emma Roberts; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Duncan, as the wife of a minister, accompanied her husband on numerous revivals and speaking engagements and welcomed numerous family, friends, and visitors into their home during their active ministry. She was a charter member of the Church of Resurrection Hope of the Church of God of Abrahamic Faith. As a dedicated, faithful member of the church, she sometimes taught Sunday school and was a current member of the church choir and the Grace Holden Circle. Mrs. Duncan also influenced and inspired the lives of many children and young adults by her life and classes she taught in numerous youth camps of the Carolina and Southeast Conferences of the Church of God.

Mrs. Duncan worked as a pairer in several hosiery mills, but she was first and foremost a wife, a mother, and a homemaker. She was an avid seamstress and enjoyed crocheting and cross-stitching. She cross-stitched numerous pictures as gifts for family and friends and won several blue ribbons at the county fair. She enjoyed cooking and baking and was renowned for her coconut crème pies.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Clontz and husband Jerry of Lenoir, and Wanda Keller and husband Jimmie of Lenoir; two sons, Timothy Duncan of Lenoir, and Paul Duncan and wife Mary of Lenoir; a sister, Joan Rowe of Conover; a brother, Archie Brown of Hickory; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Pastor James Ritch and Pastor Dennis Baldwin. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens of Lenoir.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Church of God of Resurrection Hope, 2385 Walt Arney Road, Lenoir, NC 28645, or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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

Jack Rowell

Jack Allen Rowell, 55, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center. He was born in Newport News, Va., on Sept. 28, 1958, to the late Dan M. Rowell and Lillian Rose Rowell. Jack was married for 35 years to Karon Noblitt Rowell of the home.

Jack was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved racing, trains, collecting coins and he enjoyed listening to music.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Rowell Sr. and Ray Rowell.

Other than his wife he is survived by his children, Krystel Rowell-Howard and husband Richard; Shasta Keller and husband Danny; sisters, Ruth Ann Sloane, Julia Lowman and husband Gary, and Barbara Moyer and husband Ken; and granddaughters, Jackie Pickett and Lilly Keller. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Kathy Autin and husband Bruce; brother-in-law Gerald Noblitt and wife Lisa; sister-in-law Bonnie Holsclaw and husband Mark; and a special aunt, Linda Poole.

A memorial service for Jack will be held in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, with Evangelist Matt Cubbage officiating.

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

Online condolences may be sent to the Rowell Family at

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the Rowell Family.

Bill Triplett

Billy Ray Triplett, 85, of Lenoir passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir. Born June 17, 1929, in Caldwell County, Mr. Triplett was a son of the late Charles Monroe and Ida Greene Triplett and the husband of the late Betty Ward Triplett.

Other than his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Doug Triplett.

Mr. Triplett was a loving husband, father and grandfather, known for being a hard-working man. He had retired as materials manager with Lenoir Furniture Corporation. He was a member of Miller Hill Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and music director for more than 50 years.

He is survived by his three children, Larry Triplett and wife Brenda of Hudson; Lorrie Spencer and husband Joe of Lenoir; Lisa Grimley and husband Bill of Granite Falls; four sisters, Joan Houk and husband Camuel of Lenoir, Ruth Daye of Morganton, Sue Smith of Hudson, and Judy Farmer of Lenoir; five grandchildren, Toni Sain, Amanda Hartley, Lesley Spencer, Rebecca Spencer, and Emily Spencer; and four great-grandchildren, Samantha, Hayley, Benjamin and Adam. He is also survived by a special aunt, Christine Hoyle and husband James of Asheville; and his very special friend, Helen Craig of Lenoir.

A service celebrating the life of Mr. Triplett will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at Miller Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Walsh and the Rev. Michael McKee officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends on Saturday prior to the service from 12 until 2 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Gene Bryson, Tom Byerly, George Hamby, David Pope, Alan Smith and Jim Watson. Honorary Pallbearers will be J.W. Crouse, Camuel Houk, Herb Howell and Jerry Setzer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Miller Hill Baptist Church, 1230 Virginia St. SW, Lenoir, NC 28645 or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Triplett Family at

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