Obituaries for Feb. 19, 2013

Feb. 19, 2013 @ 07:45 AM

Beverly Jones

Beverly Jones, age 40, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2013.

She was born November 7, 1972 in Burke County, NC, to Katherine Helton Coffing and Jack Cornett.

She is survived by her husband, Mark Jones of the home; three daughters; Meredith Barlow and husband, Allen of Hubert, NC, Tiffany Jones and Ashley Jones of Hudson, NC. 

She is also survived by two brothers; Allen and Michael Cornett, and two sisters; Mechele Smith and Kimberly Robins.  In addition, she is survived by four grandchildren; Alyssa, Ely, Kassie and Hope.

The family will receive friends at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 3347 Christie Road in Hudson, NC  28638 on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 1 to 2 PM.  The service will follow at 2:00 PM with Rev. Clyde Bumgarner, Rev. David Jones and Rev. Tommy Jones officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mackie Funeral Home is serving the Jones family. You may view the obituary online at


Wayne Waters

Wayne Gordon Waters, 75, of Dallas, Texas, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. He was born Nov. 10, 1937.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Grace and Grady Waters, and sister Linda Marie Phillips.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Carolyn Waters of Dallas, Texas; daughter, Angela Waters and fiancé Roberto Andersen of Dallas, Texas; and brothers Jerry Lee Waters of Lenoir, and Dennis Waters and partner Lyndal Tharp of Southlake, Texas.

Wayne will be missed by all who knew him for his lively personality and his adventurous soul. He was a loyal husband, father, brother and friend. He had dealt with many adversities in his life and met each challenge head on and courageously with a sharp wit and a generous sense of humor. He passed away peacefully in his sleep, probably dreaming of having a royal flush.

No services will be conducted at this time. Wayne willed his body to the study of science at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.


Lisa Widener


Lisa “Lilly” Ruth Widener, 802 Oakwood Street, Lenoir, went Home to be with the Lord during the early morning hours of February 17, 2013.

A special gift from God, she was born April 25, 1961, in Lenoir, to Rev. Gyles A. and L. Ruth Beane Widener of the home.  In addition to her parents, she is survived by three brothers and their spouses: Tim & Lesa Widener of Lenoir; Mark & Sharon Widener of North Myrtle Beach, SC; and Nathan Widener of North Myrtle Beach, SC.  She is also survived by her nieces and nephews whom she cared for as her own: Rachel (Rachel Poo) Widener of Lenoir; Rebecca (Hopply) & Curt Calloway of Huntsville, AL; Stephanie (Stephie May Clampett) & Adam Vickers of Hickory; Mark A. (Marcus Welby) Widener of North Myrtle Beach; Tiffany (Tippy Toes) Widener of North Myrtle Beach; Shiloh (Shiloh Bilo) Widener of North Myrtle Beach; and step-nephews, Derik Matthews of North Myrtle Beach; and Alex & Jordan Smith of Lenoir.

Lilly was blessed with several great nieces and nephews: Christian, Pyper, & Kolby Calloway; Gyles Mason Gryder; Alyssa & Aaliyah Vickers; and Maci Taylor Widener.

As a young child she was named as the Poster Child for Handicapped Children in Rogersville, Tennessee, in 1969, and in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1974.  She was also a nominee for the National Poster Child for Handicapped Children in Tennessee and Alabama. 

Besides being a prayer warrior, she was a member of the musical group, The Widener Family, where she sang and played a variety of instruments including tambourine, cabasa, harmonica and harp.  She was member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Nebo, NC.  Not only did she love her family members, but she also loved her church family as if they were her own flesh and blood.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at Evans Funeral Service, Lenoir, NC, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Her Celebration of Life will be Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1065 Paddy’s Creek Road, Nebo, NC, 28761, at 1:00 pm, with Rev. Gyles Timothy Widener officiating and the Southern Gospel group, Galilee, singing.  The family will again receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC, 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Widener Family at

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