Obituaries for April 9, 2014

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 04:36 PM

Norma Wilcox

Norma Clark Wilcox, 77 of Hickory passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

No services are scheduled. Bass-Smith Granite is serving the family of Norma Clark Wilcox.

John Porter

John J. Porter, 49, of Granite Falls went home to his Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Hospital in Hickory. He was born Sept. 27, 1964, the son of John Joseph Porter Sr. and Jean Bentley Porter.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Porter of the home; one daughter, Scarlet Porter of the home; one sister, Beverly Downs and husband Terry of Texas; one brother, James Porter of Gamewell; one nephew and five nieces.

He was a dedicated father and husband, and best known as a musician.

A Celebration of Life Service will be Thursday, April 10, at Mountain Grove Baptist Church at 6 p.m. with Henry Starnes officiating. Burial will be private.

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

Anna Townsend

Anna "Tressie" Austin Townsend, 85, of Hickory passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice. Visitation will be Friday, April 11, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral will follow at 3 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service Chapel.

Eugene Purcell Jr.

The Rev. Eugene George Purcell Jr., 92, of Lenoir died Monday, April 7, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.

Mary Throneburg

Mary Elizabeth Suddreth Throneburg, 90, of Throneburg Road, Morganton, died Monday, April 7, 2014, at Caldwell UNC Health Care. She was born Nov. 30, 1923, in Caldwell County to the late Hardin Corpening Suddreth and Nancy Alice Coffey Suddreth. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hope Throneburg; and one brother, Haywood “Woodie” Suddreth.

Mrs. Throneburg was a homemaker and an Avon Representative. She was a member of Gamewell United Methodist Church for 81 years.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Lane Throneburg and fiancée Nancy Brittain of Morganton, and John W. Throneburg and wife Peggy of Granite Falls; one brother, Robert Hill Suddreth of Hickory; and two grandchildren, Jon Casey Throneburg and Jenna D. Throneburg.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Gamewell United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Alice Day. The body will be placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the service. Interment will follow at Littlejohn’s United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home. 

Serving as pallbearers will be family and friends.

Flowers will be appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Gamewell United Methodist Church, 2897 Morganton Blvd., Lenoir, NC 28645.  

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