Obituaries for April 13, 2014

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 03:23 PM

Karen Melton

Karen J. Melton, 66, of Walker Circle, Lenoir, was called to her Heavenly home Thursday, April 10, 2014. She was born Nov. 19, 1947, in Caldwell County to the late James C. Melton and Barbara Cavin Melton Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Lonnie M. Williams.

Karen was an employee of Wal-Mart in Granite Falls. She was a selfless caregiver to many family members. Her happiness was found in the simple things in life such as animals, flowers, snowy days, good food and family. Her zest for life and humor will be missed. She had such a giving spirit.

Surviving include one daughter, Mrs. Barbara Price and husband Ralph of Lenoir; one Granddaughter, Meagan Chester of South Carolina; one sister, Sharen Steele and husband Lynn of Lenoir; Niece, Lynsey Steele; special cousins, Ruby Warnock and Janice Leatherman, all of Lenoir; and faithful friends Evelyn May and Amy Stewart of Morganton.

Karen’s passing will leave a great void in the lives of those that loved her. She was a Baptist by faith and kept steadfast to her strong beliefs.

Upon Karen’s request, there will be a private memorial service for immediate family scheduled at a later date. Her wish was for ashes to be scattered at a particular spot where she had fond childhood memories.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, or to Caldwell Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 1111, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Melton Family at

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

Shirley Gibbs

Shirley Robbins Gibbs, 85, of Pinewood Plaza, Granite Falls, passed away peacefully at Kirkwood Caldwell Hospice on Thursday, April 10, 2014.

She was born Nov. 16, 1928, in Lenoir to the late Col. Roger H. Robbins and Florence Teague Robbins. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray S. Gibbs, and a sister, Sarah (Pia) Robbins.

She was a Charter member of Gateway Baptist Church in Conover and a current member of Concord Baptist Church in Granite Falls.

She retired as manager of Mann Travels in Hickory after 25 years in the travel business. After retiring from the travel business, she worked part time at Belk of Lenoir in the men’s department.

Mrs. Gibbs was a 1947 graduate of Lenoir High School. She attended Appalachian Teachers College in Boone and Carolina Business College in Charlotte. She was the secretary of the Mecklenburg County Young Republicans, serving as Republican Judge for several different precincts in Charlotte and also served as a poll worker. She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association, a charter member of the National World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., and a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veteran’s auxiliary Unit Six in Hudson.

Those left to cherish her memory include a son, William David Martin and wife Beverly; a daughter, Donna Martin Linkous and husband David; and a sister, Marian R. Austin, all of Lenoir; three granddaughters, Holly, Becky and Emily; two grandsons, Doug and Barry; and five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Melissa, Andrew, Dalton and Colton.

Special thanks to Dr. Norman McDonald for all of the years he took such good care of her, to Brad Lawrence and the staff of Parkway Internal Medicine, and the staff of Kirkwood Caldwell Hospice for making her final days so peaceful.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 14, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Tom McDonald. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

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

Pallbearers will be Bruce Hartsoe, Barry Smith, Monroe M. Teague Jr., Clyde Robbins, Andrew Ennis and Jimmy Clark.

Memorials may be made to Concord Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 127, Granite Falls, NC 28630.

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

Eric Schneckenberger

Eric Schneckenberger, 52, of Levittown, Penn., died Monday, April 7, 2014, at Caldwell UNC Health Care. Calling hours will be Sunday, April 27, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Brenna-Cellini Funeral Home in Hamilton, N.J. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Arlelia Martin

Arlelia Martin, 81, of Long Beach, Calif., died Monday, April 7, 2014.

Services will be Friday, April 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Rejected Stone Christian Fellowship, 4700 Avalon Blvd., Los Angeles. The family will receive friends Thursday, April 17, 3-8 p.m. at Rejected Stone Fellowship.

Wanda Hefner

Wanda Sue Annas Hefner, 72, of Conover passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton. Born Nov. 2, 1941, in Caldwell County, she was the daughter of the late Ivey Ramsom and Lena Mae Elrod Annas. Wanda was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Clyde Hefner and a brother, Boyd Annas.

She is survived by her beloved five children:

4 Daughters: Mrs. Jerri Sue Lail and husband Jeffrey and Tina Travis of Conover, Crystal Hefner of Granite Falls and Mrs. Nicole Taylor and husband Jay of Newton

Son: Jerry Ivey Hefner and wife Rebecca of Asheville

4 Granddaughters, 2 Grandsons, 2 Great Granddaughters and 2 Great Grandsons, 4 Nieces and 5 Nephews

3 Sisters: Doris Annas Wright of Granite Falls, Dorothy Annas Setzer of Catawba, Clara Annas O’Reilly of Hudson

Sister-in-law: Opal Annas, wife of the late Boyd Annas

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Newton with Dr. Hugh Whitfield officiating. She will be laid to rest in Caldwell County, beside her husband, at Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Sawmills. The graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Pallbearers will include Jay Taylor, Ruben Travis Jr., Jimmy Mercer, Joel Rangel, Michael N. Setzer and Representative Mitchell Setzer.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 1 – 1:45 p.m. at Burke Mortuary in Newton, prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to: Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton.

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Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Hefner family.

Carolyn Swanson

Carolyn Austin Swanson, 80, of Lenoir passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Evans Funeral Service & Crematory.