Obituaries for April 18, 2014

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 05:28 PM

Gloie Bowen

Gloie “Sampson” Dee Bowen, 57, of Lenoir passed away on Tuesday April 15, 2014.

Mr. Bowen was born on Feb. 7, 1957, in Kingsport, Tenn., to the late Buddy and Verna Calton Bowen. He formerly worked for Broyhill Furniture.

In addition to his mother, Verna Bowen, survivors include his daughter, Angela Marie Bowen Stewart and husband James of Lenoir; one granddaughter, Celina Stewart of Lenoir; and three brothers Cecil Bowen of Lenoir, Hillman Bowen and wife Wanda of Lenoir, and Hagan Bowen of Tennessee.

The family will receive friends on Monday April 21, 2014, from 12-2 p.m. at Cornerstone Cremation Funeral Celebrations, Lenoir.

A Graveside Service will follow at 2:30 p.m. on Monday at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Lenoir, with the Rev. David Beane officiating.

Memorials may be made to Covenant Baptist Church, 1425 Lee Pearson Road, Granite Falls, NC 28630, or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Cornerstone Cremation Funeral Celebrations, Lenoir, is serving the Bowen family.

Ronnie McKinney

Ronnie Van McKinney, 65, of Wilson Street, Lenoir, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital in Winston-Salem. Funeral services are private. Online condolences may be left at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Cindy Propst

Cynthia “Cindy” Wayburn Propst, 59, of Granite Falls passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson. Born March 15, 1955, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Cindy was a daughter of Randall Charles Wayburn Sr. and the late Louise Mariann Spires Wayburn.

Cindy had worked for MDI for 33 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Rhodhiss. She was an avid reader, she took care of her husband, Billy, and her family, but most of all wrapped herself in her Grandchildren.

Other than her father, she is survived by her husband of 37 years, W.L. “Billy” Propst; her daughter, Rachel Marie Propst McDaniel and husband Michael; her son, Ryan Matthew Propst and wife Sarah; two sisters, Louise Teague and Nancy Rodriguez; brother, Randall C. Wayburn Jr.; five grandchildren, Laressa Cale, Taylor Propst, Chase Treadway, Kate McDaniel, and Kyla McDaniel; a number of cousins, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many other family and friends, including Linda Propst Miller, Cindy’s Best Friend, and special friends, Sarah McLean Burgess and Melanie Shoemaker.

The family will be conducting a celebration of Cindy’s life. It will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church – Rhodhiss with the Rev. Ricky Miller and Thurmon Roe officiating. Music will be provided by Matt & Laura Brewer, Gloria Huffman and Taylor Propst.

The family will be receiving friends prior to the celebration from 6 until 7 p.m.

At Cindy’s request, please do not send flowers, please make contributions to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Propst Family at

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

Pamela Watson

Pamela Watson, 64, of Valdese died Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

The family will receive friends at Mackie Funeral Home, Friday, April 18, 6-8:30 p.m. The funeral service will be Saturday, April 19, 2 p.m. at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 4648 Grace Chapel Road, Granite Falls.

Mary Corpening

Mary “Pean” Corpening, 90, of Drexel died April 15, 2014.

Funeral services will be at Mars Hill A.M.E Church on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12 until 12:55 pm at the church.

Ola McGowan

Ola Moretz McGowan, 94, of Granite Falls passed away peacefully on April 16, 2014, at her daughter’s home, where she had resided for the past nine years.

Mrs. McGowan was born in Watauga County, and was a daughter of the late Sion Gideon Moretz and Virginia Dare Stanberry Moretz. A graduate of Boone High School, she went on to receive her BS degree from ASU. Mrs. McGowan was an elementary school teacher for 33 years in the Caldwell County School system and often joked that she was never promoted from first grade. She loved all of her students and even in her later years could recall many of the students when she saw them in the community. She was also a Life Member of NEA, and N.C. Association of Educators, as well as N.C. Retired School Personnel and N.C. Retired Government Employees.

An active member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, she taught Sunday school, was a member of the Gladys Happer Women’s Circle, a member of the altar guild and worked on the church newsletters. She will be remembered as one who was meticulous with laundering and ironing the altar linens and polishing the brass, as well as communion preparation.

In addition to her loving husband, Edward (Mac) McGowan, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Eleanor, and older sister, Mary Moretz Hubbard, as well as brothers, Blaine, Arlie, Herman, Avery, and Cecil Moretz, and an infant son, William Christopher Greer. She is survived by her twin sister, Ora Moretz Kincaid of Granite Falls, and youngest sister, Hazel Moretz Dotson of Clemmons. She was the loving mother to son Ted Greer and wife Merica, of Rock Hill, S.C.; daughter Virginia (Gigi) Duffey and husband Larry of Granite Falls; and son Gerald McGowan and wife Sherry of Apex. She was the proud Mammaw to granddaughters, Alison Reeves and husband Al, and Shelly Oliver and husband Mikel; and proud Mommom to grandsons, Allen Benfield and wife Erika, and Scott Benfield and wife Christy. She was also a great-grandmother to Tyler Oliver, Andrew Reeves, Lauren, Audrey, and Nathan Benfield, and Meredith and Grace Benfield. They were her little loves! She is also survived by her beloved pet dachshund, Scooter.

Ola loved her heavenly Father, her family, her church, and her community. She loved listening to gospel music, and her favorite song was “I’ll Fly Away (Oh Glory).”

She was an avid gardener and took such pride in her yard and garden. She believed in canning and preserving her own food and sitting down was just not an option. She contributed hard work to the longevity of her life. In her 94 years, she touched many lives and will be missed greatly.

A funeral service for Ola M. McGowan will be Saturday, April 19, 2014, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Lenoir, at 2 p.m.

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

Private burial with family will be held at Blue Ridge Cemetery prior to the service. Officiating will be Pastor Tony Bradshaw.

The family would like to thank those who shared many acts of kindness and love during our Mama’s illness. Special thanks go to her daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Larry Duffey, for the loving care they gave her over these last years. She was spoiled and loved just as she had been by her loving husband, Mac. Also, a special thanks to the special nurses, Esther Clement and Kristy Rose, who cared for her with such kindness, dignity, love, and gentleness, and the wonderful nurses and staff at Caldwell County Hospice.

The family respectfully requests no flowers and asks that memorial contributions be made to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1406 Harper Ave. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, or Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences can be sent to the McGowan family at

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Ola Moretz McGowan.

Gerald Lackey

Gerald Lee Lackey, 84, of Autumn Circle NE, Lenoir, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care – Lenoir. He was born Nov. 7, 1929, in Caldwell County to the late Clyde Lackey and Pearl Coffey Laney. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Dolan Lackey.

Mr. Lackey was retired as plant manager from Bernhardt Furniture and American Drew and was a member of Kings Creek Baptist Church. He was a member of the Hibriten Masonic Lodge and was a 13th Degree Scottish Rite Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Regina Beane Lackey of the home; one son, Jerry Lee Lackey and wife Kay of Lenoir; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Rose and husband Jim, and Ann Hatton; two grandchildren, Kelia Corbett and husband Jimmy, and Chris Lackey and wife Susan; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted by the Rev. Randy Goode and will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request memorials be made to 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.

Calvin Jones

Calvin A. Jones, 60, of Morganton died April 16, 2014. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Ebony Funeral Services of Morganton

Helen Herman

Helen C. Herman, 88, of Craig Mountain Road, Lenoir, died Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.