Obituaries for June 17, 2014

Jun. 16, 2014 @ 03:45 PM

Walter Land Jr.

Walter Earl Land Jr., 57, passed away on June 14, 2014, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

He was born on Oct. 12, 1956, in Lenoir to the late W. Earl Land Sr. and Bernice Rector Land.

Walter graduated from Hudson High School in 1974. After high school Walter joined the United States Air Force and served his country honorably for 24 years. During that time Walter was a Communication Systems Superintendent, Meteorological and Navigational Systems Craftsman, and a Military Training Instructor. Walter retired as a First Sergeant in 1998.

Walter married the love of his life, Phyllis Pearson, in 2001. He is survived by his spouse; a brother, Phillip Colvard; a sister, Lynda Sheffield; sons Nicholas and Jared Land and Carl Wisniewski; and daughters Claire and Cari Wisniewski. Walter also leaves behind three grandchildren that he loved dearly.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mitzi Hoyle.

A wake to celebrate Walter’s life will be on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at his home from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to McCreary Cancer Center, 212 Mulberry St. SW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences and requests for the address of the wake may be sent to Phyllis at Phyllis and the family would appreciate written memories or anecdotes about Walter as the stories help ease the pain of losing him.

Cox-Needham Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Land family. Online condolences may also be made at

Michael Baldwin

Michael David Baldwin, 40, of Hudson went home to be with his Heavenly Father and join his beloved “Mama Flowers” on Friday, June 13, 2014. He was born in Burke County on Sept. 4, 1973. Michael was a graduate of Freedom High School in Morganton. He worked at Caterpillar Precision Engine for many years and most recently worked at Sypris Technologies. He was loved by all who knew him, especially by his nieces and nephews whom he showered with love and affection.

Michael is survived by his parents, Steve and Linda Flowers Schachtschneider of Morganton; his fiancée, Anita Ollis of Hudson; sisters, Tammy Hilliard and her husband, Bill, of Knightdale, Tammy Jensen and her husband, Yates, of Rutherford College, Lisa Lange and her husband, Chantz, of Katy, Texas, and Trisha Schachtschneider of Morganton; brothers, James Schachtschneider of Hickory and Stephen Schachtschneider of Charlotte; nephews, Dylan and Logan Hilliard, Trey and Tate Jensen, and Tyler Lange; nieces, Monica Schachtschneider and Alisa Lange; grandmothers, Mary Lingo of Edgerton, Wisconsin, and Marie Maxwell of Fletcher; his future mother-in-law, Frances Vaughn of Marion; a special aunt, Doris Lowery; a special cousin, Jessica Lowery; and a great number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Michael was preceded in death by his beloved maternal grandparents, David and Ethel Flowers.

The funeral will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with the Rev. T. Jay Addison officiating. Burial will follow in Burke Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 500 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to Sossoman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to assist the family.

Condolences may be made online at

Maggie Freeman

Maggie Etta Story Freeman, 85, of Lenoir passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson. Born July 15, 1928, in Bristol, Tenn., she was a daughter of the late Colonel McKinnely and Ethel Gertrude Greene Story and the wife of the late Alvin Virgil Freeman.

Although she was born in Bristol, Mrs. Freeman was raised in the Aho community of Watauga County. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lenoir and enjoyed sewing, gardening and taking photos of family and friends.

Other than her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Romey and Wayne Story, and two sisters, Anna Lea Canipe and Beulah Autry.

She is survived by her children, Dock Marcus Freeman and wife Maritta; Ramona Murchio, widow to the late Marc Murchio of Texas; David Michael Freeman; Dennis Martin Freeman and fiancée Ramona Johnson; Melinda Kim Freeman Jones and husband Randall; nine grandchildren, Jason Michael Freeman, Justin Mathew Freeman and wife Sasha of Morganton, Tracy Lynn Bryant, Terry Dean Huffman Jr. and wife Lisa, Alissa Ann Calloway, Amber Nicole Bowlin and husband Matt, Jose Rosendo Martinez Jr. and wife Haley, Ashley Renee Heien and husband Chase of Hickory, Isaac McKinnely Jones; 10 great-grandchildren, Taylor Freeman, Rhett Freeman, Carter Freeman, Camlin Freeman, Chesney Freeman, Phillip Bryant, Daniel Bryant, Macie Calloway, Izabella Martinez, Ian Carswell; and one great-great-grandchild, Isabella Freeman. She is also survived by two sisters, Charlotte Miller, Dorothy Winkler; two sisters-in-law, Carmen Story, Catherine Smith; and a very special family member, Rosendo Martinez Sr.

A celebration of Mrs. Freeman’s life will be held 5 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the Chapel of Evans Funeral Service with the Rev. Jim Hamby officiating. Music will be provided by David Kerley. The family will receive friends from 3:30 until 5:00, prior to the service.

We wish to say a very special “Thank You” to the loving caregivers at Grandview Assisted Living and Caldwell Hospice Robbins Center.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Freeman Family at

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

Jack Moody Sr.

The Rev. Tollie Jack Moody Sr., 88, passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center. He was born in Buncombe County on Sept. 21, 1925, to the late William Harrison Moody and Ollie Viola Fisher Moody. He was married to Elise Hare Moody of Hudson.

Reverend Moody was a United States Navy veteran, serving during World War II and the Korean War. During World War II he served aboard the U.S.S. Gandy, D.E., and the U.S.S. Olsen, D.E. In the Korean War he was an electrical instructor. Reverend Moody was a pastor and evangelist for more than 52 years. He was the Founder and President of Blue Ridge Theological Seminary and was also an author and song writer.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Phyllis Miller, and five siblings.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his son, T. Jack Moody Jr.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Reverend Moody will be held at Poovey’s Chapel Baptist Church on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 3 with Pastor Nicky Waters officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the N.C. National Guard and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Moody Family Ministries, 2219B Fave Place, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the Moody Family at

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

Charles Thacker

Charles Gregory Thacker, 60, formerly of Morganton died Monday, June 16, 2014. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

Mae Carroll

Mae D. Carroll, 87, of Bluffton, S.C., formerly of Lenoir, died Sunday, June 15, 2014. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory.