Obituaries for Aug. 8, 2013

Aug. 07, 2013 @ 03:39 PM

Kay Stroupe

Kay Morris Stroupe, 71, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2013, at Hospice of High Point.

She was a caring mother who resided in Lenoir from 1976-1985 and was actively involved with the tennis community of Cedar Rock Country Club and the congregation of First United Methodist Church. She will be missed.

Kay was the daughter of the late Garland and Edith Morris of Denton. She is survived by her children, Beau Kyle Stroupe of Bermuda Run and Sloan Stroupe Bishop of Greensboro. Kay will remain at High Rock Lake, where she enjoyed many wonderful summers as a child.

James Clark

James Tolbert Clark, 77, of Newton died Aug. 6, 2013. There will not be a service for James because he didn't wish to have one. Survivors include children Donnie James Clark, Barbara Jean Clark, Rita Lynn Lail, Jerry Allen Clark, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Terry Smith

Terry Lee Smith, 53, of Wichita, Kan., died July 19, 2013, at his home after illness. He was born Sept. 29, 1959, in Caldwell County to Gladys Mae Ferguson and the late Dallas Grimes Sr. Terry attended Freedom High School and served his country in the United States Army.

The memorial service for Mr. Smith will be at St. Paul AME Church in Lenoir on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at 2 p.m.

Terry leaves behind his wife, Tracie Smith of Wichita, Kan.; mother, Gladys Mae Ferguson of Lenoir; three stepchildren, Eric, Anthony and Jennifer, all of Wichita, Kan.; sisters Patricia F. Lipford, Elisa Price and Mary A. Patterson, all of Lenoir, Sonya Smith of Morganton, Sue A. Clark and Jenny Banner of Charlotte; brothers Margo (Joey) Parsons of Lenoir, Tony S. Patterson and Norman D. Patterson of Lenoir, Donald (Rita) Dula of High Point, Timothy (Kimmie) Williams of Wichita, Kan., Bill (Patricia) Grimes of Charlotte, Malvern Myers of Lenoir, Gary (Sheila) Myers of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; 10 step-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. In place of flowers, donations may be made to The Fabian's Gift Foundation, 2692 Tablerock Road, Lenoir, NC 28645, in his memory.

Anita Watson

Anita Gay Watson, 63, of Hudson went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Catawba Regional Hospice. She was born July 30, 1950, in Caldwell County. She was the daughter of the late Ralph Odell Benfield, and the daughter of Mayno Inez Duncan Benfield. Ms. Watson was a member of Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her husbands, Hubert Williams Jr. and Dale Franklin Watson.

She is survived by her two sons, Billy Ray and wife Linda Williams of Morganton, and Radar and wife Amanda Williams of Hudson; one stepson, Nathenial Watson of Granite Falls; two granddaughters, Airadeea Williams and Bethaney Williams; five grandsons, Shelton Williams, Bobby Ward, Christopher Williamson, Jerry Hyatt, and Donald Ward; one great-grandson, Christian James Ward; one great-granddauaghter, Hadassah Williamson; two sisters, Vivian Teague of Sawmills and Michelle McAllister and husband Ron of Georgia; one brother, Carroll Curtis and wife Kathleen of Baton; two aunts, Marvene “Susie” Hatley of Granite Falls and Mary Pope of Sawmills; and her best friends, Grumpy and Marsha Lynn.

The family will receive family and friends on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, from 10-11 a.m. at Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church. The funeral will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Keith Gilliam and Pastor Gray Williams officiating. Burial will be at the Church on the Rock Cemetery in Sawmills.

A special thanks to all the staff at Catawba Regional Hospice for their loving care of our Mother.

Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Mackie Funeral Home is serving the family.

Online condolences can be placed online to the family at

Tommy Crump

Tommy Gordon Crump, 62, of Granite Falls died Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Born in Burke County on March 2, 1951, he was the son of the late John Thomas Crump and Estelle Mull Crump. Mr. Crump was a member of Rutherford College First Baptist Church and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Tommy worked for many years as an auto salesman with Bowers-Greene Motor Company and other area dealerships. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and brother. Tommy was an avid NASCAR fan.

Mr. Crump is survived by his wife and soulmate, Phyllis Clark Crump of the home; children, Todd Crump and his wife, Emily, of Morganton, Hailey Watson and her husband, Sgt. Jerry Watson III, of Raeford, and Sarah Crump and her friend, Dalton Mautino, of Granite Falls; grandchildren, Louise Harrell, Landon Crump, and Noah Watson; brothers, Truette Crump and his wife, Myrna, of Morganton, Dwain Crump and his wife, Sylvia, of Valdese, Steve Crump and his wife, Jean, of Morganton, Jerry Crump of Valdese, Bruce Crump and his wife, Wanda, of Valdese, Joe Crump and his wife, Mildred, of Morganton, and Ronnie Crump of Morganton; a sister, Naomi Cannon and her husband, Lawrence, of Lenoir; a brother-in-law, Darin Clark and his wife, Kristy, and their daughters, Darian and Klaytlyn; his mother-in-law, Louise Clark of Morganton; a number of nieces and nephews; his beloved cats, Olivia and Lily; and a grand-dog, Luke.

In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth Crump and his late wife, Betty Crump Holder.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Burke Memorial Park with the Rev. Lawrence Robertson and the Rev. Steve Curtis officiating. Military honors will be provided by the N.C. National Guard and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rutherford College First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 130, Rutherford College, NC 28671.

Condolences may be made online at

Ruby Norman

Ruby Watson Norman, 89, of Roby Martin Road, Lenoir, was taken away with angels when sunlight filled her darkened room on an overcast, cloudy day. She reached up to heaven to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at the residence, surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 22, 1923, in Caldwell County to the late Benjamin Harrison Watson and Bertha Coralee St. John Watson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl M. Laws, and second husband, Howard R. Norman; six brothers, Cloyd, Donald, Junior “BH,” Daniel, David and Harold Dean; and two sisters, Pansy Watson Walker and Hazel Watson Arnette.

Mrs. Norman was the last Charter member of Calvary Baptist Church, which was established by her father and other prominent residents of Lenoir. She was the very first pianist at Calvary Church and sang in the choir until only a few years ago.

Survivors include four sons, Randy Laws and wife Jayne, Dennis Norman and wife Elaine, Gene Norman and wife Betty, and Dean Norman and fiancée Leann, all of Lenoir; sister, Margaret Lind and husband Ronnie of Wilmington, Del.; five grandchildren; Carrie Herman, Jenny Younce, Matthew Norman, Rebekah White and Katie Sims; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Alan Carr, the Rev. Ronnie Watson and speaker Avery Herman. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645

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