Obituaries for March 12, 2013

Mar. 11, 2013 @ 08:28 PM

Carlis Hood

Carlis Richard “Sunshine” Hood, 67, of Lenoir passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Carolina Medical Center – Main, in Charlotte, NC.
Born Aug. 16, 1945, in Caldwell County, he was the son of the late Simon Mac Hood and Patsy Shell Hood.

Mr. Hood attended Gamewell-Colletesville High School and was a member of Bible Way Church #3. He was a former member of Hood’s Chapel Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, John, June, Sonny, Joe and Billy; and two sisters, Peggy Corpening and Edna Corpening.  

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Rosemarie Hood; son, Carlous (B-bop) Hood of Lenoir; his daughters, Crissy (Kenny) Hood-Wesson of Durham and Chera (Nana) Hood of Lenoir; two sisters, Lorraine Rhinehardt and Joyce Hood. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 13, from 1-2 p.m. at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home.

The funeral service to celebrate Sunshine’s life will be held Wednesday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at Pendry’s Chapel with Bishop F. Hester, Overseer I. Corpening, Overseer J. Caldwell, and Mother C. Dula officiating.  Burial will follow the service at Hood’s Creek Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to be serving the family of Carlis Richard “Sunshine” Hood.

Bertha Crane

Bertha White Crane, 90, of Hudson died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Hospice in Hudson. She was born May 14, 1922, in Wilkes County to the late Joe and Roxie Hendrix White. Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley M. Crane; one son, Johnson F. Crane; and one daughter, Alma Rea Hamby.

Mrs. Crane retired from Bernhardt furniture and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, David M. Crane and wife Connie, and Dan C. Crane, both of Lenoir; one daughter, Louise C. Barker and husband James of Hudson; three sisters, Mary Lou Greer of Lenoir, Viola Crane of Wilkesboro, and Martha Watson of Lenoir; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Wilkes County, conducted by the Rev. Leonard Younce. Interment followed in the church cemetery.  

The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell County Hospice and Palliative Care; 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

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

Amaryllis McKinney

Amaryllis (Annie) McKinney of Kissimmee, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, Fla. Born in 1933 at Glen White, W.Va., she was the daughter of Romy and Mary (Lakey) Hampton. Amaryllis graduated from Sophia High in the Class of 1951.

She went to Washington, D.C., and married the love of her life, Harold Shelby McKinney, in October 1952. They lived in Maryland and Tennessee before retiring to Kissimmee. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Romy and Mary; her brother, Jack of North Carolina, and her loving son, Edward of Clearwater, Fla.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory: her loving husband, Harold of Kissimmee, Fla.; her sons, John and Cindy and three grandchildren of Brentwood, Tenn., and William of Raleigh; grandchildren, Jennifer O’Donoghue of Leominster, Mass., and Chris of Lusby, Md.; a sister, Rosalie Blythe of Irving, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Aidan, Finn and Colin; nieces and nephews, Helen, Joyce and Roy Cook of Orlando, Fla., Arlene, Anthony and Connie Darnell of Kissimmee, Fla.; and a special friend, Norma Straughan Russie, along with many other friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the COPD Foundation, 2937 SW 27th Ave, Ste. #302, Miami, FL 33133-9961. Arrangements are under the artful care of Osceola Memory Gardens, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34744.

Annie Church

Annie Ruth Greene Church, 85, of Hudson passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Born June 2, 1927, in Caldwell County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Cecil Greene and Cora Mae Hamby Greene.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands, JM “Jay” Suddreth and Clyde W. Church, and one sister, Meredith Hamby.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Sonja Suddreth Helton and husband Carl of Granite Falls; her granddaughter Monica Messer and husband Ricky of Granite Falls; her great-granddaughter, Heather Michelle Bay and husband Christopher of Granite Falls; her great-great-grandson, Logan Chris Bay of Granite Falls; her two sisters, Mary Agnes Perrou of Granite Falls, and Violet Janette Cowart of Winston Salem.

Ms. Church was a member of Free Spirit Baptist Church and worked as a machine operator for Koler – Campbell Company and then retired from Allwood Products.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 12, at Mackie Funeral Home from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 13, at 1 p.m. at Mackie Funeral Home with the Rev. Calvin Hargett Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Lenoir.

Memorials made be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences can be placed online to the family at www.mackiefh.com.

Zola Mathis

Zola Gertrude Punch Mathis, 98, of Lenoir passed away at Robbins Center of Caldwell Hospice House on Friday, March 8, 2013. She was born in Catawba County on June 6, 1914, to the late William Cleveland and Mittie Adline (Stafford) Punch and had been a member of New Vision Baptist Fellowship in Grace Chapel.

Besides her parents, those preceding Mrs. Mathis in death are her husband, Albert E. Mathis; one daughter, Betty Jo Robbins and husband Dermont; two sons, Jerry and Bruce Mathis; one granddaughter, Cindy Mathis; and one brother James Punch and wife Ethel. Those remaining to cherish her memories are one son, Glen Burns, and one daughter, Diane Roberts, both of Lenoir. Grandchildren include Vicki Icard and husband Phil (Taylorsville), Jimmy Robbins and wife Theresa (Lenoir), Becky Robbins (Granite Falls), Chris Roberts (Taylorsville), Tracy Roberts, Jerry Mathis and Denita Mathis all of Lenoir, Joan Bastian and husband Sam, Johnny Mathis and wife Stephanie of Granite Falls, and Gary Burns of South Carolina; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Midgie Keller Mathis, Larry Roberts, Brenda Daniels, Geneva Burns. The family of Mrs. Mathis will receive friends on Tuesday, March 12, at 1 p.m. at New Vision Baptist Fellowship in Granite Falls with funeral services beginning at 2 p.m. with Pastor Charles Murrell officiating. Serving as Pallbearers will be Phil Icard, Jerry Mathis Jr., Johnny Mathis, Bradley Punch, Jimmy Robbins and Walker Robbins. Burial will follow at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery in Granite Falls.

Katrine Nelson

Katrine “Cookie” Marie Phillips Nelson, 54, of Lenoir passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care.
Born May 30, 1958, in Ashe County, Katrine was a daughter of Charles and Betty Edwards Phillips. Katrine was a great artist and enjoyed painting and crafts. She was family oriented and kind hearted.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 31 years, Dudley Nelson of the home; one sister, Beverly Ann Phillips; one brother, Steven Wesley Phillips; a niece, Kayla Phillips; a nephew, Logan Phillips; and her beloved yorkies, Molly, Lucy and Sadie Ann.

A celebration of Katrine’s life will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at the Confidence Advent Christian Church, 4040 Confidence Church Road, Lenoir, at 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Norm Sherwood officiating. Interment will follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Lenoir.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the church.

Memorials can be sent to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences can be sent to the Nelson family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir are serving the Nelson family.

Harry Curtis

Harry Lee Curtis, 92, of Taylorsville Road, Lenoir, passed away, Friday, March 8, 2013, at his residence. He was born May 5, 1920, in Lenoir, the son of Samuel Luther Curtis and Mary Isabel “Dolly” Richards Curtis. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, Ravenel, sisters, Virginia Curtis Suddreth and Mary Curtis Brown, and brother, Banks M. Curtis.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Jaynes Triplett Curtis; a daughter, Dixie Curtis Westmoreland; and a son, Roswell Richard Curtis; step-daughter, Candace Triplett; step-grandsons, Pierce and Andrew Casturao; a sister, Patricia Curtis Presnell; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Following graduation from Lenoir High School, he attended Berea College at Berea, Ky. With World War II erupting he proudly served in the U.S. Marines and went on to serve during the Korean Conflict. He received an undergraduate degree in geology at Emory University. He furthered his education at Vanderbilt University, the War College and received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C. A member of United Presbyterian Church, Curtis also maintained membership with the American Legion.

e led an illustrious career span of thirty two years working at the Pentagon, teaching intelligence to commissioned and noncommissioned officers. His career in the National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC) was cited for high ideals, professionalism and concern for all people.

His interest and fondness for gardening produced blue ribbon rewards for prized roses, luscious vegetables and fruits which he grew with pride. Other hobbies included reading, especially history, music, theatrical productions, travelling and hiking.

Military rites will be conducted Thursday, March 14, at 10 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park followed by graveside interment. A memorial service will be conducted at United Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Steve Austin and Chaplain Steve Butler officiating. Receiving of friends and relatives will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be made to United Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1495, 415 Pennell St., Lenoir, NC 28645, or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences can be sent to the Curtis family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.

Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir are serving the Curtis family.

Verne McNeely

Verne Conley McNeely, 79, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care. Mr. McNeely was born in Caldwell County on Sept. 29, 1933, to the late Robert and Florence Edmisten McNeely. He was married for more than 57 years to Rebecca Auton McNeely of the residence.

Mr. McNeely retired from Singer Furniture Company and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Norman McNeely.

Other than his wife, he is survived by his son, Mark McNeely; daughter, Kathy McNeely Moore and husband, Martin; granddaughter, Leah Moore; and step-granddaughter, Danielle Moore- Thomas.

A celebration of Mr. McNeely’s life will be held at Temple Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 13, at 3 with Pastor Joel Bixler officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be: Mike Holsclaw, Winston Church, Andrew Clemens, Reverend Tony Hamby, Bryan Greene, and Lee Lingerfelt.
The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 prior to the service.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645; McCreary Cancer Center, 212 Mulberry St., Lenoir, NC 28645; or Temple Baptist Church, 1306 Old North Road NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to the McNeely Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com

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

Wilma Presnell

Wilma Owens Presnell, 75, of Clyde Ward Lane, Lenoir, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at the residence. She was born March 12, 1937, in Avery County to the late Eligal and Laurastein Watts Owens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Craft J. Presnell; two daughters, Heidi D. Presnell and Frances L. Presnell; brother, Daniel R. Owens; and sisters, Barbara Tester and Louise Vance.

Mrs. Presnell was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Steven Carl Presnell and Craft Earl Presnell and wife Dawn, both of Lenoir; daughters, Sandra Presnell Meadows, Laura “Penny” Ward and Patricia Presnell Hefner and husband David, all of Lenoir; and Lynn “Rose Bud” Critcher of Gamewell; one brother, L. H. Owens of Marion; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Tommy Hamby.

The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

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

Howard Bachmann

Howard William Bachmann Jr., 69, of Granite Falls passed away Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
Born March 13, 1943, in Gary, Ind., he was the son of the late Howard William Bachmann and Emma Hirsch Bachmann.
Survivors include his wife, Ann, of the home, two daughters, Chantelle McGinley and fiancé Jason Sowell of Ottawa, Ill., and Sherri Henington and husband Jim of Frankfort, Ill.; one brother, Robert Bachmann and wife Ann of Oviedo, Fla.; and six grandchildren, Shane, Micaela, Christopher, Kyle, Brandon and Madison.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Mackie Funeral Home with Chaplin Bobby Harmon officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 p.m. prior to the service in the chapel of Mackie Funeral Home.

Military Honors will be rendered by DAV Chapters 84 and 6.

Online condolences can be left at www.mackiefuneralhome.com

Samuel Edmisten Jr.

Samuel S. Edmisten Jr., 70, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Evans Funeral Service.

Robert Hauss

Robert “Bob” Hauss, 82, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2013. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Evans Funeral Service.

Kenneth Wartko

Kenneth Lee Wartko, 44, of Lenoir passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Valdese Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Evans Funeral Service.

Elaine Parsons

Elaine Rich Parsons, 65, of Lenoir passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care.

Mrs. Parsons was born in Bladen County to the late Floyd Rich and Bessie McLean Rich. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. C. Parsons; two sisters, Eloise Babson and Judy Wright Tatum; and a grandson, Daniel Joseph Bruce Jr. She was a Dietary Manager and a member of Nazareth Advent Christian Church.

Those left to cherish her memory are her sons, Allen Bruce of Iowa, Raymond Bruce and wife Kim of Iowa, Daniel Bruce and wife Rita of Albemarle, and Reece Parsons of Hildebrand; her daughters, Denise Bentley and husband Doug of Lenoir, and Tammy Clark and husband Chris of Hudson; a brother, Dennis Rich of Bladenboro; sisters, Betty Hewitt, Lucille Thompson, Marjorie Armstrong, JoAnn Kinlaw and Carolyn Gause; 24 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one special niece, Joan Williams of Lenoir.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at Nazareth Advent Christian Church with the Rev. Scott Philyaw and the Rev. Ronnie Pritchard officiating. Burial will follow the service at Blue Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive Tuesday, March 12, at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The grandsons of Mrs. Parsons will serve as pallbearers.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Elaine Rich Parsons.

Online condolences to the family may be placed at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com

Mary Pitts

Mary Kathleen Teague Pitts, 77, of Blowing Rock passed away Sunday night at Blowing Rock Hospital. Born March 22, 1935, in Watauga County, she was the daughter of the late Fred Alton Teague Sr. and Novella Auton Teague. Mrs. Pitts was a retired Supervisor from Shadowline, where she worked for 32 years. She was a former member of the Blowing Rock Church of God and a current member of New Covenant Church of God. Kathleen enjoyed baking cakes and sharing them with her many friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Lynda Norris and husband Don of Todd; two sons, the Rev. Dennis Pitts and wife Melody of Hickory, and Kenneth Pitts and wife Hope of Washington, N.C.; two brothers, Billy A. Teague and wife Juanita, and Thomas Boyd Teague, all of Lenoir; her grandchildren, Crystal Shelton and husband Eddie of Statesville, Carrie Dietrich and husband Matthew of Hickory, Mark Norris and wife Karen of Valdese, Dennis Pitts Jr. of Ponchatoula, La., and Dustin Pitts and fiancée Lauren Davis of Hickory; 11 great-grandchildren and a special friend, Steve Ford. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence “Shorty” Pitts; four brothers, Fred Teague Jr., Malcolm Teague, Charles Teague and J. D. Teague, and one half-brother; Dale Auton.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Kathleen Teague Pitts will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Officiating will be the Rev. Mark Norris and the Rev. Gary Shew. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to The Church of God Children’s Home, 3485 Orphanage Circle, Concord, NC 28027. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:30 until 8:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared with the Pitts family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Pitts family.