Obituaries for March 14, 2013

Mar. 13, 2013 @ 06:37 PM

Judy Stickling

Judy Ann Cline Stickling, born March 10, 1940, in Lenoir, died on her birthday, March 10, 2013. Judy’s energy and love of life were boundless, she always had a cheerful smile, her favorite saying, “Nothing Just Happens,” was how she lived her life. Whether it was good or not so good, things happened for a reason, although we may not know why something happened for many years later.

Judy was a 73-year-old loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother who was blessed to have been born to Godly parents, William and Ruby Cline. Her family attended Kings Creek Baptist Church in Lenoir, where her mother taught a Sunday school class for beginners for 25 years. This was the same church where Judy made her profession of Faith in Jesus Christ at a very young age, where she was baptized in the creek that flowed beside the church while the congregation sang “Bringing in the Sheaves.” Her favorite Bible verse was 1 Corinthians 15:54-55. Judy lived an extraordinary life knowing and following the teaching of our Lord Jesus.

Soon after she graduated from Kings Creek High School, where she excelled, skipping two grade levels, she attended Appalachian State University in Boone. She obtained a teaching degree in 1961 and went on to teach elementary school children for many years. Several years later Judy met and married the love of her life, Bill Stickling.

Judy is preceded in death by parents, William A. Cline and Ruby West Cline of Lenoir; brothers, Jack D. Cline, and Charles R. Cline; sisters, Marie Worley and Doris Fox. Judy is survived by her husband of 47 years, William (Bill); one son, Bryan D. Stickling and wife Sharon; two daughters, Shannon and husband Terry Richard, and Melissa and husband Michael Craven; and five grandchildren, Joshua and Jacob Stickling, Kayleigh and Madison Richard, and Gage Xander Craven.

Visitation will be at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Merlin Liverman. Burial will follow in Resthaven Gardens of Memory. Please visit www.resthavenbatonrouge.com to sign the online guestbook.

Kenneth Wartko

Kenneth Lee Wartko, 44, of Lenoir, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Valdese Hospital.

Born March 9, 1969, in Cleveland, Ohio, Kenneth was the son of Linda Wartko and the late Stephan E. Wartko. Kenneth enjoyed art and had a love for drawing. He also enjoyed programming and networking on his computer. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Hester C. Bunton; and an aunt, Dorothy Fry.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Matthew Stamm of Hudson; two sisters, Bobbie Jo Wartko of Lenoir, and Amanda Wartko of Granite Falls; and numerous other relatives.

A graveside memorial service celebrating Kenneth’s life will be held on Saturday, March 16, at the Sunset Cemetery in Granite Falls at 3 p.m.

The family will receive friends at Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. prior to the service.

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

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

Lori Tolbert

Lori Ann Tolbert, 50, of Hickory passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at her residence.

Ms. Tolbert was the daughter of Mildred Starnes Tolbert of Hudson and the late Luther Clarence Tolbert.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her brother, David C. Tolbert and wife B.J. of Lenoir.

Services will be held at a later date.

The Tolbert family has requested that memorials be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 4849 Burns Road, Granite Falls, NC 28630.

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

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Lori Ann Tolbert.

Mary McGalliard

Mary Salvageot McGalliard, 82, of Lenoir passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Lenoir Healthcare Nursing Home, following a period of declining health. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service.

Madge McCracken

Madge Nadine McCracken, 69, of Yadkin View Drive, Lenoir, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at home. She was born Aug. 28, 1943, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Russell and Ruby Waldroup Hilemon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby L. Hilemon, and a sister, Mary Hilemon.

Mrs. McCracken was a retired LPN for Western Carolina Center and was a member of Yadkin Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Larry F. McCracken of the home; one son, Mark R. McCracken of Baltimore, Md.; two daughters, Ann M. Lucas and husband John of Charlotte, and Beth M. Thomasson and husband Jeff of Hillsborough; and four grandchildren, Claire Lucas, Maggie Lucas, Luke Thomasson and Josh Thomasson.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at Yadkin Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Robert Livingston. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Jeff Thomasson, John Lucas, David Livingston, Jim Evans, Tony Bryant and Ronnie Pulliam.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645, or Yadkin Baptist Church, P.O. Box 37, Patterson, N.C. 28661, or Gideons International, P.O. Box 169, 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.

James Sullivan

James “J.C.” Clark Sullivan, 84, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Caldwell County to the late James Monroe Sullivan and Myrtle Rash Sullivan. He was married to the late Wanda McGuire Sullivan for 60 years.

Mr. Sullivan was a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He owned several businesses and served on the Bank of Granite Board of Directors. He was Vice President and Treasurer of Hammary Manufacturing. Mr. Sullivan was a member of Harris Chapel Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, Trustee and Sunday School Superintendent. He was a lifetime member of Kiwanis Club, where he received the Quiet Kiwanian Award. His proudest achievement was probably being honored with the Best Daddy in the World Award given by his children. His hobby was collecting antique cars.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Patricia Sullivan; brothers, Lee, Ben, Joe and Howard Sullivan; and sisters Gladys Annas, Mary Lou Annas, Florence Annas and Mildred Sullivan.

He is survived by his sister, Mrs. John Alicki (Georgia); son, Jim Sullivan and wife Dawn of Hudson; daughters, Amy Vargas of Hudson, and Sally Lail and husband Rick Eckard of Hudson; grandchildren, James Sullivan and wife Jaime of Gastonia, Joseph Sullivan and wife Judith of Williamsburg, Va., Anna Overby and husband Nick of Reidsville, John Paul Sullivan and wife Deidre of Cary, Katy Lail of Hudson, and Caroline Niederhammer of Hudson; and great-grandchildren, Lily Sullivan, Nora Sullivan, Joseph Sullivan II, Benjamin Sullivan and James Clark Overby.

A celebration of Mr. Sullivan’s life will be held at Harris Chapel Baptist Church on Saturday, March 16, at 11 with Pastor Allen Norrod and Pastor Ed Warren officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service in the church cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of Mr. Sullivan’s Sunday School Class.

The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 prior to the service. The family respectfully requests that memorials be sent to: Harris Chapel Academy, 1444 Cajah’s Mountain Road, Hudson, NC 28638, or Caldwell Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645. The family would also like to thank Caldwell Hospice for their wonderful care and especially Debra McCroskey for her kindness. Online condolences can be sent to the Sullivan family at www.evansfuneralservice.com. Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Sullivan family.

Helen Hawkins

Helen Rominger Hawkins, 71, of Green Acres, Lenoir, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. She was born October 8, 1941, in Watauga County to the late Ernest Roger and Norma Hicks Rominger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Clyde M. Hawkins; and brothers, Paul E. Rominger and Larry Rominger.

Mrs. Hawkins was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Advent Christian Church. Helen was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include daughter, Mrs. Tracey Simmons and husband Ira of Lenoir; stepson, Clayton Hawkins and wife Lynette of Ferguson; stepdaughter, Linda Taylor and husband Roger of Lenoir; one grandson, Matthew McGee; and one step-granddaughter, Shelby Bishop.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Advent Christian Church conducted by the Rev. Jim Lee. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens of Lenoir.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be: Roger Taylor, John Simmons, Jimmy Dean Rominger, Shane Rominger, Jason Trivette and Adam Trivette.

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

The family would like to say a special thanks to the staff of Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care for their love and care.

Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com.

Lillian Broyhill

Lillian Faye Rumfelt Broyhill, 52, of Hudson died Tuesday March 12, 2013, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later. Valdese Family Funeral Care has the honor of serving the family of Lillian Broyhill.

Martha Hoffman

Martha Wilma Lyon Hoffman, 82, of Fairview, previously of Lenoir, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Flesher’s Health Care Facility.

Mrs. Hoffman was born in Traphill to the late William McKinley Lyon and Novie Combs Lyon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis B. (Buddy) Hoffman; a sister, Emma L. Billings, and brother, John G. Lyon.

She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lenoir. She enjoyed doing church activities, yard work, and flower gardening, reading and cooking for her family. As her children were growing up, she participated in all of their activities – sports, scouts, youth activities at church and volunteering at school.

She is survived by her son, Tim Hoffman and wife Michelle of Brunswick, Maine; her daughter, Anita Watson and husband Barry of Asheville; sister, Bonnie L. Brooks of Thurmond.

A graveside service will be held at Blue Ridge Memorial Park Saturday, March 16, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Marietta Smith officiating. The family will receive friends at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home prior to the service from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Lenoir, 309 Church St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Martha Wilma Lyon Hoffman.

Judy Main

Judy Ingram Main, 70, of Drum Circle, Lenoir, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She was born Nov. 8, 1942, in Caldwell County to the late Claude and Bonnie Greene Ingram. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Main; son, Dwayne Main; and three brothers.

Mrs. Main was retired from Singer Furniture and was a member of Blue Ridge Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, M. Shane Main and wife Rebecca of Lenoir; daughter, Patricia Main of Lenoir; two sisters, Ruby Wilson and Betty Flemming, both of Lenoir; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Neil George. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens of Lenoir.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell 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.

Mellie Bernard Sr.

Mellie Jean Bernard Sr., 92, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.