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Obituaries 09-30-2011

Rachel Eleanor (Seagle) Bolinger

WINSTON-SALEM — Rachel Eleanor (Seagle) Bolinger passed away September 28, 2011 at
Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Center after a long illness. She was born in Lincolnton on
November 14, 1935 to the late Garland Lester and Connie (Harrill) Seagle.
She was married to the late Bobby Mose Bolinger from 1958 until his death in 2006. Eleanor
is survived by two sons, Robert W. Bolinger, Pinnacle, and T. Reid Bolinger, Greensboro;
two daughters in law, Sherry C. Bolinger (Robert) and Marie K. Underhill (Reid); three
grandchildren, Hannah, Seth, and Sarah Bolinger, who are the children of Robert and Sherry, and
two sisters, Garlene Johnson, Montreat, and Sue Jane Zientara, Webster, N.Y.
Eleanor, as she was known to her family and friends, attended school in Lincoln County,
graduating one year early because of high academic achievement. She attended Montreat College,
and was elected May queen. After graduating, she went on to teach in the N.C. Public schools for
30 years. She continued to teach part time at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Preschool for nine years.
Eleanor was a long time member of the Parkwood United Methodist Church where she was very
active in many programs.
Eleanor met her husband, Bob at the First Presbyterian Church in Lincolnton. They were
married there and settled in Winston Salem where Eleanor taught for the Winston Salem City
schools for a time. Bob’s work took them to Durham, and Eleanor started teaching at Lowes
Grove Elementary school under then principal Reid Auman , with whom Bob and Eleanor started
a long friendship. Bob and Eleanor lived in the “teacherage” which was a large 2 story house that
was divided into apartments. Bob and Eleanor eventually bought a home in Parkwood, where
they lived and raised their family, except for a short time away living in Hickory and Lincolnton,
where Bob worked with his brother in the electrical contracting business.
Eleanor was very active in the Durham County schools teaching at Parkwood, Hope Valley,
and Forest View Schools. She had many dear “teacher friends” and had regular fellowship with
many of them right up to her death. Eleanor was also very active with the Parkwood United
Methodist Church fulfilling her obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ.
She had many dear friends that she met through her years serving at Parkwood Methodist.
Eleanor had many hobbies over the years and was known as an avid bicycle rider in the
Parkwood Community.
Eleanor loved her sons and their families. Eleanor thought that a college degree was very
important, and did all she could to make sure that both of her sons eventually graduated from
college. Eleanor had a wonderful relationship with both of her daughters in law, who are both
nurses, and who helped her through her many medical issues, especially later in her life. Eleanor
loved her three grandchildren, who called her Nana.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 1, at Salem Funeral Home Main
Street Chapel in Winston-Salem. On Sunday, October 2, at 2 p.m. there will be a memorial
service in Durham, at the Parkwood United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Parkwood Fire Department, 1409 Seaton Rd.,
Durham, N.C. 27713-2428, Parkwood United Methodist, 5123 Revere Rd., Durham, N.C.27713,
or Montreat College, P. O. Box 1267, Montreat, N.C. 28757-1267.
Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.

Ruth Gladden Kadau

Mrs. Ruth Gladden Kadau, age 85, of 659 Springs East Road in Lincolnton, died on Thursday,
September 29, 2011.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Forest Lawn
Cemetery with Rev. Charles Wilborn officiating.
Mrs. Kadau was born May 26, 1926 in Cleveland County to the late Ed and Etta Huffstettler
Gladden. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by sisters, Sadie Lee Smith,
Pauline Robinson, Hazel Childress and Faye Gladden; brothers, Jim Gladden, Herman Gladden
and Hugh Gladden; and son, Randy Kadau. She worked in the automotive industry.
She is survived by a son, Dennis Martin of Lincolnton; two brothers, Kemp Gladden
of Conover and Joe Gladden of Lincolnton; one sister, Mary Ozelle Helms of Lincolnton;
granddaughter, Angela Martin of Lincolnton; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC
28092.  Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Kadau family.

Rachel Yarbrough Thompson

CHARLOTTE — Rachel Yarbrough Thompson, formerly of Lincolnton, passed away Sunday,
September 25, 2011 at CMC in Charlotte. She was born in Caswell County, on August 1, 1920
to the late Webb Chipman Yarbrough and Ida Siddle Yarbrough.
Rachel graduated from Woman’s College UNC in Greensboro, class of 1941. In 1943 she
married Azariah Graves Thompson Jr., and became a Navy wife for the next 2 years. Following
that, they lived in Wilmington, Burlington, Durham, Greensboro, and Charlotte, before moving
to Lincolnton in 1971. She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed golf and loved to walk. It was a
challenge to keep pace with her. After two years of teaching school prior to her marriage, she
devoted her life to her husband and family. She was a life-long member of the Methodist Church
and was active in both her church and community. She was a true Southern Lady and will be
greatly missed by both family and friends.
Rachel was preceded in death by her husband, A. G. (Tommy) Thompson and two sisters, Zora
Yarbrough and Dorothy Zimmerman.
She is survived by her four daughters, Jo Swords of Gastonia, Sue Simpson of Charlotte, Kiska
Thompson of Atlanta, Ga., and Stevie Goulding and husband Bill of Naples, Fla.; grandchildren,
Pam Perle of Charlotte, Dr. Kelly Swords of Tampa, Fla., Katie Swords-Thurman and husband
Kevin of Sunnyside, N.Y., Conor Goulding of Naples, Fla., and Kay Smith Jones and husband
Mark of Fairfax Station, Va.; great-grandchildren, Stephen Perle of Charlotte, and Matthew,
Luke, and Rachel Jones of Fairfax Station, Va., and sister, Sara Yarbrough Swails of Burlington.
For the past ten years, Rachel has resided at Aldersgate Retirement Community in Charlotte.
The family would like to thank the staff, especially in Cuthbertson Village, for the excellent care
they have provided.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, at the Warlick Funeral Home
Chapel in Lincolnton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to
Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215, or First United Methodist Church, 201
East Main St., Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Christine Rudisill Chapman

BOGER CITY — Mrs. Chapman, age 89, of Wilma Sigmon Road, died on Tuesday,
September 27, 2011.
A Celebration of Eternal Life will be held 2 p.m., today at Boger City Baptist Church. The
family received friends Thursday, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Warlick Funeral Home.
Mrs. Chapman was born in Lincoln County on September 2, 1922 to the late John Carlos
Rudisill and Laura Colleen Burns Rudisill Outlaw.
She was an accomplished seamstress having worked at Lincoln Drapery Shop with her sister,
Elizabeth R. Hovis and niece-in-law, Linda P. Hovis. She made beautiful draperies and clothes.
She was a member of Boger City Baptist Church for more than fifty-five years in many
different capacities. Her declining health forced her to limit her participation.
She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years, Claude J. Chapman. She was
also preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth R. Hovis, and one brother J. C. Rudisill Jr.
You can remember her by what she loved most in her life on earth: God, her family, her
children, and grandchildren. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and friend
to many.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Van Chapman and wife, Wanda, and John Carlos Chapman,

and wife Deitra; three daughters, Sharon Chapman Mosteller and husband Larry, Patricia
Chapman Wilburn and husband Tommy, and Robin Chapman Wease, and husband Glenn, all of
Lincolnton; ten grandchildren Van Chapman, Scott Chapman, Eddie Chapman, Tony
Chapman, Kevin Chapman, Christy Harkey, Dean Mosteller, Monte Mosteller, Michael Wease,
and Jennifer Wease; twelve great-grandchildren, Anna and Brian Chapman, Lacie Norman, Tyler
Chapman, T.J. Chapman, Josh Mosteller, Hayley Mosteller, Caroline Mosteller, Abby Mosteller,
and Abi Harkey; and great-great-grandchild Henry Chapman; one aunt, Marian Burns of
Hickory; one niece; many nephews and cousins.
Memorials may be made to Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975
Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658, or to Boger City Baptist Church, 2201 E. Main Street,
Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Chapman family.

Willa Mae ‘Tina’ Vinson Williams

Willa Mae “Tina” Vinson Williams, age 72, of 690 Yorkhaven Road, Cincinnati, Ohio died
Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Bethesda Hospital, Cincinnati.
She was born in Lincoln County on August 22, 1939 the daughter of the late Will and Mattie
Thomas Vinson. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, Willie
Felton, Charles and Michael Vinson; one sister, Ruby V. Whitworth and two nieces, Deborah
Vinson and Debbie Whitworth.
She graduated from Newbold High School class of 1954 and Winston-Salem State University
with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She taught and retired from the Public School
System in Cincinnati. Willa was an active and faithful member of Southern Baptist Church where
she served faithfully on the Trustee Board, Women’s Ministry, Noon Day Bible Study, Pastoral
Search Committee, Joy Conference, and Gala Committee.
Funeral services are Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 3 p.m. at Pine Grove Primitive Baptist
Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 30 minutes
prior to the service at church.
Survivors are one brother, James (Velma) Vinson of Iron Station; four sisters, Mary (Alfred)
McCorkle of Hickory, Margaret Littman, Sarah Vinson, Glenda Vinson all of Iron Station; two
sister-in-laws, Annie Pearl Vinson of Capital Heights, Md., Celestine Goodloe of Cincinnati,
Ohio; a brother-in-law, John Goodloe of Cincinnati, Ohio; an aunt, Gertrude Barr of Detroit,
Mich.
Ebony & White’s Funeral Service is serving the Vinson/Williams family.

Virginia Elmore

Virginia Sloan Allen Elmore, 86, of Crouse, died Sept. 27, 2011.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim
Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends
Thursday at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at other times at the home.
Carpenter’s Funeral Home in Cherryville is serving the Elmore family.

Ethleen Ellis

Ethleen Ellis, 66, of Shelby, died Sept. 28, 2011.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Enloe Mortuary.

Billy Hayes

Billy Joe Hayes, 56, of Shelby, died Sept. 29, 2011.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Enloe Mortuary.

Essie Baxter

Essie Baxter, 66, of Lincolnton, died Sept. 29, 2011.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Ebony & White’s Funeral
Service.

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