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Obituaries 10-10-11

Richard A Tillman, Jr.

06/30/1926 – 10/9/2011
Richard A Tillman, Jr., 85, of 7464 Hull Rd, Lawndale, passed away Sunday, October 9, 2011 at
Hospice at Wendover in Shelby.
He was born in Lincoln County on June 30, 1926 to the late Richard Tillman Sr. and Bryte Wehunt
Tillman. He was a member of Bess Chapel United Methodist Church and was retired from Burris
Furniture and a lifelong farmer.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Deanne Shelton Tillman; two brothers,
Blaine Tillman and Pryde Tillman; five half-brothers, Guy Tillman, Walter Tillman, Ruffin Tillman,
Clarence Tillman, and Everett Tillman; sister, Lorene Tillman Bess; and three half-sisters, Hattie
Tillman Bess, Vernie Tillman Beam and Gertie Tillman.
He is survived by his best friend and companion, Molly; sister, Ruby Tillman Saine of Lawndale;
special nephew and caregiver Johnny Tillman; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., Tuesday at Bess Chapel United Methodist Church,
Cherryville, with funeral services following at 11 a.m. at Bess Chapel United Methodist Church,
Cherryville. Officiating will be Rev. Terry Bevill. Burial will follow at Bess Chapel United Methodist
Memorials may be made to, Bess Chapel United Methodist Church, 6073 Flay Road, Cherryville, NC
28021 and to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Condolences may be made online at www.stameyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston.

Vernon ‘Bear” Smith

Mr. Vernon “Bear” Smith, age 86, of Lincolnton, died on Saturday, October 8, 2011.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Smith was born October 19, 1924 in Burke County to the late Glenn and Thelma Smith. In
addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife, Helen Margaret Price Smith. Mr. Smith
was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during World War II. He was an iron worker
with the Local 399 Union out of Camden, N.J.
Survivors include his companion for 11 years, Jean Shehan; one son, Mike Smith and wife Kathy of
Lincolnton; one daughter Joan Passaretti and husband Dennis of Long Island, N.Y.; two brothers, Ray
Smith of N.J. and Frank Smith of Pa.; one sister, Joannie Rozzelle of Hickory; two grandchildren and one
Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Smith family.

Donald Earl Tucker

Mr. Donald Earl Tucker, age 79, formerly of Locust, died on Wednesday, September 28, 2011.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Mount Hermon Lutheran Church in
Concord. Burial was in Meadow Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Locust.
Mr. Tucker was born January 25, 1932 in Johnston County to the late Herman Hines Tucker and
Mary Jane Worley Tucker. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife Frances
Rushing Tucker. Mr. Tucker retired from McLean Trucking Company after 33 years as a long distance
truck driver.
He is survived by daughters, Brenda Bost and husband Rev. Ted Bost of Lincolnton, and Donna
Farnsworth of Forest City; Florine P. East, mother of his daughters; stepson, Ricky Taylor of Pineville;
grandchildren, Ted R. Bost, III of Asheville, Robert T. Bost of Boone, Bryan Farnsworth and wife Amy
of Gastonia; two great-grandchildren, Cameron Farnsworth and Madison Farnsworth of Gastonia.
Memorials may be made to the Daniels Lutheran Church Building Fund, 3290 Reepsville Road,
Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton, was in charge of funeral arrangements.

James Ray Buck ‘Book’ Weaver

Mr. James Ray Buck “Book” Weaver, age 74, of 416 Hilltop Road in Lincolnton, passed away
suddenly at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2011.
His funeral service will be 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at Calvary Baptist Church in
Lincolnton with Jeff Hawkins and Rev. David Jones officiating. His body will lie in state for 30 minutes
prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive
friends from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. this evening at Warlick Funeral Home. At all other times the family will
be at 417 Hilltop Road or 858 Crystal Springs Road in Lincolnton.
Mr. Weaver was born November 10, 1936 in Lincoln County to the late Russell and Cora Elizabeth
Seagle Weaver. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Russell Auguster Weaver
and his grandparents, Barbara and Charlie Weaver and Tiny and Cal Seagle.
Barbara and Book had just celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on October 4th. They had just
built a new home and were hoping to move into it this week. Book loved to fish and loved to hunt rabbits.
He loved to raise a big garden and share it with all his neighbors. When he was working, he would cook
breakfast or lunch for his supervisors and others and he loved to cook for events and they would then give
the money to someone in need. He loved to cook for his family too and was always trying new recipes,
sometimes making up his own recipes. He could just throw ingredients together and come up with a
delicious cake or pie. Book loved everyone. He loved to give to people and help anyone in need that he
could. He loved his family and took care of them. His wife, sons and daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren
were the joy of his life. He loved his mother-in-law like she was his mother, but lost her this year in June.
His heart was broken.
Book worked at Cochrane Furniture Company from March 1959 until March 2006. He started out
as a regular employee and worked his way up to assistant superior, then supervisor, then assistant plant
manager and then up to plant manager. He only had a 9th grade education and did all this. He was so
proud of that company and loved all his employees like family. He was a wonderful man and will be
missed. As a family, we ask all to remember us in your prayers and thank you for it. We miss him, but he
will always live in our hearts.
Comments from Jerry Cochrane, owner of Cochrane Furniture Company:
“Buck Weaver began his career at Cochrane Furniture in the finishing department in 1959. When
he was promoted to plant manager, under his leadership his plant became one of the most efficient
dinette chair manufacturing plants in the country. Not only did he maintain a very productive plant, but
his employees always said “it was a good place to work.” He was a “people” person who treated his
employees as family. When he retired after more than forty years the company honored him with a “Buck
Weaver Day.” His past and present co-workers and employees came together to celebrate and honor him
as a truly fine leader”.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 493 Calvary Church Road,
Lincolnton, NC 28092 or to Christian Ministry of Lincoln County, PO Box 423, Lincolnton, NC 28093.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jo Biggerstaff Weaver of the home; two sons, Mark Weaver and
wife Malinda of Lincolnton and Marty Shane Weaver and wife Pauline Foard of Wilmington; three
grandchildren, Lindsey Weaver Gauss of Pineville, Jacob Ray “Jake” Weaver and Mailee Brooke Weaver
of Lincolnton; one brother, Paul “Booty” Weaver and wife Martha of Lincolnton; two sisters, Hazel
Rhodes and Sue McGinnis, both of Lincolnton, several nieces and nephews.
Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Weaver family.

Haywood W. Thompson

Haywood W. Thompson, 92, of Denver, died October 8, 2011.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Ebony & White’s Funeral Service of

Dessie Mae DeVenny

Dessie Mae Walker DeVenny, 88, of Shelby, died October 8, 2011.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Carpenter’s Funeral Home in Cherryville. Burial will follow
in Friendly Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 6-8 p.m. at
Carpenter’s Funeral Home.
Carpenter’s Funeral Home of Cherryville is serving the DeVenny family.

Jerald Alexander Hallman

Jerald Alexander Hallman, 76, of Lincolnton, died October 9, 2011.
Arrangements are incomplete at Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton.

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