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Obituaries 1-6-12

Nancy R. Huffman

Nancy Lorene Robinson Huffman, 78, of Conover died Jan. 4, 2012.

Funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover with burial to follow in Conover City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends today from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Huffman family.


Dorothy McCurry

Dorothy Ellen Glenn McCurry, 83, of Fallston died Jan. 5, 2012.

Funeral services will be today at 6 p.m. at Stamey Funeral Home Chapel, Fallson with visitation immediately following the service. Interment will be Jan. 7, 2012 at Rose Hill Memorial Park, Fallston.

Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston is serving the McCurry family.


Barron Goodson

Barron Goodson, of Rockwell, died Jan. 5, 2012.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Lady’s Funeral Home, Kannapolis.


Mildred Ramona Pendleton Withers

Mrs. Mildred Ramona Pendleton Withers, age 80, of 1981 Union Church Road, Lincolnton went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 after fighting a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Her funeral will be 2 p.m. today at McKendree United Methodist Church with Rev. Roy Sides and Rev. Butch Boyd officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. today at McKendree United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Withers was born in Lincoln County on November 1, 1931 and was the daughter of the late Ralph and Kitty Pendleton Keener. She was also preceded in death by a son, Mark Withers; two brothers, Leonard Pendleton and Hershel Pendleton.  Mrs. Withers worked in quality control and customer service at Mohican Mills, Burris Industries, Null Manufacturing and Cochrane Furniture. She was a beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and a friend to many.

Mrs. Withers is survived by one son Gary Withers and wife, Lyndon of Hickory; one daughter, Gail Robinson and husband, Patrick of South Port; one sister, Evelyn Stroupe of Lincolnton; one brother, Larry Pendleton of Lincolnton; a grandson, David Withers and wife, Xylvia of Charlotte; a great grandson, Noah Withers and longtime family member, Butch Boyd of Long Shoals.

Memorials may be made to Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658 or McKendree United Methodist Church, 3537 Maiden Highway, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton is serving the Withers family.



Paul William Mace

Mr. Paul William Mace, age 75, of 940 Old Lincolnton-Crouse Road in Crouse, died on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Webb’s Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Mace was born June 3, 1936 in Lincoln County to the late Clarence Plato and Mattie Irene Motz Mace.  He worked in textiles.

He is survived by his loving companion, Christine Huff Black of the home; one son, Donald Steve Schronce of Crouse; three step-sons, Dennis, Bobby, and Tommy Grigg; and three step-grandchildren, Benji, Ericka, and Eric Grigg; and one step-great-granddaughter.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Mace family.


Carol Schrum Heafner

Mrs. Carol Schrum Heafner, age 58, of 1914 Buffalo Shoals Road in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

Her funeral service will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012 in theWarlick Funeral HomeChapel with Rev. Roy Lanier officiating. Burial will follow in the Beth Haven Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. tonight atWarlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Heafner was born October 22, 1953 in Lincoln County to Grady Schrum and Edith Wilkinson Proctor.  She worked for Lincoln County Schools.

She is survived by her husband, Roy Alton Heafner of the home; two sons, Alton Lee Heafner of Gastonia and Roy Scott Heafner of Iron Station; father, Grady Schrum of Lincolnton; mother, Edith W. Proctor of Maiden; and two grandchildren, Roy Michael Heafner of Lincolnton, and Jaddon Sydney Heafner of Iron Station.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Heafner family.



Floyd Taylor ‘Thumper’ Harkey

Floyd Taylor “Thumper” Harkey, of Killeen, Tex. died Friday, December 30, 2011 at South Georgia Medical Center, Valdosta, Ga. He was born December 14, 1936 in Lincolnton, to the late Pat and Georgia Harkey, the youngest of five children.

Floyd volunteered for the draft and was inducted into the Army on May 20, 1954. His twenty-year service to his country included tours in Korea, France, England, Vietnam, Japan and various stations stateside. While serving in New Orleans, La., he met and married his wife Patricia Rose Thorn of New Orleans. They were blessed with 49 years of marriage prior to her death in 2007. Following his retirement from the Army, Floyd joined the Killeen Fire Department as a dispatcher and volunteer fire fighter. After twelve years of service, he joined the Fort Hood Fire Department until his retirement in 1998.

Floyd is survived by Rev. Ed and Miriam, Elsbeth, Hannah, Elisha, and Jacob Harkey of Boston, Mass.; and Ret. Col. Michael and Lucia (Harkey), Benjamin, and Jessica O’Dowd, of Valdosta, Ga.; as well as a number of surviving nephews and nieces in Lincolnton and surrounding towns.

A long-standing member of Grace Lutheran Church in Killeen, Floyd served as an Elder, a member of the Men’s Club, a Trustee, Sunday School Treasurer, and on the Board of Evangelism. He also served as an area Cub and Boy Scout Master, and was a lifetime member of the DAV, W. R. Holt Post 147.

A viewing was held on Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home, 1615 S. Ft. Hood Rd., Killeen, Tex. The funeral will follow today at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Killeen, Tex. with a repast to follow. The interment will then take place at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Grace Lutheran Church, c/o the Prayer Garden, Sunday School, or Mortgage Funds.



Sheila Little Wilkinson

Mrs. Sheila Little Wilkinson, age 76, of 200 Crescent Court in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. today in theWarlick Funeral HomeChapel with Rev. Robert Norman officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service.

Mrs. Wilkinson was born September 6, 1935 in Lincoln County to the late William and Lorene Speagle Little. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Raper Newell Wilkinson and a sister, Phyllis Sisk. Mrs. Wilkinson worked for Rose’s Department Store.

She is survived by a son, Nathan W. Wilkinson of Lincolnton; two daughters, Pamela Wilkinson of Denver and Mickie Norman of Leland; two grandchildren, Phillip Norman and Matthew Norman; and three great-grandchildren, Mickayla Norman, Cayden Norman, and Aaron Norman.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC  28092, or to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC  28401.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Wilkinson family.



James Nicholas Lewis Sr.

James Nicholas Lewis, age 94, passed away January 2, 2012 at his daughter’s home in Rocky Mount.  He was born, the eldest of four boys, on September 13, 1917 in Spring Hope, to the late James Edwin and Sophie Daughtridge Lewis.

Nick worked for many years as an electrician with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (later CSX) and enjoyed his early retirement years on the Pungo River, fishing, crabbing, netting and boating. As a dedicated family man, Nick always took pleasure and pride in his children and their ever growing families. On December 1, 2007, Nick joyfully surrendered his heart to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Nick was preceded in death by his wife of 22 years Ruth Herrington Lewis and later his wife of 20 years Rena Register Lewis; brother, Benjamin Daughtridge Lewis; grandson, James Nicholas Lewis III, and son-in-law, Colby Wayne Lee Sr.

He is survived by his brothers, Rex Elmer Lewis of Albuquerque, N.M. and George William Lewis of Nashville; children, Linda Lewis Bradley (Doug) of Charlotte, Charlotte Lewis Lee of Rocky Mount, James Nicholas Lewis Jr. (Marla) of Lincolnton, Phillip Gary Lewis (Colleen) of Charlotte, and Phyllis Register Isemann (Frank) of Richmond, Va. He also leaves to cherish his memory, ten grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Nick’s life will be held Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Proctors Chapel Baptist Church, Rocky Mount.

In lieu of flowers memorials honoring Nick may be made to Edgecombe Homecare & Hospice, 2909 Main Street, Tarboro, NC 27886, or Gideons International, PO Box 14080, Nashville, TN 37214-0800 (www.gideons.org).

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to his medical caregivers, Thelma and Mary Jo from Hospice of Edgecombe County for the care given during his recent illness.

Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson Funerals & Cremations, 661 English Rd., Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfuneralsandcremations.com



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