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Donna Marie Ritter

CHERRYVILLE — Mrs. Donna Marie Ritter, 58, passed away January 12, 2012 at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte.

Born June 4, 1953 in Trenton, N.J., she was a daughter of the late George Smatusck and Mildred Charlotte “Peggy” Weisel Smatusck. She was a server at Jackson’s Cafeteria in Gastonia.

She is survived by a son, Daniel Judson Leatherman and wife, Kimberly of Dallas, N.C.; two daughters, Christine Kiefer and husband, Mark of Hamilton, N.J. and Sheri George and husband, Alan of Colorado Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren, Judson and Wyatt Leatherman, Erin, Mark,  Haylee and Matthew Kiefer; and a sister, Diane Roberts of Richmond, Va.

The family will receive friends from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Stamey~Cherryville Funeral Home, Cherryville.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Stamey~Cherryville Funeral Home Chapel, Cherryville.

Burial will be private.

Memorials may be made to the Gaston County Humane Society, PO Box 2334, Gastonia, NC 28053.

A guest register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com.

Stamey~Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the Ritter family.

 

EJaquline Webb Nantz

DALLAS – EJaquline Webb Nantz, 75, of Dallas, NC passed away January 14, 2012 at CMC Lincolnton.

A native of Gaston County, she was the daughter of the late Carroll Johnson Webb and Katie Graves Webb.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Nantz Hudson and husband, Kenneth of Lincolnton; brother, Carroll Webb and wife, Betty Jean of Gastonia; grandchildren, Andrew Nantz, Melissa Hudson Clark and husband, Wes, Hannah Nantz and Kevin Hudson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Albert Nantz and son, Terryl Nantz

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Carothers Funeral Home Chapel in Stanley with Rev. David Poteat and Rev. Gary Rankin officiating.

Burial will be at Hillcrest Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. today at the funeral home prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Jackie Nantz to Sunset Forest Baptist Church, 903 Hickory Grove Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056

Condolences may be made online at www.carothersfuneralhomestanley.com

Carothers Funeral Home, Stanley is serving the Nantz family.

 

Cindy Cloninger

BELMONT — Cindy Cloninger passed away on Friday, January 13, 2012 at Levine Dickson Hospice House, Huntersville surrounded by her loved ones. She will be remembered for her devotion to her faith and her dedication to the many students she touched as a high school counselor.

The family will receive friends at Bethlehem Church, 3100 Bethlehem Church Street, Gastonia, today from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Denver United Methodist Church Cemetery, 3910 Highway 16 Business North, Denver, NC, followed by visitation in the church sanctuary.

She is survived by her mother and father, Ray and Ann Cloninger of Denver; sister Karla Cloninger of Huntersville; brother and sister-in-law Kent and Liz Cloninger; and nieces Reagan and Reese Cloninger of Cornelius.  She is preceded in death by her sister Ginger Cloninger.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar St, Lincolnton, NC  28092 or Bethlehem Church Children’s Ministries, PO Box 551387, Gastonia, NC  28055-1387.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Cloninger family.

 

Marshall Beal

MAIDEN — Fred Marshall Beal, age 91, of East Maiden Road, Maiden passed away Friday, January 13, 2012 at his residence.

Born January 12, 1921 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Claude Gordon Beal and the late Lucy Williams Beal. Mr. Beal was a member of Lawing’s Chapel Baptist Church in Maiden; a World War II Army veteran, a member of American Legion Post 240 in Maiden and was retired from Carolina Mills.

In addition to his parents; wife, Hazel Cline Beal; two sons, James Ronald Beal, Gordon Arnold Beal; one brother, Harold Beal; and a sister, Flona Shaw preceded him in death.

He is survived by one son, Rodney Beal and wife, Dianne of Maiden; one brother, Clifton “Pete” Beal and wife, Vertie of Maiden; three sisters, Carolyn Peeler of Maiden, Margie Self of Lincolnton, Colleen Shytle of Denver; sister-in-law, Hallene Black and husband, Worth of Maiden; two grandsons, Christopher Beal and Justin Beal; three granddaughters, Rhonda Woody, Jennifer Beal, Paige Beal; two great-grandsons, Tanner Woody, Eli Woody; two great granddaughters, Morgan Woody, Rachael Woody; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6 p.m. at Lawing’s Chapel Baptist Church in Maiden with Rev. Stephen Rector, Rev. Nathaniel Austin and Rev. Marion Powell officiating.

The family received friends, prior to the service, from 5 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. at the church.

A graveside service was held today at 10 a.m. at Lawing’s Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Maiden.

Memorials may be made to: Lawing’s Chapel Baptist Church, PO Box 265, Maiden, NC 28650 and/or Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.

Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Beal family.

 

Priscilla Drum

MAIDEN — Pattie “Priscilla” Turner Drum, 79, of Drum Dr., Maiden passed away Friday, January 13, 2012 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton.

Born May 11, 1932 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Audie Turner and the late Leola Bumgarner Turner Hoffman. Mrs. Drum was a member of East Maiden Baptist Church in Maiden.

In addition to her parents; three brothers, Bud, Bob and Ted Turner; two sisters, Margaret Devine and Dot Scronce preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are husband, Cyril Drum of the home; three daughters, Connie and David Carroll of Davidson, Anita Drum of Maiden, Martha and Steve Crouse of Travelers Rest, S.C; two brothers, Jimmy Turner of Myrtle Beach, S.C.,  and Jerry Turner of Conover; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 3 p.m. at East Maiden Baptist Church in Maiden with the Rev. Nathaniel Austin and Dr. Steve Crouse officiating.

Burial followed in Maiden City Cemetery.

The family received friends, prior to the service, from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the church.

Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Drum family.

 

 

Derek Austin Cornelius

Mr. Derek Austin Cornelius, age 31, of 323 E. Dixon Street in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, January 12, 2012.

His funeral service will be 1 p.m. today at St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church with Father Matthew Buettner officiating. Burial will follow in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Harry Caldwell and Rev. Andy Royals officiating. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2012 atWarlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Cornelius was born March 7, 1980 in Gaston County to Ricky Wrenn Cornelius and Cynthia Crump Grant. He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Austin Cornelius; paternal grandmother, Lucille Barnhardt; maternal grandfather, Bill Crump; and step-grandfather, Howard Setzer.  Mr. Cornelius worked as a delivery driver.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Ricky and Dawn Cornelius of Lincolnton; mother, Cindy Grant of Lincolnton; children, Austin Cornelius, Caleb Cornelius, Elizabeth Cornelius, Felicity Cornelius, and Brennan Cornelius; sister, Crystal Cornelius of Newton; maternal grandmother, Charlotte Setzer of Lincolnton; and step-grandmother, Gaye Temple of Cherryville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Mountain Children’s Home Building Fund, 7569 Clara’s Way, Nebo, NC  28671.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Cornelius family.

 

Charles Thomas Van Goor

MAIDEN — Mr. Charles Thomas Van Goor, age 100, of Maiden, passed away at the Carillon Assisted Living Center in Newton on January 12, 2012.  Charles was born in Amsterdam, Holland in the Netherlands on February 11, 1911 to Jacob and Martha (Waterburg) Van Goor. His father, Jacob, brought Charles and the family to the U.S. at the end of WWI. After living briefly in New York City, the Van Goor’s moved to a farm in upper New York state near Johnstown where Charles grew up. Charles attributed the values of his life to what he learned growing up no the farm. In later years he was an auto mechanic, joined the New York National Guard 258th Field Artillery and was in the Army prior to WW2. In 1939, he met and married Helen Josephine Kraiger.  In 1944 their daughter Martha (Marty) was born and in 1946 Charlie Jr. came along. In Charles’ early career as a power house engineer he worked for the Hotel McAlpine in New York City, Mullenburg Hospital in New Jersey, Inland Rubber and Merck & Co. The last 25 years of his career Charles was Assistant Chief Power Engineer for Ciba-Geigy Corp. (now Novartis) in Toms River, N.J. In 1976 Charles retired and he and Helen moved to Pumpkin Center, outside of Lincolnton. In 1984 Helen died of colon cancer and in 1985 he met and married Marie Martin of Maiden. Charles moved to Maiden to be with Marie and built a new residence in 1985 close to Marie’s three daughters, Catherine, Phyllis and Paula. After 10 happy years together Marie died in 1996 and Charles continued living there on his own until November of 2011 when he entered the Carillon Assisted Living Center in Newton.

Charles was an active church man most of his adult life. In New Jersey he was a very active member of Toms River First United Methodist Church being the Sunday School Superintendent for many years. In Maiden, Charles attended Saint Matthews UCC Church where he taught Sunday School classes until 2010. It was here that Charles was given two birthday parties for being 100 years old. The first was at Christmas of 2010 so that his widely separated family could attend and then again in February of 2011 on his actual birthday. Many family and friends attended both events.

Charles is noted for being a devoted family man and faithful churchman with a quick wit and dry sense of humor.  He always provided himself with being on time and knowing “Robert Rules of Order.” Charles also loved gardening since his days on the farm and still tended a small garden until 2006.

In addition to his parents (Jacob and Martha), Charles was preceded in death by his brother, Hank; sister Katherine; and his sister Martha (who is buried in Lincolnton).  Charles is survived by his daughter, Martha (Marty) Pratt and his son Charles T. Van Goor Jr. from his first wife Helen, with five grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his second wife Marie’s step-family, Catherine Woodring, Phyllis Wilkenson and Paula Buff and eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at St. Matthews UCC Church, 4575 Maiden Highway in Maiden today at 3 p.m.  Interment shall be in the church cemetery next to his wife Helen. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthews Cemetery Fund, PO Box 739, Maiden, NC  28650, St. Matthews Benevolent Fund, PO Box 739, Maiden, NC  28650, or to Palliative CareCenter and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC  28658.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Van Goor family.

 

Pauline M. Fisher

Pauline M. Fisher, 94, of Newton died Jan. 13, 2012.

Funeral services were held today at 11 a.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at Hollywood Cemetery in Gastonia. The family received friends today from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Fisher family.

 

Alfred Boone

Alfred Junior Boone, 77, of Lawndale died Jan. 13, 2012.

Funeral services will be private.

Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston is serving the Boone family.

 

Carrie Carson

Carrie Carson, age 101, of Pa., formerly of Lincolnton, died Jan. 7, 2012.

Funeral services will be held Jan. 18, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Providence Missionary Baptist Church with burial to follow in Pine Street Presbyterian Church cemetery. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service.

Ebony & White’s Funeral Service is serving the Carson family.

 

Bo Wiggins

Charles “Bo” Keith Wiggins, 46, of Bessemer City died Jan. 12, 2012.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Pilgrim Baptist Church in Hayesville.

Carpenter’s Funeral Home, Cherryville is serving the Wiggins family.

 

Viola Young Whitener

Viola Young Whitener, 77, of Conover died Jan. 14, 2012.

Funeral services will be held Jan. 18, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Newton, with burial to follow at Conover City cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.

Burke Mortuary, Newton, is serving the Whitener family.

 

Louise McRee Marley

Louise McRee Marley, 93, of Charlotte died Jan. 14, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 17, 2012 at Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home, Gastonia, with burial to follow at Hollywood Cemetery, Gastonia. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. prior to the service.

Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home, Gastonia is serving the Marley family.

 

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