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Obits 2-6-12

Robert James Helmer

Robert James Helmer, 64, of Lincolnton died Feb. 1, 2012.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Feb. 5, 2012 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. The family received friends following the service.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Helmer family.

 

Lucille Knight Jenkins

Lucille Knight Jenkins, 91, of Cherryville died Feb. 2, 2012.

Visitation was held Feb. 4, 2012 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Feb. 5, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Cherryville Missionary Methodist Church. Burial followed in Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the Jenkins family.

 

Ruth Rosebud Belcher Coyle

Ruth Rosebud Belcher Coyle, 91, of Cherryville died Feb. 3, 2012.

Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. in Cone Memorial Chapel of Carpenter’s Funeral Home, Cherryville. Entombment will follow the service at Forest Lawn East, Weddington, Union County at 1:30 p.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.

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

 

Pamela Auton

Pamela Jean Waters Auton, 48, of Catawba died Feb. 2, 2012.

Funeral services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Living Word Church in Maiden with burial to follow at Maiden City Cemetery, Maiden. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the church. A memorial service will be held Feb. 7, 2012 at 7 p.m. at The Church of Three Crosses, Jamesville.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Auton family.

 

Bobbie Ray Sutton

Bobbie Ray Sutton, 72, of Maiden died Feb. 4, 2012.

No services will be held at this time.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Sutton family.

 

David Lee Stabb

David Lee Stabb, 67, of Maiden died Feb. 3, 2012.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Feb. 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. at Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 537 Highway 16, Denver, NC. The family will receive friends one hour before the Mass in church.

The Good Samaritan Funeral, Denver, is serving the Stabb family.

 

Andy Hicks

Andy Hicks, 60, of Maiden died Feb. 6, 2012.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary in Maiden.

 

Ozelia Linder Gingles

Ozelia Linder Gingles, 94, of Cherryville died Feb. 3, 2012.

A memorial service will be held Feb. 7, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. in the Cone Memorial Chapel of Carpenter’s Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Feb. 7, 2012 from 2:30 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. and at other times at the home. Burial will be private.

Carpenter’s Funeral Home is serving the Gingles family.

 

Eva Short

Eva Short, 82, of Lawndale died Feb. 4, 2012.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2012 at Stamey Funeral Home Chapel, Fallston. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 2012 at Stamey Funeral Home Chapel in Fallston. Burial will be at Reep’s Grove Baptist Church cemetery in Vale.

Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston, is serving the family.

 

Dr. Gil Massengill

Dr. Gil Massengill, 72, of Newton died Feb. 3, 2012.

Funeral services were held Feb. 5, 2012 at 3 p.m. at Fairview Baptist Church in Newton. Burial followed in Fairview Baptist Church cemetery, Newton. The family received friends, prior to the service, from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the church.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Massengill family.

 

C. E. ‘Nick’ Nixon

GASTONIA — C.E. “Nick” Nixon, 92, of Gastonia died Friday, February 3, 2012 at his residence.

He was a native of Lincoln County and the son of the late Frank Brevard Nixon and Nellie Asbury Mundy Nixon.

A graveside service was held 1 p.m. Sunday at Gaston Memorial Park.

A Celebration of Life was held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Gastonia with Rev. Dr. James Westmoreland and Reverend C.B. Barr officiating.

The family received friends immediately following the Celebration of Life in the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church.

C.E. was a member of theFirstUnitedMethodistChurchinGastoniafor over 67 years. He was a US Army WWII Veteran, charter member of The City Club of Gastonia, member of the Civitan Club, Eagles Club and the Elks Club. C.E. was the founder of Nixon Exterminating Inc. and served on the North Carolina Pest Control Board.

Survivors include his sons, Phil Nixon and wife Terri of Gastonia, Frank Nixon and wife Ann of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; grandchildren, Laura Tucker and husband David of Singapore, Amanda Skeen and husband Matt of Charlotte, Sara Nixon of Charlotte, Mary Nixon of Lake Wylie; great grandchildren, Lili Tucker, Avery Tucker and Eily Ann Tucker of Singapore; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy “Dot” Pratt Nixon; son, Daniel Pratt Nixon; brother, Frank Brevard Nixon Jr.; sisters, Evelyn Nixon, Juanita Cleveland and Sathelle Nixon.

Honorary pallbearers were David Stowe, William Cleveland, David Harris, Dan Willis, Walter Rhyne, Jerry Goins, Bill Dunster, Brian Greeson and Alf Ruff.

The family would like to give a special thanks to his caregivers, Jeanne Roberts and Donna Tindol.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 218 Gastonia, NC 28053 or to the Gaston Literacy Council, Inc., 116 South Marietta Street, Gastonia, NC.

Condolences may be sent to www.mcleanfuneral.com

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Nixon family.

 

Carol Lane Thomas

FORT MILL, SC — Mr. Carol Lane Thomas, 79, passed away on February 2, 2012 at his home surrounded by his beloved daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. He was a former employee of Clarke Floor Machines and American Products.

Mr. Thomas was born in 1932 in Charlotte, and was the son of his most adored mother, the late Ms. Bronnie Thomas. Mr. Thomas’ father passed away when he was only two years old. He began working full-time immediately following high school in the field of Floor Machinery. His career began as a Branch Business Manager with Clarke Floor Machines in Charlotte and extended for 32 years until the business ceased operation and then became a devoted employee to American Products located in Pineville for approximately 22 more years. Over an expansion of 52 years of employment before retiring, Mr. Thomas remained committed as a hard-working, dependable employee and shared tremendous pride in his positions with these companies. A special thanks to Riverview Fish Camp for allowing Mr. Thomas the privilege of serving hungry patrons on the weekends. Those days were cherished by him to never be forgotten by those he served for so many years. He was a member of Sharon Baptist Church in Sharon, S.C. and later transferred his membership to Oak View Baptist Church in Kings Mountain.

Mr. Thomas enjoyed gospel singings, his church, camping, cooking out and visiting with his daughter Robin and her family. His most prized hobby was “Dancing.” His most enjoyable times were dancing with his previous co-workers and friends during their Christmas parties each year.  The family is sure he is now “dancing with the angels!”

Survivors include his beloved daughter and caregiver for the past six years, Mrs. Robin Thomas-Patterson and son-in-law, James Rodney Patterson, both of Fort Mill, S.C., and formerly of Lincolnton. Mr. Thomas’s granddaughter, Natalie “Sweden” Patterson is also of the home but is away attending college at the University of South Carolina which her grandfather was very proud of. Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his only beloved sister, Mrs. Lula Abernathy. He also has one niece, Mrs. Linda D. Earnest of Charlotte. He will be terribly missed and forever loved and remembered… To the kindest man I knew, my Daddy…I love you, Robin.

Visitation will be held today from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Hwy., Indian Land, S.C. Funeral services will be held February 7, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church with Pastor Jimmy Greene of Lexington officiating.

Fort Mill Funeral Home, Fort Mill, S.C. will be in charge of services.

 

 

Diana Ivy Hall

Diana Ivy Hall, 65, of 130 Bob Burgin Rd., went home to sing with the angels on Saturday February 4, 2012. Born on October 15, 1946 she was a member of North Brook Baptist Church and devoted to Christ our Lord. She leaves behind her loving husband Robert Eugene Hall. She also leaves daughters Sonya Abernathy and husband Andy of North Brook, Ann Morrison and husband Gary of Vale and Sherry Byrne and husband Dean of Australia; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; step daughters, Renee Bolick and Kim Burns; six step grandchildren and one step great grandchild.

Through her struggles she kept her faith and was a model of strength to them all.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at North Brook Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ray Pennell officiating with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday at the church from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. and at other times at the home.

Carpenter’s Funeral Home is serving the Hall family.

Condolences to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.

 

Johnny Alfred Peeler Jr.

Mr. Johnny Alfred Peeler Jr., 60, died after an extended illness on Saturday, February 4, 2012.

His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Salem Baptist Church in Lincolnton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at Salem Baptist Church.

He was born on June 28, 1951 to the late John Alfred Peeler Sr. and Mary Rayfield Peeler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret McCray, and brother, Toney Eugene Peeler.  Johnny served with the United States Army Reserves for 8 years. He worked for Duke Power for 26 years, and owned his own construction company for the last 20 years. Johnny was a wonderful husband, father, uncle and brother. He also loved spending time with his friends, golfing and fishing. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Johnny is survived by his wife of 42 years, Janice Lockman Peeler of Lincolnton; two sons, Jeffery Keith Peeler and wife Nicole Hardee Peeler of Raleigh, and Jonathan Alan Peeler and wife Jodi Stamey Peeler of St. Kitts, West Indies; brother, Tommy Owen Peeler of Iron Station; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Baptist Church Building Fund, 1982 Salem Church Road, Lincolnton, NC  28092, or to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Peeler family.

 

Lawrence John ‘Larry’ Devenney

Mr. Lawrence John “Larry” Devenney, age 80, of 1267 Worthington Place in Lincolnton, died on Saturday, February 4, 2012.

His funeral service will be 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at McKendree United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Powell and Rev. Jim Reeves officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 atWarlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Devenney was born December 8, 1931 in Camden, N.J. to the late Elmer and Julia Kolb Devenney. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Land and a brother, Robert Devenney. Mr. Devenney served in the United States Army and then later worked as a sales account representative.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Zia Devenney of the home; two sons, Bruce L. Devenney and wife Jennifer of Gastonia, and Kevin L. Devenney and wife Sherry of Monroe; two daughters, Cheryl E. Riley and husband Steve of the British Virgin Islands, and Maureen E. Freeman and husband Doug of Lincolnton; one brother, Elmer T. Devenney Jr. of Berlin, N.J.; two sisters, Julia St. Maur of Laurel Springs, N.J., and Helen Gutherman of Fla.; five grandchildren, Cara Sanders and husband Michael of Ft. Mill, S.C., Karlie Devenney and Krista Devenney, both of Monroe, and Zachary Freeman of Lincolnton.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, P.O. Box 60144, Charlotte, NC  28260-1444; the American Cancer Society, 6000 Fairview Road, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC  28210; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Devenney family.

 

Flint Harlan Gilbert    

IRON STATION — Flint Harlan Gilbert, age 62, of Iron Station, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at Carolina Medical Center in Lincolnton.

Born August 23, 1949 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Flint and Della Elizabeth Murphy Gilbert.  He was employed in the textile industry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Walley Edward Gilbert.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Barbara Colene Whitworth Gilbert of the home; son, Eddie Gilbert and wife, Cindy of Lincolnton; daughter, Tina Bishop and husband, Kent of Crouse; sister, Diane Crowder and husband, Thomas Franklin of Maiden; and grandchildren, Thomas Bishop, Sarah Bishop Crouse, and Ricky Williams of Casar.

A Service of Remembrance was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church in Maiden with Pastor Pat Purdy officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Gibson, Jerry Whitworth, Ricky Williams Jr., Tommy Crowder, Wade Whitner and Timmey Campbell.

The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday at Drum Funeral Home in Conover.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church, 3273 Mt. Ruhama Church Road, Maiden, NC  28650.

Condolences may be sent to the Gilbert family at www.drumfuneralhome.com.

The Gilbert family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Conover.

 

 

Becky Wise

6/19/1950 – 2/2/2012

VALE — Rebecca “Becky” Ann Connor Wise, 61, of 7407 Macedonia Church Rd., Vale, died Thursday, February 2, 2012 at Carolinas Medical Center – Lincoln.

Born in Catawba County, she was a daughter of Hazel Rudisill Connor of Hickory and the late Melvin Roscoe Connor.  Becky was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church where she was a former children’s Sunday school teacher. Also, she was a former employee of Thomasville Furniture.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 41 years, Jimmy Dwight Wise; son, Jeremy Wise and wife, Melissa; daughter, Deanna Wise Pope and husband, Rick all of Vale; brothers, Donald Connor and Jimmy Connor both of Hickory; mother-in-law, Edith Wise of Vale and granddaughter, Andrea Wise.

The family received friends from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Vale.  A guest register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com.

The funeral was held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Revs. Jeremy Mahaffey, Don Willis and Gerald Sailors officiating.

Interment is at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN  37214-0800 or Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Building Fund, 1156 North Brook III School Road, Vale, NC 28168.

Stamey Funeral Home in Fallston is serving the family.

 

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