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Walt Shanklin

October 13, 1919 ~ March 13, 2012

Walt Shanklin was born October 13, 1919 in Charlotte, the son of the late Leon Trover and Hattie Sue Fogle Shanklin. He graduated from Charlotte Central High School in 1938 and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Walt also studied mechanical engineering prior to establishing Shanklin Air Conditioning on Freedom Drive in Charlotte.

Mr. Shanklin enlisted in the military during WW II where he served in Army Intelligence. It was at this time that he married Florence Soule of Charlotte. Walt served on seven islands in the Philippines before returning to Florence and their first born son Ronny. Florence and Walton added seven more children to their family including a set of identical twins, Mary and Alice. Walt took great pleasure and pride in his children’s accomplishments, sending all eight to college. “Start your term papers the day they’re assigned” was his standard advice. Walt loved to work, whether in business, personal projects, or on the horse farm that the family enjoyed for many years. He would outwork a person half his age in 95 degree heat.

Walt loved Florence most of all. He dedicated all of his energy to the completion of the Florence Soule Shanklin Memorial Library in Denver following her death in 1999. Walt was the recipient of the Charlotte Observer Heroes of Democracy Award in 2003 for outstanding Civic deeds. He will be remembered by all as a kind soul who loved to learn about so many things and share with others.

Mr. Shanklin was preceded in death by his wife Florence; sisters Susie Shanklin and Rachel Penley; brother Leon Shanklin, and son Pat Shanklin. Mr. Shanklin is survived by seven children, Ronny Shanklin, Mary Shanklin Brown and husband Ron, Alice Shanklin Greene and husband Jimmy, Linda Shanklin Elliott and husband Rick, Robert Shanklin, Mark Shanklin and wife Michele, and Jeff Shanklin. Mr. Shanklin is also survived by six grandchildren, Steven Elliott, John Elliott, Laura Elliott, Caroline Elliott, Brett Shanklin, and Ryan Shanklin.

Mr. Shanklin will lie in state at the Good Samaritan Funeral Home in Denver from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 15. Mr. Shanklin will also lie in state at Denver United Methodist Church from 12 noon until 1 pm on Friday, March 16 with services at 2 p.m. Burial will follow immediately at Fairfield United Methodist Church in Denver. The family will receive friends at Westport Country Club on 2525 Shanklin Lane, Denver following graveside services.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Fairfield United Methodist Church, 7860 Fairfield Rd. Denver, NC 28037; Florence Soule Shanklin Memorial Library Garden Fund, 7837 Fairfield Forest Rd. Denver, NC 28037; Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd. Newton NC 28658.

The Good Samaritan Funeral Home is serving the Shanklin family.


Ocie Runnell Fedrick

Ocie Runnell Fedrick, 85, of F Ave. S.E., Hickory passed away Friday, March 9, 2012 at Palliative CareCenter & Hospice of Catawba Valley after a lingering illness. She was born January 19, 1927 in Monroe, Ga. to the late Lewis and Mattie Selman Fedrick. She was a member of Morningstar First Baptist Church where she was a faithful Sunday school member and a retired employee of Regal Manufacturing Company.

One son, Freddie Ray Fedrick, two brothers John Fedrick and Samuel Fedrick, and two sisters Janie Mae Ikard and Evelyn Wilson preceded her in death. She is survived by five daughters, Genell (Les) Robinson, Mary (Enoch) Weaver, Rose (Floyd) Powell of Hickory, Sharlene (Marvin) Lee of Durham and Betty Boyd of Conover; two sons, James Clemons of Hickory and Harold Dean (Della) Fedrick of Lenoir, 29 grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Morningstar First Baptist Church with Rev. David Roberts II and Rev. Nathaniel Craig officiating, with burial to follow in Southside Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the church.

The family will be at the home of Enoch and Mary Weaver, 424-7th St. S.E., Hickory, NC 28602.

Condolences may be made at www.allenmitchellfuneralhome.com.

Allen Mitchell Funeral Home, Hickory is serving the family of Ms. Ocie Runnell Fedrick.


Richard Arthur Keenan

DENVER — Mr. Richard Arthur Keenan, age 86, of 7499 Barfield Lane in Denver, died on Monday, March 12, 2012.

His funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Webbs Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. John Love officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2012 atWarlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Keenan was born November 8, 1925 in Wolfeboro, N.H. to the late Arthur Chester and Frances Chick Keenan. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Scott Calkins Keenan. He worked as a sales manager for portable and industrial air compressors.  Mr. Keenan was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Army Air Corps as a ball turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator stationed in Italy. Mr. Keenan received a Purple Heart, an Air Medal with three Oak Leaf clusters, and the World War II European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four campaign stars.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marilyn Calkins Keenan of the home; two daughters, Kathy Lynn Bosiak and husband Stephen of Denver, and Wendy Keenan Edwards and husband Berry of Denver; seven grandchildren, LTJG Nathaniel A. Bosiak, Captain Nicholas S. Bosiak, Stephanie Edwards Wicks, Russell Patrick Edwards, Megan Elizabeth Keenan, Emily Christine Keenan, and Daniel Scott Keenan; and one great-grandchild, Luke Skylar Keenan.

Memorial contributions may be made to Richard’s Coffee Shop, 128 S. Main Street, Mooresville, NC  28115.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Keenan family.


Mary Whisnant

CONOVER — Mary Crouse Whisnant, age 76, of Conover Blvd. East, Conover passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.

Born August 16, 1935 in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Raymond Crouse and the late Johnnie Brown Crouse. In addition to her parents, four sisters, three brothers and a granddaughter, Misty Lou Michelle Bivens preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jacob Odell Whisnant of Conover; one daughter, Deborah and J.W. Henderson of Conover; two brothers, Charlie Crouse of Lincolnton, Gaither Crouse of Belmont; four sisters, Alice Crouse of Maiden, Susie Crouse of Maiden, Ruth Sigmon of Maiden, Faye Sigmon of Tex.; four grandchildren; five great- grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 4 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden with Pastor Eddie Black officiating.

Burial will follow in Hull’s Grove North Campus Cemetery in Lincolnton.

The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 3 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden.

Memorials may be given to Blessed Hope Ministries Church, 1659 Old Conover Startown Rd., Newton, NC 28658.

Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Whisnant family.


Jerry Wayne Curtis

Jerry Wayne Curtis, 65, of Lincolnton, formerly of Whittier died Sunday, March 11, 2012.

He was born on August 17, 1946 in Lincoln County, a son of the late Sam and Maggie Alice Ritch Curtis. Jerry was a retired painter for Comment in Whittier.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Billie Jo Curtis; a son Jerry Wayne Curtis Jr.; brothers Dewey, Jim, and Frank Curtis.

Survivors include his children, Michael Dale Curtis of Cherryville, Tammy Marley and husband Richard of Mooresville, and Tony Wayne Curtis of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Joseph Curtis, Amber Schrontz, Richard Marley Jr., Hiedi Marley and Madson Marley; great-grandchildren, Dresden Marley and Aura Marley; sister Mary Brown of Lincolnton; brother Arnold Curtis of Newton and his faithful dog Rowdy.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral Home with Rev. Sid Goodson officiating. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends Saturday at the funeral home from noon to the hour of service.

Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net


Charles Edward Adams

Mr. Charles Edward Adams, age 65, of 1371 Pressley Drive in Lincolnton, died on Monday, March 12, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at a later date at Reed Funeral Home in Canton, Ohio.

Mr. Adams was born August 22, 1946 in Logan, W.Va.  He was retired from Ohio Bell.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Fox Adams of the home; two daughters, Charlotte Walls of Ohio and Cindy Elkins of Ohio; one brother, Donald Adams of Ohio; one sister, Joyce Adams of Logan, W.Va.; twenty-one grandchildren; and four stepchildren, Keith Yun of Ohio, Kenny Yun of Granite Falls, Lori Catan of Winter Springs, Fla., and Jill Huss of Lincolnton.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Adams family.


Odell Otis Williamson

Mr. Odell Otis Williamson, age 76, of West Church Street, Lincolnton passed on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Carolina Medical Center – Lincoln.

He was born, September 6, 1935 in Rowan County. His parents are Mrs. Mattie Bell Cline of Cherryville, and the late Nelson Williamson.

He attended the Rowan County Public Schools and graduated from J. C. Price High School, Class of 1954. He went to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lincolnton. He was last employed as a cook at Western Steer Steakhouse.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Mattie and Mack Cline of Cherryville; uncle, Elvie Bell (Addie) of Mocksville; host of cousins, and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held today at 1 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1255 Julian Road, Salisbury. The funeral will be today at 1:30 p.m. at the church with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Bishop Dan Griffith is in charge of services

At other times the family will receive friends at the home of cousin, Vernie Clement, 1715 Dewberry Place, Salisbury.

Online condolences may be sent to nobleandkelsey.com.

Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the family.


Heather Marie Hallman

Heather Marie Hallman, 20, of Vale went to her Heavenly Home on Saturday, March 10, 2012.  Born in Burke County, on October 10, 1991, she was the daughter of Kermit Edward Hallman and Angela Marie Lovelace Hallman of Vale.  Heather was a member of North Brook Baptist Church. Heather was a 2009 graduate of West Lincoln High School and was a volunteer at Christian Ministries in Lincolnton. She was very active in Lupus research fundraising. She had a strong faith in God all the way to the end of her life.

In addition to her parents, Heather is survived by her brothers, Joshua and Brandon Hallman, both of Vale; a sister, Ashley Painter and husband, Morgan, of Lincolnton; a niece, Kinsley Painter; uncles, Gary and Jeff Hallman; aunts, Beverly Hardin, Christina Lovelace, and Mary Webb; maternal grandparents, Billy and Elizabeth Lovelace; and her paternal grandmother, Jonnie Williams.

Heather was preceded in death by her paternal grandfathers, Gene Williams and Tom Hallman.

A celebration of Heather’s life will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2012 in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center in Morganton with Rev. W. Ray Pennell officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sossoman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 2608, Morganton, NC 28680 to help with expenses. Condolences may be made online at www.sossomanfuneralservice.com.

Sossoman Funeral Home, Morganton is serving the Hallman family.


Martha Ruth Beam Caudill

Martha Ruth Beam Caudill, 89, of Lincolnton died Mar. 12, 2012.

Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Mar. 16, 2012 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Hardin. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Mar. 15, 2012 at Warlick Funeral Home.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Caudill family.


Virginia Estelle Laws

Virginia Estelle Laws, 87, of Crouse died Mar. 9, 2012.

The family received friends Mar. 11, 2012 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Mar. 17, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Bess Chapel United Methodist Church.

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


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