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Obituaries — 7-11-12

Anthony Phillip Ardizzone


IRON STATION- Major Anthony Phillip Ardizzone (USAF RET), age 94, passed away surrounded by is family on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at his home in Iron Station.

Tony was born on March 16,1918 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Mario and Catherine (Santoro) Ardizzone. He proudly served in the US Air Force for 35 years and served in both WW2 and Korea. Tony attained the rank of Major before retiring in 1978. Tony then became a successful residential builder, constructing many homes in the Stamford, CT area. Tony was also an accomplished musician, playing the big bass and vibes (xylophone) until his early 90s.

Tony is survived by his wife of 64 years, Catherine, sister Leonarda Clementi of Plainview, NY; daughter Pamela Workman and her husband Jamie of Iron Station; son Robert Ardizzone and his wife Effie of Bronx, NY; granddaughter Cindy Aiken and her husband Steven of Rougemont, NC; grandson Chris Fiscella and his wife Meagan of Indian Trail, NC; grandson Rocco Ardizzone; two great-grandchildren Camden and Jackson Aiken; caregiver Aaron Johnson, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 10:30am at Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, 537 North Highway 16, Denver, NC, Rev. Fr. Carmen Malacari, celebrant. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to funeral mass. Internment with full military honors to follow at 2pm at Salisbury National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Hospice Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

The Good Samaritan Funeral Home in Denver is assisting the Ardizzone family.


Terry Stafford Evans

CHARLOTTE — Terry Stafford Evans, 49, of Charlotte, NC passed away Friday July 6, 2012 at Presbyterian Hospital in Huntersville, NC.  Mr. Evans was born August 18, 1962 in Guilford county and is a son of the late Mr. Lloyd Boyd Evans and Betty Evans.

Terry was a graduate of East Lincoln Senior High School and was employed at Food Lion.  He was an avid writer, enjoyed sports, and loved spending time with his family.

Terry is survived by 2 Brothers; Leslie Evans and Tommy Evans, 3 Sisters; Pam Francis, Marcella Bush, and Stacey Hester, and many Nieces and Nephews.

The family will hold a Memorial Service at a later date.

Carolina Cremation of Salisbury, NC is assisting the Evans family.  Online condolences may be made at www.mycarolinacremation.com.


Leroy ‘Billy’ Kennedy Sr.

NEWTON — Leroy “Billy” Kennedy Sr., age 76, of Newton passed away Saturday, July 7, 2012 at his residence.  Born March 1, 1936 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late James Kennedy and the late Martha Kennedy Kennedy.  Leroy worked for G.E. for 33 years.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Kennedy.

He is survived by:

Wife of 49 years:  Mary Louise Finger Kennedy of the home

7 Sons:  Leroy Kennedy Jr. of Taylorsville, Romale Kennedy of Charlotte, Buffy Kennedy and wife Crystal of Maiden, Webester Kennedy of Maiden, Ralphael Kennedy and wife Jessica of Fayetteville, Daniel Kennedy of Asheville, Micheal Randles of Hickory

Daughter:  Mellba Cindale Gray-Nelson and husband Micheal of Hickory

Brother:  Jimmy Kennedy and wife Mary of Waxhaw

5 Sisters:  Betty Kennedy of Virginia, Dorthey Kennedy of Newton, Shirley Gaither of Greensboro, Pauline Conner of Claremont, Joyce Conner of Catawba, Lillie Robinson of NY

6 Grandchildren:  Angel, “Jazzie”, Aaliyah, Mya, , Zion, Jacoby

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 12:00 noon at Mays Chapel Methodist Church in Maiden with Pastor Elder Lonnie Gray and Bishop Willie Joe Gray officiating.

Burial will follow in Eastview City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the church prior to the service.

Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences online.

Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Kennedy family.


Charles Edward Kiser

STANLEY— Ed, age 80, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his wife and sons on July 9, 2012.  He was born on February 16, 1932 in Lincoln County and is the son of the late Robert and Mary Rhyne Kiser.

Ed retired from Duke Energy in 1991 after 35 years.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Barbara; two sons, Keith and Chuck and his wife Julie of Charlotte, NC; one grandson, Charles Fletcher Kiser; and a sister, Bobbie Kiser Sullivan of Lincolnton.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC  28054.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Warlick Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Kiser family.


Earl Andrew McAlister, Jr.

Earl Andrew McAlister, Jr. passed away Saturday, July 7th at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley after a long illness. He was born in Marion, N.C., October 12, 1934, the son of the late Earl A. McAlister, Sr. and Helen Ethel Robinson McAlister. Earl grew up in Lincolnton, N.C., graduated from Lincolnton High School, and attended The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gary McAlister.

Earl is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beverly Heavner McAlister, his only daughter, Andrea McAlister Osborne, and son-in-law, Charles V. Osborne of Charlotte; two brothers, Dennis McAlister and wife Marsha, David McAlister and wife, Linda, all residing in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Earl was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Newton, N.C., where he was a Ruling Elder. He was a Mason and member of Conover Lodge #709, A.F.&A.M., 32nd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite Masons and a Knight Templar of the York Rite Masonic Bodies.

Earl was the Charter President of the Kiwanis Club of Western Catawba County, Hickory, N.C. and past President of Catawba Country Club. He was a member and past President of the Catawba Valley Chapter, North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

He spent over forty years in his banking career with First National Bank of Catawba County, First Union National Bank, and Peoples Bank, all in Catawba County.

Earl enjoyed playing golf, attending gatherings of the Scottish Clans and Highland Games in North Carolina and Virginia, and American Revolution Commemorations. He was a veteran and served in the US Army during the Korean conflict.

A memorial service will be held in the Chapel of First Presbyterian Church, Newton, North Carolina today at 2 p.m. The McAlister family will receive friends and family in the parlor of the Church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Historic Chapel Preservation Fund, 701 N. Main Avenue, Newton, N.C. 28658, or Palliative Care Center and Hospice of the Catawba Valley, located at 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, N.C. 28658.

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

The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Cremations in Newton, NC.


Steven C. Porter

EASLEY — Mr. Steven Craig Porter, 25, of Denver, NC and formerly of Easley, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2012.

Born in Easley, a son of Bradley Craig Porter and Linda Chapman Byrd, Mr. Porter was an honors graduate from Spartanburg Community College where he earned his degree in Radiation Technology. He was employed with Duke Energy and a member of Geer Memorial Baptist Church. Steven had a passion for the outdoors where he loved boating and fly-fishing.

Surviving are his father, Bradley Craig Porter and his father’s fiancee’, Susette Hieronymus, of Spartanburg; his mother, Linda Chapman Byrd and her husband, Jeff, of Pumpkintown; one brother, Michael Porter of Easley; grandparents, Harold and Judy Porter of Easley and Doris Chapman of Pickens.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, July 12, 2012 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be today from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

The family is at the home of his grandparents, Harold and Judy Porter, 105 Hallmark Lane, Easley, SC 29640.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, 120 Wall Street, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10005 or by visiting their website at AFSP.org.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.


Thomas Charles Howard

Thomas Charles Howard,59, of Catawba died  July 8.

A Memorial Service will be held today at 11a.m. at Rehobeth United Methodist Church in Terrell with Dr. Robert Kerr officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with military honors performed by American Legion Post 16 in Newton. The family will receive friends today following the interment in the church fellowship hall.

Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Howard family.


Johnny Killian

MAIDEN — Johnny Lowell Killian, 76, Maiden died July 8.

The funeral service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Mt. View Baptist Church in. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the church.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Killian Family.




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