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Obituaries — 9-7-12

Harry Ernest Arthur Jr.

CHERRYVILLE — Harry Ernest Arthur Jr., 68, of Brown Rd., died Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at Hospice at Wendover, Shelby. Harry was born on Sept. 23, 1943, a son of Vevette Wehunt Arthur of Cherryville and the late Harry Ernest Arthur Sr.

Mr. Arthur was active member of North Brook Baptist Church where he was a member of the Choir, former Sunday School teacher, former Deacon, basketball coach for the West Lincoln Optimist and a member of the Masonic Lodge #356 AF & AM. Harry was known by the children at North Brook Elementary for the many hats he would wear.  Each Friday he would wear a different hat, anything from a Viking Helmet to a Witche Hat. The children at North Brook Elementary are holding a “Hat Day” honoring Harry, today.

Harry was formerly employed by Carolina Freight Carriers in the billing and rating department, American Tire, and most recently by Lincoln Co. School at North Brook Elementary where he was named Bus Driver of the Year.  Harry enjoyed life and had a jovial and fun filled spirit and was loved and liked by his many, many friends.

In addition to his father he is preceded in death by his first wife, Judy Parker Arthur.

Survivors include his wife Connie Alessi Arthur; his sons, Buddy Arthur and wife Susan of Rockwell, Jeff Arthur of Va., and Dusty Arthur and wife Amanda of Statesville; grandchildren Dillon Arthur of Wilmington and Loki Arthur of Statesville; step-son, Benjamin Bonaventura of Manhatten; sister, Judy Willis and husband Mickey of Vale, and Betsy Chapman and husband Marvin of Sherrill’s Ford; and brother, John Arthur and wife Jean of Cherryville.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 5 p.m. at North Brook Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Wise and Rev. Ray Pennell officiating with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 2 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. and at other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland Co., 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby. NC 28150.

Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net


Evelyn Turner Potts Boyles

Evelyn Turner Potts Boyles, age 85, of Cardinal Health Care, and formerly of Tait Street in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, September 6, 2012.

Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. David Jones officiating; her body will lie in state thirty minutes prior to the service with burial to follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. tonight at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Boyles was born December 19, 1926 in Lincoln County to the late Dick and Myrtle Travis Turner. Mrs. Boyles worked as a secretary in the textile industry before retiring. She was preceded in death by her husband’s Reid Potts and Miller Boyles; three brothers, Eloy Turner, Bobby Turner and Sonny Turner; two sisters, Sandra Turner and Shirley Wilson. She was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she served as a teacher.

She is survived by one brother, Larry Turner and wife Sandi of Lincolnton; one sister, Norma Willis of Orlando, Fla. Special niece Vicki Turner Yount of Lincolnton.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County 107 North Cedar Street Lincolnton, N.C. 28092

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Boyles family.


Esther Webster Earl

Esther Webster Earl, age 85, of Lincolnton passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at her residence.  She was born in Franklin County, Va., March 7, 1927 to the late Daniel Altizer Webster and Margret Saunders Webster.

She was a member of Harvest Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Judy Parker and her husband,, Bennett of the home, and Vickie Varner and her husband Larry of Lincolnton; two brothers, Saunders Webster and his wife Geraldine and Jessie Webster and his wife Louise, both of Boones Mill, Va.; two grandchildren, Cheryl Henley and her husband Josh and Bruce Varner and his wife Crystal; and two great grandchildren, Brittany Varner and Gracie Henley.

Services were held Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  The interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Rev. Dion Marshall will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

Online condolences may be made at www.efdrumfuneralhome.com.

E. F. Drum Funeral Home is serving the Earl family.


Jennie Lawton Graham Free

Jennie Lawton Graham Free was born in Erhardt, S.C. on October 22, 1918.  Her parents, Franklin Kirkland Graham and Bessie McKnight Graham, were especially proud of the birth of two beautiful, identical twin girls, Jennie and Elizabeth. Surviving siblings include, Harry Graham of Charlotte and Margaret Graham of Sumter, S.C. She was predeceased by her twin sister, Elizabeth Dagley of Sumter, S.C.; and two brothers, Asbury Graham of Mt. Mourn and James O’Gilvey Graham of Charlotte.

Jennie Free was married to Joseph Dixon Free who went to be with the Lord in 1981. Jennie and Joseph nurtured and raised three boys, Joseph Dixon Free Jr. of Lincolnton, Kevin Graham Free of Columbia, S.C. and Scott Bradley Free of St. Augustine, Fla. There are six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and ten nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Free was a person of exemplary faith, placing her trust in the Lord Jesus at an early age.  She was raised in the Presbyterian tradition, later raising her own family in Baptist churches. She served for a number of years as Church Secretary in Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Fla.  In that church she led a children’s Sunday School Department for many years.

Jennie Free was a very industrious person. Through a number of personal trials during her childhood, she learned the value of hard work. An interesting account of those struggles can be read in the book, “Katie” written by her sister, Margaret Graham. Mrs. Free was not happy unless she was investing her time and energy in her work projects. For an extended period of time she was the owner/operator of Jennie’s Cross Stitch Shop in St. Augustine. Until she was 77 years of age she worked for a law firm in St. Augustine. Her worth and work were inextricably linked.

For the past six years Jennie Free has lived in the home of Dixon and Carolyn Free in Lincolnton. While there she continued contributing to the well being of the home through her work projects, whether it was snapping green beans from the garden or making an occasional casserole when family came for a visit.  The last six months of her life involved a ministry project that exemplified her faith and love for others. During that time, she knitted 36 hats to be given to the people in a village in West Virginia. She loved participating in the worship services of First Baptist Church, Lincolnton. She had a great appreciation and admiration for the pastor and staff of her church.

As soon as Mrs. Free arrived in Lincolnton, she became involved in playing her favorite game, bridge. She continued playing until she was well past her 90th birthday. She was very hard of hearing, and the friends who played with her are to be commended.

During the days of her transition she openly and frequently expressed her faith and trust in the Lord Jesus. A number of doctors and nurses heard the Gospel through her extemporaneous times of bearing witness. Those who stood by her bedside during her days of suffering heard her quote favorite Scripture passages. She prayed long and hard for the Lord to open wide the gates of Heaven and lead her inside.

A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Free at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at First Baptist Church.

Special thanks from the family goes to the people who work with Hospice and those who sat with her. Each visit was a comfort and encouragement to Mrs. Free and her family.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the Family Life Center Fund of First Baptist Church of Lincolnton, or to Hospice of Lincoln County.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Free family.


David Willard Lynn

Mr. David Willard Lynn, age 70, of 2448 Ernest Huss Lane in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.

His funeral service will be 3 p.m. today at the Lincolnton Church of God with the body to lie in state for thirty minutes prior to the service. Rev. Dr. Richard King and Rev. Joel Shores will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  Visitation was held from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Lynn was born February 2, 1942 in Lincoln County to the late George D. and Georgia B. Long Lynn. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Christopher Shane Lynn. Mr. Lynn served his country in the United States Marine Corps and then later was head of security for Dillard’s Department Stores for 29 years and retired from the City of Charlotte Police Department after 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Martin Lynn of the home; two sons, David Lynn Jr. and Tony Lynn and wife Monica, all of Lincolnton; two brothers, Eddie Lynn and wife Jane and Wayne Lynn and wife Joyce, all of Lincolnton; six grandchildren, Julia Booksh, Taylor Lynn, Samantha Lynn, Dakota Lynn, Christopher David Lynn, and Joshua Shane Lynn.

Memorials may be made to the Lincolnton Church of God, P.O. Box 1006, Lincolnton, NC  28093.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Lynn family.


Carol Grotz

Carol Grotz, 71, of Lincolnton died on September 7, 2012.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time at Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton.


Chastity Cranford Willis

Chastity Cranford Willis, 39, of Cherryville died September 4, 2012.

A memorial service will be held September 8, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Cone Memorial Chapel of Carpenter’s Funeral Home, Cherryville. Burial will be in Alabama. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

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


Donald Leonard Caldwell

Donald Leonard Caldwell, 71, of Maiden died September 4, 2012.

The funeral service will be today at 3 p.m. at Mtn. View Baptist Church in Maiden. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family received friends September 6, 2012 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Mtn. View Baptist Church.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Caldwell family.


Margaret Freeman Reeder

Margaret Freeman Ford Reeder, 86, of Denver died August 23, 2012.

The family will receive friends at The Good Samaritan Funeral Home, Denver on September 8, 2012 from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Margaret’s Life at 3 p.m.

The Good Samaritan Funeral Home, Denver is serving the Reeder family.


Ruby Jane Alexander

Ruby Jane Alexander, 83, of Cherryville died September 5, 2012.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. September 8, 2012 at First Baptist Church, Cherryville. The funeral service will be at 3:30 p.m. September 8, 2012 at First Baptist Church, Cherryville. Burial will follow in the City Memorial Cemetery, Cherryville.

Stamey~Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the Alexander family.

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