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Obituaries — 12-26-12

Precious Hoyle Caskey

Precious Hoyle Caskey, age 89, of Lincolnton, died on Sunday, December 23, 2012.

Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2012 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Wright officiating.  Burial will follow in the Southside Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at Warlick Funeral Home.

Ms. Caskey was born December 25, 1922 in Lincoln County to the late Calvin Frank and Florence Goins Hoyle.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Willard Eugene Caskey; daughter, Phyllis B. Hudson; son, Jerry Bryant; sister, Mildred Purro; brother, David Hoyle; granddaughter, Renee T. Newton; and grandson, Glenn Bollinger. She worked as a waitress.

She is survived by a son, Gary Bollinger and wife Lana of Lincolnton; two daughters, Glenda B. Fox and husband John and Vicki B. Homesley and husband Eddy, both of Lincolnton; four brothers, Clyde Hoyle of Lake Placid, Fla., Claude Hoyle and Roy Hoyle, both of Lincolnton, and Russell Hoyle of Liberty; two sisters, Shirley Sadler and Dorothy Kimrey, both of Staley; six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; two-great-great-grandchildren; fourteen step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Wesleyan Church, 115 Bonview Avenue, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Caskey family.

 

R.D. Fortenberry

CHERRYVILLE – Robert Dwight (R.D.) Fortenberry, died December 23, 2012, at his home.  He was 81.

Born in Lincoln County on Sept. 24, 1931, he was the only child of Clyde W. and Mary Houser Fortenberry.

Mr. Fortenberry spent his life in the North Brook Community, contributing widely to the life of the community and carrying out his Christian ministry among the people of the area.

He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Cherryville Baptist Men, N.C. Disaster Recovery, N.C. Baptist Lay Witness Foundation, and Gideons International – Lincoln West.

With others of the Baptist faith, he traveled to areas stricken by natural disasters, providing volunteer service and assisting with rebuilding efforts.  His personal ministry was not limited to those living distantly.  Countless people in the Cherryville area have been served by the wheelchair ramps he built through his work with fellow members of the First Baptist Handy Man Ministry.

Mr. Fortenberry began work at an early age at a service station and grill near his home.  He owned and operated a community grocery store for eight years before joining L&R Oil Co. in Shelby, where he worked for 26 years as a truck driver.  For 10 years he drove for Carolina Freight Carriers Corp., headquartered in Cherryville, and received the company’s Driver of the Month Award in November 1992.

Behind the wheel of transfer trucks, Mr. Fortenberry logged 3,018,865 miles without a ticket, a record of which he was extremely proud.

His love of driving extended to a strong interest in racing.  He owned and drove a race car for 15 years, but one of his greatest joys after retirement came from driving The Gazette float in Christmas parades throughout Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland counties.

Long active in the life of his community, Mr. Fortenberry was a charter member of the West Lincoln Optimist Club and a former member of the Lincoln hospital board of directors.  He also held membership in the N.C. Oil Jobbers Association and N.C. Trucking Association.

For 39 years, he was a loving and devoted husband to the former Joan Beam, also a life-long resident of the North Brook Community, whose death in 2007 left him heart-broken.  When they married in 1968, he gained the family he never had, telling friends and family that he finally had a daughter, Sherry Collins of Belmont. His deep and abiding love for his two grandsons enriched their lives, especially in their early years when they spent time during the holidays and summers at the family home outside Cherryville.  He was filled with delight when his family grew to include his first great-grandchild in 2011, and he had planned to be with her this year on Christmas morning.

In addition to Ms. Collins, he is survived by grandsons Brad Collins and wife Shelley of Gastonia, and Vance Collins and finance Gina Utter of Belmont; great-granddaughter, Margaret Elizabeth Collins of Gastonia; and a special friend, Evelene Thompson of Kings Mountain.

The funeral will be held at noon Thursday, December 27, 2012 at First Baptist Church, Cherryville, followed by burial in Cherryville City Cemetery.  The Rev. Vince Hefner, Dr. Dan Featherstone and the Rev. Cecil Ballard will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the church from 11 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Thursday, December 27, 2012.

The family has requested that any memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 301 E. First St., Cherryville, 28021 or Gideons International – West Lincoln, PO Box 1074, Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.

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

 

Franklin McDonald ‘Donald’ Mundy

SHERRILLS FORD — Franklin McDonald “Donald” Mundy, 99, of Sherrills Ford went home to be with his Lord on December 23, 2012.

Born in Lincoln County, Donald was the son of the late Franklin McDonald and Martha Robinson Mundy. Donald worked over 30 years in construction at Duke Power before retiring. He was a loving and devoted husband and a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather and brother.

Besides his parents, Donald was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Perkins Mundy; children Jimmy Mundy and infant daughter, Kay Frances Mundy and sisters, Margaret Edna Hilderbrand and Helen Little.

Donald is survived by his wife Hattie Revis Keever Mundy; son, John Toby Mundy and his wife Regina; grandchildren, Scott Mundy and his wife, Denise and Tracy Dellinger and her husband, Derrick; great grandchildren Garrett and his wife, Brooke, Jordan, Joseph and Matthew; great-great-grandchlidren Jayden and Ava.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at Denver United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow the service at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Denver.

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

 

Sue Howard Murdock

CHERRYVILLE — Sue Howard Murdock, 81, died December. 24, 2012 at Gaston Memorial Hospital. She was born in Denver, Lincoln County, on January 13, 1931, a daughter of the late Mack D. and Bryte Mundy Howard. Sue was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and retired director of Economic Development for Cherryville, Lincolnton and Wadesboro during her career.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years Calvin J. Murdock; daughters, Melissa Murdock of Monroe, N.Y. and Leslie Murdock and husband Josh Grotstein of Park City, Utah; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held today at 6 p.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Collins officiating. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends today at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Attn; Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309, or email donorinquiry@komen.org

Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net

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

 

C. S. Smith

Mr. C. S. Smith, age 86, of 3298 Maiden Highway in Lincolnton, died on Monday, December 24, 2012.

His funeral service will be 3 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Conder officiating. Burial will follow in the McKendree United Methodist Church cemetery.

Mr. Smith was born February 14, 1926 in Lincoln County to the late Christy Savannah and Ida Pearl Smith Smith.  He was the owner of Smith Electric.

He is survived by his wife, Alene Leonard Smith of the home; two daughters, Christine S. Keener and Becky S. Wilson, both of Lincolnton; one brother, Ralph Smith of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Jason Keener, Dustin Wilson, Katrina Wilson, and Aaron Smith; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to McKendree United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 426, Lincolnton, NC  28093.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Smith family.

 

Linda Drum Abernathy

Linda Drum Abernathy, 65, of Maiden died December 25, 2012.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary, Maiden.

 

Donald E. Jones

Donald E. Jones died December 25, 2012 at Cardinal Care.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time at E. F. Drum Funeral Home, Lincolnton.

 

Pauline Frances Baker Smith

Pauline Frances Baker Smith, 92, of Lincolnton, formerly of High Shoals died December 25, 2012.

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

 

Wilma Ruth Jenkins Hickson

Wilma Ruth Jenkins Hickson, 96, died December 23, 2012.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on December 27, 2012 at First Baptist Church, Cherryville. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Burial will follow in the City Memorial Cemetery.

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

 

Victor Patterson

Victor Patterson, 70, died December 21, 2012.

Funeral services will be held December 27, 2012 at 2 p.m. in White’s Family Chapel at Ebony & White’s Funeral Service with burial to follow in Greater Moore’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion church cemetery. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service in the chapel.

Ebony & White’s Funeral Service is serving the Patterson family

 

Georgia Mae Surratt McLain

Georgia Mae Surratt McLain, 75, of Lincolnton died December 19, 2012.

Funeral services will be held December 28, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Poplar Springs A.M.E. Zion church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.

Ebony & White’s Funeral Service is serving the McLain family,

 

Helen Louise Sanders Moore

Helen Louise Sanders Moore, 71, of Iron Station died December 23, 2012.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Ebony & White’s Funeral Service, Lincolnton.

 

Michael Victor Shull

Michael Victor Shull, 21, of Conover died December 21, 2012.

A memorial service will be held December 28, 2012 at 5 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. The family will receive friends on December 28, 2012 from 4 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. at Burke Mortuary, Newton prior to the service.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Shull family.

 

Monica Joan Burnham Simonetti

Monica Joan Burnham Simonetti, 76, of Lincolnton died December 24, 2012.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on December 27, 2012 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment will follow at a later date in the Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Simonetti family.

 

Georgia Marie Sharp Brown

Georgia Marie Sharp Brown, 83, of Denver died December 23, 2012.

Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. December 28, 2012 at Revival Tabernacle in Stanley. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn West Cemetery in Charlotte.  The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on December 27, 2012 at Revival Tabernacle in Stanley.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Brown family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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