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Betty Gabriel Ross

Mrs. Betty Gabriel Ross, age 87, of Lincolnton, died on January 5, 2013 at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville.

Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at Boger City United Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Ervin, Rev. Allan Van Meter, and Rev. Mike Devine officiating. Burial will follow the service at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends in the sanctuary at Boger City United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 6, 2013 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Betty was born April 23, 1925 in Goodsonville to the late Paul L. Gabriel Sr. and Lettie Goodson Gabriel.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James H. (Joe) Ross and her brothers, Paul, JB, Charles, and Steve.

Betty was a graduate of Lincolnton High School and Appalachian State Teachers College where she was student body president and a leader in women’s intramural sports.  After graduation, Betty taught one year at Appalachian High School.  When approached by members of a citizens committee interested in developing a recreation program in Lincolnton, Betty returned to Lincoln County and became the first recreation director for the City of Lincolnton in 1947 and served in this capacity until her retirement in 1990.  Betty G. Ross Park in Lincolnton is a tribute to her 43 years of devoted service to Lincolnton and Lincoln County.

In addition to her duties as recreation director, Betty was a wonderful wife, mother, and awesome Nana.   She gave substantial time to social, charitable and church causes.  She served as a member of the Cancer Board, the Rail-Trail committee, a member of the Eastern Star, and President of Democrat Women, to mention a few.  In 1967, Betty was recognized as Lincoln County Woman of the Year.  She held many roles and was an active member of Boger City United Methodist Church.  Betty continued to serve her church and community as long as she was physically able.

Mrs. Ross is survived by two daughters, Libby Fletcher and husband Louis, Pat Ross and special friend Jerry Gold, all of Lincolnton; three grandsons, Ross Fletcher and wife Lindsey of Cornelius, Patrick Fletcher and wife Lauryn of Huntersville, and Joe Fletcher and wife Jordyn of Lincolnton; one great-granddaughter, Tatum Fletcher of Cornelius; brother Shirley Gabriel and wife Betty of Rutherfordton; sister-in-law, Dottie Gabriel of McLean, Va.; and numerous special nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to loving caregiver Catherine Nichols, the Lincoln County Hospice Team, and the staff at Carolina Care Center.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC  28092, or to Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 E. Main Street, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving  the Ross family.


Betty Ann Reep Houser

Betty Ann Reep Houser, age 70, of 756 Shoal Road in Lincolnton, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

Mrs. Houser was born January 18, 1942 at home in Lincoln County to the late Robert Pinkney and Elizabeth Ellen Allen Reep.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Catherine Reep Craig and her husband, Gerald Craig, brother-in-law Jimmy Keever, sister-in-law Patricia “Pat” Reep, nephew Tim Reep, brother-in-law Gene Gladden Houser, and mother and father-in-law, M.C. and Mazele Gladden Houser.

Mrs. Houser graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1960, married the love of her life, devoted husband and caretaker, Darrell Houser on April 28, 1965.  She later fulfilled her dream of obtaining a degree in education from Sacred Heart College, a masters degree from UNCC, and AG certification from Lenoir Rhyne University.  Mrs. Houser taught for Lincoln County Schools as a classroom teacher until retirement after 26 years of service.  She will be remembered, by many students, for her love, dedication and passion for them and for their learning.  Mrs. Houser also had a love for music that was expressed through teaching area students piano.  She also enjoyed sewing, scrapbooking, and quilting with dear friends who gathered weekly at her home.

She is survived by her loving husband of forty-seven years, Darrell Houser of the home; five brothers, James Reep and wife Betty, Robert Reep, David Reep and wife Annette, Dean Reep and wife Vickie, and Ray Reep and wife Patty; two sisters, Joyce Costner and husband Clyde and Lorraine Keever; nieces Quanita Hayes, Maria Childers, Brooke Reep, Tammy Smith, and Gaye Morton; nephews, Robbie Reep, David Reep, Jr., Michael Reep, Rocky Reep, Kevin Reep, Ray Reep, Jr., Randy Costner, and Frankie Costner; eleven great-nieces; ten great-nephews; brother-in-law Caroll Monroe Houser; sister-in-laws Judy S. Houser, Diane Rudisell and husband Jim Rudisell, and Sandra Lindler and husband Dennis; niece, Gena Houser Tallent; nephews, Jeff Houser, Shawn Houser, Kurt Houser, Bryan Church, Brandon Lindler, and Carson Lindler; eight great-nieces; and six great-nephews.

A funeral service for Mrs. Houser was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Bethphage Lutheran Church with Pastor Robert Mitschke officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.  The family received friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Betty Ann Houser to the Kidney Foundation, or to Bethphage Lutheran Church, 3440 Highway 182, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton served the Houser family.


Josephine Perkins Armstrong

Josephine Perkins Armstrong, 91, died January 5, 2013 at the Stanley Total Living Center. She was born in Lincoln County, daughter of the late Jordan and Ida Ewing Perkins, and was preceded in death by her husband Lemuel T. “Bud” Armstrong; a brother Clyde Perkins, and two sisters Louise Drum and Margie Hall. She was retired from J.P. Stevens in Stanley and was a member of New Life Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandy Lawing and husband Steve of Stanley, Shiela Huskins and husband Alan of Supply; five grandchildren, Julie H. Lock and husband John of Concord, CA, Laura Huskins of San Francisco, CA, Callie Huskins of Athens, Ga, Steve Lawing Jr. and wife Sharon and their daughter Allie Lawing of Stanley, Jared Lawing and wife Becky and their sons Daniel and Zachary of Dallas.

Funeral service conducted by Pastor Bo Osborne will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday January 8, 2013 in the Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mt Holly. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Gardens.

Memorials may be made to New Life Baptist Church, 527 North Buckoak St, Stanley NC 28164 or to Stanley Total Living Center, 514 Old NC 27, Stanley NC 28164.

The family extends special thanks to the staff of Stanley Total Living Center for their love and care of Mom for the last 18 years.

Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mt. Holly is serving the Armstrong family.


Harriette Faris Smith

Harriette Faris Smith of Lincolnton, died Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Carolinas Medical Center, Pineville.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at M.L. Ford and Sons Funeral Home Chapel, 209 N. Main Street, Clover, SC with the Rev. David Byrd, officiating.  Interment will be in Woodside Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smith was born in Gastonia to Phyllis Brackett Faris and the late Harry Mason Faris.

Survivors are her husband Herbert Bradlee Smith; daughter Jennifer Smith Ivey (Roy) of Charlotte, son Stephen Emerson Smith of Duluth, Ga.; mother Phyllis Brackett Faris; sisters Pat Nivens (Roger) of Clover and Billie Mason Faris of Clover; brother-in-law Wayne P. Smith (Priscilla) of Abington, MA; sister-in-law Donna Welensky of New York, NY; nieces Gina N. Crocker (Doug) and Julie N. Scoggins (Ron); nephew Rodney H. Nivens (Crystal) and granddaughter Chloe Lynn Ivey.  Harriette was a loving wife and caring mother and grandmother.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 201 East Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Online condolences may be made to www.mlfordsons.com

M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Clover, SC is serving the family of Mrs. Smith.


Charles Franklin Avery Sr.

Charles Franklin Avery Sr., age 76, of Lincolnton passed away January 3, 2013 at his residence. He was born March 22, 1936 in Lincoln County to the late James Avery and Mary Sherrill Avery.

He was a member of Hintons Memorial United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Ree Moncree Avery of the home; two sons, Charles Franklin Avery Jr. and his wife Machel of Asheville, and Timothy Avery and his wife, Laurette of Charlotte; five daughters, Wanda Avery of Lincolnton, Iris Degree and her husband Xavier of Kings Mountain, Carol Frederick and her husband Warren of Charlotte, Alesia Lewis of Hampton, Va., and Teresa Avery of Lincolnton; seventeen grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

Services will be held January 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Hintons Memorial United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. The interment will be in the church cemetery.  Revs. Stan McCrary and Benny Thomas will officiate.

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

E. F. Drum Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Avery family.


Gary Curtis Neal Sr.

Mr. Gary Curtis Neal Sr., age 63, of Landers Chapel Church Road in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, January 3, 2013.

His funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Bethel Lutheran Church with Pastor Steven King officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Neal was born January 16, 1949 in Lincoln County to the late George C. Neal Jr. and Mabel Kiser Neal.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Libby Towery and a brother-in-law, Gene Payseur. He was retired from Timken Company with over 25 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Schronce Neal of the home; one son, Gary Curtis Neal Jr. and wife Lynn of Lincolnton; one daughter, Amy Lynn Neal of Lincolnton; two sisters, Brenda Payseur and Gail Cabiness and husband Harold, all of Lincolnton; a brother, Mike Neal and wife Sheila of Bessemer City; a brother-in-law, Boyd Towery Jr. of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Keely Heath and Nathan Heath; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, 509 Long Shoals Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Neal family.


Jerry Wade ‘Doc Spoon’ Witherspoon

Jerry Wade “Doc Spoon” Witherspoon, 58, of Cherryville died January 3, 2013.

Funeral services were held January 6, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Rudisill Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church. Burial followed in City Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.

Ebony & White’s Funeral Service, Lincolnton served the Witherspoon family.


Phoebe Nyquist Hansen

Phoebe Nyquist Hansen, 86, of Lincolnton died January 4, 2013.

Services are pending at this time.

E. F. Drum Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Hansen family.


Howard Eugene ‘Gene’ Morgan

Howard Eugene “Gene” Morgan, 71, of Shelby died.

Private services will be held at a later date

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


Sue Ann Heavner Jackson

Sue Ann Heavner Jackson, 56, of Lincolnton died January 5, 2013.

Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Hollywood Cemetery, Gastonia. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until 10 am. today at Warlick Funeral Home.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Jackson family.


Glenn D. Goodman Sr.

Glenn D. Goodman Sr., 85, of Sherrills Ford died January 4, 2013.

A funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, Sherrills Ford. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the church, prior to the service.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Goodman family.


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