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Obituaries 1-9-13

Walter Glenn Avery

Mr. Walter Glenn Avery, age 83, of 325 South Cedar Street Lincolnton passed away on January 8, 2013.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 in theWarlick Funeral HomeChapel with the Rev. Mike Davis officiating.

Mr. Avery was a native of Lincoln County born on November 11, 1929, son of the late John and Marjorie Leonard Avery. Mr. Avery worked for the City of Lincolnton as supervisor of the electrical department for many years before retiring. He also served the citizens of Lincolnton as a volunteer fireman for many years. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Riley Avery; three brothers Bill Avery, Vance Avery Sr. and Everette Lee Avery.

Survivors include one son, Doug Avery and wife Jayne of Lincolnton; one daughter, Glenda Avery of Lincolnton; one brother, Leonard Avery of Lincolnton; three grandchildren, Julie Ingle, Johnathon Crowe, and Katy Avery; and three great grandchildren.

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

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Avery family.


Eleanor Thomas Huss

Mrs. Eleanor Thomas Huss, age 76, of 2509 Killian Road in Lincolnton passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.

Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Harvest Presbyterian Church in Lincolnton with Pastor Dion Marshall officiating. Burial will follow in Daniels Lutheran Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. this evening atWarlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Huss was born in Lincoln County on December 2, 1936 to the late James Adam and Mary Magdeline Lester Thomas.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence David Huss.  Mrs. Huss was a homemaker.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Huss and wife Janice and Mike Huss and wife Ann of Lincolnton; three sisters, Dorothy W. Roberson of Lincolnton, Annie Eaker of Cherryville and Frankie Barkley of Shelby; four grandchildren, Morgan Huss and Adam Huss of Lincolnton, Allison Huss of Dallas and Cody Huss of Lincolnton.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Harvest Presbyterian Church, 707 Lithia Inn Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Huss family.


George ‘Sonny’ Atwood Kissee Jr.

Mr. George “Sonny” Atwood Kissee Jr., 58, of Iron Station died Monday January 7, 2013 at Levine Dickson Hospice House. Born September 13, 1954 in Mecklenburg County he was a son of the late George A. Kissee Sr. and Thelma Harrison Kissee. He was employed in the construction business.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 in the Chapel of Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home with Walt Whinley officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. Burial will be in Rock Garden Cemetery in Elkview, W.Va.

He leaves to cherish his memory, daughters, Michelle Leigh Kissee, Angela Stines, Joetta Bowman and Amy Parker; grandsons, William Joseph Jenkins, Travis Lee Bowman, Nolan Parker, Shamri Patterson; granddaughter, Ariel Parker; brother, Timothy Wayne Kissee and wife, Brenda; sisters, Deborah Kissee and Cynthia Ann Krause and husband Tony; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Angela Fitz Kissee.

In lieu of flowers, it was Mr. Kissee’s wish donations be made to  assist with restart of family to Joetta Bowman, P.O. Box 562, Iron Station, NC 28080.

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huntersville is assisting the family.

Friends may offer condolences to the family at www.raymerfh.com.


Margaret Jane Childs Lindsey

Margaret Jane Childs Lindsey (born March 3, 1919) left this life on January 6, 2013, two months before her 94th birthday, surrounded by family and confident of the promise of eternal life. To her family and many friends across the country she was known by her “sparkling eyes smile” and the strength of her life long faith which was manifested in her every word and deed throughout her life.

The family will receive friends Friday, January 11, 2013 at Warlick Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Lincolnton with burial to follow in Hollybrook Cemetery.

Beyond her love of her Redeemer and her willingness to share all that she had was her commitment to family and her lifelong love of learning. Her roots were deep into her community and she loved sharing the many stories of family in New England, North Carolina and Lincolnton that had been passed to her from her mother and grandmother and which she had discovered herself with research over a forty year exploration of her genealogy and the history of Lincolnton. She was a descendant of the Childs family that came to Lincolnton during the mid- 1800s from Massachusetts by way of New York and Western North Carolina and the Childs union with Swiss, German, and English families. She was able to weave these genealogical facts and many interesting family stories with her understanding of history in a way that gave continuing life to many whose contribution to the history of Lincolnton might have been lost. Her stories helped her children and their children understand better the rich history of their state, region and nation through generations of war and peace. The communications associated with her avocation brought her in contact with many people across the country. The cataloging of data and the recoding of her discoveries were activities that she enjoyed until the time of her death.

She was raised in the family home on North Cedar Street in Lincolnton which was built in the early 1920s by her father and mother. Her mother, the late Lorena Wiseman Childs, lived in the home until her death in 1981 and her father, E.T. Childs Jr. walked to and from the home every day to his work at the Seaboard Railroad station and was very active in the First Baptist Church which his grandparents had helped to establish. After her graduation from Lincolnton High School in 1936, Margaret Jane attended Meredith College in Raleigh where she graduated in 1940. While teaching for a year at Lincolnton High School and working at the Lincoln County Health Department for a year she enjoyed summer work with children’s activities for the North Carolina Baptist Convention and became convinced of her calling to full time Christian educational service. With help from the North Carolina Baptist Women’s Missionary Union and a family friend in Lincolnton, she was able to obtain her Master’s Degree in Religious Education at the Carver School of Missions at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky. where she met her husband Dr. Harold Lindsey while he was preparing for his ministry.

Margaret Jane Childs married Harold E. Lindsey at the First Baptist Church in Lincolnton on July 12, 1944 and after he finished his doctorate in theology they served churches in Okmulgee, Miami, and Shawnee, Okla. before moving to the First Baptist Church of Waco, Tex. in 1954. In 1961, they returned east were Dr. Lindsey served as Secretary of Evangelism for South Carolina Baptists in Columbia, S.C., Director of Metropolitan Evangelism for the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta, Ga, President of North Greenville College in Tigerville, S.C. and as Director for the Development of Ministries for the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in New England before they retired to the family home on North Cedar Street in Lincolnton in 1982.

Back in Lincolnton, Margaret Jane helped Harold to organize Lincoln Pastoral Counseling Center before he resumed his active ministry as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincolnton. Over the next 25 years, until health issues forced them to move to Atlanta to be closer to family, she supported her husband in his continuing service to dozens of churches in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia through interim ministries.  He helped each of those congregations in their search for new church leadership. She was always his closest adviser and confidant as together they sought to find God’s will in their life together. In their “retirement” Margaret Jane and Harold read together. Early in their marriage she began reading to him on long car trips. Their tastes ran from theology through Emerson to current politics and biography. At her 90th birthday a partial list of books that she had read to him since retirement exceeded one hundred serious works.

Her most significant contributions to her family and others were her love of God, her sense of the importance of education and her sense of the importance of Christ to the orientation of a life of service to others. She is survived by two sons, H. Eugene Lindsey Jr. of Wellesley, Mass.,  Edgar T. Lindsey of Saint Simons Island, Ga. and two daughters, Margaret Jane Jenkins of Birmingham, Ala., and Laura Anne Coffey of Acworth, Ga. Laura and her family provided loving care that helped Margaret Jane’s husband, Harold, extend their life together at home until her death. At the time of her death they were reading Robert Caro’s multi-volume life of Lyndon Johnson.

Margaret Jane is also survived by 13 grandchildren spread across the country and currently 11 great grandchildren all of whom will sorely miss the individual attention and concern that she showed each of them and their spouses and the spouses of their parents over the years. She was the center of a family where each member knows that that they were never forgotten and were truly blessed to be the recipients of a love that had no boundaries. Her love was always supportive and it was impossible to do anything that would separate one from her concern. Each family member always knew that they were remembered in thought and in prayer everyday by this woman with a sharp mind, with sparkling eyes and a loving smile and with endless caring for all that arose from a life spent in service to others, prayer and study searching for the will of God.


Harold D. Davis

Harold D. Davis, 80, of Cherryville died January 7, 2013.

Funeral services will be held today at Carpenter’s Funeral Home at 3 p.m. Burial will be in Mary’s Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends January 8, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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


Vilis Grabants Jr.

Vilis Grabants Jr., 71, of Denver died January 5, 2013.

A funeral service will be held at Lebanon United Methodist Church today at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Grabants family.


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