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Obituaries 1-18-13


John Hill Fitzgerald III

John Hill Fitzgerald III of Zebulon, Ga. died Monday, January 14, 2013 at Southern Regional Hospital in Riverdale, Ga. following surgical complications. He was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. J. H. Fitzgerald Jr. of Lincolnton. Johnny was a member of the Lincolnton High School graduating class of 1960.

He attended Davidson College, Florida Presbyterian College and received a Bachelor of Arts from Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga.

Johnny is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Zander Fitzgerald and is survived by five daughters, two sons and 15 grandchildren.

Upon receiving his commercial pilot’s license, Johnny became a pilot for Eastern Airlines where he rose to captain of a Boeing 757. Johnny’s name is included on the Eastern Airline’s bronze memorial in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. This memorial includes a representation of over 6,700 pilots who flew for Eastern Airlines from 1928 until the company’s dissolution.

When Eastern folded, Johnny attended a police academy in Clayton County, Ga. and served on police forces in Peachtree City, Palmetto & Fairburn, Ga.

Johnny spent his life in service to his fellow man.  He was engaged to Barbara Johnson Carter, also formally of Lincolnton.


Tony Parker

MAIDEN — Tony Adrian Parker, age 68, of Maiden passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

Born July 29, 1944 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Cecil Shuford Parker and the late Mossie Alice Williams Parker.  He was the owner/operator of Temple Furniture and Parker Southern Furniture in Maiden.

Tony was a loving husband, father, grandfather, was hard working and loved helping people, his Lord was the most important part of his life along with his family and the treasured times in traveling with them to the mountains and the beach.

Left to cherish his memory, his wife of 48 years, Gail Parker of the home; one son, Adrian and wife, Lori Parker of Vale; two daughters, Angie and husband, Tarbee Wright of Maiden; Kim and husband, Kelly McRee of Maiden; four grandsons, Luke and Josh Parker; Austin Wright and Jake McRee; two granddaughters, Hanna McRee and Bailey Wright, and like daughters, Zindy Wilfong, Donna Propst and Tracy Propst.

A Celebration of Life will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Church in Maiden with Pastor Jonathan Foster, Pastor Casey Clark and Pastor Nathaniel Austin officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials may be given to: Cornerstone Church, Victory Offering, PO Box 726, Maiden, NC 28650 and / or TISCH-Brain Tumor Center, Duke University Med. Ctr., PO Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710.

Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Parker family.


Kaylyn Elizabeth Hartsoe

Baby Kaylyn Elizabeth Hartsoe, Maiden, died January 17, 2013.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Mays Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Maiden.

Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Hartsoe family.


Shirley Ann Friday

Mrs. Shirley Ann Friday, 70 died January 16, 2013.

Funeral service is Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Tucker’s Grove United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

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


John Isenhower

John Jefferson Isenhower, 79, Newton, died January 15, 2013.

The funeral service will be held today at 12 noon at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Maiden. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton with military honors by American Legion Post 16 of Newton. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 11 until 11:45 a.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Maiden.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Isenhower Family.


Lillie Ann Gibson

Lillie Ann Speagle Gibson, 74, Newton, died January 17, 2013.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. Burial will follow at Conover City Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 10 until 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Gibson family.


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