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Obituaries 1-23-13


Hilda Purvis Knight

Hilda Purvis Knight, age 72, of Cardinal Health Care and Rehabilitation in Lincolnton died Saturday, January 19, 2013.

A memorial service will be held 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Boger City Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Redding officiating. Visitation will be immediately following the service at the church.

Ms. Knight was born August 11, 1940 in Dublin, Ga. She was the daughter of the late Dozier Purvis and Bertha Johnson Purvis. She worked in retail sales.

Survivors include son, David Knight and wife Gaye of Lincolnton; daughter, Cynthia K. Matson and husband Jim of Denver; brother, Harvey Dozier Purvis of Dublin, Ga.; grandsons, Adam Matson, Aaron Matson, Ethan Knight and Justin Knight.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hilda Purvis Knight Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC  20090-6011.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Knight family.


George D’Espard Fawcett III

Mr. George D’Espard Fawcett III, age 83, of 602 Battleground Road in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, January 20, 2013.

His funeral service will be 3 p.m. today at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Miles Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Fawcett was born July 21, 1929 in Mt. Airy to the late Thomas Garnet Fawcett Sr. and Katie Lee Mills Fawcett. He served in the United States Army and then later was the director of the YMCA. George’s hobby, or vocation, was the study and investigation of UFOs.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Payseur Freeman Fawcett of the home; daughter, Laura Fawcett of New Haven, Conn.; son, Christopher Fawcett of Tumwater, Wash.; step-daughter, Kelly Salinas of Lincolnton; step-son, Mark Freeman of Marietta, Ga.; sister, Elizabeth Burke of Mt. Airy; ten step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC  28092, or to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 315 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Fawcett family.


Brenda Schronce Harvell Ford

DENVER — Brenda Schronce Harvell Ford, age 72, of, Denver passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Sherrills Ford after of period of declining health surrounded by her family.

Born September 23, 1940 in Iredell County, she was the daughter of the late Ervin F. Schronce and the late Josephine Gilleland  Schronce. Brenda retired from the Town of Maiden after 20 plus years of service.

In addition to her parents, first husband, Larry W. Harvell, second husband, Bob Ford Sr. and brother-in-law, Curtis Neal Sr. preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters and son- in- law, Lisa and Jody Yongue of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Susan Rector of Maiden; two grandsons, Tyler and Logan Yongue of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dianne (Rodney) Beal of Maiden, Judy Neal of Lincolnton; one brother and sister-in-law, Terry (Pat) Schronce of Lincolnton; aunts, Pauline Gilleland Drum, Gladys Schronce Goodson and Laura Sigmon Gilleland; uncle, Herman Schronce; four nieces and one nephew, and many special friends

The funeral service will be held Friday, January 25, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Mt. View Baptist Church in Maiden with Rev. Raymond Hamrick officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the church.

Memorials may be given to: Hospice of Catawba Valley at Sherrills Ford, 7473 Sherrills Ford Road, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673 and / or Mt. View Baptist Church, 5045 East Maiden Rd., Maiden, NC 28650

Visit  www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Ford family.


Jason Farel Hunt

Jason Farel Hunt, 39, of Claremont died January 20, 2013.

A funeral service will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Cemetery, Claremont. The family will receive friends today from 1 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. at Burke Mortuary, Newton prior to the service.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Hunt family.


Bobby Wayne Cole

Bobby Wayne Cole, 66, of Conover died January 22, 2013.

Arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary, Newton.


Aubri Kennedy Payton

Aubri Kennedy Payton, infant daughter of Logan Payton and Tiara Brown Payton of Lincolnton died January 18, 2013.

Memorial services will be held today at the Refuge of Prophecy Church of God at 2 p.m. Interment will be prior to the service.

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


Jonas J. Colson

Jonas J. Colson, 97, of Claremont died January 20, 2012.

A funeral service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Claremont. Burial will follow in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family received friends on Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Burke Mortuary, Newton.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Colson family.



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