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Obituaries 1-28-13


Johnny Adam Neal

HIGH SHOALS — Johnny Adam Neal, 72, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 23, 2013 at his home.

He was a native of Lincoln Co., born June 18, 1940 to the late Daniel Ervin and Ruth Hayes Neal.

He was a member of Salem Baptist Church Lincolnton. He was employed for 30 years at Carolina Mills.

Johnny was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and a friend to anyone he met.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Florence Trammell Neal; son, Alvin Neal and wife Kathy of Dallas; sister, Betty Neal Burgin of Belivia; brother, Charles Franklin Neal of Stanley; granddaughter, Britany Lockridge; and grandson Matthew Lockridge.

Visitation was held Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church Lincolnton. Funeral service was held Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 4 p.m. at the church with Dr. Andy Royals officiating. Interment is at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Frank Neal, Tony Neal, Terry Neal, Rusty Welch, Chris Stamey and Travis Davis.

Memorials may be made to Salem Baptist Church, 1982 Salem Church Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com

The family is being cared for by Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Rd Gastonia.


Virginia Louise Meeks Elmore

VALE— Mrs. Virginia Louise Meeks Elmore, age 87, of Vale died on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. today at Messiah United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Miller officiating.  Burial will follow in Zion Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Elmore was born June 1, 1925 in Lincoln County to the late William Edward and Ola Craven Meeks.   In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, T.M. Elmore and two sisters, Ruth Sailers and Dot Milstead.  Mrs. Elmore was a homemaker.

She is survived by two sons, Tim Elmore and wife Nancy of Vale, Tracy Elmore of Roanoke, Va.; two brothers, James Meeks and wife Mary of Maysville, Ga. and Billy Meeks and wife Mary Sue of Lula, Ga.; three sisters, Edna Gowder and husband Bill of Maysville, Ga., Mildred Sailers of Orange Park, FL and Peggy Gordon and husband Mike of Commerce, GA; one granddaughter, Dara Elmore of Durham; one step-granddaughter, Amanda Rikard and husband Tracy of Lincolnton and one step-grandson, Phillip Young of Lincolnton; four step great-grandchildren; two special friends Rick Roberts and Tiffianna Honsinger.

Memorials may be made to Messiah United Methodist Church, 4102 W. Highway 27, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Elmore family.


Fred Renn Seaford

Mr. Fred Renn Seaford, age 86, of Lincolnton died on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, following an extensive illness.

A Celebration of the Life of Mr. Seaford will be 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Boger City United Methodist Church with Rev. Allan Van Meter and Rev. Joe Ervin officiating.  The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Seaford was born on November 2, 1926 in Cabarrus County, to the late Edward Gibson and Mary Honeycutt Seaford.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his five brothers and one sister.  He grew up in the Odell community, attended Gilwood Presbyterian Church where he had seven years of perfect Sunday school attendance, and graduated from Odell High School.  He completed business school at Carolina Business School before joining the Navy where he served as Radioman aboard the USS Ingersoll during World War II.  Following this, he began his career in the hospital field completing a number of training and internships at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital in Concord.  He completed the Hospital Administrator’s Management program at Duke University sponsored by Duke Endowment and served as Administrator at Spruce Pine Community Hospital, Davie County Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital.  He completed his work career as an agent with AFLAC where he enjoyed serving many clients.  He was a true gentleman and held himself to high standards in his business and personal life.  Mr. Seaford was a long time member of Boger City United Methodist Church and served the communities where he lived in many capacities.

Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Phifer Seaford of the home; one daughter Elizabeth “Beth” S. Summitt and husband Tim of Lincolnton; one grandson Jonathan D. Summitt (Liz) of Kings Mountain; one sister in law Nancy Seaford of Charlotte and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Boger City United Methodist Church, 2320 E. Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092 or Levine and Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078 or to the Lincoln County Humane Society, PO Box 23, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Seaford family.


Riley Howard

Riley Bridger Howard, 14, of Catawba died January 26, 2013.

A funeral service will be held on January 29, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. at Olivet Baptist Church, Catawba. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends this evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Olivet Baptist Church.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Howard family.


Margaret Hawkins

Margaret Ruth George Heavner Hawkins, 89, of Lincolnton died January 27, 2013.

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


James Lee Coffey

James Lee Coffee, 71, of Crouse, formerly of Lenoir died January 26, 2013.

Memorial services will be private.

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


John McCall Jr.

John Banks McCall Jr., 74, of Cherryville died January 26, 2013.

Visitation will be January 29, 2013 from 12:45 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held January 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be private.

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home, Cherryville is serving the McCall family.


James Randle Shaw

James Randle Shaw, 73, of Lincolnton died January 25, 2013.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Goodin-Drum Funeral Home, Maiden. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Lincolnton.

Goodin-Drum Funeral Home, Maiden is serving the Shaw family.


Rodney Drum

Rodney Walter Drum, 57, of Maiden died January 24, 2013.

To honor Rodney’s wishes there will be no service held.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Drum family.


Misty Ann Wilson

Misty Ann Wilson 16, of Maiden died January 25, 2013.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Wilson family.


Stuart G. Willis

Stuart G. Willis, 49, died January 24, 2013.

Visitation was held January 27, 2013 from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Mary’s Grove United Methodist Church, Kings Mountain. Funeral services followed at 3 p.m. at Mary’s Grove United Methodist Church, Kings Mountain. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Stamey~Cherryville Funeral Home, Cherryville served the Willis family.


Mary Edna Ramsey

Mary Edna Ramsey, 91, of Cherryville died January 25, 2013.

Funeral services were held January 27, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral Home. Burial followed in City Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends January 27, 2013 from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Carpenter’s Funeral Home, Cherryville served the Ramsey family.


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