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Obituaries 2-22-13


Ira Nantz ‘Susie’ Keever 

Ira Nantz “Susie” Keever, 85, of Lincolnton died Tuesday, February 19, 2013 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimers.

Born November 14, 1927, Susie was preceded in death by parents Lawrence and Beulah Nantz and brother Harvey Nantz. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, William F. Keever of Lincolnton; son Larry Keever (Kay) of Lincolnton; daughter Martha Keever Seagle (Thom) of Hartsville, S.C. and Iron Station, granddaughter Stacey Seagle Shumard (Chris) of Lincolnton and grandson Jeb Forrest Seagle of Hartsville, S.C.

A memorial service will be today at 3 p.m. at McKendree United Methodist Church in Lincolnton.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.  In keeping with Susie’s wishes, her cremated remains will be scattered at the family farm in a private service.

The family will be at the farm on Walker Branch Rd. at all other times.

The family gives sincere thanks to the staff of Heath House and Hospice for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County or McKendree United Methodist Church.

Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Keever family.


Fuller Millard Russell ‘Russ’

STANLEY — Fuller Millard Russell “Russ”, 80, died on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. He was born in Alamance County, son of the late Edward Glenn and Louzetta Allred Russell.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Russell Marek; three brothers, Donald, Johnny, and Bill Russell; a half sister Mary Smith; and a special family Ernest and Ruby Coley. He was retired from Sears Roebuck Company after 36 years. He was a US Navy Veteran serving aboard the USS Onslow and was a member of Craig Memorial Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Jo Ann Kennedy Russell; two daughters, Brenda Russell Preston and husband Kenneth of Iron Station and Sherry Russell Webb and husband Mike of Mount Holly; one brother, James Russell; one half-brother, Kenneth Russell; one half-sister, Janice Collins; two grandchildren, Jennifer Preston Hybarger and husband Matt of Iron Station and Christopher Preston and wife Liz of Iron Station; three great grandchildren Rylan Preston, Layton and Jaycie Hybarger.

A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Russell will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Craig Memorial Baptist Church with Reverend Gary Rankin and Reverend Trent Rankin officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. today at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 North Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Woodlawn Funeral Home, Mount Holly is serving the family.


Elizabeth Joyce Norman Sanford

Elizabeth Joyce Norman Sanford, age 94, died February 19, 2013 in Fayetteville, Ark. where she resided for the past 39 years. Elizabeth was born in Nashville, Ark. on November 26, 1918 to parents James and Mollie Norman.  She was the youngest of their five children.

Elizabeth attended public schools in Hermanville, Miss., Houston, Tex. and Lincolnton. After graduating from Lincolnton High School in 1936, she attended Geyer Business College in Charlotte.  Her first job took her to Gastonia as an executive secretary at a local textile plant, Carter Mills. While in Gastonia she met her future husband, Charlie, in the spring of 1942 at a dance in the Gastonia Armory Building. The dance was sponsored by the Beta Sigma Business Women’s Society of which Elizabeth was president at the time. Charlie was from New Orleans, La. and his army unit was training at a camp nearby. Charlie proposed on their third date and they were married December 12, 1942 in Lincolnton.

In 1952 Elizabeth (known as Lib) was blessed with a job that lasted 21 years as the secretary of First Baptist Church in Lincolnton.  Three years after Charlie passed away in 1970, she and son David moved to Fayetteville, Ark. where her daughter Janice and her husband resided. In Fayetteville, Elizabeth was secretary of the First Christian Church for 18 years. She made many wonderful friends at both churches.

At First Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Elizabeth was a member and office holder in the LOA (Love One Another) Sunday School class. She spent many enjoyable days with these ladies both inside and outside of class related activities. She also was a long-time member of the Order of Eastern Star, beginning in Lincolnton and continuing in Fayetteville.

Elizabeth enjoyed traveling. She took numerous trips with friends and her sister Margaret. She collected decorative mugs, pottery, and hand-made baskets on these trips as treasured reminders of places visited.

Survivors are daughter, Janice S. Scott of Raleigh; son, David C. Sanford (and wife Janice) of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Michael D. Scott (Amy) of Durham, Mark F. Scott of Raleigh, Staci S. Rankin (Stan) and Jason R. Sanford of Springdale, Ark., and Damon C. Sanford (Christi) of Fayetteville; half-brother, James S. “Mickey” Norman Jr. (Marian) of Houston, Tex.; seven great-grandchildren of Springdale; and loving nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth was predeceased by her parents, James Stanford Norman II and Mollie Foster Brevard; step-father, John D. Brevard; husband Charles Feaster Sanford Jr.; siblings, Mollie Rayburn Cobb, Randolph S. Norman, Mildred Klinetop and Margaret McLean; half-brother, Horace S. Norman and son-in-law H. Don Scott.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at Hollybrook Cemetery, Lincolnton under the direction of Warlick Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1324, Fayetteville, AR 72702-13224 or to a charity of your choice.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Sanford family.


James David Carroll

James David Carroll, 89, of Cherryville died February 20, 2013.

Visitation will be February 24, 2013 from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on February 24, 2013 at 3 p.m. Burial will be at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the Carroll family.


Shirley Margie Smith Cook

Shirley Margie Smith Cook, 66, of Lincolnton died February 20, 2013.

Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. on February 23, 2013 at Middle Cross Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The body will lie in state thirty minutes prior to the service. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. this evening at Warlick Funeral Home.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Cook family.


Jack Stiles Moore Sr.

Jack Stiles Moore Sr., of Jacksonville, Fla. died February 12, 2013.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton. The family will receive friends and relatives one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Daniel’s Lutheran Church, Lincolnton.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Moore family.


Holten ‘Hokie’ Thornburg

Holten “Hokie” Thornburg, 93, of Conover died February 19, 2013.

A funeral service will be held today at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Newton. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park, Hickory. The family received friends on February 21, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Burke Mortuary, Newton.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Thornburg family.











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