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Obituaries 3-27-13

Betty Lou Heafner Houser

Betty Lou Heafner Houser, age 82, of 619 E. McBee Street in Lincolnton, died on March 25, 2013.

Her funeral service will be 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013 at Bethphage Lutheran Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Houser was born January 27, 1931 in Lincoln County to the late Jess and Ola Mauney Heafner.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Joey Miller Houser and two sisters, Bernice McAllister and Allie Sue Abernethy.  Mrs. Houser worked as a telephone operator for BellSouth.

She is survived by her husband, Fred M. Houser of the home; one son, Larry Trent Houser and wife Jeanne of Lincolnton; one sister, Jessie Bradshaw of Summerville, S.C.; three nephews, Tim Abernethy, Timothy Paul Houser, and Nathan Houser; three nieces, Vickie Mauney, Wanda Banks, and Gayle Houser; and a brother-in-law, Paul C. Houser and wife Joyce of Lincolnton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation of North Carolina, 4819 Park Road, Suite C, Charlotte, NC  28209-3842, or to Bethphage Lutheran Church, 3440 Highway 182, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Houser family.


Barry Lee Green

RALEIGH   — Words hardly capture the immense amount of pain that comes with the death of such a special man and figure in the Raleigh community. Barry Lee Green joined his mother, father, eldest brother and countless friends in spirit, Wednesday evening, March 20, 2013 at the age of 60.

Barry was born August 8, 1952, the youngest son of six children born to Bessie Lee Mason, of Wake Forest. Her marriage to Glenn Adam Staples, of Durham, provided Barry with a loving father, two sisters, and a brother. There was never a dull moment in this household, no doubt shaping Barry for a life filled with family and many close friends. After graduating from Wake Forest High School in 1970, Barry began his entrepreneurial career, opening the Pizza Barn in Wake Forest. This would be the first of many establishments. Barry later moved to Raleigh and began a strong relationship with the North Carolina State University Wolfpack Club. While embracing the NCSU community, Barry continued his business ventures in the heart of the Hillsborough street area opening Barry’s in 1975, Monday’s in 1978, Barry’s II, and Red’s Beach Club in 1995. In the years that followed, Barry was involved in numerous business partnerships and business ventures. In 1983, Barry and his partners acquired Crowley’s Old Favorites. He developed wonderful relationships with the neighbors of Medlin Drive and enjoyed catering to their needs: helping them celebrate life’s experiences, or providing meals during power outages. The friendships formed over the next 25 years were countless. Barry was introduced to Ramona Christopher, of Lincolnton, during her college years at Meredith. On August 15, 1987, Ramona married the love of her life. Family life was extremely important to Barry. In 1988, he and Ramona welcomed their first child, Emily Christopher, their son, Barry “Spencer”, sixteen months later, and Amelia Claire, in 1997. Barry was the epitome of the head of household, making unforgettable memories with his children and their friends throughout the years. Although initially perceived as a tough guy, Barry embraced all, with the understanding that he wanted only the best for his children. Barry had the rare ability to be a wise mentor, loving friend, and life of the party. He never met a stranger. His children, and wife of 25 years, will always remember him as the most insightful, loving, gracious, exciting and stubborn man they will ever know. Those who knew Barry, knew he embraced life in a “good ‘ole country boy” way. A man of no pretention: imbued by his “tennis shoe” style, Barry will always be remembered for his infectious smile, magnetic personality, and overwhelming generosity. Spencer played his dad’s favorite song when last at Crowley’s together: Elvis singing “I Did It My Way”. Yes you did, Barry. And we love you for it.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., March 25, 2013 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home. Burial followed in Pine Forest Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research at www.jimmyv.org.



Willie Jean Hutchins Abernathy

Willie Jean Hutchins Abernathy, age 85, of 2217 Smith Street in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, March 24, 2013.

A graveside service was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Robert Redding officiating. The family received friends from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. prior to the service at Warlick Funeral Home. At other times, the family was at the home of her daughter, Kerrie, at 2746 Prince Drive, Lincolnton.

Mrs. Abernathy was born June 20, 1927 in Lincoln County to the late Sidney and Jeanette Withers Hutchins. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Gordon Lee Abernathy and a son, Kevin Gordon Abernathy. She worked as a nurse.

She is survived by five daughters, Sydelia Cooper of Vale, Pam Wright of Sherrills Ford, Gail Chaney, Wendy Smith, and Kerrie Seeley, all of Lincolnton; two sisters, Pauline Dysart of Lincolnton and Bonnie Locklear of Charleston, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Boger City Baptist Church, 2201 E. Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, P.O. Box 60144, Charlotte, NC 28260-1444.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Abernathy family.


Robert ‘Bob’Leslie Parleir

Mr. Robert Leslie Parleir, age 83, of Startown Road, Lincolnton died March 23, 2013 at Catawba Regional Hospice House in Newton. Mr. Parleir was born April 5, 1929 in Catawba County, son of the late William Lesley and Rose Mae Travis Parleir. He was preceded in death by his brothers, George Allen Parleir and James Phillip Parleir.

Mr. Parleir graduated from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex. and worked for Chance Vought Aircraft in Tex. until he moved back to NC in 1959 after which he worked for Douglas Aircraft until they left Charlotte. He retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC in 1991.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 39 years, Nancy Wellborn Parleir; two daughters, Linda P. Singletary (Glenn), Concord, Carol P. Austin, Maiden; one son, John L. Parleir, Havelock; and one adopted son, Mykel R. Parleir, Matthews; four grandchildren, Robert Matthew Parleir, Stephanie P. Akers, Kaylena P. Wolfe, and Krystal Austin; five great grandchildren, Danielle, C.J., Madison, Mary, and Isabella; as well as his beloved nieces and nephews.

Bob and Nancy loved animals and adopted two kitties, Heidi and Tatiana who will miss him greatly.

He and Nancy were flying & RV’ing enthusiasts and traveled the US and Canada in their Cessna-206 for years and then by RV after retirement. He was an accomplished IFR pilot and flying was his passion. Bob had a beautiful smile and personality – he never met a stranger. He was loved by all who met him. He deeply loved his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Also, he was a big sports fan – basketball, football & racing. When he moved back from Texas he became an ardent follower of the Tarheels!

A service to celebrate his life will be held today at 3 p.m. at Daniels Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Daniels Lutheran Church prior the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Daniels Lutheran Church Building Fund, 3170 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092. The family appreciates the love and care shown by the staff at Catawba Regional Hospice House.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Parleir family.


Wayne Dale Kanipe

Wayne Dale Kanipe, 57, of Taylorsville died March 25, 2013.

A funeral service will be held March 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Hickory. The family will receive friends on March 28, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Burke Mortuary, Newton.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Kanipe family.


Shakia ‘Ki Ki’ Shalaan Newman

Shakia “Ki Ki” Shalaan Newman, 21, of Lincolnton died March 25, 2013.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Ebony & White’s Funeral Service.

Ebony & White’s Funeral Service is serving the Newman family.


Judy Mixon 

Judy Florence Mixon, 72, of Gastonia died March 25, 2013.

Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013 at Sisk-Butler Funeral and Cremation Services, Bessemer City. Interment will follow at Westview Gardens, Bessemer City. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.


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