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Obituaries 4-8-13


Margaret Leonard Pickens

Margaret Leonard Pickens, 89, of The Oaks in Huntersville, formerly of Lincolnton passed away on March 13, 2013 after an extended illness. Margaret grew up in Lincolnton and graduated from Lincolnton High School. She held the most honorable position of “Momma” to her two children and all their friends. She had a tremendous capacity to love and care for all she came into contact with. She had a joyful spirit and great sense of humor that never left her.

She loved to read and watch her favorite television shows and developed an uncanny love of golf in her later years. She really enjoyed watching her favorite golfer, Tiger Woods, and arguing with her neighbor Paul about who was the better golfer.

She was called “Momma” by all that met her and by so many that counted themselves as her “adopted” children. She was full of love and gave the very best hugs. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James E. Leonard Sr. and Eunice McNeely Leonard; brother, James E. Leonhard Jr. and sister, Mary Elizabeth Leonard. She is survived by her son, J. Hub Pickens and daughter, Barbara Pickens; sister, Winnie Leonard Hott of Hollywood, Fla. and a number of nieces, nephews and “special” extra children.

The family would like to thank the nursing and care giving staff of Huntersville Oaks and Hospice and Palliative Care Lake Norman.

Ebony and White Funeral Service of Lincolnton served the Pickens family.

Arrangements were private.


Annabelle Burns Hudson

Mrs. Annabelle Burns Hudson, age 78, of 109 Hillside Drive, Lincolnton died Saturday, April 6, 2013.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until noon today at Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn West Cemetery in Charlotte.

Mrs. Hudson was born on April 12, 1934 in West Virginia and was the daughter of the late Patrick G. and Mammie Elma Bennett Burns.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, James R. Hudson; one son, Robert E. Holland; two brothers, Harold E. Brown and Lloyd Brown and one sister, Rena V. Yingling.  Mrs. Hudson was a retired sales clerk who along with her love of flowers and crafts was a wonderful caregiver.

She is survived by all her friends from Riverside.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Hudson family.


Margaret Iler Johnson

Margaret Iler Johnson, age 72, of 143 Lakewood Avenue in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Her funeral service was 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Doug McClain officiating. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Johnson was born April 28, 1940 in Lincoln County to the late James Hoyet Iler Sr. and Mattie Izene Sain Iler.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Johnson.  She worked for Cochrane Furniture. Mrs. Johnson was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church for 62 years and loved doing crafts and woodworking.

She is survived by her husband, Walter Vance Johnson of the home; four sisters, Evelyn Gilbert of Lincolnton, Betty Porter of Cherryville, Frankie Short and husband Bill of Cherryville, and Mary Jo Carpenter and husband Farrell of Vale; and a brother, James Hoyet Iler of Vale.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 43, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton served the Johnson family.


Harold ‘Dean’ Crawley

Harold ‘Dean’ Crawley, age 65, of 2692 Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton died Saturday, April 6, 2013 at his home.

His funeral service will be held 4 p.m. today at Pisgah United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Judy Eurey officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:45 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. today prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Crawley was born January 25, 1948 in Cleveland County to the late Horace and Annie May Rudisill Crawley. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, Walter Crawley and four sisters, Betty Buff, Sue Hoyle, Essie Davis and Ann Wade.  Mr. Crawley was a retired member of the South Fork Volunteer Fire Department, past Cub Master of Cub Scout Pack #75 and a long time member of Pisgah United Methodist Church where he served in various capacities.  He was a machinist and a welder with T&S Welding for almost 40 years.

Survivors include his loving wife of 47 years, Claudette Thornburg Crawley of the home; one son, Chad Crawley and wife Amy of Lincolnton; one sister, Vivian Stroupe and husband Dennis of Lincolnton; one brother, Leon Crawley of Maiden; brothers-and sisters-in law, Calvin and Cathy Thornburg of Lincolnton and David and Jill Putnam of Shelby; one grandson, Conner Crawley; numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Pisgah United Methodist Church, Education Fund, 2582 Gastonia Highway, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Crawley family.


Frances Irene Campbell Hord

Frances Irene Campbell Hord, 85, of Cherryville died April 6, 2013.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. April 9, 2013 at the First Baptist Church, Cherryville. Burial will follow in Capernaum Cemetery, Waco.  The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. this evening at Carpenter’s Funeral & Cremation Services.

Carpenter’s Funeral Home, Cherryville is serving the Hord family.


Madieline Patricia Ross Owenby

Madieline Patricia Ross Owenby, 80, of Lincolnton died April 5, 2013.

A graveside service will be held noon today at Gaston Memorial Park, Gastonia. The family received friends from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. April 7, 2013 at Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Owenby family.


Gene Thomas Jarrett

Gene Thomas Jarrett, 82, of Conover died April 4, 2013.

A Celebration of Life was held on April 6, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church ELCA, Conover. The family received friends following the service at the church.

Robert F. Bennett, Funeral Service Licensee served the Jarrett family.


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