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Obituaries 4-10-13


Joe Lee Turbyfill

STANLEY — Mr. Joe Lee Turbyfill, age 79, of 173 Cowans Ford Road in Stanley, died on Monday, April 8, 2013.

His funeral service will be 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Denver United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeff Johnsen officiating. Burial will follow in the Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. this evening at Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton.

Mr. Turbyfill was born July 28, 1933 in Avery County to the late Everett and Annie Greer Turbyfill. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Turbyfill Wilde and Angie Weatherly, and a brother, Billy Gene Turbyfill.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Jean Austin Turbyfill of the home; sons, Terry Turbyfill and Debbie Green of Stanley, and Larry Turbyfill and wife Bobbie of Denver; brother, Earl Turbyfill and wife Mary of Charlotte; sisters, Lillian Turnmire of Lenoir, Anna Willis and husband Tom of Stanley, and Nancy Turbyfill of Cornelius; grandchildren, Josh Turbyfill and Avery Turbyfill, both of Kings Mountain, and Lewis Turbyfill and Amy Turbyfill, both of Denver.

Mr. Turbyfill was the owner of Turbyfill True Value Hardware for 35 years. After retiring in 2010, he was able to travel to areas he wanted to. He enjoyed being with people, listening to music and dancing and was an avid Duke basketball fan.  In addition, he was voted Small Business Person of the Year in 2002.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Denver United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 661, Denver, NC 28037, to Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 378 N. Pilot Knob Road, Denver, NC 28037, to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216 Glenn Allen, VA 23058-5267, or to the American Diabetes Association, 222 S. Church Street, Suite 336M, Charlotte, NC  28202.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Turbyfill family.


Louzell Willis Wehunt

VALE — Mrs. Louzell Willis Wehunt, 96, of 6827 Fairview School Road, passed away on Sunday April 7, 2013 at Brian Health & Retirement Center, Lincolnton.

Mrs. Wehunt was born in Lincoln County on November 30, 1916 she was the daughter of the late J. Clayton Willis and Ava Wehunt Willis. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Loy Wood Wehunt.

Survivors include two sons, Lanny Wehunt and Ronald Wehunt and wife Elizabeth of Vale; three daughters, Dorothy Pearson of Cherryville, Shirley Hicks of Greensboro, and Rita Black and husband John H. Black Jr. of Vale; two grandchildren, Ava Roxanne Stritt and husband Kerry of Atlanta, and Angela Hicks and fiancé Mark Sarnecki of Greensboro; and two great grandchildren, Tyler A. Stritt and Alexandra Stritt of Atlanta, Ga., and niece/cousin Barbara Wehunt Davis of Cherryville.

The family will received friends from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday April 9, 2013 at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home, 405 N. Dixie Street, Cherryville, NC. At other times the family was at the home of John and Rita Black, 6791 Fairview School Road, Vale.

A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Memorial Park, Fallston with Pastor Marcus Redding officiating.

Memorials can be made to Hulls Grove Baptist Church, Vale, NC, or Eagle’s Landing Baptist Church & Christian Academy, 2400 Hwy 42N, McDonough, Georgia 30253.

A guest register is available online at www.stameyfuneralhome.com

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the family of Wehunt family.


Martha Moore Abernethy

VALE — Martha Moore Abernethy, age 92, of Vale, died on Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. today at Daniels Lutheran Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. today in the fellowship building.

Mrs. Abernethy was born May 10, 1920 in Forsyth County to the late Alverdo and Effie Dellinger Moore. She graduated from Lincolnton High School and attended business school. Mrs. Abernethy was employed for many years with the ASCS Office of Lincolnton and worked over 21 years with the former First National Bank and Carolina First National Bank of Lincolnton. She served as church treasurer, choir and taught Sunday school at Daniels Reformed Church. As a member of Daniels Lutheran Church of Lincolnton, she served on committees, circles and choir. She was a former member of United Daughters of the Confederacy, Lincoln County Historical Assoc., and Lincoln County Home Extension Service. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing, and received first place honors in state and local awards in home extension areas for her achievements in seamstress design. Martha and her late husband of 68 years, Robert F. Abernethy Sr., loved to fellowship with neighbors and enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by a son, Robert F. Abernethy Jr. and wife Betty of Rolesville; a daughter, Kathryn A. Wise and husband Dr. Robert Wise of Lincolnton; five grandchildren, Vann Abernethy of Rolesville, Malinda Gantt and husband Geety of Lincolnton, Dr. Neil Abernethy of Seattle, Wash., Billy Perry of Rolesville, and Rev. Rob Wise and wife Katie of Lincolnton; three great-grandchildren, Grace Gantt of Lincolnton and Kenton and Thomas Abernethy of Rolesville; a sister, Kathryn M. Alexander of Cherryville; and numerous nieces and nephew.

Memorials may be made to Daniels Lutheran Church Building Fund, 3290 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Abernethy family.


Robert Mack Costea Sr.

Robert Mack Costea Sr., 62, of Lincolnton passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, after a lengthy battle with neuromyelitis optica (Devic’s disease).

He is survived by his wife, Karen Cavender Costea, and children, Robert Mack Costea Jr., 15, and Ana Maria Costea, 14, all of the home.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 6 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, Hwy. 150 East in Lincolnton.  The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Costea Family Fund at NC State Employees Credit Union (Acct #61236879) or to Hospice and Palliative Care – Charlotte Region.

The family wishes to acknowledge the loving care provided by the staff at HPCCR-Lincoln and the Levine & Dickson Hospice House during Mr. Costea’s final weeks.



Robert Louis ‘Bob’ James Jr.

Robert Louis “Bob” James Jr., 60, died April 7, 2013.

Visitation will be today from 2:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church Family Life Center. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be private.

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the James family.


Mazelle Beam McNeely

Mazelle Beam McNeely, 92, of Cherryville died April 9, 2013.

Funeral services will be held April 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Carpenter’s Funeral and Cremation Services this evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.


John Bradley Carver

John Bradley Carver, 55, of Denver died April 6, 2013.

The family will receive friends on April 12, 203 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at The Good Samaritan Funeral Home, Denver. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on April 13, 2013 at Denver United Methodist Church, Denver.

The Good Samaritan Funeral Home, Denver is serving the Carver family.


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