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Obituaries 5-29-13



Mareda D. Waters

Mareda Colleen Drum Waters, 80, of Newton died May 26, 2013.

A funeral service will be held on May 30, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. Burial will follow in Catawba Memorial Park, Hickory. The family will receive friends May 30, 2013 from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Burke Mortuary, Newton prior to the service

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Waters family.


Jacquelyn Cora ‘Robin’ Patterson

Jacquelyn Cora “Robin” Patterson, 56, of Newport News, Va. died May 26, 2013.

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


Ruby Elizabeth Bradshaw

Ruby Elizabeth Bradshaw, 39, of Lincolnton died May 25, 2013.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday at 4 p.m. at EF Drum Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends and family immediately following the service.

EF Drum Funeral Home is serving the Bradshaw family.


Thomas ‘Tommy’ Jefferson Smith Sr.

Thomas “Tommy” Jefferson Smith Sr., 72, of Lincolnton died May 28, 2013.

No services will be held at this time.

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


Margaret Linda Zealy

DURHAM — Margaret Linda Zealy, 67, died unexpectedly Saturday. A native of Savannah, she was the daughter of the late Margaret Mildred (Monroe) and Aloysius Jones Zealy. She attended Sacred Heart and St. Vincent’s Academies, after which she received an associate’s degree from Armstrong College.

After marriage Margaret started her family in Savannah. She then lived briefly in Charleston prior to settling in Lincolnton in 1979. Margaret was on the staff of Crowell Hospital for many years. She returned to academics and received a B.A. degree in social work from East Carolina University. A Durham resident since 1999, Margaret began working as a social worker with NC Partnership for Children, and throughout her career was passionate about the needs and challenges of children. Her most recent work was with Exchange Club’s Family Center, initially as an administrative assistant and at the time of her death, Executive Director.

Margaret never met a stranger. She was a consummate “people person” always stepping outside of herself to show attention and kindness to anyone in her presence. While she had a soft heart and keen sensitivity, Margaret was determined, fearless, bright and resourceful. As her family said, “she loved to have a good time. The dishes could wait.” Margaret’s grandchildren were the light of her life. She was their “Bubbe” as she was to many other adopted grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Robin Williams Harper and husband, James, of Durham, Patrick Williams and wife, Kristy, of Lincolnton, and Jason Williams and wife, Dana of Cary; grandchildren, Jessica and Emily Harper, Zealy and Delaney Williams, and Benjamin, Samuel, Cora and Jacob Williams. Also surviving are Carole Williams and partner, Evie Williams, and their daughter, Alexis.

Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2013 at King’s Park International Church, Durham. Memorials may be made to Exchange Club’s Family Center, exchangefamilycenter.org.

Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

On-line memorials: hallwynne.com


Sara A. Bango

Sara A. Bango, 32, of Sandusky, Ohio died Friday, May 24, 2013, in Firelands Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Shelby on June 7, 1980, and graduated from Lincolnton High School, in Lincolnton.

Sara loved doing crafts, scrapbooking, and trivia.

She is survived by her husband, Ronald Bango; mother, Laura (Shrum) McSwain; father, Wally McSwain, both of Lincolnton; special companion, Kayla; maternal grandmother, Betty B. Shrum, Lincolnton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ronald and Joan Bango, Sandusky, Ohio; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Rev. Gaither E. Shrum; and paternal grandparents, Donald and Betty Frye.

Friends may call on Sunday, May 26, 2013, from 2-7 P.M. in the Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio. The body will be transported to North Carolina for graveside services on May 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Lincolnton.

Robert F. Bennett, Funeral Service Licensee 828-465-2111 is in charge of local arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made in Sara’s name to the Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior St., Sandusky, OH 44870.

Condolences and gifts of sympathy may be made to the family at www.toftfh.com or www.robertbennettfuneralservice.com


Rachel Armstrong Rhyne

INDIAN TRAIL — Rachel Armstrong Rhyne, age 93, of 5719 Hillcrest Circle in Indian Trail, died on Monday, May 27, 2013.

Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013 at Crowell Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Freida Hopson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state for thirty minutes prior to the service. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Rhyne was born March 2, 1920 in Lincoln County to the late Joseph and Ida Jane Armstrong. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Gibby R. Rhyne, and two sons, Clayton Rhyne and Timothy Rhyne. She worked in textiles. Rachel loved babies, her grandchildren, gardening, playing cards, and she cooked Sunday supper every Sunday.

She is survived by a daughter, Doris Button of Indian Trail; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Crowell Memorial United Methodist Church, 4018 Killian Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Rhyne family.


Beatrice Jane Black Ryan

DENVER — Beatrice Jane Black Ryan, age 95, of 8063 Graham Road in Denver, died on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the Unity Presbyterian Church cemetery with Rev. Tim Killian officiating.

Mrs. Ryan was born August 18, 1917 in Lincoln County to the late William C. and Viola Aiken Black.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, William Herbert Ryan; five brothers, Edgar E. Black, William T. Black, W. C. Black Jr., Avery T. Black, and Dariel G. Black; and two sisters, Agnes G. Perkins and Willie Mae Perkins. Mrs. Ryan lived in Fanwood, N.J. for 30 years, where she was a homemaker.

She is survived by a son, William Elliott Ryan of N.J.; three daughters, Teresa Ryan Kent of N.J., Elizabeth Carolyn Ryan of Fla., and Frances Ryan of N.J.; two brothers, Norman D. Black and Larry L. Black, both of Denver; three sisters, Annie Luckey of Charlotte, Virginia Dowdle and Lillian Greene, both of Denver; a granddaughter, Danielle Ryan Schafer of Fla.; and an aunt, Eula Aiken Burns of Mount Holly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice in Newton, and Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Ryan family.


David Bernard ‘Pappy’ Self Sr.

David Bernard “Pappy” Self Sr., 80, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, May 27, 2013 at CMC-Lincolnton.

Born March 24, 1933 in Gaston County, he was the son of the late Reverend Frank Ernest and Flossie Pearl Armstrong Self.

Pappy enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1955 as a Navy Seabee. While serving in the Navy, he was a fire captain, military escort, and big truck mechanic.  He was also a racecar driver at the Lincoln County Raceway and was a 66 year member of the Cherryville New Year Shooter.  He was also an organ and tissue donor.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Louise McGill Self and five siblings.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 7 years, Janice Sheriffield Self; son, David Bernard Self Jr. of Lincolnton; daughters, Beverly Self Dalrymple, and husband, David, of Lincolnton, Theresa Self Milburn-Shook and John Langley of Boiling Springs; stepson, Jerry Ernest Hawkins Jr., of Troutman; stepdaughter, Melissa Michelle Diamond and fiancée, Jamie Pressley of Mt. Holly; grandchildren, Bradley Sigmon and fiancée, Shannon Parker, Brian Dalrymple and wife, Kimberly, Shaun Dalrymple and fiancée, Whitney Mathis, Crystal Dalrymple, Joshua Self, Joshua Milburn, Scotty Shook, Dillon Pressley, Taylor Pressley, Hunter Diamond, Jerry Hawkins III, Sarah Hawkins, Noah Hawkins, Travis Langley, Nicki Langley Stewart; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Covenant Bible Church with the Reverend Mike Devine and Reverend Nathan Grooms officiating and burial, with military rites, will follow at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at his former home at 724 Third Street, Lincolnton, NC, on this evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the Self family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com

The Self family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Cremations in Newton.


Charles Ray Harkey

Charles Ray Harkey, age 78, of Daniel Shrum Road in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

His funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. Ernie Richards, Lynn Lambert, and Rev. Norman Lutz officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Harkey was born May 20, 1935 in Lincoln County to the late Bryant M. and Betty Carpenter Harkey. He worked in the furniture industry and retired from Freightliner, Mt. Holly, in 1997.

He is survived by his wife, Queeta Beal Harkey of the home; a son, Chuck Harkey of Lincolnton; a daughter, Kathy Cranford and husband Roger of Lincolnton; two brothers, Roy Harkey of Lincolnton and Ted Harkey of Midland; one sister, Barbara Britt of Lincolnton; two grandchildren, Jason Cranford and wife Anna of Lincolnton and Jeremy Cranford and wife Heather of Gastonia; and two great-grandchildren, Noah and Tucker Cranford.

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

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Harkey family.


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