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Obituaries 6-17-13



Phillip Eugene Prater

Phillip Eugene Prater, age 54, of 3149 Brady Hoffman Road in Lincolnton, went to his Heavenly home on Saturday, June 15, 2013, after a long courageous battle with leukemia.

His funeral service will be 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at New Heights Baptist Church with Rev. Cameron Dula officiating. Burial will follow in High Shoals Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. this evening at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mr. Prater was born January 1, 1959 in Lincoln County to Dorothy Reynolds Prater and the late Joyce “Joe” Harold Prater.  He worked in quality control at Timken for 24 years. He served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at his church.

He is survived by his wife, Tanya Tucker Prater of the home; two sons, Holden Prater and Landon Prater, both of the home; two brothers, Randy Prater and wife Reba of Iron Station and Scott Prater of Lincolnton; three sisters, Sandra Moore and husband Jimmy, Donna Thomas and husband Richard, and Tammy Shrum and husband Marty, all of Lincolnton; and his mother, Dorothy Prater of Lincolnton.

Memorials may be made to New Heights Baptist Church, P.O. Box 60, High Shoals, NC 28077, or to the SECU Family House of Winston-Salem, 1970 Baldwin Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Prater family.


Shirley Mae Farris

Shirley Mae Farris, age 78, of 420 E. Rhodes Street in Lincolnton, died on Friday, June 14, 2013.

Her funeral service will be 2 p.m. today in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Hulls Grove North cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2013 at Warlick Funeral Home.

Miss Farris was born May 8, 1935 in Lincoln County to the late Doris Clyde Farris and Vergie Vida Whitworth Farris. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, Anthony James Farris. She worked in furniture manufacturing.

She is survived by her children, Randy Farris and wife Amy, Thelma Farris Rudisill and husband Larry and Dainty Perry, all of Lincolnton, Karen Farris Rodriguez of Georgetown, Tex., and Marvin Glenn Farris of Lincolnton; two brothers, Samuel Farris and wife Kate of Spartanburg, S.C. and Jimmy Farris and wife Jane of Vale; two sisters, Pauline Parker and husband Glenn of Newton and Fern Ramsey of Lawndale; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Warlick Funeral Home, c/o Shirley Farris Funeral Fund, P.O. Box 1407, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Farris family.


Gertrude Eaker Cook

Gertrude Eaker Cook, of 222 Linwood Drive in Lincolnton, was called home on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the age of 83.

Her funeral service will be held 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m.  prior to the funeral at the church.

Mrs. Cook was born June 7, 1930 to the late Clyde and Ruth Thomas Eaker in Gaston County. Her family spent their lives in Lincoln County. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray “Smokey” Cook in 1993; brothers, David Eaker and Bill Eaker; and sister, Dean Silman Nelson also preceded her.

Mrs. Cook was a life-long member of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church. Her faith was her rock for all ages. She loved working with age extremes: children and seniors. Although somewhat conservative, she was nonjudgmental and served as a great role model for acceptance. She believed all people deserved forgiveness and mercy. In difficult times, she always trusted in God to lead her.

She was a constant companion as a wife, a dedicated mother and loyal friend. Gertrude was also a homemaker, dedicated textile employee and faithful church worker. She volunteered countless hours to minister to others. Her life’s example taught quiet lessons and is a lasting testament.

Mrs. Cook is survived by a son, Timothy R. Cook of Mooresville; one brother and caretaker, Lester Eaker (wife, “Dot”) of Lincolnton; one sister-in-law, Gail Eaker-Aurora of Lincolnton; special family friend, Tom Troutman of Mooresville; numerous extended relatives and lifetime friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church Playground Fund, P.O. Box 441, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

Special thanks to niece, Lisa McGhee, and the Brian Center staff for their dedicated care.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Cook family.


Connie Prue Hull Van Dyke

Connie Prue Hull Van Dyke, 92, of 1940 Hwy. 27 West, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at her residence.

Mrs. Van Dyke was born in Lincoln County on June 28, 1920 a daughter of the late Major Lee Hull and Elizabeth Seagle Hull.  She was a member of Christ Caring Christ Sharing Independent Church in Lincolnton assisted in the clothes mission of the church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jim H. Van Dyke Sr., and three sons George Ray, Major Lee and Jim H. Van Dyke Jr.; daughter, Mary Cynthia Jones and ten siblings.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Jo Beaver and Joy Kay Davis and Steve of Lincolnton; one sister, Merle Brendle of Vale; 13 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Hull’s Grove Baptist Church from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. and at other times the family will be at the home.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Hull’s Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. David Tallent officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home, PO Box 427 Cherryville, NC 28021, to help with funeral expenses.

A guest register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home, Cherryville is serving the Van Dyke family.


Sandra Davis Scott

Sandra Davis Scott, 57, of Lincolnton died June 13, 2013.

The family held a private service to celebrate the life of Sandra.

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


Faye Bridges Quick

Faye Bridges Quick, 79, of Cherryville died June 13, 2013.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home.


Glenn A. Weddington      

Glenn Alexander Weddington, 77, of Maiden died June 15, 2013.

A funeral service will be held June 18, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church in Maiden. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the church.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Weddington Family.


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