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Obituaries — 6-26-13

Carolyn Schronce Smith

Carolyn Schronce Smith, 72 of Vale, passed away Monday, June 24, 2013 at her residence.

Born July 20, 1940 in Lincoln County to the late Jesse R. Scronce and Zora Lee Clark Schronce. Carolyn was a lifelong member of Reepsville Baptist Church, a Sunday school teacher, nursery worker, and Vacation Bible School teacher. She retired from the Department of Social Services.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Kate Whiteside, Debra Schronce and Mary Lee Schronce.

Survivors Include, her husband of 49 years, James Smith of the home; sons, Shawn Smith and wife Gail of Lincolnton, Bobby Smith of Lincolnton, Billy Smith of Lincolnton, and Dale Turnmire of Lincolnton; daughter, Pam Smith of Lincolnton; brother, Cecil Schronce of Catawba; sister, Helen Anthony of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Ethan Smith, Caleb Smith, Addison Smith, Jamie Martin, Deeanna Smith, Jacob Smith, Haven Smith and one great-grandchild, Jamison Paul Martin.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Reepsville Baptist Church in Vale. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jeff Hull, Rev. Carroll Anthony and Rev. Paul Schronce will officiate. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 2:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. at Reepsville Baptist Church in Vale.  Pallbearers are Paul Schronce, Carroll Anthony, Ethan Smith, Caleb Smith, Joshua Scott, Mark Turner and Daniel Bost.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 North Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092 and Reepsville Baptist Church, 1513 Alf Hoover Rd. Vale, NC 28168

Condolences may be sent to the Smith family at www.robertbennettfuneralservice.com.­

The Smith family is in the care of Robert F. Bennett, Funeral Service Licensee 828-465-2111


Joyce Kendrick Tobey

STATESVILLE — Joyce Kendrick Tobey, 87, of Statesville, passed away on Monday, June 24, 2013, at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Hollybrook Cemetery in Lincolnton. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Statesville.

She was born August 15, 1925 in Lincoln County to the late Bonnie Boyd Kendrick and Effie Jane Lowery Kendrick.

Upon graduation from Lincolnton High School, Mrs. Tobey went to work at Boger and Crawford Textile Mill. She met George Whitfield Tobey, Jr., of Lincolnton, after his return from service in France and Italy during World War II. They were married December 26, 1947 in Lincolnton. Soon after, the couple moved to Chapel Hill where Mrs. Tobey worked while Mr. Tobey attended the University of North Carolina. Following his graduation, the couple returned to Lincolnton to start their family, where they lived until moving to Statesville in 1962.

Mrs. Tobey worked for a number of years at Spainhour’s Clothing Store. She volunteered with the Council on Aging, serving Meals on Wheels, and was a devoted member of the Artists’ Guild of Statesville.

Mrs. Tobey was defined by her compassion for all people, especially her friends and family, her love of art and music, and her strong faith in Christ. She was a very active member of First Baptist Church of Statesville, working with G.A.’s, serving as Sunday School Superintendent, and singing in the church choir for 50 years. Mrs. Tobey also sang with Mitchell Community Choir for five years and Hickory Choral Society for 14 years. To be able to sing was a true blessing to her. She loved beautiful music and all who created it.

Joyce Tobey was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Whitfield, Tobey, Jr.; brothers Glenn Kendrick, Allen Kendrick, Boyce Kendrick; and sisters, Florence K. Carpenter, Dorothy K. Podesta, Mary K. Wolford.

She is survived by one son, Timothy Whitfield Tobey of Statesville; one daughter, Kathryn Tobey Mitchell (Rex) of Dobson; two grandsons, Tobey Mitchell (Kelly) of Dobson, Bennett Mitchell of Wilmington; one sister, Loretta K. Burgess of Denver; one brother, Robert Kendrick (Dottie) of Montgomery, Ala.; one sister-in-law, Jeanette Kendrick of Jacksonville, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family of Joyce Tobey would like to express heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of Iredell Memorial Hospital, especially Lisa and the other nurses of the CCU. We are also grateful for the loving and compassionate care from Dr. James Foushee through the years.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Fifth Street Shelter Ministries of Statesville, Iredell Christian Ministries, or First Baptist Church of Statesville.

Warlick Funeral Home of Lincolnton is serving the Tobey family.



Mark Kevin Rowe

Mark Kevin Rowe, 47 of Newton, died Saturday, June 22, 2013.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 3 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, Newton. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church, Newton.

The Rowe family is in the care of Robert F. Bennett, Funeral Service Licensee 828-465-2111

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