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Obituaries — 8-12-13

Regina Black Wofford
Regina Black Wofford, 91, of Cherryville, formerly of St. Mark’s Church Rd. died August 10, 2013.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. today at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends today at the Family Life Center of the church from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
Carpenter’s Funeral and Cremation Services, Cherryville is serving the Wofford family.

Daniel L. Houston
Daniel Luther Houston, 75, of Conover died August 9, 2013.
A funeral service will be held August 13, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory. The family will receive friends this evening from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Burke Mortuary in Newton.
Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Houston family.

Harold ‘Shorty’ Edwards
Harold “Shorty” Edwards, 80, of Sherrills Ford died August 9, 2013.
A funeral service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Smyrna Church in Catawba. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors. The family received friends August 11, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Burke Mortuary in Newton.
Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Edwards family.

George Dean Lipscomb
George Dean Lipscomb, 66, of Lincolnton died August 9, 2013.
Funeral services are August 15, 2013 at 3 p.m. in the chapel at Ebony & White’s Funeral Service.
The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service in the chapel. Burial will be private.
Ebony & White’s Funeral Service, Lincolnton is serving the Lipscomb family

Bob Burleson
Robert “Bob” Alexander Burleson, 80, of Maiden passed away August 10, 2013.
The funeral service will be held August 13, 2013 at 1 p.m. at East Maiden Baptist Church in Maiden.
Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Forest Lawn West Cemetery in Charlotte. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from noon until 12:45 p.m. at East Maiden Baptist Church.
Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Burleson Family.

Sinclair and Willie Bolick
Sinclair and Willie Bolick, ages 92and 88, of Maiden died August 7, 2013.
A Celebration of their Lives was held August 11, 2013 at First United Methodist Church, Maiden.
The family received friends in the church fellowship hall from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The service followed immediately. Burial was in the Maiden City Cemetery.
Goodin-Drum Funeral Home, Maiden served the Bolick family.

Frances Hunter
Frances Ann Spellich Hunter, 75, of Rossville, Ga. died August 8, 2013.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery. The family received friends from 3 p.m. until7 p.m. Sunday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road.
Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Ridge, Tenn. is serving the Hunter family.


William Edward Boyles
VALE — William Edward Boyles, age 92, of 4846 W. Highway 27 in Vale, died on Thursday, August 8, 2013.
His funeral was 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Bess Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. George Williams officiating. The body was in state for 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Warlick Funeral Home.
Mr. Boyles was born April 23, 1921 in Lincoln County to the late George Dewey and Pearl Houser Boyles. He served as a staff sergeant and squad leader in the United States Army, 36th Infantry Division, Company G 142nd, during World War II where he was awarded the Bronze Arrowhead, three bronze battle stars, a Purple Heart with oak leaf clusters, and a good conduct medal.  Mr. Boyles retired from Carolina Freight Carriers after 33 years.  He was a Mason, a member of Bess Chapel United Methodist Church where he served as treasurer, president of the West Lincoln High School sports boosters, and a member of the American Legion and VFW.  In his spare time, he enjoyed family, gardening, and his pets.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Beulah Propst Boyles of the home; a daughter, Judy Ball and husband Larry of Boone; a son, Eddie Boyles and wife Debbie of Denver; three grandchildren, Jason Boyles and wife Kristy, Tracy Ball and wife Katie, Tyler Boyles and wife Amanda; great-grandson, Levi Ball; five sisters, Ida Burton of Vale, Doris Bobbitt of Bessemer City, Peggy Bumgardner of Cherryville, Nancy Houser of Vale, and Ardie Sue Boyles of Vale; a brother, Bud Boyles and wife Pat of Vale; seventeen nieces; and twelve nephews.
Memorials may be made to Bess Chapel United Methodist Church, 6073 Flay Road, Cherryville, NC 28021, Howards Creek Fire Department, 827 W. Highway 27, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Boyles family.


Michael Howard Buff
Michael Howard Buff, 54, of Lincolnton passed away gently on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.   Mike was a gregarious, big-hearted man with an infectious chuckle and warm wit. Those fortunate enough to have known him will also remember him as articulate, intelligent and dogged in his pursuits.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, Donald R. Buff.   He is survived by his wife, Susan of Lincolnton; mother, Billie Dean (Cashion) Buff of Lincolnton; sister, Kelly (Buff) Barge and husband Rich Barge of Fayetteville, brother, Brad Buff and wife Ann of Raleigh and great aunt and uncle Edith and A.J. Lemmond Jr. of Lincolnton. Mike is also survived by eight nieces and nephews, Joseph, Jacob, Warren, David, Adam, Laura, Joey and Danny, and by his beloved great-niece Charlotte Rose.
Mike was employed for over 30 years with Airgas/National Welders Supply Company and held the position of Vice President Marketing and Strategic Products.  In addition to his work, Mike’s greatest passions included Appalachian State University football (his Alma Mater), gardening, deep-sea fishing and boating of any kind.  He also loved gadgets, tinkering and fixing things.  He was always first to lend someone a helping hand. Mike will be missed by all and remembered in our hearts forever.
Funeral services were held Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, 3097 Asbury Church Rd., Lincolnton. The family greeted friends in the church fellowship hall beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.  At Mike’s request, a celebration of life party will be held this autumn in his honor.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 0866 W. Washington Blvd #343, Culver City, CA 90232.


Novena Clinton
Novena Jenny Hill Clinton, 80, of Lincolnton passed away Friday, August 9, 2013 at her residence.
Born November 10, 1932 in York Co., S.C., she was the daughter of the late Rueben Hill and the late Ocie Lillian Hullett Hill. In addition to her parents, husband, William Clinton, two infant sons; four sisters, Mildred Farmer; Virginia Bodenheimer; Willie Mae Stroupe and Myrtis Ann Gillelan preceded her in death.
Survivors include three sons, James Clinton of Vale, Michael Clinton of Westminster, Calif., Ronnie Clinton of Vale; one daughter, Lillian Clinton of Hickory; three sisters, Betty Sue Smith of Fort Wayne, Ind.., Jo Linda Lane of Lincolnton; Irene Hendrick of Shelby; nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
The Celebration of Life service will be held this evening at 7 p.m. at Spirit Life Church of God in Lincolnton with Pastor Gary Smith officiating.
The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church.
Memorials may be given to: Susan G. Komen for the Cure, NC Triangle to the Coast Affiliate, 133 Fayetteville St., Suite 300, Raleigh, NC 27601.
Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences.
Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Clinton family.

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