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Obituaries — 9-20-13

Linda Sue Heafner Houser

Linda Sue Heafner Houser, 71, of Hickory, passed away on September 18, 2013 at Carolina Rehab of Burke County.

Born July 20, 1942 in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of Letha Cunningham Heafner of Lincolnton and the late Lander Heafner Sr.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Gene Houser.

Mrs. Houser had retired from Century Furniture after 47 years of service and was an avid gardener.  She was a loving mother, daughter, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Along with her mother, she is survived by two sons, Rodney Houser and wife Vicki of Connelly Springs, Michael Houser and wife Teresa of Connelly Springs; two brothers: Rev. Lander Heafner Jr. and wife Polly of Crossnore, Tommy Heafner and wife Beth of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Dawn, Ashley, Ryan, Kyle and Kelsey; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, 2013 in the chapel at Bass-Smith Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made in her honor to Burke County Hospice, 1729 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Linda Sue Heafner Houser and condolences may be left at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.


Vivian Robinson

Vivian Robinson, 87, passed away September 18, 2013, at Lincoln Nursing Center.

Born June 11, 1926 in Catawba County, Vivian was the daughter of Russell William Robinson and Maude Estelle Moody. Vivian married Johnny Lail on June 28, 1941 and had five children. She worked most of her life building furniture at Hutton Bourbonnais Company. Vivian will be remembered by her family and friends as a fun, caring and compassionate person who had a feisty personality and a smile that would melt your heart. Her spirit, humor and love for family and friends will surely be missed and those who were lucky enough to have known her will forever be blessed.

The family would like to express a heart felt appreciation to the wonderful staff at Lincoln Nursing Center for their friendship and loving care provided to “Aunt Vivian” during the past six years.

In addition to her parents and husband, Vivian was preceded in death by three of her children, Brady, Dewey and Macie Lail, her sister, Nora Lanier and her good friend, Mildred Shanks.

Vivian is survived by her brother, Ronald Jannette and wife, Diana; sister, Gladys Bentley; niece, Donna Mayhew and her husband, Trey; daughter, Juanita Huffman and her husband, George; son, Clyde Lail and his wife Vanessa, many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren, that she loved dearly.

Vivian’s funeral will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Macedonia Baptist Church, located at 5286 E. Hwy. 150 in Lincolnton, with Dr. Randy Setzer officiating. A private burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Hickory. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Macedonia Baptist Church, 5286 E. Highway 150, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia.

A guest registry is available at greenefuneral.com.


Joseph ‘Joe’ Scott Jr.

Joseph “Joe” Scott Jr., 66, of Conover, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

Born October 11, 1946 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the Joseph William Scott and Evelyn Helms Scott.

Joe was a member of Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover and was a maintenance supervisor at Broyhill.  A Vietnam Veteran, Joe retired as Sergeant in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Scott.

Left to cherish his memory, in addition to his parents, are his loving wife of 32 years, Lizbeth Scott; son, William “Billy” Scott of Newton; daughters, Teresa Scott of Statesville, Sabrina Ellis, Nancy Oxenford and husband, Eric; grandchildren, Ashely L. Lipford, Abby Oxenford, Shane Oxenford; brothers, Randy Eugene Scott and wife, Mary of Maiden, Ernest Dean Scott and wife, Mary of Conover, Steve Scott  of Hiddenite; nephews, Brad Scott, Gregg Scott, Brian Scott, and Brandon Scott.

A Service of Remembrance will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, with Pastor Ruffin Snow officiating. The family will receive family and friends following the service at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be made to the Humane Society of Catawba County, P.O. Box 63, Hickory, NC  28603, or a charity of your choice.

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

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


Ed Brooks Snipes

Ed Brooks Snipes, 65, of Lincolnton died Friday, September 13, 2013 at his residence. Born in Burke County on August 29, 1948, he was the son of the late Richard Brooks Snipes and Ethel Verlene Cline Snipes. Ed was a member of West Side Community Church and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a loving, wonderful, beautiful husband, and was known as “Honey” by his grandkids. He enjoyed computers and was a fan and collector of NASCAR memorabilia.

Ed is survived by wife, Maria “Lupe” Pizano Snipes of the home; son, Carlos Miranda and his wife, Ashley of Lincolnton; daughters, Janeth Miranda and husband, Armando of Morganton and Laura Santamaria and husband, Julio of Va.; cousins, Laura Butler and husband, Randy of Cary, and Nancy Burns and husband, Bill of Drexel; and aunts and uncles, Claris and Benjamin Snipes, Kay and the Rev. Charles Lethcoe, Carol and Stephen Peck, and Francis Snipes; and six grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by a cousin, Harriet Patricia “Pete” Snipes.

Cryptside services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with Dr. Jack Ford officiating. Military honors will be provided by the N.C. National Guard and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westside Community Church, 2500 Crescent Lane, Gastonia, NC 28034.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Condolences may be made online at www.sossomanfuneralservice.com.


Donald Mace 

Donald Dean Mace, 75, of Maiden died September 19, 2013.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Burke Mortuary in Maiden.


William Douglas ‘Doug’ Brice

William Douglas “Doug” Brice, 58, of Maiden died September 12, 2013.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Maiden Chapel Baptist Church.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  The interment will be in the church cemetery.

Goodin-Drum Funeral Home is serving the Brice family.


Helen Stephens Howie

Helen Stephens Howie, 74, of Stanley died September 16, 2013.

A graveside service will be held at 12 noon on September 18, 2013 in the Martha’s Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Howie family.


Joanne Camelle Shelton

Joanne Camelle Shelton age 81 of Lincolnton died on September 18, 2013.

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



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