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Obituaries — 9-27-13

Walter Warlick, Jr.

08/12/1925 – 9/26/2013

Walter Theodore Warlick, Jr., 88, of 760 Rockdale Road, Vale, entered peacefully into life eternal on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at his home.

Walter was born in Cleveland County on August 12, 1925 to the late Walter Theodore Warlick, Sr. and Lessie Lawrence Downs Warlick.

He served in the US Navy during World War II on a destroyer escort vessel in the European Theater.  He returned home and started the family business, Warlick Brothers Dairy, Inc.
Walter was a life-long active member of Norman’s Grove Baptist Church.  He served his church in numerous capacities including deacon, church secretary and Sunday school teacher.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brother, Robert Warlick.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Ida Iwilla “Witts” Mull Warlick; four daughters, Jane Moss and husband Steen of Denver, Lois Lineberger and husband Bob of Lincolnton, Gail Anthony and husband Linny of Vale and Beth Bechtold and husband, Karl of Newton; six grandchildren, Carrie Moss Morgan and husband Pat, Will Lineberger and wife Alesha, Mary Heather Lineberger and Lydia Lineberger, Sarah Katlyn Anthony, and Walt Elmore;  two great-grandchildren; Anderson Lineberger and Sawyer Morgan; two brothers, Ray Warlick of Vale and Troy Warlick of Casar; four sisters, Mary Lou Davis of Shelby, Cecelia Miller of Lenior, Margaret Harbison of Webster Grove, MO and Phyllis Miller of Huntersville.

Visitation will be 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, September 27, 2013 at Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Norman’s Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Huss and Rev. Cecil Buff officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Norman’s Grove Baptist Church, 309 Casar-Belwood Road, Lawndale, NC 28090 or to the Donors Choice.

A guest register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements by Stamey Funeral Home, Fallston.


Thomas Herbert ‘Tripp’ Godfrey III

WEST COLUMBIA — Thomas Herbert “Tripp” Godfrey III, 53, of West Columbia, died Wednesday, September 25, 2013.  He was born in Charlotte on November 10, 1959.  Tripp was very involved with His House Ministries for the past 15 years, enjoyed reading, fishing, and was a history buff.  He loved sports and was a big Clemson fan.

Survivors include his parents, Thomas H. Godfrey Jr. and Anne Marie Fitzgerald Godfrey; mother, Glenda Garrett; brothers, Eric (Linda) Godfrey of Atlanta, John (Becky) Godfrey of Charlotte, Joe (Julie) Godfrey of Greensboro, Mack (Tina) Godfrey of Stokesdale, and Sean Grant of Seneca, S.C.; as well as nine nieces and nephews; and two great nephews.

The funeral service for Mr. Godfrey will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013, at the Meeting Street Chapel, 775 Meeting St, West Columbia, with The Rev. Roger Weaver officiating. A graveside service will follow at 4:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church Cemetery, 6230 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC.  The family will greet friends following the burial service.

Warlick Funeral Home is assisting the family with local arrangements.

Memorials may be made to His House Ministries, 764 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC 29169 or to Palmetto Health Hospice, c/o Palmetto Health Foundation, PO Box 602575, Charlotte, NC 28260-2575.

Memories and condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com.


Jessie Mae Bradley Griffin

Jessie Mae Griffin, age 90, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 to join the Lord, her husband, and her family that passed before her.

Her funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Ingle officiating.  Burial will follow in the Pineville City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

She was a lifelong resident of High Shoals and Lincolnton.  She was born on April 13, 1923 to the late Oscar and Bertha Bradley.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry R. Griffin, a daughter, (Penny) Delores Richard, son-in-law, Larry Richard, son, Ronald Griffin, grandson, Alan T. Richard, and three siblings.

Jessie leaves behind to cherish her memory, her son, Tony A. Griffin (Cathi); four grandson, Brian Griffin, Marc Griffin (Amber), Bradley Richard, and Jon Richard; and six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Linc Meals, P.O. Box 423, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Griffin family.


Gerald Eugene Neff Jr.

Mr. Gerald Eugene Neff Jr., age 63, of 3694 Summerow Road in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Harvest Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Webb officiating.

Gerald was born February 4, 1950 in Parkersburg, W.Va. to Gerald Eugene Neff Sr. and the late Betty Lou Pratt Neff.  He worked as a shipping supervisor for Packaging Unlimited.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Sachariat Neff of the home; two sons, Scott Neff and wife Casey and Tim Neff and wife Sarah, all of Mansfield, Ohio; one daughter, Kimberly Neff of Cleveland; father, Gerald E. Neff Sr. of Sandusky, Ohio; one stepson, Curt Stauffer and wife Lavonne of Shreve, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Jill Stauffer Wright and husband David of Atwater, Ohio; two brothers, David Neff of Ashland, Ohio and Gary Neff of Mansfield, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and eight step-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Harvest Baptist Church, 3205 Zion Church Road, Hickory, NC  28602.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Neff family.


Thomas F. Parker

Thomas Flint Parker, 78, of Maiden died September 25, 2013.

A funeral service will be held September 29, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel, Newton. Burial will follow at Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery in Newton. The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Parker family.


Tracy Earl Thomas

Tracy Earl Thomas, 74, of Newton died September 25, 2013.

The funeral service will be held September 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Unity Missionary Baptist Church, Hickory. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Newton. 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 Thomas family.


Henry Alan Hamrick

Henry Alan Hamrick, 55, of Hampstead, formerly of Maiden died September 22, 2013.

No services are planned.


Joanne Camelle Shelton

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

A memorial service will be held September 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Ebony & White’s Funeral Service. The family will receive friends in the chapel at 10:30 a.m.

Ebony & White’s Funeral Service is serving the Herndon/Shelton family.


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