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Obituaries — 12-16-13

Robert (Son) Edward Killian

Robert (Son) Edward Killian, 86, of Kingwood, Tex., passed away August 19, 2013. He was born January 24, 1927 in Lincoln County, the only child of the late Ransom and Bess Killian.

Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Frances (Tinka) Tilson Killian. He is also survived by his five children, Sandi Rogers, Donna Murray, Cindy Klausmeyer and her husband, Kevin, Robert Killian Jr. and his wife, Elanna, and Debbie Shrader and her husband, Tom, all of the Houston area; eight grandchildren, Justin Rogers, Michael and Lauren Klausmeyer, Clint Killian and his wife, Brittany of Oak Hill, Fla., Cheska, Chyler, and Colton Killian, and Zachary Shrader; three great grandchildren, Tristan and Cody Rogers and Corbin Killian.

Bob graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1944. While in high school he was President of the school band, Editor in Chief of the Pine Burr, VP of the Student Government, and a member of the National Honor Society, the debate team and the basketball team. He was voted “Most Studious” by his graduating classmates. Bob served in the army in Italy from 1945-1946. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Business Administration degree in 1951. Bob spent his entire career with General Electric Credit Corporation before retiring as a Regional Manager at the age of 62.

Bob was always an avid Tarheel fan. To honor Bob’s love of UNC, family members wore Carolina Blue clothing at his funeral. His other interests included golf, travel, reading, and spending time at their lake house on Lake Livingston, Tex.

Bob was a wonderful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be deeply missed by all.

Bob’s funeral was held Aug. 31, 2013 at Kingwood Funeral Home in Kingwood, Tex.

More info at kingwoodfuneralhome.com.


Elizabeth Schrum Little

Elizabeth Schrum Little, age 90, of Lincolnton died Saturday December 14, 2013.

Her funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Michael Collins officiating, burial will follow in the Old White Church Cemetery across the street from Emmanuel Lutheran. The family will receive friends Wednesday at the church from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. in the North Wing of Emmanuel Lutheran Church prior to the service.

Mrs. Little was a native of Catawba County born on July 27, 1923, daughter of the late Everette and Bessie Boyd Schrum. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles S. Little Sr. Lib grew up on a small farm north of Lincolnton, was a cheerleader at Lincolnton High School when she met Charles. She graduated from UNC-Greensboro and worked as an executive secretary in Charlotte and Lincolnton area. Lib was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, DAR, several Bridge and Dinner Clubs. She adored her granddaughters and her adopted Abernethy family, especially her “God Children.” She loved spending summers at her lake house.

Survivors include one son, Smitty Little and wife Gail Mauney Little of Lincolnton; two granddaughters Danielle Little Ryan and husband Evan of Maui, Hawaii and Jessica B. Little and friend Wesley Baker of Sherrill’s Ford; one sister, Jeanne S. Calhoun and husband Phillip of Columbia S.C.; two nephews, Robert Calhoun and wife Christie and Matthew Calhoun and wife Lori; one niece, Elizabeth Calhoun Greene and husband Rick; six great nieces and nephews all of Columbia, S.C.

Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 216 South Aspen St., Lincolnton, N.C. 28092 or to Charity of one’s choice.

The family will be at the home of the son Smitty and Gail Little, South Poplar St., Lincolnton.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Little family.


Joe George Painter

Joe George Painter, age 78, of Maiden passed away Friday, December 13, 2013 at his residence.

Born April 24, 1935 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Franklin Thomas Painter and the late Fannie Cooke Painter. Joe attended May’s Chapel United Methodist Church, worked in furniture, and was a farmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Albert, Dock, JC Painter; and a sister, Carrie Beard.

He is survived by: wife of 57 years: Betty Wise Painter; three sons: Randy George Painter and wife Malinda of Maiden, Nathan Eric Painter and wife Tracy of Maiden, Joseph Matthew Painter and wife Andrea of Maiden; daughter: Darla Joe Smith and husband Bobby of Maiden; brother: James Painter of Maiden; two sisters: Dorothy Mae Brown of Stanley, Irene Reep of Claremont; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews

The funeral service will be held today at 3 p.m. at May’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Maiden with Rev. Byron Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County or May’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences online.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Painter family.


Anna Mae Welch Ross

Anna Mae Welch Ross, 91, of Bessemer City died December 13, 2013.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. today at Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday at Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Ross family.


Bessie D. Wilkinson

Bessie Drum Wilkinson, 72, of Maiden died December 11, 2013.

A private graveside service for the family was held on December 13, 2013 at Mt. Anderson Baptist Cemetery, Maiden.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden served the Wilkinson family.


Mary Mullen Black

Mary Mullen Black, 92, of Cherryville December 13, 2013.

Funeral services will be held December 22, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in the Black family cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45p.m. at the church prior to the service.

Carpenter’s Funeral & Cremation Services, Cherryville is serving the Black family.








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