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Obituaries — 2-7-14

Pauline Virginia Dysart

Pauline Virginia Dysart, age 95, of the Brian Center in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

A graveside service was held 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Hollybrook Cemetery with Rev. Robert Redding officiating. The family will received friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. on Thursday at Warlick Funeral Home.

Pauline was born September 22, 1918, in Lincoln County to the late Sidney Alton and Jeanette Withers Hutchins. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a son, David Dysart; two sisters, Willie Jean Abernethy and Bonnie Locklear. She worked as a clerk for Grants Department Store.

She is survived by two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Pat Dysart; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Boger City Baptist Church, 2201 E. Main Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Dysart family.


Charles Stephen ‘Steve’ Piercy

Charles Stephen “Steve” Piercy, 71, of Smyrna went to be with his heavenly father on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Steve was born October 12, 1942 to the late Charles Setzer Piercy and the late Marjorie Hilton Piercy of Maiden.

Steve attended Appalachian State University and Gaston College. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He worked for the NC Wildlife Resource Commission and received the Governor’s Award in 1982. Steve also worked for Duke Power in law enforcement. He worked with the NC Sportsmens Club and Youth. He served as president of the Lincolnton Sportsmen’s Club and was awarded the Lincoln County Sportsman of the Year in 1999. Steve loved the outdoors and all kinds of wildlife. He enjoyed playing golf and loved the beach.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Setzer Piercy of the home; daughter, Angela Piercy Glenn and son-in law, Steve Glenn of Harleysville, Pa.; granddaughter, Jaden Rylie Glenn, she was his pride and joy! He also is survived by three sisters, Virginia “Ginny” Quintero and brother-in law, Richard of Silver Spring, MD, Denise Campbell and brother-in law, James of Maiden, Debbie Poovey and brother-in law; Karry, of Maiden; brother, David Piercy and sister-in-law, Vickie; mother-in law, Frances Setzer of Newton; brother-in law Donnie Setzer and wife Pat of Newton; sister-in law, Janie Isenhour and husband Morris of Newton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Marshallberg with the Rev. Karen Howell officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Trinity UMC Building Fund, P.O. Box 66, Marshallberg, NC 28553.

Brooks Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. of Morehead City is serving the Piercy family.


Mildred Dalzie Goodson Ramsey

Mildred Dalzie Goodson Ramsey, age 82, passed away peacefully on February 3, 2014, at Seasons at Southpoint in Durham.

Mrs. Ramsey was the daughter of the late Lilburn Kenneth Goodson and Ethel Ballard Goodson and grew up in Lincolnton. She was Valedictorian of her high school class of 1948 at Rock Springs High School and married the class Salutatorian, James (Jim) Earl Ramsey, Jr., on May 15, 1952.

Together they shared many adventures, starting in Ft. Campbell, Ky. where Jim was stationed in the U.S. Army and in Pittsburgh, PA, where they moved for Jim’s first job assignment with Westinghouse Electric Corporation. In 1955 they moved to Raleigh, where Mildred was devoted to raising her three children. Jim and Mildred enjoyed traveling and over the years they visited many foreign countries and all 50 states. They were married for 49 years prior to Jim’s death in 2001.

While a lifelong Baptist, Mildred faithfully attended and supported Westover United Methodist Church in Raleigh for more than 50 years, singing in the choir, working with the United Methodist Women’s group, keeping the nursery, baking, cooking, volunteering in the church’s State Fair booth, record-keeping and serving other needs of the church over the years. She stayed busy outside the church as well, serving as a volunteer at Rex Hospital and Wake Medical Center for many years, delivering mail and flowers and comforting patients and families. She was especially close to her own extended family, including her four sisters and brother and their 12 children. She did not forget her older relatives in their frailer years, often making the three-hour trip from home to visit them. Mildred loved to spend time with her grandchildren, answering the call to babysit on many occasions.

Surviving are her two daughters and a son: Linda R. Goldston (David), Janet F. Ramsey (Neil O’Toole), and Nelson W. Ramsey (Kathleen Muga), all from the Triangle area. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Gregory O’Toole, Patrick Goldston, Kelly Goldston, Ava Ramsey and Matthew Ramsey and by her sisters, Joy Keever Hager, of Lincolnton and Alice Jean Beidleman of Concord as well as 11 nieces and nephews.

The Reverend Claire Clyburn will conduct a celebration of life service on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Mitchell’s Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh. Visitation will be held one hour before the service. Interment at Raleigh Memorial Park will follow the service.

The family would like to express appreciation to the staff of Seasons at Southpoint Memory Care Community in Durham for their attentive and compassionate care of Mildred during the past three and a half years and to Heartland Hospice Care of Raleigh for their care during the last days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westover United Methodist Church at www.WestoverUMC.org, Heartland Hospice Care at www.HeartlandHospice.com, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences: www.MitchellatRMP.com

Mitchell Funeral Home, Raleigh is serving the Ramsey family.


Lois Cline Snipes

Lois Cline Snipes, age 96, of Newton passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton. Born March 5, 1917 in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Otha and Callie Brotherton Cline. Lois was a member of First United Methodist Church in Newton.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Esley Snipes; son, Ernest Snipes; seven sisters, Evelyn Campbell, Challie Bain, Avis Little, Vera Caldwell, Helen Campbell, Juanita Drum and Jeanette Black.

She is survived by son, Jacel Snipes of Sherrills Ford; sister, Josephine Little of Newton; five grandchildren, Ellen Snipes Smith of Laurinburg, Ann Snipes Ballard Quinn of Kernersville, Kelly Snipes Johnson of Lincolnton, Shannon Snipes Harmon of Sherrills Ford and Krista Snipes Rogers of Newton; nine great grandchildren

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church in Lincolnton with Rev. David Greene officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the church, prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to:  First United Methodist Church in Newton.

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

Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Snipes family.


Ruth Cash Stroup

Ruth Cash Stroup, age 88, of Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.

Her funeral service will be 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2014, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Mike Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Hollybrook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. in the North wing of the church.

Ruth was born October 10, 1925, in Lincoln County to the late Matt and Prue Abernethy Cash.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, J. Paul Stroup; three brothers; and two sisters.

Ruth, and her husband Paul, operated their business together that was known as Stroup’s Soda Shop and later became known as Stroup’s Jewelers. Her hobbies included her love of fishing, especially at Chetola Lake in Blowing Rock, where she claimed her “own” fishing bench under the trees. She was an avid gardener, who could make anything grow from flowers to vegetables. She loved to cook for her family and enjoyed many years of participating in the growing up years of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by a daughter, Paulette Rudisill and husband Rudy of Lincolnton; a son, Joe Stroup and wife Janice of Lincolnton; a sister, Christine Morris of Conover; five grandchildren, David Byrd and wife Angie of Lincolnton, Paul Byrd and wife Jennifer of Lincolnton, Josh Stroup and wife Leanna of Lincolnton, Joel Stroup of Lincolnton, and Caleb Stroup of Grinnell, Iowa; and five great-grandchildren.

She also leaves behind many friends and family from her church, her clubs, and her friends at Carillon Assisted Living and Stroup’s Jewelers.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 216 S. Aspen Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Stroup family.


Phyllis Jeanette Watkins Thomas

Phyllis Jeanette Watkins Thomas, 72, of Morehead City, died Friday, January 31, 2014, at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, 920 Salter Path Road, Salter Path.

Mrs. Thomas was born on September 28, 1941 in Camden, S.C., to Ernest and Corrie Watkins.  She married the Rev. L. Everett Thomas on August 25, 1963 in Camden, S.C. Phyllis received a degree in psychology from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C., where she graduated with honors.

Phyllis worked as a Hospice Bereavement Coordinator in Lincolnton for many years.  She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Lincolnton, and later a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Asheboro. When she and Everett moved to Carteret County, she became a member of St. Francis by-the Sea Episcopal Church, where Everett was a rector.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. L. Everett Thomas, PhD, of Morehead City; daughter, Robin Thomas Lingle of Morehead City; son, Len Thomas and wife, Eva House of Oak Island; four grandchildren, Andrew Lingle, Shannon Jeanette Lingle, Samuel Lingle, and Emma Jeanette Thomas; sister, Virginia Gregory of Camden, S.C.

Her parents preceded her in death.

The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church for the construction of a Franciscan Votive Candle Stand sacred to her memory, P.O. Box 7, Salter Path, NC 28575.

Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Morehead City.

Access online obituary and Internet condolences through www.brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.


Violet Carpenter Kiser

Violet Carpenter Kiser, 94, of Bessemer City died February 6, 2014.

Funeral services will be held February 8, 2014 at Bethel Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends February 8, 2014 at the church from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

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


Dawn Lynn Brooks

Dawn Lynn Brooks, 44, of Denver died February 3, 2014.

Visitation will be today at 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at The Good Samaritan Funeral Home. A Celebration of Dawn’s life will be held at 11 a.m. February 8, 2014 at Denver United Methodist Church 3910 (Business) Highway 16 North Denver.

The Good Samaritan Funeral Home, Denver is serving the Brooks family.


Carlleen Murray Wike

Carlleen Murray Wike, 85, of Newton died February 3, 2014.

A service of remembrance will be held today at 4 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Newton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 2:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Newton.

Robert F. Bennett, Funeral Service Licensee, is serving the Wike family.




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