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Obituaries 2-28-14


Beth Lynn Watts Wise

Beth Lynn Watts Wise, 72, of 288 Lantern Ridge Drive, formerly of Gaffney, passed away at her residence.

Born in Lockhart, she was the daughter of the late Otha Pleasant (O.P.) Watts and Pauline Elizabeth McCracken Wise.  Beth was a graduate of Shelby High School and Shelby Beauty College.  She was an avid book reader, had several books up for publishing, and retired from Timken in Lincolnton.

Surviving is a son, Kevin Scott Davis of Lake Lure; two brothers, Stanley Watts of Boiling Springs and Larry Watts of Charlotte; two sisters, Sue W. Kendrick of Gaffney, S.C. and Brenda W. Hamrick of Boiling Springs; grandson, Casey Davis; two great-grandchildren; a precious cat, Gabrielle. She was preceded in death by a sister, Joanna W. Sanders and a brother, Cecil Watts.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

The family will be at their respective homes.

An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhome.com.

Blakely Funeral Home & Crematory, Gaffney, S.C. is serving the Wise family.


Betty Jo Barger

Betty Jo Barger, 74, of Lincolnton, passed away February 26, 2014, at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a survivor of breast cancer for 35 years.

Her funeral service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Pisgah United Methodist Church in Lincolnton with Rev. Dr. Judy Eurey officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Betty Jo was born September 23, 1939, in Lincoln County to the late Joe Mull and Ruby Ingle Mull. She graduated from Lincolnton High School in 1958. She then graduated from Gastonia Beauty College, becoming a beautician. She also worked at Gibbs Underwear, and later as a vendor with Canteen Vending Company at La-Z-Boy Furniture.

Her hobbies were acrylic painting, handmade crafts, and helping with senior citizens, especially the “Happy Timers” at Pisgah United Methodist Church, where she served as both president and vice-president. She was a former children’s teacher, as well as co-leader of the junior UMYF. She was a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Women where for several years she served as president. She belonged to the Long Shoals Extension Club for over 30 years. She also volunteered at the ECA in the Citizens Center. She also helped with the senior craft show at Boger City United Methodist Church for many years.

Betty Jo enjoyed traveling with her husband to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Atlanta, Ga., and the outer banks of N.C. Her most recent trip was to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. in December of last year.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Daniel (Danny) Barger Sr.; three sons, Adrian Barger and wife Lisa, Daniel Barger Jr. and wife Tracy, and Nelson Barger and wife Kendra; five grandchildren, Caitlin Barger, Victoria Barger, Noah Barger, Rachel Barger, and Abigail Barger; two sisters, Faye Leatherman and Mary Alice Summey; and one brother, Eddie Mull of Red Oak, Tex.

Memorials may be made to Pisgah United Methodist Church, 2582 Gastonia Highway, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Hospice of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Barger family.


Vicki Lynn Crockett Simons

Vicki Lynn Crockett Simons, 48, of Maiden died February 25, 2014.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. on March 1, 2014 at Open Word Holiness Church.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Simons family.


Debra Anne Simmons

Debra Anne Simmons, 53, of Vale died February 25, 2014.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Simmons family.


Jack Evan Bingham

Jack Evan Bingham, 75, of Dallas died February 27, 2014.

At the request of Mr. Bingham there will be no services scheduled.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Bingham family.


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