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Obituaries — 4-16-14


Jeffrey Dean Thomas

CROUSE — Jeffrey Dean Thomas, age 34, of Crouse died Sunday, April 13, 2014.  He was born on May 26, 1979 in Gaston County, to Harold Dean Sain Thomas of Crouse and the late Jerry Carlton Thomas. He was a graduate of West Lincoln High School. He participated in basketball with the Optimist Club and was on the wrestling team in junior high.  He was an avid Baseball Card collector and loved music.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister, Jennifer Frady and her husband, Greg Frady of Bessemer City; brother, Vincent Sain of Crouse; grandmothers, Louise Thomas and Beulah Mears both of Cherryville; and three nephews, Kolton, Matthew, and Wesley Frady.

Funeral services will be held April 18, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral & Cremation Services with Rev. Leonard Bumgardner officiating. Burial will follow at City Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Christian Ministry, PO Box 423, Lincolnton, NC 28093.

Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net

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


Boyd Herbert Thornton

MAIDEN — Boyd Herbert Thornton, age 91, of Maiden passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. He was born March 28, 1923 in Catawba County to the late John Thornton and Pearl Boyd Thornton. He was a member of Memorial United Church of Christ in Maiden, a World War II Army Veteran receiving the Purple Heart, and owner of Boyd’s Used Car Sales and Parts.

He is survived by one daughter, Diane Guy and her husband Michael of Lincolnton; one grandson, David Guy and his wife Martha; one granddaughter, Rhonda Crossingham and her husband Charles Jr.; two sisters, Ruby Biggerstaff and Irene Hinson; four great grandchildren, Ashley Guy, Maria Gomez, Charles Crossingham III, and Jordan Branick and her husband Shep.

A funeral service will be held Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Goodin-Drum Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. prior to the service. The interment will be at St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ Cemetery. Reverend Ronnie W. Parker will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Memorial United Church of Christ, 201 East Main Street, Maiden, NC 28650 or to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3575 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Online condolences may be made at www.goodindrumfuneralhome.com.

Goodin-Drum Funeral Home, Maiden is serving the Thornton family.


Joann Fisher Wright Norton

Joann Fisher Wright Norton, age 73 of 200 Norton Dr. Stony Point, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Taylorsville House from an extended illness. She was born in Lincoln County on February 22, 1941 to the late RF Fisher and Willie Mae Canipe Fisher. Mrs. Norton was a member of Stony Point Baptist Church and was involved with the children worship.

Along with her parents, Mrs. Norton was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Fisher and Barney Fisher.

Those left to cherish her memory include are her husband, Lynn Norton of the home; two daughters, Barbie Darcy of Palm Beach Garden, Fla. and Teresa Harrington (Ricky) of Hiddenite; one son, Trey Norton (Nicole) of Stony Point; three stepsons, Howard (Martha) Norton of Stony Point, Jimmy Norton of Stony Point, Alan (Roxann) Norton of Hiddenite; sister, Evelyn Isaac of Lincolnton; two aunts, Aleta McAlister of Lincolnton and Elise Brown of Lincolnton; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Stony Point Baptist Church. Rev. Phil Addison, Rev. Sidney Norton and Rev. Wayne Norton officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. prior to the service.

Pallbearers were Zane Harrington, Travis Harrington, TJ Norton, Timmy Norton, Darrell Isaac and Terry Benton.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Taylorsville House, 350 School Drive, Taylorsville, NC 28681 and Iredell Hospice, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

Condolences may be e-mailed to the Norton family by visiting our website at http://www.chapmanfuneralhome.com/.

Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Joann Fisher Wright Norton.


Melba Jean Davis Gray

JEFFERSON — Melba Jean Davis Gray, age 74, of Jefferson, died on Friday, April 11, 2014.

Her funeral service was 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Goss officiating. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family received friends from noon until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. Gray was born September 7, 1939, in Geneva County, Ala. to the late Wolford and Cora Smith Davis. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, James Grover Gray and three brothers, Wesley Davis, Kenneth Davis, and Billy Davis. She worked as a hairstylist.

She is survived by son, Jim Ward and wife Michelle of Fredricksburg, Va.; daughter, Jo Tiffany Wells and husband Fred of Matthews; stepson, Daryl Gray of Maiden; two stepdaughters, Judy Gray of Maiden and Rita Gray of Columbus, Ga.; five grandchildren, Jon Ward, Jordan Seagle, Keesha McCall, Andy Hurst, and Jamie Mitchem; and five great-grandchildren, Gavin Green, Carleigh Green, Brooke Mitchem, Autumn Mitchem, and Landon Hurst.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society of America, 4530 Park Road, Suite 240, Charlotte, NC 28209.

Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton served the Gray family.


Faye Johnson Thomas

Faye Johnson Thomas, 71, of Bessemer City died April 13, 2013.

Visitation will be held today from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Hollywood Cemetery in Gastonia.

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is serving the Thomas family.


Artis Withers

Artis Withers, 79, of Maiden died April 12, 2014.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. April 15, 2014 at E. F. Drum Funeral Home. The interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

E. F. Drum Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Withers family.


Lisa Kathryn Hayes Rader

Lisa Kathryn Hayes Rader, 55, of Maiden died April 12, 2014.

A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden. The family will receive friends following the service.

Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Rader family.


James D. Smith

James Donald Smith, 76, of Newton died April 15, 2014.

A funeral service will be held on April 17, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Newton. Burial will follow at Conover City Cemetery with graveside honors by American Legion Post 16 of 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 Smith family.


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