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Obituaries — 6-25-14

Philip Olin Gentry
Philip Olin Gentry, age 92, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, June 23, 2014.
His funeral service will be 2 p.m. today in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Mr. Gentry was born in Winston-Salem on June 27, 1922, son of the late Robert Joshua Gentry and Amanda Liggins Gentry. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Claude Leonard Gentry, and sister, Margaret Gentry Parker.
Phil was a devoted Christian, who served in the church in various capacities over the years, including deacon, minister of music, and Sunday School teacher.
Phil was a pioneer in the design and construction of steel frame commercial and residential buildings.
He was a proud Marine who served in World War II in the South Pacific.
Phil had many hobbies, which included being an avid golfer, private airplane pilot, painter, poet, and he has written his autobiography.
He is survived by his wife, Gail Blevins Gentry of Lincolnton; two sons, Phil Gentry Jr. and wife Sue Johnson Gentry of Kannapolis, Robert (Bobby) Gentry and wife Christi Taylor Gentry of Cherryville; four grandsons, Garrett, Josh, Clint, and Ian Gentry; granddaughter, Hollyn Gentry; two great-grandsons, Parker and Grant Gentry; and two great-granddaughters, Chloe and Olivia Gentry.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Donita Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Gentry family.

W.S. ‘Scratch’ Whisnant
MAIDEN — William Samuel Whisnant, 87, of Maiden passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 at Cardinal Healthcare & Rehab, Lincolnton.
Born March 8, 1927 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Ernest Whisnant and Maude Wise Whisnant.
William, known to everyone as “Scratch”, was a member of the Denver Masonic Lodge; he was a World War II veteran of the US Navy and built and owned Shuffle Town Drag Strip.
In addition to his parents, wife, Mildred Whisnant, and a sister, Betty Broome preceded him in death.
Survivors include two nephews, Charlie Miller and wife Linda of Lincolnton, Don Broome of Lincolnton; one niece, Debbie Harbinson and husband, Donnie of Crouse; special friends, Bob Lawson, Jim Beal, Jean Beal and Worth Black.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Lawings Chapel Baptist Church in Maiden with Rev. Stephen Rector officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. at the church.
Memorials may be made to: Lawings Chapel Baptist Church, 4637 Lawings Chapel Church Rd., Maiden, NC 28650.
Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences.
Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Whisnant family.

Leila Wise Carpenter
Leila Wise Carpenter, age 97, of the Heath House in Lincolnton, and formerly of 4732 Reepsville Road in Vale, died on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014, at Daniels Lutheran Church with Rev. Lewis Murdoch officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Friday in the church sanctuary.
Mrs. Carpenter was born September 21, 1916, in Lincoln County, to the late Evan and Prue Gilbert Wise. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband Frank Y. Carpenter; a sister; and two brothers. She worked as a hosiery inspector.
She is survived by two sons, Marshall Dean Carpenter and wife Janice of Vale and James F. Carpenter and wife Ovilla of Auburn, Ala.; six grandchildren, Lynn Thompson of Wilson, Mike Carpenter of Sammamish, Wash., Laurie Heavner of Lincolnton, Bruce Carpenter of Birmingham, Ala., Amy Watson of Gainesville, Fla. and Bennett Carpenter of Auburn, Ala.; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Daniels Lutheran Church Building Fund, 3290 Reepsville Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Carpenter family.

Tony Trent Reynolds
KINGS MOUNTAIN — Tony Trent Reynolds, age 60, a resident of Hickory died Sunday, June 22, 2014 after an extended illness at his residence. Born in Cleveland County he was the son of the late Carolyn Dover Reynolds. He was a member of the Lutheran faith.
Survivors include daughter, Sabrea Reynolds of Hickory; father, Jack J. Reynolds of Denver; brother, Jackie Reynolds and wife Mary of Denver; grandchildren, Cory Pitts, Joshua Reynolds, Tyler Pitts, Brandon Pitts; niece, Kelly Seigler and husband Chad of Stanley; and nephew, Brian Reynolds of Huntersville.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014 at Ollie Harris Memorial Chapel. Rev. Josh Tucker, officiating. Interment will be at Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain with visitation to follow.
Guest register is available at www.harrisfunerals.com
Harris Funeral Home, Kings Mountain is serving the Reynolds family.

Rev. Oliver H. Perry
Culminating his long and fruitful labors in the U.S. and beyond, Rev. Oliver H. Perry (October 16, 1922 – June 21, 2014) departed this life after a battle with cancer.
A career in the U.S. Army took him to France and Austria during World War II.
After the war, Oliver continued the life of self-restraint in seminary training and with his wife pastoring a few churches in the Midwest. Later with four children, the Perry’s went to San José, Costa Rica, in 1954-55, and thereafter to Honduras where with five they continued the lifelong commitment to equip national believers to carry on the work of Christian missions, discipleship and service. As a result of Oliver and Mary’s pioneering spirit, today there are dozens of congregations, a Christian School that bears his name, and a water purification plant—all located throughout the Aguan River Valley of north central Honduras.
Likewise, there are countless believers in various parts of the United States and Puerto Rico whose vibrant spiritual life in Christ came about through the testimony of their friend Oliver Perry. In recent years, one could find him about town singing or whistling the great old hymns of the faith. To speak of the Lord Jesus and His love has been his passion ‘til his dying breath.
Oliver is survived by his wife of 68 years Mary E. Perry; five children, daughter Nancy Perry Beutel and her husband Dr. William D. Beutel, daughter Jeanette Perry Gray and her husband Charles R. Gray, son David Lee Perry, daughter Sarah Perry Major, and daughter Anita Perry Brennan and her husband Robert J. Brennan Jr.; 14 grandchildren, their spouses, and nine great grandchildren; two brothers, Ray C. Perry and his wife Sally, and Theodore S. Perry and his wife Marcella.
The funeral service will be held Friday, June 27, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the fellowship building at the church. Interment will be at the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Todd Garren will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mary E. Perry, c/o Freda Turnmire, Peoples Bank, 760 Hwy 27 W, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Online condolences may be made at www.efdrumfuneralhome.com.
E. F. Drum Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Perry family.

William George Moore
William George Moore, 70, of Lincolnton, passed away June 22, 2014 at the Robin Johnson House in Dallas. Mr. Moore was born October 24, 1943 in Lincoln County to the late Willard and Ruby Martin Moore. He was a US Navy veteran and a member of the VFW Post 1706, Lincolnton and was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis Atkins Moore and a son Chris T. Moore.
Survivors include his son Michael “Mike” Moore (Brandy); four sisters, Renee Moody, Jan Wolf, Glenda Parker and Brenda Holcomb; two brothers, Terry and Scott Moore and grandchildren Will and Aniston Moore along with several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
Memorial services will be conducted privately by the family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Robin Johnson House, PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Arrangements handled by Benson Funeral & Cremation Services, Mt. Holly. www.bensonfuneralservices.com

Marion David Head
Marion David Head, age 85, of 3618 Highway 27, East, in Lincolnton, died on Monday, June 23, 2014.
His funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rick Sigmon officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. this evening at Warlick Funeral Home.
Mr. Head was born May 10, 1929, in Hall County, Ga., to the late Tollie and Susie Self Head. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Hoard Head. He worked as a truck driver and security guard.
He is survived by three sons, Jesse Head of Charlotte, Michael Head and wife Maria of Lincolnton, and Robert Head of Kansas City, Mo.; one step-grandson, Jonathan Helms; three grandchildren, David Head, Michelle Head Johnson, and Mary Head Thomas; and five great-grandchildren.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Head family.

Clara Maria Gilbert Long
Clara Maria Gilbert Long, age 67, of 1444 Rhodes Rhyne Road in Lincolnton, died on Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Her funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Marie Dunn officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Mrs. Long was born July 5, 1946, in Catawba County, to the late Gaither Henderson and Iller Mae Martin Gilbert. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Lester Long Jr. She worked as a spinner.
She is survived by two sons, Larry Long and Billy Long, both of Lincolnton; one daughter, Wanda Chandler of Gastonia; three brothers, Jerry Gilbert of Vale, Wayne Gilbert and Tommy Gilbert, both of Lincolnton; two sisters, Ricky Barjet of Lincolnton and Annaleigh Whisnant of Cooksville; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Robin Johnson Hospice House, 258 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28054.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Long family.

Lois Marie Martin Little
Lois Marie Martin Little, age 72, of Carillon Assisted Living, and formerly of 3300 Hoffman Acres Street in Lincolnton, died on Tuesday, June 24, 2014.
Funeral services to celebrate Lois’ life will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Darrell Bost officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. this evening at Warlick Funeral Home.
Mrs. Little was born June 25, 1941, in Danville, Va., to the late Guy Clayton and Bertha McGrady Martin. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband Buster Lee Little, and a great-grandson, Samuel Talbert.
Lois was well loved by everyone with her cheerful personality and was well liked by all. She was an amazing mother to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as they were growing up, guiding them with encouragement, support and an enduring love that only grew stronger in their adult life, enjoying precious times together.
Lois was a fun, kind, compassionate and generous person with a bright, winning smile, an engaging sense of humor and a quiet, gentle spirit that drew people to her. Losing her leaves a big void in our hearts forever. There is comfort now in knowing she is in her heavenly home with her husband, Buster, in the presence of Jesus, and now has been eternally healed.
She is survived by a dedicated, loving family: son, Jody Lee Little of Maiden; two daughters, Melinda L. Finger and husband Bo of Lincolnton and Franda L. Ballard and husband Greg of Mooresville; one sister, Loretta Martin of Maiden; three brothers, David Martin of Hardin, Tommy Martin of Manchester, NH, and Buddy Martin of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, Jennifer Talbert, Geoffrey Ballard, and Paul Finger III; and two great-grandchildren, Kortlyn Ballard and Olive Talbert.
The family wishes to give heartfelt thanks for the excellent, loving care Lois received from the kind, professional staff of Carillon Assisted Living and Hospice of Lincoln County.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Donita Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, P.O. Box 60144, Charlotte, NC 28260-1444.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Little family.

Franklin Delano Boggs
Franklin Delano Boggs, 77, of Claremont died June 20, 2014.
A funeral service will be held June 27, 2014 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Claremont. Burial will follow in Claremont City Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends Friday from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Boggs family.

Katrina Marie Ledford Welch
Katrina Marie Ledford Welch, 41, of Lincolnton died on June 24, 2014.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 26, 2014 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Welch family.

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