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Obituaries – 7-4-14

Helen Higdon Allison
Helen Higdon Allison, age 94, of Lincolnton died Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Autumn Care of Waynesville. She was born May 26, 1920 in Higdonville, in Macon County. She is the daughter of the late Dennis Cleveland Higdon and the late Ethel (Higdon) Higdon. On February 19, 1949, she married Claude Howard Allison. Helen was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, a step-son, Jack Howard Allison and wife, Judy, two brothers, Joe Higdon and Dennis Higdon Jr., and a sister, Nola Higdon Lilley.
Helen grew up in the community of Webster on Little Savannah and graduated from Webster High School in 1938. In 1942, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (then known as “Woman’s College”) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. From 1942–1949, she worked as a Home Demonstration Agent with the NC Extension Service in Swain and Henderson Counties. In August 1965, Helen was awarded a Master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance from Western Carolina University. She worked as a high school counselor in Gaston and Mecklenburg Counties until her retirement in 1985.
Helen was very active in her church and community, holding many offices of leadership and receiving many awards for excellence in service. After retirement, Helen returned to western North Carolina and resided in Sylva until 2000, when she moved to Crescent View Retirement Center in Arden. On April 9, 2008, Helen became the first resident at Carillon Assisted Living of Lincolnton. In 2009, Helen was crowned Senior Apple Queen of the Lincoln County Assisted Living Pageant. On April 26, 2014, Helen returned to her beloved mountains as a resident of Autumn Care Nursing and Rehabilitation, Waynesville.
Over the years, Helen’s hobbies included traveling internationally, swimming, card playing, bingo, church, and community service. Surviving Helen are her three daughters and their husbands, Chip and Jim Sitts of Morganton, Claudette and Vernon Scott of Lincolnton, Pam and Keith Shuler of Sylva; grandchildren, Allison Michelle Scott of Lincolnton, Alli Nicole Sitts of Morganton, Kathleen and Eddie Davis of Asheville, Cody and Melanie Allison of Nashville, Erin and Doug Mullins of Knoxville, Megan and Kylie Kalloway of Knoxville, and seven great-grandchildren, Madison, Aprille, Whitney and Peyton Davis, Maggie and Jack Allison, and Kayleigh Kalloway.
Memorials may be given to Samaritan’s Purse Livestock and Dairy Animals (www.samaritanspurse.org/donation-items/livestock-2), Four Seasons Hospice of Hendersonville (www.fourseasonscfl.org), First Presbyterian Church, General Fund, Sylva, NC or Covenant Bible Church Renovations Fund, POB 654, Lincolnton, NC 28093.
A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at Appalachian Funeral Services in Sylva on Saturday, July 5, 2014. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. with the service to begin at 2 p.m. A special graveside service will be in Keener Cemetery. Rev. Dave Herbertson of Lincolnton is officiating.
An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com.
Appalachian Funeral Service and Crematorium, Sylva is serving the Allison family.

Ronnie ‘Eddie’ Ballard
Mr. Ronnie “Eddie” Ballard, age 71, of the Brian Center, and formerly of the Heath House in Lincolnton, died on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 7, 2014, at Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rev. Ken Jones officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. on Monday at Warlick Funeral Home.
Mr. Ballard was born October 1, 1942, in Lincoln County, to the late James Edgar and Delcia Sneed Ballard. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Ballard. He worked in furniture manufacturing.
He is survived by a son, Ronnie Ballard of Lincolnton; three brothers, David L. Ballard and wife Jackie of Long Shoals, Donald Ballard and wife Jean, and Bill Ballard and wife Carolyn, all of Lincolnton; and his nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Ballard family.

Anthony ‘Tony’ Mark Black
CHERRYVILLE — Anthony “Tony” Mark Black, 58, of Tobe Bridge Rd., died Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Hospice at Wendover.
He was born on April 30, 1956 in Tacoma, Washington a son of the late Blanche Smith Black and Jack Black of Crouse. Tony was employed by American Efrid as Department Manager and formerly employed by the Carlton Mill.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Hospice at Wendover for their loving care given to Tony.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years Robin Hallman Black; son, T.J. Black of Hendersonville; daughter, Shelly Vogler (Shawn) of Hickory; two grandchildren, Ty and Jake Vogler; sister, Connie Seagle (Jeff) of Cherryville; five brothers, twin Tim Black of Crouse, Jackie Black (Debbie) of Crouse, Dean Black of Lincolnton, Mike Black (Tonya) of Salisbury, and David Black (Deanna) of Crouse.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. Ronald Lackey officiating. Burial will follow in City Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends this evening at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice at Wendover, 951 Wendover heights Dr., Shelby, NC 28150 or the ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW, suite 250, Washington, DC 20005.
Condolences may be sent to www.carpentersfuenralhome.net
Carpenter’s Funeral & Cremation Services, Cherryville is serving the Black family.

Catherine Gordon Crowell Fuller
Catherine Gordon Crowell Fuller (“Cacky”), of 500 Sixteenth Avenue NW, Hickory, died peacefully July 1, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. She was the widow of Manley Kearns Fuller Junior, to whom she was married for 41 years.
Born June 27, 1926 at the Crowell Hospital in Lincolnton, she was the daughter of Frances Royer Geitner Crowell and Dr. Gordon Bryan Crowell. After Dr. Crowell’s passing, her mother later married Mr. Joseph Franklin Davidson.
Survivors include her children, Manley Kearns Fuller III, John George Geitner Fuller, Dr. Catherine Gordon Fuller, Elizabeth Conrath Fuller and Frances Ruth Fuller; grandchildren, Gordon Manley Allgeyer, Frances Royer Bosch, John George Geitner Fuller, Junior, Robert Manley Fuller, Elsa Frances Catherine Crowe and Anna Catherine Allgeyer, her daughter and sons-in-law Bess Lane Fuller, Dr. Dean Allgeyer, Trevor Cook, Lance Crowe and Martha Lord (fiancée of Manley III) and her sister-in-law, Alice Bost Davidson. Her sons, grandsons and sons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.
The funeral will be conducted by the Reverend Dr. Bob Thompson at 11 a.m. on Saturday July 5, 2014 at Corinth Reformed Church, of which she was a member her entire life. The burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will also receive after the burial at the Geitner House, 1161 6th Street, NW.
Mrs. Fuller was a Hickory native and a graduate of Claremont Central High School (later called Hickory High School), which she attended as well as Balboa High School in the Panama Canal Zone. She lived part of the year on the Canal Zone throughout her childhood with her mother, her siblings, Frances Royer Crowell (later Watson) and Joseph Harvey Davidson and her stepfather, Joseph Franklin Davidson. This childhood experience prompted a lifelong interest in other cultures.
She attended Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. for her freshman year. During the polio epidemic, she remained in Hickory for her sophomore year and studied at Lenoir-Rhyne. Her junior and senior years were at Duke University, from which she was graduated magna cum laude in the class of 1947. She subsequently attended the Paier Whitney School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. After two years, she returned to Hickory and married Manley K. Fuller Jr. at Corinth Church in 1949. She was employed in the office of Dr. DuBose Egleston, and was a Spanish teacher in the Hickory public schools until the birth of her son Manley in 1951.
She was a member of the John Hoyle chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Panama Canal Society and a charter member of the Hickory DLB.
She was active in and a strong supporter of the Hickory Community Theatre, the American Red Cross, Heifer International, Corinth Church, the Flynn Home, Sipe’s Orchard Home for Boys, The Crossnore School, the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Lenoir-Rhyne University, the Art and Science Center of Catawba County, the International Children’s Fund, Florida Wildlife Federation, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and various other charities.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Florida Wildlife Federation (fwfonline.org), of which her son Manley is President and CEO; or to the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (ncwildlife.org), of which her son John is a Director.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home & Crematory in Hickory is serving the Fuller family.

Gerald ‘The Legend’ Hale Newton
Gerald “The Legend” Hale Newton, 65, of Cherryville died July 1, 2014.
A memorial service will be held July 6, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cherryville. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends Sunday at First Baptist Church from 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. and other times at the home of Jason and Bobbie Newton in Waco.
Carpenter’s Funeral & Cremation Services, Cherryville is serving the Newton family.

Eula Jean Wix Hall
Eula Jean Wix Hall, 70, of Newton died July 3, 2014.
Funeral services will be held July 8, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Goodin-Drum Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery. The family will have visitation one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Goodin-Drum Funeral Home, Maiden is serving the Hall family.

Harold Gene Sellers
Harold Gene Sellers, 78, of Cherryville died July 2, 2014.
Funeral services will be held July 7, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Carpenter’s Funeral and Cremation Services. Burial will follow the service in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Lincolnton. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and at other times at the home.
Carpenter’s Funeral & Cremation Services, Cherryville is serving the Sellers family.

Charlie Finandis
Charlie Finandis, 62, of Lincolnton died June 30, 2014.
A funeral service will be July 6, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the chapel at Ebony & White’s Funeral Service. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial is private.
Ebony & White’s Funeral Service, Lincolnton is serving the Finandis family

Jerry Wayne Shook
Jerry Wayne Shook, 75, of Maiden died July 2, 2014.
The funeral service will be held July 6, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Living Word Church in Maiden. Burial will follow at Mt. View United Methodist Church Cemetery in Claremont with military honors. The family will receive friends July 5, 2014 at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Shook family.

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