Mary Long Abernathy
Mary Long Abernathy, of Denver in the presence of family, died peacefully at Huntersville Oaks Nursing Facility, Sunday, August 3, 2014. Mary was born at Elmwood Plantation in Denver, August 15, 1920. Elmwood was built for the late John Davidson Graham. It was taken down in 1961 for the development of Lake Norman.
Mary was the daughter of Mr. Oscar Issac Long and Ms. “Jennie” Graham Long. In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lee Abernathy; grandson, David Ray Taylor; two sisters, Bonnie Long Primm and Ann Long Blakley; and five brothers, Fred, Dowd, Graham, William and Roy Long.
Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Ray Taylor of Denver; grandchildren, Gigi Marie Schweikert and her husband Al of High Bridge, NJ and Benton Alexander Taylor and his wife Julie of Wilmington; three great granddaughters, Ashley, Genevieve and Merielle Schweikert; two great grandsons, William Schweikert and Hunter Oliver.
Mary had a good life and showed a silent gratitude for her many blessings. She was a loving wife and mother and always interested in the activities of her family and friends. For many years Mary and Roy Lee were active and always happy to do service work at Unity Presbyterian Church of Denver. It is believed at the time of death she was the longest living member of Unity Church. Another favorite time in Mary’s life was family and friends gathering at her home on most Sunday afternoons to catch up with what’s going on with each other and having a light dinner. She always had a space in her heart for the children in the community and some food in her kitchen. With that same love she was for a time Food Services supervisor at Triangle Elementary School. Those who knew Mary also knew she was an independent thinker and liked to take charge.
We gratefully acknowledge and give our sincere thanks to the devoted staff at Huntersville Oaks Nursing Facility and a special acknowledgement to Mrs. Jesse Brooks, CNA for her loving care of our loved one.
The family has chosen the following arrangements for the services to celebrate the life of Mary Long Abernathy: A visitation and reception will be held from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home with Rev. Tim Killian officiating. Burial will follow at Unity Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to honor Mrs. Abernathy may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 8210 Unity Church Road, Denver, NC 28037.
Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huntersville is assisting the family.
Friends may offer condolences to the family at www.raymerfh.com
Rev. Ray Abrahm Caldwell
Rev. Ray Abrahm Caldwell, 89, of Boiling Springs went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Foothills Hospice Home. He was the widower of Dollie Davis Caldwell.
Rev. Caldwell was a native of Lincolnton and a son of the late Noah Frank and Leola Pierce Caldwell. He was a retired Baptist minister having graduated from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rev. Caldwell was ordained into the ministry in 1953 by Antioch Baptist Church, Lincolnton. He began his pastoral ministry at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Cherryville and continued at Olive Grove Baptist Church, Casar; Bethel, Marion; Mountain View Baptist Church, Boiling Springs, S.C.; Montford Cove Baptist Church, Union Mills; Hillcrest Baptist Church, Greer, S.C., retiring from Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Cowpens, S.C. after 22 years of service. Upon retirement, he joined Boiling Springs First Baptist Church. During his retirement years, he served as Interim Pastor at Central Baptist Church, Cowpens; Temple Baptist Church, Gaffney; Southside Baptist Church, Gaffney; Stateline Baptist Church, Rutherfordton and First Baptist Church of Mayo.
He is survived by a son, Donnie Caldwell of Cowpens, S.C.; daughters, Pat Brewton of Alexandria, Va. and Peggy Cole of Boiling Springs; brother, Elliott Caldwell of Lincolnton; grandchildren, Lisa Parker, Kim Rose, Wendell Brewton, Jason Cole, Mandy Ehlich, Chandler Cole, Amy Jones and Brittany Henderson; 21 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. He was predeceased by seven brothers, Alvin, Sloan, J. B., Glenn, Floyd, Perk and Kemp Caldwell; one sister, Polly Beal; one grandson, Brent Caldwell and one great granddaughter, MarleeJo Cole.
Visitation was held on Monday, August 4, 2014 from 1 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. officiated by Rev. Bobby Lindsey, Rev. Dennis Spencer and Dr. Robert Kirby. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Foothills Hospice Home, P. O. Box 127, Landrum, SC 29356.
The family extends a special thank you to his caregivers, Lucille Ross and Pattie Eadie, who expressed never ending love and care for their dad.
E-Condolences may be sent on line at www.eggersfuneralhome.com
Eggers Funeral Home, Boiling Springs is serving the Caldwell family.
Ned Reynolds, 78, of Lincolnton passed away Sunday, August 3, 2014 at his residence.
Born October 6, 1935 in Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Agustus Reynolds and the late Mary Lee Hullender Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds was a member of Boger City Baptist Church in Lincolnton, a US Army veteran and a big East Lincoln High School football fan.
In addition to his parents, two brothers, Richard Reynolds and Archie Reynolds preceded him in death.
Survivors include: wife of 54 years, Kay Martin Reynolds of the home; son, Rusty Reynolds and wife, Dawn of Lincolnton; grandson, Travis Reynolds; sister, Grace Bell of Denver; two brothers, Bill Reynolds of Fla., Fred Reynolds of Denver; one grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held today at 3 p.m. at Boger City Baptist Church in Lincolnton with Rev. Bill Bigham and Rev. Todd Garren officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the church.
Memorials may be given to: Boger City Baptist Church, Debt Retirement Fund, 2201 East Main St., Lincolnton, NC 28092 and/or Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Donita Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Register your condolences at www.burkemortuary.com.
Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Reynolds family.
Eva Sue Beam
Eva Sue Beam, 90, passed away recently at Carillon Assisted Living in Newton. Sue was born March 14, 1924 in Lincoln County, the daughter James Lester and Ella Hoyle Beam. She graduated from North Brook High School in Lincoln County in 1940 and immediately joined Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Corp., Baltimore, MD, as an assembler of fighter planes for WWII. After the WWII win, Sue resided in Hickory where she worked for twelve years as a cashier at Fresh Air Supermarket in downtown Hickory. She then joined MDI in Hickory as a buyer, retiring after 27 years.
A private receiving and service were held at Carillon Assisted Living, 1088 Radio Road, Newton and included a memorial tribute and selected readings from the Holy Bible by David Allen Dietrich. Interment followed at Catawba Memorial Park. Pallbearers were staff members and employees of Carillon.
During Sue’s stay at Carillon she received extraordinary care from a patient, loving staff that she truly enjoyed interacting with and became very fond of. She even referred to Carillon as “home.” Many thanks to the staff and to Mr. Michael Menius, Executive Director.
Sue is survived by her sister who resides in Conover.
Catawba Memorial Park and Funerals is providing services to the Beam Family.
Edna Carpenter Ormand
Edna Carpenter Ormand, 90, of Carillon Assisted Living in Lincolnton and formerly of Charlotte, died on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Hollybrook Cemetery with Rev. Ronald Ritchie officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the cemetery.
Mrs. Ormand was born February 16, 1924, in Lincoln County, to the late John Sain and Callie Beal Carpenter. She retired from Colony Furniture in Charlotte. She loved to travel, work outdoors, spending time with family, and also baked and decorated beautiful wedding cakes.
She is survived by a son, Mike Ormand and wife Leona of Lincolnton; one daughter, Candace McKinnon of Lincolnton; one sister, Gladys Payseur of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Kimberly Hopper and husband Billy, Kenny Ormand and wife Lynn, Jeffery Ormand, and Lisa Costner and husband James; seven great-grandchildren, Lauren Ormand, Michael Pendleton, Brittany Ormand, Noah Pendleton, Katie Pendleton, Skyler Lafferty and Christian McKinney.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Donita Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Ormand family.
Ruth Heafner Howie
DENVER — Ruth Heafner Howie, 88, of Denver, passed away peacefully at Serenity House in Mooresville after a long illness. Her family, Cindy and Rodney, were at her side.
Ruth was a member of Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver.
A “home going” service was held earlier at her bedside. She was laid to rest at Sunset Cemetery in Shelby alongside her husband, Jim, and daughter, Ginger.
Please make memorial donations to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Donita Drive, Lincolnton, NC 28092, or to Serenity House, 110 Centre Church Road, Mooresville, NC 28117.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Howie family.
Mattie Jane Fredell Scronce
Mattie Jane Fredell Scronce, 89, of Hickory died August 3, 2014.
The family will receive friends today from 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Beulah Baptist Church prior to the service. Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Beulah Baptist Church with burial to follow at church cemetery.
Hickory Funeral Home, Hickory is serving the Scronce family.
Kenneth Calvin Wilson
Kenneth Calvin Wilson, 63, of Lincolnton died August 2, 2014.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Ebony & White’s Funeral Service, Lincolnton is serving the Wilson family.
Freddie Lewis Turner
Freddie Lewis Turner, 63, of Lincolnton died August 3, 2014.
A funeral service was held August 5, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden. Burial followed in Maiden City Cemetery. The family received friends, prior to the service, from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Turner family.
Alice Longcrier Heard
Alice Victoria Longcrier Heard, 79, of Hickory died July 30, 2014.
A funeral service will be held today at 3 p.m. at Temple of Refuge of Hickory Inc. Burial will follow at Southside Cemetery in Hickory. The family will receive friends today from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the church, prior to the service.
Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Heard family.
Martha Thacker Ballew
Martha Thacker Ballew, 50, of Claremont died August 3, 2014.
A service of remembrance will be held today at 4 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church in Newton. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Newton. The family will receive friends today from 2:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church.
Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is serving the Ballew family.
Nolen Eugenia ‘Jean’ Miller Readling
Nolen Eugenia “Jean” Miller Readling, 78, of Catawba died August 3, 2014.
A service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held today at 2 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Catawba. Burial will follow at Friendship United Methodist Church in Newton. The family will receive friends today from noon until 1:45 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is serving the Readling family.
Kou Her, 32, of Fresno, Calif. died July 24, 2014. Services will begin August 8, 2014 and end at noon on August 9, 2014 at Burke Mortuary, Newton.
Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Her family.