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Obituaries — 8-15-14

Burton Roy Bley
Burton Roy Bley, 89, currently of Newton passed away on August 12, 2014 at Catawba Valley Hospital in Hickory after a brief illness.
He was born August 17, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri to parents Clarence and Eunice Bley, and preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Edith Noel Bley. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration at Washington University of St. Louis and served in the navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Burt retired from his career as a real estate manager at Unical in 1986. He enjoyed golf and played frequently with his wife, son-in-law Bill and many friends. Burt was known throughout his life for his great sense of humor, ever present smile and slightly dirty martinis. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Burt is survived by his daughters, Lynne Gronning of Denver, Karen Bley of Mebane, son-in-law Bill Gronning of Denver, his daughter Karen’s partner, Luther Livermon; grandchildren, Jens Gronning of Stanley and Leah Romanoff and her husband Daniel Romanoff of Charlottesville, Va. and his corgi mix dog Sandy.
A memorial service will be held at Unity Presbyterian Church in Denver on August 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. A reception will be held for friends and family following the ceremony.

Donna Raper Heffner
Donna Raper Heffner, 59, of Maiden died Monday, August 11, 2014 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House.
Born October 29, 1954 in Habersham County, Ga. to the late Charlie Bentley and Martha Ballew Raper. Donna was a member of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, an excellent homemaker, she enjoyed interior design, making custom draperies, kitchen and bed accessories, and was founder of MawMaw’s Funnelcakes and helped with various community fundraisers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Rachael Miller Ballew.
Left to cherish her memory: husband of 35 years, Joseph W. (Joe) Heffner of the home; son, Michael Scott Sherrill and wife Amy of Denver; daughter, Elizabeth Antonia (Heffner) Parker of Denver; brothers, Ronnie Raper and wife Faye of Troutman, Michael Raper and wife Karen of Easley, S.C.; sisters, Debbie Baker and husband Steve of Denver, Diane Umbarger and husband Sammy of Mooresville; grandchildren, Landon Parker, Bayleigh Parker, Wyatt Sherrill, Lily Sherrill and Shaylah Wilson.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden. Rev. Charles Worley and Rev. A. Tanner Mundy will officiate. A time of fellowship will follow the service in the fellowship hall.
The Heffner family would like to thank the staff of Sherrills Ford Hospice House for the care and support they received during this time.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
Condolences may be sent to the Heffner family at www.robertbennettfuneralservice.com
The Heffner family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover.

Frances Marie Carpenter Perkins
MAIDEN — Frances Marie Carpenter Perkins, 97, of Maiden passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at her residence.
Born July 14, 1917 in Iron Station she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Lizzie Armstrong Carpenter. Mrs. Perkins was a homemaker who lived in Maiden for more than 60 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded her in death by her husband of 63 years, Kenneth Mack Perkins: three brothers, John Carpenter (Pansy), James Carpenter (Virginia), Bill Carpenter (Evelyn); five sisters, Eleanora C. Watts (Monk), Pansy C. Kiser (Fay), Virginia C. Heavner (Henry), Hattie C. Grayson (Ivey), Mattie Carpenter.
Survivors include, daughter, Pat Perkins and Tony Moore of Maiden; son, Bob Perkins and wife, Pat of Denver; granddaughter, Leighann Perkins Campbell and husband Scott of Lincolnton; grandson, Craig Perkins and wife Beth of Lincolnton; five great-grandchildren, Lauren Campbell, Hunter Campbell, Jake Campbell, Cason Perkins and Chase Perkins all of Lincolnton; one remaining sister-in-law, Iva Bass Perkins; and a number of nieces and nephews
The funeral service will be held today at 3 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Maiden with Hospice Chaplain, Meg Skidmore officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton. The family will receive friends, prior to the service, from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
Register your condolences at www.burkemortuary.com.
Burke Mortuary, Maiden is serving the Perkins family.

Edward R. Spaulding
VALE — Edward R. Spaulding, 68, passed away at his home in Vale on August 13, 2014, after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 16, 2014 in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Other services in Madison, Maine will be held at a later date.
He was born July 16, 1946 in Madison, Maine, and a graduate of Madison Memorial High School Class of 1965. Ed served in the U.S. Air Force and is a Vietnam veteran. He lived in Pinellas Park, Fla. and Vale where he was a cabinet maker.
He is predeceased by his parents, Martelle Spaulding and Thelma Spaulding (Mitchell).
Ed is survived by his beloved high school sweetheart, Sharon Spaulding; his loving daughter, Cindy Spaulding of Belmont; two long-time kitty companions, Punky and Bear; two sisters, Audrey Merrow and husband Lawrence Sr. of Belgrade, ME and Ruth Monfils and husband Kenneth of Charlotte; one brother, Clyde Spaulding and wife Marjorie of Madbury, NH; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Heartfelt thanks to all who so compassionately aided in the care and support for him and his family.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Spaulding family.

David Gene Nichols
David Gene Nichols, 62, of Lincolnton died August 9, 2014.
Funeral service will be August 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Ebony & White’s Funeral Service with burial to follow in Hollybrook cemetery. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service in the chapel. The family will be at the home of his mother, 815 E. Pine Street, Lincolnton.
Ebony & White’s Funeral Service, Lincolnton is serving the Nichols family.

Flynn Lee Loftin
Flynn Lee Loftin 77 of Maiden died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
A service to celebrate Flynn’s life will be held Friday, August 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church in Maiden. Rev. Marion Powell will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, August 15, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church.
The Loftin family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111

Clyde Buff Jr.
Clyde Henry Buff Jr., 87, of Claremont died August 12, 2014.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Claremont with Rev. Deval Mason and Chaplain Meg Skidmore officiating. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wilson, Ernest Blohm, James Bandy, Rep. Mitchell Setzer, Michael Setzer and Cameron Setzer. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00- 10:45 a.m. in the church fellowship hall, prior to the service.
Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Buff family.

Brenda VanHorn Willis
Brenda VanHorn Willis, 60, of Hickory died August 14, 2014.
A service to celebrate Brenda’s life will be held August 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church in Hickory. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park in Hickory. The family will receive friends August 16, 2014 from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Wilkies Grove Baptist Church.
Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is serving the Willis family.

Don Wagoner
Donald “Don” Ray Wagoner, 78, of Conover died August 11, 2014.
The funeral service was held August 14, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn Baptist Church in Conover. Burial followed at Conover City Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at the church, prior to the service.
Burke Mortuary, Newton is serving the Wagoner family.

Julia H. Davis
Julia H. Davis, 50, of Crouse died August 6, 2014.
Visitation will be on August 19, 2014 from 3:45 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. at Crouse
United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on August 19, 2014 at Crouse United Methodist Church.
Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home, Cherryville is serving the Davis family.

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