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Obituaries — 8-25-14

Kenneth Robert ‘Curley’ Brackett
CROUSE — Mr. Kenneth Robert “Curley” Brackett, 56, passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Robin Johnson Hospice House in Dallas.
Kenneth was born in Lincoln County on October 8, 1957 a son of the late Robert “Bob” Brackett and Ruth Rudisill Brackett. He was employed by American Tire Distributors previously known as Heafner Tire for 38 years and also had his own business, Ken’s Lawn Service. He was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church in Maiden and was retired from Crouse Volunteer Fire Department and served on the Board of Directors. Kenneth was an avid motorcycle rider and rode with many groups.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Teresa “Terri” Abernethy Brackett of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Crystal Brackett McWhirter and husband Mark McWhirter of Shelby; a grandson, Mark “Lucas” McWhirter of Shelby; a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Gail Brackett of Crouse; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jeff and Sandy Huss; a late brother-in-law, Herbert Abernethy and sister-in-law, Debra; a special daughter, Tammy Campbell; a special brother and sister and family, Mike and Libby Helms, Dustin, Sarah, NoraLee and Heather Helms; Other special family members, Janice and Gene Frye, Phil and Lisa Mauney, Phil and Lisa Goins, Taylor Griffin, Steve “Hoppy” Hopkins and Rita Sellers Hopkins, Mitch and Lisa Bumgardner, Amy Beam Mayes, David and Courtney Burch Jones, Betty and Gary Huss, Jeff and Tona Brackett, and also his special nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitaion was held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Lebanon United Methodist Church in Maiden with the Revs. Gary Fulker, Steve Hopkins and Mr. Phil Goins officiating. Burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry, c/o Steve Hopkins, 5012 Beaver Dam Way, Bessemer City, NC 28016.
A guest register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com.
Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home is served the Brackett family.

Dr. Charles George Metcalf
CHERRYVILLE — Dr. Charles George Metcalf went to be with the Lord on August 22, 2014, his 91st birthday, at Carolina Care Center in Cherryville. He was born on August 22, 1923 in Asheville to Columbus George Metcalf and Pearl Duck Metcalf, the youngest of three children.
Charles, also known as “Charlie or C.G.” was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Wilma Marie Nesbitt Metcalf, in October, 2013, and his brother Lawrence Edward Metcalf.
He is survived by his son, Dr. Douglas Lee Metcalf of Winston Salem (wife Jeannie) and daughter Janice Metcalf Hammond, of Sherrills Ford. He is also survived by grandchildren Molly Metcalf Freidinger (husband Dr. Brad Freidinger), Dr. Sally Metcalf Lambeth (husband Dr. John Lambeth), Katy Metcalf Baker (husband Brian), and Marcy Metcalf McCauley (husband Patrick). Charlie also leaves behind eight wonderful great-grandchildren, a sister, Genevieve Metcalf Riley, and many nieces and nephews.
Charlie graduated from Lee Edwards High School in Asheville and attended Asheville-Biltmore Jr. College in Asheville before finishing college at UNC-Chapel Hill. He then graduated from Northern Illinois College of Optometry.
Charlie joined the Navy in 1942 and achieved the rank of lieutenant JG. He served on Subchaser NO. 803 in the Pacific and also served in the northern Atlantic. On one occasion while in the harbor of Saipan, his craft was spotted by his brother Lawrence who was a medical naval officer aboard another ship in the same harbor and it was arranged that the brothers could reunite for the evening. It had been two years since they had seen each other.
Charlie was a loving husband, father and friend to all who knew him. He practiced optometry for 40 years in Cherryville before retiring and was a loyal member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville. Charlie was a member of the Mens’ Bible Class, the American Legion Post 100, the American Optometric Association and Masonic Lodge 505. Charlie served on the Board of Directors for the Cherryville Federal Savings & Loan for 35 years.
Dr. Metcalf was a remarkably gifted individual who was an inventor, boat-builder, woodworker, carpenter, golfer and fisherman, just to name a few. He loved his Church, his family and was blessed with a strong Christian faith, a wonderful Church family and many, many close friends. He was a kind, loving generous, funny, big-hearted gentleman who will be missed by so many. He has now been elevated to be with the Lord and his loved ones who passed before him, and we who remain are thankful that our lives were elevated by Charlie’s love and kindness.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Cherryville with Rev. Rick Fite officiating. Burial will follow the service at City Memorial Cemetery with full military rites rendered by Cherryville Post 100 Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Pink Street, Cherryville, NC 28021.
Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net
Carpenter’s Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the Metcalf family.

Doris Ann Shirley Pruett
MOORESVILLE — Doris Ann Shirley Pruett age 83, of 153 Shipyard Point Road in Mooresville and formerly of Lincolnton died Friday, August 22, 2014.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. today at Denver Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow in Pisgah Cemetery, Caesar.
Mrs. Pruett was born December 2, 1930 in Mecklenburg County. She was the daughter to the late Franklin Bynum Shirley and Kate Bliss McCall Shirley. In addition, Mrs. Pruett was preceded in death by her husband Willard W. Pruett and sister, Betty Shirley Cavin. She was a graduate of Mars Hill College in 1952 and Queens College in 1953 with a BS degree in secretarial science. She was office manager of the family business Fire Equipment Sales for 28 years. Mrs. Pruett enjoyed going to her writing class, numerous Bible studies, music and traveling. She always sent cards out to friends and ones in need. She served the Lord at Peninsula Baptist Church and Denver Baptist Church. She loved the Joy Groups at both churches.
Survivors include daughters, Kathy Prince and Beth Severens; grandchildren, Landon McMahon, Jessie McMahon, Peyton McMahan, Brennon McMahan and Taylor Prince; great grandchild Ryland Parker.
God was her first love followed by her husband Willard and family. Her spirit will be cherished and missed by all.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton, NC is serving the Pruett family.

Perry Lee Johnson
Perry Lee Johnson, 92, of Hickory died August 22, 2014.
A memorial service was held on August 24, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Newton. The family received friends Sunday from 2:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service.
Burke Mortuary, Newton served the Johnson family.

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