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Obituaries — 9-3-14

Robert Rector McGee
Robert Rector McGee, 64, of Winston-Salem died on August 30, 2014, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home.
Robert was born on July 18, 1950, in Roanoke, Va., to the late Robert Lee McGee and Martha Rector McGee. He grew up in Roanoke and was a graduate of Patrick Henry High School. During his student years at Furman University, Robert became Bob, as he would be known to his countless friends. He continued his education at the St. Luke’s School of Theology of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. His work in the Episcopal Church took him to parishes in Camden, S.C., Gaffney, S.C., Raleigh, and to Winston-Salem, where he realized his true calling as a college chaplain at Wake Forest University, Salem College and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is and will always be Father Bob to the hundreds of students whose lives he touched. Robert wore a lot of hats. His hobby was entertaining children, who knew him as Mr. Balloon Man, Roscoe the Clown and “Santa Claus.” He was the proud “owner” of the Rector Bros. Flying Flea Circus. Robert was a master of the art of making balloon animals. He took his talents to Israel, where children in a school in Ibillin knew him as Abuna Balloon. A favorite hat Robert wore was his cowboy hat. For many years, he spent weeks in the summers at ranches in Wyoming and Montana. He was inspired by the at-one-with-nature teachings of Native American spirituality. His family and friends were especially delighted that he was able this year, despite very serious health challenges, to enjoy time in Montana, riding horses with his daughter, Donna, son-in-law, Mark, and grandchildren, Robby and Ari.
In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his sister, Martha McGee Sorrow.
Robert is survived by his wife, Byah Doxey McGee, of the home; daughter, Donna McGee Harmelink and husband, Mark of Lincolnton; sons, Robert Tally and wife Reiko Graham of San Marcos, Texas, Richardson Tally and wife Elise of Somerville, Mass., Joseph Tally and fiancee, Ada McElroy, of Cambridge, Mass.; brother-in-law, Jim Sorrow and wife, Gin, of Rock Hill, S.C.; niece, Andrea Southgate and husband, Hank; two nephews, Adam Sorrow and Michael Sorrow; four grandchildren, Deanna Elizabeth Nolte, Robert Paul Sullivan, Ariana Bree Sullivan and Arthur Robert Tally; and his beloved dog, Dogberry. He is also survived by the many students who made his life’s work so very fulfilling.
A celebration of Robert’s life will be held on Saturday, September 6, at 2 p.m. at Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University, 1834 Wake Forest Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Foundation, pmpcure.org, 6415 Granger Road, Independence, Ohio, 44131.
Online condolences may be made to Robert’s memorial page at www.hayworth-miller.com.
Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home, Silas Creek Chapel, Winston-Salem is serving the McGee family.

Virginia Fay Wilson Willis

CLAREMONT — Virginia Fay Wilson Willis, age 61, of 4364 Winslow Road in Claremont, died on Monday, September 1, 2014.
No services are planned at this time.
Virginia was born November 18, 1952, in Lincoln County, to the late Jeanette Ledford Wilson. She worked as an accountant for La-Z-Boy.
She is survived by her husband, Randy Willis, of the home; two sons, Randy Carroll Willis Jr. of Lincolnton and Buddy Lee Willis of Hudson; daughter, Angela W. Clements of Claremont; brother, Alfred Wilson of Iron Station; and eleven grandchildren, Lilly Willis, Maggie Willis, Robert Willis, Ashley Willis, Christopher Clements, Justin Clements, Katie Clements, Haley Clements, Virginia Clements, Taylor Harris, and Sydney Bryant.
Warlick Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Willis family.

Junior Lee Smith Jr.
Junior Lee Smith Jr., 52, of Lincolnton died August 31, 2014.
Services will be held September 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will be at Salisbury National Cemetery, Salisbury, NC. Rev. Billy Ramseur will officiate.
E. F. Drum Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Smith family.

Essie Mae Trexler Parker
Essie Mae Trexler Parker, 88, of Cherryville died September 1, 2014.
Visitation will be September 4, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service. A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. on September 4, 2014 at Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery. Burial will be in Cherryville City Memorial Cemetery.
Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the Parker family.

Addie Lee Eaker Angel
Addie Lee Eaker Angel, 94, of Lincolnton died September 1, 2014.
Graveside services will be held today at noon at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 11 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. at E. F. Drum Funeral Home. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
E. F. Drum Funeral Home, Lincolnton is serving the Angel family.

Minnie Lee Cook Lovelace
Minnie Lee Cook Lovelace, 75, of Lincolnton died August 31, 2014.
A receiving of friends will be held September 4, 2014 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the home of Cyndi Strawderman, 817 Salem Church Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092.
E. F. Drum Funeral Home is serving the Lovelace family.

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