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Obituaries — 2-15-17

Rickie David Stroupe

Cherryville – Mr. Rickie David Stroupe, 71, of S. Elm Street passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Carolinas Medical Center -Main in Charlotte.

Rick was born on July 6, 1945 in Mecklenburg County, NC a son of the late Claude Stroupe and Geneva Stroupe Dulin.  He was a graduate of Lincolnton High School, Gaston College and obtained a degree in Electrical Installation and Maintenance from Cleveland Community College.  Rick worked for Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation in Cherryville and retired as a mail carrier with the U.S. Post office in Cherryville.  He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cherryville and served the church in many capacities. Rick served in the U.S. Marines during Vietnam and was wounded in Saigon and received the following awards, Combat Action Ribbon for service, Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corps Good Conduct medal, National Defense service medal, Vietnam Service medal with two bronze campaign stars, two Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citations, a rifle marksman badge and a sharp shooter award.   Rick was a Gold Circle member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.  He was also an organ donor.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Ruth Messer; a brother, Tim Dulin and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Will and Viola Eaker.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Anita Ray Eaker Stroupe of the home; a daughter, Tonya Stroupe Throckmorton and husband, Mike of Cherryville; a very special granddaughter, Kayla Ray Throckmorton; a sister, Joann Houser of Lincolnton;  three nephews, Kevin Houser (Shannon); Teddy Houser (Wendy) and Chad Houser; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenny and Karen Eaker of Terrell; a niece, Lauren Eaker Kale (Logan); great nieces, Lexi and Lilly Kale; also surviving are several great nieces and nephews and extended family members.

Visitation will be on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Bill Lowe officiating. Military honors provided by Cherryville American Legion Post 100 Honor Guard. Burial will be Private.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Outdoor Worship Center, 107 W. Academy Street or to the Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, Fla. 32256.

A guest register is available at www.stameycherryville funeralhome.com

Stamey-Cherryville Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mr. Stroupe.


  1. Wayne Davis
  2. Wayne Davis, age 71, of Perna Lane in Iron Station, died on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Alexis Baptist Church. The family will greet friends following the service.

Mr. Davis was born April 19, 1945, in Akron, Ohio, to the late Verdun Wayne and Lucile Smith Davis. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and then later worked in, and retired from, groundskeeping.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Outhwaite Davis of the home; two sons, Chris Davis, and wife April, of Charlotte, and Spencer Davis, and wife Ivi, of Denver; eight grandchildren, Madi, Creek, Willow, Asher, Bella, Caden, Jimena, and Emma; and two sisters-in-law, Debra Land, and husband Bob, of Hudson, and Joyce Outhwaite of Upper Sandusky, OH.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Davis family.


Joyce Elaine Kaylor

Joyce Elaine Kaylor, age 72, of Startown Road in Lincolnton, went to her forever home on Monday, February 13, 2017.

Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on this evening, February 15, 2017, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kaylor was born June 6, 1944, in Orange County, Texas, to the late William F. Anderson and Mary Gafford Gunter. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband J.W. Kaylor; a daughter Jodelle White; and a sister Donna Walker.  She had various occupations, including CNA, Sheriffs’ Deputy, and was the leader of a Country and Western band called “Startown,” which was a passion of hers.

She is survived by three daughters, Janeen Kaylor, Johnna Kaylor, and Jaquetta King, and husband Patrick, all of Lincolnton; seven grandchildren, Joshua Kaylor, Justin Anthony, Jesse Kaylor, Johnny Anthony, Haley Spivey, Jenna McGhee, and Madison King; and five great-grandchildren, Ezekiel Kaylor, Zoe Kaylor, Julia Grant, Aydin Anthony, and Destin Anthony.

Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton is serving the Kaylor family.


Donald ‘Don’ Ray Cloer, Sr.

Donald “Don” Ray Cloer, Sr., age 83, of Niceville, Fla. went to the Lord February 8, 2017; he passed at Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, Fla.

He was born in Lovelady on September 1, 1933, the son of the late Thomas and Alma Shrum Cloer. Also predeceasing him were siblings Everett Cloer, Evelyn Anthony, Jean McGinnis and Carolyn Boston.  TSgt Cloer retired from the US Air Force in 1972 with over 20 years of proud military service.

Following a distinguished military career he returned to Lincolnton where he founded the Cloer Insurance Agency and the Paragon Real Estate Brokerage. In 1988 he retired to Niceville, Fla. where he spent time probing the Gulf Coast beaches for hidden treasure and then taking a job with Eglin Air Force Base as a civilian employee doing bomb range work.

Eventually he became a real estate investor and developer of property near DeFuniak Springs, Fla. and took part-time work as a school bus and food truck driver for Okaloosa and Walton Counties, Fla. He was active in DeFuniak Springs AMVETS Post #4437 where he served in several capacities including Commander.  He loved life greatly and found no challenge too great to overcome.

He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 63 years, Phyllis Ross Cloer; his two sons, Don Cloer, Jr. (Diane) and Terry Cloer (Tina); his sister, Bobbi Cloer Proctor; grandchildren, Tracy Cloer Ward (Charlie), Dalton Cloer and Rylee Cloer; and great grandchild, Kaylee Ward; plus many nieces and nephews as well.

A Celebration of Life with military honors led by Pastor Ryan Burgess will be held today, February 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. at McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home, located at 1405 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Fla. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.

According to his wishes, Don’s remains will be cremated and his ashes interred in a private ceremony at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fla. on a subsequent date. Don will be very sorely missed by his family and friends who have so many reasons to love him and be grateful for knowing him.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the LUNG CANCER ALLIANCE (http://www.lungcanceralliance.org), mail: Lung Cancer Alliance, PO Box 418372, Boston, MA 02241-8372 or donate to the lung cancer charity of your choice. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed online at www.mclaughlintwincities.com.

McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home of Niceville, Fla. is serving the Cloer family.


Denese Rose Goodearle-Petrie

Denese Rose Goodearle-Petrie, of Lincolnton died on February 10, 2017.

No Service is planned at this time.

The Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton is serving the Goodearle-Petrie family.


Elizabeth ‘Libby’ Ann Thornburg Rinck

Elizabeth “Libby” Ann Thornburg Rinck, 66, of Maiden died on February 11, 2017.

A gathering of friends will be held today from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Burke Mortuary in Maiden.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Rinck family.


Mary Esther Fitzwater Thompson

Mary Esther Fitzwater Thompson, 92, of Newton died on February 11, 2017.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Thompson family.


Bobby Calvin Cloninger Jr.

Bobby Calvin Cloninger Jr. 69, of Conover died on February 10, 2017.

No Service is planned at this time.

The Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton is serving the Cloninger family.


William ‘Bill’ Robert Losh

William “Bill” Robert Losh, 81, of Maiden died on February 12, 2017.

A memorial service will be held today at 4 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Sherrills Ford. The family will receive friends following the service in the Christian Life Center.

The Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is serving the Losh family.


Annie Christine Bowman

Annie Christine Bowman, 76, of Catawba died on February 12, 2017.

The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. February 16, 2017 at Terrell Baptist Church. Burial will follow at St. Stephens Lutheran ELCA Church Cemetery in Hickory 3 p.m. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. February 16, 2017 at the church.

The Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton is serving the Bowman family.


James Edward King

James Edward King, 58, of Conover died on February 8, 2017.

The Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. February 18, 2017 at Victory Outreach Church in Hildebran. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. February 18, 2017 at the church. American Legion Post 548 will be assisting in Military Honors.

The Jenkins Funeral Home in Newton is serving the King family.


Paul Henry Lail

Paul Henry Lail, 89, of Conover died on February 13, 2017.

The family will receive friends on February 16, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Conover. A graveside service with military honors will be held at on February 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the church cemetery.

Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Lail family.


Millard Link

Mr. Millard Link, 80, of Buffalo Shoals Road died on February 11, 2017.

Funeral services will be held February 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Providence Missionary Baptist Church with burial to follow in Forest Lawn cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Ebony & White’s Funeral Service is serving the Link family.


Joanne Gould Carey

Joanne Gould Carey, 82, of Denver died on February 11, 2017.

Family will receive friends February 18, 2017 from 1:15 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church in Denver. Service will follow at 2 p.m.

The Good Samaritan Funeral Home Denver is serving the Carey family.


Louis Joseph Saladino

Louis Joseph Saladino, 69, of Stanley died on February 10, 2017.

Funeral Mass will be held February 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Denver.

The Good Samaritan Funeral Home in Denver is serving the Saladino family.


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