Gerald “Jerry” Lee Williamson

Gerald “Jerry” Lee Williamson, 70, of Hickory passed away January 20, 2019.

A gathering of family and friends followed by military honors by American Legion Post 48 will be held on February 2, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Hickory.

Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is serving the Williamson family.

 Shirley Smith Sherrill

Shirley           Smith Sherrill, loving wife, 73, of Conover passed away January 29, 2019.

The funeral service will be held January 31, 2019 at 3 p.m. at the Burke Mortuary Chapel in Newton. Burial will follow at Conover City Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Burke Mortuary and Crematory in Newton is serving the Sherrill family.

Lester Lee Darty, Jr.

Lester Lee Darty, Jr., 92, passed away January 29, 2019.

Funeral services will be held January 31, 2019 at 2 p.m. at First Wesleyan Church. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 to 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.  Burial will take place at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Carpenters Funeral Home is serving the Darty family. 

 Fitzhugh Eugene “Gene” Hoyle

Fitzhugh Eugene “Gene” Hoyle, of Johnstown Road in Crouse, died on Monday, January 28, 2019.

He was born August 17, 1942, in Lincoln County, to the late Ambrose Wildren Hoyle and Nannie Eva Canipe Hoyle.  He was a retired dock worker with Carolina Freight. 

He is survived by his wife, Gayla Dixon Hoyle of the home; two sons, Ricky Hoyle, and wife Bronda, of Crouse, and Joseph Hoyle of Sherrills Ford; a daughter, Roxane H. Dellinger, and husband Christopher, of Lincolnton; two grandchildren, Mattie Hoyle and Katie Hoyle; a brother, Dean Hoyle of Hickory; and a sister, Audrey Setzer of Lincolnton.

Services will be private.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Hoyle family.

Michelle Deaton Riley

Michelle Deaton Riley, 37, of Denver, passed away Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born in Charlotte, NC on March 12, 1981, Michelle was the beautiful daughter of Ron “Ronnie” Deaton and Julie Pritchett Deaton.  She was a graduate of Maiden High School who was an amazing athlete, especially volleyball, and was attending CVCC gaining a mortuary science degree following the footsteps of her late grandfather. She was an avid fan of the Auburn University Tigers and Carolina Panthers attending numerous games with her father, brothers and daughter.  Michelle loved her family more than anything especially her beautiful daughter, Aleigha. She loved being at the pool, Lake Norman or beach with all those she loved, but especially her family.  

 Michelle dedicated her life to caring for others at a young age.  She loved others unconditionally and had the patience to be the wonderful care giver that she was.  The care giving trait was evident in her early as she watched over and cared for her younger brothers, then as she became a mom the way she cared for her daughter, and then her late grandmother.  Michelle diligently became a full-time care giver to her grandmother Edna Deaton and provided her the ability to stay home and have the best care anyone could provide a loving companion.  Even now, Michelle continues to give through donating her organs as it was important to her to give everything she had for those in need.  Her infectious smile, caring nature, and unconditional love was a blessing to all that she reached and will be truly missed by many family and friends.

 Those left to cherish her memory include her parents, Ron and Julie Deaton of Sheriils Ford; daughter Aleigha Michelle Riley of the home (Denver); fiance David Loflin of the home (Denver); brothers Ronnie Deaton (Clarissa Jean) of Maiden, and J.V. Deaton (Sarah) of Maiden; nephews and nieces Zachary Deaton, Tripp Deaton, Andrew Deaton, Rose Deaton, and Asher Deaton; grandmother Juanita Pritchett of Vale; uncles and aunts Wanda Finder (Ronnie) of Maiden, Gaye Deaton of Maiden, Teresa Deaton of Maiden, Jim Pritchett (Juliann) of Ames, Iowa, Joe Pritchett (Kim) of Vale, and Jean Tolbert (Brian) of Vale; special cousins Lisa Koperski of Maiden and Jamie Smalling of Maiden; and special friend Phillip White of Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Michelle is preceded in death by her grandparents, Vernon Deaton, Edna Deaton, and John Prichett; her uncles Jimmy Deaton and Reggie Deaton; her first cousin Candice Deaton Hawkins; and her cousin Michael Glover.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 at First Baptist Church of Maiden with Rev. Brian Clarke officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.   

 Memorials may be made to Kannapolis Education Foundation, Kannapolis City Schools,100 Denver Street, Kannapolis, NC  28083, Memo:  Aleigha Riley Scholarship; as well as Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Brenner Children’s Hospital, PO Box 571021 Winston Salem, NC 27157.

 Please sign the online guestbook at The Riley family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.

 Frances Mundy Crooks

Frances Mundy Crooks, age 97, of Mundy Road in Denver, died on Monday, January 28, 2019.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor John Barnette officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Matthew Reformed Church cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Mrs. Crooks was born October 8, 1921, in Lincoln County, to the late Buford King Mundy and Katie Gabriel Mundy.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas Crooks; a granddaughter, Leann Crooks; and daughter-in-law, Doris Crooks. 

She is survived by three sons, Bill Crooks of Springfield, MO, Joe Crooks, and wife Melanie, and David Crooks, and wife Susan, all of Denver; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

Memorials may be made to St. Matthews Reformed Church, Young at Heart, PO Box 739, Maiden, NC  28650.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Crooks family.

Mrs. Mamie Lee Roper Wilson

Mrs. Mamie Lee Roper Wilson, 94 years young, of 4571 Burt’s Road in Vale, beat us to Heaven Sunday, January 27, 2019.

The receiving will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vale Saturday, February 2, from 12:30-1:45. Her Funeral Service will follow at Trinity at 2:00 with the Reverend Tommy Lineberger officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mamie Lee Roper Wilson, Sissy and Granny to many, burst into this world on June 29, 1924. Named after her mother, Mabel Lee and her Aunt Mamie, she was a beautiful, platinum blonde angel who told a mean joke, was the life of the party and was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved her family fiercely.

Mamie Lee lived a full and brilliant life of 94 years.  A social butterfly, devoted mother and homemaker, extraordinary cook, problem solver, community servant and active life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church, she was well known, much loved and unforgettable to all she met.

Mamie Lee was a hard-working, energetic and charismatic woman. She graduated from Hickory High School in 1940 and worked at Ellis Hosiery Mill to help support her parents and younger siblings.  A blind date in 1944 led her to marry Jacob Blume Wilson on July 1, 1944, where she then lived in Vale with “Jake” 63 years until his death in 2007.

While married, she assisted Jake with their farming business. They raised chickens, dairy and beef cattle, hogs and eventually established the Wilson Trucking business.  A community servant, Mamie Lee served on the local Parent Teacher Association and attended state conferences and campaigned for numerous local political elections.  She was an avid member of the Catawba County Farm Bureau Association and served on the Board of Directors for many years.  As an active, life-long member of the church, she hosted numerous Ladies’ Missionary meetings in her home and helped to raise her children in the church and instill her values and deep love for family.  Mamie also had a creative, fashionable side and after attending Beauty School she managed her own hair salon in her home. She, too, always liked to look her best.

One of Mamie’s most memorable attributes was her love of children.  Mamie Lee was a Kindergarten teacher in the first federally funded Kindergarten class in Catawba County.  Mamie Lee also directed before school and after school care programs, summer camps and was a favorite substitute teacher at Fred T. Foard High School in Newton.  She adored her family, friends and students.  She often reflected on her time as a teacher and shared vivid memories of her classroom.  Former students still remember her with love and adoration, most calling her Granny Wilson, some, their hero.  Her legacy of love, infectious laughter, colorful humor and passionate devotion will not be forgotten as ALL who knew her have a story to tell.

Mamie Lee was fueled by her dedication to her family. Devoted and loving wife to Jake for 63 years, she was mother to three children, grandmother (Granny) to five and great grandmother to seven. She could not have been more proud of her family or the life she and Jake shared.

She was preceded in death by her precious yet precocious son Jacob Blume Wilson, II in 2005 and her loving husband Jacob Blume Wilson, in 2007. These, the deaths of her parents and death of her brother George Roper, Jr., profoundly affected how she lived and loved those around her.  Also, preceded in death were siblings Bill and Bob Roper of Hickory, and Betty Lail of Vale.

Mamie Lee was one of a kind; a legend some might say.  Whether telling stories of walking to school in “holey” socks, eating flour gravy with salt and pepper for lack of anything else, wringing chickens’ necks, using chamber pots and outhouses, scaring kids into obedience with “Little Bud” stories, killing copperheads with shovels to save a grandchild, racing Camaros on the highway to Canada, catching lightning bugs on a warm summer’s evening,  staring out the kitchen window while talking on the phone, “hiding” credit card bills from Jake or feeding an army with her famous deviled eggs, chicken casserole, fried chicken, cornbread, rice pudding (her favorite) or apple crisp she was never short on food, love or entertainment.  Whether driving cross-country or riding to school in her green Monte Carlo, life was NEVER dull with Granny.

Mamie Lee loved people.  She was always excited to attend weddings, celebrations, school functions, sporting events, Farm Bureau meetings, recitals, grandchildren’s theater productions and her Golden Girls lunches.  She looked forward to hosting showers and dinners so she could dress up, talk to everyone and tell the best jokes to get the biggest laugh.  Full of life, energy and comedy she caused Jake to blush and shake his head much of their married life and left all with a smile and a chuckle.

Throughout her earthly life and especially near the end, her faith in Jesus Christ filled her heart and carried her failing body.  She shared her prayers with her family and knew that God was coming to take her home.  We cannot imagine this life without our Granny.  We love her more than a “bushel and peck”, but we rejoice that she is in God’s Heavenly garden.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Wilson Hollar of Vale and Viveca Wilson Paddon and husband Pete of Vale; five grandchildren; Hayley Hollar Leonard and husband, Brian, Steven Hollar, Dallas Paddon Butler and husband, Brandon, Carrie Wilson Love and husband, Kevin, and Julia Wilson; seven great- grandchildren, Gannon Hollar, Cooper Jake Leonard, Abigail Wilson, Madison Sullins , Selah Leonard and Alison Love;  sister, Patsy Bailey and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 7, Vale, NC. 28168.

Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton is serving the Wilson Family

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