Arven Odell Smith Jr.

Arven Odell Smith Jr., 66, of Newton passed away October 9, 2019.

A graveside service to celebrate Arven’s life will be held October 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Catawba

Memorial Park in Hickory. The family will receive friends following the Graveside service. Mr. Smith’s body will be available for viewing at Bennett Funeral Service in Conover until October

12, 2019 until 10 a.m.

Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is serving the Smith family.

Marcelle Hawn Gales

Marcelle Hawn Gales, 97, of Hickory passed away October 9, 2019.

A service to celebrate Marcelle’s life will be held October 13, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at Saint Pauls Memorial Park in Newton. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church.

Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is serving the Gales family.

Robert Leonard Cloninger

Robert Leonard Cloninger, 96, passed away October 9, 2019.

 A graveside service to celebrate Robert’s life will be held October 14, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Cemetery in Claremont. The family will receive friends following the service. 

 Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is serving the Cloninger family.

Jacob Wayne Chase

In Loving Memory of Jacob Wayne Chase, born June 11, 1995 passed away on June12, 2019.

The Twenty-Third Psalm:The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou annointest my head with oil: my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 For everyone that was left, or for those who couldn’t attend there will be a memorial for Jacob Wayne Chase at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hwy 15 E. October 19, 2019 at 6 p.m.

 Pamela Darlene Craig Burgess

Pamela Darlene Craig Burgess, age 68 of Denver passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Atrium Health – Lincoln.

Born December 12, 1950 in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Berlie Reese Craig and the late Daisy Mae Harkey Tallent.

Left to cherish her memory: 2 Daughters: Wendy Michele Burgess of Conover; Misty Dawn Abernethy of Denver, Son: Anthony “Tony” Wayne Burgess of Lincolnton, 3 Grandchildren: Miranda Sherer; Hayden Burgess; Kennan Burgess, 3 Brothers: Terry Craig of Lincolnton; Patrick Craig of Shelby; Jerry Craig and wife, Diane of Maiden.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church with Pastor Eddie Yount officiating.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

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Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Burgess Family.

 Christine Elizabeth Drum Mayberry

Christine Elizabeth Drum Mayberry, age 94 of Newton passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton.

Born September 10, 1925 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Monroe and Laura Cline Drum. Christine was a life-long member of Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church,  W.M.U. and Goldenage. In addition to her parents, husband, Edward L. Mayberry; sister: Margaret D. Warren; 2 brothers: Ewell Drum and Floyd Drum preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory: 3 sons: Dr. Ed Mayberry of VA; Dr. David Mayberry (Dr. Jewell Mayberry) of Salisbury, NC; Bill Mayberry (Linda Mayberry) of Marietta, GA, Grandchildren: Dr. Sarah M. Scott (Jeremy Scott); Maria M. DiGirolamo (Matt DiGirolamo); Dr. Christina M. Cox (Dr. Mike Cox); Matthew Mayberry (Karen Mayberry), 6 Great-Grandchildren, Sister: Betty D. Isaac of Newton

The funeral service will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Staton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00 – 2:45 PM at the church.

The family would like to thank the staff of Abernethy Laurels and Carolina Caring for their care.

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Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Mayberry Family.

Ernest Carroll Poston

Ernest Carroll Poston, 74 of Iron Station, NC passed away peacefully at Atrium Health, Lincolnton, NC after several years of struggling with health issues. Ernie was born in Mooresville, NC on October 21, 1944 to Rev. Ernest Poston, Jr. and Colleen Washam Poston who both preceded him in death.

Ernie is survived by his wife of 23 years, Barbara Poston and her children Scott Henson (Chandra) of Maiden, NC and Sandy Lemmons of Lincolnton, NC and grandchildren Jonas Henson and Elias Henson. He is also survived by his 4 sisters, Marcia Palmeter (Ken) of Oak Island, NC, Glenna Roush (Mike) of Fort Mill, SC, Myra Faulkenbury of Concord, NC and Lisa Savage (Joe) of Fort Mill, SC along with several nieces and nephews.

Ernie grew up in Charlotte, NC, graduating from Harding High School in 1963. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army primarily stationed in Verdun, France. After service, he worked in the IT Department of Woonsocket Mills. Much of his later years were spent as a short haul truck driver.

Ernie (Carroll or Bubba to his sisters) loved the beach, fishing and all kinds of sports - especially NASCAR, the Dodgers, the Green Bay Packers and all things DUKE. He also greatly loved his precious little dog Squirt, recently deceased.

Funeral services will be held at Pearl Baptist Church in Iron Station on Saturday, October 12 at 2 pm with the family receiving 1 hour prior to the service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be made to Pearl Baptist Church, Hospice of Lincoln County or any charity of your choice.

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Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Poston Family.

 Sidney Noah Goodson

Sidney Noah Goodson, 80, of Callahan FL (Previously of Lincolnton, NC) went home to be with the Lord on September 30, 2019.

He was born on May 16, 1939 in Maiden N.C. to Joseph and Bessie Goodson. Sidney loved Jesus! For many years he evangelized. He spoke on WHKY TV in Hickory, N.C for almost 30 years and then on WHIP in Mooresville, N.C. until his passing. He was an active member of Bible Christian Fellowship in Callahan.

He is survived by his children; Roxanna (Melvin Jr) Cox, Rosa (Sam) Smith, Ronnie Goodson, Joyce (Steve) Waters, Bobbie (Debbie) Bryant, Steve (Shirley) Bryant and William Bryant, numerous grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, great-greatgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 wives; Mary Lynn Goodson and Mary Lucille Goodson, Brenda Goodson, son; Joseph Sidney Goodson, brothers; Garland, Richard, Burton and Lawrence Goodson, sister; Mary Lee Goodson Caldwell.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at the Full Gospel Sunrise Church  for a Celebration of his life from 2-2:30 PM, service will begin at 2:30 PM with Pastor Melvin “Cowboy” Cox Jr. & Pastor Robert Alexander officiating.

The address to the church is Full Gospel Sunrise Church 539 Full Gospel Church Rd. Hickory, N.C. 28602

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in his memory be made to Bible Christian Fellowship PO BOX 1504 Callahan FL 32011.

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Wilma Smith

Wilma Smith, age 83, was called to Heaven on Monday, October 7, 2019 after a courageous battle with heart disease.

Funeral services will be held at noon ET on Saturday, October 12, at Ivey Memorial Methodist church in Maiden with pastors Tim Byrd and Jim Matthews officiating. The family will greet friends and family from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church’s Fellowship hall. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Lincolnton. 

Wilma was born April 18, 1936 in Lincoln County to the late Luie and Carey Goodson.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by brothers Calvin Goodson, Larry Goodson and a sister Elizabeth Schrum. 

Wilma is survived by her beloved husband, Alvin Thomas Smith, Jr., of 61 years and her cherished sister Evelyn Fletcher.   She is also survived by two daughters Lori Smith Dossey (Keith) and Cindy Smith Lancaster (Chris) and three revered grandchildren, Jacob Dossey, Mason Lancaster and Mattie Lancaster.

Wilma is a graduate of Lincolnton High School.  She worked forty-plus years as a secretary for Exxon Mobile and Clark Properties before becoming a small business owner.  In retirement she traveled, volunteered and spent time with her family, which was her greatest love.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Ivey Memorial Methodist Church, 1360 Ivey Church Road, Maiden, NC.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Smith family.

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