Hazelene Houser Heafner

Hazelene Houser Heafner, 78, of Crouse, passed away September 29, 2019.

Her funeral service was held October 1, 2019, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Crouse. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:30 until 3:45 p.m. at the church. 

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Heafner family.

 Bobbie Lee Litton

Bobbie Lee Litton, 73, of Granite Falls passed away September 27, 2019.

 The funeral will be 3 p.m. October 4th, 2019 at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.

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

 Steve Wayne Quentrill

Steve Wayne Quentrill, 64 of Newton, passed away September 29, 2019.

No services will be held at this time.

Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the Quentrill Family.

 Betty Hedrick Campbell

Betty Hedrick Campbell, 88, of Claremont passed away September 29, 2019.

 A memorial service to celebrate Betty’s life will be held October 4, 2019 at 2 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Claremont. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church Cemetery in Claremont. The family will receive friends October 4, 2019 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is serving the Campbell family.

 Bobby G. Bowen

Bobby G. Bowen, 80, of Lincolnton passed away September 29, 2019.

Services will be held at a later date.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Bowen family.

 Valerie Jean Norman Martin

Valerie Jean Norman Martin, 64 of Lincolnton, passed away September 17, 2019.

A memorial service for Mrs. Martin will be held at 12 p.m. October 5, 2019 in the Chapel of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Martin family.

 Amanda Lynn Church

Amanda Lynn Church 35 of Claremont passed away September 28, 2019.

A Celebration of life will be held 5 p.m. October 3rd, 2019 at Jenkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. October 3, 2019 at Celebration Center of Jenkins Funeral Home.

Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Newton is serving the Church family.

 Margaret McGinnis Dellinger

Margaret McGinnis Dellinger, 90, Stanley, passed away October 1, 2019.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. October 3, 2019, in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Alexis.  The family will receive friends from 5 until 6 p.m. today, at Warlick Funeral Home.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Dellinger family.

 David Forrest Duncan

David Forrest Duncan, 70, of Conover passed away September 29, 2019.

A service to celebrate David’s life will be held October 3, 2019 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Conover. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is serving the Duncan family.

Vera Keller Lail

Vera Keller Lail, 86, of Conover passed away September 29, 2019.

A service to celebrate Vera’s life will be held October 5, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Yadkin Baptist Church in Lenoir, NC.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends October 4, 2019 from 6 – 8 p.m. at North Newton Baptist Church in Newton. 

Bennett Funeral Service of Conoveris serving the Lail family.

Mary Sue Bradley

Mary Sue Bradley, 72, of Lincolnton died Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Caromont Health in Gastonia. Born April 17th, 1947 she was the daughter of Thomas Suber Leitzsey and Mary Livingston Leitzsey.

Her daughters, Lynn Mead Hensel of Conover and Tonya Bradley of Dallas; a sister, Bonnie Carter of Atlanta, Georgia; a brother, George Leitzsey of Dothan, Alabama; two grandchildren, Brittany Humphrey of Belmont and Payton Beaver of Dallas and a great-granddaughter, Harper Parsons survive her.

In addition to her parents, her friend Willie Grayson Downs and her brothers, Thomas Leitzsey, Charles Leitzsey and William Leitzsey preceded her in death.

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

Michael “Mike” Edward Keener

Michael “Mike” Edward Keener, age 62, of Goodson Forest Lane in Lincolnton, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

A celebration of his life will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019, in the Warlick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Jones officiating.  The family will receive friends on Saturday from 4:45 until 5:45 p.m. at Warlick Funeral Home.

 Mike was born April 6, 1957, in Lincoln County, to the late Robert Clyde Keener and Lena Elizabeth Watkins Keener.  In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Larry Keener and Jerry Keener.  Mike was co-owner of B & E Motors. 

 He is survived by a daughter, Nicole Keener of Colorado; a sister, Teresa Christopher of Cherryville; three brothers, Terry Keener of Clover, SC, Dean Keener of Lincolnton, and Laddie Korn of Lincolnton; and his former wife, Renee Keener of Maiden. 

 Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 900 Dontia Drive, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Keener family.

 Charles Fitzhugh Beam, Jr. Ph.D.

Charles Fitzhugh Beam, Jr. Ph.D., 79, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Sallie Baker Beam passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019. The family will receive friends at J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, October 2, 2019 in All Saints Lutheran Church, 2107 Highway 17 N, Mt. Pleasant at 4:00 pm. A visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at Warlick Funeral Home in Lincolnton, NC.  Interment will be 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Crouse, North Carolina.

Charles was born September 24, 1940 in New York, New York, son of the late Charles Fitzhugh Beam and the late Moye Isabelle Heafner Beam. He was a Professor Emeritus in the Chemistry Department with the College of Charleston. Dr. Beam earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the City College of the City University of New York in 1963 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1970.

Dr. Beam started his career in teaching and research of chemistry at Newberry College from 1972-1982. Dr. Beam and Dr. Dan Antoin (USC-Columbia) were highly involved in the establishment South Carolina Academy of Science (SCAS) in 1980. In 1982, Dr. Beam relocated to Charleston, South Carolina to take a professor position at the College of Charleston where he worked the remaining of his career until 2012.

Dr. Beam’s talent and commitment to his profession was recognized through his peers and others through a number of honors and accolades for his accomplishments:

Distinguished Research Award at College of Charleston (1990), Elected to membership of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, College of Charleston Chapter (1991), South Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society- Chemist of the Year Award (2000), Outstanding Achievement Award of the School of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Charleston (2000), Admission to The Royal Society of Chemistry (2001), Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Awareness (2003), American Chemical Society Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research (2006).

He was humbled and thrilled by these acknowledgements but was especially proud of the 165 undergraduate research students that he mentored along his career. Dr. Beam and his students published 101 papers in academic journals.

Upon his retirement, Dr. Beam donated nearly 1000 unique compounds from his work as an organic chemist to the South Carolina Compound Library at the Medical University of South Carolina to be further explored as candidates for drug discovery.  

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sallie Beam of Mt. Pleasant, SC; two sons, Charles Paul Beam of Columbia, SC and John Aaron Beam (Parke) of Charleston, SC; sister, Gwen Ouellette (Andre) of Somerville, NJ; grandson, Nolan Spradley Beam; and special cousin, Kay Beam Lynes of Rock Hill, SC.

Memorials may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation- https://www.michaeljfox.org/.

 Willis E. Hobson, Jr.

A kind, true gentleman, and quintessential member of “The Greatest Generation”, Bill passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 as a resident of Carmel Place Retirement Community.  He was born on January 10, 1924 in Pittsburgh, PA to Willis and Martine Hobson. His father, a coal mining manager, moved the family as work dictated before settling in Alabama where Bill lived through childhood until he left for the war.

 Embodied by the values and character of becoming an Eagle Scout, Bill continued on from Eagle to be a junior assistant scout master, and later received Scout of the Year award.

 In 1942, Bill attended Auburn University, but left in January 1943, to enter the Civil Service Program to study radio repair at Livingston State College (now University of Alabama) in preparation for volunteering for WWII.

 Bill entered the U.S. Army basic training at Camp Crowder, Missouri in July of 1943, and was selected to be trained there for telephone installation and repair. He began his tour of duty in Europe as a Signal Corps technician which took him to England and France. Bill was especially proud that he had the privilege of running the telephone line for General Eisenhower’s train in February of 1945, before he was honorably discharged in December 1945.

 After the war, Bill attended college and graduated from Alabama PolyTech Institute (Auburn University). He was an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, serving a term as president. 

 Enjoying a successful sales career as an electrical engineer, he  worked for SKF Industries, Texas Instruments, and finally retiring from Robert W. Chapman Company in 1989.

 Bill is predeceased by his beloved wife, Sara, of 55 years, and his sister, Ruth. He is survived by his sister, Mary, who is 101 years young.  Bill is also survived by his three children: Dave Hobson, Susan Dulin (Charlie), Barbara Pair (Ed), and six adoring grandchildren (John & David Harwood, Annabelle Dulin, Colin & Davis Stewart (both Eagle Scouts), and Patrick Pair.

 Without a doubt, Bill brought joy, humor, integrity, and honesty to everything he did and to every person he met. He was an avid reader, loved playing bridge, golf, gardening and traveling with Sara. There were few things he could not fix, loved working in his garage shop, tinkering and making things including golf clubs for himself, Sara, his children and grandchildren. His fondest hobby and greatest love in life was spending time with his family.

 Bill was a devoted Christian, serving as Elder in the Presbyterian Church, most recently at First Presbyterian Church in Lincolnton.

 Visitation and a celebration of life for friends and family will be held at Carmel Place, 5512 Carmel Rd., CLT on Friday, October 4 from 3-4:30 pm.  There will be a graveside service on Saturday, October 5 at 11:00 at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 2858 E Hwy 150, Lincolnton, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Communities in Schools, 601 E 5th St., CLT 28202.

 Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Hobson family.

 Sarah Lee Davis Swartwout

Sarah Lee Davis Swartwout, age 97, of Cardinal Care in Lincolnton, died on Thursday, September 26, 2019.

 A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at First United Methodist Church in Lincolnton, with Rev. Tony Matthews officiating. 

 Sarah was born December, 24, 1921, at Breezy Point Farm in Hamburg, Alabama, to the late John Holmes Lee and Charlotte Parks Lee.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Don Davis; and her second husband, Lewis Swartwout.  She was a graduate of Judson College and worked as a physical education teacher, and then librarian, for the Illinois School System. 

 She is survived by two sons, Don Davis of Clarkston, MI, and Lee Davis of Miami, FL; a daughter, Charlotte Ann Hair of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Stephanie Mood (Frank), Jeff Davis, Marcie Finnigan, D.G. Hair (Beth); seven great-grandchildren. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 201 E. Main Street, Lincolnton, NC  28092.

 She loved books, golfing, gardening, and her family very much.  She enjoyed life and brought happiness to all those she encountered.  She exemplified a true ‘Southern Belle.’

 Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Swartwout family.

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