Mrs. Pearl M. Roper
Mrs. Pearl M. Roper, 94, a resident of Grace Heights and a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother went to be with the lord on Sunday, April 27, 2003 following a period of declining health. Born Sarah Pearl McGalliard on June 4, 1908 in Burke County she was the daughter of the late Elijah and Polly Proctor McGalliard . Her husband John Wesley Roper; daughters Annie Laura Vallee, Betty Sue Welsh; granddaughter Lynn Vallee; sisters Ann Bland, Corrie Moses, Sue Pollard, Ruby Jones, Lib Henson ; brothers Aaron McGalliard, Paul McGalliard and Otis McGalliard.
Pearl had retired from Belk-Broome Company in Morganton and was known for her expertise in alterations. She was a faithful member of Snowhill United Methodist Church in Morganton. Many of Pearl’s friends have preceded her in death but she is in the memory of the children of those friends for her kindness and loving ways.
She is survived by: son Jerry Wesley Roper and wife Helen; daughters Ruby Irene Roper, Doris Maxine Koehler and husband Robert, Sarah Aleta (Tippy) Doak and husband Bill all of Morganton; sister Martha Franklin and husband Howard of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; brother James McGalliard of Morganton; grandchildren Cathy Clemente and husband Stephen of Troy, New York, Theresa Debraun of Sacramento California, Cindy Welsh, Bret Welsh of Westminster, Maryland, Robert Koehler and wife Cindy of Lincolnton, Jeffery Wesley Roper and wife Wendy, Shane LaRue and wife Tammy all of Morganton; loving great grandchildren Layla, Stephanie, Isaac, Chelsea, Zachary, Tara,Sydney, Samatha, Jacob and Lexus.
Funeral services will be 12:00 noon Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at Kirksey Funeral Home with the Reverend Nancy Krall officiating. Burial will follow at Faith Missionary Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends 11:00 AM till 2 noon on Wednesday at Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton, At other times the family will be at the home of Ruby Roper.
Memorials in Mrs. Roper memory may be made to Snow Hill United Methodist Church.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lawrence Monroe Nelson
Lawrence Monroe Nelson, age 82, of Marion, died Thursday, September 25, 2003 at the VA Medical Center in Asheville. Born in McDowell County to the late John Murphy Nelson and Cora Mosteller Nelson, he was retired from the United States Air Force, where he received a Purple Heart.
He is survived by three brothers: Myron E. Nelson, and his wife Marie; Robert N. Nelson, and his wife Aileen; and Albert M. Nelson, all of Marion; two sisters: Ruth N. Laws, and her husband Jeter; and Ann N. Altman, and her husband Tom, all of Marion.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 27, at Glenwood Cemetery at 2 PM. The Rev. Ricky Mason will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion. Online condolences may be made at www.kirkseyfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice.
Arrangements are in the care of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion.
Mr. William “Bill” Theodore Alexander Jr.
Mr. William “Bill” Theodore Alexander Jr., 74, of Highway 70 East in Nebo went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Father’s Day June 20, 2004. Born September 20, 1929 in Atlanta Georgia he was the son of the late William Theodore Alexander Sr. and Eloise McDowell Alexander.
Mr. Alexander was a member of Calvin Heights Baptist Church and had attended Asheville Street Baptist . He had been active in his Sunday School Class. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1946 to 1950 and retired as a volunteer Fireman after twenty years of service with both the Morganton and Nebo Departments. He had retired from both the Morganton Post Office and R.E.M.C.. He was currently working at Henredon Furniture.
He is survived by; his wife of fifty one years Mary Ann Bostic Alexander of the home; children Rhonda O’Clair Alexander of Morganton, William Theodore “Ted” Alexander III and wife Patti Powell Alexander of Shelby, Captain Docia A. Buchanan USAF and husband Tracy Paul Buchanan of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Ann Bostic A. Chapman and husband Alan Bart Chapman of Morganton; sister Eloise A. Stieneke of Lenior; brothers Joseph Vance Alexander and wife Mary of Morganton, Erwin McDowell Alexander and wife Celia of Suffolk Virginia; grandchildren William Theodore Alexander IV, Christina Ann Alexander, Alexander Cole Chapman, Hannah Marie Chapman and a cousin Bob Wright and wife Mary and their son Tom of California
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at Calvin Heights Baptist Church in Morganton with the Reverend Roy E. Houston officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 till 8:30 PM Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton.
Memorials in memory of Mr. Alexander may be made to the New Wilderness Adventure Christian Ministries, 416 Melody Lane, Shelby NC 28150.
Mrs. Nancy Geneva Milligan Sprouse
Mrs. Nancy Geneva Milligan Sprouse, 62, of Jenkins Road, Morganton, died December 6, 2004 at Grace Hospital. She was born August 2, 1942 in Burke County and was daughter of the late Ernest Milligan and Mary Edith Denton Milligan.
She was retired from Wendy’s Restaurant in Morganton where she worked for 18 years under the management of her good friend Larry Branch.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William McKinley “Bill” Sprouse and her sister Sadie Pearl Milligan.
She is survived by her son and his wife, Kenneth Wayne Sprouse and Adele, of Morganton and her daughter, Sheila Marie Sprouse of Morganton; brothers, Loy E. Milligan of Memphis, TN, Jack Milligan and Leon Milligan both of Morganton, sisters Ruth Burleson, Betty Huffman and Sue Dockery all of Morganton; grandchildren, Natosha Sprouse, Ashley Sprouse, Kendra Sprouse, Robert Hudson and Krystal Hudson, 2 step-grandchildren, Amanda Piercy and Brandon Long, 1 step-great grandchild, Alexis Piercy, mother-in-law, Pearlie Gates Clontz of Morganton and her best friends, Virginia and Raymond Hightower of Morganton.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday at Kirksey Memorial Chapel with Reverend Harold Camp presiding. Internment will follow the service at Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 at the funeral home.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Barrier family with arrangements.
Mrs. Eva Pauline Beam Nichols
Mrs. Eva Pauline Beam Nichols, 88, of Marion, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 15, 2005, while at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Asheville. Born March 26, 1917, in Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Gillispie Beam and Flora Barrier Beam. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Nichols Hollifield.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband, Hubert Woodrow “Bill” Nichols, of Marion; a daughter, Deanna Jaynes and husband, David, of Marion; three sisters, Helen Conner, Betty Castle & Shirley Vallini, all of Marion; also four grandchildren, David Jaynes and wife, Laura, of Harrisonburg, VA, Michael Jaynes, and wife, Lora, of Marion, Beverly Brooks, of Austin, TX and Rhonda Kronaweiter, of Germany; also four great grandchildren, Zachary & Luke Jaynes and Mark & Charity Johnson; and two great great grandchildren and several nieces & Nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Nichols will be held 2:00PM, Tuesday, May 17, 2005, in the McCall Memorial Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, with Reverend Danny Castle and Mr. Will T. Winchester officiating. Interment will follow at the McDowell Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Services at the Funeral Home.
Mrs. Ruth Harrelson Branch
Mrs. Ruth Harrelson Branch, of Carbon City Road in Morganton, died Tuesday April 29, 2003 at the home of her daughter in Drexel. She was born in Cleveland County to Eugene R. and Dora Canipe Harrelson.
Mrs. Branch was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Samuel Branch: four brothers: Ray Harrelson, Dan Harrelson, John Harrelson and Marshall Harrelson, and three sisters: Mildred Harrelson, Ruby McSwain, and Helen Blakeley.
She is survived by her daughters: Lynne Hallyburton and husband Ervin, Susan Estes of Morganton, and Teri Allen and husband Sonny of Drexel, and Catherine Patterson of Greensboro. Also surviving are her eleven grandchildren: Douglas Hallyburton, Amy Shuping, Julie Bliss, Rebecca Goulding, Tamara Hopkins, Ernest Vaughn, Lee Vaughn, Justin Allen, Leslie Allen, Allen Patterson, and Phillip Patterson, and twelve great-grandchildren. In addition, a sister, Margaret H. Wilson of Gastonia, and a brother, Jack L. Harrelson of Bessemer City also survive.
Mrs. Branch was member of First United Methodist Church in Morganton and attended Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Morganton for many years.
She was a retiree of Western Carolina Center in Morganton.
Special thanks to Dr. Carolyn Mook and her fine staff who are all so caring, and to Dr. William Johanson and Dr. Diaa Hussein of Drexel Medical Practice and their employees. Also, we are grateful to Dr. Kenneth Bonfield and Dr. Larry Willis of Morganton Eye Physicians for providing excellent and gracious care of our mother for many years.
We are grateful for the many kind offerings of assistance from her neighbors in the Carbon City area: Johnny and Georgia Walker, Jim McDaniel, Junie McDaniel, John and Mildred Henry, and Mark Henry.
The family is deeply indebted to Ms. Ollie Kincaid, Mrs. Pansy Isaacs, Mrs. Barbara Nichols, and Ms. Ann Smith for the wonderful care they provided her in the home each day.
To everyone associated with Hospice, we are very grateful, especially Sherry Wakefield, Patty Guier, and a special volunteer, Gail Brittain. Also Linda Brackett, Parish nurse from Christ United Methodist church.
Funeral Services will be held at the Kirksey Memorial Chapel on Thursday, May 1, 2003 at 4:00pm. The Reverend Beth Henderson will be officating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, beginning at 3:00pm.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, NC 28690, or to Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Hwy. 18 N., Morganton.
David Andrew Hunter “Joe”
David Andrew Hunter “Joe”, age 84, of Marion, died Thursday, September 25, 2003 at Autumn Care.
Born in McDowell County to the late David and Alice Lanning Hunter, he attended Greenlee Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sisters, Vestie Davis and Minnie Davis both of Marion.
Services will be held 11:00 o’clock Saturday, September 27, 2003, in the McCall Memorial Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home. Rev. Jim Brewer will officiate with burial following in Old Liberty Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Arrangements are in the care of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion.
Mrs. Lola Freeman Whisenant
Mrs. Lola Freeman Whisenant, 80 of Salem Road, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at Grace Hospital. She was born in Burke County and was daughter of the late Carl Freeman and Annie Mae McGhinnis Freeman. She was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Whisenant; son, Robert David Whisenant; daughter, Belinda Robin Feeback and brothers, James Freeman, Ned Freeman and Earnest Freeman.
She is survived by her daughters, Betty Farr and husband, Ken of Highland, Michigan, Ruby Gentry of Morganton; Louise Davis and husband, David of Hopewell, VA and Rita Semones and husband, Neil of Conover, NC; sisters, Elsie Miller of Morganton; Lucy Branch of Connelly Springs; Virginia Lefevers, Grace Robinson and Gladys Ross all of Drexel; brothers, Billy Freeman and Ray Freeman both of Morganton; 21 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
A Graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, June 25th at Burke Memorial Park with Rev. Andrew Parkey officiating. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the funeral home.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Whisenant family with the arrangements.
Mrs. Thelma Nutt Hawk
Mrs. Thelma Nutt Hawk, 92, a resident of Autumn Care, Drexel, died Saturday, December 11, 2004 at Grace Hospital. She was born on November 20, 1912 in Franklin, GA and was daughter of the late John Lewis Nutt and Bertha Hardigree Nutt.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold D. Hawk and daughter, Barbara Joyce Gordon.
Mrs. Hawk was retired from Heard County Schools where she taught for 36 years. She was a member of the Franklin Baptist Church where she also taught Sunday School.
She is survived by her sons, Selby Hawk of Morganton and Randy Hawk of Statesboro, Ga; sister, Bovene Sewell of Newnan, Ga; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hawk will be held in the Chapel of Tom Stutts and Sons Funeral Home in Franklin, Ga, 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 14, 2004 with the Reverend Ronnie Jordan presiding. Interment will follow the service at Franklin City Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting with the local arrangements; Tom Stutts and Sons Funeral Home, Franklin, Ga is assisting with out-of-town services.