Margaret Murray Phillips
Morganton – Margaret Murray Phillips, 78, beloved mother and grandmother, died Sunday, July 11, 2004 at Grace Hospital. She was born July 4, 1926 in Burke County and was daughter of the late Albert Avery Murray and Addie Orders Murray.
She was a member of the Asheville Street Baptist Church where she was member for 51 years. She served as the Sunday School Teacher for the pre-school class for more than 40 years. She was retired from Roses Department Store where she worked as a bookkeeper. She had many hobbies and one was the pride that she had taken in her garden.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John Murray and Charles Murray; sisters, Rosa Lee Murray, Christine Murray and Mildred Murray Denton.
She is survived by her husband, Robert T. Phillips; son, R.Wayne Phillip and wife, Judy of Morganton; brother, Ned Phifer Murray of Morganton and a grandson, Wesley Phillips of Morganton.
Funeral services will be 3:00 PM Tuesday at Asheville Street Baptist Church with Reverend Douglas Goforth and rev. McCoy Robinson officiating. Interment will follow the service at Burke Memorial Park. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service in the Church Fellowship Hall.
Memorials may be made to Asheville Street Baptist Church, 119 Asheville Street, Morganton, NC 28655.
Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton, NC is serving the Phillips family.
Mrs. Mildred Wilkerson Arrowood
Mrs. Mildred Wilkerson Arrowood, 69, of Marion, went to be with the Lord, Monday, December 27, 2004, at her residence. Born in McDowell County March 20, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Burgin Wilkerson and the late Gladys Lawing.
Mrs. Arrowood was proceeded in death by her husband, Fred Arrowood; brother, Cecil Wilkerson; and sister Betty Murphy.
Mrs. Arrowood is survived by her brother, Leroy Wilkerson.
Sisters, Evelyn Connor and Lois Sigmon.
Daughters, Laura Rose and husband Harold; Helen Frances Biddix and husband Gary; Linda Smith and husband Lester; Rosalie Morgan and husband Danny.
Son, James “Buster” Arrowood and wife Kelly.
Her loving grandchildren, Harold Dean Rose, David Rose, Robert Morgan, Shelby Morgan, Tonia Jones, Kristy Biddix, Amber Arrowood, and Gabriel Arrowood.
Her loving great-grandchild Landon Riley Jones
Funeral Services for Mrs. Arrowood will be held 2:00PM, Thursday, December 30, 2004, at Bethel Baptist Church with the Reverend Jimmy Upton officiating. Interment will follow at the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00PM-8:000PM, Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at the funeral home.
Grady Lee Wacaster
Grady Lee Wacaster, 68 and a native of Marion, NC, passed away June 2, 2003, at his home after a long illness.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara Lucas Wacastrer of the home; daughter Carole Wacaster Borden, son-in-law John Gold Borden,Jr., grandchildren John Lucas Borden, and Alexandria Gold Borden, all of Charleston, SC; Mother, Mollie Thomas Wacaster, brother Marshall Paul Wacaster, sisters Bonnie Wacaster Hamm, Brenda Wacaster Blair, and Joyce Wacaster Roland of Marion, NC; and a sister Christine Wacaster Pittman of Placerville, CA.
Grady was a graduate of the University of North Carolina `at Asheville, and was well known for his work in Community Penalties with Western Carolinians for Criminal Justice,Inc. (WCCJ) as the Director of Felony Alternative Sentencing Programs. While a student at UNC-A, he served on the SGA, and later taught for the College for Seniors Program and was a member of the General Alumni Association Board of Directors. Grady also served as President of the Marion Kiwanis Club and as President of the Glenwood PTA. He was a member of the Tin Can Sailors, and a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Navy aboard the USS Vessole. Grady was also a Staff Sergeant in the Air Force, and an MP in the Army National Guard. In addition to this, he taught at Nebo Elementary School, was Superintendent of both the McDowell and Rutherford County Prisons, but more recently during his retirement was working on a manuscript, and enjoying his family, especially his grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Thursday, June 5, 2003 at Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC. The funeral service will be held at 4 Pm on Friday, June 6 at Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC. The Rev. Sam Hope will conduct the service, with Bruce Jarvis giving remarks.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Western Carolinians for Criminal Justice, Inc. (WCCJ) PO Box 7472 Asheville, NC 28802
Arrangements are in the care of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion.
Ruby Mae Eagle Lonon
Ruby Mae Eagle Lonon, age 87, of Marion, died Thursday, October 23, 2003 in the McDowell Hospital.
Born in Rowan County to the late Albert T. and Mary Canupp Eagle, she was a retired employee of N.C. Finishing Plant. She was the wife of the late Otis Lonon. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Moody V. Eagle.
Surviving are one daughter, Marilyn Lonon of Asheville,N.C.; two sons, Gerald Lonon of Eastover, S.C. and Kerry Dean Lonon of Marion, N.C.; one brother, James A. Eagle of Sumter, S.C.; one sister, Marjorie Miller of Rockwell, N.C.; four grandchildren.
Services will be held 12:00 noon Saturday, November 1, 2003 in the McCall Memorial Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred M. Reese of Concord, United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be held at McDowell Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Home Delivered Meals C/O McDowell Senior Center, P.O. Box 338, Marion, N.C. 28752.
Arrangements are in the care of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion.
Benjamin Leroy Waters
Morganton -- Benjamin Leroy Waters, 79, of Hwy 64, died Saturday, July 10, 2004 at Grace Hospital. He was born in Burke County on November 13, 1924 and was son of the late Hayes Waters and Minnie Duckworth Waters.
He was retired from the Great Lakes Carbon Plant and enjoyed farming all of his life.
In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by brothers, John Waters, Calvin Waters and Bill Waters; his sister, Helen Waters.
He is survived by one son, Joe Bennett Waters and wife Teresa from Nebo; brother, Hardy Waters and wife, Mary of Morganton and a sister, Hettie Stillwell of Morganton.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church with Reverend Alan Wilson officiating. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made Denton’s Chapel UM Church, 5358 Denton’s Chapel Road, Morganton, NC 28655.
Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton, NC is serving the Waters family.
Mrs. Lennie “Mae” Henline
Mrs. Lennie “Mae” Henline, 90, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 29, 2004, while at the Mountain Ridge Wellness Center. Born June 10, 1914, in the beautiful mountains of McDowell County to the late Wates and Minnie Sparks Hollifield. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Henline was also preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Garfield Henline, in 2002 and a son, Jerry Dean Henline, in 1966, three sisters, Faye Buchanan, Martha Buchanan, and Myrtle Hollifield; and two brothers, Guy & Homer Hollifield. “We remember Granny for her many attributes. She was soft spoken and gentle. The ultimate caregiver of her family. Kindness was the language she spoke and lived.” She was a member of the Grandview Baptist Church and will be remembered there for sharing her delicious fried apple pies. Mrs. Henline loved flowers and enjoyed gardening.
Mrs. Henline is survived by a daughter, Joyce Ann and husband, Bruce Tyler, of Marion; Two sisters, Maggie Barlette, of Marion and Mary Hollifield, of Spruce Pine; One brother, Ersel Hollifield, of Marion; One granddaughter, Deborah Painter Plemmons and husband, J. Michael Plemmons, of Candler, NC; Two great granddaughters, Emily Mae and Elizabeth Ann Plemmons, both of Candler, NC; A special life-long friend, Thelma McGee and Mrs. Henline’s dog, Trixie.
A Funeral Service to Celebrate Mrs. Henline’s Life will be held 11:00AM, Saturday, January 1, 2005, at the Grandview Baptist Church with the Reverends Charles Dicks and Milton Hollifield officiating. Interment will follow at the McDowell Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Services at the Church. Those desiring to make memorials in Mrs. Henline’s memory may do so to the Grandview Baptist Church.
Mrs. Yette Lindemark Sorensen
Mrs. Yette Lindemark Sorensen, 58, of Britthaven Nursing Center died Saturday, June 7, 2003 after an extended battle with Multiple Sclerosis at Britthaven Nursing Center. Born in Odense Denmark, June 2, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Knuud Lindemark Sorensen and Greta Sorensen Walker .
Mrs. Sorensen was a teacher assistance for many years in the Macon County School System.
She is survived by: son Jerry Stevens Jr. and wife Nikki of Lenoir ; daughter Debbie Robillard and husband Matthew of Lenoir; brothers Miles Walker of Franklin, Eddie Walker, Lindy Sorensen both of California; sisters Karen Sorensen, Deanna Sorensen both of California; grandchildren Jordan Stevens and Madison Robillard.
A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 10, 2003 at Forest Hill Cemetery with the Reverend John Carswell officiating.
Memorials in Mrs. Sorensen ‘s memory may be made to the Macon County Humane Society, 200 Gable Street, Franklin N.C. 28734 or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, N.C. Regional Office, 9844 –C Southern Pines Blvd., Charlotte N.C. 28273.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Sorensen family with arrangements.
Mr. Kenneth Vernon Settlemyre
Mr. Kenneth Vernon Settlemyre, 61, formerly of Drexel died Sunday, November 2, 2003 at his residence in Anchorage Alaska. Born January 6, 1942 he was the son of Bonnie Settlemyre Short of Drexel and the late Vernon Alexander Settlemyre.
Mr. Settlemyre was a member of the 1960 Drexel High School and had served in the U.S. Air Force as a sergeant for twelve years. He had resided in Anchorage Alaska for the last twenty six years and had worked as a Dental Hygienist for Doctor Donald Burke.
In addition to his mother he is survived by: daughter Teresa Settlemyre Greene and husband Brian of Taunton Massachusetts; brothers Stephen Houston Settlemyre of Morganton, Tom Settlemyre and wife Gina of Charlotte; sister Barbara Settlemyre Griffin and husband Mike of Birmingham Alabama; grandchildren Brian A. Greene Jr., Brandon M. Greene; step father Joe Short and a number of nieces and nephews.
A grave side service will be held 11:00 AM Friday, November 7, 2003 at Burke Memorial Park with the Reverend Phil Holmes officiating.
The family will receive friends 6:30 till 8:30 Thursday at Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton.
Memorials in Mr. Settlemyre memory may be made to the First Baptist Church in Drexel, Drexel NC28619.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Settlemyre family with arrangements.
James Edward Sheehan Sr.
James Edward Sheehan Sr., 75, of Marion, died Thursday, July 8, 2004 at Autumn Care in Drexel.
Born in McDowell County, he was the son of the late Eve Sheehan Noblitt. He attended Grandview Baptist Church of Marion where he was a charter member, church elder, Sunday School teacher and founding deacon. Mr. Sheehan was an avid gardener, master woodcrafter, a veteran of the Korean War and was a deeply religious man and loved the Lord.
Surviving are two sons, James Sheehan Jr. and wife, Ruby, of Marion and Scott Randall Sheehan of Marion; one daughter, Brenda Thomas and husband, Douglas, of Marion; and two grandchildren, Stephanie Thomas and Gavyn Sheehan.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2004 at McCall Memorial Chapel with the Revs. Charles Dicks and Danny White officiating. Interment will follow in McDowell Memorial Park. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion.