Mrs. Annie Bell Wall Bristol
Mrs. Annie Bell Wall Bristol formerly of Council Oak’s Estate of Morganton, Went to be with her Jesus on Tuesday, July 20, 2004.
Born in Burke County she was the daughter of the late Robert Terrell Wall and Bertha Bell Epley Wall of Morganton. In Addition to her parents she was preceded in death by an infant daughter ; her husband Reverend Billy Bristol; brother Raymond T. Wall and a sister Mary Beatrice Wall Ray.
She is survived by: a Daughter Billie Ann Berry and a son-in-law Ralph Berry of Morganton; grandchildren Patricia Ann Berry and husband Terry, Ward Berry and wife Angie all of Morganton, Charlotte Hughes and husband Sam of Old Fort; Great grandchildren Elizabeth Danielle Anthony, Madison Sarah Ann Berry, Ralph Walker Hughes and Kenneth Emory Hughes ; three sisters Mable Ross, Muriel Houck, Ruby Mulwee all of Morganton and a number of nieces and nephews. She is also survived by many friends, Joyces Wall and friends at the Shytle House, Freda and James Berry and Carolyn and Norman Bolick
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, July 23, 2004 at the Central Baptist Church in Morganton of which she was a member, with the Reverends Richard Cline and Donald Lovelace officiating.
The family will receive friends 6 till 8:30 PM Thursday at Kirksey Funeral in Morganton.
The Resting Place will be at Burke Memorial Park next to her Loving Husband, Reverend Billy Bristol.
Memorials in Mrs. Bristol Memory may be made to the American Red Cross 305-A West Union Street, Morganton, NC 28655 or to the Shytle House, Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese NC 28690.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Bristol family with arrangements.
Blanche Berkley Carlton
Blanche Berkley Carlton, 87, died Thursday, January 6, 2005 at Grace Heights Nursing Center following a lingering illness.
She is survived by four sons, Robert “Butch” Smith and wife, Barbara, Bobby Dean Smith and wife Verita all of Granite Falls; Larry W. Dula and wife Ruby of Connelly Springs; Lloyd K. Smith and wife Margaret of Jacksonville, TX; two daughters; Donna McGinnis and husband, Donald of Valdese and Bonita Nadine Morris and husband, Thomas of Granite Falls; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
A Crypt Side service will be held 3:00 PM Saturday at the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum with Reverend John Brashear officiating. The family will receive friends following the service and at other times at the home of Bonita Nadine Morris in Granite Falls.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers charitable donations be made to the donor’s choice.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Carlton family with arrangements.
Mrs. Annie Sue Seagle Willis Helms
Mrs. Annie Sue Seagle Willis Helms, 95, of Marion, passed away, Wednesday, June 15, 2005, at Autumn Care, Marion. Born December 22, 1909, in Rutherford County, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Seagle and Carrie Wilson Seagle. In addition to her parents, Annie was preceded in death by her first husband, Jeter K. Willis, an infant son, Clyde Raymond and her second husband, Dewey Helms. Mrs. Helms was a charter member of the Yancy Street Baptist Church and a current member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of Cross Cotton Mills.
Mrs. Helms is survived by one son, Harold Willis, and wife, Elizabeth, of Marion; two daughters, Hazel Willis Morgan, of Bloomfield Hills, MI and Betty Willis Webb, of Marion. Eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Also left to cherish her memory is her family of caregivers at Autumn Care.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Helms will be held 11:00AM, Saturday, June 18, 2005, in the McCall Memorial Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion with the Reverend Richard Porter officiating. Interment will follow at the Nebo Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Services at the Funeral Home.
Vashti Dulin Clapp
Vashti Dulin Clapp, 76, died June 15, 2003. She was born August 1, 1926 in York Co., SC to the late Blair and Katherine Davis Dulin.
Preceding her in death in addition to her parents was a daughter, Katherine Marie Clapp; a sister, Barbara Thornburg Hannah; and a brother, Thomas Dulin.
Ti was a past employee of American Thread Company. She was a Registered Medical Record Librarian first employed to set up records at City Hospital of Gastonia. She was a Medical Records Librarian for the Marion General Hospital being employed there for a number of years. She was then employed and set up the records at Western Carolina Center in Morganton, NC where she worked for 20 years until her retirement. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Marion and a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 278 in Marion.
She is survived by her husband, T. Walton Clapp, Jr.; one son, T. Walton Clapp, III and wife, Betty of Raleigh, NC; two daughters, Rebecca Taylor and husband, Ray of Stoneville, NC; Anne Brown and husband, William of Morganton, NC; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Blair Dulin, Jr. and Robert Dulin of Bowling Green, SC; and Bill Dulin of Myrtle Beach, SC.; three sisters, Margaret Jackson, Mary Jackson, and Jean Long, all of Bowling Green, SC.
Funeral Services are set for 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at the First Presbyterian Church in Marion, NC with the Rev. George B. Hutchins officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marion, NC. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 pm at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund, West Fort Street, Marion, NC.
Leroy Herman Clontz
Leroy Herman Clontz, 88, of Center Street, Morganton died Saturday, November 8, 2003 at Grace Heights. Born June 9, 1915 in Burke County he was the son of the late Vester H. Clontz Sr. and Dicie Wagner Clontz. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Ima Alwran Clontz, stepmother Ophelia Butler Clontz, son Thomas Leroy Clontz; sisters Louise Clontz Baker, Ruby Clontz Allman and Lucy Clontz Johnson.
Mr. Clontz had graduated from Morganton High School and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers since 1947. He was a charter member of the North Carolina Manufactured Housing Board, appointed by Insurance Commissioner John Ingram in 1982 and served two consecutive three terms. He was appointed to the Citizens Revaluation Audit Committee by the Burke County Board of Commissioners in 1989. He was a veteran of WW II serving in the US Marine Corps and was a member of the Mount Home Baptist Church.
He is survived by: brothers Vester H. Clontz Jr., Dr. Luther H. Clontz both of Morganton, Vance S. Clontz of High Point, Dr. Franklin D. Clontz of Longwood Florida; Sisters Nadine Clontz Browning and Mary Catherine Browning both of Morganton; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday, November 10, 2003 at Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton with the Reverend Jerry Gamble officiating. Entombment will follow at the Burke Memorial Park Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Clontz family with arrangements
Josephine Poore Pritchard
Josephine Poore Pritchard, 83, formerly of Morganton, went to be with Jesus on Friday, February 20, 2004 at Clemmons Village I.
She was born December 27, 1920 in Burke County and was daughter of the late Joseph Landon Poore and Cora Keller Poore.
Josephine grew up in the Jonas Ridge Community and resided in Morganton until she moved to Clemmons six years ago. She graduated from Clevenger Business College and went on to own and operate Pritchard’s Flowers in Morganton. She also worked at Small’s Florist and Lorene’s Florist as a flower designer. She retired from the Western Carolina Center in 1985.
She was a member of Jonas Ridge United Methodist Church, Women of the Moose and The Eastern Star.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Roger Hampton Pritchard; sisters, Nell Poore Franklin and Eula Poore Keller; brothers, Charlie M. Poore and Thomas W. Poore.
She is survived by her daughter, Janice Pritchard Council and husband, Miller of Winston-Salem; 3 granddaughters, Shannon Spach Kisner and husband, Roger; Ashley Spach; and Stacy Council Rich and husband, Joe, all of Winston-Salem; one great grandson, William Austin Kisner and very special nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be 2:00 PM Sunday at Kirksey Memorial Chapel with Chaplain Jeff Marlowe officiating. Interment will follow the service at Jonas Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday afternoon from 12:30 until 1:45.
Memorials may be made to Clemmons Village I, 6401 Holder Road, Clemmons, NC 27102.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Pritchard family with arrangements.
John Roger Biggerstaff
John Roger Biggerstaff, 58, of Linville Falls died unexpectedly Thursday, July 22, 2004 in Charleston, SC. Mr. Biggerstaff was born in Burke County on May 5, 1946 and was a son of the late Gordon Biggerstaff and Winnie Wise Biggerstaff.
He was self employed as a school photographer for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Jolene Greene Biggerstaff, his daughter Joy Biggerstaff Pittman and husband, David of Frank, NC; brothers, Buddy Biggerstaff and Robert Biggerstaff both of Bay City, TX; sisters, Carma Lee Henderson of Asheville, Florence Smith of Kingsport, TN, Jackie Manning of Charlotte, Marian “Mutt” Woodie of Jonas Ridge, Vonnie Walker of Adams Run, SC, Joyce Abernathy of Sarasota, FL and Jean Catanzaro of Leland, NC; grandchildren, Margaret Burleson, Johanna, Elizabeth and John David Pittman.
A Graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday July 27, 2004 at the Jonas Ridge Cemetery. Reverend Keith Tutterow will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Mr. Biggerstaff to the Avery County Morrison Library, Newland, NC.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Earl Grady Smith
Mr. Earl Grady Smith, 95, of Marion, went to be with the Lord Monday, January 10, 2005, at the Rutherford Hospital. Born November 17, 1909, in Pacolet, SC, he was a son of the late William Smith and Molly Carver Smith. In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Smith.
Mr. Smith is survived by a step-daughter, Margaret Shehan, of Marion;
Several nieces and nephews, six step-grandchildren, eighteen step-great great grandchildren and twenty-one great great grandchildren also survive Mr. Smith.
Funeral Services for Mr. Smith will be held 11:00AM, Thursday, January 13, 2005, in the McCall Memorial Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, with the Reverends Ray Stockton and Danny Smith 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. Selma Mattie Norman Baker
Mrs. Selma Mattie Norman Baker, 90, of Valdese Avenue in Drexel died Thursday, June 26, 2003 at Autumn Care of Drexel. Born April 22, 1913 in Cleveland County she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Norman and Lola Ledford Norman. Her husband Henry L. Baker ; brothers Amos Norman and Emmitt Norman preceded her in death.
Mrs. Baker had been a lifelong member of the Drexel First Baptist Church where she had been a member of the Joy Group and had taught Sunday School. She had retired from Drexel Knitting, was a member of the Drexel Garden Club and had been a Pink Lady volunteer at Grace Hospital.
She is survived by: son Steve D. Baker of Charlotte; brothers Carl Norman and wife Margie of Drexel, Loy Norman and wife Dean of Valdese and a sister-n-law Johnnie Norman of Shelby.
A graveside service will be held 11:30 AM Saturday, June 28, 2003 at Burke Memorial Park with the Reverend Phillip Holms officiating.
The family will receive friends 10 till 11 AM Saturday at Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton.
Memorials in Mrs. Baker’s memory may be made to the Drexel First Baptist Church, Drexel N.C. 28619.
Kirksey Funeral of Morganton is assisting the Baker family with arrangements