Mr. Joe Daniel Harbison
Mr. Joe Daniel Harbison, 67, of Spring Lake Drive, Morganton died Thursday, February 27, 2003 at his residence. Born October 28, 1935 in Burke County he was the son of the late Alexander and Junie York Harbison. Four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Mr. Harbison was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Morganton and had retired from Great Lake Carbon after thirty-four of service. He had been a volunteer at Liberty Middle School and was an active Boy Scout Leader for fifteen years with Troop # 189. He was an avid outdoorsmen who loved to hunt and fish.
He is survived by: his wife Kay Lovingood Harbison of the home; sons Alex Harbison and wife Jeanne of Asheville, Danny Harbison and wife Lisa of Marion; daughters Pegge Harbison Hubert and husband Fred of Hendersonville, Leigh Harbison Purnell and husband Justin of Arden; sister Minnie Harbison Patton and husband Bob of Morganton; brother-in-law Phillip Lovingood of Hendersonville; grandchildren Tim Hemphill, Arika Harbison, Alexis Hubert, Kayleigh, Hubert and Eliza Purnell.
Funeral Service will be 3:00 PM Sunday, March2, 2003 at the First United Methodist with the Reverend Carl Linquist officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 2 till 3 PM Sunday in the Gathering Area of First United Methodist Church.
Memorials in Mr. Harbison ‘s memory may be made to the Scholarship Fund for Alexander and Junie Harbison c/o North Morganton United Methodist Church, 990 Sandford Drive, Morganton NC 28655.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the family with arrangements.
Mr. Lonnie Herman Kirksey, Jr.
Mr. Lonnie Herman Kirksey, Jr., 81, of Woodbine Terrace died Saturday, November 22, 2003 at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem. Born January 7, 1922 in Burke County he was the son of the late Lonnie Herman Kirksey and Margaret Lutrell Bristol Kirksey.
He graduated from Morganton High School. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 81st Division of the U.S. Army. He was in the second wave of the invasion on Normandy Beach. After the war ended he returned to Morganton and began work with Kirksey and Company, which included a hardware and furniture store, a plumbing division and a funeral home. At the time of his death he was the retired chairman of the board of Kirksey and Company. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Morganton Federal Savings and Loan. He was a former member of the Board of Directors of First Citizens Bank and Trust and was a member of Mimosa Hills Country Club
He is survived by: his wife Mary Hudson Kirksey of Grace Ridge Retirement; three sons L.H. Kirksey III and wife Deborah, William Carl Kirksey, Lee Bristol Kirksey and wife Teresa all of Morganton, brothers Jack Kirksey and wife Lena, Bobby Kirksey and wife Betsey all of Morganton, three grandchildren Jason “Bo” Kirksey, Miles Kirksey, Megan Kirksey and a great grandchild Ella Kenner-Kirksey.
A graveside service will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 25, 2003 at Forest Hill Cemetery with a Memorial Service following at the First United Methodist Church at 3:00 PM with the Reverends Carl Lindquist and Jason Harvey officiating.
The family will receive friends following the memorial service in the church fellowship all.
In Lieu of flowers memorials in Mr. Kirksey‘s memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 200 N King Street, Morganton NC 28655 or to the South Mountain Children’s Home, Nebo NC 28761
Mrs. Alice Ligon Bundy
Mrs. Alice Ligon Bundy, 84, of Grace Ridge Retirement Community in Morganton died Friday, February 27, 2004 at Grace Ridge Retirement Community. Born February 19, 1920 in McKenny Virginia she was the daughter of the late Joseph Henry Ligon and Virginia, Baskerville Ligon. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by: her husband Steve Bundy Sr. and a brother Henry Ligon.
Mrs. Bundy was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Morganton.
She is survived by: sons Ligon Bundy and wife Linda of Monroe, Steve Bundy Jr. of Hampstead N.C.; grandchildren Elizabeth Bundy, Joseph Bundy, Jamie Collins, Tracy Lancaster, Allison Hirth and a great grandson Jarrett Lancaster.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, March 6, 2004 at the First United Methodist Church in Morganton with the Reverend Jason Harvey officiating. Burial was held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Morganton.
The family will receive friends Saturday following the memorial service in the Gathering area of the First United Methodist Church.
Memorials in Mrs. Bundy memory may be made to Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Morganton NC 28655; Grace Ridge Friendship Fund, 500 Lenoir Road, Morganton NC 28655; or to a charity of one’s own choice.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Bundy family with arrangements.
Mrs. Thelma J. Rickett
Mrs. Thelma J. Rickett, 88, of Marion, died Friday, July 2, 2004.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 4, 2004 at Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion.
Committal services were conducted in the chapel at the conclusion of the funeral services. The family received friends prior to the services.
Mrs. Clara Clois Clontz Wilson
Mrs. Clara Clois Clontz Wilson, 71, of Marion, died Tuesday, January 18, 2005, at The McDowell Hospital. Born in McDowell County to the late Nelson Alfred Clontz & Pauline Hall Clontz, she was a Special Education Teacher with Watauga County & McDowell County Schools. She was also certified as a homebound teacher for visually impaired students in McDowell County. She was a member and the former Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Foothills Mental Health. She was an active member of Cross Memorial Baptist Church. Mrs. Wilson was a former President of the Blue Ridge Baptist Association WMU and formerly active in various committies of the association. Her hobbies included crafts, sewing, knowledge in computers and traveling. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wilson was also preceded in death by one son, Keith Wilson.
Surviving are her husband, Rev. Donald H. Wilson, of the home; two sons, Mark Wilson and wife, Cindy of Weddington, NC & Steve Wilson and wife Martha of Boone, NC; two daughters, Wanda Queen and husband, Jerry of Belmont, NC & Donna Carter and husband, Jerry of Bluefield,WV; one brother, Nelson A. Clontz and wife, Eileen of Media, PA; ten grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Visitation Services for Mrs. Wilson will be held 12:00PM until 2:00PM, Friday, January 21, 2005, at Cross Memorial Baptist Church, with Funeral Services to follow at 2:00PM. Officiating will be Rev. Doug Prevette, Dr. Tom Walker, Rev. J.C. Wilson, Rev. Milton Hollifield and Rev. Burl Jones. Interment will follow at the Cross Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to: Hospice of McDowell County – 218 Logan St. Marion, NC 28752 or Burke Hospice and Palliative Care – 1721 Enon Rd. Valdese, NC 28690 or Fellowship Hall Fund at Cross Memorial Baptist Church – 617 Tate St. Marion, NC 28752.
Betty Ross Taylor
Betty Ross Taylor, 70, of Marion, died February 3, 2003 at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System, Asheville, NC. Born to the late Thermal D. Ross and Dorothy T. Ross, she was a retired Secretary from Coats America, and was a lifelong resident of McDowell County. She was a member of East Marion Pentecostal Holiness Church.
She is preceded in death by one son; Michael C. Taylor, and a sister; Shirley R. Hamilton.
She is survived by her husband, Charles P. Taylor; one daughter, Ceacila Taylor Adams and her husband David Adams of Matthews, NC; three brothers, Buford Ross of Marion, Bobby Ross of Rutherford College, and Franklin Ross of Memphis, TN; one grandchild, Stephen Kyle Robinson of Portland, OR; and two step-grandchildren, Bryce Adams of Hatteras Island, NC, and Christina Adams of Matthews, NC.
Services will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2003 at East Marion Pentecostal Holiness Church at 11 AM. The Reverends Don Raynolds and Billy Taylor will officiate. Burial will follow at McDowell Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 5 from 6-8 PM at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion. Condolences may be made at www.kirkseyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are in the care of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion.
Dakota Allen Goble
Dakota Allen Goble, infant son of Richard Allen Goble and Geraldine McKinney Goble Hillhaven Circle, died Friday, July 11, 2003 at Valdese General Hospital.
Dakota was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Shelby Ann Goble and Vance Albert Goble; maternal great grandfather, Bill Decosta McKinney.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Jerry Wayne Hall and Doris Hall of Morganton; Maternal great grandmother, Destie McKinney of Crossnore and step-sister, Elizabeth E. Goble of Granite Falls.
A Graveside service will be held 11:00 AM Monday at the Abundant Life Tabernacle Cemetery with the Reverends David McNeil and Russell Cook presiding. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 at Kirksey Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Abundant Life Tabernacle, 2979 Playmore Beach Road, Morganton, NC 28655.
Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton is assisting the Goble family with arrangements.
Reverend Hershel Dean Effler
Reverend Hershel Dean Effler, 62, of Marion, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 10, 2003 while at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Asheville. Born December 21, 1940, in Busick, NC, he was a son of the late Cecil Effler and Linnie Grindstaff Effler, of Marion. In addition to his father, Rev. Effler was also preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Lee and Jimmy Effler. Rev. Effler was a member of the Parker’s Chapel Baptist Church and served as former Associate Pastor at Garden Creek Baptist Church. He was a Retired Veteran of the US Air Force, having served in the Vietnam War.
A loving husband and wonderful provider, Rev. Effler leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 41 years, Ada Haynes Effler, of the home; his mother, Linnie Effler, of Marion, NC; a brother, Lawrence Effler, of Glen Alpine, NC; six sisters, Betty Thompson, of Arden, NC, Carol Allan, of Greenville, SC, Nelma Justice, Louise Orr and Marilyn Riddle, all of Marion, NC, and Sue Carnes, of Taylors, SC; also surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Reverend Effler will be held 11:00AM, Saturday, December 13, 2003 at Parker’s Chapel Baptist Church with the Reverends Larry Brown and Allen McKinney officiating. Interment will follow at the McDowell Memorial Park with full Military Honors provided by the US Air Force. The family will receive friends 6:00PM-8:00PM, Friday, December 12, 2003, at Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion.
Arrangements are in the care of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion.
Mr. Mark William Pledger
Mr. Mark William Pledger, 40, of Raven, Kentucky, formerly of Morganton, North Carolina, died Friday, March 19, 2004 near his home.
He was born March 9, 1964 in Santa Monica, California and was son of the late Willie Ray Pledger.
He is survived by his mother, Caroll Frances Baker Pledger; daughter, Samantha Marie Pledger; sister, Susan Janean Dupuis and grandfather, Opal Ray Pledger all of Morganton, NC.
Funeral services were held Thursday, March 25, 2004 at Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church with Reverend Alan Wilson officiating. Interment was held prior to the service in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Denton’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 5358 Denton’s Chapel Road, Morganton, NC 28655.
Mr. William Benjamin Robison
Mr. William Benjamin Robison, 80, of Marion, formerly of Paden, OK, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 15, 2005, while at Grace Hospital, Morganton, NC. Born October 23, 1924, in Okfuskee County, OK, he was a son of the late Thomas Robison and Stella Grant Robison. In addition to his parents, Mr. Robison was also preceded in death by four brothers, Amos, Jim, Rufus & Frank Robison and two sisters, Linda & Louise Robison. He was a Native American Creek Indian. He served in the US Navy. Upon his retirement from the US Navy, Mr. Robison worked for many years as a Drafting Engineer. He was an avid sportsman.
Mr. Robison is survived by his wife, Mildred Vinson Robison, of the home; a daughter, Kathleen Robison Bushyhead, of El Reno, OK; two step-daughters, Faye Robinson, and husband, Jerry, of Marion, NC and Linda Hinkle, and husband, Ralph, of Middleburg, FL: two step-sons, Keith Brucke, and wife, Sandra, and Kenneth Brucke, all of Westminster, SC; a sister, Rebecca Robison Robinson Lyndsey, of Wewoka, OK; two brothers, Barney Clem Robison, of Prague, OK, and Thomas Chibbon Robison, of Oklahoma City, OK; Also surviving Mr. Robison are seventeen grandchildren and twenty-seven great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held 6:00PM, Wednesday, February 16, 2005, in the McCall Memorial Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, with Pastor Bill Long officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Funeral services at the Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held at Parks Brothers Funeral Home, Prague, OK, 3:00PM, Friday, February 18, 2005, with the Reverend J. B. Fish officiating. Interment will follow at the Oakdale Cemetery, Paden, OK with full Military Honors provided by the US Navy. The family will receive friends 1:00PM-3:00PM, at the Funeral Home prior to Friday’s Funeral Service.
Arrangements are in the care of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion.