Recent Obituaries (Updated Daily)
Eugene Lawrence Whitonis
Mae Blair Bostain
Larry Wayne Dayvault
Mary Estelle Childers Pennell
Buddy Ray Swink
Joshua "Josh" Daniel Foust
Travis Scott Ostrander
Peggy Frances Keaton
Debra Kay Martin
Joseph John Misunas
Gladys Marie Donahue Daniels
Lawrence Pugh Zachary, Jr.
Eugene Lawrence Whitonis, 75, of Statesville, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Carolina's Medical Center.
Born December 13, 1937 in Illinois, he was the son of the late Joseph and Wanda Whitonis. Eugene was a veteran of the US Air Force where he served for 14 years. He was retired from Freightliner and was of the Catholic faith. He enjoyed planes and working on computers and cars.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Linda Ann Whitonis; two sons, Tommy Whitonis and Kenny Whitonis and wife Heather; a daughter, Cindy Piciullo and husband Charles; brothers, Jim, Joe and John Whitonis; a sister, Dorothy Smith; grandchildren, Brett, Kelly and Carly Piciullo; and step-grand daughter, Marissa Whitonis.
There are no formal arrangements planned at this time.
Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.
Mae Blair Bostain, 86, of Taylorsville, passed away June 13, 2013, at Valley Nursing Center, in Taylorsville.
She was born May 8, 1927, daughter of the late John Caldwell Blair and Ollie Pennell Blair. Mrs. Bostain was a member of Friendship Lutheran Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Women of the ELCA. She also worked in the hosiery industry.
Including her parents, Mrs. Bostain was also preceded in death by two sons, Roger Lynn Bostain and Robert Allen Bostain; two brothers, Roland Chapman and John Fitz Blair; and two sisters, Estelle Reid Durante and Ruth Richardson.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 68 years, Earl Bostain of the home; and a brother, Benjamin Blair, of Taylorsville.
The funeral service will be Sunday, June 16 at Friendship Lutheran Church at 3:30 p.m. The Reverend Phil Thorsen will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. Burial will follow in the Friendship Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alexander County or to the Friendship Family Life Center.
Condolences may be sent to www.adamsfunerals.com.
Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the Bostain Family.
Larry Wayne Dayvault, 73, of Newton, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley.
Born February 26, 1940 in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late Fredrick Alexander Dayvault and Frances Dayvault.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Larry enjoyed fishing, watching his TV and working in the yard. He was formerly employed with Kohl's Department Store and Zerden's as a shoe salesman.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Huffman Dayvault.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Sharon Casey of Newton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby Dayvault and wife Kay of Taylorsville, and Charles "Charlie" Douglas Swink and wife Theresa of Lexington; three grandchildren, Michael Casey, Tabitha Gray, and Avery Dayvault; a great-grandchild, Ethan Gray; and a brother, Steve Dayvault and wife Jill of Charlestown, Indiana.
A Service of Remembrance will be held Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home on Friday, June 14, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorials may be made to Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
Condolences may be sent to the Dayvault family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com.
The Dayvault family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Cremations in Newton.
Mary Estelle Childers Pennell, 89, of Taylorsville, departed this life on Tuesday afternoon, June 11, 2013.
Born in Alexander County in October of 1923, daughter of the late Gillian Alexander and Sally Nimo (Chapman) Childers, she had spent many years working in the furniture industry and was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church.
Estelle loved her family, cooking, singing, and especially The Chapman Reunions.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Thurston Pennell; five sisters, Bessie Bell Hubbard, Verna Hubbard, Hessie Harrington, Edna Walker, and Sue Harrington; and a brother, Atwell Childers.
Those remaining to cherish her memories are a son, Phillip Dale Pennell; two daughters, Sharon Pennell and Renda Starnes and husband Richard; four grandchildren, Tonya and Jack Kyle, Jennifer and Jonathan Waters, Casey and Jamie Starnes, and Candice Woodward; seven great-grandchildren, Brittany Norton, Bethany Price, Parker Starnes, Molly Starnes, Joshua Waters, Jenna Waters, and Jacey Waters; a brother, Escar Childers; a sister-in-law, Pearl Childers; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Thursday, June 13 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service with the funeral service to be held Friday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m. at Three Forks Baptist Church. The body will lie-in-state 30 minutes prior to funeral service. Rev. Mark Robinette and Rev. Carson Moseley will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Serving as Pallbearers will be Mrs. Pennell's great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Three Forks Baptist - Building Fund at 4685 Three Forks Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or to Hospice of Alexander County at 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.
Buddy Ray Swink, 82, of Swink and Bebber Lane, Hiddenite, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013, at the Gordon Hospice House in Statesville.
He was born January 9, 1931, son of the late Preston Holden Swink and Annie Prospt. He worked in the salvage industry and was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Diane Tipton and Betty Royal; a sister, and four brothers.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Revonda Keever Swink of the home; two daughters, Peggy Swink and husband Reggie of Traphill, and Amanda Carter and husband Avery of Catawba; four sons, Dean Ray Swink of Moravian Falls, Larry Swink and wife Debbie of Hiddenite, Harry Swink of Hiddenite, and Preston Swink of Lincolnton; a sister, Pat Swink of Lincolnton; two brothers, David Swink and wife Nora of Newton, and Kenneth Swink and wife Edith of Lincolnton; and a number of grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to www.adamsfunerals.com.
Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Taylorsville is assisting the Swink Family.
Joshua "Josh" Daniel Foust, 28, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Alexander County.
Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfuneralservice.com.
Evans Funeral Service & Crematory of Lenoir is serving the Foust Family.
Travis Scott Ostrander, 34, of Liberty Church Road, Taylorsville, died June 8, 2013 after a period of declining health.
He was born September 29, 1978, in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. He had worked in the furniture industry as a frame assembler, and was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Statesville. Travis loved to fish, and was an avid fan of baseball and the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Survivors include his wife, Cassandra Carson Ostrander; a son, Joshua Ostrander; and a daughter, Chesney Ostrander, all of the home; his parents, Stephen and Mary Klinkiewicz Ostrander of Stony Point; two brothers, Cory Ostrander of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, and Ryan Ostrander and wife Lynn of Tupper Lake, New York.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor James Keever officiating. Burial will follow at Friendship Community Cemetery.
Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Ostrander Family at www.adamsfunerals.com.
Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Taylorsville is serving the Ostrander Family.
Peggy Frances Keaton, 81, of Old Landfill Road, Taylorsville, passed away at home June 6, 2013.
She was born January 26, 1932, in Davie County, daughter of the late Jacob Myers and Jennie Beal Myers. She was retired from Fiber Industries of Salisbury. She was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Keaton; a grandson, Eric Bailey; a brother, Tommy Myers; and four sisters, Hazel, Ruby, Margaret, and Betty Lou.
She is survived by five daughters, Gail H. Rankin of North Port, Florida, Renaye H. Bailey of Nebo, Kathy H. Smith of Statesville, Elaine H. Schlipf of Fremont, Ohio, and Ashley Davis of Fremont, Ohio; two brothers, Garland "Bug" Myers of Mocksville, and Wayne Myers of Statesville; a sister, Pansie Gaither of Statesville; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
There will be no formal visitation or funeral.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the Keaton Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of Peggy Frances Keaton.
Debra Kay Martin, 51, of Suncrest Place, North Wilkesboro, passed away unexpectedly June 6, 2013, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston Salem.
She was born December 26, 1961, in Iredell County, daughter of the late James C. West, Sr. and Martha Jean West. She was a furniture seamstress and of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by two sons, Gary Lee Whorley, Jr. of North Wilkesboro, and Jimmy Wayne Martin of Hamptonville; four brothers, Roger West and wife Rebecca of Troutman, Ricky West and wife Kim of Statesville, James C. West, Jr. and wife Rebecca of Harmony, and Jerry Wayne West of Statesville; two sisters, Kathy West of Statesville, and Elaine Bulsiewicz and husband Steve of Asheville; a grandchild, Deseray Kay Martin; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Donnie Durham officiated. Burial followed in the Oakwood Cemetery.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the Martin Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Debra Kay Martin.
Joseph John Misunas, 68, of Dry Pond Ln., Statesville, passed away unexpectedly June 5, 2013, at Forsyth Medical Center, in Winston-Salem.
He was born July 10, 1944, in Ashland, Pennsylvania, son of the late Joseph Misunas and Anna Mae Felegi Misunas. He was retired from Marko Radiator Inc. in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. He also attended St Vincent DePaul, Girardville, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Paul Misunas of the home; a daughter, Catherine (Cathie) Triplett and husband Ray of Statesville; a brother, Anthony Misunas and significant other Mary Smith of Shamokin, Pennsylvania; a sister, Josephine Kiehn and husband Bud of Florida; ex son-in-law and friend, Albert Smarowsky; three grandchildren, Michael Kramer of Hickory, Albert Smarowsky of Stony Point, Kayla Smarowsky of Statesville; best friends, Ed and Chris Willis of Girardville, Pennsylvania, and Harold and Marlene Buttke and Scooter of Statesville; and his faithful four-legged best friend, "Tiny."
Memorial services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chuck Hager officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.
Memorials may be given to Mrs. Susan Misunas, 189 Dry Pond Ln, Statesville, NC 28625.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the Misunas Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of Joseph John Misunas.
Gladys Marie Donahue Daniels, 86, of Taylorsville, formerly of Kannapolis, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013, following a period of declining health.
Gladys was born July 20, 1926, in Cabarrus County, daughter of the late Hamp and Winnie Brock Morrow.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Rev. Harold Donahue, who died in 1983; and two brothers, Charles Everett and Larry Wayne Morrow.
She attended Kannapolis City Schools and was formerly employed by Cannon Mills and China Grove Cotton Mill. She was a member of Prince of Peace Freewill Baptist Church and was a member of the Alexander County Seniors Choir.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 7, 2013, at Whitley’s Funeral Home Annex Chapel with Rev. Chuck Overcash officiating. Burial followed at Carolina Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, John Garwood Daniels of Taylorsville; a daughter, Rachel D. Whitley and husband Robert of Kannapolis, three grandchildren, Timothy Whitley of Richmond, Virginia, Lisa Cox of Fort Mill, South Carolina, and Karen Prince and husband Sonny of Kannapolis; a sister, Louise Smith of Kannapolis; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.
This obituary is a courtesy of Adams Funeral and Cremation Service of Taylorsville.
Lawrence Pugh Zachary, Jr., known as Zach to his friends and L.P. to some of his family, passed away June 4, 2013, at The Stewart Health Center in Raleigh.
He was born September 2, 1921, son of the late Lawrence Pugh Zachary and Christine Tatum Zachary in the small town of Cooleeme, but grew up in Taylorsville. He was the oldest of four children.
A graduate of N.C. State University, he served in the US Army during WWII. He served for 2 ½ years in the Philippines, New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies.
At the time of his discharge in 1946, he held the rank of Captain and had received many awards for his service, including the Bronze Star for combat on Moratai. Zach returned to Wadesboro on December 23, 1945, to be reunited with his bride, Pat Fetzer Zachary.
He had worked in the hardware business before starting his own heating and air conditioning business in addition to his appliance sales and service business. While in business, Zach started the Anson County Veterans Service Office in 1946, and the Wadesboro Merchants Association in 1947.
He was a member of First Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School for 19 years. He was a member of the Rotary Club, where he served as President. In 1962, Zach was appointed Anson County Manager. He was the first person to serve as a manager in Anson County.
In 1967, Mr. Zachary and his family moved to Raleigh. In Raleigh, he was Assistant Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of City and County Managers Association.
In 1968, Zach was appointed Assistant City Manager of Raleigh, and in 1973, he was appointed City Manager of Raleigh where he served until his retirement in 1983.
He also served on the board of directors of The Raleigh Little Theater, the board of directors of the Rotary Club, and was Secretary /Treasurer of the City-County Managers.
While in Raleigh, Zach was a member of Highland United Methodist Church, The NC State Wolfpack Club, The Good ol' Boys Club, and the Raleigh Rotary Club.
Survivors include his loving wife, Pat, to whom he has been married for almost 71 years; his daughter, Catherine Tatum Zachary of Willow Spring; a sister, Christine Gilbert of Cary; and a brother, Sam Zachary of Winston-Salem.
He was predeceased by his son, Larry Zachary; his sister, Lillian Brookshire; his brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Ella Fetzer; many nieces and nephews; several cousins; and countless friends.
Memorials can be made to The Lawrence Fetzer Zachary Memorial Scholarship Fund C/O Campbell University, PO Box 116, Buies Creek, NC 27506. This scholarship is in memory of their son, Larry, who graduated from Campbell University.
A Celebration of Life memorial service was held at Highland United Methodist Church on Friday, June 7, 2013. Interment was held at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh.
Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on St. Mary's Street, was in charge of arrangements.