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Charles Donald “Don” Honeycutt
Sandra Starnes Bowman
Virginia Beatrice Day Cook
Ronald “Ron” Hallman
Fred Timothy Starnes “F.T.”
Willie Gray Johnson
Emma Wasson Mays
Darlene Milstead Barnes
Coy Estelle Woodring Sipe
Idell Bertha Right Linney Bennett
Barbara “Jane” Johnson
Carl Marcus Nivens

Braxton Corbin Smith


    Charles Donald “Don” Honeycutt, of Burlington, passed away August 23, 2016, at 2:55 a.m., at Edgewood Place, in Burlington.
    Born in Orange County on November 8, 1934, Don was the son of the late Edgar Dewey Honeycutt and Ruby Parker Honeycutt.
    He lived in Granite Falls during his school years and graduated from Hudson High School, Class of 1953. He worked at the former Western Electric plant, in Burlington, before serving in the US Army from 1958-1960.
    He graduated from Elon College, Class of 1963. He worked for the Caldwell County School System where he met his wife, Inez. They were married November 21, 1970, and enjoyed 45 years together.
    After moving back to Burlington, Don was employed as a counselor with the NC Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, until his retirement in 1996. He was a member of Macedonia Lutheran Church.
    He enjoyed gardening, sporting events, fishing, hunting, and woodworking. His greatest enjoyment was attending his sons’ athletic events, and fishing and hunting with his sons and friends.
    Don is survived by his wife, Inez Burgess Honeycutt; and three sons, Charles Brian Honeycutt and wife Paige of Atlanta, Georgia, Carter Burgess Honeycutt of Gastonia, and Hayden Parker Honeycutt and wife Rachel of Raleigh. He was PawPaw to Reese Edith Honeycutt, Charles Sanders Honeycutt, Hudson Huth Honeycutt, Hannah Grace Honeycutt, and Aubrey Kate Honeycutt. He is also survived by brother, Dewey Wayne Honeycutt and wife Tanya of Hickory; and sister, Hilda Honeycutt Burton and husband David of Gambrills, Maryland. Also surviving are mother-in-law, Nellie Tevepaugh Burgess of Taylorsville, and several nephews, nieces, and cousins.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Roland Burgess of Taylorsville.
    The funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at Macedonia Lutheran Church, at 3:00 p.m. Pastor Richard Goeres and Pastor Suzanne Shoffner will officiate. The family will receive friends prior to the service at Macedonia Lutheran Church, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., or at the residence at other times. Burial will follow on Friday, August 26, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery, in Taylorsville.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Macedonia Lutheran Church, 421 West Front Street, Burlington, NC 27215; or Hospice & Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Rd., Burlington, NC 27215.
    The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staffs at Edgewood Place and Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell at Edgewood Place for the kind and compassionate care shown to Mr. Honeycutt and his family.
    The Honeycutt Family is being served by Rich and Thompson Funeral Service, Burlington.
    Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.

    Sandra Starnes Bowman, 70, of Hickory, entered into the arms of the Lord, surrounded by her family, on Monday, August 22, 2016, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
    She was born January 26, 1946, in Catawba County, daughter of the late Viola Starnes Correll. Sandra was a member of Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Hickory.
    She enjoyed crocheting, flower gardening, reading, crossword puzzles, volunteering, and spending time with her grandchildren.
    In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Lois Starnes and Nadine Childers; and her brother, Arnold Starnes.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Chad Bowman and wife Angie of Taylorsville; a daughter, Kimberly Huffman and husband Richard of Hudson; and grandchildren, Kyle Huffman, Levi Huffman, and Harper Bowman.
    A celebration of Sandra’s life will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Hickory. Rev. John Woodard will officiate. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m., at the church, prior to the service.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross-Catawba Valley Chapter, 1375 Lenoir Rhyne Blvd. SE, Hickory, NC 28602.
    Condolences may be sent to the Bowman Family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com.
    The Bowman Family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover.

    Virginia Beatrice Day Cook, 98, of Bethlehem, went to meet her Lord and Savior in her heavenly home on August 21, 2016, at Trinity Village Nursing Facility of Hickory.
    Virginia, “Grandmother Cook,” was born December 23, 1917, in Watauga County, daughter of the late Lawrence and Beulah (Hamby) Day.
    She was married to the late Gleason Emory Cook. They married in 1932, moved to the Bethlehem Community in July of 1976, and she lost her beloved husband in December of that same year. She retired from Clayton Marcus, in Bethlehem, in 1982.
    She loved God, reading the Bible, and was immersed in her Christian faith that would be her lifelong support from an early age. She also loved watching preachers on the gospel channel and listening to gospel music.
    She enjoyed visits from family and friends and was a joy to be around. She never met a stranger, and always had a smile for everyone. She will be dearly missed by her friends and loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator.
    Including her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by infant son, Kenneth (stillborn); and infant daughter (stillborn); an adult son, Charles Cook of the Wittenburg Community; and her siblings, Edward Day (brother-died at 6 months of age), Clyde Day (brother) of Tennessee, Ruth Calhoun (sister) of Bethlehem, Addie-Belle Waldon Mast (sister) of Sawmills, and Dorothy Miller (sister) of Newton. She was also preceded in death by two grandsons, Roger Cook and Ricky Cook of Hickory.
    Those left to cherish her precious memories include her children, son, James Dean Cooke Sr. and wife Brenda of Bethlehem, daughter, Brenda Huffman and husband Kenneth of Shelby, son, Billy Wayne Cook of Granite Falls; and her grandchildren, James Dean Cooke, Jr. and wife Tammy of Granite Falls, Tonda Folk and husband Chris of Shelby, Jody Cooke and wife Angel of Catawba, Ginny Farris and husband Tim of Valdese, Billie Walker and husband Brian of Hiddenite, Tasha Perkins and husband Brandon of Hudson, and Dalton Cook of Granite Falls. She also has 15 great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter, and a number of nieces and nephews.
    A celebration of life was held Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at The Fountain of Life Worship Center, 428 S. Main Street, Granite Falls, NC 28630, with her grandson, Rev. James Dean Cooke, Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Blueridge Cemetery, in Lenoir.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Fountain of Life Worship Center, 428 S. Main Street, Granite Falls, NC 28630.
    Online condolences may be left at www.hickoryfh.com.
    Arrangements were made with Hickory Funeral Home.

    Ronald “Ron” Hallman, 65, of Hickory, passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    He was born November 28, 1950, in Robeson County, son of the late Buie Wilson and Mary Louise Hallman.
    Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Nova Leigh Walker of Taylorsville; a brother, Jerry Wilson Hallman of Claremont; and a step-daughter, Michelle Feliz.
    A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016, at 4:00 p.m., at Fairview Cemetery, in Hickory. Pastor Art Randall will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at the cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Catawba County, PO Box 63 Hickory, NC 28603.
    Condolences may be sent to the Hallman Family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com.

    Fred Timothy Starnes “F.T.,” 58, of Bethlehem, passed away on August 21, 2016, at Frye Regional Hospital.
    Tim was born April 25, 1958, in Catawba County, son of the late Fred and Ruth Rae Yount Starnes who survives. He was a member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church.
    He worked as a truck driver for MDI in Hickory and for over 27 years at Pet Dairy. He was a member of Bethlehem Fire Department all of his adult life, having retired five years ago. He was a licensed pilot, avid Braves fan, a fan of drag racing, and loved his family and numerous friends.
    In addition to his mother, Tim leaves to cherish his memory two brothers, Kenny and Stewart Starnes; two sisters, Amy Warren and fiancé Jerry Pardue, and Beth Hyatt and husband Robert, all of Bethlehem; a niece, Jacqueline Moose and husband Phillip; three great-nephews, Caleb, Lukas and Bash Moose; a friend who was like a brother, David Henderson; and a special aunt, Florence Teague.
    Visitation will be held Thursday, August 25, 2016, from 10:00-11:00 a.m., at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, with the memorial service following at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Dale Bost and Rev. Steve Johnson will be officiating.
    The family requests that, in lieu flowers, memorials be made to Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church General Fund, 9042 NC Hwy 127, Hickory, NC 28601.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

    Willie Gray Johnson, 82, passed away at his residence, after a lengthy illness, on Saturday, August 20, 2016.
    Willie was born April 29, 1934, in Forsyth County, son of the late Jack and Susie Whitaker Johnson.
    The funeral service was Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Stony Point. Burial followed in the church cemetery with full military honors.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Johnson Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.

    Emma Wasson Mays, 98, of Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Valley Nursing Center.
    Mrs. Mays was born August 14, 1918, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Ruth Smith Linney.
    She had worked for the Department of Social Services and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
    Emma was an avid reader and was very active in Meals on Wheels and the Democratic Party. She was a member of the Golden Girls Travel Circle and loved collecting salt and pepper shakers from all over.
    Including her mother, she was preceded in death by husbands, Harry “Jack” Wasson and Raeford Mays; a sister, Juanita White; and a grandson, Russell Adams, Jr.
    Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Barbara Mayes and husband Willis, Sr. of Taylorsville, Linda Cromarite of Taylorsville, and Sandra Adams of Wilkesboro; a son, Garry Wasson and wife Brenda of Durham; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
    The homegoing celebration was conducted Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Macedonia Baptist Church, on Hwy. 90 East of Taylorsville. Rev. William L. Brown officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or Hospice of Iredell County.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services served the Mays Family.

    Darlene Milstead Barnes, 56, of Taylorsville, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, August 18, 2016.
    She was born March 10, 1960, daughter of Ruby Milstead and the late Rayford Milstead. She had worked at Wilkes Community College and Furniture Mart, in Hickory. Darlene was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church.
    Including her mother, those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 21 years, Phillip Joe Barnes; a brother, Randy Milstead; and a sister, Angie Kirby.
    The funeral service was held on Monday, August 22, 2016, at Mt. Herman Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Rev. Paul Schronce officiated the service.
    Memorials may be made to: Mt. Herman Baptist Church, PO Box 697, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

    Coy Estelle Woodring Sipe, 99, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Valley Nursing Center, in Taylorsville.
    She was born July 3, 1917, in Alexander County. Coy worked over 50 years for Sipe Lumber Co., was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, and enjoyed gardening.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Sipe; her brothers, Rosco Woodring and James Woodring; and her granddaughter, Sandra Sipe.
    She is survived by three daughters, Betty Pennell, Carolyn James, and Kathy Loving; two sons, Conley Sipe and Ralph Sipe; nine grandchildren, Rev. Earl Pennell, Bill Pennell, Mike Pennell, Karen Morris, Mark James, Kurt James, Kevin Sipe, Kendall Sipe, and Marie Markuson; 13 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
    A private graveside service was conducted at St. Luke Lutheran Church Cemetery on Monday, August 22, 2016, with Pastor Andrew Miller officiating.
    In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to St. Luke Lutheran Church (Graveyard Fund), 1364 Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

    Idell Bertha Right Linney Bennett, 89, of Stony Point, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at Autumn Care, in Statesville.
    The funeral was held Monday, August 22, 2016, at Philadelphia United Methodist Church, Stony Point. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Condolences may be emailed to the Bennett Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.

    Barbara “Jane” Johnson, 70, of Marion, formerly of Stony Point, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2016.
    She was born April 11, 1946, in Forsyth County, daughter of the late Roy B. and Myrtle Waugh Johnson.
    Those left to cherish her memory, are her caregivers at McDowell Assisted Living and numerous cousins in the Stony Point area.
    A private graveside service will be held in Yadkin County on Friday, August 19, 2016.
    Condolences may be emailed to the Johnson Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.

    Carl Marcus Nivens, 32, of Hickory, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016.
    Born April 13, 1984, he was the son of Thomas Nivens and Betty Nivens.
    Survivors include his wife, Tara Anne Nivens of Monroe; his mother, Betty Nivens of Hickory; his father, Thomas J. Nivens of South Carolina; a daughter, Kaydance Nivens of Bethlehem; two sons, Marcus Nivens and Karlisle Nivens, both of Hickory; a brother, Jon Henderson of Hickory; and a sister, Crystal Nivens of Hickory survive him.
    Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net.

    Braxton Corbin Smith, 6, of Taylorsville, passed away at Mission Hospital, in Asheville, on August 13, 2016.
    Braxton was born January 15, 2010, in Catawba County, son of Kevin Douglas Smith and Danielle Brook Wallace. He enjoyed riding dirt bikes, hunting, and fishing, but most of all he loved Jesus and his family.
    In addition to his parents, Braxton leaves to cherish his memory a sister, Kinsley Wallace; step-brothers, Devin Thomas and Blake Head; two step-sisters, Taylor Harrell and Hailey Head; grandparents, Tommy and Teresa Smith, Cindy and Eddy Wike, and Gary and Renee Wallace; aunt, Amy and uncle, Matt Holsclaw, uncle, TJ and aunt, Becky Smith; a niece, Lydia Harrell; and a nephew, Wyatt Holsclaw.
    A memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at Alexander Funeral Service, at 4:00 p.m. Burial will take place in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.






 
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