June 02, 2020

Area Obituaries

Wanda Martin Cockrell

Wanda Martin Cockrell passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Wanda was born in Statesville, North Carolina on December 8, 1949, the daughter of Glady Rance Martin and Harriet Browning Martin. She was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved sister, Nancy Martin Vanstory, as well as…

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Deborah “Debi” Sue Meissner Coffey

Deborah “Debi” Sue Meissner Coffey, 61, of Stony Point, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Gordon Hospice House. She was born on Thursday, July 24, 1958, in Cleveland County, Oklahoma, to the late Billy J. Meissner and Frankie Elnora Vaughn Meissner. In addition to her parents, Debi was preceded in death by her…

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Anne W. Branton

Anne W. Branton, 82, of Matthews Drive, Taylorsville, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at Carolina Caring of Sherrill’s Ford. Anne was born October 5, 1937, in Stevenston, Scotland, the daughter of the late Andrew Wallace and Grace Collins Wallace. She had worked as a nurse for Alexander Community Hospital and was of the…

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Margie Jolly Sperandeo

Margie Jolly Sperandeo, 83, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2020 of natural causes at her home in Winter Springs, Florida. Margie is survived by her three children, Hank Stansell, Lynda Mullis, and Charles Stansell. Margie Jolly Sperandeo was born on January 27, 1937, in Taylorsville, to parents George W. Jolly and Mamie Elder. She…

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Selina J. Pyatte

Selina J. Pyatte, 56, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020. Ms. Pyatte was born in Hickory to Jewell Reitzell and the late Benjamin Duane. Selina loved her flowers and gardening. She enjoyed painting and collecting Dragon figurines and Elvis memorabilia. Surviving, in addition to her mother, are two daughters, Sharon Martin and husband John, and…

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Elbert Junior Mitchell

Elbert Junior Mitchell, 81, of Taylorsville, went home to sing with Jesus on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born September 29, 1938, in Alexander County, the son of the late Raleigh Elbert Mitchell and Ida Mae White Mitchell. He was a US Navy veteran and…

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James Howard Helton

James Howard Helton, 83, of Bethlehem, passed away at his residence on May 6, 2020. Born to the late Raymond Augustus and Mary Catharine Harrison Helton, James was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and enjoyed playing golf. James served in the US Navy for twenty years and then served in the US Navy Reserves…

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Mildred Faye “Bunnie” Harrington

Mildred Faye “Bunnie” Harrington, 81, passed away on May 6, 2020. She was born to the late Elisha Clay and Mammie Lee Kerley Harrington of Alexander County on April, 27, 1939. Bunnie was preceded in death by her loving daughter, Sandra Fay Harrington, and a son-in-law, John Munday, both of Alexander County; four young siblings…

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Arbutus L. Carr

Arbutus L. Carr, 91, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Ms. Carr was surrounded by her children at the time of her death. Ms. Carr was preceded in death by her son, Billy M. Carr. Those left to cherish the memories of Arbutus include her six children, Brenda Carr Gentry, Ricky A. Carr, Micheal…

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George Wallace, Sr.

George Wallace, Sr., 78, of Morganton, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Autumn Care in Drexel. George was born July 13, 1941, in Pike County, Kentucky, the son of the late George Isaac Wallace and Pearl Payne Wallace. He was a US Army veteran who served in Vietnam and attended Calvary Freewill Baptist…

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