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Clifford E. Rowden
Clifford E. Rowden, 84, of Concord passed away on May 24, 2016 at Tucker Hospice House. He was born in Norristown, PA on February 23, 1932. Cliff is survived by his wife, Molly, of 57 years; daughters Mimi McDonough (Matt) of Jacksonville, FL; Marcia Rajkovic (Goran) of Harrisburg, NC; and Janet Cooper (Russell) of Bay Village, OH; grandchildren Sarah, Julia & Joshua McDonough; Amanda & Dana Rajkovic; and Andrew, Kelly, Peter and Grant Cooper. He is also survived by sisters Midge Luskin and Norma Jane Ziegenfus. Upon graduation from Upper Merion High School in Pennsylvania, Cliff enlisted in the US Army and served in Korea. He attended Drexel University in Philadelphia and worked at Alan Wood Steel Company in Conshohocken, PA. In 1960, Cliff graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with a Bachelors degree in Metallurgical Engineering. He also received an Advanced Management degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Cliff was Chief Metallurgist for Republic Steel Corporation and later became the Assistant District Manager. In 1986, he formed his own company, Q/P Management, with which he traveled throughout the US as a consultant focusing on quality and productivity improvement. Cliff was an avid golfer since his teenage years. Every weekend possible was spent on the golf course. He achieved five hole-in-ones over his lifetime, one per decade. He has always been a faithful member of church and helped to plant Providence Evangelical Church in Avon, OH. Cliff lived in Bay Village, OH for over 30 years and moved to Matthews, NC in 2007. Taylor Glen Retirement Community has been home for the past three years and he was a member of Grace Church, Harrisburg, NC.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, May 27, at 2:30 pm at Grace Church, 2007 Stallings Road, Harrisburg, NC 28075. The family will be greeting guests following the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to Grace Church (Harrisburg) or the Alzheimers Association, PO Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011.

Joseph Franklin Spainhour
Joseph Franklin Spainhour, 78, of Harrisburg, NC, died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children the afternoon of May 24, 2016 at PruittHealth - Town Center in Harrisburg.

Joe was born in Mountain Park, NC on August 11, 1937 to the late Emmitt "Speed" Spainhour and Mary T. Spainhour. He is survived by his wife, Myra Stewart Spainhour; son, Joseph Todd Spainhour; daughter, Pamela Spainhour Shue & husband Jeff Shue; grandchildren, Jennifer Beck Carnes, Jonathan Beck, Joey Shue, Madeline Spainhour, Elle Spainhour, Natalie Spainhour and Stephanie Shue Walters; great grandchildren, Shelby Rae Carnes, Chase Walters and Noah Walters; sister, Betty Spainhour and brothers Bill Spainhour, wife Kay and Ed Spainhour.

Joe was a graduate of Mountain Park High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea. He loved NASCAR racing and Duke Basketball and for many years never missed a race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. He loved his family with all of his heart and making friends during his lifetime. Joe made everyone he came in contact with feel special and loved. He always had a hug, handshake and a joke ready to share. His love for flowers and sharing them with others will be one of the many things we will remember about him.

He worked and retired from Mitchell Distributing in Charlotte, NC.

He is a member of Providence Baptist Church in Harrisburg, NC.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at both Hospice House in Kannapolis, NC and PruittHealth - Town Center for the care and love given to Joe during his illness. They would also like to thank the many friends and family who visited, brought food, prayed and called during this time. Your kindness will not be forgotten.

A memorial service will be at Providence Baptist Church at 11:00am on Saturday, May 28th, officiated by Rev. Rody Carland. The family will receive at 10:00am at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund at Providence Baptist Church, 5315 Hwy. 49 S, Harrisburg, NC 28075.

Hartsell Funeral Home is serving the Spainhour family. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Ricky Dale Morton
Ricky Dale Morton, age 60 of Albemarle, NC passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 in the Carolinas Medical Center-Main, Charlotte, NC. His service will be 2:00 PM Monday, May 30, 2016 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Keith Walters officiating. Burial will be in Stanly Gardens of Memory, Albemarle, NC. The family will receive friends on Monday afternoon from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM prior to the hour of the service.

Mr. Morton was born November 1, 1955 in Stanly County, NC to the late Rev. Levi Edward Morton and Geneva Edna Hatley Morton. He was credit manager for Homeway Furniture and was an avid NASCAR Fan. Survivors include a son; Michael Anthony Morton and wife Amelia, daughter; Tara Morton Poplin both of New London, NC; one brother Keith Edward Morton of Florida and two grandchildren, Summer Elizabeth Poplin and Ashley Nichole Poplin. One brother Ruby Glenn Morton preceded him in death.

Larry Lamar Cruse Turtle
Larry Lamar Cruse Turtle age 27, of South Clay Street, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. Born Nov. 14, 1988, in Rowan County, he was the son of Larry Gibson and Rogenia Cruse. He was educated in the public schools of Rowan County. Larry was a member of God's Will Be Done. He was preceded in death by maternal grandmother Verna Polk. He leaves behind loving memories, to his parents; children, Avalyon Cruse, Ariyonna Cruse, Aniyah Cruse, Larry Lamar Cruse Jr. and their mother Demisha Lewis all of Salisbury; brother, Malakhi Cruse, Eugene Millerner; and sister, Staci Millerner of all Salisbury; paternal grandparents, Edward and Mildred Gibson, Salisbury; special uncle, Chris Cruse, Salisbury; and a host of aunts; uncles; cousins; other relatives; and friends.

Arrangements: Services for Mr. Cruse will be held on Saturday, May 28, at A.R Memorial Chapel Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. Visitation at 1 p.m., and Funeral at 2 p.m., Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. Pastor Gary Withers, Eulogist Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc is serving the family. Online condolences may be sent to

Betty Jo Burleson Austin
Betty Jo Burleson Austin, 86 years of age, of Albemarle, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at Carolinas HealthCare System Main in Charlotte.

Betty was born June 3, 1929 in Stanly County to the late Zimery Burleson and the late Florence Burleson. She was also preceded in death by husband, Richard Austin.

There will be a gathering of friends and family at 11:00 am, Monday, May 30, 2016 at Pine Grove United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Rev. Jay Belk and Ron Dry will officiate.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda (Bob) Ruckert of Daytona Beach, FL and Sharon Almond of Albemarle; step son, Brad (Melissa) Austin of New London, Burnie (Lori) Austin of Albemarle; three grandchildren, Tabatha (Richard) Shields, Stacy (Curtis) Ragsdale, Jamey Henry; three great grandchildren, Nathan Hathcock, Brandon and Madison Ragsdale; two great great grandchildren, Noah and Jackson Hathcock.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice .

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Austin family.

Online condolences may be made at

Ed Myers
Ed Myers William Edward Ed Myers died peacefully at home with his family on the morning of May 27, 2016.

Ed was the fifth of seven children born to Henry and Dora Myers on April 6, 1923. He is survived by his daughters Pam Myers of Norwood, and Elaine Myers Coats of Albemarle. His four grandchildren, Jordan and Austin Coats of New York City and Cole and Chad Robinson, as well as his great-grandson, Billy Robinson of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian Stewart Myers to whom he was a devoted husband for 61 years. Also, preceding his in death is their son, Lt. William E. Billy Myers Jr.

Ed spent his youth working on the family dairy farm, Breezy Hill Dairy in Monroe, NC and his brother Harry owned another family dairy Myers Dairy, before Ed began his career traveling as a mechanical engineer serving the food and dairy industry.

He was an avid pilot in his youth, continuing to enjoy reading and discussing flying and airplanes with anyone interested.

He, his wife, and his daughters, Pam and Elaine, owned and managed Breezy Hill Garden Center in Norwood after he retired from traveling.

Ed was a loving grandfather. Though his grandchildren Jordi and Austin, he is well known as Gramps to many of The Talent Company children. He never missed a show!!

A service will be held in celebration of his life on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 3:00PM in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church of Albemarle with visitation following the service.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in his memory to First Presbyterian Church of Albemarle, PO Box 1578, Albemarle, NC 28001, and The Talent Company, PO Box 342, Albemarle, NC 28002

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Carolyn Marie Mullis
Carolyn Marie Mullis, 74 years of age, of Concord, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast in Concord.

Carolyn was born January 8, 1942 in Concord to the late Napoleon Lee Smith and the late Alma Ruth Smith. She was also preceded in death by husband, Ronald Max Mullis.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord. The funeral service will begin at 3:00 pm in the funeral home chapel, officiated by Rev. Randy Wall. Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery of Concord.

Survivors include son, Lionel "Eric" (Cherry) Mullis of Concord; grandchildren, Jason and Leslie of Concord; sister, Peggy Mauldin of Icard, NC; three brothers, Edward Smith of Concord, Johnny (Lois) Smith of Concord, and Gary (Kathy) Smith of Concord; great-grandson, Caleb; two nieces, Suzanne (Jason) Parker of Concord, and Holly (Dale) Burris of Concord; and great-neices and nephews, Carsen, Sawyer, Randi, and Cameron.

Memorials may be made to Ann Street United Methodist Church, 335 Ann St. NW, Concord NC 28025.