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Wylie Hoyle Newton
Wylie Hoyle Newton, 83 years of age, of Concord, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis, after fighting health complications due to Agent Orange for 12 years.

Wylie was born October 19, 1932 in Concord, North Carolina to the late Hoyle Vernell and Lillian Irene Wylie Newton. Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by a daughter Donna Styers and his grandson Jonah Gray.

He was a graduate of Concord High School in 1951. He was a member of the National Guard during high school and enlisted in the US Army in the summer of 1951. He was one of the first fifty Special Forces organized by President John Kennedy. He served in Germany, Korea and six tours in Southeast Asia. He returned to the United States and served with the Atlantic Joint Alliance. His last assignment with the military, was Gettysburg College, teaching ROTC. He retired with the rank of Sergeant Major, with four Purple Hearts, Silver Star and Bronze Stars among the many medals and citations.

He completed his education, earning a BS Degree from Campbell University and a Masters and Advance Degrees from UNC-Charlotte while teaching school at West Charlotte High School.<> He was a member of a Boy Scout Troop when his father was a Scout Master. He worked with Scouts all of his life as a Scout Master in Concord, NC, Emmitsburg, MD and Buies Creek, NC, earning the Silver Beaver Award.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kay Love Newton, sons Wylie Hoyle Newton, Jr., Phillip R. Gray and wife Donna Tarlton Gray, Bruce Morrison Gray, daughter Kelly Newton, sister Tully Newton, brother William Lawson Newton. Grandchildren, Elizabeth Gray, Adrian Griffin, Audra G. Connolly, Amanda G. Morgan and Eddie Morgan, Jennifer Cassell and Robert Cassell, Jeremy Hagee, Mandy Hagee, great grandchildren, Hannah Gray, Olivia Graves, Logan and Liam Cerdas-Gray, Dylan Morgan, Sam Morgan, James Lomax II, Maddie Griffin, Kolby Gray. Special niece Billinda Newton and nephew William Perry III, two special sister-in-laws, Delette Bost and Betsy Love.

The family will receive friends from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm, Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord. The funeral service will begin at 1:30 pm in the Hartsell Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Rev. Randy Wall and Rev. Merrill Perkins. Burial with full military honors, will follow at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you please consider memorials to Ann Street United Methodist Church 355 Ann Street NW, Concord NC 28025 or Hospice of Cabarrus County 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis NC 28081.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Newton family.

Kathryn Trexler Monroe
Kathryn Trexler Monroe, age 87 formerly of Salisbury, NC passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the Big Elm Retirement & Nursing Center, Kannapolis, NC. Her service will be at 3:00 PM Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in the Stanly Gardens of Memory Mausoleum Chapel, Albemarle, NC with the Rev. Bill Hallman and Rev. Jason Pearce officiating. Intombment will follow in the Stanly Gardens of Memory Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the cemetery mausoleum chapel from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Wednesday prior to the service.

Mrs. Monroe was born on October 19, 1928 in Granite Quarry, NC to the late Braxton Cleveland Trexler and Etta Mae Miller Trexler and was a graduate of Granite Quarry High School class of 1948. She was last employed with the Rowan County Senior Center. Mrs. Monroe was a member of Friendship Baptist Church of Salisbury and the Adult Sunday School Class.

Mrs. Monroe was preceded in death by her husband, Donald J. Monroe. She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Eva Drye, Ethel Honbarrier, Ruby Leach and Virginia Trexler and two brothers, Robert Trexler and Lovie Trexler all preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter Karen Monroe Rakes of Landis, NC Grandson, Ryan Rakes and wife Jennifer of Concord, NC, great grandson, Raiden Rakes and great granddaughter Rynsley Rakes. Also surviving are a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to; Alzheimers Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Dr. #999, Charlotte, NC 28215-3220, Hope to Walk, 3635 A South Main Street, Blacksburg, VA 24060 or Friendship Baptist Church, 100 Porter Road, Salisbury, N.C. 28146

Dana Sue Dudding
Dana Sue Dudding, 57, passed away August 25, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was a caring mother to her three children: Geoff, Kyle, and Holly. She was a loving wife to Randy Dudding. Dana was the most passionate and caring person most people have ever known. She was like a second mother to many. She was passionate in her faith in God. Dana had many friends, all of whom she cared for very much.

Dana was born July 25, 1959 in Indiana, PA to the late Sutton Murdick Hoover and the late Eva Mae Hoover.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm, Monday, August 29, 2016 at Mallard Creek Baptist Church. The funeral service will begin 12:00 pm in the church sanctuary, officiated by Pastor Tommy Bright. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Survivors also include her sister Linda Given; and brothers Martin and Larry Hoover.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dana's honor to The Susan G. Komen Foundation online or mail to PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Dudding family.

Jerry Robert Blackwelder
Jerry Robert Blackwelder, 77 years of age, of Concord, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Pruitt Health in Harrisburg.

Jerry was born December 2, 1938 in Cabarrus county to the late Jacob Robert Blackwelder and the late Ella Lucille Smith. He was also preceded in death by his son Jerry "Robbie" Blackwelder Jr.

Jerry worked as a manager at Westport Containers in Charlotte, although his lifelong joy and passion was farming. He was a veteran of the Korean war serving in the United States Army.

The family will receive friends Monday, August 29 from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm in the Church Sanctuary at Roberta United Methodist Church. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm with Pastor Jim Church officiating, burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Cathy (Tim) Wilkes and Karen (Ernie) Harrington; son, Jason (Kimberly) Blackwelder: two grandchildren, Daniel Harrington and Meghan Wilkes; two sisters, Doris (Mike) Burris and Jean (Casey) Crabill.

Memorials may be made to Roberta Methodist Church Building Fund, 3925 Cochran Rd., Concord, NC 28027.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Blackwelder family.

James Hartwell Blalock
James Hartwell Blalock, of Albemarle passed away August 25, 2016 in his home. His funeral service will be 4 PM Sunday, August 28, 2016 in Palestine United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Burleyson and Rev. Kevin McCormac officiating. Burial will follow in the Palestine Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care on Saturday evening from 6 until 8 PM.

Born July 11, 1944, Stanly County, NC, he was the son of the late Broadus Baxter Blalock and Sarah Sally Willson Blalock and was a retired tire builder and parts handler for Michelin Tire in Norwood. He was a member of Palestine United Methodist Church where he was a former Sunday school teacher. He loved to attend auction sales and was a collector of old bottles, oil lamps, and toy tractors.

Mr. Blalock is survived by his wife Linda Hathcock Blalock. James and Linda would have been married 50 years on September 3, 2016. Other survivors include son Jamey Blalock of Gastonia, daughter Leigh Ann Owen and husband Brant of Albemarle, step grandchildren Taylor Owen and Kendall Owen, sisters Mary Kratzer, Katie Talent, and Christine Vanhoy all of Norwood and Lilly Morgan of Pinehurst. He was preceded in death by brothers Crawford Blalock and Houston Blalock and sisters Greta Gibson and Collene Simpson.

Vi Jane Bledsoe Inman
Vi Jane Bledsoe Inman, 89 years of age, of Troy, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Sandy Ridge Assisted Living in Candor.

Mrs. Inman was born June 21, 1927 in Surry County to the late William Robert Bledsoe and Nancy Draughn Bledsoe. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Cabot Turner Inman, eight brothers and three sisters.

She was a charter member of Westbrook Baptist Church in Troy and was a music director at the church for thirty one years in addition to being a Sunday School Teacher. She was the owner and operator of Vi Jane's Ladies Apparel in Troy for twenty seven years.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 28, 2016

at Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 PM in the Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel officiated by Pastor Jessie Dennis and Pastor Grady Blakely. Entombment will follow at the Stanly Gardens of Memory Mausoleum at 2001 East Main Street, Albemarle.

Survivors include son, John Inman and wife Frances of Troy; daughter, Dianne Dennis and husband Jessie of Troy; grandchildren, Jane (Chuck) Lentz of Albemarle, Judy (Paul) Dietz of Fayetteville, Maria Inman of Troy, and Jonathan Inman of Troy; twelve great grandchildren; and nine great great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Westbrook Baptist Church, PO Box 207, Troy 27371.

Hartsell Funeral Home is serving the Inman family.

Serlena Sallie McKinney (Smith)
August 15, 1914 ~ August 24, 2016 (age 102)

An old woman going a lone highway, Came, at the evening cold and gray, To a chasm vast and deep and wide. Through which was flowing a sullen tide The old woman crossed in the twilight dim, the sullen stream had no fear for him; But she turned when safe on the other side and built a bridge to span the tide. Old woman, said a fellow pilgrim near, You are wasting your strength with building here; Your journey will end with the ending day, you never again will pass this way; Youve crossed the chasm, deep and wide, why build this bridge at evening tide? The builder lifted her old gray head; Good friend, in the path I have come, he said, There followed after me to-day, a youth whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been as naught to me to that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be; They, too, must cross in the twilight dim; Good friend, I am building this bridge for them!

Reflecting on the life of Mrs. Serlena Sallie Smith McKinney, a Mother, A Grandmother, a Great Great-Grandmother and a True Believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Serlena was the youngest daughter of the late Charlie and Sallie Benjamin Smith who was born August 15, 1914 in Waynesboro, Burke County, Georgia. She was reared in a loving Christian family with one sister and two brothers. She received her early childhood education in Waynesboro prior to the family relocating to Augusta, Georgia. At an early age she was baptized in Waynesboro and she later joined Tremont Baptist Church in Augusta.

She relocated to Salisbury, North Carolina after the death of her first husband, Reuben Jones. They were the proud parents of two daughters: Geneva and Mamie. She met and married James McKinney, whom she met after joining First Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Andrew Tutt. For many years she served as president of the Deaconess Board, president of the Willing Workers and president of the Missionary Board Unit #2. She also served on the Ushers Board, the Royal Ambassadors and taught Sunday School for several years. For two (2) consecutive years she was crowned Queen for Womens Day; and was a Court of Calanthe member. Currently she was a member of Missionary Unit #1, the West End Community Club and the NAACP.

Serlena attended Rowan Technical Community College in Salisbury, North Carolina where she received her certified nurses assistant training. Serlena was employed at Rowan Memorial Hospital as a private duty nurse. She loved to share her faith and prayed daily for those on her prayer list. She did whatever she could to boost the morale of those who had lost hope. She was a proud woman and took very good care of her health-going for morning walks when she was able. Serlena loved her flowers, and could often be seen working in her garden planting and watering her flowers. During the summer months there would always be two (2) Boston Ferns hanging on her front porch. One of her favotite sayings was, Let me have my flowers while I can still smell them.

Today, we rejoice and give thanks to God for allowing us to have had her in our lives for these years and to be able to come together for her home going celebration. She has been a blessing to our family. We thank you God!

In addition to her Mother and Father, Serlena was preceded in death by her two husbands; her two brothers: Miller and Charles Smith; her sister, Mamie L. Smith; her niece, Ora Munns Griffin; and her son- in- law, Robert D. Welborne II.

She is survived by two loving and devoted daughters: Geneva R. Jones, Washington, DC and Mamie J. Welborne, District Heights, MD; two grandsons: Robert D. Welborne III, Brandywine, MD and Leonard A. Altemus, Jr., Washington, DC; three granddaughters: Robbie Matoka Welborne (Ronald) Terry, Upper Marlboro, MD, Ave Marie (Milton) Sloane, Gaithersburg, MD and Matoka Altemus (Bernard) Walker, Richmond, VA; six great great grandchildren: Robyn D. Welborne, Stephen Cobb, Xavier Terry, Kenneth R. Welborne, Chaise Welborne Terry and Christian R. Welborne; three nephews: Robert (Edna) Munns, Augusta, GA, Charles (Marie) Smith, Pleasantville, NJ and Marion (Miriam) Griffin, Augusta, GA; two nieces: Edna Munns, Pleasantville, NJ and Aurelia McKinney (Charles) Campbell, Salisbury, NC; faithful friends: Jacqueline Smith, Shirley Johnson, Ernestine Krider and Constance Wansley, all of Salisbury, NC; a host of other family and friends.

Good night sweet Serlena, may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest