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Oscar Wayne Poplin
Oscar Wayne Poplin, 66, of Mt. Pleasant passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 in his home. His funeral service will be at 2 PM Monday, October 20, 2014 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Terry Barringer officiating. Burial will take place immediately afterwards in the Pauls Crossing Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 6  8 PM at Stanly Funeral Home.

Born May 29, 1948 in Cabarrus County, he was the son of the late Glen Edward Poplin and Annie Lee Shue Poplin and was a welding fabricator with Martin Marietta. He was a member of Pauls Crossing Baptist Church and was also a builder and racer of vintage stock cars.

He is survived by his wife, Lillie Ruth Necaise Poplin of the home, two daughters: Terri Lynn Poplin Whitley and Annette Poplin Evans and husband Greg, both of Mt. Pleasant, Grandchildren: Zach Evans and wife Shea, Stephanie Evans and Chad Eury, Trisha Galyan and husband Joseph, and Cheyenne Whitley, and Great- grandchildren: Chance Eury and Gage Evans.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 North First Street, Albemarle, NC 28001 or Carolinas Medical Center, PO Box 32861, Charlotte, NC 28232, Attn. Carolinas Healthcare Foundation for Pancreatic Research.

Ronald Cletus Troutman
Ronald Cletus Troutman, 78, of New London passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 in his home. His funeral service will be 3 PM Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Highland Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Madaris and Rev. Ron Thompson officiating. The family will receive friends from 1  2:30 PM at the church prior to the service.

Born September 8, 1936 in Stanly County, he was the son of the late William Cletus Troutman and Sarah Alice Lowder Troutman and was a retired cattle rancher. He was a member of Plyler Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jeanette Whitley Troutman of the home, son Steve Troutman and wife Laura of New London, brothers Dwight Troutman of Concord, Frankie Troutman of Albemarle and Barry Troutman of New London, sister Jeanette Lowder of Albemarle, three grandchildren: Chris Troutman of Reidsville, Candi Reed of Washington D.C., and Brandy Frick of Albemarle, and three great-grandchildren: Riley, Samuel and Anna Grace.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 North First Street, Albemarle, NC 28001.

Paul Adam Smith
Paul Adam Smith, 89 years of age, of Albemarle, passed away Sunday, October 19, 2014, at the home of his daughter in Salisbury.

Paul was born January 30, 1925 in Stanly County to the late Adam Alexander Smith and the late Avie Malinda Furr Smith. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Roy Lee Smith and four sisters, Nela Smith Scott, Myrtle Smith Honeycutt, Cara Smith Huneycutt and Maude Smith Vanhoy.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 in Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel, and will be officiated by Dr. Kinney Wallace. Burial will be at the Bear Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery at 22182 Canton Rd., Albemarle.

Paul was educated in the Stanly County Schools. He worked as an employee of the NC Department of Transportation for twenty years, Service Distributing for ten years and was a farmer. Paul was a member of Porter Baptist Church of Norwood and was also a teacher for the Men's Sunday School class for several years.

Survivors include wife, Jean Cooper Smith of Norwood; daughters, Betty Smith Pierce and Shirley Smith Perrell, both of Salisbury; son, Paul Martin Smith of Albemarle; step daughter, Kay Griffin Summers of Charlotte, stepson, Richard Griffin of Norwood; sister, Hilda Smith of Albemarle; three grandchildren, Rhonda Pierce Walker of Salisbury, Rhonda Elaine Smith of Mt. Pleasant, Michael Paul Smith of Locust; two step grandchildren, Meredith and Anna Summers of Charlotte; and a great grandchild, Erin Laine Morton of Raleigh.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Peters Church Preschool, 2570 St. Peters Church Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude for the care provided by Rowan County Hospice and Palliative Care. Also, a special note of thanks is extended to Chandra, Stacey and Charles.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Smith family.

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Dorothy Priscilla Ritchie Mauldin
Dorothy Priscilla Ritchie Mauldin, 82, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Trinity Place of Albemarle. Her funeral service will be 11 AM Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Delane Burris and Rev. Sid Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6  8 PM on Monday evening, October 20, 2014 at Stanly Funeral Home.

Born April 12, 1932 in Stanly County, she was the daughter of the late John Raymond Ritchie and Ruth Estelle Plyler Ritchie and was a homemaker. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church and former member of the choir and the Applewhite Circle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Ray Mauldin in 1986 and a granddaughter, Jennifer Mauldin in 2008. Survivors include a son, Mike Mauldin and wife Sherrie of New London, a daughter, Debbie Mauldin Schumacher and husband Tim of Albemarle, a brother, Elwood Ritchie of Elizabeth City, NC, four grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren.