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Kevin Ross Clay
Mr. Kevin Ross Clay, 55, of Charlotte, NC passed away Monday, October 17, 2016 at his residence. Born August 11, 1961 in Atlanta, GA he was the son of the late Eleanora Rossi and Benjamin Clay. He was a graduate of Walton High School, class of 1979. Kevin earned his Masters Degree from Pfeiffer College where he played soccer. He worked as vice president of sales and marketing for Impact Technologies Group for 20 years. After which, he worked for Microsoft as Industry Marketing Development Manager for 6 years. Kevin enjoyed running marathons (Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Charlotte), he loved music, the Carolina Panthers, and spending time with his family and friends. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Melinda Paganelli Clay; daughters, Lindsay and Madison Clay of Salisbury, NC; brother, Stephan Clay Sr. (Anne) of Cedartown, GA; Rylan, Kaeleigh, Cameron; aunts, Angela (Paul) Filippone, Christine Coia, Gloria Rossi, along with numerous cousins.

The family will receive friends from 6-8PM at Summersett Funeral Home, Thursday, October 20. Funeral service will be at 1PM Friday, October 21, 2016 in the Summersett Memorial Chapel with Chaplain David Montgomery officiating. Burial will be at Cheatham Hill Cemetery, Marietta, GA at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The Joe Martin ALS Foundation, 100 N. Tryon St., Suite 3420, Charlotte, NC 28202. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Clay family. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be made at

James Lanny Harris
James Lanny Harris, 65, of Norwood, passed away Wednesday afternoon, October 19, 2016 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Norwood. Rev. David Hatley will officiate and interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00, Friday evening, October 21, 2016 at Edwards Funeral Home in Norwood.

Lanny was born April 9, 1951 in Stanly County to the late Royal George Harris and Mecie Blalock Harris. He was a graduate of South Stanly High School and worked many years for E. J. Snyder. He was last employed by Allen Investigative Services as a Security Guard at Twin Harbor Camping Resort. He was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church. He was a good husband, daddy and uncle.

He is survived by his wife, Nadine Smith Harris, they would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary, October 23;son Michael Harris and daughter, Amy Harris both of the home; sister, Sheila Hatley and husband, Gerald of Albemarle; niece, Jenny McConnell and husband, Bryan and their son, Carter; father in law, Baxter Smith; aunt, Sarah H. Blalock.

Walter LeNorris Davis
March 2, 1950 ~ October 19, 2016 (age 66)

A Time to Die On October 19, 2016&..God called a husband, father, brother, Papa, father figure and friend, Walter LeNorris home. Walter caught that chariot ride home to the Lord. The Lord knew that Walter had gotten tired&He took him by the hand and said Welcome Home.

A Time to Be Born

Walter known by everyone as Talkie and Bro was born March 2, 1950 to the late Lendora Burns Davis and Walter Lee Davis. Walter loved caring for others, cutting grass, cooking on the grill and doing things that he could that made someone smile.

A Time to Place

Walter attended the public schools in Stanly County (Kingville High School). He also attended Johnson C. Smith. Walter was retired from Phillip Morris, USA. He was on staff with Elite Home Care, Albemarle, North Carolina.

A Time to Build Up

Walter joined East Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Porter at an early age and remained faithful until death. He was a member of the Usher, Pastor Aide and Trustee Boards. Walter loved God, East Macedonia and people. Walter also loved his family.

A Time to Weep

Walter met his love for thirty-six (36) years Brenda Lilly. Walter is survived by his wife, Brenda l. Davis of the home; three sons: Walter G. (Renee), Cary, North Carolina, Kyri J. (Christy, Charlotte, North Carolina, Keonte, Woodbridge, Virginia; ten grandchildren: Jakayra, Omarion, Samaria, Amari ,Reddin, Kylea, Kartier, Nevaeh, Nyshawn and Jada; one sister, Patricia Pergee; one brother, Gary (Oranger) Davis; two aunts: Martha Little and Mildred Davis; two uncles/brother: Lonnie Davis and Clyde Davis; two sisters-in-law: Terry Lilly Taylor and Tina Rivers; two brothers-in-law: Robert O. Lilly and Elvis R. (Sebrena) Lilly; special neighbors that he walked around the block with, Harold, Brenda, Rhonda, Joe and John; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Sunday, October 23, 2016
1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Kelsey Funeral Home
Albemarle, NC

Monday, October 24, 2016
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
Saints Delight Church
Albemarle, North Carolina

Fred Ellison Drake
Fred Ellison Drake, 94 years of age, of Stanfield, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 at W. G. Bill Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury.

Mr. Drake was born October 7, 1922 in Union County, North Carolina to the late James Fairly Drake and the late Nellie Jeanette Drake. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Edith Drake and thirteen brothers and sisters.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 23, 2016 in the fellowship hall at Philadelphia Baptist Church at 12568 Philadelphia Church Rd., Stanfield. The funeral service will be held in the church sanctuary, following the visitation, at 2:00 p.m. officiated by Rev. Dwight Mabry. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Survivors include son, Rodger Fred Drake of Stanfield; and daughter, Sharon Alexander and her husband, Tommy of Marietta, Georgia.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Drake family.

Annie Jeanette Howard Little
Annie Jeanette Howard Little, 80, of Sebastian, FL passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Sebastian River Medical Center.

She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, T. Gene Little in 2009; and her brother, Lonnie Baxter "Sonny" Howard, Jr..

The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 pm at Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel, officiated by Dr. J.F. Howard, Sr. and Rev. John Howard, Jr.

The burial will be at Fairview Memorial Park, 1425 East Main Street, Albemarle.

She is survived by her son, Dr.J. F. Howard, Sr. and wife Kari of Asheboro, NC; grandchildren, John Howard of Spruce Pine, NC, Graham and Philip Howard, both of Winston-Salem, NC, Josiah Howard of High Point, NC; and sister Ruby Evelyn Howard of Sebastian, FL.

Jeanette was a graduate of Albemarle High School and Charlotte Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was a dedicated nurse, whose career extended over 50 years.

Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, 300 S. Main St., Asheboro, NC 27203, orFellsmere Community Bible Church, 12 N. Hickory St., Fellsmere, FL 32948.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Little family.

Huitt Leonard Corriher
Huitt Leonard Corriher, 75 of Albemarle, passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at his home. Mr. Corriher was born December 2, 1940 in Rowan County to the late Homer Edward Corriher and Ida Marie Corriher.

A funeral service for Mr. Corriher will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at East Albemarle Church of God in Albemarle officiated by Rev. Harry Harward. Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory. Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00PM prior to the service at the church.

Leonard was a member at East Albemarle Church of God where he was also a greeter. He loved to stay busy and was always making new friends.

Mr. Corriher is survived by wife Geraldine Johnson Corriher of the home. He is also survived by 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 step-daughters, 1 brother, 1 sister, 11 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. 5 brothers preceded him in death.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care is serving the Corriher family.

George Melvin Kimrey
George Melvin Kimrey, 75, of Norwood, passed away Saturday October 22, 2016 at Carolinas Health Care System-Northeast.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 2:00PM at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Kenny Wallace will officiate and burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Park in Albemarle. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Mr. Kimrey was born on May 22, 1941 in Stanly County to the late Joel Amos and Ruth Cornelia Farmer Kimrey. He was a 1959 graduate from Norwood High School and was a member of Porter Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Carol Smith Kimrey of the home; one son Joel David Kimrey of Oakboro; and one daughter, Melinda Thompson of Ridgecrest. Two brothers: Jerry and Bernard Kimrey of Norwood; and two sisters: Shirley Wright of Vienna, VA and Patricia Russell of Norwood. Five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Beauford Andrew Hamp Fraley
Beauford Andrew Hamp Fraley, 76, passed away Friday, October 21, 2016 in CHS Northeast, Concord. His funeral service will be 3 PM Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joel Fesperman officiating. Burial will follow in the Parker Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery with full military rites by the Stanly County DAV Ritual Team. The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care from 1:30 until 2:30 PM prior to the hour of the service.

Born January 28, 1940 in Rowan County, NC, he was the son of the late John Adam and Mary Hall Fraley and was a retired Truck Driver with Blue Max Trucking.

He is survived by his wife Sue Fraley of New London, two sons Kip Fraley of Salisbury and Scotty Fraley of Mt. Pleasant, daughter-in-law Donna Fraley, granddaughters Dianna Mabry and Cori Fraley, great-grandsons Gage and Aren May, sister Annie Lou Cox, and bother Joe Jake Fraley. Hamp went to be with his late brothers George and John Fraley in Heaven.

Beckham Harrison Long
Beckham Harrison Long, beloved infant son of Robert and Vanessa Long, went to be with our Lord on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.

Beckham was born September 6, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James Barnwell, Sr. In addition to his parents, Robert Graylon Long and Vanessa Barnwell Long of Charlotte, NC; he is also survived by his brother, Desmond and his sister, Ruby; his maternal grandmother, Martha Barnwell; as well as paternal grandparents, Garry and Elizabeth Long.

Beckham brought so much joy and happiness into our lives, and even though we only got to hold him in our arms for six weeks, he will be in our hearts forever.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Monday, October 24, 2016 at Hickory Grove Baptist Church North Campus. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 am, officiated by Pastor Kyler Smith. Burial will take place at Carolina Memorial Park, Kannapolis, NC.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Long family.

Mary Louise Gaddy Wilhelm
Mary Louise Gaddy Wilhelm, age 87, passed away on October 7, 2016 after a long journey through Alzheimers.

She was born on September 12, 1929 to the late Robert H. Gaddy and Louise Starrett Gaddy. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, R. Dwight Wilhelm, brother-in-law Frank Wilhelm, and a cousin David W. Gaddy.

She is survived by a sister, Frances (Ed) Butler of Decatur, GA; sister-in-law JoAnn Wilhelm of Winston-Salem, NC; nephews Ed Butler, Jr. (Jan) of Atlanta, GA; Bob Butler (Keigh) of Lilburn, GA; and James Wilhelm of Winston-Salem, NC; nieces Becky Butler Aydelette (Buddy) of Trussville, AL; Jennie (Gray) Hauser of Raleigh, NC; Cousins Jerry Lou Holbert Jones of Advance, NC and Elliott (Sally) Gaddy of Charlotte, NC.

Graveside services will be held Friday, October 28 at 2 PM at Fairview Memorial Park with Pastor Harold McDonald officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to: Givens Health Center, 600 Barrett Lane, Asheville, NC 28803 or to Ball State University Foundation, Note: The Dwight Wilhelm Scholarship Fund, 2800 West Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN 47304, or to the charity of the donors choice.

Veda Irene Purcell
Veda Irene Purcell, age 73, passed away on September 11, 2016 at Brookdale Tanglewood Retirement Center in Houston, Texas. Irene was born on September 28, 1942 in Salisbury, North Carolina, and was the daughter of the late Irene zumBrunnen Purcell and Samuel Mitchell Purcell Jr.

She graduated from Boyden High School in Salisbury NC in 1960, and from Sullens Junior College in Bristol, Virginia in 1962. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Houston, majoring in physics, mathematics, and statistics. She was a longtime employee of American General Life Insurance Company at their international headquarters in Houston, Texas, starting as a keypunch machine operator, and working her way up to underwriter. She was also an underwriter for The Prudential Life Insurance Company and for Aetna. Prior to accepting a position with Prudential, she passed the Actuarial Exam with Tower Perrin in 1997. She retired in 2004. She had many friends in Houston, who will sorely miss her dry wit and honest opinions. She was preceded in death by her brother, George Ernest Purcell, in 2002. Surviving family members are her aunt, Alice Josephine Purcell, Salisbury, North Carolina; one brother, Samuel Mitchell Purcell III of Washington, North Carolina, and one sister, Marion Elizabeth Purcell Whatley, of Fletcher, North Carolina, and one nephew, Christopher Lawrence Whatley, of Mills River, North Carolina.

Her service will be held at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Salisbury, North Carolina on October 29, 2016, at 11:00 AM, with burial to follow at City Memorial Park. The family asks that in Lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Veda Mae Beaver Scholarship Fund at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, 131 West Council Street, Salisbury, North Carolina, 28144.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Purcell family. Online condolences may be made at