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Todd Richard Efird
Mr. Todd Richard Efird, 51 years of age, of Oakboro, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at CMC - NorthEast in Concord.

Todd was born July 10, 1963 in Stanly County to Larry Efird and Shirley Clark Efird.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, October 24, 2014 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. The funeral service will be on Saturday at 11:00 am at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 17236 Frog Pond Road, Oakboro, NC 28129. Dr. Wayne Bennett and Dr. Kinney Wallace will officate. Burial will follow at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

There will be a 30 minute state prior to the service.

Survivors also include: sister, Wendi Efird (Butch) Mock; niece, Lauren Mock; and nephew, Darin Mock; all of Huntersville, NC.

Memorials may be made to Masonic Lodge #348, PO Box 2197, 348 N. 1st St., Albemarle, NC 28002-2197; or Porter Baptist Church 16562 US Hwy 52 S., Norwood NC 28128.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Efird family.

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Everette Davis Starnes
Mr. Everette Davis Starnes, 86 years of age, of Norwood, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at his home.

Everette was born January 24, 1928 in Stanly County to the late Lawson David Starnes and the late Florence Dix Starnes. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Eldora Thompson Starnes; daughter, Pearlie Florence Drye; daughter-in-law, Michelle Rushing Starnes; and brother, Jim Starnes.

The funeral service will be on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Porter United Methodist Church, with Rev. David McCauley officiating. Burial will follow at the Porter Community Cemetery. Afterwards, the family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall. There will be a 30 min state in the church sanctuary prior to the service.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Kendall Starnes of the home; daughter, Bonnie Starnes (Ted) Barbee of Oakboro; son, Michael (Linda) Starnes of Oakboro; son, Allen (Dianne) Starnes of Albemarle; son, Joel Starnes of Norwood; daughter, Zillian Starnes (Kenny) Bryant of Asheboro; daughter, Tammie Burleson (Gary) Helms of Oakboro; son-in-law, Benny Drye of Richfield; brother, Albert Starnes of Albemarle; half brother, Pete Starnes of Newton; stepdaughter, Linda (Charles) Harris of Norwood; stepdaughter, Josephine Kendall of Albemarle; grandchildren, Jonathan Drye, Janet Haigler, Randy Drye, Chrissy Hinson, Everette Little, Jeffrey Little, Carrie Foster, Chad Starnes, Shane Starnes, Matthew Starnes, Hailey Starnes, Jordan Starnes, Abby Burleson and Dillon Burleson; 19 great grandchildren; six step grandchildren; five step great grandchildren; and six step great great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Roy M Hinson Cancer Center, 301 Yadkin Street, Albemarle, NC 28001; or Porter United Methodist Church, 40031 Porter Rd, Norwood, NC 28128

Hartsell Funeral Home is serving the Starnes family.

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Lucy Mae Morton
Lucy Mae Morton, 79, of Albemarle, who resided at the Trinity Place in Albemarle is now residing in Heaven. Lucy passed away Thursday, October 23, 2014.

Lucy was born July 19, 1935 to the late S. P. Morton and Annett K. Morton.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, two half-brothers, two half- sisters and two whole brothers.

The family will receive friends Saturday, October 23, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle. The funeral service will be on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Porter Baptist Church, officiated by Dr Kinney Wallace.

Lucy is survived by six sisters and one brother. Belmer Ingram, Sadie Bryant, Ethel Trull, Vicky Almond, Betty Morgan, Diane Cowles, Lewis Morton and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 North First Street, Albemarle, NC 28001 or Porter Baptist Church, 16562A US Hwy 52 S, Norwood, NC 28128.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Morton family.

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Jerry Lee Burris
Jerry Lee Burris, 69 years of age, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at W. G. Hefner (VA Medical Center) in Salisbury. He was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, Vietnam veteran, bargain hunter, artist, fried chicken connoisseur, card shark, maker of the best blue cheese dressing ever, left us presumably in search of "something new, exciting and delicious."

Jerry was born September 25, 1945 in Stanly County, and was preceded in death by his father, JD Burris; his mother, Helen Tucker Ritchie; his infant brother, Johnnie Burris; and his own left leg (of which he liked to joke, "I already have one foot in the grave.")

Jerry battled health issues of almost cartoonish proportions. You name it, he had it. If it was supposed to work, it didn't.

Despite myriad health challenges, he always kept a positive attitude, and helped others do the same. He was kind and generous, giving you the shirt off his back, or at least his wife's antique spoon collection. (He had a habit of gifting things around the house.)

He liked to keep candy in his pocket to hand out, despite the protests of family that it was sketchy. His friendship came without judgment or any strings attached. He made friends wherever he went. If he couldn't charm you, then you probably aren't worth knowing.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 45 years, Shelia Moberly Burris, whom he called Maxie, and has loved since third grade. He leaves behind his daughter, Misty Burris Bruch, whom, albeit less sociable, is every bit as weird as he was, and also has the family nose. His son in law, Brent Lane Bruch, whom he loved as his own, and called his best friend, despite never letting him have Krispy Kreme. One grandson, Brandon Lee Bruch, whom he cherished and called his favorite.

He also leaves behind sister Katrina Lefler Hathcock, and her husband, Joel Hathcock whom he loved like a brother; and a sister, Linda Burris Smith.

Jerry was not afraid to express his feelings, and his affection was given freely. He made sure that those he loved knew that they were loved.

Jerry loved fatback, oyster stew, Duke's mayonnaise flop over sandwiches, soft scrambled eggs, dim sum, potted meat, popcorn, inexplicably canned macaroni and cheese, as well as anything that was dietarily restricted. The more forbidden it was, the better it tasted.

He loved dancing, thrift shopping and Elizabeth Taylor. He enjoyed The Price is Right and Hell on Wheels, which he referred to as "the train show."

Jerry was not one to hold a grudge; he felt that holding on to anger was just a waste of time. He had strong opinions, mostly food related. He disliked over- cooked hamburgers, and refused to eat chicken breasts and cumin.

It is a rare gift to navigate the hardships in this life and still retain such a sunny outlook, but Jerry found humor even in times of despair. He never lost his childlike exuberance; he genuinely loved life and found happiness everywhere, and brightened the lives of all who knew him. To say that he will be missed is an understatement of epic proportions. If he taught us anything, it was to live each day to its fullest; that kindness has no limits; and make sure your loved ones know how you treasure them.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 12 Noon - 2:00 pm at Little Tokyo Lounge, 1446 Hwy 52 N. in Albemarle.

Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 4701 Hedgemore Dr., Suite 810, Charlotte, NC 28209; American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; Disabled American Veterans (Stanly County Chapter 12), PO Box 112, Albemarle, NC 28002; or Spay Neuter of Charlotte, 2017 N. Davidson St, Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28205.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Burris family.

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