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Allen (Jr.) Walker
Allen (Jr.) Walker
September 17, 1937 ~ May 17, 2017 (age 79)
On Wednesday evening May 17, 2017, ALLEN WALKER, JR. quietly left, on his well- planned journey to his new home in Glory. In sweet peace, he departed this life of 79 years at his residence in Albemarle, North Carolina.

Allen was born on September 17, 1937 in Davie County, North Carolina. He was the son of the late Allen and Eula Mae Walker, Sr. His formal education was received in the public schools of Rowan County, North Carolina. After working 32 years with Sunbeam Bread, he decided it was time to retire and enjoy life.

His church affiliation was as a member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church (Pee Dee) Mt. Gilead, North Carolina where he served faithfully; and was a member of the Usher board until his health declined. In his leisure time, he enjoyed gardening which included helping his neighbors and friends with their landscaping, watching his westerns and being an avid sci-fi fan as well.

Allen was preceded in death by two sisters: Viola Sims and Rosa Lee Worth, and a brother Roosevelt Walker.

He leaves to cherish his memory, a lovely wife, Mary Walker, of the home; two step-daughters: Nake Clark and Tonita Burley; a stepson, Anthony Clark; six grandchildren: Trevanta, Deamani, Kyla, Ameila, Coco and Nivea; three brothers: Isaiah Walker, Jesse Walker and Hullen (Jackylan) Walker all of Salisbury, North Carolina; two sisters: Elizabeth (Karuth) Worth, East Spencer, North Carolina and Nellie Walker, Salisbury, North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Rebecca Caraway; two brothers-in-law, Olden (Val) Lilly, Jr. and Lemmie Lilly of Mt. Gilead, North Carolina; a special church family: Dela Steel, Pauline Jackson, Michelle Carpenter, Dana Prince, Graylin Henrick, Rev. R. L. Goss, Steve Pemberton, and the S.I.A Sisters; a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Kelsey Funeral Home
Albemarle, NC

Funeral Service: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
11:00 AM
Kelsey Funeral Home
Albemarle, NC

Thelma Clark
Thelma Clark
October 17, 1936 ~ May 22, 2017 (age 80)
Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His Pasture.
Psalm 100: 3

In sweet peace, on the morning of Monday, May 22, 2017 our beloved, Thelma Ruth Clark Lilly, gave up time for eternal rest and journeyed home to be with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our family and friends are most saddened as we say goodbye to a woman of God, a woman of Faith, whom we loved dearly. We are grateful for the many years we shared her life.

Thelma Ruth was born October 17, 1936 in Stanly County, North Carolina and was the daughter of Beadie and Versia Staton Clark, Sr.

She attended the Stanly County public schools and was a seamstress with Stanly Knitting Mills, Oakboro, North Carolina prior to her retirement. A life-long, faithful member of Saint Matthews United Church of God, Oakboro, Thelma Ruth was a member of the Children of Joy Choir and a member of the Bereavement Committees. Thelma Ruth and her sister Emma were fashionistas and always were impeccably dressed. Other hobbies included: playing the piano, sewing, cooking, gardening and of course shopping.

Along with her husband, Theodore R. Lilly, Sr., and her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Johnsie Lilly; a sister, Emma J. Clark and a brother, John L. Clark.

Thelma Ruths legacy of love, devotion to family and friends and her sweet spirit will live in the hearts of those who survive. They are: three daughters: Shelby C. (John) Ashcraft & Vivian Little, both of Oakboro, North Carolina and Wanda McClendon, Albemarle, North Carolina; three sons: Dorsey T. Lilly, Albemarle, North Carolina, Theodore R. Lilly, Jr., Oakboro, North Carolina and Alex (Nikki) Lilly, Harrisburg, North Carolina; fifteen grandchildren; forty-one great grandchildren; two brothers: Edward H. Clark and Beadie Clark, Jr., both of Oakboro, North, Carolina; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Goodnight sweet Thelma Ruth, may flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Saints Matthews United Church of God
Oakboro, NC

Funeral Service: Thursday, May 25, 2017
11:00 AM
Saints Matthews United Church of God
Oakboro, NC

James Thomas Jim Lee
James Thomas Jim Lee 74 of Norwood died Monday Evening, May 22, 2017 at Glen Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury.

Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 PM Thursday, May 25, 2017 in Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jeremy Blake will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 Thursday Afternoon.

Jim was born June 12, 1942 in Anson County to the late James Herman and Fronnie Mae Gibson Lee. He was a veteran of the US Army serving in the 82 Airborne during the Vietnam era, serving in Korea. He was a retired Welder and served many years as a volunteer fireman. He was a member of Norwood Church of God.

He was preceded in death by his wife Patsy Whitley Lee He is survived by Three Sons, James Buck Lee (Lindsey) of Albemarle, Aaron Lee (Carroll) and Matthew Lee all of Norwood. Two daughters, Rebecca Sexton of Salisbury and Pam Blake (Jeremy) of New London. One brother and two sisters, Don Lee, Linda Carpenter and Renee Bowers all of Norwood. Three Step-Daughters, Katrina Denninger (Kenny) of Supply, Maria Shelton (George) of Norwood and Amber George (Ryan) of Indiana). Twelve Grandchildren and Three Great-Grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Edwards Funeral Home, PO Box 765, Norwood, NC 28128

Reba Crisco Austin
Reba Crisco Austin, 79, of Albemarle N.C. passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017 in Bethany Woods Nursing & Rehab Center. Her graveside service will be 2 PM Friday, May 26, 2017 in the Anderson Grove Baptist Church Cemetery officiated by Rev. Kent Little. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:30 prior to the service at Stanly Funeral & Cremation.

Mrs. Austin was born January 20, 1938 in Stanly County, N.C. and was the daughter of the late John and Flossie Mills Crisco. She was a graduate of New London High School and a retired Beautician. Mrs. Austin was a member of Anderson Grove Baptist Church.

Mrs. Austin was preceded in death by her husband Glade Bill Austin in 2002. She is survived by two sons, Jeffrey T. Austin and wife Pam of Salisbury, N.C. and Kyle D. Austin, a sister Gwen Frick of High Point, N.C. and a grandson Alex Austin. She is also preceded in death by a brother John H. Crisco and a sister Janie C. Hinson.

The family will accept flowers as well as memorials made to Anderson Grove Baptist Church at 2225 East Main Street. Albemarle, NC 28001.

Mildred Edith Isenhour
Mildred Edith Isenhour, 92 years of age, of Gold Hill, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at her daughter Louise's home under hospice care.

Mrs. Isenhour was born April 14, 1925 in Cabarrus County to the late George William Barringer and the late Dora Culp. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray Spencer Isehhour and sisters, Ruth Morgan and Jennie Hall.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Friday, May 26, 2017 at Matton's Grove United Methodist Church, 24732 Matton's Grove Church Road in Gold Hill. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM in the church sanctuary officiated by Rev. Jim Groome and Rev. Tony Bowman. Burial will follow after the service in the church cemetery.

Survivors include son, Charles Alvin Isenhour of Kernersville; daughters, Betty Thomas of Kannapolis, Linda Woods of Salisbury, and Louise Luther of China Grove; eight grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and sisters, Irene Troutman of Richfield, and Christine Ridenhour of New London.

Memorials may be made Matton's Grove United Methodist Church, 24732 Matton's Grove Church Road, Gold Hill, NC 28071 or Hospice of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.

Hartsell Funeral Home Albemarle is serving the Isenhour family.

Online condolences may be made at

Christopher Chris Joel Coone
Christopher Chris Joel Coone, 28, of Norwood, passed away on Tuesday May 23, 2017.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 27, 2017 at 12:00PM at Norwood Center Rural Fire Department. Rev. Mike Lisk will officiate and burial will follow at Norview Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday May 26, 2017 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel.

Chris was born on November 27, 1988 in Cabarrus County to Fred and Tina Shoemaker Coone. He attended SSHS in the 2007 class. He worked for the town of Norwood as the crew leader for the water and sewer department. Chris was a member and volunteer fireman for 13 years at Norwood Center Rural Fire Department, #5620. He also was a volunteer fireman for Mt. Gilead Fire Department, #256. Chris was hardworking and reliable. He was dedicated to his town and was a loving, husband, father, son, brother, and friend.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife Ashley Ann Watters Coone, of the home; two daughters: Emma May and Kaydee Marie Coone; two brothers: Bradley James and Cody Justin Coone, of Norwood; one grandfather James Shoemaker, of Concord; Uncle and Aunt James and Terri Shoemaker, also of Concord; one cousin (little sister) Jessica Shoemaker of Concord; mother-in-law Tammy Webb, of New London and father-in-law, Jeff Watters of Mt. Gilead.

An account for Emma and Kaydee has been set up at Uwharrie bank. Memorials may be made to Uwharrie Bank c/o Ashley Coone P.O Box 657 Norwood NC 28128. On the memo line include Emma and Kaydee Fund

Mary Louise Herlocker Miller
Mary Louise Herlocker Miller 86 of Richfield passed away early Thursday Morning, May 25, 2017 at her home.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Joe Smith will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

A private family interment for Sam and Louise will be held at Plyler Baptist Church Cemetery at a later date.

She was born March 3, 1931 in Stanly County to the late Isaac and Cora Speight Herlocker. She was a member of Pauls Crossing Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband Samuel Kendall Miller, May 9, 2017. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Doug Miller and an infant. One brother, Harold Herlocker and one sister, Jewell Russell.

She is survived by one son, Dwight Miller of Richfield. Four daughters, Brenda Palmer (Lamar) of Richfield, Wanda Little (Billy) of Marshville, Evelyn Bowen (Danny) of Richfield and Debra Taylor (Michael) of Albemarle. Eleven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

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

Erma Barbee Furr
Erma Barbee Furr, 95 years of age, of Locust, passed away Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Monroe Rehabilitation Center in Monroe.

Erma was born April 9, 1922 in Stanly County, North Carolina to the late Walter Chaney Clark and the late Nealie Eltis Clark. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Hoyle Barbee and second husband, Edger Furr; daughter, Madelyn Carole Efird; son, Hoyle Dwight Barbee; and two grandsons, Chris and Steven Barbee.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM, Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the First Baptist Cemetery, 320 South Central Ave., Locust officiated by Rev. Dr. Kinney Wallace.

Survivors include two sons, Tommy Barbee and Randy Barbee both of Midland; five grandsons, Landon and Russell Efird, Chad, Brian and Barrett Barbee; granddaughter, Alexis Hughes; seven great-grandchildren, Hannah, Ethan, Jackson and Bryan Barbee, William, Emily and Sadie Hughes, Kassidy, Hailey and Aurora Efird; and great great granddaughter, Mila Efird.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is assisting the Barbee family with Mrs. Furr's arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at

Angie Lynn Tofflemeyer
Angie Lynn Tofflemeyer, age 41, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017 at First Health Hospice and Palliative Care in Pinehurst, NC.

She was born to Terry Oliver Mejdrich and Darlene Mary Amato in Grand Rapids, MN on November 17, 1975. She grew up on Windy Lake in Swatara, MN. She attended school in Remer, MN. She was class valedictorian for Northland High Schools 1994 graduating class. After graduating high school, she attended Furman University on a 4-year Army ROTC Scholarship from 1994-1998. Angie graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC in 1998 with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and English. She received her commission as an Army 2nd Lieutenant in May of 1998.

She met her future husband, Troy Michael Tofflemeyer, while attending Army training at Fort Lewis, WA in May of 1997. They were married at Biggs Army Airfield on April 3rd, 1999. To this union were born three children, Rachael, Nicholas and David.

Angie served in the Army from 1998-2000 and the Colorado Army National Guard from 2000-2006, attaining the rank of Captain. She served as a Patriot Missile Battery fire control Platoon leader while stationed at Fort Bliss, TX. Her last assignment was at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado where she served as the Space Operations Company Commander for Army Space Command. She deployed overseas to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002. She also served overseas in Korea in support of Ulchi Focus Lens and Reception, Staging and Onward Inception. Angie was recognized by the Chief of Staff of the Army for her outstanding leadership as one of the Armys top company grade officers and was presented with the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award at a ceremony in the Pentagon in May of 2005.

Angies Military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf, Joint Service Achievement Medals, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Space Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, German Armed Forces Badge and the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.

After resigning her commission from the Army in 2006, Angie pursued a career in education. She started out her education career as a middle school science and math teacher. She was recognized as the 2010-2011 teacher of the year for West Middle School in Montgomery County, NC. She decided in 2011 to transition to school administration. Her first position as a school administrator was as the Assistant Principal for West Middle School. She completed her Masters Degree in Education Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D. C. in May of 2013. She became the principal for Troy Elementary School in Troy, NC in August 2014 and continued in this position until her illness.

Angie is survived by her husband, Troy Michael Tofflemeyer; her daughter, Rachael Eleanor Tofflemeyer; sons, Nicholas David Tofflemeyer and David John Tofflemeyer IV of Mount Gilead, NC; her parents, Terry and Darlene Mejdrich of Swatara, MN; brother, Eric Mejdrich, his wife Angela, son Gaines and daughter Violet of Duluth, MN and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins that she loved dearly.

Angie will be remembered as a devout believer in Jesus and as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, cousin and friend. She will be deeply missed and remembered by all those who knew her and the lives that she touched.

A memorial service celebrating Angies life will be held Monday, June 5 2017, at 5 PM in the West Montgomery High School Auditorium.

Karen Hightower
Karen Hightower, 60 years of age, of Albemarle, passed away Sunday, May 21, 2017 at her home in Albemarle.

Karen was born August 1, 1956 to the late Arthur Otto Schonder and the late Gloria Mary Service.

Survivors include brother, Jeff Schonder of Michigan, and step-father, James Service of Albemarle, NC.

Hartsell Funeral Home Albemarle is serving the Hightower family.

Online condolences may be made at

Charles "Charlie" Henry Hough
Charles "Charlie" Henry Hough, 82 years of age, of Matthews, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center in Matthews.

Charlie was born July 21, 1934 in Cabarrus County to the late Henry Washington Hough and the late Julia Lucille Hough. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Helen Ballard.

The family will hold a memorial celebration of his life at 5:00pm on Friday, July 21, 2017 at the home of his nephew and niece, Charles and Wanda Correll.

Survivors include wife, Peggy Williamson Hough of Matthews; son, Hank (Stacy) Hough, Jr. of Parker, CO; daughter, Dawn (Steve) Sebaugh of San Diego, CA; daughter, Heather (Steve) Stuart of Aurora, CO; daughter, Tricia (Jeff) Bost of Rockwell; daughter, Tiffany McIntyre of Kannapolis; sister, Doris Correll of Kannapolis; sister, Hazel Pinnix of Kannapolis; eight grandchildren; and one aunt, Lois Morris of Kannapolis.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Hough family.