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Paula Lynn Love Smith
Paula Lynn Love Smith, 40 years of age, of Stanfield, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center-University in Charlotte.

Paula was born November 30, 1973 in Cabarrus County to Mattie Lou Christy Love of Stanfield and the late Jerry Paul Love.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her two daughters, Megan Brooke Smith (13) and Tiffany Marie Smith (12), both of Stanfield; and sister, Bonnie Love of Concord.

Memorials may be made to Hartsell Funeral Home, c/o Paula Smith, PO Box 100, Midland, NC 28107 or by phone 704-888-5571 for funeral expenses.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Smith family.

Vera Bernice Holt
Vera Bernice Holt, 90 years of age, of Albemarle, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at her home in Albemarle.

Bernice was born July 30, 1923 in Stanly County to the late Spencer Price "Jack" Holt and the late Esther Mae Kimrey Holt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Spurgeon "Snook" Holt; and brother, Jack Ray Holt.

Bernice and husband, "Snook" owned and operated Holt's Grocery for over 40 year in Albemarle.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle. The funeral service officiated by Rev. Joe Smith will be at 1:00 PM, Friday, July 25, 2014 in Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel in Albemarle. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Park, 1425 East Main Street, Albemarle, NC 28001.

She is survived by son, William Price "Bill" Holt and wife, Nancy of Midland; daughter, Belinda Giordano and husband, Nathan of Oyster Bay, NY; sister, Hazeline Stanley of Hartsville, SC; granddaughters, Donna Giordano, and Stephanie Yarbrough; grandson, David Holt; and five great- grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County; 960 N. 1st Street, Albemarle NC, 28001.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Holt family.

Hettie Tucker Lambeth
Hettie Tucker Lambeth, 88 years of age, of Concord, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at Concord Place Assisted Living in Concord.

Hettie was born April 5, 1926 in Montgomery to the late Whitley Duke and Mary Agnes Duke. She was also preceded in death by husband, A. R. Tucker in 1962, and Sidney Ray Lambeth in 1987.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Wednesday July 23, 2014 at Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle. A graveside service will be at Cid United Methodist Church Cemetery, 147 Cid Road, Denton, NC 27239 on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 1:30 P.M.

She is survived by three sons, Gene Tucker, Ervin Tucker and Leonard Tucker; one daughter, Treva Huneycutt; nine grandchildren; and nine great- grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at

Vergie Mae Lee
Vergie Mae Lee, 79 of Ellerbe passed away Wednesday morning, July 23, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Norwood. Rev. Nathan Fox will officiate and burial will follow in Red Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Edwards Funeral Home.

Ms. Lee was born May 20, 1935 in Richmond County to the late Roy and Pearlie Britt Lee.

Vergie loved and supported her family. She had numerous talents but loved her flowers and cats. She was also very attached to her grand-dog, Obi who provided her much comfort in her last days.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Louise Kimrey Lee, brothers, Harold Lee, Arthur Lee and Dean Lee and sister, Nola Puckett.

She is survived by her daughter, Porsha Smith and husband, Nathan of Brevard; grandchildren, Katie Britt Smith of Asheville and Evan Davis Smith and wife, Lindsay of Brevard; sister, Jane Starnes and husband, Everette; brothers, Roy James Lee and wife Earlene, Malloy Lee and wife, Marilyn, Hubert Lee, Samuel Lee and wife, Barbara and Cliffton Lee and wife, Brenda

Johnny "J.T." Griffin
Johnny "J.T." Griffin, 70 years of age, of Albemarle, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at his home in Albemarle.

J.T. was born March 14, 1944 in North Carolina to the late Herman Rosco Griffin and the late Hazel Virginia Griffin. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Evelyn Hatley, and Ruby Taylor; brothers, Buck Griffin, and Bruce Almond.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Friday, July 25, 2014 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. The funeral service will be on Saturday at 3:00 pm at Canton Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Mark Mabry, and Rev. Joe Smith. Burial will follow at the Canton Baptist Church Cemetery at 24615 Endy Road, Albemarle. At other times the family will meet at the home of Linda Griffin at 26601 Parker Rd., Albemarle, NC.

Survivors include close friend and caretaker, Linda Burleson Griffin of Albemarle; daughter, Marie (Joel) Martin of Albemarle, NC; daughter, Brandy (Ricky) Hopkins of Albemarle, NC; brother, Larry (Phyllis) Griffin of Oakboro, NC; sister, Helen (Jerry) Huneycutt of Locust, NC; sister, Freddie Fink of Mount Pleasant, NC; grandchildren, Dakota (Cody) Hopkins, Ava Martin, Cameron Martin, and Kayden Hopkins; very special nephew, Chris (Valerie) Burleson of Albemarle, NC.

J.T. loved spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren; they were the pride and joy of his life. He love all of his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Griffin family.

Online condolences may be made at

Ronald David Teff
Ronald David Teff, 75 years of age, of New London, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Bethany Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Albemarle.

Ronald was born May 7, 1939 in Austin, Minnesota to the late Raphael John Teff and the late Ardis Grace Lane Teff. She was also preceded in death by .

He is survived by brothers, Terry Teff and wife, Iris, and Tom Teff of New London, NC.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Teff family.

Online condolences may be made at

Linda Moose OBrien
Linda Moose OBrien passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Born January 22, 1939, in Albemarle, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. David Augustus Moose of Albemarle. She was preceded in death by her brother, John David Moose; nephew, David A. Moose; and numerous adored relatives.

Linda was Valedictorian of the Albemarle High School Class of 1957. She attended Salem College and then transferred to the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she was a cheerleader and selected as the first Tar Heel Beauty.

Having received a B.S. Degree in Education, Linda later obtained her Masters Degree in Counseling at Campbell University.

She was Program Director of Oceanview Recovery Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C. for nine years.

Upon retirement, she and her husband, Charles, specialized in adoptive study in South Carolina where they helped place precious children in good homes.

Linda published a childrens book, Mooney Finds A Bed with her daughter, Caroline.

Linda is survived by her husband, Ret. Lt. Col. Charles Clark OBrien of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; son, Edward Porcher Brunson III and wife Robin along with their children, Jacob and Marley Favata, all of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; daughter, Caroline Brunson Vlasis and husband Mike and grandson, George John Vlasis II, all of Winston-Salem, N.C.; beloved sister, Mary Beth Swanner and husband Ron of Albemarle, N.C.; and sister-in-law, Sandy Moose of Alpharetta, Georgia.

Also surviving are her stepchildren, Scott OBrien and wife Angela and their son, Conor; Mike OBrien; and Heather Coggin and husband Jeff and their daughters, Chandler and Charlotte.

Linda was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend to all. Everyone who knew her loved her.

A Memorial Service will be on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 230 S. Second St., Albemarle, N.C. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, 230 S. Second St., Albemarle, NC 28001 or to Mercy Care, 8216 Devon Court, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572