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Katherine "Kathy" Lynn Kitts
Katherine "Kathy" Lynn Kitts, 48 years of age, of Midland, passed away Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

Kathy was born March 3, 1969 in Welch, WV, to Drewey Bobby Ratliff and Nita Lou Ratliff.

She was preceded in death by a niece, Peyton Blue Emrich; paternal grandparents Granville and Polly Ratliff and maternal grandparents, Elijah and Edith Collins.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland. The funeral service will be on Wednesday at 11:00 am at Bethel United Methodist Church in Midland and will be officiated by Rev Mark Clontz. Burial will follow at the Bethel United Methodist Cemetery.

Survivors include husband of 28 years, Dale Michael Kitts of Midland; two sons, Johnathan Kitts and Andrew Kitts of Midland; parents, Bobby and Nita Ratliff of Bluefield, WV; sister, Angela (Michael) Ratliff-Emrich of Jumping Branch, WV; sister-in-law, Connie Kitts of Richmond, VA; brother-in-law, Victor (Beverly) Kitts of Bluefield, VA; nieces, Dillan and Gracie Emrich, and Vicki Belcher; one nephew, Brandon Kitts; and many special aunts and uncles.

Kathy was the Mayor of Midland for the last eight years. Prior to this she was on the Midland Town Council for four years.

Memorials may be made to the Friends of the Midland Library, PO Box 130, Midland, NC 28107; or, Midland Food Pantry, c/o United Love Baptist Church, 11487 Flowe Store Rd., Midland, NC 28107; or Bethel United Methodist Church, 12700 Idlebrook Rd., Midland, NC 28107.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Kitts family.

Online condolences may be made at

Harold Lewis Rushing, Sr.
Harold Lewis Rushing, Sr., 82 years of age, of Concord, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast in Concord.

Harold, a lifelong member of Bethlehem Baptist Church of Concord, was a loving husband, father, and friend.

Prior to retirement, Mr. Rushing was employed with Kerr Bleachery and Star America.

Harold was born January 4, 1935, in Cabarrus County to the late Pearl Jefferson Rushing and the late Renie Barbee Rushing. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Johnny Rushing; son, Harold "Lewis" Rushing, Jr.; and granddaughter Crystal Rushing Simpson.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Mauldin Rushing; daughter, Karen Rushing Collins; sons, Richard and Kenneth Rushing, all of Concord; granddaughter, Amanda McDonald Cunningham of China Grove; grandson, Jason Burris of Mt. Pleasant; great grandson Tyler Sechlar of China Grove; as well as nieces, Robin Rushing and Cindy Rushing Smith.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord. The funeral service will be on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church of Concord, officiated by Rev. Ed Hall and Rev. Buster Pigg.

Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Concord.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Rushing family.

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Ruby Montgomery Hendley Murray
Ruby Montgomery Hendley Murray, 105, of Mt. Gilead passed away June 19, 2017 at Spring Arbor of Albemarle. Her memorial service will be Friday June 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lanny Lancaster officiating. The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care from 2:00 until 3:00 PM prior to the hour of the service.

Born June 8, 1912 in Anson County, NC, she was the daughter of the late James Branch Hendley and Minnie Ross Hendley. Mrs. Murray was a veteran of the US Navy during WWII. She served with the U. S Navy Hospital Corps and was stationed in Key West, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana, Memphis, Tennessee and Newport, Arkansas. She attended the Medical College of Virginia and graduated from Pfeiffer College in 1949. She was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse having worked at Yadkin Hospital in Albemarle and in Chicago, Illinois as a Private Duty Nurse. She was a member of Stony Hill United Methodist Church.

She was married to the late Sidney Murray who preceded her in death January 18, 2008. Survivors include nieces Jean Hendley of Mt. Gilead and Nancy Vasser of Badin, 3 great nephews, James R. Hendley III, J. D. Hendley and Jacob Vasser, 5 great-great nephews and 1 great-great niece. A brother James Ross Hendley Sr. and a nephew James Ross Hendley Jr. preceded her in death.

Memorials may be made to Stony Hill United Methodist Church 28996 Stony Hill Rd., Albemarle, NC 28001.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Community Home Care & Hospice and the staff of Spring Arbor of Albemarle for their compassionate care of Mrs. Murray.

Carol Lynn Spencer Russell
Carol Lynn Spencer Russell, age 72 of Farmville, VA passed away Monday, June 12, 2017 in the UVA Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA.

Her funeral will be 11:00 AM Saturday, June 24, 2017 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel, Albemarle, N.C with the Rev. Bob Elwood and Rev. Pete Campbell officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday morning from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Entombment will follow the service in the Stanly Gardens of Memory Mausoleum, Albemarle, NC

Mrs. Russell was born on September 8, 1944 in Bradshaw, WV to the late Willie Spencer Baker and was a retired clerical worker with Wiscassett Mill Company. She was a member of NewHope Church of God in Cumberland, VA. She received a High School Diploma and also a Business Degree from Stanly Community College. She enjoyed singing with the gospel group the PHC Singers and also loved camping and cooking.

Mrs. Russell was married to the late Loyd Jessie Russell who preceded her in death March 24, 2003. Also preceding her in death was a brother, Danny Baker a sister, Glenna Baker, a step-daughter Ann Smith, a grandchild Tracy Carpenter, two great grandchildren, Alison Russell and Baby Girl Smith. Survivors include a daughter, Sha Russell Montore and husband Joe of Farmville, VA, grandchildren A.J., Jacob, and Gianna, two stepsons Jimmy Russell/ Jeanette and Ricky Russell/ Linda, both from Millingport, NC, two step-daughters, Ramona Clark/ Bobby and son-in-law Lee Roy Smith from Millingport and Teresa Tucker/ Mike from Albemarle, NC, one brother, Calvin Baker/Nancy of Bluefield, WV, four sisters Violet Whaley of Chicago, IL, Darlene Orobey and Doris Sossie both of Oregon and Betty Allen of Fayetteville, NC, 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 5 great great-grandchildren.

Georgie Margaret Herman Osborne
Georgie Margaret Herman Osborne, 92 years of age, of Oakboro, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Trinity Place in Albemarle.

Mrs. Osborne was born August 28, 1924, in Stanly County to the late Kenneth Shuford Herman, Sr., and the late Sadie Hethcock Herman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Lee Osborne; and two children, DiAnn Osborne Trull, and Bruce Buddy Lee Osborne, Jr.

A memorial service will be on Friday, June 23 at 10:30 am at First Baptist Church Oakboro officiated by Chip Alsobrooks.

Survivors include daughter, Georgia (Bob) Harvey of Oakboro; grandson, LTJG Matthew Hunter Harvey, USN of Norfolk, VA; and granddaughter, Alayna Brooke Harvey of Lubbock, TX .

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Oakboro or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Hartsell Funeral Home Albemarle is serving the Osborne family.

Online condolences may be made at

Teddy Marshall Owens

Teddy Marshall Owens
July 11, 1966 ~ June 17, 2017 (age 50)

Visitation: Saturday, June 24, 2017
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
First Baptist Church,
201 Wayne Street
Badin, NC 28009

Funeral Service:
Saturday, June 24, 2017
1:00 PM
First Baptist Church,
201 Wayne Street
Badin, NC 28009

Teddy Marshall Owens, affectionately known as T. Groove, who was born July 11, 1966 in Albemarle, North Carolina to the late T.C. Marshall and Annie Mae Williams Owens. On Saturday, June 17, 2017 Teddy gave up time for Eternity and journeyed home to be with our Lord and Savior.

Teddy received his formal education in the Stanly County public schools and graduated from North Stanly High School-Class of 1984, New London, North Carolina. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy and served his country honorably. He was employed with the Medical Hospital, Victoria, Texas for many years. Spending time with family and friends and listening to music were favorites pastimes for Teddy.

Those who survive and mourn the loss, love and the fond memory of Teddy are, his wife, Patrina R. Owens, Albemarle, North Carolina; three sons: David (Kensey) Carpenter, Albemarle, North Carolina, Stedman( Christina) McDonald, New London, North Carolina and Nehemiah Owens, Uncasville, Connecticut; a daughter, Alanna Wall, Norwood, North Carolina; two brothers: Carlos Owens, High Point, North Carolina and James (Alice) Goode, Jacksonville, North Carolina; four sisters: Veda (Willis) Jackson, High Point, North Carolina, Tessia Kendall, New London, North Carolina, Rachel Renee Williams, Badin, North Carolina and Loletta Wiley, Charlotte, North Carolina; a special friend, Arlene Ozuna, Port Lavaca, Texas; several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Gladys Poplin Shugar
Gladys Poplin Shugar, 86, of Albemarle, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Woodhaven Court in Albemarle.

Gladys was born April 18, 1931 in Oakboro to the late Claude Pernay "Nay" Poplin and the late Sara Isabell Huneycutt Poplin. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Jim and Bill Poplin; and sister, Pauline Austin.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Friday, June 23, 2017 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. The funeral service to celebrate her life will follow at 11:00 am in Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel, officiated by her son, Terrell Lambert. The burial will be at Oakboro Cemetery, 1397 North Main Street, Oakboro.

She is survived by her son, Terrell Lambert and wife Kandie of China Grove; grandson, Nathanael Lambert of China Grove; sister, Penny Tucker and husband Tommy of Oakboro.

Gladys was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Albemarle. She was very artistic and creative, and loved to do crafts and garden.

Memorials may be made to Ester House of Stanly County, PO Box 734, Albemarle, NC 28002.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the family.

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

Pauline Russell Blalock
Pauline Russell Blalock, 77, Gold Hill, N.C., passed away Wednesday June 21, 2017 in CHS- Stanly. Her funeral service will be 2 PM Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Antioch Baptist Church with Pastor Randy Jetton officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 6 until 8 PM at Stanly Funeral Home.

Mrs. Blalock was born March 28, 1940 in Stanly County, N.C. and was the daughter of the late Robert Russell and Ruth Stoker Russell. She graduated from Richfield High School served as a Secretary for the C.I.A. in Washington, D.C. as well as secretary with Allison Manufacturing. She was a homemaker and avid gardener and a lifelong active member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Pauline is preceded by a sister JoAnne Russell and a grandson.

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, George Blalock of the home, two sons, Donald Saville of New London and Bobby Saville (Beth) of New London, one daughter, Cindy Harrell (Randy) of New London, 3 step-children Ashley Blalock, Bret Blalock (Heather), and Brian Blalock (Crystal) one sister, Jane Forsythe of New London, 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Community Homecare & Hospice at 120 N Main St, Troy, NC 2737

Sylvia Davis Eudy
Sylvia Davis Eudy, 79, of New London passed away Saturday May 27, 2017 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis. Her funeral will be at 2 PM Wednesday May 31 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Bennett officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:30 prior to the service. The burial will follow the chapel service at Stanly Gardens of Memory.

Born January 20, 1938 in Stanly County, she was the daughter of the late Lewis T. Davis and Maude Mauldin Davis. Sylvia retired from the City of Albemarle with the finance department as a clerk as was a member of North Albemarle Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Doyle Eudy of the home. Other survivors include her son Gregory Doyle Eudy of Stanfield, NC, brother, Douglas Davis and wife Peggy of Albemarle, sister-in-law Shirley Davis of Albemarle, brother-in-law Robert Thompson of Albemarle, and two grandchildren Lawson and Briley Eudy. Sylvia is preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Davis and her sister, Joyce Thompson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly & the Uwharrie at 960 N 1st St, Albemarle, NC 28001.

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.