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Octie Ellen Foster Hall
Octie Ellen Foster Hall of Midland, 88 years of age and dedicated wife of Sergeant First Class, U. S. Army Retired, William Guy Hall, Jr. passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Carolinas Health Care System Northeast in Concord.

Mrs. Hall was born April 7, 1929 in Mecklenburg County to the late Lester Foster and Lois Whitlow Foster. She was also preceded in death by her son, William Guy Hall, III in October of 2005.

Ellen spent one tour of duty in Germany with her husband. They lived in Kassel and in Bremerhaven. She was a wonderful wife in many ways.

She is survived by her husband, William; her daughter, Melinda Williams; granddaughter, Stephanie Williams; grandsons, Joseph and Nathaniel Williams; brother, Bruce Foster; and sister, Barbara Jean Huneycutt.

The family will have a visitation for family and friends from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland. Burial will be at the Salisbury National Cemetery.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Hall family

Tommy Eugene Harkey
Tommy Eugene Harkey, 80, of Albemarle, passed away peacefully at his home with his loving wife and family by his side on Monday, July 17, 2017.

He was a lifelong resident of Stanly County and was born on April 8, 1937, to the late Frank and Emma Sides Harkey. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Harkey of Harrisburg and Johnny Harkey of Concord.

In Tommy's earlier years he did construction and was owner and Operator of Harkey's Paint and Body Shop in the Finger Community for about 10 years. He ran a flag car for heavy equipment all over the South East and Midwest. At the age of 80 he was still driving a flag car until he had to retire because of his health. The two loves of his life were his wife and running flag car. He will be remembered as "Diamond T". Tommy also had a talent for building and landscaping.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Ritchie Harkey, and two daughters, Gail Baxter (James) of Norwood, Lisa Morris (Richard) of Albemarle, 3 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The funeral service will follow at 11:30 AM in the Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel officiated Rev. Beau Linker. There will be a private entombment after the service at Stanly Garden of Memory Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 North First St. Albemarle or Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 32056 Herrin Grove Rd. Mount Pleasant, NC 28124

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Harkey family.

Frank Jasper Dennis Jr
Frank Jasper Dennis Jr 64 of Albemarle died Saturday Afternoon July15, 2017 at his home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 Tuesday Evening July 18, 2017 at Edwards Funeral Home of Norwood.

Frank was born August 9, 1952 in Stanly County to Frank and Wilma Mauldin Dennis. He was a 1970 graduate of South Stanly High School and was owner and operator of Frank Dennis Inc. Trucking. He was a member of Porter Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife Marie Hathcock Dennis of the home. Two sons Dustin and Nick Dennis both of Albemarle. One brother Rickey Dennis (Becky) of Albemarle. Three sisters Debbie Measmer (Jim), Linda Harkey (Gene), and Lisa Darnell (Dean) all of Albemarle. His best friend Tommy Shields (Melissa) of Norwood.

Memorials may be made to Porter Baptist Church Building Fund 16562-A US Highway 52 South, Norwood, NC 28128

Margaret Johnson Newport
Margaret Johnson Newport,92, died at 11:51 pm Saturday, July 15, 2017, at her home in New London, NC.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, July 18 at New London United Methodist Church, where she was a member. The Rev. James Pyatt will officiate. The family will receive friends after the service. A private family burial will be held in New London Cemetery prior to the service.

Mrs. Newport was born February 24, 1925 in Misenheimer, NC to the late James Dickerson and Agnes Peeler Johnson. She graduated from Richfield High School and Mitchell College in Misenheimer. On August 11, 1946 she married Coy H. Newport who had returned from service in World War II as a POW in Germany. Mr. Newport preceded her in death on November 6, 2001. Mr. And Mrs. Newport started their joint lifetime career in 1957 with one of the first coin laundries, Coys Laundromat, in Albemarle, NC.

Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were brother J.D. Johnson,Jr. and sisters Lucille Eagle, Ruby Leonard, Mary Frances Bowers, and Virginia Johnson. Surviving are son Dale R. Newport and wife Cindy of New London and son Kent E. Newport and wife Shannon of Clemson,SC/Albemarle,NC; grandchildren Emily Newport Beaver and husband David of Albemarle, Martha Newport Pickler and husband Neal of Albemarle, Ben Newport of Albemarle, and Sarah Newport of Clemson; great-grandchildren Riley and Coy David Beaver and Addie Pickler.

The family would like to thank Margarets special angels Nancy Briggs, Cissie Isenhour Seaver, and Judy Haywood for their loving and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to New London United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 146, New London, NC 28127.

Patricia Ann Hildreth Banks
Patricia Ann Hildreth Banks, 66, of Albemarle passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017 in her home. A memorial service to honor her life will be held at a later date.

Born April 26, 1951 in New Haven, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late Walter Hildreth and Margaret McLaughlin Hildreth. She was formerly employed in the banking industry and worked in marketing for the Bank of Hong Kong. Patricia loved life and her family was the most important thing in her life, especially her daughter Melanie. She also loved her animals.

Survivors include daughter Melanie Hicks and fiancé Joe Moroze of Albemarle and brother John Robert Hildreth of Randleman.

Doris Marie Davis Carpenter
Doris Marie Davis Carpenter, 84, of Midland passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Tucker Hospice in Kannapolis.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at United Love Baptist Church. The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. at United Love Baptist Church in Midland officiated by Rev. Marvin Tyson, Rev. Eddie Barbee, and Rev. Jesse Herrin. Burial will follow at Stanly Gardens of Memory, 2001 East Main St., Albemarle.

The following is the obituary that Doris wrote for herself:

I was born September 23, 1932 in Star, N. C. I went home to be with Jesus on July 15, 2017. My parents were Skylar McFarland Davis and Myrtle Callicutt Davis both deceased. I was the oldest of 4 children and the last to go to Heaven. My brother, Charles, sister, Ailene Ray and my baby sister, Carol Ann Williams. If you are a Callicutt, Davis, Deaton, or Yow we are kin folks.

I graduated from Star High School in 1952 and with honors. I attended Lees-McCrea College in Banner Elk, N. C. I was Secretary/Treasurer of my senior class, and was in the choir, camera club, newspaper and drama. I received an Associate Degree in Science where I went to the Raleigh area to work in the hospitals and to earn my X-Ray Technician certificate. I then worked at Asheboro Hospital. Then I wanted a change and I was hired by doctors in Sacramento, California who were studying the causes of lung cancer of non-smokers. I met the love of my life in February 1957, Donald Carpenter, from Minnesota and was married in April of 1957. He surprised me, we eloped and then a church wedding in September. We were married for 40 years and three weeks when he went home in 1997.

In February of 1958 our daughter, Barbara, was born and in 1960 our son, Richard, was born. We moved back to North Carolina in August of 1960, lived in Charlotte, and then moved to Midland. Our children went to Bethel and then to Central Cabarrus High School.

Barbara Carpenter Simmons Cauthen, married this past February, and I was proud to be her ring bearer at the wedding of her high school sweetheart, Bobby Cauthen. Barbara has a son, Jonathan Simmons USAF, wife, Julie and my wonderful great-grandson, Justin.

Richard Davis Carpenter, married to Debbie, and two step-sons, Dusty and Rusty, are married and have children. I have eight nieces and nephews and their children and then there are those who I "adopted" or they have adopted me as their second mom or grandma. Several groups of Barbara's classmates, and former co-workers and we get together a few times a year.

I loved working in the gardens whether it was my flowers or vegetables. I loved to can and freeze food and give veggies away to those who needed it. I started cooking when I was three years old. I loved camping, fishing, and hiking when I was younger. I love to read my Holy Bible and other books.

I belong to United Love Baptist Church, Midland where I was baptized for a second time because God told me to and I did. When God speaks you listen and do what He tells you to do.

Last thing I want to tell you, I had not always given out hugs, unsure of myself or reaction of people and then one day I just started giving out hugs to my doctors, the girls in the office and now it is anyone I can hug I will. It makes people feel good. So give a hug. Turn to the person next to you and give them a hug and start giving hugs to someone today and the next day. Do it every day. Don't put off things to them today. Before you know it you will be in your 80's and where did the time go.

God bless you all!

In lieu of flowers or plants, please give to United Love Baptist Church, 11487 Flowes Store Road, Midland, NC 28107 or Tucker Hospice House, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Carpenter family.

Hoyle Adam Huneycutt
Hoyle Adam Huneycutt, 80, of Midland, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Carolinas HealthCare System Union in Monroe.

Hoyle was born February 20, 1937 in Stanly County to the late Grady Lee Huneycutt and the late Myrtle Priscilla Smith Huneycutt. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Jahalla "Jay" Kizer, Arlene Medlin; and brothers, Harold, Doyle, and Roy Huneycutt.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland. The funeral service to celebrate his life will be at 3:00 pm on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Antioch Baptist Church, 6223 Love Mill Rd., Monroe, officiated by Pastor Buck Canup and Pastor Clint Lewey. He will lie in state for 30 minutes prior to the service. The burial will follow at Lakeland Memorial Park, 1901 Lancaster Ave., Monroe. At other times, the family will be gathering at the home.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Mabel Josephine Huneycutt of the home; son, Timothy Adam (Angel) Huneycutt of Norwood; daughters, Carolyn (Clarence) Beach of Albemarle, Hazel (Scott) Honeycutt of Monroe, Vickie (Tim) Medlin of Monroe; sister, Beatrice Bullard of Albemarle; grandchildren, James and Joseph Honeycutt, Randal Medlin, Stacy Thomas, Josh Beach; great-grandchildren, Adam, Abigail, Kenslie, Brayden, and Maxton Honeycutt, Rylan and Lawson Thomas.

He loved his beloved beagles and listening to bluegrass gospel music. He enjoyed rabbit hunting and being outdoors. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a strong work ethic all of his life.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Huneycutt family.

Naomi Whitley Diggs
Naomi Whitley Diggs, 83, of Norwood passed away Monday evening, July 17, 2017 at Trinity Place in Albemarle.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, Friday, July 21, 2017 at Norwood Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Tom Rodriguez and Rev. Carroll Moffitt will officiate and interment will follow in Norview Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Diggs was born June 25, 1934 in Stanly County to the late Columbus Alexander and Myrtle Mae Harris Whitley. She was a 1952 graduate of Norwood High School and graduate of Kings Business School. She was an Executive Secretary for Wiscasset Mills for 45 years. Naomi was a lifelong member of Norwood Church of the Nazarene where she directed the choir for over 40 years.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Max Allen Diggs, Sr.

She is survived by her son, Dr. Max Allen Diggs Jr. (Helen) of Boone and daughter, Kimberly Diggs Galloway(John) of Norwood; sister, Hilda Whitley Farmer (Dwight) of Norwood; three grandchildren, Nichole Wallace (Brad), Lauren Brenneman(Daniel) and Matthew Diggs (Emily); four great-grandchildren, Grace, Addison, Braxton and Mackenzie.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Trinity Place for the loving care of their mother and grandmother.

Memorials may be to: Norwood Church of the Nazarene, P. O. Box 1099, Norwood, NC 28128

Betty Addison
Betty Addison, 89, of Richfield passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in CHS-Stanly in Albemarle. Her funeral service will be 10 AM Friday, July 21 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Baldwin officiating. Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care on Thursday evening from 6 until 8 PM.

Born August, 9, 1927 in Elizabeth, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Edith Granberg Horvath. She was a retired office clerk in the insurance business. A member of Harvest Church, she loved putting puzzles together and loved animals, especially her two dogs Ginger and Annie.

Mrs. Addison was preceded in death by her first husband George Everette Echelberger and second husband John Henry Addison. Survivors include sons George Everette Echelberger III of Arizona, Arthur Richard Echelberger of FL, Timothy Edward Addison of FL and James Addison of FL, and daughter Carol Silk and husband Keith of Richfield, 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. A son Michael William Echelberger and daughter Eleanor Winger preceded her in death.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Stanly County Humane Society, 2049 Badin Rd, Albemarle, NC 28001 or to the American Lung Association, 514 Daniels Street, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Grady Wade Caviness,
Grady Wade Caviness, 73, of Albemarle, N.C. passed away Sunday July 16, 2017 in his home. His funeral service will be 11 AM Wednesday July 19, 2017 in the Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care Chapel with Rev. Randy Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in the Poplin Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Stanly County DAV. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 PM until 8 PM at Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care.

Mr. Caviness was born on January 22, 1944 in Guilford County and was the son of the late Alfred Edwin Babe Caviness and Virginia Blanche Beam Caviness. He was a retired employee of the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Mr. Caviness was a Veteran of the U.S. Airforce serving during the Vietnam Conflict and a member of Poplin Grove Baptist Church. He was a coon hunter and he loved horses and dogs and was also a gun smith.

He is survived by his wife Carol Dick Caviness of the home. Other survivors include sons: Timmy Caviness and wife Kelly of Albemarle, N.C., Eddie Caviness of Albemarle, N.C., daughter DeAnna Caviness Huneycutt and husband Toby of New London, N.C., seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Caviness is preceded in death by a daughter Karen Caviness and son Neal Caviness and sister Carol Caviness Hayes.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Stanly & Uwharrie, 960 North First Street, Albemarle, N.C. 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.

Annie Ruth Smith Luther
Annie Ruth Smith Luther, 83, of Norwood, passed away on Wednesday July 19, 2017 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday July 22, 2017 at 2:00PM at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Nathan Fox will officiate and interment will follow at Norview Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00PM at Edwards Funeral Home in Norwood.

Ann was born on May 17, 1934 in Stanly County to the late Lawrence Matthew Smith and Cornelia Ellen Carpenter Smith. A member of Norwood First Baptist Church, she loved the Lord and through her sweet and loving spirit, many others were inspired to accept Jesus as their Saviour. Ann enjoyed cooking and loved to bake cakes and pies for her family and friends. Spending time with her family, laughing, and telling stories were among her favorite past time.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Carl Buck Luther; brothers James, Lennox, Robert, and Spencer Smith; sister, Mary Kate Smith Bowers; and grandson Chase Luther.

She is survived by her son, Dale Luther (Franna) of Roswell, GA; and daughter Carla Luther Doby (Yancey) of China Grove; granddaughter Reagan Underwood; grandsons Eric Underwood, Cameron Luther, Jamin Davies, and William Davies. She was also blessed with five great-granddaughters; Jade and Salem Underwood, Riley Luther, Lily and Margaret Davies; four great-grandsons, Roman Luther, Liam, Jack, and Pax Davies; two brothers, Melville Smith(Margie) of Norwood and Lawrence Smith of Oakboro.

Memorials may be made to Norwood First Baptist Church, PO Box 535, Norwood NC, 28128 or Tucker Hospice House, 5005 Hospice Lane Kannapolis NC, 28081.

John Pearson Deaton, Jr.
John Pearson Deaton, Jr., 76 years of age, of Mount Gilead, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle.

Mr. Deaton was born February 7, 1941 to the late John Pearson and Nell Myers Deaton. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister Judy Deaton Williams. John served nine years in the United States Air Force. He will be most remembered for his love of the water, whether it be at the beach or the lake.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Hartsell Funeral Home- Midland, 13575 Broadway Avenue, Midland, NC.

Survivors include: wife, Patricia Ann Deaton; sons, Michael (Terri) Deaton, Mark (Ivy) Deaton, Brian (Jennifer) Deaton; daughter, Lisa (Joey Ebert) Putnan; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA. 22202 or American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue; Dallas, TX 75231.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Deaton family.

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Larry Wilson Monroe
Larry Wilson Monroe, 73, of Salisbury, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Liberty Lane Hospice House.
Born in Rowan County on July 20, 1944, he was the son of the late Woodrow Wilson Monroe and Ruth Jeanette Lowery Monroe.
Mr. Monroe served in the United States Army from 19634-1967.

He is survived by his sister, Patricia Lafranchi of Arcadia, CA and many friends. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Historic National Cemetery on Government Road Salisbury, NC. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Monroe family.