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Mary Ella Skidmore Vick
Mrs. Mary Ella Skidmore Vick, 84, of Norwood, NC died Tuesday afternoon October 17, 2017 at Levine & Dickson Hospice House.

She was a daughter of the late Roy James and Sarah Cooper Skidmore. Mary Ella was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Ralph Gwinn Vick. Also preceding her in death was a nephew, Hampton B. Allen IV.

She is survived by her two daughters , Nancy McSwain and husband, Mark of Harrisburg, NC and Betsy Clements of Denver, NC and friend, Jeff Kelley of Newton, NC. Affectionately known as Mimi, Mary Ella is also survived by her four granddaughters, Megan Lindsey Mayes and husband Robert, Ansley Elizabeth McSwain, Katherine Elizabeth Clements, Caroline Olivia Clements, and a great-grandson, Cameron Tate (Cam) Mayes. They were her pride and joy and the lights of her life. Also surviving, are Parker Kelley and Erin Kelley children of Jeff Kelley.

She is also survived by three special nieces, Susie Cooper Bowers, great niece Elizabeth Paige(Beth) Thomas and husband, David and great-great niece, Sarah Beth Thomas.

Mary Ella lived in Norwood all of her life, except when she attended Limestone College in Gaffney, SC for three years. She completed her education at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and earned her BS degree in Elementary Education. She taught her first 10 years at Aquadale School and her last 21 years at Norwood Elementary School, retiring in 1987.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Norwood, where she, at one time, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, and served in various capacities. She was a member of the Herbert G. Garmon Sunday School Class, a very special group of friends.

Mary Ella enjoyed playing golf and she and Ralph were awarded, a Life Time membership to Piney Point Golf Club.

Upon retirement, she enjoyed spending more time with her daughters, granddaughters, and great grandson. She also enjoyed volunteering, sharing her famous fudge and poppy seed cakes. She derived much pleasure in sending cards. Her daughters stated she needed to start her own greeting card company to supply her increasing needs!

Mary Ella cherished her many friends, the WD40s, the POPS, The Teachers Dining Out group, her Ladies Golf Group and special Hospice friends, Margaret Fields, Anna McGee and Heather Crump.

Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2:00PM. The service will be conducted by Rev. Bill Roberts, Rev. Cooper Stonestreet and Rev. Steve Autry. The family will receive friends in the ballroom at Piney Point Golf Club following the service.

Memorials contributions may be made to: First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 948, Norwood, NC 28128 or Hospice of Stanly County, 960 North First Street, Albemarle, NC 28001.

George Gilbert Graham, Sr.
George Gilbert Graham, Sr., 64 of New London died on October 16, 2017 at his home. A private family service will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Mr. Graham was born June 1, 1953 in Hamlet, N.C. to the late Ruby Mae Radford and Wilson Woodrow Graham. He was a graduate of North Stanly High school where he played football. He was a retired truck driver and enjoyed watching NASCAR and cheering on Dale Earnhardt. George was a handy man who could fix just about anything he put his hands on.

He is survived by his wife Pamela Morton Graham of the home; sons George Gilbert Graham, Jr. and Fiancée Cindy of Lilesville, N.C., Jonathan Lee Graham of New London, N.C.; daughter Sherie Graham Hathcock and husband Ronnie, Jr. of Ansonville, NC; grandchildren Trey, Shellie, Zachary, Ronald, Brandon, Ricky, Kristen, and Greg; step grandchildren Courtney and Joanna ; 2 great-grandchildren; brothers Charles Graham of Richfield, N.C., and Charlie Graham of Aquadale, N.C.; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Graham is preceded in death by a daughter Sandra Mae Graham; brothers Melvin, Ricky, and Billy Graham; and a sister Marie Ann Graham.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care is serving the Graham family.

Herman Lee McLester
Herman Lee McLester, 86 years of age, of Locust, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at Tucker Hospice House in Kannapolis.

Mr. McLester was born May 12, 1931 in Stanly County to the late Ira Ephraim McLester and the late Dora Almond McLester. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Shelby Cordelia McLester.

Herman loved God and his country and was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the US Air Force.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM , Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. The funeral service will be on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM at St James Reformed Church, 8350 Walnut Street in Mt Pleasant officiated by Rev. Gene Frady. Burial will follow at St Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery, 100 St John's Church Road in Concord.

Survivors include sons, Jeff McLester and wife Kathy of Concord and Steve McLester and friend Brenda Hamrick of Locust; grandchildren, Michael McLester and wife Sue, Melissa Smith and husband David, and Brent McLester and wife Kristen; great grandchildren, Jackson McLester, Colton Smith, Brooklyn Smith, Mason Sidzina and Taya Sidzina.

Hartsell Funeral Home Albemarle is serving the McLester family.

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Jeffery Jeff Newton
Jeffery Jeff Newton, 52, of Mt. Gilead, passed away on Tuesday October 17, 2017.

Funeral arrangements will be made at a later date.

Mr. Newton was born on November 3, 1964 in Stanly County to Carol Almond McDonald and the late Clifford Newton Sr. He worked for McRae Industries in Mt. Gilead and was a member at Mission of Hope Church in Kannapolis.

In addition to his father he is preceded in death by a sister, Tammy Newton and nephew Brandon Newton.

Along with his mother, he is survived by his children: Jeffery Newton Jr. of Mt. Gilead, Jeremy Newton of Alabama, Tiffany Newton of Denton, and Dorcus Newton of Denton. Two brothers: Clifford Butch Newton Jr. and Tim Newton, both of Mt. Gilead. Eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Georgia Barringer Yost
Mrs. Georgia Barringer Yost, daughter of the late George and Mabel Barringer, died peacefully with her family by her side at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center on October 14, 2017. Born July 27, 1942, Georgia attended China Grove High School, graduating in 1960 before entering the Rowan Memorial Nursing Program, where she briefly worked as a nurse until 1963. At the end of that same year on Christmas Eve, she married Don Ray Yost, CGHS graduate and Naval Officer Candidate. For six years, they lived in various military installations before returning home to Rowan County in 1969. Georgia lived in Salisbury for the rest of her life, working for Rowan County Schools in the Maintenance Department until her retirement in 2001. In addition to being an exceptional baker and gardener, Georgia was an avid reader, accumulating thousands of books in her rich lifetime. She was very active in church: singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School, and serving as a member of WELCA. Her passion and perhaps greatest contribution to church life was in childrens ministry and outreach. She was loved by so many in the church, work, and home. Georgia was predeceased by her sister Faye Yarumian of Portland, Maine. She is survived by husband, Don Yost of Salisbury; brother, Michael Barringer of Greensboro, NC; daughters, Tina Yost of Salisbury, Maria (Robert) Flanagan of Salisbury, and Jacqueline Moffitt-Yost (Parish Moffitt) of Concord, NC; grandsons, Timothy, Mack, and Daniel Flanagan of Salisbury; granddaughters, Steffany Moffitt of Raleigh, NC and Sarah Moffitt of Concord, NC; and many nephews and nieces.

A service celebrating Georgias life will be held in Salisbury at Salem Lutheran Church (5080 Sherrills Ford Rd.) on Sunday, October 22 at 3 PM. Family visitation will also be held at Salem immediately following the service. The family of Georgia would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses in the ICU at Novant Rowan Medical Center for their excellent and heart felt care during her stay.

Memorials in Georgias name may be made to Salem Lutheran Church/Childrens ministry and Outreach, 5080 Sherrills Ford Rd, Salisbury, NC 28147. Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Yost family. Online condolences may be made at

Betty and Joe Mack McCoy
In memoriam of Betty and Joe Mack McCoy, 01/22/2017 After nearly 63 years of marriage, Joe Mack McCoy, 82, and Betty Joan McCoy, 83, have both passed to be with our Lord and Savior. Joe passed under Hospice care on July 25, 2016. Betty passed 6 months later on January 22, 2017. Memorial Services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Loves Grove United Methodist Church in Stanfield, NC. An Ashes Burial with Military Honors will follow at Loves Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. A lunch gathering will be held immediately following the ceremonies in the family center of the church. All are welcome to attend.

Joe Mack McCoy was born on April 21, 1934 to Oscar and Delaler McCoy in Union County. Betty Joan McCoy was born on December 1, 1933 to Noemi and John Mercado in Los Angeles, CA. The two met during their Navy service to our country. They wed while still in the Navy on September 19, 1955. Their love for one another was demonstrated every day and was evident to all that knew them. Joe had his entire career at IBM where he witnessed advances in state of the art computer technology as computers were coming into existence and changing the world. Betty had her career in nursing where she helped patients in the Intensive Care Unit and as a Floor Nurse. Both were successful in their careers but nothing compared to their love for one another and for their family. Their daily sacrifices of love, care, and support of their children was extraordinary.

The saddest day in their lives came when their son, Marvin Scott McCoy, preceded them in death in 1989. They are survived by two daughters, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. All were witness to their intense bond and love for one another which demonstrated how successful marriages are created through the unselfish love for their partner.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through Hartsell Funeral Home in Midland, NC.

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Maureen Constance Steele Davis
Maureen Constance Steele Davis of Locust, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017 at her home.

Maureen was born on November 4, 1926 in Sheffield, England.

Memories of her early years were of happy family times celebrating special events with her large family of aunts, uncles and cousins. During her early teen years, Great Britain came under attack from German bombers and she had horrible memories of bombs falling around her home and the city of Sheffield, long lines for food and rations, and sacrifices made by all the British people. Those teen years also were fun for Maureen as she learned to dance the jitterbug and met lots of soldiers and sailors from all the Allied Countries. One young American GI caught her eye and at the age of 18, Maureen was married to John Curtis Davis of Fayetteville, NC. Maureen gave up her family, her country and all that was dear to her to move to the United States to be with her husband. Together, they had five children and were married for over fifty years.

Maureen loved her children and grandchildren more than anything else in the world. She is survived by her three daughters, Carole Ann Davis of Midland, NC, Susan Marie Davis of Locust, NC, and Eileen Patricia Davis of Cairo, GA; three grandchildren, Lisa Brock McCanna of Concord, NC, Patricia Griffin Kelso of Spanish Fort, AL, and John Edward Griffin of Baton Rouge, LA; and four great-grandchildren, Ethan David McCanna, USMC, stationed in Okinawa, Sara Jessica McCanna of Concord, NC, Bradly Joseph Kelso of Spanish Fort, AL, and Cameron Hornbuckle of Valdosta, GA. Maureen was also mother to her two sons who predeceased her by several years, Terrance Curtis Davis and David Wayne Davis.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Maureen will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland.

The family will receive friends 45 minutes prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Concord and Grater Cabarrus County, or A Child's Place, eeedwards@A Child's

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Davis family.

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