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Olivia L. Pressley
Olivia L. Pressley, 101, of Albemarle, NC, passed away Friday February 16, 2018 at the home of her son. Her funeral service will be 2 PM Monday February 19, 2018 in the Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care Chapel with Rev. Thomas Andrufski officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM at Stanly Funeral & Cremation Care prior to the hour of the service.

Mrs. Pressley was born March 15, 1916 in Stanly County, NC and was the daughter of the late William Deberry Lowder and Florence Holt Lowder. She was a retired employee of Hardees as Lead Cashier. Olivia was a member of Hill Street Church of God. She was a very simple person that loved everyone she met and loved the Lord that gave her abundant life.

Olivia was preceded in death by her husband Martin Brown Pressley in 1959. Survivors include two sons Larry Brown Pressley of Albemarle, NC and Jerry Keith Pressley and wife Pearlene of Albemarle, NC, five grandchildren Ken Pressley, Tera Bevins, Kevin Pressley, Tammy Sanders and Lynn English, seven great-children and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given to Hill Street Church of God, 632 Hill Street, Albemarle, NC 28001.

James "Cecil" Hartsell
James "Cecil" Hartsell, 73, of Locust, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Carolinas Healthcare Hospice in Monroe.

Cecil was born March 16, 1944 in Stanly County to the late Theodore and Sudie Hartsell. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Jason, Glenn, Ben and J.W. Hartsell.

Cecil was wonderful husband and father, and also a super Paw Paw. He attended Freedom Baptist Church, Locust.

Survivors include beloved wife of 45 years, Louise Huneycutt Hartsell; son, Kevin Dale Hartsell; son, Bradley James (Karen) Hartsell; three sisters, Joyce Baucom, Mary Jewel Hayes, and Shirley (Carl) Linker; brother, J.D. (Peggy) Hartsell; grandsons, Walker Hartsell and Ryan (Jennie) Dutton; granddaughter, Destiny Hartsell; three great-grandchildren, Hilary, Edward, and Jacob; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be 12:00 pm Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at Freedom Baptist Church, Locust, officiated by Rev. Wally Gilmer. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, beginning at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, 20015 Coley Store Rd, Locust, NC 28097 .

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Hartsell family.

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Olga Regina Werner Throneburg
Olga Regina Werner Throneburg, 89, of Norwood a Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and Community Volunteer passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday February 21, 2018 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Albemarle. Father Peter Fitzgibbons will officiate. Burial will follow at 1:30 PM in Norview Gardens in Norwood. A Rosary service will be held at 5:30 PM Tuesday February 20, 2018 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

When not at the funeral home the family will be gathering at Olgas home.

Olga was born on January 10, 1929 in Augsfeld, Germany to the late Josef Frank and Rosa Veit Werner. She worked as a dietary supervisor at Stanly Memorial Hospital and dietary manager at Montgomery Memorial Hospital. She completed her career as a special events caterer at Stanly Regional for the events center, retiring at age 75. Olga was a faithful member of Annunciation Catholic Church.

Olga truly had a servants heart and was active in many organizations including having served as President of VFW Post 6183 Ladies Auxillary, Quilters for Wounded Veterans/Soldiers, served meals on wheels, Christmas Community Dinner from its beginning, Past President of Stanly County Extension and Community Association, served on the boards of Oasis and the Senior Center and Past President of The Daughters of Mary.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Oka William Bill Throneburg; and her sister Rita Werner Leisentritt.

She is survived by her children Eddie Throneburg (Beth) of Albemarle, Liz Nichols (Mark) of Norwood, Rose Simmons (Al) of Norwood, and Billie BJ Barbee (Andy) of Chapin, SC; her brother August Werner of Hassfurt, Germany; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren: Karen Libby Brown (Steve) and their children Zac, Maddie and Aidan, Kevin Simmons (Amanda) and their children Adi, Klay, and Kade, Regina Simmons, Lindsey Toole (Chris) and their children Eli, Owen, Avery, and Emerson, Daniel Weaver(Kim) and their son Tripp, David Nichols (Jennifer) and their children Drew and Zack, Jonathan Nichols, Miranda Duell (Jake) and their daughter McKinley, Kristen Throneburg, Samuel Nichols, Whitney Throneburg, and Tessa Throneburg. A special friend and caregiver Elvira Dennis.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to Hospice of Stanly and the Uwharries, 960 N First Street Albemarle NC 28001 or Annunciation Catholic Church 416 N Second Street Albemarle NC 28001.

Mildred Ruth Furr
Mildred Ruth Furr, 84, of Concord, passed away peacefully Friday, February 16, 2018.

She was a daughter of the late Carl Ritchie and Sadie Lipe Ritchie. In addition to her parents, she was a preceded in death by her brothers, Flake, Price , Glenn and, Grady Ritchie. She was also preceded by her sister, Lucille Petrea.

Mildred loved spending time with family, doing crossword puzzles and reading her devotions. She enjoyed being outside and had a pretty amazing green thumb.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Furr; son, Ray Furr (Kellie); daughter, Dawn Black (Howard), granddaughter, Amanda Phillips (Brandon), grandsons, Adam Furr, and, Howie Black, granddaughter, Samantha Black, great-granddaughter, Emersyn Phillips.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Monday, February 19, 2018 at Hartsell Funeral Home Concord, NC. The funeral service will be on Monday at 12:00 pm at Hartsell Funeral Home Concord, NC. Burial will follow at the Carolina Memorial Park Kannapolis at Hwy. 29N at I85, Exit 58, Kannapolis.

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

Hartsell Funeral Home is serving the Furr family.

Carson Lucas Gibson
Carson Lucas Gibson, 85, of Kannapolis, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, while at Genesis Healthcare in Salisbury. Carson was born April 26, 1932 in Chesterfield County, S.C., a son of the late Dave Curtis Gibson and Lucy A. Gibson. In addition to his parents, Carson was preceded in death by his grandson, Christopher Gentle; his brother, Floyd Gibson; and his sister, Bobbie Ketner. He worked for over 40 years at Pethel's Used Cars as a mechanic and in earlier years for Cannon Mills Co. Carson was huge fan of NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Jr. He will be dearly missed.

Visitation and Service: Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Whitley's Funeral Home with Rev. Brian Ravon and Rev. Clint officiating. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m., prior to the funeral.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Patricia Lewis Gibson; his daughter, Anita Gentle (Scott) of Landis; and his son, Craig Gibson (Brooklyn) of Concord; his grandchildren, David Gentle (Stephanie) of Salisbury, Zachary Carter, Alexis Carter, Gauge Gibson and Molly Gibson; and three great-grandchildren, Austin, Sadie and Ethan.

Online condolences may be left at and memorial donations may be sent to Levine Children's Hospital 1628 E. Morehead St, Charlotte, NC 28207.

Lester E. Spain
Lester E. Spain, 75 years of age, of Concord, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast in Concord.

Spain was born November 10, 1942 in North Carolina to the late Lester P. Spain and the late Flada Juanita Lax.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Hartsell Funeral Home Concord, NC. The funeral service will be on Wednesday at 2:00 pm at Hartsell Funeral Home Concord, NC officiated by Tommy Bright. Burial will follow at Carolina Memorial Park-Kannapolis with military honors.

Hartsell Funeral Home is serving the Spain family.

Jodie Baucom Helms
Jodie Baucom Helms, 54, of Concord, passed away Sunday, February 18, 2018 at home.

Jodie was born December 14, 1963 in Cabarrus County to the late John Kenneth Baucom and the late Jeanne Barbee Baucom.

Jodie loved her dogs, Zeus, Chance and Gita. She loved working outside in her garden. Jodie could make anything grow. She loved flowers and Kid Rock. Jodie was a beloved wife, sister, aunt and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include beloved husband, Carl L. Helms, Jr. of the home; step-daughter, Jennifer Helms of Charlotte; step-son, Brian Helms of Charlotte; granddaughter, Tyran Helms of Charlotte; sister, Jeanne (Roger) Lambert of Concord; sister, Jennifer (Brent) Melton of Kannapolis; niece, Breanna Tucker of Kannapolis; niece, Alayna Tucker of Kannapolis; and nephew, Koen Corriher of Kannapolis.

A service to celebrate Jodie's life will be held 2:00 pm, Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Hartsell Funeral Home Chapel, Concord. The family will receive friends following the service.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Helms family.

Aggie Nora McCall
Aggie Nora McCall, 79, of Charlotte (formerly of McColl, SC), passed away Friday, February 2, 2018 at Novant Harris Hospice, Charlotte.

Aggie was born March 21, 1938 in Bennettsville, SC to the late John Daniel McCall and Zilpha Elizabeth Bryant McCall of McColl, SC. She graduated Mars Hill College and Flora McDonald College with a BA in primary education. She taught kindergarten and first grade for 35 years in the Fayetteville city and Cumberland County school systems. Aggie's passion for teaching brightened her life as she watched young students learn and grow. Aggie never met a stranger. She loved people, especially children. She was a wonderful listener to both friends and family. She enjoyed both writing and receiving handwritten notes.

Until her health began to fail, Aggie was an active and faithful member of McColl First Baptist Church, McColl, SC. She moved to Charlotte to live with her sister, who became her caregiver. Aggie was a former member of Newell Baptist Church and current member of Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church.

Aggie was a loving and devoted daughter, sister and aunt. She loved and cherished her family. Her smile, the twinkle in her eye, and her everlasting love will be a treasured memory for all, especially her great niece and nephew, Isabella and Camden McCall, who were her heart and soul.

Survivors include sister, Joncie Lou McCall of Charlotte, NC; brother, William James McCall, and wife Carol Williams McCall of Oak Island, NC; nephew, Johnathan Markus McCall and wife, Judy Lippman McCall, and their children, Isabella and Camden McCall, all of Charlotte, NC; and special pet companion, Izzy, who was always at her side looking out for her.

A memorial service will be held on February 24th at 2:00 PM at Pritchard Memorial Baptist, 1117 South Blvd, Charlotte, with Rev. Bobby Morrow and Rev. Stan Heiser officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Aggie will be laid to rest by her parents and other McCall family members at Red Bluff Cemetery, Marlboro County, SC, at a later date.

Many thanks goes out to family and friends for their good thoughts, words, deeds and prayers. They truly brightened her days throughout the years. A special thanks to the doctors and nurses of Novant Health and Harris Hospice for the compassionate care they provided not only to Aggie, but also to her family.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church or Novant Harris Hospice, 200 Hawthorne Ln, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Harrisburg is serving the McCall family.

Jean Dancy Courtney
Jean Dancy Courtney 76 of Norwood died Monday Afternoon, February 19, 2018 at her home.

Her Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Memorial Baptist Church. Rev. Josh Phillips, Rev. Marshall Honeycutt and Rev. Nathan W. Fox will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Courtney was born July 26, 1941 in Wilkes County, North Carolina to the late Ira Glenn and Grace Williams Dancy. She was a retired Manager for Wal-Mart and a member of Memorial Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband Larry Walker Courtney of the home. Five Children, Greg Cardwell of Wilkesboro, Keith Cardwell of West Field, Cyndi Jarvis of Wilkesboro, Bryan Courtney of Williamsburg, VA, Anne Hinders of Williamsburg, VA. Two brothers, Harold Dancy (Linda) and Ronnie Dancy (Cookie) all of Thomasville. Two sisters, Shirley Bishop of Thomasville and Barbara Ward of High Point. Seven Grandchildren, Eight Great-Grandchildren and One Great-Grandson.

She was preceded in death by two grandsons Josh and Michael.

Peggy Palmer Gibbons
Peggy Palmer Gibbons, 72 years of age, of Harrisburg, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Peggy was born August 15, 1945 in Stanly County, to the late Claude and Callie Palmer. She was also preceded in death by her husband Brownie Gibbons; brother, Billy Joe Palmer; and sister, Betty P. Lambert.

Survivors include nephews, Michael (Pat) Lowder and Dwight (Kaffa) Hall; 6 great nieces and nephews; and 9 great-great nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be 12 pm, Monday, January 29, 2018 at Hartsell Funeral Home Chapel, 12115 University City Blvd, Harrisburg, officiated by Rev. Meghan McSwain. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Peggy will be laid to rest immediately following the service at Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, 20987 NC 73 Hwy, Albemarle.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Ln, Kannapolis, NC 28081.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Harrisburg is serving the Gibbons family.

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