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Juanita Elizabeth Lefler Eudy
Juanita Elizabeth Lefler Eudy, 84 years of age, of Concord, passed away Monday, October 27, 2014 at St. Andrews Living Center in Concord.

Mrs. Eudy was born June 5, 1930 in North Carolina to the late Charles Lee Lefler Sr. and Mamie Fink Lefler. She was also preceded in death by husband, Travis "Bo" Eudy, her three brothers, C. L. Lefler, Jr., Norman R. Lefler and Bobby G. Lefler.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm, Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord. A graveside service will be on Thursday at 4:00 pm at West Concord Cemetery officiated by Rev. Fred Freeman, Rev. James Shumaker and Juanita's pastor for over 20 years Rev. Winfred Kimball.

Survivors include niece, LouAnne Lefler Lounsbury of Asheboro; great nephews, Clay and Kendall Small of Concord; nephew, Gene Lefler; niece, Sue Ridenhour; great nephew, Justin Ridenhour; great niece, Jennifer R. Haynes; great great nephew, Grayson Haynes; great great nieces, Katie Haynes and Raelyn Ridenhour

Juanita had worked at Cannon Mills Plant #9 for over 49 years and was a member of East Bethel Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Eudy family.

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Augusta Nichole (Devereaux) Kirk
Augusta Nichole (Devereaux) Kirk, 23 years of age, of Concord, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014.

She was born April 4, 1991 in Charlotte, NC to Charles Kevin Kirk and Teri Lynne (Thomas) Kirk.

Augusta graduated from Concord High School in 2009. She was enrolled in the Medical Coding and Billing Program at RCCC where she was awarded with induction to the Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society. She loved her animals, going to the beach and mountains, and going to the drag races. Augusta enjoyed learning new things, and could be found studying most anytime. She was happiest being outside in the fresh air and wearing her favorite camouflage. If you had the privilege to ever meet her, you immediately loved her sweet kind personality. She truly was an angel. Her family, friends and fiance Jamie loved her very much.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord. The funeral service will be on Saturday at 3:00 pm at Hartsell Funeral Home Chapel of Concord officiated by Rev. Neal Workman of Foresthills Baptist Church of Monroe, NC. A private burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Concord at a later date.

Survivors include her fiance Jamie Devereaux of Concord; her mother, Teri Lynne Kirk of Concord and her father Charles Kevin Kirk also of Concord; her brothers Andrew Kirk and Anthony Morrison, Jr. both of Concord; her grandmother Peggy Thomas of Concord; grandparents Kay and Charlie Kirk of Concord; and great grandmother Doris Kirk of Concord; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends. Augusta was preceded in death by her grandfather Gary Thomas in 2013.

Memorial contributions may be made in Augusta's honor to the National Scoliosis Foundation at; or the Humane Society of Cabarrus and Mecklenburg Counties.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the Kirk family. Memories and condolences may be shared by visiting

Elva Day Wensil Cupp
Elva Day Wensil Cupp, 81 years of age, of Midland, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

Mrs. Cupp was born October 25, 1933 in Washington to the late James Arthur Day and Elva Miller Day. She was also preceded in death by a daughter Jenny O'Daniel.

The funeral service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery 4426 Central Ave., Charlotte on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11 am, officiated by Rev. Mark Clontz.

Survivors include daughters, Becky Woods and husband James, Cindy Hooks and husband Randy all of Midland; son-in-law, Fred O'Daniel; step-daughter, Ginger Helms of Midland; sister, Mary Botnen of Washington; brother, Robert Day also of Washington; grandchildren, Jimmy, Jill, Mike, Matt, Megan, Dustin; and 13 great- grandchildren.

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

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Cupp family.

Jimmy Alonzo Bowers
Jimmy Alonzo Bowers, 75, of Albemarle passed away Tuesday October 28, 2014 in Stanly Regional Medical Center. His funeral will be a graveside service Saturday November 1, 2014 at 2 PM in the Palestine Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM at 1210 Monroe St. Ext, Albemarle, NC 28001.

Born May 31, 1939 in Stanly County, NC, he was the son of the late Delmar Bowers and Effie Talbert Bowers and was a retired employee of Wiscassett Mills Co. He was a Christian.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ollie Rose Bowers. Survivors include 2 sons Bobby Darrell Drye of Palmerville and Jeffrey Drye of Albemarle; daughter Becky Drye Furr of Albemarle, 5 grandchildren and 8 great- grandchildren. A son Tim Drye preceded him in death.

Steve "Punk" Gantt Sr.,
Steve "Punk" Gantt Sr., 75 years of age, of Albemarle, passed away Friday, October 31, 2014 at Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington.

Punk was born September 26, 1939 in Winston Salem and lived in Albemarle his whole life. His parents were the late Grover Lindley Gantt and Lucille Morgan Gantt. He was also preceded in death by wife, Janice Westerlund Gantt; and daughter, Elizabeth Dee Gantt.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM, Sunday, November 2, 2014 at First Assembly of God, 1501 24/27 Bypass West, Albemarle, NC. The funeral service officiated by Rev. Bob Gruver will follow at 3:00 PM at First Assembly of God.

He is survived by daughter, Melinda Rummage of Albemarle; sons, Steve Gantt, Jr. of Rock Hill, SC, and Jonathan Wes Gantt of Prosperity, SC; seven grandchildren, one great grandchild; two brothers, Skip M. Gantt of Charlotte and Jim Gantt of Albermarle.

Punk attended Albemarle High School and played football for the bulldogs under Coach Toby Webb and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of South Carolina and played on the Gamecock's football team. He later attended Pfeiffer University where he graduated. Punk was very active in Stanly County serving in the past, with his wife, on the board of the A.R.C and was instrumental in helping establish and strengthen the organization in the area. He was currently serving on the board of the Pregnancy Resource Center. His work career led him to work at Alcoa were he was a dispatch operator. In later years, he attended pottery classes and received a degree from Montgomery Community College. This led him to become a established potter for over 15 years where his pottery was sold at a gallery located in Seagrove NC. Steve was a member of First Assembly of God in Albemarle and was very active as a member of the choir and taught Sunday School. He attended a Bible stu dy every Wednesday at the local YMCA. Steve was a very Godly man and was a hero and loved very much by his family and friends.

Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God, P.O. Box 516 Albemarle N.C. 28102

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Gantt family.

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Jerry Lee Burris
Jerry Lee Burris, 69 years of age, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014 at W. G. Hefner (VA Medical Center) in Salisbury. He was a husband, father, grandfather, brother, Vietnam veteran, bargain hunter, artist, fried chicken connoisseur, card shark, maker of the best blue cheese dressing ever, left us presumably in search of "something new, exciting and delicious."

Jerry was born September 25, 1945 in Stanly County, and was preceded in death by his father, JD Burris; his mother, Helen Tucker Ritchie; his infant brother, Johnnie Burris; and his own left leg (of which he liked to joke, "I already have one foot in the grave.")

Jerry battled health issues of almost cartoonish proportions. You name it, he had it. If it was supposed to work, it didn't.

Despite myriad health challenges, he always kept a positive attitude, and helped others do the same. He was kind and generous, giving you the shirt off his back, or at least his wife's antique spoon collection. (He had a habit of gifting things around the house.)

He liked to keep candy in his pocket to hand out, despite the protests of family that it was sketchy. His friendship came without judgment or any strings attached. He made friends wherever he went. If he couldn't charm you, then you probably aren't worth knowing.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 45 years, Shelia Moberly Burris, whom he called Maxie, and has loved since third grade. He leaves behind his daughter, Misty Burris Bruch, whom, albeit less sociable, is every bit as weird as he was, and also has the family nose. His son in law, Brent Lane Bruch, whom he loved as his own, and called his best friend, despite never letting him have Krispy Kreme. One grandson, Brandon Lee Bruch, whom he cherished and called his favorite.

He also leaves behind sister Katrina Lefler Hathcock, and her husband, Joel Hathcock whom he loved like a brother; and a sister, Linda Burris Smith.

Jerry was not afraid to express his feelings, and his affection was given freely. He made sure that those he loved knew that they were loved.

Jerry loved fatback, oyster stew, Duke's mayonnaise flop over sandwiches, soft scrambled eggs, dim sum, potted meat, popcorn, inexplicably canned macaroni and cheese, as well as anything that was dietarily restricted. The more forbidden it was, the better it tasted.

He loved dancing, thrift shopping and Elizabeth Taylor. He enjoyed The Price is Right and Hell on Wheels, which he referred to as "the train show."

Jerry was not one to hold a grudge; he felt that holding on to anger was just a waste of time. He had strong opinions, mostly food related. He disliked over- cooked hamburgers, and refused to eat chicken breasts and cumin.

It is a rare gift to navigate the hardships in this life and still retain such a sunny outlook, but Jerry found humor even in times of despair. He never lost his childlike exuberance; he genuinely loved life and found happiness everywhere, and brightened the lives of all who knew him. To say that he will be missed is an understatement of epic proportions. If he taught us anything, it was to live each day to its fullest; that kindness has no limits; and make sure your loved ones know how you treasure them.

There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 12 Noon - 2:00 pm at Little Tokyo Lounge, 1446 Hwy 52 N. in Albemarle.

Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 4701 Hedgemore Dr., Suite 810, Charlotte, NC 28209; American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312; Disabled American Veterans (Stanly County Chapter 12), PO Box 112, Albemarle, NC 28002; or Spay Neuter of Charlotte, 2017 N. Davidson St, Suite A, Charlotte, NC 28205.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Burris family.

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