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Joseph Ronald Reese
Joseph Ronald Reese, 70 years of age, of Locust, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast in Concord.

Joseph was born May 26, 1944 in Macon County, North Carolina, to the late Joseph Walter Reese and the late Marion Lucille Reese.

Survivors include daughter, Jennifer Reese of Oakboro and son, Matthew Reese of Locust.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Reese family.

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Albert Richard Hazelwood
Albert Richard Hazelwood, 67, of Albemarle passed away Wednesday November 26, 2014 at his home. His memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Friday November 28th, 2014 at Vine Life Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Hunsucker officiating.

Born December 16, 1946 in Bluefield, WV, he was the son of the late Albert Hazelwood and Dorothy Harris Hazelwood and was a retired employee of Overnight Transportation. He was of the Baptist Faith.

He is survived by his wife Cynthia Hodge Hazelwood of the home. He is also survived by sons James Jamie Hazelwood and wife Tina of Albemarle, and Billy Joe Hazelwood and wife Melissa of Midland, NC, daughter Angela Hazelwood Russell and husband Aaron of Albemarle, brothers Johnny Hazelwood of Thomasville, Randy Hazelwood of Norwood, and Terry Hazelwood of Lexington, 3 grandchildren: Dylan Hazelwood, Brittany Medlin and husband Jonathan, and Corbin Hazelwood and 2 step-great grandchildren: Gauge Medlin and Corbin Medlin.

Roger Farrell Frog Surratt
Roger Farrell Frog Surratt, 55, of Albemarle, passed away Thursday afternoon, November 20, 2014 at Bethany Woods in Albemarle.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00, Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel in Norwood. Rev. Bryan Burris will officiate. The family will welcome friends, one hour prior to the services at Edwards Funeral Home.

Roger, Frog as he was affectionately known, was born March 23, 1959 in Stanly County to the late Raymond and Elgie Burleson Surratt.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Steven Dale Surratt.

He is survived by his son, Tony Surratt of Albemarle; brothers, Cletus Surratt of Ansonville and Ernest Surratt of Badin; sisters, Carolyn Whitley of Mount Pleasant, Margaret Colson of Norwood, Bink Taylor of Peachland, Diane Hazelwood of Albemarle and Donna Soby of Palm City, FL; one grandchild, Ariana Kindale Grace Surratt.

Sue Earnhardt Rhodes
Columbus, NC - Sue Earnhardt Rhodes of Columbus passed away on November 20, 2014 while visiting her winter home in Costa Rica.

Sue served as Director of the Polk County Department of Social Services for twenty- two years, capping a career of thirty-three years with that agency upon her retirement in October of 2011. Sue began her service to the children and adults of Polk County as a day care teacher, then social worker and social worker supervisor prior to becoming Director. She worked tirelessly to insure that assistance and protection was provided for the most vulnerable of our citizens and was admired by friends, co-workers and community leaders for her dedication to her agency's mission and to the community. Sue served on numerous boards and committees working for the betterment of Polk County and was instrumental in starting the Polk Wellness Center. In 2004 she received the Norman H. Boyer Award sponsored by the Polk County Mental Health Advisory Board.

Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Fred E. Rhodes, long-time pastor of Columbus Baptist Church; by her brother, Donald Earnhardt of Jenison, Michigan; and by her parents, Jessie and Virginia Earnhardt of Albemarle, NC. She is survived by her sister- in-law, Judith A. Earnhardt; her nephew, Trenton L. Earnhardt, of Temecula, California; and her niece, Melynda Earnhardt Porter, of San Antonio, Texas.

Sue and Fred lived in Albemarle, NC before moving to Columbus when Fred was called as minister to Columbus Baptist. She graduated from Wingate College (AA in Religion), Pfeiffer College (BA in Sociology) and received a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1978. Sue remained dedicated to Columbus Baptist Church after Fred's retirement and death and was very active in working with children and youth, singing in the choir and assisting in many other church missions. Sue was an avid reader and enjoyed being around the water and walking the beaches of her beloved Costa Rica which she visited frequently in her retirement.

A memorial service honoring and celebrating Sue's life will be held at Columbus Baptist Church on a date and time to be announced in the near future.

Memorials may be made to Columbus Baptist Church, P.O. Box 485, Columbus, NC 28722, designated for use to help provide assistance for children in the foster care system through Polk County Department of Social Services.

Stephen Lee Bowen
Stephen Lee Bowen, 62 years of age, of Albemarle, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Stanly Regional Medical Center in Albemarle.

Steve was born May 30, 1952 in Stanly County to the late Marie Deese Bowen and Dr. Carl Lee Bowen, Jr. of Albemarle.

The memorial service will be 1 pm on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at First Baptist Church of Albemarle, officiated by Pastor Andy Jung. The burial will follow at Stanly Gardens of Memory, 2001 East Main Street in Albemarle.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his brothers, David L. Bowen and wife Patricia of Panama City Beach, FL, and Bill Bowen and wife Michelle of Wilmington; sisters, Wendy Miller and husband Scott of Coronado, CA, Lynn Ogburn and husband Steve of Raleigh; nephew, Jeffery Miller of Coronado, CA; nieces, Anna Ogburn of Raleigh, Sydney and Savannah Bowen of Wilmington; and special friends, Helen Adams of Albemarle and Kathy Howard of New London.

He was a member of Albemarle Optimist Club and a member of First Baptist Church. He was a huge fan of NASCAR and wrestling.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Bethany Woods for all of their love and care shown to Stephen.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Albemarle, 202 N. Second St. Albemarle, NC 28001.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle is serving the Bowen family.