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Johnny Taylor
Johnny Taylor, 66, of Norwood, passed away Thursday morning, April 23, 2015 at Stanly Manor.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00PM, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Keith Allen will officiate and burial will follow in Norwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Edwards Funeral Home.

Mr. Taylor was born May 8, 1948 in Stanly County to the late, Clinton Luther and Dora Mae Treece Taylor. He was a retired cabinet maker.

He is survived by his brother, Joe Taylor and wife, Donna of Norwood and nieces.


Mary Jane Rensch Haney
Mary Jane Rensch Haney, 89, of Monroe passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 in CMC Union in Monroe. Her funeral service will be 3 PM Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Terrell Watts officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:30 at the funeral home prior to the hour of the service.

Born June 6, 1925 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late William Rensch and Helen Loescher Rensch and was a retired hairdresser. Mrs. Haney attended First Baptist Church, Oakboro and loved crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Thomas Haney on July 9, 1990. Survivors include son John Thomas Haney, Jr. and wife Minerva of Houston, TX, daughter Linda K. Young and husband Louis of Monroe, sister Dorothy Alexander of Celina, OH, grandchildren John E. Young and wife Donna, William T. Young and wife Sonya, Kara Kay Haney, Tonya Lynn Haney, and Megan Theresa Haney, and great-grandchildren Andrew John Young, William Noah Young, Rachel Rae Young, and Carson Paul Young.

The family requests that memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 128 South Tryon St., Suite 1588, Charlotte, NC 28202.


Juanita Smith Whitley
Juanita Smith Whitley, 87, of Albemarle passed away Friday, April 24, 2015 in Stanly Regional Medical Center. Her funeral service will be 2 PM Monday, April 27, 2015 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Delane Burris officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral Home from 12:30 until 1:30 prior to the funeral service.

Born January 2, 1928 in Stanly County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Lee Smith and Glenna Plyler Smith and was retired from EJ Snyder. Mrs. Whitley was a member of Grace Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening and flowers.

She was preceded in death by her husband Arnold Branson Whitley. Survivors include sons Phillip E. Whitley and wife Amy of Miami, FL and Steven M. Whitley and wife Cheryl of Rockwell, brothers Ivy Smith, Bill Smith and Lenwood Smith all of Albemarle and sister Shelby Smith of Albemarle, 6 grandchildren Abby Hedgecock and husband Jeff, Rebecca Tucker and husband Artie, Dr. Travis Barefoot, Austin Barefoot, Katie Whitley and Jordan Whitley, and three great-grandchildren Cameron, Branson, and Caroline. She was preceded in death by two granddaughters Sarah Whitley and Hannah Whitley.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Grace Baptist Church, 644 Edgemont St., Albemarle, NC 28001. The family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Lefler, Dr. Conti and Dr. Jones as well as the staff of Stanly Manor for their excellence and compassion in caring for Mrs. Whitley.


Pauline Lois Cox Maners
Pauline Lois Cox Maners, 90, of New London passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 in her home. Her funeral service will be 11 AM Monday, April 27, 2015 in Bethel United Methodist Church with Rev. Caroll Flack and Rev. Kevin McCormac officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from 2 until 4 PM.

Born April 28, 1924 in Carrol County, VA, she was the daughter of the late Ira Cox and Sylvia Farley Cox and was a farmer and caretaker. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and she enjoyed working and taking care of people.

Mrs. Maners was preceded in death by her husband Buford Clyde Maners, Sr. Survivors include son Buford Clyde Maners, Jr. and wife Marlene of Mountain Grove, MO, daughters Barbara M. Burris and husband H. R. of New London and Peggy M. Mabry and husband Matthew of New London, sisters Edith Carter of Galax, VA and Marie Vaughn of Galax, VA, 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother in law Trenton Huffman of Galax, VA and 2 sisters in law, Thelma Rogers of Durham, N.C. and Ruth Maners of Rockwell, N.C.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, New London, N.C. or Stanly County Christian Ministries.


Mary Jane Rensch Haney
Mary Jane Rensch Haney, 89, of Monroe passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 in CMC Union in Monroe. Her funeral service will be 3 PM Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Terrell Watts officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:30 at the funeral home prior to the hour of the service.

Born June 6, 1925 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late William Rensch and Helen Loescher Rensch and was a retired hairdresser. Mrs. Haney attended First Baptist Church, Oakboro and loved crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Thomas Haney on July 9, 1990. Survivors include son John Thomas Haney, Jr. and wife Minerva of Houston, TX, daughter Linda K. Young and husband Louis of Monroe, sister Dorothy Alexander of Celina, OH, grandchildren John E. Young and wife Donna, William T. Young and wife Sonya, Kara Kay Haney, Tonya Lynn Haney, and Megan Theresa Haney, and great-grandchildren Andrew John Young, William Noah Young, Rachel Rae Young, and Carson Paul Young.

The family requests that memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 128 South Tryon St., Suite 1588, Charlotte, NC 28202.


Daniel Swann Sloop
Daniel Swann Sloop, 80, of Albemarle passed away Friday, April 25, 2015 in his home. His funeral service will be 2 PM Monday, April 27, 2015 in Anderson Grove Baptist Church with Rev. John Morgan and Rev. Ron Honeycutt officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday evening at Stanly Funeral Home from 6 until 8 PM.

Born April 10, 1935 in Cabarrus County, NC he was the son of the late William Daniel Sloop and Hattie Hagler Sloop and was a retired carpenter. He was a member of Anderson Grove Baptist Church and was a veteran of the US Air Force.

Mr. Sloop is survived by his wife Charlene Wallace Sloop of the home. Other survivors include son Kevin William Sloop and wife Christina of Fuquay-Varina, NC, daughters Kelly Fink, Danette Ewing and Amy Williams and husband Terry all of Concord, NC, 7 grandchildren, 9 great- grandchildren, sisters Iris S. Detter and Ellen S. Thomas, half brothers Lynn Sloop and William Sloop, half sisters Sudie Cheney and Narcissus Linker, 2 stepsons Kenneth Mason and Timothy Mason, 2 stepdaughters Cynthia Hathcock and husband Dusty and Jennifer Knight and husband Derrick, 5 step grandchildren and 1 step great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two sisters Dorothy Harris and Elizabeth S. Towell and by a grandson Jeremy Easterling.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Anderson Grove Baptist Church 2225 E. Main St., Albemarle, NC 28001 or to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 N. First St. Albemarle, NC 28001.


Sharon Leigh Bittner Hatley
Sharon Leigh Bittner Hatley, 53 years of age, of Midland, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015 at her daughter's home in Midland.

Sharon was born July 16, 1961 in Delaware to Lawrence, Sr. and Phyllis Pratt Bittner of Charlotte.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Nelson Gene Hatley, in 2013.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. The funeral service will be on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 1 pm at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Oakboro officiated by Rev. Scott Jenkins and Dr. Wayne Bennett. There will be a 30 minute state prior to the funeral service.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by one daughter, Christina (Bradley) Olsen of Midland; two sons, Colin Hatley of Midland and Jeffrey (Erin) Gardiner of Albemarle; grandson, Jeffrey Gardiner, Jr.; granddaughters, Amiaya Deese and Marley Olsen; and brother, Lawrence Bittner, Jr. of Weddington.

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

Hartsell Funeral Home is serving the Hatley family.


Doris Ann Talley Gant
Doris Ann Talley Gant, 80 years of age, of Midland, went home to be with her heavenly Father on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Carrington Place in Matthews. As Jesus reached His hand and said that it was time to go, she reached her hand and said, "here, here".

Doris was born December 17, 1934 in Cabarrus County to the late William Farrel Talley and the late Blanche Levenia Talley. She was also preceded in death by great- grandson, Joziah Mynatt.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland. The funeral service, officiated by Rev. Phil Bennett, will be at 3:00 pm on Monday, April 27, 2015 in the Hartsell Funeral Home Chapel. The burial will follow at Howell's Baptist Church Cemetery, 3800 Baptist Lane in Concord. At other times the family will be gathering at her home.

She is survived by her three children, Jan Harris and husband Dean of Midland, Carolyn Moore and husband Donnie of Stallings, and Darrel Gant and wife Barbara of Midland; seven grandchildren, Tiffany Simpson, Jared Harris, Tara Mynatt, Travis Moore, Eric Gant, Christie Gant and Samantha Gant; five great- grandchildren; and sister, Levenia Roden and husband Jack of Harrisburg.

Doris was a faithful member of Concord First Assembly. She worked at Stonewall Jackson as a baker, which was her passion. She made all of her children's wedding cakes.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses on the second hall at Carrington Place for their compassionate care.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Gant family.


Judson Chaffin Britt, Sr.,
Judson Chaffin Britt, Sr., 96 years of age, of Midland, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Transitional Health Services in Kannapolis.

Jake was born November 9, 1918 in Columbus County, NC to the late Andrew Jackson Britt and the late Olive Branch Britt. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Eloise Cashwell Britt; sisters, Elizabeth Dill and Sabena Hinson; brother, Billy Paul Britt; and son-in-law, Robert Layton, Sr.

He was an asphalt pavement foreman for over 30 years with Blythe Construction Company. He was a faithful member of Arlington Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher for many years. He enjoyed reading his Bible and loved to garden. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid sports fan. He was a former Master Mason with Union Lodge #618 AM & FM.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Arlington Baptist Church in the Family Life Center. The funeral service, officiated by Rev. Dr. Steven Gandy, will follow at 3:00 pm. The burial will be in the church cemetery. At other times the family will be gathering at the home.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Edna Garner Britt of the home; son, Judson C. Britt, Jr. (Meldonna) of Stanfield; daughter, Sonja Decker (Ted) of Woodstown, NJ; stepsons, Clyde Suggs, Jr., Dr. Ted Suggs (Ann), Richard Suggs (Sherry), Douglas Suggs (Carlotta), and Jerry Suggs; stepdaughters, Rhonda Worth (James), Patti Helms; brother, Kenneth J. Britt (Jennie); sisters, Virginia Godfrey, Ruth Standa (Edward), and Betty Thompson (Douglas); grandchildren, Wendi McCarn, Brittany Mitchell, Robert Britt, Bob Layton, Jr., Shelley Belk; step-grandchildren, Neil Suggs, Kristina Suggs, Katie Suggs, Meredith Suggs, Mallory Suggs, Adam Suggs, Carlie Suggs, Avery Suggs, Bryan Suggs, Caroline Suggs, Adrianne Foust, Brian Worth, Matthew Worth, David Worth, Shannon Mullen, and Jillian Watson; and 18 great- grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Arlington Baptist Church, 9801 Arlington Church Rd., Charlotte, NC 28227.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Britt family.


Nancy Jane Rochester McClain
Nancy Jane Rochester McClain, 83 years of age, of Monroe, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Brookdale Monroe Square in Monroe.

Mrs. McClain was born June 22, 1931 in Union County to the late Sylvester Van Rowell and the late Nancy Bell Rowell. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Nick Rochester, daughter Katherine King, second husband Keith Wilson McClain, brothers, Cecil, Melvin, Norman, Jack, Richard, Samuel, James and Ernest Rowell, and sister, Louise Rowell.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 - 11:00 am, Monday, April 27, 2015 at Union Grove United Methodist Church, 8708 Indian Trail Fairview Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079. The funeral service will follow at the church at 11:00 am officiated by Rev. Bobby Helms and Rev. Bob Sturge. Burial will be in the Friendly Baptist Church Cemetery, 5418 Friendly Baptist Church Road, Indian Trail.

Survivors include daughters, Janet (Bobby) Helms of Monroe, Barbara (Jerry) Howell of Monroe, Marie (Keith) Dean of Durham; son Nick (Doris) Rochester, Jr of Cherryville, and numerous grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Union Grove United Methodist Church, 8708 Indian Trail Fairview Rd., Indian Trail, NC 28079.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the family.


Claudine Lowder Drye
Claudine Lowder Drye, 87, of Albemarle passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Trinity Place. Her funeral service will be 3 PM Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Leslee Wray officiating. Burial will follow in Stanly Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral Home from 1:30 until 2:30 prior to the funeral service.

Born October 30, 1927 in Stanly County, NC she was the daughter of the late Reecy Allen Lowder and Lottie Harkey Lowder and was a retired bookkeeper with Miller Millwork in Charlotte. Mrs. Drye was a 1944 Graduate of Albemarle High School and was a lifelong member of First Street United Methodist Church. She was active in the United Methodist Women and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Billy West Drye and son Ray Allen Drye. Survivors include daughter-in- law Kim Drye of Prospect Hill, NC and sister Sue Kosmides of Anaheim, CA and a number of nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Place, 24724 S Bus. 52, Albemarle, NC 28001, Hospice of Stanly County, 960 N. First Street, Albemarle, NC 28001 or to First Street United Methodist Church, 509 N. First Street, Albemarle, NC 28001.


Nelson Gerald Williams
Nelson Gerald Williams, 55 years of age, of Monroe, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015 at his home while fighting his battle with cancer for the third time.

Nelson was born August 18, 1959 in Union County to the late Albert Cray Williams and Lela Mae Hinson Williams of Monroe. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Albert Williams.

The graveside service, officiated by Rev. George Gouge, will be at 5 pm on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, 6223 Love Mill Rd., Monroe. Military honors will be conducted by the Veteran's Council of Union County and the N.C. National Guard Honor Guard. The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall. At other times the family will be gathering at his home, and the home of his mother Lela Mae Williams.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Karen Lee Thomas Williams of the home; son, Ethan Porter of Chicago, IL, stepson, Edward Thomas and wife Kelly of Indian Trail; stepdaughters; Kristin Thomas of Monroe, and Samantha Jordan and husband Bryan of Wingate; eight grandchildren, Matthew Capan, Makenna Capan, Drayton Harris, Drionna Ross, Brittani Thomas, Rhianna Jordan, Korbyn Jordan, and Silas Jordan; sisters, Brenda Haigler of Monroe, Norma Norman and husband Bob of Indian Trail, Elaine Latham and husband Howard of TN, and Roberta Noah of AL; sister-in- law, Edna Williams of TX; and special sister-in-law, Ann Turner of SC.

Nelson loved his horses, the mountains, and driving his truck. He was a faithful member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 6223 Love Mill Rd. Monroe, NC 28110.

Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Williams family.

Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com


Peggy Redfern Wyatt
Peggy Redfern Wyatt, 82, of Abernathy Village, Newton passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015. A graveside service to honor her life will be held at 2 PM on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in Fairview Memorial Park with Rev. Harold McDonald officiating.

Born July 20, 1932 in Stanly County, NC she was the daughter of the late L. J. Redfern and Myrtle Owen Redfern and was a homemaker. She was a member of Mt. Ruhama Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband John Cox Wyatt, Jr. Other survivors include son Mike Wyatt and wife Paula of Mars Hill, NC, daughter Susan Wyatt Brooks and husband Michael of Kinston, NC, sister Sue Redfern Little of Indian Trail, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.


Edith Mae Drye Lowder
Edith Mae Drye Lowder, 85, of Albemarle passed away Friday, April 24, 2015 in her home. Her funeral service will be 12 Noon on Tuesday in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Barry Whitley and Rev. Charles Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Stanly Funeral Home on Tuesday from 10:30 until 11:30 prior to the service.

Born February 4, 1930 in Stanly County, NC she was the daughter of the late Henry Adam Drye and Mary Hopkins Drye and was a 1948 Graduate of Badin High School. Mrs. Lowder was a retired employee of Wiscassett Mills Co. and also was a certified cosmetologist. She was a member of the Four Square Gospel Church in Albemarle. She loved her family and church and she loved to play the piano and sing. She also enjoyed crocheting and cooking.

Mrs. Lowder is survived by her husband Robert Alfred Lowder of the home. Other survivors include four daughters, Gail Garner and husband Bobby of Albemarle, June Lowder of Albemarle, Debbie Bachofen and husband Max of Raleigh, and Robbie Powell and husband Bill of Statesville, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 N. First Street, Albemarle, NC 28001.


Cary Brown Murphy
Cary Brown Murphy, 64, of Norwood, passed away Friday afternoon, April 24, 2015 at CMC-Charlotte.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM, Monday, April 27, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church in Norwood. Rev. Julie Hill will officiate and burial will follow in Norview Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Cary was born September 2, 1950 in Chatham, VA to the late Clifton Parrish Murphy and Thelma Cundiff Murphy. He was owner and operator of Murphy-Chappell Welding. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon and Elder.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Kathy Tyson Murphy; sisters, Sue Osborne and Becky Holley.

He is survived by his son, Kevin Murphy and daughter, Kelly Murphy Bowers and husband, Matt all of Norwood; brothers, Billy Murphy and Pete Murphy of Dry Fork, VA; sisters, Katie Yates of Gretna, VA and Mary Jo Short of Alta Vista, VA; grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Ashelyn Murphy, Cidney, Ryker and Lakelee Bowers.

Memorials may be made to: Alzeheimer's Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215


Terry Gene Plowman
Terry Gene Plowman, 65, of Albemarle passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015 in his home. His funeral service will be 5 PM Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday afternoon at Stanly Funeral Home from 4 until 5 PM prior to the funeral service.

Born May 1, 1949 in Stanly County, NC, he was the son of Lessie Harwood Plowman of Albemarle and the late Lloyd Eugene Plowman. He formerly attended Centerview Baptist Church.

Survivors include three uncles James Plowman of Albemarle, Ray Plowman of Mt. Pleasant and Carl Lee Plowman of Florida, a number of cousins and a very special friend Rob Breading of Girdwood, Alaska. He was preceded in death by his brothers Cleveland Plowman and Lloyd E. Plowman, Jr., and his sister Mary Katherine Plowman.