Obituaries

Previous Years Records (Prior to July 2018)

Notice of Death - Rev. O. Ray Moss

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 1/17/2020 | Date of Birth: 11/9/1930 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, January 17, 2020 death of the Rev. Oscar Ray Moss, in Williamsburg, VA.  He was recently preceded in death by his wife, Betty Smith Moss.  Ray is survived by a daughter, Cindy Moss Rogers (Bob); a son, Peter Moss (Carolyn); and two grandchildren.  A celebration ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Inez R. Dickson

Spouse of Rev. Dr. Harley Dickson
Date of Death: 1/14/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Tuesday, January 14, 2020 death of Mrs. Inez Rufty Dickson of Asheville.  She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Dr. C. Harley Dickson, Jr.; two sons, Chuck Dickson (Sybil Mann) and Kenneth Dickson; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  She was the ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Bonnie J. Shinneman

Retired Diaconal Minister
Date of Death: 1/12/2020 | Date of Birth: 12/12/1932 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, January 12, 2020 death of Mrs. Bonnie Jones Gehweiler Shinneman of Broomfield, CO.  She was preceded in death by her first husband of 29 years, S. Jameson Jones, Jr.  She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Dean Shinneman; four children: Shelley Rossbach, ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Charles E. Tyson

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 1/6/2020 | Date of Birth: 7/25/1925 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, January 6, 2020 death of the Rev. Charles Edward Tyson of Asheboro.  Rev. Tyson was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Maude Brady Tyson, and a grandson, Brian Cheek.  He is survived by his daughter Angeline (Angie) Cheek; one granddaughter; and five ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Beverly R. Johnston

Widow of Rev. Eugene Johnston
Date of Death: 1/2/2020 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Thursday, January 2, 2020 death of Mrs. Beverly Rieckhoff Johnston of Hendersonville.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Eugene C. Johnston, Jr.  She is survived by her daughter, Sam Johnston; her sons, William Johnston and John Johnston; three ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Jack B. Yarbrough

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 12/24/2019 | Date of Birth: 4/3/1934 | Clergy
We have received word of the Tuesday, December 24, 2019 death of the Rev. Jack Brown Yarbrough of Winston-Salem.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sylvia R. Yarbrough; two sons, Jack Anthony Yarbrough (wife Rachel) and Christopher Todd Yarbrough (wife Teresa); and three grandchildren.  A memorial ...

Notice of Death - Rev. William G. Summey

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 12/20/2019 | Date of Birth: 2/26/1956 | Clergy
We have received word of the Friday, December 20, 2019 of the Rev. William Gene “Billy” Summey of Albemarle.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sally A. Summey; two daughters, Virginia Lyndsay Summey (Graham Abee) and Sarah Katherine Summey; a son, Roy Gene Summey; and one granddaughter.  A memorial ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Rebecca B. Heckard

Widow of Rev. Floyd Heckard
Date of Death: 12/14/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, December 14, 2019 death of Mrs. Rebecca Beamer Heckard of Savannah, GA.  She was preceded in death her husband, the Rev. Floyd L. Heckard.  She is survived by extended family.  A funeral service was held at 11:00am on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Fox & Weeks ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Judith O. Law

Widow of Rev. Joe Law
Date of Death: 12/7/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, December 7, 2019 death of Mrs. Judith Ann Overby Law, at Brookdale Concord Parkway.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Joe A. Law.  She is survived by a son, Jeffrey C. Law.  A private funeral service will be held for the family.  

Notice of Death - Rev. L. Ray O'Ferrell

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 12/4/2019 | Date of Birth: 3/6/1937 | Clergy
We have received word of the Wednesday, December 4, 2019 death of the Rev. Lewis Ray O’Ferrell of Salisbury.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Lynn O’Ferrell, and a grandson, Levi.  He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth S. “Beth” O’Ferrell; a son, David O’Ferrell (Kim); three ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Genevieve K. Stokes

Widow of Rev. Dr. James Stokes
Date of Death: 11/30/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Saturday, November 30, 2019 death of Mrs. Genevieve Kirkman Stokes of Raleigh.  She was preceded in death by three husbands, Walter W. Ingram, Judge B. Gordon Gentry, and the Rev. Dr. James B. Stokes.  She is survived by two daughters, Gail Ingram Lowry (Edward) and ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Ruby P. Powell

Widow of Rev. Glenn Powell
Date of Death: 11/22/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, November 22, 2019 death of Mrs. Ruby Pyatt Powell of Marion.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Charles Glenn Powell, Sr., and a son, Charles Glenn Powell, Jr.  She is survived by two children, Terry Lee Powell (Debbie) and Rebecca Anne Bowman; ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Faye B. Clanton

Spouse of Rev. Bob Clanton
Date of Death: 11/1/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, November 1, 2019 death of Mrs. Martha Faye Brown Clanton of Statesville.  Surviving is her husband, the Rev. Robert A. Clanton; one son, Stuart Clanton (wife LeeAnn); two daughters, Monique Dabbs (husband Randy) and Alise Last (husband Travis); six grandchildren;...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Donald S. Stanton

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 10/30/2019 | Date of Birth: 6/8/1932 | Clergy
We have received word of the Wednesday, October 30, 2019 death of the Rev. Dr. Donald Sheldon Stanton of Lake Junaluska.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Barbara Hoot Stanton; twin daughters, Debra and Diane; a son, Dale Stanton-Hoyle; and three grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Betty S. Moss

Wife of Rev. Ray Moss
Date of Death: 10/22/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Tuesday, October 22, 2019 death of Mrs. Betty Ruth Smith Moss, in Williamsburg, VA.  Surviving is her husband, the Rev. O. Ray Moss; a daughter, Cindy Moss Rogers (Bob); a son, Peter Moss (Carolyn); and two grandchildren.  A memorial service will be held at a later date ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Carl "C.B." Barr, Jr.

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 9/14/2019 | Date of Birth: 1/2/1928 | Clergy
We have received word of the Saturday, September 14, 2019 death of the Rev. Carl Benjamin Barr, Jr. of Gastonia.  C.B. is survived by his wife, Mrs. Betty Jo Parker Barr; two daughters, Yvonne Cole (Hugh) and the Rev. Angela Hollar (Mark); three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  A ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Michael B. Harrill, Sr.

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 8/27/2019 | Date of Birth: 4/20/1944 | Clergy
We have received word of the Tuesday, August 27, 2019 death of the Rev. Michael Bryan Harrill, Sr. of Rutherfordton.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Yelton Harrill (in May of this year); a daughter, Pamela Renee Ward; and a son, Doug Yelton.  He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Todd ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Dorothy S. Forbis

Widow of Rev. William Forbis
Date of Death: 8/16/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Friday, August 16, 2019 death of Mrs. Dorothy Lee Scott Forbis in Newberry, SC.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. William T. Forbis.  Surviving are two children: Richard Forbis (Carolyn) and Joyce Barrow (Steve); three grandchildren; and three ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Ardis D. Payne

Retired Associate Member
Date of Death: 8/15/2019 | Date of Birth: 9/14/1927 | Clergy
We have received word of the Thursday, August 15, 2019 death of the Rev. Ardis Darrell Payne of High Point.  He was predeceased by his wife, Alline Everhart Payne.  He is survived by two daughters, Jane Mendenhall (Gary) and Susan Yow (Rev. Jim Yow); five grandchildren (one of whom is Jonathan and ...

Notice of Death - Mrs. Joan C. Christy

Widow of Rev. John H. Christy, Jr.
Date of Death: 8/14/2019 | Clergy Spouse
We have received word of the Wednesday, August 14, 2019 death of Mrs. Constance Joan Crowder Christy of Gastonia.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John H. Christy, Jr.; and amongst her eight siblings, the Rev. Richard J. Crowder.  She is survived by four children: the Rev. Karen ...

Notice of Death - Rev. James E. Smith

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/14/2019 | Date of Birth: 12/29/1933 | Clergy
We have received word of the Wednesday, August 14, 2019 death of the Rev. James Edward Smith of Winston-Salem.  Jim is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mariam S. Smith; four children, Carolyn Walch (Artie), Michael Smith, Jana Ashcraft (Scott), and Sherri Bonham; five grandchildren; and two ...

Notice of Death - Rev. Dr. Harold K. Bales

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/11/2019 | Date of Birth: 1/16/1942 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, August 11, 2019 death of the Rev. Dr. Harold Keith Bales of Denver, NC.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janice.  He is survived by his wife, Judith "Judy" Byrd Bales; two sons, David and Philip; and a daughter, Susannah.  A memorial service will be held ...

Notice of Death - Rev. David L. Warren

Currently Serving Retired Local Pastor
Date of Death: 8/6/2019 | Date of Birth: 6/26/1946 | Clergy
We have received word of the August 6, 2019 death of the Rev. David Lee Warren of Asheville.  He is survived by his wife, Katie S. Warren; a daughter, Jennifer; and a granddaughter.  A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Asbury Memorial UMC, 171 Beaverdam ...

Notice of Death - Rev. J. Harry Hawk

Retired Elder
Date of Death: 8/5/2019 | Date of Birth: 4/27/1934 | Clergy
We have received word of the Monday, August 5, 2019 death of the Rev. Joseph Harry Hawk of Andrews.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Gail Hawk Rech.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lavenia F. Hawk; two daughters, Diane Williamson (husband Ricky), and Debra Hawk Esposito; a son, ...

Notice of Death - Rev. G. Roland Mullinix

Retired Local Pastor
Date of Death: 8/4/2019 | Date of Birth: 12/17/1937 | Clergy
We have received word of the Sunday, August 4, 2019 death of the Rev. George Roland Mullinix.  He is survived by his two sons, Brett Mullinix (Brenda) and Jon Mullinix; one granddaughter; and two step grandchildren.  A memorial service and internment will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, August 17 at...
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