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Saturday 02/06/2016
Bandy, Jimmie Ray

CLAREMONT Jimmie Ray Bandy, 71, of Claremont, passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at Wake Forest Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Born Oct. 21, 1944 in Catawba County, he was the son of the late William Arthur Bandy and Floy Virginia Duncan Bandy. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Edith Rose Shook Bandy; and a son, Larry Gene Bandy. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Kathryn Denise Bandy of the home; sons, Jamie Lee Bandy of the home, Gary Dean Bandy of Claremont; sister, Linda Spencer of Newton; brothers, Dwight David Bandy and Robin Dale Bandy, both of Newton; grandchildren, Heather Hobbs, Denise Bandy, Bradley Bandy; and great-grandchildren, Corvin Swaim and Briar-Rose Mash. A Receiving of Friends will be held at Drum Funeral Home in Conover, Sunday, Feb. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Condolences may be made to the Bandy family at www.drumfh-conover.com. Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, is honored to serve the Bandy family.

Bumgarner, Junior

HICKORY Junior Wofford Bumgarner, 77, of Hickory, passed away Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He was born Feb. 15, 1938 in Caldwell County to the late Annie White Bumgarner. Junior was a member of Hillside Baptist Church in Brookford, and was retired from the City of Brookford and the furniture industry. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Irene Patton, Ruth Perry and Barbara Rector. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Emily Bumgarner of the home; son, Darrell Bumgarner of Claremont; stepson, David Perry of Hickory; daughters, Roxanne Barr of Lenoir and Karen Weeks of Lincolnton; stepdaughters, Shirley Herndon of Hickory, Norma Perry of Hickory and Retha Perry of Lenoir; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. at Hillside Baptist Church in Brookford. The Rev. David Crump will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hillside Baptist Church, 2017 South Center St., Hickory, NC 28602. Condolences may be sent to the Bumgarner family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com. The Bumgarner family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

Carter, Evelyn

NEWTON Evelyn Garver Carter, 93, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Visitation will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center. A funeral service will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center Chapel. Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the Carter family.

Ellis, Patricia "Ann"

HICKORY Patricia "Ann" Ellis, 47, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at Morning Star Baptist Church. Georgia Cremation Centers is assisting the family.

Huffman, Paul

NEWTON Paul Richard Huffman, 92, of Newton, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

Hullette, Billy Joe

CONNELLY SPRINGS Mr. Billy Joe Hullette, 85, of Connelly Springs, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Catawba Regional Hospice after a period of declining health. Billy was born Jan. 20, 1931 in Catawba County to the late Audie Hullette and Ellen Elizabeth Elmore. He regularly attended Burns Memorial Baptist Church and was employed as a cab driver. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Michael Hullette; one stepson, Ervin Cook; one grandson, Michael Blake Sipes; one son-in-law, Steve Whisnant; and two brothers, Frank Hullette and Austin "Bud" Hullette. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Joyce Carpenter-Hullette of Connelly Springs; three sons, Billy Hullette of Cheraw, Gary Cook and wife, Anita of Vale, and Derek Carpenter and fianc‚e, Emily Lawson of Low Gap; two daughters, Libby Whisnant of Morganton and Gail Hullette of Drexel; two brothers, Gene Hullette and wife, Judy of Winston-Salem and Audie Hullette Jr. and wife, Belinda of Cherryville; one sister, Faye Beard of Maiden; one stepsister, Marlene Hoots of Hickory; 11 grandchildren, Misty Hullette and husband Rob, Ashley Hullette, Kristie Hullette, Shelley Hullette, Jennifer Hullette, Joseph Hullette, Heather Hullette, Josh Cook, Adam Cook, Emily Cook, and Tonya Whisnant; and four great-grandchildren, Nakota Hullette, Jordan Moore, Sierra Moore, and Alana Higdon. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. at Burns Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Huffman and Rob Hullette officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Burns Memorial Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Catawba Regional Hospice at 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658. Military honors will be presented by the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard and the North Carolina National Guard. An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Hullette family.

Lyons, Charles Edward

MOORESVILLE On Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, after a long battle with stage IV cancer, Ed slipped into eternity to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As our hearts break over our loss of him on earth, our souls rejoice that he is in his Savior's arms and no longer feels pain. Our family thanks everyone for their prayers, thoughts, and well wishes that have been continuous--especially during these last few weeks. Ed was born Aug. 9, 1960 in Rutherfordton, to Charles Edward Lyons and Rachel Allen Lyons. He grew up in Lenoir, NC and graduated from Hibriten High School in 1978 before going on to receive his undergraduate degree in 1982 from Oral Roberts University. During his undergraduate years, Ed served as a Congressional Page for U.S. Congressman James Broyhill and U.S. Senator John East. Ed was also an active member of Young Americans for Freedom. Ed graduated in 1985 from the Wake Forest University School of Law, where he served as President of the Federalist Society. He was licensed to practice law in North Carolina and South Carolina and was admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and all of the Federal Courts in North and South Carolina. He served the nation as an Assistant United States Attorney during the Reagan Administration from 1985 to 1989, and was presented a Special Achievement Award by the United States Attorney General for sustained superior performance of duty. Ed practiced primarily in community association law, bankruptcy, creditor's rights and construction law. His cases received coverage in publications ranging from the local Charlotte Observer and Charlotte Business Journal to the internationally distributed Wrestling Observer Newsletter. A member of the Iredell County Board of Elections since 2007, Ed became its Chairman in 2013. He previously served as Treasurer of the Iredell County Republican Party and as a member of the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Republican Party. Ed also served on the Boards of various Christian ministries and schools and served as a Hearing Officer for the Charlotte Housing Authority. He was a member of the Southern Gospel Music Association as well as a past member of the Cauliflower Alley Club. He is survived by his wife, Terry Teague Lyons; daughters, Taylor Ann Lyons, Lauren Elizabeth Lyons and Michele Leigh Lyons; mother, Rachel Allen Lyons; sister, Kathey Lyons Shimmel of West Decatur, Pa.; brother, Richard Mann of Evans, Ga.; nephews, Mitch Dolbow of Pennsylvania, Wes Mann of Georgia, John P. Teague IV and William R. Teague II of Indian Trail. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Edward Lyons; and sister, Nancy Stone. Receiving of friends will be held at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home in Mooresville, from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening (Saturday, Feb. 6). Funeral service will be held at Troutman Baptist Church in Troutman, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Memorials may be made to Troutman Baptist Church, 304 Perry Road, Troutman, NC 28166. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Lyons family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.

Starnes, Jean Ann

HICKORY Miss Jean Ann Starnes, 76, of Hickory, formerly of the Bethlehem Community, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Shiloh Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Adams Funeral Home and cremation services is serving the Starnes family.

Williams, Shelia

GRANITE FALLS Shelia Buckner Williams, 61, of Granite Falls, passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at Caldwell County Hospice and Palliative Care, Hudson. Born April 29, 1954 in Caldwell County, she was the daughter of the late Bobby Lee Buckner and Lillian Lipps Buckner. She is survived by her husband, Johnny Williams of the home; daughter, Heather Hastings Blevins of Hernando, Miss.; son, Larry Hastings of Wilmington, N.C.; two sisters, Susan Buckner Green of Granite Falls, Sharon Buckner Ingle of Conover; nephew, Robert Lee of Hickory; niece, Khristin Williams of Lenoir; and a number of aunts and uncles from Avery County. A memorial service will be held at Dry Ponds Baptist Church today (Saturday, Feb. 6), at 5 p.m. with the Rev. Rob Evans officiating. The family will receive from 3 to 5 p.m. prior to the service at Dry Ponds Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 526 Pine Mtn. Rd., Hudson, NC 28638. Bass-Smith Granite is serving the family of Shelia Buckner Williams. Online condolences may be made at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.

Friday 02/05/2016
Anthony, Ralph Pinkney

SPRINGFIELD, VA Mr. Ralph Pinkney Anthony, 81, of Springfield, Va., formerly of Drexel, passed away Jan. 18, 2016 at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., following a period of declining health.Ralph was born March 30, 1934 to the late Carlo S. Anthony and Vacie Craig Anthony. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a retired ATF Agent with the U.S. Government.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Linda Kay Anthony.Survivors include his wife, Pearl Cook Anthony of the home; one son, Ralph P. Anthony Jr. of Richmond, Va.; three brothers, Virgil Anthony of Drexel, Bob Anthony and wife Linda of Hickory, and Gary Anthony and wife Gail of Rutherford College; and one sister, Glenda Gantt of Rutherford College. Also surviving is a granddaughter, Scarlett Anthony.Funeral services will be held Sunday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Heritage Funeral Service with the Rev. Don Smith officiating. Interment will follow at the Drexel First Church of God Cemetery.The family will receive friends Sunday, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese.An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.comHeritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Anthony family.

Bogert Sr., Donald

CONOVER Donald "Don" Arthur Bogert Sr., 79, of Conover, passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. He was born Dec. 19, 1936 in Erie County, Pa., to the late Edward and Rose Locke Bogert. Don was a United States Marine Corps Veteran, with 12 years of service. He was a member of a bowling league, enjoyed riding and customizing motorcycles, fishing, hunting and swimming. He was a field service tech for Texas Instrument and traveled extensively. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Donald "Donnie" Bogert Jr.; and sisters, Carol Swanson and Elaine "Snookie" Kimmy. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 31 years, Brenda Wilson Bogert of the home; daughters, Jamie Sigmon and husband, Alex of Maiden, and Beverly Welch and husband, Michael of Hickory; sister, Jane Marie Burdick and husband, Danny of Girard, Pa.; grandchildren, Bryan Davis, Stacey Welch, Rachel Hull, AJ Sigmon, Hunter Bogert, Dalton Bogert; great-grandchildren, Farrah Davis, Cassidy Davis, Thomas Davis, Kinley Hull, Piper Hull, Oliver Sigmon; nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. at North Newton Baptist Church in Newton. The Rev. Raymond Hamrick will officiate. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at North Newton Baptist Church in Newton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Charles George VA Hospital, 1100 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805 or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. Condolences may be sent to the Bogert family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com. The Bogert family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

Clark, Helen Rose

Morganton Helen Rose Clark, 85, died Feb. 3, 2016. At her request a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with arrangements.

Kennerly, Rickie Lynn

KANNAPOLIS Mr. Rickie Kennerly, 59, of Kannapolis, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. A memorial service will be held for Rickie on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 4 p.m. at Laura Memorial Church of God in Mooresville.

Lidey, Kevin Wayne

HICKORY Kevin Wayne Lidey, 50, of Hickory, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at his residence. Born Jan. 7, 1966 in Greene County, Pa., he was the son of the late Raymond Charles Lidey and Iverna Pearl Woods. Mr. Lidey was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 11 years, Nan Hewitt Lidey; son, Colton Lidey; daughter, Kelsey Lidey Allman and husband, Jimmy; stepsons, Ben Mayhew, Taylor Mayhew; brother, Terry L. Lidey and wife, Cindy; sister, Rana Webb and husband, Garry; nephews, Terry Wayne Lidey, William Lidey, Christopher Lidey, Ryan Lint; and niece, Reanna Lint. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Mountain View Baptist Church in Hickory, with Dr. John Compton officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the church. Condolences may be sent to the Lidey family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton is honored to serve the Lidey family.

Lindsay, Anthony Jerome

HICKORY Anthony Jerome Lindsay, 56, of 7th Ave. SW, Hickory, formerly of Charlotte, passed away Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center. He was born July 26, 1959 in Mecklenburg County to the late Jessie Mae Lindsay. He was a member of Exodus Missionary Outreach Church and retired from Griffith Tire. He leaves to cherish loving memories his former wife, Barbara Lindsay of the home; one sister, Phyllis Watson of Charlotte; a special nephew, Anthony C. Lindsay of Charlotte; three nieces, Chantell Lindsay, Elexis Lindsay and Precious Wingate of Charlotte; a cousin, Katrina Lindsay of Charlotte; and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Dennis Alvin Memorial Chapel of Allen Mitchell Funeral Home Hickory, with the Rev. Reggie Longcrier officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12 to 1 p.m. Condolences can be made at www.allenmitchellfuneralhome.com. Allen Mitchell Funeral Home Hickory is serving the family of Anthony Jerome Lindsay.

Newsome, Helen

GASTONIA Helen Newsome, 86, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 after a brief illness. Born Dec. 7, 1929 in East Simsbury, Conn., she was the daughter to the late Arlow and Gladys Holland. She was a lifetime missionary with 16 years of service to India, Africa and South America. She retired from Catawba Valley Community College after 25 years of teaching. After retiring she spent the next 15 years serving on the staff at the Gastonia Potters House which is a recovery home for women. She was a loving and caring wife to her late husband of 42 years, A.J. Newsome who precedes her in death. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Don Newsome. She also leaves behind a host of many friends that she embraced as sons and daughters who she deeply impacted throughout her lifetime. All are invited to Celebrate Helen's Life on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Catawba Funeral Home. Service is at 2 p.m. with a catered family visitation following. Honorary Pallbearers will be the ladies from the Gastonia Potters House; both former and current residents that she touched during her time of service there. In lieu of flowers or food, the family has requested that donations be made to the Gastonia Potters House, 54 Burmil Road, Gastonia, NC 28054. Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com. The Newsome family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations.

Parker, Thomas

TAYLORSVILLE Thomas Lee Parker, 66, of Taylorsville, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Macedonia Baptist Church Hwy 90 East. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Adams Funeral Home and cremation services is serving the Parker family.

Vitrone, Mary

MORGANTON Mary Aloise Carswell Vitrone, 43, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Sossoman Funeral Home & Crematory Center. The memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Thursday 02/04/2016
Andrews, Connie Tolbert

LENOIR Mrs. Connie Tolbert Andrews, 99, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Evans Funeral Service of Lenoir is serving the Andrews Family.

Breeden, Kenneth Asbury

NEWTON Kenneth Asbury Breeden, 89, of Newton passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice. He was born December 25, 1926 in Blount County, TN to the late Blanche Breeden. Kenneth was a member of Wayside Baptist Church in Taylorsville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Sarah Sweet and son, Kenneth James Breeden. Those left to cherish his memory are daughters, Blanche Pressley of Claremont, Cathy Kelly of Rhodhiss, Patricia Lambden of Rhodhiss, Mary Alice Smith of Rhodhiss; numerous grandchildren; many additional family and friends. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. at Wayside Baptist Church in Taylorsville. The Rev. Sammy Kiser will officiate. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Feb. 7, from 2:30 to 3 p.m. at Wayside Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207 or Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658 Condolences may be sent to the Breeden family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com The Breeden family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

Carpenter, Bobby Edward

STONY POINT Bobby Edward Carpenter, 73, of Stony Point, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.Visitation will be today (Thursday, Feb. 4), at Alexander Funeral Service from 4 to 6 p.m. The memorial service will follow at Temple Baptist Church in Stony Point at 7 p.m. Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at Big Meadows Baptist Church in Pyatte Community.

Elliott, James

HICKORY James Wallace Elliott, 79, of Hickory, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Penelope Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, at the church. The Elliott family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton, 828-464-1555.

Faulkner, Joseph

MAIDEN Joseph "Dale" Faulkner, 62, of Maiden, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church in Newton. The Faulkner family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

Fritz, Cecilia

HICKORY Cecilia Roesel Carpenter Fritz, 67, died unexpectedly but peacefully at her home Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Dec. 16, 1948, she was the daughter of Dorothy Roesel Carpenter of Arden, N.C., and the late Reverend Cecil W. Carpenter. She is survived by her mother and by her husband of 39 years, the Reverend W. Richard Fritz Jr. of Hickory; and by their son, Paul Christian Fritz and wife, Kirstin Johnson Fritz of Troy, Virginia, and by their daughter, Kathlyn Elizabeth Marie Fritz Means and her husband, Jackson C. Means of Christiansburg, Virginia. Her brother, Dr. Walter A. Carpenter and his wife, Amy Baxter Carpenter of Atlanta and her sister, Dr. Tina M. Carpenter of Amarillo, Texas, along with grandsons, Alexander and Gideon Fritz, make up the rest of her beloved immediate surviving family. Cecilia studied art at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, before becoming employed in Atlanta where her father's acceptance of her future husband as a ministerial intern led to their first acquaintance. Married in Decatur, Georgia, at the end of that internship, they served five parish churches of the ELCA in the Virginia Synod before coming to St. Andrew's in Hickory in June of 1995. A Memorial Order for the Commendation of the Dead will be held at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church with Bishop Timothy M. Smith preaching on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 4 p.m. The family will receive friends at Bass-Smith Funeral Home on Friday evening, Feb. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and from 2 to 3:45 p.m. prior to the service on Saturday. Memorials may be made in her honor to St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Hickory. Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Cecilia Roesel Carpenter Fritz and on-line condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.

Furr, Ted Dysard

HICKORY Ted Dysard Furr, 85, of Hickory, went to be with the Lord Jan. 30, 2016 at Palliative Care Center and Hospice of Catawba Valley after a brief illness. Born Nov. 2, 1930 in Stanley County, he was the son of the late Hubert and Bessie Furr. Mr. Furr was a member of Saint Luke's United Methodist Church. His career took him from Stanley Knitting Mills, in Oakboro, N.C., to J. P. Stevens in Hickory. During his long career he worked for Temptation Hosiery and Ridgeview Mills. After retirement he was a courier for Catawba Valley Bank. He also served the United States in both the Airforce in peace time and the Army during the Korean War. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who had a gentle spirit and an easy going manner. Mr. Furr was a role model for others showing love and compassion for his family and those who he supervised at work. In later years he was a caregiver for his wife Peggy who suffered from Parkinson's Disease. He truly displayed what it means to be a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his daughter, Nikki Kozak and husband, David of Hickory; granddaughter, Lindsay Kozak, also of Hickory; and sister Judy Turner of Aquadale, North Carolina. In addition to his parents Mr. Furr is preceded in death by brothers, J.C. Furr and Tommy Furr; and sisters, Lavonne Love and Margaret Rogers. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. at Catawba Funerals & Cremations with pastor Mark Andrews officiating. Inurnment will follow at Catawba Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the funeral home from 1 to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palliative Care Centers and Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.

Harrington, Rosellen J.

Rosellen J. Harrington TAYLORSVILLE Rosellen J. Harrington, 88, of Taylorsville, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The funeral service will be 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, at Mt. Herman Baptist Church. The family will be receiving friends from 2 to 3:30 p.m. prior to the service. Adams Funeral Home and cremation services is serving the Harrington family.

Houser, Emma

Emma Houser VALE Emma Catherine Austin Houser, 79, of 7245 Old Shelby Rd. in Vale, passed away Tuesday Feb. 2, 2016 at home. Born July 24, 1936 in Catawba County, she was a daughter of the late George Marshall Craig and Nellie Mae Austin. She was retired from Southwood Furniture Manufacturing and was a member of Beulah Baptist Church where she was a choir member and was a communion steward. She was also a Cooksville Fire Department Auxiliary member. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Linda Mooneyham. Survivors include her husband of sixty two years, Dale Grover Houser; son, Dennis Houser and wife, Janice of Vale; two daughters, Diane Speagle and husband, Dean and Annette Lail and friend, Sam Thomas all of Vale; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Donald Austin of Vale, Everett Austin of Vale, Betty Houser of Vale, Doris Willis of Hickory, Mary Sue Hicks of Hickory and Bobby Craig of Vale. The visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center. The funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, at Beulah Baptist Church with the Revs. R.A. Brackett and Lawrence Jones officiating. The body will be placed in the church thirty minutes before the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Beulah Baptist Church, 3011 Highway 18 South, Vale, NC 28168. A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com. Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center is serving the Houser family.

Hunter Sr., Richard Francis

ORLANDO, FL Richard Francis Hunter Sr., 84, of Orlando, Fla., died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Aloysious Catholic Church in Hickory. The family will receive following the service at the church. The Hunter family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

Johns, Carol Lynn Dubrawsky

Morganton Carol Lynn Dubrawsky Johns, 43, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, at Burke Memorial Park. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.

Knight, Virginia Dare Yates

VALDESE Mrs. Virginia Dare Yates Knight, 89, of Valdese, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. A service of remembrance will be held Friday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of First Baptist Church Valdese.The family will receive friends Friday, Feb. 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Valdese. Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Knight family.

Kye, Arlene Kizak

HICKORY Arlene Kizak Kye, 80, passed away Feb. 2, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Arlene was born Aug. 18, 1935 in Chicago, Ill.. to the late Edward J. and Gertrude Pickley Kizak. Arlene was a member of Highland Baptist Church and retired from Medical Park Hospital in Winston Salem. Surviving is a daughter, Stefanie Robbins and husband, Daniel of Hickory; granddaughter, Lindsay Robbins; grandsons, Adam Robbins and Aaron Robbins. A memorial service will be Thursday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. at Highland Baptist Church with the Rev. Jesse Lott officiating. The family will remain at the church following the service. Condolences may be made online at www.hickoryfh.com. Arrangements by Hickory Funeral Home.

Little, Donna

HICKORY Donna Elaine Little, 68, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Born Oct. 15, 1947 in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late Solon and Lillie Bowman Elder. Ms. Little had retired from Sherrills Furniture in Hickory. She is survived by her son, Dustin Richard Little of the home; daughter, Dana Elaine Riordan and husband, Stanley J. Riordan Jr., of Hickory; sister, Sharon Reitzel and husband, Charles of Mooresville; brother, Jeffrey Elder and wife, Kelly of Sugar Loaf; granddaughter, Bella Caroline Opdahl; two dear friends, Helen Terry and Jean Stafford; and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the chapel at Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory with Pastor Smith Sharpe officiating. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society, 6000 Fairview Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28210. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family of Donna Elaine Little and online condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.

Stevens, Larry Dwayne

CONOVER Larry Dwayne Stevens, 51, of Conover passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. at Joy Baptist Church in Conover. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. at Joy Baptist Church. The Stevens family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

Stewart, J.V.

NEWTON Jeffrey Vincent (J.V.) Stewart, 92, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice. A native of Iredell County, he was born Aug. 13, 1923 to David Little and Bertie Mae Travis Stewart. For over 20 years, J.V. was a merchant in downtown Newton owning a Firestone Store, a jewelry store and a music store. Pursuing his interest in collecting coins and antiques, he promoted antique shows throughout the Southeast for over 40 years. His wife and he collected sterling silver Christmas ornaments and for many years he bought and sold these ornaments at shows and on his website. His book "Sterling Silver Christmas Ornaments, A Guide to Identification" has been a valuable resource to both collectors and dealers. Additionally, he developed and pursued an interest in collecting family history. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Bess Feimster Stewart; his parents; siblings, Irene Jarman, Walter Lee Stewart, Letha Morrison, Wilma Morrison, Hilda Button, Grady Stewart, Martha Hass and James Stewart. He is survived by his children, Elizabeth (Libby) Rush (Robert) and Jeffrey Vincent Stewart Jr. (Sandra); grandchildren, Jeffrey Vincent Stewart, III (Laura), William Joseph Devin, III (Kimberly), Christina Stewart Feneque (Gamaliel); great grandchildren, Savannah Stewart, Jeffrey Vincent Stewart, IV, Sterling Devin, Lincoln Devin, Elijah Feneque and Kayleigh Feneque; and sisters, Catherine Vaughn and Carrie Beard (Robert). A graveside service will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. at Eastview Cemetery in Newton. The Rev. Dr. Robert Q. Beard, brother-in-law of Mr. Stewart will officiate. Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658, or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the Stewart family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com. The Stewart family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

Thomason, Vera N.

MORGANTON Vera N. Thomason, 93, of Morganton, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at First Baptist Church Chapel. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family.

Walker, Janice "Jan"

HICKORY Janice "Jan" Walker, 67, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at her residence. A native of Cleveland County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Iris Riddle Hamrick. She loved her job at the Snack Bar in Hickory and especially loved her customers. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Russell Walker; and one brother, Craig Hamrick. She is survived by one sister, Benita Runyans of Earl; one niece, Amanda Morrow and husband; Jaime; great-nieces and nephew, Aubreanna, Luke, Katilyn, and Lexi. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby with Don Edwards officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Cleveland Memorial Park. Clay-Barnette Funeral Home of Shelby is serving the Walker family. Online condolences can be made at www.claybarnette.com.

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Abernethy, Mike

HICKORY Joseph Michael "Mike" Abernethy Sr., 78, of Hickory, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Brunswick, Ga., from a sudden illness in route to Florida. Born Aug. 4, 1937 in Catawba County, to the late John Miles Abernethy and Caroline Jacobs Abernethy, he was a retired insurance agent with residences in Hickory and Ft. Myers, Fla. His interest in politics and cooking reflected his lifelong passion for public service. He began his public service on the City Council in Newton at age 28. In 1974, he was elected to the Catawba County Board of Commissioners with a stint as its chairperson. While serving as a county commissioner, there were numerous advancements made in the county, such as the purchase of the land where the current Justice Center is located, and the Justice Center building design. Mike was a member of the Newton-Conover Rotary Club having had perfect attendance since joining. He managed, along with his family, the United Church of Christ's Blowing Rock Assembly Grounds on a volunteer basis for nine seasons. He could be found regularly at the kitchen of Grace Reformed UCC, where he was a member for many years, and First Presbyterian Church, where he was a current member, preparing meals to support the missions of the churches and community. While Mike and his first wife, Flora Belle, were members of Grace Reformed UCC, he was responsible for raising the money for the new organ. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Marie Hefner Huffman; sons, Joseph Michael Abernethy Jr. and wife, Tracy of Claremont, John Miles Abernethy, III of Winston-Salem, and James Weidner Abernethy and wife, Tracy of Newton; daughter, Flora Lynn Abernethy Lester and husband, Robert of Salisbury; brother, Charles Abernethy; sister, Caroline Smith and husband, Homer, of Blowing Rock; and grandchildren, Hannah Abernethy, Joseph Abernethy III, Olivia Abernethy, "Mic" Abernethy, Miles Lester, and Justin Davis. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 40 years, Flora Belle McMillan Abernethy, of Red Springs, N.C., with whom he attended college at Catawba College in Salisbury. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Newton. The Rev. Steven Barnes will be officiating along with the Revs. Fred Thompson and Dr. Ken Clapp. Special music will be presented by Flora Lynn Abernethy Lester prior to the service. Inurnment will precede the service with family in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends for a time of fellowship and refreshments after the service in the church fellowship hall. Those serving as honorary pallbearers are: Bill Inscoe, Stine Isenhower, Hamp Lefler, Wayne Dellinger, Eddie Haupt, Ray Taylor and Dane Huffman. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 701 N Main Ave., Newton, NC 28658 or the Catawba County Historical Association, P.O. Box 73, Newton, NC 28658. Any flowers may be sent to the church. Cremation services were provided by Golden Isles Cremation Center in Brunswick, Ga.

Arnett, Billy Jack

Morganton Billy Jack Arnett, 70, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. The funeral will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, in the Colonial Chapel of Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center with visitation at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Blankenship, Heddy

TAYLORSVILLE Heddy Marie Steidl Blankenship, 41, of Taylorsville, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel. Adams Funeral Home and cremation services is serving the Blankenship family.

DeHart, Lynda

HICKORY Lynda Lea Smyre DeHart, 74, of Hickory, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at Catawba Valley Medical Center after a brief illness. Lovingly called "Grandmother DD" by her grandchildren, she was a devoted daughter, mother, grandmother and friend, as well as a vital force in the community right up to the end. Born Aug. 1, 1941, in Catawba County, Lynda was the daughter of Johnsie Rebecca Rhodes Smyre of Hickory and the late Coy Emmet Smyre. Throughout her life she was a giving and caring "difference maker" who touched many lives and left her fingerprints on countless organizations in the community. At the time of her death Lynda was Managing Partner of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Hickory Metro Real Estate. She earned her real estate license in 1979 and quickly became a top Realtor in Catawba County. Lynda was known for her strong sense of professionalism and integrity, but it was her personal touch that made her successful. She knew choosing a home was a serious decision and took her responsibility as Realtor to heart. She was known for going "above and beyond" to help clients make the right decision, and took pride in showing newcomers all the nooks and crannies of the community. (She was a big ambassador for Hickory!) Not surprisingly, she made many lifelong friendships along the way. Despite her success in real estate and her incredible work ethic, Lynda never shortchanged her personal relationships. Far from it! She was deeply connected to her mother (still going strong at 102 years old), her children, her grandchildren and the rest of her extended family. In addition, she maintained a powerful bond with a close-knit group of friends she had known since high school. Lynda was a deeply spiritual person. She was an active member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church (Mo. Synod) in Hickory, where she had served on various committees and where she was a Stephen's Minister and participant in Via de Christo. She was active in several Bible studies at her church and was an active member of Bible Study Fellowship in Hickory. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Amanda Welch and husband, Dwayne of Conover; sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony DeHart and wife Dottie of Conover, and Andrew DeHart and wife Bridget of Conover; brother and sister-in-law, Thomas Smyre and wife Joice of Bethlehem; and her grandchildren, who were her greatest joy, Amber DeHart and fianc‚, Brian Sherrill, Andy DeHart, Lexie Welch, Anthony DeHart II., Anderson Welch, Addie Jo Welch, Grayson Welch, Will DeHart, Katie Grace DeHart, and Abby DeHart; and her life-long friend, Lynn Mull Lail. A celebration of Lynda's life and service of remembrance will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at St. Stephens Lutheran Church (Mo. Synod). The Revs. David Guelzow and David Ziehr will officiate and the burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service from 12 to 2 p.m. Thursday. Pallbearers will be Andy DeHart, Anthony DeHart, II, Anderson Welch, Grayson Welch, Will DeHart, Greg Smyre, II, Brad Lail, and Scott Lail. With Lynda's love of her church, the family requests memorial contributions be made in her memory to: St. Stephens Lutheran Church (Mo. Synod), 2304 Springs Road NE, Hickory, NC, 28601. The DeHart family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover, NC. Condolences may be sent to the DeHart family at www.drumfh-conover.com.

Garrison, Louise Pons

VALDESE Mrs. Louise Pons Garrison, 89, of Valdese, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. A graveside service will be held 12:15 p.m. Friday Feb. 5, 2016 at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Service in Valdese. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of Valdese is serving the Garrison family.

Harris, Norma Jean Isbell

LENOIR Norma Jean Isbell Harris, 65, went home to the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at her home. She was born to the late James L. Isbell and Ada P. Isbell on June 1, 1950. Norma will be dearly missed. In addition to her parents, Norma is preceded in death by her brothers, James L. Isbell Jr., Theodore H. Isbell, Phillip Leon Isbell, and Melvin Parker. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 22 years, Dean Harris; daughter, Carla Jackson; son, Pakissa T. Isbell both of Lenoir; brothers, Harold Isbell (Linda) of Asheboro, George Isbell Sr. (Carolyn) of Lenoir; sisters, Betty J. Davis, Jessie I. Pope (Willie), and Azalea Berry all of Hampton, Va.; grandchildren, Chelsie Jackson, Kalill Isbell, Austin Brown, and Marcus Bowman; a loving uncle, Cecil Webb of Virginia Beach, Va.; aunts, Nanny Lucille and Helen of Lenoir; her mother-in-law, Mable Harris; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends all whom she loved dearly. A funeral service for Norma will be held Friday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. at The Life Center Church with the Rev. Terry Hunt officiating the service. The family will receive friends prior to the service Thursday, Feb. 4, at 6 to 8 p.m. at Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home, 522 Wilkesboro Blvd. SE, Lenoir, NC 28645. Burial will follow in the Life Center Church cemetery. Donations may be made to The Life Center Church Building Fund, 1925 Valway Rd., Lenoir, NC 28645. Online condolences can be made at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com. Pendry's Lenoir Funeral Home has the honor of serving the Harris family.

Hatley, Arybell Jones

Arybell Jones Hatley HICKORY Arybell Jones Hatley passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Born Aug. 6, 1924 in Pittsylvania County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Dillard Jones Sr. and Reba Lea Matherly Jones. Mrs. Hatley spent most of her life in Hickory, having been reared by her beloved cousins, Reba Lea Mitchell Scott, and her husband, Claudius Bernard Scott. Thus she has two loved sisters, Beverly Scott Rodgers of Hillsborough, then Durham, and Irma Scott Gesche of Springbrook, Wis. She was blessed with a loved niece, Judy Hatley Beebe; and nephew, James Mathew Beebe of Hickory. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee Hatley; two brothers, Dillard Jones Jr., and Vernell Jones. She is survived by two sisters, Odelle Jones Ottofaro of Newport News, Va., and Florence Jones West of Green Bay, Va; and three brothers Garland Jones, Wayne Jones and Gerald Jackson Jones, all of Virginia. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. Mrs. Hatley loved First Baptist Church, and taught Sunday School for thirty years. She also worked with young people in many capacities. She loved art, and worked making backdrops for many programs and dramas through the years. She loved the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears, having "adopted" seven of them, and still enjoyed their visits, calls and letters, after thirty years. She loved life. A celebration of her life will follow at a later date. Memorials in her honor may be made to the charity of your choice. Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Arybell Jones Hatley and on-line condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.

Hull, Bud

HICKORY Bud Hull, 89, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Bud was born March 15, 1926 in Lincoln County, to the late Noah L. and Ethel Craig Hull. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Hayes Hull; brothers, Hillard D. Hull and John Hull; sisters, Chalsa Hull, Dorothy Hull Lewis and Betty Hull Holbrook. Bud was retired from Shuford Mills and a U.S. Army veteran. Surviving is a daughter, Shirley James and husband, Jerry of Conover; sons, Richard Hull of Hickory and Charles Hull of N.C.; grandsons, Bruce James and wife, Jennifer of Conover and Keith James and wife, Gena of Newton; four great-grandchildren; sister, Mary M. Mellon of N.C.; brother, Don Hull of N.C. Services will be Thursday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at Hickory Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Earnest Richards officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at Hickory Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658. Condolences may be made online at www.hickoryfh.com. Arrangements by Hickory Funeral Home.

Kepner, Cynthia

VALDESE Mrs. Cynthia Kepner, 63, of Valdese, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory of Valdese.

Knight, Virginia

VALDESE Mrs. Virginia Knight, 89, of Valdese, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory

Lackey, Huron

TAYLORSVILLE Huron "Buster" Lackey, 92, of Taylorsville, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. There will be a graveside committal service Sunday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. in the Hiddenite Cemetery. Alexander Funeral Service in Taylorsville, is serving the family.

Sapp Sr., Charles Gordan

CONOVER Charles Gordan Sapp Sr. 76, of Conover, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He was born Jan. 8, 1940 in Iredell County to the late Sarah Esther Sapp. Charles was a United States Air Force Veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Harold D. Jordan and Robert A. Jordan. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 25 years, Deborah Deal Sapp of the home; sons, Charles G. Sapp Jr. and wife Ruth of Gastonia, Richard Todd Sapp of Baltimore, Md.; daughter, Anne M. Sapp of Charlotte; grandson, Richard Joseph Sapp of Charlotte. A graveside service with military honors will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m. at Stony Point Cemetery, 231 Ruratin Park Rd., Stony Point, NC 28678 Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 222 S Church St. #303, Charlotte, NC 28202 or American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 Condolences may be sent to the Sapp family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com The Sapp family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

Sherrill Sr., McKinley (Ken)

McKinley (Ken) Sherrill Sr. HICKORY McKinley (Ken) Sherrill Sr. of Hickory departed this life January 31, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born Dec. 10, 1931, he was the son of the late Jason Sherrill Jr. and Susie Mae Ramseur Sherrill. McKinley was a long time and faithful member of Rose of Sharon Church where he served as Deacon for many years. He was the owner/operator of East End Lawn Service for over 50 years where he was known for his hard work and dedication to his loyal customers. In his spare time, he loved spending time with his family, raising his garden and tending to his farm animals. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mary P. Sherrill; one sister, Louise Dunn. He leaves to cherish fond memories three children, Calvin Sherrill of Lexington, La-Verne Ijames (Corey) of Mocksville, and Mckinley Sherrill Jr. (Angela) of Hickory; five grandchildren, Jason Sherrill, Calandra Sherrill both of Mocksville, Ryan, Mckinley "Alex" and Cara Sherrill all of Hickory; eight great-grandchildren, brothers, Warren Sherrill, Robert Sherrill, William Sherrill; sisters, Thelma Tonkins, Dorothy Arrington, Nellie Sherrill, Mae Mosteller, Christine Whiteside; and a host of other relatives and friends. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at Catawba Funerals & Cremations with Pastor Terry L. Phillips and Pastor Rex Tonkins officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com. The Sherrill Family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.

Westlake, James

LINCOLNTON James "Jim" Edward Westlake, 70, of Lincolnton, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in the Sebastian Chapel in Hickory. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 2 to 3:45 p.m. at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in the Sebastian Chapel. The Westlake family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.

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