Aug 19, 1951 - Oct 13, 2023
Dr. Ruth Lucille Sorenson
Oct 28, 1941 - Feb 15, 2024
Dr. Ruth Lucille Sorenson, age 82, of Conover, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024.
Dennis Carroll Hedrick
May 05, 1958 - Feb 15, 2024
Dennis Carroll Hedrick, age 65, of Conover, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024.
Peggy Jean Rinck
Jan 21, 1949 - Feb 10, 2024
Peggy Jean Rinck, 75, of Newton died Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Conover Nursing & Rehab Center. Born January 21, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Pete Angel and Polly Angel. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Paul Rinck. Two nephews, Paul Milam (Felicia) and Charles Milam. One aunt, Jewel Rinck. A graveside service will be held at Catawba Memorial Park, Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 3pm. Please sign the online guestbook on the Memorial Wall at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Rinck family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.
Marian Stine Hensel
Dec 07, 1930 - Feb 09, 2024
Marian Stine Hensel of Conover, NC, passed away on February 9th after a brief but intense battle with pancreatic cancer, at the age of 93. She was the daughter of Ernest Russell Stine and Cora Brown Stine. She is survived by her sons, Daniel (Winston-Salem) and David (Conover), and her daughters-in-law, Margaret and Lynn.Marian had a long career in accounting and bookkeeping, working for large corporations such as Humble Oil (Exxon), Standard Oil of New Jersey and Standard Oil of Ohio, private firms such as Mauney Piping Supply and Marion Bass Securities (both of Charlotte, NC), and the Gastonia, NC Housing Authority, where she worked until her retirement from the "day job."Music, however, was the true passion of Marian's working life. She was a graduate of High Point University with a degree in music, already a veteran of numerous concert and drama productions. She had a beautiful operatic soprano voice, played the piano, and could arrange and rearrange music to suit her many choirs and vocal ensembles. Shortly after graduating from HPU, she began her work in music as the teacher and director of choral music at Chester High School in Chester, SC. From there she moved on to spend decades of her long life in church music, directing choirs and music programs for many churches, such as Wesley Heights United Methodist, Midwood Baptist, St. James United Methodist, Hillcrest Baptist (all of Charlotte, NC), Olney Presbyterian of Gastonia, NC, Puett United Methodist of Dallas, NC, and Sweetwater Presbyterian of Hickory, NC. Nothing excited her more than building up her amateur choirs and challenging them with more and more sophisticated music. She particularly loved her youth and children's groups and had an uncanny ability to maintain order and center a child’s attention on the business at hand.Her two sons, Dan and David, were the focal point of Marian's personal life. Divorced from her first husband and widowed at an early age from the second, she was a single mother for most of her children's formative years. Marian raised her two sons during a time when women received few, if any, breaks as regards to salaries and promotions, no matter the quality of their work performance or what family responsibilities they had to assume. Despite these limitations, her sons never remember a time when they did not have what they needed and, from time to time, a few of the little splurges in life, especially during the Christmas season. This generosity, of course, came about as a result of Marian moonlighting at one or two jobs.Aside from her family, Marian probably reserved her strongest affections for animals, especially dogs. She had several dogs during her long life and each were bona fide family members, not just pets. Their status was reflected in several Christian burials and cremations, as well as pictures and remembrances placed around her home that had an almost sacred presence. No matter how tight her finances might be, at any time, Marian always found a “little extra” to donate to her favorite animal rescue charities.Marian never considered herself a great cook, probably because at the time she was cooking for her family, she never really had the time to study or experiment with the craft. Nevertheless, she had some basic dishes which her sons will avow are the best they have ever had. Her family will miss Mom's potato salad, tuna salad, chili, meatloaf, stuffed celery, and vegetable soup (with more ingredients in it than you could hope to count). Also, those wonderful goodies during Christmastime, such as cheese balls, sausage balls, party mix and incredibly creamy fudge.Her family will tell you that Marian did love to go out to eat. It was not a frequent thing in the early years, due to financial considerations, but it was a small luxury Marian afforded herself and her family whenever possible. She particularly liked to go out to breakfast and welcome the day with the eggs, bacon, and grits she loved and somebody else had to cook. As with her own cooking, she was not an experimenter at the cutting edge of new tastes (never did she go to any fish camp and order anything other than Calabash shrimp). She discovered her favorite things and pretty much stuck with them. Her sons can remember many happy hours with Mom at the pizza parlors, the S&W Cafeteria, the lunch counters at drug and dime stores, any Chinese place with egg drop soup and spring rolls, ice cream parlors with pineapple sundaes, and anyplace, anywhere, anytime with good french fries! These were, indeed, happy “hours” as Marian was one of the slowest eaters God ever made!In the earlier years, Marian lived in several parts of the country, as required for her husband’s jobs. However, she rarely got the chance to do leisure traveling until she retired from her “day job.” She enjoyed going places with her sons and their spouses, most especially to places that knew how to decorate for Christmas! Biltmore House, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Williamsburg, Old Salem, McAdenville, any large mall or department store. If they knew how to dress up for the season, Marian wanted to be there! Really, the most important thing to her was to be there with her family. The extra time spent together was the most precious thing to her.It is pretty clear by now that Marian was in love with the Christmas season. She looked forward to Thanksgiving and the holiday season that followed with an almost childlike anticipation. Her sons remember many special times looking for holiday decoration materials at dime stores and thrift shops and making things with Mom to decorate the tree and the house. At her churches, she was always in happy hyperdrive during the Christmas season, working with her choirs and youth groups on cantatas, musicals and plays. She knew how to keep Christmas in a way that even Charles Dickens would have applauded. It has been suggested by some family members that Marian’s perfect heaven would be a 24/365 Christmas megastore with a different choir singing in every room.One of the disadvantages to living to a very old age, in this transient society, is that the many people whose lives you have touched have either passed away or now live in distant places. Her family will never forget the many wonderful gifts of love and support that Marian gave them. They hope that some of you who read this tribute and have been touched by Marian's life, will share with us, on this site, some of your recollections.Memorials to Marian’s life can be given to: Carolina Caring Hospice,3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28568, https://www.carolinacaring.org/give or to your favorite animal rescue organization. Her family and friends thank youCondolences may be sent to the Hensel family at www.bennettfuneralservice.comThe Hensel family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111
Jerry Joseph LaPage, Sr. (Joe)
Oct 24, 1955 - Feb 07, 2024
Jerry Joseph LaPage, Sr. (Joe), 68, of Conover, North Carolina, passed away after a gallant battle with cancer surrounded by his family. Joe believed family and faith were the most important things in life; being a member of Friendship Methodist Church. Joe was born in Fulton, New York, to the late Perry M. and Pauline (Deon) LaPage. He is preceded by his son David Cook and siblings William LaPage, Perry LaPage, Larry LaPage, and Cathie Burch. Joe retired as a truck driver, where he enjoyed traveling the United States with his wife. He was an avid animal lover and enjoyed spending his days with his two dogs Lacy and Booboo. Joe was all about his family and worked tirelessly and unselfishly to provide for all and pass on as much knowledge as he could to help everyone. Joe is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carlene Cook LaPage. He is also survived by brother George LaPage and sisters Phyliss Smith, Mary Keller, and Bonnie Duke. Joe is survived by his children: Robin Goode, Jerry and Jennifer LaPage, Jr., and Ron and Brenda Wilson. He is survived by his grandchildren: Timothy and Carolyn Throneburg, Randle and Kyra Brown, Steven Brown, Emilyann and Paul Marijan, Haylee and Morgan Frost, Nathaniel LaPage, Nathan LaPage, Curtis Wilson, Brandon LaPage, and David LaPage. Joe is also survived by six (6) great-grandchildren: Kaylynn, Kylee, Madi, Arya, Elladee, Emberlee; and numerous nieces and nephews. Joe was loved by all and will be deeply missed.
Graham Leroy Lail, Jr.
Dec 27, 1938 - Feb 06, 2024
Graham “Leroy” Lail, Jr., 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, February 6, at his home in Conover, NC. Leroy was born in Catawba County on December 27, 1938, and was the first son of the late Graham Leroy Lail, and the late Ethel Burris Lail.Leroy proudly never missed a day of school, graduating from Saint Stephens High School in 1957 and attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he joined the NROTC. In June of 1961, Leroy graduated college, received his commission in the Navy, and married the love of his life, Lynn, all in the same week. During his time in the Navy, he served on the Admiral Staff in the Seventh Fleet during the Cuban Missile Crisis.After serving, he returned to North Carolina where he established his life as a successful businessman, community advocate, and proud philanthropist.In 1960, he and Lynn led the development of the Hickory Furniture Mart, which continues to operate today. He was dedicated to expanding hospitality in the region and is affiliated with many of the area's hotels. He was a longtime member of the Tourism Development Authority where he led efforts to create the Hickory Metro Convention Center. He also served as Chairman of the International Association of Holiday Inns.Leroy was a steadfast supporter of education and served as a member of the UNC Board of Governors for 13 years, where he led the North Carolina public university system through tremendous growth. In 2023, Appalachian State University opened its Hickory campus, a vision long championed by Leroy.To add to his lasting legacy, Leroy authored several books, most notably “Win/Win,” his philosophy in business and in life.Leroy was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and a devoted member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church. He loved golf, gardening, sailing, history and the Carolina Tar Heels. Above all, he loved his family and was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.He is survived by his wife of 62 years Laura “Lynn” Mull Lail; his brother Charles Ray Lawson Lail, and wife, Barbara Ann Lail; his children, Graham “Scott” Lail and wife, Hailey Ferrell Lail, Bradley Charles Lail and wife, Margaret Adele Nealon, and Laura Lail Treadaway and husband, James Olin Treadaway, Jr.; six grandchildren, Taylor Mull Lail, Christian Manning Lail, Graham Banks Lail, Frances Cooper Lail, Ferrell Moore Lail, and James Olin Treadaway III; and three nephews.The family will be receiving friends at 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 12 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2024, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Conover. The service will also be available to stream online.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either: St. John's Lutheran Church, 2126 Saint Johns Church Rd NE, Conover, NC 28613 or Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC, 28658.Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the Lail family.
Connie Anita Allen McCoy
May 27, 1953 - Feb 02, 2024
CONNIE ANITA ALLEN MCCOY Connie Anita Allen McCoy, 70 of Conover went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 2nd, 2024. Born on May 27th, 1953 in Mecklenburg County, NC, Connie was the daughter of William and Geraldine Allen. She was a dedicated nurse and care manager, who cared greatly for others. She was loved by her family and will be dearly missed. She was a loving wife to Dennis Ronald McCoy, who went to be with the Lord in 2018. Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Geraldine Allen; two sisters, Sandra Cathey and husband, Jim and Cheryl Haskell and husband, Sid; two sons, Chris McCoy and wife, Holly and Thomas McCoy and wife, Wendy and four grandchildren, Avery, William, Anna Marie, and Jameson, as well as, numerous other family members. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Catawba Funeral Home on Thursday, February 8th, 2024 at 2:00 pm with Pastor Jeff Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Methodist Church of Conover in Connie’s name. Condolences may be left at www.catawbamemorialpark.com. The McCoy Family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.
Jerry Elwood Caulder
Feb 03, 1951 - Jan 31, 2024
Jerry Elwood Caulder, 72, of Conover, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at his residence. Born February 3, 1951 in Catawba County, he was a son of the late Elwood Bishop Caulder and Ollie Mae Hudson Caulder. Jerry was a member of Oxford Baptist Church. He was also a member of The Sons of the Confederate Veterans.He is survived by:Wife of 54 years: Janice Hefner Caulder of the homeSon: Herman Caulder of ConoverDaughter: Jessica Carpenter of ClaremontBrother: Rick Caulder and wife, Louise, of HickorySister: Shirley Gragg and husband, Gerald, of HildebranGrandson: Gavin Carpenter of ClaremontBest Friend: Howard Brown of MooresvilleA Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Newton with Pastor Ken Jenkins and Pastor Josh Benge officiating.The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 4:00-4:45 p.m., at the funeral home, prior to the service.Burke Mortuary & Crematory in Newton is serving the Caulder family.
Died : Jan 27, 2024
Thomas Fannin, 81, passed peacefully in Carolina Caring Hospice [Robinson Road] on January 27, 2024. Born in Staten Island, New York, to Nicholas and Florence Fannin, Tom has lived in Conover the last twenty-five years.He is survived by his wife, Teresa Ann; daughter Meghan Lucyle Fannin, her husband Greg Vogt, and their children Emmeline and Caspian Henry; daughter Cailin Bayley Hochradel, and her husband Dan and daughter Mia; and niece Lori Shannon and her husband Chris Morken.Tom was Vice President of Compensation and Benefits for Alex Lee, Inc, retiring in 2012. He was an avid tennis player who enjoyed playing Monopoly and Texas Hold’em with friends and family.Tom was a member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Newton. The funeral mass will be held February 9, 2024, at 11:30 AM at St. Joseph RCC, 720 W 13th Street, Newton NC 28658Condolences may be sent to the Fannin family at www.bennettfuneralservice.comThe Fannin family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, 828-465-2111
Ralph Silvines Lowman, Jr.
Sep 11, 1940 - Jan 23, 2024
Ralph Silvines Lowman, Jr. 83 of Vale died Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at Conover Nursing & Rehab Center. Born September 11th, 1940 he was the son of the late Ralph Silvines Lowman Sr. and the late Ruby Estelle Lowman. Ralph was a U.S. Army Veteran and worked in the furniture industry for 40+ years. Ralph also enjoyed being active in the Plateau Community Church's Men's ministry. Ralph is survived by sisters, Patsy Buff and husband Bobby Joe Buff and Linda L. Price; nieces, Debbie Arruza, Cindy Thomas, Beverly Price, and Donna Price; great-nieces, Nikki Thomas Ledford and husband Ryan Ledford, Lela Arruza, and Sophie Arruza; and great-great-nieces, Ava Thomas and Maura Jo Brown. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Plateau Community Church, 3315 Scronce Road, Vale, NC 28168. Rev. Peter Brown will officiating. Military Honors will follow at the graveside. The family would like to thank Conover Nursing & Rehab Center and AMOREM Hospice for their loving care of Ralph. Memorials may be made to Plateau Community Church. Please sign the online guestbook on the Memorial Wall at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Lowman family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.