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High Country Obituaries Compiled Feb. 18, 2015

Dorothy L. “Dot” Lentz (Oct. 17, 1938 – Feb. 17, 2015) 

Dorothy L. “Dot” Lentz, 76, of Blowing Rock, passed away Tuesday evening, Feb. 17, 2015, at Watauga Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements for Dorothy L. “Dot” Lentz are incomplete at this time.

Online condolences may be sent to the Lentz family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Barbara Anne Ward (Aug. 6, 1940 – Feb. 12, 2015)


Barbara Anne McCoury Ward, 74, of Fayetteville passed away on Feb. 12, 2015 at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 6, 1940 in Avery County, a daughter of the late Ed and Anne Roth McCoury.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, especially her bible, working in her yard, word puzzles and playing with her grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her: husband, Delmar Ward; brothers, Tommy McCoury, T.Y. McCoury, David McCoury, Eddie McCoury, Jr.; sister, Colleen Martincak.

Barbara has left to cherish her memory her: daughters, Barbara Colson and husband Robert of Raeford, Annedda Patrie and husband Dave of Spindale; sons, James Ward and wife Donna Schminkey of Harrisonburg, Va., John Ward of Hope Mills, Timothy Ward and wife Shannon of Huntersville; sisters, Rosa King and husband John of Lebanon, Ind.., Mary Etta Perez and husband Roberto of High Point, Bertha Young and husband Dale of Newland, Shelia Perry and husband Jim of Banner Elk; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services for Ward will be conducted on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the St. Lucien Catholic Church with Father Christopher Gober officiating. Interment will follow in the McCoury’s Rock Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Ward family.

‘Polly’ Lowrance, (Aug. 23, 1916 – Feb. 9, 2015)


Lona Victoria “Polly” Lowrance Edge, 98, of Hickory, passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice.

Born Aug. 23, 1916, in Watauga County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Conley Lowrance and Margaret Byrd Lowrance Wilcox.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Edge; four brothers, Bob, Ray, Byrd and Ed Lowrance; two sisters, Nancy L. Bentley and Ruth L. Yount; and two grandchildren, Vickie and Allen Fowler.

She is survived by two daughters, Joy Gilliam Stamey and husband, Jimmy, of Stuart, Va., Nancy Josephine Gilliam Walker of Hickory; son, Carl L. Gilliam, Jr. of Cataula, Ga.; step-daughter, Helen Edge Holdren of Hickory; eleven grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, at Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory and a graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. in Catawba Memorial Park with the Rev. Tommy Schronce officiating.

Memorials may be made in her honor to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Lona Victoria “Polly” Lowrance Edge and on-line condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.

Carol Harrell (Dec. 25, 1936 – Feb. 10, 2015)


Carol Christine Harrell, of Salisbury, passed away on Feb. 10 at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House.

Carol was born on Dec. 25, 1936 in Avery County to the late Luther and Arizona Byrd Harrell of Bakersville.

Carol was a graduate of Appalachian State University. She retired after a long career teaching social studies at South Rowan High School.

Carol was a member of Rock Grove Methodist Church. She served on numerous church committees, worked with Bible School, was the church financial secretary, delivered meals on wheels, served meals at the homeless shelter, and served as the lay person to the annual conference for many years.

She enjoyed traveling, quilting, and reading. Carol loved the outdoors where she was often found working in the vegetable and flower gardens. She had many varieties of flowers, many of which were used in floral arrangements for her church.

She was preceded in death by her siblings; Mildred Harrell Smith of West Jefferson, NC; Helen Harrell Bryant, A.D. Harrell, and Bruce Herrell all of Bakersville, NC.

She is survived by her sisters; Edna Harrell Ham of West Jefferson and Juanita Harrell Harbour of Cameron. Carol is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Harrell Family Cemetery. The service will be conducted by John Smith pastor of Pleasant Grove Church of the Brethren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. at the Rock Grove Methodist Church on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 with Pastor Randy Lucas and Pastor Jamie Hamrick officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to either: Rock Grove Methodist Church, 1050 Rock Grove Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28146 or The Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House, 1229 Statesville Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28144.

The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers of Bayada for their tender care of Carol for the past months. Many thanks to all the caregivers at the Kiser Hospice House for their gentleness and loving care of Carol.

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family at www.webbfh.com. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is assisting the Harrell family.

Linton Goforth (June 5, 1927 – Feb. 10, 2015)

Linton Goforth, 87, of Christopher Road in Marion died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville.

Born on June 5, 1927 in Avery County, he was the son of the late Lynn and Nellie Watson Goforth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Cox. He was also preceded in death by his brothers; Eldon Goforth and wife, Louise; Preston Goforth and wife, Vernice; Jennings Goforth and wife, Doris; Sam Goforth and wife, Margaret; and Tom Goforth and wife, Mike; his sisters; Una Richardson and husband, Harry; Veta Griffith and husband, Clyde; Audrey Phillips and husband, Tom and Frances McKinney and husband, Marvin.

Mr. Goforth was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He attended the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and was retired from Baxter’s Healthcare.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Emma June Goforth of Marion; his son; James Goforth of Marion; his daughters; Susie Goforth of Castlewood, Va., and Penny Gross and husband, Jeff of Marion; his sister; Lucy Ray and husband, Al of Burnsville; his brother; Buddy Goforth and wife, Frances of Spruce Pine; his son-in-law; Michael Cox, his grandchildren; Terry Goforth, Joey Goforth, Susan Phillips, Emma Wolfe, B.J. Trent, Halley Allison, James Gross, Steven Trent, Mason Goforth, and Gypsie Goforth; and his great grandchildren; Kara Stroup, Zachary Wolfe, Tyler Phillips, Kaley Wolfe, Kirsten Phillips, Trevor Wolfe, Kenide Phillips, Tara Wolfe, Bentley Goforth, Alyssa Allison, Isabella Wolfe, and Peyton Wolfe.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence at the funeral service honoring the life of Linton Goforth on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dennis Burleson officiating. A time to receive friends and share memories and support the family will be from 1:00 pm until 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at the church. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family at www.webbfh.com. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is assisting the Goforth family.