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Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Nov. 22, 2013

Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Nov. 22, 2013

Mary L. Berryman, D. Nov. 18, 2013

Mary Berryman
Mary Berryman

Mary L. Berryman, age 94, formerly of Kingsport, TN and Blowing Rock NC, died Monday, November 18, 2013 at the Courtyards of Briarcliff in Oak Ridge.

Born October 23, 1919 in Burnsville, NC, she was the daughter of the late Maude W. Lyon and John Proctor Lyon.

She graduated from Queens College, Charlotte, NC in 1941 with a BA degree in History and married Clarence H. Berryman, Jr. in June of 1941. Mr. Berryman passed away in 1999 after a loving marriage to Mary of 58 years.

Mrs. Berryman is survived by three daughters; Mary B. Hendrick of Lynchburg VA; Kathy B. Shaulis of Oak Ridge, TN; Margie B. Dyer and her husband, Jim, of Knoxville, TN; and one son, Clarence H. Berryman, III and his wife, Mary, of Lakeland, FL; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The family would like to sincerely thank all the staff at Courtyards Senior Living for the outstanding care and compassion Mrs. Berryman received while she was a resident.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 4:30 – 6pm at Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge, TN.

Family and friends will meet for a graveside service on Saturday at 1pm at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock, NC with Rev. Rusty Guenther officiating. Hampton Funeral Home of Boone, NC will be assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Grandfather Home, P.O. Box 98, Banner Elk, NC 28604-0098.

An on-line guest book can be signed at www.weatherfordmortuary.com. or at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service and Weatherford Mortuary, in Oak Ridge, TN. are in charge of the arrangements.

Patricia McMahon Cade, D. Nov. 17, 2013

Patricia Cade
Patricia Cade

Patricia McMahon Cade was born May 23, 1920 in Wallasy, England to Katie Jeanette and Gerald Richardson McMahon. She had two brothers, Derek and Neville, both of whom predeceased her, as did her husband, Michael J. Cade. Pat died on Sunday, November 17th after a short illness.

Pat was a “war bride” meeting Major Michael Cade as he served in the United States Army during World War II, and they were married in 1942. Due to military regulations Pat was not allowed to join Mike in New Orleans until two years later, but they ended up settling in Louisiana for almost 40 years before purchasing their property in Blowing Rock. Michael who was a vice president of New Orleans Power and Light Company made himself available to the Town in the early 1980s to help the Town plot the location of all the street lights in the village, a large job for a volunteer. When you see the brightly glowing street lights on a foggy night, do think of Pat and Michael.

Pat became a volunteer of merit in Blowing Rock. Her biggest contributions were to the Humane Society where both she and Mike were extremely active. There was much to be done to protect the animals and Pat took on the task making sure that the “neuter/spay” program was carried out, by calling every person who adopted a pet to be sure that the adopted pet had been altered to lessen the overpopulation of dogs and cats. She was tireless in the pursuit of treating animals well and served as the Newsletter Editor for the Humane Society for over sixteen years, with vigilance and humor. The huge rummage sale that benefits the Humane Society was conceived by Pat 32 years ago and she was a devoted advocate of this fund raiser that was originally held in Blowing Rock until it outgrew the space and moved to the National Guard Armory in Boone.

The Community Club was another of Pat’s favorite venues as she worked there in the library every Wednesday and helped in book sales, events and activities there. She was also involved with the Historical Society where she was a guide in the 1888 Museum for many years. Pat loaned her talents in gardening to planting all over town every year, and was Woman of the Year in the early 1990s recognizing her valuable volunteer service.

As an active equestrian most of her life, she showed horses, ran a stable in New Orleans and supported Blowing Rock’s annual horseshow. Many residents noticed her license plate on the Jaguar, which was “Sunday A.M.’’ (Sunday Morning) for the name of her favorite horse. Pat was a complex and generous person and truly a regal lady until she drew her last breath. She was strongly motivated to help others and did so much for so many.

Tremendous thanks go to her caregivers, Ellen Johnston, Barbara Elyea and Elvie Coffey who made the last year of her life interesting, entertaining and full of life. They truly added zest to her last year for which we are all grateful.

If you would like to remember Pat, please consider a donation to the Watauga Humane Society, Box 1835, Boone, NC 28607; or the Blowing Rock Community Library, Box 166, Blowing Rock, NC 28605; or The Blowing Rock Historical Society, Box 804, Blowing Rock, NC 28605.

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

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

Ernest Payne, D. Nov. 17, 2013

Ernest M. Payne, age 96, of Winston Salem, passed away Sunday morning, November 17, 2013 at Springwood Care Center in Winston-Salem.

Mr. Payne was born April 28, 1917 in Watauga County, a son of the late Tommy and Bessie Watson Payne. He retired from Flow Motors in Winston-Salem, and later worked part-time for Food Lion in Winston-Salem. Mr. Payne was a member of Parkland Church.

Mr. Payne is survived by four sons, Larry W. Payne and wife Jan of Charlotte, Bill Payne and wife Kathy of Aynor, South Carolina, Roy Payne of Emerald Isle, North Carolina, and Tony D. Payne of Lexington; one brother, John Payne and wife Sue of Indian Trail, North Carolina, and two sisters, Lillian Woolman and husband Wayne of Port Huron, Michigan, and Avalee Cottrell of Winston-Salem. He is also survived by five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Woodring Payne; five brothers, Lenney, Ransom, Herby, Jimmy, and Collis Payne; one sister, Ola Belle of Gonzales, Texas, and one grandson, John Payne.

Funeral services for Ernest Marshall Payne will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, November 20, 2013, at 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Pastor Steve Tilley. Entombment will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens Mausoleum.

The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkland Church, 2900 Old Salisbury Road, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27127.

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

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

Jacob Matovu, D. Nov. 16, 2013

Jacob Matovu
Jacob Matovu

Dr. Jacob Matovu, age 69, of Banner Elk, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at Watauga Medical Center. Born January 22, 1944 in Uganda, he was a son of Salongo Bukenya and Nalongo Egulasi Namuyimbwa. Dr. Matovu was Professor of Communication and Academic Advisor for 24 years at Appalachian State University in Boone, retiring in 2010. He was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. 

Dr. Matovu is survived by his daughters, Barbara Matovu of Brooklyn, NY, Ruth Matovu of Winston-Salem, and the mother of his children, Edith Mubanda of Boone; three brothers, and four sisters, all of Uganda; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and four brothers. 

Memorial services and internment for Dr. Jacob Matovu will be conducted Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013, at 12 o’clock noon, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, officiated by Rev. Cynthia Banks. A reception will follow services at the church. 

Memorials, in memory of Dr. Matovu, may be made to the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Priest’s Discretionary Fund, 170 Councill Street, Boone, NC 28607. 

Online condolences may be shared with the family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Matovu family.

Henry Lowrance, D. Nov. 16, 2013

Charles “Henry” Lowrance, age 83 of Claremont passed away Saturday November 16, 2013 at his residence. Born December 9, 1929 in Watauga County, he was the son of the late Joe Henderson and Hattie Tester Lowrance.

Henry was a faithful member for 40 years at First Baptist Church in Claremont and loved his church, where he served as a deacon and chairman of the deacons for nearly 40 years. He retired from Broyhill Furniture after 38 years of service and was a US Army veteran who served during the Korean War. Henry loved hunting, fishing and being outdoors working in his yard and garden and was known for his bountiful vegetable garden which he shared with his family, neighbors and friends. 

Henry was loved and respected by his family and many friends and he dearly loved his family, including his wife of 55 years, his sons and daughter-in-law and always had a special place in his heart for his two granddaughters. He will be missed by all who love him, his family, neighbors and friends. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Weldon Lowrance, 3 sisters, Thelma Shook, Mable Reese and Edith Lowrance and 4 brothers, Melvin, Marvin, Ralph and Frank Lowrance. 
Survivors include his wife, Wilma Beach Lowrance of the home; son, Jeff Lowrance and wife Janice of Mooresville; brother: Jimmy Lowrance wife Rena of Boone; two granddaughters: Anna and Avery Lowrance; and a number of nieces and nephews that were very close to him and considered him a truly special uncle.
The family will receive friends from 2:00- 2:45 p.m. prior to the service and the funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 18, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Claremont with Pastor Dennis Richards officiating. 
Burial will follow in Conover City Cemetery with military rites by the American Legion Post 16 of Newton. 
Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church in Claremont. 
Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Lowrance family. Announcement is courtesy of Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory.

Sam Slade, D. Nov. 14, 2013

Sam SladeSam Slade, age 92, of Friendship Church Road, Boone, passed away Thursday morning, November 14, 2013, at his home.

Mr. Slade was born in Minsk, Russia, a son of Nathan and Hava Pelks. He served in the Russian Army under Stalin during World War II. Mr. Slade was a Captain in charge of over 4000 troops and 200 tanks. He fought in the Seige of Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk, and was present at the liberation of Berlin. Mr. Slade was wounded and comendated after the war. He and his wife Florence Schwartblat Slade migrated to the United States in 1948 with their daughter, Barbara. The family would like to add that Mr. Slade’s wife Florence was a survivor of Auschwitz and Dachou.

Mr. Slade is survived by one daughter, Marsha Lafaille-Slade and partner Patrick McConkey of Boone; two granddaughters, Nicole Lafaille of Winston-Salem, and Sarah Lafaille of Boone, and one grandson, Josh McConkey of Boone.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Schwartzblat Slade; one son, Irwin Neal Slade, and one daughter, Barbara Ross.

Private graveside services and burial will be conducted Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Woodlawn Cemetery. Public memorial services will be conducted Saturday afternoon, November 23, 2013, at 2:00 o’clock, at the Boone Moose Lodge, 607 Deerfield Road, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

A reception will follow the memorial service at the Boone Moose Lodge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 1357, Newland, North Carolina, 28607, or to Moose Hearts Orphanage, in care of the Boone Moose Lodge, 607 Deerfield Road, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

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

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

Lena Robbins Brooks, D. Nov. 13, 2013

Lena Robbins Brooks, formerly of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, born January 30, 1922, passed away on November 13, 2013. Lena was preceded in death by her husband, Paul.

Surviving are three children, David Alan Brooks of Flowood, Miss., Ann Brooks Conn of Cleveland, Ohio, Cynthia Brooks Wade of Taylors, South Carolina, and a grandson, Dominic Wade. Also surviving are one brother, Spencer Robbins and his wife, Grace of Boone, North Carolina and two sisters, Peggy Robbins Sellers of Blowing Rock, North Carolina and Ruth Robbins Botzis of Greenville, South Carolina.

In addition to her husband Paul, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Grover and Harry Robbins.

Lena was born in Blowing Rock and lived most recently in Greenville. She attended Blowing Rock schools and Brenau College. A private service will be conducted by the family at a later date in Blowing Rock.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Commission For The Blind, 620 N. Main Street, Greenville, South Carolina, 29601.

Hampton Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the Lena Robbins Brooks Family.