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Death Records

From The Charlotte Observer [NC]

Monday, Nov. 25, 1963

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JFK 7th President Buried in Virginia Page 2-A
Man Killed In Car, Bus Collision [James Dallas Berry, Belton R. Locklear, Pernell Locklear, Carrie Lee Ramson, Hezekiah McPherson, Bobby Scott]
North Carolina And South Carolina Deaths And Funerals; North Carolina [Jack B. McCall, Mrs. Louise Brown Blanton, Monroe Adams [also see article re Monroe Adams], Bobby Gene Crouse, Darryel Ray Hendricks, James Robert Greenlee, Robert L. Tomplin, Mrs. Wilhelminia Kasa, James Donnie Maynord, Wilmer J. Bowen, Miss Myrtle Hancock, Mrs. Mary Ward Buchanan, Alma Jewel Godfrey, Ralph William Hatcher, John Henry Walker, Conrad L. Brown]
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North Carolina And South Carolina Deaths And Funerals; South Carolina [James Enoch Hines]
OBITUARIES; Mecklenburg [NC] [Mrs. Judith Hannon Calvin, George Combis, Roland H. Hermann, Mrs. C. W. Johnson, H. Stanley MacClary, Mrs. Lottie Cline Prather, Robert Lee Simpson]
Aldous Huxley, Author, Dies of Cancer at 69
SHARON MEMORIAL PARK; SERVICES TODAY [Major Flynn B. McLean, Lucille Daggenhardt Diaz]
Man Dies Month Before He Is 102 [William David Stoker]
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Youth Shoots N.C. Hunter [Ervin Philmore Plegger]
Body of Laurinburg Handyman Is Found [Monroe Adams] [also see obit re Monroe Adams]

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JFK 7th President Buried in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. -- (AP) --

John F. Kennedy will be the seventh United States president to be buried in Virginia.

Kennedy is to be interred today at Arlington National Cemetery, where the 27th President, William Howard Taft, also is buried.

Other U.S. presidents buried in Virginia are the first president, George Washington, at Mt. Vernon; the third, Thomas Jefferson, at Monticello; the fourth, James Madison, at Montpelier; the fifth, James Monroe, and the 10th, John Tyler, both in Richmond.

Man Killed In Car, Bus Collision

A 21-year-old Maxton man was killed and his five companions injured seriously near here Saturday in the collision of a car and bus.

The victim was James Dallas Berry.  Reported in serious condition at a Laurinburg hospital were:  Belton R. Locklear, [address deleted for privacy], Maxton; Pernell Locklear,
[address deleted for privacy], Maxton; Carrie Lee Ramson and Hezekiah McPherson, both of [address deleted for privacy], Maxton, and Bobby Scott, [address deleted for privacy], Pembroke.

Police said a car carrying the six men ran a stop sign and collided with a Queen City Trailways bus at an intersection on U.S. 74 five miles east of Laurinburg.  No one on the bus was injured seriously.

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North Carolina And South Carolina Deaths And Funerals

North Carolina

BELMONT --  Jack B. McCall, 36, died Sunday.  Funeral 3 p.m. today at East Belmont Presbyterian Church.

Survivors:  wife; mother, Mrs. J. E. McCall of Belmont; daughters, Miss Diane McCall, Miss Catherine McCall, Miss Martha McCall, Miss Bobbie McCall, Miss Patricia McCall, all of the home; son, James B. McCall of the home; sisters, Mrs. L. M. Glover Jr. of Charlotte, Miss Elizabeth McCall of Belmont; brothers, James H. McCall of Belmont, Don T. McCall of California.

GASTONIA --  Mrs. Louise Brown Blanton, 81, died Saturday.  Funeral was Sunday at Loray Baptist Church.

Survivors:  daughter, Mrs. Bob Broome of Boone; sons, Walter Blanton, Buford Blanton, Hal Blanton, all of Gastonia, Ray Blanton of Charlotte; brothers, J. S. Brown of Gastonia, Dewey Brown of Kingsport, Tenn.; sisters, Mrs. Claude Laughridge of Bostic, Mrs. Sewell Avery, Mrs. Ron English, both of Marion.

LAURINBURG --  Monroe Adams, 62, died Saturday.  Funeral 3 p.m. today at Belk-King Funeral Home in Darlington, S.C.  Burial in Black Creek Cemetery near Doversville, S.C.

Survivors:  brother, Oscar Adams of Darlington; sister, Mrs. Maggie Neil of Daytona Beach, Fla.

LINCOLNTON --  Bobby Gene Crouse, 21, of [address deleted for privacy], died Saturday in a Winston-Salem hospital of injuries received Friday night in an auto accident.  Funeral 3 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors:  parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Crouse of
[address deleted for privacy]; brothers, Larry and Danny Crouse of the home; sister, Evelyn Crouse of the home.

LEXINGTON --  Darryel Ray Hendricks, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin R. Hendricks, died Saturday.  Funeral 4 p.m. today at Piedmont Funeral Home.

Survivors:  parents.

MARION --  James Robert Greenlee, 87, died Sunday.  Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday at Siloam Presbyterian Church.

Survivors:  sisters, Mrs. Jay Williams, Mrs. Kate Lytle, both of Chattanooga, Tenn.

MOUNT PLEASANT --  Robert L. Tomplin, 56, died Saturday.  Funeral 3 p.m. today at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Survivors:  wife; daughters, Miss Genevieve Tomplin of Richmond, Va.; brothers, F. A. Tomplin, C. L. Tomplin, both of Statesville; sisters, Mrs. L. P. King, Mrs. J. F. Brown, both of Statesville.

OLD FORT --  Mrs. Wilhelminia Kasa, 79, died Saturday.  Funeral 2 p.m. today at Westmoreland - Hawkins Funeral Home.

Survivors:  daughter, Mrs. S. G. Dobias of Old Fort; sister, Mrs. Carolyn Kroulik of Old Fort.

RAEFORD --  James Donnie Maynord, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Huell Maynord of [address deleted for privacy], died Sunday.  Funeral 2 p.m. today at Island Grove Church Cemetery near Red Springs.

Survivors:  parents; brother, James Dean Maynord of the home.

RED SPRINGS --  Wilmer J. Bowen, 48, of [address deleted for privacy], Shannon, died Saturday.  Funeral 3 p.m. today at Red Springs Funeral Home.

Survivors:  wife; daughter, Mrs. Rebecca Gore of Dover, Del.; sons, William Bowen, Wilmer J. Bowen Jr., both of the home; sister, Mrs. Hattie Walters of Clayton; mother, Mrs. W. L. Thompson of Shannon.

ROCKINGHAM --  Miss Myrtle Hancock, 85, died Saturday.  Funeral 2 p.m. today at Watson King Funeral Home.

Survivors:  sisters, Miss Verda Hancock, Mrs. Doshia Hancock, both of Rockingham; brother, Claude Hancock of Lakeland, Fla.

SANFORD --  Mrs. Mary Ward Buchanan, 89, of [address deleted for privacy] died Sunday.  Funeral 2 p.m. today at Bethany Baptist Church.

Survivors:  son, W. L. Buchanan of Sanford; daughter, Mrs. Margaret Arnold of Sanford.

SANFORD --  Alma Jewel Godfrey, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Godfrey, died Saturday.  Funeral 2 p.m. today at Leman Springs Methodist Church.

Survivors:  parents; brother, Mitchell G. Godfrey of the home.

STATESVILLE --  Ralph William Hatcher, 50, died Friday.  Funeral today in Cypress, Calif.

Survivors:  wife; son, Ralph W. Hatcher, Jr. of the home.

STATESVILLE --  John Henry Walker, 66, died Saturday.  Funeral 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Green Street Baptist Church.

Survivor:  wife.

TROUTMAN --  Conrad L. Brown, 53, died Sunday.  Funeral plans incomplete.

Survivors:  wife; sons, Charles Brown of the home, Gary Lee Brown of Appalachian State Teachers Collete, Conrad L. Brown Jr. of Statesville; daughter, Mrs. Gaul Armour of Winston-Salem.

South Carolina

FORT MILL --  James Enoch Hines, of
[address deleted for privacy], Waxhaw, died Saturday at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte.  Funeral 4 p.m. today at Wolfe Funeral Home.  Burial at Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe, N.C.

Survivors:  wife; sons, Tommy Hines, Wayne Hines, both of the home; half brothers, Marshall Shaw, Herbert Hines, both of Gastonia, N.C.; half sisters, Mrs. Lucille Jenkins of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., Mrs. Irene Stancill of Siler City, N.C.


Mecklenburg [NC]


Mrs. Judith Hannon Calvin, 29, of
[address deleted for privacy], died at her home Saturday.  She was born in Charlotte July 29, 1934, daughter of Mable Helms Hannon and the late Clifford G. Hannon.  Mrs. Calvin was a secretary associate with Kerr Glass Manufacturing Corp. and was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  She is survived by her husband, Richard L. Calvin; mother, Mrs. Mable Helms Hannon; brother, William E. Hannon; sisters, Mrs. J. Robert Vaudin and Mrs. John Wabich, all of Charlotte.  Funeral services to be held at 3 p.m. Monday from Miller and Kerns Hawthorne Chapel, conducted by Bishop Herbert Spaugh, senior pastor of Moravian Little Church on The Lane.  Interment in Sharon Memorial Park.  Pallbearers are:  Jacob C. Cornelius Jr., L. Dale Arthur, Robert Lee Blair Jr., James Murphy, Lemuel D. Whitsett III and Donald Trapp.


George Combis, 84, of
[address deleted for privacy], died suddenly Sunday morning at his home.  A retired merchant and restaurateur he was born Dec. 15, 1878 in Karyal-Lacademonas, Greece.  Mr. Combis was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, Temple Lodge No. 676 AF & AM, Mizpah Chapter of Eastern Star and Marathon Chapter No. 2 of Ahepa Lodge.  Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Helen C. Koklas and two sons, Chris Combis and Gus G. Combis, all of Charlotte; brother, Peter Combis of Valparaiso, Ind.; two sisters, Mrs. Demetra Hondros of Valparaiso, Ind. and Mrs. Panagiota Velonis of Greece and four grandchildren.  Funeral service to be held Tuesday, 2 p.m. from Greek Orthodox Church, conducted by the Rev. Emanuel Bouyoucas, the pastor.  Masonic grave-side services will be conducted by Temple Lodge in Sharon Memorial Park.  Active pallbearers are:  George Diamaduros, James T. Meleos, Gus Collias, Gus Burlos, Peter Hondros and George Trakas.  Honorary pallbearers are:  members of Temple Lodge and Ahepa Lodge.  The remains will be taken to home of the daughter, Mrs. Koklas, [address deleted for privacy] at 3 p.m. Monday.  Trisagian service will be at 8 p.m. Monday at the Koklas home.  An Emergent Communication will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic Temple.  Arrangements by Hovis.


Roland H. Hermann, 47, of
[address deleted for privacy] died Saturday in a local hospital.  Mr. Hermann was merchandising manager for the fashion department of Collins Department Store in Freedom Village.  He was born Oct. 28, 1916 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., his parents the late Fred and Anne Schench Hermann.  He was a member of Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Vera Perry Hermann; daughter, Diane Gail Hermann of Charlotte; sister, Mrs. Edna H. Super of Kingston, Pa.; three brothers, Carl Hermann of Kingston, Pa., Luther H. Hermann of Columbia, S.C. and Al J. Hermann of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.  Funeral services to be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday from Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church with the pastor, the Rev. Horace Hilton, officiating.  Interment will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the family cemetery at Hobbsville, N.C. near Edenton.  Pallbearers are Al D. Bruce, C. J. Myers, Robert G. Hoelzel, George Phillips, T. E. Thornburg and Ralph W. Bostian.  The remains will be carried to the church to lie in state at 10 o'clock Monday.  Arrangements by Harry and Bryant.


Mrs. C. W. Johnson, of
[address deleted for privacy], died Saturday in Farmville, N.C.  Mrs. Johnson had lived in Charlotte for 45 years and was a member of Third Presbyterian Church.  Surviving are her brother-in-law, J. R. Joyner of Farmville, N.C., a number of nieces, a nephew and several cousins.  Funeral services to be held Monday, 11 a.m. from McEwen West Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Malcolm R. Williamson, minister of Third Presbyterian Church.  Interment in Sharon Memorial Park.  Pallbearers are:  J. W. Parnell Sr., Willard R. Smith, Harold Auten, S. A. McLester, J. L. Brantley and S. A. Marsh.


H. Stanley MacClary, 63, of
[address deleted for privacy], died at 11:30 a.m., Saturday in a local hospital.  Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., June 30, 1900 he was the son of the late Walter H. and Janette Frances Dunlap.  He was reared in Brooklyn and Easton, Pa. and had been a resident of Charlotte the past nine years.  Prior to that time he lived in Cranford, N.J. for 30 years.  He was associated with Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Washington, D.C.  A Rotarian he was a member of the Charlotte Rotary Club and was a former District Governor of Rotary International in New Jersey.  He was a Mason and Past Master of Star of Bethlehem Lodge No. 322 in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Mr. MacClary was a member of Sardis Presbyterian Church.  Survivors include his wife, Suzie Bedell MacClary; five sons, H. Stanley MacClary Jr. of Plainfield, N.J., Lt. Cmdr. David B. MacClary of Newport News, Va., D. Bruce MacClary of Birmingham, Ala., Robert E. MacClary of Charlotte, Richard Alan MacClary of the home; three sisters, Mrs. Helen Meissner of Woodhaven, L.I., Mrs. Naomi B. Marsh of Westfield, N.J., Mrs. Ruth E. Decker of Brook Township, N.J. and seven grandchildren.  Funeral services to be held at 3 p.m. Monday from Hankins and Whittlington Funeral Chapel, conducted by the Rev. James Stewart, pastor of Sardis Presbyterian Church.  The interment will follow, Tuesday in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.  Honorary pallbearers for the Charlotte service are Rotarians from the four Charlotte Rotary Clubs.  Omit flowers; memorials may be sent to the Chan Gordon Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund or the American Cancer Society.


Mrs. Lottie Cline Prather, a former Charlotte resident, age 78 of
[address deleted for privacy], Wadesboro died at 11 a. m. Saturday in a Charlotte hospital.  She had been ill since February.  Born in Cabarrus County, N.C. Nov. 28, 1884 she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Cordelia Cline of Cabarrus County.  Reared there, she moved to Charlotte in 1936 with her daughter Mrs. Walter C. Thomas where she made her home until a recent move to Wadesboro.  Her husband, James A. Prather died in 1918 and son, Spencer A. Prather died in 1919.  She was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.  Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Walter C. Thomas of Wadesboro; son, George W. Prather of Statesboro, Ga.; sisters, Mrs. L. D. Beaver of Charlotte, Mrs. E. E. Starnes of Concord; brothers, W. W. Cline of Gold Hill, N.C., Clarence Cline, Ray W. Cline, both of Concord; three grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Funeral services to be held at 11 a.m. Monday from St. Luke's Lutheran Church with the Rev. J. LeGrand Mayer, her pastor, officiating, assisted by Dr. L. A. Thomas, pastor emeritus of the Lutheran Church in Lincolnton.  Interment in St. Stephen's Lutheran Church Cemetery in Cabarrus County.  Nephews will serve as pallbearers.  Arrangements by Hankins and Whittington.


Robert Lee Simpson, 68, of
[address deleted for privacy], died Saturday morning in a local hospital after an extended illness.  He was born Sept. 23, 1895 in Lancaster, S.C., his parents the late Robert L. and Mamie Crockett Simpson.  Mr. Simpson had been associated with B and S Corporation of Charlotte, but retired some time ago.  Prior to this he was with Motion Picture Advertising Co., Inc. of New Orleans, La.  He attended Davidson College, University of North Carolina and was a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church.  Survivors are his wife, the former Miss Katherine Long, native of Lynchburg, Va. and mother-in-law, Mrs. J. Harry Long of Charlotte.  Funeral services to be held Monday in The Oaks, conducted by the Rev. James E. Fogartie and Dr. A. Clarke Dean, ministers of Myers Park Presbyterian Church.  Entombment in Sharon Memorial Mausoleum.  Active pallbearers are Gene Davis, J. Alex White, Bill Benson, U. S. Eaddy, Watson Valentine of Ocean Dr., S.C., James Greenleaf, Donald E. Graham and Olin Mock.  Honorary pallbearers are:  Roy Smart, w. Read Butcher Dr. W. C. Matthews, Dr. R. T. James Jr., Dr. T. N. Massey Jr., Dr. Charles H. Stuckey[,] H. F. Kincey, T. A. Little, Frank Beddingfield, C. A. Burgdorf of Ocean Dr., S.C., Harry Keeter, E. P. Rose, Francis White, W. R. Woldron and A. B. Craver.

Aldous Huxley, Author, Dies of Cancer at 69

LOS ANGELES -- (AP) -- Author-scholar Aldous Huxley, the literary member of one of the world's foremost scientific families, died of cancer Friday night at his Hollywood home. He was 69.

"Private services have already been conducted," said a brief announcement from a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Judith Huxley.

Huxley's physician, Dr. Max Cutler, said he had been ill for about three years of cancer of the mouth, "which had extended."

The British-born titan of letters had made his home in Southern California since 1937.

The forthright author, who blazed a wide path through the world of letters in the '20s and '30s, had a life-long pastime:  Taking man apart to see what makes him tick.

His best known work was "Brave New World," which sold nearly a million copies since its publication in 1932.



Major Flynn B. McLean
Lucille Daggenhardt Diaz

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Man Dies Month Before He Is 102

William David Stoker, who would have been 102 years old next month, died Saturday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. G. C. Ward of Winston-Salem, where he had been making his home for the past five years.

Stoker had been in declining health for a couple of months.

He lived most of his life at Thurmond in Surry County and operated a farm of 650 acres until he was 95 years old.

"I started farming as soon as I was old enough to turn a clod," Stoker said in an interview in 1961.  "We used bull-tongue plows and hoes.  We didn't have no tools."

In the lean days he found that farming wasn't enough, so he took odd jobs.  "It was cutting and splitting rails and one thing and another," he said.  "I was hired to do it and was glad to get the job."

Of farming he said, "When I commenced farming, people had mighty little.  I never got wealthy a'tall, but I never wanted for anything."

A man with strong Republican leanings and proud of his voting record, he made a remark that was timely at his death.

"Those that put out Abraham Lincoln's light put us in bad shape."

Stoker's birthday came two days before New Year's, and in 1961 he had a single resolution:  "I've made a resolution to go up yonder," he said.

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S. Carolina Wrecks Kill 6 Persons

United Press International

Accidents claimed at least six lives in South Carolina during the weekend, all in traffic.  In addition, a Myrtle Beach man and his son died in an Alabama crash.

Kenneth Lee Mizer, 32, and his son, Kenneth Jr., 4, both of Myrtle Beach, died when their car hit another on U.S. 80 near Opelika, Ala.  Mizer's wife, Alberta, was in poor condition.  Police said their car was on the wrong side of the road.

Patrick H. Griffin, 22, of West Columbia died in a 3-car wreck on a Columbia street.

Clyde Ray Howey, 35, of Fort Mill was killed when his car hit a utility pole south of Fort Mill.

Fred Geddes Sr., 54, of Arcadia was hit and killed by a Southern Railway freight train as he walked along tracks near Una in Spartanburg County.

John Henry Jones Jr., 31, of Johnston died when his car overturned south of Johnston.

Rena Pyatt, 63, of Pamplico was hit and killed by a car west of Pamplico.

Naomi Williams, 23, who lived near Bennettsville, died when a car hit a tree on a Bennettsville street.

Youth Shoots N.C. Hunter

A young deer hunter was killed accidentally Saturday while hunting with a teen-age companion near Coinjock.

Coroner M. C. Mitchell said, Ervin Philmore Plegger, 22, of near Manns Harbor, was killed by a rifle bullet fired by Milton Henry Melson, 12.  Mitchell said Melson, also of Manns Harbor, said he saw a movement and fired the rifle, thinking it was a deer.

Mitchell ruled the shooting accidental.

Body of Laurinburg Handyman Is Found

The body of Monroe Adams, a handyman who lived alone in a two-room house here, was found by police summoned by neighbors Saturday.

Coroner H. B. McDougald said Adams apparently suffocated when he fell asleep while smoking and his mattress caught fire.  His body was found only slightly burned on the floor near the bed.  There was little fire damage.

Source -- The Charlotte Observer [Charlotte, NC];  Monday, Nov. 25, 1963

Submitted and transcribed by: Susan Shields Sasek

[SSS Note -- characters or words in brackets [ ] are either my comments or items that I either could not read or wasn't sure about]

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