HICKORY Harold "Hal" Leonard Boyd, 92 of Hickory passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Carolina Caring in Newton, after a period of declining health. He was born in Hollywood Fla., Feb. 17, 1927, and was the son of the late Harold Arthur and Lula Burns Boyd. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Boyd; a daughter, Kathleen Boyd Bertelsen; and a son, Douglas Brian Boyd. Hal was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater. Upon his discharge he went back to Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a lifelong and diehard "Gators" fan which anyone who knew him can attest to. Upon graduation from UF he took a job with the company that would become AT&T. He spent his entire career with AT&T mainly working with the Department of the Navy on top secret defense projects. He and his team worked specifically on submarine detection systems and were instrumental in ending the Cold War. He is survived by his granddaughter, Natalie Fogle Hefner of Hickory; grandson, Adam Boyd Fogle of Hickory; great-granddaughter, Kayla Paige Starnes of Hickory; a sister Patricia Boyd of Florida; son-in-law James Michael Fogle; and a number of nieces and nephews including Hal's Pals. Memorial gifts may be made to Carolina Caring, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658 Condolences may be left at www.hickoryfh.com. Arrangements are with Hickory Funeral Home.
CONOVER Marie Blanche Hoeny Farr, formerly of Fletcher, N.C., passed away Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at her home in Conover, surrounded by her children and loving care givers. Marie was born in Pascagoula, Miss., Sept. 14, 1942, to Arthur John Hoeny and Mae Emilia LaFleur Hoeny. She was raised in Port Arthur, Texas, graduated from Bishop Byrne High School in 1960, and attended St. Thomas University in Houston, Texas, for two years before transferring to Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where she graduated in 1964. Marie was a lifelong learner and went on to receive her master's degree in 1996 from the University of Southern Mississippi. She was a beloved teacher in Buncombe and Henderson County Schools where she helped many children as a history teacher, Spanish teacher and English as a second language teacher. She earned her National Board Certification as an ESL teacher. Marie loved to travel and maintained many lifelong friendships around the world by active correspondence. She was an active member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden. Five years ago she moved to Conover and attended St. Josephs Catholic Church in Newton. Marie loved reading, genealogy research and tending to her family and many lifelong friendships. Preceding her in death were her parents; and her older brother, Arthur John Hoeny Jr. Survivors include her sons, Lawrence Brown "Chip" Farr II (Berta) of Greenville, S.C., Tom Farr of Candler, Chris Farr of Candler, Andy Farr (Tina) of Hickory, Beth Williams (Kelsey) of Hickory; and her beloved grandchildren, Lars, Magnus, Simon, Lila, Sophie, Maddie, Ella, Davis and Walker. In addition, Marie hosted two exchange students while raising her own family, Jan Benthien and Frank Giger of Switzerland. The family wants to extend special thanks and appreciation to her dedicated caregivers who have given her the best quality of life with love and compassion: Sandy Austin, Sarah Embler, Margaret Carlton, Makayln Benge, Jeannie Godfrey, Lajeanna Lovelace, Melissa Bolden and Robbin Allen. We also want to thank Donna Sharman for bringing mom communion while she was homebound. A funeral Mass will be held Monday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden. Burial will follow at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard in Fletcher. Memorials may be made to St. Barnabas Catholic Church in Arden, or St. Josephs Catholic Church in Newton. A memorial guest register is available at www.grocefuneralhome.com.
MATTHEWS Joe Wayne Wagner, 83, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at Novant Health Medical Center in Matthews. He was born in Catawba County July 20, 1936, and was the son of the late Earl and Edna Lail Wagner. He is survived by his daughters, Semone Wagner Neuman and husband, David, of Florida and Stephanie Renee Wagner of Columbia, S.C.; and numerous other relatives. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m., at St. Stephens Lutheran Church Mo-Synod Cemetery. Condolences may be left at ww.hickoryfh.com. Arrangements are with Hickory Funeral Home.
HICKORY Helen Beatrice Marlow Rhyne, 86, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. She was born in Catawba County, May 29, 1933, to the late John Burton Marlow and Nora Bolick Marlow. Helen graduated from Hickory High School and Lenoir Rhyne University. She was employed as a secretary at Sears and First United Methodist Church and teacher at Hildebran Elementary School. Following her marriage to William Lowrance Rhyne in 1959, the couple moved to Catawba where they raised three children. During those years, Helen was active, with her family, in the Catawba United Methodist Church teaching in Sunday school, Bible school, Christmas programs and was Chairman of Council on Ministries. She also organized and led a racially integrated Girl Scout Troop sponsored by the Women's Society for Christian Service and was presented a life membership. At midlife, facing empty-nest syndrome, she found part time work at Belk's. In 1985, the Town of Catawba Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historical Places. She had recently purchased a 1905 store building at a low-bid auction that was opened as Treasures of Catawba. Also, she and husband, Bill, were founding members in the newly formed Town of Catawba Historical Assoc., Inc. Helen realized at that time she had a God-given opportunity to work toward the preservation of the local history. She diligently invested her time, talent, and resources to this task for over 25 years. In 2003, the Dr. Q.M. Little House Museum was opened and many other homes and structures were restored by the owners. Helen accepted the Governor's Award "The Order of the Long Leaf Pine" on behalf of all who had contributed to the success of the project. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by brothers, Richard B. "Dick" Marlow and James W. Marlow; her sister, Nancy Marlow Bunch; and a niece, Judith Marlow Windom. Those left to share her memory include her loving and devoted husband of 60 years, William L. "Bill" Rhyne of Kingston Residence of Hickory; sons, John Whitener Rhyne and wife, Rebeca, of Hickory, William Nelson Rhyne of Catawba; daughter, Julia Ann Rhyne Deming and husband, Doug of Buchanan, Va.; sister, Gladys Marlow Moore of Taylorsville; grandchildren, Charlene Deming and husband, Jeff, of Durham, Douglas Deming of Poland, Kaylyn Banerjee and husband, Kush, of Washington D.C., Eli Rhyne and Stephen Rhyne of Catawba; great-grandchildren, Sabine Banerjee and George Glenn Deming; stepgrandchildren, Carolina Martinez Heard, Lupe, Jacqueline and Kaylee Martinez of Hickory; and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Catawba United Methodist Church in Catawba, with the Rev. Stephen Shytle officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 2:45 p.m., at the church, prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the Rhyne family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton is honored to serve the Rhyne family.
RALEIGH Alice Faye Young Eury, 82, of Raleigh, passed Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Faye was born to Forney Young Sr. and Alma Huffman Young, Aug. 20, 1937, in Catawba County. She graduated from Fred T. Foard High School in 1955 and received a one-year business degree from Woman's College (now UNC-Greensboro) in 1956. She married Lynn W. Eury in 1959, and they lived in Raleigh. Together they raised three daughters. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Lynn W. Eury; two daughters, Beth Eury Davis (Steve), Leigh Eury; and grandson, Jack Davis. She also leaves to cherish her memory a sister, Linda Young Whitener (Gary); brother, F. Fitzhugh Young Jr. (Wanda); and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Forney Young Sr. and Alma Huffman Young; daughter, Faith Eury; and sister, Neoma Young Pressley. Faye was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Faye worked at Carolina Power & Light Company before dedicating herself to home, family, church and community. She was a long-time member of Hayes Barton United Methodist Church where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She was active in her community and her daughters' schools. She was a talented and accomplished seamstress. Faye was President of the Glen Forest Garden Club and the Olde Raleigh Garden Club. She was a docent at the NC Museum of History and gave tours there for many years. Faye received a service award from the Professional Engineers of NC for her work supporting engineering scholarships. Scholarships were established in her honor at Fred T. Foard High School and UNC-Greensboro. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Rick Clayton. A reception at the chruch will follow the service. A graveside service will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m., at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Hickory. Memorial donations may be made to the Faye Young Eury Scholarship Endowment, paid to UNCG Excellence Foundation, Advancement Services, UNCG P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170; or YoungEury Endowment, Fred T. Foard Scholarship, paid to North Carolina Community Foundation, 3737 Glenwood Ave., #460, Raleigh, NC 27612. The family would also like to thank her caregivers at Brighton Gardens. Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. in Raleigh.