HICKORY Priscilla Ann Corpening Evans, 79, of 3rd St. Place SW in Hickory, passed away Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. She was born June 30, 1940, in Burke County, to the late Ira Webster Corpening and Mary Elizabeth Harshaw Corpening. She was a member of Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church, a graduate of Olive Hill High School, Winston-Salem State University, and retired from the Newton-Conover School System. She also was a former Worthy Matron for Pride of Hickory Chapter #519 Order of Eastern Stars, Daughters of Isis, and Order of the Golden Circle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfonzo V. Evans; and siblings, Odell Corpening, Bill Corpening, Teddy I.W. Corpening, Arnell Thomas, and Mardrey Mae Banner. She leaves to cherish loving memoires her daughters, Teresa Evans of Los Angeles, Calif., Tamara N. Evans of Hickory; a grandson, Tannon N. Evans of Hickory; siblings, Hazel V. Evans and Laura E. Gilliam of Morganton, Shirlene Patterson of Lenoir; special nieces, Dorothy Dae of Charlotte, Kimberly Corpening of Morganton, Fleta Patterson and Karen Patterson of Winston-Salem; and many other relatives and friends. The funeral service will be held Friday, Nov. 8, at 12 p.m., at Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Cassandra Rawls officiating. Burial will follow at Southside Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 to 11:55 a.m., prior. Condolences may be made at www.allenmitchellfuneralhome.com. Allen Mitchell Funeral Home Hickory is serving the family of Priscilla Ann Corpening Evans.
CONOVER Paul Eugene Gaither Jr., 74, of Conover, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. Born Sept. 28, 1945, in Surry County, he was the son of the late Annie Mae Simmons Gaither and Paul Eugene Gaither Sr. A U.S. Army veteran from 1968 to 1970, Paul served in Vietnam, deployment from Nov. 8, 1968 to Nov. 9, 1969, in the 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Wolfhounds of the 25th Infantry division. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart (1st OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his uncle, Franklin Martin "Moe" Gaither; brothers, Charles Eugene Gaither, William Jerry Gaither; nephews, Mike Gaither and Mark Cockerham. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Beth Hedrick Gaither; sons, Charles Eugene Gaither and fiancée, Jessica Schiefelbein, Paul Vernon Gaither and wife, Sarah; grandchildren, Charlotte Gaither, August Gaither; nephews and nieces, Greg Gaither, Raymond Leatherman, Matthew Hedrick, Tracey Hedrick, Amanda Hedrick, Grace Mecimore; and sister, Marie Cockerham. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 4420 County Home Rd. in Conover, with the Rev. Scott Bollinger officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive family and friends at the church, one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Purple Heart Homes, 755 Washington Ave., Statesville, NC 28677; or Camp Bud Schiele, 668 Boy Scout Rd., Rutherfordton, NC 28139. Condolences may be sent to the Gaither family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com. Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton is honored to serve the Gaither family.
CHERRYVILLE Carroll Ned Beam, 84, of Dallas-Cherryville Highway, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at his daughter's residence. He was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Lincoln County, to the late H. Craig and Mary Ellen Speagle Beam. Carroll Ned served in the Army National Guard. He worked for many years in banking and retired from BB&T of Cherryville. Carroll Ned was an active member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, where he served in several capacities, including the church council. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 62 years, Betty Hulsey Beam; his children, Brenda Arney, Sandra Powell (Wayne), Harold Craig Beam (Rhonda), and Martin Lee Beam; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Carroll Ned's family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, at Carpenter-Porter Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Jonathan Gantt. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Condolences may be made at www.carpentersfuneralhome.net.
HICKORY Mamie Elizabeth Hopkins Edwards, 97, of Hickory, formerly of Lyman, S.C., peacefully passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Carolina Caring. Born April 10, 1922, in Oconee County, S.C., to the late James Martin Hopkins and Mattie Lay Hopkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Snead Edwards Sr; daughter and loving caregiver, Susan E. Stimson; brothers, Doc, Sloan, Howard, and Ed Hopkins; and sisters, Lillian Alexander, Ella Mae Holland, and Betty Alexander. Mamie was a very active member of Bethel United Methodist Church for many years, where she was involved with the Meals on Wheels and English as a Second Language organizations. She was a title clerk for various car dealerships in the Greer, S.C., and Hickory areas. Mamie also loved her canasta club, working with the Hildebran Lions Club, and enjoyed walking with friends at Penelope Baptist Church. More than anything she loved spending time with her family. Survivors include her son, Marvin Snead "Eddie" Edwards Jr. and wife, Sandra, of Hickory: son-in-law, Todd F. Stimson of Arlington, Texas; son, James C. Edwards and wife, Teresa, of Boone; grandchildren, Matthew D. Edwards and wife, Inna, Jonathan D. Edwards and wife, Luli, Kristin S. Ziglar and husband, Marty, Stewart E. Stimson and spouse, Yunior, Melissa E. Boone and husband, Adam, and Emily E. Green and husband, Brett; great-grandchildren, Sydney Z. League and husband, Dan, Lincoln J. Boone, Scarlett V. Green, and Llewyn T. Edwards (on the way); sisters, Myra Stroud, Ruth Morris, and Geraldine Hughes; and a host of nieces and nephews. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9, at Bethel United Methodist Church with Pastor Jan Lovelace officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., at the church, an hour prior to services. Serving as pallbearers will be Jonathan Edwards, Marty Ziglar, Stewart Stimson, Yunior Caballero, Adam Boone, and Brett Green. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 80 28th St. NW, Hickory, NC 28601. Bass-Smith Funeral Home is serving the family and condolences may be sent at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.
CONOVER Ralph "Chris" Scism, 62, of Conover, passed away at his home Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Chris was born Dec. 6, 1956, in Cleveland County to the late Nellie Hoyle Call. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and the VFW Post 5305 of Newton. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Raymond Call Jr. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Wilkinson Scism of the home; three sons, Chris Scism and wife, Joanna, of Goose Creek, S.C., Dylan Scism and wife, Katelyn, of Newton and Jesse Scism and wife, Kristen, of Claremont; two grandsons, Geno Rockwell Scism and Joseph Anthony Scism; two sisters, Tammy Stanley of Newton and Regina Rhode Huffman of Conover; and two brothers, Raymond Carroll Call of Newton and Timothy Call of Granite Falls. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 2 p.m., at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Newton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the funeral home to offset funeral expenses. Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences. Burke Mortuary and Crematory in Newton is serving the Scism family.
NEWTON Nora Eunice Scronce Gutyar, 104, of Newton, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Abernethy Laurels. She was born July 15, 1915, in Catawba County to the late Edwin Guy Scronce and Fannie Belle Scronce. Eunice graduated from Blackburn School and attended Appalachian State Teachers College. In 1940, she married Frank Joseph Gutyar from New York City, where they lived until he was drafted in 1943. Eunice lived with her parents in the Plateau area during the war. She and Frank settled in Newton after his return. She worked at Knitmode for many years, then Klopman Mills, then Bassett. In her retirement, she was an avid volunteer in Catawba County and loved to travel. She traveled across the United States, North and South America, China, Australia, and Europe. Eunice was a member of First United Methodist Church in Newton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Frank Joseph Gutyar; grandson, Greg Spurling; brothers, Bain, Edwin and Warren Scronce; and sisters, Mary Kate McCaslin, Stella Kirby, Mabel Walsh and Ruby Scronce. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Marsha G. Spurling and husband, Tom, of Belwood, Frances G. Bolling and husband, Jim, of Seneca, S.C.; grandchildren, Scott Spurling (Dawn)of Belwood, Leslie S. Webb (Derek) of Belwood, Myra S. Juban (Matt) of Peingtake, South Korea, Trent Bolling (Dori) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Chad Bolling (Holly) of Greenville, S.C.; beloved granddaughter-in-law, Dakota N. Spurling of Newton; great-grandchildren, Lee Spurling (Kasey), Dustin Spurling, Nori Webb, Alayna Webb, Bethany Webb, Joseph Webb, Jacob Webb, Eli Webb, all of Belwood, Cheyenne Spurling and Luke Spurling, both of Newton, Savanna Gantt of Belwood, Daniel Juban and Liam Juban, both of Peingtake, Maya Bolling and Kayla Bolling, both of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Andrew Bolling, Conner Bolling, Emily Bolling and Evan Bolling, all of Greenville, S.C.; great-great-granddaughters, Hallie Norah Spurling and Mila Marie Love; and 13 nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate Eunice's life will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at noon, at First United Methodist Church in Newton. The Rev. Susan Roddey will officiate. Burial will follow at Eastview Cemetery in Newton. The family will receive friends at the church from 11 to 11:45 a.m., prior to the service. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 926, Newton, NC 28658. Condolences may be sent to the Gutyar family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com. The Gutyar family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover, 828-465-2111.