Obituaries for October

Judy Penley Hall
MOUNT HOLLY — Judy Penley Hall, 68, of Woodlawn Haven Rest Home, passed away Sept. 27, 2011.
Born Jan. 1, 1943, in Belmont, Mrs. Hall was a daughter to the late Earl and Ruby Young Penley.
Survivors include her daughters, Susan Hall Cuthbertson and husband Donovan, of Belmont, Karen Hall Smith, of Cramerton; sister Kaye Penley Morgan and husband James, of Belmont; grandchildren, Kaylan and Dalton Cuthbertson, Wesley and Nicholas Smith, Darryl Barnes and several nieces and nephews.
The family held a memorial service Sept. 30 at Greenwood Cemetery in Belmont with the Rev. Roger Wentz officiating.
Memorials may be sent to The American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Ste. 800, Washington, D.C. 20004.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Hall family.


Marjorie Ownbey Nichols

MOUNT HOLLY – Marjorie Ownbey Nichols, 91, of Gastonia, passed away Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Born Oct. 13, 1919, in Buncombe County, Mrs. Nichols was the daughter of the late Roy and Evelyn Penley Ownbey.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Nichols Sr.; brothers, Elmer and Bill Ownbey; and sister, Thelma Ownbey. She was a member of North Belmont Church of God.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Ken and Robbie Jean Nichols of Mount Holly, Fred Jr. and Diane Nichols, of Gastonia; daughters, Martha Abernathy of Lincolnton and Brenda Wiggins of Bessemer City; brothers, Lawrence Ownbey and wife Bernice, of Virginia; sisters, Bernice Turner of Spartanburg, Marie Cole of West Asheville, and Irma Gardner of Missouri; grandchildren, Lori Williams, Kimberly Quick, Robbie Abernathy, Debbie Jarrell, Bryan Wiggins, Renee Ball, Keri Wiggins, and Christopher Nichols; great-grandchildren,  Robbie Abernathy Jr., Courtney Wiggins, Sheryle Smith, and Jalyn Eason; great-great-grandchild, Raegan Smith.
The family held a private funeral.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Greene Funeral Service is serving the Nichols family.


William Frank Lark

BELMONT – William Frank Lark, 95, of Belmont, died Sept. 21, 2011.
Born Dec. 17, 1915, Mr. Lark was the son of the late Ben and the late Effie Burnett Lark of Easley, S.C. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1935 to 1939 aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga and from 1942-1945 aboard the U.S.S. Delta.
Mr. Lark graduated from Duke University in 1950 having earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He was a former employee of Duke Power Company retiring in 1980.
Duke Power’s W.F. Lark Maintenance Center is named for him. Mr. Lark was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Belmont.
His wives Mae Van Vynckt Lark and Mildred Kirschbaum Lark and his daughter Elizabeth Joyce Keenan, his brother BP Lark and sister Mary Ellen Stewart, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his son, Robert and wife Roxanne, of Spencer Mountain; three grand children, Dr. Robert K. Lark of Durham, Joanne Owens and Judy Keenan of Aiken, S.C. and step-granddaughter Claire Bowman; great grandchildren Steven and Victoria Owens and Charlie Keenan.
He is also survived by brothers H.J. Lark of Clemson, S.C., Tommy Lark of Piedmont, S.C. and sisters Florence Ruth Fortner of Easley, S.C., Carol Matheny of Townville, S.C. and Francis Bagwell of Spartanburg, S.C.
A memorial service was held Oct. 1 at the First United Methodist Church in Belmont.
It is the wish of the family that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Lark family.


William Frank Pegram

BELMONT – William “Bill” Frank Pegram, 76, died Sept. 25, 2011, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 9, 1935, Mr. Pegram was a son of the late Phillip and Elma Scoggins Pegram.
He served in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea during the Korean War and moved to Belmont in 1968. He was a long time member and trustee of McAdenville United Methodist Church where he served in numerous capacities over the years.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Bobbie Robinette Pegram; son, Roger Pegram, of Charlotte, sister, Rachel P. Roberts of Fort Mill, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Shirley Robinette, of Belmont, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Roseanne and Don Christopher of Mt. Holly as well as numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.
A funeral service was held Sept. 27 at McAdenville U.M.C. with the Rev. J. Sidney Epperson officiating.
Interment will follow at Gaston Memorial Park.
Memorials may be sent to McAdenville U.M.C., 163 Main St., McAdenville, NC 28101 or to the charity of donor’s choice.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the Pegram family.

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