Obituaries for December

Ronald L. Brown

CHARLOTTE – Ronald “Ronnie” Lewis Brown, 75, of Charlotte, died Oct. 31, at his residence. Born Sept. 13, 1936, Mr. Brown was a son of the late Clifton Lewis Brown and the late Mattie Ernestine Metts Brown.

He retired from United Foods and Commercial Works (A & P Distribution Center) after 25 years of service, ran the Paw Creek American Legion and later retired from the warehouse of Cronatron Welding Service. He also was a mason and member of the Westgate Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Walker Brown; daughters Kelly Brown, of the home, Wanda Guskie, of Charlotte, and Kristi Vines, of Huntersville; brother Gene Brown, of Charlotte; sister Judy Holder, of Stanley, and Sherry Huitt, of Lucia; and granddaughter, Amanda.

A funeral service was held Nov. 5 at Raymer-Kepner Funderal Home, conducted by the Rev. Todd Marlin, with burial at Forest Lawn West.

Ruth P. Barkley

HUNTERSVILLE – Ruth Pettus Barkley, 84, of Huntersville, died Nov. 3, 2011, from cancer.

Born April 21, 1927, Mrs. Barkley was a daughter of the late Hugh and Janette McCall Pettus.

She was a member of VFW Post 9736 Ladies Auxiliary and previously worked for Calvary Church and Elox Industries. She was a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert C. Barkley; sister, Lottie Barkley; and brothers Milford, Sloan, Craig and Donald Pettus..\

Survivors include her son, Albert C. Barkley Jr., and wife, Mona, of Huntersville; daughters Dianne Powers, of Huntersville, and Debora Barkley, of Charlotte; sister, Rachel Lakey, of Indian Trail; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Nov. 6 at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Revs. Allan Purtill and J.E. Wayland Jr., with burial in the church cemetery. Samuel S. James, Funeral Service Licensee, was in charge.

Memorials: Hospice of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith St., suite 203, Davidson, N.C. 28036 or Hopewell Presbyterian Church Youth Fund, 10500 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, N.C. 28078.

Mitchell D. Cureton

MOUNT HOLLY – Mitchell Dwain Cureton, 63, of Mount Holly, died Nov. 20, 2011, at Carolinas Medical Center.

Born April 7, 1948, Mr. Cureton was a son of the late Chester and Jean Spiegner Cureton Chapman. The Dothan, Ala. native was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Charlotte. He was a member of the Lowell Masonic Lodge and York Rite of Gastonia. He also was an active member of Community Baptist Church of Dallas, where he was involved with many church activities including the men’s Bible study group, choir and motorcycle ministry, among others.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Sarah Shuford S. Cureton; mother Jean Cureton Chapman, of Headland; son Ricky Cureton and wife, Angel, of Bessemer City; daughter Kimberly McCurry and husband, Danny, of Gastonia; stepdaughters Tami Taylor, of Vernon, Fla., Tessie McCauslin, of Charlotte, and Teresa Prichard, of Washington; sister Jeannie Hamilton and husband, Kevin, Headland, Ala.; brother Kevin Cureton and wife, Shirley, of Ashford, Ala.; brother-in-law Bill Shuford and wife, Beth; sisters-in-law Sheila Jane Flowers and husband, Wesley, Mary Ann Teague, Margaret Beard, Martha McHargue and husband, Jim; 22 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 24 nieces and nephews; and 54 great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by brothers Kirby and Michael Joe Cureton; and stepfather, Buck Chapman.

A memorial service, conducted by the Rev. Matt Seagle, was held Nov. 23 at Community Baptist Church. Interment with military honors followed at Hillcrest Gardens. Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home was in charge.

Memorials may be made to Community Baptist Church, 823 Dallas-Stanley Hwy., Dallas, N.C. 28034.

Banner H. Blackwell

MOUNT HOLLY – Banner Hager Blackwell, 86, of Mount Holly, died Nov. 22, 2011, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.

A daughter of the late T.O. and Lorene Howard Hager, the Gaston County native was a graduate of Mount Holly High School and was retired from the textile industry.

Survivors include her husband, James L. Blackwell; son Roger D. Blackwell and wife, Faye, of Lake Wylie, S.C.; daughter Donna B. Simmers and husband, Joe, Hampton, Va.; two sisters Betty Cherry, Belmont, and Geneva Bennett, of Charlotte; brother Roland Hager and wife, Charlene, of Stanley; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by sister Otis Hager Brown, of Belmont; and brothers T.C. Hager, of Charlotte, and Burmah Hager, of Mount Holly.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Mitch Carlyle, was held Nov. 25 in the chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home. Interment followed in Hillcrest Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Holly Pentecostal Holiness Church, 406 Scott St., Mount Holly, N.C. 28120.

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