Obituaries, February 14, 2013

Feb. 14, 2013 @ 12:25 AM

 

Joseph Tesseneer
GLENDIVE, MONTANA — Joseph Buford Tesseneer, age 21, died Saturday, January 19, 2013. A Celebration of Life Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Drury Dobbins Baptist Church. Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m., on Friday, at McKinney-Landreth & Carroll Funeral and Cremation Service.
 
Clarene Harwood Fink
FAITH, NC — Mrs. Clarene Harwood Fink, 84, of Faith, NC, entered the church triumphant on Monday, February 11, 2013, at Rowan Regional Medical Center, Salisbury. 
Clarene was born February 27, 1928, in Rowan County, the daughter of the late Roy Lee Harwood and Hettie Mae Barringer Harwood.
Clarene was a 1945 graduate of Rockwell High School, and a member of Faith Lutheran Church for 67 plus years. In previous years she served on the church council, sang in the choir, chaired the Altar Guild, and served as President of Lutheran Church Women. She was a national delegate to the Lutheran Brotherhood annual meeting, a delegate many times to the NC Synodical Womens Conventions, and a member of the Advisory Council for the Lutheran Home of Salisbury. Clarene retired from Farmers & Merchants Bank in 1993. More recently, she and her husband delivered Meals on Wheels, visited shut-ins, and made deliveries for the tape ministry of the church. Clarene enjoyed baking cookies for family and friends, reading, needlework, flower gardening, cooking, and providing love and care for her family.
In addition to her parents, Clarene was preceded in death by her brothers, Claude Harwood and Robert Harwood and sister, Ruth H. Jackson.
Survivors include her husband, Worth Fink, whom she married June 27, 1945, and to whom she was a devoted wife for 67 years; sons, Rev. Ronald W. Fink and wife, Swannetta of Cherryville, Rev. Kenneth Fink and wife, Vicki of Monroe; grandchildren, Susan Fink Shell and husband, Scott of Cary, John C. Fink of Lincolnton, Matthew W. Fink and wife, Adrienne of Cayce, SC; great-grandchild, Maxwell Shell of Cary.
Visitation is Thursday, February 14, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Family Life Center of Faith Lutheran Church. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, February 15, at Faith Lutheran Church, conducted by Rev. Randy Conley, pastor. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Debt Reduction Fund, PO Box 669, Faith, NC 28041 or to a charity of choice.
Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Fink family. 
Online condolences may be made to the Fink family at www.powlesfuneralhome.com
 
Alice Ross Fite
Alice Ross Fite, age 97, of Forest City, NC, died Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Hospice House of Rutherford County.
She was the daughter of the late Willie Ross and the late Josephine Lewis Ross. She was a native of Rutherford County. Alice was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church and a home maker. 
She was the widow of the late G. C. Fite. She was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Ray Fite; three brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by one daughter, Anita Fite Russell; one son, Dean Fite;  one sister, Doris Martin and her husband, G. C.; one sister-in-law, Frances Ross; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.
The family received friends from 1 until 2 p.m., Tuesday, in the church sanctuary prior to the service. The funeral service was at Mount Vernon Baptist Church at 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, 2013, with Reverend Dr. Scott Courtney officiating. Interment was at Mount Vernon Baptist Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to Mount Vernon Baptist Church, 2676 Hudlow Road, Forest City, N C 28043 or Hospice of Rutherford County, P O Box 336, Forest City, N C 28043.  
Guest register at www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com.
McMahan's Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements.
 
Della Muri Hamby Hamilton
Mrs. Deli Muri Hamby Hamilton of Lake Lure, was born March 24, 1927. She passed away on February 6, 2013.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Moddest Lee Hamilton; children, Jerry Hamilton of Cleveland, Ohio, Donald Hamilton of Houston, Texas, Frederick Hamilton of Cleveland, Ohio, Pamela Butler and husband, Ricky, and Nancy Hamilton, all of Stone Mountain, Georgia; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Lake Lure on Friday, February 15, 2013, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Thompson Mortuary is in charge of the services.
 
Joe Berry Woody
June 28, 1923 – February 12, 2013
Joe Woody passed away peacefully, at age 89, at his home in Rutherfordton, North Carolina surrounded by his loving family. 
Joe was born in Rion, South Carolina, but moved to Forest City, NC when he was one year old. He graduated from Cool Springs High School and attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He enlisted in the United States Army in August 1942 and served as a Staff Sergeant in the Asiatic Pacific Theater until October 1945, primarily in New Guinea. After the war, he returned to North Carolina and held various jobs until he settled on a career in insurance. He rose to the position of Vice President with G.B. Harrill Insurance Agency in Forest City, working with the company for 28 years. Not ready to stop
working, he commuted from Rutherfordton to Greer S.C. to work as a Commercial Underwriter with State Auto Insurance for another 20 years until he retired at the age 82. Well into his 80’s, Joe was traveling three days a week with his work, visiting clients and meeting with agents across western North Carolina.
Joe had a curious mind, a substantial intellect, and a remarkable work ethic that allowed him to overcome very humble beginnings. His father, James Ira Woody, died in a boating accident when Joe was a baby. Joe and his two older sisters, and a third sister that would be born only months after the accident, were moved to North Carolina by their proud and industrious immigrant mother from County Cork, Ireland, Catherine (Sullivan) Woody. Catherine raised the four children by herself, with young Joe as the man of the household. His character was carved from and shaped by those challenging times. His success story is an inspiration to all who knew him and loved him.
Joe’s varied interests included sports and politics, and he served on the Forest City Town Council for two terms. He was a dedicated fan of the sports programs at UNC-Chapel Hill and often could be found sporting Carolina blue clothing with the Tarheel insignia. He was also a proud and active member of First United Methodist Church, Rutherfordton.
He will be deeply missed by his family, his wife, his children and grandchildren, and his community of friends in Rutherfordton, N.C. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Myra Armstrong Woody and her children, whom he cherished and helped raise: Stanley Morgan of Charlotte, NC; Kerri Mosley and husband, Mike Mosley and their two sons, Benjamin and Jacob of Monroe, NC; Cherri Johnson and husband, Joey Johnson and their two daughters, Mollie and Katie of Concord, NC. Joe is also survived by his children from a previous marriage, James Donald Woody and his wife, Linda and their daughter, Ashley and son, Justin of Mint Hill, NC; daughter, Judy Woody Cairo and her husband, Michael Simpson of Los Angeles, CA; and by his daughter, Joanne Woody Oates of Greensboro, NC. 
He was predeceased by his sisters Mary Willie Woody and Anne Woody Reid, and is survived by his sister Ira Mae Woody Myers and her husband Rhymer Myers of Charlotte, NC and a number of devoted nieces and nephews.
We give special recognition and thanks to members of Hospice for their care and support. 
A celebration of Joe’s life will be held at First United Methodist Church of Rutherfordton at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 16, 2013, with Reverend Jack Knospel officiating. The family will receive friends in the Family Life Center of the church from 1 until 2 p.m., Saturday prior to the service. 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, P O Box 336, Forest City, N.C. 28043 or to First United Methodist Church, 264 North Main St., Rutherfordton, N.C. 28139. 
McMahan’s Funeral Home & Cremation Services in charge of arrangements. 
Guest register at www.mcmahansfuneralhome.com.
 
Florence Briscoe Staley
Florence Briscoe Staley of Spindale, NC, was born on July 11, 1945. She went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 11, 2013, at Hospice of Rutherford County.
Florence was preceded in death by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George N. Briscoe; one brother, William Briscoe; and a sister, Nannie B. Logan. 
She joined Green Creek Baptist Church at an early age. She later joined Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church after after her marriage to her husband, Reverend Amos Earl Staley. She was a member of the Women's Home and Overseas  Missionary and the Gospel Choir at Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church. She taught the adult Sunday School Class at Zion Hill A.M.E Zion Church in Henrietta, NC after her husband was appointed there. Florence graduated from Carver High School in 1963. She was employed by Stonecutter Mill for several years and retired from Watts in Spindale, NC in 2007.
She leaves to cherish fond memories, her devoted husband of 45 years, Rev. Earl Staley
 
Florence Briscoe Staley
Florence Briscoe Staley, of Spindale, NC, was born on July 11, 1945. She went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 11, 2013, at Hospice of Rutherford County. 
Florence was preceded in death by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. George N. Briscoe; one brother, William Briscoe and a sister, Nannie B. Logan. 
She joined Green Creek Baptist Church at an early age. She later joined Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church, after her marriage to her husband, Reverend Amos Earl Staley. She was a member of the Women`s Home and Oversees Missionary and the Gospel Choir at Zion Grove A.M.E Zion Church. She taught the adult Sunday School Class at Zion Hill A.M.E. Zion Church in Henrietta, NC, after her husband was appointed there. 
Florence graduated from Carver High School in 1963. She was employed by Stonecutter Mill for several years and retired from Watts in Spindale, NC in 2007. 
She leaves to cherish fond memories, her devoted husband of forty five years, Rev. Earl Staley; two sons, Thomas Earl Staley of Forest City, NC, Eric Elwin Staley and wife, Tammy of Forest City, NC; four sisters, Bessie Hamilton and husband, Jimmy, Minnie Martin, of Spindale, NC, Eleanor Ann Copeland and husband, Rev. James C. Copeland, of Inman, SC, Patricia Rawlinson and husband, William of Mooresville, NC; two brothers, Billy Briscoe of Tryon, NC and Johnny Lee Briscoe and wife, Ruth of Tryon, NC; six grandchildren; five brother-in-laws, Carl Staley and wife, Eloise, Rev. Rob Roy Staley and wife, Juanita, Rev. Leroy Staley and wife, Dorothy, Johnny Staley and wife, Martha, and Rickmon Logan; two aunts, Ruby Staley of Melvin Hill, NC and Virginia Wingo of Tryon, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church in Polk County, NC. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. 
Ulysses D. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.