Obituaries, July 24, 2013

Jul. 24, 2013 @ 12:51 AM
Rommie L. Hawkins
Rommie L. Hawkins, 74, of Huntersville, passed away July 21, 2013, at the Levine and Dickson Hospice House. 
He was born on December 4, 1938, in Rutherford County to the late RZL and Olive Hawkins. Rommie served in the US Navy as a machinists mate. He was retired from Consolidated Freightways where he worked as a truck driver.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Osborne Hawkins; sons, Rommie Lee Hawkins and fiancée, Robin Hamilton of Boone and Eric Hawkins and wife, Heather of Charlotte; sister, Jane Ann Hawkins of Rutherfordton and grandchildren, Thyme and Finn; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 119 N Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC 28078 or the Levine and Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Dr., Huntersville, NC 28078.
The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, at Huntersville First Baptist Church with Rev. Tina Burleson officiating. Visitation will follow in the sanctuary. The interment will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Rutherfordton, NC.
James Funeral Home of Huntersville is serving the family. 
Samuel Berger
Samuel Berger, 96, of Union Mills, NC, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at Hospice of Rutherford County.
He was born January 27, 1917, in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of the late Rose and Max Berger. He served in the US Navy, and worked for 69 years before retiring. As a young man, Sam moved to Tampa, FL in 1934 and moved to Miami, FL in 1946, where he met his wife Frieda, and lived there for 53 years. When he moved to North Carolina in 1999, and after his wife, Frieda who passed away just three weeks later, Sam volunteered at the Rutherford County Senior Center where he helped out in the kitchen, sometimes chopping onions and passing out milk during lunch. He became the Volunteer of the Year for Rutherford County on August 26, 2003. Sam volunteered at the Senior Center for over 12 years. During his many years at the center, he became very active in dancing. He performed at numerous nursing homes with the Senior Center’s dance troop, and he always found time to perform in the North Carolina Senior Games. During these games, Sam and his best friend, Missy Hughes, even went on to win a Gold Medal at a state competition!  He won many medals during the sport competitions at the NC Senior Games as well! Sam became a recognized person from dancing at Rutherford County’s Relay For Life, dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and even the Beastie Boys.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Jay Aldrich of Union Mills, NC; son, Murray Richard Berger of Miami, FL; grandchildren, Ellen Holly Aldrich, of Greenville, SC, Benjamin Michael Aldrich and his wife, Laura Leigh Aldrich, of Seiverville, TN.
He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Frieda Rubitsky Berger, his sister, Mary Walker, and his brother, Benjamin Berger.
A service will be held at Crowes Mortuary on Thursday July, 25, at 1 p.m. with Deacon Andy Cilone officiating and Military Honors provided by the Rutherford County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.
Burial will take place at Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Miami, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Rutherford County, POB 336 Forest City NC 28043.  
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