Saturday, August 16, 2014

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 04:24 PM

Gloria C. Cowan

HENDERSON — Gloria Jean Crocker Cowan, 72, of 6614 Fernwood St., Richmond, Virginia, formerly of Henderson, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at The Laurels of University Park in Richmond, Virginia.

Born in Salem County, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Grover Newton Crocker and Evelyn Ruth Miller Crocker.

Mrs. Cowan was a retired employee of the State of Virginia. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She was known as a peacemaker and will be missed by everyone she touched.

A graveside funeral service will be held Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Sunset Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Donald Lowery.

Surviving, all of Richmond, Virginia, are her husband, Howard Ashworth Cowan; a daughter, Kelly C. Edwards and husband Michael; two sons, Keith Overton and Hunter Cowan; two grandchildren, Rickey Bailey and Brittany Dolan; and two great-granddaughters, Kaydence Bailey and Madelyn Pierce.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the cemetery.

Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.


Lynwood B. Hughes Sr.

OXFORD — With his family by his side, our loving husband and daddy, Lynwood Bryan Hughes Sr., joined the angels on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, after an extended illness.

Lynwood was born July 19, 1931, in Oxford, and is survived by his family, who will love and cherish him forever. He was a committed and dedicated servant, having served with the USDA Oxford Tobacco Research Station for 33 years, a fireman with the Oxford Fire Department for 36 years, a member of the Oxford Masonic Lodge No. 122 for more than 50 years and a serviceman with the United States Marine Corps.

To those who knew him, he was a man of few words, yet he possessed an enormous heart for his family and friends. His wife, children and five grandsons were the love of his life. He enjoyed every minute spent with them, whether it was sitting on the porch, riding with them in the truck, fishing in the pond or just quiet time in the country. He enjoyed the beauty of his well-manicured lawn, hunting rabbits on early mornings, and making and sharing Brunswick stew and homemade wine. He was a great man, and he will be greatly missed by many.

His life is cherished by his wife of 58 years, Mary Leigh Hart Hughes; two children, Lynwood Bryan Hughes Jr. (Susan) of Oxford and Anita Hughes Bachmann (George) of Greensboro; five grandsons, Lawrence Cole Bachmann, Connor Hughes Bachmann, Harrison Hart Bachmann, Lynwood Bryan Hughes III and Nolan Lee Hughes; an “adopted” son, Glenn Sutton of Rocky Mount; a brother, Clifford Craven Hughes of Wilmington; a sister, Juanita Hughes Weaver of Eton, Georgia; and Billie Travis Blackwell, whom he loved as a brother.

Friends may visit with the family at home or from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, at Gentry, Newell and Vaughan Funeral Home, followed by a celebration of his life in the chapel at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Oxford Fireman’s Welfare Fund, 113 McClanahan St., Oxford.

A verse that so well portrays our husband and daddy is 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge will award to me on that day.“

Arrangements are by Gentry, Newell and Vaughan Funeral Home, which accepts online condolences at


Hazel S. Hayes

HENDERSON — Hazel Speer Hayes, 82, of 717 Canterbury Road, Kings Mountain, formerly of Henderson, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Kings Mountain.

Born in Yadkin County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Beulah Renegar Speer. She was the widow of Daniel Hayes.

Mrs. Hayes retired as a supervisor after 38 years at Ball-Incon Inc. She was a devoted member of Westwood Pentecostal Holiness Church. After moving to Kings Mountain, she attended Favor Center Church.

Hazel will be remembered by all who knew her as a loving wife, sister, aunt and friend. Her life spoke of integrity and love for God and His church.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Aug.17, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Westwood Pentecostal Holiness Church, conducted by the Rev. Cleveland Harrison and the Rev. Mitch Nichols. Burial will follow in Sunset Gardens.

Surviving are a sister, Bernice S. Podaras of Kings Mountain; five nieces, Darlene Knighten and husband Steve of Gastonia, Janet Newman and husband Chuck of Belmont, Sheila Hayes and husband Denis of Kings Mountain, Leah Hardin and husband Todd of Kings Mountain and Ruthy James and husband Steve of Gastonia; and a nephew, Bill Podaras of Charlotte.

She was preceded in death by a niece, Rebekah Podaras.

The family will receive friends Sunday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

Serving as active pallbearers will be Steve Knighten, Chuck Newman, Denis Hayes, Steve James, Todd Hardin, Richard Jarrell, Zachary Hayes and Nicholas Hayes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westwood Pentecostal Holiness Church, c/o Janelle Jackson, 235 Yowland Road, Henderson, NC 27536, or to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.

Arrangements are by Flowers Funeral Home.


Louise V. Clark

WARRENTON — Louise Valentine Clark, 87, of 520 Perrytown Road, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at her residence.

The family is receiving friends at the residence.

Arrangements will be announced by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.


Dennis Hinton

NORLINA — Dennis Hinton, 57, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Henderson.

Arrangements will be announced by Boyd’s Funeral Services in Warrenton.


Thomas T. Travis Sr.

HENDERSON — Thomas Truman Travis Sr., 69, of 819 Orange St., died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, in the chapel of J.M. White Funeral Home by the Rev. Aubrey Florence.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. At other times, they will be at the home of Thomas T. Travis Jr., 3877 Dabney Road.

Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.