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Carpenter, Reggie* - Cherryville  
Captain Reggie Parks Carpenter, 51, went to be with his Lord and Savior after suffering cardiac arrest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on February 3, 2015. Captain Carpenter was from Cherryville, North Carolina, and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1985 with a BA in Communications. He was commissioned as an Ensign through the Aviation Officer Candidate School and received his wings of gold in 1987. Captain Carpenter flew 40 combat missions in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, leading strikes into Iraq and Kuwait. Captain Carpenter served as an exchange pilot with the French Navy from 1993 to 1996. He graduated from the U.S. Naval War College in 1996 with a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Captain Carpenter then reported to VFA-81 where he served as Safety and Operations Officer. His next tour was with CVW-17 as Operations Officer where he completed an extended Mediterranean/Arabian Gulf deployment. Captain Carpenter was selected for Aviation Command, and in 2002 served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VFA-83. In 2005 Captain Carpenter reported to the Office of Secretary of Defense as an Operational Research Analyst. From 2007 to 2011, Captain Carpenter served as Naval Attaché in Paris, France. From 2012 until his death he served as Naval Attaché to Argentina. Captain Carpenter accumulated many awards and medals over his career, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a decorated officer, as well as a loyal and loving husband and father. Captain Carpenter married his soul mate, Suzanne Ryan, in 2000, and together they had two daughters, Avery in 2002 and Caroline in 2004. Captain Carpenter was a kind and passionate man with a quick wit and zest for life. He loved to sing and play his guitar. Captain Carpenter was devoted to his family, and they traveled around the world together, finding fun and adventure everywhere they went. Captain Carpenter is survived by his wife Suzanne, and daughters Avery and Caroline; his mother Barbara Cannon; his sister Kelly Stewart; his brother-in-law Bob Stewart; Nephews Jay Stewart and Jeremy Stewart; and great nephews Jaxon and Robert Stewart, and many loving friends and colleagues. A service took place on Tuesday, February 10, at the Ambassador's Residence in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A full military funeral with honors and burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 3 p.m.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on Mar. 29, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Costner, Virginia* - Bessemer City  
BESSEMER CITY - Virginia Puckett Costner, 88, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was born April 28, 1926, in Burke County, to the late Francis M. and Molly Brown Puckett. Virginia was a current member of the Bessemer City Church of God and a longtime member of Lin-wood Church of God and Crescent Lane Church of God which was founded by her sister and husband Rev. and Mrs. S.K. Williams. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers; John, Ernest, Lester, and Jim Puckett; sisters, Leona, Bertie, Pansy and Mary Lou Puckett, Walter Alexander, Ester Dishman and Beulah Carpenter. She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Clyde Costner; her daughters Naomi Owens and husband Harold, Phyllis Ann Costner, Janet Thomas and husband Robert Sr. all of Bessemer City; grand-children, Preston Owens Jr, Chad Owens, Justin Owens, Jamie Canipe, Jennifer Canipe, Robert Thomas Jr, Allison Thomas Cottingham; great-grandchildren, Cassidy Owens, Grayson Owens, Taylor Owens, Hannah Owens, Chance Cottingham, Sailor Cottingham, Ryder Cottingham, Robert "Liam" Thomas III, Kiptyn Thomas. The family would like to thank Gaston Hospice for their kind and loving care of their precious mother. Her funeral services will be held 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bessemer City Church of God with the Rev. Har-old Ashe officiating. Interment will follow at Westview Gardens, Bessemer City, North Carolina. The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. before her funeral service at the church. To offer condolences, please visit www.siskbutler.com. Arrangements by Sisk-Butler Funeral & Cremation Services, Bessemer City.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on Mar. 28, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Week

Cain Jr., John* - Matthews  
MATTHEWS - John Walter Cain Jr., 73, entered into rest on March 16, 2015, at his residence. He was born July 25, 1941, in Gaston County, the son of the late John Walter Cain Sr. and Ileese Moton Cain. Friends are cordially invited to a service celebrating John's life in the Charlotte Chapel of McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park on Saturday March 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Robert Jack officiating. A time of fellowship and refreshment with the family will be observed after the memorial service The Staff of McEwen Funeral Service at Sharon Memorial Park is honored to be entrusted with the care for Mr. Cain and his family. Condolences may be sent to the Cain family online at www.mcewenfs.com.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on Mar. 26, 2015
Cooper, William* - Charlotte  
CHARLOTTE - William B. Cooper, 79, died March 22, 2015, at Novant Medical Center in Huntersville. Services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Goshen Free Will Baptist Church, 1300 West Catawba Ave, Mount Holly, NC 28120. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to services. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Charlotte. Lowe-Neddo Funeral Home is privileged to serve the family. For full details and to share memories and photos, visit William's personal online memorial at www.LoweNeddoFuneralHome.com or call 704-545-3553.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on Mar. 24, 2015
Craig, Lorie* - Charlotte  
CHARLOTTE - Lorie Adams Craig, 55, passed away suddenly on March 24, 2015, at her residence. She was born in Gaston County on Oct. 7, 1959, to the late R.L. Adams and Brenda Sue Franklin Adams. Lorie was a member of Horizon Baptist Church, Gastonia; she was a very caring person and enjoyed helping and caring for people. Lori had worked at Holy Angels for over 13 years and Dream Weavers for over 5 years. Survivors include her loving husband of 40 years, Riley Craig, her son Timothy and wife Sandra Craig; granddaughter Savanna Craig; brother, Johnny Adams and wife Karmen, sisters, Charlene Davis and husband Terry, Carmen Adams and Carey Teague, stepmother Jane Woods Adams; stepbrother David Woods; 11 nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home Celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Withers & Whisenant Funeral Home with the Rev. Al-vin Melton officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC with the releasing of the doves Memorials may be made to Horizon Baptist Church, 142 Royal Oaks Lane, Gastonia, NC 28056. Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia 704 864-5144 is serving the family. Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on Mar. 26, 2015
Culberson, Donnie* - Lincolnton  
LINCOLTNON - Donnie Pressley Culberson, 89, of the Brian Center, died March 25, 2015. His funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at High Shoals Baptist Church with the Revs. Charles Ingle and Dickie Whitener officiating. Burial will be in High Shoals Memorial Gardens. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Warlick Funeral Home. Mr. Culberson was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Cleveland County, to the late James and Louella Mullinax Culberson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife Belva Lee Thomas, a son Donnie Lee "Sam" Culberson, two brothers, five sisters, and a great-granddaughter Taffari Lanae Tester. Donnie was employed at Burlington Industries in High Shoals until he took a job as Magistrate for Lin-coln county where he stayed until his retirement. He was also a faithful member of High Shoals Baptist Church where he served time as a deacon and as treasurer of his Sunday school class until the decline of his health. In his younger days he was a very active member of the political scene. The last three years he called Brian Center home, where in true fashion he made friends with all the staff. He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Culberson Tester of Lincolnton and Kye Culberson Antemann of Mooresville; two granddaughters, Krystle Tester and Sharon Antemann; and one great-granddaughter. The would like to ask that if you have any fond memories, stores, or photos (copies) you would be willing to share of Mr. Culberson, or the late Mrs. Culberson, to please take a moment to pen them and send them to Krysknits241@gmail.com , or P.O. Box 388, High Shoals, NC 28077. Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Culberson family.
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Published in Gaston Gazette on Mar. 27, 2015
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