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Kimrey, Lewis "Hobart"* - Gastonia  
GASTONIA - Lewis "Hobart" Kimrey, 79, of Gastonia, passed away September 18, 2016 at the Robin Johnson House in Dallas. A funeral service, officiated by Pastor Roger Overton, will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 at Greene Funeral Service – South Chapel – 1503 S. York Rd., Gastonia. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gaston Hospice (The Robin Johnson House), PO Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054. Arrangements are with the South Chapel of Greene Funeral Service and Crematorium, Gastonia. Condolences may be made online at www.greenefuneral.com .
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Published in TheTimesNews.com on Sept. 21, 2016
King, Robert Burns* - Burlington  
BURLINGTON - Robert Burns King, 78, of Burlington, NC, died Sunday, September 25, 2016 following a four-month period of critical illness due to complications from diabetes. A service of Witness to the Resurrection will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, 508 West Davis Street, Burlington, NC. The Rev. Dr. Ronald L. Shive will officiate. The church's College of Elders will serve as honorary pallbearers. A native of Conway, SC, Mr. King was a graduate of the Horry County public schools, where his parents were educators and where his father was a school principal. King's study of music began in his early years, and he became an able pianist, organist, and violinist. During his high school years, King served as the accompanist for the high school chorus and a private dance studio. He was organist at the Episcopal church in Conway and played the organ for services on Sunday evenings in the Methodist church in which he was reared. King enrolled at Furman University in Greenville, SC with the intention of pursuing a career as a physician. At Furman, he decided to make music his profession, studied organ literature and performance, and had a student appointment as organist and choirmaster with a Greenville congregation. After graduating with degrees in music and French, he taught French and English in the public schools of Greenville for one semester. King applied and was accepted to the graduate program at the School of Sacred Music of Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY. At Union Seminary, King's instructors included some of the nation's finest organ pedagogues, composers, and church musicians. He earned the Master of Sacred Music degree in 1961. King was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for study in France for the 1961-62 academic year, and his teachers there included internationally-recognized organ performers and composers. At the conclusion of his study in France, King was awarded the Prix de Virtuosité from the Schola Cantorum de Paris, the first American ever to be so recognized. Returning to the United States in the summer of 1962, King had accepted a one-year appointment to the music faculty of Samford University in Birmingham, AL. In the interim, the position of organist-choirmaster at First Presbyterian Church, Burlington became available. King came to Burlington to audition for the post, the position was offered to him, and he accepted it. During his tenure at First Presbyterian Church, Burlington, King developed an exceptional program of sacred music for the congregation and the wider community. King supervised the design, acquisition, and installation of the James Lee Love sanctuary organ and the Holt organ in Williams Chapel. He acquired three Steinway grand pianos, a harpsichord, tympani, a set of handbells, and a custom-built handbell carillon. He conducted singing choirs for adults and children, and conducted handbell choirs for adults and youth. An annual series of concerts at First Presbyterian, which has brought organists and instrumentalists with national and international reputations to Burlington, was begun and nurtured through the years by King. For the tower at First Presbyterian, he supervised the acquisition by gift of bronze bells cast in France, which are heard daily in the downtown Burlington area. King consulted with numerous other local and regional congregations in the design and acquisition of pipe organs. He was an accredited member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and he served as state chairman and the dean of two chapters of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). In addition to his parochial duties, King accepted appointments to the music faculties of Elon University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and was the first individual named as University Organist at Elon. At UNCG, King designed and supervised the tonal design of the Andover organ in the School of Music, and he oversaw the restoration of the sanctuary organ at First Presbyterian in 2005. During his professional career, King played organ concerts in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Paris (Notre-Dame Cathedral), Edinburgh (St. Giles' Cathedral), London (St. Paul's Cathedral), Munich, Bonn, Lisbon, and in other major cities in the United States, France, Germany, and Italy. He undertook post-graduate study in 1970 with German organist Michael Schneider at the Cologne Cathedral. King was a recitalist during the 1984 Festival d'Orgue at the Chartres (France) Cathedral. He was featured three times as a performer at Piccolo Spoleto's L'Organo concerts, a series running concurrently with the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC. King appeared as a performer with The North Carolina Symphony and as a recitalist at regional conventions of the AGO. He recorded three compact discs of music for organ and choir, and his recordings were heard across Europe through Vienna's Radio Klassik Stephansdom. King's work as both an organist and choirmaster received outstanding critical acclaim in professional journals. After 45 years of service, King retired from First Presbyterian Church in 2007. At that time, the church's governing body elected him an honorary member of the College of Elders and named the choral rehearsal facility The Robert Burns King Music Room. In 2007, his contributions to the cultural arts in Alamance County were recognized by Elon University and the Alamance County Arts Council with the C. Fletcher Moore Leadership in the Arts Award. In retirement, King continued his support of First Presbyterian Church and enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad. Mr. King was preceded in death by his parents, William Hal King and Maude Lupo King of Conway, SC, his brother William Lupo King of Lisbon, Portugal, and his sister Minnie Ella (Meg) King Shelley of Mullins, SC. He is survived by his brother-in-law, Daniel Burn Shelley, Jr. of Mullins, SC, his niece and nephew, Susan Shelley Sisk and husband Mike, and Daniel Burn Shelley, III and wife April, three great-nephews, Daniel Raymond Sisk (and wife, Michelle), Stephen Michael Sisk (and wife, Kayla), and Daniel Drew Shelley, one great-niece, Caroline Altman Shelley, two great-grand nephews, Daniel Raymond Sisk, Jr., Seller Burne Sisk, and a vast chorus of beloved friends, choristers, professional colleagues, and pupils. Memorial contributions honoring King may be made to the Ottis M. Winfield Organ Maintenance Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 508 West Davis Street, Burlington, NC 27215. Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington is assisting the family. Condolences may be offered at www.richandthompson.com.
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Knighten, Leverette L.*  
GRAHAM – Mr. Leverette L. Knighten, 78, of Graham died at UNC Hospitals on Friday, September 23, 2016. A memorial service will be conducted at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 4 p.m. by Rev. Tommy Bright. Rich & Thompson Funeral Home and Crematory in Graham is assisting the family.
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Published in TheTimesNews.com on Sept. 27, 2016
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