Obituaries for October 28
by Staff Writer
Daphene Ledford Cantrell, 81, a retired Mecklenburg County District Court judge, died Oct. 16, 2011, at Presbyterian Hospital, after a brief illness.
A funeral service was held Oct. 20 at the Huntersville United Methodist Church, conducted by the Revs. Mike Goode and Monica Humpal, with burial at Northlake Memorial Gardens, Huntersville. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, Huntersville, was in charge.
Born Feb. 15,1930, in Cliffside, Mrs. Cantrell was a daughter of the late Lester and Louise Ledford.
She was her high school’s salutatorian, attended Gardner-Webb Junior College and completed her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She worked as assistant director of the U.S. Air Force’s Petroleum Oil and Lubrication Division, helping develop a technique to assure petroleum did not overfill tanks, thus averting fires and explosions.
She married Kenneth Cantrell on Jan. 21, 1956, and they lived in Greenville, S.C.; Albany, Ga.; and Raleigh, before settling in Charlotte. She entered law practice with brothers Jim and Glen Ledford until the early 1970s, when she joined the Clerk of Superior Court Office as an administrative officer. On Jan. 13, 1978, she was appointed as a district court judge, where she served until retiring in 1996.
Four sisters and five brothers preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years; daughters Deana Bridges and husband, Paul, Susan Kinzler and Allison Allen and husband, Johnny; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials: Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC 28078.
Mary J. Johnson
HUNTERSVILLE – Mary Sue Jarrell Johnson, 86, of Huntersville, died Oct. 18, 2011. Born Feb. 25, 1925, Mrs. Johnson was the daughter of the late William and Annie Jarrell of Greene County, Tenn.
She retired from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Her husband, Oscar W. Johnson, and son Billy R. Johnson preceded her in death.
Survivors include children Guy W. Johnson and wife, Nina, Paul M. Johnson and wife, Dottie, and John W. Johnson and wife, Becky, all of Huntersville, Margaret J. Shinn and husband, Eugene, Davidson, and Gary L. Johnson and wife, Lisa, Peachland; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 21, at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, with burial at the First Baptist Church-Huntersville cemetery.
Phyllis R. Patton
HUNTERSVILLE – Phyllis Rae Patton, 70, of Huntersville, died Oct. 19, 2011, at her residence.
Born April 8, 1941, in Bluefield, Va., Mrs. Patton was a daughter of Ruby Ruble Leedy, Bland, Va., and the late John M. Leedy.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband of 50 years, Herbert R. “Randy” Patton Jr.; daughter, Randa Patton McDonald, Christiansburg, Va.; son, Herbert R. Patton III, Blacksburg Va.; brothers Kenneth Leedy, Newport News, Va., and Calvin Leedy, Roanoke, Va.; and a grandson.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Oct. 23, at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Hugh Foy.
Memorials: American Cancer Society, 6000 Fairview Road, suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28210.
Nancy B. Patterson
HUNTERSVILLE – Nancy Jane Bumgarner Patterson, 80, of Huntersville, died Oct. 20, 2011, at Huntersville Oaks.
Born Aug. 6, 1931, in Mecklenburg County, Mrs. Patterson was a daughter of the late William Tate and Kate Gillespie Bumgarner.
She was a member of Huntersville United Methodist Church and liked to quilt, square dance and fish.
Her husband, Murray G. Patterson; her children’s father, Jimmy Stewart; and son Ronnie Stewart preceded her in death.
Survivors include daughters Janelle Lanning and husband, John, of Huntersville, Dianne Jordan and husband, David, of Stanley, and Cheyrl Cochrane and husband, Jackie, of Huntersville; and sons Gary Stewart, of Mooresville, and Michael Stewart and wife, Patti, of Huntersville.
A funeral service was held Sunday, Oct. 23, at Huntersville United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Mike Goode, with burial at Bethel Presbyterian Church, Cornelius. Samuel S. James, Funeral Service Licensee, was in charge.
Memorials: Huntersville United Methodist, Huntersville Oaks Residence Fund or Hospice of Lake Norman.
Elizabeth ‘Lib’ Thornton
CORNELIUS – Elizabeth “Lib” Webster Thornton, 87 of Cornelius, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.
Born June 22, 1924, in Mecklenburg County, Mrs. Thornton was a daughter of the late Charlie and Annie Webster Thornton.
Her husband, James L. Thornton; sister, Ruth Stinson; daughter, Carol Cranford; sons James “Charlie” and John C. Thornton; and grandson Matthew Thornton preceded her in death.
Survivors include son Joseph Thornton and wife, Teresa, Denver; and four grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at Cornelius Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Carl Dumford, with burial in the Bethel Presbyterian Church cemetery. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Huntersville, was in charge.
Violet J. Washam
CORNELIUS – Violet Elizabeth Jones Washam, 74, of Cornelius, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, after a short illness.
Born March 6, 1937, in Huntersville, Mrs. Washam was a daughter of the late Wiley and Maggie Jones.
She retired after 30 years of service at BellSouth prior to joining her husband in business at Washam Optical. She was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church, where she taught the kindergarten Sunday school class, and was active in American Legion Post 86 Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, John V. Washam Jr.; sister, Dorothy Jones Stewart; and an extended family.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Bethel Presbyterian Church. Burial was private. Samuel S. James, Funeral Service Licensee, Huntersville was in charge.
Memorials: Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius, NC 28031.
Helen P. Mitchell
HUNTERSVILLE – Helen Poplin Mitchell, 82, of Huntersville, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.
Born Nov. 19, 1929, in Albemarle, Mrs. Mitchell was a daughter of the late Donnie and Luther Odell Poplin.
She retired from Southern Bell after 30 years service and was an avid golfer at Pine Island Country Club, Charlotte. In later years, she worked with seniors and enjoyed calling bingo.
Her husband, Samuel Mitchell; sister, Hazel Huffstetler; and brother, Bob Poplin, preceded her in death.
Survivors include sons Erick Smith and wife, Nancy, of Prattville, Ala., and Stephen Smith and wife, Deborah, of Huntersville; daughter, Debbie Lovvorn and husband, Jeff, Terrell; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home.
Robert Lee Drummond Jr.
HUNTERSVILLE – Robert Lee Drummond Jr, 78, of Huntersville, died Oct. 14, 2011, in home after a three-year battle with bone cancer.
Born in Jackson, Miss., Mr. Drummond was a son of the late Robert Lee and Mela Drummond.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, overcoming a bout with tuberculosis.
After the war, he worked in the purchasing field, eventually retiring from Rockwell International.
Brother Jake Drummond preceded him in death.
Survivors include sons Kevin and Mark Drummond; brother Roger Drummond; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home.
Memorials: Levine & Dickson Hospice House at 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078 or Humane Society of Charlotte.
Barbara Jean Sheffield
DAVIDSON – Barbara Jean Sheffield, 72, of Davidson, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.
Born Oct. 21, 1939, in Huntington, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Nelson and Ella Francis Congleton.
She graduated from Douglass High School and attended Marshall University. She was a member of Saint Peter Claver Church of Huntington, W.Va., and St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville.
Siblings Gwendolyn Jackson, Jacqueline Cleckley and Paul and Donald Congleton preceded her in death.
Survivors include daughters Lisa Sheffield and Tina Sheffield-Neal and husband, Jermaine; brother William Congleton; and four grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be held Friday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church. Samuel S. James, Funeral Service Licensee, of Huntersville, is in charge.
Memorials: St. Peter Claver Church, 828 15th St., Huntington, WV 25701.