Obituaries for July 8
by Staff Writer
MOORESVILLE – Jennifer Rose Cernuto, 18, of Mooresville, died Friday, July 1, 2011, in an automobile accident.
Born Oct. 26, 1992, in Charlotte, Miss Cernuto was a daughter of Jeffery and Lisa Cernuto. She attended The Cove Church in Mooresville.
She attended SouthLake Christian Academy, in Huntersville, for 17 of her 18 years and played basketball and ran cross country for the school. She graduated with honors in May and had been accepted to the honors program at High Point University.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her twin sister, Stephanie, and older sister, Samantha; paternal grandmother, Mamie Rose Cernuto; maternal grandparents, Frank and Anne J. Cancro; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family received friends Wednesday, July 6, at SouthLake Presbyterian Church, Huntersville. A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 7, at 2 p.m. at SouthLake Presbyterian, conducted by the Revs. Wade Malloy and Adam Mumpower. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Community Cemetery, Cornelius. Samuel S. James, Funeral Service Licensee, Huntersville, is in charge.
Memorials: SouthLake Christian Academy Building Fund, In Memory of Jennifer Cernuto, 13901 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, NC 28078.
HUNTERSVILLE – William Weise, 72, of Huntersville, died June 23, 2011, at home.
Born May 27,1939, in Rome, N.Y., Mr. Weise was a son of late George and Margaret Weise.
He served in the Army Reserves from 1958 to 1964, and retired after 32 years with Special Metals in New Hartford, N.Y.
Survivors include by his wife, Linda, whom he married Dec. 9, 1959; sons Keith Weise and wife, Kim, Huntersville, and Dwayne Weise and wife, Leslie, Huntersville; three brothers; three sisters; and two grandsons.
Per his wishes, he was cremated and his ashes scattered at a special place in North Carolina. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home assisted the family.
Memorials: Hospice or donor’s choice.
Betty J. Funderburk
MONROE –Betty Jane Funderburk, 83, of Monroe, formerly of Huntersville, died June 27, 2011, at the Jesse Helms Nursing Center.
Born Aug. 20, 1927, in Anson County, Miss Funderburk was the daughter of the late Boyce and Maranda Biggers Funderburk.
A 1945 graduate of Central High School, she graduated from Queen’s College in 1949 and retired from Mercy Hospital after 40 years as a medical technologist.
Survivors include numerous cousins.
A memorial service was held June 30 at Central United Methodist Church, Monroe. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, Huntersville, was in charge.
Memorials: Central United Methodist Church, 801 S. Hayne St., Monroe, NC 28112 or Huntersville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 378, Huntersville, NC 28078.
Harold B. Little
CORNELIUS – Harold Boyd Little, of Cornelius, died June 29, 2011, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House, Huntersville.
Born May 14, 1926, in Mecklenburg County, Mr. Little was a son of the late Daniel Durham and Lois McCloud Little. A graduate of Cornelius High School, he served as a seaman first class on the USS Rogers during World War II.
He owned Davidson Ice & Fuel Co. After retiring he was a regular at Archer’s Towing Service in Davidson and Cashions Quik Stop.
He served as town commissioner from 1961 to 1967), Planning Board member in 1970, zoning board member in 1977, mayor from 1985 to 1993 and chairman of the Crime Initiative Committee since 1994.
Mr. Little initiated the idea of the Cornelius Veterans Monument, which the town is constructing now.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Cornelius Lions Club for more than 50 years and a charter member of Cornelius Tabernacle, which became Grace Covenant Church.
Brothers Joe and LaVerne Little preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Ruth; brother Pastor Thomas Little, Cornelius; daughters Kathy Burch and husband, Mickey, and Vickie McGinnis and husband, Ronny, all of Cornelius; son, David Little, and wife, Shelley, Cornelius; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Saturday, July 2, at Grace Covenant Church, followed by interment at Mt. Zion Community Cemetery. Cornelius and Mooresville police officers served as pallbearers. Samuel S. James, Funeral Service Licensee, Huntersville, was in charge.
Memorials: Cornelius Veterans Monument Fund, c/o Town of Cornelius.
Marguerite C. Freedman
HUNTERSVILLE – Marguerite C. Freedman, 56 of Huntersville, died Friday, July 1, 2011, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House.
Born Nov. 22, 1946, in the Bronx, N.Y., Mrs. Freedman retired as a human resource specialist at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
A funeral service will be conducted at Fairview United Methodist Church, Mount Mourne, with burial at Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale N.Y. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home is in charge.
Bryan C. Whitaker
STANLEY – Bryan Clay Whitaker, 44, of Stanley, formerly of Huntersville, died Saturday, July 2, 2011.
Born Aug. 30, 1966, in Gaston County, Mr. Whitaker was a son of Ray Edward Whitaker, of Gastonia, and Marie Whithers Beard, of Stanley.
His wife, Debra K. Whitaker, preceded him in death. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include son, Clay Whitaker, of the home; stepmother, Glenda Whitaker, Gastonia; stepfather, John Beard, Stanley; brothers Ray E. and Bruce T. Whitaker, both of Denver, and Glen N. Whitaker, Huntersville; and stepbrother Richard Beard and wife, Mavis, Stanley.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 5, at Sunset Road Baptist Church, Charlotte, conducted by the Rev. Steve Bass, with burial at NorthLake Memorial Gardens, Huntersville. Samuel S. James, Funeral Service Licensee, Huntersville was in charge.
Memorials: Sunset Road Baptist Church.
Floyd G. Stewart
CHARLOTTE – Floyd Grant Stewart, 75, of Charlotte, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, at his home.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, July 6, at Christ Community Church, Huntersville. A private burial was conducted at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. Samuel S. James, Funeral Service Licensee, Huntersville was in charge.
Born Jan. 18, 1936, in Graham County, Mr. Stewart was a son of the late Dave and Lois Stewart. A 1954 graduate of West Mecklenburg High School, he served in the U.S. Army and graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in textiles. He worked for Chem Strand Chemical Co. in Pensacola, Fla., and the textile division of Monsanto in New York City before co-founding Fiber and Yarn Products Inc. in Hickory. He served as president of the company for 31 years, until his death.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Phyllis Fincher Stewart; son, Floyd Grant Stewart Jr. and wife, Michelle Johnson, Charlotte; daughters Angela Elizabeth Stewart, Patterson, N.Y., and Zina Suzanne Stewart and husband, Roberto Morales, Raleigh; sister, Elva Freeman; brother, Fred Stewart; and three grandchildren.
Memorials: The Smile Train or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Helen C. Webster
MOORESVILLE – Helen Elizabeth Combs Webster, 83, of Mooresville, died Monday, July 4, 2011, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church, Davidson.
Born Oct. 6, 1927, in Mooresville, Mrs. Webster was a daughter of the late W.R. and Martha Ross Combs.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Worth W. Webster; daughter, Brenda Webster, Georgia; sister, Lucy Calebro, Virginia; a granddaughter; and two great-granddaughters.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 7, at 11 a.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Sammy Pierce, with burial in the church cemetery. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home is in charge. Online condolences: www.cavin-cook.com.
Memorials: Hopewell Baptist Church, 18841 Davidson-Concord Road, Davidson, NC 28036.