Deaths for Dec. 9, 2012

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 05:18 PM

Clara Carran
Clara Jaeger Carran, 94, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012.  She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 17, 1918 daughter of the late Phillip Smith and Florence Tiffany Jaeger. Clara was a graduate of Shaker Heights High School and attended Cleveland School of Art.  
Mrs. Carran was a former secretary for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in North Myrtle Beach, SC, where she was also a member and served on the Alter Guild.  She was a member of the Surf Golf & Beach Club, where she enjoyed playing golf.
Mrs. Carran is survived by two daughters, Frances L. Carran and Elizabeth C. Carran, grandchildren, Matthew P. Littleton and wife Kara and Tiffany L. Littleton, three great grandchildren, Owen, Gabriel and Luke Littleton.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.  
Gordon Funeral Service & Crematory, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe, NC 28112 is caring for the Carran family.  Online condolences may be at

Deloris Culbreath
Deloris Estelle Covington Culbreath, 57, of Brunswick, Ga., and formerly of Monroe, died November 28, 2012.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Holy Band Inspiration Deliverance Church in Brunswick, Ga. A memorial service will be held in Monroe  at a later date.
Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of local arrangements.

Roy Hamilton Sr.
Roy Cecil “Billy” Hamilton, Sr., loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away December 8th, 2012 after a lengthy illness.  Roy began his life in depression-era Montgomery County on March 28th of 1924.  He worked from the time he was a very young boy to help his family survive this difficult time in history.  He moved with his family to Union County to go to work in a time when jobs were difficult to be had.  As a boy of just 17, he joined the Army Air-Corps to do his part to protect the United States and democracy.  He spent 33 months in the Air Corps with 24 months in the Pacific Theater in WWII.  His time in service was spent with the Red Raiders and he left the Pacific as a Technical Sergeant in the 408th Bomb Group.  During his tour, he was stationed in New Guinea where he flew the second most bombing missions flown in Pacific Theater WWII history.
Roy resided in Union County for most of his 88 years.  Roy and his Brother Bobby worked summers at Union Mills.  After his return from the WWII Pacific Theater, Roy rejoined Union Mills but later left to become Overseer at Arista Mills in Winston-Salem.  He worked as a Produce Manager at Winn Dixie, in the Fish Market of Union County, and with Sheet Metal Incorporated, before he went to work for Aeronca Incorporated where he manufactured heating shields for space shuttles and heating units for hospitals and overseas US government consulates.
He was passionate about his family, his faith, and about the natural world.  He served as a Sunday School Teacher at Shiloh Baptist Church where he remained a member throughout his life.  He was a tremendous Husband, Father, Grandfather, Uncle, and Friend.  He was a Father to many more people than just his children and served as a Father-figure to so many men and women in the surrounding community.  Everyone loved to see Roy coming – he never met a stranger – whether he was in Monroe or another state, he always had a story to tell and liked to hear the stories of others.  He was an avid hunter, fisher, and gardener – he loved to hunt goose and quail; quail hunting was his passion.  He was a fantastic cook and always loved people with food.  You could never visit him and leave without something – a pie, some greens, a mess of beans or corn from the garden.  He shared his love of people, his love of nature, his love of hunting, and his love of gardening with everyone he met and knew.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents Andrew Ezekiel Hamilton and Bertie Eury Hamilton, sisters Betty Jane Hamilton Knight, and Jean Hamilton Williams, and brother Edward Ellison Hamilton.
Surviving are wife Brenda Whitley Hamilton, Monroe, N.C.; daughter Tanya Hamilton Lipe and husband Clarence Houston Lipe III, Charlotte, N.C.; son Roy Cecil “Sonny” Hamilton, Jr. and wife Fran Howie Hamilton, Corolla, N.C.; brother Bobby Harold Hamilton and wife Jean Carter Hamilton, Monroe, N.C.; granddaughter Amanda Hamilton Joyner and husband Christopher Allen Joyner, Alexandria, Va.; grandsons Andrew Edward Hamilton, Perth, Australia, and Scott Houston Lipe, Cornelius, N.C.; great granddaughter Elizabeth Ann Joyner, and great grandson Andrew Everett Joyner.
The family will receive friends on Monday, December 10th from 7 pm to 9 pm at Gordon’s Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe, N.C.  Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, December 11th at 2 pm at Gordon’s Funeral Service.  Online condolences may be made to
Memorials may be made Roy’s honor to the Shiloh Church Building Fund, 2301 N Rocky River Rd Monroe, N.C.; or to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Monroe, N.C. 28110.

Marvin Rowell
Mr. Marvin Rowell, 93, died Friday, December 7, 2012 at Autumn Care of Marshville.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Monday at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, 6525 Old Monroe Rd., Indian Trail.
Mr. Rowell was born September 7, 1919 in Union County and was the son of the late Atlas and Laura Jane Kiker Rowell. Mr. Rowell retired in 1981 from L. A. Simpson Machine Shop and was a WWII U. S. Army Veteran. In addition to his parents, Mr. Rowell was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie and grandson, Jeffrey Taylor.
He is survived by his son, Larry Rowell of Indian Trail; daughters, Mary Jane Chaney, Jeanette Braswell and Delores Faile, all of Monroe, Johnnie Burleson of Albemarle and Barbara Taylor of Indian Trail; sister, Edith Simpson; 14 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Online condolences may be left for the family at
Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Indian Trail is serving the family of Mr. Rowell.