Deaths for Jan. 16, 2012

Jan. 15, 2013 @ 06:10 PM

Betty Lou Boling
Betty Lou Stegall Boling, 76, of Monroe passed away on January 14, 2013.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Friday, January 18, 2013 at 2PM at Next Level Church with burial to follow at Lakeland Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior.
Mrs. Boling was born in Union County to the late James and Aline Stegall on December 30, 1936.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, James Earl Boling and sisters, Linda Guin and Ree Stearns.
She is survived by her son, Edward Boling; sister, Jewel Hildreth; brothers, James, Larry and Steve Stegall; grandchildren, Joshua and his wife Megan, Caleb, Brandon, Phillip, Catie and Madison and great-grandchildren, Ethan, Abram, Anna, James, Joseph and Robin and other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Level Up Ministry at Next Level Church.
Arrangements are in care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel.  Online condolences may be left at

Dr. Donald R. Goodwin
Dr. Donald Raeford Goodwin, 76, passed away peacefully at 10:58 pm on January 14, 2013. Born in Monroe on January 7, 1937, he was the son of the late Samuel Clegg Goodwin and Ruth Thomason Goodwin.  Don is survived by his wife, Carolyn Simpson Goodwin, their daughters, Jennifer Goodwin Joyner (Will), of Charlotte; Tracey Greene Harrill (Chris), of Indian Trail; Keri Greene Humann, of Rockingham, NC; eight grandchildren; Eliza, Henry, and Patrick Joyner; Matthew and Kayla Harrill; Lauren, Brent, and Emma Humann, and two brothers, H. Clark Goodwin (Cynthia); Samuel S. Goodwin (Wanda) both of Monroe; three sisters, Ruth A. Goodwin of Albemarle, NC; Caroline G. Schorr (Barry) of Beech Mt.; Cynthia G. Fisher of Charlotte; and six nieces and nephews. The family thanks Jorge Zapata, who became Don’s dear friend and was like a son to him.
Don earned the Eagle Scout award, The Order of the Arrow, and enjoyed the adventures at Boy Scout Camp in Cimarron, New Mexico as a teen. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and was a member of Delta Sigma Delta Dental fraternity; he graduated with the degree of DDS in 1964, and practiced dentistry in Siler City and Monroe for 32 years before retiring.  He was an avid Carolina basketball and football fan, and Don’s skies were always Carolina Blue.  Don was a former Rotarian, a member of First Presbyterian Church, THUMBS, served on the Union County Board of Health for 8 years and member of the North Carolina Dental Society.  
Family will greet friends on Wednesday evening, January 16, 2013 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm at Gordon Funeral Service located at 1904 Lancaster Avenue in Monroe NC, 28112. The funeral will be conducted at First Presbyterian Church, on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 2:00pm.  Interment will follow at Lakeland Memorial Park.  Memorials may be made to the UNC School of Dentistry, Campus Box 7450, Chapel Hill, NC 27559 or to First Presbyterian Church, 302 East Windsor Street, Monroe, NC 28112.
Online condolences maybe made at

Dillon Laney
Dillon Ray Laney, 70, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013.  He was born February 9, 1942 in Union County son to the late Ray Vann and Kathleen Anderson Laney. He is also preceded in death by his brother Roger Laney, and a sister Judy Laney.
He retired from Charlotte Plastics and was an avid hunter with L & L Hunt Club in Taxihall, SC. He also enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and playing with his best friend “Killa” the dog.
A memorial service will be held on 5:00 PM, Thursday, January 17, 2013 in Gordon Funeral Chapel, 1904 Lancaster Ave. Monroe, NC 28112. The family will receive friends following the service.
Dillon is survived by his wife Judy Laney, two daughters Christy Davis and husband Chris of Raleigh,Brandi Laney and partner Jef Pollock of Wilmington, a sister Kathy Benton of Monroe, step daughter Tracy Simpson of Monroe, step grandsons Bailey and Trey Simpson, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County 960 N. First St. Albemarle NC 28001.
Online condolences may be made at

Frank Matarese
Mr. Frank Ralph Matarese, age 92, of Monroe, North Carolina, passed away Tuesday (January 15, 2013) at his home.
A local visitation for Mr. Frank Ralph Matarese will be held from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM Thursday (January 17, 2013) at Davis Funeral Service, inc 1003 East Franklin St, Monroe,NC, 28112. A funeral service to celebrate his life as well as military interment will be held next week in Burlington, N.J.
Mr .Matarese was born on November 17, 1920, in Burlington, N.J. a son of the late James and Frances Matarese. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Jean Marie Schultz, and his daughter Gloria Haines.
Frank enlisted in the Army - Air Force during World War II and proved to be an unstoppable force of wisdom and ingenuity. He worked as Chief Master Welder during the war and served in the China, India, Burma theatre of war. He invented and developed a method in which he could 'burn out bad spark plugs' in a plane engine without having to take the engine apart first, normally a 22 hr. job. His method of using Liquid Nitrogen allowed him to do the job in less than thirty minutes. After his invented method was approved by the Army - Air Force, he was given an airplane and pilot to exclusively travel everywhere teaching young welders how to duplicate his process. He reached a peak in his career when he had 800 welders under his supervision. After his honorable discharge, Sgt. Matarese married Jean and joined his brothers in the family business at United Aeor Products in Burlington, N.J.
Survivors include brothers, Joseph Matarese and wife Emma, and James Matarese and wife Betty, both of New Jersey; four children, Robert and Linda Matarese of Indian Trail, NC, Linda Joy and Paul Harpain of Monroe, NC, Christopher and Margaret Matarese of Matthews, NC, and Veronica and Christophe Desbiaux of Winston-Salem, NC; eight grandchildren, Michael Thomas and Katy Matarese of Rock Hill, SC, Melanie Kara and Jamie Popjes of Jacksonville, FL, James Matarese, (CA), Jacqueline Mines (NC), Sara Korang, Wilken, (NJ), Catherine Desilles, (NC), Dennis and Heather Haines (NJ), and Anna Jeanette Desbiaux, (NC); two great grandchildren, Mr. Max Munley (NC), and Mr. Brogan Haines (NJ). Frank is also survived by a very dear, loving, and gracious companion Mr. Jack Rose to his deceased daughter, Gloria Haines; and Jean's remaining family, sister Josephine Russo of Riverside, NJ, and brother Alexander and Grace Schultz of Burlington, NJ.
Frank was a privilege to know, well respected by friends, business acquaintances in the Metal Finishing Industry, colleagues, and family. He will be irreplaceable. The sorrow we all share, is the loss of his love, kindness, consideration and thoughtfulness that was given so freely.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be sent to Wounded Warriors at USO, Dept WS, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20090
Davis Funeral Home of Monroe, NC is serving the family of Mr. Matarese. An on-line guest register book is available at

Kathy Mullis
Kathy Darleen Connell Mullis, 58, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.
Arrangements remain incomplete and will be announced by McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe.

Melvin Mullis
Melvin Carroll Mullis was born July 29, 1940. Carroll went to be with
the Lord on January 14, 2013. A resident of Indian Trail, he was born
and raised in Marshville, NC. Carroll was a dedicated employee for 30
years at ATI Allvac, he retired in 2002, and went on to a second
career in carpentry, which he loved.
He was one of seven children, Carroll had two brothers and four
sisters, born to the late Jessie and Bronnie Mullis and was the
beloved husband of Shirley Mullis for over 50 years.
Carroll ill be forever remembered by his devoted family ; sons , Steve
Mullis and wife Opal , Tony Mullis and wife  Dorothy,Benjamin Mullis,
a daughter, Jill Mullis, a brother in law, Thomas Neal Wheeler and
wife Ann, Carroll also treasured his seven grandchildren and five
great-granchildren. Along with countless other friends and family whom
were blessed to know him. Carroll was a kind, loving, and patient man.
He loved being with his family, riding around in his truck and
building things with his hands.
Carroll touched the lives of many people with his smile, generosity
and humbleness. One legacy he leaves his family with is we should
treat each other the way he treated us always.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on
Wednesday , January 16, 2013 , at 11:00am at Heritage Funeral Home,
4431 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail, NC 28079, officiated by friend and
Pastor Ken Lida. Burial will follow at Potters House Independent
Baptist Church in Kershaw , South Carolina.
The family request all donations be sent to the wonderful people who
gave such wonderful care for Carroll in his time of need at Harris
Hospice, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233.
On-line condolences may be left to The Mullis
family is in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel.

D. Benton Price
D. Benton Price, 66, passed away on January 14, 2013 at Hospice House of Union County.  He was the son of the late Sam and Louise Benton Price.  He retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Sergeant First Class.
Graveside Services with full military honors will be Thursday at 2pm at Marshville City Cemetery.  The family will greet friends from 1pm-1:45pm Thursday at Morgan & Son Funeral Home of Marshville.
He is survived by two daughters: Heather P. Maddox and Cindy Cornelius both of Marshville.  One brother;  Mr. Sammy  Price, Jr. of Biscoe.  Two sisters: Mrs. Nancy Hagler and her husband Arthur of and Sue Price all of Charlotte.  Six grandchildren: Hayden Maddox, Cameron Maddox, Hannah Maddox, Aaron Price, Cristen Cornelius and Andrew Cornelius.

Michael Ross
Michael Shane Ross, Sr, 47, of Monroe, formerly of Midland,  passed away on January 14, 2013.
 Michael was born on May 5, 1965 in Cabarrus County to Luther and Sylvia M. Ross “Tina”.
Mr. Ross worked for Mechanical Supply in Matthews as a supervisor for 15 years.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 2PM at Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail.  The family will begin to receive friends at 1PM.
 In addition to being survived by his parents, Luther and Tina, he is survived by his former wife, Linda McDaniel; children, Shane Ross, Jr., Amber Ross and Heather Ross; brother, Tony Ross; grandchildren, Kayley, Natalie, Damian and Cassandra and other relatives and friends.
 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.
 Arrangements are in care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel.  Online condolences may be left at