Deaths for Feb. 9, 2013

Feb. 08, 2013 @ 05:29 PM

Judy Bell
Judy Frances Canupp Bell, 72, of Lancaster, died Friday, February 8, 2013, at Springs Memorial Hospital.
A service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Mahaffey Chapel, McLean Funeral Directors. The Rev. Randy Hatcher will officiate.  Interment will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park in Lancaster.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at McLean Funeral Directors of Lancaster, S.C..  At other times, the family will be at Judy’s residence.
Mrs. Bell was born December 13, 1940 in Lancaster, S.C. She was the daughter of the late Homer Housten Canupp and Addie Beatrice Smith Canupp. She worked for Duracell for 25 years.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Lancaster, S.C.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Bell.
Mrs. Bell is survived by daughter, Candace "Candy" Bell and life partner, Bobbie Johnston, of Lancaster, S.C.; son, Charles Anthony “Tony” Bell and wife, LeeAnn, of Lancaster, S.C.; four grandchildren, Samantha, Shane, Jonathan and Casson.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Lancaster or the animal rescue of choice.
Remembrances may be sent to the family at
McLean Funeral Directors is assisting the family of Judy Bell.


Betty Eichenberger
Betty Lee Eichenberger, 80, of Indian Trail died Feb. 6, 2013.
Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 at Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memory Gardens.

Donna McNeely
Donna Marie McNeely, 47, of Monroe died Friday, February 8, 2013 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. 
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Monroe. 

Edward Noles
Edward Marvin Noles, 79, of Charlotte died Feb. 8, 2013.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Indian Trail United Methodist Church. Visitation will be at 12 noon.
Arrangements are being handled by Heritage Funeral Home.

Walt Perry
On February 5, 2013, after a life full of love and service to his family, his community, Union County and the State of North Carolina, Walt “Papa” Perry left his home on earth to live in the best possible real estate location with the Ultimate Landlord.
The youngest of five children, Walt was born on October 18, 1925, in Wingate to Jesse Jeremiah Perry and Jessie Watson Perry.  Jesse Jeremiah was a merchant and farmer in Wingate, working long hours especially during depression years.  Jessie Watson had the full time job of running the Perry household and steering her family at every opportunity to Wingate Baptist Church.  At an early age Walt learned the value of hard work, integrity and especially, his faith.
Walt attended Wingate High School where he graduated as class president, then attended and studied engineering at what was then known as State College, later to be named N.C. State University.  When a sophomore at State, his country called him to serve in World War II.  Walt served in the U.S. Navy as Quartermaster on LST 338 and 345, operating in the South Pacific prior to VJ Day in 1945.
But before going off to war and while on leave in Washington, D.C., Walt met a beautiful Navy Wave from Indianapolis, Ind.  It was a Sunday afternoon at the USO across from Union Station.  Frances Dipple was to become his wife of 66 years.
After the war, Walt and Frances returned to Wingate where Walt eventually began a 29 year career with Dickerson Incorporated of Monroe who was commercial contractors.  He began as a draftsman in the estimating department, working his way up the corporate ladder to the position of vice president in charge of the building division.
While at Dickerson, Walt also became a licensed real estate broker for their commercial real estate holdings, and after retiring from Dickerson, Walt started Walt Perry Realty off his kitchen table in 1985.
During his life, Walt served his community, his state, his professions and his church in numerous ways. He was a charter member of the Wingate Lions Club, Wingate School Board, Wingate University Trustee, N.C. Building Code Council, Union County Commissioner and Chairman, Meadow Branch Lodge Master, Wingate Town Council member.  He was a regular Wingate Baptist Church deacon and served on numerous committees. Walt was a loved and respected leader, mentor, father figure and friend to many.
Survivors include his wife, Frances; sons, James Irvin Perry and Jesse G. Perry and wife, Sandra; daughter, Jane Perry Ross and husband, Kim; daughter, Karen Perry Sessions and husband, Gary; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews who all loved “Uncle Walt.”
The Perry Family expresses their sincere appreciation to Dr. John Vick and the Union Family Practice staff; Dr. John Cattie, Mrs Cattie and staff;  Dr. Ed Bower; Dr. Richard Sowden and staff; Dr. Martin Kreshon, Jr.; Dr. Gregory Brouse and The Levine Cancer Institute staff; the Jesse Helms Nursing Center, Carolinas Pallative Care and Hospice of Union County.
Visitation will begin 1 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Wingate Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Services will commence at 3 p.m. in the main sanctuary of Wingate Baptist with internment to follow at Wingate Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Wingate Baptist Church, Post office Box 339, Wingate, NC 28174.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mr. Perry.