Deaths for Dec. 18, 2012

Dec. 17, 2012 @ 05:49 PM

James Bartlett
James “Jim” Arthur Bartlett, 83, loving husband, father and grandfather, went to be with his Lord and Savior December 15, 2012.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 5, 1929, son of the late James Leslie Bartlett and Anna Genevieve Dwyer Bartlett.
He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He previously worked for General Electric, Data Processing of the South and most recently worked for the Charlotte Police Department for 11 years. He has been very active in his church, Mineral Springs UMC, for many years.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Joanne Brenda Bain Bartlett, daughter, Susan Still and her husband Mark Still of Braselton, GA and son, Joseph “Joey” Bartlett and his wife Brooke Bartlett of Monroe, NC. Jim has five grandchildren whom he loved very much, Kayla, Tanner, Grant, Martin and Olivia. He also leaves behind two sisters Marge Radigan and Anna Mae Donelan.
The family will receive friends Wednesday December 19, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at Gordon Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe, NC 28112. A Celebration of Life service will be held Thursday December 20, 2012 at 1pm in Mineral Springs United Methodist Church, Mineral Springs NC.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mineral Springs UMC, 5915 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Rd, Monroe, NC 28112 or the National Kidney Foundation, 5950 Fairview Rd., Suite 550, Charlotte, NC 28210.
Online condolences may be made at

Mandy Bigham
Mandy Tucker Bigham, 91, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012.  
She was born July 27, 1921 in Stanly County, NC, daughter of the late Henry Duncan and Lessie Furr Tucker.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Waxhaw Baptist Church, 8213 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.  
The family will visit with friends and relatives Tuesday, December 18, 2012 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in Gordon Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Avenue, Monroe, NC  28112.  
Mrs. Bigham is survived by her husband, Vann M. Bigham; sons, Donald Bigham and wife Nancy, and Larry Bigham and wife Brenda; daughter Evelyn Chappell, all of Waxhaw, brother Johnny Tucker of Monroe; sisters Jane Byrum of Monroe and Louise Rushing of Unionville; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110.
Online condolences may be made at
Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory is caring for the Bigham family.  

Graham Collins
Graham Collins, Sr. 93, died Sunday Dec. 16, 2012 at Hospice House in Monroe.
Services will be 11a.m. Wednesday at Fairfield Baptist Church with interment following in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Tuesday 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Morgan & Son Funeral Home in Marshville.

Helen Helms
Mrs. Helen Underwood Helms, 80, died Saturday, November 15, 2012 at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation of Monroe.
Mrs. Helms was born May 24, 1932 in Cabarrus County N.C., daughter of the late William Lee and Mary Alice Kiser Underwood. She was also preceded in death by her husband Heath Eugene Helms, who died March 26, 2009.  
Visitation was held Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 3 until 5 p.m. at the McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe, Funeral Services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Helms were held 1 p.m.. Monday, December 17, 2012 at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church. Interment was  in Lakeland Memorial Park.
 Survivors include one daughter, Donna H. Hartis and husband Chris of Monroe;  one brother,  Bill Underwood and wife Faye of Monroe;  two sisters,  Mrs. Betty Faulk of Indian Trail N.C. and Mrs. Evelyn Belk of Monroe.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 1714 Plyler Mill Rd., Monroe N.C. 28112.  Online condolences may be offered at
McEwen Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Helms.

Margaret Helms
Mrs. Margaret Joyce Helms, 67, died Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Carolina Medical Center-Union.  
Mrs. Helms was born October 30, 1945 in Union County, daughter of the late Leonard Boyd and Ruby Carline Smith Hargett. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Mechelle Helms Kitto.
 Visitation will be Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at the McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe. Services to celebrate her life will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Forest Hills Baptist Church, with Rev. Neal Workman and Don Ford officiating. Interment will follow in Lakeland Memorial Park.  
Survivors include her husband: Frank Helms Jr. of the home, one son,  Jeff Helms and wife Pam of Stanfield N.C.; four grandchildren, Dale Helms and wife Jessie of Indian Trail N.C., Andrew Helms and wife Melissa of Charlotte, N.C., Courtney Powell and husband Tyler of Indian Trail N.C., Hayley Helms of Stanfield N.C.; three great grandchildren, Abigail, Marissa and Emmalyn Helms;  two brothers, Leonard Boyd Hargett Jr., James Dennis Hargett both of Monroe N.C.; two sisters, Annett Ford and husband Don, Frances Younts and husband Dale both of Indian Trail N.C.
 Online condolences may be offered at  McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Helms.

Grady Kindley
Grady Roy Kindley, 63, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012 at his home in Monroe following a year-long illness.
Mr. Kindley was born March 3, 1949 in Union County to the late Ovey Roy Kindley and Ella Melissa Clontz Kindley.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Hazel Kizer and her husband, Jay Doyce Kizer.
Grady grew up in the Fairview community, having graduated from Piedmont High School in 1967.  He graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in history in 1971.  History and politics were always important interests in his life.  Besides an intense love of family, he was a lover of the outdoors and sports of all descriptions, either as a participant or a spectator.  He loved the game of golf as well as hunting, fishing, and weight-lifting.  His younger years had included participation in football, basketball, tennis, and handball.  Grady’s love of music was evident, with country and western and rock and roll both top priorities.  He never tired of watching movies, viewing and enjoying his favorites over and over.  His newest hobby was wine-making.
Grady spent a number of years working in banking, finance, and in the manufactured housing industry.  His most recent position was as the office manager for the Employment Security Commission Job Link Center in Albemarle.
The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Hartsell Funeral Home in Midland.  The funeral service will be at 4 p.m., Thursday, at Zion United Methodist Church, 1521 Old Fish Road, Monroe.  Rev. David McCauley will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery.
 At other times, the family will meet at his home.
 He is survived by his daughters, Kara Lemon and her husband, Bill, and Krista Kindley-Martin and her wife, Terri, of Winston Salem and their mother, Patricia Helms Kindley; his brother, R. A. “Buck” Kindley and his wife, Elsie, of Monroe; his sisters, Virginia Braswell and her husband, Bengie, Faye Broadway and her husband, Charles, all of Monroe, and Dean Kindley of Tallahassee, Florida; his grandchildren, Jason, Jamie, Josh, and Zoe Lemon and Kaziah Kindley-Hayes; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
 Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 270 Peachtree St. NW, Suite 1300, Atlanta, GA 30303 or 1-800-HABITAT.
 Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is serving the Kindley family.
 Online condolences may be made at

Martha Parris
Martha Ann Mooney Parris, 70, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012.  She was born in Gaffney, SC on May 24, 1942 daughter of the late James Stewart and Nora Smith Mooney.
Martha owned and operated Prudential Carolinas Realty as Broker in Charge.  She also served as President of the Union County Board of Realtors for 12 years earning the distinction of Realtor of the Decade and subsequently the Realtor of the Year award will now be known as the Martha Parris Realtor of the Year award in her honor.
Martha was a Rotarian serving as president from 2004-2005 and was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow.  She graduated from Winthrop College in 1964 with a BA in Music Education.  Upon her marriage and moving to Monroe she taught Choral Music at Monroe High School.
As a member of First Baptist Church choir for over 40 years she was a soloist and active force in the music ministry of the congregation.  In addition, she sang with the Charlotte Oratorio Singers. Martha was actively involved in the life of her church where she served as a Trustee sharing her faith with fellow members and the community.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM in First Baptist Church of Monroe.  The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 12:00 noon in Frederick Memorial Park, Gaffney, SC.
Mrs. Parris was preceded in death by her husband, Steddy Derbin Parris, Jr.  She is survived by sons, Dan Parris of Monroe, and Brent Parris of Hollywood, California, brother, Jim Mooney of Columbia, SC and 3 grandchildren, Luke, Spencer and Emma Parris.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Music Program, 109 E. Morrow Ave., Monroe, NC 28112.
Gordon Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe, NC 28112 is caring for the Parris family.  Online condolences may be made at

Terry Lee Smith
Mr. Terry Lee Smith, age 58, of Monroe, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at CMC-Main, Charlotte, North Carolina.
A Gathering  to Celebrate the Life of Mr. Smith will be held at Davis Funeral Home Chapel , 1003 East Franklin St., Monroe, NC 28112 on Thursday  (December 20, 2012) from 4:00 PM until 5:00 PM. Friends and family are welcome to come together to remember and celebrate Terry's life during this Gathering hour.
 Terry was born on May 10, 1954, in Lumberton, North Carolina, a son of the late Horace Malcolm and Agnes Elizabeth Smith.
In addition to his parents,Terry was preceded in death by his son, Jimmy McCall of Florida and his twin sister, Geraldine Lynn Smith.
He was a construction equipment operator and loved to be in the company of his friends. Terry was happiest when he was surrounded by his friends at The Eazy Parrot in Monroe. He always had a big smile for everyone and a happy attitude. Terry was also a member of The Moose Lodge.
 Survivors include his brother, Malcolm 'Mack' C. Smith of Monroe, NC and John and Gina Painter and family.
Terry will be remembered the most, by the friends and family that knew and loved him best.
Davis Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family of Mr. Smith. An on-line guest register book is available at