Deaths for Jan. 30, 2013

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 05:37 PM

Frances Brantley
Mrs. Frances W. Brantley, 85, died Jan. 28, 2013 at Hospice House of Union County.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at Fairfield Baptist Church Cemetery.  Morgan & Son Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ollie Dean Bryant
Ollie Dean Bryant, Sr., 52, of Albemarle, was a strong fighter, but lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at CMC- NorthEast.
The family will receive friends at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle on Friday, February 1, 2013 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. At other times, the family will meet at his home, 23943 Edgefield Rd. Albemarle.
Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle handling arrangements.

Susan Helms
Susan Gail Thomas Helms,  52, of Monroe died Monday, Jan. 28 at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Davis Funeral Home.

John Lipke
John Edward Lipke, 65, died January 25, 2013.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Gordon Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Ave. Monroe NC, 28112.
Online condolences may be made at

James Muldrow
 James Steven (Jim) Muldrow passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, after a two-year battle with intestinal cancer.
Jim was born in Monroe, N.C., on May 1, 1958. He attended Wingate Elementary, East Union Middle School and Forest Hills High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1980 from his beloved University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a lifelong fan and advocate of the University. Upon graduation he returned to make his home in Monroe and began his journalism career with the Marshville Home News. Soon thereafter, he joined The Enquirer-Journal as a sports writer, later becoming sports editor and then news editor. In 1994, he met the love of his life, Cheryl Simpson, and married her on May 18, 1996. Jim treasured his family and friends. He loved the mountains, photography, the UNC Tar Heels and baseball. He had a goal to visit every Major League Baseball stadium in the nation and dragged Cheryl to more than two dozen, including Fenway Park on their honeymoon. Jim was a member of Wingate Baptist Church and served as a Deacon and on various committees. In 2009, he undertook a career change to take on a new challenge as coordinator of marketing and communications for South Piedmont Community College (SPCC).
In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his father, William Blake Muldrow; two brothers, Jeff Travis Muldrow and Charles Stuart Muldrow and his wife, Jody Alexander Muldrow; father- and mother-in-law, Mott and Phyllis Simpson; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Tim and Dana Simpson, and Paul and Teresa Davis; nephews, Blake Muldrow and Camden Muldrow; nieces, Mattie Simpson, Hannah Lindsey, Emma Crumpler, Lily Davis and Heather Davis; and two aunts, Betty Jo Muldrow and Eloise Hudspeth. His mother, Betty Whitaker Muldrow, preceded him in death.
The family will receive friends at Wingate Baptist Church located at 109 W. Elm Street in Wingate, NC  28174 on Thursday, January 31st from 6-8 pm.
The funeral is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Friday, February 1st at Wingate Baptist Church, with burial to follow at Lakeland Memorial Park, located at 1901 Lancaster Avenue in Monroe. Gordon Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be made to <>
Memorials may be made to the SPCC Foundation for the Jim Muldrow Memorial Scholarship, 680 US Hwy. 74, Polkton, NC 28135, or to the UNC School of Journalism at <>, or to Wingate Baptist Church.

Shirley Hill Riley
Shirley Hill Riley, 80, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013 at her residence. 
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe.

Donna Ruggerio
Donna Marie Ruggiero, 49, of Indian Traildied Jan. 28, 2013.
 Services  will be Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel.
 Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel is handling arrangements.