Deaths for Dec. 5, 2012

Dec. 04, 2012 @ 06:32 PM

Dot C. Austin
Mrs. Doris Jean Crook Austin, 75, of New Salem, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 3, 2012, at Hospice House of Union County. Dot, as she was known to her family and friends, will be remembered for the love, kindness and compassion she showed to others and the way in which she embraced life.
 A native North Carolinian, she was born on March 10, 1937, to the late Victor Carl and Annie Belle Yarborough Crook. The 9 th of 11 children, Dot is survived by her sisters Eva Black, Jo Ann Phillips, Sarah Lynn Gerlach and husband Ted and Carlene Courtney and husband Richard, as well as her brother John Crook and wife Rachel. She is gloriously reunited in Heaven with her parents and late siblings Clarence Crook, Ethel Plyler, George Crook and Norman Crook and infant brother Waymon Crook.
 Dot is survived by the love of her life and husband of 56 years, William Gerald "Bill" Austin.
Married at the ages of 19 and 20, Dot and Gerald built a life with one another that brought them great happiness and countless joys. Together, they enjoy the adventures of day-to-day life and special moments such as a romantic 25 th anniversary in Hawaii. One of Dot's greatest pleasures was being surrounded by her family including her beloved daughter Christina Austin McDermott and son-in-law Ed McDermott; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Dot is also survived by her dearly loved sister-in-law Nadine Austin Hicks and husband Dwight Hicks.
 The circle of those who deeply loved Dot extends much further then her immediate family. She was adored by her extended family, including numerous nieces and nephews, and shared a special bond with many treasured and loyal friends, including those in her church family at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
 Dot was a longtime resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, where she made many close friends. After 43 years of service at AXA/Equitable Life Insurance, Dot retired in 1999, and moved to New Salem, North Carolina where she and Gerald built their dream house on family land. Dot's favorite pastimes expressed her kind and giving nature. She enjoyed spending time in the garden, growing tomatoes, blackberries and other produce which she generously shared with family, friends and neighbors. She loved to cook and nourish others, often bringing an entire car full of delicious dishes to family gatherings. She loved finding treasures in unexpected places and created a beautiful family home with items she had collected over the years. Dot was quick to share a warm smile and her compassionate, genuine spirit with those around her. Her presence will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have had her in their lives.
 The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Davis Funeral Home in Monroe, 1003 East Franklin Street.
 A Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of Dot will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, December 7, 2012, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, officiated by Reverend John Miller. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery.
 Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 7002 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Marshville, NC 28103 or to Hospice of Union County, 700 West Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110.
 Davis Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Austin.
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Lola Eudy
Mrs. Lola Holshouser Eudy, age 88, passed away Monday, December 3, 2012 at Carolinas Medical Center-Union Hospital in Monroe.   
Mrs. Eudy was born on August 10, 1924 in Lancaster County, South Carolina, a daughter of the late Mr. William Conrad “W.C.” Holshouser and the late Mrs. Emma Ruth Montgomery Holshouser.  
Mrs. Eudy was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Clifford Ney Eudy on May 4, 1993.  She was also preceded in death by (three) brothers, Raeford, Floyd and W.C. Holshouser, Jr., and (two) sisters, Mrs. Lois Tucker and Mrs. Margaret Helms all of Monroe.
Mrs. Eudy is survived by a son, Roger K. Eudy and wife Mary of Waxhaw and by a daughter, Karen E. Burgess of Monroe, (two) grandchildren, Brian N. Eudy and wife Angie of Waxhaw and Elizabeth Boswell of Monroe. (three) great-grandchildren, Johnny “J.J.” Lee Smith, Brian N. “Cowboy” Eudy, Jr., and Kimberly Dawn Eudy, (three) sisters, Mrs. Nadean Moody, Mrs. Helen Malone and Mrs. Norma Williams and husband Ted all of Monroe. (two) Step-granddaughters, Charity Deese and husband Richard and children of Waxhaw, Jackie Bevington and husband Greg and children of Monroe.
The Eudy family will receive friends and relatives for visitation tonight (Wednesday, December 5, 2012) from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at McEwen Funeral Home in Monroe.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Mrs. Eudy will be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday afternoon (December 6, 2012) in West Monroe Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. David Hayes and the Rev. Gary Underwood, with burial to follow in Lakeland Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Monroe Baptist Church Building Fund, 1214 Onset Place, Monroe, N.C. 28110 or to the Hermon Baptist Church Building Fund, 9713 Lancaster Hwy., Waxhaw, N.C. 28173. 
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McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Lola Holshouser Eudy.

Dora McEwen
Dora Mae Stegall McEwen, 96 of Tinmouth, VT and formerly of Matthews, NC passed away peacefully Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, VT.  Mae was the only child of the late Bogar Huston Stegall and Audrey Broom Stegall.  She was born on October 19, 1916 in Indian Trail, NC.  She graduated from Indian Trail High School.
Mae was an active member of Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill for over 75 years.  She taught kindergarten, 3 & 4 year olds there for 19 years and was a member of the Fred Brown – Harkey Sunday School class.  She had many fond memories of working with the Presbyterian Women each year during their annual holiday bazaar.   After many years as a housewife, she worked at Bella Hess Clothiers in women’s clothing, Ivey’s Department Store and with the school lunch program at Albemarle Road Junior High School in Charlotte. 
Mae was married to Jacob Wilson Flowe, Jr. for 21 years until his death in 1956 and to Walter Harold McEwen for 20 years until his death in 1984.  She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Betty Lee Flowe Nance and her son, Donald Stevens Flowe.
She is survived by her daughter, Juanita Flowe Larson of Tinmouth, VT.   She is survived also by nine grandchildren, Dr. Kenneth Flowe of Roxboro, NC, Sherri Stone of Hickory, NC, Chris Larson of Annapolis, MD, Amy Lewis of Matthews, NC, Dennis Nance of Matthews, NC, Rachel Moore of Lancaster, SC, Susan Purser of Cornelius, NC, Hoover Nance of Jamestown, NC and Jeffrey Nance of Matthews, NC as well as sixteen great grandchildren and two great great granddaughters.   
A beloved mother, grandmother and friend, she will be greatly missed, but her kind words, valuable lessons and constant encouragement will always be with us.  A service to celebrate her life will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, December 14th, 2012 at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill.   The family will receive friends immediately following the service and burial will follow in Philadelphia Presbyterian’s Evergreen Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, 11501 Bain School Road, Mint Hill, NC 28227.   McEwen Funeral Service of Mint Hill is serving the family.

Judith Marie Neail
Judith Marie Neail, 54, of Monroe, went to heaven on November 9, 2012 at Carolina Specialty Hospital after a hard fought battle with cancer. Despite her illness, Judith eased the pain of her loved ones with her courage, strength and humor.   She was born in St. Lawrence County, New York on September 29, 1958 to the late Donald and Carol Hebert. Survivors include her beloved husband, Kenneth S. Neail; son Matthew Gagnon and wife Kristine of Monroe, NC ; daughter, Crystal Como of Monroe, NC; daughter, Tiffany Thomas  and husband Jeremy of Monroe, NC;  4 grandchildren, Nathaniel Como, Matthew S. Gagnon, Nathaniel Gagnon, and Danielle Como; siblings, Donald Hebert, Ronald Hebert, Darlene Humphries,  the late Jeffrey Hebert, and the late David Hebert as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Judith, an exceptional woman, dedicated her life to caring for others.  She spent her entire professional career caring for the elderly in a way that comforted them and their families.  She is remembered as being a compassionate caregiver and leader to those who she worked with and cared for over her many years in healthcare.
In addition to being exceptional at work Judith was also exceptional at home.  She was a loving, talented, and beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother who always thought of her family’s needs above her own. Judith was truly one of a kind and her integrity, strength, and faith are attributes to be admired.
Each one of us will carry on a very special part of Judith, be it a memory, a talent, strength, or passion. She will be remembered and honored every

Robert Staggers
Robert Warren Staggers, 68, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at his home.
The family will have a graveside service at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Lakeland Memorial, conducted by the Rev. Scott Lewellan.

Sheila Witmore
Sheila Nadine Privette Witmore, 61, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2012.  She was born in Union County, NC on April 12, 1951 daughter of Jennie Mae Privette and the late Edmond Alexander Privette.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, December 7, 2012, conducted by Rev. Richard Merritt at Gordon Funeral Chapel, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe, NC 28112.  Burial will follow in Lakeland Memorial Park.
Mrs.Witmore was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse James Witmore.  She is survived by her mother, Jennie Privette of Indian Trail, sons, Jeff Witmore and wife Lisa, J. B. Witmore and wife Michelle, all of Monroe, Andy Witmore and Brenda of Stallings, brother, Jerry Privette of Indian Trail, sisters, Judy Keziah of Mint Hill, and Rhonda Ciampo of Waxhaw, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 at Gordon Funeral Service.  Online condolences may be made at