Deaths for Dec. 2, 2012

Dec. 01, 2012 @ 06:01 PM

Mary Ann Aldridge
Suddenly on November 27, 2012, Mary Ann Aldridge, 66, of Waxhaw, N.C.,  formerly of New Haven, CT, entered into eternal rest after a brief fight with cancer.
She was employed Montoweoe Health and Rehab of North Haven, CT until her retirement in 211.
Mrs. Aldridge leaves behind her 5 children: Christine (Billyjoe) Martin of West Haven, CT, Peter Burwell, Jr. of CT., Edward Burwell of Meriden, CT., David (Dawn) Burwell and Theresa (Russell) Ashby of North Carolina, 11 grandchildren, her brother George (Diane) Petrunia Jr., several nieces, nephew and friends.
She was preceded by her husband, Hazel “Red” Aldridge, a step-son, Roger Dale Aldridge, Sr. and her parents, George C. and Philomena (Fannie) Petrunia.
Services will be held in New Haven, CT, graveside at Beaverdale Memorial Park.
Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Weddington Chapel.

Callie Helms
Callie Helms, 84, passed away November 30, 2012.  She was born June 10, 1928, daughter of the late Charles Price and Connie McCoy Helms.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Emery Richard Helms.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 1 p.m. in Shining Light Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in Lakeland Memorial Park.  The family will visit with friends and relatives on Monday, December 3, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Gordon Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Avenue, Monroe, NC  28112.
Ms. Helms is survived by a son, David and wife, Robin Helms of Monroe; a daughter, Hazel and husband, Mike Jones of Monroe; a brother, T. C. Helms of Matthews; a sister, Myrtle Privette of Matthews and grandchildren, Calvin McCarver, Jr. and Caitlin McCarver.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC  28110 or Council on Aging in Union County, 1401 Skyway Dr., Monroe, NC  28110.
Online condolences may be made at
Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory is caring for the Helms family.

Marie Hinson
Marie Rodden Hinson, 67, died Friday, November 30, 2012. Marie was born in Union County, NC, December 22, 1944 daughter of the late Alvin and Ethel Helms Rodden.  
She was a loving wife and mother.
Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 11 a.m. in  Lakeland Memorial Park.
Mrs. Hinson is survived by her husband, Ralph Mitchell Hinson; sons Russell “Rusty” Hinson of Charlotte, NC and Jeffery “Jeff” Hinson of Monroe, NC.  
Online condolences may be made to
Gordon Funeral Service is caring for the Hinson family.   
Julia Spencer
Julia Stewart Spencer died on November 28, 2012 at the age of 86.  She was born in 1926 and was a native of Gastonia, N.C., daughter of Roscoe S. and Julia Stewart Futch Spencer, and was a descendant of two of Gaston County’s pioneer families.  Her grandparents were Henry Harrison Spencer and Margaret Ann McArver Spencer of Gastonia, and John D. and Julia Ellen Stewart Futch of Monroe, NC.
A lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, Ms. Spencer served many years as a choir member, and as a soprano soloist under many different choir directors.
She was a charter member and former president of Sharps and Flats Music Club, National Federation of Music Clubs; and she served as treasurer for the Gastonia Music Education Foundation and as treasurer for the Gastonia Community Concert Association, later serving on both boards.
She was employed at the old Citizens National Bank on Main Avenue in Gastonia at one time, and also served as a music specialist and teacher in Gaston County Schools, from which she retired. Ms. Spencer enjoyed working in schools in Augusta, Ga., both as an elementary music supervisor and as a junior high school music teacher.  She was a soprano soloist in a number of Augusta churches, served as a choir director for Mann Memorial Methodist Church in Augusta, and was a member and secretary for Augusta Music Club.
A member of Waxhaws Chapter, Daughters of the American Colonists, she also held memberships in William Gaston Chapter, D.A.R.; Delta Kappa Gamma, honorary teachers society; Alpha Delta Kappa, honorary teachers sorority; National Association for Music Educators; North Carolina Music Educators Association; as well as the N.C. Retired School Personnel Association.
Ms. Spencer graduated from Gastonia High School and Winthrop College, and also studied voice at Limestone and Queens Colleges.  She was principal soloist with the Winthrop Touring Choir, blessed with a beautiful coloratura soprano voice.  Her graduate work was at the Royal Conservatory of Music, University of Toronto, where she was a student of the renowned George Lambert.
Graveside services for Ms. Spencer will be held at the Old Monroe City Cemetery, Monroe, N.C., on December 3, 2012 at 1 p.m., with the Rev. David Christy and the Rev. Saxon Scarborough officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catawba Lands Conservancy, 105 West Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28202, or to Cemetery Fund, (Old) Waxhaw Presbyterian Church, 2814 Old Hickory Rd., Lancaster, SC 29720.
Survivors are her sister, Mary Anne Spencer Goodman of Gastonia; niece, Henrietta Spencer Goodman and grandnephews, Cole Spencer Brooks and Scott Spencer Chaussee of Missoula, Mont.; and cousins, Dr. Archer Hamner Futch, Jr. of Livermore, Calif., Carolyn Futch Naylor of Jacksonville, Fla., William Stewart Futch of Richmond, Va., Dr. David Gardner Futch of San Diego, Calif., Louis Kendrick Futch of Candler, N.C. and Ida Calhoun Scott of Austin, Texas.                     
Online condolences may be made at
Carothers Funeral Home, Gastonia is serving the Spencer family.