Deaths for Feb. 27, 2013
Richard Brandon “Rick” Harris, age 59, died Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Hospice House of Union County after a brief illness. Rick was born October 2, 1953 in Monroe, N.C. to Colene Helms Norton and the late Donald B. Harris.
Along with his beloved children, Hannah Elisabeth Harris and Samuel Franklin Harris, and his mother, Rick is survived by four siblings, Donna Harris Sell and husband Chip, Liz Harris Lecka and husband Van, Frank Harris, and Tom Harris and wife Rosemary. He is also survived by many special nieces and nephews, including Brandon Griffith and husband Donald, John Sell and wife Nicole, Streeter Lecka, Tyler Lecka and Riley Lecka. Surviving uncles and aunts include Arnold and Alva Helms, Robert O. and Ruth Helms, Brenda and James Wilhelm and June Cochran. Grandnieces and nephews are Elizabeth Griffith, D.C. Griffith, Cade Griffith, Lillie Sell and Ella Sell. In addition to his father, Rick is predeceased by aunt Evelyn Harris Wilkerson and nephews Beau Sell and Todd Harris.
Rick was a graduate of Monroe High School and Central Piedmont Community College Law Enforcement Program. Devoted to Union County, he worked first for the Union County Sherriff’s Department, then the Union County Livestock Market and finished his career with the Union County School System. He was also a proud member of the Union County Cattlemen’s Association.
Rick had a very special life filled with countless lifelong friendships, including I.F. and Inez Plyer, Jane and Scott Vandiver and family, Aaron Plyer and family, Alton Plyer, Annette, Ricky and Abbey Mills, Joey Turner, Rick McCollum, Don and Katie Duncan, Ray Medlin, Rick Benton and the entire Union County Public Schools Maintenance Department.
In recent years, Rick was an icon at the Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market. He was easily recognizable at the Franklin Farms booth in his straw hat and was known for his never-ending graciousness to customers and his beautiful collard greens. The family would like to thank the many who supported this labor of love, especially Ray Cook.
Rick will be remembered for his love of the outdoors, volunteering at the Unionville Barbeque for more than 20 years and his commitment to his church family where he was a dedicated member of the Brotherhood. He never knew a stranger, was a friend to all and gave freely to his community and friends. He was known as a small man in stature with a big heart and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
A visitation and service celebrating Rick’s life will be held Thursday, February 28th at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3816 Morgan Mill Rd. Monroe, NC 28110. Visitation will be from l p.m. until 2:45 p.m, followed by the service at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in the Monroe City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Union County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship Fund, 3230-D Presson Rd., Monroe, NC 28112, Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3816 Morgan Mill Rd., Monroe, NC 28110 or Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, N.C., 28110.
Gordon Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Ave., Monroe, NC 28112 is caring for the Harris family. Online condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralservice.com.
Kaydin Jamil Honeycutt, six days old, of Monroe died Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Graveside services will be held at 12 noon Friday, March 1, 2013 at Lakeland Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Arrangements are being handled by Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Monroe.
Marion Dale Rodgers, 68, of Mineral Springs passed away Tuesday February 26, 2013 at his home. Graveside services will be held Thursday February 28, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe, N.C. with Pastor Bobby Helms officiating.
Dale was born April 26, 1944 in Union County, N.C. to the late Minnie L. Presley and late D.J. Griffin. He was adopted and raised by his maternal grandparents, the late Marion Lee and Sarah L. Rodgers. Dale served six years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War era. He retired from McGee Corporation of Matthews, N.C. in September 2009, after serving 19 years as a long distance truck driver and dispatcher.
Dale is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Renee King Rodgers of the home. He was preceeded in death by his daughter, Michelle Phillips in 2002 and his son, Jody Rodgers in 2004. Dale is survived by two sons, Matthew Rodgers of Monroe, N.C. and Reggie Rodgers of Marshville, N.C. and one daughter, Monica Rodgers Hagler and husband, Mark Hagler, of Monroe, N.C. He also has two step-sons, Randy Arant and wife, Sherry Arant and Kevin Witmore and wife, Jessica Witmore, both of South Carolina; one step-daughter, Robin Arant King of Marshville, N.C. Dale was blessed with 20 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
He is survived by two brothers, Marvin Reeder of Monroe, N.C. and Roger Reeder and wife, Trish Reeder, of Arkansas; five sisters, Wanda Daniels and husband Bill Daniels, Dolly Medlin, both from Monroe, .N.C, Nancy Pressley of Kentucky, Frances Howell and husband John Howell of Tennessee, Modene Howie and husband Bill Howie of Mineral Springs, N.C.
Dale was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who will be greatly missed. His long and courageous battle with cancer finally ended on February
26, 2013. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Gregory Brouse and the entire staff of the Levine Cancer Center. Our thanks to Carolinas Medical Center-Union and the staff at Hospice of Union County. Our special thanks to nurse Jan Plyler and Jeremy Adams.
Memorial contributions may be made in Dale’s honor to Hospice of Union County. On-line condolences may be left to www.heritagefuneral.net. The Rodgers family is in the care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel.