Deaths for March 2, 2013

Mar. 01, 2013 @ 05:45 PM

Vickie Gaston

Vickie Gaston, 60, of Albemarle died March 1, 2013 at Bethany Woods.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Hartsell Funeral Home of Albemarle. At other times, the family will receive visitors at 580 Sides Road in Salisbury. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Hartsell Funeral Home's Lefler Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery in Misenheimer, N.C.



Elbert Griffin
Elbert Carl Griffin, 80, of Monroe died Friday, March 1, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Bethlehem Presbyterian Church.  Burial will follow in Monroe City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013 in Gordon Funeral Service, 1904 Lancaster Avenue, Monroe.

Mary Laney
Mrs. Mary Williams Laney, 78, died Friday, March 1, 2013 at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews.
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church Indian Trail. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be private.
Mrs. Laney was born August 27, 1934 in Charlotte and was the daughter of the late Perry E. and Beatrice Norton Williams. She retired from Delmar Studios. Mrs. Laney was a wonderful, loving mother and wife of 62 years to her husband, Jerry. She was a kindhearted giver who continually cared for her family, as well as many others.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Laney is survived by her son, Jerry Keith Laney of Monroe; daughters, Judy Helms and husband, Dale, Patty Connell and husband, Jimmy and Debbie Pressley and husband, Lane, all of Monroe and Benita Thomas of Matthews; brothers, Billy Joe Williams of Ashe, N.C. and Johnny E. Williams of Indian Trail; sisters, Barbara Shaw of Charlotte and Linda Stines of Indian Trail; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials be made to The Encouragers Class c/o First Baptist Church Indian Trail, P.O. Box 2550, Indian Trail, NC 28079.
Online condolences may be left for the family at
Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Indian Trail is serving the family of Mrs. Laney.


Leonor de Rodriguez
Leonor Martinez Garay de Rodriguez, 86, of Stallings died on Feb. 27, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at St. Luke Catholic Church. Burial will follow.
Arrangements are are being handled by Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel.

James Sullivan Sr.
Mr. James Thomas Sullivan, Sr., age 75, of Monroe, N.C., passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, at Presbyterian Hospital Main in Charlotte, N.C.
Funeral services to celebrate the life of James Thomas Sullivan, Sr. will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, at Mary Elizabeth Baptist Church in Waxhaw, N.C.
Interment will follow at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Waxhaw, N.C.
Mr. Sullivan was born on May 20, 1937, in Chesterfield County, S.C., a son of the late Oscar Thomas Sullivan and Bertha Jordan Sullivan.
He was married to the late Jean Brock Sullivan, who passed in 2010,  and was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Carol Sullivan in 1974.
Mr. Sullivan began his employment with Pepsi in 1969 as a route salesman and continued in various positions throughout his 37 years of dedicated service.
Survivors include two sons, James T. (Jimmy) Sullivan, Jr. and wife Annette Sullivan of Monroe, and Larry D. Sullivan and wife Angie Sullivan of Monroe; three brothers, Charles Sullivan and wife Bobbie Jean Sullivan of Monroe, Richard Sullivan and wife Marie Sullivan of Pageland, and Bobby Sullivan and wife Martha Sullivan of Pageland; a sister, Mildred Payne and husband John Payne of Indian Trail; two grandchildren, Amanda and Zach Taylor of Monroe, and Ashley and Sam Steele of Monroe; two great grandchildren, Ally Taylor of Monroe and Payton Steele of Monroe; his fiancee, Lois Hoggard of Midland; and his faithful companion, Daffy of many years.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday evening, March 3, 2013, at Davis Funeral Home in Monroe, 1003 East Franklin Street.
Memorials may be made to Mary Elizabeth Baptist Church, Building Fund, 3703 Mary Elizabeth Church Road, Waxhaw, North Carolina 28173.
Davis Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family of Mr. Sullivan. An on-line guest register book is available at


Mackenzie Whiteley
Mackenzie Rae Whiteley, 17, of Marshville died Feb. 27, 2013 at Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Morgan & Son Funeral Home