Bay'Asia Loyati Allah, 13, daughter of Yvette Allen and Mustafa Shanndoah Allah, died on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in Monroe, NC. A viewing will be held Friday, July 30, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Blakely Funeral Home & Cremations, LLC., 714 East Franklin Street, Monroe. Funeral ser…

Alan Robert Kessel, 78, of Matthews, NC, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on July 24, 1942, in Bradford, PA, son of the late William O. and Marjorie Warner Kessel. Al was blessed to grow up with older brother Richard L. Kessel and yo…

Joseph Ray Blythe of Monroe, N.C., died on Monday July 26, 2021. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 30, from 7 - 9 p.m. at Love Baptist Church. The Funeral service will be at the church on Saturday, July 31, at 11 a.m. followed by burial at the church cemetery.

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Arnold W. Smith Jr., 94, passed away July 22, 2021 at Atrium Health Union in Monroe, NC. He was born on August 31, 1926 in Goldsboro, NC to the late Arnold W. Smith Sr. and Ellen Harrell Smith. He was preceded in death by his brother Richard Smith, and two sisters, Dorothy Bennett and Eleano…

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Mr. Willie Junior Paschall, 96, of Charlotte, NC passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Atrium Health / Pineville in Charlotte. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harris Funeral Home & Cremations of Monroe.

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Mrs. Emily Simms Johnson, 92, of Wesley Chapel, N.C., passed away July 14, 2021. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, August 2, 2021 at the Harris Funeral Home Memorial Chapel in Monroe. Entombment will follow in the Lakeland Memorial Park Mausoleum in Monroe. A public viewing wi…

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Audrey Louise Dodd Bales, age 100, died on July 16, 2021. She was born in Boaz, AL on March 1, 1921, one of nine children of the late David Edward and Maude Smith Dodd. She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence and her son Duane.

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James Wade Rushing, 89 years old, died Friday, July 23, 2021 at Loris Hospital in Loris, SC. James was born in Union County North Carolina, son of the late Bascom Rushing and Annie Jane Rushing.

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Charles Larry Stewart, age 89, passed away on July 9, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Larry, as he preferred to be called, was born on April 22, 1932, in Monroe, North Carolina to Bob and Nan (Schachner) Stewart. He was a loving husband and devoted father to six children. Larry spent many years hel…

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Edsel Dwight Nash of Monroe passed away in his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday afternoon, July 21. He was 89 years old and is survived by his loving faithful wife of 68 years, Ellie Nash. Edsel was born in Union County to Brice and Eltis Nash on April 14, 1932. He had four younger…

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Eaver Horton-Phifer 83, passed away on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Clear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pineville, N.C. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 28, from 1-6 at Blakely Funeral Home and Cremations (714 E. Franklin St. in Monroe). The funeral service will be held on…

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Otis Clarence Marsh, 69, of Monroe, N.C., passed away on July 21, 2021 at home surrounded by family. 

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Mrs. Della Ruth “Sister” Love Cooper, age 91, of Monroe, NC, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at her residence.

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Pamela Denise Laney, 65, of Monroe, N.C., went home to be with the Lord on July 17, 2021 surrounded by her family.

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James C. Helms passed peacefully from this world into the realms of angels at 8:15am on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. With his worldly affliction defeated, he is safely in the arms of his loving parents and his granddaughter who paved the way before him.

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Bette Susan Brott, 71, passed away July 10, 2021. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Holland Funeral Service. Holland Funeral Service is handling arrangements.

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Valeria Rorie-Brace, 53, departed this life on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visitation is Friday, July 23, from 1-6 p.m. at Blakely Funeral Home & Cremations. A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m.…

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James Lane Tompkins, 69, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2021. He was the son of the Late Clarence and Bernice Tompkins. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Evan Marcus Tompkins, and wife Joan Christine (Nelson) Tompkins.

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Carrie Lee Blakeney Walker was born on October 18, 1934 in Chesterfield County, SC to the late Robert Blakeney and Flossie Lowery Blakeney. She was married to the late Jason James Walker. She was a lifelong member of Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Tradesville, SC.

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Lynda Price Williams, 79, of Monroe, N.C., passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021 at her home surrounded by family, after a decade long battle with cancer. Born July 25, 1941, Lynda was the daughter of the late Marvin Erastus Price and Mildred Haigler Price. A graduate of Unionville High Schoo…

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Mr. Garry Stanford Ritch, age 63, of Monroe, NC, passed away on Friday, July 9, 2021 at Atrium Health Union.

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Ms. Emily Johnson, 92, of Wesley Chapel, NC passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at the Monroe Rehabilitation Center in Monroe, NC. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Harris Funeral Home & Cremations of Monroe, NC.

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Mrs. Viola Crowder Hammonds, 95 of Monroe, NC passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at her home. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Nicey Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 318 N. Camden Rd., Marshville, NC. Mrs Hammonds’ remains will lie in repose one hour pr…

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William Scott Wolfe, 50, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2021. He was born March 10, 1971 to Sanford Wolfe and the late Janie Hilton.

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Mrs. Audrey Dodd Bales, age 100, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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Harry Alonzo Godfrey, 94, passed away in his sleep at his home in Monroe, North Carolina on July 17, 2021. He was born January 27, 1927 in Union County, son of the late William Blythe Godfrey and Della Stephenson Godfrey. He is also preceded in death by two brothers, William Godfrey and Doug…

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Charles Franklin “Frank” Chaney Jr., 70, of Monroe, NC passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at the Hospice House in Monroe surrounded by his wife and sons. He was born in Union County on November 12, 1950, son of the late Charles Franklin Chaney Sr., and Billie Lee Williams Chaney.

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Mr. Robert “ Bob” Griffin Russell, of Monroe, NC passed away July 9, 2021 at White Oak Manor of Waxhaw. Bob was born in Mecklenburg County on May 11, 1944 to the late William Lewis and Mary Griffin Russell. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and served our county in the Air National Gu…

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Chester “Chet” Lee Moore, 74, of Monroe, NC passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

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Jessie Smith Purnell, 92, of Monroe, NC, died peacefully on July 14, 2021 at Waltonwood Cotswold in Charlotte, NC. She was born on September 26, 1928 in Monroe to the late Martin and Bessie Smith. Jessie is also preceded in death by her husband Rial Omega Purnell, four sisters: Verna Jones, …

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Dawn Belk Ramsey, age 65, of Indian Trail, NC, passed away on July 11, 2021. She was born in Union County on September 26, 1955, daughter of the late Jerry and Ceola Belk. She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Ramsey, and by her brother, Richard Belk.

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Barbara Jean Whitley Cox, 81, of New Salem, NC, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte.

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Madie A. Easley, 90, of Indian Trail, NC passed away on Monday, July 5th, 2021. Madie was born in Jacksonville, NC daughter to the late John and Elizabeth Autry.

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Myrtle Helms Williams Curlee, 95, of Hickory, NC, peacefully passed into the arms of her loving Savior with her family by her side on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Pinecrest Senior Living in Hickory.

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Rodney Boutwell, 77, of Monroe, NC passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2021. He was born in Santa Clara County, CA, on October 15, 1943, son of the late Dr. Charles Rodney Boutwell Sr., and Gladys Cordella Campbell Boutwell, also preceded in death by his brother Paul Boutwell.

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Marilyn Kilgo passed away July 6, 2021. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt Calvary A.M.E. Zion Church, 800 Lasalle St, Monroe , NC 28110. A public viewing will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Holland Funeral Service.

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Johnny Glenn Latham, 86, of Monroe, NC passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Union County on February 15, 1935 son to the late E. G. Latham and Helen Mae Holloway Latham. He is also proceeded in death by a sister-in-law Gail Fowler Latham, and a brother-in-law T…

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Iva Hall went home to be with Jesus on July 2, 2021. She was born February 1, 1926 in North Rose N. Y. She married W.C. Hall in October 1946. They had 5 children. David Hall (Margaret), Kathy (Scoot Williams), Lance Hall (Darline), Audrey (Clarence Holton), and Beta (Bill Mackosky. Preeceded…

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Elton Harrell, 64, of Monroe, NC passed on July 7, 2021 at Atrium Health Union.

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Ray Turner Cook, 87, of Monroe, passed away Friday, July 9, 2021. He was born September 14, 1933 in Union County a son of the late Cam and Avis Morris Cook. He is also preceded in death by a brother, Waymon Cook and a sister Evelyn Richardson.

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Shirely Beatty Love, 83, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. She was born February 24, 1938 to the late Jack Beatty and Henrietta Beatty. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Buford Love, children, Perry Love, Jeffrey Love, and Penny Russell, and grandson, Cody Stockton.

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Mary Kaye Privette, age 27, passed away July 5, 2021 at her home in Monroe, NC. She was born October 24,1993 in Charlotte, NC. She graduated from Monroe High School in 2013. She volunteered at the Monroe Hospital.

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Terry Eugene Bigham, 64, passed away at his home Saturday July 3, 2021.

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Mrs. Oleatha F. Marsh, 79, of Waxhaw, NC passed away Monday, July 5, 2021 at her home. A memorial service in her honor will be held Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Mount Nebo Baptist Church, 700 Miller St., Waxhaw.