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The Salisbury Police Department investigated an armed carjacking that reportedly took place late Friday afternoon. Officers were looking Friday evening for a beige 1985 Nissan sedan belonging to a Salisbury man. The vehicle has a 30-day tag and new hubcaps. According to Salisbury Police Chief Rory Collins, the department received a phone call from a woman who told police she had gotten a phone call from her son, who claimed to have been forced into the trunk of his own car after being robbed at gunpoint while getting gas. According to emergency radio communications, the man did not show up for an appointment at the VA Medical Center. “Right now it’s really vague, and we’re trying to get more information,” Collins said. He added the department was unsure if the carjacking even took place in Salisbury. Investigators ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Salisbury Police Department at 704638-5333. Collins said police were calling on the SBI in an effort to track the man using the GPS devices in his cell phone.

Salisbury High talent showcase Three of Salisbury High’s premier clubs — Me Time, TRU Club and Key Club — will be hosting a “Salisbury’s Got Talent” Benefit Showcase on Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Proceeds will help benefit the local American Red Cross. The showcase will include a variety of performances by Salisbury High’s student body and teachers. Among the scheduled performances are rock, country and gospel music as well as dance, step and tumbling. Healthy living tips and a raffle drawing with more than $200 in prizes will add to the event. Club members have petitioned local businesses to make in-kind support donations for the winning performers. They have also handled the advertising, planning, recruiting, organizing and prize collection for the showcase. Club advisers are as follows: Sakinah Riley, Me Time; Mildred Chinaka and Natalie Gray, TRU Club; and Jennifer Wooten, Key Club.

Posters Deadline for Posters is 5 p.m. • Landis Sandy Ridge AME Zion 144th anniversary with memorial tribute to Dr. Fred D. Ponder, Sunday, May 16. Theme: Celebrating Our Legacies, Past and Present.” 11 a.m. speaker: the Rev. Anthony J. Freeman. 3 p.m. speaker: the Rev. Kelcy G. L. Steele. 704-8578414. • J.C. Price Post 107 sponsoring “Sunday Nite Bash,” 9pm-2am. Music by D.J. Clean. Donation $5. Dress code in effect. Raffles, door prizes and contests. • NARFE Chapter 720 meets Monday, May 17 at 1 pm at RuftyHolmes Senior Center. Current and retired federal employees invited

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010 • 5A

Donald Connell Martin

Stuart 'Craig' Rufty

Willard 'Buck' Hubbard

Myrtle Yates Jones

STATESVILLE — Mr. Donald Connell Martin, 91, formerly of 723 Wood St., died Wednesday evening, May 12, 2010, at Autumn Care of Statesville. Born in Catawba County on July 20, 1918, he was a son of the late Everette L. Martin and Myrtie Blackwood Martin. Mr. Martin retired from Quality Oil Company and was a member and former deacon at Front St. Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On Aug. 25, 1939, he married the former Bertha Etta Bynum, who died Sept. 27, 1991. His second wife, the former Ruby Harmon Lowe, died Feb. 24, 2004. He was also preceded in death by a brother, James Harold Martin, and four sisters, Miss Lois Martin, Antha York, Mildred Rowe and Hazel Saunders. Survivors include a son, Edwin Martin (Debbie) of Salisbury; a daughter, Wanda Martin of Statesville; three grandsons, Christopher Martin (Kelly), Nicholas Martin and Justin Martin (Amanda); along with two step-grandchildren, Patrick and Benji Smith; and three great-greatgrandchildren, Riley, Ryder and Braylee Martin. Service: Services celebrating Mr. Martin's life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Front St. Baptist Church with Rev. Tim Stutts officiating. He will lie in state at the church for 30 minutes prior to the service and burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will assemble at the residence of Wanda Martin at 1003 Radio Road. Memorials: May be given to Front St. Baptist Church, 1403 W. Front St., Statesville, NC 28677; The Projection System Fund, Enon Baptist Church, 1875 Enon Church Road, Salisbury, NC 28147; or Invest In Youth Fund, J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd., Salisbury, NC 28147. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be made online to the family at

ROCKWELL — Mr. Stuart “Craig” Rufty, 56, of Rockwell, passed way Thursday, May 13, 2010, due to a motorcycle accident. Craig was born Jan. 2, 1954, in Chandler, Ariz. He attended East Rowan High School and was a 1972 graduate of West Rowan High School. He worked for National Starch, which is now known as the Henkel Corporation, for 35 years. He was a very active member of the High Rock Community Church on Bringle Ferry Road and a member of the HRCC Riders for Christ. He loved the Tarheels, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Braves and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Craig coached for the Rockwell Inter Civic League and the YMCA, and he had become an avid golfer. Craig was preceded in death by his stepfather, Russell Gillespie, and father-inlaw Roland Robinette. Survivors include wife Janet Riggs Rufty, whom he married April 3, 1999; father Billy C. Rufty and wife Bea of Salisbury; mother Betty Coburn Gillespie of Salisbury; son Kristopher Rufty and wife Angela of Salisbury; daughters Kayla Rufty of the home and Jessica Retera Fisher and husband Matt of Kannapolis; grandchildren Logan and Linnea Rufty and Alexis Retera; brothers Kevin and Steve Rufty of Salisbury; two step-brothers and five step-sisters; mother-in-law Joyce Riggs Robinette of Carolina Shores; brothers-in-law Ron Riggs and wife Susie of Carolina Shores and Randy Riggs and wife Patsy of Holden Beach. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday May 16 at Powles Funeral Home of Rockwell; and at the residence the remainder of the time. Funeral Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 18 at High Rock Community Church, Bringle Ferry Road, Salisbury, conducted by Rev. Ray Johnson, pastor, and Rev. Ronnie Pinion, worship pastor. Interment: Tuesday after the service at Brookhill Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Rockwell. Memorials: Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital, Carolina's Medical Center-Northeast, 920 Church St. N., Concord, NC 28025. Powles Funeral home of Rockwell is assisting the Rufty family. Online condolences may be made to

CHINA GROVE — Mr. Willard Ray “Buck” Hubbard, 83, of 1889 N. Main St., died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Rowan Regional Medical Center, Salisbury. Born in Lexington on March 23, 1927, he was the son of the late Robert H. “Garner Augustus” Hubbard and Sallie Phene Wilson Hubbard. Educated in Rowan County schools, he was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and Merchant Marines. He was a longtime member of Landmark Church. Earlier in life he worked for China Grove Cotton Mills, the VA Medical Center and as an independent truck driver. He retired from Grove Supply. Buck and wife Willie Sue enjoyed traveling the western United States. Buck and Willie Sue were full-time caregivers for their daughter, Annette, until her passing in 2005. In addition to his parents and daughter, he was preceded in death by his stepson, Teddy Martin; sisters Annie Lee Turner, Katheryn Bernice “Jack” Hubbard and Willa Mae Hubbard; brothers Lester Alexander Hubbard and Robert E. “John” Hubbard. Survivors are his wife of 52 years, Willie Sue Wilhelm Hubbard; daughter-in-law Betty Martin of China Grove; two nieces; and seven nephews. Visitation and Service: Visitation will be Sunday from 34 p.m. at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home in China Grove with a graveside service at 4:15 p.m. at Harris Chapel Cemetery, with Revs. Benny Hillard, Mike Robinson and Melvin Deal, ministers. Memorials: May be made to Landmark Church, 1910 Mooresville Road, Salisbury, NC 28147; or The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 625, Salisbury NC 28144. Online memorials may be made to the family at

ASHEBORO — Myrtle Yates Jones, 83, of Asheboro, and formerly of Salisbury, passed from the loving arms of her niece, Brenda Hales (while surrounded by her devoted son Charles and wife Diane), into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Randolph Memorial Hospital in Asheboro. She was born to the late Junius Barnard Yates and Annie Smith Yates Jan. 18, 1927. Myrtle was also preceded in death by her brothers, Charles Hildred, John Barnard and Mackie Allen Yates; and sisters Betty Lee Simmons and Velnor Yates Simmons, who were from Greensboro. Myrtle was married to the love of her life, John Charles Jones, on Jan. 19, 1952. They lived in many states and resided in Salisbury the last 20 years of their marriage. He preceded her in death on March 27, 2008. Myrtle became a resident of Carillon in Asheboro in November 2008. She enjoyed playing bingo and attending parties for every occasion. She was a sweet and gentle soul who enjoyed her family and friends immensely. A faithful member of Rowan Christian Church, she loved her church family, hearing God's Word and praising Him in song. Myrtle is survived by her children: daughter Sharon Jones and her two daughters, Kasey and Paige of Spencer; daughter Brenda Sofley and her husband Steve and their two daughters, Amy and Stephanie Sofley of Salisbury; son Charles and wife Diane and their three sons, Jonathan, Christopher (now serving in Afghanistan) and Timothy Jones of Pleasant Garden; and son William (Bill) Jones of Spencer. She is also survived by her wonderful great-grandson Brenden Sofley; brother Tal Yates of Browns Summit; and sister Marie Bryant of Temple, Ga. Also surviving are many loving and caring nieces and nephews, who visited her often and brought her much comfort and joy. Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at Lyerly Funeral Home, 515 S. Main St. in Salisbury. Service: 12:30 p.m. Monday, May 17 at Rowan Christian Church, 2155 Bringle Ferry Road in Salisbury, with the Rev. Cliff Vogh officiating. Interment will be in Salisbury National Cemetery. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Rowan Christian Church, P.O. Box 2235, Salisbury, NC 28145; or Hospice of Randolph County, P.O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204. The family would like to thank the caregivers of Carillon of Asheboro for the tender love and gentle care she was given while there. Lyerly Funeral Home is assisting the Jones family. Online condolences may be made at

.A.L. Brown Honor Tea The Kannapolis City Board of Education will host its annual Honor Roll Tea on Wednesday, May 19, at A.L. Brown High School. This event honors the academic achievement of students at the high school, and all those who have made the honor roll during the 20092010 school year are invited to attend. This year, approximately 500 students will be recognized. Honor roll students receive the congratulations of school board members, the superintendent, the A.L. Brown principal and other school system leaders. The reception is scheduled for 9:3011:30 a.m. in the Social Room of A.L. Brown High School. The Social Room is located just outside the A.L. Brown cafeteria. For more information, contact Ellen Boyd at 704-9391334.

Concord workshop for teen writers CONCORD — Bryan Davis, a young adult fantasy and Christian author, will present a writing workshop for teens May 24 in the Auditorium of the Concord Library. Davis will offer creative writing tips and pointers for young writers. The workshop will run from 4 to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-920-2050.

Police find pot growing operation A Salisbury man faces mul- found “a sophisticated grow- press release said. tiple felony drug charges au- ing operation” in an outbuildThe system involved water thorities say stem from an in- ing on the property, the press pumps and grow lights in a door marijuana-growing oper- release said. The growing op- ventilated room inside the ation at his home. eration used a hydroponic sys- small utility room. T o n y tem, which involves growing Investigators also seized Phillip Pad- the plants in a water-based so- dried marijuana and unopened gett, 32, of lution. cases of glass smoking pipes 150 Valley That kind of operation in- from the building, along with Drive, is creases levels of THC, the $2,500 cash, a handgun, a shotc h a r g e d chemical compound that gives gun and 2 rifles from the with posses- marijuana users a high, the house. sion with intent to manufacture, PADGETT sell and distribute marijuana, manufacture of a controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling to keep, store, manufacture and sell a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at Padgett’s house Friday following an investigation, a department press release said. During the search, memSUBMITTED PHOTO bers of the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit Marijuana was found growing on Tony Padgett’s property.

Trilby Beaver Fiddner SALISBURY — Trilby Beaver Fiddner, 88, formerly of China Grove, died Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Liberty Commons in Salisbury. Born Sept. 17, 1922, in Rowan County to the late A.B. and Ollie Jane Spears Beaver, she attended Landis High School. Trilby was a member of Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church and worked at the A&P grocery store in China Grove as head cashier and bookkeeper for many years. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dighton M. Fiddner. Survivors include sons John Reid Fiddner and special friend, Becky Brown of China Grove, Dighton Fiddner Jr. and wife Patricia of Ligonier, Pa.; brother Bill Beaver of Greensboro; sister Kathleen Moose of Landis; grandchildren John R. Fiddner II of Gibsonville, Stefanie Pilotte Fiddner Junker and husband Max of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Andrew McGlachlan Fiddner of Philadelphia, Pa.; and great-grandchildren Hanna Joyce Fiddner and Annabelle Lee Junker. Visitation and Service: Visitation is 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home, China Grove, with service to begin at 2:30 p.m. in chapel of funeral home conducted by Rev. Robert Yount. Interment will follow in Pine Bluff. Memorials: May be made to Kimball Memorial Lutheran Church, 101 Vance St., Kannapolis, NC 28081. Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home, China Grove, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

Mildred Gibson Lloyd SPENCER — Mildred Gibson Lloyd, 90, of Greensboro, and formerly of Spencer, passed away Friday, May 14, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Greensboro. Born April 3, 1920, in Henderson, she was the daughter of the late Viola Edith Craddock Gibson and Walter Lee Gibson. Educated in Guilford County Schools, Mrs. Lloyd retired from Cone Mills with 45 years of service. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene. Preceding her in death were her sister, Helen Durham, and a brother, James Gibson. Survivors include her husband, Wilson Thurmond Lloyd, whom she married April 19, 1950; and sister Pauline Jarrett of Greensboro. Graveside Service: 3 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at Rowan Memorial Park with the Rev. Robert Turner officiating. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Church of the Nazarene, 224 W. 12th St., Salisbury, NC 28144. Lyerly Funeral Home is assisting the Lloyd family. Online condolences may be made at

'Bob' Lee Campbell

Mrs. Mildred Gibson Lloyd Graveside Service 3:00 PM Sunday Rowan Memorial Park ——

Mr. Robert Lee Campbell Arrangements incomplete

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SALISBURY — Robert “Bob” Lee Campbell, 62, of Salisbury, passed away Friday, May 14, 2010, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete with Lyerly Funeral Home in charge.

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Caleigh Tutherow SALISBURY — Caleigh Tutherow, 11, passed away Thursday, May 13, 2010, at Carolinas Medical CenterCharlotte. Arrangements are incomplete at this time with Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home, China Grove, in charge.

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