South Rowan Memorial 1973 to 1977

I’m about to take on a monumental task.  This will take me awhile to get up to speed with the information I have.  I’ve predicted a shift in Social venues for many years and I have decided to take control of my own page so I can direct it wherever I want.  This menu will change because I’m doing it on the fly!

My information is everything I have collected from reunions and hear say on Facebook.  I even created a book once for those of us that have passed on and trusting my information I added Frank White to the group or the dearly departed.  Frank surprised us at one of our re-unions and gave me the honor of signing my book!

I’ll be using the key words RIP, R.I.P. in our Facebook group so I can find conversations better when I need to do a search. Let’s not confuse our 1973 to 1977 group with a group called South Rowan Memorial.  Over 200 of our members belong to the South Memorial group.

Thanks, Shane

I will begin to re-build this section from within our group in my media section.

I have begun a photo section, but remember photos are not always available.

RIP Dale Funderburke. Everyone says it was sudden. November 2020.–Lynn–Funderburk?obId=19144273

From Cherry Power Funderburke. “My Heart is broken, within a matter of hours our life changed forever. On Thanks Giving day my Husband Dale , Gained his wings and is now resting in the arms of God. There are no words to describe all the emotions we are feeling at this time. And lord knows I have no idea we’re to go from here or how to do life without him. Please pray for God to wrap his loving arms around our 6 Boys ,4 Granddaughters a Nephew and Niece. His Brother Dave ,And give them the comfort and love they need to get through this life with out him.”

The galleries are clickable. Click on a photo and you can surf them one by one. Most of them are titled.

RIP Carl Wilkerson

Carl Wilkerson passed on in November 2020. He was a relative of our Pam Jordan. However he was friends to hundreds of South Students. I took this article from the Salisbury Post and Susan Shinn.

An icon of China Grove:’ Former China Grove Elementary students remember custodian Carl Wilkerson

By Susan Shinn Turner
For the Salisbury Post

Thinking back on your school days, you may recall a favorite teacher or two. But for students at China Grove Elementary School, no one was as universally beloved as our custodian, Carl Wilkerson.

Wilkerson, 85, died Sunday after many years of declining health.

Wilkerson worked at the school from the 1960s to the 1990s, retiring after 32 years of service with the school system. After working at school all day, he cleaned at night at businesses around town, including First Union National Bank and China Grove Drug Co. He also worked at Cress Laundromat for 20 years. He rented an apartment in a house across from the business. He never drove a car, but folks around town were happy to give him rides.

Wilkerson worked for three principals: the late John Rudisell, Dr. Alan King, and Dr. Bob Bloodworth.

“I loved Carl to death,” King said Monday. “I was at China Grove Elementary for 11 years. He was there when I got there, and he was there when I left. He always made my day. He was positive and upbeat, and he always had a smile on his face. He loved the children. He treated me with so much more respect than I needed or deserved.”

King remembered the April Fool’s Day when he and Wilkerson switched roles. Wilkerson delivered the morning announcements, while King took up a broom and started sweeping. Even though it was just pretend, Wilkerson took his temporary role seriously, and he was nervous. King told him afterward he did just fine.

Early in her career, teacher Sandra Rogers thought she may be moving to Charlotte when her husband got a transfer. They later changed plans, but not before Wilkerson left a bean pot with an arrangement of artificial fruit in her car.

“I still have that bean pot,” Rogers said Monday. “Every time I look at it, I think of Carl. There is no way to express what a kind, gentle, and loving person he was. He was a true gentleman.”

For whatever reason, a child throwing up at school was often commonplace.

“I’d call him on the radio and I’d say, ‘Carl, we’ve got an accident,’ and he’d say, ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you,’” King said. “One day I asked him why he thanked me, and he said, ‘I’m just happy to have a job and happy to help out.’ I never heard him complain about his job.”

Carole Yost Parrott was one of those students who threw up once at school.

“He never made you feel bad about it,” Parrott said Monday. “He said, ‘It’s OK, honey. It’s OK.’ He was just happiness. Here I am 52 years old, and he is one of the people who stands out to me in elementary school. He was just as important as any teacher or principal who was there.”

Michael Brotherton agrees.

“Everybody knew Carl,” he said Monday. “He was an icon of China Grove.”

He added, “He was one great guy. He was a humble and loving person. He’d ask for volunteers to run the ice cream store and we’d all get excited about that. Everybody just loved him.”

Wilkerson was known for sometimes buying ice cream for students who didn’t have any money, and being a listening ear when they needed him.

“I was just a skinny little black man,” he said once. “They just wanted to talk to me about things, everyday problems. I told them to pray over it and take it to the good Lord.”

A Facebook page called The Grove is filled with hundreds of tributes to Wilkerson. Many former students visited him when he was in local nursing homes.

John Freeze knew Wilkerson’s faith ran deep. “You better be ready to hear about Jesus!” he wrote.

Others wrote of Wilkerson’s sweetness and kind and caring nature.

“Everybody needs a Carl,” Su Krotchko wrote.

“He is the perfect example of how a life quietly lived for good can affect the world,” Becky Morris wrote. “He worked hard but always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. We all remember him with affection. Ripple or butterfly effect — whatever. Carl made this world a better place.”

Caroline Marshall found out Wilkerson was at Liberty Commons because her beautician’s mother was there, too. She remembered Wilkerson, and began to visit him, taking him treats such as pudding and Vienna sausages.

“I know I was not the only person going to see him,” she said Monday.

Wilkerson loved getting cards and visits. At one point several years ago, his doctor had to limit the amount of visitors.

Marshall, who is an artist, would like to make a tribute to Wilkerson in calligraphy and give to the school.

“I’m going to pursue it,” she said.

As of Monday, others were discussing additional ideas about how to best memorialize Wilkerson.

Wilkerson was one of three brothers born to the late Willie and Irene Wilkerson.

In his own way, Wilkerson, too, was a teacher.

“He may have been a custodian,” Gene Doby wrote, “but he taught his kids at China Grove Elementary School a lot. He was a true educator.””

The galleries are clickable. Click on a photo and you can surf them one by one. Most of them are titled.

Susan Heglar was always very nice to me. She had an older brother probably 8 years older than her that was nationally known for being a great guitar player. I will adopt him into our group from 1973 to 1977 because he had lots of fans from our era. I met him once around the year 1998 or 1999 at a converted church/bar/music hall in Mooresville. He was thrilled I knew Susan! He was proud that she was proud of him!

Steve E. Heglar 1951 to2020

Mr. Steve E. Heglar, age 69 of Mooresville, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020 unexpectedly at his home. Born November 10, 1951 in Rowan County, Steve was the son of the late Carl Fred Heglar and Thelma Hall Heglar. Steve was a graduate of South Rowan High School Class of 1970 and still maintained very close friendships with some of his classmates. He was an extremely talented and gifted guitarist, who over the years played with many celebrities all over the country. He also had played with numerous bands over his musical career, most recently he was a member and guitarist for the Carolina Sky Band. His talent will be missed in the musical community in which he was a part of for so many years. Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Steve Vaughn Heglar and sister, Susan Nicholson and husband, Eric of Mooresville. He also leaves behind his closest friends from South Rowan and a close-knit group of musicians who were not only friends but his family as well. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no service at this time but a Gathering of Friends to celebrate his life will be planned at a later date. Online condolences may be left for the family at Advantage Funeral and Cremation-Landis is serving the family of Mr. Heglar.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Salisbury Post on Dec. 13, 2020.

Advantage Landis Funeral Home 716 S Main St
Landis, NC 28088

Rickey Lewis Connor 1957 – 2020

Obituary from

Mr. Rickey Lewis Connor, 63, passed on Tues., Aug. 18, 2020 at the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House. Born on April 27, 1957 in Rowan County, he was the son of the late James E. and Margaret Ramsuer Connor. Rickey was a graduate of South Rowan High School and Winston-Salem State University. He served in the United States Army and was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Connor attended Rose of Sharon Holiness Church, Salisbury. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Alfred J. Connor, Sr. Left to cherish his memories include his children, Pasha Rhames of Salisbury and Phillip Stanback of Charlotte; brothers, Bobby Connor (Charlene) of Kannapolis and Gary Connor of China Grove; three grandchildren; nephews, Alfred Connor, Jr., Brian Connor, Marlon Connor and Ramsey Connor; nieces, Ericka Connor, Erin Connor and Andrea White; special aunt, Pauline Harding; special cousin, Sampson Townes; and a host of other relatives and friends. Arrangements: Public viewing on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 2-5 pm at the funeral home. Graveside service will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020 11 am at Salisbury National Cemetery. Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the Connor family. Online condolences may be sent to

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published in Salisbury Post from Aug. 20 to Aug. 25, 2020.

R.I.P. Emma Grace Morgan

This information was brought to my attention from Kathy Freeze Jonson and Cathy Griffin Wirz. So far we have no Obit. I found Emma’s Junior year photo. from 1973.

From Port City Daily, Wilmington, NC

Emma Grace Morgan Jones, 65, member of Sharon United Methodist Church

Brunswick Funeral Service – January 11, 2021 Share on FacebookTweet on Twitter

HOLDEN BEACH — Emma Grace Morgan Jones, 65, unexpectedly passed away Friday morning, Jan. 8, 2021, at her home.

Born Oct. 24, 1955, in Rowan County, she was the daughter of the late Coy Ray and Cora Ruth Wilhelm Morgan. A graduate of South Rowan High School, she worked in food service and at Freightliner as a materials handler.

She was a member of Sharon United Methodist Church. A loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Perry Morgan; and stepson, Mark Jones.

Family members left with cherished memories include her husband, Tom Jones; daughter, Amanda Weaver Hans, and her husband, Bill, of Boone; stepdaughters, Wendy Grimes (Jeff) of Salisbury, Lisa Stiller (Robby) of New London and Gina Bumgarner (Speedy) of China Grove; brother, Joel Morgan (Cynthia) of Sunset Beach; sister, Alice Weddington (John) of China Grove; and grandchildren, Vivian Hans, Zachary Grimes, Jacob Grimes, Ashton Pryor, David Pryor, Garrison Jones and Daniel Jones.

Due to COVID-19, a family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Sharon United Methodist Church, 2030 Holden Beach Road, SW, Supply, NC 28462.

Share online condolences with the family at Brunswick Funeral Service.

R.I.P. Bill Lowery

Info gathered from @Kathy Johnson estimates he died in December of 2020. I can’t find a photo or obituary. All help is appreciated.

From Dennis Lowery

Services for my brother Bill Lowery Saturday 12/26/2020 Visitation 12pm-2pmService @ 2pm Services at:Roger’s Park Baptist309 E. 24th streetKannapolis NC 28083Graveside @ Westlawn In China Grove to follow service.

Thomas Brandon Washam

From Legacy Obituary.

“Washam, Thomas Brandon

July 27, 1956 – October 11, 2020

Thomas Brandon Washam, age 64, of Pine Hall, NC passed away October 11, 2020 at Wake Forrest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. A Funeral Service will be held 1 pm Friday, October 16th at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel with visitation held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home, from 12 pm until 1 pm. Entombment will follow in The Gardens Of Memory in Walkertown, NC.

Tom was born July 27, 1956 in Rowan County, NC to the late Marshall Floyd Washam and Helen Blume Washam. He was a very successful and talented person. He worked with his dad as an electrician during high school and then went to Rowan technical school where he completed two associate degrees. He then moved to Winston-Salem in 1978 and worked at Western Electric, AT&T, and then Lucent Technologies. Tom then found his calling and became a financial advisor, providing insurance and brokerage services to folks, as he loved helping and working with people. He was able to retire at the end of 2017 and enjoyed his retirement immensely. He loved his family and spending time with them. Most of all, he was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend to many. Love for family was most important to him and he loved spending time and spoiling his grandkids. He enjoyed nature, being and working outside, and keeping his cars “always” clean.

Surviving him are his wife of 38 years, Joy O. Washam of the home; two sons, Jason Washam and wife Ashley of Pine Hall, NC, Scott Washam and wife Ashley of Belews Creek, NC; sisters, Kay Washam Brunner of Laurys Station, PA, Marsha Washam and husband John Correll of China Grove, NC; grandchildren, Lucas, Jackson and Levi Washam; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death, along with his parents, is his sister, Rebecca Washam Moore.

Online condolences can be made at Colonial Funeral Home & Chapel in Madison, NC is assisting the family.

Colonial Funeral Home & Chapel, Inc.

127 Ellisboro Rd
To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.”

Ray Clifton

RIP Ray. Thanks for the information Fidelina Jackson. As of 20210124 we are waiting on an obituary.

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