Week of April 29, 2015

Charles Albert Hand, Jr.

Charles Albert Hand, Jr., age 78, passed away on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at CarePartners Solace Center in Asheville.OBIT hand,charles004

Charles was born in Portsmouth, Virginia on July 20, 1936, the son of the late Charles Albert and Mary Susan Thornton Hand and was also preceded in death by his sister, Sue Sly, and son-in-law, Robert Reardon. He graduated from Balboa High School in the Panama Canal Zone and later served in the US Army as well as the Reserves. Charles graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1958 where he received an Engineering Degree in Industrial Design. He worked at Lockheed in Macon, Georgia; was an engineer at NASA in Huntsville, Alabama during the 1960’s where he worked on the Apollo Space Program that landed a man on the moon; and also worked at Bell Laboratories in Niagara Falls, New York. Charles retired in 1993 after working as a naval engineer at the Charleston Naval Shipyard for 31 years. His hobbies included photography and building ships-in-bottles. He was a long-time member of the European Ships-In-Bottles Association and a Past Vice President of the American Ships-In-Bottles Association. Charles had many articles published about this intricate craft in ships-in-bottle magazines. Many of his models are on display in museums and private collections.

Charles is survived by his wife of 58 years Clelia Garrison Hand; daughters, Daun Stuart and her husband, Robert, of Summerville, South Carolina and Clelia Reardon of Charleston, South Carolina; and his son, Raven Daemeon Hand of Canton.

Family and friends are invited to attend Charles’ Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Francis Cove Methodist Church in Waynesville with Reverend David Childers, Reverend Melissa Lowe and Reverend Hugh Russell officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one’s favorite charity.

Wells Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Waynesville is in charge of arrangements. An on-line memorial register is available at www.wellsfuneralhome.com.

Robbie Ham

Robert “Robbie” Leon Ham, age 58, died Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at his residence. A funeral service was be held 3:00 pm Friday, April 24 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home in Lamar with interment following in Lamar Cemetery.

Born September 7, 1956, he was the son of the late James and Patricia A. Northcutt Ham. Robbie made a living farming and enjoyed being outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and has always been fond of his German Shepard, Rin. He attended Lamar First Baptist Church.

Surviving is his son, Robert “Rob” K. (Miranda) Ham of Norfolk, VA., three grandchildren: Anna Ham, Emily Ham, Robert Keith Ham, Jr., a brother, Jimmy (Debra) Ham of Lamar and nieces, Kristen (Tony) Dorriety, Kari (Lance) Mahek and two great-nieces.

The family received friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m Thursday, April 23 at the funeral home in Lamar.

A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Mary Dixon

Mary Haney Dixon, age 86, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Hospice House. Funeral services were held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 at Society Hill Church of God, with burial following in the church cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends one hour prior to the service, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the church.

Born in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Richard H. Haney and Lula Reynolds Haney O’Neal. Ms. Dixon was a housewife, and attended Society Hill Church of God.

Surviving are five children: Richard (Kathy) Dixon of Rockwell, N.C., Robert “Wayne” Dixon of Dovesville, Betty Jean Corriher of Salisbury, N.C., Dennis (Phyllis) Dixon of Kannapolis, N.C., and Sheila (Terry) Waller of Salisbury, N.C.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren; a brother, Jim O’Neal of California; and a sister, Sadie Freeman, of Society Hill.

Ms. Dixon was preceded in death by brothers: Gus Haney, Richard Haney, William O’Neal, and Ciemus Haney; and her adopted parents and brother, Babe and Stella Reynolds and Leroy Reynolds.

An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Author: Jana Pye

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