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Friday, December 19, 2014

Elfriede McMiller

Elfriede Hilda McMiller of Charlotte, North Carolina, was embraced by our Lord on November 29, 2014.

Elfriede was born in Germany, married Willie McMiller, and emigrated to the U.S. after World War II. Willie predeceased her in 1997. Elfriede leaves behind six children, Willie McMiller of Florida, Marvin McMiller of Massachusetts, Stanley McMiller of Massachusetts, Stewart McMiller of South Carolina, Mona Lisa McMiller of Michigan, and Melvin McMiller of California, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts, where her beloved husband is buried, at 1pm on December 6, 2014.

Beverly Solinger

Beverly Solinger
January 20, 1940 - November 29, 2014
Beverly Solinger, 74, of Charlotte, NC, formerly of Lakewood, NY, passed away Saturday, November 29, 2014, in the Levine Dickson Hospice House, Charlotte, NC.

She was born January 20, 1940 in Jamestown, NY, a daughter of the late L. Harold and Darlene Stewart Peterson. In previous years, she was employed by the former Castle Lighting Store in Jamestown for several years. She was a member of the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club and the Celoron American Legion.

She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother who loved to spend time with her family and friends playing card games and also loved playing bingo. Surviving are two daughters, Lori Barrett of Charlotte, NC, and Cindy Ferraro-Labrozzi of Rock Hill, SC; and four grandchildren, Shane Barrett of Jamestown, NY, Jordan Ferraro of Jamestown, NY, Melissa Ferraro-Terrel of Charlotte, NC, and Chelsea Barrett of Charlotte, NC. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Theodore R. Solinger, Jr. who died September 30, 1976; a son, Gregory Scott Solinger who died in November of 1980; and a brother, Harland L. Martin who died December 15, 2014.

The funeral will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald E. Ray will officiate. Burial will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Falconer, NY. Friends will be received from 7-9 pm Tuesday in the funeral home and for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 West Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750

Annie Skipper

Annie Lee Spake Martin Skipper
December 1, 1917 - November 29, 2014
Annie Lee Spake Martin Skipper went to her heavenly home on Saturday, November 29, at her residence in Myrtle Beach, SC, where she had been residing with her daughters and hospice care after having congestive heart failure on September 3.

Annie Lee was born December 1, 1917, in Gaston County, NC, to Javie Price and Fred Bernard Spake along with 13 siblings. Preceding her in death were her beloved husbands, Willie Ambrose Martin (24 years) and Woodrow Wilson Skipper (50 years), as well as siblings, Mason Paler Spake, Susie Belle Gordon, Mabel Juanita Kiser, Elmer Guy Climber, Margie Climer, Alice Morris, Pauline and Paulette Climber, Albert Lee Climer, and Harold Climer. She is survived by her brother, Fred Alexander Spake (FL), and her sister Peggy Climer Ryan (TX), and her two daughters, Delores Jordan Mullis (Char) and Kay Martin Liner (Sam) (Salisbury). She had four grandchildren, Denise Masci (Vittorio, Italy), Michael Jordan (Myrtle Beach, SC), Jay Jordan (FL), LeAnn Liner Wood (Gerald) (Salisbury, NC), and three great-grandchildren, Taylor, Trent, and Tara Wood (Salisbury). She will be remembered and greatly missed by all who loved her dearly.

She loved music and made her own as she cooked and danced around the kitchen joyfully serving others. She loved playing "Skip-Bo" with her family and friends, and feeding anyone who happened by. For many years, she was an active member of University Hills Baptist Church where she faithfully helped cook Wednesday nigh suppers making her homemade biscuits and enjoying singing in the senior choir. For the past five years, she has attneded Socastee Baptist Church (Myrtle Beach), Central Church of God (Charlotte), and Gold Hill Wesleyan Church as she alternated staying with her daughters. She was educated in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and worked in Wilson Junior High and Derita Elementary Schools' cafeterias, retiring with 25 years of service in 1980.

Visitation with family and friends will be Thursday, December 4, at University Hills Baptist Church, 1500 Suther Road, Charlotte, NC 28213 at 12:30 pm followed by the funeral at 1:30 pm with Rev. Coye Still and Rev. Mike Toney officiating. Burial will follow at Sharon Memorial Gardens in Charlotte with Rev. Ron Martin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to University Hills Baptist Church Building Fund.

Charles Tait

Charles Loren Tait
January 23, 1931 - November 27, 2014
Charles Loren Tait, 83, passed away in Charlotte on November 27, 2014, after a long illness. He was born on January 23, 1931, in Chattanooga, TN, to Harvey and Lulie Williamson Tait. Loren was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Billie Roberts Tait. He is survived by his son, David L. Tait, M.D.; daughter-in-law, Becka Tait, M.D.; and two grandsons, Andrew and Charlie.

Living all but the last few months of his life in Chattanooga, Loren graduated from Central High School in Chattanooga in 1949 and went on to receive his Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. His life-lng career in pharmacy began as a teenager working at the soda fountain of a local pharmacy. He enjoyed telling stories of making limeades and banana splits for his customers and went on to work for many area pharmacies through the years before retiring in 1994.

His hobbies included classical music, restoring antique cars, and watch repair. Enjoying his keen interest in watches and clocks, Loren repaired watches for over 35 years. This hobby brough him great joy and many friendships through the years. A man of deep Christian faith, he enjoyed studying the Bible and teaching an occasional Sunday School class. He and Billie were early members of Trinity-Woodmore United Methodist Church and later in life he was a member of Faith Bible Church.

The funeral service will be held at Heritage Funeral Home in Chattanooga on December 1 with interment at Chattanooga Memorial Park. Memorial gifts can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte.

Brian Trudell

Mr. Trudell died November 25, 2014.  Services will be privately held at a later date.