Family Obituaries

Family Obituaries

Lindsay Edward Barnes, 79
Lindsay Edward Barnes, age 79, of Taylorsville died on Monday, August 13, 2018, at Frye Regional Medical Center. He was born on November 1, 1938, in Alexander County, the son of the late June & Hessie Howell Barnes.

A quick check on revealed that his great-grandfather was the Elijah Avery Barnes. Elijah is followed by Isaac, Edward, James “Handsome Jim” and Brinsley.  During his career, he worked in maintenance for Schneider Mills and H & B Finishing. Lindsay attended St. John’s Baptist Church and loved to listen to classical music. He also enjoyed being outdoors and collecting model cars. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Charlie Barnes and sister Joyce Ann Barnes.
Those left to cherish his memory include his brother Chatsie Barnes of Taylorsville; special nephew Tyrone Barnes of the home; along with his nephew Eric Barnes of Hickory; nieces Tameka & Megan Barnes of Taylorsville; and sister-in-law Lena Barnes.
The wake was held on Thursday, August 16th  at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service was held on Friday, August 17th at 2:00 pm at St. John’s Baptist Church with the Rev. T.E. Martin officiating.  Burial l followed in the church cemetery.
Those left to cherish his memory include his brother Chatsie Barnes of Taylorsville; special nephew Tyrone Barnes of the home; along with his nephew Eric Barnes of Hickory; nieces Tameka & Megan Barnes of Taylorsville; and sister-in-law Lena Barnes.
The wake was held on Thursday, August 16th at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service was held on Friday, August 17th  at St. John’s Baptist Church with the Rev. T.E. Martin officiating. – Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Oscar Keller, Jr
Oscar Keller, Jr

Oscar A. Keller, Jr. 

Oscar was the 3rd great grandson of Brinsley Barnes through his son James, Handsome Jim. At 97, he was a native of North Carolina and resident of Sanford, died at his home Sunday morning, July 22, 2018. Mr. Keller, known throughout his life as “Oscar” was born on March 19th, 1921 in Aberdeen, North Carolina to the late O.A. Keller, Sr. and Mrs. Iva Oxford Keller. Oscar was the youngest of five children with brother Carey Keller and sisters Helen Thomas, Lois Hendricks, and Grace Saunders. Oscar was preceded in death by all his siblings and his wife, partner, and best friend of 73 years, Elderlene Roseman Keller of Sanford.
Oscar is survived by his three children Judy Keller Normann; O.A. “Buddy” Keller, III and wife Linda; and Linda Keller Kelly, all of Sanford. He was blessed with a large family including nine grandchildren: Sherrill D. Normann, Jr. and wife, Jennifer; W. Kel Normann and wife, Parker; Mary Lynne Stephens and husband, Cliff; Kelly Keller Parascandola and husband, Steve; Scott Keller and wife, Tonya; Carter Keller and wife, Susan; Gina Bycura and husband, Darren; Jamie Kelly and wife, Christy; Elizabeth Kelly Smith and husband, Justin. Oscar was also blessed with 27 great-grandchildren including Jordan Normann Paderick (Murphy); Lexie Ann Stephens Brown (Grant); Mary Blair Stephens, Colbie Normann Stephens, McKeller Normann, Marleigh Normann, Ben Gregory, Brad Gregory, Ali Parascandola Koch (Adam), Nicholas Parascandola, Maddie Parascandola, Katie Keller, Michael Keller, Sophia Keller, Will Keller, Hannah Keller, Sara Keller, Sloan Bycura, Keller Bycura, Lizzie Bycura, Bruce Kelly, Olivia Kelly, Watt Kelly, Alexandra Daly, Hudson Smith, Camden Smith, and lastly, two great-great-grandchildren, Mary Charles Paderick and Parker Paderick.
Oscar graduated from Jonesboro High School and played all sports, but basketball was his love. He also played drums in the school band. Oscar was not able to attend a university without also working, so he decided to just go to work. He started his working career at the Progressive Grocery store but also attended Sanford Business College to continue his education and is where he met Elderlene.
Oscar worked in various sales jobs including Bell Bakeries, Center Chemical Company, and owned and operated several restaurants and an FCX store on Chatham Street. Oscar and his son, Buddy, also owned a chain of convenience stores called Fast Lane, but his love and passion, which he found in the late 50’s, was the nursing and rest home business.
Oscar was a pioneer in the nursing home and retirement home industry and held license #01 for the NC Nursing Home Administrators until his death. He built, owned and operated Keller Nursing Home, Oakhaven Rest Home, Parkview Retirement Home, and Parkview In-Home Aide Services. He and Elderlene’s passion was providing care for families in Lee County and other surrounding counties. They provided a family owned and operated environment to friends and made their transition to convalescent living easier and more welcoming. They gave the personal touch and relationship because they cared, and they were in their retirement homes every day.
Oscar loved his community and the State of North Carolina and was committed to giving back to it and working hard to improve it. Oscar participated in many clubs and organizations including Sanford Jaycees, Sanford Elks, and others but his greatest passion was his Masonic Lodge #172. He loved his lodge and what masonry stood for.
Oscar also served his community by serving on many boards and as chair of many of them including Lee County Health Board, Lee County Environmental Board, Lee County Recreation Board, Lee County Jury Commission, The Bread Basket, and Central Carolina Community College Foundation. He also wanted to serve his state, and he served as Chairman of the N.C. Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators and was chair of the N.C. Health and Safety Board until finally retiring at age 95.
One of Oscar’s passions was community banks, and he served on many local boards including the Carolina Bank, Mid-South Bank, Triangle Bank and was the founder of Capital Bank, based in Raleigh.
Through Oscar’s tireless dedication to his community and state, he received many recognitions and awards. He was recognized in 2012 with the Sanford Herald Lifetime Achievement Award. He has several boardrooms across the county and state named after him. In 2015, he received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest honor and recently received the highest Masonic award, The Joseph Montfort Medal. For Oscar’s ongoing commitment to his community, the city and county declared a Proclamation in 2015 for Oscar Keller Day. For his work for the State of North Carolina, the DOT honored him with a portion of the 421 Bypass in Lee County by naming it the Oscar Keller, Jr. Highway.
Oscar was proud of his community, and when recognized for his works, all he could say was “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.” He loved the community college system and supported Central Carolina Community College which bears his and Elderlene’s name on the Health Sciences building. He also loved Meredith College, the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, Cameron Boys Home and many others that he supported graciously.
Oscar was the son of a Baptist minister, so he was also dedicated to his community churches, but most of his adult years were spent worshiping at Jonesboro Baptist, Cool Springs Baptist, and First Baptist, where he served as a deacon for each.
His dedication to this community was based on his commitment to helping improve the lives of others and the overall standard of living in North Carolina. He leaves behind him a large family that is his legacy. His family was his greatest accomplishment and what he was most proud.
The family would like to thank his wonderful caregivers the last weeks – Lou Riggan, Brenda McLean, and Debbie Fore. They helped keep him comfortable at home until the end.
A Memorial Service was held at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Wednesday, July 25th, followed by a visitation of family and friends.



Coltrane Caswell “C.C” Sherrill
Coltrane Caswell “C.C.” Sherrill age 94, of Union Baptist Road, Lenoir, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018, at Frye Regional Medical Center.  Although known as “C.C.,” a few called him “Tyke,” a nickname which he hated, but was more commonly known.
C.C. was born on 4 August 1923 only two days before Vice-President Calvin Coolidge became President passed away on 5 March 2018 at the age of 94 following a bout with leukemia.
The Great Depression broke out in 1929 and lasted until 1941. C.C. was a product of those times, and they instilled in him many of its principals found in a 2011 issue of Business Insider entitled “10 Lessons from People Who Lived Through The Great Depression grow your own; cash, not credit; if you have to, move on; keep morale high; know a deal when you see it; know a deal when you see it; stick together; “Tomorrow I could lose everything, but somehow I’m not afraid. I really am not.”

C.C. SherrillKens Men – Stand in Front of their Plane the Lucky Lucille on 2 March 1944. C.C. is back row 3rd from right.
These principals lead to his WWII enlistment in the Army Air Force where he served as a radio operator in a B-24 bomber. He flew in many different planes and his last service in the air was aboard a plane know as Lucky Lucille.

Pictured in the above photo 3rd from right Staff Sargeant Coltrane C. Sherrill, 2nd from right Staff Sergeant, and Nose gunner Jack Matisoff of Pikeville, MD; 4th from right Delray Echo Hawk, Native American of the Osage Nation from Oklahoma.  Other unidentified crew members: Julian Al Petty, John R. O’Neal Jr., Bob Lee, Bob Mason, Albert Richter, Jr., Lt. Jack Shainfine and Arthur Prent (?).

At one point the plane was shot down, and the navigator was injured and could not perform his duties. C.C. was the radio operator and knew nothing of navigation but pulled the navigator out his station in the nose of the plane. He then took this position and zoomed in on a Japanese radio beacon. The pilot flew under a cloud, and the plane was able to land.  Mr. Sherrill was retired from Catawba Valley Technical Institute, where he was a business and law instructor and was a member of Union Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sisters, Bessie Juanita “Nita” Sherrill Jones of White Plains, Maryland, and Shirley Sue Sherrill Branch of Lenoir.

C.C. was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, flying over 300 combat hours in 51 combat missions in B-24 bombers. In 1944, he flew in the Lucky Lucille, a plane in a unit called Ken’s Men, which was a part of the Fifth Army, 43rd Bomb Group. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, and American Defense Service Medal. The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves in support of operations for “heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.” The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces. The medal is awarded for single acts of heroism or meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. In the above photo of the crew, C.C. was 3rd from the right. To C.C. left was Oklahoma resident Native American and member of the Osage Nation Delray Echo Hawk. Top and second from the right was Staff Sergeant and Nose gunner JackMatisoff of Pikeville, MD. Other members were Julian Al Petty, John R. O’Neal, Jr., Bob Lee, Bob Mason, Albert Ritcher, Jr., Lt. JackShainfaine and Arthur Prent.

C.C. was keenly interested in gardening. Only two years before his death, he mounted his tractor and plowed under over an acre plot. He was an avid reader and read The Wall Street Journal and the Lenoir News-Topic daily. He was also a computer enthusiast and some time ago was an active golfer. He was proud of his colonial ancestors. He was a direct descendant of Adam Sherrill, who in 1749 was the first white man to settle on the west bank of the Catawba River. His 4th great-grandfather, John Oxford, came to America in 1652 at the age of 13. His father was a Captain in King Charles I Royal Army. The Captain was persecuted and sent his son to America. C.C.’s 4th great-grandfather protested against Royal Governor Tryon resulting in his fleeing from his home and settling near Taylorsville. A Blair ancestor served as the first President of William and Mary College. Preliminary research indicates that a branch of this line is related to Daniel Boone. These families claimed several Revolutionary War Patriots.

Mr. Sherrill was retired from Catawba Valley Technical Institute, where he was a business and instructor and was a member of Union Baptist Church.  A graveside service was held Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Union Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. Ted Sherrill with full military honors provided by the United States Army and the Caldwell County Veterans Honor Guard.