Robert Otis Henderson

HUNTERSVILLE - Robert Otis Henderson, 88, died Nov. 29, 2013, at his home.   

He was born March 9, 1925, in Mecklenburg County, to the late William Otho and Carrie Esther Nantz Henderson. 

Henderson served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 568th AAA Battalion in England, France, Holland and Germany. He also worked as a deacon at Hopewell Presbyterian Church and as a volunteer fireman with the Long Creek Fire Station in Charlotte. Henderson worked for 25 years with Wilson Sausage Company. After retirement, he became self-employed with Henderson Meat Distributors. He also crafted black walnut furniture for his church in his woodworking shop and kept a booth at the Mecklenburg County Farmers Market with his wife selling produce, flowers, soups and cakes.    

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Matthew; sisters, Grace Hager, Kathleen McElroy and Kitty Henderson; and brothers, John, Frank, James and Morris Henderson. 

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Laura; sons, Robert and wife Penni, and William and wife Cathy; daughter, Lisa and husband Alan; grandchildren, Chris and wife Becky, Josh and wife Laquet, Daniel and wife Dejah, James and wife Tina, Jeremy, Aubrey and husband Walt, Laura and husband Jake, Katie, Jason and wife Philomena and Justin; and great-grandchildren, Abigail, Rachele, Johanna, Elizabeth, Catherine, Anna, Emily, Isabel, Elizabeth, Bella, Victoria, Sean, Chris, Quinn, Lilly, Ben, Katelyn, Ava, Alexus, Cannon and Trevor.

Funeral services were held Dec. 4 at Hopewell Presybterian Church.  

Memorials may be made to Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, NC 28078 or to Hospice of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith St., Suite 203, Davidson, NC 28036.

Condolences: James Funeral Home,

Mary "Molly" Mansfield Campbell Smeaton

HUNTERSVILLE – Mary Smeaton died Nov. 23, 2013, at her home.

She was born Feb. 22, 1922, in New Brunswick, N.J.

After graduating from Columbia University Presbyterian School of Nursing in 1943, she went on to work for 45 years, including pioneering the continuing education department at St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. Smeaton was also the president of the District 13 Florida Nurses Association. 

Survivors include her sister, Flora Jespersen; children, Jim Smeaton, Meg Smeaton, Phyllis Smeaton and Suzanne Smeaton Gillespie; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Nov. 25 at James Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association via or Hospice of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith St. Suite 203, Davidson, NC 28036 or via

Condolences: James Funeral Home,


Wanda Barkley Ellis

HUNTERSVILLE – Wanda Barkley Ellis, 60, died Nov. 21, 2013, at Levine and Dickson Hospice House.

She was born Oct. 22, 1953, in Mecklenburg County, to the late Tom and Margie Barkley. She worked as an office manager at the North Meckenburg land field.

Survivors include her husband, Eddy Ellis; sister, Nona Blair and husband Richard; brother, Allen Barkley; children, Rodger, Chris and Tina; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services were held Nov. 26 at James Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the family care of Nona Blair, 18701 Bluff Point Road, Cornelius, NC 28031.

Condolences: James Funeral Home,

Trisil Burgess Manley (MUG)

CORNELIUS – Trisil Burgess Manley, 49, died Nov. 21, 2013.

Trisil was born May 24, 1964, in Beckley, W.Va., to the late Denny and Glenna Pugh Burgess.

She worked at the Huntersville Oaks Hospital for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Clint Manley, Sr.; sons, Eddie Chandler, Lester Chandler and Clint Chandler Jr.; daughters, Cheyene Chandler, Brianna Chandler and Tabby Manley; brothers, Butch Pugh and Denny Burgess; sister, Annette Cashion; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Armstrong Funeral Home in Whitesville, W.Va.

Condolences: Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home,