MORGANTON Mable Queen Hoke, 81 of Morganton, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Born Jan. 3, 1939, she was the daughter to the late Glenn and Vertie Queen. Mable was a member of Salem United Methodist Church. She worked at Drexel Heritage and retired from the N.C. Department of Social Services in 2002. Mable is survived by her sisters-in-law, Ann Hoke Paschal, and Frances F. Queen; nephew, Kennedy Lee Queen, (Joseph Williams); niece, Kara Kay Queen; and dear friends, Linda and John Woods. In addition to her parents, Mable was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Pinkney Hoke; sister, Ruth Queen McDowell; brother, Lemuel Floyd Queen; brother-in-law, Wayne McDonald; and niece, Jane M. Stroupe. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, at Salem U.M.C. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., in the sanctuary of the church, with the Rev. Norm Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 1206 Salem Rd., Morganton, NC 28655 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690. The family thanks the nurses, LPN's, CNA's, and staff of Burke Hospice and Grace Heights for their care and concern during her stay at Grace Heights as a hospice patient. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sossomanfh.com.
...INCREASED FIRE DANGER TODAY... THE COMBINATION OF LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY, GUSTY WINDS, AND DRY FUELS AND BRUSH WILL LEAD TO INCREASED FIRE DANGER ACROSS THE NORTH CAROLINA FOOTHILLS AND PIEDMONT THIS AFTERNOON. RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES FALLING TO NEAR 20 PERCENT WILL COMBINE WITH WIND GUSTS AROUND 20 MPH DURING THE WARMEST PART OF THE AFTERNOON. PLEASE REFER TO YOUR LOCAL BURN PERMITTING AUTHORITIES ON WHETHER YOU CAN BURN. OUTDOOR BURNING IS GENERALLY NOT RECOMMENDED SINCE FIRES CAN QUICKLY GET OUT OF HAND UNDER THESE CONDITIONS.
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