Kirksey Funeral Home

406 Lenoir Road, Morganton, NC


Louise Martin Kanipe

November 25, 1927January 27, 2020

Mrs. Louise Martin Kanipe, 92, of Morganton, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday January 27, 2020. Mrs. Martin was born in Burke Co. on November 25, 1927 to the late Henry Martin, Sr. and Hattie Hunter Martin.

Louise retired from Drexel plants 3&5 where she worked as a hand sander, she was a volunteer foster grandparent for over 25 years. Louise was an active member of Shiloh A.M.E. Church where she served her church faithfully as a member of the Rainbow Club, and member of Stewardess Board # 2.

In addition to her parents Louise is preceded in death by her husband Ned Phifer Kanipe, a son; Edward Phifer Fredrick, brothers; Pedro Hunter, Sherman Martin, and Henry Martin, Jr., sisters; Octavia Thomas, Georgia Jeffries, Arlelia Martin, Beulah Copeland, Lucille Davis, and one great grandson.

Louise affectionally known as "Ease" by her family leaves to cherish her memories are a son; Earl Kanipe (Maslyn) daughters; Hattie Kanipe, Linda Kanipe, Gayle Robinson, Teresa Davis (James), and Gewndolyn Somerville, sisters; Jessie Martin, and Armelia Fleming. 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 2 great great children, and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to

Shiloh A.M.E. Church Building Fund Co/Chair Tim Corpening 1323 North Powerhouse Rd. Morganton, NC 28655


  • Receiving of Family and Friends Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Interment Saturday, February 1, 2020


Louise Martin Kanipe

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Gwen Somerville

February 2, 2020

I had the privilege of calling this most wonderful, amazing , loving lady my Mother for 57 years. A woman that everyone instantly loved upon meeting her for the 1st time. A woman that accepted you as you were. A woman that never looked down on anyone unless she was helping them up. A woman that taught her kids to love regardless of skin color. A woman that often told her child to make a nobody feel like a somebody every chance you get. A woman that for 92 years did for everyone else before doing for herself. That is the true meaning of a Mother’s Love. Thank you mom for making me the woman I am today and I will strive to be just half the woman you were. I Love You With Every Breath In Me. Your baby girl.

Paige Pitts

February 1, 2020

I had the honor to get to know Miss Louise through the Foster Grandparent Program. Such a kind, gentle, sweet person. She had a special way with children - and adults- making us all feel loved and welcome in her presence. Louise is part of a remarkable family- many of whom serve or served in the Foster Grandparent Program. All treasures to know and love. We will miss Louise, but will remember her and her special gift of gentle compassion always.

Katrina Smith

January 31, 2020

She was a wonderful woman, very kind and humble, I remember when I first met her she took me in like l was one of her own,I love her very much, she will be miss.

Zel (Marie) Fleming

January 30, 2020

She was a strong, courageous, humble and a kind spirit. Her strength and indurance changed Avery Rd and created a family community. With the love she showed everyone, her smile a kind word, or just, what can I do for you.
You will be greatly missed. Rest in heaven.
(Lord help me to have just some of what she was)
BLESSED your niece Z.M.F

Clara Rogers

January 29, 2020

I never met anyone more wonderful than Ms. Louise. She loved God, her family & friends. I always loved talking with her and listening to all the wisdom she had to share. Most of all, she always had a smile on her face.
My dearest sympathy goes out to the family. Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Clara Rogers,

Jacque Cobbs

January 29, 2020

Ms. Louise always had a smile on her face. My condolences and prayers to the Martin-Kanipe family. My the love that she taught and her legacy carry on in each and everyone of you during this difficult time. God bless and keep you all.

Leslie Ervin

January 29, 2020

She was truly the heart of the family and heart of her community. There was never a time in my life met such a more gentle person. She always made you feel welcome in her home and family. I am forever miss her smile and sweet memories of her with her family. God bless you until we meet again.RIH❤️🌹

Brenda Johnson

January 29, 2020

Sweet beautiful soul.We shared many days together at First United Methodist Church CDC.She was like a grandmother to my daughters as well as all the other children.I always enjoyed our converstions and time together she will be missed .

Sheila Rutherford

January 29, 2020

Mrs. Louise and I worked together at First United Methodist Church in Childcare . She was a Grandmother to many Children she loved us and we loved her so much, I can't put it all into words how much I loved and Cherish this Beautiful lady. I haven't seen Mrs. Louise in a while. But she was always in my heart and thoughts. I loved her smile and her Godly Spirit a true Woman of Christ .
My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Kenna Ervin-Lynch

January 28, 2020

There are no words to describe this beautiful woman of God. She had such a beautiful spirit at all times and always made me feel like family.
Rest easy Louise