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Phyllis Ann Sherrill Summers
Harold J. Harbert
Robert Mark Bonk, Sr.
Ellen Fox Chapman
Melony Keever
Tiffany Maria Tippets
Lucy Bell Hines
Dell Jean Harrington Kerley
Rev. James Oakley Prichard, Sr.
Connie Barr
Fleta Irene Bowman Preslar
Bobby Wayne McKee
Clay McKinney
Georgia Carr Bentley
George Thomas “Tom” Copes
Horlis Ray Crum, Jr.
Steven Lee Johnston



    Phyllis Ann Sherrill Summers, 79, of Statesville, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Gordon Hospice House, after a period of declining health.
    Phyllis was born on March 12, 1935, daughter of the late James Arthur Sherrill and Maggie James Sherrill. On March 10, 1951, she married William Francis Summers, who passed away January 3, 1967.
    Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Betty Jean Sherrill and Mary Bell Sherrill Warren, both of Statesville; and a brother, James Sherrill of Texas.
    Phyllis was always a hard worker, retiring in 1995 from Celanese, in Salisbury, after 28 years of dedicated service. She was also an excellent seamstress, and had a green thumb matched by no other. She was well known for her immaculate flower gardens and flawless yard, often drawing motorists to stop and view her work. Her grandchildren and her flowers were her pride and joy.
    Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Roger Dale Summers, Linda Little (Joe), and Tim Summers (Kim), all of Statesville; seven grandchildren, Laura Brookshire (Brad) of Hiddenite, Melissa Lowder (Brian) of Fort Mill, South Carolina, Belinda Beatty (Dale) of Statesville, Wendolyn Pascale (Joe) of Lynchburg, Virginia, Hannah Summers of Statesville, Matthew Summers of Raleigh, and Rebekah Summers of Boone; seven great-grandchildren, Jeb and Faith Brookshire, Billy Summers, Jesse Lowder, Dustin, Lucas and Sophia Beatty, and baby Charlie Pascale who is due in December; and two very special friends, Karla Pharr and Judy Eller.
    Graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 31, 2014, at Oakwood Cemetery, with Pastor Tony Bunton officiating. The family will receive friends at the graveside immediately following the service.
    Memorials may be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
    The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Gordon Hospice House for their exceptional and compassionate care of Ms. Summers.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Summers Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Phyllis Summers.

    Harold J. Harbert, 86, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, October 28, 2014, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He had been in declining health the past several months, but was a fighter and made remarkable strides the past few weeks in an aggressive rehab program, but suffered a traumatic head injury from a fall early Monday morning. This injury lead to his wishes for a quick and painless passing.
    He was born March 1, 1928, in Brown, Harrison County, West Virginia, son of the late Hallie Lafayette Harbert and Sylvia Dawn Marsh. He and his twin brother, Hughie K. Harbert, were the youngest of their six children, who all preceded Harold in death.
    He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Lou Hagen Harbert; twin sons, Bruce Harbert and wife Rosey, and Brian Harbert and wife Alice; and five grandchildren, Jake and Jason, David, Rachel and husband Jon Daly, and Ryan. Mr. Harbert was greatly anticipating the birth of his first great-grandchild, baby girl Daly, in February. He is also survived by his faithful canine companion, Pansy.
    He proudly served in the US Air Force. Upon his return, he worked as an electrician for 25 years in Cleveland, Ohio, and Broward County, Florida. He then began work as a city bus driver in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He continued his career as a bus driver when he moved to Charlotte in 1979.
    After his retirement in 1993, he moved to Taylorsville to be near his children and grandchildren. He loved people and never met a stranger. He always had a story to tell. He was a H.A.M. radio operator for many years. He loved travel. When at home, his favorite pastime was playing cards at the Alexander County Senior Center and at home with his family and friends.
    No formal services will be held. A private family memorial service will be held at a future date.
    Condolences may be made to www.alexfuneralsvc.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Robert Mark Bonk, Sr. of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014, after a long illness.
    He was born January 17, 1926, in Schenectady, New York, son of Joseph and Ida Bonk. He served in the Navy's V-12 program, which was initiated in 1943 to develop college-educated officers for its operations during World War II. He spent the first two years of this active-duty program at Union College in Schenectady and graduated from Brown University in 1948. Mr. Bonk remained in the Naval Reserve and was later recalled for service in 1952 during the Korean Crisis. He was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant in 1954.
    Following his graduation from Brown, Mr. Bonk joined the General Electric Co., located in Schenectady. Throughout his 30-year career with GE, he rose through the ranks in the sales division, working in GE markets that included Jacksonville, Florida, and Farmington, Connecticut. Mr. Bonk worked on many of the company's significant efforts, including helping to supply the country's electrical equipment needs during the emerging space program at Cape Canaveral. He retired from GE in 1986.
    He was married to Mary Neal Gwaltney of Hiddenite in 1951, who survives him. He is also survived by a son, Robert Mark Bonk, Jr. of Monrovia, California, and his wife Elisa Bruley; and three daughters, Sara Bonk of Woodstock, Georgia, Laura Dalton and husband David of Reston, Virginia, and Susan Kinder and husband Jeff of Marietta, Georgia; two grandchildren, Robert Dalton and wife Carolyn of Landsdale, Pennsylvania, and Jessica McIlwee and husband Bryan of Hilton Head, South Carolina; three great-grandchildren, Robert and Evie Dalton, and Ellie McIlwee; a sister, Viola Gugliuzza and husband Tony of Scotia, New York; and two brothers, Casper Bonk and wife Freda, and Larry Bonk and wife Carol of Schenectady, New York.
    Mr. Bonk was predeceased by his granddaughter, Theresa Dalton.
    Visitation will be held Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Linney's Grove Baptist Church, with the funeral service to begin at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Cliff Gwaltney will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites rendered by DAV Chapter 84.
    Condolences may be made at www.alexfuneralsvc.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Ellen Fox Chapman, 82, of Taylorsville, passed away Monday, October 27, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    She was the daughter of the late Howard Marshall and Ila Mae Bentley Fox, and was a faithful and lifelong member of Liledoun Baptist Church. Mrs. Chapman enjoyed travelling and meeting people, and she especially loved her children and grandchildren.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Rowland Richard Chapman; a son, Gerald Howard Chapman; six sisters, Carro Jolly, Thelma Jenkins, Wilma Bowman, Alma Matlock, Cecile Schommer, and Genieve Harrington; and a brother, Burpee Fox.
    Those remaining to honor her memory are a daughter, Joye Chapman Brown and husband LeVaughn; two grandchildren, Justin Brown and wife Beth, and Wendy Triplett and husband Josh; four great-grandchildren, Blake and Eli Ledford, and Ainsley and Megan Brown; two sisters-in-law, Margie Presnell and Mary McGlamery; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    Visitation for Mrs. Chapman will be held Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. at Liledoun Baptist Church, with the funeral service to begin at 4:00 p.m. Rev. James Lockee, Rev. James Bumgarner, and Rev. Coy Walker will be officiating. Burial will follow in Liledoun Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice @ 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658; and/or Hospice of Alexander County @ 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Melony Keever, 50, of Hays, died Sunday, October 26, 2014, at her home.
    She was born June 13, 1964, in Wilkes County, daughter of Prichard Greer and Nell Brown Faw. She loved to travel, and she enjoyed George Strait music and ASU football.
    Mrs. Keever was preceded in death by her father and a brother, James Keith Faw.
    Surviving are her husband, Joseph Keever of Taylorsville; her mother, Nell Faw of Hays; a son, Aaron Keever of Taylorsville; two brothers, Steve Faw and wife Terri of Winston-Salem, and Blake Faw of Hays; a sister, Sharon Church and husband Ken of Hays; and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 30, 2014, at Miller Funeral Service Chapel, with Rev. Ted Combs and Rev. Vince Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted.
    Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com.
    Miller Funeral Service of North Wilkesboro is in charge of arrangements.

    Tiffany Maria Tippets, 39, of Lenoir, passed away unexpectedly, at her residence on Sunday, October 26, 2014.
    She was born in Charleston, South Carolina, daughter of Clara Sue Humphreys and the late Albert Harrison Tippets. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She enjoyed arts and crafts and loved her children dearly.
    Besides her father, she was preceded in death by a niece, Casey Luada West; her maternal grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.
    Those remaining to cherish her memories are her mother, Clara Sue Humphreys; a son, John Tyler Blankenship and fiancée Angel Hamby; two daughters, Josie Cheyanne Dishman and Elizabeth Kaylynn Tippets; two sisters, Sonja Woodie and husband Gregory, and Tammy Tippets Lewis; a brother, Jeffrey Humphreys; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Visitation for Ms. Tippets will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, on Connelly Springs Road, in Lenoir, on Saturday, November 1, 2014, from 12 noon until 12:45 p.m., with the funeral service to begin at 1:00 p.m. Elder Keith Dancy will officiate. Burial will follow in the Laurel Haven Cemetery in Lenoir.
    Condolences may be made to http://www.alexfuneralsvc.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Lucy Bell Hines, 84, of Friendship Church Road, Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Mrs. Hines was born August 24, 1930, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Jacob Luther Stafford and Mary Ethel Hammer Stafford. She had worked in the textile industry and retired from Shurtape Packaging. She was a lifelong member of Friendship Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the choir.
    She was a member of the Ruritans, a volunteer for Hospice, delivered meals for Meals on Wheels, was an avid dancer, loved to mow the lawn, and was an avid crocheter.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Raymond Stafford; five brothers, James, Marvin, Ray, Kermit and Wayne Stafford; and two sisters, Mary Lou Bowman and Lily Mae Bowman.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 28 years, Elbert H. Hines, Jr.; two daughters, Sandra Gantt and husband Rickie of Taylorsville, and Mavis Wike and husband Ricky of Hiddenite; a daughter-in-law, Jean Stafford; a step-son, Dallas Hines of Statesville; a step-daughter, Nelda Reid and husband Butch of Statesville; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a step-great-grandchild.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at Friendship Lutheran Church with Pastors Greg and Carol Yeager and Pastor David Hefner officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or the Family Life Center @ Friendship Lutheran Church, 5300 Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Hines Family.

    Dell Jean Harrington Kerley, 53, of Black Oak Ridge Road, Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014.
    Ms. Kerley was born May 22, 1961, in Oakland, California, daughter of the late Larry Eugene Harrington and Lue-Dell Auton Harrington. She had worked for Broyhill Furniture for 18 years as a sander. Also, she had worked for Piedmont Woodcarving and Davis Specialty Shop. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her fiancé, Maxie Wesley Chapman; two daughters, Tausha Mays and husband Ronnie of Taylorsville, and Amanda Brooke Matthews of the home; two sons, Casey Kerley of Taylorsville, and Mikey Matthews of the home; two brothers, Johnny Harrington and Travis Hamilton, both of Taylorsville; a granddaughter, Layla Mays; and a grandson, Justin Mays.
    The funeral service was scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Chris Goforth and Rev. Bill Orren officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30-3:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 31 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Kerley Family.

    Rev. James Oakley Prichard, Sr., 93, of Old Mountain Road, Hiddenite, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014.
    Rev. Prichard was born February 10, 1921, in Alexander County, son of the late Jennings William Prichard and Katie Mayberry Prichard.
    He was a US Army veteran who had served as a sergeant in WWII. He was a carpenter in his early years, then later became a preacher, where he retired from the Western North Carolina United Methodist Conference. He was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church. He had an Associate in Arts Degree from Lees-McRae and Duke Divinity School.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ethelyne Crouch Prichard; a brother, Perry Prichard and wife Martha; a grandson, Jonathan Worley; and two great-grandsons, Benjamin Horn and Luke Taylor.
    Those left to cherish his memory include four daughters, Barbara Chappell and husband Joe of Hiddenite, Madge Johnson and husband Steve of Blythewood, South Carolina, Lisa Prichard of Kannapolis, and Donna Bone and husband Tom of Sherrills Ford; two sons, Jamie Lynn Prichard, Sr. and wife Phecy of Hiddenite, and James O. Prichard, Jr. and wife Sonia of Sandy Ridge; a brother-in-law, Gerald Crouch of Augusta, Georgia; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service was scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at Liberty United Methodist Church with Rev. Donny Durham and Rev. Kristy Burnette officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with full military honors accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Liberty United Methodist Church, 1300 Liberty Church Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Prichard Family.

    Connie Barr, 83, of Statesville, died Friday, October 24, 2014, at the Gordon Hospice House, in Statesville.
    Mrs. Barr was born June 11, 1931, in Crumpler, daughter of the late Coleman and Ole Phipps Neaves. She loved to go to yard sales and flea markets. She loved having her family and friends around and loved watching TV.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Cecil Barr; two sons, Roger Barr and Arthur Dean Barr; a daughter, Shelby Sherrill; two brothers, Fred Neaves and Albert Neaves; two sisters, Hildredge Johnson and Kay Lyalls; and two daughters-in-law, Paula Barr and Emma Barr.
    Mrs. Barr is survived by three sons, Billie Barr and wife Kathy of Taylorsville, Raymond Barr and wife Vickey of Statesville, and Charles Barr of Statesville; two daughters, Betty Sue Kurley, and Ruth Foster and husband Mark, all of Statesville; two brothers, Paul Neaves and wife Arvie of Mobile, Alabama, and John Neaves and wife Lil of Jefferson; three sisters, Janice Neaves of Statesville, Helen Asbury of Taylorsville, and Ray Blevins and husband Howard of Sparta; 34 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Greens Chapel with Rev. Bobby Henderson and Rev. Jimmy Eldreth officiating. Burial will follow in Howell Hill Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Monticello Baptist Church, 3603 Taylorsville Hwy., Statesville, NC 28625.
    Words of comfort and remembrance may be viewed or sent to the family at: www.badgerfuneralhome.com.
    Badger Funeral Home was entrusted with Mrs. Barr's arrangements.

    Fleta Irene Bowman Preslar, 91, of the Bethlehem Community, Taylorsville, passed away, at Frye Regional Medical Center, on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
    Born November 25, 1922, daughter of the late Ephriam and Lottie Bowman, she was a member of Fellowship Advent Christian Church in Bethlehem. She was retired from the furniture industry, and was an avid bowler, loved gospel music, was fun loving and a people person, who loved children and her family deeply.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kern Preslar; as well as eight brothers and eight sisters.
    She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Preslar Haas of Taylorsville, and Kay Preslar Gresham and husband Wade of Durham; a son, Lynn Preslar and wife Elaine of Taylorsville; a brother, Kenneth Bowman and wife Elaine of Taylorsville; a sister, Joyce Deal of Taylorsville; four grandchildren, Dale Haas and wife Elaine of Bolingbrook, Illinois, Chris Haas and wife Nicole of Concord, Casey Preslar of Charlotte, and Andrea Smith and husband Justin of Winston-Salem; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Fellowship Advent Christian Church, in Bethlehem, with Pastor David Ross officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Kevin and Jason Mull, Greg and Terry Deal, Gene Goforth, and Kris Auton served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Auton and Isaac White.
    Memorials may be made to the Fellowship Advent Christian Church Children's Ministry, 885 Icard Ridge Rd., Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Bobby Wayne McKee, 65 of Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    He was born May 15, 1949, son of the late Bobbie Lewis and Betty Pennell McKee. He worked as an upholsterer in the furniture industry and was employed by Alexvale Furniture until retirement.
    Mr. McKee was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church in Taylorsville, where he taught Sunday School for 22 years, and was a member of the choir. He was a veteran of the US Army.
    Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Billy Daniels; and a niece, Robin Daniels Behrer.
    Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Soney McKee of the home; a son, John McKee and wife Kisha of Taylorsville; a daughter, Tami McKee Presnell and husband Scottie of Taylorsville; grandsons, Beau and Colt McKee, and Rhylin Presnell, all of Taylorsville; a sister, Dianne McKee Daniels of Taylorsville; and nieces, Angie Daniels Rogers and Steve Hunt of Hickory, and Holly Daniels Craigie and husband Chris of Greensboro.
    Funeral services were held Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Three Forks Baptist Church, in Taylorsville with Pastors Carson Mosely and Sang Bum Lee officiating. Burial followed in the Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery with DAV Chapter 84 providing military honors.
    Pallbearers included: Danny Hendren, Chris Craigie, Chris Behrer, Steve Hunt, Arnold Wall, and Steve Ivosic.
    Memorials may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Clay McKinney, 76, of Arbor Springs Drive, Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at his residence.
    Mr. McKinney was born December 4, 1937, in Bakersville, son of the late Gaither McKinney and Eva Ledford Yelton. He was a retired US Navy veteran, having served during the Vietnam Era, as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. He had 22 years of loyal service.
    He was a past president of DAV of Taylorsville, a member of the VFW of Taylorsville, and also a past president of the Fleet Reserve.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Opal Pauline Fox; and four brothers, J.B. McKinney, Ray McKinney, Ed McKinney, and Jack Yelton.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sharron McKinney of the home; three daughters, Monica McKinney Sipes and fiancé Michael T. Emmons of Longwood, Florida, Monica Johnson Chapman and husband Brian of Granite Falls, and Tami Johnson of Taylorsville; two sons, Kenneth Clay McKinney of Cape Coral, Florida, and Johnny Ray McKinney of Maiden; three granddaughters, Abigail Victoria Chapman, Macey Bridget McKinney, and Samantha Noelle Chapman; two grandsons, Tyler Cameron Johnson and wife Amanda, and Clay Parker Sipes; two sisters, Barbara Yelton and husband Ralph of Hickory, and Winifred Bridge and husband Charles of Bakersville; and a brother, Bill McKinney and wife Viola of Newton.
    Funeral services were held Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brian Chapman officiating. Full military honors were accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville.
    Honorary pallbearers were Tyler Johnson, Parker Sipes, Joe Yelton, Robert Yelton, Tim Yelton, and Dillon Yelton.
    Memorials may be given to: Wounded Warriors Project, 1120 G. Street NW #700, Washington, DC 20005.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the McKinney Family.

    Georgia Carr Bentley, 74, formerly of Taylosville, and Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014, in Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee, following a brief illness.
    Born in Johnson City, Tennessee, on April 10, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Glenn Virgil and Lilly Naomi Lowe Carr. She retired from Broyhill Furniture in Taylorsville. She had been a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church in Taylorsville and Moravian Falls Baptist Church in Wilkesboro.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Sherman Bentley; a daughter, Dinah Hines; a sister, Oliva Hale; and three brothers, John, Glenn and Jack Carr.
    She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann Shew (Peter) of Wilkesboro, and Lilly Carol Bentley of Taylorsville; two sons, Roy Dean Bentley (Angela) of North Wilkesboro, and Richard Glenn Bentley of Wilkesboro; nine grandchildren, Ricky McCarter Jr. of Mooresville, Wendy McCarter and special friend Dave Bronson, Joshua McCarter, and Chasity, Candy and Corey Bentley, all of North Wilkesboro, Wesley Elder of Hiddenite, and Justin Greathouse of Taylorsville; two sisters, Mary Ellen Carr and Ruth Wilson of Pheonix, Arizona; a half-sister, Birtha E. Elledge Fall of North Wilkesboro; a half-brother, David Fletcher of Hiddenite; five great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; a very special friend and companion, Jim Absher; and a god-daughter, Becky Royal of North Wilkesboro.
    A memorial service was held Friday, October 24, 2014, in the chapel of Alexander Funeral Service with Rev. Gary W. Jennings officiating. Interment followed in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    George Thomas “Tom” Copes, of Yorktown, Virginia, peacefully departed this life on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
    Tom, as he was affectionately known, was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 26, 1941. He grew up in the Brooklandville, Maryland area of Baltimore County, and in 1960, graduated from Franklin High School, Reisterstown, Maryland.
    Afterwards, he served 30 years in the US Navy, attaining the permanent rank of Chief Warrant Officer Four and the temporary rank of Lieutenant (Limited Duty Officer-Administration) with sea service in Norfolk, Virginia, Rota, Spain, and Holy Loch, Scotland. He also served as Administrative Officer, Naval Support Facility, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory.
    For his many years of sustained superior service, he was awarded the US Navy Meritorious Service Medal. Following his Navy career, he retired from TRW, Inc., in August 1999, where he was an Executive Assistant.
    He is survived by his wife, Martha Lee York Boyle Copes. They were married on September 23, 2006.
    Previously, he was married to Molly Jackson DeLancey Copes on December 21, 1963. Prior to her passing in 2005, they were married for 42 years.
    He is also survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Elaine Copes, and Martha Ellen Copes Girard and husband James, all of Alexandra, Virginia; a son, Thomas Coleman Copes-Clavell and wife Lorraine of Upperco, Maryland; three grandchildren, Grace and Claire Girard and Candace Copes-Clavell; two sisters, Elaine Hart and husband Earl, and Mary Ellen Smith and husband Bob; two step-sons, Michael B. Boyle and John P. Boyle; and five step-grandchildren.
    Mr. Copes was a 32nd degree Mason. In 1999, he served as District Deputy Grand Master for Virginia's 54th Masonic District in Northern Virginia. He was a member of Yorktown Lodge, No. 205 Yorktown, Virginia, Arlington Centennial Glebe Lodge No. 81, Arlington, Virginia, William J. McMahon Daylight Lodge, Newport News, Virginia and A.W. Smith Lodge of Research, Arlington, Virginia. He was a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of National Sojourners, Inc., a military Masonic fraternity. He was a member of Yorkminster Presbyterian Church, Yorktown, Virginia, where he served as a Trustee. In addition, he was elected Treasurer of the York County Volunteer Association for two different three-year terms.
    He was a member of the Williamsburg Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. His patriotic connection was Aquila Norris (June 13, 1754 - May 6, 1825). Aquila Norris, on April 9, 1778, was appointed and commissioned a Captain of the Harford County, Maryland Militia. He signed an Oath of Allegiance at Harford County, Maryland on April 9, 1778.
    One of Mr. Cope’s great interests was clocks. He spent many years developing his skills and often found himself sought out by friends and family in need of clock repair services.
    Memorial donations may be made in memory of Tom Copes to Yorkminster Presbyterian Church, Deacon's Fund, 6218 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown, VA 23692. The Deacon's fund helps people in need in the Peninsula area.
    A Masonic service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home. in Grafton, Virginia. The family will receive friends following the service until 9:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 2, 2014, in Yorkminster Presbyterian Church.
    Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, Virginia.


    Horlis Ray Crum, Jr., of Stony Point, formerly of Matewan, West Virginia, was born November 7, 1957, in Williamson, West Virginia, son of the late Horlis and Mable I. Crum. He departed this life on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at his home, at the age of 57.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Oliver and Gertrude Harris; and paternal grandparents, Ike and Annie Crum.
    He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army.
    He will be lovingly remembered and cherished by those who held him so dear, namely his sons, Horlis Ray Crum, III, and William Michael Crum, both of Stony Point, and Duane Ray Crum of Matewan, West Virginia; brothers, Joseph Crum and wife Ruth of Turkey Creek, Kentucky, David Crum and wife Kelly of Thacker, West Virginia, Gary Cassell and wife Sue of Lenore, West Virginia, and Steve Cassell of North Carolina; sisters, Jenny Gannaway and husband Tom of North Matewan, West Virginia, Lisa Procopio and husband Mark of Whitman, West Virginia, and Kim Davis of Turkey Creek, Kentucky; and two grandchildren. He will also be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by a host of nieces and nephews and a special great-niece, Ava Williams.
    Services to honor and commemorate the life of Mr. Crum were held Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the Chambers Funeral Services Chapel with Rev. Opie Harris officiating. Burial followed in the Harris Cemetery of Thacker, West Virginia with military rites performed by the DAV Belfry Chapter#141 of Belfry, Kentucky. Family and friends served as pallbearers.
    Expressions of sympathy may be made online at www.chambersfuneralservices.com.
    Arrangements were entrusted to Chambers Funeral Services, Inc. of Matewan, West Virginia; and Chapman Funeral Home, Stony Point.
    This obituary is a courtesy of Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point.

    Steven Lee Johnston, 57, died September 19, 2014, at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Tampa, Florida, following a long period of declining health.
    Although born in Statesville on August 30, 1957, son of the late Leonard Odell Barnette and Florence Arbell Walker, Steven was adopted as a toddler and raised in Taylorsville by the late Frederick Sherman Johnston, Sr. and Dorothy Smith Johnston.
    Following high school, he received training in the US Navy as a fireman recruit. Throughout his life, he traveled extensively across the country, but always enjoyed returning home to North Carolina. He had a fearless personality, was a hard worker, and loved the outdoors.
    He was preceded in death by a brother, James Terry Bolick; and an adopted brother, Jonie Ray Johnston.
    Survivors include a son, Forrest Johnston of Greer, South Carolina; a brother, Jimmy Lee Barnette of Taylorsville; two adopted brothers, Frederick Johnston, Jr., and Michael Johnston, both of Hickory; an adopted sister, Diane Link of Hickory; and two grandchildren, Forrest Alexander Johnston and Karis Noelle Johnston.
    Burial was at the Taylorsville City Cemetery.







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