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Peggy Eller Little
John Billy Baird

Michael Keith Curlee
Marty "Joe" Burgess
Dan Cline

Roy "Leo" Kerley
Jerry Mack Murdock, Jr.
Candas Douglas Russell
Melissa Marie "Missy" Van Cooney
Clara Jean Austin
Mary Mayberry Martin
Mattie “Rose” Crouch
James Cleon Godwin
Tommy Dale Johnson
Billy E. Ervin

Johnny Dockery


    Peggy Eller Little, 83, of Claremont, died Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at her residence.
    Born August 30, 1931, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late John and Carrie Icard Eller. Peggy was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Claremont, and was a retired sewer with Carolina Glove.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Little; and daughter, Sharon Detter.
    Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Eddie Little of Conover, and James Little and wife Jackie of Claremont; daughters, Cynthia Killian and husband Donald of Taylorsville, and Lisa Letterman of Newton; a sister, Hazel Setzer of Catawba; grandchildren, Crystal Little, Steve Little, Gina Detter, Shannon Detter, Michelle Edwards, Jonathan Honeycutt, Cande Honeycutt-Killian, Shaun Little, Jacquelyn Huffman, Natalie Meals, Jesse Galloway, and Keeuna Letterman; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
    A service to celebrate Peggy's life will be held Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 12 Noon at Bethel Lutheran Church in Claremont. Rev. Eric Hollar and Rev. Craig Schultz will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
    Condolences may be sent to the Little Family at www.robertbennettfuneralservice.com.
    The Little Family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover.

    John Billy Baird, 78, of Berea Church Quincy Road, Hiddenite, passed away unexpectedly on October 13, 2014 at his home.
    Mr. Baird was born October 29, 1935, in Catawba County, son of the late Herchel C. Baird and Cora E. Stober. Mr. Baird was a retired educator, loved his grandchildren, and was Christian by faith.
    He was preceded in death by his parents along with his seven brothers and sisters.
    He is survived by two children, his daughter, Lori McDowell of Bethlehem; and his son, Shay Baird of Charlotte; and four grandchildren.
    A celebration of life will be held at a later time.
    In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 36607.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Baird Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of John Billy Baird.

    Michael Keith Curlee, 48, of Statesville, passed away Friday, October 10, 2014 at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
    He was born September 18, 1966, in Alexander County, son of the late Billie Lee Curlee and Judy Phillips Curlee. He was previously employed by Kewaunee Scientific Corp.
    He is survived by his three brothers, Bill Curlee of Troutman, Doug Curlee and wife Stephanie of Hiddenite, and Daryl Curlee of South Carolina; and three sisters, Dianne Benge of Granite Falls, Sandy Roark and husband Mike of Statesville, and Liane Curlee of Granite Falls.
    A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Concorde Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Pastor Kyle Goodman will officiate.
    Memorials may be given to the Michael Keith Curlee family in care of Chapman Funeral Home, 158 Stony Point School Rd., Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Curlee Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Michael Keith Curlee.

    Marty "Joe" Burgess, 61, of Nolley Lane, Sherrills Ford, died unexpectedly Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
    Born September 30, 1953, he was the son of the late Charles Burette Burgess and Evelyn Williams Burgess. Joe was a self-employed boat mechanic and was a member of Rehobeth United Methodist Church.
    He is survived by two children, a son, Shannon Burgess of Claremont; a daughter, Hayley Beatenhead and husband Brad of Lincolnton; two brothers, Allan Burgess of Sherrills Ford, and Jack Burgess and wife Vickie of Lincolnton; a sister, Jill Burchette and husband Jack of Sherrills Ford; three grandchildren, Axel, Jagger and Chandler Beatenhead; and longtime family friend, Dale "Possum" Lackey.
    A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Denver United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2-3 p.m. Rev. Jeff Johnsen will officiate.
    In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Denver United Methodist Children's Ministries, 3910 North Highway 16, Denver, NC 28037.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Burgess Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Marty "Joe" Burgess.

    Dan Cline, 73, of Lodge Hall Ct., Stony Point, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
    Mr. Cline was born January 31, 1941, in Catawba County, son of the late Leon Augustus Cline and Cora Belle Carpenter Cline. He was a US Navy veteran and was a member of Stony Point United Methodist Church. His interests included genealogy, reading, travel, and rooting for the Ravens and Panthers.
    He had worked for Honeywell for 25 years and also for Cathedral of Mary our Queen in Baltimore, Maryland, as a business manager.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nina G. Cline; three sisters, Helen Newsome, Clara Hoyle, and Ruth Cannon; and two brothers, Howard Cline and Richard Cline.
    Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, Kenneth B. Cline and wife Vasiliki (Vicki) of Ft. Washington, Maryland, and Gregory Cline and wife Dr. Angela M. Jansen of Laguna Beach, California; a grandson, Angelo Cline of Ft. Washington, Maryland; a brother-in-law, Rev. Philip H. Gibbs and wife Sue; and a sister-in-law, Ernestine Gibbs.
    A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Stony Point United Methodist Church, 311 Ruritan Road, Stony Point, NC 28678. Rev. Donny Durham will officiate.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Stony Point Methodist Church, PO Box 120, Stony Point, NC 28678 designated for the Preservation Trust Fund. This fund was established in 2012 dedicated to the memory of Nina Cline.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Cline Family.

    Roy "Leo" Kerley, 81, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on October 13, 2014.
    He was born May 1, 1933, in Alexander County, son of the late Romulus Don and Nannie Hubbard Kerley. He was of the Baptist faith and attended Victory Baptist Church in Taylorsville. He was an avid hunter and loved his dogs. He was an assembler in the furniture industry, and was formerly employed at Broyhill of Conover, E.R. Carpenter, as well as Smile Oil.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Kerley; and a brother, Arlie Delmas Kerley.
    He is survived by sisters, Betty Tedder and husband Buddy, and Clara Russell; a brother, Keith Kerley and wife Helen, all of Taylorsville; a number of nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jimmy Mitchell and Lindsey Herman.
    Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Taylorsville, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. with the funeral service to begin at 2:00 p.m. Pastor Eddie Yount will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Pallbearers will be Kevin and Klint Kerley, Matt and Nathan Lowe, TJ Daniels, Alan Michael, Andrew Bresch, and Chase Sharpe.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Jerry Mack Murdock, Jr., 58, of Log Cabin Road, Statesville, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014, at Gordon Hospice House, Statesville, surrounded by his family.
    A memorial service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at the Statesville Civic Center, on Center Street, in Statesville, with Pastor Jonathan Foster and Dr. Michael Miller officiating.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of Jerry M. Murdock.

    Candas Douglas Russell, 68, of Liberty Church Road, Taylorsville, passed away Monday, October 13, 2014, at her residence.
    Mrs. Russell was born May 4, 1946, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Jack Douglas and Carrie Lee Parker Douglas. She had worked as a seamstress for Carolina Glove Mill for 31 years and also had worked at Taylor King and Isenhour Furniture. She was a member at East Taylorsville Baptist Church.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and four sisters.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Clyde Russell of the home; a daughter, Carrie Russell of Taylorsville; a son, Chris Russell and wife Tracy of Taylorsville; three granddaughters, Kayla Russell, Natalie Russell, and Cassie Jarvis; a grandson, Cole Jarvis; two sisters, Linda Bollinger of Statesville, and Alice Duncan and husband Clyde of Newton.
    The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2014, at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. Rev. Jamie Steele, Rev. Mark Marshall, and Rev. Kevin White will officiate. Burial will follow in the Taylorsville City Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Russell Family.

    Melissa Marie "Missy" Van Cooney, 49, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, October 13, 2014.
    She was born August 10, 1965, in Charleston, South Carolina, daughter of Stephanie Anne Felkel and the late John Edward Van Cooney. She enjoyed cooking and flower gardening.
    Survivors include four children, Jonathan Charles Roark, Christina Marie Blevins, Dustin Lee Johnson, and Paul Holland Cockeran III; a grandson, Hunter Lee Parks; three sisters, Deborah Hunt, Tammy Walling, and Kathryn Beasley; two brothers, Chad Strohecker and Jason Stephens; and an aunt, Rose Johnson.
    A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 at Alexander Funeral Service.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Clara Jean Austin, 77, of Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    She was born in Cabarrus County April 18, 1937, daughter of the late Robert Partee and Ona Estelle Kerley Deal. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she always looked forward to attending the Taylorsville Baptist Camp Meeting.
    She attended Wilkes Community College, where she studied Business Administration. She had been employed as an administrative assistant and a textile inspector. In her spare time, she also enjoyed sewing, quilting, and reading.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Deal.
    Those left to cherish her memories are her husband, J.P. Austin, Jr., of the home; four daughters, Victoria Lynne Austin Martin and spouse Russell Dale Martin, Kathy Roxanne Austin Mitchell and spouse Dwight Gilbert Mitchell, Crystal Faith Austin Price and spouse Richard Wayne Price, and Mitzi Jean Austin Watts and spouse Jeffrey “Quince” Watts; nine grandchildren, Jessica Fox Moretz, Dustin Ray Galloway, Jonathan William Mitchell, Megan Elizabeth Mitchell, Christopher Lynn Watts, Heidi Marie Campbell, Catherine Grace Watts, Jonas Dakota Watts, and Matthew Dillon Campbell; five great-grandchildren, Madison Victoria Moretz, Daniel Clay Moretz, Sarah Grace Moretz, Ashlyn Kate Moretz, and Lucius Gabriel Dean Brown; six step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Colene Deal Mullis and spouse Connie, and Brenda Deal Lowe and friend James Earp; and three brothers, Joe Deal and spouse Phyllis, Roger Allen Deal and spouse Linda, and Robert P. Deal and spouse Thea.
    The family of Mrs. Austin will receive friends on Thursday, October 16, 2014, from 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. The funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Stephen Dagenhart officiating. Burial will follow in Jolly Cemetery.
    Pallbearers will be Dustin Galloway, Jonathan Mitchell, Christopher Watts, Jonas Watts, Matthew Campbell, and Daniel Moretz.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Catawba Regional Hospice @ 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Mary Mayberry Martin, 99, of Cary, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014, at Wake Med Cary, in Cary.
    She was born April 25, 1915, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Joel and Cora Bruce Mayberry. She was married to the late Marsh Woodrow Martin. Mrs. Martin was a wonderful wife, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, church member, farmer, neighbor, and friend.
    She is survived by a sister, Effie Queen of Stony Point; a brother, Roy Mayberry of Statesville; two daughters, Patsy Martin Svendsen and husband Everette Svendsen of Jacksonville, Florida, and Veleta Martin Thomson of Cary; four grandchildren, Vanessa Bowles Beasley and husband Arch Adam Beasley, III (Trey) of Nashville, Tennessee, Gregory Allen Bowles of Jacksonville, Florida, Jennifer Harris Murphy and husband Kit Murphy of Apex, and Joel David Harris of US Army (transitioning to South Korea in November, 2014); six great-grandchildren, Arch Adam Beasley IV, Raena Michelle Harris, Kendra Marie Harris, Charles Marsh Beasley, Keagan David Murphy, and Sydney Jane Murphy; and a great-great-grandchild, Melina Renee Macedo-Harris.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Pisgah United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Duncan officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Pisgah United Methodist Church Building Fund, 488 Hill Farm Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Martin Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Mary Mayberry Martin.

    Mattie “Rose” Crouch, 89, of Shady Oak Street, Taylorsville, passed away Friday, October 10, 2014, at her residence.
    She was born December 5, 1924, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Edgar B. Walker and Maudie Crouch Walker. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and had worked at Broyhill Furniture before retiring in 1986.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary White; and three brothers, Richard, Russell and Mack Walker.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Dorcas Matheson and husband Matt of Conover; a son, Ronnie “RP” Presnell and Sherry of Taylorsville; two granddaughters, Megan Mann and husband Eric of Hickory, and Renee Marston and husband Joe of Wilmington; four great-grandchildren, Madison, Samantha and Evan Marston, and Alexa Mann.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, October 12, 2014, at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Stephen Dagenhart officiating. Burial followed in the Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be given to: Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Crouch Family.

    James Cleon Godwin, 69, of Wilson, passed away October 9, 2014, at the Hospice Solace Center, in Asheville.
    He is survived by his children, Alex Godwin of Atlanta, Georgia, and Julia Vaughan of Asheville; his sisters, Linda Godwin of Hillsborough, and Sandy Humble of Jamestown; and his lifelong friend, Skip Culpepper.
    A private service will be held for immediate family.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials and remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association.

    Tommy Dale Johnson, 54, of Taylorsville, passed away at Frye Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.
    He was born April, 26, 1960, son of the late Fred Wilson Johnson and Betty Lou Herman Johnson. He was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church in Taylorsville, and was a paramedic for over twenty-five years. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Ellendale Fire Department.
    In addition to working as a paramedic, he was a member of the Rescue Squad. He was hard working and dedicated to the community and those in need.
    In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Robert and Anna Herman; and paternal grandparents, Mestie and Bessie Johnson.
    He is survived by his mother, Betty Lou Herman Johnson of Taylorsville; sons, Brandon Lee and wife Kasey of Taylorsville, and Adam Dale Johnson of Taylorsville; and a granddaughter, Laney Johnson of Taylorsville.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, October 12, 2014, at Three Forks Baptist Church in Taylorsville with Pastor Carson Mosley, Pastor Gary Jennings, and Pastor Bill Orren officiating. Burial followed in Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Billy E. Ervin, 81, of Jackson Lane, Stony Point, passed away, after an extended illness, Tuesday October 7, 2014, at the Gordon Hospice House, in Statesville.
    He was born September 1, 1933, son of the late Joseph Elmer Ervin and Mary Combs Ervin. Having worked in the textile industry, he was a loom fixer, and was of the Baptist faith.
    Mr. Ervin is survived by his wife, Linda Gantt Ervin of the home.
    There are no services scheduled at this time.
    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to the Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Ervin Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Billy E. Ervin.

    Johnny Dockery, 47, of Hiddenite, formerly of Elkhorn/Powhatan, West Virginia, passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014, in Hiddenite.
    He was born July 2, 1967, in Welch, West Virginia, son of the late Frank Dockery, Sr. and Mary J. Dockery Wallington. He was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He was a graduate of Northfork High School “Class of 1985” and worked in the furniture industry for years.
    He will be remembered as a wonderful father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, and cousin. He will be greatly missed by his family and closest friends.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Jonathan Jafan Dockery of Greensboro, and Joshua Allen of Wilkesboro; a daughter, Megan Holit of Lenoir; two sisters, Eddie Marie Dockery of Elkhorn, West Virginia, and E. Mae Dockery Surratt of Fayetteville; two brothers, Frank Dockery, Jr. and wife Cindy of Taylorsville, and Clinton McLeod of Fayetteville; a granddaughter; three grandsons; two aunts, Eddie Mae Gravely of Powhatan, West Virginia, and Gertrude Reese of Guyton, Georgia; three uncles, Roland Henderson and wife Rose of Powhatan, West Virginia, Percy James Henderson of Taylorsville, and Johnny Dockery of Fayetteville; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.
    A memorial service was conducted Saturday, October 11, 2014, at his home in Hiddenite, with family and friends to honor and respect Johnny’s life.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com; or Frank Dockery, 365 Watson Ave., Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Dockery Family.

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