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Earl Junior Matheson
Viola Lee Lackey Stevenson
Homer Franklin Church
Harold Boyden Fortner, Sr.
Glenn Leroy "PeeWee" Frye
Christine Honeycutt
June Marie Beckert Karis
Hazel Marie Tenbuckle Croscutt
Tyre Hugh Payne
Paul Steven "Chappy" Chapman
Savanna Sky Leatham
Steven Craig Morrison
Sarah Bernice Harrington Bost



    Earl Junior Matheson, 86, of Hwy 90 East, Taylorsville, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Brian Center, in Hickory.
    Mr. Matheson was born October 22, 1927, in Alexander County, son of the late Charlie E. Matheson and Lona Bell Shook Matheson. Mr. Matheson was a US Air Force veteran who had served during the Korean Conflict.
    He was a retired shipping manager for Broyhill Furniture and was a former Taylorsville Airport manager. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a member of the Taylorsville Lions Club and a former member of the Civil Air Patrol.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Eli Matheson and Boyd Matheson.
    Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Carolyn Brinkley Matheson; a son, Michael Matheson and wife Karen of Taylorsville;  a brother, Zeno Matheson of Taylorsville; two sisters-in-law, Fern Matheson of Hiddenite, and Katherine Hagwood of Virginia Beach, Virginia;  a brother-in-law, Lynn Brinkley of Taylorsville; a granddaughter, Nicole Simerly and husband Jamie of Taylorsville; two great-grandchildren, Caleb Simerly and Hannah Simerly; and a number of nephews and nieces.
    The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 25, 2014 at Macedonia Baptist Church by Rev. Dan Spears. Burial with military honors will be accorded by DAV Chapter 84 and Chapter 6 and will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 -1:45 p.m. prior to the service.
    Condolences may be sent to the Matheson Family at www.adamsfunerals.com.
    The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to: Macedonia Baptist Church, 63 Macedonia Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the Matheson Family.

    Viola Lee Lackey Stevenson, 74, of Hiddenite, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, after a brief illness.
    She was born in Alexander County December 9, 1939, daughter of the late Walter Alonzo Lackey and Lena O. Lambert Lackey. She was employed by Hunt Manufacturing for 39 years and attended Stony Point School. She loved her grandchildren, the beach, and the mountains. She was very active at Pisgah United Methodist Church.         In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a step-grandson, Michael Lafferty.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Hoyle Stevenson; daughter, Loria L. Lafferty and husband, Ed; grandchildren, Shawn Atwood and wife, Amanda, and Christopher Atwood and wife, Emily; step-granddaughter, Ashlee Lafferty; great-grandchildren, Tatum Atwood and Cloey Atwood; step great-granddaughter, Sophia Sergent; brothers, Henry Russell Lackey and wife Barbara, and Grier Lackey and Donna Kellow; and nieces and nephews, Howard Lackey, Judy Keffer, Heather Torrence, and Lena Lackey.
    The family will receive friends, Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will be held Friday, April 25, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. at Pisgah United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Pisgah United Methodist Church, 488 Hill Farm Rd; Hiddenite, NC 28636.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Homer Franklin Church, 78, of Liberty Grove Church Road, Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Mr. Church was born April 15, 1936, in Wilkes County, son of the late John Roby Church and Bessie Adams Church. He was a US Air Force veteran, having served in the Korean Conflict.
    He was a poultry farmer, carpenter, and also enjoyed farming. He was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church. He was affiliated with the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Paul Church; and two sisters, Margaret Bedenbaugh and Faye Arrwood.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Irene Oliver Church of the home; a daughter, Joan Rene Brown and husband Jeffrey of Taylorsville; two sons, Keith Franklin Church and wife Rebecca, and Larry Wesley Church and wife Penny, all of Taylorsville; two sisters, Rachel Martin and Sarah Adams, both of Lenoir; a brother, James “Jim” Church of Greensboro; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service will be held Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 2 p.m., at Three Forks Baptist Church. Pastor Johnny Tomblin, Dr. Mike Runion, and Dr. Carson Moseley will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 23, 2014, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Adams Funeral Home.
    Condolences may be made to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Church Family.

    Harold Boyden Fortner, Sr., 86, of Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Valley Nursing Center.
    He was born in Alexander County December 2, 1927, son of the late Howard Fortner and Lorna Kerley Fortner. He was retired from Harold Fortner & Sons Sawmilling, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening in his spare time.
    A veteran of the US Army, he was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church.
    Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife "Peggy" Margaret Fortner; a brother, Lynn Fortner; a sister, Marie Watson; sons, Danny Fortner, Jamie Fortner, Pat Fortner, and Hal Fortner; and a granddaughter, Felicity Fortner.
    Those left to cherish his memory include sons, Tommy Fortner and wife Tammy of Taylorsville, Mike Fortner of Lenoardtown, Maryland, David Fortner and wife Lisa of Taylorsville, and Mark Fortner and wife Amanda of Taylorsville; grandchildren, DJ Fortner, Thomas Fortner, Alvin Moretz, Jeremy Fortner, Kristen Morrison, Nathan Fortner, Amy Chapman, Stephen Fortner, Lacy Fortner, Davey Fortner, Christian Fortner, Nicholas Fortner, Kirsten Fortner, Aaron Fortner, Kaylor Hicks, Tabitha Dishner, and Brett Fortner; 12 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Chris Fortner; a brother, Bob Fortner and wife Ethel; a sister, Doris James and husband Joe; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service was held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Lebanon Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Jolly and Rev. Keith Childers officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Mr. Fortner’s grandsons served as pallbearers. Military rites were provided by VFW Post 5466.
    Memorials may be made to Lebanon Baptist Church, 70 Mt. Olive Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Glenn Leroy "PeeWee" Frye, 73, of the Bethlehem Community, Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence, after a period of failing health.
    Born September 13, 1940, in Alexander County, he was the son of the late Alvin Ray and Willie Lee Bowman Frye. He was a member of Friendship Lutheran Church in Taylorsville. Mr. Frye was employed in furniture manufacturing, by Southwood Reproductions and Hancock and Moore, before his retirement.
    He was an avid sports fan and was a league bowler for many years. He enjoyed playing golf and watching baseball, as well as playing church league softball. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.
    Mr. Frye was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Joann R. Frye; and a brother, L. Kenneth Frye.
    He is survived by his wife, Joanne M. Frye of the home; a daughter, Pam Cook and husband Jimmy of Taylorsville; a son, Bradley Frye and wife Courtney of Bethlehem; step-children, Donna Swanner Simmons and Russell Swanner; four sisters, Mildred Weaver, Jolene Fox, Lorette Starnes, and Carlene Huffman and husband Connelly; a brother, Gary Frye and wife Patsy; grandchildren, Trevor and Justin Cook; and step-grandchildren, Courtney Jimenez, Michael Simmons, Rylan and Christa Swanner, and Leah Hawk.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Friendship Lutheran with Rev. Phil Thorsen and Rev. Chris Music officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers were Trevor and Justin Cook, Russell Swanner, Alan Fox, Shannon Pennell, Wayne Morrow, and Frank Schmitz.    
    Military rites were provided by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Chapter 6 of Hudson.
    Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 26658; or to the Adult Life Program, 1265 21st. Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Christine Honeycutt, 87, of Stony Point, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Valley Nursing Center, after an extended illness.
    She was born April 23, 1926, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Roy Sherrill and Ila Moose Sherrill. She was a retired textile worker and a member of Unity Christian Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Honeycutt; five brothers, R.P., Renn, Tom, Kenneth and Harold Sherrill; three sisters, Grace Johnson, Nell Sherrill, and Margaret Pope; and a son-in-law, Larry Hammer.
    She is survived by a son, Mike Honeycutt (Judy) of Troutman; a daughter, Sherry Hammer of Stony Point; two sisters, Dorothy Martin and Marie Johnson, both of Stony Point; a brother, Winfred Sherrill (Linda) of Stony Point; two granddaughters, Mika Overcash and Krista Honeycutt; two grandsons, Rev. Scott Hammer and Shawn Hammer; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Unity Christian Church with Rev. Scott Hammer officiating. Burial followed in the Stony Point Cemetery.
    Memorials may be given to Unity Christian Church, 139 Douglas Ct., Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Pallbearers were Jerry Johnson, Bruce Johnson, Steve Johnson, Patrick Sherrill, Jeff Martin, and Tom Sherrill.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Honeycutt Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Christine Honeycutt.

    June Marie Beckert Karis, 72, of Taylorsville, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 19, 2014, at her residence.
    Born June 4, 1941, in Washington D.C., she was the daughter of the late Harry Joseph Beckert and Dorothy Francis Fox Beckert. She loved being a great mother to her sons, and she loved to cook.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 39 years, Clarence Vernon Karis.
    Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Michael "Tony" Karis and wife Debra of Statesville, Keith Karis of Statesville, Timothy Karis and wife Stefanie of Maryland, John Karis of Maryland, Vernon Karis of Vale, and David Karis of Maryland; brothers, Michael Beckert, Charles Beckert, and George Beckert; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Condolences may be sent to the Karis Family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com.
    The Karis Family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Cremations in Newton.

    Hazel Marie Tenbuckle Croscutt, 97, of Old Wilkesboro Road, Taylorsville, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at her home.
    Mrs. Croscutt was born April 10, 1927, in Clymer, New York, daughter of the late John Henry Tenbuckle and Bertha Weavers Tenbuckle. She was a school teacher and dairy farmer.
    She was a member of Clymer Hill Reformed Church in Clymer, New York, where she was in the missionary society, a Sunday School teacher, and very active in other church functions.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Henry Croscutt; and an infant brother.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Alberta Ann Oonk and husband Harvey of Clymer, New York; two sons, Dale Henry Croscutt and wife Sandy of Taylorsville, and Duane Gary Croscutt and wife Carol of New Bern; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
    The funeral service will be conducted in Clymer, New York. Revs. Mike and Erin Beckerink will officiate. Burial will be in Holland Cemetery, Clymer, New York.
    Memorials may be given to: Clymer Hill Reformed Church, 8441 Ravlin Hill Road, Clymer, NY 14724; or Clymer Fire Department, PO Box 31, Clymer, NY 14724.
    Condolences may be made to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Croscutt Family.

    Tyre Hugh Payne, 61, of Stikeleather Road, Hiddenite, died unexpectedly Friday, April 18, 2014.
    He was born September 26, 1952, in Cabarrus County, son of the late Tyre Lee Payne and Texie Pharr Payne. During his career, he worked with Lowe’s Companies in Statesville, for Corning Cable in Hickory, and for Cannon Mills in Kannapolis.
    He was a caregiver for his parents during their latter years and enjoyed playing golf and tennis. He was of the Methodist faith.
    Those left to cherish his memory include a sister, Myra Payne of Kannapolis; a brother, Eugene Payne and wife Glynda of Kannapolis; an uncle, Ray Payne and wife Mary Sue of Taylorsville; an aunt, Mary Lois Williams of Hiddenite; nephews, Aaron Payne Cook and Matthew Chadwick; and nieces, Sarah Cook and Stephanie Johnson, all of Kannapolis.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in the Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Leo  Fair and Rev. Don Draughn officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.
    Memorials may be given to the Alexander County Humane Society, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences to the Payne Family may be made to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Taylorsville is serving the Payne Family.

    Paul Steven "Chappy" Chapman, 59, of Ridgeway Apartments, Taylorsville, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at home, following an extended illness.
    He was born May 31, 1954, in Huntington, West Virginia, son of the Late Paul Chapman and Helen Chapman. He was disabled and was last employed as a garage mechanic. He had served in the US Army and was of the Baptist Faith.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce R. Chapman.
    He is survived by Melissa T. Campbell, the mother of his children; one son, Eric Chapman; one daughter, Rebecca "Becky" Chapman; one brother, Sanford Chapman; and two sisters, Annie Chapman and Suzie Chapman
    A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Paul S. Chapman Fund , in care of Chapman Funeral Home, 158 Stony Point School Rd., Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Morrison Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of Paul Steven "Chappy" Chapman.

    Savanna Sky Leatham, age 1 month, of Matney Ln., Hiddenite, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at home.
    She was born March 13, 2014, in Iredell County, daughter of James "Jimmy" Leatham and Brandy Mullen Reese.
    She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Todd Mullen; and her paternal grandfather, Richard Young.
    In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Dalton Gauge Leatham and James Scot Leatham, both of the home; a sister, Alisabeth Rain Reese of Taylorsville; maternal grandparents, Reita Skipper and step-grandfather Doug Roop of Stony Point; and paternal grandparents, James Leatham of California, and Marcia Young of Newton.
    Services will be conducted at a later date.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Savanna Leatham Fund in care of Chapman Funeral Home, 158 Stony Point School Rd., Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Leatham Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of Savanna Sky Leatham.

    Steven Craig Morrison, 52, of Grassy Park Dr. Asheville, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, April 17, 2014, at home .
    He was born September 30, 1961, in Alexander County, son of the Late Harold Lee Morrison and Myrtle Carrigan Shook. He was disabled and was a fulltime student . He was of the Baptist faith and had served in the US Army, 82nd Air born Division.
    He is survived by his daughter, Robin Denise Lambro (husband Jason) of NY; three brothers, David Lawing of Catawba, Bob Lawing and wife Patti of Taylorsville, and Jack Morrison and wife Terisa of Wilkesboro; one sister, Joan Stewart and husband Louis of Claremont; two grandchildren, Sadie Rose Lambro and Savannah Grace Lambro; stepmother, Julia Morrison; three nieces; and four nephews.
    A private graveside service was held at Concord Baptist Church Cemetery April 21, 2014.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Morrison Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of Steven Craig Morrison.

    Sarah Bernice Harrington Bost, 92, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Autumn Care Nursing Home, in Wilmington. She had been in declining health for several years.
    She was the daughter of the late Lee and Minnie Harrington of Hiddenite. She was born June 12, 1921, and was one of eight children. She was a person who believed in service to others, including her mother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
    She was a three year civilian employee of the Dept. of Navy in Washington, D.C. during World War II. She raised four children and cared for the children and parents of many others.
    She was a good friend, deeply religious, humble, and kind. Her family and friends were of the utmost importance to her. Like her mother and sisters, she was a wonderful letter writer and enjoyed family genealogy.
    She was a member of the Alexander County Home Extension Club and was active in the club fair activities for many years.
    Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Morris, Max, Lynn, and Kent; sisters, Norma Delamar and Ruth Nicholaides; her oldest son, Darwin Ernest Bost; sisters-in-law, Betty Harrington and Francis Harrington; and brothers-in-law, Carl Delamar, Nick Nicholaides, and Roy Norton.
    She is survived by her twin sister, Bonnie Harrington Norton of Statesville; two daughters, Sandra Siemering and husband Ed, and Amy Germany and husband Greg, all of Wilmington; a son, Robin Bost of Taylorsville; two granddaughters, Deidra Gilley and husband Keith of Fletcher, and Sarah Gryder Bost of San Juan Island, Washington; a great-granddaughter, Amelia Rose Gilley; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives who all lived large in her heart; and sisters-in-law, Allene Harrington and Ruth Harrington.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Rocky Springs United Methodist Church in Hiddenite with Rev. David Ridenhour officiating, and Nancy Kerley serving as pianist. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Rocky Springs United Methodist Church, Hiddenite, in care of Pastor Robert Herron, 221 Old Charlotte Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

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