Tuesday, May 26, 2015  
Search By Keyword
Breaking News Alerts
Email Alerts
Email Address
Text Alerts
Mobile Number
 )  - 
Mobile Provider
standard messaging rates apply
Recent Obituaries (Updated Daily)


Alfred “Lex” Johnson
Mattye Houpe Lackey
Gladys Mae Fox Teague

Robert William Barnes
Gary Earl Isenhour
Mary Lina Crane Walker

William “Bill” Jay Bentley
Clyde Milton Chapman
Keith Kerley
Margaret Beckham Mayberry
Cameron Michael Nowell
Willie Ray Bentley
Willie Leroy Bowman
William Carter Payne

Daniel Lawrence Leonard, Jr.


    Alfred “Lex” Johnson, 87, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
    Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Alexander Funeral Service at a later time.

    Mattye Houpe Lackey, 101, fondly known as “Pat,” passed away at 5 a.m., on May 25, 2015, at Valley Rehabilitation Center, in Taylorsville.
    Mrs. Lackey was born January 25, 1914, in Iredell County. She was the daughter of George Rufus and Sally Gryder Houpe. Upon the death of her birth mother in 1915, she was reared by an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. J. Will Houpe.
    She graduated from Statesville Senior High School and Mars Hill College. She then furthered her education at Appalachian State Teacher’s College and Lenoir-Rhyne College. She was an elementary school teacher.
    She began her career at Celeste Henkle Elementary School in Iredell County, where she met her future husband, Mr. Lackey. She spent the majority of her teaching years at Taylorsville Elementary School, and retired after being a classroom teacher for a total of 39 years.
    During her life in Taylorsville, she was a member of the First Baptist Church, and for several years served on the Board of Directors for the Child Development Center.
    Mrs. Lackey enjoyed membership in the Taylorsville Study Club, Garden Club, and the Taylorsville “Read-a-Book” Club.
    Mrs. Lackey was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Wade Woodrow Lackey, in 1998; and a daughter, Ann Charlotte, who died in infancy.
    Those left to cherish her memory include daughters, Jeanie Levinge of Jacksonville, Florida, and Pat Sarvis and husband Scott of Lake Norman; two granddaughters, Lauren Sarvis Dunford, and Whitney Sarvis Peterson and husband Matthew; and two great-grandsons, Beau and Lucas Dunford.
    Mrs. Lackey’s life was enriched by many special extended family members and friends, as well as devoted caregivers, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Oxentine and Ann Pierce.
    A graveside service will be at 3:15 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Taylorsville City Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015, at First Baptist Church. Rev. Roger Underwood and Rev. Dan Redding will officiate. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Mrs. Lackey’s residence.
    In addition, the family wishes to thank the staff of Valley Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care of their mother in her final days.
    In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to: The Child Development Center of First Baptist Church, PO Box 305, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the Lackey Family.

    Gladys Mae Fox Teague, 99, of Taylorsville, passed away peacefully at her residence, on Monday, May 25, 2015, after an extended illness.
    Gladys was born on Sunday, February 20, 1916, in Alexander County, daughter of the late John and Maggie Willet Fox. She loved working in her flowers and yard. Gladys was an avid gardener. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Gladys retired at the age of 80 from working in textiles and furniture.
    Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, James Teague; five brothers, Clyde, Avery, Otis, Bryant and James Fox; and two sisters, Lake Jenkins and Vera Wike.
    She leaves to cherish her memory a sister, Lena Deal; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., in the Liledoun Baptist Church Cemetery.
    In addition to flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Robert William Barnes, 70, of Lin Adams Lane, Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    Mr. Barnes was born March 12, 1945, in Alexander County, son of Lorene Pennell Barnes and the late Tommy Barnes. He had worked for Schneider Mills in the janitorial service and also had worked in sawmills for 20 years operating a rip saw. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church.
    Including his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mardesa Icenhour Barnes of the home; a son, Brian William Barnes of Taylorsville; a grandson, Logan Barnes of Taylorsville; a granddaughter, Breanah Barnes of Taylorsville; a sister, Brenda Chatham of Reagan, Tennessee; and a brother, Bobby Ray Barnes of Taylorsville.
    The funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at St. Johns Lutheran Church. Dr. William Hollar will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 1-3 p.m. prior to the service.
    Pallbearers include: Mark Chatham, Logan Barnes, Shane Jarrett, Rocky Millsaps, Danny Millsaps, and Joe Little.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Johns Lutheran Church, PO Box 82, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Barnes Family.

    Gary Earl Isenhour, 77, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Mr. Isenhour was born August 4, 1937, in Alexander County, son of the late Earl Sylvanius Isenhour and Iretha Louise Isenhour. He was a retired furniture inspector, had served in the US Army, and was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Phil, Zane, Steve and Daine Isenhour; and a sister, Joy Isenhour.
    Mr. Isenhour is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Taylor Isenhour of the home; a son, Greg Isenhour and wife Heather of Conover; three sisters, Mazelle Bowman of Taylorsville, Theresa Setzer of Taylorsville, and Melba Carrigan of Taylorsville; two grandsons, Gage Isenhour and Kyle Isenhour, both of Conover; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2015 at St. Peters Lutheran Church. Rev. Craig Schultz will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the church, and at other times, at the home of Greg and Heather, 6025 Swinging Bridge Rd, Conover, NC 28613.
    Memorials may be given to St. Peters Lutheran Church, 6175 St. Peters Lutheran Church Rd., Conover, NC 28613.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Isenhour Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Gary Earl Isenhour.

    Mary Lina Crane Walker, 70, of Roaring River, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Wilkes Regional Medical Center.
    Mrs. Walker was born on Monday, December 4, 1944, in Wilkes County, daughter of the late Famous and Ela Beaula Byrd Crane. She loved flowers and art, and loved her dog, “Casey,” as if it were her child.
    In addition to her parents, Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Robinson; a brother, James Crane; and a grandson, Michael “JJ” Robinson.
    Survivors left to carry on her memory include: daughters, Donna Stamper and husband Jack of Roaring River, Hope Wyatt and boyfriend Daniel Webster of Moravian Falls, and Phyllis Wyatt and husband Gary of Millers Creek; sons, Michael Robinson and wife Lisa of Taylorsville, and Matthew Robinson of Millers Creek; 10 grandchildren, Daniel and Aaron Cockerham, Jeremy and Chasity Wyatt, Courtney, Brooke and Abigale Robinson, Shyann Laws, Brittney Kilby, and Raven Black; and nine great-grandchildren.
    A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes Chapel. Pastor Lockie Wagoner will officiate.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes and Cremation Service is serving the Walker Family.

    William “Bill” Jay Bentley, 83, of Morganton, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, in Valdese.
    Bill was born in Alexander County, on January 31, 1932, son of the late Jay and Lois Stine Bentley. He was married to the late Ruth Clark Bentley, who preceded him in death in 2002.
    Bill was a furniture maker at Drexel Heritage Furniture, with whom he retired after many years of service. Bill was a faithful member of Brown Mountain Baptist Church in Morganton. He could best be described as a mighty man of God who loved the Lord and his family.
    Bill enjoyed working in his garden, chopping wood, and woodworking. He was a kind and gentle man who was a friend to all, as he never knew a stranger. He will be greatly missed.
    In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lou Bentley; and three brothers, Gene, Carol and Roy Bentley.
    Survivors include his children, Danny Bentley (Renee), Martha McAlpin (James), Clinton Bentley, Jerry Bentley, Judy Whitson, PeeWee Clark (Bertha), Wanda Chester (Steve), Sharon Fleming, Doc Clark (Shannon), Marsha Gragg (Jeff), and John Pritchard (Jennifer); 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a brother, Larry Bentley; and two sisters, Shirley and Brenda.
    A funeral will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 22, 2015, at Brown Mountain Baptist Church, in Morganton, with Pastor Johnny Shelton officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the church.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.
    Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.kirkseymorganton.com.

    Clyde Milton Chapman, 82, of the Little River Community, Taylorsville, passed away, at his residence, on Tuesday morning, May 19, 2015, following a lingering illness.
    Born June 14, 1932, in Alexander County, he was the son of the late William Butler “Sam” and Ora Chapman Chapman. Mr. Chapman was retired from the NC Department of Transportation as an equipment operator after 30 years and 9 months, and he was also a life-long farmer. He loved his grandbabies and enjoyed all the time spent with his friends.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Shook Chapman; three sisters, Wilma Brown, Stella Chapman, and Hazel Harrington; and four brothers, Atwell, Fred, Hall and David Chapman.
    He is survived by two sons, William Chapman and wife Candy, and Robert Chapman and wife Valorie, all of Taylorsville; a brother, Jimmy Chapman and wife Marie of Taylorsville; grandchildren, Candra, Brett, Gracie and Steven Chapman, all of Taylorsville; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Rita Barr.
    Visitation will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 6-8:00 p.m., at Alexander Funeral Service, with funeral services on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., at Little River Baptist Church. The body will lie in state thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. Rev. Jeff Chapman, Rev. Taylor Miller, Rev. Steve Dagenhart, and Rev. Neal Walker will officiate. Burial will follow in the Little River Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Pallbearers will be: Stevie Jolly, Benny Mitchell, Eric Ferguson, Jason Gwaltney, Dennis James, and Thomas Gross. Honorary pallbearers will be: Johnny Jolly, Michael Ferguson, Pee Wee Bumgarner, and Daniel Bumgarner.
    Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln., Taylorsville, NC, 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Keith Kerley, 73, of the Mt. Hebron Community, Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, following a period of declining health.
    He was born to the late Romlius Don and Nancy Hubbard Kerley, on Tuesday, April 7, 1942, in Alexander County. He was a very active member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. He served as a deacon at the church for over forty years, sound technician, and cared for the building and grounds.
    He was very fun loving and was always ready to help others. He retired from Broyhill furniture after 45 years.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Delmas and Leo Kerley.
    He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 51 years, Helen Bentley Kerley; a son, Kevin Kerley; a daughter, Kim Mitchell and husband Stacy; five grandchildren, Klint Kerley, Nichole Bentley, Allison Kerley, Anna Mitchell, and Addie Mitchell; a great-grandson, Carter Kerley; two sisters, Clara Russell, and Betty Tedder and husband Buddy; his mother-in-law, Lottie Bentley; a host of nieces and nephews; and special friends, Everette and Pat Wike.
    Visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Alexander Funeral Service from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, at 4:00 p.m., with Rev. Eddie Yount officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.
    A very special thanks to Janet Bentley with Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County.
    In addition to flowers, memorials can be made to Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o 862 Silas Deal Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Margaret Beckham Mayberry, 77, of Statesville, passed away, at Gordon Hospice House, after an extended illness, Sunday, May 17, 2015.
    Mrs. Mayberry was born February 15, 1938, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Neri Hedrick Beckham and Jessie Crawford Beckham. She was a homemaker, worked as a seamstress, and was of an Inter-Denominational faith.
    In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mayberry was preceded in death by her husband.
    She is survived by her sons, Jonathan Parks of Statesville, and Rodney Mayberry of Portland, Oregon.
    A memorial service will be held at a later date.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Mayberry Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of Margaret Beckham Mayberry.

    Cameron Michael Nowell, 29, of Heaven Bound Ln., Statesville, passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile/pedestrian accident Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Gaston County.
    Born December 27, 1985, in Iredell County, he was the son of Philip M. Nowell of California and Rhonda Reavis Elmore of the home. He worked as a heavy equipment operator in construction.
    In addition to his mother and father, he is survived by his step-father, David Elmore of the home.
    A memorial service will be held at a later date.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Nowell Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of Cameron Michael Nowell.

    Willie Ray Bentley, 72, of Taylorsville, passed away, at his residence, on Saturday, May 16, 2015, following a period of declining health.
    Born to Luda Bentley, on March 14, 1943, in Alexander County, he was employed by Sipe Lumber of Taylorsville. Willie was a member of Mtn. Ridge Baptist Church. He was a hard worker who took pride in what he did.
    In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gracie Mae Bentley.
    He is survived by his wife of 50 very happy years, Virginia Bentley of the home; daughters, Peggy and Pamela of Taylorsville; sons, Willie Dean Bentley of Taylorsville, and Daniel Wayne Bentley of Morganton; a grandson, Kaleb Bentley of Taylorsville; a brother, Grady Bentley of Taylorsville; and a niece, Monika Nance of Taylorsville.
    Funeral services were held Monday, May, 18, 2015, at Mtn. Ridge Baptist Church, with Rev. Mark Adams officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Willie Leroy Bowman, 78, of Rink Dam Road, Taylorsville, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    Mr. Bowman was born April 17, 1937, in Alexander County, son of the late Clyde Finley Bowman and Lola Oliver Bowman. He had worked as a logger in the lumber industry and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Graydon Bowman and Jessie Bowman; an uncle, Otis Bowman; and many other family members.
    Those left to cherish his memory include a number of cousins, friends, and church family.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Grace Baptist Church. Rev. Phil Chapman and Rev. Marcus Benfield officiated. Burial followed in Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to: Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Taylorsville served the Bowman Family.

    William Carter Payne, 69, of Miller Farm Rd., Statesville, passed away after an extended illness on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at home.
    Mr. Payne was born September 29, 1945, in Iredell County, son of the late Stamey Carter Payne and Lois Combs Payne. He was a retired history instructor and a member of Stony Point United Methodist Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Beth Bishop; two sons, Mathew Carter Payne and wife Holly of Statesville, and Stuart Logan Payne of Gastonia; a daughter, Shannon Leigh Morgan and husband Darrell of Stony Point; a sister, Kathy Payne of Stony Point; and three grandchildren, Reilly Morgan, Reece Morgan, and Nathan Payne.
    A memorial service was held Monday, May 18, 2015, at Stony Point United Methodist Church, with Rev. Donnie Durham officiating.
    Memorials may be given to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625; or Stony Point United Methodist Church, PO Box 120, Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Payne Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of William Carter Payne.

    Daniel Lawrence Leonard, Jr., 81, of Hiddenite, passed away at Gordon Hospice House on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
    He was born Tuesday, October 24, 1933, in Catawba County, son of the late Daniel Lawrence, Sr. and Lesta Mae Robinson Leonard. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Christian Fellowship Church. He enjoyed mowing, gardening, and will be remembered for his love of reading the Bible and his warm loving smile.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by seven half-brothers, Vernon, Clyde, Ernest, Hyrle, George, Homer and Russell Leonard; three half-sisters, Ninna and Winnie Leonard, and Katie Barger; and a step-son, Robert Lee Matheson.
    He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Ruby Ham Leonard; two sons, Michael Leonard and wife Donna of Senoia, Georgia, and Terry Leonard of Marion; two step-children, Junior Matheson and wife Debbie of Bethlehem, and Lori Matheson George and husband Rickey of Taylorsville; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a special niece, Ailene Leonard of Denver; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held Friday, May 15, 2015, at Christian Fellowship Church, with Rev. Scott Greene officiating. Burial followed in the Hiddenite Cemetery.
    Memorials can be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28625.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

 
Current Conditions
67°F
Rain, Mist
Taylorsville, NC
Radar & More >>
Advertisers
click ad below for details
  • Show All Ads