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Recent Obituaries (Updated Daily)


James “Jimmy” Lee Davis
Thelma Beatrice Echerd McLean
Joey Hollar
Clarence Ray Bowles

Ruby Goble Dyson Mitchell
Kevin Dwain Austin
Clarence Huffman, Jr.
Paul Bowman
Jimmie Franklin Caldwell
Shirley Morrison Sharpe
Millie Lynn Adams
Clyde Frye Price
Hoyle Gabriel Sherrill
Jenna Faye Fox Starnes
Annette Darlene Byers
Mary Frances Matthews
Herman Glenn Wagoner
Palmetto Maxine Harrington
Ruby Jean Lipe Wilhelm
Dwight Douglas Killian
Barbara Ann Adams Rogers
Logan Scott Walker
John Willis Minor, Jr.

Martin Lake Wike, Jr.


    James “Jimmy” Lee Davis, 80, of Sharpe Mill Road, Hiddenite, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 at his residence.
    Mr. Davis was born October 12, 1934, in Alexander County, son of the late Jesse Lee Davis and Mary Angeline Looper. He was a US Marines veteran, who had served as a corporal. He owned and operated Davis Appliance before retiring in 1996.
    He was a member of Rocky Hill Baptist Church. Jimmy was a member of American Legion Post 113, former member of the Gideons of Alexander County, a former Sunday School teacher at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church and also Berea Baptist Church, where he was a charter member.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Ann Lackey Davis; an infant son, Barry Allen Davis; and a sister, Jane Davis Mitchell.
    Those left to cherish his memory include two daughters, Donna Davis Key and husband Phillip of Lenoir, and Angela Davis McCall and husband Keith of India; a son, Eddie Lee Davis and wife Kim B. of Hiddenite; two sisters, Margaret Davis Millsaps and husband Clint O., and Ann Davis McLain, all of Hiddenite; his mother-in-law, Arlene Waugh Lackey of Hiddenite; two brothers-in-law, Jerry Lackey and wife Sheila of Hiddenite, and Larry Lackey and wife Mary of Hickory; eight grandchildren; and agreat-grandchild.
    The funeral service will be at 4:30 p.m., Monday, April 27, 2015 at Rocky Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Henry Cook and Rev. Lee Boggs will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Adams Funeral Home.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Rocky Hill Baptist Church Building Fund.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Davis Family.

    Thelma Beatrice Echerd McLean, 91, of NC 127, Taylorsville, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice, after a period of declining health.
    Mrs. McLean was born November 24, 1923, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Dallas George Echerd and Ida Cleo Burgess Echerd. She was a homemaker, dairy farmer, and gardener. Thelma was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher, choir member, pianist, altar guild, youth leader, and a member of the Women of the Church.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred McLean; a sister, Linda E. Douglas; and three brothers, Howard, William and Bruce Echerd.
    Those left to cherish her memory include two sons, Owen McLean and wife Suzanne, and Jerry McLean and wife Joyce, all of Taylorsville; two brothers, John Hall Echerd and wife Betty, and Lynn Echerd and wife Mildred, all of Taylorsville; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service will be at 5 p.m., Monday, April 27, 2015 at St. Luke Lutheran Church. Rev. Andrew Miller will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 4-4:45 p.m. prior to the service.
    Pallbearers include: Aaron McLean, Andrew McLean, Jeremy McLean, David McLean, Brian Burgess, Jimmy Land, John Carrigan, and Lynn Dagenhart.
    Memorials may be made to: Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658; or American Cancer Society, Team Jam of Alexander County, 1901 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the McLean Family.

    Joey Hollar, 55, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away at Emory Hospital.
    Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Clarence Ray Bowles, 92, of York Institute Road, Hiddenite, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at his residence.
    Mr. Bowles was born December 9, 1922, in Alexander County, son of the late Marvin Abraham Bowles and Elsie Lackey Bowles. He was a US Army veteran who had served in WWII as a corporal. He had worked as a metal frame builder and also a farmer.
    He was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. He was a member of VFW Post 10,000, and served many years as the church treasurer for Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, where he was also a Deacon.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mitchell Bowles; four brothers, Flake, Paul, Bill and Zane Bowles; and a sister, Mildred Johnson.
    Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Karen Bowles Walker and husband Elvin of Hiddenite; three sons, Michael Bowles and wife Kathy of Hiddenite, Tim Bowles and wife Debbie of Greensboro, and Terry Bowles and wife Janet of Hiddenite; four sisters, Betty Wilson of Richfield, Mabel Grant of Taylorsville, Shirley Gryder and husband Wade of Hiddenite, and Katherine Cook and husband Rev. Charles Cook of Hiddenite; a brother, Hugh Bowles and wife Julie of Athens, Georgia; two sisters-in-law, Geneva Bowles and Jerri Bowles; 10 grandchildren, Tara Bowles Pennell and husband Douglas, Heather Bowles Davis and husband Nathan, Megan Bowles, Matthew Bowles and fiancée Alena Thomas, Mark Bowles and wife Rachel, Eric Walker and wife Veronica, Brian Walker and wife Billie, Alisha W. Orren and husband Keith, Jennifer Hull and husband Matthew, and Lauren Bowles; 12 great-grandchildren, Leah and Alexa Pennell, Bryson and Raegan Davis, Noah and Lucas Walker, Breah and Briley Walker, Payton and Vanessa Orren, and Riley and Jackson Hull; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service will be at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Parks, Rev. Mitch King, and Rev. Charles Cook will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with full military honors accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and VFW Post 10,000. The family will receive friends 2:30-4 p.m., prior to the service.
    Pallbearers include: Matthew and Mark Bowles, Eric and Brian Walker, Douglas Pennell, Nathan Davis, Keith Orren, and Matthew Hull.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, 116 Patterson Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636; or Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    The family wishes to express appreciation to the many caregivers who have touched our lives in lovingly caring for our loved one, and a special thanks to Hospice and Home Health of Alexander County.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Bowles Family.

    Ruby Goble Dyson Mitchell, 97, of Paul Payne Store Road, Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at her residence.
    Mrs. Mitchell was born April 17, 1918, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Oscar Cleo Goble and Dolly Warren Goble. She had worked in the textile industry as a seamstress, and was a member of Concord Baptist Church.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, John Dyson and Burl Mitchell; three sons, Clifford Dyson, Gene Dyson, and Billy Ray Dyson; three sisters, Pauline Childers, Maxine Echard, and Arcola Johnson; two brothers, Kelly Goble and Robert Goble; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Kenneth Cline; and a daughter-in-law, Linda Kay Dyson.
    Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Betty Dyson Cline of Conover, and Linda Dyson Deal and husband Roger of Taylorsville; two sons, Larry Dyson and wife Norma of Taylorsville, and Roger Dyson and wife Deborah of Stony Point; a brother, Elbert Goble and wife Jayne of Taylorsville; 26 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; three daughters-in-law, Nora Dyson, Nell Dean Goodman, and Linda Lee Dyson; and a number of nieces, nephews, and relatives.
    The funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Concord Baptist Church. Rev. Tony Dyson, Rev. Elbert Goble, and Rev. Kyle Chapman will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Adams Funeral Home.
    The family will be gathering at 5460 Paul Payne Store Road, Taylorsville.
    Pallbearers include: Michael Dyson, Danny Dyson, Roger Dyson Jr., Bradley Deal, Kevin Deal, and Tracey Dyson.
    Honorary pallbearers include: Reggie Dyson, Chris Dyson, Brooks Dyson, John Dyson, and Shane Jones.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Concord Baptist Church, 8044 Paul Payne Store Road, Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Mitchell Family.

    Kevin Dwain Austin, 55, of Taylorsville, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
    Born February 8, 1960, he was the son of the late Garland and Myrtle Deal Austin.
    In addition to his parents; a sister, Gayle Boyles; and a brother, Jerry Austin, preceded him in death.
    In addition to his wife of 17 years, Martha Ann Austin; three sons, Kyle Austin of Hickory, Josh Austin and wife Tania of Hickory, and Jesse Tanner Austin of Taylorsville; a sister, Sandra Lyon and husband Lee of Hickory; two grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Carol Austin; a brother-in-law, Johnny Boyles; two aunts, Linda Baker and husband Carroll of Hickory, and Gilda Pennell of Conover; an uncle, Dave Deal and wife Helen; three nephews; four nieces; and a number of great-nieces and nephews survive him.
    A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Harvest Bible Chapel of Hickory, with Mark Ikerd and Pastor Mark Schmitz officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m., April 25, 2015, at Harvest Bible Chapel of Hickory.
    Memorials may be made to Harvest Bible Chapel of Hickory at 909 Hwy 70 SW, Hickory, NC 28602.
    Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net.
    The Austin Family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton.

    Clarence Huffman, Jr., 85, of Bolick Rd., Stony Point, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at VA Hospital, Hospice Care Unit, Salisbury.
    He was born January 26, 1930, in Catawba County, son of the late Clarence Franklin Huffman, Sr. and Essie Mae Huffman. He was a retired construction worker, disabled veteran, and a member of Marvin United Methodist Church.
    He served in the United States Army and was a prisoner of war during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Statesville, Iredell County DAV.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Emily Nicole Hopkins; three sisters; and a brother.
    He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley Yvonne Waugh Huffman of the home; four sons, Wayne Huffman of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Howard Huffman and wife Evelyn of Stony Point, Jeffery Huffman and wife Star of Statesville, and Dennis Huffman of Stony Point; seven grandchildren, Anthony Hopkins and wife Tiffeny of Jacksonville, Florida, Arin Pentland and husband Andrew of Scottsdale, Arizona, Ashley Huffman of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Beth Huffman of Statesville, Amber Huffman of Statesville, Chelsea Huffman of Hiddenite, and Savannah Huffman of Newton; and four great-grandchildren, Derrick Hopkins, Cayden Hopkins, Annabelle Huffman, and Able Huffman.
    A graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Union Cemetery, Marvin United Methodist Church. Mr. Jeff Carson will officiate. The family will receive friends after the service at the church, and at other times at the home.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Marvin United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Jeff Carson, 11515 Paul Payne Store Rd., Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Huffman Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Clarence Huffman, Jr.

    Paul Bowman, 78, of Bethlehem, passed away at Frye Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
    He was born to the late Lindsey McCree and Fleta Grace Honeycutt Bowman on Monday, May 1, 1936 in Alexander County. Paul was a lifetime member of Shiloh Lutheran Church.
    Everyone who knew Paul knows he could build just about anything, from a house to a bird house. Before he became ill you would find him always building something in his woodshop. He loved nature and enjoyed anything to do with the outdoors, especially bird watching and planting a garden. Neighbors always received a friendly wave from Paul as he loved to sit on his porch.
    In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Leo Bowman; and his sister, Kathleen Wooten.
    Paul leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 59 years, Margie Lail Bowman; his son, Lindsey Bowman of Dudley Shoals; his two daughters, Tammy Bolick and husband Allen of Granite Falls, and Trudy Henricks and husband Bob of Mount Holly; three sisters, Mary Little and husband Junior, Ruby Warren and husband Ralph, and Rachel Church; a brother, Alton Bowman and wife Peggy; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of neices and nephews.
    A graveside service will be held at Pisgah Cemetery in Bethlehem, at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 24, 2015. The family will receive friends at the home following the graveside service.
    In addition to flowers, memorials can be made to Shiloh Lutheran Church Roof Fund at 1011 Shiloh Church Rd, Hickory, NC 28601.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Jimmie Franklin Caldwell, 82, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at his home, surrounded by family.
    Jimmy was born in Alexander County on July 21, 1932, son of the late Clarence and Effie Caldwell.
    Jimmy was a member of Sandy Ridge Baptist Church for 51 years. He served as corporal with the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was employed at Hickory Springs Manufacturing for 39 years, until retiring in 1994.
    After retirement, Jimmy enjoyed running cars with his friends for Randy Marion, his morning coffee with his friends each day, bluegrass music, fishing, and carpentry. He also enjoyed his gardening and sharing that with family and friends.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, George, Claude, Edith and Mary Caldwell.
    Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Lillian Deal Caldwell of the home; a daughter, Diane Caldwell Greene and husband Shannon of Hickory; two sons, Gregory Caldwell and wife Cindy of Hickory, and Kevin Caldwell and wife Jane of Charlotte; a brother, Stan Caldwell and wife Rosemary of Ocala, Florida; grandchildren, Julie Patrick and husband Richie, Ashley McAlpin and husband Cory, Brittany Jones and husband Bobby, and Christopher, Caroline and Adam Caldwell; great-grandsons, Conor Scott, Chanceton Patrick, and Colton Jones; and a number of nieces, nephews, and extended family.
    Visitation will be 1:30-2:45 p.m., Friday, April 24, 2015 at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church. The funeral service to celebrate Jimmy’s life will follow at 3 p.m. Rev. Homer F. Greene will officiate. Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Hickory and military rites will be conducted by Sandy Ridge American Legion Post 544 Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Friday from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church.
    Those serving as pallbearers are: Christopher Caldwell, Adam Caldwell, Cory McAlpin, Ramie Robinson, Allen Wagner, and Shawn Greene.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Shirley Morrison Sharpe, 76, of Riverside Farm Lane, Hiddenite, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at her residence, following an illness of several weeks.
    Mrs. Sharpe was born June 16, 1938, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Jack Morrison and Wilma Fox Morrison.
    Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend. She loved collecting dolls and music boxes. Her granddaughter and great-grandkids were her pride and joy. She retired from DeVries Brothers hand knitting yarn and was a member of Hiddenite Baptist Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Lee Morrison; and a nephew, Danny Hammer.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Grover Sharpe; two sons, Tommy Sharpe and wife Kay, and Jeff Sharpe, all of Hiddenite; a sister, Evelyn Hammer and husband J. L. of Taylorsville; a brother, Larry Morrison of Taylorsville; a granddaughter, Lynne A. Sharpe of Hiddenite; four great-grandchildren, Paxton Sharpe, Luke Sharpe, Damon Sharpe, and Corbin Hoover, all of Hiddenite; and several nieces and nephews.
    A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Hiddenite Cemetery. Pastor Jim Justice will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Hiddenite Baptist Church.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Hiddenite Baptist Church, PO Box 38, Hiddenite, NC 28636.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

    Millie Lynn Adams won her valiant fight with cancer on Monday, April 20, 2015, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
    Mrs. Adams, 67, was born December 25, 1947, in Hickory, daughter of the late Eugene Levi Lynn and Fannie Hildebran Lynn. After graduating from Fred. T. Foard High School, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lenoir-Rhyne College and began a long and distinguished career in education, teaching at Alexander Central High School for 39 years.
    During her career at ACHS, Millie chaired the English Department, served on numerous school and system committees, oversaw the mentoring of new teachers, and taught AP Senior English. As a result of her outstanding work in and out of the classroom, she received many recognitions, including ACHS yearbook dedication, ACHS Teacher of the Year, Alexander County Teacher of the Year, North Carolina Teacher Academy instructor, National Boards Certification, and the Alexander County Schools Award of Honor.
    During her career, she earned the respect and love of students, faculty, and staff, touching and changing lives, molding minds and mending hearts, and setting the example of a true Master Teacher.
    In addition to her parents, Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by sisters, Myrtle Dowell, Ellen Young, Francis Price, and Betty Jane Lynn; and brothers, Floyd Lynn, Pete Lynn, Cecil Lynn, and Joe Lynn.
    She is survived by her husband, C.B. Adams; a son, Shane Adams; a daughter, Tara Adams; sisters, Nettie Lynn Berry, Mary Lynn Young, and Carel Lynn Shipman; a sister-in-law, Linda Middleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    The family would like to offer their sincere appreciation to Dr. Richard Orlowski and his staff, to the nurses in the Oncology Department and the Intensive Care Unit at Catawba Valley Medical Center, and to Millie’s personal nurse, Kim Pennell, for the excellent and compassionate care that Millie received throughout her illness.
    A memorial service in honor of Millie Adams will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., in the Alexander Central High School Auditorium.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
    Funeral arrangements are in the care of Catawba Funeral Home and Memorial Park, Hickory.

    Clyde Frye Price, 90, passed away April 19, 2015, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, after a brief illness.
    He was born June 3, 1924, in Alexander County, son of the late Uriah and Texie Steele Price.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Winfree Price; five sisters; and four brothers.
    A member of Viewmont Baptist Church, he was a veteran of U.S. Army, having served in WWII in the European and Pacific Theater, and was also a member of the American Legion Post #48.
    Surviving are sons, Jim Price and wife Judy of Bethlehem, and Dale Price and wife Marlowe of Weddington; a daughter, Deborah P. Keller and husband Ron of Florida; a granddaughter, Tracy Nicole Keller of Texas; a grandson, Ronnie Lee Keller of Florida; two great-grandchildren; step-granddaughters, Candace Collins and husband Jason of Lenoir, and Amanda Hall of Lenoir; a step-grandson, Dwayne Hall and wife LeeAnne of Lenoir; nine step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Willie Mae Ingold of Hickory.
    Services were planned for Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., at Hickory Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Richard Carter officiating. Interment will follow in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #48.
    Memorials may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.
    Condolences may be made online at www.hickoryfh.com.
    Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    Hoyle Gabriel Sherrill, 79, of Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015, at Brian Center, in Viewmont.
    Born October 10, 1935, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Lennie Whitener Sherrill and Conant Sherrill.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jeneane Sherrill Anderson.
    Mr. Sherrill was a 32nd Degree Mason, Chemical Engineer, and attended Christ Lutheran Church in Hickory. A true family man, he enjoyed spending time with them and will be missed by all who knew him.
    He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Bowman Sherrill of the home; three daughters, Tamara Sherrill Barnhart and husband Steve of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Sherry Sherrill Csobady of Hickory, and Tracy Sherrill Cartrette and husband Danny of Yadkinville; grandchildren, Taylor Csobady Cansler and husband Dillon of Hickory, Ana-Len Csobady of Hickory, John Cartrette and Josef Cartrette, both of Yadkinville; two nieces; and a nephew.
    A memorial service was scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in the chapel at Bass-Smith Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Schwandt officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., at the funeral home.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to Christ Lutheran Church, 324 2nd Ave. SE, Hickory, NC 28602.
    Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Hoyle Gabriel Sherrill and on-line condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.

    Jenna Faye Fox Starnes, 74, of Fox Hollow Dr., Taylorsville, passed away April 19, 2015, at Catawba Regional Medical Center.
    She was born in June 1940, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Thomas Carl Fox and Mary Crews Fox. Mrs. Starnes was disabled, formerly employed by Southern Hosiery, and was a homemaker. She was a member of Millersville Baptist Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Starnes; a son, Donald Starnes; and two sisters, Phyllis Jones and Myrtle Sue Hayes.
    She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Chris Starnes of Taylorsville; two daughters, Lois Houck and husband Carl of Taylorsville, and Sandra Harrington and husband Roland of Hiddenite; a brother, T. C. Fox and wife Judy of Taylorsville; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Millersville Baptist Church. Rev Brian Kerley will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. prior to the service.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Starnes Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of Jenna Faye Fox Starnes.

    Annette Darlene Byers, 44, of J & S Lane, Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2015, at her residence, following an illness of several years.
    Ms. Byers was born July 26, 1970, in Wilkes County, daughter of Fred Wayne Byers of Wilkesboro and Shirley Milam Byers of Taylorsville. She was a caretaker for a young man and drove him to doctor’s offices and to his various places.
    She was preceded in death by a son, Zachary Ian Parsons.
    In addition to her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Zoe Ivy Parsons of Taylorsville; a son, Casey Wade Shumate of Hays; a sister, Amanda Lowe and husband Dale of Taylorsville; and a grandson, Jason Edward Sweet of Taylorsville.
    A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel.
    Condolences may be sent to www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Taylorsville is serving the Byers Family.

    Mary Frances Matthews, 70, of Cattle Dr., Hiddenite, passed away April 18, 2015, at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
    Mrs. Matthews was born March 14, 1945, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Johnny Anderson Branton and Mary Lee Adams Branton. She was formerly employed by Shurtape and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Katrina Branton; and a niece, Laura Jane.
    She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 49 years, Steve Matthews; a son, Darrell W. Matthews and wife Cindy of Statesville; a daughter, Crystal M. Cook and husband David of Statesville; a brother, Johnny Douglas Branton; five grandchildren, Amber Matthews Robinson and husband Brandon, Ethan Matthews, Brayson Matthews, Carrie Durham, and Janet Taylor; and a step-grandson, Heath Cook.
    Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Robinette and Rev. Henry Cook officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friend
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Matthews Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of Mary Frances Matthews.

    Herman Glenn Wagoner, 68, of Lawndale, died Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Born June 27, 1946, he was the son of the late Carlie and Luereine Caudill Wagner.
    In addition to his parents, five sisters, Julie Ann Wagner, Patricia Barlow, Bonnie Wagner, Gail Green, and Norma Caudill, and a brother, John Henry Caudill preceded him in death.
    Survivors include his son, Herman Ray Wagoner; three sisters, Hazel Ballard and husband Larry of Marion, Barbara Sharpe and husband Larry of Hiddenite, and Linda Barlow and husband James of Taylorsville; and two brothers, Earl Wagner and wife Diane of Bethlehem, and Robert Wagner of North Wilkesboro.
    A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please check www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net for updates.
    Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net.
    The Wagoner Family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton.

    Palmetto Maxine Harrington, 87, of Taylorsville, passed away at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville, on Friday, April 17, 2015.
    Born in Alexander County, she was the daughter of the late Roby and Dora Jane Harrington Daniels. Mrs. Harrington was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She was employed by Hedrick’s of Statesville, as well as Lewittes and Broyhill Furniture Companies, having retired from Broyhill. Her family will remember her for her cooking and canning, quilting, and being a homemaker.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Harrington, Sr.; three grandsons, Derrek Gentle, Allen Harrington, and Jacob Deal; eight brothers; and a sister.
    She is survived by seven children, Harvey Harrington, Jr., Pat Deal, Barbara Gentle and husband Garry, Danny Harrington and wife Jo Ann, Shorty Harrington, Kathy Lackey, and Lanny Harrington and wife Jamie, all of Taylorsville; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church on Sunday, April 19, 2015, with Rev. Don Ingle, Rev. Brent Harrington, and Rev. Chris Goforth officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery at a later date.
    Pallbearers included Josh, Ashley, Todd, Brent, Kenny and James Harrington, Kevin Gentle, and Benny and Freddie Mitchell.
    Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 31 Pleasant Hill Ch. Rd., Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Ruby Jean Lipe Wilhelm, 81, of Troutman, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015.
    She was born August 11, 1933, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Abraham Cornelius and Annie Josephine Beaver Lipe. She attended Amity Hill School and was a retired seamstress from Beauty Maid Mills. She was a wonderful mother and wife with a quiet gentle heart.
    She was preceded in death by her sisters, Minnie Lipe, Mary Bass, and Betty Poole; and brothers, Leonard, Paul, Brady, Keever, Johnny, Roy and Otis Lipe.
    She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Johnnie Richard Wilhelm; a son, Richard Alan; a daughter, Joyce Wilhelm Gilreath; a sister, Dorothy (Dot) Hager; three grandchildren, Jeremiah, Benjamin, and Daniel Gilreath; and three great-grandchildren, Luke and Sadie Gilreath, and Elizabeth Childers.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, April 19, 2015, in the chapel of Troutman Funeral Home, with Rev. Sheridan Stanton officiating. Interment followed the service in Iredell Memorial Park.
    Condolences may be sent to the family at www.troutmanfuneralhome.com.
    Troutman Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements for Ruby Wilhelm.

    Dwight Douglas Killian, 72, of Hickory, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Frye Regional Medical Center, in Hickory.
    Mr. Killian was born January 24, 1943, in Catawba County, son of the late Joe Killian and Byrlea Bumgarner Killian. He was a U.S. Army veteran, who had served during the Vietnam Era. He was retired from Vanguard Furniture, where he worked in product development.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard and Sam Killian; and a sister, Judy Killian Wilson.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 45 years, Betty Barber Killian of the home; two sons, Danny Killian and Bryan Killian, both of Hickory; two grandchildren, Brianna Fox of Taylorsville, and Darrien Killian of the home; three brothers, Bob Killian and wife Nancy of Hickory, Jerry Killian and special friend Jane of Conover, and Steve Killian and wife Phyllis of Hickory; a sister-in-law, Annie Killian of Hickory; and a brother-in-law, Bill Wilson of Conover.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Smyrna Baptist Church. Rev. Michael Barber officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery with full military honors accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville. .
    Memorials may be made to: Smyrna Baptist Church, 6174 Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Killian Family.

    “I’ll be gone to be with Jesus, come spring…”
    Barbara Ann Adams Rogers, 71, of Joe Barnes Lane, Hiddenite, left behind her loving family to enter into the arms of her Lord on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at Iredell Memorial Hospital, with her devoted family by her side to the end of her earthly journey.
    Mrs. Rogers was born March 4, 1944, in Alexander County, the youngest child of Lindsey and Queen Barnes Adams, who taught her the values of hard work, humility, and loyalty to God and family.
    She was only 16 years old, when she married the love of her life, the charming and baby blue-eyed, Phil Rogers, on June 25, 1960. Their 54 year union honored them with two children, Todd and Tonya. It was a family that never lost contact as they always lived within “hollering distance” of each other.
    Barbara’s joy in life was her children and later her grandchildren. She and Phil supported Todd during his successful racing career, and later her grandchildren during their athletic events and beauty pageants.
    She was affectionately called “MeMe” by her granddaughters. She loved to watch Duke basketball, Cincinnati Reds baseball, and going to traveling fast-pitch softball tournaments on weekends.
    She worked for Lewittes Furniture for several years, and also for the Alexander County School system in the cafeteria. In recent years, she battled cancer, broken bones, and heart problems. Her daughter, Tonya, selflessly devoted her life to caring for both of her parents during the past several years.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Todd Rogers, who passed away on December 12, 2005; and a brother, Jimmy Adams.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 54 years, Phil Rogers of the home; a daughter, Tonya Rhoney and husband Chad of Hiddenite; a daughter-in-law, Dawn Allen of Taylorsville; four granddaughters, Gracie Rhoney, Torie Rhoney, Erica Rogers, and Emmy Rogers; two sisters, Ethel Robinson and Rachel Harris; a brother, Henry Lee Adams; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Jayne Goble.
    The funeral service was held Friday, April 17, 2015, at Beulah Baptist Church. with Rev. Brent Dula officiating. Burial followed in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Rogers Family.

    Logan Scott Walker, 24, of Elk Shoals Loop, Stony Point, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015, at home.
    He was born December 11, 1990, in Iredell County, son of Charles Scott Walker of Lenoir and Susan Grace Sherrill of the home.
    In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandparents, Redbone (Granddaddy) Sherrill and Linda Sherrill whom he always lived with; an aunt, Nancy Sigmon; a cousin, Cody James Sigmon; and special friends, Donnie Glen Hinson, Steven Simon, and Francisco Renteria.
    A memorial service was held Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Jerry Chatham officiating.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Walker Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Logan Scott Walker.

    John Willis Minor, Jr., 55, of Taylorsville, died Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Born January 10, 1960, he was the son of the late John Willis Minor, Sr. and Ethel Arbutus May.
    His sister, Elisa Sadler of Maiden; and a brother, Forrest Minor of Beckley, West Virginia survive him.
    No service is planned at this time.
    Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net.
    The Minor Family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton.

    Martin Lake Wike, Jr., 60, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House, in Huntersville.
    He was born March 6, 1955, in Mecklenburg County, son of the late Martin Lake Wike, Sr. and Cordie Mae Teague Wike. He was employed for more than 32 years with Spring Service & Alignment Company as a diesel mechanic. His interests included woodworking and hunting with close friends.
    Those left to cherish his memory are cousins, Wanda Turner, Jennifer Turner, Jeffrey Turner (Sarah), Cathy Lawson (Billy), Christy Pennell, Dr. Matthew Pennell (Beth), and Barney Scott (Gail). He also leaves behind his very dear and close friends, Charles and Ashley Hinson and their children, Charlotte and Corbin, who called Martin “Uncle,” Charles “Grandpa” Christopher, and Mary Staton.
    A graveside service was held Saturday, April 11, 2015, at Forest Lawn West Cemetery with Rev. Bob Lynn officiating.
    Memorials may be made to: Levine & Dickson Hospice House - Huntersville, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078.
    On-line condolences may be placed @ www.forestlawnwest.com.
    Funeral arrangements were in the care of Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service, 4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208.



 
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