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Kenneth Kerley
Sarah Bernice Harrington Bost
Evelyn "Evie" Freese Bussard Evans Gregory
Ronnie Gene Howell
Lucille Thompson Koller
Bryson Ulysses McAlpin
Joann Fisher Wright Norton
Avery Stephen "Steve" Anderson
Wanda Lee Johnson
Norma Wyatt Cox
Doris Earp Wike Jenkins
Faye Chapman Lail



    Kenneth Kerley, 88, of Taylorsville, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    He was born in Alexander County March 25, 1926, son of the late Dolphus Perry "DP" Kerley and Luella Mae Johnson Kerley. He served in the US Army Air Corp during WWII and as a military policeman. He retired as a foreman at Champion and Waldorf Corp.
    He was a lifelong member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church, where he served as a church deacon, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, and on the pastor search committee and the building committee.
    Mr. Kerley was also actively involved with Gideon's International and was a charter member of Ellendale Ruritan Club. He helped organize the Ellendale Community Fire Department, where he served on the Board of Directors.
    Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Florrie R. Kerley; brothers, Lonzo "Wyatt" Kerley, Roland Kerley, and Horace "H. A." Kerley; an infant sister, Iris Kerley; a half-sister, Estelle Bebber; a son, Doug Kerley; and a son-in-law, Barry Johnson.
    Those left to cherish his memory include sons, Dr. Roger Kerley (Carol) of Mt. Airy, and Guy Kerley (Connie) of Taylorsville; daughters, Martha Johnson of Taylorsville, Patsy Stewart (Lanny) of Taylorsville, Sharon Clanton (Ralph) of Albemarle, and Robin Jones (Ronnie) of Taylorsville; a daughter-in-law, Jan Kerley of North Wilkesboro; a brother, Rev. Clyde Kerley (Diane) of Polkville; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a step-grandson; special sisters-in-law, Marie Kerley and Sidney Kerley; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Herman Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Schronce and Rev. Clyde Kerley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers will include Mr. Kerley’s grandsons. Full military rites will be provided by VFW Post 10,000 and Post 5466.
    Memorials may be made to Mt. Herman Baptist Church, PO Box 697, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or to Gideon's International, Taylorsville Camp, PO Box 517, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    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.
    Bernice was the daughter of the late Lee and Minnie Harrington of Hiddenite. She was born on June 12, 1921, and was one of eight children. Bernice 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.
    Arrangements will be conducted at Alexander Funeral Service with the receiving from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014. The service will be held at Rocky Springs United Methodist Church in Hiddenite at 3:00 p.m. with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Reverend David Ridenhour will officiate, and Nancy Kerley will be the pianist.
    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.

    Evelyn "Evie" Freese Bussard Evans Gregory, 79, of Taylorsville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Monday, April 14, 2014.
    She was born in Medina County, Ohio, March 19, 1935, daughter of the late Orlin Farr Freese and Edna Mabry Freese. During her retirement years, she worked at Walmart of Taylorsville as a salesperson.
    She was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church, a tutor in the after school program, and a member of the choir at East Taylorsville Baptist Church.
    She was involved in Forgiven Ministries Prison Fellowship. She volunteered at Ellendale Elementary, had her private pilot's license, and enjoyed crocheting.
    Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Merle L. Bussard, Bobby L. Evans, and Leonard Gregory; a brother, Richard Freese; and a great-grandson, Justin Purcell.
    She is survived by daughters, Arlene Nickerson of Jacksonville, Florida, and Karen Bussard Beasley (Jeff) of Taylorsville; a son, Glenn Bussard of St. Cloud, Florida; grandchildren, Jayson, Christopher, Rolland Purcell, Christine Bussard, Lauren Beasley Tollise (James), and Jared Beasley; great-grandchildren, Brent, Amanda, Trent, JT, Christopher, Caitlyn, Adalina, and Arianna; and siblings, Margaret Heath, Jeannette Barkalow (Carl), James Freese (Sue Ellen), Donna Snyder (Jerry), Ethel Stuplinski (Harry), and John Freese (Shirley), all of Ohio.
    The family will receive friends on Friday, April 18, 2014, from 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Jamie Steele officiating. Burial will take place at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church after the service.
    Pallbearers include Jeff Beasley, Jared Beasley, James Tollise, Joey Eckard, Morris Merigan, and Rolland Purcell.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Taylorsville Elementary Exceptional Children’s Department, 100 7th St. SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Ronnie Gene Howell, 68, of Taylorsville, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    He was born in Alexander County July 28, 1945, son of the late Sarah Mae Howell. He worked in furniture manufacturing and also worked at Galaxy Market Basket. He was a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church. He loved keeping the lawn looking nice and loved to help others do the same.
    Along with his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Olivia Smith Charles; and a brother, O'neil Smith, Jr.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 14 years, Constance "Connie" Dyson Howell of the home; a son, Pepper Howell of Taylorsville; stepdaughters, Misty Dyson of Taylorsville, and Natasha Dyson of Goldsboro; a stepson, Brandon Dyson of Hickory; step-granddaughters, Kiara Parsons and Arianna Parsons of Taylorsville; a grandson, Monty Redmond; and a step-grandson, Jamal Parsons of Taylorsville.
    Visitation will take place Friday, April 18, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Ardeal Roseboro officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Lucille Thompson Koller, of Stewart Rock Road, Stony Point, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. She had been in declining health for several years.
    Mrs. Koller was born in Nichols, South Carolina, daughter of the late Ervin Thompson and Mamie Burroughs Thompson. She was an operations manager in an automotive shop in Statesville. She was a member of the Taylorsville congregation of Jehovah’s Witness.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Siegfried Koller; a sister, Mandy Ervington; and two brothers, Roscoe Thompson and Daniel Thompson.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Linda Burns and husband Bill of Charlotte; a son, David Koller and wife Faith of Moravian Falls; a sister, Ruby Bailey and husband Robert of Raleigh; a granddaughter, Taylor Koller; six grandsons, Derek, Keith and Mark Burns, and Kaleb, Corey and Jacob Koller; and a great-great-grandchild.
    A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
    Memorials may be given to: Greater Charlotte SPCA, PO Box 77491, Charlotte, NC 28271.
    Condolences may be made to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Koller Family.

    Bryson Ulysses McAlpin, 79, of Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Gordon Hospice House.
    He was born in Alexander County December 20, 1934, son of the late Paul Ulysses McAlpin and Mammie Cook McAlpin. He was retired from General Electric of Conover.
    Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister; and sisters, Mary Bentley, Carrie Daniel, and Shirley Elder.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Shirley Jackson McAlpin of the home; sons, David Michael McAlpin (Robin) of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Dusty McAlpin (Dianne) of Taylorsville; grandsons, Aaron McAlpin and Shane McAlpin of Chesapeake, Virginia; a brother, William "Bill" McAlpin of Statesville; sisters, Irene McHaruge of Statesville, and Ethel Teague of Bethlehem; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    There will be no formal services.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Joann Fisher Wright Norton, 73, of Norton Dr., Stony Point, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Taylorsville House, from an extended illness.
    She was born in Lincoln County February 22, 1941, daughter of the late RF Fisher and Willie Mae Canipe Fisher. Mrs. Norton was a member of Stony Point Baptist Church and was involved with the children’s worship.
    Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Fisher and Barney Fisher.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Lynn Norton of the home; two daughters, Barbie Darcy of Palm Beach Garden, Florida, and Teresa Harrington (Ricky) of Hiddenite; a son, Trey Norton (Nicole) of Stony Point; three stepsons, Howard (Martha) Norton of Stony Point, Jimmy Norton of Stony Point, and Alan (Roxann) Norton of Hiddenite; a sister, Evelyn Isaac of Lincolnton; two aunts, Aleta McAlister of Lincolnton, and Elise Brown of Lincolnton; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Stony Point Baptist Church with Rev. Phil Addison, Rev. Sidney Norton, and Rev. Wayne Norton officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers were Zane Harrington, Travis Harrington, TJ Norton, Timmy Norton, Darrell Isaac and Terry Benton.
    Memorials may be sent to Taylorsville House, 350 School Drive, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or to Iredell Hospice, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Norton Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Joann Fisher Wright Norton.

    Avery Stephen "Steve" Anderson, 63, of Hickory, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014.
    He was born Saturday, December 30, 1950, son of Avery Tellis "Jack" and Betty Heavner Anderson. He was a member of the Jimmy Swaggard Media Ministry. He enjoyed building birdhouses and bird watching. He worked as a coater for Joan Fabrics in Hickory.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jerry Anderson; two brothers-in-law, Harvey Barger and John Dale Miller; and man's best friend, JoJo.
    He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Alice Hall Anderson of the home; a daughter, Tammy Rosenbalm Robinson and husband Eddy of Hickory; two sons, Kenneth "Kenny" Rosenbalm, Sr. and wife Pam of Hickory, and Randy Dale Rosenbalm and wife Deborah of Conover; five grandchildren, Alicia Robinson Huffman, Joshua and Sierra Robinson, Kevin Rosenbalm, and Kenneth Rosenbalm, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Arriana and Liam Robinson; two sisters, Barbara Ann Miller and Marilyn Sue Barger; a sister-in-law, Cathy Anderson; a number of nieces and nephews; his dog, Buffy; and his lifelong friends, Bonnie and Ashley Myers of Bethlehem.
    The funeral service was held Sunday, April 13, 2014, in the chapel at Alexander Funeral Service with Rev. Ronald Bolick officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Hickory.
    Memorials may be made in Steve's memory to Catawba Regional Hospice at 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville was entrusted with arrangements.

    Wanda Lee Johnson, 87, of Hiddenite, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    She was born in Cabarrus County July 11, 1926, daughter of the late Chonce Daniels and Dora Kerley Daniels.
    Mrs. Johnson was a loving mama, mamaw and best known to her two great-granddaughters as "old mamaw" whom she loved dearly. She always thought of everyone else but herself.
    Along with her parents, Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, JC Johnson; a sister, Inez Daniels; and a brother, Carl Daniels.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Donnie Johnson (special friend, Brenda Reavis) of Hiddenite; a daughter, Deborah Peacock (Gerald) of Statesville; three grandchildren, Ben Johnson, Traci Peacock Johnson (Robert), and Jason Peacock (Laura); and two great-granddaughters, Madeleine Johnson and Jacqueline Johnson.
    Graveside services were conducted Monday, April 14, 2014, at the Hiddenite Cemetery with Rev. Joey Campbell officiating.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Johnson Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Wanda Lee Johnson.

    Norma Wyatt Cox, 90, of Laurel Springs, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Wilkes Senior Village, in North Wilkesboro.
    Mrs. Cox was born September 11, 1923, in Wilkes County, daughter of Alec and Lizzie Roten Wyatt.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clay Conrad Cox; two daughters, Mildred Lyons and Margie Cox; two grandsons, Wayne Charles Lyons and Eddie Joe Whitley; a great-grandson, Jessie James Lyons; and two half-brothers, Minter Wyatt and Elzie Wyatt.
    Mrs. Cox enjoyed growing flowers, traveling, going to the senior centers in Laurel Springs and West Jefferson, and spending time with her family and friends.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel with Rev. Lloyd Day officiating. Burial followed in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens.
    She is survived by a daughter, Deborah Royal of Millers Creek; five grandsons, Jeffrey Lyons, John Lyons, James Lyons, Joe Lyons, and Anthony Royal; two great-grandsons, Jacob Lyons and Justin Lyons; a special friend and "sister," Hazel Carson of Hiddenite; and several nieces and nephews.
    Memorials may be made to the Ashe County Humane Society, PO Box 1776, West Jefferson, NC 28694.
    Words of comfort and remembrance may be viewed or sent to the family at: www.ashelawn.com.
    Ashelawn Memorial Chapel & Gardens of Jefferson was entrusted with Mrs. Cox's arrangements.

    Doris Earp Wike Jenkins, 93, of Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Taylorsville House.
    She was born in Alexander County February 24, 1921, daughter of the late Clete Earp and Jennie Lail Earp. She was retired from Schneider Mills. A member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church, she enjoyed gatherings of family and friends on Lake Hickory for cookouts, as well as crocheting gifts for her family.
    Along with her parents, She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rayford Wike; her second husband, Clayton Jenkins; a daughter, Lorrie Wike; two infant brothers; and sisters, Alma Milstead, Amelia Hollifield, Margie Deal, and Pauline Murdock.
    Those left to cherish her memory include daughters, Gaynell Wike Harrington (Raymond) of Taylorsville, Elaine Wike Dagenhart (Harold) of Taylorsville, and Noel Wike Kerley (Jeff) of Taylorsville; a stepson, Lee Jenkins (Kathy) of Cary; stepdaughters, Sarah J. Lail (Gary) of Bethlehem, and Jan J. Austin (Perry) of Taylorsville; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; brothers, Billy Earp (Lucille) of Bethlehem, and Paul Dean Earp (Mary) of Hiddenite; and a sister, Lillian Queen of Taylorsville.
    The funeral service was held Friday, April 11, 2014, at East Taylorsville Baptist Church with Rev. Jamie Steele and Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. Burial followed at Taylorsville City Cemetery.
    Pallbearers included Allan Harrington, Aubrey Dagenhart, Justin Kerley, Lem Hafer, Joel Davis, and Perry Austin, Jr.
    Memorials may be made to: East Taylorsville Baptist Church, PO Box 906, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Faye Chapman Lail, 92, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Camelot Manor Nursing Center.
    She was born in Alexander County, June 13, 1921, daughter of the late Lon and Lucy Chapman. Mrs. Lail was a member of Flemings Chapel Baptist Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Lail and her son, Bobby N. Lail.
    She is survived by sons, Jerry Lail and wife Linda, and Jack Lail and wife Brenda; daughters, Linda Lail and Brenda Lail; grandchildren, Mark Beane, Tonya Millsaps, Jennifer Bowman, and Joanna Lail Harris; and eight great-grandchildren.
    The family held a private service to honor their mother and grandmother.
    Online condolences may be sent to the Lail Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.
    Evans Funeral Service and Crematory of Lenoir was in charge of arrangements.








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