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Phyllis Templeton Feimster
Madelene Miller Roop
Sue Eller Simpson
William “Bill” Crocket Cochran
Willis Edward Kerley
Sidney Malcomb Shook
Joe Keith Blair
Ray Jolley
Iona R. Camp Lang
Kailab “Schylar” Payne

Lonnie Walter Watt

    Phyllis Templeton Feimster, 82, of Trinity Road, Statesville, passed away suddenly, at her residence, on July 25, 2016.
    Mrs. Feimster was born August 27, 1933, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Jonah Wilson and Dessie May Mayberry Templeton.
    The family will receive friends, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 106 Trinity Road, Statesville. The funeral service will follow, at 11:00 a.m., at the church. Rev. Mike Duncan will officiate. Burial is to be in Trinity UMC Cemetery.
    Condolences may be emailed to the Feimster Family by visiting

    Madelene Miller Roop, 86, of Taylorsville, died on Monday, July 25, 2016, at Frye Regional Medical Center, in Hickory.
    Mrs. Roop was born on May 30, 1930, in Ashe County, daughter of James Marion and Dora Shepherd Miller.
    Mrs. Roop attended Millerville Baptist Church. Her hobbies included working in her flowers, cooking, and dancing. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
    In addition to her parents, Mrs. Roop was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Roop; two daughters, Fredia Roop McAlpin and Linda Sue Roop; and a son, Douglas Warren Roop.
    Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, by Minister Bryan Curley. Burial will follow in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel.
    Mrs. Roop is survived by three sons, Paul (Evelyn) Roop of Taylorsville, Larry Gene (Ruthy) Roop of Taylorsville, and Ronald Roop of Hiddenite; three daughters, Joyce (Jimmy) Reavis of Harmony, Rita (Bill) Eldreth of Taylorsville, and Martha (Allen) Pruitt of North Wilkesboro; a sister, Goldie Byrd of Galax, Virginia; a brother, Carroll Miller of Lansing; 16 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    Words of comfort and remembrance may be viewed or sent to the family through our website at
    Ashelawn Memorial Chapel & Gardens was entrusted with Mrs. Roop’s arrangements.

    Sue Eller Simpson, 71, passed away July 25, 2016, at home, under the care of Catawba Regional Hospice.
    She was born February 23, 1945, in Baltimore, Maryland, daughter of the late Travis Littleton Eller, Jr. and Leona Stull Eller.
    She is survived by her husband, D. Vann Simpson; a sister, Beverly Ledford; and a son, Russell Farley, all of Hickory.
    Sue retired from Duke Energy, in Charlotte. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hickory.
    A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 547 6th St. NW, Hickory, with Pastor Robert Allen officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service. A graveside service will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, in Rockwell, at a later date.
    Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be made online at

    William “Bill” Crocket Cochran of Statesville, passed away, at his residence, after a brief illness.
    He was born in McDowell County, West Virginia, January 23, 1929. “Bill” served in the United States Air Force, four years active and four years Air National Guard.
    The family will receive friends, from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Chapman Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be July 28, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., at Salisbury National Cemetery, with full military rites.
    Condolences may be emailed to the Cochran Family by visiting

    Willis Edward Kerley, 94, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016, at Salisbury VA Hospital Hospice.
    A funeral service was held Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Lady’s Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Mike Roper officiated. Interment followed at Carolina Memorial Park, in Kannapolis.
    Mr. Kerley was born March 15, 1922, in Alexander County, son of the late Daniel Kerley and Maude Bumgarner Kerley. He worked for Fieldcrest Cannon Mills as a packer.
    He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in World War II. Mr. Kerley was a member of Franklin Heights Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, choir member, and a teller.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Kerley.
    Mr. Kerley is survived by a son, Danny Kerley.
    Remembrances may be sent to the family at
    Lady’s Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family of Mr. Kerley.

    Sidney Malcomb Shook, 58, of Hiddenite, passed away July 24, 2016, at Iredell Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness.
    Sidney was born in Bitburg, Germany on October 10, 1957. He was employed as a master carver for the former Lewittes Furniture Company. He was the son of the late Carl Edgar Shook, Sr. and Anna Marie Scheck Shook.
    In addition to his parents, Mr. Shook was preceded in death by two brothers, Randy and Keith Shook; and a sister, Susie Taylor.
    Survivors include four brothers, Carl Shook Jr. (Tonya) of Taylorsville, Danny Shook (Phyllis) of Rural Hall, Shawn Shook (Amanda) of Salisbury, and Keiser Shook (Janet) of Stony Point; three sisters, Kathie Hartness of Statesville, Laura Campbell of Hiddenite, Rebecca Goodwin (Patrick) of Hiddenite; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    The family will receive friends, from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral will follow, at 5:00 p.m., at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel, with Tim Houser officiating. Burial will follow at Shook Family Cemetery, 49 Creeks End Lane, Hiddenite, NC 28636.
    Condolences may be emailed to the Shook Family by visiting
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Sidney Malcomb Shook.

    Joe Keith Blair, 74, of Granite Falls, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at his residence.
    He was born April 17, 1942, in Caldwell County, son of the late John J. and Vena Seagle Blair. Mr. Blair was self-employed in the recycling business.
    Survivors include his wife, Mae S. Blair of the home; two sons, Johnny Keith Blair and Everett Lacy Blair, both of Granite Falls; a daughter, Sonya Blair Crouse and husband David of Granite Falls; two brothers, Paul Blair of Granite Falls, and Neil Blair of Lenoir; and two sisters, Martha Marshall and Karen Blair, both of Hiddenite.
    Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 1 p.m., at Ebenezer United Methodist Church.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645; or Abundant Life Chapel Building Fund, 4211 Horseshoe Bend Road, Hudson, NC 28638; or Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 4948 Burns Road, Granite Falls, NC 28630.
    Online condolences may be left at

    Ray Jolley passed away July 20, 2016, at his home, in Cornelius, at the age of 77. He battled Parkinson’s for nine years with grace and dignity.
    Ray Jolley was born October 16, 1938, in Troutman, son of Perry and Leona Jolley. He grew up in Taylorsville, where he learned to hunt, fish, and race cars. He moved to Dallas, Texas in 1958, taking a job with Marriott International where he traveled extensively and resided in Virginia, Florida, Maryland, and California. He retired early, at age 51, in 1990, as a Senior Executive Vice-President, and returned to his roots in North Carolina.
    In retirement, Ray and wife Helga liked to travel, were very involved in club activities, playing golf, and enjoyed the fellowship of friends and family. It has been a life well lived, with many accomplishments. Ray’s wit, charm, and sense of humor will be missed by many.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Estelle Echerd, Cecil Crouch, and Ellen Elder.
    Survivors include his wife, Helga; a sister, Ethel Logan; daughters, Kim Dunaway (Bob Jordan) and Brenda Frye (Bill Frye); grandchildren, David, Chris and Michelle Dunaway; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bethel Foundation, 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius, NC 28031; or Community Home Care & Hospice, 1308 Davie Ave, Statesville, NC 28677.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Bethel Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Vern Dodd officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    James Funeral Home of Huntersville served the family.

    Iona R. Camp Lang, 69, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
    Ms. Lang was born June 19, 1947, in Berlin, Vermont, daughter of Pauline Hart Camp and the late Harold Camp.
    She had worked as a caregiver and was a member of Life of Victory Church. She loved all children, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed making ornaments to give away at Christmas and loved to bake.
    Including her father, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Brenda Searils, Linda Church, and Marie Armstrong.
    In addition to her mother, those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Eileen Meadows and husband Ray of Newton, and Gloria Nedo and husband Kenny of Websterville, Vermont; two sons, Joseph Lang and wife Elaine of Ellenburg, New York, and Leslie Lang of Morrisville, Vermont; two brothers, Ronald Camp and wife Lori of Waterbury, Vermont, and Newton Camp of Barrie, Vermont; 18 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
    A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Darren Pennell officiated.
    Condolences may be sent to:
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services served the Lang Family.

    Kailab “Schylar” Payne, 21, of Drexel, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 18, 2016.
    Born August 13, 1994, in Burke County, Schylar was the son of Randy and Kimberly Payne.
    In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son, Solen Kailab Payne; and his fiancée, Kirsten Smith.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Missionary Ridge Baptist Church. Burial was at Burke Memorial Park.
    The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to a family formed “go fund me campaign.” To donate go to:
    Condolences may be made online at

    Lonnie Walter Watt, 69, of Taylorsville, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    He was born October 26, 1946, in Iredell County, son of the late Walter Sidney and Blanche Larson Watt, who survives at her residence in Oregon.
    He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam War and retired from Alexander Railroad Company after 30 years of service. Lonnie was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church.
    Lonnie leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 47 years, Marylynn Clanton Watt; a daughter, Carla W. Rich and husband Scott; a son, Ryan Watt and wife Misty; and a sister, Darlene Hiekel and husband Rod.
    The funeral was held Thursday, July 21, 2016, at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church with Rev. Eddie Yount and Rev. Eddie Jolly officiating.Burial was in the church cemetery. Military rites were provided by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Post 6 of Hudson.
    The family requests that memorials be made to Mt. Hebron Building Fund, 16 Mt. Hebron Church Court, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
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