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Herman Archie Bentley
Margaret Icard Starnes
Debbie Rose Oxentine Mitchell
AB Blankenship
Misty Michelle Williams
Wilma Lee "Tater Bug" Sims
Dr. Irvin George Scherer, MD
Ruby Jackson Browning


    Herman Archie Bentley, 72, of Boomer, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with Rev. Bill Bentley and Rev. Bill Orren officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 until 2 prior to the service.
    Mr. Bentley was born July 10, 1942, in Caldwell County, son of Preston Plato and Edith Brown Bentley. He retired from Schneider Mills and was a member of the Word in Truth Ministries.
    He was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, Price Stamper and Allison Stamper.
    He is survived by his wife, Shirley Bare Bentley of the home; two daughters, Penny Kerley and husband Alan of Taylorsville, and Frankie Schmitt of Boomer; two sisters, Wilma Huskey, and Thelma Sumpter and husband Billy, all of Lenoir; two brothers, Rev. Bill Bentley and wife Mary Ann, and Grady Bentley, all of Lenoir; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
    Memorials may be made to Hospice and Home Care-Alexander, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

    Margaret Icard Starnes, 84, of Granite Falls, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice, in Hudson.
    She was born on February 13, 1930, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Ernest Icard and Gladys Fox Icard. Margaret was a homemaker, helping to operate the family-owned farm with her husband, where they raised tobacco, beef cattle, and small grain crops.
    She was a member of Dudley Shoals Baptist Church, where she taught children's Sunday School, and was a member of the choir. Margaret was also a member of the ladies’ circle.
    Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Icard; and a sister, Ruth Icard Snyder.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Alden E. Starnes, of the home, who served as a Caldwell County Commissioner for 34 years; an only son, Vaughn Starnes, who was the light of her life and serves as Chief of Surgery at the University of Southern California, and his wife Julie of Pasadena, California; grandchildren, Kristen Ott and husband Jeff of Houston, Texas, Ashley Pharris and husband Jon of Newport, California, Margaret Roubard and husband Julien of Los Angeles, California, and Andrew Starnes of Irvine, California; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Alice Sanniota; brothers, Frank Icard and Carrol Icard; special friends, Keith and Shirley Sims of Granite Falls; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church. The funeral service will be Friday, August 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church with Pastor Gordon West and Pastor Don Ingle officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers include: Andrew Starnes, Mike Sims, Joe Sims, Phil Icard, Patrick Starnes, and Michael Icard.
    Memorials may be made to: Dudley Shoals Baptist Church, 1882 Dudley Shoals Rd, Granite Falls, NC 28630.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Debbie Rose Oxentine Mitchell, 53, of Fox Valley Court, Taylorsville, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center, in Hickory.
    Ms. Mitchell was born February 27, 1961, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Carroll Oxentine and Betty Fox Oxentine Morgan. She had worked in the furniture industry as a sander. She was a member of Freedom Baptist Church.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Corey Ross Mitchell; and a grandson, Dylan Robertson.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, April Penley of Taylorsville; a sister, Kathy Stafford of Taylorsville; three brothers, Danny Oxentine of Hickory, and Mark and David Oxentine of Taylorsville; two grandchildren, Haley and Corey Sherrod of Taylorsville; and a great-grandson, Zachary Robertson of Salisbury.
    The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Adams Funeral Home.
    Memorials may be given to: Freedom Baptist Church, PO Box 542, Hiddenite, NC 28636.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Mitchell Family.

    AB Blankenship, 78, of Taylorsville, formerly of Elk Lick, Wyoming County, West Virginia, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014, surrounded by his family.
    Born June 6, 1936, he was the son of the late Hannibal Blankenship, Sr. and Martha Zela Cline Blankenship. He retired from Harris #2 Coal mines. Mr. Blankenship was a member of the Wayside Baptist Church in Taylorsville. He adored his church family. He loved hunting, fishing, and cheering on his favorite NASCAR, #24.
    He was preceded in death by a son, Billie Eugene Blankenship; and sisters, Donna Boardwine and Martha Blankenship.
    Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Anna Kathern Trump Blankenship of Taylorsville; daughters, Glenna Vivette Blankenship of Taylorsville, and Cathy Lynn Lambert of Hickory; three step-children he helped raise, Elizabeth Davis Philiyaw, Shawn Davis, and Barry Davis; grandchildren, Corey Blankenship of Taylorsville, Kristin Hernandez of New York, and Ryan Lambert of Taylorsville; great-grandchildren, Adalyn, Emma Grace and Carter Blankenship, all of Taylorsville; and his beloved dog, Bullet. Also mourning his loss are his brothers and sisters, Glenda Smith and husband Roy of Missouri, Geraldine Powers, Maxine Gregory, LE Blankenship and wife Gracie, Larry Blankenship and wife Vickie, and Hannibal Blankenship, Jr. and wife Rhonda, all of Wyoming County, West Virginia; and many extended family members and friends. He will also be missed by very special friends, Jay and Alice Dunford and their children of Taylorsville, and Rev. Sammy and Shirley Kiser of Taylorsville.
    The family would like to thank Catawba County Hospice of Hickory for all of their help and support.
    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Evans Funeral Home Chapel in Oceana, West Virginia, with Rev. Sammy Kiser (Pastor of Wayside Baptist Church), Rev. Erwin Gregory (nephew), and Rev. Ollie Parsons (nephew) officiating. Interment will follow at Blankenship Family Cemetery, Elk Lick, West Virginia. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20, at the funeral home.
    Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.evans-funeralhome.com.
    Evans Funeral Home of Oceana, West Virginia, is serving the Blankenship Family.
    This obituary is a courtesy of Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Misty Michelle Williams, 35, of Morrison Flats Rd., Statesville, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at home.
    She was born July 11, 1979, in Alexander County, daughter of Melody Ann Ammerman. She had been a secretary to several businesses and was of the Baptist faith.
    She was preceded in death by a son, Ethan Williams.
    In addition to her mother, she is survived by three sons, Austin Williams and Pressley Williams, both of Hickory, and Tanner Winters of Statesville; her maternal grandmother, Virginia Duncan of Statesville; a brother, Dalton Winters of Statesville; and a sister, Devan Winters of Statesville.
    A memorial service was conducted Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Monticello Baptist Church, Statesville with Rev. Tony Daniels and Dr. Bobby Henderson officiating.
    Mmemorials may be given to the Williams Family, 106 Morrison Flats Rd., Statesville, NC 28625.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Williams Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Misty Michelle Williams.

    Wilma Lee "Tater Bug" Sims, 85, of Hwy. 90 E., Stony Point, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
    She was born July 21, 1929, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Elbert H. Christopher and Eva Pauline Chapman Christopher. Mrs. Sims was a secretary at Stony Point Baptist Church, where she was a member.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Sims; a son, Curtis Sims; and a grandson, Chris Sims.
    She is survived by a daughter, Tina Barr and husband Mike of Stony Point; three grandchildren, Rev. Durant Barr and wife Kayla of Hiddenite, LeShea Barr of Stony Point, and Candy Lewis and husband Charlie of Virginia; and a great-grandchild, Logan Sprinkle of Virginia.
    Funeral services were conducted Friday, August 15, 2014, at Stony Point Baptist Church with Rev. Phil Addison, Rev. Rick Norman, and Rev. Durant Barr officiating. Burial followed in the Stony Point Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be given to the Scholarship Fund at Stony Point Baptist Church.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Sims Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Wilma Lee Sims.

    Dr. Irvin George Scherer, MD, of Statesville, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 11, 2014, at The Gardens of Statesville.
    Dr. Scherer was born October 21, 1929, in Kansas City, Kansas, and was the son of the late George Jacob Scherer and Dovie Deloras Jones Scherer.
    He received his BA and MD Degrees from the University of Kansas and on June 18, 1954, he was married, in Asheville, to Lois Anita Varner Scherer, who passed away January 17, 2010.
    He served in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant from 1954 to 1957 and in the Navel Reserves until 1962.
    In July of 1957, he moved to Hamptonville, at Windsor Crossroads, and opened a medical practice along with being a doctor with the Lula Conrad Hoots Memorial Hospital in Yadkinville. He served as an assistant pastor at the Fair Oaks Gospel Church in Winston-Salem.
    In April of 1976, he and Dr. Jim Ward opened the Tri-County Medical Park Family Practice, which is located between Harmony and Union Grove. His office served patients from Iredell, Yadkin, Wilkes, Davie, and Alexander counties. Dr. Scherer continued his association with the medical park until his retirement in 2009, at which time he gave the building back to the community.
    He was associated with Iredell Memorial Hospital for 50 years and served 17 years on the Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Community Baptist Church at Mt. Mourne.
    Dr. Scherer was called to be a missionary, but because of only one kidney, could not be accepted, so he made the medical practice his mission work. He did not charge ministers, missionaries, or Christian workers a fee for his service.
    He had a love for teaching the Bible and had Bible study in his home on many Friday evenings for many years, followed by excellent foods and desserts prepared by Mrs. Scherer. Dr. Scherer was also a supporter of the Gideons Organization.
    He is survived by a son, George Joseph Scherer and grandson, Jesse Alexander Scherer, both of Monrovia, California; a niece, Annette Ladd and husband Ernie of Winston-Salem; and a brother, Alfred Scherer.
    A service to celebrate the life of Dr. Scherer was held Friday, August 15, 2014, in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel, with his longtime friend and minister, Rev. J.R. Speece officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by the Iredell County Veterans Burial Detail followed in the Community Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Mourne.
    Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 148, Statesville, NC 28687; or to Doctors Without Borders via their website at https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm.
    The family would like to thank The Gardens of Statesville for their excellent and loving care of Dr. Scherer.
    Online condolences can be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com/obituaries.
    Nicholson Funeral Home of Statesville served the family of Dr. Irvin Scherer.

    Ruby Jackson Browning, 91, of Waynesville, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Valley Nursing Center, Taylorsville.
    Mrs. Browning was born November 10, 1922, daughter of the late Fred Jackson and Nora Norman Jackson. She was an active member of Allen’s Creek Baptist Church in Waynesville. She was a seamstress and homemaker. She was a volunteer with the Foster Grandparent program in the Haywood County school system, one of the happiest times of her life.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Willard Browning; two brothers, Houston and Gabby Jackson; and a sister, Frances Jackson Cowan.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her son, James Fred Browning and wife Mary of Taylorsville; a granddaughter, Laura Browning and husband Shane of Huntersville; a great-granddaughter, Palmer Grace Harmon of Huntersville; a brother, Clinton Jackson of Oregon; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    No formal services are planned.
    Memorials may be made to: Allen’s Creek Baptist Church, 549 Allen’s Creek Road, Waynesville, NC 28786.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Browning Family.



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