Recent Obituaries (Updated Daily)
Kimble Anthony McFarland
James Franklin "Butch" "White Cloud" Rector
Evangelena Linney Barber
Lilly "Bunny" Bolick
Elena Josephine Walker
George Douglas Jones
Larry Edward Poole
Kimble Anthony McFarland, affectionately known as "Biggie," 52, of Moravian Falls, passed away at Davis Memorial Hospital on Monday, December 15, 2014.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, son of Fletcher McFarland and the late Mollie Mary Parsons McFarland on August 11, 1962. He will be remembered for his love of softball, and his grandchildren who were the light of his life, and for his big heart and his ability to see the good in everyone. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of St. John Baptist Church.
Besides his mother, those who have preceded Mr. McFarland in death are his wife, Jewel McFarland; and an aunt, Jane Parsons, who was more like his mother.
Those remaining to cherish his memory are two daughters, Anitra and Jazmaine McFarland, both of Taylorsville; a son, Anthony McFarland of Taylorsville; a brother, Terry McFarland and wife Loretta of Lenoir; three grandchildren, Ariyana, Jakaevion, and Jakourian McFarland; two nieces, Lilly and Layla McFarland; his godmother, Lena Bell Barnes of Taylorsville; a goddaughter, Azjah Howell of Taylorsville; a friend who was like a brother, Gary Parson of Taylorsville; and companion, Tina Smith of Wilkesboro.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at Alexander Funeral Service from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Funeral services are planned for Thursday, December 18, 2014, at St. John Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. The body will lie in state for 30 minutes prior to the service. Rev. Tyra Eugene Martin and Rev. John Rowe will officiate, and burial will follow in St. John Baptist Church Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.
James Franklin "Butch" "White Cloud" Rector, 62, of Mt. Wesley Church Rd., Stony Point, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Gordon Hospice House. He had cancer for the past fourteen months, but was seriously ill during the last week.
He was born June 4, 1952, in Alexander County, son of the late James Foy and Rachel Stikeleather Rector. He was a graduate of Stony Point High School in 1970, had previously worked in construction, and was of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Rector was a diehard NASCAR fan; his favorite drivers were Bobby Allison, Harry Gant, Dale Earnhart, and Dale Jr. He loved the Atlanta Braves and was a champion bowler. He truly loved all of his family and welcomed anyone into his home. He was a kind and humble person.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Modean Robinette; a brother-in-law, Junior Crouch; a niece, Pam Smithey; and a nephew, Jody Smithey.
Those left to cherish his memory include his brothers, Elvin Rector of Hiddenite, Jimmy Rector and wife Marie of Stony Point, and Timmy Rector and wife Brenda of Hiddenite; his sisters, Linda Smithey of West Palm Beach, Florida, Dorothy Crouch of Taylorsville, Kathy Little and husband Junior of Hiddenite, and Jane Fox and husband Sonny of Statesville; and many special nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Brian Eades officiating. Burial will follow in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the Rector Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of James Franklin "Butch" "White Cloud" Rector.
Evangelena Linney Barber, 77, of Tribranch Farm, Columbus, died Saturday, December 13, 2014, in Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville, South Carolina.
Born in Hiddenite, she was the daughter of the late Chauncey Depew and Mittie Ena Hill Linney. She was a graduate and valadictorian of Hiddenite High School and Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (today’s UNC Greensboro).
Later, she became a Home Economics Agent for the Cooperative Extension Service in Polk County and a Home Economics and Family Consumer Science Teacher for Polk County Schools.
She was a 4-H volunteer for 22 years, President of the NC Retired School Personnel, Polk County 2000-2014 and a member of the Polk County Voluntary Farmland Preservation Committee.
She was a member of the Columbus Presbyterian Church, Columbus, where she had served as an Elder for many years. She always stayed true to her high school motto “And departing, leave footprints in the sands of time.”
Surviving are two sons, Robert Barber, Jr. of Columbus, and Chauncey Barber (Monica) of Mill Spring; two daughters, Linney B. Richards of Leconto, Florida, and Lucy Barber of Morganton; nephews, Robert D. Barber (Robin) of Greenville, South Carolina, and John S. Barber (Kathy) of North Augusta, South Carolina; two grandchildren, Chan Barber and Banks Barber; and many relatives in Alexander County and Iredell County.
Memorial services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014, in the Columbus Presbyterian Church, Columbus, with Rev. Phil Dunford officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Fred Ashley Hall of Columbus Presbyterian Church.
Memorials may be made to Little Mountain Scholarship, 438 Willow Creek Road, Leicester, NC 28748, which Mr. Barber established in memory of his late brother, Leonard Banks. The scholarship helps fund Western North Carolina high school graduates post-secondary education who desire to major in the agricultural field.
Family and friends can also choose to make memorials to the Riddle Institute, P. O. Box 250, Morganton, NC 28680; or to a charity of your choice.
An online guest register is available at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com.
McFarland Funeral Chapel is serving the Barber Family.
Obituary courtesy of Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville.
Lilly "Bunny" Bolick, 68, of Granite Falls, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday evening, December 13, 2014, at the home, surrounded by her family.
Born April 21, 1946, in Burke County, she was the daughter of the late Roy Brown Buchanan and Junie Whisnant Buchanan.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Claude Buchanan; and three nephews, Terry, Keith and Kenny Sigmon.
A member of Dudley Shoals Baptist Church, Mrs. Bolick was a retired rural carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. She never met a stranger. No matter how many people she met, she always had room in her heart for one more.
She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a very Godly woman who loved serving the Lord, her community, and also serving in missions for the church. She was an avid cook who loved feeding all the kids and anyone who was hungry. One of mom's favorite sayings was, “If you leave here hungry, it's your fault!!!”
She loved to work in the garden and canned vegetables, and also loved to ride on the mower, cutting the grass. She lived for her grandchildren and loved going to their games and sporting events. She also loved to fish and would have rather gone fishing than eat when she was hungry.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Charles Odell "Bud" Bolick of the home; sons, Chip Bolick and wife Kim of Holly Springs, Stephen "Steve" Bolick and wife Kyra of Claremont, and Levi Bolick of the home; grandchildren, Zac and Annie Bolick of Holly Springs, and Garrison and Abigail Bolick of Claremont; brothers, Roy Buchanan and wife Pat of Catawba, and Charles Buchanan and wife Barbara of Connelly Springs; a sister, Mary Sigmon of Hickory; a number of nieces and nephews; her best friend for life, Bebe and Bart Bartholomew of Rockwell, Texas; and loyal companion, her basset hound, Hunter.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church with Rev. Gordon West, Rev. Don Ingle, and Rev. Randy Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Phil Pruett, Darren Johnson, Chris W. Johnson, Lucas Frye, Justin Chapman, and Chris Johnson. Members of the Good Samaritan Class of Dudley Shoals Baptist Church will be honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 NW Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645; or ALS Association, Jim "Catfish" Hunter Chapter, 4 N. Blount Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601.
The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Bedlack and staff at ALS Clinic at Duke University Hospital and Dr. Anne Gonzales and staff at the Women's View of Hickory, Hospice of Caldwell County for their loving care and support during Bunny's 2 ½ year journey with ALS. The family would also like to thank Doug and Kathy Bolick for the unlimited love and support they supplied during this time. Thank you to her Sunday School Class and Church for all the prayers and support. Thank you also to Shelba Pruett for the weekly cards that brightened her days, and Linda Letterman for the hugs that she sent Bunny every day. Lastly we would like to thank ALL the people who helped our family through this battle with ALS that Bunny won on Saturday night, December 13, 2014.
Bass-Smith Funeral Home in Hickory is serving the family of Lilly "Bunny" Buchanan Bolick and on-line condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.
Elena Josephine Walker, age 2, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, December 13, 2014, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Daughter of Brett and Hannah Walker of Wake Forest, Elena was born November 3, 2012, and lived her life to the fullest. She was a happy child, who loved to read her books, dance, play with her dolls, and be with her family and her Lambie that she kept close by her side. Elena was a blessing from heaven, a beloved child who has left her footprints on our hearts forever.
She is survived by her parents, Brett and Hannah Walker; her grandparents, Tim and Diana Jolly of Taylorsville, and Rev. Tim and Debbie Burgess of Henderson; great-grandparents, Miller and Ruth Walker of Taylorsville, and Eugene and Florence Ramsey of Chester, Virginia. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Steve Walker; and her great-grandparents, Rachel and Brett Patterson, and Ralph and Josephine Burgess.
A memorial service for Elena was scheduled for Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Summit Church’s North Raleigh Campus, 5808 Departure Dr., Raleigh. The family kindly requests those attending the memorial service wear happy colors because Elena truly was a happy child.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Summit Orphan Care Ministry Fund at summitrdu.com.
Wayne Hanson, 76, of Hidden Valley Road, Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care.
Mr. Hanson was born May 24, 1938, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, son of Kathryn Carey Doran of Taylorsville and the late Paul Marvin Hanson. He was a US Navy veteran, and was a carpet layer.
Including his father, he was preceded in death by a son, Anthony Hanson.
Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Kathryn Carey Doran; two daughters, Amber Jones and husband Terry of Taylorsville, and Tanya Hanson of Great Falls, Montana; a brother, Paul Hanson and wife Gloria of Deltona, Florida; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service was conducted Sunday, December 14, 2014, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paul Schronce officiating.
Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Hanson Family.
George Douglas Jones, 69, a resident of Valley Nursing Center, Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014.
Mr. Jones was born June 10, 1945, in Raleigh, son of the late George Ronald Jones and Ethel Virginia Jones Jones. He was a US Army veteran, who served as a sergeant in the Vietnam Era.
He had worked as a draftsman for Florida Steel, Peirson & Whitman Engineers, and Bigger & Agnew Engineers. He had also worked as an estimator for Baker Roofing.
He was an accomplished photographer, always “the man behind the camera,” loved music, and played guitar. He also loved hiking and camping in the mountains and at the beach. He was a loyal friend and would do anything to help a friend.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Bobbie Jones, Bonnie Jones, and Faye Jones Kelly; and a brother, Ronald Jones.
Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Lisa Jones Everhart and husband Charles "Chuck" of Sedalia, Missouri; two step-daughters, Billie Jean Taylor and husband Mike of Youngsville, and Cindi Powell of Raleigh; a brother, David Ward Jones; three granddaughters, Nicole Everhart, Jessica Everhart, and Alicia Powell; three grandsons, Leland Everhart, Tyler Clinedell, and Nicholas Davis; three great-grandchildren, Andrew Powell, Brookelynn Powell, and CJ Newsome, Jr; and long-time friend, Lynn Powell of Raleigh.
The family conducted a memorial service Monday, December 15, 2014, at Montlawn Funeral Home, 2911 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, with Rev. Bruce Taylor officiating. Interment followed in Montlawn Cemetery Mausoleum.
Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Jones Family.
Larry Edward Poole, 73, of Old Mountain Road, Hiddenite, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Poole was born in Alexander County, December 30, 1940, son of the late Pless Lackey and Essie Mae Poole Bennett. He was a truck driver and had retired from ABF in 1997 after 27 years of service. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Betty Long Poole of the home; two daughters, Monica Poole Hubbard and husband Orlando, and Donna Renee Poole, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; two granddaughters, Markita R. Hubbard, and Jasmine Wilson; two grandsons, Orlando E. Hubbard Jr., and Jeffery Edmuson; three great-grandchildren; four sisters; and a brother.
The funeral service was held Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Leroy Smith officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Orlando Hubbard Jr., Patrick Jones, Norris Poole, Anthony Wellman, Shae Keaton, Damon Cullbreath, and David Poole. Honorary Pallbearers were Jack Scott, Berly Carlton, John Poole, Ray Lackey, John Hart, Tony Poole, and Robert Miller.
Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Poole Family.