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Dimple Jean DeHart Blankenship
Alexander M. “Sonny” Bruner
Danny Rudy Ostwalt
Larry “Steve” Harrington

E.T. “Pete” Petrie
Marie Yvonne Icenhour Deal
Deborah “Debbie” Townsend Smart
Pauline Brown Wooten Spears
Clyde Eugene Higgins
Mary “Eunice” Tevepaugh Pope
Roger Ervin Gresham
Ethel Mae Childers
Lloyd Nolan Holland

Nancy Ann Isenhour


    Dimple Jean DeHart Blankenship, 84, of Delbarton, West Virginia, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
    Dimple was born on May 29, 1931, in Pike County, Kentucky, daughter of the late Forest and Dora Jacobs Dehart. Dimple was a member of the First Baptist Church of Varney, West Virginia.
    Dimple leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Vivian Leigh Blankenship Booth and husband Robert of Poca, West Virginia, and Gina Kay Honosky and husband Woody of Taylorsville; a son, John Paul Blankenship and wife Dolly of Pikeville, Kentucky; and a sister, Inez “Boots” Cardinale of Scottsdale, Arizona.
    Visitation will be Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at Chafin Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Bill Snodgrass will be officiating. Burial will take place in the Mountain View Memory Gardens, in Huddy, Kentucky.
    The family requests that, in addition to flowers, memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Varney, PO Box 281, Varney, WV 25696.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

    Alexander M. “Sonny” Bruner, 79, of Hayden Burke Lane, Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Valley Nursing Center.
    Mr. Bruner was born on December 10, 1936, in Iredell County, son of the late James Alexander Bruner and Genevieve Morrison Bruner.
    He graduated from Unity High School, in Statesville. As a child, he attended Freedom Presbyterian Church, in Statesville. He attended New Zion Baptist Church after moving to Taylorsville.
    A loving father and grandfather, Mr. Bruner provided for his family throughout his lengthy career as a truck driver. He worked for over 35 years with Champion International Paper Company before retiring. After retirement, he worked for Alexander Community Hospital in the nursing field.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Barker Bruner; a brother, George Bruner; and a great-grandson, Noah Bruner.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 50 years, Annette Watts Bruner of the home; four daughters, Wanda Bruner Saner of Statesville, Paula Bruner of Conover, Sherry Bruner of Conover, and Millicent Bruner of the home; a son, Richard (Angie) Bruner of Taylorsville; and two sisters, Frances Bruner Moten and Kathy Bruner Rankin, both of Statesville. He was blessed with eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
    The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Brent Dula will officiate.
    Condolences may be made to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Bruner Family.

    Danny Rudy Ostwalt, 72, of Statesville, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    A funeral service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Beulah Baptist Church, 1851 Old Mtn. Road, Statesville. Dr. Allen Roberts and Rev. Larry McCoy will officiate. The family will receive friends, 2:00-3:30 p.m., at Beulah Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Danny Rudy Ostwalt.

    Larry “Steve” Harrington, 70, of Taylorsville, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Valley Nursing Center.
    He was born April 26, 1946 in Alexander County. He was a retired truck driver.
    Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Quintina and husband Jody Jolly.
    A graveside service was conducted Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Jamie Steele officiated.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

    E.T. “Pete” Petrie, 79, of Hiddenite, went skidding off into the afterlife on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from the post and beam frame cabin in the woods that he and June cherished for so much of their lives together.
    Pete was born November 17, 1936, in Toledo, Ohio, son of the late Tad Petrie and Jeanette Emma Bowen Petrie.
    He was a US Air Force veteran, who had served during the Korean Conflict. Pete held a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Toledo, where he was a brother in Theta Chi Fraternity. He was a life-long career educator and retired from Wilkes Community College on January 1, 2001 as Loew’s Chair in Computer Science. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, the much loved “Miss June” B. Petrie of the home; a son, Tad Petrie and wife Lisa of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter, Elizabeth Jane Petrie and life partner Dustin Jamison of Brunswick, Ohio; grandchildren, Jeremy Losh and Alexandra Losh, both of Brunswick, Ohio; a brother, John Lawrence Petrie and wife Anna of Fort Mill, South Carolina; a nephew, Noel Petrie and wife Beth; and a grandniece, Kate.
    A celebration of life service will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at First United Methodist Church, in Taylorsville.
    In lieu of flowers and other gifts, memorials be made to: Wind River Cancer Services, 430 Larsen Lane, Tryon, NC 28782; or First United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 157, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Petrie Family.

    Marie Yvonne Icenhour Deal, 80, of NC 16 N, Taylorsville, went to her eternal home on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Mrs. Deal was born April 21, 1936, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Q.T. Icenhour and Juna Viola Icenhour Icenhour.
    She was a homemaker and had worked as a seamstress for Carolina Glove in her earlier years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Deal.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Tammy Shell and husband Mike of Taylorsville; two sons, Richard Eugene Deal and wife Julie of the Bethlehem Community, and Randy Leon Deal of Taylorsville; four grandchildren, Wesley Shell and wife Carrie, Cameron Deal, Kristen Rector and husband Andrew, and Gavin Deal; a great-grandchild, Teagan Shell; four sisters, Arlene Millsaps of Taylorsville, Faye Chapman of Hiddenite, Ruth Eckerd of Conover, and Mardesa Barnes of Taylorsville; a brother, Harley Icenhour of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service will be at 4 p.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. Stephen Dagenhart and Rev. Wesley Shell will officiate. Burial will follow in the Liledoun Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
    Pallbearers include: Brian Barnes, Danny Williams, Rocky Millsaps, and Danny Millsaps.
    Honorary Pallbearers include: her caregivers, Martha Brittain, Britney Coffey, Heaven Coffey, Nelda Miller, Destany Coffey, Amy Johnson, and Joylyn Hicks.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Deal Family.

    Deborah “Debbie” Townsend Smart, 64, of Hickory, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Debbie was born September 6, 1951, in Catawba County, daughter of the late Charlie “Bud” and Tressie Austin Townsend. She was of the Baptist faith and was employed by Fred’s Super Dollar in Bethlehem.
    Survivors include her husband, Joey Norris Smart of the home; a daughter, Toni Annette Burke of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania; a son, Jonathan Neal Smart of Los Angeles, California; and a sister, Diane T. Sigmon of Bethlehem.
    Visitation will be held Thursday, May 26, 2016, from 12:30-2:00 p.m., at Antioch Baptist Church. The funeral will follow, at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. Mark Morris officiating. Burial will take place at Catawba Memorial Park.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

    Pauline Brown Wooten Spears, 86, of Wilkes, passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016.
    She was born August 24, 1929, in Wilkes County, daughter of the late Charlie Burgess and Edna Rebecca Fender Brown. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, in Hays.
    In addition to her parents, Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Wooten; a son, Charles Wooten; brothers, sister, and sisters-in-law, Howard (Emma) Brown, Harold (Peggy) Brown, CB Brown, Jr, and Lorene (Walter “Shorty”) Simpson; and a great-granddaughter, Madison Colbert.
    Pauline is survived by five children, Roger (Mary Alice) Brown, and David (Kim) Wooten, both of Taylorsville, Elogene (Gary) Hodges of Virginia, Barbara (Ronnie) Wagoner of Roaring River, and Gerald (Sara) Wooten of Ronda; a daughter-in-law, Marlene Wooten of Asheville; grandchildren, JR Brown, Sandy Peebles, Wendy Hodges, LeAnn Workman, David, Jr., Mark, Loren, and Brandon Wooten, Kristie Church, Laura Colbert, Ronnie Wagoner, Jr., and Alicia Dixon; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; siblings, Sue (James) Harold of Hays, Velma (Grayson) Eller of Pennsylvania, and Bruce (Betty) Brown of North Wilkesboro; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Brown; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    The funeral service was held Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Bethel Baptist Church, in Hays. Rev. Donnie Shumate officiated. Burial was in the Roaring River Baptist Church Cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Roaring River Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 312 White Plains Rd, Roaring River, NC 28669.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

    Clyde Eugene Higgins, 53, of Hiddenite, started shouting on the streets of glory with his Heavenly father on Friday, May 20, 2016. He had fought a courageous battle with cancer. Throughout his battle with cancer he would always say, “I will be a winner either way. Whether I win this fight or leave here, I will be a winner!!!”
    Clyde was born July 10, 1962, in Lexington, Virginia. He was the son of the late Charles Marshall and Clara Hall Higgins who survives.
    In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Lee Higgins.
    He had been self-employed for 25 years as a mobile home repairman. He had also driven a truck for Carolina Cargo and CommScope.
    On October 18, 1986, he married Brenda Millsaps Higgins, the love of his life.
    Clyde was a member of the Taylorsville Lions Club, serving as the club’s president for the last three years. He has been called the most award winning president because of the awards the club has received during his tenure. Clyde was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services by the Lions Club International in 2014-2015. He had such a passion for helping others.
    Survivors including his wife, Brenda, and mother, Clara, are a daughter, Brianna Higgins of the home; a son, Timmy Pennell and wife Ashley of Union Grove; two brothers, William Higgins and wife Connie of Buenva Vista, Virginia, and John Higgins and wife Darlene of Lexington, Virginia; nephews, Eric, Brian and Will Higgins; nieces, Brooklyn Gardner and Sherry Higgins Winslow; mother-in-law, Roena Millsaps; and special friends, DJ Curry, Brian and Sherry Simpkins, and Thurman and Jane Farrow.
    Clyde had been attending White Plains Baptist Church until his health became an issue. He was saved on September 8, 2002, and he loved going around and spreading his testimony. He had such an outgoing personality and leadership qualities that everyone loved him.
    Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at The Bible Church of Rockbridge, Lexington,Virginia.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Shady Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Timmy Pennell, 336 Campbell Mtn. Dr., Union Grove, NC 28689.
    Condolences may be sent to www. alexfuneralservice.com.

    Mary “Eunice” Tevepaugh Pope, 85, of Taylorsville House Assisted Living, formerly of Daniels Lumber Road, Taylorsville, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016.
    Mrs. Pope was born May 23, 1930, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Joseph Graham Tevepaugh and Delia Ann Harrington Tevepaugh.
    Eunice was employed as a weaver in the textile industry, and in retirement as a greeter at Wal-Mart. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the father of her children, R.D. Pope; her infant son, Daniel Eugene Pope; and her great-great-grandson, Kayson Duff.
    She is survived by her son, Joseph William “Jay” Pope and wife Kathryn of Hiddenite; two daughters, Brenda P. Stikeleather (David Lee Miller) of Taylorsville, and Dianne P. Chapman and husband Seth of Taylorsville; two sisters, Nellie T. Burgess, and JoAnn T. Bentley and husband Max of Taylorsville; nine grandchildren, Tammy Fenton (Wayne), Teresa Smith (Mark), Bill Pope, Angie P. Wooten (Donnie), Tonya S. Parsons (Melvin), Tiffany S. Miller (Shae), Joshua G. Chapman (Jeanna), Edwin P. Chapman, and Micah A. Chapman; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Rachel Pope Abernathy of Claremont; a son-in-law, Randy Stikeleather of Taylorsville; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and friends and staff of Taylorsville House Assisted Living.
    Funeral services were conducted Monday, May 23, 2016, at Salem Lutheran Church. Rev. Ray Ohlendorf officiated. Burial followed in Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be given to Hospice of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658; or Salem Lutheran Church Building Fund, 4005 NC Hwy 16 North, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Pope Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home assisted the family of Mary “Eunice” Tevepaugh Pope.

    Roger Ervin Gresham, 49, of Taylorsville, passed away, after a two year period of declining health, on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at his residence.
    Born May 1, 1967, he was the son of the late James Ervin Gresham and Rachel Teague Gresham. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
    Roger is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Gresham and friend Branden of Hudson; a son, Ryan Gresham and friend Rose of Hudson; and a brother, Terry Gresham of Taylorsville.
    The funeral service was held Sunday, May 22, 2016, in the Chapel of Hickory Funeral Home, with Rev. Kenneth Lambert officiating. Burial followed in Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Catawba Medical Foundation, 810 Fairgrove Church Road SE, Hickory, NC 28602.
    Condolences may be sent to the Gresham Family at www.hickoryfh.com.

    Ethel Mae Childers, 93, of Ridge Lane, Hiddenite, was called to her eternal home on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
    She was born August 30, 1922, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Lee Childers and Bessie Barnette Childers. Of the nine children, only three girls lived to be senior citizens (Edith, Grace, and Ethel). The remaining six died shortly after birth.
    Ethel graduated from Hiddenite High School in 1940. She was a lifelong member of Linney’s Grove Baptist Church. She loved her church family, always asking about them.
    She was best known throughout the county as the younger sister of the dynamic duo of Vashti at the end of Ridge Lane. Ethel and Grace were famous for their participation in the Vashti Parade sporting their dad’s Model A.
    Ethel was a true “FARMER” at heart. Though she lived through many years of technology, she held steadfast to the original way of doing things. She enjoyed raising tobacco and selling milk to “make out a living” as she would often say.
    Ethel enjoyed telling others of driving her tractor all of her life, and for a lady in Ethel’s day, this was quite the accomplishment. She knew how and did most everything necessary to keep the farm functioning. The driveway was lined with irises and the barn tidy as could be.
    Along with her sister, Grace, Ethel lived on the family farm and managed to keep it a working farm until failing health prevented them to do so. Ethel took pride in her occupation and enjoyed her ability to put in a hard day’s work.
    She was adamant about keeping her rows straight and a plow in the ground. Everyone who ever made a visit to see Ethel and Grace in their younger years, know just how unique their farm was.
    Ethel was a hard worker and caregiver to her parents and sister, Grace. She never met a stranger and could likely tell you more about your family history than you were aware of. She was quite the historian and genealogist, assisting many younger members of the community with searching family history.
    Ethel’s mind and her memories from years ago were sharp; and she enjoyed reflecting on old times of yesteryear and sharing her stories with those who came for a visit.
    She had many friends and neighbors whom she dearly loved. Ethel along with her sister, Grace, were truly treasures of the community and their legacy will surely live on for years to come in the hearts of those fortunate to know them.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Edith and Grace; and four brothers and two sisters who died in infancy.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her caregivers and special friends, Howard and Jackie, Judy, Robin and John, Kelly and Shawn, Colene and Tom, Jacque and Keith, Natalie and Keith, Kathy Bowles, Mary Ann, Rowena Childers, Ruth, Sarah, Sandra, Mike and Karen, life-long friend, Joye Campbell, and the countless friends who helped throughout the years.
    The family would like to give a special thanks to Home Instead Senior Care and Kapp Services of Alexander County and all of her friends in the community that Ethel touched.
    The funeral service was held Friday, May 20, 2016, at Linney’s Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Don Ingle and Rev. Michael Carr officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Gordon’s Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625; or the Cemetery Fund at Linney’s Grove Baptist Church or White Plains Baptist Church.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services served the Childers Family.

    Lloyd Nolan Holland, 76, of Olin, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Brian Center, Statesville.
    He operated Holland Tree Service for many years.
    Mr. Holland is survived by a son, Marvin “Marty” and wife Charlotte; and a brother.
    A graveside service was conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Liberty Baptist Church, 2430 Wilkesboro Highway, Statesville, with Rev. Jeremy Miller officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Chapman Funeral Home assisted the family of Lloyd Nolan Holland.

    Nancy Ann Isenhour, 61, of Mocksville, passed away Sunday, November 8, 2015, at her home.
    She was a native of Taylorsville, born May 21, 1954, daughter of the late William Boyd Isenhour and Dorothy Drum Isenhour.
    She is survived by her son, David Lee Winecoff of Woodleaf; two daughters, Lisa Ann Lyerly of Mocksville, and Bridget Diana Freeman of Cleveland; and two brothers, William Gail Isenhour and Keith Isenhour, both of Taylorsville.
    Her ashes will be placed in the ground on Saturday, May 29, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at Liberty United Methodist Church, Old Mountain Rd., Hiddenite.












 
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