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Lela Richey Annas
Terry Buchanan
Harold James “Bud” Sweet

Jimmy Dean Mull
Mary Matheson Hilderbrand
Margie May Pearson Bradley
Alfred “Lex” Johnson
Mattye Houpe Lackey
Gladys Mae Fox Teague
Robert William Barnes
Gary Earl Isenhour
Mary Lina Crane Walker

William “Bill” Jay Bentley


    Lela Richey Annas, 92, of Granite Falls, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, surrounded by her family, on Friday, May 29, 2015, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, in Hudson.
    Born June 10, 1922, in Alexander County, she was the daughter of the late “P.L.” Plumer and Ida “Yount” Richey. She was retired from Benchcraft of Hickory as a sewer.
    Mrs. Annas attended Sunrise Baptist Church in Granite Falls, and was a member at Fellowship Advent Christian Church in Bethlehem.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde L. Annas; a son, Ronnie L. Annas; three brothers, Clyde, Cloyd and Ray Richey; and five sisters, Effie Benfield, Cleo Miller, Mattie Starnes, Mary Richey, and Jeanette Carrigan.
    Survivors include a daughter, Linda Annas Wilcox and husband Wayne of Granite Falls; a daughter-in-law, Janie P. Annas of Granite Falls; grandchildren, Kimberly Wilcox Sparks and spouse Mike, Shannon Wilcox and spouse Kim, Holly Wilcox Hall and spouse Chad, Scott Annas and spouse Denise, Chris Annas and spouse Kneely, and Jeff Annas and spouse Tina; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Johnson Richey of Bethlehem, and David Richey of Statesville; and two sisters, Naomi Richey Newton of Bethlehem, and Ethel Richey Broyhill of Darlington, South Carolina.
    A celebration of her life will be held in the Bass-Smith Granite Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at 3:30 p.m., with the Rev. Edd Warren officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday, May 31, 2015, from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice at 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, NC 28645.
    Online condolences may be made at www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.
    Bass-Smith Granite is serving the family of Lela Richey Annas.

    Terry Buchanan, 63, of Mooney Drive, Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at CarePartners Solace Center, in Asheville.
    He was born September 9, 1951, in Erwin, Tennessee, son of the late Kelly and Nina Sullins Buchanan.
    Mr. Buchanan was a retired truck driver and had worked for Siecor. He was a member of Dudley Shoals Baptist Church. He was a beloved husband, dad, papaw, and brother. He loved cars and motorcycles. He was also a United States Navy Veteran. It was an honor and a privilege for him to serve his country.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Wade Buchanan and Kelly Buchanan; three sisters, Shirley Rice, Gail Boyd, and Jean Naranjo; and an infant brother, Dicky Buchanan.
    Survivors include his wife, Thelma “Jane” Hagy Buchanan of the home; two sons, Jonathon S. Buchanan of the home, and Terry “Jason” Buchanan and fiancée Jenny Stanley of Taylorsville; twin brother, Gary Buchanan of Erwin, Tennessee; half-brother, Kelly Ray Buchanan of Drexel; two sisters, Glenda Pittman of Valdese, and Frances Buchanan of Lenoir; half-sister, Kelena Buchanan of Spruce Pines; and three grandchildren, Calob Buchanan, Abby Buchanan, and Anna Buchanan.
    Graveside services will be held Monday, June 1, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. Gordon West with military honors. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
    Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com.
    Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

    Harold James “Bud” Sweet, 74, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.
    He was born to the late Wilborn Adison and Cecil May Watson Sweet, on Thursday, January 23, 1941 in Alexander County. Harold was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Tosha and Dustin Sweet; a brother, Guy Sweet; and two nephews, Rondall and Jimmy Sweet.
    Harold leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Naomi Sweet; two brothers, Rayford Sweet and wife Francis, and Johnny Sweet and wife Joyce; a sister, Linda Pittman and husband; four children, Mary Lou Keller and husband Tommy, Rebecca Gail Keller and husband Glenn, James Harold Sweet Jr., and Joey Adison Sweet and fiancée Argena Barnette; and grandchildren, Ashley Sweet, Kimberly Cutler and husband Larry, Koty Sweet and wife Ashten, Crystal Hendren and husband Jonathan, Brittany Louie and husband Brandon, Tiffany Hendren and husband Andrew, Tyler Sweet, Buddy Keller, and Jake Keller. Harold has numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Harold also had a beloved pet named Peanut.
    No formal services are planned at this time and will be announced at a later date by Alexander Funeral Service.

    Jimmy Dean Mull, 50, of Hickory, died Monday, May 25, 2015 at his residence.
    Born December 1, 1964, he was the son of Rex Mull and Shirley Mull.
    A sister, Debra Scarberry of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and a brother, Edward L. Alspaugh of Wilkesboro survive him.
    The memorial will be Friday, May 29, 2015, at Corpening Bridge, at John’s River, in Morganton, starting at 12.
    Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net.
    The Mull Family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton.

    Mary Matheson Hilderbrand, 86, of Sharon School Rd., Statesville, went home to be with the Lord, after an extended illness, on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Gordon Hospice House.
    Mrs. Hilderbrand was born on October 7, 1928, in Nokomis, Florida. She was the daughter of the late Robert Guy Matheson and Edrie Alice Norton Matheson. She was an administrative assistant at Gilliam Furniture Co. for 32 years, a longtime member of Beulah Baptist Church, a nursery worker, and a caregiver for many people.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad Eugene “Gene” Hilderbrand; and her twin sister, Martha Matheson Money.
    She leaves to cherish her memory her two daughters, Lynn H. Shook of Statesville, and Jan H. Booth and husband David of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; two sisters, Billie Jo Powell of Troutman, and Rachel M. Plyler and husband Pete of Troutman; four grandsons, Lyndon Walker, Joseph Shook, Brandon Booth and wife Aubrie, and Daniel Booth; and five great-grandchildren, McKenna Walker, Paxton Walker, Jaden Archie, Sloan Booth, and Miller Booth.
    Funeral services will be held at 5 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2015 at Beulah Baptist Church. Rev Henry Cook and Pastor Allen Roberts will officiate. The family will receive friends after the service at the church, and at other times at the home. A private burial will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Iredell Memorial Gardens.
    Memorials are requested to be made to: Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Hilderbrand Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Mary Matheson Hilderbrand.

    Margie May Pearson Bradley, 73, of Moravian Falls, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at her residence.
    Mrs. Bradley was born June 18, 1941, in Wilkes County, daughter of the late Elisha Robert Pearson and Mattie Colene Jolly Pearson. She was a homemaker. Margie loved cooking, fishing, flower gardening, and enjoying the outdoors. She was a member of Boomer Advent Christian Church.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley Woodrow Bradley; a brother, Joe Pearson; and a sister, Paula Pearson Parsons.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Corkey Bradley and wife Mary of Boomer; two sisters, Francis Blackburn of Moravian Falls, and Lucy Clanton of Taylorsville; and a brother, Alton “Bo” Pearson of Boomer.
    The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Boomer Advent Christian Church, 2390 Boomer Road, Boomer, NC 28606. Pastor David Jones will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 -1:45 p.m. prior to the service.
    In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to: Boomer Advent Christian Church, 2390 Boomer Road, Boomer, NC 28606.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes and Cremation Services is serving the Bradley Family.

    Alfred “Lex” Johnson, 87, of the Wittenburg Community, Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
    Lex was born to the late Peter E. and Blanch Echerd Johnson on Wednesday, April 4, 1928 in Alexander County. He was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church. He served as a deacon, Sunday School superintendant and teacher.
    He was a dedicated member of the Wittenburg Fire Department for 45 years and served as a member of the Alexander County School Board. He retired from Shuford Mills with 38 years of service, and was then employed by Royale Comfort Seating for 22 years.
    He enjoyed watching Atlanta Braves baseball, Carolina Tarheels basketball, talking on the phone to family and friends and being on the go.
    In the last two months, he enjoyed viewing the yellow finches feeding outside his window. Lex was a sweet and loving husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Phyllis Jolly Johnson; a brother, Ned Johnson; and two sisters, Louise Pennell and Irene Johnson.
    Lex leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Pat Goble and husband Clyde of Taylorsville; two granddaughters, Kasey Johnson and husband Brandon of Taylorsville, and Vicki Shipman of Hickory; great-grandchildren, Laney Johnson of Taylorsville, and Hunter Bost of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; two brothers, Ben Johnson of Hixson, Tennessee, and Philip Johnson of the Philippines and Key Largo, Florida; a sister, Kathryn Bowman of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces, nephews, and special caregivers.
    Visitation will be Thursday, May 28, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., at Mt. Herman Baptist Church, with the funeral service following at 5:00 p.m. Rev. Paul Schronce, Rev. Taylor Miller, and Rev. Jamie Steele will officiate. Burial will take place in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Pallbearers include: Lynn Fox, Leon Fox, William Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Hal Teague, Mike Jolly, Hunter Bost, Lee Goble, and Tyler Crouch.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to our many friends, family, caregivers, and Alexander County Hospice for all the cards, visits, food, flowers, and prayers. Everyone was so good to him during his illness and passing. May God richly bless each one of you.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Mattye Houpe Lackey, 101, fondly known as “Pat,” passed away at 5 a.m., on May 25, 2015, at Valley Rehabilitation Center, in Taylorsville.
    Mrs. Lackey was born January 25, 1914, in Iredell County. She was the daughter of George Rufus and Sally Gryder Houpe. Upon the death of her birth mother in 1915, she was reared by an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. J. Will Houpe.
    She graduated from Statesville Senior High School and Mars Hill College. She then furthered her education at Appalachian State Teacher’s College and Lenoir-Rhyne College. She was an elementary school teacher.
    She began her career at Celeste Henkle Elementary School in Iredell County, where she met her future husband, Wade Woodrow Lackey. She spent the majority of her teaching years at Taylorsville Elementary School, and retired after being a classroom teacher for a total of 39 years.
    During her life in Taylorsville, she was a member of the First Baptist Church, and for several years served on the Board of Directors for the Child Development Center. Mrs. Lackey enjoyed membership in the Taylorsville Study Club, Garden Club, and the Taylorsville “Read-a-Book” Club.
    She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Wade Woodrow Lackey, in 1998; and a daughter, Ann Charlotte, who died in infancy.
    Those left to cherish her memory include daughters, Jeanie Levinge of Jacksonville, Florida, and Pat Sarvis and husband Scott of Lake Norman; two granddaughters, Lauren Sarvis Dunford, and Whitney Sarvis Peterson and husband Matthew; and two great-grandsons, Beau and Lucas Dunford.
    Mrs. Lackey’s life was enriched by many special extended family members and friends, as well as devoted caregivers, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Oxentine and Ann Pierce.
    A graveside service will be held at 3:15 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Taylorsville City Cemetery, followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m., Thursday, May 28, 2015, at First Baptist Church. Rev. Roger Underwood and Rev. Dan Redding will officiate. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Mrs. Lackey’s residence.
    The family wishes to thank the staff of Valley Rehabilitation Center for the excellent care of their mother in her final days.
    In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to: The Child Development Center of First Baptist Church, PO Box 305, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Taylorsville is serving the Lackey Family.

    Gladys Mae Fox Teague, 99, of Taylorsville, passed away peacefully at her residence, on Monday, May 25, 2015, after an extended illness.
    She was born Sunday, February 20, 1916, in Alexander County, daughter of the late John and Maggie Willet Fox. She loved working in her flowers and yard. An avid gardener, she was dearly loved, and will be missed by all who knew her. She retired at the age of 80 from working in textiles and furniture.
    Mrs. Teague was preceded in death by her husband, James Teague; five brothers, Clyde, Avery, Otis, Bryant and James Fox; and two sisters, Lake Jenkins and Vera Wike.
    She leaves to cherish her memory a sister, Lena Deal; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., in the Liledoun Baptist Church Cemetery.
    In addition to flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Robert William Barnes, 70, of Lin Adams Lane, Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    Mr. Barnes was born March 12, 1945, in Alexander County, son of Lorene Pennell Barnes and the late Tommy Barnes. He had worked for Schneider Mills in the janitorial service and also had worked in sawmills for 20 years, operating a rip saw. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church.
    Including his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mardesa Icenhour Barnes of the home; a son, Brian William Barnes of Taylorsville; a grandson, Logan Barnes of Taylorsville; a granddaughter, Breanah Barnes of Taylorsville; a sister, Brenda Chatham of Reagan, Tennessee; and a brother, Bobby Ray Barnes of Taylorsville.
    The funeral service will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at St. Johns Lutheran Church, with Dr. William Hollar officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 1-3 p.m. prior to the service.
    Pallbearers include: Mark Chatham, Logan Barnes, Shane Jarrett, Rocky Millsaps, Danny Millsaps, and Joe Little.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Johns Lutheran Church, PO Box 82, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Barnes Family.

    Gary Earl Isenhour, 77, of Conover, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Mr. Isenhour was born August 4, 1937, in Alexander County, son of the late Earl Sylvanius Isenhour and Iretha Louise Isenhour. He was a retired furniture inspector, had served in the US Army, and was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Phil, Zane, Steve and Daine Isenhour; and a sister, Joy Isenhour.
    Survivors include his wife, Patricia Ann Taylor Isenhour of the home; a son, Greg Isenhour and wife Heather of Conover; three sisters, Mazelle Bowman of Taylorsville, Theresa Setzer of Taylorsville, and Melba Carrigan of Taylorsville; two grandsons, Gage Isenhour and Kyle Isenhour, both of Conover; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, May 24, 2015, at St. Peters Lutheran Church, with Rev. Craig Schultz officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery with military rites.
    Memorials may be given to St. Peters Lutheran Church, 6175 St. Peters Church Rd., Conover, NC 28613.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Isenhour Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Gary Earl Isenhour.

    Mary Lina Crane Walker, 70, of Roaring River, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Wilkes Regional Medical Center.
    Mrs. Walker was born Monday, December 4, 1944, in Wilkes County, daughter of the late Famous and Ela Beaula Byrd Crane. She loved flowers and art, and loved her dog, “Casey,” as if it were her child.
    In addition to her parents, Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Robinson; a brother, James Crane; and a grandson, Michael “JJ” Robinson.
    Survivors left to carry on her memory include: daughters, Donna Stamper and husband Jack of Roaring River, Hope Wyatt and boyfriend Daniel Webster of Moravian Falls, and Phyllis Wyatt and husband Gary of Millers Creek; sons, Michael Robinson and wife Lisa of Taylorsville, and Matthew Robinson of Millers Creek; 10 grandchildren, Daniel and Aaron Cockerham, Jeremy and Chasity Wyatt, Courtney, Brooke and Abigale Robinson, Shyann Laws, Brittney Kilby, and Raven Black; and nine great-grandchildren.
    A memorial service was conducted Saturday, May 23, 2015, in the chapel of Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes. Pastor Lockie Wagoner officiated.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes and Cremation Service is serving the Walker Family.

    William “Bill” Jay Bentley, 83, of Morganton, died Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, in Valdese.
    Born in Alexander County, on January 31, 1932, he was the son of the late Jay and Lois Stine Bentley. He was married to the late Ruth Clark Bentley, who preceded him in death in 2002.
    Mr. Bentley was a furniture maker at Drexel Heritage Furniture, where he retired after many years of service. He was a faithful member of Brown Mountain Baptist Church in Morganton. He could best be described as a mighty man of God, who loved the Lord and his family.
    He enjoyed working in his garden, chopping wood, and woodworking. He was a kind and gentle man who was a friend to all, as he never knew a stranger. He will be greatly missed.
    In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lou Bentley; and three brothers, Gene, Carol and Roy Bentley.
    Survivors include his children, Danny Bentley (Renee), Martha McAlpin (James), Clinton Bentley, Jerry Bentley, Judy Whitson, PeeWee Clark (Bertha), Wanda Chester (Steve), Sharon Fleming, Doc Clark (Shannon), Marsha Gragg (Jeff), and John Pritchard (Jennifer); 22 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a brother, Larry Bentley; and two sisters, Shirley and Brenda.
    Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 22, 2015, at Brown Mountain Baptist Church, in Morganton, with Pastor Johnny Shelton officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.
    Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.kirkseymorganton.com.

 
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