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Recent Obituaries (Updated Daily)

Eunice Evelyn Allen Matheson
Billy Dale Barnes
Charles Edward Setzer
Roger Lee Blankenship
Robin Hubbard
Richard Lee Norris
Cranford Wesley “Pee-Wee” Eckard

Anthony “Tony” Muscarelli

    Eunice Evelyn Allen Matheson, 89, of Sulphur Springs Road, Hiddenite, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Valley Nursing Center.
    Mrs. Matheson was born May 14, 1926, in Ashe County, daughter of the late John Fred Allen and Ada Blanche Mintz Allen.
    She became a licensed practical nurse at the age of 45, and retired after 20 years at Alexander County Hospital. She was a faithful member of Hiddenite Baptist Church.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Matheson; a sister, Kathleen Allen; and two brothers, James Craven Allen and Archie Allen.
    Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Linda Jolly and husband Walter of Hiddenite, and Nancy Gant of Taylorsville; a son, Matt Matheson and wife Dorcas of Conover; three grandchildren, Jennifer Jolly, Marty Gant, and Megan Mann; a step-granddaughter, Renee Marston; a great-granddaughter, Alexa Mann; three step-grandchildren, Madison, Samantha and Evan Marston; two brothers, Don Allen and wife Janie of Kansas City, Kansas, and Oscar Allen and wife Mary of Paoli, Pennsylvania.
    A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, May 6, 2016, at Hiddenite Cemetery. Rev. Don Ingle will officiate. The family will greet friends following the service.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Hiddenite Baptist Church, PO Box 38, Hiddenite, NC 28636; or Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to:
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Matheson Family.

    Billy Dale Barnes, 51, of Jolly Cemetery Road, Taylorsville, passed away May 2, 2016, at Catawba Valley Hospice House, Newton.
    Mr. Barnes was born November 6, 1964, in Alexander County, son of Billy Joe Barnes and the late Allie Lucille Warren Barnes. He was employed in the furniture industry as a frame builder, and was a member of Mt. Wesley Wesleyan Church.
    In addition to his dad, Mr. Barnes is survived by his step-mother, Mildred Fox of Taylorsville; a brother, David Barnes of Taylorsville; nephews, Rodney Barnes and wife Amy of Taylorsville, and Bradley Barnes and wife Dakota of Vale; great-niece and nephew, Bailey and Isaac Barnes of Taylorsville; six aunts, Nancy Kidd, Mary Warren, Rushie Eldridge, Peggy Johnson, Betty Warren, and Alene Harold; and an uncle, Walter Harold.
    A funeral service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Mt. Wesley Wesleyan Church, 403 Mt. Wesley Church Road, Hiddenite. Rev. Greg Edmonds will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Mt. Wesley, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be given to Chapman Funeral Home in Billy Dale Barnes’ name.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Barnes Family by visiting
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Billy Dale Barnes.

    Charles Edward Setzer, 74, of Lenoir, passed away at Caldwell County Hospice on Monday, May 2, 2016.
    Mr. Setzer was the son of the late Clifford Ward and Carrie Leola Craig Setzer in Caldwell County.
    He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and hanging out with his breakfast buddies at the Bo. Mr. Setzer worked for Alexander County Schools as a custodian for both Wittenberg and Bethlehem Schools. He was a member of Union Baptist Church.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Tressie Richey Setzer; and two brothers, D.A. and Leo Setzer.
    Mr. Setzer leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Regina Church and husband Robert of Taylorsville, Patricia Grant and husband Tim of Lenoir, and Beverly Winkler and husband Kelly of Hudson; nine grandchildren, Lea Church of Taylorsville, Jenna Bumgarner, and Marie and Tristan Saunders, all of Lenoir, Evan Bumgarner and fiancée Jade Hennig of Hillsboro, Texas, Ricky Grant and wife Jessica, and Amanda Grant and fiancé Chad Page, both of Raleigh, and Jared and Jeremy Winkler of Hudson; a brother, Kenneth Setzer of Connelly Springs; sisters, Mary Bumgarner and Helen Reid, both of Hudson; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    The family wishes to give a special thanks to ICU of Caldwell Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Caldwell County.
    Visitation will be Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Union Baptist Church, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The funeral will be conducted on Friday, May 6, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at Union Baptist Church. Rev. Myron Davis will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers include: Evan Bumgarner, Jared Winkler, Jeremy, Winkler, Steve Hollar, Don Reid, and Scott Malicoat.
    The family requests that memorials be made to: Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St SW, Lenoir, NC 28645.
    Condolences may be sent to

    Roger Lee Blankenship, 56, of Hiddenite, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2016, at Gordon Hospice House.
    Mr. Blankenship was born November 8, 1959, in Buchanan County, son of the late Herbert and Rosie May Blankenship who survives.
    In addition to his mother, he leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Melissa McCall; five sons, Jesse, James, Brian, Kenneth and Richard Blankenship; a brother, Billy Blankenship; five sisters, Bonnie Prater, Patricia Christian, Kathy May, Francis Simpson, and Jean McLaughlin; nine grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Alexander Funeral Service. Rev. Randolph England officiated.
    Condolences may be sent to

    Robin Hubbard, 56, of Old Wilkesboro Road, Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
    Ms. Hubbard was born August 22, 1959, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Willis Ronda Hubbard and Kathryn Elder Hubbard.
    She had worked as a waitress and a secretary. She was a member of Salem Lutheran Church. Robin loved gardening, mowing her yard, and taking care of the outside of her home.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Zachary Hubbard.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her companion, James Fox of Taylorsville; a daughter, Heather George and husband Eric of Taylorsville; a son, Scott George and wife Toni of Taylorsville; three granddaughters, Haley George, Aleiyah Biddle, and Whitney Sloan; a sister, Nancy Hefner and husband Terry of Conover; a brother, John Hubbard and wife Karen of North Wilkesboro; a niece, Kayla Hefner; and four nephews, Dylan, Matthew, Dakota and Devin Hubbard.
    The funeral service was held Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Salem Lutheran Church. Rev. Ray Ohlendorf officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers included: Luke Elder, Dawson Elder, Dylan Hubbard, Matthew Hubbard, Dakota Hubbard, and Devin Hubbard.
    Condolences may be sent to:
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services served the Hubbard Family.

    Richard Lee Norris, 51, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Thursday, April 28, 2016.
    He was born December 25, 1964, in Beaufort, South Carolina, son of Beatrice Norris and the late Raevon Norris.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene Norris.
    Surviving family memers are his mother, Bea Norris; two sons, Wesley Johnson and wife Samantha, and Ricky Norris of New York; and brothers, Scott Norris and wife Brook, and Connor Munday.
    The memorial service was conducted Sunday, May 1, 2016, at South Fork Baptist Church, Todd. Rev. David Cooper and Rev. Gary Watson officiated.
    Condolences may be sent to

    Cranford Wesley “Pee-Wee” Eckard, 87, of 9th Street Drive NE, Hickory, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
    A funeral service was conducted Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Highland United Methodist Church, Hickory. Rev. Tony Bowman and Rev. Roy Miller officiated. Burial was in Catawba Memorial Gardens.
    Chapman Funeral Home assisted the family of Cranford Wesley “Pee-Wee” Eckard.

    Anthony “Tony” Muscarelli passed away peacefully on Friday, April 1, 2016, surrounded by loved ones.
    The oldest son of Rita (Conkle) Brett and the late Anthony Muscarelli, Tony was born May 26, 1962, in LaRochelle, France.
    In addition to his mother, he is survived by his beloved son, Zane; his sisters, Dawn Petzold (Mike) of Taylorsville, and Maria Bryan (Dave) of Knoxville, Tennessee; a brother, Ted Muscarelli (Jennifer) of Taylorsville; a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his precious nieces and nephews, Colin McCaleb of Chicago, Illinois, Andy Bryan (Loren) of San Antonio, Texas, Emily Bryan, Amanda Bryan, Tess McCaleb, and Sophia and Corin Muscarelli, all of Taylorsville.
    Tony was a graduate of Spring-Ford High School and York College. He operated Mukie’s Seal Coating in York for many years. An avid sports fan, he especially loved the Philadelphia teams. He wrestled professionally under the Nom de Guerre “Mukie” and helped a number of York charities raise funds.
    Funeral arrangements were private.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Tony’s son’s college fund at, Code:20G-24M; or any charity close to your heart.

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