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Bobby Ray Bebber
Magdalene Jolly Johnson
Suma Gracie Childers Matheson
Thomas E. Bebber, Jr.
James Harold Daniels
Harles Southers

Richard Paul Wilson

    Bobby Ray Bebber, 84, passed away at Lenoir Health Care on Thursday, July 16, 2015.
    He was born on Tuesday, February 24, 1931, son of the late Van Dorn Bebber and Nina Estelle Bebber Stafford in Rowan County. Bobby was of the Baptist faith, and loved his family, fishing, and hunting.
    Bobby served for six years in the U.S. Army Reserves during the Korean War. He was employed by Coble Dairy for 16 years, and later retired from Hoffman Paving Company.
    In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by his former wife, Wanda Walker Bebber; and a sister, Evelyn Fox.
    He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Martha Hoffman and husband David of Lenoir; two brothers, Harold Bebber of Hiddenite, and Coy Bebber and wife Audrey of Oklahoma; a grandson, Joseph Hoffman and wife Lisa of Lenoir; a granddaughter, Jenny Coffey and husband Clint of Boone; a great-granddaughter, Josie Hoffman of Lenoir; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    A graveside service was held Sunday, July 19, 2015, at Blue Ridge Memorial Park, in Lenoir. Rev. Robert Livingston and Rev. Stuart White officiated.
    Pallbearers included: David Hoffman, Joseph Hoffman, Clint Coffey, Steve Fox, and Jerry Fox.
    The family requests that memorials be made to Caldwell County Hospice.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Magdalene Jolly Johnson, 90, of Taylorsville, passed away Friday, July 17, 2015 at Valley Nursing Center.
    She was born to the late Lloyd and Melzie Dyson Jolly on Monday, April 13, 1925 in Alexander County. Maggie was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church, and formerly of First Baptist Church, where she was a training union leader and Sunday school teacher. She loved crocheting and reading about religion and history.
    In addition to her parents, Maggie was preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Johnson; a son, Barry Johnson; a sister, Euzella Matlock; and a half-brother, Willis Barnes.
    Maggie leaves to cherish her memory a son, Lynn Johnson and wife Glenda of Virginia Beach, Virginia; a daughter-in-law, Martha Johnson of Taylorsville; a sister, Juanita Johnson; grandchildren, Hannah Nance, Maria Weatherman, Leah Lindquist, Christy Chattleton, and Wesley Johnson; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    The funeral service was held in the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel on Monday, July 20, 2015, with Rev. Jamie Steele officiating. Burial took place in the Mt. Herman Baptist Church Cemetery.
    The family requests that memorials be made to East Taylorsville Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 906, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Suma Gracie Childers Matheson, 93, of Hiddenite, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at home.
    Mrs. Matheson was born November 22, 1921, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Noah Alexander Childers and Lacy Blackwelder Childers. She was an in home daycare provider, a homemaker, and worked as a furniture inspector. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Ray Matheson; an infant son and her son, Donald Ray Matheson; a brother, Hubby “Hub” Childers; five sisters, Blondell Meadows, Ester Deal, Sue Picklesimer, Delsie Wike, and Chancie Matheson; and a grandson, Adam Matheson.
    She is survived by two daughters, Doris Adams and husband Roger of Taylorsville, and Paulette Gwaltney and husband Lynn of Hiddenite; a sister, Ruby “Sarah” McCurdy of Vashti; three grandchildren, Russel Adams, Donnie Ray Matheson, and Melanie Shumake Williams; 12 great-grandchildren, Josh, Chase and Carter Adams, Dustin, Tanner, Britney and Breanna Matheson, Logan and Karsyn Williams, and Noha, Lauren and Emma Matheson; and two great-great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held Friday, July 17, 2015 at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Tony Daniels officiated. Burial followed in Hiddenite Cemetery.
    Memorials may be given to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville NC 28681; or Gideon’s International, 433 N. Main Ave, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Matheson Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Suma Gracie Childers Matheson.

    The honorable Thomas E. Bebber, Jr., 78, of Taylorsville, passed peacefully away Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
    Mr. Bebber was born February 8, 1937 in his beloved Alexander County. He was the son of the late Sheriff Elisha Bebber and Nell Moose Bebber.
    In June 1959, Sheriff Bebber’s father was tragically killed in the line of duty. Sheriff Bebber, only 22 years old at the time, dutifully fulfilled his father’s term as the youngest sheriff in North Carolina.
    Following stints as a truck driver and small business owner, Sheriff Bebber returned to his true passion as a civil servant, serving as a Hickory Patrol Officer, County Sheriff, and Representative in the North Carolina House of Representatives.
    Sheriff Bebber loved working on his cattle farm, watching sports, “particularly his grandchildren,” and spending time with his many friends. An avid Democrat, Sheriff Bebber will be remembered for his humility, generosity, kindness to others, and unwavering honesty.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Faye Fortner.
    Among those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 52 years, Hilda Bebber of the home; three sons, Andy Bebber of Stony Point, Mark Bebber and wife Ann of Taylorsville, and Chuck Bebber and wife Rhonda of Taylorsville; two daughters, Amy Hefner and Angie Keever and husband James, all of Taylorsville; three brothers, Jack Bebber and wife Mildred of Taylorsville, Wayne Bebber and wife Carol of Taylorsville, and Phil Bebber of Taylorsville; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Three Forks Baptist Church. Dr. Carson Mosely, Rev. Gary Jennings, Rev. Mark Robinette, Rev. Don Ingle, and Rev. James Keever officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers included: Ray Warren, Hayden Bentley, Chris Bowman, Seth Chapman, Mike Harrison, Wayne Kerley, Josh Fortner, and Justin Fortner.
    The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Alexander County Sheriff’s Department, 91 Commercial Park Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or Three Forks Baptist Church, 4685 Three Forks Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Bebber Family.

    James Harold Daniels, 87, of Franklinville, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at his home.
    Mr. Daniels was born July 20, 1928, in Alexander County, son of the late Elisha Alexander and Ada Blackwelder Daniels. He was retired from the Randolph County School System, and was a former volunteer fireman, from 1969-1981, in Union Grove. Mr. Daniels was a member of the United Church of God.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Lowdermilk Daniels; sisters, Edna Auman and Lola Bentley; and brothers, Fred, Willard, Glade and Harvey Lee Daniels.
    Survivors include his wife, Peggy Daniels of the home; daughters, Sandra Daniels Smith and husband Larry of High Point, Wanda Stanford and husband Gerald of Randleman, and Tonya Lassiter of the home; a son, Tommy Nance and wife Karen of Randleman; grandchildren, Connie Smith Turner, Jason Smith, Tricia Stanford, Austin Stanford, Kelly Nance, Steven Nance, Danelle Lassiter, and Brittany Brafford; and seven great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were conducted Friday, July 17, 2015 at Ridge Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Melvin Parks and Dwight Harrington officiating. A graveside service followed at Rocky Face Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Hospice of Randolph, PO Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204.
    The family would like to thank Randolph Hospital Home Health and Hospice of Randolph for the care given to Mr. Daniels.
    Condolences may be made online at www.ridgefuneralhome.com.
    This obituary is a courtesy of Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

    Harles Southers, 86, of Hiddenite, passed away at Gordon Hospice House, surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 following a period of declining health.
    Harles was born on July 9, 1929, son of the late Raymond Southers and Rosie Southers Earp in Wilkes County. Harles was a loyal and active member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Hiddenite, where he served as a deacon. Prior to retirement, he worked in the furniture industry and loved making wood crafts with his son, Jerry.
    In addition to his parents, Harles was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Lee Southers.
    He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Margaret Ann Stikeleather Southers; a son, Jerry Southers and wife Judy; a daughter, Melissa Moose and husband Lynn; four grandchildren, Pam Southers, Jatana Stevenson and husband Derek, Jessica Younts and husband Jamie, and Heather Pierce and husband Tyler; and six great-grandchildren, Sydney, Sage and Scout Stevenson, and Bode, Bella and Cale Younts, whom he dearly loved and adored.
    A celebration of Harles’ life was held Friday, July 17, 2015, at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, with Rev. Brian Eades and Rev. Buster Treadway officiating.
    The family requests that memorials be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28677; or Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, 2600 Old Mountain Rd, Hiddenite, NC 28636.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Richard Paul Wilson, 86, of Hickory, passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at Frye Regional Medical Center, in Hickory.
    Born February 11, 1929, in Catawba County, he was the son of the late Jack Wilson and Annie Yoder Clontz. Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-father, Henry Clontz; brothers, Johnny Clontz and Jimmy Yoder; and a sister, Gladys.
    Those left to cherish Richard’s memory are his wife of 66 years, Wilma Teague Wilson of the home; a son, Richard Gary Wilson and wife Stephanie of Hickory; a daughter, Julie Brenner of Las Vegas, Nevada; brothers, Howard, Ray, Ronald, and Wayne; sisters, Phyllis Hines and Frances Brittain of Hickory; and a grandson, Richard Crump of Morganton.
    A graveside service to celebrate Richard’s life was held Friday, July 17, 2015, at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, in Hickory. Mr. David “Dave” Blackburn officiated.
    Condolences may be sent to the Wilson Family at www.robertbennettfuneralservice.com.
    The Wilson Family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover.

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