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Recent Obituaries (Updated Daily)

Darrell Raymond Clanton
Perry Eugene Sayles
Laurie Jan Long
Cynthia Johnson Winebarger
Billy Harold Travis
Janice Morton Gray
Georgia Lee Honeycutt Jolly

Myrna E. Mason

    Darrell Raymond Clanton, 74, of Moravian Falls, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at his residence.
    Darrell was born on Sunday, August 30, 1942, son of the late Charles Raymond and Dorothy Elizabeth Rebecca Laws Clanton.
    Darrell was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking and was an all around handyman.
    Darrell was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gail Elizabeth Handy and Audrey Jane Munday; and two nephews, Johnny and Randy Munday.
    Darrell is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy Lillian Greene Clanton; a sister, Martha Bell and husband Hugh Miller Bell of Hamptonville; two nieces, Vickie Munday of Taylorsville, and Rebecca Lackey of Taylorsville, who was also a special caregiver; two nephews, Charlie Munday of Taylorsville, and Darren Bell of Hamptonville; and special caregiver, Jason Childers of Moravian Falls.
    A graveside service will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 4:00 p.m., at Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Henderson and Rev. Jeanette Gilbert will be officiating.
    In addition to flowers, memorial donations may be given to: Alexander County Hospice, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 6165 NC Highway 16 South, Moravian Falls, NC 28654.
    Condolences may be sent to:
    Funeral arrangements for the Clanton Family are being provided by Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes and Cremation Services.

    Perry Eugene Sayles, 82, of Taylorsville, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at his residence.
    Mr. Sayles was born on March 13, 1934, in Buncombe County, son of the late Zeb and Exford Sayles. He was a member of the Bethlehem Church of God. He retired from Proctor Wholesale, in Hickory, where he was employed as a supervisor.
    In addition to his parents, Mr. Sayles was preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters.
    Mr. Sayles is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Lee Lail Sayles; a son, Mark Sayles; a daughter, Tammy Lynn Sayles; two grandchildren, Heidi and Hunter Sayles, all of Bethlehem; a brother, Aubrey Sayles of Lecestier; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends, Larry and Linda Bolick.
    Visitation will be Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will be Monday, September 26, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., at Bethlehem Church of God. Rev. Stewart Lankford and Howard Smith, Sr. will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers will include: Michael Lail, Hunter Sayles, Jeff Good, Scott Lail, Brian Smith, and Horace Moretz.
    The family requests, in addition to flowers, that memorials be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658; or to Bethlehem Church of God, PO Box 6324, Bethlehem Station, Hickory, NC 28603.
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    Laurie Jan Long, 50, of Deal Avenue, Conover, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    Ms. Long was born July 16, 1966, in Anchorage, Alaska, daughter of the late Richard Wayne Long and Carole LaRue Clayborne Long.
    She was a homemaker and was of the Christian faith.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her soul mate, Terry Justin Daniels of Conover; three sons, Jaims Richard McCone, Justin Robert McCone, and Jordan Ryan McCone, all of Fernandina Beach, Florida; and three brothers, Steven Long and wife Jody of Lambertville, Michigan, Michael Lee Long and wife DeAnna, and Daniel Wayne Long and wife Darlene, all of Toledo, Ohio.
    No formal arrangements are planned.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society, Local Chapter, c/o Kendra Dyson, 57 Kendra Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to:
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Long Family.

    Cynthia Johnson Winebarger, of Stony Point, passed away on September 21, 2016 at Davis Regional Medical Center.
    She was born on November 7, 1954, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Paul and Florence Helen Bennett Johnson. Cynthia was a member of Stony Point Baptist Church.
    Cynthia leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 38 years, Jerry Blaine Winebarger, two children, Autumn Kiser and Paul Winebarger; two step-children, Sonya and Duane Winebarger; five sisters, Peggy Parris, Florence Ann Rogers, Cathy Hartness, Paulette Johnson, and Nancy Johnson; and two brothers, Donald Johnson and Woodrow Johnson.
    Visitation will be Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Stony Point Baptist Church, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The funeral service will follow. Rev. Bill Martin and Pastor James R. Speece will be officiating.
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    Billy Harold Travis, 87, of Newton, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at his residence.
    Born May 9, 1929, in Alamance County, he was the son of the late Nellie Travis Miller. Billy was Owner/ Operator for 40+ years of Quality Tire Service in Claremont. He was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Claremont.
    He is survived by two daughters, Jill Sherrill of Taylorsville and Melissa “Lisa” Holt of Newton; a son, Steve Travis of Claremont; and a sister, Maxine Huffman of Conover.
    The funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., at Shiloh United Methodist Church, in Claremont, with Rev. Deval Mason, Rev. Dale Hilton,  and Rev. Marsha Joyner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service Saturday, from 2:00-2:45 p.m., at the church.
    Memorials may be made to: Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1626 Shiloh Road, Claremont, NC 28610.
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    Janice Morton Gray, 78, of Statesville, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 19, 2016, at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
    A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, September 22, 2016, at Monticello Baptist Church, 3603 Taylorsville Highway, Statesville. The family will receive friends from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall prior to the service. Rev. Dr. Bobby Henderson will officiate.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Monticello Baptist Church.
    Condolences may be emailed to the Gray Family by visiting

    Georgia Lee Honeycutt Jolly, 90, of Taylorsville, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016.
    She was born April 15, 1926, in St. Clair, Alabama, daughter of the late William and Viola Honeycutt. Mrs. Jolly worked at Sherrill Furniture for 40 plus years and was a member of Millersville Baptist Church.
    Having lost a son in the Vietnam War, she was a Gold Star Mother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Burlie Jolly; a son, Robert Gerald Jolly; a daughter, Dinah Gail Jolly; a grandson, Michael Jolly, Jr.; five brothers; and eight sisters.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Michael Jolly and wife Arlene of Newton; three daughters, Rhonda Weaver and husband Gary of Taylorsville, Robin Houston and husband Randy of Claremont, and Marie Jolly of Longview; four granddaughters, Natasha N. Weaver, Kisha Boggs, Jennifer Jolly, and Brenda Kay Parks; three grandsons, Jerry Eugene Drum, Mark Reel, and Marty Loudermilk; a great-grandchild, Bayli Boggs; and several other family members.
    The funeral service for Mrs. Jolly was held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Millersville Baptist Church, with Rev. Bill Orren and Rev. Phil Chapman officiating. Burial followed at Friendship Lutheran Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be sent to Catawba Regional Hospice @ 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
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    Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

    Myrna E. Mason, 71, of Chesapeake, Virginia, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016, at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.
    Funeral services were held Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Maddox Funeral Home, Royal, Virginia, with Sammy Campbell officiating. A private burial was held following the service.
    Mrs. Mason was born March 31, 1945, in Statesville, daughter of the late Dawson Elliott and Nelda Keever Elliott.
    Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Clem of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Kollette Henry of Luray, Virginia; and a sister, Darla Hannan of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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