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Homer Franklin Church
June Marie Beckert Karis
Savanna Sky Leatham

Harold Boyden Fortner, Sr.
Glenn Leroy "PeeWee" Frye
Christine Honeycutt
Hazel Marie Tenbuckle Croscutt
Tyre Hugh Payne

Kenneth Kerley
Sarah Bernice Harrington Bost
Evelyn "Evie" Freese Bussard Evans Gregory
Ronnie Gene Howell
Lucille Thompson Koller
Bryson Ulysses McAlpin
Joann Fisher Wright Norton
Avery Stephen "Steve" Anderson
Wanda Lee Johnson
Norma Wyatt Cox
Doris Earp Wike Jenkins
Faye Chapman Lail



    Homer Franklin Church, 78, of Liberty Grove Church Road, Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Mr. Church was born April 15, 1936, in Wilkes County, son of the late John Roby Church and Bessie Adams Church. Mr. Church was a US Air Force veteran who had served in the Korean Conflict.
    He was a poultry farmer, carpenter, and also enjoyed farming. He was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church. He also was affiliated with the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Paul Church; and two sisters, Margaret Bedenbaugh and Faye Arrwood.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Irene Oliver Church of the home; a daughter, Joan Rene Brown and husband Jeffrey of Taylorsville; two sons, Keith Franklin Church and wife Rebecca, and Larry Wesley Church and wife Penny, all of Taylorsville; two sisters, Rachel Martin and Sarah Adams, both of Lenoir; a brother, James “Jim” Church of Greensboro; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Three Forks Baptist Church. Pastor Johnny Tomblin, Dr. Mike Runion, and Dr. Carson Moseley will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Adams Funeral Home.
    Condolences may be made to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Church Family.

    June Marie Beckert Karis, 72, of Taylorsville, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 19, 2014 at her residence.
    Born June 4, 1941 in Washington D.C., she was the daughter of the late Harry Joseph Beckert and Dorothy Francis Fox Beckert. June loved being a great mother to her sons and she loved to cook.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 39 years, Clarence Vernon Karis.
    Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Michael "Tony" Karis and wife Debra of Statesville, Keith Karis of Statesville, Timothy Karis and wife Stefanie of Maryland, John Karis of Maryland, Vernon Karis of Vale, and David Karis of Maryland; brothers, Michael Beckert, Charles Beckert, and George Beckert; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    Condolences may be sent to the Karis family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com.
    The Karis Family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Cremations in Newton.

    Savanna Sky Leatham, age 1 month, of Matney Ln., Hiddenite, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at home.
    She was born March 13, 2014, in Iredell County, daughter of James "Jimmy" Leatham and Brandy Mullen Reese.
    She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Todd Mullen; and her paternal grandfather, Richard Young.
    In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Dalton Gauge Leatham and James Scot Leatham, both of the home; a sister, Alisabeth Rain Reese of Taylorsville; maternal grandparents, Reita Skipper and step-grandfather Doug Roop of Stony Point; and paternal grandparents, James Leatham of California, and Marcia Young of Newton.
    Services will be conducted at a later date.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Savanna Leatham Fund in care of Chapman Funeral Home, 158 Stony Point School Rd, Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Leatham family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Savanna Sky Leatham.

    Harold Boyden Fortner, Sr., 86, of Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Valley Nursing Center.
    He was born in Alexander County on December 2, 1927, son of the late Howard Fortner and Lorna Kerley Fortner. He was retired from Harold Fortner & Sons Sawmilling and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening in his spare time.
    Harold was a veteran of the US Army and he was also a member of Lebanon Baptist Church.
    Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife "Peggy" Margaret Fortner; a brother, Lynn Fortner; a sister, Marie Watson; sons, Danny Fortner, Jamie Fortner, Pat Fortner, and Hal Fortner; and a granddaughter, Felicity Fortner.
    Those left to cherish his memory include sons, Tommy Fortner and wife Tammy of Taylorsville, Mike Fortner of Lenoardtown, Maryland, David Fortner and wife Lisa of Taylorsville, and Mark Fortner and wife Amanda of Taylorsville; grandchildren, DJ Fortner, Thomas Fortner, Alvin Moretz, Jeremy Fortner, Kristen Morrison, Nathan Fortner, Amy Chapman, Stephen Fortner, Lacy Fortner, Davey Fortner, Christian Fortner, Nicholas Fortner, Kirsten Fortner, Aaron Fortner, Kaylor Hicks, Tabitha Dishner, and Brett Fortner; 12 great-grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Chris Fortner; a brother, Bob Fortner and wife Ethel; a sister, Doris James and husband Joe; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Lebanon Baptist Church. The service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Eddie Jolly and Rev. Keith Childers officiating. Burial will take place after the service at the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers include grandsons. Military rites will be provided by VFW Post 5466.
    Memorials may be made to Lebanon Baptist Church, 70 Mt. Olive Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Glenn Leroy "PeeWee" Frye, 73, of the Bethlehem Community, Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence, after a period of failing health.
    Born on September 13, 1940, in Alexander County, he was the son of the late Alvin Ray and Willie Lee Bowman Frye. He was a member of Friendship Lutheran Church in Taylorsville. Mr. Frye was employed in furniture manufacturing, by Southwood Reproductions and Hancock and Moore,  before his retirement.
    PeeWee was an avid sports fan and was a league bowler for many years. He enjoyed playing golf and watching baseball, as well as playing church league softball. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.
    Glenn was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Joann R. Frye; and a brother, L. Kenneth Frye.
    He is survived by his wife, Joanne M. Frye of the home; a daughter, Pam Cook and husband Jimmy of Taylorsville.; a son, Bradley Frye and wife Courtney of Bethlehem; step-children, Donna Swanner Simmons and Russell Swanner; four sisters, Mildred Weaver, Jolene Fox, Lorette Starnes, and Carlene Huffman and husband Connelly; a brother, Gary Frye and wife Patsy; grandchildren, Trevor and Justin Cook; and step-grandchildren, Courtney Jimenez, Michael Simmons, Rylan and Christa Swanner, and Leah Hawk.
    Visitation will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Friendship Lutheran Church, from 6-8:00 p.m. with funeral services on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Friendship Lutheran. Rev. Phil Thorsen and Rev. Chris Music will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers will be Trevor and Justin Cook, Russell Swanner, Alan Fox, Shannon Pennell, Wayne Morrow, and Frank Schmitz.    
    Military rites will be provided by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Chapter 6 of Hudson.
    Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 26658; or the Adult Life Program, 1265 21st. Ave. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Christine Honeycutt, 87, of Stony Point, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Valley Nursing Center, after an extended illness.
    She was born April 23, 1926, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Roy Sherrill and Ila Moose Sherrill. She was a retired textile worker and a member of Unity Christian Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Honeycutt; five brothers, R.P., Renn, Tom, Kenneth and Harold Sherrill; three sisters, Grace Johnson, Nell Sherrill, and Margaret Pope; and a son-in-law, Larry Hammer.
    She is survived by a son, Mike Honeycutt (Judy) of Troutman; a daughter, Sherry Hammer of Stony Point; two sisters, Dorothy Martin and Marie Johnson, both of Stony Point; a brother, Winfred Sherrill (Linda) of Stony Point; two granddaughters, Mika Overcash and Krista Honeycutt; two grandsons, Rev. Scott Hammer and Shawn Hammer; and nine great-grandchildren.
    Funeral service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Unity Christian Church. Rev. Scott Hammer will officiate. Burial will follow in the Stony Point Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:15 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
    Memorials may be given to Unity Christian Church, 139 Douglas Ct., Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Pallbearers will be: Jerry Johnson, Bruce Johnson, Steve Johnson, Patrick Sherrill, Jeff Martin, and Tom Sherrill.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Honeycutt family by visiting our website at http://www.chapmanfuneralhome.com/.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Christine Honeycutt.

    Hazel Marie Tenbuckle Croscutt, 97, of Old Wilkesboro Road, Taylorsville, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at her home.
    Mrs. Croscutt was born April 10, 1927, in Clymer, New York, daughter of the late John Henry Tenbuckle and Bertha Weavers Tenbuckle. She was a school teacher and dairy farmer.
    She was a member of Clymer Hill Reformed Church in Clymer, New York, where she was in the missionary society, a Sunday School teacher, and very active in other church functions.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Henry Croscutt; and an infant brother.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Alberta Ann Oonk and husband Harvey of Clymer, New York; two sons, Dale Henry Croscutt and wife Sandy of Taylorsville, and Duane Gary Croscutt and wife Carol of New Bern; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
    The funeral service will be conducted in Clymer, New York. Revs. Mike and Erin Beckerink will officiate. Burial will be in Holland Cemetery, Clymer, New York.
    Memorials may be given to: Clymer Hill Reformed Church, 8441 Ravlin Hill Road, Clymer, NY 14724; or Clymer Fire Department, PO Box 31, Clymer, NY 14724.
    Condolences may be made to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Croscutt Family.

    Tyre Hugh Payne, 61, of Stikeleather Road, Hiddenite, died unexpectedly Friday, April 18, 2014.
    He was born September 26, 1952, in Cabarrus County, son of the late Tyre Lee Payne and Texie Pharr Payne. During his career, he worked with Lowe’s Companies in Statesville, for Corning Cable in Hickory, and for Cannon Mills in Kannapolis.
    He was a caregiver for his parents during their latter years and enjoyed playing golf and tennis. He was of the Methodist faith.
    Those left to cherish his memory include a sister, Myra Payne of Kannapolis; a brother, Eugene Payne and wife Glynda of Kannapolis; an uncle, Ray Payne and wife Mary Sue of Taylorsville; an aunt, Mary Lois Williams of Hiddenite; nephews, Aaron Payne Cook and Matthew Chadwick; and nieces, Sarah Cook and Stephanie Johnson, all of Kannapolis.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the Adams Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Alexander County Humane Society, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences to the Payne Family may made to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the Payne Family.

    Kenneth Kerley, 88, of Taylorsville, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    He was born in Alexander County March 25, 1926, son of the late Dolphus Perry "DP" Kerley and Luella Mae Johnson Kerley. He served in the US Army Air Corp during WWII and as a military policeman. He retired as a foreman at Champion and Waldorf Corp.
    He was a lifelong member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church, where he served as a church deacon, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, and on the pastor search committee and the building committee.
    Mr. Kerley was also actively involved with Gideon's International and was a charter member of Ellendale Ruritan Club. He helped organize the Ellendale Community Fire Department, where he served on the Board of Directors.
    Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Florrie R. Kerley; brothers, Lonzo "Wyatt" Kerley, Roland Kerley, and Horace "H. A." Kerley; an infant sister, Iris Kerley; a half-sister, Estelle Bebber; a son, Doug Kerley; and a son-in-law, Barry Johnson.
    Those left to cherish his memory include sons, Dr. Roger Kerley (Carol) of Mt. Airy, and Guy Kerley (Connie) of Taylorsville; daughters, Martha Johnson of Taylorsville, Patsy Stewart (Lanny) of Taylorsville, Sharon Clanton (Ralph) of Albemarle, and Robin Jones (Ronnie) of Taylorsville; a daughter-in-law, Jan Kerley of North Wilkesboro; a brother, Rev. Clyde Kerley (Diane) of Polkville; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a step-grandson; special sisters-in-law, Marie Kerley and Sidney Kerley; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Herman Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Schronce and Rev. Clyde Kerley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers will include Mr. Kerley’s grandsons. Full military rites will be provided by VFW Post 10,000 and Post 5466.
    Memorials may be made to Mt. Herman Baptist Church, PO Box 697, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or to Gideon's International, Taylorsville Camp, PO Box 517, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Sarah Bernice Harrington Bost, 92, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Autumn Care Nursing Home, in Wilmington. She had been in declining health for several years.
    Bernice was the daughter of the late Lee and Minnie Harrington of Hiddenite. She was born on June 12, 1921, and was one of eight children. Bernice was a person who believed in service to others, including her mother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
    She was a three year civilian employee of the Dept. of Navy in Washington, D.C. during World War II. She raised four children and cared for the children and parents of many others.
    She was a good friend, deeply religious, humble, and kind. Her family and friends were of the utmost importance to her. Like her mother and sisters, she was a wonderful letter writer and enjoyed family genealogy.
    She was a member of the Alexander County Home Extension Club and was active in the club fair activities for many years.
    Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Morris, Max, Lynn, and Kent; sisters, Norma Delamar and Ruth Nicholaides; her oldest son, Darwin Ernest Bost; sisters-in-law, Betty Harrington and Francis Harrington; and brothers-in-law, Carl Delamar, Nick Nicholaides, and Roy Norton.
    She is survived by her twin sister, Bonnie Harrington Norton of Statesville; two daughters, Sandra Siemering and husband Ed, and Amy Germany and husband Greg, all of Wilmington; a son, Robin Bost of Taylorsville; two granddaughters, Deidra Gilley and husband Keith of Fletcher, and Sarah Gryder Bost of San Juan Island, Washington; a great-granddaughter, Amelia Rose Gilley; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives who all lived large in her heart; and sisters-in-law, Allene Harrington and Ruth Harrington.
    Arrangements will be conducted at Alexander Funeral Service with the receiving from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014. The service will be held at Rocky Springs United Methodist Church in Hiddenite at 3:00 p.m. with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Reverend David Ridenhour will officiate, and Nancy Kerley will be the pianist.
    Memorials may be made to Rocky Springs United Methodist Church, Hiddenite, in care of Pastor Robert Herron, 221 Old Charlotte Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Evelyn "Evie" Freese Bussard Evans Gregory, 79, of Taylorsville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus, on Monday, April 14, 2014.
    She was born in Medina County, Ohio, March 19, 1935, daughter of the late Orlin Farr Freese and Edna Mabry Freese. During her retirement years, she worked at Walmart of Taylorsville as a salesperson.
    She was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church, a tutor in the after school program, and a member of the choir at East Taylorsville Baptist Church.
    She was involved in Forgiven Ministries Prison Fellowship. She volunteered at Ellendale Elementary, had her private pilot's license, and enjoyed crocheting.
    Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Merle L. Bussard, Bobby L. Evans, and Leonard Gregory; a brother, Richard Freese; and a great-grandson, Justin Purcell.
    She is survived by daughters, Arlene Nickerson of Jacksonville, Florida, and Karen Bussard Beasley (Jeff) of Taylorsville; a son, Glenn Bussard of St. Cloud, Florida; grandchildren, Jayson, Christopher, Rolland Purcell, Christine Bussard, Lauren Beasley Tollise (James), and Jared Beasley; great-grandchildren, Brent, Amanda, Trent, JT, Christopher, Caitlyn, Adalina, and Arianna; and siblings, Margaret Heath, Jeannette Barkalow (Carl), James Freese (Sue Ellen), Donna Snyder (Jerry), Ethel Stuplinski (Harry), and John Freese (Shirley), all of Ohio.
    The family will receive friends on Friday, April 18, 2014, from 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Jamie Steele officiating. Burial will take place at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church after the service.
    Pallbearers include Jeff Beasley, Jared Beasley, James Tollise, Joey Eckard, Morris Merigan, and Rolland Purcell.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Taylorsville Elementary Exceptional Children’s Department, 100 7th St. SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Ronnie Gene Howell, 68, of Taylorsville, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    He was born in Alexander County July 28, 1945, son of the late Sarah Mae Howell. He worked in furniture manufacturing and also worked at Galaxy Market Basket. He was a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church. He loved keeping the lawn looking nice and loved to help others do the same.
    Along with his mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Olivia Smith Charles; and a brother, O'neil Smith, Jr.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 14 years, Constance "Connie" Dyson Howell of the home; a son, Pepper Howell of Taylorsville; stepdaughters, Misty Dyson of Taylorsville, and Natasha Dyson of Goldsboro; a stepson, Brandon Dyson of Hickory; step-granddaughters, Kiara Parsons and Arianna Parsons of Taylorsville; a grandson, Monty Redmond; and a step-grandson, Jamal Parsons of Taylorsville.
    Visitation will take place Friday, April 18, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Ardeal Roseboro officiating. Burial will follow at Liberty Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Lucille Thompson Koller, of Stewart Rock Road, Stony Point, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. She had been in declining health for several years.
    Mrs. Koller was born in Nichols, South Carolina, daughter of the late Ervin Thompson and Mamie Burroughs Thompson. She was an operations manager in an automotive shop in Statesville. She was a member of the Taylorsville congregation of Jehovah’s Witness.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Siegfried Koller; a sister, Mandy Ervington; and two brothers, Roscoe Thompson and Daniel Thompson.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Linda Burns and husband Bill of Charlotte; a son, David Koller and wife Faith of Moravian Falls; a sister, Ruby Bailey and husband Robert of Raleigh; a granddaughter, Taylor Koller; six grandsons, Derek, Keith and Mark Burns, and Kaleb, Corey and Jacob Koller; and a great-great-grandchild.
    A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
    Memorials may be given to: Greater Charlotte SPCA, PO Box 77491, Charlotte, NC 28271.
    Condolences may be made to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Koller Family.

    Bryson Ulysses McAlpin, 79, of Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Gordon Hospice House.
    He was born in Alexander County December 20, 1934, son of the late Paul Ulysses McAlpin and Mammie Cook McAlpin. He was retired from General Electric of Conover.
    Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister; and sisters, Mary Bentley, Carrie Daniel, and Shirley Elder.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Shirley Jackson McAlpin of the home; sons, David Michael McAlpin (Robin) of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Dusty McAlpin (Dianne) of Taylorsville; grandsons, Aaron McAlpin and Shane McAlpin of Chesapeake, Virginia; a brother, William "Bill" McAlpin of Statesville; sisters, Irene McHaruge of Statesville, and Ethel Teague of Bethlehem; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    There will be no formal services.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Joann Fisher Wright Norton, 73, of Norton Dr., Stony Point, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Taylorsville House, from an extended illness.
    She was born in Lincoln County February 22, 1941, daughter of the late RF Fisher and Willie Mae Canipe Fisher. Mrs. Norton was a member of Stony Point Baptist Church and was involved with the children’s worship.
    Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Fisher and Barney Fisher.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Lynn Norton of the home; two daughters, Barbie Darcy of Palm Beach Garden, Florida, and Teresa Harrington (Ricky) of Hiddenite; a son, Trey Norton (Nicole) of Stony Point; three stepsons, Howard (Martha) Norton of Stony Point, Jimmy Norton of Stony Point, and Alan (Roxann) Norton of Hiddenite; a sister, Evelyn Isaac of Lincolnton; two aunts, Aleta McAlister of Lincolnton, and Elise Brown of Lincolnton; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Stony Point Baptist Church with Rev. Phil Addison, Rev. Sidney Norton, and Rev. Wayne Norton officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers were Zane Harrington, Travis Harrington, TJ Norton, Timmy Norton, Darrell Isaac and Terry Benton.
    Memorials may be sent to Taylorsville House, 350 School Drive, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or to Iredell Hospice, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Norton Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Joann Fisher Wright Norton.

    Avery Stephen "Steve" Anderson, 63, of Hickory, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014.
    He was born Saturday, December 30, 1950, son of Avery Tellis "Jack" and Betty Heavner Anderson. He was a member of the Jimmy Swaggard Media Ministry. He enjoyed building birdhouses and bird watching. He worked as a coater for Joan Fabrics in Hickory.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jerry Anderson; two brothers-in-law, Harvey Barger and John Dale Miller; and man's best friend, JoJo.
    He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Alice Hall Anderson of the home; a daughter, Tammy Rosenbalm Robinson and husband Eddy of Hickory; two sons, Kenneth "Kenny" Rosenbalm, Sr. and wife Pam of Hickory, and Randy Dale Rosenbalm and wife Deborah of Conover; five grandchildren, Alicia Robinson Huffman, Joshua and Sierra Robinson, Kevin Rosenbalm, and Kenneth Rosenbalm, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Arriana and Liam Robinson; two sisters, Barbara Ann Miller and Marilyn Sue Barger; a sister-in-law, Cathy Anderson; a number of nieces and nephews; his dog, Buffy; and his lifelong friends, Bonnie and Ashley Myers of Bethlehem.
    The funeral service was held Sunday, April 13, 2014, in the chapel at Alexander Funeral Service with Rev. Ronald Bolick officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery in Hickory.
    Memorials may be made in Steve's memory to Catawba Regional Hospice at 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville was entrusted with arrangements.

    Wanda Lee Johnson, 87, of Hiddenite, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    She was born in Cabarrus County July 11, 1926, daughter of the late Chonce Daniels and Dora Kerley Daniels.
    Mrs. Johnson was a loving mama, mamaw and best known to her two great-granddaughters as "old mamaw" whom she loved dearly. She always thought of everyone else but herself.
    Along with her parents, Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, JC Johnson; a sister, Inez Daniels; and a brother, Carl Daniels.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Donnie Johnson (special friend, Brenda Reavis) of Hiddenite; a daughter, Deborah Peacock (Gerald) of Statesville; three grandchildren, Ben Johnson, Traci Peacock Johnson (Robert), and Jason Peacock (Laura); and two great-granddaughters, Madeleine Johnson and Jacqueline Johnson.
    Graveside services were conducted Monday, April 14, 2014, at the Hiddenite Cemetery with Rev. Joey Campbell officiating.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Johnson Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Wanda Lee Johnson.

    Norma Wyatt Cox, 90, of Laurel Springs, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Wilkes Senior Village, in North Wilkesboro.
    Mrs. Cox was born September 11, 1923, in Wilkes County, daughter of Alec and Lizzie Roten Wyatt.
    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clay Conrad Cox; two daughters, Mildred Lyons and Margie Cox; two grandsons, Wayne Charles Lyons and Eddie Joe Whitley; a great-grandson, Jessie James Lyons; and two half-brothers, Minter Wyatt and Elzie Wyatt.
    Mrs. Cox enjoyed growing flowers, traveling, going to the senior centers in Laurel Springs and West Jefferson, and spending time with her family and friends.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel with Rev. Lloyd Day officiating. Burial followed in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens.
    She is survived by a daughter, Deborah Royal of Millers Creek; five grandsons, Jeffrey Lyons, John Lyons, James Lyons, Joe Lyons, and Anthony Royal; two great-grandsons, Jacob Lyons and Justin Lyons; a special friend and "sister," Hazel Carson of Hiddenite; and several nieces and nephews.
    Memorials may be made to the Ashe County Humane Society, PO Box 1776, West Jefferson, NC 28694.
    Words of comfort and remembrance may be viewed or sent to the family at: www.ashelawn.com.
    Ashelawn Memorial Chapel & Gardens of Jefferson was entrusted with Mrs. Cox's arrangements.

    Doris Earp Wike Jenkins, 93, of Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Taylorsville House.
    She was born in Alexander County February 24, 1921, daughter of the late Clete Earp and Jennie Lail Earp. She was retired from Schneider Mills. A member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church, she enjoyed gatherings of family and friends on Lake Hickory for cookouts, as well as crocheting gifts for her family.
    Along with her parents, She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rayford Wike; her second husband, Clayton Jenkins; a daughter, Lorrie Wike; two infant brothers; and sisters, Alma Milstead, Amelia Hollifield, Margie Deal, and Pauline Murdock.
    Those left to cherish her memory include daughters, Gaynell Wike Harrington (Raymond) of Taylorsville, Elaine Wike Dagenhart (Harold) of Taylorsville, and Noel Wike Kerley (Jeff) of Taylorsville; a stepson, Lee Jenkins (Kathy) of Cary; stepdaughters, Sarah J. Lail (Gary) of Bethlehem, and Jan J. Austin (Perry) of Taylorsville; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; brothers, Billy Earp (Lucille) of Bethlehem, and Paul Dean Earp (Mary) of Hiddenite; and a sister, Lillian Queen of Taylorsville.
    The funeral service was held Friday, April 11, 2014, at East Taylorsville Baptist Church with Rev. Jamie Steele and Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. Burial followed at Taylorsville City Cemetery.
    Pallbearers included Allan Harrington, Aubrey Dagenhart, Justin Kerley, Lem Hafer, Joel Davis, and Perry Austin, Jr.
    Memorials may be made to: East Taylorsville Baptist Church, PO Box 906, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Faye Chapman Lail, 92, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Camelot Manor Nursing Center.
    She was born in Alexander County, June 13, 1921, daughter of the late Lon and Lucy Chapman. Mrs. Lail was a member of Flemings Chapel Baptist Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Lail and her son, Bobby N. Lail.
    She is survived by sons, Jerry Lail and wife Linda, and Jack Lail and wife Brenda; daughters, Linda Lail and Brenda Lail; grandchildren, Mark Beane, Tonya Millsaps, Jennifer Bowman, and Joanna Lail Harris; and eight great-grandchildren.
    The family held a private service to honor their mother and grandmother.
    Online condolences may be sent to the Lail Family at www.evansfuneralservice.com.
    Evans Funeral Service and Crematory of Lenoir was in charge of arrangements.








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