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Fleta Irene Bowman Preslar
Bobby Wayne McKee

Clay McKinney
Georgia Carr Bentley

Horlis Ray Crum, Jr.
Steven Lee Johnston
Scott Reeves Chester
Rosemary Dabney Deal
Reuben Isaiah Howell
Marty "Joe" Burgess
Peggy Eller Little
Dan Cline
John Billy Baird

Michael Keith Curlee

    Fleta Irene Bowman Preslar, 91, of the Bethlehem Community, Taylorsville, passed away, in Frye Regional Medical Center, on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
    Born on November 25, 1922, daughter of the late Ephriam and Lottie Bowman, she was a member of Fellowship Advent Christian Church in Bethlehem. She was retired from the furniture industry. She was an avid bowler, loved gospel music, was fun loving and a people person, who loved children and her family deeply.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Kern Preslar; as well as eight brothers and eight sisters.
    She is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn Preslar Haas of Taylorsville, and Kay Preslar Gresham and husband Wade of Durham; a son, Lynn Preslar and wife Elaine of Taylorsville; a brother, Kenneth Bowman and wife Elaine of Taylorsville; a sister, Joyce Deal of Taylorsville; four grandchildren, Dale Haas and wife Elaine of Bolingbrook, Illinois, Chris Haas and wife Nicole of Concord, Casey Preslar of Charlotte, and Andrea Smith and husband Justin of Winston-Salem; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 26, 2014, from 1:30-3:00 p.m., at Fellowship Advent Christian Church, in Bethlehem, with funeral services at 3:00 p.m. at the church. Pastor David Ross will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to the Fellowship Advent Christian Church Children's Ministry, 885 Icard Ridge Rd., Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Bobby Wayne McKee, 65 of Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Wayne was born on May 15, 1949, son of the late Bobbie Lewis and Betty Pennell McKee. He worked as an upholsterer in the furniture industry and was employed by Alexvale Furniture until retirement.
    Wayne was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church in Taylorsville, taught Sunday School for 22 years, and was a member of the choir. He also was a veteran whom served in the Army.
    Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Billy Daniels; and a niece, Robin Daniels Behrer.
    Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Soney McKee of the home; a son, John McKee and wife Kisha of Taylorsville; a daughter, Tami McKee Presnell and husband Scottie of Taylorsville; grandsons, Beau and Colt McKee, and Rhylin Presnell, all of Taylorsville; a sister, Dianne McKee Daniels of Taylorsville; and nieces, Angie Daniels Rogers and Steve Hunt of Hickory, and Holly Daniels Craigie and husband Chris of Greensboro.
    A visitation and service for Wayne McKee will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Three Forks Baptist Church, in Taylorsville. The visitation will be from 1-2:45 p.m., with the service at 3:00 p.m., with Pastors Carson Mosely and Sang Bum Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery. DAV Chapter 84 will provide military honors.
    Pallbearers will include: Danny Hendren, Chris Craigie, Chris Behrer, Steve Hunt, Arnold Wall, and Steve Ivosic.
    Memorials may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the American Heart Assoc., 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Clay McKinney, 76, of Arbor Springs Drive, Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at his residence.
    Mr. McKinney was born December 4, 1937, in Bakersville, son of the late Gaither McKinney and Eva Ledford Yelton. He was a retired US Navy veteran, who had served in the Vietnam Era, as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. He had 22 years of loyal service.
    He was a past president of DAV of Taylorsville, a member of the VFW of Taylorsville, and also a past president of the Fleet Reserve.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Opal Pauline Fox; and four brothers, J.B. McKinney, Ray McKinney, Ed McKinney, and Jack Yelton.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sharron McKinney of the home; three daughters, Monica McKinney Sipes and fiancé Michael T. Emmons of Longwood, Florida, Monica Johnson Chapman and husband Brian of Granite Falls, and Tami Johnson of Taylorsville; two sons, Kenneth Clay McKinney of Cape Coral, Florida, and Johnny Ray McKinney of Maiden; three granddaughters, Abigail Victoria Chapman, Macey Bridget McKinney, and Samantha Noelle Chapman; two grandsons, Tyler Cameron Johnson and wife Amanda, and Clay Parker Sipes; two sisters, Barbara Yelton and husband Ralph of Hickory, and Winifred Bridge and husband Charles of Bakersville; and a brother, Bill McKinney and wife Viola of Newton.
    The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Brian Chapman will officiate. Full military honors will be accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville. The family will receive friends 12:30-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.
    Honorary Pallbearers include: Tyler Johnson, Parker Sipes, Joe Yelton, Robert Yelton, Tim Yelton, and Dillon Yelton.
    Memorials may be given to: Wounded Warriors Project, 1120 G. Street NW #700, Washington, DC 20005.
    Condolences may be sent to:
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the McKinney Family.

    Georgia Carr Bentley, 74, formerly of Taylosville, and Wilkesboro, passed away on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, in Franklin Woods Comm. Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee, following a brief illness.
    Born in Johnson City, Tennessee on April 10, 1940, daughter of the late Glenn Virgil and Lilly Naomi Lowe Carr, Georgia retired from Broyhill Furniture in Taylorsville. She had been a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church in Taylorsville and Moravian Falls Baptist Church in Wilkesboro.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Sherman Bentley; a daughter, Dinah Hines; a sister, Oliva Hale; and three brothers, John, Glenn and Jack Carr.
    She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ann Shew (Peter) of Wilkesboro, and Lilly Carol Bentley of Taylorsville; two sons, Roy Dean Bentley (Angela) of North Wilkesboro, and Richard Glenn Bentley of Wilkesboro; nine grandchildren, Ricky McCarter Jr. of Mooresville, Wendy McCarter and special friend Dave Bronson, Joshua McCarter, and Chasity, Candy and Corey Bentley, all of North Wilkesboro, Wesley Elder of Hiddenite, and Justin Greathouse of Taylorsville; two sisters, Mary Ellen Carr and Ruth Wilson of Pheonix, Arizona; a half-sister, Birtha E. Elledge Fall of North Wilkesboro; a half-brother, David Fletcher of Hiddenite; five great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; a very special friend and companion, Jim Absher; and a god-daughter, Becky Royal of North Wilkesboro.
    Visitation will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 4-5:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service, in Taylorsville, with memorial services at 5:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Taylorsville City Cemetery. Rev. Gary W. Jennings will officate.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Horlis Ray Crum, Jr., of Stony Point, formerly of Matewan, West Virginia, was born on November 7, 1957, in Williamson, West Virginia, son of the late Horlis and Mable I. Crum. He departed this life on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at his home, at the age of 57.
    Those that precede Horlis in death, in addition to his parents, include his maternal grandparents, Oliver and Gertrude Harris; and paternal grandparents, Ike and Annie Crum.
    Horlis was a veteran, having served in the United States Army.
    Horlis will be lovingly remembered and cherished by those who held him so dear, namely his sons, Horlis Ray Crum, III and William Michael Crum, both of Stony Point, and Duane Ray Crum of Matewan, West Virginia; brothers, Joseph Crum and wife Ruth of Turkey Creek, Kentucky, David Crum and wife Kelly of Thacker, West Virginia, Gary Cassell and wife Sue of Lenore, West Virginia, and Steve Cassell of North Carolina; sisters, Jenny Gannaway and husband Tom of North Matewan, West Virginia, Lisa Procopio and husband Mark of Whitman, West Virginia, and Kim Davis of Turkey Creek, Kentucky; and two grandchildren. Horlis will also be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by a host of nieces and nephews and a special great-niece, Ava Williams.
    Services to honor and commemorate the life of Horlis will be conducted on Saturday, October 25, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Chambers Funeral Services Chapel with Rev. Opie Harris officiating. Burial will follow in the Harris Cemetery of Thacker. West Virginia. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family will gather with friends on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the funeral home chapel. Military services will be performed graveside by the DAV Belfry Chapter#141 of Belfry, Kentucky.
    Expressions of sympathy may be made online at
    Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services, Inc. of Matewan, West Virginia.
    Courtesy of Chapman Funeral Home.

    Steven Lee Johnston, 57, died September 19, 2014, at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Tampa, Florida, following a long period of declining health.
    Although born in Statesville on August 30, 1957, son of the late Leonard Odell Barnette and Florence Arbell Walker, Steven was adopted as a toddler and raised in Taylorsville by the late Frederick Sherman Johnston, Sr. and Dorothy Smith Johnston.
    Following high school, Steven received training in the US Navy as a fireman recruit. Throughout his life, Steven traveled extensively across the country but always enjoyed returning home to North Carolina. Steven had a fearless personality, was a hard worker, and loved the outdoors.
    Surviving are a son, Forrest Matthew Johnston of Greer, South Carolina; a brother, Jimmy Lee Barnette of Taylorsville; two adopted brothers, Frederick Sherman Johnston, Jr. and Michael Johnston, both of Hickory; an adopted sister, S. Diane Link of Hickory; and two grandchildren, Forrest Alexander Johnston and Karis Noelle Johnston.
    Steven was predeceased by a brother, James Terry Bolick; and an adopted brother, Jonie Ray Johnston.
    Burial is at the Taylorsville City Cemetery.

    Scott Reeves Chester, 44, of Collettsville Road, Lenoir, passed away Monday, October 20, 2014, at home.
    He was born July 19, 1970, in Caldwell County, son of the late Maynard "Sam" Chester and Mrs. Carolyn Whittington Chester Wiseman of Lenoir. He was an office manager for air systems. He loved to play golf, fish, hunt, ride motorcycles, and was of the Baptist faith.
    Along with his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Maynard and Florence Chester; and maternal grandparents, Ranger John and Mattie Leon Whittington.
    He is survived by his girlfriend, Margaret "Margie" Messer of the home; two children, a son, Christopher Reeves Chester; a daughter, Katlyn Rose Chester of Lenoir; his mother and step-father, Carolyn Wiseman and Logan Wiseman; and his step-mother, Pamela Chester.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 12 p.m. Thursday, October 23, 2014, at Mulvale Baptist Church, 3955 Collettsville Road, Lenoir. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 noon prior to the service. Rev. Brian Smith and Rev. Clyde Whittington will officiate. Burial will follow in the Chester Family Cemetery.
    Pallbearers will be Shawn Clarke, Lynn Beane, Michael Whittington, Jeff Clarke, Steve Lowman, and John Pope. Honorary pallbearers will be all of his golfing buddies.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Avenue NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Chester Family by visiting
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the family of Scott Reeves Chester.

    Rosemary Dabney Deal, 87, of Liledoun Road, Taylorsville, died Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice, in Newton.
    She was born January 13, 1927, in Florence, Alabama, daughter of the late John Overton Dabney and Patti Haynes Dabney.
    She graduated from Coffee High School in Florence, Alabama in 1944. She received an Associates Degree from Stevens College, in Columbia, Missouri, in 1946, and a Bachelor's Degree from Auburn University in 1948. She married Glenn Perry Deal, of Conover, on January 1, 1948.
    She was an active volunteer as a Pink Lady at Alexander County Hospital and was a Hospital Board member, a member of the Taylorsville Woman's Club, Friends of the Library, Hospice of Alexander County, and Taylorsville School PTO, where she served as President. She was the 2005 Alexander County Citizen of the Year. She was born a Baptist, but became a Lutheran after her move to Alexander County. She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday School for 46 years at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
    Mrs. Deal loved to travel and made two voyages and one inland trip to Alaska, visited Europe and all 50 states. In the summer of 1946, she and her younger sister, Patsy, a cousin, and her mother drove from Alabama to Los Angeles and spent a month in Arizona with her mother's sister. She, her sister and cousin made a trip down in the Grand Canyon on mules. She loved to play Skip Bo with friends and was an avid reader. She was the most caring person her children knew, and she had a sure certainty in her place in Heaven with her Savior.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Glenn P. Deal, Sr.; three sisters; two brothers; and a granddaughter, Julia (Julie) Dabney Deal.
    She was the mother of five children who survive her: Glenn Deal, Jr. and wife Amy, Thomas O. (TOD) Deal, John Deal and wife Beth, Patti Haynes Deal, and Jane Deal Gant and husband Robert; 10 grandchildren, Jeff, Scott, Matt, Andy, Rob, Travis and Brendan Deal, Cameron and Logan Gant, and Rosemary (Mary) Deal Guthrie; four great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and 15 nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at St. Luke Lutheran Church. Pastor Andrew Miller will officiate and will be assisted by Zachary Jordan Deal. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3:00-4:15 p.m. prior to the funeral service.
    Memorials may be made to: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1364 Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or The American Bible Society, PO Box 96812, Washington, DC 20090-5812; or The Christian Crisis Center of Alexander County, 223 5th Ave. SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to:
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Deal Family.

    Reuben Isaiah Howell, 86, of Willie McLeod Street, Taylorsville, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    Mr. Howell was born August 13, 1928, in Alexander County, son of the late Chauncey Howell and Ola Pansy Carlton Howell. He had worked in the furniture industry for many years. He also worked for the Alexander County School system at Sugar Loaf Elementary School until retirement. He was also a hog farmer.
    He was a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church, where he had been a Sunday School superintendent, and was a member of the all male choir.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Issac Lee Howell and Gerald Wayne Howell; four sisters, Cynthia Grant, Esterleen Howell, Hazel French, and Evelyn Gabay; and a grandson, Roderick Thomas Poole.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Gracie Mae Teague Howell of the home; four daughters, Jeanette Adams and husband, Charles Sr. of Stony Point, Fleeta Mayes and husband Jessie "Buster" Sr., Brenda Poole and husband Tommy, all of Taylorsville, and Pastor Paulette Howell Smith and husband Stanley of Catawba; two sons, Charley Reuben Howell and wife Sharon, and William Leslie Howell, Sr. and wife Dewanna, all of Taylorsville; four sisters, Willie Jean Bailey, Mable Lois Julian, Priscilla Ann Barringer, and Cathy E. Riggins; four brothers, Ray D. Howell, James C. Howell, David L. Howell, and Harold L. Howell; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two special friends, Dare Gilbert and Christopher Richardson; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
    Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at Liberty Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Ardeal Roseboro will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
    The family expresses a special thank you to all the Hospice staff, church family, relatives, and friends for all the special acts of kindness shown to the family.
    Condolences may be sent to:
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Howell Family.

    Marty "Joe" Burgess, 61, of Nolley Lane, Sherrills Ford, died unexpectedly Wednesday, October 15, 2014.
    Born September 30, 1953, he was the son of the late Charles Burette Burgess and Evelyn Williams Burgess. He was a self-employed boat mechanic and was a member of Rehobeth United Methodist Church.
    He is survived by two children, a son, Shannon Burgess of Claremont; a daughter, Hayley Beatenhead and husband Brad of Lincolnton; two brothers, Allan Burgess of Sherrills Ford, and Jack Burgess and wife Vickie of Lincolnton; a sister, Jill Burchette and husband Jack of Sherrills Ford; three grandchildren, Axel, Jagger and Chandler Beatenhead; and longtime family friend, Dale "Possum" Lackey.
    A memorial service was held Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Denver United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeff Johnsen officiating.
    Memorials may be made to Denver United Methodist Children's Ministries, 3910 North Highway 16, Denver, NC 28037.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Burgess Family by visiting
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Marty "Joe" Burgess.

    Peggy Eller Little, 83, of Claremont, died Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at her residence.
    Born August 30, 1931, in Catawba County, she was the daughter of the late John and Carrie Icard Eller. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Claremont, and was a retired sewer with Carolina Glove.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Little; and a daughter, Sharon Detter.
    Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Eddie Little of Conover, and James Little and wife Jackie of Claremont; daughters, Cynthia Killian and husband Donald of Taylorsville, and Lisa Letterman of Newton; a sister, Hazel Setzer of Catawba; grandchildren, Crystal Little, Steve Little, Gina Detter, Shannon Detter, Michelle Edwards, Jonathan Honeycutt, Cande Honeycutt-Killian, Shaun Little, Jacquelyn Huffman, Natalie Meals, Jesse Galloway, and Keeuna Letterman; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
    A service to celebrate Mrs. Little's life was held Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Claremont with Rev. Eric Hollar and Rev. Craig Schultz officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Mrs. Little’s grandsons served as pallbearers.
    Condolences may be sent to the Little Family at
    The Little Family was served by Bennett Funeral Service of Conover.

    Dan Cline, 73, of Lodge Hall Ct., Stony Point, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
    Mr. Cline was born January 31, 1941, in Catawba County, son of the late Leon Augustus Cline and Cora Belle Carpenter Cline. He was a US Navy veteran and was a member of Stony Point United Methodist Church. His interests included genealogy, reading, travel, and rooting for the Ravens and Panthers.
    He had worked for Honeywell for 25 years and also for Cathedral of Mary our Queen in Baltimore, Maryland, as a business manager.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nina G. Cline; three sisters, Helen Newsome, Clara Hoyle, and Ruth Cannon; and two brothers, Howard Cline and Richard Cline.
    Those left to cherish his memory include two sons, Kenneth B. Cline and wife Vasiliki (Vicki) of Ft. Washington, Maryland, and Gregory Cline and wife Dr. Angela M. Jansen of Laguna Beach, California; a grandson, Angelo Cline of Ft. Washington, Maryland; a brother-in-law, Rev. Philip H. Gibbs and wife Sue; and a sister-in-law, Ernestine Gibbs.
    A memorial service was held Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Stony Point United Methodist Church with Rev. Donny Durham officiating.
    Memorials may be given to: Stony Point Methodist Church, PO Box 120, Stony Point, NC 28678, designated for the Preservation Trust Fund. This fund was established in 2012 dedicated to the memory of Nina Cline.
    Condolences may be sent to:
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Cline Family.

    John Billy Baird, 78, of Berea Church Quincy Road, Hiddenite, passed away unexpectedly on October 13, 2014, at his home.
    He was born October 29, 1935, in Catawba County, son of the late Herchel C. Baird and Cora E. Stober. Mr. Baird was a retired educator, loved his grandchildren, and was a Christian by faith.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, along with his seven brothers and sisters.
    He is survived by two children, his daughter, Lori McDowell of Bethlehem; and his son, Shay Baird of Charlotte; and four grandchildren.
    A celebration of life will be held at a later time.
    Memorials may be sent to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 36607.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Baird Family by visiting
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of John Billy Baird.

    Michael Keith Curlee, 48, of Statesville, passed away Friday, October 10, 2014, at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
    He was born September 18, 1966, in Alexander County, son of the late Billie Lee Curlee and Judy Phillips Curlee. He was previously employed by Kewaunee Scientific Corp.
    He is survived by his three brothers, Bill Curlee of Troutman, Doug Curlee and wife Stephanie of Hiddenite, and Daryl Curlee of South Carolina; and three sisters, Dianne Benge of Granite Falls, Sandy Roark and husband Mike of Statesville, and Liane Curlee of Granite Falls.
    A graveside service was held Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Concorde Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Pastor Kyle Goodman officiating.
    Memorials may be given to the Michael Keith Curlee Family, c/o Chapman Funeral Home, 158 Stony Point School Rd., Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Curlee Family by visiting
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Michael Keith Curlee.

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