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Thomas Lee Parker
Bobby Edward Carpenter
Rosellen J. Harrington
Helen Christine Adams Harris

Kenneth Asbury Breeden
Larry Gene Fox
Leroy Thurston Hammer
James Franklin Brewer
Esther White
Mary Lee White
Curtis Earl Sigmon, Jr.
Haskel Glenn Deal
Tallie Lloyd Parker
Donna Rosetta Martin Troutman
Edna Marie Herman Moose
Ioan Simion
Heddy Marie Steidl Blankenship
Chuck Mark Smith
Hanni Charlotte Pruch Gwaltney

Huron “Buster” Lackey


    Thomas Lee Parker, 66, of Mayes-Parker Lane, Taylorsville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    Mr. Parker was born July 28, 1949, in Alexander County, son of the late Wade P. Parker, Sr. and Sarah Mayes Parker.
    He was a US Air Force veteran, who had served in Vietnam. He had worked as a truck driver for Piedmont Express and many others.
    He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, BTU teacher, choir member, trustee, usher, treasurer, and a missionary within the church. He also was education treasurer for the Alexander Union Missionary Association.
    He was a member of DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville, treasurer of Alexander NAACP, and volunteered with The Cafe (soup kitchen).
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Doretha Horton-Chew; and two brothers, Wade Parker, Jr. and Edward Mayes, Sr.
    Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Courtney Parker of Wilkesboro; a son, Lee Parker and wife Samantha of Wilkesboro; six grandchildren, Shawn Nickens, Ryleigh Parker, Mia Parker, Kaden Parker, Keegan Parker, and Abra Allen; three sisters, Doris P. Lewis of Statesville, and Helen P. Chestnut and Beulah Garland, both of Taylorsville; three brothers, Jason Parker and wife Elizabeth of Hickory, Curtis Parker and wife Jennifer of Decatur, Georgia, and Lindsay Parker of Fayetteville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
    The going home service will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Macedonia Baptist Church, Hwy 90 East.  Rev. William Brown, Sr. will be eulogist, and Rev. Sterling Howard will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery will full military honors accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville. The family will receive friends, 12:30-2 p.m., prior to the service.
    Memorials may be made to: Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Parker Family.

    Bobby Edward Carpenter, 73, of Stony Point, passed away at Gordon Hospice House on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
    He was the son of the late Staples and Bertie Lee Benfield Carpenter, Sr. Mr. Carpenter was born on March 28, 1942 in Avery County. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
    Mr. Carpenter loved to fish, listen to gospel music, and do wood working. Before his retirement in 2002, he was employed by Catawba Valley Community College as an instructor in Emergency Medical Services for over 20 years, and was a State Evasive Driving Instructor.
    In addition to his parents, Mr. Carpenter was preceded in death by two brothers, Staples Carpenter, Jr. and Glen Wesley Carpenter; and a sister, Anna Jean Carpenter Woody.
    He leaves to cherish his memory wife, Minerva Jean Ingram Carpenter of Stony Point; two sons, Allen Carpenter of Stony Point, and Mark Carpenter of Bethlehem; a daughter Cindy Bivens and husband Roy of Lincolnton; two sisters, Dora Day and Betty Mills, both of Newland; and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    Visitation will be Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Alexander Funeral Service, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The memorial service will follow at Temple Baptist Church, in Stony Point, at 7:00 p.m. Rev. Tom Lamplet and Rev. Jason Payne will be officiating. Interment and visitation will be held Friday, February 5, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at Big Meadows Baptist Church, in Pyatte Community.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Rosellen J. Harrington, 88, of Jenkins Moose Road, Taylorsville, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Taylorsville House.
    Mrs. Harrington was born February 2, 1928, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Rev. William Otto Johnson and Ida Belle King Johnson.
    She had worked for International Paper which became Rock-Tenn. She was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Waitsell Kerley and Olin Harrington; a son, Rocky Lane Austin; two sisters, Edna Aldridge and Thelma Austin; and four brothers, Lloyd Johnson, Eugene Johnson, C.W. Johnson, and Boyce Johnson.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Donald Austin and wife Carol of Taylorsville; two sisters, Tootsie Chapman and husband Doby of Mt. Holly, and Linda Comer and husband Larry of Stony Point; a brother, Conard Johnson and wife Fran of Cambridge, Maryland; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
    The funeral service will be 3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Mt. Herman Baptist Church. Rev. Paul Schronce and Speaker Justin Siniard will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-3:30 p.m., prior to the service.
    Pallbearers include: Dan Austin, Chris Austin, Jeremy Austin, Jody Chapman, Doug Aldridge, and Todd Comer.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Alexander County Hospice, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Harrington Family.

    Helen Christine Adams Harris, 89, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016.
    She was predeceased by her husband, Marvin Harris; and a son, Terry Keziah.
    She is survived by her sons, Mike (Tricia) Harris, Rick (Bonnie) Harris, and Tim (Cindy) Harris; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
    The family will receive friends from 3 p.m.-4 p.m., on February 5, in Fairview Baptist Church, 41 Center Church Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636. Rev. Durant Barr will conduct the service in the church at 4 p.m.
    Arrangements are by Covenant Funeral & Crematory; Crox Family owned and operated, www.CovenantFuneral.com.

    Kenneth Asbury Breeden, 89, of Newton, passed away Monday, February 1, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    He was born December 25, 1926, in Blount County, Tennessee, son of the late Blanche Breeden. Kenneth was a member of Wayside Baptist Church in Taylorsville.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Sarah Sweet; and a son, Kenneth James Breeden.
    Those left to cherish his memory include daughters, Blanche Pressley of Claremont, Cathy Kelly of Rhodhiss, Patricia Lambden of Rhodhiss, and Mary Alice Smith of Rhodhiss; numerous grandchildren; and many additional family and friends.
    A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., at Wayside Baptist Church, in Taylorsville. Rev. Sammy Kiser will officiate. The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 7, 2016, from 2:30 to 3:00 p.m., at Wayside Baptist Church.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1901 Brunswick Ave Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28207; or Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be sent to the Breeden Family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com.
    The Breeden Family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover.

    Larry Gene Fox, 67, of Bowmans Cutover Road, Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016.
    Mr. Fox was born December 7, 1948, in Catawba County, son of the late Arthur L. Fox and Annie Teague Fox. He had worked in the furniture industry, and was a member of Oxford Baptist Church, in Conover.
    He enjoyed camping, fishing, hiking, and traveling with missions. He enjoyed socializing and visiting with the sick and those in the nursing homes. He was a choir member, and worked with the Royal Ambassadors of the church and Bible school.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rachel Bolick.
    Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Tina Fox Tallent of Maiden; a granddaughter, Caroline Tallent of Maiden; a sister, Lou Ann Bolick of Bethlehem; two brothers, Max Fox of Taylorsville, and Kenneth Fox of Burnsville; and a brother-in-law, J. R. Bolick of Taylorsville.
    The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Oxford Baptist Church, with Rev. Joel Frye officiating. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Oxford Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to: Oxford Baptist Church, 5965 Springs Road, Conover, NC 28613.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Fox Family.

    Leroy Thurston Hammer, 93, of Taylorsville, passed away at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Sunday, January 31, 2016.
    He was the son of the late David Wilse and Carrie Teague Hammer. Mr. Hammer was born in Alexander County on August 31, 1922.
    He served in the US Army during World War II as a radio operator. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He loved to hunt, fish, read, and most of all, spend time with his great-grandchildren. Before retirement, Mr. Hammer was self-employed as a carpenter.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Dale L. Hammer; brothers, Lex, Grover and Ray Hammer; sisters, Leona Hammer and Cecil H. Burgess; and special friend, Conrad Fox.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 69 years, Dorothy Warren Hammer; daughters, Janis H. Clark and husband Craven, and Kathy H. Chapman and husband Gerald; grandchildren, Angela Clark, Sonia C. Pearson, Miriam C. Starnes and husband Todd, Eric Chapman and wife April, and Brian Hammer; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Pearson, Lauren and Grant Starnes, Drew and Isaac Chapman, Nelah Clark, Bradley Sharpe, and Josh Lovelace; and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    Visitation will be held from 3:00-4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Macedonia Baptist Church, 63 Macedonia Church Rd., Taylorsville. The funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Dan Spears and Tony Fox officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Full military rites will be provided by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Chapter 6 of Hudson.
    Pallbearers will include Cameron Stikeleather, Shane Hammer, Scott Payne, Matthew Reese, Jeff Crouch, and Gary Kerley.
    Honorary Pallbearers will be Belva Bentley, Jerry Adams, Dennis Goins, Ray Sipe, and Creel Little.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    James Franklin Brewer, 74, of Wood Road, Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016, at New Outlook, of Taylorsville.
    He was born August 16, 1941, in Wilkes County, son of the late Lenard Lynn Brewer and Flora Leigh Hood Brewer.
    He was of the Baptist faith. He loved to sing bluegrass and old hymns. Mr. Brewer enjoyed the outdoors in the sunshine whenever possible. He always wanted to go home, and he got his wish on Saturday. Now he is playing in the sunshine and singing all his favorite songs. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his brother, B.J. Brewer of Taylorsville; and he will be remembered by good friends, Pastor Clifton Hamm and Rita DeJarnette; as well as his loving caregivers, Angel, Helen, Sheryl, Pam, Jessica and the staff at New Outlook and the staff of Community Hospice.
    A memorial service was scheduled at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Clifton Hamm officiating.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Community Hospice and Homecare, 225 Davie Ave., Statesville, NC 28677.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Brewer Family.

    Esther White, 65, of Taylorsville, passed away at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on Saturday, January 30, 2016.
    Mrs. White was born June 3, 1950, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Arthur Atwell and Fannie Barnes Bumgarner. She was a member of Little River Baptist Church, where she served as the secretary for 30 years.
    She loved spending time with her grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing and baking.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Kevin White; and sisters, Vivian, Shirley, Hilda, and Nancy; and a brother, Wade.
    She leaves to carry on her memory her husband of 47 years, Rodger Dale White; a daughter, Joy Daniels and husband Blake; a son P-nut and wife Robin; two granddaughters, MaKayla and Vanessa; a daughter, Kelley Jolly and husband Phil; a grandson, Ben; two other sons, DJ and Thomas Fortner; a sister, Janie Sprinkle and husband Donald; brothers, Barnes Bumgarner and wife Betty, and Cainie Bumgarner and wife Pat; a sister, Donna Rhyne and husband Chris; special friends, Chris Fortner, Sue Daniels, and Linda Barnette; and a host of nieces and nephews.
    A graveside service was held in the Little River Baptist Church Cemetery on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Rev. Jeff Chapman and Rev. Tanner Mundy officiated.
    The family requests that memorials be made to: The Gideons, PO Box 14800, Nashville, TN 37214.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Mary Lee White, 89, of Radio Road, Statesville, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Valley Nursing Center.
    Mrs. White was born March 30, 1926, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Thomas Washington Steele and Nell King Steele.
    She had worked for Carolina Glove for 33 years before retiring. She was a member of Western Avenue Baptist Church. She was active in her Sunday school program.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Frank White; and two sisters, Delsie Robinette and Ethel Barnette.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a daughter, Patsy W. Orander of Statesville; a son, Gerald White of Statesville; a grandson, Jerry Yoder of Huntersville; and two great-grandchildren.
    The funeral service was held Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Dr. Jeff Spry officiating. Burial followed in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the White Family.

    Curtis Earl Sigmon, Jr., 77, of Taylorsville, passed away Friday, January 29, 2016, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    Mr. Sigmon was born June 17, 1938, in Catawba County, son of the late Curtis Earl Sigmon, Sr. and Charlise Bolick Sigmon.
    He was a US Navy veteran, who had served during the Korean Conflict. He had worked in the construction industry as a carpenter. He was of the Lutheran faith.
    He was an avid gardener and loved to raise vegetables. He was a master carpenter, having built several structures in this area.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn and Jean; and two brothers, Larry Sigmon and Jerry Sigmon.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 15 years, Syble Sigmon of the home; a son, Curtis Shane Sigmon and wife Anna of Hickory; a step-son, Micky Turnmyre of Granite Falls; three step-daughters, Tammy Brown and husband Alvin of Lenoir, Kisha Bowman and husband Stacy of Taylorsville, and Tonya Houck and husband Keith of Granite Falls; a brother, Billy Ray Sigmon of Winston-Salem; a sister-in-law, Wayburn Fox of Taylorsville; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
    The funeral service was held Sunday, January 31, 2016, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Greg Yeager officiating. Burial followed in the Oxford Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery with full military honors accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville.
    Pallbearers included Aaron Deal, Nathan Holdsworth, Zachary Brown, Alvin Brown, and Stacy Bowman.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Sigmon Family.

    Haskel Glenn Deal, 93, of Taylorsville, passed away, at his residence, and entered his heavenly home on Thursday, January 28, 2016, after a brief illness. His family was by his side.
    A lifelong resident of the Sugar Loaf Community, Mr. Deal was born June 28, 1922, in Alexander County, son of the late Bryan and Dollie Wike Deal.
    Mr. Deal was a devout Christian, a faithful servant of his Lord, and a lifelong member of Salem Lutheran Church, where his grandmother, Candace Deal, was a charter member. He served in many church offices.
    He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal during WWII, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He worked at Timmerman Manufacturing, in Claremont, and later as a skilled carpenter. Mr. Deal loved gardening, working, and sitting in the sun with his dog.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Deal and Marie Wike; and two brothers, Roy and Carl Deal.
    He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Wanda Anthony Deal of the home; two daughters, Grace Deal of Fletcher, and Glenda Kucharski of Asheville; two grandchildren, Sarah Kucharski of Charlotte, and Jackson Bebber and wife Tami of Arden; three great-grandchildren, Judy Lee, Molly and Sally Bebber; two sisters, Eloise Jolly, and Carol Fox and husband Jarvis; a brother, Connie Deal and wife Virginia, all of Taylorsville; two sisters–in-law, Effie Deal and Becky Deal, also of Taylorsville; 11 nieces and nephews; and many special friends throughout the community.
    Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Salem Lutheran Church, with Rev. Ray Ohlendorf officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be sent to Salem Lutheran Church, 4046 NC Hwy 16 North, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or Hospice of Alexander County, 59 Lucy Echerd Ln., Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Deal Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Haskel Deal.

    Tallie Lloyd Parker, 78, son of the late Robert Asberry Parker and Lillian Doretha McClain Parker, was born January 14, 1938, in Stony Point. He peacefully entered eternal rest on Thursday morning, January 28, 2016, at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
    He was a 1958 graduate of Happy Plains High School, in Taylorsville. He migrated to New Jersey in search of better opportunities. While working at Hackensack Medical Center, he met the love of his life, Mary, and they were joined in holy matrimony in 1968.
    He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Bingley Parker. Upon the passing of his wife in 1983, Tallie dedicated himself even more to his sons, playing both the role of mother and father to them.
    He was a lifelong member of Third Creek Baptist Church. While residing in New Jersey, he was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, in Hackensack, New Jersey.
    Mr. Parker always had a knack and a talent for figuring out mechanical problems, deeming him the nicknames “jack of all trades” and “MacGyver.” He further honed his natural talent by enrolling and graduating from Lincoln Technical Institute in the field of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) in New Jersey. It led to a rewarding 30 year career with Thomas J. Lipton, Inc. in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Upon retiring, he was overjoyed to relocate back to North Carolina.
    Mr. Parker was not only well known in the HVAC unit in which he worked, but also in the entire facilities planning department which consisted of a team of carpenters, electricians, and plumbers. He gladly used his expertise and skills to help family and friends in his spare time. It was typical for Tallie to pull into his driveway, get out his car and roll up his sleeves to help a neighbor with their car, lawn equipment, or assist in the construction of a house addition. He loved helping his family and his friends.
    He leaves to cherish the memory of his life two sons, Anthony (Lizette) Parker of Teaneck, New Jersey, and Stanley (Adrienne) Parker of the home; a precious granddaughter, Alyssa Parker; four sisters, Margaret Simmons of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Vallie Chen, Betty Banks, and Carrie Pulley, all of Stony Point; three brothers, Robert (Willie) Parker, Farley (Agnes) Parker, and Alonzo (Bertha) Parker, all of Stony Point; two brothers-in-law, Wilman (Ollie Mae) Bingley of St. George, South Carolina, and George (Linda) Bingley of Round O, South Carolina; five sisters-in-law, Sally Mays (John) of Bowman, South Carolina, Elizabeth Poindexter of Branchville, South Carolina, Barbara Parker of Henderson, and Moize Parker and Sarah Parker, both of Stony Point; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, church family, and dear friends.
    Celebration of Life Services were conducted Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Third Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Tommy Carpenter officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Visit the Book of Memories for Mr. Parker at www.rutledgeandbigham.com. Rutledge and Bigham of Statesville served the family of Tallie L. Parker.

    Donna Rosetta Martin Troutman, 74, of Statesville, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016, at Brookdale Peachtree of Statesville.
    She was born in Caldwell County, on February 4, 1941, daughter of the late Roy Lee and Hope Fairchild Martin.
    Mrs. Troutman was a graduate of Stony Point High School and was married to Jerry Troutman, who preceded her in death on May 31, 2007. She was retired from Wachovia Bank, and was of the Baptist faith.
    Left to cherish her memory are a son, Stephen Troutman (Cassandra); three granddaughters, Olivia, Addison, and Carter; a sister, Loretta Webster (Felix); and a niece, Bridgette Rhyne (Monte).
    A memorial service was held Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Abilene Church of Christ, with Dave Olson officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.
    Online condolences may be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com and Nicholson Funeral Home served the family.

    Edna Marie Herman Moose, 96, of Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    She was born in Alexander County, August 23, 1919, daughter of the late Lawrence Elijah and Effie Idella Crouch Jennings Herman.
    She was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family, gardening, and flowers. She was previously employed by Carolina Glove before her retirement.
    In addition to her parents, Mrs. Moose was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Ned Moose; a son, Harry Lee Moose; sisters, Helen White and Rachel Ford; and brothers, William Herman, and Ray, Garfield and Lee Jennings.
    She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Marjorie Friday and husband Grayson; a daughter-in-law, Doris Moose; grandchildren, Lloyd Friday and wife Pam, Frankie Friday and wife Maria, Dana Crouse and husband Danny, and Kelly Head and husband Mike; a brother, LE Herman and wife Louise, all of Taylorsville; a sister, Joanna McCarroll of Alabama; eight great-grandchildren, Dallas, Danica, Mikhayla, Nathan, Nichole, Hannah, Whitney, and Matthew; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    Funeral services were held Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Three Forks Baptist Church with Rev. Carson Moseley officiating. Burial took place in the church cemetery.
    The family requests that memorials be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Ioan Simion, 67, of Taylorsville, died Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at Valley Nursing Center, in Taylorsville.
    Born May 25, 1948, he was the son of the late George and Maria Simion.
    In addition to his wife of 48 years, Eleonora, a daughter, Lorena Calin of Taylorsville; three sisters, Mariana Unici and husband Tom of Kentucky, Ana Plosc of Romania, and Lidia Dalea of Romania; and three grandchildren, Victor Calin, Amelia Calin, and Daniel Calin of Taylorsville survive him.
    The funeral was held Thursday, January 28, 2016, at Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Mark Albertino officiating. Burial followed at Brookford Cemetery.
    Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net.
    The Simion Family entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton.

    Heddy Marie Steidl Blankenship, 41, of Shook Lane, Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 25, 2016.
    Ms. Blankenship was born October 22, 1974, in Atlanta, Georgia, daughter of Brenda Chapman Smith of Georgia and the late Jack Dean Steidl.
    She was a veteran of the US Marines and was very proud of being a Marine. She had worked for the Department of Family Children Services, and was of the Christian faith.
    She loved to raise a garden. She was a great cook, and really enjoyed experimenting with different herbs. She loved to ride horses, the outdoors, and camping. Her cats were her pride and joy. She was a great mother, and was a one of a kind, loving, hilarious, thoughtful woman with a unique take on life.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Brenda Chapman Smith and husband James Smith of Georgia; a son, Shawn Luke Blankenship; two sisters, Anna Ritch and husband Jordan of Clarkesville, Georgia, and Esther Olivia Smith of Buford, Georgia; and a brother, Jeremiah Lewis Steidl of Morehead City.
    A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel, with Jeremiah Steidl officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m., Friday, February 5, 2016, in the National Cemetery, in Salisbury, with full military honors accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and VFW 5466 of Taylorsville.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville, 582 Carrigan Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Blankenship Family.

    Chuck Mark Smith, 47, of Taylorsville, passed away Monday, January 25, 2016.
    He was born in Mecklenburg County, December 21, 1968, son of Charles Marcus Smith and Patricia Bivens Smith of Lenoir.
    He graduated from Hibriten High School, attended CCC&TI, and completed his education at UNC Charlotte. He was employed with AT&T for over 20 years, and was a member of Dudley Shoals Baptist Church.
    Mr. Smith was a very intelligent man who enjoyed machinery, automobiles, and technology. If it was broken, he could fix it. He also enjoyed trying and cooking new recipes, and sharing his culinary creations with friends and family. The spicier, the better.
    He was a member of an amazing group, the Big Dixie Boggers. The Boggers enjoy off road driving, four wheeling, and rock climbing. While in this group, Chuck designed and built an off road vehicle that was featured in the magazine Crawl. As a member, he participated in fundraisers, community projects, and other events sponsored by this organization.
    Mr. Smith was forever teasing his family and friends and will be remembered as someone that enjoyed a good joke or prank.
    ln addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Lisa Smith McRary and husband Greg both of Lenoir; a brother, Brian Dane Smith of Lenoir; a niece, Katherine McRary; and nephews, Zachary McRary, Dane Smith, and Carver Smith.
    A memorial service was held at Greer McElveen Funeral Home on Saturday, January 30, 2016, conducted by Rev. Gordon West and Rev. Don Ingle. A private graveside service will be held at Dudley Shoals Baptist church on a later date.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Dudley Shoals Baptist Church Food Pantry, 1822 Dudley Shoals Road, Granite Falls, NC 29630.
    The family would like to express a special thank you to the members of the Big Dixie Boggers for their friendship and continued support of the family. They also extend their gratitude to the members of Dudley Shoals Baptist Church.
    Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com.
    Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory of Lenoir is assisting the family.

    Hanni Charlotte Pruch Gwaltney, 85, passed away, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
    Mrs. Gwaltney was a resident at Catawba Valley Living at Rock Barn, in Claremont, and previously resided in the Hiddenite Community. She was a member of Linney’s Grove Baptist Church in Hiddenite.
    She was born March 19, 1930, in Chemnitz, Germany (also known as Karl-Marx-Stadt from 1953 to 1990). Her mother was Annemarie Pruch and her father was Paul Josef Pollmann.
    Mrs. Gwaltney married William in Schwaebisch-Gmuend, Germany on January 31, 1958. They would spend their upcoming years traveling various parts of Europe and the United States during William’s 20 year military career (his career included serving in the Korean War and Vietnam War). Mr. Gwaltney retired from the United States Army on December 31, 1973, while stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, and moved his wife and daughter to his hometown of Hiddenite. Hanni worked for Bassett Furniture, and then Craftmaster Furniture, until her retirement.
    She is survived by her husband of 57 years, William Howard Gwaltney; a daughter, Evelynn Gwaltney Yount and husband Conrad Yount; and grandchildren, Andrew Yount, Victoria Yount, and Collin Yount.
    The family expresses their sincere appreciation to the staff at Catawba Valley Living at Rock Barn, the staff at Adult Life Programs of Hickory, Hospice and Home Care of Alexander County, and the Stephen Ministry at Concordia Lutheran Church in Conover. Their continued love and support of our family during Hanni and William’s illness with Alzheimer’s disease and COPD have been a blessing.
    A private burial will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
    Memorials may be made to Adult Life Programs, PO Box 807, Hickory, NC 28603.
    Condolences may be sent to the Gwaltney Family at www.drumfh-conover.com.
    The Gwaltney Family has entrusted the funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.

    Huron “Buster” Lackey, 92, of Taylorsville, passed away on Friday, January 15, 2016.
    There will be a graveside committal service on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., in the Hiddenite Cemetery. Full military rites will be provided by DAV chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Chapter 6 of Hudson.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.
















 
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