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John Garwood Daniels
Billy Wayne Presnell
Beatrice I. “Bea” Cornelius
Rachel Fox Bolick
Kayson Fenton Duff
Ervin M. Howell
Kathleen Jolly
Malcolm Ray Reese
Kenneth Roy Teague
Horace Michael (Mike) Thompson
Lois Millsaps Keever
Viola Woodside Smith
Reba Winfrey McLeod
Sandra Kay Clonch Bennett
Janet Renee Brown

James O. Woodward, III


    John Garwood Daniels, 88, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 31, 2015 after a period of declining health.
    Mr. Daniels was born August 31, 1926, in Alexander County, son of the late John William Daniels and Rosa King Daniels. He had worked in the logging and trucking industry for a number of years. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Longview. He also enjoyed going with the Taylorsville Senior Citizens groups when his health permitted.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie Mitchell Daniels; his second wife, Gladys Daniels; four sisters, Ethel Watson, Mozelle Daniels, Lillian Lafon, and an infant sister, Louise; and two brothers, Ralph Daniels and R. Quinn Daniels.
    Those left to cherish his memory include two nephews, Steve Mitchell and wife Judy of Taylorsville, Wayne Mitchell and wife Darnell of Hickory, whom he raised; and a number of nieces and nephews from Alexander and surrounding counties.
    The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Neal George will officiate. Burial will follow in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Catawba County. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Daniels Family.

    Billy Wayne Presnell, 68, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, on Tuesday morning, March 31, 2015.
    He was born Monday, July 8, 1946, in Wilkes County, son of the late David Bufford and Treva Robinette Presnell, who survives. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam conflict. He loved fishing with his grandsons and watching his granddaughter play softball. You could always depend on him being eager to help anyone in need.
    In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Presnell Davidson.
    Survivors, in addition to his mother, are his wife of 42 years, Patricia Eldridge Presnell; a daughter, Krystal and husband Douglas Bennett; three grandchildren, Angelica, Jordan and Jeremiah Bennett, all of Taylorsville; a sister, Lisa and husband Billy Frye of Conover; and two nieces, Amy Fox and Laci Frye.
    Visitation will be Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Macedonia Baptist Church, from 2:30-4:00 p.m., with the funeral service at 4:00 p.m. Rev. Dan Spears and Rev. Tom Lambert will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military rites provided by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Chapter 6 of Hudson.
    Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Beatrice I. “Bea” Cornelius, 84, of Magnolia Street, North Wilkesboro, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 30, 2015, at her residence. She will be greatly missed.
    Mrs. Cornelius was born April 6, 1930, in Rochester, New York, daughter of the late Lorriane Mabe Frieburgh. She had worked as a housekeeper and retired from Avante.
    She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Wilkesboro. She enjoyed playing Bingo at the senior citizens center in North Wilkesboro.
    Including her mother, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Edwin Cornelius Sr. and Bruce L. Harris; and a sister, Violet Stafford.
    Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Monica Cornelius and Evelyn Cornelius, both of North Wilkesboro, and Rosemary Withey Torbitt of Newark, New York; three sons, Edwin Cornelius Jr. and Ralph Withey, both of North Wilkesboro, and Robert Withey of Georgia; two sisters, Marion McWilliams and Vivian Stafford of New York; a brother, Rudy Frieburgh of New York; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
    No formal arrangements are planned at this time.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Taylorsville is serving the Cornelius Family.

    Rachel Fox Bolick, 77, of Bowmans Cutover Road, Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015.
    Mrs. Bolick was born January 16, 1938, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Arthur Lawrence Fox and Annie Mae Teague Fox. She had worked in the furniture industry and retired from Taylor-King furniture in 2008.
    She was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church. She loved gardening, having grown one of the largest tomatoes in Alexander County several years ago, and was recognized in The Taylorsville Times with the picture of her and the tomato.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, J. R. Bolick of the home; a daughter, Angie M. Bolick Freeman and husband Jerry of Taylorsville; a son, Anthony D. Bolick of Taylorsville; five grandchildren, Ann Freeman of Conover, Nena “Shelly” Freeman of Hickory, Jessica Freeman of Tallahassee, Florida, Marissa Freeman of Harmony, and Ryan Freeman of Conover; a sister, Lou Ann Bolick of the Bethlehem Community; and three brothers, Max Fox of Taylorsville, Kenneth Fox of Burnsville, and Larry Fox of Newton.
    Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Smyrna Baptist Church, with Rev. Michael Barber officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Hickory.
    Memorials may be made to: Smyrna Baptist Church, 6174 Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Taylorsville is serving the Bolick Family.

    Kayson Fenton Duff, born February 23, 2015, passed peacefully in his parents, Tyler and Stacey Crankshaw Duff’s arms on March 28, 2015, at Levine Children’s Hospital, on the campus of Carolinas Medical Center.
    Preceding Kayson in death are his great grandparents, Thomas Edward Crankshaw “Papa,” Robert Gordan Duff “DaDa,” and Betty Cordia Fenton “Granny.”
    Those left to cherish his memory, in addition to his parents, Kayson was loved by his twin brother, Beckam Kyler Fenton Duff; his grandparents, Wayne and Tammy Fenton of Taylorsville, Jan C. Duff and Ted Brooks of Elmira, New York, and Stephen Duff and Marcia Lynch of Suffolk, Virginia; his great-grandparents, Steve and Libby Mason of Statesville, Jay and Kathryn Pope of Taylorsville, Bill and Barbara Cox of Greensboro, and Virgie D. Duff of Suffolk, Virginia; his uncles and aunts, Ryan and Jessica Crankshaw of Taylorsville, and Robert and Erin Duff of Greensboro; and cousins, Aiden and Zeb Crankshaw, and Carmen and Mackenzie Duff.
    The family will conduct a memorial service at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 4, 2015, at Life of Victory Church, in Taylorsville.
    The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the Maternal Fetal Medicine department and the 8th Floor APC team at Carolina’s Medical Center and all of the NICU team at Levine Children’s Hospital. Each one of you played a special role in the life of our precious Kayson. Without you, our hearts would not know the love and joy he brought to us.
    In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to: The Ronald McDonald House, 1613 E. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28207.
    The family is working to form Kayson’s Story, a non-profit foundation to raise awareness and education of the NEC disease in premature infants and other support needed for parents of premature infants.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Taylorsville is serving the Duff Family.

    Ervin M. Howell, 68, of Kirby Lackey Road, Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015, at his residence.
    Mr. Howell was born October 4, 1946, in Alexander County, son of the late Mary B. Howell. He had worked in the textile industry and retired from Alcan in 2009.
    He was a member of Millersville Baptist Church. He loved to garden, fish, and was an avid sports fan, with the Pittsburgh Steelers being his team. He loved just being outside maintaining his garden or the flowers, just being with nature.
    Including his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents and a granddaughter, Kaci Beckham.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife of 36 years, Shirley N. Howell; two daughters, Deborah Spelce and husband Tim of Taylorsville, and Shannon Dodson and husband Brad of Oak Island; three sons, Tim Beckham and wife Cyndi, Bobby Beckham and wife Tammy, and Michael Beckham, all of Taylorsville; five grandchildren, Kristin Baker and husband Corey, Brandon Spelce, Tyler Beckham, Trevor Beckham, and Kristofer Beckham; a special-special great-granddaughter, Bailey Baker; and two sisters, Emma Jean Caroway of Thomasville, and Elaine Whitner and husband Sam of Hickory.
    The funeral service will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Millersville Baptist Church. Rev. Bill Orren, Rev. Brian Kerley, and Rev. Darrell Pierce will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. prior to the service.
    Pallbearers will be Mark Sipe, Hal Deal, Adam Brown, Kelly Walker, Randal Bentley, Scott Ballard, Carl Bunton, and Zack Orren.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Child Development Center of Millersville Baptist Church, 130 Millersville Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Taylorsville is serving the Howell Family.

    Kathleen Jolly, 84, of Wayside Church Road, Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Valley Nursing Center.
    Mrs. Jolly was born June 22, 1930, in Catawba County, daughter of the late Paul Cline and Hettie “Doll” Pope Cline. She had worked in the furniture industry and had retired from Conover Chair.
    She was a member of Friendship Lutheran Church. She was a very good cook and was known for her chicken pot pies. When her son, Bob, would catch a mess of crappies and take them to her, she would filet them and loved having fish fries.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Jolly; and a brother, Kenneth “Ken” Cline.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Robert “Bob” Jolly and wife Patricia “Pat” of Taylorsville; a grandson, Bryan Keith Jolly and wife Katheryn of Taylorsville; a great-granddaughter, Shelby Jolly; four sisters, Mary Jolly of Taylorsville, Dorothy Bowman of Hickory, Nancy Fox and husband Steve of Taylorsville, and Nora Dyson of Taylorsville; a sister-in-law, Betty Cline of Conover; and two brothers, Joe Cline and wife Lou Ella of Taylorsville, and Paul Cline, Jr. and wife Kathy of Taylorsville.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at Friendship Lutheran Church, with Pastors Greg and Carol Yeager officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    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 Service of Taylorsville served the Jolly Family.

    Malcolm Ray Reese, 54, of Bethlehem, went home to be with his Heavenly Father, on March 28, 2015, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory.
    Born January 19, 1961, in Catawba County, he was the son of Max Ray Reese and Carolyn Fowler Reese. He attended Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory, and loved being outdoors, farming and hunting.
     He often found himself helping and doing for others. He loved spending time with his family, and found great joy in spending time with his grandsons.
    Marrying his high school sweetheart, Martha Williard, on January 3, 1982, they spent a wonderful 33 years together. God blessed them with two sons, a daughter, and two grandsons. He was blessed with many things in life, but his most proud moment was the birth of his grandsons.
    He was an accomplished furniture builder and had a very special gift when it came to furniture design. He was the co-owner of Piedmont Wood Products in Taylorsville. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    Left to cherish beautiful memories and a life together are his wife, Martha Reese; sons, Matt Reese of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Josh Reese and wife Whitney of Bethlehem; a daughter, Jenna Reese of Bethlehem; his mother and father, Carolyn and Max Reese of Hickory; his mother and father-in-law, Martha and Grady Williard of Hickory; a brother, David Reese and wife Lisa of Statesville; a sister, Kay Reese Robinson and husband David of Centerville, Ohio; two grandsons, Carson Reese and Lane Reese; a sister-in-law, Connie Peeler and husband Doug of Bethlehem; nephews, Dawson Reese, Reese Robinson, Dane Robinson, and Andy Peeler; and a niece, Rebecca Phillips and husband Brent.
    A Service of Remembrance will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at Harvest Bible Chapel, in Hickory. A graveside service will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harvest Bible Chapel of Hickory, 909 U.S. Hwy 70 SW, Hickory, NC 28602; or Hickory Christian Academy, 3260 6th St. Dr. NW, Hickory, NC 28601.
    Condolences may be sent to the Reese Family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.
    The Reese Family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Hickory.

    Kenneth Roy Teague, 54, of Newton, passed away at Caldwell Hospice, Robbins Center, Lenoir, on Saturday March 28, 2015.
    He was born in Alexander County, Saturday, April 30, 1960, son of the late Millard Odell and Opal Simmons Teague, He was a professional truck driver and enjoyed reading and fishing.
    He is survived by a daughter, Mary Teague of Taylorsville; two brothers, Steve Teague of Claremont, and Jack Teague of Granite Falls; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be held at Ebenezer Methodist, in Dudley Shoals, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 4:00 p.m., with the memorial service following at 5:00 p.m.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Horace Michael (Mike) Thompson, of Taylorsville, 66, left to go home to his Heavenly Father on March 28, 2015.
    He was born March 17, 1949. He will be remembered for his generous ways and his big heart, always helping people in need. He was a carpet layer for most of his life. A Vietnam Veteran, he was proud to have served his country. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Horace S. Thompson; a baby brother; and a daughter, Tiffany Miglorie.
    Survivors include his wife, Carol B. Thompson; four children, Jamie Thompson, Tina and Maynard Annas and Tommy Thompson; step-daughters, Miranda Jackson and Amber Vega; his mother, Ruby S. Thompson; brothers, Doug and Sharon Thompson and David and Beth Thompson; two sisters, Irene and Roy Phillips and Doris and Dale Watson; ten grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    A memorial service will be held April 4, 2015, at Lower Creek Church in Lenoir. The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    Evans Funeral Home in Lenoir is serving the Thompson Family.

    Lois Millsaps Keever, 83, of Jenkins-Moose Road, Taylorsville, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice House.
    Mrs. Keever was born April 5, 1931, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Dexter A. Millsaps and Lula Queen Millsaps. She had worked as a doctor’s assistant, and was also a homemaker and a studio artist.
    She graduated from Taylorsville High School and attended Mars Hill College and Lenoir-Rhyne College. She was a member of Hiddenite United Methodist Church and was a VBS teacher.
    She served on the Alexander County Hospital Board and Alexander Library Board of Trustees. She was a charter member of Alexander County Hospice and was a volunteer. She was a member of the Taylorsville Garden Club, a master gardener, and was in the Taylorsville Book Club.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, James Alan Keever; and a brother, Donald Paul Millsaps.
    Those left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Amy Keever Deal and husband Glenn of Taylorsville, and Holly Keever Cheney and husband Paul of Asheville; two sons, Joel Alan Keever of Taylorsville, and Jeffrey Miles Keever and wife Edith of Orlando, Florida; four grandchildren, Josh Matthew Miller of Taylorsville, Courtney Adele Miller of Napa, California, Wesley Alan Williams and Eliza Liubov Cheney, both of Asheville.
    A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015, at Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church. Rev. Craig Sigmon will officiate. The family will receive friends from 12:30-2:00 p.m., prior to the service.
    Mrs. Keever requested that acts of kindness be performed for others in lieu of flowers.
    The family would like to thank the staff and leadership of Catawba Regional Hospice for their exceptional care.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Taylorsville is serving the Keever Family.

    Viola Woodside Smith, 92, of NC Hwy. 16 S., Taylorsville, passed away March 27, 2015, at home.
    She was born August 16, 1922, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Joseph Butler Woodside and Amanda Keever Woodside. Mrs. Smith was the owner of Smith’s Produce, in Mooresville, for over forty years. She was also a lifetime member of Mooresville Lodge and was of the Methodist faith.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, D. Franklin Smith; a brother, Hoyn Woodside; and a sister, Wanda Lessenbury.
    She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Foy Whitman and husband Jack Allen of Taylorsville; a sister, Reba Morton of St. Petersburg, Florida; four grandchildren, Tammy Smith and husband Dean of Taylorsville, Michael Daniels of Taylorsville, Dana Chatham and husband Trent of Bethlehem, and Michelle Daniels and husband Danny Cooper of Limestone, Tennessee; seven great-grandchildren, Trenton Tarlton, Sayge and Chesnie Chatham, Chynna Bolick, and Joseph, Weston and Trista Daniels; three great-great-grandchildren; a special niece, Dawn Gibson and husband Stan of Stony Point; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Special thanks are extended to caregiver Linda Bliss, and a special thanks to Catawba Regional Hospice.
    Funeral services were held Monday, March 30, 2015, at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Michael Barber officiating. Burial followed in the Glenwood Memorial Park Cemetery, Mooresville.
    Memorials may be given to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28653.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Smith Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Viola Woodside Smith.

    Reba Winfrey McLeod, 94, of Taylorsville, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
    She was born Thursday, July 29, 1920, in Paducah, Kentucky, daughter of the late Will and Pearl Hobbs Winfrey. She was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church.
    Mrs. McLeod was a great cook, loved word searches, and was a devoted wife for 65 years to her late husband, John Sherrill McLeod. She was also was a member of Eastern Star.
    In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Bernice, Floyd, Carrie, and Virgil; and an infant son, Greg McLeod.
    She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Joyce and husband Donnie Poulter of Taylorsville; four granddaughters, Tara Poulter of Taylorsville, Nicole and husband Jordan Hendrix of Hudson, Ashley Poulter and Molly Poulter, both of Taylorsville; a great-grandson, Graham Hendrix of Hudson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
    A graveside service was held Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Three Forks Baptist Church, with Rev. Gary W. Jennings officiating.
    Memorials can be made to: Three Forks Baptist Church, 4685 Three Forks Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Sandra Kay Clonch Bennett, 58, of North Wilkesboro, passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Forsyth Medical Center.
    Born Thursday, March 21, 1957, in Wilkes County, she was the daughter of Shelby Stanley and the late Jim Stanley, and was the wonderful adopted daughter of the late Vernon and Virginia Clonch. She attended Second Street Baptist Church and enjoyed playing Rook.
    In addition to her biological father and adopted parents, Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by her first spouse, Kenneth Bauguess; her second spouse, Richard Bennett; an infant child, Kenneth Bauguess; brothers, Ricky Stanley, Frank Stanley, Delmer Stanley, and Wayne Clonch; and sisters, Evelyne Holder and Lulabelle Lowe.
    Those left to carry on her memories include her biological mother, Shelby Stanley and husband Ricky Bauguess; a daughter, Joannie Bauguess and husband Brian of the home; sisters, Alene Crane of Purlear, and Margaret Harmon of Taylorsville; brothers, Michael Stanley of the home, Randy Stanley and wife Christy of Pulear, Billy Stanley and wife Patricia of North Wilkesboro, and Jimmy Stanley of Mulberry; grandchildren, Haley Bauguess, Brian Simpson, and Mary Simpson, all of the home; and a great-grandchild arriving soon.
    No formal arrangements are planned at this time.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes and Cremation Services is serving the Bennett Family.

    Janet Renee Brown, 55, of Morganton, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the J. Iverson Riddle Center, following a period of declining health.
    She was born February 11, 1960, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Thomas Atwell Brown and Leona Dyson Brown.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Gloria Jean Brown and Nancy Jo Phillips.
    Surviving are her two brothers, Gary Brown and wife Lisa of Hays, and Jimmy Andrew Brown and wife Tina of Taylorsville; and a sister, Carol Ann Brown of Taylorsville.
    A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel at J. Iverson Riddle Center in Morganton.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in Janet’s honor to the Assure the Future Fund at JIRDC, 300 Enola Rd., Morganton, NC 28655.
    An online guestbook and obituary is available at www.heritagefuneralservices.com.
    Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Brown Family.

    James O. Woodward, III, 57 of Wilmington, passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, at his home.
    Born in Iredell County on July 24, 1957, he was the son of Shelby Hammer Woodward and the late James D. Woodward, Jr. He was a graduate of New Hanover High School and attended Cape Fear Community College. Mr. Woodward was formerly a professional landscape contractor, and operated Lawn Care Services in Wilmington.
    He was preceded in death by his father, James O. Woodward, Jr.; and his brother, Scott Woodward.
    Survivors inlcude his mother, Shelby Hammer Woodward; his daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Woodward; and his fiancée, Donna Barnhill.
    A Celebration of Life memorial service was held Thursday, March 26, 2015, 5 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.
    To honor Mr. Woodward’s memory, consider a gift to the American Lung Association, 401 Hawthorne Lane, Suite 110 #298, Charlotte, NC 28204 or at www.lung.org.
    Please share memories and condolences with the family at www.wilmingtoncares.com.
    Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, is serving the Woodward Family.



 
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