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Thomas R. "YoYo" Burgess, Jr.
Viven Ruth Rader
Hugh Donald "Don" Starnes
Evelyn Catherine Cloer
Samuel George Deal

Alice Martin Dagenhart
Carl Linden Prichard
Betty Sue Rector
Charles Wayne Sprinkle
Mark Ernest Benfield
Richard “Twirley” Franklin Herman
Bill Harding Minton
Millard Don Lee Sparks
Lisa Gail Jarvis Watson
Bobby Dean Wilson
Glenda Kay Hobbs

Marsha Ann Horton


    Thomas R. "YoYo" Burgess, Jr., 91, of Walnut Tree Drive, Taylorsville, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Valley Nursing Center.
    Mr. Burgess was born June 19, 1923, in Alexander County, son of the late Thomas Ross Burgess, Sr. and Ora Lee Goodin Burgess.
    He was a WWII veteran, who served in the Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. He worked as a janitor and bus driver for the Alexander County Schools.
    He was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church and a member of DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville. He loved sports, especially baseball. He also enjoyed pitching horseshoes, loved to dance, and loved to play the harmonica.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margie St. Clair Burgess; a daughter, Janet Burgess Fox; a son, Clay Thomas Burgess; eight brothers, Lee, Edd, Frank, Roy, Don, Jay William and Joe Burgess, and Sam Livingston; and four sisters, Lou Fincannon, Pearl Brown, Norine Freeze, and Annie Culler.
    Those left to cherish his memory include two daughters, Rachel Barnes and husband Jones, and Marlene Earp and husband Ricky, all of Taylorsville; seven grandchildren, Sammy Barnes, Rodney Barnes, Crystal Fox Sipes, Jamie Earp, Deidra Burgess Johnson, Brittany Earp Pierce, and Jessica Burgess Mitchell; and seven great-grandchildren, Tanisa Smith, Kaden Smith, Neaveh Osborne, Riley Sipes, Colton Johnson, Chloe Barnes, and Braylee Mitchell.
    The funeral service will be at noon on Friday, November 28, 2014 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Bill Smith will officiate. Burial will follow in the Three Forks Baptist Church cemetery with military honors accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: DAV Chapter 84, 582 Carrigan Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Burgess Family.

    Viven Ruth Rader, 77, of Taylorsville, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    She was born April 3, 1937, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Henry William and Helen Bowman Goodnight who died shortly after Viven's birth. She was lovingly raised by Pansy Goodnight.
    As a member of First Baptist Church, Taylorsville, she helped in the nursery and taught Vacation Bible School. Viven was also a member of the Alexander County Republican Women.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, George Calvin Rader; a sister, Kathy Goodnight; and two grandsons, Van William Powell and Charles Rader Powell.
    Those remaining to cherish her memories include a daughter, Tammy Powell and husband Van of Raleigh; a son, Brent Rader and wife Donna of Taylorsville; her grandchildren include, Tom Powell and wife Hannah of Advance, Anna Powell of Raleigh, and Megan Rader and Mason Rader of Taylorsville; a sister, Sara Frazier and husband Arnold of Apex; two brothers, Paul Goodnight and wife Sally of Taylorsville, and Fred Goodnight and wife Tina of Trussville, Alabama; two aunts, Rosada Lackey and husband Kendall of Charlotte, and Mabel Chapman of Charlotte; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
    Visitation for Mrs. Rader will be held Friday, November 28, 2014 at First Baptist Church, Taylorsville, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. with the funeral service to begin at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Dan Redding, Jr. will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.
    Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church Taylorsville @ PO Box 305, Taylorsville, NC 28681; and Catawba Regional Hospice @ 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

    Hugh Donald "Don" Starnes, 80, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Hugh was born April 6, 1934, in Alexander County, son of the late Guy Little Starnes and Ellen Ruth Starnes. He was a lifetime member of Shiloh Lutheran Church and was employed by Comfort Chair and Style Upholstery as a frame builder.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Claude Eugene Starnes; and brothers, Tommy Starnes, Bobby Starnes, and Vernon Starnes.
    Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Alvania Pennell Starnes; sons, Robert Wesley Starnes and wife Rebecca of Bethlehem, and Todd Curtis Starnes of Bethlehem; grandsons, Michael Starnes and wife Becca of Granite Falls, and Kurt Starnes of Bethlehem, and Kurt’s girlfriend Emily Wilson of Hickory; a step-grandson, Timothy Settlemyre and wife Beth of Conover; a step-great-granddaughter, Carson Settlemyre of Conover; a step-great-grandson, J. R. Settlemyre of Conover; and a sister, Jean Ann Starnes of Hickory.
    Services will be Friday, Novomber 28, at 2:00 p.m., at Shiloh Lutheran Church with Rev. David Hefner officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday, November 28, from 12:45 until 1:45 p.m., at Shiloh Lutheran Church, in the Parrish Hall.
    Memorials may be made to Shiloh Lutheran Church, 1011 Shiloh Church Rd., Hickory, NC 28601.
    Condolences may be made online at www.hickoryfh.com.
    Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    Evelyn Catherine Cloer, 78, of Springs Ct., Stony Point, passed away after an extended illness on Monday, November 24, 2014 at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
    She was born March 23, 1936, in Richmond County, daughter of the late Henry Rufus Wallace and Grace Mae Wallace. Mrs. Cloer was a textile worker, homemaker, and was a member of Stony Point Baptist Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. D. Cloer; five brothers; and five sisters.
    She is survived by her daughter, Mary F. Wallace of Stony Point.
    A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Stony Point Cemetery. Rev. Phil Addison will officiate. The family will receive friends after the service at the cemetery.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Cloer Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Evelyn Catherine Cloer.

    On November 20, 2014, Samuel George Deal returned home to his heavenly Father. After a life that reflected his strong faith in Jesus Christ through his integrity and personal relationships, he now enjoys a reunion with those who passed before him, including his parents, Haden and Vida; siblings, Mable, Thelma, and David; and a granddaughter, Caroline.
    Although Nancy, his wife, will miss him terribly, he left no doubt of his eternal destination after his death, and she will anxiously await their reunion.
    He is survived by his son, Sam Jr. and wife Karen of Spokane, Washington, and their children, Michelle and George. He is also survived by his son, Steve and wife Mitzi of Charlotte, and their children, Samantha, Meredith, and Stephen.
    Sam was born on December 26, 1930, along the shore of Lake Hickory, in Alexander County. He married Nancy McBride, also from Taylorsville. After marrying, they lived in Taylorsville, where Sam worked at Smithey's Department Store prior to taking a job with the Merita Bread Company. They then moved to Hickory where they stayed until 1956 when Sam took a job with Pfizer/Roerig Division. This job change brought them to Charlotte where they remained for the duration of their lives.
    Throughout Sam's career, his business was built on integrity and strong personal relationships. He loved his work, never tiring of pharmaceutical sales. He particularly enjoyed working with the Pfizer Ambassador program in his retirement.
    Sam was a good friend to many, and as his health faded, the number of friends who came to see him was great and their concern was heartfelt.
    Sam's life centered on his family. He and Nancy married in 1952. They spent the next 62 years together loving and caring for each other and their two sons. Although work required some travel, rare was the family event he missed. Whether in sports or other challenges of life, he was always present supporting his family. Some of his favorite memories were of time spent at Litchfield Beach with his children and grandchildren.
    For Sam and Nancy, life was a great adventure and the two of them loved to travel. They visited 49 of the 50 states and also visited Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and South America. He was much more enamored with God's creations than those of the hands of man, always amazed that a person could look at our wonderful world and question if there was a God.
    Sam loved the game of golf. He played with work friends and his Carmel Country Club (ROF) buddies, but his favorite partner was Nancy. Not surprisingly, his love of the game centered more on the relationships and friendships than on his handicap.
    Sam was a lifelong Lutheran. Saved by grace and not by works, he conveyed his faith with the fruits of the Spirit, "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (Galatians 5:22)
    The family wishes to thank all the wonderful physicians and the staff of Carolinas Medical Center who have cared for Sam through the years.
    The family visitation will be at Hankins & Whittington, 1111 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203 on Friday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. Services will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1001 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28207 on Saturday, November 22 at 1:00 p.m.
    Memorials may be sent to St. Mark's Lutheran Church or Hospice of Charlotte.
    Arrangements are in the care of Hankins & Whittington Funeral Service. Please share condolences online at www.hankinswhittington.com.

    Alice Martin Dagenhart, 82, of Taylorsville, died Monday, November 24, 2014, at her residence.
    Born June 9, 1932, in Alexander County, she was the daughter of the late Espy Martin and Mollie Gantt Martin. She attended Sandy Ridge Wesleyan Church in Hickory.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Paul Dagenhart; brothers, Crowson "Dock" Martin, Conley Martin, Plato Martin, Bruce Martin, and J.E. "Jake" Martin; and sisters, Viola Isenhour and Cecil Burgess.
    Left to cherish her memory are a son, Jeff Dagenhart and wife Didema of Hiddenite; daughters, Debbie Speagle and husband Terry of Hickory, and Susan Gwaltney of Hickory; a sister, Rushie Warren of Hiddenite; grandchildren, Amber Warren and husband Wade, Brennen Dagenhart, Stephanie Hefner and husband Eric, Kelly Wyant and husband Doyle, Nicole Simerly and husband Jamie, and Natalie Hayes and husband Clay; great-grandchildren, Emily White, Issac White, Zachary Hefner, Easton Wyant, Addison Wyant, Caleb Simerly, and Hannah Simerly; and a special caregiver, Linda Woodruff.
    A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Dagenhart will be held Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Sandy Ridge Wesleyan Church in Hickory. Rev. Scott Howard and Rev. Bill Orren will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Wesley Wesleyan Church in Hiddenite. The family will receive friends Wednesday, November 26, 2014, from 12:00 to 1:45 p.m. at Sandy Ridge Wesleyan Church.
    Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658; or Mt. Wesley Wesleyan Church, 403 Mount Wesley Church Rd., Hiddenite, NC 28636.
    Condolences may be sent to the Dagenhart Family at www.robertbennettfuneralservice.com.
    The Dagenhart Family is in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover.

    Carl Linden Prichard, 54, of Hiddenite, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014.
    Born July 1, 1960, in Alexander County, he was the son of the late Carl Linden and MaryEdith Kerley Prichard. He was of the Baptist faith. He was employed in the furniture industry with Thomasville and Lewittes Furniture Companies. He was a Nascar fan, pulling for Mark Martin, and was always a lover of a good joke. He will be sorely missed by "man's best friend," Biscuit.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by nine siblings.
    He is survived by his wife, Lois Anne Prichard of the home; a stepson, Travis Raby and wife Denise of Chicopee, Massachusetts; a stepdaughter, Ronda Mitchell of Morganton; five step-grandchildren; a brother and three sisters, Parks Prichard and wife Cindy of Taylorsville, Nora Johnson and husband Jerry of Statesville, Lucy Combs of Wilkesboro, and Rose Jones of Black Mountain; a host of nephews and nieces; his best friend, Kevin Denee and wife Liz and his god children Linden and Laila Denee, all of Hiddenite.
    Memorial services were held Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Millersville Baptist Church, Rev. Bill Orren officiating.
    Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Betty Sue Rector, 67, of Taylorsville, passed away, in Brian Center Viewmont, on Friday, November 21, 2014.
    Born February 19, 1947, she was the daughter of the late L.C. Icenhour and Lucille Irene Hafer Icenhour, who survives. She was a lifelong member of Friendship Lutheran Church. She was employed in the furniture industry with Thomasville, Bruards, and Hancock and Moore Furniture Companies.
    She loved to dance, go to the beach and yard sales, and was a devoted mom and grandmother. She will be remembered as "never failing to go to work."
    In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Reitzel.
    Surviving, in addition to her mother, are three children, Rick Rector and wife Monica of Hickory, Tina Armstrong of Taylorsville, and Eric Rector and wife Michelle of Conover; grandchildren, Ryan, Ashlyn, Tori, Dekota and Ethan Rector; great-grandchildren, Bailyn and Cambree Rector; two sisters, Kay Smith and husband John, and Marcella Icenhour, both of Taylorville; and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at Friendship Lutheran Church, with Rev. Carol Yeager and Rev. Gregory Yeager officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to the Friendship Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 5300 Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Charles Wayne Sprinkle, 40, of Steep Lane, Statesville, passed away unexpectedly November 21, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    He was born December 4, 1973, in Iredell County, son of the late Charles Furman Sprinkle and Ruby Fern Sprinkle. Mr. Sprinkle was disabled and had worked for the City of Statesville Water Dept.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ricky Carol; and two sisters, Teresa Callahan and Linda Gail Sprinkle.
    He is survived by his wife, Rachel Renee Sprinkle of the home; a son, Tyler Ray Sprinkle; two daughters, Kalie Nicole Sprinkle and Brandy Leann Sprinkle; and a brother, Steven Paul Sprinkle.
    A family viewing was held Monday, November 24, 2014 at Chapman Funeral Home. No other services are planned at this time.
    In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Sprinkle Family, 4795 Taylorsville Hwy, Statesville, NC 28699.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Sprinkle Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Charles Wayne Sprinkle.

    Mark Ernest Benfield, 45, passed away November 20, 2014, at Brian Center-East.
    Mr. Benfield was born July 22, 1969, in Alexander County, son of the late Glenn E. and Hazel Bowman Benfield. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and attended Zion Baptist Church, of Morganton, where he loved participating in the children's church. He participated in Special Olympics and loved dogs.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Benfield.
    Surviving are his sisters, Kathy Benfield of Hiddenite, and Glenda Mims and husband Larry Mims, Jr., of Bethlehem; a niece, Heather Anderson and husband Jeff of Granite Falls; a nephew, Jesse Mims and wife Casie of Four Oaks; great-nephews, Sam Anderson of Granite Falls, and Logan Mims of Four Oaks; and a special caregiver, Ruby Carswell and all of her family of Morganton.
    Services were held Monday, November 24, 2014, at Antioch Baptist Church with Dr. Marcus Benfield and Rev. Keith Rose officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Zion Baptist Church, Children's Church, 3394 Pea Ridge Rd., Morganton, NC 28655; or Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be made online at www.hickoryfh.com.
    Hickory Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

    Richard “Twirley” Franklin Herman, 71, of Steve Watts Drive, Taylorsville, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014, at his residence.
    Mr. Herman was born July 5, 1943, in Alamance County, son of the late Marshell Elmore Herman and Stella Narissa Campbell. He retired from CommScope after 24 years. He was a braider operator.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Richard Eugene Herman; and a brother, Dwight Herman.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his fiancée, Starleen “Star” M. Proffitt; a daughter, Lori Dawn Herman of Newton; two sons, Steven Eric Herman and wife Tina of Stanley, and William Richard “Ricky” Herman and wife Mindy of Newton; a brother, Everett H. Herman and wife Mary Ann of Lincolnton; four granddaughters, Megan, Madison, Sydney and Maci Herman; and three grandsons, Cody Herman, Chandler Beatenhead, and Hayden Huff.
    A memorial service was conducted Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Oxford Baptist Church, with Rev. Joel Frye officiating.
    Memorials may be given to: American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Herman Family.

    Bill Harding Minton, 93, of Moravian Falls, died Thursday, November 20, 2014, at Autumn Care, in Statesville.
    Mr. Minton was born June 18, 1921, in Wilkes County, son of John and Julie Dowell Minton. He worked for Carolina Mirror and North Carolina Department of Transportation. He was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church.
    Survivors include his wife, Hexie Kilby Minton of the home; a daughter, Becky Wike of Taylorsville; three grandchildren, Ashleigh Wike, Will Wike and girlfriend Cristina Lazaro, and John Wike; a special friend, Doug Wike; a brother-in-law, Charles Kilby and friend Edith Foster of Millers Creek; and several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church, in the Pores Knob Community, with Rev. Tim Henderson officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.         
    Memorials can be made to Charlotte Dison EC Class at East Iredell Middle School, attn: Karen Arnette, 590 Chestnut Grove Road, Statesville, NC 28625; or to Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Edsel, 3086 E. Brocktown Road, Moravian Falls, NC 28654.
    Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

    Millard Don Lee Sparks, 83, of Taylorsville, passed away November 20, 2014, at Elizabeth House, in Hendersonville.
    Born July 5, 1931, he was the son of the late Don Lee Sparks and Hessie Sparks Joines. He was a Korean War veteran and served honorably in the Air Force as a radio operator.
    His career in textiles took him to many countries in the world. Mr. Sparks was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Roxie Ann McCloud Sparks; and siblings, Jack Sparks and Jim Sparks of Wilkesboro.
    He is survived by a son, Donald Lee Sparks and wife Faye of Dallas Texas; a daughter, Terri Leigh Arrington and husband Bruce of Saluda; granddaughters, Christine Sparks, Andrea Sparks, and Candace Arrington; grandsons, Lee and Shane Arrington; his brothers, Bill Sparks of Wilkesboro, and Ronnie Joines and Randy Joines of Moravian Falls; and his special companion, Sue Childers and her family of Taylorsville.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Three Forks Baptist Church with Dr. Carson E. Moseley, Senior Pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery, with DAV Chapter 84 and Chapter 6 providing military rights.
    Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731; or Three Forks Baptist Church, 4685 Three Forks Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be left for the family at www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Alexander Funeral Service of Taylorsville was entrusted with arrangements.

    Lisa Gail Jarvis Watson, 44, of 7th Street SW, Taylorsville, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014, due to a car accident.
    Mrs. Watson was born August 27, 1970, in Wilkes County, daughter of Joseph Mansfield Jarvis, II, and Glena Dale Miller Jarvis. She was a CNA and a homemaker, and was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church.
    Including her parents, those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Dempsey Ray Watson; three sons, Joshua Steven Holbrook of Wilkes County, Cody Ray Watson of the home, and Dempsey Ray Watson, Jr., of the home; a brother, Joseph Mansfield Jarvis, III, and wife Donna of Wilkes County; two sisters, G. Renee Jarvis of Wilkes County, and Victoria Jarvis of Lenoir; step-children, Kimberly Arias and husband Paulino, and John Watson of Taylorsville; grandchildren, Christina Gonzalez, Michael Arias, Selena Arias, and A.J. Brown; and a great-grandchild, Ayden Nieves.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Adams Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jamie Steele and speaker Junior Woods officiated. Burial followed in Stony Point Cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Adams Funeral Home, PO Box 937, Taylorsville, NC 28681 for funeral expenses.
    Condolences can be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Watson Family.

    Bobby Dean Wilson, 63, of Timothy Dan Lane, Taylorsville, passed away November 20, 2014, at Iredell Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness.
    Mr. Wilson was born February 6, 1951, in Iredell County, son of the late William Richard Wilson and Clara Barlowe Wilson. He was disabled, retired from the Department of Transportation, and was an upholsterer in the furniture industry for thirty years.
    Mr. Wilson served in the US Army from 1971 to 1973, was a member of the Foothills Corvette Club, and was a member of Hiddenite Baptist Church.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Wilson.
    He is survived by his wife Judy K. Wilson of the home; two daughters, Tamra Roberts and Talisha Logan and husband Chad, both of Hiddenite; a brother, Richard Wilson and wife Dawn of Taylorsville; a sister, Dana Jolly of Taylorsville; three grandchildren, Brianna Roberts of Taylorsville, Brooklyn Roberts of Hiddenite, and Callie Logan of Hiddenite.
    A memorial service was held Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Hiddenite Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Justice officiating.
    Memorials may be made to the Hiddenite Community Helpers, PO Box 84, Hiddenite, NC 28636.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Wilson Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Bobby Dean Wilson.

    Glenda Kay Hobbs, 75, of Cheatham Ford Road, Hiddenite, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Valley Nursing Center.
    Mrs. Hobbs was born October 1, 1939, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Oren Nelson Sharpe and Elizabeth Allen Sharpe. She worked as a dental assistant. She was a member of South River United Methodist Church and was very active in her church.
    Mrs. Hobbs was also a member of the Quilters Guild. She worked for many years selling Girl Scout cookies. Also, she worked with the Hiddenite Center and enjoyed directing and organizing weddings.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, E. Darrell Hobbs of the home; a daughter, LaDonna Castagan and husband Shawn of Hiddenite; a son, Kenton Allen Childers and fiancée Annette L. Parker of Statesville; a granddaughter, Nikki Napier; a great-granddaughter, Keira Massie; two nieces, Dr. Katie Sharpe Dean of Savannah, Georgia, and Whitney Sharpe of Baltimore, Maryland; a “daughter by love,” Amanda Goble of Taylorsville; and a brother, Allen Sharpe of Chapel Hill.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, November 22, 2014, at South River United Methodist Church, with Pastors Larry and Selena Scott officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers included: Larry Sharpe, Ronnie Sharpe, Denton Benfield, Lynn Sharpe, Mickey Mayberry, and Gilbert Sharpe. Honorary pallbearer was Aaron Keever.
    Memorials may be made to: South River UMC Cemetery Fund, 2540 Cheatham Ford Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Hobbs Family.

    Marsha Ann Horton, 49, formerly of Wilkes, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 15, 2014.
    She was born August 10, 1965, in Wilkes, daughter of the late James Avery and Martha Louise Hendren Billings. She loved spending time with her online friends, listening to music, reading, and of course shopping.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Monica Ann Horton; a brother, James Richard Billings; and a niece, Megan Grace Eller.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her sister, Melissa Billings Eller and husband Gary Thomas Eller of Hickory; a nephew, Grayson Eller; and a niece, Marissa Eller, both of Hickory.
    A memorial service was held Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Bethany Baptist Church, on Brushy Mountain Road, in Wilkesboro.
    Memorials may be made to: The Hickory Soup Kitchen, PO Box 1431, Hickory, NC 28603.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.





 
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