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Martha Ann Bridges Webb
Hazel McAlpine Robinette Ireland
Anna Louise Bradshaw
Buford Stinson Adcock, Jr.
Theressa (Bebee) Barnes
James Henry Frazier

Reverend Walter Clark Thompson, Jr.
Rayford Richard Milstead

Robin Denise Hall
Michael Ernest Matheson
Nathalie Yuvonne Sipe Murphy
Ruby Jane Linney Pratt
Michael Joseph Girard
Herman Archie Bentley
Margaret Icard Starnes



    Martha Ann Bridges Webb, 70, of Taylorsville, passed away on Saturday, August 30, 2014.
    She was born on June 19, 1944, in Summit, Ohio, daughter of the late Broad Bridges and Mary Goode Bridges. Martha was a homemaker most of her life, and was a member at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her spouse of 52 years, David Wilber Webb; sons, Darren Webb and wife Wendy of Taylorsville, and James Brent Webb and wife Ruthie of Taylorsville; a brother, Don Bridges of Virginia; a grandchild, Montanna Webb of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Little River Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Jeff Chapman and Rev. Perry Link officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Hazel McAlpine Robinette Ireland, 89, of Valley Nursing Center, formerly of Crest Knolls Apartments, Taylorsville, passed away after an extended illness on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Valley Nursing Center.
    She was born June 30, 1925, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Parks McAlpine and Hester Teague McApline. Mrs. Ireland was a member of Temple Baptist Church, Stony Point, and had retired from Gilliam Furniture Company.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy and Grady McAlpine: her first husband, Carlee Walter Robinette: her second husband, Jack Daniel Ireland; a son, Johnny Lee Robinette; and an infant son.
    She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Robinette Stamey and husband Bill of Statesville; a daughter-in-law, Evelyn Robinette of Hickory; three grandchildren, Tonya Baker Moneymaker and husband Todd of Raleigh, Lee Robinette and wife Erin of Taylorsville, and Natasha Robinette of Hickory; six great-grandchildren, Gabbie and Greg Moneymeker, Trent and Madison Robinette, Michael Spera, and MaKayia Lackey; several nephews and nieces; and a dear sister-in-law, Marie Robinette Crisp.
    The family would like to thank the staff at Valley Nursing Center for the special love and care shown to Hazel for the last three years, and also to the staff of Catawba Regional Hospice.
    Funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014 at Temple Baptist Church, Stony Point. Rev. Jason Payne and Rev. Todd Payne will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Temple Baptist Church, PO Box 327, Stony Point, NC 28678; and also to Global Public Service Academies, 1312 Strickland Ave. Suite # 114-145, Raleigh, NC 27613, Gabbie Moneymaker Student Code GKM-XG 2014-1.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Ireland Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Hazel McAlpine Robinette Ireland.

    Anna Louise Bradshaw, 90, of Taylorsville, went to her home to be with beloved husband, Joe, and her three children on Friday, August 29, 2014.
    She was born December 10, 1923, daughter of the late Jesse Elliott and Dola Elliot of Catawba County. Anna was a people person and started her own produce business in 1963, opening stands across the county. She also loved song and dance, and once won a dance contest for the Charleston.
    While at Valley Nursing Center, she also served others with her wonderful singing voice. She never grew tired of Elvis, and one of her favorite tunes was Lay Me Down by Levi Jones. Never one to sit still, she enjoyed traveling, and was even issued a backseat driving license at one point in her life! One of her other many passions were sweet things and snuff. While at Valley Nursing Center, her family would bring her chocolate powder for her snuff. Anna certainly enjoyed life, most of all she loved her family and will be greatly missed.
    In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Joe Bradshaw; sons, Marvin Watts and Rickey Bradshaw; a daughter, Carolyn Fox; and numerous brothers and sisters.
    Survivors include her sons, Walter Watts and wife Joycelyn of Keystone Heights, Florida, John Watts and wife Connie of Denver, Kimberly Lott and Allen Watts of Fellsmere, Florida; daughters, Judy Hearn and husband Ronald of Charlotte, Ann Bringuier and husband Mundy of Charlotte, Sandra Hoke of Hickory, Donna Lackey and husband Dennis of Taylorsville, and Joann Adams and husband John of Bushnell, Florida; a sister, Lucille Deal of Claremont; 25 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
    A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 1, 2014, in the Chapel of Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory, in Newton. Burial will follow in the Sardis Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
    In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Catawba Regional Hospice at 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be made to the family at www.drumfh-conover.com.
    Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover is proud to be serving the Bradshaw Family.

    Buford Stinson Adcock, Jr., 69, of Hendersonville, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014 in Hendersonville.
    The visitation will be Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 9:45 a.m. at Skyland Baptist Church. The Memorial Service will follow at 10:45 a.m. with Rev. David Honeycutt officiating. A graveside service will take place on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Lambert officiating.
    In lieu of flowers, send to Skyland Baptist Church, 2115 Hendersonville Rd, Arden, NC 28704.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Theressa (Bebee) Barnes, 59, of Wilkesboro, was born in Taylorsville on December 3, 1954. She departed this life after a protracted illness on August 28, 2014.
    She joined St. John's Church at an early age, where she remained a member until her death. She graduated from Alexander Central in 1973. She worked for many years as an employee at E. R. Carpenter and Tyson, and was a certified cosmetologist.
    Theressa was an avid pet lover and was known for her magnetic personality. Her laugh was infectious, and she has been described as a "self-made clown." Bebee had a tremendous presence, and anyone who met her fought to stay close to her. To know Bebee was to possess a priceless pearl.
    She was preceded in death by her late husband, Kenneth Barnes, Sr.; and her son, Kenneth Barnes, Jr.
    She is survived by her daughter, Kennechia Marie Barnes of Wilkesboro who resides at her home; her parents, Mabel and Antoine Julien of Spring House, Pennsylvania; three sisters, Wondra Gemende of Riverside, California, Tya-Mae Julien, MD of Dallas, Texas, and Svena Julien, MD of Baltimore, Maryland; and two brothers, Matheau Julien, MD of Denver, Colorado, and Philippe Julien, MD of San Diego, California.
    Viewing Services will be held on Saturday August 30, 2014 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. Home Going Service will be held on Sunday August 31, 2014 at 2 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church, 224 Quail Hollow Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    James Henry Frazier, 72, of Hiddenite, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    He was born on August 31, 1941, in Wilkes County, son of the late Henry Frazier and Leona Josephine Smith Frazier Allen. James was retired from Broyhill Furniture and was a member of Millersville Baptist Church.
    His cat, Hope, was his faithful companion, and he loved to tinker on watches, clocks, and engines.
    Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Evalena Ramsey Frazier.
    Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Sue Frazier of Taylorsville; granddaughters, Katy Frazier of Taylorsville, and Brittany Frazier of Hiddenite; a brother, Bob Frazier of Wilkesboro; numerous neices and nephews; and special thanks to his neighbors, Anthony and Michelle McLain, and sons, Michael and Aron.
    Visitation will be Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The Memorial Service will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the chapel with Rev. Barry Harrell officiating.
    Memorials may be made to Hospice of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Reverend Walter Clark Thompson, Jr., of Charlotte, made his entrance into the Land he sang and preached about on August 4, 2014.
    He was born January 27, 1924, son of Walter Clark Thompson, Sr. and Alda Gar Thompson in Taylorsville.
    He trained as a pilot and was also a mechanic in the Army Air Force in WWII. He sang baritone with the Rangers Trio for several years; singing and listening to gospel music remained a passion throughout his life. He founded Shopton Road Baptist Church in Charlotte and was the pastor there for 39 years.
    He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Linda Jean Thompson; his sister, Deane Price (Lindsey Price); and many other family members and friends.
    Funeral services were held on Friday, August 8, at Trinity Baptist Church, on Arrowood Rd. in Charlotte, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Fenton "Bud" Parker, Rev. Randy Parker, and Rev. Larry Wilson officiating. Music selections were presented by Wallace Nelms. The family received friends at the church at noon.
    Burial with military honors will follow the service at Sharon Memorial Park.

    Rayford Richard Milstead, 77, of Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014, at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    He was born April 2, 1937, in Alexander County, son of the late Jay Richard Milstead and Mary Sue Herman Milstead. He worked at Smithey's as a butcher before becoming an oil truck driver for a total of 25 years. He farmed for the remainder of his life.
    Mr. Milstead was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon, and was a member of the Benevolence Committee. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Ellendale Fire Department and for Farm Bureau. He loved his grandchildren and attending gospel singings.
    Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, infant Ned William Milstead and Lynn Edward Milstead; and a niece, Dana Pharr.
    Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 57 years, Ruby Richie Milstead; a son, Randy Milstead and wife Penny; daughters, Darlene Barnes and husband Joe, and Angie Kirby and husband Don; grandchildren, Debra Clark and husband Thomas, Erin Richter and husband Jeff, Jason Milstead and fiancée Sara, Amy and Emily Barnes, and Hope Kirby; great-grandchildren, Colby, Addison, and Gracie Clark, and Cooper Richter; brothers, Clayton Milstead and Richard Milstead; sisters, Evelyn Lackey, Thelma Harrington, and Judy Pharr; and a number of nieces and nephews, all of Taylorsville.
    Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. at Mt. Herman Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Schronce officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers include: Dale Lackey, Chris Harrington, Roger Harrington, Danny Reynolds, Wesley Milstead, Terry Bumgarner, Michael Fox, and Greg Fox. Honorary Pallbearers include: Todd Harrington, Dustin Harrington, Tyler Bumgarner, and Jacob Elder.
    Memorials may be made to Mt. Herman Baptist Church, PO Box 697, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or to Gideons International Taylorsville Camp, PO Box 517, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Robin Denise Hall, 50, of Taylorsville, passed away after an extended illness, at her residence, with Hospice of Alexander County on Friday, August 22, 2014, surrounded by loved ones.
    She was born in Iredell County April 12, 1964, daughter of the late Ernest J. and Ollie Mae James Russell. She was employed with Shurtape, Lewittes Furniture, the Alexander County School System, and Walmart over the years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and participated in VBS, the nursery, and the nursery department of Sunday School. Mrs. Hall was a foster parent as well as home schooling her own children.
    She is survived by her husband, King Junior Hall, Jr. of the home; daughters, Brittany Fox and husband Kyle of Taylorsville, and Emily Hall of the home; a son, Jonathan Hall of the home; a granddaughter, Kylie Fox of Taylorsville, with another grandchild on the way; her mother-in-law, Grace Hall of Taylorsville; a brother, Randy Russell and wife Christine of Conover; a brother-in-law, Doug Hall and wife Penny of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    A memorial service was held Sunday, August 24, 2014, at Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorsville with Pastor Steve Dagenhart officiating. Inurnment will be with the family.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Michael Ernest Matheson, 67, of Daniels Lumber Road, Taylorsville, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    He was born July 9, 1947, in Iredell County, son of Levada Elder Matheson of Taylorsville and the late Ernest Matheson. Mr. Matheson was a US Air Force veteran. He had worked for the United States Postal Service as a transportation expeditor and retired from the Hickory Post Office.
    He was a 1965 graduate of Hiddenite High School and had also attended CVCC, where he received an Associates Degree in Transportation. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, a dedicated son, brother, and was a very humble man in deeds and action sacrificing in service to others.
    Including his mother, those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sonja Dianne Bumgarner Matheson; two daughters, Brigette Matheson of the home, and Christa Matheson of Moravian Falls; two sisters, Diane Marie Matheson of Conover, and Pat Oxentine of Claremont; two brothers, Lynn Matheson of Hiddenite, and Hal Matheson of Conover; and a granddaughter, Sadie Matheson.
    Funeral services were held Monday, August 25, 2014, at Adams Funeral Home, with Rev. Bill Orren officiating. Burial followed in Carson Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
    Mmemorials 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 of Taylorsville served the Matheson Family.

    Nathalie Yuvonne Sipe Murphy, 44, of Taylorsville, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014, in Alexander County.
    She was born February 7, 1970, in Wilkes County, daughter of Graydon Eugene Sipe and the late Grace Dean Prevette Sipe. She was employed at Lowes of Lenoir, and she attended St. Luke's Lutheran Church. She loved gardening and fishing.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her father, Eugene Sipe of Taylorsville; a daughter, Heather Starnes and husband Brent of Newton; a brother, Chuck Eugene Sipe of Taylorsville; a sister, Natasha Sorrel of Naples, Florida; a grandson, Owen Starnes of Newton; nieces, Shelby and Taylor Sorrell of Naples, Florida; and her grandmother, Norine Sipe of Taylorsville.
    Visitation will be held Thursday, August 28, 2014, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. A memorial service will follow at 7:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Gary Jennings officiating.
    Memorials may be made to the Women's Shelter in Lenoir, PO Box 426, Lenoir, NC 28645; or to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1364 Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Ruby Jane Linney Pratt of Colorado Springs, Colorado, formerly of Hiddenite, passed away Friday, August 22, 2014.
    She was the daughter of the late Rev. Osborne and Maltie Smith Linney, born April 28, 1931, in Hiddenite.
    She was a member of Smith Grove Baptist Church in Hiddenite. Pastor Calvin Rowe extended the offer of salvation to Ruby and she accepted Christ at the age of 13. She graduated from Happy Plains High School on June 1, 1949. She continued her education with Woods Morgan Beauty and Barber College and became a licensed cosmetologist.
    She met James Pratt, Jr. in Charlotte, and they were married March 21, 1959. Mrs. Pratt lived in North Carolina; Washington, DC; Fort Richardson, Alaska; and Fort Knox, Kentucky; before settling in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She loved to travel. She worked and retired from Fort Carson AAFES (Army, Air Force, Exchange Service).
    Mrs. Pratt was a long time member of Friendship Baptist Church of Colorado Springs and was a member of the Mission Choir and Sunday School. She and her husband coordinated a Pastor's Anniversary in 2007.
    She was pre-deceased by siblings, Lois Alexander, Lessie Miller, Clemont Linney, Faye Pemberton, Fred Linney, and Jimmie Linney.
    She is survived by her husband, James Pratt, Jr. of Colorado Springs; children, Jacqueline K. King of Colorado Springs, Pamela I. Trent (Stanley) of Nashville, Tennessee, and Reginald Pratt of Colorado Springs; grandchildren, Jerome Pratt of Colorado Springs, Renaldo Jenkins of Colorado Springs, Monique King of Orlando, Florida, and Micheal King of Colorado Springs; great-grandchildren, Saniyah King of Colorado Springs, Jazzmine'Rain Pratt of Colorado Springs, and Micheal King, Jr. of Dallas, Texas; sisters, Gladys Campbell and Purney Gray, both of Statesville, and Mildred Linney of Hiddenite; and a host of relatives and friends.
    Funeral services will be held in Colorado on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

    Michael Joseph Girard, 70, of Hoovers Drive, Stony Point, passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, August 21, 2014.
    He was born May 1, 1944, in Chippewa County, Wisconsin, son of the late Nick Girard and Theresa Laberee Girard. Mr. Girard was a retired forklift operator for Lowes in Harmony and was of the Catholic faith.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Langiewicz.
    He is survived by his life partner, Katherine "Kay" Price of the home; three sons, Michael Jason Girard and life partner Katherine "Sissy" Price of Asheville, Charles Eric Girard and wife Becky of Marshall, and Arthur Mark Girard and life partner Tracy White of Marshall; a daughter, Danielle Theresa Girard and life partner Rick Rockwell of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; five step-sons, Edward Price, William Price, Charlie Price, Robert Price, and Michael Price; three step-daughters, Katherine C. "Sissy" Price, Mary Keller, and Tammy "TJ" Price; ten grandchildren; nineteen step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; three nieces; and two nephews.
    A memorial service was held Tuesday, August 26, 2014, at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel. Mr. Girard's grandson, Alex Nicholas Harding, officiated.
    Memorials may be given to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Walker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Girard Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Michael Joseph Girard.

    Herman Archie Bentley, 72, of Boomer, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    Mr. Bentley was born July 10, 1942, in Caldwell County, son of Preston Plato and Edith Brown Bentley. He retired from Schneider Mills and was a member of the Word in Truth Ministries.
    He was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, Price Stamper and Allison Stamper.
    He is survived by his wife, Shirley Bare Bentley of the home; two daughters, Penny Kerley and husband Alan of Taylorsville, and Frankie Schmitt of Boomer; two sisters, Wilma Huskey, and Thelma Sumpter and husband Billy, all of Lenoir; two brothers, Rev. Bill Bentley and wife Mary Ann, and Grady Bentley, all of Lenoir; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
    Funeral services were held Saturday, August 23, 2014, in Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with Rev. Bill Bentley and Rev. Bill Orren officiating.
    Memorials may be made to Hospice and Home Care-Alexander, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

    Margaret Icard Starnes, 84, of Granite Falls, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Caldwell Hospice, in Hudson.
    She was born February 13, 1930, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Ernest Icard and Gladys Fox Icard. She was a homemaker, helping to operate the family-owned farm with her husband, where they raised tobacco, beef cattle, and small grain crops.
    She was a member of Dudley Shoals Baptist Church, where she taught children's Sunday School, and was a member of the choir. Mrs. Starnes was also a member of the ladies’ circle.
    Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Icard; and a sister, Ruth Icard Snyder.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Alden E. Starnes, of the home, who served as a Caldwell County Commissioner for 34 years; an only son, Vaughn Starnes, who was the light of her life and serves as Chief of Surgery at the University of Southern California, and his wife Julie of Pasadena, California; grandchildren, Kristen Ott and husband Jeff of Houston, Texas, Ashley Pharris and husband Jon of Newport, California, Margaret Roubard and husband Julien of Los Angeles, California, and Andrew Starnes of Irvine, California; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Alice Sanniota; brothers, Frank Icard and Carrol Icard; special friends, Keith and Shirley Sims of Granite Falls; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services were held Friday, August 22, 2014, at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church with Pastor Gordon West and Pastor Don Ingle officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers included: Andrew Starnes, Mike Sims, Joe Sims, Phil Icard, Patrick Starnes, and Michael Icard.
    Memorials may be made to Dudley Shoals Baptist Church, 1882 Dudley Shoals Rd, Granite Falls, NC 28630.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

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