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Geoffery Gerard Forbes
Rev. William Otha “Bill” Goble, Jr.
William Boyd Isenhour
Bradley Wayne Artis-Roberts
Adam Ray Deal
Bertha Laws Childers
Edith Wallace “Babe” Deal
Frank Lindsey Bowles
Bonnie Leona Sharpe McLain
Rhonda Harris Wooten
Wilma Sarah Benfield

Robert “Bobby” Joseph Swedlund


    Geoffery Gerard Forbes, 54, passed away January 26, 2015.
    He was born to the late George Gerard and Susan Catherine Carbin Forbes, who survives, on March 3, 1960.
    There are no funeral services scheduled at this time.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service..

    Rev. William Otha “Bill” Goble, Jr., 88, of Taylorsville, passed away on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center.
    Born on March 3, 1926 in Alexander County, son of the late William O. and Alma Elizabeth Patterson Goble, he was a graduate of NC State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and later graduated from Southeastern Seminary, with a Bachelor’s in Ministry.
    Rev. Goble had served Aynor Baptist Church, Aynor, South Carolina, First Baptist Church, Rutherford College, and was Director of Missions for the Catawba River Baptist Association, in Morganton, for 26 years, and in retirement served as interim pastor of the Korean Baptist Church in Charlotte.
    After moving back to Taylorsville in 1995, he became the Director of Missions for the Alexander Baptist Association. Mr. Goble was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corp during WWII.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Gerald Goble; and a sister, Ethel Mae Hollar.
    He is survived by his wife, Roberta Teague Goble of the home; a son, Stephen Goble and wife Beverly of Raleigh; a daughter, Elizabeth Benfield of Taylorsville; three grandchildren, Heath Powell of Winterville, Whitney Benfield of Winston-Salem, and Nick Benfield of Taylorsville; a great-grandchild, Aubrey Powell of Winterville; a brother, Raeford Goble of Charlotte; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Visitation will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 1:30-2:45 at Antioch Baptist Church with funeral services beginning at 3 p.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Baptist Church. Rev. Mark Morris, Rev. Mark Hollor, Rev. Jerry Gamble, and Rev. Gary Jennings will officiate. Military Rites will be provided by DAV Post 84 of Taylorsville and Post 6 of Hudson.
    Memorials may be made to the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, in care of Antioch Baptist Church, 580 Antioch Church Rd., Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    William Boyd Isenhour, 84, of Hwy 90 East, Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Brian Center, in Statesville.
    Mr. Isenhour was born July 13, 1930, in Alexander County, son of the late Rev. Joseph Albert “J.A.” Isenhour and Eulla Vella Blakenship Isenhour.
    He had worked as contractor, and also owned and operated Emerald Valley Tractors Repair & Retail Shop.
    He was a member of White Plains Baptist Church, and he was an avid skeet shooter. Boyd loved to restore old tractors and make them look brand new.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Gail Isenhour.
    Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Nancy Ann Isenhour Possidente of Salisbury; two sons, William Gail Isenhour of Bethlehem Community, and William Keith Isenhour and wife Paula of Taylorsville; a sister, Faye Isenhour Walker of Hiddenite; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
    The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at White Plains Baptist Church. Rev. Tony Daniels will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service.
    Condolences may be sent to www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Isenhour Family.

    Bradley Wayne Artis-Roberts, 44, of Hiddenite, passed away at Gordon Hospice House on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
    Bradley was born to Clyde Wayne and Shirley Louise Johnston Roberts.
    Those who preceded him in death are his maternal grandparents, James Arthur and Letha Mae Johnston; and his paternal grandparents, Clyde Walker and Elsie May Roberts.
    In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 24 years, Dawn Artis-Roberts; two sons, William and Ethan Artis-Roberts, both of Hiddenite; a sister, Denita Tyslinger of Taylorsville; four nieces, Hailey Artis, and Carrie, Crystal and Cassy Baity; his mother and father-in-law, US Airforce retired Major William and Jill Artis of Deland, Florida; and a sister-in-law, Heather Artis.
    Visitation will be held at Alexander Funeral Service on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Inurnment will follow with the family at a later date.
    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4200 Morganton Road, Suite 300,
Fayetteville, NC 28314.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Adam Ray Deal, 32, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Sunday, January 25, 2015.
    Born December 24, 1982, son of Danny Ray Deal and Vicki G. Wilson in Forsyth County, he was a machine operator at Hickory Springs. Mr. Deal had attended Freedom Baptist Church. He loved hunting and fishing, along with carpentry work and mechanics, and was an avid outdoorsman.
    He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Howard “Dave” Deal.
    In addition to his parents, he is survived by his two brothers, twin, James (Heidi Hall), and Bryant Deal (Kristin) of Hiddenite; his step-father, Charles Wilson; a niece, Addison Deal of Hiddenite; a nephew, Brycen Deal of Hiddenite; grandparents, Joyce Bowman Deal of Taylorsville, and Ed and Linda Goodwin of Stony Point; two uncles, Gregg and Terry Deal, both of Taylorsville; an aunt, Becky Gwaltney of Taylorsville; a special friend, Kim Davis; and two special buddies, Keenan Moose and Calvin McIver, both of Taylorsville.
    Visitation will be held at East Taylorsville Baptist Church on Friday, January 30, 2015, from 2:00-3:30 p.m., and graveside funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Hiddenite Cemetery. Rev. Jamie Steele and Rev. Jimmy Bowman will officiate.
    Pallbearers will be Keenan Moose, Calvin McIver, Jesse “Bubba” Hall, Steven Deal, Wesley Deal, and Terry Barr.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Bertha Laws Childers, 92, of Linney’s Mountain Road, Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Brian Center, in Statesville.
    Mrs. Childers was born December 16, 1922, in Wilkes County, daughter of the late Troy Laws and Edna Davis Laws. She had worked in frame shops and was a member of Freedom Baptist Church.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Lee Childers; three sisters, Mary Sweet, Luna Goforth, and Georgie Matheson; and two brothers, Arlie Laws and Dewie Laws; and a son, Kelly Childers.
    Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters, Louise Hatton and husband Don of Taylorsville, Ruth Johnson and husband Joseph of Appaloosa, Louisiana, and Rosie Ann Fox of Conover; six sons, Charlie Lee Childers, Jr. and Raymond Hall Childers, both of Taylorsville, Roger Dale Childers of Stony Point, Lewis Childers and wife Sharon of Catawba, Billy Childers of Taylorsville, and Rayford Childers of Ronda; 21 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
    A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Mountain Ridge Cemetery. Rev. Mark Adams and Dr. Sam Vallini will officiate.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Childers Family.

    Edith Wallace “Babe” Deal, 79, of Taylorsville, passed away at Frye Regional Medical Center on Thursday, January 22, 2015.
    Born December 6, 1935, daughter of the late Herman Parks and Mozelle Francis Hubbard Wallace, in Wilkes County, she was retired from Rock Tenn Corp. in Taylorsville.
    Mrs. Deal was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church and was known for her flower and vegetable gardens. She enjoyed yard sales and gospel music, but she especially enjoyed her grandchildren. She was famous for her chicken and dumplings.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Clyde Wallace; and four sisters, Ruth Allen, Bernice Baker, Gaynell Decker, and Sue Braswell.
    She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John B. Deal of the home; a daughter, Cathy Campbell and husband Tony of Taylorsville; a son, Davey D. Deal and wife Nancy of Taylorsville; three grandchildren, Shane Russell of Hiddenite, Allison Clonch and husband Thomas, and Brandon Deal and wife Larissa, all of Taylorsville; a great-grandchild, Page Deal of Taylorsville; two brothers, Junior Wallace of Taylorsville, and Everett Wallace of Hiddenite; three sisters, Graceteen “Teen” Childers, Kay Roberts and husband Billy, and Dianne Williams and husband Bobby, all of Taylorsville; a number of nieces and nephews; two special friends and caregivers, Martha Jones and Karen Martin; and woman’s best friend, Maci.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, January 25, 2015, at East Taylorsville Baptist Church with Rev. Jamie Steele and Rev. Gary W. Jennings officiating. Burial followed in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.
    Pallbearers were Darren, Shannon and Caleb Roberts, Tony Pope, Brad Campbell, Brandon Deal, Thomas Clonch, and Michael Wallace.
    Memorials may be made to East Taylorsville Baptist Building Fund, PO Box 906, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or 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.

    Frank Lindsey Bowles, 87, of Old Vasthi Rd., Taylorsville, passed away, after a brief illness, Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at home.
    He was born October 3, 1927, in Alexander County, son of the late Nender A. Bowles and Parlee Gwaltney Bowles. Mr. Bowles was a retired farmer and was of the Baptist faith.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
    He is survived by his caregiver, Doyle Bowles and wife Kathy of Taylorsville; and a number of cousins.
    A graveside service was conducted Saturday, January 24, 2015, on the family farm, 1287 Old Vasthi Rd., Taylorsville. Rev. Jerry Lingerfelt officiated.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Bowles Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Frank Lindsey Bowles.

    Bonnie Leona Sharpe McLain, 81, of Statesville, passed away January 21, 2015, at Gordon Hospice House, Statesville, after a period of declining health.
    She was born January 15, 1934, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Kenner R. Sharpe and Jannie Steele Sharpe. She was a retired textile worker and was of the Baptist faith.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Franklin McLain; a son, Douglas Franklin McLain; six brothers; four sisters; and a grandchild.
    She is survived by her son, Keith McLain (Rhonda) of Statesville; a daughter, Peggy Lambert and husband Ray of Statesville; a daughter-in-law, Debbie McLain of Stony Point; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
    A memorial service was conducted Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Williams officiating.
    Memorials may be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the McLain Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Bonnie Leona Sharpe McLain.

    Rhonda Harris Wooten, 56, of Taylorsville, passed away January 21, 2015, at Frye Regional Medical Center, Hickory.
    She was born December 20, 1958, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Fred Harris, Sr. and Louise Summers Harris. She was of the Baptist faith.
    In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Harris Jr.; paternal grandparents, Lolar and Eva Harris; and maternal grandparents, Nathen and Pearl Summers.
    She is survived by a son, Stephan Vance Wooten II; a daughter, Kimberly Louise Levan Blankenship; three brothers, Allen, Timothy “Timmy” and Phillip Harris; two sisters, Gail Harris Passmore and Dawn Chapman Fox; three grandchildren, Maysie Webb, Madyson Blankenship, and Malachi Blankenship; and a great-grandchild, Jaycie Webb.
    Funeral services were conducted Sunday, January 25, 2015, at Pisgah United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Harris officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be sent to the Rhonda Wooten Family in care of Chapman Funeral Home, 158 Stony Point School Rd., Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Wooten Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Rhonda Harris Wooten.

    Wilma Sarah Benfield, 82, of Statesville Place, passed away, at home, on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
    She was born April 3, 1932, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Leonard Lonnie Spears and Jane Wilcox Spears. Mrs. Benfield was retired from Burnhart Furniture Company and was of the Baptist faith.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Benfield; and three brothers, Wallie, Lonnie and William Spears.
    She is survived by her sister-in-law, Virginia Spears; a niece, Elizabeth Spears; and a nephew, Dale Spears.
    A graveside service was conducted Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Redemption Baptist Church, Statesville.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Benfield Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point assisted the family of Wilma Sarah Benfield.

    Robert “Bobby” Joseph Swedlund, 25, of Troutman, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
    He was born May 12, 1989, in Cleburne, Texas, son of Robert Dean Swedlund and Tamera Fisher Swedlund. He was home schooled, graduated from high school, and then committed a year of his life to bringing the light of God's Word to the city of Sacramento, California. He loved soccer, was an avid disc golf player, and loved the outdoors.
    Bobby, a precious child of his Father God, a loving son and brother, is survived by his parents; a brother, Jeremy Swedlund; three sisters, Jacqueline Bourne, Hannah Bargmann, and Racquel Swedlund; and grandparents, Richard P. Fisher, Sr. and Harry and Delores Swedlund.
    He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
    A celebration of Bobby's life was held Saturday, January 24, 2015, in the Troutman Funeral Home Chapel.
    Mr. Swedlund and his girlfriend, Leanne, are expecting their first child together in May of 2015, a daughter named Lilly Hannah Bobby Swedlund. The news that Bobby was to be a father to a baby girl brought such joy and excitement to his life. We would like to honor Bobby and his desire to raise this baby girl by providing a fundraiser to help provide for and support Lilly. If you are blessed to give to help support Bobby and Leanne's expectant daughter, any donations, in lieu of flowers and gifts, would be greatly appreciated. Please visit www.crowdrise.com/LilyHannahBobbySwedlundFund.
    We thank all of you for your love, support and prayers.
    Condolences may be sent to the family at www.troutmanfuneralhome.com.
    Troutman Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements for Bobby Swedlund.

 
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