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Billie Monroe Millsaps
Joe Pennell
Gary Dean “Dino” Rhyne
Katy Shook Cates

Earnest Teen “Tina” Warlick
Maxine D. Stafford Mays Mays
Phillip “Phil” Chapman
George “Lee” Rogers
Claude Hampton Stilwell
Betty Jo Shepherd Wyatt
Gay Warren
William Robert “Bobby” Estes
Cecil “C.H.” Morrow
Thomas Lee Parker
Jean Ann Starnes
Eddie Lee Wike (Ed)
Bobby Edward Carpenter
Rosellen J. Harrington
Helen Christine Adams Harris

Kenneth Asbury Breeden


    Billie Monroe Millsaps, 78, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
    He was the son of the late Garfield and Sarah Jane Linney Millsaps. Mr. Millsaps was born on February 14, 1937 in Alexander County.
    He was a lifelong member of Smith Grove Baptist Church. He attended faithfully until he was unable to. He served as deacon, leader of the choir, and Sunday school teacher.
    Mr. Millsaps was self-employed as an auto mechanic. Mr. Millsaps was owner and operator of Billie’s Auto Repair. He specialized in transmission and motor repair. He loved cars, especially Lincolns and Fords.
    He enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to Christian music, and singing. Mr. Millsaps will be remembered for his kind heart and love of the Lord.
    In addition to his parents, Mr. Millsaps was preceded in death by his sons, William Boyd Millsaps and Rickey Millsaps; brothers, Rev. Mack, Aaron, Joby, and Cecil; and sisters, Dot, Kate, and Ada.
    He leaves behind his legacy to be cherished by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Parsons Millsaps; daughters, Vanessa Golightly and husband Rufus, Sheila Millsaps, Rhonda Collins and husband Eddie, Sandra Millsaps, Julia Pollock, and Sherry Millsaps; his son, Eddie Millsaps and wife Margaret; a sister, Wilma Speaks; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    Visitation will be held, from 12:30-2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will follow, at 2:00 p.m., in the funeral home chapel. Rev. William Little will be officiating. Burial will take place in the Smith Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
    The family requests that, in addition to flowers, memorials be made to: Alexander County Hospice, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

    Joe Pennell, 68, of Old Wilkesboro Road, Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at his residence.
    Mr. Pennell was born December 6, 1947, in Greenville, son of Dessie Marie Pennell Reid of Taylorsville and the late Claude Hershel Pennell.
    He was a self-employed landscaper and was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
    Including his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hester Mae Smith Pennell; a twin brother, James Pennell; and a step-father-in-law, Grady Reid.
    Including his mother, those left to cherish his memory include: three step-sons, Sammy Russ of Taylorsville, Stacy Russ of Hudson, and James Phillip Russ and wife Dana of Hiddenite; five step-grandchildren, Landon, Allie and Madie Russ of Hiddenite, Joey Russ of Hudson, and Aaron Russ of Lenoir; three sisters, Mae Foster and husband Terry, Rhonda Sherrill (Harvey), and Tammy Fortner and husband Tommy, all of Taylorsville; two brothers, Jerry Pennell and wife Bobbi, and Eddie Pennell (Bonnie), all of Taylorsville; a number of nieces and nephews; a special friend, Don Horton; a special niece, Audrey Jarrell; and his canine companion, “Bo.”
    No formal arrangements are planned.
    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 Pennell Family.

    Gary Dean “Dino” Rhyne, 71, of Stony Point, passed away, after an extended illness, on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
    Mr. Rhyne was born February 21, 1944, in Iredell County, son of the late William Boyce Rhyne and Eva Head Rhyne. Mr. Rhyne was retired from Armstrong Wood Floors and Bernhardt Furniture as a maintenance supervisor. Mr. Rhyne served as a volunteer fireman with Stony Point VFD for 36 years, and was a faithful member of Stony Point Baptist Church.
    In addition to his parents, Mr. Rhyne was predeceased by two sisters, Darlene Rhyne Miller and Kathy Renee Rhyne.
    Mr. Rhyne is survived by his wife, Catherine Stamey Rhyne of the home; a son, Monte Dean Rhyne (Brigette) of Stony Point; a daughter, Tammy Lynette Rhyne of Stony Point; a brother, William Ned Rhyne (Betty) of Statesville; a sister, Marjorie Rhyne Alexander (Bradley) of Sherrill’s Ford; four grandchildren, Alex, Felicia, Evan, and Chandler, all of Stony Point; a number of nieces and nephews; and lots of friends.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Stony Point Baptist Church. Rev. Phil Addison and Rev. Rick Norman will officiate along with Garett Childers at graveside. Burial will follow in the Stony Point Cemetery. The family will receive friends, from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 12, 2016 at Lindsay Hall.
    Active pallbearers are: Jason Miller, Mike Starnes, Mike Hellard, Keith Alexander, Joe Julsrud, and Scotty Abernathy.
    Honorary pallbearers are: Stony Point Service Center “Club” Members, Stony Point Volunteer Fire Department members, and Stony Point Baptist Men’s Sunday school class.
    Memorials may be given to Stony Point Baptist Scholarship Fund, PO Box 198, Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Rhyne Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Gary Dean “Dino” Rhyne.

    Katy Shook Cates, 91, of Old Mountain Road, Statesville, passed away, after an illness of three months, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Watauga Medical Center, Boone.
    Mrs. Cates was born on May 31, 1924, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Grover George Shook and Bertie Massey Shook. She was a homemaker, a graduate of the old Sharon High School, and a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, in the Sharon Community of Iredell County.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Thomas H. Cates; a sister, Margaret Shook Pharr; and two brothers, Glenn and Cal Shook.
    Mrs. Cates is survived by three nephews and their families. She was especially close to her nephew, Philip Pharr and wife Dottie, and their children and grandchildren.
    Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Chapman Funeral Home Chapel. Dr. Philip Pharr will officiate. Burial will follow in the Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 2 p.m., at Chapman Funeral Home, prior to the service.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Cates Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Katy Shook Cates.

    Earnest Teen “Tina” Warlick, 67, of Commerce Blvd., Statesville, passed away, after a brief illness, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at the Brian Center, Statesville.
    Ms. Warlick was born on August 25, 1948, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Earnest Warlick and Dorthy Warlick Royall. She was disabled and of the Baptist faith.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Danny Warlick.
    Left to cherish her memory are a sister, Marie Upright and husband Daniel of Statesville; four brothers, Allen Warlick and wife Judith of Mooresville, Wilson Warlick and wife Kat of Mooresville, Richard Warlick and wife Corrine of Catawba, and Tony Lee Royall of Statesville; two uncles; an aunt; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625.
    Condolences may be e-mailed to the Warlick Family by visiting our website at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.
    Chapman Funeral Home is assisting the family of Earnest Teen “Tina” Warlick.

    Maxine D. Stafford Mays Mays, 85, of Taylorsville, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2016, at her residence.
    She was born on Monday, April 7, 1930, daughter of the late U. Burette (Ret) Stafford and Beulah E. Bowman Stafford.
    She was a lifelong member of Friendship Lutheran Church, and was employed at Clayton Marcus and Taylor King Furniture for many years as a floor lady.
    She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lynn E. Mays, in January 1976; her second husband, Daniel B. Mays, in January 2012; a brother, Howard Stafford and wife Nell-Rose; two brothers-in-law, Rayford Fox and Kelly Bowman; two nieces, Linda Dean Stafford and Deborah Bowman Mecimore; a granddaughter, Tiffany; and a great-granddaughter, Karsen.
    She is survived by three daughters, Vickie Church, Janet M. Walker and husband Ray, and Deidra M. Locklear and husband David, all of Taylorsville; two sons, Denny Stafford and wife Kathy, and Terry Mays and wife Teeney of Taylorsville; two step-daughters, Deborah Ramsey and husband Doug of Lynchburg, Virginia, and Dianne M. Schwartzkopf of Crossville, Tennessee; eight grandchildren, Denita Stafford and fiancé Greg Bumgarner, Nicole S. Whitener and husband Ty, Brandon Stafford and wife Abbie, Summer W. Eldreth and husband Chad, Amber Walker, Mackenzie Payne, Kaley M. Chapman and husband Colby, and Macklinton Shook and wife Brittany, and great-grandson, Zachary Stafford; five step-grandchildren, Sarah Baker and husband Titus, Stephanie Schwartzkopf, Matt Ramsey, Chris Ramsey and wife Lauren, and Miranda Locklear; her little helpers great-grandchildren, Jaelyn Hopper, Kya Clark, Kassie, Kohen and Kisha Eldreth; six other great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Christine S. Fox and Mabel S. Bowman; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; special friends, Johnsie Lackey, Juanita Shook, Phil and Jennifer Whitaker, and Roger and Kay Johnson; and special caregivers, Rhonda Sherrill and Tracey Phillips.
    Visitation will be Thursday, February 11, 2016, from 6:00-8:30 p.m., at Friendship Lutheran Church. The funeral will be held Friday, February 12, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., at the church. Rev. Carol Yeager, Rev. Gregory Yeager, and Rev. Jeff Chapman will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers will be Chad Eldreth, Dale Chapman, Micheal Fox, Zachary Stafford, Troy Herman, Robert Herman, Jaelyn Hopper, and Kohen Eldreth.
    The family requests that, in addition to flowers, 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.

    Phillip “Phil” Chapman, 84, of the Midway Community, in Stony Point, passed away unexpectedly, at his residence, on Sunday, February 7, 2016.
    Mr. Chapman was the son of the late David Earl and Emma Lou Dagenhart Chapman. He was born March 15, 1931 in Alexander County. Mr. Chapman served in US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church.
    He was owner and operator of Phil’s Auto Repair in Stony Point. He was an avid baseball and Nascar racing fan. Mr. Chapman enjoyed attending church with his family and friends, and loved riding motorcycles.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Milford White; a brother, Thomas “Bun” Chapman; a daughter, Tanna Shives; and a sister-in-law, Linda Chapman.
    He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 28 years, Shirley Williams Chapman; a son, Larry Chapman of Stony Point; a daughter, Dawn Chapman Fox and husband Jeffrey Dean of Taylorsville; five step-children, Denise Pruett of Belmont, Frankie Smith and Debbie Rector, both of Stony Point, Lisa Cornelius of Statesville, and Gerri Pennix of Stony Point; two brothers, Billy Shaw Chapman and wife Phyllis, and David Earl Chapman, both of Stony Point; two grandchildren, Sean Brewer of Statesville, and Hailey Fox of Taylorsville; 13 step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    Visitation will be, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will be held Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 3 p.m., at Lebanon Baptist Church. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Rev. Eddie Jolly and Rev. Keith Childers will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, with full Military Rites provided by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Chapter 6 of Hudson.
    Pallbearers will include Keith Chapman, Dennis Chapman, Chris Chapman, Johnny Chapman, Shannon Chapman, and Jan Brewer.
    The family requests that, in addition to flowers, memorials be made to Lebanon Baptist Church Building Fund, 215 Mt. Olive Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    George “Lee” Rogers, 83, of Taylorsville, passed away, at Valley Nursing Center, on Saturday, February 6, 2016.
    He was the son of the late Lindsay and Beatrice Watts Rogers. He was born on August 29, 1932 in Wilkes County.
    Mr. Rogers served his country in the US Army, was an Alexander County Chief Deputy Sherriff, Town of Taylorsville Manager, and Alexander County Administrator.
    He served in food services for restaurant startup, and owned Lee’s Restaurant at one time. He was a very skilled carpenter, and loved spending time with his family. Mr. Rogers was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Florrie Rogers Kerley.
    Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife, Mary Shafer Rogers of the home; two sons, Lenny Rogers of Taylorsville, and George Rogers and wife Crystal of Hickory; six grandchildren, Rachel Rogers of Costa Rica, Hannah and Ben Rogers of Taylorsville, and Jarrod, Lily and Levi Rogers, all of Hickory; a sister, Ann Greer and husband Frank of Lexington; a brother, Earl Rogers and wife Dakota of Can’on City, Colorado; and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    The funeral service was held at Three Forks Baptist Church on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. Rev. Carson Moseley officiated. Burial took place in the church cemetery. Full military rites were provided by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville, Chapter 6 of Hudson, and American Legion Post 170.
    Pallbearers were Ben Rogers, Trey Herman, Craig Childers, Guy Kerley, Ronnie Jones, and Lee Herman.
    The family requests that memorials be made to Lee’s granddaughter, Rachel Rogers, who is a missionary in Costa Rica. Donations can be sent in care of Cross Point Church, Rachel Rogers ZOE Ministries, 2425 N Center St., No. 126, Hickory, NC 28601.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Mr. Claude Hampton Stilwell, 91, of Friendship Church Road, Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Valley Nursing Center.
    Mr. Stilwell was born December 3, 1924, in Burke County, son of the late Hampton H. Stilwell and Bessie Wycoff Stilwell.
    He was a US Army Air Corps veteran, who had served during WWII. A member of Wayside Baptist Church, he had worked as a truck driver for Thomas and Howard before retiring.
    He loved the fellowship at Friendship Lutheran Church while having lunch most everyday. He really enjoyed going to Bojangles’ and Crossroads Grill for coffee and fellowship.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by: a daughter, Susan Fair; four sisters, Hazel Williams, Eara Stilwell, Jettie Leonhardt, Josephine Reep; two brothers, Floyd Stilwell and W. F. Stilwell.
    Those left to cherish his memory include: a daughter, Claudette S. Huffman of Claremont; two grandsons, Phillip M. Fair IV, Matthew Fair; three granddaughters, Mona Hefner and husband, Baron, of Conover, Mia Hensley and husband, Mark, of Taylorsville, Farrah Fair of Charlotte; four great-grandsons, Brandon Sigmon, Luke Hensley, Carter Roberts, Noah Hefner; a great-granddaughter, Jenna Hensley; a son-in-law, Phillip M. Fair of Charlotte; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Wayside Baptist Church, with Rev. Brian Kerley and Rev. Sammy Kiser officiating. Burial will follow at Oxford Baptist Church in Conover with full military honors accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville.
    The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
    Pallbearers include Brandon Sigmon, Luke Hensley, Mark Hensley, Phillip M. Fair IV, Matthew Fair and Phillip M. Fair.
    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 of Taylorsville is serving the Stilwell Family.

    Betty Jo Shepherd Wyatt, 81, of Taylorsville, passed away, at her residence, on Saturday, February 6, 2016.
    She was the daughter of the late Floyd F. and Lucille Shepherd. She was born on August 18, 1934, in Wilkes County. Mrs. Wyatt attended Rocky Springs Baptist Church.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, William Paul Wyatt.
    She leaves to cherish her memory six sons, William Michael Wyatt, Jimmy Lee Wyatt, Terry Wayne Wyatt, and Timmy Ray Wyatt, all of the Ellendale Community, Jeffery Lynn Wyatt of Taylorsville, and Dwight Franklin Wyatt of Claremont; two daughters, Paula W. Shelton of the Sugar Loaf Community, and Pamela W. Kerley and husband Don of North Wilkesboro; a sister, Jenny Lovette of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
    Visitation will be held Thursday, February 11, 2016, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral will follow in the funeral home chapel at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Brian Correll will be officiating. Burial will take place in the North Wilkesboro City Cemetery.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Gay Warren, 88, of Newton, passed away Friday, February 5, 2016, at her home.
    Born May 30, 1927, she was the daughter of the late William Bryant and Hassie Snow Gilreath.
    Two daughters, Teresa Hartley and husband Rick of Taylorsville, and Sharon Warren of Newton; six sons, Bryan Warren, Sidney Warren, Tony Warren, Rodger Warren, Stanley Warren, and Chuck Warren of Newton; and two grandchildren, Jason Warren and Sarah Hartley, survive her.
    In addition to her husband, Jay Warren, she was preceded in death by a sister, Avis Gilreath, and a brother, Dow Gilreath.,
    No service is planned at this time.
    Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net.
    The Warren Family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service, in Newton.

    William Robert “Bobby” Estes, 70, of Statesville, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at his home.
    Mr. Estes was born in Iredell County, on February 7, 1945, and was the son of the late Robert Lonnie Estes and Lydia Belle Ellis Estes. He was a graduate of Statesville Senior High School, and on August 5, 1984, he married Gerry Cloninger Estes who survives.
    His working career was primarily in business management.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a niece, Susan Estes.
    Left to cherish his memory, in addition to his wife of 31 years, Gerry Estes, are three daughters, Melissa Estes Allen (Keith), Angela Estes Moore (Curtis), and Kari Kerr Lindeman (Jon), all of Statesville; a son, Travis Wyckliffe Kerr (Katrina) of Mooresville; 10 grandchildren, Christopher and Lauren Stroud, Benjamin Watts (Crystal Duke), Aubrey and Ty Lindeman, Camden, Ellie, Perry and Lanie Kerr, and Elianna Allen; three brothers, Nathan Estes (Pat) and Neil Estes, both of Statesville, and Darryl Estes (Patty) of Washington State; a sister, Sharon Brown of Statesville; three great-grandchildren, Dustyn, Bryden and Cayden Stroud; four nephews, Matthew Brown (Tammy), Cole, Andy, and Timmy Estes (Venessa); two nieces, Kylee DiSalvio and Amanda Tutterrow (Adam); four great-nieces, Amity Tutterrow, and Ava, Lilly and Harper Estes; and a great-nephew, Aiden Tutterrow.
    He had a profound obsession with McDonald’s coffee and a love for shrimp. He loved spending time with Gerry in Virginia Beach, and would vacation there twice a year. He enjoyed the outdoors, spending time at his lake, and enjoyed working in his garden and mowing. He had a love for flowers that was passed down from his grandmother, with a firm belief that flowers were meant to be enjoyed in life rather than in death.
    A memorial service celebrating the life of Bobby Estes was conducted Monday, February 8, 2016, at Fairview Baptist Church, with Rev. Dr. Scott Eanes officiating.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities Inc., 26345 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1263.
    Online condolences can be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com. Nicholson Funeral Home of Statesville served the family of Bobby Estes.

    Mr. Cecil “C.H.” Morrow, 55, of Alexander Street, Statesville, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Carolinas Medical Center.
    Mr. Morrow was born April 25, 1960, in Iredell County, son of the late Cecil Hewey Morrow, Sr. and Marjorie Deal Morrow.
    He was self-employed, and was a member of Sharon Lutheran Church.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Ray Morrow.
    Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Brittany Nicole Morrow of Statesville; a son, Ian Nicholas Morrow of Salisbury; a granddaughter, Berlin James Hester of Statesville; and two sisters, Martha Kaye Perkins of Branson, Missouri, and Sandy Summers of Statesville.
    The funeral service was held Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Sharon Lutheran Church. Rev. Gene Bruce officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to: Limbs for Life, 9604 N. May Ave., Oklahoma, OK 73120.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Morrow Family.

    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 was held, Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Macedonia Baptist Church, Hwy 90 East. Rev. William Brown, Sr. was the eulogist, and Rev. Sterling Howard officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery with full military honors accorded by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville.
    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 of Taylorsville served the Parker Family.

    Miss Jean Ann Starnes, 76, of 7th Avenue NE, Hickory, formerly of the Bethlehem Community, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016, at her residence.
    Miss Starnes was born December 31, 1939, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Guy Little Starnes and Ellen “Ruth” Starnes Starnes.
    She had retired from Alexander County Register of Deeds. She was a member of Shiloh Lutheran Church. She was associated with the Alexander County Republican Women. She was an active church member, who enjoyed church activities and outings. She also worked in the church nursery for a number of years.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by two infant siblings; four brothers, Hugh Donald Starnes, Tommy Little Starnes and wife Clara, Bobby Wayne Starnes, and Vernon Neil Starnes.
    Those left to cherish her memory include three nieces, Debbie Schrum and husband Harry, Lisa Bowman and husband Brent, and Crystal Ballard and husband Scott, all of Taylorsville; six nephews, Wayne Starnes, Jerry Starnes, Tony Starnes, Robert Wesley Starnes and wife Becky, and Todd Starnes, all of the Bethlehem Community, and Shay Starnes and wife Jan of Taylorsville; six great-nieces, Leah Howell and husband Colt, Kaitlyn Galliher and husband Logan, Taryn Minton and husband Ross, Taylor Bowman, Meredith Schrum, and Jerrica Starnes; five great-nephews, Brandon Starnes, Matthew Schrum, Michael Starnes and wife Becca, Kurt Starnes, and Joshua Bowman; three sisters-in-law, Alvania Starnes of the Bethlehem Community, Wanda Kay Starnes of Taylorsville, and Mary Starnes of Harmony.
    The funeral service was held Sunday, February 7, 2016, at Shiloh Lutheran Church, in the Bethlehem Community. Rev. David L. Hefner officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to: Shiloh Lutheran Church, 1011 Shiloh Church Road, Hickory, NC 28601.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Starnes Family.

    Eddie Lee Wike (Ed), 89, of Cocoa, Florida, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving daughters, on Thursday, February 4, 2016.
    He is survived by his three daughters, Donna Witek (Nick), Sandra Brush (Ray), and Nancy Hupaylo (Steve); grandchildren, Kristy Raulerson, Tracy Hadley-Averill, Randi Ondo, Steven Hupaylo, and Melissa Witek; great-grandchildren, Dillon Dery, Logan Dery, Lauren Volland, Riley Ondo, Peyton Hupaylo, and Elle Hupaylo.
    He was predeceased by his beautiful wife, Laura Holland Wike; his parents, Ransom and Hessie Wike; and his brother, Glenn Wike, all of Taylorsville.
    Mr. Wike proudly served in the US Navy on the aircraft carrier, USS Randolph, patrolling the Japanese coastline during World War II.
    He retired from a lifelong career in the construction industry as a successful entrepreneur and owner of W & J Construction Corporation, which contributed greatly to the expansion and growth of Kennedy Space Center and its buildings and launch pads.
    Mr. Wike was a lifelong member of King Street Baptist Church, in Cocoa, Florida. His contributions to the church and its facilities are known by all members. His other charitable contributions were focused on community needs, and primarily the Salvation Army.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at King Street Baptist Church, Cocoa, Florida. Internment followed at Florida Memorial Gardens, Rockledge, Florida.
    The family requests contributions in Ed’s memory be made to King Street Baptist Church, Cocoa, Florida; or to St. Francis Hospice, Titusville, Florida.
    You may sign Ed’s guestbook at www.beckmanwilliamsonviera.com.

    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.
    He loved to fish, listen to gospel music, and do woodworking. 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.
    The memorial service was held Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Temple Baptist Church, in Stony Point. Rev. Tom Lampley and Rev. Jason Payne officiated. Interment was held Friday, February 5, 2016, at Big Meadows Baptist Church, in Pyatte Community.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    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 was held Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Mt. Herman Baptist Church. Rev. Paul Schronce and Speaker Justin Siniard officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers included Dan Austin, Chris Austin, Jeremy Austin, Jody Chapman, Doug Aldridge, and Todd Comer.
    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 of Taylorsville served 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.
    Rev. Durant Barr conducted the service on February 5, 2016, at Fairview Baptist Church, 41 Center Church Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636.
    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 was held on Sunday, February 7, 2016, at Wayside Baptist Church, Taylorsville. Rev. Sammy Kiser officiated.
    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 was in the care of Bennett Funeral Service of Conover.



 
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