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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

    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
    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
    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:
    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
    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
    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

    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
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

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