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Obern Larry Fox
Shirley Drum Clanton
Rita Mitchell Bolick
Grace Brown Laxton
James “Jimmy” Leroy Setzer
Lisa Scarbro Reed
Glenn Martin Cline
Geneva Grubbs Bowles
Roy “Barnes” Bumgarner
Darrell Raymond Clanton
Evangelist Ronald Eugene Bolick
Perry Eugene Sayles
Laurie Jan Long
Cynthia Johnson Winebarger
Billy Harold Travis

Sherre Lynn Anderson Tolbert


    Obern Larry Fox, 71, of Statesville, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Jurney’s Assisted Living, following three years of declining health.
    Mr. Fox was born on November 22, 1944, in Iredell County, son of the late Obern Lee Fox and Ila Mae Sprinkle Fox. He was a graduate of Central School, and he attended Catawba County Technical College.
    On March 8, 1970, he married Nelda Shore Fox, formerly of Yadkinville, who survives.
    Mr. Fox was a member of Ham’s Grove Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, church treasurer, and a song leader, all for many years. He was employed with Mill’s Electronics for 20 years, and then with Statesville Auto Supply for 20 years, as an in store parts salesman, until his retirement. He was also a member of the Ebenezer Ruritan Club, which he helped to organize in the 1980’s.
    Larry enjoyed spending time at his church and with his family. He also enjoyed gospel singing, reading, golf, cooking for church events, watching TV, and time at the beach with his family and friends. Before his health failed, he and Nelda enjoyed visiting the sick and elderly.
    In addition to his parents, Mr. Fox was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Fox Sullivan and her husband Paul, and Glenda Mae Fox; along with a nephew, Dr. Kerry P. Sullivan.
    Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Nelda Fox, and a son, Kevin Larry Fox, both of the home; a sister, Nelda Fox Millsaps (Kirt) of Statesville; three nephews, Kent Millsaps (Melody) of Monroe, Brent Millsaps (Lisa) of Statesville, and Dr. Brad Shore of Texas; a great-nephew, Tristan Millsaps of Statesville; and a brother-in-law, Leon Shore (Gayle) of Yadkinville.
    The family will visit with friends Friday, September 30, 2016, from 6:00 until 8:00, at Nicholson Funeral Home. Funeral services for Larry Fox will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Ham’s Grove Baptist Church, with Pastor James Bumgarner, Pastor Gene Shumaker, and Pastor David T. Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to Ham’s Grove Baptist Church, 202 Ham’s Grove Road, Statesville, NC 28625; or to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
    The family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County, the staff of Jurney’s Assisted Living, and the staff and doctors of Iredell Memorial Hospital. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Roger Hatharasinghe and Dr. James Bradford for the care and love given to Larry over the years.
    Online condolences can be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com and Nicholson Funeral Home of Statesville is serving the family of Larry Fox.

    Shirley Drum Clanton, 81, of Hwy 90 East, Hiddenite, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, in Valdese.
    Mrs. Clanton was born May 31, 1935, in Alexander County, daughter of the late Ernest E. Drum and Alice Sherrill Drum.
    She was a homemaker and a member of Elk Shoals ARP. Shirley was an avid collector of various things, especially Beanie Babies. She loved to go fishing and loved her Carolina Tar Heels and Carolina Panthers.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buford Clanton; a son, Roger Dean Clanton; five sisters; and three brothers.
    Those left to cherish her memory include a son, Rick Clanton and wife Vickie of Valdese; a grandson, Ryan Clanton and wife Emily of Valdese; a granddaughter, Lauren Clanton of Valdese; two great-grandchildren, Peyton and Carter Clanton; and a special friend, Kay Sharpe of Hiddenite.
    The funeral service will be at 2 p.m., Friday, September 30, 2016 at Adams Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Earl Linderman will officiate. Burial will follow in the Hiddenite Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
    Memorials may be made to: Elk Shoals ARP, (Memorial address) 592 New Sterling Road, Stony Point, NC 28678.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Clanton Family.

    Rita Mitchell Bolick, 68, of Moore Mountain Road, Moravian Falls, passed away Monday, September 26, 2016, at her residence.
    Mrs. Bolick was born April 12, 1948, in Iredell County, daughter of the late James William Mitchell and Cecil Fincannon Mitchell.
    She had worked for Tyson before retiring and was a member of Mountain Ridge Baptist Church.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carrol Bolick, Sr.; a son, Carrol Bolick, Jr.; and three brothers, R.C. Mitchell, Glen Mitchell and Jimmy Mitchell.
    Those left to cherish her memory include two sons, James Bolick and wife Amber of Taylorsville, and Scotty Bolick and wife Meagan of Moravian Falls; five sisters, Gladys Icenhour, Doris Holtzclaw, Donna Stout, Patsy Suddreth, and Rosemary Brown; three brothers, Harold Mitchell, Johnny Mitchell, and Kimmy Mitchell; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
    The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, September 29, 2016, at Mountain Ridge Baptist Church. Rev. Mark Adams will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: Adams Funeral Home, PO Box 937, Taylorsville, NC 28681 to help with funeral expenses.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Bolick Family.

    Grace Brown Laxton, 77, of Dudley Shoals, passed away September 26, 2016, at her residence.
    She was born May 29, 1939, in Watauga County, daughter of the late Roby Jones and Duluth Lawrence Brown. Grace was a member of Temple Hill Baptist Church.
    She leaves to cherish her memory, daughters, Teresa Conley and Johnna Benfield; two sisters, Mary Stamey and Virginia Hall; and two brothers, Bill Brown and Rom Brown.
    Visitation will be held Friday, September 30, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Temple Hill Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Temple Hill Baptist Church, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Darrell Hatchell officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

    James “Jimmy” Leroy Setzer, 53, of Statesville, passed away unexpectedly Monday, September 26, 2016, at his residence.
    He was born July 7, 1963, in Iredell County, son of James Howard Setzer and the late Flora Marie Prillaman Setzer.
    A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 1, 2016, at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery, 168 Lookout Dam Road, Statesville. Rev. Naomi King will officiate. A private burial service was held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Bethel UMC Cemetery. On Saturday, at the memorial service, the family requests you dress casual and, in lieu of flowers, please donate to Bethel UMC Vacation Bible School Fund.
    Condolences may be emailed to the Setzer Family by visiting www.chapmanfuneralhome.com.

    Lisa Scarbro Reed, 46, of Boston Road, Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016, at her residence.
    Mrs. Reed was born July 22, 1970, in Alexander County, daughter of the late William Joseph Scarbro and Anna Marie Clay Scarbro.
    She had worked in the medical field as a Coder and also as a Nuclear Medical Technologist. She was of the Christian faith. Lisa loved her Panthers and watching them play. She really enjoyed scrapbooking, photography and decorating in and around her home. She loved her dog, Leroy.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Katrina Lynn Scarbro.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Mel Reed, Jr.
    The family will have a private memorial service at a later date.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Steve Smith Family Foundation, PO Box 77401, Charlotte, NC 28271 or http://stevesmithfamilyfdn.org/donate/.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the Reed Family.

    Glenn Martin Cline, 68, of Millers Creek, husband of Audrey Cline, died Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Villages of Wilkes.
    Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel, with Rev. Bruce Gwyn and Rev. Jacob Kyker officiating. The family will receive friends at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home immediately following the service.
    Mr. Cline was born June 3, 1948, in Catawba County, son of M. Leonard and Ruth Kirby Cline.
    Mr. Cline was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Cline; and his brother, Edwin Cline.
    He is survived by his father, Leonard Cline of Taylorsville; his wife, Audrey Cline of the home; his daughter, Lori Johnson and husband Ray of Greensboro; his son, Kevin Cline and wife Rachel of Durham; his granddaughter, Evelyn Cline; and his sister, Vicky Kerley and husband Randy of Taylorsville.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Millers Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 5200 Boone Trail, Millers Creek, NC 28651; or the Villages of Wilkes, 204 Old Brickyard Road, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.
    Online condolences may be made to www.reinssturdivant.com.

    Geneva Grubbs Bowles, 94, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016, at Tucker Hospice House, in Kannapolis.
    Geneva was born December 11, 1921, in Mocksville, daughter of the late Dodson and Annie Heath Grubbs. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Paul Bowles; a daughter-in law, Mary Bowles; five sisters; and three brothers.
    After moving to Concord in 1947, Paul and Geneva became active in their community and church at McGill Baptist, where she enjoyed participating in the choir, hand bells and the Joy Club. She had many wonderful talents including cooking, needle crafts, writing and gardening.
    Geneva was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, dedicating her life to caring for her family. She took great comfort in her many friendships and family members.
    Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Betsy Karas and husband Steve of Concord; a son, David Bowles of Concord; grandsons, Patrick Bowles, John Roberts, and Matthew Karas; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other loving family members and beloved friends.
    Funeral services were held Sunday, September 25, 2016, in Concord.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McGill Baptist Church, 5300 Poplar Tent Road, Concord, NC 28027; or the Tucker Hospice House, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081.

    Roy “Barnes” Bumgarner, 75, of Taylorsville, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016, at his residence.
    Barnes was born March 21, 1941, in Alexander County, son of the late Arthur Atwell and Fannie Barnes Bumgarner. He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Vivian Lackey, Shirley Watts, Hilda Mash, Nancy Walker, and Esther White; and a brother, Wade Bumgarner.
    Barnes leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 57 years, Betty Lou Stansel Bumgarner; four children, Rita Bumgarner, Rex Bumgarner and wife Karen, Christy Bumgarner and wife Kelly, and Todd Bumgarner and wife Tracy; two sisters, Janie Sprinkle and husband Donald, and Donna Rhyne and husband Chris; a brother, Cainie Bumgarner and wife Pat; a special daughter-in-law, Kimberly Marlowe; grandchildren, Kevin Wyatt and wife Tawana, Zachary and Ethan Bumgarner, and Reece Bumgarner; a great-grandchild, Elixa Wyatt; a special friend and coworker, Peggy Fox; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    A graveside service was held Sunday, September 25, 2016, at Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Steve Bumgarner and Rev. Tanner Mundy officiated.
    Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

    Darrell Raymond Clanton, 74, of Moravian Falls, passed away Friday, September 23, 2016, at his residence.
    He was born Sunday, August 30, 1942, son of the late Charles Raymond and Dorothy Elizabeth Rebecca Laws Clanton.
    Darrell was a member of Walnut Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed woodworking and was an all around handyman.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gail Elizabeth Handy and Audrey Jane Munday; and two nephews, Johnny and Randy Munday.
    Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Judy Lillian Greene Clanton; a sister, Martha Bell and husband Hugh Miller Bell of Hamptonville; two nieces, Vickie Munday of Taylorsville, and Rebecca Lackey of Taylorsville, who was also a special caregiver; two nephews, Charlie Munday of Taylorsville, and Darren Bell of Hamptonville; and special caregiver, Jason Childers of Moravian Falls.
    A graveside service was held Sunday, September 25, 2016, at Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Rev. Tim Henderson and Rev. Jeanette Gilbert officiated.
    In addition to flowers, memorial donations may be given to: Alexander County Hospice, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681; or Walnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 6165 NC Highway 16 South, Moravian Falls, NC 28654.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Funeral arrangements for the Clanton Family were provided by Adams Funeral Home of Wilkes and Cremation Services.

    Evangelist Ronald Eugene Bolick, 59, of Hickory, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016.
    Mr. Bolick was born April 8, 1957, in Catawba County, son of the late Bliss Eugene and Mary Ellen Hall Bolick who survives. He was a member of Divine Grace Church.
    In addition to his mother, Mr. Bolick leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 11 years, Elizabeth Terry Bolick; two children, Natalie Presnell, and Nicholas Bolick; and brothers, Tony and Charles Bolick.
    The funeral was held Monday, September 26, 2016, in the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel. Pastor Rick Yount officiated. Burial took place in the Liledoun Baptist Church Cemetery.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

    Perry Eugene Sayles, 82, of Taylorsville, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016, at his residence.
    Mr. Sayles was born March 13, 1934, in Buncombe County, son of the late Zeb and Exford Sayles. He was a member of the Bethlehem Church of God. He retired from Proctor Wholesale, in Hickory, where he was employed as a supervisor.
    In addition to his parents, Mr. Sayles was preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters.
    Mr. Sayles is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Lee Lail Sayles; a son, Mark Sayles; a daughter, Tammy Lynn Sayles; two grandchildren, Heidi and Hunter Sayles, all of Bethlehem; a brother, Aubrey Sayles of Lecestier; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends, Larry and Linda Bolick.
    The funeral service was held Monday, September 26, 2016, at Bethlehem Church of God. Rev. Stewart Lankford and Howard Smith, Sr. officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers included: Michael Lail, Hunter Sayles, Jeff Good, Scott Lail, Brian Smith, and Horace Moretz.
    The family requests, in addition to flowers, that memorials be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658; or to Bethlehem Church of God, PO Box 6324, Bethlehem Station, Hickory, NC 28603.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

    Laurie Jan Long, 50, of Deal Avenue, Conover, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    Ms. Long was born July 16, 1966, in Anchorage, Alaska, daughter of the late Richard Wayne Long and Carole LaRue Clayborne Long.
    She was a homemaker and was of the Christian faith.
    Those left to cherish her memory include her soul mate, Terry Justin Daniels of Conover; three sons, Jaims Richard McCone, Justin Robert McCone, and Jordan Ryan McCone, all of Fernandina Beach, Florida; and three brothers, Steven Long and wife Jody of Lambertville, Michigan, Michael Lee Long and wife DeAnna, and Daniel Wayne Long and wife Darlene, all of Toledo, Ohio.
    No formal arrangements are planned.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society, Local Chapter, c/o Kendra Dyson, 57 Kendra Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
    Condolences may be sent to: www.adamsfunerals.com.
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services served the Long Family.

    Cynthia Johnson Winebarger, of Stony Point, passed away September 21, 2016, at Davis Regional Medical Center.
    She was born November 7, 1954, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Paul and Florence Helen Bennett Johnson. Cynthia was a member of Stony Point Baptist Church.
    She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 38 years, Jerry Blaine Winebarger, two children, Autumn Kiser and Paul Winebarger; two step-children, Sonya and Duane Winebarger; five sisters, Peggy Parris, Florence Ann Rogers, Cathy Hartness, Paulette Johnson, and Nancy Johnson; and two brothers, Donald Johnson and Woodrow Johnson.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Stony Point Baptist Church. Rev. Bill Martin and Pastor James R. Speece officiated. Burial was in the Stony Point Cemetery.
    Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

    Billy Harold Travis, 87, of Newton, passed away Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at his residence.
    Born May 9, 1929, in Alamance County, he was the son of the late Nellie Travis Miller. Billy was Owner/Operator for 40+ years of Quality Tire Service in Claremont. He was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Claremont.
    He is survived by two daughters, Jill Sherrill of Taylorsville and Melissa “Lisa” Holt of Newton; a son, Steve Travis of Claremont; and a sister, Maxine Huffman of Conover.
    The funeral service was held Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Shiloh United Methodist Church, in Claremont, with Rev. Deval Mason, Rev. Dale Hilton, and Rev. Marsha Joyner officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Memorials may be made to: Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1626 Shiloh Road, Claremont, NC 28610.
    Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences online.

    Sherre Lynn Anderson Tolbert, 60, went home to be with her Lord one year ago on October 2, 2015.
    She was reunited with her late husband, Eric Lynn Tolbert.
    On-line condolences may be sent to www.bass-smithfuneralhome.com.



















 
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