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Recent Obituaries (Updated Daily)

William “Bill” Smith Carrigan
Marie “Rita” Annette Spicer Picha
Janice “Jan” Faye Johnson
James “Jim” Greene Mundy, Sr.

James Alvin Presnell

    William “Bill” Smith Carrigan, 93, of Carrigan Road, Taylorsville, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Catawba Valley Medical Center, following a brief illness.
    Mr. Carrigan was born September 28, 1921, in Alexander County, son of the late Robert Cook Carrigan and Hattie Mae Little Carrigan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, who served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. During the invasion of Guadal Canal, he single-handedly overtook a Japanese pillbox capturing several Japanese prisoners.
    Following his military service, he worked as a mechanical engineer in the shipping industry. He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church and a member of International Union of Operating Engineers.
    Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Irma Martha Mueller Carrigan; three sisters, Ethel C. Brookshire, Carma Teague, and Dalphine Loudermelk; and four brothers, Ronald “Knox” Carrigan, Ossie Carrigan, Monroe Carrigan, and Sam Carrigan.
    Those left to cherish his memory include a daughter, Jeanne C. Fauci and husband Daniel of Pacific Palisades, California; a son, Robert K. Carrigan and wife Nadine of Warwick, New York; two grandchildren, Tai Fauci and Francesca Fauci; special caregivers, Pat and Ralph Robinette; and a number of nieces and nephews.
    A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2015, at St. Luke Lutheran Church. Rev. Andrew Miller will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by DAV Chapter 84. Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall one hour prior to the service.
    Memorials may be made to: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1364 Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
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    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville is serving the Carrigan Family.

    Marie “Rita” Annette Spicer Picha, 72, of Taylorsville, died Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, in Caldwell County.
    She was born May 20, 1942, in Richmond, Virginia, daughter of the late Bernard Lee and Anna Mae Reynolds Spicer. She attended Grace Baptist Church in Bethlehem. She was an avid shopper, loved dancing, and going to concerts.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard Lee Spicer, Jr.; two sisters, Kathleen Allard and JoAnne Gibson; and a brother in-law, William “Bill” Weade.
    She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James Carl Picha; a daughter, Rhonda Holman and husband Donnie of Taylorsville; a son, James “Chris” Picha and wife Courtney of Fort Mill, South Carolina; a granddaughter, Rebecca Starnes and husband Michael of Granite Falls; a sister, Joyce Brizendine and husband Bobby of Jamaica, Virginia; mother-in-law, Glenys Picha of Chesterfield, Virginia; a number of nieces and nephews; and her fur baby, Roxanne.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church, with Rev. Marcus Benfield officiating. Burial took place in the church cemetery.
    Memorials can be made to: American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311; and National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.
    Condolences may be sent to
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

    Janice “Jan” Faye Johnson, 69, of Bolick Road, Stony Point, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015, at Iredell Memorial Hospital.
    Ms. Johnson was born August 19, 1945, in Iredell County, daughter of the late Oss Johnson and Sarah Jane Waugh Johnson. She had worked in the textile industry, as an inspector, and was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church.
    Including her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother.
    Those left to cherish her memory include two sisters, Brenda Jones and husband Gerald of Stock Bridge, Georgia, and Patty Brown and husband Danny of Stony Point; a brother, Kenneth Austin Johnson and wife Melissa of Stony Point; nephews, Ryan Brown, Austin Johnson, Chris Jones, and Kevin Jones; nieces, Chastity Swicegood, Kerrie Privette, and Deanna Maldonado; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Megan Privette, Noah Privette, Lily Privette, Logan and Kaleb Swicegood, Amber and Devin Reid, and Abby and Austin Jones.
    The funeral service was held Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Marvin United Methodist Church with Pastor Naomi King and Pastor Lloyd Jarvis officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
    Pallbearers included Ryan Brown, Austin Johnson, Heath Swicegood, Jason Privette, Luis Maldonado, and Devin Reid.
    Condolences may be sent to:
    Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Taylorsville served the Johnson Family.

    James “Jim” Greene Mundy, Sr., 82, of Catawba, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015, at his home.
    Born February 13, 1933, in Catawba County, he was the son of Lois Loftin Mundy and the late Harlan Preston Mundy. He was a member of Concord United Methodist Church in Catawba, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
    He worked as a pipe fitter for over 30 years, was an avid hunter, and was a master gunsmith. He was the first graduate of Montgomery Technical College, in Troy, in their Gunsmith Program.
    In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mary Callaway Mundy; a sister, Josephine Hefner; a brother, Gray Munday; and a brother-in-law, Eulan Hefner.
    He is survived by his mother, Lois Virginia Loftin Mundy of Catawba; a son, James Mundy, Jr. and wife Sherry of Stony Point; three daughters, Pat Bumgarner and husband Davey of Sherrills Ford, Sheila Woods and husband Michael of Hillsborough, and Bobbie Jo “B.J.” Wright and husband Spence of Terrell; eight grandchildren, Jamie Weaver, Chris Bumgarner and wife Mary, Jessica Mundy, Justin Mundy and fiancée Jordyn Setzer, Sarah Woods, Victoria Woods, Gabriel Wright, and Sawyer Wright; a brother, Carroll Munday and wife Nancy; and two sisters-in-law, Ellen Munday and Joyce Callaway.
    The funeral service was held Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Concord United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Foust officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery, with military graveside honors by American Legion Post 16 of Newton.
    Memorials may be made to: Concord United Methodist Church, 7618 Monbo Rd, Catawba, NC 28609.
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    Burke Mortuary in Newton served the Mundy Family.

    James Alvin Presnell, 78, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice.
    He was born on Monday, August 3, 1936, in Watauga County, son of the late Harmon Cutler and Susan Hessie Hicks Presnell. He loved listening to bluegrass, fishing, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Geneva Presnell; two sons, Michael and Ronald Presnell; two brothers, Odell and HC Presnell; and a sister, Norma McQuire.
    Mr. Presnell is survived by two daughters, Melissa Moretz and husband Kenneth of Hickory, and Gwen Foster and husband Dennis of Taylorsville; a son, Doug Presnell and wife Sarah of Taylorsville; nine grandchildren, Brittany, Madison, Laura, Emma, Adam, Ciera, Christina, Jennifer, and Heather; six great-grandchildren, Branson, Justin, Taylor, Avery, Austin, and Liam; a sister, Marie Presnell of Drexell; a daughter-in-law, Scottie Presnell; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
    A memorial service was held Monday, March 23, 2015, in the chapel of Alexander Funeral Service .chapel.
    Memorials can be made to the Hospice of your choice.
    Condolences may be sent to
    Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service of Taylorsville.

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