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Viola Stevenson 1Viola Lee Lackey Stevenson, age 74, of Hiddenite, passed away on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Baptist Hospital after a brief illness. She was born in Alexander County on December 9, 1939 to the late Walter Alonzo Lackey and Lena O. Lambert Lackey. Viola was employed by Hunt Manufacturing for 39 years and attended Stony Point School. She loved her grandchildren, the beach and the mountains. Viola was very active at Pisgah United Methodist Church. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a step-grandson, Michael Lafferty. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Hoyle Stevenson; daughter: Loria L. Lafferty and husband, Ed; grandchildren: Shawn Atwood and wife, Amanda, and Christopher Atwood and wife, Emily; step-granddaughter: Ashlee Lafferty; great-grandchildren: Tatum Atwood and Cloey Atwood; step great granddaughter: Sophia Sergent; brothers: Henry Russell Lackey and wife, Barbara, and Grier Lackey and Donna Kellow; and nieces and nephews: Howard Lackey, Judy Keffer, Heather Torrence, and Lena Lackey.

 

Visitation will be Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will be Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Pisgah United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Pisgah United Methodist Church, 488 Hill Farm Rd; Hiddenite, NC 28636.

harold fortnerHarold Boyden Fortner, Sr., age 86, of Taylorsville, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Valley Nursing Center. He was born in Alexander County on December 2, 1927 to the late Howard Fortner and Lorna Kerley Fortner. He was retired from Harold Fortner & Sons Sawmilling and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening in his spare time. Harold was a veteran of the US Army and he was also a member of Lebanon Baptist Church. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife: “Peggy” Margaret Fortner; brother: Lynn Fortner; sister: Marie Watson; sons: Danny Fortner, Jamie Fortner, Pat Fortner, and Hal Fortner; and granddaughter: Felicity Fortner.

Those left to cherish his memory include sons: Tommy Fortner and wife Tammy of Taylorsville, Mike Fortner of Lenoardtown, Maryland, David Fortner and wife Lisa of Taylorsville, and Mark Fortner and wife Amanda of Taylorsville; grandchildren: DJ Fortner, Thomas Fortner, Alvin Moretz, Jeremy Fortner, Kristen Morrison, Nathan Fortner, Amy Chapman, Stephen Fortner, Lacy Fortner, Davey Fortner, Christian Fortner, Nicholas Fortner, Kirsten Fortner, Aaron Fortner, Kaylor Hicks, Tabitha Dishner, and Brett Fortner; 12 great grandchildren; brother: Bob Fortner and wife, Ethel; sister: Doris James and husband, Joe; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Lebanon Baptist Church. The service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Eddie Jolly and Rev. Keith Childers officiating. Burial will take place after the service at the church cemetery. Pallbearers include grandsons. Military rites will be provided by VFW Post 5466. Memorials may be made to Lebanon Baptist Church, 70 Mt. Olive Church Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Glenn Frye

Glenn Leroy “PeeWee” Frye, age 73, of the Bethlehem Community, Taylorsville, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence after a period of failing health. Born on Sept. 13, 1940 to the late Alvin Ray and Willie Lee Bowman Frye in Alexander Co., he was a member of Friendship Lutheran Church in Taylorsville. Mr. Frye, was employed by Southwood Reproductions and Hancock and Moore, in furniture manufacturing before his retirement. PeeWee was an avid sports fan and was a league bowler for many years. He enjoyed playing golf and watching baseball, as well as playing church league softball, and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports. Glenn was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam Era. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Joann R. Frye and brother, L. Kenneth Frye. He is survived by his wife, Joanne M. Frye of the home, as well as a daughter Pam Cook and husband Jimmy of Taylorsville. One son, Bradley Frye and wife Courtney of Bethlehem. Step children, Donna Swanner Simmons and Russell Swanner. Glenn has four sisters: Mildred Weaver, Jolene Fox, Lorette Starnes, and Carlene Huffman and husband, Connelly. One brother, Gary Frye and wife, Patsy. Grandchildren, are, Trevor and Justin Cook, as well as step grandchildren, Courtney Jimenez, Michael Simmons, Rylan and Christa Swanner and Leah Hawk.

 Visitation will be held on Monday evening, April 21, 2014 at Friendship Lutheran Church, from 6-8:00 p.m. with Funeral Services on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Friendship Lutheran. The Rev. Phil Thorsen will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Trevor and Justin Cook, Russell Swanner, Alan Fox, Shannon Pennell, and Wayne Morrow and Frank Schmitz. Military rites will be provided by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Chapter 6 of Hudson. Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC, 26658 or the Adult Life Program, 1265 21st. Ave. NE, Hickory, NC, 28601.

bernice bostSarah Bernice Harrington Bost, age 92, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Autumn Care Nursing Home in Wilmington, NC. She had been in declining health for several years. Bernice was the daughter of the late Lee and Minnie Harrington of Hiddenite, NC. She was born on June 12, 1921 and was one of eight children. Bernice was a person who believed in service to others, including her mother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was a three year civilian employee of the Dept. of Navy in Washington, D. C. during World War II. She raised four children and cared for the children and parents of many others. She was a good friend, deeply religious, humble and kind. Her family and friends were of the utmost importance to her. Like her mother and sisters, she was a wonderful letter writer and enjoyed family genealogy. She was a member of the Alexander County Home Extension Club and was active in the club fair activities for many years. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Morris, Max, Lynn and Kent; sisters: Norma Delamar, and Ruth Nicholaides; her oldest son: Darwin Ernest Bost; sisters-in-law: Betty Harrington and Francis Harrington; brothers-in-law: Carl Delamar, Nick Nicholaides and Roy Norton. She is survived by her twin sister: Bonnie Harrington Norton, of Statesville, NC; two daughters: Sandra Siemering, and her husband, Ed, Amy Germany, and her husband, Greg, all of Wilmington, NC; one son, Robin Bost of Taylorsville, NC; two granddaughters: Deidra Gilley, and her husband, Keith, of Fletcher, NC, and Sarah Gryder Bost, of San Juan Island, Washington State; one great-granddaughter: Amelia Rose Gilley; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives who all lived large in her heart. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Allene Harrington and Ruth Harrington.

 

Arrangements will be conducted at Alexander Funeral Service with the receiving from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 19, 2014. The service will be held at Rocky Springs United Methodist Church in Hiddenite, NC at 3:00 pm with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Reverend David Ridenhour will officiate, and Nancy Kerley will be the pianist. Memorials may be made to Rocky Springs United Methodist Church, Hiddenite, NC, in care of Pastor Robert Herron, 221 Old Charlotte Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

 

 

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Kenneth Kerley, 88

P. Kenneth Kerley

Kenneth Kerley, age 88, of Taylorsville, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. He was born in Alexander County on March 25, 1926 to the late Dolphus Perry “DP” Kerley and Luella Mae Johnson Kerley. Kenneth served in the US Army Air Corp during WWII and as a military policeman. Kenneth retired as a foreman at Champion and Waldorf Corp. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church and served as a church deacon, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher, and on the pastor search committee as well as the building committee. Kenneth was also involved actively with Gideon’s International and was a charter member of Ellendale Ruritan Club. He also helped organize the Ellendale Community Fire Department, where he served on the Board of Directors. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Florrie R. Kerley; brothers: Lonzo “Wyatt” Kerley, Roland Kerley, and Horace “H. A.” Kerley; infant sister: Iris Kerley; half sister: Estelle Bebber; son: Doug Kerley; and son-in-law: Barry Johnson. Those left to cherish his memory include sons: Dr. Roger Kerley (Carol) of Mt. Airy, Guy Kerley (Connie) of Taylorsville; daughters: Martha Johnson of Taylorsville, Patsy Stewart (Lanny) of Taylorsville, Sharron Clanton (Ralph) of Albemarle, NC, and Robin Jones (Ronnie) of Taylorsville; daughter-in-law: Jan Kerley of North Wilkesboro; brother: Rev. Clyde Kerley (Diane) of Polkville, NC; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 1 step grandson; special sister-in-laws: Marie Kerley and Sidney Kerley; and a number of nieces and nephews.

 Visitation will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Herman Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Schronce and Rev. Clyde Kerley officiating. Burial will take place at the church cemetery after the service. Pallbearers include grandsons. Full military rites will be provided by VFW Post 10,000 and Post 5466. Memorials may be made to Mt. Herman Baptist Church, PO Box 697; Taylorsville, NC 28681 and Gideon’s International Taylorsville Camp, PO Box 517; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

 

 

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Evelyn Gregory

Evelyn “Evie” Freese Bussard Evans Gregory, age 79, of Taylorsville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus on Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born in Medina County, Ohio on March 19, 1935 to the late Orlin Farr Freese and Edna Mabry Freese. Evie, in retirement, was at WalMart of Taylorsville as a salesperson. She was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church, a tutor in the after school program and choir at East Taylorsville Baptist Church, and was involved in Forgiven Ministries Prison Fellowship. Evie volunteered at Ellendale Elementary, had her private pilot’s license, and enjoyed crocheting. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands: Merle L. Bussard, Bobby L. Evans, and Leonard Gregory; brother: Richard Freese; and great grandson: Justin Purcell. Evie is survived by daughters: Arlene Nickerson of Jacksonville, FL, and Karen Bussard Beasley (Jeff) of Taylorsville; son: Glenn Bussard of St. Cloud, FL; grandchildren: Jayson, Christopher, Rolland Purcell, Christine Bussard, Lauren Beasley Tollise (James), and Jared Beasley; great grandchildren: Brent, Amanda, Trent, JT, Christopher, Caitlyn, Adalina, and Arianna; and siblings: Margaret Heath, Jeannette Barkalow (Carl), James Freese (Sue Ellen), Donna Snyder (Jerry), Ethel Stuplinski (Harry), and John Freese (Shirley), all of Ohio.

The family will receive friends on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Jamie Steele officiating. Burial will take place at Sulfur Springs Baptist Church after the service. Pallbearers include Jeff Beasley, Jared Beasley, James Tollise, Joey Eckard, Morris Merigan, and Rolland Purcell. In lieu of flowers, send to: Taylorsville Elementary Exceptional Children Department, 100 7th ST. SW; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Ronnie HowellRonnie Gene Howell, age 68, of Taylorsville, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. He was born in Alexander County on July 28, 1945 to the late Sarah Mae Howell. Ronnie worked in furniture manufacturing and also worked at Galaxy Market Basket. He was a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church. He loved keeping the lawn looking nice and loved to help others do the same. Along with his mother, Ronnie was preceded in death by sister: Lucille Olivia Smith Charles; and brother: O’neil Smith, Jr. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 14 years, Constance “Connie” Dyson Howell of the home; son: Pepper Howell of Taylorsville; stepdaughters: Misty Dyson of Taylorsville, and Natasha Dyson of Goldsboro, NC; stepson: Brandon Dyson of Hickory; step granddaughters: Kiara Parsons and Arianna Parsons of Taylorsville; grandson: Monty Redmond; and step grandson: Jamal Parsons of Taylorsville.

 

Visitation will take place Friday, April 18, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The service will be Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Ardeal Roseboro officiating. Burial will be held after the service at Liberty Grove Baptist Church cemetery. Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Rd; Newton, NC 28658.

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