Keegan Grant and Kayden Issac Hayes, infants, from Claremont, passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. They were born on July 14, 2014 in Catawba County to Cameron Tyler and Jada Nichole Chapman Hayes. Keegan and Kayden were preceded in death by their grandfather, Neil Chapman. Along with their parents, survivors include grandparents: Crystal and Tony England, LeeAnn Chapman, and David Wyatt; great grandparents: James and Debra Gravley, Rebecca and William Bridges, Georgia and Ned Chapman, and Ricky Huff; great great grandparents: Harold and Dorothy Lail; aunt: Haley England; great aunt: Becky Hayes and husband, TJ Smith; great uncle: David Bridges and wife Amy; Godparents: Wesley and Megan Hight; and a number of other family members.


The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Bethlehem Church of God: 2451 Icard Ridge Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681. The service will follow at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Stewart Lankford officiating and then the burial will occur in the church cemetery. Pallbearers include Logan Sierra and Jacob Hall.


Emily Joyce Crowell Rowe, 81, of Taylorsville, passed away on Saturday, July, 12, 2014, at Frye Regional Med. Ctr. Born on April 5, 1933, in Los Angeles Co. Calf. To the late James Eward and Marion Louise Crowell, she was retired from The Madera County, California,  Dept. of Education, as a speech therapist. She was a member of Community Christian Fellowship of Bethlehem and St. James Anglian Cathedral, Fresno, Calf. She was an accomplished vocalist and had sung with the Roger Wagner Choral. She graduated from Fresno State University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. Emily was a member of the Rebecca Lodge and a Daughter of the King Prayer Order.  She loved gardening, and was an avid reader, and participated in Bible Studies. She greatly loved and was greatly loved. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by, two brothers, James and Dwight Crowell as well as a sister, Marion Bessette. She lost an infant daughter at birth, Marion Clare Rowe. She is survived by two daughters: Catherine Downing and husband John of Fresno, Calf. And Rebecca Ambrose and husband Jay of Bethlehem. Mrs. Rowe has two sons, Kris Rowe and wife Laura, of Fresno.,  and Gregory Rowe and wife Lisa, of Humboldt County, Calf. She was blessed with six grandsons, Michael and wife Heather, Philip and wife Kate, Zachary, Jordon, Dashiell and Christopher. She has one very special great granddaughter, Piper Rose. She has many, many beloved friends.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, July, 19, 2014, at 2:00 pm, at Community Christian Fellowship, 3919 Icard Ridge Rd. in Bethlehem. The Rev. Neil Bowman will officiate and burial will take place at a later date in Fresno. Memorials may be given to St. Jude’s Research Hospital: 501 St. Jude Place; Memphis, TN 38105 or Christian Children’s Fund (ChildFund International): 2821 Emerywood Parkway; Richmond, VA 23294.

alice houston

Alice Augustine Reese “Teenie” Houston, age 78 of Taylorsville, passed away on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 at Catawba Memorial Hospital. She was born on September 16th, 1935 in Catawba County to parents John & Fern Grainger Reese. She was plant manager for Whitener Hosery for many years. She was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church. Teenie loved to cook & entertain, as well as travel. She was a rock for her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Houston; and 3 brothers, Kenneth Burton Reese, John Reese Jr., and infant brother Joseph Eugene Reese. Those left to cherish her memory are her son, Roger Lee Houston & wife Vicki; daughter Teresa Gail Houston & soul mate Carroll Swink – all of Conover; 1 grandchild, William Clyde Miller & wife Annette  of Taylorsville; 1 great-grandchild, William Clyde Miller II of Taylorsville; 1 brother, Richard Grainger Reese & wife Becky of Hickory; 1 sister, Mary Jane Elizabeth Rudisill & husband Joe of Catawba County; and woman’s best friends. Peanut, Princess, & Precious. Visitation will be conducted at St. Peters Lutheran Church of Conover on Tuesday, July 15th from 2-3:30 PM, with a service to follow at 3:30 where Rev. Paul Birner will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peters Lutheran Church @ 6175 St. Peters Church Rd, Conover NC, 28613 OR the Alexander County Animal Shelter @ 116 Waggin Trail, Taylorsville NC, 28681. Condolences may be left at http://www.alexfuneralservice.com. Alexander Funeral Service has been entrusted with arrangements.

 Phillip Pennell

Phillip Dale Pennell, age 64, of Taylorsville, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center after a period of declining health. He was born on April 18, 1950 in Iredell County to the late Doc Thurston Pennell and Mary Estelle Childers Pennell. He was employed by Clayton Marcus Furniture Co. and by Alexvale Furniture. Phillip was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church and he loved Nascar. He was also an avid rook player, loved watching westerns, loved to read, especially his Bible.


Those left to cherish his memory include two daughters: Tonya Kyle and husband, Jack, of Bethlehem, and Jamie Lee Pennell of Seattle, Washington; sisters: Sharon Pennell, and Renda Starnes and husband, Richard, all of Taylorsville; nephew: Casey Starnes and wife Jamie and great niece, Molly, of Taylorsville; niece: Candice Starnes and great nephew, Parker of Taylorsville; grandchildren: Brittney Norton and Bethany Price, both of Taylorsville; and a host of cousins.


Visitation will be Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm at Three Forks Baptist Church. Service will follow at 3:30 pm with the Rev. Tony Land officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers include Mike Pennell, Nicky Canter, Casey Starnes, Richard Starnes, Jack Kyle, and Jimmy Crouch. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alexander County: 50 Lucy Echerd Ln; Taylorsville, NC 28681 or to Three Forks Baptist Church Building Fund: 4685 Three Forks Church Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Dallas Reese

Dallas Marsh Reese, age 68, of Taylorsville, passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014 at Gordon Hospice House. He was born on November 27, 1945 in Alexander County to the late John Dallas Reese and Marie Rogers Reese. Dallas was retired as a truck driver for various companies. He was of the Baptist faith and he loved his grandchildren. Dallas was also a water and snow ski enthusiast. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: Roger Reese; uncles: Stanley Reese, Graydon Reese, and Atwell Reese. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sandra Kay James Reese, of the home; children: Todd Reese and wife, Wendy, of Taylorsville, John Reese and wife, Charity, of Taylorsville; grandchildren: Whitney Reese, Jacob Reese, Olivia Reese, and Hallie Reese, all of Taylorsville; adopted loving grandchildren: Kelsey England and Tres Wilbur; brothers: Ronnie Reese and wife Vilas, and Vaughn Reese and wife Brenda, both of Taylorsville; several nieces and nephews, and one special aunt: Betty Reese.


The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at East Taylorsville Baptist Church from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm. The service will follow at 3:00 pm with the Rev. Bill Orren and Rev. Jamie Steele officiating. Burial will follow at Three Forks Baptist Church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gordon Hospice House of Statesville: 2341 Simonton Rd; Statesville, NC 28625.

John Scarbrough

John Robert Scarbrough, age 42, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Catawba Memorial Hospital from complications following a heat stroke. He was born in Catawba County on March 26, 1972 to Charles L. and Sandra Moretz Scarbrough. John was a kindhearted, humble, caring person who was loved by everyone who knew him. He loved hot wheels, DC comics, and Blue Grass music. John also enjoyed going to flea markets and collecting items. He will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Jerry T. and Bertie Hollar Moretz; paternal grandfather: Albert Leo Scarbrough; and uncle: John Alan Moretz.


Those left to cherish his memory include his parents: Charles and Sandra Scarbrough; paternal grandmother: Dovie Scarbrough; sister: Amanda Atwood and husband, Mark; special niece and nephew: Sheradyn Hunt and Ryan McGaha; and a number of uncles, aunts, nieces, and nephews.


Visitation will be Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. There is no formal service. Memorials may be made to the Scarbrough family and brought by the funeral home for delivery.

Glenn Reed

Glenn Edward Reed, age 85, of Taylorsville, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Valley Nursing Center. He was born on April 11, 1929 in Catawba County to the late Talley Schroggs and Edna Bowman Reed. Glenn was retired as a truck driver and he attended Bethlehem Baptist Church. He was a Sunday School teacher and an avid fisherman and hunter. Glenn also loved to mechanic. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, and by stepmother, Lucille Reed. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Ruth Hoyle Reed of the home; children: Glenda Drum and husband, Ronnie of Shelby, NC, Debbie Little and husband, Johnny of Bethlehem, Susan Land and husband, Tony of Morganton, John Reed and wife, Lisa of Olin, NC, and Amy McDonald and husband, Ronnie of Bethlehem; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 7 brothers: Carroll, Nick, Lonnie, Alton, Vernon, Michael, and Rex Reed; 3 sisters: Christine Martin, Dianne Gwaltney, and Teresa Thacker; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend: Archie Pearson, of Bethlehem.


Visitation will be on Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The service will be on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 11:00 am at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Morris and Rev. Tony Land officiating. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers include Bryan Drum, Jason Drum, Travis Little, Mark Land, Jackie Lail, and Justin Thurman. Memorials may be sent to Antioch Baptist Church : 580 Antioch Church Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681; Valley Nursing: 581 NC Hwy 16 S; Taylorsville, NC 28681; and Catawba Regional Hospice: 3975 Robinson Rd; Newton, NC 28658.


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