Jimmy Leonard Hatton, age 69, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on September 28, 2014. He was born January 5, 1945 in Alexander County to the late Wilson Thomas and Beatrice Edna Pennell Hatton.  Jimmy worked in the furniture industry for many years and had been employed by Broyhill Furniture.  He occasionally attended Mountain Ridge Baptist Church in Taylorsville, NC.  In his leisure time he enjoyed gardening, spending time with his grandsons, NASCAR, and eating at KFC.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, James Hatton, brothers; Tommy and Larry Hatton, infant sister, Edna Hatton, and infant niece Tammy Dawn.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Land Hatton of fifty years; one son, Tim Hatton and wife Lisa of Taylorsville, brothers include; Willard and Betty Hatton, Don and Louise Hatton, and Herman and Geraldine Hatton, all of Taylorsville. Three grandchildren; Isaac, Skyler, and Riley Hatton of Taylorsville.  He also leaves behind a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Mr. Hatton will be held on Tuesday night, September 30, 2014, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m.,  Wednesday, October 1, 2014, with Pastor Phil Jolly and Pastor Mark Adams officiating at Mountain Ridge Baptist Church in Taylorsville, NC.  The burial will follow at Mountain Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Harvey Harrington

Harvey Lee Harrington, age 87, of the Pleasant Hill Community, Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014, in Frye Regional Medical Center, following a period of declining health. Born March 20, 1927 to the late Elisha Clay and Mamie Kerley Harrington, he was a member of Salem Lutheran Church and attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Harvey was employed by Crescent Electric Membership Coop, retiring after over thirty-seven years of service in Alexander County. Mr. Harrington was a veteran of WW II having served in the United States Army. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, J.B., Grafton, and William Harrington as well as two sisters, Earnestine “Tine” Mitchell, and Irene Jones. Two grandsons preceded him: Alan Harrington and Jacob Deal.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine P. Daniels of the home; four sons: Danny, Junior, Gaylon and Lanny Harrington, all of Taylorsville. Three daughters survive: Patsy Harrington Deal, Barbara Gentle, and Kathy Lackey, all of Taylorsville. Also four sisters: Jeanie Cropley of Oregon, Bunnie Harrington, Shirley Brown, and Mary Milstead all of Taylorsville.  Harvey has six grandchildren: Kevin Gentle, Brent, Ashley, Joshua, and Todd Harrington and Emily Atwood,  and six great-grandchildren: Alexander, Blake, Brycen, Bella, Beau, and Kanon Harrington.

Graveside burial services were private with DAV Chapter 84, of Taylorsville and Chapter 6 of Hudson providing military honors. Rev. Chris Goforth officiated.

Memorials may be given to DAV Chapter 84 @ 582 Carrigan Road. Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Rita Brown Mash, 66


Rita Brown Mash, age 66 of Taylorsville, passed away at her home Tuesday afternoon, September 16, 2014, following an illness.  Rita was born on February 2, 1948 to the late Jesse Lee and Viola Smith Brown.  She had been a bus driver for the Alexander County School system and also worked at Burger Basket for some 30 years.

Those loved ones left to cherish her memory are her husband Carl Mash of the home, and three sons: Steven Mash and wife, Rebecca; Billy Mash, and Jeremy Mash. Two grandchildren:  Brandon Mash and Sharon Barlow and husband A.J.  Three great-grandchildren:  Emily, Madison, and Allison Barlow.  Two nephews:  Michael and Jeff Brown. One niece: Sonya Echerd. Three sister-in-laws: Lucille Mash, Barbara Brown, and Kathy Mash Bowman and husband, Phillip; and three brother-in-laws: Ralph and wife, Nancy; Ray and Richard Mash. She also leaves behind a dear special friend, Susan Allen.

Besides her parents, those preceding her in death are two brothers: Wade Brown and Sam Brown; and one infant sister.

Visitation for Mrs. Mash will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 4:00 -5:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service with a Memorial Service to follow at 5:00 pm. Officiates will be Rev. Earl Godfrey, Rev. Jeremy Bumgarner, and Rev. Mark Robinette


Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Janet FoxJanet Burgess Fox, age 61, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 5, 2014 at her residence.  Janet will be celebrating her 62nd birthday in Heaven.  She was born on September, 14, 1952 in Alexander County, NC to Thomas Ross and the late Margie St. Claire Burgess.  Janet was a member of Salem Lutheran Church of Taylorsville and worked for Hickory Springs of Hiddenite for over twenty years.  She enjoyed watching the soaps, HGTV, racing, gardening and flowers, travel, shopping, the beach and loving her miracle grandson Riley.  Along with her mother she is preceded in death by a brother; Clay Thomas Burgess, two grandchildren, and first husband John Dallas Fox.

Those left to cherish her memory is daughter; Crystal Fox Sipes and husband Richard and their son Riley Dallas Laney of Taylorsville; father; Thomas Ross Burgess “yoyo”; also lifelong special friend Richard McCarter and family, sisters Rachel Barnes and husband Jones; Marlene Earp and husband Ricky, also a number of special nieces and nephews all of Taylorsville.

Visitation will be Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Taylorsville, NC with the funeral on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 3 p.m. Alexander Funeral Service with Rev. Gary Jennings officiating.  Burial will take place at Salem Lutheran Church after the service.  Pallbearers include; Sammy and Rodney Barnes, Bubba Pierce, Jamie Earp, Ricky McCarter Jr., and honorary pallbearer; Riley Dallas Laney Sipes.

Memorials may be made to Mental Health America, Gift Office, 2000 N. Beauregard St., 6th floor, Alexandria, VA, 22311 and/or The American Lung Association, National Office, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago IL., 60601.


Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

brandy  thompsonBrandy Nicole Tarlton Thompson, age 34, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Thursday, September 4, 2014.  Born to the late Roger Hurst and Mary Darlene Rushing Hurst Tarlton, on November, 16, 1979, in Union County, NC.  She was a member of Community Christian Fellowship in Bethlehem, and was the owner and operator of Whiskey Mountain Farms as a grower for Tyson Farms.

Brandy will be remembered by all as a mother who loved her infant son with all of her heart.  Her love for the outdoors and her years at Chestnut Hunt Club, owned and operated by her grandfather will be lasting memories.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Darlene Rushing Hurst Tarlton, of Taylorsville, as well as her son Rowdy Cole Thompson.  Her maternal grandparents, Jerry and Shelby Dean Rushing of Taylorsville, will cherish her memory.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday evening, September 10, 2014 from 7;00 -9;00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.  Inurnment will follow with the family.

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Florence I. Belcher Blauvelt, age 95, of Hiddenite, passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at the Brian Center in Statesville. She was born on January 23, 1919 in Rome, NY. Florence was retired from Parker Hanason Air Conditioning in Lyons, NY. She was of the Catholic faith and she loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling. Florence is preceded in death by her parents. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Fredrick Harvey Blauvelt, of the home; sons: James Belcher of Raligh, NC and Richard Belcher of Florida; stepson: Harvey Blauvelt of Texas; stepdaughters: Elida Bnoy of Florida and Sherry Griffy of Tennessee; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.


Local arrangements are being handled by Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral services will be handled by Farnsworth-Keysor Funeral Home in North Rose, NY.

Owen Braswell

Owen Augustus Braswell, age 90, of Taylorsville, passed away on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at his daughter’s house from a lengthy illness. He was born on July 4, 1924 in Whitnel, NC to the late Horace Henry and Julie Etta Kelley Braswell. Owen was a veteran and served in the US Army. He was retired from Broyhill. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Braswell along with three brothers, a sister, and 2 grandchildren. Those left to cherish his memory include 8 children: Ria Childers and husband, Steve, of Taylorsville, William (Bucky) Braswell and wife, Polly Hall of Hickory, Doris Duncan and husband, Charles of Hiddenite, Roger Braswell and wife, Beth Fogle of Taylorsville, Wanda Wike and husband, Billy of Taylorsville, Debra Burns and husband, Terry of Granite Falls, Renee Braswell Sigmon of Taylorsville and Sandra Denny and husband, Scott of Taylorsville; 21 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; 1 brother: Charles A. Braswell; and 1 sister: Mertha Braswell Biddy, both of Taylorsville.


Visitation will be Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at Beulah Bapitst Church in Taylorsville, NC with the funeral to follow directly after with Rev. Brent Dula officiating. Burial will take place at Macedonia Baptist Church on Macedonia Church Rd. in Taylorsville, NC. Pallbearers include Chuck Duncan, Michael Duncan, David Byrd, Jason Mecimore, Matthew Braswell, Sonny Starnes, and Erick Braswell. Military Rites are arranged with DAV Post 8490 and Post 6 of Hudson.


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