melissa van cooneyMelissa Marie “Missy” Van Cooney, age 49 of Taylorsville, passed unexpectedly at her home on Monday, October 13, 2014. Missy was born August 10, 1965 in Charleston, SC to Stephanie Anne Felkel and the late John Edward Van Cooney.  She enjoyed cooking and flower gardening.  Those remaining to cherish her memory are four children:  Jonathan Charles Roark, Christina Marie Blevins, Dustin Lee Johnson, and Paul Holland Cockeran III; one grandson-Hunter Lee Parks; three sisters; Deborah Hunt, Tammy Walling, and Kathryn Beasley; two brothers:  Chad Strohecker and Jason Stephens.  She also leaves behind one aunt-Rose Johnson.  A memorial service will be held for Ms. Van Cooney on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 3:00pm at Alexander Funeral Service.



Roy Leo kerleyRoy “Leo” Kerley, age 81, of Taylorsville passed away unexpectedly at his residence on October 13, 2014. He was born May 1, 1933, in Alexander County to the late Romulus Don and Nannie Hubbard Kerley.  He was of the Baptist Faith and attended Victory Baptist Church in Taylorsville, NC. “Leo” was an avid hunter and loved his dogs.  He was an assembler in the furniture industry and was formerly employed by Broyhill of Conover, E.R. Carpenter, as well as Smile Oil.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by wife; Lorene Kerley, and brother; Arlie Delmas Kerley.

He is survived by sisters; Betty Tedder, and husband Buddy, Clara Russell, brother; Keith Kerley and wife Helen, all of Taylorsville, NC. Also are a number of nieces and nephews, and special friends; Jimmy Mitchell, and Lindsey Herman.

A visitation will be held for Roy “Leo” Kerley, on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Taylorsville, from 1:00pm til 2:00pm. The funeral service will be Wednesday, October, 15, 2014 at 2:00pm at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church with Pastor Eddie Yount officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Kevin and Klint Kerley, Matt and Nathan Lowe, TJ Daniels, Alan Michael and Andrew Bresch, and Chase Sharpe.

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

clara austinClara Jean Deal Austin, age 77 of Taylorsville passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. She was born in Cabarrus County on April 18, 1937 to the late Robert Partee and Ona Estelle Kerley Deal, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she always looked forward to attending Taylorsville Camp Meeting. She attended Wilkes Community  College where she studied Business Administration.  During her life, she was employed as an administrative assistant and a textile inspector. In her spare time, she also enjoyed sewing, quilting, reading, and she had a special practice of sending handwritten greeting cards to family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by one brother Keith Deal.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband J.P. Austin, Jr. of the home. Four daughters:  Victoria Lynne Austin Martin, and spouse Russell Dale Martin;  Kathy Roxanne Austin Mitchell, and spouse Dwight Gilbert Mitchell;  Crystal Faith Austin Price, and spouse Richard Wayne Price; and Mitzi Jean Austin Watts, and spouse Jeffrey Quince Watts. Nine grandchildren include Jessica Fox Moretz, Dustin Ray Galloway, Jonathan William Mitchell, Megan Elizabeth Mitchell, Christopher Lynn Watts, Heidi Marie Fox, Catherine Grace Watts, Jonas Dakota Watts, and Matthew Dillon Campbell.  Five great-grandchildren include Madison Victoria Moretz,  Daniel Clay Moretz, Sarah Grace Moretz,  Ashlyn Kate Moretz, and Lucius Gabriel Dean Brown.   She also leaves behind six step grandchildren, six step great-grandchildren, two sisters: Colene Deal Mullis and spouse, Connie; and Brenda Deal Lowe and friend James Earp, three brothers: Joe Deal and spouse Phyllis; Roger Allen Deal and spouse Linda; and Robert P. Deal and spouse Thea.

The family of Mrs. Austin will receive friends on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm at Calvary Baptist Church. The Funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm with Rev. Steve Dagenhart officiating.  Burial will follow in Jolly Cemetery.  Pallbearers are Dustin Galloway, Jonathan Mitchell, Christopher Watts, Jonas Watts, Matthew Campbell, and Daniel Moretz.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Catawba Regional Hospice @ 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC  28658.

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

IMG_0001Tommy Dale Johnson, 54 of Taylorsville, passed away at Frye Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. He was born April, 26,1960 to the late Fred Wilson Johnson and Betty Lou Herman Johnson.  Tommy was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church in Taylorsville, and was a paramedic for over twenty five years.  He also sat on the Board of Directors for the Ellendale Fire Department.  In addition to working as a paramedic, he also was on the Rescue Squad.  Tommy was hard working and dedicated to the community and those in need.  In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by maternal grandparents; Robert and Anna Herman, and paternal grandparents; Mestie and Bessie Johnson. He is survived by mother; Betty Lou Herman Johnson of Taylorsville, sons; Brandon Lee and wife Kasey of Taylorsville, and Adam Dale Johnson also of Taylorsville; and one granddaughter; Laney Johnson of Taylorsville. A visitation for Tommy will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Alexander Funeral Service from 5:00pm til 7:00pm. The funeral service will be Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Three Forks Baptist Church in Taylorsville, at 3:00pm, with Pastor Carson Mosley, Pastor Gary Jennings, and Pastor Bill Orren officiating.  Burial will follow at Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

IMG_0001Larry Ray Wilcox, age 79, of Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014, following a brief illness in Carolina Med. Ctr. Born May 10, 1935, in Iredell Co. to the late Charlie and Daisy Estes Wilcox, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Larry was an active member of Berea Baptist Church, which he dearly loved. He was an avid gardener and loved going to flea markets. He was very fond of his many grandchildren. Larry attended High School at Scotts. He was retired from Hoechest-Celanese in Statesville.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Doris Norton Wilcox, as well as one brother, Dale Wilcox and one sister Kathy Beckham.

Survivors include, one daughter, Tammy Wilson and husband Rick of Statesville. Two sons, Michael Smith and wife Gladys of Stony Point and Jimmy Smith and wife Elaine of Statesville. Larry has four brothers, Donny, Ken, Tony and Cecil Wilcox, all of Statesville. He also has four sisters, Geraldine Justice and Sylvia Wallace of Statesville, as well as Margie Tyson of Mt. Gilead and Susie Miller of Troutman. There are nine grandchildren, Dana Russ, Jamie Davis, Jarred Smith, Justin, Kristen and Sarah Wilson, Michelle and Kelly Hoots and Edwina Hedrick. Larry has seventeen great-grandchildren, Landon, Allie and Madie Russ, Brian Wilson, Devin Babb, Riley Davis, Kyle Wilson, McKinsey Davis, Stephanie, Melia, Hanna, Evan, Carson, Adrian, and Kimberly Hoots,  Brian Sigmon and Kendall Harrington. There are a host of nieces and nephews. Larry had a special friend, Gary Stikeleather.

Visitation will be held Wednesday evening, Oct. 8, 2014, from 7-9 p.m. at Berea Baptist Church and funeral services will be held Thurs. Oct. 9, at 1:00 p.m. at Berea Baptist Church with the Rev. Neil Walker and Rev. Jamie Fox officiating. Burial will follow in the Stony Point Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Micheal, Jimmy, and Jerrod Smith, Rick and Justin Wilson, and Landon Russ.  Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, 250 Williams St. NW, Atlanta, GA. 30303.

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Lena Ann Lackey, 38

IMGLena Ann Lackey, 38 of Hiddenite passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 4, 2014. She was born February 2, 1976 to Henry Russell and Barbara Ann Spears Lackey of Hiddenite, NC.  She attended Pisgah Methodist Church and worked as a CNA in the health care profession most of her life.  Lena loved people, made friends everywhere, as well as enjoyed music and dancing.  She is preceded in death by paternal grandparents; Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Lena Lackey and maternal grandparents; William and Effie Spears Puckett.

She is survived by her parents; Henry Russell and Barbara Ann Spears Lackey of Hiddenite, a daughter; Alexis Deanna Lackey of the home, sisters; Judy and husband Mike Cossman of Mooresville, NC; Heather and husband David Torrence of Richmond, VA, nephew; Austin, nieces; Emily, Savannah, Stephanie, Kirsten, Grayson, Kaymeron, great niece; Brooklyn, as well as numerous cousins.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 6p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service Chapel.

Memorials in Lieu of Flowers may be made to Lena Ann Lackey Memorial Fund c/o P.O. Box 40, Taylorsville, NC, 28681.



Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.


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