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James Richard Ambrose, age 86, of Taylorsville went home to be with the Lord at his residence on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Born on November 25, 1926 in Arcadia, Indiana to the late Jesse Clement and Nora Tesh Ambrose. He was a veteran of the US Navy, serving during WWII. James taught for Worland, Wyoming School System; Coos Bay Oregan School System; and was retired after 29 years of service with the Fresno City Unified School District in California, where he was a teacher and vice principal. He was also a youth sports coach, leading several High School Basketball teams to Championships. He was an avid golfer, was a current member of Community Christian Fellowship, and formerly attended Bethlehem Baptist Church of Hickory and First Baptist Church of Fresno, California. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife – Dorothy Lee Dunn Ambrose. Those left to cherish his memory include his sons – Jay Colin Ambrose and wife Rebecca, of Bethlehem and Richard Lee Ambrose and wife Karen of California; brothers – Joseph Ambrose and wife Donna of California and Charles Ambrose, M.D. of Kentucky; grandsons – Matthew, Jordan and Christopher Ambrose and Joshua Ambrose and wife Heidi; great grandson – Aiden Ambrose; and a number of nieces and nephews.

There are no formal services planned. Private services are planned for Wyoming at a later date. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Catawba @ 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658 or Community Christian Fellowship @ Po Box 597, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

james lackeyJames Robert Lackey, age 85, of 201 James Road, Taylorsville, went home on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the Veteran’s Medical Center in Salisbury, NC surrounded by his family following a brief illness. James was born March 1, 1928 to the late Robert Clarence Lackey and Grace Sloope Lackey. James was a pastor of two churches – Island Ford Baptist (two years) and Wayside Baptist (11 years); proficient in furniture and worked at Ideal Frame Company; received two honorable discharges from the US Army – August 1947 and June 1950, where he received a World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Japan; served the Disabled Veterans No. 84 in providing transportation; played the guitar at Liledoun Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member. Besides his parents, James is preceded in death by his loving wife of sixty-three years – Leona Daphne Smith Lackey; step mother – Sally Knopfel; and sister – Peggy Lackey Childers. Those left to cherish his memory are nieces and nephews – Rodney (Patsy) Warren; Kay (James) Bumgarner; Brent (Monique) Warren, all of Taylorsville; Joy (Paul) McCain of Alabama; and Dr. Bradley Johnson of Greensboro; and two sisters – Bonnie Lackey Johnson and Betty Lackey Sigmon of Mooresville, along with special friends – Melva Little (Ron) Payne of Georgia; Danny & Kathy Presnell, Mark Robinette, and Lois Kuykendall; neighbor – JoAnn Lowe and caregiver – Jessica Presnell.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Liledoun Baptist Church and Service will begin at 2:00 pm with the Dr. James Lockee and Rev. James Bumgarner officiating. Burial will follow in the Taylorsville City Cemetery. Military rites will be provided by the VFW Post 10,000, of Hiddenite. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of Alexander County, Inc. @ 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC  28681. Our family wishes to thank you for your prayers, visits, calls, cards, food and words of encouragement.

dewayne dysonDewayne Horace Dyson, age 65, of Taylorsville passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at his residence. Born March 18, 1948 to the late Dewey Horace and Marie Ellen Dagenhart Dyson, he served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Dewayne owned his own business “Dyson Excavation” for 32 years. He was a lifelong member at Mt. Herman Baptist Church, serving as a deacon for 35 years and serving on the Building and Grounds Committee. He loved gardening, being around wildlife and was an avid bird watcher. Dewayne was known as “Dog’s Best Friend” from all the dogs over the neighborhood. He also served as a Board of Director for the Wittenburg Fire Department. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 43 years – Bonnie “Kaye” Hoyle, of the home; daughters – Tammy Fox and husband Delvin, of Vale; Holly Yongue and husband Philip, of Taylorsville and Carrie Dyson and Randal Whisenant, of Claremont; sister – Jill Jarrett and husband Dean, of Taylorsville; grandchildren – Zayne, Zoe and Zeb Fox, of Vale and Madelyn Yongue, of Taylorsville; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family; a special friend – Steve Icenhour, who was like a brother and man’s best friends – “Sadie and Allie.”

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. Service will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm at Mt. Herman Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Schronce, Rev. Mark Robinette and Rev. Frank Hoyle. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Phill Bowman, Eddie Rogers, Donnie Rogers, Rickey Dyson, Gary Dyson, Tim Martin, Ty Dyson, Mark Butler, Johnny Keever, Jeff Clyde Dyson, Kevin Payne and Clyde Dyson, Jr. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mt. Herman Baptist Church @ Po Box 697, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or to the Wittenburg Fire Department @ 4756 Hwy 16 S, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

randy chathamRandy Lee Chatham, age 41, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Born October 3, 1971 in Iredell County to Rev. James “Jimmy” Dwight and Jeanette Goodin Chatham. Randy was a massage therapist for Hand and Stone of Winston-Salem. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was an avid reader of history, especially the Civil War era. He was a great prankster and enjoyed his nieces and nephews, as if they were his own children. Randy is preceded in death by his grandparents: Hugh Gordon & Novella Icenhour Chatham and Arlie Isom & Genelia Adeline Goodin; as well as several aunts and uncles. In addition to his parents he is survived by two sisters – Robin Hays and husband Erik: and Tami Collins and fiancé, Brian Miller; three nieces – Brittney Holland and husband, Tyler: Emma and Addi Harrington and one nephew – Jonathan Collins, all of Taylorsville. Special friends – Matt Collins and Mesha Russell, both of Taylorsville and Linda Lynch of Winston-Salem. He also has several aunts, uncles and cousins who survive.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at Alexander Funeral Service with funeral services on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Emerald Baptist Church in Hiddenite with the Rev. Jerry Chatham and Rev. Keith Bowman officiating. Burial will follow in the Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers are Brian Miller, Matt Collins, Tyler Holland, Erik Hays, Jody Pennell, Trent Chatham, Travis Chatham and Trevor Chatham. Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 517, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

randy pattersonRandy Dean Patterson, age 53, of Nebo, NC – formerly of Taylorsville, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2013 at McDowell Hospital. Born October 13, 1959 to James Patterson and Joyce Davidson Pierce, both of Taylorsville. Randy was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church. He enjoyed watching DVD’s especially, The Waltons and collecting newspaper, and magazine clippings. He is preceded in death by his grandparents – Clarence & Dora Davidson and Otto & Mary Patterson and nephew – Joshua Patterson. Including his parents, those left to cherish his memory include his sister – Jacqueline “Jackie” Patterson; brother – Tim Patterson and wife Karen; nephew – Tyler Patterson, all of Taylorsville and step nephew – Brandon Echerd, of Catawba.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am at Alexander Funeral Service and Service will begin at 11:00 am in the Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gary Jennings, Rev. Jamie Steele and Rev. Arlie Roten officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery.

arnold  jewellMr. Arnold Lee Jewell, age 74, of Statesville, passed away at his residence on Tuesday April 23, 2013, following a period of declining health. Born July 9, 1938 to the late Millard Lee and Bertha Adams Jewell in Chattaroy, WV, he was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Jewell was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a coal miner. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Brian Jewell. Arnold is survived by two sons; David Jewell of Statesville, and Arnold Lee Jewell Jr. of Paintsville, KY. He also has three sisters; Deborah Teague of Bethlehem, Millie Garnes of Lenoir, and Barbara Chaffin of Hudson. Mr. Jewell is also survived by one brother – Millard Jewell of Williamson, WV, and three grandchildren – David “Allen” Jewell who served as his grandfather’s caregiver, and Savannah Jewell both of Statesville, as well as   Keith Jewell of Paintsville, KY.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April, 25, 2013 at Alexander Funeral Service in Taylorsville, from 1:30 pm   to  3:00 pm.   Funeral services will begin at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Taylorsville City Cemetery. Rev. Gary Jennings officiating.  Military honors will be afforded by  DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and DAV Chapter 6 of Hudson.

florrie kerleyFlorrie R. Elizabeth Kerley, age 84, of the Mt. Herman Community, Ellendale, passed away on Sunday, April 21 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. She was born August 27, 1928 to the late George Lindsay and Beatrice Earl Watts Rogers. Florrie enjoyed staying at home raising her seven children and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member and Sunday School teacher at Mt. Herman Baptist Church she was also involved with  VBS, Kitchen Committee, WMU and an active member of the Women’s Auxiliary of Gideon’s International . In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son – Doug Kerley. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 67 years – Kenneth Kerley, of the home; sons – Roger and Carol Kerley, of Mt. Airy and Guy and Connie Kerley, of Taylorsville; daughters – Martha and Barry Johnson, Patsy and Lanny Stewarts, Robin and Ronnie Jones, all of Taylorsville and Sharon and Ralph Clanton, of Albemarle, NC; brothers – Lee and Mary Rogers, of Taylorsville and Earl and Dakota Rogers, of Cannon City, CO; sister – Ann and Frank Greer, of Lexington, NC; daughter-in-law Jan Kerley of Wilkesboro;  17 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Monday, April 22, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. Service will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 4:00 pm at Mt. Herman Baptist Church with the Revs. Paul Schronce and Clyde Kerley  officiating. The body will lie-in-state 30 minutes prior to service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mt. Herman Baptist Church – Po Box 697, Taylorsville, NC 28681; The Gideon’s International – Po Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214 or to the Donor’s Choice.

Grandsons will be serving as Pallbearers – Les Stewart, Ben Stewart, John Kerley, Michael Kerley, Casey Kerley, Colby Kerley, Andrew Clanton, and Logan Jones.

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