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IMGThomas “Tommy” Norman Barber, age 60, of Hickory went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at his residence. Born August 5, 1952 to the late John Daniel and Gracie “Grace” Maybelle Barber. Tommy was a member of Millersville Baptist Church where he sung in the church choir. Before he became disabled he worked in the furniture business springing up. He also enjoyed going to the Alexander County Senior Center for the Musicians “Jam” on Mondays.  Including his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers – Larry, John Jr., Fred, Ernie and Johnny Barber and sister – Nancy Barber. Those left to cherish his memory include his partner of almost 35 years – Judy C. Gibson of the home; brothers – Herman Franklin Barber and wife Francis, David Lee Barber and Michael A. Barber and wife Glenda, all of Taylorsville; sisters – Linda B. Rice of Bethlehem, Betty Killian and husband Dwight of Hickory, Diane Armstrong and husband Robert “Bob” of California, and Annie May Bebber of Taylorsville; three stepchildren – Tammy Myers of Polly’s Island, SC, Chris Gibson of Hickory and Bobby Keener, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia and 6 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm at Millersville Baptist Church and service will follow at 4:00pm with the Rev. Michael Barber and Rev. Brian Kerley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Millersville Baptist Church – Building Fund @ 130 Millersville Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

IMGLillian Wike Canter Childers, age 80, of Taylorsville passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at Valley Nursing Center. Born March 13, 1933 to the late David Crowson and Ida Frances Wike. Earlier in her life, Lillian had worked for Alexvale Furniture as a sewer for a number of years. She was a member of Rocky Face Baptist Church and love to go and help out at the Christian Crisis Center.  Including her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister – Clara Hensley and brothers – Darrell, James and Kenneth Wike. Those left to cherish her memory include her children – Brenda Bruce, Bobbi Pennell and Danny Canter; sisters – Kathy Gant and Carol Jenkins; brothers – Jerry, Roger and Gene Wike; grandchildren – Tina Ligon, Tammi Maury, Tersi White, Brian Pennell, Jessica Pennell, Dana Gustin, Sarah Payne, Tyler Gibson and Molly Johnson; great grandchildren – Jarod Ligon, Rachel White, Caden Pennell and Brandon Gustin and 29 nieces and nephews.

A graveside committal service will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Rocky Face Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Dula officiating.

wade caldwellWade Pender Caldwell, age 81, of Taylorsville passed away on Wednesday May 8, 2013 at his home. Wade was a member of First Baptist Church of Taylorsville for  the last 56 years where he had served as a deacon and on the communion committee. He was a past member of the Taylorsville Rotary Club. His favorite place to go was  camping at Myrtle Beach, SC. Wade served in the US Army during the Korean War. Preceding him in death are his parents: Pender Sion & Enna Annie Caldwell; grandson, Jason Lynn Caldwell and sister, Betty Irene Caldwell Benfield. Survivors include his wife of 60 years; Bobbie Jean Deal Caldwell of the home; 2 sons: Michael Wade Caldwell of Taylorsville & Bradford Lee Caldwell of Taylorsville; 3 grandchildren: Brandon Michael Pennell, Landon Parks Caldwell, Emily Brooke Caldwell & fiancée Travis Yoder, all of Taylorsville; 11 nieces & nephews, 14 great nieces & nephews & 2 great-great nieces & nephews.

 The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 10:00 am till 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Taylorsville and service will begin at 11:00 am with the Rev. Dan Redding, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Serving as Pallbearers are the First Baptist Church Deacons and Honorary Pallbearers are the First Baptist Church Fellowship Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church @ Po Box 305, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or to Hospice of Alexander County @ 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

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.

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