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Peggy MitchellPeggy Wren Bumgarner Mitchell, age 81, of Summer’s Place, died February 12, 2013 at her residence. Little “G” as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren, was born in Alexander County December 7, 1931, a daughter of the late James Horace and Bertha Lou Orren Bumgarner. She was a homemaker, wife, mother, adored aunt, loving grandmother and a member of First United Methodist Church. Peggy also enjoyed birds, flowers, plants, all animals and quilting. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by ten late brothers and sisters “Tump”, Teddy, Jack, and George Bumgarner, Rachel Chapman, Kitty Sue Barnes, Gayenelle Watts, June Keever, Ruby Deal, and Marchetta Bumgarner. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Archie Mitchell, two daughters Deborah Lou Mitchell of Morganton, Lori Ann Williams and Dean of Boone, grandchildren Sarah Elizabeth Geist and husband Brandon Charleston, SC and Jessie Lauren Davis of Farmville, VA, sister, Frances Shoe of Kannapolis, sister in law Jackie Bumgarner of Taylorsville and a brother in law Loyd Keever, of Taylorsville.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Fite officiating. Burial will follow in City Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 1:45 PM prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150. Condolences may be made to www.carpentersfuneralhome.net

robert waltersRobert “Bob” Hugh Walters, 67, of Wilkesboro, passed away on February 6, 2013. He was a Vietnam Veteran. Bob helped start the motorcycle group “Rolling Thunder” in North Carolina and was a rodeo rider throughout the country. Those left to cherish his memory include his children- Katie Walters; step daughter – Jessica Baker; and his former wife - Kim Travis, all of Claremont. A memorial service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service.

IMGJarel Dane Icenhour, 86, of Taylorsville passed away Saturday morning, February 9 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Born to the late Garland Shields and Neva Frances Bowman Icenhour on January 17, 1927, he was a loving husband and father who loved his family and church family. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he was a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and served as the Brotherhood President and other church organizations. Jarel served in the US Army during World War II in Germany and received an Honorable discharge with the Victory and Occupation Medal. He was retired from Hickory Manufacturing  Co. in the Chair Department after 42 years of service then worked with his son in the Logging & Timber Industry for 16 years. Jarel also loved to farm with his Massey Ferguson tractors. Including his parents, he is preceded in death by three sisters – Iretha Isenhour, Olivia Isenhour and Zelda Bowman and two brothers – Kenneth and Dwane Icenhour. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 63 years – Lucy Mae Teague Icenhour; daughter – Sharon I. Austin and husband Kenneth; son – Darrell Icenhour; two grandchildren – Rev. Stacy Austin and wife Janet and Erica Austin; three great grandchildren – Isaac, Hunter and Rylan Austin; one sister – Jazetta I. Sharpe and a number of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 11, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Antioch Baptist Church. Service will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm at Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Morris and Rev. Stacy Austin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Military rites will be provided by the American Legion Honor Guard Post 48. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund at 580 Antioch Church Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681. Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com. Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

IMG_0002Avis Leona Robinette Davis, age 81, of Taylorsville passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 7 at her residence. She was born on June 8, 1931 to the late Floyd and Ernestine Walker Robinette. Avis was married to the late Tommy Davis and was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. She loved reading her bible, spending time with her family and working outside in the flower garden. Those left to cherish her memory include her children Wayne Davis and wife Gail, of Taylorsville; Michael Davis and wife Darlene, of Taylorsville; Debi Cockrell and husband Willie, of Hiddenite and Darlene “Alex” Davis, of Charlotte; Six grandchildren – Jody Davis and wife Jenny, of Hiddenite; Steven Davis and wife Jamie, of Taylorsville; Tina Hampton and husband Daniel, of Georgia; Dana Childress and husband TJ, of Taylorsville; Derek Cockrell, of Clyde, NC; and Shanda Rogers and husband Bryan, of Hiddenite; 10 great grandchildren and nine brothers and sisters – Exie, Ralph, Elisha, Billy and Martha Robinette, Gerdine Bebber and Shirley Petrea, all of Taylorsville; Gene Robinette, of Virginia and Elizabeth Kerley, of Maryland.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Poplar Springs Baptist Church and service will begin at 3:00 pm with Rev. Rick Safriet and Rev. Allen Fox officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers are Jody Davis, Steven Davis, Bryan Rogers, Thomas Childress, Derek Cockrell and Christy Bebber.

Sue Burns Bolick, 93

sue bolickMrs. Sue Burns Bolick, age 93, of Bethlehem, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2013. Born February 16, 1919 to the late John Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Yount) Burns, she was a member of Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Paul Bolick;  two sons – Larry Bolick, and Dale Bolick,  one daughter – Carolyn Bolick; and two grandchildren – Susan Snipes, and Stuart Bolick;  and six brothers – Henry Lawrence Burns, George Lawson Burns, Eli Franklin Burns, Tallie Lewis Burns, Marvin Ivy Burns and Fred Russell Burns; and three sisters – Ethel Starnes, Hettie Munday and Grace Teague. Those remaining to cherish her memory are two daughters – Betty Smith and husband, George; and Brenda Gordon and husband, Jervis; two sons -  Billy Bolick and wife Brenda, and Jackie Bolick; fourteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister – Ollie Craig and two daughter in laws – Linda Shook and Cynthia Bolick.

Visitation for Mrs. Bolick will be held on Tuesday, February 5, from 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm.  The Funeral Service will begin at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church in Bethlehem with burial following in the Pisgah Community Cemetery.  Rev. Mike Stone will be officiating. Memorials may be forwarded to the Mt. Pisgah Lutheran Church Youth Group  @ 9379 NC Hwy 127, Hickory, NC  28601.

daniel rector - CopyDaniel “Partee” Rector, 77, of Taylorsville went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 30 at Valley Rehabilitation Center. Born in Alexander County on February 25, 1935 to the late Toye Poole and Nelle Matheson Rector. Partee was a professional driver for 46 years and drove for 26 years for Broyhill Furniture received the 1 Million Mile Accident Free Award. He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church where he faithfully attended. He was also an avid Duke fan and a faithful supporter of the ACHS Basketball Program. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 56 years, Wanda Walker Rector, of the home; one son – Danny Rector and wife Angela, of Newton; one daughter – Janet Sigmon and husband Charlie, of Taylorsville; three grandchildren – Brooke Sigmon, of Taylorsville, Evan Rector, of Winston-Salem and Sierra Winters, of Newton; one sister – Lucille Warren, of Taylorsville; one brother and sister-in-law – M.L. Walker and Myra Harding; several nieces and nephews, along with a number of close friends, to many to mention. 

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 1, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The service will be held on Saturday, February 2 at 2:00 pm at Poplar Springs Baptist Church with  Rev. Rick Safriet and Rev. Allen Fox officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie-in-state for 30 minutes prior to the service. Serving as pallbearers are Doug Hamby, Tyler Cline, Mitch Walker, Ryan Barlow, Bradley Lackey and Corey Presnell. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Alexander County at 50 Lucy Echerd Lane; Taylorsville, NC  28681.

daddyRicky Gwen Foster, 56, of Bethlehem, passed away unexpectedly on January 24, 2013 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Born on May 21, 1956, he was the son of Harley Foster (the late) and Vercie Price Foster. He worked in the auto industry and attended Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. Including his mother, those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Diane Foster; three children – Patricia Johnson and husband Weston, Ryan Foster and wife Deanna and Allison Foster and special friend, Jacob Fransisco; one grandson – Wyatt Johnson; one sister – Jean Teague and husband Gerald; a special friend – Chris Outlaw; along with a numerous number of nieces, nephews and other family members.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Bethlehem and Service will begin at 3:00 pm with Rev. Steve Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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