Grace Brown Laxton, 77

imgGrace Brown Laxton, age 77, of Dudley Shoals, passed away September 26, 2016 at her residence. She was born in Watauga County on May 29, 1939 to the late Roby Jones and Duluth Lawrence Brown. Grace was a member of Temple Hill Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She served the Lord with gladness. She was an example of her Savior’s love, patience and strength. She passed that love to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She wanted them to have a desire to live for the Lord. To accept him as their Savior. Praise God her family has! Her desired legacy was just that. That her children and their families come to know Christ. She will continue to live on, not only in our memories, but in the legacy that she has left behind. That we (her family) may serve the Lord. That others will see Christ in and through her family. All praise to God! One generation passeth away and another generation cometh. Ecclesiastes 1:4.

In addition to her parents Grace was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Johnny W. Laxton and two sisters, Betty Levering & Johnsie Wallen.

Grace leaves to cherish her memory daughters, Teresa Conley & husband Bobby, Johnna Benfield & husband Daryl, two sisters, Mary Stamey and Virginia Hall & husband Jimmy, two brothers, Bill Brown and Rom Brown & wife Brenda, four grandchildren, Justin Conley & wife Kaycee, Erin Smith & husband Patrick, Elicha Jolly & husband Dylan, and Jonathan Benfield, two great grandchildren, Bentley Conley & Blake Conley, nephew, Steve Wallen, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be Friday, September 30, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Temple Hill Baptist Church. The funeral service will be Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Temple Hill Baptist Church at 11:00 am. The Rev. Darrell Hatchell will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will include: Bobby Conley, Justin Conley, Bentley Conley, Jonathan Benfield, Steve Wallen, Ricky Hall, and Randy Hall.



Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com.

imgRoy “Barnes” Bumgarner, age 75, of Taylorsville, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at his residence. Barnes was born in Alexander County on March 21, 1941 to the late Arthur Atwell and Fannie Barnes Bumgarner. He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents Barnes was preceded in death by sisters: Vivian Lackey, Shirley Watts, Hilda Mash, Nancy Walker, Esther White; and brother Wade Bumgarner.
Barnes leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 57 years, Betty Lou Stansel Bumgarner, four children, Rita Bumgarner, Rex Bumgarner & wife Karen, Christy Bumgarner & wife Kelly, Todd Bumgarner & wife Tracy; two sisters, Janie Sprinkle & husband Donald, Donna Rhyne & husband Chris; brother Cainie Bumgarner & wife Pat, special daughter in law, Kimberly Marlowe, grandchildren: Kevin Wyatt & wife Tawana, Zachary & Ethan Bumgarner, and Reece Bumgarner, great grandchild: Elixa Wyatt, special friend & coworker, Peggy Fox, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 1:30-3:30 pm Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service. A graveside service will follow at Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Steve Bumgarner and Rev. Tanner Mundy will be officiating.

Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com. Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

ronald-bolick-obituary2Evangelist Ronald Eugene Bolick, age 59, of Hickory, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Mr. Bolick was born in Catawba county on April 8, 1957 to the late Bliss Eugene and Mary Ellen Hall Bolick who survives. He was a member of Divine Grace Church.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Bolick leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 11 years, Elizabeth Terry Bolick, two children, Natalie Presnell & Brooks and Nicholas Bolick, brothers, Tony and Charles Bolick, and granddaughter, Delia Presnell.

Visitation will be Monday, September 26, 2016 from 12:00-1:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral will follow at 1:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. Pastor Rick Yount will be officiating the service. Burial will take place in the Liledoun Baptist Church Cemetery.

Perry Eugene Sayles, 82

perry-saylesPerry Eugene Sayles, age 82, of Taylorsville, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at his residence. Mr. Sayles was born in Buncombe County on March 13, 1934 to the late Zeb and Exford Sayles. He was a member of the Bethlehem Church of God. He retired from Proctor Wholesale in Hickory where he was employed as a supervisor. In addition to his parents Mr. Sayles was preceded in death by three brothers and six sisters.
Mr. Sayles is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Lee Lail Sayles, one son, Mark Sayles, one daughter, Tammy Lynn Sayles, two grandchildren, Heidi and Hunter Sayles all of Bethlehem, one brother, Aubrey Sayles of Lecestier, NC, and a host nieces, nephews, and special friends, Larry & Linda Bolick.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 25, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will be Monday, September 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm Bethlehem Church of God. The Rev. Stewart Lankford and Howard Smith Sr. will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will include: Michael Lail, Hunter Sayles, Jeff Good, Scott Lail, Brian Smith, and Darrin Belcher.The family requests in addition to flowers that memorials be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658 or to Bethlehem Church of God, PO Box 6324, Bethlehem Station, Hickory, NC 28603

imgCynthia Johnson Winebarger, of Stony Point, passed away on September 21, 2016 at Davis Regional Medical Center. She was the born on November 7, 1954 in Iredell County to the late Paul and Florence Helen Bennett Johnson. Cynthia was a member of Stony Point Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents Cynthia was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald & Wilfred Johnson; and two nephews, John Paul Smith & Anthony Rogers.

Cynthia leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 38 years, Jerry Blaine Winebarger, two children, Autumn Kiser & Paul Winebarger; two step children, Sonya & Duane Winebarger; five sisters, Peggy Parris & Phillip, Florence Ann Rogers & Blake, Cathy Hartness & Denny, Paulette Johnson, and Nancy Johnson; two brothers, Donald Johnson & Betty and Woodrow Johnson & Debbie; sister in law, Lois Johnson, grandchildren, Paige Kiser, Austin Winebarger, Daniel Craven, Sadie Craven, Isabella Winebarger, Nathaneal Winebarger; and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Stony Point Baptist Church from 12:00-1:00 pm. The funeral service will follow. The Rev. Bill Martin and Pastor James R. Speece will be officiating.


img-2Georgia Lee Honeycutt Jolly, age 90, of Taylorsville passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016. She was born in St. Clair, Alabama on April 15, 1926 to the late William and Viola Honeycutt. Mrs. Jolly worked at Sherrill Furniture for 40 plus years and was a member at Millersville Baptist Church. HAVING LOST A SON IN THE VIETNAM WAR, SHE WAS A GOLD STAR MOTHER. She is preceded in death by her husband Burlie Jolly; son, Robert Gerald Jolly; daughter, Dinah Gail Jolly; grandson, Michael Jolly, Jr.; 5 brothers and 8 sisters.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Michael Jolly and wife Arlene of Newton; 3 daughters: Rhonda Weaver and husband Gary of Taylorsville, Robin Houston and husband Randy of Claremont, and Marie Jolly of Longview; 4 granddaughters: Natasha N. Weaver, Kisha Boggs, Jennifer Jolly, and Brenda Kay Parks; 3 grandsons: Jerry Eugene Drum, Mark Reel, and Marty Loudermilk; one great grandchild, Bayli Boggs; along with several other family members.

Funeral Service for Mrs. Jolly will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Millersville Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Orren and Rev. Phil Chapman officiating. The family has requested for no visitation before the service. Burial will follow at Friendship Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Catawba Regional Hospice @ 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NCĀ  28658.

IMGJanelle Bowman Price, age 80, passed away unexpectedly at home Thursday evening, September 1, 2016, after a yearlong battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

She was born on December 24, 1935 in Alexander County to parents Carrol Monroe and Merlie Stafford Bowman.

She was a homemaker, keeping children in the home and worked and returned in the furniture industry at Clayton-Marcus Furniture. A lifelong member and Sunday school teacher at Liledoun Baptist Church, she enjoyed cooking, canning, crossword puzzles, traveling and most of all, her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Gurthie, Ray and Kelly Bowman and one sister, Helen Fox. Surviving siblings are sisters Ruth Isenhour of Charlotte and Betty Dyson of Taylorsville.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 60 years, Wade Price, of the home, daughter Jan Watson and husband Mike of Taylorsville, Mickey Price and partner Bobby Talbert of Hickory and Rickey Price and wife Melissa of Taylorsville. She is also survived by grandchildren Chassity Capito and husband Nick, Tyler Watson, Felicity Price and fiance Justin Mayberry and Nathan Price. Great grandchildren are Paisley and Parker Capito.

Visitation will be conducted between 1:30 and 2:30 on Sunday, September 4, 2016 with funeral services to follow at 3:00 pm at the new sanctuary at Liledoun Baptist Church. The Revs. James Lockee and Coy Walker will officiate. Graveside service will be conducted by Rev. James Bumgarner in the church cemetery. The family requests that in addition to flowers that memorials be made to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601Pallbearers are Jimmy Davis, Levaughn Brown, Brent Presnell, Tim Dyson, Alan Fox and Leroy Kennedy.