Harold Sweet

Harold James “Bud” Sweet age 74, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. He was born to the late Wilborn Adison and Cecil May Watson Sweet, on Thursday, January 23, 1941 in Alexander County. Harold was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by, two grandchildren, Tosha, Dustin Sweet, and one brother, Guy Sweet, , two nephews, Rondall, Jimmy Sweet.

Harold leaves to cherish his memory his wife Naomi Sweet, two brothers, Rayford Sweet and wife Francis, Johnny Sweet and wife Joyce, one sister, Linda Pittman and husband, four children, Mary Lou Keller  and husband Tommy, Rebecca Gail Keller and husband Glenn, James Harold Sweet Jr., Joey Adison Sweet and fiancé Argena Barnette, grandchildren, Ashley Sweet, Kimberly Cutler and husband Larry, Koty Sweet and wife Ashten, Crystal Hendren and husband Jonathan, Brittany Louie and husband Brandon, Tiffany Hendren and husband Andrew, Tyler Sweet, Buddy Keller, Jake Keller. Harold has numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Harold also had a beloved pet named Peanut.

No formal services are planned at this time and will be announced at a later date by Alexander Funeral Service.


Alfred Johnson

Alfred “Lex” Johnson, age 87 of the Wittenburg Community, Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Lex was born to the late Peter E. and Blanch Echerd Johnson on Wednesday, April 4, 1928 in Alexander County. He was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church. He served as a deacon, Sunday School superintendant and teacher. He was a dedicated member of the Wittenburg Fire Department for 45 years and served as a member of the Alexander County School Board. He retired from Shuford Mills with 38 years of service and was then employed by Royale Comfort Seating for 22 years. He enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves baseball, Carolina Tarheels basketball, talking on the phone to family & friends and being on the go. In the last two months he enjoyed viewing the yellow finches feeding outside his window. Lex was a sweet and loving husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Phyllis Jolly Johnson, a brother Ned Johnson, two sisters, Louise Pennell and Irene Johnson.

Lex leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Pat Goble and husband Clyde of Taylorsville, two granddaughters, Kasey Johnson and husband Brandon of Taylorsville, Vicki Shipman of Hickory, great-grandchildren, Laney Johnson of Taylorsville, Hunter Bost of Myrtle Beach, SC, two brothers, Ben Johnson of Hixson, TN, Philip Johnson of the Philippines and Key Largo, FL, a sister, Kathryn Bowman of Taylorsville, and a number of nieces, nephews, and special caregivers.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm at Mt. Herman Baptist Church, with the funeral service following at 5:00 pm. The Rev. Paul Schronce, Rev. Taylor Miller, and Rev. Jamie Steele will officiate.

Burial will take place in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers include Lynn Fox, Leon Fox, William Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Hal Teague, Mike Jolly, Hunter Bost, Lee Goble, and Tyler Crouch.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Alexander County 50 Lucy Echerd Ln; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to our many friends, family, caregivers, and Alexander County Hospice for all the cards, visits, food, flowers, and prayers. Everyone was so good to him during his illness and passing. May God richly bless each one of you.

Gladys Teague

Gladys Mae Fox Teague, 99 of Taylorsville passed away peacefully at her residence on Monday, May 25, 2015 after an extended illness. Gladys was born on Sunday, February 20, 1916 to the late John and Maggie Willet Fox in Alexander County. She loved working in her flowers and yard, Gladys was a avid gardener. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Gladys retired at the age of 80 from working in textiles and furniture.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband James Teague, five brothers, Clyde, Avery, Otis, Bryant, and James Fox, two sisters, Lake Jenkins and Vera Wike.

She leaves to cherish her memory one sister, Lena Deal and a host of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Liledoun Baptist Church Cemetery. In addition to flowers memorials can be made to Hospice of Alexander County 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Clyde ChapmanClyde Milton Chapman, age 82, of the Little River Community, Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Tuesday morning May 19, 2015, following a lingering illness. Born on June 14, 1932, in Alexander county, to the late William Butler “Sam” and Ora Chapman Chapman, he was retired from the NC Department of Transportation as an equipment operator, after 30 years and 9 months. He was a life- long farmer and loved his grandbabies. He enjoyed all the time spent with his friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Shook Chapman, three sisters, Wilma Brown, Stella Chapman and Hazel Harrington, along with four brothers Atwell, Fred, Hall, and David Chapman.

He is survived by two sons, William Chapman and wife Candy, as well as Robert Chapman and wife, Valorie, all of Taylorsville. Clyde has one remaining brother, Jimmy Chapman and wife Marie, of Taylorsville. His grandchildren include Candra, Brett, Gracie, and Steven Chapman, all of Taylorsville. He has a number of nieces and nephews. He has a special friend, Rita Barr.

Visitation will be held Thursday evening May 21, 2015, from 6-8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service with funeral services on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at Little River Baptist Church. The body will lie in state thirty minutes before the funeral hour. Rev. Jeff Chapman, Rev. Taylor Miller, Rev. Steve Dagenhart and Rev. Neil Walker will officiate. Pallbearers will be, Stevie Jolly, Benny Mitchell, Eric Ferguson, Jason Gwaltney, Dennis James, and Thomas Gross. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Jolly, Michael Ferguson, Pee Wee Bumgarner, and Daniel Bumgarner. Burial will follow in the Little River Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln. Taylorville, NC, 28681.


Romlius KerleyKeith Kerley, age 73 of the Mt. Hebron Community, Taylorsville passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 following a period of declining health. He was born to the late Romlius Don and Nancy Hubbard Kerley on Tuesday, April 7, 1942 in Alexander County. Keith was a very active member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. He served as a deacon at the church for over forty years, sound technician, and cared for the building and grounds. Keith was very fun loving and was always ready to help others. He retired from Broyhill furniture after 45 years.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Delmas and Leo Kerley.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 51 years Helen Bentley Kerley, one son Kevin Kerley, and a daughter Kim Mitchell and husband Stacy, five grandchildren, Klint Kerley, Nichole Bentley, Allison Kerley,   Anna Mitchell, Addie Mitchell, one great grandson, Carter Kerley, two sisters, Clara Russell, Betty Tedder and husband Buddy, mother in law Lottie Bentley and a host of nieces and nephews and, special friends Everette and Pat Wike.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Alexander Funeral Service from 6:00-8:00 pm. Funeral services are Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church at 4:00 pm with the Rev. Eddie Yount officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. A very special thanks to Janet Bentley with Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County. In addition to flowers memorials can be made to Mt. Hebron  Baptist Church Building Fund In care of 862 Silas Deal Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681.


Willie BentleyWillie Ray Bentley, age 72, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Saturday, May 16, 2015, following a period of declining health. Born to Luda Bentley, on March 14, 1943 in Alexander County, he was employed by Sipes Lumber of Taylorsville. Willie was a member of Mtn. Ridge Baptist Church. He was a hard worker who took pride in what he did.

In addition to his Mother, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gracie Mae Bentley.

He is survived by his wife, of 50 very happy years, Virginia Bentley, of the home, daughters Peggy, and Pamela of Taylorsville, as well as sons: Willie Dean Bentley, of Taylorsville and Daniel Wayne Bentley, of Morganton, and one Grandson Kaleb Bentley of Taylorsville, one Brother Grady Bentley of Taylorsville. He has a niece Monika Nance of Taylorsville.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May, 18, 2015 at Mtn. Ridge Baptist Church from 12:30-2:00 pm with the funeral service beginning at 2 pm. The Rev. Mark Adams will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Daniel Leonard


                Daniel Lawrence Leonard Jr. age 81, of Hiddenite,  passed away at Gordon Hospice House on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. He was born in Catawba county to the late Daniel Lawrence Sr. and Lesta Mae Robinson Leonard on Tuesday, October 24, 1933. He served in the Navy and was a member of the Christian Fellowship Church. Daniel enjoyed mowing and gardening and will be remembered for his love of reading the bible and his warm loving smile.

In addition to his parents Daniel was also preceded in death by seven half brothers, Vernon, Clyde, Ernest, Hyrle, George, Homer, and Russell Leonard, three half sisters, Ninna and Winnie Leonard, Katie Barger, and one step son Robert Lee Matheson.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Ruby Ham Leonard, two sons Michael Leonard and wife Donna of Senoia, GA, Terry Leonard of Marion, NC, two step children, Junior Matheson and wife Debbie of Bethlehem, Lori  Matheson George and husband Rickey of Taylorsville, 15 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, a special niece Ailene Leonard of Denver, NC and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation is Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Alexander Funeral Service from 6:30-8:30 pm. Funeral services will be Friday, May 15, 2015 at Christian Fellowship Church at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Scott Greene officiating. The body will lie in state 3o minutes prior to the funeral service. Burial will take place in the Hiddenite cemetery.

In addition to flowers memorials can be made to Gordon Hospice House 2347 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28625



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