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Robert CalendineRobert “Bob” Charles Calendine, age 77, of Hiddenite passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville. Born to the late Walter Jessie and Mary Katherine Affolter Calendine in Tuscarawas County, OH. He served in the United States Air Force for four years and was known to have a garden each and every year in which he donated the produce to the Hiddenite Food Pantry. Robert also liked to spend his spare time at Rocky Face Park or searching for stones that he could cut and facet.

Along with his parents Robert is preceded in death by his wife; Margaret Calendine.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sister; Linda Dessecker and husband Darryl of Hiddenite, Niece; Diane Sprinkle of Hiddenite, Niece; Shelly Brown and husband Michale, and Nephew; Douglas Dessecker and wife Jennifer of Taylorsville.

A private family Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Gordon’s Hospice House of Statesville, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625, Hiddenite Food Pantry, Fire Department Court, Hiddenite, NC 28636.

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

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

IMG_20171016_0001Betty Elvina Burgess Bass, age 68, of Taylorsville passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Iredell Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 22, 1949, the daughter of the late James and Mildred Blankenship Burgess. Betty was of the Baptist faith and worked in the food service industry. She loved her family and will greatly be missed. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband David Amaday Bass, Sr; son David Amaday Bass, Jr.; sisters Wanda Burgess Hughes & Deborah Yvonne Alspaugh White.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son James Bass & wife Synda and grandson Sabastian Bass of Davenport, FL; brother Rayford Burgess of Hamlet, NC; sisters Mary Elizabeth Poole of Moravian Falls & Shelby Jean Malcolm of Mooresville; along with her niece Carolita Myers and children India & Kalem; and great-great nieces Dakkota & Maddison, who she took care of just like her own; and a number of cousins and other nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service to celebrate her life was held by the family. Memorials may be sent to Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Food Bank at 116 Patterson Rd, Hiddenite, NC 28636.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service. Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com.

Katherine Brewington age 82   2004.jpgMary “Katherine” Owings Brewington, age 95, formerly of Taylorsville went to her heavenly home on Monday, October 9, 2017 at Burke Hospice. She was born on February 4, 1922, the daughter of the late William “Dewey” and Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Allen Owings. Katherine had worked for Schneider Mills and also as a child care worker for First Baptist Church Daycare Center. She was a faithful member at East Taylorsville Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir.  She also sang in the Community Choir and served as a volunteer at the Alexander County Hospital for a number of years. Katherine was awarded “Community Volunteer of the Year.” After retirement, she and her husband “Bud” enjoyed going and visiting the nursing homes and the community. She loved her family and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband: Irving “Bud” Minor Brewington, Jr; son: Robert C. Brewington; brothers: Bill & Charles Owings; and sister: Dorothy O. Fagan.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Irving “Ray” Brewington (Janice Kimbrell) of Morganton and Sylvia “Annette” B. Presley (Roger) of Winston-Salem; daughter-in-law: Rita Pennell Brewington of Taylorsville; grandchildren: Lisa B. Richards (Eli), Kim B. Angle (T.J.), Kylie B. Vidrine (Brad), Dawn P. Smith (Michael), and Shane Presley (Shannon); great-grandchildren: Dillon, Emilee, Trenten, Siara, Sophie, Payton, Grayson, Casey, and Bailey.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at East Taylorsville Baptist Church and the funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Jamie Steele and Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. Burial will follow at the Taylorsville City Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as Pallbearers. Memorials may be sent to Burke Hospice & Palliative Care at 1721 Enon Rd, Valdese, NC 28690.

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

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

Bernice Southard, 83

Bernice SouthardBernice Inez Carrigan Southard, age 83, of Taylorsville passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Gordon Hospice House. She was born on March 10, 1934 in Caldwell County, the daughter of the late John and Pauline Mecimore Carrigan. Before being a homemaker, Bernice had worked for Clayton Marcus for a number of years. She loved taking care of her family and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all. Bernice attended Freedom Baptist Church and loved to do puzzle books, card games, and going out to eat. She will greatly be missed but will forever be in our hearts. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Shirley Hampton Southard; daughters: Patricia Ann Southard & Mary Lou Scott; son: Richard Southard; sister: Aileen Smithey Carrigan; and four infant siblings.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons: Ricky Southard (Diane) of Hiddenite, & Tommy Southard (Karen) of the home; nine grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; brother: Floyd Carrigan (Betty) of Port Saint Lucie, FL; two nieces; and one nephew.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church and the funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Brent Collins officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Iredell at 2347 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28625.

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

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

Franklin HammerFranklin Delano Hammer, age 78, of Stony Point passed away on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Born to the late Arthur R. and Opal Dearman Hammer, on Jan. 11, 1939, he was a member of Temple Baptist Church. Franklin was retired from Dixie Worsted Mills and had served for 39 years on the Stony Point Fire Department. He was an avid fisherman and bluegrass fan.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy M. Taylor Hammer of the home. Two children survive: Richard Shannon Hammer {Sarah}, of Hamptonville, and Tina M. Hartwell {Richard}, of Stony Point. He has two sisters: Faye Gregory {Jimmy}, of Stony Point and Joyce Harris {Bob}, Hiddenite as well as one brother, Herman Hammer {Kaye}, Stony Point. He has eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, along with eight nieces and nephews. Along with man’s best friends, Torie and Chocolate, who will truly miss him.

Visitation will be held Monday evening, Oct. 9, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastors Scott and Wes Hammer officiating. Burial will follow at Welcome Baptist Church Cemetery in Catawba, NC. Pallbearers will be members of the Stony Point Fire Department and family.

Memorials may be made to the Stony Point Fire Department at 501 Ruritan Park Rd, Stony Point, NC 28678.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral Service. Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfunralservice.com.

Vinson Icenhour, 64

 

Vinson IcenhourVinson “Vinnie” Lamar Icenhour, age 64, of Taylorsville passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 as a result of a farming accident. He was born in Alexander County, the son of the late Marlow and Lois Icenhour. Vinson spent his life farming and was an avid sportsman. He co-owned Morning Dew Farms. Vinson was a lifelong member at Friendship Lutheran Church and loved his community & family. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will truly be missed but forever in our hearts. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Gary Leon Icenhour.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 43 years, Mary Ann Davis Icenhour; sons: Samuel Ray Icenhour (Ava) and Benjamin Munday Icenhour (Crystal); daughter: Amy Icenhour Douglas (Jason); grandchildren: Kiersten Nichols, Anna Beth Harris, Lily Douglas, Levi Icenhour, Max Douglas, Sam Icenhour, Lucy Icenhour, and Addie Icenhour; sister: Marlene Hendren (Clyde); sister-in-law: Sandra Icenhour; along with a number of nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Friendship Lutheran Church. The family will receive friends during the reception at their residence immediately following the service. (2072 Friendship Church Rd). Inurnment will be with the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Friendship Lutheran Church’s Building and Improvements Fund at 5300 Church Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

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

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

Robert ConnellRobert “Bob” J. Connell, age 94, of Taylorsville took his final journey home to meet his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at his residence. He entered into life on September 29, 1923, the son of the late William and Mary Helms Connell. Before retirement, he worked in the furniture industry for many years. He was a WWII veteran and honorably served our country in the US Army for seven years. Bob was a very active member at Union Grove Christian Church, where he was the guitarist and still played until he was 92 years old. He loved to travel with Southern Gospel groups, spreading the word of God through song. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, & friend and loved to eat. He dearly loved his family and church family, but above all he loved the Lord. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by thirteen brothers and sisters.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 30 years, Dorthey Loudermilt Connell of the home; children: Roger Connell (Pat) of Landis; Shelle Alsip (Jim) of Fernley, NV; Robert Connell (Jean), & David Connell (Zelda) both of Hartsville, SC; step-children: Jimmy Bentley of Hickory & Danny Bentley (Pam) of Claremont; Juanita Deal of Conover; and Sheila Bailey of Nebo; twelve grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; along with a numerous number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Union Grove Christian Church and the funeral service will follow at 4:00 pm with the Rev. Allen Lunsford officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Full military rites will be presented. Memorials may be sent to Union Grove Christian Church at 1855 W Memorial Hwy, Union Grove, NC 28689; Iredell Hospice at 2347 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28625; or to Alexander Hospice at 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.