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William Loudermelk

William Thomas Loudermelk, age 87, of Taylorsville went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Catawba Regional Hospice. He was born in Iredell County on June 28, 1929, the son of the late Smith and Lela Daniels Loudermelk. William was a hard working farmer and raised chickens and cattle. He was an entrepreneur and always kept busy working around the house or piddling with different projects especially woodworking. William was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean Era. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife: Joan Childers Loudermelk; children: Jill & Ricky Loudermelk; brothers: Ray & Bill Loudermelk; and sisters: Dot Carrigan & Geraldine Loudermelk.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his son: Hank Loudermelk; sister: Shirley Bumgarner; grandchildren: Nikki Orren (Johnny), Becky Villanueva (Michael, Jr.), Wes Loudermelk, and Josh Loudermelk (Courtney); great-grandchildren: Logan, Lucas, & Lincoln Orren, Destini & Dallas Villanueva, Leah Loudermelk, and Isabella Loudermelk; along with a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

 

The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm at Calvary Chapel of Taylorsville with the funeral service following at 1:00 pm with the Rev. Danny Loudermilk officiating. Burial will follow at Little River Baptist Church Cemetery. Military rites will be provided by the DAV Ch. 84 of Taylorsville and Ch. 6 of Hudson. Memorials may be sent to Catawba Regional Hospice at 3975 Robinson Rd; Newton, NC  28658.

 

 

 

Gary Gene Bare, age 70, of Taylorsville passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Cleveland Regional Medical Center. He was born on May 24, 1947, the son of the late John Creston and Betha Mae Hurley Bare. Gary was retired from Craftmaster Furniture in Hiddenite and was of the Christian faith. He was a math and history buff who loved traveling to the mountains and was an avid walker. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister: Arlene Fox and brothers: Dean & J.C. Bare. Those left to cherish his memory include his brother: Kenny Bare and wife Vickie of Taylorsville; along with several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, June 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm at Mt. Herman Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Dagenhart officiating. Memorials may be sent to the Building Fund at Calvary Baptist Church at 550 5th Avenue SW; Taylorsville, NC  28681.

IMGMargaret “Charlene” Bolick Morrow, age 96, of Claremont went to her heavenly home on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Valley Nursing Center. She was born on June 12, 1921 in Catawba County, the daughter of the late Charlie Oscar and Sallie Isenhour Bolick. Charlene was retired from Catawba Hosiery Mill. She was a faithful member of Bethel Lutheran Church, in Claremont. Charlene loved gardening, but especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend and will greatly be missed. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: Richard Graham Morrow; sisters: Annie Little, Maude Fox, Willie Miller, Alberta Hart, and Marjorie Deal; and brothers: Garland & Fred Bolick. Those left to cherish her memory include her son: Wayne Morrow (Marguerite), of Taylorsville; daughter: Diane Burns (Jim), of Claremont; grandchildren: Tammy Harrington (Bryan), Todd Morrow (Deanne), and Bryon Burns (Kimberly); great grandchildren: Brett Morrow (Ashley), Adrian Foster, Jacob Gwaltney, Bryson Burns, and Nicole & Heidi Morrow; great-great grandchildren: Dillon & Kirra Foster; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church on Bolick Rd, Claremont and the funeral service will follow at 3:00 pm with the Rev. Dr. Mike Ramey and Rev. Eric Hollar officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers include Todd Morrow, Brett Morrow, Adrian Foster, Jacob Gwaltney, Bryon Burns, and Tommy Fox. Memorials may be sent to Bethel Lutheran Church @ 5759 Bolick Rd; Claremont, NC 28610.

 

 

Opal Margaret Watts Harrington, age 90, of Taylorsville, passed away on Sunday, June 11,  2017 at Valley Nursing Center. She was born on November 4, 1926, in Alexander County, the daughter of the late William Culberson “Cub” Watts and Margaret Lou “Maggie” Thomas Watts. She was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church. Opal was an avid genealogist and historian. On January 16, 2007, the Town of Taylorsville honored Opal as Anchor Historian in recognition of faithful service in preservation of local history. On her 90th birthday, the Town of Taylorsville named her the official Town of Taylorsville Historian and declared November 4, 2016 as “Ms. Opal Watts Harrington Day” in her honor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother: Don Watts; two sisters: Louise Johnson and Maude Teague; and one niece: Gail Starnes.

 

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter: Dava Harrington Funke` and husband Roland, of Inman, SC; nieces: Juel Little (Stan) and Rita Dejarnette; great-nieces: Jill King (Rodger), Dena Collie and Leja Clyburn (David); great-nephews: Adam Starnes and Bryn Starnes (Miranda); great-great nieces and nephews: Laura Gardner, Joel King, Anna Collie, Bret Collie, Liza Collie, Emma Starnes, Finn Clyburn, and Cub Starnes; great-great-great nephew and niece: Curtis Gardner and Ruby Gardner.

 

A graveside service will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Three Forks Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Pallbearers: Rodger King, Joel King, Adam Starnes, Bryn Starnes, Bret Collie, and Andrew Gardner. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alexander County Ancestry Association at Po Box 241; Hiddenite, NC  28636.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0001Wilma Dean Millsaps Speaks, age 86, of Taylorsville left this world for her heavenly home on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Frye Regional Medical Center. She came into this world on December 7, 1930 in Alexander County to the late Garfield and Sarah Linney Millsaps. Wilma was a member at Smith Grove Baptist Church and joined Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where she sung in the senior choir and served on the usher board. She also enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family. Wilma was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to all. She will forever be missed, but will always be in our hearts. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her son: Wayne Speaks; brothers: Joby, Aaron “Bud”, Cecil, Rev. Mack, and Billy M. Millsaps; and sisters: Ada, Pearlie, and Francis Millsaps. Those left to cherish her memory are her children: Linda S. Knox, Barbara Gail Parsons, Randy Speaks (Elcheva), Bradley Speaks, Paulette S. Little, Dominique Speaks; daughter-in-law: Ella Speaks; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law: Rachel & Barbara Millsaps; a special niece: Geraldine; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

The wake for Mrs. Wilma will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Smith Grove Baptist Church and the funeral service will follow at 3:00 pm with the Rev. William Little officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 

MOMBeulah M. Hare, age 92, of Granite Falls, NC, passed from this life into the arms of her Savior, Jesus, Tuesday, June 6, 2017.  A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was born September 27, 1924 in Athens, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Hare; parents, Frank and Ora Hull; brothers, John and Pete Hull; sisters Iva Waugh, Goldie Wolfe, Wilma Burton, Sarah Gutmann, and Mary Matson. She is survived by one sister, Hope Avonell Powell of Hudson, Michigan; daughters: Linda Love (Vernon); Vicki Hare, Polly Hughes (Ron); sons: Frank Hare (Cindy) and Robert C. “Cary” Hare (Linda); daughter-in-law Jeanie Love (David); grandchildren: Nikki Hughes Moussette (Aric), Nathan Hughes (Katie), Ryan Hare (Erin), Amber Chipman (Jeff), Susan Rackley (Gary), and Jennifer Trede (Dan); great-grandchildren: Knox and Rose Moussette, Zane Flowers and Jade Rackley, Megan, Haley and Ashlee Chipman, Laney Hare, Madison Dyer, and Parker Maddox and Paisley Hughes; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was a faithful member of New Vision Baptist Fellowship in Granite Falls, where she was shown boundless love and will be greatly missed.

A graveside service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the New Vision Baptist Fellowship Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2017, at New Vision Baptist Fellowship in Granite Falls. Memorials may be sent to New Vision Baptist Fellowship at 4858 Grace Chapel Rd; Granite Falls, NC 28630 or to Catawba Regional Hospice at 3975 Robinson Rd; Newton, NC 28658.

IMGRev. Carlton L. Dix, age 72, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Trinity Village in Hickory.

He was born to the late William Daniel Dix and Mary Elizabeth Travis Pellam in Pittsylvia County, VA.

He was a faithful member of Tri – City Baptist Church. In his spare time he enjoyed car auctions, and anything that had to do with cars. He loved the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and family vacations spent at the beach. Pastor Dix, retired from Vashti Independent Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he is proceeded in death by his grandson; Nicholas Patrick.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife; Patricia Ann Todd Dix. One daughter; Sheri Dix Leonard and husband James of Sophia, NC. His sons; John Mark Dix and wife Michelle of Whitesett, NC and Steven Maze Dix and wife Amanda of Newton, NC. Brother; Avery Dix and wife Liz of Danville, VA. Eight grandchildren; B.J. and Travis Leonard, Cory and Samantha Dix, Brittney Tucker,  Makayla Rinehart, Carleigh and Mayze Dix. Four great grandchildren; Lillian and Lola Tucker, Cameron and Blakeleigh Leonard, with a number of nieces and nephews. With two special friends; J.E. Hauser and Tommy Fleming.

Visitation will be held Monday evening June 5, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

at Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service in Taylorsville, with services at Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at  2:00 pm with Dr. Jerry Chaddick and the Rev. Byron Repass. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be B.J. Leonard, Travis Leonard, Cory Dix, Josh Tucker, Austin Gilbert, and Tyler Lindsay.

All Memorials may be made to Trinity Village 1265 21St. NE. Hickory, NC 28601.