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Billy Presnell

Billy Wayne Presnell age 68 of Taylorsville passed away unexpectedly at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Tuesday morning March 31, 2015. He was born to the late David Bufford and Treva Robinette Presnell who survives on Monday, July 8, 1946 in Wilkes County. He served in the United States Army in the Vietnam conflict. Billy loved fishing with his grandsons and watching his granddaughter play softball. You could always depend on him being eager to  help anyone that needed it.

In addition to Father he was also preceded in death by a sister Linda Presnell Davidson.

He is survived by his Mother, wife of 42 years Patricia Eldridge Presnell, a daughter Krystal and husband Douglas Bennett, three grandchildren Angelica, Jordan, and Jeremiah Bennett all of Taylorsville, one sister Lisa and husband Billy Frye of Conover, and two nieces Amy Fox and Laci Frye.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Macedonia Baptist Church from 2:30-4:00 pm with the funeral service starting at 4:00 pm. The Rev. Dan Spears and the Rev. Tom Lambert will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Military Rights will be provided by chapters 84 of Taylorsville and 6 of Hudson. Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675

Kenneth Teague

Kenneth Roy Teague, age 54, of Newton, passed away in Caldwell Hospice, Robbins Center, Lenoir, on Saturday March 28, 2015. He was born to the late Millard Odell and Opal Simmons Teague, in Alexander County, on Saturday, April 30, 1960. Kenneth  was a professional truck driver and enjoyed reading and fishing.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Teague, of Taylorsville, along with two brothers, Steve Teague of Clarmont, and Jack Teague of Granite Falls and also a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Ebenezer Methodist in Dudley Shoals on Wednesday, April 1, 2015at 4:00 pm with the memorial service following at 5:00 pm.

Reba McLeod

Reba Winfrey McLeod age 94 of Taylorsville went to be with her Lord & Savior on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  She was born to the late Will and Pearl Hobbs Winfrey on Thursday, July 29, 1920 in Paducah, Kentucky. Reba was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church. She was a great cook, loved word searches, and her late husband of 65 years John Sherrill McLeod was her hobby. She was also  a member of Eastern Star.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by four brothers Bernice, Floyd, Carrie, Virgil, and a infant son Greg McLeod.

She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter Joyce and husband Donnie Poulter of Taylorsville, four granddaughters Tara Poulter of Taylorsville, Nicole and husband Jordan Hendrix of Hudson, Ashley Poulter, Molly Poulter both of Taylorsville, one great grandson Graham Hendrix of Hudson and numerous nieces and nephews.

The graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, March 28, 2015 at Three Forks Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary W. Jennings officiating. Memorials can be made to Three Forks Baptist Church 4685 Three Forks Church Rd Taylorsville, NC 28681

Marie Picha

Marie “Rita” Annette Spicer Picha, 72 of Taylorsville died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Caldwell County. She was born to the late Bernard Lee and Anna Mae Reynolds Spicer on May 20, 1942 in Richmond, VA. Marie attended Grace Baptist Church in bethlehem. She was a avid shopper, loved dancing and going to concerts.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother Bernard Lee Spicer Jr., two sisters Kathleen Allard, JoAnne Gibson, and a brother in-law William “Bill” Weade.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years James Carl Picha, one daughter Rhonda Holman and husband Donnie of Taylorsville, one son James “Chris” Picha of Fort Mill, one granddaughter Rebecca Starnes and husband Michael of Granite Falls, one sister Joyce Brizendine of Jamaica, VA, mother in-law Glenys Picha of Chesterfield, VA, a number of nieces and nephews and her fur baby Roxanne.

Visitation will be Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church from 2:30-4:00 pm with the service following at 4 pm. The Rev. Marcus Benfield will be officiating. Burial will take place at in the church cemetery. Memorials can be made to American Diabetes Association 1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311 and National Kidney Foundation, Inc., 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016

James Presnell, 78

James Presnell

James Alvin Presnell, age 78 passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice. He was born to the late Harmon Cutler and Susan Hessie Hicks Presnell on Monday, August 3, 1936 in Watauga County. He loved listening to blue grass, fishing and an Army Veteran.

In addition to his parents James was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years Geneva Presnell, two sons Michael and Ronald Presnell, two brothers Odell, and HC Presnell, and one sister Norma McQuire.

James is survived by two daughters Melissa Moretz and husband Kenneth of Hickory, Gwen Foster and husband Dennis of Taylorsville, one son Doug Presnell and wife Sarah of Taylorsville, nine grandchildren Brittany, Madison, Laura, Emma, Adam, Ciera, Christina, Jennifer, Heather, six great-grandchildren Branson, Justin, Taylor, Avery, Austin, Liam, one sister Marie Presnell of Drexell, North Carolina, one daughter in-law Scottie Presnell and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 pm Monday, March 23, 2015 in the Alexander Funeral Service chapel. The Family will receive friends immediately after the service. Memorials can be made to the Hospice of your choice.

Hugh Bowman

Hugh Ransom Bowman, 94 of Taylorsville passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at Sherrills Ford Hospice house in Catawba County. He was born to the late Keener Bost and Maude Teague Bowman on Tuesday, February 8, 1921 in Alexander County. He retired from Hickory Manufacturing Company. Hugh was a avid gardner, and tobacco farmer. He loved to listen to Charles Stanley on Sunday mornings and gospel music. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Lucille Austin Bowman, a brother Fred Bowman, five sisters Edna Montgomery, Beulah Hollar, Lona Crouch, Bessie Austin, and Hazel Benfield.

He is survived by three daughters Sue Ellis and husband Charles of N Wilkesboro, Kay Bowman of Taylorsville, Carolyn Orren of Stony Point, two sons Ned Bowman and wife Jane of Granite Falls, David Bowman and wife Sarah of Taylorsville, five grandchildren Natasha High and husband Brian, Steven Ellis, Scott Bowman and wife Melissa, Michael Bowman, John Bowman and wife Pam, six great-grandchildren Katie, Jacob, and Mollie Bowman, Brayden and Branson High, and Hannah Bowman, one brother Glenn Bowman and wife Faye, and two sisters Betty Echerd and husband Jack, and Gaynell Messick and husband Arthur.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Antioch Baptist Church from 12:30-1:45 pm with the funeral service following at 2:00 pm. The Rev. Gary W. Jennings and Rev. Mark Morris will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials can be made to Antioch Baptist Church 580 Antioch Ch Rd Taylorsville, NC 28681 or Sherrills Ford Hospice House 7473 Sherrills Ford Rd, NC 28673

Thanks to all the caregivers the last five years, especially Bonnie Hamby, Joyce Evans, and Donna Tomlin

Ryan Ward

Ryan Nathan Ward age 36 of Granite Falls passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2015 following an extended battle with ALS. He was born to Robert Joe and Wanda McDaniel Ward on Friday, September 1, 1978 in Burke Co. God was number one in his life, he took pride in his appearance and conduct as a witness for the Lord & Savior whom he served faithfully. He loved his family and traveling with them.

Those who have preceded him in death are his maternal grandparents Glenn and Margaret McDaniel, and his paternal grandfather Robert Joe Ward Sr.

In addition to his parents he leaves to cherish his memory his wife of eleven years Tonya Reid Ward of Granite Falls, a daughter Olivia Grace Ward, paternal grandmother Frances Ward Settlemyer, father and mother in-law Floyd and Martha Reid of Lenior, and numerous aunts and uncles along with cousins.

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm at Oxford Memorial Baptist Church, with Neil Walker officiating. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the funeral hour. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials can be made to The ALS Association, Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter 4 N Blount St., Suite 200 Raleigh, NC 27601 (877) 568-4347 or Catawba Regional Hospice 3975 Robinson Rd Newton, NC 28658 828-466-0466

Ryan would like to leave his favorite Bible Verse with everyone Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

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