Jennie P. Icard, 90

jennie-icardJennie P. Icard, age 90 of Bethlehem passed away Wednesday November 30th at home surrounded by
her family. Jennie loved her family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them. She enjoyed her church family and church activities. Singing brought her joy. Jennie had a beautiful smile, infectious giggle, and was loved by many. Jennie was preceded in death by her husband Willard C. Icard and grandson Jason Icard. Those left to cherish her memory are son Richard Icard of Hickory, son Jeffrey Icard of Bethlehem, daughter Jennifer Sears of Dudley Shoals and their spouses, brother Richard Parlier of Granite Falls, Ann P. Morgan of Menlo Park, California, eight grandchildren, 10 great grand children, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

The funeral service will be held Saturday at 3:30 pm at Mt Bethel United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service at 2 pm. Jennie would have liked everyone to wear bright colors to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Mt Bethel United Methodist Church, 9042 NC 127, Hickory, NC 28601.


johnsie-lackeyJohnsie Deal Little Adams Lackey, age 82, of Taylorsville passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Duke Hospice, Hock Family Pavilion in Durham, NC. She was born on July 24, 1934 in Alexander County to the late Dexter Davidson and Lucy Bowman Deal. Johnsie was a homemaker. She loved to make people laugh and to provide comfort to those in need. She was a member of Friendship Lutheran Church. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husbands: Calvin Little, William Adams, and Harry Lackey; son: Michael Little; brother: George Deal and sister: Sibil Mull. Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Jennifer Little & husband Phil Whitaker and Mitzi Poovey; stepson: Harry “Scott” Lackey and wife Kim; sister: Ruth Deal-Lackey and husband Phil; grandchildren: Susan Caudle, Michael Little, Jordan Poovey & wife Ly, and Madison Poovey; two great grandchildren: Brandon and Jonathan Caudle; six step-grandchildren, and special friend: Chase Little.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Friendship Lutheran Church. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm at Friendship Lutheran Church with Pastor Carol & Gregory Yeager officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jonathan & Brandon Caudle, Jordan Poovey, Michael Little, Anthony Robinson and Randy Barnes. Memorials may be sent to Friendship Family Life Center @ 5300 Church Rd; Taylorsville, NC  28681.


tabatha-elderTabatha Lesona Rudisill Elder, age 50, of Taylorsville passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 21, 2016. She was born July 29, 1966 in Mecklenburg County to Barbara Cole of SC and the late Johnny Rudisill. Tabatha worked for Mitchell Gold  and was a Tennessee Titans, NHRA drag car racing and a die-hard Carolina Tarheels fan. Tabatha loved being outdoors, especially swimming and sun tanning. She attended East Taylorsville and Millersville Baptist Church. Including her mother, those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 15 years: Kevin Elder of the home; daughter: Jessie Cook of Fayetteville; son Anthony Cook and wife Kristine of Sanford and grandchild: Taylynn Cook. Her brother Johnny Rudisill of Texas; sister: Johnya Hawkins and husband Keith of Kentucky; aunts: Jane West of SC and Cathy Rudisill and husband Dean of NC; uncles: Dean and Dennis Rudisill of NC; Nephew: Brian Hawkins and kids – Michael and Robert; niece: Tony McCain and kids – Maddyson, Nicole, TJ, and Johna; and long time friend of the family: Brenda Price.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at East Taylorsville Baptist Church and Memorial Service will follow. Rev. Jamie Steele, Rev. Bill Orren, and Rev. Gary Jennings will be officiating.

lura-cormierLura Mae Reynolds Cormier, age 55, of Fort Collins, Colo., formerly of the Baton Community, passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 5, 2016 in Fort Collins. Born April 28, 1961, to Max Edward Reynolds and Lura Hallie Sumpter Reynolds Blake, who survive,  in Guilford Co., N.C., she was a graduate of South Caldwell High School and Western Carolina University. She was preceded in death by her husband, Val Cormier and stepfather, Harvey Blake, Sr.

Memorial services will be conducted Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Alexander Funeral Service in Taylorsville. Rev. Neal Walker will officiate.  Interment will follow at a later date in the family cemetery in Ashe County.

mary-buntonMary Claudine Bunton, age 73, formerly of Hiddenite, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening, November 20, 2016, in Brian Center Nursing, in Brevard, NC. Born to the late Claude Franklin and Mary Lee Pool Buntun on Jan. 8, 1943, she was an retired office assistant. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Jimmie Gilbert Bunton and Claude Atwell Bunton. Mary is survived by two sisters, Colleen Campbell of Hiddenite and Ruth McLarty and husband, of Atlanta, Ga and brother, Carl Bunton of Taylorsville.

A Private family gathering and service is planned, with burial following in the Pilgrim Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Tom Lambert will officiate.

You and your family are cordially invited to
Alexander Funeral Service’s
Annual Memorial Service
Sunday, November 27th, 2016
3:00pm at Alexander Funeral Service

For all families served from November 20, 2015 – October 31, 2016.

It has been a great privilege for you to allow us to serve your family this past year. We understand that after the passing of a loved one, holidays can be difficult emotionally. Our annual memorial service serves to provide you with support and fellowship you may need during this holiday season. This is a celebration of life, and we invite you to join us in remembering them in a special way with others. The service will feature special words of encouragement from a local pastor and special music. There will be a reception following the service in the parlor. A beautiful ornament with your loved ones photo will be presented on the funeral home Christmas tree honoring their memory. You are welcome to find it and take it home with you to start a tradition of your own.

Please consider joining us,
Alexander Funeral Service Staff


Ernest Jewel Roberts, age 79, of Hiddenite , passed away at his residence, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Born in Cherokee county North Carolina, on Oct. 18, 1937, to the late Clyde W. and Elsie Davis Roberts, he attended the Church of God. In addition to his parents, he was preceded, by two brothers, Herman and Virgil Roberts, along with one sister, Edith Mitchell.

Mr. Roberts was a corporate auditor, and had served as Tax Administrator for Alexander county, for eight years. Mr. Roberts was a veteran of the United States Army.

Ernest is survived, by his wife, Frances J. Roberts of the home, as well as two sons; Keith Roberts and wife Lisa of Hiddenite and Danny Roberts of Myrtle Beach. He has one daughter, Sandra Roberts of Hiddenite. Five grandchildren will remember him; April Hopkins, Brittany Roberts, Coty Roberts, Dalton Siler, and Cory Morez, , with seven great grandchildren; Alexis Mecimore, Aaden Roberts, Brennon Harrell, Gage Siler, Nevaeh Hinson, Liam Delaney, Jacob Moretz. Ernest has two brothers surviving; Wayne and Kenneth Roberts, both of Hiddenite. There are a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service, with funeral services at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Mark Albertino, officiating. Burial will follow in the Hiddenite Cemetery. Pall bearers will be Coty Roberts, Rodney Roberts, Marty Roberts, Dalton Siler, Kim Bumgarner, Lucas Levan, and Tommy Johnson. Chapter 84, Disabled American Veterans, Taylorsville, will present the flag at the grave.