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Ruby BargerRuby Franz Barger, age 80, of the Bethlehem Area, Granite Falls, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at her residence. She was born in Warlick County, Indiana on June 5, 1937, the daughter of the late Ralph and Lillian Franz. Ruby loved assisting her husband in the woodworking shop. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers: Edward and Bert Franz. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 41 years, Joe Barger, of the home; son: Kelvin Lankford, of California; brother George Franz and sister Irene Plassmeier, both of Indiana.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service and the funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Teague Munday Family Cemetery.

Bryce HarringtonBryce Boyd Harrington, age 69, of Taylorsville went to his heavenly home on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 surrounded by his family at home. Born on November 3, 1947, the son of the late Curtis and Omie Deal Harrington. Bryce honorably served our country in the US Navy with two tours in Vietnam and helped with the VFW when he could. He had his Master’s Degree and had worked for Continental Structure Plastics as an Operational Manager. Bryce was a member at Salem Lutheran Church and enjoyed cars & gardening. He was a avid member of Apple City Street Roders. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, & friend and will greatly be missed, but forever in our hearts. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister: Lorene Harrington Lackey.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 51 years: Mary Ellen George Harrington; children: Terry Harrington (Donna), Angie Smith (Todd), & Bryan Harrington (Tammy);  grandchildren: Shane Harrington (Roxy); Emma, Ross, & Tanner Harrington; Jonathan, Grace, & Faith Smith; Keith Harrington; and Josie Martin; great-grandchildren: Eaden & Emmalyn Harrington, and Jordan Martin; and sister: Marlene Pennell (Rayford).

The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm at Salem Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ray Ohlendorf officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Military rites will be provided by the DAV Chapter 84, of Taylorsville and Chapter 6, of Hudson. Pallbearers will be Shane Harrington, Ross Harrington, Jonathan Smith, Keith Harrington, Howard Lackey, and Shannon Pennell. Memorials may be sent to Salem Lutheran Church at 4005 NC Hwy 16 N; Taylorsville, NC 28681 or to Hospice of Alexander at 50 Lucy Echerd Lane; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

 

 

 

Carmen PetersonCarmen Belinda Dority Peterson, age 60, of Taylorsville went to her heavenly home on Monday, August 14, 2017 at her residence. She was born on January 23, 1957 in Catawba County to the late Stanley Dubose and Elvina Pauline Kurd Dority. Carmen had worked for Fairmont Furniture as a sewer. She was a member at Refuge Baptist Church and was known for singing southern gospel music and could sing like an angel. Carmen was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to all. She loved her family and was a selfless person. Always doing for others and helping wherever she could. Carmen was a precious jewel that will greatly be missed. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers: Dwight Dority and Randy Deal.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 45 years, Randy Darrell Peterson, of the home; sons: Darren, Shaine, & Brent Peterson; daughter: Dia Davidson; thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, all of Taylorsville; sisters: Shelia Barger & Evelyn Day and brother: Danny Deal, all of Hickory; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service and the funeral service will follow in the chapel at 2:00 pm with Pastor Darren Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at Hiddenite Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as Pallbearers.

 

Edna StephensEdna Barnes Stephens, age 88, of Newton passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Abernathy Laurels. The daughter of the late James (Jim) Barnes and Espie Elder Barnes. Born 7/04/1929. She was a proud member of Salem Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Edward Stephens, brother James Clyde Barnes, and sisters Alice Barnes Bentley, Jettie Barnes, Lavinia Marie Barnes, and Betty Barnes Martin, brother-n-laws Ray E. Bentley and Brady W. Martin, and nephew Edward Ronnie Bentley and nephew-in-law R. Stuart Hampton. Although Edna and Bill didn’t have children, they considered her nephews and nieces their children. She is survived by two nephews, Terry W. Barnes and wife, Carolyn, of Statesville and Scott B. Martin and wife, Vicki, of Taylorsville; nieces Faye B. Hampton, of Taylorsville; Beth Mize and husband, Roscoe, of China Grove; Kathy B. Eggers; Donna M. Johnson and husband, Jeff; Lynn Barnes and husband, Allen Auton, all of Taylorsville; a number of great nieces and nephews; and a number of great, great nieces and nephews and her sister-in-law Lorene M. Barnes.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Salem Lutheran Church and the funeral service will follow at 4:00 pm with the Rev. Gaven M. Mize, great nephew, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Salem Lutheran Church at 4005 NC Hwy 16 N; Taylorsville, NC 28681 or to Hospice of Alexander at 50 Lucy Echerd Lane; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

 

Ophelia Martin, 89

Ophelia MartinOphelia Martin, age 89, of Taylorsville passed away on Friday evening, August 11, 2017, at Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born on October 18, 1927 in Alexander County to Dewey and Nola Bowman.  She was a lifelong resident of Alexander County. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.  While she will be greatly missed, the profound influence of her sweet and gracious spirit will live on in the lives of many.  We praise the Lord that she is now walking with her Heavenly Father.  Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Plato Martin.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Dawn Rudisill and husband Gary Rudisill of Taylorsville, Amy Briggs and husband Martin Briggs of Taylorsville, Kenneth Martin and wife Anita Martin of Raleigh, and Lisa Spelce and husband Keith Spelce of Taylorsville; her grandchildren: Jodi Speaks and husband Garrett Speaks of Taylorsville, Justin Spelce and wife Courtney Spelce of Taylorsville, Anna Hagner and husband Kyle Hagner of Lynchburg, VA, Jessica Parker and husband Brian Parker of Taylorsville, Emily Odom and husband Michael Odom of Winston-Salem, Shana Davis of Taylorsville, Molly Suits and husband Travis Suits of Boone, and Jordan Spelce of Taylorsville; her great-grandchildren: Christine Speaks, Hailey Hagner, Blake Parker, Harper Hagner, Holden Speaks, and precious twins to arrive in February 2018 (whom granny has proclaimed to be boys!); her sisters: Cecil Chapman of Taylorsville and Allene Harrington of Granite Falls; and her brother: Marshall Bowman of Conover.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Services. The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Liledoun Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Liledoun Baptist Church.

 

Roger LackeyRoger Dale Kerley, age 63, of Stony Point passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Gordon Hospice House. Born on March 22, 1954, the son of the late Lexo J. and Cecil Brown Kerley. Roger loved antiques, collecting coins, fishing, and basketball. He was a loving husband, father, and friend and will greatly be missed, but will forever be in hearts. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers: Grady F. Kerley, Lexo J. Kerley, Jr. (L.J.), Connie Mack Kerley, & Roy Lee Kerley; and sisters: Jolene Kerley Hamm, Linda Sue Kerley Pope, & Brenda Kay Kerley Powell.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 31 years: Tracy Marie Kerley; children: Eric, Tina, Christopher, John Paul, and Joseph; and sister Joan Kerley Looper and husband Kirt.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service and the funeral service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 3:00 pm with the Rev. Jason Payne officiating. Burial will follow at Stony Point Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society c/o Kendra Dyson at 57 Kendra Lane; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

 

Roberta Goble, 85

 

IMG_0034Roberta Elaine Teague Goble, age 85, passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017, in Shaire Center, Lenoir. Born, as an only child, to the late Clyde Louis and Belle McLeod Teague, on Dec. 10, 1931 in Alexander County, she was a graduate of Wingate University, Lenoir Rhyne University, and Appalachian State University. Having taught  Elementary school for many years in North Carolina, she was a pianist and violinist. She was an encourager, sharing cards and letters with anyone needing a lift. She was very active in children’s ministries and had a passions for Christian Missions. She enjoyed her flowers greatly. In addition to her parents she was preceded by her husband of 63 years, William Otha “Bill” Goble and one infant daughter; Mary Ruth Goble.

She is survived by one son and a daughter, Stephen Goble (Beverly), of Raleigh, and Elizabeth Goble Bell(Lee), of Hudson. Three grandchildren, Heath Powell(Nicole) of Winterville, NC, Whitney Benfield, Winston-Salem and Nick Benfield, Taylorsville. Two great-grandchildren, survive, Aubrey Elizabeth and Luke William Powell, both of Winterville.

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 7, 2017 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church, with funeral services at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Mark Morris will officiate. Burial will follow in the Mt. Herman Bapist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the International Mission Board, Antioch Baptist Church, 580 Antioch Church Rd. Taylorsville, NC 28681 or the Alzheimers Asso., Alz. Org.