Larry HarringtonLarry “Steve” Harrington, age 70, of Taylorsville, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Valley Nursing Center. He was born April 26, 1946 in Alexander County. He was a retired truck driver. Before his retirement he was employed by Hart Trucking and Bush Motor Lines.

Left to cherish his memory his daughter Quintina & husband Jody Jolly, long time companion Gail James, his beloved pet Buffy, along with Brenda Honeycutt & husband Don, and many numerous friends and family.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3:00 pm Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Jamie Steele will be officiating. The family will receive friends at the graveside.

Deborah SmartDeborah “Debbie” Townsend Smart, age 64, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Frye Regional Medical Center. Debbie was born to the late Charlie “Bud” and Tressie Austin Townsend on September 6, 1951 in Catawba County. Debbie was of the Baptist faith. She was a jig saw puzzle master, enjoyed boating, music, traveling, loved her family more than anything, and was a great cook. Debbie was employed by Fred’s Super Dollar in Bethlehem. In addition to her parents Debbie was preceded in death by an infant sister.
Debbie leaves to carry on her legacy her loving husband of 34 years, Joey Norris Smart of the home, daughter Toni Annette Burke of Selinsgrove, PA, son Jonathan Neal Smart of Los Angeles, CA, two grandchildren: Hope Burke of Baltimore, MD, and Christian Burke of Selinsgrove, PA; sister Diane T. Sigmon & husband Neil of Bethlehem, nephew Van W. Sigmon of Anderson, SC, and niece Staci S. Ryan of Fredricksburg, VA, and a host of special friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 12:30-2:00 pm at Antioch Baptist Church. The funeral will follow at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Mark Morris officiating. Burial will take place at Catawba Memorial Park. Pallbearers include: David Brady, Darrell Punch, Bobby Phillips, Thomas Belk, Van Sigmon, and Jonathan Cheek.

Pauline SpearsPauline Brown Wooten Spears, age 86, of Wilkes, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Pauline was born to the late Charlie Burgess and Edna Rebecca Fender Brown on August 24, 1929 in Wilkes County. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Hays, NC.

In addition to her parents Pauline was preceded in death by husband, Roy Wooten, son, Charles Wooten, brothers, sister, and sisters in-laws: Howard (Emma) Brown, Harold (Peggy) Brown, CB Brown, Jr, Lorene (Walter “Shorty”) Simpson; and great granddaughter Madison Colbert.

Pauline is survived by five children: Roger (Mary Alice) Brown, David (Kim) Wooten both of Taylorsville, Elogene (Gary) Hodges of Virginia, Barbara (Ronnie) Wagoner of Roaring River, Gerald (Sara) Wooten of Ronda; daughter in-law Marlene Wooten of Asheville, grandchildren: JR Brown, Sandy Peebles, Wendy Hodges, LeAnn Workman, David, Jr., Mark, Loren, & Brandon Wooten, Kristie Church, Laura Colbert, Ronnie Wagoner, Jr., and Alicia Dixon; eighteen great grandchildren, one great great grandson, siblings: Sue (James) Harold of Hays, Velma (Grayson) Eller of Pennsylvania, Bruce (Betty) Brown of North Wilkesboro; sister in-law Sylvia Brown, and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Pauline will lie in state Monday, May 23, 2016 from 2:00-5:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service for any Taylorsville residents who wish to pay their respects. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 24, 2016 beginning at 2:30 pm with the funeral being conducted following at 4:00 pm at Bethel Baptist Church in Hays, NC. The Rev. Donnie Shumate will be officiating. Burial will take place in the Roaring River Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Roaring River Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 312 White Plains Rd, Roaring River, NC 28669

Clyde HigginsClyde Eugene Higgins, age 53, of Hiddenite, started shouting on the streets of glory with his Heavenly father on Friday, May 20, 2016. He had fought a courageous battle with cancer. Throughout his battle with cancer he would always say, “I will be a winner either way. Whether I win this fight or leave here, I will be a winner!!!”

Clyde was born on July 10, 1962, in Lexington, Virginia. He was the son of the late Charles Marshall and Clara Hall Higgins who survives. In addition to his parents Clyde was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Lee Higgins.

Clyde had been self-employed for 25 years as a mobile home repairman. He had also driven a truck for Carolina Cargo and CommScope. On October 18, 1986 he married Brenda Millsaps Higgins, the love of his life.

Clyde was a member of the Taylorsville Lions Club serving as the club’s president for the last 3 years. He has been called the most award winning president because of the awards the club has received during his tenure. Clyde was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services by the Lions Club International in 2014-2015. He had such a passion for helping others.

Survivors including his wife Brenda and mother Clara are, a daughter, Brianna Higgins of the home, a son Timmy Pennell & wife Ashley of Union Grove, two brothers: William Higgins & wife Connie of Buenva Vista, VA, and John Higgins & wife Darlene of Lexington, VA; nephews: Eric, Brian, & Will Higgins; nieces: Brooklyn Gardner & Sherry Higgins Winslow; mother-in-law, Roena Millsaps, and special friends: DJ Curry, Brian & Sherry Simpkins, and Thurman & Jane Farrow.

Clyde had been attending White Plains Baptist Church until his health became an issue. Clyde had gotten saved on September 8, 2002 and he loved going around and spreading his testimony. He had such an outgoing personality and leadership qualities that everyone loved him.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm at White Plains Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tony Daniels officiating. Burial will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Hiddenite. Visitation will be held at Alexander Funeral Service on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Pallbearers will include: Eric Higgins, Brian Higgins, Will Higgins, Marc Gilbert, Cody Gilbert, & Charlie Carlson. Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of the Taylorsville Lions Club and surrounding clubs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Shady Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Timmy Pennell, 336 Campbell Mtn. Dr., Union Grove, NC 28689.



Myrtle LailMyrtle Louise Lail, age 94, of Conover, passed away at Conover Nursing & Rehab on Monday, May 16, 2016. Myrtle was born to the late John Herbert and Lola Essie Killian Lail on August 17, 1921 in Catawba County. Before Myrtle’s retirement she was employed by Conover Glove as a seamstress. She was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Conover.

In addition to Myrtle’s parents she was preceded in death by her husband Floyd Everett Lail and brothers: Carroll, Hubert, Clyde, Harold, & Wade Lail; sisters: Gracie Keller, Kitty Cazire, Nettie Starr, & Irene Michaels.

Myrtle leaves to cherish her memory two sons: Floyd “Bud” Lail & wife Muriel, and John Lail & wife Doris both of Conover; daughter Rebecca “Becky” Hunt of Hudson, grandchildren: Julie Carter, Angela Lail, Tammy Hubbard all of Conover, Scott Hunt of Hudson, Wendy Malizia of Clemons, & DeAnn Lail Barnes of Conover; seven great grandchildren; Christian Frank, Natalie Kirkland, Vincent Malizia, Evan Hubbard, Cameron Hunt, Cody Carter, and Tristen Hunt; one great great grandchild Aaron Kirkland, and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Conover from 2:30-3:15 pm. The funeral will follow at 3:30 pm. The Rev. Scott Bollinger will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.

Donnie Woody¬†Donnie “Little Joe” Woody Jr., age 33, of Taylorsville, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Gordon’s Hospice. Donnie was born to Donnie Sr. and Regina Woody on August 21, 1982 in Kendallville, Indiana. He was a born again Christian and loved the Lord.

In addition to his parents Donnie leaves to cherish his memory brother Jeremy & wife Stephanie, sisters: Jennifer Hester & husband Adam and Bella Woody; four nephews: Elec, Adam, Luke, and Levi; two nieces: Kyleigh & Emma, a dog Captain, girlfriend Louise Hosier, and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.

The memorial service will be conducted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The Rev. Chris Meade and Rev. Byron Repass will be officiating. Inurnment will take place with the family.


Donald Blanton Donald Harold Blanton, age 55, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Mr. Blanton was born to the late Donald Lee and Francis Sarah Henderson Blanton on January 12, 1961 in Cherokee County, SC. Mr. Blanton was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by grandmother Bertie Lee Blanton and one infant brother.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Chrystal Michele Stout Blanton of the home, son Daved Blanton of Gaffney, SC, two grandsons: Noah & Landon Blanton; mother in law Mary Sharpe Stout, sister in law Melissa Grice, three nieces, and a host of cousins and special friends.

There are no formal arrangements planned at this time.


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