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Roger BlankenshipRoger Lee Blankenship, age 56, of Hiddenite, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2016 at Gordon Hospice House. Mr. Blankenship was born to the late Herbert and Rosie May Blankenship who survives on November 8, 1959 in Buchanan County.

In addition to his mother Mr. Blankenship leaves to cherish his memory daughter Melissa McCall & husband, five sons: Jesse, James, Brian, Kenneth, and Richard Blankenship; brother Billy Blankenship, five sisters: Bonnie Prater, Patricia Christian, Kathy May, Francis Simpson, and Jean McGlothlin, nine grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

A memorial service will be conducted on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service at 3:00 pm. The Rev. Randolph England will be officiating.

 

Richard Norris Richard Lee Norris, age 51, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Thursday, April 28, 2016. He was born on December 25, 1964 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Richard was the son of Beatrice Norris and the late Raevon Norris. He was preceded in death by his wife Arlene Norris.

Surviving family are his mother, Bea Norris, two sons Wesley Johnson & wife Samantha and Ricky Norris of New York, brothers Scott Norris & wife Brook and Connor Munday, two nephews Josh Norris & wife Jessica and Dylan Norris & wife Sadie, two grandchildren Hunter & Emory, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 1, 2016 at South Fork Baptist Church, Todd, NC from 2:00-3:00 pm. The memorial service will be conducted at 3:00 pm. The Rev. David Cooper & Rev. Gary Watson will be officiating.

Willard “Keith” Elder, age 56, of Hiddenite, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Keith was born to the late William Walter and Peggy Anne Crouch Elder who survives on March 14, 1960 in Alexander County. He was employed with the NCDOT in Alexander County.

In addition to his mother, Keith leaves to cherish his memory his wife and the love of his life for 32 years, Michalle “Shelly” Elder. He is also survived by siblings: Ricky Elder & wife Sonya, Debra Pennell & fianc√© Mike Daniels, and Lisa Millsaps & husband Keith; father and mother-in-law, Lander and Polly Heafner; a number of nieces & nephews; friend Jimmy Cook and family as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. There will be no formal services. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to: Karen’s Kids, c/o Alexander County DSS, 604 7th street SW, Taylorsville, NC 28681

IMG_2984Billy James Woodring, age 70, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Mr. Woodring was born to the late Jake William and Alma Maxizene Phillips Woodring on October 11, 1945 in Watauga county.

Mr. Woodring leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 52 years, Betty Dowell Woodring, children: Annette Keller, Sherrie Yow & husband Randy, Tammy Dickerson, and Billey Woodring & wife Sarah; nine grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, three sisters, two brothers, and a number of neices, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be 1:30-2:30 pm at Oxford Memorial Baptist Church on Thursday, April 28, 2016, with the funeral service following at 3:00 pm. The Rev. Neal Walker will be officiating the service. Burial will take place in the church cemetery.

Dennis Charles Snow Jr., age 37, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Saturday, April 23, 2016. He was born to Dennis Charles Sr. and Joyce Ann Passino Snow who preceded him on January 9, 1979 in Syracuse, New York. In addition to his mother, Dennis was preceded in death by his grandfather, Leonard Snow.

Dennis Jr. leaves to cherish his memory his father, Dennis Snow Sr., sisters: Marjorie Carver, Louise Snow, Lovann Snow, Shelly Lamb, and Pamela Hatalak; grandmother, Louise Snow, two aunts, two uncles, and eleven nieces & nephews.

There are no formal arrangements at this time.

Earnest TeagueEarnest (Bud) Pinkney Teague, age 85, was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, April 17, 2016. Mr. Teague was born to the late Porter and Bessie Cline Teague on February 25, 1931, in Alexander County. Earnest was a lifelong cattle farmer. He grew poultry for Perdue Farms for 31 years. He loved caring for his animals, growing tobacco, and being outdoors. He was a quiet, humble man, who loved his family but also would help anyone in need. He was a faithful member of Stony Point Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters: Dezola Fox & Hazel Holzclaw; two brothers: Floyd & Willard Teague.

Mr. Teague leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife of 62 years, Jacqueline Lackey Teague, a son Dennis Teague & wife Becky, two daughters: Carol Hines & husband Danny, Nancy Jolly & husband Craig; six grandchildren: Shaun Teague & wife Wendy, Sonya Herriman, Lisa Stikeleather & husband Jeremy, Angela Hines, Karla Merritt & husband Wesley, and Whitney Moose & husband Jason; ten great grandchildren: Dalton, Colby, & Chloe Herriman, Jacob Teague, Megan, Kelsie, & Noah Stikeleather, Abbie Hines and Alyssa Rainey; as well as many nieces and nephews to cherish his memories.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 2:00-3:30 at Stony Point Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 4:00. The Rev. Phil Addison and Rev. Mitch King will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In the interim, the family will gather at the home of Nancy Jolly. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stony Point Baptist Church Cemetery fund or Stony Point Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 198, Stony Point, NC 28678

Jefferson WattsJefferson Lowe Watts Sr., age 76, of Taylorsville, passed away at Iredell Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. He was born to the late Benjamin Lowe and Beulah Smith Watts on December 4, 1939 in Mecklenburg County. Mr. Watts was the chief engineer for WACB & WTLK for over 50 years, as well as many other radio stations in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and South Carolina. He also traveled to Armenia for the United Nations and worked for Motorola. In addition to his parents Mr. Watts was preceded in death his wife, Quida Buff Watts and infant sister.

He leaves to cherish his memory sons: Paul Watts of Taylorsville, Jeff Watts Jr. & wife April, & Ben Watts both of Statesville; daughter Susan Owens, four grandchildren, one sister Sarah “Sally” Spangler of Statesville, one niece, and a special friend Jerry Clegg of Florida.

Visitation is Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 2:00-3:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service with the memorial service following at 3:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Eddie Jolly will be officiating the service. Inurnment will take place with the family.

 

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