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Martha “Diane” McClellan, age 59, of Taylorsville left this world on Monday, May 22, 2017 to her heavenly home at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She came into this world on May 7, 1958 to the late Wayne and Mary Ethel Hollifield. Diane was a member at Grace Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandsons. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 41 years: Roger Ray McClellan; son: John McClellan and wife Brandi; grandsons: Grant McClellan and Brycyn Baker; brother: Bobby Hollifield; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10:00 am at Buchanon Family Cemetery in Spruce Pine, NC.

IMGVeronica Leigh McKinney Kern, age 58, of Taylorsville, passed away at home Saturday, May 20, 2017, surrounded by family.  She was born to the late Ed Lewis and Norma Spear Byrd McKinney.  She was employed by Components Manufacturing Systems in medical supplies.  In addition to being a member of Oxford Memorial Baptist Church, Veronica enjoyed fishing, being a rockhound (amateur mineralogy), and arts and crafts.  She will be remembered for her courage, selflessness, hopefulness, and strength. In addition to her parents, she is proceeded in death by brothers Ed Lewis McKinney, Jr. of Spruce Pine, and Mark and Ray McKinney of Texas, along with twin sister, Victoria L. McKinney. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 35 years, Ronald L. Kern; sons Jordan Wynegar II of Virginia and Brian Kern of New York; grandchildren Jacob and Victoria Kern and Evan and Abigail Wynegar; great grandchild Serinity Kern; stepmother Betty McKinney; step sister Fran Buchannon; and, stepbrother Johnney Yelton.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 25, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, at Oxford Memorial Baptist Church.  The funeral service will follow at 3:00 pm with Rev. Neil Walker officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers are:  Ralph Yelton, Robert Yelton, Cody Yelton, Tim Yelton, Dustin Yelton, and Dillian Yelton.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Local Chapter c/o Kendra Dyson, 57 Kendra Ln, Taylorsville NC 28681.

Michael RhyneMichael George Rhyne, age 74, of Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017, at his residence.   He was born January 7, 1943, to the late Charles Rhyne and Ruth Scroggs Rhyne, in Canton, NC. He made his career in the furniture industry as a Quality Control Manager at Mitchell-Gold Furniture. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He loved fishing and farming–especially his garden.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers: Jerry Rhyne, Charles Rhyne, and Dick Scroggs; three sisters:  Peggy Hoxter, Linda Long, and Shirley Whitt; and one stepson, Jeffrey “Tater” Wike. Mr. Rhyne is survived by his wife of 42 years, Patsy Rhyne of the home, along with one stepdaughter Wendy Combs; one granddaughter Michela Blalock (Nick) of the home; one grandson Casey Combs of the home; one sister, Rita Rhyne, Baltimore, MD; one brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Carol Hines of Taylorsville; sister-in-law Carolyn Brawley of Taylorsville; and “his baby girl” Muffin.

Visitation will be Saturday, May, 27, 2017 from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm at Calvary Baptist Church.  Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Stephen Dagenhart officiating. Burial will follow in the Taylorsville City Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are: Mike Shell, Scott Carrigan, Danny Wike, Kevin Payne, Craven Clark, and William Chapman.  Honorary pallbearers are:  Ned Little, Gene Bowman, Ray Earp, Richard Fox, George and Lester Mason. Military rites will be provided by DAV Post 84/Taylorsville and Chapter 6/Hudson. Memorials may be made to Taylorsville Baptist Camp Meeting at 417 Airport Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681 and/or Alexander County Hospice at 50 Lucy Echerd Lane; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

IMG.jpgRohe Lewis Winchell, age 84, of Taylorsville, passed away in Catawba Valley Medical Center on May 17, 2017, following a brief illness. He was born Nov. 6, 1932, to the late Alfred Main and Mary Prescilla Hickman Winchell, in Waterbury, Conn. His career as a financial adviser spanned several industries and financial institutions. He faithfully attended East Taylorsville Baptist Church. He attended the University of Conn. where he majored in music. His love for classical music led to being a choir boy and playing the pipe organ for his church. He later directed choral music. He loved man’s best friends, remembering Victor, Taffy, and Gilda. Rohe was a Master Gardener  and was passionate in the yard and garden. Flags and Christmas lights he especially enjoyed. Celebrating family accomplishments and carrying on traditions surrounding Memorial Day and Thanksgiving, with Mince meat pie always a highlight. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a special aunt, Ruth Yarrington.

Mr. Winchell is survived by his wife of twenty years, Mary Ann Hayes Winchell of the home, along with one son A. Dowe Winchell, and Jody Carpin, of Greenville, SC. His daughter, Nancie Ellen Winchell Fernandez, and husband, Jeffrey , of Carlisle, Mass. cherish his memory. He has one stepson, Eric Hayes Mauney and wife, Vickie of Taylorsville. There are four grandchildren, Jesse Joseph and Chelsea Ellen Fernandez of Carlisle, Mass. with Ezra Pennell of Taylorsville and Kaylee Paige Carpin of Greenville, S.C. One favorite cousin survives, Edward LewisYarrington, of Prospect, Conn.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, May, 20, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at East Taylorsville Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jamie Steel and Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. Burial will follow in the Linney’s Grove Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Jeff Cockrell, Ken King, Bill Gowings, Randy Elder, Mark Marshall, and Kevin White. The family will receive friends at the residence. Memorials may be made to Ethnos 360 Missions, Katie Bowman support, 312 W. 1st. St. Sanford, Fla. 32771.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0001Shirley June Sigmon, age 80, of Taylorsville went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at home on Sunday, May 14, 2017. She was born to the late Charles Allen Roberts Sr. and Pansy Hatton Roberts.

Shirley enjoyed cooking, sewing, planting flowers and being at home with her beloved family. She was a faithful member at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents she is proceeded in death by, one son: Russell “Rusty” Glenn Sigmon and her sister: Jean Roberts Kirby.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 62 years; Glenn Lee Sigmon. Sons; Michael Lee Sigmon, Scott Allen Sigmon and wife Michelle. One daughter; Kandy Sigmon Alexander and husband Todd. Her brothers; Charles Allen Roberts “Bud” and wife Willa Dean, and Tony Roberts. Three grandchildren; Hillary Anne Sigmon, Anna Elizabeth Sigmon McDaniel and husband Matthew, and Joshua Michael Sigmon. With a number of nieces and nephews, along with one very special friend; Terry Katherine Marion.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Antioch Baptist Church from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. With the funeral service following at 3:00 pm with the Rev. Allen Roberts. A graveside service will be held after the funeral service at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.

All memorials can be made to the Building Fund at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 7500 NC-127, Taylorsville, NC 28681.

 

 

Blanche FoxBlanche Fox, age 85, of Taylorsville went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 5, 2017 at her residence. The daughter of the late Carl James & Hattie Bentley Fox. She was born on August 27, 1931 and throughout her career worked from Carolina Glove for 10 years and was the owner/operator at Sanitary Pick Up Services. Blanche was a member at Liledoun Baptist Church and loved spending time with her family. She also enjoyed going to yard sales, knitting, and gardening. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: Jimmy Thomas Fox and brothers: Graydon & Arnold Fox. Those left to cherish her memory include her sons: Lonnie Thomas Fox & Steve Wayne Fox (Robin); daughters: Marcia Barnes (Claude), Anna Mae Wallace (Junior), & Darlene May; step-son: Allen Fox; grandchildren: Teresa & Amanda Wallace, Mia, Lee, Angel, Vanna & Monica May; all of Taylorsville; brothers: Marshall & Michael Fox, of West Jefferson; special friend: Gerald Meredith; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Liledoun Baptist Church and the funeral service will follow at 3:00 pm with the Rev. James Lockee and Rev. James Bumgarner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family would like to extend a special Thank You to the staff at Hospice of Alexander for their care and support during this time. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Alexander @ 50 Lucy Echerd Lane; Taylorsville, NC  28681.

 

 

 

Frances DavisFrances Anna Lail Davis, age 90, of Taylorsville left this world for her heavenly home on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Valley Nursing Center surrounded by her family. Frances came into this world on April 8, 1927 in Gaston County to the late Cletus Monroe & Anna Scates Lail. In her career, she worked for Southern Devices on the assembly line. Frances was a member at Macedonia Baptist Church where she sung in the choir and enjoyed being around her church family. She loved to travel with her husband Benson and brother. Along with many other attributes, Frances was a fantastic cook, loved her family, and was “so blessed” by her family. She will forever be remembered in our hearts. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter: Kay Frances Davis; granddaughter – Tiffany Davis; sisters: Blanche Camp, Joyce Guthrie, and an infant sister, Millie Lail; and brother: Gene Lail. Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 65 years, Benson Herbert Davis of the home; sons: Benson Davis, Jr. and Bruce A Davis (Anita) of Taylorsville; grandchildren: Renee Harrington (Chris) of Taylorsville, Garrison Davis (Lauren) of Moorseville, and Sarah Davis of Taylorsville; great-grandchildren: Will Harrington, Grant Harrington, Dixon Davis, and Maxton Davis; and brother Guy Lail (Billie) of Hickory.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Dan Spears, Rev. David Martin, and Rev. Taylor Pennell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Macedonia Baptist Church at 63 Macedonia Church Rd; Taylorsville, NC  28681.