Georgia Mae Rowe, age 84, of Taylorsville passed away on the evening of Sunday, March 19, 2017 at her residence. She was born to the Late James D. Keller and Elizabeth Dishman in Catawba County. She was a homemaker that cherished her family and friends and she loved her dogs. Georgia attended Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by,  her husband; Richard Rowe and her previous husband; Junior Duncan. Brothers Sam and Jim Keller; sisters Hazel Hedrick, and Edna Craig. She leaves behind to cherish her memory two brothers; Stephen Keller and wife Kathy of Claremont, and Monroe Keller of Hickory. A daughter, Chris Fortner and three grandchildren; Thomas Fortner, DJ Fortner, and Alvin Moretz. A great granddaughter, Brandy Roop and a number of nieces and nephews. Along with family Georgia has a few special friends; Arvella Sigmon and Helen Shook.

Visitation will be at Little River Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Jeff Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in Little River Baptist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers all donations can be made to Little River Baptist Church.




Coy A. Walker, 89

Rev. Coy Walker, 89 years young, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. He was a pastor for 50 years and witnessed for the Lord everywhere he went. Coy was a graduate from Fruitland Bible Institute and Liberty Home Bible Institute. He was survived by his wife, Margaret Swink Walker, of Taylorsville; children: Brenda Poindexter Mosley and husband Tommy, of Denton, NC; Lynn Walker Moose and husband Jeff, of Statesville; Wayne Brown and wife Michelle, of Taylorsville; and Angela Elder Hines and husband Phil, of Lyman, SC. Grandchildren: Amanda Byrd, Randy Poindexter, Rodney Walker, Justin & Jason Elder, and Stephanie & Anita Brown; along with 7 great-grandchildren. Stepchildren: Gary Lovin and wife Linda, Ronnie Lovin, Michael Swink and wife Rachel, and Debbie Taylor; along with numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by son: Rev. Jimmy Walker, granddaughter, Annette Walker both of Denton, NC; 5 brothers, and 3 sisters.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:45 pm at Liledoun Baptist Church and the funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm with the Rev. James Lockee and Rev. Paul Schronce officiating. Committal service will follow at Scenic Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Moravian Falls with the Rev. Randy Campbell officiating.

The family would like to thank all the employees at Hospice of Alexander County. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Alexander County @ 50 Lucy Echerd Lane; Taylorsville, NC  28681.

Johnny Hagy, 67

Johnny Mac Hagy, age 67, of Taylorsville, passed away in Wake Forest Baptist Med. Ctr. on Friday, March 10, 2017. Born to the late Joseph Mac and Ellen Marie Price Hagy in Washington county Virginia, on Nov. 11, 1949, he was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by one brother, Ernest “Ernie” Hagy. He was retired from LeatherCraft of Hickory as a supervisor. He was an avid fan of his children and grandchildren’s ball games. He loved camping with his family.

Johnny is survived by his wife of twenty years, Loretta Hodge Hagy of the home, along with, five children: Joseph Hagy of the home and Scott Isom {Joanna}, of North Wilkesboro, Chris Isom and Nikki Hagy, both of the home, with Angela Isom Donathon {Bryant} of Hickory. There are four grandchildren, Bryson and Kaylin Donathon, Carson  and Mackenzie Isom.  He has two brothers, Stevie and Roger Hagy, of Hildebran, along with seven sisters, Linda Shankel and Sharon Preswood, both Hildebran, Deborah Lowman of Hickory. Norma Lowman of Whitmire S.C. Janie Buchanan of Taylorsville. Nancy Cook of Granite Falls and Teresa Owens of Mooresville.

He has a host of neices and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 14 from 2-3:30 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service with funeral services at 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Pastor Joey Moore will officiate. Burial will follow in the Taylorsville City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joseph Hagy, Scott and Chris Isom, Bobby, Garrett, and Jacob Church, Bryant Donathan and Carl Price.



Joy Marilyn Brunk Homsley, age 92, of Taylorsville went home to her Lord on Sunday, March 12, 2017. We believe she was just tired of our shenanigans. Born in Fairview, WV on August 4, 1924 to James R. Brunk and Nora Macil Pittman Brunk. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1942 and went on to earn her Business Degree from the University of Bowling Green. She was a member of White Plains Baptist Church. In her 92 years, Joy was adventurous and never afraid of a challenge. She did not do anything halfway and she did everything with love and a joyful spirit. She was a devoted Christian, loving mother, loyal wife, magical grandmother, classically trained dancer, executive secretary, farmer of chickens & turkeys, real estate agent, story teller, peacemaker, card shark, choir singer, Sunday School teacher, friend, seeker of knowledge, rooter for the underdog, collector of odd things that none of the rest of us have found a use for yet, prayer warrior, musician, survivor, caretaker, clown, compassionate in heart, and unrelenting in her faith. Joy was also an extensive wanderer. She lived in Miami, Brazil, Austria-Vienna, East Texas (where she raised her chickens and her child), Pennsylvania, and Jacksonville, Florida (where she lived until her retirement from Young Life), she spent her remaining golden years in Taylorsville living with her daughter and grandchildren. (She also said if these were the golden years they were awful rusty.) Preceded in death by her parents and sister, Dorothy Aliff. Joy is survived by her family, who will cherish her memory and ponder her stockpile of broken beaded necklaces. Her only daughter, Barbara Jo Byrd and husband Gene. Her 3 granddaughters, 5 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren, Amy Johnson (Larry, April, Ashlen, Tony, Joseph, & Ryder), Joylyn Hicks (Benny & Abagail), Nora Davie (Billy, Elliotte, & EJ.) She also leaves a niece and nephew she loved immensely. Jean & Bob Hudgins of Lakeland, Florida and Bob & Linda Aliff of Pendergrass, Georgia. Joy loved 4 things above all else: her Lord, her girls, her chocolate, and her coca-cola.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at White Plains Baptist Church and the memorial service will follow at 3:00 pm with the Rev. Tony Daniels and Rev. Steve Dagenhart officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to White Plains Baptist Church @ 2901 Hwy 90 E; Taylorsville, NC  28681; The Decision America Tour c/o Franklin Graham @ Po Box 3000; Boone, NC 28607; or we ask that you make someone feeling under the weather a baked potato or toast, put on a floppy traveling hat and go on a road trip, or that you tell someone you love, that when they smile their eyes light up like magic. It’s what Joy would do.


Lillian Pearl Hines Pennell, 81, of Taylorsville passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Lillian was born on January 31, 1936, to the late Kermit Hines and Marie Norton Hines Stout. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years the late Donald Ned Pennell, Sr., in 1994; grandchildren Kisha White and Tyler Teague; a sister Margie White, a brother Rick Stout; and stepfather George Stout. After retiring from Carolina Glove Company in Taylorsville, Lillian spent her time cooking and baking for her family and friends and enjoying her grandchildren. She never met a stranger and opened her Sunday lunch buffet to hundreds over the years.  She also earned a reputation for her cooking as she served the Ellendale and Little River Ruritan Clubs at meetings for several years. A devoted member of Little River Baptist Church, she attended the Katie Mullis Sunday School Class. She also sang in the church choir for years and passed on her love for singing to her children and grandchildren. Those left to cherish her memory include three daughters Debbie Harrington and husband Terry; Teresa McNeely and husband Bill; and Kim Pennell, all of Taylorsville; and a son Donald Ned Pennell, Jr., and wife Wendy of Bethlehem. Mrs. Pennell is also survived by her loving grandchildren Tracy, Nathan and wife Tashauna;  Kyle  and wife Ashley;  Lindsay and husband James; Janie, Alston, Alec, and Carter. Great grandchildren include Abby, Bailee, Ragan, Rylan, Lillian, Luke, Owen, Tyler, Andrew, Jacob, and Josie. She has one great great grandchild, Cooper. She is survived by sisters Violet Brown and Kathy Icenhour, brothers Ben Hines and Steve Stout, and sister-in-law Anna Mae Head. Precious memories of her will be cherished by numerous nieces and nephews as well as a multitude of dear friends.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 4 pm at Little River Baptist Church. The Reverends Jeff Chapman, Mark Robinette, and Troy Grant will officiate. Burial will follow in the Little River Baptist Church Cemetery.


Frances Blanche Wyatt Anderson, age 93, of Boomer departed to her heavenly home on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Villages of Wilkes. She came into this world on June 30, 1923 to the late Nellie Wyatt. In her lifetime she worked as a CNA, helping to take care of others which she loved. Francis was a member at Sharon Walker Baptist Church and enjoyed her flower gardens. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 52 years: Robert Mack Anderson; son: Gary Steven Anderson; daughters: Shirley Hawkins and Patsy Ferguson; and brothers: Jim, Roy, Buddy and Howard Wyatt. Those left to cherish her memory include her sons: Kenneth Anderson, of Wilkesboro; Ronnie Anderson (JoAnne), of Boomer, Roger Wayne Anderson, and Timmy Anderson (Belinda), both of Ferguson; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a number of great-great-grandchildren; sister: Mary Lee Wyatt Billings, of Wilkesboro; along with a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will have visitation on Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Sharon Walker Baptist Church in Boomer and the funeral service will follow at 3:00 pm with Pastor Fred Staley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Robert Eugene Vick, Sr., age 80, of Conover passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on November 26, 1936 to the late Charles Dewitt Vick. In his lifetime, he worked as a painter for J and R Enterprise. Robert was a member at Victory Outreach in Hickory and loved to travel. He was an avid race fan and also a published author. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife: Joy D. Bentley Vick; son: Chuck Vick; and brother Jerry Vick. Those left to cherish his memory include his sons: Robert E. Vick, Jr. (Debbie), of Taylorsville; and David Vick (Susan), of Marion; daughter: Diana Lynn Harris (Jack), of Morganton; seven grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and fiance: Marie Risner, of Conover.

The family will have visitation on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Victory Outreach in Hickory and the funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm with the Rev. David Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.