Kailab PayneDSC_6609Kailab “Schylar” Payne, 21, of Drexel, NC, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 18, 2016. Born August 13, 1994 in Burke County, Schylar was the son of  Randy and Kimberly Payne.

Schylar was baptized at Missionary Ridge earlier this year. He loved playing with his son, gardening, trying new foods, listening to music and hanging out with his friends. He enjoyed big family gatherings and spending time with his cousins.

A loving father, family member and friend, Schylar was preceded in death by his great grandparents, James (Bub) & Marzelle Brinkley, Vervena Payne, his grandmother, Darlene Carswell, uncle Robbie Payne and cousin, Christian Churchill.

In addition to his parents Schylar is survived by his son, Solen Kailab Payne; his fiancé, Kirsten Smith, his grandparents, WB (Jr) & Elaine Brinkley Arrant of Drexel, Roger Barrier of Morganton, Teddie Barrier of Granite Falls, Bruce & Janet Payne of Morganton, his great aunt, Melva B. Huffman & husband Norman, his great uncle, James Timothy Brinkley & wife Annette, and his uncle Matt Barrier & wife Brandi and son Dillion Barrier, and uncle Mark Barrier & wife Kristen and their children Madison, Laine, and Lincoln Barrier, parents of his fiancé Tracey & Chad Miller of Morganton, His sister in law, Lauren Smith and brother in law, Kaden Miller. He had many other cousins, who he spent lots of time with and shared many fond memories with Jaime Huffman, Kristy King and her children Kaela Speas & Braxton King, Melissa & Kris Churchill and their children Kylie & Korbin, Brent & Sommer Brinkley and their children Kody, Kara, & Aly Brinkley & her son Conner Brinkley and soon to be niece, Acacia LunaRae Hicks .

The family will receive friends at Missionary Ridge Baptist Church on Saturday, July 23, from 11:00 am -1:00 pm with the funeral service following. Burial will be held at Burke Memorial Park immediately after. Alexander Funeral Service is assisting the family with the arrangements. The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to a family formed “go fund me campaign”. To donate go to: https://www.gofundme.com/2fk5jks

Condolences may be made online at www.alexfuneralservice.com.

IMGLonnie Walter Watt, age 69, of Taylorsville, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. Lonnie was born on October 26, 1946 in Iredell County to the late Walter Sidney and Blanche Larson Watt who survives at her residence in Oregon. He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam war and retired from Alexander Railroad Company after 30 years of service. Lonnie was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church where he also served as a Sunday School teacher.

Lonnie leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 47 years, Marylynn Clanton Watt, daughter Carla W. Rich & husband Scott, son Ryan Watt & wife Misty, grandchildren: Macey Barnes, Alex Barnes, Ally Rich, Carley Rich, & Hayleigh Watt; sister Darlene Hiekel & husband Rod, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 2:30-4:00 pm Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church with the funeral following at 4:00 pm. The Rev. Eddie Yount & Rev. Eddie Jolly will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Wesley Brown, Jason Brown, Eric Bentley, Joel Bentley, Josh Purser, and Edward Tromba. The family requests that in addition to flowers that memorials be made to The Mt. Hebron building fund, 16 Mt. Hebron Church Court, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Military rites will be provided by DAV chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Post 6 of Hudson.

Nervie McLellandLouise Mitchell McLelland, age 90, of Taylorsville, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016. She was born to the late Lee and Jettie Carrigan Mitchell on October 22, 1925 in Alexander County.

In addition to her parents Louise was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Robert James McLelland and four brothers.

She leaves to cherish her memory her son Ronny McLelland & wife Mary, grandchildren: Lori Branch & husband Lee, Rodney McLelland & wife Renee, and Clara Barnes & husband Rodney; four great grandchildren: Jordan & Joshua Branch, Chloe Barnes, and Jase McLelland. She also leaves behind two special caregivers Jennifer & Joy, and number of nieces, nephews, & special friends.

Visitation will be Friday, July 22, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service from 1:00-2:00 pm with the funeral following in the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Jeremy Bumgarner, Rev. Earl Godfrey, & Rev. Rodney Blake will be officiating. Burial will take place in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.

Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service has been entrusted with arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralsvc.com.

Charles BrinkleyCharles “Lynn” Brinkley, age 85, of Taylorsville, passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Valley Nursing Center, in Taylorsville. Born, October 28, 1930, in Alexander County, to the late Charlie Independence and Marsha Stella Gwaltney Brinkley, he was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He was a professional truck driver for Carolina Freight Lines, having retired after 41 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Mary Helen “Pat” King Brinkley, as well as sister Lorena Icenhour and brother, Harold Brinkley.
He is survived by a daughter, Beverly Swithenbank and husband Gene of Conover, and two sons, David Brinkley and wife, Darlene along with Charles Brinkley, all of Taylorsville.
He has three grandchildren, Joseph Swithenbank and wife Melissa of London, England, Kyle Brinkley, Megan Lively & husband James, both of Taylorsville. Two great grand children survive, Emma and Ada Lively, both of Taylorsville.
Lynn has two sisters to remember him, Carolyn Matheson, of Taylorsville, and Kathryn Hagwood of Chesapeake, Va. He has a number of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, from 2-3:00 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church in Taylorsville, with funeral services at 3:00 p.m. at the church with the Revs. Dan Spears and Ervel Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Michael Matheson, Terry Payne, Dale Carrigan, Anthony George, Kenneth Mecimore, and Jeff Sharpe.
The family would like to thank the staff, caregivers, and residents of Valley Nursing Center for all the love, care, and support during the past few months.
Memorials may be made to the Macedonia Baptist Church, 63 Macedonia Church Rd., Taylorsville, NC 28681.
Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service has been entrusted with arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralsvc.com.

Diane FoxDiane Dixon Fox, age 54, of Taylorsville, passed away July 14, 2016, Gordon’s Hospice House. Diane was born to the late Lester Charlie and Beulah Mae Boyd Dixon on December 4, 1961 in Guilford County. She was of the Baptist faith. Diane enjoyed gardening, cooking, feeding people, baking, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents Diane was preceded in death by three sisters: Dorthy & Minnie Dixon and Myrtie King; and two nieces: Jackie Wright & Shannon Dixon.

Diane leaves to carry on her legacy, her husband of 5 years, Phillip Fox of the home, daughter Ashley Deaton & husband Josh of Seagrove, NC, son Christopher Varner & wife Sabrina of Trinity, NC, step daughter, Danielle Gourley & husband David; seven grandchildren: Brantlee & “Sissy” Deaton and Haley, Madison, & Brian Varner, Lukas & Avery Gourley, three sisters: Christina Hedrick of Summerfield, NC, Marie Gourley, & Faye Collins both of Hickory; two brothers: James Dixon of Rogersville, TN, Johnny Dixon of Walkertown, NC; and many nieces, nephews, and special friends.

A celebration of Diane’s life will be conducted at 3:00 pm Saturday, July 23, 2016 in the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel. The Rev. Gary W. Jennings will be officiating. Inurnment will take place with the family. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Gordon’s Hospice House of Iredell County, 2341 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28625

IMGKenneth “Craig” Mayberry, 59, of Taylorsville, passed away in Gordon Hospice House, in Statesville, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Born on January 17, 1957,  to the late Joe Bill Mayberry and Pearl Moose Mayberry, who survives. He was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Dagenhart. He was an active member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church. Craig’s career spanned Clayton Marcus Furniture Company, Royal Comfort Seating, and before retirement was Purchasing Agent for Alexander County Government. He was very active in the Alexander County Republican Party and served as a county commissioner from 1986-1998, as well as an Alexander County School Board member from 2000-2008.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Mayberry is survived by his wife Donna D. Mayberry of the home. Two sons, Kenneth Mayberry II, and Kyle Mayberry, a daughter Kaitlyn Mayberry, all of Taylorsville. Craig is also survived by a sister Judy Mayberry[ David] Moose, of Stony Point and four brothers, Steve of Statesville, Richard, of Stony Point, Eddie, of Hickory, and Jerry[Bonnie] of Stony Point. His father and mother in law, James and Glenda Drum and brother in law Rodney Drum are left to cherish his memory.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 15, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at East Taylorsville Baptist Church, with the funeral service on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. The body will lie in state thirty minutes before the funeral hour. Rev. Jamie Steele, Rev. Kevin White, and Rev. James Earl Pennell will officiate. Pallbearers are Stan Johnson, Robert Robertson, Rick Childers, Destry Moose, Stacy Marshall, Stewart Akers, Scott Bowman, and Alan Beasley. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Teague, David Starnes, Dennis Rhyne, Ken Church, Jim Lowe, Alan Sigmon, Dale Johnson, Jerry Watts, Guy Kerley, Fred Ballard, Lynn Marshall, Norman Sloan, and Clint Mayberry.

Memorials may be given to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simmonton Rd, Statesville, NC, 28625 or Alexander County Education Foundation, Children’s Benevolence Fund in care of Alexander County Schools, 700 Liledoun Rd., Taylorsville, NC, 28681.

Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service have been entrusted with arrangements.

Jesus Martinez San Juan also known as “Zeus” , age 43, of Taylorsville, passed away on July 8, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Jesus was born on July 5, 1973 to Jesus Martinez and Antonia San Juan Cruz in Hidalgo, Mexico. He was known as the “Mexican Doctor Dolittle” for his love of animals and was cherished for his sweet spirit that drew children to him. Jesus was preceded in death by a brother, Ismael Martinez.

Jesus leaves behind his loving wife of 15 years, Marsha Elaine Lynn, daughter, Alejandra Trejo, son, Antonio Trejo, one grandson, Zander Figueroa, two brothers: Eloy & Andreas Martinez, five godchildren, Alfredo & Sofia Aldunate, Adysen, Ashur, & Ava Jimenez, and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

A celebration of  Jesus’ life will be conducted at his home on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 4:30 pm. The Rev. Kim Fox Dowell will be officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658, or to the ASPCA chapter of your choice.


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