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Frances DouglasFrances Wilmalee Kerley Douglas, age 84, of Taylorsville took her final flight home on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. She did not lose the battle, but won her reward after a courageous forty year battle with MS. Her strong will and faith in her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ kept her going through the years. She was born on July 30, 1933, the daughter of the late Clarence and Lacey Anderson Kerley. When she was able to work, she worked as a sales clerk for Peoples Drug and Town & Country Drug Store. Frances was a member at East Taylorsville Baptist Church and was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all. She was truly a jewel in this world that will be missed but will forever be in our hearts. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Clifton RV “Bill” Douglas; sisters Margret Harrington & Shirley Campbell; and brother James Kerley.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son Steve Douglas & wife Cecilia of Taylorsville; daughter Denise Spagnualo of Las Vegas, NV; sister Mabel Martin of Taylorsville; three grandchildren Jason Douglas & wife Amy of Taylorsville and Storm & Jazzmin Spagnualo of Las Vegas; five great-grandchildren Lily & Max Douglas of Taylorsville, Mariah & Taylor Spagnualo, and Keondre Anderson, all of Las Vegas; along with a number of nieces & nephews; and her loving caregivers Coyla Jean Ward & Sarah Pennell.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at East Taylorsville Baptist Church and the funeral service will follow at 4:00 pm with the Rev. Jamie Steele officiating. Inurnment will be with the family.

Memorials may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Greater Carolinas at 3101 Industrial Dr. Suite 210, Raleigh, NC  27609.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service. Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com

IMG_9289Carmen Sharpe Gant, age 95, of Taylorsville went to her heavenly home on Friday, January 19, 2018 at Valley Nursing Center. She was born on April 9, 1922, the daughter of the late Parks Sharpe, Sr. and Irene Sloop Sharpe. Carmen was a member at Concord Baptist Church where she played the piano and loved to feed the preachers. Carmen was an immaculate house keeper and insisted on clean hands.  She had such love & care for her family and was an amazing mother, grandmother, and friend to all. Along with parents she is preceded in death by her husband J.C. Gant; brothers Parks Sharpe, Jr. & Robert Sharpe; and sister Libby Shook.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons Harry Gant & wife Peggy and Johnny Gant & wife Carol; daughter Jean Herman & husband Don; seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm at Concord Baptist Church and the funeral service will follow at 3:30 pm with the Rev. Kyle Chapman and Rev. Tony Dyson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Zachary Lathan, John Derrick “JD” Lathan, Johnathan Grimes, Daniel Morgan, Andy Lackey, and Alex Lackey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Concord Baptist Church at 8044 Paul Payne Store Rd; Stony Point, NC 28678.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service. Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com

Fox, Novella Website (1)Novella Bowman Fox, 86, of Taylorsville, NC entered the Church Triumphant on January 10, 2018, at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Roscoe, and her three brothers, Marshall, Jasper, and Haven Bowman.

She is survived by her six children; Steve Fox and wife, Ginny, of Virginia Beach, Va., Glenn Fox and wife, Brenda, of Taylorsville, Stan Fox and wife, Judy, of Panama City, Fl, Sheila Warren and husband, Ken, of Wilmington, NC, Mike Fox and wife, LuAnn, of Fort Worth, TX, and Angie Mooney and husband, Phil, of Taylorsville. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren; Claire Fox, Debbie Fox and husband, Nestor Lopez, Jeremy and wife, Jessica Fox, Jonathan and wife, Emily, and Emily Campbell and husband, K.C., Tara Richardson and husband, Keith, Amanda Warren, Chris Warren, Jason Fox, David Fox, Nathan Mooney and Jared Mooney; seven great-grandchildren, Eli, Hayden, Olivia, Ava, Audrey, Cassidy, and Ezra, and one step-great-granddaughter, Emma Richardson.  A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Novella was known for her constant smile, great demeanor, and wonderful cooking.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

A Celebration of Life funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m., January 20, 2018 at Friendship Lutheran Church, where she was a lifetime member.  The Reverends Greg and Carol Yeager will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to a Friendship Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 5300 Church Road, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681

Whitley’s Funeral Home of Kannapolis is assisting the Fox family with arrangements.  Condolences may be made at http://www.whitleysfuneralhome.com.

Cary Coach MooreCary Donald “Coach” Moore, 69, of JC Gant Ln, Taylorsville, passed away on Thursday November 2, 2017, at his residence, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Siler City, to the late Clarence Newton Moore and Sadie Johnson Moore. He graduated from Jordan-Matthews High School and received his teaching degree from East Carolina University. His passion was teaching and he taught and coached in Alexander County Schools for over 30 years.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sonya of the residence; daughters, Carrie (Ronnie) Nines of Yanceyville, and Ryanne-Leigh (Powell) Gregory of Fort Mill, South Carolina; grandsons, Aden Rachol and Finley Nines; brother, Ron (Amelia) Moore of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and a host of special nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Sara Rich.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service and a Memorial Service to celebration his life will follow in the funeral home chapel at 4:00 pm with the Rev. Gary Jennings officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to East Alexander Middle School Athletic Department at 1285 White Plains Rd, Hiddenite, NC 28636.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service. Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com

William TreadwayWilliam “Jack” Gaither Treadway, age 92, of Moravian Falls went to his heavenly home to be with his Lord & Savior on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Villages of Wilkes. He was born on February 21, 1925 in Wilkes County, the son of the late Rufus and Alma Kerley Treadway. During his lifetime, he worked in the logging industry for over 30 years and before that he was a poultry farmer and a long distance truck driver. Jack was a member at Walnut Grove Baptist Church and loved his family. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Betty Blankenship Treadway; son Jackie Treadway; and two special nephews David Treadway & Wayne Johnson.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son Gary Treadway & wife Kathy; grandson Chad Treadway & wife Amber; great-grandson Raylan Jack Treadway; sisters Graceteen Treadway Johnson & husband Mack and Pauline Treadway Parker; brother Mack Treadway; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 14, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Walnut Grove Baptist Church and the funeral service will follow at 3:00 pm with the Rev. Robert Duncan officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chad Treadway, Bruce Johnson, Todd Fox, Cody Fox, Daniel Fox, Scott Revis, & Tim Parker. Flowers are being accepted.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service. Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com

Marshall BowmanMarshall Monroe Bowman, age 83 of Conover passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Sherrill’s Ford Hospice. He was born in Alexander County to the late Dewey William Bowman and Bessie Nola McAlpin Bowman on August 29, 1934. Marshall spent all of his free time fishing with his grandkids, and never missed one of their ballgames.

Along with his parents he is proceeded in death by one sister; Opheila Martin.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 25 years; Janice Jolly Wallace Bowman, two daughters; Renee Wallace Keever (Frankie), Michelle Hartness, grandchildren; Kendall and Katie Keever, Brandon and Blaine Hartness, sisters; Cecil Chapman and Allene Harrington, with a number of nieces and nephews, and one special feline; Simba!

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Liledoun Baptist Church from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm with the funeral service following at 2:00 pm with the Rev. James Lockee and the Rev. Jamie Steele officiating, with burial following in the church cemetery with the Rev. Gary Jennings officiating.

In lieu of flowers all donations may be made to Catawba Valley Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service. Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com

Barry HollarBarry Douglas Hollar

The Man, the myth, the legend

Barry Douglas Hollar, age 69, of the Wittenburg Community, Taylorsville hit his final grand slam when he entered the presence of the Lord and gained his angel wings Wednesday, January 10, 2018. He was an avid competitor and loved ball, whether playing, coaching or cheering on his favorite player. He rarely missed a game, and if he did, it was because he was at another game and couldn’t be two places at the same time. He would often go from one game to the next trying to see as much as he could. He was well known in the game of softball, and instrumental in the fruition of Dusty Ridge Park. If Barry was at a game, he was giving pointers not only to his favorite players, but to any official who was on the field or the court.

 

He was born January 21st, 1948 to the late Ransom Ray Hollar and Helen Little Hollar of Claremont. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Mindy Nicole Pennell.  Barry was married to Diane Hefner Hollar for 50 beautiful years. They recently celebrated their golden anniversary on December 22, 2017.  He has one sister, Brenda Kale of Catawba. He has three daughters: Bridgett (Wesley) Fox of Taylorsville; Daphne (Matt) Payne of Stony Point; and Keisha (Darryl) Pritchard of Taylorsville. Aside from these four women, his world revolved around the other loves of his life whom he adored more with every passing minute, his seven grandchildren. Taylor (TP) Payne, Sydney (Sis) Fox, Kacey (Kace) Payne, Lane (Buddy) Fox, Bryanna (Tow Mater) Payne, Isabella (Bella) Pritchard, and Gabrielle (Gabi/”The Gabster”) Pritchard.

 

Services will be as follows: family will receive friends Friday, January 12th from 6-8 pm at Friendship Lutheran Church Family Life Center in Taylorsville. The celebration of life will be held Saturday, January 13th at Friendship Lutheran Church in Taylorsville beginning at 2pm with burial in the church cemetery. Pallbearers include nephews Kelvin Elder, Leslie Elder, Chad Hefner, Jeremy Hefner, Scott Kale, and Bradley Wike. Honorary pallbearers are nephews Jamie Elder, Derek Kale, Logan Kale, Ronnie Little, and Andy Wike.

Alexander Funeral Service is serving the family. Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com

Memorials may be made to Friendship Lutheran Church Family Life Center Fund.