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IMG (2)James Curtis “Paw” Deal of Taylorsville, NC, went home to be with his heavenly father on June 23, 2016 after a battle with cancer. He was born on June 16, 1932. He is survived by his wife, Ola W. Deal; a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Harvey Lafone of Taylorsville; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Sara Deal of Hudson; a grandson and his family Scott and Shelley Lafone and their children, Justin, Josh, and Jacob of Taylorsville; a granddaughter and her husband, Angel L. Johnson and Brian of Hickory and their daughter Katie & their granddaughter Emily.

Also surviving is a sister Alice Thomas of Lewisville, NC. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hoy and Ina Deal; a sister, Geneva Hull; and a brother, Clyde Deal.

Mr. Deal retired from Southern Hosiery in Hickory, where he was employed as a supervisor for more than 50 years. He served as a Sgt. in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He also served as chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee and the chairman of the Cemetery Committee at Springs Road Baptist Church in Hickory.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church located on Hwy. 16 N. Taylorsville. The family will receive friends at 3 p.m. Pastors Eddie Yount and Bob Philbeck will officiate the funeral service beginning at 4 p.m. Burial will follow with full military honors at Springs Road Baptist Church in Hickory. Military rites provided by DAV post 84 and 6.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made in honor of James to Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, 16 Mt. Hebron Church Court, Taylorsville, NC, 28681.

Tanner HowellTanner Quan Howell, age 25, of Taylorsville, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. Tanner was born to the late Juanita “Bo” Howell on May 10, 1991 in Iredell County. Tanner enjoyed watching sports especially Basketball. He loved his music and was always nicely dressed. Tanner was loved by many and will be remembered for his loving personality. His family was his heart and he could always be depended on when they needed him. In addition to his mother Tanner was preceded in death by grandparents: Rev. Leon Thomas and Margaret Josephene Parsons Howell and a special cousin Felipe Howell.

Tanner leaves to carry on his legacy sister, Stacie Howell of Spruce Pine, brothers: Jeff Howell & wife Linda of Hickory, and Spencer Howell of Taylorsville; five aunts: Mamie Littlejohn, Laura Parsons, Mary Ann Howell, Patricia Howell, and Diane Smith & husband Leavey who was also Tanner’s godmother; four uncles: James, Greg, Tom, and Brian Howell; special cousins: Dazemon Littlejohn, ( Goddaughter Ii’yahna), Nick Parsons, Josh Howell, Frank Howell, Mark Howell, and Jarvis Howell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. A special thanks to Tanner’s nephew Devin.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service from 7:00-9:00 pm. The funeral service will be held Friday, June 24, 2016 at St. John Baptist Church at 2:00 pm. The body will lie in state for one hour prior to the funeral. The Rev. John C.Rowe and Rev. T.E. Martin will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Pallbearers include: Nick Parsons, Dazman Littlejohn, Mark Howell, Jarvis Howell, Arturo Longoria, and Joseph Parsons. The family requests that in addition to flowers that donations be made to Alexander Funeral Service to help with expenses.

IMG (2)Edith McCall Meadlock, age 88, of the Ellendale community passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Edith was born to the late Duncan and Ellen Price McCall on May 22, 1928 in Caldwell County. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. Before her retirement she was employed at Clayton Marcus. She enjoyed going to the Spa in Hickory, gardening, water aerobics, and cooking. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. In addition to her parents Edith was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Roland Roscoe Meadlock, infant daughter, and daughter in law Terri Woods Meadlock.
Edith leaves to cherish her memory daughter, Susan Wallace & husband Terry, two sons: Danny Meadlock & wife Kathy and Richard Meadlock; five grandchildren: Monty, Andrew, & Matthew Meadlock, Phillip Kahn, and Carrie Wiechman; three great grandchildren: Cooper Meadlock, Grant, & Amelia Weichman; and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Visitation will be Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Antioch Baptist Church from 11:00am-12:30pm. The funeral service will follow at 12:30pm. The Rev. Mark Morris will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. The family requests that in addition to flowers memorials be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658

Sharon Turner Coleman, age 55, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at her residence. Sharon was born to the Harvey Lee and the late Francis McClain Turner on March 6, 1961 in Kings County New York. Sharon was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Coleman.

Sharon leaves to cherish her memory sisters; Karen Turner and Brenda Turner Hughes.

The family will hold services at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Alexander Funeral Service to help with expenses.

Rosemary Ester Horsewell Cravens, age 73, of Granite Falls, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Caldwell County Hospice. Rosemary was born to the late Fred S. and Mable Helen Townsend Moore on February 15, 1943 in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition to her parents Rosemary was preceded in death by her husband Edward Cravens and four children.

Rosemary leaves to cherish her memory two children: Rebecca Young and Robert Young & wife Lynn; seven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

There are no formal arrangements planned at this time.

IMG (2)Frank “Butch” Eugene Minyard Jr, 64, of Bethlehem, went to be with his “Lord and Savior” on Friday, June 10, 2016. He passed away at Catawba Regional Hospice following a lengthy illness. He was a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church in Bethlehem where he attended for the last forty years and served as a deacon and choir director.

Born in Catawba County on August 12, 1951, the son of Frank Eugene Minyard Sr. and Betty Ruth Moore Minyard. He was the oldest of four children. He graduated from St. Stephens High School in 1969, where he met the love of his life, Jan.

Butch learned the plumbing trade at an early age at his father’s side and in 1980, founded Minyard Plumbing which he operated successfully for over thirty years, before turning the reins over to his children. Butch was known for his integrity and the quality of his company’s work.

Butch was very skilled with his hands and could build or work on almost anything. He loved restoring and showing old tractors and cars. He won several awards for the quality of his restorations of which he was very proud. He was a charter member of Foothills Antique Power Association, flying radio controlled aircraft. He enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, and four wheeling. He loved life and laughingly said, “I will never grow up.”

He was preceded in death by his father Frank Eugene Minyard Sr.

He leaves behind his wife of 47 years Jan Minyard, son, Scott Minyard & wife Mitzi, daughter Amy Hallman & husband Wesley, granddaughters, Savannah and Emily Elder, , mother, Betty Overcash, brother Kenny Minyard, sisters: Barbara Houston & Judy Minyard; and father and mother in law, Frank & Kathleen McLean. Butch leaves behind a large extended family including his church family & close friends. The family wishes to thank Catawba Hospice & caregivers, Amy Adams, Katie Icenhour, Melanie Shumaker, Denise Baker, Linda White, Melany Keener, Shelby Tilley, and Lisa Bumgarner.

Visitation will be Monday, June 13, 2016 at Grace Baptist Church in Bethlehem from 1:00-2:30 pm. The funeral will follow at 2:30 pm. The Rev. Phil Chapman, Rev. Jim Belcher, Rev. John Gray, and Rev. Marcus Benfield will be officiating. Burial will take place in the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will include: Gwyn Wallace, Butch McIntyre, George Hilton, Charles Bolick, Wilson Sigmon, Steve Campbell, Tim Hollar, and Teddy Hefner. The family requests that in addition to flowers memorials be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658

Dimple Blankenship Dimple Jean DeHart Blankenship, age 84, of Delbarton, WV, passed away at Iredell Memorial Hospital on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Dimple was born to the late Forest and Dora Jacobs Dehart on May 29, 1931 in Pike County, KY. Dimple was a member of the First Baptist Church of Varney ,WV. She was a Preschool Sunday School teacher for 20 plus years. She enjoyed being a member of the Ladies Joy Circle where she served as president and treasurer for many years. Dimple was a very loving wife and mother. In addition to her parents Dimple was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years Julius “Johnny” Blankenship and eight siblings.

Dimple leaves to cherish her memory two daughters: Vivian Leigh Blankenship Booth & husband Robert of Poca, WV and Gina Kay Honosky & husband Woody of Taylorsville, NC; son John Paul Blankenship & wife Dolly of Pikeville, KY, sister Inez “Boots” Cardinale of Scottsdale, AZ, five grandsons: J.P., Adam, Seth, & Marcus Blankenship, and Ethan Honosky; one great granddaughter Lahna Blankenship, a host of nieces & nephews, and a number of young people who frequented her home & cared for her deeply.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at Chafin Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 pm. The Rev. Bill Snodgrass will be officiating the service. Burial will take place in the Mountain View Memory Gardens in Huddy, KY. Pallbearers will be grandsons and friends. The family requests that in addition to flowers that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of  Varney, WV PO Box 281 Varney, WV 25696