John Lee Germond Sr., age 56, of Taylorsville, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. He was born to the late Gerald Gilbert and Dorothy Brizzee Germond in Broom county in New York on March 20, 1959.  John was of the Baptist faith. He was employed by Cannon Mills in Kannapolis where he was a doffer until he retired.

John leaves to cherish his memory two children John Lee Jr. and wife Ashley of Mooresville, Jennifer Ann Levy and husband Paul of Mt. Holly, three grandchildren Constance, & Makayla Wyatt, Carmen Germond, brothers & sisters; Ellen Stone, Dennis Germond, Cara Greenleaf, Doretta Kumpan, Amy Miller, Michelle Swift, mother of his children Chrystal Germond and her mother Lucille M. Simpson, & a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

The family will hold a service to celebrate John’s life at a later date.

Helen SetzerHelen Fox Setzer, age 91, of Taylorsville, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Caldwell Hospice House. Helen was born to the late Hattie Smith Fox on January 20, 1924 in Alexander County. She graduated Clevenger College. She was employed by Klotman Mills and went on to Crescent Electric Membership Cooperative where she retired. Helen was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church for 78 years.

In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by her husband Fred Setzer, brother Aurthor Lee Fox, sister Wilma Katheen Morrison, nephew Harold Lee Morrison, and niece Shirley Ann Morrison Sharpe.

Helen leaves to cherish her memory son Gary Fulbright and wife Linda of Valdese, granddaughter Rebecca Fulbright, two grandsons Brian Christopher Fulbright, & Richard Dean Coley, stepdaughter Stacey Berry, eight great grandchildren, niece Evelyn Hammer and husband J.L., and two nephews Lary Morrison, and Ned Fox.

Visitation Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 1:30-3:00 pm at East Taylorsville Baptist Church with the funeral following at 3:00 pm. The Rev. Gary W. Jennings and Jamie Steele will be officiating. Burial will take place Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers include; James Ruperd, Toice Kerley, Tommy Smith, Roy Smith, Max Barlowe, and Elbert Harrington. The family requests that memorials be made to Alexander County Hospice, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681

IMGWilliam Harvey Lee Lackey, age 70, of Taylorsville, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at Caldwell County Hospice. He was born to the late John William and Thelma Flowers Lackey on Sunday, September 2, 1945 in Alexander County. He was a member of Mt. Nebo Unity Holiness Church in Jonesville. William was known for his hard work and devotion to his family who came second only to the Lord.
*In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter Ava Shirleen Lackey, brother Atwell Junior Lackey, and sister Shirley Lackey.
He leaves to carry on his legacy his soul mate and loving wife of 44 years Linda Hagler Lackey of the home, three sons; Chris of the home, Gregory of Taylorsville, Ivan and wife Cierra of Gaffney, SC, daughters Yolanda Maddox and husband Allan of Lenoir, & Raven Blount of Taylorsville, daughter in-law Crystal Lackey of the home, sisters; Mary Antone of Conover, Mable McClain and husband Ronnie, Tracie Daniels, Rhonda Flowers all of Taylorsville, eight grandchildren, 16 brothers and sisters in-law, and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Visitation will be 11:00 am – 12:45 pm at Pleasant Home FBH Church in Stony Point on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, with the funeral service beginning at 1:00 pm. The Bishop R.C. Bryant, Bishop A.W. Gray, and Rev. Matthew Taylor officiating. Burial will take place at Mt. Nebo Unity Holiness Church in Jonesville, 413 Cedarbrooke Rd, Jonesville, NC 28642
Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com. Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Rickey Hall Wiles, 59

Rickey WilesRickey Hall Wiles, age 59, of Taylorville, passed away peacefully after an extended illness at his residence on Friday, September 25, 2015. He was the son of the late Samuel Hall and Juanita M. Smith Wiles born on June 13, 1956 in Alexander County. He was of the Baptist faith. More than anything Rickey enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially his nieces and nephews who were like his children. Rickey was loved and well respected and will be greatly missed. He loved working outside, farming and riding his tractor.
In addition to his parents Rickey was preceded in death by a brother Robert Lee Wiles Sr. and a nephew Sammy Lee Kiser.
He leaves to cherish his memory three sisters; Shirley Kiser and husband Sammy, Connie Stillwell, & Martha Norton and husband Howard, one sister in-law Pam Wiles, five nieces & nephews; Garland Ramsey, Jeffery Kiser, Hope Norton Johnson, Robert Wiles Jr., and Michele Norton Hardin, seven great nieces & nephews; Caleb Buff, Gracie Norton, William Wiles, Noah Johnson, Paige Kiser, Lucas Hardin, and Samilyn “Booboo” who he shared a very special bond with.
A private funeral service was 2:00 pm in the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel on Monday, September 28, 2015. The body will lay in state 30 minutes prior to the funeral service. The Rev. Gary W. Jennings will be officiating. Burial will follow at the Taylorsville City Cemetery.

Carlene BlackburnCarlene Olynthia Bard Blackburn, age 55, of the Bethlehem community, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2015. She was a member of Mt. Bethel U.M.C. where she was the church librarian. She served as a part time assistant at Bethlehem Elementary for 5 years. She taught Sr. High Sunday school. She was a leader in the cub scouts. She served as a devoted Bible school teacher for over 16 years. She volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Mobile. She taught GA’s at Bethlehem Baptist church. She loved cats, and enjoyed helping people and following the Lord.


Mrs. Blackburn is survived by her devoted and loving husband Scott Blackburn; A devoted caring son Daniel Blackburn; father and mother George and Arbutus Bard of Taylorsville; brother Steve Bard and wife Kay of Salisbury; father in-law and mother in-law Cecil and Connie Blackburn of Hickory; sister and brother in-laws; John and Marva Cornacchio, Tim and Monika Blackburn, Todd and Karen Blackburn; nephews; Steven Bard, Jason Bard, Nicholas Blackburn, and Chris Powell; nieces; Nicole Cornacchio, Cutie Clontz; and her much loved felines; Gracie, Buddy, Max, Minnie, and Lilly.


The funeral will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Mt. Bethel U.M.C. 9042 NC 127 N, Hickory, NC. The Rev. Steven Johnson will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Taylorsville City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 1:30 pm prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mt. Bethel U.M.C., 9042 NC Hwy 127, Hickory, NC 28602

IMGClara Nicholson Barlowe, age 65, of Taylorsville, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Gordon Hospice House. Clara was born on Monday, August 14, 1950 to the late Onie Lee and Wanese Lucille Millsaps Nicholson in Iredell County . She was of the Baptist faith, she specialized in many trades and enjoyed her family and grandson above all.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother Dennis William Nicholson.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 38 years, Roger Barlowe of the home, daughter Lisa Ferguson of Hiddenite, son Jeffrey Kerley of Minnesota, step daughter DeAnn Canter and husband Michael of Taylorsville, grandchildren; Zachary Ferguson, step-grandchildren Dakota Brown, Jordan Canter, and one great granddaughter Peyton Brown, sister Tona Burgess and husband Gary of Taylorsville, and a number of nieces, nephews, and a very special best friend Susan Lydick Greene.

The memorial service will be Monday, September 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel. The family requests that instead of flowers that memorials be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28677

Mrs. Neille Edith Hopkins Jones of Taylorsville, age 93, widow of Jack Jones passed away peacefully on September 23, 2015. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may  be made to First United Methodist Church of Taylorsville