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 Stephen Douglas Harris, age 46, of Hudson passed away on January 28, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center. He was born in Iredell County on November 16, 1967 to Shirley Jean Anderson and the late Douglas Brevard Harris. Stephen was employed in the construction industry. Those left to cherish Stephen’s memory include his mother: Shirley Jean Anderson of Hudson; one son: Isaiah Logan Joseph Pope Harris; one sister: Bonita Sue Anderson of Troy, NC; and two uncles: Mack Odell Anderson of Statesville and Roy Eugene “Jimmy” Anderson of Statesville along with six first cousins. There are no formal services at this time.

Dwight DysonDwight James Dyson, age 79, of Taylorsville passed away on Monday, January 27, 2014 at his residence. Born in Alexander County on July 6, 1934 to the late Oficeus Celethous Dyson and Julie Elizabeth (Barnes) Dyson. He worked as a supervisor for the upholsterers at Alexvale Furniture and had previously worked for Broyhill Industry and Lewittes. Dwight was a member of Liledoun Baptist Church and taught Sunday School at Poplar Spring Baptist Church for 33 years. He also loved spending time with his beagles. In addition to his parents, Dwight was preceded in death by his three brothers: Rev. Devon Dyson, Rev. Bill Dyson, and Graydon Henry Dyson; and six sisters: Ethel Fox, Reba Price, Sybil Mitchell, Ruby Chapman, Ruth Fox, and Hilda Dyson Chapman. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 59 years, Johnsie Mary (Austin) Dyson; two daughters: Sheila Dyson Dial and husband Gerald and Sharon Dyson Mecimore and husband David; one brother: Maynard Dyson; and one sister: Bobby Jean Miller and Ralph and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 5:00pm-7:00 pm at Liledoun Baptist Church. The service will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Liledoun Baptist Church with the Rev. James Bumgarner, Rev. James Lockee, and Rev. Jeff Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be Mickie Dyson, David Chapman, Brett Munday, Steve Johnson, Doug Hamby, and Tim Dyson. Memorials may be sent to Liledoun Baptist Church at 2487 Liledoun Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

flag for the obitFred Russell Thompson, age 87, of Taylorsville passed away on Monday, January 27, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Born in Cherokee County, NC on January 22, 1927 to the late Hobart Charles and Dollie (Anderson) Thompson. He served in the US Army during WWII and worked as a carpenter. Fred enjoyed gardening and was a lifelong farmer. He also was a member of Union Baptist Church in Lenoir. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years – Lois Burgess Thompson; and brothers – Elmer Charles Thompson and James Sanford Thompson. Those left to cherish his memory include his son: Charles Thompson of Taylorsville; daughter: Kathy Johnson and husband Lonnie of Granite Falls; sisters: Blanche Miller and Lois Brown of Griffin, Georgia; brother-in-law: Jeff Burgess of Statesville and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Union Baptist Church in Lenoir and a Graveside Service will follow at 11:00 am in the church cemetery with the Rev. Myron Davis officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Catawba Regional Hospice at 3975 Robinson Rd; Newton, NC 28658.

lois icardLois Irene Elder Icard, age 80, of the Bethlehem Community, Taylorsville, passed away at her residence on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Born August 12, 1933, to the late Franklin Clarence and Bertha Leona Herman Elder. Lois was an active member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher, served as a G.A. leader, and for 37 years faithfully cared for the church’s nursery. For over 50 years she was employed by Kryser Roth and retired from Ellis Hosery Mills. During retirement she loved to worked in the yard and garden. She was an avid reader and loved cooking for her family. Mrs. Icard was preceded in death by six brothers: Pleas, Ralph, Roy, Paul, Howard and Clarence Elder and three sisters: Dorothy Barnes, Mary Lou Icard and Colene Elder. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Franklin Fox Icard of the home; as well as one son: Phil Franklin Icard and wife Vicki of Taylorsville and one daughter: Vickie Icard Rogers and husband, Donnie of Taylorsville. Left to remember her memories are her grandchildren: Angela Roger Gettler and husband Greg of Taylorsville, Heather Rogers Smith and husband Matt of Greensboro, Phil Icard II and wife Kristi of Bethlehem and Phelecia Icard Wells and husband Todd of Lake Wylie, SC. She adored her great grandchildren, Micah and Joel Gettler, and Gavin Wells. She is also survived by one brother, William “Bill” Elder of Hiddenite. Lois had special friends that provided care for her: Shelia Anderson, Diane Roberts, Cathy Lackey, and Linda Gowins and a special cousin, Dottie Abbott.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January, 18, 2014 from 12:00 noon until 1:45 pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church and funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Dan Snyder officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be Gary Elder, Tony Sanniota, Matt Smith, Todd Wells, Greg Gettler and Michael Icard. Honorary pallbearers will be Micah Gettler, Joel Gettler and Gavin Wells. In addition to flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice of Alexander at 50 Lucy Echerd Lane; Taylorsville, NC 28681 or to Bethlehem Baptist Church at 7500 NC Hwy 127; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

charles wootenCharles Melvin Wooten, age 64  of Asheville, NC ended his battle with cancer on January 6th, 2014 at Duke University Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family and friends. Charles was born in Wilkes County to Roy Madison Wooten and Pauline Brown Wooten. He graduated from East Wilkes High School in 1967. He served in Germany and Vietnam while in the Army. After his return from service, he worked for the Lowes’ Companies and retired as a store manager.  After retirement, he worked in Charleston as a tour guide and served as Flotilla commander in the Mt. Pleasant, SC Coast Guard Auxiliary. He served as the President for National Alliance on Mental Illness in Charleston, SC.  After moving to Asheville, he worked for the Veterans Administration. He worked at Black Mtn. Campground in Burnsville, NC as manager for several years. Those left to cherish his memory: his wife, Marlene Hodges Wooten; 2 sons: Charles Loren Wooten and friend Katie  and Phillip Brandon Wooten, all of Asheville. his mother, Pauline Wooten Spears of Roaring River; 3 brothers: Roger Brown (Mary Alice)and  David Wooten (Kim) Of Taylorsville, and Roy Gerald Wooten (Sara) of Ronda; 2 sisters: Elogene Hodges (Gary) of Newport News, VA, and Barbara (Ronnie) of Roaring River, and a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A military service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Roaring River Baptist Church Cemetery; 312 White Plains Rd; Roaring River, NC 28669.  Following the military service, the family will receive friends in the Roaring River Baptist Church fellowship hall.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at 356 Biltmore Ave., Suite 207, Asheville, NC, 28801.

Mr. Robert Quackenbush, 75 and Mrs. Betty Jean Anderson Bryant Quackenbush, 71, of Taylorsville passed away unexpectedly at their residence on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Robert was a native of Corning, NY and Betty was a native of Surry County, NC. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. They had become residents of Alexander County, having moved from the state of Florida. No formal services are planned at this time.

jackson evansJackson Neilly Evans, age 83, of Taylorsville passed away Thursday morning, January 9, 2014 at his residence. Born in Simmons, West Virginia on November 4, 1930 to the late Edward and Ethel Evans. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and was a member of Bethlehem Church of God. Jackson was retired from Hickory Chair where he worked for over 13 years and had also worked within the Alexander County school system as a bus driver and substitute teacher, mainly in the Ellendale Community. He enjoyed being around kids and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter: Rose Diaz, granddaughter: Beaverly Teague and grandson: Jackson Evans. Survivors include his wife of 62 years: Pauline Evans; sons: Jimmy and Wayne Evans; daughter: Rebecca Louann Teague; brother: Earnest Evans; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 10, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Bethlehem Church of God and the Service will follow at 3:00 pm with the Rev. Michael Nations officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Military rites will be provided by DAV Chapter 84, of Taylorsville and Chapter 6, of Hudson.

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