Polly Ann Windham, age 75, of Taylorsville, passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Valley Nursing Center. Polly was born on Monday, March 25, 1940 to the late Mack Leonard and Augusta Regina Cascaddon Rash in Iredell County. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church.

Polly leaves to carry on her legacy one son Dr. Mike Kerley and wife Debbie, four daughters Kathy Sigmon and husband Jeff, Jean Sturgill and husband Tom all of Taylorsville, Paula Brown and husband Bud of Logoff, SC, Lynn Knight and husband Richard of Swansea, SC, brother Rev. Mitchell Rash and wife Sandra, sister Sylvia Rector, grandchildren; Josh, Skylar, Dusty, Jessica, Melissa, Stephanie, Andrew, Brandon, Ashley, Little Bud, Penny, twelve great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends.

The Memorial Service will be at Victory Baptist Church, 1074 Midway Rd, Statesville, NC 28625 on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to Catawba Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658

Betty Jo Myers, 76

Betty MyersBetty Jo Myers, age 76, of Taylorsville passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015. The graveside service will be Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.

Sarah Dagenhart

Sarah “Lucy” Dagenhart, age 91, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2015 at her residence. She was born on March 29, 1924 to the late Garland Rudolph and Alta Geneva Drum Fulbright in Alexander County. Lucy was a member of Marvin United Methodist Church. She enjoyed quilting, reading and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren especially. Nothing mattered more to Lucy than her family.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years Hollis Buford Dagenhart, sister Eunice Sharpe, brother Clinton Fulbright, daughter-in-law Diane Dagenhart, and son-in-law Leon Call.

She leaves to carry on her legacy two daughters Linda Matthews and husband Harvey of Claremont, Penny Call of Conover, two sons Steve Dagenhart, Howard Dagenhart and wife Gail both of Stony Point, five grandchildren Stephanie Hubbard, Kimberly Dagenhart, Lisa Honeycutt, Chris Goodman, Sthr Dagenhart, three great grandsons Brett Dagenhart, Jared Hobbs, Blake Goodman, a niece Sandra Potts, and nephew Alex Sharpe.

The family will receive friends Thursday, August 13, 2015 2:30-4:00 pm at Marvin United Methodist Church. The funeral will follow at 4:00 pm at the church. The Rev. Naomi King and Jeff Carson will be officiating the services. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers include; Jared Hobbs, Blake Goodman, Brett Dagenhart, Hank Childers, Shawn Moose, and John Chambers. The family requests that memorials be made to Marvin United Methodist Cemetery Fund, 671 Marvin Church Ct., Stony Point, NC 28678

William ElderWilliam Walter Elder, age 84, of the Rocky Springs Community, Hiddenite, passed away at his residence, on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Born in Alexander county to the late Fred Clarence and Bertha Leona Herman Elder, on March 5, 1931, he was a lifelong member of Carson’s Chapel United Methodist Church. William was retired from Hancock and Moore Furniture in Taylorsville.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by ten siblings: Ralph, Roy, Paul, Howard, Clarence and Rev. Ples Elder, along with sisters, Lois Irene Icard, Dorothy Barnes, Mary Lou Icard and Colene Elder. He was an active farmer and loved raising cattle and was an avid gardener. He was the happiest, working on the farm.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Peggy Anne Crouch Elder of the home. Four children, Keith Elder and wife Shelley, Rickey Elder and wife Sonya, all of Hiddenite, Debra Pennell and fiancé Mike Daniels, Lisa Millsaps and husband Keith, all of Taylorsville. He has one brother, Junior Elder of Claremont.

Grandchildren include: Amber and close friend Josh Davis, Riley, Lily, Tonya Elder and fiancé Chris Murray, Kevin Jolly, Heidi, Haley Millsaps and fiancé Michael Rood, and Kassie Pennell. Great grand children include Keegan Jolly and Addison Rood.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, from 2-4 pm at Alexander Funeral Service with funeral services at 4 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Rev. Kevin White, Rev. Byron Repass and Rev. Gary Jennings will officate. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Cook, David Crouch, Logan Chapman, Kevin  Jolly, Tyler Zimmerman, and Michael Rood. Burial will follow in the Carson Chapel United Methodist Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Carson’s Chapel UMC, 1551 Carson’s Chapel Church Rd, Hiddenite, NC 28636 or Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681.


Evelyn KinderEvelyn Wright Kinder, age 75, of Hickory, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. She was born to the late John Wesley Jr. and Dena Neal Wright on September 11, 1939 in Tazewell, VA. She was a member of First Advent Christian Church in Hickory, NC. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents Evelyn was preceded in death by her loving husband Clyde B. Kinder, daughter Connie Sue Kinder Beavers, brother Clyde E. Wright, Sisters; Betty Louise Wright, Pamela Marie Wright, & JoAnn Wright Dean, and granddaughter Ariel Grace Kinder.

She leaves to cherish her memory a son Robert Ray Kinder and wife Debbie, granddaughter Deborah Caitlin Bullers and husband Zack, grandsons; Brandon Kinder and fiancé Chasity Bedgood, Peter Kinder and fiancé Taylor Vanderwork, Jack, Simon, & Bennett Kinder, two sisters Mary Sue Vogt and husband Edd of Erie, PA, Charlotte Whitesell and husband Eric of Tazewell, VA, three brothers Rev. James A. Wright and wife Helen, of Belair, Md., John A. Wright and wife Helen of  Erie, Pa. and Ronnie W. Wright of Tazewell, Va. One sister in law, Sandy Wright, of Stanley, Va.

Visitation will be Friday, August 7, 2015 at First Advent Christian Church from 9:30-10:30 am with the funeral service following at 11:00 am. The Rev. Jim Wright will be officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA 1:00 pm Saturday, August 8, 2015

Loyd Keever Loyd Crowson Keever, age 99, of Taylorsville, passed away at Valley Nursing Center on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. He was born on March 14, 1916 to the late J. Gualt and Cora Warren Keever. Loyd was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church. He loved gardening and was a master carpenter. Loyd was a veteran of the US Army.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife June Bertha Bumgarner Keever, a son Gale Keever, a grandson Chad Keever, two brothers Glen & Garland Keever, and a sister Quillen Keever.

He leaves to carry on his legacy one daughter Kathy Elder and husband Gary, one son Gary Keever, four grandchildren Roger Keever and wife Patricia all of Taylorsville, Ryan Elder of Columbia, SC, Jatana Elder, Ashley Wike both of Taylorsville, five great grandchildren Benjamin, Nathan, Elizebeth, Jasmine Keever, & Cole Carson, three sisters Annie Peacock of Statesville, Cleeda Sloop and husband Ray of Wilkesboro, Fairy Stallings and husband Joe of Statesville, and a number of nieces, nephews and special friends.

Visitation  will be Friday, August 7, 2015 at Alexander Funeral Service from 6:00-8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Liberty United Methodist Church at 11:00 am with the Rev. Gary W. Jennings and Rev. Roger Keever. Military rights will be provided by DAV chapter 84 and 6 of Hudson. The family requests that in addition to flowers memorials be made to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681


IMGBillie Lee Bentley, age 81, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015 at Frye Regional Medical Center. He was born on Tuesday, December 26, 1933 to the late Clarence and Edith Lowe Bentley in Alexander County. Billie was a lifelong member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, fishing and camping.

In addition to his parents Billie was preceded in death by his loving wife Carolyn McCurdy Bentley, and one brother Tommy Bentley & wife Marie.

Billie leaves to carry on his legacy son Terry Bentley and wife Lisa, daughter Kelly Elder and husband Jeff,  two grandsons Devin Bentley and wife Heather, Tyler Bentley and wife Allison, two granddaughters Danielle Block, Chassidy Hicks and husband Jeremy, two great-granddaughters, Bella & Sophia, one great-grandson Chase, one brother Wakefield Bentley and wife Hilda, one sister Marylee Freimanis and husband Andris, and many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will be held 3:00 pm on Friday, August 7, 2015 at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church with the Rev. Eddie Yount officiating. The family requests that in addition to flowers memorials be made to the Alzheimer Association, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC