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George BumgarnerGeorge Washington Bumgarner, age 63, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Saturday, November 21, 2015. He was the son of the late Ellis Hayes and Wayburn Marie Harris Bumgarner on May 4, 1952 in Catawba County. He was employed by Leathercraft Furniture as a upholsterer. George loved nothing more than being a father. He enjoyed fishing and was a collector. He always made time for his family and friends. He served in the United States Army and was awarded the Purple Heart.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Rita Sue Boggs Bumgarner and son Buddy Allen Bumgarner.
George is survived by four daughters; Tina Juarez of Wilkesboro, Lydia Whitener and husband Tim, Christy Rivera and husband Carlos, Linda Boggs, and one son Jordan Moses all of Bethlehem, twelve grandchildren, three brothers; Eddie, Ellis, & Henry Bumgarner, and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
Visitation will be 6:00-7:30 pm Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Alexander Funeral Service. The Memorial service will follow in the Chapel at 7:30 pm. Military rites will be offered by D.A.V. Chapters 84 and 6. A graveside service will be held Friday, November 27, 2015 at Friendship Lutheran Church in Taylorsville. The family requests that memorials be made to Friendship Lutheran Church, 5300 Church Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681

IMG_0055Fred William Chapman, age 72, of Taylorsville, passed away Saturday, November 21, 2015 at his residence.  He was the son of the late Ned Crowson and Beulah Dyson Chapman born on May 24, 1943 in Alexander County. He was employed by Craftmaster Furniture for 40 years as a quality control inspector. Fred was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. At church he helped out with the Preschool Nursery, attended Sunday School regularly and was an umpire for Baseball & Softball with the Alexander County Recreation Department. He married his loving late wife Bonnie Bumgarner Chapman on February 28, 1964.

In addition to his wife and parents Fred was preceded in death by one brother Ricky Chapman.

He is survived by two daughters Renee Saner and husband Marvin, Anita Hudson and husband Mark, two grandsons; Michael Wagner, SSgt Christopher Wagner and wife Alexis, two granddaughters; Lindsay Hudson, Michelle Wagner, three great grandsons; Gabriel, Tony, & Hunter Wagner, two great granddaughters; Jillian Wagner & Aylivia Hubbard, sister Patsy Goforth and husband Donnie, two brothers Larry and wife Jenny, Hall and wife Kay, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Alexander Funeral Service from 5:00-7:00 pm. Burial will follow at a later date in the Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Hospice Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or Wilkies Grove Baptist Church Back Pack ministry, 5780 Wilkies Grove Church Rd, Hickory, NC 28602

William MohneyWilliam (“Bill”) H. Mohney, 92, of Bethlehem passed away at his home on November 17, 2015. Bill was born on December 29, 1922 in DuBois, Pennsylvania, the son of John H. and Mary (Heller) Mohney. He was a graduate of Brookville High School in Pennsylvania and the State University of New York at Cobleskill. Bill enlisted in the Army in World War II, following the example set by his older brothers. Prior to his departure for the European Theatre, he married Jane Kirkpatrick in July 1944 in Lyons, New York.

After his discharge, Bill and Jane moved to Ithaca, New York where he attended Cornell University and received a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1950, Bill took a teaching position at York Central School in Retsof, New York. During his 30 years at York, he taught agriculture, science and biology, and earned his Master’s degree at the State University of New York at Geneseo. The Mohney family lived in Butere, Kenya from 1966 to 1968 where Bill taught science at Butere Girl’s School. This overseas experience was a result of a relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, New York and the Diocese of Maseno, Kenya. In 1969, Bill and Jane accompanied a group of high school students from the Rochester area on a six-week work program in Haiti. Later, they returned to Kenya and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. After his retirement from teaching, Bill and Jane served in the Peace Corps in St. Lucia. Upon their return, they moved to Hickory to establish The Hickory Bed and Breakfast that they operated until 1991 when they moved to Bethlehem.

Bill is survived by his wife Jane and children: Susan of La Mesa, California; David (Bonita) of New York City, New York; Stephen of Brooklyn, New York; Kirk (Melanie) of Gardiner, Maine; grandson, Zachary Mohney; granddaughters, Emma Mohney and Helen Mohney; sister-in-law Carol (Baker) Mohney; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, John 0. Mohney, Franklin H Mohney, and Robert L. Mohney and his sister Martha J. (Mohney) Halverson. Funeral services will be held on December 5, 2015, at 100O a.m. at the Church of the Ascension, 726 1st Avenue N.W., Hickory, North Carolina. Burial will be in the Dell Memorial Garden at the Church of the Ascension. The family will receive Friends in the Parish Hall following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the SUNY Cobleskill College Foundation, State University of New York College of Agriculture & Technology, Knapp Hall, SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, New York 12043 Specify: Scholarship Fund.

IMG_0002Tommy Little Hubbard, age 74, of Taylorsville, passed away peacefully at his residence, on Friday, November 20, 2015. He was the son of the late Carter Baxter and Hattie Grace Miller Hubbard. Tommy was born on Monday, November 17, 1941 in Alexander County. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Tommy was owner and operator of Tommy’s Market and worked in produce most of his life. His father passed away when he was 10 years old and Tommy sold produce to help support his family. Tommy was married to his loving and devoted wife Hilda Kerley Hubbard for 54 wonderful years. In the early years of his marriage he was employed at Broyhill Furniture. Tommy realized his need for the Lord and was saved in his early 20’s.

Tommy bought his first produce store in 1973, which was named Tommy’s Market. In 1984 he purchased Try Me Food Center. He acquired Tommy’s Market Produce #2  in 1991. Tommy was known all over the United States for his work in the produce trade. He was a 4X member of the Blue Book. He was also awarded the Longleaf Pine Award and a key to Taylorsville City by the Chamber of Commerce.

Tommy was a very devoted, supportive, and loving father. He always had time for his family and friends whenever there was a need. He always put others before himself and never said no.

In addition to his parents Tommy was preceded in death by brothers; Escoe, Grady, John, and Dwight Hubbard, sisters; Nany Kerley and Hetty Wilcox, & two infant siblings.

He is survived by his wife, two children Karen Hubbard Kelley, Kelvin Little Hubbard & Tammy, grandchildren; Kelly Keever Hickerson & Jeremy, Jason Carlton Keever, Sierra Hubbard Ball & Brandon, Jordan Little Hubbard & Shellie Bentley, fiancé, Kristin Hubbard Abts & Robert, great grandchildren, Emma Grace, Ava Faith, & Aleah Hope Hickerson, Mason Lee & Hadley Grace Ball, Myla Lashae Abts, brother Lawrence Hubbard, sister Hilda Fulmer, and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The Funeral service is Monday, November 23, 2015 at Bethel Baptist Church at 2:00 pm. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. The Rev. Bill Smith & Rev. Gurney Robbins will be officiating. The family requests that in addition to flowers memorials be made to Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, 4240 Vashti Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681

Ola Lee Auton, 74

Ola Lee Auton, age 74, of Taylorsville, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Sherrills Ford Hospice House. Ola was born on March 13, 1944 to the late Burl and Rachel Carrigan Mitchell in Alexander County. Ola is survived by husband Ralph Auton, three children Vicki Lee Auton, David Auton, and Allen Auton. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced at a later date by Alexander Funeral Service.

Fred Starnes, 81

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Fred Starnes, age 81, of Bethlehem, passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice. He was born Tuesday, February 27, 1934 to the late W.T. and Maude Downs Starnes in Alexander County. He was a member of Mt. Bethel UMC. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Fred was a avid gardener, enjoyed drag racing, and loved spending time with his family. Mr. Starnes was a professional truck driver, as an owner-operator, and later retired from Kroehler Transportation.

In addition to his parents Fred was preceded in death by a infant sister, two brothers; Tom, & Bill, six sisters; Maybell Starnes, Marie Spencer, Rachel Lail, Clara Hall, Ruth Austin, & Zelma Austin.

Fred leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 59 years Ruth Rae Yount Starnes, three boys; F. Tim Starnes, Kenny Starnes, & Brian Stewart Starnes, two daughters; Amy Warren & fiancé Jerry Pardue, Beth Hyatt & husband Robert Hyatt, one granddaughter Jacqueline Moose & husband Phillip Moose, three great grandchildren; Caleb, Lukas, & Bash, one special Aunt Florence Y. Teague, a special friend who was like a son, David Henderson and a number of nieces, and nephews.

Visitation is 10:00-11:00 am Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Mt. Bethel UMC, with the memorial service following at 11:00 am. The Rev. Steve Johnson will be officiating. Burial will take place in the Mt. Bethel UMC cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Hospice of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658 or Mt. Bethel UMC 9042 NC-127, Hickory, NC 28601

Ethyl Teague, 74

 

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Ethyl Teague, age 74, of Taylorsville, passed away at her residence on Sunday, November 15, 2015. She was born on Wednesday, September 24, 1941 to the late Paul Ulysses and Mamie Arney McAlpin in Alexander County. Ethyl was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She really enjoyed spending time with all of her family. She loved flowers and crocheting.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Ned A. Teague, one brother Bryson U. McAlpin, five sisters; Mamie Carrie McAlpin, Mary Francis M. Bentley, Lena Mae McAlpin, Shirley Ann M. Elder, and Edith Pearl Irene M. McHargue.

Ethyl leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Renee Teague & Todd, Tanya Stephenson & Greg, Alesia Hicks & Fred, a son Ned “Odell” Teague & Angelia, three grandsons; David Stephenson & Brandi, Terry Lee Hicks & Chasity, Conner Teague, four granddaughters; Kristen Stephenson & Micah, Whitney Kau & Alex, Kayla Atwood, Kalynn Smith four great grandchildren two on the way, one brother William “Bill” McAlpin, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be 6:30-8:30 pm Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service is Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Antioch Baptist Church at 4:00 pm. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the funeral service. The Rev. Mark Morris will be officiating. The family requests that in addition to flowers that memorials be made to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or Antioch Baptist Church, 580 Antioch Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681