Glenn Frye

Glenn Leroy “PeeWee” Frye, age 73, of the Bethlehem Community, Taylorsville, passed away on Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his residence after a period of failing health. Born on Sept. 13, 1940 to the late Alvin Ray and Willie Lee Bowman Frye in Alexander Co., he was a member of Friendship Lutheran Church in Taylorsville. Mr. Frye, was employed by Southwood Reproductions and Hancock and Moore, in furniture manufacturing before his retirement. PeeWee was an avid sports fan and was a league bowler for many years. He enjoyed playing golf and watching baseball, as well as playing church league softball, and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports. Glenn was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam Era. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Joann R. Frye and brother, L. Kenneth Frye. He is survived by his wife, Joanne M. Frye of the home, as well as a daughter Pam Cook and husband Jimmy of Taylorsville. One son, Bradley Frye and wife Courtney of Bethlehem. Step children, Donna Swanner Simmons and Russell Swanner. Glenn has four sisters: Mildred Weaver, Jolene Fox, Lorette Starnes, and Carlene Huffman and husband, Connelly. One brother, Gary Frye and wife, Patsy. Grandchildren, are, Trevor and Justin Cook, as well as step grandchildren, Courtney Jimenez, Michael Simmons, Rylan and Christa Swanner and Leah Hawk.

 Visitation will be held on Monday evening, April 21, 2014 at Friendship Lutheran Church, from 6-8:00 p.m. with Funeral Services on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Friendship Lutheran. The Rev. Phil Thorsen will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Trevor and Justin Cook, Russell Swanner, Alan Fox, Shannon Pennell, and Wayne Morrow and Frank Schmitz. Military rites will be provided by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Chapter 6 of Hudson. Memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC, 26658 or the Adult Life Program, 1265 21st. Ave. NE, Hickory, NC, 28601.

bernice bostSarah Bernice Harrington Bost, age 92, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at Autumn Care Nursing Home in Wilmington, NC. She had been in declining health for several years. Bernice was the daughter of the late Lee and Minnie Harrington of Hiddenite, NC. She was born on June 12, 1921 and was one of eight children. Bernice was a person who believed in service to others, including her mother, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was a three year civilian employee of the Dept. of Navy in Washington, D. C. during World War II. She raised four children and cared for the children and parents of many others. She was a good friend, deeply religious, humble and kind. Her family and friends were of the utmost importance to her. Like her mother and sisters, she was a wonderful letter writer and enjoyed family genealogy. She was a member of the Alexander County Home Extension Club and was active in the club fair activities for many years. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Morris, Max, Lynn and Kent; sisters: Norma Delamar, and Ruth Nicholaides; her oldest son: Darwin Ernest Bost; sisters-in-law: Betty Harrington and Francis Harrington; brothers-in-law: Carl Delamar, Nick Nicholaides and Roy Norton. She is survived by her twin sister: Bonnie Harrington Norton, of Statesville, NC; two daughters: Sandra Siemering, and her husband, Ed, Amy Germany, and her husband, Greg, all of Wilmington, NC; one son, Robin Bost of Taylorsville, NC; two granddaughters: Deidra Gilley, and her husband, Keith, of Fletcher, NC, and Sarah Gryder Bost, of San Juan Island, Washington State; one great-granddaughter: Amelia Rose Gilley; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives who all lived large in her heart. Also surviving are sisters-in-law Allene Harrington and Ruth Harrington.


Arrangements will be conducted at Alexander Funeral Service with the receiving from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 19, 2014. The service will be held at Rocky Springs United Methodist Church in Hiddenite, NC at 3:00 pm with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Reverend David Ridenhour will officiate, and Nancy Kerley will be the pianist. Memorials may be made to Rocky Springs United Methodist Church, Hiddenite, NC, in care of Pastor Robert Herron, 221 Old Charlotte Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.



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Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Kenneth Kerley, 88

P. Kenneth Kerley

Kenneth Kerley, age 88, of Taylorsville, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. He was born in Alexander County on March 25, 1926 to the late Dolphus Perry “DP” Kerley and Luella Mae Johnson Kerley. Kenneth served in the US Army Air Corp during WWII and as a military policeman. Kenneth retired as a foreman at Champion and Waldorf Corp. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church and served as a church deacon, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher, and on the pastor search committee as well as the building committee. Kenneth was also involved actively with Gideon’s International and was a charter member of Ellendale Ruritan Club. He also helped organize the Ellendale Community Fire Department, where he served on the Board of Directors. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by wife, Florrie R. Kerley; brothers: Lonzo “Wyatt” Kerley, Roland Kerley, and Horace “H. A.” Kerley; infant sister: Iris Kerley; half sister: Estelle Bebber; son: Doug Kerley; and son-in-law: Barry Johnson. Those left to cherish his memory include sons: Dr. Roger Kerley (Carol) of Mt. Airy, Guy Kerley (Connie) of Taylorsville; daughters: Martha Johnson of Taylorsville, Patsy Stewart (Lanny) of Taylorsville, Sharron Clanton (Ralph) of Albemarle, NC, and Robin Jones (Ronnie) of Taylorsville; daughter-in-law: Jan Kerley of North Wilkesboro; brother: Rev. Clyde Kerley (Diane) of Polkville, NC; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 1 step grandson; special sister-in-laws: Marie Kerley and Sidney Kerley; and a number of nieces and nephews.

 Visitation will be Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Herman Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Schronce and Rev. Clyde Kerley officiating. Burial will take place at the church cemetery after the service. Pallbearers include grandsons. Full military rites will be provided by VFW Post 10,000 and Post 5466. Memorials may be made to Mt. Herman Baptist Church, PO Box 697; Taylorsville, NC 28681 and Gideon’s International Taylorsville Camp, PO Box 517; Taylorsville, NC 28681.



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Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Evelyn Gregory

Evelyn “Evie” Freese Bussard Evans Gregory, age 79, of Taylorsville, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus on Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born in Medina County, Ohio on March 19, 1935 to the late Orlin Farr Freese and Edna Mabry Freese. Evie, in retirement, was at WalMart of Taylorsville as a salesperson. She was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church, a tutor in the after school program and choir at East Taylorsville Baptist Church, and was involved in Forgiven Ministries Prison Fellowship. Evie volunteered at Ellendale Elementary, had her private pilot’s license, and enjoyed crocheting. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands: Merle L. Bussard, Bobby L. Evans, and Leonard Gregory; brother: Richard Freese; and great grandson: Justin Purcell. Evie is survived by daughters: Arlene Nickerson of Jacksonville, FL, and Karen Bussard Beasley (Jeff) of Taylorsville; son: Glenn Bussard of St. Cloud, FL; grandchildren: Jayson, Christopher, Rolland Purcell, Christine Bussard, Lauren Beasley Tollise (James), and Jared Beasley; great grandchildren: Brent, Amanda, Trent, JT, Christopher, Caitlyn, Adalina, and Arianna; and siblings: Margaret Heath, Jeannette Barkalow (Carl), James Freese (Sue Ellen), Donna Snyder (Jerry), Ethel Stuplinski (Harry), and John Freese (Shirley), all of Ohio.

The family will receive friends on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Jamie Steele officiating. Burial will take place at Sulfur Springs Baptist Church after the service. Pallbearers include Jeff Beasley, Jared Beasley, James Tollise, Joey Eckard, Morris Merigan, and Rolland Purcell. In lieu of flowers, send to: Taylorsville Elementary Exceptional Children Department, 100 7th ST. SW; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

Ronnie HowellRonnie Gene Howell, age 68, of Taylorsville, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. He was born in Alexander County on July 28, 1945 to the late Sarah Mae Howell. Ronnie worked in furniture manufacturing and also worked at Galaxy Market Basket. He was a member of Liberty Grove Baptist Church. He loved keeping the lawn looking nice and loved to help others do the same. Along with his mother, Ronnie was preceded in death by sister: Lucille Olivia Smith Charles; and brother: O’neil Smith, Jr. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 14 years, Constance “Connie” Dyson Howell of the home; son: Pepper Howell of Taylorsville; stepdaughters: Misty Dyson of Taylorsville, and Natasha Dyson of Goldsboro, NC; stepson: Brandon Dyson of Hickory; step granddaughters: Kiara Parsons and Arianna Parsons of Taylorsville; grandson: Monty Redmond; and step grandson: Jamal Parsons of Taylorsville.


Visitation will take place Friday, April 18, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The service will be Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Liberty Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Ardeal Roseboro officiating. Burial will be held after the service at Liberty Grove Baptist Church cemetery. Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Rd; Newton, NC 28658.


Bryson Ulysses McAlpin, age 79, of Taylorsville, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Gordon Hospice House. He was born in Alexander County on December 20, 1934 to the late Paul Ulysses McAlpin and Mammie Cook McAlpin. Bryson was retired from General Electric of Conover, NC. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister; sisters: Mary Bentley, Carrie Daniel, and Shirley Elder. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Shirley Jackson McAlpin of the home; sons: David Michael McAlpin (Robin) of Chesapeake, VA, and Dusty McAlpin (Dianne) of Taylorsville; grandsons: Aaron McAlpin and Shane McAlpin of Chesapeake, VA; brother: William “Bill” McAlpin of Statesville, NC; sisters: Irene McHaruge of Statesville and Ethel Teague of Bethlehem; and a number of nieces and nephews.

 There are no formal services at this time.

avery stephen anderson

Avery Stephen (“Steve”) Anderson, age 63, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, April 11th, 2014. He was born on Saturday, December 30th, 1950 to parents Avery Tellis (“Jack”) and Betty Heavner Anderson. He was a member of the Jimmy Swaggard Media Ministry and he enjoyed  building birdhouses and bird watching.  He worked as a coater for Joan Fabrics in Hickory. He is preceded in death by his parents; 1 brother, Jerry Anderson; 2 brother-in-laws, Harvey Barger and John Dale Miller; and man’s best friend, JoJo. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Alice Hall Anderson of the home; 1 daughter, Tammy Rosenbalm Robinson and husband Eddy of Hickory; 2 sons: Kenneth “Kenny” Rosenbalm Sr. and wife Pam of Hickory, and Randy Dale Rosenbalm and wife Deborah of Conover; 5 grandchildren: Alicia Robinson Huffman, Joshua & Sierra Robinson, Kevin Rosenbalm, & Kenneth Rosenbalm Jr,; 2 great-grandchildren: Arriana & Liam Robinson; 2 sisters: Barbara Ann Miller & Marilyn Sue Barger; sister-in-law, Cathy Anderson; a number of nieces and nephews; and his dog Buffy;  in addition to his lifelong friends, Bonnie & Ashley Myers of Bethlehem. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 13th at Alexander Funeral Service from 1:00 – 2:45 PM. A service will follow in the funeral home chapel at 3:00 where Rev. Ronald Bolick will be officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Hickory. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catawba Regional Hospice in Steve’s memory at 3975 Robinson Road, Newton NC, 28658. Alexander Funeral Service in Taylorsville has been entrusted.


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