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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.

IMGGlenda Ellen Rogers, age 75, of Winston-Salem passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Forsyth Medical Center. Born in Alexander County on April 24, 1938 to the late Dr. Minter and Ruby (Cavin) Rogers. She worked as a Technician for ATT in Winston-Salem for 51 years and loved her occupation, she only worked as a hobby. Glenda was of the Baptist Faith and an avid reader and enjoyed word puzzles. At Christmas time for her family, she loved to make cookies, chocolate balls and chex mix. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her brothers: Mervyn, Clyde and Willard Rogers. Those left to cherish her memory include her nieces: Marlene Scott and husband Randy and Darlene Handy and husband James, both of Taylorsville; and nephews: Randy Rogers and wife Dolores and Jeff Rogers of Alberquerque, New Mexico.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 1:30 pm – 2:45 pm at Alexander Funeral Service and Service will begin in the funeral home chapel at 3:00 pm with the Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. Burial will follow at Little River Baptist Church Cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be James Handy, Eric Rogers, Terry Cavin, Robert Cavin, Andrew Scott and Tyler Scott. In addition to flowers, memorials may made to the Disable American Veterans of America at Po Box 14301; Cincinnati, OH 45250.

john wikeJohn “Terry” Wike,  age 58, of Taylorsville passed away at his residence on Friday, January 3, 2014. Born in Alexander County on April 6, 1955 to the late Marcus and Vera (Fox) Wike, he was a member of Berea Baptist Church and loved reading and studying his Bible. He was best known in the community as owner of Wike Siding and Window Company, which he successfully operated for over 30 years.  He was well known for his trade expertise and outgoing, friendly personality.  Terry took pride in the quality of his work. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and won awards for bow shooting. He looked forward to the yearly tradition of going to the mountains with his family and getting a real Christmas tree.

He took great pride in lovingly providing for his family.  Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 38 years: Sandra (Kerley) Wike of the home; children: Tiffany DuBonn and husband John of Piedmont, SC; Jonathan Wike and wife Bethany of Taylorsville; Stephanie Byrd and husband Josh of Taylorsville; Whitney Bentley and husband Brian of Greenville, SC; and Kaitlen Wike of the home; grandchildren: Carson Wike and Clayton DuBonn; sister: Trisha Harrison of Taylorsville; niece: Kelly Harrison of Huntersville; and aunts: Lena Deal and Gladys Teague of Taylorsville. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister: Ollie Mae Wike.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 5, 2014 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at Berea Baptist Church and Service will begin at 3:00 pm with the Rev. Charles Cook officiating. Burial will follow at Liledoun Community Cemetery.

 Memorials may be made to Berea Baptist Church at 350 Berea Church Quincy Rd; Hiddenite, NC 28636.

John Paul Jones, 69

john jonesMr. John Paul Jones, age 69, of Taylorsville went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. He was born January 30, 1944 in Wilkes County the son of the late Thomas Bruce and Flois Fox Jones. Mr. Jones was a graduate of West Wilkes High School and attended Auto Diesel Mechanic College in Nashville Tennessee where he received his certification. He worked and retired from Lazy Boy Manufacturing and also retired from the Army National Guard. After retirement he loved to work at the flea market and cattle market in Wilkesboro. He was a faithful member at Northside Baptist Church and was very involved with church activities. He is survived by his son: Dale Jones of Taylorsville; granddaughter: Erica Jones of Taylorsville; great granddaughter: Chesney Byerley of Taylorsville; sisters: Patricia Sheets and husband William of Winston-Salem and Nila Caldwell and husband Richard of Waynesville; a numerous number of nieces and nephews and special friends: Ronnie and Mary Hall and Bertie Vermillion.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Alexander Funeral Service and the Service will follow in the chapel at 11:00 am. Burial will be held after at 1:00 pm at Mount Lawn Mausoleum in North Wilkesboro. In lieu of flowers a donation to Northside Baptist Church of Taylorsville at Po Box 901; Taylorsville, NC 28681; Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home at 101 Hospice Lane; Winston Salem, NC 27103 or Hospice of Alexander at 50 Lucy Echerd Lane; Taylorsville, NC 28681 would be appreciated by the family.

nancy carriganNancy Lackey Carrigan, age 83, formerly of Taylorsville, passed away in Greensboro on Saturday, December 28, 2013. Born August 29, 1930 in Alexander County, she was the daughter of the late Maurice Gordon Lackey and Hazel Thomas Lackey.  She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Taylorsville where she had served as president of WMU, as a member of the choir and building committee and as a deacon. She was a Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star. Nancy was retired from her position as an office assistant in Alexander County Administration Office.  She previously worked for Dr. George Givens for 35 years.  Her church, family and friends were her main focus. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband James G. “Ross”  Carrigan, Jr.; sisters: Lorene Lackey, Elizabeth Knight and Neal Bevis; and brother: Thomas Lackey.

Survivors include her son: Charles Carrigan and wife Janice of Manassas, VA and son Joe Carrigan and wife Beverly of Greensboro; granddaughter Rebecca C. Finn and husband Jimmy of Alexandria, VA and granddaughter Sara C. Carlton and husband Terry of Raleigh; great grandchildren: Sean and Hanna Finn of Alexandria, VA and Carrigan Moesta of Raleigh; brother: Huron “Buster” Lackey and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm at First Baptist Church of Taylorsville.  The service will begin at 12:30 pm with the Rev. Tom Carrigan, Rev. Marion Powell and Rev. Dan Redding officiating. Burial will follow at Taylorsville City Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church at PO Box 305; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

kay durmireKay Johnson Durmire, age 71, of Hiddenite went to her heavenly home on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Frye Regional Medical Center following a period of declining health. Born in Alexander County on September 7, 1942 to the late Robert and LB Johnson. Kay was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church and was involved for many years with WOM -Women On a Mission. She had worked as a bookkeeper for 25 years at Rhodes Day Elledge Furniture and in the office at Heilig Myers, Alexander County Board of Education, Alexvale Furniture and then worked part-time at EnergyUnited Electric Corp. in Taylorsville. Kay loved to travel and spend time with her family, especially her husband, no matter where he went, she was always there right beside him. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter: Kimberly Annette Durmire and son: Kevin Todd Durmire. Survivors include her husband of 45 years: Jerry Durmire of the home; sisters: Robbie Johnson Moore and husband Frank of Morganton and Sherry Johnson Mundy and husband James of Stony Point; brother: John Edward Johnson and wife Cindy of Hiddenite; nieces and nephews: Carla M. Mills and husband John of Wake Forest, Jamie Weaver, Jessica and Justin Mundy, and Kyle Fox; great nephews: Joshua and Christopher Mills of Wake Forest; uncle: Charlie Johnson; aunts: Hazel Morton and Pauline McCurdy and a number of cousins, other family members and special family friends: Eddie and Patty Honeycutt and son Jared.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. Service will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Parks, Rev. Mitch King, Rev. Eddie Honeycutt, and Dr. JD Grant officiating. The body will lie-in-state 30 minutes prior to service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as Pallbearers will be Scott, Rodney and Eric Sprinkle, Dwayne Durmire, Brent Smith, Justin Mundy, John Mills, Wes Smith and Bill Watkins. Honorary Pallbearers will be Directors and Employees of EneryUnited Water Corp.  Memorials may be sent to Kevin Todd Durmire – Memorial Fund: Sulphur Springs Baptist Church at 116 Patterson Rd; Hiddenite, NC 28636.

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