Anna “Tressie” Austin Townsend, age 85, of Hickory, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. She was born in Alexander County on March 15, 1929 to the late Juette Carson Austin and Elsie Elizabeth Echerd Austin. Tressie’s former employers include Whisnant’s, Little Coleman Co., and Hickory Craft Furniture. She attended St. Andrews Lutheran Church and she was a very active bowler. Tressie also loved to bake, read, and spend time with her grandchildren. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother: Ray Austin; sister: Thelma Austin Houston; and infant daughter: Elizabeth Annette Townsend. Those left to cherish her memory include daughters: Diane Townsend Sigmon (Neil) of Bethlehem, and Debbie Townsend Smart (Joey) of Bethlehem; sister: Maggie Austin Cothran of Taylorsville; grandchildren: Van Sigmon of Anderson, SC, Toni Burke of Selinsgrove, PA, Staci Sigmon (Ryan) of Fredericksburg, VA, and Neal Smart of Los Angeles, CA; seven great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews along with a special friend, Dova Smart.
Visitation will take place on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Steve Rhodes officiating. Burial will take place after the service at Friendship Lutheran Community cemetery. Memorials may be made to: Friendship Lutheran Church, 5300 Church Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681 or Catawba Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd; Newton, NC 28658
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Bessie Joyce Lail Holland, age 80, of Taylorsville, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. She was born in Alexander County on May 21, 1933 to the late Gaither Lee and Etta Louise Harrison Lail. Bessie was a member of Shining Light Baptist Church and she was famous for her cooking, especially her chicken and dumplings. She also loved attending her grandchildren’s activities. Bessie’s most recent occupation was as a deli chef at Lowe’s Supermarket in Bethlehem. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, James “Jim” Franklin Holland; granddaughter: Jamie M. Ester; brothers: Eugene “Gene” Lail, Donald “Don” Lail, and James “Jimmy” Lail; infant sisters: Linda Lail and Shelia Lail; sister-in-laws: Glenda Lail and Milladean “Sis” Craig; and brother-in-laws: Wayne Sebastian and Bill Travis and wife Carolyn. Those left to cherish her memory include son: Wayne Holland and wife Gaye; daughter: Peggy “Sissy” Ester and husband Vincent; grandchildren: Dana Brown and husband Dale, Denny Ester and wife Laura, Maria Hefner and husband Matthew, and Tyler Holland and wife Brittney; great grandchildren: Annie Allen, C. J. Ester, Emaline Ester, Colt Hefner, Charlie Holland, and one great granddaughter to arrive in July; brothers: Gary Lail and wife Brenda, Larry Lail, and Gwyn Lail and wife Teresa; sisters: Dorthy Fox and husband George, Doris Sebastian, and Cindy Lail and husband George; brother-in-law: Vance Holland and wife Ruth; sister-in-laws: Linda Lail and Debbie Lail; and a number of nieces and nephews along with her special friends in “The Ridgeway Gang”.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Mike Cothren officiating. Burial will take place after the service at Fellowship Advent Christian Church in Bethlehem. Pallbearers include Dale Brown, Jeremy Brown, C. J. Ester, Denny Ester, Matthew Hefner, and Tyler Holland. Memorials may be made to Shining Light Baptist Church at 926 Black Oak Ridge Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681.
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Tony Jillson Correll, age 74, of Taylorsville, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Iredell Memorial Hospital. He was born in Rowan County on December 29, 1939 to the late Calvin Wright Correll and Lillian Hammer Correll. Tony served in the Navy Reserves during Post Korea and Pre Vietnam era and was of the Lutheran faith. He was a farmer and loved short-horn beef cattle. Tony was also a licensed electrical contractor and taught electrical shop at Alexander County High School for 32 years. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Linda Rexrode Correll of the home; sons: Troy Correll and Tanner Correll of Taylorsville; daughter: Melissa Correll of Campobello, SC; grandchildren: Bryton Champion of Campobello, SC, Currie Chavez and Trevor Chavez of Seven Lakes, NC; and brother: James Correll of Reisterstown, MD.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Rexrode officiating. Burial will take place after the service in the Taylorsville City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the American Diabetes Association at PO Box 11454; Alexandria, VA 22312, American Macular Degeneration Foundation at PO Box 515; Northampton, MA 01061, or a charity of your choice.
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Mary Jane Catherine Brookshire Teague, age 87, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 31, 2014 at Frye Regional Medical Center. She was born in Wilkes County on September 26, 1926 to the late B. N. Brookshire and Mary Lou Lowe Brookshire. Mary was a very active member of Antioch Baptist Church. She worked as a homemaker and was also involved in dairy farming and poultry growing with her husband, Roscoe, for Holly Farms and Tyson as well as beef cattle farmers. Mary served on various board and agencies over the years with her husband as well. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Roscoe David Teague; son: Marvin James Teague; daughter: Margaret Jane Teague; two infant twin brothers: Jay Lee Brookshire and B. Cleave Brookshire; brothers: William Fred Brookshire, James Nay Brookshire, and Earl Glen Brookshire; and sisters: Ethel Wallace and Margie Miller. Those left to cherish her memory include daughters: Mary Alice Brown and husband Roger of Taylorsville, and Penny Milstead and husband Randy of Taylorsville; son: Billy Childers of Taylorsville; sister: Dorcas Dyson and husband Lynn of Statesville; sister-in-law: Stella of Hiddenite; grandchildren: Sandie, J.R., Debra, Erin, Jason, Nancy, and Linda; great-grandchildren: Storm, Kellie, Jonathan, Tyler, Jessie, Elizabeth, Luke, Sadie, Colby, Addison, Gracie, and Cooper; step great-grandsons: Austin, John, and Chance; great great grandson: Jeremiah; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 2:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church. The service will follow at 4:00 p.m. with the Rev. Mark Morris and Rev. Dennis Spivey officiating. Burial will be held after the service in the church cemetery. Pallbearers include grandsons and great grandsons. Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church at 580 Antioch Church Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681.
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Joyce Ann Douglas Abbott, age 70, of Taylorsville, passed away on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Iredell Memorial Hospital. She was born in Alexander County on August 23, 1943 to the late Benjamin Fincher Douglas and Cleo Gant Douglas. Joyce was a retired purchasing agent at Alexvale Furniture and was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church. She enjoyed going to the YMCA, loved her dog, Sophie, and loved church and Sunday School. Joyce also loved getting together once a month with special friends from Alexvale Furniture to have food and fellowship. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos W. Abbott; sisters: Opal Clark, Dorothy Douglas, and Gladys J. Fisher; and brothers: Willis Douglas and Bill Douglas. Those left to cherish her memory include sisters: Geraldine Douglas of Conover, and Alma Friday of Charlotte; nieces: Mrs. Kimberly Shaw, Mrs. Sonja Whittington, Mrs. Anita Hemingway, Ms. Brenda Clark, Ms. Darlene Crisp, Ms. Donna Douglas, and Mrs. Kimberly Sharpe; sister-in-laws: Mrs. Francis Douglas and Mrs. Nevada Douglas; and nephews: Michael Dougals, Steven Douglas, and Bing Friday, Jr.
Visitation will be held Monday, March 24, 2014 from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. A graveside service will follow at 4:00 pm at Stony Point Cemetery with the Rev. Jamie Steele and Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. Memorials may be sent to East Taylorsville Baptist Church at PO Box 906; Taylorsville, NC 28681.
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Robert “Rob” Howard Elder, Jr., age 52, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, March 19, 2014. He was born in Montgomery County, Ohio on April 5, 1961 to Robert Howard Elder, Sr. and Wanda Kay Lee Elder. Rob was employed by Walmart in Conover for 8 years and formerly worked at Broyhill in Taylorsville for 27 years. He was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church and he volunteered for VBS at both East Taylorsville Baptist Church and Stony Point Baptist Church. Rob enjoyed softball, was a fan of wrestling along with his son, Caleb, and a fan of the Atlanta Braves. He was a volunteer fireman for Central Alexander Fire Department and enjoyed gardening. Rob was preceded in death by his stepdaughter: Haylee Natalia Morrison; and father-in-law: Jerry Morrison. Along with his parents, those left to cherish his memory include: his wife of 16 years: Angie Morrison Elder of the home; son: Caleb Lynn Elder of the home; brothers: Randy Elder and wife Donna of Taylorsville and Ricky Elder and wife Beverly of Taylorsville; mother-in-law: Natalia Morrison of Stony Point; brother-in-law: Lynn Morrison of Stony Point; nephews: Cory Elder, Joseph Morrison of Taylorsville, and Landis Elder of Hendersonville, Tennessee; and nieces: Brianna Elder, Lauren Elder, Lacey Elder, Tabitha Morrison of Taylorsville, and Megan Lira of Troutman.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Jamie Steele, Rev. Landis Elder, Rev. Phil Addison, and Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. Burial will take place after the service at Taylorsville City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Caleb Elder Scholarship Fund at 107 Main Ave. Dr.; Taylorsville, NC 28681.
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Harrell “Todd” Lytle Leighton, age 73, of Taylorsville, finally left his wheelchair behind and crossed River Jordan, clapping and shouting, “God is good” on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Gordon Hospice House. He was born in Florida on May 8, 1940 to the late Edward Randall Leighton and Ruby Mae Childress Leighton. Todd was a veteran of the US Air Force and was a very active member of Victory Baptist Church of Taylorsville. He was a builder in the construction industry and he loved to play with wood. Todd was preceded in death by his parents: Ruby Mae Childress Leighton and Edward Randall Leighton, along with his stepmother: Frances Leighton; and two brothers: Edward Leighton and Robert Leighton. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, best friend, and caregiver of 18 years: Louise Fournier Leighton; brothers: George K. Leighton, Don Leighton, and Randy Leighton; sister: Patsy Osborne; children: Stacie Leighton, Kelly Gendron and wife Crystal, Kathy Day and husband William, Eddie Leighton and wife Teresa, Michelle Bebber and husband Rickie Jr., Heather Moore and husband Adam, Danielle Collins and husband Jeff, and Tiffany Gendron and husband William; 25 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, church family; special friends: Martha Brittain and Devon James; and a cherished, devoted son-in-law: Rickie Bebber Jr.. Also a special thanks to the staff at Gordon Hospice House for all of their attention and care.
The Leighton Family will be conducting a Memorial Service at Victory Baptist Church, Hwy 16 North, Taylorsville on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm. They will receive friends following the service. Rev. Phillip Coffey will be officiating the service.
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