Glenn Reed

Glenn Edward Reed, age 85, of Taylorsville, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Valley Nursing Center. He was born on April 11, 1929 in Catawba County to the late Talley Schroggs and Edna Bowman Reed. Glenn was retired as a truck driver and he attended Bethlehem Baptist Church. He was a Sunday School teacher and an avid fisherman and hunter. Glenn also loved to mechanic. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, and by stepmother, Lucille Reed. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Ruth Hoyle Reed of the home; children: Glenda Drum and husband, Ronnie of Shelby, NC, Debbie Little and husband, Johnny of Bethlehem, Susan Land and husband, Tony of Morganton, John Reed and wife, Lisa of Olin, NC, and Amy McDonald and husband, Ronnie of Bethlehem; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 7 brothers: Carroll, Nick, Lonnie, Alton, Vernon, Michael, and Rex Reed; 3 sisters: Christine Martin, Dianne Gwaltney, and Teresa Thacker; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend: Archie Pearson, of Bethlehem.


Visitation will be on Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The service will be on Friday, July 4, 2014 at 11:00 am at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Morris and Rev. Tony Land officiating. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers include Bryan Drum, Jason Drum, Travis Little, Mark Land, Jackie Lail, and Justin Thurman. Memorials may be sent to Antioch Baptist Church : 580 Antioch Church Rd; Taylorsville, NC 28681; Valley Nursing: 581 NC Hwy 16 S; Taylorsville, NC 28681; and Catawba Regional Hospice: 3975 Robinson Rd; Newton, NC 28658.

Ruth Wurz


Ruth McIlwain Wurz, age 98, of Taylorsville, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at the Brian Center of Viewmont. She was born on January 18, 1916 in Philadelphia to the late Wilbur and Martha McIlwain. Ruth retired as a secretary and attended Newton-Conover Gospel Fellowship. She conducted a community Girls Bible Class for many years and was a Sunday School teacher. Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by sisters: Jean E. McIlwain and Rhoda McIlwain; and husband: Ervin W. Wurz. Those left to cherish her memory include son: Phillip and wife Mickee Wurz of Bethlehem; grandchildren: Jonathan Wurz, Jordan Wurz, and Christopher Wurz of Taylorsville; 2 foster children who became her own: Teresa Levan Brookshire of Taylorsville, and Eddie Levan of Fernlee, Nevada; as well as numerous others whom she cared for over the years; and a number of nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be Thursday, July 3, 2014 from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The service will follow in the Chapel at 2:00 pm with Pastor Andy Schaper officiating. Burial will be at Taylorsville City cemetery. Pallbearers include Jonathan Wurz, Jordan Wurz, Christopher Wurz, Scott Brookshire, Kevin Brookshire, and Matt Levan.


Nikard Bruce Murphy, age 80, of Taylorsville, passed away on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Alexander County on June 25, 1934 to the late James William Murphy and Edith Janette White Murphy. Nikard was retired from tree service and he attended Poplar Springs Baptist Church. He was a former boxer and he loved coon hunting. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers: Deb Murphy and George Murphy; and sister: Kiter Meeks. Those left to cherish his memory include sons: Mike Murphy and Shannon, of Taylorsville, and Nike Murphy of Lawson, NC; sisters: Wayburn Austin of Kannapolis and Texie Nappier of Virginia; along with a number of nieces and nephews.


The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. No formal service is planned.

Carl Reuben Deal

carl reuben deal Carl Reuben Deal, age 86, of Taylorsville, went to be with his Lord on Friday, June 27th, 2014. He was born April 11th, 1928. the son of the late Bryant and Dollie Deal. He had worked in textiles, construction, and the cattle business. He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Taylorsville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Deal; a brother, Roy Deal; and a close friend, Mary Helen Kitchings. Those left to cherish his memory include 2 brothers, Haskel Deal and Connie Deal; 3 sisters, Marie Wike, Eloise Jolly. and Carol Fox; as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Salem Lutheran Church on June 29th, 2014, from 3-4 PM with the service to follow at 4. Burial will follow in the Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Salem Lutheran Church Building Fund at 4046 NC Hwy 16 North, Taylorsville, NC 28681.  Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

James Goforth

James “Harold” Goforth, age 72, of North Wilkesboro, passed away after an extended illness at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on Thursday, June 26, 2014 surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Cabarrus County, NC on October 26, 1941 to the late Charlie and Evelyn Goforth. Harold was a hard worker all of his life and prior to retirement he worked in the furniture industry. Early in life he served in the US Army and was also an avid Nascar fan. Harold was of the Baptist faith and he loved to play guitar. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Dessie Elder.


He is survived by his wife, Betty Goforth of the home; daughters: Lisa Cole and husband, Jeff, of Greensboro, and Freda Eller and husband, Bobby, of Moravian Falls; son: Daryl Goforth and wife, Darlene of North Wilkesboro; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister: Priscilla Goforth Carrigan and husband, Bobby of Taylorsville; brothers: Jimmy Goforth, and wife Sharon of Hiddenite, Donnie Goforth and wife, Patsy of Hiddenite, and Ronnie Goforth and wife, Renee, of Stony Point; along with a number of nieces and nephews.


Visitation will take place on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The service will follow at 3:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. Burial will occur at Rocky Face Baptist Church after the service. Pallbearers include Bryan Goforth, David Goforth, Jody Goforth, Scott Johnson, Darrin Carrigan, Wesley Griffith, and Honorary Pallbearer, Bradley Carrigan. Military rites provided by DAV Chapter 84, of Taylorsville, and Chapter 6, of Hudson. Gideon Bibles may be placed in lieu of flowers.

Mason Cole Huss, infant, of Cleveland, NC, passed away at Forsyth Medical Center on Monday, June 23, 2014. He was born in Forsyth County on June 23, 2014 to Troy Alex Huss and Angela Renee Potts Huss.


There are no formal services at this time.

James Terry Bolick, age 58, of Taylorsville, passed away unexpectedly at his residence, following a long period of declining health. Born Jan. 12, 1956, in Powell County, Montana, he was the son of the late Kenneth R. and Lydia L. Bolick, and he was employed in the Transportation Industry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife. 
He is survived by two brothers, Jimmy Barnett of Taylorsville and Steve Johnson of Mississippi.
No formal services are planned at this time. Burial will follow at a later date.
Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the Bolick family.

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