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Winford Laxton Picturre for Paper and PamphletThomas “Winford”  Laxton, 76 of the Bethlehem community passed away at his residence Tuesday morning,  November 12, 2013.  He was born in Caldwell County, November 22, 1936 to the late Robert Lee and Mary Ethel (Witherspoon) Laxton.  Mr. Laxton was retired from the furniture industry and worked over 35 years at Clayton Marcus, and he was a lifelong member of Dudley Shoals Baptist church where he had served in various positions.  He was a deacon of the church and taught the Lord’s message as a Sunday school teacher for over 45 years. Winford found pleasure in serving and helping others and there was a special place in his heart for assisting the elderly and shut-in’s.   He also enjoyed listening to southern gospel music and not only did he enjoy watching sports but he also coached youth baseball as an active member of the Bethlehem NC community. Another favorite pass-time was square dancing as a member of the Double Diamonds Square Dancing club in Hickory, NC.

Besides his parents, those preceding Winford in death are three sisters:  Mildred Freeman, Mary Jane Farr, and Marie Auton.  Two brothers:  Perry Laxton, and Marion (Hod) Laxton.

Those remaining to cherish his memories are his wife of 53 years:  Martha Faye Laxton of the home.  Two sons:  Thomas Allen Laxton and wife Debbie of Taylorsville, and David Dean Laxton and wife Sonia of Raleigh and his beloved Pekingese:  Abbigail Laxton.  Four grandchildren:  Ashley Reynolds and husband Blake of Hickory; Kristin Deal and husband Bryant of Hiddenite; Megan Laxton of Taylorsville, and Matthew Laxton of Raleigh.  Also three great-grandchildren:  Ashlynn Elizabeth Fincher and Presley Blair Reynolds both of Hickory; and Brycen Allen Deal of Hiddenite and a special sister, Lorene Johnson and husband Ross Johnson of Ellendale NC.

The family will receive friends Thursday, November 14 at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be held Friday, November 15 at the church at 3:00 pm.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Rev. Don Ingle and Rev. Gordon West will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dudley Shoals Baptist Church Good Samaritan Sunday School Fund @ 1882 Dudley Shoals Baptist Church Road, Granite Falls, NC  28630.

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

barry johnsonBarry Gail Johnson, age 69, of Taylorsville passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Born in Iredell County on January 16, 1944 to Magdalene Jolly Johnson of Taylorsville and the late Aaron Spears Johnson. Barry graduated from Taylorsville High and Lenoir Rhyne College. He was a teacher for 34 years with the Alexander County School System. During that time he mainly taught 7th and 8th grade and was also an Assistant Principle for Hiddenite Elementary. His love, care and concern for his students extended beyond the classroom. Barry was a member at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. He was an avid gardener, as well as a lifelong advocate of Native American culture. He was on the Tribal Roles of the Eastern Band of the Shawnee Nation and was a gifted Native American Artist. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife: Martha Kerley Johnson of the home; daughters: Hannah Nance & husband Jeff of Conover, Maria Weatherman & husband Andy of Mooresville and Leah Lindquist & husband Noah of El Paso, Texas; grandchildren: Mason & Miley Nance of Conover and Bryce Weatherman of Mooresville; brother: Lynn C. Johnson & wife Glenda of Virginia Beach, Virginia; niece: Christy Chattleton of Raleigh and nephew: Wes Johnson of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. Service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 11:00 am at East Taylorsville Baptist Church with the Rev. Jamie Steele and Rev. Marion Powell officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Herman Baptist Church Cemetery.  In Honor of Barry, memorials may be sent to East Taylorsville Baptist Church at PO Box 906; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

rowena hubbardRowena Lowe Hubbard, age 81, of Taylorsville passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Born April 6, 1932 to the late William Roosevelt and Blanche Deal Lowe. She worked as a packer for Gulf State and Carolina Glove. Rowena was a member of Little River Baptist Church and loved quilting. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: Albert Vernon Hubbard; and sisters: Wanda Lowe and Mabel St.Clair. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter: Shelia R. Hubbard of the home; sisters: Joyce St.Clair and Margery Hubbard; brothers: J.C. Lowe and wife Lola & Wayne Lowe all of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. Service will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm at Little River Baptist Church with the Rev. Jeff Chapman officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

wenceslao gomezWenceslao Montero Gomez, age 29, of Wilkesboro passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 following a motor vehicle accident. Born July 13, 1984 in Piedra Parada, Mexico to Wenceslao and Rita Gomez. He worked in the Lumber Industry and attended St. John Catholic Church. Wenceslao enjoyed motorcycles and shooting sports. In addition to his parents, survivors include his brother: Jerman Montero and Memo Montero Gomez both of Mexico; sister: Rossi Mendoza and husband Antonio of Wilkesboro and his niece and nephew.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at Alexander Funeral Service and a Rosary Service will follow. Burial will follow at a family plot in Piedra Parada, Mexico.

IMGTyler Mason Chwast, age 17, of Lenoir passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Born February 27, 1996 in Caldwell County. He was a Senior at Alexander Central High School and member Friendship Lutheran Church in Taylorsville. Tyler was a good friend to many and enjoyed skateboarding. He is preceded in death by his father: Ryan Chwast. Those left to cherish his memory include his Grandparents: Joseph and Linda Chwast, who are his Guardians; sister: Daisy Louise Chwast; aunt: Kay E. Solecki; cousin: Melissa Oswald; and a number of cousins and family members.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall at Friendship Lutheran Church and Service will begin at 1:00 pm with the Rev. Phil Thorsen. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family.

carlos steffeyCarlos Eugene Steffey, age 65, of the Bethlehem Community, Taylorsville passed away unexpectedly on Sunday,  October 27, 2013. Born February 17, 1948 in Dickenson County, VA to the late Carlos Harrison and Arlena Sarah Belvia Steffey. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam Era. Carlos enjoyed working in the construction business for C&S Cable. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother: Harold Steffey and sisters: Frances Huffman and Martha Casteel. Survivors include his son: Carlos Joesph Steffey; and William Harold Robinson – who he took in and raised as his own son; brothers: Bennie Joe Steffey and wife Jerry & Ralph Steffey and wife Nancy; sister: Katherine Mae McCoy and husband Sidney Sr.; half sisters: Corine Hileman and Lillina Gilbert; a number of nieces and nephews; girlfriend: Wendy Reid and children: Daniel and David Davis and former wife: Mary Johnson.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Alexander Funeral Service and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

joan robinetteJoan J. Robinette, age 76, of Taylorsville, passed away on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville. She was born to the late Hartsell L. and Lona Bell Dagenhart Jolly on January 26, 1937. Joan was a member of First Baptist Church in Taylorsville and the Dorcas Sunday School class for thirty years. She was retired from the shipping department of Broyhill Furniture Industries, Plant 5 in Hiddenite, where she worked in the offices. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband: Herman M. Robinette, as well as her infant sister: LouAnn Jolly. She is survived by two sons: David Robinette & Mark Robinette and wife Alison, all of Taylorsville. Mrs. Robinette has two sisters surviving: Jelene Fox and husband Conrad & Shirley Fox and husband Ruel, all of Taylorsville. She leaves behind three grandchildren to remember her: Luke, Abby, and Holly Robinette, all of Taylorsville. Joan also has a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews who survive.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. A private graveside burial will be held at Three Forks Baptist Church Cemetery on a later date. Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church at Po Box 305; Taylorsville, NC 28681. The family wants to give a special thank you to Ms. Jo Mitchell for all the care and support that you provided for our mother and family.

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