Norma G. Jewell, age 69, of Louisa, Kentucky passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Three Rivers Medical Center in Kentucky. She was born November 6, 1945 in Pikeville, Kentucky, a daughter of the late Walter and Mary Ann Raines Cain. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist Faith.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Arnold Lee Jewell Sr; one son, Brian Jewell; sister, Nina Kindoll; brothers, Fred, Frank, Clarence Raines and Walter Cain.

Survivors include, two sons, Arnold Lee (Julie) Jewell Jr. of Louisa, Ky.; David (Karen) Jewell of Statesville, NC; two sisters, Lou (Dicky) Tackett of Price, Ky.; Pat Cain of Inez, Ky.; brother, Clinton Cain of Inez, Ky.; grandchildren, Keith Jewell of Tomahawk, Ky.; Allen Jewell of Statesville, NC.; Savannah Jewell of Statesville, NC.; great grandchildren, Kelian and Elaina Jewell both of Tomahawk, Ky.

Visitation will be 5:00-9:00 pm Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Young Funeral Home Chapel and also Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Alexander Funeral Services in Taylorsville, NC from 12:00-1:30 pm with a graveside service following at 2:00 pm in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.

Victor Little

Victor Lee Little age 58, of Taylorsville, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2015 at Gordon Hospice House in Iredell County. Victor was born to the late Hinchea Lee and Hilda E. Little on Sunday, September 30, 1956, in Catawba County. He worked at Corvair and Kroelhr Furniture, West Wind Construction, and Fred’s Marine Construction.

Victor leaves to cherish his memory, two children, Dana L. Cornett, of Hickory, Brandon E. Little, of Claremont, three grandchildren, Alyssa Cornett, Keaton Little, Karson Little, one sister, Pamela L. Murray, of Bethlehem, an aunt, Bessie E. Kiziah, of Granite Falls, niece, Kristin M. Witherill and husband Ben, nephew, Kyle E. Murray, great niece, Hannahmae Witherill, special cousin & caregiver, Glenda Mecimore, a special group of friends, Todd Price, Sean Specht, Stephen Childers, Fred Shoemaker, and Bradley Isenhour, and a host of cousins. The family would like to give a special thanks to Gordon’s Hospice House.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 3:00-3:45 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. A memorial service will follow at 4:00 pm in the chapel, with Jerry Shumaker officiating. In addition to flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Gordon’s Hospice House 2347 Simonton Rd; Statesville, NC 28625


Joyce Scott

Joyce Mae Teague Scott, age 76, of Conover, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice. She was born to the late Hoyle P. and Bertha Lee Lail Teague, on Wednesday, August 24, 1938 in Alexander County. Joyce was a member of Bethlehem Church of God. Prior to her retirement, Joyce was employed in the Hosiery Industry. She volunteered at the Catawba Memorial Hospital. Joyce was a caring, giving, loving natured person. She was forever giving whatever she had to anyone who needed it.
*In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jimmy R. Scott and one brother, Hubbert Teague.
*She is survived by, two sisters, twin Lois Lanning and husband Fred, of Taylorsville, Margaret Burleson and husband Carl, of Hickory, three brothers, Arnold Teague and friend Helen Kinney, of Claremont, Bill Teague and wife Lois, of Bethlehem, Lawrence Teague and wife Nancy, of Hickory, and a number of nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Catawba Hospice & Palliative Care and her caregivers.
*Visitation for Joyce will be 1:30-2:30 pm Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will take place at The Bethlehem Church of God, on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm, with the Rev. Stewart Langford officiating. In addition to flowers the family request that memorials be made to, Catawba Regional Hospice 3975 Robinson Rd; Newton, NC 28658.


Paul BarkleyPaul Arnold Barkley, age 74, of Taylorsville passed away at Valley Nursing Center on Friday, May 29, 2015. Born on Sunday, November 10, 1940, in Catawba County, to the late Willie Lee and Lilly Mae Miller Barkley. Paul served in the Air Force as a member of the air police. He was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church. Paul was a member of the  Lee Lodge, member of Oasis Shrine, on the Selective Service Board of Alexander County, and also on the original Hospice Board for Alexander County.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Kurtis Mitchell Barkley and one brother, Gene E. Barkley.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rachel L. “Susie” Barkley of the home, one son, Fred L. Barkley and wife Lesia of Taylorsville, one sister, Phyllis N. Barkley of Texas, one brother, Lee Barkley and wife Jenny of Statesville, six grandchildren, Will Barkley and wife Brooke, Lauren, Logan, Luke, Lawson, Emma Barkley, one great-granddaughter, Willow Elizabeth Barkley, and a number of nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held Sunday evening May 31, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 pm at East Taylorsville Baptist Church. Funeral services are Monday, June 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the church, with the Rev. Jamie Steele officiating. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will take place at the Fairview Cemetery in Hickory. Military rights will be afforded by DAV post 84 and 6 and Masonic grave side rights will be offered by the Lee Lodge. In addition to flowers the family requests that memorials be made to The Shriners Children’s Hospital PO Box 1525 Ransom, WV 25438, and also Alexander County Hospice 50 Lucy Echerd Ln Taylorsville, NC 28681



Harold Sweet

Harold James “Bud” Sweet age 74, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. He was born to the late Wilborn Adison and Cecil May Watson Sweet, on Thursday, January 23, 1941 in Alexander County. Harold was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by, two grandchildren, Tosha, Dustin Sweet, and one brother, Guy Sweet, , two nephews, Rondall, Jimmy Sweet.

Harold leaves to cherish his memory his wife Naomi Sweet, two brothers, Rayford Sweet and wife Francis, Johnny Sweet and wife Joyce, one sister, Linda Pittman and husband, four children, Mary Lou Keller  and husband Tommy, Rebecca Gail Keller and husband Glenn, James Harold Sweet Jr., Joey Adison Sweet and fiancé Argena Barnette, grandchildren, Ashley Sweet, Kimberly Cutler and husband Larry, Koty Sweet and wife Ashten, Crystal Hendren and husband Jonathan, Brittany Louie and husband Brandon, Tiffany Hendren and husband Andrew, Tyler Sweet, Buddy Keller, Jake Keller. Harold has numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Harold also had a beloved pet named Peanut.

No formal services are planned at this time and will be announced at a later date by Alexander Funeral Service.


Alfred Johnson

Alfred “Lex” Johnson, age 87 of the Wittenburg Community, Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Lex was born to the late Peter E. and Blanch Echerd Johnson on Wednesday, April 4, 1928 in Alexander County. He was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church. He served as a deacon, Sunday School superintendant and teacher. He was a dedicated member of the Wittenburg Fire Department for 45 years and served as a member of the Alexander County School Board. He retired from Shuford Mills with 38 years of service and was then employed by Royale Comfort Seating for 22 years. He enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves baseball, Carolina Tarheels basketball, talking on the phone to family & friends and being on the go. In the last two months he enjoyed viewing the yellow finches feeding outside his window. Lex was a sweet and loving husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Phyllis Jolly Johnson, a brother Ned Johnson, two sisters, Louise Pennell and Irene Johnson.

Lex leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Pat Goble and husband Clyde of Taylorsville, two granddaughters, Kasey Johnson and husband Brandon of Taylorsville, Vicki Shipman of Hickory, great-grandchildren, Laney Johnson of Taylorsville, Hunter Bost of Myrtle Beach, SC, two brothers, Ben Johnson of Hixson, TN, Philip Johnson of the Philippines and Key Largo, FL, a sister, Kathryn Bowman of Taylorsville, and a number of nieces, nephews, and special caregivers.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 4:00 pm at Mt. Herman Baptist Church, with the funeral service following at 5:00 pm. The Rev. Paul Schronce, Rev. Taylor Miller, and Rev. Jamie Steele will officiate.

Burial will take place in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers include Lynn Fox, Leon Fox, William Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Hal Teague, Mike Jolly, Hunter Bost, Lee Goble, and Tyler Crouch.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Alexander County 50 Lucy Echerd Ln; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to our many friends, family, caregivers, and Alexander County Hospice for all the cards, visits, food, flowers, and prayers. Everyone was so good to him during his illness and passing. May God richly bless each one of you.

Gladys Teague

Gladys Mae Fox Teague, 99 of Taylorsville passed away peacefully at her residence on Monday, May 25, 2015 after an extended illness. Gladys was born on Sunday, February 20, 1916 to the late John and Maggie Willet Fox in Alexander County. She loved working in her flowers and yard, Gladys was a avid gardener. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her. Gladys retired at the age of 80 from working in textiles and furniture.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband James Teague, five brothers, Clyde, Avery, Otis, Bryant, and James Fox, two sisters, Lake Jenkins and Vera Wike.

She leaves to cherish her memory one sister, Lena Deal and a host of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Liledoun Baptist Church Cemetery. In addition to flowers memorials can be made to Hospice of Alexander County 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681.


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