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Rodney BowmanRodney “Tokyo” Dean Bowman, age 56, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Thursday, December 17, 2015. Mr. Bowman was the son of the late Escar Sylvanus and Elsie Marie Whisenant Bowman. He was born on November 5, 1959 in Alexander County.

In addition to his parents Mr. Bowman was preceded in death by brothers; Dennis & Tony Bowman.

He is survived by four sisters; Juanita Jarman, Jackie Teague, Tracy Painter, Patricia Holsclaw, two half sisters; Martha Kaye Torrence, Debbie Miller, sister in law Sandy Bowman, and a host of nieces, nephews, and serveral God children.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm Monday, December 21, 2015 at Calvary Chapel with the visitation following the service. The Rev. Danny Loudermilk will be officiating the service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to the Rodney Bowman memorial fund in care of Alexander Funeral Service; Po Box 40; Taylorsville, NC 28681

 

 

Elizabeth Horn McDevitt

Elizabeth Horn McDevitt

Elizabeth Horn McDevitt, age 57, of Taylorsville, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Russell Sevil and Nell  Rebecca Dobbins Horn. She was born on November 20, 1958 in Rutherford County. She loved her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ with all her heart and served him faithfully. Elizabeth had a very giving heart and never had a bad word to say about anyone, she was a fighter. Elizabeth was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

She is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Don McDevitt of the home, two sons; Bryan & wife Angie of Wilkesboro, Tommy & wife Amy of Thomasville, one daughter Kelly McDevitt and boyfriend Alex Starnes of Taylorsville, three grandsons; Parker Edwards age 16, Bryce age 13 & Peyton McDevitt age 9, sister Rebecca Watson & husband Bob, three brothers; Roger & Harriet Horn, Bruce & Carolyn Horn, David & Windy Horn, and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be moved due to attendance concerns to East Taylorsville Baptist Church Saturday, December 19, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 pm at, with the funeral following at 3:00 pm. The Rev. Jack Carver and Bryan McDevitt will be officiating the service.

 

Larry Lloyd Ramsey, 67

Larry RamseyLarry Lloyd Ramsey, age 67, of Hiddenite, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2015, at Catawba Regional Hospice.  Mr. Ramsey was the son of the late Lemuel John and Thelma Fox Ramsey. He was born on May 22, 1948 in Alexander County. Larry was employed as a shipping supervisor at Mitchell Gold prior to his retirement and had a love of fishing.

In addition to Mr. Ramsey’s parents Larry was preceded in death by brothers; Jerry & Louis Ramsey, sisters; Nancy Ramsey Earlwood,  Carolyn Ramsey Frazier, and one nephew Clifford Harold.

Mr. Ramsey is survived by his wife of 12 years, Linda Kerley Ramsey, brother LJ “John” Ramsey, sister Barbara “Bobbi” Harold & husband Barry, son Garland Lee Ramsey, three step children; Robbie Moretz, Willet Moretz, Angela Moretz Browne, one grandson, ten step grandchildren, four step great grandchildren, brother in law Michal Kerley & wife Sharon, sister in laws; Beth Kelsoe & husband Bert, Jenna Lee Ramsey, mother in law Nancy Daniels, special friends Audrey Pope, Becky & Steve Hoover, & Lucy Smith, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 1:30-2:45 pm at Alexander Funeral Service on Thursday, December 17, 2015 with the funeral service following at 3:00 pm in the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel. The Rev. Barry Harold, Jordan Byers, and Rev. Mark Dula will be officiating. Burial will follow at a later date.

 

Maloie LackeyMrs. Maloie Pritchard Lackey, age 84, of Hiddenite  passed away at Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylorsville, NC on December 14, 2015, following a lengthy illness. She  was born February 4, 1931 in Hiddenite, NC. Maloie was the daughter of the late John Clinton Prichard and Ida Matheson Prichard. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers Velt Prichard, Rowe Prichard, Ware Prichard, Dare Pritchard, and a sister Louise Prichard.

Maloie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who always placed her family’s well-being before her own. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dayton Lackey of the home; sons Barry Lackey and wife Charlene of Taylorsville, Tim Lackey and wife Sally of Hiddenite, and one brother, Clay Prichard and wife Wanda of Hiddenite. Also surviving are four grandsons, Yates Lackey and wife Debra, Tanner Lackey and wife Cassidy, Travis Lackey, Bryce Lackey and wife Kayla, one granddaughter, Carsyn Maloie Lackey and two great grandsons, Jackson Lackey, Davis Lackey and a number of nieces and nephews.

Maloie was a lifelong member of Liberty United Methodist Church in Hiddenite, where she served as church pianist and organist for the majority of her life, beginning at the age of eleven. She graduated from Hiddenite High School in 1949. She and Dayton were married in November of that same year. She began working in 1957 for Southern Paper Box Company that eventually became part of International Paper. She retired in 1990 after 33 years of service. Maloie enjoyed cooking and baking and loved to share the results of her talent with family and friends. No matter how delicious her food turned out, she always felt as though she should have done better which serves as an example of her humility and desire to have done her best for those whom she loved.

The funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at Liberty United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kristy Burnette  and Rev. Robert Herron officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will follow in the Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Gaetano Sanniota, 85

Gaetano SanniotaGaetano Sanniota, age 85, of the Bethlehem community, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Catawba Regional Hospice. Mr. Sanniota was the son of the late Vance  Bincenzo and Assunta Borromeo Sanniota on July 3, 1930 in Naples, Italy. He arrived in America in 1951, following his sister & parents with his siblings.

Gaetano loved beautiful furniture, woodworking, yard work, and gardening. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Gaetano was employed by Century Furniture of Hickory as a supervisor for 40 years.

In addition to his parents Gaetano was preceded in death by brothers Gaetano and Robert.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years,  Alice Icard Sanniota, daughter Tamie Jones & Chris of Wake Forest, one son Tony Sanniota & Vivian of Mountain View, five grandchildren; Deana Adkins, Michelle Mankins, Anthony Sanniota, Meredith Jones, Nick Sanniota, six great grandchildren, one sister Maria Starnes of Grace Chapel, three brothers; Guido Sanniota of Grace Chapel, Vic Sanniota of High Point, Renato Sanniota of Port St. Lucie, FL, and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 1:30-3:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service with the Funeral service following at 3:00 pm in the Chapel. The Rev. Dan Snyder and Rev. Wayne Caviness will be officiating. Burial will take place in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers include; Chris Jones, Anthony Sanniota, Kyle Adkins, Scott Mankins, Phil Icard, and Michael Icard. The family requests that in addition to flowers that memorials be made to Bethlehem Baptist Church, 7500 NC Hwy 127; Taylorsville, NC 28681

Ruth NorrisRuth Arlene Hollar Norris, age 55, of Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday evening December 9, 2015. Ruth was the daughter of the late Grady Lee and Ellen Mae White Hollar. She was born on Monday, March 28, 1960 in Caldwell County. She had a loving nature toward everyone she came in contact with, always willing to go the extra mile to help anyone.

Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 17 years, Richard Norris, two daughters; Amber Mae Bowlin & Jeremy of North Wilkesboro, Jennifer Lutz & Daniel of Bethlehem, five sons; Gregory & Cara, Wesley & Samantha  both of Taylorsville, Christopher Johnson of Hudson, Joshua Hall of Granite Falls, Robbie Minton of Wilkesboro, one step son Ricky Fondacaro of New York, and eight grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel, with the visitation immediately following. Pastor Elaine Clontz will be officiating. The family requests that in addition to flowers that memorials be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, 6000 Fairview Rd #305, Charlotte, NC 28210

 

Della JacksonDella Benfield Jackson, age 73, of Granite Falls, passed away on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late John Henry and Helen Rachel Caldwell Benfield. Della was born on January 13, 1942 in Caldwell County. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and loved helping with the food and flower committees. Della enjoyed reading, flowers, gardening, listening to music, and playing the piano. Della always showed interest in the lives of her family members. Della was a graduate of Oak Hill High School. She worked in the banking industry for over 20 years.
In addition to her parents, Della was preceded in death by her husband Doyle Jackson and sister Linda Benfield Crouch.
Della is survived by sisters Carol B. Crouch and husband Arnold; Peggy B. Pennell and husband Tim; brother in law Larry Crouch; five nieces and nephews: Susan Kirby, Gina Bell, Jeff Crouch, Tara Geiger, Brooke Trepal; three step children: Rebecca Jackson, Jeanne Morse, Laurie Brown; one step grandson Samuel Brown; eight great nieces and nephews; and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.
Visitation will be Sunday, December 6, 2015 from 2:00-3:00 pm at Antioch Baptist Church with the funeral following at 3:00 pm. The Rev. Mark Morris will be officiating the service. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 580 Antioch Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681.