Chestean Killian, 83

Chestean KillianChestean Manervia Cline Killian, age 83 of Taylorsville, passed away on Sunday evening, Dec.21, 2014 in Gordon Hospice House. Chestean was born on Apr. 30, 1931, to the late Charlie and Hessie Magdeline Cline in Alexander County, she was a homemaker and a life-long member of Smyrna Baptist Church. Chestean had served as a Sunday School Teacher, sang in the choir, was a member of WMU and served as Baptist Association Messenger for numerous years. She was a member of the DAV Ladies Auxiliary, and member of Alexander County AARP and the Senior Center. She served as a chief judge for elections in Wittenburg Township. Mrs. Killian was an avid gardner and loved to crochet. She was well known for the best fried sweet potatoes. She always attempted to support her grandchildren in all their sports activities, no matter what the circumstances.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Billy N. Killian, as well as her three brothers, Nesbie, Kelsie, and Waitsel Cline, one sister, Berlean Lail and one step-grandson, Richard Sumpter.

She is survived by her four children, Patsy Robinson and husband Marty, Levaughn Elder and husband Michael, Billy L. Killian and wife Brenda, and Charlie Dale Killian and wife Cassie. Five grandsons, Dallas, Quincy and wife Amanda, Justin Killian, Patrick Elder and wife Markeisha, and Jacob Elder and wife Emily. She has four granddaughters, Amanda R. Templeton and husband Eric, Tiffany Robinson, Dara Elder, and Candice Killian. Seven great-grandchildren survive, Benjamin Killian, Gracie, Grayson, and Lawson Templeton, Masyn Elder, Malachi and Makenzie Haas. She has three step grandchildren and eight step great-grandchildren and two step great-great-granddaughters. There are several special nieces and nephews. She also had a very special friend her dog Penny.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, evening, Dec. 23, 2014, at Smyrna Baptist Church, 6-8:00 p.m. with funeral services on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at the church. The body will lie in state at the church prior to the funeral hour. Rev. Dan Spears, Rev. Gary Jennings, Bobby Tannehill, and Jimmy Crouch will officiate. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Granddaughters will serve as flower girls. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the DAV Auxilary, Post 84, 582 Carrington Rd., Taylorsville, N.C. 28681 and Hospice of Iredell County, 2341 Simonton Rd. Statesville, N.C. 28625

Alexander Funeral Service is serving the family.


Rev. Dennis Spivey


Dennis Spivey mem photoRev. Dennis Spivey age 67 of Hickory, North Carolina passed away on Friday, December 19, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice. He was born in Elizabeth City, N.C. to  the late Harvey McLean and Doris Lee Wilder Spivey who survives on July 9, 1947.

In addition to his Father he was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandparents Irving and Carrie Parrish Spivey, his Maternal Grandparents Oscar and Beatrice Wilder, and a Uncle Irving Troutman Spivey. Rev. Spivey served in the North Carolina National Guard. Rev. Spivey had served, Aenon Baptist Church in Elm City, NC., Antioch Baptist Church in Taylorsville, Holly Springs Baptist Church of that city, as well as Bethel United Methodist Church in Boone and at the time of his illness, First Advent Christian Church in Hickory.

He leaves to cherish his memory his best friend and wife Joye Velva Harrington Spivey, one Daughter Karen Grigg and husband Israel of Mooresville, N.C., one Son Bryant Spivey and wife Karen of Garner, N.C., three Step children, Lori Hall and husband Kevin of Raleigh, N.C., Barry Shew and wife Brandy of North Wilkesboro, N.C., Gary Shew and fiancé, Jessica Bradley of Mooresville, N.C., three Sisters June Long of Ayden, N.C., Sandra Rountree and husband David of Gatesville, N.C., Debbie Evans of Hertford, N.C., one Brother Mark D. Spivey and wife Donna of Hobbsville, N.C., seven Grandchildren Makayla and Makenzie Grigg of Mooresville, Katie and Gracie Spivey of Garner, N.C., Trinity Shew of N Wilkesboro, N.C., Olivia Shew of Mooresville, N.C. and Justin Tyson Shew of Mooresville, N.C., and one Aunt Juanita Chappell of Belvedere, N.C.

Visitation will be at Antioch Baptist Church in Taylorsville, N.C. from 4-8 pm on Saturday, December 20, 2014. Funeral services will be Sunday, December 21, 2014 at Antioch Baptist Church at 3 pm. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Mark Morris and Rev. Barry Shew will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Crisis Pregnancy  Crisis Ctr. of Hickory, 421 Main Ave. SW, Hickory, NC, 28601 or Our House Child Abuse Prevention Team, 203 E. Main St. Wilkesboro, NC 28697.

Kimble McFarland bulletin photoKimble Anthony McFarland, affectionately known as “Biggie”, age 52 of Moravian Falls, passed away at Davis Memorial Hospital on Monday, December 15, 2014.  He was born in Cincinnati, OH to Fletcher McFarland and the late Mollie Mary Parsons McFarland on August 11, 1962.  Kimble will be remembered for his love of softball, his grandchildren who were the light of his life, his big heart and his ability to see the good in everyone.  He was of the Baptist faith and a member of St. John Baptist Church.

Besides his mother, those who have preceded Mr. McFarland in death are his wife, Jewel McFarland, and an aunt, Jane Parsons, who was more like his mother.

Those remaining to cherish his memory are two daughters: Anitra and Jazmaine McFarland; one son: Anthony McFarland all of Taylorsville.  One brother:  Terry McFarland and wife Loretta of Lenoir.  Three grandchildren: Ariyana, Jakaevion, and Jakourian McFarland.  Two nieces:  Lilly and Layla McFarland.  His godmother Lena Bell Barnes of Taylorsville, and god daughter Azjah Howell of Taylorsville, and a friend who was like a brother – Gary Parson of Taylorsville; and companion – Tina Smith of Wilkesboro.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Alexander Funeral Service from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.  Funeral services are planned for Thursday, December 18, 2014 at St. John Baptist Church at 2:00 pm.  The body will Lie-in-State for 30 minutes prior to the service. Rev. Tyra Eugene Martin and Rev. John Rowe will officiate, and burial will follow in St. John Baptist Church cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Barbara Edwards Burleson, age 79 passed away on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at her residence.  She was born in Union County on February 23, 1935 to the late Clemon Alexander and Marjorie Marie Nance Edwards.  She was of the Baptist faith and attended First Baptist Church when able. Those remaining to cherish her memories are two sons:  Patrick A Cleghorn of Badin, NC, and Kelly A Cleghorn of Anniston, AL.  One sister Joan Dole Caviness of Hiddenite; two brothers: Charles “Chuck” Lawrence Edwards and wife Ester of Titusville, FL, and David Andre Edwards and wife Michele of Sherrill’s Ford.  She also leaves behind five grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later time in Charlotte.

Nancy Barber, 64

Nancy Diane Barber, age 64 of Taylorsville passed away in Valley Nursing Center on Sunday, December 7, 2014.  She was born in Caldwell County on September 19, 1950 to the late Monroe William and Lillian Lucille Craig Crane.  She enjoyed her grandchildren and family get-togethers.  She was an avid Rook player as well other card games, and liked to work crossword puzzles.

Besides her parents those who have preceded her in death are a daughter Amanda Flynn; two brothers: Odell Crane and Bill Crane; and one sister, Sheila Crane.

Those remaining to cherish her memories are two sons:  Johnny Lee Barber and Brandon Beard.  Two daughters: Nancy Gail Hefner Byers and Amy Diane Elder; one brother, Lloyd Crane and one sister, Linda Sweet; and a sister-in-law, Janie Barber.  She also leaves behind eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews.

There are no formal services planned for Mrs. Barber.

Linda A. Correll, 69





Linda CorrellLinda R. Correll, age 69 of Taylorsville passed away on Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at her residence following a short illness.

She was born August 8th, 1945 in Baltimore, MD. Daughter of Carl W. and Eva G. Halterman Rexrode.

She married on August 14th, 1970 in Baltimore, MD to Tony Jillson Correll.

In addition to her parents she was proceeded in death by her husband. One brother Lloyd “Buster” Rexrode and one sister Brenda J. Rexrode Welsh.

Survivors include two sons Troy Correll and Tanner Correll both of Taylorsville. One daughter Melissa Lynn Correll of Campobello, SC, three grandsons Currie Chavez and Trevor Chavez of Westend, NC, and Bryton Champion of Campobello, SC. Two brothers James Rexrode and wife Nancy of Baltimore, MD, and Bryon Rexrode of Morganton, NC. One sister Veronica Rexrode Jantz and husband Allen of Baltimore, MD. One brother-in-law James Correll and wife Tina of Reisterstown, MD.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday December 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Taylorsville City Cemetery with Rev. Wesley Rexrode officiating.

Memorials may be sent to Alexander County Ancestry Associates P.O. Box 241 Hiddenite, NC 28636

Condolences may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Alexander Funeral & Cremation Service.

Viven Ruth Rader, 77


viven rader

Viven Ruth Rader, age 77 of Taylorsville went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Catawba Regional Hospice.  She was born April 3, 1937 in Alexander County to the late Henry William and Helen Bowman Goodnight who died shortly after Viven’s birth.  She was lovingly raised by Pansy Goodnight.  As a member of First Baptist Church, Taylorsville, she helped in the nursery and taught Vacation Bible School.  Viven was also a member of the Alexander County Republican Women.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years George Calvin Rader, one sister, Kathy Goodnight and two grandsons, Van William Powell and Charles Rader Powell.

Those remaining to cherish her memories are a daughter – Tammy Powell and husband Van of Raleigh; one son – Brent Rader and wife Donna of Taylorsville.  Her grandchildren include Tom Powell and wife Hannah of Advance; Anna Powell of Raleigh, Megan Rader and Mason Rader of Taylorsville.  Other survivors include  a sister – Sara Frazier and husband Arnold of Apex; two brothers – Paul Goodnight and wife Sally of Taylorsville, and Fred Goodnight and wife Tina of Trussville, AL; two aunts – Rosada Lackey and husband Kendall of Charlotte, and Mabel Chapman of Charlotte; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation for Mrs. Rader will be held Friday, November 28, 2014 at First Baptist Church – Taylorsville from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm with the funeral service to begin at 3:00 pm.  Rev. Dan Redding Jr. will be officiating.  Burial will follow in the  Taylorsville City Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church Taylorsville @  P O  Box 305, Taylorsville, NC  28681 and Catawba Regional Hospice @ 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC  28658.


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