Harold Clifford Adkins, age 55, of Statesville, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He was born in Knoxville, TN on July 19, 1958 to the late Opal Pearl Rydner. Harold was previously employed as a masonry and served in the US Navy. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Patricia Ann Adkins; two stepchildren: Travis Lee Jones of Virginia, and Brittany Elaine Jones of West Virginia; and grandson: Noah Jones.

There are no formal services at this time.


Vance Eartle Hammonds, age 78, of the Wittenburg Community, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014, following a lengthy illness. Born Aug.9, 1935, in Robeson Co. NC, to the late, Woodrow Wilson and Julia Thelma Rebels Hammonds, he was of the Baptist faith. He was owner operator of Hammonds and Hammonds Trucking until his retirement. Vance loved hunting and fishing at the family’s cabin in Michigan, and counted those years as some of his happiest. He prided himself as a professional driver, owning his own truck. In addition to his parents, he was preceded by a son, Vance Lee Hammonds. Survivors include his wife, of 29 years, Ruby Ellen Eldreth Hammonds of the home. He is also survived by three daughters, Julia Hammonds of New Baltimore, Mich., Deanna Acosta, of Algonac, Mich. And April Hammonds, of Frazier, Mich. He has two step children, Debra Seagraves, W. Jefferson, NC and Timothy Tobin, of Lansing, NC. He will be remembered by five grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, and 1 step grandchild. Vance has two sisters, Doshia Sheffield of Roseville, Mich., And Alice Faye Schnider, of Laura Hill, NC. Two brothers, Eartle Ray Hammonds of Lumberton, NC and Hollis Dean Hammonds of Clinton Township, Mich. He has a host of nieces and nephews.


No formal services are planned at this time, and following inurnment with the family, a scattering service is planned for the woods and waters of Michigan which he so dearly loved.

Linky Milton “Link” Milstead, age 64, of the Rocky Springs Community, Hiddenite, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014 in Gordon Hospice House in Statesville, following a lengthy illness. Born July 2, 1949 to the late Don Milton Milstead and Mary Maxwell Harrington, who survives, he was a professional truck driver, having retired from CommScope. He had also driven for Poteat Motor Lines, Crestline and Pemkay. He was known by his handle, ”Pedal Pusher”. He loved hunting and the shooting sports and raising beef cattle. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam Era. He was preceded in death by one brother, Donnie Milstead. He is survived by his wife, of 26 years, Kathy Sue Dishler Milstead of the home. Link has one son, Shawn Milstead and fiancée Denise of Lenoir, as well as one daughter, Jamie Barker and husband Joe, of Harmony. He had a special, “only” granddaughter, Jaya Lynn Barker. He has one brother, Rev. Dale Milstead and wife, Kathy of Statesville. He is survived by several nieces and nephews. He is remembered by his best friends, Don Stepp, Tommy Staver, and Curtis Sharpe and two “god granddaughters”, Haylee and Alyssa Sharpe. He also leaves man’s best friend, Angel.

Visitation will be held on Thursday evening, May 29, 2014, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service, with memorial services, held on Friday, May 30, at 2:00 p.m. at Hiddenite Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Justice officiating.  Inurnment with be with the family.

Memorials may be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28677.

Carl Teague

Carl Wilson Teague, age 73, of Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Carolina Medical Center. He was born in Alexander County on November 29, 1940 to the late Frank Wilson Teague and Mary Lovina Teague. Carl was employed as a truck driver for Khroeler Furniture Manufacturing and he attended Stoney Point Tabernacle. He also owned and operated Carl Teague Sawmill and was a cattle farmer. Carl provided a gospel ministry at Gospel Hour Broadcast for 50 years and he also attended the original Stoney Point Tabernacle. He loved Studebaker automobiles as well as his farm and animals. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: Stephen Teague Sr.; and mother and father-in-law: Annie and Andrew Dickerson. Those left to cherish his memory include wife, Peggy Jean Dickerson Teague; daughters: Tammy Shortridge and husband, Jeff, of Richlands, VA, and Pam White of Taylorsville; son: Billy McDaniel and wife Pam of Taylorsville; sister: Judy Teague of Taylorsville; nephews: David Teague of Taylorsville and Josh Teague of Cool Springs; grandchildren: Julia McLaughin, Dustin Honeycutt, Paul Shortridge, Anastasia Shortridge, and Londyn Shortridge; step grandchildren: Tracy Coffee, and Josh Jackson; and seven great grandchildren.

The visitation will take place on Saturday, May 24, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service. The service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Thomas and Rev. Chuck Hager officiating. Burial will occur at Stony Point Tabernacle cemetery after the service. Pallbearers include David Teague, Josh Teague, Jordan Hubbard, Fred Bumgarner, Burton Reid, and Kevin Hubbard.

Michael PritchardMichael Alvin Pritchard, age 61, of the Ellendale Community, passed away unexpectedly at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. He was born in Norfolk County, VA on December 18, 1952 to Dorothy Simmons Pritchard and the late Frank Alvin Pritchard. Michael was a truck driver for CommScope and a member of Christian Fellowship Church in the Wittenburg communty.  He and his wife Teresa did everything together and he treasured those times, he also loved spending time along with his family, his church family, and his work family.

In addition to his father, he is also preceded in death by one sister: Mary Pritchard.

Those remaining to cherish his memories are his wife of 22 years, Teresa Shatley Pritchard.  Two daughters:  Yvette Huffman and husband Kelly; and Tonia Maltba and husband, Tim.  Three grandsons:  Jamie Woods, Michael Matheson, and Randy Matheson.  Mother:  Dorothy S. Pritchard.  One sister:  Doris Cline and one brother:  Jim Pritchard.  He also leaves behind a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.

The family will receive friends on Saturday afternoon, May 24, 2014 from 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm at Christian Fellowship Church.  A Memorial Service for Mr. Pritchard will follow in the Church beginning at 2:00 pm.  Rev. Scott Greene, and Dr. James Lockee will officiate.

Memorials may be made to Christian Fellowship Church, 455 Friendship Church Road, Taylorsville, 28681.

Jack ReidJack Wallace Reid, Sr., of Lenoir, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2014 at Charlotte Carolina Medical Center. He was born in Caldwell County on October 9, 1949 to the late Harold Don Reid and Blanche West Reid. Jack was once employed by Broyhill, Singer, and other furniture companies. He was of the Baptist faith and he was a talented musician. Jack enjoyed gardening and his family, especially his grandchildren. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Wayne Reid. Those left to cherish his memory include daughters: Cindy Reid and Melissa Reid of Lenoir; son: Jack W. Reid, Jr. and wife Amanda of Lenoir; grandchildren: Brooklyn Reid, Brandon Reid, Anna Reid, Hayden Reid, and Rachel Reid of Lenoir; sisters: Janice Payne, Roxanne Hicks and husband Teddy, and Maxine Minton of Lenoir; and a number of nieces and nephews.


The graveside service will be held Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Oxford Memorial Baptist Church cemetery with the Rev. Neil Walker officiating.

Johnny Rufty

John “Johnny” Robert Rufty, age 74, of Taylorsville, passed away on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. He was born on February 8, 1940 in Alexander County to the late Pleas and Texie Leona Mays Rufty. Johnny was retired from Broyhill Furniture with 40 years of perfect attendance. He was an active and faithful member of St. Luke Lutheran Church and was a veteran of the NC National Guard. Johnny was a charter member of Alexander County Rescue Squad, President of Taylorsville Flying Service, and had been a pilot for over 50 years. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother: Donald William Rufty; sister: Betty Jane Rufty Carrigan; nephew: Darrell Robinette; niece: Susan Carrigan Brown; and infant niece: Kristen Carrigan. Those left to cherish his memory include fiance: Mary Ann Absher and family; niece: Pat Robinette and husband Ralph of Taylorsville; nephews: John Carrigan and wife Frances of Taylorsville, Tom Carrigan and wife Jackie of Taylorsville, and Kent Rufty and fiance, Rose Adams of Taylorsville; great nieces: Teresa Johnson, Krystal Carrigan and boyfriend, Drew Mason, Landa Rufty, Victoria Rufty, Liza Robinette, Lauren Connor, and Danielle Walker; great nephews: Donald Robinette, Josh Rufty, Zac Carrigan, Justin Robinette, Avery Robinette, and Garrett Robinette; and step granddaughters: Sheree Fox and Jennifer Smart.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church. The service will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the Rev. Andrew Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers include Donald Robinette, Josh Rufty, Justin Robinette, Avery Robinette, Garrett Robinette, and Zac Carrigan. Honorary Pallbearers will be Joey Simmons, Dale Johnson, and the pilots of the Taylorsville Air Service. Full Military Rites will be provided by NC National Guard and DAV Post 84 of Taylorsville and Post 6 of Hudson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church: 1364 Church Rd.; Taylorsville, NC 28681.


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