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IMGMargie Lee Harmon Jones, age 88, of Taylorsville passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 at the Gordon Hospice House. She was born on Saturday, April 16, 1927 to the late Dayton and Beulah Guy Harmon in Avery County. Margie loved to cook for any occasion and always enjoyed tending a vegetable garden. Margie attended Emerald Baptist Church. For most of her life she was a homemaker and then retired from Broyhill Furniture after 10 years.
In addition to her parents Margie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years Wilburn Clarence Jones, a son Tommy Jones, seven brothers; Ray, Glenn, Rufus, Ed, Ralph, Daney, and three sisters Sussie, Merial, and Rea.
She leaves to cherish her memory one son Alvin “Bill” Jones and wife Bernice, a daughter Geraldine Hatton and husband Herman, all of Taylorsville, two sisters Judy Hodges, of Roan Mountain, TN, Faye Stines, of Beech Mountain, NC, five grandchildren; Todd Jones, Tammy Earp, Sandy Foxx, Natasha Pennell, Amanda Moose, seven great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 2:30-4:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will follow in the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel at 4:00 pm. The Rev. Jerry Chatham and the Rev. Neal George will be officiating. Burial will take place in the Taylorsville City Cemetery. Pallbearers include; Nathan Earp, Bradley Earp, David Moose, Brandon Foxx, Eric Foxx, and Donnie Pennell. The family requests that in addition to flowers memorials be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2431 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28625

Mary Turner

Mary Query Turner, age 85 of Taylorsville passed away at Frye Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Mary was born on Wednesday, November 6, 1929 to the late John Wilson and Emma Smith Query. She was a homemaker and loved flowers especially her rose bushes. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially her great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents Mary was preceded in death by a daughter Cindy Turner Simmons, son Michael Turner, a son in-law Dan Auton, and four brothers Charles, William, Millard, and Rayford.

She leaves to carry on her legacy two daughters Patty Forrester, Deborah Auton, three grandchildren Sonya Hines, Kevin Simmons and fiancé Whitney Friday, Michelle Feliz, four great grandchildren Sydney & Josie Hines, Tristan & Kaden Feliz, and host of nieces, nephews and special friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, July 16, 2015 at Alexander Funeral Service from 2:30-4:00 pm. The funeral service will follow in the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel at 4:00 pm with the Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. Burial will take place in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.

11739523_388712274668011_1360794396_n Elsie Killian, age 83, of Conover passed away at Catawba Valley Medical Center on Saturday, July 11, 2015. She was born on Saturday, December 26, 1931 to the late Claude Hillard and Mamie Iona Minton Decker in Rhodhiss, NC. Elsie was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

In addition to her parents Elsie was preceded in death by her loving husband Donald Leonard Killian Sr., three sisters Lou Savage, Irene Chester, Shelby Minton, three brothers Hillard, Floyd, Jones Decker, and a grandson Kenneth Killian.

Elsie leaves to cherish her memory four daughters Doris Lail and husband John, Karen Smith & her late husband Cline, both of Conover, Patricia Killian, of Taylorsville, Jeanie Duckworth, of Hickory, three sons Gary Killian,of Mocksville,  Donald Killian Jr. and wife Roxanne, Kelly Killian and wife Rosalie, of Conover, sister Aileen Carver, of Rhodhiss, grandchildren Leslie, Gary Jr., Cody, Anthony, Goldie Killian, Chris, Jessica Smith, DeAnn Barnes, Joe Evans, Erica Todd, Chelsea Maness, Jordan Carson, great grandchildren Christine & Trey Killian, Elizabeth & Anna Barus, Gunner Smith, Lyric, Lydia, Eleanor Todd, Isaiah & Aidan Evans, a special companion Carroll E. Yoder, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 1:30-3:00 pm at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 pm with Pastor Graig Shultz officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Honorary attendants will be Quilting Guild at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

 

Charlie BarnesCharles Lee Barnes, age 74 passed away at Catawba Regional Hospice on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Charlie was born on Thursday, May 29, 1941 to the late John June and Hessie Millie Howell Barnes in Alexander County. He was a member of St. John Baptist Church where he served in the all male choir, senior choir, treasurer of the senior choir, member of the adult Sunday school class, attended vacation bible school faithfully every year, and was in the usher ministry.  He loved sports, his favorite teams included: Carolina Tarheel Basketball, Atlanta Braves Baseball, and Panthers Football. Charlie was never too busy to lend a helping hand to those in need. He will be remembered for his kind, caring heart.

In addition to his parents Charlie was preceded in death by his father & mother in-law Ross and Evelyn Parsons,

a sister Joyce Ann Barnes, niece Andrea Parsons, and nephew Carlos Parsons.

Charlie leaves to carry on his legacy his loving wife of 47 years Lena Bell Parsons Barnes, of the home, son Charles Eric Barnes and wife Tina, of Hickory, daughter Tameka Lynn Barnes, of Taylorsville, two brothers Lindsey Edward, Chastie William Barnes, both of Taylorsville, one nephew Everett Tyrone Barnes, of Taylorsville, seven grandchildren; Megan Lynn Barnes, Brennan Ross Sparks, Tallon Lee Barnes, Charles Damien Barnes, Tierrey, Kirstin, Veronica Abernathy,  two great grandchildren Nena and Neuriah Abernathy, one Godson Terry McFarland and wife Loretta, their two children Layla and Lilly, three Goddaughters Cierra McWhorter, Narissa Rowe, Karoline Mayes, and two adopted grandchildren James & John Muzello.

Visitation will be Friday, July 10, 2015 at Alexander Funeral Service from 6:00-8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at St. John Baptist Church on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the funeral hour.  The Rev. T.E. Martin, Rev. John Rowe, and Rev. James Millsaps will be officiating.

Betty Lorraine Long, age 91, of Taylorsville, NC passed away at her residence on Monday, July 6, 2015. Betty was born on January 22, 1924 to the late Joseph Hansford and Laura Alice McHale Riffe, in Kentucky. She was of the Baptist faith and was a Post Master for the U.S. Postal Service in Sundial, WV.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Robert P. Long, three brothers, one sister, and a grandson Charlie Clay.

Betty leaves to cherish her memory six children; Bill Ballard, of  Jacksonville, AR, Judy Daniels, of Auburndale, FL, Peachie Cantley, of Clemmons, NC, Bob Long, of Whitesville, WV, Tammy Long and Dianne Pigg, both of Taylorsville, NC, fifteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, one sister in law Mary Riffe, of Catawba, NC, and a number of nieces, nephews and special friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 pm at Armstrong Funeral Home, Whitesville, WV. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 12:00 pm at Armstrong Funeral Home Whitesville, WV. The family requests that in addition to flowers memorials be made to Catawba County Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658

Emily CarrollEmily Faye Carroll, age 4, of Troutman passed away Thursday, July 2, 2015 after an extended illness.

She was born on Wednesday, May 9, 2011 in Forsyth County to Anson Bradley and Rebecca Jean Smith Carroll.

Through it all Emily never lost her sweet smile. Emily was never without her purse or a desire to share a cookie with someone. Emily was a member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents Emily leaves to cherish her memory, one brother Matthew, maternal grandparents Gene and Donna Smith, paternal grandparents Lindsey and Lou Carroll, James Carroll, aunts & uncles David Smith, Shirley Smith, Jason Carroll, Tammy Robinson, and a host of cousins and special friends.

Visitation will be from 1:30-3:00 pm at East Taylorsville Baptist Church on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 with the funeral service following at 3:00 pm. The Rev. Jamie Steele and Rev. Mark Marshall will be officiating. Burial will take place at Sulpher Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to Brenner Children’s Hospital, Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157

 

 

Larry Eugene Highland age 76, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Gordon Hospice House in Iredell County. Larry was born on December 25, 1938 to his late mother Delores Highland in Wood, West Virginia. He was a member of Mt. Airy Wesleyn Church. Larry served as a pilot in the Airforce. He worked as a contractor in the construction industry. Larry enjoyed watching Jeff Gordon race, traveling, loved building, and spending time with his family. He especially looked forward seeing his grandson.

In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by three brothers William “Bill” Highland Sr., Harry Lee Highland, Donald Highland, and one sister Patty Highland Young.

Larry leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 48 years Dolleta Hudkins Highland, one son Kevin Highland and wife Sharon, one grandson Cameron Highland, all of Stedman, N.C., and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

There are no formal arrangements at this time. A celebration of Larry’s life will be held at a later date.

The family requests that memorials be made to Mt. Airy Wesleyn Church, Mt Airy, N.C.