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Emma SharpeEmma “Blanche” Sharpe, age 99, of Hiddenite, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, February 23, 2016. She was born to the late Baxter Leroy and Mary Elizabeth Lackey Bruce on February 11, 1917 in Alexander County. Blanche was a member of South River United Methodist Church in Hiddenite. She loved growing beautiful flowers and caring for children & animals. Blanche was a tobacco farmer and house wife. She retired from Uniglass Industries in 1978 and Alexander County Government in 2002 at the age of 85.

In addition to her parents Blanche was preceded in death by her husband of 16 years, George W. Sharpe, infant brother Elbert Bruce, brother Thomas Bruce, and son in law Gary Poole.

She leaves to cherish her memory her son and caregiver, Robert L. Sharpe, daughter Barbara Poole both of Hiddenite, four granddaughters: Terisa Morrison & husband Jack of Hiddenite, Renee Keever of Pensacola, FL., Jamie Head & husband Tim of Statesville, Heather Pierce & husband Tyler ofNewton; six great grandchildren: Josh Morrison, Tiffany Marlow both of Charleston, SC., Bryce & Kendall Keever both of Pensacola, FL., Garison & Dalton Head of Statesville, Baby Pierce on the way; two great-great grandchildren: Owen & Finn Marlow both of Charleston; special friends: Winnie Sloan & Paulette Smith; special thanks to all caregivers from Hospice since 2009, and a host of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Pisgah United Methodist Church in Hiddenite at 2:00 pm. Pastor Tom Corbell will be officiating the service. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Pallbearers include: Tim Head, Tyler Pierce, Jack Morrison, Josh Morrison, and Seth Chapman; honorary pallbearers include: Owen Marlow, Garison Head, and Dalton Head. The family will receive friends at other times at the home of Blanche’s daughter Barbara Poole. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Hospice of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28677

WP_20151121_001-1Wade “Tommy” Cox, age 56, of Taylorsville, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at his residence. He was the son of the late William Wade and Jenny Martha Oxentine Cox who survives. Mr. Cox was born on June 12, 1959 in Caldwell County. He attended Revelation Church in Taylorsville. Mr. Cox was a very giving, kind, joyful, loving person and was always so full of life. He was known as “Mr. Fix It”. In addition to his father Mr. Cox was preceded in death  by one brother, Jimmy Calvin Cox.

A long with his mother Mr. Cox is survived by his wife of 10 years, Sheila “Joyce” Carr Cox of the home, two daughters: Sheena Marie Coffey & husband Robert of Hudson, Misty Dawn Ortiz & husband German of Hickory; two brothers: Billy Ray Cox & wife Cynthia of Taylorsville, Eddie Cox of Spartanburg, SC; two sisters: Diane Price & husband Archie of Monroe, Linda Louise Cox of Taylorsville; three step children: April Connet & husband John of Winston Salem, Tamera Coffey & husband Brent of Taylorsville, John  Jordan of Ashville; five step grandchildren: Ian, Colin, & Aiden Coffey, Landen Perkins, & Jaydyn Coffey, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service in the chapel at 4:00 pm. The family will receive friends following the service. The Rev. Michael E. Carr will be officiating. Inurnment will follow with the family.

Billie MillsapsBillie Monroe Millsaps, age 78, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Thursday, February 11, 2016. He was the son of the late Garfield and Sarah Jane Linney Millsaps. Mr. Millsaps was born on February 14, 1937 in Alexander County. He was a lifelong member of Smith Grove Baptist Church. He attended faithfully until he was unable to. He served as deacon, leader of the choir, and Sunday school teacher. Mr. Millsaps was self employed as an auto mechanic. Mr. Millsaps was owner and operator of Billie’s Auto Repair. He specialized in transmission and motor repair. He loved cars especially Lincolns & Fords. He enjoyed spending time with his family, listening to Christian music, and singing. Mr. Millsaps will be remembered for his kind heart and love of the Lord.

In addition to his parents Mr. Millsaps was preceded in death by his sons: William Boyd Millsaps & Rickey Millsaps; brothers: Rev. Mack, Aaron, Joby, & Cecil; and sisters: Dot, Kate, & Ada.

He leaves behind his legacy to be cherished by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Parsons Millsaps, daughters: Vanessa Golightly & husband Rufus, Sheila Millsaps, Rhonda Collins & husband Eddie, Sandra Millsaps, Julia Pollock, & Sherry Millsaps; his son Eddie Millsaps & wife Margaret, sister Wilma Speaks, 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be held from 12:30-2:00 pm Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. The Rev. William Little, Rev. Melvin Linney, and Rev. James Millsaps will be officiating. Burial will take place in the Smith Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family requests that in addition to flowers that memorials be made to Alexander County Hospice, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681

 

Maxine MaysMaxine D. Stafford Mays Mays, age 85, of Taylorsville, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2016 at her residence.
She was born on a Monday, April 7, 1930 to the late U. Burette (Ret) Stafford and Beulah E. Bowman Stafford.
She was a lifelong member of Friendship Lutheran Church and was employed at Clayton Marcus and Taylor King Furniture for many years as a Floor lady.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Lynn E. Mays in January 1976 and her second husband Daniel B. Mays in January 2012, a brother Howard Stafford and wife Nell-Rose, two brother in laws Rayford Fox and Kelly Bowman, two nieces Linda Dean Stafford and Deborah Bowman Mecimore, granddaughter Tiffany and great granddaughter Karsen.
She is survived by three daughters Vickie Church, Janet M. Walker and husband Ray and Deidra M. Locklear and husband David all of Taylorsville. Two sons Denny Stafford and wife Kathy and Terry Mays and wife Teeney of Taylorsville. Two stepdaughters Deborah Ramsey and husband Doug of Lynchburg, VA and Dianne M. Schwartzkopf of Crossville, TN. Eight grandchildren Denita Stafford and fiancé Greg Bumgarner, Nicole S. Whitener and husband Ty, Brandon Stafford and wife Abbie, Summer W. Eldreth and husband Chad, Amber Walker, Mackenzie Payne, Kaley M. Chapman and husband Colby, Macklinton Shook and wife Brittany. Five step grandchildren Sarah Baker and husband Titus, Stephanie Schwartzkopf, Matt Ramsey and Chris Ramsey and wife Lauren and Miranda Locklear. Her little helpers great grandchildren Jaelyn Hopper, Kya Clark, Kassie, Kohen and Kisha Eldreth and seven other great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren. Two sisters Christine S. Fox and Mabel S. Bowman and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Special friends Johnsie Lackey, Juanita Shook, Phil and Jennifer Whitaker, Roger and Kay Johnson. Special caregivers Rhonda Sherrill and Tracey Phillips.
Pall bearers are Chad Eldreth, Dale Chapman, Micheal Fox, Zachary Stafford, Troy Herman, Robert Herman, Jaelyn Hopper and Kohen Eldreth.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:00-8:30 pm at Friendship Lutheran Church. The funeral will be held Friday, February 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the church. The Rev. Carol Yeager, Rev. Gregory Yeager, and Rev. Jeff Chapman will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. The family requests that in addition to flowers that memorials be made to Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Rd, Newton, NC 28658

IMG_0002Phillip “Phil” Chapman, age 84, of the Midway community in Stony Point, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Mr. Chapman was the son of the late David Earl and Emma Lou Dagenhart Chapman. He was born on March 15, 1931 in Alexander County. Mr. Chapman served in US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church. He was owner and operator of Phil’s Auto Repair in Stony Point. He was an avid baseball and Nascar racing fan. Mr. Chapman enjoyed attending church with his family and friends and loved riding motorcycles.

In addition to his parents Mr. Chapman was preceded in death by his sister Milford White, one brother Thomas “Bun” Chapman, a daughter Tanna Shives, and sister in law Linda Chapman.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 28 years, Shirley Williams Chapman, one son Larry Chapman of Stony Point, one daughter Dawn Chapman Fox & husband Jeffrey Dean of Taylorsville, five step children: Denise Pruett of Belmont, NC, Frankie Smith, Debbie Rector both of Stony Point, Lisa Cornelius of Statesville, Gerri Pennix of Stony Point; two brothers: Billy Shaw Chapman & wife Phyllis and David Earl Chapman both of Stony Point; two grandchildren: Sean Brewer of Statesville and Hailey Fox of Taylorsville; thirteen step grandchildren, fourteen step great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral is Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 3 pm and will be held at Lebanon Baptist Church. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. The Rev. Eddie Jolly and Rev. Keith Childers will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Military Rites provided by DAV chapter 84 of Taylorsville and chapter 6 of Hudson. Pallbearers include: Keith Chapman, Dennis Chapman, Chris Chapman, Johnny Chapman, Shannon Chapman, and Jan Brewer. The family requests that in addition to flowers that memorials be made to Lebanon Baptist Church Building Fund, 215 Mt. Olive Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681

Betty WyattBetty Jo Shepherd Wyatt, age 81, of Taylorsville, passed away at her residence on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Betty was the daughter of the late Floyd F. and Lucille Shepherd. She was born on August 18, 1934 in Wilkes County. Betty attended Rocky Springs Baptist Church. In addition to her parents Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, William Paul Wyatt.

She leaves to cherish her memory six sons: William Michael Wyatt of Ellendale, Dwight Franklin Wyatt of Claremont, Jimmy Lee Wyatt, Terry Wayne Wyatt, Timmy Ray Wyatt all of Ellendale, & Jeffery Lynn Wyatt of Taylorsville; two daughters: Paula W. Shelton of Sugarloaf and Pamela W. Kerley & husband Don of North Wilkesboro; one sister Jenny Lovette of Charlotte; ten grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 12:00-1:00 pm at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral will follow in the funeral home chapel at 1:00 pm. The Rev. Brian Correll will be officiating. Burial will take place in the North Wilkesboro City Cemetery.

George Rogers George “Lee” Rogers, age 83, of Taylorsville, passed away at Valley Nursing Center on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Mr. Rogers was the son of the late Lindsay and Beatrice Watts Rogers. He was born on August 29, 1932 in Wilkes County. Mr. Rogers served his country in the US Army, was a Alexander County Chief Deputy Sherriff, Town of Taylorsville Manager, and Alexander County Administrator. Mr. Rogers served in food services for restaurant startup and owned Lee’s Restaurant at one time. He was a very skilled carpenter and loved spending time with his family. Mr. Rogers was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church. In addition to his parents Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by a sister Florrie Rogers Kerley.

Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife Mary Shafer Rogers of the home, two sons: Lenny Rogers of Taylorsville, and George Rogers & wife Crystal of Hickory; six grandchildren: Rachel Rogers of Costa Rica, Hannah & Ben Rogers of Taylorsville, Jarrod, Lily, & Levi Rogers all of Hickory, one sister Ann Greer & husband Frank of Lexington, one brother Earl Rogers & wife Dakota of Can’on City, CO, and a number of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 pm Monday, February 8, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service. The funeral service will be held at Three Forks Baptist Church on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the funeral service. The Rev. Carson Moseley will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ben Rogers, Trey Herman, Craig Childers, Guy Kerley, Ronnie Jones, and Lee Herman. The family requests that in addition to flowers that memorials be made to Lee’s granddaughter Rachel Rogers who is a missionary in Costa Rica. Donations can be sent in care of Cross Point Church, Rachel Rogers ZOE Ministries, 2425 N Center St., No. 126, Hickory, NC 28601. Full military rites provided by DAV Chapter 84 of Taylorsville, & Chapter 6 of Hudson, and American Legion post 170.