IMG_0001Kasey Lynn Norton, age 38, of Charlotte, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Carolinas Medical Center. Kasey was born to Barry Neil Norton and Vickie White Ellenburg on October 31, 1977. She enjoyed watching the Carolina Panthers and loved her dog Maya. Kasey graduated from Appalachian State University where she majored in chemistry and minored in physics and criminal justice. She earned her Masters degree in global management and traveled all over the world.
In addition to her parents, Kasey leaves to cherish her memory step mother Tammy Norton, sister Amy Purser, step brother Darrell McDaniels & wife Brooke, niece Ava, and a number of special friends and loved ones.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service from 6:00-8:30 pm. The funeral service will be conducted on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm in the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel.

Delores KokotkiewiczDelores Mae Hendrickson Kokotkiewicz, age 85, was born on March 16, 1931 to John & Anna. She married Louis Oliver Sr. on May 27, 1950. Married for 46 years, she was a homemaker, tutor, and worked with special needs children. She was a member of Liledoun Road Church of Christ.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daugther Kristy Hagerman, three sons: Kenneth Howard, Erik Verlin, & Derik Kerlin; two sisters: Joyce and Mary; two brothers: Cloyd & Norman; and a special friend Ben Blair.

She is survived by two sons and a daughter, a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews whom she loved beyond measure.

There are no formal arrangements at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Rd, Statesville, NC 28677


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Mr. James Elbert Stocks Jr. 81, of China Grove went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April, 6, 2016 after an extended illness. He was born March 3, 1935 in Alexander County to the late James Elbert Stocks and Ruby Caroline Warren Stocks. He was a member of Concord First Assembly where he was active in various phases of the church. He enjoyed playing the guitar and singing. James sang with the Singing Men of America for ten years, and sang with Arthur Smith and many quartets at many churches.

James loved his Lord and Savior, spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, and enjoyed fishing, gardening and traveling. He was very talented and liked to play and sing gospel music. He was very proud to have served in the United States Marines

The Stocks Family will receive friends and guests Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Whitley’s Funeral Home from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Concord First Assembly, The Village, Suite 15, with Pastor Brad Hargett officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at 1:00 P.M. in the Salisbury National Cemetery.

James was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Nettie H. Stocks, sons Jimmie James Elbert Stocks III of Marion, N.C. Dale Stocks (Caren) of Sarasota, Florida, Paul Stocks of Mint Hill, N.C., Marty Stocks of Cashiers, N.C., Jessie Jones ( Brandy ) of Cashiers, N.C., Phil Helms ( Sheila ) of China Grove, N.C., Three daughters, Teresa Smith ( David ) of Atlanta, Ga., Teri Brown ( Mark ) of Salisbury, N.C., Sabrina Black ( Jeff ) of Concord, N.C. Six brothers, Fred Stocks and Elbert Stocks, David Stocks ( Diane ) all of Hiddenite, N.C., Luther Stocks ( Melissa ) of Taylorsville, N.C., Leonard Stocks (Alice ) of Concord, N.C., Lester Stocks ( Elaine ) of Kannapolis, N.C. Twelve grandchildren, Ashley Overcash ( Chase ) of Salisbury, N.C., Zack Jones of Danville, Va., Maria Stafford, Courtney Stocks both of Sarasota, Florida, Samantha Smith of Atlanta, Ga., Caylee Jones, Caylib Jones, Sara Jones and Jessie Jones all of Cashiers, N.C., Trevor Hartley of Raleigh , N.C., Brook Helms and Nick Helms  both of China Grove, N.C.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, N.C. 28081.

Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com

Whitley’s Funeral Home, 1748 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis, N.C. is serving the Stocks Family.

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Treva Lucile Boyd Key, age 85, of Newton, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Trinity Ridge Nursing Home. Treva was born to the late William Franklin and Audry Marple Boyd on July 4, 1930 in Picher, Oklahoma. Before her retirement Treva worked as a billing clerk in the textile industry. Treva loved collecting recipes, reading, gardening, and enjoyed working with computers. In addition to her parents Treva was preceded in death by her husband E.J. Key, and four siblings.

Treva leaves to cherish her memory four children: Audry Parker, Steven Johnson, Chuck Johnson, & Elizabeth Key; sixteen grandchildren, many great grandchildren, a brother Billie Boyd, sister Cordea Humphries, and a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

A celebration of Treva’s life will be conducted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel at 3:00 pm. The Rev. Gary W. Jennings will be officiating. Inurnment will take place with the family.

Arnold GastonArnold Edward Gaston, age 79, of Taylorsville, passed away at his residence on Friday, April 1, 2016. There are no formal arrangements planned at this time.

Nellie PresnellNellie Sue Presnell, age 84, of Taylorsville, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Iredell Memorial Hospital. Nellie was born to the late Ervin Harvey and Mary Ella Collins Long on January 8, 1932 in Surry County, NC. Nellie was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents Nellie was preceded in death by brother Bruce Long, three half brothers: Roger, Jeffrey, & Moir Bunker. Nellie leaves to cherish her memory a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A graveside committal service will be conducted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.

IMGAlton Emmett Edmunds, age 82, of Hickory, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Abernathy Laurels. Mr. Edmunds was born to the late Robert Emmett and Nannie Louise Goldman Edmunds on February 18, 1934 in Greenwood, SC. Before his retirement he was employed by Milliken & Company as a Chemist for 48 years. Mr. Edmunds was a member of  Sandy Ridge Baptist Church.

Mr. Edmunds leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy Reese Edmunds, son Terrell Edmunds & wife Peggy, three daughters: Deborah Horton & husband James, Jan Folk & husband Thomas, Brooke White & husband Mark; five grandchildren: April Vogt & husband Andy, Brandalyn Connor & husband Charles IV, Kelly, Christin, & Caleb White; three great grandchildren: Logan Bishop, Harrison Vogt, & Charles “Quinn” Connor V; two sisters: Bernice Wilson & Linda Arrowood, & a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Visitation will be Monday, April 4, 2016 from 1:30-3:00 pm at Martins Crossroads Holiness Church in Lincolnton, GA. The funeral service will be conducted following visitation. The Rev. Reese LeRoy will be officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. The family will hold a memorial service in Hickory, NC at a later date.