Braxton SmithBraxton Corbin Smith, age 6, of Taylorsville, passed away at Mission Hospital in Asheville, on August 13, 2016. Braxton was born on January 15, 2010 to Kevin Douglas Smith and Danielle Brook Wallace in Catawba County. Braxton enjoyed riding dirt bikes, hunting, and fishing, but most of all he loved Jesus and his family.

In addition to his parents Braxton leaves to cherish his memory, sister, Kinsley Wallace; step brothers, Devin Thomas & Blake Head; two step sisters, Taylor Harrell & Hailey Head; grandparents, Tommy & Teresa Smith, Cindy & Eddy Wike, and Gary & Renee Wallace; aunt Amy & uncle Matt Holsclaw, uncle TJ & aunt Becky Smith; niece, Lydia Harrell, and nephew, Wyatt Holsclaw.

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service from 6:00-8:00 pm. A memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Alexander Funeral Service at 4:00 pm. Burial will take place in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.

Coy SipeCoy Estelle Woodring Sipe, age 99, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville, NC. She was born July 3, 1917 in Alexander County. Coy worked over 50 years for Sipe Lumber Co., a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church and enjoyed gardening. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Sipe; her brothers, Rosco Woodring; James Woodring; and her granddaughter, Sandra Sipe. She is survived by 5 children; three daughters, Betty Pennell, Carolyn James, and Kathy Loving; two sons, Conley Sipe and Ralph Sipe; 9 grandchildren, Rev. Earl Pennell, Bill Pennell, Mike Pennell, Karen Morris, Mark James, Kurt James, Kevin Sipe, Kendall Sipe, and Marie Markuson; 13 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be conducted at St. Luke Lutheran Church Cemetery, Monday, August 22, 2016 with Pastor Andrew Miller officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to St. Luke Lutheran Church (Graveyard Fund), 1364 Church Rd, Taylorsville, NC  28681.

Darlene Milstead Barnes, age 56, of Taylorsville went to her heavenly home on Thursday, August 18, 2016. She was born March 10, 1960 to Ruby and the late Rayford Milstead and worked at Wilkes Community College and Furniture Mart in Hickory. Darlene was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church and loved to farm, work in the flowers and was a great cook. She also loved her nieces just like they where her own. Including her father she is preceded in death by her aunt and uncle, Ruth and Larry Fox.

Including her mother, those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 21 years, Phillip Joe Barnes; her great nieces, Amy and Emily Barnes; brother, Randy Milstead and wife Penny; sister, Angie Kirby and husband Don; and as well as a number of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles

Visitation will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at Mt. Herman Baptist Church with the service to follow at 3:30 pm. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Paul Schronce will officiate the service. Pallbearers include Bill Lackey; Mike Dagenhart; Roger, Chris, & Todd Harrington; Terry Bumgarner; and Michael & Greg Fox. Memorials may be made to Mt. Herman Baptist Church: Po Box 697, Taylorsville, NC  28681.

Edgar BonnerEdgar Leander Bonner, age 73, of Taylorsville, passed away August 13, 2016 at Caldwell Hospice. Mr. Bonner was born to the late Elonzo and Ellen Ada Sandy Bonner on November 4, 1942 in Tyler County, West Virginia. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed doing biblical research. His hobby was working on electronics. Mr. Bonner owned and operated Alarm Electronic Manufacturing company.

Mr. Bonner leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 41 years, Hazel Ellen Gurley Bonner; sister, Janelle Perkin of Belpre; Ohio, two brothers, David Bonner of Middlebourne, West Virginia, Daniel Bonner of Inwood, West Virginia; five step children, Sherry Calhoun of Bethlehem, Kitty Elliott of Conover, Christal Zeller of Taylorsville, Daphne Martin of Conover, and Bobbie Williams of Lake buller, Florida; nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. There are no formal arrangements at this time. Flowers are not being accepted but donations are encouraged to be given to Hospice of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Ln, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or to Hospice of Caldwell County, 526 Pine Mountain Rd, Hudson, NC 28638

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com.

Coyet AdkinsCoyet Raymond “Shorty” Adkins, 95, of Taylorsville, passed away in the Catawba Valley Hospice House, in Hickory, on Thursday, August 11, 2016.  Born on May 17, 1921, to the late Effie Estelle Adkins and Clyde Wesley Church.

Coyet served in the United States Army (Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion) from  July 1941-December 1945. Coyet owned & operated City Cab in Taylorsville and was employed by Lewittes Furniture.

Coyet was an active member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church for the past 70 years.  He loved to build things in his workshop.  He also loved to hunt and fish…but, most of all he would buy, sell and trade just about anything.

Including parents, he was preceded in death by brother, Arville Adkins, sisters, Edna Adkins Orren and Ollie Mae Adkins Brown, and granddaughter Mandy Hanes.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 69 years Marie Pennell Adkins, two sons, Sammy Adkins and wife Frankie of Wittenburg, Darrell Adkins and wife Sharon of Hiddenite, three daughters, Anita Woods and husband George of Taylorsville, Janet  Shoemaker and husband Tony of Wilkesboro, and Angelia Keever of Taylorsville, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, August 14, 2016, at East Taylorsville Baptist Church with Rev. Jamie Steele officiating.  Visitation is from 1:30-3:00 and funeral service at 3:00. Burial will follow in the Taylorsville City Cemetery, with military rites provided by DAV Post 84 of Taylorsville & 6 of Hudson. Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.

6IMG_0001Ardean Joe Howe, age 96, of Taylorsville, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016 at Gordon Hospice House. Mr. Howe was born in Bentley County, Kansas on October 22, 1919 to the late Harry R. and Annie J. Longberg. He served in the United States Army and fought in World War II. Mr. Howe was a member of Carson Chapel United Methodist Church. In addition to his parents Mr. Howe was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Evelyn Marshall Howe, brothers: Albert & Oran Howe; and sisters: Alice & Anna Howe.

Mr. Howe leaves to carry on his legacy nephew, Alan Bentley & wife Sandy, nieces: Marsha White & husband Bill and Margaret Childers & husband Reece, and sister in law, Wilma Bentley & husband Clenith.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at Carsons Chapel United Methodist Church. The Rev. Mark Marshall will be officiating the service. The family requests that in addition to flowers memorials be made to Carsons Chapel United Methodist Church, 1551 Carson Chapel Rd, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Military rites provided by Chapter 84 of Taylorsville and Chapter 6 of Hudson.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service.

Condolences may be sent to http://www.alexfuneralservice.com.

George FoxGeorge Holland Fox, age 77, of Mt. Gilead NC,  formerly of Hiddenite, passed away in Stanley Manor, Albermarle, NC on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. Born in Wilkes County, to the late Thomas Lee and Maude Ella Bumgarner Fox, on March 29, 1939, he was a professional tour bus and truck driver, having driven many of the college and minor league teams on the east coast.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Reynolds Fox of the home as well as his children Mr. and Mrs. Terry Lee Fox, of Summerville, SC. Donna Louise Mills and Georgia Annette Sexton and husband Wade, both of Myrtle Beach. He has two step children, Dennis Batten, of Troy and Donna Batten, of Greensboro, NC.  He is survived by two sisters, Mima Jean Marshall and husband Lynn, of Taylorsville and Margaret Pennell Little and husband Randy, of Hiddenite.  His brother Wade Fox and wife Karen, of Tayorsville also survive. Grandchildren, Jason, Jacob, Caleb, Noel, Crystal, Amanda and Anthony will remember their grandfather. There are a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside committal services will be held at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery in Hiddenite at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 6, 2016. Rev. Jamie Steele will officiate.