Tracy Clayton Walker, age 83, of Statesville, died Sunday, December 1, 2002, at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville following a four-year period of declining health. He had been seriously ill for four weeks. He was born in Wilkes County March 5, 1919, the son of the late Harvey Andrew Walker and Lottie Privette Walker. After graduation, Mr. Walker enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving for six years, and during World War II, enduring the Battle of Ardennes Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Battle of the Rhine River, receiving several medals and stars for bravery. He slept on the ground for twenty-nine months during the conflicts. Mr. Walker went to work for the N.C. Department of Transpor-tation, where he worked for thirty-four years as a machine operator, retiring in September 1979 due to a major stroke. Mr. Walker was a charter member of Maranatha Baptist Church, now known as Northmont Baptist. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Walker. Survivors include his wife of twenty-four years, Carolyn Norton Walker, whom he married June 9, 1978; one daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and Joe White of Statesville; two step-sons and their wives, Nathan and Janet Hines of Hiddenite and David and Angela Hines of Statesville; two grandchildren, Tracy Stone and wife Melanie and Bradley Clements, all of Roanoke, Va.; five step-grandchildren, Frankie, Chelsea, and Lily Anne Hines, all of Hiddenite, and Jacob and Anna Hines of Statesville; two great-grandchildren, Georgi and Morgan Stone of Roanoke, Va.; three sisters, Mrs. Joe (Margie) W. Hollars of North Wilkesboro, Mrs. Mary W. Martin of Statesville, and Mrs. Charles (Ruth) W. Mullis of Hamptonville; three brothers, Marvin C. Walker of Blowing Rock, Rev. Coy Walker of Taylorsville, and Rev. Dempsey Walker of North Wilkesboro; and a sister-in-law, Velma J. Walker of Greensboro.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, December 4, 2002, at 3:00 p.m. at Yadkin Baptist Church with Rev. J.B. Parker, Jr., and Rev. Sidney Norton officiating. Burial will follow in the Stony Point Cemetery with military rites provided by V.F.W. Post 10,000 of Hiddenite. Pallbearers include Brian Goodwin, Dwight Goodwin, Mark Marlowe, Marvin Beam, Joseph Reinwald, and J. Fred Alexander. Honorary pallbearers include Hubert Parker, Zeb Speece, Nick Alexander, Phillip Hilderlein, Monty Dellinger, Willis Pharr, Medford Holland, Jack Barker, R.T. Gryder, and James Gryder. Memorials may be made to Yadkin Baptist Church, 2980 Wilkesboro Hwy., Statesville, NC 28625 or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 9844-C, Southern Pines.
Reavis Funeral Home of Statesville is in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn Barnette Montgomery, age 83, of Cornelius, died Friday, November 29, 2002. She was born in Alexander County November 7, 1919, the daughter of the late William A. Barnette and Winnie K. Barnette. She moved to Kannapolis at the age of five, where she lived the majority of her life. She was a long-standing member of North Kannapolis Baptist Church, where she served as church pianist in her early years. She also played for the Towel City Quartet and entertained on the radio and at various church functions. Mrs. Montgomery was active in the Children’s Sunday School Department for many years, teaching, playing the piano, and mentoring. In the late 1950’s, she taught piano lessons and choir at Ellendale Elementary School in Taylorsville, and in the early 1960’s, at New Salem Elementary School in Union County. She later worked for and retired from the J.C. Penny Company. She married Ernest E. Montgomery on April 16, 1941. Together, they traveled to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, and many of the United States. They lived in Maryland, California, and North Carolina, and moved to the Lake Norman area in 2000. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Mazo Barnette, and three brothers, L.K. Barnette, Roy Barnette, and Baines Barnette.
Survivors include her husband of sixty-one years, Ernest E. Montgomery; a daughter, Donna McDaniel and husband Don of Cornelius; a granddaughter, Kristin F. Blouin and husband Kirk of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; a brother, Dr. Henlee H. Barnette of Kentucky; a sister, Colleen B. Lowder and husband C.A. of Virginia; three sisters-in-law, Margaret P. Barnette of China Grove, Ethel Barnette of Kannapolis, and Katie Land of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to North Kannapolis Baptist Church, 312 Locust St., Kannapolis, NC 28081. Funeral services were conducted Sunday evening, December 1, 2002, at the Whitley Funeral Home Chapel. A family burial was held Monday, December 2, 2002, at Carolina Memorial Park in Kannapolis. Whitley’s Funeral Home of Kannapolis was in charge of arrangements. Thelma Jane Dagenhart Bumgarner, age 83, of Millersville Rd., Taylorsville, died unexpectedly Monday, December 2, 2002, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She was born in Alexander County March 9, 1919, the daughter of the late Ed Dagenhart and Clara Warren Dagenhart. She was a retired furniture worker and a member of Mt. Wesley Wesleyan Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Bumgarner; a brother, Euell Dagenhart; and an infant son. Survivors include two sons, Willy D. Mathews of Taylorsville and Steve Matthews of Hiddenite; one daughter, Lori B. Hendrix of Lenoir; two brothers, Paul Dagenhart and Earl Dagenhart, both of Taylorsville; two sisters, Hazel Barnes of Taylorsville and Emmo Elder of Winston-Salem; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, December 4, 2002, 7:00-8:30 p.m., at Chapman Funeral Home in Stony Point. At other times, the family will assemble at the home of her son, Willy Mathews, 2671 Millersville Rd., Taylorsville.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, December 5, 2002, at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Wesley Wesleyan Church with Rev. Eric Yelton and Rev. Don Dennis officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mt. Wesley Wesleyan Church, 420 Mt. Wesley Church Rd., Hiddenite, NC 28636. Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Bumgarner Family, www.chapmanfuneralhome.com. Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is in charge of arrangements.
Pete T. Bowman, age 92, of Rink Dam Rd., Taylorsville, died Saturday, November 30, 2002, at his residence following a period of declining health.
He was born in Alexander County June 2, 1910, the son of the late Calvin Bowman and Matilda Miller Bowman. He was a member of Shiloh Lutheran Church and was retired as a service driver from Clayton Marcus Furniture. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Gilbert Bowman, Augustus Bowman, John Bowman, Vernace Bowman, and Charles Bowman; four sisters, Carrie Hickey, Amanda Hefner, Alice Isenhour, and Edna Bowman; and a granddaughter, Sherry Bowman.
Survivors include his wife, Lottie Elizabeth Bowman; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ted and Glenda Bowman and Wayne and Nancy Bowman, all of Bethlehem, and Linzey and Doris Bowman of Taylorsville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Pauline and Arnold Richey of Bethlehem and LouAnn and Harold Frye and Glenda and Conley Sipe, all of Taylorsville; a sister, Susie Bowman of the Lutheran Home West in Hickory; five grandsons, Chris Richey, Bradley Richey, Eric Frye, Kevin Sipe, and Kendall Sipe; eight granddaughters, Cindy Maese, Roxanne Buff, Crystal Clipperd, Julia Rhyne, Shelly Chapman, Mitzi Farrens, Jill Peek, and Christie Alley; nine great-grandsons, Joey Richey, Jamie Richey, Kyle Richey, Morgan London, Jacob Frye, Mason Frye, Keaton Peek, Karter Peek, and Kyler Peek; seven great-granddaughters, Carolina Clipperd, Porter Maese, Andrea Rhyne, Briana Rhyne, Candy Sprinkle, Kaitlyn Sipe, and Kenna Sipe; and a great-great-grandson, Logon Sprinkle. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 3, 2002, at Shiloh Lutheran Church with Rev. Walter L. Hitchcock, Jr., and Rev. Glenn Yount officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers included Chris Richey, Bradley Richey, Kevin Sipe, Kendall Sipe, Eric Frye, and Dennis Rhyne. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681 or to Shiloh Lutheran Church, 1011 Shiloh Church Rd., Hickory, NC 28601. Hickory Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Gary Lee Derrer, age 57, of Noblesville, Ind., died Wednesday, November 27, 2002, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Ind. He was born in Lanark, Ill., September 12, 1945, the son of the late Russell Eliott Derrer and Leonore Weidman Derrer. He was a sales representative for Triden Construction Supply, Inc., of Indianapolis, Ind. He also bred and raised Belgian Draft horses and was a Belgian Draft Horse Judge. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Noblesville, Ind., and also a member of the Belgian Draft Horse Corporation of America, the Indiana Draft Horse Breeders Association, the Holstein Dairy Association, and the Illinois National Guard. Survivors include his wife, Siro I. Wiemero Derrer, whom he married April 19, 1969; three sons, Randy Lee Derrer and wife Nanette of Taylorsville, Richard Lee Derrer and wife Victoria of Defiance, Ohio, and Rusty Lee Derrer and wife Lindsay of Lebanon, Ind.; a brother, Ronald Derrer of Milan, Ill.; three grandchildren, Ashley Derrer, Alexandria Derrer, and Bryce Derrer; and his step-mother, Leona Derrer of Grove City, Ohio. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, December 1, 2002, at Bethel Lutheran Church with Rev. Douglas Gast officiating. Burial followed in the Cicero Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, 20650 Cumberland Rd., Noblesville, IN 46060.
Hartley Funeral Homes, Cicero Chapel, was in charge of arrangements. This obituary is a courtesy of Alexander Funeral Service, Inc., of Taylorsville.
Rosa Marie Summers Bennett, age 55, of Dodge St., Taylorsville, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 30, 2002, at her residence. She was born in Rowan County September 4, 1947, the daughter of the late Clyde Richard Summers and Louvenia Tuck Summers. She attended R.A. Clement School in Cleveland and Unity High School in Statesville. She was a member of Bethlehem Holiness Church, where she was an assistant Sunday School teacher in the Beginners Class, a faithful choir member, and served wherever she was needed. Mrs. Bennett always fellowshipped in various churches and conventions.
Survivors include her husband, Harrison Bennett; two daughters, Mrs. Donald L. (Audrey) Corry of Hickory and Yolanda Hope Bennett of Taylorsville; a step-son, Adrian Redmond of Statesville; four brothers, Henry Summers and wife Peggy, Raymond Summers, Theodore Summers, and Charles Summers and wife Peggy, all of Statesville; five sisters, Mrs. Archie (Katie) Brown of Roanoke, Va., and Carolyn Dobbins, Mrs. Wilford (Deborah) Walls, Mrs. Gary (Glyness) Morrison, and Mrs. Allen (Dieatta) Slaughter, all of Statesville; her mother-in-law, Essie Mae Bennett of Hiddenite; six grandchildren, Brock Corry, Christian Corry, Kamrom Summers, Mercedes Corry, Vanity Corry, and Quadry Redmond; three brothers-in-law, Larry Poole and Jimmy Bennett, both of Hiddenite, and Romie Bennett of Statesville; four sisters-in-law, Patricia Keaton and Paulette Jones, both of Stony Point, and Mrs. Charles (Jackie) Payne and Melissa Ferguson, both of Taylorsville; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, December 5, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. in the Mary B. Bigham Memorial Chapel of Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home in Statesville with Bishop Wallace Shields, Jr., officiating. Overseer Naomi Mott will deliver the eulogy. The body will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home, where members of the family will receive friends Thursday, December 5, 2002, 12:30-1:30 p.m., one hour prior to the funeral service. At other times, the family will assemble at the residence, 150 Dodge St., Taylorsville.
Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home of Statesville is in charge of arrangements.
Nell Rimmer Weaver, age 81, of Ruritan Park Rd., Stony Point, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville following an extended illness. She was born in Iredell County August 23, 1921, the daughter of the late Roy Hayward Rimmer and Gertrude Murdock Rimmer. She was retired from Valley Nursing Center as a health care worker and was a member of Millersville Baptist Church. Mrs. Weaver was also a member of Stony Point Eastern Star #58. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Paul Deal; one son, Jimmy Deal; two brothers, James Knox Rimmer and Robert Leo Rimmer; and one sister, Helen Adams. Survivors include her husband, Albert “Bo” Weaver of the home; one son, Tommy Deal and wife Rebecca of Hollywood, Fla.; one daughter, Judy Sweet and husband Earl of Taylorsville; one brother, Franklin Rimmer of Stony Point; three sisters, Doris Overcash of Stony Point, Margie Moore of Statesville, and Willie Little of Taylorsville; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 30, 2003, at Millersville Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Orren and Rev. Eddie Jolly officiating. Burial followed in the Stony Point Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice & Home Care of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Weaver Family at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com. Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point was in charge of arrangements.
Mamie Brown Kennedy, age 77, of Kenansville, N.C., departed this life Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She joins her husband of fifty years, Oliver Allen “Ted” Kennedy, who preceded her to Glory on July 4, 1997. She will be remembered always for her unconditional faith in God. She is survived by one child, Donna Kennedy Hedrick and husband Edward Lawrence Hedrick, IV, of Taylorsville; one grandson, Edward Lawrence Hedrick, V, whom she loved dearly; two brothers, Norman Brown and wife Lessie and Richard Brown and wife Grace, all of Beulaville, N.C.; two sisters, Francis Brock and husband J.C. of Wallace, N.C., and Virginia Cottle of Teachy, N.C. She also is survived by many, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews and several great-great-nieces and nephews. She loved each and everyone of her family members deeply. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 31, 2003, at Community Funeral Home in Beulaville with burial at East Duplin Memorial Gardens in Beulaville. Memorials may be made to Kenansville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 865, Kenansville, NC 28349, or to Taylorsville Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 507, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
Edward Earl Stout, age 78, of Taylorsville, died Saturday, May 31, 2003, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. He was born in Johnson County, Tenn., September 15, 1924, the son of the late Alexander Stout and Sarah Shoun Stout. He was employed as Maintenance Supervisor for the Town of Taylorsville for twelve years. Prior to his employment with the Town of Taylorsville, he was employed with Westinghouse for twenty-two years. Mr. Stout was a veteran of the U.S. Airforce, serving during World War II, and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed playing the guitar and was an accomplished gardener and master woodworker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde Stout and Spencer Stout, and one sister, Maude Kyte. Survivors include his wife of fifty-five years, Kathryn Denney Stout of Taylors-ville; one sister, Ona Peters of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 2, 2003, at the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel in Taylorsville with Rev. Gary Jennings officiating. Burial followed in the Taylorsville City Cemetery. Pallbearers included Darren Scott, Giles Scott, Edward Fox, Larry Scarbro, Jack Kyte, and Enos Scarbro. Alexander Funeral Service, Inc., of Taylorsville was in charge of arrangements.
Carolyn Flowers Mayes, age 68, of Radio Rd., Taylorsville, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory following an illness of six months. She was born in Watauga County February 20, 1939, the daughter of the late Haskell George Flowers and Aretha Grimes Flowers. She was a former employee of Carolina Glove Company and was retired from Shurtape Technologies. She was a member of New Zion Baptist Church, where she served as church secretary, Sunday School teacher, and was a member of the senior choir. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Annie Mae Green Flowers McNeil. Survivors include her husband, Willis Mayes; three daughters, Clarissa Nell Causey of Taylorsville, Theresa Ann M. Lackey and husband Craig of Hiddenite, and Ingrid Regina Smith and husband Marvin of Taylorsville; a son, Willis Mayes, Jr., and wife Tonya of Taylorsville; a step-daughter, Zenobia Gaines and husband Chris of Lenoir; two brothers, Ronald G. Flowers and wife Vivian and Robert G. Flowers and wife Paula, all of Washington, D.C.; and twelve grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Friday, May 30, 2003, at New Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Vincent Linney, Rev. Ardeal Roseboro, Rev. Jeffrey Miller, and Rev. William Little officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Adams Funeral Home of Taylorsville was in charge of arrangements.
Effie Hendren Levan, age 98, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 2, 2003, at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville following a brief illness. She was born in Hiddenite, Alexander County, January 28, 1905, the daughter of the late William Baxter Hendren and Minnie Adams Hendren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of seventy-two years, Jefferson Marsh Levan; a son, Kenneth Marsh Levan; a sister, Flora H. Millsaps of Hiddenite; two brothers, Glenn Hendren and W.B. Hendren, Jr., of Hiddenite and Clay Hendren of Statesville. Survivors include a son, Alfred Landon Levan and wife Maxine of Statesville; three daughters include Robena Levan Lackey of Winston-Salem and Loretta Levan Englebert and husband Howard and Patricia Levan Crider and husband Jim, both of Statesville; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Kenneth (Jean) Levan of Statesville; nine grandchildren, Janice Lackey Pickeral, Gary Lackey, Jeff Levan, Terry Levan, Kent Englebert, Lori Englebert Hawkins, Michael Levan, Melissa Crider Bass, and Phillip Crider; sixteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Lona H. Teague of Statesville and Ruth H. Fox and Thelma H. Russell, both of Hiddenite. Mrs. Effie was known to her family and friends as a loving mother and a fine Christian lady who upheld God’s work in everything she did. For fifty years, Mrs. Effie resided in the Trinity Community off Wilkesboro Hwy. Her interests included gardening, needlework, and quilting. In her spare time, she crocheted afghans for residents in the nursing home for Christmas gifts. Fifteen months ago, Mrs. Effie suffered a massive stroke which paralyzed her right side and her ability to speak. At this point, she became a resident of Autumn Care in Statesville. Although unable to speak, she continued to make friends and to bless the lives of fellow residents, nurses, and doctors. Mrs. Effie was privileged to have many great caretakers some who included Jane Forsyth, Helen Cashion, and Gay Hendren. Mrs. Effie and her children thought of these ladies as family. Mrs. Effie would not want us to mourn her death but to celebrate her life, for now, she is in the presence of the Lord.Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Yadkin Baptist Church in Statesville with Dr. J.B. Parker officiating. The body will lie in state thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, June 4, 2003, 7:00-8:30 p.m., at Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home in Statesville. At other times, the family will assemble at the home of a daughter, Pat Crider, 126 Ashbrook Rd., Statesville.
Memorials may be made to Yadkin Baptist Church, 466 Yadkin Valley Rd., Statesville, N C 28677. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Levan Family at www.legacy.com. Bunch-Johnson Funeral Home of Statesville is in charge of arrangements.
Wilburn Lee Warren, age 78, of Church Rd., Hiddenite, died Tuesday evening, June 3, 2003, at the Veterans Hospital in Salisbury. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Chapman Funeral Home in Stony Point.
Gladie Woodrow Meadows, age 88, of Charlie Lackey Rd., Hiddenite, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Chapman Funeral Home in Stony Point.
Lamon Lee Moretz, age 41, of Jake Reese Court, Taylorsville, died unexpectedly Monday, June 2, 2003, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. He was born in Caldwell County April 12, 1962, the son of Gary Austin and Cynthia Moretz, both of Purlear, N.C. He was a graduate of Alexander Central High School and was owner/operator of C&M Truck Service in Hildebran. He was a member of Mt. Herman Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Mixed Adult Sunday School Class. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Alicia Matthews Moretz, whom he married March 6, 1993; a son, Dillon Moretz, and a daughter, Lacey Moretz, both of the home; a brother, Eric Austin of Alexander County; two sisters, Robin McAlpin and husband Mike of Chesapeake, Va., and Tina Ross and husband Sam of Vale.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, June 5, 2003, at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Herman Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Schronce and Rev. Wayne Huffman officiating. The body will lie in state thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, June 4, 2003, 7:30-9:00 p.m., at Adams Funeral Home in Taylorsville. At other times, the family will assemble at the residence. Adams Funeral Home of Taylorsville is in charge of arrangements.