Betty S. Smithey
Betty Soots Smithey, 80, of Wilkesboro, died Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Wilkes Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Smithey was born November 10, 1926, in Wilkes County, the daughter of the late Robert Soots and Pearl Parlier Soots. She was a member of Oakwoods Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Smithey was preceded in death by two sons, Floyd Thomas Smithey and Johnny Ray Smithey; four sisters, Sybil Soots, Tom Pardue, Hazel Robinson, and Willa Mae Robinson; and two brothers, Claude Soots and Bud Soots.
Survivors include her husband, Genio Smithey of Brushy Mtn. Rd., Wilkesboro; four daughters, Brenda Shew and husband Alton, Fredia Smithey and husband Jack, and Gaynell Moore and William Hawkins, all of Wilkesboro, and Toni Jo Pruitt and husband Lynn of Hays; two sons, Roy Dean Smithey and wife Barbara of Taylorsville and Bill Gene Smithey and wife Jody of Madisonville, Tenn.; one sister, Ruby Ellis of Wilkesboro; nineteen grandchildren; and thirty-two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at Fishing Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Darrell Poole, Rev. Ken Johnson, and Rev. Wayne Osborne officiating. The body will be placed in the church thirty minutes prior to the service. Burial will be in Mountlawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers include Jerry Smithey, Worth Smithey, Steve Whitley, Tommy Ellis, Rickey Key, Sam Ellis, Andy Soots, Derick Smithey, and Roger Smithey.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of North Wilkesboro is in charge of arrangements.
Rose Mary Church
Rose Mary Church, 83, of Manchester, New Hampshire, died Friday, March 30, 2007, in Concord, New Hampshire.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois, March 14, 1924.
Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn J. Church of Wilkesboro, and four sisters.
A graveside service was conducted Wednesday morning, April 18, 2007, at the Church Family Cemetery in Wilkes County.
Adams Funeral Home of Taylorsville was in charge of arrangements.
A.C. Lail, 70, of Dudley Shoals Rd., Granite Falls, died Saturday, April 14, 2007, at his residence.
He was born May 8, 1936, in Caldwell County, the son of the late Arthur Charles Lail and Mattie Mae Auton Lail. Mr. Lail worked over twenty years for Broyhill Furniture Industries and was also self-employed as a guitar repairman, known as “The Guitar Doctor,” the name given to him by a national recording country music artist. “The Guitar Doctor” made many repairs for artists in the country music industry. Mr. Lail was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Lail, and a sister, Nancy Lail Hill.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Lail of the home; one son, Neal Lail of Hickory; two daughters, Cherry Stilwell and husband Steve of Hildebran and Janet Sipe and husband Tony of Taylorsville; a brother, Tony Lail and wife Maxine of Dudley Shoals; a sister, Margie Bowman and husband Paul of Bethlehem; a grandson, Doran Stilwell; two step-grandchildren, Will and Emily Sipe; and a brother-in-law, Cliff Hill.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at Dudley Shoals Baptist Church with Rev. Ron Winkler and Rev. Don Ingle officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Dudley Shoals Baptist Church Building Fund, 1882 Dudley Shoals Rd., Granite Falls, NC 28630 or to the Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund, 580 Antioch Church Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681.
Mackie-High Funeral Home of Granite Falls was in charge of arrangements.
James M. Waugh
James Michael Waugh, 54, of Hwy. 90, Hiddenite, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at his residence.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Adams Funeral Home in Taylorsville.
Ira Sue Newland, 87, of Taylorsville, passed away Friday, April 13, 2007, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.
She was born in Alexander County August 10, 1919, the daughter of the late John Carl Newland and Maude Julia Lackey Newland. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Taylorsville and had been employed as a housekeeper for a number of years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Roe, Flake Boyd, and Morris Newland and one sister, Grace Patterson.
Survivors include one brother, John Newland of Taylorsville; two sisters, Georgia Dula and Dorothy Linney and husband Jessie, all of Taylorsville; six nieces; four nephews; and many extended relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Vince Linney officiating. Burial followed in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.
Condolences to the Newland family may be emailed, email@example.com. Funeral arrangements were provided by Alexander Funeral Service of Taylorsville.
Minnie H. Russell
Minnie Thelma Hendren Russell, 87, of Taylorsville House and formerly of Hill River Rd., Hiddenite, passed away Sunday April 15, 2007, at Taylorsville House.
Mrs. Russell was born September 2, 1919, in Alexander County, the daughter of the late William Baxter Hendren and Minnie Laura Adams Hendren. A faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church, she loved her church and her family. She was retired from Broyhill Furniture Industries. A devoted mother and mam-maw, she loved working in the garden and in her flowers until her health prevented it.
On October 29, 1938, she married John Thomas Russell, who preceded her in death November 21, 2001. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by four brothers, Clay, Glenn, and W.B. Hendren; an infant sibling; and three sisters, Effie H. Levan, Flora H. Millsaps, and Ruth H. Fox.
Survivors include a daughter, Noreta R. Adams and husband Johnny of Hiddenite; a son, Raeford Russell and wife Ellen of Boone; two grandchildren, Dale Adams and wife Fonda of Hiddenite and Dakota Russell of Boone; two great- grandsons, Jared and Logan Adams of Hiddenite; a sister, Lona H. Teague of Statesville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at Fairview Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Ruel Fox and Rev. Bill Dyson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state thirty minutes prior to the funeral hour.
Memorials may be given to Fairview Baptist Church, c/o J.C. Bruce, 488 Berea Church-Quincy Rd., Hiddenite NC 28636 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3420 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte NC 28215. Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Russell family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the Russell Family.
Sadie T. Keaton
Sadie Thomas Chambers Keaton, 88, formerly of Drumstand Rd., Stony Point, passed away Monday April 16, 2007, at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville following an extended illness.
She was born in Alexander County October 15, 1918, the daughter of the late Dewey Thomas and Lillie Parker Thomas. An active member of Third Creek Baptist Church, she was a member of the Senior Choir, Usher Ministry, Missionary Circle, President of the Pastor’s Aid, Baptist Training Union, and the Hospitality Committee. A housewife, she was active in community affairs and enjoyed cooking and working in her flowers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Lee Keaton, in 2002; and four sisters, Eva J. Thomas, Ethel Naomi Thomas, Pauline T. Bowman and an infant sister, Ora Thomas.
Survivors include a brother, James Rudolph Thomas of Valley Nursing Center; a nephew, Joe Henry Thomas and wife Sylvia and their children, Derrick, Ronald, and Donald Thomas of Stony Point; a step-daughter-in-law, Geraldine Keaton and her children of Stony Point; several devoted cousins who loved and cared for her during her illness, including Albert and Blanche Parker, who were her special caregivers; and the Third Creek Baptist Church Family.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, April 21, 2007, at Third Creek Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Sterling Howard officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday at Third Creek Baptist Church one hour prior to the service and at other times at their respective homes.
Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Keaton family at email@example.com.
Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is assisting the Keaton family.
Bonnie R. Withers
Bonnie Lee Rosenbaum Withers, 91, of Brian Center Hickory and formerly of Hudson, died Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at Brian Center.
She was born in Catawba County May 5, 1915, the daughter of the late Ellen Hilton. She was a retired textile worker and was a member of Faith Olive Baptist Church in Hickory.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Milton Withers, Sr.; a son, Jack Milton Withers, Jr.; a brother, Thomas Stallings; and a sister, Lucille Rosenbaum Shook.
Survivors include three sons, Franklin D. Withers of Hickory, Fred T. Withers, Sr., and wife Doris of Statesville, and Jerry D. Withers of Salisbury; twelve grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was conducted Sunday, April 15, 2007, at Catawba Memorial Gardens with Rev. Steve Houser officiating.
Memorials may be made to Faith Olive Baptist Church, 4113 Old Shelby Rd., Hickory, NC 28602.
Notes of sympathy may be emailed to the Withers family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point was in charge of arrangements.
Hayes Calvin Dagenhart, 77, of Conover, went to his heavenly home Monday, April 16, 2007, at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born in Alexander County June 21, 1929, the son of the late Jesse Leroy Dagenhart and Kello Irene Bowman Dagenhart. He was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church and had been employed with Schneider Mills in Taylorsville for forty-one years as a loom fixer. He was a member of American Legion Post 48 of Hickory. His lifetime hobbies were gardening as well as being an avid land and boat fisherman. A loving father, grandfather, and father-in-law, he truly will be missed.
In additioin to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, J.C., Eugene, and Levi Dagenhart, and three sisters, Thelma Dagenhart, Collene Dagenhart, and Bernice Hoffman.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-eight years, Arcola Marshall Dagenhart of the home; one daughter, Vickie Dagenhart Chandler and husband Roger of Conover; two grandsons, Ryan Patterson and fianceé, Cheryl Fortson of Claremont and Robbie Patterson of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Conley Dagenhart of Hickory and Henkle Dagenhart of Conover; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Thursday, April 19, 2007, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Conover. Funeral services will follow at 4:00 p.m. at St. Peters Church with Rev. Paul Birner and Rev. Paul Sundbom officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites provided by the American Legion Post 48 Honor Guard of Catawba County.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hospice and Pallative CareCenter of Catawba County, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658.
The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to Jean Marie Crump, a special caregiver with Hospice of Catawba County. Condolences to the Dagenhart family may be emailed, email@example.com.
Funeral arrangements are being provided by Alexander Funeral Service of Taylorsville.
Eula Mae Rhodes
Eula Mae Stocks Rhodes, 78, of Stocks Dr., Hiddenite, died Monday, April 16, 2007, at Gordon Hospice House in Statesville.
She was born in Alexander County Decem-ber 1, 1928, the daughter of the late James E. Stocks, Sr., and Ruby Warren Stocks. She was owner of Riccio’s Restaurant in Charlotte and was of the Church of God faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Naomi Kesterson, and one brother, Paul Alton Stocks.
She is survived by her husband, George Land of Hiddenite; two daughters, Debra Jean Bunch and husband Larry of Riggold, Ga., and Barbara Ann Lafferty and husband Daniel of Concord; seven brothers, Fred Stocks, Elbert Stocks, and David Stocks, all of Hiddenite, Luther Stocks of Taylorsville, Lester Stocks of Kannapolis, Leonard Stocks of Concord, and James Stocks of Landis; a sister, Louise Fox of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; four grandchildfen, Shonda and Edwin Lafferty and Ian and Ethan Bunch; and two great-grandchildren, Megan and Jacob.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 19, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at Taylorsville Church of God with Rev. Mark Albertino officiating. Burial will follow in the Stony Point Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral service, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
At other times, the family will assemble at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Gordon Hospice House, 2347 Simonton Rd., Statesville, NC 28625.
Notes of sympathy may be emailed to the Rhodes family at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point is in charge of arrangements.
Mack Bebber, 82, of Taylorsville, died Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at Wilkes Regional Medical Center following an extended illness at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville.
He was born in Alexander County September 2, 1924, the son of the late Norman P. Bebber and Carrie Josephine Dyson Bebber. He was retired from Comm/Scope as a fleet mechanic and was a member of Celia Creek Baptist Church in Lenoir.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Hackett Bebber, Glenn Bebber, Esco Bebber, Gray Bebber, Ted Bebber; a half-brother, William Bebber; three sisters, Evelene Kelly, Suma Fox, and Mary Lou Shook; and three half-sisters, Mano Brown, Trudy Medlin, and Meda Bowers.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-two years, Annie Mae Bebber of the home, and a sister, Christine Hollar of Statesville.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, April 13, 2007, at the Chapman Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Richard Shew officiating. Burial followed in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Celia Creek Baptist Church, 4782 Celia Creek Rd., Lenoir, NC 28645.
Notes of sympathy may be emailed to the Bebber family at email@example.com.
Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point was in charge of arrangements.
Mavis B. Reese
Mavis Burgin Reese, 67, of Rocky Face Church Rd., Hiddenite, died Saturday, April 14, 2007, at Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville.
She was born in Johnson City, Tenn., June 18, 1939, the daughter of Pauline Gregory Burgin of Newton and the late Boyd Burgin. She worked at Harris-Teeter as a cashier and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Jewel Burgin.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a son, Jeff Little of Hickory; a daughter, Glenda Pressley of Hiddenite; a brother, Reid Burgin; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Notes of sympathy may be emailed to the Reese family at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point was in charge of arrangements.