Miscellaneous Alexander County, North Carolina Obituaries

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William Dale McDaniels
William Dale McDaniels, age 28, of Statesville, died Thursday, November 28, 2002, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte from injuries sustained in an industrial accident. He was born in Iredell County September 22, 1974, the son of Rev. Garland J. and Linda McDaniels of Statesville and Pam and William Cody of Taylorsville. He attended the Catawba County Schools and Hickory High School. He was employed with William C. Reynolds Mechanical Contrac-tors of Hickory. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ted and Margaret Cornett and James R. Givens; great-grandparents, O.A. Givens, Worth and Virginia Barrow, and Mary Rimmer; and a nephew, Jeffrey Ward. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include three brothers, Garland “Dink” McDaniels and wife Kathy, Jonathan McDaniels, and Kelly Weatherman and wife Cindy, all of Statesville; three sisters, Jeaannie Nelson and husband Michael of Hickory, Lisa Hatley and husband David of Statesville, and Kim Martin and husband Barry of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandparents, Rev. Gene McDaniels of Statesville and Cynthia Givens of Conover; great-grandmother, Doris Givens of Statesville; and his favorite people in the world, his nieces and nephews, Vince, Jackson, and Justin McDaniels, Jason and Trevor Nelson, Ricky Cartner, Michael and Nikki Weatherman, Mandy Jensen, Amy Martin, Ashley Jermaine, and Chris Killian. Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 2, 2002, at Seventh Street Baptist Church in Statesville with Rev. David Byers and Rev. Wayne Little officiating. Burial followed in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers included Ricky Cartner, Kelly Weatherman, David Hatley, Richard McDaniels, Thomas McDaniels, Randy Christopher, David Morrison, and Vince McDaniels. Honorary pallbearers included the employees of William C. Reynolds Mechanical Contractors. Memorials may be made to New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1560 Nathaniel St., Newton, NC 28658 or to Seventh Street Baptist Church, 1321 7th St., Statesville, NC 28677.
Nicholson Funeral Home of Statesville was in charge of arrangements.

Rosa Lee Sigmon Helton
Rosa Lee Sigmon Helton, age 83, of Rink Dam Rd., Taylorsville, died Friday, November 22, 2002, at her residence following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Alexander County October 9, 1919, the daughter of the late Foy D. Bowman and Hattie Pope Bowman. She was a homemaker and a member of Millersville Baptist Church. She was educated in the Alexander County Schools. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Conley Sigmon, and two grandsons, Scott A. Sigmon and Roger D. Sigmon.
Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Helton; two daughters, Shelby Payne and husband Larry of Taylorsville and Doris Flanagan of Kinston; four sons, Wade Sigmon and wife Sylvia and Cecil Sigmon and wife Wilda, all of Taylorsville, Fred Sigmon of Granite Falls, and Larry Sigmon and wife Carolyn of Eden; ten grandchildren, Terry Payne, Tim Payne, Sharon Adkins, Sandra Miller, Robin Greene, Freddie Sigmon, Lee McGee, Florinda Earp, Jonathan Sigmon, and Travis Sigmon; and twelve great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, November 24, 2002, at Millersville Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Orren officiating. Burial followed in the Friendship Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Alexander County, 50 Lucy Echerd Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Adams Funeral Home of Taylorsville was in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Fox Warren
Mildred Fox Warren, age 79, of Warren Rd., Taylorsville, died Tuesday, November 26, 2002, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was born in Alexander County November 2, 1923, the daughter of the late Dallas Fox and Clara Bowman Fox. Mildred was a very loving and kind mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved to work outdoors planting flowers and gardening during the summer months. She worked the majority of her life in the furniture industry starting at Broyhill Furniture and then going to Orbit Industries. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, AY Cornelius “Neil” Warren, and one brother, Earl Junior Fox. Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, Dwayne and Linda Warren, Paul and Martha Warren, and Gary and Cynthia Warren, all of Taylorsville, and J.C. and Sally Warren of Statesville; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Tommy Ayers of Taylorsville; two sisters, Mary Ingram and Evelena Lowe, both of Taylorsville; three brothers and sisters-in-law, John R. and Jackie Fox, Jimmy G. and Reba Fox, and George Franklin and Mary Lena Fox, all of Statesville; fifteen grandchildren, Mark Warren, Michael Warren, Bradley Smith, Matt Warren, Andy Warren, Sherry Dishmond, Susan Watson, Karen Brown, Robin Tedder, Lisa McNeely, Kendra Dyson, Tara Warren, Tiffany Cotuna, Angie Warren, and Jenny Warren; thirteen great-grandchildren, Danny Dishmond, Stacy Dishmond, Jon Dishmond, Kyle McNeely, Candace Crawford, Derek Dyson, Kaylin Dyson, Dylan Tedder, Alex Tedder, Morgan Smith, Adele Warren, Mason Smith, and Averi Warren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, November 28, 2002, at East Taylorsville Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Spears and Rev. Craig Hamlin officiating. Burial followed in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 63 Macedonia Church Rd., Taylorsville, NC 28681.
Alexander Funeral Service, Inc., of Taylorsville was in charge of arrangements.

Tracy Clayton Walker
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
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
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
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.


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