Miscellaneous Alexander County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Nell Rimmer Weaver
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Mary Alice Fox Ingram
Mary Alice Fox Ingram, age 78, of Taylorsville, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville. She was born in Alexander County May 21, 1925, the daughter of the late John Dallas Fox and Clara Catherine Bowman Fox. She had been employed as a supervisor in the furniture industry at Lewittes and Broyhill Furniture Industries and had also worked in a cotton mill and at Schneider Mills. Mrs. Ingram was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Lee Ingram; one brother, Earl Junior Fox; and one sister, Mildred Warren. Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Tevepaugh and husband David and Linda Gwaltney and husband David, all of Taylorsville; two grandsons, Charles Tevepaugh of Conover and Jason Gwaltney of Taylorsville; two granddaughters, Dawn Tevepaugh of Conover and Stacy Gwaltney of Taylorsville; three brothers, John Richard “Buck” Fox, Frank Fox, and Jimmy Fox, all of Statesville; one sister, Evelena Lowe of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at 4:00 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, Hwy. 16, South, Taylorsville, with Rev. Dan Spears officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers included David Tevepaugh, David Gwaltney, Charles Tevepaugh, and Jason Gwaltney. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Macedonia Baptist Church, 63 Macedonia Church Rd., Taylorsville, NC 28681. Alexander Funeral Service, Inc., of Taylorsville is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Clarence Z. Deal
Dr. Clarence Z. Deal, age 69, of Hickory, died unexpectedly Monday, June 2, 2003, at his residence. He was born in Catawba County July 27, 1933, the son of the late Alfred Deal and Estelle Rector Deal. He was a lifelong member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, where he served as Chairman of Congregation, Chairman of School Board, Chairman of Elders, Chairman of Long Range Planning, and as a Sunday School teacher. A retired optometrist, he was owner/operator of Family Vision Centers in both Hickory and Taylorsville. Dr. Deal received his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., in 1960. He also attended Lenoir-Rhyne College and Appalachian State. In 1970, he was appointed by Gov. Scott to serve on the Commission for the Blind. He also served as Chairman of the Insurance Committee of the N.C. Optometric Society, Trustee Director of the Optometric Education Department for the State Society, Vice-President of the Department of Optometric Organization for the State Society, and was past president, secretary, and treasurer of the Catawba Valley Optometric Society. Dr. Deal was a past member of the Hickory Jaycees and was a past member and president of the St. Stephens Kiwanis Club. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served from 1952 to 1956. Survivors include his wife, Arlene Shook Deal of the home; one daughter, Jennifer Sherrill and husband Kevin of Hickory; one son, Ashley Deal and wife Vickie of Hickory; four grandchildren, Kristin Deal, Justin Deal, Brendan Sherrill, and Mallory Sherrill, all of Hickory; two step-grandsons, Wesley Wilson and Jimmy Wilson, both of Hickory; one sister, Mazel Bolick of Phoeniz, Ariz.; and one brother, Kenneth Deal of Carolina Beach, N.C. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, June 4, 2003, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Hickory Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, June 5, 2003, at 4:00 p.m. at St. Stephens Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, with Pastor David Guelzow and Pastor Paul FitzPatrick officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers include Montie Lail, Bobby R. Miller, Claude Berry, Steve Cain, Bobby D. Hollar, and Dwight Hollar. Honorary pallbearers include the members of St. Stephens LLL and of Dr. Deal’s Sunday School class. Memorials may be made to St. Stephens Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, Music Fund, 2304 Springs Rd., NE, Hickory, NC 28601 or the the charity of the donor’s choice. Hickory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marsha Darlene Hollar Robbins
Marsha Darlene Hollar Robbins, age 53, of Granite Falls, died Monday, June 16, 2003, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. She was born in Catawba County May 7, 1950, the daughter of Mardecia Little Reid of Granite Falls and the late Rev. Henry Hollar. She was a homemaker and a member of Concord Baptist Church in Granite Falls. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Franklin Robbins, Jr., of the home; one son, Frankie Robbins and wife Dawn of Hickory; one grandson, Mark Robbins of Hickory; two brothers, Rev. Keith Hollar and wife Holly of Wilmington and their children, Adam and Rachel Hollar Biggs, and Rick Hollar and wife Linda of Waxhaw and their children, Cathy, Diane, and Cristy. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday morning, June 18, 2003, at Concord Baptist Church with Rev. Tom McDonald and Rev. Dean Harold officiating and special music presented by Terry Crouse and Brenda Turner. Burial followed in Sunset Hills Cemetery in Granite Falls. Pallbearers included Howard Faison, Jay Faison, Brian Lightfoot, Danny Yount, Bradley Yount, and Tommy Sherrill. Memorials may be made to the Concord Baptist Church Building Fund, 74 Falls Ave., Granite Falls, NC 28630.
Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Robbins Family at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com. Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point was in charge of arrangements.

Robin Lynn Jones
Robin Lynn Jones, age 37, of Conover, died Sunday, June 15, 2003, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Wilkes County. She was born in Woodstock, Ill., April 1, 1966, the daughter of Ronald George Nelsen and Dottie Lou Freeman Stratton. She was employed with J.C. Penny Warehouse and was a member of Tri City Baptist Church in Conover. Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Dottie L. and Cliff Stratton of Taylorsville; her father, Ronald George Nelsen of Milwaukee, Wisc.; her husband, Carl Wayne Jones of Taylorsville; two sons, Joshua and Joseph Jones of Taylorsville; one brother, Ronald G. Nelsen, Jr., of Maiden; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, June 18, 2003, 6:00-8:30 p.m., at Alexander Funeral Service in Taylorsville. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, June 19, 2003, at 2:00 p.m. at the Alexander Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Byron Repass officiating. Burial will follow in the Taylorsville City Cemetery.
Alexander Funeral Service, Inc., of Taylorsville is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Stevenson Jonas
Paul Stevenson Jonas, age 57, of Taylorsville, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. He was born in Alexander County September 8, 1946, the son of the late Butler Jonas and Effie Bentley Jonas. He was owner/operator of The Sign Shop and was a member of Friendly Baptist Church in Taylorsville. Survivors include a daughter, Stephania Warren and husband Dustin of Union Grove; a son, Aaron Jonas and wife Stephanie of Charlotte; two grandchildren, Jarreth Warren and Kendra Warren, both of Union Grove; two brothers, Melvin Jonas of Thomasville and Carroll Jonas of Southport; three sisters, Ruth Tyndall and husband Earl of Newton, Anne McDonald and husband Wayne of Taylorsville, and Faye Jonas of Taylorsville. Funeral services were conducted Friday, June 13, 2003, at Friendly Baptist Church with Rev. Harold Ashe officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers included Charlie Hoke, Robert Vick, James Baxter, Jim Horn, Michael Houser, and Dustin Warren. Memorials may be made to Friendly Baptist Church, Friendly Baptist Church Rd., Taylorsville, NC 28681. Bass-Smith Funeral Home of Hickory was in charge of arrangements.

Trisha Ann Szymanski Tart
Trisha Ann Szymanski Tart, age 27, of Baltimore, Md., died Friday, May 16, 2003, at her residence following a nine-month battle with Stage IV Gastric Adenocarcinoma (stomach cancer).
She was born in Baltimore, Md., November 22, 1975, the daughter of John and Susan Cromwell and the late William Szymanski.
Survivors include her husband, Jason Wayne Tart, and their son, Tyler Jason Tart, age eighteen months, of Baltimore, Md. Other survivors include Jason Wayne Tart’s grandmother, Lahoma W. Warren, and aunt, Trenna Warren, both of Hiddenite, and other family, Herb and Barbara Tart of Baltimore, Md., Bill and Glenda Wiseman and Brian and Emily Wiseman, all of Taylorsville, and Dana W. Lineberger of Maiden. Trisha was laid to rest at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Md.

Marie Frances Martin Fink
Marie Frances Martin Fink, of Salisbury, died Sunday, June 15, 2003, at Magnolia Gardens in Spencer. She had been in declining health for four months and seriously ill for a week. She was born in Anson County, the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland Martin and Nicey Frances Richardson Martin. She was educated in the Stanly County Schools and was a homemaker. She was of the Methodist faith. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Eugene Fink, and two brothers, Parmer Cleveland Martin and Andrew Thomas Martin.
Survivors include three daughters, Frances Ann Roberts and husband John Richard of Gastonia, Janet Yvonne Dry of Mt. Pleasant, and Rebecca Louise Fink of Tarboro; four sons, Harold Eugene Fink and wife Carolyn Ann of Concord, Donald Mitchel Fink of Granite Quarry, and Michael Dale Fink and wife Debbie and Tommy Fink, all of Salisbury; a sister, Betty Jean M. Lively of Charlotte; twelve grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Gold Hill with Rev. Floyd Bost officiating. Burial followed in the Cole Springs United Methodist Church Ceme-tery in Concord. Adams Funeral Home of Taylorsville was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Edward “Rob” Johnson
Robert Edward “Rob” Johnson, age 84, of Hiddenite, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Chapman Funeral Home in Stony Point.

Bertha Mae Hammer Cockrell
Bertha Mae Hammer Cockrell, age 80, of Calhoun Rd., Stony Point, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. She was born in Alexander County December 20, 1922, the daughter of the late Marsh Hammer and Sarah Vickers Hammer. She was a retired furniture worker and was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Stony Point. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Parks Cockrell, and one brother, Clyde Hammer.
Survivors include one son, Tommy Cockrell of Stony Point; one daughter, Barbara Troutman of Statesville; one brother, Paul Hammer of Baltimore, Md.; one sister, Ruth Hagler of Daytona Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, Chad Cockrell of Stony Point, Deedra C. Downs of Stony Point, Amy Ray of Mooresville, Kelly Moore of Statesville, and Buddy Troutman of Statesville; and ten great-grandchildren, Josh, Justin, Kasey, David, Baxter, Parker, Zoe, Kamryn, Colby, and Zackary. Funeral services were conducted Friday, June 13, 2003, at Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Tom Campbell and Rev. Mitch King officiating. Burial followed in the Stony Point Cemetery. Mrs. Cockrell’s great-grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church, P.O. Box 327, Stony Point, NC 28678. Notes of sympathy may be e-mailed to the Cockrell Family at www.chapmanfuneralhome.com. Chapman Funeral Home of Stony Point was in charge of arrangements.

Ossie Bowman Preslar
Ossie Bowman Preslar, age 100, of Hickory and formerly of Bethlehem, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, at Conover Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born in Caldwell County July 22, 1902, the daughter of the late Daniel Wesley Bowman and Della Satterwhite Bowman. A member of First Advent Christian Church in Hickory, she served as a Deaconess, a Sunday School teacher, and as a member of the WH & FM Society. She was a homemaker but had previously been employed at Bethlehem Elementary School in the cafeteria. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey W. Preslar; an infant daughter; four brothers, Leroy Bowman, Ed Bowman, Dexter Bowman, and Sam Bowman; and three sisters, Veola Sherrill, Ora Starnes, and Essie Mundy.
Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Spencer and husband Kenneth of Hickory; a son, Ned Preslar and wife Marie of Monroe, Louisiana; four grandchildren, Ken W. Spencer, Deborah Munday, Donna Underwood, and Terry Preslar; five great-grandchildren, Geoffrey Underwood, Steven Spencer, Ben Munday, Regan Spencer, and Rex Spencer; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted Friday, June 13, 2003, at First Advent Christian Church in Hickory with Rev. Ronald Wong and Rev. Floyd Boston officiating. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to First Advent Christian Church, 1925 North Center St., Hickory, NC 28601. Condolences may be e-mailed to the Preslar Family at www.drumfuneralhome.com. Drum Funeral Home & Cremations of Conover was in charge of arrangements.


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