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Nancy Rankin

Nancy Elizabeth Neel Rankin, 93, of Stanley died Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville. She was born August 16, 1918 to the late Avery Young Neel and Pearl Alexander Neel in Iredell City. Mrs. Rankin was the oldest member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. today at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2151 Zion Church Rd., Alexis, with Rev. Charlie Wilborn and Rev. Phillip Tillman officiating. Burial will follow at Glenwood Memorial Park in Mooresville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service 12 noon until 1 p.m. at the church.

She leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Glenn Callaway and wife Doris of Alexis, Paul Callaway and wife Kathy of Mooresville and James Sifford and wife Barbara of Winston-Salem; one brother, Pressley Neel of Mooresville; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild and extended family of A.Y. Neel Sr.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Glenn Callaway Sr., Neal Sifford, and Jay Rankin; six brothers, Horace, A.Y., Ernest, Jimmy Lee, Keener and John Parks Neel and one grandson, Brad Callaway.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Mt. Zion Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 70, Alexis, NC 28006.

Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family. Friends may offer condolences to the family at www.raymerfh.com.


Travis Lee Ikard Jr

Travis Lee Ikard Jr., newborn, died Jan. 16, 2012.

A graveside service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Calvary Memorial Gardens in Connelly Springs.

Heritage Funeral Service is serving the Ikard family.


Betty Jane Helms Martin

Betty Jane Helms Martin, 64, of Lincolnton died Jan. 18, 2012.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today at Reepsville Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Warlick Funeral Home is serving the Martin family.


Christopher ‘Chris’ David Hovis

Christopher ‘Chris’ David Hovis, 27, of Dallas, NC died Jan. 14, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 2:20 p.m. Jan. 22, 2012 at Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stanley. The family will receive in the church prior to the service from 1 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. Burial will follow in Antioch Lutheran Church Garden of Peace, Dallas, NC.

Carpenter’s Funeral Home, Cherryville is serving the Hovis family.


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