Obituaries, Jan. 3, 2014

  • Friday, January 3, 2014

Margaret Alexander



Cynthia Verner, age 40, of Hemingway, S.C.


Margaret Alexander

Mrs. Margaret Smith Alexander, age 83, of Statesville, N.C. passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 27, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Alexander was born Jan. 17, 1930, in Davidson County, N.C., the daughter of the late Phillip Forrest Smith and Florence Sharpe Smith.

She was a graduate of Linwood High School in Linwood, N.C., and Appalachian State Teachers College, and received her Master’s in Teaching from Appalachian State University.

On June 23, 1956, she married the love of her life, Latimer Breck Alexander III. Together, they raised their family, traveled extensively, played bridge whenever they could, and went to the beach as much as possible.

They were also faithful and active members of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Alexander taught Sunday School, served on numerous committees, and received great pleasure from participating in the United Methodist Women and the Mary Martha Circle.

A dedicated school teacher for 35 years, she spent most of her career in the Statesville City schools, teaching at Davie Ave., A.D. Rutherford and Pressley elementary schools.

Mrs. Alexander loved all her students, remembering them long after they had left her classroom.

She especially enjoyed her participation in the Business and Professional Women’s Club, where she served as President in 1973.

Her greatest pleasures - cooking, entertaining and opening her home to everyone - are gifts she passed on to both friends and family, and will always be remembered.

In addition to her husband of 57 years, Mrs. Alexander is survived by three children, Latimer Breck Alexander IV (Robin) of High Point, Cheryl A. Matthews (Ron) of Statesville, Phillip Forrest Alexander (Bindy) of Huntersville, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Laura Flack (Michael), Latimer Alexander V, David Alexander, Kate Teel (Graham), Coleman Matthews, Kathleen Alexander, Matthew Alexander, Caroline Alexander; four great grandchildren, Lucy Flack, Alexander Flack, Charles Flack, Emerson Teel; two sisters, Mary Lassiter of Welcome, N.C., and Nancy Seaford of Lexington, N.C.; and two brothers, James Smith of Linwood, N.C., and John Smith of Salisbury, N.C.

A memorial service for Mrs. Alexander will be held on Saturday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Danny Leonard, Rev. Gervase Hitch and Rev. Michael Flack officiating.

Following the service, the family will receive friends at a special celebration of Mrs. Alexander’s life at the Bunch House, 1048 The Glen St.

Memorials may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church or to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County and online condolences may be made to the family at www.nicholsonfunerals.com

The family also extends special thanks to Bonnie Dalton, Odessa Holmes, Barbara Dobbins, Olivia Vickers, and everyone at Hospice for their love and care for Mrs. Alexander.

Nicholson Funeral Home of Statesville, N.C. is serving the family of Mrs. Alexander.

Rev. James Cannon Sr.

Rev. James Donald “Billy” Cannon Sr., age 74, of Georgetown, the husband of Jimmie Faye Sims Cannon, went home to be with the Lord, Dec. 31, 2013 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Rev. Cannon was born the son of Mannie Cornelius Cannon and Linda Vernell Lambert Cannon on Oct. 22, 1939 in Andrews.

He was a retired United States Navy veteran.

He faithfully served as a Minister of the Gospel for over 27 years with the South Carolina Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.

He received Ministerial License on June 30, 1978; received Ordination on June 12, 1982; and retired from fulltime ministry in 2005. Rev. Cannon served the following Pentecostal Holiness Churches: Owens Chapel, Quimby, Galilee, Rhems, and Oak Ridge.

Billy and Jimmie Faye were married on August 17, 1961 and celebrated 52 years together.

Their home was blessed with four children, James D. “Dondi” (Charlene) Cannon Jr., Timothy Lynwood Cannon, Crystal Elizabeth (Mark) Springs, and Sandra Faye (Kenneth) Gregory; and five grandchildren, Brooke, Amber, Raghan, Wesley, and Austin.

He also leaves behind three sisters, Shirley C. (Herbert) Kennedy, Vera (Rev. David) Howard, and Betty Jean (Rev. Alton) Newton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents; four brothers, Jessie E. Cannon, Freddie L. Cannon, George Albert Cannon, and George Cornelius Cannon; and a daughter-in-law, Patricia Taylor Cannon.

A Home Going Celebration with Ministerial Recognition will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at the Oak Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Harmony Cemetery, directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at the Andrews Chapel.

McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cannon family.

Online condolences may be sent to McKenziechapels.com.

Charles Cribb

Charles Aaron Cribb, age 62, passed away on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Born on April 26, 1951, in Georgetown, he was a son of the late Dock Cribb and the late Mabel Gunter Cribb. Mr. Cribb enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include three children, Tammy Cribb, Michelle Cribb and Chuckie Cribb, all of Georgetown; six grandchildren, Jordan Newton, Haigan Davis, Holden Harter, Kinsley Harter, Gavin Harter and Mackynsie Cribb; two brothers, Dock Cribb (Margaret) and James Cribb (Sandy), all of Georgetown; one sister, Norma Jacobs (Billy) of Georgetown; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Forbes.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 in the Graham Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenny Johnson officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements (www.grahamfuneralhome.org).

Wymon Linnen

Linen-Knox Funeral Home announces the funeral services for Wymon Linnen, age 61, of the White Creek community of Georgetown.

Mr. Linnen was the husband of Gloria Linnen of the White Creek community; and the son of the late Jim and Ora Mae Linnen, both of the Dunbar community of Georgetown.

Mr. Linnen died on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at Nazareth A.M.E. Church in the Choppee community of Georgetown, with the Rev. Joe Knowlin officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The remains will lie in state from 11 a.m. until the hour of the service on Saturday in the sanctuary of the church.

Viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at Linen-Knox Funeral Home Chapel.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Ebony Linnen of Atlanta, Ga.; three sons, Damien Linnen of Atlanta, Ga.; Timothy McDonald of Greenville, N.C. and Alvin J. Moore of Powder Spring, Ga.; two sisters, Inez Gibson of the Dunbar community, Georgia Linnen of Jamaica, N.Y.; three brothers, Rufus Linnen of the Dunbar community, Jessie Linnen of Staten Island, N.Y. and Ollie Linnen of the Maryville section of Georgetown.; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Linen-Knox Funeral Home.

Peggy Rolfsmeyer

Peggy Rolfsmeyer (Ferson) of Pawleys Island died at home on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 surrounded by loved ones. She was predeceased by her loving parents, Margaret (Morris) and James Ferson of Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania.

Peggy grew up in a suburb south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Clarion State College.

She attended the University of Nebraska and ultimately received a MEd in Counselor Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

In her professional career she taught in several elementary schools in Whitehall, Pa. and in Lincoln, Neb.; provided tutoring services while raising her children; worked as a therapist and counselor in both a community mental health facility and at a girls group home in the Pittsburgh area; taught graduate education courses for Performance Learning Systems in affiliation with a number of different colleges and universities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Maryland; and, prior to retirement, she served on the faculty of Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J., where she taught various courses in teacher education and supervised student teachers.

Peggy had a life-long passion for the teaching, guiding and development of children, youth and young adults. However, she always considered her most important role to be that of a faithful and loving wife to Gerald “Jerry”, as well as a loving and devoted mother to her two sons Randall “Randy” of Pittsburgh, PA, and Michael “Mike” of Ferndale, MI and to Mike’s wife, Kristen, the daughter of Peggy’s heart.

Mrs. Rolfsmeyer loved spending time with family and friends. She remained active in various churches and community activities as she and Jerry moved around the country, most recently at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church, the Ginger Book Club and the Bunko Belles, all in Pawleys Island.

She also enjoyed attending lectures at the Scholar’s Forum in Georgetown as well as The Moveable Feast in Pawleys Island. She was an avid reader and a devotee of aerobic exercise and utilized Curves and her community swimming pool to that end.

In addition to her husband of 45 years and her children, she leaves behind her only sibling, her sister Nancy of Pawleys Island, a constant and loving friend and confidante; as well as her niece Heather of Kennesaw, Ga.; her nephew Seth of Pawleys Island; and extended family members throughout the United States and many dear friends in the Carolinas, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.

A celebration of her life will be held at St. Paul’s Waccamaw UMC but there will be no burial service as Peggy and Jerry have requested that their cremains be scattered at sea together.

In lieu of flowers or donations, Peggy requested that you perform a random act of kindness and remember her with a smile as you do so. Should you choose to make a donation, please do so in support of the Children and Youth Ministry Programs at St. Paul’s Waccamaw UMC.

An online guestbook is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com/obituaries

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

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