Obituaries for Jan. 1, 2014

Dec. 31, 2013 @ 03:37 PM

Dylan Short

Dylan Joseph Short, 20, of Fairwood Drive, Hudson, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. He was born Oct. 12, 1993, in Caldwell County to Joseph Short III of Lenoir and the late Sylvia Ann Webster Short. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Richard Young.

Mr. Short was employed with Shurtape and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors, in addition to his father include two sons, Carson and Kane; a half-brother, Jim Cost of Massachusetts; half-sisters, Brandi Short and Amber Short, both of Massachusetts, and Liz Cost of Vermont; paternal grandparents, Joseph Short II and wife Susie, and Rosemary Neiwold and husband Art; and maternal grandmother, Sandra Webster.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Pastor Lynn Parsons. The Blue Knights, Red Knights and Hard Chargers Motorcycle Clubs will accompany as escorts to the burial at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be left at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Alexus Phillips

Alexus Shiann Phillips, 18, of Hudson passed away Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Lebanon, Tenn.

Alexus was born in Caldwell County and was the daughter of Tiffany Wilcox Phillips of Hudson. She was in many pageants where she won lots of trophies and beautiful crowns. She was a cheerleader for Southern Caldwell Optimist on the Lakers basketball team for many years. Alexus also cheered for Hudson Optimist. While in second grade she was chosen for student role model of the year and top AR reader at Valmead Basic School. When in third grade Alexus was inducted into AIG, where she participated in the program until she left middle school. Alexus was a cheerleader for Hudson Middle School. She also played the flute and oboe for the middle school band. When Alexus attended South Caldwell High School she continued her activities in the South Caldwell Marching Band by being a member of the Color Guard. She also cheered for the South Caldwell Spartans. Alexus was in many advanced and honor classes there. She, every chance she got, gave blood to the American Red Cross to aid others. Alexus loved helping others and gave a great fight to stop bullying! She was a star employee at Bojangles in Hudson. She was just a pure joy to be around. Alexus was by far a wonderful daughter and loving friend.

She is preceded in death by her great-grandmother, Elmina Summerlin; great-grandparents, Roger and Lillie Holtsclaw; and a step-great-grandparent, Harlie Wagoner.

In addition to her mother, those left to cherish her memory are her grandparents, Jerry and Vanessa Holtsclaw of Hudson; great-grandparents, John Wilcox of Hudson and Shirley Wagoner of Hudson and Etta Phillips of Hudson; aunts, Tabetha Cook of Hudson and husband Nathan Cook, and Donna Wagoner of Hudson and fiancé Casper Perez; great-aunts, Shirley Chandler of Lenoir and husband Melvin, and Vivian Wilcox of Newton and fiancé Rodney Samson; uncle, Scott Burwell of Conway, S.C., and wife Susan Burwell; cousins, Lea Perez of Hudson, Cody Burwell, Jeremy Burwell, Elizabeth Burwell and Alexandria Burwell of South Carolina, Autumn Cook and Tanner Cook of Maiden.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. All who attend are asked to wear their P.J.’s, and no black garments are requested. A funeral service will be held Thursday, Jan. 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. in Pendry’s Chapel with the Rev. Bob Holtsclaw officiating.

Serving as pallbearers will be Nathan Cook, Casper Perez, Rodney Samson, Dallas Wilcox Sr., Austin Wilcox and Kenneth Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Mastroly, Jimmy Adkins, Dillion McDonald, Masen Wilcox and Robert Marsh.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 774, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Pendry’s Lenoir Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Alexus Shiann Phillips.

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