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Archel "Arbutus" Bard

April 18, 1932 — February 6, 2021

Archel “Arbutus” Wagoner Bard, age 88, of Taylorsville passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at her residence. She was tough and fought the battle hard but has won the victory and is forever with her Lord & Savior and the love of her life for seventy years, George Carl Bard. Arbutus was born in Wilkes County on April 18, 1932 and was a faithful member of East Taylorsville Baptist Church for over seventy years. She loved the old-time gospel music, playing the guitar, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Arbutus was also a wonderful cook and enjoyed cooking for everyone. Along with her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by son Steve Bard and daughter Carlene Blackburn.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter-in-law Kay Bard of Linwood, NC; son-in-law Scott Blackburn of Bethlehem; grandchildren Steven Bard (fiancé Brittany) of Salisbury, NC, Jason Bard (Cindy) of Rockwell, NC, and Daniel Blackburn of Bethlehem; nine great-grandchildren; and special friend Kathleen Karriker. And the family would like to say a special thank you to her caregivers Debra Mays and Retha Benfield.

Arbutus will lie-in-state on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Alexander Funeral Service from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 11:00 am at Taylorsville City Cemetery with the Rev. Jamie Steele and Rev. Mark Marshall officiating. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Alexander at 50 Lucy Echerd Lane; Taylorsville, NC 28681.

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Lie In State

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

10:00am - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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