TAYLORSVILLE Lawrence Elijah "L.E." Herman Jr., 94, of Taylorsville, passed away peacefully at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir Tuesday, June 18, 2019, following a period of declining health, surrounded by his family. Born in Alexander County to the late Lawrence E. Herman Sr. and Effie Crouch Jennings Herman June 3, 1925, he was a retired merchant and farmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Lee Jennings, Ray Jennings, Garfield Jennings, William Herman, and Sam Barnes; and sisters, Rachel Ford, Helen White, Edna Moose and Joanna McCarroll. A proud veteran of the United States Navy, where he served in the Pacific on the U.S.S. Cabot as a gunner's mate during World War II, Mr. Herman owned and operated Woodside Grocery & Service, where for 38 years he provided for the needs of the Sugar Loaf community and beyond. He was also a dedicated member of the Republican Party and an inducted member of the Alexander County Republican Party Hall of Fame. He was a retired member of the Taylorsville Savings Bank Board of Directors, a well-known and respected farmer raising Black Angus beef cattle for many years, and a faithful member of Salem Lutheran Church. Following his retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, watching Redskin football and Fox News. Those cherishing his memory include his beloved and devoted wife of 65 years, Louise Barnes Herman; daughters, Patsy Herman of Mooresville, Cindy Herman of Taylorsville, Ann Herman of Taylorsville; two grandchildren, Jim Herman and wife, Carrie, and Peri Munday, all of Taylorsville; and two great-grandchildren, Zachary Herman and Kirstyn Herman, both of Taylorsville; along with many special nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Saturday, June 22, at Salem Lutheran Church in Taylorsville, from 2 to 2:45 p.m., with the funeral service following at 3 p.m. The Rev. Reed Shoaff will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, with full military rites presented by DAV Chapter 84. Serving as pallbearers will be Dennis Barnes, Ronnie Chestnut, Tom Fortner, Jimmy Fox, Ken Harrington, Gary Kern, Robert Kern and Mark White. Honorary pallbearers will be J. D. Barnes, Larry Ford, Tim Glass, James "Burkie" Jennings, Mac White and Travis Wike. Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, NC 28645-5121, to honor their remarkable care and compassion; or Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 4005 NC Hwy. 16 N, Taylorsville, NC 28681. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Alexander Funeral and Cremation Service. Condolences and tributes may be sent to www.alexfuneralservice.com.