HICKORY Blake Randall "Randy" Salyards, 69, of Hickory passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. Born April 20, 1950, in Summit County, Ohio, he was the son of the late Carol and Mildred Toy Cody Salyards. Randy retired after 47 years of service from NAPA "Flowers" Auto Parts Co. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Huffman. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Annette P. Salyards, of the home; two sons, Eddie Salyards of Hickory and Robbie Salyards of Claremont; four grandchildren, Emma, Mary, Josh and Anna; and brother, Todd Salyards of Newton. A gathering of family and friends will be held today, Friday, July 12, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Burke Mortuary in Newton. Services will be held privately at a later date. Memorials may be made to: School of Medicine Pulmonary Program at www.give.unc.edu. Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences. Burke Mortuary and Crematory in Newton is serving the Salyards family.