Miscellaneous Ashe County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Opal Testerman
Melbourne, Fla.
June 26, 1926
May 27, 2002
Opal Elouise Testerman, age 75 of Melbourne, Fla., formerly of Ashe County, died Monday, May 27 at the Holmes Regional Hospital.
A graveside service was held Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m. at the Baptist Chapel Cemetery. Rev. Guy Testerman officiated.
Ms. Testerman was born on June 26, 1926 in Ashe County to Eli and Lesi Blevins Testerman. 
She is survived by two sisters, Paula Dorson of Indian Harbor Beach, Fla., and Beatrice McCurdy of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com.
Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Elsie Turnmire
Glendale Springs
December 2, 1959
May 29, 2002
Elsie Jane Turnmire, age 42 of Glendale Springs, died Wednes-day, May 29 at Forsyth Medical Center.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at the Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Billy Joe Blevins, Rev. Kirby McNeill and Rev. Lloyd Day officiated. Burial followed in the Dillard cemetery. The family received friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Friday, May 31 at Badger Funeral Home.
Mrs. Turnmire was born Dec. 2, 1959 in Ashe County to Junior Ray and Viola Johnson Dillard.
She is survived by her husband, Worth Allen Turnmire; two daughters, Angela Dillard of Glendale Springs and Miranda Turnmire of the home; one son, Jared Turnmire of the home; one step-son, Billy Ray Turnmire of the home; parents, Junior Ray and Viola Dillard of Glendale Springs; two sisters, Ruby Pardue and Nancy Dillard of Wilkesboro; three brothers, Gary and Bobby Dillard of Wilkesboro and Kenneth Dillard of Glendale Springs; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com.
Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Roy Wyatt
Crumpler
February 17, 1927
May 28, 2002
Roy Howard Wyatt, age 75 of Crumpler, died Tuesday, May 28 at his home.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 31 at 2 p.m. at Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Bill Ballou and Rev. Lloyd Day officated. A military graveside service followed in the Calloway cemetery. The family received friends Thursday, May 30 from 7 until 9 p.m. at Badger Funeral Home.
Mr. Wyatt was born Feb. 17, 1927 in Ashe County to Dewey and Blanche Shepherd Wyatt. He served his country in the US Army during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, retiring on April 1, 1968 as a Sgt. First Class.
He is survived by two sons, Ray Wyatt of West Jefferson and Gordon Wyatt of Solvange, Ca.; special friend, Mary Gentry of Crumpler; and five grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com.
Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Gary Greer
Creston
June 2, 1946
May 26, 2002
Mr. Gary Arvil Greer, age 55 of Big Laurel Road, Creston, formerly of Vilas, died Sunday morning, May 26 at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Carl Wilson and Rev. Zane Tester. Military graveside honors andburial followed in the Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens in Boone.
Mr. Greer was born June 2, 1946 in Boone to Vera Alice Hayes Greer and the late Arvil Frank Greer. He was a graduate of Cove Creek High School and a US Army Veteran of the Vietnam era. He was self employed as owner and operator of Chip Tech Company and was a former salesman at Boone Auto Exchange for a number of years. He was a member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in Vilas.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Mimm Greer of the home; two sons, Richard Greer and wife, Denise of Banner Elk and Brandson Greer of Boone; one grandson, Austin Greer and one granddaughter, Ashlyn Greer, both of Banner Elk; two step-daughters, Wanda Eastridge of Boone and Rebecca Cox and husband, Jeffrey of Creston; one step-grandson, Jeffery Eastridge of Creston; his mother, Vera Greer of Vilas; two sisters, Geraldine Bradley and husband, Glenn of Vilas and Alice Stevens and husband, Gary, of Boone; three brothers, Rev. Burl Greer and wife, Linda; Larry Greer and wife, Evelyn, all of Boone and James Greer and wife, Angela of Newton; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Gary A. Greer Fund, in care of Alice Stevens, First Union Bank, 958 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC 28607.
Hampton Funeral Services in Boone was in charge of the arrangements.

Annie Goodman
Jefferson
August 6, 1913
May 27, 2002
Mrs. Annie Louise Goodman, age 88 of Jefferson died Monday, May 27 at the Segraves Care Center.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel. Rev. Gary Richardson and Rev. J.C. Norton officiated. Burial followed in the Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. The family received friends from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the service.
Mrs. Goodman was born Aug. 6, 1913 in Ashe County to Edward and Ella Shatley Koontz. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, John Dempsy Goodman.
She is survived by one daughter, Katy Walker and husband, Morris of West Jefferson; one sister, Lena Watson of West Jefferson; two grandchildren, Chuck Walker of Asheville and Mitzi Walker of Asheboro.
Memorials may be made to the Segraves Care Center, c/o Brenda Johnson, 200 Hospital Ave., Jefferson, NC 18640.
Condolences may be sent to the family at ashelawn@funeral-plans.com.
Ashelawn Memorial Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Fay Gambill
Crumpler
October 31, 1910
May 31, 2002
Mrs. Fay McMillan Gambill, age 91 of Crumpler, died Friday, May 31 at the Ashe Living Center in Jefferson.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at the Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Charlie McCoy, Rev. Fred Jenkins, Rev. Wayne Jones and Rev. Bill Ballou officiated. The family received friends from 7 until 9 on Sunday evening at Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Gambill was born on Oct. 31, 1910 to William and Nora Hudler McMillan. She was married to the late Robert James Gambill. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Jimmy Reeves Gambill and a son-in-law, Cecil Pugh.
She is survived by two daughters, and one son-in-law, Letha Pugh of Crumpler and Harold and Nancy Adams of Piney Creek; one son and daughter-in-law, Claude and Brenda Gambill of Crumpler; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren and five step-great grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com.
Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Lorraine Tolley
Jefferson
May 30, 1919
May 27, 2002
Mrs. Edna Lorraine Sheets Tolley, age 82 of Jefferson died Monday, May 27 in Watauga Medical Center.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Boone Family Funeral Home by Rev. Gary Shelton and Rev. Jim Hoffman. Burial followed in the Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. The family received friends on Tuesday, May 28 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Boone Family Funeral Home.
Mrs. Tolley was born in Ashe County on May 30, 1919 to Carl Higgins Sheets and Nora Gertrude Bear Sheets. She was a homemaker with a servant’s heart who often fixed meals for shut-ins. She was a member of Victory Christian Fellowship. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Edward Tolley; one son, Roy Blaine Tolley; one daughter, Ann Tolley Hoffman; and one brother, Molton Field Sheets.
She is survived by five grandchildren, Pam Ausburn and Shirley James, both of Poteau, Oklahoma, Lisa Reeves of Manassas, Va., Tim Sokolowski of Fayetteville and Blaine Tolley of Lakeland, Florida; nine great-grandchildren, Randy Cox, Katie Cox, Stormy James, Dalton James, Austin James, Lindsey Reeves, Matthew Reeves, Clint Sokolowski and Derek Sokolow-ski; one brother, James Clayton Sheets of Wilkesboro; and one son-in-law, Jim Hoffman of West Jefferson.
Memorials may be made to Victory Christian Fellowship, 1056 NC Hwy. 194 N.W., Jefferson, NC 28640.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.boonefuneralhome.com
Boone Family Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

James Coffey
Andrews
Died: May 21, 2002
Mr. James Louis Coffey, age 58 of Andrews, passed away Tuesday, May 21 at his home.
A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 24 at the Townson Rose Chapel in Andrews. The Rev. Lynda Moore officated. The family received friends after the memorial service until 8 p.m.
Mr. Coffey was a native of Caldwell County and was a retired X-Ray technologist. He was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps from 1961 to 1964 and was awarded the certificate of Good Conduct in 1964. He attended Caldwell Community College and received a degree in Radiologic Technology in 1977 and worked at Caldwell Memorial Hospital. He was listed in the Who’s Who of America and was a member of the MENSA Society. He then attended Bowman Gray School of Medicine and received a certificate in Medical Sonics. In 1978 he accepted a position as Chief of Radiology at Crossnore Hospital where he worked until 1982. He then relocated to Hollywood, Fla., residing there for six years until moving to New Castle, Penn., for a brief period before accepting a position at District Memorial Hospital. He remained there until he became unexpectedly disabled due to a rapid decline in his health in 1996. He continued to reside in Andrews with his family. He was the son of the late Lesson Herman and Lucille Mae Rector Coffey and was preceded in death by two brothers, Edmond Kelly Coffey and Lowell Herman Coffey.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Polding Coffey; four sons, James Leason Coffey and wife, Dina of Jefferson, Brian Coffey and wife, Heather of Aloha, Oregon, Kelly Coffey and wife, Anita of Jefferson and James Michael Coffey serving in the US Army; two daughters, Sarah Coffey of the home and Melissa Coffey and Keith Brisson of Bradenton, Fla.; two sisters, Elizabeth Betsy Coffey Craven and Linda Coffey Godfrey, both of Lenoir; four grandchildren; and a special family friend, David Jordan of the home.
Memorials may be made to the family c/o United Community Bank, PO Box 608, Andrews, NC 28901.
Townson Rose Funeral Home of Murphy was in charge of the arrangements

Sharon Sheets
Laurel Springs
June 12, 1945
July 20, 2002
Mrs. Sharon Ann Isenhour Sheets, age 57, of Laurel Springs, died Saturday, July 20 at her residence following an illness in excess of five years. 
The funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, July 23 at 10 a.m. at Peak Creek Church of the Brethren in Laurel Springs by Rev. Lonnie Pruitt. Burial followed in the Peak Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery. The family received friends on Monday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Boone Family Funeral Home. The casket remained closed.
Mrs. Sheets was born in Blatimore, Md., on June 12, 1945, one of seven children born to the late Walter Glenn Isenhour and Ethel Janie Bland Isenhour. She was a homemaker and a member of the Peak Creek Church of the Brethren. Prior to her illness she as an avid gardner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: June Isenhour and David Isenhour; and by one sister, Bertha Mae King.
She is survived by her husband of thirty-five years, Bobby Alden Sheets, Sr; one son, Bobby Alden Sheets, Jr. of Laurel Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Cristalla ''Chris'' and Craig Pennington of Laurel Springs; two brothers, Nathan Isenhour and Jack Isenhour, both of Meherrin, Va.; one sister, Delores Isenhour of Laurel Springs; a very special friend, Gladys Davis of Laurel Springs; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given to Hospice of Ashe, PO Box 421, Jefferson, NC 28640.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.boonefuneralhome.com
Boone Family Funeral Home was in charge of these arrangements. 

Billy Cummings
West Jefferson
September 1, 1935
July 27, 2002
Billy Carroll Cummings, age 66 of West Jefferson, died July 27 at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 31 at 2 p.m. at the Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Doran Wyatt and Rev. James Josephs will officiate. Burial will follow in the Ebenezer Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 30 from 7 until 9 p.m. at Badger Funeral Home.
Mr. Cummings was born on Sept. 1, 1935 in Independence, Va., to Melvin and Mamie Elizabeth Mary Cummings.
He is survived by his wife, Violet Miller Cummings; two sons, Billy Wayne Cummings of Jacksonville and Lester Cummings of Radford, Va.; two daughters, Joyce Myers of Winston-Salem and Geraldine Sookhoo of Nashville, Tenn.; five brothers, Howard Cummings of Dobson, Melvin C. Cummings of Jonesville, John Cummings of Liberty, Joe Cummings of Washington, D.C. and Matthew Cummings of Booneville; two sisters, Emma Lee Josephs of Winston-Salem and Mary Ann Overman of Elkin; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com. 
Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mary Bare
Jefferson
April 30, 1931
July 26, 2002
Mary Louise Marsh Bare, age 71 of Jefferson died Friday, July 26 at the Watauga Medical Center. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m., at the Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Steve Witherspoon, Rev. Dean Watson, Rev. Keith Elledge, Rev. Dean Shepherd, and Rev. J.D. Walton officiated. Burial followed in the Roans Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. The family receive friends Saturday, July 27 from 7 until 9 p.m., at Badger Funeral Home. 
Mrs. Bare was born on April 30, 1931 in Ashe County to Charles and Callie Shatley Marsh. She was a member of the Highland Community Church. 
She is survived by one son, Benny Bare of West Jefferson; two daughters, Lynn Kemp of West Jefferson and Rachel Craven of Jefferson; two sisters, Blanche Marsh of Crumpler and Velma Poe of Laurel Springs; two grandchildren, Dale Craven and Nikki Bare, one great-grandchild, Devin Tyler Craven and two step-grandchildren, Jamie and Miranda Roark; and several nieces and nephews. 
Memorials may be made to the family (for medical expenses) 1846 Low Gap Rd. Jefferson, NC 28640.
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com. 
Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Verna Gentry
Todd
January 16, 1918
July 26, 2002
Verna Aurora Joines Gentry, age 84, of Todd, died Friday morning, July 26 at Watauga Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. at Baldwin Community Church. Rev. Tim Roten and Rev. Fred Houck officiated. Burial followed in the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 at Boone Family Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gentry was born in Wilkes County on Jan. 16, 1918 to the late Tyre Joines and Minnie Smoot Joines. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Stephen James Gentry on Aug. 31, 2000.
She is survived by her husband, Ambrose Gentry of the home; three sons, Andrew Gentry of Todd, Will Gentry of Brevard and Joe Gentry of Kernersville; five daughters, Betty Lewis of Roanoke, Va., Helen Davis of Greensboro, Margaret Howell of Brevard, Shirley Vannoy of Pfafftown and Carol Sharpe of Todd; three brothers, Johnny Joines, Hillary Joines and Ernest Joines, all of Baltimore, Md.; a sister, Mozell Lay of Charlestown, Md.; 21 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Boone Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services was in charge of the arrangements.

Henry Hurley
Newark, Del.
Henry Ford Hurley, Age 79 of Newark, Del., passed away peacefully in his sleep while recovering from hip surgery and battling cancer.
Relatives and friends were invited to attend the funeral service on Wednesday, July 17 at 11 a.m., at the Doherty Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Hockessin Friends Cemetery.
Mr. Hurley enjoyed working with his brothers, Jay and Dale Hurley for many years at Jay Hurleys Autos before retiring. He had previously worked at the Doeskin paper plant. Mr. Hurley was born in Lansing and relocated to Del. at the age of 18. He was the son of Walter Hurley and Pearl Eller. He married Edna Marie Good in January of 1942, They were married for 49 years. He served in the 303rd Battalion in WWII and received a commendation for his bravery in December of 1944. His wife Edna; and daughter, Darlene Marie predeceased him. 
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Ronald and Sandra Hurley, Norma J. Bearvers, Cherri and George Roope, all of Newark, Del.; a sister Danford Black of Newark, Del.; 5 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Doherty Funeral Home of Wilmington, Del., was in charge of these arrangements.

Wilma Rose
Elkridge, Md.
March 9, 1919
July 23, 2002
Wilma Lee Rose age 83 of Elkridge, Md., formerly of Ashe County, died Tuesday, July 23 in Maryland. 
Funeral services were held Monday, July 29 at 10 a.m. at the Healing Springs Baptist Church. Rev. David Jones officiated. Burial followed in the Healing Springs Baptist Church.
Mrs. Rose was born on March 9, 1919 in Ashe County to John Morgan and Fannie Perry Baker. Her husband James L. Rose, daughter Irene Brooks, brothers Harold, J.C., and Dean Baker, preceded her in death. 
She is survived by one son, James G. Rose of Little River, S.C.; one daughter, Sandra Justice of Elkridge, Md.; six sisters, Pearl Severt of West Jefferson, Pauline Miller of California, Louise Drachenberg of Texas, Mae Tucker of Kannapolis, and Shirley Phipps of Westminister, Md.; one brother, Bradley Baker of Little River, S.C.; eight grandchildren, Deborah Justice, Mary Rose, Lisa Reid, Christopher and Jimmy Rose, Christina, Charles Lee, and Theresa Bowman; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com. 
Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Nora Lambert
August 9, 1902
July 23, 2002
Mrs. Nora Parsons Lambert, age 94 died Sunday morning, July 28 at Davis Regional Medical Center following a short illness.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. at Christ Boulevard United Methodist Church with Dr. James Robert Reeves and Dr. Abe Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 31 at Nicholson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lambert was born Aug. 9, 1909 in Ashe County to the late Walter Jerome Parsons and Martha M. Smith Parsons. She was the widow of Wilburn Clint Lambert. She was a member of Christ Boulevard United Methodist Church. Mrs. Parsons was a Nurse Assistant at Davis Hospital. She attended school at McComas, W. Va. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, John David (J.D.) Lambert, two daughters, who died in infancy, three brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by two sons, Paul E. Lambert and Arnold Lambert, both of Statesville; two daughters, Ruby E. Booker of Orlando, Fla., and Faye L. Walker and husband, Dillard of Stony Point; one brother, Larry Parsons of Jefferson; one sister, Nina P. Brown of Taylorsville; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Christ Boulevard United Methodist Church, 1947, East Broad Street, Statesville, NC 28677.
Nicholson Funeral Home of Statesville was in charge of these arrangements.


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