Miscellaneous Ashe County, North Carolina Obituaries

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George Ervin Roten
North Wilkesboro
June 7, 1933
Oct. 5, 2000 
George Ervin Roten, 67, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 8 at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel. Rev. John J. White officiated. Burial followed in Mountlawn Memorial Park in North Wilkesboro.

Mr. Roten was born in Wilkes County to George and Ethel Mae Darnell Roten. He was a member and a deacon of the Church of God of the Union Assembly.

He is survived by his wife, Ina Faye Love Roten of the home; two daughters, Betty Cardwell, North Wilkesboro, and Beverley Buchanan, Bakersville; four sons, Kenneth Roten, Tim Roten and Joey Roten, all of North Wilkesboro, and Scotty Roten, Roaring River; five sisters, Athlee Wingler and Margie Shew, both of Wilkesboro, Johnsie Little and Maxine Reece, both of Jefferson, and Lorine Hunt, Sparta; two brothers, Dick Roten, Virginia, and Johnny Roten, Millers Creek; and 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wilkes, PO Box 609, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

James Lee Hash
West Jefferson
July 31, 1926
Oct. 4, 2000

James Lee Hash, 73, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 6 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel. Rev. Bill Ballou, the Rev. Ken Furches and the Rev. Jeff Vogler. Burial with military rites at Ashelawn Memorial Gardens.Mr. Hash was born in Ashe County to Clarence and Christie Barker Hash. He was a retired warehouse manager and a World War II/Korean veteran of the US Navy and Airforce. He was a member of Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, June Marsh Hash; one daughter, Phyllis Furches, West Jefferson; half brother, Charles Phillips, Charlotte; half sister, Betty Avery, Jefferson; two grandchildren, Tonya Lee and Michelle Furches; two great grandchildren, Matthew and Ashton Lee; a number of other half-brothers and sisters; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church Choir, c/o Junior Greer, 103 Sexton Road, West Jefferson, NC 28694.

Ashelawn Memorial Chapel in Jefferson is in charge of arrangements. Send e-mail condolences by visiting www.funeral-plans.com/ashelawn.

Ruth Dillard
Taylorsville
May 1, 1931
Oct. 5, 2000

Ruth Louise Woodruff Dillard, 69, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 8 at Lebanon Baptist Church. Rev. Keith Childers and Rev. Gwyn Kilby officiated. Burial followed in the Dillard Family Cemetery in Taylorsville.

Mrs. Dillard was born in Ashe County to the late Charlie Lee Woodruff and Jennie Hodson Woodruff. She was a homemaker and member of Lebanon Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Howard Woodruff; and four sisters, Melinda Woodruff, Fannie Woodruff, Lillian Combs and Mamie Eastridge.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert B. Dillard; three sons, Roy Dale Dillard and wife, Carol, Dennis Dillard and wife, Debbie, and Jeffery Allen Dillard, all of Taylorsville; one daughter, Robin Vickie Clay and husband, Larry, both of Taylorsville; two sisters, Fern Mullis and Ruby Rutherford, both of West Jefferson; six grandchildren, Robert (Robbie) Dillard, Christopher Dillard, Jennifer Cahill, Amber Clay, Heather Dillard and Chad Dillard; five great-grandchildren, Brandon Dillard, Ashley Dillard, Zachary Dillard, Darian Dillard and Devin Donahue; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Alexander Funeral Service of Taylorsville was in charge of the arrangements.

Gene C. Sheets
West Virginia
Nov. 15, 1915
Oct. 4, 2000

Gene C. Sheet was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 7 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel. Burial followed at Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Mr. Sheets was born in Ashe County to Mack and Chessie Sheets. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was of the Baptist faith. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Nell Goodman and Sallie Leeper; and brothers Urcle Sheets and Bryce Sheets.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel Colvard Sheets; son, Bill Sheets and wife Carolyn of Hickory; daughter, Dorothy Woolever and husband Jerry of Advance; brother, Val Sheets of Jefferson; grandchildren, Robert Sheets of Granite Falls, Dean Sheets of Valparaiso, Ind., Rachel Woolever of Orlando, Fla., and Mike Woolever of Fairfax, Va.; and 6 great grandchildren.

Ashelawn Memorial Chapel in Jefferson is in charge of arrangements. Send e-mail condolences by visiting www.funeral-plans.com/ashelawn.

Bobby C. Shumate
West Jefferson
Oct. 10, 1950
Oct. 5, 2000

Bobby C. Shumate, 49, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 7 at Bald Mountain Baptist Church. Rev. Lawrence Goodman and Jim Greer officiated.

Mr. Shumate was born to James Garland and Edna Shumate.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Hopkins Shumate; one son, Christopher James Shumate of the home; his mother, Edna Shumate, West Jefferson; four brothers, Howard Shumate and Larry Shumate, both of West Jefferson, Tom Shumate, Warrensville, and Harold Shumate, Crumpler; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Ashe County, PO Box 421, Jefferson, NC 28640 or to Bald Mountain Baptist Church Building Fund, 1460 Bald Mt. Rd., West Jefferson, NC 28694.

Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Joella Roberts Kerr
Jefferson
Nov. 13, 1920
Oct. 7, 2000

Joella Roberts Kerr, 79, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 9 at Crumpler Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Conrad Hall officiated.

Mrs. Kerr was born in Booneville, Ark, to the late Joe Ed Roberts and Ethel Rogers Roberts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hershel E. Kerr, and a son, Allen Kerr.

Mrs. Kerr is survived by four daughters, Louella Baker and Jewell Driggers, both of West Jefferson, Sandra Anders, Spokane, WA, and Donnie Bundy, Red Springs; two sons, Hershel E. Kerr Jr, West Jefferson and Dale W. Kerr, Sparta; and 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Crumpler Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

John E. Howell
Louisville, Ky.
Died: Oct. 8, 2000 
John E. Howell, formerly of Ashe County, was remembered at services held in Louisville, Ky.

Jack McNeill
Good Hope, Ga.
July 21, 1920
Oct. 11, 2000

Wiley Emmett McNeill Jr., better known as “Jack”, age 80, was remembered at funeral services held Oct 14 at Jefferson United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Jefferson City Cemetery.

Mr. McNeill was born in Ashe County to Wiley Emmett McNeill and Astoria E. McConnell McNeill. He was a supervisor over road construction. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Jefferson United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Francis McNeill of the home; a daughter, Rebecca Mullis, Good Hope, Ga.; three sisters, Katherine Goswick, Durham, Laura Ann Jacks, Honolulu, Ha., and Mary Lillian Sturdivant, Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Jefferson United Methodist Church, PO Box 445, Jefferson, NC 28640.

Boone Family Funeral Home of West Jefferson was in charge of the arrangements.

Raleigh Marshall Blackburn
Fleetwood
July 15, 1912
Oct. 12, 2000

Raleigh Marshall Blackburn, 88, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 14 at Blue Ridge Baptist Church. Rev. Jerry Francis and Rev. Bill Burchett officiated. Burial followed in the Blue Ridge Cemetery.

Mr. Blackburn was born in Ashe County to James Monroe and Mary Jane Blackburn. He was preceded in death by two sons, Harold Dean and Raleigh Wayne Blackburn.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Haire Blackburn; two sons, Clay Blackburn and Bill Blackburn, both of West Jefferson; two daughters, Charlotte Elliott, Todd, and Wanda Terry, Lenoir; one brother, Ocie Blackburn, Deep Gap; two sisters, Vera Church, Deep Gap, and Belva Swartz, Nebraska; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Ridge Cemetery Fund.

Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Ina F. Walters
Crumpler
Oct. 31, 1911
Oct. 9, 2000

Ina F. Walters, 88, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 12 at Senter Primitive Baptist Church in Crumpler by Elder James McNeill, Elder Eddie Lyle and Elder Bobby Absher. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Walters was born in Ashe County to John and Laura Dixon Fender. She was a homemaker

She is survived by one son, John Walters, Crumpler; three daughters, Glenna McNeill, Jefferson, Jean Weaver of Grassy Creek, and Betty Carlton, Jefferson; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews

Memorials may be made to the Senter Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Bobby Absher, 183 Ridge Road, Crumpler, NC 28617.

Obituary information may be obtained or e-mail condolences may be sent to www.funeral-plans.com/ashelawn. Ashelawn Memorial Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

Teresa Roland
North Wilkesboro
Died: Oct. 11, 2000

Teresa Kay Church Roland, 36, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 15 at Gordon’s Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro. Rev. Larry Adams and Rev. Fred Greer officiated.

Mrs. Roland was born to Cecil and Ruby Church of North Wilkesboro.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Roland; one son, Dustin Roland of the home; his mother, Ruby Church, North Wilkesboro; 11 sisters, Barbara Johnston, Janice Lewis, Reba Call, Tonya Reynolds, Selena Miller and Wanda Combs, all of North Wilkesboro, Maxine McGrady, Traphill, Lynette Richardson, Wilkesboro, Laura Minton, Purlear, and Crystal Wood, Roaring River; four brothers, Roger Pilkenton, Roy Lee Church, Ronnie Dean Church and Raymond Church, all of North Wilkesboro; and one step-daughter, Tisha Roland, Lansing.

Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Okla Fay Francis Jones
Jefferson
Died: Oct. 12, 2000

Okla Fay Francis Jones, 78, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 15 at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Rev. Eric Caudill officiated. Burial followed in the Ashelawn Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Clifton Jones.

She is survived by one daughter, Carol Johnson, Grassy Creek; one son, Lloyd Jones, Clinton, Tenn.; and five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one step-grandson.

Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1028 Deep Ford Road, Lansing, NC 28643.

Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


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