Miscellaneous Ashe County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Julia Castle
Jefferson
Dec. 27, 1915
Oct. 19, 2000 
Julia Mae Roten Castle, 84, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 21 at Rich Hill United Methodist Church. Rev. Bruce Roten and Rev. Tommy Graybeal officiated. Burial followed in the Brown Cemetery.

Mrs. Castle was born in Ashe County to Emmit Roten and Cora Graybeal Roten. She was a caretaker of the Rocky Mount Museum in Piney Flats, Tenn. She was preceded in deathby her parents; and her husband, James Castle.

She is survived by a brother, Wayne Roten, Creston; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Rich Hill United Methodist Church, c/o Bruce Roten, 663 Kemp-Lewis Circle, West Jefferson, NC 28694.

Boone Family Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Beulah Madge Jones
West Jefferson
March 2, 1910
Oct. 18, 2000

Beulah Madge Jones, 90, was remembered at private funeral services held at Ashelawn Memorial Gardens.

Miss Jones was born to John William and Arvilla May Bare Jones. She was a school teacher.

She is survived by two sisters, Ada Harless, Baltimore, Md. and Nellie Briley, Princeton, W.Va.; three brothers, Ryland Jones, West Jefferson, Fairfax Jones, Baltimore, Md., and Johnny Jones, Pembrooke, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Ashelawn Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. For obituary information or to send e-mail condolences visit www.funeral-plans.com/ashelawn.

Alma Blevins Barnett
Crestline, Ohio
Died: Oct. 15, 2000

Alma Blevins Barnett, 75, formerly of Ashe County, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 20 at Shelter Baptist Church. Rev. Billy Joe Blevins and Rev. Ken Howell officiated. Burial followed in the Scott-Blevins Cemetery.

Mrs. Barnett is survived by one son, James Michael Barnett, Georgia; two daughters, Linda Ilene Todd, Crestline, Ohio, and Patricia Ann Berkey, Mansfield, Ohio; three sisters, Fannie Blevins, Newport News, Va., Jessie Beavers, Ohio, and Ruth Collins, Virginia; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Selda Roark
Jefferson
Jan. 11, 1911
Oct. 18, 2000

Selda Winebarger Roark, 89, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 20 at Highland Bible Tabernacle. Rev. James Roark, the Rev. Avery Roark, the Rev. Lindsay McGrady and the Rev. Bobby Roark officiated. Burial followed in the Lewis-Jones Cemetery in Creston.

Mrs. Roark was born in Ashe County to Avery and Martisha Davis Winebarger. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by two sons, Avery Roark, West Jefferson and James Roark, Shelby; three daughters, Carol Lee Roark, Creston, Arlene McCloud, Deep Gap and Linda Hogan, Marion; one sister, Letha Allen, Pennsylvania; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews

Ashelawn Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements. For obituary information or to send e-mail condolences, visit Ashelawn Memorial Chapel’s website at www.funeral-plans.com/ashelawn.

Patsy Ann Beckwith
Wilkesboro
Nov. 13, 1947
Oct. 17, 2000

Patsy Ann Beckwith, 52, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 20 at Millers Creek United Methodist Church. Rev. Mickey Moree and Rev. Larry Adams officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Beckwith was born in Sullivan County, Va. to Wells and Helen Eldreth Hart. She was a member of Millers Creek United Methodist Church. She was the owner of Hair Country.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Beckwith; one daughter, Crystal Paige Beckwith of the home; one son, Brennis Michael Tribble, Wilkesboro; her mother, Helen Eldreth Veach, Wilkesboro; her grandmother, Ruth Elizabeth Ham, Wilkesboro; one sister, Sandra Kay Veach, Wilkesboro; and two brothers, Joseph Stephen Hart, Winston-Salem, and Travis Anthony Veach, Sneads Ferry.

Memorials may be made to Millers Creek United Methodist Church Building Fund, 4705 Boone Trail, Millers Creek, NC 28659.

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

Stella Mae Barker
Jefferson
March 29, 1906
Oct. 15, 2000

Stella Mae Blevins Barker, 94, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 18 at Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Billy Joe Blevins, Rev. Tommy Dollar and Rev. Ken Howell officiated.

Mrs. Barker was born in Ashe County.

She is survived by three daughters, Orlean Barker, Zola Barker and Pauline Barker, all of Jefferson; two sons, Wert Barker, Jefferson, and Glenn Barker, Warrensville; two sisters, Hettie Brooks, Jefferson, and June Blevins, Sacramento, Calif.; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Emma Bledsoe Phillips
West Jefferson
Feb. 10, 1911
Oct. 20, 2000

Emma Jean Bledsoe Phillips, 89, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 22 at Old Fields Baptist Church. Rev. Jack Miller and Rev. Bill Ballou officiated. Burial followed in the Old Fields Cemetery.

Mrs. Phillips was born in Ashe County.

She is survived by one son, James A. Phillips, Lincoln Park, Mich.; one daughter-in-law, Flarene Phillips, Michigan; one granddaughter, Janie Phillips of the home; one brother, Bill Bledsoe, Deep Gap; one sister, Louise Watson, Deep Gap; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Haymore, Winston-Salem.

Memorials may be made to the Old Fields Baptist Church, c/o Sally Walters, 5375 Idlewild Rd., Fleetwood, NC 28626.

Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Herman Greer
Todd
April 7, 1907
Oct. 23, 2000 
Charles Herman Greer, 93, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 26 at Boone Family Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Jimmy Williams, Rev. Clyde Campbell and Rev. Steve Church officiated. Burial followed in the Graham-Greer Cemetery.

Mr. Greer was born in Watauga County to Frank Greer and Molly Payne Greer. He was a saw mill operator. He was preceded in death by his parents; and five children, Melva Jean Greer, Jay Harold Greer, Virginia D. Reid, Donald C. Greer and Warren G. Greer.

He is survived by his wife, Jesse Hazel Church Greer of the home; four sons, Charles D. Greer and Jerry L. Greer, both of Todd, Dale P. Greer, Baltimore, Md., and Joe B. Greer, Edgewood, Md.; a daughter, Diane G. Roark, Jefferson; and 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Boone Family Funeral Home (www.boonefuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.

Neddy “Butch” Barker
Jefferson
May 15, 1947
Oct. 21, 2000

Neddy “Butch” Ralph Barker, 53, passed away at North Carolina Baptist Hospital.

Mr. Barker was born in West Jefferson to Ralph and Helen Barker. He served four years in the United States Army and was stationed in Korea.

He is survived by two sisters, Deborah Barker, West Jefferson, and Brenda Tulley, Newark, Del.; three brothers, Larry Barker, Columbia, S.C., John Barker, Johnson City, Tenn. and Eddie Barker, Hendersville; and several nieces and nephews.

Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. Lloyd Troy Rich
Lenoir
Dec. 18, 1934
Oct. 21, 2000

Rev. Lloyd Troy Rich, 65, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 23 at Confidence Advent Christian Church. Rev. Bobby Brock officiated. Burial followed in Confidence Advent Christian Cemetery.

Pallbearers were George Curtis, Clayton Pritchard, Mickey Hendrix, Clell Hartley, Ed Watson and Lowell Greene. Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Nichols, Bobby Gilbert and Marshall Abee.

Mr. Rich was born in Caldwell County to Mabel Philyaw Rich and the late James Rich. He was a member of Confidence Advent Christian Church and pastor of Boomer Advent Christian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Rich of the home; his mother, Mabel Philyaw Rich, Lenoir; two sons, Dale Rich, Lenoir, and Raymond Hamby, High Point; two daughters, Glenda Rich and Deborah Ford, both of Lenoir; three brothers, Vannoy Rich and Jimmy Rich, both of Lenoir, and Coleman Rich, Hudson; two sisters, Hazel Greene, Lenoir, and Ann Hatton, Hudson; and 11 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Boomer Advent Christian Church, c/o Mattie Earp, 3385 High Rock Road, Boomer, NC 28606.

Pendry’s Funeral Home of Lenoir was in charge of the arrangements.

Vada Matz
Archdale
Aug. 30, 1908
Oct. 20, 2000

Vada Cleo Patrick Matz, 92, formerly of Ashe County, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 23 at Boone Family Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Darrell Graybeal officiated. Burial followed in the Johnson Family Cemetery in Creston.

Mrs. Matz was born in Carter County, Tenn. to John Patrick and Louise Hodge Patrick. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by five sons, Ernest Johnson, Mountain City, Tenn., Bill Johnson, Palm, Pa., Chester Johnson, Barto, Pa., Ralph Johnson, Pond, Pa., and Fred Johnson, Creston; three daughters, Nora Lea West, Archdale, and Kathleen Hamby and Betty Carey, both of North East, Md.; a brother, Granville Patrick, Creston; a sister, Myrtle Taylor, Siler City; 36 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Boone Family Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Blanche Blevins Winkler
Lenoir
Dec. 8, 1936
Oct. 28, 2000

Blanche Blevins Winkler, 63, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 30 at First United Methodist Church of Lenoir. Rev. John Fowler, Rev. Larry Staples and Rev. Marietta Smith officiated. Burial followed in Mariah’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mel Thompson, George Crowell Jr., Bill Wall, Bill Pipkins, Tony Frick, Wayne Haigler, Gene Hendricks and John Bacon.

Mrs. Winkler was born in Ashe County to Ruth Miller Blevins of Fleetwood and the late Clinton Blevins. She was preceded in death by her father; one brother, Joe Blevins; and one sister, Maude Anne Blevins. She was a member of the Lenoir BFW, a Caldwell Memorial Hospital volunteer, a Caldwell County Retired School Personnel and an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Lenoir. She was the “Weather Lady” for WJRI for many years and a graduate of Appalachian State Teacher’s College. She was also a Red Cross Board member, Caldwell Memorial Hospital Auxiliary member, Caldwell County Historical Society member, NCAE member and very active with the community in schools program.

She is survived by her husband, R.H. Winkler of the home; her mother, Ruth Miller Blevins, Fleetwood; two daughters, Ann Winkler, Granite Falls, and Mrs. Randy (Susan) Mittelstaedt, Waterville, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Max (Mary) Padgett, Hickory, and Mrs. Tom (Nell) Baldwin, Fleetwood; and two grandsons, Miles Mittelstaedt and Derek Philyaw.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, NC, 28645 or First United Methodist Church of Lenoir, 309 Church Street NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Pendry’s Funeral Home of Lenoir was in charge of the arrangements.

Bradford Earl Schang
Crumpler
Died: Oct. 24, 2000

Bradford Schang, 47, was remembered at memorial services held Oct. 28 at Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Tommy McClure and Rev. Larry Denny officiated.

Mr. Schang is survived by his wife, Megan Schang of the home; his mother, Cella Goodyke, Arizona; his father, Ed Schang, Ohio; two step-sons, Steven Brown, Lansing, and Mark Brown, Trade, Tenn.; one step-daughter, Renee Brown, Boone; one brother, Greg Schang, Arizona; one half-brother, David Yarlott, Maine; one half-sister, Vickie Barbee, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Walter Forbis
Crumpler
Nov. 16, 1928
Oct. 25, 2000

Walter Lee Forbis, 71, will be remembered at memorial services at a later date.

Mr. Forbis was born in Surry County to Henry Lee Forbis and Hessie Mae Carrol Forbis. He was an inspector of NCDOT. He served in the United States Navy during the Korea Conflict. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Arlene Lind Forbis.

He is survived by a son, Jason Forbis, West Jefferson; two step-sons, Peter Gordon, Nashville, Tenn., and Carl Gordon, California; a step-daughter, Pamela Seirtich, Texas; his mother-in-law, Esther Weiboldt, Lexington; a sister, Vera Forbis Gore, Mt. Airy; and a grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ashe Memorial Hospital, 200 Hospital Ave., Jefferson, NC 28640.

Boone Family Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

W. Dean Sapp
Oxford, Pa.
Died: Oct. 11, 2000

W. Dean Sapp, 73, was remembered at funeral services held Oct. 14 at Ruffenach Funeral Home in Oxford, Pa. Burial followed in the Little Britain Cemetery in Peach Bottom, Pa.

Mr. Sapp was the husband of Mary Miller Sapp with whom he shared 53 years of marriage. He was born in Marion, Va. to the late Oscar and Effie Roark Sapp. He had resided in the Oxford, Pa. area for 35 years, prior to that he was from the Hockessin, Del. area. He was a first class machine tender for 40 years with the N.V.F. Company of Yorklyn, Del. He retired in 1987. He was a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Free Will Baptist Church. He loved going to church, loved his family, fishing, gardening and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Miller Sapp, Oxford, Pa.; a daughter, Maxine Holman, Bear, Del.; three sons, Dean Jr., Aberdeen, Md., Wade, Waunakee, Wis., and Ben, Newark, Del.; two sisters, Francis, Wauchula, Fla., and Doris, Orlando, Fla.; three brothers, Rayman, Fries, Va., Allen, Elk Creek, Va., and Harold, Oxford, Pa.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Ruffenach Funeral Home of Oxford, Pa. was in charge of the arrangements.


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