Miscellaneous Ashe County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Robert Hamm Jr.
Creston
April 6, 1983
December 3, 2001
Mr. Robert Lawrence Hamm Jr., age 18 of Creston died Monday morning, Dec. 3 in Creston. 
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at Rock Creek Baptist Church by Rev. Glenn Woodie, Rev. Junior Seatz and Rev. Darrell Graybeal. Burial followed in the Mahala Family Cemetery. The family received friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Boone Family Funeral Home.
Mr. Hamm was born in Watauga County on April 6, 1983 to Robert Lawrence Hamm Sr. and Wanda Sue Mahala Hamm. He was a student at Ashe County High School, where he was involved in the Automotive Club 2000-2001 and the Masonry Club 2001-2002.
He is survived by his parents, Robert and Sue Hamm of Creston; a brother, Charlie Hamm of the home; a sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Michael Groves of Creston; paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Shirley Blackburn Hamm, of Crumpler; maternal grandmother, Marie Pope Mahala of Creston; and paternal great- grandparents, Carl and Zella Taylor Blackburn of Crumpler.
Pallbearers for the service were Michael Hamm, Michael Groves, David Mahala, Shirlie Mahala, Dale Hamm and Kermit Hamm.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.boonefuneralhome.com.
Boone Family Funeral Home was in charge of these arrangements.

Lori Love
Thomasville
November 22, 1966
December 1, 2001
Lori Lee Blevins Love, age 35 of Thomasville, died Saturday, December 1, at High Point Regional Hospital. 
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Elder David Lyalls officiated. Burial followed in the Perry Cemetery. The family received friends from 10 until 11 a.m. prior to the service. 
Mrs. Love was born Nov. 22, 1966 in Ashe County to Ernest and Patsy Perry Blevins. She was preceded in death by her mother.
She is survived by her husband: Sellers Love; her father, Ernest Blevins of Thomasville; one son, Douglas Trotter of Lexington; one sister, Lisa Lewallen of Thomasville; and one brother, Eric Blevins of Thomasville.
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com.
Badger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Edward Testerman Sr.
Lansing
March 31, 1933
December 3, 2001
Edward Van Testerman Sr., better known as "Pete", age 68 of Lansing, died Monday afternoon, December 3, in West Jefferson.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 6, 2001 at 11 a.m., at Scottsville Baptist Church by Rev. Reeves Jones and Rev. Jerry Harris. Burial followed in the Howell Hill Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m.,, Wednesday, December 5 at Boone Family Funeral Home.
Mr. Testerman was born in Ashe County on March 31, 1933 to Omer F. Testerman and Bessie Hoosier Testerman. He was a Sander in the Furniture Mfg. 
He is survived by his wife, Elinor Barker Testerman, of the home; four sons, Van Testerman, of Lansing, Dale Testerman, of Warrensville, Tyler Testerman, of Wilkesboro and Mark Testerman, of the home; a brother, Walt Testerman, of Crumpler; two sisters, Ruth Blackburn, of Jefferson and Lorene Myers, of Deep Gap; a half-sister, Nona Hart, of West Jefferson; three grandchildren; two step grandchildren; a step great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.boonefuneralhome.com.
Boone Family Funeral Home was in charge of these arrangements.

Byron Sexton
West Jefferson
August 15, 1910
December 3, 2001
Mr. Byron Elcine Sexton, age 91, of West Jefferson, died Monday morning, December 3, at Ashe Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were held Thursday, December 6 at 2 p.m., at Boone Family Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Ken Morris. Burial followed in the Ashelawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the funeral service. The family also received friends on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m., at the home of Tim & Penny Sexton at 891 Olde Charter Circle of Jefferson Landing.
Mr. Sexton was born in Ashe County on August 15, 1910 to Elcine Sexton and Myrtle Brown Sexton. He was an agricultural farmer. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Thelma Louise Sturgill Sexton; and a son, Kenneth Sexton.
He is survived by two sons, Tim Sexton and wife, Penny, of Jefferson and Jimmy Sexton and wife, Iris, of Clifton, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Joann Sexton, of West Jefferson; a sister, Coleen Adams, of Lansing; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Sexton Memorial Fund, c/o Ashe County Board of Education, P.O. Box 604, Jefferson, NC 28640.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.boonefuneralhome.com.
Boone Family Funeral Home was in charge of these arrangements.

Nadine Sheets
Jefferson
June 26, 1935
December 4, 2001
Nadine Clara Davis Sheets, age 66 of Jefferson, died Wednesday, December 4, at her home. 
A memorial service was held Friday, December 7 at 2 p.m. at the West Jefferson First Baptist Church. Rev. Ken Morris officiated. The family received friends Thursday, December 6 from 7 until 9 p.m. at the West Jefferson First Baptist Church. 
Mrs. Sheets was born June 26, 1935 in Pond Mountain to Quincy and Ada Greer Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Sheets, and her brother, Gail Davis. 
She is survived by three daughters Pamela Houck and husband Rick of Abingdon, Va., Vickie Absher and husband Mark of West Jefferson, and Angela Fink of Warrensville; two sisters, Maxine Laughlin of Atlanta, Ga., and Elizabeth Barker of Lenoir; and four grandchildren, Mandy Houck, Meredith Houck, Steven Absher and Richard Lee Absher.
Memorials may be made to the West Jefferson First Baptist Church Youth Fund, P.O. Box 180, West Jefferson, NC 28694.
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com. 
Badger Funeral Home was in charge of these arrangements.

Marie Davis Bryan
Sarasota, Fla.
Sept. 30, 1910
Dec. 10, 2001
Marie Davis Bryan, 91, of Ashe County and Sarasota, Fla. died Friday, Dec. 7 in Matairie, La.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel in Jefferson with Elder Eddie Lyle officiating. Interment followed in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. The family received friends from 2-3 p.m. Monday prior to services.
Mrs. Bryan was born in Ashe County (Pond Mountain area) on Sept. 30, 1910 to Calvin Newton and Laura Jane Cox Davis. The third of 10 children, she was a homemaker and member of the Pond Mountain Primitive Baptist Church. Mrs. Bryan was preceded in death by her husbands, Leonard Lee Hurley of Ashe County, John Littlewood of Ashe County and M. Vernon Bryan of Sarasota, Fla.
She is survived by one son and daughter in law, Leonard Glenn and wife Mae Black Hurley of Sarasota, Fla.; one daughter and son in law, Laura Marie and Bernard Cleary of Matairie, La.; three sisters, Nora Hurley, Ruth Little and Geneva Absher all of West Jefferson; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
On-line condolences can be sent to the family at ashelawn@funeral-plans.com. 
Ashelawn Memorial Chapel in Jefferson was in charge of arrangements.

Howard “Doug” Hartzog Jr.
Jefferson
April 12, 1964
Nov. 28, 2001
Howard Dudley Hartzog Jr., better known as Doug, of Jefferson, formerly of Winston-Salem, died Wednesday, Nov. 28 at his home. 
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 at Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Archie Jones and Rev. Ray Davis officiated. The family received friends from 6-7 p.m. prior to the service. The family also visited with friends following the service. 
Mr. Hartzog was born April 12, 1964 in Winston-Salem to Howard Dudley Hartzog Sr. and Peggy Saultz Hartzog.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Church Hartzog; his parents, Dudley and Peggy Hartzog of The Villages, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Jessica Jones; his grandmothers, Jenny Hartzog and Ella Mae Woodie of Jefferson.
Memorials may be made to the Hartzog Cemetery Fund, c/o Dawna Benedict, 1015 Canoe Gap Rd., West Jefferson, NC 28694.
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com.
Badger Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Daniel R. Sullins
Cochranville, Pa.
July 13, 1936
January 18, 2002
Daniel R. Sullins, age 65, of Cochranville, Pa., formerly of Darlington, Md., died Friday, Jan. 18 at Freedom Village in Coatesville, Pa.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at R.T. Foard Funeral Home in Rising Sun, Md. The family received friends on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 7-9 p.m. Burial followed in the Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Parksburg, Pa.
Mr. Sullins was born on July 13, 1936 in Ashe County. He was the son of the late Harvey and Nellie Sullins. He worked for 35 years as a truck driver for Agway in Cochranville, Pa. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Willard and Charlie Sullins; and two sisters, Pauline Weldon and Mary Darnell.
He is survived by his wife, Betty J. Sullins of Cochranville, Pa.; two sons, Dean A. Sullins of Oxford, Pa. and Danny L. Sullins of Landenberg, Pa.; one daughter, Robin D. Jumbelick of Cochranville, Pa.; four sisters, Mattie Hamilton of Havre de Grace, Md., Lucy McGhee of Boone and Gladys Dolinger and Ellen Elliott, both of West Jefferson; and six grandchildren, Brandon Jumbelick, Austin Jumbelick, Chase Sullins, Alyssa Sullins, Nicholas Sullins and Paige Sullins.
R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A. of Rising Sun, Md. was in charge of the arrangements.

Hazel Calloway
West Jefferson
May 13, 1909
January 18, 2002
Mrs. Mary Hazel Calloway, age 92 of West Jefferson, died Friday, Jan. 18 at Ashe Memorial Hospital.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m., at Boone Family Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Milton Mathers and Rev. Johnnie Hutchison. Burial followed in the Calloway Cemetery in Todd. The family received friends one hour prior to the service.
Mrs. Calloway was born in Ashe County on May 13, 1909 to Joseph Franklin Calloway and Amanda Jeanetta Shoun Calloway. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Franklin Calloway, of Rock Hill, S.C., and Harry Calloway, of West Jefferson; a sister, Gladys Perkins, of Todd; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to: Southeastern Children’s Home, 115 Children’s Way, P.O. Box 339, Duncan, SC 29334.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.boonefuneralhome.com.
Boone Family Funeral Home was in charge of these arrangements.

Ola Jones Roten Lippard
Statesville
January 21, 2002
Ola Jones Roten Lippard, age 93 of Statesville, formerly of the Rich Hill Road in Creston, died Monday, Jan. 21 in Statesville.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. at the Trinity Baptist Church in Statesville. The family received friends Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Nicholson Funeral Home in Statesville.
Mrs. Lippard is survived by one son, Howard Roten of Statesville; and locally by several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com.
Nicholson Funeral Home was in charge of these arrangements.

Johnnie Austin
Boone
Died: January 19, 2002
Johnnie Robert Austin, age 66 of Camp Rock Road, died Saturday morning, Jan. 19 at his home. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Boone. The Rev. Mark Chaney and the Rev. James D. Hagaman officiated. Burial followed at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens. The family received friends from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday, Jan., 21 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.
Mr. Austin was a member and was past deacon of First Baptist Church. He was a 1957 graduate of Appalachian State University and obtained his funeral service education diploma in 1958 from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He was president and co-ower of Austin & Barnes Funeral Home in Boone since 1975. He was a member of the Blue Ridge Electric Membership Board of Directors for 31 years and served as president of the board for 21 years and on various state and national rural electric cooperative boards including NRECA, CDC and the Federated Insurance Board. He also served on the board of directors of the First Union National Bank in Boone. He was a member of Snow Lodge #363 AF and AM. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie Hall Austin.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn G. Austin; two sons, Douglas P. Austin and wife, Paula of Raleigh and Michael J. Austin and wife, Teresa of Boone; a daughter, Nancy R. Austin of WInston-Salem; two grandchidlren, Rachel and Matthew Austin of Raleigh; his father, E.C. Austin of Hudson; three brothers, Jerry Austin and wife, Geneva of Granite Quarry, Steven Austin and wife, Reba of Lawndale and Donald Austin and wife, Happy of Boone; one sister, Mary Jo Setzer and husband, Max of Hudson.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Watauga County, 136 Furman Road, Boone, to Shriners Hospital for Children, PO Box 560666, Charlotte, 28256 or to the First Baptist Church, 375 W. King Street, Boone, N.C., 28607.
Austin & Barnes Home was in charge of these arrangements.

Edd Pennington
Whitetop, Va.
October 22, 1906
January 20, 2002
Edd L. Pennington, age 95 of Whitetop, Va., passed away Sunday, Jan. 20 at Ashe Living Center in Jefferson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24 in Whitetop Baptist Church with interment in Blevins Cemetery. Rev. Ronnie Blevins, Mr. Brian Weaver and Rev. Rex Hall officiated. The body was at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
Mr. Pennington was born Oct. 22, 1906 at Damascus, Va., in the Green Cove community to Joe and Miltida Pennington.
He is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-laws, Louise Richardson, Linda and Robert Fain, all of Whitetop, Va. and Leona and Wayne Weaver of Lansing; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Rev. T.A. and Kathleen Pennington, and Larry and Rita Pennington, all of Whitetop, Va., Norman and Vivian Pennington of Goldsboro, Fairley and Shirley Pennington of Ypsilanti, Michigan and Roger Pennington of Elliston, Va.; twenty six grandchildren; forty one great-grandchildren; and eighteen great-great grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Whitetop Baptist Church, c/o Irene Etchison, 568 Whitetop Gap Road, Whitetop, Va., 24292.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Independence, Va., was in charge of these arrangements.

Howard Black Jr.
Fairburn, Ga.
September 2, 1934
January 24, 2002
Howard Black, Jr., age 67 of Fairburn, Ga., formerly of Ashe died Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Southwest Christian Hospice in Union City, Ga. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at Badger Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Charlie McCoy, Rev. Chris Goodman and Rev. Eddie Jarrad officiated. Burial followed in the Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. The family received friends Saturday, Jan. 26 from 1 until 2 p.m. at Badger Funeral Home.
Mr. Black was born on Sept. 2, 1934 in Ashe County to Howard, Sr., and Tensie Lambert Black. Mr. Black served his country in the United States Army. He was preceded in death by his son, Steven Howard Black, and stepson, Larry Dale Poe. 
He is survived by his wife, Loretta Poe Black; one daughter, Tina Ann Black Floyd of Dallas, Ga.; two step daughters, Kathy MIller of Warrensville and Ann Brooks of Millers Creek; four brothers, Archie Black, Gene Black, Rob Black and Tony Black, all of Jefferson; two sisters, Maxine Wyatt and Grace Whitesville, both of Baltimore, Md.; three grandchildren, Joshua Howard Herman of Dallas, Ga., Brett Miller of Warrensville and Danielle Perry of Millers Creek; and several nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family at badger@funeral-plans.com.
Badger Funeral Home was in charge of these arrangements.

Edward Stidhams
Lansing
April 16, 1915
January 20, 2002
Mr. Edward Stidhams, age 86, of Lansing, died Sunday evening, Jan. 20 at his home.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m., at Boone Family Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Earl Roten and Rev. Dan Hess. Burial followed Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m., at the Denny Cemetery in Warrensville. The family received friends two hours prior to the funeral service.
Mr. Stidhams was born in Ashe County on April 16, 1915 to Arthur Stidhams and Susie Stidhams. He worked for the NCDOT.
He is survived by his wife, Effie Mae Wiles Stidhams of the home; three sons, Larry Stidhams of Roan Mountain, Tenn., Wayne Stidhams and David Stidhams, both of West Jefferson; two daughters, Carol Denny of Warrensville and Debbie Miller of Whitetop, Va.; a brother, Lee Stidhams of West Jefferson; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made 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.

Emily Smith
October 12, 1913
January 21, 2002
Mrs. Emily Worth Smith “went to be with God” on Jan. 21.
Funeral services were held at Christ United Methodist Church on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. A reception followed at the church.
Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 12, 1913 in Jefferson. She graduated from Davenport Junior College and Greensboro College as a drama major. She taught public school in Ashe County and in Greensboro. Married to Dr. Roy M. Smith, she put her theater involvement on hold to work as a homemaker and raise four children. She was a charter member of Christ United Methodist Church, active in Circle No. 7 and an Honorary Life Member of the Women’s Society of Christian Service. A community activist, she was involved with YMCA, Battered Women’s Shelter, PTSA, Girl Scouts and other organizations. She was a champion of equality for women and worked to establish Greensboro’s Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission created its most distinguished award in her honor, The Emily Smith Woman of Achievement Award. She performed leading roles in numerous community plays and was the recipient of Greensboro Community Theatre Harlequin Awards. She also traveled throughout the region performing solo dramatizations and readings. In later years, she appeared as a model on TV and in the print media. All of her family will miss her deeply. Her wit, charm and compassion will be missed by all. The family is grateful to Ms. Smith’s caregivers during the past several years, especialy Ms. Almetha Gilbert whose love and guidance were invaluable.
She is survived by four children, Martha Smith of Hamburg, Germany, Nancy Smith, Roy Smith and wife, Julie of Charlotte and Carol Nickle of Knoxville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Noel Nickle, Chris Nickle, Sarah Smith and Eric Smith, two great-grandchildren, Emily Haaksma and Luke Haaksma; sister, Ann Worth Barker of Greensboro; brother, Allen Worth and wife, Claire of Jefferson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the YMCA, Clara House Shelter for Abused Women, Greensboro College, Christ United Methodist Church Urban Ministry Fund or a charity of one’s choice.
Lambeth-Troxler Funeral Home was in charge of these arrangements.


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