Miscellaneous Avery County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Johnny Dell Sheppard

Johnny Dell Sheppard, 48, of Samantha Lane, Elk Park, died Wednesday, November 7, 2001 at Cannon Hospital.
A native of Avery County, he was a son of Edward and Fay Carver Sheppard of Elk Park. He was a carpenter with Sheppard and Sons Construction and a member of the Forest Home Community Church. Mr. Sheppard was a United States Navy Veteran.
Surviving in addition to his parents, are his wife, Joann Burleson Sheppard of the home; daughters, Jackie Michell Sheppard of the home, Ashley Patricia Sheppard of the home; sisters, Gail Ruppard, and her husband Joe, of Elk Park, Freda Greene, and her husband, Calvin, of Boone; brothers, Barry and wife, Elvie Sheppard of Elk Park, Richard and wife, Jane Sheppard of Elk Park, Farrell and wife, Sheila Sheppard of Vilas; father and mother-law, Ted and Julia Ollis Burleson of Newland; brother-in-law, Johnny Burleson of Linville Falls; a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Johnny Dell Sheppard were conducted Saturday, November 10, from the Curtis Creek Freewill Baptist Church with the Revs. Steve Cochran and Collis Sheppard officiating. Interment followed in the Boyd Ollis Family Cemetery.
Pallbearers were: Kenneth Brewer, Brian Banner, Trarley Clawson, Ricky Hodges, Paul Rupard, Bruce Dients, and Phil Hobart. Honorary pallbearers are: Danny Sheppard, Russell Hoilman, Danny Burleson, Gary Massey, Jim Brewer, and Kenny Melton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the American Cancer Society. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Sheppard family.

Julia Brown Hodge

Mrs. Julia Brown Hodge, age 56, of 825 Buckeye Road, Elk Park, wife of the late Billy Ray Hodge, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 7, 2001, at home.
She was born September 18, 1945, in Zionville, Watauga County, to the late General and Dovie Pennell Brown. Mrs. Hodge was a graduate of Cove Creek High School and a homemaker. She was a member of Zionville Baptist chruch.
Survivors include two daughter, Mrs. Linda Guy and husband, Bruce, of Elk Park and Mr. Loretta Trivette of Newland; one son, Jerry Hodge of Elk Park; three sisters, Vera Lee Brown and Iva Lee Robinson, both of Trade, Tenn. and Raye Hodges of Morganton; three brothers, Raleigh Brown, Ed Brown and Earl Brown, all of Trade, Tenn. and three grandsons, Daniel Trivette and Brandon trivette, both of Newland and Zachary Guy of Elk Park. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday night at Hampton Funeral Hom Chapel, officiated by Rev. Randall Greene. Interment was conducted Monday morning at the Zionville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Opal Coffey

Opal Coffey, 76, of Magnolia Dr., Morganton, died Saturday, December 8, 2001 in a Morganton hospital.
A native of Caldwell County, she was a daughter of the late Ivey W. And Exie Coffey. She was a member of the New Hopewell Baptist Church.
Survivors include her brother, O’dell Coffey of Newland; sisters, Valma Adkins of Lenoir, Janet Ingram of Lenoir and Betty Pope of Lenoir.
Funeral services for Opal Coffey were conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 11, from the New Hopewell Baptist Church with the Revs. Doug Bare and Randy Gibson officiating. Interment followed in the New Hopewell Cemetery. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Coffey family.

William Clayton Hampton

William Clayton Hampton, 89, Life Care Center, Elizabethton, died Friday, December 7, 2001 at his residence. Hampton was an Avery County native and attended school in Elk Park. He worked on the railroad and was a farmer. He retired from Klopman Mills, Johnson City in 1976 after 30 years of employment.
He was the son of the late Edward David Hampton and Etter LuRannie Palmer Hampton. Mr. Hampton was a member of Cherry Grove Baptist Church, Jonesborough for many years, where he served as a deacon.
He was a World War II Army veteran, having served with the 30th Infantry Division, 117th Regiment, Rifle Co. E from 1941 through 1945. Mr. Hampton served in the invason of Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland campaigns. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Euopean Theatre of Operations Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars.
Mr. Hampton was preceded in death by wife, Ruth Leona Fields, a brother, Howard Hampton, a brother, Glenn Hampton, a sister, Delphia Calloway.
He is survived by one son, Harvey W. Hampton, Blaine, Tenn.; two daughters, Joetta Jan Principato, St. Simons Island, Ga and Trillis Lou McKee, Piney Flats; one brother, Dayton Hampton, Johnson City; four sisters, Gladys Madaline Reynolds, Blountville, Rosa Helen Hampton, Ohio, Zora Viola Mills, Indiana, and Florence Million, Riverside, Calif; four grandsons and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services wiwere conducted on Monday, Dec. 10 at the Morris Baker North Cahpel. Interment services followed at the Taylor’s Chapel Cemetery in Elk Park.

C. Lewis Collins

Mr. C. Lewis Collins, age 49, of Sherrills Ford, N.C., died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001 in the Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Mr. Collins was born Oct. 1, 1952 in Lumberton, N.C. and the son of the late Charles Lewis Collins II and Mary Huitson Raynor of Fayetteville, N.C. He was Technical Director for Water Ink Technologies, where he was a partner for 16 years until his retirement in 1997. He was an avid photographer with a great love for bears.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Collins is survived by his wife, Mrs. mary Caldwell Collins.
A service to celebrate the life of Mr. Collins will be held Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Rock Hill, S.C., 234 East Main Street, Rock Hill, S.C. by Dr. Tm Mark Verdery and Dr. Guy H. Smith.
The family will receive friends following the Celebration Service in the First Presbyterian Church of Rock Hill. 

Ruby Smith

Ruby Loraine Smith, 83, of Smith St., Elk Park, died Thursday, May 23, 2002 at her residence.
A native of McDowell County, she was a daughter of the late Tom and Mary McGee Franklin. She was a member of the Elk Park Christian Church and had been a cook for the Avery County School System.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husbands, Howard Carpenter and Otie Paton Smith.
Survivors include her son, Sherman Carpenter of Marion; daughters, Norma Hoilman of Newland, Betty Wagner of Rock Hill, SC; special step sons, Mike Smith of Elk Park, Stevie Smith of Newland; step sons, Danny Smith of Samava Resort, IN, Don Perkins of Charlotte; step daughters, Tommie Buck of Johnson City, TN, Joyce Johnson of Newland; sisters, Oleda Smith of Pineola, Dora Lee Smith of Pineola; special granddaughter, Trish Murphy of Elk Park; special friends, Janette Townsend of Newland, Sharon Woods of Newland; seven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Ruby Loraine Smith were conducted at 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 24, from the Grandfather Chapel of the Reins-Sturdivant. The family received friends from 6:00 p.m. until the service hour Friday evening at the funeral home.
Interment followed at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning in the Newland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials should be made to Hospice of Avery County, Mitchell St., Newland, NC 28657. Condolences may be sent to reins-sturdivant@funeral-plans.com
 
Mabel Collins

Mabel Hughes Collins, 87, of Cranberry St., Newland, died Tuesday, May 21, 2002 in the Life Care Center, Banner Elk, following an extended illness.
Mrs. Collins was the daughter of the late Charles and Nelle Hall Hughes. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Howard Collins in 1968.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Rusty and Kay Sudderth of Kernersville; a sister, Florence Greene of Boone; two grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Chip and Shannon Wikle Sudderth of Durham, Chuck Sudderth of Syracuse, NY; and one great grandson, Will Sudderth of Durham.
Mrs. Collins was a graduate of Appalachian State University and was a retired teacher with Avery County Schools, having taught 31 years at Newland Elementary School.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 24, at the Newland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Monty Burnham officiating. Burial followed in the Hughes Cemetery. The family received friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Newland Presbyterian Church, PO Box 579, Newland, NC 28657. Condolences may be sent to reins-sturdivant@funeral-plans.com
 
Paul Henley

Paul E. Henley, Jr., 44, of Seabrook, MD, died Monday, May 20, 2002 in a Maryland hospital.
He is the son of the late Paul Henley, Sr., and Audrey Dean Henley.
Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Mercedes Henley; children, Alison and David Henley; brother, John L. Henley; sisters, Phyllis Motsko and Susan Daniels.
Funeral services for Paul E. Henley, Jr., were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 24, from the Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Green officiating. Interment followed in the Tanglewood Cemetery.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Henley family.
 
Lloyd Whiteley

Lloyd R. Whiteley, 54, of Parallel Rd., Banner Elk, died Monday, May 20, 2002 in a Johnson City Medical Center.
A native of Verbank, CT, he had lived in Avery County for the past 20 years. He was a heavy Equipment Operator and he was of the Baptist Faith. Mr. Whiteley was a US Navy Veteran, having served during the Vietnam War.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Webster Whiteley.
Survivors include his mother, Jean Ann Rhoades Whiteley of Dover Plains, NY; his wife, Dimple Campbell Whiteley of Banner Elk; sons, Phillip Whiteley of Elkin, Gregory Whiteley of West Jefferson; brother, Gordon Whiteley; step sons, Mitchell Oliver of Banner Elk, William Oliver of Banner Elk; step daughter, Heather Miller of Banner Elk; nine grandchildren.
Funeral services for Lloyd Whiteley were conducted at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 23, from the Grandfather Chapel of the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with Mr. Jimmy Storie officiating. The family received friends from 6:00 p.m. until the service hour Thursday evening at the funeral home.
Interment and graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday morning in the Isaacs Cemetery on Buck Mountain. Pallbearers will be Jerry Arnett, John Franklin, Tim Ledford, Dwayne Holtsclaw, Derrick Smith, and Ray Byrd. Condolences may be sent to reins-sturdivant@funeral-plans.com
 
James Scott Horn

James Scott Horn, age 52, of Squirrel Creek Road, Plumtree, died Monday, May 27, 2002 at his home. He was born September 29, 1949 in Whitewood, Virginia. Before retirement, he was employed by James Vannoy Construction Company.
Mr. Horn is survived by; his wife, Mavis Keen Horn; one son, Brian Horn of Newland; his parents, Izra and Helen McKinney Horn of Whitewood, Virginia; two brothers, Gary Horn of Cedar Bluff, Virginia and Clark Horn of Whitewood, Virginia; and two sisters, Darlene Coleman of Claypool Hill, Virginia and Joyce Moses of Gladys, Virginia. He was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Horn.
Funeral services for James Scott Horn were conducted at a later date in Whitewood, Virginia.

Ethel Hicks

Ethel Pauline Hicks, 91, of Huckleberry Knob, Pineola, departed this life at 11:02 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, to join her Savior.
A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Lum and Lizzie Gouge Calhoun. Mrs. Hicks had worked for Tar Hill Mica and US Textiles. She had been a loyal member of the Belview Baptist Church for seventy-four years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Phelix (Phil) Hicks.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara J. Frazier of Newton; sons, L.G. Hicks of Spruce Pine, Joe Hicks of Newland, Billy Hicks of Pineola; sisters, Leona Pyatte of Minneapolis, Ruth McCue of Johnson City, TN, Rhetta Vance of Minneapolis, Mary Sexton of Johnson City, TN; brothers, Frank Calhoun of Marion, Fred Calhoun of Newland; ten grandchildren; and fifteen great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Ethel Pauline Hicks were conducted at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, from the Grandfather Chapel of the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Carver officiating. The family received friends from 6:00 until the service hour Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Family, friends, and pallbearers gathered at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning at the funeral home to go in procession to the Minneapolis Cemetery for interment. Mrs. Hick’s grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Anna Stradley

Ms, Anna Belle Stradley Hessler, age 81, of Ivy Court, Banner Elk, died Wednesday, May 22, 2002. Ms. Hessler was born July 27, 1920 in Williamsport, Penn. She was a daughter of the late Otto and Edna Stradley. Ms. Hessler was a real estate sales agent.
Surviving are her son, Robert Hessler and wife Cindy; two granddaghters, Susan T. Hessler-Kidd, and Roberta Hessler-Voit. She is also survived by 5 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held for Ms. Anna Belle Stradley Hessler at the Irmolot Lodge, Saturday afternoon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Town of Banner Elk, Ann Hessler Street Scape Fund, 200 Park Avenue, Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604.

Melba White

Melba Houston White, age 85, of Three Mile Highway died Sunday, May 26, 2002 at her residence.
A native of Avery County, she was the wife of the late Lee White who passed away in 1991 and the daughter of the late James Milton and Daisy Burleson Housotn. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter; Carolyn Annett White and one grandson; Richard “Hoss” Ollis.
She was a member of the Pine Grove Methodist Church and was a 1934 graduate of Cranberry High School. She was also a member of the Happy Lookers Club and was one of the founding members of the Green Valley Community Center.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Charles Lee and Pat White of Asheville; daughters and sons-in-law Marie and Ron Bost of Statesville and Nina and Larry McKinney of Spruce Pine; sister Mable Vance; and four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pine grove Methodist Church. The Rev’s. Jim Durham, David Hopson, and Jock Ollis officiated the serves. Burial followed in the Pine Grove Methodist Church Cemetery. 

Elizabeth Pauline Ferguson Aldridge

Elizabeth Pauline Ferguson Aldridge, 49, died Sunday, January 5, 2003 at her home with her family.
Mrs. Aldridge was born in Murphy, N.C., the daughter of Leddie (Gradis) and John Ferguson of Murphy. She was a member of Morningside Baptist church and was employed by the N.C. Highway patrol since 1979, and most recently by Troop “G” as their Telecommunications Center Supervisor.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her hudband, H.C. “Kip” Aldridge and her son, Joey D. Aldridge, both of the home; her daughter, Janet and son-in-law Harry Mauk of Asheville; and her grandchild Corey Mauk.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at Morningside Baptist Church, with Dr. David Hanson officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2-3:00 p.m. wednesday at Townsend Rose Funeral Home in Murphy prior to a graveside service at Sunset Cemetery.

Ganel Vance Gragg

Mrs. Ganel Vance Gragg, 92, of Zion Road, Morganton, died Sunday, January 5, 2003 at Grace Hospital. She was born in Avey County on October 24, 1910 and was daughter to the late Daniel Walter Vance and Birdie Taylor Vance.
Mrs. Gragg was a loving mother of sixz children. she was ahomemaker and a member of Smart’s Grove Baptist Church for 47 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Sullivan Gragg; son, Larry Dale Gragg; brothers, Damon Vance and Herrill Vance; sisters, Vernie Vance, Oma Vance and Muriel Vance.
She is survived by sons, Darwin “Eddie” Gragg and wife Ann of Morganton; Charles Dariel Gragg of Morganton; daughters, Betty Muriel Higgins, of Morganton, Sharon Maloy Gates and husband, David of Germany; Conny G. Lewis of Sawmills; brother John Doyle Vance of Morganton; 9 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson.
The funeral services will be held Wednesday, january 8, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. at Smart’s Chapel Baptist Church with Reverend Charles Lewis officiating. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Smart’s Grove Baptist Church c/o Mabel Lowman, 5290 Mineral Springs Mountain Road, Connelly Springs, N.C. 28612.

Loy Lee Stamey

Loy Lee Stamey, 70, Morganton, NC, died Sunday December 29, 2002 in the VA Hospital of Oteen (Asheville). He was the son of the late Emmett and Edna Carpenter Stamey and was born and reared in Avery County.
Loy drove the Town Cab of Morganton and he worked at the Farmers Market of Asheville for many years before the Lord called him home.
In addition to his parents, he is proceeded in death by a sister, Elizabeth “Leb” McCall of Hickory, brothers Leonard Stamey of Morganton, Ray Stamey of Nebo, Wade Stamey of Plumtree and Carrol of Plumtree.
He is survived by wife Lois South Stamey of Morganton, son Steve and wife Earlene Stamey of Asheville, a daughter Brenda of the home, grandson Steven and wife Tonya Stamey of Morganton, a granddaughter Dana Stamey of Morganton, one great grandson, Nicholas Stamey, a brother in law Richard Moody of Plumtree, sister-in-law, Octavia, wife of the late Leonard Stamey and Alice wife of the late Carrol Stamey of Plumtree, and Grace, wife of the late Ray Stamey of Nebo. Other survivors are sister-in-law Louise, wife of Ken Stamey of Jonas Ridge.
The family received friends at Sossomans Funeral Home of Morganton on Tuesday December 31. The funeral service was at 2pm on January 1, 2003, at the Colonial Chapel of Sossomans Funeral Home. Reverend Doug Woodie of Burke County, a good friend, conducted the funeral.

Elizabeth Pauline Ferguson Aldridge

Elizabeth Pauline Ferguson Aldridge, 49, died Sunday, January 5, 2003 at her home with her family.
Mrs. Aldridge was born in Murphy, N.C., the daughter of Leddie (Gradis) and John Ferguson of Murphy. She was a member of Morningside Baptist church and was employed by the N.C. Highway patrol since 1979, and most recently by Troop “G” as their Telecommunications Center Supervisor.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her hudband, H.C. “Kip” Aldridge and her son, Joey D. Aldridge, both of the home; her daughter, Janet and son-in-law Harry Mauk of Asheville; and her grandchild Corey Mauk.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at Morningside Baptist Church, with Dr. David Hanson officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 2-3:00 p.m. wednesday at Townsend Rose Funeral Home in Murphy prior to a graveside service at Sunset Cemetery.

Charles Banner VonCanon

Charles Banner VonCanon, Sr., 88, of Banner Elk, NC, died Tuesday, January 7, 2003, after an extended illness. He was born July 30, 1914, in Banner Elk, to John Henry and Carrie Bowen VonCanon. 
Charles was a graduate of Darlington Prep School and the Memphis School of Music. He studied engineering at NC State, Davidson College and Georgia Tech. 
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Aileen Hughes VonCanon, and two sons, Charles Banner VonCanon, Jr., and William Hughes VonCanon. Charles Jr. and his wife, Penny, have two children, Charles III and Cathleen. Charles III is married to Juli Barlow of Ashe County. Cathleen and her husband, Fred Gentry of Ashe County, have two children, Jacob and Sarah. 
William Hughes VonCanon and his wife, Patricia, have four children, Angela, Valerie, Heather and William Jr. Angela and her husband, John Matthew Adams, have five children, Tyler, Thomas, Shelby, Ryan and Reece. Valerie and her husband, Robert Brown, have three children, Joshua, Austin and Madison. Heather and her husband, Johnnie Gladson III, have two children, Racheal and Christen
A memorial service will be held at the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 11, 2003, at 2:00. The family will receive family and friends downstairs in the church immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sloop Care Center, 264 Sugar Mt. #2 Rd., Newland, NC 28657, or to Caregiver Haven, Avery Senior Services, PO Box 447, Newland, NC 28567.
 
Virginia Dare Buchanan Osgood

Mrs. Virginia Dare Buchanan Osgood, 73, Life Care Center of Banner Elk, died Monday December 30, 2002.
Born June 11, 1929 in Avery County, she was the daughter of the late Lincoln Buchanan and Fannie Barrier Buchanan. Her husband, Ben Osgood, one brother and two sisters preceded her in death.
She is survived by a brother, Oscar Buchanan, sisters Esther Cabiale, Dixie Sparks, and Lilly Klinkner.
A grave side service was held at the Barrier Family Cemetery in Jonas Ridge with the Reverend Kenneth Anderson who officiated.
Kirskey Funeral Home of Morganton was assisting the Osgood family with arrangements.

Frances Johnson Woodruff

Frances Johnson Woodruff, 75, of Little Plumtree Creek Rd., Newland, died Saturday, January 4, 2003 at a Linville hospital.
A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Arville and Dorothy Daniels Johnson.
She was a homemaker and member of the Elk Mountain Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gwyn William Woodruff.She is survived by her son, Terry Woodruff of Newland; daughter, Deborah Lecka of Newland; step-son, Don Woodruff of Deep Gap, NC; step-daughter, Hazel Robbins of Pineola; brother, Frank Johnson of Pineola; sisters, Norma Daniels, Esther Wise, and Ardric Gaddy , all of Newland; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Frances Woodruff will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 6, from the Grandfather Chapel of the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with the Revs. Phil Murdock and Roland McClellan officiating. Interment will follow in the Elk Mountain Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home, one hour prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Hospice of Avery County, Mitchell St., Newland, NC 28657.
 
Villa Mae Johnson

Villa Mae Johnson, 86, of Linville Falls Highway, Newland, died Monday December 23, 2002 in a Valley Nursing Center in Taylorsville, NC.
A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late George and Patsy Mayberry Dean. She was a homemaker and a member of the Chest Nut Dale Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lillard Burton Johnson; one step-son, Lawrence Conley Johnson; brothers, Jack, Nat and Wade Dean; step-grandson, Jerry Calhoun.
She is survived by her daughter, Janice Johnson Austin of Conover; step-daughter, Behula Johnson Calhoun of Crossnore; sisters, Edna Dean Lewis of Newland, Madge Dean Calloway of Plumtree, step granddaughter, Brenda Calhoun Griner of Crossnore.
Funeral Services for Villa Mae Johnson were conducted on Friday December 27 at the Grandfather Chapel of Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home with the Rev Dennis Aldridge who officiated. Interment followed in the Ashley Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Valley Nursing Center, Taylorsville, NC. Reins Sturdivant Funeral Home served the family during their time of need.

Gordon Donald Gragg

Gordon Donald Gragg, 78, of MacArthur, died Saturday, December 28, 2002 at the Summit at Hidden Valley in Oak Hill following a long illness.
Born February 10, 1924 in Wyoming Co., he was the son of the late Donald Taylor and Etta Holander Gragg. Mr. Gragg retired from West Moreland Coal Co. He also worked as an auto salesman for Lewis Chevrolet in Beckley.
Mr. Gragg spent part of his life in Boone, NC and spent the last 54 years in Raleigh, NC. He was a member of Sophia Freewill Baptist Church and the UMWA Local No. 5770 at Eccles. He served faithfully in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Larkin and Ella Gragg of Linville, Nc; maternal grandparents, Henry and Jane Hollander of Roseborogh, NC; sister Norma Lee Heath, half brother, Franklin Coffey and step father, Coleman Coffey.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Delores Coffey Gragg, two sons, Donald Roger Gragg of Shady Spring and Timothy Keith Gragg of Hudson, NC; two daughters, Donna C. Covey and husband Don of Hudson, NC and Rita June Meek and husband Dennis of Lenoir, NC; two granddaughters, two grandsons; one great granddaughter and two half brothers, Larry Wayne Coffey and Wade Coffey both of Linville, NC
Services were held on Monday at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckly with Rev. George Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckly.
Pallbearers were Don Covey, Donnie Covey, Dennnis Meek, Donald Gragg, Jr., David Williams, Bill Corley and Greg Corley.
Contributions of sympathy may be sent to the Alzheimers Unit, Hidden Valley, 438 23rd street, Oak Hill, WV 25901 or the Heart Associations, PO Box 12110, Charleston, WV 25304, or Lung Association, PO Box 3980 Charleston WV 25339-3980
Arrangements were made by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Katie Pritchard Johnson

Katie Pritchard Johnson, 67, of Savage St., Valdese, N.C. died Wednesday, January 1, 2003 at her residence following a period of declining health. Born June 27, 1935 in Burke County, NC she was a daughter of the late Jesse Pritchard and Lorena Pritchard Pritchard. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Simon and James Pritchard; sisters, Vernie Smith, Sadie Fairchild, and Ruby Manning and a grandchild, Timothy Carpenter. She was a member of Brookwood Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Bobby Johnson and his wife, Rhonda of Morganton; daughters, Wanda Allman and her husband, Ron, and Patricia Clark all of Morganton; a brother, Jesse Pritchard of Morganton, sisters Irene Whitman, Vergie Smith, Bessie Huffman and Mary Whitman all of Morganton, Margaret Clark of Lenoir, NC, Minnie Norville of Rutherfordton, NC, and Emma Ledford of Newland, NC; grandchildren, Eddie Davis, Crystal Nogales, Andrew Johnson, and Joshua Johnson; six great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held on Friday January 3, 2003 at Burke Memorial Park with Rev, Earl Cross who officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Burke County, PO Box 1029, Valdese, NC 28690.

Richard Edward “Tommy” Pittman

Richard Edward “Tommy” Pittman 66, of Squirrel Creek Rd., Newland died Saturday, December 28, 2002 in an Asheville hospital. He was a native of Avery County and a son of the late David E. and Myra Hughes Pittman. He was a self-employed truck driver and a member of Frank Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by a brother Vernon C. Pittman and a sister Blondie Pittman.
Survivors include his wife Susan Buchanan Pittman of the home, a daughter Julia Pittman and Joe Staton of Newland, sons’ Rickie and Sharon Pittman, Robert and Missy Pittman and Tony Pittman all of Newland, brother D.E. Pittman of Newland, sisters’ Gladys Brown and Dorothy Walsh of Kingsport TN. Grandsons Thomas Pittman, Luke Pittman, and Okobe Pittman. Granddaughters Sela Pittman, Kaylee Pittman and Lauryn Staton all of Newland.
Funeral services were held on December 31, 2002 from Frank Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Kenneth Lance who officiated. Interment followed in the Pittman Family Memorial and active pallbearers were David Pittman, David Pittman III, Charles Pittman, Charles Freeman, Leon Hicks, Roy Jones, Robert Norwood and Wilburn Horney.
Reins Sturdivant of Newland served the family.

Emmet L. McKinnis

Emmet L. McKinnis, E8 First Sgt U.S. Army Retiree, age 72 of 549 Sand Hill Road, Hope Mills, N.C., died Tuesday December 24, 2002 at the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.
Mr. McKinnis retired the U.S. Army after 20 years of service. He received the CIB Metal and served in the Special Forces Gro.. He was a member of MacPhereson Presbyterian Church and he was the owner and operator of Relay Motors.
Survivors in addition to his wife, Louetta “Lou” McKinnis of the home and 2 daughters, Lila M. Hardin of Asheville, N.C. and Leah M. Snead of Banner Elk, N.C.; 3 brothers, Hugh McKinnis of Brooksville, Florida, Howard McKinnis of Anna Maria, Florida and William McKinnis of Daphne, Alabama. Three grandchildren also survive.
Funeral Services for Emmet L. McKinnis were conducted at the Jernigan-Warren Chapel on Friday December 27, 2002 at 3:00pm. Rev. Jerrold Burnside officiated. Interment followed in the Layfayette Memorial Park. 
Memorials can be sent to MacPhereson Presbyterian Church, Memorial Fund, 3525 Cliffdale Rd, Fayetteville N.C.


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