Miscellaneous Haywood County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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Everett L. Poston
Champion retiree
CANTON -- Everett Leo Poston, 78, of 188 Chinquapin Road, Cruso community, Canton, died April 24, 2000, at his home.
A lifetime resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Bill and Edna Pless Poston. He was a member of East Fork Baptist Church and a former deacon. He was a shipbuilder in a Newport News, Va., shipyard. He was also a logger and farmer, mica miner and a retiree of Champion International. He served during World War II in the Pacific War Theatre as a Shipfitter 3rd Class in the Navy. He was aboard the USS Chimariko AFT 154.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Edith Deaver Poston, who died March 14, 2000; and a brother Clarence of Hartsville, S.C.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, David and Susan Poston of Brookings, Ore; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jan and Dale O’Neil of Cruso and Karen and Richard McCracken of Candler; three sisters, Ruth Ethel Farmer and Nancy Deaver of Cruso, Polly Matthews of Hartsville, S.C.; two brothers, Aubert Poston of Bishopville, S.C., and Dr. Hugh Poston of Dryden, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at East Fork Baptist Church, where the body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the services. The Revs. Louis Gibson and Neil Haynes will officiate. Burial will be in the New Cruso Cemetery with military graveside rites by the VFW Post 5202 and the U.S. Naval Reserve Unit from Asheville.
Pallbearers will be Doug and Kurt Poston, Tracy and Kevin O’Neil, Scott McCracken, D.J. Gerken, Dana Jones and Trent Williams. Honorary pallbearers are nephews, Harold, Basil, Shaphan and Victor Deaver; friends Eldon Shuford, L.A. Cogburn, Jasper Burnette, Bud Smith, Orville Pipes, Frank Ammons, Dois and Craig Rogers, Bill Harkins, Bud McDowell, Ronnie West, Charles Trull, Cooter Stepp, Gaither Hyder, and Don and Vaughn Rogers.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Wells Funeral Home in Canton.
Memorials may be made to Cruso First Responders, c/o Clarence Morrow, 73 Sharp Mountain Road, Canton, NC, 28716; or to East Fork Baptist Church, 13175 Cruso Road, Canton, NC, 28716.

Leslie W. Shuler
Lea Industries retiree
Leslie Woodrow Shuler, 81, 475 Raccoon Road, Waynesville, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Emmanuel and Lillie Barker Shuler. He was a retired employee of Lea Industries for 37 years of employment retiring in 1983. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II. He was a member of New Hope Church of God.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Alice Ensley Shuler; two sons, DeRoy Shuler and his wife, Sue of Waynesville and Melvin Shuler and his wife, Glenda of Fenton, Mich.; one sister, Minnie Jenkins of Clyde; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Hope Church of God, Mauney Cove Road. The Revs. Alan Greene and Melvin Shuler officiated. Burial was in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post 47 and VFW Post 5202.
Pallbearers were Archie, Mark, Jason Shuler, Heath Davis, Kenneth Cook and Ronnie Kilby. Honorary pallbearers were William and Melton Freeman, Buford Burchfield and E.B. Davis.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. At other times the family was at the home.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Church of God Building Fund, P.O. Box 635, Waynesville, NC, 28786.

Charles A. Murr
Champion retiree
CANTON -- Charles Arthur “Ott” Murr, 86, 49 Viewmont Drive, Canton, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jonesboro, Tenn., he was the son of the late William Oak and Rosa Bales Murr. He retired as a shift supervisor with Champion International after 40 years of service. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Estes Murr, who died in 1989; and a grandson, Adam Joseph Stamey, who died in 1999.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Rozelle and Wayne Smith of Canton; one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Judy Murr of Tuscon, Ariz.; one sister, Tula Clark of Canton; two brothers, Reuben Murr of Rock Hill, S.C. and Harry Murr of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Homes in Canton. The Rev. Roy Kilby will officiate. Burial will be in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery on Old Clyde Road.
Pallbearers will be Dan Murr Jr., Steve and Andrew Stamey, Kelly Warren Mike Hamlin and Brandon Pace.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Haywood County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1275, Canton, NC, 28716.

Julia J. Rice
Retired teacher
BURKE, Va. -- Julia Jenkins Rice, 93, of Burke, Va., died Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Leewood Health Care, Annandale, Va.
A native of Calhoun County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late William Hugh and Eva Hammack Jenkins. She was a retired school teacher in special education. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Waynesville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Powers Rice.
Surviving are one daughter, Judy R. Dorsey of Burke, Va.; one son, James W. Rice of Wellington, Fla.; one brother, Thomas Jenkins of Blakely, Ga.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services were held at at 3 p.m. Monday in Dickey Presbyterian Cemetery. The Rev. John Bargeron officiated.
Manry-Jordan-Hodges Funeral Home in Blakely, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy R. Jones
Georgia native
Dorothy Rosanne Jones, 77, 335 Killian St., Waynesville, died April 26, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Rabun County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Elba and Elvie Palestine Jones. She was a housekeeper at Canton Nursing Home for 20 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilmer Justice Jones; a son, Jesse E. Jones; a sister, Ollie Belle Williams; and two brothers, Robert and Joe Jones.
Surviving are four sons, Samuel Jones of Chester, S.C., Robert Jones of Black Mountain, and Daniel and Steve Jones, both of Waynesville; one sister, Amanda Walker of Hazelwood; one brother, Ira Dean Jones of Clayton, Ga.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Greenhill Cemetery. The Rev. Clayton Davis officiated.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Garrett Funeral Home.

Ruben S. Stepp
Army veteran
CANTON -- Ruben Stringfield Stepp, 80, 12 Chastain Drive, Canton, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000 at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late William and Oma Hollifield Stepp. He was self-employed with Stepp Brothers Construction Co. He was a US Army veteran serving during World War II and a member of Living Church of Jesus Christ.
He is preceded in death by his wife Naomi Griffin Stepp who died in 1993.
He is survived by a daughter, Aileen Collins of Clyde; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens with military graveside rites conducted by the Waynesville VFW Post 5202 and the American Legion Post 47. The Rev. K. Neil Roland will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth McMahan, Jeremiah Justice, Edmond Lawton, Leneir Collins, CJ Watson and Harold Collins.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. At other times, the family will be at the daughter’s home, 326 Collins Drive, Clyde, N.C.

Evelyn R. McMahan
HENDERSONVILLE -- Evelyn Rice McMahan, 66, of Heritage Hills Nursing Home, Hendersonville, formerly of 114 Deaver St., Asheville, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at Park Ridge Hospital.
A native of Greene County, Tenn., she had lived most of her life in Buncombe County. She was a daughter of Laura T. Rice of Asheville and the late Arthur Rice.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carleton Goldie McMahan, and was also preceded in death by sisters, Minnie Rassa, June Moss and Hazel Vardiman, and a brother, Paul Rice Sr.
Surviving in addition to her mother are her son, Carlton Andrew McMahan and his wife, Sharon Rose of Shelby; four sisters, Mildred Frady of Asheville, Betty Baldwin of Arden, Pauline Henson of Canton and Beatrice Shipley of Morganton; one brother, Elmer Rice of Asheville; and one step-grandson.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Anders-Rice Funeral Home. The Rev. Randy McFalls will officiate. Burial will be in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Shirley A. Shelton
Shirley A. Shelton, 63, of Longwood, Fla., and Waynesville, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, in Longwood, Fla.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Greenhill Cemetery.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Spencer D. Allison
FLORIDA -- Spencer Dale Allison, 62, of Florida, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000.
He was the son of the late Thomas and Nora Mae Wyatt Allison.
Surviving are his wife, Joy Lola Allison; five sons, Rick Allison of North Carolina, Steven Allison of Bridgeton, N.J., Timothy Allison of Deland, Fla., Ronnie Allison of Okochobee, Fla., and Spencer Allison Jr. of Florida; one daughter, Connie Allison of Bradenton, Fla.; three brothers, Clarence Lunsford of West Virginia, Dewey Allison of Hot Springs and Arnold Allison of Waynesville; three sisters, Vina Foster of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Emma Jean Sherer of Riverside, Calif., and June Owenby of Dandridge, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Roaring Fork Freewill Baptist Church. The Revs. Neil Pressley and Frank Willett will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. At other times, the family will be at the home of Dewey Allison.
Madison Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harold Ledford
LAKE JUNALUSKA -- Harold Ledford, 64, of 623 Rogers Cove Road, Lake Junaluska, died Friday, April 28, 2000, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Belmont Baptist Church. The Revs. Jimmy Trantham and Jerry Nelson will officiate. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville.

M.G. Duvall
Champion retiree
CLYDE -- Marmon Gee "M.G." Duvall, 94, of 52 Duvall Loop, Clyde, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Swain County, he was the son of the late Morgan and Callie Duvall. He had resided in Haywood County since 1938 and retired from Champion International. He was a Champion Old Timer and a member of New Life Church of God.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Payne Duvall, who died in 1989.
Surviving are son, Ernest Duvall of Clyde; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The Rev. Carl Presnell officiated. Burial was in New Bon-A-Venture Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Roger, Terry and Bryan Duvall, Kevin Pressley, Mark Hicks and Morgan Ayers.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 90 Stiles Road, Canton, NC, 28716.

Debra L. Howell
Debra L. Howell, 47, of Waynesville, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Edna L. Medford
Buncombe County native
CANTON -- Edna Laura Medford of Canton, died recently in Buncombe County.
A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Ralph B. and Dora Noland Medford.
Private services were held. Burial was in Upper Crabtree Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Upper Crabtree Cemetery Fund, c/o Bennett Best, 537 Bald Creek Road, Clyde, NC, 28721; or to Mountain Area Hospice/Solace, P.O. Box 16, Asheville, NC, 28802.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton was in charge of arrangements.

Edwin D.B. Lowe Sr.
Champion retiree
Edwin D.B. Lowe Sr., 68, of 1456 Camp Branch Road, Waynesville, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, in Augusta, Ga.
A native of Bryson City, he was the son of Malinda Tabor Lowe of Waynesville and the late Dolph Baxter and Allie Malinda Tabor Lowe. He was employed by Champion International for 35 years in the shipping department. He was active in the Democratic party, coached youth football for the Waynesville youth, was an active member of Pleasant Balsam Baptist Church and was very instrumental in organizing a football team for Bethel High School.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Carroll R. Lowe.
Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife, Bobbie Lee Robbins Lowe; two daughters, Janet and her husband, Carl Griffin of Waynesville and Delores and her husband, Terry Grasty of Waynesville; two sons, Edwin Jr. and his wife, Belinda Lowe of Bethel and Randy and his wife, Carla Lowe of Waynesville; four sisters, Dorothy McDaniels, Annette Arrington, Doris Nelson and Evelyn Clarke, all of Waynesville; two brothers, Boone B. and Kenneth C. Lowe, both of Bethel; nine grandchildren: and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Revs. Paul Cardin and Virgil Holloway officiated. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joshua and Lucas Grasty, Nathan Lowe, Paul Stiles, Junior Worley and Jimmy Tabor
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 248, Waynesville, NC, 28786.

Nora Mae Senter
Nora Mae Senter, 84, of 663 Eagles Nest Road, Waynesville, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at the home of her daughter.
A native and lifelong resident of Ashe County, she was the daughter of the late Wiley and Eliza Loggins Senter. She was employed by Singleton’s Department Store and sat with terminally ill people in the hospital.
Surviving are one daughter, Connie White of Waynesville; two sisters, Ella Senter of Winston-Salem and Ossie Sheets of North Wilkesboro; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at New Hope Church of God, Mauney Cove Road. The Revs. Alan Green, Rob Fuquay and Bishop John Grant will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. At other times, the family will receive friends at home.
Memorials may be made to the Open Door Soup Kitchen, Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 459, Lake Junaluska, NC 28749.

Georgia J. Davis
CLYDE -- Georgia Neomia Jones Davis, 71, of Clyde, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Fred A. Howell
Enka retiree
CANDLER -- Fred A. Howell, 92, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at the home of his daughter, Kathy Willis of Zirconia.
A native of Haywood County and raised in Shoal Creek community in Jackson County, he was the son of the late Belle and Jerry Howell. In his youth he worked as a car mechanic and as a carpenter’s helper. He worked for American Enka for 41 years and ran their engineering development shop. He was a longtime active member of Montmorenci United Methodist Church in Candler.
Surviving are his wife of more than 70 years, Hilda “Nig” Leatherwood Howell; two daughters and their husband, Judy and Carroll Turner of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Kathy and Candler Willis of Zirconia; and four grandchildren.
Services were 11 a.m. Wednesday at Montmorenci United Methodist Church. The Revs. Terry Duckworth and Cristina Condit officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
The family received friends at a luncheon in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service.
Memorials may be made to Montmorenci United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 610, Candler, NC, 28715.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is in charge of the arrangements.

Annie L. Ashe
Jackson County native
CANTON -- Annie Etta Leopard Ashe, 83, of 70 Raby St., Canton, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Jackson County, she was the daughter of the late Grover H. and Callie Enloe Leopard. She was a homemaker and a member of Fairmont Baptist Church in Candler.
She was the wife of the late John Ashe, who died in 1996; a son, Johnny Robert Ashe Jr.; and a grandson, Ricky Eugene Ashe.
Surviving are her four daughters, Dean Nelson and Melba Garland, both of Canton, Blenda Cochran and Phyllis King, both of Waynesville; two sisters, Evelyn Parker of Brevard and Myrtle Buchanan of Sylva; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home. The Rev. Bruce Cayton will officiate. Burial will be in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, Newfound Road.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Haywood County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1275, Canton, NC, 28716.

Robert J. Woody
Haywood County native
HENDERSONVILLE -- Robert J. Woody, 65, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at his home.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late James and Julia Lindsay Woody.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Jack F., Tine and “Corky” Woody. He worked for E.I. DuPont de Neumors for 32 years as a general maintenance technician and retired in 1990. He was a resident of Henderson County for the past 43 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was an Air Force veteran serving from 1953 to 1957 in Japan and the eastern United States as an airborne radar technician.
He was a longtime member of the NRA and the Asheville Rifle and Pistol Club. He was a lifetime member of the Henderson County Rescue Squad and a former member of the Hendersonville Jaycees. He was a member of the Kedron Masonic Lodge 387 A.F. & A.M. and a 32nd Degree Shriner. He was a past District Deputy Grant Patron of the 27th District and a past patron of the Rob Morris 299 Order of the Eastern Star.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Sandra P. Woody of Hendersonville; one son and his wife, Scott and Kathy Woody; one daughter, Tammy Woody of Etowah; two sisters, Mary Dunn of Hendersonville and Alice Shook of Canton; and two brothers, Houston Woody of Charlotte and Dick Woody of Canton.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. The Rev. Steve Scoggins will officiate. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial park with Masonic graveside rites conducted by Kedron Lodge 387.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday at Shuler & Luck Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, c/o Hendersonville Shrine Club, P.O. Box 1901, Hendersonville, NC, 28793-1901; or to Four Seasons Hospice, P.O. Box 2395, Hendersonville, NC, 28793.

Jessie E. Price
DOT retiree
Jessie E. Price, 81, 162 Robinson St., Waynesville, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at his home.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Will and Ivy Franklin Price. He was a retired machine operator with the North Carolina DOT. He was a member of Panther Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret Wright Price; one daughter, Ann Henry of Iron Duff; one son, Willie James Price of New Jersey; one stepdaughter, Bonnie Hampton of Canton; two stepsons, Samuel Ledbetter of Mississippi and Perry Ledbetter of Waynesville; one sister, Annie Rathbone of Waynesville; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Rev. Ted Reeves will officiate. Burial will be in Panther Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Billy Henry, Arlo and Carl Hannah, Perry Ledbetter, Donald Noland, Wayne Stephenson, Ray Shular and Steve Henson.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Miriam P. Hawkins
CANTON -- Miriam Pinner Hawkins, 89, died Monday, May 1, 2000.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Onslow Memorial Park in Jacksonville.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton was in charge of local arrangements.

Ruth G. Fulton
Haywood County native
KINGS MOUNTAIN -- Ruth G. Fulton, 76, 613 E. Ridge St., Kings Mountain, died May 3, 2000, at her home.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Manilla Ferguson Green. She was a former school teacher in Kings Mountain teaching third and fourth grade at Central School and secretary for Fulton and Sons in Kings Mountain. She was a member of the Boyce Memorial A.R.P. Church in Kings Mountain.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Joe Green.
Surviving are her husband, W.S. “Bill” Fulton Jr.; three sons, W.S. “Corky” Fulton III and wife, Barbara of Kings Mountain, Carl G. Fulton of Hendersonville, and James P. Fulton of Mooresville; and five grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Boyce Memorial A.R.P. Church. The Rev. Doug Petersen officiated. Burial was in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain.
The family received friends following the memorial service in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to Boyce Memorial A.R.P. Church, P.O. Box 1145, Kings Mountain, NC, 28086.
Harris Funeral Home in Kings Mountain was in charge of arrangements.

Georgia Davis
Haywood County native
CANTON -- Georgia Neomia Jones Davis, 71, of Canton, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Charles Clyde and Arvilla Robinson Jones.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Davis, who died in 1996.
Surviving are one son, Everett Clyde Davis of Louisville, Ky.; one daughter, Donna Raye Medford of Canton; three brothers, Charles Jones of Salem, N.J., and Wayne Jones of Canton; one sister, Emma Lou Ramey of Clyde; and five grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home in Canton. The Rev. Ed Lowder officiated. Burial was in Beaverdam Community Cemetery.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Jerry C. Moody
Virginia native
CANTON -- Jerry Clements Moody, 69, of Canton, died Wednesday May 3, 2000.
A native of Hopewell, Va., he was the son of the late Thomas E. and Bertie Clements Moody.
Surviving are his wife, Angelene Moody; one son, Stephen Howard Moody and his wife, JoAnn of Pasadena, Texas; three brothers, Walter T. and Dwight L. Moody, both of Richmond, Va., and Ralph Moody of Pasadena, Texas; and one sister, Julie Moody Brown of Richmond, Va.
Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Canton. The Rev. Perry Brindley officiated.
Asheville Mortuary Services was in charge of arrangements.

Walker G. Chambers
Enka retiree
Walker Glenn Chambers, 72, of 1553 Sulphur Springs Road, Waynesville, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at the V.A. Medical Center in Asheville.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Walter and Mae Queen Chambers. He retired from American Enka with 25 years of service and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, John Wesley and Cobett Chambers.
Surviving are his wife, Bertha Noland Chambers; one daughter, Kathy Allison of Clyde; two sons, Carroll and Bill Chambers, both of Canton; two sisters, Mary Ellen Painter of Edgefield, S.C., and Modena Miller of Waynesville; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the veteran section of Greenhill Cemetery. The Rev. Ray Willett will officiate. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 5205 and The American Legion Haywood Post 47.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. At other times, the family will be at the home.

Hugh W. Medford
Hugh Widd Medford, 101, formerly of Pisgah Forest, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Bonnie K. Thraen
Bonnie Kay Thraen, 59, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at her home.
Garrett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Debra L. Howell
Debra L. Howell, 47, of Waynesville, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of Mark E. Howell of Waynesville and Mary Crawford James of Canton. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her parents are one daughter, Brandi Gregory; four sons, David Gregory, Shannon and Michael Wood and Jessie Rathbone; one sister, Jeannie Keating; one stepbrother, Stacey Howell; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wells Funeral Home. The Revs. G.W. Jameson and Ned Webb will officiate. Burial will be in Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services.

Joan R. Ketchersid
Washington native
Joan Sandra Raider Ketchersid, 59, of 893 Allens Creek Road, Waynesville, died Wednesday, May 3, 2000, at her home.
A native of Tacoma, Wash., And former resident of Sierra Blanca, Texas, she had resided in Waynesville for one year. She was a daughter of the late Thomas Arnold and Verna Irene Gregory Raider. She was formerly employed with Hudspeth County, Texas, sheriff’s department and Buster Brown in Sylva. She was a member of Victory House Praise and Worship Center in Clyde.
Surviving are her husband of 31 years, Tom Larkin Ketchersid Jr.; one daughter, Sarah Ann Bitner and her husband, Brian of Midland, Texas; four sons, John Bumgarner and his wife, Vivian of Waynesville, Tommy Bumgarner and his wife, Donna of Waynesville, Jimmy Ketchersid of Waynesville and Billy Ketchersid and his wife, Tonya of Waynesville; one sister, Irene Smith of Stanwood, Wash.; one brother, John Raider of Stanwood, Wash.; 26 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Rocky Branch Cemetery. The Rev. James DiStasio will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC, 28721.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Nora Mae Senter
Ashe County native
Nora Mae Senter, 84, of 663 Eagles Nest Road, Waynesville, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at the home of her daughter.
A native and lifelong resident of Ashe County, she was the daughter of the late Wiley and Eliza Loggins Senter. She was employed by Singleton’s Department Store and sat with terminally ill people in the hospital.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lou Barlow; and three brothers, Ed and Lonnie Senter and Pearson Sheets.
Surviving are one daughter, Connie White of Waynesville; two sisters, Ella Senter of Winston-Salem and Ossie Sheets of North Wilkesboro; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at New Hope Church of God on Mauney Cove Road. The Revs. Alan Green, Rob Fuquay and the Rt. Rev. John Grant officiated. Additional services will be held Saturday at Peak Creek Church of the Brethren in Laurel Springs with burial services to follow.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy White, Jeff Barlow, Don Calhoun, Tim Jaqua and Willie Deese.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. At other times, the family received friends at home.
Memorials may be made to the Open Door Soup Kitchen, Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 459, Lake Junaluska, NC 28749.


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