Miscellaneous Haywood County, North Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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Genevia M. Dockery
Seamstress
Genevia Marlin Mercer Dockery, 78, of Waynesville, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at her home.
A native of Greenville, S.C.,, she was the daughter of the late Anna Mae Sheehan. She was a seamstress and drycleaner for Harrell Drycleaners for more than 30 years.
Surviving are her husband of 63 years, George Albert Dockery; one son and his wife, Edward and Juanita Dockery of Clyde; one brother, George E. Rupe of Waynesville; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Dennis Stillwell will officiate. Burial will be in Fullbright Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Billy Strickland, Lawrence Wyatt, Toby Rathbone, John Mercer, Shawn Green and Chris Green. Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Landers and Paul Mercer.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. At other times the family was at 124 Anthony Drive, Waynesville.

Ronnie A. Thompson
Haywood County native
Ronald “Ronnie” Allison Thompson, 60 of Courtland Court, Waynesville, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Britthaven of Clyde.
A native of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Carl Winston and Ann Cagle Thompson. He was in automobile sales and attended Clyde Church of God. He was in the Clyde Lions Club and a Mason in Morristown, Tenn.
Surviving are one sister, Rachel Parker of Waynesville; three brothers, William C. Thompson of Clyde, Lowell D. Thompson of Beaufort, SC and Donald Allen Thompson of Waynesville.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Michael Nations and Max Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Crawford-Ray Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Dean, Ricky, Jerry, Bryan, Ryan and Chris Thompson.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ethel W. McMackin
New York native
MAGGIE VALLEY -- Ethel Mae Woodcock McMackin, 93, of Maggie Valley, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Silver Bluff Nursing Home.
A native of Kings County, Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Harry and Mary Owen Woodcock. She had worked as a secretary for Potter Instrument Corp. of Long Island.
Surviving are one daughter, Elizabeth Dwyer of Maggie Valley; two sons, Robert Anelli of California and John Anelli of Oregon; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Mass will be held at 9 p.m. Wednesday at St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Maggie Valley. The Rev. Frank Doyle will officiate.

Grace C. Brown
Buncombe County native
ETOWAH -- Grace Wilma Cochran Brown, 84, of 40 West Laurel Lane, Etowah, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000, at Pardee Hospital.
A native of Buncombe County, she was the daughter of the late Paul G. and Sally Moore Cochran. She was a homemaker and was formerly employed with Arcadia Dairy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold H. Brown, who died in 1993; and a daughter, Sarah Brown Foster.
Surviving are her daughter, Betty Brown Boyd of Etowah; two sisters, Ollie Fullam of Canton and Margaret McCurry of Louisberg; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Mills River United Methodist Church, of which she was a member. The Rev. Jack Ollis officiated. Burial was in Avery’s Creek Christian Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to Mills River United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 5007, Horse Shoe, NC, 28742.
Anders-Rice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary B. Grasty
Haywood County native
Mary B. Grasty, 75, of 15 Oak St., Waynesville, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at the Brian Center.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Gary and Pearl Moore Smith. She was a member of Allen's Creek Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann Winsell; a son, Henry Paul Webb Jr.; a sister, Etta Mae Sharpe; and a brother, Jack Smith.
Surviving are one son, Douglas Howard Moore of Waynesville; two sisters, Barbara Snyder of Canton and Ruby Wilson of Candler; two brothers, Joe Smith of Houston, Texas, and Kenneth Smith of Waynesville; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Revs. Lloyd Fish, and Rusty Rector and Elder Bill Messer will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and at other times the family will be at the home. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Rogers, Doug Call, Brad Brulett, Harold Parrott, Kenneth Smith Jr., Clint Lanning, Kenneth Rathbone and Bob Jenkins.

Howard B. Davis
Haywood County native
CANTON -- Howard Ben Davis, 74, of 118 N. Canton Road, Canton, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Mission St. Joseph’s Health System.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Harrison and Connie Fulbright Davis. He was a member of Belmont Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Ruby Payne Davis; a daughter, Rose Davis and her husband Burton Hill of Canton; two sisters, Margie Kury of Asheville and Joan Carter of Alexander; one brother, Frank Davis of Waynesville; and one grandson.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Garrett-Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials be made to New Beginnings, 49 Main St., Clyde, NC, 28721.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Lou Nichols
Former business owner
Mary Lou Owen Nichols of Dolan Road, Waynesville, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Hubert and Zora Messer Owen. She was a former co-owner of Colonial Florist and The Way Inn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Thomas Nichols Sr., who died in 1958; and three sisters, Blanche Whitley, Willie Boone Rey and Wilma Owen.
Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Rhoads of Balsam; one son, Jack T. Nichols Jr. of Waynesville; one brother, R.D. Owen of Waynesville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenhill Cemetery. The Rev. Nick Honerkamp will officiate.
The family will receive friends immediately following the graveside service at the cemetery. At other times, friends may call at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville.
Memorials may be made to New Covenant Church, General Missions Fund, 767 Lee Road, Clyde, NC, 28721.

Hester H. Reeves
Hempstead native
LAKE JUNALUSKA -- Hester Howard Reeves, 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at her home.
A native of Hempstead, she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Eliza Lenora Smithwick Howard.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Rufus A. Reeves, who died in 1998.
Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Walker and her husband Joe of Lake Junaluska and Johnnie Collins and her husband Benny of Lexington; one son, Rufus Allen Reeves Jr. and his wife Sharon of Lake Junaluska; two sisters, Lilly Mae Batson of Lenoir and Betty Lou Thomas of Matthews; one brother, Willie Ray Howard of Wilmington; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church. The Revs. Frank Grice and Bob Lundy will officiate.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Long's Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 459, Lake Junaluska, NC, 28745; Haywood Regional Medical Center Hospice, 560 Leroy George Drive, Clyde, NC, 28721; or The Open Door Soup Kitchen, 32 Commerce St., Waynesville, NC, 28786.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel C. Rhodarmer
LEICESTER -- Ethel Clontz Rhodarmer, 79, of Leicester, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at Fleshers Health Care Center in Fairview.
Wells Funeral Home in Canton will announce arrangements.

Thomas D. Brummitt
CLYDE -- Thomas Dudley Brummitt, 93, of 1155 Turkey Creek Road, Clyde, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at his home.
Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville is in charge of arrangements.

Kathleen H. Davis
Kathleen Hamrick “Tat” Davis, 84, of 37 Country Club Drive, Waynesville, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000 at her home.
A native of Goldsboro, she was a former resident of Shelby and had resided in Haywood County for over 60 years. She was the daughter of the late O.V. Hamrick Sr. and Caroline Mayes Hamrick. She was a graduate of Meredith College and received a degree in home economics. She was the recipient of a Life Master Certificate from American Contract Bridge League and was a member of Hazelwood Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Lawson Davis Sr., former owner of L. N. Davis Insurance Agency, who died in May of 1991; a grandson, Alan Davis Metts who died in 1997; one brother, O. V. Hamrick Jr.; and one sister, Sadie H. Kiser.
Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn D. Metts and her husband Bill of Waynesville; Kathy D. Lance and her husband Gary of Waynesville; one son, Dr. Paul L. Davis Jr. and wife Karon of Athens, Ga.; one brother, Leander Sheppard Hamrick of Hartsville, S.C.; and five grandchildren.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, at Hazelwood Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Larry Wilson officiated. Burial was in the Greenhill Cemetery
Pallbearers were Steve Brown, Rick Lee, Ron Leatherwood, David Holtsclaw, Terry LaDuke, Gavin Brown, Mike Gordon, and Ron Smathers.
Honorary pallbearers were the employees of L. N. Davis Insurance Agency and Joe Cline, Dick Bradley, Paul McElroy, M. R. “Bud” Whisenhunt, Joe Judd, Dr. Hugh Daniel, David Eavenson, Don Ezell, Tyree Kiser, Ron Muse and John Siler.
The family received friends from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Youth Program of Hazelwood Presbyterian Church, 368 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville, NC, 28786.
Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville was in charge of arrangements.

Robert L. Gunter
Robert Lawery “Bob” Gunter, 85, of 1375 Camp Branch Road, Waynesville, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at the VA Medical Center in Asheville.
A native of Jackson County, he had resided in Haywood County most of his life. He was the son of the late John Lawery and Harriett Oberia Smathers Gunter. He was a carpenter and a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and was a recipient of a Purple Heart. He was a member of Camp Branch Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Coy, Clyde, Lewis and Loyd Gunter.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Sallie Massie Gunter; three stepchildren, Wilma Rogers, Nina Parrott and Bud Conner, all of Waynesville, six sisters, Lois Irene Turner, Pauline Hurley and Velma Gaddis, all of Waynesville, Faye Hawkins of Kings Mountain, and Ilene Vicarini of Baltimore, Md.; two brothers, Floyd and Huey Gunter, both of Waynesville; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville. The Rev. Ted Reeves officiated. Burial was in Rocky Branch Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Junior and Cody Frisbee, Chad Jones, Jonas, Heath, Kenny and Jackie Gunter and Garland Cagle.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 486 East Marshall St., Waynesville, NC, 28786.

Beulah Rhinehart
Beulah Rhinehart, 72, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at Haywood Regional Medical Center.
A native of Fontana, she was the daughter of the late Newton and Eva Arrington Hall. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Pleasant Balsam Baptist Church. She was a member of the home demonstration club for several years.
Surviving are her husband, Vaughn Robert Rhinehart Jr.; two sons, Ronald David Rhinehart of Atlanta, Ga., and Freddie Carroll Rhinehart of Waynesville; one sister, Jean Sparks of Powell, Tenn.; one brother, James Gordon Hall of Waynesville; one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Garrett Funeral Home. The Rev. Paul Cardin officiated. Burial was in Saunook Plott Cemetery.
The family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Haywood County Rescue Squad.

David A. James
CLYDE -- David Arthur James, 75, of 851 Bald Creek Road, Clyde, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000.
A native and lifelong resident of Haywood County, he was the son of the late Ben and Monnie McCracken James. He was a farmer.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret James Coe and Elizabeth James Davis.
Surviving are three sisters, Ellen Clark, Stella Sanford and Sue Baldwin all of Waynesville; and two brothers, Karlisle James of Clyde and Franklin Dewitt James of Waynesville.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at James Chapel Baptist Church of which he was a member. The Revs. David Souderes and Alan Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Upper Crabtree Community Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be the nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Wells Funeral Home in Waynesville where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the home of Karlisle and Edith James.
Memorials may be made to the Upper Crabtree Community Cemetery Fund, c/o Bennett Best, 527 Bald Creek Road, Clyde, NC, 28721.

Wayne A. Sterling
CLYDE -- Wayne Arthur Sterling, 75, of Clyde died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at his home.
A native of Boulder, Colo., he was the son of the late Edward and Edna Garrick Sterling. He served in World War II as senior chief hospital corpsman. He also worked for UNC Hospital as head of hematology department. He worked as a circulation manager for the New and Observer.
Surviving are his wife, Gloria Sterling; one daughter, Frances Virginia Sterling of Boone; three sons, Robert Edward Sterling of San Clemente, Calif., Raymond Lee Sterling of Havelock, and Richard Wayne Sterling of Virginia Beach, Va.; and one sister, Elsie Smith of Cheyenne, Wyo.
Military graveside rites will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Crawford Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The Navy will perform the military graveside rites. Burial will be in Crawford Ray Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Garrett Funeral Home.

Alma B. Suttles
Alma Balding Plemmons-Suttles, 87, of Meadow Fork, died Aug. 10, 2000, at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Knoxville, Tenn.
A native of Haywood County, she was born to the late Landon John and Bertha Hestella Stamey Balding. She was retired from Wellco. She was a member of the Keenerville Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond Plemmons; one son, Donald Lee Plemmons; one granddaughter, Lisa Swann; and two brothers, Floyd Henry Baldwin and Chesnell John Balding.
Surviving are her husband, Berlin Huey Suttles; two daughters, Shirley Swann of Reidsville and Bernice Clark of Quartzsite, Ariz.; three sisters, Helen Balding Allen Price and Lucille Selma Balding Price both of Spring Creek and Geraldine Balding Moore of Waynesville; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Garrett Funeral Home. The family officiating with the service. Burial was in the Dawn Cemetery in Crabtree.
The family received friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Keenerville Christian Cemetery Fund.

Henry D. Fountain Sr.
CLYDE -- Henry Davis “Dave” Fountain Sr., 90, of the Fines Creek community, Clyde, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at his home.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rebecca McCullough.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy Fountain; one son, H.D. Fountain Jr. of Auburndale, Fla.; one daughter, Irene Trask of Hayesville; two stepsons, Darrell Vanzant of Catawba and Robert Vanzant of Londonderry, N.H.; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fines Creek United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Haywood County Hospice.


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