Miscellaneous Mitchell County, North Carolina Obituaries

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AZALINE BUCHANAN LEDFORD
BAKERSVILLE – Azaline Buchanan Ledford, 93, of Ledford Ridge Lane, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002 at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Spruce Pine. She was the daughter of the late Perry and Dora Buchanan, and wife of the late Grovie Ledford. A homemaker, she was the oldest member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Grace DeGroat of Newdale; a son, Arthur Ledford of Bakersville; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Revs. Ronnie Gouge, Vernon Buchanan and Charles Willis officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Cane Creek Cemetery. The family received friends from 6:30 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.

HAZEL FREEMAN COOKE
NEWLAND – Hazel Freeman Cooke, of the Cranberry community, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002 at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. She was the daughter of the late Sherman Freeman and Ivie Buchanan Freeman Sparks. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Sammy McCoury and Kirk Cooke, and one brother, Calvin Freeman. She was a member of Lewis Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Edward Cooke Jr. of the home; four daughters, Zanah McCoury of Wytheville, VA, Pam Williams of Spruce Pine, Sarah Young of Minneapolis, and Karen Birchfield of Elk Park; two sons, Billy McCoury of Cranberry and Hugh Cooke of Roan Mountain, TN; two sisters, Estell Crosby of National City, CA, and Virginia Shupe of Rural Retreat, VA; and one brother, Ambrose Freeman of Cranberry; 17 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Lewis Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. Revs. Gene Carver and Spivey Penland officiated. Burial was in Cranberry Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine was in charge of arrangements.

VESTAL MCKINNEY
BAKERSVILLE – Vestal McKinney, 80, of McKinney Lane, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002 at VA Mountain Home in Johnson City, TN. He was the son of the late Will and Polly Garland McKinney. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Vista Garland, Daisy Gouge, and Texie Ledford; and brothers, Charlie and Edd McKinney. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a member of the Church of Lord Jesus Christ and a combustion engineer with C&E Air Preheater in Marion.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Bennett McKinney; daughters, Margaret Johnson and Elizabeth Miller, both of Marion; a sister, Gladys Hughes of Maryland; and one grandson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Revs. Dallas Cook, Douglas Honeycutt and Mike Peterson officiated. Burial followed with VFW graveside services in Greene Garland Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

WILLIAM GOFORTH
SPRUCE PINE – William Goforth, 88, of Sevierville, TN, formerly of Spruce Pine, died Sunda, Nov. 10, 2002. He was the son of the late Merit and Lula Thacker Goforth. He was also preceded in death by four sisters. He was a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mable Townsend Goforth of the home; daughter, Carolyn Leonard of Sevierville, TN; sons, Billl Goforth Jr. of Westerville, OH, and Charles Goforth of Oklahoma City, OK; a sister, Margaret McMahan of Glenwood; seven grandchildren; one step-son; and nine great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Bethel Missionary Baptist church. Revs. Luther Carver and Darrin Waldroup officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour Wednesday at the church.

MYRTLE BUTLER WILSON
LITTLE SWITZERLAND – Myrtle Butler Wilson, 88, of Wilson Lane, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002 at White Oak Family Care in Bakersville. She was the daughter of the late Wash and Emily Hollifield Butler, and wife of the late Johnny B. Wilson. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Riddle, Mamie Schmit and Carrie Burnette. She was retired from American Thread (Coats America).
Survivors include her son, Robert B. Wilson of Spruce Pine; three grandson, all of Little Switzerland; and one great granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Chet Glenn officiated. Burial was in Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received visitors from 1 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

JOE PARLIER
ELK PARK – Joe Parlier, 48, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2002 in Watauga Medical Center. A native of Detroit, MI, he was the son of Sanford and Joan Weldecker Parlier of Elk Park. He was a member of Beech Mountain Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. He had worked 19 years with the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Alice Parlier of the home; daughters, Laura Richardson of Shaw AFB, SC, and Jody and Ashley Parlier of the home; sisters, Linda Briggs and Sandra Norris, both of Elk Park; brothers, Arnold Parlier of Granite Falls, Charles Parlier of Mountain city, TN, and James and Jeffrey Parlier, both of Elk Park; and two grandsons.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Beech Mountain Baptist Church. Revs. Dennis Church and David Burnop officiated. Burial was in Beech Mountain Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Newland.

BESSIE HOLDER BUCHANAN
BAKERSVILLE – Bessie Holder Buchanan, 84, of Hamburg Road, died Friday, Nov. 15 in Spruce Pine Community Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Greenlee and Senia Ledford Holder, and wife of the late Baxter David Buchanan. She was a former employee of Ellen Knitting Mill and a homemaker. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Smith of Fairview; one son, Rev. Ronald Buchanan of Bakersville; a brother, Roosevelt Holder of Florida; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Sunday inn the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Skip Weiford officiated. burial was at 11 a.m. Monday in Cane Creek Cemetery. The family received friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

WILLIAM HOBERT FREEMAN
MARION – William Hobert (Hobe) Freeman, 94, formerly of Spruce Pine, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002 at Oteen VA Nursing Facility. He was the son of the late Dock and Stella Franklin Freeman, and husband of the late Ada Barrier Freeman. He was also preceded in death by a son, Harlan Freeman; and sisters, Ann Kear and Lela Harlow. He owned and operated WH Freeman’s Nursery and was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.
Survivors include his daughters, Judy Presnell of Burnsville and Viola Wright of Marion; a son, Gary L. Freeman of Spruce Pine; sisters, Winnie Franklin of Citrus Heights, CA, and Inez Fullbright of Marion; brothers, James Freeman of Elizabeth City, Omar Freeman of Spruce Pine, Carl Freeman of Vinita, OK, Earnest Freeman of Candler, and Robert Freeman of Morganton; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two step grandchildren; one step great grandchild; and one step great great grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in Mt. Zion Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 5 p.m. until the service hour Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of McDowell County, 218 North Logan Street, Marion, NC 28752.

G. ESTALENE PARKER
SPRUCE PINE – G. Estalene Parker, 83, formerly of Carrollton, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine. She was the daughter of the late Claude and Emma Stumbo Pruitt, and wife of the late William Parker. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold Pruitt; a stepsister, Helen Hillis; two stepbrothers, George and Curtis Ray; and one great grandson. A member of Carrollton First Baptist Church, the American Business Women’s Association, and the Jacksonville Moose Lodge, she was retired from General Telephone Company, in Jacksonville, IL.
Survivors include one son, Keith Parker of Spruce Pine; two daughters, Karen Carmody of Springfield, IL, and Kathy Greco of Beach Park, IL; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Friday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Carrollton. Graveside rites were at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Carrollton City Cemetery. The family received friends from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

BROWN LOWE HUGHES
NEWLAND – Brown Lowe Hughes, 65, of the Roaring Creek community, died Wednesday in a Johnson City, TN hospital. He was the son of the late Bobby and Pearl Smith Hughes. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Frank and Richard Hughesp; and sisters, Eliza Jane and Rosa Hughes. He attended Roaring Creek Holiness Church.
Survivors include his wife, Paulette McKinney Hughes of the home; sons, Charles Robert Hughes of Spruce Pine, and Richard Ray Hughes and Randy Allen Hughes of Newland; daughters, Margaret Elizabeth Lusk, Tonya Sue Hughes and Amber Nicole Hughes, all of Newland; sister, Mary Moody of Newland; brother, Adam Hughes of Newland; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Revs. Ken Lance and Hugh Hall officiated. Burial was in Hughes Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

HOBERT LEE BURLESON
SPRUCE PINE – Hobert Lee Burleson, 78, of Clearwater Road, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002 at his home. A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Sam and Mae Nanney Burleson. He was a self-employed landscaper and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He was also a member of Vespers Masonic Lodge #554 AF&AM, and a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Lee Pittman of the home; one daughter, Sabra Leigh Rock of Spruce Pine; one brother, Robert J. Burleson of Marion; two grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Revs.Martin Fisher, R.M. Cassidy and J.J.Orr officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery with graveside rites conducted by Vespers Masonic Lodge #554 AF&AM. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville.

JIMMIE O. EDWARDS
SPRUCE PINE – Jimmie O. Edwards, 61, of George Gap Road, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at his home. He lived a number of years in Seven Valleys, PA, where he was a member of Seven Valleys Baptist Church. After returning to Spruce Pine, he worked in the maintenance department at WalMart. He was a member of the Blue Ridge Grass Band.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Wiseman Edwards of the home; his mother, Myrtle Edwards of Bakersville; a son, Vincent Edwards of Pennsylvania; daughters, Michele Edwards and Jennifer Edwards, both of Pennsylvania; brother, Gilbert Edwards of Maryland; sister, Evelyne Musselman of Pennsylvania; and two grandsons.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Revs. Howard Forbes and Bud Edwards officiated. Burial followed in Cook Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

PAUL GOUGE
BAKERSVILLE – Paul Gouge, 79, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine. He was the son of the late Rom and Mima Greene Gouge. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Handord, Howard, Millard and Brown Gouge; sisters, Ethel Garland, Neva McKinney and Nezzie Korman. He was a heavy equipment operator for Burns and Spangler, Inc. and Lawson/Claude Greene.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Johnson Gouge of the home; a son, Don Gouge of Asheville; one daughter, Ginger Peterson of Bakersville; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Eddie Dean Ledford officiated. Graveside services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Gouge Cove Cemetery. Revs. Dallas Cook and Douglas Honeycutt officiated. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

WILLIAM M. MULLINNIX
BAKERSVILLE – William M. “Pete” Mullinnix, 86, of the Snow Creek community, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002 at Spruce Pine Community Hospital. A native of Anniston, AL, he was retired from Eustis Engineering Company and was a member of Bakersville Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Florence Townsend Mullinnix of the home; two daughters, Lynn Rowan of Forest City, and Pat Wilson of Bakersville; one son, William Mullinnex of Dossier City, LA; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Bakersville Memorial Cemetery. Dr. James D. Jordan and Rev. Billy Stewart officiated. Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

DAVID FULLER HUSKINS
BAKERSVILLE – David Fuller Huskins, 92, of Fuller Huskins Lane, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002 at Spruce Pine Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Charles and Creanie Gouge Huskins, and husband of the late Claudia Buchanan Huskins. An avid outdoorsman, he was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, serving under Gens. Bradley and Patton. He had been employed as a structural ironworker and was a member of Lily Branch Baptist Church.
Survivors include one brother, Bobby Huskins of Bakersville; two sisters, Mary Lou Willis and Kathleen Hall, both of Bakersville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lily Branch Baptist Church. Rev. Steve Williams officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

HARLEY BURNETTE JR.
NEWLAND – Harley Burnette Jr., 65, of Little Henson Creek Road, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002 in a Linville hospital. He was the son of the late Harley Burnette Sr. and Daisy Mae McKinney Burnette of Sprucd Pine. A member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, he was president of the local Unimin union, UTWA.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Kate Johnson Burnette; a son, Steven Burnette of Spruce Pine; a daughter, Carolyn Johnson of Fort Worth, TX; brothers, Roger and Jimmy Burnette, both of Spruce Pine; one grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Sprucd Pine. Revs. Earl Carver Jr. and Monroe Cook officiated. Burial was in Burnette Cemetery. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour Thursday at the funeral Home.

MARIE WRIGHT LEDFORD
NEBO – Marie Wright Ledford, 83, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late D.W. and Mattie Gouge Buchanan. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Lennis Grady Wright, and second husband, Troy A. Ledford. She was a member of Bethel Freewill Baptist Church and retired from Drexel Heritage.
Survivors include three sons, Danny Wright of Charlotte, Lanny Wright of Bakersville, and Roger Wright of Linville; one daughter, Delores Ross of Charlotte; one sister, Mary McKinney of Bakersville; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home. Revs. Ray Stockton, Carl Roland and W.C. Keller officiated. Burial was in McDowell Memorial Park. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

JERRY R. PARLIER
MORGANTON – Jerry R. Parlier, 54, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002 at his residence. He was the son of Fleta Horney Parlier of Morganton and the late Hugh Reece Parlier. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Dale. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired employee of Broughton Hospital.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife,m Kathy Fortune Parlier of the home; a daughter, Katrina Tallent of Morganton; step daughters, Kim Keller and Sabra Pritchard, both of Newland; brothers, Russell Franklin Parlier of Roxboro, and Ray Parlier of Morganton; a sister, Gladys Cooper of Morganton; three grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday at Grace Baptist Church. Rev. Marty Bess officiated. Burial followed in Burke Memorial Park with military graveside rites by the Morganton Veterans Ceremonial Team. The family received friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sossoman Funeral Home.

LYLE HOSCHAR
TAMPA, FL – Lyle Hoschar, 73, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002. A member of State Highway Baptist Church, he was retired from the Tampa Tribune as a pressman after many years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Rose Hoschar of the home; a brother, Charles Hoschar of Kentucky; four step children; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Adams and Jennings Funeral Home. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home. He was then sent to Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine for services and burial.

CELIA TWIGGS WILCOX
SPRUCE PINE – Celia Wilcox, 90, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. She was the daughter of the late Greene Buchanan and Nelly Twiggs King, and wife of the late Daniel L. Wilcox. She was also preceded in death by a son, David Wilcox; a sister, Hattie McKinney; granddaughter, Pam Wilcox; and several half brothers. She was a member of Spruce Pine Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughters, Betty Biddix, Madge Biddix, and Linda Carpenter all of Spruce Pine, and Sarah Buchanan and Dorothy Sue Buchanan of Bakersville; two half sisters, Viola Underwood of Valdese and Beatrice Wise of Spruce Pine; two half brothers, Bernie Buchanan of Pineola and Sammy Buchanan of Valdese; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Spruce Pine Freewill Baptist Church. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville.

RACHEL DELLINGER LYONS
BAKERSVILLE – Rachel Dellinger Lyons, 89, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine. She was the daughter of the late Marvel Greenberry and Susan Buchanan Dellinger, and wife of the late Carthie Lyons. She was also preceded in death by two sister, Edith Edwards and Mabel Hollifield; and two brothers, Stephen and James Dellinger. A member of Cane Creek Baptist Church, she was retired from the State of Virginia Department of Highways.
Survivors include a sister, Ruth Lamkin of Plainsboro, NJ; a brother, Jack Dellinger of Pensacola, FL and Bakersville; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Monday at Cane Creek Cemetery. Revs. Mark McKinney and John Stafford officiated. Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville was in charge of arrangements.

CARROLL RAY FORBES
SPRUCE PINE – Carroll Ray Forbes, 72, of Edison, NJ, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002 at his home. A native of Unicoi, TN, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel McGuire Forbes of the home; daughters, Donna Matis, Caroline Steele and Leslie Murdock, all of Edison, NJ; sisters, Lottie Davis of Morganton, Irene Fisher, Mildred Buchanan and Kathleen Buchanan, all of Spruce Pine, Genevieve Cook and Lucy Lanning both of Marion, and Anna Lee Ledford of Johnson City, TN; brother, Jack Forbes of Newland; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Baptist Church. Revs. Glenn Burleson and Donnie Thomas officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.

JOHN “JACK” TUCKER
SPRUCE PINE – John “Jack” Tucker, 80, of Gusher Knob, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002 at his residence. He was the son of the late Sydnore J. and Ella Beatrice Freeland Tucker. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Calhoun; a half-brother, Thomas Tucker; and a stepdaughter, Debra Ann Ripley. A U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII, he was co-owner of Tucker and Johnson Office Supply and a Sunday School teacher at the Episcopal Church of Palm Beach.
Survivors include his wife, Sam Ripley Tucker of the home; one daughter, Ann Costello of Ocala, FL; one son, John Gordon Tucker Jr. of Forest City, CA; one stepdaughter, Denise Miller of New Albany, OH; one stepson, David Ripley of Huntersville; two granddaughters; and five step grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. thursday at Pine Grove Methodist Church. Cremation was handled by Cremation of the South in Smyrna, GA. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Avery County, P.O. Box 1350, Newland, NC 28657, or Avery County Humane Society, 1824 Stamey Branch Road, Newland, NC 28657.

MARGARET JO HORN CAVE
LITTLE SWITZERLAND – Margaret Jo Horn Cave of Tampa, FL and Little Switzerland, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002 in Tampa.
Survivors include her husband, Rev. George H. Cave Jr., the Summer Vicar at The Church of the Resurrection in Little Switzerland; four children; 11 grandchildren; and one sister.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tampa. A memorial service will be held at The Church of the Resurrection after the church reopens in May 2003. Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tampa, FL, or The Church of the Resurrection in Little Switzerland.

JOE GALE BIDDIX
SPRUCE PINE – Joe Gale Biddix, 56, of Fairy Avenue, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002 at his residence. He was the son of Lee Ray Biddix of Spruce Pine and the late Dixie McCloud Biddix. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Martha Vaughn Biddix of the home; a daughter, Shanna Kelling of Swannanoa; sons, Shane Colbath of Black Mountain, and Chad Biddix of Lakeland, FL; stepsons, Steven and Keith Vaughn, both of Spruce Pine; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Rev. Steve Sisk officiated. Burial was Wednesday in Whites Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until the service hour Tuesday at the funeral home.

BETTY JO MILLER
JOHNSON CITY, TN – Betty Jo Miller, 73, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2002 at Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Bakersville, she was the daughter of the late George and Florence Sparks Conley. A homemaker, she was a member of Johnson City Baptist Temple, where she taught the Ladies Adult Sunday School Class.
Survivors include her husband, Roy C. Miller of the home; one daughter, Angela Miller of Telford; two sisters, Helen Hughes of Telford,and Ethel Gouge of Bakersville; one niece; and one nephew.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Monday at Appalachian Funeral Home. Rev. Wilkie Brookshire officiated. Graveside services were held at 12 noon onTuesday in Roselawn Memory Gardens. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until the service hour Monday at the funeral home.

DAVID A. PRESSLEY
BAKERSVILLE – David A. Pressley, 34, of Hillcrest Drive, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002 at his residence. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, he was the son of Bill and Celene Grindstaff Pressley. He was a member of Snow Hill Baptis tchurch and was a carpenter and truck driver.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one daughter, Bethany Megan Pressley of Bakersville; two sons, Zachary Allen Pressley and Jesse David Pressley, both of Bakersville; one brother, Ben Pressley of Bakersville; and one sister, B.J. Ollis of Bakersville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Snow Hill Baptist Church. Revs. Gerald Grindstaff and Shane Buchanan officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville was in charge of arrangements.

BOBBY LEE SPARKS
ICARD – Bobby Lee Sparks, 72, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2002 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He was the son of the late Claude and nancy Helms Sparks. He was also preceded in death by five brothers; one sister; and one grandson. He had been employed by Bassett Furniture.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Sparks; one son, Henry Joseph Sparks of Drexel; five daughters, Shirley Autrey of Icard, Rosa St. John of Americas, GA, and Barbara Victoria Blanton, Cynthia Marie Powell, and Lois Michele Tipton, all of Morganton; three stepchildren; and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and step grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ransom Baptist Church in Hildebran. Revs. Alan McCoy and John Lail officiated. Burial was in Catawba Memorial Park. The family received friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Catawba Funerals and Cremations.

ANNIE GOUGE LEWIS
BAKERSVILLE – Annie Gouge Lewis, 94, of Maple Street, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Gibbs and Louisa Bennett Gouge, and wife of the late Halvey Lewis. She was also preceded in death by two sisters and seven brothers. She was a homemaker and member of First Christian Church.
Survivors include her daughters, Regina L. Henline and Sybil L. Hall, both of Spruce Pine; a brother, Homer Gouge of Green Mountain; and one granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Palma L. Bennett officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Saturday in Fairview Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

ANDREW JACKSON (JAKE) MCKINNEY
BAKERSVILLE – Andrew Jackson (Jake) McKinney, 83, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002 in the Veterans Administration Center in Oteen. He was the son of the late Brown and Francis Buchanan McKinney, and husband of the late Billie June McKinney. He was also preceded in death by a brother, John McKinney; and sisters, Bertha Wilson and Rosalee Deneen.
Survivors include his sons, Daniel and Christopher McKinney, both of Kingsport, TN; a stepdaughter, Deborah Hughes of Marion; one brother, Milton McKinney of Newport Richie, VA, and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Don Ford officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Bakersville Memorial Cemetery with graveside services by VFW Post 8060. The family received friends from 6-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

C.W. HUFFMAN
NEWLAND – C.W. Huffman, 72, of Little Plumtree Creek, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002 at his residence. He was the son of Eula Johnson Huffman of Newland and the late Staples Huffman. A member of Chestnut Dale Baptist Church, he was retired from the furniture and textiles industries.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Pansy Virginia Shell Huffman of the home; a son, Michael Huffman of Newland; sisters, Bonnie Sluder, Glenna Ollis and Blanche Shell, all of Newland; brothers, Conley Huffman of Newland, and Pete and Lance Huffman, both of Spruce Pine; and one grandson.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. Revs. Jerry Burleson and Gary Huffmann officiated. Burial was in Elk Mountain Cemetery. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour Wednesday at the funeral home.

ANTHONY LEE (TONY) JOHNSON
MARION – Anthony Lee (Tony) Johnson, 59, of Roberts Hill Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003 at his home. He was the son of the late Essie Feather and Anthony Heminger. He was also preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Marion Weaver and Ellis Johnson; a brother, Terry Heminger; sisters, Beverly Anderson and Cynthia Wolfe; a niece; and a great nephew. A member and tribal elder of of the Sisston-Wahpeton Sioux tribe, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked for 25 years as a respiratory therapist at McDowell Hospital and was recently employed as a truck driver and instructor.
Survivors include his wife, Gertie McKinney Johnson; stepfather, Clyde Weaver of Soda Springs, ID; daughter, Jada Snyder of Marion; son, Shane Johnson of Marion; foster daughter, Amy Sheehan of Marion; sisters, Lois Jackson of Wilmot, SD and Peggy Thompson of Sisseton, SD; brothers, Alex and Tato Heminger, both of Sisseton, SD; two granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Brother Curtis Patton officiated. Burial was in McKinney Gap Cemetery. The family received friends at the home prior to the service. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine was in charge of arrangements.

MABLE MASTERS YOUNG
NEWDALE – Mable Masters Young died Saturday, January 4, 2003 at her home. A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Aaron and Vista Tipton Masters, and wife of the late Warren M. Young. She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter.
Survivors include three sons, Kirk Young, Fritz Young and Eric Young, all of Burnsville; three brothers, Gene Masters of Waldorf, MD, Bill Masters of Gray, TN, and Bruce Masters of Jonesborough, TN; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Frank Wyatt and David Gillespie officiated. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Newdale Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, P.O. Box 471, Burnsville, NC 28714, or to The Gideons, P.O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

CLAUDIA WILMA DELLINGER
BURNSVILLE – Claudia Wilma Dellinger, 92, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2002 in the Brian Center in Spruce Pine. She was the daughter of the late Edd and Essie Sparks Young, and wife of the late Claude Dellinger. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Young; an infant daughter; and a granddaughter. She was an active member of Newdale Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are four daughters, Faye Johnson and Vera Westall of Burnsville, Linda Capps of Spruce Pine, and Sherrie Styles of Titusville, FL; a son, Edward Dellinger of Spruce Pine; nine grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Mike Brazelle, Steve Williams and Eugene Styles officiated. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Newdale Prestyterian Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Newdale Presbyteriann Church Building Fund, Newdale Presbyterian Church Road, Box 71, Burnsville, NC 28714.

GILBERT HENRY THOMAS
BAKERSVILLE – Gilbert Henry Thomas, 81, of Roses Branch Road, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2002. He was the son of the late Leroy and Laura Woody Thomas. A farmer and veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was a member of Red Hill Baptist Church where he had taught the adult Sunday School class.
Survivors include his wife, Jewell Woody Thomas of the home; sons, Gilbert Iric Thomas of Sapphire, and Wayne Edward Thomas of Bakersville; daughters, Carmella Hall of Asheville and Nancy Byrd of Bakersville; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Randy Wise officiated. Burial followed in the Thomas Family Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

LEWIS ANDREW SPARKS
SPRUCE PINE – Lewis Andrew Sparks, 83, of Harris Heights, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002 in a Spruce Pine health care facility. He was the son of the late Milton and Myra Young Sparks. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, head usher, and Sunday School teacher, and a member of Vesper Masonic Lodge $554 A.F. & A.M. He was co-owner of Mayland Printing Company and a salesman for Electro-Lux vacuums.
Survivors include his wife, Mary B. Sparks of the home; two daughters, Myra Swallow of Sarasota, FL, and Donna Blevins of N. Myrtle Beach, SC; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. Dr. David Vess officiated. Internment was at Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery Mausoleum. the family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour Sunday at the church. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine was in charge of arrangements.

ETTA DAVIS CARVER
BAKERSVILLE – Etta Davis Carver, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002 in a Sykesville, MD nursing home. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Gilley Davis, and wife of the late Elder Dock H. Carver. She was also preceded in death by a son, Howard Carver; four sisters; and one brother.
Survivors include four daughters, Ruth Whitson of Jonesboro, TN, Thelma Smith of King George, MD, Charlene Cook of Hamstead, MD, and Sue Karner of Sykesville; one son, Johnnie Carver of Jonesboro; one sister, Nora Slater of Sterling Heights, MI; two brothers, J.D. and Claude Davis of Bakersville; 12 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildrenp; three great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville was in charge of arrangements.

HAZEL H. MCCOURY
HANOVER, PA – Hazel H. McCoury, 92, a native of Buladean, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002 at Hanover Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Hamilton and Elizabeth Odom Hughes, and wife of the late Grover C. McCoury Sr. She was also preceded in death by six sisters and six brothers. A member of First Baptist Church of Hanover, she retired from Hanover Manufacturing after 25 years of service as a seamstress.
Survivors include three sons, Grover C. McCoury Jr. and Jerry McCoury of Thomasville, PA, and Delano “Del” McCoury of Nashville, TN; three daughters, Margaret Hoover of York, PA, Vivian Heiner of Spring Grove, PA, and Jeannette Myers of East Berlin, PA; 21 grandchildren; and 29 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kenworthy Funeral Home in Hanover. Rev. Dwight Eldeen officiated. Burial was in Susquehanna Memorial Gardens in York, PA. The family received friends from 9 a.m.until the service hour Saturday at the funeral home.




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