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LENNIE MEDFORD
SPRUCE PINE – Lennie Medford, 89, of the Altapass community, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002 in the Brian Center. She was the daughter of the late samuel Nelson and Rosa Williams Biddix, and wife of the late Lee Medford. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Norma Thomas, one son, Frank Medford, and one infant grandson. A homemaker, she was a member of Altapass Church of God.
Survivors include three daughters, Vivian Harris of Marion, Rose Lee McDowell of Mill Springs, and Carolyn Vance of Asheville; two sons, Fred Medford and Jack Medford, both of Spruce Pine; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Revs. Vince Hefner, Steve Sisk, Mitch Brittain and Joe Biddix officiated. Burial was in McKinney Gap Cemetery. The family received friends from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, or to the Brian Center, 218 Laurel Creek Court, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

MARY WILLOUGHBY
BURNSVILLE – Mary Willoughby, 92, of Grundy Center, Iowa, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002 at the Yancey Nursing Center. She had lived with her daughter and son-in-law for the past six weeks.
Survivors include her daughter, Jane Stover of Burnsville; sons, David Willoughby of Modesto, CA, Robert Willoughby of Seattle, WA, and John Willoughby of New York, NY; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
A priviate family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, P.O. Box 471, Burnsville, NC 28714.

BOBBY LEE PITTMAN
SPRUCE PINE – Bobby Lee Pittman, 68, of Mint Hill, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002 at Presbyterian Hospital Matthews. A native of Spruce Pine, he was the son of the late Earl and Hazel Pittman and a member of Midwood Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Pittman of the home; three daughters, Cathy Joyner of Monroe, Michelle Lincolnn of Indian Trail, and Belinda Rogers of Columbia, SC; one son, Bobby Lee Pittman Jr. of Charlotte; one sister, Katherine Rice of Weaverville; five grandchildren; one niece and two nephews.
A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Sharon Memorial Park. The family received friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at McEwen Funeral Service Mint Hill Chapel.

JACK B. CONLEY
PENLAND – Jack B. Conley, 83, of Erwin, TN, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002 in the Erwin Health Care Center. A native of Penland, he was the son of the late Julius A. and Maggie Jane Sparks Conley. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph Conley and Clarence Conley; and three sisters, Ola Willis, Mamie Helton and Carrie Edwards. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Erwin, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from Clinchfield Railroad after 43 years. He was a member of numerous associations, including past member of the Mitchell County Historical Society. He was also the author of many Clinchfield historical articles.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Erwin Conley of the home; one daughter, Becky Anne Conley of the home; one sister, Georgia Morton of Hendersonville; three nephews; three nieces; two cousins and several great nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Evergreen Cemetery in Erwin. Rev. David Tydings officiated. Friends registered at the funeral home from 9-11 a.m. Thursday.

JAMES C. BLACKBURN
MARION – James C. Blackburn, 55, of Arrowhead Trail, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2002 at his home. He was the son of Alma McCourry Blackburn of Spruce Pine, and the late Jack Blackburn. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Jack (Jackie) Blackburn. A member of Bear Creek Baptist Church, he was retired as assistant director of the Cooper Fellowship in Santa Ana, CA.
In addition to his mother, his is survived by his wife, Hazel Maples Blackburn of the home; one daughter, Penny Blackburn of Fort Payne, AL; a stepson, Bradley Church of Elk Park; a sister, Nancy Rice of Old Fort; and one grandson, Nathan Blackburn.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Rev. Ronnie LeFevers officiated. Burial was in Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

CARL R. BUTLER
NEWPORT, TN – Carl R. Butler, 89, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002 at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County. He was the son of the late Benjamin and Julia Hurst Butler, and husband of the late Edna Rose Murrell Butler. He was also preceded in death by one son, Johnny Butler; one daughter, Geraldine Ball; three brothers, Gene, Bill and Nig Butler; and three sisters, Gail Caldwell, June Butler and Dorothy Clevenger. He was a retired farmer and member of Jenkins Chapel Methodist Church.
Survivors include four daughters, Charlotte Morton of Newport, Beth Peterson of Florida, Jane Cook of Bakersville, and Evelin Pendergrass of Blountville, TN; one son, Andy Butler of Newport; three sisters, Amalee Butler of Baneberry, TN, Susie Taylor of Richmond, VA, and Joann Fine of Newport; one brother, Stanley Butler of Bethel, IL; 10 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Brown Funeral Home chapel. Dr. Frank Bell officiated. Burial followed in Jenkins Chapel Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.

LUCY TAYLOR BURLESON
NEWLAND – Lucy Taylor Burleson, 76, of Little Buck Hill Road, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002 at her home. She was the daughter of the late George and Lula Hester Taylor. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Edd, Charlie, Warren, Henry, Hal and Gary Taylor, and sisters, Martha Lowder and Nina Ollis. A member of Big Crabtree Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for over 50 years, she was a press operator at Tarheel and Spruce Pine Mica.
Survivors include her husband, John Burleson of the home; daughters, Lou Ella Beam of Elk Park, Marie Watson of Newland and Janice Riddle of Marion; sister, Julie Cronett of Newland; brother, Wesley Taylor of Vinton, VA; seven grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Big Crabtree Baptist Church. Revs. Dean Honeycutt and Junior Carver officiated. Emtombment followed at Bear Creek Mausoleum. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville.

VIRGINIA BURLESON
HICKORY – Virginia “Virgie” Burleson, 89, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002 at the Brian Center in Hickory. A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Prinetta Greene Burleson. She had worked as a sander in the furniture manfacturing business.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Faye Makey of Hickory; and four nephews, Terry Burleson of Hickory, roger Burleson of Sunderland, MA, and Tom and Ed Burleson of Fredricksburg, VA.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Gary Shaw officiated. Burial was at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Catawba Memorial Park. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour Tuesday at the funeral home.

EDD BENNETT
GREEN MOUNTAIN – Edd Bennett, 72, of Pigeon Roost Road, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002 at Spruce Pine Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Roscoe and Mae Byrd Bennett. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mandie Bennett. A self-employed farmer, he was a member of Pigeon Roost Upper Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Jennie Rhea Howell Bennett of the home; sons, Leonard Bennett and Ricky Dale Bennett, both of Green Mountain; daughters, Rita Peterson and Joan Peterson, both of Green Mountain; a sister, Ethel Barnett of Burnsville; 10 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Marvin Silvers officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Bennett Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

ELVA STAMEY
SPRUCE PINE – Elva Stamey, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Maggie Pitman Snyder, and wife of the late Monie Stamey. She was also preceded in death by a son, Maynard Stamey, and a sister, Julia Blackburn. She was a member of Freedom Baptist Church, and was retired from Uniform Rental in Charlotte.
Survivors include a son, Ronald Neil Stamey of Spruce Pine; six grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Freedom Baptist Church. Revs. Greg Hollifield and David Troutman officiated. Burial followed in Spruce Pine Memorial Gardens. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine.

ROSA C. BUCHANAN
SPRUCE PINE – Rosa Crawley Buchanan, 87, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine. She was the daughter of the late Will and Cora Hawkins Crawley of Marion, and wife of the late Charlie Z. Buchanan.
Survivors include three daughter, Nancy Snyder, Maxine Duncan, and Sarah Jean Wilson, all of Spruce Pine; one son, Paul Buchanan of Spruce Pine; one sister, Juanita Toney of Marion; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Revs. Clifford Early and Richard Hollifield officiated. Burial followed in Grassy Creek Memorial Gardens. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

RICHARD “DICK” GARDNER
SPRUCE PINE – Richard “Dick” Gardner, 58, died Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2002 at Spruce Pine Community Hospital. He was the son of Roy Vernon Gardner and Margaret Hughes Gardner, both of Marion. A former kindergarten teacher, he was preceded in death by brothers, Donnie Gardner and Paul Taylor.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Marie Gunter Gardner, of the home; stepmother, Grace Gardner; sisters, Wilma Morgan and Sue Quinn, both of Marion; and brothers, Gene and Jim Gardner, both of Marion.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home. Revs. Rim Triplett and Eric Grindstaff officiated. Burial was in McDowell Memorial Park. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour Thursday at the funeral home.

FRANCIS (TOTIE) GARLAND
BAKERSVILLE – Francis (Totie) Garland, 82, of Claude Garland Road, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2002 at her home. She was the son of the late William Alfred and Birtie Yelton Taylor. She was also preceded in death by a son, Floyd Dale Garland. A homemaker, she was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ at Beans Creek.
Survivors incude her husband, Claude Garland of the home; daughters, Barbara Street and Marilyn Hughes, both of Buladean; sons, Max Dean Garland and Jack Lee Garland, both of Valdese, and Dudley Carmen Garland, Charles Kenneth Garland, and Mark Linden Garland, all of Bakersville; 18 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ. Revs. G.B. Garland, Stokes Cooke and Pete Poore officiated. Burial followed in Edwards Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville.

FRANK ARTHUR “BUD” RANDOLPH
BAKERSVILLE – Frank Arthur “Bud” Randolph, 65, of Duncan Loop, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 at his home. He was the son of the late Frank and Frances Mae Burleson Randolph. A member of Little Rock Creek Baptist Church, he was a retired supervisor with Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore, MD.
Survivors include a son, Brian Arthur Randolph of Texas; and one sister, Eva Jane Hayes of Southport.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Larry Greene officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Lily Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 7 p.m. until the service hour Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

SAVANNAH THOMAS DUNCAN
BURNSVILLE – Savannahh Thomas Duncan, 91, of the Arbuckle community, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2002. She was the daughter of the late Alpheus and Maggie Silver Thomas, and wife of the late Cleveland Duncan. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Casson, Burdette, Monroe, Clayton, Robah and Walter Thomas. She was a member of Young’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
Survivors include her son, David Duncan of the home; three nieces; and three nephews.
Funeral services were held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Revs. Lawrence Glenn and Howard Buchanan officiated. Burial was in Bear Creek Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 611, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

WILLIAM RAY DUNCAN
SPRUCE PINE – William Ray Duncan, 70, of Tappan Street, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 in an Asheville hospital. He was the son of the late Floyd and Pansy Grindstaff Duncan. He was also preceded in death by a son, Roger Duncan. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he was employed with Loan and Credit Company in Texas, Webb Funeral Home, and later United Family Life Insurance. A retired member of the Spruce Pine Volunteer Fire Department, he was currently serving on the Board of Trustees and the Building Fund Committee. He was a member and past deacon of First Baptist Church in Spruce Pine, a charter member of Spruce Pine Optimist Club and volunteered delivering Meals on Wheels.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Carpenter Duncan of the home; a sister, Kathleen Wilson Bowman of Jonesborough, TN; a brother, Charles Duncan of Spruce Pine; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Dr. David Vess and Rev. Gale Lammey officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until the service hour Tuesday at the church. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Spruce Pine VFD Building Fund, P.O. Box 724, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, or First Baptist Church Building Fund, 125 Tappan Street, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

KELLY LEE GREENE
SPRUCE PINE – Kelly Lee Greene, 40, of Weirsdale, FL, formerly of Spruce Pine, died at her home. She was the daughter of Bill Greene and Nancy Borger Greene. She was a graduate of Mitchell High School.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Linda Thomas and Sandy Hall, both of Spruce Pine; her step-mother, Janet Greene of Spruce Pine; a step-brother, Steve Wise of Spruce Pine; three uncles; one aunt; two cousins; three nieces; and two nephews.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Beaver Creek Baptist Church. Revs. Brown Howell and Pat Johnson officiated. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cranberry Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine was in charge of arrangements.

LARENCE EDGAR “JIGGS” MCNEIL
MORGANTON – Larence Edgar “Jiggs” McNeil, 72, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002 at his home. He was the son of the late Edgar and Mayme Silvers McNeil. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, a photographer and retired after more than 30 years as a typesetter for the News-Herald.
Survivors include his wife, Gail Vance McNeil of the home; a brother, Bill McNeil of Hanaham, SC; a sister, Mildred Hardison of Tampa, FL; one nephew; and several nieces.
Funeral services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, P.O. Drawer 38, Drexel, NC 28619, or Hospice of Burke County, P.O. Box 1029, Valdese, NC 28690. Heritage Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

MEGAN E. DONALDSON
JOHNSON CITY, TN – Megan E. donaldson, 20, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002 at Johnson City Medical Center. She was the daughter of Donald Bruce Donaldson of Johnson City, and Bonnie Jean Lewis of Spruce Pine. She was a 2000 graduate of University High School, where she was a member of the University High singers, and the ladies’ basketball, track, golf and cross country teams. She attended the University of Tennessee and was a member of the ETSU chapter of Kappa Delta and was affiliated with the chapter at UT. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and had served as a counselor at Camp Gailor-Maxon, Monteagle.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Michael Stamey of Johnson City; her stepmother, Suzanne Troth Donaldson of the home; grandparents, K.K. and Betty Bruce Donaldson of Kingsport; grandmother, Mary Crowder Lewis of Erwin, TN; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at Spruce Pine Methodist Church on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. Pastor Todd Struble will officiate. A memorial service was also held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Revs. Frank M. Cooper and Margaret K. Zeller officiated. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Morris-Baker Funeral Home in Johnson City. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Researchh Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the charity of your choice.

FRANK ARTHUR “BUD” RANDOLPH
BAKERSVILLE – Frank Arthur “Bud” Randolph, 65, of Duncan Loop, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 at his home. He was the son of the late Frank and Frances Mae Burleson Randolph. A member of Little Rock Creek Baptist Church, he was a retired supervisor with Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore, MD.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ledford Randolph of the home; a son, Brian Arthur Randolph of Texas; and one sister, Eva Jane Hayes of Southport.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Larry Greene officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Lily Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 7 p.m. until the service hour Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

LOIS HOILMAN GREENE
BAKERSVILLE – Lois Hoilman Greene, 81, of Buchanan Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002. She was the daughter of Troy and Lizzie Buchanan Hoilman, and wife of the late Thomas Greene. She was also preceded in death by a son, Donald Greene; a sister, Josephine McKinney; and brothers, Howard and Bruce Hoilman. A homemaker, she was a member of Bakersville Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Vivian McKinney of Raleigh, Betty Sue Sigmon of Spruce Pine, and Margaret Polka, Cherry Statler and Beverly Vines, all of Bakersville; a sister, Faye Helen Buchanan of Bakersville; brothers, Wade and Sherrill Hoilman of Bakersville; 13 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and several nieces and nepews.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Thursday at Bakersville Baptist Church. Revs. Vernon Buchanan and Billy Stewart officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Friday in Bakersville Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 434 Fayetteville Street Mall, Two Hanover Square, Suite 1600, Raleigh, NC 27601-1764. Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville was in charge of arrangements.

PAT GUY PITMAN
BAKERSVILLE – Pat Guy Pitman, 73, of the Ledger community, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002 in the VA hospital in Asheville. He was the son of the late Virgil and Rosie Buchanan Pitman. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Zella Dellinger. He was a member of Bear Creek Batpist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was the owner/operator of Toe River Service Center in Spruce Pine.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Gouge Pitman of the home; one daughter, Nancy Willis of Bakersville; two sons, Kenneth and Daniel Pitman, both of Bakersville; one brother, Lee Pitman of Bakersville; four sisters, Lorene Gouge of Marion, Jennie Moore of Spruce Pine, and Azalene McGee and Oleta McGee, both of Bakersville; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Monday at Bear Creek Baptist Church. Revs. Chris Rathbone and Don Ford officiated. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. at the church. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine was in charge of arrangements.

LINDA W. JOHNSTON
COLUMBIA, SC – Linda W. Johnston, 66, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002 in Lexington Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Scott G. and Myrtle Wiseman (Lulu Bell and Scotty). She was also preceded in death by a brother, Steven Wiseman.
Survivors include her sons, Fred B. Johnston III and Scott G. Johnston; and a daughter, Allison J. Henry.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Spruce Pine at a later date. The family received friends following the service. Memorial donations may be made to Save Our Strays, P.O. Box 423, Irmo, SC 29063.

WALDEN MCKINNEY
BALTIMORE, MD – Walden McKinney, 75, died Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 at his home. A native of Mitchell County, he was the son of the late George and Mary McKinney of Bakersville. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Wayne, Paul and Bruce McKinney; and one sister, Kate Moore. He was a veteran of WWII.
Survivors include two daughters, Ester Stanfield of Pensacola, FL, and Sue Nos of Baltimore; three sisters, Georgann Cooke, Jolene Singer and Judy Hodge; one brother, Bill McKinney; and one granddaughter.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Oct. 30 at St. John’s Evangelical Luthern Church in Essex, MD.

JAMES WILLIAM BUCHANAN
BAKERSVILLE – James William Buchanan, 65, of Wilcox Drive, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002 in Spruce Pine Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Parnell and Bonnie Yelton Buchanan. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Nell Buchanan; and brothers, Eugene “Gene” Buchanan, and Carl “Junior” Winters. He was a mechanic and worked for Diamond Mica Company.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Wilcox Buchanan of the home; two sons, Jimmy Dean Buchanan of the home, and Randal Buchanan of Bakersville; two brothers, Donald and Dean Buchanan of Bakersville; and one granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Revs. Max Holland, Lee Ayers and Paul Bennett officiated. Burial followed in Green Young Cemetery. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.

ELMER PETERSON
GREEN MOUNTAIN – Elmer Peterson, 89, of Poplar Creek Road, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002 at his home. He was the son of the late Dove and Jane Edwards Peterson. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Geraldine Peterson; and a son, Donald Peterson. A self-employed carpenter and U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of Peterson Chapel Brethren Church in Poplar.
Survivors include his wife, Cecile Peterson of the home; a brother, Grady Peterson of Green Mountain; one grandson; one step-grandson; and one step-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Revs. Jim Griffith and Randy Griffith officiated. Burial followed in Hughes Cemetery. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.




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