Miscellaneous Mitchell County, North Carolina Obituaries

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STELLA WEBB ARMSTRONG
SWANNANOA – Stella Webb Armstrong, 78, of Jims Branch Road, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002 in a local health care facility. A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Oscar C. and Esther Conley Webb, and wife of the late Guy Armstrong. She was retired from Farm Bureau Insurance Company and was a member of Grassy Branch Baptist Church in Asheville.
Survivors include a son, Guy Richard Armstrong of Swannanoa; two sisters, Virginia Cameron and Nina Moore; a brother, Oscar Webb Jr.; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grace Funeral Home in Swannanoa. Rev. Luther Osmont officiated. Burial was in Green Hill Cemetery.

WILLIAM HUMPHREY SUTCLIFFE JR.
BAKERSVILLE – William Humphrey Sutcliffe Jr., 78, of Redbud Lane, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002 at his home. He was the son of W.H. and Mary Jane Parker Sutcliffe Sr. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University and was a retired marine biologist with Bedford Institute in Nova Scotia. He was a member of the Anglican church.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Pamela Sutcliffe of the home; daughters, Mary Robin Summers of Buffalo, NY, and Barbara Jane Sutcliffe of Chicago, IL; three sons, W.H. Sutcliffe of Urbana, OH, Peter A. Sutcliffe of Tuscon, AZ, and Derek Sutcliffe of Pinnacle; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Mitchell County Animal Rescue. Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville is in charge of arrangements.

DORA HARTNESS
SPRUCE PINE – Dora Hartness, 59, of Hillside Drive, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002 in an Asheville hospital. She was the daughter of the late Ethel Mae Harrison.
Survivors include a daughter, Donna Lynn McDaniel of Burnsville; a daughter, Mary May of Winston-Salem; a sister, Mary Luke of Oak Ridge, TN; a brother, Millard Harrison of Oak Ridge, TN; and one granddaughter.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Assembly of God. Rev. Marvin Terry officiated. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine was in charge of arrangements.

TOMMIE LAURA ROHR
NEWLAND – Tommie Laura Rohr, 74, of Little Buck Hill Road, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Rae Lipps, and wife of the late Thomas Rohr. She was a member of Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church, where she was secretary/treasurer and Sunday School teacher.
Survivors include her sisters, Lillian Buckner of Lenoir, Betty Leonhardt of Vale, Mary Thomas of Newland and Diane Street of Bakersville; brothers, John Frank Lipps of Hickory, Benjamine and Sammie Joe Lipps of Lenoir, Clay, William and Tom Lipps Jr. all of Newland, and Jack Lee Lipps of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church. Revs. Gale Lammey and Chris Rathbone officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 1:30 p.m. until the service hour at the church. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Bill Wilkins Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Tommy Lipps Jr., 55 Lipps Lane, Newland, North Carolina 28657.

MARVIN “SONNY” BUCHANAN
SPRUCE PINE – Marvin “Sonny” Buchanan, 68, of Hattie Williams Road, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002. He was the son of the late Earl and Burnice Weathermann Buchanan, and husband of the late Betty Jean Plemmons Buchanan. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Harry and Buck Buchanan, and a sister, Louise Buchanan. A U.S. Navy veteran, he worked with the Forest Service, the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department, and owned his own garage. He volunteered with Radio Patrol, Grassy Creek Fire Department and EMS and was a member of Grassy Creek Baptist Church.
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Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Revs. Greg Hollifield, R.M. Cassity and Sam Dale officiated. Burial was in Yellow Mountain Cemetery. The family received friends two hours prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

CLYDE HOPSON
BAKERSVILLE – Clyde Hopson, 80, of Pigeon Roost Road, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002 at his home. He was the son of the late Ervin and Edlia Bailey Hopson, and husband of the late Geraldine Jones Hopson. He was a park ranger for 30 years and retired from North Carolina Parks at Mt. Mitchell. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he received three Purple Hearts and four Bronze Stars. He is a former member of Bald Creek Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include one daughter, Belinda Hopson Autrey of Green Mountain; three sisters, Laura Barnett of Johnson City, TN, Esther Briggs of Chatham, PA, and Mae Jones of Coatesville, PA; one brother, Jim Hopson of Acworth, GA; and one granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Revs. Jerry Barnett, Paul Bennett and Norman Loveless. Burial followed in Jones Cemetery in Erwin, TN. The family received friends 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.

INA MAE PADGETT
BAKERSVILLE – Ina Mae Padgett, 86, of Greenville, SC, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002. She was the daughter of the late Roy and Julia Hoyle Harris, and wife of the late Clay Lee Padgett. A member of Bakersville United Methodist Church, she was employed by Spruce Pine Community Hospital as a physical therapist for 22 years.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Louise Earley of Greenville, SC; a son, Robert Lee Padgett of Greenville; sisters, Evelyn Osgoodby of Miami, FL, Jesse Coggins of Jonesborough, TN, and Louise Lovett of Erwin, TN; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. David Lee officiated. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Erwin. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.

RUTH COWAN WOOD
SPRUCE PINE – Ruth Cowan Wood, 94, of Wilmington, formerly of Spruce Pine, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002. She was the wife of the late William E. Wood. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Flossie Elizabeth Wood and Helen Scanlon Martinez; and a son, William Leon Wood. She had worked at Western Union, a secretary at Tarboux Methodist Church, and as a social worker. She had also served as secretary of Spruce Pine United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Jean Wood of Lake Placid, FL, Susan Hartley of Asheville, and Marilyn Wood of Wilmington; a son, John Russel Wood of Miami, FL; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
A committal service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bear Creek Mausoleum. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine was in charge of arrangements.

ROBERT LEE MAYNOR
NEBO – Robert Lee Maynor, 57, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002 at McDowell Hospital. He was the son of Nell Trivett Maynor of Nebo, and the late Bart Maynor. He was superintendent of Century Contractors, Inc., at PPG in Shelby.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sheila McClellan of the home; a son, Allen maynor of Nebo; daughters, Jennifer Standish and Jaime Maynor, both of Nebo, and Ashley Maynor of Valdese; three brothers, Tom Maynor of Spruce Pine, Doug Maynor of Morganton, and Stan Maynor of Nebo; three sisters, Billie Ann Harris of Valdese, Mary Calloway of Newland, and Dorothy Maynor of Nebo; and three grandsons.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gouges Creek Baptist Church. Revs. Holt Whitson and Danny Black officiated. Burial was in McClellan Family Cemetery. The family received friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at Westmoreland Funeral Home.

MARIE BRINKLEY GARLAND
BAKERSVILLE – Marie Brinkley Garland, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002 at St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville. She was the daughter of the late Gus Brinkley and Dora Garland Brinkley Cable. She was also preceded in death by five children, Alma, Sue, Harvey and Billy Garland, and Dovie Tracey. She was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Louise Francis of Jonesborough, TN, Dora Lou Wishon of Johnson City, TN, and Wanda Tracey of Fulton, PA; five sons, Clyde, Roger and Robert Garland, and Wayne Brinkley, all of Bakersville, and Troy Garland of Gray, TN; a brother, Clyde Brinkley of Bakersville; one sister, Mildred Norris of Elizabethton, TN; 30 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Spring Creek Baptist church. Revs. Bob McCurry and G.B. Garland officiated. Burial followed in Garland Parker Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Mitchell County Hospice, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

EVERETTE GREER
SPRUCE PINE – Everette Greer, 80, of Route 1, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine. He was the son of John M. and Virgie Mae Cuthbertson Greer, and husband of the late June Fox Greer. A self-employed brick mason, he was a U.S. Army veteran who received a total of four Bronze Stars and was a member of the Lost Battalion in the Philipines. He was also a member of Grassy Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Davies of Black Mountain; sons, Everette Eugene Greer of Marion, and William Douglas Greer of Harmony; two sisters, Joyce Rabon of Oklahoma, and Doris Helms of Georgia; three grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Matthew Mills officiated. Burial was at 10 a.m. Saturday in Grassy Creek Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

MARY GRIFFIN
CROSSNORE – Mary Griffin, 67, of Locust Street, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Manley and Effie Buchanan Hollifield, and wife of the late Raymond Griffin. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Rex and Fred Hollifield. She was a member of Crossnore Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Karen L. Griffin of Louisville, KY; a son, Ramie Griffin of Newton; brothers, Tommy and Paul Hollifield of Spruce Pine, Frank Hollifield of Little Switzerland, and Billy Hollifield of Columbus, GA.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Rev. Richard Hollifield officiated. Burial was in Burnette Cemetery. The family received friends from 3 p.m. until the service hour Wednesday at the funeral home.

DEWEY INGRAM JR.
BAKERSVILLE – Dewey Ingram Jr. of Pine Root Branch Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002 at Spruce Pine Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Dewey and Mae Street Ingram Sr. A member of Middle District Baptist Church, he was the former owner of High Valley Construction. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Bakersville Masonic Lodge and the VFW local chapter.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Des Ingram of the home; three sisters, Joyce Ingram and Georgia Jenkins of Bakersville, and Lois Shaffer of Hanover, PA; two brothers, David Ingram of Johnson City, TN, and William C. Ingram of Greeneville, SC; one niece and several nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Middle District Baptist Church. Revs. Bud Edwards and Jimmy Arrowood officiated. Burial followed in Ingram Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville was in charge of arrangements.

JOSEPHINE FLOWE
SPRUCE PINE – Josephine Flowe, 79, of Phillips Lane, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002. She was the daughter of the late Robert Edward and Elizabeth Pendley Cox. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, R.E. Cox Jr. and Howard Cox; and a sister, Louise Cox. She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Lake City, FL, and the Edith Chapter of the Eastern Star in Cary.
Survivors include her husband, Feb C. Flowe of the home; two sons, Robert C. Flowe and David B. Flowe, both of Charleston, SC; two daughters, Jane Wright of Zebulon, and Betty Lopez of Charleston, SC; three grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Rev. Jim Durham officiated. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

JODY MICHAEL ROBINSON
SPRUCE PINE – Jody Michael Robinson, a native of Morganton, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002 at Mission Memorial/St. Joseph Hospital in Asheville. He was the son of Douglas Robinson of Taylorsville, and Sue Biddix Waycaster of Spruce Pine. A graduate of Mitchell High School, he had been employed in furniture plants and was a member of Altapass Church of God. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Robinson.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, E.J. and Violet Biddix of Spruce Pine; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Altapass Church of God. Rev. Mitchell Brittain officiated. Burial followed in McKinney Gap Cemetery. The family received friends from 5-8 p.m. at the church. Morris-Baker Funeral Home in Johnson City, TN was in charge of arrangements.

HOMER WILLIAM MURDOCK
ST. PAULS – Homer William Murdock, 78, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002 at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. A Baptist minister, he was a Navy Seal while in the military. He was a member of the Spruce Pine Masonic Lodge #554 and on the Board of Directors for the Tobemory VFD. He was chairman of the deacons at Tolarsville Baptist Church in St. Pauls.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Musselwhite Murdock of the home; three sons, Homer Murdock Jr. of Morganton, Robert Lee Murdock of Flushing, MI, and Albert E. Murdock of Longview, TX; three stepsons, David Musselwhite of St. Pauls, Wesley Musselwhite of Garner, and Rodney Musselwhite of Morrisville; one brother, John E. Murdock of Hendersonville; and two sisters, Frona Carroll of Hendersonville, and Mary Belle Barnett of Elkton, MD.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Tolarsville Baptist Church. Revs. Jeff Broadwell and Steve Williams officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Pine Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Saint Pauls Funeral Home.

ROBERT R. BRAY
TULSA, OK – Robert R. Bray, 68, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002. Born in Elizabeth City, NC, he served in the U. S. Air Force, earned a Business degree at Wake Forest University, and was employed by Texaco, Inc., as tax manager for their Midwest Division.
Survivors include his wife, Anne Bray of the home; a daughter, Rae Anne Bray of Tulsa; a son, Jimmy Bray of Dallas, TX; and a sister, Diane Evans of Albany, NY.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at South Tulsa Baptist Church. Bixby Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

FRANK MCCOURY
BURNSVILLE – Frank McCoury, 90, of Georges Fork, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002 in Spruce Pine Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Fred and Edna McCoury. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kristie Lynn Gunderson Lee. He was employed at Hickey’s Supermarket in Spruce Pine until his retirement. He then worked at BiLo in Burnsville.
Survivors include his wife, Helen McCoury of the home; a daughter, Barbara Skinner of Burnsville; one granddaughter; and one great grandson.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. John Huntley and Dale Banks officiatedf. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Honeycutt Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

MARY LEA GREENE
BURNSVILLE – Mary Lea Greene, 62, of Champ Ray Road, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Melvin and Sara Briggs Beaver. She was a member of Faith Fellowship Church.
Survivors include her son, Terrell Greene of Burnsville; sisters, Glenna McFalls and Vera Davis, both of Spruce Pine, and Lucille Willis and Janice Beers, both of Burnsville; brothers, Hersel Beaver of Marion, and Herman Beaver of Micaville; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Sunday at Faith Fellowship Church. Revs. David Gillespie and Frank White officiated. Burial was at 10 a.m. Monday in Will Young Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until the service hour Sunday at the church. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, P.O. Box 471, Burnsville, NC 28714, or Faith Fellowship Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 756, Micaville, NC 28755.

OSSIE WEBB CLARK
SPRUCE PINE – Ossie Webb Clark, 93, of Dale Road, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine. A homemaker, she was the daughter of the late Silvester and Molly Hopkins Webb, and wife of the late Joe S. Clark. She was also preceded in death by seven sons and one daughter.
Survivors include one son, Lloyd Mac Clark of Hickory; four daughters, Mae Ard of Imperial, CA, Betty Joe Harris of Valdese, Evelyn Hollifield of Spruce Pine, and Janice Blevins of Burnsville; 22 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Revs. Wendell Parlier, Matthew Mills and J.D. McClellan officiated. Burial followed in Green Valley Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

GLADYS TURBYFILL
BANNER ELK – Gladys Turbyfill, 68, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at a local hospital. She was the daughter of the late Howeard and Frankie Fox Moody. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Chester Moody. She was a member of Banner Elk Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Turbyfill of the home; two daughters, Taunia Denise Erno of Linville, and Jeanette Lorene Burleson of Banner Elk; five sisters, Nancy Laws of Johnson City, TN, Betty Strictland of Charleston, SC, Helen Ferguson and Marlene McCrowskey, both of Dalton, GA, and Joan Holloway of Ellijay, GA; and two granddaughters.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home. Revs. Don Iverson and Gary Edwards officiated. burial was in Heaton Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

ROBERT GRANDVEL BUCHANAN
HICKORY – Robert Grandvel Buchanan, 63, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002 at Duke University Hospital in Durham. A native of Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Robert Lynn and Hattie McClurd Buchanan. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Millard and Ralph Buchanan. He was retired owner and operator of B&M Hardware, and a member of Abee’s Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Young Buchanan of the home; a son, Randy Lynn Buchanan of Morganton; three daughters,, Laura Carone and Bobbie Settle, both of Hickory, and Robin Davis of Connelly Springs; four brothers, Henry, Bruce and Denver Buchanan, all of Connelly Springs, and Tarp Buchanan from Hickory; four sisters, Maggie Butler of Valdese, Edna Gilliland and Lillian Burleson, both of Connelly Springs, and Gail Wise of Hickory; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Monday at Abee’s Chapel Baptist Church. Revs. Buddy Sizemore, Daniel Buchanan and Dewayne Buchanan officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.

ARMON HUNT
DENTON – C. Armon Hunt, 85, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002 at the Brian Center in Lexington. He was the son of the late Charlie A. and Annie Laura Pace Hunt, and husband of the late Adelaide Johnston Hunt. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Robert A. Hunt and James A. Hunt; and a brother, Dr. E.M. Hunt. A member of Central United Methodist Church, he was granted a life membership in the North Carolina Lions Foundation and was a past president for over 50 years. He was a farmer and had worked as a rural mail carrier and deputy sheriff. He later worked as an insurance agent for Mutual of Omaha.
Survivors include three sons, Charlie A. Hunt Jr. of Spruce Pine, David A. Hunt of Mocksville, and Paul A. Hunt of Haw River; one daughter, Genie Trickie of Denton; a sister, Virgie Rowland of Crossville, TN; nine grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Central United Methodist Church. Revs. Joe Collins and Glenn Everette officiated. Burial was in Mountain View Memorial Gardens. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Briggs Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Central United Methodist Church Beautification Fund, P.O. Box 128, Denton, NC 27239; or Camp Dogwood, c/o NCLF, P.O. Box 39, Sherrills Ford, NC 28673.

BOBBIE JEAN MCCOURRY
BAKERSVILLE – Bobbie Jean McCourry, 69, of Hamburg Road, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002 at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte. She was the daughter of the late Paul and Ola Holder Buchanan. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Wade Buchanan. A homemaker, she was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Harrison McCourry Jr. of the home; a son, Michael McCourry of Conway, SC; a sister, Argialee Hopson of Bakersville; a brother, Paul Buchanan of Valdese; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Ronnie Gouge officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. in Cane Creek Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

ANNIE MAE DELLINGER WISEMAN
NEWLAND – Annie Mae Dellinger Wiseman died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002 in Banner Elk. she was the daughter of the late Lamar and Blanch Buchanan Dellinger, and wife of the late Ned Wiseman. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Harold, Ralph, Lee, John and Hansel Dellinger; and one son, Roger B. Wiseman. She was a member of Altamont United Methodist Church, and was retired from Baxters in North Cove.
Survivors include two brothers, Olan Dellinger of Newland, and Pete Dellinger of Jonas Ridge; one sister, Esther Simmons of Drexel; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapter of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Rev. Keith Tutterow officiated. Burial was in Pisgah Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Avery County.

EARL JOHN ROBERTS
SPRUCE PINE – Earl John Roberts, 85, of Roberts Circle, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002 at the VA Medical Center in Oteen. Born in Tennessee, he was the son of the late John Henry and Ellen Forbes Roberts, and husband of the late Virgie Gurley Roberts. A U.S. Army veteran, he was the owner of Roberts Grocery in the Crabtree community.
Survivors include his daughters, Evelyn Parker and Jo Ann Simmons, both of Spruce Pine; sons, Gene and Tony Roberts, of Spruce Pine; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Revs. Travis Garland and Dallas Renfro officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

REBA MAE WOODY WILSON
STATESVILLE – Reba Mae Woody Wilson, 83, formerly of Yancey County, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002 at Highland Farms Retirement Center in Black Mountain. She was the daughter of the late John P. and Julia Randolph Woody, and wife of the late Wade Hampton Wilson. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Jay Lawrence Woody and one niece, Glenda Mae Whitson. A charter member of Forest Park Presbyterian Church, she was employed as an elementary teacher with the North Carolina School System, including Mitchell and Yancey Counties. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, as well as a member of the Statesville Women’s Club, Business and Professional Women’s Club, and the Delta Conclave of Kappa Kappa Iota Sorority.
Survivors include a sister, June Elizabeth Whitson of Bakersville; five nephews; two nieces; eight great nieces; six great nephews; and one great great niece.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Revs. Chris Shelton and Lee Ayers officiated. Burial followed in Green/Young Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Iredell County, Forest Park Presbyterian Church, or the American Cancer Society.

JOSEPH F. FREEMAN
BURNSVILLE – Joseph F. Freeman, 73, of the Double Island community, died Sunday, October 13, 2002 at his home. He was the son of the late George Vergus and Ora Duncan Freeman, and husband of the late Margaret Cassida Freeman. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Milard Freeman; sisters, Kate Greer and Estelle Rose; and a niece, Ginger Wineman. A member and trustee of Celo United Methodist Church, he was retired from Glen Raven Mills and was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include his daughters, Anita Gayle McKinney of Green Mountain, Cynthia McIntosh and Pam King of Burnsville, and Susan Price of Asheville; sisters, Ola Mae Freeman of Spruce Pine, Verdie Pendley of Marion and Nelle Garrett of Middletown, OH; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Celo United Methodist Church. Revs. Rhett Williams-Brown and Don Sneller officiated. Burial was in Academy Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, P.O. Box 471, Burnsville, NC 28714.

JOHNNY H. BOWERS
SPRUCE PINE – Johnny H. Bowers, 91, of Beaver Creek Road, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002 at Johnson City Medical Center. He was the son of the late Murry and Lola Bowers, and husband of the late Beatrice Vance Bowers. A native of Carter County, TN, he worked for Newton Trucking in Kearny, NJ until moving to Spruce Pine after retirement.
Survivors include a sister, Lena Rockwell of Johnson City, TN; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Joseph and Frankie Zemanek of Minneapolis, NC; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine.. Rev. Alvin C. Carpenter officiated. Burial was in Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour Tuesday at the funeral home.


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