Miscellaneous Mitchell County, North Carolina Obituaries

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EDWARD BALLEW JR.
SPRUCE PINE – Edward Ballew, of the Grassy Creek community, died Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was the son of the late Edward and Elizabeth McKinney Ballew Jr. He was a member of Grassy Creek Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, member of the finance committee, and member of the scholarship committee. He was CEO of Mitchell Savings and Loan, retiring with 52 years of service. He was also on the N.C. Savings and Loan Commission and a member of the Vesper Lodge #554 A.F. & A.M.
Survivors include his wife, Mary McKinney Ballew of the home; one daughter, Suzanne Russell of Huntington Beach, CA; two sons, Steve Ballew of Conroe, TX and John Ballew of Raleigh; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday at Grassy Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Matthew Mills officiated. Burial was in Grassy Creek Memorial Gardens. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Spruce Pine Community Hospital, c/o Heart Path-John Cook, 125 Hospital Drive, P.O. Box Drawer 9, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine was in charge of arrangements.

NORA VANGLEE TOLLEY
SPRUCE PINE – Nora Vanglee Tolley died Wednesday, June 26, 2002 in the Brian Center of Spruce pine. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Rebecca Murphy Tipton, and wife of the late Samson Tolley. She was a member of Big Crabtree Baptist Church.
Survivors include a half-brother, Frank Tipton of Elon College; one special niece, Lucy Grindstaff of Spruce Pine; and several other nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Rev. Gerald Grindstaff officiated. Burial followed in Big Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour Friday.

TRULA MAY JONES HARRELL
MARS HILL – Trula May Jones Harrell, 90, of Mars Hill and Burnsville, died Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at Western North Carolina Baptist Home in Asheville. She was the daughter of the late John W. and Vashti Tipton Jones, and wife of the late Rev. Fred Harrell. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Ward Jones. A graduate of Tipton Hill High School, she was a homemaker and member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Lorene Harrison of Erwin, TN; a son, Donald Harrell of Mars Hill; a sister, Marie Gage of Knoxville, TN; a brother, Boyd Jones of Johnson City, TN; four grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and four nieces.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service in Mars Hill. Rev. Sue Fitzgerald and Dr. Harley Jolley officiated. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Yancey County. The family received friends one hour prior to the service.

MARY MARGARET DAVIS CARROLL
SPRUCE PINE – Mary Margaret Davis Carroll, 77, died Monday, June 24, 2002 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. She was the daughter of the late Daniel and Hattie Justice Davis; and wife of the late Lawrence H. Carroll. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include two sons, Travis “Tip” Carroll of Spruce Pine, and Lawrence Howard Carroll Jr. of Marion; 11 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday in the McCall Memorial Chapel of Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion. Revs. Otis Hudgins and Bill Mitchell officiated. Burial followed in Cherry Springs Memorial Park Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

LLOYD JOSH TIPTON
BAKERSVILLE – Lloyd Josh Tipton, 75, of Green Mountain, died Sunday, June 23, 2002 at Spruce Pine Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Burnie and Nellie Bryant Tipton. A self-employed farmer, he was a member of Lower Brummitts Creek Church of the Brethren.
Survivors include a brother, Roy L. Tipton of Green Mountain; a step sister, Delores Miller of Bakersville; a step brother, Denver King of Johnson City, TN; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Phil Graeber officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Whitson Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

CHARLES A. BLEVINS
BAKERSVILLE – Charles A. Blevins, 59, of John Canipe Road, died Sunday, June 23, 2002 at Spruce Pine Community Hospital. A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Rev. David and Minnie McMahan Blevins. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Pearl Buchanan and Lois McClellan; and brothers, Rev. Edward Blevins and Claude Blevins. He was a finisher at Ethan-Allen Furniture and a member of Freedom Baptist Church on Browns Creek in Yancey County.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Canipe Blevins of the home; a sister, Thelma Wilson of Celo; and three brothers, Melvin, Lewis and Cary Blevins, all of Celo.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Revs. Jack Callahan and Scott McIntosh officiated. Burial followed in Bailey Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

CARROLL BLACKWELL
MARION – Carroll Blackwell, of Old Linville Road, died Sunday, June 23, 2002 at his home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving with the military police in Korea. He retired from Coats American with 47 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Bula Dean Stafford Blackwell; three sons, David Carroll Blackwell, Christopher Scott Blackwell and Darrin Jeffrey Blackwell, all of Marion; one sister, Carolyn Sue Byrd of Old Fort; and two granddaughters.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Revs. David Edwards and Gary Capps officiated. Burial was in Yellow Mountain Cemetery. The family received friends from 6:30 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.

RUTH MCKINNEY YORK
SPRUCE PINE – Ruth McKinney York, 73, of Doctor Howell Road, died Friday, June 21, 2002 at her home. She was the daughter of the late Ira and Nellie Grindstaff McKinney. She was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, John York of the home; two sons, Robert York of Sedro Wooley, WA, and Gene York of Spruce Pine; one sister, Dorathy Grant of Hendersonville; one brother, Edward McKinney of Spruce Pine; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Revs. Clifford Early and Richard Hollifield officiated. Burial was in Burnette Cemetery. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.

BETTY LOU BENFIELD
ELK PARK – Betty Lou Benfield, 64, died Saturday, June 22, 2002. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Margie Burleson. She was also preceded in death by one sister. She attended Elk Mountain Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Lewis Benfield of Spruce Pine; two daughter, Judy Benfield of Newland, and Mary Benfield of Elk Park; four sisters, Edna Benfield and Adelaide Justice, both of Newland, and Ida Lassiter and Lorene Burleson, both of Spruce Pine; three brothers, Audie Burleson of Thomasville, and Ernest and Carl Burleson, both of Spruce Pine; six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Yellow Mountain Baptist Church. Revs. Roland McClellan and Ronald Buchanan officiated. Burial was in Yellow Mountain Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Monday at Webb Funeral Home in Spruce pine.

MARY INGRAM
NEWLAND – Mary Ingram, of Brown Ingram Lane, died Sunday, June 23, 2002. She was the daughter of the late McDonald and Hannah Higgins Crane, and wife of the late Lloyd Ingram. She was also preceded in death by one son, Lloyd Ingram; and three infant children. She was a member of Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include four daughters, Ilean Ingram of Newland, Cora McFee of Hendersonville, Hannah Honeycutt of Wilmington, and Hazel Mead of Spruce Pine; four sons, Hayden Ingram of Morganton, Clifford Ingram of Burnsville, and Eddie and Dean Miller of Newland; half-sister, Irene Pate of Pennsylvania; 28 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; and 11 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pine Grove Methodist Church. Rev. Luther Carver officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine.

PEARL BUCHANAN AYERS
BAKERSVILLE – Pearl Buchanan Ayers, 97, of George McKinney Road, died Saturday, June 22, 2002 in Spruce Pine Community Hospital. She was the daughter of the late James Matthew and Nancy Jane McKinney Buchanan, and wife of the late Charlie Ayers. She was a homemaker and the oldest member of McKinney Cove Baptist Church.
Survivors include daughters, Betty Bryant of Bakersville, Mary Helen Goins of Childersburg, AL, and Marlene Pittman of Bakersville; a son, Kenneth Ayers of Spruce Pine; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McKinney Cove Baptist Church. Revs. Don Ford and Russell McKinney officiated. Burial followed in McKinney Cove Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to McKinney Cove Baptist Church, P.O. Box 955, Bakersville, NC 28705, or Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville was in charge of arrangements.

CYNTHIA LAWS BURLESON
BAKERSVILLE – Cynthia Laws Burleson, 53, of Wilson Road, died Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at her home. Born in Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Kathleen Edwards Laws. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Darrell Burleson of the home; a sister, Phyllis Allen of Spruce Pine; and brothers, Michael Gene Laws of Spruce Pine, and Lawrence Laws of Burnsville.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Revs. David Johnson and Darren Waldroup officiated. Burial followed in Cane Creek Cemetery. The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

PAUL RICHARD JARRETT
SPRUCE PINE – Paul Richard Jarrett, 67, of Jan View Place, died Wednesday, July 3, 2002 in Spruce Pine Community Hospital. He was the son of the late John and Bernice Boone Jarrett. He was a member and Sunday School teacher at Rebels Creek Baptist Church. He was also a retired marine veteran of the Korean War and retired equipment manager for J.A. Jones Construction Company, with 40 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Washburn Jarrett; a daughter, Paula Wayne of Spartanburg, SC; a sister, Paulette McKinney of Spruce Pine; a brother, Edward Jarrett of Forest City; and two granddaughters.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce pine. Rev. Wallace Wise officiated. Burial was in Rebels Creek Cemetery. The family received friends from 1:30 until the service hour Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

RUTH BUCHANAN
NEWLAND – Ruth Buchanan,l 66, of Homestead Lane, died Friday, July 5, 2002 in a Spruce Pine rest home. She was the daughter of the late Aaron and Lee Ella Buchanan Snyder. She was a member of Henson Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Lane Buchanan of the home; daughter, Sandra Stamey of Nebo, Charlene Byrd of Bakersville, Vicki Robinson of Micaville, Marian Buchanan of Newland and Regina Farmer of Burnsville; sons, Gary and Terry Buchanan of Spruce Pine and Marshall Buchanan of Newland; a sister, Jeannie Lee Robertson of Tobaccoville, a brother, Phillip Snyder of Spruce Pine; 12 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Revs. Steve Williams and Larry Greene officiated. Burial was in Yellow Mountain Cemetery. The family received friends from 1:30 p.m. until the service hour Sunday at the funeral home.

EDWIN A. YOUNG
BAKERSVILLE – Edwin A. Young, 72, of Welaka, FL, died Sunday, June 309, 2002 at his residence. A native of Mitchell County, he was the son of the late P.W. and Hettie Young. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Charles, John and Leo Young. He had been employed by Bethlehem Steel Corporation and was a member of Free Masonary and Moose Lodge of Pamona, FL. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include a brother, Billy Young of White Hall, MD; three sisters, Jennie Lee Anderson of Pasadena, MD, Virginia Bach of Cocoa, FL, and Betty Marquardt of White Hall, MD; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Thursday in Johnson City, TN. Dr. Victor C. Young officiated. Burial was at 1 p.m. Friday in Washington Memorial Gardens. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Fountain of Life Bible Church in Johnson City.

CLARA GREENLEE BURNETTE
MARION – Clara Greenlee Burnette, 91, of Hicks Chapel Road, died Sunday, June 30, 2002 at the home of her son. She was the daughter of the late Welzie and Maggie Loven Greenlee, and wife of the late Paul Burnette. She was also preceded in death by a son, Arthur Guy Burnette. A homemaker, she was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church for many years, but later became a member of Faith Freewill Baptist Church in Black Mountain.
Survivors include two sons, Harry J Burnette of Marion, and Ted R. Burnette of Kingston, TN; one daughter-in-law, Wilma Mace Burnette of Spruce Pine; two sisters, Nuree Burnette of Hudson, FL, and Jewel Haynes of Marion; 12 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Revs. Jr. Briggs and Clifford Early officiated. Burial was in Burnette Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

WOODROW YELTON
BAKERSVILLE – Woodrow Yelton, 80, of South Red Hill Road, died Tuesday, July 2, 2002 in Spruce Pine Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Archie and Allie Garland Yelton. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, John and Veed Yelton; and sisters, Belle Johnson, Etta Smith and Reba Boyd. He was a farmer and member of Red Hill United Methodist Church. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. David Lee officiated. Burial was at 11 a.m. Thursday in Byrd Cemetery. The family received friends from 7 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.

WILMA DORIS HONEYCUTT FRANKLIN
LENOIR – Wilma Doris Honeycutt Franklin, 58, died Wednesday, July 10, 2002 at Caldwell County Hospice. She was the daughter of Mamie Gilley Edwards Honeycutt of Spruce Pine, and the late Robert William Honeycutt. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Cora E. Bailey. She was a Certified Nurse’s Assistant..
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Robert Hamilton Franklin of the home; a son, Robert Jones Franklin of Lenoir; two daughters, Mamie Elizabeth “Beth” Franklin and Lori Michelle Franklin, both of Lenoir; four brothers, Sid and Harrison Honeycutt of Bakersville, Willard Honeycutt of Sawmills, and Ray Honeycutt of Spruce Pine; three sisters, Lois Yelton of Unica, Eloise Davis of Bakersville and Ella Mae Silvers of Burnsville; and six grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Rev. Chad Moore officiated. The family received friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Pendry’s Funeral Home.

DOROTHY THOMAS CROWDER
SPRUCE PINE – Dorothy Thomas Crowder, 93, of Ernest Crowder Lane, died Monday, July 7, 2002 at her residence. She was the daughter of Wilburn and Charlotte Burleson Thomas, and wife of the late Ernest Crowder. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Lillian Still; a sister, Mary Biggerstaff, and brothers, Ruben, Baxter, Fonzer and Clarence Thomas. A homemaker, she was a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughters, Lessie Eaton, Lela Singleton, and Lona Cable, all of Spruce Pine, and Lydia Banks of Nebo; sons, Lewis, Leonard and Lanny Crowder, all of Spruce Pine, and Lance Crowder of Mt. Holly; sisters, Julie McClellan, Georgia McClellan and Pansy Hise, all of Spruce Pine; a brother, Monroe Thomas of Spruce Pine; 23 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; and five great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. Luther Carver officiated. Burial followed in Pendley Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Avery County, P.O. Box 1357, Newland, NC 28657. Henline-Funeral Home in Bakersville was in charge of arrangements.

LOUISE HENSON QUEEN
LITTLE SWITZERLAND – Louise Henson Queen, 75, died Sunday, July 7, 2002 in a Linville hospital. She was the daughter of the late Guy and Poppie Cuthbertson Henson, and wife of the late Reid Queen. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Lawrence, Harold, Joe and Thurman Hensen. She was a member and Sunday School teacher at Black Mountain Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sister, Trula Dearmin of Crossnore; brother Guy Henson Jr. of Crossnore; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Cuthbertson Cemetery. Rev. Greg Hollifield officiated. The family received friends from 11 a.m.-12 noon Wednesday at Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine.

EUGENE SPARKS
BAKERSVILLE – Eugene Sparks, 67, of Sparks Road, died Monday, July 8, 2002 at Cannon Memorial Hospital. He was the son of the late Fred A. and Nellie Pitman Sparks. He was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Stewart Sparks of the home; daughters, Loretta Burleson of Bakersville, and Sheila Benfield of Spruce Pine; son, Howard Eugene Sparks of Hendersonville; brothers, Joe Sparks of Spruce Pine, Ted Sparks of Crabtree, Frank Sparks of Bakersville, and Parnell Sparks of Morganton; sisters, Loretta Pittman, Kate Mae Pittman and Louise Wyatt, all of Spruce Pine; seven grandchildren; one step grandchildl and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bear Creek Baptist Church. Revs. Chris Rathbone and Darrell Wright officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine.

EFFIE WOODY BUCHANAN
SPRUCE PINE – Effie Woody Buchanan, 90, of Feldspar Street, died Friday, July 12, 2002 at Spruce Pine Community Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Barney and Alice York Woody. She was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church and a retired employee of Ellen’s Knitting Mill.
Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca Hoilman of Spruce Pine; one son, W.R. Buchanan of Spruce Pine; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Rev. Harold Grindstaff officiated. Burial was at 2 p.m. Sunday in Liberty Hill Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until the service hour Saturday.


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