Miscellaneous Mitchell County, North Carolina Obituaries

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LEE WOODY JUNIOR
SPRUCE PINE – Lee Woody Jr., 68, of Wallace Avenue, died Thursday June 13, 2002 in a Spruce Pine rest home. He was the son of the late Lee and Myrtle Carpenter Woody Sr. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Gurley, and a son, Greg Woody. Survivors include his son, Rodney woody of Spruce Pine; daughter, Diane Bennett of Bakersville; sister Joyce Greene of Valdese; brother, Jolly Woody of Clairmont; six grandchilden and one great grandchild. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Sullins Branch Baptist Church. Revs. Ken Jenkns, Billy Ledford and Mike Gortney will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery. The family will recieve frends from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at webb Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to assist the family with expenses, c/o Sullins Branch Baptist Church, 208 Sullins Branch Road, Sruce Pine, NC 28777. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at webb@funeral-plans.com.

RUTH YOUNG JAMES
BURLINGTON – Ruth Young James, 83, died Tuesday, June 11, 2002 in her home. She was the daughter of the late John Samuel and Bettie Green Young. She was the husband of the late James William “Bill” James Jr. She was preceded Survivors include her daughter, Dr. Betty James Slowinski and husband James of Goldsboro; sisters, Lucy Willis of Burlington, Sudie Hudson of Connelly Springs, Carolyn Snyder of Spruce Pine; brother John Young of Hickory; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren and two special caregivers. Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Hocutt Memorial Baptist Church. Rev. Jimmy Nicleston will officiate. Burial will be in Alamance Memorial Park. The family will be at the Rich & Thompson Funeral Hime in Burlington from 6-8 p.m., Thursday. Other times they will be at the residence. The body will be taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 Silver Cedar Ct., P.O. Box 2636, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2636.

WELDON B. LEWIS
LITTLE SWITZERLAND – Weldon B. Lewis, 77, of Little Switzerland and Fort Pierce, died Tuesday, June 11, 2002. He was an Associate member of Spruce Pine United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Jane Lewis; three sons, two grandchildren, three great grandchildren and his sister-in-law. He was a decorated vetran of WWII, having been awarded the Purple Heart follwoing action in Germany. He was a Mason and Shriner, and a graduate of The University of Miami in Civil Engineering. He retired as County Administrator in Flordia, having held that positionfor twenty-one years. Srevices were held, June 16, at the first United Methodist Church, Fort Pierce.

BILLIE JUNE GARLAND MCKINNEY
BAKERSVILLE – Billie June Garland McKinney, 73, of Cane Creek Rd., died Monday June 10, 2002 at Lake James Lodge in Marion. She was the daughter of the late Fred and Edith Ollis Garland and the wife of Jake McKinney. She was prededed in death by a daughter, Janice Buchanan. Survivors include husband, Jake McKinney; daughter, Deborah Ayres Hughes; sister, Patsy Vaughn; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services were held Wednesday June 12, at Henline-ughed Chapel. Revs. Buster Yelton and Don Stafford officiated. Burial was in the Bakersville Memorial Cemetery. The family recieved friends Wednesday, June 12 at Henline-Hughes Funeral Home.

CHARLES EDWARD STEVENSON
SPRUCE PINE – Charles Edward Stevenson, 79, of Tom Bell Rd., died Monday June 10, 2002 in a Spruce Pine Hospital. He was the son of the late Joe and Electa Burleson Stevenson and husband of Ina Washburn, who died in 1997. Mr. Stevenson was also preceded in death by a sister, Daisy Ward, and a brother, Lloyd Stevenson. He was a member of Grassy Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include his daughter, Linda Stevenson of Spruce Pine; son, Gary Stevenson of Spruce Pine; sisters, Ann Brewer of Marion, Myrtle McCourry of Newland; Pearl Dilly ans Helen Hahsen, both of California; brothers, Ted Stevenson of Bakersville, Bob Stevenson and Leonard Sevenson both of Marion; several neices and nephews. Services will be 8 p.m. Tuesday at Grassy Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Matt Mills will officiate. Burial will be in the Grassy Creek Memorial Gardens on Wednesday. The family will recieve friends from 7 p.m. until the service hour Tuesday at the church. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at webb@funeral-plans.com 

MARY RHYNE WOODY
SPRUCE PINE – Mary Rhyne Woody, 68, widow of Russell woody, died Monday June 10, 2002 in a Yancey Couny rest home. Russell preceded her in death in 1991. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Spruce Pine, where she worked in the nursery for many years. She also was a caregiver to about 100 children over the years. Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Vance and husband Bobby of Harrisburg; brother, Lee Rhyne of Johnson City; sister, Stella Buchanan of Plumtree; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church. Rev. David Vess will officiate. Burial will be in the Berry Chapel Cemetery. The family will recieve friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour Wednesday at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 314 Wet Main St., Burnsville, NC 28714. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at webb@funeral-plans.com. 

JAMES EDWARD NANNEY
CRABTREE – James Edward Nanney, 80, died Friday, June 14, 2002 at Asheville VA Medical Hospital. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Matt and Mae Nanney. He was a WWII Army Veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. He was also preceded in death by two infant sons, Paul and Terry Nanney; a sister and two brothers. Survivors are his wife of 63 years, Marie Davis Nanney; ten children, Ray Nanney of Troy, Ralph Nanney of Hickory, Opal Ballew, Darrell Nanney and Terrell Nanney, all of Burnsville, Harold Nanney, Ferrell Nanney, Dana Miller and Marolynn Nanney all of Spruce Pine; four sisters, Louise Cox, Juanita Buchanan and Linda Nanney all of Spruce Pine and Willie Fisher of Marion; a brother, Charles Nanney of Spruce Pine; eighteen grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Estatoe Church of God, of which he is a member. Revs. Phillip Garland and Scott Jenkins will officiate. Burial will be in the Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with military grave rites conducted by Sgt. E.L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV. The family will recieve friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home where the body will remain until taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. 

GRACE DAVENPORT ROBINSON
SPRUCE PINE – Grace Davenport Robinson, 89, passed away on June 14, 2002 at Brian Center Nursing Facility after a long illness. She was receded in death by her husband of 49 years, Ken Robinson, who passed away n 1983; her parents, Robert Massey and Maggie Jane McKinney Davenport; three brothers, Lee Davenport of Newdale and Clay and Scott Davenport of Spruce Pine. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Maurice and Virginia Robinson of Spruce Pine; grandson, Adam Stewart and wife Anaweg; great granddaughter, Alexis; step great grandson, Dylan and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of Spruce Pine United Methodist Church, Beaver Creek Homemakers and the Order of the Eastern Star Spruce Pine Chapter 27 since 1954. She and her husband were founders and operators of the former Robinson Chevrolet and Oldsmobile of Spruce Pine, where she retired in 1955 as bookkeeper, Robinson’s Bed and Breakfast of Ft. Myers, FL, where they lived for 27 years, and also a former Safari Campground of Spruce Pine. The family will recieve friends at Webb Funeral Home from 6-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, with the funeral immediately following. There will be no graveside services. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Hospice of Mitchell or Yancey County. 

GLADYS BREWER MASTERS
BAKERSVILLE – Gladys Brewer Masters, 96, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002 in Asbury Center, Johnson City. She was the daughter of the late Roby and Hannah Sheppard Brewer. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Burnie Masters; sons, Jack ans Lloyd Masters; daughter, Mary Lou Bartley; sisters, Hazel B. Conley and Haskel B. Johnson; brothers, Wesley, Ralph, Elbert, Howard and Clinton Brewer; and one grandson. Survivors include daughters and son-in-laws Nancy Lee and Lynn Taylor of Johnson City, Billie Jo and Ernie Cross of Johnson City, Shelia and Bob Billis of Baskersville; son, Charles B. Masters Jr, and wife Teresa of Macon; son-in law, JD Bartley of Mt. Airy; brother-in-law, Fred Masters and wife Bertie of Baskersville and Mooresville; sisters, Ella reynolds of Marion, Mildred Gilley of Newdale; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Services will be 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Henline-Hughes Chapel. rev. Frank Herbert will be officiating. The family will recieve friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Henline-Huges Funeral Home. Other times at the home of Shelia and Bob Bullis on Bee Branch. Burial will be Saturday, June 15, at 11 a.m. at Masters Cemetery. Condolences may be e-mailed to hhfh@mitchell.main.nc.us.

JAY R. STREET
PORT ORANGE FL – Jay R. Street, 73, died June 13 2002 at his home. He was the son of the late Garrett and Marie Moffit Street. He was also preceded in death by his wife Alverta Street.
Survivors include his daughter, Betty Louise Blauvelt of Westminster, MD; and his brother Basil J Street of Hanover, PA.
A joint funeral service for Mr. Street and his brother Luther was held Sunday at 3 p.m. in Spring Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Bob McCurry will officiate. The families will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in Butler Cemetery in Buladean. 

LUTHER ELMER STREET 
BAKERSVILLE – Luther Elmer Street, 85, of Spring Creek Rd., died June 14, 2002 at his home. He was the son of the late Garrett and Marie Moffit Street. He was also preceded in death by a son, Luther Street Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Alexander Street; three daughters, Mamie Marie Boings of Burnsville, Anna Mae McCourry of Bakersville, and Rebekah Lynn Thayer of Newdale; two sons, Basil James Street and Robert Lee Street, both of Bakersville; one brother, Basil Street of Hanover, PA; and six grandchildren.
A joint funeral service for Mr. Street and his brother Jay was held Sunday at 3 p.m. in Spring Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Bob McCurry will officiate. The families will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow in Butler Cemetery in Buladean. 

RAY HALL
SPRUCE PINE – Ray Hall, 84, of Stokes Calloway Lane, died June 17, 2002 at his home. He was the son of the late Fritz and Grace Ollis Hall. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence G. Hall, and a sister, Irene Ellis. A member of Lily Branch Baptist Church, he was a retired heavy equipment operator in the coal mining industry and a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen M. Hall of Spruce Pine; daughters, Marie Buchanan of Knoxville, and Evelyn Cook and Kay Oglesby, both of Spruce Pine; step daughters, Carolyn Wise of Newland and Marilyn Sparks of Bakersville; step sons, Rick Morris of Elk Park, and Charles Morris of Bakersville; sister, Betty Broadway of Spruce Pine; brother, Robert Hall of Charlotte; seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and six step grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Revs. Gary Baker and Donald Davis officiated. Entombment was in the Spruce Pine Mausoleum, at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The family received friends from 6 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.

SENA BARNETT HUGHES
BAKERSVILLE – Sena Barnett Hughes, 90, died June 16, 2002 in Memorial Mission Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Soloman and Victoria Griffith Barnett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Gartha Hughes; sons, Loy and Lonnie Hughes; sisters, Lassie Peterson and Pansy Hughes; and brothers, Garther, Ray and Calvin Barnett.
Survivors include her daughters, Olene Hutchins of Lenior, and Elene Bryant of Green Mountain; sons, Lee Hughes of West Grove, PA, and L.C. Hughes of Kennet Square, PA; sisters, Nell Branch of Spruce Pine, and Ann Gouge and Mae Hughes both of Green Mountain; brother, Iss Barnett of Erwin; nine grandchildren, and several great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Revs. Tommy Murphy, Jeff Hoyle and J.B. Crouse officiated. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral hoem. Burial followed in Byrd Creek Cemetery in Green Mtn.

EDNA WHITSON BYRD
BAKERSVILLE – Edna Whitson Byrd, 70, died in Johnson City Medical Center on Saturday, June 15, 2002. She was the daughter of the late Clayton and Dollie Peterson Whitson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Ross Byrd.
Survivors include her daughter, Patsy Wilson of Burnsville; sister, Thelma Street of Bakersville; brothers, Lee Whitson of Marion and Lloyd Whitson of Charlotte; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev Talmadge Brown officiated. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. 

MARY RHYNE WOODY 
SPRUCE PINE – Mary Rhyne Woody, 86, died Monday, June 10, 2002 in a Yancey County rest home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Woody. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine, where she worked in the nursery for many years. She was also a caregiver to about 100 children over the years.
Survivors include her daughter, Joyce Vance of Harrisburg; a son, Marvin Woody of Spruce Pine; brother Lee Rhyne of Johnson City TN; sister, Stella Buchanan of Plumtree; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church. Rev. David Vess officiated. Burial was in the Berry Chapel Cemetery. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour. Memorial donations made be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 314 West Main Street, Burnsville, NC 28714.

ALMA BRIGGS GRIFFITH 
BAKERSVILLE – Alma Briggs Griffith, 89, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002 in Greenville, TN. She was the daughter of the late Lewis and Fuchsia English Briggs. She was a member of Tipton Hill Methodist Church and a retired teacher from Yancey and Mitchell County Schools. She was preceded in death by her husband, Park H. Griffith.
Survivors include her daughter, Kathy Griffith Mitchell of Greenville TN; two grandsons; and three great grandchildren.
Services were held Friday, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Rev. Paul Bennett officiated. The family received friends from 2 p.m. until the service hour. Burial followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Bakersville. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 318, Memphis, TN 3870. or Greenville-Green County Humane Society, Hal Hena Rd. Greenville, TN 37743. 

GUY MCDONALD PHILLIPS
WINSTON-SALEM – Dr. Guy McDonald Phillips, 73, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002 at his home. Born in Bakersville, he was the son of the late Everett Leon and Edna Greene Phillips. He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry and a member of the Dental Honor Society. He was a Captain in the US Army. He opened a dental practice in Winston-Salem in 1958 and continued until his retirement. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Ramsey Phillips; and a brother, Lawrence Phillips.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Eskridge; sons, Monte Phillips and Mark Phillips; brothers, Dr. Kenneth R. Phillips, and Bruce L. Phillips; sisters, Louise Galgou and Mary Hutchins; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
A private service will be held at the family cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Winston-Salem, 1100 C.S. Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

KATHLEEN BURLESON
NEWLAND – Kathleen Burleson, 86, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002 in a Linville hospital. She was the daughter of the late Ben and Edna Norman Wiseman, and wife of the late Grover Burleson. She was a member of Pine Grove United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her daughter Peggy Duncan of Waynesville; a sister, Juanita Smith of Elizabethton TN; one grandson; and one great granddaughter.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Rev. R.M. Cassity officiated. Burial was in Green Valley Cemetery. The family received friends from 3 p.m. until the service hour Thursday at the funeral home.

LORA ALLEN
BURNSVILLE – Lora Allen, 92, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002 in a Burnsville rest home. She was the daughter of the late Rich and Liz Wilson, and wife of the late Krib Allen. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Emma Lou Allen, and two sons, Floyd and Lee Allen. She was a member of Blue Rock Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughters, Mary Murphy and Elizabeth Blevins, both of Burnsville; 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and 12 great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday at Blue Rock Baptist Church. Revs. Dennis Autrey and Ronnie Gougel officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine

DAVID BROWN BUCHANAN
NEWTON – David “Brown” Buchanan, 76, died Saturday, June 15, 2002 at his home. A native of Mitchell County, he was the son of the late William David and Minnie Chandler Buchanan. He was owner/operator of Buchanan’s Grocery in Newton, and a member of Startown First Baptist, were he served as deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Dee-Dee McGee and Anita Buchanan.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Howell Buchanan; three daughters, Jeanette “Flossie” Richardson of Granite Falls, Frances Robinson of Newton, and Mary-Lou Houser of Thomasville; two sons, Dale Buchanan of Newton, and Steve Buchanan of Hickory; a sister, Annie-Maw McKinney of Bakersville; two brothers, Glenn and Ray Buchanan, both of Bakersville; 10 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, at Startown First Baptist Church. Rev. Dean Hart officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. The family received friends on Sunday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Willia-Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton.

MARSHALL AYERS
BAKERSVILLE – Marshall Ayers, 88, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, in Tuckasegee, NC. He was the son of the late Alfonzer and Lucy Byrd Ayers. He was a member of Roan Valley Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife Mattie Ellis Ayers of Tuckasegee; a daughter, Joan Beutell of Tuckasgee; a son Wayne Ayers of Johnston City, TN; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday at Roan Valley Baptist Church. Revs. Roger Hoilman, Jerry Keasling, and Dr. Jim Ayers officiated. The family received friends Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Burial followed in Roan Valley Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Roan Valley Baptist Church, c/o Kay Perkins, Glen Ayre Rd., Bakersville, NC 28705.

JAMES EDWARD NANNEY
BAKERSVILLE – James Edward Nanney, 80, died Friday, June 14, 2002 at Asheville VA Medical Hospital. A member of Estatoe Church of God, he was the son of the late Matt and Mae Nanney. He was a WWII Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. He was also preceded in death by two infant sons, Paul and Terry Nanney; a sister and two brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Davis Nanney; 10 children, Ray Nanney of Troy, Ralph Nanney of Hickory, Opal Ballew, Darrell Nanney, and Terrell Nanney, all of Burnsville, Harold Nanney, Ferrell Nanney, Dana Nanney, and Marolynn Nanney, all of Spruce Pine, and Carolyn Nanney of Bakersville; four sisters, Louise Cox, Juanita Buchanan, and Linda Nanney, all of Spruce Pine, and Willie Fisher of Marion; a brother, Charles Nanney; 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Estatoe Church of God. Revs. Phillip Garland and Scott Jenkins officiated. Burial was in Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with military graverites conducted by Sgt. E.L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home

DELMAR HOWARD GOINS
SPRUCE PINE – Delmar Howard Goins, 66, of Roan Road, died Wednesday June 19, 2002 at his home. He was the son of the late Vol and Annie Goins. He was retired as a N.C. Drivers License Examiner after 30 years of service.
Survivors include his wife Kay Overcash Goins; a son, Gene Goins of Kannapolis; a daughter, Ginger Lynch of Asheville; brothers, Conrad, Gene and Winifred Goins, all of Kannapolis; sisters, Sarah Hamn, Willette Wilkerson, Della Morton and Ruth McCall, all of Kannapolis; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Burial was in Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to MyMeds, c/o Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 12 Franklintown Road, Spruce Pine, NC, 28777 or Mayland Community College Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 547, Spruce Pine, NC, 28777.

JAMES MACK NEWTON
MARION – James Mack Newton, 57, died Wednesday June 19, 2002 in an Asheville health care facility. He was the son of the late Elbert and Hattie English Newton. He had served with the NC Highway Patrol from 1968-1983.
Survivors include his sons, Brad and David Newton, both of Marion; a sister Juanita Newton of Marion; a brother, Jerry Newton of Burnsville and two grandchildren.
Graveside serivces were held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Lily Branch Baptist Church Cemetery in Bakersville. Rev. Donald Davis officiated.


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