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Nancy T. Goolsby 
   Mrs. Nancy T. Goolsby, 82, of Winter Springs, Fla., died Monday, Aug. 14, 2000. 
   She was born in Susquehanna, Pa., and moved to Central Florida in 1926. 
   Mrs. Goolsby was an active member of the Thoroughbred Horse Breeders Association, a member of Hound Ears Country Club, and was a dairy farm owner. She was a member of the Catholic Church. 
   Survivors include one daughter, Kimberly Morgan of Winter Springs, Fla.; two sisters, Rhay Lee of Florida and Honey Tuthill of California; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 
   Graveside services will be conducted Monday, Aug. 21, at Forest Lawn, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 
   Baldwin-Fairchild Goldenrod-Winter Park Chapel in Winter Park, Fla., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Elsie H. Trivette 
   Mrs. Elsie Harmon Trivette, 89, of 1983 Silverstone Road, Zionville, died Sunday night, July 23, 2000, in Boone. 
   She was born June 12, 1911, in the Beech Mountain community of Avery County, to the late John and Polly Greene Harmon. 
   She was married to Mr. Judson Trivette on Aug. 14, 1931, who preceded her in death April 30, 1986. 
   Mrs. Trivette was a member of Flat Springs Baptist Church in Avery County. 
   Mrs. Trivette was a homemaker and a self-employed master craftswoman. She was chosen as Craftswoman of the Year in the Village of Yesteryear at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh in 1993. 
   She received the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award from the N.C. Arts Council in 1994 in Raleigh, after which she and her family were luncheon guests at the Governor's Mansion. 
   Mrs. Trivette was selected to demonstrate her work at the Smithsonian Folk Festival in Washington, D.C., in 1968 and 1996 and one of her vegetable dyed hand-hooked rugs is displayed in the Smithsonian Museum. 
   She also has one of the rugs displayed in the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. 
   She was featured in the October, 1994 edition of Folk Crafts as an Appalachian artisan of colonial knotted, fringed bedspreads. She has also been featured in the North Carolina Folklore Journal, Handcrafted In The Blue Ridge and The Keepers. 
   Survivors include three sons, Gene Trivette and Lester Trivette and wife, Wanda, all of Elk Park and Reed Trivette of Zionville; three daughters, Mrs. Evanell Thomas and husband, Frank, Ms. Leniaville Trivette and Ms. June Taylor, all of Zionville; three granddaughters, Barbara, Brenda and Lena; five grandsons, Brent, Bartley, Allen, Bradley and Michael; six great-granddaughters, Tracey, Hannah, Emily, Brittany, Kelsey and Stacie and five great-grandsons, Nathaniel, Daniel, Brandon, Justin and Tristian. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. 
   She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Emily Church and Mrs. Bessie Palmer and five brothers, Earl Harmon, Dayton Harmon, Will Harmon, Dewey Harmon and Charlie Harmon. 
   Services were conducted Wednesday, July 26, at 11 a.m. at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel in Boone, officiated by Janice Whitener and Mr. Dean Estep. Burial followed in the Harmon Cemetery in Avery County. 
   Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. 

Anita P. Thrasher 
   Mrs. Anita Alene Pittman Thrasher, 85, of 187 Doe Drive, Boone, died Monday morning, Aug. 14, 2000, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. 
   She was a native of Roanoke, Va., born July 5, 1915, a daughter of the late Robert T. Pittman, Sr. and Clara Brown Pittman. 
   Mrs. Thrasher has lived in Boone for 9 years and was a member of Greenway Baptist Church. She had previously lived in Pleasant Garden, N.C. for 35 years, and was a member of Magnolia Street Baptist Church. 
   Survivors include her husband, Jay W. Thrasher; two sons, David Thrasher and wife, Myra, of Greensboro and Don Thrasher and wife, Phyllis, of Boone; a brother, Robert Pittman of College Park, Ga.; a sister, Marie Bell of Pleasant Garden, N.C.; two granddaughters, Kimberly Dennings and husband, Mark, of Greensboro, N.C. and Lori Thrasher of Boone; three grandsons, James Thrasher and wife, Elisha, of Greensboro; Eric Thrasher of Greensboro, and Matt Thrasher of Boone; a great-granddaughter, Sharray Thrasher of Boone. 
   Services will be conducted Thursday morning at 11 o'clock at Greenway Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. D. Harold Bennett. Burial will follow in Mountlawn Memorial Park & Gardens. 
   Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 3602, Boone, N.C. or to Greenway Baptist Church, Building Fund, 880 Greenway Road, Boone, N.C. 28607. 
   The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7-8:30 at Greenway Baptist Church and at other times at the Thrasher residence. 
   Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Donald Ray Miller 
 Mr. Donald Ray Miller, 65, of 700 Inland Drive, Kernersville, a native and former resident of Watauga County, died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his home. 
 He was born Jan. 29, 1935, in the Triplett community, to the late Leonard Mansfield and Dorothy Wheeler Miller. 
 Mr. Miller retired from Roadway Express after 30 years of service as a truck driver. He was of the Christian faith. 
 Survivors include his wife, Helen Hollar Miller; two daughters, Karen Kindley and husband, Michael, of Winston-Salem and Kathy Fulk and husband, Hines, of Kernersville; one granddaughter, Katie Fulk, and one grandson, Drew Fulk, both of Kernersville. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. 
 He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Hight and Virginia Hollar. 
 Services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Hayworth-Miller-Cain Funeral Home Chapel in Kernersville, officiated by the Rev. Kevin Kilbreth. Burial followed in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Winston-Salem. 
 Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, 1100-C South Stratford Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103. 
 Hayworth-Miller-Cain Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Ned VanDyke 
 Mr. Ned VanDyke, 69, of 4068 Bamboo Road, Boone, died Friday evening, Sept. 29, 2000, at Blowing Rock Hospital Extended Care. 
 He was born Jan. 23, 1931, in Boone, Watauga County, to the late Clyde and Blanche Hartley Hodges. 
 Mr. VanDyke was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and a retired equipment operator from Carter and Kirk Paving Company. He was a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church. 
 Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Crystal McKee and husband, Scott, of Wilmington and one son, William VanDyke and wife, Sharon, of Boone; one granddaughter, Ashlyn VanDyke of Boone and one grandson, Corbin McKee of Wilmington; three brothers, Henry Taylor and wife, Ruth, and Roy Dean Hodges and wife, Lois, all of Boone and Al Hodges of Bismarck, Ark.; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Blanche Roberts of Boone and a number of nieces and nephews. 
 He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy ³Dot² Roberts VanDyke; his foster parents, Roby and Julia Cook VanDyke and a brother, Dale Hodges. 
 Services were conducted Monday morning at 11 o'clock at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. John Sweitzer and the Rev. George Berry. Burial followed in Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens. 
 Memorial contributions may be made to the Watauga County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 3394, Boone, N.C. 28607. 
 Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements. 

Raymond D. Wilson 
 Mr. Raymond Demarcus Wilson, 85, of 290 Daniel Boone Drive, Boone, died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at Watauga Medical Center. 
 He was born Sept. 7, 1915, in the Meat Camp community of Watauga County, to the late John Clinton and Leanah Winebarger Wilson. He retired from Triplett's Garage & Machine Shop after 46 years of service as a machinist. He was a member of Perkinsville Baptist Church. 
 Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Calloway Wilson; one daughter, Ruth Cook and husband, Robert, of Boone and three sons, Dean Wilson and wife, Barbara, of Hollywood, Md., Dallas Wilson and wife, Judy, of Virginia Beach, Va. and Danny Wilson and wife, Janice, of Freeport, Fla.; one grandson, Robert H. ³Jake² Cook, Jr. and wife, Julie, of Whitefish, Montana; four sisters, Mrs. Georgia Morris of Zionville, Mrs. Lucille Miller, Mrs. Ruth Brown and Mrs. Jean Cottrell, all of Boone, and one brother, Alex Wilson, of Boone; four step-granddaughters, Misty Williams of Mossy Head, Fla., Rebecca Griffith of Chatsworth, Calif., Candy Bercaw and husband, Dale, of South Boston, Va. and Wendy Barrett and husband, John, of Flandreau, South Dakota; three step-great-granddaughters, Brie Ann Griffith of Chatsworth, Chelsea Bercaw and Amanda Bercaw, both of South Boston,Va. and one step-great-grandson, Justin Griffith of Chatsworth. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. 
 He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Triplett and Mary Pearl Wilson and a brother, Frank Wilson. 
 Services were conducted Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Maurice Cooper and the Rev. James Burch. Burial followed in Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens. 
 Memorial contributions may be made to Perkinsville Baptist Church, 274 Jefferson Drive, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to the American Diabetes Association, 434 Fayetteville Street Mall, Suite 1600, Raleigh, N.C. 27601-1764. 
 Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements. 

Charles D. Watson 
  Mr. Charles David Watson, 52, of 136 Trevor Lane, Boone, died Saturday morning, Oct. 7, 2000, at Watauga Medical Center. 
  He was born Dec. 2, 1947, in Watauga County, a son of Alfred and Betty Marie Greene Watson. He was a former employee of Peabody Coal Co., in Ohio and Johnny Hampton Construction Co. in Deep Gap. 
  Survivors include his father and mother, Alfred and Betty Watson, of Coshocton, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Phyllis Cox and husband, Dan, of Pickerington, Ohio; two nephews, Todd Cox of Lakewood, Ohio and Brian Cox and wife, Amanda, of Cumberland, Ohio and one great-niece, Allison Cox of Lakeland, Ohio; and also a number of cousins. 
  He was preceded in death by one sister, Frances Watson. 
  Services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Given-Dawson Funeral 
  Home Chapel in Coshocton, Ohio. The body will lie in state from 12:00-2:00. 
  Officiating will be the Rev. Randy Krebs. Burial will follow in Southlawn Cemetery in Coshocton, Ohio. 
  The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon from 12:00-2 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service. 
  Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the local arrangements. 
  Given-Dawson Funeral Home in Coshocton, Ohio, is in charge of the service. 

Della Welch Handy 
  Mrs. Della Leona Welch Handy, 80, formerly of Hinshaw Street, North Wilkesboro, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Britthaven Nursing Home in Wilkesboro. 
  Mrs. Handy was born Feb. 9, 1920, in the Dutch Creek area of Valle Crucis in Watauga County to Charles Edward and Margaret Rosanna Baird Welch. 
  She was a graduate of Cove Creek High School, where she was a member of the Beta Club. She was an original member of the Gray Ladies of Wilkes General Hospital and a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro. 
  Survivors include one son, Larry Michael Handy and his wife, Terry S. Handy, of Hillsborough; a grandson, James Michael Handy and wife, Sabrina; three grandchildren, Sean, Lauren and Jasmine Handy, all of Asheville; a sister, Delcie W. Moretz and husband, Claude, of Foscoe, and a brother, Arthur M. Welch of Vilas and a number of nieces and nephews. 
  She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Eugene Handy; her parents; a sister, Elsie W. Townsend; and four brothers, Clifford Welch, Lester Welch, Bynum Welch and Fred Welch. 
  A graveside service was conducted Monday morning at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Episcopal Church Cemetery in Valle Crucis with the Rev. Carleton Cunningham officiating. 
  Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Episcopal Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 645, Valle Crucis, N.C. 28691. 
  Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in North Wilkesboro was in charge of the arrangements. 

Hardin B. Coffey 
  Mr. Hardin Blaine Coffey, 77, of Ransom Street, Blowing Rock, died Saturday morning, Oct. 7, 2000, at his home. 
  He was born April 23, 1923 in Blowing Rock. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Blowing Rock. 
  Mr. Coffey was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and a 56 year charter member of the Blowing Rock American Legion Post 256. He retired with 30 years service at Tweetsie Railroad as a steam locomotive engineer. A snow making pioneer, he installed the first snow making equipment at Blowing Rock Ski Lodge and Hound Ears Club. 
  Survivors include his wife, Beulah C. Coffey; one daughter, Judith Wesson of Boone; one son, Joe Coffey and wife, Cathy, of SnowmassVillage, Colo.; three grandchildren, Michael Jason Wesson of Boone and Samuel Ryan Coffey and Joanna Haley Coffey, both of Snowmass Village, Colo.; a brother, Rev. Murray Coffey of Blowing Rock; and three nieces, Gail Pitts of Blowing Rock, Cathy Wilson of Boone and Linda McCullach of Millers Creek; and one nephew, Terry Coffey of Blowing Rock. 
  He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin Blaine and Hailey Harris Coffey; one sister, Gwyn Dula and a nephew, Vern Coffey. 
  Services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Dean Coffey. 
  The family will receive friends Monday afternoon from 1-1:45 p.m., prior to the services, at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock. 
  Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Hospice of Watauga County, 136 Furman Road, Boone, N.C. 28607. 
  Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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