Miscellaneous Watauga County, North Carolina Obituaries


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Dr. Ray L. Graham 
  Dr. Ray Logan Graham was born July 1, 1934 in Plainview, Texas to George Logan and Mildred King Graham and passed away Dec. 1, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico. 
  Dr. Graham received his B.S. in mathematics from West Texas State University in 1956. He went on to earn an M.A.T. in mathematics education (1960) and a Ph.D. in mathematics (1968) from New Mexico State University. 
  Graham spent two and one-half years as a mathematician at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, where he also wrote several technical papers on missile flight simulation. He taught high school math in New Mexico and was an instructor at Hardin-Simmons University (1959-62) and New Mexico State University (1962-63) before joining Appalachian State as an assistant professor of mathematics in 1963. He was promoted to associate professor in 1968 and to professor in 1971. 
  While at Appalachian, Dr. Graham served as chairman of the mathematics department and was involved with the TTT program for the 1971-72 academic year. He also did extensive work with Appalachian's mathematics lab. He worked for several years on the departmental honors program, developing a course of enrichment studies in mathematics for honors students. In addition to being a freshman advisor, Dr. Graham worked with Upward Bound students. 
  He received a teacher trainer grant in 1972, and in 1989 received a grant from the National Science Foundation to teach calculus on computer. Dr. Graham also participated in a project to teach college-level calculus to high school seniors in Wilkes County. 
  On leave from Appalachian, Graham spent one year as a research associate for the Center for Research of College Instruction in Science and Mathematics at Florida State University and one year as director of educational systems development at Drexel University. 
  Graham's service to the university included membership in the faculty senate, the council on computer usage, the council of arts and sciences, the university career planning and employment advisory council, the academic policies and procedures committee and the council on teacher education. 
  Dr. Graham was affiliated with the following professional societies: Mathematical Association of America, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Education Association, and American Men of Science. 
  Upon receiving notification of Dr. Graham's intention to retire, a friend and colleague wrote to him in part: "I know of so many instances in our community when you have given of yourself ­ time, money, and other possessions ­ when people have needed you. As a faculty member over the thirty-two years you have been associated with Appalachian, you have been a truly outstanding teacher, server, and scholar." 
  Dr. Graham retired from the university in June 1995 and was awarded emeritus status by the Board of Trustees in December of 1995. 
  Surviving Dr. Graham are his wife, Mary Daye Graham; three sons, Kelly Graham of Hilton Head, S.C., Kyle Graham of Boulder, CO, and Kent Graham of Blowing Rock, N.C.; his mother, Mildred King Graham of Blowing Rock; a sister, Peggy Sheretz of New York City; a foster brother, Dr. Pat Sullivan of Canyon, Tex.; three step children, Brenda Farris of Walnut Cove, N.C., Calvin Johnson, Jr. of Winston-Salem, and the Rev. Timothy Johnson of Great Falls, MT; and nine grandchildren. 
  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kara Graham; and his father, George Logan Graham. 
  Memorial services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10:30 at the First Baptist Church in Boone, officiated by Dr. Lamar King, the Rev. Bill Rogers and the Rev. Timothy Johnson. 
  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 434 Fayetteville Street Mall, 2 Hanover Square ­ Suite 1600, Raleigh, NC 27601-1764. 
  Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is in charge of announcements. 

Karen Lee Wilson 
  Ms. Karen Lee Wilson, 48, a resident of Brian Center of Statesville, formerly of Taylorsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at Iredell Memorial Hospital. 
  She was born April 18, 1952, in Watauga County, to Bess Moody Wilson of Taylorsville and the late Hugh Wilson. 
  Ms. Wilson was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. She had worked as a caregiver and also at Clayton Marcus Furniture Company. 
  Survivors include her mother, Bess Moody Wilson of Taylorsville; two brothers, Russell Wilson and wife, Edith, and Charles Wilson and wife, Vicki, all of Taylorsville; six sisters, Mrs. Howard (Sara Marie) Teague, Mrs. Ronald (Mary) Walker, Mrs. Henry (Linda) Warren, Barbara Wilson, Darlene Wilson, and Melissa Edwards, all of Taylorsville; a special friend, Bobby Paige of Taylorsville; and a number of nieces and nephews. 
  She was preceded in death by her father, Hugh Wilson; two brothers, an infant and David Lynn "John" Wilson; and by three sisters, twins, Brenda Mae Wilson and Glenda Faye Wilson and Mrs. (Hendil) Ruby Little. 
  Services were conducted Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Alexander Funeral Service officiated by the Rev. Rick Safriet. Burial followed in the Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. 
  Alexander Funeral Service in Taylorsville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Thomas Holloway Jr. 
 Mr. Thomas I. Holloway Jr., 76, of North Canton, Ohio, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 25, 2000, at Aultman Hospital. 
 He was born in Boone, N.C., June 13, 1924, to the late Thomas I. Holloway Sr. and Edna Winkler Holloway. 
 Mr. Holloway graduated from Cove Creek High School in 1941, attended Appalachian State in North Carolina, and graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1955. After 30 years of service as an aircraft engineer, he retired from Aircraft Braking Systems (formerly Goodyear Aerospace) in 1991. In those 30 years, he helped to research and develop PAGEOS (the Passive Geodetic Satellite), and the wheel and brake systems of both the Lunar Rover and the Stealth Bomber. He was a member of the Goodyear 25-Year Club, Fidelity Lodge 712, F&AM, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Tadmor Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Greentown American Legion Post 436, Grace United Seniors, and AARP. 
 Mr. Holloway was a technician sergeant with the 390th Infantry, 98th Division, 3rd Battalion, during World War II. He loved to spend time in his "puts-in-room", where he and his grandsons would tinker and experiment with electronics and other projects. He was very interested in science, mechanics, and aerospace, and was always proud when he saw one of the Goodyear blimps flying overhead and during space shuttle launches and landings. His interest and love in reaching for the stars was passed on to his daughter and grandsons. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed caring for the gardens and home that he shared with his wife. 
 Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Jan Norris Holloway; one daughter, Mary G. Mohler and husband, Les "Tebb" of North Canton; two grandsons, Tom Mohler and Matt Mohler; two sisters-in-law, Jeanne Warburton of North Canton and Natalee Cook of Orwell; two nephews, David Hendershott and wife, Cindy, of Orwell, and Don Hendershott and wife, Fran, of Warren; four nieces, Stacey Warburton, Cherrie Dole and husband, Tom, of Columbus, Ohio, Susan Swierskowski and husband, Tony, of San Jose, Calif., and Stephanie Corbitt and husband, Chuck, of Fort Wayne, Ind.; five great-nephews, Chad Gaines and Chris Gaines and Tommy Dole of Columbus, Ohio, Joshua Hendershott of Orwell, and Kevin Hendershott of U.S. Air Force; four great-nieces, Melissa Porter of North Canton, Michelle Corbitt of Akron, and Mandy Corbitt and Marie Corbitt, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.; one great-great-nephew, Heath Porter of North Canton; many Chatham Hills neighbors, and many friends. 
 A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m., at Grace United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Don Richards officiating. Burial was in the North Canton Cemetery. 
 Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Grace United Methodist Church. 
 Karlo & Sons Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

H. Mark Altvater 
 Mr. H. Mark Altvater, 79, of Greensboro, died Jan. 30, 2001. 
 A graduate of N.C. State University, he was a decorated veteran, a bomber pilot in World War II and was a prisoner of war in the European Theatre. 
 Mr. Altvater was an accomplished oboist with the Greensboro Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony. He was a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club and the American Ex-prisoner of War Greater Greensboro Chapter. 
 Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth A. Lambeth of Durham and Marcia A. Hamilton of Semora, N.C.; a son, Mark A. Altvater of Summerfield; one brother, Dr. A. Hugh Altvater of Boone; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
 A memorial service will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. 
 The family will receive friends at the church following the service. 
 Memorial contributions may be made to the Kiwanis Foundation, c/o Mr. Louie Hoffman, 3039 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Summerfield, N.C. 27358 or the First Lutheran Church, 3600 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, N.C. 27410. 
 Cremation Services, Inc. of Winston-Salem was in charge of the arrangements. 

William Lee Adams 
 Mr. William Lee Adams, age 81, of 657 Appalachian Drive, Boone, died from cancer Thursday morning, Feb. 1, 2001, at his daughter's home in Winston-Salem. 
 He was born June 28, 1919, in Hustonia, Mo., to the late Taylor S. and Willie Ann Sprecher Adams. He attended the University of Florida before World War II and graduated from Appalachian State University in 1969, after which he served as director of public affairs for 10 years before retiring to the golf course in 1980. 
 Mr. Adams was a 30-year naval officer and achieved the rank of captain and was the recipient of the Navy Cross. He served during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Era. 
 Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Parker "Peggy" Harris Adams, of Boone; three daughters, Patricia Adams of Winston-Salem, Clarita King of Concord and Joan Moore of Boone; one son, William L. Adams Jr. of Wilmington; two granddaughters, Mollie King and Chaney Adams; six grandsons, Josh King, Taylor King, Colby Moore, Seth Moore, Andrew Moore and Will Adams; and one great-grandson, Christopher King. 
 There will be no service. The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Adams residence in Boone. 
 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Council for Children, 229 Brevard St., Suite 202, Charlotte, N.C. 28202. 
 Hampton Funeral Service in in charge of the arrangements. 

Carl Irving Heider 
 Mr. Carl Irving Heider, age 75, of 208 Cherry Street, Hound Ears Club, Blowing Rock, died Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at home. 
 He was born February 21, 1925, in Miami, Dade County, Florida, to the late Fred W. and Edith Pent Heider. 
 Mr. Heider was a retired truck driver and rigger from Miami Transfer Company. 
 Survivors include his wife, Mary Davis Heider, of Blowing Rock and Miami; two daughters, Ms. Margie Hyatt of Blowing Rock and Ms. Karlan Hawkins of Miami; two grandsons, Hutch Hawkins of Miami and Chaz Hyatt of Blowing Rock and one granddaughter, Priscilla Hyatt of Blowing Rock. 
 A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Miami. 
 Memorials may be made to Hospice of Watauga County, 136 Furman Road, Boone, NC, 28607. 
 Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. 

John B. Lawson Jr. 
 Mr. John Benfield Lawson, Jr., 31, of Boone, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at his home. 
 He was born Jan.10, 1970, in Forsyth County, to John Benfield Lawson, Sr. and Margaret Myers. 
 Survivors include his father and stepmother, John Benfield Lawson, Sr. and Nancy Green Lawson, of Spartanburg, S.C.; his mother, Margaret Myers, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; paternal grandmother, Edith Lawson of Jefferson; paternal great-grandfather, John D. Benfield of Delray Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Michael and Lee Lawson, both of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two step-brothers, Charles and David Ulery, both of Boone; and a step-sister, Lynn Fulcher of Augusta, Ga. 
 Services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Boone Family Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Ballou officiating. Burial followed in the Ashelawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 
 Boone Family Funeral Home, Inc. of West Jefferson was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mrs. Ethel V. Clawson 
 Mrs. Ethel V. Clawson, 88, of 3377 Bluegrass Plaza, Lenoir, formerly of Butler, Tenn., died Saturday, July 28, 2001, at Caldwell County Hospice, Lenoir, following an extended illness. 
 A native of Washington, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Belle Flanrey Lambert. She was a member of the Piney Grove Christian Church and she was a homemaker. 
 She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Clawson, on Aug. 4, 1971; and one daughter, Donice Clawson James, on Feb. 23, 2001. 
 Survivors include three daughters, Mae Clevenger of Liberty. Mo., Madgie Rhoader of Virginia Beach, Va., and Sue Fletcher of Butler, Tenn; seven sons, Robert Clawson Jr. of Granite Falls, James Clawson of Butler, Tenn., Fred Clawson of Lenoir, Carroll Clawson of Elk Park, Raymond Clawson of Clearmont, Dennis Clawson of Elizabethon, Tenn., and L.D. Clawson of Boone; one sister, Ruby Gavin of Hudson; 22 grandchildren, 13 great-granchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. 
 Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday, July 31, at 2 p.m. in the Lambert Cemetery in Butler, Tenn., with the Rev. Joe Angle and Dean Estep, minister, officiating. 
 Active pallbearers will be selected from her grandsons. 
 Interment will follow in the Lambert Cemetery in Butler, Tenn. 
 The family will receive friends Monday, July 30, from 6 until 8 p.m. in the Garden Room at Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, in Elizabethon, Tenn. 
 Those who prefer in liew of flowers may make a donation in memory of Mrs. Clawson to the American Cancer Society, 209 S. Riverside Drive, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643. 
 Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, in Elizabethon, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements. 

Howard Odell Jones 
Mr. Howard Odell Jones, 73, of Clarence Newton Road, Blowing Rock, died Saturday evening, Oct. 27, 2001, at Blowing Rock Hospital. 
 Mr. Jones was born June 12, 1928 in the Meat Camp community of Watauga County. 
 Mr. Jones was a member of Boone's Fork Baptist Church and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. 
 Survivors include five sisters, Thelma White of Blowing Rock, Mrs. Ruth Rich of Lenoir, Mrs. Irene Smith of Granite Falls, Mrs. Louise Presnell of Greensboro and Mrs. Judy Bryant of Wilmington. A number of nieces and nephews also survive. 
 He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Bynum and Goldie White; and one brother, Paul Jones. 
 Services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Gordon Noble. The body will lie in state from 10-11 o'clock at the chapel. Burial will follow at White Springs Cemetery. 
 The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7-8:30 at Hampton Funeral Home. 
 Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1903, Boone, N.C. 28607. 
 Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. 

Ina Ward Hagaman
 Mrs. Ina Ward Hagaman, 96, of U.S. Hwy. 321 North, Sugar Grove and Blowing Rock Extended Care, died Saturday evening, Oct. 27, 2001. 
 She was a native of Watauga County, born Jan. 20, 1905, a daughter of the late Miles and Esther Trivette Ward. 
 Mrs. Hagaman was a homemaker and a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church. 
 Survivors include two sons, Lloyd C. Hagaman and wife, Verna Mae, of Sugar Grove and Dan M. Hagaman of Sugar Grove; a daughter-in-law, Lillian McCrary and husband, Rufus, of Sugar Grove; a brother, Earl Ward of Lenoir; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
 She was preceded in death by her husband, Gradon Hagaman; a son, Donald Hagaman; a sister, Eula Trivette; and five brothers, Marshall Ward, Floyd Ward, Robert Ward, Charlie Ward and Ollie Ward. 
 Services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Zion Hill Baptist Church. The body will lie in state at the church from 1-2 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. James Hagaman and the Rev. Quincy Norris. Burial will follow in the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. 
 The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7-8:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the home of her daughter-in-law, Lillian and Rufus McCrary. 
 Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Frederic Scott Ragan 
 Mr. Frederic Scott Ragan, 37, of 5807 Stage Line Dr., Arlington, Texas, a native and former resident of Watauga County, died Friday morning, Oct. 26, 2001 at his residence. 
 He was born May 19, 1964, in Boone, to Johnny H. Ragan, Jr. and Audria Hinchman Ragan. He was a software programmer and a member of First Baptist Church in Arlington. 
 Survivors include his wife, Susan Ussery Ragan; his father, Johnny H. Ragan, Jr. of Boone; his mother, Audria Hinchman and her husband, David Arthur, of St. Augustine, Fla.; one brother, John H. Ragan III of Altamont Springs, Fla.; one sister, Ms. Colleen Ragan of Boone, N.C.; two stepsons, Charles Sewell and Brian Sewell, both of Roanoke Rapids; 
 Services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, with the Rev. John Alford officiating. 
 Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., at Mt. Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens, with the Rev. Vernon Eller officiating. 
 Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Halifax County, 1225 Julian Allsbrook Highway, Roanoke Rapids, N.C. 27870. 
 Askew Funeral Service in Roanoke Rapids is in charge of the arrangements. 

Daisy May Hoover
 Mrs. Daisy May Mullis Hoover, 99, of 5801 Old Providence Road, Charlotte, N.C., wife of the late Lloyd Leon Hoover, died Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2001, at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews. 
 She was born May 22, 1902, in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, to the late William H. and Clara Bell Barfield Mullis. 
 Mrs. Hoover was a retired switchboard operator from Associated Transport Company in Charlotte and a member of Third Presbyterian Church. 
 Survivors include two sons, Leon Hoover, Jr. and wife, Joan, of Boone and William D. Hoover and wife, Ann, of Asheboro; and one daughter, Dolly Windle and husband, Brice, of Charlotte; eight grandchildren, Terri H. Reynolds of Boone, Alan Hoover, Rev. Donnie Hoover, Dr. Chip Hoover, Dr. Hunter Hoover, Al Windle, Mark Windle and Windi W. Brady. She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren, including Bethany Reynolds, Brandon Reynolds, John Michael Reynolds and Abby Reynolds, of Boone. 
 Services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, with the Rev. Dr. Carl Dumford, the Rev. Dr. Jane Fobel and the Rev. Donnie Hoover officiating. Burial will follow in Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte. 
 The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. at Harry & Bryant Funeral Home in Charlotte. 
 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Third Presbyterian Church, 4019 Central Avenue, Charlotte, N.C. 28205. 
 Harry & Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

James Clarke Owen
 Mr. James Clarke Owen, 87, of 108 Doe Drive, Boone, N.C., died Nov. 27, 2001, at his residence. 
 He was born Jan. 25, 1914, in Asheville, N.C., to Dr. Jesse C. Owen and Rebecca Miller Owen. 
 He was baptized in the Little Tennessee River when he was six years old. His father was giving a revival. 
 His parents were missionaries in China. His family lived with Lottie Moon for a while, and his oldest sister, Margaret, was born at Lottie Moon¹s. During the Boxer Rebellion (or Uprising), Dr. Owen carried Henry Luce (later of Time Magazine) and his sister to safety. 
 Dr. Owen was a substitute minister at First Baptist, Boone, at one time. 
 He attended the University of New Mexico for his first year, and Chowan College for another year. He graduated as an electrical engineer from N.C. State University and was employed by Carolina Power and Light Company until 1940 when he entered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was a First Lieutenant. 
 Following the Second World War, he went to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he worked as an electrical engineer for the Arabian American Oil Company. In Arabic class he met Mary Ford, whom he married at St. Peter¹s Basilica in Rome, Italy. He retired from ARAMCO after 21 years, and settled in Boone, N.C., in 1969. 
 A member of First Baptist Church in Boone, he was a member of the First Friday Club and of the Baptist Men. He was a deacon for several years and sang in the choir. 
 Mr. Owen was a charter member of the Golden K (Kiwanis) and of the Institute for Senior Scholars. He received many honors including two Volunteer of the Year awards from Governor Hunt. 
 Survivors include his wife, Mary F. Owen; three daughters, Kathleen, Rebecca and Angela, and three grandsons, Benjamin Woodard, Brian Myer and Joseph Owen, and one granddaughter, Miranda Claire Nicholson Owen. 
 He was preceded in death by his parents; and four sisters, Margaret Smith, Leila Rodgers, Rebecca Burks and Jessie Meachum. 
 Services will be conducted Friday morning at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Boone, officiated by the Rev. Mark Chaney. Private entombment services will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. 
 Memorials may be made to the Watauga County Hunger Coalition, 417 Meadowview Drive, Boone, N.C. 28607. 
 Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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