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GENE HOWELL

Gene Howell, 82, of Clyde, left us on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Med West Hospital in Clyde.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Harley and Pearl Adkins Howell and the husband of Eula Jane “Jennie” Hensley Howell who died in 2009.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Frank Howell.  He proudly served in the US Army before moving to California and later returning to the mountains to open and operate Maggie Valley ESSO for over 20 years.  He was past president of Maggie Valley Kiwanis Club and an active member of Waynesville Elks Lodge.  Gene was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather and a friend to all.

 

Surviving are a son:  Gary Howell and wife, Renee, of Asheville; a daughter:  Tammy Brown of Maggie Valley; 3 grandchildren:  Katie and Buck Brown and Ashley Howell; a great granddaughter:  Elizabeth Brown; 2 brothers:  Lawrence Howell and Bill Howell of Green Mountain and several nieces and nephews.

 

A memorial service will be held at 7 PM Sunday, January 27, 2013 in Maggie Valley United Methodist Church.  Revs. Richard Buff and Erma Bond will officiate.

 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elks Club Christmas For Kids, Attn:  Robin Justice, P. O. Box 825, Waynesville, NC 28786.

 

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Howell family.

JUANITA JOHNSON WILSON

Juanita Johnson Wilson, age 85, of Newdale, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 20, 2013.  A native of Mine Creek in Bakersville, she was the daughter of the late Jesse Wiltson and Minnie Davis Johnson.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Mae Silvers, and five brothers:  Charlie, Roy, Arlen, Harvey and Carl.

 

She was a faithful helpmate and companion as she and her husband, Charles, ran Wilson’s Trout Farm in the Glen Ayre community of Mitchell County.  At the time of her death, they were helping their family run Living Waters Campground at Glen Ayre.

 

Juanita was a faithful member of Liberty Covenant Church in Micaville and had a passion for serving others wherever she went.  She loved flowers, gardening, being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.  She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

 

Surviving are her loving husband of 67 years, Robert Charles Wilson; one daughter:  Janet Wyatt and husband, Frank; grandchildren:  Joshua Wyatt and wife, Felicia, and Robert Micah Wyatt; and one great grandchild, Andrew Wyatt, all of Newdale.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Frank Wyatt will officiate.  Burial will be in the Faith Fellowship Cemetery in Newdale.

 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to Hospice of Yancey County.  They were truly awesome as they not only wonderfully cared for Juanita, but showed tremendous compassion and understanding for all the family.  May God bless each member of this very special group.

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

KEITH L. HIGGINS

Keith L. Higgins, 79, of Burnsville, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Clyde and Pearl Hylemon Higgins.  He was also preceded in death by a daughter:  Kathy Higgins.  Keith was a retired employee of the N. C. Department of Corrections.

 

Surviving are his wife:  Katherine Fox Higgins of Burnsville; his children:  Kay Silvers of Nebo, Rita Higgins and Billy Clyde Higgins of Burnsville, and Diane Waterman of Fletcher; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and, a sister:  Zetta Higgins of  Canton.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Keith Blankenship will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10AM Wednesday in the Keith Higgins Family Cemetery on Langford Branch.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Tuesday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

ELIZABETH HUNT STALLINGS

Elizabeth Hunt Stallings, 90, of Spindale, died Saturday, January 19, 2013.  She was a daughter of the late Rev. D. J. and Geneva Gardin Hunt, and was also preceded in death by her husband:  William J. Stallings, Sr.; and, a son:  William J. Stallings, Jr.  Elizabeth was a 1943 graduate of Rutherford Hospital School of Nursing and was employed at the hospital for many years as Director of Nursing and as an administrative assistant.  She was a member, elder and Clerk of Session at Spindale Presbyterian Church.

 

Surviving are a son:  John Stallings and wife, Melanie, of Burnsville; a daughter:  Sarah Kirk and husband, Bill; 4 grandchildren; and, 5 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3PM Monday, January 21, 2013, at Crowes Funeral Chapel in Rutherfordton.   Rev. William L. Kirk will officiate.  Burial will follow at Eternal Hills.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 3PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Spindale Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 225, Spindale, NC, to the Spindale Public Library, or to the Yancey County Library in Burnsville, NC.

 

Online condolences may be made to www.crowemortuary.com.

 

 

RALPH GRIFFITH

Ralph Griffith, 93, of Burnsville passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Asheville VA Medical Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Dolph and Nora Harris Griffith and the husband of Vera Hughes Griffith who died in 2008.  He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kimberly Hallman; a sister, Reba Bean; and a brother, Edgar Griffith.  He was a World War II Army Veteran.  Ralph was a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Louetta Stamey and husband, Keith, of Asheville; 2 sons:  Jerry Griffith and wife, Dianne, of Asheville and David Griffith and wife, Linda, of Burnsville; a sister:  Grace Silver of Burnsville; a brother:  Jack Griffith of Granite Falls; 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and a special friend: Frances McCurry.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Charlie Carroway will officiate.  Burial will be in the Hughes Cemetery at Pleasant Gap.

 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at the home of his son, David Griffith, 3695 Bolens Creek Road.

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

DOROTHY FOX

Dorothy Fox, 85, of the Fox Creek Community went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Madison Health and Rehab after a short illness.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Pierson and Jaylina McKinney Chandler and the wife of George Louis Fox who died in 2003.  She was also preceded in death by 7 brothers and sisters and two great grandchildren.

 

Surviving are two daughters:  Mary Griffin and husband, Richard, of Parrottsville, TN and Elaine Cooper and husband, Robert, of Green Mountain; 3 sons:  Eddie Bert Foxx and wife, Pat, of Asheville, Roger Fox and wife, Margaret, of Burnsville, Jeff Fox and wife, Rhonda, of Burnsville; 16 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; a sister:  Carolyn Shepherd and husband, Bobby, of Burnsville and a brother, Donald Chandler and wife, Marietta, of Weaverville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Rotha Wilson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Fox Creek Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Saturday at the funeral home. 

WILLAREE ROBINSON

Willaree Metcalf Robinson, 81, of Mars Hill, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the residence of her son, Roger Robinson.  A native of Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Waylon and Maude Metcalf and the wife of J. F. Robinson who died in 2000.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Theron Metcalf.  Willaree was a long time member and pianist at Cane River Baptist Church and later a member at Mars Hill Baptist Church.  For many years, she and her husband ran several successful businesses in Cane River and Mars Hill.  She was widely recognized as the proprietor of the Robinson’s Four Seasons Shop in Mars Hill.  

Surviving are a son, Roger Waylon Robinson and wife, Rhonda, of Mars Hill; a daughter, Linda Kay Robinson of Blowing Rock; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Roger Robinson and Casey Ryan Robinson, both of Mars Hill; six great grandchildren, Tate, Laney, Carly, Cash, Tucker and Cutter; and a sister, Georgina Metcalf Wheeler of Mars Hill.
      

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday, January 17 in the Paint Gap Baptist Church Cemetery on Crooked Creek Road.  Rev. Ronnie Robinson will officiate.  A reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall of Paint Gap Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville, NC. 28803, who was so helpful to the Robinson family.

TEXIE GURLEY GEOUGE

Texie Gurley Geouge, 65, of the South Toe Community went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 13, 2013.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Breida Parker Gurley.  She was also preceded in death by a son: Charles Wayne Geouge, Jr., and brothers: Wade, Jim and Morris Gurley.  She was a lifetime member of Browns Creek Baptist Church.  She taught the primary Bible School Class for 44 years.  She loved working in her flowers and cooking for those in her community and church.  Texie was a loving wife, mother and mammaw and a friend to all who knew her.  She always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say.

 

Surviving are her husband of 48 years:  Charles Geouge; a daughter and son-in-law:  Charlene and Jackie Briggs of Burnsville; two lovely grandchildren:  SR Dillon Briggs, US Navy, stationed in Great lake, Illinois and Caitlin Briggs of Burnsville; a special young boy, Colton Brinkley; daughter-in-law:  Patricia Thompson; sister:  Millie Silvers; brother:  Dan Gurley all of Burnsville and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and church family and friends.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Donald Davis and Charlie Carroway will officiate.  Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Gurley Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be made to Browns Creek Baptist Church, Building Fund, 7658 State Highway 80 South, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Hospice of Mitchell County, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

MAUDE HUGHES DULANEY

On January 13, 2013, Maude Hughes Dulaney left the bonds of earth for the splendor of Heaven.  There she met her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and was reunited with her husband, Lee, and other family and friends.  Maude’s chief occupation was to see that her family was well fed and taken care of. “MAMA, YOU DID A GREAT JOB, THANK YOU.”

 

Left to cherish her memory, are a daughter:   Willa Dean Robinson and husband, Euranious; sons:  Roy Dulaney and wife, Beverly, Ted Dulaney, and Charles Dulaney; granddaughter:  Renee Higgins and husband, Michael; great grandson:  Justin Higgins; sisters:  Ellen Bradley and Betty Hylemon all of Burnsville. 

 

Born April 1, 1921, Maude was the daughter of the late Percy and Nettie Briggs Hughes.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Nan Gardner and brothers:   Jason, Verlin and Robert Hughes.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday in the Shoal Creek Baptist Church of which she was the oldest original member.  Revs. Dick Westbrook and Dallas Renfro will officiate.  Burial will be in the Dulaney Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  At other times, the family will be at the home of Willa Dean Robinson, 141 River Look Drive.

BELLE WHEELER

Clara Belle Silvers Wheeler, 84, of Burnsville, passed away Friday, January 4, 2013, at Madison Health & Rehabilitation.  A native of Yancey County, she was the wife of Loyd Wheeler who passed away July 30, 1993, and the daughter of the late Bradley and Annie Silvers.  She was also preceded in death by an infant son (Loyd Edward) and four brothers.

 

Surviving are two sons:  Ken and Norma of Burnsville and Gene and Audrey of Mars Hill; a daughter:  Margie and Jerry Arrowood of Weaverville; three grandchildren:  Curtis, Terry and Melissa; five great grandchildren; six sisters; and, two brothers.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Dr. Jim McCoy will officiate.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  A graveside service will be at 2:30PM Sunday in Higgins Community Cemetery with Rev. Curtis Wheeler (grandson) officiating.

 

Memorials may be made to Memory Care at Hospice, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714, and Care Partners Hospice, P. O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

 

The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to Madison Health & Rehabilitation staff.  They were truly awesome, amazing and wonderful.  God really blessed our family through this great staff.  Everyone was especially wonderful in taking care of our needs, showing love, compassion, and professionalism during this time.

 

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