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JACOB ANDREW ROBINSON

Jacob Andrew Robinson, 36, of Greenville, SC went to be with his Heavenly Father Monday, February 11, 2013.  He was the loving son of Patricia Smith Robinson of Greer and the late Larry Robinson; the brother of Matthew Robinson and wife Martha of Bentonville, Arkansas, uncle to Parker, Ian and Emilia Robinson.  Also surviving are his maternal grandmother Mary Jo Brown Smith of Greenville and paternal grandfather Euranious Robinson and wife Willa Dean of Burnsville; aunts Jennifer Steele and husband Carlyle and daughter Mary Kennington of Greenville; Kay and Janice Robinson and Debbie Wilson all of Burnsville, and uncle; Tommy Robinson of Little Washington, NC.

 

A memorial service will be held at 1 PM Saturday, February 16, 2013 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the George Brown Family Cemetery in Burnsville.  The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service.

 

Jacob was Vice President of the Republican Palmetto Precinct in Greenville.  He was a kind soul who helped many neighbors in their time of need and cared for his mother during her several cancer surgeries from 2005 through 2013.  He graduated from Riverside High School and attended Greenville Tech in Greenville and worked for Star Textile Equipment as an Associate Representative.

 

Memorials may be made in honor of Jacob to the Institute of Translational Oncology Research, 300 East McBee Avenue, Suite 200, Greer, SC 29601. 

Condolences may be sent to www.holcombebrothers.com, or mailed to Pat. S. Robinson, 720 Treyford Drive, Greer, SC 29650 or Matthew Robinson, 3907 South West Hawthorne Street, Bentonville, AR 72710. 

TOM HIGGINS

Tom Higgins, 56, of Burnsville, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Quinton and Lala Miller Higgins.  He was also preceded in death by a brother:  Tim Higgins.

 

Surviving are a sister:  Veronica Willis and husband, Ronnie, of Green Mountain; and, a niece:  Amanda Edwards of Burnsville.

 

A memorial service will be held at 6PM Sunday, February 17, 2013, in Big Creek Free Will Baptist Church.  Rev. Marvin Hensley will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

LESLIE E. "LES" WHEELER

Leslie E. “Les” Wheeler, 90, of Higgins, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013, at Mission Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Jim and Lynda Hilemon Wheeler.  He was preceded in death by a son;   Jimmy Lane Wheeler; 4 brothers:  George, Tom, Sam and C. B. Wheeler; and, 4 sisters:  Bessie Adkins, Nell Hensley, Pansy Robinson and Madge Randolph.  He was a World War II Army Veteran.

 

Surviving are his wife:  Dorothy Robinson Wheeler; and, several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Roscoe Briggs, Jr. and J. W. Mann will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10 AM Thursday in the Cane River Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 PM Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

JEANETTE COOPER LAWS

Jeanette Cooper Laws, 71, of Green Mountain, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, February 8, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.   A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Birdie Whitson Cooper.  She was preceded in death by a daughter:  Donna Parker, who died Dec. 18 2012; brothers:   Jack, R.J. and Ott Cooper; sisters:  Anna and Helen.  She was a member of Toe River Freewill Baptist Church.   Jeanette enjoyed spending time outdoors and with her grandchildren.

 

Surviving are her husband of 55 years:   Paul Laws; a daughter:   Linda Biddix and husband, Steve; a son:   Mark Laws and wife, Angie, all of Green Mountain; 4 grandchildren:   Brandie, Britney, Sydney and Kylie; 4 great grandchildren:   Kolbey, Jacob, Lucas and Gracie; 2 sisters:  Beatrice Howington of Bristol, TN and Sue Ray of Burnsville; and, 3 brothers:  Jim and Dick Cooper and Gary Crosby, all of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Bernie Jones will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Tuesday in the Laws Cemetery at Green Mountain.

 

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

Minnie Jane Wilson

Minnie Jane Willis Wilson, 84, of Scronce Creek, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2013.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Hiram and Bertie Bradford Willis.  She was the wife of Wayne Wilson who died in 1997.  She was also preceded in death by a son: Jimmy Lee Wilson; grandson: Roger Wayne Carroll; granddaughter: Tonya Diane Wilson; son-in-law: Herman John Carroll; sister:  Reba Ward and a brother:  Johnny Willis.  She had retired with the US Forest Service.  Minnie Jane had made baskets since she was 3 years old.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Gail Carroll of Burnsville; a son:  David Wayne Wilson and Dianna of Burnsville; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren; 4 sisters:  Dessie Wilson, Lydia Tipton, Linda Miller and Mildred Renfro and a brother:  Ronnie Willis all of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of which she was a life-long member.  Rev. Jerry Shelton will officiate.  Burial will be in the Ferguson Cemetery on Scronce Creek.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home where the body will remain until taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service.

JAMES WALTER WILSON

Walter Wilson 94, of the Horton Creek community, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Nelson and Lula Chrisawn Wilson.  He was a World War II US Navy veteran.  Walter was preceded in death by his wife:  Stella; and, 2 brothers and 6 sisters.

 

Surviving is a niece:  Louise Ramsey, of Burnsville, with whom he resided, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Burl Ledford and Scot Garland will officiate.  Burial will be in the Wilson Cemetery on Indian Creek.  Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57, DAV will confer military rites.

 

The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

PHILLIP GARDNER

Phillip Gardner, 81, of Celo, passed away Monday, February 4, 2013 in the McDowell Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Floyd and Mary Autrey Gardner.  He was also preceded in death by 5 sisters:  Thelma Murphy, Ruth Flemmings, Julie Blevins, Louise Branch and Dorothy Mace and 2 brothers:  Lewis Gardner and Paul Gardner.  Phillip had attended Nebo First Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his sister, Pauline Norman and her husband, Charles, of Nebo and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Doug Worley will officiate.  Burial will be in the Bowditch Cemetery.

 

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

LOIS ROLAND

Lois Roland, 79, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, February 4, 2013 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Thurman and Eva Laws Brown.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter:  Sandra Brown; 2 brothers:  Nathaniel and Dean Brown and a sister:  Louise Hughes. 

 

Lois attended Burnsville High School.  At the age of 11, she worked with her father at the Yancey Record, where she ran the line type and print press to publish the local newspaper.  Lois and her sister, Grace, loved singing country music.  At the age of 16, they were named the Carolina Sweethearts.  They performed at the Carolina Barn Dance at the Carolina Theater in Spruce Pine.  She had the privilege to sing with Hank Snow, Jimmy Skinner and was managed by Cal Calhoun.  She was a member of Bolens Creek Baptist Church.  Lois was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.

 

Surviving are her husband of 55 years: E. J. Roland; a granddaughter: Angie Patton and husband, Jeff; 2 great granddaughters: Amanda and Jennifer Patton, whom she loved dearly, all of Burnsville; 3 sisters:  Grace Hensley and husband, Bill, Emma Jean Hunter and husband, Clarence, and Eloise Hensley 2 brothers:  Benny Brown and Billy Joe Brown and wife, Peggy, and a sister-in-law:  Keta Brown.   Several nieces and nephews also survive.    

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Dr. Chris Morgan will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Thursday in the Wilson Family Cemetery on Jacks Creek.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at the home of E. J. Roland.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

MAFRA TIPTON

Mafra Tipton, 107, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Hicks and Mittie Renfro McCurry and the wife of Willard Tipton who died in 1992.  She was a founding member of Ridgeview Presbyterian Church.

 

Surviving are her son Walter H. Tipton and wife Juanita and granddaughter Andrea of Burnsville; a sister: Fairy Fox of Kingsport, TN and several nieces and nephews, including two special nieces, Glenna and Brenda.

A graveside service will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, February 6, 2013 in Ridgeview Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Red Hill.  Rev. Tommy Robertson will officiate.

SHIRLEY DEYTON

Shirley Deyton, 73, of the Mine Fork Community, passed away Saturday February 2, 2013 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Solon and Irene Fox McIntosh.  She was also preceded in death by a brother James McIntosh.  Shirley was a retired employee of Glen Raven Mills and a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, granny and friend.

 

Surviving are her husband of 55 years; Bill Deyton, a son; Terrell Deyton and wife Judy; and a grandson; Kodie and wife Brandy all of Burnsville, a granddaughter: Laceysta Worley of Bristol, TN, 3 great grandchildren and a sister Betty Shepherd and husband Wayne of Asheville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Bud Edwards and David Wilcox will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11AM Tuesday in the Holcombe Cemetery.

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

 

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