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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.  

EUGENE "SHOTGUN" BODFORD

Gene “Shotgun” Bodford, 78, of Bill Allen Branch went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Will and Ethel Hughes Bodford.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Dixie Bodford Lane.  Gene loved his children and grandchildren and working in his garage.

 

Surviving are his wife, Mary Riddle Bodford; a son:  William Riddle of Spruce Pine; a daughter:  Teresa Bodford Hensley and husband, Chris, of Burnsville; 6 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; a brother:  Henry Bodford and wife, Hazel; 4 nephews and 1 niece.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Friday in Victory Baptist Church.  Rev. Scot Garland will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday in the church cemetery.

 

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

DOROTHY HENSHAW BUKER

Dorothy Henshaw Buker passed away peacefully at her home in Burnsville, North Carolina on January 30, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer.  She was 85.  Born September 26, 1927 in Jacksonville, Florida, the daughter of Arthur and Ethel Henshaw, she was two when the family moved to Miami where “Dottie” grew up and spent most of her life.  She liked to say she grew up in the depression but never knew she was poor, and that she was the luckiest gal alive.

After graduating from Miami’s Andrew Jackson High in 1945, Dottie entered the Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee (now Florida State University).  After a year at Florida State, Dottie and a couple of her high school girl friends transferred to the Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William & Mary in Virginia (now part of Virginia Commonwealth University) where she subsequently graduated with a degree in design.

In 1950 Dottie married Charles E. Buker, Jr., a 1944 graduate of Jackson High School, who was then attending the University of Miami Law School.  Together they had three boys and were married almost 50 years until Charlie passed away in 2000.  Charlie and Dottie had a wonderful and full life, raising their boys, traveling the country by motor home and playing tennis at the Royal Palm Tennis Club in Miami (of which they were founding members).  Charlie was a banker, and he and Dottie attended many banking conventions over the years, at which Dottie would, in stark contrast to the staid and stuffy reputation of the banking industry, often read the palms of fellow bank executives and convention goers.  They were a colorful pair.

Dottie was happy, independent, fearless and inexhaustibly energetic.  She loved life and lived it to the fullest, adding joy and sunshine to the many whose lives she touched.  There was no task she wouldn’t tackle, and she was afraid of little - if she saw a snake, she ran … to get the shovel so she could immediately eliminate it!

Dottie was also athletic.  At 14 she was on the cover of the photo section of the Miami Herald as the pre-tournament favorite to win the Girls division of the City of Miami Archery Championship.  She finished second.  She learned to play tennis in her mid 30s and was still playing at age 80, with a den full of trophies in her home.  She was an avid member of the Burnsville “Exercise Mafia”, regularly attending the weekly get togethers until shortly before her death.

Dottie and Charlie bought property in Burnsville, North Carolina in the early 1980’s and began a new and what turned out to be fulfilling chapter of their lives.  In their retirement years, they embraced Burnsville, joining their many friends from Florida who had also located there and making new friends within the local community.  After Charlie passed away in 2000, Dottie became even more involved in the community, earning the Planning and Economic Development Commission’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2001.  The public service recognitions of which she is most proud, however, came just in the past 15 months, after her 84th birthday:  Grand Marshall of the Burnsville Christmas parade, Yancey County Volunteer of the Year, and recipient of the Yancey County Outstanding Achievement Award for Citizenship.  Dottie volunteered for many years at the annual Burnsville (Mt Mitchell) Crafts Fair and devoted countless hours to the annual Humane Society Flea Market.  She was on numerous town committees associated with beautifying and promoting Burnsville.  Dottie often said how much she loved Burnsville and its people and how well everyone treated her.  She bragged about Burnsville’s accomplishments regularly.

Dottie loved her garden.  Her voicemail chimed, “I can’t answer the phone right now as I am probably out in the garden.”  Dottie parlayed her love of flowers and gardening into her bent for public service, helping design the landscape for the historic Yancey County Library (aka Yancey Collegiate Institute) and personally planting bulbs and flowers all around the Burnsville town square this past fall.

Dottie’s most recent holiday card remarked how she was the luckiest girl in the world, struck by lightning when she married Charlie and then struck by lightning a second time after Charlie died when she met her beloved companion of the last 12 years, Ken Hoke.  Together Ken and Dottie decorated and put the finishing touches on Ken’s lovely log home out near Mt Mitchell.  They were completely devoted to each other, traveling abroad, working on local projects, entertaining friends and family and facing life’s challenges, always at each other’s side.

Dottie is survived by her devoted companion Kenneth Hoke of Burnsville, brother Robert Henshaw of Boiling Springs, SC, brother Donald Henshaw and his wife Shirley of Burnsville, NC, son Charles III (Chuck) of Atlanta, his wife Margaret and their children Charles and Meg, son Terrance Arthur (Terry) of Ft Lauderdale, his wife Valerie and their children Kelley and Dustin, son Gregory Willis (Greg) of Port St. Lucie, Fl, and his son Gregory, Jr. (GJ), along with numerous nephews and cousins.

Dottie was predeceased by her mother Ethel Levoy Henshaw Buehler, her father Arthur Henshaw and her husband of nearly 50 years, Charles E. (Charlie) Buker, Jr.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of this wonderful mother, wife, companion, friend, volunteer and citizen will be held this summer in Burnsville at a date and location to be later announced.

In lieu of flowers, Dottie asked that donations be made to Yancey County Hospice (856 George’s Fork Rd,  Burnsville, NC 28714), a blessing to Dottie and her family in her final days.

KATHLEEN BRIGGS FAIRCHILD

Kathleen Briggs Fairchild, 75, of Burnsville passed away Sunday, January 27, 2013.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late George and Dora Beaver Briggs and the wife of Frank Fairchild who died in 1986.  She was also preceded in death by brothers:   Ralph, Arnold and Les; and sisters:  Addie and Esther.  Kathleen was a retired employee of Hampshire Hosiery Mill in Spruce Pine.  She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed gardening and quilting.

 

Surviving are a son:  Joey Fairchild of Burnsville; 2 daughters:  Laura Fairchild of Burnsville and Lisa Vargas of Marion; 2 grandchildren:  Dylan Fairchild and Selena Vargas; 3 brothers:  Frank, Robert and Rex Briggs and 2 sisters:  Louise Griffith and Bonnie Byrd.

 

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM Sunday, February 3, 2013 in the Newdale Presbyterian Church.  Revs. Billy Mitchell and Brian and Judy Weger will officiate.  The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or Newdale Presbyterian Church, 71 Newdale Church Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

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.

 

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