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RANDY SILVERS

Randy Silvers, of both Greensboro and Burnsville, NC, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at Mission Hospital in Asheville.  He was the son of Mary Rose Silvers and the late Burgin Silvers of Burnsville.

 

Randy was one of those rare individuals who knew at an early age what he wanted his vocation to be, and he pursued that vocation as an award winning quilter, quilting instructor, sewing machine dealer and quilt shop owner.  Randy was the original owner of The Country Peddler Quilt Shop in Burnsville and Fran’s Quilt Shop, which he bought and renamed Randy’s Quilt Shop in Greensboro.  He also traveled up and down the east coast of the United States for many years selling quilts at craft shows.  Randy was instrumental in the formation of the Gate City Guild in Greensboro.

 

In addition to his mother, Randy leaves behind his partner of 20 years:  Louie Hughes of Greensboro; and, a host of aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as friends, especially in the quilting community from all over the country to mourn his passing.

 

Throughout his life Randy held to his deeply religious beliefs, and they were a great source of comfort to him, especially during the most difficult days of his illness.  He was very proud of his mountain heritage and loved to tell stories of memories from his childhood in his quilting classes.  Prior to his death he was planning to move back to the mountains which he loved dearly.

 

A service for Randy will be held at 2PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Jerry Shelton and his uncle, Frank Silvers, will officiate.  Burial will be in the Cane River Church Cemetery.

 

Visitation will take place beginning at 1PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Randy greatly supported many causes, but there were two causes that were near and dear to him. The first one was supporting breast cancer research, as Randy witnessed countless friends and customers battle breast cancer.  Randy donated quilts and fabric from his shop to be made into quilts to be used as raffles to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  The other great cause Randy supported was helping to feed the needy by sponsoring food drives at his shop for the Greensboro Urban Ministry.  Therefore, in lieu of flowers, it is requested that those wishing to do so will make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Greensboro Urban Ministry, or Reconciliation House in Burnsville, or to your favorite charity.

MADGE LEE ALLEN

Madge Allen, 87, of Scronce Creek, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Mission Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Cenia Tipton.

 

Surviving are her children:  JoAnn Phillips, Christine Hensley, Ray Edward Allen, Fred Allen, Jerry Allen, Steven Allen, Larry Allen, Bobby Allen and David Allen all of Burnsville, Jan Ledford of Johnson City, Joyce Letterman of Weaverville, Donna Penland of South Carolina; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Jerry Shelton will officiate.  Burial will be in the Little Ivy Baptist Church Cemetery at Mars Hill.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

MARY CLARE MITCHELL

Mary G. Mitchell, 96, beloved of many, died at Mountain Manor on Sunday, July 29, 2012.  She was preceded in death by her husband, William Mitchell in 2001.

 

Mary is survived by her son:  Jonathan Mitchell; granddaughter:  Tara Mitchell Kilduf and three great grandchildren:  Cullen, Aidan and Molly.

 

Mary and her husband moved to Green Mountain in 1981 and spent summers here until 2001 when she became a full time resident.  Mary was well educated, H.S. Ladycliff Academy (finishing school), art classes at UW, Painting In The Mountains NC, Student of Tatania McKinney in Florida and two art schools in France.  She was well traveled in the U.S., Canada and two years traveling in Europe.

 

Mary loved the mountains and her family and friends.  Mary (Peggy, Mother), we love you and will miss you.

JIMMY DEYTON

Jimmy Deyton, 73, of Burnsville, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, July 29, 2012 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Wesley and Carrie Robinson Deyton.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Chloe Bennett and Etta Johnson; and brothers:  Herman, Clarence, Cecil, Roy, Craig and Clifford Deyton.  Jimmy was a member of Windom Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Helma Gortney Deyton; a daughter:  Teresa Daves of Ellenboro; a step son:  David Keith Wilson of Old Fort; 5 grandchildren:  Ashley, Alexis, Bryson, Brayleigh and Kaden; and 2 sisters:  Kate Laws and Velma Harding of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Randal Robinson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Deyton-Laws Cemetery at Bailey Hill.

 

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

CAPT. DENTON "DENNY" WEST

Captain Denton “Denny” West, US Navy (Ret.), 82, of Bradford Road, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2012.

 

Surviving are his wife of 28 years:  Nina Edwards West; 3 sons:  Glen West of California, and Brian and Denton West of Washington, DC; and, a daughter:  Shanna West of Washington, DC.

 

Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC at a later date.

QUINTON 'COWBOY' HENSLEY

Quinton “Cowboy” Hensley, 79, of Jonesborough, TN went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at his home, after a lengthy illness.  “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” is pretty much how he lived.  He was always devoted to family and friends and will be highly missed.  He was preceded in death by his parents:  James and Ann Miller Hensley, 7 brothers and 7 sisters.

 

Survivors include his 5 children:  David Hensley and wife, Noella, Melanie Gillenwater and husband, Roy, Randy Hensley and wife, Mari, and Darren and Danny Hensley; a very special friend:  Phyllis Tolley; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and, 34 nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Cecil Hensley will officiate.  Burial will be in the Band Mill Cemetery at Ramseytown.

 

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

JERRY GRIFFITH

Jerry Lee Griffith, 64, of Asheville, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Stonecreek Health & Rehabilitation.A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late J. C. “Rusty” and Gaynell Young Griffith.  He was also preceded in death by a sister:  Vernell Griffith Hill; and, a brother:  Ricky.  Jerry was a US Army Veteran.

 

Surviving are his sons:  Jerry O. Griffith of Rockingham and Eric Lee Griffith of Asheville; 3 grandchildren:  Eric Lee Griffith, Jr., Brianna Griffith and Houston Griffith; and, brothers:  Duane Griffith of Winston Salem and Wayne Griffith of New York.

 

Services will be held at 4PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Bill Whiteside will officiate.

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

JOE ROBINSON

Joe Robinson, 83, of the Double Island community went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Melvin and Dovie Buchanan Robinson.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Cora Presnell, Clorene Reo and Pauline Silvers; brothers:  Walter Bristoe, Howard, Mack C. and Ralph B. Robinson.  Joe was a retired spar mill worker and a member of Double Island Fire Department for eleven years. 

 

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Lucille Robinson; 4 sons:  Gerald Robinson and wife, Gail, Jimmy Robinson and wife, Evelyn, and Rick Robinson and wife, Teresa, all of Green Mountain and Kenny Robinson and wife, Lori, of Burnsville; 2 sisters:  Betty Smith of Asheville and Marie Roland of Marion; 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Saturday in Double Island Baptist Church of which he was a member and deacon for 43 years.  Revs. Ricky Woody and J. C. Wilson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Double Island Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

 

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

GENEVA HONEYCUTT RIDDLE

Geneva Honeycutt Riddle, 88, of the Pensacola Community, went to be with the Lord Sunday, July 15, 2012 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Wetzel and Delia Adkins Honeycutt.  She was also preceded in death by her son, Franklin Riddle, and brothers:  Glenn, Guy and Harold Honeycutt.  She was a wonderful, loving person who enjoyed the outdoors, tending her flowers and fishing.

 

Surviving are her loving husband of 71 years, Howard Riddle; 3 daughters:  Joyce Hensley and Janice Hooper, both of Burnsville, and Judy Arrowood of Old Fort; a sister:  Betty Hedrick of Burnsville; 15 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Joe Bennett and Philip Garland will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Howard Riddle Family Cemetery on Rocky Fork. 

 

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

 

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

RUBY EDWARDS

Ruby Edwards, 95, of Langford Branch, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, July15, 2012 at Brookside Rehab and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late J. E. and Lennie Williams Edwards.  She was also preceded in death by 5 brothers:  Jay, Clay, Jack, James and Solan Edwards; and 2 sisters:  Faye McIntosh and Eloise Lawton.

 

Surviving are a sister:  Elsie Wallace of Seneca, SC; sisters-in-law:  Thelma Edwards and Catherine Edwards of Burnsville.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Denver Styles will officiate.  Burial will be in the Jim Edwards Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  At other times, the family will be at her home.

 

The family wishes to express special thanks to care givers, Thelma Edwards and Maggie Phillips.

 

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

 

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