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ALYSSA ANNE YELTON HENSON

Alyssa Anne Yelton Henson, 24, of Look Homeward Drive, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of William and Marilyn Yelton of Burnsville.  She was a 2007 graduate of Mountain Heritage High School, where she was a cheerleader and played softball.  Alyssa loved sports and being with her friends.   She had attended Mayland Community College.  She had been employed at Brookside and Mountain Manor, where she enjoyed giving care to the residents.  Alyssa resided in Maryland with her husband while he was on active duty with the Marines before returning to Burnsville in 2011.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her husband:  Will Henson; a daughter:  Kamilyn Henson of the home; 2 brothers:  Jason Yelton of Utah and Ryan Yelton of Burnsville; maternal grandfather:  Ronald Gross of Florida; and, aunts and uncles:  Billy Gross, Mary Fido, Nancy Carollo, Kim Kolacz and Alecia Powers of California and Allen and Paula Yelton of Spruce Pine.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30PM Tuesday in Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of which she was a member.  Rev. Darrin Waldroup will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3:30PM Tuesday prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Missionary Baptist Church to assist the family.

HEATHER BOWERS ROBINSON

Heather Bowers Robinson, 42, of Asheville, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Joan McCurry and Ted and Nora Bowers of Burnsville.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents:  LeRoy and Julie McCurry and Stanley and Joyce Boone.

 

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her son, Marcus Presnell of the home; sisters:  Holly Silvers and husband, Robbie, and Whitney Riddle and husband, Brandon; a brother:  Teddy Bowers and a special nephew, Lee Silvers all of Burnsville.

 

A memorial service will be held at 5 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Brian Blankenship will officiate. 

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Buncombe County, P. O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

EDWARD (ED) CHERESHKOFF, SR.

Edward (Ed) Chereshkoff, Sr. was born January 5, 1925, at home in Cranford, NJ.  He was the youngest of eight children.  Growing up Ed worked to help the family.  One of his jobs was delivering milk and he would occasionally swipe the frozen cream from the top of the milk jar – Ed always had a sweet tooth.  His mother would give him a dime each week that he would spend at the movie theater, watching Flash Gordon all day.  During WWII Ed lied about his age and joined the Navy, where he served in the Pacific.  He was a boxer.  He was a Gunners Mate First Class, and earned two bronze stars, one of which was holding an enemy airman at bay who had tried to climb the ships anchor chain.  Ed was honorably discharged at the end of the war, and returned to New Jersey and married his life-long partner, Beatrice.  Ed and Bea started a family and in the 1950’s moved to South Florida where they lived for the next 35 years.  Ed was a very talented mechanic and started his career in Florida at Tropical Chevrolet.  He soon proved to be an equally talented and respected manager, and spent the next 40 years as a service manager for Pontiac and Cadillac.  When Ed retired he and Bea moved to Deer Park Lake, NC, where for many years Ed drove a school bus for Mitchell County and the shuttle at the Grove Park Inn.

Ed always enjoyed having family and friends around.  All were welcome, plenty of food and drink, and he always toasted with the salutation “Nostrovia”.  A central part of life was fishing and boating, and he took great joy in taking folks out fishing.  One of his favorite stories was when he took his oldest brother, Steve, deep sea fishing and Steve caught a Wahoo; it always made him smile talking about how much fun Steve had bringing in that fish.  Ed was forever puttering around the house, car, boat, his children’s homes – he just couldn’t sit still.  He was typically whistling a tune, or a whistle that could be heard blocks away to call us in to dinner.  Ed loved Christmas and especially Santa (Sani) Clause, in many ways he was just a big kid.  One year, the Lake Deer Park froze and we made a sledding path next to the house from the top of the hill onto the lake.  Ed took as many turns on the sled as he could and gleefully yelling each run down “Look our Charlie” and hitting the lake ice spinning around – doing donuts.

Ed was a good man with a big heart.  He died Monday, March 10, 2014, at the age of 89.  Ed is survived by his wife of 66 years:  Beatrice; 3 children:  Ed, Jr., Bruce and Kim; 6 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.  We loved Ed very much and he will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 2PM Saturday, March 15, 2014, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Joe Bennett will officiate.

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

BILL STANLEY

Bill Stanley, 79, of Bear Wallow Road went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 9, 2014 at St. Josephs Campus of Mission Hospitals.  A native of Wilmington, he was a son of the late William and Lucy Carroll Stanley.  He was a US Army Drill Sergeant.  He was a former manager of Publix, Lowe’s Foods and Western Sizzlin Steak House in Spruce Pine and a former employee of Ingles and Bi-Lo’s in Burnsville.  He was an avid golfer and member of Grassy Creek Country Club.  Bill was a member and Sunday School Teacher at West Burnsville Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife, Shelba Boone Stanley; a daughter:  Ginger Ebert and husband, Jeff, of Wilmington; 2 sons:  Earl Stanley of Wilmington and Mike Boone and wife, Jennifer, of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Morganne Boone, Kyle, Klinton and Ryan Henry, Earl Stanley, Jr. and Brittany Stanley; 2 great grandchildren; a sister:  Jo Ann Clark of Wilmington and a brother:  Joe Stanley of Sarasota, Fl.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Charlie Carroway will officiate.  Burial will be in the Warner Boone Family Cemetery on Bear Wallow Road.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

MAUDE FOX WALDEN

Maude Fox Walden, 56, of Gastonia, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Buck and Cora Briggs Fox, and the wife of Robert Walden, Sr., who died in 1982.  She was also preceded in death by brothers:  Clarence, James, Zeke and Hubert Fox; and, a sister:  Mary Fox.

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Lisa Walden of Gastonia and Joany Walden of the home; 3 sons:  Robert Walden, Jr.,  Steve and James Walden, all of Gastonia; a sister:  Faye Bell of Gastonia; brothers:  Jason and David Fox of Florida, Luther Fox of Charlotte, and Howard Fox of Tennessee; 9 grandchildren; and, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Roscoe Briggs, Jr. will officiate.  Burial will be in the Sol Fox Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, from 4 until 7PM at her home in Gastonia, and 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Thursday.

Her family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff of Lincoln Hospice and Levine and Dickson Hospice House.

Memorials may be made to Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

WILMA WILSON JOHNSON

Wilma Wilson Johnson, 68, of Gainesboro, TN, passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 7, 2014, at the home of her sister in Burnsville.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Woodrow and Foye Crowder Wilson.  She was also preceded in death by 2 sisters:  Berneice Edwards and Jewell Pierce; and, 2 brothers:  Lawrence and Ernest Wilson.  Wilma was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church in Cookeville, TN.  She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years:  James Johnson; 3 daughters:  Sandy Stafford and husband, David, Shawn Pitman and Misty Chaffin and husband, Robert, all of Gainesboro, TN; 6 grandchildren; 3 sisters:  Wanda Johnson and husband, Bob, of Gainesboro, Carol Sue Crissone and Betty King of Burnsville; and, 4 brothers:  Junior and Michael Wilson of Burnsville, Ray Wilson and wife, Kathy, of Cookeville, TN and Roger Wilson of Asheville.

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Denny Wilson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Monday in the McCurry Cemetery on Jims Creek.

The family will receive friends 3 hours prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of her sister, Carol Crissone.

ROSSI LOWRY

Rossi Lowry, 91, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully, Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A former resident of Illinois and Indiana, he was a son of the late Marion and Bessie Ross Lowry.  He was a World War II Army Veteran and a member of Danville Masonic Lodge in Plainfield, Indiana.

Surviving are his wife of 28 years; Sharon Thomas Lowry, four sons: Dennis and Daniel Lowry of Indiana, David Lowry of Georgia and Philip Lowry of Ohio, a step son: Matthew Housley and wife Lisa and two step granddaughters: Olivia and Caitlin Housley all of Burnsville and a sister: Hazel Kyd of St. Louis, MO.

His body is being returned to Plainfield, Indiana for services and burial under the direction of Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home.

MARGARET GRIFFITH

Margaret Griffith, 90, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Yancey House Assisted Living.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Plato and Mary Young Banks, and the wife of Ben Griffith who died in 1990.  She was also preceded in death by a son:  Thomas M. Griffith, who died in 2009; a grandson:  Ben Griffith; and, siblings:  Esby, Grace, Clara, Wesley, Helen, Nell, Mary Martha, Ruth and Drate.  Margaret was an avid hiker and traveler.  She was a retired public school teacher with over 40 years of service.

Surviving are a son:  John Griffith and wife, Sherry, of Swannanoa; grandchildren:  Brian, Chelsea and Clayton Griffith; several great grandchildren; and, a sister:  Frances Taylor of Burnsville.

Burial will be at 10 AM Wednesday in Banks Cemetery on Bolens Creek. 

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in Micaville Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member.  Rev. Scot Garland will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 7:30 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714, or Micaville Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 73, Micaville, NC 28755.

PANSY HENSLEY WILSON

Pansy Hensley Wilson, 96, of the Cane River Community, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Brookside Rehab and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Sam and Jane Wilson Hensley.  She was the wife of Robie Wilson who passed away in 1969.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Mack Wilson, 2 infant daughters, a sister, and 3 brothers.  Pansy enjoyed reading her Bible, listening to gospel music and working in her garden.

 

Surviving are 5 daughters:  Lucille Wilson of Bald Mountain, Irene Gibbs, Frances Bradford, Peggy Street and husband, Jerry, all of Burnsville, and Mary Wilson of the home; a son:  Danny Wilson and wife, Susan of Marion; 13 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and a sister, Judy Duckworth and husband, Charlie, of Weaverville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Perry Norton will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Friday at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at the home of Lucille Wilson and Frances Bradford.

 

The family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice of Yancey County and Brookside Rehab and Care for the care given to their mama.

BONNIE McCURRY

Bonnie McCurry, 93, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Brookside Rehab & Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Riley and Effie Wyatt Parker and the wife of Guy S. McCurry who died in 1997.  She was a registered nurse for 22 years.

 

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, March 2, 2014 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Joe Bennett will officiate.

 

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

 

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