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GENELL ADKINS

Genell Adkins, 75 of  Bee Log, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, July 14, 2012, to be with her husband, Glenn Adkins, and son, Bobby Adkins.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Vance and Ersie Hensley.

 

She will forever be remembered by her loving children:  Katrina Bass and husband, Roland, of Marion; David Adkins and wife, Chrissy, and Doyle Adkins and wife, Donna, of Bee Log; 4 grandchildren:  Ashley Murphy and husband, Brandon, of Carthage, NC, Nathan Adkins of Sawmills, NC, Dillon Adkins and Amanda Adkins of Bee Log; and a great grandson that made her laugh:  Bryson Murphy.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 3 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Joe Bennett will officiate.  Burial will be in the Bee Log Church Cemetery.

 

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

BEA ROBINSON

Bea Robinson, 94, of Newdale, went to her heavenly home Friday, July 13, 2012, to be with her husband, Byrle Robinson, who died in 2001.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Jeter and Delia Masters McKinney.  She and her husband were owner/operators of Robinson's Dairy, serving Yancey and Mitchell Counties for over 30 years.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Loretta Bryan and husband, Edwin, of Marion; a son:  Ronnie Robinson and wife, Rita, of Burnsville; a brother:  J. B. McKinney of Salisbury; 8 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 2 step-great grandchildren; and, a great, great granddaughter.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday in Martins Chapel United Methodist Church, of which she was a member.  Revs. Tommy Robertson and Don Sneller will officiate.  Burial will be in the Strawbridge Young Cemetery at Newdale.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Saturday 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.

 

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

LANA MILLER

Lana Miller passed from this life and entered her new life on June 27, 2012 at Davie Hospital in Mocksville, NC.  She was the daughter of the late Bayard T. Howell Sr. and Lillie Howell.  She was living in Mocksville, but will be returning to her hometown of Burnsville for her final resting place.

 

She will forever be remembered by her loving sons:  Robert Miller and Shawn Howell; stepdaughters:  Frieda Yelton, Wanda Bennett, Estell Willis, and Eloise Garland; a brother:  Bayard T. Howell and sisters:  Jean Webb and Hedy Wooten.

 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  A graveside service will follow in the West Burnsville Baptist Church Cemetery.

SARAH ELIZABETH ELSAESSER

Sarah Elizabeth Elsaesser, 81, of Mars Hill, passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Mars Hill Retirement Community.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Hannah Mae Letterman Boone and the wife of Alexander Elsaesser who died in 2001. 

 

Surviving are her daughters:  Lesley Slate and husband, Dan, of Spruce Pine and Lisa Funk and husband, Dave, of Falcon, CO; a son:  Michael Elsaesser of Spruce Pine; 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

 

A memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday, July 7, 2012 in The Bridge Church.  Pastor Tom Anglin will officiate. 

 

 The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

PEARL KAY RENFRO

Pearl Kay Renfro, 90, of Marion, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Autumn Care of Marion.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Lige and Mattie Howell Peterson.  She was also preceded in death by her husband:  Rex Renfro, who passed away in 1995; 3 brothers:  E. A., John and Zack Peterson; and, 3 sisters:  Maude Honeycutt, Ula Mae Cheek and Lorie Walker.

 

Surviving are her sons:  Ronnie Renfro and wife, Linda, of Glenwood, and Norman Renfro and wife, Yevonne, of Marion; 5 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and, 8 great, great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Jimmy Brewer will officiate.  Burial will follow in Peterson Hill Cemetery.

 

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

DONALD GRINDSTAFF

Donald Grindstaff, 68, of Halls Chapel went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at Brian Center Health and Rehab.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Edward Bud and Ruby Williams Grindstaff.  

 

Surviving are his wife of 43 years:  Dorothy Grindstaff; 2 sons:  Donald Grindstaff, Jr., and wife, Gina, and John Grindstaff ; 2 grandchildren:  Whitney and Chloe; and a brother:  Ollis Grindstaff and wife, Barbara, all of Burnsville; several loving nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews and 3 great great nieces.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A. M. Saturday in Halls Chapel Baptist Church, of which he was a member.  Rev. Holt Whitson, Jr., and Lonnie McClellan will officiate.  Burial will be in the Grindstaff Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P. M. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, where the body will remain until the funeral hour..

BILLY RAY "BR" BAILEY

Billy Ray “BR” Bailey, 80, of Cane River, went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 24, 2012 in Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Roscoe and Maude Whittington Bailey.  He was a US Army Korean Conflict Veteran.  Mr. Bailey taught in the Yancey County School System for 35 years and was also an employee of J. F. Robinson Furniture Store.  He was a member of the Yancey County Camp of  The Gideons International, a member of the Burnsville Masonic Lodge No. 717 A.F. & A.M., served on the Selective Service Committee and served as a Yancey County Commissioner.  BR's life was his church, his family, friends and spending time in his garden. 

 

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Betty R. Bailey; 2 sons:  Roscoe Bailey and wife, Carol, and Michael Bailey and wife, Mary; grandchildren:  Nikki Ray, Lauren Chriscoe and husband, Matthew, Megan Randolph and husband, Jason, Kyle Gardner and Shea Gibson; and great grandchildren:  Griffin Ray and Riley and Kinley Randolph.

 

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 P.M. Sunday, July 1, 2012 in the Cane River Baptist Church of which he was a life-long member, Deacon and Sunday School Teacher.  A Celebration Of Life Service will follow at 3 P.M. in the church.  Revs. Shane Cassida and James Lamb will officiate.  Masonic rites will be conferred by Burnsville Lodge.

 

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714, or to Burnsville Masonic Lodge, P. O. Box 421, Burnsville, NC 28714.

GOLDA WILLIAMS

Golda Williams, 86, of the Ramseytown Community, passed away Friday, June 22, 2012 in the Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington, NC.   A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Wilce and Lula Miller Adkins and the wife of Troy Williams who died in 2003.   She was also preceded in death by brothers, Glen and Boyd Adkins, and half-sisters, Reba Whitson and Jessie Hedrick.

 

Surviving are three sons: R. L. Williams and wife, Janice, of Lexington, Dennis Williams and wife, Diana, and Rockey Williams of Burnsville; sisters: Lena Bailey of Delaware and Sharon Nelson of Jonesborough, TN; two brothers: Dwight Adkins of Concord and Roger Adkins of Jonesborough; 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and a great-great granddaughter.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 P.M. Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Raymond Phillips will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 A.M. Tuesday in the Henry Howard Cemetery on Piney Hill.

 

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

LOLA MAY COX

Lola May Cox, 84, of Burnsville, passed away  Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Oklahoma, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Bertha Cockrell Baker.  She worked 30 years at Sun Lite Manufacturing Company.  She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Lewis Cox in 2003 and Virgil Banks in 1981; her sisters:  Rosemary, Lavon and Lilly; and a brother, Eddie.

 

Surviving are a son:  Jerry McCullough of Mt. Clemens, MI; a daughter:  Sharon Hunt of Cherokee, NC; 7 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; five stepchildren: Janet Bayless of Blue Springs, MO; Donna Cox of Independence, MO; Debbie Aldridge of Cameron, MO; Gary Cox of Warrensburg, MO and Gail Brooks of Horn Lake, MS; 10 step grandchildren; 11 step great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and her 5 dogs.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Dr. Chris Morgan will officiate.  Burial will be in the Banks Cemetery on Bolens Creek.

 

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

MARGARET ZELLMER

Margaret  Zellmer, 89, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Spruce Pine Brian Center. A native of New Jersey, she was a retired realtor.

 

Surviving are a sister, Dorothy Lowa of Punta Gorda, Fl., a brother Arthur Schissel of Kenningston , Calif. and special friends Icket and Linda Thomas of Burnsville.

A  memorial service will be held at 3 P. M. Sunday in Burnsville First Presbyterian Church.  Pastor Bill Lindeman will officiate.

 

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