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DORIS ELKINS TABOR

Doris Elkins Tabor of Burnsville passed away Sunday, December 6, 2009.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Francis Austin Elkins.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Pam Eggers and brothers:  Carnel and Eddie Arnold Elkins.  Doris was a retired nurse.

 

Surviving are her husband, V. T. Tabor; a son, Tim Tabor and wife, Donna, 6 grandchildren:  Caleb, Hillary, J.P., Allie, Braeden and Carter Tabor all of Burnsville; brothers:  Pritchard Elkins, Ward Elkins, Vearl Elkins, and Farrell Elkins of Burnsville, Leon Elkins of Statesville and Carroll Elkins of Seneca, SC; 2 sisters:  Dornetta Elkins of Asheville and Connie Elkins of Spruce Pine and a special friend:  Earline Robinson of Burnsville.

 

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday in Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.  Rev. Stacey Elkins will officiate.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

CAROLYN ANN SPENCE BRIGGS

Carolyn Ann Spence Briggs, 66, of Micaville, formerly of Chester, SC, passed away Sunday December 6, 2009.  A native of Chester she was a daughter of the late Hugh and Pinkie Jourdan Spence.  She was also preceded in death by sisters:  Helen Gibson and Margaret Mishau.  Carolyn was retired from Springs Industries, where she worked in the Industrial Engineering Department at the Catherine plant in Chester.

 

Surviving are her loving husband of 49 years:  James Wess Briggs; a son:  Spencer Anderson Briggs and wife, Anne Carnes Briggs; and, 3 grandsons:  Wess, Jesse and Trace Briggs, all of Lancaster, SC; and, a sister: Mary Spence Smith of Chester.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Bowditch Baptist Church, of which she was a member.  The Rev. Ronnie Whitson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pete Young Cemetery.

 

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

G. D. ROBINSON

G. D. Robinson, 82, of the Mine Fork Community, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2009.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Melvin and Zelda Elkins Robinson.  He was a retired employee of the N. C. Department of Transportation and a member of Green Mountain Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife of 59 years:  Maphra Fox Robinson; children:  Benna Davenport and husband, Richard, Cathy Beaver and husband, Herman, and Darrell Robinson, all of Burnsville, Anna Winters and husband, Arnold, of Spruce Pine, and Harold Robinson and wife, Gail, of Boone; a brother:  George Robinson, and 3 sisters:  Maude Bradley, June Rhodes and Stella Fox, all of Weaverville.  G. D. had 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren who were very special to him.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 P.M. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Steve Penland will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday in the McCracken Cemetery.

 

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

         

JOLENE WOODY FOXX

Jolene Woody Foxx, 68, of Hickory, passed away  Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Florence Presnell Woody of Newton and the late Wade D. Woody, who passed away November 2009.  Jolene was a member of Startown First Baptist Church and a loving wife and mother, who was devoted to her family.

 

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband:  Robert Foxx, Sr.; daughters:  Roberta Foxx Callegari and husband, Lou, of Palm Coast, FL and Robin Foxx Whitener and husband, Tim, of Newton; a son:  Robert Lee Foxx, Jr. of Hickory; a sister:  Carolyn Crowder and husband, Gay, of Newton; a brother:  George Woody and wife, Marie, of Micaville; and, numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Royce Ball will officiate.  Burial will be in the Coy Foxx Family Cemetery on Banks Creek.

 

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

CHARLES STILES

Charles Stiles (Daddy Charles), 76, of Burnsville passed away Monday, November 30, 2009 at Mission Hospital surrounded by his family.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Latt and Edna Robertson Stiles and husband of Betty Fox Stiles who died in 1987.  He was also preceded in death by a son Rodney Stiles who died in 1978 and a sister Grace Hylemon.  He was a US Army Veteran, manager of Carolina Tire Store for 20 years, former Yancey County Commissioner and former manager of Toe River Campground. Daddy Charles was an avid fan of the NC State Wolfpack and Dallas Cowboys.  Charles was a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Hilemon Stiles; a daughter: Rhonda Peterson and husband, Larry; a granddaughter: Kim Simpson and husband, Darrin; a grandson: Chris Peterson and fiancee, Kasey Grindstaff; a granddaughter: Kaylee Peterson; a great grandson: Jaxon Simpson; a sister: Linda Proffitt and husband, Bobby; and, a brother: Cecil Stiles and wife, Betty all of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 P. M. Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastors Ricky Ray and Harold Bennett, Jr. and Rev. Rick Bennett will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 A. M. Thursday in West Burnsville Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P. M. Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of Rhonda Peterson.

WANDA LEE PATE SWANN

Wanda Lee Pate Swann, 87, of Asheville, died Saturday November 28, 2009 at home. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late J.R. “Bob” and Kittie Hensley Pate and the wife of Harold Swann who died in 2000. She was also preceded in death by a grand daughter Jackie Lell, sisters Jane Fender, Edith Foxx, Bessie McIntosh, Lucille Whitson and Ruth Pate; brothers Edd, Roy and Hugh Pate. Wanda was a retired employee of National Weather Records and an active precinct worker for 30 years. Her hobbies were her family and church.

 

She is survived by daughters; Debbie Clark and husband Robert; Diana Brinkley and husband Jack and a son James Harold Swann Jr. all of Asheville; a sister Hazel Swann of Burnsville and a brother James Robert Pate Jr. of North Augusta, SC; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

 

A memorial services will be held at 11am Monday at Beverly Hills Baptist Church of which she was a lifelong member. The Revs. William King and Bill Snyder will officiate.

 

A graveside services will be held at 2 pm Monday in the J.R. Pate Cemetery in Burnsville.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805 .

CHLOE ROLAND

Chloe Roland, 94, of Mountain View Road passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at The Oaks of Sweeten Creek.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Stonewall J. and Elizabeth Styles Brown and the wife of James Otis Roland who died in 1984.  She was also preceded in death by sisters:  Ruby Fox, Pauline Gibbs, Daisy Gardner and Mable Brown and brothers:  George and Charles Brown.

 

Surviving are her son:  Randy Roland and wife, Maria, of Weaverville, step-granddaughter:  Peggy Watson and husband, Chris, and step-great-grandson:  Nick Watson of Leicester and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ricky Ray will officiate.  Burial will be in the West Burnsville Cemetery.

 

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

KEVIN L. JUSTICE

Kevin L. Justice of Little Switzerland, passed Monday at the home of his parents, Vernon and Sue Justice.  A resident of Georgia for most of his life, he had made his home with his parents during his illness.  He was a cabinet maker.

 

Surviving in addition to his parents are a son: Bradley Justice of Warner Robins; 3 brothers:  Craig Justice of Warner Robins, Bryan Justice of Friendsville, TN and Lance Justice of Georgetown, SC; 5 nieces and 3 nephews.

 

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in Parkway Memorial Gardens in Warner Robins, GA.  Brother Gene Stillwell will officiate.

 

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.

MARY NELL BLANKENSHIP ISEMAN

Mary Nell Blankenship Iseman, 77, of Black Mountain passed away Sunday, November 22, 2009 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Zeak and Sallie Lou Ray Blankenship.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fredrick Iseman and sister, Maude Bright.  Mary enjoyed many hours of gardening and quilting after her retirement from Southern Bell.

 

Surviving are two daughters:  Sally Jean Peterson and Janet Hughes and husband, Jim; 3 grandchildren:  Robby Wallen, Dewayne and Lindsay Stephens all of Buncombe County; a step-daughter: Signe Smale and husband, Bruce of CA; a sister:  Agnes Jeffries of TN and her beloved dog, “Tennie”.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in Holcombe Cemetery.  Rev. Bob Coleman will officiate.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 1:45 p.m. at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home prior to the graveside service.

ROBERT WADE AUSTIN

 Robert Wade Austin, 74, of Bald Creek, passed away Saturday November 14, 2009 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Jeter and Lizzie Hensley Austin. and was also preceded in death by sisters Frances Elkins, Eula Jean Moore and Ann Banks and brothers Talmadge  and Charlie Wint Austin. He was a Korean War Navy veteran and a member of Bald Creek Lodge #397 AF&AM, and an avid trout fisherman. Wade was a man who loved his family to the extreme and was a proud father and a very proud Pop.

  

Surviving are his wife Johnnie Morrow Austin, children; Joe Austin and Rachel; Kenitra Higgins and Dennis; and Bill Austin all of Burnsville, and Scott Austin and Cynthia of Green Mountain;  7 grandchildren; Jeremiah and Ashley Styles; Maria, Nathan, Andy and Lochlin Austin and Briana Higgins. 2 great grandchildren; Jaden Styles and Hunter Isaacs, and, numerous loving nieces and nephews.

  

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 pm Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home with the Rev. Stacey Elkins officiating. Masonic Grave rites will be conducted by Bald Creek Lodge following the funeral service.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00pm Monday prior to the service.

 

Military grave rites will be conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV at 11:00 am Tuesday in the Wade Austin Family Cemetery.

 

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