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TIMOTHY NORTON

Timothy Norton, 54, of Burnsville, died Friday, September 2, 2011.  A native of Yancey County he was a son of the late Thomas Norton.

 

Surviving are his mother:  Betty Norton Young; a brother:  Harley Paul Norton and wife, Elizabeth; and, a nephew:  Thomas Norton.

 

A private family service will be held at a later date.

MRS. LAURA JUNE JOHNSON

Mrs. Laura June Johnson, 86, of Burnsville, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2011, in Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Belle Duncan Chrisawn.  She was also preceded in death by her husband:  Johnny Johnson; and, two brothers:  Winslow and John Lee Chrisawn.  She was a member of Crabtree Baptist Church and was the church pianist for many years.

 

Surviving are her daughters:  Vicky Rimmer and husband, Glenn, of Statesville, Pat Silvers and husband, Joe, of Asheville, and Wanda Chaney and husband, Conrad, of Rock Hill, SC.  She was blessed with three granddaughters and four wonderful great granddaughters.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

BILL TURNER

Coleman LeeBill” Turner, 89, of Asheville, went home to his Heavenly home, Sunday, August 28, 2011 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Coleman and Stella Banks Turner.  He was the husband of the late Gladys Sparks Turner and Louella Jackson Turner. He was also preceded in death by brothers:  James, Eugene, Arthur and Albert Turner; sisters:  Nell Ball, Marie Burleson and Edith Gardner.  Bill was a WWII Army Veteran and retired employee of Sears in Asheville. He was a member of the First Church of God in Asheville.

 

Surviving are a sister: Verlyn Sullivan, of Waterview, Virginia and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Dedrick Clark will officiate.  Burial will be in the Ashelawn Gardens of Memory with military grave rites conducted by the Buncombe County Veterans Council. 

 

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

 

Special thanks to the staff of Yancey House, Brookside and Hospice.  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.

CHARLES FRANK HARDIN

Charles Frank Hardin, 85, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, August 26, 2011 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. He was the son of the late Hobart and Pansy Pate Hardin. Charles was preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Vannis Hardin and Ralph Hardin; 3 sisters:  Alta Higgins, Annis McIntosh and Floye Randolph.  He was a WWII Navy and Korean Army Veteran. He worked for General Motors for 9 years in Flint, Michigan, and was with the Merchant Marines for 14 years.  Charles was a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church. 

 

Surviving are 2 children:  Pamela Strickland and Deborah Meade of Burnsville; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 2 sisters:  Faye Vickers of Micaville, Glenna Clark of Lenoir; 2 brothers:  Dean Hardin of Glen Alpine and Evertt Hardin of Marion.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Charlie Carroway will officiate. Burial will be in the Bee Log Hill Cemetery with military grave rites conducted by the Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.

 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  A covered dish fellowship/refreshments will follow the burial in the West Burnsville Baptist Church fellowship hall.

MOZELL WEBB

Mozell Wheeler Webb, 89, of the Higgins Community, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, August 25, 2011 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John Moss and Rose Berry Wheeler and the wife of Lewis Webb who died in 1999.  She was also preceded in death by sons:  J. H. Webb and John Webb; brothers:  Lloyd Wheeler and Boyd Wheeler; sister-in-law:  Bertha Wheeler and brother-in-law:  Luther Byrd.

 

Surviving are her son:  Bobby Webb of the home and daughter:  Elizabeth Butler of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren:  David Webb and wife, Andrea, of Marion, Regina Ellis and husband, Duane, of Fitzgerald, GA, Mary Hooper and Cecilia Reel and husband, Richard, of Marion; great grandsons:  Steven and John Green, Blake Webb and Tristan Reel; great granddaughters:  Bailey Grace Webb and Leigha Ellis; brothers:  Edgar Wheeler and Floyd Wheeler and wife, Letha of Burnsville; sisters:  Alene Silvers and husband, Reece, of  Burnsville and Veo Byrd of Lincolnton; sisters-in-law:  Clara Bell Wheeler and Millie Silvers and husband, J.B.; several nieces and nephews; special friends Opha Morrow, Ethel Lou Bradford, Annis Bailey and  John Morrow (deceased) and Mattie Morrow (deceased); and her caregivers:  Barbara, Janice and Loeita.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in Higgins Free Will Baptist Church of which she was a member.  Revs. Keith Miller, Bill Mitchell, Billy Styles and Denny Wilson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Higgins Church Cemetery with nephews serving as pallbearers.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 PM Saturday at the church prior to the service.

 

The family would like extend special thanks to Hospice of Yancey County and Blue Ridge Home Care.

 

Flowers are appreciated and accepted or memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

JIM GRIFFITH

Jim Griffith, 95, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late John and Celestia Wilson Griffith, and the husband of Christine Young Griffith who died in 1990.  Jim was a retired employee of Burnsville Hospital and a lifelong member of Griffith Chapel AME Zion Church.

 

Surviving are a son:  Marvin Griffith and wife, Darlene, of Burnsville; 3 granddaughters:  Keely Griffith of Burnsville, and Kathy and Christie Griffith of Marion; 5 great grandchildren:  Zack, Isaac, Hannah, Caine and Malcom; and, several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. James Staley and Cathy Henson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Marietta Atkins Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3PM Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home.

CILLA FOX

Cilla Fox, 94, of Fox Creek went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at Madison Health and Rehabilitation.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Lee and Ella Banks Chandler and the wife of Joe Frank Fox who died in 1995.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Joe Ann Ramsey.

 

Surviving are two sons:  Rev. Gary Fox of Leicester and Jimmy Foxx of Yancey County; a brother, Raymond Chandler of Mars Hill; 12 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Gary Fox and Eugene Dodd will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10 AM Saturday in the Fox Cemetery on Fox Creek.

 

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

FOYE LEE BLEVINS THOMAS

Foye Lee Blevins Thomas, 74, of the Newdale community, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Sam and Lizzie Fox Blevins.  She was preceded in death by her infant twin brother:  Troy Blevins; and, a sister:  Rosa Lee Blevins.  A retired employee of Baxters, she was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church and currently attended Browns Creek Baptist Church.  She was a loving, dedicated Christian wife, and a wonderful caring mother, who always put her family first, including being a foster mother.

 

Surviving are her husband of 54 years:  Johnnie Thomas; 2 daughters:  Lisa and John Austin of Arden and Mary and Michael Blevins of Burnsville; 2 grandchildren:  Emily Austin and Jenna Blevins; sister:  Betty Wilson (wife of the late Ray Wilson); brothers:  Harold Blevins and wife, Mary Ruth, and Earl Blevins and wife, Jenavee, of Green Mountain; and, many additional loving sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, and family and friends.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral home.  The Revs. Ronnie Gouge, Donald Davis and John Gibbs will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Thursday in Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714, or Browns Creek Baptist Church.

 

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to all caregivers, friends and family, who have shown their love over the past month.

HARLEY HUGHES

Harley Hughes, 65, of Bill Allen Branch, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2011, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Chet and Mae Cassida Hughes.  He was the husband of Janie Buchanan Hughes who died in 2003.  Harley was also preceded in death by a granddaughter:  Amber Cole.

Surviving are a son:  Jay Hughes of the home; a daughter:  Shelly Cole and husband, Scottie, of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren:  Sierra Hughes, Kelsey Buchanan, Dalton and Dusty Cole; and a great granddaughter:  Halie Buchanan, all of Burnsville; a brother:  Harold Hughes of Green Mountain; and, 2 sisters:  Christine Hughes of Burnsville and Joyce Allman of Morganton.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday, August 21, 2011  in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Denver Styles and Russell Hughes will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pete Young Cemetery.

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

THELMA ADKINS WHITSON

Thelma Adkins Whitson, 91, of the Big Creek Community, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in St. Josephs Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Clate and Bonnie Bennett Adkins and the wife of Shurl Whitson who died in 2001.  She was also preceded in death by 3 brothers:  Phil, George and Farrell and a sister:  Eddith Wilson.  She was a member of Big Creek Free Will Baptist Church and she and her husband were owner/operators of Shurl Whitson’s General Merchandise for over 50 years.  Thelma’s hobbies included genealogy and gardening.  She was a valuable source for anyone searching for family, friends or community genealogy.  She was a true believer of planting by the signs of the moon, and apparently, that was valuable information because she yielded great crops.

 

Surviving are her son:  Gary Whitson and wife, Pat, of Weaverville and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A. M. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Former pastor, Rev. Ulis Miller and Dr. Jim McCoy will officiate.  Burial will be in the Adkins Cemetery at Big Creek.

 

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

 

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

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