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LORA PETERSON

Lora Peterson, 83, of Mtn. Village Apartments, went home to be with the Lord Friday, October 16, 2009, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Noah and Rebecca Renfro Hughes, and the wife of Carmon Peterson who died in 1992.  She was a member of North Bend Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are 2 sons:  Gary Peterson and wife, Pat, and Gerald Peterson and wife, Cindy; grandchildren:  Kim Robinson, Shannon Peterson and Payton Peterson, 4 great grandchildren:  Morgan and Paige Peterson, Lainey and Kamryn Robinson, all of Burnsville; a twin sister:  Nora Buchanan of Green Mountain; and, a brother:  S. C. Hughes of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Dean Murphy and Blaine Whitson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Fairview Cemetery at Horton Hill.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7PM Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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

ROBERT HIGGINS, JR.

Robert Higgins, Jr., 78 of Wallburg went home to be with his Lord Monday, October 12, 2009 at Forsyth Medical Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Robert W. Higgins, Sr. and Martha Jane Adkins Higgins.  He was a US Navy Korean Conflict Veteran and had been a resident of Wallburg for 50 years. He was employed by Carolina Steel until his retirement.

 

Surviving are his wife of 53 years:  Catherine Briggs Higgins; a daughter: Deborah Higgins Moser and husband, Dale, of Wallburg; 3 sisters: Allie Renfro of Winston-Salem, Hettie Price and Betty Fox of Burnsville; 3 special grandchildren that fondly referred to him as Papa:  Catlyn, Casey, and Caleb Moser.

 

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Wallburg Baptist Church of which he was a member.  Rev. Roy Cantrell and Dr. Brooks Hunt will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at J. C. Green & Sons Funeral Home, 10301 N. NC Hwy. 109, Winston Salem where the body will remain until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

 

Memorials may be made to Wallburg Baptist Church, P. O. Box 595, Wallburg, NC 27373. Online condolences may be made to the Higgins family at www.jcgreenandsons.com  

This obituary courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. 

ELLA "POLLY' BUMGARNER

Ella Pauline “Polly” Woodie Bumgarner, 75, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, October 11, 2009 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Jonas Ridge, Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Sam and Mae McCroskey Woodie.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Truitt Bumgarner; a son:  Stephen Bumgarner; 2 sisters:  Ora Woodie and Estalena Franklin; 3 brothers:  Wilie, Odis (Odie) and Earnest Woodie.


Surviving are two daughters:  Marsha Randolph and Traci Gibbs both of Micaville; 5 grandchildren:  Michelle Geouge, Stephen Riddle, Brock Riddle, Lindsey and D.J. Gibbs; 8 great-grandchildren:  Brittany and Makayla Marlowe, Douglas Geouge, Emmalee, Nicholas and Allison Riddle, and Jordan and Owen Riddle; 1 great-great-grandson:  Karsen Ray and 1 brother:  Ray Woodie of Jonas Ridge.


Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Shane Cassada will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in Concord Methodist Church Cemetery at North Cove.

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

NANCY JANE LAWS

Nancy Hughes Laws, 95, of Micaville went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Joe and Dullie Briggs Hughes and the wife of Bill Laws who died in 1979.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Ed Laws; sisters:  Ollie Justice and Dorothy Pruitt and brothers:  Gibb and James Hughes.


Surviving are 3 sons:  Bobby Laws and wife, Jean, of Jacks Creek, Clyde Laws and wife, Edith, of Celo and Lewis Laws and wife, Diane, of Micaville; a daughter-in-law:  Ruth Laws of Blue Rock Road; 8 grandchildren:  Sandra Allison and husband, Bob, Tony Laws and wife, Sherry, Randall Laws, Eddie Laws, Bruce Laws and wife, Jennifer, Robert Laws, Donna Laws and Shelly Huskins and husband, Danny; 7 great-grandchildren:  Chadd Hensley and wife, Krista, Mackenzie Autrey, Ashleigh and Levi Bradford, Dereke and Dawson Huskins and Dakota Laws; a great-great-grandson:  Drew Hensley; sisters:  Catheleen McMahan of Black Mountain, Bessie Butler of Swannanoa, Mona Lee Stamey and husband, Lee, of Charlotte, Ossie Ingle and husband, John, of Candler; brother-in-law:  Fred Laws and wife, Said, of Marion; sister-in-law:  Elsie Thomas of South Toe and a host of nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.


Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Scot Garland will officiate.   A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the Carroway Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Yancey County Senior Center, Meals On Wheels, P. O. Box 546, Burnsville, NC 28714.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care and Hospice of Yancey County for their loving and tender care, and also the staff and volunteers of Yancey Senior Center-Meals on Wheels.

ANITA SPARKS RAY

 Polly Ann Sparks Ray passed away Saturday, October 3, 2009 at her home after an extended illness. Her given name was Polly Ann, but to family and friends she was known as Anita.  She was a New Year’s Eve bundle, born December 31, 1938 to the late Homer and Mamie Ellis Sparks of Spruce Pine.  Anita was the proud wife of 50 years to her loving and devoted husband, Terrill Randall Ray, where they made their home in the Pleasant Gap Community.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Teresa Ray Bryant of Burnsville and April Ray Woody of Pleasant Gap.  Grandchildren are Bridget Bryant and Barron Bryant (father Greg Bryant) of Burnsville and SaBrena Woody and Devan Woody (father Tim Woody) of Pleasant Gap.  Additional survivors include; mother-in-law Myra Ray Silver of Burnsville, sister Nancy Angel and husband Clabourn of Burnsville, brother Charles Nicholas Sparks and wife Liz of Georgia, sister-in law Berlean Lawhern of Burnsville and, several nieces and nephews.

 

 Anita fought chronic pain for over twenty years and endured many painful surgeries.  She was looking forward to seeing the Lord and having a body free of all ailments.  Her family would like to thank Celo Health Center, especially Dr. Stella, the “Angels” of Home Health, the “Angels” of Hospice, and their church family of Pleasant Gap Baptist Church.  Thanks to all the ones who have continually brought food over the past few months.  Special thanks to Janice Buchanan and Jeri Ray for sitting through the night and wiping away our tears while waiting on the Lord to call.

 

Over the years Anita worked several public jobs.  Some of her most favorite endeavors was working along side her daughters and husband in The Clothes Hanger and being a sales clerk for Belk in Spruce Pine.  She was a long time lover of pretty clothes, high heel shoes, and bright red lip stick.  She dressed in the trinkets and all of the bling.  Her husband’s first thoughts as he laid eyes upon her was “Wow, that’s the prettiest woman I’ve ever seen.”  Then he shined his pink and white Oxfords hoping for a glance.  Her first thoughts, “Those are some ugly shoes!”  Her treasures on earth included her family and most adored grandkids, of which will miss her tremendously.

 

Services celebrating her life will be held at 7 P. M. Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Reverend Steven Grindstaff, pastor of Pleasant Gap Baptist Church, of which Anita was a member, will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 A. M. Tuesday in the Fred Young Cemetery at Pleasant Gap.  The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 P. M. Monday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

WILLIAM RILEY BUCKNER

William Riley Buckner, 86, of the Possum Trot Community, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Gus and Maggie Austin Buckner and was also preceded in death by son:  Steven Buckner; grandson:  Billy Buckner; sister:  Ruby Thomason; and brothers:  Ralph and Emmitt Buckner.  Riley was a World War II Navy Veteran and a retired supervisor at A B Emblem Company.


Surviving are his wife of 64 years:  Gladys Buckner; a son:  William Stanley Buckner and wife, Delane; 3 daughters:  Joan Souther and husband, Steve, Janet Deitz and husband, Doug, and Vickie Thomas all of Burnsville; 10 grandchildren:  Alicia, Melissa, Angela, Devan, Jackie, Jessie, Heather, Justin, Dakota and Jewel; and 8 great-grandchildren:  Jordan, Hallie, Julia, Jasmine, Nicolas, Anna Grace, Payton and Tryston.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.  Pastors Davy Shelton and Bradley Boone will officiate.  Burial will be in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Madison County.


The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

VERA WESTALL

Vera Westall, 80, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, September 26, 2009, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Claudia Young Dellinger of Newdale, and the wife of John B. Westall who died in 2005.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Linda Capps.  Vera was a hairdresser for over 40 years and a member of Newdale Presbyterian Church.

 

Surviving are 2 sisters:  Faye Johnson of Burnsville and Sharon Styles of Titusville, FL; a brother:  Edward Dellinger and wife, Grace, of Spruce Pine; and, 10 nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Mike Brazelle and Steve Williams will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Wednesday in the Academy Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at her home on Rocky Springs Heights.

 

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

TOM GRIFFITH

Tom Griffith, 52, of Bear Wallow, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Margaret Banks Griffith of Burnsville and the late Ben Griffith.  Tom had recently retired from the NC Dept. of Transportation as Shop Superintendent with Yancey County after 31 years of service.  He enjoyed hunting and drag racing.

 

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a son:  Brian Griffith; a daughter:  Chelsea Griffith; and, a granddaughter:  Whitney Griffith, all of Burnsville; a brother:  John Griffith and wife, Sherry, of Swannanoa; and, a nephew:  Clay Griffith of Swannanoa.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Philip Garland and Scot Garland will officiate. Burial will be in the Tom Griffith Cemetery on Bear Wallow Road.

 

The family will receive friends from 4 until 6PM Sunday at the funeral home.

AARON HUDGINS

Aaron Hudgins, 56, of Banks Creek, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care after a long illness.  A native of Yancey County he was a son of the late Wayne and Ivory Ogle Hudgins.  He was preceded in death by brothers:  Charles and Billy Hudgins.

 

Surviving are his wife of 13 years:  Donna Frances Allen Hudgins; 3 children:  Jeremy Shane, Sharon and Jessica; 2 brothers:  Levi Hudgins of Rutherfordton and Danny Hudgins of Old Fort; and, 2 sisters:  Venell Burleson of Barnardsville and Juanita Smith of Elizabethton, TN.  Several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles also survive.

 

A gathering of friends will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009, from 2 until 5PM at the home.  For information call Donna Hudgins at 828/284-6547.

 

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Hudgins family.

 

Donations may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

HAROLD PRITCHARD

 

Harold Pritchard, 60, of Burnsville, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Woodrow and Connie Murphy Pritchard.  He was also preceded in death by a son:  Jonathan Harold Pritchard; a sister:  Louise Woody; and, a brother: Jay Pritchard.

 

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Heather Denise Witt of Bakersville and Crystal Pritchard of Newdale; 6 grandchildren:  Whitney Briggs, Sidney, Makayla, Jacob, Jasmen and Dalton Witt.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Ralph Hedrick will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Pete Young Cemetery.

 

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

 

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