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JAMES EDWARD MUSE, III

James Edward Muse, III, of Macon, GA, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2011 following a brief illness.  A native of Pinehurst, NC, he was a son of the late James Edward and Helen Frye Muse. 

 

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Genene Bailey Muse; a daughter: Melany Muse Grant and husband, Dean, of Milledgeville; a son:  Edward Bruce Muse, and wife, Molly, of Macon; four grandchildren:  Harrison and Bailey Grant and Beck and Matt Muse; a brother:  Cameron V. Muse and wife, Jenny, several nieces and nephews and mother-in-law:  Gwen Valley Bailey.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2 PM Saturday in Jacks Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  Pastor Pete Peterson will officiate.

 

Local arrangements are under the direction of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

BUCK LAWS

Bruce Caney (Buck) Laws, 87, of Green Mountain, went peacefully to be with his heavenly Father on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Pearl Laws.  He was also preceded in death by his sister: Edith Tipton; half-brother: George Yelton; and half-sister: Joyce Forbes.

Buck was a proud World War II Veteran and member of Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 Disabled American Veterans.  He retired from Northwest Olivine and was a farmer.  He was a loyal member of Covey Rock F.W.B. Church where he served as a Superintendent and was a deacon for 26 years. 

Surviving are his loving wife of 63 years:  Marie Ayers Laws; 2 sons:  Dale Laws and wife, Elaine, of Red Hill, and Rev. Roger Laws and wife, Barbara, of Buladean; 2 daughters: Nina Miller and husband, Jerry, and Jean Murphy and husband, Rev. Tommy Murphy, of Green Mountain; 5 grandsons:  Tommy Murphy, Rev. Allen Laws and wife, Melissa, Rev. Kevin Laws and wife, Tiffany, Matthew Laws and wife, Kara, and Brandon Laws and wife, Shea; 2 granddaughters: Christy Murphy and fiancé, Brandon Cooper, and Amelia Laws and fiancé, Jr. McMahan; 6 special great-grandchildren:  Delancey, Corbin, Ike, Elijah, Brody and Ettalean; a special sister: June Ayers of Erwin, TN; and a half-brother: Joe Yelton and wife, Hilda, of MD.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday at Covy Rock F.W.B. Church.  Revs. Randy Laws, Russell Hughes, Ray Laney and Kevin Laws will officiate.  Burial will be in the Will Hughes Cemetery with military graverites conducted by Sgt. E.L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 PM Monday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, where his body will remain until taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service.

WILMA KING HARRIS

Wilma King Harris, 86, of Bolens Creek, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Monroe and Martha McIntosh King and the wife of Harold L. Harris who died in 2002.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Tommy Harris, 4 sisters and 3 brothers.  Wilma was a member of Bolens Creek Baptist Church for 66 years and a retired employee of the telephone company in Burnsville.

 

Surviving are a daughter: Christine Howell and husband, Niles; a granddaughter:  Amanda Watts and husband, Anthony; a grandson:  Niles David Howell and wife, Amanda; 2 great-grandsons:  Isaiah and Max Watts; and 3 great-granddaughters:  Abi Watts, Carly Howell and Alexis Cooper all of Burnsville. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Dr. Chris Morgan will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday in the Carroway Cemetery at Celo.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 PM Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be made to Bolens Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Jean Buchanan, 260 Windom Cove Road, Burnsville, NC 28714, Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

MYRA LEE RAY SILVER

Myra Lee Ray Silver, 94, of the Pleasant Gap community, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Barney and Samantha Thomas Buchanan and the wife of John Biss Ray who died in 1972 and Albert Silver who died in 2002.  She was a life-long member, Sunday School teacher and choir member of Pleasant Gap Baptist Church.  She successfully owned and operated Myra’s Beauty Salon for many years.

 

Surviving are her son:  Terrill Ray of Pleasant Gap; a daughter:  Berlean Ray Lawhern of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren:  Mitzie Weatherly and husband, Joe, of Greensboro, Eric Lawhern and wife, Michele, and Teresa Ray Bryant of Burnsville and April Woody and husband, Tim, of Pleasant Gap; 8 great grandchildren:  Lauren Elizabeth and Mary Margaret Weatherly, Grace Victoria and Kathryn Faith Lawhern, Bridget Hope and Charles Barron Bryant and Sabrena Danielle and Devin Taylor Woody.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Grindstaff will officiate.  Burial will be in the Fred Young Cemetery at Pleasant Gap.

 

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

 

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

ADDIE REBECCA EGGLETON

Addie Rebecca Eggleton was laid to rest on July 9, 2011.  Formerly of Crisp County, GA, she was buried at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Cordele, GA.  Most recently, she had resided in Burnsville, NC.  Addie went home to be with Jesus Christ her Savior and to have a reunion with family that had gone on before her.  She was the last of 12 children born to B.J. and Annie Tucker.  Born on Dec. 15, 1922, she passed into Glory on July 7, 2011 at her home.  Just as she wished, her family was at her bedside.

 

Addie is the mother of Patricia Westbrook and David Eggleton.  In addition to her son-in-law, Dick Westbook and daughter-in-law, Elaine Eggleton, she has four grandchildren: Rena, Michelle, Shannon and Jeff; nine great-grandchildren: Cody, Brennan, Tyler, Garrett, Addison, Luke, Robert, Anna and Madalyn.  She was always happiest when family was around.

 

She lived a simple and humble life, never complaining of not having enough but made the best of what she had.  She was a very generous person always thinking of others.  All her life she loved to sew.  She would make a flower bloom way beyond its time.  She believed in waste not, want not and always able to set the table with mouth watering food.

 

Addie lived a Christian life and tried to help anyone she saw in need.  She was kind and caring, and speaking of others in high regard.  Very witty and fun to be with she will truly be missed by her family and friends.

 

Officiant, Rev. Dick Westbrook.  Arrangements by Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

 

The family wishes to thank Yancey County CAP and Home Health Services and to each person who made it possible for mama to stay at home.  A special thanks to Hospice.  They made life more comfortable for mama and life a little less stressful for the family.  We are blessed to have these services in Yancey County.

ROY McINTOSH

Roy McIntosh, 89, of Pine Swamp Road went home to be with his Lord Monday, July 4, 2011 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Hugh and Tabitha Southerland McIntosh.  He was also preceded in death by brothers:  Frank, Ralph and Max McIntosh and sisters:  Irene Fox and Beatrice Maney.  He was a World War II Army Veteran and served in Germany and France with Battery A of the 21st Field Artillery Battalion during 1944-45.  Roy retired as foreman of the NCDOT Division 13 Road Oil Section with 32 years continuous service, and was a self-employed dump truck operator until 2001. 

 

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Ruth Silvers McIntosh; sons:  Roy Ronald “Ronnie” McIntosh and wife, Shelda, and Danny T. McIntosh and wife, Sharon; sisters:  Bonnie and Ruby McIntosh all of Burnsville and Gladys Renfro of Tipton Hill; grandchildren:  Scott McIntosh and wife, Stephanie, and Jordan and Caleb McIntosh and great grandchildren:  Tyler, Kasey and Chanse McIntosh of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Wednesday in West Burnsville Baptist Church of which he was a member, Deacon and former Sunday School Superintendent and teacher.  Pastors Charlie Carroway and Ricky Ray will officiate.  Burial will be West Burnsville Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to West Burnsville Baptist Church and the staff at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care for their loving kindness and compassion.

PEYTON CHEYENNE TAYLOR BLANKENSHIP

Peyton Cheyenne Taylor Blankenship, 18-day old infant daughter of Rachel Blankenship and Doyle Atkins, went home to be with Jesus our Lord, Saturday, July 2, 2011, at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her maternal grandparents:  Darryl Blankenship and Angel Meadows, both of Burnsville; paternal grandparents:  Melinda and Rick Bunch of Tazewell, TN; and, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 11AM until 12 Noon Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral home.  A graveside service will follow the visitation at Edwards Cemetery on Toodies Creek.  Rev. Philip Garland will officiate.

FREDA RAY

Freda Ray, 83, of Newdale, passed away Saturday, July 2, 2011, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Desta Hughes, and the wife of Everett Ray who died in 1957.  She was also preceded in death by a son: Duane Ray.  Freda was a former employee of Mohasco and retired from Baxter Healthcare.  She was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter:  Connie Martin; three sons: Stanley, Ronnie, and Jennings Ray, all of Burnsville; a daughter-in-law:  Shelley Ray of Forest City; two sisters: Ouida McMahan and Peggy Gouge of Burnsville; 11 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and, 2 great, great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Billy Mitchell will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Monday in the Bowditch Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8PM Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home.

MARGIE BOONE HIGGINS

Our angel on earth, Margie Boone Higgins, 80, of Burnsville, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ and her loving husband, Bernard Higgins, on Thursday, June 30, 2011.  She was also preceded in death by her precious mother:  Fannie Letterman Boone.  Margie was a member of Plum Branch Baptist Church, and a retired employee of Pacemaker.

She is survived by her father: Robert J. "Bob" Boone, age 102; 3 daughters: Sabra Westall and husband Forrest, Linda Higgins and husband, Milton , and Elisia McLain and husband, Doug; and a son: Darrin Higgins and wife Kim, all of Burnsville; a sister: Betty Jean Robinson of Piedmont, SC; 2 brothers: R. V. and Phillip Boone, both of Woodstock, GA; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral home.  The Revs. Forrest Westall and Charlie Carroway will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Saturday in the Boone Cemetery on Plum Branch Road.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7PM Friday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at her home.

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

ARVIL KING

Arvil King, 91, of Phipps Creek, passed away peacefully Monday, June 27, 2011 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Sam C. and Lora Edwards King.  He was also preceded in death by brothers:  Earl, Clarence and Coy King.  Arvil was a World War II Army Veteran, stationed in the South Pacific, a retired diary farmer and a member and Deacon of Cane River Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Ethel Bailey King; a daughter:  Helena Hill and husband, Keith, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; a son: Leo King and wife, Stephanie, of Greenville, SC; a granddaughter:  Andrea Hill of Ponte Vedra Beach, 2 grandsons:  Jeffrey King of Greenville, SC and Ryan King of Asheville; a step granddaughter:  Renee Billadeau and husband, Dr. Mark, of Frederick, MD and a sister:  Pauline Foster of Marion.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Shane Cassida will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday in the Cane River Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to the Cane River Baptist Church, Building Fund, P. O. Box 1058, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

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