: OBITUARIES :
JONATHAN PAUL WRIGHT
John Wright, 51, of Upper Browns Creek died unexpectedly Friday, August 6, 2010, at his home. A native of New Jersey, he was a son of Helen Firehock Wright of Burnsville and the late Bob Wright. John was a former employee of Buck Stove and OMC.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife: Gina Bradford Wright and two sons: Corey and Chris Wright, all of Burnsville; three sisters: Deborah Davis of California, Faye Wright of Florida and Eva Montragon of Asheville; and, two brothers: Butch Wright of Burnsville and Mike Wright of Plymouth, NC.
A memorial service will be held at 2PM Tuesday, August 17, 2010, at Celo United Methodist Church. The Revs. Bill Mitchell and Don Mitchell will officiate.
BEVERLY ANN BELL
Beverly Bell, age 83, died August 1 at home. She was the daughter of Charles and Grace Smith Bell, born January 20, 1927 in Kansas City, MO. She spent much of her life growing up in Washington, DC where her father served as a Democratic Congressman. After college, Beverly entered the Sisters of Notre Dame where she served as an educator and counselor. She received her doctorate and began a school for needy children in the ghettos of Baltimore, MD. In later years, Beverly left the Order and moved to Yancey County, NC where she continued her work for the disadvantaged. Beverly joined the First Presbyterian Church of Burnsville where she was very active and served as an Elder for six years. She is survived by sisters Betty and Virginia, brother Roger, and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is scheduled Thursday, August 5 at 11am at First Presbyterian Church of Burnsville. Reverend Maggie P. Lauterer will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, The Reconciliation House-Fuel Fund, P. O Box 1147, Burnsville or First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 635, Burnsville, NC 28714.
CHESTER KNOX SOUTHER
Chester Knox Souther, 84, of Burnsville, died Friday, July 30, 2010 in Madison Manor Nursing Center. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Fred and Sadie Fowler Souther. Chester was a WWII Army Veteran and a retired employee of Glen Raven Mills after 37 years. He was preceded in death by a son: Chester Michael Souther; brothers: Charles, Carroll, Ted, Donald, John and Robert Souther; sisters: Virginia Mitchell and Geneva Bailey.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Hazel Hensley Souther; children: Karen Payne and husband, Bobby, Kathy Ingle and husband, J. C., Kevin Souther and wife, Diane, Kristie Hollifield and husband, Darrell, and Kim Souther all of Burnsville; 5 grandchildren: Mike and Lonny Payne, Terri Ingle-Krause, Amanda Hollifield and Jacob Souther and 2 great grandchildren: Colton Payne and Shayleigh Souther.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. David Garland will officiate. Burial will be in the McCracken Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the funeral home.
HELEN ROSE BEAVERS
Helen Rose Beavers, 87, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord, Monday, April 26, 2010. Born April 6, 1923 in Chicago, IL to Ludwick and Victoria Rdesinski Pawlowski, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Beavers and a sister, Lillian Latawiec. Helen worked in Yancey Hospital as a nurses aid for several years and will be remembered by many for her caring help. She was of Polish descent and was proud to be known as the Polish Lady she was. A devout Catholic, she was loved by many who knew her for her devotion to God.
Edna Jones, 99, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, July 19, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late James and Sarah Manassa Boone Jones. She was also preceded in death by sisters: Martha McMahan, Julia Hall, Mary Magdaline Harding and Ina Suddreth and brothers: Sam and Horace Jones. Edna was a life-long member of Pleasant Gap Baptist Church. She was a loving sister, aunt and faithful friend to all who knew her.
Survivors left to cherish her memory are her sisters: Viola Robinson of Green Mountain and Thula Sparks and husband, Gay, of Micaville; special caregiver: Janet Yarbrough and a host of nieces and nephews who she loved so very much.
Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Pastors Steve Grindstaff and Jerry Shelton will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday in the Fred Young Cemetery at Pleasant Gap.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
HATTIE WILCOX McCOURRY
Hattie Wilcox McCourry, 81, of Cherry Lane, Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Monday, July 19, 2010, at her home. Born in Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Handy and Fairene Forbes Wilcox. She was the wife of Rev. Troy McCourry who passed away April 9, 2009. Hattie, along with her husband and son, owned and operated Troy’s Greenhouse and Variety for over 52 years. She was a loyal pastor’s wife during Troy’s 27 years at Southside FWB Church in Erwin, TN and 23 years at Pensacola FWB Church. Hattie was preceded in death by brothers and sister: Bruce, Ralph, Cellie, Alfred and Sam Wilcox. She will long be remembered for her loving, caring and generous nature.
Surviving are her son: Wade McCourry of the home; sisters and brothers: Janie Whitson and husband, Brooks, of Unicoi, TN, Claude Wilcox and wife, Patricia, and Bonnie Bowman and husband, Hugh, both of Kingsport, TN, Ronnie Wilcox and wife, Patty, of Mars Hill, and Jim Wilcox and wife, Wanda, of Unicoi, TN. Also surviving are her McCourry brothers and sisters-in-law, a host of nieces and nephews, and, a special friend and caregiver: Louise Honeycutt.
Funeral services will be held at 8PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs. Bobby Revis, Frank Cable and Roger Whitson will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11AM Friday in Holcombe Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8PM Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Flowers are appreciated and accepted, or memorials may be made to Pensacola FWB Church Widow’s Oil Fund, C/O Patricia Silvers, 305 Ewart Wilson Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
RUTH JOBE RICE
Ruth Jobe Rice, 95, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Mountain Manor Assisted Living. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Captain Isaac Tipton Jobe and Alice Evans Jobe and the wife of Carlie R. Rice who died in 1984. She was also preceded in death by brothers: Jess, Bill, and Carl Jobe. She was a graduate of Clearmont High School and returned there to teach for 43 years. Ruth attended Burnsville First Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and in 1962, she started Volunteering at Asheville V.A. Medical Center where she served more than 10,000 hours. She was also a member of the Sgt. E.L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV Auxiliary. She was a former Board Member of the Yancey County Senior Center and delivered meals on wheels for several years.
Surviving are a niece: Alice Jobe; nephews: Willie Jobe and wife, Willoree, and Kenny Jobe all of Burnsville and Gary Jobe and wife, Sandy, of Penland. Ruth was a special “Mam Maw” to Robbie, Richard, C.J., Paige and Josh Jobe of Burnsville, Leigh Jobe of Tennessee and Adam Jobe of Asheville.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday in Forest Lawn Memorial Park at Candler.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 PM Monday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at the home of Willie and Willoree Jobe.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County. 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
JEWELL MATHIS PENLAND
Jewell Mathis Penland, 87, of Swannanoa, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, July 17, 2010 at John R. Keever Solace Center. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Evie McIntosh Mathis and the wife of Jack Penland who died in 1986. She was also preceded in death by a son, Lee Roy Penland, and brothers: Junior Mathis and Ward Mathis.
Surviving are 3 daughters: Pauline Blankenship and husband, Jerome, Ethel McPeters and husband, Clifford, all of Burnsville, and Tammy Penland of Swannanoa; 3 sons: Jackie Penland, Ronnie Penland and Joey Penland, all of Swannanoa; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; 5 sisters: Mary Robinson of Burnsville, Marie Ferguson of Jonesborough, TN, Hannah Neighbors of Hamlet, Louise Young of Burnsville and Deborah Mathis of Asheville; 3 brothers: Edd Mathis of Hickory, Wayne Mathis of Jacksonville, NC and Ted Mathis of Asheville.
Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs. Clyde Thomason and Stacy Elkins will officiate. Graveside services will be at 11 AM Monday in the Metcalf Cemetery on Horton Creek.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 PM Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to John F. Keever Solace Center, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.
ADA RAY MITCHELL
Ada Ray Mitchell, 92, of Nebo, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, July 16, 2010 at her home. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Melvin and Nora Honeycutt Ray and the wife of Adam Mitchell who died in 1992.
Surviving are 2 daughters: Carol Adkins and husband, Ralph, of Nebo and Joyce Ratcliffe and husband, Roger, of Newnan, GA; 2 grandsons: Eric Adkins and wife Tracey of Marion and Steve Ratcliffe and wife, Natalivette, of Grantville, GA; 3 great grandchildren: Meredith and Jackson Adkins and Luis Ratcliffe.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Rev. Bill Long will officiate. Burial will be in the McCracken Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
BILLY JOE BARTLETT
Billy Joe Bartlett, 58, of Spruce Pine passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Mission Hospital. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Lee and Gladys Boone Bartlett. He was a U. S. Army Veteran and a current employee of NC Department of Corrections in Spruce Pine where he had been employed for the past 20 years. Bill was an avid horse lover and spent all his spare time enjoying his horses. Bill lived every day to its fullest. He was a member of Big Crabtree Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Karen Willis Bartlett; a daughter: Leslie Bartlett Crowder and husband, Toby, of Burnsville, 2 sisters: Linda Carroway and husband, Dennis, of Burnsville and Brenda Earley and husband, Lee, of Spruce Pine; 2 step-sons: Travis McKinney of Orlando, FL and Tony McKinney of Spruce Pine; a step-daughter: Brandi Forbes and husband, David, of Spruce Pine; 2 grandchildren: Emilee and Katy Crowder of Burnsville; 2 step-grandchildren: Dawson and Breeounna Forbes of Spruce Pine; and, his father-in-law: Claude Willis of Spruce Pine.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Toby Crowder will officiate. Burial will be in the Big Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery. The N. C. Department of Corrections will serve as honor guard.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 3:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
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