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THOMAS "TOMMY" HARDIN SAMS

Thomas “Tommy” Hardin Sams, 62, went to be with his family in Heaven, Thursday, November 12, 2009.  He was a son of Kathleen B. Young and the late T. F. Sams.  He was also preceded in death by his step-father:  J. Hiram Young.

 

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his step-mother:  Faye Murphy Sams; siblings and their spouses:  Renee S. Aylward and husband, Alastair, Annette Hensley and husband, Dennis, Sherry Lee Chandler and husband, Kenneth, Larry B. Sams, and wife, Regina, Eric Sams and wife, Ginger, and John B. Young and wife, Denise; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends; all of whom Tommy has blessed with his big smile and unwavering wit and joy of experiencing life’s little pleasures.

 

Tommy’s every-day-life family that shared a home for special-needs adults with him includes his best friend Joel Embler, as well as, Jackie, Karen, Paul, and Jimmy.  He was also blessed with a much bigger caring family of clients and care providers who shared his home, school, and work, which was made possible by Blue Ridge Homes.  All of whom were an integral part of Tommy’s daily life, love, health, and general well being; with special acknowledgment given to Paula Nibarger for her enduring dedication to Tommy and his care.

 

Tommy’s other family is all his brothers and sisters in Christ who attended Woodland Hills Baptist Church with him and who were also with him and his family as Tommy left this earth for his heavenly home and family of saints.

 

A family service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home with burial in Bowditch Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2009 at Woodland Hills Baptist Church officiated by ministers Eric Sams, his brother, and Cameron Smith, his nephew.  The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to CarePartners Hospice, P.O. Box 5779, Asheville, NC 28813; or to Blue Ridge Homes, 119 Tunnel Road, Suite E, Asheville, NC 28805.

AVEN W. McDOWELL

Aven W. McDowell, 62, of Weaverville, departed this life, November 3, 2009 at St. Joseph Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Jay and Leta Hughes McDowell.  He retired from the N.C. Dept. of Transportation after 32 years of service.  Aven had a passion for youth sports with his sons, neighborhood kids and granddaughters.

 

Surviving are his wife of 41 years:   Dana Proffitt McDowell; sons:  Mark McDowell and wife, Kathleen, of Weaverville and Casey McDowell of Arden; 2 granddaughters:  Kenzie and Syna McDowell; a sister:  Sue Banks and husband, Duncan, of Hendersonville and a brother:  Wayne McDowell and wife, Janice, of Johnson City, TN.

 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. David Banks will officiate.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, 7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or Samaritan’s Purse, P. O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

DELLA BERRY

Della Berry, 93, of Bailey Branch went home to be with the Lord, Monday, November 2, 2009 at Spruce Pine Brian Center.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Roxie Miller Bryant and wife of Charlie Berry who died in 1970.  Della was a member of Byrd Branch Baptist Church.


Surviving are 4 daughters: 
Neva, June, Lillian and husband, Dolph, and Mildred and husband, S. W.; 3 sons:  Gene Berry and wife, Mattie, and Ted Berry and wife, Wanda, all of Burnsville, Ray Berry and wife, Betsy, of Hickory; a brother:  Hansel Bryant of Valdese; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ray Wilson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Jack Silvers Family Cemetery on Bailey Branch.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the fellowship building at Byrd Branch Church.

JERRY DEWAYNE BOONE

Jerry DeWayne Boone, 60, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, October 26, 2009, at Mission Hospitals Memorial Campus.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Coy and Mamie Laws Boone.  He was also preceded in death by a grandson:  Tanner DeWayne Boone.  Jerry was an employee of Unimin with 41 years of service.  He was a beloved husband, father and papaw.

 

Surviving are his wife of 40 years:  Frances Briggs Boone; 3 sons:  Steven Boone and wife, Amy, Tim Boone and Alan Boone; 4 grandchildren:  Dalton, Carrington, Jordan and Jada Boone; 4 brothers:  Kenneth Boone and wife, Pat, Johnny Boone and wife, Elaine, Bill Boone and wife, Marcilla, and James Boone and wife, Amy, all of Burnsville; 2 sisters:  Kathy Ray and husband, Rick, of Burnsville and Cheryl Washburn and husband, Charles, of Marion.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Friday in Bowditch Union Church, of which he was a member.  The Rev. Ronnie Whitson will officiate.  Burial will follow in Bowditch Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, where the body will remain until taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service.  At other times the family will be at his home.

MARGARETT BLACK DEYTON

Margarett Black Deyton, 81, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, October 26, 2009, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Ephraim and Bertha Styles Black, and the wife of Dudley Deyton who died in 1977.  She was preceded in death by brothers:  John, Luther and Ralph Black; and, a sister:  Anne Penland.  Margarett enjoyed tending a garden, working in her flowers, reading, cooking, and keeping up with the news.  She loved spending time with her family.  Margarett had a wonderful sense of humor and loved making people smile.  She was a faithful friend who always helped anyone in need.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Linda Deyton DeSpain and husband, Carl, of Columbia, SC; grandson:  Dr. Gene A. Garris, Jr. and wife, Angela; great granddaughters:  Laurel and Pippa; a great grandson:  Maximos Garris of Columbia; sisters:  Dorothy Deyton and Louise Silcox of Burnsville, Grace Rogers of Leicester and Virginia Joines of Newark, DE; and, a brother:  Charles Black of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 P.M. Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Philip Garland will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday in West Burnsville Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

WARD DIXON WOODY

Ward D. Woody, 91, of Newton, passed away Sunday, October 25, 2009, in Conover Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late John C. and Lillie Woody.  A World War II Army Veteran, he was a retired miner and construction worker.  He was preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Gem and Van Woody; and, a sister:  Madge Keaton.  Mr. Woody was a life long resident of the Pleasant Grove Community until moving to Newton 14 years ago.

 

Surviving are his wife of 69 years:  Florence Presnell Woody; 2 daughters:  Joleene Foxx and husband, Robert, of Hickory, and Carolyn Crowder and husband, Gay, of Newton; a son:  George Woody and wife, Marie, of Burnsville; 8 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 3 sisters:  Jewel Thomas of Bakersville, Annie Underwood of Maiden and Barbara McDaniel of Hickory; and, 2 brothers:  J. C. Woody of Burnsville and Ivan Woody of Morganton.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Odis Hudgins and Roger Whitson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Thursday in the Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of George Woody on Upper Browns Creek Road.

ELIZABETH BASSFORD

Elizabeth A. Bassford, 96, of Mars Hill Retirement Community went home to be with the Lord Thursday, October 22, 2009.A native of Madison County, she was a daughter of the late John Robert Anderson, Sr. and Nettie Robertson Anderson.  She was also preceded in death by sisters Margaret Smith and Louise Holcombe and brothers John R. Anderson, Jr., Herbert J. Anderson and Dr. David D. Anderson.  She was a retired Cardiac Intensive Care Nurse at City Hospital in Baltimore, MD and returned to Mars Hill and retired from Asheville V A Medical Center.

 

Surviving are a sister; Marian Bradley and husband Pierce Bradley, Jr. of Asheville, an aunt; Ruth Anderson of Mars Hill and several nieces and nephews.

 

A memorial service will be held at 2 P. M.  Friday October 30, 2009 in Mars Hill Baptist Church, of which she was a member.  Dr. Tommy Justus and Rev. Sue Fitzgerald will officiate.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 P. M. Friday prior to the service at the church.

 

Memorials may be made to Mars Hill Baptist Church, P. O. Box 218,  Mars Hill, NC 28754.     

G. BURL MANEY

G. Burl Maney, 92, of the Prices Creek Community, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, October 18, 2009, at his home on the 68th wedding anniversary with the late Una Cook Maney, who died in 2006.  A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Walter and Ida Wilson Maney.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Ossie Sims and Vonnie Maney; a brother:  Alden Maney; and, step-mother:  Ann Styles Maney.   Mr. Maney retired from the NC Public School System after 33 years service, and was a Charter Member of West Yancey Volunteer Fire Department.

 

Surviving are two daughters:  Ida Jane Crowder and husband, Charles S., and Marie Nicholson and husband, Mike; a grandson:  Chuck Crowder, all of Burnsville; two step granddaughters; three step great grandchildren, all of Orlando, FL., and, the daughter and granddaughter of his heart:  Dianne and Andrea Edwards of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 6PM Tuesday in the Cane River Baptist Church, of which he had been a member since 1929, serving as Deacon, Treasurer and Sunday School Teacher. The Rev. Shane Cassada and Dr. Robert Melvin will officiate.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2PM Wednesday in the Gilbert Wilson Cemetery on Maney Branch Road.

 

The family will receive friends from 4 until 6PM Tuesday prior to the service at the church and at other times will be at the home of Marie Nicholson.

 

Memorials may be made to the Una Maney Scholarship Fund, c/o Cane River Baptist Church, Donald Angel, Treasurer, P. O. Box 1058, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

MARTHA RAY

Martha Marie Williams Ray, 68, of Micaville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, October 16, 2009 at her home. She was a daughter of the late Sammie and Lonnie Williams and the wife of Dan Wayne Ray who passed away in 1996. She was also preceded in death by a brother James C. Williams and a granddaughter Brittany Nicole Honeycutt. Martha was a retired employee of Baxters Laboratories .

 

Surviving are two daughters; Carol Adkins and husband Rick and Stacey Honeycutt and husband Curtis; two sons Russell Ray and Curtis Ray all of Micaville; three sisters Berniece Foxx of Micaville; Cindy Roberts of Mt. City, Tenn. and Wilma Fisher of Marion; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs.  Jim Shoupe and Ronnie Whitson will officiate. Burial will be in the Carroway Cemetery.

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

WILKIE KING

Wilkie King, 94, of Langford Branch Road, went home to be with the Lord Friday, October 16, 2009, at Mountain Manor Assisted Living.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Alec and Lora McIntosh King.  He was also preceded in death by a sister:  Lena King; and, a brother:  Hoyt King.   Wilkie was a World War II Army Veteran, serving in the 84th Infantry Division in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He was the last surviving member of “The Rail Splitters”.  Wilkie was the oldest member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, where he had been a member since 1968.

 

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Nancy Buckner and husband, Nick, and Ann Edwards and husband, Billy; 2 sons:  Rev. Gene King and wife, Judy, of Fairview and Eddie King and wife, Cathy, of Burnsville; 6 grandchildren:  Clint King, Heather Reed, Kim Wilson, Ruth Simms, Chad King and Brody King; 7 great grandchildren:  Kelsey, Dillan, Kennedy, Caitlyn, Mackenzie, Blake and Casey, all of whom he loved and was very proud; and, a sister:  Lola King of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Harlon Ramsey, Ricky Ray and Gene King will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Wednesday in the McIntosh Cemetery on Langford Branch.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Tuesday at the funeral home and at other times will be at the home of Eddie King.

 

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.

 

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