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LILLIE SHEPHERD

Lillie Shepherd, 92, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at Mountain Manor Assisted Living.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Laskie and Maude Waycaster Shepherd.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Julia Bennett and brothers:  Woodrow Shepherd and Olen Shepard.  She was a member of the Church of God of Prophesy.  Lillie was a retired employee of Blue Bell and after retirement, her passion was her flowers.

 

Surviving are a son:  Dallas K. Peterson and wife, Hazel, and a sister:  Thelma Angel all of Burnsville; 3 grandchildren:  Sheila Cooke and husband, Reid,  of Cleveland, NC, Roger Peterson of Conover and Richie Peterson and wife, Pamela, of Lenoir and 3 great grandchildren:  Brandon and Derrick Earls and Kourtney Peterson.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Robert Norris will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Academy Cemetery.

 

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.

 

The family extends a special thanks to the staff at Mountain Manor Assisted Living and Hospice nurse, Donna Hughes.

OSCAR BAILEY

Oscar Wilson Bailey, 84, native of Ohio, died January 30 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine.  He is survived by his wife, Sarah Bailey, with whom he was married for 64 years; his three siblings, Warren Bailey, Margaret Simone and Gert Torry, all of Ohio; his two children, Susan Stickney of Santa Fe and Dan Bailey of Baltimore, Maryland, and four grandchildren, Sarah and Amelia, Morgan and Rebecca. 

 

Oscar was a nationally recognized photographer, known primarily for his innovative use of an antique camera that made long, thin panorama photographs. His work is in the permanent collections of many major museums and in the lives of his many students. 

 

Oscar and Sarah came to this area in 1971 when he started teaching photography classes at Penland School of Crafts.  In 1983 they bought land in the area and began building their hand-crafted home.  The next 25 years Oscar spent building furniture for family and friends.   He installed a Japanese rock garden on his property, designed and built kites, “wind-supported sculptures,” as he called them, and flew them from the top of his hill.  After obtaining a pyrotechnicians’s license, he set off fireworks shows of his own invention that delighted friends and family.  

 

A recent reviewer of his life’s work commented that it represents “Oscar Bailey’s ability to engage seriously in both art and craft without ever appearing to take himself too seriously.”  A fellow professor and collaborator said recently, “Oscar was a fun and exciting person to be around.  He liked to figure out how things worked and then explored how he could integrate these qualities with his ideas.”  Oscar himself would say:  “It’s not about education, it’s about having fun.” 

 

A gathering of family and friends will meet this summer at the Bailey home for a tribute to Oscar’s life.

 

Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice or the Penland School of Crafts.

GERTIE McENTYRE

Gertie McEntyre, 94, of Celo, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County she was a daughter of the late John Henry and Elizabeth McMahan Effler and the wife of Lewis McEntyre who died in 1996.  She was also preceded in death by sisters: Dora Wilson, Earge Wilson, Bertie Hardin, Rene Deal, Eula Guinn, and Mamie Simmons; and brothers:  Roscoe, Cecil and Troy Effler. Gertie worked with the US Forest Service for 22 years and retired at the age of 92. 

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Shirley Tolley of the Pleasant Gap community; 2 sons:  Terry McEntyre of Marion, Lewis McEntyre Jr. and wife Susie of Burnsville;  2 brothers:  John Ray Effler and Raymond Effler and wife Jean; and a sister-in-law Linnie Effler, all of Marion, and  a brother-in-law Roy Guinn, of Morganton; grandchildren:  Vicki Tolley, Pamela Boswell, Darrin McEntyre and wife Tammy, Stacey McEntyre, Julie Wetherman and husband Weldon, and Jamie McEntyre and wife Christie; great grandchildren: Savanah, Conner, Lacie, Caley and Celeste, and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  A graveside service will be held at 2 PM Tuesday in the South Estatoe Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

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

BOYD OTTIS BRYANT

Boyd Ottis Bryant, 76, of 1722 16th Street NE, Hickory, died Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at Frye Regional Medical Center.  Born January 18, 1934 in Yancey County, he was a son of the late Robert and Hassie Garland Bryant.  He was also preceded in death by a daughter:  Christine Bryant; 2 brothers:  Obed and Homer Bryant; and, a sister:  Ruth Zeller.

 

Surviving are his loving wife of 45 years:  Donna Phillips Bryant; a son:  Ronald Bryant; a daughter:  Norma Gilliam and husband, Ted, all of Hickory; 7 grandkids:  Jessica, Heather, Ty, Madison and Josh Gilliam and wife, Amanda, Kristin and Savannah Bryant; 1 great granddaughter:  Makayla Gilliam; 2 sisters:  Ethel Ritter and Zula Whaley of Illinois; and, a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Monday in Faith Tabernacle Community Church in Hickory.  Burial will be in the White Oak Flats Cemetery at Green Mountain, NC.

 

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

 

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Frye Hospital staff and to Hospice of Hickory.

LOUISE "TOOTSY" WILLIAMS

Louise “Nana Tootsy” Williams of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Calvin Eck and Millie Garland Phillips.  She was also preceded in death by infant sisters:  Lorrain and Leone Phillips.  Nana Tootsy babysat for thirty years.  She attended North Bend Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Joe Williams; a son:  Charles Williams; daughters:  Paula Peterson and husband, Junior, and Charlene Hoffman and husband, Daniel, all of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Gary, Kevin, Brad, D.J., Kayla, Aaliyah and Mikey; great grandchildren:  Asya and Ashton and a brother:  Bud Phillips and wife, Ann, of Spruce Pine.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Junior Peterson and Keith Miller will officiate.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Grover Hunter Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

EDWARD L. & PATRICIA S. COLYER

Edward L. Colyer, 71, and Patricia S. Colyer, 71, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, January 20, 2010.  Both were natives of Buncombe County.  Edward was a son of the late Payton and Grace Colyer.  Patricia was a daughter of Katherine Woody Birmingham of Waynesville and the late Charles E. Birmingham. 

 

Surviving Edward and Patricia is a son:  Monty Colyer of Burnsville.  Edward is also survived by a brother:  Sam Colyer of Asheville.  Surviving Patricia, in addition to her mother, are brothers:  Charles Birmingham and wife, Joan, of Seymour, TN and Scott Birmingham and wife, Diane of Waynesville; sisters:  Joy Richardson and husband, David, of Maggie Valley and Brenda Brown and husband, Gary, of Canton.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

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

TOM L. WILSON

Tom L. Wilson, 90, of Pensacola, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at John F. Keever Solace Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Ewart and Essie Ray Wilson, and the husband of Ruth Gunter Wilson who died in 1976.  He was a World War II Army Veteran.

 

Surviving are a sister:  Virginia Boone; a brother:  Ned Wilson and wife, Marjorie, all of Burnsville; and, several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 6PM Friday in Pensacola United Methodist Church, of which he was a member.  The Revs. A. J. Moore and Bradley Boone will officiate.  Entombment will be in Spruce Pine Mausoleum.  Pallbearers will be Terry Wilson, Wayne Atkins, Ronald Fox, Nolan Harris, Jerome Blankenship and Jerry Wilson.  Honorary pallbearers will be David Boone and Mike Wilson.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pensacola United Methodist Church, Laurel Branch Baptist Church or Pensacola Free Will Baptist Church.

OTTIS HYLEMON

Ottis Hylemon, 71, of Sang Branch, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Lige and Gladys Higgins Hylemon of Burnsville.  He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Hylemon and a brother, Kenneth Hylemon.  He was a retired carpenter.

 

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are 3 daughters: Anita Brown, Sandra Morgan and Denise Burleson; 2 sons: Johnny and Noel Hylemon; 6 sisters:  Rosa Lee Peters of Nebo, Alma Radford, Barbara Robinson, Betty Robinson, Robin Hylemon and Carolyn Smith all of Glen Alpine; 2 brothers: Evert Hylemon of Burnsville and Creed Hylemon of Lincolnton, and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be at 2 P.M. Sunday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.   Pastor Jerry Shelton will officiate.  Burial will be in the Proffitt Cemetery on Elk Shoal Creek.

 

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

LAWRENCE GRINDSTAFF

Lawrence Grindstaff, 89, of Big Brush Creek, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, January 15, 2010, at Asheville VA Medical Center.  A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Will and Martha Roberts Grindstaff.  He was also preceded in death by 5 sisters, 3 brothers and 2 sons-in-law.

 

Surviving are his wife of 70 years:  Lockie Miller Grindstaff; children:  Arlene Ray and husband, Charles, J. R. Grindstaff, Gary Grindstaff and wife, Sherry, and Earl Grindstaff and wife, Karen, all of Burnsville, Natalie Harris and husband, Dennis, of Lenoir and Sue Willmott of Asheville; grandchildren:  Denise Doucette and husband, William, Pam Moore and husband, Fred, Pat Bramlett and husband, Kevin, Angie Fineberg and husband Kevin, Heather Turner and husband, William, Collin Willmott and wife, Sarah, Eric Grindstaff and wife, Crystal, Benjamin Grindstaff and wife, Ashley, and Caleb Grindstaff; great grandchildren:  Harris and Carlton Bassett, Jarod and Emily Wood, Jeremy Bramlett, Lawrence Grindstaff and Maggie Willmott; 2 sisters:  Christine Gortney and Betty Goodwin, and a brother:  Arvel Grindstaff, all of Bakersville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 4PM Sunday in Red Hill Baptist Church, of which he was a member.  The Rev. Randy Wise will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 2 until 4PM prior to the service at the church.

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice Fund, Charles George VAMC, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805, or Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

ALMA LAWS PRESNELL

Alma Laws Presnell, 81, of Burnsville, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2010.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Emory and Mary Robinson Laws.  She was also preceded in death by a brother:  Billy Laws.  Alma was a member of Newdale Presbyterian Church.

 

Surviving are her husband of 55 years:  Harold Presnell; son:  Alan Presnell and wife, Debbie, of Black Mountain; daughter:  Sharon Morgan and husband, Michael, of Weaverville; brother:  Jack Laws of Burnsville; 5 grandchildren:  Meredith, Kaitlin, Alexis, Julianne and Will; and, a great grandchild:  Lanie.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Mike Brazelle will officiate.  Burial will be in the Newdale Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 P.M. prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

The family would like to thank the staff of Brookside Rehabilitation & Care for their tender care of our Mother.  Also, a special thanks to Jean Phillips, a dear friend and family member.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Newdale Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 84 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

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