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RUBY RADFORD WILSON

Ruby Radford Wilson, 92, of the Cane River Community entered into a peaceful sleep Monday, April 19, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Lillie Fox Ray.  She was also preceded in death by husbands:  Raleigh Radford and Albert Wilson, Sr.; brothers:  Carson Ray, Shelby Ray and Leroy Ray; and son-in-law:  Pat Whitmire.

           

Surviving are her son:  Sam Radford of Burnsville; daughters:  Irma Kiser of Gastonia and Shirley Whitmire of Hendersonville; sisters:  Rena Radford of Burnsville, Dorothy McKinney of Spruce Pine and Margie Griner and husband, Buddy, of Hendersonville; a brother:  Bis Ray and wife, Edna, of Burnsville; granddaughters:  Hilda Chaudhry and husband, Subhan, of Gastonia, Michelle McHaffey and husband, Stephen, of Columbia, SC and Sandra Becher of Hendersonville; 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

           

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Royce Ball will officiate.  Burial will be in the Cane River Baptist Church 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 or Brookside Rehab, Activity Fund, P. O. Box 248, Burnsville, NC 28714.

           

Ruby and husband, Raleigh Radford, were well known in the Cane River Community for their devotion and service.  Together, they owned the Raleigh Radford General Store and ran the Cane River Post Office.  He, as Post Master and she, as a postal worker.  After Mr. Radford’s retirement, she continued running the Post Office until it was discontinued.

           

Their love of children extended beyond their own.  They provided education supplies and clothing to children in need.  The young people in the community affectionately called them Aunt Ruby and Uncle Raleigh.  

           

Ruby’s work ethics was so great she put off retirement and worked at Haven Heights Rest Home for 20 years.  She worked well into her eighties when poor health forced her to retire.  She was talented in arts and crafts.  Many family and friends enjoy her beautiful creations in needlework, ceramics and quilts.

           

Ruby’s tender heart was a great asset to Yancey County.  The late Harlon Holcombe, former owner of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, once related to the family that between Ruby and he, many unfortunate people in Yancey County were buried with dignity.

           

The family would like to express it’s deep gratitude to Vera Hall, Dr. Polgar and the nurses and staff of Brookside Rehabilitation and Care that provided loving kindness, compassion and excellent care during her time with them.

            

ROBERT "BOB" BROWN

Robert Jackson “Bob” Brown, 78, of Charlie Brown Road, went home to be with the Lord Friday, April 16, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Charles Lee and Laura Banks Brown.  He was also preceded in death by sisters: Pearl Banks and Nancy Holcombe.  Bob was a US Army Veteran, farmer, dairyman and retired employee of Glen Raven Mills. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend to all who knew him.

 

Surviving are his wife of 58 years:  Nora Belle Wheeler Brown; 5 daughters:  Robbie Brown, Judy Silvers and husband, Morris, Louann Brown, Amy Brown and Angie Anglin, all of Burnsville; a son:  George Brown and wife, Linda, of Kingsport, TN; 13 grandchildren:  Michelle Tabares, Aaron Collins, David Brown, Brian and Brandon Silvers, Crystal Wyatt, Adam, Josh and Brittney Brown, Justin and Randall Norton and Ryne and Preston Anglin; 8 great grandchildren; a sister:  Freida Bryson and husband, Hale, of Shelby; and, a brother:  Andy Brown and wife, Wanda, of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs. Gary Helton and Eugene Moore will officiate. Burial will follow in the West Burnsville Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

BARBARA EFFLER

Barbara Effler, 73, of the Busick Community, went home to be with the Lord Friday, April 9, 2010, at Mission Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Laura Duncan Carroll.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Joyce Wilson.  Barbara was a member of Mt. Mitchell Baptist Church.

           

Surviving are her husband of 55 years:  Gail Effler; a daughter:  Regina Wilson and husband, Randy; a son:  Robert Effler and wife, Angie, all of Busick; grandchildren:  Brian and Kyle Wilson and Adam and Samuel Effler; a sister:  Cora Ward and husband, Herman, of Marion; a brother:  Latt Carroll and wife, Nell, of Lincolnton; and, several nieces and nephews.

           

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Forrest Westall will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Ballew Cemetery.

           

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

           

PAULA WIDENER

Paula Widener, 48, of Taylorsville, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, April 8, 2010 at her home   A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Edward Mitchell and the late Dixie Mitton.  She was a member of the Life of Victory Church in Taylorsville.

           

Surviving, in addition to her father, are her fiancé:  Ralph Sprague, of Taylorsville; 2 sisters:  Linda Shumate of Canyon City, CO and Nancy McCaffrey of Eden, NC; a brother:  Eddie Mitchell of Taylorsville.  Several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Widener family.

 

 A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Sunday in Happy Trails Cowboy Church in Taylorsville.

 

CARMON BRUCE RAMSEY

Bruce “Buzzy” Ramsey, 51, of Hendersonville died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 6, 2010.  He was the son of Earlene Phillips Ramsey of Fletcher and the late Bruce Ramsey.  Buzzy was a member of Fruitland Baptist Church and a graduate of Cane River High School.  He was a 25-year employee of Cranston Print Works.

           

 Surviving in addition to his mother, are his sons:  Aaron Bruce Ramsey and Anthony Kyle Ramsey of Hendersonville; his daughter:  Amber Michelle Ramsey of Fletcher; the mother of his children:  Felicia Ramsey of Hendersonville; 3 grandchildren:  Katelyn Ramsey, Cayden Ramsey and Gavin Howard and 2 expectant grandchildren; his siblings:  Debra E. Ramsey and Sharon R. Kast of Fletcher, Marcia R. Allison of Candler, David S. Ramsey of Hendersonville, Michael D. Ramsey of Arden, Cathy Creasman of Hendersonville, and Shelly R. Connor of Fletcher and 12 nieces and nephews. 

           

 Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. David MacEachern will officiate.  Burial will be in the Watts Cemetery at Bee Log.

           

 The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at the home of his daughter, Amber Ramsey in Fletcher.

           

DENNIS JOHN SHEPHERD

Dennis John Shepherd, 54, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord on April 6, 2010.  He was the son of the late John and Ruby Shepherd of Burnsville.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister:  Loretta Shepherd.

           

 Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife:  Sharon Shepherd of the home; daughters:  Stephanie Ponder and husband, Michael, Staci Austin and fiancé David Bruce, all of Burnsville, and Tania Shepherd of Buncombe County; a son:  John Shepherd of Burnsville; stepdaughter:  Shelley Hoilman of Spruce Pine; stepson:  Jason Ogle and wife, Kim, of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Anthony and Amy Ponder, Tyler and Megan Austin, and Thomy Young, all of Burnsville, Riley Lockridge of Buncombe County, Justin and Houston Hoilman and Brooklyn Blevins, all of Spruce Pine, and Grayson Huskins and Landon Ogle of Burnsville; a brother:  Steve Shepherd and wife, Angie; a sister:  Sharon Harter and husband, Russ, all of Spruce Pine; and a very special friend Tommy “Hub” McIntosh of Burnsville.

           

 Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Ronnie Robinson, Jerry Shelton and Tommy Murphy will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Friday in the John Shepherd Family Cemetery.

           

 The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 PM Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at his home.

           

Alma J. Franklin

Alma J. Franklin, 67, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord, Monday, April 5, 2010 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was daughter of the late Lee and Martha Silver Carroll and the wife of Ralph Franklin who died in 2002.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Randall Timothy Franklin.

           

 Surviving are a daughter:  Rita Woody and husband, Michael, of Green Mountain; 2 sons:  Michael Franklin and wife, Sherry, of Connellys Springs and Keith Franklin and wife, Jennifer, of Marion; 8 grandchildren; 2 sisters:  Zelma Carroll and Abigail Harris and husband, Pender, of Burnsville and a brother:  Clifton Carroll and wife, Louise, of Nebo.

           

 Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Jerry Shelton will officiate.   A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the Piney Hill Church Cemetery.

           

 The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at her home.

           

JANIE HANEY JOHNSON

Janie Haney Johnson, 84, of the Bald Mountain Community went home to be with the Lord Monday, March 1, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Sarah Byrd Haney and the wife of Virgil Johnson who died in 1960.  She was also preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.

         

 Surviving are a daughter:  JoAnn Johnson McCurry and husband, Robert; a granddaughter:  Teena McCurry; 2 grandsons:  Jamie McCurry and wife, Shana and Jeremy McCurry and wife, Tiffany, all of Burnsville; 3 great-grandchildren:  Megean, Colton and Robbie McCurry; a sister:  Mollie Quinn of Inman, SC; a sister-in-law:  Kathleen Haney of Burnsville; 5 step-children and several nieces and nephews.

           

 Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Billy Mitchell will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Fender Cemetery at Bee Log.

           

 The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at the home of JoAnn and Robert McCurry.

           

 

MADGE BRYANT

Madge Bryant, 81, of Patterson Branch, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 31, 2010.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Nora Garland Bryant.  She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Bryant and a sister, Evelyn Woodby Mitchell.  Madge was a member of Patterson Branch Freewill Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years.  She loved her Lord, her family and her friends.

           

 Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Fletcher Bryant; two daughters:  Nina Stevens of Green Mountain and Sandra Davis of Burnsville; 2 sons:  Steven Ray Bryant of Burnsville and Donald Lee Bryant of Green Mountain; a sister:  Wanda Bryant of Burnsville; a brother:  Lamar Bryant of Burnsville; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

           

 Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Patterson Branch Freewill Baptist Church.  Revs. Cecil Hensley and Brian Blankenship will officiate.  Burial will be in the Howell Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers.

           

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

           

 Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Bryant family.

           

CHRIS MacLEOD

Chris MacLeod, 20, of Burnsville, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2010.  Born in Ft. Collins, Colorado, he was a son of Walter MacLeod and Monica Cooper.  Chris had been a resident of Yancey County for the past 7 years.  A 2008 graduate of Mtn. Heritage, he was involved in the JROTC, achieving the rank of Command Sergeant Major, and was on the wrestling team.  Chris was a student at Mayland Community College in the auto repair program.

           

Surviving are his Mother and Dad:  Monica and Scott Cooper of Burnsville; Father:  Walter MacLeod of Oaktown, IN; a sister:  Jennifer MacLeod of the home; grandparents:  David and Donna Black of New Mexico, John and Dorothy Kinch of Colorado, Esther Bertsch of Colorado, Hugh and Linda Foist of Washington, Ron and Paula Cooper of Indiana, and Jim and Virginia Fadely of Indiana; his fiancée: Tonya Huskins of Burnsville; and, numerous friends and church family.

           

A memorial service will be held at 7PM Friday in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.  The Revs. Jerry Shelton and Dick Westbrook will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery.

           

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

           

Memorials may be made to the family to offset medical expenses.

           

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the MacLeod family.

 

 

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