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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.

LORA PETERSON

Lora Peterson, 83, of Mtn. Village Apartments, went home to be with the Lord Friday, October 16, 2009, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Noah and Rebecca Renfro Hughes, and the wife of Carmon Peterson who died in 1992.  She was a member of North Bend Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are 2 sons:  Gary Peterson and wife, Pat, and Gerald Peterson and wife, Cindy; grandchildren:  Kim Robinson, Shannon Peterson and Payton Peterson, 4 great grandchildren:  Morgan and Paige Peterson, Lainey and Kamryn Robinson, all of Burnsville; a twin sister:  Nora Buchanan of Green Mountain; and, a brother:  S. C. Hughes of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Dean Murphy and Blaine Whitson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Fairview Cemetery at Horton Hill.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7PM Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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

ROBERT HIGGINS, JR.

Robert Higgins, Jr., 78 of Wallburg went home to be with his Lord Monday, October 12, 2009 at Forsyth Medical Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Robert W. Higgins, Sr. and Martha Jane Adkins Higgins.  He was a US Navy Korean Conflict Veteran and had been a resident of Wallburg for 50 years. He was employed by Carolina Steel until his retirement.

 

Surviving are his wife of 53 years:  Catherine Briggs Higgins; a daughter: Deborah Higgins Moser and husband, Dale, of Wallburg; 3 sisters: Allie Renfro of Winston-Salem, Hettie Price and Betty Fox of Burnsville; 3 special grandchildren that fondly referred to him as Papa:  Catlyn, Casey, and Caleb Moser.

 

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Wallburg Baptist Church of which he was a member.  Rev. Roy Cantrell and Dr. Brooks Hunt will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at J. C. Green & Sons Funeral Home, 10301 N. NC Hwy. 109, Winston Salem where the body will remain until taken to the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

 

Memorials may be made to Wallburg Baptist Church, P. O. Box 595, Wallburg, NC 27373. Online condolences may be made to the Higgins family at www.jcgreenandsons.com  

This obituary courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. 

ELLA "POLLY' BUMGARNER

Ella Pauline “Polly” Woodie Bumgarner, 75, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, October 11, 2009 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Jonas Ridge, Burke County, she was a daughter of the late Sam and Mae McCroskey Woodie.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Truitt Bumgarner; a son:  Stephen Bumgarner; 2 sisters:  Ora Woodie and Estalena Franklin; 3 brothers:  Wilie, Odis (Odie) and Earnest Woodie.


Surviving are two daughters:  Marsha Randolph and Traci Gibbs both of Micaville; 5 grandchildren:  Michelle Geouge, Stephen Riddle, Brock Riddle, Lindsey and D.J. Gibbs; 8 great-grandchildren:  Brittany and Makayla Marlowe, Douglas Geouge, Emmalee, Nicholas and Allison Riddle, and Jordan and Owen Riddle; 1 great-great-grandson:  Karsen Ray and 1 brother:  Ray Woodie of Jonas Ridge.


Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Shane Cassada will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in Concord Methodist Church Cemetery at North Cove.

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

NANCY JANE LAWS

Nancy Hughes Laws, 95, of Micaville went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Joe and Dullie Briggs Hughes and the wife of Bill Laws who died in 1979.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Ed Laws; sisters:  Ollie Justice and Dorothy Pruitt and brothers:  Gibb and James Hughes.


Surviving are 3 sons:  Bobby Laws and wife, Jean, of Jacks Creek, Clyde Laws and wife, Edith, of Celo and Lewis Laws and wife, Diane, of Micaville; a daughter-in-law:  Ruth Laws of Blue Rock Road; 8 grandchildren:  Sandra Allison and husband, Bob, Tony Laws and wife, Sherry, Randall Laws, Eddie Laws, Bruce Laws and wife, Jennifer, Robert Laws, Donna Laws and Shelly Huskins and husband, Danny; 7 great-grandchildren:  Chadd Hensley and wife, Krista, Mackenzie Autrey, Ashleigh and Levi Bradford, Dereke and Dawson Huskins and Dakota Laws; a great-great-grandson:  Drew Hensley; sisters:  Catheleen McMahan of Black Mountain, Bessie Butler of Swannanoa, Mona Lee Stamey and husband, Lee, of Charlotte, Ossie Ingle and husband, John, of Candler; brother-in-law:  Fred Laws and wife, Said, of Marion; sister-in-law:  Elsie Thomas of South Toe and a host of nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.


Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Scot Garland will officiate.   A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the Carroway Cemetery.


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


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Yancey County Senior Center, Meals On Wheels, P. O. Box 546, Burnsville, NC 28714.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care and Hospice of Yancey County for their loving and tender care, and also the staff and volunteers of Yancey Senior Center-Meals on Wheels.

ANITA SPARKS RAY

 Polly Ann Sparks Ray passed away Saturday, October 3, 2009 at her home after an extended illness. Her given name was Polly Ann, but to family and friends she was known as Anita.  She was a New Year’s Eve bundle, born December 31, 1938 to the late Homer and Mamie Ellis Sparks of Spruce Pine.  Anita was the proud wife of 50 years to her loving and devoted husband, Terrill Randall Ray, where they made their home in the Pleasant Gap Community.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Teresa Ray Bryant of Burnsville and April Ray Woody of Pleasant Gap.  Grandchildren are Bridget Bryant and Barron Bryant (father Greg Bryant) of Burnsville and SaBrena Woody and Devan Woody (father Tim Woody) of Pleasant Gap.  Additional survivors include; mother-in-law Myra Ray Silver of Burnsville, sister Nancy Angel and husband Clabourn of Burnsville, brother Charles Nicholas Sparks and wife Liz of Georgia, sister-in law Berlean Lawhern of Burnsville and, several nieces and nephews.

 

 Anita fought chronic pain for over twenty years and endured many painful surgeries.  She was looking forward to seeing the Lord and having a body free of all ailments.  Her family would like to thank Celo Health Center, especially Dr. Stella, the “Angels” of Home Health, the “Angels” of Hospice, and their church family of Pleasant Gap Baptist Church.  Thanks to all the ones who have continually brought food over the past few months.  Special thanks to Janice Buchanan and Jeri Ray for sitting through the night and wiping away our tears while waiting on the Lord to call.

 

Over the years Anita worked several public jobs.  Some of her most favorite endeavors was working along side her daughters and husband in The Clothes Hanger and being a sales clerk for Belk in Spruce Pine.  She was a long time lover of pretty clothes, high heel shoes, and bright red lip stick.  She dressed in the trinkets and all of the bling.  Her husband’s first thoughts as he laid eyes upon her was “Wow, that’s the prettiest woman I’ve ever seen.”  Then he shined his pink and white Oxfords hoping for a glance.  Her first thoughts, “Those are some ugly shoes!”  Her treasures on earth included her family and most adored grandkids, of which will miss her tremendously.

 

Services celebrating her life will be held at 7 P. M. Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Reverend Steven Grindstaff, pastor of Pleasant Gap Baptist Church, of which Anita was a member, will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 A. M. Tuesday in the Fred Young Cemetery at Pleasant Gap.  The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 P. M. Monday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

WILLIAM RILEY BUCKNER

William Riley Buckner, 86, of the Possum Trot Community, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Gus and Maggie Austin Buckner and was also preceded in death by son:  Steven Buckner; grandson:  Billy Buckner; sister:  Ruby Thomason; and brothers:  Ralph and Emmitt Buckner.  Riley was a World War II Navy Veteran and a retired supervisor at A B Emblem Company.


Surviving are his wife of 64 years:  Gladys Buckner; a son:  William Stanley Buckner and wife, Delane; 3 daughters:  Joan Souther and husband, Steve, Janet Deitz and husband, Doug, and Vickie Thomas all of Burnsville; 10 grandchildren:  Alicia, Melissa, Angela, Devan, Jackie, Jessie, Heather, Justin, Dakota and Jewel; and 8 great-grandchildren:  Jordan, Hallie, Julia, Jasmine, Nicolas, Anna Grace, Payton and Tryston.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.  Pastors Davy Shelton and Bradley Boone will officiate.  Burial will be in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Madison County.


The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home where the body will remain until placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service.

 

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