: OBITUARIES :
THELMA ADKINS WHITSON
Thelma Adkins Whitson, 91, of the Big Creek Community, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, August 10, 2011 in St. Josephs Hospital. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Clate and Bonnie Bennett Adkins and the wife of Shurl Whitson who died in 2001. She was also preceded in death by 3 brothers: Phil, George and Farrell and a sister: Eddith Wilson. She was a member of Big Creek Free Will Baptist Church and she and her husband were owner/operators of Shurl Whitson’s General Merchandise for over 50 years. Thelma’s hobbies included genealogy and gardening. She was a valuable source for anyone searching for family, friends or community genealogy. She was a true believer of planting by the signs of the moon, and apparently, that was valuable information because she yielded great crops.
Surviving are her son: Gary Whitson and wife, Pat, of Weaverville and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A. M. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Former pastor, Rev. Ulis Miller and Dr. Jim McCoy will officiate. Burial will be in the Adkins Cemetery at Big Creek.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
FRANK EDWARD MACPHERSON
Frank Edward Macpherson, 90, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at his home in Burnsville.
Frank was born May 28, 1921 and raised in rural Northeast Louisiana. He served as a Navy Officer in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After spending most of his working years as an employee and later owner of Lake Charles Office Supply in Lake Charles, LA, Frank settled in Burnsville for most of the past 30 years.
He was active in the Presbyterian Church, both in Lake Charles and Burnsville, the United Way, Reconciliation House, Meals on Wheels, and many other community services. Frank was an active hiker for many years throughout the mountains of North Carolina, loved being outdoors and an avid baseball fan.
He is survived by his wife of almost 22 years, Gwen Green Macpherson; a daughter: Sandra Cooper of Santa Rosa, CA; a son: Charles Macpherson and his wife, Jocelyn Cavin Macpherson, of Marietta, GA; stepsons: Jonathan Green and his wife, Betsy Glenn Green, of Raleigh and Christopher Green of Asheville; stepdaughters: Jennifer Green-Lee and her husband, Tony Lee, of Raleigh and Teresa Green Mask of Jacksonville, FL; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 AM Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Burnsville.
The family requests that memorials be made to Reconciliation House, P. O. Box 1147, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
MARVIN W. POWERS
Staff Sgt. Marvin W. Powers, 79, of Micaville went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. He was a US Army Korean War Veteran.
Surviving are his loving wife of 20 years, Alice; a daughter: Denise Marlow and husband, Randy, and a special grandson: Clint Marlow all of Micaville; a son: Howard Hiatt of West Palm Beach, FL; daughters: Valarie Adams, Vanessa Powers and Veronica De Ford all of Vermont; 2 sisters: Bessie and Ella; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in Morning Star Baptist Church of which he was a member. Revs. Billy Mitchell and Paul Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Tuesday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home where the body will remain until taken to the church to lie in state one hour prior to the service.
KATLYN MARIE MAGGS
Katlyn “KT” Maggs, 21, of Burnsville passed away Monday, August 8, 2011 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Robin Theresa Vorhees. KT was a 2007 graduate of Mountain Heritage High School.
Surviving are her grandparents: George and Claire Maggs of Burnsville; a sister: Danielle Maggs of Lexington, KY; a brother: Michael Davis of Ft. Bragg, NC; and her fiancé, Nik Staab of Burnsville.
The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 PM Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be at 11 A. M. Friday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Reservoir Road. Father Vance Mann will officiate. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.
Helen Buchanan, 70, of Micaville passed away Monday August 8, 2011.She was a daughter of the late Harvey and Helen Welch Lawson.
Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Dan Buchanan; two sons: John Buchanan and wife Amanda of Arden and Michael Buchanan and wife Christine of Taylorsville, a brother: Harvey W. Lawson of Annapolis, MD and grandchildren Kayla, Kevin, Thomas, Mikie, Hannah and Derek.
Funeral services will be held at 7 P. M. Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.
A graveside service will be held at 10 A. M. Thursday in the Anglin Cemetery on Presnell Hollow Road.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 P. M. Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home.
ROYSTON P. TURNBAUGH, Sr.
Royston P. Turnbaugh, Sr., of Longview Drive, died Monday, August 8, 2011 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care. A native of Baltimore, MD he was a son of the late Walter and Bertha Mae Kennedy Turnbaugh.
Surviving are his wife of 68 years: Mamie Marie Whitson Turnbaugh; 8 children: Linda M. Shepard, Royston P. Turnbaugh, Jr., Gary L. Turnbaugh (deceased), Wesley Turnbaugh, Gene E. Turnbaugh, William P. Turnbaugh, Roger L. Turnbaugh and Teresa Y. Fitzgerald; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren and two sisters: Helen Peacock and Ella Mae Wilhelm.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Josephine Capps, 84, of the Pensacola Community, and formerly of Hendersonville, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, August 5, 2011, at her home. Born on December 18, 1926 in Tryon, NC, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Effie Cantrell. She was preceded in death by her husband: Fred Raymond Capps, Sr.
Surviving are her sons: Fred R. Capps, Jr. of Burnsville, and D. Joe Capps and Ed Capps of Guachochi, Mexico; her daughter: English Biber of Asheville; 6 grandchildren; and, 7 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Ed Capps will officiate. Burial will be in the Ledford-Atkins Cemetery on Haney Creek.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her honor to Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714, or to the ministry of Ed Capps, Central Missionary Clearing House, P. O. Box 219228, Houston, TX 77218.
CLELA BALL HENSLEY
Clela Ball Hensley, 93, of Burnsville, passed away Friday, August 5, 2011. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Clay and Amanda McMahan Ball, and the wife of Selwyn Hensley who died in 1993.
Surviving are daughters: Barbara Hensley of the home and Beverly Weaver and husband, James, of Mt. Olive, NC; sons: Steve Hensley and wife, Anita, of Asheville and Bacchus Hensley and wife, Jackie, of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren: Amy Miller and husband, Joey, and Clay, Christopher and Layne Hensley; and, 4 great grandchildren: Weston and Savannah Deyton and Daniel and Dalton Miller.
Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Sunday, August 7, 2011 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Rev. Hartsell McCurry will officiate. Burial will be in the Banks Cemetery on Banks Creek.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
GAY CORNELIUS SPARKS
Gay Sparks, 94, of Micaville, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at his home. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Charles and Nanny Randolph Sparks. He was a member and deacon of Pleasant Gap Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 74 years: Thula Jones Sparks; a son: Kenny Sparks and wife, Judy; 2 grandsons: Stephen Sparks and wife, Christina, and Scott Sparks and wife, Brandy; and, a great grandson: Caleb, all of Burnsville.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. B. G. McMahan and Steve Grindstaff will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11AM Saturday in the Fred Young Cemetery at Pleasant Gap. Pallbearers will be Scott Sparks, Stephen Sparks, Greg Presnell, Kenneth Yarborough, Dennis Jones and Randall Robinson.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 PM Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Jewell Silver, 75, of Georges Fork went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Berlin and Mary Styles Jones and the wife of Rev. Jack J. Silver who died in 1997. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Stevie Jones. Jewell was a retired employee of OMC.
Surviving are two sons: Randy Silver and wife, Penny, and Dennis Silver and wife, Malinda, all of Burnsville; 4 sisters: Thula Hughes and Shirley Jones of Burnsville; Charlotte Whitaker and husband, Kenneth, of Fletcher and Ruth Shipman and husband, Jim, of Horseshoe; 3 brothers: Sam Jones and Carson Jones and wife, Opal, of Burnsville and L. C. Jones of Mooresboro; 6 grandchildren: Danielle, Holland, Autumn and Sawyer Croix Silver, Melody Kardulis and Tina Ray; step-grandson: Jan Michael Riddle; 3 great-grandchildren: Maria and Aidan Kardulis and Christina Ray and a special friend: Rachel Mahoney.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Friday in Youngs Chapel Free Will Baptist Church of which she was a member. Revs. Roger Thompson and Bobby Revis will officiate. Burial will be in Youngs Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM 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.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
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