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FANNIE E. BENNETT

Fannie E. Bennett, 90, formerly of Burnsville, passed away Friday, September 11, 2009, in a Knoxville, TN Health Care Facility.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Ruben and Etta Renfro Peterson and the wife of S. J. Bennett who died in 1986.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter:  Evalene Honeycutt Cooper; sisters:  Minnie Howell, Lillian Cooper, Kathleen Demary, Pauline Reynolds and Juanita Cornett; and, brothers:  Roscoe and John Peterson.  Fannie was a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are a son:  Morris Bennett and wife, Linda, of Knoxville, TN; 4 grandchildren:  Tammy Putman and husband, Boyce, and Chris Honeycutt and wife, Beth, all of Greenville, SC, Kim Gunn of Nashville, TN and Amy Blackburn of Knoxville; and, a brother:  Frank Peterson and wife, Eva Jo, of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 P.M. Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Ricky Ray will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, September 15, 2009, in West Burnsville Church Cemetery.

 

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

LEROY RIDDLE

Leroy Riddle, 64, of the Cane River community, died Sunday, August 30, 2009.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Leatha McIntosh Riddle of Burnsville and the late France Riddle.  He was also preceded in death by a brother:  Jimmie Riddle.  Leroy was an employee of Mountain Air.  He was a beloved son, brother and uncle.

 

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are 5 sisters:  Shirley Linville and husband, George, of Mechanicsville, VA, Jessie Sowder and husband, Charles and Christine Humphrey and husband, Johnnie Lee, of Baltimore, MD, Thanna Smith and husband, Bobby, of Mocksville, and Judy Smith and husband, Paul, of Sparta, TN; 2 brothers:  Bennie Riddle and wife, Maurine, and Gary Riddle and wife, Janice, of Burnsville; and, several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, September 20, 2009 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Stacy Elkins will officiate.  Burial will be in the McIntosh Cemetery on Langford Branch.

The family will receive friends from 4 until 6:00 PM Saturday, September 19, 2009 at the funeral home.
 

REV. BENNIE PHILLIPS

Rev. Bennie Phillips, 64, of the Ramseytown Community went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, September 10, 2009 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Thelma Adkins Phillips of Burnsville and the late Rev. Niram Phillips.  He was also preceded in death by a daughter:  Sandra Lee Phillips.  He was owner-operator of Burnsville Steel Erectors since 1973, Pastor of Paint Gap Baptist Church for 10 years and Pastor of Byrd’s Chapel Baptist Church since 1991.


Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife of 40 years, Kaye Franklin Phillips; a daughter:  Emily “Bunny” Edwards and husband, Luke, of Mars Hill; a son:  Rev. Raymond Phillips and wife, Amanda, of Burnsville; 2 grandchildren:  Jacob and Naomi; a brother:  Kenneth Phillips and wife, Shirley, of Erwin, TN and a sister:  Iva Lee Ricker and husband, John, of Shelby.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Raymond Phillips, Royce Ball and Philip Garland will officiate.  Burial will be in the Henry Howard Cemetery on Piney Hill Road.


The family will receive friends from 5 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road or Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

TRULA PATE

Trula Pate, 82, of Green Mountain passed away Thursday, September 10, 2009 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Dempsey and Prejetta Hunter Bryant and the wife of Naff Pate who died in 1988.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Jerry L. Pate.


Surviving are a son:  Jim Pate of Green Mountain; two grandchildren:  Rachel Boone and husband, Bradley of Burnsville and Preston Pate of Green Mountain.


Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Noah Hughes will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in Peterson Hill Cemetery.

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

ALESSANDRA NICOLE EFFLER

Alessandra Nicole “Alex” Effler, 4-year-old daughter of William and Girlie Codillo Effler of Busick, passed away Monday, September 7, 2009 in Mission Hospital as a result of an automobile accident.  She was born November 16, 2004 in Manila, Philippines.  She was a granddaughter of the late Troy and Leota Effler.


Surviving in addition to her parents, are her maternal grandparents:  Francisca and Gregorio Codillo of Manila, Philippines; aunts and uncles:  Enrico, Mary Ann, Rolando Michael, Maricel and Joan all of the Philippines, Jewel and Sonny Autrey of Busick; cousins:  Clay Autrey of Busick, Clint Autrey and wife, Rebecca, and son, Emerson, of Swannanoa, Erica, Harold Loyd, John Philip, Honey Lyn, Ryan Christian, Bryan, Nico, Carlo, Aedan all of the Philippines; a  special great aunt:  Gertie McEntyre and daughter, Shirley Tolley; great uncle:  John Ray Effler and Raymond Effler of Marion and special friends:  Stanley Wilson, Richard Todd, Viola Robinson and Gail Effler.


Funeral services will be held at 8:00 P.M. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Forrest Westall, Kenneth Forbes and Charles Willis will officiate.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday in the Robinson Cemetery on Rock Creek.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 P.M. prior to the service at the funeral home.

EZRA HOYETT FRANKLIN

Ezra Hoyett Franklin, 77, of David Park Drive, Burnsville, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2009 at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late John Floyd and Belle Edwards Franklin.  He was also preceded in death by a son, Homer Franklin, sisters: Faye McCurry and Virginia Lee McCurry and brothers: J. C. and Ralph Franklin.  Hoyett was a US Army Korean Conflict veteran and a retired employee of Henredon Furniture Company.

Surviving are two sons: Robert Franklin and wife Alice of Newland and Melvin Franklin of Burnsville; five grandchilren, three step grandchildren, six great grandchildren and two aunts: Vicie Franklin Testerman of Asheville and Edith Blankenship Franklin of Weaverville.

Funeral services will be held at 1 P. M. Wednesday, September 9, 2009 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Denver Styles will officiate. Burial will follow in the Piney Hill Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funearl home and at other times will be at the home of Robert Franklin in Newland.  

CHARLES E. RAY

Charles E. Ray, 83, of Hickory Lane, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Horace D. and Ada Hensley Ray.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Horace Daniel Ray, Jr.  Charles was a U. S. Army Veteran, retired rural letter carrier and an apple farmer. 


Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Chloe Ella Adkins Ray; daughter:  Sandy Ray Deyton and husband, Donald Deyton, of Unicoi, TN; a son:  Pastor Ricky Ray and wife, Claudia, of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren:  Tiffany Leigh Deyton of Arden, Travis Deyton of Knoxville, TN, Michael and Matthew Ray of Burnsville; and a sister:  Louise Roberts of Chapel Hill.


Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday in West Burnsville Baptist Church of which he was a member, deacon and greeter.  Pastor Harold Bennett, Jr., and Pastor Charlie Carroway will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the West Burnsville Baptist Church Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 5 until 7:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road or West Burnsville Baptist Church, P. O. Box 38, Burnsville, NC 28714.

STEVE WAYNE LEDFORD

Steve Wayne Ledford, 48, of the South Toe Community went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 18, 2009.  He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Briggs Ledford and 2 sons:  Matthew and Timothy Ledford and fiancé, Natalie Fuller all of Burnsville.


Surviving in addition to his wife and children, are his mother:  Doris Silver and husband, Frank, of Burnsville; father:  Earl Ledford and wife, Nancy, of Monticello, GA; grandmother:  Irene Hyatt of Burnsville; 1 sister:  Judy Ledford of Spruce Pine; 4 brothers:  Dean Ledford and wife, Paula, of Burnsville, Charles Ledford and wife, Carol, of Monticello, GA, Gary Ledford and wife, Teresa, of Burnsville, David Ledford and wife, Tammy, of Erwin, TN; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law:  Gerald Beaver and Ricky and Suzette Hilliard; mother-in-law:  Adaleen Briggs.  He was preceded in death by a sister:  Dianne Beaver and father-in-law:  Paul Briggs.


Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ronnie Whitson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday in the Circle of Faith Cemetery at Pensacola.


The family will receive friends from 5 until 8:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home and, at other times, will be at the home of Adaleen Briggs on Blue Rock Road.

Memorials may be made to South Toe Fire Department, of which Steve was a member for 20 years, 65 Roaring Spout Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

MAUD EMMA RAY LEWIS

Maud Emma Ray Lewis, 85, of Spruce Pine, passed away Sunday August 16, 2009 in the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.   A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Wesley and Emma Sue Banks Ray.   She was the wife of Leonard O. Lewis who passed away in 1963.  Maud was also preceded in death by brothers; Rollin Riddle, Jay Riddle, Shelby Riddle and Robert Riddle and a sister Flora Robinson.


Surviving is a son, Jerry E. Lewis of Ormond Beach, Florida;  two daughters; Deloris Young and husband, Ed, and Sue Fleener and husband, Todd, of Spruce Pine; a sister: Helen Frost of Morehead City, 11 grandchildren and a great grandson also survive.


Graveside services will be held at 1 P.M. Wednesday in the Wilson Cemetery at Concord.   The Rev. Larry Green will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P.M. Tuesday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

CHESTER PHILLIPS

Chester Phillips, 65, of Bloody Fork, went home, Friday August 14, 2009, at his home.  A native of Yancey County he was a son of the late James and Lockie Adkins Phillips.  He was preceded in death by 3 sisters and 2 brothers.  Chester enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.  He was a member and deacon of Millers Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. 

Surviving are his wife of 44 years:  Flossie Rich Phillips; a daughter:  Pamela Hall, and husband Mark of Rising Sun, Ohio; a son:  Travis Phillips and fiancé, Stephanie Godfrey of Erwin, TN; grandchildren:  Chas Buchanan, Brittney Buchanan, Colton Buchanan, Zachary Hall, Alexis Honeycutt and Hannah Honeycutt; 3 brothers Segal Phillips and wife Edith, Lester Phillips and wife Louise, D.L. Phillips and wife Sandy all of Burnsville; 2 sisters:  Zula Hensley of Burnsville and Dona Bryant and husband Boyd of Hickory.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 7 PM Monday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Tony Miller, Clifton McCurry and Gary Rich will officiate.  Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday in the Miller Hill Cemetery.

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

 

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