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LESLIE J. HENSLEY

Leslie J. Hensley, 82, of Asheville went home to be with the Lord Monday, February 9, 2009.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Shelby and Eula Wilson Hensley.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Hilda Hensley and Doris Roland and a brother:  Albert Hensley.   Leslie was a U. S. Navy Veteran of World War II.

Surviving are 5 brothers:  Molt and Wilson Hensley of Burnsville, Lloyd Hensley of Baton Rouge, LA, Craig Hensley of Charleston, SC and Ronnie Hensley of Marion; and special friends and neighbors:  Ron Hensley and family.

A memorial service will be held at 10 AM Thursday in Biltmore Christ Temple Church on Fairview Road.  The Rev. James Gass will officiate.   Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Thursday in Byrd Branch Cemetery in Yancey County.  The Rev. Bill Roland will officiate.  Military graverites will be conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.

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

RUBY B. SMITH

Ruby Blalock Smith, 86, of Cane River, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, February 07, 2009, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Ben and Pearl Harris Blalock. Ruby was a faithful member of Shoal Creek Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 3pm Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Rev. Dick Westbrook will officiate. Burial will be in the Carroway Cemetery.

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

WILLIAM PATRICK ‘BILLY’ PARRIS

William Patrick ‘Billy’ Parris, 25, of Asheville died Thursday, February 5, 2009.  He was a machinist at Coldbond in Asheville.  Billy was a beloved boyfriend, brother, son, nephew, cousin and friend.  He was preceded in death by his mother:  Patricia ‘Patty’ Hensley Parris.

Surviving are his girlfriend:  Karissa Olivet; brother:  Terry Parris, Jr,; and, father: Terry Parris, Sr.

A memorial service will be held at 12 Noon Wednesday, February 11, 2009 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home in Burnsville.  The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

RUTH HENSLEY KING

Ruth Hensley King, 89, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, February 4, 2009 at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Carter and Mary Ledford Hensley.  She was preceded in death by a son, James Nelson King, 10 brothers and sisters:  Carl and Creed Hensley, Haddie King, Blanche Yates, Vivian Fox, Sue Fox, Addie Yates, Ruby Hensley, Lillie Ray and Ada Sellers.  She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.  Ruth loved her family, church and friends and will be missed by all who knew her.

Surviving are a son:  Clyde Ellis King and wife, Beverly, of Aberdeen, MD; a daughter:  Mildred Whitson and husband, Sherrill, of Yancey County; 7 grandchildren:  Venita, Patricia, John, Sherry, Sophia, Denise and David; 17 great grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Holt Whitson, Jr., and Robert Norris will officiate.  Burial will be in the McCracken Cemetery.

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

The family requests family and friends to join them at Toe Cane Baptist Church for a meal following the service.

MADGE LEDFORD METCALF

Madge Ledford Metcalf, 88, of Ferndale, MI, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2009, at St. Johns Hospital in Ferndale.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late S. C. and Addie McNaughton Ledford.  She was preceded in death by her husband:  Floyd C. Metcalf; son:  John Clyde Metcalf; 4 brothers:  Geter, Emmett, Mack and John Ledford; and, a sister:  Kate Ledford Ferguson.  Madge lived on Prices Creek until 1950 when she moved to Michigan, living there until her death.  She was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are a daughter:  Juanita Metcalf Turner of Detroit, MI; a granddaughter:  Heather Turner of Chicago; a sister:  Mae Ledford of Burnsville; and, a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Burl Ledford will officiate.   Burial will be at the Middle Fork Cemetery in Madison County.

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

DANNY LEE HUGHES

Danny Lee Hughes, 51, of Duplin Hill, died Friday, January 30, 2009, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Bobby Joe Hensley of Keene, New Hampshire and Betty Jean Perkins of Hickory.  He was preceded in death by a sister:  Dawn Perkins.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife:  Jana Pate Hughes; 2 sons:  Cody Hughes of the home and Jason Edwards of Burnsville; 2 sisters:  Kathy Wilson of Newton and Lisa Absher of Hickory; and, a brother:  Casey Perkins of Hickory. Many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Ricky Ray will officiate.  Burial will be in the Smith Cemetery.

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

NINA CHANDLER

Nina G. Chandler, 78, of Chandler Branch, went home to be with the Lord after an extended illness Friday, January 30, 2009, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late W. P. and Jaylina McKinney Chandler.  Nina retired from Ohio Electric at age 70.  She was preceded in death by a sister:  Pearl Deaver; and, 2 brothers:  Vernon and Bobby Chandler.  Nina was a member of Ivy Gap Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter:  June Miller and husband, Gerald, of Mars Hill; 3 grandchildren:  Vickie Presnell and husband, Buddy, Joey Miller and wife, Beverly, and Susan Ramsey and husband, Josh; 5 great grandchildren:  Toby, Samuel, Karmen, Dalton and Brandon; 3 sisters:  Myrtle Deaver of Weaverville, Dorothy Fox of Mars Hill and Carolyn Shepherd of Burnsville; 3 brothers:  Edd Chandler of Burnsville, Calvin Chandler of Mars Hill and Donald Chandler of Virginia.

Funeral services will be held at 5PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Monday in the Chandler Cemetery at Ivy Gap.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 5PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

SHERRY SHEHAN McMILLIAN

Sherry Shehan McMillian, 54, of Micaville, passed away Monday, January 26, 2009, in Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Bobby and Betty Hall Shehan, and the wife of Mac McMillian who died in 2006.  Sherry was also preceded in death by a twin sister:  Shelia Shehan; and, a grandson:  Dakota Jerome Honeycutt.  She was a loving Mom and Mammie, and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are a son:  Bobby Robinson and wife, Heather, of Micaville; a daughter:  Shannon Honeycutt and husband, Jamie, of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren:  Brittany and Brice Honeycutt, and D. J. and Tracy Robinson; and, 2 brothers:  Kent and Keith Shehan of Micaville.

A memorial service will be held at 7PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Todd Robinson will officiate.

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

BERTHA ANN BANKS

Bertha Ann Banks, 90, of Georges Fork, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2009, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Geter and Lizzie Hensley Austin, and the wife of Roy Banks who died in 1998.  She was also preceded in death by a son:  Royce Banks; 2 sisters:  Frances Elkins and Eula Jean Moore; and, 2 brothers:  Talmadge and Charlie Went Austin.

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Juanita Sheperd of Burnsville and Marie Banks Melton of Pleasant Gardens; 4 sons:  Russell Talmadge Banks and wife, Cheryl, of Burnsville; Calvin Banks and wife, Pat, of Hendersonville; Randy L. Banks and wife, Laura, of Lincolnton and Bobby Banks of Hendersonville; a brother:  Wade Austin of Burnsville; 15 grandchildren; and, 20 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Noon Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Motsinger-Banks Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers.

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

WILLIAM C. "BILL" DAVIS

William C. “Bill” Davis, Sr., 81, of Burnsville, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 20, 2009, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Roy and Queenie Thomas Davis.  Bill was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, a retired employee of International Minerals, a member of Cane River Baptist Church, and a member of Burnsville Masonic Lodge #717 A.F. & A.M.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years:  Virginia Buchanan Davis; a son:  Bill Davis, Jr. and wife, Lisa; a granddaughter:  Destini Davis Whitson and husband, Matthew; and a grandson:  Mark Davis, all of Burnsville; and, a sister:  Jean Sparks and husband, Bill, of High Point.

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 P.M. Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Blaine Whitson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Thursday in the Double Island Church Cemetery.

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

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

“I have fought a good fight.  I have kept the faith.”

 

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