: OBITUARIES :
_____________________________________________________

OR Select a Date:

MARY ANN McINTOSH HENSLEY

Mary Ann McIntosh Hensley, 96, of Asheville, went to be with her Lord Friday, August 14, 2009, at The Oaks of Sweeten Creek.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late W.N.C. and Althea McIntosh, and the wife of Talmedge Hensley who died in 1951.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter:  Ella Juanell Hensley; and, a grandson:  F. Ronald Sutphin, II.

 

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law:  Juanita and Ron Sutphin of Fairview; a grandson:  Jeffrey K. Sutphin and wife, Lee Ann, of Asheville; and, a great granddaughter: Brook Sutphin.  Several nieces and nephews also survive, and Matt and Jason Holt, of whom she was their former governess.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Kelvin Mosley will officiate.  Burial will be in the Wilson Cemetery on John Henry Road on Jacks Creek.

 

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

JACK PRESNELL

Jack Presnell, 75, of Fairbanks, Alaska, died peacefully with his sisters at his side on Friday, August 14, 2009.  A native of Yancey County, he left his beloved mountains on Bolens Creek as a young man to find work and adventure in Alaska; he loved the wide-open wilderness of Alaska and made it his home for the past 52 years.  An avid outdoorsman, Jack enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent much of his free time taking advantage of those opportunities in Alaska.  He also loved to travel, and after his retirement from the Defensive Early Warning Line, he traveled extensively and always made at least one yearly visit home to visit family and friends.


Jack was preceded in death by his parents:  Stanley and Ollie McPeters Presnell; sister:  Ruby Presnell McIntosh; and brother:  Frank Presnell.  He is survived by sisters:  Norma Burnett and husband, Ray, Wanda Riddle and husband, Pearson, all of Burnsville; and brother:  Paul “Budger” Presnell of Nebo.  He is also survived by 3 step-children:  son:  Allen of Wasilla, Alaska; daughters:  Kay and Debbie of Anchorage, Alaska; and 5 grandchildren.  In addition, he is survived by 1 nephew and 8 nieces, 13 great nephews and nieces and 2 great-great nieces.


During the last months of his life, Jack was surrounded by family and friends.  Many of his nieces and his nephews spent time with him in Alaska.  His step-son, along with wife, Elaine and grandson, Matthew, traveled from their home in Wasilla regularly to visit and care for Jack.  His sisters, brother and brothers-in-law spent the last several months of Jack’s life with him at his home in Alaska.  They provided loving care during Jack’s last days.


Even after spending more that half a century a great distance from home and family, Jack remained devoted to both; during the last decade of his mother’s life, he was faithful to phone her daily simply to visit.  He also remained dedicated to his southern values.  A home healthcare nurse said of him, “I always want to shake Jack’s hand before I leave him.  He is everything I think of as a ‘Southern Gentleman’.”

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at the homeplace on Bolens Creek at a later date.

FRED R. TIPTON

Fred R. Tipton, 74, of Mars Hill, went  home to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 11, 2009, at the John F. Keever Solace Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Banner and Opal Crowder Tipton.  He was preceded in death by 2 sisters:  Alma Jean Buckner and Carrie Justice; and, 2 brothers:  Charles and Cecil Tipton.  Fred enjoyed woodcarving and listening to gospel music.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years:  Reba Rich Tipton; 2 daughters:  Linda Bullman and husband, Bonson, of Weaverville, and Gearldine Tipton of the home; a son:  Ricky Tipton and wife, Judy, of Weaverville; 5 grandchildren:  Sherry Woody and fiance, Matthew Robinson, Robert Woody and wife, Amanda, D. J. Woody and wife, Andrea, Nathan Woody and Justin Bullman; a step grandson:  Michael Banks; 4 great grandchildren:  Hope, Courtney, Bryson and Tanner Woody; 6 sisters:  Emmaline Jackson of Weaverville, Mildred Pate of Marshall, Audrey Arwood of Canton, Mary Hensley and Nell Swann of Asheville, and Virgie Teague and husband, Stacy, of Lenoir; and, 3 brothers:  Floyd Tipton and Estel Tipton of Asheville and Lloyd Tipton and wife, Christa, of Mills River.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Friday in Pine Forest Baptist Church on Ivy Hill Road.  The Revs. Kenneth Parker and Bonson Bullman will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pine Forest Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Thursday at Holcome Brothers Funeral Home, where the body will remain until taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at John F. Keever Solace Center.

PATTIE CARTER

Pattie Carter, 96, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  Born in Hertford County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Barrow and Blanche Tilson Fleetwood and the wife of Carl A. Carter who died in 1989.  She was also preceded in death by her son:  Edward Carter and brothers:  Robert and Tilson Fleetwood.


Surviving are a son:  Barrow Carter and wife, Willa, of Atlanta, GA; daughter-in-law:  Kay Carter of Norman, OK; a sister:  Elizabeth Bennett of Burnsville; 3 grandchildren:  Bo Carter of Atlanta and Marcia and Clare of Norman, OK; 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.


A memorial service will be held at 2PM Sunday, August 23, 2009, at Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Mars Hill, NC. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road or Yancey County Public Library, 18 Town Square, Burnsville, NC 28714.

JUANITA SILVERS GOLDSMITH

Juanita Silvers Goldsmith, 82, of Burnsville, formerly of Ellicott City, MD, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, July 30, 2009 at Mountain Manor Assisted Living.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Sherdain and Chetty Higgins Silvers and wife of the late Fred Goldsmith, Jr.  She was also preceded in death by sisters:  Sherline Silvers and Mary Earlina Royal.


Surviving are her children:  Susan J. Hall of Ellicott City, MD, Mevelyn L. Low of Burnsville, Fred S. Goldsmith, III, and wife, Della, of Ellicott City; 9 grandchildren:  Tressa, Chris, Melissa, Megan, Michelle “Booter”, Maribeth, Joshua, Erica and James “Jay”; 4 great grandchildren:  Keaton and Kason Hall and Maverick and Maxton Gilley; 2 sisters:  Loucille Edwards of Burnsville and Mary Ann Sparks of Waynesville; 4 brothers:  R. L. Silvers and Reece Silvers of Burnsville, Leslie Silvers of Weaverville and Glen Silvers of Elkton, VA.


Funeral services will be held at 3 P.M. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Williams will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 A.M. Monday in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville, MD.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 P.M. Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

HELEN BELL SIPES

Helen Bell Sipes, 86, of Jackson, TN, passed away Friday, July 24, 2009 in Jackson.  She was a daughter of the late George and Christine Connor Bell of Spruce Pine.

 

Surviving are a son; David Ward of Jackson, a daughter; Tammy Leyland of Mt. Ulla, NC, a sister; Sandy Robertson of Burnsville and West Union, SC, 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

 

A graveside service will be held at 3 P.M. Sunday in the Robertson Family

Cemetery at West Burnsville.   

 

CLARA BYRD

Clara Byrd, 95, of the Bowditch Community passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Julia Hensley Boone and the wife of Clarence Byrd who died in 1985.  Clara taught in the Yancey County school system for 38 years and was a member of Bowditch Freewill Baptist Church.


Surviving are a daughter:  Judy Buchanan of Bakersville; 3 sons:  Bill Byrd of Marion, Richard Byrd and Mike Byrd of Burnsville; 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and a great-great grandson.


Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Joe Bennett and Ronnie Whitson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Friday in the Micaville Cemetery.

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

JOSEPH "SCOOTER" PERRY PATE

Joseph “Scooter” Perry Pate, 33, of Lincoln Park Road passed away Sunday, July 12, 2009 at his home.   A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Arnold Paul Pate of Burnsville and the late Evelyn Gilbert Pate.

Surviving, in addition to his father, are a sister:  Phyllis Marie Silver and husband, Larry, 3 brothers:  Charles Gilbert, James Gilbert Boone and David Pate and a nephew: Jacob Silver, all of Burnsville.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Chris Davis and Rev. Bill Whiteside will officiate. Burial will be in the Marietta Atkins Cemetery.

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

CARL GRINDSTAFF

God called another precious saint to his eternal home in heaven on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.  Carl Grindstaff, 91, answered this call after a short period of declining health.  Born June 27, 1918, he was a native and lifelong resident of the Halls Chapel community of Yancey County.  He was the son of the late Zeb and Minnie Young Grindstaff.  He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Lena Williams Grindstaff; an infant daughter; a son:  Harold Bolick; six sisters:  Hattie Lanning, Bertha Whetstine, Cordie Grindstaff, Julia Wilson, Nellie McKinney and Pearl Robinson; and ten brothers:  George, John, Arnold, Henry, Merval and infant twin, Bud, Fred, Troy and Paul. 

 

He was a retired construction supervisor, farmer and nurseryman most of his life.  He loved his farm and worked on it each day, which he was blessed to be able to do until a short time before he passed.  He was eternally thankful unto God for his good health and ability to do the things he loved for 91 years.

 

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.  His smiling face, gentle voice, kindness and great wisdom will be greatly missed by each member of his family.  He will also be missed for his true Christian and moral leadership, and for the example that was shown to even the youngest of family members, which his family believes is the highest honor that could be bestowed on a father.  A lot of people have been helped by his kindness and generosity, which he preferred not to talk about or be praised for.  

 

He is survived by a daughter:  Ruby Lee Gouge and husband, Bob, one grandson:  Robert Gouge and wife, Lori, three granddaughters:  Carlyn Pelton and husband, Michael, Sharon McIntosh and husband, Danny, Rebecca Autrey and husband, Charlie; one great-granddaughter:  Abigail Gouge; six great-grandsons:  Zeb Gouge, Benjamin Pelton, Nicholas Pelton, Ethan and Patrick Stafford and Evan Hall; and three step-great granddaughters all of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday in Halls Chapel Baptist Church of which he was a member and served as Chairman of the Deacon Board for many years.  The Revs. Ronnie Gouge, Paul Robinson and Holt Whitson, Jr. will officiate.  Burial will be in the Grindstaff Family Cemetery on Halls Chapel Road.


The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 PM Friday 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.

DONALD MONROE MEADE

Don Meade, 57, of Spruce Pine, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at his home.  A former resident of Asheville, he was a retired employee of the City of Asheville Water Department.

 

Surviving are his wife: Deborah Hardin Meade; a daughter:  Angela Mae Meade and 4 sons:  Edward Allen Ray, Charles Donavon Meade, Jerry Lee Meade and Walter Wesley Meade, all of Spruce Pine; 5 grandchildren; 2 sisters:  Margaret Mashburn and Debbie Maynard, both of Asheville; and, 2 brothers:  Kenneth Meade of Clyde and Harold Meade of Marion.

 

A memorial sevice will be held at a later date.

 

Page Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94