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BETTY JEAN FREEMAN

Betty Jean Freeman, 71, of the Bowditch Community, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, February 5, 2011.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Ruth Robinson Freeman, and a retired employee of Glen Raven Mills.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Sherry Fender and husband, Bill; two grandsons:  Johathan and Casey Fender, all of Burnsville; 3 sisters:  Genavee Layell and Willa Mae Whitson of Burnsville and Jerlean Silvers and husband, Stanley, of Swannanoa; a brother:  Doyle Freeman and wife, Teresa, of Mills River; a niece; a nephew; a great niece; and. two great nephews.  Betty Jean was very devoted to her family and friends.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1 P. M. Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Charlie Carroway will officiate.  Burial will be in the Gibbs Cemetery at Bald Creek.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 P. M. Sunday at the funeral home and at other times will be at the home of Willa Mae Whitson.

HOBERT MURPHY

Hobert Murphy, 84, of Murphytown, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2011, in Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native and lifelong resident of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Will and Mary Garland Murphy.  Hobert was the husband of Beulah Carroll Murphy, who died in 2007.  He was also preceded in death by a son:  Stanley Murphy; and, brothers:  Conway, Ray and Fred Murphy.  He was a lifelong logger and farmer, and a retired employee of Avondale Mills.  Hobert was a lifelong member of Locust Grove Church.  He enjoyed hunting.

 

Surviving are his children:  Norman Murphy and wife, Nancy, of Maiden, Wilburn Murphy and wife, Mary Lou, of Burnsville, Kathy Johnson and husband, Claude, of Forest City, and Max Murphy of Green Mountain; a sister:  Atlas Bryant of Burnsville; 7 grandchildren:  Audy, Randall, Matthew and Shane Murphy, Melissa Bryant, Hannah Johnson, and Samantha Murphy; and, 9 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Philip Garland and Perry Norton will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Tuesday in White Oak Flats Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Donnie and Kelly Bryant, Jerry and Gary Murphy, E. J. Adkins, and Vance and Tony Honeycutt.

 

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

 

The family wants to extend a very special thanks to:  Jessica Hensley and her family, the staff of Hospice of Yancey and Brookside, and to all the caregivers during Hobert's illness.

 

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

TOM ROBINSON, JR.

Tom Robinson, Jr., 84, of the Pleasant Gap Community, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2011, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Tom and Molly Presnell Robinson.  He was also preceded in death by a sister:  Ada Sparks; and, brothers:  Shelby, Fred, Barney, and Homer Robinson.  Tom worked at International Minerals for 35 years.

 

Surviving are his wife of 62 years:  June Thomas Robinson; and, a son:  Greg Robinson.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Grindstaff will officiate.  Burial will be in the Fred Young Cemetery at Pleasant Gap.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7PM Sunday at the funeral home.

J. PAUL ANGLIN

J. Paul Anglin, 85, of Hazelwood, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at the Brian Center of Waynesville.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late J. Bruce and Lena Styles Anglin.  Paul was a World War II Army Veteran, and a retired employee of Southern Bell after 30 years service.  He was a member of Allens Creek Baptist Church in Waynesville.

 

Surviving are his wife of 66 years:  Pauline Thompson Anglin; daughters:  Janet Boyer and husband, Wayne, of Fuquay-Varina, and Linda Presnell of Waynesville; 2 granddaughters:  Dawn Buddenhagen and Penny Arrington; 2 grandsons:  Matthew and Andrew Boyer; and, 4 great grandchildren:  Ashley Rushton and Mahlah Arrington and Olivia and Allee Boyer.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Roger Thompson and Andy Boyer will officiate.  Burial will be in Youngs Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215. 

WILLIAM HAROLD PRESNELL

William Harold Presnell, 87, a life-long resident of Yancey County went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.  He was the son of the late William and Grace Young Presnell.

 

Surviving are his daughter:  Sharon Morgan and husband, Michael, of Weaverville; a son: Alan Presnell and wife, Debbie, of Black Mountain; 5 grandchildren:  Meredith, Alexis, Kaitlin, Julianne, and Will; one great granddaughter:  Lanie; and cousins who are very dear to the family.

 

Harold served in WWII from 1942 to 1945 in the Pacific Theater.  When he returned, he married Alma Laws.  They were married for 54 years before Alma’s passing in January, 2010.  He was a life-long member of Newdale Presbyterian Church.  He will be dearly missed. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday in the Newdale Presbyterian Church.  Rev. Mike Brazelle will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Newdale Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Marcheta Blackburn, 100 Adam Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714.

CRAIG DEYTON

Craig Deyton, 86, of the Mine Fork Community, went home to be with the Lord Monday, January 17, 2011, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Wesley and Carrie Robinson Deyton.  Craig retired from French Broad EMC after 38 years service, and was an avid farmer.  He was a faithful member of Green Mountain Free Will Baptist Church, and a  wonderful husband and father.

 

Surviving are his wife of 63 years:  Loyce Woody Deyton; 4 sons:  Rodney Deyton and wife, Beverly, Darryl Deyton and wife, Brenda, and Mike Deyton and wife, Lynne, all of Burnsville, and Chuck Deyton and wife, Elaine, of Marion; 2 sisters:  Kate Laws and Velma Harding; a brother:  Jimmy Deyton of Burnsville; 10 grandchildren; and, 8 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Steve Penland and Edd Fraizer will officiate.  Private burial will be in the Craig Deyton Family Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714, Green Mountain Free Will Baptist Church, C/O Rodney Deyton, 149 Wildflower Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714, or Clearmont VFD, P. O. Box 1330, Burnsville, NC 28714.

BILLIE BYRD

Billie Byrd, 81, of Coxes Creek went to be with the Lord Monday, January 17, 2011 at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John and Georgia Randolph Phillips and wife of Rotha Byrd who died in 1990.  She was also preceded in death by 2 sisters; 2 brothers; a granddaughter:  Brittany Miller and a step grandson:  Mark McMahan.  Billie was a retired employee of Hickory Springs.

 

Surviving are her children:  Joey Byrd and wife, Kathy, of Green Mountain, Debi Beaver and husband, Tony, of Micaville, Gail Byrd and fiancé, Tom McMahan, and Becky Honeycutt and husband, Mike, of Burnsville; 6 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren and 6 step great-grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Hasket Honeycutt, Jr. and Clyde Metcalf, Jr. will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Friday in the McCurry Cemetery on Barn Road.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at her home on Coxes Creek.

PAULINE CRAIN

On January 17, Pauline Crain moved from Brookside to her beautiful new home in Heaven.  Waiting to welcome her home, was her beloved husband, Billy Crain, her grandsons: Kyle Lyda and McDaniel Crain; daughter-in-law:  Val; and son-in-law:  Larry.  She was also preceded in death by her parents:  Geter and Pearl Hensley English; six brothers and one sister.

 

Left behind to cherish her memory and anxiously waiting to be reunited are her sons:  Ronald, Stanley, Charles and Morris; her daughters:  Scarlet, Doris, Nadine, Donna Kay and Mary Ann; a brother:  Billy Hensley; 24 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Clifton McCurry and Don Mitchell will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:30 Thursday in the Roy Crain Cemetery. 

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

VELMA ANGEL HILL

Velma Angel Hill, 101, of Scronce Creek Road went home to be with the Lord, Monday, January 17, 2011.  A lifelong resident of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Starling and Elizabeth Tomberlin Angel and the wife of Edd Hill who passed away in 1995.  She was also preceded in death by two children:  a still born son and a daughter, Reva Jo; sisters:  Alma and Hattie; brothers:  Carlie, Gudger, Herman, Theron, Burnis and Hosea.  Velma was a lifelong member and the oldest member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church to which she dedicated her life until her failing health.  She never worked outside the home, but had a cottage industry of making hooked rugs in her early life involving many family members.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Fredia Hill and Gene Winner of Asheville; a son:  Keith Hill and wife, Helena, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; a granddaughter: Andrea Hill; several beloved nieces and nephews; and caregivers:  Orpha Woodby, Juanita Edwards, Tonya Buchanan, Lisa Benge and Roberta Young to whom the family wishes to give special thanks.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Jerry Shelton will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10 AM Thursday in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 139 Scronce Creek Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

DORIS YOUNG NESBITT

Doris Young Nesbitt, 88, of the Newdale Community, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 15, 2011, after a short illness.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of th late Guy and Zora Marsh Young.  She was also preceded in death by her husband:  George Nesbitt; a nephew:  Danny McCurry; and, 4 siblings.  Doris was a graduate of Appalachian State University, and devoted her life to education, teaching in both the Yancey and Avery County school systems, spanning a 40+ year career.  She touched the lives of many students.

 

Surviving are a sister:  Frances McCurry of the home; a nephew:  Charles McCurry of Micaville; a grand nephew:  Charlie McCurry; 2 grand nieces:  Amanda McCurry of Asheville and Aimee Kiser of Candler; 2 great grand nephews; and, 1 great grand niece.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in Newdale Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member.  The Rev. Billy Mitchell will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

 

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

 

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