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MILDRED HENSLEY

Mildred Hensley, 68, of Patterson Branch went home to be with the Lord, Monday, July 6, 2009 at Mission Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Woodrow and Mary Fox Tipton.

 

Surviving are her husband:  Rev. Cecil Hensley; 3 daughters:  Teresa Wheeler and husband, Michael, Tracie Wilson and husband, Jeff, and Stacie Allen and husband, Michael; 8 grandchildren:  Jason, Carissa and Katie Howell, Jonathan Wilson, Celia Fox and husband, Jeremy, Landon, Michalie and Bianca Allen; 2 great-grandchildren:  Jaden Howell and Jackson Fox; a sister:  Marsha Tipton and two brothers:  Gene and Brown Tipton all of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday in Patterson Branch Freewill Baptist Church of which she was a member.  Revs. Jim Shoupe and Randy Sprinkle will officiate.  Burial will be in the Howell Cemetery on Patterson Branch.

 

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 instate 30 minutes prior to the service.

ROGER JAMES OWENS

Roger James Owens, 76, of Charlotte, formerly of Burnsville, passed away suddenly Saturday, July 4, 2009 in Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte.  A native of Nebraska, he was a son of the late James Phillip and Mary Elsie Spragens Owens.  He was also preceded in death by two sisters.  Roger served two years in the US Marine Corps and 20 years in the US Air Force before retiring.  A former employee of Brad Ragan, Inc., he was currently a newspaper home delivery carrier with The Charlotte Observer.  Roger enjoyed traveling and studying history.


Surviving are his wife of 50 years:   Peggy Edwards Owens; a son:  James Phillip “JP” Owens and wife, Cynthia Renea Owens of Burnsville; three sisters:  Edith Shreve and Lucille Owens of Kansas City and Jackie Tolliver of Smithton, MO; a sister-in-law:  Wanda Shepherd of Mars Hill and special nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held at 8:00 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. David Bryant will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 12 Noon Thursday in the WNC State Veterans Cemetery at Black Mountain. 


The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:00 PM Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home.  At other times, the family will be at the home of Bill and Glenda Stamey on Sam J. Byrd Road.

BLAINE PETERSON

Blaine Peterson, 66, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, July 3, 2009, in Mission Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Lucille Elliott Peterson of Burnsville and the late Ike Peterson.  He was also preceded in death by his twin brother:  Wayne Peterson; and, a sister:  Peggy Peterson.  Blaine was a retired employee of the N. C. D.O.T. with 30 years of service.  He was Past Master of Burnsville Lodge No. 717 AF & AM.

 

Surviving, in addition to his mother, is  his wife of 49 years:  Rachel Fox Peterson; a son and daughter-in-law:  Bryan and Anita Peterson; granddaughter:  Jessica Peterson, all of Burnsville; 2 sisters:  Frances Ray of Burnsville and Elaine Brewer of Marion; 4 brothers:  Steve Peterson and wife, Sherry, of Burnsville, Edward Peterson and wife, Kathy, of Green Mountain, Donald Peterson of Thomasville, and Carmon Peterson of Archdale; and, a host of nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 4PM Sunday in West Burnsville Baptist Church, of which he was a member and deacon.  The Revs. Ricky Ray and Danny Hardin will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery with Masonic graverites conducted by Burnsville Lodge No. 717 AF & AM.

 

The family will receive friends from 2 until 4PM prior to the service at the church.

 

At other times the family will be at the home of Bryan and Anita Peterson at 164 Dogwood Circle, Burnsville, NC.

           

ROYCE EUGENE BENNETT

Royce Eugene Bennett, 57, of the Mine Fork Community passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Howard Bennett of Burnsville and the late Tilda Ayers Bennett.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ed Bennett.  Royce was a retired employee of the N. C. Dept. of Transportation after 30 years of service.  He attended Mine Fork Freewill Baptist Church.


Surviving, in addition to his father, are his wife of 35 years:  Janice Fox Bennett; 2 sons:  Nathan Bennett and wife, Katie, and Jonathan Bennett; and 2 grandchildren:  Riley and Mia Bennett all of Burnsville.


Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Phillip Fox and Arnold Briggs will officiate. Burial will be in the John E. Fox Family Cemetery on Old Mine Fork Road.


The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at the home.
 

JACKIE PHILLIPS

Jackie Phillips, 65, of the Hardscrabble Community passed away Thursday, June 18, 2009 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Jap and Opal Proffitt Phillips.  Jackie was a US Army Veteran and was a carpenter and painter.

He is survived by his aunts:  Dorothy Hensley of Barnardsville, Audrey Davenport of Spruce Pine and Paralee Hensley of Burnsville and several cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Monday in the Proffitt Cemetery on Hardscrabble Road.

Memorials may be made to Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

GLADYS BOONE BARTLETT

Gladys Boone Bartlett, 80, of the Arbuckle Community, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mae Burleson Boone.  She was also preceded in death by her husband:  William Lee Bartlett, and a brother:  Lawrence Boone.  Gladys retired from Ellen Knitting Mills.

Surviving are her children:  Linda Carroway and husband, Dennis, of Burnsville, Bill Bartlett and wife, Karen, and Brenda Earley and husband, Lee, of Spruce Pine; 3 grandchildren:  Leslie Crowder and husband, Toby, of Burnsville, and Lydia and Danny Earley of Spruce Pine; 2 great grandchildren:  Emilee and Katy Crowder of Burnsville; 3 step-grandchildren; 2 step-great-grandchildren; 3 sisters:  Mildred Miller and husband, Charles, and Margaret Greene and husband, Chuck, of Burnsville and Ruby Putman of Spruce Pine; 2 brothers:  Ray Boone and wife, Edna, of Burnsville and Paul Boone and wife, Emma, of Newland; a sister-in-law:  Flora Ann Boone of Newland; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Thursday in Liberty Hill Baptist Church of which she was a member.  The Rev. Toby Crowder will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

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

ERNEST J. BANNER

Ernest J. Banner, 86, of Newdale, passed away Friday, June 12, 2009 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late J. Edgar and Bessie Harris Banner and the husband of Louise McIntosh Banner who died in 1982.   He was also preceded in death by a sister:  Lena Banner and 3 brothers:  Joe, Dale and Wayne Banner.  Ernest was a World War II Navy Veteran and retired from Yancey County School Systems after 30 years of service.

Surviving are his wife:  Lena Howell Banner of Newdale and a sister:  Clara Dee Griffith of Forest city.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.   Rev. Tony Griffin will officiate.  Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:30 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Martins Chapel United Methodist Church, 1555 State Highway 80 S., Burnsville, NC 28714 or a charity of one's choice.

EARL BAILEY

Earl Bailey, 90, of Jacks Creek, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2009, in Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Mack and Zella Bailey.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Nelle Bailey and Pauline Hensley.  Earl was a World War II Army Veteran.

Surviving are a sister:  Madlyn Bailey; brother:  Bruce Bailey and wife, Gwen, all of Burnsville; 2 nieces:  Genene Muse of Macon, GA and Carol Jones of Atlanta, GA; a nephew:  Rodney Hensley of Swannanoa; 3 great nephews:  Justin Jones of Destin, FL, Jeffrey Jones of Austin, TX, and Ed Muse of Macon, GA; and, a grand niece:  Melany Grant of Milledgeville, GA.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Pete Peterson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Jacks Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

WALTER GREY McMAHAN

Walter Grey McMahan, 73, formerly of Micaville, passed away Friday, June 5, 2009 in Chunns Cove Assisted Living.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Rev. Biss and Bertha Carroll McMahan.  He was also preceded in death by a sister:  Lydia McMahan and brothers:  Paul, Charlie and Silas McMahan.


Surviving are his step mother:  Stella Hollifield of Burnsville; 6 sisters:  Ola Young and Dollie Martin of Burnsville, Betty Ann Cassingham and husband, Alan, of Hamilton, OH, Gladys Saylor of Lenoir, Glenna Randall and husband, Randy, of Macon, GA and Violet Buchanan and husband, Donald, of Spruce Pine; 2 brothers:  Rev. Claude McMahan and friend, Wanda McMahan, of Burnsville and Lawrence McMahan and wife, Madge, of Penland and several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Daniel McMahan will officiate.  Burial will be in the McMahan Family Cemetery on Rector Hill.


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

MARY WILL SCOTT

Mary Will Scott, 88, of Plum Branch, passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Arcemus and Lessie Lee Ledford.  She was a member of Plum Branch Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 73 years:  Carl Scott; a daughter:  Kathy Penland and husband, Harold; a son:  Leland Scott and wife, Anna, all of Burnsville; a sister:  Shelby Jean Byrd of Burnsville; a brother:  Donald Ledford of Burnsville; 5 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and, 3 great, great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Rick Bennett and Glen Autrey will officiate.  Burial will be in the Scott Cemetery on Prices Creek.

The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service and at other times will be at the home on Plum Branch.

 

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