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EDD L. CHANDLER

Edd L. Chandler, 88, of the Ivy Gap community, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Pierce and Jaylina McKinney Chandler.  He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Vernon and Bobby Chandler; and, 3 sisters:  Pearl Deaver, Myrtle Deaver and Nina Chandler.  A World War II Army Veteran, Edd was a member and past master of Bald Creek Masonic Lodge #397, A.F. & A.M. and a member of Ivy Gap Baptist Church. 

Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years:  Dorothy Buckner Chandler; a daughter:  Mary C. Laws and husband, Paris; and a son:  Ronnie Chandler, both of Mars Hill; 4 grandchildren:  Kim Thomas, Bobby Douglas Miller, Angie Sutton and Lauren Lovell; 5 great grandchildren:  Rindi, Robbie, Olivia, Kerra and Aaron; 2 sisters:  Dorothy Fox of Mars Hill and Carolyn Shepherd of Burnsville; and, 2 brothers:  Calvin Chandler of Mars Hill and Donald Chandler of Flat Creek.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Denver Styles, Allen McKinney and Joe Bennett will officiate.  Masonic grave rites will be conferred by Bald Creek Masonic Lodge # 397 at 11 AM Saturday in the Chandler Cemetery at Ivy Gap.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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

HETTIE HALL ROBINSON

Hettie Hall Robinson, 102, of Micaville, passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at Mission Hospitals St Joseph Campus.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Chester and Lottie Earley Hall and the wife of Leland Robinson who died in 1991.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Tommy Robinson.

 

Surviving are a son, Gary Robinson of Micaville; 4 granddaughters and 5 great grandchildren.

 

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Rick DeJesus will officiate.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Yancey County Humane Society, 982 Cane River School Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

MARIE ROBINSON

Marie Robinson, 88, of Cane River went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 16, 2010 in Mountain Manor Assisted Living.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Glen and Cara Roland Evans and the wife of Dallas Robinson who died in 1999.  She was also preceded in death by an infant son, Harold Lee Robinson and brothers: Herman, Waymon, Lee and Bill Evans.  Marie was a member of the Double Island Baptist Church. 

 

Surviving are 2 sisters:  Genevieve McIntosh and Mary Glen Penland of Burnsville; a brother:  Nick Evans of San Jose, California, and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Rev. Charlie Carroway will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday in the Roland Cemetery on Roland Branch. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at the home of Mary Glen Penland. 

RUBY McMAHAN

Ruby McMahan, 79, of Seven Mile Ridge went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Mamie Young Cox and the wife of Carl McMahan who passed in 2005.  She was also preceded in death by brothers:  Shelby and Albert Cox and son-in-law:  Dennis Hall.

 

Surviving are two daughters:  Linda Hall and Betty Blevins of Marion; a son:  Buddy McMahan and wife, Carolyn, of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren:  Carla McMahan, Gary McMahan and wife, Regina, Jennifer Blevins and T. J. Blevins and wife, Jaime, and 2 great grandchildren:  Adam and Dylan Blevins.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 P. M. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Ricky Woody and Billy Mitchell will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A. M. Saturday in the Ballew Cemetery on Seven Mile Ridge Road.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 P. M. Friday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at the home of Buddy McMahan.

 

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

WILLIAM WELDON "BILL" RADFORD

William Weldon “Bill” Radford, 61, of Weaverville passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Fred and Mary Edwards Radford.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran.  He was a retired employee of Karpen Steel.  He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Ray Radford and Billy Reece Radford.  William was a loving husband and father.

 

Surviving are his wife of 41 years:  Annie Silvers Radford; a son:  Bruce Radford of Leicester; a daughter:  Michelle Radford of the home; a sister:  Helen Radford of Marion and a brother:  Danny Radford of Burnsville.

 

Military graverites will be conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Piney Hill Cemetery. 

 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.   

HELEN G. WHITSON

Helen G. Whitson, 84, of Green Mountain, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Maryland, she was a daughter of the late Harry Gavigan and Margaret Gavigan Perkins and the wife of Rassie Whitson who died in 2005.  Helen and Rassie were owner-operators of Li’l Smoky Drive-In for 22 years.  She was of the Baptist faith.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Kathy Roman and husband, Buzz, of York, PA; 2 sons:  Bob Whitson and wife, Judy, of Blountville, TN and Grant Whitson of Green Mountain; 5 sisters:  Bertha, Blanche, Janet, Margaret and Brenda; 2 brothers:  Gilmore and Irvin; 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and a special caregiver:  Rita W. Honeycutt.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Blaine Whitson and Rodney Deyton will officiate.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Peterson Hill Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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

TROY COLE

Troy Lee Cole, 75, of Burnsville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday, November 5, 2010 at his home.  He was the son of the late James Albert and Effie Kent Cole of Weaverville.  Other family members waiting for him in heaven are: an infant son:  Troy Daniel Cole; 3 brothers:  Johnny, Edd and George Cole; one granddaughter: Amber Brooke Cole.  He retired from Western Waterproofing where he was a foreman for 37 years.  He attended Landmark Baptist Church and rededicated his life to Jesus in September, 2010 in Arizona.  For 5 years, he owned and operated Mars Hill Bulk Food.  Troy was a loving husband, father and grandfather that will be greatly missed.

 

Surviving are his wife of 41 years:  Norma Edwards Cole; 4 sons:  Johnny and wife, Gail, Timmy and wife, Faye, Scotty and wife, Shelly, and Daniel; 3 daughters:  Brenda Young and husband, Doug, Donna Anderson, Merinda Edwards and husband, Victor, all of Burnsville; 2 brothers:  Wayne and wife, Joyce, Gaye and wife, Linda; 2 sisters:  Joe Cox, Faye Hensley and husband, Olen; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday in the Landmark Baptist Church.  The Revs. Denver Styles, Scotty Cole and David Bryant will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 3:00 PM at the church.  

WILLIAM C. "BILL" THOMAS

William C. “Bill” Thomas, 72, of Burnsville, passed away on Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care after a short illness.  He was born in Chestertown, Maryland to the late Elmer and Loretta Durney Thomas.  Bill served his country in the US Marine Corps.  He had a long career in radio and television.  Bill retired as a real estate broker.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother:  Elmer Thomas, Jr.; and, sisters:  Mariam Gildersleve and Peggy Thomas.

 

He is survived by his wife:  Erma; a daughter:  Lori Winkles; two sons:  William Clayton, Jr. and David Thomas and wife, Julie, all of Spartanburg, SC; two step daughters:  Teresa Brumbaugh and husband, Jay, of Orlando, FL, and Denise Peterson of Burnsville; four grandsons:  Blake, Skylar, Jordan and Cullen; one granddaughter:  Fallen; two step granddaughters:  Melissa McCormack and husband, Robert, and Laura Brumbaugh, both of Orlando, FL; and, four step great grandchildren:  Hope, Ashley, Kate and Ben.

 

The family will receive friends at a gathering in the home at 104 Mountain Crest Drive, Burnsville, NC, from 3:00 until 6:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 6, 2010.

 

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

PHILLIP ROBINSON

Phillip Robinson, 57, of Celo, passed away Thursday, October 28, 2010 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Ransom and Lucille Burgin Robinson.  Phillip retired from Glen Raven Mills after 31 years.  He had a love for guns and was an avid collector.

 

Surviving are his sister:  Dale Autrey of Celo and his uncle and aunt:  Earl and Maxie Burgin of Celo.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Randy Autrey and Charles Carroll will officiate.  Burial will be in the Ballew Cemetery.

 

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

ELEANORA T. WOODY YOUNG

Eleanora T. Woody Young, born July 1st, 1928, passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at 2:30 P.M. at Roan Highlands Nursing Home in Roan Mountain, TN, where she had lived for the last 3 years.  She was the daughter of Jim and Belle McKinney Woody, a graduate of Harris High School, and retired from Feldspar Corporation after 34 years.  Other family members to meet her in Heaven are Floyd and Lela Woody, Nora Woody, Paul and Nell Woody, Frank and Ruth Woody, Walter and Sylvia Woody, Zelma and Mack McKinney, Jan and Mike McKinney, Joe and Evelyn Young.

 

Survivors include her husband of 61 years:  Clyde Young, Jr.; daughter and son-in-law:  Cheryl and Buck Buchanan; grandbabies:  BoBo and Precious; a brother:  Arvil Woody; sisters-in-law:  Kathleen McCollum of Estatoe and Shirley Young of Florida; brother-in-law and sister-in-law:  Rev. Thomas Young and his wife, Zeta; Cheryl’s brother:  Chuck Cabe and wife, Pam; niece:  Jessica; and, stepdaughter:  Susan Hollifield.  Several nieces and nephews also survive:  Jimmy, Gene, Art and Jo Woody, Rhonda Bledsoe, Peggy Walker, Joyce Johnson, Sheila Siffrii, Keith Woody, David and Johnathan Young and Mariam Gillespie, Jeff, Greg and Nicki Panasuk and Joe Moore.  Also surviving are several great nieces, nephew and cousins.

 

The funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday at the Newdale Presbyterian Church, of which she was a member.  The Revs. Mike Brazelle and Thomas Young will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate small plants to be given.  These will be taken to the nursing home for her friends and caregivers in memory of her.

 

The family wishes to extend special thanks to the CNA friends of Eleanora at Roan Highlands:  Sue Heaton, Doodie, Angie, Rosella, Blanch, Mary and Sue.

 

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