: OBITUARIES :
RAY CARSON McCOURRY
Ray Carson McCourry, 85, of Johns Island, SC passed into the hands of his Lord on Friday, December 11, 2009. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Euphrates and Rosa McCourry. He was also preceded in death by his brother, James McCourry and a sister, Ruth Hills. He graduated from Clearmont High School in 1940 and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was assigned to Pearl Harbor at the time of the bombings that led to WWII. During his military career, he was assigned to Greenland, Newfoundland, England and Germany and several bases in the United States as well. He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant and then had a 12 year career in the Civil Service. Ray was a life member of the Air Force Sergeant’s Association, the Pearl Harbor Survivor Association, the VFW and the DAV. He held offices in both AFSA and PHSA and was very active in both groups. One of Ray’s many interests was watching things grow. He was the caretaker of many flowers, shrubs, and trees. He loved to nurture tiny seedlings to mature plants. He was always willing to help family and friends regardless of the project. Ray was respected and loved by all who met him, and will be missed by more people that we can list.
Surviving are his wife of 59 happy years, Virginia Winger McCourry, daughters: Susan Traher (Tom), Peggy Van De Leest (Dean), and Judy Kinard (Dean); grandchildren: Amanda, Matthew and Ryan Van De Leest, Sarah Kastner (Reed), Abby Remington (Ty), Nathan Kinard,; and a great grandchild: Caroline Grace Kastner; brother: Fletcher McCourry and a sister: Eileen Peterson. There are many more nieces and nephews that cannot be named that are much cherished.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Philip Garland will officiate. Burial will be in the Peterson-McCourry Family Cemetery on Pound Mill Road with military graverites by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.
Flowers welcomed and family condolences may be sent to 1071 Brownswood Road, Johns Island, SC 29455.
Peter Burford, 70, of the Bald Mountain Community passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at his home. Peter loved his grandchildren, loved to go fishing, drive race cars and had a kind heart. He was a U.S. Army Veteran.
Surviving are his loving wife of 45 years, Judy Burford; a son: Paul Burford and wife, Angela; and two grandchildren: Alex and Katherine all of Barnardsville; a sister: Yvonne Michael and husband, Roy Bell, of Concord and 2 brothers: Terry Burford and family of Burnsville and Raymond Burford and wife, Ros, and family of Florida.
A funeral service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Shelton will officiate.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Yancey County Humane Society, 982 Cane River School Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
DORIS ELKINS TABOR
Doris Elkins Tabor of Burnsville passed away Sunday, December 6, 2009. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Francis Austin Elkins. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Pam Eggers and brothers: Carnel and Eddie Arnold Elkins. Doris was a retired nurse.
Surviving are her husband, V. T. Tabor; a son, Tim Tabor and wife, Donna, 6 grandchildren: Caleb, Hillary, J.P., Allie, Braeden and Carter Tabor all of Burnsville; brothers: Pritchard Elkins, Ward Elkins, Vearl Elkins, and Farrell Elkins of Burnsville, Leon Elkins of Statesville and Carroll Elkins of Seneca, SC; 2 sisters: Dornetta Elkins of Asheville and Connie Elkins of Spruce Pine and a special friend: Earline Robinson of Burnsville.
A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday in Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Stacey Elkins will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
CAROLYN ANN SPENCE BRIGGS
Carolyn Ann Spence Briggs, 66, of Micaville, formerly of Chester, SC, passed away Sunday December 6, 2009. A native of Chester she was a daughter of the late Hugh and Pinkie Jourdan Spence. She was also preceded in death by sisters: Helen Gibson and Margaret Mishau. Carolyn was retired from Springs Industries, where she worked in the Industrial Engineering Department at the Catherine plant in Chester.
Surviving are her loving husband of 49 years: James Wess Briggs; a son: Spencer Anderson Briggs and wife, Anne Carnes Briggs; and, 3 grandsons: Wess, Jesse and Trace Briggs, all of Lancaster, SC; and, a sister: Mary Spence Smith of Chester.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Bowditch Baptist Church, of which she was a member. The Rev. Ronnie Whitson will officiate. Burial will be in the Pete Young Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Tuesday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, where the body will remain until taken to the church to lie in state thirty minutes prior to the service.
G. D. ROBINSON
G. D. Robinson, 82, of the Mine Fork Community, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2009. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Melvin and Zelda Elkins Robinson. He was a retired employee of the N. C. Department of Transportation and a member of Green Mountain Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years: Maphra Fox Robinson; children: Benna Davenport and husband, Richard, Cathy Beaver and husband, Herman, and Darrell Robinson, all of Burnsville, Anna Winters and husband, Arnold, of Spruce Pine, and Harold Robinson and wife, Gail, of Boone; a brother: George Robinson, and 3 sisters: Maude Bradley, June Rhodes and Stella Fox, all of Weaverville. G. D. had 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren who were very special to him.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 P.M. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Rev. Steve Penland will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday in the McCracken Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 P.M. prior to the service at the funeral home.
JOLENE WOODY FOXX
Jolene Woody Foxx, 68, of Hickory, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Florence Presnell Woody of Newton and the late Wade D. Woody, who passed away November 2009. Jolene was a member of Startown First Baptist Church and a loving wife and mother, who was devoted to her family.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband: Robert Foxx, Sr.; daughters: Roberta Foxx Callegari and husband, Lou, of Palm Coast, FL and Robin Foxx Whitener and husband, Tim, of Newton; a son: Robert Lee Foxx, Jr. of Hickory; a sister: Carolyn Crowder and husband, Gay, of Newton; a brother: George Woody and wife, Marie, of Micaville; and, numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Rev. Royce Ball will officiate. Burial will be in the Coy Foxx Family Cemetery on Banks Creek.
The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
Charles Stiles (Daddy Charles), 76, of Burnsville passed away Monday, November 30, 2009 at Mission Hospital surrounded by his family. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Latt and Edna Robertson Stiles and husband of Betty Fox Stiles who died in 1987. He was also preceded in death by a son Rodney Stiles who died in 1978 and a sister Grace Hylemon. He was a US Army Veteran, manager of Carolina Tire Store for 20 years, former Yancey County Commissioner and former manager of Toe River Campground. Daddy Charles was an avid fan of the NC State Wolfpack and Dallas Cowboys. Charles was a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy Hilemon Stiles; a daughter: Rhonda Peterson and husband, Larry; a granddaughter: Kim Simpson and husband, Darrin; a grandson: Chris Peterson and fiancee, Kasey Grindstaff; a granddaughter: Kaylee Peterson; a great grandson: Jaxon Simpson; a sister: Linda Proffitt and husband, Bobby; and, a brother: Cecil Stiles and wife, Betty all of Burnsville.
Funeral services will be held at 8 P. M. Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Pastors Ricky Ray and Harold Bennett, Jr. and Rev. Rick Bennett will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11 A. M. Thursday in West Burnsville Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P. M. Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of Rhonda Peterson.
WANDA LEE PATE SWANN
Wanda Lee Pate Swann, 87, of Asheville, died Saturday November 28, 2009 at home. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late J.R. “Bob” and Kittie Hensley Pate and the wife of Harold Swann who died in 2000. She was also preceded in death by a grand daughter Jackie Lell, sisters Jane Fender, Edith Foxx, Bessie McIntosh, Lucille Whitson and Ruth Pate; brothers Edd, Roy and Hugh Pate. Wanda was a retired employee of National Weather Records and an active precinct worker for 30 years. Her hobbies were her family and church.
She is survived by daughters; Debbie Clark and husband Robert; Diana Brinkley and husband Jack and a son James Harold Swann Jr. all of Asheville; a sister Hazel Swann of Burnsville and a brother James Robert Pate Jr. of North Augusta, SC; 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
A memorial services will be held at 11am Monday at Beverly Hills Baptist Church of which she was a lifelong member. The Revs. William King and Bill Snyder will officiate.
A graveside services will be held at 2 pm Monday in the J.R. Pate Cemetery in Burnsville.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Beverly Hills Baptist Church, 777 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805 .
Chloe Roland, 94, of Mountain View Road passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at The Oaks of Sweeten Creek. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Stonewall J. and Elizabeth Styles Brown and the wife of James Otis Roland who died in 1984. She was also preceded in death by sisters: Ruby Fox, Pauline Gibbs, Daisy Gardner and Mable Brown and brothers: George and Charles Brown.
Surviving are her son: Randy Roland and wife, Maria, of Weaverville, step-granddaughter: Peggy Watson and husband, Chris, and step-great-grandson: Nick Watson of Leicester and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Ricky Ray will officiate. Burial will be in the West Burnsville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
KEVIN L. JUSTICE
Kevin L. Justice of Little Switzerland, passed Monday at the home of his parents, Vernon and Sue Justice. A resident of Georgia for most of his life, he had made his home with his parents during his illness. He was a cabinet maker.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a son: Bradley Justice of Warner Robins; 3 brothers: Craig Justice of Warner Robins, Bryan Justice of Friendsville, TN and Lance Justice of Georgetown, SC; 5 nieces and 3 nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in Parkway Memorial Gardens in Warner Robins, GA. Brother Gene Stillwell will officiate.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Bldg. 1, Asheville, NC 28801.
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