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MARGARET RIDDLE COMEE

Margaret R. Comee, age 91, a retired medical secretary and hospital departmental office manager, passed away on August 27, 2015 at Mountain Manor Assisted Living.  A native of Burnsville, where she was born on June 30, 1924 to Welzie Riddle, Sr. and Jessie McMahan Riddle.  She was a 1945 graduate of Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC.

 

Her work in the medical field took her to positions at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC; Emory University, Atlanta, GA; the US Air Force Hospital, Wiesbaden, Germany; George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC; Washington DC Children’s Hospital; and the Maine Medical Center.

 

On November 21, 1965, in Alexandria, VA she married Edgar A. Comee, a Brunswick native and former Maine newspaperman, then an official of the US Agency for International Development.  Upon his retirement in 1974, the couple passed nine months in US and Bahamas waters aboard their cruising ketch before settling in Maine in 1975.  They also traveled extensively in Europe, Africa and Asia, and on two occasions took up extended residence in the Provence region of France.

 

In the Washsington, DC area Mrs. Comee was a volunteer assisting the mentally ill.  While in Brunswick she was active in the docent program of the Bowdoin College, ranging from Russian history to the sonnets of Shakespeare.  Her other interests were reading, flower gardening and cooking.  She also was a lover of dogs, especially her silky, Tabitha.  In December of 2005, after the death of her husband, she returned to Burnsville to be close to relatives.

 

She is survived by two step-daughters, Elizabeth Bouve and Deborah Copperthwait, nieces, Katie Wilson, Virginia Dare Fox, Rebecca Fox, Margaret Young, and a nephew, Norman Evans.  Also great nieces are Linda Griffith, Claudette Childs, Linda Humpherys, Kimberly Tingle, Liza Fox, Victoria Fox, Kathy Troxler, and Laura Worrell. Great nephews are Carol Mumpower, Ty and Jeff Fox, Cooper Hamilton, Jr., and David Young.

 

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at 3:00 PM in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ray Strickland  will officiate.  Burial will be in the Riddle Family Cemetery in Pensacola, NC.

GEORGE WHITMIRE GOWEN

George Whitmire Gowen, 83, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015 at his home.

 

The son of the late George William and Sarah Weir Gowen, he was born in Brunswick, Georgia, and grew up on St. Simons Island. He graduated from Riverside Military Academy and The Citadel. George served in the United States Army as a civil engineer. In Charlotte, N.C. he was an innovative automobile dealer until his retirement in 1995.  

 

George and his bride, Ollie Ann King Gowen, also lived on Callawassie Island, South Carolina, and in Burnsville, where they were active members of Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.

 

Surviving are his four children and their spouses: Sally and Jack Green, Mary Ann and Barry Jenkins, Laurie and Jon Perry, and George Louis and Maryann Gowen; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

 

His favorite people call him Pappy.

 

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 at eleven a.m. at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville. There will be a reception for friends and family immediately after the service at the church.

 

Memorials may be made to Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 85, Burnsville, N.C., 28714, or the P.E.O Sisterhood Ollie Ann Gowen Scholarship Fund.

ROBBIE JEAN BROWN

Robbie Jean Brown, 58, of Charlie Brown Road, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Nora Belle Wheeler Brown of Burnsville and the late Robert Jackson ‘Bobby’ Brown.  She loved to make crafts, paint and being outdoors.

Surviving in addition to her mother is a daughter: Michelle Jarrett of Charlotte; two sons: Aaron Collins of Marion and Robert David Brown of Burnsville; four sisters: Judy Silvers and husband Morris, Louann Brown, Amy Brown and Angie Brown all of Burnsville; a brother: George Brown and wife Linda of Kingsport, TN, 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, August 22, 2015 in West Burnsville Church of God.  Pastor Timothy Campbell will officiate.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to West Burnsville Church of God, 557 West Side Road, Burnville, NC 28714 or The Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

HOWARD BENNETT

Howard Bennett, 88, of Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015, after a long illness.  A native of Yancey County, he was born August 21, 1926 to the late Charles Pender and Bertha Mae Fox Bennett.  He was also preceded in death by his wife of 57 years: Tilda Jane Ayers Bennett, who died in 2004; two sons: Edwin Joseph Bennett and Royce Eugene Bennett and three brothers: Harold, Harrison and William Bennett.

 A World War II Veteran, Howard served in the Pacific Theatre with the United States Navy as a Gunners Mate aboard the USS Joseph M. Auman (APD 117).  The Navy allowed Howard to see the world as he traveled to Japan, China, Cuba, Panama and the Philippines. Howard worked for French Broad EMC, as a lineman, and retired from Glen Raven Mills, where he worked as an electrician for 30 years.  He was a skilled carpenter, building numerous houses, grandfather clocks and fine furniture.  A faithful member of Green Mountain Freewill Baptist Church, he believed in serving his fellow man and often volunteered his services to fix plumbing, wiring and other things of his neighbors’ homes.

Surviving are his sister: Kathryn Edwards; two daughters-in-law: Mona Harrison Bennett and Janice Fox Bennett; two grandsons: Nathan Bennett and wife Katie and Jonathan Bennett; three granddaughters: Jennifer Hanlon and husband Tim, and Jane and Jolene Bennett; three great grandchildren: Riley, Mia and Keegan Bennett and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Harold Bennett, Jr. and Steve Penland will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Tuesday in the McCracken Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:30 PM Monday, prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at his home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

GLADYS WYATT BUCHANAN

Gladys Wyatt Buchanan, 93, of Micaville, was reunited with her heavenly family on her birthday, Friday, August 7, 2015.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Ross and Nell Chrisawn Wyatt, and the wife of George Buchanan who died in 2013.   She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Madge Hensley.  Gladys was a life-long member of Micaville Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir for many years. 

 

Surviving are her sister:  Georgia Price of Marion; a niece:  Joan Lanier of Gastonia; and a nephew:  Dennis Price of Marion.   Numerous nieces and nephews by marriage also survive. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.   The Revs. John and Beth Hall will officiate.  Burial will be in the Hughes Cemetery at Pleasant Gap.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Micaville Presbyterian Church, 587 Micaville Loop, Micaville, NC 28755.

MARY HARRIS YOUNG

Mary Harris Young, 95, of Shoal Creek, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, July 29, 2015. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Monroe and Mallie Silvers Harris.  She was the wife of Albert Young who died in 1982.  Mary was also preceded in death by 2 sisters: Zona H. Styles and Edith Harris; 3 brothers: Carter, Nolan and Paul Harris.  Mary was the oldest member of Shoal Creek Baptist Church.  Her greatest love was her family, flowers and garden.

 

Surviving are a son, Roger Young and wife, Deborah; a grandson, Aaron Young and wife, Kelly; and her beloved great grandchildren:  Creed, Bella and Sophie Kate all of Burnsville.  Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Merritt Taylor will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10 AM Friday in the Pete Young Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 PM Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or Camp Funshine, c/o Lucy Young Wilson, 264 Log Cabin Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714.

WILMA FAYE GEOUGE

Wilma Strong Geouge, 77, of Upper White Oak, died Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Johnson City Medical Center. A native of Seattle, Washington, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Jewell Harris Strong and the wife of Kelton Geouge who died in 2011. She was a member of Browns Creek Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are a son, Greg Geouge and wife, Lena, of Citronelle, AL; four grandchildren: Samatha Lucas and husband, Tim, of Durham, NC, Gabrielle Geouge, Sherri Hatcher and husband, Calvin, Matthew Russell and wife, Sandy,  all of Roxboro; five great grandchildren; a brother, William Strong of South Dakota; and a sister, Eilene James of Nebraska.

 

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 AM Sunday in Browns Creek Baptist Church.  Rev. Donald Davis will officiate.

FRANCES BANKS TAYLOR

Frances Banks Taylor, 93, of Burnsville passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Yancey House Assisted Living.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Plato and Mary Young Banks.  She was also preceded death by siblings:  Esby, Grace, Clara, Wesley, Helen, Nell, Mary Martha, Drate, Margaret and Ruth.  Frances was the eighth child and last surviving of eleven children whose lives spanned from 1900 to 2015.

 

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Saturday in Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.  Pastor Wes Sharpe will officiate.

 

A private burial will be held at 10 AM Saturday in the Banks Cemetery on Bolens Creek.  Rev. Philip Horton will officiate.

 

The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service at the church.

 

Memorials may be made to Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 85, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Banks Cemetery Fund, c/o Wilhelminia Hensley, 638 Bolens Creek Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

JONATHAN GEORGE MITCHELL

Jonathan George Mitchell died peacefully in his home on July 11, 2015.  The only son of the late William and Mary (Grotz) Mitchell, he was loved as a father, grandfather, boyfriend, friend and neighbor.  A veteran, having served our country and a past welder, he spent the majority of his life loving his land.  Always there to lend a hand or engage in good conversation, he was frequently seen around the mountains with his beloved canine companions.

 

Jonathan leaves behind a daughter; three grandchildren; two stepsisters; a girlfriend and many good friends and neighbors.

 

 Private services and internment being held by family. 

BETTY BROOME McWHORTER

Betty Broome McWhorter, 85, of Monroe, passed away Monday, July 13, 2015, at her residence.  A native of Union County, she was a daughter of the late George Wesley and Nettie Brite Richardson Broome.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, John McWhorter, Sr.; a son, John McWhorter, Jr.; three sisters and two brothers.

 

Surviving are a son, Wesley McWhorter of Waxhaw; a daughter, Bernice M. Wilson and husband, Richard, of Burnsville; a grandson, Jeremy McWhorter of Waxhaw; and a personal friend of Wesley; and special caregiver, Anda Wentz.

 

Funeral services to celebrate her life will be Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 2:30 PM at Walkersville Presbyterian Church, 6204 Brady Road in Waxhaw. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM Thursday, July 16, 2015 prior to the service at the church.

 

Davis Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the McWhorter family.  An on-line guestbook is available at www.davisfuneralservice.com.

 

This obituary is courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home

 

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