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ROBERT B. MILLER

Robert B. Miller, 83, of Audubon, PA, formerly of Yancey County, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Carter and Flossie Bradford Miller.  He was a US Army Veteran and a former employee of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company of Pottstown, PA.

Surviving are his companion:  Lill Kateusz; 2 sons:  Steve Miller and wife, JoAnne, of Pottstown, PA and Wayne Miller of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Steven and Jennifer and Anthony Miller and Tammy; and, a sister:  Lillian Burgner of Greenville.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Bee Log Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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

LINDA PARKER

Linda Parker, 66, of Burnsville, passed away Friday, April 18, 2014, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

CAROLYN 'BO-BO' BOGGS

Carolyn “Bo-Bo” Boggs, 55, of Burnsville, passed away, Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Carrie Jones Boggs.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, America Boggs, who died in 2013.

 

She is survived by a cousin, Mildred Deal, and several other cousins.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Scot Garland will officiate.  Burial will be in the Verlin Jones Cemetery on Plum Branch.

 

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

MRANDIA ROBINSON

Mrandia Robinson, 93, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Silas and Lisa Higgins Silvers, and the wife of Frank Robinson, who died in 1996.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson: Timothy Deyton; a great granddaughter: Ashley Riddle; 7 sisters and 8 brothers. Mrandia loved her family, friends and animals

Surviving are 3 daughters:  Nelle Larson and husband, Pat, of Lawrenceville, GA, Mae Riddle and husband, James, of Burnsville and Deborah Mitchell and husband, Ben, of Monroe; 10 grandchildren: Debra Termei, Darlene Whitson, Tammy Williams, Troy Adbi, Rick Riddle, Ron Riddle, Renee Riddle, Jennifer Hartsell, Jessica Abee and Sarah Mitchell; 16 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; a sister:  Gladys Woodby of Burnsville; and, 2 brothers: Dolph Silvers and wife, Lillian, and S. W. Silvers and wife, Mildred, all of  Burnsville.

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Billy Mitchell will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Tuesday in Howell Cemetery on Patterson Branch.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

WILKIE RANDOLPH

Wilkie Randolph, 87, of Little Creek, went home to be with the Lord Friday, April 11, 2014, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Malone and Abbie Adkins Randolph, and the husband of Atlas Whitson Randolph who died in 1998.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Evia Hunter, Ollie Cantrell and Bashi Emory; 3 brothers:  Arthur, Roscoe and J. B. Randolph; and, a grandson:  Toby Elisha Randolph.  Wilkie was a Korean War US Army Veteran.

Surviving are 2 sons:  Stacey Randolph and Ronnie Randolph and wife, Marsha, all of Burnsville; 2 granddaughters:  Jeanne Randolph of Burnsville and Elizabeth Renegar of Weaverville; 4 great grandchildren:  Brooke Whitehead of Burnsville, Elisha Randolph, Caeley and Grayson Renegar all of Weaverville; his best friends and companions, his dogs:  Sadie and Doc; a brother:  Clarence Randolph of Chesnee, SC; and, a sister:  Nannie Couch of Spartanburg, SC.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Raymond Phillips will officiate.  Burial will be in Whitson Cemetery at Bent Creek with Military graverites by SGT E. L. Randolph Chapter 57, DAV.

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

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the care given their father by Annette King and Maggie Phillips, and everyone at Hospice.

DESSIE FENDER

Dessie Fender, 94, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Elizabeth House-Four Seasons in Flat Rock.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late James and Ida Pate Ball and the wife of Rufus Fender, who died in 1981.  She was also preceded in death by two brothers:  James Ball, Jr., and Robert Ball; and three sisters:   Georgia Oakes, Jessie Elkins and Vessie Wright.

 

She is survived by a son, Thomas Fender and wife, Elaine; 2 granddaughters:  Katrina Buckner and husband, Greg, and Lindy Fender Yelton all of Fairview; 6 great-grandchildren:  Greg Buckner and wife, Christina, Erich Buckner and wife, Kelli, Colby Scroggs, Sydney Yelton, Sarah Buckner and Taylor Buckner.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ronnie Anglin will officiate.  Burial will be in the Fender Cemetery.

 

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

CLIFTON JASON BRIGGS

Clifton Jason Briggs, 76, of Micaville went to be with the Lord Monday, April 7, 2014 after an extended illness.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Anderson and Leathea Laws Briggs.  He was also preceded in death by brothers:  Edgle and Stevie Briggs.

 

Left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 54 years, Louise Ray Briggs; daughters:  Deborah Autrey and husband, Rev. Dennis Autrey and Wanda Briggs all of Burnsville and Tammy Pitman and husband, Tim, of Bakersville; 5 grandchildren:  Jennifer Autrey, Dwayne Autrey and wife, Crystal, Justin Autrey and wife, Michelle, and Amanda and Deanna Pitman; 5 great grandchildren:  Kylie, Ivey, Daeus, Alexander and Talon; 3 step great-grandchildren:  Eli, Mariah and Brielle; a special niece, Regina Briggs Carroll and her family, along with several other nieces and nephews; brothers:  James Briggs, Leonard Briggs and wife, Evelyn, Kenneth Briggs and wife, Janice, L.C.  Briggs and wife, Cherel, Willard Briggs and wife, Joan, Howard Briggs and friend, Cathy; sisters:  Opal Shook and husband, Charles, Maggie Wilmoth and husband, Art, Barbara Harding, and husband, David, Flossie Fox and husband, Edison, and Mary Ellen Murphy; and a sister-in-law:  Carliss Briggs.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday in Bowditch Union Church of which he was a member and Deacon.  Revs. Ronnie Whitson and Dennis Autrey will officiate.  Burial will be in the Clifton Briggs Family Cemetery on Sam Jones Road.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P.M. Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home where the body will remain until taken to the church to lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church.

RUSSELL DAVID THOMAS

Russell David Thomas, 85, of Troutman, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Robert and Mary Parker Thomas.  He was also preceded in death by his stepmother:  Vaughtie Pate Thomas; and, an infant son:  Donald Lee Thomas.  After his retirement from Reeves Bros., Rev. Thomas devoted many years to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ to inmates across America with Rock of Ages Prison Ministries.  He was a member of  a loving and supportive church family at Gloryland Baptist Church in Statesville.

Surviving are his wife:  Helen Ray Thomas; sons:  Phillip Thomas and wife, Angie, and  Ronnie Thomas and wife, Bonita; daughters:  Linda Patrick and husband, Michael, and Elaine Thomas; grandchildren:  Heather Kelley and husband, James, Christopher Thomas and wife, Crystal, Michael Thomas and wife, Michelle, Rusty Thomas and wife, Nicole, Adam Thomas and wife, Lisa, Tracy Harrison and husband, Billy, Ashley Atherton and husband, Jeremy, Laura Elliott; 2 sisters:  Francis McCurry and husband, Dennis, and Peggy Ray; a brother:  Jim Thomas and wife, Judy; and, 19 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Thursday in Gloryland Baptist Church.   A graveside service will be held at 4:30PM at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Burnsville.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County.

DR SIDNEY 'CHIP' ZULLINGER

Dr. Sidney ‘Chip’ Zullinger, III, 63, of Houston, Texas and Manassas, VA passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in Houston.  A native of South Carolina, he was a son of the late Sidney Zullinger, Jr. and Kathryn Rathbone Zullinger.  At the time of his death, he was Chief Elementary School Officer in Houston Independent School District in Texas. He earned his B.S. in 1973 from Mars Hill College, his M.A. in Educational Administration from Western Carolina University in 1979, and received a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 1991.

A teacher, coach, principal and superintendent, he touched thousands of student’s lives.  Chip served as Yancey County School Superintendent for two years beginning in 1984, and served as superintendent for school systems in Charleston and Denver, among others in North Carolina, South Carolina, Wyoming, Virginia and Colorado and Executive Director of an educator’s union in South Carolina.  A recently released documentary “If You Build It” focuses on an innovative class formed in rural Eastern North Carolina.  The director of this film described Zullinger as a “renegade school superintendent, a great thinker and a steamroller when it came to getting kids the education they deserve.”

Surviving are his wife; Pam Young Zullinger of Manassas; two sons: Sidney Zullinger, IV of Manassas and Zach Zullinger of Greensboro.

A memorial service will be held at 5 P. M. Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ricky Ray will officiate.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

GALE SILVER

Gale Silver, 81, of Shoal Creek, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Shelby and Martha Silver.  He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Jones Silver; sisters: Carrie, Callie, Evie and Nola, and brothers:  Dee and Dan Silver.  Gale was a Korean War US Army Veteran.  He was a loving husband, daddy and papaw.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years:  Emogene Branton Silver; sons:  Daryl and Adam Silver of the home; daughters:  Deborah Roberts and husband, Dale, of Weaverville, Shelia Fruechtenicht of Greenville, SC, Theresa Radeker and husband, Scott, of Rock Springs, GA, Angie Laws and husband, Mark, of Green Mountain and Megan Silver of the home; grandchildren: Kristie, Becky, Doug, Ellie, Faith, Shelby, Tanner, Sydney, Kylie and Ayden; great grandchildren: Parker and Alex; Sisters: Eva McCurry and husband, R. D., of Marion and Barbara Fox of Burnsville; a brother: David Silver of Marion; and his mother-in-law: Etta Jones of Burnsville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Wednesday in Young’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, of which he was a member.  The Revs. Roger Thompson, Phillip Hughes and Bernie Jones will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P. M. Tuesday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, where the body will remain until the service hour.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge. 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or Young’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. 

 

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