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MARY DELL PENLAND

Mary Dell Penland, 64, of Ball Road went home to be with the Lord, Monday, March 23, 2015 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Bill and Mary Tilson Ball.  Mary Dell was a member of Landmark Baptist Church and was a faithful volunteer at Yancey County Christian School.

 

Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Edward Penland; children:  Mary Ann Fowler and husband, Bobby, of Burnsville, Stacy Penland and wife, Tonya, of Toccoa, GA, and Teresa Fox and husband, Greg, of Burnsville; grandchildren: Clarissa Thomas and husband, Ray, Jeremy Wheeler, Kalie Penland, Titus Penland, Sarah Fox and Nicolas Fox; great-granddaughter, Maddalyn Thomas; sisters:  Barbara Buckner and husband, Jack, of Burnsville, Wanda Stiles of Charlotte, Nancy Gortney and husband, Glenn, of Burnsville, and Betty Jane Deyton of Green Mountain; brothers:  Robert Ball and wife, Alma, of Forest City, Jerry Ball and wife, Martha, of Tennessee Ridge, TN and Sammy Ball and wife, Kay, of Burnsville.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor David Bryant and her son, Rev. Stacy Penland will officiate.  Nephews will be pallbearers.  Burial will be in the Landmark Baptist Church Cemetery on Proffitt Branch.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

MARY BETH FENDER

Mary Beth Fender, 51, of the Hardscrabble community, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Helen Westall Fender of Burnsville and the late Bennie Fender.

 

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her children:  Cody Bryant of Boone and Tara Bryant and fiancé, Daniel Henderlight of Knoxville; a sister, Martha Huskins and husband, Roger, a brother, Christopher Fender and wife, Sherri, all of Burnsville; and her beloved pet, Bert the cat.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastors A. J. Moore and Ricky Ray will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday in the Proffitt Cemetery on Hardscrabble Road.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

EMORY BUCHANAN

Emory Buchanan, 88, of Ridge Road in Spruce Pine, passed on to his heavenly home Monday. March 16, 2015 at his residence.

Born February 9, 1927 in Yancey County, he as a son of the late Samuel and Bertie Robinson Buchanan.  He was also preceded in death by brothers: Claude, Edison and Leland Buchanan and a sister: Elsie Cassida.  He was a US Army Veteran of World War II and worked for more than 20 years for Gouge Oil in the surrounding area.  He was a long time member of Pleasant Gap Baptist Church and at the time had been attending Green Valley Baptist Church.  Emory’s greatest joy was the time he spent with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife: Mary Louise Ollis Buchanan; daughters: Sharon Braswell and husband Butch and Lorie Dover and husband Tee of  all of Spruce Pine; Deborah Sparks and fiance Mathew Baldwin of Marion and Cindy Ollis and husband Ben of Spruce Pine; brothers: Jack, Ray, Marvin and Vernon Buchanan and sisters: June Laws, Annie Dover and Glenna Dellinger, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 7 P. M. Thursday, March 19, 2015 in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home.  The Revs. Brian Griffith and Ralph Perry will officiate.  Burial will be at 11 A. M. Friday in the Green Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 PM Thursday, prior to the service at the funeral home. 

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com.

DEWEY 'GENE' THOMAS

Dewey “Gene” Thomas, 82, of Old Fort, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Dewey and Pearl Hall Thomas, and the husband of June Owenby Thomas who died in 1997.  He was also preceded in death by 3 sisters:  Gladys Garland, Madge Hopson and Maxine Turbyfill.  Gene was a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict.

 

Surviving are 2 sons:  Michael Thomas and wife, Sandy, of Newdale and Stephen Thomas of Maiden; 2 brothers:  Dean Thomas and wife, Ginger, of South Carolina and Marvin Thomas and wife, Jane, of Double Island; sister:  June Robinson of Pleasant Gap; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.  Several nieces, nephews,  and a special friend: Lorina Murphy of Old Fort also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Charlie Carroway will officiate.  Burial will be in the Double Island Baptist Church Cemetery, with military graverites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 of the DAV.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of  the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

J B BUCHANAN

J.B. Buchanan, 82, of Candler, passed away Friday, March 13, 2015 at St. Josephs Campus of Mission Hospitals. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Kelse and Mamie Saylor Buchanan. He was also preceded in death by a brother Lawrence Buchanan. J B was a U. S. Army Korean War Veteran and a retired employee of APAC.

 

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Patty McKinney Buchanan; two sons: Michael Buchanan and wife Vonda and Thomas Buchanan, all of Candler; grandchildren: Megan Barker and husband Jason of Lumberton and Russell Buchanan and wife Madison of Holly Springs; a sister: Azalene Fowler of Milton, FL.; a sister-in-law: Miladeen Hudson of Bakersville and nephew: Charles David Greene and wife Linda of Barnardsville.  Several other nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs. Arnold Buchanan and Stanley McMahan will officiate. Burial will be in the Will Young Cemetery at Newdale.

 

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

OTTIS HUDGINS

Ottis Hudgins, 92, of Prices Creek, went home to be with the Lord Monday, March 9, 2015 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Woodfin and Clete Arrowood Hudgins.  He was also preceded in death by daughters:  Mary Ann and Jewell Ann, and a son, Benny Hudgins; 3 brothers:  Zeb, Wayne and Alvin Hudgins; and 2 sisters:  Amanda Elkins and Ellen McPeters.  Ottis was a logger, farmer, enjoyed carpentry work and ginsenging and was a very loving husband and father.

 

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Kathleen Austin Hudgins; 13 children:  Michael Hudgins and wife, Linda, of Burnsville, Susie Hughes of Bakersville, Justin Hudgins and wife, Denise, and Gary Hudgins and wife, Marlene, of Burnsville, Milas Hudgins and wife, Donna, of Buladean, Benjamin Hudgins, Joyce Hughes, Dennis Hudgins and wife, Caroleen, Kathy Robinson and husband, C.J., and Lynn Hudgins  all of Burnsville, Louise Hudgins of Spruce Pine, Darlene Trittin and husband, Chuck, of Bakersville, Janina Branch and husband, Bo, of Burnsville; a sister, Effie Austin of Burnsville; 39 grandchildren and 59 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Grandsons, Rev. Charlie Robinson and Rev. Jonathan Hudgins and Rev. Dale Banks will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Thursday in the Ottis Hudgins Family Cemetery on Prices Creek.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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

FRED TALLENT

Fred Tallent, 93, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 6, 2015, at Care Partners Solace Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Thomas and Emma Tipton Tallent, and the husband of Doris Muriel Tallent who died in 2011.  He was also preceded in death by a son:  Frank Tallent; 2 sisters:  Maude Miller and Janie Whitson; 3 brothers:  Frank, Wesley and Nealy Tallent; and, a son-in-law:  Jake Honeycutt.  Fred was a World War II Army Veteran having served under Gen. George Patton.  He was a former employee of Mohasco and retired with the Town of Burnsville.  Fred was a member of Landmark Baptist Church.  He was a loving father, grandfather, neighbor and friend to all.

 

Surviving are 3 daughters:  Carolyn Honeycutt and Claude McIntosh, Norma Westall and Junior Grindstaff, and Becky Phillips and husband, Morris, all of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Heather Cutts and Mark O’Shiro, Todd Westall and Michelle Blakeman and daughter, Elise, Shane Honeycutt and wife, Shelly, Holly Wilson and husband, Austin, and Laken Cook and husband, Heath; great grandchildren:  Hunter and Harper Wilson, Kevin and Austin Crave, and Mason Honeycutt; and, a brother:  Clyde Tallent of Asheville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 6:30 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. David Bryant will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Monday in Byrd Cemetery at Ramseytown.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 6:30PM Sunday at the funeral home.

DOROTHY HENSLEY McCURRY

Dorothy McCurry, 90, of Lickskillet, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Silas and Ida Hampton Hensley and the wife of Alvin McCurry, who passed away in 2012.    She attended Bald Mountain Church.

 

Surviving are 3 daughters:  Mary Elizabeth Blankenship, Nancy Carolyn Wilson and husband, Reed, and Frieda Robinson; 3 sons:  Junior McCurry and Peggy, Jerry McCurry and Darlene, and Stuart McCurry and Regina, all of Burnsville; 8 grandchildren:  Tammy Shepherd, Stephanie Stroupe, Jennifer Wyatt, Heather Hall, Jeremy Robinson, Chris McCurry, Shawn McCurry and Jerri Lynn McCurry; 7 great grandchildren:  Sarah and Jessica Hall, Chase Wyatt, KayLynn Robinson, Lauren Robinson, Jeremy Dwayne Robinson and Austin Stroupe, and a sister Cara Ollis of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Roscoe Briggs, Jr. and Keith Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery.

 

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 Junior McCurry on Boone Ridge Drive.

ROY BLANKENSHIP

Roy Blankenship, 79, of Pensacola, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Ray and Osie Atkins Blankenship and the husband of Carolyn Judy Ogle Blankenship, who died in 2008. He was also preceded in death by a son Raymond Douglas Blankenship.  He was a member of Pensacola Free Will Baptist Church.  Roy was a carpenter, tobacco farmer, an avid hunter, enjoyed digging ramps and ginseng and playing his mandolin.

Surviving are his wife, Mary McCurry Blankenship; a daughter: Connie Robertson and husband Jeff; a son; Rev. Keith Blankenship and wife Judy; a sister: Raylene Anglin and husband Ralph; brothers: Jerome Blankenship and wife Pauline, Gene Blankenship and wife Linda and David Blankenship and wife Eloise all of Burnsville; grandchildren: Brian Blankenship and wife Collette; Ashley Pittman and husband Kelly, and Amanda Howell and husband Niles David; great grandchildren: Alexis Cooper, Carly and Halli Howell and Rylie, Ruben and Addison Blankenship; a step daughter: Jennifer Wyatt of Arden and a step grandson: Chase Wyatt.

Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Keith Miller will officiate. Burial will be in the Garrett Ray Cemetery at Pensacola.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2PM, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Pensacola Free Willl Baptist Church, Ladies Auxiliary Fuel Fund, c/o Pat Silvers, 305 Ewart Wilson Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

BILLIE DORIS WHEELER

Billie was born in Pensacola, North Carolina on Sunday, May 7, 1922, the daughter of the late Kelley E. and Elizabeth Caroline Sneed Wood.  Billie passed into the presence of her Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Flesher’s Assisted Living in Fairview.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, James Carson Wheeler and siblings:  Delcie Wood, Della W. Wilson Riddle, Quincy Wood, Kenzie Wood, Lillus W. Rice, Clarence E. Wood, Gaynell W. Wolf and Erma W. Nanney. 

 

As a child, Billie grew up in Pensacola and attended Laurel Branch Baptist Church.  At an early age, she had an opportunity to gain formal education at Dorland Bell School for Girls in Hot Springs.  Billie graduated from Burnsville High School.  In 1944, along came James and life became one song of love and devotion for 65 years.

 

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

 

To celebrate Billie’s memory, a funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, February 27, 2015 in Laurel Branch Baptist Church of which she was a member and where she sang in the choir.  Rev. Ray Strickland will officiate.  Due to inclement weather, there will be no graveside service.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Laurel Branch Baptist Church Choir, c/o Joe Capps, 201 South Face Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

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