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UNA RANDOLPH

Una Randolph, 79, of the Big Creek Community went home to be with the Lord Thursday, July 24, 2014 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John and Leona Adkins Whitson.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Trula Banks and brothers:  Fred, Shurl, Jack and Floyd Whitson.  Una was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and worked for many years as a caregiver.

 

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Dexter Randolph; a daughter, Heather DePriest and husband, Jamie, of Gray, TN; two sons:  Gerald Randolph and wife, Karen, of Burnsville and Victor Randolph and wife, Lisa, of Rogersville, TN; a sister, Ruth Peterson of Erwin, TN; a brother, Brooks Whitson of Unicoi, TN; 9 grandchildren:  Becki Morrison and husband, Jerry, Willie, Jerried, Michael and Chris Randolph, Leslie Silver and husband, Johnny, Brandon Randolph and wife, Ashley, and Caleb and Connor DePriest; a step granddaughter, Haley Hill; 8 great grandchildren:  Nikki and Haley Morrison, Trevor, Gabe and Alivia Silvers, and Jacob, Ava and Peyton Randolph; 2 step great grandsons:  Alex and Bentley Hill; and a special caregiver, Alison Miller.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Saturday in Big Creek Free Will Baptist Church, of which she was a member.  Revs. Marvin Hensley and Adam Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in the Hughes Cemetery at Big Creek.

 

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

 

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

 

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Randolph family.

MEDIA REBECCA JONES

Media Rebecca Jones, 89, of Micaville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation in Spruce Pine.  A native of Swain County, she was a daughter of the late John and Fannie Jones, and the wife of Sam Jones, who died in 1996.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Bonnie Baines; 2 brothers:  Bennett and Hoie Jones; a stepdaughter:  Violet Carroll; and, a step grandson:  Roger Jones.  Media was a member of Pleasant Gap Baptist Church.  She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend who always put the needs of others before her own.

Surviving are a son:  Dennis Jones and wife, Oma, of Spruce Pine; 2 stepsons:  J. B. Jones and wife, Peggy, of Burnsville and Clarence Jones and wife, Sudie, of Charlotte; a stepdaughter:  Deola Hutchins of Webster, NY; a sister:  Gladys Oliver of Redding, CA; a brother:  Grady Jones and wife, Bobby, of Bryson City; a granddaughter:  Whitney Jones; 11 step grandchildren:  Randy, Tim and Tracy Jones, Kim Boone, Marsha Greene, Robin Tarleton, Darrell, Denise and Lisa Hutchins, Nicole Flanagan and Rick Carroll; 18 step great grandchildren; and, 10 step great, great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Steve Williams and Bobby Greene will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Saturday in the Fred Young Cemetery at Pleasant Gap.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the Brian Center for their loving care and compassion.

CARL J. RANDOLPH

Carl J. Randolph, 81, of Fort Mill, SC, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Wayne T. Patrick Hospice House in Rock Hill, SC.   A former resident of Burnsville, he was a son of the late J. Carter and Ruby Brookman Randolph.  He was a US Navy Korean War Veteran, a former employee of Thurston Motor Lines and retired from Averitt Motor Line, who honored him as the “Best of The Best in Driving.”  Carl was faithful to God and his church, The Sisk Memorial Church of Fort Mill for 34 years.  He was a Charter Member of Burnsville Lodge #717 AF & AM and a member of Hejaz Shrine Temple.

 

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, June Randolph of Fort Mill; sisters-in-law:  Nina McCurry and husband, Wayne, of Fort Mill, Daphne Wilson of Rock Hill and Janette Roper of Burnsville; and, several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Tom Tucker and Pastor Carl Williams will officiate.  Masonic graverites will be conferred by Burnsville Lodge.  Burial will be in the McIntosh-Randolph Cemetery on Little Creek.

 

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

 

BARBARA LEE ARMSTRONG

Barbara Lee Armstrong, 74, of Polk City, Florida, went to be with the Lord Monday, June 30, 2014 at Rapid City Hospital in South Dakota while traveling with her husband.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Royce and Louise Wimberly.

 

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, William Armstrong of Polk City, FL; a daughter, Denise Brown and husband, Charley, of Burnsville; and a granddaughter, Chelsea Brown of Charleston, SC.

 

Barbara spent her life as a home maker, being a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She attended church at Shiloh Baptist Church in Plant City, FL and loved traveling and reading, as well as, growing a garden and canning.  She also loved her little dog, Cayce.

 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Scott Garland will officiate.  Music will be provided by Cathy King.

 

Donations may be made in memory of Barbara to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148, Tribute #36320523.

BRENDA AUTREY WILSON

Brenda Autrey Wilson, 71, formerly of Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Monday, July 14, 2014 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Lillian Autrey.  Brenda was a retired beautician.

 

Surviving are a son, Kevin Van Wilson and wife, Carol; and a grandson, Kevin Daniel Wilson of Cedar Park, TX.

 

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  Burial will be in the Spruce Pine Memorial Park.

HELEN RAY THOMAS

Helen Amelia Ray Thomas, 89, of Troutman, went to be with her Lord and Savior in her home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, July 11, 2014. She was born on October 24, 1924 in Yancey County, NC, to the late Blake Wilson Ray and Ruby Wilson Ray.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Russell Thomas, on April 8th 2014, sisters Doris Ray, Mary Alice Carroll, and infant son, Donald Lee Thomas. Those left to cherish her memory are 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; three brothers:  Wilson Ray and wife Barbara Jean, Lawrence Ray and wife  Mafrey , and Earl Ray. Mrs. Thomas was blessed with twenty loving great grandchildren.  She was a member of  Gloryland Baptist of Statesville and was dearly loved by her church family. Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker and loving mother, grandmother and great-grand mother. She prayerfully supported her husband during his life time of ministry.  She always had a smile and kind word for all who met her. 

A visitation for family and friends will be held Sunday, July 13 from 2:30-5:00 pm at Gloryland Baptist Church 613 Westminster Drive in Statesville.  Funeral services will also be held at Gloryland Baptist Church on Monday, July 14 at 11:00 am with Pastors Blain Keaton and Rusty Thomas officiating. Graveside service will be held at 4:30 pm at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Cemetery,Burnsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

The Thomas family would like to thank hospice for the excellent care given to our loved one.  Condolences may be made to the family at www.troutmanfuneralhome.com  or www.holcombebrothers.com . Troutman Funeral Home and Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, Burnsville have been entrusted with the arrangements for Helen Amelia Ray Thomas.

STEVE WHITSON

Steve Whitson, 43, of Bald Mountain, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 at St Joseph Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was the son of Frances Wilson Bradford of Burnsville and the late Hugh Whitson.  He was also preceded in death by his grandparents: Robie and Pansy Wilson and Charlie and Lucy Whitson.  He was employed by June Enterprises.  Steve loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

 

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Amber Whitson; a son, Brandon Whitson; a sister, Jo Ann Shepherd all of Burnsville; a brother, Wayne Whitson of Mars Hill; 2 nieces:  Jessica Shepherd and Kayla Bradford; 2 nephews:  Matthew Shepherd and Michael Robinson.  Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Burl Ledford will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Thursday in the Whitson Family Cemetery on Bald Mountain.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, at the home of his mother at 50 Woodland Hills Drive.

CAROL RAY ADKINS

Carol Ray Adkins, 53, of Micaville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, June 27, 2014, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Dan and Martha Williams Ray.  She was the wife of the late Ricky Lee Adkins.  Carol was also preceded in death by a niece:  Brittany Honeycutt.  She was a member of Bowditch Union Free Will Baptist Church.  Carol was a loving Mother and Mamaw, who enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are a daughter:  Autumn Laws and husband, Jeff; son:  Jason Ray and wife, Somer; grandchildren:  Eli and Cami Jo Ray and Jenson Laws, all of Burnsville; a sister:  Stacey Honeycutt and husband, Curtis; brothers:  Russell and Curtis Ray, all of Micaville.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Ronnie Whitson and Perry Norton will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Monday in the John Ray Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7PM Sunday at the funeral home.

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

MICHAEL GARLAND WHITE

Michael Garland White, 30, of Statesville, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at his home from natural causes.  A native of West Virginia, he was born January 6, 1984, and was the son of Chester Garland and Kimberly Howard White of Statesville.  He attended Liberty Baptist Church in Statesville.  Michael enjoyed doing mechanics and working on mopeds, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife:  Karen Elizabeth White; 3 stepchildren:  Brian Keith Hopkins, Janet Dynamite Shumaker and Jennifer Deborah Denise Shumaker; grandparents:  Deborah and Donald Fitch, Donald Howard and Hurchel White; 2 brothers:  Chester Allen White and Brian Edward White; and former wife:  Amanda Dawn, the mother of Brian Hopkins.  Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Services will be held at Liberty Baptist Church in Statesville.  Burial will be in West Virginia at the White Family Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend their thanks to Bobbie Jo Laws for all of her assistance.

RUTH OGLE

Ruth McIntosh Ogle, 85, of Green Mountain, went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the home of her daughter.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Fannie Wheeler McIntosh and the wife of Rotha Ogle who died in 1992.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Dennis Ogle, a great granddaughter, Allison Gabrielle Ogle; 3 sisters:  Minnie Pate, Myrtle McIntosh and Leatha Riddle; and 4 brothers;   Nealy, Wellington, Lincoln and Leslie McIntosh.  She was a Yancey County school bus driver for 33 years.  She was a member of Patterson Branch Free will Baptist Church.  Ruth was a great mother, grandmother, a friend to everyone and loved her Lord.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Wanda Kay Smith and husband, Blake, of Burnsville; 3 sons:  Morris Ogle and wife, Sally, of Green Mountain, Ronnie Ogle and Tony Ogle both of Burnsville; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Rick Bennett and Cecil Hensley will officiate.  Burial will be in the Rotha Ogle Family Cemetery on Peterson Branch.

 

The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3 PM Sunday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

 

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Hospice of Yancey County for the care given to their mother. 

 

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