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HOMER CORNICE FOX

At 73, born in Jacks Creek, Yancey County, North Carolina, Homer Cornice Fox has passed away at Baptist Health Medical Center on November 14, 2014 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Interstate 40, Morrilton, AR the previous day.

 

Homer set out early to make his mark in the world by proudly serving in the United States Army.  He was a decorated veteran having served in Vietnam, Korea, Germany, Far East Pacific, Hawaii, South America and the Caribbean. He earned his rank of Sergeant Major (E9) and retired after 28 1/2 years as a soldier in the military with honors received including the Purple Heart, Legion of Merit and Joint Service Commendation Medal. He was enjoying the life of a retired military officer up until the time of his death.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents Isaac and Lyda Fox and survived by his wife Yong Fox; two daughters, Lydia Sykes and Jennifer Fox, eight siblings; Pansy Hatfield, Juanita Gibbs, Eugene Fox, Daniel Fox, CoraLee Bailey, Melvin Fox, Carmen Fox, Gail Gilbert, six grandchildren; Amber Carlton, Ciara Barrett, Brittany Fox, Derrick Fox, Denisha Sykes, Diamond Sykes and one great granddaughter Aliya Barrett.

 

Cremation services were held by Griffin Leggett Funeral Home in Conway, AR with memorial and burial services to be held by Pastor Campbell of West Burnsville Church of God in hometown of Burnsville, North Carolina at Wilson Branch Cemetery.

 

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Fox family with arrangements in Burnsville.

JUNIOR CECIL HENSLEY

Junior Hensley, 85, of Burnsville passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Brookside Rehab and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Crate and Dora Estep Hensley.

 

Surviving are his wife, Madeline Honeycutt Hensley; a daughter, Carolyn Hensley of Burnsville; and, a host of nieces and nephews.

 

No services are planned at this time.

CALVIN E. ROLAND

Calvin E. Roland, 77, of Deerfield Township in Bridgeton, NJ died Monday, November 10, 2014 following an extended illness.

Calvin was born in Yancey County on May 19, 1937 and was the son of the late Henry and Pearl Evans Roland. He was also preceded in death by all his brothers and sisters.  Since 1990, he had lived in Deerfield Township.  He was a supervisor and project manager for Centex Corporation whose home office is in Dallas, TX. During his working career, he participated in numerous building projects around the country.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Arlene E. Roland; a daughter, Carol A. Vest (Charles) of Hopewell Twp.; a son, Clyde Lee Roland (Rosetta) of Baltimore, MD; five grandchildren:  Charlie Vest (Emily), Jessie Vest, John Roland, Katie Roland and Jackie Lescallett; and three great grandchildren: William Martin, Emma Didier and Ella Sweet.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Freitag Funeral Home, 137 W. Commerce St. in Bridgeton.  Pastor Robin Weinstein of the Bethany Grace Community Church will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10 until 11 AM Saturday prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the American Red Cross, South Jersey Chapter, 3 Parke Place Blvd., Sewell, NJ 08080 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

This obituary is a courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

VERONICA LYNN BRANTON

Veronica Lynn Branton, 53, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014 at  Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals, in Asheville.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of Wayne and Norma Honeycutt Branton.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Ricky B. Harris.  Veronica was a hairstylist for many years and a loving mother and daughter.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, is a son, Dustin Lee Proffitt and wife, Kirsten, and fiancé, Morris McIntosh, all of Burnsville; a niece, Bobbie Lee Caldwell of Statesville; and a nephew, Ethan Harris of Bakersville.

Funeral services will be held at 7 P. M. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Todd Robinson and Steve Robinson will officiate. 

A graveside service will be held at 11 A. M. Wednesday in Young’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 P. M. Tuesday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Yancey County Rescue Squad, 718 West Main Street, Burnsville, NC 28714 or The Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Yancey County EMS and Yancey County Rescue Squad for their caring assistance.

ELZIE LEE McCRACKEN

Elzie Lee McCracken, 93, of Plum Branch Road, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, November 2, 2014.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Henry and Pansy Boone McCracken.  He was the husband of Liddie Boone McCracken who died in 1997.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Ethel McCracken, Della Dale, Jewell Hughes and Gladys Wagner; brothers:  Jay McCracken and Willie McCracken; and a granddaughter: Sherry Ann Etheridge.  Elzie loved being outdoors, his garden and the sunshine.

 

Surviving are three daughters: Bernice Etheridge and husband, Elmer, of Hickory;Shirley Kiser and husband, Ralph, of Connelly Springs and Brenda Bumgardner and husband, Carroll, of Hickory.  Six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Junior Boone will officiate.  Burial will be in the Boone Cemetery on Plum Branch.

 

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

ISAAC 'IKE' WHEELER

Isaac “Ike” Wheeler, 87, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, November 1, 2014.  A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Bill and Allie Fox Wheeler.  He was the husband of 65 years to Alma “Sally” Griffin Wheeler, who passed away in 2009.  “Ike” was a World War II US Army veteran.  He and Sally owned and operated Wheeler’s Coast-In Market in Nolensville, TN for 40 years.  “Ike” was a member of Mill Creek Masonic Lodge of Nolensville, having received his 50-year service award.  He and Sally had been involved in chartering 3 Free Will Baptist churches in the Nashville area.

 

Surviving are his son:  Steve Wheeler and wife, Meredia, of Nashville; a daughter:  Sandra Harless and husband, Mike, of Clanton, AL; 5 grandchildren:  Christy, Lisa, Angie, David and Steven; 6 great grandchildren; and, 2 sisters:  Nora Belle Brown and Zula Mae Woody and husband, J. C., all of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Timothy Campbell will officiate.

 

The body will be returned to Nashville for burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

 

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

TERRILL R. RAY

Terrill Randall Ray, 80 of the Pleasant Gap Community passed away Tuesday, October 28, 2014 after an on-going battle with Alzheimer’s.  Leaving behind to honor his memory are daughters:  Teresa Bryant Brown and husband, Steve, of Burnsville and April Woody and husband, Tim, of Green Mountain.  God blessed Terrill richly with four grandchildren whom he adored:  Bridget Bryant and Barron Bryant and wife, Morgan, (their father, Greg Bryant), Sabrena Woody and Devan Woody.  His best friend and life-long companion was his sister, Berlean Lawhern of Burnsville. 

 

Terrill was preceded in death by the love of his life whom he was married to for 50 years, Anita Sparks Ray.  He was also preceded in death by his father, John Biss Ray and mother, Myra Ray Silver. 

 

Terrill loved the Lord his God above any and all things.  His life was proudly dedicated to serving God at Pleasant Gap Church where he was Deacon Chairman for 36 years and Men’s Sunday School Teacher for 29 years.  His grandson described him best when he said, “PaPa died two years ago when he lost his ability to go to church.”  Terrill was a life-long teacher and learner, guiding and instructing his church family, his daughters and his grandchildren.  Having recently told his oldest grandson, “I’ve laid the groundwork, enough said.” 

 

Terrill served the residents of Yancey County as an auto mechanics teacher for 20 years.  Folks brought their vehicles from near and far for Terrill to work on and if he couldn’t fix it, well, it couldn’t be fixed.  Nothing pleased him more than running up with a past student or fellow teacher.  He thought Fords and Dodges were the greatest inventions and Chevrolets were ranked out there with all the other foreign makes.  He loved fast cars and racing.  Neither his daughters nor his grandchildren can ever remember riding with him that he didn’t lay black marks pulling out.  He was destined to be a lover of cars and his grandkids were fascinated when he would talk about the time when he was a teenager and built a car inside his mom and dad’s house with parts he bartered for and the others ordered from a Sears and Roebuck catalog.  (They had to knock the side of the house out to get the car out.  It was worth more!) 

 

Terrill proudly served his country as a mechanic in the United States Army.  He continued his service for his country and his county by serving as a Land Commissioner for the Yancey County Clerk of Court.  He had an abundance of knowledge about land in Yancey County which he gained from his years of ginseng hunting.  Friends who went with him would laugh and say, “He complained about his back and legs until you got to the woods.  Then you couldn’t keep up with him!”  Terrill also loved to fish and no man ever caught one bigger than his.  He recently shared his fishing philosophy with his grandson before his wedding day, “Don’t let fishing get in the way of marriage; but, don’t let marriage get in the way of fishing.”

 

Terrill, Dad, PaPa, will be greatly missed.  A void and pain unlike any other has been left behind.  However, he would never have wanted that.  Terrill treasured life and believed life was a gift from God that should be celebrated.  Pain and sorrow are now gone and he is healed, living with the Greatest Healer and Teacher of all, The Lord Jesus Christ.  We Praise You, Lord for the Heavenly Father You are to us and for the earthly father, grandfather, and friend you gave us.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Friday in Pleasant Gap Baptist Church.  Rev. Matthew Vern Grindstaff will officiate.  Burial will be in the Fred Young Cemetery with military grave rites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, DAV, Chapter 57.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home where the body will remain until taken to the church for the service.

 

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Gap Baptist Church, c/o Donna Higgins, 244 Dale Street, Burnsville, NC 28714

ARLENE EDWARDS ANGLIN

Arlene Edwards Anglin, 80, of Marion, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2014.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Lidia and Oxie Hensley Edwards.  She was the wife of Luther Anglin who passed away in 2012.  She was also preceded in death by her son:  Dennis Lynn Anglin, who passed away February 10, 2014; 2 sisters:  Jeri and Gwen; and, a brother:  Marshall.  Arlene was a retired employee of Broyhill.  She enjoyed the outdoors, and maintaining her yard and flowers.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Deborah Ansley and husband, Shelton, of Cairo, GA; grandchildren:  Shelton Lynn Ansley, Jessica Anglin, Christopher Anglin and Breanna Mallon; 8 great grandchildren;  2 sisters:  Genieve Whittington and Diana McKinney, both of Nebo; and 2 brothers:  Junior Edwards of Littleton, CO and Harold Edwards of Nebo.

 

A graveside service will be held at 1PM Monday in the Watts Cemetery on Lotties Creek.

 

The family will receive friends from 10AM until Noon at the funeral home.

SUSIE EDWARDS

Susie Edwards, 56, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of Clara McDowell Harris of Burnsville and the late Charles Harris.

 

Surviving, in addition to her mother, is her husband of 26 years, Jim Edwards; a daughter, Brittany Edwards of Burnsville; a son, Trenton Edwards of the home; a brother, Johnny Harris and wife, Sara, of Green Mountain; a niece, Marissa Harris; and a nephew, Buddy Harris.

 

A celebration of her everlasting life will be held at 12 Noon, Saturday, October 18, 2014 in Bolens Creek Baptist Church, of which she was a member.  Dr. Chris Morgan, Rev. Joe Bennett and Niles Howell will officiate. 

 

The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

FRANK CHANDLER

Frank Chandler, 70, of Hardscrabble Road, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Lucille Buckner Chandler of Burnsville and the late Robert Chandler.  He was a US Army Veteran, having served in Korea.  Frank was owner of Chandler’s Automotive in Swannanoa for 20 years.

 

Surviving, in addition to his mother, is his wife of 52 years, Jo Ann Mathis Chandler; a son, Frank Chandler, Jr. and wife, Karen; and a granddaughter, Samm Chandler, all of Burnsville; 6 sisters:  Peggy Fox, Joyce McIntosh, Grace Whitson and Shirley Proffitt all of Burnsville, Alma Ball of Forest City and Lynn Robinson of Asheville; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Edwards of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Friday, October 17, 2014, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Denver Styles will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday in the Troy Mathis Cemetery on Hardscrabble Road.

 

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

 

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