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DONNELLE WILLIAMSON

Donnelle Williamson, 46, of Hickory Springs Road, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2015 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Elizabeth Patton Young, and the wife of Eric Williamson of Burnsville.

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

POPPY OPPERT

Poppy Oppert, 91, of Burnsville, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  She was the wife of the late Joe Oppert.  Born in Atlanta, she was the daughter of the late Glover and Francis Bloodworth.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Chad Oppert, and her sister, Molly Deal.  Poppy was a homemaker and a long-time Georgia resident, until moving to Burnsville over 30 years ago.  She was a faithful member of Liberty Covenant Church in Micaville. 

 

She is survived by her son, Chuck Oppert and his wife, Donna; her daughter, Nichola Stanley and husband, Lawrence; her granddaughter, Leigh Armstrong and husband, Drue, and a great-grandson, Judah. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Liberty Covenant Church, P.O. Box 648, Micaville, NC 28755.

 

A memorial service will be held at 2 P. M. Saturday May 23, 2015 in Liberty Covenant Church, Rev. Frank Wyatt will officiate. A reception will follow the service at the church.

BULA ENGLAND

Bula England, 90, of Cane River, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Care Partners Hospice and Palliative Care in Asheville.  A Native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Atlas Honeycutt Silver and the wife of Howard England who died in 2008.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Rev. Jack Silver.  Bula was a member of Young’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are her son, Thomas Howard England and wife, Rose Ann; and granddaughter, Kacie Thomasann England, all of Franklin; and a brother, Arcemus Silver and wife, Jeanette, of Asheville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Friday, May 22, 2015 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Roger Thompson will officiate.   Nephews will be pallbearers.  Burial will be in the Young’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery. 

 

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

 

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

ROY GUS SHEPHERD

Roy Gus Shepherd, 92, of the Swiss Community, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Isaac Garfield and Minnie Buckner Shepherd.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Lillie Shepherd Ponder, Edith Shepherd, and Margaret Shepherd Ballard; and brothers:  Gaither Levi Shepherd, Willard “Bill” Garrett Shepherd and Auburn Charles Shepherd.  Gus was a US Army World War II veteran, having served as a Radar Technician.  He was a retired farmer.

 

Surviving are his nephews:  Roy Gus Ballard and wife, Nancy, of  Mars Hill, Roger Shepherd and wife, Julia, of Burnsville, Vernon Quince Shepherd and wife, Della, of Ohio and William Bill Ballard of Weaverville; nieces:  Annie Mae Fox of Burnsville, Jean Robinson of Mars Hill, Elezene Brown and Mildred Ray of Weaverville and Gwin Dola Burleson of Tennessee.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Denver Styles will officiate. Burial will be in the W. R. Buckner Cemetery on Windy Gap Road with military graverites by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57, DAV.

 

Pallbearers will be Jeff Ballard, Roger and Charlie Shepherd, Bobby Mathis, and Donald and Chris Buckner.

 

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

ROOSEVELT BRIGGS

Roosevelt Briggs, 83, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 14, 2015.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Tommy Jack and Elizabeth Briggs.  Roosevelt was the last survivor of seven children.

 

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Leona Letterman Briggs; 3 sons:  Isaac Briggs of Spruce Pine, Silas Briggs of Green Mountain and Tommy Briggs of the home; 4 daughters:  Geneva Byrd of SC, Louise Briggs of Bakersville, Nancy Buchanan of Micaville and Trula Pittman of Burnsville; 20 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Paul Robinson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pete Young Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from Noon until 2 PM Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.

JIMMIE KEITH CANIPE

Continuing his journey, Jimmie Keith Canipe, 81, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. 

 

Surviving are:  his wife of 58 years, Brigitte Urban Canipe of Tampa; two sons: Steve Canipe of Tampa, and Larry Canipe and wife, Narimon, of Boca Raton, Florida; a daughter: Christina Walag and husband, Randy, of Jacksonville, Florida; four grandchildren: Brian, Amanda, Kirsten, and Todd; and five great grandchildren: Mia, Ami, Elijah, Cameron, and Preston.

 

The last of five Green Mountain men made of steel, with hearts of gold: Chet, Paul, Ted, Richard, and now, Jimmie are together with their amazing parents Dewey and Beatrice.  All carved out lives, unique to their character that touched the world wherever they went.

 

After Jimmie was raised and worked the beautiful land in North Carolina, he spent 20 years in the US Airforce.  In 1972, he remained active by starting Canipe Trucking in Tampa,  where he enjoyed moving goods and produce around the USA. This was Jim's dream job, independence, freedom and it allowed him to see this amazing country, mile after mile, meeting and networking, making life-long friends from strangers wherever he went.  For those that never knew him, it is our honor to introduce him now, and for those that knew him, you know he would never say goodbye but “see you around."  

 

It is not often to know a man like this, but there are many who have the honor to call him friend.  There are a few who could call him husband, dad and grandpa. This family carries his amazing legacy on in all the values this man has instilled into all of them. We will miss him dearly.

 

Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, May 16, 2015 in the Fairview Cemetery at Green Mountain.  Rev. Philip Garland will officiate.  Military graverites will be conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:   Christopher & Dana Reeve  Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ  07078.

EVYLEE HARMON McBRAYER

Evylee Harman McBrayer, 89, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Brian Center in Spruce Pine.  She was born on September 17, 1925 to the late Harold Gray and Edna Parker Deaton.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husbands F. Carl Harman and Dr. Charles H. McBrayer, and sister Peggy D. Young.

 

Surviving are her daughter, Patti and husband, Dr. Forrest McCall, of Burnsville; two granddaughters, Trish and husband, Dr. Drew Thompson, of Higganum, CT, and Schell McCall and husband, Paul Feldman, of Burnsville; four great grandchildren, Connor and Andrew Thompson and Sarah and Emma Feldman; sister, Lugene Richardson; and brothers, Parks Deaton and Harold Deaton, Jr.

 

Evylee was a lifelong learner, a skilled potter, and an avid traveler. She was a resident of Mars Hill Retirement Home for 12 years, a member of Mars Hill United Methodist Church, and a Charter Member of Chapter T, P.E.O. Sisterhood.  

 

A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.

GEORGIANA McPETERS

Georgiana McPeters, 71, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Yancey House.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Merritt and Evelyn Banks McPeters.

 

Surviving are two daughters:  Sherrie Tenderholt of Layton, Utah and Maria Minich of Jackpot, Nevada; a brother, Alden McPeters and wife, Peggy, of Burnsville; a grandson, Logan; and 2 nieces:  Barbara Rathbone of Asheville and Marie Dale of Georgia. 

Burial will be at 10 AM Friday in the Banks Cemetery on Banks Creek.

SADIE FORTNER

Sadie Fortner, 74, of Georges Fork, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, May 10, 2015, at Care Partners Solace Center in Asheville.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Pink and Ellen Butner Murphy, and the wife of DeWitt Fortner who died in 2001.  Sadie was a retired cafeteria worker at East Yancey School.  She was a member of Bolens Creek Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher for over 50 years.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Kimberly Snyder and husband, Larry; a son:  Edwin Fortner and wife, Tami; grandchildren:  Zeb and Owen Snyder and Paige and Price Fortner, all of Burnsville; 2 sisters:  Lillian Baker of Asheville and Shirley Winters of Spruce Pine; and, a brother:  Tommy Murphy of Spruce Pine.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Dr. Chris Morgan will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Wednesday in the Honeycutt Cemetery on Georges Fork.

 

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

 

The family wishes to extend their thanks to Dr. Jeff Polgar and his staff, the staff at The Laurels of Summit Ridge, and Care Partners Solace Center.

RUTH BRIGGS

Ruth Briggs, 93, of Bakersville, passed away Friday, May 8, 2015, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Wesley and Elizabeth Briggs Stevens, and the wife of Andrew Briggs who died in 1996.  She was also preceded in death by a son:  Andrew “Buster” Briggs, Jr.

 

Surviving are 5 daughters:  Rosetta Andrade of Burnsville, Annette Briggs of Bakersville, Hazel Briggs of Green Mountain, Patsy Helms of Manteo, NC and Dolly Self of Blountville, TN; 3 sisters:  Carrie Watkins, Faye Watkins and Juanita Waycaster, all of Marion; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and, 5 great, great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Paul Robinson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pete Young Cemetery.

 

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

 

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