: OBITUARIES :
Ruth McIntosh, 88, of Pine Swamp Road, went home to be with her Lord Saturday, September 24, 2016 at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville. A native of Yancey County, she was the wife of Roy McIntosh, who passed away in 2011.
Surviving are her sons: Roy Ronald “Ronnie” McIntosh and wife, Shelda, and Danny T. McIntosh and wife, Sharon; grandchildren: Scott McIntosh and wife, Stephanie, and Jordan and Caleb McIntosh and great grandchildren: Tyler, Kasey and Chanse McIntosh, all of Burnsville.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home..
Irene Robinson, 92, of Georges Fork, went home to be with the Lord Monday, September 19, 2016, at Spruce Pine Brian Center. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Jeter and Lillie Wilson Autrey, and the wife of Willie Robinson who died in 1978. She was also preceded in death by an infant son: G. W. Robinson; brothers: Garland and Donald Autrey; and, a great-great granddaughter: Sarah Carpenter.
Surviving are two sons: Cleo Robinson and wife, Unieda, and Sherman Robinson and wife, Helen, all of Burnsville; a brother: Ranus Autrey of Marion; five grandchildren: C. J. Robinson and wife, Kathy, Gary Robinson and wife, Julie, Derrick Robinson and wife, Chris, Tyrina Garland and husband, Rodney, and Christel McFarland and husband, Lee; 12 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Dale Banks will officiate. Burial will be in the Autrey Cemetery at South Estatoe Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.
GENEVA HIGGINS ROGERS
Geneva Higgins Rodgers, of Burnsville, passed away Friday, September 16, 2016. She was born to Ed Carter Higgins and Mary Jane Duncan Higgins on December 11, 1916 in Higgins,NC. As a young girl, she joined the Presbyterian Church in Higgins and remained a devout Presbyterian all her life, loving and volunteering in various positions within her churches.
Geneva attended Bee Log School and after graduation she attended Dorland-Bell School for Girls at Hot Springs. There she developed an interest in tennis, that interest gave way to gardening and cooking, much to the delight and benefit of family and friends.
Geneva worked for Winners Department Store for many years and later became a buyer for John Carrols of Asheville. As a buyer she traveled extensively to New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and other cities visiting fashion shows in order to select the latest fashion in ladies clothing and apparel.
After retiring, she moved back to Burnsville to be near her aging father. She was preceded in death by her husbands: Carl Renfro, Henry Hudson, Gilmer Graham and Al Rodgers. She was also preceded by sisters: Ruby Morehead, Elizabeth Barwick and Marjorie Oleson, and a brother Charles Higgins.
She is survived by sisters: Lucille Proffit of Corpus Cristi, TX and Frances Millican of Austin, TX and a brother: Russell (Sonny) Higgins and wife Amy of Abilene, TX., and several; nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Burnsville, Saturday September 24 at 11 AM. Rev. Steve Elderbrock will officiate. The family will receive friends at the Church, following the service.
Memorials may be made to The First Presbyterian Church of Burnsville.
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Higgins family.
LOTTIE HONEYCUTT LEDFORD MITCHELL
Lottie Honeycutt Ledford Mitchell, 85, of the Little Creek Community of Yancey County, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at Smoky Ridge Health & Rehabilitation. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Geter and Cora Bell Honeycutt, and wife of the late Nealie Ledford and Frank Mitchell. She was also preceded in death by brothers: Troy, Coy and Cecil Honeycutt; and, sisters: Lora Bell Turner, Rose Smith, Maphrie Taylor and MaryAnn Hensley; a step daughter: Sheila Hughes; and a son: Steve Ledford. Lottie was a loving Mother and Mamaw.
Surviving are daughters: Nina King, Valerie McCourry and husband, Danny, Laura Carmack and husband, J. W., and Kim Miller; 2 sons: Terry Ledford and wife, Shelby, and Stanley Ledford and wife, Judy; 11 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; a sister: Elizabeth Smith of Marion; brothers: Melvin Honeycutt of Lenoir, Delane Honeycutt of Marion and Tom Honeycutt of Charlotte; and special friends: William “Bill” Simmons and Gerald Peterson.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Brother Dayton Lewis will officiate. Burial will follow in the Ledford Family Cemetery on Little Creek.
The family will receive friends from 12 Noon until 2PM Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the family.
FAYE HIGGINS MORROW
Faye Higgins Morrow, age 87, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. She was surrounded by her loving family, who will greatly miss her.
A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Gus and Bessie Higgins and the wife of the late Breece Morrow, who passed away in 1988. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Higgins Yates.
Faye, lovingly known as “Nanny”, loved her family, flowers, and in her later years, crocheting. She enjoyed sharing her creations with family and friends.
Surviving are a brother, Stanley Higgins; a son, Danny Morrow and wife Becky; two daughters, Cathy Franklin and husband Rickey; and Robbie Renfro and husband Marvin all of Burnsville. She also took joy in her nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and her special little dog, Mimi.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 15, 2016 in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Phillip Hughes will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Private graveside services will be held in the Breece Morrow family cemetery on Banks Creek Road.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Hospice of the Blue Ridge for the excellent care given to our Nanny. We also thank Smoky Ridge Health and Rehabilitation for the care and kindness shown to her during her short stay there.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.
Edgar Byrd, 76, of Burnsville, unexpectedly went to his heavenly home to be with the Lord Monday, September 12, 2016, at Mission Hospitals Memorial Campus. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Carl and Dora Crane Byrd. He was preceded in death by sisters: Glessie Higgins, Gladys Tipton and Esther Hughes; and, brothers: Rothie and Dewey Byrd. He was a member of Merrimon Avenue Baptist Church and a member of the Paul Robinson Sunday School Class for the past 25 years.
Edgar was the owner and operator of North End Barber Shop in Asheville for 45 years. He always loved his customers and friends that came by to drink coffee and share their stories with him early in the morning. Edgar served in the U.S. Navy as a C.B. He was a loving husband.
Surviving is his wife of 51 years: Lois Styles Byrd; and, several nieces and nephews, who were always special to him.
A celebration of his life will be held at 3PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Worth Emory and Joshua Styles will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 2 until 3PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.
NELL BEAVER BRYANT
Nell Beaver Bryant, 89, of Murphytown, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at Smoky Ridge Health & Rehabilitation. She was a native of Yancey County. Nell was a daughter of the late Will and Sarah Laws Beaver, and the wife of Arthur Bryant who died in 1994. She was also preceded in death by her son: Leonard Bryant; and, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. Nell attended Locust Grove Church.
Surviving are a daughter: Shirley Peterson and husband, Calvin, of Green Mountain; a daughter-in-law: Carolyn Bryant of Poplar; 4 grandsons: David Peterson, Roger Peterson, Leonard Bryant and Jeff Bryant; a special great granddaughter: Tyara P. Hughes; 6 other great grandchildren; a sister: Jean Gibson of Weaverville; and a special friend: Blanche Murphy of Murphytown.
Funeral services will be held at 8PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Tommy Murphy will officiate. A graveside service will be at 11AM Saturday in White Oak Flats Cemetery. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
Geraldine Silver, 84, of Bearwallow Road, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday September 3, 2016 at the home of her daughter. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Bill and Gladys Waycaster McLaughlin. She was the wife of Dee Silver who died in 1994. She was also preceded in death by a son Terry "Tadpole" Silver, son-in-law Roy Jones, Brothers: Vernon Waycaster, Coy McLaughlin, Harold McLaughlin, Eddie McLaughlin and a baby brother, A sister Beth Knight. Geraldines life was dedicated to the Lord and her family.
Surviving are a daughter: Pat Jones of Avery County. A son: Rev. Jackie Silver and wife Linda of Burnsville. A daughter-in-law: Cathy Carroll of Burnsville. 11 Grandchildren, 9 Great-grandchildren and 4 Great-great-grandchildren. A sister: Pat Lockhart of Asheville. Two brothers: James McLaughlin of Landrum, SC and Emory McLaughlin of Arden. Numerous neices and nephews also survive.
Funeral Services will be held at 7 PM Monday September 5, 2016 in the Crabtree Baptist Church of which she was a member. Her son Rev. Jackie Silver and Rev. Dale Banks will officiate. The family will recieve friends from 5:30 until 7 PM at the Church. Burial will be at 11 am Tuesday September 6 in the Church Cemetery.
Lavonda Mejia, 36, of Woodland Circle, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016 at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville. A native of McDowell County, she was a daughter of the late Joe and Debra Gray Horne.
Surviving are her husband Oscar Vasquez; children: Junior, Flora, Jose, Antonia, Donella, David and Shala; and two brothers: B. J. Horne and Jason Horne.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Marietta Atkins Cemetery.
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Mejia family.
KATHLEEN HENSLEY PONDER
Kathleen Hensley Ponder, 87, of the Fox Creek Community, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, August 27, 2016. A native of Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mamie Penix Hensley. Kathleen was the wife of the late Willie Jay Ponder who died in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law: Junior Cooper; 5 brothers: Junior Hensley, Richard Hensley, Pritchard Hensley, Ed Hensley and Cecil Hensley; and a sister: Georgia Gaddy. She loved her family very much.
Surviving are a daughter: Debra Cooper of Mars Hill; 2 grandsons: Shannon Cooper and wife, Kedren, of Mars Hill and Brandon Cooper and wife, Christy, of Green Mountain; a very special great grandson: Easton Cooper; sisters: Lula Roland, Mary Gosnell and Peggy Franklin; several nieces and nephews; and, a special friend and caregiver: Sue Ponder.
Funeral services will be held at 8PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Tommy Murphy and Rothie Wilson will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11AM Wednesday in Fox Creek Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Monday at the funeral home.
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