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JOHN P. YOUNG

John P. Young, 81, of Weaverville, went to meet his wife, Kathy, in their Heavenly home on Monday, August 22, 2016.

A native of Yancey County, John lived in Weaverville since 1969.  He retired from law enforcement after 20 years of service with the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles-License and Theft Division, and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department.  He worked independently and for various car dealerships as a salesman.  He was the owner of John Young Apartments on Main Street in Weaverville.  He was a member of Northpoint Baptist Church.

John loved his dogs and enjoyed buying and selling cars.  He was an avid NASCAR fan.  John also enjoyed hosting political rallies and had an interest in politics.

John was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Kathy; his mother, Minnie Young; and his father, Ed Young.

Surviving are his daughter: Jennifer Mashburn (David) of Burnsville; grandchildren: Shaley Holmes (Cameron) of Statesville, Savannah Haney of Swannanoa, and Jacob Mashburn of Burnsville; and a great-grandson, Ty Holmes, of Statesville.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Sunday, August 28, 2016 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home in Burnsville.  Rev. Clark Henderson will officiate.  Burial will be in the McCracken Cemetery in Burnsville.  The family will receive friends from 5 until 7:30 PM Saturday, August 27, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Weaverville, 63 North Main Street.   

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

CAROLYN BLINDA HONEYCUTT

Carolyn Williams Honeycutt, 76, of Fairview, went to be with the Lord, Monday,  August 22, 2016, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was raised by Leslie Shepherd.  She was preceded in death by her brother:  Isaac Uriah Williams, Jr.; a grandson:  Byron Joseph Honeycutt; and, a sister-in-law:  Thanna H. Arrowood.  Carolyn was a member of New Grace Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years:  Rev. Bobby Honeycutt, Sr.; children:  Blinda Teague and husband, Kenny, of Fairview, Sandra Arrowood and husband, Bryan, of Black Mountain, Bobby Honeycutt, Jr. and wife, Heather, of Fairview,  and Steven Honeycutt and wife, Valerie, of Asheville; 14 grandchildren;  8 great grandchildren and 2 expectant great grandchildren; and, special friends:  Bobby and Lucille Martin of Virginia.

Funeral services will be held at 3PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. John Honeycutt will officiate.  Burial will be in the Robinson Cemetery on Bakers Creek.

The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home and at other times the family will be at her home.               

DEBRA RAMSEY

Debra Ramsey, 61, of Fletcher, passed away unexpectedly Monday, August 15, 2016, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Bruce and Earlene Phillips Ramsey.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Marcia Allison; and, a brother:  Bruce “Buzzy” Ramsey.  Debra was a member of Arden Missionary Baptist Church, and had been attending Liberty Baptist Church.  She was a former employee of Cranston Print Works and World of Clothing.

 

Surviving are sisters:  Sharon Kast and husband, Thomas, Cathy Creasman and Shelly Connor and husband, Greg; and brothers:  David Ramsey and wife, Lorna, and Mike Ramsey.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Robert Garren will officiate.   Burial will be in the Watts Cemetery on Lotties Creek.

 

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

 

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

PAUL WADE RANDOLPH

Paul Wade Randolph, age 64, of Gray, TN, went home to be with the Lord, while visiting family in the mountains of NC on Saturday, August 6, 2016.  Paul was a proud Veteran of the United States Army.  He attended Oak Dale Central Baptist Church in Surgoinsville, TN, where he served as the adult Sunday School Teacher.  He enjoyed working, hunting and fishing with his son and grandsons.  He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wade Randolph; and mother, Harriet Maxwell Hill.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Nina Randolph; son: Jason Randolph (Kerry); daughter:  Amber Randolph (Anthony McPeek); 4 grandchilren:  Jaysen, Dominique, Noah and Axel; sisters:  Debbie King (Ray), Linda Deyton (Wayne), Caren Jones (Doug) and Vickie Klein (Lou); brother:  Bruce Randolph; beloved father and mother-in-law:  R.L. and Lilllian Silvers; several nieces, nephews and a host of family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00PM on Tuesday, August9, 2016 at Carter-Trent Funeral Home in Church Hill, TN.  Funeral services will begin at 7:00PM with Pastor Freddie Freeman officiating.  Graveside service will be held at 1:00PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Silvers Family Cemetery (1095 Silas Brach Rd. Burnsville, NC, 28714) with Rev. Dayton Lewis officiating. 

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Dale Central Baptist Church (562 Stoney Point Rd. Surgoinsville, TN 37873).

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.cartertrent.com.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home in Church Hill, TN, is proudly serving the Randolph family.

This obituary is a courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

OVAL TOMBERLIN

Oval Tomberlin, 93, of Micaville, passed away Monday, August 1, 2016 at Smoky Ridge Health and Rehabilitation.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Jay and Cora Buckner Tomberlin.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Tomberlin.  He and his brother Ralph owned Home Improvement and Insulation Company. 

Surviving are his wife: Henrietta Rhoten Tomberlin; a son: Ronald Tomberlin and wife Louise of Micaville; a daughter: Scarlett Bradley of Arden; grandchildren: Sherry Tomberlin and Tony Bradley; two sisters: Opal Sheppard and husband Emery of Hendersonville and Mauvlline Lawson of Denver, NC and several nieces and nephews.

Due to illness in the family, a memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced by Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

CLAUDINE ARROWOOD STAFFON

Claudine Arrowood Staffon, 88, of Jonesboro, GA, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Roadman and Gladys Honeycutt Arrowood, and the wife of the late Clinton C. Staffon, Sr.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Shirley Arrowood Smith; and a grandson:  Rusty Wood.  Claudine was an avid reader, the Bible being her favorite.

 

Surviving are her children and spouses:  Sharon S. Chapman and husband, Larry, of Campobello, SC, Vicki S. Wood and husband, Ted, of Griffin, GA, Sonya S. Sharpe and husband, Ross, of Ellijay, GA and Clinton Staffon, Jr. and wife, Lisa, of McDonough, GA; grandchildren:  Kim Wood, Carrie C. Gosnell, Jeremy Chapman, Dustin Sharpe, Hayley S. Smith, Dylan Staffon, Makinzie Staffon and Brittany Shaddix; 12 great grandchildren; 2 great, great grandchildren; and 2 sisters:  Earlene Arrowood Engle of Asheville and Patricia Arrowood Burrell of Canton.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Dr. Sam Smith will officiate.  Burial will be in the Honeycutt Cemetery on Coxes Creek.

 

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3PM Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home.

RALPH GRESENS

Ralph Gresens, age 86, of Burnsville, NC, passed away on Friday, July 22nd, 2016, at his home in The Reserve. A native of Elmwood Park, Illinois, he was the son of the late Edward and Grace Gresens, who preceded him in death.  He loved his family and his cars and delighted in driving the cars in and around Burnsville and at European Auto Festival car shows.

Surviving are his wife, Jean, of 61 years, and two sisters, Geraldyn Bergeron of Gurnee, Illinois, and Valerie Corbel of Redding, California.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.  He was a proud U. S. Marine and was often heard saying "Once a Marine, Always a Marine".

Donations to your favorite charity, in his name, would be greatly appreciated.

ELIZABETH FLEETWOOD BENNETT

Elizabeth Fleetwood Bennett,99,of Burnsville, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016 at her home. She was a daughter of the late Barrow and Blanche Tilson Fleetwood.   Lib married Mark Wilson Bennett on August 4, 1938.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by  her husband Mark, who died Feb. 4, 1996, brothers: Tilson and Robert Fleetwood and sister Patti Carter.  Lib attended East Carolina Teachers College and was a graduate of Milligan College and Mars Hill College.  She taught in the Yancey County Schools at Burnsville and Micaville Elementary for 24 years.

Surviving are her children: Julia Bennett Norris (Staunton), Amanda Blanche "Bunny" Bennett and Dr. Mark W. Bennett, Jr (Patricia) all of Burnsville.  Granchildren: Heather Norris Hockaday (Danny), Staunton "Stauntie" Norris (Carrie), Samuel Bennett and William Bennett.  Great gradchildren: Jackson, Brennan, Yates, Thomas and Harper Hockaday, and Caden and Bennett Norris.  Several neices and nephews also survive.

A Clebration of Life Service will be held at 2 PM Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Niles Howell will officiate.  The family will recieve friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Hospice & Pallative Care of the Blue Ridge,Inc., 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC   28777 or Office for Institutional Advancement, Mars Hill University, "The Mars Hill Fund", PO Box 6792, Mars Hill, NC 28754.

STANLEY KEITH CARROLL

Stanley Carroll, 63, of Burnsville, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016 after a courageous battle with illnesses.  He was a devoted husband, brother, uncle and friend.  He was a local businessman, an avid sports fan, and a motorcycle enthusiast.  He was a member of Micaville Presbyterian Church. 

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Flaude Boone Carroll.  Surviving are his wife, Beryl Bailey Carroll; a sister: Becky Pate and husband Dewey, Jr. of Burnsville; brothers: David Carroll and wife Becky of Burnsville and Bill Carroll and wife Sue of Asheville.  He is survived by eight nieces and nephews: Chris, Amber, Haley, Emily, Shelly, Kelby, John and Joe; eleven great nieces and nephews and a great-great niece.  He is also survived by many special friends and Smoke, the last cat he rescued.

A celebration of his life will be held at 7 P. M. Wednesday, June 29, 2016 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Beth and John Hall will officiate.  The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 PM, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Yancey County Humane Society, 962 Cane River Church Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

LAWRENCE RAY

Lawrence Ray, 85, of Possum Trot, went to his Heavenly home Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Smoky Ridge Health and Rehabilitation in Burnsville.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Blake and Ruby Wilson Ray.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Doris Ray, Helen Thomas and Mary Alice Carroll; and a brother: Earl Ray.  Lawrence served our country in the US Army, Artillery Division, during the Korean War from 1951 until 1954.  He was raised to have a strong work ethic which he used daily in his life as a farmer.  He grew tomatoes, tobacco and raised Black Angus Cattle.  He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.  Lawrence was a kind, quiet man who was a good friend and neighbor to all.  He was a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years:  Mafrey Barnett Ray; 3 children: Deborah Metcalf, and husband, Clifford of Burnsville; Nancy Barefoot, and husband, Kenny of Weaverville; and Andrew Ray of Burnsville; a brother: Wilson Ray, and wife, Barbara of Burnsville; grandchildren: Jeremy (Jody), Jason, Hayden, Anna Grace and Collin; 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM Tuesday, June 28, 2016, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Bobby Ray and Steve Robinson will officiate.   A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Cemetery on Possum Trot, with Military graverites by Sgt. E.L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV.

The family will receive friends 6:00 until 7:00 PM Tuesday, prior to the service at the funeral home.                                              

 

 

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