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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.                                              

 

ROGER AUTREY

Roger Winthrop Autrey, 79, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Ramon and Annie Mae Shuford Autry.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter: Deborah Ann Cooke; and, a brother: John Terrell Autrey.  Roger had resided in Buncombe County since 1975.  He was a devout Christian,  and member of Starnes Cove Baptist Church.  He served 20 years as a Sunday School Teacher and held various other positions within many Baptist Churches.  Roger, CW4, retired in 1975 from the US Army after serving two tours in Vietnam.  He was highly decorated having received four bronze stars and two purple hearts.  Later he was a General Manager with Buck Stove and served as a Chaplain Assistant with the VA Hospital for many years.     

Surviving are his wife:  Sharon Louise Smith Autrey of the home; son:  Daniel Ray Autrey, and wife, Kathy, of Hayes, VA; daughter:  Denise Autrey Burton, and husband Rick, of Durham; step-children:  Evelyn Quinn, and husband, Stanley, of Fairview, Robin Ruit and husband, Tom, of Swannanoa, Kim Fullbright and husband, Tim, of Asheville, Jill Renee Parker, Amanda Lauren Skowron  and Jessica Blankenship; Tom Hooper, and wife, Sherri, of Mills River, and Sean Mitchell and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 PM Monday, June 27, at Starnes Cove Baptist Church.  Charlie Sams will officiate.  Burial will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, June 27, at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Starnes Cove Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, 149 Starnes Cove Road, Asheville, NC 28802

This obituary is a courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.                       

PEARL EDWARDS FENDER

Pearl Edwards Fender, 96, of the Little Creek Community, went to her Heavenly home, which she had worked so many years for, Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Smoky Ridge Health and Rehabilitation.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Reverend Emory and Minnie Atkins Edwards, and the wife of Howard Fender, who died in 2001.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter-in-law: Wanda Ray Fender; son-in-law: Don Ramsey; grandchildren: Donny Allison Fender and Kelly Joe and Keith Jason Bradford; a sister and three brothers.  Pearl was a member of Higgins Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving are daughters: Ethel Lou Bradford and husband Junior Ray Bradford, and Norma Edwards and husband Alden of Burnsville, sons: Ezra Fender and Darius Fender and wife Hope of Burnsville and Larry Fender and wife Sandra of Marion; 10 grandchildren: Lisa Miller, Patrick Bradford, Sherri Peterson, Tina Bryant, Randall Fender, Crystal Bradford, David Fender, Glendon Fender, Jada MacLellan and Josh Fender; 25 great grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren; a sister; Mildred Adkins of Roxboro and three brothers; Creed Edwards of Burnsville, Coy Edwards of Texas and Homer Edwards of Marion.

Funeral services will be held at 7 P. M. Monday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Keith Miller and Junior Peterson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10 A. M. Tuesday in the Fender Cemetery at Bee Log.

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

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or The Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

JOHN VERNON CASTEEL

John Vernon Casteel, 26, formerly of Burnsville, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of John Larry Casteel and the late Linda Riddle Casteel of Burnsville.

 

Surviving, in addition to his father, are 2 sisters:  Kimberly Diane Casteel and Crystal Lynn Riddle both of Burnsville; 2 brothers:  Larry Allen Casteel and wife, Ellen, of Unicoi, TN and Shannon Riddle and wife, Angela, of Burnsville; 2 aunts:  Diane Surrett  and Donna Chandler both of Marion; 2 uncles:  Billy Casteel and wife, Joan, of Burnsville and Willie Byrd and wife, Geneva, of Walhalla, SC; 2 nieces:  Jenny and Allison; 5 nephews:  Michael, Kenny, Konnor, Keaton and Shane, all of Burnsville.  Numerous cousins also survive.

 

Funeral services will be  held at 2PM Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Darrel Tipton will officiate.  Burial will be in the McIntosh Cemetery on Langford Branch.

 

The family will receive friends 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of Shannon Riddle.

 

Donations may be made to Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

DAVID GREENE

David D. Greene, 71, of Spruce Pine, passed on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at his home. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Elmer and Lucille Grindstaff Greene.  A US Air Force Veteran, he retired with the US Postal Service and prior to that he was employed by Air Preheater.  David was very involved in Masonry, a Past Master of Vesper Lodge #554 AF & AM in Spruce Pine, where he was the historian and compiled and printed the history of Vesper Lodge.  He had served as District Deputy Grand Master of both the 41st and 37th Masonic Districts.  A Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason, he was a member of Oasis Shrine Temple, and Past President of Mountaineer Shrine Club, where he was presently the secretary.  He was also a member of Spruce Pine Volunteer Fire and Rescue for 32 years, where he had been Secretary and Treasurer.

 

Surviving are his wife:  Kathy Young Greene; a son:  Daniel Greene (Victoria) of Johnson City, TN; a daughter:  Kristen Hall of Connelly Springs; 3 grandsons:  David C. Greene of Spruce Pine, Justin A. Hall of Old Fort and Luke T. Hall of Marion; 4 great grandchildren; and, his sister:  Noma Greene of Bakersville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 4PM Monday in Spruce Pine United Methodist Church.  Revs. Alvin Carpenter and Jeremy Troxler will officiate.  Burial will be in the Spruce Pine Cemetery. Masonic rites will be conferred by Vesper Lodge #554 AF & AM, at the church.

 

The family will receive friends from 2 until 4PM Monday, prior to the service at the church.

 

Memorials may be made to the  Oasis Shriners Temple, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262 or to NC Masonic Home for Children, 600 College Street, Oxford, NC 27565.

LUCILLE PETERSON

Lucille Peterson, 94, of Green Mountain, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Smoky Ridge Health and Rehabilitation.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Neal and Maggie Styles Elliott, and the wife of Ike Peterson who died in 1992.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter: Peggy Peterson; sons: Wayne and Blaine Peterson; 3 sisters; and, 2 brothers.  Lucille was a member of South Bend Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving are 2 daughters: Frances Wilcox and husband, David, of Burnsville and Elaine Brewer of Marion:  4 sons:  Donald Peterson and wife, Clarise, of Thomasville, Carmon Peterson of Archdale, Edward Peterson and wife, Kathy, of Green Mountain and Steve Peterson and wife, Sherri, of Burnsville; 16 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; and, 3 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Thursday, June 9, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  William Ellis will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday in the Peterson Hill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6:00 until 8:00PM Thursday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

LILA EMMA INKPEN

Lila Emma Inkpen, 101, of Burnsville, graduated to be with the Lord on December 9, 2015.  She shared her delightful presence with her two daughters, one in Goldsboro and one in Burnsville.

 

Lila was wed to Ernest Paul Inkpen and Raymond Douglas Inkpen, both deceased.  She is survived and remembered by scores of family and friends.  She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church here in Burnsville and Grace Baptist Church in Goldsboro.  Her two daughters (Jane Howard of Goldsboro and Nany Rutkowski of Burnsville) and her son Dr. Thomas Inkpen of Albany, NY treasure her life and example in the Lord.  Her grandchildren are:  Teri Howard (Goldsboro), Debbie Reese (Hawaii), James Howard (Florence, SC) Nathanael Bengtson (Johnstown, PA), David Inkpen (Pascohe, RI) and Mary Lou Leanard (Rockford, MI).  She has worn out many Bibles in her lifetime and enjoyed teaching the Bible and working part-time as a church secretary during retirement.  She graduated from Brown’s Business School in Queens and worked for many years as a Social Secretary for the state hospitals in New York.  She is also survived by eight great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild who dearly treasure her living example of a Christ-like life.  We all enjoyed her frequent cheery letters, notes of encouragement and interesting articles she composed over her lifetime.  Lila won several awards for her beautiful scenic oil paintings kept by the family that amaze visitors viewing her God-given talent.

 

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 PM Saturday, June 11, 2016 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

 

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

 

Condolences may be sent to Jane Howard, 1941 NC Hwy. 111N, Goldsboro, NC 27530-8184, or Nancy Rutkowski, 415 Cattail Creek Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Inkpen family.

TAMMY KAY STARK

Tammy Kay Stark,  54, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, May 9, 2016, at her home in Hunter’s Run Apartments.  She was a dedicated member of Young’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, where she served as an assistant Sunday School teacher and worked with the Women’s group on many fundraising projects  and other activities.

 

Surviving are immediate and extended loving family members, along with many friends who also loved her dearly.

 

Tammy was a co-founder of the Happy Kids Committee, an organization that raises money to provide playground equipment to Domestic Violence Shelters.  She gave of her time and talents in many charitable causes.

 

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P. M. Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Young’s Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.  Reverends Roger Thompson and Phillip Hughes will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

DONNA LILLIAN THOMAS GARDNER

Donna Lillian Thomas Gardner, 83, of Erwin, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Johnson City Medical Center.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Ruby Thomas.  Donna was a member of Ninth Street Baptist Church in Erwin.  She was a retired employee of the Unicoi County School system.  After retirement she was a bookkeeper with Erwin Specialty Company,  a caregiver for the elderly and also worked summers with Jones and Church farms.   Donna was full of life, always going “wide open”.   Her passion for life was her granddaughter, Sara , and her great-grandson, Peyton.  She was an avid sports fan.  Donna was preceded in death by her husband Tommy Gardner and thereafter, her long time companion Phillip Bennett , a brother Walker Thomas and a niece Sabra McMahan.

Surviving are her son, David Gardner and fiancé Sandy Hodges of Erwin, Grandson: Sean Gardner of Erwin, Granddaughter Sara Trussell and fiancé Chris McKee of North Las Vegas, NV.  A brother: Tommy Thomas of Spruce Pine, Sister Sharon Deyton and husband Johnny of Burnsville.  Companion Wade Couch of Erwin and several nieces and nephews, who referred to her as Momma Donna.  And special friends Angie Boone, Diane and Bud Banks.

Memorial services will be held  at 2 P.M. Saturday June 4, 2016 in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home in Erwin.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.valleyfuneralhome.net.   This obituary notice a courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

 

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