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HELEN ERNESTINE LOWERY HILL

Helen Ernestine Lowery Hill, 57, of Indian Creek, went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 25, 2013, at Mission Hospital in Asheville.  A native of Moulton, Alabama, she was a daughter of Bea Lowery of Decatur, Alabama and the late Ernest Lowery. She was a loving Mother and Nana.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are Kenneth Hill, lifetime companion and friend; a daughter:  Kassie Lee Hill-Chandler; a son:  Luke Hill; and 2 grandchildren:  Brian Levi McIntosh and Jodi LeAnn Chandler, all of Burnsville; sisters:  Sheila Gillespie and Carolyn Cole and a cousin:  Debbie McNalley, all of Moulton; and, several other cousins and relatives.

Funeral services will be held at 7:30PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Jerry Shelton will officiate.  Burial will be at 12 Noon Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Red Hill Cemetery in Moulton.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30PM Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

PAULINE BOONE WARD DEAL

Pauline Boone Ward Deal, 94, of Denton, NC died Wednesday, August 21, 2013. Born May 17, 1919 in Yancey County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Willard and Sarah Buchanan Boone. Pauline was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church. She loved attending church and working in her flower and vegetable gardens.

Pauline is survived by her husband, John Deal of the home; children, Doyle Ward and wife, Katherine of Hickory, NC, Ray Ward and wife, Ima Jean, and Rev. Harold Ward and wife, Mozelle, all of George Hildebran, NC; Rev. Gerald Ward and wife, Linda of Denton, NC, and Ruth Olsen and husband, Walter of Jefferson, NC; eleven grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and six great great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Bob, Clarence, Claude, Ray, Reba, Leona, and Naomi.

Funeral services will be held at
1:00 p.m., Friday, August 23, 2013 at Faith Chapel Baptist Church with the Reverends Harold Ward and Marty Bess officiating. The graveside will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Plum Branch Baptist Church Cemetery in Burnsville. The family will receive friends Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the church. Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

This obituary is a courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

YVONNE BLOSSER EDGE

Yvonne Blosser Edge, 89, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte on August 12, 2013. Yvonne was a devoted wife, loving mother and friend to many. She will be remembered for the way she exemplified goodness and faithfulness and for her unwavering positive attitude.

Yvonne was born in
Wooster, Ohio, and attended Oberlin School of Commerce. She was employed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where she met Wallace B.
Edge, her husband of 66 years. She was employed by Yancey County Schools for 20 years.

Yvonne was a devoted member of
Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday School and Bible School and participating in Women's Circle and other volunteer activities.

Yvonne was preceded in death by her father, Howard A. Blosser; her mother, Ruth Blosser Carter and stepfather, A. Nick Carter, of Akron, Ohio, and a brother, Howard A. Blosser, Jr., of Kent,Ohio

Iin addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Edge Adams of Charlotte and two sons: Wallace Stephen Edge and wife Sharon of Charlotte and Arthur Gregory Edge and wife Karen of Davidson. Beloved grandchildren are Shannon Russ (Greg) of Winston-Salem; Allison Edge of Brooklyn, NY; Spencer Edge of New York, NY; Patrick Adams of Richmond, VA; Mitchell Adams of Charlotte; and Corey Edge of Davidson; and great-grandchildren Hayden, Ashley and Marshall Russ. In addition, there are numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Sunday, August 18 at
2:30 pm at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville. Reverend Samuel Wesley Sharpe will officiate. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 pm at the church prior to the service. Burial will be in Holcombe Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to
Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 N. Main Street, Burnsville, NC 28714 or to the Red Cross affiliate of your choice.

JAKE LUKE BENNETT

Jake Luke Bennett, 87, of Jacks Creek, passed away Friday, August 9, 2013, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Fulton and Inez Peterson Bennett.  He was also preceded in death by 2 sisters:  June Bennett and Genavieve Johnson Forster.  Jake enjoyed farming and gardening.

 

Surviving are a brother:  Buster Bennett and wife, Wanda, of Spruce Pine;  sisters:  Louise Gardner of Travelers Rest, SC, and Mary Ellen Lane and husband, Jack, of Erwin, TN; a special nephew:  Buddy Bennett and wife, Connie, of Johnson City, TN; 8 nieces:  Rhonda, Pattie, Sue, Renita, Teresa, Judy, Cathy and Brenda; and several great nieces and nephews also survive.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2PM Sunday at Peterson Hill Cemetery on Peterson Branch Road at Green Mountain.

 

The family wishes to thank the staff of Brookside Rehabilitation & Care for their dedicated and compassionate care for Jake.

HERSHEL M. HARRIS

Hershel M. Harris, 79, of Burnsville passed away Friday, August 2, 2013 at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Milburn and Eliza Guinn Harris.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Norma Rathbone, Eva Phillips, Nola Phillips and a brother:  Pender Harris.  He was a Korean Conflict US Army Veteran.  Hershel was a retired employee of Kearfott.

 

Surviving are his wife, Violet Ray Harris, 2 sisters:  Betty Crowder and husband, Ken, of Swannanoa and Lana Wright and husband, Boyce, of Spruce Pine.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Sunday in Browns Creek Baptist Church, of which he was a member.  Rev. Donald Davis will officiate.  Burial will be in the Cornelius Ray Cemetery. 

 

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

MAITE ADRIANA CHAVEZ-JERONIMO

Maite Adriana Chavez-Jeronimo, 2 year old daughter of Moises Chavez and Maria Jeronimo of Burnsville passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Mission Hospitals Memorial Campus.

 

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 7:30 Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

KERMIT PATE

Kermit Pate, 68, of the Bald Creek community, went to be with the Lord Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the Laurels of Greentree Ridge in Asheville.   A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Roy and Evelyn Hunter Pate.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Van Hunter Pate.  Kermit was a lifelong member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, of which he was a deacon, choir member and active in the children’s ministries.  He was a faithful Christian and good neighbor in his community.

 

Surviving are sisters: Edna Jarvis and husband, Garrett, of Asheville and Barbara Smith and husband, Dave, of Providence, RI;  nieces and nephews:  Gary Jarvis and wife, Ashley, and Jennifer and James of Asheville, Deborah Smith and family of Providence, RI and Michael and Leslie Smith of California; aunts:  Doris Hunter and Hazel Swann of Burnsville, Genevia Hedrick of Powell, TN; an uncle:  Junior Pate of North August, SC; special friends:  Chris Edwards and Kevin Swann of Burnsville; multiple cousins also survive and special caregiver:  Maggie Phillips.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Tuesday in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.  Rev. Jerry Shelton and Gary Jarvis will officiate.  Graveside services will be held at 10 AM in the Pate Family Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends following the service at the Church. 

 

Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Children’s Ministries, 129  Scronce Creek Road, Burnsville, NC 28714. 

RICK ADKINS

Rick Adkins, 55, of Micaville, went home to be with his Lord, Friday, July 26, 2013 at Memorial Mission Hospital.  A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Boyd and Flora Barnett Adkins.  Rick was a faithful member of Bowditch Church of which he was a former Sunday School Superintendent and played the guitar with the choir.  He was a truck driver and diesel mechanic.  He loved his antique car collecting group.

 

Surviving are his wife,  Carol Ray Adkins; children:  Autumn Laws and husband, Jeff, and Jason Ray, and wife, Somer; grandchildren:  Eli Ray, Cami Jo Ray and Jenson Laws, all of Burnsville; brothers:  Steve Adkins and wife, Lesa, of Green Mountain, Darrell Adkins and wife, Wanda, of Roseboro; sister: Kay Gouge and husband, Danny, of Greenville, TN; a special aunt and uncle:  Bob and Ruth Edwards, of Green Mountain, and many nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.   Revs. Ronnie Whitson and Rick Bennett will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 1 PM Tuesday in the John Ray Family Cemetery. 

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

VINCENT DALE McMAHAN

Vincent Dale McMahan, 87, of the Low Gap Community passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late William Lonnie and Reba Hensley McMahan.  He was also preceded in death by a sister:  Carolyn McKinney and two brothers:  Edgar and Arnold McMahan.  He was a World War II Army Veteran.

 

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Ruby Silver McMahan; 2 sons:  Vincent McMahan, Jr., and wife, Michelle, of Indiana and Glenn McMahan and wife, Rhonda, of Burnsville; 3 daughters:  Shirley Bailey and husband, Richard, and Sandra Gibbs and husband, Gary, all of Burnsville; Terri Robinson and husband, Gary, of Mills River; 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral home.   Revs.  Ricky Ray and Blaine Whitson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Eddie McMahan Cemetery with military graverites conducted by Sgt. E. L.Randolph Chapter 57, DAV.

 

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

 

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

Sara Besco Bailey

Sara Besco Bailey, 92, of Burnsville, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine.  Born in Ohio, Sara moved to Yancey County in 1981 with her husband, Oscar Bailey, who died in 2010.  She had been a first grade teacher for over 30 years.  Sara taught reading and phonics part-time at the Spruce Pine Montessori School until she was 87.  She was known for her singing, quilts, kites, and gardens.  She loved her home in the mountains, old-timey music, her garden, her grandchildren, and the Penland community.  She cherished her neighbors and circle of friends. 

 

She is survived by her son and daughter and their families: Dan Bailey and his wife, Emily Stanley, and children, Rebecca and Morgan, all of Glyndon, Maryland; and Susan Stickney and her husband, Cary Stickney, and children Sara and Amelia of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

The family thanks all those who helped her with so much loving care in her last years at the Brian Center. 

 

There will be a private memorial service for Sara at her home when the family can be gathered together.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, 236 Hospital Dr.Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

 

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