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PARALEE PHILLIPS HENSLEY

Paralee Phillips Hensley, 98, of Burnsville, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Mountain Manor Assisted Living.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Monroe and Hattie Phillips, and the wife of Quillen Phillips who died in 1952, and the late Zeke Hensley.  She was also preceded in death by daughters:  Mabel Griffith and Lillian Bailey; grandsons:  Daryl Griffith and Jeff Bailey; a sister:  Nettie Robinson, and brothers:  Clyde, Riley and Frank Phillips.

 

Surviving are a son-in-law:  Jack Griffith of Granite Falls; grandsons:  Joel Griffith and wife, Linda,  Michael Griffith and Tony Bailey; great granddaughters:  Sarah and Hannah Griffith; 2 nephews:  Kenneth and Eugene Phillips; and, 2 nieces:  Patsy Christensen and Judy King.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Robert Setzer 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.

 

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

RUTH BADAME

Ruth Badame, 84, of Burnsville, formerly of Maple Shades, NJ, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Joe and Ella Mae Robinson Austin and the wife of George Badame, who passed away in 1983.  Ruth was also preceded in death by 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

Surviving are a daughter: Darlene Vile of Wakefield, VA, a grandson: John; two sisters: Pansy Robinson and Thelma Westall; and two brothers: Ned Austin and Bruce Austin, all of Burnsville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Philip Garland will officiate. Burial will be in the Dot Austin Family Cemetery on Indian Creek.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

JAMES D. PHILLIPS

James D. Phillips, 57, of Greenville, SC passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 at St. Frances Hospital in Greenville.  A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of Leathia Riddle Phillips of Clyde and the late Charles D. Phillips.

Surviving in addition to his mother is a son: Justin Phillips of Greenville; a sister: Patricia Hannah of Clyde; 3 nephews: Dale O’Kelley of Blacksburg, SC and Dennis O’Kelley and Charles Light of Asheville and a niece: Melody McGraw of Swannanoa.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 1 P. M. Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will be at 1:30 P. M. Friday in the McMahan Family Cemetery on Rocky Fork.

DONNA ALLEN HUGHES

Donna Allen Hughes, 58, of the Pensacola Community went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, surrounded by her family.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late E. R. and Pauline Higgins Allen.  Donna was a member of Pensacola Free Will Baptist Church.  She enjoyed watching birds and spending time with her family.

 

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, Charles Hughes; son, Charles (Ferby) Hughes and wife, Janna; daughter, Michelle Hensley and husband, Brian; grandson, Bryson Hensley of Burnsville; sister, Linda Allen and husband, Fred, of Pensacola; brothers:  David Allen of Asheville, Ricky Allen and Randy Allen and wife, Angie, of Pensacola; and, several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.


Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Bobby Sprinkle and Randall Robinson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Clendell Allen Cemetery at Pensacola.

 

The family will receive friends from Noon until 2 PM Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.  At other times, the family will be at the home of Linda Allen at Pensacola.

 

The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of Hospice of Yancey County.

BILL BRADSHAW

Bill Bradshaw, 67, of Seven Mile Ridge, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Herman and Ruby Autrey Bradshaw.  He was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Joyce.  Billy was a mechanic and saw mill operator.

 

Surviving are his companion of 26 years, Rena Webb of the home; step daughter and son-in-law, Lorena and Titus Ray; step granddaughter, Whitley Ray of Burnsville; and numerous cousins also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Scott Hollifield will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery on Seven Mile Ridge.

 

The family will receive friends one 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.

ELISABETH BENSON

Elisabeth Benson, 96, of Burnsville, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015, at her home.  Born in Summit, GA, she moved to Miami, FL in 1923.  In 2005, Elisabeth settled in Burnsville.  She was a daughter of the late Henry and Annie Richards Jones.  Elisabeth was the wife of the late Jack A. Benson, a builder in Miami.  She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter:  Janine Peeler, also of Burnsville.

 

Surviving are a son:  Robert Peeler and wife, Sharon, of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Dawn Peeler Zulick and husband, Steve, and Lance Peeler and wife, Laura; 8 great grandchildren; 4 great, great grandchildren; and, niece and nephew:  Marie and Johnny La Ferla.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2PM Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Woodlawn Park Cemetery in Miami, Florida.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

ROSE OTIS MILLER

Rose Otis Miller, 92, of Pensacola, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, April 3, 2015, at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late George W. and Rulie Rathburn Miller.  Rose was a World War II Army Veteran and a member of Pensacola Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are a special niece:  Marilyn Wilson and husband, Elbert, of Burnsville, with whom he had made his home for the past 4 years; other nieces:  Jennell Robinson, Vinita Carroll and Jessie Hensley; and, 5 nephews:  James, Terrell, Ricky, Wendell and Archie McPeters.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Keith Miller and Junior Peterson will officiate, with military rites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.  Graveside services will be held at 11AM Tuesday in the Laurel Branch Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Monday, prior to the service, at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of Marilyn Wilson.

MARTHA COOPER

Martha Cooper, 92, of the Riverside Community went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 2, 2015.  A life-long resident of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Bail and Bertha McFalls Robinson and the wife of Frank H. Cooper who died in 1988.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Chris Whitson, two sisters and five brothers.

 

Surviving are two daughters:  Glenda Byrd and husband, Richard, of Burnsville and Jean Campbell and husband, Roger, of Micaville; grandchildren:  Jeff Whitson and wife, Lisa, Darren Byrd and wife, Jane, and Karen McDowell; 11 great grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Wheeler of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Billy Mitchell will officiate.  Burial will be in the Frank Cooper Family Cemetery at Cane River. 

 

The family will receive friends one 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.

MARY DELL PENLAND

Mary Dell Penland, 64, of Ball Road went home to be with the Lord, Monday, March 23, 2015 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Bill and Mary Tilson Ball.  Mary Dell was a member of Landmark Baptist Church and was a faithful volunteer at Yancey County Christian School.

 

Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Edward Penland; children:  Mary Ann Fowler and husband, Bobby, of Burnsville, Stacy Penland and wife, Tonya, of Toccoa, GA, and Teresa Fox and husband, Greg, of Burnsville; grandchildren: Clarissa Thomas and husband, Ray, Jeremy Wheeler, Kalie Penland, Titus Penland, Sarah Fox and Nicolas Fox; great-granddaughter, Maddalyn Thomas; sisters:  Barbara Buckner and husband, Jack, of Burnsville, Wanda Stiles of Charlotte, Nancy Gortney and husband, Glenn, of Burnsville, and Betty Jane Deyton of Green Mountain; brothers:  Robert Ball and wife, Alma, of Forest City, Jerry Ball and wife, Martha, of Tennessee Ridge, TN and Sammy Ball and wife, Kay, of Burnsville.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor David Bryant and her son, Rev. Stacy Penland will officiate.  Nephews will be pallbearers.  Burial will be in the Landmark Baptist Church Cemetery on Proffitt Branch.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

MARY BETH FENDER

Mary Beth Fender, 51, of the Hardscrabble community, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Helen Westall Fender of Burnsville and the late Bennie Fender.

 

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her children:  Cody Bryant of Boone and Tara Bryant and fiancé, Daniel Henderlight of Knoxville; a sister, Martha Huskins and husband, Roger, a brother, Christopher Fender and wife, Sherri, all of Burnsville; and her beloved pet, Bert the cat.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastors A. J. Moore and Ricky Ray will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday in the Proffitt Cemetery on Hardscrabble Road.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 PM Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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

 

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