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MAXINE "JEAN" LAWS

Maxine “Jean” Laws, 88, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Marshall and Carrie Edwards Deyton and the wife of Joe Laws who died in 1983.  She was also preceded in death by sisters:  Hassie Deyton and Julia McCurry and a granddaughter, Natalie Laws Cowart.  She was a member of Petersons Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Frannie Webb and husband, David, of Burnsville; a son, A. J. Laws and wife, Wanda, of Atlanta; grandchildren:  Randy Laws and wife, Michele, and Greg Webb and wife, Nicole, all of Burnsville, Rhonda Pierce and husband, Billy, of Woodstock, GA, and Alvin Laws of Atlanta; a sister,  Dorothy Green of Asheville; two brothers:  Bill Deyton and Budge Deyton and wife, Ida, all of  Burnsville; great grandchildren:  Dejah, Andy, Kayleigh, LeAnn, Brook, Lindsey, Megan, Joseph, Ava, Kanney and Jessica; and a great-great grandson, Nathan.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Grandson, Rev. Randy Laws will officiate.  Burial will be in the Deyton-Laws Cemetery at Bailey Hill.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 PM Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home.

SIR KNIGHT ENDRE GONCZY

Sir Knight Endre Gonczy, 82, of Electra Lane, Burnsville, NC passed over on December 31, 2013 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. Born and educated in Budapest, Hungary,  he was forced under communism to serve in the Hungary Special Forces Army, he was a known and registered “Hungarian Freedom Fighter”, who worked in the formation and fought in the October, 1956 Hungarian Revolution.  He was  Knighted in 2000, by the Free Nation of Hungary for his unfaltering and faithful efforts to free the country from under the yoke of communism.   Endre became a Naturalized and extremely Patriotic American Citizen in July, 1962.

 

He was the owner operator of various auto garages and repair shops, as well as, Endre’s Rolling Repairs.

 

He was a member of Mystic Tie Lodge No. 237, A.F. & A.M., Marion, NC, Past Master in New Jersey and New Hampshire, a member of Spruce Pine Chapter No. 27, Order of Eastern Star, Burnsville, NC and was also a Past Patron in New Hampshire and North Carolina.  Endre was a  member of Arrowhead Court No. 23, Order of the Amaranth, Marion, NC and was a Past Royal Patron, Past Grand Royal Patron and a Deputy Supreme Royal Patron, of the Supreme Council, Inc.

 

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Roberta Smith Gonczy, of the home;  sister-in-law, Julie Ann Pataky and husband, Duane Spock of Monroe Township, New Jersey; nieces:  Helena Sabo of South Amboy, NJ, Alicia James and husband, Francis of Carteret, NJ, Charlene Graham and husband, Thomas of Jamesburg, NJ; nephew, Arthur S. Pataky, II, of Freehold NJ; great nephews:  Matthew and Andrew Sabo, Francis Endre James and John Declan Graham; great nieces:  Eliza and Maizie James, all of NJ; as well as, members of the Masonic Fraternal Family, including Eastern Star and Amaranth.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to North Carolina Diabetes Research Foundation, c/o Allen Spain, 5175 Edgebaston Drive, Kernersville, NC 27284-7881, The Yancey County Humane Society, P. O. Box 1016, Burnsville, NC 28714-1016 or to a charity close to your heart.

 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, May 3, 2014 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Robert G. Simes will officiate.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

JERRICA ANNE LAWS

Jerrica Anne Laws, 21, of Burnsville, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2013.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Jerry G. and Bobbie Jo Autrey Laws of Burnsville.  Jerrica was a 2010 graduate of Mountain Heritage High School.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are a daughter:  Abbie Leigh; a brother:  Sam Autrey of Burnsville; sisters:  Sonya Laws of Asheville, Tonya Laws of Marshall, and Krista Laws of Burnsville; a half-sister:  Amy Powell of Valdese; and, her paternal grandmother:  Atlas Laws of Burnsville.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Dwight Boone, Jr. and Scott Williams will officiate.  Burial will be in the Deyton-Laws Cemetery at Bailey Hill.

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

BETTY CANNON

Betty Cannon, 71, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John Henry and Mae Adkins Miller.  She was also preceded in death by 2 sisters:  Wilma Hylemon and Yvonne Miller.

 

Surviving are 2 sons:  Eric Cannon and wife, Ruth, and Alden Cannon, all of Burnsville; 4 grandsons:  Mitchell, Dalton, Caleb and Adam Cannon; 2 granddaughters:  Raven and Olivia Cannon; sisters:  Shirley Hughes and husband, Bob, of San Angelo, TX, Phyllis Edmonds and husband, Don, of California; 2 brothers:  Chester Miller and wife, Annett, of Easley, SC and Lloyd Miller of Oregon.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Randy Randolph will officiate.  Burial will be in the Howard Cemetery on Piney Hill.

 

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

GEORGE BUCHANAN

George Buchanan, 91, of Micaville, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Jesse and Hettie Dale Buchanan. He was a World War II Army Veteran and a Purple Heart recipient.  He was also preceded in death by sisters: Lora Robinson, Irene Presnell, Lillian Young, Jeanette Harris, Geneva Robertson, Gladys Hall and Reba Roberts and brothers: Whitt, Bill, Roy and Doyle Buchanan.  George was a retired employee of Burnsville Hosiery Mill with over 40 years of service. He was a member and Deacon of Micaville Presbyterian Church.

 

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Gladys Wyatt Buchanan and, 22 nieces and nephews. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Grindstaff will officiate.  Burial will be in the Hughes Cemetery at Pleasant Gap.

 

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

MARGARET BANNER MORTIMER

Margaret Banner Mortimer, 92, of Newland, NC passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2013.

 

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Gladys McLaughlin Banner of Banner Elk; her brother; Tom Banner, and, her husband; Sam Mortimer.  She is survived by her daughters; Martitia Mortimer of Newland and Read Marie (Badger) Underwood of Altamont; grandchildren, Andrea Underwood of Greensboro, Gordon Underwood of Bakersville and a great granddaughter; Caroline Underwood, also of Bakersville.

 

In addition to a lifelong career in the insurance industry, Margaret served on the Board of Trustees of Cannon Memorial Hospital for nineteen years and served on the Board of Hospice of Avery County, where she later volunteered for both organizations. 

 

The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 26, 2013 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at the Dickson Gallery location on the main level of Cannon Memorial Hospital, Linville, NC.  A private inurnment will be held at a later date. 

The family would like to give a special thanks to Appalachian Home Care, specifically Crystal, Lisa and Beulah.

 

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 1357, Newland, NC 28657.

OCIE HENSLEY PENLAND

Ocie Hensley Penland, 92, of Horton Creek, went to be with the Lord, Friday, December 20, 2013, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Bascombe and Elvia Austin Hensley, and the wife of Charles Liston Penland who died in 1990.  She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter:  Edna Dean Penland; a son:  Charles W. Penland; a daughter:  Wilma Jean Adkins; grandsons:  Roderick Lee Adkins and William Michael Morrow, Jr. 

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Linda Penland of Burnsville; a daughter-in-law:  Mary Penland of Gray Court SC; 5 grandchildren:  Renee Adkins Richard and husband, Chad, and  Deborah Lynn Adkins, both of Simpsonville, SC, Charles W. Penland, Jr. of Woodruff, SC, Robert Martin Penland of Gray Court, SC and Amanda Morrow Hensley of Burnsville; 9 great grandchildren; 2 great, great grandchildren; 2 sisters:  Essie Boone of Weaverville and Nellie Thomas of Hickory; and, 2 brothers:  Dan Hensley and wife, Sue, of Marion and Hartcel Hensley and wife, Sue, of Asheville. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday at Elk Shoal Baptist Church on Hardscrabble Road, of which she was a member.  Rev. Stacey Elkins will officiate.  Burial will be in the John Metcalf Cemetery on Horton Creek. 

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714, or to Elk Shoal Baptist Church, 823 Langford Branch Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

SERGEANT WILLIAM MICHAEL MORROW, Jr.

Sergeant William Michael Morrow, Jr., USMC Retired, age 44, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, December 19, 2013.  A native of Yancey County, he was an active Veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. Will was a recipient of numerous awards and medals, including the Bronze Star with “V” for Valor, and 3 Navy and Marie Corps Achievement medals with “V” for Valor.  His maternal grandmother: Ocie Hensley Penland passed away Friday, December 20, 2013

 

Surviving are 2 sons:  Ben Morrow and wife, Chelsea, and Tyler Morrow; parents:  Mike Morrow and wife, Sharon, and Linda Penland; 2 sisters:  Amanda Hensley and Michela Boone; a brother:  Brian Morrow,; his paternal grandmother:  Opha Hylemon Morrow; and, 2 granddaughters:  Madalyn Morrow and Zoey Morrow, all of Burnsville. Numerous aunts, uncles and oher family members also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Bobby Ray will officiate.  Burial will be in the John Morrow Family Cemetery, with military honors by members of the US Marine Corps.

 

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

CHERYL JEAN BRANDON

Cheryl Jean Brandon, age 58, of Knoxville went home to be with the Lord and her parents early Monday morning, December 16, 2013. Cheryl was a member of First Baptist Church Concord. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne (W.C.) and Jean Hughes Brandon.

 

Cheryl is survived by her sister, Vicky Brandon of Knoxville.

 

The family will receive friends from 3 to 4 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013 in the Click Funeral Home, Farragut Chapel, Farragut, TN.  A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013 with a brief funeral service at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery in Green Mountain.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Missions Ministry, 11704 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934.

DAN RAYMOND McCONNELL

Dan Raymond McConnell, 67, of Hill Top Drive, Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, December 13, 2013 at his home.  A native of Danville, Ill, he was a son of the late Curtis and Dorothy Frost McConnell.  Dan was a US Navy Veteran and a commercial auto parts sales representative, with many achievements and awards.  He was a former long haul trucker with his wife.  They had been residents of Burnsville for the past 4 years.

Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Rachel Fabian McConnell; a brother, Jerry McConnell and wife, Karen, of Missoula, MT; and two nephews, Brad and Brian McConnell.

A memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Victory Baptist Church, of which he was a member.  Rev. Scot Garland will officiate.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Victory Baptist Church, P. O. Box 3, Micaville, NC 28755.

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the McConnell family.

 

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