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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.

WYMAN ROBINSON

Wyman Robinson, 80, of Statesville, passed away Friday, July 19, 2013, at Iredell Memorial Hospital after a long illness.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Samuel and Lillie Thomas Robinson.  He was also preceded in death by 2 sons:  Samuel and Carlton Robinson; 2 sisters; and, 3 brothers.  Wyman was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.  He retired from the water department of the Town of Burnsville.  Wyman was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Statesville.

 

Surviving are his wife of 63 years:  Hope Bradford Robinson; sons:  Kendall Robinson and wife, Helen, and John Robinson and wife, Teresa, all of Burnsville, and Stacey Robinson and wife, Carol, of Statesville; grandchildren:  Stephen, Billy, Amanda, Jordan, Kristen, Bethany, Lauren and Samantha; numerous adopted grandchildren; brothers:  Brown Robinson and wife, Bettie, of Burnsville, D. A. Robinson and wife, Ruby, and Ira Robinson and wife, Emma, all of Green Mountain, Dorian Robinson of Salisbury, and Lloyd Robinson and wife, Annette, of Chicopee, MA; and, a sister:  Ila Kay Farris and husband, Jim, of Lebanon, VA.

 

Funeral services will be held at 4PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Dr. Chris Haizlip will officiate.  Burial will be in the Double Island Baptist Church Cemetery, with military graverites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapler 57, DAV.

 

The family will receive friends 2 hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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

THOMAS 'GENE' KNOWLES

Thomas ‘Gene’ Knowles, 81, of Rhododendron Park, Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, July 19, 2013 at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Spruce Pine.

 

Surviving is his wife of 61 years, Janice A. Knowles; three sons: Thomas Knowles, Jr. and wife Marcia of Clark, Wyoming, Robert Knowles and wife Polly of Green Mountain and Jeffrey Knowles and wife Lisa of Pembroke Pines, FL; a daughter: Norma Poore and husband David of Hickory, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

 

A graveside service will be held at 1 P. M. Monday, July 22, 2013 in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA under the directions of Gamble Funeral Home.

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is serving the Knowles family locally.   

COOT 'KENNY' KNIGHT

Coot “Kenny” Knight, 86, of Burnsville, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Lafayette, TN, he was a son of the late Phillip and Tiny Knight, and the husband of Gladys Knight for 60 years, who died in 2012.  A World War II US Army Veteran, he was a retired employee of the Orlando Sentinel.  He had been a permanent resident of Burnsville since 2005, and a summer resident since 1984.

 

Surviving are his step-children:  Elzora Bye and husband, David, of Burnsville, and Jerry Williams and wife, Anna, of Summerfield, FL; 5 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Monday in West Burnsville Baptist Church.  Revs. Charlie Carroway and Ray Strickland will officiate.  Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Orlando, FL on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.

 

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

ROSIE HOILMAN DAVIS

Rosie Hoilman Davis, 70, of Burnsville passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Wesley and Nellie Robinson Hoilman.  Rosie was a loving mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed artwork and was loved by all who knew her.

 

Surviving are a son, Ricky Pate and wife, Barbara; a grandson, Bo Pate of Cane River; a brother, Mack Hoilman of Pleasant Gap; 2 sisters:  Fannie Edwards and Dorothy Wheeling of Valdese.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday, July 18, 2013 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Scot Garland will officiate.  Burial will be in the Double Island Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 12 until 2 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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

NELLEEN T. ROBINSON

Nelleen T. Robinson, 94, of the Swiss Community, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013, at St. Josephs Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Nola Tomberlin Robinson.  Nelleen was also preceded in death by 2 brothers and sisters.  She was a retired employee of Yancey County Schools and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are 3 nephews whom she raised:  Ronnie Luyckx of the home, Gary Luyckx and wife, Darlene, of Leicester, and Roy Burton Hensley and wife, Faye, of Hudson.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30PM Sunday in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.  Rev. Jerry Shelton will officiate.  Burial will be in the Shepherd-Robinson Family Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.

SHIRLEY MURPHY LOFTIS

Shirley Murphy Loftis, 76, of White Oak Creek Road, went home to be with the Lord, July 11, 2013, at Mission Hospital, surrounded by her family after an extended illness.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Lawerence and Dora Self Murphy, and the wife of Fred Loftis who passed away in 2007.  She was also preceded in death by a son:  Freddy Loftis; and, a daughter:  Diane Sheldon.  Shirley was an avid gardener, a community leader, a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

 

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Sylvia Cox and husband, Bob, of Asheville, and Rebecca Lynn Miller and husband, Casper, of Weaverville; a son:  Thomas “Audie” Murphy of Burnsville; 7 grandchildren:  Jerry Angel and wife, Crystal, Chance Blevins, Victoria Murphy, Darby Cox, Sydney and Kasey Miller and Ashley Richards; 5 great grandchildren:  Alyssa, Katelyn and Fredrick Angel and Jeremiah and Kaitlyn Richards; 3 sisters:  Rena Mace, Dorothy Young and Cartha Biddix; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Father Ross Jones will officiate.  Burial will be in the Goode Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

 

The family would like to say a “special thank you to all that assisted our mother at Mission Hospital”.

PANSIE HEDRICK HENSLEY

Pansie Hedrick Hensley, 81, of McKinney Road, Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Bob and Hamey Whitson Hedrick and the wife of  Harrell Hensley, who died in 1977.  She was also preceded in death by brothers:  Ray Hedrick and Glen Hedrick.  Pansie loved her farm, garden and caring for her animals and grandchildren.  She was a member of Byrd Branch Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are her son:  Bobby Hensley; 2 grandchildren:  Jason Hensley and Jennifer Hensley and 2 great-grandchildren:  Hayden and Breona all of Burnsville; a sister:  Mae McKinney of Erwin, TN; 2 sisters-in-law:  Betty Hedrick of Green Mountain and Mildred Styles of Charlotte and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Friday, July 5, 2013 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ray Wilson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Cane River Church Cemetery.

 

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

LEATHA MCINTOSH RIDDLE

Leatha McIntosh Riddle, 97, of Langford Branch, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 28, 2013.  She was the daughter of the late Howard and Fannie Wheeler McIntosh and the wife of the late Francis Riddle.  She was also preceded in death by 3 sons:  Jimmie, Leroy and Bennie Riddle; 2 sisters:  Minnie Pate and Myrtle McIntosh; 4 brothers: Nealy, Wellington, Lincoln and Leslie McIntosh.  Leatha was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.  She was the oldest member of Elk Shoal Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are 5 daughters:  Shirley Linville and husband, George, of Mechanicsville, VA, Jessie Sowder and husband, Charles, Christine Humphrey and husband, Johnnie, of Baltimore, MD, Thanna Smith and husband, Bobby, of Mocksville, NC, and Judy Smith and husband, Paul, of Axton, VA; a son: Gary Riddle and wife, Janice, of Burnsville; 8 grandchildren: Ed Sowder and wife, Bernadette, Shelia Neff,  Chris Riddle and wife, Melissa, Nick Riddle and wife, Kelly, Chuck Riddle, Lana Guthrie and husband, Roger, Jeremy Riddle and wife, Kim, and Ashley Shortt and husband, Michael; 15 great grandchildren:  Kyle, Grant, Randy Jr., Brianna, Kyrsten, Mykala, Tyler, Hunter, Julianna, Gillian, Hayden, Jaika, Elijah, Addison and Savannah; a sister:  Ruth Ogle of Green Mountain; 2 sisters-in-law: Kittie Laws of Burnsville and Opal Lee of Rocky Mount, NC; a brother-in-law:  James Riddle of Burnsville; 2 daughters-in-law:  Joanne and Maurine Riddle. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Stacey Elkins will officiate.  Burial will be in the McIntosh Cemetery on Langford Branch Road.

 

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

 

Mama always said “Give me my flowers while I’m living.”  The family is requesting donations be made to the John F. Keever Solace Center, 21 Belvedere Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

 

The family wants to thank two very special caregivers, Glenda Ramsey Higgins who went above and beyond and cousin, Pearl McIntosh.

MAX KENNETH HUGHES

Max Kenneth Hughes, 84, of Hardscrabble Road, Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Fonze and Frances Bailey Hughes, and the husband of Louise Proffitt Hughes for 64 years, who died April 2013.  He was also preceded in death by sisters: Helen Wilson, Ruth Thomas, Shirley Rhyne and Margaret Azel and brothers: Ralph and Leroy Hughes.  Max was a retired employee of the NC Department of Transportation with 30 years service, a member, Elder, Sunday School Superintendent and Clerk of Session of Micaville Presbyterian Church for over 55 years, and a Boy Scout Leader and Youth Softball Coach for a number of years.  Max was an avid sports fan, especially Atlanta Braves Baseball and Duke Blue Devils Basketball.  He was a graduate of Nashville Auto-Diesel College.

 

Surviving are 2 sons:  Ken Hughes and wife, Jane, of Asheville and Gary Hughes and wife, Lisa, of Weaverville; beloved granddaughters:  Leslie and Lauren; three sisters: Kathryn Moore of Stanley, NC, Mildred Robinson of Burnsville and Martha Burleson of Spruce Pine; five brothers:  Jack, Charles, Mike and Rodney Hughes of Burnsville, and Larry Hughes of Brevard; and, several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Wednesday June 26, 2013 in Micaville Presbyterian Church.  Revs. Pete Peterson and Robert Garrison will officiate.  Burial will be in Proffitt Cemetery on Hardscrabble Road.

 

The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3PM Wednesday, prior to the service, at the church.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Micaville Presbyterian, Church, P. O. Box 73, Micaville, NC 28755.

 

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