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EVELYN HOPE BAILEY

Evelyn Hope Bailey, 88, of Burnsville, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.  She was the daughter of the late H. Grady and Zula Ray Bailey.  She was a member of Bolens Creek Baptist Church.

 

A graduate of Burnsville High School, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music in 1946 from Woman’s College of The University of NC, Greensboro.  During summer vacations after her first two years of teaching public school music, she studied voice at Juilliard School of Music in New York. 

 

During three years as associate editor of The Yancey Record, a weekly newspaper at the time, she also served as Yancey correspondent to The Asheville Citizen-Times and continued writing Playhouse reviews for that newspaper during seven summers after resuming her music teaching career.

 

As partial fulfillment for her Master’s Degree in Library Science, awarded from Appalachian State University in 1969, she wrote a thesis entitled “Symphonic Music From Literary Sources.”  It is a critical analysis of 43 classical symphonic works written to describe certain literary works.

 

Her Master’s Thesis was accepted into the U.S. Office of Education’s Bureau of Research, known as Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC).  Consequently, ERIC published her Master’s Thesis on the Internet, where it is used today by music teachers and librarians in helping children listen intelligently to classical music and appreciate the literature that inspired the music.

 

After her retirement from Asheville City Schools, she was appointed Parkway Playhouse Historian in 1995 by William “Bill” Dreyer, Parkway Playhouse Managing Director at the time.  At his request, she published Vol. I of her Playhouse history, covering the first 25 years from its 1947 founding.  Vol. II covers the next 25 years through the 50th season.  A revised edition of Vol. I was published in 2006 as her contribution to the 60th Season, and the Times Journal newspaper published a full page of her Playhouse history on May 4, 2011, as her observance of the 65th Season.

 

During her eight years as president of Woman’s Club of Burnsville (2000-2008) she established two scholarships, $1,000 Eloise Briggs Scholarship in Nursing founded in 2002, and $1,000 Lili Kraus Classical Music Scholarship founded in 2004.

 

Surviving are several cousins, including:  Mary B. Hudson of Hendersonville, NC, Pat Ray of Belgrade, MT, June Fox of Newdale and John M. “Bill” Fouts of Troy, MI.

 

A visitation will be held from 2 until 2:30 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Due to the weather, a graveside service will be held at 2:30 Sunday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lili Kraus Classical Music Scholarship or to the Eloise Briggs Scholarship in Nursing.  Memorial donations may also be sent to Woman’s Club of Burnsville, c/o Renee Wessel, Treasurer, 341 Shepard Way, Burnsville, NC 28714.

DANNY B. ANGEL

Danny B. Angel, 65, of Burnsville gained eternal peace Monday, January 20, 2014 at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Para B. and Nellie Vance Angel.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Gen Angel Price and a brother, Bobby Angel.  He was a retired member of Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department with 23 years service.  Danny worked in Iraq for 6 years as an electrical contractor and spent most of his life in Yancey County as an electrician and mechanic.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Kristina Rathburn; her mother, Kathy; 3 sisters:  Hope Chandler and Shelby Silvers and husband, Ross, all of Burnsville and Ann Maguire and husband, Jim, of Wilmington; a brother, Tony Price of Jacksonville, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Richard Sullins and Donald Whitson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Daniels Cemetery in Avery County. 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 P. M. Thursday at the home of Shirlyn Sullins on Westover Drive and from 5 until 7 P.M. Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

CORA FOX ELKINS

Cora Elkins, 86, of Bakers Creek, passed away Sunday, January 19, 2014 in Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late J. Charlie and Lubergia Deyton Fox and the wife of Talmadge Elkins who died in 1987.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Roger Elkins; a grandson, Keith Sparks; sisters: Gladys Cordell, Myrtle Robinson and Axie Elkins; and a brother, John E. Fox.  Cora was a member of Bakers Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving are three daughters: Vonda Owensby and husband, Don, Mary Thomas and friend, Frank Briggs, and Regenia Hensley and husband, Norman, all of Burnsville; two sons: Ernest Elkins and wife, Mildred, of Marion and Terry Elkins of Burnsville; 11 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; a great-great granddaughter; and two sisters: Maphra Robinson and Eula Walker both of Burnsville.

Funeral services will be held at 7 P. M. Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Royce Ball and Perry Norton will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 A. M. Tuesday in the Robinson Cemetery on Bakers Creek.  The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 P. M. Monday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

MARIE EDGE

Marie Edge, 89, formerly of Micaville, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at an assisted living facility in Statesville.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Troy McKinney Boone, and the wife of Thomas Gaston Edge who died in 1980.  She was a member of Crabtree Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter:  Janie Mayberry and husband, Ray; a son:  Tommy Edge and wife, Linda, all of Statesville; 4 grandchildren:  Jason and Josh Edge and Nick and Valerie Jenkins; and, 7 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Dale Banks will officiate.  Burial will be in the Micaville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

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

BOYD CECIL DEYTON

Boyd Cecil Deyton, 76, of Green Mountain, passed into eternity, Monday, January 13, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Asheville.  A lifelong resident of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Cecil and Leora Tipton Deyton.  He was also preceded in death by brothers, Ben and Clyde Deyton.  He was an educator in the Yancey County School System for 36 years, served on the original Board of Trustees of Mayland Community College, and was a Charter Member of Clearmont Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a devoted member of Covy Rock Free Will Baptist Church and served as a community leader.  Mr. Deyton will be well remembered as a Christian, coach, teacher, principal, avid farmer, friend and strong supporter of his political party.

 

Surviving are his wife of 55 years: Billie Jo Mace Deyton; daughters: Barbara Tipton and husband, Tony, of Burnsville; Jeannie Miller and husband, Randy, of Pensacola; Suzy Peterson and husband, Stacey, of Green Mountain; Stacie Burleson and husband, Freddy, of South Toe and Katie Boone and husband, John, of Spruce Pine; grandchildren; Adam Tipton and wife, Jenny, Cody Tipton and wife, Erin, Nick Tipton, Melanie Bennett and husband, Jason, Bo Davis and wife, Casey, Toby Peterson and wife, Blythe, Corie and Casey Peterson, Britt, Cole and Jace Burleson, Macie and Trey Boone; great grandchildren: Carter and Callie Bennett; step grandchildren: Danielle and Tyler Miller; step great grandson: Mason Miller; a foster great grandson; 3 sisters: Hope Hensley, Helen Hughes and Doris Willis; 5 brothers: Lloyd, Clarence, Claude, Johnny and Donnie Deyton and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 P. M. Thursday, January 16, 2014 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

 

A graveside service will be held at 11 A. M. Friday, January 17, 2014 in the Cecil Deyton Family Cemetery on Charlie Deyton Road in Green Mountain.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boyd C. & Billie Jo Deyton Scholarship Fund, which will be established for graduating seniors who plan to further their education.  The scholarship will be available for seniors from area counties.  These may be mailed to 5900 State Highway 197 North, Green Mountain, NC 28740. The donations may be made to the Boyd C. & Billie Jo Deyton Scholarship Fund.

 

Daddy will be missed most by his family for his ethical guidance and for his unconditional love and support.

FAYE MILLER BOOTH HUSKINS

Faye Miller Booth Huskins, 85, of Burnsville passed peacefully at UniHealth Post Acute Care in Moncks Corner, South Carolina on January 13, 2014.  She was born on July 15, 1928 in Wyoming County, West Virginia.  She was the daughter of the late Fred and Margaret Stewart Miller.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles J. Booth in 1978, and husband, Troy G. Huskins in 2013; brothers:  Ward, Bill, and Russell Miller; a sister, Marie Hobson; and a step-son, Tommy Huskins.

 

Surviving are a sister, Lucy Forry, and (Bob) of Florida; four sons:  Dr. Jack Booth and (Barbara) of Moncks Corner, SC, John Booth and (Barbara) of Winston Salem, NC, Bill Booth and (Luella) of Barhansville, VA, Tony Booth and (Regina) of Green Mountain; step-son, Jerry Huskins and (Edna); and, step-daughter-in-law, Shelia Huskins of Burnsville; 9 grandchildren:  Jackson Booth and (Stacy), Jeff Booth and (Meg), Heather Booth Joy, Jon Booth Mullins, Warren Booth and (Kristi), KariAnn Booth, Tricia Booth, Charlie Booth, Mason Booth and step-grandson, Nicky Huskins; 10 great grandchildren:  Noah, Lindsay, Cami, Molly, Hannah, Nathan, Hope, Lauren, Morgan and Sawyer; one step-great-granddaughter, Kennedy Huskins; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday, January 16, 2014 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Philip Garland will officiate.  Burial will be in the Baxter Hobson Cemetery on Cook Town Road in Bakersville.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Yancey County Senior Center, 10 Swiss Avenue, Burnsville, NC 28714.

IKE SAM BRADFORD

Ike Sam Bradford, 75, of the Pensacola Community, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014 in Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late John Emery and Essie Hylemon Bradford.  Ike was an employee of Yancey Builders Supply for 35 years and worked at Glen Raven Mills.

 

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Sarah Calloway Bradford; a daughter, Kathy Bradford of the home; 2 sons:  Sammy Bradford and David Bradford and wife, Valorie, of Burnsville; 3 grandchildren:  Santeala Bradford, Shyanne Bradford and Shane Burleson; sisters:  Elizabeth Lewis of Morganton, Gertrude Higgins and Mae Allen of Marion, Pearl Bailey and Della Renfro of Erwin and Bobbie Sue Silvers of Washington County, TN; brother, Mack Bradford of Erwin;  and several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ralph Hedrick will officiate. Burial will be in the Eddie McMahan Cemetery, at Low Gap.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 PM Wednesday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

RUTH EDWARDS HOWELL

Ruth Edwards Howell, 93, of Green Mountain, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the home of her daughter in Blue Ridge Lake, Georgia.  Born in Mitchell County, N. C., she was the daughter of the late Harrison Odel and Tessie Peterson Edwards.  She was also preceded in death by her husband:  Richard Horton Howell; and, 4 siblings:   Opal Hefner McKinney, Ted Edwards, H. D. Edwards and Beatrice Elane.

Survivors include her daughter:  Sharon Howell Walden and husband, William Walden, of Blue Ridge, GA; sister:  Betty Ambrose of Erwin, TN; and, favorite nephews:  Gaylon Hefner of Montgomery, AL, Todd Ambrose of Erwin, TN and John Howell of Green Mountain, NC.

Ruth enjoyed needlepointing, reading and news programs, and her Siamese cat, Precious.

Special thanks to John Garland of Green Mountain, NC, and caregivers:  Cathy Ballew of Murphy, NC, Wanda Burke of Epworth, GA, Dell Ray Brooks of Copperhill, TN, and Wilda Dickey of McCarpsville, GA, who were like family to Ruth and her daughter and son-in-law.

Graveside services will be at 1 P. M. Monday, January 13, 2014, in Fairview Cemetery at Horton Hill. 

For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Fannin County, Georgia scholarship fund in memory of Mrs. Ruth Howell, P. O. Box 1883, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, or United Hospice Foundation, 162 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, GA 30093.

MARGARET BANKS ALLEN

Margaret Banks Allen, 70, of Burnsville passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Mission Hospital in Asheville.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Kathleen Banks Honeycutt of Burnsville and the late John M. Banks.

 

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are a son, Jonathan A. Banks of Burnsville; 3 sisters:  Mary Nell Edwards of Charlotte, Jeraldine Penland and husband, Jerry, and Betty Ann Banks all of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Dale Banks will officiate.  Burial will be in the Banks Cemetery on Banks Creek.

 

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

THOMAS 'AUDIE' MURPHY

Thomas “Audie” Murphy, 57, of the White Oak Community went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 4, 2014.  He was a son of the late Fred and Shirley Murphy Loftis.  Audie was also preceded in death by a sister, Diane Loftis.

 

Surviving are his wife, Linda Brackin Murphy; daughter, Victoria Murphy; stepson, Keith Robinson; nephew, Jerry Angel and wife, Kristal; great nephews:  Daydrick and Nolan Angel all of Burnsville; sisters:  Sylvia Cox of Asheville and Rebecca Lynn Miller of Weaverville.

 

No services are planned at this time.

 

 

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