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BENNY FENDER

Benny Fender, 78, of the Bald Creek Community, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Vernon and Mary Wilson Fender.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Margie Peterson and brothers, Leonard and Dewey Fender.  Benny owned and operated Central Barber Shop in Burnsville and Benny’s Barber Shop at his home.  He was a member of Bald Creek United Methodist Church.

  

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Helen Westall Fender; two daughters: Martha  Huskins and husband, Roger, of Newdale and Mary Beth Fender of Bald Creek; a son: Christopher Fender and wife, Sherri, of Pensacola; five grandchildren: Cody, Jessica, Tara, Ashlynn and Jessie and a great granddaughter: Lyla.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. A. J. Moore and Joe Bennett will officiate.  Burial will be in the Proffitt Cemetery at Bald Creek.  The family will receive friends from noon until 2 P. M. Saturday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Bald Creek United Methodist Church, 29 Bald Creek School Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

INEZ PATTON BANKS

Inez Patton Banks, 66, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, November 24, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her family.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Gene and Elizabeth Robinson Patton.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Larry Patton and her second parents Boyd and Pearl Brown Banks.  Inez was a retired employee of Yancey County School System, working in the Cafeteria at Mountain Heritage High School for many years. 

 

Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Charles W. ‘Chip’ Banks; two daughters:  Becky Christopher and husband, Paul, of Vass, NC and Jennifer Young and husband, Chad; and a son:  Jonathan Banks and wife, Tammy, all of Burnsville; a sister:  Anna Lee Ledford and husband, Lawrence, of Asheville; and six granddaughters:  Christy, Megan, Nicole, Ashley, Amber and Alex, two step grandsons: Luke and Gabriel Christopher; a special niece: Laura Huneycutt of Stanfield, NC and special nephew:  Bobby Holcombe of Burnsville.  

 

Funeral services will be held at 6:30 PM Tuesday in West Burnsville Baptist Church of which she was an active member.  Pastor Charlie Carroway and Revs. Ricky Ray and Harold Bennett, Jr. will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Church Cemetery. Deacons of West Burnsville Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 6:30 PM Tuesday at West Burnsville Baptist Church, prior to the service.

 

Memorials may be made to West Burnsville Baptist Church, P. O. Box 38, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

VIRGINIA HENSLEY GRIGGS

Virginia Hensley Griggs, 85, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, November 16, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family.  A native of Burnsville, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Stella Wright Hensley.  She was also preceded in death by her sister, Lucille Harris, and son-in-law, Frank Carroll.  Virginia retired from the Yancey County School System after 44 years of service as Cook and Manager at Burnsville Elementary School. She was a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are her husband of 69 years:  D.T. Griggs; 2 daughters:  Gloria Wilson and husband, Larry, of Burnsville and Diane Carroll of Micaville; 3 sons:  Tommy Griggs and wife, Daphne, Darryl Griggs and wife, Cathy, and Randy Griggs and wife, Kristy, all of Burnsville; 9 grandchildren:  Angie Parker and husband, Jermaine, Candi Fox and husband, Mike, Cindy, Casey, Derrick, A.J., Kaleigh, Tiffany and Frank; 5 great grandchildren:  Brandon, Maci-Drew, Jazmyne, Kenyon and Griffen; 2 sisters:  Irene Souther and Hazel Souther of Burnsville; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Charlie Carroway will officiate.  Graveside Services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday in the McCracken Cemetery. 

 

The family will receive friends Monday from 5:30 until 7 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714, or Yancey Senior Citizen Center, 10 Swiss Avenue, Burnsville, NC 28714.

JUDY RUTH CLARK

Judy Ruth Clark, 66, of Bill Allen Branch Road and Tacoma, Washington died on Friday, November 15, 2013 in Burnsville at the home of her mother and surrounded by loving family.  She was born September 15, 1947 in Durant, Oklahoma, the youngest daughter of John Albert Clark and Christine Hudson Clark.  She was preceded in death by her father, John Albert “Pa” Clark and a nephew, Thomas David Barton.

 

Judy is survived by her mother, Christine “Granny” Hudson Clark;  two sisters, Jeannette Frances Clark Maddox of Burnsville and Carole Ann Clark Vrooman of Lewisville, Texas;  three daughters, Christine Denise Hanson and husband Kelly Overing and her two sons, Joshua Thomas Hanson and Wesley Hanson of Anchorage, Alaska; Renee Simmons and husband Robert Allen Simmons and their two children Sarah Renee Simmons and Noah Allen Simmons of Maple Valley, Washington; and Roxan Hartwig of Tacoma, Washington;  niece Angela Dawn Barton Duhe and husband John Kyle Duhe and their children, Paige Christine Duhe, John Richard Jack Duhe and Gibson Kyle Duhe;  niece Karen Marie Maddox Richardson and husband Timothy Arthur Richardson and their children, Darius Kade Richardson and Duncan Tyr Richardson;  nephew John Brandon Barton and wife Vielza and their son, Evan Brandon Barton.

 

Judy was an avid gardener and loved the outdoors.  She lived in Anchorage, Alaska for twenty-five years and enjoyed hiking on the glaciers and watching the moose and grizzly bears.  She was a home care provider in Tacoma, Washington and was also employed by a landscaping company.  Judy was a warm, gentle person who deeply loved her family and friends and in turn was deeply loved by them.  She will be missed by all those who knew and cared for her.

 

Services will be held on a glacier in Alaska at a later date.

DEWEY 'JOBY' SILVERS

Dewey ‘Joby’ Silvers, 80 years young, of Hickory Lane, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013.  He was a son of the late Thor and Florence Hensley Silvers of Flag Pond, TN.  Dewey worked for Contel and GTE Telephone companies for 32 years, and was a member of Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years.

 

Dewey is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley Shelton Silvers of Burnsville; a son, Faron Silvers of Burnsville; a daughter, Debbie Burke of Simpsonville, SC; 2 granddaughters; 2 grandsons; 3 great-granddaughters; 2 great-grandsons; a sister, Dell Ledford of Erwin, TN; four brothers, Harold, Jack and Worley Silvers of Flag Pond and Luther Silvers of Longmont, CO.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ricky Ray will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pate Cemetery on Bee Log Hill Road.

 

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

HATTIE ATKINS

Hattie Atkins, 85, formerly of Yancey County, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.  She was a daughter of the late Arthur and Grace McAllister Silvers.

 

Surviving are two daughters:  Linda Wykle of Greeneville, TN and Pam Rathburn of Hickory; a son:  Gene Evans of Burnsville; a sister:  Helen Evans of Burnsville; 2 brothers:  Charles Silvers and James Silvers of Burnsville; 6 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and a great-great grandson.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Burton Cemetery on Lickskillet Road.

 

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

NANCY ANN RICHARDSON

Nancy Ann Richardson, of Phillips Knob Road, went home to the Lord, Friday October 25, 2013, at her home.  She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 29, 1934, the daughter of Glenn and Katherine Bohrer. She was the owner of “Nancy’s Nearly New” clothing store, serving the Burnsville community from 1992 until she retired.  Nancy was a member of Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, and a joyful volunteer with the youth program “Train Up”/“Living Inside Out”, and “Good Eats”.  She was a “Walk to Emmaus” graduate, and delighted in spending time with her family. 

 

She is survived by her sons, Don Richardson of Greensboro granddaughters, Jessie of Greensboro, and Lori, stationed in San Diego, CA. and David and daughter-in-law, Cindy Richardson, of Burnsville;  granddaughter, Serena and husband, Alan Lapp, and great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Kaley all of Orange City, Florida, and step-granddaughters, Carmen and Tomika of Asheville.  She is also survived by her sister, Cindy Murphy of Hudson, Ohio, sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Tom Kubit of Catawba Island, Ohio, a brother, Thomas Bohrer of Parma, Ohio, and numerous nieces, and nephews.

 

A “Celebration of Life” service will be held at 11 am, Saturday, November 2, 2013 in the Family Life Center at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church kitchen fund or the "Good Eats” program

CLIFFORD ALVA HOPE

Clifford Alva Hope, 65, of Pompano Beach, Florida and Mt. Mitchell Lands passed away Saturday, October 19, 2013 in Pompano Beach.  A native of Charlotte, he was a son of the late William Torrence and June Robinson Hope.  A US Army Veteran, he was the CFO at Power Financial Credit Union and a Certified Police Officer with Plantation, FL for 34 years.  He was a graduate of UNC Charlotte and Wisconsin School of Banking.

 

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Van Dyke Hope; a son, Christopher William Hope and wife, Kelli, of Crystal River, FL; a daughter, Angela Hope Eskew and husband, Chad, of Warrenton, VA; 3 grandchildren, Andrew, Mitchell and Alyssa Hope; and 2 sisters, Elaine Gladden and Brenda Harkey and husband, Alan, all of Charlotte.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, October 26, 2013, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Forrest Westall will officiate.  Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery.

LOVIE ARROWOOD LAWS

Lovie Arrowood Laws, 89, of Green Mountain, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, October 19, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her loving family, her Pastor and his wife.  She was the wife of Roy  David Laws who passed away June 2, 1985.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Abby Berry Arrowood.  She was also preceded in death by sisters:  Lellis Mitchell, Joy Robinson and Kate Hensley; a brother:  Bud Arrowood; and an infant great granddaughter.

 

Surviving are her daughters:  Norma Lee Fox and husband, Dan, Jena Vee Blevins and husband, Earl, and Stella June Cooper all of Green Mountain, Vernis Jean Norris and husband, Bill, of Thomasville, GA; sister:  Ida Ruth Phillips; grandchildren:  Carol Fox Robinson and husband, Stacy, Marie Fox Miller, Dona Fox and fiancé, Bronson Gross, David C. Blevins and wife, Dawn, Doyle S. Blevins and wife, Rebecca, Johnny Duane, Gary Joe, Billy Jack and Roy Jason Cooper and wife, Cristy, Melissa and Tim Turbyfill and Sherry Lynn Rock; great grandchildren:  Kristen, Bethany, Lauren, and Samantha Robinson, Tyler Blevins and wife, Mary, Kay Lee Blevins, Sean and Ryan Meadows, Caleb Brown, Kelsy and Tyler Cooper, Shelby and Jacob Cooper, Dante, Gracie and  LylaTurbyfill; great-great grandchild:  Dorian Meadows; step grandchildren:  Teri Rosa and husband, Tom, and Joey Norris; step great grandchildren: Allyson and husband, Cory, Cortney and Brent; step great-great grandson:  Brody; several nieces and nephews and lots of friends and family also survive.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 7 PM Thursday in the Zion Baptist Church of which she was a member.  Revs. Junior Honeycutt, Rick Honeycutt and Ricky Hensley will officiate.  Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Friday in the Laws Family cemetery on Upper Pig Pen.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 PM Thursday prior to the service at the Church.  

JENNIE PENLAND

Jennie Penland, 89, of Horton Creek joined Jesus and her heavenly family Monday, September 30, 2013 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Cheet and Texie Robinson Holcombe and the wife of Brooks Penland who passed away in 2007.  She was also preceded in death by brothers:  Lester, Liston and Charles Holcombe.

 

Surviving are a son, Donald Penland and wife, Brenda; and a grandson, Darren Penland and wife, Rica, all of Burnsville; and 4 sisters:  Eloise Austin of Burnsville, Grace Deweese of Kannapolis, Mildred Haas and Georgia Sherlin and husband, Jim, of Arden.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Grandson, Darren Penland will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM Friday in the Academy Cemetery.

 

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

 

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