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Roosevelt Briggs, 83, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 14, 2015.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Tommy Jack and Elizabeth Briggs.  Roosevelt was the last survivor of seven children.


Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Leona Letterman Briggs; 3 sons:  Isaac Briggs of Spruce Pine, Silas Briggs of Green Mountain and Tommy Briggs of the home; 4 daughters:  Geneva Byrd of SC, Louise Briggs of Bakersville, Nancy Buchanan of Micaville and Trula Pittman of Burnsville; 20 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Paul Robinson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pete Young Cemetery.


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


Continuing his journey, Jimmie Keith Canipe, 81, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. 


Surviving are:  his wife of 58 years, Brigitte Urban Canipe of Tampa; two sons: Steve Canipe of Tampa, and Larry Canipe and wife, Narimon, of Boca Raton, Florida; a daughter: Christina Walag and husband, Randy, of Jacksonville, Florida; four grandchildren: Brian, Amanda, Kirsten, and Todd; and five great grandchildren: Mia, Ami, Elijah, Cameron, and Preston.


The last of five Green Mountain men made of steel, with hearts of gold: Chet, Paul, Ted, Richard, and now, Jimmie are together with their amazing parents Dewey and Beatrice.  All carved out lives, unique to their character that touched the world wherever they went.


After Jimmie was raised and worked the beautiful land in North Carolina, he spent 20 years in the US Airforce.  In 1972, he remained active by starting Canipe Trucking in Tampa,  where he enjoyed moving goods and produce around the USA. This was Jim's dream job, independence, freedom and it allowed him to see this amazing country, mile after mile, meeting and networking, making life-long friends from strangers wherever he went.  For those that never knew him, it is our honor to introduce him now, and for those that knew him, you know he would never say goodbye but “see you around."  


It is not often to know a man like this, but there are many who have the honor to call him friend.  There are a few who could call him husband, dad and grandpa. This family carries his amazing legacy on in all the values this man has instilled into all of them. We will miss him dearly.


Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, May 16, 2015 in the Fairview Cemetery at Green Mountain.  Rev. Philip Garland will officiate.  Military graverites will be conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:   Christopher & Dana Reeve  Spinal Cord Injury Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ  07078.


Evylee Harman McBrayer, 89, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Brian Center in Spruce Pine.  She was born on September 17, 1925 to the late Harold Gray and Edna Parker Deaton.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by husbands F. Carl Harman and Dr. Charles H. McBrayer, and sister Peggy D. Young.


Surviving are her daughter, Patti and husband, Dr. Forrest McCall, of Burnsville; two granddaughters, Trish and husband, Dr. Drew Thompson, of Higganum, CT, and Schell McCall and husband, Paul Feldman, of Burnsville; four great grandchildren, Connor and Andrew Thompson and Sarah and Emma Feldman; sister, Lugene Richardson; and brothers, Parks Deaton and Harold Deaton, Jr.


Evylee was a lifelong learner, a skilled potter, and an avid traveler. She was a resident of Mars Hill Retirement Home for 12 years, a member of Mars Hill United Methodist Church, and a Charter Member of Chapter T, P.E.O. Sisterhood.  


A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date.


Georgiana McPeters, 71, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Yancey House.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Merritt and Evelyn Banks McPeters.


Surviving are two daughters:  Sherrie Tenderholt of Layton, Utah and Maria Minich of Jackpot, Nevada; a brother, Alden McPeters and wife, Peggy, of Burnsville; a grandson, Logan; and 2 nieces:  Barbara Rathbone of Asheville and Marie Dale of Georgia. 

Burial will be at 10 AM Friday in the Banks Cemetery on Banks Creek.


Sadie Fortner, 74, of Georges Fork, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, May 10, 2015, at Care Partners Solace Center in Asheville.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Pink and Ellen Butner Murphy, and the wife of DeWitt Fortner who died in 2001.  Sadie was a retired cafeteria worker at East Yancey School.  She was a member of Bolens Creek Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher for over 50 years.


Surviving are a daughter:  Kimberly Snyder and husband, Larry; a son:  Edwin Fortner and wife, Tami; grandchildren:  Zeb and Owen Snyder and Paige and Price Fortner, all of Burnsville; 2 sisters:  Lillian Baker of Asheville and Shirley Winters of Spruce Pine; and, a brother:  Tommy Murphy of Spruce Pine.


Funeral services will be held at 8PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Dr. Chris Morgan will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Wednesday in the Honeycutt Cemetery on Georges Fork.


The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.


The family wishes to extend their thanks to Dr. Jeff Polgar and his staff, the staff at The Laurels of Summit Ridge, and Care Partners Solace Center.


Ruth Briggs, 93, of Bakersville, passed away Friday, May 8, 2015, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Wesley and Elizabeth Briggs Stevens, and the wife of Andrew Briggs who died in 1996.  She was also preceded in death by a son:  Andrew “Buster” Briggs, Jr.


Surviving are 5 daughters:  Rosetta Andrade of Burnsville, Annette Briggs of Bakersville, Hazel Briggs of Green Mountain, Patsy Helms of Manteo, NC and Dolly Self of Blountville, TN; 3 sisters:  Carrie Watkins, Faye Watkins and Juanita Waycaster, all of Marion; 10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and, 5 great, great grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Paul Robinson 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.


Maria Aurelia Teodoro-Hernandez, 42, of Green Mountain Drive, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Santiago Asajo, Michoacan, Mexico, she was a daughter of Guadalupe Hernandez Chavez and the late Hilario Teodoro Iturria.


Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her son:  Bryan Teofilo Teodoro; a brother:  Jose G. Teodoro-Hernandez; and sisters:  Rosaria Teodoro-Hernandez and Fabiola Teodoro-Hernandez.


A Funeral Mass will be held at 11AM Saturday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  The family will receive friends from 2 until 3PM afterwards at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.


Her body is being returned to Santiago Asajo, Michoacan, Mexico for burial.


Rosalee Young, 90, of Brooklyn, NY, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at her home.  A native of Avery County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Augusta and Maude Shade Mathis, and the wife of 69 years to the late Paul Young of Burnsville, NC. 


Surviving are 3 sons:  Paul, Rocky and Kevin; 4 daughters:  Theresa, Yvonne, Denise and Hope; 21 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; 2 great, great grandchildren; 2 brothers:  J. C. and John Mathis; 1 sister:  Berdie Ann Carr; and many others family members and friends.


The family will receive friends from 2:30 until 3:30PM Sunday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Marietta Adkins Cemetery.


Barry McKinney, 54, of Newdale, went to be with his Heavenly Father Friday, May 1, 2015, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  He was a son of Bill and Helen Russell McKinney of Newdale.  He graduated from Mountain Heritage High School in 1978.  Barry’s greatest love and joy was the Lord and sharing how awesome our God is.  Barry was an active member of Faith Fellowship Church, where he was a bass player with the praise and worship team, sound man, and manager of the online FFCN radio station, The Worship Place.  He was also a ham radio operator.


Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife of 10 years:  Rachel Howell McKinney; daughter:  Anna Gilbert and husband, Brian, of Inman, SC; a grandson:  Hunter McKinney of Inman; sister:  Kim Huskins of Newdale; niece:  Lauren Robinson and husband, Charles and children Ashlyn and Zachary of Newdale; sisters-in-law:  Nancy Randolph and husband, Terrill, of Concord, Glenna Woodard and husband, Jack, of Wise, VA; brother-in-law:  James Madison Howell and wife, Karen, of Asheville; 2 special nieces:  Stephanie Allen and Sherry Seager; and, numerous nephews and nieces.


Join us for a celebration of Barry’s life Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 11AM at Faith Fellowship Church, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.  Rev. David Gillespie will officiate.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Newdale Fire Department, P. O. Box 560, Micaville, NC 28755, or Faith Fellowship Local Outreach, P. O. Box 756, Micaville, NC 28755.


Private burial will be held at the church cemetery.


Karl “Opa” Scharf, 95, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law.  A native of Kiel, Germany, he was a son of the late Karl Emil and Annie Fassman Scharf.  He immigrated to the United States in 1952.  He and his late wife, Gertrude Wilhemina Sophie obtained their citizenship in 1963.  Karl was a retired engineer with Chrysler in Detroit.  He has been a resident of Yancey County since 198l.  Karl enjoyed traveling, talking to people and making friends. 


Surviving are two daughters:  Ingrid Moussalli of Edwardsville, IL and Karen Cooper and husband, Donnie, of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Steven Scharf and wife, Gina, Christian Moussalli and wife, Melissa, Antione Moussalli, Tanya Craddick and husband, Michael, Andre Moussalli, Aida “Supa” Moussalli, Brian Cooper and fiancée, Lindsey Vance and John Thomas Cooper; great grandchildren: Aida Rose Moussalli, Angelo Tony Moussalli, Alexis Cooper, Bryson Cooper, Malachi Cooper and Andrew Cooper; and a sister, Edith Habers of Germany.


A memorial service will be announced at a later date.


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