: OBITUARIES :
FRANCES BANKS TAYLOR
Frances Banks Taylor, 93, of Burnsville passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Yancey House Assisted Living. A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Plato and Mary Young Banks. She was also preceded death by siblings: Esby, Grace, Clara, Wesley, Helen, Nell, Mary Martha, Drate, Margaret and Ruth. Frances was the eighth child and last surviving of eleven children whose lives spanned from 1900 to 2015.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Saturday in Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church. Pastor Wes Sharpe will officiate.
A private burial will be held at 10 AM Saturday in the Banks Cemetery on Bolens Creek. Rev. Philip Horton will officiate.
The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service at the church.
Memorials may be made to Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 85, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Banks Cemetery Fund, c/o Wilhelminia Hensley, 638 Bolens Creek Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
JONATHAN GEORGE MITCHELL
Jonathan George Mitchell died peacefully in his home on July 11, 2015. The only son of the late William and Mary (Grotz) Mitchell, he was loved as a father, grandfather, boyfriend, friend and neighbor. A veteran, having served our country and a past welder, he spent the majority of his life loving his land. Always there to lend a hand or engage in good conversation, he was frequently seen around the mountains with his beloved canine companions.
Jonathan leaves behind a daughter; three grandchildren; two stepsisters; a girlfriend and many good friends and neighbors.
Private services and internment being held by family.
BETTY BROOME McWHORTER
Betty Broome McWhorter, 85, of Monroe, passed away Monday, July 13, 2015, at her residence. A native of Union County, she was a daughter of the late George Wesley and Nettie Brite Richardson Broome. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John McWhorter, Sr.; a son, John McWhorter, Jr.; three sisters and two brothers.
Surviving are a son, Wesley McWhorter of Waxhaw; a daughter, Bernice M. Wilson and husband, Richard, of Burnsville; a grandson, Jeremy McWhorter of Waxhaw; and a personal friend of Wesley; and special caregiver, Anda Wentz.
Funeral services to celebrate her life will be Thursday, July 16, 2015, at 2:30 PM at Walkersville Presbyterian Church, 6204 Brady Road in Waxhaw. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM Thursday, July 16, 2015 prior to the service at the church.
Davis Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the McWhorter family. An on-line guestbook is available at www.davisfuneralservice.com.
This obituary is courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home
MARLENE STRICKLAND BAILEY
Marlene Strickland Bailey passed away peacefully Thursday, July 9, 2015, after a brief but valiant fight with lymphoma. During her brief illness, she was loved and supported by her husband, Kenneth, along with family and dear friends.
Mrs. Bailey, born in Greensboro, NC on October 28, 1933, resided in Burnsville for past 22 years. Mrs. Bailey retired from AT&T, beginning as an operator then working in the engineering department. Mrs. Bailey was a true Southern woman, strong, kind and generous, always doing thoughtful acts of service for others. She had a strong faith in God, always trusting in His plan with an unwavering faith that reflected her deep religious beliefs. The world has lost a beautiful spirit that will be greatly missed until we can all be reunited once again.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Bailey, of Burnsville; her nieces: Abby Morgan Morton of Kernersville, NC, Lisa Van de Water of Hurricane, Utah; and nephew, David Vincent of Elk Ridge, Utah. Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Strickland; mother, Thelma Strickland; brother, David Strickland; and sisters: Frances Vincent and Dara Morgan.
A private graveside service will be held Sunday, July 12, 2015 in the Honeycutt Cemetery on Coxes Creek. Family and friends are invited to a memorial service for a celebration of her life at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home at 2:00 Sunday afternoon, July 12, 2015. Pastor Wes Sharpe and Rev. Ann Hoyt will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.
The family wishes to express appreciation for the kind and generous care given during her stay at Mission Hospitals Saint Joseph Campus in Asheville. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mary Murphy, 85, of Celo, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Kirby and Lora Wilson Allen.
Surviving are three daughters: Nina Hudgins and Shirley Byrd and husband, Ricky, of Burnsville, and Kathy Styles of Greenville, SC; three sons: Paul Styles and fiancée, Norma Biggs, Chucky Styles and Benny Allen and wife, Ann, all of Burnsville; a sister: Elizabeth Blevins of Burnsville; ten grandchildren: Anthony Styles, Danny Hudgins, Lora Hudgins, Jacob Allen, Matthew Styles, Carrie Styles, Jessie Crain, Kisha Byrd, Jackie Shuford and Heather Connel; nine great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a very special friend, Mae Self.
Funeral services will be held at 8 P.M. Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Clifton McCurry will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM, prior to the service, at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Thursday in the Byrd Cemetery on Piney Hill.
ROBERT E. FOX
Robert E. Fox, 81, of Essex, Maryland, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015. He was a son of the late Arnold and Chloe Fox.
Surviving are his wife Ann McCourry Fox; his children: Randy Fox and wife Tammy, Jeff Fox and wife Margaret and Marsha McCubbin and husband Billy; grandchildren: Tonia Tonti and husband Tony, Kati Tempia and husband Mike, Nick, Ryan, Rachel and Jeffrey Fox and Samuel and Sarah McCubbin and great grandchildren: Claudia and Sophia Tonti.
Funeral services will be held at 10 A. M. Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in the Chapel of Connelly Funeral Home of Essex in Baltimore, MD. Burial will be in the Gardens of Faith Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 3 until 5 PM and 7 until 9 PM on Monday at the funeral home.
SANDRA GRACE EZZELLE
Sandra Grace Ezzelle, 78, of Burnsville, NC, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015, following an extended illness. Sandra was born October 2, 1936 in Richwood, West Virginia to Howard and Madge Matheny Estep. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers: Keith, Randall, and Michael Estep.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jerry Ezzelle of Burnsville; son, Jeff Ezzelle of Oak Island, NC; daughter, Linda Daniels (Dan) of Centerville, Ohio; and 3 grandchildren: Jonathan, Claire, and Adam Daniels.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, July 5, 2015 in Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville. Revs. Wes Sharpe and Joe Bennett will officiate. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714, or to Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 85, Burnsville, NC 28714.
CARRIE MARIE WEBB
Carrie Marie Corby Webb, 88, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Monday, June 29, 2015 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care, surrounded by loved ones. A native of Greene County, TN, she was the daughter of the late Dallas and Magnolia Laws Corby and the wife of Edgar Webb who passed away in 1960. She was also preceded in death by two sisters: Eva McQueen and Lucy Webb; and a son-in-law, Clarence Campbell.
She is survived by four children: Lee Webb and wife, Lois, Jeannie Silver and husband, Jeff, and Carolyn Campbell all of Burnsville, and Faye Atkins and husband, Larry, of Spruce Pine; five grandchildren: Jeff Webb, Jody and Rusty Atkins, Dwayne Ballew and wife, Mandy, and Christy Bryant and husband, Robert; five great grandchildren: Cody Bryant and wife, Tiffany, Katie Bryant and Whitney, Nicholas and Macie Ballew; two great-great grandchildren: Ella and Ryan Bryant; and a special niece, Betty McKinney.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Pastor Kenneth Forbes will officiate. Burial will be in the Carroway Cemetery at Celo. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
A special thank you goes out to Hospice and her dear neighbors: Margaret, Golda and Rachel, who have been so caring and helpful.
Bonnie Pittman, 86, of the Cane River Community, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at Care Partners Hospice and Palliative Care in Asheville. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Evan and Odessa Crowe Robinson and the wife of Grady Pittman who died in 2008. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Chris Stewart.
Surviving are three daughters: Shirley Stewart and husband, Sam, and Denean Ayers and husband, Mike, all of Asheville and Deneise Buchanan and husband, Chris, of Burnsville; a son, Ronnie Pittman and wife, Kathy, of Candler; 5 grandchildren; and, a great granddaughter.
Funeral services will be held at 6 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Private burial will be in the Cane River Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour 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 CarePartners Hospice and Palliative Care, 21 Belvedere Road, Asheville, NC 28801.
TIMOTHY HARPER PITMAN
Timothy Harper Pitman, 48, of Stagger Weed Road in Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, June 19, 2015, at his home. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Harper and Patsy Garland Pitman. He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law, Clifton Briggs. Tim was a member of Cane Creek Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Tammy Briggs Pitman, two daughters: Amanda Cornett and husband, Hunter, and Deanna Manis and husband, Isaiah; a granddaughter, Harper Cornett; a grandson, Wyatt Manis; and a sister, Donna Buchanan and husband, Kenneth, all of Spruce Pine; his mother-in-law, Louise Ray Briggs of Micaville and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Monday, June 22, 2015, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs. Dennis Autrey, Don Stafford and Todd Ayers will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Tuesday in the Cane Creek Cemetery II.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Monday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.
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