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CLYDE D. YOUNG, JR.

Clyde D. Young, Jr., “Pop”, 87, of Plumtree, formerly of the Newdale Community, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 26, 2013 at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Clyde D. Young, Sr., and Ola Mae Ray Young and the husband of Eleanora Woody Young who died in 2010.   He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Evelyn Young and Kathleen McCollum; and a brother:  Joe Young.  He was a graduate of Micaville High School, a World War II Navy Veteran and retired from Belk-Broome in Spruce Pine after 38 years service.  After retirement, he worked with the U. S. Park Service and was at the ribbon cutting for the opening of the Linn Cove Viaduct.  Clyde was a Charter Member of the Yancey County Camp of the Gideons International.

 

Surviving are his daughter:  Cheryl Lynn Buchanan and husband, Buck, of Plumtree; a brother:  Rev. Thomas Young and wife, Zeta, of Nitro, W. VA; a sister-in-law:  Shirley Young of Melborne, Fl.; grandbaby pets:  BoBo and Precious; niece:  Miriam Gillespie and husband, Billy, and their sons: Noah, Eli and Micah of Huntington, W. VA; nephews:  David Young of Columbus, Ohio; John Young and wife, Char, of Charleston, W. VA; Greg, Jeff and Nicki Panasuk and wife, Mary, of Melborne; Cheryl’s brother:  Chuck Cabe and wife, Pam, and their daughter, Jessica; step daughter:  Susan Hollifield; special care giver and 'buddy’:  Angela Buchanan of Spruce Pine and several special cousins.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 P. M. Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Newdale Presbyterian Church, of which he was a member and Elder.  Revs. Jim Taylor, Bobby Justus and Joe Bennett will officiate.  Private family burial will be in the Church Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Russell Saxon, Floyd Holcombe, Jon Young, Larry and Michael Fortner and Donnie Buchanan.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Newdale Presbyterian Church, Clyde and Eleanora Young Memorial Fund, 71 Newdale Church Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 or The Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to workers at Life Care Center in Banner Elk, NC.   

MARVIN JETER ROBINSON

Marvin Jeter Robinson, 66, of Burnsville passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the John F. Keever Solace Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late R. C. and Doris Stamey Robinson.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Alton Robinson.  He was a member of Blue Rock Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Stacey Cooper and husband, Johnny, of Marion and April Brown and husband, Roger, of Swannanoa; 5 grandchildren:  Dustin McMahan, Morgan, Johnny and Landree Cooper and Wyntr Brown; a great grandson:  Briar Cox; 2 sisters:  Jane Presnell and husband, Larry, and Kathy Laws and husband, J.D., of Newdale; and former wife and best friend, Carolyn Robinson of Bostic.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Adam Brewer and Woody Dillingham will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday in the Blue Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.  At other times, the family will be at the home of Jane Presnell on Blue Rock Road.

RUTH JONES SIMMONS

Ruth Jones Simmons, 75, of Celo, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at her home,  surrounded by her family.  A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Maude Hughes Jones.  She was preceded in death by brothers:  Ray Hughes and Newton and Creed Jones; and, a sister:  Title Hughes.  Ruth was a retired employee of Baxters.  She was a member of Celo United Methodist Church.  Music played a very important part in Ruth’s life.  She enjoyed singing gospel music, having appeared on the Arthur Smith Show and Carolina Barn Dance.

 

Surviving are her husband of 53 years:  Phillip Simmons; children:  Patty Fisher and husband, Kenneth, of Linville Falls, Phillip Simmons and wife, Tammy, of Spruce Pine, Susan Simmons, John Simmons and wife, Susan, and Becky Hughes and husband, Robbie, all of Celo; 9 grandchildren; a great grandchild; and, a brother:  Roy Jones and wife, Pat, of Avery County.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Luther Carver and Tommy Robertson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Friday in Carroway Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 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.

GORDON D. HENSLEY

Gordon D. “Runt” Hensley, 65, of McKinney Branch, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Frank and Vivian McIntosh Hensley.  He was also preceded in death by his stepmother:  Ollie Lovin Hensley; and, brothers:  Dean, Bill and Randy Hensley.  Gordon was a Vietnam U. S. Army Veteran.

 

Surviving are 4 brothers:  Robert Hensley of Tucson, AZ, Roy Lee Hensley of Mars Hill, Edwin Hensley of Weaverville and Pete Hensley of Burnsville; a sister:  Diane Franklin of Burnsville; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Bud Edwards will officiate.  Military graverites will be conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57, DAV at 11AM Tuesday in the Marietta Atkins Cemetery.

 

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

CONRAD R. CHANEY

Conrad R. Chaney, 67, of Rock Hill, SC, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in CMC Pineville Hospital.  A native of Lexington, KY, he was a son of the late Gifford and Velma Rice Chaney.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Gordon Chaney.  He was an Air Force Veteran.

 

Surviving are his wife, Wanda Johnson Chaney; 2 sons:  Jeff Chaney and wife, Katie, of Lexington, KY and Jon Chaney and wife, Carisa, of Georgetown, KY; 3 step daughters:  Machelle Brinkley of Davidson, NC, De De Wilson of Weaverville and Stephanie Talbott and husband, Shawn, of Farmville, NC; 3 grandchildren; 4 step grandchildren; 1 step great-granddaughter and 1 special niece also survives.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Dale Banks will officiate.  Burial will be in the Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery with military grave rites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of York County, 1230 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732 or The American Heart Association, P. O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058 or www.heart.org.

MARY POWELL

Mary Powell, 87, of Burnsville, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013 at the home of her son.  A native of Orlando, Florida, she was the wife of the late Marvin Powell.

 

Surviving are her sons:  Ron Powell and wife, Minnie, of Burnsville and John Powell of Orlando; a daughter:  Evelyn Liebow and husband, Paul, of Orlando; 3 granddaughters:  Courtney and Katey Powell and Sarah Matloff.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in College Park Baptist Church in Orlando.  Burial will be in the Woodlawn Memorial Park in Gotha, Florida. 

 

The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM until 12:00 PM prior to the service at the church. 

 

Funeral services and burial will be under the direction of Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home in Winter Park, Florida.

 

Memorials may be made to College Park Baptist Church, Music Ministry, 1914 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804.

CHRISTINE KNIGHT

Clara Christine Neill Knight, affectionately known as “Bow” to family and friends, passed away May 6, 2013 in Concord, NC after battling Alzheimer’s disease for almost 6 years.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Elizabeth Gibbs Neill.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. Knight, Jr.; 2 brothers:  Charles Neill and Ralph Neill, Jr.; and 2 sisters:  Mary Helen Prince and Elizabeth Bullock.  Christine graduated from Bald Creek High School and Appalachian State Teachers College.  She taught in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system.

 

Surviving are her son:  Thomas W. Knight III and his wife, Cynthia; a grandson:  Thomas W. Knight IV; a granddaughter:  Cornelia E. Knight of Harrisburg, NC; a brother: James Neill and a sister:  Linda Neill of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Friday, May 10, 2013 in Bald Creek United Methodist Church. 

Rev. A. J. Moore will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends following the service.

 

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 300 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215.

 

Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com

MARY ELLEN EDWARDS

Mary Ellen Austin Edwards, 70, of Pensacola Road, Burnsville passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Doug and Ora Wilson Austin.  She was the wife of Hubert Edwards who died in 2010.  She was a retired employee of Glen Raven Mills.  Mary was a loving and caring person.  She loved her dogs.

 

Surviving are a son;  Randall Edwards and wife, Jean, a daughter:  Linda McCurry; 2 grandchildren:  B. J. McCurry and Asia Edwards; a great grandson:  Braxtan Ceyth McCurry all of Burnsville; 2 sisters:  Bergie Higgins of Burnsville and Estelle Buckner of Black Mountain.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Donald Whitson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Bailey Hill Cemetery.

 

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

MYRAH FAYE BURTON HOWELL

Myrah Faye Howell, 96, of the Bald Creek Community passed peacefully Monday, April 29, 2013 at The Oaks in Brevard.  Born on May 9, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Robert Cecil and Ida Proffitt Burton and resided in Bald Creek most of her life.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Rassie H. Howell, former principal of Bald Creek School; a brother:  Harold P. Burton and sisters: Mary Cecil Severs, Ruby Bailes and Ruth Wallen.

 

Surviving are her sons:  Jack Howell and wife, Mary, of Columbus, OH and Jimmie Howell and wife, Sandy, of Brevard; two grandchildren:  Natalie Hickman of Columbus, Ohio and Jamie Howell and wife, Sherry, of Knoxville; great grandchildren:  Jack Hickman and Madison and Andrew Howell.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev A. J. Moore will officiate.  Burial will be in the Burton Family Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Bald Creek Methodist Church, c/o Nan Proffitt, 43 Beechwood Drive, Burnsville, NC 28714.

BULO RIDDLE

Bulo Riddle, 85, of Holly, Michigan, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013 in Michigan.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late James and Serena Hughes Riddle.  He was also preceded in death by brothers:  Lee Riddle and Ben Riddle and sisters:  Viola Johnson, Maude Riddle and Martha Shipley.  Mr. Riddle was a WWII Army Veteran having served in Germany with Special Forces.  He has been in Michigan since 1952; first, with Pontiac Division of General Motors, and later, in highway construction until his retirement.

 

Surviving is a son:  Alfred Mallet of Hillman, MI.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Military grave rites will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Riddle-Hughes Cemetery on Upper Doe Bag conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV.

 

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