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DENNIS LEE RAMSEY

Dennis Lee Ramsey, 78, of Raleigh, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.  Born November 7, 1936 in Asheville, he was a son of the late Salvie and Mabel Westall Ramsey and the husband for 57 years of June Taylor Ramsey, who died in 2012.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Anne Wasklack, a brother, Brooks Ramsey and infant siblings, Maude and Raymond Ramsey.  Dennis was a Sergeant with the Asheville Police Department for several years and most recently was sales manager for Como RV in Inverness, FL, before moving to Raleigh in 2013.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

 

Surviving are his adoring children; Mike Ramsey (Linda) of Flowery Beach, GA, Debbie Pucillo (Jon) of Inverness, FL, Terri Burnette (Tim) of Weaverville, Carole Sharpe (Charles) of Candler, Tina Waldrup (Dwight) of Raleigh, Dennis McCarson and Taylor Ramsey both of Philadelphia, PA, a sister Billie Jeanne Styles and brothers Ron and Bob Ramsey.  He was a loving Papaw to 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, whom he cherished.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1 P. M. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Timmy Burnette, Seth Vandiver and Jason Hyatt will officiate.  Burial will be in the Westall Family Cemetery on Bolens Creek. 

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P. M. Wednesday at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of Billie Jeanne Styles, 18 Orchard Drive, Burnsville.

KATHLEEN BANKS HONEYCUTT

Kathleen Banks Honeycutt, 93, of Burnsville, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John M. and Mary Fox Banks.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter:  Margaret Allen; 2 sisters; and, 2 brothers.

 

Surviving are 3 daughters:  Mary Nell Edwards of Charlotte, Jeraldine Penland and husband, Jerry, and Betty Ann Banks, all of Burnsville; 6 grandchildren; and, 11 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcomb Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Dale Banks will officiate.  Burial will be in West Burnsville Cemetery.

 

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

LUCILLE ROBINSON

Lucille Robinson, 82, of the Double Island Community, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, January 10, 2015, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Handy and Lizzie Gardner Robinson.  She was the wife of Joe Robinson who died in 2012.  Lucille was also preceded in death by a sister:  Will Ann Hall.  She was a devoted wife and Mother.

 

Surviving are 4 sons:  Gerald Robinson and wife, Gail, Jimmy Robinson and wife, Evelyn, and Rick Robinson and wife, Teresa, all of Double Island, and Kenny Robinson and wife, Lori, of Newdale; 8 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 2 brothers:  Robert Robinson of Double Island and Edd Robinson of Burnsville; a sister:  Wilma Street of Double Island; and, 2 sisters-in-law:  Betty Smith of Asheville and Marie Roland of Nebo.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Tuesday in Double Island Baptist Church, of which she was a member.  Rev. Ricky Woody will officiate.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Monday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral home, where the body will remain until taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service.

VIOLA SILVER WHITSON

Viola Silver Whitson, 93, of Shoal Creek, went home to be with the Lord Friday, January 9, 2015, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late William Henry and Laura Lou Byrd Silver.  She was the wife of the late Grady Whitson.   She was also preceded in death by four sisters:  Bertha Robinson, Maude Burgin, Lillian Carroll and Eva Kelley; and three brothers:  Theodore Silver, Luther Silver and Clarence Silver.  She was a member of Plum Branch Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are two daughters:  Shirley Hughes and Ruth Laws of Burnsville; a son:  Wayne Whitson and wife, Glenda, of Burnsville; 8 grandchildren:  Phillip Hughes and wife, Gayla, Michelle Whitt and husband, Joe, Eddie Laws, Bruce Laws and wife, Jennifer, Robert Laws, Randy Whitson and wife, Loeita, Kathy Edwards and husband, Ricky, and Karen Whitson; 11 great grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Scott McIntosh and her grandson, Rev. Phillip Hughes will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Monday in the Hughes Cemetery on Shoal Creek.

 

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

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

RAY COOPER

Ray Cooper, 82, of Cooper Lane, joined his wife at his Heavenly home, Friday, January 9, 2015 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Troy and Sarah Edwards Cooper.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Clelia Annetta Geouge Cooper who died December 11, 2014.  He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Melody Cooper.  A Korean War Army Veteran, he was a retired Code Enforcement Officer with the City of Asheville.  Ray enjoyed doing woodwork and was known around Burnsville as “The Banana Man” who loved making people’s day. 

 

He is survived by a daughter, Katy Camp and husband, Jon, of Parrottsville, TN; a son, Tim Cooper and wife, Michelle, and a grandson, Luke Cooper of Sneedville, TN; 2 brothers:  LeRoy Cooper of Stewartstown, PA and his twin brother, Wayne Cooper and wife, Betty of Inverness, FL; and a sister, Nancy Woody and husband, Paul, of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, January 17, 2015 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Al Harrell will officiate.  Burial will be in the West Burnsville Baptist Church Cemetery with military grave rites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57, DAV.

 

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

JERLEAN SILVERS

Jerlean Silvers, 71, of Swannanoa, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Park Ridge Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Ruth Robinson Freeman and the wife of Stanley Silvers who died in 2013.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jean Freeman.  Jerlean retired from the Buncombe County School system in 2000.   She was a member of Swannanoa Valley Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Debbie Taylor and husband, Tim, of Swannanoa; a grandson, Ryan Taylor and wife, Emily, of Brevard; a granddaughter, Jessica Duffy and husband, Ryan, of Charlotte; sisters:  Genavee Layell and Willa Mae Whitson of Burnsville; and a brother, Doyle Freeman and wife, Teresa, of Mills River.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. David Dimsdale will officiate.  Burial will be in the Red Hill Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2 PM Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

GEORGIA WILSON SHUFORD

Georgia Wilson Shuford, 92, formerly of the White Oak Creek Community, of Yancey County,  went home to be with the Lord Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Autumn Care of Marion.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Ed and Julie Murphy Wilson and the wife of Robert Shuford who died in 1991.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Ray Shuford;  a daughter, Katherine Denise Shuford; 2 sisters:  Margie Berryhill and Joyce Wilson; and 4 brothers:  Robert, Walter, Ransom and Edward Wilson.

 

Surviving are a brother, Emmett Wilson and wife, Wanda, of Forest City; sisters-in-law:  Dollie Wilson of Busick and Lillie Wilson of Marion.  Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Andrew Walker will officiate.  Burial will be in the Autrey Cemetery at South Estatoe Baptist Church.

 

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

JAY HUGH STYLES

Jay Hugh Styles, 89, of the Pensacola Community of Yancey County, passed away Thursday, December 25, 2014, at Yancey House.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Elbert Hugh and Julia Honeycutt Styles, and the husband of 64 years to Ruby Mae Wilson Styles who died in May 2014.  He was also preceded in death by 4 brothers:  Elzie, Bert, Mack and Lee Styles; and, 5 sisters:  Kate Styles, Carrie Wilson, Ruth Bowers, Grovia Wright and Dorothy Horton.  Jay was a World War II U. S. Navy Veteran, having served in the Aleutian Islands on the USS Trenton.  He spent most of his life as a salesman, business manager and Christmas tree farmer, but was happiest when he was outdoors hunting, beekeeping, gardening and spending time with his beloved family and friends.  Jay was a member of the Cane River Bear Club.

 

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Debby Graham and husband, Bill, of Weaverville, and Mary Beth Thurman and husband, David, of Charlotte; 4 grandchildren:  Will Graham and wife, Shelley, of Weaverville, Thomas Thurman of Charlotte, Deborah Thurman of Richmond Heights, MO, and Mary Thurman of Charlotte; a sister:  Clara Culberson of Asheville; a brother:  Walter Styles and wife, Myrtis, of Black Mountain; and a brother-in-law:  Jerry Wilson and wife, Betty, of Pensacola.  Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor A. J. Moore will officiate.  A private burial will be in the Big Tom Wilson Cemetery.

 

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

 

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

The family wishes to extend their thanks to the loving staff at the Yancey House for the wonderful care he received during his last years, and to the kind staff of Hospice of Yancey County.

THOMAS WILLIAM SMITH, Sr.

Thomas William Smith, Sr, 78 of Burnsville, passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014 at his home, following a lengthy illness.  A native of Hamilton County, FL, he was born Feb. 25, 1936 to the late Charles Edward and Nellie Keene Smith.  Thomas was a longtime resident of Jasper, FL before moving to Burnsville.  He worked in sales most of his life.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Audrey Johns Smith; three daughters: Debra Hamm and husband Joey of Live Oak, FL, Kim Atkinson and husband Roger of Anderson, SC and Leslie McKinney and husband Robert of Green Mountain; two sons: Tom Smith and wife Janice of Jennings, FL and Blake Smith and wife Kay of Burnsville: a sister: Beatrice Selph of Jasper; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 3 P. M. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in New Hope Baptist Church near Jennings.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Harry T. Reid Funeral Home, 901 NW 4th Street, Jasper, FL is serving the family in Florida.

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Smith family with local arrangements.

VIRGINIA STYLES

Virginia Styles, 83, of Burnsville, passed away Friday, December 19, 2014, at her home. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Elzie and Savannah Smith Silver.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Faye Seran; and, brothers:  Roy, Herman and Earl Silver.

 

Surviving are her husband:  Murry Styles, Jr.; brother:  Claude Silver and wife, Grace; and sister-in-law:  Jean Silver, all of Burnsville; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Junior Honeycutt and Hospice Chaplain Joe Bennett will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pete Young Cemetery.

 

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

 

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