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BOBBY BIGGS

Bobby Biggs, 55, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016, at the St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospitals.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Joseph and Madge Elkins Biggs.  Bobby was also preceded in death by a brother:  William Howard Biggs; and a sister:  Ruby Nadine Cutway.  He was a loving father and willing to help anyone whom he could.

 

Surviving are 4 sons:  Michael Biggs, Robert Biggs, Justin Biggs and Jamie Biggs; 7 grandchildren: Miya, Nathaniel, Josiah, Caleb, Sophia, Haiden and Zachary; sister:  Marlene Riddle and husband, Mack, of Green Mountain; and brothers:  Gary Biggs of Greeneville, TN, Richard Biggs of Dahlonega, GA and Joseph David “J.D.” Biggs and wife, Nancy, of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.   Brother Robert Norris will officiate.  Burial will be in the Robinson Cemetery on Bakers Creek.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

RACHEL ANN PETERSON

Rachel Ann Peterson, 73, of Burnsville, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 1, 2016.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Ray H. and Nancy Laws Fox, and the wife of Blaine Peterson who died in 2009.  Rachel was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

 

Surviving are her son:  Bryan Peterson and wife, Anita; granddaughter:  Jessica Peterson; and, a sister:  Sandra Jane Miller and husband, Gene, all of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ricky Ray will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Tuesday in West Burnsville Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

DOLLIE ADKINS

Dollie Adkins, 93, of the Huntdale Community of Yancey County, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Mountain Manor Assisted Living.   A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Marcus and Cora Taylor Bryant and the wife of Ernest Adkins who died in 1997.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Adkins and a son, Raben Adkins.

Surviving are her sister: Mae Rancolph of Inman, SC and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1 P. M. Saturday, April 2, 2016 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the White Oak Flats Cemetery.

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

BOBBY LEO STYLES

Bobby Leo Styles, 78, of Sebastian, Florida, passed away peacefully Friday, March 25, 2015, at his home after a battle with cancer.

Bobby was born in Burnsville, on May 31, 1937 to Oscar and Violet Penland Styles.  He served as a Deacon at Woodland Terrace Baptist Church in Asheville, and coached softball and baseball for 40 years.  He had been a resident of Sebastian for 6 years.

Bobby is survived by his loving wife of 56 years: Evelyn Joan Styles; children: Keith Styles (Tammy), Linda Martinez, Bryan Styles, Scott Styles (Diana), Carmen Ocha, Stevie Styles (Tammy), Terry Styles, and Tiffany Styles; and sister: Wilma Parker (Clarence) of Burnsville.

Memorial services were held Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Calvary Baptist Church in Sabastian, Florida.  A second Memorial Service will be held at 5:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 5, in the Glady Baptist Church in Hominy Valley. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Bus Ministry at Calvary Baptist Church, 123 Thunderbird Drive, Sebastian, Florida 32958.

This obituary is a courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

 

JOHN HARMON COX

John Harmon Cox, 79, of Piqua, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Troy, Ohio.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late David and Mae Miller Cox.  He was also preceded in death by a brother:  David Cox, Jr.; and, a sister:  Faye Cox.

 

Surviving are his sons:  John D. Cox and Robert J. Cox, both of Alliance, Ohio; daughters:  Kathy Cox of Bainbridge, Ohio and Teresa Cox of Alliance; his wife: Marie H. Cox of Alliance; a brother:  Frank Cox of Minerva, Ohio; 5 grandchildren:  Jeremy, Kayla, Kimberly, Amber  and Brandon; and, 3 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services wil be held at 2 P. M. Tuedsay, March 29, 2016 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ricky Ray will officiate.  Burial will be in the Newdale Presbyterian Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

KELLY HONEYCUTT

Kelly Honeycutt, 61, of Possum Trot, went home to be with the Lord Monday,  March 21, 2016, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Rufus and Myrtle Penland Honeycutt of Burnsville.  He was also preceded in death by his wife:  Norita Edwards Honeycutt; and, a brother:  Timmy Honeycutt.

 

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are 3 sons:  Kelly Shane Whitson of Mitchell County, Timothy Scott Honeycutt and Daniel Honeycutt and wife, Cierra; 5 grandchildren: Dalton, Cierra, Addison, Kyra and Grason; a brother:  Larry Honeycutt and wife, Mona; and, 2 nephews: Joshua and Caleb Honeycutt, all of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Edward Couser and Hospice Chaplain Larry Green will officiate.  Burial will be in the Herman Penland Cemetery on Possum Trot Road.

 

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

 

The family wishes to express their thanks to Glenda Trivette and Sharon Miller for the love they gave him during his illness.

MARY ELNA RATHBURN

Mary Elna Hollifield Rathburn, 74, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, March 20, 2016, at her home. A lifelong resident of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Jack and Magnolia Calloway Hollifield, and the wife of Charles William Rathburn who died in 2014.  Mary was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

 

Surviving are  2 daughters:  Jackie Rathburn Grier and husband, Johnny, and Kathy Rathburn Davis and husband, Butch; 2 sons:  Donald Rathburn and wife, Cheryle, and Ronald Rathburn and wife, Beverly, all of Burnsville; 6 grandchildren:  Michael Grier and Amanda, Jessica Grier Elliott and husband, J.R., Mark Rathburn and wife, Tasha, Kristina Rathburn, Shane Rathburn, and Crystal Thomas Boone and husband, Josh;  6 great grandchildren:  Destiny Nevaeh Elliott, Marieh Grace Rathburn, Adyen Kelley and Madison Jade Grier, Colston Uriah Boone, and Baileigh Faith Rathburn.  Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Friday, March 25, 2016, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Eddie McMahan Cemetery at Low Gap.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Thursday at the funeral home, and at other times will be at her home on Highway 197 South.

 

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

STANLEY HOOVER

Stanley Hoover, 54, of Newdale, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016 at his home.  He was a son of the late Euranious and Louann Edwards Hoover. 

Survivors include a son: Stanley Hoover, Jr and wife Carmen of California; two daughters: Ashley Hoover and Samantha Molina; sisters; Karen Mosley of Buladean and Ann Cable of Marion and brothers: Dennis Hoover and Gary Hoover and wife Sandy of Micaville; 4 grandsons: and a granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Thursday, March 24, 2016 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.   Burial will be in the Concord Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

RUTH FRANKLIN COOPER

Mary Ruth ‘Ruthie’  Cooper, 61, of Laurinburg, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, March 6, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her family and friends.  A former resident of Burnsville, she was a daughter of Kate Woody Franklin of Laurinburg and the late Rev. Elbert Franklin.  She was also preceded in death by a sister; Lois Dyre.

Surviving in addition to her mother is her loving husband of 37 years, Rev. Ellis Cooper; Sisters: Kaye Phillips Holcombe of Burnsville, Nancy Higgins and Deborah Cooper of Wagram and Kimberly Griffith of Lula, GA; brothers; Joe Franklin of Baldwin, GA and Rev.  Lou Franklin of Cornelia, GA and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 P.M. Thursday in Little Mission Holiness Church. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 until 9 P.M. Wednesday at the Cooper home.

This obituary a courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to Little Mission Holiness Church, 18601 Airbase Road, Laurinburg, NC 28352. Richard Boles Funeral Service in Laurinburg is serving the Cooper family.

 

CARROLL WESLEY ANGEL

Carroll Wesley Angel, 90, formerly of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Asheboro.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Gaston M. and Malissa Beaver Angel and the husband of 60 years of Elora Griffith Angel, who died in 2008. He was also preceded in death by a sister: Beatrice and brothers: Alvin, Derrick, Edgar and Pershing.  Carroll was a member of the Greater Generation, having served his country in WWII as a Quarter Master Third Class aboard the USS Bates.  He served on the Bates from the day it was commissioned until the day it was sunk by Japanese suicide planes.  The Bates escorted merchant ships with war supplies and personnel to Europe.  After participating in the invasion of France, the Bates was sent to the Pacific to assist with the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  The ship sank near the island of Ishema in May 1945.

After the war, Carroll returned to Burnsville and graduated from Appalachian State Teachers College, now Appalachian State University.  He taught in Yancey County schools, sold insurance and then worked for Mohasco Corporation, retiring after 31 years.

Carroll is survived by his daughters: Dianne Vickery and husband Michael of Hampstead and Sheila Nelson and husband Chip of Asheboro; a granddaughter; Courtney Thomas and husband Michael of Charlotte and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3 P. M. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Wes Sharpe will officiate.  Burial will be in the Holcombe Cemetery, with military graverites by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 P.M. Thursday at Ridge Funeral Home in Asheboro and from 2 until 3 P. M. Friday, prior to the service at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 4600 Park Road., Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209 or Hospice of Randolph County, P. O. Box 9, Asheboro, NC 27204.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Brookdale for their loving care and support and also to the staff of Hospice of Randolph County.

 

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