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Charlie Wilson, age 29, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 11, 2016 at St. Joseph Hospital after a battle of critical pneumonia.   He was the son of Lucy Wilson, of Burnsville and Dan Wilson, (Stacie) of Leicester.  In addition to his parents he is survived by one sister, Sally Hilliard (John) and two favorite nephews, Dakota and David Murphy, (who brought great joy to their Uncle Charlie) and an Uncle Eddie Young (Vada) and special friend Gene McGee.

Charlie loved life and being with family and friends.  His thoughtful, kind and caring spirit extended to those family and friends.  Charlie especially enjoyed being with his “buddies,” the campers of Funshine Camp.  This camp is for special people and their families that do not often have the opportunity to enjoy a camping experience.  Charlie was a multitalented, creative person who enjoyed giving to others.  His talents of arranging flowers, creating bird houses, culinary arts and expressing his love for others by giving hand crafted gifts from his heart.  These gifts were greatly appreciated by all who received them.  He had a natural talent in preparing unique dishes in food preparation; he had worked at several restaurants and catered many private parties.  His creativity also extended to photography, drama, design and all things nature.  One of his favorite activities was volunteering at the Funshine Camp since its beginning.  As a young boy Charlie also enjoyed dance and performed in the Nutcracker performances.  He was a member of Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.  Most recently Charlie attended the West Burnsville Church of God. 

The service to celebrate this special man’s life will be held at 3 PM Saturday, February 13, 2016 in the Chapel of the Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeal home.  Charlie will be buried in the Edd Young family cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Funshine Camp Maxim Heath Care Services, 592 US Highway 19 E Bypass, Burnsville, N.C. 28714.

The Wilson and Young family would like to thank the medical staff at Coli Critical Care Unit at Saint Joseph Hospital for their excellent care and the staff at the Spruce Pine Hospital.  Charlie was indeed a very dear gift from a gracious Heavenly Father who was blessed to the Wilson family through Children’s Home Society of NC.  Deep appreciation goes to all Charlie’s special friends and family who have loved and prayed for him. 


June Buchanan Laws, 87, of Possum Trot, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Sam and Bertie Robinson Buchanan.  She was also preceded in death by brothers:  Claude, Edison, Emory and Lealon Buchanan; a sister:  Elsie Cassida, and, a son-in-law: Gary Riddle.


Surviving are her children, daughter:  Joyce Ray and husband, Robert, of Possum Trot, son:  Danny Laws and wife, Pam, of Double Island, and daughter:  Janice Riddle of Newdale; grandchildren:  Blandon Silvers (Kim), Amber Robinson (Scottie), Cristina Ray, Brian Cooper, and Russell Ray (April); 12 great grandchildren; sisters:  Annie Dover of Burnsville and Glenna Dellinger of Rome, GA; and, brothers:  Jack Buchanan of Maryland, Ray Buchanan of Pleasant Gap, Marvin Buchanan of Icard and Vernon Buchanan of Spruce Pine.  Several nieces and nephews also survive. 


Funeral services will be held at 8PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Jim Bo Seaton and Ricky Woody will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Saturday in Double Island Cemetery.


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


Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.


Donald Wayne Canipe, 75, of Candler, died Saturday, February 6, 2016, at his home. A native of the Green Mtn. area of Yancey Co., he was a son of the late Earnest and Myrtle Canipe. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Jacob W. Canipe, and a sister, Ernestine Potter. Don, known as "Don Ho" to his step-children and grandchildren, retired from BASF. He was a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Men. He was past president of the Pioneers Club, and past member of the Board of Directors of the Enka Credit Union. He enjoyed Snow Hills car shows, tennis, golf, his grandchildren's sporting events, camping at Ocean Lakes, and his beloved dog Rudy.

Surviving are his wife, Pat Canipe; sons, Michael Canipe (Natalie) and Greg Canipe (Shirley); grandsons, Logan and Hudson Canipe; step-son, Robbie Ownbey (Kim); step-daughter, Jackie Ownbey; step-grandchildren, Sydney and Carson Ownbey; sisters, Betty Yurkiewicz, Rosalie Latham (Dick), and Earline Canipe; brother, CC Canipe (Ora Lee); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10th in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Diane Johnston officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Graveside services will be at 12 noon. on Thursday in the Fairview Cemetery, at Horton Hill, at Green Mountain.

The family wishes to express special appreciation to the staff of CarePartners Hospice for the loving care they provided to Don. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Snow Hill United Methodist Church B.E.A.R. Closet, 84 Snow Hill Church Rd., Candler, NC 28715. 


Nellie B. Styles, 92, of Burnsville, also known as Ms. Nellie, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, February 6, 2016, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Emma Locke Broy.  She was the wife of Jess Styles who died in 1996.  Nellie met Jess while he was serving in the U. S. Army during World War II, and had been a resident of Burnsville since their marriage in 1946.  She had been an active member of First Baptist Church since that time.  Other than her family, the love of her life was her many years spent with Playschool and Mothers Morning Out.  Nellie was preceded in death by a brother and 2 sisters.


Surviving are a daughter:  Pam Anglin of Burnsville; a son:  Danny Styles of Icard; 4 grandchildren:  Kent Anglin and wife, Tammy, Bobby Anglin and wife, Amanda, Jess Styles and Danielle Helms; 4 great grandchildren:  Kara, Carson, Caden and Braden; and, several nieces and nephews.


A celebration of life service will be held at 3PM Sunday in the First Baptist Church, of which she was a member.  Rev. Tommy James will officiate.


The family will receive friends from 1 until 3PM Sunday at the church.


Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714, or to the charity of one’s choice.


Pamela Bee Tyburski, 59, of Burnsville, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2016, at home.  A native of Sarasota, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Jacqueline McGregor Tyburski.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Melody Wood.


Surviving are a daughter:  Ashley Dyal of Ladys Island, SC; a son:  Anthony Tyburski of Burnsville; a sister:  Jackie Murray of Burnsville; and, 2 grandchildren:  Dylan and Bryson Dyal.


Private family services were held.


Randall Dale Fox, 66, of Burnsville, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Care Partners Hospice and Palliative Care in Asheville.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late John E. and Eula Lee Randolph Fox.  He was a member of Mine Fork Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as “Door Keeper” for many years.


Surviving are a sister:  Janice Bennett; a brother:  Ronald Dean Fox and wife, Rachel; 2 nieces:  Carol Warren and husband, Charles, and Della Fox; and, 2 nephews:  Nathan Bennett and wife, Katie, and Jonathan Bennett, all of Burnsville.  Dale is also survived by his special friends at Hands of Mercy Ministry and his “Granny” Anna Scott.


Funeral services will be held at 7PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Joshua Warren and Phillip Fox will officiate.  A private family burial will be Saturday in the John E. Fox Family Cemetery on Old Mine Fork Road.


The family will receive friends from 5 until 7PM Friday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of Janice Bennett.


Memorials may be made to Hands of Mercy Ministry, 299 McDowell Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714.


Gurney Brewer, age 71, of Tucson, AZ and formerly of Burnsville, died January 22, 2016. He passed at home with his wife and soul mate of 51 years, Norma Silvers Brewer, by his side. He fought a long battle with the lung disease Pulmonary Fibrosis.


Better known to many as “Dad,” “Gurn,” “Pappy,” “Pap,” and “one of The Hillbillies,” he was very blessed to experience his dream of retiring, following the sun, sleeping late, traveling, fishing, and making many friends along the way! He was known for putting others first, possessing a great work ethic, being a wholehearted gentleman, boasting a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor, particularly when recalling stories about his wife, or fishing. 


Gurney would also pepper stories and conversations with terms from what we called the “Book of Gurn”, an ongoing collection of words, expressions, and metaphors crafted by him. We created this document years ago as an attempt to capture his brilliant humor and talent as hysterical wordsmith. Of course we mercifully teased him about this!


Gurney had so many friends; many in Gunnison, Colorado where he and Norma spent their summers fishing, and in Tucson, Arizona, where they resided in a wonderful community, the Western Way RV Resort.  It is there that so many of us have become like family, and a sincere ‘thank you’ goes to everyone who has loved and supported us during Gurney’s sickness.  In particular, a special ‘thank you’ to “Our Angel Friend,” Katie Peterson, who stayed by our sides through Dad’s final days; joy, peace, comfort, love, prayers, tears, and hugs abounded during this very special time of togetherness.  


Gurney’s remaining family, in addition to his wife, includes: Son Tim Brewer and  wife Tracy, of Newland, and grandson Brandon, of Carbondale, IL, Son Jeff Brewer and wife Beth,  grandsons Bryan and Trevor, and granddaughter Brooke, all of Bakersville;  two sisters: Jane Allen and her husband Ken, of Burnsville and Eloise Harding and husband JC, of Green Mountain; and brother Henry Brewer and wife Leslie, of Spruce Pine.  Gurney was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Pauline Geouge Brewer, and four brothers: Frank, Julian, Bill, and Ben.


Lastly, we would like to extend sincere gratitude to Casa de la Luz Hospice in Tucson, Arizona for their exceptional care, love, and support during this difficult time.


Gurney and Norma’s home is open anytime for any and all family and friends to share in celebrating his life, with a hug, some laughter, or a few stories. 


No flowers are requested; instead, please honor a loved one by doing something special for them!  A private family celebration of Dad/Pappy/Gurn’s life will be held at a later date, and his ashes will be spread at a “special fishing hole” that he and Norma loved.


Gurney truly had a wonderful trip until the very end!


Gerald Pate, 61, of Micaville, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Care Partners Hospice and Palliative Care in Asheville.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Ransom L. and Palma Anderson Pate.  Gerald loved his family, friends and his music and had played with several bands over the years including Moon River Junction, Krystal Images and Red Line.

Surviving are his sister: Jeanie Chrisawn and husband Keith and his brother Donald Pate all of Burnsville; a niece; Lee-Ann Capps and husband Jeffrey of Weaverville; a nephew: Alan Chrisawn and wife Amanda of Burnsville; a great niece, 2 great nephews;  step daughters; Melony Ballew and Michelle McCool of Micaville and special friends Eddie Dean Buchanan and his family.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ricky Ray will officiate.  Burial will be in the Eddie McMahan Cemetery, at Low Gap.  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.


Ned E. Wilson, 87, of the Pensacola Community, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Mission Hospitals Memorial Campus.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Ewart and Essie Ray Wilson.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Boone and a brother, Tom L. Wilson.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Marjorie Riddle Wilson, a daughter; Susan Mills and husband Jerry of Mars Hill; a son: Michael Wilson of Burnsville; grandchildren, Ned James Hughes of Burnsville and Tara Giboney and husband Chase of Minnesota and a great grandson: Malachi Hughes.

At his request, no services are planned.


Howard B. Peterson, Sr. 76, of Burnsville, passed away Friday, January 15, 2016, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late John Ellis and Vastie Ramsey Peterson.  He was also preceded in death by a son:  Howard Peterson, Jr., who died in 1994; sisters:  Vivian Edwards and Mary Belle Martin; and, brothers:  John and Bill Peterson.  After 25 years with Ceco he established his own company, Atlanta Forming Company.


Surviving are his former wife:  Georgia Ball Peterson; a daughter:  Carole Aldridge of Burnsville; 3 sons:  Randy Peterson and Lee Peterson of Burnsville and Alan Peterson of Lilburn, GA; a sister:  Polly Rumbough Rowe of Tampa, FL; 2 brothers:  Jim Peterson of Michigan and Ed Peterson of Augusta, GA; 24 grandchildren; and, 4 great grandchildren.


Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Wes Sharp will officiate.  Burial will be in the McCracken Cemetery.


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


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