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WAYNE PARKER

Wayne Parker, 81, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully, Monday, April 20, 2015 at the John F. Keever Solace Center.  A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Frank and Myrtle Sparks Parker.  He was also preceded in death by siblings:  Dayton Parker, Juanita Cox, Smith Parker, Donald Parker, Mack Parker, Jim Parker and Marlene Ledford.  He was a U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Paratrooper Veteran.  Wayne was the founder and owner of Parker Lumber Company.  He attended Bald Creek United Methodist Church.  He was an avid antique collector and enjoyed sports, especially watching his grandchildren play ball.

 

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Ann Garland Parker; 3 children:  Marcia Huskins and husband, Darrell, of Burnsville, Lisa Zollman and husband, Alan, of Kingsport, TN and Tim Parker and wife, Wendy, of Burnsville; 5 grandchildren:  Leslie, Alli, Parker, Taylor and Trevor; a great grandson, Jaxon; and sisters:  Shelby Cornwell of Maiden, NC, Billie Jo Deyton of Green Mountain and Helen Hughes of Bakersville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. A. J. Moore will officiate.   Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Friday in the Proffitt Cemetery on Hardscrabble with military grave rites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 PM Thursday 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 or Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

JOE BRIGGS

Joe Briggs, 91, of the Jacks Creek Community passed away Monday, April 13, 2015 at Weaverville Brian Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Gudger and Ida Tomberlin Briggs.  He was also preceded in death by two sisters:  Mary Etta and Mae Briggs; and two brothers:  Frank “Pedro” and Shelby Briggs.  Joe was a U.S. Army Veteran and a carpenter.

 

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Maphra Hensley Briggs; a daughter, Pat Randolph and husband, Bill; sons: Michael Briggs and wife, Joyce, and Randy Briggs and wife, Darlene, all of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Brent and Shane Briggs and Brandon, Ali and Branson Randolph; great grandchildren:  Elijah, Willa, Esmae and Maslyn Briggs and Lyryn Randolph.

 

A memorial service will be held at 8 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Stacy Elkins will officiate.

 

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 Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

PARALEE PHILLIPS HENSLEY

Paralee Phillips Hensley, 98, of Burnsville, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Mountain Manor Assisted Living.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Monroe and Hattie Phillips, and the wife of Quillen Phillips who died in 1952, and the late Zeke Hensley.  She was also preceded in death by daughters:  Mabel Griffith and Lillian Bailey; grandsons:  Daryl Griffith and Jeff Bailey; a sister:  Nettie Robinson, and brothers:  Clyde, Riley and Frank Phillips.

 

Surviving are a son-in-law:  Jack Griffith of Granite Falls; grandsons:  Joel Griffith and wife, Linda,  Michael Griffith and Tony Bailey; great granddaughters:  Sarah and Hannah Griffith; 2 nephews:  Kenneth and Eugene Phillips; and, 2 nieces:  Patsy Christensen and Judy King.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Robert Setzer will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pete Young Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends 1 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.

RUTH BADAME

Ruth Badame, 84, of Burnsville, formerly of Maple Shades, NJ, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Joe and Ella Mae Robinson Austin and the wife of George Badame, who passed away in 1983.  Ruth was also preceded in death by 4 sisters and 2 brothers.

Surviving are a daughter: Darlene Vile of Wakefield, VA, a grandson: John; two sisters: Pansy Robinson and Thelma Westall; and two brothers: Ned Austin and Bruce Austin, all of Burnsville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Philip Garland will officiate. Burial will be in the Dot Austin Family Cemetery on Indian Creek.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

JAMES D. PHILLIPS

James D. Phillips, 57, of Greenville, SC passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 at St. Frances Hospital in Greenville.  A native of Buncombe County, he was a son of Leathia Riddle Phillips of Clyde and the late Charles D. Phillips.

Surviving in addition to his mother is a son: Justin Phillips of Greenville; a sister: Patricia Hannah of Clyde; 3 nephews: Dale O’Kelley of Blacksburg, SC and Dennis O’Kelley and Charles Light of Asheville and a niece: Melody McGraw of Swannanoa.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 1 P. M. Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will be at 1:30 P. M. Friday in the McMahan Family Cemetery on Rocky Fork.

DONNA ALLEN HUGHES

Donna Allen Hughes, 58, of the Pensacola Community went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, surrounded by her family.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late E. R. and Pauline Higgins Allen.  Donna was a member of Pensacola Free Will Baptist Church.  She enjoyed watching birds and spending time with her family.

 

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, Charles Hughes; son, Charles (Ferby) Hughes and wife, Janna; daughter, Michelle Hensley and husband, Brian; grandson, Bryson Hensley of Burnsville; sister, Linda Allen and husband, Fred, of Pensacola; brothers:  David Allen of Asheville, Ricky Allen and Randy Allen and wife, Angie, of Pensacola; and, several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.


Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Bobby Sprinkle and Randall Robinson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Clendell Allen Cemetery at Pensacola.

 

The family will receive friends from Noon until 2 PM Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.  At other times, the family will be at the home of Linda Allen at Pensacola.

 

The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of Hospice of Yancey County.

BILL BRADSHAW

Bill Bradshaw, 67, of Seven Mile Ridge, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2015 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Herman and Ruby Autrey Bradshaw.  He was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Joyce.  Billy was a mechanic and saw mill operator.

 

Surviving are his companion of 26 years, Rena Webb of the home; step daughter and son-in-law, Lorena and Titus Ray; step granddaughter, Whitley Ray of Burnsville; and numerous cousins also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Scott Hollifield will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery on Seven Mile Ridge.

 

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.

ELISABETH BENSON

Elisabeth Benson, 96, of Burnsville, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015, at her home.  Born in Summit, GA, she moved to Miami, FL in 1923.  In 2005, Elisabeth settled in Burnsville.  She was a daughter of the late Henry and Annie Richards Jones.  Elisabeth was the wife of the late Jack A. Benson, a builder in Miami.  She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter:  Janine Peeler, also of Burnsville.

 

Surviving are a son:  Robert Peeler and wife, Sharon, of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Dawn Peeler Zulick and husband, Steve, and Lance Peeler and wife, Laura; 8 great grandchildren; 4 great, great grandchildren; and, niece and nephew:  Marie and Johnny La Ferla.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2PM Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Woodlawn Park Cemetery in Miami, Florida.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

ROSE OTIS MILLER

Rose Otis Miller, 92, of Pensacola, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, April 3, 2015, at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late George W. and Rulie Rathburn Miller.  Rose was a World War II Army Veteran and a member of Pensacola Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are a special niece:  Marilyn Wilson and husband, Elbert, of Burnsville, with whom he had made his home for the past 4 years; other nieces:  Jennell Robinson, Vinita Carroll and Jessie Hensley; and, 5 nephews:  James, Terrell, Ricky, Wendell and Archie McPeters.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Keith Miller and Junior Peterson will officiate, with military rites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.  Graveside services will be held at 11AM Tuesday in the Laurel Branch Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Monday, prior to the service, at the funeral home, and at other times will be at the home of Marilyn Wilson.

MARTHA COOPER

Martha Cooper, 92, of the Riverside Community went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 2, 2015.  A life-long resident of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Bail and Bertha McFalls Robinson and the wife of Frank H. Cooper who died in 1988.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Chris Whitson, two sisters and five brothers.

 

Surviving are two daughters:  Glenda Byrd and husband, Richard, of Burnsville and Jean Campbell and husband, Roger, of Micaville; grandchildren:  Jeff Whitson and wife, Lisa, Darren Byrd and wife, Jane, and Karen McDowell; 11 great grandchildren; and a sister, Dorothy Wheeler of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Billy Mitchell will officiate.  Burial will be in the Frank Cooper Family Cemetery at Cane River. 

 

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.

 

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