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STEVE WHITSON

Steve Whitson, 43, of Bald Mountain, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 at St Joseph Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was the son of Frances Wilson Bradford of Burnsville and the late Hugh Whitson.  He was also preceded in death by his grandparents: Robie and Pansy Wilson and Charlie and Lucy Whitson.  He was employed by June Enterprises.  Steve loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

 

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Amber Whitson; a son, Brandon Whitson; a sister, Jo Ann Shepherd all of Burnsville; a brother, Wayne Whitson of Mars Hill; 2 nieces:  Jessica Shepherd and Kayla Bradford; 2 nephews:  Matthew Shepherd and Michael Robinson.  Several aunts, uncles and cousins also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Burl Ledford will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Thursday in the Whitson Family Cemetery on Bald Mountain.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, at the home of his mother at 50 Woodland Hills Drive.

CAROL RAY ADKINS

Carol Ray Adkins, 53, of Micaville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, June 27, 2014, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Dan and Martha Williams Ray.  She was the wife of the late Ricky Lee Adkins.  Carol was also preceded in death by a niece:  Brittany Honeycutt.  She was a member of Bowditch Union Free Will Baptist Church.  Carol was a loving Mother and Mamaw, who enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are a daughter:  Autumn Laws and husband, Jeff; son:  Jason Ray and wife, Somer; grandchildren:  Eli and Cami Jo Ray and Jenson Laws, all of Burnsville; a sister:  Stacey Honeycutt and husband, Curtis; brothers:  Russell and Curtis Ray, all of Micaville.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Ronnie Whitson and Perry Norton will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Monday in the John Ray Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7PM Sunday at the funeral home.

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

MICHAEL GARLAND WHITE

Michael Garland White, 30, of Statesville, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at his home from natural causes.  A native of West Virginia, he was born January 6, 1984, and was the son of Chester Garland and Kimberly Howard White of Statesville.  He attended Liberty Baptist Church in Statesville.  Michael enjoyed doing mechanics and working on mopeds, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife:  Karen Elizabeth White; 3 stepchildren:  Brian Keith Hopkins, Janet Dynamite Shumaker and Jennifer Deborah Denise Shumaker; grandparents:  Deborah and Donald Fitch, Donald Howard and Hurchel White; 2 brothers:  Chester Allen White and Brian Edward White; and former wife:  Amanda Dawn, the mother of Brian Hopkins.  Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Services will be held at Liberty Baptist Church in Statesville.  Burial will be in West Virginia at the White Family Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend their thanks to Bobbie Jo Laws for all of her assistance.

RUTH OGLE

Ruth McIntosh Ogle, 85, of Green Mountain, went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the home of her daughter.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Howard and Fannie Wheeler McIntosh and the wife of Rotha Ogle who died in 1992.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Dennis Ogle, a great granddaughter, Allison Gabrielle Ogle; 3 sisters:  Minnie Pate, Myrtle McIntosh and Leatha Riddle; and 4 brothers;   Nealy, Wellington, Lincoln and Leslie McIntosh.  She was a Yancey County school bus driver for 33 years.  She was a member of Patterson Branch Free will Baptist Church.  Ruth was a great mother, grandmother, a friend to everyone and loved her Lord.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Wanda Kay Smith and husband, Blake, of Burnsville; 3 sons:  Morris Ogle and wife, Sally, of Green Mountain, Ronnie Ogle and Tony Ogle both of Burnsville; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Rick Bennett and Cecil Hensley will officiate.  Burial will be in the Rotha Ogle Family Cemetery on Peterson Branch.

 

The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3 PM Sunday, prior to the service, at the funeral home.

 

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Hospice of Yancey County for the care given to their mother. 

PHILIP RONALD SHUFORD

Philip Ronald Shuford, 75, of Pisgah Forest, went home to be with the Lord on June 18, 2014.  He was a native of Yancey County, NC and was a son of the late Joseph Fred and Velma Silver Shuford. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Geraldine.

 

Ron was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from E.I. DuPont in 1991. He was an active member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and Sunday School teacher.  Ron had a deep love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, family, and church. He enjoyed taking vacations across the United States with those he loved, hunting trips out west with many of his friends, and taking numerous mission trips including South Africa and Ukraine. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, camping, bluegrass music, and changing his own vehicle oil.

 

Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Hope Hughes Shuford; son, Jeff Shuford and wife, Carolyn, of Pisgah Forest; daughter, Marsha Early and husband, Jud, of Brevard; grandchildren: Dakota Buchanan, Avery Shuford, Judson Early, and Addison Shuford; siblings:  Marilyn Young, Tommy Shuford, Sharon Shuford, Gary Shuford and Dena Hensley all of Burnsville, and Richard Shuford of Hendersonville;  and several nieces and nephews.

 

The funeral service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Pisgah Forest.  Revs. Jack Holland and Raymond Whitfield will officiate. Burial will be in Turkey Creek Cemetery.

 

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

 

On line condolences may be left at www.moodyconnollyfuneralhome.com

 

This obituary is a courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

E. H. McCURRY

E. H. McCurry, 88, of Darlington, MD, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Tommy and Lou Peterson McCurry.  He was also preceded in death by a sister; Clela Laws; and brothers:  Voyd, Ford, Coy and Rev. Troy McCourry, a granddaughter: Jennifer Gainey; and a great grandson: Bradley Keuhne. He was a World War II Army Veteran.  E. H. was a retired supervisor at Aberdeen Proving Ground.  He was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Carrie Elliott McCurry; children: Tommy McCurry and wife, Ann, of Havre de Grace, MD, Wanda Felts and husband, David, of Delta, PA and Janet Kohajda and husband, Matthew, of Darlington; two sisters: Stella Peterson of Marietta, SC and Annabelle Fox of Essex, MD; a brother: Kenneth McCurry of Tampa FL, six grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 A. M. Monday, June 16, 2014 in Trinity Free Will Baptist Church in Darlington.  Burial will be in Harford Memorial Gardens, Aberdeen, MD.  The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P. M. Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Beginning Baptist Church, 301 Black Barren Road, Peach Bottom, PA 17563.

This obituary notice, a courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  

JUDITH ANN WHITSON

Mrs. Judith Ann Whitson peacefully left our earth Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville. She is lovingly survived by her husband of 17 years, Clell Whitson; mother-in-law, Macie H. Whitson of Marion; sister-in-law, Genell Whitson of Swannanoa; and a brother-in-law, Michael Whitson of Marion.  Also surviving Judy are her mother, Faye McGaha Fairchild, of Morganton; daughter, Latouia Sutton of Spruce Pine; son, Larry Sutton of Morganton; sisters: Carla (Mike) Henson of Morganton; Melinda Guffey of Raleigh; Jane Stamey of San Diego, CA; brother, Jimmy Sutton, and an aunt, Shirley Fairchild of Canton, as well as, numerous nieces, nephews and special friends whose names are many, and most of all, her beloved furry children, Sadie, Doc and Vern.

Judy was born October 30, 1961 in Waynesville, lived the last 15 years in Marion and retired from the NC Department of Corrections as a Guard.  She and Clell just recently moved to Burnsville where her heart and soul were deeply rooted.   She lived a life always taking care of the friends who found themselves always with her and Clell at the cherished “Monroe House.”  Ever the “mother and sister” to each of us, she made sure all were fed and had warm blankets on cold nights.  It was her favorite thing for all to gather ′round the fire pit with her as we all told tall tales on each other, and remembering she told many on herself as well.  Riding her favorite 4 wheeler “Bertha” thru the woods of Little Creek with all her friends would be what she would call “a great day.”  The love she showed us all will be held as a treasure until we meet again.

The family will have a time of receiving friends and sharing memories from 1 until 3 P. M. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at Rocky Pass Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Marion.

 Donations to one’s favorite charity would be her wish.

JON DUNCAN MACKEY

Jon Duncan Mackey, age 67, of Mt. Juliet, TN, died June 6, 2014. Col. Mackey retired after serving his country honorably for 25 years in the U.S. Army. As an Infantry Officer, he commanded units in the 101st Airborne Division and the 3rd Infantry Division. Prior to his retirement, Col. Mackey served as the Senior Army Advisor for the Vermont Army and Air National Guard. He was a member of the American Legion Post #88.  He was the son of the late Jon Cook and Mary MacMillan Mackey of Pensacola community. Mr. Mackey was also preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Lynn Mackey and Julie Mackey.

  

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dolores Sutton Mackey; daughters:  Mary Lynn (Ryan) Mackey-Paulsen, Laura Mackey (Ryan) Minter, and Julie Elyse Mackey; sisters: Susan Cook (Kent) Palmer and Jan Allison Hoddle; and grandchildren: Kaitlin and Jonathan Minter.

   

Funeral services with full military honors will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Bond Memorial Chapel in Mt. Juliet Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Black, Ernie Calabria, Jerry Childress, Robert Fields, Michael Lynn, Henry Queener and Gerald Chastain.  

 

A visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Pensacola United Methodist Church. A private graveside service will be held at the Mackey Family Cemetery on Rocky Fork. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, 600 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20037. 

 

VIRGINIA LEATRICE YORK

Virginia Leatrice York, 87, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Elizabeth House (Hospice) in Hendersonville.   A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late T. H. and Willie Kate (Ray) York.  She was also preceded in death by three brothers:  Russell, Birl and David York, and a sister, Mary Ann Joyce.  Virginia graduated from Bald Creek High School and Cecil’s Business College in Asheville.  She retired from the U. S. Soil Conservation Service in 1981.  Her church membership has been in Pleasant Valley Baptist, First Baptist Church in Burnsville and Mt. Pleasant Baptist of which she has been a member since 1982.  Her Christian service includes teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Training Union, Discipleship Training, training juniors in Scripture memorization, and has served as the Yancey Baptist Association training director.

Surviving are two sisters:  Lois Holcombe and husband, Grant, of Burnsville and Peggy Ledford and husband, Clarence, of Hendersonville.  She is also survived by six nieces and six nephews, as well as, great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7 P.M. Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Jerry Shelton will officiate with Dr. Harlon Ramsey and Rev. Clarence Ledford participating.  A private graveside service will be held Wednesday in West Burnsville Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 P.M. Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Gideon’s International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

LILA BLEVINS HIGGINS

Lila Blevins Higgins, 68, of Bill Allen Branch Road, went home Thursday, June 5, 2014 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Wilma Blevins Mitchell.  She was the wife of the late Shelby Gene Higgins and was also preceded in death by her son, Justin Higgins.

 

Surviving are her daughter, Sherry Banks and husband, Marvin; 2 granddaughters:  Alesha Norton and husband, Tucker, and Amanda Banks; 2 great grandsons:  Tyson and Tripp Norton; 6 brothers:  Gilbert Blevins and wife, Brenda, Michael Mitchell and wife, Kim, Robert Mitchell and wife, Renata, Randall Mitchell and wife, Helen, Billy Mitchell and Darrell Mitchell; a sister:  Donna Chaney and husband, Gary, all of Burnsville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Billy Mitchell will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:30 AM Sunday in Academy Cemetery with Rev. Denver Styles.

 

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

 

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