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BILLY J BANKS

Billy J Banks, 83, of Burnsville in Yancey County, NC was peacefully called home in his sleep to be with his loving wife, Jody, on Saturday, May 17, 2014.  A native of Yancey County, he was son of the late Frank & Helena Banks, brother of the late John Arthur Banks, and grandson of the late John Arthur and Salomie Banks.  Billy, also known as Dadaw to many of us, was a hardworking man, a loving husband and father, and an excellent provider.  Billy was awarded employee of the year at Martin Marietta Aerospace in Florida for his work as an engineer in the defense industry.  As a Consummate Entertainer, Billy, along with Jody, led the family in a very successful music career, playing many events over the years including 4th of July celebrations and Crafts Fair right here in downtown Burnsville.  Billy and Jody always managed to keep the family busy, healthy, and happily together. 

 

They leave behind 3 children:  Karen Dale, John Randal, and Frank Kelly; 9 grandchildren; and, 6 great grandchildren.

 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 AM Saturday, May 24, 2014 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

Ruby Mae Wilson Styles

Ruby Mae Wilson Styles, 87, of the Pensacola Community of Yancey County, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Yancey House.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Frank E. and Inez Sturgill Wilson.  She was also preceded in death by sisters: Lucille Wilson Cate and Louise Wilson Pruett and brother-in-law Olden Pruett.  Ruby worked most of her life as a bookkeeper and office manager.  Her greatest joy came from her home, family and friends. She loved a good laugh and could be counted on for her quick wit. 

Loved ones left behind to cherish her memory are her husband of 64 years, Jay Styles; two daughters:  Debby Graham and husband, Bill, of Weaverville and Mary Beth Thurman and husband, David, of Charlotte; four grandchildren:  Will Graham and wife, Shelley, of Weaverville and Thomas, Deborah and Mary Thurman all of Charlotte; a brother:  Jerry Wilson and wife, Betty, of Pensacola; nephew: Dennis Pruett and wife, Carolyn, and great nephew: Jason Pruett all of Knoxville, TN

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

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; or, Pensacola United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 794, Burnsville, NC 28714.

The family would like to extend their many thanks to the caring staff of Yancey House and Hospice of Yancey County for the wonderful care Ruby received during her last few years.

PHILLIP L. LAWS

Phillip L. Laws, 70, of Barn Road went to be with the Lord Sunday, May ll, 2014 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Lloyd and Clela McCurry Laws.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Tony Laws and a nephew, Stanley Laws.  A Vietnam Army Veteran. Phillip was a retired employee of the NC Department of Corrections and Buck Stove of Spruce Pine.  He attended Peterson Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.  He was a great and loving husband, Father and Pops.

 

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Wilma Honeycutt Laws; 2 daughters:  Anna Bryant and husband, Gabriel, of Burnsville and Darlene Behler, and husband, Kelly, of Rutherfordton; 4 grandchildren:  Henry Bryant of Burnsville, Dawn Behler of Rutherfordton, Matthew Behler of Polk County and Tabitha Crawford of Rutherfordton; 7 great grandchildren:  Zachary, Dallas, Genessa, Sky, J. C., Cameron and Emma; a brother, Auburn Laws and wife, Alma, of Sebring, FL; a sister-in-law, Betty Jean Laws; 2 nieces: Lisa Shepherd and Teresa Robinson; 2 nephews:  Michael and Anthony Laws; 3 aunts:  Marie Laws, Annabelle Fox and Stella Peterson; and 2 uncles:  E. H. McCurry and Kenneth McCurry.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Roy Whitson and Denny Wilson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Laws Cemetery on Barn Road.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Tuesday at Holcombe Brothers funeral Home.

 

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

EDGAR WHEELER

Edgar Wheeler, 83, of Pine Swamp Road, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.  A native of Yancey County he was a son of the late John Moss and Rose Ella Berry Wheeler.  Edgar was also preceded in death by 4 children:  an infant, Michael, Curtis and Floyd Edward Wheeler; 2 sisters:  Mozelle Webb and Veo Byrd; 2 brothers:  Lloyd and Boyd Wheeler.  Edgar loved singing gospel music, serving the Lord in church and nursing home services regularly throughout the area.  He was self-taught in music, which inspired many with his talents having taught guitar and harmony.  He was a loving Daddy and Grand-Pa.

 

Surviving are 9 children:  Earmel Wheeler (Deborah), Brenda Wheeler, Delane Wheeler (Sherry) all of Burnsville, Donna Agner (Barry) of Raleigh, Kathy Ayers (Royce), Jimmy Wheeler, Priscilla Wheeler, Loretta Allen (Donny) all of Burnsville and Angela Wheeler of Mitchell County; 24 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; sister:  Alene Silvers  (Reece); a brother, Floyd Wheeler (Letha) of Burnsville; and special friends:  Estalene Bennett and Rev. James Beaver and The Shining Light Quartet.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in Higgins Free Will Baptist Church of which he was a member.  Revs. James Beaver, Junior Peterson and Denny Wilson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Higgins Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home where the body will remain until taken to the church to lie in state one hour prior to the service.

 

Memorials may be made to Higgins Free Will Baptist Church, 314 Wheeler Farm Drive, Burnsville, NC 28714 for a music fund or Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

ARTHUR WHITSON

Arthur Whitson, 84, of the Brush Creek Community, went to be with the Lord Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Mission Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Fred and Isby Gortney Whitson and the husband of Kathryn Presnell Whitson who died in 2005.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Kate Bailey and brothers:  Jay Lee and Claude Whitson.  He was a US Army Korean War Veteran.  Arthur was a former employee of Mohasco Industries and retired from Henredon Furniture Company.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Miranda Evans and husband, Mack, of Green Mountain; a grandson, Shane Whitson; great grandchildren:  Dalton and Cierra Whitson; a brother, Carl Whitson and wife, Earlene, of Green Mountain.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Tuesday, May 6, 2014 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Tony Norris and Haskie Honeycutt, Jr. will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery with military grave rites by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57, DAV.

 

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

 

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

HOWARD E. WYATT

Howard E. Wyatt, 88, of Marion, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at his home.  A native and former resident of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Landon and Mary Hughes Wyatt.  He was the husband of 62 years to Elma Peek Wyatt who died in 2011.  Howard was also preceded in death by 4 brothers and a sister.

Left to cherish his memory are his son:  Charles Wyatt and wife, Janice; 2 daughters:  Glenda Wyatt and Hilda Boyd and husband, Fred, all of Marion; 4 grandchildren:  Christopher Canipe and Miranda of Marion, Natalie Smith of Raleigh, Jacqueline Wyatt of Marion and Madeline Wyatt of Raleigh; and, 3 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Bill Mitchell will officiate.  Burial will be in the Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

GLORIA JEAN HALL

Gloria Jean Hall, age 71, died at her home, surrounded by family, in Burnsville, NC on May 2, 2014.  After heroically surviving breast cancer two years ago, she recently learned of its return.

 

Gloria was born in Northfield, VT on August 21, 1942, the oldest daughter of Kenneth Cook, Sr., and Alberta Paye Cook.  At the age of 14, she moved with her parents and siblings from Gove Hill in Thetford Center, VT to Portland, CT.

 

Gloria met the love of her life, Charles Hall, 53 years ago in Middletown, CT.  They married in 1963 and their love for one another has shined for 51 years of marriage.

 

In 1965, their family became three with the birth of their daughter, Rhonda Marie Hall.  Beyond Gloria and Rhonda’s mother-daughter bond, they enriched each other’s live as best friends.  In 1988, they were blessed with a granddaughter, Stephanie Jean Nye, who Gloria adored and cherished beyond words.  In 1998, she once again opened her heart, becoming a surrogate grandmother to Stephanie’s half-sister, Krysten Nye.

 

Gloria’s passion was showering unconditional love on Charlie, Rhonda, Stephanie, Krysten and those who were dear to her.

 

Throughout her life, especially during her life in the country, she loved nature, the birds, the flowers and the breathtaking view of “her mountains.”  She was drawn to animals and adored her little dog, Buttercup, and the neighbor’s dog, Eddie, who she claimed ownership of.

 

She is survived by Charles of Burnsville, Rhonda and husband, Jim Barone of Middletown, CT, Stephanie of Boston, MA and Krysten of East Hampton, CT.  Also, siblings Roderick Cook of Bradford, VT and Goldie Jamieson of Silver Springs, FL.  Gloria is also survived by Donna Lee Cook, a special niece with whom she shared a special bond, and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was predeceased by her parents and brothers, Kenneth, Jr. and Richard.

 

The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 AM Monday, May 5, 2014 at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  A Mass will be held at 11:30 AM, Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 20 Summit Street in Burnsville.  Burial will be in the Academy Hill Cemetery.  There will be a reception following at Bowditch Union Church Fellowship Hall, 420 Rice Road in Burnsville.

 

Contributions, in her memory, may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home of Burnsville is in charge of arrangements.

GUY PHILLIPS

Guy Phillips, 82, of  Hortons Creek, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Brookside Rehab and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Elmer and Kate McIntosh Phillips.  He was also preceded in death by brothers:  Ray, Foch, Locke and Buck Phillips and a sister,  Elizabeth Edwards.  He was a US Army Korean War Veteran and former owner of Phillips Grocery.  Guy was a member of Cane River Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Genevie Hensley Phillips; a daughter, Sandra Newberry; a son, Marty Guy Phillips and wife, Amanda; 3 grandchildren:  Matthew Guy Phillips and Kayla and Rachel Newberry all of Burnsville; a sister:  Geraldine Banks and husband, Jim, of Asheville; a brother, Jap Phillips and wife, Ginger, of Burnsville and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. James Lamb will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday in the Cane River Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Cane River Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, c/o Donald Angel, P. O. Box 1058, Burnsville, NC  28714

 

The family wishes to express their appreciation to the caregivers at Brookside.

IRENE PENLAND

Irene Penland, 97, of Prices Creek went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Spruce Pine Brian Center.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Willie Mae Robertson Higgins and wife of Cecil E. Penland who died in 2004.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Paula Mae Higgins.  She was a retired Yancey County Public School teacher.  Irene was a member of Paint Gap Presbyterian Church where she served as Sunday School Teacher for many years.  She was a homemaker and loved her flowers and garden.

 

Surviving are 3 sons:  Alex Penland and wife, Carolyn, of Burnsville, Will Penland and wife, Nancy, of North Cove, and Eric Penland and wife, Rhonda, of Green Mountain; 3 grandchildren:  Ed Penland, Joe Penland and Lydia Penland; 5 great grandchildren; and a special friend and caretaker:  Eva Jo Garland.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Bobby Justus and Rev. Maggie Lauterer will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10 AM Thursday in the Raymond Penland Family Cemetery on Maney Branch.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Paint Gap Presbyterian Church, c/o Jackie Shuford, 44 Poppy Drive, Burnsville, NC 28714, Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Yancey Humane Society, 962 Cane River Church Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

TOMMY J. KING

Tommy J. King, 72, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at John F. Keever, Jr., Solace Center.  He was a son of the late Troy and Chloe Angel King.  He was also preceded in death by a son, Jeff; a sister, Willowlou McIntosh; and a brother,  Dove King.  Tommy was a member and deacon of Elk Shoal Baptist Church.

 

Left to cherish memories are his wife of 52 years, Linda McCurry King; his daughters:  Tammy Anglin (Tom) of Spruce Pine, Vanessa Taylor (Randy) of Weaverville and Nancy Peterson of Burnsville; 6 grandchildren:  Ryan, Sarah, Destiny, Tyler, Blake and Alexis; 3 great grandchildren:  Brayden, Rylie and Liam; sisters:  Betty Fortner of Burnsville and Jo Mason of Asheville; and a brother:  Jerry King of Asheville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Stacey Elkins will officiate.  Burial will be in the King Cemetery on Elk Shoals Creek Road, with the deacons of Elk Shoal Baptist Church serving as pallbearers.

 

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

 

The family would like to extend appreciation to family and friends that provided love and support at this time.

 

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