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JAMES 'RICHARD' BIGGS

James “Richard” Biggs, 62, of Dahlonega, GA, formerly of Burnsville, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Lenard and Madge Elkins Biggs.  He was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

 

Richard had a passion for music and friends.  He loved to entertain with his music, but most of all he had an unconditional love for his family, children, and God.

 

Surviving are his former wife and friend:  Martha Flanagan Bower of Dahlonega, GA; a son:  Chris Biggs of Hickory; daughters and sons-in-law:  Kimberly Biggs and David Wallace of Dahlonega, GA, Ashley Biggs and Chris Stephenson of Dawsonville, GA, and Candice and Justin Newell of Murrayville, GA; brothers:  J. D. Biggs of Burnsville and Gary Biggs of Greeneville, TN; sister:  Marlene Riddle of Green Mountain; and, 9 grandchildren.  Numerous other relatives also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Saturday, June 4, 2016, at McKee’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Dawsonville, GA.  Rev. Tony Holtzclaw will officiate. 

 

The family will receive friends at Banister Funeral Home on Thursday, June 2, from 12 Noon until 9PM, and all day on Friday and again on Saturday from 10AM until the service hour.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.banaisterfuneralhome.net.

 

This obituary is a courtesy of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

 

MARGARET HOLCOMBE RYMER

Margaret Holcombe Rymer, 94, of Mars Hill, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016 at Madison Health and Rehabilitation.  A native of Madison County, she was a daughter of the late Fred H. and Kemmie Davis Holcombe.  She was also preceded in death by a son: William Thomas  Rymer; a sister: Irene Holcombe and brothers: James, Herschel, Harlon, Edd and twin brother Elsberry Holcombe.

Surviving is a daughter: Becky Wyatt and husband David of Lake Wales, FL; a sister: Hazel Greene and husband Cecil of Boone; 4 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 A. M. Wednesday, June 1, 2016 in Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Kevin Boone will officiate.

HATTIE MILLER BRADFORD

Hattie Miller Bradford, 87, of Bald Mountain, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016, at the home of her daughter.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Quince and Berdie Woodby Miller.  She was the wife of the late George Bradford.  Hattie was also preceded in death by a son:  Gene Bradford; 3 infant children; brothers:  Cal, George and Arson; and sisters:  Sudie, Lucy and Ollie.

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Berdie Haney, with whom she made her home, and Sue Isler and husband, Putt, of Gaffney, SC; grandchildren:  Aaron, Paul, Kelly, Randall and Brandon; 12 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren; brothers;  Jay Miller and Harley Miller of Greeneville, TN; a sister:  Anna Belle Barrett of Greeneville, TN; and, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 4PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Burl Ledford will officiate.  Burial will be in Higgins Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 until 4PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Madison County, 134 Wolfs Head Court, Mars Hill, NC 28754.

ANDY ROBINSON

Andy Robinson, 91, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Spruce Pine Brian Center. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Elzie and Ada Higgins Robinson, and the husband of Josie Phillips Robinson, who died in 2006.  He was also preceded in death by a son:  Larry Robinson.  Andy volunteered for several years at area nursing homes, playing and singing gospel music.  He enjoyed working in his vegetable and flower gardens.

Surviving are his granddaughter:  Delores Garland and husband, Bart;2 great granddaughters:  Maddison and Emmaline Garland; a daughter-in-law:  Madge Robinson; 2 sisters:  Anna Mae Vickers and husband, Lynwood, and Gladys Hughes, all of Burnsville; and, a brother:  Fred Robinson of Old Fort.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Billy Mitchell will officiate.  Burial will be in the Bee Log Hill Cemetery.

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

RAY J. LAUGHRUN

Ray J. Laughrun, 86, of Augusta GA, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at his home, after an extended illness. A native of Burnsville, NC, he was the son of the late Luke and Ethel Honeycutt Laughrun. He was also preceded in death by his twin brother MSGT (ret) Roy Laughrun and wife Lucille; his brother: Jack Laughrun; his sisters: Mary L Miner and husband Walter of Smyrna, TN; and Bettie Jo Hatfield of Diana TX; and brother-in-law: A. J. Laws of Morrow, GA. Ray served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and later as a Master Sergeant in the USAF reserves. He attended Blanton's Business College in Asheville and retired as  Director of Personnel Development from Overnite Transportation in Richmond VA.

  

Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Styles Laughrun of the home; a daughter: Kay DuPuis and husband Dennis of North Augusta SC; brother: Floyd Laughrun of Burnsville, sisters: Anna Lou Hughes and husband Farrell of Burnsville, and Wanda Hope Laws of Morrow, GA;  brother-in-law: Tom Hatfield of Diana, TX; and sister-in-law: Hettie Laughrun of Hendersonville, NC; grandchildren: Amy  and Jeff Stembridge, and April and John Konter; great grandchildren: Davis, Jackson and Amelia Stembridge and many nieces and nephews.

 

The funeral services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, May 21, 2016 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, his nephew Rev. Randy Laws will officiate. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery at Horton Hill, with military graverites.

 

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 2PM, prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice, 153 Davis Rd, Augusta, GA 30907. Donations are used for Hospice patients and families in dire need of financial assistance.

THELMA HENSLEY

Thelma Hensley, 70, of Simms Fork, passed away Saturday May 14, 2016 in the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.   A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John Henry and Belle Edwards Hensley.   She was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.

Surviving are two brothers; Conno Hensley of Marion and Willard Hensley of Burnsville.  Several neices and nephews also survive.

Graveside services will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday May 17, 2016 in the Hensley Cemetery on Simms Fork.   Rev Andy Edwards will officiate.

   Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Hensley Family.

BILLIE JEAN THOMPSON

Billie Jean Thompson, 82, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, May 9, 2016 at Mission Hospital Memorial Campus. A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late William Penland Price and Eula Leora Harris Price.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother: Homer T. Price.  Billie Jean was a lifelong member of Young’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, where she served as Church Clerk and Treasurer for many years. 

Surviving are her husband of 59 years: James Lee Thompson; children: Michael Tim Thompson, and wife Deanna, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Sherry Lee Dale, and husband Paul; Jennifer Lynn Laws, and husband Bruce; and Rev. Roger Lee Thompson, and wife Patricia, all of Burnsville;  grandchildren:  Jessica Duncan, and husband Justin; Jonathan Dale and wife Nicole; Erin Hughes and husband Jeremy; Lauren Ball, and husband John David; Ethan Thompson, Ashleigh Jones, and husband Christian; Kiersten Thompson, Levi Bradford, and Caleb Thompson; 5 great grandchildren:  Breanna, Landon, Aiden, Jackson and William. 

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Friday, May 13, 2016 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Bobby Revis, Bernie Jones and her son Roger Thompson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Young’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.   

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 PM Friday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

LUCILLE BUCKNER CHANDLER

"My Mama”

Lucille Buckner Chandler, age 90, of Bald Creek, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Madison Manor Nursing Facility.  A native of Yancey County, she was born July 26, 1925, to the late Clyde Buckner and Pansy Hamlin Buckner.  She was preceded in death by her husband: Robert Lee Chandler, who died February 11, 1995, and a son: Frank Chandler who died on October 14, 2014.  She was also preceded in death by four sisters:  Rose Drake of Asheville, Lena King of Hendersonville, and Edna Ingle and Ruth Pate of Burnsville; three brothers: Horace, who died while serving in the Army, and James and Ernest Buckner, both of Burnsville, and two infant sisters.  Left to cherish her memory are six daughters:  Alma Ball (Robert) of Forest City, Grace Whitson (Blaine), Joyce Hensley (Bill), Peggy Fox (Harley), and Shirley Chandler all of Burnsville, Lynn Killian (John) of Asheville, and daughter-in-law: Joanne Mathis Chandler of Burnsville; thirteen grandchildren, twenty one great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 

She attended Bald Creek High School where she graduated in 1942.  She was a member of Ivy Gap Baptist Church where she attended.  She loved the Lord and was a devoted Christian.  She loved  traveling, growing flowers, embroidering, giving her work to her family and friends, making hooked rugs, quilting, and cooking for her family and large crowds. She will always  be remembered for saying, “Now you come back and see me”.  She will be missed dearly by her family, church family, many friends and care-givers.

 

She worked many years in Asheville as a seamstress, but retired after 13 years from Yancey County Board of Education where she worked as a cook at Bald Creek Elementary School.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Thursday, May 12, 2016 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Blaine Whitson, Adam Brewer and Denver Styles will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Friday in the Chandler Cemetery at Ivy Gap.  Grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.

 

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

DOUGLAS WAYNE CHANDLER

Doug Wayne Chandler, 56, of White Oak, passed away unexpectedly at his home Saturday, May 7, 2016.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Gordon Alfred and Pauline Murphy Chandler.  Doug was a nature loving person.

 

Surviving are a brother:  Eddie Chandler of White Oak; sisters:  Jeannie Swann and Peggy Thomas of Morganton, and Teresa Teseniar of Marion; 3 nieces and a nephew; 2 great nieces and a great nephew.

 

A graveside service will be held at 11AM Tuesday in the Goode Cemetery.  Rev. Kent Murphy will officiate.

 

Memorials may be made to assist the family with funeral expenses.

LYNN MICHAEL ROBINSON

Lynn Michael Robinson, 58, of Green Mountain, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.  A native of Macomb County, Michigan, he was the son of the late Rex and Helen Honeycutt Robinson.  Lynn was a US Army Veteran.  He was also preceded in death by brothers:  Dennis and Chuck Robinson.  Lynn loved the great outdoors and never knew a stranger.  He loved his God, was a loving father and was always willing to help someone.  Lynn was a large supporter of the Yancey County 4-H Program.

 

Surviving are his wife:  Debby Robinson; daughters:  Hope and Nichole Robinson; son:  Lynn Michael “Buddy” Robinson; sisters:  Lorainne Allison and Debra Miller, all of Burnsville.  Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

 

A memorial service will be held at 1PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Junior Honeycutt will officiate.

 

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

 

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