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NORA GEAN HYATT

Nora Gean Hyatt, 70, of Pensacola, went to be with the Lord Thursday, September 11, 2014, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Irene Riddle Hyatt.

 

Surviving are 2 sisters:  Doris Silver of Burnsville and Patsy Marshall and husband, Butch, of Asheville; and, several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Norman Lovelace will officiate.  Burial will be in the Circle of Faith Cemetery at Pensacola.

 

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

DONALD 'KENT' SHEHAN

Donald “Kent” Shehan, 62, of Micaville passed away Monday, September 8, 2014 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Bobby and Betty Hall Shehan.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Sherry Shehan McMillan.  Kent graduated from Annapolis Senior High School in Annapolis, Maryland in 1970.  He joined the National Guard in 1971; then, he returned to North Carolina as a carpenter.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

 

Surviving are his children: Lisa Housley, Sarah Carpenter, Kyle Shehan, and Sydney Shehan; 4 grandchildren; a brother, Keith Shehan; and several nieces and nephews.

 

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday in Clay Mound Baptist Church.  Rev. Keith Blankenship will officiate.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, P. O. Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN  56007.

MAFRA MANEY ROBINSON

Mafra Maney Robinson, 96, of Horton Creek, went to her Heavenly Home Saturday, September 6, 2014, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was preceded in death by grandparents:  Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Horton; parents:  John Wesley and Essie Horton Maney; husband:  Lewis Robinson; 2 sisters:  Annice Maney and Mary Alice Maney; and, 2 brothers:  Lee and Jack Maney.  Mafra was a lifelong member of Paint Gap Presbyterian Church.

 

Surviving are 2 sons:  Maurice Robinson and Philip Robinson and Faye, all of Burnsville; daughter:  Gwen and husband, William McKeown, of Springfield, MA; and, 2 sisters:  Grace Spires of Asheville and Margaret Clarke of Rialto, CA.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Joe Bennett will officiate.  Burial will be in Horton Hill Cemetery on Horton Creek.

 

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

ILA MARIE McMAHAN

Ila Marie McMahan, 89, of Bee Branch, the Low Gap Community, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Mission Hospitals Memorial Campus.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Pansy Ray Riddle and the wife of Wade McMahan who died in 2006.  She was also preceded in death by brothers Sam and Lee Riddle.

Surviving are a son: Larry McMahan and wife Christina; a granddaughter: Jessica Mack and husband Ben; a grandson: Jamie McMahan; great grandchildren: Larkin and Oliver Mack, a sister: Mary Glen Silver all of Burnsville and a step grandson: Justin Kelly of Mooresville.

Funeral services will be held at 3 P. M. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in Low Gap Free Will Baptist Church, of which she was a loyal member.  Rev. Blaine Whitson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Ray-Riddle Cemetery, on Bee Branch Road. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P. O. 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

PAULINE CHANDLER

Pauline Buchanan Chandler, 85, of Burnsville passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Waitsel Ray and Pantha Ogle Buchanan and the wife of Paul Chandler who passed away in 2001.  She was also preceded in death by brothers:  Ray Buchanan and Jack Ledford.  Pauline was a homemaker, a loving mother and grandmother.

 

Surviving are two daughters: Billie Jean Riddle and husband David of Mars Hill and Doris Stump and husband Kenneth of Burnsville; five sons: Harold Chandler of Mars Hill; L. B. Chandler of Marshall, Claude and Randall Chandler of Burnsville and Steven Chandler of Bakersville; two sisters: Nellie Chandler and Elizabeth Laws of Burnsville; two brothers: Bruce Ledford of Burnsville and John Ledford of Spruce Pine; 17 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

 

At her request, no services are planned.

 

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

Alexander Miles Dreyer

Alexander Miles Dreyer, age 33, of Celo, died suddenly after a brief illness on August 19, 2014. Miles was born in Yancey County in 1981. He learned glassblowing and flameworking at Penland School of Crafts and worked as an assistant for glass artists in Yancey County and in Maui, Hawaii. He taught glass workshops at Snow Farm in Massachusetts and at Penland School. After returning to Yancey County from Hawaii in 2008, he established a small glass studio with his wife, Polly Lorien, and he worked for Atomic Solar and then for Mountain Electronics. He also did weekly information collection from a Mount Mitchell weather station that is part of a national climate trends research project. He was a gardener, a cook, a problem solver, and a skilled maker of useful things. He was devoted to his family and to the community. The family would like to thank the dedicated doctors and nurses who did everything they could to try to save his life. We will miss him so much.

He is survived by his wife, Polly; his daughter, Ginger Mae Lorien; his brother, Julian Dreyer, of Asheville; his parents Robin Dreyer and Tammy Hitchcock, of Celo; and his grandmother, Donna Jean Dreyer, of Celo.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 31 under a tent at the Celo Community  soccer field on Hannah Branch Road, rain or shine. All are invited.

DORIS HOLLIFIELD

Doris Hollifield, 66, of Pensacola, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Landon and Bonnie Pittman Rathburn.  She was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Raper, and brothers:  Junior and Charles Rathburn.  Doris was a member of Pensacola Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Thad Hollifield; a daughter, Darlene Hollifield; a son, Keith Hollifield and wife, Barbara; 2 grandchildren:  Cody and Jake Hollifield; 2 sisters:  Lucille Banks and Joyce Briggs and husband, Mike; and, 2 brothers:  Gene Rathburn and wife, Frances, and Wayne Rathburn and fiancée, Jennie, all of Burnsville.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Keith Miller will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Saturday in the Eddie McMahan Cemetery at Low Gap. 

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

NINA HONEYCUTT

Nina Honeycutt, 76, of Georges Fork, went home to be with the Lord Monday, August 11, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Garvel and Cora McIntosh Honeycutt.  She was also preceded in death by daughters:  Ginger and Regina; and, brothers:  G. B. and Rev. Jerome Honeycutt.  She loved hiking, digging ginseng and attending Banks Creek Bible Church.  “Red Nanny” was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Surviving are a daughter:  Cynthia Fortner; sons:  Jeff Honeycutt and fiancée, Becky Bradford, and Rev. Steve Robinson and wife, Xan, all of Burnsville; 3 sisters:  Joyce Van Patton of Old Fort, Norma Branton and husband, Wayne, and Mary Burnett, all of Burnsville; 8 grandchildren; and, 8 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Her son, Rev. Steve Robinson, will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Thursday in Youngs Chapel Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

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

ROBERT EARL BURGIN

Robert Earl Burgin, 88, of Celo, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the Charles George VA Medical Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Bob and Mattie Westall Burgin.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years:  Maxie Buchanan Burgin, who died August 28, 2013; and, 3 sisters:  Mamie Lee Grindstaff, Pauline Carroll and Lucille Robinson.  He was a World War II US Army Veteran and a retired employee of American Thread.

Surviving are 2 sons:  Edward “Buster” Burgin and wife, Patty, of Rutherfordton and Lyndon Burgin and wife, Rita, of Burnsville; 2 grandsons:  Nolan Shane Burgin of Marion and Jamie Burgin and wife, Jennifer, of Forest City; 2 great grandchildren:  Macie and Ethan Burgin.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday in Celo United Methodist Church, of which he was a member.  Revs. Brad Hinton and Charles Carroll will officiate.  Burial will be in Autrey Cemetery at South Estatoe Baptist Church with military graverites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57, DAV.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Saturday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The body will be taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the funeral service.

Memorials may be made to the Charles George VA Medical Center, Valor Hospice, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.

ROBERT E. 'BOBBY' MARSH

Robert E. “Bobby” Marsh, 81, of Micaville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, August 1, 2014, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late James and Irene Robinson Marsh.  He was also preceded in death by a sister:  Shirley Marsh; and, a grandson:  Mark McMahan.  Bobby was a Korean War US Army Veteran.

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Janie Stanbery of Boone and Michelle Cook and husband, Rick, of Spruce Pine; grandchildren:  Bryan McMahan of Burnsville, Taylor, Joseph and Jeremiah Cook of Spruce Pine; a great granddaughter:  Whitley McMahan of Burnsville; 2 sisters:  Janice Grove of Micaville and Charlene Ray and husband, Tommy, of Marion; and, a brother:  Jim Marsh and wife, Sue, of Micaville. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Pete Peterson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 2PM Tuesday in Holcombe Cemetery.

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

 

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