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Barbara Lee Armstrong, 74, of Polk City, Florida, went to be with the Lord Monday, June 30, 2014 at Rapid City Hospital in South Dakota while traveling with her husband.  A native of St. Louis, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Royce and Louise Wimberly.


Surviving are her husband of 54 years, William Armstrong of Polk City, FL; a daughter, Denise Brown and husband, Charley, of Burnsville; and a granddaughter, Chelsea Brown of Charleston, SC.


Barbara spent her life as a home maker, being a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She attended church at Shiloh Baptist Church in Plant City, FL and loved traveling and reading, as well as, growing a garden and canning.  She also loved her little dog, Cayce.


A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Scott Garland will officiate.  Music will be provided by Cathy King.


Donations may be made in memory of Barbara to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148, Tribute #36320523.


Brenda Autrey Wilson, 71, formerly of Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Monday, July 14, 2014 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Lillian Autrey.  Brenda was a retired beautician.


Surviving are a son, Kevin Van Wilson and wife, Carol; and a grandson, Kevin Daniel Wilson of Cedar Park, TX.


A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  Burial will be in the Spruce Pine Memorial Park.


Helen Amelia Ray Thomas, 89, of Troutman, went to be with her Lord and Savior in her home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, July 11, 2014. She was born on October 24, 1924 in Yancey County, NC, to the late Blake Wilson Ray and Ruby Wilson Ray.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Russell Thomas, on April 8th 2014, sisters Doris Ray, Mary Alice Carroll, and infant son, Donald Lee Thomas. Those left to cherish her memory are sons, Phillip Thomas and wife, Angie, and Ronnie Thomas and wife, Bonita; daughters, Linda Patrick and husband, Michael, and
Elaine Thomas; grandchildren, Heather Kelley and husband, James, Christopher Thomas and wife, Crystal, Michael Thomas and wife, Michelle, Rusty Thomas and wife, Nicole, Adam Thomas and wife, Lisa, Tracy Harrison and husband, Billy, Ashley Atherton and husband, Jeremy, Laura Elliott; three brothers:  Wilson Ray and wife Barbara Jean, Lawrence Ray and wife  Mafrey , and Earl Ray. Mrs. Thomas was blessed with twenty loving great grandchildren.  She was a member of  Gloryland Baptist of Statesville and was dearly loved by her church family. Mrs. Thomas was a homemaker and loving mother, grandmother and great-grand mother. She prayerfully supported her husband during his life time of ministry.  She always had a smile and kind word for all who met her. 

A visitation for family and friends will be held Sunday, July 13 from 2:30-5:00 pm at Gloryland Baptist Church 613 Westminster Drive in Statesville.  Funeral services will also be held at Gloryland Baptist Church on Monday, July 14 at 11:00 am with Pastors Blain Keaton and Rusty Thomas officiating. Graveside service will be held at 4:30 pm at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Cemetery,Burnsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County, 2347 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.

The Thomas family would like to thank hospice for the excellent care given to our loved one.  Condolences may be made to the family at www.troutmanfuneralhome.com  or www.holcombebrothers.com . Troutman Funeral Home and Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, Burnsville have been entrusted with the arrangements for Helen Amelia Ray Thomas.


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, 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, 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 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, 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, 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.  


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.


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