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PANSY AVELINE CROWDER

Pansy Aveline Crowder, 103, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012 at Madison Health and Rehabilitation.  She was the daughter of the late Sally Chandler.  Mrs. Crowder was a member of the Ivy Gap Baptist Church.

 

Surviving is her son:  Ken Crowder and wife, Judy, of Marshall; a grandson:  Ryan Crowder and wife, Rachel, and a great granddaughter:  Olivia of Mars Hill; and numerous cousins.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Dale Banks will officiate.  Burial will be in the Chandler Cemetery at Ivy Gap.

 

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

 

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Madison Health and Rehabilitation for their excellent care given to Mrs. Crowder. 

ELSIE MILDRED MILLER

Elsie Mildred Miller, 88, of Green Mountain went home to be with the Lord, Monday, March 26, 2012 in the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville.  A native of Greene County, TN, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Ola Jones Crum and the wife of Bernie Miller who passed away in 1992.  She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Betty Jean; a brother, Cliff Crum; and 2 sisters, Irene Lunsford and Roberta Breeding.  Elsie was a member of Covey Rock Free Will Baptist Church for over 50 years.  She loved her Lord, her family, friends and her flowers.  She was a beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. 

 

Surviving are 4 sons:  Lester and wife, Elaine, of Burnsville, Tommy and wife, Evelyn, of Fort Union, VA, Jerry and wife, Nina, and Larry and wife, Barbara, of Green Mountain; 10 grandchildren:  Sherrie, Connie, Kristy, Chris, Latasha, Jake, Timmy, Maria, Michael and Ronnie; 13 great grandchildren:  Carrie, Logan, Griffin, Amy, Kelly, Matthew, Josh, Melaney, Scott, Riley, Blake, Gary and Skyler; and a sister:  Anna Mae Oliver of Johnson City, TN.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Randy Laws will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday in Union Hill Church Cemetery at Tipton Hill.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 PM Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at her home.

CHARLES SHERRELL CROWDER

Charles Sherrell Crowder, 64, of the Cane River Community, went home to be with his Lord, Saturday, March 24, 2012 at his home after a long courageous battle with heart disease.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Charles W. and Doris Johnson Crowder.  He was also preceded in death by his twin sister, Virginia Murrell Hughes; niece, Morgan Hudgins, and his faithful companion of 15 years, Patrick.  A US Air Force Vietnam Veteran, he was an operator of all types of heavy equipment, but spent many years as an independent trucker known as Garfield. 

 

Surviving are his wife of 43 years:  Ida Jane Maney Crowder; a son: Charles Garrett “Chuck” Crowder of Burnsville; niece and daughter of his heart:  Debbie McKinney of Burnsville; sister and brother-in-law:  Patricia and Doug Weatherman of Lewisville, NC; sister-in-law:  Marie Nicholson and husband, Mike; brother-in-law:  Robert Hughes; nieces and nephews:  Robbie, Pam, Ernie and Angie; 10 grand nieces and nephews and a great grand nephew. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday in the Cane River Baptist Church of which he was a member.  Rev. Shane Cassida will officiate.  Burial will be in the Gilbert Wilson Cemetery. 

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to the Una and Burl Maney Scholarship Fund, Care of Cane River Baptist Church.

GENE BRADFORD

Gene Bradford, 65, of the Bald Mountain Community passed away Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Hattie Miller Bradford of Burnsville and the late George Bradford.  He attended Bald Mountain Church.

 

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two sisters:  Berdie Haney of Burnsville and Sue Isler and husband, Putt, of Gaffney, SC; nieces and nephews:  Aaron, Paul, Kelly, Randall and Brandon and several great nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Eugene Duyck and Jr. Briggs will officiate.  Burial will be in the Higgins Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 7:30 PM Monday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

SUSAN JACKSON YOUNG

Susan Young, 96, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2012 at The Laurels of Green Tree Ridge in Asheville.  A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Vance and Ada Smith Jackson and the wife of J. Porter Young who died in 1972.  She was also preceded in death by 4 children.

 

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Betty Ream and Carolyn Owens of Asheville; and a son:  James Porter Young and wife, Marilyn, of Fletcher; 21 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Betty Ream and the Revs. Frank Wyatt and Jim Swatzle will officiate.  Burial will be in the Horton Hill Cemetery.

 

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

WELZIE BROOK SILVER

Welzie Brook Silver, 90, of the Low Gap community, went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 16, 2012, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Welzie A. and Lillie Ogle Silver.  He was also preceded in death by brothers:  Reid and Cloyce Silver; and, sisters:  Lenore Robertson and Mary Ellen Burns.  Welzie was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran.

 

Surviving are his wife of 67 years:  Mary Glen Silver; 2 sons:  Lanny Silver and Welzie Silver, Jr. and wife, Nancy; and a daughter:  Linda Tipton and husband, Richard, all of Burnsville; 6 grandchildren; and, 5 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday in Low Gap Free Will Baptist Church.  Rev. Blaine Whitson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Ray~Riddle Cemetery on Bee Branch.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

MAJOR JOHN K. WELTON, USAR RETIRED

Major Welton, born May 28, 1940, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  He was preceded in death by his parents:  George Albert Welton and Eleanor Wilma Smith Welton, and his wife, Lt. Col. Nellie Loretta Hensley Welton, Army Nurse Corps.  He is survived by brothers:  David Allen Welton and wife, Kathleen, of Yadkinville, NC, Laurence George Welton of Fresno, CA, and Robert Henry Welton and spouse, Timoth Copney, of Baltimore, MD; and, his special friend:  Charles Dean Cassida and wife, Jean, of Spruce Pine, NC.

 

He held Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees.  Major Welton served as an administrator in field hospitals and medical centers, and as a Contracting Officer warranted to sign contracts for construction, services and supplies on behalf of the United States of America.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Saturday at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, of which he attended, located at 12021 South US Hwy. 19E in Spruce Pine.   Rev. Darren Waldrup will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be beside his wife in Hensley Cemetery in the Little Creek community of Yancey County.

RUBY WILSON

 Ruby Lee Brinkley Wilson, daughter of David Hulon and Bertha Wright Brinkley, was born Nov. 6, 1929 in Burnsville, NC.  She died March 8, 2012 at her home in Bald Creek. Ruby is predeceased by her parents, her brothers Joe, Clyde, Jack, and Reece, and her sisters Marie Ball and Dorothy Robertson.

 

Ruby graduated from Burnsville High School, worked several years at Square D, and in Greensboro at Belks, Cone Hospital, and UNCG.  However, her real career was her family.

 

In 1949 Ruby married Ronald Earl Wilson.  Ron survives her along with their daughters Sharon Lynn Wilson and Julia Dawn Wyrick and her husband Bobby; grandchildren Cynthia Lynn and husband Steve Ayers, and Patricia Dawn Zimmerman; great grandchildren Ashland Patricia Jones, Dillon Thomas Jones, Brandon Ray Zimmerman, and Timothy Cole Zimmerman.  Additional survivors include her sister, Betty B. Robinson; sister-in-law, Peggy Brinkley; and members of the Wilson family: Beryl, Ruth, Jan, Margaret, and Deane, their spouses, and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Ruby fed and clothed her family.  A marvelous and creative cook, she had a kitchen that was always a wonder to the senses.  Her gifts with needle and thread, and imagination brought joy to the family. She was actively involved in the lives of the individuals in the family...a good listener who was always ready to share her perspective on their activities. She was an encourager who, one of the fellows said, could be tough and ornery...and generous, open and caring.  She was active in church and community, and she found a recreational and social outlet in playing bridge.

 

Ruby set a standard for never giving up.  Her optimism and energy carried her through many difficult illnesses. This last was no exception.  The family is deeply grateful to all the Hospice Staff who became part of her care family in these last days.  Their skill, compassion and understanding were invaluable to both Ruby and the family.  The ministry of the Bald Creek U. Methodist Church members has also been a practical and spiritual aid. The family suggests that gifts in Ruby's memory be made to the Bald Creek U. Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Nan Proffitt, 43 Beachwood Drive, Burnsville, NC 28714, or to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 George's Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

We will celebrate Ruby’s life on Sunday, March 11, 2012, at the Bald Creek United Methodist Church.  Visitation will be from 2-3 PM, followed by her memorial service at 3:00 PM.

JOSEPH "JOE" WILLIAMS

Joseph “Joe” Williams, 82, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Charles George VA Hospice Center in Asheville.  Born in Lynch, Kentucky to the late Walter and Martha Sparkman Williams, he was also preceded in death by his loving wife, Louise “Tootsy” Williams; brothers:  Gerdine and Jerome Williams.  He served as a Corporal in the US Air Force from 1947 to 1950.  He was a retired, disabled employee of AC Transit of Oakland, CA.  Joe attended North Bend Free Will Baptist Church until his declining health.

 

Surviving are a son:  Charles Williams; daughters:  Paula Peterson and husband, Junior, and Charlene Hoffman and husband, Daniel, all of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Gary, Kevin, Brad, DJ, Kayla, Aaliyah and Mikey; great grandchildren:  Asya and Ashton; a brother:  Boyd Williams and wife, Trena, of  Marion; sisters:  Chloe Hughes and Marjorie Allen, both of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Blaine Whitson and Denny Wilson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Grover Hunter Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 PM Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be made to the Charles George VA Hospice Center, 1100 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805 or Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714 or toward funeral expenses.

ROBERT CATES McMILLAN

Robert C. McMillan, 89, of Newdale, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Alamo, Tennessee, he was a son of the late James and Gladys Cates McMillan, and the husband of Elizabeth Munson McMillan who died in 2003.  Robert was a retired naval chaplain, serving in World War II and the Korean War, and became an ordained Episcopal Priest after retiring.  He had a great love for music of all kinds, art and a passion for education.

 

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Margaret Bailey and husband, Joe, of Columbia, SC, and Debbie Thomas of Burnsville; a son:  Robert A. McMillan and wife, Margie, of Jack, AL; 5 grandchildren:  Seth Thomas, Liz Johnson, Heather McMillan, Twila and Will McMillan; and, 5 great grandchildren:  Jacob and Hayden Thomas, Ani and Caitlyn Johnson and Robby McMillan.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Saturday in St. Thomas Episcopal Church, of which he was a member.  Revs.  Everett Fredholm and Joe Bennett will officiate.  Burial will be in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at Black Mountain.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714, or to Western Carolina Rescue Mission, P. O. Box 909, Asheville, NC 28802.

 

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