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GABRA PARKER BURRIS

Gabra Parker Burris, 63, of the Pleasant Gardens Community, in Marion, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, February 6, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Avery and Merle Carroll Parker.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, James Parker.  She attended Refuge Baptist Church in Marion.  Gabra devoted her entire life to her family.

 

She is survived by her husband, Gary L. Burris; a daughter:  Denita H. Wyatt and husband, John, of Marion; two sons:  Marty Willis and friend, Angela, and Chris Willis and wife, Randa, both of Marion; a step-son:  Gary L. Burris, II, and wife, Karen, of Grover, NC; three sisters:  Donna Gibson and husband, Carson, of Spruce Pine, Mildred Hollifield and husband, Tommy, of Tallahassee, FL and Sheila Baldwin of Boca Raton, FL; four brothers:  Zeke Parker and wife, Doris of Marion, Howard Parker and wife, Lillian, Jackie Parker and Harlon Parker and wife, Cherie, all of Burnsville; three grandsons:  Bradley Wyatt and wife, Whitney, of Spruce Pine, Logan and Laken Willis of Marion; a granddaughter:  Austin Willis  of Marion and a step granddaughter:  Eliza Grace Burris of Grover and several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Ronnie Gentry and Tony Laws will officiate.  Burial will be in the Carroway Cemetery

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Wednesday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

PENDER DONALD HARRIS

Pender Donald Harris, 70, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Milburn and Eliza Guinn Harris.  He was a former employee of Coats America.  Pender enjoyed fishing and visiting with his friends at Lil Smoky Restaurant and was loved by all.

 

Surviving are his wife: Abigail Carroll Harris; a brother: Hershel Harris and wife Violet of Burnsville; two sisters: Betty Crowder and husband Ken of Swannanoa and Lana Wright and husband Robert of Spruce Pine and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Scott McIntosh, Curtis Carroll and Frankie Reves will officiate.  Burial will be in the Eddie McMahan Cemetery at Low Gap.

 

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.

MARY LOU BURLESON WILSON

Mary Lou Burleson Wilson, 73, of the Bowditch Community, peacefully went to be with the Lord, Thursday, February 2, 2012.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Edd and Addie Hall Burleson.  She was the wife of the late Billy Joe Wilson.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Burleson and a niece, Lynette McKinney.  Mary Lou enjoyed sewing and gardening.

 

Surviving are her sisters:  Linda McKinney of Burnsville and Meritta Good of Mars Hill; sister-in-law:  Libby Burleson of Marion:  nephews and nieces:  Edwin Burleson, Tony Good, Kristyl Mace, Anthony Mace, Hope Good and Nicholas Burleson.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Jim Shoupe will officiate.  Burial will be in the Casie Thomas Family Cemetery.

 

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

C. W. ROBERTSON, JR.

C. W. Robertson, Jr. 86, of the Pensacola Community passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at the Charles George Veterans Administration Medical Center in Asheville.  Born in Fletcher, NC on June 10, 1925, he was a son of the late Cleophus and Mallie Silver Robertson and spent the remainder of his life in Pensacola.  He was also preceded in death by a sister: Virgie and brothers: Roy, Earl, Clyde, Carroll and Thurman.  He was a World War II Army veteran, serving with the 35th Infantry Division and took part in the Normandy Invasion.  He also fought with General Patton’s 3rd Army across France, where he was wounded September 16, 1944 near the town of Nancy, France.  Junior was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star, among other medals for his service to his country.   He was a member of the Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV, and an avid hunter, fisherman and baseball fan.

 

Surviving are his wife of 66 years: Betty Jean Wilson Robertson: sons: Jerry Robertson and wife, Debbie, Darius Robertson and wife, Jeannine, Joel Robertson and wife, Megan, and Jeffery Robertson and wife, Connie; grandchildren; Aaron and wife, Candice, Jennifer, Stephanie and husband, Frank, Ryan, Kailey and Amanda; 5 great grandchildren, a sister: Reba Robertson Beaver and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 P. M.  Friday in Pensacola United Methodist Church, of which he was a member.  Rev. A. J. Moore will officiate.  Burial will be in the Robertson-Silver Cemetery.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV, P.O. Box 868, Burnsville, NC 28714 or the Pensacola United Methodist Church Building Fund.         

 

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Robertson Family.

HEIDI HIGGINS

Heidi Higgins, 73, of Burnsville passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at her home after a long illness.

 

Surviving are her husband, Joseph L. Higgins of Burnsville; a daughter:  Cindy Lee Millison of Delaware; a son:  James Higgins and wife, Rosa, of Burnsville; and 6 grandchildren:  Dalton and Devin Higgins of Erwin, TN, Christopher, Timmy, Jamie Lee and Keith Millison, Jr., of Delaware.

 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

BERNICE SILVER McCURRY

Bernice Silver McCurry, 89, of Cane Branch went home to be with the Lord, Monday, January 30, 2012 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Roby and Minnie Chrisawn Silver and the wife of Wesley McCurry who died in 1990.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson and a great grandson.  Bernice was a member of Concord Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are her children:  Carolyn Duty and husband, Frank, of Joppa, MD, Joan Thomas and husband, A. J., of Green Mountain, Sam McCurry and wife, Dorothy, of Glen Rock, PA, Ruth Carroway and husband, Royce, of Burnsville, Joy Powell and husband, Steve, of Mars Hill and Neil McCurry and wife, Teresa, of Burnsville; 14 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Bradley Boone and Charlie Carroway will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Friday in the Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 PM prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at her home on Cane Branch.

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

IMA JEAN BOWLIN

Ima Jean Higgins Bowlin, 70, of Elizabethton, TN, went home to be with the Lord Monday, January 30, 2012 in the Johnson City Medical Center.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Vince and Pearl McIntosh Higgins and the wife of Norman Bowlin who died in 2002.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Pauline Allen and a brother:  Clayborn Higgins.  Ima Jean was an employee of Hickory Springs Manufacturing with 29 years of service.  She was of the Baptist faith.

 

Surviving are 4 daughters:  Brenda Arrowood and husband, Eddie, of Elizabethton, Remona Noah and husband, Richard, of Thomasville, NC, Pam Lackey and husband, David, of Wilkesboro, NC and Teresa McManus and husband, Ernie, of Purlear, NC; 6 grandchildren:  Shane Noah, Kristi Wolfe, Joel Church, Brandon Arrowood, Misty Transeau and Keisha McManus; 5 great grandchildren:  Kiarah Shaw, Gavin Wolfe, Alex Noah, Isaac Norris, Lorelai Transeau; a sister:  Kathleen Rathburn of Burnsville and several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Danny Cook will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Thursday in the Eddie McMahan Cemetery.

 

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

GLADYS GARLAND

Gladys Thomas Garland, 91, of the Brush Creek Community, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Mountain Manor Assisted Living.  A native of Yancey County she was a daughter of the late Dewey and Pearl Hall Thomas.  She was the wife of Howard Garland who died in 2003.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Madge Hopson.  A retired employee of Burnsville Hosiery Mill with 53 years of service, Gladys early employment was as Rosie the Riveter in the ship yards in Wilmington, Delaware during the WWII effort.  She was a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are a son:  Jerry Garland and wife, Patti, of Green Mountain; a daughter:  Sandy Smith and husband, Dee, of Asheville; 4 grandchildren:  Bart Garland (Delores), Paige Carpenter (Ty), Lana Melton (Mark) and Summer Smith (Clark Duncan); 5 great grandchildren:  Maddison, Emmaline, Sam, Meredith and Josh; 2 sisters:  June Robinson of Green Mountain and Maxine Turbyfill of Burnsville; 3 brothers:  Gene Thomas of Old Fort, Dean Thomas of Taylors, SC and Marvin Thomas of Green Mountain; several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Charlie Carroway will officiate.  Burial will be in the Double Island Baptist Church Cemetery. 

 

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

 

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

MARY ANN CURTIS

Mary Ann Curtis, 78, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Friday, January 20, 2012, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Zeb and Hattie Proffitt Randolph.  She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Harold and Emmit Randolph; and, a granddaughter:  Misty Curtis.  Mary Ann was a member of Elk Shoal Baptist Church and loved God, her family and her church.

 

Surviving are her husband of 53 years:  Joe Curtis; 2 sons:  Gene Curtis and wife, Helen, and Dale Curtis and fiancée, Angela Silvers, all of Burnsville; a brother:  Morris Randolph of Waterford, CT; 2 grandchildren:  Jennie Whitson and husband, Kenny, and Jessie Curtis; and, 2 great grandchildren:  Bentley Curtis and Callie Whitson.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Stacey Elkins will officiate.  Burial will be in the McIntosh Cemetery on Langford Branch.

 

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

T. J. PETERSON

T. J. Peterson, 85, of the Green Mountain Community, passed away, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Loss and Carrie Buchanan Peterson and the husband of Faye Stewart Peterson, who died in 2010.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Pauline Johnson and Nadine Peterson and an infant sister and brother:  Mary and Paul Peterson.  He was a WWII Army Veteran serving in Germany and Austria and later served in the US Air Force.  He was a life-time member of the DAV and Charter Member of the Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.  T. J. spent many hours as a volunteer helping disabled American Veterans by driving the van to the Asheville VA Medical Center.

 

Surviving are his daughters:  Martha Peterson and Elaine Byrd and husband, Jerry, of Burnsville and Ann Ruetschle and husband, Jim, of Durango, Co; 5 grandsons and 2 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday in North Bend Free Will Baptist Church of which he was a member.  Revs. Dean Murphy, Roger Laws and Norman Lovelace will officiate.  Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Horton Hill with military graverites conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home where the body will remain until the funeral hour.

 

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