: OBITUARIES :
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 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.
Joy Ball, 82, of Banks Creek, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at her home. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Goble and Victoria Melton Anglin and the wife of Benjamin Ball who died in 2004.
Surviving are her daughter: Benita Estep; 2 sons: Dennis Ball and wife, Martina, and Brady Ball and wife, Laura, all of Burnsville; a brother: Earl Anglin of Goose Creek, SC and a half brother: Edgar Anglin of Asheville; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Steve Robinson and Claude Caroll will officiate. A private family burial will be held in the Ben Ball Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 PM Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.
TOMMY RAY SINEATH
Tommy Ray Sineath, 59, of Burnsville, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 5, 2012 at his home. A native of Moore County, NC, he was a beloved son, husband, father, brother and grandfather. He was the son of the late Frank and Alma Sineath and stepson of the late Tom Clayton.
Tommy and his wife, Ginger, were married for forty years. He was a loving father to Brian, (Allyson) of Weaverville, Daniel “Randy” (Tabitha) of Austin, TX and Kyle (Lauren) of Florida and a precious grandfather “Papa” to Davis and Luke Sineath.
Also surviving are sisters: Rose Sledge and husband, David of Houston, TX , Merryellen Hensley of Baytown, TX and April Earley of Jacksonville, FL; father-in-law: Cliff Worsham, Jr and wife Karen of Southern Pines; brother-in-law: Cliff Worsham III and wife Sylvia of Weaverville and many nieces and nephews.
Tommy was a US Navy Veteran and then spent a lifelong career in all areas of general contracting. He loved hunting, fishing, working in his shop and above all, being with his family.
A memorial service will be held at 3 PM Friday, March 9, 2012 at First Presbyterian Church in Burnsville. Visitation will be from 2 until 3 PM prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital Foundation, www.brrhfdn.org or the Western NC Down Syndrome Alliance, PO Box 421, Weaverville, NC 28787 www.wncdsa.org.
PAMELA ISOBEL MURRAY
Pamela Isobel Murray, 72, of Burnsville, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2012 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital. A native on Johannesburg, South Africa, she was the daughter of the late George and Grace Smit Burton.
Surviving is her husband, Roger of the home; a daughter: Maureen Makings of Burnsville; 2 sons: Gavin Murray of Arnhem, Holland and Bruce Murray of Jacksonville, Florida and 6 grandchildren.
A private family memorial service will be held.
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Christine Thomas, 58, of Cane Branch went to be with the Lord, Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Mission Hospitals St. Joseph Campus. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Juanita Winfield Brockey. She was a loving wife and mother.
Surviving is her husband of 40 years: Gary Dennis Thomas; a daughter: Jennifer Thomas of Houston, Texas and a son: Craig Thomas of the home; 2 brothers: Jeffrey Brockey and Gerald Brockey of Cumberland, MD.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Dale Banks will officiate. Burial will be in the Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 12 Noon until 2 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Elaine McIntosh, 71, of Pensacola went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, March 1, 2012 at her home. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Clara Atkins Penland of Pensacola and the late Bill Penland. Elaine was a faithful member of Laurel Branch Baptist Church, serving in the children’s ministry, seeking God’s will for herself and the children she served.
Surviving in addition to her mother is her husband of 36 years: Claude McIntosh; a daughter: Teena Fox and husband, Jeff, of Nebo, a son: Ronnie McIntosh and wife, Lisa, of Burnsville; 5 grandchildren: Brandi Gilliland and husband, Kyle, of Asheville, Cody Fox and wife, Darsey, of Waynesville, Ashley Geouge and husband, Mark, of Burnsville, Jayme Maier and husband, Cole, of Burnsville, Kyle McIntosh and wife, Katrina, of Burnsville; 2 great grandchildren: Hunter Geouge and Collin Gilliland, a sister: Barbara Peek and husband, Grady, a brother: Dean Penland and wife, Mozelle, all of Burnsville, several nieces and nephews and her loving dog: Abby Gail.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Laurel Branch Baptist Church. Pastor Ray Strickland will officiate. Burial will be in the Allen Cemetery on Cattail Creek.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2 PM prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Laurel Branch Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Joe Capps, 201 South Face Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Lorain Gortney, 78, of Phipps Creek Road went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospitals. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Cling and Estelle Letterman Hughes and the wife of Calvin Gortney who died in 2001. She was also preceded in death by a son: Rickey Gortney, who died in 2005, and a brother: Fate Hughes.
Surviving are her son: Maurice C. Gortney and wife, Karen, of Asheville; step grandchildren: Nichole Wells of Weaverville and Josh Wells of Atlanta, GA; 3 sisters: Louise Webb of Hickory, Mary Evelyn Thomas and husband, Billy, and Emily Wilson and husband, Ronnie, all of Concord.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Billy Thomas, Phillip Parker and David Ingram will officiate. Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.
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