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HOMER FOX

Homer Fox, 79, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, April 23, 2012 at Mission Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Arthur and Hattie Laws Fox.  He was preceded in death by 5 sisters and 2 brothers.  Homer was a US Army Korean Conflict Veteran.  He attended Fox Creek Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Neta Wilson Fox; a daughter, Patricia Garland and husband, Ricky, of Burnsville; a grandson, Brandon Garland; 2 brothers:  Clay Fox of Burnsville and Albert Fox of Weaverville and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Perry Norton will officiate.  Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery.

 

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

JUANITA B. LUSK

Juanita B. Lusk has gone home to be with the Lord she loved and served!  Born in Big Creek, West Virginia, she was one of seven children born to Ora and Charlotte (Lottie) Lucas Burwell.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Harold S. Lusk in 2003, as well as 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Vhonda L. Blankenship and husband Malcolm Wade Blankenship of Burnsville; a son: Harold Alan Lusk and wife Nora Jarrett Lusk of Burnsville; additionally she is survived by five grandchildren:  LeAnn Shutes and husband Steve; Jennifer Ollis and husband Geoff, Harold A. Lusk Jr.(Hal), Selena C. Lusk and Laura A. Lusk, engaged to Kevin McDaniel; one great grandson: Ty K. Ollis; one sister: Bernice Hauth, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

A private family graveside service will be held on Monday April 23.  A public memorial service will also be held at West Burnsville Baptist Church on Monday at 7PM to which all her family and friends are most cordially invited.  Those wishing to honor Juanita’s life may do so through a gift made to the Billy Graham Evangelical Association, Gideons International or Hospice of Yancey County.

 

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Lusk family.

ANNA MAE NORMAN

Anna Mae Norman, 97, of Nebo, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 19, 2012, at Sunrise Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Cora Branch Carroway, and the wife of John Henry Norman who passed away in 1977.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Nina Norman, and a son, Allen Norman.

 

Surviving are a son:  Charles Norman and wife, Pauline, of Nebo; 3 grandchildren:  Randy Norman, Louann Thomas and Rene Norman, and 5 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at Noon Monday, April 23, 2012 in First Baptist Church of Nebo.  Rev. Doug Worley will officiate.  Burial will be in the Elk Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 11 AM until Noon at the church prior to the service. 

FRED SWAYNGIM, JR.

Fred Swayngim, Jr., of Burnsville, went home to be with Jesus, Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  He was a son of the late Fred and Anna Fay Turner Swayngim.  A Vietnam Army Veteran, he was a lifetime member and past commander of The Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.  Fred was a member of Liberty Covenant Church.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Currie and a stepson, Donn Lorenz.

 

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Carol Goldman Swayngim; a nephew, Scott Currie of Louisville, KY and extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday in the Liberty Covenant Church under the direction of The Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV. Pastor Frank Wyatt will officiate.

 

Memorials may be made to Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV, P. O. Box 828, Burnsville, NC 28714.

ARLENE HOLLOWAY WHITSON

Arlene Holloway Whitson, 94, of McDowell County, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the home of a son in Marion.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John and Ida Tipton Holloway and the wife of Dan Whitson who died in 1987.   She was also preceded in death by sisters:  Mary Price and Edna Hedrick and brothers:  Homer, Ray and Joseph Holloway.  Arlene was a member of Byrd’s Chapel Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Deanna Hoilman and husband, Gene, of Burnsville; five sons: Carl Whitson and wife, Juanita, of Marion and Zyndal Whitson and wife, Sandy, Steve Whitson and wife, Francis, Kenneth Whitson and wife, Bonnie, and David Whitson all of Burnsville, a brother Britt Holloway and wife, Maxine, of Burnsville, 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Holt Whitson, Jr. and Daniel Parker will officiate.  Burial will be in the Whitson Cemetery at Bent Creek.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of McDowell County, 575 Airport Road, Marion, NC 28752.

VIRGINIA MAYE McCOURRY

Virginia Maye McCourry was welcomed into heaven on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012.  She was born to John and Ida Winger of Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 19, 1924 and was the eldest of three children.

 

She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Nursing degree in 1946.  She then traveled with a friend to California because “she had had enough of the snow”.  There she started a very long career in nursing.  She was a warm and loving nurse, loved by patients and co-workers.  She met her husband, Ray C. McCourry, in California on a blind date.  They were married December 3, 1950 and celebrated 59 years together.

 

She worked in many different hospitals as she accompanied her military husband to both the East and West coasts and overseas to England and Germany.  She loved the small rural hospitals best, such as Summerville Hospital, Summerville, SC and Yancey County Hospital, Burnsville, NC as she often knew the patients.  When she was “on shift”, you knew you would receive excellent and compassionate care.

 

She loved to travel to visit friends and family and made many trips across the United States.  Family reunions in Minnesota, North Carolina and Montana were fondly remembered, as well as the many reunions from her Nursing Class (Spring of 1943) from University of Minnesota. 

 

She was a wonderful Mom to her three children, Susan, Peggy and Judy.  She taught them all they needed to know about cooking, focusing on desserts, especially the ones involving chocolate.  She dearly loved her chocolate.  She was an accomplished seamstress, loved to crochet and cross-stitch, sharing her knowledge and items with those she knew.

 

She also loved to play card games.  Over the years, she was part of many canasta clubs, making many new friends along the way.  SkipBo was a family favorite, especially with her grandchildren.  She was very good at playing but was always a gracious winner.

 

She leaves behind her beloved family, Susan (Tom) Traher, Peggy (Dean) VanDeLeest along with grandchildren Amanda, Matthew, Ryan VanDeLeest, Judy (Dean) Kinard with grandchildren, Sarah Kinard Kastner (great grandchildren Caroline and William), Abby Kinard Remington (great grandchild Tyson), and Nathan Kinard.  She also cherished her many nieces, nephews, brothers/sisters-in-laws.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11 A. M. Saturday, April 21st in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Philip Garland will officiate. Burial will be in the Peterson-McCourry family cemetery on Pound Mill Road.  The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P. M. Friday, April 19th at the funeral home.

 

Family condolences may be sent to 1063 Brownswood Road, Johns Island, SC 29455.

 

MOM, WE LOVE YOU and miss you but we know we will see you again some day

DAN SILVER

Dan Silver, 90, of Gillespie Road, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Spruce Pine Brian Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Shelby and Martha Silver.  He was also preceded in death by 3 sisters:  Carrie Hess, Callie Gortney and Evie Wilson, and a brother:  Dee Silver.  Dan was a World War II Army Veteran and a retired farmer.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Brenda Boone and husband, Phillip, of Woodstock, GA; 2 sons:  Larry Silver and wife, Phyllis, of Burnsville and Clinton Silver and wife, Vickie, of McDonough, GA; 2 sisters:  Eva McCurry of Marion and Barbara Fox of Burnsville; 2 brothers:  David Silver of Marion and Gale Silver of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren:  Jonathan, Laura, Felisha, and Teresa; 13 great grandchildren and a great-great grandson.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Dale Banks and Jackie Silver will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10 AM Saturday in the Spring Branch Cemetery on Gillespie Road.

 

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

WINTZ McINTOSH

C. Wintz McIntosh, 93, of Hardscrabble Road, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Zeb and Ruth King McIntosh.  He was also preceded in death by a sister:  Enid McIntosh; and, brothers:  Jack, Clay and Frank McIntosh.  Wintz was a World War II Army Veteran, retired farmer, and  active in the Democratic Party.

 

Surviving are his wife of 70 years:  Eloise Stines McIntosh; a daughter:  Susan Ball and husband, Niles; a granddaughter:  Emily Hudgins and husband, James; a great grandson:  Dalton, all of Burnsville; and, several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3PM Thursday in the Bald Creek United Methodist Church, of which he was a member.  Rev. A. J. Moore will officiate.  Burial will be in Proffitt Cemetery on Hardscrabble Road.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 3PM Thursday at the church prior to the service.

 

Memorials may be made to Bald Creek United Methodist Church, C/O Nan Proffitt, 43 Beechwood Drive, Burnsville, NC 28714, or Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

The family would like to say a special thank you to the caregivers:  Emily Hudgins, Sylvia Gilley, Karen Watts and Monica Burleson and Hospice of Yancey County for the excellent care given to Mr. McIntosh.

JEAN HOLCOMBE WARREN

Jean Holcombe Warren, 63, of Kernersville, passed away peacefully Monday, April 9, 2012 surrounded by her family.  A native of Burnsville, she was the daughter of the late Harlon and Alma Robinson Holcombe.  She was a graduate of High Point College and had worked at Young’s Florist in Kernersville for a number of years.  Jean attended Pine Grove United Methodist Church.

 

Surviving are her husband of 42 years: Michael ‘Mike’ Warren of the home, a daughter; Allison Warren of Kernersville; a son: Andy Warren and wife Jenny of Clemmons; grandchildren: Xander and Samantha; a sister: Patti West and husband Gary of Statesville; special cousins Myra Hensley and husband Charlie and Jerry Holcombe of Burnsville; several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

 

 Funeral services will be held at 1 P. M. Friday in the Chapel of Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home in Kernersville.  Dr. Gary West will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Gar Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, My Sister’s House of Statesville, P. O. Box 5217, Statesville, NC 28687 or Hospice of Forsyth, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

BETTY JO BRINKLEY ROBINSON

Betty Jo Brinkley Robinson, 77, of Bill Allen Branch passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Hulon and Bertha Wright Brinkley.  She was the wife of Tommy Robinson who died in 2005.  She was also preceded in death by 3 sisters:  Marie Ball, Dorothy Brinkley Robertson and Ruby Wilson; 4 brothers:   Clyde Brinkley, Jack Brinkley, Joe Brinkley and Reece Brinkley; and a son-in-law:  Danny Boone.  Betty was a retired kindergarten teacher with the Yancey County Schools.

 

Surviving are 4 daughters:  Belinda Woody and husband, Mike W. Woody, of Micaville, Rhonda Boone and fiancé, Billy Buckner, Kristi Robinson Bailey and husband, Walter, of Burnsville, Leigh Ann Pauley and husband, Jeff, of Micaville; grandchildren:  Justin Boone, Brinkley Woody Fox, McKenzie Pauley, Brianna Woody and Abbey Bailey.

 

Memorial services will be held at 4 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Honeycutt-Price Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 PM Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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

 

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