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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.

MILDRED FOX McINTOSH

Mildred Fox McIntosh, of the Bee Log Community went home to be with the Lord Sunday, January 15, 2012 at the St. Joseph Campus of Mission Hospitals.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Arcemus and Lillie Banks Fox.  She was also preceded in death by sisters:  Grace Ball Riddle and Annie Hensley; and brothers:  Charles, Roy, Roscoe and Coy Fox.  Mildred was a retired employee of the Yancey County school system with more than 30 years of service.  She was a former member of the Yancey County School Board.

 

Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Bruce McIntosh; daughter:  Brenda Smith and husband, Don, of Burnsville; granddaughter:  Melissa Hoilman and husband, Ryan; 4 great grandsons, whom she adored:  Ashton, Bryson, Dalton and Colby Hoilman; a brother:  Earl Fox of Baltimore, MD, and godson:  Samuel Gerard Ball, II.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Royce Ball will officiate.  Burial will be in the Holcombe Cemetery.

 

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

MURIEL WALL COOPER

Muriel Wall Cooper, 96, of Burnsville, died  Friday, January 13, 2012 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Rutherford County, she was the daughter of the late Goyen O. and Etta Proctor Wall.  Other than her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, John Hubert (Coop) Cooper who died in 1998, a sister, Hilda and brothers:  Hack and Mal Wall.

 

She is survived by three daughters:  Ann Cooper Hall of Johnson City, TN, Barbara Jean Cooper Newton of Asheville and Betty Cooper Hirt and husband, David, of Stone Mountain, GA and special friend, Jan Sparks of Burnsville.  Her legacy and her pride and joy were her surviving eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  She loved and was loved by several nieces and nephews.

 

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, January 20, 2012 at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church where Muriel had been a member for more that sixty years.  Pastor Wes Sharpe will officiate.   A reception will immediately follow the service in the Family Life Center at the church.

 

Private family burial will be in the Academy Hill Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

BOYD AYERS

Boyd Ayers, 66, of Green Mountain, went home to be with the Lord Monday, January 9, 2012, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Crawford and Lou Mae Bailey Ayers.  He was also preceded in death by a sister:  Tilda Bennett; and, brothers:  Vernal, Hobert, Ott, Jerry and Jack Ayers.  Boyd was a member of Covy Rock Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife of 30 years:  Linda Ayers; a daughter:  Missy Austin and husband, Kenny, and a son:  Michael Boyd Ayers and fiancée, Heather Callahan, all of Green Mountain; grandchildren:  Tyler, Megan, Ty, Kash and Zachery; 3 sisters:  Marie Laws of Green Mountain, Mary Lee Masters of Erwin, TN, and Betty Stump of Burnsville; and, 2 brothers:  Tom Ayers of Green Mountain and Floyd Ayers of Bakersville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.   Burial will be in the Will Hughes Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

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.

 

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Yancey County for their care.

SUSIE BALL

 

Susie Ball, 37, of Piney Hill, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Mission Hospitals Memorial Campus.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Stergial Hensley of Burnsville and the late Judy Murphy Hensley.  She was an employee of Baxter Health Care.

 

Surviving, in addition to her father, is her husband of 15 years:  Willie Ball; sisters:  Julie Kuykendall and husband, Jeremy, of Old Fort, and Tonya Wingo and husband, Jimmy, of Asheville; a brother:  David Hensley of Burnsville; maternal grandmother:  Helen Murphy of Micaville; and, a nephew:  Grayson Kuykendall.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Steve Robinson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10AM Wednesday in the Ben Ball Family Cemetery on Banks Creek.

 

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

BENNIE DEAN MANEY

Bennie Dean Maney, 59, of Prices Creek, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Kenneth and June Hughes Maney.

 

Surviving are his wife:  Marilyn Elkins Maney; a sister:  Deborah Crain of Burnsville; and, brothers:  Steven Maney of Vicaville, CA and Eddie and Ricky Maney of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Philip Garland and Stacey Elkins will officiate.  Burial will be in Academy Cemetery.

 

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

JAY BLACK

Jay Black, 60, of Bakers Creek, went home to be with the Lord Friday, January 6, 2012, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Frank and Juanita Black.  Jay retired from the N. C. Department of Corrections after 30 years of service, was a member of West Yancey Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years,  and a member and Past Master of Burnsville Lodge #717 A.F. & A.M.

 

Surviving are his wife of 41 years:  Becky Hughes Black; a son:  Michael Black and wife, Mary Beth; 2 grandsons:  Avery and Ryan Black, all of Burnsville; 3 sisters:  Shirley Jean Carroll and Mildred Elkins of Marion and Geneva Pate of Crossnore.

 

A graveside service will be held at 3PM Monday in the Elmer Byrd Family Cemetery on Bakers Creek.  Rev. Dick Westbrook will officiate.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 PM prior to the service at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

 

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.

BETTY WHITSON

Betty Jane Peterson Whitson, of Green Mountain, went to meet her Lord at her home on Friday, January 6, 2012.  She was welcomed by her husband, Ivan Whitson, her parents, Lola and Jim Peterson, sisters, Polly Garland and Jean Hayes, and brother, Dick Peterson.

 

Betty is survived by her son:  Ivan Blaine Whitson and wife, Grace, of Green Mountain; daughters:  Vickie Hoyle and husband, Wally, of Spruce Pine, Becky Whitson and husband, Mike, of Burnsville, Pansy Hensley and husband, Tommy, of Green Mountain, and Sally Price and husband, Steve, of Johnson City, TN; 9 grandchildren:  Alechia Shinn, Ivan Andrew Hoyle, Matthew Whitson, Kellie Chapman, Beth Sutherland, Marc Whitson, Adrian Whitson, Jonathan Hensley and Benjamin Price; a step granddaughter:  Heather Price Hughes; 9 great grandchildren:  Caleb Hoyle, Kendall Chapman, Mattie Shinn, Carter Hoyle, Eli Shinn, Addison Sutherland, Mylee Chapman, Eden Sutherland, and Braxton Whitson; 2 sisters:   Maggie Cardwell of Houston, TX and Margaret Yelton of Travelers Rest, SC; and, 3 brothers:  Monroe, Homer and Tommy Peterson, all of Travelers Rest, SC.

 

She was a lifelong member of North Bend Freewill Baptist Church of Green Mountain, and attended faithfully before becoming ill.  She taught varying age groups of Sunday School classes for many years.  Betty loved the Lord, her Church family, and her community.  She enjoyed more than anything to be able to help someone in some way.

 

For a great part of her life Betty and her family farmed for their living.  In 1965 she began working for WAMY Community Action and continued for 36 years.  She loved her job and helped many people during the course of those years.

 

Betty enjoyed traveling, and during the course of her life, she and her children traveled much of the United States and Canada.

 

Betty Whitson was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.

  

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Sunday, January 8, 2012, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Tommy Hensley, Roger Laws and Rodney Deyton will officiate.  Music will be provided by Debbie Deyton and Betty’s grandchildren.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Monday in Peterson Hill Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5 until 8PM Sunday, prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at her home.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Betty’s lifelong friends, Kaye Smith, and Linda Hamby, for their wonderful care and help during her last days.

GEORGE R. GOODSON, SR.

George R. Goodson, Sr., 63, of Blue Rock Road, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2012 at his home.  A native of Sparta, TN, he was a son of the late George and Geraldine Goodson.  He was preceded in death by a son, George Ralph Goodson, Jr.; 2 grandchildren:  Jessica and Joshua Hare.  He had been a resident of Yancey County for the past 18 years.

 

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Linda Ervin Goodson; children:  Paul Goodson of the home, Larry Stanley of Lebanon, TN, Lisa Duncan of Booneville, NC, Michael Merriman of Candler, Darryl Merriman of Fletcher and 2 grandchildren:  Tabitha and Patrick Merriman.

 

No services are planned.

GLADYS OGLE PETERSON

Gladys Ogle Peterson, 84, of Fairview Avenue, Asheville, died peacefully Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at John F. Keever Solace Center.  She was born December 11, 1927 to Dominion Ray and Herbert Ogle.  Gladys was also preceded in death by her first husband:  Garland Autrey, who passed away in 1973; 2 sisters:  Johnsie Robinson and Janet Bailey; a brother:  Corner Ogle; sister-in-law:  Cora Ogle; and, a brother-in-law:  Stanley Bailey.  She was a member of Mt. Mitchell Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are her husband of 34 years:  Virgil Peterson; a sister:  Ann Blevins and husband, Lewis, of Burnsville; 5 nieces:  Donna Honeycutt, Virginia Ann Long, Jean Calloway, Janice Marie Freck, Delphine Bryan; 2 nephews:  Randall Blevins and Dennis Bailey; and, a brother-in-law:  Herman Robinson of Asheville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Tim Campbell will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at Noon Saturday in the Autrey Cemetery.

 

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

 

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