: OBITUARIES :
Arthur Richardson, 81, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at Mission Hospital in Asheville. A native of Oklahoma, Arthur was an assembler at Walmart in Spruce Pine and a finisher at Henredon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, in 2006.
Surviving are three sons: Michael Arthur Richardson of Spruce Pine, James Thomas Richardson of Michigan and Arthur Timothy Richardson of Asheville; two daughters: Carol Ann Richardson and Jeri Lynn Meanley both of Bakersfield, CA; a sister: Nancy Lovelis of Utah; 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; and step-children: Michael Letterman of Burnsville, Sharon McCurry and Mary Ann Letterman of Burlington.
A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Friday in Bowditch Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 PM Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.
CHARLES PHILLIP DELLINGER
Charles Phillip Dellinger, 93, of Micaville passed away Monday, October 17, 2011 in St. Josephs Hospital. A native of Yancey County, He was a son of the late John and Laura Hensley Dellinger and the husband of Hazel Shelton Dellinger who died in 1994. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Grover Dellinger and a sister, Helen Dellinger Silver. He was a partner in Dellinger and Silver Store in Micaville for over 30 years.
Surviving are two sons: Randy Dellinger and Kevin Dellinger of Burnsville and a granddaughter: Taylor Dellinger of Burnsville.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Charlie Carroway will officiate. Burial will be in the Fred Young Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.
Betty West Staley, 89, of Burnsville, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2011, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care. Born September 2,1922 in Moundsville, West Virginia to the late Daddy Bill and Carrie Hipkins West, she was the wife of David Staley, who died in 2008. She and David were married July 25, 1954. Betty was also preceded in death by sisters: Ada Lou West and Alice Wood; brothers: Ben and Harold West; and, her aunt who raised her: Louella Hipkins Honeycutt. She spent much of her life caring for children in her home and at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church. For many years she and David enjoyed selling jewelry at the Jamestown Flea Market.
Surviving are cousins: Willard Maxwell of Missouri, Texas, Glenn Maxwell and wife, Katherine, of Bellaire, Ohio and Ruth Abrigg and husband, Edwin, of Bridgeport, Ohio; and, special friends: Linda Hensley and Helene Moore of Burnsville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 A. M. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Pastors Don Shuman and Wes Sharpe will officiate. Burial will be in Holcombe Cemetery.
THELMA SHEPHERD ANGEL
Thelma Shepherd Angel, 97, of the Swiss Community, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2011, at Mountain Manor Assisted Living. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Laskey and Maude Waycaster Shepherd, and the wife of William Walton Angel who died in 2001. She was also preceded in death by sisters: Lillie Shepherd and Julia Bennett; brothers: Woodrow, J. Olin and Ralph Shepherd; daughter: Alma Jean Buckner; and, son-in-law: Harold Buckner.
Surviving are a son: Danny D. Angel (Linda) of Burnsville; granddaughters: Patricia Buckner (Glenn Seabolt) of Nashville, TN; Dolores Buckner Wyatt (Larry) of Marshall, Cindy Buckner Edwards (Rick) of Mars Hill; grandsons: John Mark Angel of Asheville and Jeremy Angel; great grandchildren: Truman Wyatt, Ashley and Katey Edwards, Austin, Abigail and Summer Angel; a special great, great grandson: Bently Eli Edwards; niece: Susan Kiser; and, nephews: Rev. Palma Bennett, Dale Shepherd and Dallas Peterson.
Funeral services will be held at 1PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Palma Bennett will officiate. Burial will be on the Angel Family Farm on Scronce Creek Road.
The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, C/O John Radford, 395 Shake Rag Road, Mars Hill, NC 28754.
DEAMIE TIPTON WATTS
Deamie Tipton Watts, 92, of Lotties Creek, reached out, took Jesus’ hand and walked into Heaven’s gates on Thursday, October 13, 2011, at her home. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John Henry and Prince Edwards Tipton, and the wife of Arnold Watts who passed away in August of 2005. She was also preceded in death by a sister: Ida Tipton Howell; brothers: Homer, Chester, Ova, Hoy, Regis and L. V. Tipton; and a grandson: Larry Watts. Deamie leaves a legacy of love and devotion for family, friends and neighbors.
Left to cherish those memories and keep her love alive are her two sons: Jackie Watts and wife, Maria, of Augusta, GA and Jim Watts and wife, Alice, of Burnsville; grandson: Anthony Watts and wife, Amanda; granddaughter: Rhonda Watts; and, great grandchildren: Johnathan, Joey, Billy, Abi, Isaiah, Max, Andrew and Ryan. She had many dear, beloved nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. A special thanks to dear friends, family and neighbors who cared for Deamie in her home during her last days, especially her special caregivers: Mary Dell Penland and Christel Wilson.
Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. David Bryant, Denver Styles and Billy Mitchell will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 2 PM Sunday in the Watts Cemetery at Lotties Creek.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 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.
LILLIAN LENA RENFRO
Lillian Renfro, 88, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family. A native of Northfield, NJ, she was a daughter of the late Secondo and Delia Virano, and the wife of the late Fred Renfro. She was a World War II Marine Veteran and a member of Woman’s Marine Association. Lillian was a member of the Yacht Club of Pleasantville, NJ.
Surviving are a daughter: Jeanne Renfro of Burnsville; sons: Thomas Renfro of Burnsville, and William Renfro and wife, Sharon, of Aiken, SC; 3 grandchildren: Todd Renfro, Amy Thomas and Paige Morris; and, 5 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Michael Leahy will officiate. Burial will be in the Higgins Cemetery with military graverites by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
STELLA HENSLEY HOLLIFIELD
Stella Hensley Hollifield, 86, was welcomed home on Monday, October 10, 2011. Stella was born on January 16, 1925 in Yancey County to the late Robert Lee and Pansy Edwards Hensley. Formerly of the Swiss community, she had been making her home with her daughter, Violet Buchanan and husband, Donald, of Spruce Pine for the past three years due to her declining health. Stella was also preceded in death by her husband, Ed Hollifield in 2004 and brothers: Paul and Verona; and sisters: Addie King, Odell Riddle, Thelma Hensley and Ruby Wheeler.
Stella was a kind, humble, loving person who wasn’t afraid of hard work. She loved working in her garden and canning, working in her flower garden, sewing and making quilts, and she loved most, reading her Bible. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She taught Adult Women’s Sunday School class for years at Claymound Baptist Church.
Her heritage continues through her daughter: Violet Buchanan and husband, Donald, of Spruce Pine; grandchildren: Kim Cottrell and husband, Todd, of Gainesville, GA, Samantha Varner and husband, Bruce, of New York, and Roy Thomas and wife, Amy, of Burnsville; great grandchildren: Rachel, Drew and Adam Cottrell of Gainesville, GA, Nicolas Varner of New York and Roy, Gideon, Emma and Audrey Thomas of Burnsville; step granddaughters: Christy Rash and husband, Paul, of Spruce Pine and Renee Duncan of Burnsville; step great- grandchildren: Tonya Capps of Hendersonville, Devin Teague of Spruce Pine and Francesca Duncan of Burnsville; sisters: Eloise Silvers of Burnsville, and Vertie Lou Carver and husband, Roy, of Cherryville; and, brothers: Robert Hensley and wife, Teresa, and Cacciaquida Hensley and wife, Linda, of Burnsville. She had many nieces and nephews including a very special niece, Dianne Surrett.
Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Roy Thomas and Rev. Daniel McMahan will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Friday in the Burton Cemetery at Bald Creek.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
JOHNNIE CHRISTINE MORROW AUSTIN
Johnnie Christine Morrow Austin, 72, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord on October 10, 2011. She had suffered a long illness, but God granted her peace and victory. She was preceded in death by her husband: Robert Wade Austin; grandson: Dustin Andrew (Andy) Austin; sisters: Jane Delane Morrow and Callie Ann Randolph; and her father: John Grady Morrow, all of whom she loved and missed.
She is survived by her mother: Opha Elnora Morrow; children: Joseph Andrew Austin and wife, Rachel, Kenitra Gail Higgins and husband, Dennis, William Daniel Austin and Scott Wade Austin; grandchildren: Jeremiah Benjamin Styles and wife, Ashley, Maria Harrison and husband, Marshall, Nathaniel Lee Austin, Briana Elnora Higgins, and Lochlin Wade Austin; great grandchildren: Jaden Malachi Styles, Hunter Isaacs and Lakyn Austin; brothers and sisters: Thomas Isaac Morrow and wife, Margaret, Connie Mae Ray and husband, Bobby, William Michael Morrow and wife, Sharon, Deborah Kay Fox and husband, Roger, Mona Marie Honeycutt and husband, Larry, Benjamin Kevin Morrow and wife, Patricia; brother-in-law, J. T. Randolph; 15 nephews, 5 nieces, 19 great nephews, 13 great nieces and 1 great-great niece all of whom she loved and cherished.
Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Stacey Elkins will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Thursday in the Wade Austin Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. At other times, the family will be at the home of Kenitra Higgins on Sam Robertson Road.
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
Arnold McIntosh, 91, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord Thursday, October 6, 2011. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Ernest and Lucy King McIntosh. A WWII Army Veteran, Arnold was infantry in the South Pacific. He was a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church and the Sgt. E.L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Edith Arrowood and brothers, Ray McIntosh and Jack McIntosh.
Surviving are 3 daughters; Linda McIntosh, Anne Mann and Julie Pond; 5 grandchildren: Adrian, Joel, Hayley, Olivia and Eli all of Oregon, and was eagerly awaiting the birth of his first great granddaughter. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Charlie Carroway will officiate. Burial will be in the Bee Log Church Cemetery with Military grave rites conducted by the Sgt. E. L. Randolph DAV.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
TAMMIE SILVER EDWARDS
Tammie Silver Edwards, 51, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord on October 3, 2011. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Eloise Brewer Harding and the late Hal Silver. Tammie and her husband, Michael, were owners of Prosperity Plants and she was Director of Housekeeping at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care. Tammie was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Michael Edwards; daughter: Sarah Edwards of the home; mother: Eloise Harding and husband, J. C., of Green Mountain; brother: Richard Silver and Olena; sister: Mecheel Stewart and husband, Mark, all of Burnsville; nephews: Jake Silver of Burnsville and Keith Southerns of Greenville, SC; step-sisters: Nancy Silver and husband, Marvin, and Linda Hughes and husband, Danny, of Green Mountain; step-brother: Mike Harding of Granite Falls; sister-in-law: Bereda Lovelace and husband, Jeff, of Asheville and several step nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Jeff Brewer will officiate. Burial will be in the Blue Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.
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