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MARGIE BOONE HIGGINS

Our angel on earth, Margie Boone Higgins, 80, of Burnsville, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ and her loving husband, Bernard Higgins, on Thursday, June 30, 2011.  She was also preceded in death by her precious mother:  Fannie Letterman Boone.  Margie was a member of Plum Branch Baptist Church, and a retired employee of Pacemaker.

She is survived by her father: Robert J. "Bob" Boone, age 102; 3 daughters: Sabra Westall and husband Forrest, Linda Higgins and husband, Milton , and Elisia McLain and husband, Doug; and a son: Darrin Higgins and wife Kim, all of Burnsville; a sister: Betty Jean Robinson of Piedmont, SC; 2 brothers: R. V. and Phillip Boone, both of Woodstock, GA; 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral home.  The Revs. Forrest Westall and Charlie Carroway will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Saturday in the Boone Cemetery on Plum Branch Road.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7PM Friday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at her home.

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

ARVIL KING

Arvil King, 91, of Phipps Creek, passed away peacefully Monday, June 27, 2011 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Sam C. and Lora Edwards King.  He was also preceded in death by brothers:  Earl, Clarence and Coy King.  Arvil was a World War II Army Veteran, stationed in the South Pacific, a retired diary farmer and a member and Deacon of Cane River Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Ethel Bailey King; a daughter:  Helena Hill and husband, Keith, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; a son: Leo King and wife, Stephanie, of Greenville, SC; a granddaughter:  Andrea Hill of Ponte Vedra Beach, 2 grandsons:  Jeffrey King of Greenville, SC and Ryan King of Asheville; a step granddaughter:  Renee Billadeau and husband, Dr. Mark, of Frederick, MD and a sister:  Pauline Foster of Marion.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Shane Cassida will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday in the Cane River Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to the Cane River Baptist Church, Building Fund, P. O. Box 1058, Burnsville, NC 28714.

HAROLD DEAN FENDER

Harold Dean Fender, 74, of Walking Road went to be with the Lord, Thursday, June 23, 2011 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Horace and Martha Edwards Fender.  He was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Lee Fender; a sister, Netta McMahan and brothers:  Raymond and Danny Fender.  Harold was a retired employee of Summit Building Supply.

 

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Clara Fender; 3 daughters:  Diane Kaas and husband, Dale, of Thurmont, MD, Sherry Fender of the home, and Kaitlin English of Burnsville; 2 sons:  Jeffrey Fender of Frederick, MD, and Rev. Pete Fender of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Stephen Miller, Shawn and Martin Kaas, Nicole Hunt, Jacob and Dakota Fender, Sarah Rawlings, Zachary and Timothy Fender and Danny Fender; 3 great grandchildren; sisters:  Irene Hoyle of Flag Pond, TN, Eloise Carpenter of Franklinville, NC, Kathleen Holt of Thomasville, NC and Geraldine Ramsey of Mars Hill; brothers:  James T. Fender of Lexington, NC, and Darrell Fender of Burnsville and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Sunday in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church of which he was a member.  Pastor Jerry Shelton will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Monday in the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery on Deacon Road.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Sunday at the church.

 

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

JAMES GARRETT ELKINS

James Garrett Elkins, 53, of Prices Creek, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at the home of a brother in Marshall.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Iva Robinson Elkins of Clover, SC and the late Grady Howard Elkins.  He was a loyal member of Prices Creek Union Baptist Church where he was a former Sunday School Superintendent.  He was a paramedic for 27 years.

 

Surviving in addition to his mother are sisters:  Marlene Hudgins and Dianne Elkins of Burnsville, Mira Dellinger of Gastonia, Wanda Kyle of Conyers, GA, Shirley Crawley of Clover; brothers:  Roger Elkins of Marion and Willard Elkins of Marshall; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; and a special friend, “Granny” Fender.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Stacy Elkins and Keith Blankenship will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday in the Elkins Family Cemetery on Prices Creek.

 

The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:30 PM Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Madison County, P. O. Box 69, Marshall, NC 28753.

DOROTHY CHANDLER

Dorothy Chandler, 84, of the Ivy Gap community went home to be with the Lord Sunday, June 12, 2011 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Dallie Hensley Buckner and the wife of Edd Chandler who died in 2010.  She was a member of Ivy Gap Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are a daughter, Mary C. Laws and husband, Paris: and a son, Ronnie Chandler all of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren:  Kim Thomas, Doug Miller, Angie Sutton and Lauren Lovell and 5 great grandchildren:  Rindi, Robbie, Olivia, Kerra and Aaron.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Denver Styles and Randall Robinson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM Wednesday in the Chandler Cemetery at Ivy Gap.

 

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

 

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

MOLT HENSLEY

Molt Hensley, 95, of Jacks Creek, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Shelby Lee and Annis Wilson Hensley.  He was the husband of Connie Bryant Hensley who died in 1994.  He was also preceded in death by brothers:  Willie, Albert and Leslie; and sisters:  Hilda Hensley and Doris Roland.   Molt was a WWII Army Veteran having served in Japan.  He was a gun instructor and bugler.  He was a retired farmer and attended Indian Creek Baptist Church.  He loved his God, His family and his country.

 

Surviving are his daughter:  Rhonda Thomas and husband, Steve, of the home.  Special family members:  Scott, Karen, Dustin, Dakota and C. J. Wilson; brothers:  Wilson Hensley of Burnsville, Lloyd Hensley of Baton Rouge, LA, Ronald Hensley of Marion and Craig Hensley of Charleston, SC.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Philip Garland and Jerry Shelton will officiate.  Burial will be in the Bailey Branch Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Hands of Mercy, c/o Anna Scott, 331 McCurrey Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

GENE CLAY WHITSON

Gene Clay Whitson, 79, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at Park Ridge Health in Hendersonville.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Malley and Lula Peterson Whitson.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Shirley Johnson and Cleo Byrd and brothers-in-law:  Tommy and Pete Johnson and Wayne Byrd.

 

Gene was born and lived on Coxes Creek in Burnsville until the past few years.  At the time of his death, he was residing in Hendersonville.  He was a retired ironworker and traveled the US with his job and was an accomplished musician playing mandolin in some of the best bluegrass bands of his day.  Gene served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.  He was a member of Byrd’s Chapel Baptist Church and Bald Creek Masonic Lodge #397 AF&AM.

 

Surviving are his sister:  Opal Johnson of Hendersonville; a brother:  Jack Whitson and wife, Peggy, of Fletcher; life-long friend:  Jack Miller of Burnsville and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Jeff Autrey will officiate.  Burial will be in the Whitson Family Cemetery at Bent Creek.

 

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

IRENE OGLE BANKS

Irene Ogle Banks, 85, of the Bolens Creek community, was called home by the Lord Tuesday, May 24, 2011.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Landon and Eva Mae McClurd Ogle, and the wife of Kenneth L. Banks who died in 1982.  She was also preceded in death by a sister:  Agnes Winters; and, brothers:  William, Ralph and Earl Ogle.  Irene spent all of her adult life in the Pensacola and Bolens Creek communities.  She loved studying her Bible and serving her church.  Family, home and garden were her major interests.  Irene retired from housekeeping in the old Burnsville Hospital.  She loved working in her garden, where she could look up at the mountains around her and quote Bible scriptures and talk to the Lord while she worked. 

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Julia Shepherd and husband, Roger, and Brenda Banks, all of Burnsville; a son:  Kenneth Randy Banks and wife, Rebecca Ann, of Brevard; sister:  Effie Silvers of Burnsville; 2 brothers:  Robert Ogle of Spruce Pine and Charles Ogle of Oregon; 7 grandchildren; and, 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 7:30PM Thursday in Bolens Creek Baptist Church, of which she was a member.  Dr. Chris Morgan will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Friday in Banks Cemetery on Bolens Creek.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 PM Thursday prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714, or Bolens Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, C/O Jean Buchanan, 260 Windom Cove, Burnsville, NC 28714.

HOLT MILLER

Holt Miller, 81, of Stony Point, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Davis Regional Medical Center in Statesville.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Charlie and Dollie Wilson Miller.  He was also preceded in death by sisters: Blanche Miller and Lala Higgins and brothers:  Ross, Jay and Floyd Miller.  Holt was a US Army Korean War Veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star for Bravery and the UN Service Medal.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Carolyn Denise Miller Boggs of Stony Point; 2 sons:  Joseph Carr Miller of Black Mountain and Jonathan Bernard Miller of Statesville; sisters:  Grace Adkins of Burnsville, Belle Foster and Lassie Buchanan of Erwin, TN; 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Lee Boggs and Steven Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Erwin, TN.

 

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

ALICE ROBINSON FENDER

Alice Robinson Fender, 75, of Bald Mountain went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Biss and Georgia Ray Robinson and the wife of Buster Fender who died in 2006.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter: Carolyn Lynn Fender, 3 sisters:  Pansy, Grace and Lucy; and a brother:  J.B. Robinson.

Surviving are a daughter:  Denise Phillips and husband, Ronnie; 3 sons:  Morrise Fender and wife, Marlene, and Jason Fender all of Burnsville, and Russell Fender of Weaverville; grandchildren:  Leslie Bryant, Chasity Fender, Meghan Fender and Jamie Phillips; a great grandson:  Levi; 2 sisters:  Fairy Tipton and Violet Berliner of Burnsville; and a sister-in-law:  Jessie Robinson of Burnsville.

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Bruce Fender Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Yancey County.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Brookside Rehabilitation and Care and Hospice of Yancey County for the care given to their mother.

 

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