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CHARLES BAILEY, JR.

Charles Bailey, Jr., 77, of Mine Branch, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2011, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a direct descendant of John “Yellow Jacket” John Bailey.  He was a son of the late Charley and Martha Hall Bailey.  Charles was preceded in death by 3 children:  Beth, Shannon, and Charles Christopher; brothers:  Perry, Ralph and J. C. Parker, D. P., Nass and Bill Bailey; and, sisters:  Ginger Tipton, Jacquelene Huskins and Ida Lee Silvers.  He was a retired miner, an avid outdoorsman and collector of Indian artifacts.

 

Surviving are a son:  Sandy Bailey and wife, Shelly, of Green Mountain; 4 grandchildren:  Charles Joshua Bailey, Jordan Marshall, Jessi Mae Bailey and Nicholas Drew Hoilman; 2 sisters:  Ruby Miller of Newdale and Betty Sue Parker of Bakersville; 2 brothers:  Adam and Michael Sparks of Bakersville; and, a special cousin:  James Byrd.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2PM Monday in the Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.  The Rev. Danny Dean Silvers will officiate.

OPPY LOUISE BENNETT

Oppy Louise Bennett, 83, of Weaverville, loving and devoted wife and mother, went to rest Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

 

Surviving are her husband, Ward Bennett; a son: Larry and his wife, Susanne; granddaughter:  Kaci; grandson:  Cody; sister:  Daisey and many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, September 17, 2011  in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in the Bailey and Edwards Cemetery on Coxes Creek.

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

EDITH GORTNEY WYKE

Edith Gortney Wyke, 90, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Fleshers Fairview Health Care Center.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Jesse and Vennie Grindstaff Burleson.  She was also preceded in death by husbands: Paul Gortney and Leroy Wyke; daughter:  Helen Borkowski; 4 sisters; and, 4 brothers.

 

Surviving are her children:  Lois Hughes of Lenoir, Leona Paterson and husband, Jerry, of Greensboro, Glenn Gortney and wife, Nancy, of Burnsville, Carolyn Laws and husband, Delmar, of Burnsville, and Nancy Radford and husband, Ross, of Fletcher; 2 sisters:  Mary Hughes of Statesville and Elberta Buchanan of Bakersville; 12 grandchildren; and, 23 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Danny Hardin and Michael Gortney will officiate.  Burial will be in the Silvers Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Bakersville.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 PM Monday at the funeral home.

 

Flowers will be appreciated or memorials may be made to Fleshers Fairview Health Care Employee Fund, P.O. Box 1160, Fairview, NC 28730.

PAULETTE HARRIS

Paulette Harris, 88, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at Yancey House.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John and Ora Fortner Staton.  She was the wife of Cecil Harris who passed away in 1993.  Paulette was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church where she was the treasurer for many years.

 

Surviving are a son:  Keith Harris and wife, Lavonne, of Green Mountain; 2 daughters:  Betty Harris and husband, Tim Pankewicz of New Jersey and Karen Shaw Mishkin and husband, Bruce, of New Jersey; 4 grandchildren:  Seth Harris, April Owenby, Beth Greene and Gareth Shaw; 4 great-grandchildren:  Sean, Brendan and Kevin Harris and Marlee Owenby; a sister:  Thurma Hughes and husband, Filmore, and a brother:  J. C. Staton.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Billy Mitchell will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Friday in Morning Star Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

The family would like to extend special thanks to Yancey House, Dr. Kramer, Blue Ridge Medical Center and Yancey County EMS.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation, Serving the Carolinas, 4819 Park Road, Suite C, Charlotte, NC 28209-3842.

LLOYD R. CHRISAWN

Lloyd R. Chrisawn, 89, of Raleigh, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2011 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Raleigh and Maggie Simmons Chrisawn.  He was an original Scout and Raider with the US Navy during World War II and a member of William G. Hill Masonic Lodge # 218 AF & AM.  Lloyd was a member of Longview Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are two sons: Richard Chrisawn of Raleigh and Michael Chrisawn and wife Margaret of Tallahassee, FL, a grandson: Charlie Chrisawn and wife Corie of Raleigh and a sister: Rena Dee Thomas of Baltimore, MD.

A graveside service will be held at 11 A. M. Wednesday in the Westall Cemetery at Hamrick.  The Rev. Jeff Reecer will officiate.

TIMOTHY NORTON

Timothy Norton, 54, of Burnsville, died Friday, September 2, 2011.  A native of Yancey County he was a son of the late Thomas Norton.

 

Surviving are his mother:  Betty Norton Young; a brother:  Harley Paul Norton and wife, Elizabeth; and, a nephew:  Thomas Norton.

 

A private family service will be held at a later date.

MRS. LAURA JUNE JOHNSON

Mrs. Laura June Johnson, 86, of Burnsville, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2011, in Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Belle Duncan Chrisawn.  She was also preceded in death by her husband:  Johnny Johnson; and, two brothers:  Winslow and John Lee Chrisawn.  She was a member of Crabtree Baptist Church and was the church pianist for many years.

 

Surviving are her daughters:  Vicky Rimmer and husband, Glenn, of Statesville, Pat Silvers and husband, Joe, of Asheville, and Wanda Chaney and husband, Conrad, of Rock Hill, SC.  She was blessed with three granddaughters and four wonderful great granddaughters.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

BILL TURNER

Coleman LeeBill” Turner, 89, of Asheville, went home to his Heavenly home, Sunday, August 28, 2011 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Coleman and Stella Banks Turner.  He was the husband of the late Gladys Sparks Turner and Louella Jackson Turner. He was also preceded in death by brothers:  James, Eugene, Arthur and Albert Turner; sisters:  Nell Ball, Marie Burleson and Edith Gardner.  Bill was a WWII Army Veteran and retired employee of Sears in Asheville. He was a member of the First Church of God in Asheville.

 

Surviving are a sister: Verlyn Sullivan, of Waterview, Virginia and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastor Dedrick Clark will officiate.  Burial will be in the Ashelawn Gardens of Memory with military grave rites conducted by the Buncombe County Veterans Council. 

 

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

 

Special thanks to the staff of Yancey House, Brookside and Hospice.  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.

CHARLES FRANK HARDIN

Charles Frank Hardin, 85, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, August 26, 2011 at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. He was the son of the late Hobart and Pansy Pate Hardin. Charles was preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Vannis Hardin and Ralph Hardin; 3 sisters:  Alta Higgins, Annis McIntosh and Floye Randolph.  He was a WWII Navy and Korean Army Veteran. He worked for General Motors for 9 years in Flint, Michigan, and was with the Merchant Marines for 14 years.  Charles was a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church. 

 

Surviving are 2 children:  Pamela Strickland and Deborah Meade of Burnsville; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 2 sisters:  Faye Vickers of Micaville, Glenna Clark of Lenoir; 2 brothers:  Dean Hardin of Glen Alpine and Evertt Hardin of Marion.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Charlie Carroway will officiate. Burial will be in the Bee Log Hill Cemetery with military grave rites conducted by the Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.

 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  A covered dish fellowship/refreshments will follow the burial in the West Burnsville Baptist Church fellowship hall.

MOZELL WEBB

Mozell Wheeler Webb, 89, of the Higgins Community, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, August 25, 2011 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John Moss and Rose Berry Wheeler and the wife of Lewis Webb who died in 1999.  She was also preceded in death by sons:  J. H. Webb and John Webb; brothers:  Lloyd Wheeler and Boyd Wheeler; sister-in-law:  Bertha Wheeler and brother-in-law:  Luther Byrd.

 

Surviving are her son:  Bobby Webb of the home and daughter:  Elizabeth Butler of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren:  David Webb and wife, Andrea, of Marion, Regina Ellis and husband, Duane, of Fitzgerald, GA, Mary Hooper and Cecilia Reel and husband, Richard, of Marion; great grandsons:  Steven and John Green, Blake Webb and Tristan Reel; great granddaughters:  Bailey Grace Webb and Leigha Ellis; brothers:  Edgar Wheeler and Floyd Wheeler and wife, Letha of Burnsville; sisters:  Alene Silvers and husband, Reece, of  Burnsville and Veo Byrd of Lincolnton; sisters-in-law:  Clara Bell Wheeler and Millie Silvers and husband, J.B.; several nieces and nephews; special friends Opha Morrow, Ethel Lou Bradford, Annis Bailey and  John Morrow (deceased) and Mattie Morrow (deceased); and her caregivers:  Barbara, Janice and Loeita.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in Higgins Free Will Baptist Church of which she was a member.  Revs. Keith Miller, Bill Mitchell, Billy Styles and Denny Wilson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Higgins Church Cemetery with nephews serving as pallbearers.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 PM Saturday at the church prior to the service.

 

The family would like extend special thanks to Hospice of Yancey County and Blue Ridge Home Care.

 

Flowers are appreciated and accepted or memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

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