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RHEBA AYERS

Rheba Hughes Ayers of Red Hill went home to be with Jesus Wednesday, December 14,  She died surrounded by her family at the home of her son, Dorne Ayers, in San Diego. She was 81.

 

Though small in stature, Rheba was a giant of compassion. Kindhearted, thoughtful and meticulous in all her endeavors, she modeled Psalms 31:10-28. During her latter years failing health limited her mobility but never her determination.

 

Rev. Dorne Ayers and wife Rita, grandsons Jeremiah Ayers of California City and Dr. John Ayers of Boston, and sister Ada Bell Westall of Burnsville survive. She was a native of Yancey County, the daughter of late Herbert and Leona Fox Hughes. Her loving husband Charles Ayers and son Lew Ayers preceded her in death.

 

The family will receive friends beginning at 6 pm Tuesday, December 27th and services will be held at 1 pm Wednesday, December 28th at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. In addition to her son, Revs. David Garland and Ronnie Gouge will officiate.

FOYE CROWDER WILSON

Foye Wilson, 94, of the Bald Mountain Community, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, December 23, 2011 at her home.  A native of Madison County, she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Annie English Crowder and the wife of Woodrow Wilson who died in 1986.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Bernice Edwards and sons Ernest and Lawrence Wilson.

 

Surviving are five daughters: Jewell Pierce of Livingston, TN, Wilma Johnson and Wanda Johnson of Gainesboro, TN, Carol Crissone and Betty King of Burnsville; 4 sons: Charles Michael Wilson and Woodrow Wilson, Jr. of Burnsville, Roger Wilson of Asheville and Ray Wilson of Cookeville, TN, 22 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.

 

 Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Clifton McCurry will officiate.  Burial will be in the McCurry Cemetery on Jims Creek.

 

The family will receive friends from 12 Noon until 2 P. M. prior to the service at the funeral home.

JOSEPH HAROLD BLACK

Joseph Harold Black, 65, of Burnsville passed away Friday, December 23, 2011 at his home.  A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Hardy and Pauline Owens Black.  He was also preceded in death by a sister:  Bertha Black and a brother:  Hardy Black, Jr.  Harold was a highly decorated US Army Vietnam War Veteran.  He was a successful contractor and avid car and motorcycle enthusiast.

 

Surviving are a son: Ty Black and wife, Barbara, of Burnsville, 2 brothers:  Ott Black and special friend, Diana Wheeler, and nephew, Jamey Black all of Weaverville and Jackson Black of South Carolina; 3 sisters:  Nina and Darlene Harding and Martha Hoyle and husband, Robert, all of Weaverville and several nieces and nephews; the mother of his son:  Beverly Alexander and husband, Troy, of Alexander and extended family:  Chuck Deweese and wife, Tonya, of Candler, Dewayne Fender and wife, Krystal, Jason Smith and wife, Lisa of Weaverville and Joe Murphy and wife, Patsy, of Burnsville

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Monday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

 

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

 

Burial will be in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery at Black Mountain at a later date.   

THOMAS DENNIS McCURRY

Thomas Dennis McCurry, 72, of Burnsville entered into eternal rest on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at the John F. Keever, Jr., Solace Center.  He was the son of the late Ferril G. and Faye Campbell McCurry.

 

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 31 years, Terri B. McCurry; his loving children:  Emily McCurry Boone and husband, Daniel, and Isaac McCurry and girlfriend, Tiffany Fender; special cousin and friend:  Roger Campbell; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law:  Charles and Kay Boone, and Enelo and Carol Boone and many special and devoted friends.

 

Dennis taught Biology at Mars Hill High School for 13 years, where he also worked as a high school guidance counselor.  He was a member of the Mars Hill Fire Department where he served as Assistant Chief, and was the first appointed Town Manager for the town of Mars Hill. Upon returning to Burnsville, Dennis worked in the new and used car business.  In 1982, he and business partner, Gene Higgins opened M & H Motors.  In 1987, they moved into the Chevrolet dealership in Burnsville opening M & H Chevrolet Buick, where Dennis worked until his retirement in 2005.

 

Dennis was a member of Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served as a Steven Minister.  He loved his church, church family and prayer team.

 

Dennis had a lifelong love for old cars and Street Rods.  After his retirement, he enjoyed working at his garage and spending time with his family and friends.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, December 24, 2011 in the Family Life Center at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.  Rev. Wes Sharpe will officiate.  Burial will be in the Holcombe Cemetery. 

 

Memorials may be made to Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, Mission Fund, P. O. Box 85, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

The family will be at his home.

TIFFANY RENEE THOMAS

Tiffany Renee Thomas, 25, of Laurel Heights Drive went to spend Christmas with Jesus Tuesday, December 20, 2011.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Robert and Tammy Carroll Thomas of Burnsville.  Tiffany had attended the Summer Funshine Camp since the start.  She was the Captain of the cheerleaders of the NC Outreach Home Care.  She was a 2004 graduate of Mountain Heritage High School and a member of Celo United Methodist Church.  Tiffany was an angel on earth.

 

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her twin sister:  Tabitha Hope Thomas; 3 brothers:  Jeff Thomas of the home, Greg Thomas and wife, Addie, Dustin Proffitt and wife, Kirsten; a special niece: Allyson Thomas; maternal grandmother:  Mary Carroll all of Burnsville, and a host of special friends and family.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Tom Robertson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Bowditch Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

 

Memorials may be made to Friends Across North Carolina, c/o Karen McKenzie, 1080 Brinkley Road, Carthage, NC 28327.

RALPH CARROLL

Ralph Carroll, 72, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Magnolia Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Luther and Cora Queen Carroll.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Carroll Nelson.

 

Surviving are two brothers:  Jack Carroll and wife, Maxine, of Morganton and Paul Ray Carroll and wife, Elaine, of Greer, SC; a brother-in-law:  Howard Nelson of Burnsville and several nieces and nephews.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2 PM Tuesday December 27, 2011 in the Boone Cemetery on Plum Branch.  Rev. Kenneth Nelson will officiate. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.

 

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Carroll family.

EULA ADKINS

Eula Adkins, 82, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, December 18, 2011, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Dove and Hester Adkins.  She was preceded in death by a sister:  Hazel Hensley, and, an infant sister:  Bulah.  Eula was a former member of Byrd’s Chapel Baptist Church and presently a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are 2 sisters:  Glessie Miller and Chloe Ella Ray of Burnsville; and, 5 nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Pastors Ricky Ray and Raymond Phillips will officiate.  Burial will be in the Adkins Cemetery at Bent Creek.

 

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

CLYDE McINTOSH

Clyde McIntosh, 79, of the Jacks Creek Community in Yancey County, went home to be with the Lord Friday, December 16, 2011.  A lifelong resident of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Carl and Omega Evans McIntosh.  He was preceded in death by brothers:  Carl Lee and Nealy McIntosh.

 

Clyde served in the United States Navy and was a successful entrepreneur.  He served as Sheriff of Yancey County from 1986-1990.  Among his many loves were his family, friends, church and community.  He was a lifelong member of Riverside Baptist Church.  Clyde was active in many organizations, including being a charter and active member of the Yancey County Camp of the Gideon’s International.  He also worked hard to promote the Democratic Party throughout his life, and received the prestigious Mountain Democrat of the Year award in 2001.

 

Clyde was a loving husband to Glenna Thomas McIntosh for 42 years.  He was the proud father of Jean Leigh McIntosh of Athens, GA, Jill Austin and husband, Dale, of Burnsville, and Samuel McIntosh, also of Burnsville.  Clyde was the grandfather of Linsay Austin Marelli and husband, Jim, of Memphis, TN, Nealy McIntosh of Burnsville, Molly McIntosh of Asheville and Avery McIntosh Austin of Burnsville.  He was a devoted brother to Grace Silvers of Burnsville, and a brother to Carl McIntosh of Columbia, SC.  Clyde had numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, who were very dedicated to him.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from Noon until 3PM.  Burial will be in Wilson Cemetery on John Henry Road.  Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

REV. JONATHAN "JOHNNY" GEOUGE

Rev. Jonathan “Johnny” Geouge, 64, of Catawba County went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, December 13, 2011.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Edna Geouge and the late Dale Geouge.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Iris Cook.  Johnny was a US Army Vietnam Veteran, and was a pastor and evangelist for 29 years.

 

Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife of 42 years, Wanda Johnson Geouge, sons:  John Dale Geouge and wife, Kim; their children:  Isaac, Hannah and Macy; and Jason Scott Geouge and wife, Sandy; their children:  Morgan, Thomas and Natalie Geouge all of Catawba County; a sister:  Wanda Norton and brothers:  Floyd and Wade Geouge.

 

A graveside service will be held at l P.M. Saturday at Blue Rock Baptist Church Cemetery.  Rev. Luther Carver will officiate.  Military grave rites will be conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57, DAV.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P.M. Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

J. C. HENSLEY

J. C. Hensley, 81, of Jacks Creek passed away Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Crate and Dora Estep Hensley and the husband of Wanda McIntosh Hensley who died in 1989.  He was also preceded in death by sisters:  Vergie McMahan, Pansy Hensley, Nettie Wilson and Atlas Ponder and brothers:  Leslie, Ward, Willie and Edward Hensley.

 

Surviving are his daughters:  Connie Whitson, Kim Hensley and Karen Gurley; 9 grandchildren:  A. J. Hensley, Tacoma Whitson, Daniel Whitson, Dylan Whitson, Cody Whitson, Chad Whitson, Carroll Gurley, Kaylee Gurley and Kandas Hensley and a brother:  Junior Hensley all of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Todd Robinson will officiate.  Burial will be in the John Metcalf Cemetery on Horton Creek.

 

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

 

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