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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.

LEW JESSIE AYERS

Lew Jessie Ayers, 55, a life-long resident of the Red Hill community in Mitchell County, went to be with the Lord, Friday, September 30, 2011 at his home.  He was a son of Rheba Hughes Ayers of Red Hill and the late Charles Ayers.  A truck owner-operator, Lew had traveled extensively throughout the United States.  Over 30 years, he visited 48 states and logged more than a million miles.  In the summer of 2010, he made his last cross-country trip, during a summer vacation, visiting the Southwestern deserts, Grand Canyon, California Coast and High Sierras with his brother.  He was a journeyman, farmer and mechanic and loved working with animals, caring for two wolves since 1994.  Lew suffered a debilitating stroke in 2009; after which, his health steadily declined.  Lew was, at heart, a soft-spoken and caring man who many times helped neighbors during difficult times.

 

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a brother:  Rev. Dorne Ayers of San Diego, CA; and nephews:  Jeremiah Ayers of California City, CA and Dr. John Ayers of Boston, MA.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Dorne Ayers and David Garland will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Friday in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

 

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

MILAM McCURRY WILLIAMS

Milam McCurry Williams, 83, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, September 26, 2011.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Burgess and Drucilla Watts McCurry.  Milam was also preceded in death by 4 brothers:  Fred, Tilman, Sam and Bacchus; 2 sisters:  Trula and Ruby and 2 great grandchildren:  Andrea Shultz and Cody Wise.

 

Surviving are two sons:  Gerald Phillips and wife, Kathey, and Greg Williams and wife, Inge, all of Burnsville; 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; a brother:  J. C. McCurry of Johnson City, TN; 2 sisters:  Gladys Erwin of Erwin, TN and Mary Edwards of Burnsville.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Clifton McCurry will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Thursday in the Watts Cemetery on Lotties Creek.

 

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

ELIZABETH "JEAN" FOX

Elizabeth “Jean” Fox, 69, of Burnsville, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2011 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Hattie Laws Fox.  She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Ross Fox and Clyde Fox; and 4 sisters:  Lois McCurry, Jackie Runion, Hazel Fox and Thelma Hensley. Jean was an employee of Bantam Chef for the past 37 years.

 

Surviving are 3 brothers:  Homer Fox and wife, Neta, and Clay Fox all of Burnsville and Albert Fox and wife, Rebecca, of Weaverville and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Larry Sprouse will officiate.  Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery.

 

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

PAMELA ANDERSON PATE

Pamela Anderson Pate, 87, of Hickory Lane, passed away Friday, September 23, 2011, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.   A native of Madison County, born to the late Dewey and Vernie Brigman Anderson Stanley, she was the adopted daughter of the late Joe and Alice Robinson.  She was also preceded in death by a sister: Bernice Banks; and, brothers:  Ernest, Horace and Preston Anderson.  Palama loved her family, spending time with her grandchildren, and gardening.

 

Surviving are her husband of 68 years:  Ransom L. Pate;  two sons:  Donald Lee Pate of the home and Gerald Pate of Micaville; a daughter:  Jeanie Chrisawn and husband, Keith, of Micaville;  a granddaughter:  Leigh-Ann Capps and husband, Jeffrey, of Weaverville; a grandson:  Alan Chrisawn and wife, Amanda, of Nebo; 3 great grandchildren:  Colby and Callie Capps and Joshua Chrisawn; and, 2 step great grandchildren: Kasey and Rodney Kinser.  

 

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Keith Blankenship and Ricky Ray will officiate. Burial will be in the Eddie McMahan Cemetery at Low Gap.

 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home and at other times will be at the home of Jeanie Chrisawn on Cane Branch.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

THOMAS DEAN McINTOSH

Thomas Dean McIntosh, 68, of Burnsville went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Tom and Ruth Jarrett McIntosh.  He was a Cum Laude graduate of Appalachian State Teachers College where he earned a teaching degree in mathematics.  During his 31 years of public school teaching, he touched many lives.   Tommy was an avid member of Burnsville First Presbyterian Church.

 

Surviving are a sister:  Susan Wilson and husband, Robert, of Lenoir; a brother:  Ronnie Vic McIntosh and wife, Midge, of Newdale; 2 nieces:  Tamara Coffey and Cathy Harmon of Lenoir; a nephew:  Jeremy McIntosh of Newdale; 2 great-nieces:  Kirsten Coffey and Aubrey Harmon and a great-nephew:  Corbin Thomas Coffey and numerous cousins.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Maggie Lauderer and Dr. Bill Lindeman will officiate.  Burial will be in the Lily Branch Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2 PM Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be made to Burnsville First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 635, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Caldwell County Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, NC 28645.

MAUD KATHLEEN HENSLEY HIGGINS

Maud Kathleen Hensley Higgins, age 95, of Burnsville, died peacefully, surrounded by family on Sunday, September 18, 2011.  A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Wesley B. and Atlas Banks Hensley.  She was also preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William A. Higgins, in 1996, a retired magistrate of North Carolina for Yancey County, two brothers, Edgar B. Hensley and Brooks C. Hensley, and a grandson, Douglas A. Fisher.

 

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Ann Higgins Fisher and Colonel Donald L. Fisher of Bend, Oregon; two grandsons, William Blackburn of Colorado Springs, Colorado and David Fisher of Bend, Oregon; a great-grandson, Brandon Blackburn; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Evelyn Hensley Divers and John D. Divers of Cloverdale, Virginia; two sisters-in-law, Wilhelmina A. Hensley and Joyce R. Hensley of Burnsville; six nieces, two nephews, special friend, Yvonne Edge, and a host of cousins and friends.  Mrs. Higgins was owner and operator of Maud’s Beauty Salon in Burnsville for 30 years.  She was a member of Higgins Memorial Methodist Church since 1934.

 

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. John D. Divers and Pastor Wes Sharp of the Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church will officiate.  Burial will follow in Banks Cemetery on Bolens Creek.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. 

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.

 

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