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GETER KEITH HANEY

Geter Haney, 67, of Scronce Creek, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, June 3, 2010.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Lear Haney.  He was a well loved member of the Bee Log Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife of 48 years:  Barbara Miller Haney; a daughter:  Leisa Simmons and husband, Rodney; a daughter:  Carolyn; and 2 sons:  Coy and Gene, all of Burnsville; 9 grandchildren; and, 2 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday in Bee Log Baptist Church.  The Rev. Kelly Bryant will officiate.  Burial will be in the Bee Log Church Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 PM Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

JOSEPH CARROLL GILLESPIE

Joseph Carroll Gillespie, 71, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, May 31, 2010, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Byrd and Mary Young Gillespie.  Joe was a U.S. Marine Corps Combat Veteran, and retired as Chief of Police of Burnsville in 1992 after 20 years service.  He was a life long member of Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife:  Linda Metcalf Gillespie; a daughter:  Audria Lynn Gillespie Briggs and husband, John; and a grandson:  Hunter Briggs, all of Bakersville; 3 brothers:  Charles Gillespie and wife, Becky, of Burnsville, David Gillespie and wife, Deanna of Kentucky and John Gillespie and wife, Patricia, of Florida; sister-in-law:  Jerri Storie and husband, Tom, of Burnsville; nephews:  Joe and Davis Gillespie, Keith and Kelly Gillespie, Andrew and Joshua Gillespie, and Joel and Adam Storie.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 P.M. Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Wes Sharpe will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday in the Grover Hunter Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 7:30 P.M. Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

CHARLES DAVID MALKEMES

Charles David Malkemes, 66, of Boca Raton, Florida, passed away Friday, May 28, 2010, at his summer home in Micaville, NC.  A graduate of Penn State, he was a retired electrical engineer with IBM.  He was the loving husband of Mary Ann Ambrose Malkemes, father of Amy Heh and husband, Steve, and Brian Malkemes and wife, Kyre; and grandfather of Jacob Heh.  He is also survived by siblings:  Raymond Malkemes and wife, Patricia, Carol Hess, Barbara Beamer and husband, Jack, and sisters-in-law:  Kathy Malkemes and Kathy Ambrose.  Chuck is preceded in death by his brother: James Malkemes; and, brother-in-law:  David Hess.

 

A funeral mass will be at 11 A. M. Friday, June 4, 2010, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Mint Hill, NC with luncheon to follow.

JACK WALTER TIPTON

Jack Walter Tipton, 90, of Sweetwater Road, Green Mountain, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late John and Minnie Whitson Tipton.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Webb Tipton; his son, Jimmy Tipton; 5 sisters:  Maphre Young, Carrie Tipton, Margie Higgins, Ella Jay Sparks and Marie Martin; and 3 brothers:  Isaac, Jake and Jule Tipton.  Jack was a WWII Army Veteran and retired from Broyhill Furniture in Marion.  He was a member of Southbend Free Will Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are 3 daughters:  Linda Grindstaff and husband, Eddie, of Green Mountain, Wanda Fox and husband, Ronnie, of Burnsville and Carolyn England and husband, Billy, of Nebo; 6 grandchildren:  Brandi Silver, Kelly Loven, April Buchanan, Steven Fox, Trinity Huskins and Orin Wilson; a brother:  Arthur Tipton of Paducah, KY; 8 grandchildren:  Baylea, Bently, Micheal, Tyler, Jordon, Blake, Tanner and Erica; and special friends:  Phillip and Vada Woody.

 

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Peterson-McCourry Cemetery.  Rev. Philip Garland will officiate.

 

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

WALTER "HANK" DEMORSKY

Walter “Hank” Demorsky, 85, of  Burnsville passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at Yancey House Assisted Living.  A native of Waterbury, CT, he was a son of the late Louis and Anna Lubesky Demorsky and the husband of Mary Smith Demorsky who passed away in 1999.  Mr. Demorsky was a WWII Navy Veteran.

 

Surviving are 3 daughters:  Gwynn Fox of Margate, FL, Susan Demorsky of Frisco, TX and Mary Cifaldi of Weaverville; a son:  Mark Demorsky of Black Mountain; 2 grandsons:  Bryan Harper of Jacksonville, FL and Brad Wilson of Candler.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Saturday, May 22, 2010 in First Presbyterian Church.  Rev. Maggie Lauterer will officiate.

 

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

JOAN KING SHEPHERD

Joan King Shepherd, 75, of the Swiss Community, died Friday, May 15, 2010 at her home. A native of Haywood County, she was a daughter of the late John Joseph and May Harbin King of Canton and the wife of Gene Shepherd who died in 2008.  She was also preceded in death by brothers, John Joseph King and Richard E. King.  Joan was a US Navy Veteran.

 

Surviving are her children: Cynthia (Jeff) Glenn of Bristol, TN, Neva Johnson of Asheville, Joseph Johnson of Swannanoa and Hugh (Donna) Johnson of Kent, Ohio; a sister: Roberta (Charles) Bonham of Clyde, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 P. M. Sunday, May 23, 2010 in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.  Pastor Jerry Shelton will officiate.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association-Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, Memorials & Tributes Processing Center, P. O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216. 

ETHEL PETERSON BOONE

Ethel Peterson Boone, a direct descendant of Tobias Peterson, who was an original settler of Western North Carolina, passed away Monday, May 10, 2010 at the age of 72.  She was a daughter of the late Criss and Birdella Cooper Peterson and granddaughter of  Budger Mose Peterson.  She was also preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

 

She is survived by her loving husband, R. V. Boone; her children:  Chris, Becky, David and Daniel; three grandchildren and a sister, Oma Peterson.

 

A memorial service will be held at 1PM Sunday, September 5, 2010, at Peterson's Entertainment on Bear Wallow Road.

GLENDA BRACKINS ROBINSON ROLAND

Glenda Brackins Robinson Roland, 49, of Tatertown Road in Avery County, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2010, at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Geraldine Higgins Brackins of Burnsville and the late Harmon Brackins.  She was also preceded in death by her husband:  Delzie D. Robinson.

 

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Jack Roland, of the home; sisters:  Gwen Thomas and Linda Murphy and husband, Audie, all of Burnsville; a special niece and nephew:  Victoria Murphy and Keith Robinson; a stepdaughter:  Michelle Alvarez; 2 stepsons:  Daniel and Scott Roland; 9 step grandchildren; and, a step great-granddaughter.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Keith Miller and Denny Wilson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Friday in the Brackins Family Cemetery on Bradford Road on Little Creek.

 

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

MARCIA BANKS EPPLER

Marcia Banks Eppler, 56, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 8, 2010 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Grace Ray Dart and the late Jake Banks of Burnsville.  Marcia was a life-long member of Bolens Creek Baptist Church.  She was a 25-year employee of the U.S. Postal Service.  She took great pride in her work, but her family was her life.

 

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband:  Dwight Eppler; 3 daughters:  Jennifer McNeill of Pittsboro, NC, Kimberly Reece of Denver, NC and Susan Wood of Sparta, NC; a son: Dwight Eppler Jr. of Midlothian, TX; 4 grandchildren:  Cameron and Jake McNeill, Jordan Eppler and Hope Wood; 3 brothers:  Tracy and Gordon Banks of Burnsville and Richard Banks of Unicoi, TN; nieces and nephews also survive.

 

A celebration of her life will be held at 7 PM Monday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 10 AM Tuesday in the McCracken Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 PM Monday at the funeral home.

ARCEMUS L. "SAMMY" MITCHELL

Arcemus L. “Sammy” Mitchell, 61, of Mitchell Branch Road, died Friday, April 30, 2010, at his home.  A native of Yancey County he was a son of the late Edd and Ada Rogers Mitchell.  He was preceded in death by a brother:  Billy Mitchell.

 

Surviving are his children:  Michelle Belcher, Bridgette Mitchell and Sammy Mitchell, all of Burnsville, Tammy Bosier of Ft. Knox, KY and Cameron Mitchell of Brooklyn, NY; a brother:  Edward Mitchell of Burnsville; sisters:  Mary Alice McDowell of Burnsville and Mrs. Charles Robinson of Weaverville; and, 10 grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Perry Norton will officiate.  Graveside services will be held at 10AM Wednesday in the Mitchell Family Cemetery on Mitchell Branch.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 PM Tuesday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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