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RICHARD ANTHONY RAICHLE

Richard (Rich) Anthony Raichle, 60, of Skyline Drive, journeyed home to be with his Lord on December 25, 2010.  He was born October 30, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Kurt Robert and Marguerite Mary Cannon Raichle, of Pawcatuck, Conn. He was a loving husband, brother and very special uncle.  Rich received his bachelors degree from New England Institute of Technology at the age of 41, where he ranked second in his class.  Rich worked at Harris Graphics where he met his bride, Carolyn Jean Main, and married February 14, 1987.  He and Carolyn moved to Orlando, Florida where Rich worked as a machinist, then later as supervisor of transportation at Orlando Airport.  After vacationing in Burnsville for 11 years, the love of the mountains called them to make Burnsville their new home in 2006.  Rich and Carolyn became the new owners of Ye Olde Country Store, formerly the Amish Store on Cane River School Road.  

 

Rich loved golf, hiking, camping and boating.  Rich’s nieces and nephews wish to remember their uncle for his love, support and special friendship they shared.

 

Survivors include his wife: Carolyn Jean Raichle; a brother: Robert Raichle and wife, Judy; two nieces and a nephew of Norwood MA; a sister:  Marguerite Mary Walsh and husband, William; and two nieces and a nephew of Atlanta, GA; grandnieces and nephews; a brother-in-law:  Allen Main of Ashaway, RI; and, sisters-in-law: Susan Kettley and Terry Main of Ashaway and Shirley McLaren of Asheville.

 

Private memorial services are planned for a later date.

BETTY TOWE

Betty Towe, 81, of the Prices Creek Community went to be with Jesus for Christmas on Friday, December 24, 2010 at the John F. Keever, Jr.  Solace Center in Asheville after a long, courageous battle with cancer.  Born in Buncombe County on April 23, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Carlie and Della McIntosh McCandless and the wife of Quinton Towe who passed away April 4, 1998.  She was also preceded in death by brothers Freddie and Junior McCandless and a granddaughter Kelly Towe who died March 8, 2006.  Betty was a member of Prices Creek Union Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are a daughter: Janie Fender and husband Darrell, a son: Dwight Towe and wife Janie, a granddaughter: Tiffany Redden, three grandsons: Jody Towe, Darren Fender and Nicholas Fender and two very special great grandchildren, who always made her smile: Bryson and Bianca Redden all of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 P. M. Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Burl Ledford and Brian Tipton will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11 A. M. Wednesday in the Scott Cemetery on Prices Creek.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

DIXIE BENNETT

Dixie Bennett, 87, of Burnsville, went to be with the Lord, Friday, December 24, 2010.  A native of Barnardsville, she was a daughter of the late Rev. L. A. and Lena Ray Atkins and the wife of Harold Bennett, Sr., who died in 2006.

 

Surviving are two sons:  Pastor Harold Bennett, Jr., and wife, Gail, of Boone and Robert (Bobby) Bennett and wife, Mary, of Eden; two brothers:  Jack Atkins of Burnsville and Don Atkins of Florida; 4 grandchildren:  Todd Bennett of Greenville, SC, Angie Farthing of Boone, Amanda Gard of Mann’s Harbor, NC and Emily Sullivan, PA, of Greensboro and 8 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday in Bolens Creek Baptist Church of which she was a member.  Pastor Chris Morgan and Todd Bennett, grandson, will officiate.  Burial will be in the McCracken Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

CLYDE TIPTON

Clyde Tipton, 91, of Weaverville, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at the Brian Center of Weaverville.  A native of Yancey County,  he was a son of the late Frank and Rhett Lewis Tipton.  He was a World War II Army Veteran, serving in the European Theatre.

 

Surviving are his wife of 64 years:  Mary Magdalene Hensley Tipton; a daughter:  Hanne Wainscott; 2 grandsons:  Steffan and Andrew Wainscott, all of Shelbyville, KY; a foster daughter:  Wanda Pate Ledford and husband, Reece, of Hot Springs, VA; 3 foster grandchildren:  Wayland Ledford of Hot Springs, Merle Ledford of Richmond, VA, and Melanie Ledford of Harrisonburg, VA; 2 great grandsons:  Samuel J. Snead, IV and Sidney Maxwell Snead of Harrisonburg; a great granddaughter:  Amelia Magdalene Ledford of Richmond; and, a sister:  Mary Ester Johnson of Asheville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11AM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home in Burnsville.  The Rev. Cline Hensley, Jr. will officiate.  Burial will be in Ashelawn Gardens of Memory in North Asheville.

 

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

 

Military graverites will be done by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.

DONNIE EDWARDS

Donnie Edwards, 62, of Champ Ray Road, passed away Monday, December 13, 2010, in Stoney Point.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Clyde and Estelle Phillips Edwards.  Donnie was a US Marine Vietnam Veteran, and an employee of Underwood & Weld Trucking.

 

Surviving are his wife of 32 years:  Jean Edwards; a daughter:  Janie Murphy and husband, Jeff, of Burnsville; 2 stepsons:  Tony Briggs and wife, Jamonica, of Burnsville, and Martin Briggs and wife, Amy, of Taylorsville; 2 sisters:  Faye Tipton and Jean Autrey, both of Burnsville; 5 grandchildren:  Jason Edwards, Nathan, Natalya and Dylan Murphy and Rylan Briggs; special aunt and uncle:  Ruth and Gudger Hensley; very special cousin:  Erelena Hughes; and, very special friends:  Leroy and Shelia King.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Jerry Shelton will officiate.  Burial will be in the Will Young Cemetery off NC Highway 80 North.

 

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 2PM Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.

FAYE PETERSON

Faye Peterson, 84, of Green Mountain went home to be with the Lord, Friday, December 10, 2010 at Mountain Manor Assisted Living.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Ella Gage Stewart.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert Stewart and sisters:  Mattie Greene, Ruth McKinney and Doris Maness.  Faye was a member of North Bend Freewill Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are her husband:  T. J. Peterson, three daughters:  Elaine Byrd and husband, Jerry, and Martha Peterson of Burnsville and Ann Ruetschle and husband, Jim, of Durango, Colorado; 5 grandsons and 2 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 P.M. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Dean Murphy and Roger Laws will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday in the Fairview Cemetery at Horton Hill.

 

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

 

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

ANDY AUSTIN

Andy Austin, 22, of the Cane River Community died Thursday December 9, 2010 from injuries received in an automobile accident.  A native of Yancey County, he was the son of Joe and Rachel Peterson Austin.  Andy was a 2006 graduate of Mountain Heritage High School.  He was preceded in death by his Maternal grandmother, Peggy Peterson and Paternal grandfather, Wade Austin.

       

 Surviving in addition to his parents are sister, Maria Austin of Kentucky, Maternal grandfather, Marvin Peterson, of Poplar, paternal grandmother, Johnnie Morrow Austin of Cane River, a nephew, Hunter Isaacs, 3 aunts Kenitra Higgins, Theresa Briggs and Wanda Miller, 4 uncles Bill and Scott Austin and Rick and Roger Peterson, several cousins and friends including a special friend Mike Copeland.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Stacy Elkins will oficiate. Burial will be in the Wade Austin Family Cemetery on Sam Robertson Road.

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

 

ELLA RAYE SINCLAIR

Ella Raye Sinclair, 86, of Blankenship Creek, passed away Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at Memorial Mission Hospital.  A native of Florida, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Kathleen Wiggins Fincher.  She was the wife of the late Joe Sinclair.  Raye had been a resident of Burnsville for the past 22 years.  She enjoyed the outdoors, her flowers and gardening.

 

Surviving are two sons:  Joseph Marion Sinclair and wife, Donna, of Milton, FL and Bill Sinclair and wife, Mabel, of Burnsville; a daughter:  Jan Allen and husband, Dennis, of Lodi, OH; 3 grandchildren:  Joe Sinclair, Leigh Riddle and Amanda Allen and 4 great grandchildren:  Nicholas, C.J. Samatha and Chloe.

 

Private family services will be held in Sinclair Family Cemetery in Gerton.

 

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 120 Executive Park, Building #1, Asheville, NC 28801.

WILLIAM MURRAY, JR.

William Murray, Jr. left this earth peacefully on November 29, 2010, at the age of 92.  Born on August 8, 1918, Bill was 11 years old when the Great Depression began.  During WWII Bill achieved the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, and was a radioman in dive-bombing planes that flew over 500 missions off aircraft carriers for the Naval Air Corps.  Bill was awarded several medals for courage and service, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Navy Air Medal.

 

Bill was predeceased by his daughter:  Mary Jude Wahla; beloved wife:  Lauretta (Hannagan) Murray; his beloved granddaughter:  Brenna Rae Murray-Moore; and, his youngest siblings:  Katherine, Edward, Evelyn Cusack and Gertrude Abele.  He is survived by his children:  Margaret (Glenn) Man of Honolulu, HI, William (Mary Ellen) Murray of Troy, NY, Paul (Marlene) Murray of Averill Park, NY, Jeannette Murray of Burnsville, NC, Anne (Kirk) Engel of San Francisco, CA, Laura Murray (James) of New Scotland, NY, and Michael (Denise) Murray of Valparaiso, IN; and, his younger sibling:  Thomas (Shirley) Murray of Waterford, NY.  Bill was the proud grandfather of Gabriel and Kathleen Man, Christopher, William, Brian and Shawn Murray, Noelle Evertsen, Paul and Patrick Murray, Alexander and Andrew Engel, and Olivia and Dennis Murray.  His great grandchildren are:  Jackson Murray, Sydney Evertsen, Harry, Zoey and Ryan Man, and Colin, Finnoula and Estella Murray.

 

Bill was a faithful communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Troy, NY, then St. Henry’s in Averill Park, NY, and, finally, Sacred Heart Church in Burnsville. 

 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 A.M. Saturday December 18, 2010  in Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

HOWARD HUGHES

Howard Hughes, 87, of Rocky Spring Heights, Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 25, 2010, Thanksgiving Day, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Fonze and Susie Fox Hughes.  He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers: Arthur, Homer and Richard Hughes, and a sister, Francis Whitson.

 

Surviving are his wife of 67 years:  Mary Burleson Hughes of the home; 3 daughters:  Shirley House of Salisbury, Renee Miller and Patricia McManus of Concord; 2 brothers:  Farrell Hughes of Burnsville, and Lloyd Hughes of Hickory; 4 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Scot Garland and Junior Peterson will officiate.  Graveside services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

 

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

 

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