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VERNON ALVIN JUSTICE, JR.

Vernon Alvin Justice, Jr., 83, of Little Switzerland, went to be with the Lord Friday, September 3, 2010.  A native of Oklahoma, he was a son of the late Vernon A. and Nyle Looper Justice.  He was also preceded in death by a son, Kevin Justice.  He was a World War II Navy Veteran and a registered architect in Missouri and Florida.  After practicing in St. Petersburg, FL, he was an architect at Robins Air Force Base, GA.  Vernon was active in reestablishing the Church of Christ in Burnsville, serving as the first minister, and continuing his ministry through his 18-year radio program “Have You Got a Minute?” on WKYK.

 

Surviving are his wife of 59 years:  Sue Marrs Justice; sons:  Bryan Justice and wife, Diane, of Maryville, TN, Lance Justice and wife, Debbie, of Georgetown, SC, and Craig Justice and wife, Linda, of Warner Robins, GA; and, 9 grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Tuesday in the Chapel at WNC State Veteran’s Cemetery in Black Mountain.  Jerry Senn will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Veternas Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7PM Monday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, Burnsville, NC.

CASIE EUGENE THOMAS, JR.

Casie Eugene Thomas, Jr., 68, of the South Toe Community, went home to be with the Lord Friday, September 3, 2010, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Elsie Laws Thomas of Micaville and the late Rev. Casie Thomas.  He was also preceded in death by a son:  Patrick Thomas; and, a brother:  Ernest Thomas.  Eugene was a member of Bowditch Union Church, where he served as Deacon and Choir Leader.  He was owner of Thomas Construction Company and had been a carpenter for 35 years.  Eugene enjoyed deer hunting.

 

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife of 46 years:  Patricia Autrey Thomas; a son:  Bryan Thomas and wife, Amy of South Toe; 4 sisters:  Leslie Cooke of Sevierville, TN, Bernice Metcalf of Mars Hill, Louise Dockery of Marion, and Christine Morgan of Asheville; 4 brothers:  Marshall Thomas of Erwin, TN, Jimmy Thomas of Covington, VA, Billy Thomas of Burnsville and Larry Thomas of Micaville; and, special friends:  Bob and Barbara Culberth of Abbeville, SC.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 P.M. Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Ronnie Whitson and Jim Shoupe will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery at Seven Mile Ridge.

 

The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3:30 P.M. prior to the service at the funeral home.

ARTHUR ARLEN "OTT" HUGHES

Arthur Arlen "Ott" Hughes, 89, of the Double Island Community, went home to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family and friends Thursday, September 2, 2010, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Fonze and Susie Fox Hughes.  He was also preceded in death by his wife:  Vera Presnell Hughes; a granddaughter:  Donna Lynn Laws; brothers:  Richard and Homer Hughes; and, a sister:  Francis Hughes Whitson.  Arthur was a member of Double Island Baptist Church and a charter member of the Double Island Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a World War II US Army Veteran.

 

He is survived by 4 daughters:  Jean Robinson and husband, Homer, of W. Jefferson, Helen Hughes, Hazel Wilson and husband, Roger, and Elizabeth (Lib) Cassida and husband, Donald, all of the Double Island Community; special friend:  Marcella Hughes; special sisters in Christ:  Mae Silvers and Marietta Forbes; 9 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 1 great, great grandchild; and, brothers:  Farrell and Howard Hughes of Burnsville, and Lloyd Hughes of Hickory.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Rick Woody, John Ellege and Joe Bennett will officiate.  A private graveside service will be held Saturday in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

 

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

FRANK JUNIOR SILVER

 

Frank Junior Silver, 77, of Pensacola, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Champ and Bonnie Storie Silver.  He was also preceded in death by a daughter:  Diane Beaver; a son:  Steve Ledford; and, his mother-in-law:  Irene Hyatt.  Junior served 16 years in the U.S. Navy and was a Korean War Veteran.

 

Surviving are his wife: Doris Hyatt Silver; a daughter:  Judy Ledford of Spruce Pine; sons:  Charles Ledford and wife, Carol, of Monticello, GA, David Ledford and wife, Tammy, of Erwin, TN, Dean Ledford and wife, Paula, and Gary Ledford and wife, Teresa; daughter-in-law:  Kathy Ledford; son-in-law:  Gerald Beaver; a sister:  Jean Allen; brothers:  Jerry Silver and wife, Tish, all of Burnsville, and Dennis Silver of Marion; 17 grandchildren; and, 17 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 1PM Friday in the Pensacola Free Will Baptist Church, of which he was a member.  Rev. Norman Lovelace and David Ledford will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Circle of Faith Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, where the body will remain until taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714, or Pensacola Free Will Baptist Church Widows Fund, C/O Tish Silver, 305 Ewart Wilson Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

NOLA BRADFORD

Nola Pate Bradford, 91, of Burnsville, passed away Monday, August 30, 2010 at her home where she was able to remain with the loving care provided by Brittany Austin Buchanan.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John D. and Hattie Wilson Pate of which she was the last survivor of 11 children.  She was the wife of Hubert Bradford who died in 1992 and was also preceded in death by children:  Nina Hammonds, JoAnn Hicks, Roger Bradford, Steve Bradford and Danny Bradford.  At age 55, Nola reared a second family:  Donna Smith, Eddie and Steve Hammonds and Kimberly Ball.  Nola remained active and enjoyed quilting, gardening and fishing well into her later years.  Nola’s influence was felt far beyond the realms of her family.

 

Surviving are children:  Eddie Bradford and wife, Jean, of Burnsville, Dale Coletta and husband, David, of Palm Harbor, FL, Broma Stiles and husband, Ed, of Burnsville; son-in-law:  William R. Hicks of Blountville, TN; 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 7 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Stacy Elkins will officiate.  Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Milburn Bradford Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be grandsons and great grandsons. 

 

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

DONALD COY BARNETT

Donald Coy Barnett, 61, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 in Mission Hospitals-St. Joseph Campus.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Charlotte Young Barnett of Burnsville and the late Columbus Barnett.  Coy went to Oak Crest Elementary School in the Lincoln Park Community where he grew up, a graduate of Cane River High School. While at Cane River, he participated in football and other sports.  Coy also was a member of the Burnsville Eagles baseball team.  He attended Blanton’s Business College.  After that, he did a tour of duty in the US Army. Upon his return from the Army, he attended and graduated from Montreat-Anderson College.  For several years, Coy was an employee of the Buncombe County Sheriffs Department.  In his later years, he attended church at the Gathering Place in Burnsville.  He enjoyed fishing, camping and cookouts with his family and friends.

 

Surviving in addition to his mother are a son: Donald C. Barnett and two grandsons of Chicago; his loyal companion of 12 years, Jeanne LaMont of Burnsville, her family and two grandchildren; a sister Shirley Whiteside of Burnsville; a brother, Derwin Barnett of Burnsville; a host of nieces and nephews and extended family and friends and his brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

A homecoming celebration will be held at 11 A.M. Thursday, September 2, 2010 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.   Officiating will be Revs. Ronnie Anglin, Bill Whiteside and William Ray.   The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

 

Burial will be at 2 P.M. Thursday in the Western North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with Military grave rites conducted by the Buncombe County Veterans Council.

ZELLMA MATHIS

Zellma Mathis, 73, of the Bowditch Community went home to be with the Lord, Monday, August 23, 2010 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late James and Annie Mae Murphy Jones.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Joey Mathis.  Zellma was a member of Browns Creek Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are her husband, Woodrow Mathis; a daughter:  Nina Boone and husband, Keith Phillip Boone, of Burnsville; 8 grandchildren:  Chasidy Sutton, Monica Boone, Kendra Boone, Cory Boone, Danny Mathis, Terry Mathis, Ashley Mathis and April Wooten; 10 great-grandchildren; 6 sisters:  Pat Gosnell, Barbara Landers and Sue Dover of Micaville, Louise Buchanan of Bakersville, Nancy Mull and Ruth Parlier of Morganton and a brother:  Lloyd Jones of Marion.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Mike Grindstaff and GE Freeman will officiate.  Burial will be in the Bowditch Cemetery.

 

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

GLADYS GILLESPIE

Gladys Silver Gillespie of Cane Branch Road went home to be with the Lord, Monday, August 23, 2010.  She was the wife of Kermit (Dave) Gillespie who went home to be with the Lord, November 11, 1999.  She was the daughter of the late Lynn and Mary McCurry Silver and was also preceded in death by her step-mother, Ada Silver.  Mrs. Gillespie was a public school teacher in the Yancey County school system for over 40 years.   She was a member of Crabtree Baptist Church and was a Sunday school teacher there.

 

Surviving are a son:  David Lynn and wife, Ervena; 3 grandchildren:  Dawn Michelle, Shaun Michael and wife, Kim, and David Mark and wife, Jayanna; 5 great-grandchildren; a great-great granddaughter; and one nephew:  Ken Hilliard.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Claude Surrett and Pastor Dale Banks will officiate.  Burial will be in the Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Faith Fellowship Church Mission Fund, P. O. Box 756, Micaville, NC 28755 or Tri-County Christian School, 1637 Highway 19E, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

JACK EUGENE WEBB

Jack Eugene Webb, 83, of Green Mountain, passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2010, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late George and Jennie Peterson Webb.  A World War II Army Veteran, Jack was a retired truck driver and a member of Peterson Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.  He was preceded in death by a brother:  Paul Webb; and, sisters:  Judy Webb and Betty Tipton.  Jack would meet you with a smile and leave you with one also.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and attending church.

 

Surviving are his wife of 60 years:  Edith Peterson Webb; son:  Randy Webb and wife, Karen; daughters:  Brenda Allen and husband, Raymond, and Anna Webb, all of Green Mountain; grandchildren:  Christy Deyton and husband, Shannon, and Luke and Lacey Webb; and, a great granddaughter:  Vega Deyton.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Donald Whitson and Denny Wilson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Friday in Peterson Cemetery at Huntdale.

 

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

THOMAS FLETCHER McCOURRY

Thomas Fletcher McCourry, 92, of Simpsonville, SC died Tuesday, August 10, 2010.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Euphrates and Rose Peterson McCourry.  He was also preceded in death by his wife of 56 years:  Zula Hughes McCourry; sister:  Ruth McCourry Hills; and, two brothers:  Alvin and Ray C. McCourry.  Fletcher was a US Army Air Corp veteran, serving 33 years through three wars.  He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Burnsville.

 

Surviving are four children:  Thomas Larry McCourry, and wife, Ruth, of Asheville, Stephen Lynn McCourry of Travelers Rest, SC, Patricia Renee McCourry Meier and husband, Steven, of Charleston, SC, and Barry Alan McCourry and wife, Melissa, of Simpsonville, SC; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and, many nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 5PM Saturday, August 14, 2010, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Maggie Lauterer and Billy Bryant will officiate.  Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Horton Hill.

 

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

 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 635, Burnsville, NC 28714.

 

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