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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.

JAMES MONROE ATKINS

A son, father, brother and soldier, James Monroe Atkins, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2010 in St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington.  Born in Pensacola, NC  October 25, 1927, he was a son of the late Thomas Monroe and Bertha Haynie Atkins.  He was also preceded in death by brothers Edgar E. and Thomas E. Atkins and a sister, Edna Atkins Airheart.

 

Mr. Atkins left Yancey County in February 1946 to enter the U S Army and served  during World War II in Japan and later received the World War II Victory medal and Army Occupation medal.  Jim was honorably discharged in 1947 and was employed in Alaska for a period of time, followed by settling in Tacoma, Washington, where he made his home for the remainder of his life.

 

Surviving are a sister Virginia A. (Ginny) Banks of Burnsville and a brother Morris D. Atkins and wife Cecilia of Pelzer, SC, two daughters Jodi Almquist and husband Kenny of Graham, Washington and Jennifer Atkins of Tacoma and several nieces and nephews in North and South Carolina.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 P. M. Friday December 3, 2010 in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Military honors will be conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57, DAV.  Burial will be in the Atkins-Ledford Cemetery at Pensacola.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57 DAV, P. O. Box 868, Burnsville, NC 28714.        

EDD L. CHANDLER

Edd L. Chandler, 88, of the Ivy Gap community, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Pierce and Jaylina McKinney Chandler.  He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Vernon and Bobby Chandler; and, 3 sisters:  Pearl Deaver, Myrtle Deaver and Nina Chandler.  A World War II Army Veteran, Edd was a member and past master of Bald Creek Masonic Lodge #397, A.F. & A.M. and a member of Ivy Gap Baptist Church. 

Surviving are his loving wife of 64 years:  Dorothy Buckner Chandler; a daughter:  Mary C. Laws and husband, Paris; and a son:  Ronnie Chandler, both of Mars Hill; 4 grandchildren:  Kim Thomas, Bobby Douglas Miller, Angie Sutton and Lauren Lovell; 5 great grandchildren:  Rindi, Robbie, Olivia, Kerra and Aaron; 2 sisters:  Dorothy Fox of Mars Hill and Carolyn Shepherd of Burnsville; and, 2 brothers:  Calvin Chandler of Mars Hill and Donald Chandler of Flat Creek.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Denver Styles, Allen McKinney and Joe Bennett will officiate.  Masonic grave rites will be conferred by Bald Creek Masonic Lodge # 397 at 11 AM Saturday in the Chandler Cemetery at Ivy Gap.

 

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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

HETTIE HALL ROBINSON

Hettie Hall Robinson, 102, of Micaville, passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at Mission Hospitals St Joseph Campus.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Chester and Lottie Earley Hall and the wife of Leland Robinson who died in 1991.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Tommy Robinson.

 

Surviving are a son, Gary Robinson of Micaville; 4 granddaughters and 5 great grandchildren.

 

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Rick DeJesus will officiate.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Yancey County Humane Society, 982 Cane River School Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

MARIE ROBINSON

Marie Robinson, 88, of Cane River went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 16, 2010 in Mountain Manor Assisted Living.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Glen and Cara Roland Evans and the wife of Dallas Robinson who died in 1999.  She was also preceded in death by an infant son, Harold Lee Robinson and brothers: Herman, Waymon, Lee and Bill Evans.  Marie was a member of the Double Island Baptist Church. 

 

Surviving are 2 sisters:  Genevieve McIntosh and Mary Glen Penland of Burnsville; a brother:  Nick Evans of San Jose, California, and several nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Rev. Charlie Carroway will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday in the Roland Cemetery on Roland Branch. 

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 Mary Glen Penland. 

RUBY McMAHAN

Ruby McMahan, 79, of Seven Mile Ridge went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence and Mamie Young Cox and the wife of Carl McMahan who passed in 2005.  She was also preceded in death by brothers:  Shelby and Albert Cox and son-in-law:  Dennis Hall.

 

Surviving are two daughters:  Linda Hall and Betty Blevins of Marion; a son:  Buddy McMahan and wife, Carolyn, of Burnsville; 4 grandchildren:  Carla McMahan, Gary McMahan and wife, Regina, Jennifer Blevins and T. J. Blevins and wife, Jaime, and 2 great grandchildren:  Adam and Dylan Blevins.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 P. M. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Ricky Woody and Billy Mitchell will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A. M. Saturday in the Ballew Cemetery on Seven Mile Ridge Road.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 P. M. Friday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at the home of Buddy McMahan.

 

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

WILLIAM WELDON "BILL" RADFORD

William Weldon “Bill” Radford, 61, of Weaverville passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Fred and Mary Edwards Radford.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran.  He was a retired employee of Karpen Steel.  He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers:  Ray Radford and Billy Reece Radford.  William was a loving husband and father.

 

Surviving are his wife of 41 years:  Annie Silvers Radford; a son:  Bruce Radford of Leicester; a daughter:  Michelle Radford of the home; a sister:  Helen Radford of Marion and a brother:  Danny Radford of Burnsville.

 

Military graverites will be conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Piney Hill Cemetery. 

 

The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.   

HELEN G. WHITSON

Helen G. Whitson, 84, of Green Mountain, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Maryland, she was a daughter of the late Harry Gavigan and Margaret Gavigan Perkins and the wife of Rassie Whitson who died in 2005.  Helen and Rassie were owner-operators of Li’l Smoky Drive-In for 22 years.  She was of the Baptist faith.

 

Surviving are a daughter:  Kathy Roman and husband, Buzz, of York, PA; 2 sons:  Bob Whitson and wife, Judy, of Blountville, TN and Grant Whitson of Green Mountain; 5 sisters:  Bertha, Blanche, Janet, Margaret and Brenda; 2 brothers:  Gilmore and Irvin; 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and a special caregiver:  Rita W. Honeycutt.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Blaine Whitson and Rodney Deyton will officiate.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Peterson Hill Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

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

TROY COLE

Troy Lee Cole, 75, of Burnsville, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday, November 5, 2010 at his home.  He was the son of the late James Albert and Effie Kent Cole of Weaverville.  Other family members waiting for him in heaven are: an infant son:  Troy Daniel Cole; 3 brothers:  Johnny, Edd and George Cole; one granddaughter: Amber Brooke Cole.  He retired from Western Waterproofing where he was a foreman for 37 years.  He attended Landmark Baptist Church and rededicated his life to Jesus in September, 2010 in Arizona.  For 5 years, he owned and operated Mars Hill Bulk Food.  Troy was a loving husband, father and grandfather that will be greatly missed.

 

Surviving are his wife of 41 years:  Norma Edwards Cole; 4 sons:  Johnny and wife, Gail, Timmy and wife, Faye, Scotty and wife, Shelly, and Daniel; 3 daughters:  Brenda Young and husband, Doug, Donna Anderson, Merinda Edwards and husband, Victor, all of Burnsville; 2 brothers:  Wayne and wife, Joyce, Gaye and wife, Linda; 2 sisters:  Joe Cox, Faye Hensley and husband, Olen; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday in the Landmark Baptist Church.  The Revs. Denver Styles, Scotty Cole and David Bryant will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 3:00 PM at the church.  

 

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