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MAE FISHER

Mae Blalock Fisher, 84, of Marion, VA, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2010 at Cannon Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur A. and Florence Westall Patton.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, David L. Fisher; 2 sisters:  Essie Robinson and Erma Ball; a brother: Arthur Patton, Jr., and a granddaughter:  Amanda Fisher.

 

Surviving are her children:  Karen Hastings and husband, Jim, of Boone, Larry Blalock and wife, Joanne, of Charlotte, Dana Blalock and wife, Joy, of Troutman, and Denise Fisher of St. Clairsville, Ohio; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home in Burnsville.  Burial will be in the Patton Cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

PAUL ALLEN

Paul Allen, 92, of Bakers Creek, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Brookside Rehabilitation & Care.  A native of Madison County, he was a son of the late Clausel and Roxie Edney Allen, and the husband of Irene Anglin Allen who died in 2000.  They had been married for 60 years.  He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter: Mabel Irene; brothers:  Jeter, Clarence, Fred and Zenus Allen; and, sisters:  Vaughtie Wheeler, Blanche Metcalf, Vergie Hampton, Vivian Gardner, Lillie Dodd and Annie Foster.  Paul attended Bakers Creek Baptist Church, where he was a former Sunday School teacher and singing leader.  Paul had a family quartet “The Allen Family”, who sang together over 50 years.  He loved his Lord, family, church and had a host of friends.

 

Surviving are his son:  Preston Allen and wife, Phyllis; daughter:  Nina Hughes and husband, Johnny all of Burnsville; grandchildren:  Jeffrey, Anthony, Pam and Tami; great grandchildren:  Whitley, Chelsea, Nick, Andrea, Juliana and Finley; two step great grandchildren:  Jason and Sam; and three great, great step grandchildren:  Kilee, Cloey, and Cane.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2PM Friday in Bakers Creek Baptist Church.  The Rev. Royce Ball will officiate.  Burial will follow in the Charlie Anglin Family 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 one hour prior to the service.

 

Memorials may be made to Yancey County Senior Center, P. O. Box 546, Burnsville, NC 28714, or Gideons International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.

IRENE ROBINSON MARSH

Irene Robinson Marsh, 98, of Micaville, went Home Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Mountain Manor.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Lewis and Doshia Silvers Robinson.  She was the wife of the late James Marsh.  A daughter, Shirley Marsh, and a great grandson, Mark McMahan, preceded her in death.  Irene was a member of Micaville Presbyterian Church.  She retired from the Yancey County School system as Manager of Micaville Elementary Lunchroom.

 

Surviving are 4 children:  Bobby Marsh, Janice Grove, Jim Marsh and wife, Sue, all of Micaville, and Charlene Ray and husband, Tommy, of Old Fort; 7 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and, a great, great granddaughter.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Pete Peterson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Saturday in Holcombe Cemetery.

 

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

BONNIE MAY ROGERS THOMAS

Bonnie May Rogers Thomas, 85, of Burnsville passed away Sunday, June 27, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late George and Julia Jones Hall and wife of Edward Rogers who died in 1967 and Walker Thomas who died in 1989.  She was also preceded in death by her son, Jerry Rogers.  She was a retired employee of Belks Department Store in Spruce Pine.  Bonnie was a member of Pleasant Gap Baptist Church.

 

She is survived by aunts: Edna Jones of Burnsville, Thula Sparks of Micaville and Viola Robinson of Green Mountain; several cousins and Sabrina Burleson who called her Grandma.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Steve Grindstaff and B. G. McMahan will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday in the Fred Young Cemetery at Pleasant Gap.

 

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

ROBERT WHITSON, JR.

Robert Whitson, Jr., 81, of Green Mountain, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, June 24, 2010, after an extended illness.  He was born in Unicoi County, Tennessee.  Robert was a son of the late Robert and Violet Gillis Whitson.  He was the husband of Wanda Blease King Whitson who died in 2003.  He was also preceded in death by a daughter:  Nancy Whitson; and, a brother:  Rassie Whitson.  Robert was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and member of North Bend Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as Treasurer until his health declined.

 

Surviving are 2 sons:  Steve Whitson and wife, Billie Jean, of Burnsville and David Whitson and wife, Saundra, of Hudson, NC; 2 daughters:  Debra Deyton and husband, Rodney, and Lisa Barker and husband, Danny, all of Bristol, TN; 12 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 4 sisters:  Ruby Letterman and Rita Honeycutt of Burnsville, Ruth Mosley of Perry Hall, MD and Rosetta Walsh of Elizabethton, TN; and, 3 brothers:  Ralph Whitson of Ft. Meyers, FL, and Bill and Ray Whitson of Taylorsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Blaine Whitson and Derek Whitson will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Saturday in Peterson Hill Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Friday at the funeral home.

VICKIE DIANE TOWE

Vickie Diane Towe, 54, of the Bolens Creek Community, passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at St. Joseph Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Chloe Deyton Bennett.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kelly Diana Towe.  Vickie was a former Veterinarian Technician with Morris Animal Clinic and Burnsville Veterinarian Clinic.

 

Surviving are her devoted son, Jody Dwight Towe; a sister:  Sandy Hilemon and husband, Maurice; a sister-by-heart:  Kay McLaughlin; an aunt and uncle:  Yvonne and Willie Bennett; and aunt:  Velma Harding all of Burnsville; loyal cousins:  Jeff and Darla Harding of Spruce Pine; her constant companion, Eddy; and the father of her children:  Dwight Towe and wife, Janie, of Burnsville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Vernon Buchanan and Jameson Harding will officiate.  Burial will be in the Miller Cemetery on Bolens Creek.  Serving as pallbearers:  Jeff Harding, Jeffrey Harding, Maurice Hilemon, Darrell Deyton, Carly Laws, Buster Deyton, John Bennett and Mike Deyton.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home.  At other times, the family will be at the home of Willie and Yvonne Bennett on Sunset Drive.

 

Memorials may be made to Yancey County Family Violence Coalition, P. O. Box 602, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Yancey County Humane Society, 982 Cane River School Road, Burnsville, NC  28714.

GRETCHEN ROBINSON

Gretchen Robinson, 84, of Burnsville passed away Monday, June 21, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Madison County, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Dexter Ray Chandler and the wife of the late Ralph Robinson.  Gretchen was a music teacher for 35 years.

 

Surviving are a son:  Dan Robinson of Burnsville; granddaughters:  Carolyn Straight of Jacksonville, FL and Rhonda Reynolds of Oak Hill, OH; a nephew:  Joe Chandler and a niece: Kathy Rice both of Mars Hill.

 

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday in Academy Cemetery.  Rev. Wes Sharpe will officiate.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:00 PM Wednesday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.

LARRY HOWARD BOONE

Larry Howard Boone, 68, of Lenior, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, June 17, 2010 at Valdese Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Earl and Georgia Parker Boone.  Larry was a retired employee of Shuford Mills in Hudson.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Thelma Boone and a brother, Daniel Boone.  He enjoyed gardening.  He attended River Valley Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are 4 children:  Carolyn Webb and husband, Alan, of Morganton, Terry Boone and wife, Margie, of Spruce Pine, Garry Boone of Cajah Mountain and Regina Wilson of Hudson; a special friend, Reba Boone of Cajah Mountain; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; 7 sisters:  Carliss Briggs and Clara Lee Briggs of Burnsville, Jennie Smith and Noma Kay Walker of Marion, Sanna Fay Honeycutt of Unicoi, TN, Phyllis Bradshaw of Morganton and Darlis Watson of Concord; 5 brothers:  Calvin Boone of Celo, Charlie Boone of Burnsville, Leslie Boone, C. W. Boone and Paul Boone of Marion.

 

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Kenneth Shew, G. B. Garland and Steve Taylor will officiate.  Burial will be in the Gurley-Bryant Cemetery at Celo.

 

The family will receive friends from 3 until 4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

IRENE HILL McINTOSH

Irene Hill McIntosh, 96, of the Cane River Community, passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at WNC Baptist Home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Gilbert and Valencia English Hill and the wife of Jack McIntosh who died in 2006.  She was also preceded in death by sisters:  Vina Proffitt, Eunice Moser and Pauline Grobman, and brothers:  Odus, Edwin, Kelly and Dr. L. L. Hill.  Irene was a member of Cane River Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are two daughters:  Pauline McIntosh of Asheville and Peggy Chapman of Denver, CO; granddaughters:  Susan Cabral and Julie Burke; great granddaughter:  Michaela Sanchez; great grandson:  Jackson Cabral and a brother:  Broadus Hill of Asheville.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Shane Cassida will officiate.  Burial will be in the Proffitt Cemetery on Hardscrabble Road.

 

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

 

Memorials may be made to Cane River Baptist Church, c/o Donald Angel, P. O. Box 1058, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

POLLY COOPER McCURRY

Polly Cooper McCurry, 59, of Green Mountain went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late John W. and Myrtle Cooper.  She was also preceded in death by brothers:  Paul and David Cooper.  Polly was a former employee of OMC, Burnsville.

 

Surviving are her son, Ray McCurry and wife, Cindy, of Burnsville,  brothers: Robert Cooper and wife, Elaine, of Green Mountain, Arthur Lee Cooper and wife, Carol, of Mars Hill, Ernest and D. J. Cooper of Houston, TX, Jack Cooper and wife, Ranada, of El Paso, TX, Bill Cooper and wife, Ruth, of Gray, TN and George Warrick and wife, Pat, of Deltona, FL; a sister: Valine Newquest and husband, Tom, of Chicago, IL; a grandson: Colton Brooks of Burnsville; a nephew: Stephen Cooper and wife, Sara; great nieces: Christian and Kennady Cooper of Green Mountain and several other nieces and nephews.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Revs. Russell Hughes and Billy Styles will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Styles Family Cemetery on Sampson Branch. 

 

The family will receive friends from 6 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.

 

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