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ADA RAY MITCHELL

Ada Ray Mitchell, 92, of Nebo, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, July 16, 2010 at her home.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Melvin and Nora Honeycutt Ray and the wife of Adam Mitchell who died in 1992.

 

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Carol Adkins and husband, Ralph, of Nebo and Joyce Ratcliffe and husband, Roger, of Newnan, GA; 2 grandsons:  Eric Adkins and wife Tracey of Marion and Steve Ratcliffe and wife, Natalivette, of Grantville, GA; 3 great grandchildren: Meredith and Jackson Adkins and Luis Ratcliffe.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Bill Long will officiate.  Burial will be in the McCracken Cemetery.

 

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

  

BILLY JOE BARTLETT

Billy Joe Bartlett, 58, of Spruce Pine passed away unexpectedly Thursday, July 15, 2010 at Mission Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Lee and Gladys Boone Bartlett.  He was a U. S. Army Veteran and a current employee of NC Department of Corrections in Spruce Pine where he had been employed for the past 20 years.  Bill was an avid horse lover and spent all his spare time enjoying his horses.  Bill lived every day to its fullest.  He was a member of Big Crabtree Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are his wife, Karen Willis Bartlett; a daughter:  Leslie Bartlett Crowder and husband, Toby, of Burnsville, 2 sisters:  Linda Carroway and husband, Dennis, of Burnsville and Brenda Earley and husband, Lee, of Spruce Pine; 2 step-sons:  Travis McKinney of Orlando, FL and Tony McKinney of Spruce Pine; a step-daughter:  Brandi Forbes and husband, David, of Spruce Pine; 2 grandchildren:  Emilee and Katy Crowder of Burnsville; 2 step-grandchildren:  Dawson and Breeounna Forbes of Spruce Pine; and, his father-in-law:  Claude Willis of Spruce Pine. 

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Toby Crowder will officiate.  Burial will be in the Big Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery.   The N. C. Department of Corrections will serve as honor guard.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 until 3:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

DOLORES DeSUMMA

Delores “Rusty” DeSumma, 79, of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at her home.  A native of Chester, PA, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Wood.  She was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.

 

Surviving are her husband of 56 years:  Andrew DeSumma; a daughter:  Katherine of New Jersey; 2 sons:  Andrew of Florida and Nicholas of New Jersey.  Several grandchildren also survive.

 

No services are planned at this time.

DONALD LAMBERT

Donald Lambert, 69, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Madison County, he was a son of the late Theodore and Flossie Lewis Lambert.  Donald was a U S Air Force Veteran and a former building inspector for Yancey County.

 

Surviving are his wife, Peggy Hopper Lambert, three daughters: Lynn Alves and husband Peter of Clyde, Elaine Wilhelm and husband Rick of Waynesville and Janet Hughes and husband Aaron of Burnsville; a son, Terry Lambert and wife Jackie of Angier, NC, two sisters: Vivian Flynn of Marshall and Clara Ball of Gastonia, an uncle, Russell Lambert of Boise, VA, five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2PM Wednesday in Cane River Baptist Church.  The Rev. Shane Cassida will officiate.

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

MADGE ROBINSON

 Madge Robinson of Hunter’s Run Apartments went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, July 10, 2010.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Ade Buchanan and Edith Presnell Buchanan and the wife of Virgil Robinson, who died in 1971.  She was also preceded in death by 2 sisters and 4 brothers.  Madge attended Cane River Baptist Church.

 

Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Huskins and husband Alton of Spruce Pine, Maureen Penland and husband Gerald of Burnsville and Joanne Torres and husband William of Charlotte, two sisters, Virginia Davis of Burnsville and Emma Jean Beaver of Forest City, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8 P M Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Shane Cassida will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Tuesday in the Double Island Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8 PM Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Neurofibromatosis, Inc., NF Research, P. O. Box 66884, Chicago, IL 60666.

JOHNNY BUCKNER

Johnny Buckner, 78, of the Bald Creek Community, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010, at Brookside Rehabilitation in Burnsville.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Jesse and Pearl Fender Buckner.  He was preceded in death by a brother:  Tommy Buckner; a sister:  Doris Buckner; and, a sister-in-law:  Betty Buckner.  Johnny was a US Army Veteran and a cattle broker.

 

Surviving are his wife of 48 years:  Peggy Webb Buckner; brothers:  Jack Buckner and wife, Barbara, Hugh Buckner, and Donald Buckner and wife, Rachel; a sister:  Iva Nell Buckner; and a sister-in-law:  Jessie Buckner, all of Burnsville.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 8PM Tuesday in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, of which he was a member.  The Revs. Jerry Shelton and Shane Cassida will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 11AM Wednesday in Fairview Cemetery at Horton Hill.

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM prior to the service at the church, and at other times will be at the home of Iva Nell Buckner.

MADGE BIGGS

Madge Elkins Biggs, 80, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2010, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care.  A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Kelce and Mary Robinson Elkins, and the wife of Joseph Leonard Biggs who died in 1971.  She was also preceded in death by two sons:  Jay Brian Elkins and William Howard Biggs.

 

Surviving are 2 daughters:  Ruby Cutway of Burnsville and Marlene Riddle and husband, Mack, of Double Island; 4 sons:  Gary Biggs of Greeneville, TN, Richard Biggs of Dahlonega, GA, Bobby Biggs of Burnsville and J. D. Biggs of Windom; a sister:  Levada Parker of Hickory; 22 grandchildren; and, 29 great grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  The Revs. Billy Styles and Russell Hughes will officiate.  A graveside service will be held at 2PM Wednesday in the Robinson Cemetery on Bakers Creek.

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

VIDA ATKINS CARROLL

Vida Atkins Carroll, 79, of Sleepy Hollow Road in Burnsville, passed away Friday, July 9, 2010 at her home.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Welzie and Lucy Gardner Atkins and the wife of Earl Carroll who died in 1965.  She was also preceded in death by brothers: Vernon, Von and Bernard Atkins.

 

Surviving are daughters:  Debbie Boone and husband, Rev. Dwight Boone, Jr., and Wanda Boone and husband, Gary, grandchildren: D. W. Boone and Shannon Anders and husband, Bobby; great granddaughters: Tara and Tegan Anders all of Burnsville; a sister:  Gladys Rathbone; brothers: Paul and Clarence Atkins all of Mitchell County and a host of nieces and nephews.

 

A private graveside service will be held in the Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.  Rev. Dwight Boone, Jr. will officiate. 

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P. M. Sunday at Faith Baptist Church, Highway 197 North in Burnsville after the graveside service.

 

Memorials may be made to Yancey County Special Olympics, 1342 Bear Wallow Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.

SHELBY GENE HIGGINS

Shelby Gene Higgins, 63, of Bill Allen Branch Road, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2010 in Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Shelby and Edgel Bailey Higgins of Greeneville, TN.  He was preceded in death by a son, Justin Higgins.  Gene was a former employee of Glen Raven Mills of Burnsville.

 

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife of 30 years, Lila Blevins Higgins, a daughter:  Sherry Banks and husband, Marvin, of Burnsville; 2 granddaughters:  Alesha Norton and husband, Tucker, and Amanda Banks all of Burnsville; a brother:  Steven Higgins of Greeneville, TN; a sister:  Joyce Brannis of New Port News, VA.

 

Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.   A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday in the Academy Cemetery.

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

JAMES PARKER

James Parker, 58, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Merle Carroll Parker of Burnsville and the late Avery Parker.  He attended Browns Creek Missionary Baptist Church.  James was loved by all who knew him.

 

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are 4 sisters:  Mildred Hollifield and husband, Tommy, of Tallahassee, FL, Gabra Burris and husband, Gary, of Marion, Donna Gibson and husband, Carson, of Spruce Pine, Shelia Baldwin of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; 4 brothers:  Zeke Parker and wife, Doris, of Marion, Howard Parker and wife, Lillian, Jacky Parker, and Harlon Parker and wife, Cherie, all of Burnsville.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.  Rev. Charlie Carroway and Tony Laws will officiate.  Burial will be in the Carroway Cemetery.                          

 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.  At other times, the family will be at the home of Harlon Parker in the South Toe Community.

 

Memorials may be made to Yancey Residential Services, P. O. Box 849, Burnsville, NC  28714.

 

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