: OBITUARIES :
MARCIA 'MARTY' KELLY
Marcia “Marty” Kelly, 87, of Cabbage Patch Road, passed away April 26, 2010 at her home. A native of Illinois, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Grace Neavalls Wood and the wife of Larry Kelly who died in 1994.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Debra Bressler, 58, of Swannanoa, formerly of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 25, 2010, at her home. A native of Indiana, she was a daughter of Elaine Martin and the late William E. Martin of Franklin, IN.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband of 27 years: Milton “Pat” Bressler of Swannanoa; children: David Martin of Ft. Wayne, IN and Lisa Miller of Bradenton, FL; 6 grandchildren; a sister: Amy Martin of Cincinnati, OH; and, a brother: Steve Martin of Chicago, IL; Several nieces and nephews also survive.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1PM Saturday at West Burnsville Baptist Church, of which she was a member. Pastor Ricky Ray will officiate. A reception will follow the service.
Memorials may be made to Special Ministries of West Burnsville Baptist Church, P. O. Box 38, Burnsville, NC 28714.
DOROTHY BRINKLEY ROBERTSON
Dorothy Brinkley Robertson, 82, of Asheville, passed away Friday April 23, 2010. A native of Yancey County she was a daughter of the late David Hulon and Bertha Wright Brinkley, and the wife of 58 years to James Reece Robertson who died in 2008. She was also preceded in death by sister: Marie Ball; brothers: Jack, Reese and Clyde Brinkley; a son-in-law: Lloyd E. Crisco. Dorothy worked at Duplin, Hadley Corporation and was owner/operator of The Flower House in Asheville for 32 years.
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Robertson is survived by a daughter: Trisha Crisco; a son: David Robertson and wife Laura; grandchildren: Nick, Jake and Natalie Robertson, Jeff and Tony Crisco; great grandchildren: Ashley, Mackenzie and Connor Crisco; and sisters: Betty Robinson and Ruby Wilson.
Funeral Services will be held at 2PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Honeycutt Cemetery on Georges Fork Road.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Prior to the service, the family will be at her home, after the service the family will gather at the home of Betty Robinson in Burnsville.
Flowers are welcome, but if you wish make a contribution to your favorite charity, your kindness is greatly appreciated.
JULIA ANN COLEMAN MILLER
Julie Miller passed away Friday, April 23, 2010 in her home, following an extended illness. Born in Tampa, Florida, she moved, with her family, at a very early age, to Waycross, GA where she remained until 2008 when she moved to North Carolina to be with her son and his family. She was a daughter of the late Clayton Charles (C.C.) and Edrie Gaddy Coleman of Waycross. She was also preceded in death by her husband Hubert Roscoe Miller and her life partner of 12 years, David L. Taylor.
Surviving are her son Bill Miller and wife Nicole of Green Mountain, four grandchildren: Michael Chase Knowles age 12, Clayton Dewayne Miller age 11, Destiny Faith Miller, age 14 and Dustyn Glenn Sweat age 18, a sister: Barbara Kirkland and husband Kirk of Tampa; four very special life long sisters: Mrs. Diane Tanguay, Mrs. Patti Henderson, Ms. Sandy Scurlock and Ms. Twilla Summer, her ‘Golden Girls”, and many other nieces, nephews and cousins that were all very special to her.
Julie was retired from Wal-Mart where she had worked for just over 15 years, and also worked with Stewart Candy Company for 10 years.
Julie was a very proud member of Al-Anon and was a supporter and volunteer of AA. She was also a big supporter of the local animal shelters, cats have always been a big part of her life and she leaves three very sad ones behind to miss her dearly.
She was an avid plant enthusiasts. Her passion was centered around exotic orchids and a variety of succulents. Yet was not limited by other varieties. She enjoyed being outdoors very much.
Her other passion in life was going to and having yard sales. It was her way of meeting new people and connecting with old friends. Many hours were spent riding and looking for those little signs while making memories.
RUBY RADFORD WILSON
Ruby Radford Wilson, 92, of the Cane River Community entered into a peaceful sleep Monday, April 19, 2010 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Lillie Fox Ray. She was also preceded in death by husbands: Raleigh Radford and Albert Wilson, Sr.; brothers: Carson Ray, Shelby Ray and Leroy Ray; and son-in-law: Pat Whitmire.
Surviving are her son: Sam Radford of Burnsville; daughters: Irma Kiser of Gastonia and Shirley Whitmire of Hendersonville; sisters: Rena Radford of Burnsville, Dorothy McKinney of Spruce Pine and Margie Griner and husband, Buddy, of Hendersonville; a brother: Bis Ray and wife, Edna, of Burnsville; granddaughters: Hilda Chaudhry and husband, Subhan, of Gastonia, Michelle McHaffey and husband, Stephen, of Columbia, SC and Sandra Becher of Hendersonville; 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Royce Ball will officiate. Burial will be in the Cane River Baptist Church Cemetery.
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 or Brookside Rehab, Activity Fund, P. O. Box 248, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Ruby and husband, Raleigh Radford, were well known in the Cane River Community for their devotion and service. Together, they owned the Raleigh Radford General Store and ran the Cane River Post Office. He, as Post Master and she, as a postal worker. After Mr. Radford’s retirement, she continued running the Post Office until it was discontinued.
Their love of children extended beyond their own. They provided education supplies and clothing to children in need. The young people in the community affectionately called them Aunt Ruby and Uncle Raleigh.
Ruby’s work ethics was so great she put off retirement and worked at Haven Heights Rest Home for 20 years. She worked well into her eighties when poor health forced her to retire. She was talented in arts and crafts. Many family and friends enjoy her beautiful creations in needlework, ceramics and quilts.
Ruby’s tender heart was a great asset to Yancey County. The late Harlon Holcombe, former owner of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home, once related to the family that between Ruby and he, many unfortunate people in Yancey County were buried with dignity.
The family would like to express it’s deep gratitude to Vera Hall, Dr. Polgar and the nurses and staff of Brookside Rehabilitation and Care that provided loving kindness, compassion and excellent care during her time with them.
ROBERT "BOB" BROWN
Robert Jackson “Bob” Brown, 78, of Charlie Brown Road, went home to be with the Lord Friday, April 16, 2010, at his home surrounded by his loving family. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Charles Lee and Laura Banks Brown. He was also preceded in death by sisters: Pearl Banks and Nancy Holcombe. Bob was a US Army Veteran, farmer, dairyman and retired employee of Glen Raven Mills. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend to all who knew him.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years: Nora Belle Wheeler Brown; 5 daughters: Robbie Brown, Judy Silvers and husband, Morris, Louann Brown, Amy Brown and Angie Anglin, all of Burnsville; a son: George Brown and wife, Linda, of Kingsport, TN; 13 grandchildren: Michelle Tabares, Aaron Collins, David Brown, Brian and Brandon Silvers, Crystal Wyatt, Adam, Josh and Brittney Brown, Justin and Randall Norton and Ryne and Preston Anglin; 8 great grandchildren; a sister: Freida Bryson and husband, Hale, of Shelby; and, a brother: Andy Brown and wife, Wanda, of Burnsville.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs. Gary Helton and Eugene Moore will officiate. Burial will follow in the West Burnsville Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 PM Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Barbara Effler, 73, of the Busick Community, went home to be with the Lord Friday, April 9, 2010, at Mission Hospital. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Laura Duncan Carroll. She was also preceded in death by a sister: Joyce Wilson. Barbara was a member of Mt. Mitchell Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 55 years: Gail Effler; a daughter: Regina Wilson and husband, Randy; a son: Robert Effler and wife, Angie, all of Busick; grandchildren: Brian and Kyle Wilson and Adam and Samuel Effler; a sister: Cora Ward and husband, Herman, of Marion; a brother: Latt Carroll and wife, Nell, of Lincolnton; and, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Rev. Forrest Westall will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Ballew Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 PM Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Paula Widener, 48, of Taylorsville, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, April 8, 2010 at her home A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Edward Mitchell and the late Dixie Mitton. She was a member of the Life of Victory Church in Taylorsville.
Surviving, in addition to her father, are her fiancé: Ralph Sprague, of Taylorsville; 2 sisters: Linda Shumate of Canyon City, CO and Nancy McCaffrey of Eden, NC; a brother: Eddie Mitchell of Taylorsville. Several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews also survive.
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Widener family.
A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Sunday in Happy Trails Cowboy Church in Taylorsville.
CARMON BRUCE RAMSEY
Bruce “Buzzy” Ramsey, 51, of Hendersonville died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 6, 2010. He was the son of Earlene Phillips Ramsey of Fletcher and the late Bruce Ramsey. Buzzy was a member of Fruitland Baptist Church and a graduate of Cane River High School. He was a 25-year employee of Cranston Print Works.
Surviving in addition to his mother, are his sons: Aaron Bruce Ramsey and Anthony Kyle Ramsey of Hendersonville; his daughter: Amber Michelle Ramsey of Fletcher; the mother of his children: Felicia Ramsey of Hendersonville; 3 grandchildren: Katelyn Ramsey, Cayden Ramsey and Gavin Howard and 2 expectant grandchildren; his siblings: Debra E. Ramsey and Sharon R. Kast of Fletcher, Marcia R. Allison of Candler, David S. Ramsey of Hendersonville, Michael D. Ramsey of Arden, Cathy Creasman of Hendersonville, and Shelly R. Connor of Fletcher and 12 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. David MacEachern will officiate. Burial will be in the Watts Cemetery at Bee Log.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at the home of his daughter, Amber Ramsey in Fletcher.
DENNIS JOHN SHEPHERD
Dennis John Shepherd, 54, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord on April 6, 2010. He was the son of the late John and Ruby Shepherd of Burnsville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister: Loretta Shepherd.
Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife: Sharon Shepherd of the home; daughters: Stephanie Ponder and husband, Michael, Staci Austin and fiancé David Bruce, all of Burnsville, and Tania Shepherd of Buncombe County; a son: John Shepherd of Burnsville; stepdaughter: Shelley Hoilman of Spruce Pine; stepson: Jason Ogle and wife, Kim, of Burnsville; grandchildren: Anthony and Amy Ponder, Tyler and Megan Austin, and Thomy Young, all of Burnsville, Riley Lockridge of Buncombe County, Justin and Houston Hoilman and Brooklyn Blevins, all of Spruce Pine, and Grayson Huskins and Landon Ogle of Burnsville; a brother: Steve Shepherd and wife, Angie; a sister: Sharon Harter and husband, Russ, all of Spruce Pine; and a very special friend Tommy “Hub” McIntosh of Burnsville.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The Revs. Ronnie Robinson, Jerry Shelton and Tommy Murphy will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11AM Friday in the John Shepherd Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 PM Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times will be at his home.
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