: OBITUARIES :
THOMAS DENNIS McCURRY
Thomas Dennis McCurry, 72, of Burnsville entered into eternal rest on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at the John F. Keever, Jr., Solace Center. He was the son of the late Ferril G. and Faye Campbell McCurry.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 31 years, Terri B. McCurry; his loving children: Emily McCurry Boone and husband, Daniel, and Isaac McCurry and girlfriend, Tiffany Fender; special cousin and friend: Roger Campbell; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Charles and Kay Boone, and Enelo and Carol Boone and many special and devoted friends.
Dennis taught Biology at Mars Hill High School for 13 years, where he also worked as a high school guidance counselor. He was a member of the Mars Hill Fire Department where he served as Assistant Chief, and was the first appointed Town Manager for the town of Mars Hill. Upon returning to Burnsville, Dennis worked in the new and used car business. In 1982, he and business partner, Gene Higgins opened M & H Motors. In 1987, they moved into the Chevrolet dealership in Burnsville opening M & H Chevrolet Buick, where Dennis worked until his retirement in 2005.
Dennis was a member of Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served as a Steven Minister. He loved his church, church family and prayer team.
Dennis had a lifelong love for old cars and Street Rods. After his retirement, he enjoyed working at his garage and spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, December 24, 2011 in the Family Life Center at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church. Rev. Wes Sharpe will officiate. Burial will be in the Holcombe Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church, Mission Fund, P. O. Box 85, Burnsville, NC 28714.
The family will be at his home.
TIFFANY RENEE THOMAS
Tiffany Renee Thomas, 25, of Laurel Heights Drive went to spend Christmas with Jesus Tuesday, December 20, 2011. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of Robert and Tammy Carroll Thomas of Burnsville. Tiffany had attended the Summer Funshine Camp since the start. She was the Captain of the cheerleaders of the NC Outreach Home Care. She was a 2004 graduate of Mountain Heritage High School and a member of Celo United Methodist Church. Tiffany was an angel on earth.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her twin sister: Tabitha Hope Thomas; 3 brothers: Jeff Thomas of the home, Greg Thomas and wife, Addie, Dustin Proffitt and wife, Kirsten; a special niece: Allyson Thomas; maternal grandmother: Mary Carroll all of Burnsville, and a host of special friends and family.
Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Tom Robertson will officiate. Burial will be in the Bowditch Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Thursday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Friends Across North Carolina, c/o Karen McKenzie, 1080 Brinkley Road, Carthage, NC 28327.
Ralph Carroll, 72, of Morganton, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Magnolia Lane Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Luther and Cora Queen Carroll. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Carroll Nelson.
Surviving are two brothers: Jack Carroll and wife, Maxine, of Morganton and Paul Ray Carroll and wife, Elaine, of Greer, SC; a brother-in-law: Howard Nelson of Burnsville and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 2 PM Tuesday December 27, 2011 in the Boone Cemetery on Plum Branch. Rev. Kenneth Nelson will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, NC 28690.
Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is assisting the Carroll family.
Eula Adkins, 82, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, December 18, 2011, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Dove and Hester Adkins. She was preceded in death by a sister: Hazel Hensley, and, an infant sister: Bulah. Eula was a former member of Byrd’s Chapel Baptist Church and presently a member of West Burnsville Baptist Church.
Surviving are 2 sisters: Glessie Miller and Chloe Ella Ray of Burnsville; and, 5 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11AM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Pastors Ricky Ray and Raymond Phillips will officiate. Burial will be in the Adkins Cemetery at Bent Creek.
The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Clyde McIntosh, 79, of the Jacks Creek Community in Yancey County, went home to be with the Lord Friday, December 16, 2011. A lifelong resident of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Carl and Omega Evans McIntosh. He was preceded in death by brothers: Carl Lee and Nealy McIntosh.
Clyde served in the United States Navy and was a successful entrepreneur. He served as Sheriff of Yancey County from 1986-1990. Among his many loves were his family, friends, church and community. He was a lifelong member of Riverside Baptist Church. Clyde was active in many organizations, including being a charter and active member of the Yancey County Camp of the Gideon’s International. He also worked hard to promote the Democratic Party throughout his life, and received the prestigious Mountain Democrat of the Year award in 2001.
Clyde was a loving husband to Glenna Thomas McIntosh for 42 years. He was the proud father of Jean Leigh McIntosh of Athens, GA, Jill Austin and husband, Dale, of Burnsville, and Samuel McIntosh, also of Burnsville. Clyde was the grandfather of Linsay Austin Marelli and husband, Jim, of Memphis, TN, Nealy McIntosh of Burnsville, Molly McIntosh of Asheville and Avery McIntosh Austin of Burnsville. He was a devoted brother to Grace Silvers of Burnsville, and a brother to Carl McIntosh of Columbia, SC. Clyde had numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, who were very dedicated to him.
Funeral services will be held at 3PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from Noon until 3PM. Burial will be in Wilson Cemetery on John Henry Road. Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, P. O. Box 264, Burnsville, NC 28714.
REV. JONATHAN "JOHNNY" GEOUGE
Rev. Jonathan “Johnny” Geouge, 64, of Catawba County went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, December 13, 2011. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of Edna Geouge and the late Dale Geouge. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Iris Cook. Johnny was a US Army Vietnam Veteran, and was a pastor and evangelist for 29 years.
Surviving in addition to his mother, are his wife of 42 years, Wanda Johnson Geouge, sons: John Dale Geouge and wife, Kim; their children: Isaac, Hannah and Macy; and Jason Scott Geouge and wife, Sandy; their children: Morgan, Thomas and Natalie Geouge all of Catawba County; a sister: Wanda Norton and brothers: Floyd and Wade Geouge.
A graveside service will be held at l P.M. Saturday at Blue Rock Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Luther Carver will officiate. Military grave rites will be conducted by Sgt. E. L. Randolph, Chapter 57, DAV.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P.M. Friday at Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home.
J. C. HENSLEY
J. C. Hensley, 81, of Jacks Creek passed away Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Crate and Dora Estep Hensley and the husband of Wanda McIntosh Hensley who died in 1989. He was also preceded in death by sisters: Vergie McMahan, Pansy Hensley, Nettie Wilson and Atlas Ponder and brothers: Leslie, Ward, Willie and Edward Hensley.
Surviving are his daughters: Connie Whitson, Kim Hensley and Karen Gurley; 9 grandchildren: A. J. Hensley, Tacoma Whitson, Daniel Whitson, Dylan Whitson, Cody Whitson, Chad Whitson, Carroll Gurley, Kaylee Gurley and Kandas Hensley and a brother: Junior Hensley all of Burnsville.
Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Todd Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in the John Metcalf Cemetery on Horton Creek.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Elizabeth Higgins, 81, of Burnsville went home to be with the Lord Monday, December 5, 2011 at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care. Born in Buncombe County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Minnie Styles Whittington and the wife of Avery Higgins who died in 1988. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jack Whittington. Elizabeth was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Burnsville and loved to listen to gospel music. Her children and grandchildren were her life.
Surviving are her children: Michael Higgins and wife, Rene, of Burnsville, Shirley Sellers and husband, John, of El Paso, TX, Danny Higgins and wife, Karen, of Burnsville and Debra Youch and husband, Larry, of Harrisburg, PA; grandchildren: Justin Higgins, Michele Sellers and Stephanie Youch and a great granddaughter, Athena.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Robert Norris, Jim Sutton and Dick Westbrook will officiate. Burial will be in the McIntosh Cemetery on Langford Branch.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home, and at other times, will be at her home at 32 Boone Street.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714.
TROY DOVE KING
Troy Dove King, 64, of Elk Shoals Creek, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at Mission Hospitals Memorial Campus. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Troy J. and Chloe Angel King. He was also preceded in death by a sister: Willie Lou McIntosh. Dove was a member of Burnsville Lodge #717, AF & AM, and attended Petersons Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years: Lena Laws King; a son: Joey King and wife, Pam, of Burnsville; grandchildren: Lucas, Nyssa, Hali and Joseph; 2 sisters: Betty Fortner of Burnsville and Jo Mason of Asheville; 2 brothers: Tom King of Burnsville and Jerry King of Leicester; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 8PM Thursday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Donald Whitson and Denny Wilson will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11AM Friday in the Silas King Family Cemetery on Elk Shoals Creek with Masonic graverites by Burnsville Lodge #717, AF & AM.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
KELTON E. GEOUGE
Kelton E. Geouge, 76, of the Celo Community, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2011 at his home. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late John K. and Foy Whetstine Geouge. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Keith Geouge. Kelton was a U. S. Army Veteran and a retired crane operator.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Wilma Strong Geouge; a son: Greg Geouge and wife, Lana, of Mobile, AL; 2 granddaughters: Samantha Geouge and Gabrelle Geouge; 2 step-grandchildren and 5 step-great-grandchildren all of Roxboro.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P. M. Thursday in Browns Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Donald Davis will officiate.
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