Ashe County Obituaries – Compiled July 5, 2012

Published Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Ashe County Obituaries – Compiled July 5, 2012

Wilma Roark Tolson, D. July 3, 2012
Mrs. Wilma Marie Roark Tolson age 63, of West Jefferson, NC died on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at her home. Mrs. Tolson was born on December 14, 1948 in Ashe County to Edward and Mae Stanley Roark. Mrs. Tolson was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wallace Tolson and eleven brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Tolson is survived by:
1 Son, Roger Allen Tolson of Linwood, NC
2 Brothers, Quincy Roark of High Point, NC &, Clay Roark of Creston, NC
1 Sister, Dorothy Hopkins of West Jefferson, NC
2 grandchildren & several nieces and nephews.

You may send and view condolences to the family at www.badgerfuneralhome.com.

Badger Funeral Home was entrusted with Mrs. Tolson’s arrangements.

Shirley Ann Miller

Shirley Ann Miller, D. July 3, 2012
Shirley Ann Blevins Miller, age 69, of Jefferson departed this life on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. She was born in Maryland on March 14, 1943 to the late Roscoe Blevins and Ethel Hart Blevins.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, July 6th at Boone Family Funeral Service in West Jefferson. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 on Thursday, July 5th, also at Boone Family Funeral Service. Interment will follow in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens in Jefferson.

Shirley was a faithful wife, loving mother, and a dedicated Christian who was always worrying about her family’s well being and who put others before herself. Shirley graduated from Lansing High School and from Beauty School in Wilkesboro. For about thirteen years, she owned and operated her beauty shop in Lansing, “Shirley’s Beauty Shop”. She made many friends, while giving haircuts and perms, and they have remained her lifelong friends throughout the years. In 1977, when her daughter Amy was born, she went to work at Gates Rubber Company in Jefferson, where she worked until her retirement in 2008 and where she made many more lifelong friends.
She retired to take care of her Grandson Cade, who was the joy of her life. She picked him up from school and cared for him up until the last day she was able to. She was very excited about her new Granddaughter Mia, and was able to hold her a few times before her death. When she had spare time, she enjoyed working in her garden where she grew many beautiful flowers. She attended New Bethel Baptist Church in Lansing, where she was a member since 1961.

In May, Shirley had a massive heart attack which she survived to see her Granddaughter Mia come into the world. The Tuesday before she died, she was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer which was at an advanced stage. She did not have to suffer long as God saw fit to ease her suffering by taking her only a week after the diagnosis.

Those left behind to cherish wonderful memories are her husband Warren Miller, her daughter Amy Blevins and husband John of West Jefferson, her grandchildren Cade Blevins and Mia Blevins, her mother Ethel Blevins of Lansing, and her sister Linda Keys and husband Jim of Kodak, Tennessee. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73123 in honor of Shirley’s brief but difficult battle with cancer.

Jean Goodman Spencer, D. July 1, 2012
Mrs. Jean Goodman Spencer, age 84 of West Jefferson passed away Sunday morning, July 1, 2012 at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Boone.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 11:00am at Smethport United Methodist Church with Rev. Gregg Plott officiating. Burial will follow in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00am on Thursday, one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Mrs. Spencer was born in Ashe County on Thursday, November 3, 1927 to the late Spencer and Grace Cochran Goodman. She retired from Sprague Electric Mfg. She was a member of Smethport United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Warren Spencer on July 26, 2006; a brother, Curtis Goodman and a sister Dorothy Malone.

Mrs. Spencer is survived by cousins.

Funeral Service: Thursday, July 05, 2012 11:00 AM Smethport United Methodist Church, West Jefferson, NC
Visitation: Thursday, July 05, 2012 10:00 – 11:00 AM at Smethport United Methodist Church, West Jefferson, NC
Interment: Ashelawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Jefferson, NC

Jim Davis

James “Jim” Davis, D. July 1, 2012
Mr. James Lloyd (Jim) Davis, age 87, formerly of Todd, N.C., beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather went home to be with our Lord on Sunday, July 1 at the Hospice Home of High Point, N.C. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, July 5 at Beaver Creek Christian Church, West Jefferson, N.C. conducted by Rev. Jim Dawes and Rev. Terry Austin.

The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service beginning at 12:30 pm. Mr. Davis was born August 18, 1924, in Greensboro, N.C. to James Ira Davis and Eddy Clyde Reeves Davis. He loved and enjoyed his family so much and enjoyed taking trips across the United States. He had a wonderful voice and loved playing the guitar and singing with his family and church family. He has blessed his family with the gifts of laughter and joy.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Gladys Worley Davis. Also surviving is a son, Dewey M. Davis, Sr. and his wife Janice of Archdale, NC; a daughter, Brenda Davis Salcedo and her husband, Andrew, of Verona, VA.

Six grandchildren: Cindy Griffin and her husband Bruce, Kevin Davis and his wife Holly, Jeffrey Davis and his wife Alietha, all of Trinity, N. C., and Dewey Davis, Jr., of High Point, N. C., Brandon Salcedo and his wife Catherine and Bevin Salcedo Yowell and her husband, Eric, both of Staunton, VA.

Eleven great grandchildren: Courtney Davis, Jackson Davis, Sarah Davis, Nathan Davis, Faith Davis, Matthew Davis, Brittany Griffin, Heather Griffin, Kenzie Yowell, Maddie Yowell, and Ash Salcedo.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of Providence Place-The Harbour, High Point Regional Hospital, and the Hospice Home at High Point for their excellent care of their father.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice Home at High Point, N. C.

You may send or view condolences to the family at www.badgerfuneralhome.com.

Badger Funeral Home of West Jefferson, N. C. was entrusted with Mr. Davis’ arrangements.

Joseph Paul Brown, D. June 29, 2012
Mr. Joseph Paul Brown age 69, of West Jefferson, NC died on Friday, June 29, 2012 at Margate Health & Rehab Center. Mr. Brown was born May 30, 1943 in Creston, NC to Austin and Rose Osborne Brown. Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm at the Badger Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Tommy Dollar & Rev. Jim Greer. Burial will follow in Osborne Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm prior to the service.

Mr. Brown is survived by:

His wife: Margie Brown
4 Sisters: Myrtle Holloway of Salem, IN, Madeline Anders of Elk Creek, Beulah Mae Roman & Peggy Nelson both of Harrisonburg
several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the family c/o Badger Funeral Home, PO Box 139, West Jefferson, NC 28694.

You may send and view condolences to the family through our website www.badgerfuneralhome.com.

Badger Funeral Home was entrusted with Mr. Brown’s arrangements.

Terry Lee Jones

Terry Lee Jones, D. June 28, 2012
Mr. Terry Lee Jones age, 48 of West Jefferson passed away Thursday morning, June 28, 2012 at Ashe Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 4:00pm at Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. Russell Hart and Rev. David Grinnell officiating. Burial will follow in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00pm on Sunday, two hours prior to the funeral service.

He was born in Ashe County on July 3, 1963. After graduating from high school, Terry married his high school sweetheart Tammy and they had one daughter, Kayla. He was a loving husband, father and son. Terry was an active member at Friendship Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon. As a devoted Christian he loved the Lord, his family and his church family. He was a caring and compassionate man with a heart of gold. His friends loved and respected him.

Terry worked in construction and enjoyed his job as a heavy machine operator. He liked to eat out, watch movies, fish and spend time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy Richardson Jones, of 29 years of marriage; a daughter, Kayla Jones, of West Jefferson; his parents, Delmer & Stella Jones, of Warrensville; a brother, Jerry Jones, of West Jefferson; three nephews; four nieces and a great-nephew also survive.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the family, c/o Boone Family Funeral Home, PO Box 786, West Jefferson, NC 28694.

Terry will be greatly missed by his family and friends but his spirit will live within our hearts forever.

Wayne Peterson, D. June 28, 2012
Wayne A. Peterson, age 86, of Todd died Thursday evening at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living in Boone.
A memorial service will be held later this summer.

Mr. Peterson was born in Roseboro, NC on August 11, 1925 to the late Sibyl Spruill and Colin Hampton Peterson. He was a member of Blackburn’s Chapel Church of Todd affiliated with Boone United Methodist Church. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1945. He earned his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from NC State University in Raleigh, NC. He was an Electrical Engineer for General Electric, Plant Manager for Cornell Dubilier Electronics, and CEO of Superior Electric from which he retired in 1987. He has lived in Todd for the past 20 years.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Peterson is preceded in death by two sisters, Verna Howard and Lelia Prevette; four brothers, Dewitt Peterson, Hampton Peterson, Thackery Peterson, and Leonard Peterson.

Mr. Peterson is survived by his wife, Venita Peterson of Todd, NC; two sons, David Peterson and wife Martha of Mattapoisett ,MA, Mahlon Peterson and wife Amelia of Naugatuck, CT; two daughters, Barbara P. Benson and husband Steve of Todd, Ashleyn Stroud and husband David of Chapel Hill; a brother, Robert Peterson of Hampton, VA; 11 Grandchildren; 9 Great-Grandchildren

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: The Salvation Army, 220 Postal Street, Boone NC 28607 or to Medi Home Hospice at 436 Hospital Drive, Linville, NC 28646

You may give the family your condolences at our website www.boonefuneralhome.com
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Boone Family Funeral Home of West Jefferson is in charge of these arrangements.

Ruth Brown Roark, D. June 28, 2012

Mrs. Ruth Gladys Brown Roark age 88, of Creston, died on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at her Residence. Mrs. Roark was born on September 25, 1923 in Ashe County, NC to Wilson F. and Maggie Roten Brown. Mrs. Roark was preceded in death by her parents, husband, French Roark, brothers, Bill Brown and Joe Brown. Mrs. Roark loved to garden, read, and spend time in the outdoors. She especially loved spending time with her family.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm at the Badger Funeral Home by Rev. Tommy Dollar. Burial will follow in Brown Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Badger Funeral Home.

Mrs. Roark is survived by: one son, Gary Roark of Statesville, NC, two daughter, Margaret Holman and Ruby Lewis both of Creston, one brother, George Brown of Graham, NC, one sister, Ruby Osborne of West Jefferson, also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

The family request no flowers please, memorials may be made to the Brown Cemetery Fund, c/o Robert Elliott, 2586 Rich Hill Road, Creston, NC 28615.

You may send and view condolences to the family at www.badgerfuneralhome.com.

Badger Funeral Home was entrusted with Mrs. Roark’s arrangements.

Nell Mullis Testerman

Nell Mullis Testerman, D. June 27, 2012
Mrs. Nell Mullis Testerman, age 97, of Jefferson passed away Wednesday morning, June 27, 2012 at Margate Health & Rehab Center.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 2, 2012 at 11:00am at Bristol Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Joe Blevins and Rev. Russell Sheets officiating. Burial will follow in the Jefferson City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 6:00-8:00pm at Boone Family Funeral Home.

Mrs. Testerman was born in Ashe County on Monday, June 14, 1915 to the late Charlie and Lura May Mullis. She was a Homemaker. She was a member of Bristol Baptist Church, where she was an active member of the Ladies Circle, while she was able.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Worley Roscoe Testerman; a son, Robert Testerman; six brothers; two sisters; a grandson, Chuck Hudler.

Mrs. Testerman is survived by two sons, Bill Testerman, of Ruidoso, New Mexico and Rev. David Testerman and wife, Judy, of West Jefferson; two daughters, Margaret Hudler, of Asheboro and Ruth Garvin and husband, Donald, of Kannapolis; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great- great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The family will be meeting at the home of David & Judy Testerman at 190 Maple Ridge Estate Drive in West Jefferson.

Ona Darnell Caldwell

Ona Darnell Caldwell, D. June 26, 2012
Mrs. Ona Ellen Caldwell age 94, of Crumpler, NC died Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston Salem, NC. Mrs. Caldwell was born July 28, 1917 in Ashe County to Mont and Effie Jenkins Darnell. Mrs. Caldwell was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Caldwell, brothers: Joe, Harold & Hugh Darnell.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 11:00 am at the Badger Funeral Home Chapel by Brother Danny Smith & Rev. Reeves Jones. Burial will follow in Roans Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Badger Funeral Home.

Mrs. Caldwell is survived by:

1 Brother, John Darnell of Winston Salem, NC
3 Sisters: Rebecca Parks of Walnut Cove, NC, Magdalene Miller of Norfolk, VA & Juanita Church of Piney Creek, NC
1 sister- in-law, Lenoir Darnell of Winston Salem, NC
several nieces and nephews.

Flowers will be appreciated, or memorials may be made to Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 or High Country Healthcare System Hospice, PO Box 421, Jefferson, NC 28640.

You may send and view condolences to the family at www.badgerfuneralhome.com.

View this video tribute: http://videos.lifetributes.com/315810

Badger Funeral Home was entrusted with Mrs. Caldwell’s arrangements.

Worth Elzie Gentry

Worth Elzie Gentry, D. June 26, 2012
Mr. Worth Elzie Gentry, age 102, of West Jefferson passed away Tuesday evening, June 26, 2012 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3:00pm at Bethany United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Bethany Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:30-3:00pm on Friday, prior to the funeral service.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Jeanne Houck Gentry on October 20, 2010.

Mr. Gentry is survived by a son, Tim Gentry, of Blowing Rock; a daughter, Suzanne Gentry Lewis and husband, Bryce, of West Jefferson; a brother, Hill Gentry, of West Jefferson; two grandchildren Pam Payne and husband, Marc, of West Jefferson and Jeff Lewis of West Jefferson; three great-grandchildren, Coleman Payne, Bryson Payne and Blake Lewis; several nieces and nephews also survive.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Bethany Cemetery, 495 Hwy. 194 South, West Jefferson, NC 28694.

Retha D. Stansberry, D. May 8, 2012
Retha D. Stansberry passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012. She was 73.

Born in Boone, Retha was a graduate of Appalachian State University with a BS. She was a Junior and Senior high school teacher in North Carolina, Indiana and abroad before becoming a systems analyst for the U.S. government and serving for 20 years before retiring.

Retha was a former member of First Baptist Church Leesburg and was a current member of the Villages United Church of Christ.

Survivors include her daughter, Anne E. Worth, Chelmsford, Mass.; son, Jonathan D. Worth of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren; a brother, Ray G. Stansberry of Charlotte; and sister, Mary E. Moretz of Boone

Graveside services will be held at Ashelawn Memorial Gardens on Thursday July 12, 2012 at 2 o’clock.

Listings of Funeral Homes in Ashe County:

Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, Gardens & Mausoleum
3470 U.S. 221 N
P.O. Box 148
Jefferson, NC 28640
336-982-2121
www.ashelawn.com

Badger Funeral Home
300 North Main Street
P.O. Box 139
West Jefferson, NC 28694
336-246-7114
www.badgerfuneralhome.com

Boone Family Funeral Home
2005 Mount Jefferson Road
PO Box 786
West Jefferson, NC 28694
336-846-7979
http://boonefuneralhome.com

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