Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Aug. 15, 2012

Published Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Aug. 15, 2012

Kenneth Max Barlow, D. Aug. 15, 2012
Mr. Kenneth Max Barlow, age 71, of Reas Street, Boone, passed away Wednesday morning, August 15, 2012 at Glenbridge Health & Rehabilitation. Born June 17, 1941 in Caldwell County, he was a son of the late Fredrick and Alma Greene Barlow. Max was retired from ASU, and worked at Ride with Pride Carwash for a number of years. He was a member and Sunday School Teacher at Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church.

He is survived by one sister; Henrietta Johnson and husband Gary of Prospect, Ohio, two brothers; Doug Barlow and wife Pat of Boone, and Gaither Barlow and wife Carolyn of Madison, NC, a long time friend; Barbara Campbell of Vilas, and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Joe Barlow.

Funeral services for Mr. Kenneth Max Barlow will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 o’clock. Officiating will be Rev. Delmar James and Rev. Eugene Braswell. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Jeanette Huff, 279 Henry Winebarger Road, Boone, NC 28607.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 o’clock until 7:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the Barlow family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home a & Crematory is serving the Barlow family.

Terry Charles King, D. Aug. 14, 2012
Mr. Terry Charles King, age 52, of 338 Brook Hollow Lane passed away Tuesday morning at Life Care Center in Banner Elk following a battle with cancer. He was born October 22, 1959 in Avery County to the late Charlie and Olivia Brewer King. Charles worked as a lineman.

He is survived by two daughters; Heather Parsons of Charlotte and Erin Clemmons of Florida, one son; Heath Hall of Newland, one sister, Wanda King of Newland, and two brothers; Jerry King of Roan Mountain, TN and Wayne King of Paris, Ohio.

Funeral services for Mr. Terry Charles King will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hospitality House, PO Box 309, Boone, NC 28607. Online condolences may be sent to the King family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the King family.

Edgar Truett Coffey

Edgar Truett Coffey, D. Aug. 12, 2012.
Edgar Truett Coffey, age 83, of West Hillcrest Drive, Mountain City, Tennessee, and formerly of Watauga County, went home to be with his Lord Sunday morning, August 12, 2012. Truett was born August 15, 1928 in Valle Crucis, NC to William Harston and Nila Adline Rowe Coffey. He was a charter member of Clark’s Creek Baptist Church. Mr. Coffey retired as the body shop foreman at Mack Brown Chevrolet in Boone. He served his country in the US Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Coffey is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce Greene Coffey; three daughters, Samra Renfro of the home, Sarah Richardson of Lenoir, and Elaine McGuire and husband, Eugene, of Vilas; six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter; and one sister, Gertrude Isaacs of Banner Elk. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Warren Bruce Coffey; granddaughter, Sandra Ward; great-grandson, Aaron Bradley Morrison; brother, Bynum Coffey; two sisters, Reba Townsend and Lucille Byrd; and one nephew, Robert Coffey.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, August 13, 2012 at 2 PM at Clark’s Creek Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Daniel Trantham, Rev. Zane Tester and Rev. Mike Townsend. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:30 until 2 o’clock, prior to services, at Clark’s Creek Baptist Church. Burial, with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 130 will follow in the Clark’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be sent the Clarks Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Bill Townsend, 2840 Clark’s Creek Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604.

The family wishes to express a special thank you for all the care and support to Dr. Shane Barger and Nurse Cathy; from Amedysis Home Health, Pam, Kristie and Amy; from Cari’s Hospice, Cathy and Tracy; and Maxim Home Health and Mountain City Care and Rehab Center.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Coffey family.

Mary Austin Graham, D. Aug. 12, 2012
Mary Austin Graham of 151 Cave Canem Drive, Boone passed away peacefully on August 12, 2012 at Watauga Medical Center. Born August 29, 1930, she was the daughter of Collis and Roxie McNeil Austin of Boone. Mary was a 1948 graduate of Appalachian High School and a 1952 graduate of Appalachian State Teachers College. In addition, she received her Masters Degree in Education from UNC Greensboro in 1955. Mary worked at Watauga High School as a Home Economics teacher from 1967 to 1994.

A member of the Boone United Methodist Church and Circle 3 and the Colonial Garden Club, she had a passion for gardening and enjoyed doting on her family and grandchildren. Mary could often be seen working in her yard or shopping at many of the local groceries, and was a wonderful cook who loved to entertain friends and family. She sewed beautifully and will be remembered fondly by her family for the wonderful handmade gifts she made. Her easy smile and wonderful way will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Mary is survived by her husband of 56 years; Dr, James B. Graham; two sons, Dr. James B. Graham, Jr. and wife Karen of Blowing Rock, and Geoffrey Graham and wife Kathy of Boone; two grandsons, Austin and Alan Graham also of Boone. She is also survived by her sisters Betty Hunter, Martha Haas, and Minnie Snead and husband Bob; a brother, Bill Austin and wife Peggy, all of Boone. Mary is also survived by several in-laws, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her twin brothers, Clyde Austin and Collis Austin, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Thursday August 16 at 2 o’clock at The Boone United Methodist Church, officiated by Jeff McClain and Dr. George Naff. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the service until 4 o’clock. Graveside services will be private. Flowers are appreciated, or a contribution in Mary’s honor can be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Graham family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Graham family.

James Dean Wilcox, D. Aug. 11, 2012.
James Dean Wilcox, 80, of 6880 US Hwy 421 North in Vilas, joined his Father in Heaven on Saturday morning, August 11, 2012. He was an incredible husband, father, brother, and grandfather – better known as “Pa” to his grandchildren.

Born on July 9, 1932 in Todd, NC, James loved the community he grew up in. He graduated from Appalachian High School in 1950 and joined the Air Force shortly after. While in the military, he served four years as an air traffic control specialist in the Korean War. Upon completion of his military service, Mr. Wilcox worked at the Western Union Bus Terminal in Boone. He worked there for 14 years before becoming manager from 1968-1972. In 1972, he opened Wilcox Freight Company which is still in service today. Along with Wilcox Freight, James opened Skateworld in 1983 which has served countless Watauga citizens throughout the years.

James was a community-spirited person who was an active member of Watauga Baptist Church in Foscoe along with numerous organizations throughout the High Country. He served three terms as Watauga County Commissioner beginning in 1988. He also served as president of the Mountaineer Ruritan Club in 1976 and was awarded the Governor’s Award for “Outstanding Volunteer Service” in 1992 for his volunteer work throughout the Watauga Community.

Mr. Wilcox married the love of his life, Mary Aldridge, on January 26, 1952 while on leave from his military duties. They celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary this year. James loved nothing more than to spend time with his family and friends, and especially loved the time he got to spend with them at the beach. He could often be seen skating with family members, attending sporting events, or chatting with a complete stranger. He also loved riding and showing horses with his son, Mike, and his youngest daughter, Tina.

James is survived by his wife, Mary, as well as one son and three daughters, Mike Wilcox and wife, Joanna, of Vilas; Sherry Russom and husband, Charles Rose, of Boone; Sandy Wilcox of Vilas; and Tina Kostis and husband, George, of Vilas. James and Mary have six grandsons, Scott Russom of Boone; Garrick Jackson and wife, Amber, of Zionville; Jeremy Russom of Vilas; Jason Jackson and wife, Kendra, of Boone; Savva Kostis and wife, Stephanie, of Boone; and Demetreus Kostis of Vilas. Together, they also have four great-grandchildren, Daniel and Nora Russom, and Gracie and Ellary Jackson.

James is also survived by seven brothers and sisters, Opal Dancey of Cleveland, Ohio; Ruth Hicks and husband, Mack, of Boone; Bob Wilcox and wife, Barbara, of Blowing Rock; Junior Wilcox of Boone; Charles “Butch” Wilcox and wife, Phyllis, of Lincolnton; Sue Reece of Trade, Tennessee; Billy Wilcox and wife, Nita, of Vilas along with James’ special nephew, Luke, and many, many extended family members and loved ones.

James is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arden and Floy Wilcox

The family will receive friends at Hampton’s Funeral Home on Monday evening, August 13, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Watauga Baptist Church in Foscoe, NC on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm. His body will lie in state from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Following the funeral, a graveside service with military rites and burial with honors provided by American Legion Post 130 will be at Mount Lawn Cemetery.

Donations are appreciated to local charities in the High Country.

Online condolences may be sent to the Wilcox family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Trivette Miller

Judy Trivette Miller, D. Aug. 10, 2012
Mrs. Judy Trivette Miller, age 59, of 220 Elk Knob Drive, Boone, a daughter and a gift given by the Lord to Ray and Ossie Proffitt Trivette, was born October 1, 1952, in Watauga county, (along with twin sister, June), died peacefully Friday morning, August 10, 2012, at Watauga Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

The Heavens rejoiced as Judy went home to be with Jesus, her Lord and Savior, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was comforted and enriched with love, throughout her illness, by both her immediate family and her church family as well.

Judy held various jobs throughout her life, but was employed, for the last 15 years, by Appalachian State University in the Building Services Department.

Everyone who was fortunate and blessed to know Judy was touched by her love and kindness. She was devoted to her church and her church family, and she treasured her relationship with each one of them. Judy attended church, many times, during her illness when she wasn’t feeling strong enough, but she wanted to be surrounded by the love of her church family.

Judy loved to travel the world. She was blessed to make two trips to the Holy Land. In 1988, she stood at the garden tomb and was baptized in the Jordan River. She often spoke of the memories of those trips and the special blessings she received from standing on that Holy Ground.

“Aunt Judy” was special to all the nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews, but was a loving “second mother” to nephew, Greg Miller, who was always close by for all her special occasions throughout her life and throughout her tiring battle with cancer.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Roy Miller of the home; seven sisters, Evelyn Hicks, Doris Greer and husband Johnny, Barbara Ashley and husband Buddy, Marilyn Watson and husband Scotty, Juanita Miller and husband Gary, all of Boone, Eleen Hodges of Morganton, and June Weaver and husband Joel of Jefferson; two brothers, Grayson Trivette and wife Phyllis of Boone, and L.C. Trivette of Hickory; her mother-in-law, Margaret Winebarger Miller of Boone; four sisters-in-law, Edith Miller, Christine Cole, Jeanette Huff and husband Gerald, and Jane Holaday and husband Richard, all of Boone; one brother-in-law, Ray Miller and wife Deloris of Boone; a special nephew, Greg Miller and his significant other, Gina Howell of Boone, and her very special church family at Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church. She is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Dean and Buddy Trivette.

Funeral services for Mrs. Judy Trivette Miller will be conducted Sunday afternoon, August 12, 2012, at 3:30 PM, at Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 2:00 until 3:30 PM. Officiating will be Reverend Delmar James, Reverend Eric Proffitt, and Reverend Jerry Moretz. Entombment will follow, at a later date, in the family mausoleum at Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon, from 2:00 until 3:30 PM, at the church, prior to the service.

Due to her earthly final resting place being a private family mausoleum, located at Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, the family respectfully requests no flowers, but memorial contributions may be made to the Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Jeanette Huff, 279 Henry Winebarger Road, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

Food will be accepted, and the family be at the home, 220 Elk Knob Drive, Boone.

Online condolences may be sent to the Miller family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Donald B. Terry, D. August 10, 2012
Mr. Donald B. Terry, age 61, of 440 Little Rock Canyon, Road, Lenoir, died Friday, August 10, 2012.

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Terry are incomplete at this time will be announced by Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service.

Online condolences may be sent to the Terry family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth Teachey Townsend

Ruth Teachey Townsend, D. Aug. 10, 2012
Ruth Teachey Townsend died peacefully at her home in Blowing Rock on Friday, August 10th. She was born May 1, 1933 in Lenoir County, NC to the late Jimmie Graham Teachey and Eva Nettie Teachey.

She was a graduate of B.F. Grady High School in Alberston, NC. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Remus Teachey and his wife Gaynelle Teachey. Ruth was a devoted member of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church. She owned and operated florists in Blowing Rock for over 30 years and had a passion for flowers, people, playing the piano, and giving her opinion! She had an open door policy in her home, so much so that she had a sign on her door stating “don’t knock, just come in.” Living in Blowing Rock for 43 years, she was well-known and a legend to many. She was a true role model to her children and grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her daughter Jan Puckett and husband Don; her son, DW Townsend; and grandchildren: Coley Sheehan and wife Kinsey; Lauren Sheehan Solomon and husband Matt; and Clint Townsend; and her beloved dog Sash.

Funeral services for Ruth Teachey Townsend will be held Sunday, August 12, 2012, at 3 o’clock p.m. at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock officiated by Rev. Dr. Lynn Stahl. A reception will immediately follow at the church.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Sharon Van Dyke, her friend and caregiver, The Blowing Rock Police Department, and Blowing Rock Rescue and Fire.

Online condolences may be sent to the Townsend family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Townsend family.

Herman Wayne Noblitt

Herman Wayne Noblitt, D. Aug. 9, 2012
Mr. Herman Wayne Noblitt, age 70, of Bethel Road, Sugar Grove passed away Thursday morning, August 9, 2012 at his daughters home in Todd. Born September 29, 1941 in McDowell County, he was a son of the late John and Tillie Mills Noblitt. Herman was a master folk artist who specialized in rustic furniture. He also was a US Army veteran.

Known to many who loved him as “Popa”, he was a priceless father and grandfather, as well as a loving husband .

He is survived by his wife of 36 years; Nona Noblitt, four children; Angi Covington and husband Chris of Todd, Jason Noblitt and wife Melissa of Charlotte, Todd Ray and wife Danielle of California, and Thai Williams and husband Doug of Charlotte, twelve grandchildren; Sunshine, Christian, Forrest, Summer, Honor, Promise, Davis, Asia, Phoenix, Zeb, Emma and Gethan, five sisters; Mary, Linda, Jewel, Alice and Mabel, and two brothers; Johnny and Harold Dean. He was preceded in death by two brothers; Ray and Charles and a grandson; Hunter.

Graveside services and burial for Mr. Herman Wayne Noblitt will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at his residence; 4596 Bethel Road, Sugar Grove. Officiating will be Nelson Greer.

Flowers may be sent to Austin and Barnes Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service. Online condolences may be sent to the Noblitt family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Noblitt family.

Betty Arlene Norris

Betty Arlene Norris, D. Aug. 8, 2012
Betty Arlene Norris, age 71, formerly of Ball Branch Road, Boone, died Wednesday evening, August 8, 2012, at Glenbridge Health & Rehabilitation. Betty was born November 29, 1940 in Watauga County. She retired from TRW in the accounts payable department. Miss Norris was a member of Proffit’s Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by her mother, Gertrude Mae Norris of Boone; brother, Garry Norris and wife Carolyn, of Boone; nephews, Jeff, Carrie and Kevin Norris; great-nephew, Mac Norris, and brother-in-law, Jearl Norris, all of Boone.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Sylvia Norris.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon, August 11, 2012, at 2 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Rev. Delmar James. The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 1 until 2 o’clock, one hour prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. Burial will follow in the Meat Camp Baptist Church Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials to High Country Health Care System/HOSPICE, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 100-B, Boone, NC 28607.

The family respectfully requests no food.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Norris family.

Listings of Funeral Homes in Watauga County:

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory
194 Queen Street
Boone, NC 28607
828-264-8888
www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

Hampton Funeral Service
683 Blowing Rock Road
Boone, NC 28607
828-264-7100
www.hamptonfuneralnc.com

 

 

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