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Avery County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 2, 2014

Richard Ollis (D. Nov. 29, 2014)


Richard Ollis, 75, of the Elk Mountain Community, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at his home. A native of Avery County he was a son of the late Deter and Edith Moody Ollis. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Vicky Ollis; son, Richard Ollis and brothers: Gary, Bud and Loyal Ollis. He was a member of Whites Memorial Baptist Church. Richard was a Navy Veteran who will always be remembered as a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who enjoyed making everyone laugh.

Surviving is his loving wife of 30 years, Mary Oates Ollis; daughters: Robin Ollis of Elk Mountain and Reeca Ledford of Spruce Pine; son, David Ollis and wife, Debbie, of Burnsville; step-daughters: Vickie Woods and husband, Donald, of Leicester, Malisha Cantrell of Marion and Jennifer Cantrell of Newburn; step-son, Jackie Cantrell and wife, Patricia, of Marion; sister, Billie Jo Dall of Valdese; brother, Deter Ollis and wife, Pearl, of Altmont; half-sister, Mary Stamps of Texas; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; four step-great, grandchildren; one step-great, great grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, in Whites Memorial Baptist Church. The Rev. Andy Stevens will officiate. Burial will follow in the Whites Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Pat Ray Post #4286. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

The family requests memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge at 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. To send online condolences, click to www.yanceyfuneralservice.com.

Carol Storie (Dec. 23, 1944 – Nov. 30, 2014)


Carol Sue Storie, 69, of Oliver Hill Road in Banner Elk passed away Sunday evening, Nov. 30, 2014, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Carol was born Dec. 23, 1944, in Avery County, a daughter of the late Ivy and Floy Ethel Jones Storie. She was a retired manager for Marriott Hotel food services.

Carol is survived by three sisters, Beulah Trivette of Elk Park, Janice Davis of Thomasville and Jewel Cook and husband Bryant of Winston-Salem, and one brother, Jack Storie of Newland. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters, Louise Rupard, Alverta Yates, Ivalee Davis and Nellie Pearl Storie, and two brothers, Charles and Chester Storie.

Funeral services for Carol Sue Storie will be conducted Thursday afternoon, Dec. 4, 2014, at 2 p.m., at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 11 to 2 p.m. Officiating will be the Reverend Richard Jones and the Reverend Lynn Shook. Burial will follow in Beech Mountain Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday afternoon, from 11 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to the Storie family by clicking to www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

Darcey E. James (Feb. 5, 1956 – Nov. 29, 2014) 

Darcey James, beloved wife of Dick James of Banner Elk, joined the Lord in Heaven on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.


Darcey was born in Midland, Mich., on Feb. 5, 1956, to Jacquie Losche, recently of Charlotte until her death in 2010, and Bob Zimmerman, of Midland, who died in May 2014. Darcey was the youngest of three children. Her brothers, Bob and Bruce Zimmerman, live in Boston, Mass., area, and her half- sisters Katie Herman and Betsy Beldoc live in Michigan.

Throughout her life, Darcey was exceptional. She was valedictorian of her high school class at the Leelanau School in Glen Arbor, Mich., in 1974. After briefly attending Central Michigan University, she graduated with honors in English from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. After college, she worked for Pan American Airlines in Detroit, Chicago and New York, and then British Airways in Chicago and Seattle. While in Chicago, she became a noted ballroom dancer.

Darcey met the love of her life, Dick, in Seattle. With their marriage in 1995, she put her airline organizing skills to work in support of him, a senior executive with Boeing. They lived for several years in Brussels, Belgium, where her fluency in French and love of European culture were real assets. From dignitary receptions and galas to home and building interior design, Darcey’s sense of fun and artistic eye lent everything she touched a bit of magic.

Since moving to Banner Elk in 2005, Darcey and Dick have been involved with their church, Christ the King, an Anglican fellowship, many charitable endeavors, family both close and far and enjoying their home on a hill. She is survived by her husband Dick and his two daughters, Monti and Denise, and her husband David, grandsons William, Ross, Jordan, Logan and Bennett, her brothers Bob and his wife Kathy, and their three children Peter, Will and Emily Bender, and her husband Alex, and Bruce, and his wife Solange, and their three children Caroline, Lara and Thomas, as well as half sister Katie’s three children Ashley, Kaitlyn and Hunter. She is also survived by her lifelong closest friend in all things, Pam Dow.

Memorial service for Darcey will be conducted Saturday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Boulevard, Boone, NC 28607.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Prison Ministries, PO Box 161, Crossnore, NC 28616, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St NW, Lenoir, NC 28645 or Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center 184 Virginia St, Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be shared with the James family by clicking to www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

Austin and Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the James family.

Dr. J. Edward Kidder Jr. (June 24, 1922 – Nov. 30, 2014)


Dr. J. Edward Kidder, Jr. (Ted) passed away Nov. 30, 2014 after a brief illness. Dr. Kidder was born in Chikungshan (Jigongshan), China while his parents were serving on a mission from 1921-1926. He met Cordelia Dellinger at Maryville College in Tennessee, and they were married in 1944 while he was on leave from the Army. He served in Patton’s 3rd Army in WWII from 1943 through 1945.

Following the war, he continued his education at New York University where he received his PhD. He took an appointment at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and was introduced to the International Christian University (ICU) in Mitaka, Japan while a Fulbright Scholar at Kyoto University.

He was Professor Emeritus and served on the faculty of ICU from 1956 until retirement in 1993, specializing in Japanese archaeology and art history. He is widely recognized in the field and authored over 10 books and numerous publications. Many works have been used as references for Japanese and Asian art studies including Japan Before Buddhism, Early Japanese Art, Prehistoric Japanese Art, and Ancient Japan. From 1957 until retirement, he directed many archeological excavations throughout Japan. His work preserving Japanese pre-historic sites earned him the “Imperial Order of the Sacred Treasure” for his contribution to Japanese culture from the emperor of Japan in 1992.

He also served in many administrative positions while at ICU including Director of The ICU Archaeology Research Center, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean Of The College Of Liberal Arts. After retirement, he and Cordelia moved to Crossnore, NC where they were active in the community through “Meals on Wheels” and the Crossnore Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his brothers Paul and David Kidder and his 4 sons – David, Jonathan, Paul, Jim and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He had several organizations special to him and would like contributions made to the following in lieu of flowers:
• The Hachiro Yuasa Memorial Museum at ICU where he was Director Emeritus
• The Crossnore Presbyterian Church where he & his wife were married and later became active members
• The Williams YMCA Of Avery County where his friends at the Y kept him active and independent until his death.

A memorial service will be held in April in Crossnore, North Carolina.

Read Marie Underwood (Oct. 20, 1948 – Nov. 30, 2014)

Read Marie Mortimer Underwood passed away the evening of Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.

Read Marie was preceded in death by her parents Sam and Margaret Mortimer of Newland. She is survived by her husband Badger Underwood of Altamont, children Andrea Underwood of Greensboro, Gordon Underwood of Bakersville, granddaughter Caroline Underwood of Bakersville, and sister Martitia Mortimer of Newland.

The family will have a gathering of friends on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the clubhouse at Mountain Glen Golf Club, 1 Club House Dr, Newland, NC 28657. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be directed to Levine Cancer Institute, Melanoma Research – Immunotherapy Fund, 1021 Morehead Medical Dr, Charlotte, NC 28204-2965 or Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 1357, Newland, NC 28657.

Richard W. Garrison (Jan. 14, 1930 – Nov. 26, 2014)


Richard W. Garrison ,age 84, of Banner Elk passed away on Nov. 26, 2014 at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.

A native of Pennsylvania, he was born Jan. 14, 1930 a son of the late William and Grace Savitz Garrison.

Dick proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1973. He worked for many years i Banner Elk and Avery County as the Owner and Operator of Garrison Appliance. He was a social man who enjoyed being with friends and family. He was a Layman for the Banner Elk United Methodist Church.

Along with his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his: Wife, France Rose Garrison; brother, William; sisters, June, Joyce, and Janet.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory a daughter, Carlene Garrison, and her husband, Reinie Vos, of Banner Elk; a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at the Banner Elk Methodist Church beginning at 2 pm.

Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Garrison family.