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Avery, Watauga Obituaries – Sept. 15, 2015

Mr. Robert Glenn Norris (Oct. 27, 1924 – Sept. 14, 2015)


Robert Glenn Norris, age 90 from Boone, passed away on September 14, 2015 at his home on Deerfield Road, where he wanted to be until God was ready for him to be absent from his body and to be present with him.

Born in Ashe County, he attended Cove Creek High School and Appalachian State University. Mr. Norris was a naval veteran of WWII where he was stationed for most of the war on Pacific Islands of Saipan and Tinian.

Upon returning home from the war Mr. Norris worked in the Furniture and Health Care industry until his retirement. During retirement he frequently enjoyed his favorite pastime trout fishing, watching Atlanta Braves baseball and spending time with wife and his two children.

He is survived by his is wife Martha Norris also from Boone, one daughter Glenda Munnerlyn and husband David Munnerlyn of Georgetown South Carolina, son Robert Norris and wife Jill Norris of Chicago, Illinois, sister Dorothy Lea and husband Dwight Lea of Eden, North Carolina and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Norris requested a private funeral service. Hospice Chaplin Delbert Minner will conduct the service with burial to will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family respectfully requests no food, and in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street NW Lenoir NC 28645-5121.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

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

Mrs. Jean C. Williams (Oct. 30, 1924 – Sept. 13, 2015)

BigWilliams, JeanMrs. Jean C. Williams,90 of Boone, N.C. passed peacefully on Sunday night, September 13, 2015.

Jean was born Ollie Jean Clawson on October 30, 1924 to parents Hamp and Verlie Clawson of the Meat Camp community, and grew up in a loving family of two boys and two girls. Jean was married for 63 years to Roy Farthing Williams until his passing in 2009. Survivors include two sons – F. David Williams and wife Faye and Charles R. Williams and wife Patsy; three grandchildren – Wesley Williams and wife Suzanne, Karen Williams, and Gregory Williams; and two great-grandchildren – Samantha and Devon Williams. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews whose visits and care packages were so appreciated over the years. Jean was preceded in death by her sister and brothers: Ann Sharpton, John Clawson, and Max Clawson.

One thing Jean and Roy treasured most was being adopted grandparents for kindergarteners at neighboring Green Valley Elementary School. Helping others was always a blessing for both of them. Also, Jean loved tending to her flowers, sharing vegetables from the garden, crocheting and knitting. In her later years, Jean appreciated the care and attention she received from the staffs at Deerfield Ridge and Glenbridge facilities.

A service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home, 194 Queen Street, Boone, N.C. 28607 on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 1:30. Visitation will be from noon until 1:30 pm, with funeral services following immediately thereafter. A graveside service will then be held at Mt. Lawn Memorial Park, 521 Old East King Street, Boone, N.C. 28607 immediately following the funeral services.

Jean and Roy were active members of Meat Camp Baptist Church for many years, and the ladies of the church are always so gracious, loving, and caring in times such as these. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Meat Camp Baptist Church WMU, In care of Barry Greene, 527 Jack Hayes Road, Boone, N.C. 28607. Feel free to make donations to any other charities which are dear to your heart.

Online condolences may be shared with the Williams family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

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

Florence “Skip” Duerr Pate D. Sept. 12, 2015

3309297_wlppMrs. Florence “Skip” Duerr Pate, 99, of Burlington went home to be with her Lord and Savior and reunited with her loving husband on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at 5:50 a.m.

A native of Bucks County, Penn., she was the wife of the late Rupert George Pate, Sr. and the daughter of Charles E. Duerr and Mabel South Duerr, both deceased. She received a Diploma RN from the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Penn. and a Health Education Degree from Elon College.

Mrs. Pate was a Registered Nurse, Instructor of Nurses at the Technical College of Alamance (TIA) until 1985 and a Hospice volunteer. She was a member of Hocutt Memorial Baptist Church.

Survivors include three children, Shyrlynn “Sherrie” Pate of Burlington, Rupert George “Pete” Pate, Jr. of Elon and Carlyle Duerr Pate of Boone; five grandchildren, Shawn and wife Cheryl, Kimberly, J. Travis and wife Emily, Joshua, Christopher and wife Martha; five great-grandchildren, Levi and wife Candice, Leo, Eli, Conner and Macy; and two great-great-grandchildren, Zackary and Ava.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Merida and two brothers, Mart and Shirl.

The funeral service will be conducted at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Burlington on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. Jimmy L. Nickelston with the family receiving friends from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215.

The family would live to extend their gratitude to the Hospice Caregivers, Tammy Deal, RN and Jill Jeffries, CNA and the Home Caregivers, Tammy Kirby, Cathy Oates, Pat Riley and Judy Watkins for the wonderful care given to Florence. 

Rich and Thompson Funeral, in Burlington, is in charge of the arrangements.

Ingrid Else Wegener (June 23, 1936
- Sept. 12, 2015)

3308582_wlppMrs. Ingrid Else Wegener, 79, of Lenoir Road, Morganton, a former resident of Blowing Rock, passed away Saturday evening, Sept. 12, 2015 at Grace Hospital in Morganton.

Mrs. Wegener was born June 23, 1936 in Stockholm, Sweden, a daughter of the late Roland H.A. Gottlieb and Ruth Ingeborg Lonnqvist. She was a retired nurse.

Mrs. Wegener is survived by two sisters, Birgitta McGalliard and husband William of Boone, and Karin Ostling and husband Goran of Stockholm, Sweden; one nephew, Billy McGalliard and wife Christina of Warrensburg, Missouri; two nieces, Anna Karin Rabe and Kristina Ostling, both of Stockholm, Sweden; and three great nephews, Liam and Nate McGalliard of Warrensburg, Missouri, and Erik Rabe of Stockholm, Sweden, and one great-niece, Elsa Rabe of Stockholm, Sweden. She is also survived by a number of cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur F. Wegener, and a brother, Helmut Gottlieb.

Memorial services for Ingrid Else Wegener will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Watauga Humane Society, Post Office Box 1835, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

Online condolences for the Wegener family may be sent to www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.


Janet Bowers (June 12, 1942 – Sept. 12, 2015)


Janet Bowers, 73, of Banner Elk passed away on Sept. 12, 2015 at Johnson City Medical Center.

A native of Caldwell County, she was born June 12, 1942 a daughter of the late Zollie Grant and Ruby Faye Phillips Simmons.

She was a member of the Minneapolis Baptist Church and enjoyed playing Bingo and singing gospel music. She was a friend to everyone she ever met, and was dearly loved.

Along with her parents, Janet was preceded in death by her: husband, Vance Ray Bowers; and a brother, Jasper Simmons.

Janet has left to cherish her memory her: daughters, Debbie CLawson, and her husband, Billy, of Buck Mountain, NC, Libby Byrd, and her fiance’, Scotty Smith, of Newland; sisters, Ida Mae Douglas of Lenoir, Margaret Ann Farthing of Lenoir; grandchildren, Shala Smith, Richard Colvard, and his wife, Candy, Dora Lee Huskins; five great grandchildren also survive.

Funeral services for Janet Bowers will be conducted on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Grandfather Chapel of the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5pm until the service hour Monday evening at the funeral home. Family friends and pallbearers will gather at the funeral home on Tuesday morning at 10:00 am to go in procession to the Cranberry Cemetery.

Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net.

Nettie L. Carrow (Sept. 18, 1943 – Sept. 12, 2015)

Nettie L. Carrow, 71 of Jefferson, passed away in Ashe Memorial Hospital Saturday, September 12, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marsett Carrow and a son, Ricky Carrow.

She is survived by her daughter, Mona Watkinson and spouse Shannan of Jacksonville, Fla. A granddaughter, Macie Merritt and husband Andrew of Arizona and a grandson, William Dollar of Nebraska. Four great-grandchildren also survive.

Services will be private.

Online condolences may be shared with the Carrow family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

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

Dr. Charles Lee Isley, Jr. (Dec. 21, 1920
 – Sept. 11, 2015)


Dr. Charles Lee Isley, Jr., age 94, of Woodland Drive, Boone, passed away Friday evening, September 11, 2015 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Dr. Isley was born December 21, 1920 in Cooleemee, North Carolina, a son of the late Charles Lee Isley, Sr. and Sophie Cope Isley. He received a BS Degree in Education at Davidson College and became music director at Waynesville Township High School, Waynesville, North Carolina.

He served one year in the U.S Marine Corps in World War II, and returned to Waynesville where he taught band, orchestra and chorus while completing a Masters Degree in Education at Appalachian State Teachers College.

In 1958, he became Associate Professor and Director of Bands at Appalachian State Teachers College, and after completing a Doctorate in Education at North Texas State University was promoted to professor.

While at Appalachian, he led the way in founding Cannon Music Camp and served as the first camp director. He was active in professional music organizations, served as state chairman of the orchestra and choral sections of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, as president of the association as was named an honorary life member. He was a member of the North Carolina Bandmasters Hall of Fame, and named Professor of Music Emeritus at Appalachian State University.

Isley was active in church and community work, serving as choir director in several churches. After retirement for the university, he taught instrumental music in the Watauga County Public Schools, where he had overseen development of an orchestral program several years earlier.

He was founding conductor of the Watauga Community Band, performed in Blue Ridge Community Theater, and in a Barbershop Quartet, and served one term as president of the Watauga County Retired School Personnel.

Dr. Isley is survived by two daughters, Catherine Huzl and husband Jim of Charlotte, and Susan Lyons and husband Harry of Boone; three granddaughters, Sarah Lyons McKethan and husband Ben of Boone, DeAnna Lyons and fiancé Chris Gragg of Boone, and Emily Huzl McCarthy and husband Brandon of Charlotte; two grandsons, Charles Lyons and wife Molly of Asheboro and Michael Huzl of Charlotte; four great-grandsons, Patrick McKethan, Nickolas Lyons, John Thomas McKethan and Edward Lyons; three great-granddaughters, Ellie McKethan, Olivia McCarthy and Isley Lyons; a brother-in-law, Charles Robinson of Winston-Salem, one sister-in-law, Delores Caldwell of Florida, and a very special friend, Nancy Henry. He is also survived by a number of special nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of fifty-seven years, Lois Caldwell Isley, a daughter, Elizabeth Ann, and his sisters, Ellen Sowell and Imogene Robinson.

A Celebration of Life service for Dr. Charles Lee Isley, Jr. will be conducted Saturday afternoon, Sept. 19, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at Boone United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Reverend Jeff McLean, Pastor Michael Gragg, and Dr. George Naff. Military honors and entombment, provided by the United States Marine Corp, American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will be conducted Saturday morning, at 11:00 o’clock, at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens Mausoleum.

The family will receive friends Friday evening, from 5:00 until 7:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Service. 

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to The Dr. Charles Isley Scholarship Fund, ASU Advancement Services, Gift Processing, PO Box 32014, Boone, North Carolina, 28608, or to the Watauga Community Band, 454 Grand Boulevard, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

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

Jean May (May 20, 1934 – Sept. 11, 2015)


Edna Jean May, 81, of Phantasia Way, Zionville, passed away Friday, September 11, 2015 at Erwin Health Care Center in Erwin, Tenn.

Jean was born May 20, 1934 in Johnson County, Tenn., to Andrew and Nellie Eggers May. She was raised in Centerview Church of Christ before she and her husband moved to Friendship Baptist Church. Jean loved maintaining her home and in her spare time she enjoyed quilting, word search, and assembling puzzles.

She is survived by her sister, Janice May Stanbury of Lenoir; and her special friends and caregivers, Jean and Robert Wilson of Trade. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Claude May; sisters, Ruth Miller and Dorothy Wood; and brothers, Landon and Curtis May.

Graveside services will be conducted Sunday afternoon, Sept. 13, 2015, at 3 o’clock at the Zionville Baptist Church Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Jeffrey Wilson.

The family suggests memorials to the Zionville Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Ollie Phipps, 800 Moddock Road, Trade, Tenn. 37691, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215.

Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

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

Leonard Feinberg (Dec. 17, 1927 – Sept. 10, 2015)

Leonard (Len) Feinberg died at home in Boone, surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, September 10, after a two-year battle with cancer.


He was 87 years old. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 17, 1927, Len grew up in a family of six that struggled to make ends meet during the Great Depression. Len served in the Navy as a young man and was stationed in Guam during World War II.

After the war, Len returned to New York City and graduated from New York University and Brooklyn Law School, eventually founding his own successful firm. A strong believer in equality and the worth of all people, he was a lifelong Democrat and member of the ACLU and NAACP. Len had great intellectual curiosity and loved nothing more than a lively conversation about politics, sports or current events.

He was a passionate tennis player and could be found playing at Deer Valley Racquet Club almost every day. Len was also a devoted fan of classical music; Italian food; and birdwatching, a hobby he was introduced to as a Boy Scout.

He was a generous and kindhearted mentor and close friend to many. Though a quintessential New Yorker, he grew to love his adopted home of Boone, and lived his last few weeks as he always lived his life — to its fullest.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Fiedler; his brother, Irwin; six children: Joseph, Melanie, Matt, Dawne, Evan, and Neal; nephews, Larry and Chet and nieces, Michelle and Jan; three stepchildren: Sara, Amy, and Dan; three grandchildren, Darin, Jenna and Lindsey; and six step grandchildren: Mataya, Katherine, Julian, Alexander, Gratia, and James.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney and Kate; his brother, Mike; and his sisters, Hermia and Jeanette. He will also be dearly missed by his closest friends from childhood; Al, Marty and Stan.

A memorial service will be held in New York City, where his ashes will be interred. Condolences can be directed to Austin & Barnes Funeral Home at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

Leon Hicks (April 22, 1942 – Sept. 10, 2015)

On the evening of Sept. 10, 2015, after a long courageous battle with respiratory problems, Lester Leon Hicks, 73, left his Earthly residence in Elk Park, to enter into his Eternal Home in Heaven. He was surrounded by his family.


A native of Avery County, Leon was born April 22, 1942; and, was the eldest son of the late Norman and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Hicks of Elk Park. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a beloved brother Roger Carroll Hicks; and, a nephew, Brian Stacie McKinney.

Leon was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, in Roan Mountain, Tn. He was very strong in his Faith. Although, his health declined, his trust in the Lord never wavered.

He continued to witness to his family and friends. It was his heart’s desire that everyone be saved!

Leon loved the outdoors. He was a life-long Farmer, earning the title Avery County Farm Family of the Year, in 1995. Farming was his passion. He enjoyed serving the County and surrounding areas with his local business, “Hump Mountain Apple House”. He was a friend to all who knew him; displaying, a heart full of compassion and generosity. Off season, Leon had been a part-time truck driver for his friends Jack Hicks Trucking and H&H Trucking, of Elk Park.

Left to cherish his memory, is his wife Doris, of the home. She has been the love of his life and help-mate for the past fifty years. One son Jeff Hicks and his wife Melanie, of Elk Park. Also, one Grandson Logan Hicks, of whom was his pride and joy and his #1.

Leon will also be greatly missed by his two remaining brothers and three sisters:

Arnold Hicks and wife Sharon, Jerry Hicks and wife Patty, a sister-in-law Peggy Hicks, all of Elk Park. A sister Elwanda Garland and husband Elisha, a sister Brenda McKinney and husband Charlie, all of Roan Mountain; and a sister Kay Hogan and husband Chris, of Elk Park. Leon has a host of nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews; all, of whom loved him dearly.

Celebration of Life for Leon Hicks, will be conducted Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with Pastor Charlie McKinney, Jr., Rev. Chris McCoury, and Rev. Dave Atkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Richardson/Hicks Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until the service hour.

Pall Bearers will be his nephews: Jason Hicks, Jeremy Hicks, Tommy Hicks, Roger Hicks, Casey Hartley and Caleb Hogan.

Honorary Pall Bearers will be: Charles Freeman, Rick Hamby, Jim Hicks, Jack Hicks, Bob Garland, Don Gray, Harold Jarrett, Rudy Holden; and “Benny”

Morris Isaacs (May 16, 1924 – Sept. 9, 2015)

Morris Isaacs, 91, of Newland passed away on September 9, 2015 at Cannon Memorial Hospital.


A native of Avery County, he was born May 16, 1924 a son of the late Benjamin Harrison and Loretta Banner Isaacs.

He was former Vice President of Avery County Bank, received the Outstanding Community Service Award and enjoyed mowing.

He was a member of Newland Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder, Treasurer and Sunday School Superintendent.

Morris has left to cherish his memory his: wife Marie Hicks Isaacs of the home; daughter, Marcye Ollis and husband Bros of Pineola; son, Michael Isaacs and wife Missy of Newland; one grandson, Riley Isaacs; special cousin, Katherine LaPorte of Elizabethton, Tenn.

Funeral services for Morris Isaacs will be conducted on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Newland Presbyterian Church with Rev. Michael McKee officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Medi Home Hospice at PO Box 1357 Newland, NC 28657.

Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net.

Barbara Carle (Nov. 22, 1938 – Sept. 7, 2015)

Barbara Carle, beloved wife of the childrens book author and illustrator Eric Carle, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 at her home in North Carolina after a brief illness. She was 76.


Barbara Carle, known as Bobbie to her friends, was an educator and a lifelong champion of the arts. With Eric Carle, she co-founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. The mission of the Museum, which exhibits childrens book illustration, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books from here and abroad.

Barbara Carle was born Barbara Ann Morrison in Statesville, N.C. on November 22, 1938. She was the daughter of the late Dr. James Rudy Morrison and Agnes Nolan Morrison. She graduated from Salem College in Winston-Salem, N.C. with a B.A., then headed to Manhattan to share an apartment with her older sister Pat. In New York, Barbara worked as a Montessori teacher in an outpatient clinic, teaching children of mothers who had been hospitalized for emotional distress. She was also an adoption caseworker at New York Foundling Hospital, helping to find homes for hard-to-place children. She was working at the bookshop at The Cloisters, a museum and garden branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, when a friend introduced her to Eric Carle, a young illustrator and writer of books for children, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

In 1973, Eric and Barbara married and moved to Western Massachusetts. There, Barbara earned her M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts in special education. Soon after, she co-founded Side by Side, an innovative preschool that integrated special needs children into regular classrooms. For many years, Eric and Bobbie made their home in Northampton, where his studio was, and spent summers in nearby Hawley. They enjoyed many friendships in both communities.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the Carles traveled several times to Japan and were inspired by the beautiful picture book museums there. They were also struck that there were no picture book museums in the United States. Together, they dedicated themselves to founding The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. It opened on Barbaras birthday in 2002. In an interview about the founding of the Museum, Eric Carle said, When I began to do well, Bobbie was the one who said, We have to give back. To date, The Carle has served more than 600,000 guests and sends exhibitions of picture book art to museums around the world.

The Museums current board chair Christopher B. Milne said, Bobbie was the Museums first board chair. She was such a genuine person–so kind and generous. Throughout her life, art and books and the welfare of children were her sustaining passions. She believed that picture books could enrich childrens lives, that they could transform us. She and Eric were determined to create a museum where generations of families could gather together and feel nurtured. From day one, she was a force behind The Carle. Her leadership set the stage for all of us.

Eric and Barbara Carle retired in 2004, spending their time in the mountains of North Carolina and the Florida Keys. Barbara will be remembered by her many friends for her joy for life, her warmth and charm, her compassion and grace, and her remarkable generosity.

Barbara leaves behind her devoted husband Eric, her sister Rita M. Wiseman, her brother-in-law Richard McDonald, her stepson Rolf Carle and his wife Teresa Toro, and her stepdaughter Cirsten Carle. She also leaves behind her nephew Keith Wiseman, Jr., and nieces, Kate Wiseman and partner Robbie Dunn, and Lynne Wiseman and partner Nicole Blankenbeckler. Barbara was preceded in death by her sister Patricia Morrison McDonald and her brothers Thomas Nolan Morrison and James Rudy Morrison, Jr.

There will be a private funeral service. Online condolences may be shared with the Carle family at www.carlemuseum.org. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Barbaras memory can be directed to a favorite charity. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory, Boone, NC, is serving the Carle family.

Noelle M. Stringer (Aug. 27, 2015 – Sept. 7, 2015)


Noelle Marie Stringer, infant daughter of LaKiera Smith and Devan Stringer, passed away Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 at home. She was born August 27, 2015 in Watauga County.

In addition to her parents she is survived by her maternal grandmother, Demita Mintz, her paternal grandparents, Dena Brewer and David Stringer, and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services for Noelle Marie Stringer will be conducted Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 4 PM at the Boone United Methodist Church (471 New Market Boulevard, Boone, NC). Officiating will be Rev. Reggie Hunt. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery (6814 US Hwy 321 South, Blowing Rock, NC).

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 3:00 until 4:00 PM at Boone United Methodist Church (471 New Market Boulevard, Boone, NC).

Online condolences may be shared with the Stringer family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

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

BigHolliday, JaneJane Bassett Holliday (Oct.1, 1940 – Sept. 7, 2015)

Ms. Jane Bassett Holliday, 74, of Valle Crucis, passed away Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 at Watauga Medical Center.

Funeral arrangements for Jane Bassett Holliday are incomplete.

Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

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

Mary Corinna Aldridge (Aug. 27, 1920 – Sept. 7, 2015)

Mary Corinna Aldridge, 95, of Lexington Park, Md. died on Sept. 7, 2015 at the Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, MD.


Born August 27, 1920, in Plumtree, she is the daughter of the late William Waightstill Avery, Jr. and Carrie Jane Goins.

On April 16, 1938, Corinna married her beloved husband, Lewie McClure Aldridge, in Johnson City, Tenn. They celebrated 61 wonderful years of marriage together before his passing on July 30, 1999.

Corinna supported a husband and raised four sons who made the families Ford Dealership a success. She faithfully hosted a bible study and luncheon every Tuesday. She had a green thumb and enjoyed working in her beautiful flower gardens. She was the center of many family gatherings, was an excellent cook and her potato salad and Caramel Pound Cake were always anticipated.

After Lewie’s passing, she kept busy spending time with family and friends and took up line dancing. She attended Lexington Park Baptist church, and was a member of the Red Hat Society Club, and the Walking Club at Chancellors Run Regional Park. Even though she spent over half her life in Maryland, her true home was the mountains of North Carolina. She always enjoyed trips back home and loved when her family came up here to visit.

Corinna is survived by her children, Gordon Aldridge (Betty) of Ridge, MD; Lewie Aldridge, Jr (Judy) of Lexington Park, MD, Paul Joe Aldridge of Lexington Park, MD, and Van Aldridge of Camarillo, CA; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her siblings, William Waightstill Avery III, Judge Francis Avery, and Buena Emma Laura Vance; granddaughter, Carrie Angel Aldridge Murray and daughter-in-law, Vicki Lynn Vail Aldridge.

Local services will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the Plumtree Presbyterian Church with the family receiving friends from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Plumtree Presbyterian Church, 4527 S. US Highway 19e, Plumtree, NC 28664. Interment to follow at Yellow Mountain Cemetery in Plumtree, NC.

Condolences may be shared with the family at www.rsfh.net

James F. Horne (Jan. 28, 1939 – Sept. 7, 2015)

James Horne, 79, of Linville Falls passed away on Sept. 7, 2015 in Nebo, NC.


A native of Burke County, he was born Jan. 28, 1936 a son of the late James Uriah and Miriam Franklin Horne.

He was a United States Army Veteran serving 7 years. He retired from the furniture industry and was a member of the Pisgah United Methodist Church.

A loving father and grandfather, he has left to cherish his memory his son, Eric Horne, and his wife Lisa, of Nebo; grandsons, Zack and Nick; sister, Mimi Brown of Linville Falls.

Services for James Horne will be conducted on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Pisgah Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Reverend Bryan Griffith will officiate. Military rites will be provided by the Pat Ray Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net.