Watauga, Avery Obituaries – April 19, 2017

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm

The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. Send obituary notices to jesse@highcountrypress.com.


Dayton A. Isaacs (April 23, 1927 – April 17, 2017) 

Dayton Alvin Isaacs, 89, ,of Tater Hill Road, Zionville, passed away Monday evening, April 17, 2017 at Watauga Medical Center.

Born April 23, 1927 in Watauga County, he was a son of William and Vertie Green Isaacs. Dayton was of the Methodist faith. He served in the US Army during WWII and retired as a supervisor from Electric Storage Battery in Logansport, Indiana. As a young man he was nicknamed Speedy because of his love of drag racing. Dayton enjoyed flying radio controlled air planes and could often be seen fishing area streams and ponds. 

Mr. Isaacs is survived by his daughter, Patricia Isaacs Miller and husband, Jerry, of Delphi, Indiana; and two sons: Kenneth Isaacs and wife Kathleen of Mansfield, Texas and Gary Isaacs of Zionville. Six grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren also survive. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Ann Isaacs and eleven brothers and sisters. 

Services for Dayton Isaacs will be private. 

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

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


Mrs. J. Lou Carpenter (May 11, 1927 – April 14, 2017)

Jesse Louella J. Lou Smith Carpenter, 89, formerly of Boone, NC, died in Kannapolis, NC, on Friday, April 14. 

Mrs. Carpenter, born May 11, 1927, was the daughter of Guy V. and E.F. Smith. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Dr. I.W. Bill Carpenter, Jr., and her brother, Dr. Eugene Smith. 

J. Lou graduated from DePauw University in 1947 where she was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. She earned a masters degree in speech pathology from Purdue University in 1949. She did post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins University. She taught speech pathology and audiology at Appalachian State University for 32 years.

Mrs. Carpenter was a member of the Daniel Boone Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of First Baptist Church of Boone, NC for more than six decades. 

She volunteered with the Project on Aging including the Meals on Wheels program. 

She is survived by her daughter, Kim Carpenter Lee and husband David, of Monroe, NC; her granddaughter Laura Lee of Durham, NC; her granddaughter, Kathryn Lee Strup and husband Nathan, and great-grandson, Bo William Strup, of Greensboro, NC. 

She is also survived by daughters Carol Carpenter Stoudt and Ruth Carpenter Bee, six grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. 

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the staff at the Gardens at Taylor Glen where Mrs. Carpenter resided since 2003. 

The family will receive friends at 10:30am on Tuesday, April 18 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel in Boone, NC. A service will be held at the funeral home at 11 oclock. Graveside services will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Watauga County Project on Aging Meals on Wheels program, 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite A, Boone, NC 28607, or Crossnore School & Childrens Home, P.O. Box 249, Crossnore, NC 28616. 

Online condolences may be shared with the Carpenter family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Carpenter family.


Gladys Calhoun (July 2, 1922 – April 14, 2017)

Gladys Odom Harmon Calhoun, 94, of Newland, North Carolina passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Watauga Medical Center in Boone.

She was born on July 2, 1922 in Avery County, North Carolina, a daughter of Vernal W. Odom and Nina M. Davis Odom.

Gladys was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ in Newland. She was dedicated to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to her Church, to helping others, whether it was a friend, a family member or a complete stranger. She enjoyed reading and studying her Bible. She enjoyed the outdoors, working tirelessly in her flower and vegetable gardens and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed harvesting the fruits and vegetables of her labor and canning and freezing them and freely giving them to anyone who visited her home. Gladys retired from TRW in Newland, and she enjoyed cooking and hosting gatherings for her family.​

She was preceded in death by her Father, Vernal W. Odom; Mother, Nina M. Odom; Husbands William E. (Bill) Harmon, Clayton Paul (Pat) Calhoun; Two Granddaughters, Pamela Main, Patina Main; Brothers, Roy and V.W. Odom; and a sister, Beulah Turbyfill.

Gladys leaves behind to cherish her memory her: Daughter, Billie (Hal) Main of Vilas, NC, Son, James (Phyllis) Harmon of Rabun Gap, GA, Son, Ned (Lori) Harmon of Newland, NC, Sisters, Florence Harmon, Mildred McKinney, Ruby Shell, Wilma Campbell, Alda Goins; Ten grandchildren; Twenty Nine great grandchildren; Twenty great-great grandchildren; A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services for Gladys Odom Harmon Calhoun will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 am from the Church of Jesus Christ with Pastor Dave Atkins and Brother Jeff Jaynes officiating. 
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the church.
Interment will be in the Church of Jesus Christ Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Church of Jesus Christ, Calvary St., Newland, NC 28657.

Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the family by visiting our website www.rsfh.net.


Hannah Mae Poole  (June 4, 1925 – April 13, 2017) 

Hannah Mae Eller Poole, 91, of Boone, and formerly of Chilhowie, VA, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Watauga Medical Center. 

Mrs. Poole was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Poole; parents, Walter and Bertha Eller; six brothers, Roy, James, Elijah, Neal, Branson and Charlie Eller; sister, Eva Kunkle; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Joe Osborne; daughter, Sue Poole; and one grandson, Steven Williams. She was a Homemaker and the well-known babysitter of many children of Chilhowie. She was member of Chilhowie Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her son, Lloyd Poole and wife, Eneida; three daughters, Deloris Smith, Wanda Poole and Teresa Winebarger and husband, Roger, of Boone; sisters, Renia Blevins and husband Willard, and Ennis Vattilano; seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Sarah Eller and Stella Steward; and many other beloved family members. 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon, April 18th, at 12 noon at the Bradleys Funeral Home Chapel in Chilhowie, Virginia. Interment will follow in the Middle Fork Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 11 until 12 oclock, one hour prior to services, at the Bradleys Funeral Home. 

Online condolences may be shared at the website www.Bradleysfh.com. Bradleys Funeral Home in Chilhowie, Virginia is serving the Poole family.


Mr. Tommy D. Robbins (Nov. 10, 1944 – April 12, 2017)

Tommy Dean Robbins, age 72, of Deep Gap, the Stony Fork Community, went home to be with the Heavenly Father Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He was a native of Watauga County and the son of the late William Ross and Maude Edith Jordan Robbins, Jr. He was an excellent gardener and avid hunter.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janice Paulette Welch Robbins, one daughter, Sheila Taylor and husband Lewis of Avery County, the Altamont Community, one son, Tommy James Robbins of Wilkesboro, four sisters, Betty Day of Augusta, Ga., Ann Miller of Hudson, N.C., Becky Hodges of Dallas, N.C., and Margaret Harmon of Lenoir, N.C.

Two brothers, Roy Robbins of Stanley, N.C. and Larry Robbins of Salem, Arkansas.

Two grandchildren, Adam Greene and wife Kayla of the Stony Fork Community, and Tamera Robbins of Boone. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Benny, Bill and Roger Robbins, and W.R. Robbins, Jr.

Funeral services for Tommy Dean Robbins will be conducted Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday prior to the funeral services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102 Boone, N.C. 28607.

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

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

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