Watauga, Avery Obituaries – Aug. 24, 2016

Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm

Wilmetta Sue Johnson (Feb. 22, 1952 – Aug. 23, 2016)

Wilmetta Sue Johnson, 64, of Rominger Road, Sugar Grove, passed away Tuesday morning, August 23, 2016, at Watauga Medical Center in Boone.

3864821_wlppSue was born February 22, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Joseph Donald Baton and Ella Mae Thomas Baton. She was a retired floral designer.

Sue is survived by her husband, Boyd Lane Johnson of the home; one daughter, Shannon Marie Brady of Mountain City, Tennessee; one son, James Eric Johnson of Kingsport, Tennessee; two sisters, Mollie Czar and husband Ron, and Mona Lisa Baton Payne, both of Mountain City; three brothers, John Thomas and wife Shirley of Boone, Tommy Baton and Eddie Baton, both of Zionville; three granddaughters, Ashley Brady of Cincinnati, Ohio, Cheslie Brady of Kingsport, and Cassie Brady of Johnson City, Tennessee; two grandsons, Dustin Brady and wife Carmen of Greenville, Tennessee, and Triston Johnson of Kingsport, and one great-granddaughter, Ava Marie Ledford of Johnson City.

She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addtion to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Lynn Sedgewick.

Funeral services for Wilmetta Sue Johnson will be conducted Friday afternoon, August 26, 2016, at 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Pastor Gordon Noble. Burial will follow in the Reece Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday afternoon, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

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

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

Mrs. Virginia P. Hartley (Dec. 13, 1925 – Aug. 22, 2016)

Mrs. Virginia Oretha Polk Hartley, passed into her heavenly home on Aug. 22, 2016. She was born in Trenton, Fla., the daughter of William Riley Polk and Mattie Luginia Smith Polk on Dec. 13, 1925.

She was predeceased in death by her husband Cornelius Talmadge Hartley, Jr. and by 13 siblings. Three half-brothers: Richard Harley Polk, Shelton H. Polk, and Denver Polk. Two half-sisters: Nellie Polk and Dova Lettie P. Mash. Six brothers Lee Roy Polk, William Glenn Polk, Duward Daring Polk, Hansel G. Polk and two infant brothers. Two sisters: Jean Bell Polk and Eva Ray Polk.

BigHartley, VirginiaShe is survived by one son, Neil Hartley and wife Audrey of Boone, two grandsons, Dennis and Tal Hartley both of Boone, one great granddaughter, Eryn A. Hartley of Parker, Colorado, and her extended family, Tatum, Aubrey, Luke, Alison and Mark Garrett of Marion, NC, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hartley was a dental assistant who was employed by Dr. Mains of Daytona Beach Florida, who convinced her to come to Blowing Rock one summer as his assistant. She then was employed by Dr. Matheson and later by Dr. Gene Reese. She loved her work and walked to work for many years of employment.

The family would like to thank Jennifer Lusk, caregiver, and the nurses, nurses assistants and staff at Blowing Rock Hospital and Davant Extended Care for their care, love and support during these last four months.

Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Polk Hartley will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 PM at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. David Hockett, Rev. Jeff McClain and Rev. Elaine Hall. Burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday afternoon prior to the service from 1 oclock until 2 oclock at Austin & Barnes.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, in care of Dot Barker, 451 Poplar Hill Drive, Boone, NC 28607 or to Services for the Blind, NC Dept. of Health & Human Services, 4265 Brownsboro Road, Suite 100, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

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

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

Cecil M. Gee (April 19, 1939 – Aug. 22, 2016)

Cecil Marion MaryAnn Gee, Jr, 77, passed away on August 22, 2016 at Davant Extended Care in Blowing Rock, NC, as a natural progression of life. From the earth we are created and to the earth he will return.

A private family gathering will be held at the home of his daughter. His body is being prepared for his final resting place by Austin and Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory of Boone, NC.

Cecil was born in Wichita Falls Texas on April 19, 1939.

Cecil worked various jobs throughout his life as a welder and in the oil fields but to be honest he was kind of a bum.

Cecil is survived by daughters Essie Williams and husband Don of Deep Gap and Kathy Rusch and husband Steve of Benson, NC, a daughter-in-law Melissa Lott Gee of Fort Worth, Texas nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other family and friends.

Cecil is preceded in death by a son Dickie Joe Gee.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the resident fund at Blowing Rock Rehabilitation and Davant Extended Care to the attention of Marie Tsourakis at 418 Chestnut Dr. Blowing Rock, NC, 28605 or Watauga Kidney Center of Boone, NC. The family of Cecil would like to express their gratitude for the outstanding care he received while living at Davant Extended Care.

Barbara Coffey Morrow (Aug. 14, 1938 – Aug. 22, 2016)

3865422_wlppBarbara Coffey Morrow, of Rice Road, Henderson, North Carolina, a native and former resident of Blowing Rock, passed away Monday, August 22, 2016, at her home.

Born in Blowing Rock, she was the daughter of the late Rhonda Lester and Leona Hampton Coffey.

A talented musician and singer, beginning at age 5, Mrs. Morrow was a former Director of Music at several churches, in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. She was a member of Marrow’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Her life was dedicated to her family, music, and her Lord.

Surviving are her husband, Floyd Ransom Morrow of Hamlet, NC; her daughter, Amanda Pendergrass and husband, Jeff, of Henderson; and three grandchildren, Braeden Pendergrass, McKallah Pendergrass, and Alexis Blake, all of Henderson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Coffey.

Funeral services for Barbara Coffey Morrow will be conducted Friday morning, August 26, 2016, at 11:00 o’clock, at Marrow’s Chapel United Methodist Church. A graveside service will be conducted Saturday afternoon, at 2:00 o’clock, in White Spring Cemetery in Blowing Rock, NC.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at Flowers Funeral Home in Henderson. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

The family wishes to extend a special “Thank You” to her caregiver, Evelyn Chilton.

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

Flowers Funeral Home, in Henderson, and Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service are in charge of the arrangements.

Scott Parsons (April 9, 1954 – Aug. 22, 2016)

Scott Parsons, age 62, of Dewitt Barnett Road, Banner Elk, passed away Monday morning, August 22, 2016, at Watauga Medical Center in Boone.

Scott was born April 9, 1954 in Watauga County, a son of Iris Williams Parsons and the late Fred “Doc” Parsons. He was a retired bridge foreman, working for over 30 years in bridge structure, including the construction of the Linn Cove Viaduct. Scott was a loving husband and father. He was also a deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church.

Scott is survived by his wife, Maggie Hicks Parsons of the home; one daughter, Jessica Mae Parsons and husband Shane Meade of Sugar Grove; his mother, Iris Williams Parsons of Boone, and two brothers, Ancil Parsons and wife Teresa of Todd, and Johnny Parsons of Hickory. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Gary Lee Parsons and Richard “Rick” Parsons.

Funeral services for Scott Parsons will be conducted Thursday afternoon, August 25, 2016, at 2:00 o’clock, at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 12:30 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Pastor Wynn Greer. Burial will follow in the Danner Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday afternoon, from 12:30 until 2:00 o’clock, at the church, prior to the service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Danner Cemetery Fund, in care of David Hodges, 1075 Laurel Fork Road, Vilas, North Carolina, 28692.

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

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

Dennis Butch Triplett (Sept. 11, 1953 – Aug. 22, 2016)

Dennis Butch Triplett, 62, of Old South, Boone, passed away Monday morning, August 22, 2016, at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville.

3864177_wlppButch was born September 11, 1953 in Watauga County, son of the late Herman Coker Triplett and Maggie Rhymer Triplett. He was a mechanic for Mack Brown Chevrolet and a member of Rutherwood Baptist Church.

Butch is survived by his son, Dustin Triplett of Boone. He is also survived by a number of aunts and uncles.

Funeral services for Dennis Butch Triplett will be conducted Saturday morning, August 27, 2016, at 11:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 10:00 until 11:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Reverend Gary Lawrence.

Burial will follow in the Rhymer Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday morning, from 10:00 until 11:00 o’clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Triplett family, in care of Dustin Triplett, 1535 Old 421 South, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

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

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

Lucille Wilson Miller (Sept. 25, 1932 – Aug. 20, 2016)

Lucille Wilson Miller, age 83, of Emory Greer Road, Zionville, passed away Saturday morning, August 20, 2016, at her home.

Mrs. Miller was born September 25, 1932 in Johnson County, Tennessee, a daughter of the late James Hamilton Wilson and Betty Snyder Wilson.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

3863347_wlppMrs. Miller was a homemaker and a charter member of the Zionville Volunteer Fire Department, serving over 22 years as a first responder. She was a faithful member of Zionville Baptist Church. Mrs. Miller loved her church family and loved serving others. She was an avid gardener and was well known for her flowers. She enjoyed feeding the birds, especially the Hummingbirds. Most importantly she loved her family and they loved her immensely. She was their biggest source of support, love, and strength, and will be dearly missed.

Mrs. Miller is survived by one daughter, Debbie Potter and husband J.V. of Zionville; two sons, David Miller and wife Terri, and Donald Miller and wife Amy, all of Zionville; six granddaughters, Cindy Isaacs and husband Frankie, Jennifer Miller, Becky Zaragoza and husband Jay, Leslie Tankersley and husband Todd, Christy Miller, and Victoria Lucille Potter, all of Zionville; one grandson, Michael Earl Miller and wife Christy of Zionville; three great-granddaughters, Cheyenna Isaacs, Ava Zaragoza, and Haven Elizabeth Miller, all of Zionville; five great-grandsons, Caleb Isaacs, Dillion Zaragoza, Logan Zaragoza, Nathaniel Miller, Titus Noah Tankersley, all of Zionville, and her special caregivers, Kay Johnson, Diane Phipps, and Justus Saunders. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl E. Miller; five sisters and five brothers.

Funeral services for Lucille Wilson Miller will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, August 23, 2016, at 2:00 o’clock, at Zionville Baptist Church.

The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Reverend Dwayne Tester and Pastor Doug Cheshier. Entombment will follow in the Zionville Baptist Church Garden Mausoleum.

The family will receive friends Monday evening, from 6:00 until 8:30 pm, at Hampton Funeral Service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Zionville Baptist Church Garden Mausoleum Fund, in care of Ollie Phipps, 800 Modock Road, Trade, Tennessee, 37691.

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

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

Alan Adrian Fabry (Nov. 2, 1932 – Aug. 19, 2016)

BigAlan Fabry(3)-1Alan Adrian Fabry passed away peacefully at Watauga Medical Center surrounded by his loving family on August 19, 2016 as a result of an aggressive malignancy. He was born on November 2, 1932 in Akron Ohio to Geneva and Edmund Fabry. He moved to Southern California in search of work and sunshine in 1957. There he found the love of his life Helen Sarff (his brown eyed girl). Helen and Alan met on a beach (mutual owners of MG convertibles and lovers of sand and sun) and married three years later on February 11, 1961. They were blessed with two daughters Cecilia and Carol.

Alan graduated with a degree in Chemistry from Kent State University in Ohio in 1954. He supported himself through college by working at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Alan began his professional career as a Rubber Chemist at Goodyear. When he moved to California he began his long career in the Aerospace Industry. Initially working for Arrowhead Products, he then found employment with North American Aviation which became Rockwell International. While working full time at North American, he earned an MBA in Industrial Management from Long Beach State. He had the honor to work on some notable aerospace projects such as the Minute Man Missile, Saturn Two Booster, and Apollo Spacecraft (The mission to the moon). He became an expert in advance composite materials. In the decline of the Aerospace industry, he and his family relocated to Ohio where he worked for Babcock and Wilcox that made the first advance composite golf clubs for Wilson. He fell in love with the state of North Carolina when his career took him to Raleigh to work for a division of Exxon in 1979. In 1981 he returned to Rockwell International in Tulsa Oklahoma to work on the B 1 B Bomber. Alan and Helen lived in Tulsa for eight years before returning to the sun and sand of California where he had the honor to work on the Space Shuttle for Rockwell. Upon retirement in 1995, he and Helen returned to their beloved North Carolina where both Cecilia and Carol were living.

Alan and Helen built a lovely home at Uwharrie Point at the Old North State Club where he enjoyed golfing, boating and fishing on Baden Lake. They made many great friends. Alan and Helen enjoyed many wonderful travel experiences. In 2000 they purchased a small home in Blowing Rock as second home. In 2006 they permanently relocated to Blowing Rock to escape the heat of the piedmont. While living in Blowing Rock, Alan spent many hours on the golf course and landscaping his yard. He truly enjoyed his retirement years and cherished his mountain home.

Alan was a kind, loving, sensitive and generous man who touched the lives of many. He will be missed by many family and friends throughout the country. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Helen, his daughter Cecilia Grasinger (John) of Blowing Rock, daughter Carol Hall (Jerry) of Charlotte, five treasured grandchildren, Chris (Charlene) and Connor Grasinger, Sara, Rachel and Jacob Hall. He is also survived by four siblings, Edmund Jr., Donna Raschick, David and Jon. Alan is preceded in death by both parents, siblings Margaret, Gary, Pat, Martha and Pricilla.

A funeral to celebrate Alans life will be held Sunday August 28, 2016, 2:30 pm at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal church, 140 Chestnut Dr., Blowing Rock, NC 28605. A reception in the parish hall to follow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Watauga County Cancer Resource Alliance (Seby Jones Cancer Center) www.foundation.apprhs.org, 828-262-4391 or The Blue Ridge Conservancy http://blueridgeconservancy.org.

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

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory in Boone is serving the Fabry family.

Claude Curtis Hincher (Oct. 11, 1958 – Aug. 18, 2016)

Claude Curtis Hincher, age 57, of Monteagle Drive, Boone, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Claude was born October 11, 1958 in Forsyth County, a son of the late Linville Osco Hincher and Doreen Rash Hincher. He was a self-employed painter.

Claude is survived by his wife, Shannon L. Hincher of the home; one daughter, Deja Nicole Hincher and fiance Shane Couch of Roaring River, North Carolina; two sons, Tony Darnell and Barry Darnell, both of Wilkes County; one step-son, William Grubb of Boone; five granddaughters, Mirror Darnell of Wilkes County, Starr Morrison, Victoria Morrison, and Avaya Morrison, all of Surry County, and Gemma Couch of Yadkin County; one brother, Junior Lee Hincher of Boone; one sister, Reta Hincher Wyatt of Wilbar, North Carolina; his step-father and his mother, Lee and Tina Fletcher of Boone; his father and step-mother, Greg and Donna Grubb of West Jefferson, and one sister-in-law, Janice Hincher of Wilkes County. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Gene Hincher, and two sisters, Betty Lou Hincher and Peggy Sue Hincher.

Memorial services for Claude Curtis Hincher were conducted Saturday afternoon, August 20, 2016, at Boone Baptist Church. Officiating was Reverend Kenny Newberry.

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

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

Daniel Lewis Fritz (Feb. 14, 1989 – Aug. 17, 2016)

3862818_wlppDaniel Lewis Fritz, age 27, of Oak Street, Boone, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at his home.

Daniel is survived by his father and mother, Dr. William D. Fritz and Kelly Stewart Fritz.

A memorial service of Daniel Lewis Fritz will be conducted at a later date.

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

Gardinier Funeral Home, in Franklin, Pennsylvania, is in charge of the arrangements.

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

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