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Watauga, Avery Obituaries – Feb. 2, 2016

Frank E. Fox (Feb. 25, 1937 – Feb. 2, 2016)

Mr. Frank E. Fox, 78, of Fox’s Hideaway Lane, Banner Elk, passed away Tuesday morning, February 2, 2016 at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Fox was born Feb. 25, 1937 in Watauga County, a son of the late Paul J. Fox and Wilma Harmon Fox. He was a United States Navy Veteran and a retired boiler operator for the Boise Cascade Corporation.

Mr. Fox is survived by one daughter, Kimberly Kay Fox Bayles and husband Benny of Bear Creek, North Carolina; four sons, Dennis Ray Fox and wife Susann of Sacramento, California, Kenneth Fox, and Robert Fox and wife Jennifer all of Sanford, North Carolina; and Frank Kellar and wife Elizabeth of Prattville, Alabama; one step-son, Rickey G. Bryann and wife Annette of Marion, North Carolina; one step-daughter, Debbie Brown of Sanford; four sisters, Florence Shanko and husband Felix of Silver Springs, Maryland, Jennie Moody and husband Dean, Patsy Moody and husband Ray, and Pansy Moody and husband A.R. all of Vilas; two brothers, Joseph Fox of San Antonio, Texas, and Don Fox and wife Sue of Banner Elk; fifteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Martha Pope, one brother, Fred Fox, one brother-in law, Ronnie Pope, and one sister-in-law, Beverly Fox.

Funeral arrangements for Mr. Frank E. Fox are incomplete at this time.

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

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

Celia Ward Trivette (Feb. 14, 1923 – Jan. 31, 2016)

Celia Ward Trivette, 92, of Oak Street, Boone, passed away Sunday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2016 at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation.

BigTrivette, CeliaBorn Feb. 14, 1923 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late Council A. and Millie Trivette Ward. She graduated from Bethel School, married Max Trivette, and the two raised two children. Celia was a loving mother, homemaker, and worked for a number of years at Blue Ridge Shoe in Boone. She was a devoted member of Timbered Ridge Baptist Church for 80 years. Mrs. Trivette competed in the Senior games for 30 years and loved to bowl with her friends. She enjoyed gardening and sharing the bounty with anyone who came by. God blessed her for 92 years.

Mrs. Trivette is survived by her daughter, Mary Taylor and husband, Tony, of Mountain City, TN; son, Larry M. Trivette and wife, Tina, of Sugar Grove; five grandchildren, Bobby and Mickie Taylor, Jerri Winebarger, Kelly Trivette and Jennifer Pacheco and eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty James of Lexington, Ruth Walsh and husband, Lester, of Athens, TN, and Madeline Hatley of Hudson; and one sister-in-law, Thelma Ward of Sugar Grove; and a very special friend, Pat Cook of Boone.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Max Trivette; three sisters, Annie Ward, Lizzie Combs and Bonnie Gilday; and four brothers, Alfred, John Henry, Grayson, and Albert Ward.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. at Timbered Ridge Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Derick Wilson and Rev. David Ward. The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon from 1 until 2 p.m. at Timbered Ridge.

Graveside services will follow in the Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, share our mothers love for others by doing a random act of kindness and showing Gods love to someone else.

Online condolences may be shared at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

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

Jean Ashley Austin (Nov. 23, 1933 – Jan. 31, 2016)

BigAustin, JeanBessie Jean Ashley Austin, 82, of Willie Austin Road, Blowing Rock, passed away Sunday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2016 at her home. Born Nov. 23, 1933 in Boone, she was a daughter of Spencer and Bessie Ashley. Jean was a nurses’ aide and she especially enjoyed elder care, but first and foremost, she was a pastors’ wife, mother and granny. She loved spending time at Emerald Isle with family and reading books.

Mrs. Austin is survived by her four children, Debbie McNeil and husband, Douglas, Rev. Michael Austin and wife, Lynda, Melinda Schultz and Rev. Wes Austin and wife, Lisa; nine grandchildren, Joshua McNeil and wife, Kristel, Kelly Hollar and husband, Allen, Ashley Hollar and husband, David, Caleb Austin, Christopher Schultz and wife, Heather, Hannah Woods and husband, Lee, Jonah Austin, Andrew Austin and Emma Austin; five great-grandchildren, Tyler McNeil, Zachary McNeil, Alexis Woods, Baylee Woods and Harley Hollar; a sister, Judy Berry and husband Cecil; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends, including special niece, Carol Black and special friend, Frederick Blackburn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. David Austin; two brothers, Fred and Greene Ashley; grandson, Jared Austin; and her parents, Spencer Tivius and Bessie Nelson Ashley.

A celebration of life service for Bessie Jean Ashley Austin will be conducted Wednesday morning, February 3rd, at 11 o’clock, at Deerfield United Methodist Church, officiated by Rev. Michael Austin and Rev. Wesley Austin. Graveside services will be private.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Austin & Barnes.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Austin & Barnes Funeral Home, earmarked Jean Austin family.

Online condolences may be shared at the website austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

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

Dorothy “Dot” Day Miller (April, 12, 1932 – Jan. 30, 2016)

MillerDorothy “Dot” Day Miller, 83, of Newton passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Abernethy Laurels in Newton.

She was born April 12, 1932 in Watauga County to the late Lawrence and Beulah Hamby Day.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Miller, brother, Clyde Day and sisters, Ruth Calhoun and Belle Mask.

Those left to cherish her memory are son, Dwayne Miller and wife Judy of Stony Point; daughter, Lillian Miller Killian of Newton;
sister, Virginia Cook of Hickory; grandchildren, James R. Killian and wife Angela, April Chambers
and Summer Bollinger; great-grandchildrenn Derrick Smit and wife Macy, Dakota Horton, Dawson Chambers, Devon Chambers, Carson Bollinger and Campbell Bollinger.

A service to celebrate Dot’s life will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Bennett Funeral Service in Conover. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Mt Lawn Memorial Park in Boone. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Bennett Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Abernethy Laurels, 102 Leonard Ave., Newton, NC 28658 

Condolences may be sent to the Miller family at www.bennettfuneralservice.com.

Bennett Funeral Service of Conover is in charge of the arrangements. This announcement is a courtesy of Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service.

Carmen B. Varney (May 26, 1928 – Jan. 30, 2016)

VarneyMrs. Carmen Varney, 87, of 313 North Pine Run Road, Boone, died Saturday morning, January 30, 2016, at her home.

Mrs. Varney was born May 26, 1928 in Lewiston, Maine, a daughter of the late Henry and Irene Barron Baril. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Varney is survived by two daughters, Marilee Sarah Lewis and husband Darrell, and Noreen Carmen Varney, all of Boone; two sons, Russell Varney of San Diego, California and Dennis Varney of Boone; two granddaughters, Irene Carrier and Jade Rood both of Boone; one brother, Larry Baril of Maine, and one sister, Jeanette Iannacone of York, Maine.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Peterson Varney, and three brothers, Paul, Henry and Phil Baril.

A memorial service for Mrs. Carmen Varney will be held at a later date. 

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

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

Mrs. Anna Mae T. Cornell (Dec., 1933 – Jan. 27, 2016)

BigCornell, Anna MaeAnna Mae Taylor Cornell, 82, of Joe Shoemaker Road, Vilas, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, 2016 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson.

Born Dec. 2, 1933 in the Mill Creek community of Ashe County, she was a daughter of George Franklin and Genia Alice Wilcox Taylor. Anna Mae retired after 42 years at TRW. Her hands were always busy tending to family, assembling puzzles, or maintaining her annual flower gardens. Other than family, the love of her life was her little dog, Bailey.

Mrs. Cornell is survived by her husband, Joseph Dock Cornell; son, J. Dale Cornell and wife, Penny, of Boone; daughter, Denise Cornell Campbell and husband, John, of Mountain City, TN; step-son, Gary Cornell and wife Patti, of Morganton; grandchildren, Kendra Cornell Jackson and husband, Jason of Boone, Joey Wesley Campbell of Boone’s Creek, TN, Ashlynn Campbell Tester and husband, Dustin, of Mountain City, TN; and step-grandson, Graham Cornell of Morganton; sister, Lena Woodring of Todd; and four brothers, James Taylor, Robert Earl Taylor and wife, Dottie, and C. L. Taylor and wife, Jane, all of Lenoir, and Jerry Taylor of Boone. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Emma Jean Wilson; and her brother, George Thomas Taylor.

Graveside services for Anna Mae Taylor Cornell will be conducted Saturday afternoon, January 30, 2016 at 2:30, at the Danner-Cornell Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Delmar James.

Friends may call at the Cornell residence, 271 Shoemaker Road in Vilas at any time.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire Caldwell Hospice staff for the kind and generous care given to Anna Mae and her family.

Online condolences may be sent to the Cornell family at the website www.austinandbanresfuneralhome.com. Austin and Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Cornell family.

Eric Triplett Petrie (July 17, 1952 – Jan. 27, 2016)

Eric Triplett Petrie, 63, of Will Combs Hollow Road, Vilas, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at the home of his brother.

PetrieEric was born July 17, 1952 in Burke County, a son of the late Robert William Petrie, Jr. and Betty Triplett Petrie. He was employed at Appalachian State University Information Technologies for 17 years and was well loved by those with whom he worked.

Eric was an avid martial artist and tai chi chuan instructor. He studied with Master Yang Yang from 2001 til 2012 and received certification to teach Laoshi Yang’s Evidence Based Taiji program in 2012. Eric also studied with Master Wang Hai Jun, the official lineage holder 12th generation Chen Family Tai Chi beginning in 2002 until 2015. Eric received his Teacher Certification from Laoshi Wang in November 2012.

One of his greatest loves in life was music. He attended North Carolina School of the Arts and also East Carolina to study Jazz. He played professionally for almost 20 years before deciding to change careers in the IT field. Up to this day before his illness he played in a blues band every Wednesday and Sunday with some of his most beloved friends in Drexel NC; he loved that more than anything in the world.

Eric is survived by one son, James Yarbrough and wife Anela of Croatia; one grandson, Liam Yarbrough of Croatia; one brother, Bill Petrie and wife Judy of Conover; one niece, Dana Petrie, and one nephew, Matt Petrie.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Petrie. 

A gathering honoring the life of Eric Triplett Petrie will be conducted Thursday morning, Feb. 4, 2016, at 11:00 o’clock, at High Country United Church of Christ in Vilas.

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

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

Perry Greene (Dec. 22, 1923 – Jan. 27, 2016)

Mr. George Perry Greene Sr., 92, of Boone, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at his home. Born December 22, 1923 in Watauga County, he was the eldest son of Clyde R. and Gertie Greene

BigGreene, Perry - 1He is also survived by his three children, George Perry (Skip) Greene, Jr. & wife Dee, Ted Greene & wife Connie & Nancy & husband Dan Williams all of Boone. He is survived by one brother Cecil Greene and wife Hazel & one sister Betty Koontz all of Boone. He is also survived by grandchildren Amy Greene of Boone, Alison Greene Hough and husband Cordell of Charlotte, NC, Kevin Greene of Mountain View, CA, Nic Greene & wife Liz of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Ben Williams of Boone, Tyler Williams & wife Christy of Asheville, NC & Hannah Williams of Johnson City, TN. His great-grandchildren are Isaac, Cole, Ada, Amelia, Elliott, Perry Mia, Abram & Cash.

Preceded in death by wife of 63 years, Theresa Brown Greene, sisters Mary Sue Miller and Cleo Rhyne.

Raised in Boone went to Elementary and High School in Boone, he was President of his high school senior class at Appalachian High School in 1938.

Upon graduating from high school he enrolled at NC State College in Raleigh at age 16, where he studied Civil Engineering.

WWII interrupted his time at State and he entered the United States Navy Seabees (Naval construction battalion).

Lacking one semester to finish his degree, the Navy sent him to Duke University to complete his degree before entering active service. Upon graduating from Duke, Perry entered active service. The majority of his active service was on the island of Guam in the South Pacific. This island had just been secured and he was very active in building the breakwater levee which created a calm water port that is still in use today.

As the war ended, he returned to NC and married Frances Theresa Brown. After his return to Boone he purchased W.C. Greene Construction in 1946 and began a lifetime career. His early years were spent building in Watauga & Ashe counties & Johnson County, Tenn., areas. In the early 1950s he helped establish Boones first transit mix concrete business. Over the years he was involved in most major building projects in and around the Boone area, such as Horn in the West, Daniel Boone Gardens, many motels, bank buildings, fire stations and on Appalachian State University campus.

Perry was active in helping hold local elections, was Chairman of Watauga County Board of Commissioners, he was on the board of trustees at ASU and bank boards of Northwestern, Watauga Savings & Loan & Centura Bank. He also served as Secretary of Transportation for the State of North Carolina. Perry was very active in his local church, First Baptist Church of Boone, where he served as a deacon, member of pastor search committees, Sunday School Teacher & on building committees.

Perry & his wife both served as short-term missionaries in the country of Togo, West Africa, for approximately 2 years. He used his construction expertise in building new worship centers. He & his wife also served as volunteer coordinators, using their gifts of logistics & hospitality for NC Volunteers during the partnership between NC Baptist & the Togo mission.

Perry served as disaster relief coordinator during the Hurricane Andrew rebuild as well as during flood relief in the Midwest.

Mr. & Mrs. Greenes lives were centered on service. They always wanted to see a job completed. It could be pulling weeds at the flower garden, delivering meals to shut-ins, or building a chapel in Togo, God used them in mighty ways as a couple to be His hand & feet. This has been a real example to his family & community.

His famous quote – “I dont know how to say what I want to say….so I will just say it” – followed him through life.

The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church of Boone on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 5-7pm in the Sanctuary.

Funeral services for Mr. Perry Greene will be conducted Saturday morning January 30, 2016 at 11 o’clock at the First Baptist Church. Graveside services and burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church, “Rise Up” Campaign, 375 West King Street, Boone, NC 28607.

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

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

Tracy Hutchens Harmon (D. Jan. 26, 2016)

HarmonMrs. Tracy Hutchens Harmon, 51, of East Bend, N. C. entered into the presence of Christ her Savior on Jan. 26, 2016.

She came to know Jesus at the age of 12 and was a member of Northwoods Baptist Church in Winston-Salem for over 40 years.

She was a member of Enon Baptist Church in East Bend for the last six years, and came to call it her home. There, she participated in the Puppet Ministry as well as the Children’s Ministry as a teacher in Vacation Bible School and Mission Friends. In addition, she was Director of the Women’s Missionary Union.

She greatly enjoyed writing and directing Christmas plays at both Northwoods and Enon, as Christmas was her favorite time of year. She also volunteered weekly as a Bible teacher at Solus Christus, a Christian safe-house for women in addiction, and considered this to be one of the most significant ministries of her life.

Tracy was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Quality Oil Company in Winston-Salem, where she worked for 29 years. She truly loved her work, and continued to offer and provide her talents and services there even in her final days.

Tracy was a happy and hopeful person, filled to the end with the joy of Christ. She loved her husband and children more than life, and lived every day to serve God through serving others. Her relationship with, and love, for Jesus Christ was her highest calling and greatest treasure.

“God is so good,” was her message to the world.

Tracy was preceded in death by her father, Billy Ray Hutchens.

She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Todd Harmon, and her children, Katie and Clark Harmon, all of East Bend; her mother, Cleo Hutchens, of Winston-Salem; her sister, Sandra Hutchens (Jamie Laux), of Yadkinville; and her niece, Amanda Ball, of Winston-Salem. She is survived locally by her mother-in-law, Kathryn Harmon, her sister-in-law, Cheri Craver and husband Jim, and her brother-in-law, Terry Harmon, all of Vilas. She is also survived by many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws, and countless other true and cherished friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 29 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home in Lewisville, NC.

The funeral will be conducted at Enon Baptist Church in East Bend on Saturday, January 30 at 11:00 AM with Pastor Mark Elmore and Pastor Frank Shumate officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Cancer Services, Inc., 3175 Maplewood Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27103, or Enon Baptist Church, 6321 Old Highway 421, East Bend, NC 27018.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Tracy’s healthcare providers: Dr. Mark Lyerly of Neurosurgical Solutions; Dr. Eugene Paschold, Dr. Volker Stieber, Paula Norman, and April Chrissman of Novant Health; Dr. Katherine Peters of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke; Dr. Suyash Mohan, Lisa Desiderio, and Katelyn Reilly of the University of Pennsylvania Health System; and to her most generous employer, Quality Oil Company.

Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home, in Lewisville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Judy Greene (April 16, 1951
- Jan. 26, 2016)

Kathleen Judy Greene, age 64, of Brownwood Road, Deep Gap, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at her residence.

Judy was born April 16, 1951 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Odis Lawrence Greene and Sarah Elizabeth Brown Greene. She was a former factory worker at TRW, and was of the Baptist faith.

Judy is survived by one son, Ashley Houck and wife Regina of Boone; one sister, Geneva Hennessee and husband David of Deep Gap; and one brother, Lawrence Greene of Deep Gap. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father and mother, she was preceded in death by a sister, Darlene Presnell.

A memorial service for Kathleen Judy Greene will be held at a later date.

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

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

Davey Allison (Sept. 9, 1983 – Jan. 26, 2016)

It is with a broken heart that we say goodbye to Davey Allison at the sweet age of 32.

BigAllison, DaveyBorn in Houston Texas, 9/9/83 and moving to Boone, NC in the summer of 1995. He carved a beautiful life during his time in Boone. Davey especially enjoyed working at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living, and ministering to the residents there.

He leaves behind many wonderful friends that he treasured; a brother Eli Stroud, that he felt hung the moon. His parents, Clarence and Diane Stroud, Father, Dave Allison, Grandparents, Bob and Rose Antrim and loving aunts, uncles and cousins from Florida and Washington.

We would love to invite all of you to celebrate Davey’s life with his family to share stories and memories. His celebration will be on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., Boone United Methodist Church. The Celebration will continue with food and refreshments. In keeping with what Davey would want; come as you, it’s a casual celebration.

In lieu of gifts or flowers please feel free to donate to Watauga Humane Society to help with taking care of their “cats”, P. O. Box 1835, Boone, NC 28607 or wataugahumanesociety.org.

Online condolences may be shared with Davey’s family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

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