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Watauga, Avery Obituaries – Jan. 11, 2017

Compiled by Jesse Wood

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.

Mr. William B. Garrison  (Jan. 9, 1930 – Jan. 8, 2017) 

biggarrison-bill-1William Barnette Bill Garrison, 87, of Charlotte and Blowing Rock, died Jan. 8, 2017. 

He was born in Charlotte, on January 9, 1930 to William Barnette Barney Garrison, Jr. and Rebecca Snyder Garrison. He is preceded in death by his loving wife JoAnn Henderson Garrison and his cherished pug Bumper. 

Bill graduated from Baylor School in Chattanooga and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Administration. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Carolina. He served the nation with honor in the US Army Medical Corps. 

Bill was an avid golfer and had a genuine interest in preserving the charm and character of historic Blowing Rock. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was an active member of St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church, Blowing Rock Country Club, and supporter of Blowing Rock Art and History Museum.

Bill is survived by his daughter Jenny Garrison Brunnemer (Mike), and their daughters Brooks Brunnemer and Lee Washington (Stephen), and great-grandchildren Will and Caroline; daughter Sandra Garrison Hodges and her son George Hodges, and daughters Parker and Garrison Hodges; son William Barnette Barney Garrison III (Debbie), his daughters Cameron and Meredith Garrison, and son Will Garrison; daughter Melissa Garrison Sauls and her son Garrison Sauls and daughter Lillie Sauls; daughter Tracy Muskal (David) and daughter Katie Minor (Josh) and son Ryan Muskal. 

Bill is additionally survived by his brothers, Snyder Garrison of Hickory, Lee Garrison of Charlotte and Key West, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

Bill was especially proud of having attained the rank of Eagle Scout in his Gastonia childhood. His fondest memories were of spending unforgettable summers in Blowing Rock with his brothers and cousins at Chetola, the historic Snyder and Garrison summer homestead. 

Active for many years in commercial real estate, Bill founded and served as president of Homes Inc., building affordable housing in the Gastonia market. Bill was past president of the Gaston Board of Realtors, former Rotarian, and member of the Gaston Country Club before moving to Charlotte where he was V.P. of Southern Real Estate. 
A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 1 oclock at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall following the service.

The family welcomes memorials to St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church, PO Box 14, Blowing Rock, NC 28605 or the Blowing Rock Community Foundation, PO Box 525, Blowing Rock, NC 28605.

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

 Austin and Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Garrison Family.

David Lee Winebarger (Oct. 28, 1942 – Jan. 7, 2017) 

David Lee (DAVE) Winebarger, 74, of Elk Creek Road, Deep Gap, passed away Saturday evening, Jan. 7, 2017 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Hudson.

bigwinebarger-dave-2Born October 28, 1942 in Watauga County, he was a son of Esau and Ethel Miller Winebarger. Dave was of the Baptist faith and was a sawmiller by trade.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sharon Garland Winebarger; step-sons, Tim Miller of Deep Gap and Chris Miller and wife, Vickie, of Roan Mountain, TN; step-daughter, Jennifer Miller of Jefferson; sisters, Ann Jarvis and Sarah Parlier, both of Boone; and brothers, Odell Winebarger of Lenoir and Richard Winebarger and wife, Shirley, of Boone. Also surviving are several step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Fred, Tilden and Walter Winebarger; sisters, Ola Trammell and Alverta Greene; and a special grandson, Hazen Woodring. 

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at a later date. Friends and neighbors may visit the family at Dave’s home on Elk Creek Road in Deep Gap. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Austin & Barnes Funeral Home, or to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. 

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

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

Dr. Stephen J. Simon (July 2, 1939 – Jan. 6, 2017)

Dr. Stephen J. Simon, 77, of Boone, North Carolina, passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at Watauga Medical Center.

4061131_wlppMr. Simon was born July 2, 1939 in Oregon, Ohio to the late Stephen and Mary Rable Simon. He received a history degree in 1961 from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in 1973 from Loyola University, in Chicago, Illinois. He served as a professor in the History Department at Appalachian State University from 1970 to 2014. He was also a member of The Boone Board of Adjustments from 1989 to 1995.

Mr. Simon is survived by his wife, Kathleen M. Simon of the home, one son, Joseph J. Simon and wife Amy of Clemson, South Carolina, one daughter, Patty S. Whitaker and husband Brad of Knightdale, North Carolina and two grandchildren, Dean and Mallory Simon of Clemson, South Carolina.

Funeral services for Dr. Stephen J. Simon will be conducted Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 2:00 o’clock at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Anthony Saralegui will officiate.

Interment will be held Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 11:00 o’clock at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Garden.

The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon, from 12:00 until 2:00 at the chapel prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Appalachian State University History Department thru the Appalachian State University Foundation, in memory of Dr. Stephen J. Simon.

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

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

Marion (Bud) Diller (Aug. 23, 1952 – Jan. 5, 2017) 

Marion Hale (Bud) Diller III, age 64, of Heritage Drive, Boone, passed away Thursday morning, January 5, 2017 at Watauga Medical Center.

Born August 23, 1952 in Kings County, Texas, he was a son of Marion Hale Diller, II and Joyce Chambers Diller. He was a member of the Boone Advent Christian Church. Bud was employed as an auto parts manager by several car dealerships in the Boone area. He was an avid car enthusiast, enjoyed fishing, and loved his animals. 

Bud is survived by his wife, Hannah Gregory Diller; son, William Leonard and wife, Heather, and grandchildren, William, Alex and Maleah Leonard, all of Roxboro; father, Marion Diller II of San Diego, CA; step-father, Jerry Hobby of Charlotte; sisters, Susan Craig and husband, Robert of Boone, Jennifer and husband, Nathan, Tonya and husband, Steve and Katrina and husband, Jeremy; niece and nephew, Kimberlyn and Christopher Craig; and one great-niece and three great-nephews. 

A celebration of life service will be announced and conducted at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Watauga County Humane Society, PO Box l835, Boone, NC 28607. 

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

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

Clara E. Wilson Whaley (Nov. 28, 1925 – Jan. 5, 2017)

Clara E. Wilson Whaley, age 91, of Clyde Townsend Road, Boone, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 5, 2017, at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte.

4060254_wlppClara was born Nov. 28, 1925 in Dark Ridge Community in Avery County, a daughter of the late Barney Spencer Norris and Lossie Shook.

At a very young age, she came with her family to live in the Lower Silverstone Community with her mother and grandmother, Julie Shook. She went to school at Cove Creek and graduated. At the age of 15, she met Clinard Wilson who soon was leaving to serve in North Africa and then back to Tonapaw, Nevada where he was stationed. she joined him there. At his discharge, he worked in Cleveland, Ohio, where they started their family, and then back to the Silverstone Community, where they made their home.

She worked different Clerical jobs at Shadowline in Boone, Colemans Tobacco warehouses, and lastly Watauga House of Lighting. She accomplished this as she raised her three children. She acknowledged that this was the most important thing in her life.

Her husband, Clinard, passed away in January of 1981. About 4 to 5 years later, She met Ronnie Whaley, Sr., who became her second husband and partner in their enjoyment of life and each other in their later years. They were very, very close.

Clara was a member of Hope Chapter 1 of the North Carolina Order of Eastern Star.

Clara is survived by her husband, Ronnie Whaley, Sr. of the home; two daughters, Billie Jo Greene of Cartersville, Georgia and Patricia “Pat” Wilson of Vilas; one son, Bennie “Mike” Wilson and wife Kathy of Boone; three granddaughters, Beth Childres and husband Randy of Connelly Springs, Christy Warren and husband Bradley of Vilas, and Haley Walton and husband Chris of Boone; and two grandsons, Daren Greene and wife Stacey of Kennesaw, Georgia and Richard Henson and wife Debbie of Vilas; eight great-grandchildren, Megan Greene, Ty Greene, Caleb Childres, Peyton Walton, Nathan Hodges and wife Brittney, Ryan Henson and fiancee Kelsey, Lindsay Warren, and Brandon Warren, and one great great-granddaughter, Paisley Ann Hodges. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clinard E. Wilson; her father and mother, Barney Norris and Lossie Shook Isaacs; one sister, Georgia Parlier Kind, and one son-in-law, James Edward “Bud” Greene.

Private funeral services for Clara E. Wilson Whaley will be conducted Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Reverend Charles “Chuck” Campbell, Reverend Herbert McCoy, and Reverend Thomas Brown. Burial will be in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family respectfully requests no food.

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

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

Robert P. McLaughlin (Sept. 12, 1964 – Jan. 4, 2017)

4059174_wlppRobert P. McLaughlin, 52, of Key Field Loop Road, Newland, passed away Wednesday afternoon, January 4, 2017, at Watauga Medical Center.

Robert is survived by one daughter, Emily Isabel McLaughlin of Orlando, Florida; his mother, Judith R. Garavalia of Newland; two sisters, Linda A. Johnson-Kocis of Hollywood, Florida and Sharon D. Hossman of Wesley Chapel, Florida; one nephew, Richard Hossman of Tampa, Florida, and two nieces, Ashley Hossman of Tampa and Trisha Hopkins of Lakeland, Florida.

A private memorial service for Robert P. McLaughlin will be conducted at a later date in Florida.

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

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

Linda Keller Ward (Oct. 14, 1952 – Jan. 4, 2017)

Linda Keller Ward, age 64, of Highway 321 North, Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday morning, January 4, 2017, at her home.

4058728_wlppLinda is survived by her husband, Ken Ward of the home; two sons, Jamie Keller and wife Sharon of Zionville, and Johnny Presnell of Banner Elk; two daughters, Judy Horney and husband Randy, and Crystal Ross and husband Justin, all of Banner Elk; and one step-daughter, Kellena Chapell of Mountain City, Tennessee; eight grandchildren, Ashley Keller Jones and husband Steven, Tylor Keller, Zack Keller, Chelsea Horney, Dakota Horney, Madison Warren, Finley Ross, Tanner Presnell; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, Gannon and Brannon Jones; her mother, Birdie Keller of Sugar Grove; two sisters, Brenda Potter and husband Jackie of Elk Park, and Mary Alice Adams and husband Dale of Vilas; her father and mother-in-law, Alfred and Grace Ward of Sugar Grove, and one brother-in-law, Paul Ward and wife Trula of Butler, Tennessee. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews that truly loved her.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Johnny Presnell, her father, Dale Keller; one brother, Randy Keller, and two grandchildren, Hunter and Marie Warren.

Funeral services for Linda Keller Ward will be conducted Saturday afternoon, January 7, 2017, at 2:00 o’clock, at Green Valley Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 12:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Preacher David Ward, Preacher Eric Cornett, and Preacher Dwayne Tester. Burial will follow in Green Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Green Valley Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Brenda Potter, 629 Buckeye Road, Elk Park, North Carolina, 28622.

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

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

Lucille Johnson Goodwin (July 4, 1928 – Jan. 3, 2017)

Lucille Johnson Goodwin, 88, of Crossnore passed away on January 3, 2017 at Watauga Medical Center.

lucille-goodwin-1483544567-1A native of Avery County, NC, she was born July 4, 1928 a daughter of the late Charlie Brown and Ida Rhyne Wiseman.

Lucille was the manager of Crossnore Sales Store for 18 years and a member of Crossnore First Baptist Church where she loved singing in the choir and teaching little children in Sunday School.

Growing up in a very musical family she sang with her two sisters, Lois and Lina around this area during the 1940’s. She was also an excellent story teller and enjoyed telling tale tails and ghost stories that she remembered from her childhood.

Along with her parents, Lucille was preceded in death by her: first husband, Phil Horace Johnson who passed away in 1983 and her second husband, Donald Goodwin who passed away in 2011; siblings, Louise Jensen, Lola Perrell, Lina Dellinger, Suda Wiseman, Arnold Wiseman, Clay Wiseman, Frank Wiseman, Bowie Wiseman, Lawrence Wiseman, Hall Wiseman.

A very optimistic lady who loved life, her family and her community, Lucille has left to cherish her memory her: daughter, Gina Aldridge and husband Mark of Crossnore; son, Phillip Johnson and wife Chantae of Crossnore; sister, Lois Matthews of Leicester, NC; granddaughter, Haley Ferrell and Jason of Newland; grandson, Mark Steven Aldridge and wife Kaleigh Hensley of Greer, SC.; great grandchildren, Henry Jackson Ferrell and Nolan Clay Ferrell; a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Lucille Johnson Goodwin will be conducted on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the Crossnore Baptist Church with Rev. Phil Murdock and Rev. Lander Heafner officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until the service hour at the church. Interment services will be Monday January 9, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the John Johnson Cemetery.

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

Mr. Craig Peters (Feb. 24, 1949 – Jan. 1, 2017) 

Mr. Craig Peters, age 67, of Boone, passed away Sunday evening, January 1, 2017 at Watauga Medical Center.

He is survived by one daughter, Amanda Peters of Boone and one son, Justis Peters of Raleigh.

Graveside services for Mr. Craig Peters will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, January 4, 2017 at 2 PM at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.

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

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & crematory is serving the Peters family

Linda Ollis (D. Dec. 16, 2016)

ollisMrs. Linda Lee Smith Ollis died at her home on Dec. 16, 2016 in Mint Hill at the age of 77.

Linda is survived by her daughter, Judy Ollis, 5 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, 3:00 pm at Pineola Presbyterian Church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Linda’s life. Flowers and condolences may be sent to the family at 103 Suburban Avenue, Kannapolis, NC 28083 or to Pineola Presbyterian Church on Jan. 14.