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Watauga, Avery Obituaries – July 6, 2023

Graphic by Ashley Poore.

The following are recent obituary notices from Austin & Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland.

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Cheryl Fern Long

November 4, 1945 – June 17, 2023

Cheryl Long, 77, of Boynton Beach, FL and Banner Elk, NC, passed away at Boca Regional Hospital on June 17, 2023.

Born November 4, 1945, in Hays, KS to Lester and Beulah (North) Irvin, Cheryl spent her childhood outside of Hays on her parent’s farm, where her never ending love of the land was rooted. She graduated from Hays High School in 1963. It was there and at Hays United Methodist Church that she and her future husband, James, began to share their life-long passion for music. She then attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. On July 21st of that year she married James Allen Long; a marriage that lasted
just one month shy of their 55th anniversary. After graduate studies in Bloomington, IN, Cheryl and
Jim moved to Broward County, FL, in 1973 where they resided until they relocated to Palm Beach County in 2013.

It was then they began to split their time between homes in Boynton Beach and Banner Elk.
During their 40 years in Broward County, Cheryl established a private voice studio, becoming a highly
sought out teacher, adjudicator and clinician. Many of her students went on to achieve notable successes as teachers/educators, performers in regional and Broadway Musical productions, and at national and international concert venues. Following retirement as a voice teacher in 2013 Cheryl successfully channeled her artistry into the painting medium; particularly watercolor. Her unique expressions were on display in galleries in Banner Elk. Cheryl had a deeply abiding faith which was daily reflected in her actions with those who came to know and love her. Proceeding in her death were her parents and her brother, Stanley. Left to cherish her memory are her husband James, sons Craig, his wife Carolyn and precious granddaughter Megan of Boynton Beach, and Douglas of New York City, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Memorial Service will be held at Church of the Palms 1960 North Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach on July 15, 2023 at 11:00am. A subsequent service will be held at Banner Elk Presbyterian Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to feedingaveryfamilies.org in North Carolina benefiting her beloved mountain community.

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Dennis Beryl Harmon

June 1, 2023

Dennis Beryl Harmon, 79, of Sugar Grove went home to be with the Lord on
June 1, 2023.

He was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.

Dennis was a life-long land surveyor starting with the Carolina Caribbean Corporation in the 70’s and ending with the NC Dept. of Transportation.

He was preceded in death by his father, Beryl and mother, Blanche and son-in-law, Jimmy South.
Dennis is survived by his wife of 61 years, Brenda Marie Farthing Harmon, two daughters, Freida Van Allen and husband, Greg, and Brenda South, one son, Ricky Harmon and wife, Debra.

He is also survived by six granddaughters, one grandson, seven great-granddaughters, and two great-grandsons.

Funeral service will be conducted at the Zion Hill Baptist Church at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 4, 2023.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM prior to the funeral service. Services will be conducted by Rev. David Ward. Internment will follow at the Harmon Family Cemetery.
Services are entrusted to Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared with the Harmon family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

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Georgia Nicole “Bubbles” Ward

November 18, 1930 ~ June 5, 2023 (age 92)

Mrs. Georgia Nicole Harmon Ward (Bubbles), age 92, of Sugar Grove, passed peacefully Monday morning, June 5, 2023 at Watauga Medical Center, Boone, NC surrounded by loved ones.
Born November 18, 1930 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Garnett and Maude Mast Harmon.
Georgia attended the Rominger School and worked in the housekeeping department of Cannon Hospital and Boone Hospital which later became Watauga Medical Center until retiring in 1993. Her greatest purpose was helping others especially, the patients she met. She was always had a smile for each one. Georgia lived her life helping her family and was caregiver for her Father and Mother, husband, sisters Addie, Mary Lee and Ruby as well as neighbors and friends. She enjoyed attending the Western Watauga Community Center where she earned the title of Rook Queen as she played many a fierce game with others that attended. Many close friendships were developed through her association with the seniors. Most recently she enjoyed Bingo each Friday at the Senior Center. She was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church and attended faithfully until her health declined. She also enjoyed visiting other churches during revivals and singings. She always had a song for the Lord whenever asked. She enjoyed gardening and always loved animals and leaves behind her two cats, Wildie and Pretty.

Mrs. Georgia, (Bubbles) as she was fondly called, is survived by nieces and nephews, Nancy Combs Mixon (Clark) of Mountain City, TN, Mary Accetta Trivette of Banner Elk, Michael Accetta of Butler, TN Tom Combs, Chris Harmon of Sugar Grove and extended family, niece Rita Kincaid (Rick) of Morganton, NC. Other great nieces and nephews, Garrett Mixon (Meghan), Stephanie Trivette Platt (Josh), Brandon Trivette, Daniel Accetta and Opal Accetta, Jason Miller and four great-great nieces, (Aubrey, Marli, Annie and Emmie) and three great-great nephews, (Abram, Wylie, and Grayson) who were treated and felt like her own children and grandchildren. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Glenn Ward, sisters, Addie Mae Maynard, Mary Lee Combs, Ruby Harmon Accetta, brother Bill Harmon, and nephews Marvin Trivette and great-nephew Justin Accetta.
The family extends a special ‘THANK YOU’ to friend and caregiver Lois Guy, for her devoted love and attention as she helped us care for our beloved Aunt Bubby.

Funeral services for Georgia Ward will be conducted Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 12 noon at Pine Grove Baptist Church, Rominger Road, Banner Elk. Officiating will be Rev. Kenny Hicks and Rev. Richard Trivette. The family will receive friends from 11until 12 o’clock, prior to services, at the church. Graveside services will follow in the Piney Grove Church Cemetery.

The family respectfully requests no food and and suggests memorials to Amorem Hospice, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645 or to Western Watauga Community Center, 1081 Old US Hwy 421, Sugar Grove, NC 28679.

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

Final Resting Place Saturday, June 10, 2023 Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Piney Grove Ave Banner Elk, North Carolina, United States 28604

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Martin Kusturin

June 11, 2023

CWO-4 Martin Kusturin of Vilas, NC passed away after a short illness on Sunday, June 11, 2023. He had just turned 91. He was born in Bayou Meto, Arkansas to the late John and Verona (Cherry) Kusturin June 8, 1932. He was preceded in death by a son, John Everett Kusturin; his brothers, John, Matt, Joe, George and Albert; his sisters Lennie, Pauline and Mary.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Amelia; two sons, Leonard and Gary (Brenda) and one daughter
Denise, all of Virginia Beach, VA. Also, five grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

CWO-4 Kusturin was proud to be in the United States Marine Corps for 27 years where he was awarded several medals, three of which are the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V” and the Combat Action Ribbon.

He was a member of the Marine Corps Association and Foundation, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Marine Corps Disbursing Association and the American Legion.
A grave-side service will be conducted at the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Monday, June 19 th at 11:00am

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Michael J Grasby

October 15, 1951 ~ June 22, 2023 (age 71)

Born 10/15/1951 in Rochester, NY

Predeceased by parents Lloyd and Eunice Grasby also predeceased by Granddaughter Evalynn, Grandson Devon, and Sister Dawn

Survived by his wife Kathy Grasby (Schlegel)

Daughters Jennifer and Megan of NC, Sherry of TX, Stacey and Sondra of NY Sons Michael, Jr of FL, Brian of FL and Elijah of NC, Survived by Brothers George (Josie) Grasby of Rochester, NY and Richard Grasby of CT, also survived by Sister Robin (Greg) DeLorm of Rochester, NY.

Many nieces and nephews, and cousins.

Also, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Michael was a retired Firefighter for the Veteran’s Admin. in Bath, NY

He loved spending time with his family and riding his motorcycle.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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Kathy Hayes

1964 ~ 2023 (age 58)

Mrs. Kathy Lynn Hayes, age 58, of Milton Brown Heirs Road, Boone, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2023 at her home. Born October 30, 1964 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Ray Council and Mandy Ivalee Brown Norris.

Kathy was the sweetest wife, mother and sister any family could have. As a CNA, she loved her career as a caregiver of numerous people for more than 30 years. However, she knew that her most important role in life was caring for her family and in particular, her grand-babies.

She is survived by her husband of 38 years, David Eugene Hayes; son, Chris Hayes and wife, Kendra, of Boone; granddaughters, Madason, Makenlea and Maylea Hayes, Savannah Norman and Salyna Wiseman; and sisters, Linda Nadeau and husband, Keith, of Lenoir and Susan Holman and husband, Ed McDarris of Morganton.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Amanda Norris Norman; brother, James Norris; and sister, Betty Brown.

Funeral services for Kathy Hayes will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, June 28th, at 3:00pm at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. T. J. Jackson. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2:00pm to 3:00pm , prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. Graveside services will follow at the Yates-Hampton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Austin & Barnes to assist the family with expenses.
Online condolences may be shared at the website austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Hayes family.

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Billy Bentley

1931 ~ 2023 (age 91)

Billy Baxter Bentley, age 91, of Baird’s Creek Road, Vilas, passed away Saturday evening, June 24, 2023. Born October 19, 1931 in Watauga County, he was a son of Roby Dewey and Ollie Mae Bentley. Most of his career was in carpentry, building furniture, and road construction. Bill enjoyed working with his hands. He was a master craftsman, loved all kinds of woodworking, and especially enjoyed building detailed doll houses. His favorite pastime was Blue Grass music. He played guitar and Bass Tub, performing with his group at various events throughout western North Carolina.

He is survived by his companion of 23 years, Mary Helen Harmon; daughters, Gail Spurlin and husband, Wayne, and Gay Martin, all of Hickory; sons, Barney Bentley and wife Doris, of Georgia, Bob Bentley and wife, Amanda, of Conover, Benny Bentley of East Coast, NC, Boyd Bentley and partner, Milly Humphrey of Conover and Boone Bentley and partner, Sandy, of Hickory; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, Perry ‘Sam’ Bentley and wife, Betty, and Ned Bentley, all of Boone; and sisters, Katie Shore of Boone and Brenda Cornette and husband, R.A., of Vilas.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Pauline Townsend, Earlene Lail, Maggie Hicks and infant Mary Ann; and brothers, Lewis, Robert, and Reed Bentley.

The family will receive friends Wednesday morning, June 28th from 11 until 12 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Private graveside services, officiated by Rev. Mike Townsend, will follow at 12:30 at the Shull Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Seby B. Jones Regional Cancer Center, 338 Deerfield Road, Boone, NC 28607. Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Bentley family.

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Charlotte Mae Rossi

May 31, 1928 ~ June 25, 2023 (age 95)

Charlotte M Rossi, Born May 31, 1928, went home to be with the Lord June 25, 2023.
Charl is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, Ed Rossi; daughter and granddaughter, Susan Williams and Kristen Williams.; son and grandsons, Jeff Rossi, Michael Rossi, and Keith Rossi; and brother, Robert Zellermayer wife, Jacque. Charl loved the Lord, her family, and her precious dogs.
She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in elementary education. Charl was co-owner of Montessori School of Boone, and learning and Fun Preschool for 27 years. She was known to many as “MS. Charl”. She loved teaching in the preschool until the age of 85. Charl enjoyed, and was quite talented at sewing and quilting in her spare time.
Charl grew up in Florida, and loved to be outside on sunny summer days in Boone.
Family, friends, neighbors, former students and their families may attend a Catholic Mass at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Boone, Wednesday afternoon, August 2, 2023 at 2:00.
Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

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Jimmie Braswell

March 1, 1947 ~ June 26, 2023 (age 76)

Jimmie Ernest “Hawk” Braswell passed away peacefully with his family by his side on June 26, 2023 at Frye Regional Medical Center.

Jimmie drove a truck for Caldwell Freight Liners for 35 years, He had many hobbies which included hunting, fishing, camping and playing golf.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Violet Braswell; two children, Helen Marie and her husband, Todd Younce, James Wesley and his wife, Tilisa Dawn Braswell; sisters, Linda Cromer and Billie Sue Morrison; five grandchildren, Sydney, Ella, Danielle, Patricia and Austin; two great-grandchildren, Nichole and River and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Minerva Braswell; siblings, Mary, Edna, Yale, Landon, Jackie, Stoney and great-grandchild, Baby B.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 1, 2023 at Holy Communion Lutheran Church 1525 Clarks Creek Rd. Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604.

The family will be receiving friends from 1:00PM to 2:00PM with funeral services beginning at 2:00PM and graveside to follow. Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

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

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Geneva Tester

February 16, 1946 ~ June 29, 2023 (age 77)

Mrs. Geneva Baird Tester, age 77, of Albert Tester Drive, Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2023. Born February l6, 1946 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Roy and Floy Tolbert Baird. Geneva was a member of Green Valley Baptist Church and was retired from Watauga Medical Center in environmental services. Geneva was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and was often referred to by others as one of the finest woman they ever knew. Her Lord and family were her priorities in life and was often known to put others needs before her own. Geneva enjoyed knitting, working crossword and word find puzzles and spending time with her fur baby ‘Bandit’.

Mrs. Tester is survived by her husband of 55 years, William Henry Tester; daughter, Angel Barnhill and husband, Barry, of Wilmington; son, Dwayne Tester and wife, Kim, of Boone; granddaughter, Lindsey Barnhill of Wilmington and grandsons, James Barnhill of Wilmington and Austin Tester and wife, Lakyn, of North Wilkesboro; brother, Marshall Baird and wife, Juanita, of Mt. Airy and sisters, Helen Crump of Lenoir and Pauline Hayes and husband, Harold, of Atlanta, Ga. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Geneva Tester will be conducted Sunday afternoon, July 2, 2023 at 2 o’clock at the Green Valley Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Eric Cornett, Rev. Derick Wilson and Rev. Dwayne Tester. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1 until 2 o’clock, prior to services, at the church. Graveside services will follow in the Green Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Green Valley Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Brenda Potter, 4011 Peoria Road, Sugar Grove, NC 28679.

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

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

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David Ernie Cooper

April 18, 1949 – June 16, 2023

David Ernie Cooper, age 74, of Newland passed away Friday, June 16, 2023, at his home.

He was born April 18, 1949, in Crossnore, North Carolina. A son of the late John and Nelia Winebarger Cooper. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of Church of Jesus Christ in Roan Mountain, Tennessee.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Cooper of Newland, five children, Amanda Cooper of Morganton, Lesia Briggs and husband Travis of Burnsville, Davey Cooper and girlfriend, Jessica Blake of Newland, Tina Estep and husband Shawn of Roan Mountain and Victor Cooper of Newland, two sisters, Helen Shoemaker and Doris Shoemaker both of Newland, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and special friends, Charlie and Brenda McKinney of Roan Mountain, Tennessee.

A memorial service for David Ernie Cooper will be conducted Saturday, June 24, 2023, at Church of Jesus Christ in Roan Mountain. Reverend Charlie McKinney will officiate.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to Church of Jesus Christ in Roan Mountain.

Online condolence may be made to the family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com

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

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Fairylee Davis Coffey

December 21, 1938 – June 16, 2023

Fairylee D. Coffey, age 84, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, June 16, 2023.

She was born December 21, 1938, in Cleveland County, North Carolina. A daughter of the later Crowder Garmen and Lila Minnie Loveless Davis. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a pastors wife and taught Sunday school for many years.

She is survived by one daughter, Lavena Dodd Moe and husband Arthur of Grassy Creek, two sons, Kevin Dean Coffey of Boone and Michael Kenneth Coffey of Gainesville, Georgia, seven grandchildren, Derrick Cook and wife Ashley of Cherryville, Dustin Cook and wife Jana of Newton, Alena Dodd of Grassy Creek, Carla Coffey and boyfriend Sean Wilson of Statesville, Casey Trivette and husband Corey of Union Grove, Jasmine Coffey Whitaker of Surprise, Arizona and Logan Coffey of Surprise, Arizona, nine great-grandchildren, Ki Gregg, Jada Gregg, Alexis Cook, Gavin Cook, Hayley Cook, McKenna Cook, Skylar Trivette, Kinley Trivette and Skyla Whitaker and one sister, Mozell Davis Justice.

In addition to her father and mother she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Dean Coffey, one son, Nathan A. Coffey, four sisters, Dorothy Grigg, Eunice McKinney, Sylvia Grigg and Rachel Costner, four brothers, Franklin, Hershel, Glenn and Norman Davis.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, June 20, 2023, at 3:00 PM at Laurel Fork Baptist Church, 235 Laurel Fork Church Rd, Boone, North Carolina. Interment will follow in Laurel Fork Baptist Church Cemetery. Dr. Daniel Featherstone, Dr. Eddie Grigg and Reverend Steven Leashomb will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 3:00, prior to the service.

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

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

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Denver Allen Hampton

April 11, 1941 – June 16, 2023

Denver Allen (D.A.) Hampton passed away peacefully at his home in Huntersville, NC June 16, 2023. Denver was born in Watauga County (Boone), NC April 11, 1941, to Darius Sebastian Hampton and Lena Carroll Hampton. Denver is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Wayne Houston Hampton.

Denver was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife Avis Smith Hampton, of the home, daughters Susan Hampton Barringer of Mooresville, Karen Hampton Hunt (Greg), of Huntersville. Grandchildren Amber Barringer Hines (Austin), Taylor Barringer, Zachary Howie,

Miranda Howie, and Bryson Hunt. Great-grandchildren Warren, Wyatt, Hazel, Peyton, and Grace; Sisters Juella Hampton Francis and Muriel Jean Hampton Jones, and special sister-in-law Joyce Hartley Hampton.

Denver bought his first dump truck on November 18, 1967, and formed D.A. Hampton Trucking. His company was involved in building all major roads and interstates into and out of Charlotte, NC. He was also involved in building South Park Mall and Eastland Mall. What he believed to be one of his greatest achievements was helping to build the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Denver was a hard worker and his legacy to his family was to always finish what you start and do it to the glory of God.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday 3:00 pm June 24, 2023, at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Mooresville, NC. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Carolina Caring 3975 Robinson Road Newton, NC 28658; or Lake Norman Baptist Church (Friendship class) 7921 Sam Furr Road Huntersville, NC 28078.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is proudly serving the Hampton family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.

Announcement courtesy of Hampton Funeral Cremation Service.

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Cole Burrow

March 19, 1988 – June 20, 2023

Cole Burrow, age 35 of Boone, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

He was born March 19, 1988, in Charlotte. The son of William H. Burrow and Susan Miller Burrow. Cole Burrow was a man with many talents. He loved gems and gemology. He originally intended to attend the Gemological Institute of America and pursue a career in the field. However, Cole chose to follow his interest in Business by obtaining two bachelor degrees from Appalachian State University, graduating in 2019.

Cole had many interests in his life. He was constantly reading and expanding his knowledge in countless subjects ranging from supply chain management to automobile mechanics. One of Cole’s favorite subjects was cinema. If you knew Cole, you know he loved his movies and could quote them from memory.

Cole was a loving son and big brother with a heart of gold. In addition to the love for his family he loved his girlfriend Emma and his two dogs, Inky and Lola, both of whom he rescued.
He had recently begun a new career in automobile acquisition and sales. Cole was extremely excited for this new opportunity. In his spare time Cole was an aspiring artist who had completed several works in oil on canvas. Cole was a friend to many and touched many hearts. He loved everyone without judgement.

In addition to his father and mother he is survived by two brothers, Evan Burrow of Charlotte and Will Burrow of Johnson City. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday June 24, 2023, 1:00 PM at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Watauga Humane Society, 312 Paws Way, Boone, NC 28607.

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

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

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Gary Robert Hoyle

March 13, 1949 – June 22, 2023

Gary Robert Hoyle, age 74, of Boone, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Glenbridge Health and Rehab.

He was born March 13, 1949, in Jamestown, New York. A son of the late Robert Irving and Harriet Kelly Hoyle.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Kemmer Hoyle of Boone, two daughters, Angela Turrisi and husband Joe of Ashe County and Jessica Horney and husband Danny of Watauga County, one son, Clayton Hoyle and wife Annetta of Carroll County, Georgia, one sister, Christina Glover and husband Bob of Guyton, Georgia, nine grandchildren, Thomas, Christopher, Matthew, Heather, Luke, Aaron, Cassandra, Elizabeth & Danielle, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father and mother he was preceded in death by a nephew, David Miles.

Funeral services for Gary Robert Hoyle will be conducted Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at 7:00 at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Scott Andrews and Mr. Doyle Ward will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Hebron Colony, 356 Old Turnpike Road Boone, NC 28607 or the Watauga Gun Club.

Online condolence may be made to the family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com

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

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David Len Miller

September 25, 1965 – June 24, 2023

David Len Miller, age 57 of Todd passed away Saturday, June 24, 2023.

He was born September 25, 1965, in Watauga County. A son of the late Albert Hamilton Miller, Jr. and Barbara Taylor Miller.

He is survived by two daughters, Chasity Matheson and Savannah Norris, seven grandchildren, Zephyra, Aquaria, and Aristotle Matheson, Raylan, Tulsa, Rhett and Sutton Norris, two sisters, Angie Miller and Theresa Bryan and one brother, Larry Miller and one special aunt, Evonne Settle.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Miller family to help with the funeral expenses, 6026 Highway 321 North, Sugar Grove, NC 28679.

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

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Noreen Carmen Varney

October 20, 1960 – June 25, 2023

Noreen Carmen Varney, age 62 of Boone, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2023, at Watauga Medical Center.

She was born October 20, 1960, in Brownsville, Texas. A daughter of the late Russell and Carmen Varney.

She is survived by two daughters, Irene Carrier of Boone and Jade Demery and husband Eddie of Boone, boyfriend, Wayne Lambert of Fleetwood, one grandson,Koah Demery of Boone and one sister, Marilee Lewis of Boone.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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

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Dale Luther Greene

March 2, 1940 – July 1, 2023

Dale Luther Greene, age 83, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 1, 2023. He was
born on March 2, 1940, in Stony Fork, North Carolina. He graduated from Appalachian High
School and soon after, married his high school sweetheart, Betty Hollar. Dale and Betty lived in
the Rutherwood community for over 65 years. Both were faithful members of Mt. Vernon
Baptist Church where Dale served as a deacon and on several committees of the church in
many capacities. Behind the scenes, he was an encourager to many and a faithful and true
servant of his Lord and Savior.

In 1963, Dale and his father-in-law, Lige Hollar, founded Hollar & Greene Produce. This small
business turned into the largest fresh-cabbage operation for retail in the United States. Today,
this business continues as a fourth-generation family business and is blessed to employ over 80
employees that admired and respected his leadership.

Dale also served on community boards including Watauga Medical Center, High Country Bank,
and the Appalachian State Athletic Foundation. Prompted by his love for family and athletics,
Betty and Dale travelled multiple seasons to watch their children and grandchildren play a
variety of sports.

Dale is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Betty Hollar Greene; parents Ernest and Hattie
Greene; brother James Greene; and sister Kathleen Greene.

He is survived by five children: daughter Gwen Honeycutt (Keith); son Tony Greene (Terry); son
Tim Greene (April); daughter Pam Greene (fiance, David Trudzinski of Flagler Beach, Florida);
and son Jeff Greene (Emily) all of Boone. Fourteen grandchildren: Josh (Angela), Sheena, Seth
(Maya), Kaley (Daniel), Autumn (Logan), Cameron, Sara Frances, Bryant, Jackson, Hattie Rose,
Mitchell, Calvin, Margaret, and Elizabeth. Five great-grandchildren: Quincy, Ember, Ellis, Brewer
and Athena Grace. Dale is also survived by Sisters-In-Law Judy Hollar Eller and Margaret W.
Greene, Brother-In-Law Bob (Janette) as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, July 8, 2023, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Gymnasium from 12:00 to 1:30. A Memorial Service will begin at 2:00 in the sanctuary. Pastor Bud Russell, Pastor Sherrill Wellborn, and Reverend Allan Blume will officiate. Burial will follow in the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Praise Fund for future
growth. Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 3505 Bamboo Road, Boone, NC 28607.

Online Condolences may be sent to the Greene Family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

Hampton Funeral Service of Boone is in charge of arrangements.

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Bradley Stephen Scott

March 5, 1973 – July 4, 2023

Mr. Bradley Stephen Scott, age 50, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, July 4, 2023 in Boone.

Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Hampton Funeral Service of Boone.

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Michelle Daniels

February 8, 1971 – June 1, 2023

Michelle Buchanan Daniels, age 52, of Newland, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at UNC Blue Ridge Morganton Hospital.
Michelle was born on February 8, 1971 in Avery County, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Robert Buchanan and the late Fairy Webb Buchanan.

She enjoyed sitting at home and watching her birds, especially the hummingbirds.
She was preceded in death by her Mother, Fairy Buchanan; Father, Robert Buchanan; Sister, Dana Buchanan.
Michelle leaves behind to cherish her memory Husband Wayne Daniels; Two Daughters, Heather Daniels of Newland, NC, Annabell (Jason) Jordan of Newland, NC; Two Brothers, Corby (Jessica) Buchanan of Elk Park, NC, Henry (Shelia) Buchanan of Newland, NC; Two Granddaughters, Layla Anderson, Wendy Jordan; Grandson, Brayden Daniels.
At Michelle’s request, no services are planned at this time.
Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Daniels family by visiting the website www.rsfh.net
The care of Michelle and her family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.

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Laura M Parlier

August 26, 1931 – June 5, 2023

Laura M. Parlier, age 91, of Elk Park, North Carolina passed away on Monday, June 5, 2023 at her home.
Laura was born on August 26, 1931 in Niagara County, New York, a daughter of the late Edward and Mildred Sims Langendorfer.


Laura retired from the US Postal Service as a rural mail carrier, was a treasurer at Fall Creek Baptist Church for over 40 years, and a Sunday school teacher for many years.
Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her Husband, Ernest Edward Parlier; Brothers; Ronald Langendorfer and Robert Langendorfer.
Laura leaves behind to cherish her memory Son, Vernon Parlier and wife Susan of Laurenceville, GA; Two Daughters, Judy Loudermelt and husband Dan of Mill Springs, Nancy Johnson and husband Bob of Newland; Brother; Duane Langendorfer from Barker, NY. Ten granddaughters, Five great grandsons, and one great granddaughter.
Services will be conducted for Laura M. Parlier, on Saturday, June 10, 2023 beginning at 4PM at Fall Creek Baptist Church
The family will receive friends beginning at 3PM prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Fall Creek Cemetery.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to Medi Home Hospice and the members of Fall Creek Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Fall Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

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Doyle Shomaker

March 19, 1932 – June 6, 2023

Doyle Shomaker, age 91, of Banner Elk, North Carolina passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living in Boone, NC.
Doyle was born on March 19, 1932 in Avery County, North Carolina, a son of the late Willard Shomaker and the late Dorcas Chappell Shomaker.


He was preceded in death by his Father, Willard Shomaker; Mother, Dorcas Shomaker; Two Sisters, Ruth Howell, Franceline Fortune; Three Brothers, Homer Shomaker, Earl Shomaker, Frank Shomaker.
A Banner Elk native, Doyle was a graduate of Cranberry High School and Lees-McRae College, where he set a football record for most blocked punts in a game, all were in the first half. After serving in the military and spending some time in Germany, he returned to Banner Elk and served his community through Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, as Postmaster at Banner Elk Post Office, as a founding member of the volunteer fire department, and after retirement, by working at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. He also volunteered with Hebron Colony, teaching gardening and sharing his testimony.
The greatest commandment in Scripture is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. Doyle walked that out in countless ways, and leaves a rich legacy for his family. His greatest desire was that all know Christ personally.
If golf is played in heaven, Doyle Shomaker is on the tee sheet. Doyle was an avid golfer until a few years ago and was an original member of Mountain Glen Golf Club. The club honored Doyle by flying their flag at half-mast in his honor.
Doyle and his wife Barbara were married 69 years. They were blessed with 3 children, David Shomaker (Donna), Lisa Townsend (Ken), and Eric Shomaker (Cynthia). Five grandchildren including Preston Shomaker (Logan), Calvin Shomaker, Spencer Townsend Shuford (Taylor), Karaline Shomaker Cantler (Clay) and Harrison Shomaker.
Lochlan Shomaker and Tate Shuford are his great grandchildren, and another great grandson is due very soon. A special nephew Billy Shomaker.
Services for Doyle Shomaker will be held on Sunday, June 11, 2023 beginning at 3:30 pm from the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with Revs. George Wright and Don Holder officiating.
The family will receive friends beginning at 2:00 pm on Sunday at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.
Military Honors will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Doyle will be greatly missed, but as a friend said, he’s in heaven for breakfast, and we’ll meet him for lunch!
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Nurses and Aides of Amorem Hospice and the staff of Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund or to Hebron Colony Ministries.

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Virginia D Franklin

November 19, 1936 – June 10, 2023

Virginia D. Franklin, age 86, of Newland, North Carolina passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2023.
Virginia was born on November 19, 1936, in Avery County, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Jesse Earl Singleton and the late Minnie Rose Singleton.


She worked as a Nurse at Sloop Memorial Hospital and Cannon Memorial Hospital for over 30 years prior to her retirement. Virginia was a member of the Jonas Ridge Baptist Church and the WMU and served as the note-taker for the Southern Baptist Association. She worked on watches and clocks and enjoyed painting and doing home repairs, sewing, painting, and canning.
She was preceded in death by her Father, Jesse Earl Singleton; Mother, Minnie Singleton; Daughter, Cynthia Louise Franklin; Three Brothers, William Edward Singleton, Hansel Singleton, Sr., and Russell Singleton.
Virginia leaves behind to cherish her memory Husband of 67 years, Samuel Franklin; Daughter, Kathy (Shawn) McCrary of Fond du Lac, WI; Sister, Revonda “Tootsie” (Johnny) Ollis of Roan Mountain, TN; Three Grandsons, Samuel McKinney of Fond du Lac, WI, John (Mackie) Griggs of Andrews Air Force Base, MD, Christopher Griggs of Cheyenne, WY; Two Great-Granddaughters, Hannah McKinney of Denver, NC, Sonja Griggs of Andrews Air Force Base, MD.
Services for Virginia D. Franklin will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, beginning at 2:00 pm from the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Gragg officiating.
The family will receive friends beginning at 12:30 pm on Wednesday at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
Private interment will be in the Jonas Ridge Cemetery.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone in the community for their love and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Shriners Children’s Hospital.

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Denver Lee (DL) Eggers

August 24, 1964 – June 14, 2023

Denver Lee (DL) Eggers Jr., age 58, of Banner Elk, North Carolina passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at Cannon Memorial Hospital.


He was born on August 24, 1964, in Watauga County, North Carolina, a son of Faye Wallace Eggers and the late Denver Lee Eggers, Sr.
DL worked for many years truck driving for Ken Stamey and was a member of the Banner Elk Seventh Day Adventist Church. He enjoyed farming, cattle, and woodworking.
He was preceded in death by his Wife, Deborah A Eggers; Father, Denver Lee Eggers, Sr.
DL leaves behind to cherish his memory Mother, Faye Eggers of Marion, NC; Daughter, Rose Eggers of Banner Elk, NC; Brother, Dexter (Debbie) Eggers of North Cove, NC; Niece, Kaitlyn Eggers of Candler, NC.
Services for Denver Lee (DL) Eggers Jr. will be held on Friday, June 16, 2023, beginning at 1:00 pm from the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with Pastor Josias Flores and Elder Ken Hodges officiating.
The family will receive friends beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday at the funeral home.
Interment will follow in the Matney Cemetery.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to Avery County EMS and Dr. Williams and the staff at Cannon Memorial Hospital Emergency Department.

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Jack Efird Lowder

September 4, 1941 – June 23, 2023

Jack Efird Lowder, 81 years old, passed away peacefully at the home he built in Elk Park on Friday, June 23, 2023. He was surrounded by his family who loved and supported him.


He was born on September 4, 1941, in Caretta, West Virginia. He was the firstborn of a set of twins to the late Cull and Martha (Taylor) Lowder. Jack grew up in Albemarle, NC along with his twin sister Joyce Ann and younger brother Hal Lowder. As a young man, he enjoyed being with friends and driving anything with wheels.
Jack was always known for working hard. Among his many professions were military police for the U.S. Army, truck driver, house parent for Grandfather Home for Children and Crossnore Communities for Children, registered nurse, and maintenance man for the Mtn. View Baptist Church. However, he ended his working career as a farm manager on his son’s farm, a job he relished.
Having loved well throughout his life, he will be greatly missed by his surviving family including his children, Richard Damon (Jana), Hal Justin (Cassi), and Joyce Faith (Steve); his brother, Hal Edward (Pat); twin sister, Joyce Ann; eight grandchildren, Jessica, Jacob, Stephanie, Adelyn, Sylas, Emerson Jack, Aliza, and Annabelle; and his previous wife of over 40 years, Deborah.
The family invites all of Jack’s friends to come and celebrate his life with them on Sunday, July 9, 2023, at Elk Park Christian Church starting at 3:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Elk Park Christian Church.

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Charles Austin Burleson Sr.

September 12, 1938 – June 27, 2023

Charles Austin Burleson, Sr., 84, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2023, after battling a long illness.
Charles was born on September 12, 1938, to Rob and JoeMae Burleson in Avery County, where he lived his entire life. He served in the US Army (1962-63) and the US Army Reserves for an additional two years. After being honorably discharged, he worked as a builder, primarily hanging sheetrock.
An avid outdoorsman for his entire life, Charles loved hunting and fly fishing, and he greatly enjoyed tying his own flies. He loved gardening and caring for his many dogs over the years, a trait he shared with his family.


Charles was married to Maryanne “Susie” Burleson and they have 3 children, John Columbus Burleson, Charles Austin Burleson, Jr., and Dianna Burleson Horney.
Charles was predeceased by his father and mother, Rob and JoeMae Burleson, as well as his 3 brothers, RZ Burleson, Alex Burleson, and Joe Burleson. He is survived by his wife, Maryanne “Susie” Burleson, his two sons, Johnny (Debbie) Burleson and Charles (Robin) Burleson, and his daughter, Dianna (Mike) Horney. He is also survived by his grandsons, Charles Austin Burleson III and Dallas (Sabrina) Smith, granddaughter, Tabatha (fiancé Zach) Duckworth, and great-grandson, Oliver Burleson.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Minneapolis Cemetery with Rev. Bryan Griffith officiating. All family and friends are welcome to attend.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to The Waters of Roan Highlands and Gentiva Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Minneapolis Cemetery Fund
Minneapolis Cemetery Fund, General Delivery, Minneapolis, NC 28652

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Ford Jones

July 24, 1932 – June 27, 2023

William Ford Jones 91, of Elk Park, NC closed his eyes to this life and opened them in the presence of the Lord on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at Life Care Center, Banner Elk. Ford joined his beloved wife of 69 years, Edith Clawson Jones. Born July 24, 1932, to the late Clyde & Junie Jones he was the fourth of 11 children.


A lifelong member of Beech Mountain Baptist Church where he served for many years as a deacon. After losing most of his vision to AMD he attended the Elk Park Christian Church. Ford was a long-time member of the Cranberry Masonic Lodge where he served in various capacities including past master. Ford loved to work and no job was considered too hard! Working in Michigan in the early and mid 50’s he later moved back to Avery County and worked at The Cranberry Mines, Sugar Mountain Road Crew, Motor Grader operator for the NCDOT. After retiring he worked for Laws and Laws Brothers Construction. After retiring the second time, he worked for the Avery County Solid Waste, Banner Elk site.
Ford is survived by daughters, Deborah Jones of Banner Elk, NC & Diann Harris and husband Greg of Elk Park, NC; Grandchildren James Erwin, Minneapolis, NC, Callie Sheppard and husband Jonathan Elk Park, NC and their Dad, Jim Erwin. Bonus grandchildren Job and Brooke Harris; great-grandchildren, Quentin Cooper and Lily Nenninger. One sister, Mable Shook, and husband Bradley. Two brothers-in-law, Clifford Gobble, and Johnny Bradshaw. A host of nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends as he never met a stranger. He always had a big smile and words of encouragement to anyone he met.
Ford was preceded in death, in addition to his wife and parents by sisters, Myrtle Gobble, Faye Bradshaw, Lucille, and Verna Grace Jones. Brothers, Vance, Orville, Rex, Paul, and Clyde Lee Jones.
A good man who loved the Lord, his family, and everyone he met. He always said the most important thing a person can do is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and do good to our fellow man. He did both very well.
The family wishes to say a heartfelt Thank you to Dr. David Kimmel, Dottie Wiseman, the staff of Elk River Medical Associates; The staff at Life Care Center, Banner Elk, and the staff of Medi-Home Hospice. There are too many people to mention individually, but, God has placed so many people in our path and we will never forget the love, support, and kindness shown to our family over the past years.

A graveside service for Ford will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 2, 2023, at the Beech Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery with Jonathan Sheppard officiating. If anyone would like to pay their respects and sign the register, you can stop by Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home on Friday, June 30 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.