Thelma Ann Coffey (July 9, 1934 - June 1, 2016)
Mrs. Thelma Ann Coffey, 81, of Blowing Rock, passed away Wednesday morning, June 1, 2016, at Blowing Rock Extended Care Facility.
Funeral arrangements for Thelma Ann Coffey are incomplete at this time. Online condolences may be sent to the Coffey family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Anita Goodwin Evans (Feb. 8, 1935 - May 30, 2016)
Anita Goodwin Evans, 81, of Potter Town Road, Todd, passed away Monday morning, May 30, 2016 at Blowing Rock Extended Care Facility.
Mrs. Evans was born Feb. 8, 1935 in Paterson, New Jersey, a daughter of the late Henry Goodwin and Fannie Castmore Goodwin. She was a former employee of the Comfort Inn of Boone, and was a member of Rock Creek Baptist Church.
Mrs. Evans is survived by one grandson, Ronald Evans and wife Michelle of Boone; two granddaughters, Stacy Hart of Lenoir and Paula Osborne and husband Paul of Lenoir; two great-grandsons, Storm Evans of Butler, Tennessee and Ryan Harmon of Boone; four great-granddaughters, Terri Evans of Todd, Serenity Osborne of Lenoir, Kaylyn Evans of Boone and Auhdri Osborne of Lenoir; and three nephews, Bryan Evans and Robert Evans, both of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, and Adam Evans and wife Charlotte of Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Cleveland Evans, a son Ronald Allen Evans, and her father and mother Henry Goodwin and Fannie Castmore Goodwin.
Funeral services for Anita Goodwin Evans will be conducted Thursday afternoon, June 2, 2016 at 2:00 o’clock at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, from 1:00 until 2:00, at the chapel, prior to the service. Officiating will be Reverend Kenneth Phillips.
The family will receive friends Thursday afternoon, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Service. Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street NW, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645.
Online condolences may be sent to the Evans family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Mary Cornett Townsend (Aug. 23, 1922 – May 30, 2016)
Mary Cornett Townsend, 93, of Poplar Grove Road South, Boone, passed away Monday morning, May 30, 2016 at Watauga Medical Center. Mrs. Townsend was born Aug. 23, 1922 in Watauga County. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. Mrs. Townsend was employed in food services at the Blowing Rock Elementary School for more than 35 years.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Saunders of Boone; granddaughter, Shannon Marie Saunders of Boone; grandson, Robert Anthony Townsend of Herndon, VA; two great-grandchildren, Doriannah and D.J. Whitehead of Boone; sisters, Dorothy Eggers of Boone and Nancy Watson of Fleetwood; and brothers, Eddie and Freddie Hatley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Marshall Townsend, great-grandson, Harold Orlando Lindsey III; sisters, Audrey Shook and Gladys Eastridge; and brothers, Muriel and Carl Teague and Lewis Hodge.
Funeral services for Mary Cornett Townsend will be conducted Thursday afternoon, June 2, 2016 at 2 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Billy Norris and Rev. Barry Greer. Graveside services will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening, June 1, from 6 until 7:30 at Austin & Barnes.
Flowers are appreciated or the family suggests memorials to the Watauga County Project on Aging or to the Meals on Wheels program, 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone, NC 28607. Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Townsend family.
Jennie Shumiloff Hibbs (Dec. 31, 1931 - May 29, 2016)
Jennie Shumiloff Hibbs, 84, of Rivesville, WV, passed away Sunday morning, May 29, 2016, at Watauga Medical Center. Funeral arrangements for Jennie Shumiloff Hibbs are incomplete at this time. Online condolences may be sent to the Hibbs family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Joseph R. Napoleon (Sept. 9, 1946 - May 29, 2016)
Joseph R. Napoleon, 69, of Yarrow Lane, Boone, passed away Sunday morning, May 29, 2016, at Watauga Medical Center.
Joseph was born Sept. 9, 1946 in Trenton, New Jersey, a son of the late Albert Joseph Napoleon and Helen Ann Chmiel Napoleon. He was a retired Flood Specialist for FEMA/Homeland Security.
Joseph is survived by is wife Marna Mears Napoleon of the home; one daughter, Jhana Napoleon of Peyton, Colorado; three sons, Jared Napoleon of Frisco, Colorado, Evan Napoleon of Hayden, Colorado and Ethan Napoleon of Woodland Park, Colorado; and one sister, Kathy Tulli and husband Frank of Trenton, New Jersey.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Albert Joseph Napoleon and Helen Ann Chmiel Napoleon. Graveside services and burial for Joseph R. Napoleon will be conducted Saturday afternoon, June 4, 2016 at 3:00 o’clock at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.
Officiating will be Reverend Jeff McClain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ashe County Public Library, 148 Library Drive, West Jefferson, North Carolina, 28694. Online condolences may be sent to the Napoleon family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Steven Cox Berry (Dec. 15, 1972 – May 29, 2016)
Steve Berry, son of Walt and Mary Berry of Clemson, S.C., passed away May 29, 2016 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem from injuries received in a plane crash in Boone on April 25, 2016. Even though Steve was a pilot, he was a passenger on this flight.
Steve attended Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. He and his wife Annette loved the mountains and made their home near Boone, NC. Steve was Director of Operations at the Boone Airport and was beginning to start sightseeing tours in the Boone area.
In addition to his parents, Steve is survived by his wife, Annette; sister, Susan and husband, David, and their son, Cliff Winters, all of Clemson, SC., mother-in-law, Anna Bell Richards; sisters-in-law, Lisa and husband Nick Naoum and family, Melinda and husband Sean, and their children, Madyson and Ian Ward; and brother-in-law, Charles and wife, Christy and their sons, Landon and Tristin Arnett.
He is also survived by many cousins and close friends.
A celebration of life service for Steve will be conducted Saturday afternoon, June 4, at 1 o’clock at the Boone Airport. In honor of Steve, dress will be casual.
The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Anderson, SC 29621; Clemson First Baptist Church Building Fund, 397 College Ave., Clemson, SC 29631; or to the State Employees’ Credit Union Family House, 1970 Baldwin Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.
Our family wishes to express our appreciation for all the prayers and support shown to us during his time, including members of Clemson First Baptist Church where Steve had been a member.
Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
ATTN Pilots – The Boone Airport will be closing at noon on Saturday, June 4th.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory, Boone, NC, is serving the Berry family.
Mrs. Eunice T. Luttrell (Dec. 7, 1946 – May 28, 2016)
Eunice Tester Luttrell, age 69, of Collins Store Road, Blowing Rock, passed away Saturday morning, May 28, 2016 at her home.
Born December 7, 1946 in Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Basil and Doris Baird Tester. She was an active member of Sandy Flat Baptist Church. Eunice retired as a seamstress for 30 years from Hartley Interiors in Blowing Rock. The greatest testimony of her life was serving her Lord until her final days, and one of her final wishes was for a successful Youth Vacation Bible School program at Sandy Flat Baptist Church.
Mrs. Luttrell is survived by four sons, William Kent Luttrell of Virginia Beach, VA, Glenn David Luttrell of Warrensville, Timothy Wayne Luttrell and fiancé, Lisa Hoots, of Yadkinville, and Bobby Dale Luttrell and wife, Melissa, of Lewisville; two sisters, Pauline Berry and husband, George, of Brooksville, Florida, and Barbara Smith and husband, Ed, of Valle Crucis; two brothers, Keith Tester and wife, Danielle, of Blowing Rock and Larry Tester and wife, Janice, of Taylorsville; nine grandchildren, Amanda Shores and husband, James, Cody, Jalen, Peyton, Isaiah, and Felicity Luttrell, Wesley Doerfer and Olivia and Abby Luttrell; and four great-grandchildren, Grace, Emma and Chloe Shores and Jayden Luttrell.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William Dale Luttrell and one brother, Ray Tester.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, June 1, at 3 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Burl Jones, Rev. Max West and Rev. Jackson Lawley. Burial will follow in the Boone Fork Community Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sandy Flat Baptist Church Mission Project, PO Box 1113, Blowing Rock, NC 28605.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock at Austin & Barnes. At other times friends may call at the Luttrell residence.
Online condolences may be shared with the Luttrell family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Luttrell family.
Jonelle Teague Canter (Sept. 1, 1951 - May 28, 2016)
Jonelle Teague Canter, 64, of 1054 Horse Bottom Road, Banner Elk, passed away Saturday morning, May 28, 2016, at her home.
Jonelle was born Sept. 1, 1951 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Alfred Glenn Teague, Sr. and Lizzie Ford Teague. She was a homemaker.
Jonelle is survived by three sons, David Strader and wife Melissa of Gastonia, Jody Teague and Jason Teague, both of Banner Elk; one daughter, Melissa Staley and husband William of West Jefferson; one brother, Glenn Teague, Jr. and wife Shirley of Zionville; one niece, Shannon Carrier and husband Chad of Sugar Grove; one nephew, Bryan Teague of Wilmington, North Carolina, and special friends, Becky of West Jefferson, and Chris and Vickie Miller of Roan Mountain, Tennessee. She is also survived by a number of step-children.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gurney J. Canter; one grandson, Michael Teague, and one infant sister. Graveside services and burial for Jonelle Teague Canter will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, May 31, 2016, at 2:00 o’clock, at the Main Cemetery.
Officiating will be Pastor Bruce Miller. The family will receive friends Monday, May 30, 2016, anytime after 2:00 o’clock, at the residence, 1054 Horse Bottom Road, Banner Elk.
Online condolences may be sent to the Teague family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Kathy Michael (Nov. 14, 1953 - May 28, 2016)
Kathy Michael, age 62, of Dutch Creek Extension, Banner Elk, passed away Sunday morning, May 29, 2016, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.
Kathy was born Nov. 14, 1953 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a daughter of the late Thomas Justin Kelly and Ruth Alice Jaye Kelly. She was a homemaker and attended Holy Communion Lutheran Church.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Lee Michael of the home; one daughter, Gale Autumn Moretz and husband Thomas of Mountain City; one son, Kenneth Thomas Michael of Valle Crucis; one granddaughter, Emily Moretz of Mountain City; three grandsons, Matthew Moretz of Mountain City, Caleb Michael and Carson Michael, both of Valle Crucis, and two sisters, Emma Dowling of Florida, and Jackie Canevari and husband Gene of Lake Placid, Florida. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Kathy Michael will be private. Online condolences may be sent to the Michael family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. Hampton funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Scottie L. Matheson (March 23, 1961 – May 28, 2016)
Mr. Scottie Lee “Scott” Matheson, 55, of Tom Ward Road, Sugar Grove, passed away Saturday evening, May 28, 2016 at Watauga Medical Center.
Born March 23, 1961 in Watauga County, he was a son of Lennis Ward Matheson and the late Archie Lee Matheson. Scott was a Gold Certified Stihl Technician and worked for Avery County Rent-All. He was a volunteer fireman, serving with Cove Creek and Shawnee Haw Fire Departments.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie Norris Matheson, one daughter, Holly Moore and husband Terry of Vilas, two grandsons, Nathan Allen Moore and Jacob Lee Moore, his mother, Lennis Ward Matheson, of Sugar Grove, one sister, Pamela M. Beach and husband Jerry of Vilas, one brother, Everette Matheson and wife Angie of Sugar Grove, his maternal grandmother, Chloe Ward of Sugar Grove, and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Archie Lee Matheson, and his maternal grandfather, Tom Ward.
Funeral services for Mr. Scottie Lee “Scott” Matheson will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Wynn Greer. Burial will follow in the Ward-Matheson Cemetery. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the Cove Creek Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 251, Sugar Grove, NC 28679.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from noon until 2 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared with the Matheson family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Matheson family.
Justin D. Shook (July 7, 1983 – May 24, 2016)
Mr. Justin Dempsey Shook, 32, of Boone, passed away Tuesday morning, May 24, 2016. Born July 7, 1983 in Watauga County, he was a son of Freddie Len and Norma Jean Simmons Shook. Justin was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting. He enjoyed civil war history, basketball, playing cards and spending time with his friends.
He is survived by his parents, Freddie and Norma Jean Shook, one brother, Frederick Shook, all of Boone, three uncles, Jack and Rob Shook and Robert Eugene Bobby Simmons, and one aunt, Diane Shook.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Janie Caroline Shook, his maternal grandparents, Evelyn Caroline and William Simmons, Sr., his paternal grandparents, Dempsey and Mamie Ethel Shook, and two uncles, Richard Shook and William Eddie Simmons, Jr.
Memorial services for Mr. Justin Dempsey Shook will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 oclock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Tim Coffey. The family will receive friends Friday prior to the service from 1 until 2 oclock. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Danner Cemetery, in care of David Hodges, 1075 Laurel Fork Road, Vilas, NC 28692.
Online condolences may be shared with the Shook family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Shook family.
Nancy Carlson McDonough (July 31, 1951 - May 25, 2016)
Nancy Carlson McDonough, age 64, of Heritage Lane, Blowing Rock, passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 25, 2016 at Watauga Medical Center.
Nancy was born July 31, 1951 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Richard Sten Carlson and Shirley Seddon Carlson. Before her illness, she was employed by French Swiss Ski School at Appalachian Ski Mountain. She was of the Episcopal faith. Nancy is survived by her sister, Lisa Carlson, and sister-in-law, Hilary Hutto of Blowing Rock, and her beloved dogs, Finnigan and Gerdy.
She was preceded in death by her husband Myles McDonough, and her father and mother Richard Sten Carlson and Shirely Seddon Carlson. A Celebration of Life Service for Nancy Carlson McDonough will be conducted at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medi-Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, North Carolina 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the McDonough family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Weltha Beach Quinn (July 22, 1928 - May 25, 2016)
Weltha Beach Quinn, 87, of Laurel Fork Road, Vilas, passed away Wednesday evening, May 25, 2016 at Watauga Medical Center.
Mrs. Quinn is survived by two daughters, Patricia Everett of Vilas, and Charlotte Lynn Sparks of West Palm Beach, Florida, one son, Charles Allen Murray of Boone, five grandsons, James Christian Sparks and wife Stacey of Okeechobee, Florida, Richard Keith Sparks of Meridian, Mississippi, Chad Michael Sparks of Troy, Ohio and Jonathan Daniel Sparks of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Ryan Andrew Mcnelly of Wellington, Connecticut, two granddaughters, Corrie Lynn Sparks of West Palm Beach, Florida, Christy Lorraine Sparks of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, seven great-grand-sons, Cody Sparks of Okeechobee, Florida, R.J. McGee of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Paul Fober of West Palm Beach, Florida, Payton McGee of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Nathaniel Perrine of West Palm Beach, Florida, Brantley Sparks of Troy Ohio and Gavin Sparks of Meridian, Connecticut, six great-grand-daughters, Amber Sparks of Okeechbee, Florida, Cassie McGee of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Brianna Fober of West Palm Beach, Florida, Haley Perrine of West Palm Beach, Florida and Teirrah Sparks of West Palm Beach, Florida and Nakia Sparks of Troy Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Paul Quinn, her father and mother, Wellington Beach and Josephine Morrell Beach. A memorial service for Mrs. Weltha Beach Quinn will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to the Quinn family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Margaret Thompson Tate (Oct. 21, 1917 – May 24, 2016)
Margaret Thompson Tate, 98 of Banner Elk, NC passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 24, 2016 at her residence in Banner Elk.
She was born on October 21, 1917 in Knoxville, Tennessee, a daughter of James E. Thompson and Emily Boyd Thompson. She graduated from Catholic Elementary School, Knoxville High School in 1935, and the University of Tennessee in 1939 with a degree in Home Economics as a member of the Chi Omega Sorority.
Margaret was a swimming and diving instructor at summer camp in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; taught High School General Science and Home Economics in Clarksville, Tennessee; worked testing aircraft transmitters and crystals at Bendix Radio Plant, Baltimore, Maryland; organized the first Girl Scout Troop in Banner Elk in 1954 and served as a Leader for 15 years; was a life member of the Banner Elk Garden Club and avid wildflower collector; Office Manager for Tate Clinic for 16 years; Avery County Department of Social Services Board Member; Avery County Foster Parent for 10 years; Member of the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church where she served as Sunday School Teacher, Church Banner Designer and Constructor, founding member and Coordinator of the Comfort Makers, originating committee to make and preserve Christmons, played in the Hand Bell Choir from 1992-2013, elected as a Presbyterian Church Elder where she served as Clerk of Session, Church Historian, and Missions Committee Member.
Along with her parents, Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Lawson Tate; brother, Bert Thompson; sister, Emily Hanafee; niece, Jill Atcheson, and infant great-grandson, Michael Vandergrift.
Margaret is survived by: her children, Susan Carter and husband Lynn of Banner Elk; Dr. William (Bill) Tate and wife Donna of Linville; Dr. John Tate and wife Amy of Inman South Carolina; David Tate of Banner Elk; Robert (Bobby) Tate of Banner Elk; and Anne Bergman and husband Russ of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Twelve grandchildren, Karen Taylor and husband David, Andrew Taylor and wife Stephanie, Melissa Parker, Angela Tuck and husband Bill, Michael Tate and wife Lori, Julie Tate and husband Mike, Emily Wagoner and husband Jesse, Amanda Vergara and husband Jesse, Jonathan Tate, Jackson Tate and wife Rebecca, Jessica Garrett and husband Ryan, Erin Peiffer and husband Brett.
Eighteen great-grandchildren, Isabelle Bernstein, Lawson and Emerson Taylor, Madison and Avery Parker, Campbell and Alden Tuck, Maggie and Noah Tate, Phoebe Wagoner, Phillip and Sarah Vandergrift, Jacob, Benjamin and Marlyn Vergara, Alice Tate, Harrison and Preston Garrett, and Tate Peiffer.
Seven step-grandchildren, Grant Carter and wife Beth, Ryan Carter, Kari Brown and husband Daniel, Ashley Jones and husband Adam, Hannah Derrick, Graham Derrick, and Jessica Martin.
Four step-great-grandchildren, Daniel and Morgan Jones, Brayden and Kaleigh Brown
Foster children Michael, Linda, Denise, Carrie, Cathy, Donnie, and Ted.
Nieces and nephews Charlie Lester and wife Nancy, Jim Lester and wife Linda, Brenda Boozer and husband Ford, Jack Boozer, William (Buckey) Boozer and wife Sandra, Linda Baker, Pat and Val Hanafee, and Jim Atcheson.
The family would like to extend their deep appreciation and thanks to the Nurses and Staff of Medi Home Hospice for the loving care they provided to Margaret, to Dr. David Kimmel for his unwavering friendship and support, and to her loving church family at Banner Elk Presbyterian Church, your prayers and kindness will never be forgotten, and to the Cannon Memorial Physicians and Nurses, and the Cannon patient care staff.
At age 98, Margaret remained the center of a large family who love her as “Mom-Mom.”
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with internment to follow in the Banner Elk Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in her memory to the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church, Mission Committee, P. O. Box 158, Banner Elk, NC 28604.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in her memory to the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church, Mission Committee, P. O. Box 158, Banner Elk, NC 28604.
Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net.
Clint Kimbrough (Nov. 14, 1932 - May 24, 2016)
Mr. Clint Kimbrough, 83, of Deep Gap, North Carolina, passed away peacefully May 24, 2016 in Boone, North Carolina, after an extended illness.
Born in Brooksville, Florida, November 14, 1932, he was preceded in death by his parents Pierce and Margaret Kimbrough and Dolores Hancock Kimbrough the mother of his children.
An ordained minister of the Baptist faith, he was a graduate of Stetson University and Southwestern Theological Seminary. He served on the Foreign Mission field as a music missionary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for some 24 years before retiring to North Carolina. He was an accomplished musician and was passionate about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He is survived by three children: Margaret Leigh Shipman (Dan) of Sugar Land, Texas, Dr. Robert Lane Kimbrough (Linda) of San Antonio, Texas and Carol Leslie Kimbrough of Birmingham, Alabama and five grandchildren: Sherah and Micah Shipman and Kevin, John and Carl Kimbrough. He also is survived by younger brothers Jim and Bob Kimbrough and younger sister Martha Carol Brown.
A memorial service for Mr. Clint Kimbrough will be conducted Sunday afternoon, June 5, 2016, at 3:00 o’clock, at Laurel Springs Baptist Church. Officiating will be Reverend Travis Suits.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Laurel Springs Baptist Church Music Ministry, 7504 U.S. 421 South, Deep Gap, North Carolina 28618.
Online condolences may be sent to the Kimbrough family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. Hampton Funeral Service in Boone and Merritt Funeral Home in Brooksville, Florida are assisting the family with the arrangements.
Sarah Faith Barnebey (Oct. 7, 1934 - April 28, 2016)
Sarah Faith Barnebey of Bradenton, Fla., and Blowing Rock, former First Lady of Miami, writer, civic leader, devoted wife and mother, died April 28 at her Bradenton home after an extended illness. She was 82.
Mrs. Barnebey, wife of former Tropicana Products Inc. Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Barnebey and widow of former Miami Mayor Robert King High, was a national freelance columnist, publishing hundreds of articles that reflected her humor, wit, spirit, wisdom and her love for the Great Smoky Mountains of her adopted home state, North Carolina.
Her articles appeared regularly in the Bradenton Herald during the 1990s, and she was creating an anthology of that work when she became ill eight years ago. She also authored Integrity Is the Issue, a recounting of her first husband’s campaign life as mayor of Miami and his subsequent bids for governor before his death in 1967. Widowed at 32 with six young children, she met Mr. Barnebey in Bradenton in 1968, and married in 1969. She relocated to Bradenton where Mr. Barnebey’s three children lived with their mother. In later years, she would describe her husband as “the love of my life.”
As an example of love that transcends the marital vows, Mr. Barnebey served as her full-time caretaker in their home upon the onset of her illness. ”Sarah Faith” was known to all as Faith, a name that aptly suited the spirit of her life. Her most treasured Bible verse was Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” These words were the foundation of her life. She influenced many through the years as a dedicated Bible study leader and shared her spiritual strength to those with whom she came in contact.
Mrs. Barnebey was a member of the Board of Directors of The Ringling Museum of Art; member and past president of the Coral Gables Junior Women’s Club; member of the Junior League of Manatee County, and member of the Bradenton Country Club and The Blowing Rock Country Club. In addition to writing, her other passions included interior design, for which she earned a license; travel and bridge.
Born Oct. 7, 1934, in Houston, Texas, she grew up in Miami and graduated from Coral Gables High School as cheerleader and senior class treasurer. She attended Brenau College for Women in Gainesville, GA, where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She worshipped at First Baptist Church of Bradenton for 45 years, First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock for 25 years, and Flagler Street Baptist Church of Miami for 12 years. She served as a Sunday School teacher for many years in both Bradenton and Blowing Rock.
Surviving are her husband, Ken; six children: Robert King High Jr. (Ruth Ann) and Holiday High, both of Tallahassee; Virginia (Cindy) Bunton, Ormond Beach; Valerie Bogos, Tampa; Bonnie McDonald (John), Whispering Pines, NC, and Susan High, Bradenton; two step-children, Mark Barnebey (Marianne) of Bradenton; and Kendra Whitehead (Brent), of Terra Ceia. Also 15 grandchildren: Robert High, Jennifer (Jenny) High, Brittany Meeks, Sarah Bunton-Lauer, Amy Bunton, Kristina Bogos, Gregory Bogos, Ryan McDonald, Kathleen (Katie) McDonald, Matthew Barnebey, Christopher Barnebey, Jared Whitehead, Karys Mawyer, Brianne (Bri) Barnett and William (Trey) Masel, III; and three great-grandchildren: Maximilian (Max) Lauer, Lilliana (Lily) Whitehead and William (Liam) Masel, IV. She is predeceased by stepdaughter, Laurel Young, and her parents, Sam and Betty Price of Greenville, SC. Graveside services and burial for Sarah Faith Barnebey will be conducted Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 10:30 am at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock. Officiating will be Dr. Marshall Edwards. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Clifford Stanley Foster (June 5, 1922 - Jan. 14, 2016)
Clifford Stanley Foster died at University Hospital on Jan. 14, 2016.
He was born on June 5, 1922 and was the son of Walter H. and Mildred Foster of Luton, Bedfordshire, England. Mr. Foster served in the Royal Air Force for six years during World War II. He immigrated to the United States via Bermuda in 1952.
Mr. and Mrs. Foster made their home at Springdale Hall in Camden, South Carolina and Blowing Rock, North Carolina before moving to Brandon Wilde in Evans, Georgia in 2000. Mr. Foster was an accomplished woodworker and devoted much of his retirement time to the wood shop at Brandon Wilde.
Mr. Foster is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janet Axford Foster; a brother, Robert W. Foster and wife Dorothy E. Foster of Great Bookham, Surrey; a nephew, John A.W. Foster and wife Jane of Woking, Surrey; a niece, Hilary Foster Tattershall and husband Philip of Cockermouth, Cumbria and three grand nephews. Graveside services for Mr. Clifford Stanley Foster will be conducted Sunday afternoon, June 5, 2016 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crossnore School, Post Office Box 249, Crossnore, North Carolina 28616 or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the Foster family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Johnie Elie Weaver (Oct. 23, 1925 - Nov. 17, 2015)
Johnie Elie Weaver, 90, passed away peacefully at the Veterans Memorial Nursing Home in Fergus Falls, MN on Nov. 17, 2015.
Johnie was born Oct. 23, 1925 to Elzie and Grace Weaver in Boone, North Carolina.
Johnie is survived by, three sons: Larry Weaver, Johnie Jr. (Donna) Weaver, and James Weaver of Nimrod, MN; one daughter: Becky (Plummer) Sanderlin of Columbus, GA; three brothers: Squire E. Weaver. Jr., Roby (Margeret) Weaver, Roy (Pat) Weaver, all of Boone North Carolina; three sisters: Lois Triplett, Doris (Richard) Greer, and Louise Davis, all of Boone, NC; ten grandchildren: Susan (Chris) Triplett, Vickie (Eric) Miehe, Joseph (Tara) Weaver, Robert (Mary) Weaver,Pamela (Joseph) Downs, Plummer Sanderlin, Alan (Angie) Weaver, Jason (Randi) Weaver, Jessica Weaver (Jeremy Hinman), and Janessa Weaver, and eighteen great grandchildren. Johnie is preceded in death by his parents Elzie and Grace Weaver, wife Lavonne Weaver, brother William Weaver, sister Joyce Holder; so Thomas Weaver, and great grandchild Clay Downs.
Graveside services for Johnie Elie Weaver will be held Saturday afternoon, May 28, 2016, at 1:00 o’clock, at the Weaver Family Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the Weaver family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the local arrangements.
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