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Watauga, Avery Obituaries – March 13, 2018

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


Linda Reece Osborne 
(December 19, 1946 – March 7, 2018) 

    Linda Sue Reece Osborne, age 71, of US Hwy. 421 North, Zionville, passed away Wednesday morning, March 7, 2018. Born December 19, 1946 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Glenn and Hazel Brown Reece. Mrs. Osborne was a member of Mabel Baptist Church and by occupation, was a home healthcare provider. Linda loved her family and especially her grandsons. She enjoyed crocheting and always looked forward to her trips to Pigeon Forge. 
    Ms. Osborne is survived by her sons, David Glenn Osborne of Mountain City, and Danny Lee Osborne of Zionville; two grandsons, Daniel and Luke Osborne; and two sisters, Barbara Martin of Mountain City, and Ruth Childers of Morganton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Brown and Teresa Stanley; and two brothers, Eugene and Benny Reece. 
    Funeral services for Linda Reece Osborne will be conducted Saturday afternoon, March 10th, at 2 oclock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Frank Johnson and Rev. Bill Morefield. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 until 2 oclock, prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. Graveside services will follow in the Reece Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Reece Cemetery Fund, in care of Chuck Cook, 730 Slabtown Road, Zionville, NC 28698. 
    Online condolences may be shared at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com 
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Osborne family.


Patricia P. Light 
(June 03, 1933 – March 7, 2018) 

    Pat Light ,age 84 of Boone, passed away on March 7th after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bob; parents, Clorene Parker and William Parker; step-father, Zigman Thomas; sister, Mary Ann Simms; and many close friends and relatives.
    Pat was born in Jerseyvillle, Illinois, and graduated from Jerseyville High School in 1951. She received her four-year Registered Nursing Degree from what is now Jewish-Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. She worked at Watauga Hospital and Appalachian State University from 1957 until her retirement in 1993. She was a life-long Presbyterian and member of the First Presbyterian Church of Boone.She was an avid sports and recreation fan. She enjoyed any game, especially if a deck of cards were involved. She played tennis regularly until her seventies and enjoyed participating in other sports as well. Having a bounce on a pogo-stick or a jump on a trampoline was not out of the question! She was involved in the American Cancer Society,the Boy Scouts of America, and the Boone Jaycees; and occasionally she acted in community theater productions.
    She had a beautiful singing voice and played the piano, organ and oboe.
    Pat had mad dancing skills! She and her husband Bob were involved in many dance clubs for over fifty years. She also won a red ribbon for being first runner-up in the National Clogging Competition in Kentucky in 1975. She was an excellent bowler and pool player and taught her children the love of dancing, music, classic films and plays.
    Having had four children by the time her oldest son was three, and being the wife of a coach, Pat had little spare time. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, chess, checkers and any board game. She was a master at knitting,crocheting, and hand-quilting and often created her own patterns.
    She was an avid collector (of everything!), and she and Bob were famous for their holiday decorations and parties.
    They often had hundreds of trick-or-treaters each year, and their home of six decades was decorated for Christmas year-round. She adored her dogs. Over the years she had many — from Princess to Danny to Woogie and Tony Joe;and on a rare occasion she might let one of the family cats (Mittens and Kittens) rub up against her leg.
    Pat was not a feminist, nor was she an activist, and yet she wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. If you didn’t want to hear the truth, she was probably not the person to ask. She loved sparkles, sequins, and plaids.
    She is survived by her children, Bobby Light (Joyce Copeland) of Atlanta, Georgia; Tommy, Willy, Wally (Shirley) Light, all of Boone; one grandson, Logan, also of Boone; sisters, Gerry Hizer and Susan Bird (David), both of St. Louis; many nieces and nephews (great and great-great); and countless more relatives and friends.
    A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 24, at 1:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, Boone, NC. The family will receive friends at 12:00 pm prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Watauga Humane Society(312 Paws Way, Boone, NC 28607) or The Bob Light Tennis Scholarship at Appalachian State University (with checks made out to: ASU Foundation, ASU Box 32014, Boone, NC 28608). 
    Online Condolences may be shared with the family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Light family


Barbara R. Eggers 
(May 09, 1935 – March 9, 2018) 

    Barbara R. Eggers, age 82 of Howards Creek Road Boone, passed away Friday morning, March 9, 2018 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Ronald and Edna Greene Ragan. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Howard Taylor and Marion Elwood Eggers.
    She is survived by her daughters, Pattie Jenkins of Boone, and Pam Taylor and fiancé Mike of Boone. One brother, Bill Ragan and wife Alma of Boone, three sisters, Nan Barnes and husband Dick of Boone, Mary Bryant and husband Junior of Boone, and Brenda Phillips and husband James of Ocala, Florida. Step-children, Wanda, Gloria, and Spurgeon, and families. Four grandsons, one granddaughter, three great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services for Barbara R. Eggers will be conducted Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Ray Greene and Rev. Arvil Hardy will officiate. Burial will follow in the Cook Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services from 1-2 p.m. Sunday.
    Friends may visit with the family at other times at the home at 179 Parkway Village Drive, Boone.
    Memorials may be made to the donors choice. The family requests no food please.
    Online condolences may be share with the family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Eggers family.


J P. Palmer 
(July 19, 1929 – March 10, 2018) 

    Mr. J. P. Palmer, age 92, of Boone, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 at his home. Born July 19, 1925, he was son of the late Partee and Sarah Jane Dishman Palmer. J. P. was a US Navy veteran. He was a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for many years, working for Boone Iron Works and Greene Masonry. J.P. enjoyed spending time with his family and bass fishing.
    He is survived by one son, Jason Palmer and Carolyn Miller, one daughter, Keva Palmer Brown, two grandchildren, Kinsley Brown and Mason Brown, a special niece, Patsy Miller of Boone and a special nephew Jerry Houck and wife Lois of Vilas, a great nephew, Jerry Wayne Houck and a great niece, Barbara Gilliam. 
    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Palmer, his second wife, Kathy Yates Palmer, and a sister, Lois Hayes.
    Graveside services for Mr. J. P. Palmer will be conducted Tuesday, afternoon, March 13 at 1 PM at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens. Officiating will be Rev. Burl Greer. Military graveside rites will be provided by American Legion Post 130. 
    Online condolences may be shared with the Palmer family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Palmer family.


Clara Bolick Greene

March 08, 2018

Clara B. Greene, age 90, of Murrells Inlet, former resident of Blowing Rock, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Daughter of the late William (Bud) and Zadia Coffey Bolick, she was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Ralph E. Greene, and brother and sister-in-law, William and Judy Bolick.

Clara co-owned businesses with Ralph in California and North Carolina and retired from Appalachian State University in 2006 after 25 years of service.

Clara is survived by son, John Greene and wife Amy, daughters Mary Anne Benedetto and husband Fred, and Patricia Donley; grandchildren David, Carrie and Lauren Greene and Ken Benedetto and wife Colleen; great-grandchildren Gabriella Cieszynski and husband Daniel, Alexandria and Nicholas Benedetto, and great great-granddaughters Andy and Emerson Cieszynski. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Agape Hospice in Conway, SC and Hope Arbor Assisted Living and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet for their loving care of Clara.

Funeral services for Clara Bolick Greene will be conducted  Wednesday afternoon , March 14, 2018 at 2:00 o’clock at  Hampton Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will follow in Boone Fork Community Cemetery in Blowing Rock, N.C.

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

Donations may be made in her name to The National World War II Museum-945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 or to Hope Arbor Assisted Living-12287 Highway 707 Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

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

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


Betty Pickett

June 03, 1943 – March 11, 2018

Betty Pickett, 74, of Quail Hollow Road, Jefferson, North Carolina passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation in Boone, NC.

She is survived by two daughters; Latricia Pickett of Jefferson, North Carolina and Latawnya Tester and husband Jim of Zionville, two grandsons; 
Jared Alderson of Elizabethton, North Carolina and Dillan Pickett and Mary Maniscalo (Fiancee) of Shreveport, Louisiana,  two granddaughters; Sarah Campbell and her husband Cody of Zionville and Molly Dawes & Wesley Porter of Ashe County, five great grandchildren; Jaydon, Avery, Mackenzie, Jpn-Luc and Anna Belle, two sisters; Gladys Blaisdell of Casper, Wyoming, Charlotte Rose Shepherd of Sedalia, Missouri. one brother; Don Hayes, also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Donald Pickett, her parents, William Clyde Hayes and Rosie Calton Hayes and one son Little Don Pickett.

A memorial Service for Betty Pickett will be conducted Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:00 o’clock at Clarks Creek Baptist Church. Reverend David Lunceford and Brother Joe Pickett will officiate. The family will receive friends from 4:30 until 6:00 at the church, prior to the service.

A private viewing will be held at the funeral home for family and close friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to, Buddy Walk Of The High Country.

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

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


Dewey Clyde “Duke” Wright, Jr.

July 15, 1955 – March 12, 2018

Dewey Clyde “Duke” Wright, Jr. age 62, of 270 Lazy Lake Road, Boone passed away Monday, March 12, 2018. 

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Reed Wright of Boone, one daughter, Ally Nicole Wright of Boone, one son, Ryon Calhoun of Newland, mother, Margie Wright of Boone, two sisters, Robyn Wright Roark and Sherry Wright both of Boone and a brother-in-law, Kenny Isaacs of Boone. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dewey Clyde Wright, Sr., one sister, Carolyn Wright Isaacs and one brother, John Wright.

Funeral services for Dewey Clyde “Duke’ Wright, Jr. will be conducted Saturday, March 17, 2018, at 3:00 o’clock at Alliance Bible Fellowship. Reverend Scott Andrews will officiate. Interment will follow at the Wright Family Cemetery.

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

Flowers are appreciated are memorials may be made to Alliance Bible Fellowship, 1035 NC Highway 105 Bypass, Boone, North Carolina 28607.

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

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