Watauga, Avery Obituaries – May 19, 2016

Published Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 11:59 am

Mrs. Louiva E. Ward (March 13, 1920 – May 18, 2016)

Mrs. Louiva Edmisten Ward, 96, of Bethel Road, Sugar Grove, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday morning, May 18, 2016.

BigWard, Louiva - 1She was born March 13, 1920 in Sugar Grove, a daughter of the late Marshall Harrison (Edmisten) and Mary Annie Perry Edmisten. Mrs. Ward spent all of her life in Sugar Grove; kept foster children in her home for forty-five years; helped many children and loved them all. She was known for her generosity and loving kindness to all she came in contact with. She loved to cook, garden and farm and was known as the Pansy Lady of Sugar Grove. She was a member of Calvary Baptist church and loved serving the Lord. She was always a great encouragement to those she loved.

Surviving are one son, Gareth Ward and wife Phyllis of Sugar Grove; one daughter-in-law, Shirley Ward of Sugar grove; one daughter Judy Nuckolls and husband David of Roanoke, VA; three grandsons: Keith Ward and wife Tammy of Vilas; Phillip Ward and wife Mildred of Mountain City, TN; William Nuckolls of Roanoke, VA; one granddaughter Alyson Nuckolls of Roanoke, VA: two great grandsons: Travis Ward of Vilas and Charlie Ward and wife Jessie, of Sugar Grove; one great, great granddaughter Grace Elizabeth Ward; two sisters-in-law: Loy Edmisten and Leta Mae Edmisten both of Sugar Grove; one brother-in-law David Ward and wife Unadell of Boone; and by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Baker Perry Ward; two children Rev. Maurice Ward and Alesia Ward; two sisters: Addie Mae Love and Madeline Bradford; three brothers, George, Baker and John Edmisten.

Funeral services for Mary Louiva Edmisten Ward will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2:00 at Bethel Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Burl Greer and Rev. Tim Bunton; burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to the service, at the church, from 1 until 2 o’clock. At other times friends may call at Louiva’s home.

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

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

Mr. John Buck Sudderth (Nov. 13, 1948 – May 16, 2016)

Mr. John Wesley Buck Sudderth, age 67, of Laurel Lane, Blowing Rock, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at his home. Born November 13, 1948, he was a son of the late James Alexander and Beulah Wooten Sudderth. Mr. Sudderth was a graduate of the Patterson School in Lenoir, and Caldwell Community College. Buck was retired from Dixie Fire & Safety where he worked as a mechanical engineer building fire trucks. He was a former member of the Blowing Rock Volunteer Fire Department. Buck also enjoyed building and working on computers, cars and fishing.

He is survived by two sisters, Jane Eberle of Blowing Rock and Sharon Sudderth of Los Angles, California, one brother, Jerry Sudderth and wife Alicia of Sparta, and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Services for Buck Sudderth will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue, PO Box 47, Blowing Rock, NC 28605.

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

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

William Ray Laughridge (March 13, 1923 – May 14, 2016)

BigLaughridge, 3Memorial services for William Ray Laughridge, age 92, of Newland, will be held at the Newland Presbyterian Church, where he was a member and served as Deacon for many years, on Sunday, May 22, 2016. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1 until 2 oclock, prior to services, at the Church. Officiating will be Pastor Michael McKee. There will be a private graveside service for the family at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marion, NC following the memorial service.

Bill, as he was known, was a US Army combat veteran of WWII. He landed in Normandy on Omaha beach on D Day as a tank gunner with the 741st Tank Battalion and participated in five major campaigns, including the battle of St Lo, and the battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Paris,

He was in the second tank to cross the Rhine River into Germany.

He attended and graduated from Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science. He moved to Newland in 1948 as manager, and later owner of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home which he operated for over thirty five years. Active in local civic affairs Bill was a member of the VFW, the American Legion, the Masonic Lodge, and a Boy Scout Master.

Being a pilot, Bill was interested in the development of a safe airport for local businesses and plane owners. He was instrumental in securing a government grant to build the current Avery County Airport.

Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman and served as president of the Elk River Falls Fishing Club for over twenty years.

He is survived by his wife Pauline Roland Laughridge of Newland; Daughter Susan Greenert and husband Tim of Louisville, KY ; Grandson Josh Ayers and great-granddaughter McKenna Ayers of Louisville, KY ; Granddaughter Ashley Gibson and husband Darren Gibson and Great-grandson Jake Gibson of Louisville, KY; Brother James Laughridge and wife Joey of Linville Falls, NC ; a nephew and four nieces.

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

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

N.W. Hughes (Nov. 9, 1935 – May 13, 2016)

N-W-Hughes-1463391137N.W Hughes, age 80, of Banner Elk passed away on May 13, 2016 at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.

A native of Avery County, he was born November 19, 1935 a son of the late Roscoe and Elva Ollis Hughes.

Along with his parents, N.W was preceded in death by his sister, Gaynelle Henry and brother, JL Hughes.

N.W has left to cherish his memory his: aunt, Lina Garland of Newland; nephew Chris Freeman; cousins, Robert Taylor, Michael Taylor, Travis Taylor, Peck Taylor and wife Suzanne all of Newland.

Funeral services for N.W Hughes will be conducted on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the Grandfather Chapel. Interment will follow in the Slippery Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

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

The care of N.W and his family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.

Theda Holder Moore (July 12, 1935
 – May 12, 2016)

Theda Holder Moore, age 80, of North Wilkesboro, a native and former resident of Blowing Rock, wife of E. James Moore, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Villages of Wilkes.

3719104_fbsShe graduated from Appalachian State University and became a schoolteacher in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, where she met her husband, E. James (“Jim”) Moore, when both were eating at Powell’s Boarding House. Theda thought Jim cut a fine figure taking out the Powell’s ash bin, and Jim thought Theda cut a fine figure doing virtually anything. Theda and Jim married in 1958 and raised two children, James Charles (“Chuck”) Moore and Jean Constance Moore.

After she stopped teaching to raise her family, Theda remained active in education, serving on the local school board, the North Carolina Textbook Commission, and the North Carolina State Board of Education. Theda was a beautiful and consummate hostess, graceful dancer, talented pianist, skilled gardener, avid reader and wonderful cook, as well as an active community volunteer.

After getting the kids off to college, Theda worked for many years as a real estate agent. Theda and Jim traveled extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe and had friends across the country. 

Theda is survived by her husband, Jim; son, Chuck, his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Caroline, of Richmond, Virginia; daughter, Jean, and her husband, Joseph Fuka, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and sisters Ruth Winslow, Cora Keen and Rhea Swift and their families.

Theda’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16, at First Baptist Church of North Wilkesboro. The family will receive at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s disease charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in North Wilkesboro is in charge of the arrangements.

This announcement is courtesy of Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service.

Thomas Harvey Lowe (April 12, 1930 – May 11, 2016)

Thomas-Lowe-1463222766Thomas Harvey Lowe of Ferndale, Md., passed away peacefully on May 11, 2016. He was 86 years old.

One of seven children, he was born April 12, 1930, to the late Leo L. Lowe and Flora West Lowe of Banner Elk.

Tom was predeceased by his wife of 25 years, Shirley Cleckner Lowe; his brothers Leo Lowe and Jack Lowe; and his sister June Lowe Palanis. He is survived by his daughter Desiree Lowe Peck, stepdaughters Christine Johnston and Nancy Anello, and several grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Fred Lowe and two sisters, Kathleen Lowe Proffitt and Carol Lowe Timblin.

Tom was a proud veteran, having served in the Army during the Korean War. He was also a member and strong supporter of the American Legion.

Tom spent his adult life in Maryland working in construction. He enjoyed gardening in the summer and sharing the produce with friends and neighbors. He and Shirley loved having family and friends visit their home. They were also avid Baltimore Raven fans.

He has now returned to his mountain home. A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at Arbor Dale Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 15, 2016, with visitation at 12 noon and funeral service at 1 pm. He will be laid to rest in the Banner Elk Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shepherd M. Duggar Monument c/o the Banner Elk Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1618, Banner Elk, NC 28604, or your local American Legion.

The care of Thomas and his family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

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