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Watauga, Avery Obituaries – May 23, 2017

The following are recent obituary notices from Austin and Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland. Send obituary notices to [email protected]

Harold “Bud” Bare (Oct. 25, 1922 – May 21, 2017)

Harold “Bud” Bare, 94, of Elk Park passed away on May 21, 2017 at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

A native of Watauga, NC, he was born October 25, 1922 a son of the late Edgar and Macie Turbyfill Bare.
Bud served his country as a Seaman First Class in the Navy during World War II. He was a member and served as a deacon at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. He was always ready to witness for Christ. Bud enjoyed driving the van for Avery County Transport for 14 years. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and reading. 


Along with his parents, Harold was preceded in death by: Three Sisters: Edith Ward, Edna Oaks, Jean Adams, and one Brother: Helton Bare.

Harold has left to cherish his memory his wife of 70 1/2 years Frankie L.Bare; One Son Dean Bare “Frankie” of Tamassee, SC; Three Daughters: Barbara Norris ” Ben” of Elk Park, Betty Thomas of Elk Park and Karen Harmon ” Danny” of Banner Elk; One Brother: Harry Bare of Elk Park; Six Granddaughters: Misty O’Campo “Pedro” of Elk Park, Brooke Clark “Eddy” of Newton, Ashley Rinaggio “Stephen” of Asheville, Whitney Carver “Justin” of Banner Elk, Lindsey Harmon of Johnson City TN, and Mandy Garcia “Vincente” of Marietta GA; Three Grandsons: Travis Norris ” Katherine” of Kingston, Garrett Bare of Tamassee SC and Christian Bare of Greenville SC. Seven Great Granddaughters: Maggie Carver, Bre O’Campo, Madison Calvert, Kendall and Aubry Rinaggio, Bella Garcia and Emma Garcia; Five Great Grandsons: Gabe O’Campo, Colby Garcia, Owen Clark, Cole Clark and Thacher Carver.

Celebration Of Life for Harold “Bud” Bare will be held on Wednesday May 24, 2017 at 2:00 at the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant.

Internment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Medi-Home Hospice: P.O. Box 1357, Newland NC 28652 and Pleasant Valley Baptist Church: P.O. Box 418 Elk Park, NC 28622. 

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Nurses and staff of Medi Home Hospice, Cannon Memorial and Life Care Center. Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net

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

Emoe Green Craig (April 11, 1932 – May 20, 2017)

Emoe Green Craig, 85, of Granite Falls went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Caldwell County Hospice. 

She was born April 11, 1932 in Bamboo, Watauga County, NC and was the daughter of the late Lawrence Coy Green and Maggie Greer Green. In addition to her parents, Emoe was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, John Henry Craig and one brother, L.C. Green. 


Emoe worked as a cloth cutter for Century Furniture until her retirement. She was a member of Poovey’s Grove Baptist Church. Emoe loved taking trips with Christian Tours. She loved spending Friday nights at Curley’s Fish Camp. Out of everything, Emoe achieved in her life, her proudest accomplishment was her five generations of firstborn women, (Emoe,Sherry,Carla, Jessica and Blake).

She was a very caring and compassionate lady. Emoe loved her family dearly. 

Mrs. Craig is survived by a daughter, Sherry Craig Robinson and husband Richard; a granddaughter; Carla Wheeler Hollinghead and husband Jason; two grandsons, Adam Wheeler and Richard Robinson III. Also, left to cherish Emoe’s memory are twelve great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 4:00-5:00 PM at Poovey’s Grove Baptist Church with the Service to follow at 5:00 PM. Officiating will be Pastor Jimmy Church, Rev. Dr. Rick Crouse and Rev. Ashley Crouse. Burial will be in the Poovey’s Grove Church Cemetery.

Memorials in memory of Emoe may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 526 Robbinswood Place, Hudson, NC 28638.

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

Mackie Funeral Home, in Granite Falls, is in charge of the arrangements.


Nolan Ford Watson, Jr. (Feb. 5, 1943 – May 20, 2017)

Nolan Ford Watson, Jr., 74 of Buckhead, Georgia, died May 20, 2017. 

Mr. Watson was a native of Boone, NC. He was born February 5, 1943 to Nolan and Ruby Watson. He served in the United States Air Force from 1961 until 1966. He was stationed in Spain for much of his service. Mr. Watson then worked for NASA before returning home to North Carolina. He then began his career as an entrepreneur. Mr. Watson developed the Bird’s Eye View area of Boone. He also started a landscape operation as well as building and operating mini warehouses. Following these endeavors, he spent much of his time farming. Mr. Watson was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church.

Mr. Watson is survived by his wife, Nona McCallum Watson and his children, Stephanie & Steve, Stephen & Margie, Alicia & Scott, Julie & Bill and Chris & Julie. His grandchildren are Emily, Rose, Tessa, Samantha, Mallory, Daniel, Jacob, Evelyn, Leslie and Lauren. He leaves one great grandchild, Cole. Mr. Watson has five siblings, Carol, Sandra, Debbie, Basil and Marcella. He also is survived by his wife’s siblings, Sandra, Vic and Pat.

Funeral services for Nolan Ford Watson, Jr. will be conducted Tuesday morning, May 23, 2017, at 11:00 o’clock, at Lakeside Baptist Church. 

The family will receive friends on Monday, May 22, 2017 from 6-8 PM at A.E. Carter Funeral Home. 

A second funeral service will be conducted Thursday afternoon, May 25, 2017, at 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Reverend Gary Watson and Reverend Bill Miller. Burial will follow at the Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

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

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

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service and A.E Carter Funeral Home, in Madison, Georgia, are in charge of the arrangements.

Pamela Thompson Dale (Aug. 27, 1967 – May 19, 2017)

Pamela Lee Dale, 49, of Newland, North Carolina passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017.

She was born on August 27, 1967 in Avery County, North Carolina, a daughter of Gwen Buchanan Thompson and Ray Thompson. 

In addition to her parents, Pamela leaves behind to cherish her memory her: Son, Stephen Dale, Daughter, Nadia Carpenter, several grandchildren.

A service to celebrate the life of Pamela Thompson Dale will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm from the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with the Rev. Ken Staton officiating. 

The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 pm on Saturday at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Dale family by visiting our website www.rsfh.net

The care of Pamela and her family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.

Donald P. Fischer (May 1, 1945 – May 17, 2017) 


On May 17, 2017, at his home in Blowing Rock, N.C., Donald P Fischer accepted his final earthly assignment: flight instructor to the heavenly angels. Don bids farewell to his wife, daughters, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and old and new friends. He wants to especially thank his Hospice earth angels who helped to prepare him and his family for his final journey. Services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made in Dons name to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Boone, N.C. 28607.

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

Mr. Jack P. Hayes (June 18, 1932 – May 16, 2017) 


Mr. Jack Perry Hayes, 84, of Jack Hayes Road, Boone, passed away Tuesday night May 16, 2017 at the Foley Center. Born June 18, 1932 in Watauga County, he was a son of the late Thomas B. and Blanche Williams Hayes. Jack was retired from the Department of Transportation where he worked as a motor grader operator. He was also a cattle farmer. 

He is survived by his wife, Glada Vines Hayes, two sons, Richard Hayes and Jimmy Hayes and wife Donna all of Boone, two grandsons, Lucas Hayes and fiancé Shleby and Todd Hayes, all of Boone, and one sister, Grace Greene of Boone, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Dale Hayes, and two brothers, Lee and John Hayes. Graveside services for Mr. Jack Hayes will be conducted Friday morning at the Jont Brown Cemetery at 11 AM. Officiating will be Rev. Derick Wilson and Rev. Gary Shew. At other times friends may call at the residence.

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

David Arnold Bolick (Jan. 22, 1951 – May 10, 2017)


David Arnold Bolick passed away on May 10, 2017 after a four year battle with cancer. He was born on January 22, 1951 in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, the son of Arnold Wellington Bolick and Jean Kroll Bolick Clawson. He was preceded in death by his father in October 1981 and his mother in October 2014.

David is survived by his wife, Valerie Ripa Bolick of The Villages, Florida; one sister, Jane Bolick Rogers of Blowing Rock, NC; one niece, Sarah Rogers Scherger (Luke), and her two children Noah (4) and Daniel (18 months) of Dodge Center, Minnesota. David lived the last years of his life (2008-2017) in The Villages, Florida.

David graduated from Watauga High School in 1969 (the first class to go all four years in the new consolidated Watauga High School). He was an exceptional athlete in high school – he lettered in three sports – football, basketball, and golf. David received a B.A. in Business and Marketing from Appalachian State University in 1975.

In 1977, David moved to Aurora, Colorado, where he initially worked in Marketing in the Denver Merchandise Mart, in Denver, Colorado. During his years in Marketing, he traveled over much of the Western United States. This was perfect for David as he had wonderful opportunities to pursue one of his passions, snow skiing, all over the West. After several years in Marketing, he changed employment and began working as a Golf Professional, granting him the opportunity to play professionally in many golf tournaments. David lived in Aurora, Colorado from 1977-2008.

In 2008, David accepted a position as Facilities Manager at the Nancy Lopez Country Club in The Villages, Florida where he worked for several years. He later accepted a position as a professional golf instructor at the Golf Digest School in Orlando, Florida. David completed his career, working with his very good friend, Don Nix at The Links of Spruce Creek South in Summerfield, Florida as a professional golf instructor.

In 2010, David married his soul mate and best friend, Valerie Ripa Bolick and the two of them began a very happy and eventful seven year marriage of golfing and travel. 

A Memorial Service is planned for David on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM at The Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Officiating the Memorial Service will be Pastor Kathy Beach of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church. David will be buried beside his mother, Jean Kroll Bolick Clawson in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.

Condolences may be made to David’s wife online at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com, or to Valerie Bolick of 1379 Ducksbury Street, The Villages, Florida 32163 or to his sister, Jane Bolick Rogers of PO Box 1473 Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605. 

Hampton’s Funeral Service of Boone, NC is in charge of the arrangements.

Carolyn L. Moore (D. April 10, 2017)


Carolyn L. Moore, age 75, of Reynoldsburg OH, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on April 10, 2017.

Carolyn was formerly employed by the Columbus Police Department and J. C. Penney’s, prior to starting her own business, Renaissance Cleaning Services. 

She is survived by her daughter, Anytra Brown of Wilmington, DE; two sisters, Joann and Mae Moore of Vilas, NC. Three brothers, Landon of Detroit MI, Joe Lous (Micky) of Shelbyville TN and John Lee Moore of Vilas, NC and a host of nieces and nephews, many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Ulyesses and Addie McQueen Moore, one sister, Nancy Burkett and five brothers, William Franklin, Clarence, Eddie, Grady, and Robert Moore.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 4:00 o’clock at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 3 until 4 one hour prior to the service at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of NC, 514 Daniels Street #109, Raleigh, North Carolina 27605.

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

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