Watauga, Avery Obituaries – May 5, 2016

Published Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:27 am

Mary Jean Wagner (Feb. 10, 1947 – May 2, 2016)

Mary Wagner, 69, beloved sister and special aunt, of Winston-Salem, a native and former resident of Mountain City, went home, at home, with family and friends by her side, after a strong fight with cancer.

Born on February 10, 1947 in Johnson County, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late A.E. and Irene Michael Wagner. Mary believed in working hard and enjoying life to the fullest with her family and her special BellSouth and H&R Block families, who she worked with at BellSouth 34 years and H& R Block 30 years.

She loved her family dearly and she also loved children, all children, especially her nieces and nephews. She also raised her niece Charla Strawser and nephew David Poe after the death of their mother. She was a supporter of Special Olympics. Mary was an active member of the Pioneer Club at BellSouth.

Preceding her in death, besides her parents, were 2 sisters, Betty Wilson and Ann Poe and 1 niece, Linda Wilson Pope. Survivors include 1 sister, Winnie Wilson and husband Calvin of Boone; 3 nephews, David Poe (Shelley), Jim Wilson (Carmen), and Mike Wilson (girlfriend Krissy); 1 nephew in law, Edward Pope; 2 nieces, Charla Strawser and Patricia Harless (Robby); 4 great nephews, Evan Strawser, Jordon Harless, Carter Wilson, and Mason Pope; and 2 great nieces, Sierra Lowe (Andy) and Kayla Harless.

A funeral service for Mary will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11 am at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel, Winston-Salem, with Rev. Dairl Scott officiating. Graveside services and burial will follow the service at Sunset Memorial Park, Mountain City, Tennessee, with Rev. Gordon Noble officiating.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Salem Baptist Church, in honor of Angie Foster, 429 South Broad Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101 or Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

Mary’s family wishes to thank her BellSouth and H&R Block families for all the help and care they gave us during this difficult time.

Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel, Winston-Salem and Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service are in charge of the arrangements.

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

Hayworth-Miller Funeral Service and Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service are in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. Gene Butts (March 18, 1933 – May 1, 2016)

Dr. Franklin Eugene “Gene” Butts, 83, of Boone, passed away Sunday morning, May 1, 2016 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care. Born March 18, 1933 in Belleville, Arkansas, he was a son of the late Vernie Arthur and Hazel Tempe Rutledge Butts. Gene was a retired accounting professor, having worked at Appalachian State University. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Gene served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was the best papaw to Austin and Adam.

BigGene ButtsHe is survived by his wife, Shirley Osborne Butts, one daughter, Amy Robinson and husband Jamie of Taylorsville, and one son, Del Butts and wife Angie of Henderson, NC, two grandsons, Austin Winebarger of Knoxville and Adam Winebarger of Boone, two sisters, Karolyn Chapman and husband Gary of Winston-Salem and Regina Wright of Salisbury one brother, Bobby Ray Butts and wife Betsy of Lexington, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Okla Antoni, and five brothers, Arthur, Quinton, Archie, George and Connie Butts.

He served his community by being a long time member of Kiwanis Club, out of state missions through his church, and a Boy Scout leader for special needs group. In addition, he arose to National President of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting fraternity, in which he influenced the lives of many accounting students.

He was an avid fisherman who loved fishing with Charlie Speer and George Sox, his fishing buddies.

Funeral services for Dr. Gene Butts will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the First Presbyterian Church. Officiating will be Rev. Jeff Smith. Burial will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday, prior to the service from noon until 1 o’clock at the First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gene Butts /Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Faculty Scholarship, Walker College of Business, PO Box 32037, Boone, NC 28608.

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

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

Tommy Perry (Jan. 3, 1940 – April 30, 2016)

Tommy-Perry-1462197668Thomas H. “Tommy” Perry, Jr., 76, of Banner Elk, NC passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016 in the Johnson City Medical Center, Tennessee following a brief illness.

He was born in Banner Elk on Jan. 3, 1940, a son of the late Thomas Hampton Perry Sr.and Dorothy Belle Stewart Perry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Toby Perry and a brother, Bob Perry.

He was a resident of Banner Elk all his life. He loved hunting, fishing, watching TV, and participating in shooting matches. Tommy went to work at Grace Hospital in Banner Elk when he was 16 years old. He worked for several years at Grace, the Cannon Memorial Hospital in Banner Elk, and retired from the Charles A. Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. He was known for his calm demeanor dedication to the patients, staff, and facilities at all three hospitals. He was a member of Valley Haven Baptist Church.

A loving father, grandfather, brother and companion, he is survived by his two daughters, Lisa (Darryl) Banner of Jonas Ridge, NC, Amanda Crump of Foscoe, NC; longtime companion, Peggy Crump of Banner Elk, NC; sister, Mary Ann Smith of Matney, NC; brother, Joe H. (Evanell) Perry of Banner Elk, NC; two granddaughters, Maggi Jo Banner of Jonas Ridge, NC, Emma Zoe Banner of Jonas Ridge, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Tommy Perry will be at 1:00 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the Valley Haven Baptist Church, Banner Elk, NC with Rev. Chris Renfro officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the service hour Wednesday at the church. His friends and fellow maintenance team members from the hospital will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be: Tommy Cornett, Haskell Rupard, and Wayne Smith.

Condolences for the family may be sent and viewed by visiting www.rsfh.net.

Raymond E. Werhane (Sept. 16, 1924 – April 29, 2016)

Mr. Raymond Edward “Ray” Werhane, Jr. age 91, of Boone, passed away Friday afternoon, April 29, 2016. Born September 16, 1924 in Evanston, Illinois, he was a son of the late Raymond and Margaret May Werhane.

BigWerhane, RayRay was a senior in high school when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred, this prompted him to enroll at Oberlin College where he played football and participated in the Navy’s V-12 Officer Program. Assigned to the USN Pacific Fleet, Ray’s detachment was one of the first units to deploy to Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped on the city.

After the war Ray received his MBA from Harvard University, worked on Madison Avenue in advertising, then with various non-profit agencies and eventually worked in real estate in Texas and Hawaii. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Boone and a familiar face at Bare Essentials Market where he worked full time for a number of years.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife Linda Johnson Werhane and his daughter Diane Lee Eaton. He is survived by a daughter, Linda Ann Mohr; his mother in law, Pearl Johnson; close friend and caregiver Martha Ward; and 6 grandchildren, Michelle Bowden, Keith and Mark Eaton, Kate, Wade and Luke Peters, and a number of great grandchildren.

Memorial services for Mr. Ray Werhane will be conducted Wednesday morning, May 4, 2016 at 11 o’clock at the First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at the church following services.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Medi Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, NC 28607.

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

Sarah Faith Barnebey (Oct. 7, 1934
- April 28, 2016)

Sarah Faith Barnebey of Bradenton, FL and Blowing Rock, NC, 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.

3698502_wlpp-1Her 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, TX, 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.

The family extends its heartfelt appreciation to Cora Bovell and Tammy Johnston for their daily dedication to Faith.

Visitation services for family and friends will be held Saturday, May 14, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the chapel of Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. Funeral services will be held at a later date in Blowing Rock, NC.

Griffith-Cline Funeral and Cremation Services in Bradenton, Florida and Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service are in charge of the arrangements.

Stella Grace Hayes (Oct. 9, 1921 – April 28, 2016)

Stella Grace Smith Hayes, 94, of Lincolnton, and a former resident of Laurel Fork Road, Vilas, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Carolinas Health Care in Lincolnton. Born October 9, 1921 in Alleghany Co., she was a daughter of Joseph and Delia Longbottom Smith. Mrs. Hayes was a member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church. She retired from Blue Ridge Shoe in Boone. Stella Grace was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to the family she adored. She would often be found tending to her flower gardens.

BigHayes, StellaMrs. Hayes is survived by her husband of 73 years, Thomas Maston Hayes; sons, Thomas Harold Hayes and wife, Pauline, of Palm Coast, Fl. and David E. Hayes and wife, Carole, of Lincolnton; four grandchildren, Gerald Hayes and wife, Michelle of Raleigh, Katrina Nicole Small and husband, Shannon, of Buford, Ga., David Eugene Hayes, Jr. and wife, Tina of Lincolnton, and Brian Hayes and wife, Katie, of Iron Station; four great-grandchildren, Liliy Amelia Small, D. J. Hayes, Ashlyn and Wyatt Thomas Hayes; step great-grandchildren, Rebecca Hughes, and Isabelle and Taylor Maldanado; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Laura Lee Andrews and Cecile Smith; and brother, Joseph Smith, Jr.

Funeral services for Stella Grace Smith Hayes will be conducted Monday afternoon, May 2nd, at 2 oclock at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in Vilas, officiated by Rev. David Hayes, Rev. Ray Greene, Rev. Burl Greer and Rev. Jason Collins. The family will receive friends Monday afternoon from 1 until 2 oclock, prior to services, at the church. Graveside services will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Christians United for Israel, CUFI, PO Box 1307, San Antonio, TX 78295.

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

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

Dr. Ted J. Waller (Sept. 6, 1940
- April 27, 2016)

Dr. Ted J. Waller, age 75, of Boone, passed away Wednesday morning, April 27, 2016 at his home.

Dr. Waller was born September 6, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Dr. Ty John Wachowski and Barbara Benda Wachowski.

3678723_wlppTed attended college at the university of Michigan and was a life long fan of Big Blue. Following this was medical school at Northwestern University and an orthopaedic residency Blodgett Memorial Hospital in Grand Rapids and Rancho Los Amigos in Downy, CA. He was a Major in the United States Air Force Medical Corp at Carswell Air Force Base.

In 1973, he joined Boone Orthopaedic Associates, having a long and rewarding career until retirement in 2007. Ted thrived on keeping up with the latest orthopaedic advances and was responsible for many surgical “firsts” at Watauga Medical Center. Good patient care was his passion and he was always available for a friendly consult. Other accomplishments include Consultant to Appalachian State University Varsity and Intra-mural sports programs, was an Ad Hoc member of the Watauga Hospital Board, Chief of Medical staff and member/chairman of the Credentials Committee.

He was the Medical Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation from 1974-2012. An avid fly fisherman and conservationist, he was a North Carolina Stream Monitor volunteer. Ted could fix anything and had an exhaustive breadth of knowledge. He was a master woodworker, loved to travel, hike, bike and snow ski. He was a member of Boone United Methodist Church. 

Dr. Waller is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Terri Buchanan Waller of the home; two daughters, Marty Griffin of Charlotte and Katie Morgan and husband Charles of Huntersville; two sons, Greg Waller and Jeff Waller, both of San Francisco, California; and two grandchildren, Matthew Griffin and Emma Griffin of Charlotte.

A Celebration of Life Service for Dr. Ted J. Waller will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:00 o’clock at Boone United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Reverend David Hockett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, 1028 Washington Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27605 or the Appalachian Regional Health Foundation for Chestnut Ridge, Post Office Box 148, Blowing Rock, North Carolina 28605.

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

Dick Crump (Sept. 2, 1935 – April 27, 2016)

Dick Crump, age 80, of Banner Elk passed away on April 27, 2016 at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 2, 1935 in Mt. Holly, NC the son of the late Richard Lexington and Effatta Dagenhart Crump.

Dick-Crump-1462266100Dick was a member of the United States Navy following his graduation from Western Carolina and then served as a teacher, principal, and county administrator while earning his masters and doctorate before retiring to Sugar Mountain in 1993 from Clay County Florida Public Schools.

Along with his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Betty Abernethy Crump and a son, Kurt Crump.

Dick has left to cherish his memory his: son and daughter-in-law, Jon and Lisa Crump and two grandsons, Jake Crump and Tyler Crump all of Orlando, Fl.

A Celebration of the Life of Dick Crump will be conducted on Saturday, June 25th at 11:00 a.m. at the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church with Rev. Field Russell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at 120 Executive Park, Building 1 Asheville, North Carolina 28801 www.cancer.org or to the Banner Elk Presbyterian Church at 420 College Street, Banner Elk, NC 28604.

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

Marcus W. Hughes (Aug. 29, 1981 – April 22, 2016)

Marcus W. Hughes, age 34, of Newland passed away on April 22, 2016.

Marcus-Hughes-1461854371He was born August 29, 1981 in Asheville, NC.

Marcus was a welder and enjoyed drawing, reading, hunting, fishing and loved music.

He was proceeded in death by his half brother, Dennis Franklin McFalls.

A loving son and father, Marcus has left to cherish his memory his: mother, Charlene Daniels of Newland; father, Joe Hughes and wife Tammy of Newland; daughter, Lauryn Faith Hughes and her mother Cortney Carpenter; maternal grandmother, Dolly Daniels of Newland; sisters, Monica Sheppard and husband Matthew of Newland, Sona Gurley of Spruce Pine, Myra Cook of Roan Mountain, Keisha Cook of Newland; brothers, Joe Allen Hughes of Newland, Mark Hughes of Spruce Pine, Shane Hughes of Spruce Pine, Junior Cook of Newland, Calvin Cook of Newland, Tylor Cook of Newland; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Marcus W. Hughes will be conducted on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with Rev. Ronnie Trivett officiating. Interment will follow in the Daniels Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until the service hour.

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

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

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