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Watauga, Avery Obituaries – September 18, 2018

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


Betty Miller Burwell

August 02, 1931 – September 09, 2018

Our beloved mother, Betty Miller Burwell, age 87, of Appalachian Brian Estates, Boone, passed away Sunday evening, September 9, 2018 at her home.

Betty was born August 2, 1931 in Columbia, South Carolina, daughter of the late Raymond and Lorraine Monts Miller.

Betty is survived by two daughters, Wynne Cottrell and husband Jim of Boone, and Lori Augustoni and husband Michael of Marietta, Georgia; one son, Cary Bradley and wife Marilyn of Marietta; three granddaughters, Bree Sullivan and husband John of Austin, Texas, Chesnee Tyler and husband David of Dallas, Georgia, and Callie Evans and husband Tyler of Kennesaw, Georgia; one grandson, Pace Cottrell and wife Autumn of Blowing Rock, and one brother, Charlie Miller and wife Pam of Cornelia, Georgia. She is also survived by nine beautiful grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Grandberry” and seven loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Burwell.

She was a generous, kind and humorous lady. She was a stranger to no one. She will be greatly missed.

No memorial services will be conducted.

Please consider contributions to charitable organizations in lieu of flowers. She felt strongly about organizations helping childhood cancer, adult cancer and Alzheimer’s.

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

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


Conley W. Phillips

November 06, 1933 – September 11, 2018

Conley W. Phillips, age 84, of South Pine Run Road, Boone, passed away Tuesday afternoon, September 11, 2018, at his home.

Conley was born November 6, 1933 in Ashe County, a son of the late S.E. “Dock” Phillips and Beulah Greer Phillips. He was the retired owner/operator of a Exxon Service Station, and a member of Rutherwood Baptist Church.

Conley is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Norris Phillips of the home; three nephews, Claude E. Phillips, Jr. and wife Laurie of Deep Gap, Randy Phillips of Etowah, North Carolina, and Dale Phillips and wife Linda Marie of Etowah; two great-nephews, Claude E. Phillips, III and wife Shannon of Las Vegas, Nevada, and David H. Phillips and wife Kristin of Anchorage, Alaska, and four great-nieces, Rebecca L. Phillips of Bluff City, Tennessee, Jasmine Phillips of Etowah, North Carolina, Megan Wright and husband Will of Taylor, South Carolina, and Christin Phillips of Etowah. He is also survived by a number of great great-nieces and great great-nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Claudia Jean Phillips; one half-sister, Ruth Walker; two brothers, Claude Ellis Phillips, Sr., and James Arthur Phillips, and two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Cook Phillips and Carolyn Phillips.

Funeral services for Conley W. Phillips will be conducted Saturday afternoon, September 15, 2018, at 3:00 o’clock, at Rutherwood Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 until 3:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Pastor Peter Vandenberg and Mr. Tim Moretz. Burial will follow in Rutherwood Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon, from 1:00 until 3:00 o’clock, at the church, prior to the service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Medi Home Hospice, 100 Shadowline Drive, Suite B, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, or to Rutherwood Baptist Church, 142 Don Hayes Road, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

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

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Daniel Eugene Hartley

September 13, 1953 – September 11, 2018

Daniel Eugene Hartley of Yadkinville, North Carolina passed away in his home, Tuesday, September 11, 2018. He was born on September 13, 1953, to Jeff Winfred Hartley and Betty Phillips Hartley. In addition to his parents, Daniel was preceded in death by his wife Patsy and brother, Dennis Hartley.

Many stories could be and have been told concerning Daniel. He was not your traditional run-of-the-mill type of guy. In fact, while others dodged the draft and moved to Canada during the Vietnam War, his dad signed him up before he was even yet of age and Daniel became a United States Marine. He served his country for three years and came back home to Linville, NC where he had been raised all of his life. 

Linville was a small town that didn’t even have a traffic light and the home folks liked it that way. So, Daniel took matters into his own hands, and when a traffic light was finally installed, he got his gun and shot it out. Thus, Daniel earned the nickname “Harv”, after Harvey Oswald. Another traffic light was later put up; but, not to worry, Daniel would make certain that it wouldn’t be there long.

Despite all of his mischievous ways, Daniel Hartley was a very intelligent man. Occasionally, he would find himself involved in legal matters; but, instead of hiring a lawyer each time, he was known to represent himself and win the case!

He was a master Rock Mason, a trade he learned from his dad. Eventually, he moved to Yadkinville, NC and opened his own masonry stone company and rock yard. Daniel took pride in his work and it showed. The CEO of Lowe’s Home Improvement was so impressed with his expertise that he hired Daniel to do rock work for him! His work can be seen far and wide. A large rock sign stands today, near the entrance of the Church of Jesus Christ Cemetery, which he formed, in memory of Patsy. 

Although, he was not one to flaunt, Daniel had a very giving heart and helped many people in need, as well as donating to charitable ministries as an outreach to help those he didn’t even know. He had supported a local church both financially and in leadership.

In recent years, Daniel enjoyed the simpler pleasures of life. Aside from being devoted to his work, he enjoyed collecting guns. Often, he could be seen reading his Bible which was one of his prized possessions. 

Those left to cherish his memory are his children Stacie Stewart (Phil) of Newland; Tracie Hartley (Randy) of Charlotte; Casey Hartley (Jamie) of Linville; Daniel Sly Hartley (Jennifer) of Yadkinville; Keisha Arnett, of Conover; Brian Greene, Dawn Green (Shannon), and Sandi Rouse (Eric), all of Yadkinville, NC. Also, Daniel has many Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren that will reminisce of his memory; as well as his brother David Hartley (Marcia), of Libby, Montana.

Daniel loved being in touch with his family and couldn’t refrain from giving them advice. 

Casey will miss hearing his dad warn him with “Son, be careful driving out there.” Adding, “You know, there’s a lot of fools out on the road!” And, as recent as the night before his death, Daniel was reminding Casey of the upcoming Storm and warned him to prepare for it. More than likely, he spread this same advice to his other children, as well. His grandchildren have personal memories they will all hold dear, too. For instance, when Benji, Timmy and James each graduated from High School, Daniel gave them a Bible. Makayla will miss hearing his voice, as he referred to her as his little Angel! Daniel had a special love in his heart for his family. He made himself available for each one, as they reached out to him. God has blessed his family and loved ones with many memories that will never be forgotten!

Funeral Services for Daniel E. Hartley will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 beginning at 8:00 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ in Newland, NC with Rev.David Atkins officiating. 
The family will receive friends beginning at 6:00 pm up until the service hour at 8 pm on Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ in Newland, NC.
A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Tanglewood Cemetery.

Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Hartley family by visiting our websitewww.rsfh.net

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