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Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Jan. 29, 2013

Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Jan. 29, 2013

Nancy E. Kirk, D. Jan. 26, 2013
Nancy E. Kirk, age 66 of Goshen Drive, Boone, North Carolina died Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Watauga Medical Center.

She was born July 23, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey, the daughter of Stephen and Grace Depta.

She devoted her life to assisting her husband in the family public accounting practice in Miami, Florida and Boone, for over 33 years.

She is survived by her soulmate of 52 years and husband of 45 years, F. Dennis Kirk of the home; a beloved daughter, Tracy Bumgarner and her husband Dennis of North Wilkesboro; a grandson Gavin of North Wilkesboro, and two brothers, Stephen Depta of Florida and Louis Depta of New York.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon, January 31, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. Officiating will be Reverend Ronnie Bumgarner. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.

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

On-line condolences may be sent to the Kirk family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Jonathan H. Ragan, D. Jan. 24, 2013

Jon Ragan
Jon Ragan

Jonathan Howard ‘Johnny’ Ragan, Jr., 72, of Adams Lane, Boone, passed away Thursday afternoon, January 24th 2013, at Carolinas Regional Medical Center in Charlotte.

Born November 28, 1940 in Logan, West Virginia, he was a son of Jonathan Howard, Sr. and Arnitta Vaughan Ragan. Johnny was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He attended Brookside Presbyterian Church.

Johnny retired as a maintenance supervisor at ASU and held memberships at the VFW Post 7031, the Boone Moose Lodge and the Gold Wing Motorcycle Club. Johnny loved life, especially his motorcycles and golfing.

Surviving are his son, Johnny Ragan III, and Sandra, of Apotka, Fla.; sister, Carole Muirhead, of Boone; two nieces, Dianna Johnson and Dawn Muirhead, both of Boone; nephew, Christopher Muirhead of Mass.; aunts, Ruby Arnold of Boone, Doris Vaughan of Wilmington, and Juanita Carron of Ohio; great-nephews, Dylan and Jonathan Moody, both of Boone; and great-niece, Karissa Jones of Mass. Also surviving are his special friends, Nancy Hamby of Deep Gap, Dale Greer of Boone; and numerous cousins and a host of friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Colleen Ragan and a son, Scott Ragan.

Memorial services will be conducted Friday, February 1, 2013, at 11 AM at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Larry Young and speaker, Harry Yates. Burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101, or to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.   

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


Kathleen “Kay” Hicks, D. Jan. 23, 2013

Kay Hicks
Kay Hicks

Kathleen “Kay” Hicks, age 59, of 132 Rocky Lane, Boone, died Wednesday morning, January 23, 2013, at her home.

Mrs. Hicks is survived by her husband, Larry; a daughter, Canessa Hicks of Sugar Grove; two sons, Dwayne Hicks and wife Lisa, and Tony Hicks and wife Mindy, all of Sugar Grove; two grand-daughters, Ashley and Brittany Hicks; three grand-sons, Ryan, Jacob and Anthony Hicks, all of Sugar Grove; a great-grandson, Caleb Hicks, of Mountain City, TN, and two foster grand-daughters, Alexandria and Hailey Hines; her mother, June Greer Winebarger of Boone; and a brother, James McLean of Boone. She is also survived by an uncle, Eddie Greer and wife Helen of Fleetwood NC, an aunt, Linda Hicks and husband Tommy of Tennessee, and special care givers, Dixie Lee Olbera and husband Jose’ of Fleetwood, NC, and Jessie Bartlett and fiance Andy Worley, of Jefferson, NC.

She was preceeded in death by her father, Tilden Winebarger; a brother, Kent Winebarger; her grandparents, Glenn and Mildred Greer; and an aunt, Betty Jean Watson.

The family of Kathleen “Kay” Hicks will receive friends Monday evening, January 28th, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Hampton Funeral Service. A celebration of life service will be conducted at a later date.

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

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


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 Listings of Funeral Homes in Watauga County:

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory
194 Queen Street
Boone, NC 28607

Hampton Funeral Service
683 Blowing Rock Road
Boone, NC 28607