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Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled June 10, 2014

Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled June 10, 2014 

Mrs. Daisy A. Adams (Aug. 02, 1916 – June 8, 2014)


Daisy Austin Adams, aged 97, passed away on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care. She was born on August 2, 1916 to Samuel Monroe and Minnie Payne Austin.

“Mama Daisy” as she was affectionately known, was honored, respected and loved by all who knew her for her kindness and willingness to help others. One of her great passions was First Baptist Church of Boone where she served in many capacities, including serving as one of the first female deacons.

She received both her B. A. and M. A. degrees from Appalachian State University. Her teaching career spanned thirty-two years, mostly in Watauga County. She was active in Alpha Kappa Gamma and was honored by induction into the Rhododendron Society. The Daisy Adams Scholarship was established in 2001 in the Reich College of Education to aid deserving local education majors.

One of her favorite activities was playing golf where she had an opportunity to display her competitive spirit, the same spirit that carried her throughout her long life.

“Mama Daisy” was active in community affairs, but her unwavering focus was on her family and their welfare.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Alfred Thomas Adams. She is survived by three sons: Austin Adams of Charlotte, NC; Sam Monroe Adams and wife Jackie of Boone and Thomas Paul Adams and wife Mary of Boone, eight grandchildren; Mark Adams and wife Carolyn, Patrick and Mitchell Adams, Emily Adams and husband Josh Hinson, Cheryl Catoe and husband Rick, Art, Tommy and Sam Austin Adams, and six great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and her parents she was preceded in death by two sisters, Lula Henson and Ella Beshears, and three brothers, Collis, Lewis and Ned Austin.

Funeral services for Daisy Austin Adams will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the First Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Roy Dobyns. Burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon prior to the service from 1 o’clock until 3 o’clock at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Rise Up Campaign, 375 West King Street, Boone, NC 28607.

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

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

David F. Sanders (Jan. 26, 1943 – June 8, 2014)

David F. Sanders, age 71, of 2089 Silverstone Road, Zionville, passed away, Sunday afternoon, June 8, 2014.

David was born January 26, 1943 in Watauga County, a son of Beulah Cornett Sanders and the late Frank Robert Sanders.

He was a retired employee of Watauga Wood Products and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. David was a loving husband and father. He loved his family and his grandchildren were his whole world.

In addition to his mother, David is survived by his wife, Brenda Fletcher Sanders of the home; two daughters, Tonnia Sanders and Sonya Gray and husband Mark, all of Zionville; one granddaughter, Tiffany Walls of Zionville; one grandson, Noah Gray of Zionville; four sisters, Aretta Carroll and husband Casey of Deep Gap, Lois Townsend of Morganton, Joyce Hartzog and husband Basil of West Jefferson, and Lori Candler of Zionville, and one brother, Johnny Sanders and wife Debbie of Zionville. He is also survived by a number of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Larry Sanders.

Funeral services for David F. Sanders will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, June 11, 2014, at 2:00 o’clock, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 12:30 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Reverend Allen Perry and Reverend Herbert McCoy. Military graveside rites and burial, provided by American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon, from 12:30 until 2:00 o’clock, at the church, prior to the service. At other times, friends may call at the residence, 2089 Silverstone Road, Zionville.

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

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

Mr. Samuel J. Hicks (Sept. 6, 1941 – June 7, 2014)

Samuel Jesse Hicks, age 72, of Flat Springs Road, Elk Park, passed away Saturday morning, June 7, 2014 at his home.

BigHicks1Born Sept. 6, 1941 in Watauga County, he was a son of General Captain Hicks and Viola Stines Hicks. Mr. Hicks was a member of Beech Valley Baptist Church and served on the committee of the Beech Creek Cemetery. He retired from the housekeeping department at ASU. Love of family was the most important part of his life. He enjoyed the simple pleasures any outdoor activities, especially cutting and splitting firewood.

Mr. Hicks is survived by one daughter, Jessica Hicks Trivett and husband, Jeffrey; one son, Lynn Hicks and wife, Deanna; and two grandchildren, Kyle and Sonya Hicks, all of Elk Park; sister, Loma Burton of York, SC; sister-in-law, Linda Harmon of Flat Springs; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Eddie and Brenda Reece of Flat Springs, and Ronnie and Tammie Reece, of Butler, TN. Several nieces and nephews also survive. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Reece Hicks, infant brother, Captain Harvey Hicks; and brother-in-law, Clinard Harmon.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning, June 9th, at 11:30 at the Beech Valley Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Lynn Hicks, Rev. Chad Cole and Rev. Bill Warren.

The family will receive friends Monday morning from 10 until 11:30, prior to services, at Beech Valley Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Beech Creek Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Beech Creek Cemetery Fund, Post Office Box 148, Vilas, NC 28692. Online condolences may be shared with the Hicks family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

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

Charles (Chuck) Edward Perkins (April 21, 1949 – June 6, 2014)

Charles (Chuck) Edward Perkins, age 65 of 511 Hemlock Hill Road, Boone passed away Friday, June 6th at Watauga Medical Center of Boone.

He was an international director of Coopers Lybrand, and a 1973 graduate of Virginia Tech University. After retiring from Coopers Lybrand in 2002 Chuck was the owner and proprietor of the Waterloo Arms Hotel, in Chirnside, Scotland.

He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Mays Perkins.

Survivors include his wife, Sheila Bingaman of the home, his mother, Gretchen Perkins of Farmington, Michigan, and a brother, Gabriel Perkins of Stafford, Virginia.

There will be a gathering of family and friends, Sunday, June 8th, 2014 at 7:00 PM at the residence, 511 Hemlock Hill Road, Boone, NC.

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

Memorial Contributions may be sent to Virginia Tech Alumni or the Deep Gap fire and rescue squad at 6583 Old 421 South, Deep Gap, NC 28618.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

Mrs. Betty Jo Lawrence (November 16, 1942 – June 6, 2014)

Mrs. Betty Jo Church Lawrence, age 71, of Tater Hill Road, Zionville, passed away Friday morning, June 6, 2014 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Born November 16, 1942 in Watauga County she was a daughter of the late Enoch and Josephine Hicks Church. Betty was of the Baptist faith and was retired from ASU.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Pat “Chub” Lawrence, two sons, Tony Dyson and fiance’ Jeanie McNickle of Mountain City, Tennessee and Jeff Dyson and wife, Judy of Union, South Carolina, four grandchildren, Robert Masterson, Sarah Schweizer, Dustin Dyson and Tiffany Dyson, five great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kyle, Danielle and Natalie Schweizer and Christian Dyson, four sisters, Anna Mae Miller of Lenoir, Janie Fox of Zionville, Margie Brown of Creston and Wanda Shelton and husband Jack of Vilas, and four brothers, Charlie Church and wife Shirley of Vilas, Marion Church and wife Kathy of Mountain City, Bill Church and wife Phyllis of Deep Gap, and David Church and wife Elaine of Trade, Tennessee; and a very special friend, Carolyn Lawrence. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death an infant daughter and a daughter Angie Lawrence and one sister, Edna Henson.

Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Jo Church Lawrence will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Allan Perry and Rev. Rector Henson. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday prior to the funeral from 11 o’clock until 12:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

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

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

Miss Connie Jean Miller (November 14, 1946 – June 5, 2014)


Connie Jean Miller, age 67, of Howard’s Creek Rd., Boone, passed away Thursday evening, June 5, 2014,at the Watauga Medical Center. Born November l4, 1946 in Wake County, she was a daughter of Jake and Margaret Miller. Connie was a member of Howard’s Creek Baptist Church and was employed for a time at ASU.

Miss Miller is survived by her brother, Pat Miller and wife, Marie, of Boone; one niece, Melody Yates and husband, Wesley, of Boone; and two nephews, Michael Miller and fiancee, Tiffany, and Daniel Miller, all of Boone. A number of great nieces and great nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Johnny Miller.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon, June 9, 2014, at 3 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Heme Chapel, officiated by Rev. David Mielke. The body will lie in state at the chapel from 2 until 3 o’clock. Burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 until 7:30 at Austin & Barnes.

Flowers are appreciated, or the family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

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

Maude Burton Farthing (June 10, 1915 – June 5, 2014)

Mrs. Maude B. Farthing, age 98, of 208 Frozenhead Ridge Road, Sugar Grove, North Carolina, and more recently Mountain City Care Center went to be with her Lord on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the nursing home.


She was born June 10, 1915 in Butler, Tennessee to the late Taylor and Ella Younce Burton. She was the second child of four girls of whom she lived longer than anyone in her family. The sisters preceding her in death were Ola Mae Burton Smith, Lucille Burton Presnell, and Lois Burton McElyea.

She is survived by two daughters Joyce Phillips and Wanda Farthing, of Sugar Grove, a son; Robert Taylor Farthing, and wife Sandra Kay of Butler, Tennessee. Not only is Maude survived by her three children mentioned, but is survived by her grandchildren, Terry Ward, Brian and Kevin Farthing, and Robin Stout. She has eight great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and a nephew, and a very special sister-in-law, Chestilie Farthing, age 96 years young.

Maude’s father, Taylor Burton passed away unexpectedly when she was only 4 1/2 years old. Her mother moved the family from “up on the mountain,” down to the city of Butler where there was a good school for the girls to attend and she could find work to support her family. Most of Ella’s brothers and sisters encouraged her to put the girls in an orphanage, but she would not agree. Although they may have had to work hard, they still had a home with a loving mother. Each child was taught to work– Ola Mae did the house work, Maude and Lucille did the outside work such as getting the wood for the stove to keep warm. They also fed the outside animals, and some of their favorites were their chickens, called Mr. & Mrs. Roller. At this time Lois was too young to work.

Maude grew up in Butler as a happy child attending Watauga Academy. One of her fondest memories was attending Butler Baptist Church with Reverend Robert DeVault as pastor, where she met her savior as a young girl.

Maude married Shaw Farthing, December 22, 1932 and moved from the city of Butler back up to the mountain at the State Line. To this union was born Joyce Pauline Phillips, Robert Taylor and Wanda Maude Farthing. Shaw and Maude were together 58 years until in 1990, Shaw passed away due to lung cancer.

Maude and Shaw were very instrumental in helping establish Mountain View Baptist Church in 1948. She was a charter member and served as Church Clerk until 1971. She is presently a member of Meadow View Baptist Church, where she taught the Ladies Sunday School Class for several years. Maude loved to attend worship services and did so as long as her health would permit. Preacher Bill Warren has become a blessing to her during her sickness — reading and discussing the Bible and praying with her. She always looked forward to his visits.

Although Maude may have had a poor financial upbringing, her mother instilled love, honesty, hard work, and integrity in each of the four girls. Maude was a strong and independent woman, an avid reader, enjoyed her gardening and working in her flowers. We are about to lose this strong generation of people who had to endure the depression, World War II, and a hard life. In recent years when she was sick, she would say “I wish the Lord would come for me….” Maude now has her request and is at peace.

Funeral services for Mrs. Maude B. Farthing will be conducted Sunday, June 8, 2014 2:00 o’clock at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Reverend Bill Warren, Reverend Richard Jones, and Reverend Ray Greene. Burial will follow in the Farthing Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 12:30 until 2:00 o’clock, prior to the service, at Hampton Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Farthing Family Cemetery, in care of Robin Stout, 527 Leffler Street, Mountain City, Tennessee, 37683.

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

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