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Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Nov. 24, 2014

Bettie Louise Young Norwood (Died Nov. 24, 2014) 

Bettie Louise Young Norwood, 84, of 55 Paupers Ridge Lane in Banner Elk passed away Monday morning, Nov. 24, 2014, at her daughter’s residence in Clemmons.

Funeral arrangements for Bettie Louise Young Norwood are incomplete at this time and will be announced later.

Online condolences may be sent to the Norwood Family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

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

Wade Moretz (Sept. 18, 1918 – Nov. 22, 2014)

Wade Moretz, 96, of Wade Moretz Road in Deep Gap passed away Saturday evening, Nov. 22, 2014, at Watauga Medical Center. Born Sept. 18, 1918 in Watauga County, he was a son of James Fredrick and Mattie Yount Moretz.


Wade was the best husband, daddy, papaw and father-in-law in the whole world who loved the Lord, his family, and his country. He served in the US Navy during WW II on the USS Relief AH1 in the South and Central Pacific. Wade was a life-long member of Bethany Lutheran Church where he served faithfully. He operated the family farm and was named farmer of the year in 1972 and 1994.

He believed in serving his community. He was an organizing member of the Deep Gap Fire Department where he volunteered for more than 22 years, and was a board member and served as a past president of Farm Bureau Insurance Company. Also, he served on the Soil and Water Conversation Board for a number of years, as well as on the Advisory Committee of BREMCO.

Mr. Moretz is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Yates Moretz; two daughters, Phyllis Remkus and husband, Mike, of Concord, and Lois M. Walker and husband, Charlie, of Boone; three sons, Dennis James Moretz and wife, Cheryl, of Linville, Charles Michael Moretz and wife, Sandy, of Boone, and Ernest Wade Moretz and wife, Peri, of Deep Gap; fourteen grandchildren, Audrey Remkus Benson and husband, Michael, Ryan Remkus, Jason Moretz, Anna Moretz Wilson and husband, Jason, Daniel Moretz and Stephanie Muise, Robert Walker and wife, Melanie, Gregory and Erika Walker, Scott and Samantha Moretz, Megan N. Hudson and husband, Brandon, and Amber and Matthew Moretz; and four great-grandchildren, Shaylyn and Haydyn Walker, Abigail Hudson and Madyson Moretz; one brother, Earl David Moretz and wife, Ruby, of Boone; and a sister-in-law, Reba Moretz of Deep Gap. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Fredrick Luther Moretz; sister, Lucille Moretz; and his parents.

Funeral services for E. Wade Moretz will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, November 25th, at 1 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Laura Weant. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., prior to services, at the Bethany Lutheran Church. Masonic graveside services provided by Ashler Masonic Lodge #373 and Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post #130 will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

At other times, the family will be at the home of Ernest and Peri Moretz, 678 Wade Moretz Rd., in Deep Gap.

The family suggests memorials to Bethany Lutheran Church, 1030 Big Hill Road, Boone, NC 28607, or to Ashler Masonic Lodge #373, PO Boxes 80, Deep Gap, NC 28618.

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

Cecil Church (Nov. 6, 1926 – Nov. 21, 2014) 


Cecil Church died on Nov. 21, 2014 at his home in Foscoe at age 88. He leaves behind his wife, Pinkie Shook Church, three children; Betty [Warren] Hodge, Carolyn Parsons and Michael [Bonnie] Church. He is survived by six grandchildren; Meredith Pipes, Olivia Vallecillo, Jeff Luttrell, Mark Luttrell, Laura Jane Luttrell and David Shoemake and eight great-grandchildren Jason, Damian, Troy, Tyler, David, Alyssa, Vivian and Winona.

Cecil was born on Nov. 6, 1926, in Foscoe. He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Martha and four siblings Dick, Jim, Paul and Laura Jane. He is survived by one brother, Bob, of Pinehurst.

Cecil was an excellent mechanic. He served his country as an army mechanic during WWII. He was a beloved dad and papaw. He was known for his charm, helpfulness and generosity.

There will be no public services. The family respectfully requests no flowers, please send a donation to Medi Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, NC 28607 or the American Cancer Society, 441 Daniel Drive, Boone, NC 28607.

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

Kate W. Tester (Aug. 26, 1915 – Nov. 20, 2014) 

Kate W. Tester, 99, of Bob Campbell Road, Vilas, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Kate was born Aug. 26, 1915 in Watauga County to Charlie and Nancy Swift Winebarger. She was a retired nurse and a member of Forest Grove Missionary Baptist Church.


Kate was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Tester; sister, Ruth Tester; two brothers, Everett and Dean Winebarger; sons, Fred and wife Wilma Winebarger, and Eugene Winebarger; grandson, Tony Winebarger; great-grandchildren, Hannah Greer and Micah Brooks; and special niece, Judy Ahrenberg.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Wilson and husband, Paul, of Sugar Grove; six grandchildren, Ann Shipman and husband, Steve of Greenville, SC, Jan Pendley and husband, Mike, of Boone, Sandy Swift and husband, Dana, Kim Greer and husband, Wynn, and Marta Brooks and husband, Justin, all of Vilas, and Brad Wilson and wife, Leslie, of Mountain City, TN; eleven great-grandchildren, Michael and Nicholas Shipman, Kevin and Kristen Pendley, Davy and Taylor Cornell, Noah, Abigail and Chloe Greer, Kara Brooks, and Troy Wilson. She is also survived by five great-great-grandchildren; two nephews, Bill Tester and wife, Kathy, of Boone, Mike Tester and wife, Christy, of Blowing Rock; three great-nieces, Emily Ahrenberg of Vilas, Katie and Ginny Tester, of Boone; and daughter-in-law, Lana King.

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23, from 1 until 2:30 p.m. at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Graveside services and burial will follow Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery, officiated by Pastors Wynn Greer and Thomas Brown.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to her church family, neighbors, kind friends over the years, and Medi Home Hospice for their support and lovingkindness in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Bennie Trivette, 211 Honey Dew Lane, Banner Elk, NC 28604 or to Medi Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Dr., Suite 102, Boone, NC 28607.

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

Brian Charlton Siege (June 5, 1967 – Nov. 20, 2014) 


Brian Charlton Siege, 47, of Boone, passed away Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 at his residence.

Brian was born June 5, 1967 in Moore County, a son of Jean Charlton Siege and the late Dr. Alfred Geoffrey Siege, Sr., MD. He was President and CEO of Siege Ventures, Inc. and an Adjunct Faculty member of the Department of Technology at Appalachian State University.

In addition to his mother, Brian is survived by his wife, Teena Holcombe Siege of Boone; one step-daughter, MacKenzie Johnson of Boone; two sisters, Judith Hemmingway of Cary, and Susanne Lewis and husband Thomas of Charlotte; three brothers, Richard Siege of Southern Pines, Geoff Siege and wife Pam of China Grove, and Chris Siege and wife Devon of Cary. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, including Abby and Mary Lewis of Charlotte, and Chuck Hemmingway of Boca Raton, Florida.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Sean Siege.

A memorial service for Brian Charlton Siege will be conducted Monday afternoon, Nov. 24, 2014, at 2 p.m., at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Reverend Dave Brzoska.

The family will receive friends Monday afternoon, following the memorial service, at Hampton Funeral Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Appalachian State University Department of Technology, in care of Kevin Howell, 397 Rivers Street, Boone, North Carolina, 28608.

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

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

David K. Bauguess (March 18, 1945 – Nov. 19, 2014)

Mr. David Kyle Bauguess, 69, of Jefferson, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014.

He is survived by a daughter, Amy M. Manning and husband Jeff of Gastonia, N.C., three sons; David M. Bauguess and Connie of Lexington, N.C., David Cameron Bauguess of Jefferson and Gordon Bauguess and wife Lisa of Lansing, N.C. One brother, Freeman Bauguess and wife Ella of West Jefferson, one sister, Bracel Bauguess Roten and husband J.R. of West Jefferson, Eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren also survive.

Memorial services for Mr. Bauguess will be conducted Sunday, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Mt. Paddy Church, Jefferson. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services from 1-2 p.m.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory, Boone, is serving the Bauguess family.

Alvin Presnell (March 25, 1948 – Nov. 18, 2014) 


Mr. Ray Alvin Presnell, 66, of Dry Hill Road, Butler, Tenn., passed away Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 18, 2014, at home. Born March 25, 1948 in Avery County, he was a son of the late Samuel Craft and Delphia Presnell. Mr. Presnell was a U.S. Navy Veteran, and served during the Vietnam era. Alvin was a man of many talents, he owned and operated Craft Wood Products for twenty years and The Barn restaurant for a number of years and raised Dexter cattle on his farm.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Presnell, two sons, Norman Presnell and Matthew Presnell both of Butler, two grandchildren, Pacey and Corbin Presnell both of Butler, two sisters, Shirley Richardson and husband David of Vilas, and Kathy Dayton of Florida and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Benny and Elijah Presnell.

Funeral services for Mr. Alvin Presnell will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Cherokee Mountain Church, 189 Cherokee Mountain Rd., Jonesborough, Tenn. Officiating will be Rev. Kenny Whaley and Rev. Josh Hamby. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 o’clock. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared with the Presnell family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Presnell family.

Mary Emily Brown Boyce (May 13, 1929 – Nov. 17, 2014)

Mary Emily Brown Boyce was born May 13, 1929 in Boone to the late Willey and Ona Trivette Brown.

She passed away Nov. 17, 2014. She was 85. She is survived by three children: Jeannie Pittinger and husband Chet of Lexington, Ohio; sons; Douglas Boyce and wife Lorie of Lexington, Dennis Boyce and wife Wanda of Mansfield, Ohio. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren with two on the way. She is also survived by one sister Peggy Brown Trivett of Boone, two sister-in-laws Ruth Brown of Boone and Evelyn Brown of Mooresville, NC, plus numerous nieces and nephews of Ohio and North Carolina.

She was preceded in death by one son, Donald and a daughter, Linda Wenger, (pronounced “winger”) her mother and father and 5 sisters and 3 brothers.

Calling hours will be Friday, November 21 from 4 until 7 pm at Snyder Funeral Home, (Ohio) and funeral service will be Saturday, November 22, at 11:00 AM, with Rev. Corey Schunerer and Rev. Yogi Durbin officiating, at North Woodbury Alliance Church. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Memorial Park in Ohio.

Snyder Funeral Home in Ohio is serving the Boyce family. Announcement courtesy of Austin and Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory.

Ruth Lisk (Nov. 15, 1935 – Nov. 17, 2014)

Ruth Poston Lisk, 79, passed away Nov. 17, 2014, at Casa D’Amore Assisted Living Center in League City, Tex. Ruth was a long term resident of Boone prior to relocating to Texas several years ago.


Ruth was born on November 15, 1935, in Rock Hill, S.C. She grew up in Hamlet, one of 6 children born to Charles and Margaret Poston. She attended college at Pfeiffer College, where she met her future husband, Richard (Dick) Norman Lisk.

Ruth and Dick were married and eventually settled in Boone as life-long residents. Following the birth of their two children, Ruth completed her undergraduate and Master’s Degrees in education at Appalachian State University. She was dedicated to educating children and taught elementary school for 20 years in the Watauga County area. Ruth was an active member of the NC Association of Educators and served in numerous leadership position of that organization. Ruth was very active in the local community, was a dedicated member of the Boone United Methodist Church Circle 6, The Order of the Eastern Star, the DAR and the John Barden Kiwanis Club. During later years, as a resident of Appalachian Brian Estates she founded a recycling program for the residents, and was recognized by the Town of Boone for her commitment to environmental conservation.

Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Dick, and her 3 brothers, Charles, Jimmy and Bobby. She is survived by her sisters Edith Larsen, Nell Brown and sister-in-law Hilde Poston. Ruth is also survived by her two children, Rick Lisk and wife Carol of Houston, TX and Jan Ward of Boone as well as four grandchildren, Holly Ward of Kernersville, Matt Ward and wife Anna of San Antonio, Tex., Michael Lisk of College Station, Tex. and Dana Lisk of Washington, D.C.

A Memorial service for Ruth will be held at Boone United Methodist Church on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. The family will receive friends and loved ones following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made in her memory to The Order of the Eastern Star, in care of Louise Ward, 308 Private Drive, Sugar Grove, NC 28679 or to Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Boulevard, Boone, NC 28607.

The family would like to express our sincere appreciation and thanks to the loving and caring staff of Casa D’Amore Assisted Living Center for their compassionate care of Ruth during these past 5 years.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Announcement is courtesy of Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory, 194 Queen Street, Boone, NC 28607.

Nancy Inmon Preddy (July 23, 1942 – Nov. 16, 2014) 

Nancy Inmon Preddy, 72, of 250 Chestnut Dr. in Blowing Rock passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 16, 2014, at her residence.

Nancy was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, & friend, whose love for the Lord gave her a distinctive combination of compassion and strength.

Nancy & her brother Noel were born at a time when twins were difficult to diagnose until very close to the delivery date. The family delights in photographs that show their mother’s radiant face & their father’s stunned looks well into their first year of life. Several years later, Harry, the middle child, was born and with the birth of David, the family was completed.

In light of all of today’s cell phone technology and so many of us are dropping our land lines, it is interesting to note that Nancy received the millionth residential extension of the Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Company & has a rotary dial telephone with a commemorative plaque on the back.

She married Aubrey W. Inmon in 1960 and they had three children (Rebecca, Michael & John) together before his untimely death.

Years later she married Fred A. Preddy and was blessed with more wonderful family members. She was a true encourager of couples facing the challenges of blended families. She often said, “It is a miracle anytime a person finds someone they want to spend the rest of their life with, even more miraculous when God blesses you with a second person.” She genuinely loved our “Brady Bunch” clan.

She was also a tireless servant of Christ. She gladly served as an elder at Rumple Presbyterian Church. She and her devoted friend, Jan Scurlock, served on the Congregational Care Committee, enjoyed trips with the Rumple Rovers, assisted with VBS & Wednesday Night Suppers. In recent years, she & Fred have been mightily blessed by the wonderful church family of Middle Fork Baptist Church.

Nancy was an intensely private person. How many of you knew that she was a gifted pianist who frequently filled her home with great music from both contemporary and gospel music?

Many people commented on her remarkable endurance in caring for her husband Fred for so many years. As evidenced by the notes in her Bible & her comments to others, the source of her strength was in the Lord. “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Ps 121:1-2

Nancy is survived by her husband, Fred Preddy, Jr. of the home; three daughters, Rebecca Ford and husband Jim of Marietta, Georgia, Robin Dawson and husband Mark of Durham, and Elizabeth Hilliard of Charlotte; two sons, Mike Inmon and wife Magnolia of Ashburn, Virginia, and John Inmon and wife Ginger of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; eleven grandchildren, Stephanie and Allen Ford, Julia Scott Dawson, Elissa Dawson, Jay Scott, and Parker Hilliard, Alvaro and Christian Inmon, and Aubrey and Olivia Inmon; three brothers, her twin brother, Noel Johnson and wife Pat, and Harry Johnson and wife Susan, all of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and David Johnson and wife Rhonda of Lamar, South Carolina, and her special friends, Jan and Art Scurlock of Blowing Rock.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Aubrey W. Inmon, and her father and mother, James Earl Johnson and Annie Mae Hubbard Johnson.

Memorial services for Nancy Preddy will be conducted Wednesday morning, Nov. 19, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at Middle Fork Baptist Church. Officiating will be Reverend Peter Vandenbug, Art Scurlock, Jim Ford, Mark Dawson, and Harry Johnson. Private graveside services will be conducted at Woodlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Middle Fork Baptist Church, PO Box 743, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, or to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, North Carolina, 28645.

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

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

Carolyn Davis Triplett (Jan. 5, 1948 – Nov. 15, 2014) 

Mrs. Carolyn Davis Triplett, 66, of 168 Adams Road in Vilas died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at her residence.


Mrs. Triplett was born Jan. 5, 1948 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Hildreth Larry Davis and Mary Etta Eggers Davis. She was a retired office manager for New River Mental Health and a member of Westview Baptist Church.

Mrs. Triplett is survived by her husband of 45 years, Roy Triplett of the home, one son, Jordan Triplett and wife Crystal of Vilas, one sister, Brenda Davis, of Valle Crucis, three sister-in-laws, Evalee Hodges, Wanda Bowman and husband Ron all of Lenoir, and Bertha Wilson and husband Phillip of Vilas, a special friend and care giver, Amy Drake of Creston, two aunts and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia Miller.

Funeral services for Mrs. Carolyn Davis Triplett will be conducted Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Westview Baptist Church. Reverend Zane Tester and Reverend Gary Norris will officiate. The body will lie in state from 1 to 2 p.m. one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 until 9:00 p.m. at Hampton Funeral Service.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, North Carolina 28607. Online condolences may be sent to the Triplett family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

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

Walter Harold Burkett (Jan. 29, 1930 – Nov. 14, 2014) 

Mr. Walter Harold Burkett, 84, of West Jefferson, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 at Ashe Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Burkett was born Jan. 29, 1930 in Ashe County, a son of the late Brantley Monroe Burkett and Pearl Weaver Burkett. He was a retired Land Development Surveyor, owning and operating Burkett Surveyors for many years.

Mr. Burkett is survived by one daughter, Kitzi Burkett of West Jefferson; two sons, Randall Burkett and wife Donna, and Donny Burkett, all of Vilas; one granddaughter, Kortni Burkett of Zionville; three grandsons, Garrett Burkett and wife Joanna of Boone, Dereck Burkett and Brandon Burkett, both of Vilas; two great-granddaughters, Riley Grace Hollars and Raylyn Faith Hollars, both of Zionville; one brother, Charles Burkett and wife Ann of Jefferson; and one sister, Patsy Stanley and husband Frank of Cary. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his childhood sweetheart and wife of sixty years, Mary Jo Little Burkett, and a sister, Darlene Fields.

Funeral services for Mr. Walter Harold Burkett will be conducted Sunday afternoon, Nov. 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 12:30 until 2 p.m. Officiating will be Reverend Melvin Hodges. Burial will follow in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Jefferson.

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., prior to the service, at Hampton Funeral Service.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Ronnie Sturgill, 299 Sturgill Lane, Crumpler, North Carolina 28617.

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

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

Linda S. Jackson (Nov. 21, 1943 – Nov. 13, 2014) 

Linda S. Jackson, 70, of Vilas and Asheville, died peacefully Nov. 13, 2014, at the Keever Solace Center hospice in Asheville. She was a retired professor of music at Appalachian State University, an accomplished performer, loving mother, and faithful friend. She was beloved for her warmth and generous spirit toward everyone she met.


Ms. Jackson was born in Caddo Parish, Louisiana Nov. 21, 1943, to Lois and Mack Sermons. She grew up in Louisiana and developed an interest in music at an early age, serving as a church pianist beginning at age 12. Linda loved her family and her friends. She lavished that love on her animals, flowers, and always had an unlimited supply of smiles and hugs ready. Music was her life. She was the happiest when performing, helping young musicians, or even practicing. She called practice times “the appetizer before the main course”.

After attending Centenary College in Shreveport, the young bride moved to Memphis in 1963. While mothering her young son, she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance at Memphis State University. As the director of the Memphis Suzuki Piano Program, she cheerfully pursued her love of teaching. In addition to teaching hundreds of young children, she developed the graduate program in Suzuki Piano Pedagogy. She was a long time vocal coach and accompanist for the Memphis Opera Workshop and continued to perform professionally on piano, organ, and trumpet.

Due to medical problems, she reduced her performing duties and moved to Boone in 1989 to join the faculty of the School of Music at Appalachian State University. She relished working with students in the Appalachian Opera Theater and the Blue Ridge Community Theater. For 10 years she was the organist at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock. As an avid brasswind musician, she enjoyed a long-time association with the Watauga Community Band.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Robert. A memorial service to honor Linda and celebrate her life will be held on Friday, November 21, at 4:00 pm in the recital hall of the Hays School of Music at Appalachian State University. Burial will follow at a later date alongside Robert in the family plot in Memphis. The family will receive friends at a reception immediately following the service. At other times, friends are welcome to call at the family home: 466 Crowfields Dr., Asheville NC 28803.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions in memory of Linda be directed to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, www.nationalmssociety.org/Donate or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Announcement courtesy of Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service.

Larry Vance Hughes (April 19, 1952 – Nov. 12, 2014) 


Mr. Larry Vance Hughes, 62, of Clemmons, went peacefully to meet his Lord and Savior at home Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 after a 2 1/2 year battle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

He was born April 19, 1952 in Burnsville, to Vance and Bernice Hughes. Larry attended Western Carolina University and then went into the accounting field, where he built a successful 40 year career, retiring in 2013 as the Managing Partner of Healthcare at Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP.

After retiring, he was pursuing a Masters of Arts in Practical Theology at Pfeiffer University and was working in the office of the COO at Samaritan’s Purse. Larry was an active member at Hillsdale United Methodist Church as well as volunteering with Water Missions International, Samaritan’s Purse and Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries.

Surviving are his loving bride of 21 years, Kim Kluth Hughes; four children, Jonathan Hughes and wife Tammy of Little Rock, Ark., Sara Hughes of Raleigh, Josh Hoge and wife Ashley of Blowing Rock,and Brett Hoge and wife Wendy of Advance; six grandchildren; his father, Vance Hughes and wife Kathy of Spruce Pine; two brothers, Roger Hughes and wife Dawn of Sierra Vista, Ariz. and Jerry Hughes and wife Sandi of Sumter, S.C. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, his father and mother in law, Kenneth and Grace Kluth of Boone, and his beloved pugs, Sadie and Gus.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice Hughes.

A celebration of life for Larry Vance Hughes will be held Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 1:00 o’clock at Hillsdale United Methodist Church in Advance. Officiating will be Reverend Jerry Webb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LVH ALS Foundation, Post Office 2036, Advance, North Carolina 27006, or at www.hope4als.com.

Online condolences may be sent to the Hughes Family at www.hayworth-miller.com. Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. This announcement is courtesy of Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service.