Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Sept. 10, 2013
Frank Cable, D. Sept. 8, 2013
Frank William Cable, age 94, of Love’s Knob Road, Sugar Grove, passed away Sunday evening, September 8, 2013 at his home.
Born September 23, 1918 in Watauga County, he was a son of William Lee and Sena Johnson Cable. Mr. Cable served in the US Army during WWII. He was a faithful member of Antioch Baptist Church since 1950 and was a man who loved his family, working the family farm, and an occasional fox hunt.
Mr. Cable is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Jo Matheson Cable; two sons, Sanford Cable and wife, Margaret, and Dexter Cable and wife Karen, all of Sugar Grove; daughter, Jo Williams and husband, Curtis, of Zionville; grandson, Nathan Cable of Sugar Grove; sister, Hazel Farthing and husband, Edmond, of Vilas; and his brother, Howard Cable and wife, Patsy, of Sugar Grove. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Leigh Anne Cable; three brothers, Dwight, Spencer and Hal Cable; two sisters, Lena Edmisten and Dosha Wilson; a half-sister, Grace Johnson; and a half- brother, Jim Cable.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, September 11th, at 2 o’clock at Antioch Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Daniel Lawrence. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 o’clock. Burial, with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 130, will follow at the Cable-Matheson Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7 until 8:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at the website austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Cable family.
Barbara Page Raynor, D. Sept. 8, 2013
Barbara Page Raynor, a resident of Gulf Shores, AL, died at her beloved High Country Mountain House in Linville, NC on September 8, 2013 after an 18-month valiant battle with cancer. She was 69.
Barbara was born in Rockingham, NC the daughter of the late Lester Voyd Page and Pearl Deese Page, and was a 28-year resident of Gulf Shores. She previously resided in Charlotte, NC. Survivors include husband and best buddy, Harold Raynor; brother Earle Page and sister-in-law Ellen Page, both of Raleigh, NC; and nieces Tamara P. Thomas of Charlotte and Victoria P. Clayton of Raleigh and their children.
She attended Rockingham High School and King’s College in Charlotte majoring in accounting. Barbara worked for Sears in the regional accounting centers in Charlotte and Pensacola, FL retiring in 1986 after 20 years of service. She retired from Sears to fulfill a longtime dream to play golf any day the weather permitted.
Encouraged by Mary Williams, a close friend and coworker, Barbara fell in love with the game of golf in the late ’70’s. She was fortunate to have Charlotte’s Myers Park Country Club golf pro Walter Reynolds as her first golf instructor. In 1987 she became a student of Joann Beddow a golf teaching professional with Jimmy Ballard’s famed golf school at Pine Harbor in Pell City, AL.
Barbara evolved into an accomplished amateur golfer winning a number of club and team championships. She was a Founding Member of Craft Farms’ Cotton Creek Club in Gulf Shores and previously a member of Carolina Golf and Country Club in Charlotte and Gulf Shores Golf Club in Gulf Shores.
She was very active in the Women’s Alabama Golf Association participating in a number of annual state championships and served on numerous WAGA committees. In 1993 the WAGA membership elected Barbara treasurer and she served in this position until 1996. In 1997 she was appointed to the board of directors of the newly formed Women’s Alabama Golf Association Scholarship Foundation Trust and served as treasurer of the Foundation from 1997 until 2002 when health issues forced her to resign.
Barbara was a founding member of the Cotton Creek Ladies Golf Association which was formed in 1988. She served as president of the CCLGA in ’96, ’97, ’01 and ’02. She was the Club Champion in ’94, ’98, ’01 and ’02. During her golfing career in Alabama she had 6 holes-in-one. For a number of years Barbara held the Ladies Low Scoring Record on Craft Farm’s Cypress Bend golf course recording a one under par 71.
The family wishes to extend their deepest appreciation to the personnel at the Gulf Coast Cancer Center in Gulf Shores, AL in particular Dr. William C. Hixson and his staff; and the personnel at the Southern Cancer Center in Malbas, AL in particular Dr. Theresa Liu-Dumlao and her staff; as well as the personnel at the S. B. Jones Regional Cancer Center in Boone, NC and in particular Dr. Anna L. Sobol and her staff for their compassionate physical and emotional support during Barbara’s battle with cancer.
A private memorial service may be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in memory of Barbara be made to HMR ALSITE Scholarships Inc / Richard Caudle, Treasurer / 3644 Vann Rd – Suite 100 / Birmingham, AL 35235.
Online condolences may be sent to the Raynor family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Edward Claughton, D. Sept. 7, 2013
Edward N. Claughton Jr, one of early Miami’s pioneers, died September 7, 2013 peacefully at home in North Carolina with family by his side. A distinguished businessman born July 27, 1927, Claughton was a prominent real estate developer who engineered some of Miami’s most notable land deals. Claughton, husband and father of three was also a civic minded contributor to many community organizations and founding member of several clubs and business associations.
Known for his magic tricks and passion for entertaining children and families every 4th of July at his Silver Sands motel on Key Biscayne, Claughton’s zeal for life was evident. “He was a character” says son, Edward “Chip” Claughton III. Ed Jr. orchestrated the annual coin toss and greased watermelon pool games at Silver Sands every summer. The Silver Sands served as the backdrop for many families’ memories including the Claughtons. A once popular Miami hotspot known for the Eagle’s Nest bar and a restaurant with water that would cascade down the windows with the flick of a switch, the Silver Sands was but just one of many business ventures engineered by Claughton.
Son of Edward Sr. and Lilian Corbett, Edward Claughton Jr. graduated from Miami Senior High, Class of 1945 and went on to join the U.S. Navy, working on a minesweeper for 2 years. Graduating with a B.A. from Duke University in 1950, Claughton then obtained his law degree from the University of Florida Law School in 1953. From 1953-1965 Claughton served as a U.S. Air Force Reservist, 2nd Lieutenant.
After graduating from law school he joined the family business, Claughton Theaters, a chain of movie theaters in Miami subsequently bought out by Wometco. He then served on the Board of Directors for Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad as the youngest of the group, often becoming so nervous at the board meetings in a “room full of old guys he would get sick to his stomach” says wife, Lois.
His most notable accomplishment is perhaps Claughton Island, on which today sits the development known as Brickell Key. Claughton contended, in court, that it wasn’t just the land above the water that was being purchased, it was the land below as well. His successful argument led to building the island’s bulkhead and installing a bridge which now sits at the end of Southwest 8th street off Brickell Avenue in Miami.
Over the years, Claughton sold parcels of the island to Swire Properties and also negotiated a complex land swap in order to acquire Hound Ears Club, a private golf resort in North Carolina.
Several parcels of land in downtown Miami were once owned by Claughton including the old Urmey Hotel. Once famous among those who worked in downtown as the after work gathering place, the Urmey was the site where Claughton once delivered a baby for a hotel guest.
Claughton moved to Hound Ears in 1988 with wife Lois whom he married in 1976. Lois and Ed led a life of adventure and compassion for others. Lois recalls the stories of Ed’s capers including the one when he and friends Lester Johnson, Tom Guyton and Fred Kirtland dressed up as waiters on a boat charted for the Apollo 11 astronauts and Vice President Spiro Agnew in celebration of the upcoming launch. Claughton took on the role of head bartender and served the V.P. and Apollo astronauts only to convince the actual crew of the boat to let him stay on overnight to see the launch the following day.
Ed was a compassionate person, often stopping to greet anyone and everyone around him. No matter who it was or where they came from, Claughton paid people attention. He would light up the room. From the busboy in the restaurant to President Reagan whom he entertained to Spiro Agnew who once stayed in his home, Claughton was a people person.
Adored by his employees, he was considered a great boss and friend by those who worked for him. John Kilby, hired in 1972 as general manager of the Silver Sands, said “Mr. Claughton was a generous and kind man and, as we would say in England, ‘a Hail fellow, well met’. He had a personality, a real presence about him; the best boss I have had in my working life”.
Claughton knew just about every employee in Hounds Ears and considered each a friend, stopping to greet them throughout the day. He would often stop his round of golf to walk over and say hi to the greens keepers, knowing the details of each one’s family.
Claughton’s commitment to his faith and the community was strong, serving as a Deacon at Granada Presbyterian Church in Coral Gables from 1972-1977. He was the President of the American Cancer Society in 1962 and sat on its Board of Directors from 1961-1988. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Brickell Area Association, Baptist Hospital, Junior Achievement of Miami, Miami Kiwanis Club, United Fund, United States Business & Industrial Council and the University of Miami Citizens Board. He also served on the Dade County Citizens Safety Council, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Governor’s Advisory Committee, State-Wide Anti-Crime Task Force and the Orange Bowl Committee. Claughton was a founding member of the University Club, Coral Reef Yacht Club and the Elk River Club in North Carolina, serving as its first President.
Claughton will be sorely missed by many, especially his wife and family. He is survived by wife Lois, daughters Lee Taylor and Jeanie Claughton, son Edward III, grandchildren Edward N. Claughton IV, Wyatt Claughton, Caroline Claughton, Charles Hyatt, Priscilla Hyatt, sister Suzanne Schmidt, son-in-law Russ Taylor, daughters-in-law Kelly Claughton and Marjorie Hyatt and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Claughton was preceded in death by his parents Edward Claughton, Sr. and Lillian Corbett Claughton, and one son Charles G. “Chuck” Hyatt.
Funeral services for Edward N. Claughton, Jr. will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, September 10, 2013, at 2 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of Boone, North Carolina. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Reverend Joel Long and Reverend Jacob Willis. Burial will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.
A reception will follow the graveside service at the Hound Ears Club.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28215-3220.
Condolences may be sent to: Lois Claughton, Care of Hound Ears Club, PO Box 188 Blowing Rock, North Carolina, 28605, or online at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service, in Boone, North Carolina, is in charge of arrangements.
Destie Iowa Bare McGuire, D. Sept. 7, 2013
Destie Iowa Bare McGuire, age 92, of Calico Road, Lenoir, and a native and former resident of Todd, passed away Saturday, September 7, 2013, at her home. Born May 18, 1921, she was a daughter of Freeland and Neuress Bare. Mrs. McGuire and her late husband were members of Blackburn Chapel United Methodist Church in Todd. She was a housewife and homemaker.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Packard and husband Jim, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Betsy Ward and husband, John, of Lenoir; eight grandchildren, John, Jane and James Packard, Buddy, Matthew and John Baker, and Gregory and Blair Bryant; two great-grandchildren, Tucker and McKalia Bryant; and a half-sister, Odie Greene and husband, Mack, of Elkton, Md.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H. R. McGuire, Jr.; daughter, Shirley Bryant; two brothers, Arlie and Archie Bare; sister, Janettie Bare Goodman; and a half-brother, Bruce Little.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, September 10, 2013, at 2 PM at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1 until 2 o’clock, prior to services, at Austin & Barnes.
Burial will follow in the Howell Cemetery in Todd.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin and Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory in Boone is serving the McGuire family.
Linda Sue Osborne Lacey, D. Sept. 5, 2013
Linda Sue Osborne Lacey, born May 21, 1947, in Little Horse Creek, Ashe County, NC, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on September 5th, 2013.
She leaves her husband, Dennis Lacey, of 48 years, of the home, along with her daughter Denise Aldridge and son-in-law Kevin Aldridge and grandson Dylan Aldridge of Matney; son Lindsey Lacey and granddaughter Laurel Lacey of Foscoe; all of whom she dearly loved, to cherish her name and memories until they join her in heaven. Linda loved her family dearly and spent her life caring for them, always putting them first.
Linda and Dennis met in high school in Virginia fell in love and spent 50 years together.
Linda is also survived by her loving mother, Tressa Osborne, of Black Mountain, NC. She leaves her sister, Martha Dillingham of Clyde, NC, who gave her four nephews and a niece. Also, sister Kim Lewis and husband Steve Lewis of Black Mountain, NC who gave her two nephews and a niece. She is also survived by her brother, Paul Osborne of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Linda was preceded in death by her father, Boyd Osborne.
Linda was also fondly known as “Ga” and will be remembered as the dearest and most loving wife, mother, and grandmother that a family could ever have.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to (Avery) Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 1357, Newland, NC 28657 would be greatly appreciated.
Online condolences may be sent at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.cm
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Lacey family.
Thomas Besco, D. Sept. 4, 2013
Thomas Edward ‘Tom’ Besco, age 43, of Rush Branch Road, Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Born January l5, 1970 in Hammond, Indiana, he was a son of Carolina Brown Besco and the late Elvin Glen Besco. Mr. Besco served as a chaplain assistant in the US Army during Desert Storm and was a former manager of the Quality Plus gas station in Vilas.
Tom was a talented musician who learned to play trumpet and taught himself to play guitar. He also was a gifted artist who was known to draw, paint, and crochet.
May his soul finally have the peace and rest that he longed for.
Tom is survived by his wife, Dawn Hicks Besco; mother-in-law and father-in-law, James and Helen Hicks of Vilas; mother, Caroline Besco of Rogersville, Missouri; brother, Tim Besco and wife, Young Hui, of El Paso, Texas; his godmother and aunt, Trudy Pasco of Rogersville, Missouri; two step-daughters, Kayla Trivette and husband, Adam, and Hope Smith and husband, J. D.; two grandchildren, Mason James and Abigail Lynn; four nieces, Stephanie, Stacey, and Kimberly Besco, and Makayla Hicks; nephew, Dustin Hicks; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Michael and Amy Hicks of Vilas; and two special friends, James and Dorothy Dancy of Vilas.
Local services for Thomas Edward Besco will be private with burial to follow in Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tom’s mother, Caroline Besco, 5323 East Farm Road l68, Rogersville, Missouri 67542, or to the Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 50008, Studio City, California 9l6l4-5001, or at the website [email protected]
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Besco family.
Katherine Grimes Folk, D. Sept. 3, 2013
Mrs. Katherine Grimes Folk, age 88, of Junaluska Road, Boone, passed away Tuesday afternoon, September 3, 2013 at Watauga Medical Center.
Born February 19, 1925 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late John and Cora Grimes. Katherine was a homemaker and a member of Boone Mennonite Brethren Church. She was a loving wife and mother.
She is survived by her children; Dana Folk and wife Jessie, Judy Folk, and Debbie Grimes and husband Joe all of Boone, two grandchildren; Dana Folk of New Jersey and Yvonne Marie Folk of Boone, one sister; Rachel Whittington of Boone, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; John & Cora Grimes, her husband Henry Clay Folk, one son; Charles Folk, one grandson; Arnold Patrick Folk, one granddaughter, Melissa Lande, eight sisters; Maude Landers, Vienna Grimes, Madge Horton, Nellie Caldwell, Ruth Mock, Jen Hayes, Lucille Goins, and Jessie Horton and three brothers; Paul, George and John Henry Grimes.
Funeral services for Mrs. Katherine Grimes Folk will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Rev. Morris Hatton. Burial will follow in the Clarissa Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Sunday prior to the service from 1 o’clock until 2 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the Clarissa Hill Cemetery Fund, in care of Jessie Folk, PO Box 137, Boone, NC 28607. Online condolences may be shared with the Folk family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Folk family.
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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