Watauga, Avery Obituaries – Feb. 9, 2016

Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Shirley Miller Potter (July 6, 1946 – Feb. 9, 2016)

3595395_wlppShirley Miller Potter, 69, of Sawmill Road, Todd, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 9, 2016, at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese.

Shirley was born July 6, 1946 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Arlie Vestal Miller and Bertha Canter Miller. She was a homemaker and a member of Faith Baptist Church.

Shirley is survived by her husband, James B. Potter of the home; two daughters, Patricia Hicks and husband Glenn, and Angela Davis and husband Gene, all of Boone; two sons, Arlie Potter of Boone, and Randy Potter and his friend Jennifer of Mountain City; four granddaughters, Jessica Winebarger and husband Aaron, Mary Davis, and Cassie Davis, all of Boone, and Mikayla Fletcher of Mountain City; one grandson, Ricky Southerland and wife Kendra of Creston; two great-granddaughters, Kaydence Southerland of Creston, and Adalyn Winebarger, of Boone; one great-grandson, Jody Winebarger of Boone, and two sisters, Eula Dollar and Lula Belle Main and husband Dean, all of Todd.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Ruby Potter; one brother, Charles Miller, and an infant brother.

Funeral services for Shirley Miller Potter will be conducted Friday morning, February 12, 2016, at 11:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 9:30 until 11:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Dr. Sonny Younce. Burial will follow in the Potter-Main Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday morning, from 9:30 until 11:00 o’clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Road, Valdese, North Carolina, 28690. 

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

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

John David Heins (Dec. 10, 1974 – Feb. 8, 2016)

3593753_wlppJohn David Heins, 41, of Meat Camp Road, Boone, passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at his home.

John is survived by his mother, Jackie Rivenbark Heins; one sister, Anna McLeod and husband Jerry, and two nieces, Kayla McLeod and Emily McLeod, all of Suffolk, Virginia. He is also survived by a number of aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roger John Heins.

Funeral arrangements for John David Heins are incomplete at this time.

Online condolences may be sent to the Heins family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Mary I. Townsend (July 24, 1947 – Feb. 8, 2016)

Mrs. Mary Ellen Isaacs Townsend, 68, of Lower Crab Orchard Road, Banner Elk, passed away Monday morning, February 8, 2016 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care.

BigTownsedn, Mary - 1Born July 24, 1947 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late Sherman and Josephine Hicks Isaacs. Mary was a member of Vanderpool Baptist Church, and was retired from the Mast General Store. Mary was a loving wife and mother, and enjoyed visiting the sick and shut-in people in the community.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Wayne Townsend, one daughter, Annette Eggers and husband Tracy all of Banner Elk, two sons, Terry Townsend of Banner Elk, and Eddie Townsend of Vilas, one granddaughter, Brittney Forester and husband Chris of Banner Elk, and one brother, Arlie Isaacs and wife Lois of Vilas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sherman and Josephine Hicks Isaacs, and two brothers, Daniel Isaacs and Gray Isaacs. Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Isaacs Townsend will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 3 oclock at the Vanderpool Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Andy Watson. Burial will follow in the Vanderpool Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday prior to the service from 1:30 until 3 oclock. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.

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

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Townsend family

Helen Elaine McCready Campbell (June 5, 1924
- Feb. 7, 2016)

Helen McCready Campbell, 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 7, 2016, after a long illness.

3593128_wlppShe was born June 5, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio. A daughter of Paul and Bessie McCready, she lived most of her life in Boardman, Ohio, before moving to Seven Devils. She married Ralph Campbell on June 21, 1946, and they spent over sixty wonderful years together.

In addition to being a homemaker, Mrs. Campbell managed the cafeteria at Boardman High School for twenty years before retiring in 1984. She was a skilled cook, quilter, and gardener. An active member of Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church for 75 years, she later joined Crossnore Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Campbell is survived by her son, Dr. Karl Campbell and wife, Reverend Kathy Campbell, and one granddaughter, Joanna Campbell, all of the Seven Devils Community. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Campbell; her sister, Doris Campbell; and her brother, Warren McCready.

The memorial service for Mrs. Helen McCready Campbell will be held on Saturday, February 27, at 1:30 p.m., at Crossnore Presbyterian Church, 200 Chapel Drive, Crossnore, NC. The Officiants will be Rev. Kathy Campbell and Mr. James Taylor, CLP. There will be a reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Crossnore Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 386, Crossnore, NC 28616.

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

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

Bessie Mae Parks Younce (Sept. 12, 1927 – Feb. 6, 2016)

Bessie Mae Parks Younce, 88, formerly of Rush Branch Road, Sugar Grove, passed away Saturday evening, February 6, 2016 at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation in Boone.

BigYounce, BessieBorn September 12, 1927 in Saltville, Virginia, she was a daughter of James Randolph and Nina Novella Tester Parks. Mrs. Younce was a member of Union Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Shelby Harmon and husband, Billy, and Phyllis Oliver and husband, Bryson, all of Sugar Grove; sisters, Billie Stines of Boone and Georgia Harmon of Vilas; 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson; and a special friend, Pat Haleedel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Younce; son, Bill Potter; daughter, Brenda Dentino; brothers, Edward and David Parks; and sisters, Bertha Shew and Nancy Brown.

Funeral services for Bessie Mae Parks Younce will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, February 9th, at 2 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Rev. Derick Wilson and Rev. Vernon Eller. The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon from 1 until 2 o’clock, prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. Graveside services and burial will follow in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated or the family suggests memorials to the Union Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Roxanne Miller, 6797 Old US Hwy 421, Zionville,NC 28698.

Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

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

Ms. Marjorie G. Garrett (Oct. 17, 1926 – Feb. 6, 2016)

BigGarrett, Marjorie - 1Marjorie Gilliam Garrett, 89, of Boone passed away Saturday evening, Feb. 6, 2016 at Watauga Medical Center.

Born October 17, 1926 in El Dorado, Arkansas, she was a daughter of the late Surrey Edgar and Marie LaGrone Gilliam. Marjorie was a homemaker and a founding member of the Unitarian Church of Augusta, GA. She enjoyed traveling, especially to France. Marjorie was a volunteer with the Arkansas Opera Guild, the Augusta Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She was also a volunteer at the Conway Library.

She is survived by her children; William Jett Murphy and wife Elizabeth of Fleetwood, NC, Andrew Gilliam Murphy and wife Deborah of Aiken, SC, Julia Ann Rummans and husband Fred of Hilton Head, SC, and John Robin Murphy and wife Beth of Nashville, TN, she is also survived by twelve grandchildren and her former husband, William R. Murphy of Aiken, SC.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Robert LaGrone Gilliam, her second husband, Ele Wyatt Hicks and her third husband Alfred Garrett.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, PO Box 579, Augusta, GA 30903.

Services for Marjorie Gilliam Garrett will be private.

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

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

Clarence D. Cole (March 11, 1930
- Feb. 5, 2016)

Mr. Clarence D. Cole, 85, of Boone died Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation.

3592445_wlppMr. Cole was born March 11, 1930 in Watauga County a son of the late Wiley and Lena Houck Cole. He was a retired employee of 43 years for the North Carolina Department of Transportation and a member of Perkinsville Baptist Church.

Mr. Cole is survived by one daughter, Brenda Cole Payne; one son, Rick Cole and wife Karen; two granddaughters, Sarah Cox and husband Jeff and Heather Wilson and husband Dana; two grandsons, Matt Payne and wife Courtney and Brandon Cole;one great-granddaughter, Faith Cox, and three sisters-in-law, Jean Cole, Christine Cole, and JoAnne Cole.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Catherine Cole; one sister, Barbara Adams; three brothers, Everette Cole, Clyde Cole, and Bill Cole, and one brother-in-law, Dave Adams.

Funeral services for Mr. Clarence D. Cole will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 9, 2016, at 4:00 o’clock, at Perkinsville Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 3:00 until 4:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Pastor Seth Norris. Burial will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon, from 3:00 until 4:00 o’clock, at the church, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethany Burdeaux Education Fund in the name of Jenny Cole, in care of Piedmont Federal Savings Bank, 1399 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, North Carolina, 28607. 

Special thanks go to his caregivers, Jenny Cole, Maggie Thornton and Rachel Combs for their love and care during his last years at home. The family would also like to express their sincere gratitude to the nurses, CNA’s, and staff at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation for the wonderful care they provided to Clarence.

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

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

Lena Hodges Owens (June 15, 1915 – Feb. 4, 2016)

Lena Hodges Owens, 100, of Banner Elk passed away on February 4, 2016 at Life Care Center of Banner Elk .

Lena-Owens-1454672689She was born in Butler, Tenn., on June 15, 1915 a daughter of the late Larkin Roby and Missouri Keisha Baird Hodges.

Lena was a member of the Banner Elk Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Along with her parents, Lena was preceded in death by her: husband, Thomas Buford Owens; sisters, Lola Bullock, Mildred Mundy, Thelma Snoddy, Claire Hodges, Alma Sherer; brothers, Lester, Clayton and Otis Hodges.

Lena has left to cherish her memory her: sisters, Wanda Hodges Hindman of Banner Elk, JoAnne Garland also of Banner Elk and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Lena Hodges Owens will be conducted on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3:00 p.m. at the Banner Elk Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastors Ross Knight, Ken Hodges and Brian Hindman officiating. Interment will be Sunday, Feb. 7 at 1:00 p.m. in the Floral Garden Park in High Point, NC. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5th at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Banner Elk Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Owens family.

Virgil L. Morgan (Oct. 12, 1927 – Feb. 3, 2016)

Mr. Virgil Lee Morgan, 88, of Boone, passed away Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

BigMorgan, VirgilHe was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Kay Morgan.

He is survived by two sons, Thomas P. Morgan and wife Nancy J. of Mint Hill, N.C., and John L. Morgan and wife Karen of Pembroke Pines, Florida. Two sisters, Suzanne Phillippe of Indianapolis, Indiana and Emily Walls of Brisbane, Australia. One granddaughter Sarah, two grandsons Michael and James, and a great-granddaughter Ariel.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Friendship United Methodist Church, Boone. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11a.m. prior to the service time in the church. Burial will follow in the Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

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

Susie Blair (Nov. 8, 1923 – Feb. 2, 2016)

Susie-Blair-1454425689After 92 years of caring, loving and giving, Susie Lorain Blair of Banner Elk passed on to her eternal home February 2, 2016 at the LifeCare Center of Banner Elk, NC where she has been a resident for a year and a half.

Susie was born November 8, 1923, the daughter of Oscar Lloyd “Ott” and Myrtle Bell Stansberry Blair. She was born and raised in the Heaton Community until she made her home in Banner Elk.

In addition to her parents, she was proceeded in death by four brothers, Ernest Blair, Hazen Blair, Junior Blair and Lloyd Blair, and two sisters, Lilly Blair and Carlyne Hicks.

Susie is survived by her only child, Carter Lee Blair (and wife Missy Norwood), of Elk Park, NC, grandchildren Tim Blair (and Brittany Guinn), Brad Blair (and Joy Jennings), Travis Blair and a bonus granddaughter Betsy Norwood; great grandchildren Chris Blair, Emma Blair, Layken Blair and Regan Blair; one brother Bill Blair, Elizabethton, TN, and two sisters Doyle Ward, Elk Park, NC and Jean Mowder, Elizabethton, TN. She is also survived a number of nieces and nephews that she loved and cherished.

Susie spent her life caring for others. She worked as a nurse alongside Dr. W.C. Tate at the first 4 bed hospital, Grace Hospital, in Banner Elk and then on to Cannon Memorial Hospital with Dr. Lawson Tate and Dr. Bill Tate. She loved the Tate family and loved being part of their legacy for 44 years.

Susie loved giving and caring for others. To many she will be remembered as a fine, caring nurse, a wonderful friend, a loving sister or aunt but to a bonus granddaughter Betsy, she will be remembered as the best macaroni and cheese maker in the whole wide world!

There was no sacrifice to great for Susie. She raised her son, Carter, on her own and was a wonderful, loving, hardworking mother. She supported him in his high-school days of athletics and in most every endeavor he undertook in adulthood. She was so proud of her son.

Services for Susie Blair will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Elk Valley Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:45 The service will follow at 3:00. Pastor Tommy Carver and Pastor Dan Price will officiate. A grave side service will immediately follow.

Internment will be in the Elk Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

Steve Gilliam of Gilliam Construction prepared Susie’s final resting place.

Words of comfort and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at www.rsfh.net.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Blair family.

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