Watauga, Avery Obituaries – January 30, 2018

Published Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 4:25 pm

The following are recent obituary notices from Austin & Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland.

Harry Thomas Abbott

April 17, 1928 – January 22, 2018

Harry Thomas Abbott, 89, Lincoln, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 22nd. He was born April 17, 1928 to Thomas and Corona (Yandt) Abbott in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. He was a playful and deeply caring brother to his three siblings, Reg, Al and Anita. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was also involved in the Royal Canadian Army Signal Reserve Force as a Lieutenant. Harry worked for Brunswick Corp. in Lincoln, NE and it was there that he was granted two patents. In 1984, he moved to Daytona Beach, FL to run Multable Manufacturing Facility before retiring from Brunswick after 40 years of implementing ideas and serving as an honored employee. Harry was very active in his church as a dedicated board member for the Christian Science Church in Lincoln, Nebraska; Daytona Beach, FL; and Blowing Rock, NC as well as the Beech Mountain Country Club.

During his school years and throughout the rest of his life, Harry was passionate about sports. He enjoyed being a player as well as a supportive spectator. He loved basketball, hockey, bowling, curling, tennis, baseball and golf. He loved investigating, building and creating and gave himself wholeheartedly to everything he did. Harry shared a huge zest for life and loved to travel and take in all the charm and beauty that this world has to offer! He enjoyed family vacations and trips both local and abroad with his loved ones; this brought him a great deal of joy and pleasure. He lived a full and rich life; one that he enjoyed telling others he was exceedingly grateful for. Harry was a man of integrity and honor, a loving and devoted father, husband, friend and gentleman.

Family members include his brothers, Reg (Lorene) Abbott and Al (Judy) Abbott; son, Murray (Laurie) Abbott; daughters, Debbie (Richard) Poudrier, Elaine (Robert) Lacher and Janice (Wade) Godfrey; grandchildren, Alex and Whitney Abbott, Dawn and Michael Poudrier, Marine Corp Sergeant Nicholas Lacher and Mathew Godfrey; great-grandchildren, Pierce and Owen Lacher. Preceded in death by his first wife, Bernice Abbott, his childhood sweetheart, best friend, loving wife of 49 years and mother of his children; his second wife, Carol LeCrosse-Abbott, dear friend, and loving partner of 14 years; his precious and kind hearted sister, Anita Abbott and his witty and fun loving sister in law, Gwen Abbott.

A celebration of Life Service is currently pending. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the University of Manitoba-Department of Engineering, Adventure Unlimited Christian Science Camp in Colorado or to the Christian Science Mother Church in Boston. Condolences may be left online at roperandsons.com

Robert L. Winebarger 

(March 10, 1938 – January 25, 2018) 

    Robert Lee Winebarger, age 79 of Boone, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018.
    He was a native of Watauga County and the son of the late Charlie Roby Winebarger and Docia Emma Winebarger. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Mack Howard and Arlie Winebarger. He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services for Robert Lee Winebarger will be conducted Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home chapel. Rev. Guy Testerman will officiate. Burial will follow in the Pilot Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery, Todd.
    The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. prior to the services.
    Online condolences may be shared with the Winebarger family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Winebarger family

 

Mattie Shull Rominger 

(January 14, 1922 – January 23, 2018) 

     Mattie Shull Rominger, age 96, of Hwy 321 North, Sugar Grove, passed away January 23, 2018 at The Foley Center. Born January 14, 1922 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of Luther Jordan and Callie Matheson Shull. For more than 50 years, Mrs. Rominger was a faithful and dedicated member of Willow Valley Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher for at least 40 years and also was an active member of the choir. She loved her family and friends dearly and so enjoyed quilting and growing her many flower gardens. 
    Mrs. Rominger is survived by her son-in-law, Frank Guy of Sugar Grove; grandson, Michael Wheeler of Chesapeake, VA, granddaughter, Kathy Smart and husband, Bruce, of Connelly Springs; great grandsons, Richie Smith and wife, Kara, of Vilas, Lucas Wheeler and wife Katie, Josh Wheeler and Samuel Wheeler, all of Chesapeake, VA; great-great grandchildren, Annabelle Wheeler, Logan, Mason and Holden Smith and Finn Wheeler; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilborn Jessie Rominger; daughters, Shirley Guy and Shelby Dishman; son, Harold Dean Rominger; grandson, Stephen Wheeler; son-in-law, Doby Dishman; and four sisters and six brothers.
    Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon, January 27th, at 2 oclock at Willow Valley Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Ray Greene. The family will receive friends Saturday from noon until 2 oclock, prior to services, at the Church. Graveside services will follow at the Piney Grove Community Cemetery in Sugar Grove. The family respectfully requests no food. Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the Willow Valley Baptist Church Building Fund, in care of Brandon Greer, 436 Clark Swift Rd., Vilas, NC 28692 or to The Foley Center, 621 Chestnut Ridge, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. 
    Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Rominger family.

W. Merrill Norris

(August 11, 1929 – January 23, 2018) 

     W. Merrill Norris, age 88, of NC Norris Road, Boone, passed away Tuesday morning, January 23, 2018 at The Foley Center. Born August 11, 1929 in Watauga County, he was a son of H. Earl and Mary Lillian Lyons Norris. Mr. Norris was an Army veteran, serving during WWII. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church. Merrill retired from IRC in Boone. He enjoyed farming, cutting wood and planting the annual vegetable gardens, but mostly, he loved morning fellowship with his friends at Hardees. 
    Mr. Norris is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sarah Mast Norris; daughter, Shannon Hawkins and husband, Jason of Boone; grandson, Bryson Hawkins; sisters, Clara Pennington of Boone, and Betsy Howell and husband, Tom, of Lexington, Ohio; and sisters-in-law, Katherine Norris of Boone and Lorae Norris of Wilkesboro. A number of nieces and nephews also survive. 
    He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dennis (Billy) Norris and Willis Norris; and parents, H. Earl and Mary Lillian Lyons Norris. 
    Funeral services for W. Merrill Norris will be conducted Friday afternoon, January 26th, at 2 o’clock, at Bethany Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Laura Weant. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 o’clock, prior to services, at the church. Entombment will follow in the Bethany Lutheran Church columbarium. 
    Memorials may be made to the Bethany Lutheran Church, 1030 Big Hill Rd., Boone, NC, 28607, to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 100-B, Boone, NC 28607, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 
    Online condolences may be shared at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com 
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Norris family.

 

Alice F. Page 
(December 27, 1941 – January 19, 2018) 

      Alice Faye Page of Boone, passed away Friday January 19, 2018. She was born to Alfus Erastus Dail and Daisy Ingram Dail on December 27, 1941 in Kenansville, NC. After attending James Kenan High School she and her high school sweetheart, Elton Jerome Page married and began their family. Together they had three children Donna, Randall and Jonathan Kerry Page. Tragedy struck when Kerry passed away of cancer at one year old. Despite this blow, Alice remained strong and went on to raise her children and later have a career rooted in service to others, beginning with the State of North Carolinas Caswell Center in Kinston, NC and continuing until the day she was called home to our Lord. 
    
    Alice loved her independence, but also embraced what she saw as her calling to help others by offering care and companionship as a Home Health Aide. She enjoyed working with clients with diverse backgrounds and abilities. Truly compassionate, she didnt judge what she saw as others unique paths through life. She was a voracious reader and a terrific storyteller. She loved animals, sewing, cooking and her friends at Flat Springs Baptist Church, whom she considered family and a blessing to her life. She will be sorely missed by friends and family alike. 
    
    Alice is survived by her daughter Donna Lynn Page-Harrison, son, Randall Jerome Page, son-in-law Mark Harrison, daughter-in-law Bridget Page and grandchildren Joshua Blake Marshburn, Lola Jeanete Page, Katherine Alice Page and Ulysses Randall Page who all reside in the Wilmington, NC area.
    Memorial services for Alice Faye Page will be conducted Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Brian Miller is officiating.
    
    In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to either Flat Springs Baptist Church, 1212 US Highway 321 Sugar Grove, N.C. 28679, or to the Watauga County Humane Society.
    Online condolences may be shared with the Page family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Page family.

 

Mr. Fredrick L. Shook 
(March 04, 1981 – January 18, 2018) 

     Mr. Fredrick Len Shook, age 36, of Foscoe, passed away, Thursday, January 18, 2018 at his home. Born March 4, 1981 in Watauga County, he was a son of Freddie Len Shook and the late Norma Jean Simmons Shook. Fredrick was a painter.
    Fredrick is survived by his father, Freddie Shook, one aunt, Diane Shook, and four uncles, Jack and Rob Shook, Norman and Bobby Simmons and a number of cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma Jean Simmons, one sister, Janie Shook, one brother, Justin Shook, his maternal grandparents, Bill & Evelyn Simmons and his paternal grandparents, Dempsey and Mamie Ethel Shook. 
    Memorial services for Mr. Fredrick Len Shook will be conducted Wednesday evening, January 24th at 6 PM at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. 
    In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Austin & Barnes Funeral Home to help offset expenses.
    Online condolences may be shared with the Shook family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Shook family.

 

Mary Aldridge Wilcox

October 03, 1932 – January 29, 2018

Mary Aldridge Wilcox, age 85, of US Highway 421 North, Vilas, passed away Monday morning, January 29, 2018, at her home.

Mrs. Wilcox was born and raised in the Foscoe Community, a daughter of the late Roy and Gladys Taylor Aldridge, and was a dedicated member of Watauga Baptist Church. Affectionately known as Sis, Mary spread love and light to everyone she met. She was happiest when her family was together, often sharing a delicious meal that she prepared. When she wasn’t cooking, she loved spending time at the beach and gardening. No one loved quite as genuinely and unconditionally as Sis, and she has left a legacy that continues to spread that love.

Mary is survived by one son, James Michael Wilcox and wife Joanna of Vilas; three daughters, Sherry Russom and husband Charles of Boone, Sandra K. Wilcox, and Tina Wilcox Kostis and husband George, all of Vilas; six grandchildren, Scott Russom, Jeremy Russom, Garrick Jackson and wife Amber, Jason Jackson and wife Kendra, Savva Kostis and wife Stephanie, and Demetreus Kostis; four great-grandchildren, Daniel and Nora Russom, and Gracie and Ellary Jackson; three sisters, Verlene Roark of Boone, Bernice Byrd of the Foscoe Community, and Jean Gragg and husband Bobby of the Globe Community, and one brother, Wade Aldridge and wife Ann of Morganton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Wilcox, three sisters and six brothers.

Funeral services for Mary Aldridge Wilcox will be conducted Thursday afternoon, February 1, 2018, at 2:00 o’clock, at Watauga Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 12:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Reverend Zane Tester and Reverend R.D. Watson. Burial will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family will receive friends Thursday afternoon, from 12:00 until 2:00 o’clock, at the church, prior to the service.

Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandson.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, North Carolina, 28645.

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

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

 

Zaza Evangeline Heines

January 14, 2018 – January 26, 2018

Zaza Evangeline Heines was born on Sunday, January 14, 2018 to Dr. Joshua and Diane Heines. With a headful of gorgeous, dark hair like her mother and vibrant hazel eyes like her father, Zaza stole her parents’ hearts forever.

In her short eleven days here on earth, Zaza impacted the lives of many with her fighting spirit and reminder of God’s intense love. Meaning “Belonging to All” or “Light,” Zaza radiated God’s glory with her testimony that began in the womb and the miracle of her birth, despite all odds. Evangeline or “Bringer of Good News” was evident in Zaza as hundreds of prayers were lifted up on her behalf, around the world, with many falling on their knees for the very first time.

Zaza loved snuggling for hours with her mommy and daddy with a huge smile on her face and listening to worship music while sleeping. She also enjoyed her head being stroked, while being prayed over or sung too.

On Thursday, January 26, 2018 Zaza passed peacefully in the loving arms of her parents and went home into the awaiting arms of Jesus, completely healed and perfect. Despite the anguish and heartache of losing Zaza so soon, Dr. Joshua, Diane and big sister Faith encourage you to always be the light in the darkness with your eyes focused on the Kingdom. Through her testimony, Zaza Evangeline will always be the light, Belonging to All that brings the Good News!

A celebration of Zaza’s life will take place on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock, North Carolina at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Zaza Evangeline Heines’ honor to Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina, 28607 or you may donate by visiting the following link: http://sampur.se/2nnYOZ1

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

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements

 

Tyler Ray O’Keefe

March 07, 1940 – January 25, 2018

Tyler Ray O’Keefe, age 77, of Boone, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, January 25, 2018, after a 17 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Tyler was born March 7, 1940 in Saginaw, Michigan to the late John and Helen Kessel O’Keefe. He graduated from Saginaw High School in 1958 where he excelled in many sports. Tyler graduated from Central Michigan University in 1963. Ty had a long and successful career as an executive for Grant Sysco in Saginaw, Michigan; Thomas Sysco in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Henry Lee Company in Miami, Florida.

Tyler spent his last five years at the Foley Center in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. He was known and loved for his great sense of humor, organizing games, and having a Bible Study.

Tyler is survived by his wife, Delores “Dody” O’Keefe of Boone; three biological children, Chris O’Keefe and wife Melanie of Birmingham, Alabama, Karen Bunyard and husband Sam of Chelsea, Alabama, and Kyle O’Keefe of Saginaw, Michigan; eight biological grandchildren, Adam, William, Taylor, Emma, Paige, J.T., Madeline, and Niklass; three step children, Kathy Schlecht and husband Arthur of Boone, Bill Thompson and wife Connie of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Scott Thompson and wife Christine of Satellite Beach, Florida; eight step-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jenna, Ashley, Matt, Mitchell, Ray, A.J., and Ryan; one sister, Linda Franklin and husband Jerry of Bladenboro, North Carolina, and one brother, Kirk O’Keefe and wife Carol of Leesburg, Florida. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one older brother, Terry O’Keefe.

Funeral services for Tyler Ray O’Keefe will be conducted Saturday afternoon, February 3, 2018, at 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Pastor John Mough. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge, 621 Chestnut Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, 28605, or to The Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, 2101 Sardis Road North, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28227. 

Online condolences may be sent to the O’Keefe family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com

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

 

Carl Gene Reed

November 25, 1935 – January 24, 2018

Carl Gene Reed, 82, of Clemmons passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018. 

He was born in Watauga County on November 25, 1935 to Julia Storie and Carl Anderson Reed. He was retired from Amp Inc.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Crowell Reed; a son, Johnny Carl Reed (Gina); a daughter, Sandra R. Ernest (Robert); and two grandchildren, Michael Dylan Reed, and Tyler Christian Ernest. 

The family will hold a private service at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 101 Hospice Ln. Winston-Salem, NC 27103. 

Frank Vogler & Sons Clemmons Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements

 

Baxter Hayes

June 18, 1930 – January 22, 2018

Baxter Hayes, age 87, of 1010 Old US Highway 421, Sugar Grove, passed away Monday morning, January 22, 2018, at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation in Boone.

Baxter was born June 18, 1930 in Watauga County, a son of the late Roby and Bessie Trivette Hayes. He was a retired employee of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation.

Baxter is survived by his wife, Janelle Lawrence Hayes of the home; one son, Ronnie Hayes and wife Juliana of Sugar Grove; two grandsons, Scott Hayes and wife Nickie of Vilas, and Tyler Hayes and wife Keely of Falls Church, Virginia; two sisters, Jewell Watson and husband Hobart of Vilas, and Pearl Smith of Winston-Salem; one great-granddaughter, Kelsey Hayes of Vilas, and two great-grandsons, Ethan Hayes and Isaiah Hayes, both of Vilas. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Russell and Elmo Hayes.

Memorial services for Baxter Hayes will be conducted Thursday evening, January 25, 2018, at 6:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Reverend Allan Perry.

The family will receive friends Thursday afternoon, from 5:00 until 6:00 o’clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

The family respectfully requests no food.

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

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

 

Conlee “Toots” Taylor Hall

April 16, 1916 – January 29, 2018

Conlee “Toots” Taylor Hall, age 101 of Newland, North Carolina passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018 at her home.
She was born on April 21, 1916 in Avery County, NC, a daughter of Andrew Jackson Taylor and Rosa Biggs Taylor
Toots was a homemaker all of her life. She loved raising gardens, was known for her love of growing beautiful flowers. Toots loved going to the Avery County Senior Center for many years. 
She loved cooking Sunday dinners for her family until she was 90 years old. Everyone loved her delicious biscuits and gravy. Toots truly loved reading her Bible, praying for her family and friends and going to her church. She dearly loved her church family. She was a member of Frank Presbyterian Church. 
Toots greeted everyone with a hug and kiss and ended every visit with “I Love You, God Bless You”
Along with her parents she is proceeded in death by Brothers; Jack Taylor, Albert Johnson, James “Jim” Johnson. Sisters; Florence Taylor Vance, Anna Lee Taylor Dean, Edith Taylor Smith, Lucille Johnson Oaks and Vivian Johnson Stamey, Son; Greg Daniels of Saint Louis, MO, Daughters; Beula Vance of Newland, NC, Nancy Vance Woody of Lincolnton , NC, Francis Vance Fuller of Albemarle, NC, and Rosalie Vance Combs of Oak Island, NC.
Toots was also proceeded in death by a special friend Margaret “Peggy” Evaul. 
Toots leaves behind to cherish her memory her children; Billy Lee Vance of Florida and Newland, Katherine Vance Carpenter of Morganton, Andrew “Pat” Daniels and wife Martha of Newland and Deborah Daniels Cook and husband Phillip of Newland. One brother, Joe Johnson of Newland.
Lovingly know as Maw-maw to 26 Grandchildren, 32 Great-Grandchildren and 34 Great-Great Grandchildren.
Numerous Nieces and Nephews. Two special friends Debbie Hughes and Joyce McKinney
The family will receive friends beginning at 2:00pm on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
Services for Toots Hall will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 beginning at 3:00pm from the Grandfather Chapel with Pastors Benny Johnson and Hal McNeely officiating. 
The family would like to thank the Nurses and Staff of Medi Home Hospice for the care they provided Toots, and in lieu of flowers request that memorials be made to Medi Home Hospice PO Box 1357 Newland, NC 28657
Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Hall family by visiting our websitewww.rsfh.net
The care of Toots and her family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.

 

Betty Wright

March 6, 1931 – January 29, 2018

Betty Greene Wright, age 86 of Linville, North Carolina passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018 at her home. 
She was born on March 6, 1931 in Avery County, North Carolina, a daughter of Arl Danner Greene and Myrtle Forbes Greene.
Betty was a loving, caring mother who enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed being outdoors working in the yard. 
She was a member of Linville Evangelical Methodist Church, where she served as a Trustee, Sunday school teacher, and sang in the choir. 
Betty traveled for many years to many churches with her husband holding Revivals. 
Along with her parents she is proceeded in death by her Husband: Rev. E. Guy Wright; Brothers: Arl Greene Jr., John Greene, Julian Greene, Floyd Green and Bernard Greene, Sister: Shirley Snow
Betty leaves behind to cherish her memory her: Sons, Morgan (Lana) Costner of Newland, NC, Ricky ( Kitty) Costner of Granite Falls, NC, William (Tammy) Costner of Linville NC
Daughter: Sherry ( Danny) Wright of Linville, NC.
Grandchildren: Kelly (Ricky) Ward of Old Beech Mountain Road, Jessi (Quency) Drum of Granite Falls, NC, Kevin Wright of Linville, NC, Sean Costner of Newland, NC, Kristen Costner of Newland, NC, Josh (Lacey) Costner of Linville, NC and Kayla ( Mark) Ross of Clyde, NC
10 Great-Grand Children: Jacan, Mara and Owen Ward, Allen Walsh, Maggi Drum, Libby Powell, Jake Costner, Eli Costner, Mackenna and Joel Ross. 
Sisters: Martha Henley of Maryland, Rosa Hartley of Fort Mill and Brother: Carl Greene of Concord. 
Services for Betty Wright will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 beginning at 11:00 am from the Linville Evangelical Methodist Church with Dr. Ken Harper, Elisha Robertson, Pastor Paul Cole and Mr. Ricky Ward officiating. 
The family will receive friends beginning at 6:00 pm on Friday at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
Interment will be in the Tangle wood Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: MediHome Hospice, P.O. Box 1357, Newland, NC 28657 or Linville Evangelical Methodist Church- P.O. Box 311, Linville, NC 28646
The family would like to extend a special thanks to: Family and Friends who brought food and gave support. Carol Smith and all of her staff, and Garrick Smith for putting a big smile on moms face. 
Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Wright family by visiting our websitewww.rsfh.net
The care of Betty and her family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.

 

Charles Coffey

January 17, 1934 – January 26, 2018

Charles Coffey, age 84, of Jonas Ridge, NC, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018 at his Life Care Center of Banner Elk

He was born on January 17, 1934 in Burke County, a son of the late Jerome Lester and Alice Coffey. He retired from the Furniture Industry.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Clark Coffey and a son, Lonnie Dean Coffey.

Charles leaves behind to cherish his memory his: Children, David (Vicki) Coffey of Morganton, Kathy (Doug) Johnson of Burnsville, Daniel (Kathy) Coffey of Marion, Nathan (Tammey) Coffey of Morganton, Billy Coffey of Morganton; nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.Daughter, Kathy Johnson.

Funeral services for Charles Coffey will be held on Monday, January 29, 2018 beginning at 1:00 p.m.at the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Jonas Ridge Cemetery.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the Staff of Medi Home Hospice and to the Staff of Life Care Center for the wonderful care they provided to Charles.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Medi Home Hospice PO Box 1357 Newland, NC 28657

Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Coffey family by visiting our websitewww.rsfh.net

The care of Charles and his family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.

 

Benny Frazier

January 29, 2018

Benny Frazier, of Newland, the Land Harbor Community, passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018 at his daughters home in Concord, NC after a brief illness.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Amanda.
Benny leaves behind to cherish his memory, Daughter, Meredith Fraser ( and husband Blake Fraser) of Snellville, GA, Daughter, Rose Culbreath (and husband John) of Concord, NC. She was loved and will be missed by six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Arrangements will be announced.

 

Mary Frances Gragg

December 9, 1934 – January 25, 2018

Mary Frances Brewer Gragg, 83, passed away peacefully at her home on January 25, 2018. Frances lived in Murfreesboro, Tennessee near her daughter for the past three years. Prior to that she was a lifelong resident of Newland, North Carolina. She was proud to tell her Tennessee friends about Avery County and the beautiful view of the mountains from her home on Hickory Nut Gap. 
Frances was born on December 9, 1934 to the late Leonard Wilson Brewer and Mae Potter Brewer of the Cow Camp community in Newland. She married Phillip Mack Gragg, also of Newland, in 1954 while he was on leave from the U.S. Navy. 
Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip in 1994. Frances leaves to cherish her memory two loving daughters, Donna Holtsclaw and husband David of Mills River, North Carolina and Andrea Stewart and husband Bill of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; three grandchilden, Jenny Holtsclaw-Cook and husband Mike, Angus Stewart and Phoebe Stewart; two great grandchilden, Sarah Holtsclaw and Jesse Cook; and a brother, Gene Brewer and wife Kay of Newland.
Frances was a member of the First Baptist Church of Newland for more than 60 years. She was involved in Vacation Bible School when her daughters were young and taught or co-taught the Dorcus Sunday Schoool class for many years. She was also a charter member of Fletcher Presbyterian Church on Cow Camp Road in Newland. Frances attended Lees McRae College after graduating as Valedictorian from Newland High School. She worked as a Secretary for the State of North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts with Juvenile Counseling Services for 23 years, retiring in 1998. Frances was a skilled seamstress and loved to sew clothing for her daugthers and herself. She was a wonderful cook and loved to host big family meals for holidays. Frances also loved to garden and can fruits and vegetables, as well as grow beautiful indoor and outdoor plants.
Services for Mrs. Gragg will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, January 28, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Newland. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow in the Hughes Cemetery in Squirrel Creek.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hughes Cemetery Fund c/o L. Green, 124 Maple Lane, Newland, NC 28657; First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 485 Newland, NC 28657; or the Fletcher Presbyterian Church c/o R. Wise, P.O. Box 493 Newland, NC 28657. The family wishes to thank Sunnington Assisted Living and Kindred Hospice, both of Murfreesboro for their loving care for Frances.
Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Gragg family by visiting our websitewww.rsfh.net

The care of Frances and her family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.

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