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Ashe County Obituaries – Compiled Sept. 12, 2012

Ashe County Obituaries – Compiled Sept. 12, 2012

Shane Allen Patrick

Shane Allen Patrick, D. Sept 9, 2012
On September 9, 2012 heaven gained a huge and very special heart. Shane Allen Patrick left this world peacefully surrounded by many family and friends. His joyous laugh and boisterous spirit will be missed here on earth. As a boy, Shane learned the skill of stone masonry from his dad. He spent many warm evenings and weekends practicing his trade with his “happy pappy” and several other family members.

On Friday nights in the fall Shane could be found playing football with the Beaver Creek High School Mighty Mighty Beavers. Number 32 loved the competition and being with the boys.

Shane grew up hunting and fishing throughout Ashe County. His passion for bass fishing took him all over the state and southeast. He won several tournaments which were very special to him. The most special gift Shane left behind is his five year old daughter Lily. She shares her daddy’s sense of humor and his love for music. Shane loved her very much and was blessed to have her presence in his life. She will grow up hearing all the wonderful stories and memories Shane had a hand in making.

Shane spent 16 years as building inspector for Ashe County. He made several friends both inside the courthouse and out on job sites. In addition to his daughter, Shane’s generosity and giving nature will live on through the lives of unknown others, as Shane was an organ donor.

Shane was born on December 29, 1975 in Jefferson, NC to Wayne and Sandra Cheek Patrick. He was preceded in death by Maternal Grandfather: Ford Cheek, Paternal Grandfather: Burl Patrick, Uncle: James Cheek, Aunts: Jackie Cheek, Sharon Cheek & Henrietta Fuller.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Badger Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Lawrence Goodman. The family will receive friends from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm on Friday prior to the service.

Mr. Patrick is survived by:

His wife: Heather Patrick, 1 Daughter: Lily Patrick, his parents: Wayne and Sandy Patrick of Fleetwood, 1 Sister: Shannon Miller and husband Mickey of Cary, Maternal Grandmother: Murelene Cheek of Fleetwood, Paternal Grandmother: Julus Patrick of West Jefferson, Aunts & Uncles: Bob Fuller of Henderson, Donald Cheek and wife Linda of Robins, Ronnie Cheek of Fleetwood, David Patrick and wife Wendy of Columbia, SC, Lois Grubb and husband Gwyn of West Jefferson, Larry Patrick and wife Pauline of Wilkesboro, Gary Patrick and wife Ann of Wilkesboro & Linda Miller and husband Rocky of Boone.

also surviving are several cousins, special friends, fishing buddies and classmates.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a fund for his daughter, Lily Patrick at State Employees Credit Union, 1024 S. Jefferson Ave., West Jefferson, NC 28694

You may send and view condolences to the family at www.badgerfuneralhome.com.

Albert Wilson Dilworth

Albert Wilson Dilworth, D. Sept. 8, 2011
Master Sergeant, US Marine Corps, Retired Albert W. (Al), Dilworth, 97, recently of West Jefferson, and previously from Dundalk, Maryland, died on Saturday, September 8, 2012, from Congestive Heart failure, at Ashe Memorial Hospital, West Jefferson, North Carolina.

Mr. Dilworth was born on January 11, 1915 in Baltimore, Maryland to Mae Trew Seibert and Chester Wilson Dilworth. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Post.

MSGT Dilworth was, above all, a proud Marine. He was a “China Marine” of which very few still survive. Enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1933 in order to escape a broken home in the middle of the Great Depression, Al found the home he never had in the Marine Corps.

After serving aboard the USS Nevada, a battleship, as part of the Marine Security Guard force and participating in military expeditions to Panama and several of the Caribbean Islands, MSGT Dilworth found himself in Beijing, China in 1937 and would serve in Beijing and then Shanghai until November 1940, when the 6th Marine Division was withdrawn from China as the Japanese continued their invasion of the Chinese mainland. Rather than going to the Philippines with the rest of the Division, because of his experience and grade, Al was recalled to the US where he began training the large influx of Marine Corps personnel enlisted and drafted after the start of World War II. In 1944 he began training for the invasion of Okinawa in which he participated in 1945.

After the Battle of Okinawa, since he was an old China hand at this point, he found himself back in Tsingtao, (now Qingdao), in Northern China, overseeing the surrender of Japanese forces at the end of the war. In 1948/49, with the Chinese Communists rapidly gaining the advantage in the Chinese Civil War, MSGT Dilworth once again returned to China and working from West to East, helped evacuate American missionaries and US and Allied diplomatic personnel from the Chinese mainland.

Through all of this, Dilly, as he was affectionately called by his men, gained a reputation for always looking out for the Marines who worked for him and was known for never uttering a bad word about anyone.

Al ended his active duty service as the Chief of the Marine Security Delegation at the recently built new American Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. Retiring from active duty in 1954, MSGT Dilworth spent another 10 years in the Marine Corps Reserve before retiring completely from the Marine Corps. In reality, he never retired from the Corps. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Al, a trained and experienced Security Officer would subsequently work for Martin-Marrietta Aviation Company, the Library of Congress, the Maryland State Penitentiary, and the Maryland Port Authority.

After retirement Al was an active participant in a variety of veteran service organizations and in 2000 was declared by the Veterans Administration to be 100% disabled as a result of service connected disabilities.

MSGT Dilworth is survived by his wife of 70 years, Beatrice Jackson Dilworth of West Jefferson, (recently of Dundalk, Maryland), his Daughter and Son in Law, Joyce and Jim Cain of West Jefferson, North Carolina and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews scattered across America.

A viewing is scheduled for ..September at Boone Family Funeral Home in West Jefferson and a second viewing at Connelly Funeral Home in Dundalk, Maryland.
Burial with full military honors will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Ashe Assisted Living, 182 Chattyrob Lane, West Jefferson 28694, Attn: Bevin South

Semper Fi Al. You were a model Marine and a good man. We’ll miss you.

Norma Jean Denny Greer

Norma Jean Denny Greer, D. Sept. 6, 2012
Mrs. Norma Jean Denny Greer, age 66, of West Jefferson, NC died on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at her home. Mrs. Greer was born on June 20, 1946 in Ashe County, NC to the late Dwight and Virginia Hartsoe Denny. She was also preceded in death by an infant brother.

Mrs. Greer’s hobbies included sewing, fishing, and NASCAR racing.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel by Rev. Billy Joe Blevins. Entombment will follow in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum of Prayer.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Greer is survived by: Husband – Carter Greer of West Jefferson, NC; Daughter – Debby Roark and husband Ivan of Ronda, NC; Son – Charles South and wife Brandy of Lenoir, NC; Sister – JoAnn Murry of Sparta, NC; four grandchildren – Ivan Roark Jr., Nena Calhoun, Hunter South, and Wyatt South. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

You may send and view condolences to the family through our website www.ashelawn.com.

Ashelawn Memorial Chapel & Gardens was entrusted with Mrs. Greer’s arrangements.

Listings of Funeral Homes in Ashe County:

Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, Gardens & Mausoleum
3470 U.S. 221 N
P.O. Box 148
Jefferson, NC 28640

Badger Funeral Home
300 North Main Street
P.O. Box 139
West Jefferson, NC 28694

Boone Family Funeral Home
2005 Mount Jefferson Road
PO Box 786
West Jefferson, NC 28694