Avery County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 30, 2013

Published Monday, December 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

Avery County Obituaries – Compiled Dec. 30, 2013

Capt. Howard Bramhall, D. Dec. 29, 2013

Captain Howard Bramhall, of Linville , passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at his residence. 
Arrangements are incomplete at this time. 

Ronald Buchanan, Dec. 29, 2013

Ronald Buchanan, of Newland, passed away on Sunday morning, December 29, 2013 at his residence. 
His wife, Nancy, passed away Sunday afternoon at the Life Care Center in Banner Elk. 
Arrangements for Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan are incomplete at this time. 

Nancy Buchanan, D. Dec. 29, 2013 

Nancy Buchanan, of Newland, passed away on Sunday afternoon, December 29, 2013 at the Life Care Center in Banner Elk. He husband, Ronald Buchanan, passed away on Sunday morning, December 29, 2013 at his residence. 
Arrangements for Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan are incomplete at this time. 

Virginia Louise Buchanan, D. Dec. 27, 2013

Virginia Buchanan

Virginia Buchanan

Virginia Louise Buchanan, age 101, of Elk Park passed away on December 27, 2013 at Cannon Memorial Hospital. 

A native of Avery County, she was born August 17, 1912 a daughter of the late Clayton and Daisy White Winters. She was a homemaker who enjoyed reading and traveling. Virginia attended Elk Park Methodist Church and Elk Park Christian Church. 

Along with her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her: husband, Lee Roy Buchanan; son, Lee Roy “Junior” Buchanan; daughter, Theresa Buchanan; brothers, Bell, Norman, Mack, Nage, Mack, Noge, Alden and Horton Winters. 

Virginia has left to cherish her memory her: children, Charles Buchanan and wife Bonnie of Massillon, OH., Toni Mears of Massillon, OH., Daisy Miller of Elk Park, NC., Norma Ann “Pete” Hughes and husband DJ of Candler, NC., Harold Buchanan and wife Caroline of Charlotte, NC., Jackie Buchanan and wife Sheryl of Charlotte, NC., Kim Allen Buchanan of Washington, DC.; 27 grandchildren; 62 great grandchildren; and 12 great-great grandchildren. 

Funeral services for Virginia Louise Buchanan will be conducted on Sunday, December 29th at 2:30 p.m.at the Elk Park Christian Church with Mr. Ryan Shirck and Rev. Reed Callahan officiating. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the services. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Elk park Christian Church and Open Door Baptist 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 Buchanan family. 

Carolyn Riddle Ollis, Dec. 21, 2013

Carolyn Riddle Ollis, of Banner Elk, passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Charles Cannon Memorial Hospital. 

Carolyn Ollis

Carolyn Ollis

A daughter of the late Luther and Hazel Bailiff Riddle, she was born in Avery County on September 20, 1942. Carolyn was a loving and generous lady who never met a stranger, she was like a mother to an entire generation of Banner Elk children. She enjoyed gardening and flowers, crocheting and reading. 

For 34 years, Carolyn owned and operated the Village Grocery in downtown Banner Elk. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lois Shomaker; brother, Glenn Riddle; nephews, Michael and Jimmy Shomaker. 

A loving mother and grandmother, she leaves behind to cherish her memory, her daughters, Cynthia Ollis of Hickory, Camille “Cammy” Pittman of Banner Elk; son, Jimmy “Buzz” Ollis, and his wife, Shelia, of Banner Elk; grandchildren, Luke Ollis of Banner Elk, Britney Ray, and her husband, Justin, of Newland, Daniel Dellinger, and his wife, Alaina, of Cranberry, Cara Pittman, Michael Pittman, Bryce Pittman, all of Banner Elk; great grandchildren, Ayden and Caleigh Ray, Tyler (her best buddy) and Jace Ollis, Wyatt Dellinger; special niece, Sharon Kaiser of Linville Falls. 

The family will receive friends from 6pm until 8pm Monday, December 23, at the funeral home. A celebration of her life will be held at 8pm in the Grandfather Chapel, with the Rev. Luther Carver and Rev. Feild Russell officiating. Interment will follow on Tuesday at the Elk Valley Cemetery. 

Sylvia Sue Cuyler, Dec. 13, 2013

Sylvia “Sue” Cuyler, 72, of Banner Elk, NC passed away Friday, December 13, 2013 at Watauga Medical Center in Boone, NC. 

Sylvia was born May 11, 1941 in Canton, NC. She was a daughter of late George and Gertrude Bailey. Sylvia was a teacher at Dr. King and Grant Middle School in Syracuse, NY and retired in Banner Elk, NC the summer of 2000. She loved gospel music, singing, spending time with family and friends, and the fellowship of her church in Pineola,NC. 

She leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Felton McBride of Banner Elk, NC, Frank Cuyler of Banner Elk, NC, Micheal McBride of Syracuse,NY ; daughter Wanda Howard of Charlotte, NC ; 11 grandchildren ; 3 great grandchildren ; sister Mae Spinks ; brother Rev. Bernie Bailey ; and many extended family members. 

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Cuyler ; 2 sisters Opal Barnes, and Marie Taylor ; 2 brothers Everette Bailey, and Paul Bailey. 

Celebration of life will be held January 5, 2014 at Higher Ground Church of God 1539 Jonas Ridge Hwy, Newland, NC 28657, followed by private burial in Newport TN. 

A Celebration of Life for Sue will be Sunday, January 5, 2014 2:00 p.m. at the Higher Ground Church of God. 

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 Cuyler family 

Thomas H. Curlin Jr., Dec. 12, 2013

Devoted husband and father, Thomas H. Curlin, 67, left this world on December 12th to join our loving Father in Heaven. He spent his last days peacefully at home with his family and pets that meant so much to him. 

Tommy grew up in a military family that moved frequently around the U.S. and to Germany. In April, 1990 he moved with his wife, Yvonne Blue Curlin and daughter Jaime to Crossnore to live in his wife’s grandmother’s house. It was here in this small community he was finally able to have a home, and put down roots. Over time he grew to love the mountains and the people here very deeply.

Tommy was frequently amazed and touched by the kindness of his neighbors in Avery County and beyond. When asked where he lived, he was so proud to say Crossnore! He was always grateful to the people here for their kindness and friendship over the years; and for taking him in to become a “local.” 

Tommy joins in Heaven a daughter, niece, 2 sisters, grandmother and father.

He leaves behind his wife, Yvonne Blue Curlin; beloved daughters, Kim Kish and Jaime Johnson and her husband Joseph. Also, in-laws Russell and Marion Blue; sister-in-law and her husband, Karyn and Rob Tilman; his mother Louise Curlin; two sisters Marilyn and Llynette; several nieces, nephews and their children. His side of the family live mostly in the area of Nasheville, TN. Tommy’s great loves were such simple ones: family, friends, pets, nature and home. He felt lucky to be surrounded by these. 

His family would like to send a special Thank-you to: Dr. McCracken, Dr. Tate, everyone at Hospice and Life Care and Gardens of the Blue Ridge. You made him feel special and loved while caring for him and his family. May the kindness you showed come back to you from others. You all are in our prayers. 

John Phillip Hammond, D. Dec. 12, 2013

John Phillip Hammond, age 69, of Minneapolis passed away on December 12, 2013 at his residence. 

He was born July 28, 1944 in Los Angeles, CA. a son of the late Fred Monroe and Mary Jean Hammond. John worked in Civilian Aircraft Maintenance for the Military, was a grip operator for multiple motion picture companies and was an Avery Transportation Driver. 

He served on the Frank and Green Valley Volunteer Fire Departments and was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. 

John enjoyed motorcycles and surfing the internet. 

Along with his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife, Jonnie Mariea Pittman Hammond. 

John has left to cherish his memory his: daughter, Marian Sellen of Newland; sons, Jim Hammond and wife Amanda of Jonas Ridge, Ray Hammond and wife Verity of Auburn, WA; companion, Sherri Champagne of Newland; brothers, Fred Hammond, Jr. and wife Carolyn of Elk Grove, CA, Jerry Hammond and wife Faye of Newcastle, WY; foster sister, Kathy Brannon of Michigan City, IN. 

Funeral services for John Phillip Hammond will be conducted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Grandfather Chapel with Rev. Glenn Griffith officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until the service hour. 

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 Hammond family. 

RD Hamby, D. Dec. 11, 2013

Robert Donald “RD” Hamby,age 72, of Elk Park passed away on December 11, 2013 at Charles A. Cannon Memorial Hospital . 
A native of Avery County, he was born August 13, 1941 a son of the late John and Hazel Turbyfill Hamby. 

Along with his parents, RD was preceded in death by his: sisters, Christine Hamby, Ruby Clawson, Frankie Harmon; brothers, Harold Dean Hamby and Kenneth Wayne Hamby. 

RD has left to cherish his memory his: sisters, Shirley Bare, and her husband, Harry, of Elk Park, Barbara Townsend, and her husband, Lee Roy, of Banner Elk, Wanda Hicks, and her husband, Charles, of Banner Elk; brothers, JC Hamby of Newland, Ricky Hamby, and his wife, Wanda, of Banner Elk, Dayton Hamby, and his wife, Pansy, of Elk Park, Keith Hamby of Virginia, Buddy Joe Hamby of Elk Park; his longtime companion, Deloris Harrell of Elk Park; a host of nieces and nephews. 

Graveside services for RD Hamby will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Taylor’s Chapel Cemetery on Buck Mountain. Rev. Doug BAre will officiate. 

Bascom Daniels D. Dec. 10, 2013

Bascom Daniels

Daniels

B.A. Daniels, age 84, of the Pyatte Community passed away on December 10, 2013 at his residence. 

A native of Avery County, he was born October 23, 1929 a son of the late Willie and Achie Buchanan Daniels. 

He was a Korean War Vet with the US Army where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct medal. He was also a Sharp Shooter with the NRA. 

B.A. was a member of Little Elk Mt. Freewill Baptist Church and has worked for the Department of Corrections as a Security Guard. 

He enjoyed machanicing, hunting, fishing, carpentry, drawing, traveling and serving Jesus. 

Along with his parents, Bascom was preceded in death by his: wife, Lula Bell Daniels; sons, Charles Daniels, Timothy Daniels; brothers, Willie Daniels, Jr., N.A. Daniels, Ed Burleson; sister, Hassie England. 

Bascom has left to cherish his memory his: sons, Marshall Daniels and William Daniels both of Pyatte. 

Funeral services for B.A. Daniels will be conducted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Grandfather Chapel with Pastor Fred Hoilman and Pastor Josh Calvert officiating. Interment will follow in the Little Elk Mt. Freewill Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be: Danny Cole, Terry Coleman, Mitchel McKinney, Kenny Clark, Jerry Carpenter, Charles Pendley, Logan Clark, Zach Horney. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until the service hour. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Little Elk Mt. Freewill Baptist Church. 

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

Paul Banner, D. Dec. 8, 2013

Paul Laverne Banner, age 76, of Mountain City, TN passed away on December 8, 2013 at his residence. 

He was born in Avery County on November 11, 1937 a son of the late Frank and Mary Anne Cope Banner. 

Paul was a First Airman in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. 

He was a member of Forest Home Community Church and was a farmer who enjoyed wood working, carpentry and singing. 

Along with his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his: wife, Emma Groves Banner; sister, Lavonda Watson; brother, Melvin Banner. 

A beloved man who loved his family, friends and community, Paul has left to cherish his memory his: children; Sherrie Banner of Newland,NC, Brian Banner of Newland,NC, Michelle Banner of Clayton, NC; grandchildren, Bryan Paul Banner, Dylan Banner, Erikka Banner all of Newland; companion, Dorothy Harmon of Mountain City, TN. 

Funeral services for Paul Laverne Banner will be conducted on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with Rev. Roland Mullinix officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until the service hour. Family, friends and pallbearers will meet at the Funeral Home on Thursday, December 12th at 10:00 a.m. to go in procession to the Montezuma Cemetery for graveside services. Pallbearers will be: Bryan Paul Banner, Dylan Banner, Bob Banner, Leslie Banner, Gary Church, Jeff Hamby, Shane Matherly, Craig Hinkle. 

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 Banner family. 

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