Avery County Obituaries – Compiled Jan. 22, 2015

Published Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 9:42 am

Luke Greenwood (Oct. 10, 1974 – Jan. 15, 2015)



Luke Greenwood, age 40, of Boone passed away on Jan. 15, 2015.

He was born Oct. 10, 1974 in Miami, Fl.

Luke was an IT Information Security Specialist for Boone Drug.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Collins Benfield.

Luke was a very loving, caring, leading and compassionate father, husband and son who has left to cherish his memory his: wife, Tonya Greenwood of the home; son, Tyce Greenwood also of the home; mother, Jane Benfield Greenwood of Altamont; grandmother, Alma Benfield of Altamont; mother and father-in-law, Gale and Beth Cunningham of Tilton, IL; father, Dr. Kenneth K. Greenwood of Johnson City, TN.; many beloved cousins and extended family.

Funeral services for Luke Roger Greenwood will be conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with Dr. Larry Phillips officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Future Education of Tyce Alexander Greenwood Fund at 245 Woodhaven Lane Boone, NC 28607.

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 Greenwood family.

Jane Gragg Vance (Jan. 4, 1914 – Jan. 14, 2015)



Jane Gragg Vance, 101, of Newland passed away on Jan. 14, 2015 at her residence.
She was born Jan. 4, 1914, in the Globe Area of Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Thomas H. Gragg and the late Minnie Coffey Gragg.

She was baptized into the Aaron Baptist Church in 1940. She enjoyed being a seamstress and artist.

Along with her parents, Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Damon Vance in 1999; a sister. Guidna Gragg Dunlap; a brother, Hackett Gragg.
A very loving mother, she leaves behind to cherish her memory, her daughter, Winnie Baird, and her husband, Jim, of Newland; sons, Walter Thomas Vance, and his dear friend, Bobbie Biggs, of Newland, Willis Herriel Vance, and his wife, Ruth, of Marion, Wayne Edward Vance, and his wife, Debbie, of Newland; brother, Edward Gragg of Carlsbad, NM; grandchildren, Christopher Arnett, Rhonda Arnett, Scott Vance, Tammy Gilbert, Jimmy Vance, Lacy Wheeler, Tommy Vance, Elijah Vance, Mark Reid; great grandchildren, Riley Vance, Regan Vance, Andrew Vance, Charlie Vance, Damon Charles Vance, and Jackson Charles Arnett.

Funeral services for Jane Gragg Vance will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Aaron Baptist Church in Montezuma, NC with the Revs. Roger Wise and George Stockton officiating. Interment will follow in the Taylor Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until the service hour Friday at the church.

Flowers are deeply appreciated or memorials may be made to Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 1357 Newland, NC 28657.

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 Vance family.





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