Avery, Watauga Obituaries – March 3, 2015

Published Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 8:06 am

Adam J. Townsend (April 10, 1921 – March 2, 2015) 

Adam Townsend, 93, of Norman Road, Boone, the Foscoe community, passed away Monday afternoon, March 2, at Life Care of Banner Elk.

Funeral arrangements for Adam Townsend are incomplete.

Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Townsend family.

George William Leali, Sr. (Nov. 1, 1944 – Feb. 27, 2015) 

George William Leali, Sr. 70, of Beach Mountain passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at Life Care Center in Banner Elk.

Mr. Leali was the former owner and operator of Admiral Pool Service of Miami, Florida.

He is survived by his wife Michelle Arline Moscato Leali of the home; one son George Leali, Jr. and wife Jennifer of Debary, Fla; two daughters, Gina Lelai and Kimberly Allen; and a grandson, Austin Leali, all of Sanford, Fla.

He was preceded in death by is father and mother, Libero Leali and Mary Lee Watkins Leali, one brother and one sister.

Memorial Services for Mr. George William Leali, Sr. will be held at a later date.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and caregivers at the Life Care Center of Banner Elk and especially to Dr. David Kimmel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Life Care Center of Banner Elk, 185 Norwood Hollow Road, Banner Elk, North Carolina 28604.

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

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

Margaret Buchanan Johnson (July 3, 1929 – Feb. 26, 2015)

Johnson

Johnson

Margaret Buchanan Johnson, 85, of Newland passed away at her home surrounded by her family.

She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Edna Pritchard Buchanan.

Margaret was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray Johnson; her daughter, Joyce Johnson Fletcher; her brothers, Alex, Floyd, Hugh, Charles; and her sister Ella.

Left to cherish her memory are son, Johnny and wife, Jackie Blair Johnson of Newland, N.C.; daughter, Delores Johnson Phillips and husband, Robert of Winston-Salem, N.C.; brother, Herbert Jr. and wife Peggy Daniels Buchanan of Piedmont, S.C.; four grandchildren, Andy and wife Alison Johnson of Linville, N.C.; Chad and wife Gabriela Goins of Lexington, S.C.; Holly Carpenter and husband Jason of Lenoir, N.C.; Monica Stover and husband Joel of Duncan, S.C. and by four great-grandchildren, Ruby, Laney, Grady and Matthew.

Margaret was known to all for her affectionate personality and her willingness to help others. For many years she welcomed children into her home by providing child care for them. She also worked as a trainer at Glen Raven Hosiery Mill and retired as a trainer at TRW/IRC in Newland. She was a faithful church member and former Sunday School Teacher.

Services for Margaret Buchanan Johnson will be Saturday, Feb. 28 1:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Ingham officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service hour at the church. Interment will follow in the Ashley Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Andy Johnson, Chad Goins, Jason Carpenter, Joel Stover, Adam Harmon, Jonathan Coppedge-Henley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Emmanuel Baptist Church, Newland, N.C.

Margaret will be laid to rest beside her husband, Ray at Ashley Cemetery in Newland, N.C.

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 Johnson family.

Billy Thomas McNeil (June 17, 1937 – Feb. 25, 2015) 

Billy Thomas McNeil, 77, of Old Highway 421 South, Boone, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, Feb. 25, 2015, at Blowing Rock Hospital.

McNeil

McNeil

Billy was born June 17, 1937 in Watauga County, son of the late William Corbett and Mirtie Greene McNeil. He was a farmer, and owned and operated McNeil Farm, along with his wife Lena Greene McNeil. He raised poultry for 25 years for Holly Farms Company of Wilkesboro. He also raised cattle and hogs. Billy was also Night Custodian and Bus Driver at Parkway School for 10 years. He was a member of Rutherwood Baptist Church.

Billy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lena Greene McNeil of the home; one daughter, Cindy McNeil Jones and fiance Ronnie H. Storie of Boone; one granddaughter, Leslie Nicole Trivette and her friend Nate Cook of Boone; four great-grandchildren, Kayla Saleen, Hailey Grace, Jedon Link, and Maci Elizabeth Trivette, all of Boone, one niece, Sharon Greer and husband Jerry of Boone, one nephew, Blake Brown and wife Ann of Boone, and one aunt, Lois Greene Norris of Boone. He is also survived a special former son-in-law, Tim Jones, who faithfully helped him, part-time, on the farm for 21 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Ella McNeil Parlier and Eula McNeil Brown, and two brothers-in-law, Howard “Jay” Parlier and R.V. Brown, Jr.

Funeral services for Billy Thomas McNeil will be conducted Sunday afternoon, March 1, 2015, at 3:00 o’clock, at Rutherwood Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 2:00 until 3:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Reverend Gary Lawrence, Reverend Herbert McCoy and Mr. Tim Moretz. Burial will follow in Rutherwood Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening, from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m., at Hampton Funeral Service. At other times, friends may visit the family at Blowing Rock Extended Care, Room 209.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and caregivers at the Cranberry House Assisted Living of Newland and all the wonderful staff Blowing Rock Extended Care. The family would also like to express a very special thanks to four wonderful nurses, Melissa Robinson, Chris Wallace, Tami Roark, and Lorraine Miller, that took Billy under their wings and cared for him.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Medi Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, or to Medi Home Hospice of Avery, PO Box 1357, Newland, North Carolina, 28657.

The family has respectfully requested no food.

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

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

Mariam Kincaid Lawrence (April 19, 1917 – Feb. 25, 2015) 
Mrs. Mariam Kincaid Lawrence, 97, of 636 John Shell Road, Sugar Grove, widow of Mr. Howard W. Lawrence, passed away Wednesday morning, Feb. 25, 2015, at Watauga Medical Center.

Lawrence

Lawrence

Mrs. Lawrence was born April 19, 1917 in Caldwell County, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Marshall Wilfong Kincaid and Annie Clay Kincaid. She moved to Watauga County in the 1920’s, where later she was a member of the first graduating class of Bethel High School. She was a homemaker, and devoted wife to Mr. Lawrence for 66 years. She was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother in addition to being a foster mother to many children over the years.

Mrs. Lawrence is survived by two daughters, Sue Barber and husband Reverend Doug Barber of Danville, Virginia, and Dena Comer and husband Bruce of Elk Park; six sons, Gerald Lawrence of Vilas, John Lawrence and wife Sarah of Winston-Salem, Thomas Lawrence and wife Lula of Sugar Grove, Edwin Lawrence of Charlotte, Allen Lawrence and wife Willene of Salisbury, and Joel Lawrence and wife Regina of Rockwell, North Carolina; one foster son, Tom Greene of Winston-Salem; two former daughters-in-law, Rebecca and Teri; one sister, Irene Kincaid Wright of Greensboro, and special friend and caregiver, Jenny Cole of Boone. She is also survived by twenty grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren, two great great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard W. Lawrence; three sisters, Elizabeth Conrad, Joyce Inman, and Charlotte Kincaid; and three brothers, Howard, Harold and Willis Kincaid.

Funeral services for Mrs. Mariam Kincaid Lawrence will be conducted Saturday afternoon, Feb. 28, 2015, at 2:00 o’clock, at Calvary Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 12:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Reverend Doug Barber and Reverend Daniel Lawrence. Burial will follow in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 774 John Shell Road, Sugar Grove, North Carolina 28679.

Online condolences may be sent to the Lawrence Family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com.

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

 

Mr. Hoyle H. Davis, Sr. (Feb. 17, 1923 – Feb. 25, 2015)

Mr. Hoyle Hampton Davis, Sr., 92, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Glenbridge Health & Rehabilitation.

He is survived by one son, Davy Davis of Boone and one daughter, Myra Mobley of Fairfax, Va.; four granddaughters: Emily Davis Ward and husband Brandon of Elk Park, Lindsay Davis Henson and husband Chad of Sugar Grove, Kristen Davis and husband Justin Hicks of Boone and Brittney Davis of Charlotte; four great grandchildren, Tate & Brodie Ward, Gemma Henson and Gunner Hicks; sisters: Shirley Critcher and husband Lawford of Boone, Beulah Proffitt of Boone, Brothers: Paul Davis of West Virginia, James Davis and wife Kris of Florida, Johnnie Davis and wife Betty of Boone, Arlie Davis and wife Ann of Lincolnton, and Sister in law, Joyce Davis of Boone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Hampton and Emma Bryant Davis, his wife, Martha Harrison Davis, two brothers: Robert Davis and Carroll Davis and two sisters: Linda Kapral and Blanche Greene.

Funeral services for Mr. Hoyle Hampton Davis will be conducted Tuesday morning, March 3, at 11 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Seth Norris. Burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens with military graveside services provided by American Legion Post 130, and Masonic graveside rites provided by Snow Lodge #363. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10 o’clock until 11 o’clock at theAustin & Barnes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Seth Norris.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hickory Ridge Museum, PO Box 295, Boone, NC 28607. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

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

 

Mr. Jerry J. Garlock (March 13, 1938 – Feb. 24, 2015) 

Mr. Jerry John Garlock, 76, of Boone, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, 2015.

Garlock

Garlock

Born March 13, 1938 in Galveston, Texas, he was a son of the late Ray and Louise McCarty Garlock. He was a devoted husband, father and friend. Jerry was a faithful member of Deerfield United Methodist Church. He served in the US Coast Guard, and was a realtor, contractor and partner in Fun-N-Wheels and Magic Mountain Mini Golf.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, June Garlock, two sons, Mike Garlock and Kim of Boone, and John Garlock and Tammy of Charlotte, six grandchildren, Beth and Grace Garlock, Christie Jones and husband Eddie, Scott Garlock, Ben Pierson, Kelli and Jason Alford, three great grandchildren, Aiden Watson, Colson Jones, and Roman Pierson, two sisters, Pat and Barbara and one brother, Wayne Garlock. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Garlock.

Funeral services for Mr. Jerry Garlock will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 oclock at Deerfield United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Evelyn Lemons and Rev. Barry Raker. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 oclock until 2 oclock at Deerfield United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Deerfield United Methodist Church, 1184 Deerfield Road, Boone, NC 28607.

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

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

 

Mr. Dan G. Miller (May 06, 1938 – Feb. 24, 2015) 

Dan Graham Miller, 76, of Howards Creek Road, Boone, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at his home.

Miller

Miller

Born May 6, 1938 in Watauga County, he was a son of Joseph Harrison and Ada Winebarger Miller. Mr. Miller served as a Deacon and song leader at Rich Mountain Baptist Church for more than 35 years. As a young man, Dan enlisted in the US Army and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. Being a devoted husband, father and grandfather, it was important to Dan that he provide his families’ needs. He successfully owned and various business’ in Watauga County for many years and in his spare time he enjoyed woodworking and meticulously handcrafted musical instruments and grandfather clocks.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Betty McNeil Miller; his parents; four sisters, Mary, Goldie, Verlie and Ruby Kathleen; and eight brothers, Hubert Clint, Earl, Dean, Wade, Arlie, Lloyd, Blaine and Charles.

Mr. Miller is survived by one daughter, Mary Jane Norris and husband, Bobby of Boone; one son Danny Miller and wife Kenda of Boone; four grandchildren; Neko Worley and husband, Chuck; Danielle Bledsoe and husband Joey; Kendra Hayes and husband Chris and Robby Norris and wife Skylar all of Boone; ten great grandchildren; Michael Worley and wife, Jessie, Brad Worley and wife, Nicole, Graham, Abbei, and Kylea Bledsoe, Madason, Makenlea and Maylea Hayes, and Mackenzie, and Kase Norris; three great, great grandchildren, Ava, Brook and Bristol Worley; two brothers, Glenn Miller and wife, Sue, and Leroy Miller, all of Baltimore, Md.; and two sisters-in-law, Myrtle Miller of Baltimore and Edith Miller of Boone. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 28, at 2 p.m. at Rich Mountain Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Delmar James and Rev. Vernon Eller. Burial with Military Honors provided by American Legion Post 130 will follow in the Jim McNeil Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 until 8 o’clock at Austin & Barnes. At other times, the family will be at the Miller residence.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memorial & Honors Program, 6279 Fairview Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210, or to the American Lung Assoc., 55 w. Wacker Dr., Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

Online condolences may be shared with the Miller family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Miller family.

Jeanetta Jean F. Hill (Nov. 8, 1933 – Feb. 24, 2015) 

 

Jeanetta Jean Fields Hill, 81, of Zionville, North Carolina, left her earthly family and went to be with our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. She passed at Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, NC, surrounded by her family.

Hill

Hill

Jean was born on Nov. 8, 1933, to S. W. and Faye Fields in Dublin, TX. Although removed from her Texas homeland–swept away by a young and suave Navy pilot, Capt. J.C. Hill–she never lost her love of pecans. She did not, however, like barbecue.

She and J.C. settled on a small farm in Zionville in 1970 to finish raising their family. They retired from the Navy in 1974. Jean loved sports and supporting her boys athletic pursuits while they attended Watauga High School. She was very involved in the community. A member at Mabel UMC, she served as a Sunday school teacher and administrative chairperson for a number of years. Jean enjoyed working with children as a substitute teacher at Mabel Elementary School. She was an active member of the Watauga County Republican Party and worked many elections at the polls. Jean was also a member of Eastern Star.

To say Jean enjoyed sports is an understatement. She loved the Dallas Cowboys, UNC Tarheel basketball, Atlanta Braves baseball and tennis. Jean always seemed to be knitting a scarf or blanket, and also enjoyed crochet, sewing, quilting, and upholstery. She took great pleasure playing Bridge at the senior center and sharing her love of cards and games with her grandchildren. There was never a greater fan of George Strait than Jean.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, the late Captain James Colson J.C. Hill, USN (Ret.); one brother, Chester Fields.

She is survived by 2 sisters; Laurie Fields of Humble, Tex., and Diana Lynn Fields of Houston, Tex.; her three sons: Major James Colson Hill, II, USA (Ret.) (Beth) of Aurora, Ill.; ATC (AW) David A. Hill, USN (Ret.) of Zionville; CWO3 John E. Hill, USN (Ret.) (Sarah) of Zionville; five grandchildren: Georgina Hill Glendon (Matthew) of Augusta, Ga.; James Colson Hill, III, (Veronica) of Zionville; Hollie Hill of Lebanon, VA; Melanie Ann Hill of Kansas City, Mo; and Kala Hill Allen (Brian) of Unicoi, Tenn.; and 6 great-grandchildren: Emily, Gideon, Natalie, Elliott, Callie, Shelby.

The family will receive friends at 11 o’ clock on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Mabel United Methodist Church. The funeral will follow at 12 o’ clock. Rev. Katherine Cornell of Mabel United Methodist Church will be officiating. Interment will follow for immediate family at Mount Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Western Watauga Community Center, 1081 Old US Highway 421, Sugar Grove, NC 28679.

Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin and Barnes Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

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