Avery, Watauga Obituaries – Nov. 17, 2015

Published Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

Mr. Mike Pendley (Sept. 8, 1958 – Nov. 16, 2015)

James “Mike” Pendley passed away peacefully Monday, November 16, 2015 after a brief but courageous fight with lung cancer. By his side during his final hours was his wife of almost 37 years, Jan.

BigPendley, Mike 2-1Mike was born in New London, Connecticut in 1958 to Bill and Pat Pendley but moved to Watauga County as a young child. He was a member of Willow Valley Church.

He and Jan met as young teenagers and became inseparable soon after. They were married in 1978, and became parents of twins the following year. Their love and dedication to one another through the years was evident to all their family and friends. When not busy at work, Mike and Jan enjoyed traveling to their favorite vacation destination in Mexico. He was an avid horse lover who participated in many community rides and wagon trains. Mike loved Sundays golfing with his brother-in-law Steve and his best friend Tim. He lived for summer visits with his grandkids spent at Tweetsie or the zoo. He was a long time employee of New River Building Supply. Mike will be remembered for his love of sports, his warm smile, and the love he had for his family.

Mike is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ford and Leola Hollars and maternal grandparents, David and Ruia Bentley, mother and father in law, Fred and Wilma Winebarger, and his nephew, Jason Norwood.

Mike is survived by his wife, Jan, son, Kevin Pendley, daughter, Kristin Baltazar and her husband JD; beloved grandchildren, Jaden and Cameron; father and mother, Bill and Pat Pendley; brother, Rick Pendley and wife Diane; sister, Ann Norwood, sisters in law, Ann Shipman and husband Steve, and Sandy Swift and husband Dana; and a number nieces and nephews.


The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the Seby Jones Cancer Center and the dedicated staff or nurses, doctors, and other caregivers for their tireless efforts and dedication to Mike’s care.


Memorial services for Mr. Mike Pendley will be conducted Friday morning, November 20th at 11 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Ray Greene and Rev. Gordon Noble. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. At other times friends may call at the residence, 469 Ward Greene Road, Vilas, NC 28692.

The family respectfully asks for no flowers. Memorials can be made directly to the Seby Jones Cancer Center, PO Box 2570, Boone, NC 28607 or the charity of your choice.


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

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

Lillie “Pat” Patricia Hutcheson (Jan. 18, 1950 – Nov. 15, 2015)

Lillie Patricia Hutcheson of Crossnore, NC passed away Sunday Nov. 15, 2015 at Mission Hospital in Asheville after an extended illness.

Pat was born in Jonesboro, Tenn., Jan. 18, 1950 to the late Henry Arthur and Mable Elizabeth McNeese. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her step mother Jessie Green McNeese, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and 1 grandson.



Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 40 years Eddie, son Michael Gobble of Manning, SC, son Michael Hutcheson of Crossnore, son Chris Hutcheson and wife Tracy of Crossnore, grandson Caleb Hutcheson of Crossnore, grandson Tyler Hutcheson and wife Sierra of Pineola, NC with soon-to-be great grandson Easton Hayes Hutcheson, grandson Adrian Boone of Burnsville, NC, sister Judy Johnson and husband Corbett of Crossnore, sisters Brenda Booth and Annie Lyon of Johnson City, Tn., brother Junior McNeese and wife Karen of Gray, Tn., brother Bobby Green of Johnson City, Tn., as well as dozens of nieces and nephews.

Pat had just recently retired from managing a women’s clothing store in Spruce Pine, NC for almost 20 years. She was a city girl who found out she was meant to be a mountain girl after she married Eddie. The first gift Eddie ever bought her was a fishing rod and reel, after that she loved nothing more, other than her family and her God, than being on a trout stream in Montana with Eddie, Judy and Corbett, or in a boat on some lake around home with Eddie. She loved sunrises, sunsets, mountains, fast running streams, wild animals, snow, hummingbirds, wildflowers and travel with Eddie.

Funeral services for Pat will be held at Crossnore First Baptist Church in Crossnore Thursday November 19, visitation from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM with the service to follow. Pastors Tony Clark and Harold Bennet will officiate. The graveside service with be held 1:00 PM Friday November 20 at the Cuthbertson Cemetary in Crossnore.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Newland NC is serving the family.

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 Hutcheson family.

Dockie Leonard Triplett (May 30, 1936
- Nov. 14, 2015)

Mr. Dockie Leonard Triplett, 79, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina from complications due to a stroke.

He was born in Boone, North Carolina and was the son of the late Glenn and Narlie Miller Triplett. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite Humphrey Triplett in 2012. He was owner of Triplett Logging Company and retired in 2001. He had lived in Washington County, Virginia for the past 31 years and prior to that was a resident of Boone, North Carolina. He was a member of the Damascus Senior Center.

Survivors include his children, Glenn Triplett and wife Tonya of Damascus, Virginia; Sherry Tibbs and husband Jeff of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Danny Triplett and wife Jeanette of Bristol, Virginia; one sister, Lorene Miller and husband Luther of Boone, North Carolina; 5 very special grandchildren, Justin, Teea, Seth, Daniel and Brittany and two very special great grandchildren.

Graveside services for Mr. Dockie Triplett will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Mt. Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, 521 Old East King Street, Boone, North Carolina with the Pastor Zane Tester officiating and music will be provided by Amber Collins.

The family will receive friends after the service at the Perkinsville Baptist Church in Boone, North Carolina from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Active Pallbearers will be Justin Triplett, Daniel Triplett, Seth Triplett Pardue, Bill Higgins, Jeramiah Hampton, Dwayne Miller and Tim Miller.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lynn Castle, Mac Hodges, Everett Adams, Lacy Tyner, Barry Miller and Brian Ballard. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston Salem, North Carolina 27157 in memory of Mr. Dockie Triplett or online at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to donate to the Stroke Center.

Online condolences may be sent to the Triplett family at www.frostfuneralhome.com.

Frost Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Abingdon, Virginia is honored to serve the family of Mr. Dockie L. Triplett. Assistance and announcement courtesy of Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service.

Mary Ellen S. Horine (Feb. 19, 1932 – Nov. 13, 2015)

Mary Ellen Stacy Horine, born February 19, 1932 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a daughter of John Sherwood Stacy and Mary Kennedy Stacy,

died November 13, 2015 in Boone, NC. When she was still a child, her family moved to the Panama Canal Zone where she grew up and then returned to begin raising her children.



Mary Ellen was a life-long educator. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving her BA in Education. She also received her Masters Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder and her Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from UNC-Greensboro.

Mary Ellen had a long and varied career in education including teaching in Puerto Rico, Denver, CO., Panama Canal Zone, and Hardin Park School in Boone and ultimately becoming Assistant Principal there.

Her last teaching post before retirement was as an Adjunct Professor at Appalachian State University, supervising student teachers. Mary Ellen was a tireless substitute for the Watauga County schools as well. She cared deeply about children and knew how to reach them in the education setting. She loved children and they loved her!

Mary Ellen was an active participant in the Colonial Garden Club, The Retired Teachers Association, ASU Womens Association, Gourmet supper club and the Fifty Nighters Dance Club. She also touched the lives of many as a Weight Watchers Leader. Mary Ellen loved to travel. With her husband, a professor at ASU, the Horines traveled the world on their breaks from teaching; and their home reflects those adventures with numerous collected treasures.

Mary Ellen loved her family. She was predeceased by her son Larry Sherwood Horine in 1998. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Larry E. Horine; her children Stace E Horine (Sheila) of Asheville and Mary Sheryl Horine (Stacy) of Boone; and daughter-in-law Joni Horine of Boone. She is also survived by her adoring grandchildren; Margaret K. Horine, Katherine P. Horine, Hannah W. Horine of Asheville; Zakary S. Horine, Joshua B. Horine, Grace S. Horine, Carlton J. Horine, Cole K. Horine of Boone; and one great-grandchild, Emma A.W. Horine of Asheville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made either to the Continuing Education Fund for Teachers, c/o Hardin Park School, 361 Jefferson Rd., Boone, N.C. 28607 or the Woodson-Horine International Scholarship, in care of Appalachian State University Foundation, Gift Processing Center, ASU Box 32014, Boone, North Carolina, 28608.

The family will receive friends at the home of Mary Sheryl Horine at 887 Blairmont Drive in Boone. A visitation will be held at 2:00pm on November 15, 2015 at the Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Blvd, Boone, NC 28607 and followed by a celebration of life service at 3:00pm.

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

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Horine family.

George Milton Foster (Oct. 21, 1942 – Nov. 12, 2015)

George Milton Foster, Jr., age 73, of Lenoir passed away on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 at Caldwell UNC Healthcare. He was born Oct. 21, 1942 in Wilkes County to the late George M. and Espa Anderson Foster, Sr.

BigFoster, MiltonMr. Foster was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church.

He was a member of the Hibriten Masonic Lodge #262 A.F. & A.M., Snow Masonic Lodge of Boone, Oasis Shriner, Foothills Shrine Club and National Sojourners 553. Mr. Foster retired from the Army with the 82nd Airborne Division, a Vietnam veteran and served in Desert Storm. He was a lifetime member of the DAV and American Legion. He was also a beekeeper with the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association. He was owner of Miltons Locksmith service. Milton was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and a friend to all.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Killian Foster, of the home; two daughters, Melissa Granger and husband Andy of Hickory, and Jennifer Holder and husband Adam of Wake Forest; two step-daughters, Regina Adkins of Hickory and Michelle Hargus and husband Kevin of Granite Falls, two brothers, William Foster of Wilkesboro and Larry Foster of Boone; four sisters, Grace Brinegar of Wilkesboro, Helen Stamper of St. Louis, MO; Judy Jones of Boone, and Linda Jones of West Jefferson; five grandchildren, Blaine Butler, Madison Butler, Marlowe Holder, Jessica Causby and Michael Hargus; and two great-grandchildren, Raylee Hargus and Evelyn Causby.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home chapel conducted by Rev. Jeff Burkheimer and Rev. Tim Jones. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens with military honors by the National Guard and the Caldwell County Honor Guard, followed by Masonic graveside rites by the Hibriten Lodge #262.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

Serving as pallbearers will be members of the Hibriten Masonic Lodge #262.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Shriners Hospital for Crippled & Burned Children, 604 Doug Mayes Pl., Charlotte, NC 28268 and the Kidney Foundation of N.C, 5950 Fairview Rd, Suite 708, Charlotte, NC 28210.

Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com. Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas “Tom” Sudderth (May 17, 1954 – Nov. 12, 2015)

Thomas Felton “Tom” Sudderth, 61, of Montezuma passed away on November 12, 2015 at his residence.

Tom was born in Augusta, Georgia, May 17, 1954 a son of Felton and Margaret Blalock Sudderth of Montezuma.



He was a member of the Aaron Baptist Church and retired as the Club House Manager from Grandfather Golf and Country Club after over 40 years of service.

Tom was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Larry Sudderth.

In addition to his parents, Tom has left to cherish his memory his wife, Kay McCloud Sudderth of the home; daughter, Ruthie Lauren Sudderth of the home and currently North Carolina State University in Raleigh; brother, Dr. Steve Sudderth, and his wife, Vickie, of Morganton; nephews, Ryan and Reid Sudderth, Glenn Sharber, William McCloud, Lee Waterfield, Wayne Self, Daniel McCloud; niece, Chrissie Cannady; a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and extended family.

Funeral services for Thomas Felton “Tom” Sudderth will be conducted at 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at the Aaron Baptist Church with Dr. Jamie Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until the service hour Sunday at the church. Family, friends, and pallbearers will gather at the funeral home on Monday, November 16, at 9:15 am to go in procession to the Montezuma Cemetery for interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: American Cancer Society.

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

David Robert Pickard (March 11, 1949
- Nov. 10, 2015)

Mr. David Robert Pickard, age 66, of Big Hill Road, Boone, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 10, 2015 at his residence.



David was born March 11, 1949 in Grand Island, Nebraska, a son of the late Robert David Pickard and Wilnetta Rice Pickard. He was a retired remodeling contractor and served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. David was a very active member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90 in Boone.

David is survived by his fiancé, Libby Clawson of the home; one daughter, Dawn Pickard Tyer and husband Frankie, and one granddaughter, Reece Tyer, all of Castle Hayne, North Carolina. 

Funeral services for Mr. David Robert Pickard will be conducted Saturday afternoon, November 14, 2015, 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 Reverend Mike Townsend. Military graveside rites and burial, provided by the United States Navy, American Legion Post 130, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, PO Box 2914, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

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

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

Rex Martin Greene (July 3, 1942 – Nov. 10, 2015)

Rex Martin Greene, 73, of Mountain City, Tennessee, and formerly of Boone, passed away Tuesday morning, November 10, 2015 at Watauga Medical Center.



Born July 3, 1942 in Watauga County, he was a son to Burl and Lucille Hayes Greene. Rex was a member of Rutherwood Baptist Church. He retired from the NC Department of Corrections. At the Yadkin Department of Corrections, he taught Math, English and cooking to the prison inmates through a program sponsored by Mitchell Community College. Rex enjoyed spending time with family and friends on the waters of Watauga Lake.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Winkler Greene; sons, David Greene and wife, Angela, of Yadkinville and Phillip Greene and wife, Kelly, of Apex; four granddaughters, Olivia and Emma Greene of Yadkinville and Sydney and Mollie Greene of Apex; step-daughters, Tracy Lyerly and husband Richard of Boone, April Tucker and husband, Finley of Lenoir, and Susan Millsaps of Vilas; seven step-grandchildren; Haley, Alex, Allison, Nicci, Heather, Miranda and Michael; sister, Carolyn Stephens and husband, Doug, of Culpeper, VA; and brothers, Tom Greene and wife, Gale and Lynn Greene and wife, Tracey, all of Boone. A number of nieces and nephews also survive. Rex was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be conducted Saturday afternoon, November l4th at 2 o’clock, at Rutherwood Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Gary Lawrence and Rev. Jim Norman. The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 12:30 until 2 o’clock, prior to services, at the church.

At other times, the family will be at the home of Tom Greene, 196 Mustard Field Road, Boone.

Memorials may be made to Rutherwood Baptist Church, 142 Don Hayes Road, Boone, NC 28607. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staffs of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Watauga Medical Center for their care and compassion shown to Rex and his family.

Online condolences may be shared at the website austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Greene family.



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