Avery, Watauga Obituaries – Nov. 25, 2015

Published Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Judy Tallman Hodges (Nov. 22, 1921 – Nov. 23, 2015)

Judy Tallman Hodges, age 94, of Bluff City passed away on November 23, 2015 at her residence.

A native of Sullivan County, Tenn., she was born Nov. 22, 1921 a daughter of the late John and Lottie Clark Tallman.

She was retired from Woolworths.



Along with her parents, Judy was preceded in death by her: husband, Carl Hodges; Sisters, Bessie Ledford, Ann Childers, Catherine Tarka, Elizabeth Hawkins, Patricia Tallman; Brothers, John Tallman, Jack Tallman, Edgar Tallman, Raymond Tallman, and Lester Tallman.

Judy has left to cherish her memory her: sisters, Mary Lou Richards of Huntersville, Carolyn Conanan of Moose Jaw, Canada; a host of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services for Judy Tallman Hodges will be held on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the Tate Cemetery with Walter Herring and Elder Chris Salley officiating. Everyone is too meet at the cemetery on Friday at 12:45 pm.

We would like to offer a very special thank you to Mike and Donna Tallman and Chris and Carol Salley for the wonderful and loving care they extended to Judy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blue Springs Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Brother Chris Salley 3445 Island Dr, Blountville, TN 37617.

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

Len Walter Cornett (March 16, 1949
- Nov. 21, 2015)

Len Walter Cornett, 66, of Highway 421 North, Boone, passed away Saturday afternoon, Nov. 21, 2015 at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.



Len was born March 16, 1949 in Watauga County, a son of the late Rev. Clyde Cornett and Blanche Phillips Cornett. He was a licensed electrician, and was retired as manager of the CED electrical supply. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was an active member of Mountain Dale Baptist Church. He was a Sunday School Teacher for twenty-five years and loved his class dearly. Len was very much a family man – a loving husband for almost 46 years, a great Dad and a caring Pop.

Len is survived by his wife, Betty Ward Cornett of the home; one daughter, Amy Lynn Cornett of Boone; one son, Travis Charlie Cornett and fiancée’ Amanda Oliver of Boone; one granddaughter, Tonya Brooklynn Hagie of Elizabethton; six sisters, Opal Hampton and husband Allen of Boone, Johnsie Stevens and husband Wesley of Zionville, Julie Icard and husband Yates of Connelly Springs, Merle Adams of Vilas, Jody Cornett of Mountain City, and Grace Ward of Boone; three brothers, Joe Warren and wife Ruth of Zionville, Clint Cornett and wife Ruth, and Blaine Cornett and wife Leta, all of Vilas; his father-in-law, Lonnie Ward of Sugar Grove; two brothers-in-law, Russell Ward and wife Naomi of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and Harley Ward and wife Donna of Jonesborough, Tennessee; and two sisters-in-law, Peggy Nicely and husband Jim of Vilas and Stella Chambers and husband Darell of Cornelius. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews, a host of special friends, and a great Pastor and his wife and church family. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Annie Ward, and a niece, Tonya Nicely.

Funeral services for Mr. Len Walter Cornett will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, November 25th at 2:00 o’clock at Mountain Dale Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 12:30 pm until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Pastor Eric Cornett and Pastor Wynn Greer. Military rites and burial, provided by the United States Army, American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow in the Mountain Dale Church Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon, from 12:30 pm until 2:00 o’clock, at the church, prior to the service.

The Cornett family expresses much appreciation to all the staff at the CLC for the compassionate and loving care that was given during this time. 

Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Dale Baptist Church, 2308 Mountain Dale Road, Vilas, North Carolina, 28692. 

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

Martha Norman Duckworth (Feb. 15, 1929 – Nov. 21, 2015)

Mrs. Martha Norman Duckworth, 86, of Norman Road, Boone, the Foscoe Community, passed away Saturday evening, November 21, 2015 at Watauga Medical Center.



Mrs. Duckworth was born February 15, 1929 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Clyde Mitchell Norman and Cordie Caroline McLean Norman. She was a homemaker, and attended Grace Baptist Church in Foscoe.

Mrs. Duckworth is survived by three daughters, Barbara Jean Blair of Elk Park, Brazilla Norris and husband Wade of Todd, and Melissa Munday and husband Terry of Creston; one son, Ronnie Duckworth and wife Deborah of Banner Elk; nine grandchildren, Deanna Eirich and husband Steve, Daniel Duckworth, Vanessa Ward and husband Ricky, Bobby Blair and wife Misty, Amanda Munday, Jared Munday and wife Ashley, Jeremy Munday, Rebecca Norris and fiancé Michael Hardy, and Jessica May and husband Ben; and ten great-grandchildren, Emily Ward, Logan, Skylar, Kara and Allie Blair, Deovion Norris, Addison and Isla Erich & Connor Munday, and Sarah Jane May. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gurney Duckworth, Jr.; her father and mother Clyde Mitchell and Cordie Caroline McLean Norman; two sisters, Gwendolyn Norman and Verlla Harrison; and four brothers, Raleigh, Eugene, Howard and Edward Norman.

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Norman Duckworth will be conducted Wednesday morning, November 25, 2015, at 11:00 o’clock, at Grace Baptist Church in the Foscoe Community. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 10:00 until 11:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Brother Brian Miller and Brother Jeff Fox. Burial will follow in the Tanglewood Cemetery in Linville.

The family will receive friends Wednesday morning, from 10:00 until 11:00 o’clock, at the church, prior to the service. 

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

Mr. Robert Shaver (Sept. 22, 1938 – Nov. 20, 2015)

Mr. Robert Dale Shaver, 77, of Independence, Virginia passed away Friday at his residence.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Moretz Shaver, one son, Sam Shaver and wife Trish of Independence, three grandchildren, four sisters in law, Helen and Irene Shaver of Independence, Gladys Shaver of Marion, VA, and Pauline Moretz and husband Howard of Lexington, NC, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Robert Dale Shaver will be conducted Monday morning at 11 am at the Gold Hill Baptist Church. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Bridle Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gold Hill Baptist Church, in care of Barbara Halsey, 1748 Gold Hill Road, Independence, VA 24348.

The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 oclock until 8 oclock at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence, VA.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence is serving the Shaver family.

Announcement courtesy of Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory.

Mr. Gale Harmon (April 10, 1928 – Nov. 19, 2015)



Gale Harmon, age 87, of Ward Mountain Road, Elk Park, passed away Thursday evening, November 19, 2015 at his home. Born April 10, 1928 in Avery County, he was a son of Will Jacob and Birdie Ward Harmon. Gale was a member of Beech Valley Baptist Church. He was a true pioneer who kept many mountain traditions alive, including making molasses and processing open fire apple butter. A farmer all his life, Gale truly enjoyed tobacco farming and raising cattle.

Mr. Harmon is survived by three brothers, Ted Harmon of Elk Park, Bill Harmon and wife, Joann of Sugar Grove and Ewing Harmon and wife, Frances, of Vilas; sister-in-law, Sue Harmon of Butler, TN; and numerous nieces and nephews who adored him. Gale is also survived by a host of special friends, including Kenneth Hicks, Rick Harmon, and caregivers, Pam Harmon and Valerie Combs. He was preceded in death by his parents, Will Jacob and Birdie Ward Harmon; sisters, Nannie Norris and June Weaver; and his brother, Clint Harmon.

Funeral services for Gale Harmon will be conducted Sunday afternoon, November 22, 2015 at 2:30 at Beech Valley Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Bill Warren and Rev. Quincy Norris. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1 until 2:30, prior to services, at Beech Valley Baptist Church. Graveside services will follow at the Harmon Family Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., NW, Lenoir, NC 28645, to the Fall Creek Fire Department #2, 2525 Buckeye Road, Elk Park, NC 28622, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be shared at the website austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

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

Buster Shawn Bare (March 01, 1968
- Nov. 19, 2015)



Buster Shawn Bare, 47, of Idlewild Road, West Jefferson, passed away Thursday evening, November 19, 2015, at Margate Health and Rehabilitation in Jefferson.

Shawn was born March 1, 1968 in Ashe County, a son of Kathy Marie Brown Jones and the late Buster Howard Bare. He was custom painter for a glass manufacturing company. He was a member of Bibleway Baptist Church.

Shawn is survived by his mother and step-father, Kathy and Clyde Jones of Boone; two sisters, Crystal Thomas and husband Wayne, and Robin Price and husband Brad, all of Boone; one sister-in-law, Christine Jones of Chattanooga, Tennessee; one aunt, Patty Miller and husband Ervin of Wilkesboro; and two uncles, Ronnie Blevins and wife Kelley of West Jefferson and Frank Bare and wife Donna of Wilkesboro. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Buster Howard Bare, and a step-brother, Scott Jones.

Funeral services for Buster Shawn Bare will be conducted Sunday afternoon, November 22, 2015 at 3:00 o’clock, at Bibleway Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 2:00 until 3:00. Officiating will be Reverend Michael Greene and Brother Keith Laws. 

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon, at the church, from 2:00 until 3:00, prior to the service. At other times, friends may call at the home of a sister, Robin Price, 233 Jack Hayes Road in Boone.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Medi-Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, North Carolina 28607 or Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, North Carolina 28645. 

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

Gladys Stansberry Harmon (Dec. 25, 1928
- Nov. 18, 2015)



Gladys Stansberry Harmon, 86, of 110 Summit Street, Boone, passed away Wednesday morning, November 18, 2015, at Watauga Medical Center.

Mrs. Harmon was born December 25, 1928 in Carter County, Tennessee, a daughter of the late John Henry Stansberry and Margaret Rebecca Phillips Stansberry. She was retired from Appalachian State University, and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Mrs. Harmon is survived by one daughter, Jeannie Harmon of Boone; one son, Jerry Harmon and wife Sarah of Raleigh; two grandsons, Marcus Harmon and wife Gabrielle of Charlotte, and Benjamin Harmon of Raleigh and his friend Tatum Linton of Charlotte; one great-grandson, Liam Harmon of Charlotte; one sister, Rose Ella Bradley of Monroe, and one sister-in-law, Betty Lou Stansberry of the Beech Creek Community. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray V. Harmon; one sister, Mabel Clark; three brothers, William J. Stansberry, Norman Stansberry, and Elbert Stansberry; two infant sisters, Beulah Mae Stansberry and Vernie Mae Stansberry, and one infant brother, Arlie Stansberry.

Funeral services for Gladys Stansberry Harmon will be conducted Friday morning, November 20, 2015, at 11:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. the body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 9:30 until 11:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Pastor Michael Gragg, Pastor David Aderhold, and Pastor Toby Oliver. Burial will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family will receive friends Friday morning, from 9:30 until 11:00 o’clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service. At other times, friends may call at the home of the daughter, 405 George Wilson Road, Boone.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, 604 Meadow Street, Greensboro, North Carolina, 27405. 

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

Mr. Glen D. Bodenhamer (Sept. 8, 1918 – Nov. 17, 2015)



Glen David Bodenhamer, 97, of Brown’s Chapel Rd., Boone, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at his home. Born September 8, 1918 in Watauga County, he was the son of the late Ike and Martha Bodenhamer.

Glen served in the US Navy from July, l944 – January, l946. He was a gunner on a merchant tanker in the Pacific during WWII. Glen was a charter member of Rutherwood Baptist Church and served as a deacon, Sunday School Secretary, van driver and on various committees. He loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, family, church, and the Rutherwood community.

In his early years, Glen worked in a saw mill lumber yard with his father and siblings, and later worked in construction for many years and helped build several offices that still stand in Boone. Even in retirement, he always kept busy enjoying his gardens, moving his lawn and visiting the sick. When his health no longer allowed him to continue doing these things, he enjoyed sitting on his scooter in the driveway waving to those passing by.

Mr. Bodenhamer is survived by his sons, John Bodenhamer and wife, Frankie, of Boone and Bob Bodenhamer and wife, Linda, of Gastonia; grandchildren, Tabitha Bodenhamer Taylor and husband, Brantley, and David Bodenhamer and wife, Brenda, all of Boone; great-grandchildren, Kortney and Wesley Bodenhamer of Mtn. City, TN and Daniel and Hannah Taylor and Dalton Hicks, all of Boone; great-great grandchildren; Sofia and Ryder Bodenhamer of Mtn. City, TN; sister-in-law, Ruby Bodenhamer of Boone; half brothers and sisters, Charles Cook and wife, Marie of Kannapolis, Michael Cook and wife, Barbara, of Gordonsville, VA, Ted Cook and wife, Greta, of Panama Beach, FL, Barbara Leake and husband, Donald, and Wanda Baker, all of Orange, VA, and David and wife, Joyce, of Gordonsville, VA. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mae Bodenhamer; daughter, Nancy Bodenhamer and siblings, Pearl Dobson, Clyde, Earl, and Claude Bodenhamer; and half-brothers, Jack and Mack Cook.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, November 21, at 2 PM, at Rutherwood Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Gary Lawrence and Rev. Hebert McCoy. The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:30 until 2 o’clock, prior to services. Military graveside honors, provided by the American Legion Post 130, will follow at Rutherwood Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Glen’s honor to; Gideon’s International, Boone Camp, PO Box 3602, Boone or to Project on Aging, Meals on Wheels, 132 Poplar Grove Connector, Suite A, Boone, NC 28607.

Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

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

Johnie E. Weaver (Oct. 23, 1925
- Nov. 17, 2015)



Johnie Elie Weaver, age 90.passed away peacefully at the Veterans Memorial Nursing Home in Fergus Falls, Minn., on Nov. 17, 2015.

Johnie was born October 23, 1925 to Elzie and Grace Weaver in Boone, North Carolina. 

Johnie is survived by, three sons: Larry Weaver, Johnie Jr. (Donna) Weaver, and James Weaver of Nimrod, MN; one daughter: Becky (Plummer) Sanderlin of Columbus, GA; three brothers: Squire E. Weaver. Jr., Roby (Margeret) Weaver, Roy (Pat) Weaver, all of Boone North Carolina; three sisters: Lois Triplett, Doris (Richard) Greer, and Louise Davis, all of Boone, NC; ten grandchildren: Susan (Chris) Triplett, Vickie (Eric) Miehe, Joseph (Tara) Weaver, Robert (Mary) 
Weaver,Pamela (Joseph) Downs, Plummer Sanderlin, Alan (Angie) Weaver, Jason (Randi) Weaver, Jessica Weaver (Jeremy Hinman), and Janessa Weaver, and eighteen great grandchildren.

Johnie is preceded in death by his parents Elzie and Grace Weaver, wife Lavonne Weaver, brother William Weaver, sister Joyce Holder; so Thomas Weaver, and great grandchild Clay Downs. 

Memorial services for Johnie Elie Weaver will be held at a later date. 

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

William Hade Smith (May 11, 1920
- Nov. 16, 2015)

Mr. William Hade Smith, 95, of Hade Smith Drive, Banner Elk, passed away Monday evening, Nov. 16, 2015 at the residence of his son in Wier, Mississippi.



Mr. Smith was born May 11, 1920 in Watauga County, a son of the late William C. Smith and Cora Hester Byrd Smith. He was a retired Rural Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, a World War II Army Veteran, and a member of White Rock Baptist Church.

Mr. Smith is survived by one son, Donald F. Smith and wife Margie of Wier, Mississippi; one granddaughter, Vanessa Kay Smith of Buford, Georgia; three grandsons, Jody Michael Smith and wife Amanda of Brandon, Mississippi, Hoyle Douglas Smith of Starkville, Mississippi, and Casey Don Smith of Pensacola, Florida; four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Velma Dobson of Atlanta, Georgia, Helen Rominger of Boone, Doris Bliss of Banner Elk and Victoria Yates of Vilas; and one brother, Charlie Yates and wife Lois of Lexington, North Carolina. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ada Mildred Shook Smith; one sister, Ruth Welch; and two brothers, Lowell and Byrd Smith.

Funeral Services for Mr. William Hade Smith will be conducted Friday afternoon, November 20, 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. Officiating will be Pastor Donald Smith. Burial will follow in the White Rock Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday afternoon, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Service, prior to the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, Post Office Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina 28607. 

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

Agnes Vivian Sayles (Jan. 22, 1923 – Nov. 14, 2015)

Agnes V. Sayles, 92, died peacefully on Saturday night, November 14, at Watauga Medical Center. Present with her was her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter.



Born in Black Hawk County, Iowa, on January 22, 1923, Agnes was the second daughter of Kate (Eldridge) and Christian Otto Refshauge. Otto, a first-generation Danish-American, had nine siblings. He lost his farm in the early years of the Depression. Before marrying, Kate was a one-room school teacher. Agnes attended Iowa State Teachers College, receiving a teaching certificate after two years. In 1942, she became a Government Girl in the War Department in Washington, D.C. Her office was later transferred to the Prudential Building in Newark, NJ. She went on to work for Newsweek in Manhattan. Returning home, she became a gauge tester in the tank-production division of the John Deere Company in Waterloo.

In 1947 she took a teaching job in Las Vegas, New Mexico, home of New Mexico Highlands University, where she took art classes. She later worked at J.C. Pennys. In 1950, she and her son, Leslie Bud Gerber, moved to Monrovia, California, to be closer to her mothers extended family. A skilled book-keeper, Agnes worked for the Telephone Company, Southern Counties Gas Company, the City of Monrovia, Engineering Science Corporation, and the Arcadia Tribute newspaper.

At Monrovia Methodist Church her passion for Christian Education was awakened. She worked in all phases of the Sunday school program and was celebrated for her innovative curricular ideas, dramatic productions and work in the arts. Later, her talents would result in a sojourn in Nashville, where she helped develop teaching materials for the United Methodist Church as a whole.

In 1963, she moved to nearby Sierra Madre and then to Pasadena, where she earned her B.A. at Pasadena Nazarene College. At the same time, she took over the care of her parents. After the death of her father in 1966, she moved with her mother to San Francisco, where she worked for the Board of Education.

Returning to the San Gabriel Valley, she studied Library Science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. This led to employment as the Head of Circulation at California Polytechnic University in Pomona. From there, Agnes went to California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, working in Computing Services.

In 1973, Agnes married Raymond Leroy Sayles, a World War II veteran and former colleague. With this, she became the stepmother of seven, a task she undertook with energy and dedication. Her special concerns were Chris and Paul Sayles, who suffered from Louis-Bar syndrome, degenerative nerve disorder that soon left them wheel-chair bound. After Rays death in 1980, she continued to be involved in the lives of the Sayles children, especially Ray, Jr., a contemporary of her son.

In her remaining years in California, Agnes cared for her mother, became a full-time Christian Education specialist, and continued as a librarian. She directed the Sunday school program at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Sierra Madre, moving next to Glendale Methodist Church as the Director of Christian Education. She officially retired from that position in 1988, the year her mother died. Thereafter, she was on the staff of the Sierra Madre Public Library.

In 1995, at the age of 72, she moved to Boone, North Carolina, to be closer to her sons family. She soon had joined the local Democratic Party, AARP, and Friends of the Library. At St. Lukes Episcopal Church her talents as teacher, artist, and event-planner were quickly put to use.

Increasingly concerned with the suffering of children in situations of war, she developed a deeper appreciation for Gandhi, King, Mother Teresa and other peace activists. This lead to a series of initiatives and projects both in the church and the community. She became known as someone who not only made wonderful signs and banners, but who also had the courage to display them in processions, demonstrations and parades.

Celebrating her life and legacy are her son, Leslie Gerber; daughter-in-law, Ann M. Gerber; in Asheville, granddaughter Noël Ivey; her husband, Justice H. Kraus; and their sons, Oskar Bernard Kraus (5) and Benedikt Bruno Kraus (2). Her stepchildren are Ray Sayles, Jr., of Downers Grove, Illinois; Cathy E. Schoon of Manson, Iowa; and Ellen A. Baldwin and Randy G. Sayles in Southern California. Cathy Gerlach (Chuck) and Frank Vitacco (Sandy) are the offspring of her deceased older sister, Alice Refshauge Vitacco. Her brother, Lyle Refshauge, still lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with son Ted. Lyles other children are Tom Refshauge (Joyce) of Rodgers, Arkansas; Janet Miltenberger (Joe) of Astoria, Oregon; Amy K. Refshauge of Springdale, Arkansas; and Linda Cates (Gary) of Mesa, Colorado.

The funeral for Agnes Sayles will be held at St. Lukes Episcopal Church in Boone on Friday, November 20, at 1:00 p.m. Interment in the Memorial Garden will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Episcopal Relief & Development, Maternal & Child Health Program. www.episcopalrelief.org.

Arrangements are through Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared with the Sayles family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

Agnes family hereby pays special tribute to the personnel at Appalachian Brian Estates and Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living for the years of patient, never-flagging care they provided.

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