Watauga, Avery Obituaries – July 24, 2018

Published Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 4:40 pm

The following are recent obituary notices from Austin & Barnes and Hampton funeral homes in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland.

Dexter D. Trivette 
(May 14, 1935 – July 18, 2018) 

    Mr. Dexter Dean (Doc) Trivette, age 83, of US Hwy 321, Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Watauga Medical Center. Born in Watauga County May 14, 1935, he was a son of the late Roy Lee and Isabell Trivette. Dexter was an electrician and a farmer. He was a co-owner of Mountaineer Electric for many years. 
    He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Willrea Ward Trivette of the Foley Center in Blowing Rock, two daughters, Brickie Townsend and husband Bennie of Mountain City, and Vickie Trivette of Vilas, seven grandchildren, Anthony Townsend and wife Tonya of Mountain City, Bradley Townsend and wife Sage of Navarre, FL, Hadley Townsend and wife Amy of Elizabethton, TN, Stana Coffey of Boone, Karla Arnold and husband Van of Mountain City, Shannon Coffey of Blowing Rock and Josh Trivette of Zionville, nine great grandchildren one sister, Lennis Snyder and husband Allen of Mountain City, one sister in law, Glenda Hodges of Boone and one brother in law, Linville P. Ward of Boone, and a number of nieces and nephews. 
    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one son, Rickie Dee Trivette, three sisters, Nellie Stephens and husband Steve, Blanche Carter and husband David and Orbie Ward, and one brother, Dennis Trivette. 
    Memorial services for Mr. Dexter Trivette will be conducted Saturday afternoon, July 21, 2018 at 2 PM at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. 
    The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the services from 1 PM until 2 PM. Online condolences may be shared with the Trivette family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Trivette family.

 

Mrs. Faye G. Motley 
(July 19, 1927 – July 18, 2018) 

    Mrs. Faye Greene Motley, age 90, of Charlotte and formerly of Blowing Rock, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the Levine Dickson Hospice House in Charlotte. Faye was born July 19, 1927 in Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Elliott R. Motley, III. Faye was a member of the First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock, and volunteered throughout the community helping others. She worked along with her husband as a dental assistant.
    She is survived by one daughter, Helen Polito and husband Tom of Charlotte, three sons, Jerry Furr and Mike Furr of Charlotte and Pat Furr and wife Tonya of Monroe. She is also survived by eight grandchildren.
    Graveside services and burial for Mrs. Faye Motley will be conducted Friday, July 20, 2018 at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Watauga Humane Society, PO Box 1835, Boone, NC 28607.
    Online condolences may be shared with the Motley family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Motley family.

 

Bennie R. Byrd 

(July 12, 1942 – July 19, 2018) 

    Mr. Bennie Ray Byrd, Sr., age 76 of Zionville, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Lifecare Center of Banner Elk. He was the son of the late Will and Emma Byrd. Bennie loved excavating and did so for many years. He loved being on a backhoe, bulldozer, roller, or on a farm tractor. He never met a stranger and he loved a good prank and joke. He loved to make people smile and always wanted to bring happiness to others. After the excavating, Bennie loved to sell produce, or give it away which he often did. 
    He was known to many as Mater Man. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Andy Byrd and Bill Byrd, and one son-in-law, Timmy Proffitt.
    He is survived by his wife, Sharon M. Byrd of Banner Elk. He is also survived by his son Bennie Ray Byrd, Jr. and wife Kim of Zionville, two daughters, Angela Proffitt of Morganton, and Kathy Misty Gregg and husband Scott of Zionville, one grandson, Benjamin Proffitt of Morganton, two granddaughters, Sydney Profitt of Morganton and Jayla Gregg of Zionville, two brothers, Bennett Byrd and wife Mary of Zionville, and Baxter Byrd and wife Janet of Zionville, one sister, Rosedna Thomas and husband Ronnie of Zionville, and a number of nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services for Bennie Ray Byrd, Sr. will be conducted Monday, July 23, 2018 at
    2 p.m. in the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Byrd Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the services Monday from 12 to 2 p.m.
    Flowers are appreciated or donations can be made to Medi Home Health and Hospice or Lifecare Center of Banner Elk.
    Online condolences may be shared with the Byrd family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Byrd family.

 

Jimmy R. Minor 
(April 27, 1946 – July 19, 2018) 

    Mr. Jimmy Ray Minor, age 72 of Fleetwood, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018 at his residence. He was a native of Guilford County and the son of the late Luman and Nell Cook Minor. He was a very active member in churches in High Point and the Boone area. Jimmy was a car dealer in the High Country area for many years and was adored by many friends.
    He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Minor, daughters, Sarah Marlana Brostowicz and her husband Dan of Mint Hill, N.C. , and Pamela Anastasia (Stacey) Wainscott and her husband Ken of Lakeland, Florida. He is also survived by grandchildren, Hudson, Jessup, Dustin, Noelle, Brittany, Holly, and Nicholas.
    Funeral services for Mr. Jimmy Ray Minor will be conducted Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 5 p.m. in the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 4-5 p.m. prior to the services Sunday.
    Graveside services will be conducted Monday, July 23, 2018 at 3 p.m. in the Floral Garden Memorial Park in High Point, N.C.
    Online condolences may be shared with the Minor family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Minor family.

 

Dennis Edsel Wood 
(September 21, 1937 – July 20, 2018) 

    Dennis Edsel Wood, age 80, of Howard Edmisten Road, Sugar Grove, passed away Friday afternoon, July 20, 2018 at his home. Dennis, a Watauga native son and U.S. Army veteran, loved his God, his family and friends, and the outdoors. He taught family the value and power of love, hard work, and a persons word of honor. He brought laughter into our lives. 
    He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Allie Wood, brothers, Alfred and Joe Wood, sister, Ida Ward, and niece, Kay Ward. 
    Dennis is survived by his wife, Ann Wood; sons, John Wood of Lenoir and Eric Wood of Sugar Grove; daughter and grandson, Becky and Michael Wood of Boone; sisters-in-law, Gertrude Wood and Shirley Wood, both of Mountain City, TN; and 11 nieces and nephews. 
    Funeral services for Dennis Wood will be conducted Sunday afternoon, July 22, 2018 at 2 oclock at Willow Valley Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Ray Green. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 1 until 2 oclock, prior to services, at the church. Military graveside honors provided by the American Legion Post 130 will follow at the Old St. Johns Episcopal Church Cemetery. 
    Flowers and food will be accepted by the family.
    The family suggests memorials to Willow Valley Baptist Church, in care of Brandon Greer, 436 Clark Swift Road, Vilas, NC 28692. 
    The family wishes to express a special Thank You to the caregivers for Dennis that provided tremendous love and support. 
    Online condolences may be shared at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Wood family.

 

Don Frank Brown 
(February 05, 1948 – July 22, 2018) 

    Don Frank Brown, age 70, of Cobbs Creek Road, Boone, passed away Sunday evening, July 22, 2018 at Caldwell Hospice in Lenoir. Born February 5, 1948 in Watauga County, he was a son of Stewart and Belle Blackburn Brown. Mr. Brown was an electrician and retiree from ASU in Zone Maintenance. Don loved spending time with family, truly enjoyed being outdoors, and was a great story teller. 
    He is survived by his companion of more than 30 years, Charlotte Dunn; son, Don Alan Brown of Cleveland, NC; daughters, Donnette Brown Harris and husband, Robbie, of Cleveland, NC and Hannah Renee Brown of Wilmington; grandchildren, Jacob Harris of Cleveland, NC and Tiffany Miranda Brown and David Austin Brown, both of Catawba, NC; and his dog and faithful friend, Buddy. 
    Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, July 28, at 2 oclock, at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel, officiated by Rev. Mike Townsend. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 oclock, prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. 
    The family suggests memorials to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. 
    Online condolences may be shared at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com 
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Brown family.

 

James Ray Parleir

July 29, 1937 – July 18, 2018

James Ray Parleir, age 80, of Brown’s Chapel Road, Boone, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2018, at his home.

Funeral arrangements for James Ray Parleir are incomplete at this time.

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

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

 

Evelyn J. Huskins

January 30, 1937 – July 21, 2018

Evelyn J. Huskins, age 81, of Birch Tree Lane, Boone, passed away Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Watauga Medical Center.

Evelyn was born January 30, 1937 in Avery County, a daughter of the late Ed Franklin Jones and Georgia Calhoun Jones. She was a retired cook for the Watauga High School Cafeteria.

Evelyn is survived by her husband of sixty years, Jack Huskins of the home; one daughter, Melissa Calhoun and husband Robert of Jefferson; one son Jack Huskins and wife Carolyn of Boone; four grandchildren, Bradley Trivette of Meridian, Mississippi, Crystal Trivette of Jefferson, Matthew Huskins of Boone, and Adam Bare of Jefferson; eight great-grandchildren, Savannah Huskins, Cameron Huskins, Aidan Trivette, Jessica Huskins, Lucas Bare, Conner Bare, Angel Cornett, and Kadyn Moretz; a special aunt, Lillian Rhyne of Plumtree, North Carolina; a special daughter-in-law, Sandra Jones of Boone; three sisters and three brothers.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers. 

Funeral for Evelyn J. Huskins will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, July 24, 2018, 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 Pastor Doug Cheshire. Burial will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

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

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

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

 

Dr. William “Bill” Barber

March 17, 1941 – July 21, 2018

Dr. William Dean “Bill” Barber, age 77, of Misty Mountain Road, Boone, completed his journey on Saturday morning, July 21, 2018, at his home.

Bill was born in Washington, Indiana on March 17, 1941 and grew up as a farm boy. He was an active member of Deerfield United Methodist Church. Bill was a United States Army Veteran who attained the rank of captain while teaching at the U.S. Army Field Artillery School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and the rank of Major in the Army Reserves. Bill held the rank of professor Emeritus at Appalachian State University where he taught from 1988 until his retirement in 2009, then taught four additional semesters. At Appalachian State University he served on the Faculty Senate and on the Athletics Council. For six years he served as state coordinator of the six UNC University NC Consortium for Distance Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

He is survived by his wife, Dianne Barber, of Boone; three daughters, Glenda Barber of Shoals, Indiana, Jana Jones of Peru, Indiana, and Rebecca Long of Boone; two sons, Dean Barber of Mattoon, Illinois and Anthony Long and wife Janet of Boone; grandsons, Jarod Barber, Andrew Jones, Daniel, Orville and Josh Schoenfield; one granddaughter, Brandi Jones; great-grandchildren, Levi Jackson Barber, Hailey, Kahlan, Trent, Rosemary, Lily and Ivy Schoenfield, and one sister, Donna Potts of Princeton, Indiana.

Funeral services for William Dean “Bill” Barber will be conducted, Monday, July 23, 2018, at 1:00 o’clock, at Deerfield United Methodist Church. Reverend Wes Austin will officiate. The body will lie in state from 12:00 until 1:00 0’clock, at the church. Interment will follow in Bethelview United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 1:00 o’clock, at the church, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Deerfield United Methodist Church, 1184 Deerfield Road, Boone, North Carolina 28607.

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

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

 

Iris Violene Greene

January 15, 1926 – July 22, 2018

Iris Violene Greene, age 92, of Royal Commons Lane, Matthews, passed away Sunday evening, July 22, 2018, at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center in Matthews.

Iris was born January 15, 1926 in Caldwell County, daughter of the late Calvin and Margaret Taylor Greene. She was a retired employee of Southern Bell Telephone and a member of College Avenue Baptist Church in Lenoir.

Iris is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Iris Violene Greene will be conducted Wednesday morning, July 25, 2018, at 11:00 o’clock, at Mountain View Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 10:00 until 11:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Reverend Mike Barefoot. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain View Baptist Church Grounds Committee, in care of Brian Quinlan, 998 Mountain View Baptist Church Road, Deep Gap, North Carolina, 28618.

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

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

 

Clyde Eugene Keller

April 26, 1943 – July 19, 2018

Clyde Eugene Keller was blessed to this earth on April 26, 1943, and returned home on July 19, 2018. The eldest of four children, he was born in Creston, Iowa to Robert and Dorothy Keller. He grew up with humble beginnings on a small farm in Diagonal, Iowa, with his three siblings – Ron, Les, and Diane. Clyde’s drive to be successful began in a one room schoolhouse and continued throughout the rest of his life.
After high school graduation, Clyde joined the U. S. Air Force and served four years in Sioux City, Iowa. During his years of service, he was recognized for his expert marksmanship. After his service, he held several different jobs, but one in particular directed the course of his life: the one in which he learned how to make great pizza and to manage employees. His talents were recognized and he was presented an offer to be a partner in a restaurant franchise if he would move to the small town of Fayetteville, NC. After some persuasion, he agreed and, from there, successfully grew his franchise into multiple restaurant locations. 
Clyde was an avid lover of nature, choosing to spend most of his retired life outdoors whether it be going on hikes in national parks, sport fishing, golfing, and hunting. Sport fishing consumed many of his years later in life and he had many fish tales to tell! He loved being on the water and spending time at the beach as well as time in the mountains of North Carolina.
Clyde’s smile could light up a room. Always upbeat, humor-loving, and quick-witted, he was quite the jokester with a contagious laugh.
Admired as a man of personal strength and integrity, Clyde courageously stood up for his beliefs, principles and values. He was strongly patriotic and deeply loyal to his country.
Clyde’s greatest love in life was his family, and he especially cherished time together with his beloved wife Nancy of 35 years, daughter, Brandy, grandson, David, and all his many nieces and nephews. Whether family or friends, Clyde cared for those he loved outstandingly.
Clyde is survived by his loving wife, Nancy (Brang) Keller, daughter, Brandy (Keller) Ratley, grandson, David Lane Ratley, and sister Diane Pierce and husband Eric. He is preceded in death by his father, Robert Earl Keller, mother Dorothy (Pacha) Keller, and brothers, Ron Duane Keller, and Leslie Ray Keller. 
The Funeral Mass for Clyde Keller will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Linville, NC with Fr. Christopher Gober officiating.
The family will receive friends on Thursday evening at the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Newland, NC from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donation be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association, in honor of Clyde’s mother.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.rsfh.net
The care of Clyde and his family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Newland.

 

 
Betty Jean Estep
March 4, 1945 – July 20, 2018

Betty Jean Estep, age 73, of Elk Park, North Carolina passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018 at her residence.
She was born on March 4, 1945 in Avery County, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Conley Estep and the late Hazel Estep.
Betty Jean worked for many years at IRC, Shadowline, and Grandfather Golf and Country Club. She was a very special mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who cared for others, more than herself.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by; Two Aunts, Shelby Jean Oaks, Melba Julian; Four half Brothers, Bill Mottern, Freddy Mottern, Kenny Presnell, Benny Presnell; Step Mother, Bertie Estep .
Betty Jean leaves behind to cherish her memory her, Husband of 55 years, Pat Estep of Beech Mountain, NC; Son, Daryl Estep of Beech Mountain, NC, Daughter, Diane Estep of Mountain City, TN, Son, Michael (Sherry) Estep of Fall Creek, NC, Daughter, Michele (Derick) Turbyfill of Sugar Grove, NC, Daughter, Rebecca Pukansky of Vilas, NC, Brother, Keith Presnell of Sugar Grove, NC, Brother, Bobby (Patti) Presnell of Vilas, NC; thirteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Graveside services will follow on Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the Stines Cemetery on Buckeye Road on Old Beech Mountain.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff of Medi Home Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The American Cancer Society.
Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Estep family by visiting our websitewww.rsfh.net
The care of Betty Jean and her family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.

 

 
Edna Wicker Dean
April 11, 1927 – July 20, 2018

Edna Wicker Dean, age 91, of Roan Mountain, Tennessee passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN.
She was born on April 11, 1927 in Knoxville, Tennessee
She was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Ernest Dean, her parents and one sister.
Edna was a member of Pisgah United Methodist Church in Linville Falls, NC. She enjoyed Antique Shopping, and Going Out to Eat.
Edna leaves behind to cherish her memory her: Stepson Ernest Skip (Shirley) Dean of Austin, Texas; Friends: Shirley Turbyfill of Roan Mountain, TN., Pat (Tommy) Jarrett of Roan Mountain, TN., Ann McMahna of Roan Mountain, TN., Barbara (Jack) Coffee of Newland, NC., Joan Miller of Newland, NC.
Services for Edna Wicker Dean will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018 beginning at 3:00 pm from the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with Rev. Rhonda Campbell officiating.
The family will receive friends beginning at 2:30 pm up until the service hour on Monday at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
Interment will follow in Pisgah Cemetery.
The Family and Friends would like to offer a Special Thank You to the Doctors and Staff of Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton, TN.
Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Dean family by visiting our websitewww.rsfh.net
The care of Edna and her family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.

 

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