Watauga, Avery Obituaries – July 31, 2018

Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 8:03 am

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

Ann W. Shipman 
(June 22, 1961 – July 21, 2018) 

    Ann Winebarger Shipman passed away peacefully at home on the morning of July 21, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Steve; sons, Michael and Nicholas of the home; sisters, Jan Pendley and Sandy Swift; nieces: Kristin Pendley, Taylor Cornell, and Mary Beth Shipman: and nephews: Kevin Pendley, Davy Cornell, Robert Shipman, and Collin Shipman. She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Winebarger; mother Wilma; cousin, Tony Winebarger; brothers-in-law, Mike Pendley and Dana Swift; and sister-in-law, Cindy Shipman. Ann grew up on a farm near Boone, NC, and learned the value of hard work at an early age. She was an outstanding athlete at Watauga High School and attended Appalachian State University on scholarships for softball and volleyball. She was smart, strong, competitive, and tough. Those traits were on display throughout her life. She worked in the food service business her entire career and developed herself into an accomplished manager and sales professional, most recently with Halperns Steak and Seafood. She expected nothing less than excellence from herself and those around her, and her customers and co-workers loved her for it. Ann was also the consummate vacation planner with a particular fondness for sea and sand! More importantly, Ann was a beautiful person – outgoing, caring, thoughtful, and generous. She was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, and aunt. She made new friends wherever she went and would do anything in her power to help a friend in need. Her family will always miss the love, kindness, and energy that she brought into their lives every day. Sign online guestbook: www.mackeymortuary.com. A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday July 28, 2018 in the chapel of Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive, 311 Century Dr., Greenville, SC 29607. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Lowcountry Food Bank, 2864 Azalea Dr., North Charleston, SC 29405, www.lowcountryfoodbank.org; or a similar organization in your city. Arrangements by Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive, 864-232-6706.
    Announcement is courtesy of Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

Gordon D. Brown 
(October 06, 1940 – July 24, 2018) 

    Gordon Douglas Brown, Jr, (Doug), 77, of Boone, son of Gordon and Helen Brown, Roxboro, died July 24, 2018 at home. Doug was a UNCCH graduate and spent his life in mortgage financing, development, and construction. He also enjoyed golf and won several tournaments. Doug is survived by his wife of 55 years, Billie Jo Bland; son, Brian (Amy) and grandson, Austin; daughter, Jennifer King (Clayton) and granddaughter, Mayce. There will be no funeral. In lieu of flowers, if one so wishes, please send a donation to Seby Jones Cancer Center, 338 Deerfield Rd, Boone 28607; Foscoe Volunteer Fire Dept, 9230 NC105, Banner Elk, NC28604; or Caldwell Hospice, 902 Kirkwood St, Lenoir, NC28645.
    Online condolences may be shared with the Brown family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Brown family.

 

James Grant BUD Brown 
(June 20, 1940 – July 25, 2018) 

    James Grant (BUD) Brown, age 78, of Silverstone Road, Zionville, passed away Wednesday afternoon, July 25, 2018 at the Cranberry House in Newland.
    Born June 20, 1940 in Creston, he was a son of Robert Hillary and Nellie Shelton Brown. Being an avid outdoorsman, Bud loved coon hunting and trout fishing. 
     He is survived by his daughter, Angie Matheson and husband, Everett, of Sugar Grove; sons, Darrell and Jason Brown, both of Zionville; sisters, Janice Phillips of Connolly Springs, and Tine Brown of Creston; brother, Wayne Brown and wife, Wanda, of Creston; half-brothers, Thomas and Dennis Main, both of Creston; granddaughters, Emily Brown of Newton and Lindsey Brown of Brevard; and grandson, Michael Brown of Brevard. 
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Freida Reece; 
    and brother, Bob Brown. 
    As Bud requested, memorial services will be private. 
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1564 Silverstone Road, Zionville, NC 28698.
    Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Brown family

 

Lois Mae Greene 
(October 30, 1947 – July 25, 2018) 

    Lois Mae Greene, age 70, of Phillips Branch Road, Vilas, passed away Wednesday evening, July 25, 2018 at her residence. Born October 30, 1947 in Johnson County, Tennessee, she was a daughter of Darrell James and Ola Mae Anderson Greene. Lois was a faithful member of Willow Valley Baptist Church where she sang with the choir and served as the Adult Ladies Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Greene retired as office manager of Appalachian Innkeepers. 
    Lois was a loving and devoted wife to Kenny. Her priorities were family, her church community, and neighbors. As an avid gardener, she enjoyed tending the annual vegetable gardens and especially loved growing her flowers. 
    Lois is survived by her husband, Kenneth Ray Greene; brother, Arthur Greene and wife, Daphne, of Butler, Tennessee; nephew, Tim Greene of Butler, Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Swift and husband, Russell, of Vilas, and Kathy Greene and husband, Lynn, of Mountain City, TN; and brother-in-law, Eddie Greene and wife, Cretha, of Ossian, Indiana. 
    Funeral services for Lois Greene will be conducted Sunday afternoon, July 29th, at 2 oclock at Willow Valley Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor Ray Greene and Rev. Derick Wilson. The family will receive friends Sunday from 11 until 2 oclock, prior to services, at the church. Graveside services will follow in the Willow Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. 
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Willow Valley Baptist Church Building Fund or to the Willow Valley Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Brandon Greer, 436 Clark Swift Road, Vilas, NC 28692, or to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. 
    Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com 
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Greene family.

 

Frank Patrick Camilleri 
(April 09, 1970 – July 28, 2018) 

    Frank Patrick Camilleri, age 48, of Lenoir, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2018. Born April 9, l970 in Lincoln Park, Michigan, he was a son of Theresa Camilleri and the late Francis Joseph Camilleri. Frank was a member of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Boone and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Hickory Council 6451. Mr. Camilleri was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.
    Frank was a loving husband and father who adored his family. He enjoyed helping people and working with children, especially those with special needs. Known to many as a Great Salesman, Frank owned and operated Sprint Cellular Stores in Lenoir and Shelby where he enjoyed connecting with his customers. Frank was a light hearted soul who loved making people laugh, spending time outdoors and the occasional fishing trips. 
    He is survived by his wife, Kathy Peterson Camilleri, daughter, Christina Noel Camilleri and son, Michael Patrick Camilleri, all of Lenoir; mother, Theresa Camilleri of Clearwater, Florida; brother, Phil Camilleri and wife, Tamra, of Safety Harbor, Florida; niece, Alexis, and nephews, Austin and Evan and Mark and Alan; his father and mother-in-law, Gilbert and Jane Peterson; and sister-in-law, Sara Klingensmith and husband, B.J., all of Clearwater, Florida. 
    A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday morning, August 3, 2018 at 11 oclock at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, officiated by Father Matthew Codd. Entombment will follow at the church columbarium with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 130. A reception will follow services in the Pat Jones Hall at St. Elizabeth. 
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Pro-Life Research Projects that Christina Camilleri is involved in. Checks should be sent to Scott Greve, Director of Major Gifts and made payable to Franciscan University of Steubenville, for Dr. Sammuts Experimental Psychology, at 1235 University Blvd., Steubenville, Ohio 43952. 
    Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Camilleri family.

 

Mr. Stephen B. Perry 
(August 20, 1950 – July 30, 2018) 

    Mr. Stephen Buttler (Steve) Perry, age 67, of Vilas, passed away, Monday, July 30, 2018 at Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care. Born August 20, 1950 in Watauga County, he was the son of the late Buttler Joseph Perry and Mary Carleen Perry. Family members describe him as driven, strong, kind, compassionate, content, quiet and reserved. He also had a sense of humor that would sneak up on you. Steve persevered with grace during the last few years of his life. He was a member of the Daniel Boone Fishing Club. Steve was a retired police officer for Appalachian State University. He was a loving father, husband and son. 
    He is survived by his wife, Susan Perry, his mother Carleen Perry, five children, Jonathan Perry and wife Beverly, April Perry, Brian Perry, Jason Stamper and Adam Stamper, six grandchildren and one wild great grandson. 
    A gathering to celebrate the life of Stephen Buttler Perry will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Western Watauga Senior Center, 1081 Old US Hwy 421, Sugar Grove, NC, from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM. 
    The family respectfully requests no food, in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice & Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. 
    Online condolences may be shared with the Perry family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Perry family.

 

Robert L. Greer

August 07, 1926 – July 24, 2018

Robert Lee “Rob” Greer, age 91, of 211 Milton Brown Heirs Road, Boone, quietly departed this life on Tuesday evening, July 24, 2018, at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation in Boone.

Rob was born August 7, 1926 in Watauga County, a son of the late Sherman and Vertie Triplett Greer. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Greer Construction Company.

Mr. Greer is survived by his wife, Betty Greer; one daughter, Sherlene Watson; three sons, Larry Greer and Helen Warren, Ray Greer and wife Carol and Michael Greer and wife Sharon, all of Deep Gap; five grandchildren, Randy Watson and wife Tina, Adam Greer and wife Grace, Joseph Greer and wife Emily, all of Deep Gap, Crissi Lester and husband Eddie, of Fleetwood, and Kim Greer of Kernersville; eight great-grandchildren, Katie Watson, Coy, Marlie, Ellis, Henry, Samuel Greer, and Everly and Masten Lester, and one sister, Wanda Hill of Tifton, Georgia. 
He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Greer; one brother, Charles Greer, and two sisters, Arlene Greene and Jewel Triplett.

Funeral services for Robert L. Greer will be conducted Saturday, July 28, 2018, at 12:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, from 11:00 until 12:00 o’clock, prior to the service. Officiating will be Reverend Zane Tester. Burial will follow in the Rhymer Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday, from 11:00 until 12:00 o’clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rhymer Cemetery Fund, in care of Ken Rhymer, 140 Timberlane, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

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

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

 

Marie Gibbons Holman

January 21, 1926 – July 25, 2018

Marie Gibbons Holman, age 92, of Appalachian Brian Estates, Boone, passed away Wednesday morning, July 25, 2018, at her residence.

Marie is survived by one daughter, Nancy McKenna of Boone; four grandchildren, Tiffany Person of San Francisco, California, Mark Rummell of Manhattan, New York, Rich Overby of San Ramon, California, and Meghan Gaab and husband Brian of Walnut Creek, California; two great-grandsons, Daniel and Patrick Gaab, both of Walnut Creek, and her twin sister, Anastasia McLaughlin of Ocala, Florida.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie McKenna-Nobori; her husband, Roland Holman, and her father and mother, John and Matilda Fink Gibbons.

Memorial services for Marie Gibbons Holman will be announced and conducted at a later date in Florida.

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

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements

 

Rebecca Isaacs Church

July 20, 1932 – July 29, 2018

Rebecca Isaacs Church, age 86, of Morganton, a native of Watauga County, passed away Sunday morning, July 29, 2018, at Lenoir Health Care Center in Lenoir.

Rebecca was born July 20, 1932 in Watauga County, daughter of the late Will and Vertie Isaacs. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. 

Rebecca is survived by one son, J.C. Miller of Lenoir; one step-son, David Church and wife Denise of Hickory; three step-daughters, Betty Ward and husband Dean of Cleveland, Tennessee, Martha Brown of West Jefferson, and Brenda Harmon of Taylorsville; five grandsons, Jason K. Miller of Granite Falls, Jonathan C. Miller of Morganton, Jimmy Miller of Newton, Timmy Miller of Forest City, and Jerry Miller of Morganton, and two granddaughters, Aimee A. Price and husband Travis, and Crystal Hewitt of Hickory. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren and 2 great great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Robert Roger Miller; her husband, Edsel L. Church; one granddaughter, Shala R. Miller; six brothers, Grover, Russel, Alferd, Dayton, Clayton, and George Isaacs, and three sisters, Stella and Marie Perry, and Edna Dancey.

Funeral services for Rebecca Isaacs Church will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, August 1, 2018, at 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Pastor Danny Castle.

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

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, North Carolina, 28645.

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

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

 

Donna Cornett Wright

January 13, 1948 – July 27, 2018

Donna Cornett Wright, age 70, of Crossnore, North Carolina passed away peacefully into the arms of her waiting Savior on Friday, July 27, 2018 at her residence, with her loving family by her side.

She was born on January 13, 1948 in McDowell County, North Carolina, the youngest daughter of the late Finley Cornett, Sr. and the late Hazel Benfield Cornett.

Donna was a loving mother and grandmother. Spending time with her grandkids brought her unparalleled happiness. She enjoyed crocheting and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossnore.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her oldest sister, Betty Jo Harmon.

Donna leaves behind to cherish her memory: Husband of 52 years, Beryl Wright of Crossnore, NC; Son, Kevin (Sherri) Wright of Crossnore, NC, Son, Lance (Fiance’ April Pittman) Wright of Crossnore, NC, Sister, Roma Vance of Conyers, GA, Brother, Finley (Glenda) Cornett, Jr. of Crossnore, NC, Sister, Barbara Ann (O’dell) Wright of Morganton, NC, Grandson, Trevor Wright of Crossnore, NC, Granddaughter, Brooke Wright of Crossnore, NC, Grandson, Lane Wright of Crossnore, NC; a host of nieces and nephews.

In honoring Donna’s wishes, the family will be having private services.

Donna’s family would like to offer their thanks to Carol Smith and the staff of Medi Home Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials in Donna’s memory be made to Medi Home Hospice PO Box 1357 Newland, NC 28657.

Words of Comfort and Memories may be shared with the Wright family by visiting our websitewww.rsfh.net

The care of Donna and her family has been entrusted to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland.

 

 

 

 

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