Watauga, Avery Obituaries – June 12, 2018

Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm

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


Anthony (Tony) Catoe 
(May 14, 1963 – June 5, 2018) 

    Anthony Clyde (Tony) Catoe, age 55, of Sable Drive, Boone, passed away Tuesday morning, June 5, 2018. He was born May l4, 1963 in Paris, France. Tony was a dedicated family man who loved his family beyond measure. He enjoyed his career and was highly respected by his staff and team at ECR Software Corporation in Boone where he served as Senior Director of Operations. Tony was a fearless adventurist who enjoyed all types of action sports, including his greatest passion, racing sail boats. Always the life of the party, Tony made friends easily. He had the ability to make people feel as though they were all his best friends. 
    He is survived by his life partner, Amelia Sudduth, children, Chloe McLaine Catoe and Nicholas Anthony Catoe, both of Suwannee, Georgia; parents, Wayne Byron and Danielle Monique Arnold Catoe of Banner Elk; sister, Stephanie Catoe-Moody of Boone; and brother, Pete Catoe and wife, Kim, of Boone. 
    Memorial services for Tony Catoe will be conducted Friday morning, June 8, at 11 oclock, at the Austin Barnes Funeral Chapel. 
    In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Heart Association, Memorial & Tribute Processing Center, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.
    Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Catoe family.


Willard Warren Goodman

December 26, 1927 – June 05, 2018

Willard Warren Goodman, age 90, of Farthing Hayes Road, Boone, a native and former resident of Ashe County, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 5, 2018, at Life Care Center in Banner Elk.

Willard was born December 26, 1927 in Ashe County, a son of the late Jacob and Sarah Wilcox Goodman. 

Willard was a quiet and gentle man, who loved being outdoors.  He was a devoted husband and father, always willing to lend a hand  to someone who needed help.  He worked for most of his life in the sawmill business with his brother, Grover. When his health allowed, he attended Meat Camp Baptist Church.

Willard is survived by his wife of 62 years, Esta Howell Goodman of the home; one daughter, Sharon Goodman Cook and husband Greg of Boone; two brothers, Grover Goodman and wife Loretta of Jefferson, and Barry Goodman and wife Janet of Todd, and two sisters, Lola Grogan of Fleetwood, and Carolyn Shepherd and husband John of Jefferson. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Ina Gragg.

Funeral services for Willard Warren Goodman will be conducted Friday afternoon, June 8, 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 Reverend Mike Townsend. Burial will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

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

The family respectfully requests no food.

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

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


Albert Henry Dollar

May 06, 1938 – June 08, 2018

Albert Henry Dollar, age 80, of Radio Hill Road, Jefferson, passed away Friday morning, June 8, 2018, at Ashe Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Dollar is survived by his wife, Lucy Blevins Dollar of Jefferson; two sons, Albert Dollar of Sparta and Alan Dollar of Mountain City, Tennessee; one daughter, Deborah Key of Jefferson; two step-sons, Joe Finley and wife Cristin of Mooresville, and Rocky Finley of Warrensville; two granddaughters, Amanda Dollar and Valerie Dollar, and one grandson, John Dollar. He is also survived by 8 step-grandchildren, 8 step great-grandchildren, and several brother and sisters.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Gwen and Bessie Mullis Dollar; the mother of his children, Ola Ann Graham Dollar; four brothers, John, Bill, Joe, and Robert Dollar, and one sister, Sallie Dollar.

A memorial service for Albert Henry Dollar will be conducted Friday, June 15, 2018 at 7:00 o’clock at Lansing Presbyterian Church. Brother Ralph Smith and Reverend Tommy Dollar will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the church from 6:00 until 7:00 o’clock, one hour prior to the service.

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

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


Beverly Normand Crittenden

September 13, 1923 – June 10, 2018

Beverly Normand Crittenden passed into the arms of her loving Father June 10th, 2018, at the Foley Center in Blowing Rock, NC.  

She was born September 13th, 1923 in Pineville, LA to Leila Hale Normand and Willie Paul Normand.  

She was pre-deceased by her husband Malcolm “Critt” Crittenden and brother Murrell Normand.   She is survived by her son Jeff Crittenden and wife Laurie of Boone, NC; three grandchildren, Sarah Crittenden Wohlwend and husband Taylor of San Diego, CA, Zack Crittenden of Boone, NC, and Hannah Crittenden of Asheville, NC; as well as nephews and cousins. 

“Bev” attended Louisiana College in Pineville, LA, then moved to Atlanta to work for Delta Air Lines.  It was at the old Atlanta airport where she met Critt.   They settled in East Point, GA where Bev was a member of Dogwood Hills Baptist Church and later East Point First Baptist Church, making many lifelong friends in those congregations.  She particularly loved gardening, and receiving and sharing plants, as many who have been the recipients of one of her irises, daylilies, hydrangeas and azaleas over the years can attest. 

After her health declined, she moved to Boone to be near Jeff and his family, but remained digitally in touch with old friends via Facebook and her ipad.  She remained a lifelong fan of all things Atlanta, particularly the Braves, WSB, Clark Howard and Walter Reeves!  She was blessed to have a number of friends and family visit Boone for her 90th birthday surprise party a few years ago.  She enjoyed new friendships with staff and residents at Appalachian Brian Estates in Boone.

As a Mom, Grandma, and devoted friend, she will be sorely missed, but we rejoice in the new life she has entered.   

A Celebration of Bev’s life will be held at The Pinecrest Church in Fayetteville, GA Saturday July 14th at 1 PM.  

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Watauga Humane Society, Boone NC.  

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

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

Georgia Carpenter
November 16, 1919 – June 4, 2018

Georgia Carpenter, age 98, of Morganton, North Carolina passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care in Valdese, NC.

She was born on November 16, 1919 in Avery County, North Carolina, to the late Mack Hughes and Della Ollis Hughes.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Auttie Carpenter, Son, Wayne Carpenter, 7 Sisters and 1 Brother.

Georgia was a member of Mt. View Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed Gardening and anything to do with flowers.

Georgia leaves behind to cherish her memory her: 2 Daughters; Jean Barksdale of Morganton, NC, Tammy Brandon of Morganton, NC; 4 Granddaughters: Barbie (Eric) Sebens of Champagne, IL Brieanna Brandon of Morganton, NC, Stacey Burleson of Roan Mountain, TN, and Priscilla (Wade) McGuire of Cranberry, NC; 2 Grandsons: Steve Rader of Morganton, NC, and Drew Brandon of Boone, NC; 7 Great Grandchildren: Chelsey Lajara, Lexi Sebens, Lyndsey Carpenter, Caleb McGuire, Amanda McGuire, Michael Burleson and Morgan Burleson; along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday June 6, 2018 at 3PM at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with Vince Wilson officiating.
The family will receive friends beginning at 2:00 pm up until the service hour on Wednesday June 6, 2018 at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.
Interment will be in the Cranberry Cemetery following the Funeral Service.

The Family would like to offer a Special Thank You to the Staff of Grace Heights Nursing Home in Morganton and to the Staff of Burke Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Burke Hospice and Pallative Care. 1721 Enon Road. Valdese, NC 28690

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

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


Gary Dean Gardner

June, 8 2018

Gary Dean Gardner, age 66, of Old Beech Mountain, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 8th, 2018 at his home. A native of Avery County, he was a son of the late G. Lee and Grace Laws Gardner. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Lee Gardner, and a niece, Mary Grace Gardner.   In 1971, at the age of 20, Gary was the youngest Chief of Police in North Carolina for the Newland Police Department. Later he was also a Deputy for Burke County Sherriff’s Department. He attended Barber College in Kentucky, he remained there until 1995 and then returned to North Carolina working as a barber in Spruce Pine and then opened his own Barbershop, Gardner’s Barbershop in Elk Park. Gary enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family.

Surviving is his loving wife of 15 years, Sharon Crawford Gardner and their son, Rylan Lucas Gardner of the home; daughter, Shannon Gardner Cook and husband, David, of Cranberry; step-daughter, Kayla Knecht Gregg and husband, Tommy, of Hendersonville; grandson, Joshua Cook of Cranberry and brothers: Terry Gardner and wife, Della, of Marion and Tim Gardner of Ingalls. Several in-laws, extended family members, nieces, nephews and special friends, Mike Smith and Kenny Caraway also survive.

Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 11th in Fall Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Kevin Arrowood officiated. Graveside services followed in the Crawford Family Cemetery with his brother, Terry Gardner officiating. The family received friends from 4 until 6 p.m. prior to the services at the church.

Flowers were appreciated or donations may be made to Fall Creek Baptist Church Building Fund c/o Beth Crawford at 4241 Beech Mountain Road, Elk Park, NC 28622 or Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge at 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Yancey Funeral Service of Burnsville served the Gardner Family.


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