Watauga, Avery Obituaries – October 23, 2018

Published Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 11:51 am

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

 

Lowell Douglas Harrison 
(January 01, 1945 – October 15, 2018) 

    Lowell Douglas Harrison, age 73, of North Chesterfield, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 15, 2018. 
    
    Lowell is survived by his wife, Mary Ruth Harrison; son, Alan Harrison (Sharon); daughters, Madeline Wolk (Michael) and Marie Orr; step-sons, Dave Lambert (Mark), Barry Lambert and Christian San Antonio (Maricris); step-daughter, Gail Emerson (Tim); grandchildren, Douglas, Jordan and Dallas Harrison, Ashley Wolk and Anthony Ross; step-grandchildren, Ruth Lambert (Matt Adams), Elizabeth, Victoria, Jack and Charlie Emerson, and Charles Orr; sisters, Mary Ellen Bennett (Ronald) and Sharon Bennett (Richard). He is also survived by his aunt, Vivian Beach of Boone and numerous other loving family members. He is preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Eula Harrison, and siblings, Vincent Harrison and Karen Edgar. 
    
    Memorial services for Lowell Douglas Harrison will be conducted 2:00 PM, Saturday afternoon, October 27, 2018 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Boone, officiated by Rev. Bud Russell. Burial will follow in the Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery. 
    
    Online condolences may be shared at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
    
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home in Boone and Morrissett Funeral Home in Richmond, Virginia is serving the Harrison family.

 

Betty C. Doss 
(April 15, 1932 – October 17, 2018) 

    Betty Combs Doss, age 86 passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Deerfield Ridge Assistant Living in Boone, NC surrounded by her family. Born April 15, 1932 in Roanoke, VA she was the daughter Sherman and Tabitha Plunkett Combs. 
    Betty was loving and devoted to her family. She especially enjoyed cooking for her family and was known for her kind and sweet spirit. 
    She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Herman Doss; daughter, Rhonda Russell and husband Ray of Boone, NC and Andy Doss and wife Kim of Brushy Mountain, NC. She has five grandchildren, Leah Berry and husband Denny of Raleigh, NC, Laura Kennedy and husband Jeff of Ellicott City, MD, Drew Doss, Derek Doss both of Myrtle Beach, SC and Paige Doss and boyfriend Andy Summitt of Clover, SC. She also has four great-grandchildren, Amelia and Russell Berry; Sloane and Josephine Kennedy. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
     
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, David Combs and sister, Barbara Combs Shelton.
    
    A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 2:30 the West Jefferson Church of Christ, 130 Robert St. West Jefferson, NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Medi Home Health and Hospice at 400 Shadowline Dr. Suite 100B &102 Boone, NC 28607.
    
    Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Doss family.

 

Clyde James (JUNIOR) Eggers 
(October 25, 1933 – October 19, 2018) 

    Clyde James Eggers, Jr. age 84, of Dutch Creek Road, Banner Elk, passed away Friday, October 19, 2018 at his home. Born October 25, 1933 in Bedford County, Virginia, he was a son of Clyde James, Sr. and Dollie Blanche Townsend Eggers. Junior was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean Conflict. 
    Mr. Eggers loved his family beyond measure. He enjoyed trout fishing, but his favorite past time was hiking the woods hunting ginseng. Junior and his friend Berlin Calloway loved to travel the neighboring counties searching for junk to resell and shopping flea markets looking for just the right bargain. 
    
    He is survived by his wife, Lenda Miller Eggers; daughters, Anita Eggers of Lexington and Lorene Townsend and husband, Charles, of Banner Elk; brother, Denver Eggers and wife, Faye, of Marion; grandchildren, Brandon Pennell and wife, Angela, of Asheville, Mark Pennell of Lexington, Charlie Townsend and wife, Melissa and Travis Townsend and wife, Kayla, all of Banner Elk; great-grandchildren, Madisyn Ballard and Kinsley Pennell, both of Asheville, Lane, Eli, Nathaniel, Rayne and Reece Townsend, all of Banner Elk; nephews, D. L., Dexter, Steve and Tracy Eggers; niece, Evelyn Main; and many friends and loved ones. 
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Hoover Eggers and sister-in-law, Mary Eggers. 
    
    Funeral services for Junior Eggers, will be conducted Monday afternoon, October 22, 2018 at 3 oclock at Clarks Creek Baptist Church, officiated by Pastor David Lunceford and Rev. Mike Townsend. The family will receive friends Monday afternoon from 1:30 until 3 oclock, prior to services, at the church. Military graveside Honors provided by the American Legion Post 130 and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow in the Clarks Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. 
    
    Flowers are appreciated or the family suggests memorials to Medi Home Health & Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, NC 28607.
    
    Online condolences may be shared at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
    
     Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Eggers family.

 

Mr. James C. Beasley 

(December 27, 1932 – October 22, 2018) 

    James C. Beasley, age 85, of Grizzly Lane, Boone, passed away October 22, 2018. Born in Oklahoma in 1932, he was a son of Thomas and Opal Beasley. A U.S. Navy veteran during the Korean Conflict, James served on the USS Coral Sea and was stationed mainly in regions of the Mediterranean. He was a retired salesman for the Elbert Crate and Box Company. James had a passion for travelling new roads and new places. He enjoyed dabbling in creative works such as wood working and oil painting. He was awarded first prize for one of his landscape paintings. James had a great love for music and reading, but the greatest love of his life was his family. 
    
    He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Connie Beasley and daughter, Lori South.
    
    Services for James C. Beasley will be private. 
    
    The family suggests memorials be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256. 
    
    Online condolences may be shared at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
    
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Beasley family

 

Annie B. Ward 
(August 07, 1942 – October 23, 2018) 

    Annie Bell Richards Ward, age 76 of Fleetwood, passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018. She was a native of Watauga County and the daughter of the late Russell and Bunnie Hodges Richards. She was also preceded in death by a daughter Anna Marie Triplett Earp, a son, Anthony B. Triplett, a sister, Linda Richards, and a great grandson Paydon Brown.
    She is survived by her husband, Billy Ward, three daughters, Annette Berry and her late husband Steve of Foscoe, Lisa Naoum and husband Nick of Sugar Grove, Melinda Ward and husband Sean of Boone, one son Charlie Arnette and wife Christy of Vilas, two sisters, Jeanette Combs of Millers Creek and Polly Auton and husband Jay of Purlear, two brothers, Jimmy Richards and wife Doris of Boone, and Junior Richards and wife Linda of Vanderpool. Twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren also survive.
    Funeral services for Annie Bell Richards Ward will be conducted Friday, October 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Jont Brown Cemetery.
    The family will receive friends prior to the services from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. on Friday.
    Online condolences may be shared with the Ward family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
    Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Ward family.

 

Anita Price Kirby

June 21, 1966 – October 16, 2018

Anita Price Kirby, age 52, of Mountain City, passed away Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory.

Anita was born June 21, 1966 in Wilmington, Delaware, daughter of Robert Gene Price and Mary Ann Suddreth Phillips. She was a homemaker. Anita was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who loved her boys and grandchildren immensely. 

In addition to her parents, Anita is survived by her husband, Richard “Rick” Kirby of the home; four sons, Michael Kirby, Robert Kirby, Matthew Kirby, and Kristopher Kirby, all of Mountain City, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Eli and Emma, of Mountain City. She is also survived by two sisters.

Funeral services for Anita Price Kirby will be conducted Friday afternoon, October 19, 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 Dr. Daniel Featherstone. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in Mountain City.

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

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

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

 

Mary Norris Phillips

May 27, 1933 – October 17, 2018

Mary Norris Phillips, age 85, of South Pine Run Road, Boone, passed away Wednesday evening, October 17, 2018, at her home.

Mary was born May 27, 1933 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Fred C. Norris and Pearl Parlier Norris. She was a retired employee of Bell South and a member of Rutherwood Baptist Church.

Mary is survived by three brothers, Melvin Norris and wife Rosalee, James B. Norris, and Albert Norris and wife Martha; six nephews, Jim Norris and wife Sharon, Larry Norris, Jim Norris and wife Linda, Ralph Norris and wife Belinda, Conley Norris and wife Diane, and Allen Norris and wife Coleen, and four nieces, Rebecca Powell and husband Elmer, Sheri Church and husband Roger, Wanda Belton and husband John, and Linda Bailey and husband Matt. She is also survived by a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Conley W. Phillips; one brother, Dorman Norris; an infant sister, Beatrice Norris, and two nephews and one niece.

Funeral services for Mary Norris Phillips will be conducted Sunday afternoon, October 21, 2018, at 3:00 o’clock, at Rutherwood Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 2:00 until 3:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Pastor Peter Vandenberg and Mr. Tim Moretz. Burial will follow in Rutherwood Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 2:00 until 3:00 o’clock, at the church, prior to the service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Medi Home Hospice, 100 Shadowline Drive, Suite B, Boone, North Carolina, or to Rutherwood Baptist Church, 142 Don Hayes Road, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

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

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements

 

Jane Henson Lutz

April 22, 1942 – October 17, 2018

Jane Henson Lutz, age 76, of Legacy Village Blvd., Mooresville, North Carolina, passed away Wednesday morning, October 17, 2018, at Novant Health Care Center in Huntersville, North Carolina.

Jane was born April 22, 1942 in Watauga County, daughter of the late John Wesley Henson and Maggie Ruth Johnson Henson. Jane was a devoted wife and rock to her husband Jack for over 55 years. With a long career at the bank she served and worked with pride. In addition to her work at the bank, she worked closely with Jack in the ministry and made friends all over North Carolina through their ministry together. Jane loved her church family. 

Jane is survived by her husband, Jack Lutz of the home; one son, Christopher Eugene Lutz and wife Stephanie of Huntersville; three grandchildren, London G. Lutz, Wesley H. Lutz, and Bennett J. Lutz, all of Huntersville, and two brothers, Lewis B. Henson and wife Pam of Newport, Tennessee, and Fred H. Henson and wife Evita of Zionville.

A Celebration of the Life of Jane Henson Lutz will be conducted Saturday afternoon, November 3, 2018, at 1:00 o’clock, at Henson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 120 Henson Hollar Road, Vilas, North Carolina, 28692. Officiating will be Reverend Cindy Lunsford.

Memorial contributions may be made to Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center, 3333 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 27103, or to Novant Health Hospice, 324 North McDowell Street, Ste 200, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28204. 

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

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

 

James Lewis Rasmussen

December 20, 1957 – October 18, 2018

James Lewis Rasmussen, age 60, of Sugar Grove, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018, at his home.

James is survived by one son, Zachary Rasmussen of Hollywood, Florida, and locally one sister, Karen Rasmussen.

No services for James Lewis Rasmussen are scheduled at this time.

Online condolences may be sent to the Rasmussen family a www.hamptonfuneralnc.com

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

 

Gary Lee Cody

January 30, 1938 – October 18, 2018

Gary Lee Cody, age 80, of Fleetwood, passed away Thursday afternoon, October 18, 2018, at Watauga Medical Center.

He was born January 30, 1938 in Caldwell County, son of the late Russell Lee Cody and Mildred Christine Melton Cody. Gary worked in the automotive industry until retirement. He served in the National Guard for eleven years. Gary enjoyed travel and reading the Charlotte Observer. His humor and caring heart brought laughter to all our family and his friends. Words cannot express how we love him and now miss him. All of our family will forever be grateful for the time God shared Gary with us.

Gary is survived by his wife, Linda Fairchild Day of the home; two step-daughters, Lisa Day Wilcox and husband Matthew of Valle Crucis, and Anna Day Spencer and husband Travis of Boone; one granddaughter, Abby Spencer of Boone, and three grandsons, Connor Spencer and Wyatt Spencer, both of Boone, and Drew Wilcox of Valle Crucis. Gary is also survived by many relatives and friends that live in Caldwell County.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Lynn.

Memorial Services for Gary Lee Cody will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, October 24, 2018, at 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

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

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

 

Mary Evelyn Goodwin

June 26, 1924 – October 21, 2018

Mary Evelyn Goodwin, age 94, of Blowing Rock, passed away Sunday morning, October 21, 2018, at the Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge in Blowing Rock.

Mary was born June 26, 1924 in Cedar Bluff, Virginia, a daughter of the late John O. Goodwin and Vicie Pearl McGlothlin Goodwin. She worked at C.E. Goodwin and Sons Blanket Mills in Cedar Bluff, Virginia and was chairman of Goodwin Weavers in Blowing Rock, North Carolina for many years. Mary was an active member of Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in Blowing Rock. 

Mary is survived by four nephews, Robert W. Harman and wife Cely of Hiwassee, Virginia, John G. Harman and wife Victoria of Ash, North Carolina, Michael A. Harman, and David H. Harman and wife Barbara, all of Blowing Rock, and one niece, Margaret H. Lanier and husband Tom of Blowing Rock. She is also survived by three great-nephews, Jake and John Harman, and Morgan Lanier, and six great-nieces, Meredith, Elizabeth, Victoria,  Sarah Harman, Ashlyn Barker and Letitia Conner. 

Memorial services for Mary Evelyn Goodwin will be conducted Thursday afternoon, October 25, 2018, at 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Reverend Kathy Beach.

The family will receive friends Thursday afternoon, following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund, PO Box 393, Blowing Rock, North Carolina, 28605.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staffs of Watauga Medical Center, Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living, The Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge, and Medi Home Health and Hospice for their unending love and care for Mary.

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

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

 

Raymond T. Brooks

May 09, 1924 – October 21, 2018

Raymond T. Brooks, age 94, of Phillips Branch Road, Vilas, passed away Sunday afternoon, October 21, 2018, at his home.

Raymond was born May 9, 1924 in Accoville, West Virginia, son of the late William Brooks and Etta Plumley Brooks. He married his beloved wife Margaret on February 10, 1945 in Lawrence County, Ohio. He was a member of the United States Air Force for 23 years. He was a veteran of World War II. Raymond was a member of the Masonic Lodge, American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans. After retiring from the Air Force, he had a career at the United States Postal Service.

Raymond is survived three children, Bobbi Viehman and husband Eric of Marathon, Florida, Mary Brooks Friedman and husband Nick of Vilas, and Raymond T. Brooks, Jr. and wife Smokey; and three grandchildren, Nick, Jr., Clinton and wife Karen, and Erica, and five great-grandchildren, Hailey, Zoe, Maddox, Noah, and Rylee.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Margaret; eight brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services for Raymond T. Brooks will be conducted Friday afternoon, October 26, 2018, at 2:00 o’clock, at Willow Valley Baptist Church.
The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 until 2:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Reverend Ray Greene. Military graveside rites and burial, provided by the United States Air Force, will follow in Willow Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 90, 135 Bear Trail Lane, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

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

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

 

Gary Guinn

April 22, 1942 – October 14, 2018

On the morning of October 14th, 2018 at 9:14 am, Wallace Gary Guinn husband of Vergie Mae Guinn, left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior. 

Born in Banner Elk, NC, he was the son of the late Warren Edward Guinn, Sr. and Zillia Ann Williams Guinn.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers and seven sisters.

Gary enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force for two years and returned home to begin a life with his wife Vergie. Gary received his two year Associates of Business Degree from Mayland Community College and began a career being self employed in the auto business. He owned and operated Gary’s Auto Shop and Body Shop In Elk Park, NC and lived out his love for perfecting and making cars beautiful. The cars he most loved to restore was his favorite, the Classic Corvette. 

After retirement, Gary spent his free time restoring old cars and serving as a Mason in the Cranberry Masonic Lodge where he was certified as a Master Mason and a Grand lecturer. He spent many hours with fellow Masons helping them earn their degrees. His most cherished service in the Masonic Lodge was the assistance and service they provided to the Oxford Children’s Home. 

Gary was a member of Elk Park Christian Church.

All who knew Gary, knew his determination and knew his love for his grandchildren. His health slowly began slipping away in the past year as the wedding of his first granddaughter was being planned for October 14th, 2018 in Charleston SC. He was determined to be there. 

With broken hearts, he remained behind with loved ones looking after him and promised to behave until we returned home with a wink and a reply, “Yeah Boy” 
Our daddy chose to leave this earth in the early morning hours on the day of Savannah and Chandler’s wedding so that he could have a front row seat and be with his entire family for this beautiful day. Our hearts are broken as we miss him so much, yet at peace as we know he is with our father in heaven. He is now once again, “Fine and Dandy.”

Surviving is his wife of 52 faithful years, Vergie Mae Guinn of Elk Park, NC; daughters, Melanie Denise Guinn of Charlotte NC, Sarah Michelle Guinn Dellinger and husband Tommy Dellinger III of Crossnore NC; son, Gary Edward Guinn and wife Misty Guinn of Fletcher NC, Grandchildren, Thomas Dellinger IV and wife, Kiley Webb Dellinger of Crossnore, NC, Savannah Dellinger Bakken and Husband Chandler Bakken of Boone, NC, Reagan Dellinger, Grace Buchanan, Will Buchanan, Logan Buchanan, Bronson Guinn, and Keegan Guinn; Great grandchildren, Shirlyna, Stephanie, Joshua and Ronnie Dellinger.

We thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers.

A service to celebrate Gary’s life will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Elk Park Christian Church with Pastor Grant Foster and Pastor Jonathon Sheppard. The family will receive friends beginning at 2:00 pm on Sunday at the church up until the service hour.

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

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

 

 
Phyllis Clark
July 15, 1957 – October 18, 2018

Phyllis Clark, age 61, of Jonas Ridge, North Carolina passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at her home.

She was born on July 15, 1957 in Catawba County, North Carolina, a daughter of Dayton Clark and Loretta Jaqueline Barrier Clark.

She was preceded in death by her Father.

Phyllis loved her Computer, her Dogs, and her Flower Garden. She also loved Swans.

Phyllis leaves behind to cherish her memory her: Mother, Jackie Clark of Jonas Ridge, NC, Sister, Doris Clark of Morganton, NC, Sister, Sharon (Boyfriend Randy Rupard) Sells of Newland, NC, Sister, Della (Kenneth) Hatch of Spruce Pine, NC, Brother, Wayne (Girlfriend Tammy Blevins) Clark of Jonas Ridge, NC.

A celebration graveside service for Phyllis Clark will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the George W Barrier Cemetery.

The Family would like to extend a Special Thank You to the Staff at Medi-Home Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home to help cover funeral expenses. 296 Ash Street Newland, NC 28657

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

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

 

 

 

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