Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Aug. 12, 2014

Published Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 9:50 am

Gregg Michael Introcaso (Aug. 25, 1967 – Aug. 9, 2014) 

Introcaso

Introcaso

Gregg Michael Introcaso, 46, of Boone Passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Watauga Medical Center.

Mr. Introcaso is survived by, one son, John Anderson, of Boone, one brother, Stephen Introcaso and wife Lynn of Lincroft, New Jersey, and three nieces, Brianna Introcaso, Krista Introcaso and Cara Introcaso all of Lincroft New Jersey.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Frank V. Introcaso and Lois Forfar Introcaso.

Memorial services for Gregg Michael Introcaso will be announced at a later date.

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

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

George Holeman Greer (Feb. 10, 1932 – Aug. 8, 2014) 

George Holeman Greer, 82, of Valle Crucis died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, at his home.

George was born on Feb. 10, 1932, in Owensboro, Ky., to the late William Hershey Greer and Sara Temple Holeman. After graduating from Washington & Lee University, George and his wife Ann settled in Owensboro, Ky. In addition to being a loving husband and father, George was the owner of W.H. Greer Supply Company in Owensboro, Ky., as well as being active in local and state politics.

Greer

Greer

After retiring, George and Ann settled in Valle Crucis and began attending Holy Cross Episcopal Church where he served on the Hunger Coalition Board, Vestry, Finance Committee, and volunteered at the Valle Crucis Country Fair for the past several years.

George loved boating, gardening, and watching the deer and turkeys outside his back door windows. Many loved him and his passing will leave a great void in their lives.

Surviving are his children, Robin Greer Moorman of Owensboro, Ky., Ann Greer Bahme and her husband Bob, of Houston, Tx., The Rev. George H. Greer, Jr. and his wife, Claire of Rocky Mount, N.C., and William Hadaway Greer and his wife, Carol of Bowling Green, Ky. Grandchildren include Jennifer Moorman, Greer Moorman and his wife, Whitney, Kelly Moorman, Anna Bahme, Sarah Greer, Andrew Greer and his wife, Tara, Tucker Greer, John Greer, and Ginna Greer; Great-grandchildren include Summer Bowlds, Taylor Bowlds, Alex Bowlds, Cash Moorman, Sadie Ann Moorman; nieces Anne Majak, Susan Firestone, Mary Greer, Sara Dent, Margaret Carr and Lucy Greer, and Alan Lancaster. He is also survived by his brother, William H. Greer, Jr., and his wife, Margaret Weyerhauser Greer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Hershey Greer and Sara Temple Greer, and his beloved wife, Ann.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. EDT, on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Valle Crucis, officiated by the Rev. Allan McCaslin. Remains to be interred at Holy Cross Episcopal Church Columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Episcopal church, P.O. Box 645 Highway 194 Valle Crucis, NC 28691, the Watauga County Humane Society, 312 Paws Way, Boone, NC 28604, or to your local Hospice.

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

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

James P. Marsh (Aug. 06, 1924 – Aug. 8, 2014) 

Marsh

Marsh

Faith, family, love, respect, and service to others are words that symbolize the life and character of James P. Marsh (known to his family as De). He used his life to deliver these values for ninety years, and it showed how these values were passed on to his family members as they surrounded him on August 8, 2014 as he took his final journey that he prepared to take his whole life.

James P. Marsh was born on August 6, 1924 in the Mill Creek Community of Ashe County to Crater and Emma Marsh. He was the third of five children; John, Wreatha, Ruth and Roy. Roy is the only surviving sibling.

He was married to the love of his life, Alma Ruth Hagaman Marsh for 69 years. Their love story began shooting marbles and going on “ice cream dates”. Ironically, they traded homework when they both attended Appalachian High School. James had a way with words and Alma Ruth was the math whiz. Their love story survived the entirety of WWII, and they became husband and wife only a week after his return from the war. They went on to have 4 beloved boys; Jim, Randy, Lesley and Ronnie, who all grew up with the same enduring values that James and Alma Ruth instilled in them. His family was always his strongest support system through all life ventures, accomplishments and service.

James proudly served his country as a Tech Sergeant in the U.S. Army, 8th Airforce Division, 66th squadron called the Flying 8 Balls who completed 23 missions in a B-24 called the Glory Bee. He received three Bronze Stars for valor as the Top Turret Gunner (Gunny Engineer). Faith carried him through the war and his faith continued to be remarkably evident in the service as a Christian by serving as a deacon, and treasurer at First Baptist Church. James served on NC Baptist State Executive Committee and Southern Baptist Commission (SBC) Executive Committee, Annuity Board and a lay missionary to Brazil as well as serving as the moderator of the Three Forks Baptist Association.

Many members of the community remember him as the president of Watauga Savings and Loan, but prior to that he worked as an assistant cashier at Northwestern Bank. He was also president of the N.C. Savings and Loan League and as chairman of the N.C. Savings and Loan Commission.

Outside of his church service and financial career he also fulfilled his civic duty and government service by membership in the following organizations: The Rotary Club, District Government, Watauga County School Board, Town of Boone-Boone Town Council, ASU Board of Trustees, Co-Chairman of Conrad Stadium Construction Campaign (Kidd Brewer Stadium), Co-Founder of World Medical Missions, Samaritan’s Purse Board of Directors, Watauga Medical Center Board of Trustees, Southern Appalachian Historic Association Board of Directors/Treasurer. For all of his service he received the Boone Jaycees, District Service Award and Governor’s Long Leaf Pine Award, which is the highest civilian award in N.C.

His most distinguished award was serving as the Patriarch of a family of 60 people for the last 69 years. His family includes his beloved wife Alma Ruth Marsh, son James, Jr. and wife Margaret; granddaughters Christy Turner and husband Luke, Kim Stacey and husband Matt, and Grandson J.T. and wife Shannon. Son Randy and wife Lisa; grandsons Justus and wife Melinda, Caleb and wife Jessica, Joshua and wife Christy, and granddaughters Moriah Barfield and husband Joshua, Brittan Visser and husband Forrest, and Lauren Miller and husband R.J. Son Lesley and wife Vickie; granddaughters Casey Gragg and husband Michael, Jennifer Klutz and husband Jason, Jamie Baskett and husband Dusty. Son Ronnie and wife Denise; granddaughter Andrea Marsh, grandson Taylor and wife Celia. Of the family of 60, 30 are great-grandchildren, Betsey Rose Marsh, preceding him.

Please join the family to remember James on Tuesday, Aug.12, 2014 at First Baptist Church. The receiving of family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m. and services will begin at 2:00 p.m.

The family will be receiving guests at the home of Alma Ruth Marsh at 201 Westbrook Dr. in Boone. As an alternative to flowers the family requests that donations be made to Rise Up Building Project at First Baptist Church of Boone or to a charity of their choice.

Online condolences may be shared with the Marsh family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Marsh family.

Shelley Lynn Easterday (July 15, 1960 – Aug. 7, 2014) 

Easterday

Easterday

Shelley Lynn Easterday, 54, of Joe Shoemaker Road, Vilas, passed away Thursday afternoon, Aug. 7, 2014.

Shelley was born July 15, 1960 in Canton, Ohio, a daughter of Carol Wade Blackledge and the late Loyal Walter. She was an employee of Chetola Resort.

Shelley is survived by her husband, Dennis Easterday of Catawba, Ohio; two daughters, Chelsea Easterday of Vilas, and Amber Parker of New Jersey; one step-son, Branden Lyn Easterday of Jacksonville, North Carolina; two granddaughters, Ariana Monique Parker of Catawba, Ohio and Savannah Lyn Easterday of Jacksonville, North Carolina; her mother, Carol Wade Blackledge of Todd; her grandmother, Helen Blackledge; two brothers, Mitchell Blackledge of Spruce Pine and Eddie Blackledge and wife Jennifer of Boone, and five sisters, Sonia Edmonds and husband David and Tonya Long and husband John Paul, all of St. Petersburg, Florida, Deanna Hill of Spruce Pine, Candi Lisa Walter of Spring Hill, Florida, and Holly Blackledge of Todd. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Loyal Walter, and three brothers.

Memorial services for Shelley Lynn Easterday will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 12, 2014, at 2:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Reverend Gordon Noble.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Horse Helper of the High Country, 1199 Odes Wilson Road, Zionville, North Carolina, 28698.

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

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

Junior David Norwood (April 10, 1933 – Aug. 6, 2014) 

Junior David Norwood, 81, of 1072 Hickory Nut Gap Road, Newland, passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 6, 2014, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.

Norwood

Norwood

Mr. Norwood was born April 10, 1933 in Avery County, a son of the late Chester “Bear” Norwood and Sudie Ruppard Norwood. He was a retired truck operator and was a member of Banner Elk Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Mr. Norwood is survived by his wife, Ethel Marie Townsend Norwood of Newland; three sons, Danny Norwood and wife Lisa, Ronnie Norwood and wife Deborah, and Stevie Norwood and wife Lisa, all of Newland; three daughters, Kathy Horney and husband Jimmy and Phyllis Arnette and husband Eddie, all of Banner Elk, and Janice Norwood of Newland; two brothers, Jimmy Norwood and wife Glenda of Foscoe, and Jerry Norwood of Banner Elk, and one sister, Lola Pritchard and husband Paul of Morganton. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Steven Arnette; one brother, Buster Norwood; one sister, Ida Mae Sword, and one brother-in-law, Roy Short Sword.

Funeral services for Junior David Norwood will be conducted Friday morning, Aug. 8, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at Banner Elk Seventh Day Adventist Church. Officiating will be Pastor Lewis Norwood, and Elder Ken Hodges. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Townsend Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Banner Elk Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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

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

Helen Stanford “Granny” Seldomridge (Dec. 17, 1928 – Aug. 6, 2014) 

Seldomridge

Seldomridge

Mrs. Helen Stanford Seldomridge, “Granny,” 85, formerly of Zionville, died peacefully, Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at the Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care in Lenoir, NC.

Helen was born Dec. 17, 1928, in Chicago, Ill. to the late James M. and Marguerite Helen Stanford, an only child.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed the outdoors, growing flowers, watching birds and most of all being with her family and friends.

Helen was a member of Western Watauga County Senior Center located in the Cove Creek Community in Sugar Grove. There she had many, many friends and participated in fun activities in an environment which encouraged independence in older adults. She also enjoyed working on her crossword puzzles and playing Spider Solitaire.

Helen had a special love of Butterflies. Her family and friends will never again see a butterfly without thinking of her.

Helen is survived by six sons: Richard Seldomridge, wife Sheron of Winder, GA; James Seldomridge, wife Mary of Sparrows Pt., MD; Robert Seldomridge, wife Isabel West Jefferson, NC; Scott Seldomridge of Deep Gap, NC; David Seldomridge of Vero Beach, FL; John Seldomridge, wife Tanya of Boone, NC; thirteen grandchildren: Clinton Seldomridge of Davie, FL; Jennifer Mercurio of Winder, GA; Amy Boyer, husband Anthony of Ellijay, GA; Jessica Fenfert, husband Dennis of Columbia, MD; James Seldomridge of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Justin Seldomridge of Troutman, NC; Michael Seldomridge of Deep Gap, NC; Christina Seldomridge of Wilmington, NC; Stephanie Fischer of California; Christopher Seldomridge of Henderson, NV; Elizabeth Seldomridge of Wilmington, NC; Megan Skubal, Fiancé Rich Carlson of Washington, DC; Jeff Seldomridge, wife Jessica of Boone, NC; and five great-grandchildren: Connor, Caleb and Cruz Mercurio of Winder, GA; Madelyn Boyer of Ellijay, GA and Leah Fenfert of Columbia, MD; and special relative Candace Merritt, husband Harley of Ft, Myers, FL.

Helen is also survived by her closest friend Laura O’Bryan and her husband Donald, their four children Daniel, wife Miranda; Christopher, Joshua and Kevin and their three grandchildren: Andrea, Daylen and David.

In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by her husband of 31 years, Richard and their adopted son James Gregory.

A memorial service for Helen Stanford Seldomridge will be conducted Friday morning, September 5, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel; Officiating will be Rev. Doug Cheshier. A reception will follow at 12:00 p.m. at the Western Watauga Community Center located at 1081 Old U.S. 421, Sugar Grove, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, North Carolina, 28645.

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

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

Ella Mae Anderson Trivett (June 23, 1933 – Aug. 5, 2014)

Mrs. Ella Mae Anderson Trivett, 81, of Vilas, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at Watauga Medical Center, Tuesday morning, August 5, 2014.

Trivett

Trivett

Mrs. Trivett was born June 23, 1933, in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Bynum and Lucy Hayes Anderson. She was a faithful member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for nearly 39 years. Mrs. Trivett was an avid quilter, crocheter and homemaker. She recently read her Bible through for the fifth time, which she never felt this to be a chore, but counted it as an honor. Mrs. Trivett was a faithful military wife and mother. She loved her husband, her family, and the Lord dearly.

Mrs. Trivett is survived by two sons, Robert Blaine “Bob” Trivett and wife Janet of Zionville, and James Trivett and wife Libby of Vilas; five grandchildren, Robert “Dale” Trivett and wife Amy, Bobbie Sue Trivett, Emily Ragan and husband Bobby, Nancy Trivett, Kevin Trivett and wife Bonnie; fourteen great-grandchildren, Ella Fay Trivett, Jayden Trivett, Jazmine Trivett, an unborn baby boy, J.T. Isaacs-Trivett , Conner Isaacs-Trivett, Parker Isaac-Trivett, Adam Trivett Timothy Trivett, Nathan Trivett, Nickolas Trivett, and step great-grandchildren, Jackson, Carson, and Ainsley Guynn; one sister, Judy Greene and husband J.B. of Colletsville, North Carolina; one brother, Minister J.C. Anderson and wife Betty Sue of Abingdon, Virginia, and a special sister-in-law, Ava Trivett.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Millard Trivett; two sisters, Verlee Cole and Geneva Bentley, and one brother, Billy Anderson.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Mae Anderson Trivett will be conducted Friday afternoon, Aug. 8, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 to 2 p.m. Officiating will be Preacher Wynn Greer, Reverend Burl Greer, and Minister J.C. Anderson. Burial will follow in the Anderson Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening, from 6:00 to 9 p.m., at Hampton Funeral Service. At other times, friends may call at the residence, 110 Anderson Avenue, Vilas.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, 1128 Baird’s Creek Road, Vilas, North Carolina, 28692, or to Gideons International Boone Camp, PO Box 3602, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

Online condolence messages may be sent to the Trivett family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com

Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Sheri Norris Jones (Sept. 2, 1956 – Aug. 5, 2014)

Sheri Norris Jones, age 57, of 1212 U.S. 321, Sugar Grove, went home to be with her Savior, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

Sheri was born Sept. 2, 1956 in Watauga County, a daughter of Reverend Quincy Norris and the late Bobbie Joy Norris. She was a retired 3rd grade school teacher at Bethel Elementary School where she shared her love of reading to her students. Sheri was a member of Flat Springs Baptist Church. She was a beloved wife and mother, as well as “Nana” to her three greatest joys.

In addition to her parents, Sheri is survived by her husband, Elmer Jones of the home; one daughter, Jennifer Lawrence and husband Reverend Daniel Lawrence of Sugar Grove; two granddaughters, Kara Joy Lawrence and Charlotte Lawrence, both of Sugar Grove; one grandson, Parker Lawrence of Sugar Grove, and one brother, Gary Norris of Sugar Grove. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Sheri Norris Jones will be conducted Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at Beech Valley Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 to 2 p.m. Officiating will be Reverend Bryan Miller and Reverend Chad Cole. Burial will follow in Flat Springs Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon, from 1:00 to 2 p.m., at the church, prior to the service. At other times, friends may call at the residence, 1212 U.S. 321 North, Sugar Grove.

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

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

Jason E. Simmons (July 04, 1981 – Aug. 1, 2014) 

Simmons

Simmons

Jason Edward Simmons, 33, of Boone passed away Friday afternoon, Aug. 1, 2014. Born July 4, 1981, in Watauga County, he was a son of Willa Guy and the late William Edward Simmons. Jason was a painter and a member of the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his mother, Willa Guy of Zionville, one son, William Andrew “Andy” Simmons of Boone, two brothers, Robert Jeremiah Simmons of Salisbury and William Charles Simmons and wife Kara of Bend, Ore., and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial services for Mr. Jason Simmons will be conducted Sunday afternoon, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ in Vilas. Officiating will be Pastor Terry Carver. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family in care of Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Online condolences may be shared with the Simmons family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Simmons family.

 

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