Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Aug. 9, 2013

Published Friday, August 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Watauga County Obituaries – Compiled Aug. 9, 2013

Shirley Swift Mast, D. Aug. 8, 2013

Shirley Swift Mast, age 83, of Vilas, NC, died Thursday, August 8, 2013 at Watauga Medical Center.
    
Arrangements for Shirley Swift Mast are incomplete at this time.

Richard Lundgren, D. Aug. 8, 2013

Richard N. Lundgren, age 87, of Phillips Branch Road, Vilas, passed away Thursday morning, August 8, 2013, at his home.

Funeral arrangements for Richard N. Lundgren are incomplete at this time.

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

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

Wayne Presnell, D. Aug. 6, 2013

Wayne Presnell

Wayne Presnell

Wayne Presnell, age 49, of Private Drive, Sugar Grove, passed away Tuesday morning, August 6, 2013, at Watauga Medical Center.

Wayne was a man full of life. He loved music, reading, laughing, working with his hands and he loved his family. Wayne grew up on a tobacco farm in the Bethel area with his parents and five siblings. As a child he fell in love with books, carving out any spare time he could find to read; a love which he carried throughout his life. Though his beautiful voice and perfect pitch went unheard by many, Wayne sang publicly during his younger years.

Ultimately Wayne would find his way as a builder of beautiful things. He built incredible homes, unique and perfectly detailed furniture & cabinets, and pretty much anything that could be made from wood, hard work and talent. His building was a form of artistry, unmatched by most, and he took painstaking care to ensure that each detail was perfect, no matter the job. He raised his children with the same unyielding care.

Wayne coached his son Jackson’s baseball team for many years with great pride, passion and joy. He worked side by side with his son Travis building the homes for which he would come to be known. The unique bond he shared with his daughter Emily was rooted solely in love and deeply special. Wayne worked tirelessly to ensure that his children would have a better life than his own.

Wayne touched many lives and hearts with his very special brand of kindness, humor and humility. He will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered for all time.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Rhonda Taylor Presnell of Banner Elk; one daughter, Emily Clark of Sugar Grove; two sons, Travis Presnell and his special friend, Karen Harmon of Vilas, and Jackson Presnell of Banner Elk; one granddaughter, Madison Presnell of Vilas; three brothers, James Presnell and wife Rita of Sugar Grove, Phil Presnell and wife Cindy of Vilas, and Rob Presnell of Linville, and two sisters, Donna Gallo and husband Pat of Waynesville, North Carolina, and Jeannie Kahle and husband John of Boone. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Sheridan Junior Presnell and Hannah Malinda Presnell.

Memorial services for Wayne Presnell will be conducted Friday afternoon, August 9, 2013, at 4:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Reverend Tony Clark.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service at Hampton Funeral Service.

The Presnell family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff at the Watauga Medical Center ICU for the compassionate care Wayne received in his last hours. Further we would like to offer our sincerest thanks to everyone who has visited, provided food and offered comfort, solace and prayers for our family.

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

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

Ron Doble III, D. Aug. 5, 2013

Ron Doble

Ron Doble

Howard Ronello “Ron” Doble III passed away at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Monday, August 5, 2013 at the age of 58 from complications of congestive heart failure.

Ron is lovingly remembered by his father and mother, Howard and Barbara Doble of Hickory, NC, his brother Mike Doble (wife Darlene) of Banner Elk, NC, his sister Colleen Comer (husband Bob) of Conover, NC, and his sister Patty Johnson (husband Darrell) of Hickory, NC. Ron will be missed by his nieces Jennifer Doble of Hickory, NC, Lauren Style (husband Chuck) of Deep, NC, Carrigan Doble and Madison Doble of Banner Elk, NC, Jordan Johnson of Chicago, IL, and nephews Mark Comer of Charlotte, NC, Michael Comer of Hickory, NC and Jay Johnson of Hickory, NC. He is also survived by great nephews Drew and Ryan Settlemyre of Hickory, NC and J.R. Style of Deep Gap, NC.

Ron is predeceased by his beloved wife, Michelle Doble.

Ron was born in Charleston, SC on August 13, 1954. He grew up in Columbia, SC and attended and played football for Eau Claire High School. Ron moved to Hickory, NC, graduated from Saint Stephens High School in 1973 and went on to serve in the United States Navy. He later moved to Banner Elk, NC and worked in Internet Marketing with AppNet.com LLC.

Ron was an accomplished musician, who had an amazing voice and was a talented guitarist. He was a voracious reader and had a passion for history and classic movies. He enjoyed the peace and tranquility of fishing in a quiet stream and a good round of golf. Ron was a lifelong USC Gamecock fan and had recently supported his nephew and the Wofford Terriers. Ron was a man of faith and no matter his struggles, never wavered in his love of God and belief in Jesus Christ as his savior.

The visitation will be held at Hampton Funeral Services, 683 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC on Friday, August 9, 2013 from 10 – 11 am.

The celebration of life service will follow at Hampton Funeral Services, 683 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC on Friday, August 9, 2013 at 11:00 am. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 10:00 until 11:00 am. Officiating will be Rev. Gordon Noble.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 1357, Newland, North Carolina, 28607.

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

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

Bina Greene, D. Aug. 4, 2013

Mrs. Bina Faye Miller Greene, age 97 of Railroad Grade Road, Todd, passed away Sunday morning, August 4, 2013 at Hillview Care Center. Born May 15, 1916 in Watauga County, she was a daughter of the late Wayne and Roberta Miller. Bina was a homemaker and a farmer. She attended Church of Christ in Christian Union. 

Bina Greene

Bina Greene

She is survived by three children; Worth Greene and wife Lecia of Matthews, Bobby Greene and wife Sarah of Todd and Helen Houck and husband Fred of Todd, three grandchildren, five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Bruce Greene and two brothers and four sisters. 

Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Bina Faye Miller Greene will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Fred Houck. Entombment will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens Mausoleum.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:30 until 11 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. The family respectfully requests no food or flowers, and suggests memorials to Medi-Home Hospice, PO Box 421, Jefferson, NC 28640 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

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

Rick Phelps, D. Aug. 4, 2013

Richard Phelps

Richard Phelps

Richard L. “Rick” Phelps, Sr., age 59, of Hummingbird Lane, Boone, and Clearwater, Florida, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2013, at his home.

Richard Lance Phelps was a successful entrepreneur. Since 1979 he worked principally as the president and CEO of Quality Precast Company. His tireless resolve to grow and expand his family business led him, with the help of his brothers, to found several businesses in the construction industry.

Rick’s love for the outdoors included many recreational pursuits like fishing and hunting, as well as traveling in his motor home. He loved to see the beauty of America and explored many of our countries national parks. His trips were often accompanied by his daughter Joy, in whom he helped to foster a love for nature that has shaped the course of her life. Rick used his success to help sponsor of many land and animal conservation efforts as well as App State’s football team.

Rick’s appreciation for the majestic Appalachians steered he and his wife Linda to build their dream home in the North Carolina high country. He lived out his last days chasing his dogs around the yard, watching the deer and turkeys, and enjoying the sunsets over Grandfather Mountain.

Rick is survived by his wife, Linda Roberts Phelps of the home; two daughters, Joy Torrence and husband Crisler of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Patricia Gray of Thonotassa, Florida; one son, Richard L. Phelps, Jr. of Thonotassa, Florida; his mother, Sara Frazier Phelps of Brandon, Florida; two brothers, John M. Phelps and wife Cheryl, and Robert M. Phelps and wife Cindi, all of Brandon, Florida. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and a great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by his father, Victor H. Phelps.

Graveside services and burial for Richard L. “Rick” Phelps, Sr. will be conducted Thursday afternoon, August 8, 2013, at 3:00 o’clock, at Laurel Fork Baptist Church Cemetery. Officiating will be Reverend Gordon Noble.

The family will receive friends Thursday afternoon, from 1:00 until 3:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Service.

A memorial service for Richard L. “Rick” Phelps, Sr. will be conducted Tuesday, August 13, 2013, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM, at Faith Baptist Church, 1118 North Parsons Avenue, Brandon, Florida, 33510. Officiating will be Reverend Scotty Drake and Brother Gene Reynolds.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to the Laurel Fork Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Melba Watson, 1811 Aho Road, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.

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

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

Colburn Trivette, D. Aug. 4, 2013

Colburn H. Trivette, age 69, of Lake Placid, Fla., died unexpectedly Sunday morning, August 4, 2013, at Florida Hospital in Lake Placid in the loving companionship of his wife and family.

Colburn is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth, whom he wed June 13, 1987, in Venus, Fla.; mother-in-law, Grace Williams; children, Lisa Arnett and husband Randy, Bobby Pettis Jr. and wife Brandy; siblings, Nancy Wood and husband Cecil, Judy Gould and husband Tommy, and sisters-in-law, Jean Jones, Gail Stanford and husband Billy, Mary Prescott and husband Terry; 7 grandchildren and he was blessed with 5 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Walter and Zaida Hodges Trivette, and one brother, Kenny Trivette.

Funeral services for Colburn H. Trivette will be conducted Thursday morning, August 8, 2013, at 11:00 o’clock, at Faith Baptist Church in Lake Placid, Florida. Officiating will be Pastor Howard Leman. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Placid.

The family will receive friends Thursday morning, from 10:00 until 11:00 o’clock, at the church, prior to the service.

Michael A. Brochetti Funeral Home, in Lake Placid, Florida, is in charge of the arrangements.

Armolee Greene, D. Aug. 3, 2013

Armolee Greene

Armolee Greene

Armolee Culler Greene, age 82, of Dotson Lane, Mountain City, Tennessee, and a native and former resident of Watauga County, passed away Saturday morning, August 3rd, 2013,at the Mountain City Care Center.

Born May 16, 1931, she was a daughter of James Richard and Mary Miller Culler. Mrs. Greene was a housekeeping supervisor for a number of motels. Armolee was a Christian woman who loved the Lord as well as her family. She and her husband ministered to various nursing homes and hospital groups, singing gospel music. 

Mrs. Greene is survived by her husband of 42 years, Clarence ‘Frog’ Greene; daughter, Marlene Crosby and husband, Jerry, of Banner Elk; son, Dana Miller and wife, Cathy, of Linville; two grandchildren, Sean Miller and wife, Lori, of Conley Springs, and Keri Miller McGhee and husband, Chris, of Charlotte; great-granddaughter, Melanie Miller of Conley Springs; four sisters, Nina Cooper and husband, Arnold, of Aberdeen, Jimma Lou Hodges and Lana King, both of Mountain City, TN; and Jean Hester and husband, Floyd, of Wendell; brother, Lee Culler of Wendell; and a sister-in-law, Lois Turner of Boone. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robbie Turner; two nephews, Tony Winebarger and Jamie Tucker; and great niece, Hannah Mae Greer. 

A celebration of the life service for Armolee Culler Greene will be conducted Saturday afternoon, August 10, 2013, at 1 o’clock at the Church of Deliverance, officiated by Dana Miller and Pastor Bruce Miller. The family will receive friends at the church following services. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Greene family, in care of Marlene Crosby, 171 Crystal Dew, Banner Elk, NC 28604.

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

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Greene family. 

Carolyn McGuire, D. Aug. 2, 2013

Carolyn McGuire

Carolyn McGuire

Carolyn Ward McGuire, age 75, of Robin Lane, Boone, passed away Friday morning, August 2, 2013, at Watauga Medical Center.

Carolyn was born November 23, 1937 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Francis Dewey Ward and Nita Ward. She was a homemaker and attended Faith Mission Baptist Church.

Carolyn is survived by two daughters, Lee Marshall and husband Barry of Zionville, and Anita Presnell and husband Tom of Sugar Grove; one son, Allen McGuire and wife Darlene of Sugar Grove; three granddaughters, Monica Harrison and husband Phillip, and Lois Pittman, all of Sugar Grove, and Hailey Marshall of Zionville; two grandsons, Max McGuire and wife Karen, and Thomas Presnell, all of Sugar Grove; one sister, Marie Presnell of Sugar Grove, and one brother, Hill Ward and wife Linda of Sugar Grove. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Earl Ward; one sister, Jessie Ballew, and one granddaughter, Charity Presnell.

Funeral services for Carolyn Ward McGuire will be conducted Sunday afternoon, August 4, 2013, at 3:00 o’clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 1:30 until 3:00 o’clock. Officiating will be Reverend Richard Trivette. Burial will follow in the Ward Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon, from 1:30 until 3:00 o’clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

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

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

Blanche Rominger, D. Aug. 2, 2013

Blanche Isaacs Rominger, age 95, of Wilburn Rominger Road, passed away Friday morning, August 2, 2013, at Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation in Boone.

Blanche Rominger

Blanche Rominger

Mrs. Rominger was born July 5, 1918 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Noah Alvin Isaacs and Callie Stout Isaacs. She was a homemaker and a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church.

Mrs. Rominger is survived by five sons, Lewis Rominger and wife Paula of Freeport, Ohio, Ed Rominger and wife Annie of Salem, West Virginia, Dean Rominger of Wiggins, Mississippi, Bob Rominger of Mountain City, Tennessee, and Joe Rominger and wife Beverly of Newcomerstown, Ohio, and four daughters, Madge Laws of Neva, Tennessee, Ruth Rominger, Irene Woodard and husband Oscar, and Esther Harmon and husband Greer, all of Vilas. She is also survived by twenty-eight grandchildren, fifty-one great-grandchildren, twenty-one great great-grandchildren, three great great great-grandchildren, and several of her seventy-eight nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Rominger; one grandson; one granddaughter; one great-grandson; nine sisters and six brothers.

Funeral services for Blanche Isaacs Rominger will be conducted Sunday afternoon, August 4, 2013, at 3:00 o’clock, at Forest Grove Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 2:00 until 3:00 o’lock. Officiating will be Preacher Thomas Brown and Reverend J.C. Greene. Burial will follow in the Lower Beaver Dam Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon, from 2:00 until 3:00 o’clock, at the church, prior to the service. At other times, friends may call at the residence, 226 Wilburn Rominger Road, the Beaver Dam Community, Vilas.

Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Medi Home Hospice, PO Box 1357, Newland, North Carolina, 28657, or to Beaver Dam Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of David Scott, 3476 Mountain Dale Road, Vilas, North Carolina, 28692.

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

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

Butch Healy, D. Aug. 1, 2013

Mr. Seymour “Butch” Gardner Healy, age 81, of Beaver Horn Ranch Road, Vilas, and formerly of Middletown, New York, died Thursday, August 1, at Watauga Medical Center.

Mr. Gardner was born to the late Russell Seymour and Elise Gardner Healy. Butch served 33 years in the Army National Guard, retiring as a Staff Sergeant. He was a past member of the Circleville NY Fire Department and a member of the NYS Fire Warden Association.

Butch had a big family and they always came first. He would do anything for family. He liked to play Lincoln logs with his grandchildren and pretend that it was his own log cabin. He enjoyed spending time with his children, and going hunting and fishing. In his spare time, he liked to read books while having a cocktail. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of his family forever.

Mr. Gardner is survived by his wife, Martha, of the home; five sons: Daniel and wife Karen of Slate Hill, NY; Bruce, Stephen, Charles and fiancée Lisa, and Gordon and fiancée Lynn all of Middletown, NY; two daughters: Donna of Middletown, NY and Carol of NC; and two brothers: George and wife Margaret, and Robert of NC. Twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Robbie, and a favorite pet, his dog, Gizmo.

Funeral services for Mr. Seymour “Butch” Gardner Healy will be conducted Monday, August 5th, 2013, at 11:00 o’clock from the chapel of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home in Middletown, NY. Burial will follow in the Circleville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 and from 7:00 until 9:00 Sunday, August 4th at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home.

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

Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home is charge of the New York arrangements. Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the local arrangements.

Buck Robbins, D. July 31, 2013

Buck Robbins

Buck Robbins

Mr. Willis Councill “Buck” Robbins, age 83, of Boone, passed away Wednesday morning, July 31, 2013 at Watauga Medical Center. Born in Watauga County July 5, 1930, he was the son of the late Frank Robbins and Alice Councill Robbins.

Buck attended Appalachian State Teacher College and North Carolina State University. He was a US Air Force Veteran, and was a retired Design Engineer for TT Electronics (TRW/IRC). Buck was an active member of Boone United Methodist Church for over 50 years; having served in many church offices. He was a former Boy Scout Leader for Troop 109, served on the Watauga County Board of Education, member of the Masonic Snow Lodge, and President of Watauga Little League for 8 years. Buck was a Christmas tree and shrubbery farmer. 

He is survived by his wife Mae Tucker Robbins, one son; Councill Robbins and wife Deborah of High Point, two grandchildren; Will and Madison Robbins of High Point, and a number of nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Funeral services for Mr. Buck Robbins will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Boone United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Dr. Jason Byassee, Rev. Jeff McClain and Rev. Gerald Hodges. Burial with military honors provided by American Legion Post 130 will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 until 2 o’clock at Boone United Methodist Church.

The family respectfully requests no flowers and suggests memorials to Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Boulevard, Boone, NC 28607. Online condolences may be shared with the Robbins family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

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

Eddie Paul Norris, D. July 30, 2013

Eddie Norris

Eddie Norris

Mr. Eddie Paul Norris, age 81, of Burlington and a former resident of Vilas, passed away Tuesday morning, July 30, 2013 at home. Born January 4, 1932 in the Bethel Community of Watauga County, he was a son of the late Paul and Mona Greer Norris.

A graduate of Bethel High School, he served two years in the US Army. Eddie was a retired engineer with the NC Department of Transportation. He was a member and past Master of Snow Lodge # 363 AF & AM for over 50 years.

Eddie was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Oasis Shrine and was past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star. Active in his community he was a member of the American Legion, NC Government Retirement Association, State Employees Credit Union Advisory Board for Watauga County. He was also a member of Watauga Community Action Board, WAMY, and former President of the Young Democrat Club. Eddie Paul was a member of Boone United Methodist Church, and an associate member of Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in Greensboro and held many offices in the church during his lifetime. 

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth “Lib” Clapp Norris, sister in law, Grace Norris Wagner and husband Don, of McLeansville, brothers in law; Marvin Clapp, David Clapp and wife Emily all of Greensboro, sister in law Dorothy Guffey of Greensboro, nieces Regina Miller and husband Earl, Renetta Lineberry and husband John both of McLeansville, Kim Guffey of Waynesville, nephews; Alan Clapp and wife Amy, Andy Clapp and wife Lisa, Mike Clapp and wife Pam all of Greensboro; Raymond Clapp and wife Shree of Gibsonville, Steven Clapp and wife Crystal of McLeansville and many great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Gregory Newton Norris and brother, Johnny Greer Norris.

Funeral services for Mr. Eddie Paul Norris will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Boone United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Jim Allred, Rev. Don Wagner and Rev. George Naff. Masonic graveside services and burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gregory Newton Norris Scholarship Fund, Watauga County Schools, Attn: Ly Marze, PO Box 1790, Boone, NC 28607 or to Hospice of Alamance, 914 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215. 

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 o’clock until 8 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. At other times, the family will be at the home of Jane and Jack Evans, 110 Clyde Williams Road, Boone, NC 28607. 

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

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

Lee McRae Burleson, D. July 30, 2013

Lee McRae Burleson

Lee McRae Burleson

Lee McRae Burleson, age 89, of Roaring Creek Rd., Newland, passed away Tuesday evening, July 30, 2013 at his home. Born July 30, 1924 in Avery County, he was a son of Charles Wesley and Dimple Viola Cooper Burleson. Mr. Burleson was superintendant and a Deacon of Free Will Baptist Church for 50 years.

A veteran of the US Navy, he served during WWII. Mr. Burleson was a graduate of Lee McRae College and Appalachian State University. He retired from the Avery County School system as a driver\’s education teacher. His devotion was to his family, and his enjoyment was tending his farm and vegetable gardens. 

Mr. Burleson is survived by his wife of 55 years, Pauline Brown Burleson; daughter, Paula Burleson of the home; two sons, Dr. Alric Burleson of the home and Selwyn Burleson and wife, Shirley, of Roan Mountain, TN; granddaughter, Megan Dakota Burleson of Roan Mountain; two sisters, Angela W. Burleson of Sterling, Va., and Bobbie Sanders and husband, William, of Four Oaks; step-grandsons, Jack Shell and wife, Rachel, of Roan Mountain, and John Shell, Jr. and wife Amy, of Jonas Ridge; step-great-grandchildren, Reed and Caroline Shell, both of Roan Mountain, A. J. Harmon and Dalton Turbyfield, both of Jonas Ridge, and Shad Teaster of Banner Elk. Many nieces, nephews, including a special niece, Angela Celest Burleson of Sterling, Va. also survive. He also leaves behind his church family, and his loyalty always remained with the Free Will Baptist Church. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Wesley and Dimple Viola Cooper Burleson, and a sister, Emma Lou Masters. 

Funeral services for Lee McRae Burleson will be conducted Friday afternoon, August 2, 2013, at 2 o\’clock, at the Free Will Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Troy Smith. The family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 12:30 until 2 o\’clock, prior to services, at the church. Burial will follow in the Hill Crest Cemetery. 

Lela Greer Cole, D. July 29, 2013

Lela Cole

Lela Cole

Mrs. Lela Mozelle Greer Cole, age 86, of Clemmons passed away Monday, July 29, 2013 at Regency Care of Clemmons. Born August 5, 1926 in Watauga County she was a daughter of the late Carl Ellison Greer and Beulah Belle McGuire. Lela was a homemaker and a faithful Christian. She was a loving mother and grandmother who was so proud of her family. 
    She is survived by three daughters; Gladys Norris and husband Doug of Boone, Linda Mullis of Clemmons and Juanita Gallagher and husband Tim of Clemmons, four grandchildren; Scott Norris and wife Kristina, Steven Norris and wife Miranda all of Boone, Shaun Norris and wife Maggie of Erwin, Tennessee, and Devon Gallagher of Charlotte, four great grandchildren; Hannah Grace Norris and Cole Norris of Boone, Adrianna Richardson and Abagail Norris of Erwin, Tennessee, one brother Otis Greer and wife Beulah of West Jefferson, and one sister in law Julie Greer of Cary. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Onnie Marvin Cole, three sisters; Bertie Trivette, Ines Greer and Ellen Greer, and three brothers; Joe, Frank, and Howard Greer.

Funeral services for Mrs. Lela Mozelle Greer Cole will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Chaplain Jack T. Nance. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service Saturday from 1 o’clock until 2 o’clock at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Gideons International, Boone Camp, PO Box 3602, Boone, NC 28607. The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to the ECT department at Wake Forest Baptist Health for the many years of care, concern and love they have given to Lela and her family.

Online condolences may be sent to the Cole family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Cole family.  

Alissa Nielsen, D. July 28, 2013

Alissa Alaina Nielsen, age 35, of Boone, died Sunday, July 28, 2013.

A private memorial for Alissa Alaina Nielsen will be held at a later date.

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

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


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Listings of Funeral Homes in Watauga County:

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory
194 Queen Street
Boone, NC 28607
828-264-8888
www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com

Hampton Funeral Service
683 Blowing Rock Road
Boone, NC 28607
828-264-7100
www.hamptonfuneralnc.com

 

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