Obituaries

ASHEVILLE -- Daisy Jean Cregger Birchfield, affectionately known as Mammo, 82, was called to heaven Saturday, July 30, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Cregger and Bessie Corina Dillman Cregger. She was born in peaceful Rich Valley in Smyth County, Virginai, Sept. 10, 1933. She was the youngest of 10 children. 

Throughout the years, she loved needlepoint, reading and making quilts.

SPRUCE PINE -- Jean Johnson Travis, 83, passed away July 28, 2016.

Graveside Funeral Services celebrating her life were noon Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, at Silver Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Bandana with the Rev. Will Van Wieren officiating. The family visited with friends from 10 a.m. Tuesday until time for the service at the church.

SPRUCE PINE -- Elma Riddle, 90, passed from this life on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 20, 2016, with her daughter by her side.

Little Miss Elma Jane Hollifield was born to the late Clyde and Lula Cox Hollifield Feb. 20, 1926. At birth, she was premature and not expected to survive.  However, her Heavenly Father protected and nurtured her and granted her 90 years and five months of life on this earth.

In addition to her parents, Elma was predeceased by her husband, Claude Riddle; her sister, Lucy Pittman; and her niece, Joann P. Morgan.

SPRUCE PINE -- Mildred Tolley Slagle, 78, of Spruce Pine, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 28, 2016, at her home surrounded by family.

Mildred was the daughter of the late John and Ida Chapman Tolley and the wife of the late Jack Slagle, who passed away in October 2015.  

NEWLAND -- Lambert Phillip Hoilman, 70, of Newland, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016. A funeral service was 4 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016.

DALLAS -- Nora “Teddy” “Tellas” Metellas Rathbone Freeman, 87, of Dallas, went to her heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior July 20, 2016, at Brian Center Hickory Viewmont surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Mitchell County Dec. 12, 1928, to Clarence R. Rathbone and Mae Ledford Rathbone. 

BAKERSVILLE -- Jack T. Grindstaff, 86, of Bakersville, passed away July 21, 2016. He was a native of Mitchell County and a son of the late Jessie and Rosa Young Grindstaff. 

He was retired from Henredon Furniture, where he was an electrician. He was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church and former member of Ledger Fire Department. Jack was a friend to all, loving and kind; he never met a stranger. 

SPRUCE PINE -- Robert Love Taylor, 95, died Friday, July 8, 2016. Graveside service and interment was at 10 a.m. July 22, 2016, at Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery.

SPRUCE PINE -- Carroll Edward Canipe, 92, of Spruce Pine, died Monday, July 11, 2016, at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville.

Born July 8, 1924, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Burns Mac Canipe and Verdie Patrick Canipe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Albert Canipe and Howard Canipe; and his sisters, Iona Canipe Price and Gladys Canipe McKinney.

SPRUCE PINE -- Helen Blackledge, 94, of Elm Street, Spruce Pine, died Monday, July 11, 2016, at Brian Center Health and Rehab in Spruce Pine.

A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at at the Cranberry Baptist Church. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church. Interment will follow in the Cranberry Cemetery.

BAKERSVILLE -- Ron Vinson, 78, of Bee Branch Road, died unexpectedly in his sleep Monday July 11, 2016, at his home. 

He was the son of the late D.E. Vinson and Ruth (Blevins) Vinson. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Tipton) Vinson; son, Cabe; daughter, Nina; brother, Don; and many cousins, family and friends.  

BAKERSVILLE -- Anna Belle Frye, 91, of Bear Creek Church Road, Bakersville, died Monday, July 11, 2016, at Brian Center Health and Rehab in Spruce Pine.

A funeral service was Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Bear Creek Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Anna Belle Frye’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is assisting the family. Mrs. Frye’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

SPRUCE PINE -- Eddie Dean Jones, 58, of Spruce Pine Campground Road, Spruce Pine, died Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at his home.

A funeral service was at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Berry Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Williams officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 2 p.m. until time of service Thursday at the church. Interment followed in the Berry Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery. 

MARION -- Christopher Lee Autrey, 29, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, June 30, 2016, unexpectedly. 

He was a son of Curtis Autrey and Lisa Pendley Ayers. 

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Fred Lee “Ted” Pendley; paternal grandparents Lloyd and Ruth Autrey; and an uncle, Ray Autrey.  He was a member of North Cove Baptist Church who loved to fish, do electronics and play Xbox with his niece and nephew.

BAKERSVILLE -- Lee Smith Gouge, 88, of the Fork Mountain Community, Bakersville, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016, at his home. He was the son of the late Warfield and Nettie Greene Gouge and was also preceded in death by three sisters, Lois Ellis, Lockie Grey and Ruby Johns; and two brothers, L.H. Gouge and Woodrow Gouge. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was presented the Korean War Medal by Congressman Mark Meadows at the Bakersville Historic Courthouse. He was a charter member of the Fork Mountain Fire Department, Bakersville Lodge No.

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