GREEN MOUNTAIN -- Edith Miller Bennett, 96, of Flat Branch Road, Green Mountain, passed away, June 18, 2016. She was a native of Mitchell County and a daughter of the late Ed and Sarah Miller. 

She was retired as a machine operator with Detroit Plastic Molding.  

JONAS RIDGE -- Bill Ollis, 89, of Highway 183 in Jonas Ridge, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at his home.

A funeral service was Monday, June 20, 2016, in the chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine with Linda Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Green Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to the funeral home’s website,, selecting Bill Ollis and then signing his guestbook. 

BAKERSVILLE -- Ola Mae McKinney departed this life Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the age of 102. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Frank L. McKinney; her son, Morris A. McKinney; and her granddaughter, Gina M. Bailey. She was also predeceased by four sisters and two brothers.

BAKERSVILLE -- Virgie Estelle Burleson, 89, of Bakersville, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Salem, Virginia, and a daughter of the late Milton and Alta Pearl Cochran Thomas. She attended Fork Mountain Baptist Church and was a retired bookkeeper for Burleson Shell Station in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Survivors include a grandson, Paul Burleson, of Wilson; a granddaughter, Tammy D’Ambrosio, of Peoria, Arizona; one sister, Mona Turman, of Salem, Virginia; and six great-grandchildren.

SPRUCE PINE -- David D. Greene, 71, of Spruce Pine, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at his home.  

A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Elmer and Lucille Grindstaff Greene.  A US Air Force Veteran, he retired from the US Postal Service; prior to that he was employed by Air Preheater.  

David was very involved in Masonry, a past master of Vesper Lodge No. 554 AF&AM in Spruce Pine, where he was the historian and compiled and printed the history of Vesper Lodge. 

BAKERSVILLE -- Phillip W. Masters, 70, of Bakersville, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, at his home. 

He was the son of the late Frank and Viola Garland Masters. He was an electrician for Coats America in Marion and a member of the McKinney Cove Baptist Church, where he served as the Sunday School superintendent. 

GREEN MOUNTAIN -- Joseph Cecil Robinson, 90, passed away June 9, 2016.

Cecil was one of 12 children born to Jake Robinson and Lizzie Hall in the Green Mountain Community of North Carolina. Cecil served our country in World War II in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in the occupation of Japan in 1945.

MARION -- Louise Buff Burleson, 86, of Marion, died.

A service was Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Bethel Free Will Baptist Church.

SPRUCE PINE -- Paul Wayne Duckworth, 78, of McHone Road, Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Thursday June 2, 2016 at his home.

Born on April 3, 1938, in Avery County, he was the son of the late Gurnie and Brazilla Brasworth Duckworth. Wayne was predeceased by two sons, Jonathan Critcher and Dwayne Duckworth; and a grandson, Shannon Duckworth. 

Wayne served the Lord as a houseparent in three different children’s homes. He also loved to travel and sing with his family. Wayne was a charter member of Temple Baptist Church.

SPRUCE PINE -- Willis Lavene Saunders Botney, of Spruce Pine, passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, at Brookside Rehabilitation and Care in Burnsville. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Spruce Pine.

MORGANTON -- Rusty “Jacob” Jenkins, 34, died Thursday, May 19, 2016. The funeral was June 4, 2016, at West Court Baptist Church. Sossoman Funeral Home is assisting the family.

SPRUCE PINE -- Phillip Ray ‘Phil’ Jordan, 50, of Vaughn Road, Spruce Pine, died Sunday, May 29, 2016, at Care Partners in Asheville.

Private graveside services were Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Pendley Cemetery. Interment was in the Pendley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the funeral home to assist with funeral expense.

Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is honored to be assisting the Jordan family. Phil’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook for viewing.

SPRUCE PINE -- Corey Shawn Pittman, 41, of Harris Street, Spruce Pine, died Monday, May 30, 2016, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. A funeral service was Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the Avery County High School Gym.  

Interment followed in the White’s Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is honored to be assisting the Pittman family. Corey’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook for viewing.

SPRUCE PINE -- Mary Hirste Lammey, 83, of Lakeview Road, Spruce Pine, died Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Rose Hill Assisted Living in Marion.

Born on April 5, 1933, in Botetourt County, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Hirst and Mary Aiken Carson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Gale Lammey, who passed away in 2012.She was also preceded in death by her brother, Stull Carson.

CANE CREEK -- Arthur Ray Ledford, 75, of the Cane Creek Community, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016 at his home. He was the son of the late Grover and Azaline Buchanan Ledford and the husband of the late Diane Lyman Ledford, who passed away in 2014. Arthur retired from the Mitchell County Clerk of Court and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. He also loved to hunt and travel. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Grace DeGroat, and a niece, Brenda Blalock. 


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