Obituaries - April 12, 2017

BAKERSVILLE 

Clay Bennett

Clay Bennett, 81, of Bakersville, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, at his home. He was the son of the late Sam and Nettie Edwards Bennett. Clay was a member of Cub Creek Baptist Church, which he loved to attend. His favorite sports were fishing and deer hunting. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Ray; and brothers, Bill, Junior, Glenn, Ray, James and Jack Bennett.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Dalton Bennett; daughter, Teresa Lentz, and son, Daniel Bennett, both of Colorado; sisters, Betty Honeycutt, of Burnsville, and Jerri Whitson, of Spruce Pine; brother, Lee Bennett, of Green Mountain; his special granddaughter, Ali Burleson Garrett; and special niece, Sherry Hughes McKinney.

Funeral services were at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at his home with Doug Willis and Phillip Garland officiating. Burial followed in the Clay Bennett Cemetery.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Bennett Family.

 

SPRUCE PINE 

Mary Magdalene Brown

Mary Magdalene Brown, 82, of Spruce Pine, died Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Brian Center Health and Rehab in Spruce Pine.

Born Aug. 13, 1934, in McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Ila Lowery Waycaster. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Collis L. Brown, who passed away in 1996.  She was also preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Brown; her sisters, Pansy Reece and Agnes Waycaster; and a brother, Lee Waycaster.

Mary was a member of the Altapass Baptist Church and she loved the Lord. She also loved spending time reading the Bible every day. She was a friend to many and was loved by everyone who knew her. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting. Mary was one of the oldest people to successfully complete the G.E.D. program at Mayland Community College.      

Left to cherish her memories are her sons, Gary Brown and wife, Marian, of Spruce Pine, and Wayne Brown and wife, Katie, of Burnsville; her grandchildren, Crystal Brown, Benjamin Brown and wife, Stacy, Brandon Brown and wife, Jessica, Joey Brown, Thomas Brown, Alex Brown and Kristi Goins; great-grandchildren Martina, Telia, Dakota, Jalen, Robert, Sam and Casey; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service for Mary Brown was 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017, at the Altapass Baptist Church with Dr. Marcus Benfield, Dr. Rocky Branch and the Rev. Charles Adkins officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 2 p.m. until time of service Sunday, April 9, 2017, at the church. Interment followed in the Grassy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Mary Brown’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Brown family. Mary’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

 

BAKERSVILLE 

Robert Lee Conley

Robert Lee Conley, 86, of Bakersville, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at his home. He was the son of the late Carroll and Lillian Conley. He retired from the hosiery industry and was the owner of Master’s Fabric Shop in Loafers Glory. Robert’s hobbies included farming and going to the flea market. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Brian Peterson.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Barbara Kate Masters Conley; daughters, Sue Brady and husband, Rickie, of Bakersville, and Becky Peterson, of Green Mountain; sons, Robert Conley Jr. and wife, Libby, of Marion, and Rick Conley, of Johnson City, Tennessee; sisters, Genevieve Turbyfill, of Bakersville, and Peggy Buchanan, of Forest City; honorary brother, L.D. Miller; grandchildren, Tommy Conley, Beth Rhinecker, Justin Conley, Megan Greene, Blake Peterson, Brandon Peterson, Cody Byrd, Jessica Conley and Ridge Conley; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017, in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home with the Revs. Bill Whiteside and Neil Payne officiating. Burial followed in the Bowditch Cemetery, Hwy 80, Bakersville. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the service time. 

Memorials may be made to the Hospice and Palliative Care of The Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or Vians Valley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 202, Bakersville, NC 28705.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Conley Family.

 

BAKERSVILLE

Lonnie Wallene Vance Gouge

Lonnie Wallene Vance Gouge, 95, passed away Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at her home with her family. A native of Seco, Kentucky, She was the daughter of the late Kell and Margaret Smith Vance, and the wife of the late Brown Gouge. Lonnie was a healthcare provider at Reisterstown Hospital for Children in Baltimore, Maryland. She was a homemaker, wonderful wife and mother and also a caregiver to many of her family. Her hobbies were reading and gardening. She loved to sing and was always smiling. In her early years, she attended the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ on Fork Mountain Road. Lonnie was a Godly woman whose heart’s desire was for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the rest of her family to all be in heaven with her some day. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Lucas; and brothers, Carroll, Dennis and Gordon Vance. Survivors include her daughters, Margaret Troutman and husband, Brad, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, Ethel Crawford and husband, Ralph, and Mary Hall and husband, Tommy, all of Bakersville; sons, Roger Gouge and wife, Judy, James Gouge and wife, Calla, and Gene Gouge and wife, Diane, all of Bakersville; grandchildren, Debbie, Rhonda, Lisa, Tammy, Tommy Jr., Rodney, Tracie, Melissa, Amanda, Scarlett and James Jr.; great-grandchildren, D.J., Anthony, Joey, Tyler, Carrie, Samantha, Ryan, Austin, Aaron, Isaac, Lexie, Emma, Cole and Macie; and one great-great-grandchild, Alyssa. 

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017, in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home with Mike Peterson officiating. The family received friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home and other times at her home. Burial was 1 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2017, in the Gouge Cemetery on Gouge Cove Road.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Gouge Family.

 

SPRUCE PINE 

Rita Ledford Phillips 

At 9 a.m. every Friday for the past 65 years, Rita Phillips had a standing hair appointment. This past Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at 9 a.m. Rita got her hair done for the last time. 

Surrounded by a remarkably close-knit family, Rita Ledford Phillips died in the warmth of her farm home; husband Jimmy holding her hand. One word can easily sum up the life of Rita: love. 

Born Jan. 12, 1939, the daughter of Lee and Mary Lee Grindstaff Ledford, Rita was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Ledford. Left to cherish her memory is younger sister, Marsha Bartlett. 

Having fought a brave battle, Rita was content to leave a dynasty of love personified by her husband, James Arthur Phillips, and her own four children, John (Portia), Darla Harding (Jeff), Darci Buchanan (Karl) and James Jr. (Sandy). She had 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. It must also be said extended family, cousins, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends are left to honor her legacy. 

For more than 50 years Rita and Jimmy owned and operated Lakeview Nursery & Garden Center in downtown Spruce Pine. A virtual institution for area farmers and horticulturists, Lakeview took pride in the simple beauty of nature and sharing that with the community. 

Rita also took pride in employing all manners of family and setting an example of a strong work ethic. There was a meal and a bed for anyone that found their way to the farm. 

A visitation celebrating the life of Rita Phillips was 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Spruce Pine. The service was officiated by Dr. Rocky Branch immediately following visitation. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or First Baptist Church Children’s Ministry, 125 Tappan St., Spruce Pine, NC 28777. 

Yancey Funeral Services is assisting the Phillips family. 

Visit www.yanceyfuneralservice.com to send online condolences. 

 

BAKERSVILLE

Guy Edward Putman

Guy Edward Putman, 54, of Jones Garland Road, Bakersville, passed away April 7, 2017, at his home. He was a native of Mitchell County and employed as a Millwright. 

Survivors include his mother, Madeline Mosley Putman, of Bakersville; one son, Benjamin Guy Putman, of Michigan; one daughter, Bridget Geneva Putman, of New York; three sisters, Daisy Hoilman, Phyllis Ann Gardner and Charlene Putman, all of Bakersville; four brothers, Charles, Adren and Randy Putman, all of Bakersville, and Billy Joe Putman, of Unicoi, Tennessee; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Ray Putman; and three brothers, Arthur, Roger and Donald Putman. 

Funeral services were 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2017, in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home with G.B. Garland and Mike Peterson officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Interment was 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Mosley Cemetery. 

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Putman Family. 

 

BAKERSVILLE 

Richard Allen Young

Richard Allen Young, 55, of Hamburg Road, Bakersville, passed away April 4, 2017. He was a son of the late Dallas and Dorothy Edwards Young and a native of Mitchell County. He was previously employed by Unimin in quality control. 

He was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church and a graduate of Mitchell High School. He loved Turkey hunting with his son and was an avid NASCAR fan. He was a devoted father. 

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Polly Young, of the home; a son, Jacob Allen Young, of the home; one brother, Ed Young (Dee), of Spruce Pine; one sister, Diane Hise (Bob), of Spruce Pine; and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home with Ricky Ray officiating. The family received friends two hours prior to the service. Interment followed at Green Young Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to Medi Home Hospice, 1955 Newland Hwy, Newland, NC 28657. 

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Young Family. 

The MItchell News

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