Obituaries - April 26, 2017

NEWTON

Theresa Beauvais

Theresa Beauvais, 83, recently passed away in Newton after a brave battle with ALS. Her life will be celebrated Mass of Christian Burial at noon Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Newton with Father Jim Collins officiating. 

The family will receive friends following the service at the church. 

It was Terry’s wish that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Monastery of the Precious Blood, 700 Bridge St., Manchester, NH, 03104. 

Condolences may be sent to the Beauvais family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com. 

Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home & Crematory in Newton is honored to serve the Beauvais family.

GREENSBORO

Mary Lou Riddle Greene

Mary Lou Riddle Greene, 87, of Greensboro, went to be with the Lord Friday, April 21, 2017, at Beacon Place Hospice in Greensboro. 

Lou was a member of Vandalia Baptist Church in Greensboro.

A funeral service was 2 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2017, at The Loflin Funeral Home Chapel in Liberty with the Rev. Rodney Mitchell officiating. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the funeral home.

Lou was the daughter of the late Greene and Mae McKinney Burleson and was also preceded in death by her husband, Ted Greene; and son, Alfred Harold Greene.

She is survived by her sons, Roger Ted Greene (Bonnie), and David Greene (Janet); granddaughters, Jennifer Marie Greene (Stephen Milton) and Amy Crisco; grandson, John Paul Greene (Carley); and great-granddaughter, Emily Crisco.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405.

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at www.LoflinFH.com.

Loflin Funeral Home of Liberty is honored to serve the Greene family. 

SPRUCE PINE

G.W. Grogan 

Dec. 5, 1945 — April 14, 2017

G.W. Grogan, 71, of Teller Trail in the Altapass Community, Spruce Pine, died Friday, April 14, 2017, at his home.

Born on December 5, 1945, in Beckley, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Harry and Genevieve Adkins Grogan. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Richard Smith. He was the owner of G.W.’s Used Cars in Spruce Pine and was previously employed by RVH Transport Inc.

G.W. loved boating and fishing. He enjoyed trading, cooking and being on his tractor. He was a member of the Spruce Pine Moose Lodge and attended the First Presbyterian Church of Spruce Pine.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 49 years, Pamela M. Grogan, of Spruce Pine; his son, Jerry Grogan, and wife, Samantha, of Key West, Florida; his daughter, Karen Grogan, of Canton; his grandchildren, Riley and Devin Grogan; and his brother, Larry Welch, and wife, Iona, of Lester, West Virginia.

A funeral service for G.W. Grogan was 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Holder officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 3 p.m. until time of service Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Interment followed in the Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting G.W. Grogan’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is honored to assist the Grogan family. Mr. Grogan’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

LITTLE SWITZERLAND

Charles Michael ‘Mike’ Hopson

Charles Michael ‘Mike’ Hopson, 69, of Little Switzerland, went home to be with the Lord Monday, April 17, 2017, at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. A native of Mitchell County, he was one of 11 children to the late Mitch and Essie Woody Hopson. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Mary Gertrude Wilson, Callie Elva Turpin and Betty Joe Brydge; brother, Harrison Donald Hopson; and infant brother, David Edgar Hopson. Mike was a U.S. Navy Veteran, having served during the Vietnam Era. He was an undercover federal law enforcement agent with the United States Forest Service until his retirement in 1988. He was also a member of Faith Fellowship Baptist Church who loved fishing and gardening.

Left to cherish his memories are his loving daughter, Lisa Hopson Hoilman, and husband, Allen, of Spruce Pine; Sandra Burnette Hopson, as Mike would laugh and say, “My best friend and part-time wife”; sisters, Geneva Leona Lawrence, and husband, Dickie, of New Bern, Brenda Sue Peterson, of Burnsville, and Alice Fay Honeycutt, and husband, Benny, also of Burnsville; brothers, Garlin Ray Hopson, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Stanley “Cotton” Hopson, and wife, Sharon, of South Toe; his canine best friend, Roscoe; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.  

The family received friends from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Liberty Hill Baptist Church. Funeral Services were immediately following at 1 p.m. The Rev. Stanley “Cotton” Hopson, the Rev. Daniel Whetstine and the Rev. David Gillespie officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the Sgt. E.L. Randolph, Chapter No. 57 D.A.V. Pallbearers were  Dwayne Hopson, Matthew Hopson, Tim Peterson, Trae Peterson, David Winters and Kenny Turpin.

Visit www.yanceyfuneralservice.com to send online condolences to the Hopson family.

BAKERSVILLE

James Robert Stewart

James Robert Stewart, 85, of the Ledger Community, went home to be with the Lord Friday, April 21, 2017, in the Smoky Ridge Health and Rehab in Burnsville. He was the son of the late Teague and Kate Norman Stewart. James was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church, where he had served as the assistant choir director. He and Nina loved going to gospel music events for many years. He was a retired serviceman for People’s Furniture Company. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Stewart Willis; and a grandson, Matthew Ryan Stewart.

He is survived by his wife, Nina Buchanan Stewart, of the home; son, Randal Stewart, and wife, Linda, of Bakersville; daughter, Janie Yelton, and husband, Buster, of Spruce Pine; four grandchildren, Andy Stewart, and fiancée, Skylar Elrod, Adina Bair, and husband, John, Kyle Stewart, and fiancée, Kimberly Moore, and Tabitha Robinson, and husband, Billy; and great-grandchildren Haven and Gabby.

Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2017, in the Bear Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Bruce Cannon and Buster Yelton officiating. Entombment followed in the Bear Creek Mausoleum. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Bear Creek Church Building Fund, 327 Bear Creek Church Road, Bakersville, NC 28705, or to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. 

James’ family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Smoky Ridge Health Care and Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge for their love and care for James during this difficult time. 

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Stewart Family.

BAKERSVILLE

Helen Ollis Wilson

Helen Ollis Wilson, 86, of Wilson Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord April 16, 2017. She was a native of Mitchell County and a daughter of the late Earl and Pearl Ingram Ollis. 

She was a member of Snow Hill Baptist Church and was retired from Hampshire Hosiery. She enjoyed working in her flowers, gardening and especially spending time with her family. 

Survivors include one brother, Billy Lee Ollis, of Spruce Pine; two sisters, Elizabeth Crowder, of Spruce Pine, and Joyce Jean Ollis, of High Point; two grandchildren, Daniel Hodge, of Estatoe, and Jamie Wilson, of Bakersville; and several nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death in addition to her parents by: her husband; James A. Wilson, her son; Harold Van Wilson, and one infant child, two sisters; Lucille Duncan, and Zora Burleson, and three brothers; Howard, Ernest, and Roy Ollis. 

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral home with the Rev. Don Ford officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Interment followed at Snow Hill Cemetery. 

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Wilson Family. 

FORK MOUNTAIN

Herbert ‘Bill’ Yelton

Herbert “Bill” Yelton, 88, of Fork Mountain, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Dee Street and Onald Yelton Salts. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Margie Boone, who passed away in 2012; two infant sisters; a sister, Anna Haywood; and brothers, Charlie Salts and Cate Yelton. Bill was a member of Beans Creek Church of Jesus Christ who loved to trade guns, knives, watches and go to flea markets. Bill worked for many years with the town of Bakersville until his retirement.  

Surviving is his loving wife of 65 years, Iva Lee Yelton; daughters, Sue Yelton Taylor, and husband, Steve, of Bakersville, and Rita Yelton Hotchkiss, and husband, Alan, of Burnsville; sisters, Marie Barnard, and husband, Kyle, of Talbot, Tennessee, and Jessie Jones, of Rutherfordton; brothers, Arlie Salts, and wife, Gladys, of Yulee, Florida, and Junior Salts, of Bakersville; brother-in-law, Roy Haywood, of Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren, Dawn “Tinker” Gurley, Linda Ayers, Veronica Boone, Cindy Boone, Crystal Hughes and Josh Ollis; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and dear friends who they considered their adopted children, Andrew Buchanan and Vickie Yelton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.  

The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Beans Creek Church of Jesus Christ. The funeral services followed at 7 p.m. with his Pastor G.B. Garland, his associate pastor David Byrd and brother Steve Taylor officiating. A graveside service was 11 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, in the Edwards Cemetery on Fork Mountain. Pallbearers were Steve Taylor, Alan Hotchkiss, Justin Gurley, David Gurley, Dwayne Ayers, Josh Ollis and Andrew Buchanan.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Hospice and the nurses at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital for the wonderful care given to Bill and asks memorial donations to be made to either Beans Creek Church of Jesus Christ or to Hospice of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Visit www.yanceyfuneralservice.com to send online condolences. 

NEWLAND

Rev. Ken Lance

The Rev. Ken Lance, 76, of Aretis Lane, in the Roaring Creek Community of Newland, died Friday, April 21, 2017, at his home. A funeral service was Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Powdermill Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael Burnop officiating. Interment followed in the McCoury’s Rock Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting the Rev. Ken Lance’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Lance family. The Rev. Lance’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

BAKERSVILLE

Naomi P. Leamon 

Naomi P. Leamon, 97, of N.C. 226 South, the Ledger community in Bakersville, died Sunday, April 16, 2017, at Mitchell House Assisted Living in Spruce Pine. A funeral service was 3 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Grassy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin H. Fryar officiating. Interment followed in the Grassy Creek Memorial Gardens. Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Naomi Leamon’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to be assisting the Leamon family. Mrs. Lamon’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

SPRUCE PINE

Donald ‘Duck’ Silver

Donald “Duck” Silver, 66, of Spruce Pine, died Friday, April 21, 2017, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine with his family by his side.  In keeping with Donald’s wishes, no services are planned. Family and friends wishing to share a thought or memory are encouraged to do so online at www.chadbeamfuneralservice.com. Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Silver family. Visit www.beamfuneralservice.com or by call 828-559-8111 for further information or to sign the online guestbook.

The MItchell News

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