Obituaries for May 24, 2017


Robert ‘Bob’ Broadwater Sr.

Jan. 28, 1961 — May 10, 2017

Robert “Bob” Broadwater Sr., 56, of Broadwater Way, Spruce Pine, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at his home.

Born Jan. 28, 1961, in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the son of the late Robert Guy and Alice Hulette Broadwater. He was also proceeded in death by his grandmother, Wanda H. Gould.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Diane G. Broadwater, of Spruce Pine; his son, Robert “Little Bob” Broadwater Jr. and wife, Amanda, of Spruce Pine; daughters, Jennie Lee Carley, of Ft. Myers, Florida, Tandi Lyn Miller, and husband, Kenneth, of Bakersville; sisters, Sandra B. Brown, of Ocala, Florida, and Karen Toppings, of Nashville, Tennessee; brother, Gerald Dowdy, of LaBelle, Florida; mother-in-law, Jennie Ruth Taylor, of Spruce Pine; and grandchildren, Robert “Bobby” Broadwater III, Noah Keith Broadwater, Kendal Faith Miller and Rylee Ray Miller.

In accordance with Bob’s wishes, a memorial service will be planned and announced later.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Bob Broadwater’s name and signing his guestbook.

Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to assist the Broadwater family. Bob’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.



Boyd Hoilman

Boyd Hoilman, 58, of Cub Creek Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 16, 2017. He was a loving husband to his wife, Velma Hoilman, the love of his life. They were each other’s “fishing buddies.” Theirs was a life full of love rarely found here on Earth. He was a good Christian man who loved his family dearly and raised all his children in the ways of the Lord. He worked as a Security Guard at Unimin Quartz Schoolhouse plant in Spruce Pine, where he had many true friends he loved and thought the world of.

Survivors include his wonderful, loving, wife of 18 years, Velma Hoilman, the love of his life and soulmate, of the home; his son, Daniel Hoilman, of Bakersville; his daughter, Melissa Hoilman, and fiancé, Scottie Buchanan, of Bakersville; his son, Samuel Hoilman, and wife, Anna, of Bakersville; his stepson, Adam Miller, and fiancé, Christy Miller, of Erwin, Tennessee; his stepdaughter, Aleschia Miller, of Bakersville; and his sister, Francis Heaton, and husband, Richard, of Spruce Pine.

Boyd was also blessed with eight grandchildren, Isaiah Carmney and Makayla Carmney, of Marion, Talan Swann, of Spruce Pine, Ty Fisher, of Hendersonville, Bruce Hoilman and Angel Hoilman, of Spruce Pine, and Mason Hoilman, of Bakersville. Also, a stepgrandchild, Jasmine Garland, whom dad called “Gizmo,” of Bakersville. Several uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce Hoilman, his mother, Pansy Hoilman, his late wife, Reasia Ann Hoilman, and stepdaughter, Jennifer Dawn Garland.

The family respectfully requests your prayers.

Funeral services were 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2017, in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home with Doug Willis, Jimmy Arrowood and Adam Miller officiating. The family received friends two hours prior to the service. Interment was 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Green-Young Cemetery.



Doris Wilcox Welsh

Doris Wilcox Welsh, 72, of Bakersville, passed away Monday, May 15, 2017, in the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Calvin and Vena Buchanan Wilcox. Doris was a graduate of Bowman High School, former owner-operator of the Mountain View Restaurant in Bakersville, a member of the Mine Creek Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Edith Grindstaff and Lois England; brothers, Sam, Lonnie, Carroll, Clyde and Johnnie Wilcox.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Welsh, of their home; sons, George Calvin Welsh, and wife, Lauren, of Midlothian, Virginia, Michael Welsh, of Bakersville, and David Aaron Welsh, and wife, Rebecca, of St. Louis, Missouri; sisters, Pearl Penland and Elizabeth Pate, both of Burnsville; grandchildren, Brooke, Aaron, Alex, Kimberly, Samantha, Emilee and Allie; and special friend, Casie Wyatt.

Funeral Services were 6 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Mine Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Rathbone and the Rev. Mark McKinney officiating. Burial followed in the Grindstaff Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the Mine Creek Baptist Church.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Welsh Family.



Michael James Willis

Nov. 21, 1968 — May 15, 2017

Michael James Willis died Monday, May 15, 2017, in Bakersville, at the age of 48.

He is survived by his parents, James and Emma Jean Willis, of Bakersville; his companion, Kym Tolley; children, Nicki Willis and Malachi Willis; John and Katie Tolley, who he considered his children; daughter-in-law, Jamie Willis; grandson, Oliver Willis; sibling, Vicky Willis Ayers; brother in-law, Chris Ayers; and nephew, Will Ayers, all of Charlotte. Michael is preceded in death by his brother, Chris.

Michael was born Nov. 21, 1968, in Spruce Pine. He graduated from Mitchell High School and attended Mars Hill College. Michael worked as a mechanical/chemical engineer at Coates North America for 15 years.

Michael cared deeply for his family and friends, and words can’t express his love and care for his parents, companion, children and sister.

Michael had many close friends, and particularly enjoyed those with whom he played his guitars. He learned from his father how to fix anything, weave stories about places and people in the mountains, and learned from his mother and maternal grandmother how to be empathic to all, especially the least of these and those who experienced rejection. Those who knew him well treasured his wit, humor and extensive knowledge about a wide range of subjects.

The family received friends at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Bear Creek Baptist Church in Bakersville, followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m. and then a graveside service. The Rev. Dr. Chris Ayers, Michael’s brother-in-law, and the Rev. Dr. Andy Willis, Michael’s cousin, officiated, along with the Rev. Bruce Cannon and the Rev. Chris Rathbone. Music for the service was provided by Rhonda Gouge, Michael’s cousin.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Blue Ridge Conservancy, which has worked with willing landowners and local communities to permanently protect land and water resources with agricultural, ecological, cultural, recreational and scenic value in Northwest North Carolina by visiting or to Hot Topics Foundation, which over the past 10 years gave nearly $9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that create music and arts programs for young people across the country at schools and beyond at

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Michael Willis’ name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to assist the Willis family.

Michael’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

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