OBITUARIES: Aug. 16, 2017


Peggy Campbell Cox


Peggy Campbell Cox, 74, went home to be with the Lord Jan. 4, 2017. She was a daughter of the late Nave and Daisy Mosley Campbell and a native of Mitchell County. She was previously employed in restaurant work and as a hospice caregiver. She was a member of Buladean Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Lantz and Cynthia Baringer; one son, Todd Baringer; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brothers, Hal Campbell, Wade Campbell, Bobby Campbell and Earl Campbell; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Mary Ann Endicott.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Humphreys; and brothers, Fred and Wayne Campbell.

A memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at Buladean Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Wanda Woodby officiating.

Memorials may be made to Buladean Presbyterian Church c/o Charlene Shuffler, 217 Blevins Branch Road, Bakersville, NC 28705.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Cox family.




Gail Rosalee Leier Deyton

Feb. 18, 1945 – Aug. 8, 2017


Gail Rosalee Leier Deyton, 72, of RB Deyton Road, tragically left us Aug. 8, 2017. She was born Feb. 18, 1945, in Maddock, North Dakota. In addition to her parents, Jacob and Katherine Leier, she was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Robert Edward Deyton; siblings, Judy Mayer and Lucy Peterson; and her beloved dog, Rena.

Gail is survived by her sons, Robert Keith Deyton and Brian Edward Deyton; sisters, Bernice Leibhan and husband, Joe, and Evonne Lang and husband, Dick; brother, Bob Leier and wife, Lee; her partner, Bruce Chereshkoff; and grandchildren, Andrew, Josiah, Eli, Erin, Katherine, Matthias, Susannah and Samuel, who is serving in the U.S. Army in Oklahoma.

Gail dedicated her life to the education of elementary school students at Burnsville Elementary for 32 years. She volunteered at the Mitchell/Yancey UMC Food Bank that serves families in need for Yancey and Mitchell counties, along with being a strong supporter of the Catholic Bingo Charity.

Gail was one of the most kind, compassionate, positive, caring and encouraging people anyone had the privilege to know. She always had a smile and a joke for every person she came across. She brought joy to the lives of the people that knew her and inspired love from those which could not be measured by human means. She was one of the strongest individuals ever and a survivor of hard circumstances. She bravely battled and won against breast cancer in the past years.

Truly this must have been her time to go home to our Heavenly Father. Her family and friends are positive she is still watching over them from heaven with love. She will be missed so much and couldn’t be loved more.

A celebration of her life is 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Covy Rock Freewill Baptist Church. The Rev. Marvin Hensley will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, 31 Glendale Ave., Asheville, NC 28803. Visit to send online condolences.




Mary Lou Howell

Sept. 23, 1942 — Aug. 7, 2017


Mary Lou Howell, 74, of Newdale, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Memorial Mission Hospital after a brief illness. Born Sept. 23, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Connie McKinney Hall, of Spruce Pine. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, William, Jack, James and Sidney Hall; and sister, Margaret Hall Robinson.

Mary Lou is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Larry, of Newdale; sons, Jeff (Tracy), of Newdale, and Brent (Lisa), of Ringgold, Georgia; grandchildren, whom she adored, Zach (Cori), of Cramerton, Sam, U.S. Army Ranger stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington, Maggie, of Newdale, and Brynlea, of Ringgold; step-granddaughters, Brooke and Courtney Caldwell, of Ringgold; sisters, Kathleen Allen and Martha (Eddie) Williams, of Spruce Pine; brothers, Wayne (Wilma), of Spruce Pine, and Harry (Jan), of Anderson, South Carolina; sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Joe) Sims, Evelyn, Virginia, Evelyn and Carlene Hall; brothers-in-law, Bill Robinson and David (Mary Anne) Howell; several nieces and nephews; and countless friends also survive.

Mary Lou was a kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was a former employee of Yancey County Schools who touched the lives of many children. She loved to laugh and made others laugh as well. She loved cooking, flowers, decorating and Tar Heel basketball. Her bright smile and warm personality lit up whatever room she was in. Making her family and friends happy made her happy.

A Celebration of Life took place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in the Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church.

  1. lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Ridge Partnership for Children, P.O. Box 1387, Burnsville, NC 28714. Visit to send online condolences.



Spruce Pine

Jeanette Woody

Dec. 26, 1925 — Aug. 5, 2017


Jeanette Woody, 91, of Altapass Road, Spruce Pine, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Brian Center Health and Rehab in Spruce Pine.

Born Dec. 26, 1925, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Milas and Corrie Harrison Woody. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Faye Woody, Lizzie Woody and Winnie Hall; and her brother, Russell Woody.

Jeanette was a member of the Berry Chapel Baptist Church and served as the church treasurer for 35 years. She sang in the church choir and sang in a quartet. She loved the Lord and her church family. She will be remembered as a great cook and loved gardening, cooking, canning and quilting.

Left to cherish her memories are her brother, John Woody, and wife, Willa Mae, of Overland Park, Kansas; her nephews, Marvin Woody, William Hall, Wendell Hall and Jimmy Woody; and several great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service honoring the life of Jeanette Woody was 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Berry Chapel Baptist Church with the Revs. Steve Williams and Greg Hollifield officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 10 a.m. until the service hour at the church. Interment was in the Berry Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Gideons.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family visiting, selecting Jeanette Woody’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Woody family. Mrs. Woody’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

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