Obituaries: Nov. 8, 2017


Virginia Ferguson Schoverling

Virginia Ferguson Schoverling, 90, of Galax Trail, Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. She was a native of Mitchell County and the daughter of the late Robert and Milia Sparks Burleson.

She was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church where she held many positions over the years. She was also active in county Baptist programs and in First Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, while she lived there. Virginia loved her Lord, her church and her family.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by husbands, Hartsol Arthur Ferguson and Ralph Schoverling; a brother, Joe Burleson; and son, Robert Larry Ferguson.

She leaves behind two sons, Roger Lee Ferguson, of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Eddie “Joe” Ferguson Sr. (Deborah), of Bakersville; six grandchildren, Vicki Ferguson, Roger Lee, Patrick and Chris Ferguson, Eddie Joe Ferguson Jr., and Fredrick Zachary Ferguson; eight great-grandchildren, Payton, Blake, Chrissy, Sarah, Rily, Landon, Mary and Lizzie; three great-great-grandchildren, Lucas, Addison and Joyce; one niece, Connie Robinson; and one nephew, Bobby Burleson.

Funeral services were 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at Bear Creek Baptist Church with Bruce Cannon and Chris Rathbone officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Interment followed the service in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mitchell County Senior Center, 152 Ledger School Road, Bakersville, NC 28705.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Schoverling Family.



Elizabeth T. ‘Momma Lib’ Woody

May 1, 1930 — Oct. 29, 2017

Elizabeth T. “Momma Lib” Woody, 87, of Jack Sullins Road, Spruce Pine, went to be with the Lord Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.

Born May 1, 1930, in Mitchell County, she was the last surviving child of the late Millard and Cora Davis Townsend. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank Woody, who passed away in 2013; and a son, John Woody, who passed away in 2012.

Elizabeth was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and her church family. She was adventurous, had a unique laugh and enjoyed traveling. She loved cooking and had written two cookbooks. She also loved spending time with her family.

Left to cherish her memories are her son, Jerry S. Woody, and wife, Linda, of Fernandina Beach, Florida; her daughters, Mary Khayat, of Spruce Pine, and Deborah Conley and husband, Patrick, of Las Vegas, Nevada; her daughter-in-law, Ruby Leetta Woody, of Akron, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service celebrating the life of Elizabeth Woody was 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at the Bear Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bruce Cannon officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. Interment was in the Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in Elizabeth’s honor be made to either Building Fund at Bear Creek Baptist Church or Hospice and Palliative of the Blue Ridge.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt “thanks” to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge and all the church family for their wonderful care of Elizabeth.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Elizabeth 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.



Clayton ‘Buddy’ Smith

Clayton “Buddy” Smith, 67, of Lenoir, North Carolina, died Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. The family received friends Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, Beam Funeral Service & Crematory in Marion. A graveside service followed at Berry Chapel Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Smith family. Visit or call 828-559-8111 to sign the guestbook.


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