Obituaries: Jan. 24, 2018

Doris Perkins Storie

Nov. 23, 1941 – Jan. 16, 2018


Doris Perkins Storie, 76, of Storie Road, Boone, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at her home.

Doris was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Mitchell County, a daughter of the late George and Zeola Hughes Perkins. She was an owner and operator of Bamboo Landscaping and a member of Deerfield United Methodist Church.

Doris had many mission fields she used to share the love of Christ. She especially enjoyed working with children and teaching them the stories of the Bible. She always had a smile on her face and one more story to tell. She loved her family fiercely. She cared for and protected her husband, Marvin, down to the youngest grandchild until her final days.

Doris is survived by her husband, Marvin Storie, of the home; three daughters, Tonya Barlow, and husband, Bryan, Sheila Storie, and Claudia Cook, and husband, Byron, all of Boone; an honorary son, Spencer Storie, and wife, Linda, of Salisbury; one brother, Joseph C. Perkins, and wife, Erma, of King; a sister-in-law, Margaret Sigmon, of Boone; one granddaughter, Korbel Cook, of Boone; and three grandsons, Garrett Barlow, Aaron Barlow and Carson Cook, all of Boone.

Funeral services for Doris Perkins Storie were Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at Deerfield United Methodist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Wes Austin and the Rev. Josh Anderson. Burial followed in the Storie Family Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Deerfield Church Dream Team, in care of Deerfield United Methodist Church, 1184 Deerfield Road, Boone, NC, 28607; to the American Cancer Society, in care of Brian Barker, 441 Daniel Drive, Boone, NC, 28607; or to Medi-Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, NC, 28607.

Online condolences may be sent to the Storie family at

Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service oversaw the arrangements.



Thomas Edward Wayson

Thomas Edward Wayson, 71, of Hoilman Cemetery Road, Bakersville, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at his home. He was born in Middleborough, Maryland, to the late Henry and Mary Moore Wayson. He was a retired truck driver and heavy equipment mechanic with JFC Excavation Company in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a lifetime member of Middleborough Fire Department, Baltimore Game and Fish Protective Association and the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his sister, Lucille Wayson Hoilman.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 38 years, Nora Nell Hoilman Wayson; sons, Thomas Edward Wayson Jr., and wife, Mandy, of Baltimore, and Matthew Wayson, and partner, Austin Gouge, of Marion; daughters, Michelle Sparrow, and husband, Jeff, of Pasadena, Maryland, and Milissa Buchanan Ellisnore, of Missouri; four grandsons; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services were 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home with Skip Weiford officiating. The family received friends two hours prior to the service. Interment was 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at Hoilman Cemetery on Hoilman Cemetery Road.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home assisted the Wayson Family.



Lela Belle Wilson

Lela Belle Wilson passed away Jan. 16, 2018, on her 103rd birthday.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 69 years, Howard W. Wilson; and brothers, Homer and Jack Wilson.

She is survived by daughters, Elizabeth McKinney (Ronald) and Margaret Watkins (Charles); grandchildren, Lauren Watkins, Adrian Watkins, Brian McKinney, Craig McKinney, Eric McKinney and Alan McKinney; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Wilson was born in the Snow Creek community and educated at Ledger Elementary School, Bowman High School and Asheville Normal School. She began a 45-year teaching career in a one-room school in Bandana and taught at Ledger, Bowman and Deyton Elementary schools.

She received many awards during her long career and was especially proud of the numerous expressions of love received from students and former students.

Mrs. Wilson was always active in her church and community. She was a member of Eastern Star and Delta Kappa Gamma. She enjoyed reading, painting and traveling.

Lela Belle Wilson’s greatest attribute may have been her devotion to family members, friends and acquaintances during the long span of her life.

Burial was 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at the Snow Hill Cemetery followed at 4 p.m. by a memorial service led by the Rev. William Ellis and the Rev. Jody Griffin at Central Baptist Church in Spruce Pine, of which she was a member.

The family received friends after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the family.




Dan Gurley

Dan Gurley, 72, of Spruce Pine, passed away at his residence Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Funeral services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services in Burnsville. Pastor Don Ford officiated. Burial followed in the Lily Branch Baptist Church Cemetery in Bakersville. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge at 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.


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