Obituaries

Harold Dean Silver, 70, of Dula Road, Spruce Pine, died Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Brian Center Health & Rehab in Spruce Pine.

Born July 22, 1948, in Mitchell County, he was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Ed Silver Sr. and Grace Buchanan Silver. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Paul E. Silver Jr.

Alma H. Parker Pate, 87, of the Crabtree Community, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Daisy Whitson Hoilman. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, John “J.C.” Parker; infant daughter, Sammy Lou Parker; son, Rocky Parker; sister, Ruby Hoilman; and a brother, Fred Hoilman. 

Tess Clark Burleson Coulter, 96, of Spruce Pine, died May 10, 2019.

Born April 4, 1923, at Pineola in Avery County, she was the daughter of the late George and Flora Benfield Clark. Also preceding her in death were her husbands, Hughes Burleson in 1964, and Oscar Coulter Sr. in 1986; brother, Edgar Clark; and sisters, Esther Winters, Melba West and Marguerite Chapman.

Maxine Dellinger Bartlett, 85, of George Gap Road, Spruce Pine, in the Beaver Creek community, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Spruce Pine.

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Mabel Buchanan Stamey, 88, of Buchanan Street in Spruce Pine, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 24, 2019, after a long illness.

Katy Rebecca Beam, 80, of Sunshine Hill Apartments, Spruce Pine, died Friday, April 26, 2019, at Brian Center Health & Rehab in Spruce Pine.

John Arnold Ahlquist, 78, of Bakersville, formerly of Massachusetts and Sarasota, Florida, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine.

Barbara Parsley, 74, of Boyd Cemetery Road, Little Switzerland, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Parsley, who passed away in 2000; her parents; and her great-granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth.

Ollie Grindstaff Hughes, 85, of Little Rock Lane, Spruce Pine, died Friday, April 19, 2019, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.

Maggie Rae Young, 6, of Stagger Weed Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord April 6, 2019. She was a student in kindergarten at Gouge Elementary School. Maggie loved the outdoors and her animals – especially her goats and honeybees – and also enjoyed Volkswagen cars.

Norene Duncan McKinney, 85, of Estelle Lane, Spruce Pine, died Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.

William Leland “Bill” Hayes, 81, of Chestnut Grove Road, died Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the St. Joseph’s campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville following a yearlong battle with cancer.

Mr. Morris Boyd “Buddy” Adcock, 78, of Sharpsburg, Georgia, passed away Monday, April 1, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Kathryn Adcock; brothers, Billy Adcock and Harry Adcock; and sister, Mary Ellen Crockett. 

Tate Whittington, 89, of Elizabethton, Tennessee, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, at his residence. A native of Avery County, he was a son of the late Tom Miller and Stella Whittington. He served as a Deputy at the Avery County Sheriff’s Department and a Chief Deputy at the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department. Funeral services were 2 p.m.

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