Obituaries

Randy Douglas Putman, 57, of Jones Garland Road, Bakersville, passed away March 23, 2019, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. He was a native of Mitchell County and a self-employed farmer. He attended Beans Creek Church of Jesus Christ. Randy enjoyed being in the mountains, and the outdoors and especially liked trading and selling cars.

Janice Carroll Moffitt McKinney, 70, of Bakersville, the Buladean Community, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019, in the Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville.

Robert H. “Bob” Lominac, 84, of Clearwater Lane, Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital.

Born Aug. 16, 1934, in Keystone, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Harmon and Mary Martha Hall Lominac. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Dennis Lominac; and a stepson, Darrel Renfro.

Maxine M. Keaton, 85, of Finksburg, Maryland, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019, at home with her loving family around her.  Born March 15, 1934, in Bakersville, she was the daughter of the late James “Earl” McKinney Sr. and Nanie Buchanan McKinney.

Katherine Ann Hughes, 73, of Lynn Drive, Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, March 23, 2019. She was a native of Mitchell County. She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church Spruce Pine since it was founded. Katherine loved going to church and hearing the word of God. She loved her family and her church family.

Harold Nicholas “Nick” Houchard, 80, of Burnsville, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2019, at his home. Born Sept. 9, 1938, in Long Beach, California, he was a son of the late Harold and Michella Mehle Houchard. 

Lois Young Gunter, 94, of Spruce Pine, died Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Brian Center Health and Rehab in Spruce Pine.

Charles Smith

Charles (Chuck) Edward Smith, 91, of Boone, passed away peacefully Monday, March 18, 2019, while at home with his family by his side. Chuck was born April 17, 1927, to the late Charles T. and Marie F. Smith and was preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Natalie. Chuck was a Veteran of the United States Navy and was a retired electrical engineer. 

Laura Kay Biddix Simerly, 71, of Dennis Cove Road, Hampton, Tennessee, died Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Johnson City Medical Center.

Born Jan. 22, 1948, in McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late Aaron “Bud” Biddix and Ruby McGuire Biddix. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by a brother, Aaron “Sunny” Biddix Jr.

Doug Beasley, 87, of Duke Franklin Road, Spruce Pine, died Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville.

Born May 21, 1931, in Montgomery County, Alabama, he was the son of the late David and Zeina Beasley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

Etta Wise Piercy McKinney, 92, of Marion, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Mission Hospital-McDowell with her family by her side. A native of Mitchell County, Etta was born Oct. 30, 1926, to the late Dave and Maude Burleson Wise.

Elizabeth Anglin McKinney, 90, of the Grassy Creek Community, went home to be with the Lord Monday, March 11, 2019. She was born in the Cane River Community of Yancey County to the late Mary Geneva Ray.

Julia Thomas McClellan, 98, of McClellan Drive, Spruce Pine, died Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Willow Ridge Rehab and Living in Rutherfordton.

Archie Buchanan

Anna Mae Sparks Wilson, 92, of the Snow Hill Community, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at her home surrounded by family and friends. 

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