Sam John Norman, 80, of Morganton, died Sunday, May 1, 2016. Born in Burke County April 15, 1936, he was the son of the late Samuel Norman and Etta Smith Norman. 

Sam was a lifetime member of Salem United Methodist Church and was a veteran of the North Carolina National Guard.

He was an avid Tar Heel fan, photographer, nature lover, furniture builder, clockmaker and gardener.  

He worked at Knob Creek from its inception, then Ethan Allen and then retired from G&G of Morganton. 

Olive Louise Bowyer, 97, of  Gulf Breeze, Florida, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016, in The Beacon Assisted Living. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Mattie O’Berry Townsend and the wife of the late Henry Bowyer, who died in 1997. She and her husband were former residents of Bakersville.

She was a homemaker and a member of Bakersville Baptist Church, and also a former member of The Red Hat Club in Bakersville.

Christopher B. Fink died April 20, 2016, at the age of 75. Family services provided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Gloria Young Gray Yuhn, age 72 of Bakersville passed away at Hospice, Solice Care Partners of Asheville on April 21, 2016. Graduate of Marion schools. She attended Bakersville Baptist Church.

Survivors include: her husband, Delbert (Del) Yuhn of 15 years. Son Mark Gray (Tammy) of Marion; sister, Brenda Dixon of Winston-Salem. 

Funeral services were April 24, 2016 in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home with Richard Anderson of McDowell Hospice officiating.   

Michael Joe Andrews, 72, of 159 Rabbit Hop Road, Spruce Pine, died Wednesday, April 27, 2016. His work years included shift supervisor at Buckeye Steel Castings from 1961-1973; sales manager for Metropolitan Life 1973-1976; and UPS package car driver from 1976-1991. He was a member of the Elks No. 2522, Inverness, Florida, serving two years as Chaplain, seven years as veterans affairs chairman and one year as district V.A. Chairman.

MORGANTON — Mrs. Amanda Melissa Roberts Buchanan, 87, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016, at College Pines Health and Rehabilitation, following a period of declining health.

A funeral service was at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Morganton First Church of God with the Rev. Leonard Lindsey and the Rev. Jon McDivitt officiated.

Interment followed at Burke Memorial Park. 

Heritage Funeral Service & Crematory of Valdese is serving the Buchanan family. 

BAKERSVILLE — Robert William “Bobby” Huskins, 89, of the Lily Branch Community, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016. 

He was the son of the late Charles and Creanie Gouge Huskins. 

Bobby was a member of the Lily Branch Baptist Church, the National Rifle Association and the American Chestnut Association. He also retired from the engineering department of DuPont and was a veteran of the United States Army. He served in World War II as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, and was also a demolition specialist.

BURNSVILLE — Jayne “Granny” Lewis Phillips, 81, of Phillips Road, Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord April 22, 2016. She was a native of Mitchell County and a daughter of the late Jess and Lovinah Barnett Lewis.

BAKERSVILLE — LeElla Greene Cooke, 83 of Staggerweed Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord April 22, 2016. 

She was a native of Mitchell County and a  daughter of the late Ralph and Modine Hughes Greene. She was retired from the Toe River Health District. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and former member of Roan Mountain Chapter 29 Order of The Eastern Star.

BAKERSVILLE — Reba Hoyle Willis, 82, of Jarrett Road, of Bakersville in the Ledger community, went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 21, 2016, at her home.

The funeral service honoring the life of Reba Willis was 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home. 

The Rev. Chris Rathbone and the Rev. William Ellis officiated. 

A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 3 p.m. until time of service Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the funeral home chapel. Interment was in the Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

SPRUCE PINE — Howard “Tiny” Ingram, 35, of Gouges Creek Road, Spruce Pine, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at his residence.

A memorial service was 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the Pine Grove Methodist Church. The Rev. Ken Anderson officiated.

Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is honored to be assisting the Ingram family.

NEBO – Margaret Johnson Ledford, age 82, of Nebo, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at The McDowell Hospital. 

A funeral service was held Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Mt. Calvary Freewill Baptist Church. 

BAKERSVILLE – Betty A. Bryant, 86, of George McKinney Road, Bakersville, North Carolina, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April 7, 2016. She was a native of Mitchell County, North Carolina, and a daughter of the late Charlie K. and Pearl Buchanan Ayers. 

She was retired from Mitchell County Schools with 32 years in food service. She was a member of and attended McKinney Cove Baptist Church, where she was a member of Women’s Missionary Union and was also a member of Bakersville Eastern Star chapter 29.

SPRUCE PINE – Bonnie Lou Hensley, 93, of Dula Road, passed awayFriday, April 8, 2016, at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine.

Born June 9, 1922, in Yancey County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late John Milt and Dora Harrison Shuford. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, B.E. Hensley, who passed away in 2013; her brothers, Martin, who died at birth, Lewis Shuford and wife, Elsie, Fred Shuford and wife, Velma; her sisters, Essie Murphy and husband, Dewey, and Annie Autrey and husband, Raymond.

BAKERSVILLE – Gladys Buchanan Duncan, 94, of Duncan Drive, Bakersville, died Monday, April 4, 2016, at Blue Ridge Regional hospital in Spruce Pine.

A funeral service was Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the Bear Creek Baptist Church.

Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine, assisted the Duncan family.


The MItchell News

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