BAKERSVILLE -- Lora Watson, 55, of Stewart Branch Road, Bakersville, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at her home.

Born on July 28, 1961, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Frank Stewart and Norma McNab Newman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joey Stewart, and a sister, Linda Stewart.  

Lora was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed being outdoors, gardening and working with flowers. She loved her grandchildren and spending time with them and also loved camping, fishing and swimming.

Kikuko Sue Hannel, 76, of Penland Road, Spruce Pine, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at her home. A Memorial service was Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at Bear Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bruce Cannon officiating. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC  28777 or the Tri-County Christian School, 207 Pinebridge Ave., Spruce Pine, N.C. 28777. 

Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is assisting the Hannel family. Sue’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

MECHANICSVILLE, VIRGINIA -- Eula Jean Peterson Shrewsbury, 78, died at home in Mechanicsville, Virginia, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. A native of Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Josh and Eva McCourry Peterson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Shrewsbury; her brothers, Buck, Charles, June, Billy and Clark Peterson; and sister, Emma Lou Laberyie.

ESTATOE -- Gary Dale Smith, 61, of the Estatoe Community, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at his home.  

Funeral Services were Monday, Jan. 23, in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services.  The Rev. Randy Bonner officiated. A graveside service was Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.  

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MARION -- Terry Allen Buchanan, 74, of Marion, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. 

The funeral service was 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. Receiving of friends was from noon until time of service. Interment followed at the Ledger Cemetery.  

Terry was born Sept. 16, 1942, in Bakersville. He owned and operated “Terry’s Barber Shop” on Lower Street in Spruce Pine. 

Terry married Barbara Buchanan (Mace) on Oct. 21, 1962. They were married for 54 years.

NEWLAND -- Orpha Lee Staton Burleson, 90, of Newland, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville.

She was the daughter of the late Mack and Donna Buchanan Staton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Stewart Staton, and her sister, Archie Mae Staton James. 

Born Jan. 28, 1926, she was a lifelong resident of Avery County and was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- Grover Ray Garland, 92, of Johnson City, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. He was a native of Mitchell County and son of the late Jesse and Naomi Masters Garland. He was a member of North Johnson City Baptist Church and was retired as owner of Garland Lumber Company and was also a former employee of Mason Dixon Freight Company in Kingsport, Tennessee.

UNICOI, TENN. Don Hobson, 74, of 5729 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, Tennessee, passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at his home. He was a native of Mitchell County. Mr. Hobson was a son of the late John and Helen Burleson Hobson. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and had served during Vietnam. He was awarded the Good Conduct Metal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. 

GREEN MOUNTAIN -- Elouise Peterson Renfro, 83 of Brummitts Creek Road, Green Mountain, went home to be with the Lord, Jan. 14, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

She was a native of Mitchell County and a daughter of the late Maynard and Darliskey Peterson. She was a homemaker and attended Brummitts Creek Freewill Baptist Church. She was well known throughout the county for making storybook dolls, quilts and many other crafts. She had a special God-given talent.

SPRUCE PINE -- Beatrice Ann Buchanan Wise, 94, of Biggerstaff Road, Spruce Pine, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Autumn Care of Marion.

Born on Feb. 1, 1922, in Avery County, she was the daughter of the late Robert G. and Harriett Matilda Buchanan. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Sam Wise, who passed away in 1999. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Viola Woody and Celie Wilcox; and her brothers, Addie, Jesse, Ernie and Sammy Buchanan.

SPRUCE PINE -- Judy Carol Buchanan, 69, of Fairview Lane, Spruce Pine, passed away Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at her home.

Born March 18, 1947, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Jerry and Elma Sparks Duncan. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brothers, Bill, Jack, Ted, Jim and Donald Duncan; and her sisters, Anna Lee Pitman and Phyllis Grindstaff.

BAKERSVILLE -- Peggy Campbell Cox, 74, went home to be with the Lord Jan. 4, 2017. She was a daughter of the late Nave and Daisy Mosley Campbell and a native of Mitchell County. 

She was previously employed in restaurant work as well as a Hospice Caregiver. She was a member of Buladean Presbyterian Church. 

SPRUCE PINE -- Eunice Robinson Riddle, 89, passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Spruce Pine. Born Dec. 21, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Hubert Robinson, who died in 1951, and the late Alieen Chrisawn Robinson, who died in 1996. Mrs. Riddle was born in Micaville. Mrs. Riddle was also preceded in death by her husband, Joe William Riddle, who died Feb. 9, 2006. Also, Mrs. Riddle lost two brothers and one sister, who all died in childhood.

Sybil M. (Johnson) Flannery, 92, died Dec. 6, 2016, at Theda Care Medical Center in Appleton, Wisconsin. Sybil was born Sept. 11, 1924, in Iredell County, North Carolina, to Henry and Beulah (Carter) Johnson. Sybil attended nursing school in Statesville and worked in the OB/delivery section of the same hospital. Sybil married Vern Flannery in April of 1945 shortly before the end of World War II. He was in the Army Air Corps and they wanted to get married before he was shipped overseas. His deployment was canceled because the war ended in June.

SWANNANOA - O’Barron Delaney Calhoun, 106 plus 10 months and four days, of Swannanoa, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. 

A funeral service honoring his life on what would have been his 107th birthday will be Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Spruce Pine United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeremy Troxler officiating. 


The MItchell News

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