SPRUCE PINE -- Jack Dobson, 85, of Rogers Street, Spruce Pine, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Smokey Ridge Health and Rehab in Burnsville.

Born July 4, 1930, in McDowell County, he was the son of the late Joseph and Virginia Lonon Dobson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jay Dobson; and his sisters, Louise Dobson and Sandra Browning.

SPRUCE PINE -- Ricky Calloway, 63, of Hefner Road, Spruce Pine, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.

Born April 7, 1953, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Roy and Ruby Hefner Calloway.  

Ricky was a devout University of North Carolina Tar Heel fan. He enjoyed photography, walking in the woods and taking pictures of wild flowers. He was employed by Brad Ragan Inc. and later by Buckstove of Spruce Pine.

SPRUCE PINE -- Louise Lee Cox Coleman (Loui), 79, of Spruce Pine, died June 16, 2016, peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her parents, Jonathan Elwood and Annie Louise Lee Cox; her husband, William Coleman Jr.; and her brother, Steven T. Cox.

She was a model throughout her young life before developing an extensive business administration career leading to managing the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, and later the IMAX Theater at the Grand Canyon before retiring in Spruce Pine.

SPRUCE PINE -- Shirley Robbins, 77, of Feldspar Street, Spruce Pine, died Friday, June 17, 2016, at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville.

Born Feb. 9, 1939, in Indianapolis, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Beaulah Holland Rice. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Rohn; and brother, Archie Rice.

Shirley enjoyed playing cards with her family. She loved watching T.V. and the beach.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and loved her dog, “Charlotte” and cat, “Addie.”

BURNSVILLE -- Jon S. Turpin, age 81, of Pollard Mine Road in Burnsville, died Monday, June 13, 2016 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced later.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to our website;, selecting Jon Turpin’s name and then you may sign his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine, NC is honored to be assisting the Turpin family.  Mr. Turpin’s obituary has been posted on Facebook for viewing.

SPRUCE PINE -- Bob Robinson, 76, of Harris Street, Spruce Pine died Monday, June 20, 2016, at his home.

Born May 8, 1940 in Allisonia, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Elmus and Mildred Chick Robinson. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Dot Robinson, who passed away March 6, 2016.

SPRUCE PINE -- Kathy Staton Stamey, 62, of Spruce Pine, went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 19, 2016. 

A funeral service was at Gouges Creek Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. Interment followed at Gouges Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Chad L. Beam Funeral Licensee is assisting the family. For further information or sign the online guestbook, visit

BOONE -- Jennings Bryan Robinson, of Boone, passed away June 13, 2016, at the age of 94. He was born in rural Mitchell County on May 11, 1922, the fifth of eight children born to Grace Hughes Robinson and William Jennings Bryan Robinson.  

In 1938, after graduating from high school in Bakersville, he entered Berea College at the age of 16, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in 1942. 

Three months after graduation, he entered into active duty in the Army, serving in General Simpsons 9th Army, 44th Cavalry Group. 

GREEN MOUNTAIN -- Edith Miller Bennett, 96, of Flat Branch Road, Green Mountain, passed away, June 18, 2016. She was a native of Mitchell County and a daughter of the late Ed and Sarah Miller. 

She was retired as a machine operator with Detroit Plastic Molding.  

JONAS RIDGE -- Bill Ollis, 89, of Highway 183 in Jonas Ridge, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at his home.

A funeral service was Monday, June 20, 2016, in the chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine with Linda Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Green Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to the funeral home’s website,, selecting Bill Ollis and then signing his guestbook. 

BAKERSVILLE -- Ola Mae McKinney departed this life Sunday, June 12, 2016, at the age of 102. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Frank L. McKinney; her son, Morris A. McKinney; and her granddaughter, Gina M. Bailey. She was also predeceased by four sisters and two brothers.

BAKERSVILLE -- Virgie Estelle Burleson, 89, of Bakersville, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Salem, Virginia, and a daughter of the late Milton and Alta Pearl Cochran Thomas. She attended Fork Mountain Baptist Church and was a retired bookkeeper for Burleson Shell Station in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Survivors include a grandson, Paul Burleson, of Wilson; a granddaughter, Tammy D’Ambrosio, of Peoria, Arizona; one sister, Mona Turman, of Salem, Virginia; and six great-grandchildren.

SPRUCE PINE -- David D. Greene, 71, of Spruce Pine, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at his home.  

A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Elmer and Lucille Grindstaff Greene.  A US Air Force Veteran, he retired from the US Postal Service; prior to that he was employed by Air Preheater.  

David was very involved in Masonry, a past master of Vesper Lodge No. 554 AF&AM in Spruce Pine, where he was the historian and compiled and printed the history of Vesper Lodge. 

BAKERSVILLE -- Phillip W. Masters, 70, of Bakersville, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, at his home. 

He was the son of the late Frank and Viola Garland Masters. He was an electrician for Coats America in Marion and a member of the McKinney Cove Baptist Church, where he served as the Sunday School superintendent. 

GREEN MOUNTAIN -- Joseph Cecil Robinson, 90, passed away June 9, 2016.

Cecil was one of 12 children born to Jake Robinson and Lizzie Hall in the Green Mountain Community of North Carolina. Cecil served our country in World War II in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in the occupation of Japan in 1945.


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