Obituaries

Doug Vance, 59, of Spruce Pine, passed away Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Robert “Bob” Vance and Betty Pate Pafford. He was a 1978 graduate of Harris High School and had a long career as a chef at numerous restaurants throughout the United States. Most recently he was an employee of the NC Department of Public Safety as a Food Service Officer with 14 years of service. Doug enjoyed golfing, boating, fishing and cooking.

Patricia Ann Gunter Noblitt, 85, of Kings Mountain, went home to be with the Lord and her family on Oct. 1, 2018, at White Oak Manor in Kings Mountain. 

While traveling and visiting family, Ronald Ray Nelson, 84, of Little Switzerland, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 23. He was cared for in his brother Keith’s home in Yuma, Arizona, and surrounded by his loved ones. 

Ron was born at home, to parents Hans Nelson and Ina Nelson, Sept. 14, 1934, on a small farm in Maskell, Nebraska.

Lt. Colonel David Edward Hagler, U.S. Army retired, made his final departure at 12:02 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. 

Gary Wayne Freeman, 52, of Richmond Avenue, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. He was a member of Red Hill Baptist Church and was formerly employed as a Rock Mason and Millwright Worker.

Larry Dean Greene, 71, of NC 261, Bakersville, passed away Feb. 20, 2019. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of Landon Greene Jr. and Natalie Hobson Greene. He obtained his degree in radio broadcasting, was the office manager for DHS Express and managed a large theater complex named Famous Player. He was a member of Fork Mountain Baptist Church. He loved animals and his friends.

Bea Burleson White

Bea Burleson White, 96, of Sunshine Hill Street, Spruce Pine, passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at the Brian Center Rehabilitation and Palliative Care of Spruce Pine.

Karen Pruitt

Karen Pruitt, 63, of Rockhouse Creek Road, Spruce Pine, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at her home.

Charlotte Jo Jones

Charlotte Jo Jones, 82, of Kings Mountain, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at Atrium Health-Cleveland in Shelby. She was born in Mitchell County to the late Floyd Everette Buchanan and Belle Frye Buchanan. Charlotte was a longtime member of Kings Mountain Baptist Church. She enjoyed feeding and watching the birds around her home. She was a wonderful and loving wife to her husband, Ted, for 55 years.

Tiffany Dawn Hoilman, 31, of Melbourne, Florida, formerly of Bakersville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. She was a native of Mitchell County and employed as a telemarketer. She was a member of Cub Creek Baptist Church. She was a caring and kind person to all. She loved all animals.

James Henry Street Jr., born July 17, 1970, of the Buladean Community, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Henry graduated from Mitchell High School and then from Mayland Community College with a degree in electronics engineering. He was employed by Sibelco. 

Daniel Michael O’Neil, 61, passed away Jan. 26, 2019, at his home in Bakersville, with his wife of 20 years, Christene O’Neil, and family members at his side.

He was born Sept. 11, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan. After high school, he enlisted in the Army for four years. After that, his love of driving kept him busy selling meat or hauling items from one state to the other. 

Tommy Lee Ratliff went home to be with the Lord Jan. 22, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Ratliff; brother, Richard (Junior) Moser; paternal grandparents, Elijah and Julia Bryant Ratliff; and maternal grandparents, Fred and Abilene McFalls Autrey. Tommy cherished the outdoors and loved working in the yard tending all he planted and grew. Riding motorcycles and hiking were his favorite pastimes, enjoying in both, the beauty of the mountains.

Naomi B. Dellinger, 90, of Altapass Highway, Spruce Pine, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Brian Center Health & Rehab in Spruce Pine.

Edna Padgett

Edna Jones Padgett, 87, of Taylorsville, died Sunday, Jan. 6. She was the daughter of the late Ragan and Minnie Carroll Jones. 

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