Obituaries

The Rev. Joe Lane Ervin, 88, of 966 Royal Drive, Lincolnton, died Aug. 29, 2018, at his home.

A celebration of life service was 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Boger City United Methodist Church.

Jennifer (Jenny) Ann Ledford was born Oct. 18, 1972, in Johnson City, Tennessee, and was carried into Heaven Aug. 8, 2018, at the age of 45. She passed very unexpectedly at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Alabama, after a very brief illness.

Paul Everett Buchanan Sr., 91, reunited with his wife Aug. 21, 2018, after a period of declining health. Paul was born in 1926 in Spruce Pine to Audy S. and Mae Duncan Buchanan.

Sharon Duncan Bess, 70, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at Hospice of Cleveland County. Born Nov. 14, 1947, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Dennis Duncan and Ruth Grindstaff Duncan. Sharon was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church where she was the Sunday school teacher for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds as well as a member of the Craft Ladies and Triple L. Sharon was retired from Dr. Joseph R. Hendrick’s Dental Office, a member of the Spruce Pine Chapter No.

Stephan (“Steve”) van der Vorst’s extraordinary life was cut short suddenly Aug. 9, 2018.

Steve was born Nov. 26, 1962, to parents Martinus Cornelis Petrus and Hermina Louisa Gerdina in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The family later moved to the town of Boxtel, where Steve spent his later childhood years before attending the University of Amsterdam. 

Doris Rhyne Thompson, 91, of Spruce Pine, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.

Lucille Buchanan Ellis, 93, of Cane Creek Road, Bakersville died Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.

Bobby J. Kennard, 86, of Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord July 30, 2018.

Steve Lamar Earwood, 68, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2018, at his home. He was a son of Helen Wiseman and Junior Earwood. Steve was raised in the Oakley neighborhood of Asheville and spent extensive time in Fairview with his extended family. Steve attended Oakley Elementary and graduated from Reynolds High School. Early in his life, he worked alongside his father at Sayles Bleachery before joining the Merchant Marines and working with chemical tankers in Wilmington.

Billy Sanford Whitson

Billy Sanford Whitson, of Bakersville, graduated home to heaven at the age of 94. He was born June 5, 1924, in Tipton Hill, and passed away July 27, 2018. 

Eric Miller

Phillip Henline

Phillip Nelson Henline Jr., 93, of Biggerstaff Road, Spruce Pine, died Sunday, July 15, 2018, at the St. Joseph’s campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville. 

Dorothy Eskew

Carl Cranford

Carl “Chief” Cranford, 80, of Hot Springs, died Monday, July 16, 2018. 

Wilma Ollis Burleson 

Wilma Ollis Burleson, 91, of Kaywilla Lane, Spruce Pine, died Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation.

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