Obituaries

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David Powell Buchanan, 40, of the Shoal Creek Community, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Mission Hospital after a brief illness. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of Jerry and Sandra Ball Buchanan of the Bear Creek Community. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Powell and Kay Ball; and paternal grandparents, David and Helen Buchanan.

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Dr. Thomas D. Vance, 87, of US Highway 221 South, Blowing Rock, passed away Monday, May 27, 2019, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk. Dr. Vance was born Sept. 12, 1931, in Avery County, a son of the late Edward Newman Vance and Etta Buchanan Vance. 

Alice Webb Tipton, 93, of the Harrell Hill Community, Bakersville, passed away Monday, May 20, 2019, at the Mitchell House in Spruce Pine. She was the daughter of the late Monroe and Dora Robinson Gortney. She was a member of the Union Hill Freewill Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star Roan Mtn. Chapter 29. 

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On May 26, 2019, Jane Tarilton Lewis, 90, went to be with her Lord. She passed away peacefully at home at Lake Forest Park, in Ft. Pierce, Florida, after a rapid decline in health.

A summer resident of Little Switzerland for many years, Jane was born Jan. 7, 1929, in Miami, Florida, the daughter of Stanley and Nellie Tarilton. 

Robert ‘Don’ Abernathy

Robert “Don” Abernethy, 82, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019. He was the son of the late Robert and Edith Sherrill Abernethy and brother of the late William Carl Abernethy. Survivors are his daughter, Tracy Abernethy Ford (Len); son, Robert G. Abernethy; and granddaughters, Haley Ford-Wilcox (Taylor) and Lanie Elizabeth Abernethy.

Harold Dean Silver, 70, of Dula Road, Spruce Pine, died Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Brian Center Health & Rehab in Spruce Pine.

Born July 22, 1948, in Mitchell County, he was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Ed Silver Sr. and Grace Buchanan Silver. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Paul E. Silver Jr.

Alma H. Parker Pate, 87, of the Crabtree Community, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Daisy Whitson Hoilman. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, John “J.C.” Parker; infant daughter, Sammy Lou Parker; son, Rocky Parker; sister, Ruby Hoilman; and a brother, Fred Hoilman. 

Tess Clark Burleson Coulter, 96, of Spruce Pine, died May 10, 2019.

Born April 4, 1923, at Pineola in Avery County, she was the daughter of the late George and Flora Benfield Clark. Also preceding her in death were her husbands, Hughes Burleson in 1964, and Oscar Coulter Sr. in 1986; brother, Edgar Clark; and sisters, Esther Winters, Melba West and Marguerite Chapman.

Maxine Dellinger Bartlett, 85, of George Gap Road, Spruce Pine, in the Beaver Creek community, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Spruce Pine.

Mary Ballew

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Mabel Buchanan Stamey, 88, of Buchanan Street in Spruce Pine, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 24, 2019, after a long illness.

Katy Rebecca Beam, 80, of Sunshine Hill Apartments, Spruce Pine, died Friday, April 26, 2019, at Brian Center Health & Rehab in Spruce Pine.

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John Arnold Ahlquist, 78, of Bakersville, formerly of Massachusetts and Sarasota, Florida, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine.

Barbara Parsley, 74, of Boyd Cemetery Road, Little Switzerland, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Parsley, who passed away in 2000; her parents; and her great-granddaughter, Grace Elizabeth.

Ollie Grindstaff Hughes, 85, of Little Rock Lane, Spruce Pine, died Friday, April 19, 2019, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.

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