Obituaries

Lennie McKinney Greer

July 3, 1935 — Feb. 17, 2018

SPRUCE PINE – Lennie McKinney Greer, 92, of Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at her home.

Mrs. Greer was born July 13, 1925, in Mitchell County, to the late Charlie G. McKinney and Ella Navy McKinney. She was the former owner of the Skyline Hotel in Spruce Pine for 30-plus years. She enjoyed tending to her flowers and birds.

Samuel McDowell Steele Jr.

March 16, 1939 — Feb. 2, 2018

 

NEWLAND – Samuel McDowell Steele Jr., M.D., was born March 16, 1939, to Maxine Meek Steele and Samuel McDowell Steele at their home in Osawatomie, Kansas. He passed away Feb. 2, 2018, at his home in Newland.

Bernice Silver Howell

Bernice Silver Howell, 97, of Cleve Silver Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord Jan. 30, 2018. A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Cleve and Mamie Buchanan Silver. She was retired from Ellen Knitting Company. Bernice was a lifelong member of Silver Chapel Baptist Church where she was a dedicated servant of the church for many years. She loved gardening, and cooking for and taking care of her family and friends.

Elizabeth Edith Ollis Crowder

Doris Perkins Storie

Nov. 23, 1941 – Jan. 16, 2018

 

Doris Perkins Storie, 76, of Storie Road, Boone, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at her home.

Doris was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Mitchell County, a daughter of the late George and Zeola Hughes Perkins. She was an owner and operator of Bamboo Landscaping and a member of Deerfield United Methodist Church.

Howard Silver

BAKERSVILLE

Dec. 27, 1922 – Dec. 5, 2017

Howard Silver, 94, of Cleve Silvers Road, in Bakersville’s Bandana community, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at his home.

Born Dec. 27, 1922, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Cleve and Mamie Buchanan Silver. His brothers, Lucian, Charles, Ray, Claude and Brown Silver; and his sisters, Revia Buchanan and Kate Byrd; as well as his wife of 64 years, JoAnn Buchanan Silver, preceded him in death.

Charles D. Hoffecker Jr.

Concord

Nov. 17, 1926 — Dec. 20, 2017

Charles D. Hoffecker Jr., of Concord, passed away Dec. 20, 2017. He was born Nov. 17, 1926, in Norfolk, Virginia, and was the son of the late Charles D. Hoffecker and Mary Simmonds Hoffecker. He graduated from Porter Military Academy, Charleston, South Carolina, in 1944 and the Citadel in 1951 after serving in the Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Army.

Robert Vincent Tomaselli

SPRUCE PINE

Robert Vincent Tomaselli, of the Altapass Community, Spruce Pine, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Spruce Pine. He was 88 years of age.

Robert was born to Anthony and Bertha Tomaselli. Anthony had immigrated to the United States in 1917. He was proud of his rich Italian heritage.

William (Bill) John Cook Jr.

Feb. 14, 1932 – Dec. 20, 2017

William (Bill) John Cook Jr. passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the age of 85. Bill was born Feb. 14, 1932, to the late William Cook Sr. and Edwidge Cook of Uxbridge, Massachusetts.

Spruce Pine

Randy Cole

Randy Cole, 60, of Galax Trail, Spruce Pine, gathered hands with his Savior Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at his home.

Born July 13, 1957, in Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Glen and Donnie Hensley Cole. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harlon Cole.

BAKERSVILLE

Barbara Kate Conley

Barbara Kate Conley, 88, of Bakersville, passed away Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of the late Angus and Blanche Robinson Masters.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Conley; brothers, Harold Masters, Angus Masters Jr. and Gene Masters; sisters, Sarah Huffman and Maudeline Masters; a special son-in-law, Brian Peterson; and grandson, Brandon Peterson.

BAKERSVILLE

Parnell Buchanan

Parnell Buchanan, 87, of Stagger Weed Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord Nov. 12, 2017. He was a native of Mitchell County and a son of the late John and Ada Snyder Buchanan.

He was a Korean War Veteran and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was retired from Timken Steel, where he was in supervision. Parnell enjoyed spending time outdoors and he was an antique collector.

Buladean

D.C. Bennett

D.C. Bennett, 88, of Buladean, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at his home. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Dove and Beuna Vista Street Bennett. He was also preceded in death by brothers, J.B. and Ralph Bennett.

SPRUCE PINE

Virginia Ferguson Schoverling

Virginia Ferguson Schoverling, 90, of Galax Trail, Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. She was a native of Mitchell County and the daughter of the late Robert and Milia Sparks Burleson.

She was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church where she held many positions over the years. She was also active in county Baptist programs and in First Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, while she lived there. Virginia loved her Lord, her church and her family.

GREEN VALLEY

Marie White Bost

Nov. 1, 1943 — Oct. 23, 2017

Marie White Bost, 73, of the Green Valley Community in Avery County, went to be with the Lord Oct. 23, 2017.

Born Nov. 1, 1943, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Melba Houston White. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard M. (Hoss) Ollis; her husband, Ronald L. Bost; and infant sister, Carolyn White.

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