Obituaries

Jo Ann Simmons, 69, of  Lynn Gap Road, Spruce Pine, passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in the Brian Center Health and Rehab. She was the daughter of the late Earl and Virgie Gurley Roberts. Jo Ann was a graduate of Harris High School and Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. She was a Real Estate Broker for 44 years and was a member of the NC Realtors Association. 

Vicky Ferradaz, 56, of the Buladean Community, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, at Johnson City Medical Center. Vicky was born in South Miami to Jose Gomez and Ivette Boza Socarras. She was preceded in death by Rudy Socarras; and her grandparents, Roger and Victoria Boza.    

Ruth Buchanan

Ruth Pitman Buchanan, 97, of Fairway Lane, Spruce Pine, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at the Mitchell House.

Doris Gurley Willis Burleson, 84, of the Arbuckle Community, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at her home. A native of Yancey County, Doris was a daughter of the late Lewis and Kate Stewart Gurley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bill Burleson; daughter, Donna Willis Harrison; sister, Louise Burleson; brother, Dan Gurley; son-in-law, Wayne Sams; and brother-in-law, Homer Boone. Doris was a faithful member of Crabtree Baptist Church in Micaville.

Patricia D. Sanford, 73, of Little Buck Hill Road, Newland, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, at her home.

David Albert Jensen, 67, of Pensacola, Florida, peacefully passed away Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at his home.

David was born Oct. 5, 1951, in Hackensack, New Jersey, to John and Bette (Memmott) Jensen. He graduated from Glen Rock High School in 1969, from Hope College in 1974 and received his MSW from Columbia University in 1987.

Bernice Berryhill Hamrick, 91, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. She attended Berryhill School in Charlotte, where she became a champion basketball player.

Violet Ward Gouge, 84, of Summit Avenue, Spruce Pine, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at her home.

Judy Virnelson

Judy Patton Virnelson, 79, of Spruce Pine, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.

Lee Sparks

Lee Sparks, 90, of Phil Buchanan Road, Spruce Pine, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.

Clarence McClellan

Clarence Stokes McClellan, 85, of Cabin Road, Spruce Pine, passed away Dec. 7, 2018, at his home. He was a native of Avery County and a son of the late John Stokes and Lizzie Woody McClellan. 

David Glenn

David Jeffrey Glenn, 64, of Marion, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at Spartanburg Regional in South Carolina after a two-year battle with cancer. A native of Spruce Pine, he was born July 20, 1954, to the late Claude and Marie Collis Glenn. 

Jeff loved to fish, go boating and play golf. He was an avid Duke basketball fan. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren, with who he spent most of his time. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Betty June Grindstaff, 87, of the Toe Cane community, passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at the home of her daughter, Rebecca, and her husband, Kevin. She was the daughter of the late Homer and Bess McKinney Johnson and the wife of the late Joe Grindstaff. She was also preceded in death by an infant son. Betty was a former employee of Roberts Chevrolet and worked many years for Taylor Teague CPA in Spruce Pine.

Joyce Greene, of Walnut Cove, formerly of Bakersville, went home to be with her Savior and Lord Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, at LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes in Danbury.

Charles Birchfield Jr.

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