Obituaries

Harold Bridgebane “H.B.” Copley, of Penland, passed away peacefully at his home Oct. 8, 2018. He was born in 1931 to Flossie Willis and Sherman Copley. Although HB was born in Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky, he lived most of his life in Penland. As a young man, he taught an enameling class at the Penland School of Crafts. He was in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked for many years in independent sales and as a real estate broker. After retiring, he worked at Walmart.

Gladys Duncan

Gladys Ollis Duncan, 88, formerly of Fairway Lane,

Spruce Pine, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional

Hospital in Spruce Pine.

Born May 24, 1930, in Avery County, she was the daughter

of the late Russell and Ella Weatherman Ollis. In addition

to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,

Eugene Duncan, who passed away in 1974. She was

also preceded in death by a nephew, Bobby McClellan; and

a sister, Wilma Burleson, and husband, Fred E. Burleson.

Patricia “Pat” Hickman, 87, of the Fork Mountain Community, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Smoky Ridge Health and Rehabilitation. A native of Akron, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Virgil L.

Herbert McKinney Hickey, 85, of Monticello, Georgia, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, at Baptist Village in Waycross, Georgia, following an extended illness. 

“Herb” was born and raised in Spruce Pine to the late Scott and Dora Hickey. He moved to Jasper County, Georgia, in 1959.  

Phillip Carpenter, born April 9, 1944, in Spruce Pine, passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, after a long fight with cancer. Phillip is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Greene Carpenter; two sons, Michael and Ray; and a daughter-in-law, Ann Cavanaugh. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Robyn Teaster. 

Louise Willet

Louise Stewart Willet, 92, of Black Mountain, peacefully passed Sept. 17, 2018, surrounded by her family. 

Louise was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Mitchell County to the late Fred and Annie Stewart. 

John McClure Vance, 53 of Bent Road, Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Sept. 18, 2018. He was the son of the late Sam and Oakalene Buchanan Vance and a native of Mitchell County. 

William Pitman

Claude Maxwell Cabe

Claude Maxwell “Max” Cabe, 90, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. Born Sept. 11, 1928, in Rabun County, Georgia, he was the son of the late Claude W. and Grace Ramey Cabe. 

Helen B. Bartlett

Helen Boone Bartlett, 88, of Possum Trot Road, Bakersville, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at Smokey Ridge Health & Rehab in Burnsville.

Ray Burleson

Ray Burleson, 63, passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at his residence.

Born Feb. 28, 1955, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Phillip Burleson. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Allen and Michael Burleson.

Robert D. Parsons, 92, of Port Charlotte, Florida, left peacefully from his home Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, to be with the Lord. 

Bob was born in Bakersville to John and Viola Parsons. He grew up in Loafers Glory with his two brothers and three sisters.

Charles Patrick Medley, known as “Pat” to family and friends, passed away Aug. 31, 2018, at the age of 74. 

Patricia Fox Jarrett, “Sis,” 62, of Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord and her loved ones Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Vernon and Ruth Pate Fox. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Tom Jarrett; son, John Franklin; and brother, Joel Fox. Pat loved cooking, baking cakes and making jelly she often shared with the community.

Arthur C. Hollifield, 86, of Harley Drive, Burnsville, died Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at his home.

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