Spruce Pine


April 1, 1935 – June 13, 2017


Christine Hicks, 82, of Red Bud Lane, Spruce Pine, went to her heavenly home for a family reunion Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at the Brian Center Health and Rehab.

Born April 1, 1935, in Avery County, she was the daughter of the late Jeter and Florence Dellinger McKinney. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Cleone and Glenn McKinney; and her sister, Frances Ledford.

James Attaway

Dec. 30, 1935 – June 3, 2017

James Horace Attaway, 81, went to be with his Lord Saturday, June 3, 2017. He courageously fought to live until the very end.


Bobby Birchfield

Bobby Birchfield, 82, of Blevins Branch Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord May 30, 2017. He was a native of Mitchell County and a son of the late Charlie and Martha Putman Birchfield. He was a member of St. Paul Freewill Baptist Church and was previously employed in farming and the lumber businesses. Bobby enjoyed camping, sitting on the porch and especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

Bobby Samuel Byrd

Bobby Samuel Byrd, 78, son of the late Samuel and Ora Belle Davis Byrd, went home to be with his Lord Tuesday, May 23, 2017. He was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School, served as a Deacon and loved his church family. Bobby enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.


Robert ‘Bob’ Broadwater Sr.

Jan. 28, 1961 — May 10, 2017

Robert “Bob” Broadwater Sr., 56, of Broadwater Way, Spruce Pine, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at his home.

Born Jan. 28, 1961, in St. Louis, Missouri, he was the son of the late Robert Guy and Alice Hulette Broadwater. He was also proceeded in death by his grandmother, Wanda H. Gould.


Henry Sanford Hughes


Henry Sanford Hughes, of the Ingalls community, went home to be with Jesus May 10, 2017, at Cannon Memorial Hospital. He was 71 years young.

Lillian Grindstaff Dees

July 1, 1920 — April 20, 2017


Lillian Grindstaff Dees, 96, died Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Brian Center Health and Rehab in Spruce Pine.

Born July 1, 1920, in Mitchell County, Lillian was the daughter of the late Jesse and Melissa Grindstaff. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Orla Burleson; and brothers Lodi, Joe and Bill Grindstaff.


David H. Hall

June 24, 1925 — April 27, 2017

David H. Hall, 91, of Halltown Road, Spruce Pine, died Thursday, April 27, 2017, at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.


Theresa Beauvais

Theresa Beauvais, 83, recently passed away in Newton after a brave battle with ALS. Her life will be celebrated Mass of Christian Burial at noon Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Newton with Father Jim Collins officiating. 

The family will receive friends following the service at the church. 

It was Terry’s wish that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Monastery of the Precious Blood, 700 Bridge St., Manchester, NH, 03104. 


Thomas Warren Buchanan Sr.

Thomas Warren Buchanan Sr., 82, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, April 9, 2017. Warren was born July 26, 1934, in Bakersville, the son of the late Zeb and Bertie Wilson Buchanan. He was also preceded in death by siblings  Grace Ellis, Nell Young and Christine Young.


Clay Bennett

Clay Bennett, 81, of Bakersville, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, at his home. He was the son of the late Sam and Nettie Edwards Bennett. Clay was a member of Cub Creek Baptist Church, which he loved to attend. His favorite sports were fishing and deer hunting. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Ray; and brothers, Bill, Junior, Glenn, Ray, James and Jack Bennett.


Edwin Duff Crane III

June 5, 1928 — March 17, 2017


F. Jack Nelson


F. Jack Nelson

Oct. 18, 1940 — March 17, 2017


TAMARAC, FLORIDA -- James D. “Deward” Buchanan, 88, of Tamarac, Florida, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.

Mr. Buchanan was born March 25, 1928, to the late Pat and Bertha Buchanan in the Hawk Community of Mitchell County. His wife of 66 years, Claire Buchanan, survives him.

Mr. Buchanan served in the United States Navy where he developed a love for electronics, which led to a long career with IBM.


The MItchell News

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Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
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