Obituaries

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James Henry Street Jr., born July 17, 1970, of the Buladean Community, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Henry graduated from Mitchell High School and then from Mayland Community College with a degree in electronics engineering. He was employed by Sibelco. 

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Daniel Michael O’Neil, 61, passed away Jan. 26, 2019, at his home in Bakersville, with his wife of 20 years, Christene O’Neil, and family members at his side.

He was born Sept. 11, 1957, in Detroit, Michigan. After high school, he enlisted in the Army for four years. After that, his love of driving kept him busy selling meat or hauling items from one state to the other. 

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Tommy Lee Ratliff went home to be with the Lord Jan. 22, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Ratliff; brother, Richard (Junior) Moser; paternal grandparents, Elijah and Julia Bryant Ratliff; and maternal grandparents, Fred and Abilene McFalls Autrey. Tommy cherished the outdoors and loved working in the yard tending all he planted and grew. Riding motorcycles and hiking were his favorite pastimes, enjoying in both, the beauty of the mountains.

Naomi B. Dellinger, 90, of Altapass Highway, Spruce Pine, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Brian Center Health & Rehab in Spruce Pine.

Edna Padgett

Edna Jones Padgett, 87, of Taylorsville, died Sunday, Jan. 6. She was the daughter of the late Ragan and Minnie Carroll Jones. 

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.

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