Obituaries

JONESBOROUGH, TENN. -- Dr. Danny “Dan” Anderson Brown, Ph.D., 70, of Jonesborough, Tennessee, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at Vanderbilt Hospital following a short, but courageous battle with cancer. A native of Western North Carolina, he was the son of the late William Yarbrough and Elizabeth Anderson Brown.  

BAKERSVILLE -- Robert Wayne Ledford, 94, of NC 261, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord Oct. 1, 2016. He was a native of Mitchell County and a son of the late Amos Waits and Melissa Edney Ledford. 

Wayne was a member of Roan Valley Baptist Church and was retired from Mitchell County Schools after working 41 years as a custodian and bus driver. Wayne enjoyed going to church, being with friends and playing the guitar. 

BAKERSVILLE -- Mary Emily Hoilman, 82 of Laurel Street, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord, Sept. 29, 2016. She was a native of Johnson City, Tennessee, and the daughter of the late Dave and Rosa Lee Livingston Walker. 

She attended Mine Creek Baptist Church. Mary loved taking care of her family and friends and was known for her excellent cooking. She was retired as a cook at Mitchell County Senior Center, formerly worked as Lunchroom Manager at Gouge School and later at Appalachian Christian Village in Johnson City.  

SPRUCE PINE -- Martha Lou Snipes passed away the evening of Sept. 23, 2016, at her home following her return from an Outer Banks vacation with her family. She was born Oct. 17, 1947, at William’s Clinic in Spruce Pine to the late Hollis Fred and Lorene Wilkie Snipes.

Martha was educated in the Spruce Pine public school system and Mars Hill College.  She studied music and was proficient in piano, organ, clarinet, flute and accordion.

Charles William Collis entered into rest Sept. 21, 2016. He was born in Marion May 2, 1951, to the late John Collis Sr. and Irene Kelly Huff. A memorial service will be at a later date. 

Charles Richard Davis, 73, of the Buladean community, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at the Select Hospital in Bristol, Tennessee.

A time to support the family was Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at Webb Funeral Home. Graveside services with military honors followed in the Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

BAKERSVILLE -- Marvin Paul “Pete” Jarrett, 77, of Jarrett Farm Road in the Rebels Creek community of Bakersville, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, at his home.

Born in Mitchell County April 12, 1939, he was the son of the late Dan and Georgia Boone Jarrett. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Marnita Hensley; and a sister-in-law, Shelba Harris.

BAKERSVILLE -- Melanie Dawn Shell, 46, of Lower Spring Creek Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord Aug. 15, 2016. 

She was a native of Mitchell County and employed as a supervisor in the front office at Bakersville Community Health Center. She was a member and attended Upper Pigeon Roost Freewill Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School Teacher and Piano Player. She was loved and cherished by her coworkers and patients at Bakersville Community Health Center. 

SPRUCE PINE -- William “Bill” D. Hollifield Jr., 84, of Ridge Road, Spruce Pine, passed away Sept. 13, 2016. 

SPRUCE PINE -- Jerone (Jerry) Cameron Larsen, 75, of Spruce Pine, died at home Sept. 9, 2016, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. A Celebration of his life will be scheduled in early 2017.

MORGANTON -- Angie Ledford, 45, of Morganton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.  

Born in Burke County Dec. 11, 1970, she was the daughter of Letha Ann Benfield Peeler, of Morganton, and the late Donald Gene Peeler. She was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church and enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping and fishing with her family.

In addition to her mother, Angie is survived by her husband, Rod Keith Ledford, of the home; sons, Ben, Joe and Luke Ledford, of the home; and a sister, Donna Peeler.

CRABTREE -- Steven John Smith, 57, of the Crabtree Community, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, at Care Partners Solace Center.  

A native of Mooresville, he was a son of the late John and Mary Eudy Smith. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Donna Smith.  

Steven worked at Baxter Healthcare for a number of years and loved gardening, spending time outdoors and spending time with his two grandsons.

SPRUCE PINE -- Charles Colaman Geouge, 56, of Dale Road, Spruce Pine, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at the Hospice House of Rutherfordton County in Forest City.
A funeral service honoring the life of Charles Geouge was 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home. Graveside services and interment followed in the Strawbridge Cemetery in Newdale.

BURNSVILLE -- Daniel Edwin “Danny” Peterson, 49, of Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at Mission Memorial Campus surrounded by his loving family and his special friend, Selena Edwards.  

A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of Irene Tipton Peterson, of Burnsville, and the late Frank Peterson, who passed away in 1992. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Lynn Peterson.  

GREEN MOUNTAIN -- Ike T. Miller, 92 of Pigeon Roost Road, Green Mountain, went home to be with the Lord Aug. 27, 2016. 

A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late John and Nettie Branch Miller. He was retired as a Machine Operator with Henredon Furniture Company and a member of Lower Pigeon Roost Freewill Baptist Church. He was a lifelong lover of gospel music. Ike loved to fish, garden and all outdoor activities. He especially enjoyed his family and friends. 

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