Joe Buchanan

Joe Buchanan, 72, of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the UPMC Pinnacle Hanover Hospital in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Born April 9, 1946, in Beans Creek, he was the son of the late Henry and Mandy Yelton Buchanan. He was the husband of Teresa Rorke Buchanan.

Clark Cox

Clark Cox, 91, of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, died Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at his home. Born Dec. 31, 1926, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Millard and Grace Washburn Cox.

Phyllis Beckner

Earlene Baker

Earlene Baker, 95, of White Oak Road, Bakersville, went to be with the Lord Saturday evening April 14, 2018. She was born Jan. 9, 1923, in Elk Park, and was the daughter of the late Marvin and Inez Phillips Greene, of Bakersville. Earlene was married to Lee Baker and they had four children.

Eileen McKinney Biggerstaff

Eileen McKinney Biggerstaff, 89, of Boone, passed away Saturday evening, March 31, 2018, at her home.

Roberta Glenn Moore

Roberta Glenn Moore, 81, of Asheville, passed away peacefully Friday, March 30, 2018, at her home due to complications with Sjogren’s syndrome. Born April 16, 1936, in Spruce Pine, she was the oldest daughter of the late Robert and Addie Glenn.

Charles Garrett ‘Chuck’ Crowder

Charles Garrett “Chuck” Crowder, 47, went home to be with his Lord on March 18, 2018, at Care Partners Solace Center of Asheville after suffering a traumatic brain injury. He was the son of Ida Jane Maney Crowder, of Burnsville, and the late Charles Sherrell Crowder. He was also preceded in death by grandparents, Burl and Una Maney, and Charles and Doris Crowder; and an aunt, Murrell Hughes.

Melba Duncan Abernathy

Melba Duncan Abernathy, 86, of the Ledger Community, went home to be with the Lord Friday, March 16, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Earl and Margie Willis Duncan; and the wife of Pat Abernathy. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Peggy Peters; sisters, Mae Willis, Ruby Gouge, Joan Blevins and Sue Wilson; and brothers, Will, Gray, Scott, Phil, Wade and Bobby Dean Duncan.

Elden Monroe Cooke Sr.

Elden Monroe Cooke Sr., 85, of Staggerweed Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord March 5, 2018. He was a native of Mitchell County and a son of the late Tulsa and Mae Hopson Cooke. He was a veteran of the United States Navy where he obtained the rank of Chief Petty Officer and retired as an educator with the North Carolina School System in Western North Carolina.

Virginia ‘Jenny’ Cook

SPRUCE PINE – Virginia “Jenny” Cook, 75, of Biggerstaff Road, Spruce Pine, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine.

Martha Burleson Benfield

Martha Burleson Benfield, 81, of the Pyatte Community, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at Johnson City Medical Center.

A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Coleman and Bonnie Vance Burleson and the wife of Clay Benfield, who passed away in 2010.

Lennie McKinney Greer

July 3, 1935 — Feb. 17, 2018

SPRUCE PINE – Lennie McKinney Greer, 92, of Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at her home.

Mrs. Greer was born July 13, 1925, in Mitchell County, to the late Charlie G. McKinney and Ella Navy McKinney. She was the former owner of the Skyline Hotel in Spruce Pine for 30-plus years. She enjoyed tending to her flowers and birds.

Samuel McDowell Steele Jr.

March 16, 1939 — Feb. 2, 2018


NEWLAND – Samuel McDowell Steele Jr., M.D., was born March 16, 1939, to Maxine Meek Steele and Samuel McDowell Steele at their home in Osawatomie, Kansas. He passed away Feb. 2, 2018, at his home in Newland.

Bernice Silver Howell

Bernice Silver Howell, 97, of Cleve Silver Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord Jan. 30, 2018. A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Cleve and Mamie Buchanan Silver. She was retired from Ellen Knitting Company. Bernice was a lifelong member of Silver Chapel Baptist Church where she was a dedicated servant of the church for many years. She loved gardening, and cooking for and taking care of her family and friends.

Elizabeth Edith Ollis Crowder


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