Obituaries

SPRUCE PINE -- Carroll Edward Canipe, 92, of Spruce Pine, died Monday, July 11, 2016, at the Charles George V.A. Medical Center in Asheville.

Born July 8, 1924, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Burns Mac Canipe and Verdie Patrick Canipe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Albert Canipe and Howard Canipe; and his sisters, Iona Canipe Price and Gladys Canipe McKinney.

SPRUCE PINE -- Helen Blackledge, 94, of Elm Street, Spruce Pine, died Monday, July 11, 2016, at Brian Center Health and Rehab in Spruce Pine.

A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at at the Cranberry Baptist Church. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends will be from 1 p.m. until time of service at the church. Interment will follow in the Cranberry Cemetery.

BAKERSVILLE -- Ron Vinson, 78, of Bee Branch Road, died unexpectedly in his sleep Monday July 11, 2016, at his home. 

He was the son of the late D.E. Vinson and Ruth (Blevins) Vinson. He is survived by his wife, Mary (Tipton) Vinson; son, Cabe; daughter, Nina; brother, Don; and many cousins, family and friends.  

MARION -- Christopher Lee Autrey, 29, of Marion, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, June 30, 2016, unexpectedly. 

He was a son of Curtis Autrey and Lisa Pendley Ayers. 

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Fred Lee “Ted” Pendley; paternal grandparents Lloyd and Ruth Autrey; and an uncle, Ray Autrey.  He was a member of North Cove Baptist Church who loved to fish, do electronics and play Xbox with his niece and nephew.

BAKERSVILLE -- Lee Smith Gouge, 88, of the Fork Mountain Community, Bakersville, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016, at his home. He was the son of the late Warfield and Nettie Greene Gouge and was also preceded in death by three sisters, Lois Ellis, Lockie Grey and Ruby Johns; and two brothers, L.H. Gouge and Woodrow Gouge. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was presented the Korean War Medal by Congressman Mark Meadows at the Bakersville Historic Courthouse. He was a charter member of the Fork Mountain Fire Department, Bakersville Lodge No.

GREEN MOUNTAIN -- Jack Honeycutt, 93, of Pigeon Roost Road, Green Mountain, went home to be with Jesus, July 6, 2016, at Brian Center Health and Rehab. 

He was a native of Mitchell County and a son of the late Grover and Julia Edwards Honeycutt. He was a Veteran of World War II where he served in Germany with the United States Air Force and Army. He was a member of Pigeon Roost Freewill Baptist Church. 

SPRUCE PINE -- Frank Samuel Boone, 59, of Brushy Creek Road in the Estatoe Community in Spruce Pine, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, at his home.

There are no services planned at this time.

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Frank Boone’s name and then signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine is assisting the Boone family. Mr. Boone’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

SPRUCE PINE -- Ricky Calloway, 63, of Hefner Road, Spruce Pine, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.

Born April 7, 1953, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Roy and Ruby Hefner Calloway.  

Ricky was a devout University of North Carolina Tar Heel fan. He enjoyed photography, walking in the woods and taking pictures of wild flowers. He was employed by Brad Ragan Inc. and later by Buckstove of Spruce Pine.

SPRUCE PINE -- Louise Lee Cox Coleman (Loui), 79, of Spruce Pine, died June 16, 2016, peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her parents, Jonathan Elwood and Annie Louise Lee Cox; her husband, William Coleman Jr.; and her brother, Steven T. Cox.

She was a model throughout her young life before developing an extensive business administration career leading to managing the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, and later the IMAX Theater at the Grand Canyon before retiring in Spruce Pine.

SPRUCE PINE -- Shirley Robbins, 77, of Feldspar Street, Spruce Pine, died Friday, June 17, 2016, at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville.

Born Feb. 9, 1939, in Indianapolis, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Beaulah Holland Rice. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Rohn; and brother, Archie Rice.

Shirley enjoyed playing cards with her family. She loved watching T.V. and the beach.  She loved spending time with her grandchildren and loved her dog, “Charlotte” and cat, “Addie.”

BURNSVILLE -- Jon S. Turpin, age 81, of Pollard Mine Road in Burnsville, died Monday, June 13, 2016 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced later.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to our website; www.webbfh.com., selecting Jon Turpin’s name and then you may sign his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine, NC is honored to be assisting the Turpin family.  Mr. Turpin’s obituary has been posted on Facebook for viewing.

SPRUCE PINE -- Bob Robinson, 76, of Harris Street, Spruce Pine died Monday, June 20, 2016, at his home.

Born May 8, 1940 in Allisonia, Tennessee, he was the son of the late Elmus and Mildred Chick Robinson. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Dot Robinson, who passed away March 6, 2016.

SPRUCE PINE -- Kathy Staton Stamey, 62, of Spruce Pine, went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 19, 2016. 

A funeral service was at Gouges Creek Baptist Church in Spruce Pine. Interment followed at Gouges Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Chad L. Beam Funeral Licensee is assisting the family. For further information or sign the online guestbook, visit www.chadbeamfunerallicensee.com.

SPRUCE PINE -- Jack Dobson, 85, of Rogers Street, Spruce Pine, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Smokey Ridge Health and Rehab in Burnsville.

Born July 4, 1930, in McDowell County, he was the son of the late Joseph and Virginia Lonon Dobson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jay Dobson; and his sisters, Louise Dobson and Sandra Browning.

JONAS RIDGE -- Bill Ollis, 89, of Highway 183 in Jonas Ridge, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at his home.

A funeral service was Monday, June 20, 2016, in the chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine with Linda Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Green Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to the funeral home’s website, www.webbfh.com., selecting Bill Ollis and then signing his guestbook. 

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