Obituaries - April 19, 2017


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.

On Dec. 25, 1955, he married the love of his life, Maxie Gouge Buchanan. He is also survived by a son, Thomas (Tommy) Warren Buchanan Jr., and wife, Susan Pendley Buchanan; a grandson, Thomas Warren Buchanan III, and wife, Amy Fitzgerald Buchanan; and a beautiful little 6-week-old great-granddaughter, Evelyn Rey, all of Burnsville. These survivors love him deeply, as well as his surviving sister, Emma Lee Sparks; and brothers-in-law, Joe Young and Sherwood Gouge.

Warren was active in the community. He was a generous, loving person. He attended Bowman High School in Bakersville, served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War and has made his career in the automobile business. Warren has been a Chrysler Corporation dealer since 1968, starting in Bakersville and moving the company to Burnsville in 1985.

He was a Director of French Broad Electric Membership Corporation, serving the counties of Madison, Buncombe, Yancey and Mitchell, and Unicoi and Cocke Counties in Tennessee. Warren was also a director of Northwestern Bank in Bakersville, which later became First Union Bank. When he moved to Burnsville he became a director of First Union Bank and later a director of First Community Bank of Burnsville when it opened. Over the years, he has been a member of the Lions Club, a volunteer firefighter of the Bakersville Fire Department and various other civic clubs.

Warren was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Burnsville.

He loved his family and friends, and loved to “shoot pool” with his competitive buddies, who sometimes played from midafternoon until after midnight. Warren also enjoyed motorcycling and traveling. He was a very special person and was dearly loved.

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Pastor Steve Elderbrock officiated. Burial was in the Greene Young Cemetery in Bakersville. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine NC 28777 or Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714. 

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John E. Murdock

John E. Murdock, 80, passed away unexpectedly April 13, 2017, in his home. He was born in Mitchell County to the late John and Florence Murdock and was preceded in death by 15 brothers and sisters.  

John served our country as an E-4 Corporal in the 6th Marine Corps. While stationed at 8th and I Military Institute he attended George Washington University and later graduated from Western Carolina University.  

He was the manager of the Hendersonville Employment Security Commission for 25 years. He had been an active and longtime member of Hendersonville’s Main Street Baptist Church since 1973, serving in many capacities. He contributed to his community through many civic organizations.  

He and his wife enjoyed many blessed years of activities with friends and travel during retirement. John perceived life’s problems as opportunities for growth. His humor and joy were contagious. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and cherished friend to many. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Kate; two daughters, Donna (Tim) Godley and Sarah (Dave) Kitts; and six grandchildren, Ben (Amory) and Chris (Anne) Godley, and Katelynn, Morgan, Daniel and Maddy Kitts.  

A celebration of his life was 11 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2017, at Main Street Baptist Church, Hendersonville, with Dr. John Mason and Dr. Victor Rampey officiating. A graveside service followed at 3 p.m. at Lily Branch Baptist Church Cemetery in Bakersville. The family received friends from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Main Street Baptist Church and the Henderson County Dispute Settlement Center.  

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting  Thos Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements. 



Deward Dellinger

Deward Dellinger passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017. A funeral was Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Rebels Creek Baptist Church in Bakersville. Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Dellinger family. For further information or to sign the online guestbook, visit or call 828-559-8111.

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