Obituaries: Jan. 17, 2018

Howard Silver


Dec. 27, 1922 – Dec. 5, 2017

Howard Silver, 94, of Cleve Silvers Road, in Bakersville’s Bandana community, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, at his home.

Born Dec. 27, 1922, in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Cleve and Mamie Buchanan Silver. His brothers, Lucian, Charles, Ray, Claude and Brown Silver; and his sisters, Revia Buchanan and Kate Byrd; as well as his wife of 64 years, JoAnn Buchanan Silver, preceded him in death.

Howard was an active member of the Silver Chapel Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He will be remembered as a man that enjoyed talking, telling tales and cutting up with family, friends and acquaintances. He was a master brick mason and is responsible for numerous area homes. He made many wonderful friends through golfing and camping and was widely known for his meticulous lawn and garden care, but his greatest joy was spending time with family, especially his granddaughters and great-grandsons.

Left to cherish his memories are his daughter, June Cornett, and husband, Alfred, of Hendersonville; his son, Tim Silver, and wife, Dru, of Bristol, Tennessee; his sister, Bernice Howell, of Bakersville; three granddaughters; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandsons; eight step great-grandchildren; and four step great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service honoring the life of Howard Silver was 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in the Chapel of Webb Funeral home with the Rev. Jonothan Thacker officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 1 p.m. until time of service Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in the parlor of Webb Funeral Home. Interment followed the service in the Silver Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to our website;, selecting Howard Silver’s name and then signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Silver family. Mr. Silver’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook for viewing.


Samuel Dean Swann


Sept. 28, 1942 – Jan. 1, 2018

Samuel Dean Swann, 75, of Spruce Pine, passed away Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Mr. Swann was born Sept. 28, 1942, in McDowell County, to the late Clarence Arnold Swann and Effie Boone Swann.

He was a member of Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Spruce Pine and served as a deacon.

He served our country proudly in the United States Air Force for 14 years and he served in the U.S. Army for 11 years. He loved the brothers and sisters he served in the 211th MP Company and kept in touch with many of them over the years. After retiring from the military, Mr. Swann was a mechanic and worked as a service manager for Spruce Pine Chevrolet, Spruce Pine Ford and Carolina Tire.

Mr. Swann was a very loving and outgoing person. He had a magnetic personality and he loved talking with people. He had a “pen ministry” for the past six years. He wore a big, beautiful smile every day and would hand out his pens engraved with the message “Jesus Loves You.”

Surviving Mr. Swann are his wife of 53 years, Annie Marie Porras Swann; a son, Bill (Michelle) Swann, of Bakersville; daughters, Terri (Allen) Hughes, of Spruce Pine, and Starla Fox, of Marion; grandchildren, Kayla and Kyle Ponder, Jessica (Josh) Laws, Dustin and Colton Swann; and great-grandchildren, Baylee Tipton and Gabe Laws, who were very dear to his heart.

The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion. A funeral service followed the visitation at 7 p.m. with Pastor Brandon Pittman officiating. Burial was 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.

Kirksey Funeral Home is serving the Swann family.


Anna Lee Heaton Baird


Anna Lee Heaton Baird, 91, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at the Brian Center.

A celebration of her life was Sunday, Jan. 14, in Pine Grove United Methodist Church. Linda Taylor and the Rev. John Howard officiated.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to Mt. Zion Church Cemetery Fund. To send online condolences, visit

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