Obituaries for July 26, 2017


Stancil Terry Callahan

Stancil Terry Callahan, 79, of the Brush Creek Community, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Stancil Dewitt and Verna Webb Callahan. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Linda Callahan; and brothers, Roger and Lee Callahan. Terry was a U.S. Army Veteran and was owner and operator of Top Quality Construction. He liked working, fishing and playing hard. He especially loved spending time with his family.

Left to cherish his memories are his loving wife of 46 years, Patsy Howard Callahan; daughters, Judy Thomas, and husband, Anthony, of Sevierville, Tennessee, and Terri Lynn Mitchell, and husband, Kevin, of Front Royal, Virginia; sons, Terry Callahan III, and wife, Brandee, of Davidson, and Steven Lee Callahan, and fiancé, Crystal, Silvers, of Green Mountain; sister, Tressie Callahan, of Spruce Pine; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and first cousin and his best friend, Mac Callahan, and wife, Lou. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

A private memorial service will be at a later date. Yancey Funeral Service is assisting the Callahan family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Yancey Funeral Service Inc. at 378 Charlie Brown Road, Burnsville, NC 28714. Visit to send online condolences.

“Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue.” – John Eldredge.



Mary Ann Greene

Feb. 13, 1937 — July 16, 2017

Mary Ann Greene, 80, died Sunday, July 16, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 13, 1937, to James and Ada West, in Stafford, Kansas. She married Charles “Ray” Greene Sept. 20, 1953, together they had three sons, Vern, Rick and John. Camping was a favorite hobby for the family, often taking trips to Fall River, Kansas. Mary was a great cook, loved to crochet, was good at sewing and embroidery and loved to talk on the phone, visiting with friends and family. Often you could find her attending her kids and grandkids sporting and school activities. She was so proud of her family, especially her grandkids, whom she took great joy in spoiling.

Visitation was 1-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2017, with family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m. at Smith Family Mortuary in Haysville, Kansas. The funeral service was 10 a.m. Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Smith Family Mortuary.

She was preceded in death by her father, James West; mother, Ada (Vance) West; and siblings, Betty, Glenn, Eddie, Jim, Norma Jean and Helen. Mary is survived by her husband, Charles “Ray” Greene; sons, Vern (Teri) Greene, Rick (Diana) Greene, and John Greene; grandchildren, Rebecca Greene, Rachel Greene, Nicole Greene, Charlie Greene, Jordan Greene and Taylor Greene; and great-grandchild, Lucas. A special thank you to caregiver Jen Miller for the dedication and compassion shown to Mary during their time together.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harry Hynes Hospice. Condolences may be left at



Shirley E. Kozlik

A memorial service to honor the late Shirley E. Kozlik will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Spruce Pine at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. The family will be available to greet visitors before the service. A longtime resident of Spruce Pine, Shirley passed away Dec. 5, 2016, after a brief illness.

A faithful volunteer for many years at the Brian Center nursing home, Shirley was also actively involved in the Spruce Pine Women’s Club, the Crossnore Chapter of the DAR, the Advisory Council on Mental Illness and the Spruce Pine Library, where she was better known as Mrs. Claus at Christmastime. She also served as an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Spruce Pine.

Born in 1923 in Moyock to Benjamin and Miriam Elliott, Shirley attended the University of North Carolina with majors in mathematics and psychology. Upon graduation, she accepted a position with Curtis Wright in Louisville, Kentucky, where she worked on aircraft design. It was there she met her future husband, Roland.

While her husband served with the U.S Navy during World War II, Shirley accepted a position with NASA at Langley Field, Virginia. She was one of the mathematicians who helped design and build the XS-1, the first manned supersonic airplane successfully flown in the United States.

After World War II, Shirley and her husband relocated to New Jersey, where she devoted herself to raising two daughters and volunteer work.

Shirley is predeceased by her parents; her husband, Roland; a sister, Jean Elliott, of Spruce Pine; and a brother, Benjamin Elliott Jr., who died while serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Kabra, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Leslie Schalkoff, of Clemson, South Carolina. She also leaves behind a son-in-law, Bob Schalkoff; and her grandchildren, Kareem and Nadia Kabra, Katie Elliott and her husband, Blake, and Chrissie Schalkoff.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in the memory of Shirley Kozlik to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 764, Spruce Pine, NC 28777, or the Spruce Pine Public Library, 142 Walnut Ave., Spruce Pine, NC 28777.



Fred Street

Fred Street, 83, of the Buladean Community, departed this life for the glory of heaven Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, July 14, at Middle District Free Will Baptist Church.

The funeral took place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Middle District Free Will Baptist Church with the Revs. Jimmy Arrowood, William Ellis and Scott Jenkins officiating. Interment took place immediately following the service in the Charlie and Frances Street Family Cemetery on the Will Street Road just off Pine Root Branch Road in Buladean.

The family has requested any memorial contributions be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of The Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Street Family.



Shelby Walker

Shelby Walker, 67, of Johnson City, Tennessee, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at her home. A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late Bertie Street Lingerfelt. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Street. Shelby will be remembered for the love and adoration she had for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving is her husband, Richard Walker; daughter, Vicki Bradshaw, of Johnson City; son, Randall Street, and wife, Janet, of Bakersville; grandchildren, Amber Bradshaw, of Johnson City, Nicholas Bradshaw, of Bakersville, Rebecca Street, of Bakersville, and Alexander Garland, of Johnson City; great-grandchildren, Mickia Roberts, Oakley Bradshaw and McKinnley Bradshaw; siblings, Carolyn Richardson and husband, Roger, of Bakersville, Doris Lingerfelt, of Bakersville, Charles Lingerfelt and wife, Betty, of Bakersville, Tina Hughes and husband, Paul, of Bakersville, Sue Hoilman and husband, David, of Unicoi, Tennessee, Jessie Lingerfelt and wife, Lesa, of Bakersville, and Kenneth Lingerfelt and wife, Tammy, of Bakersville; and special niece, Holly Morton. Several more nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Services. Burial followed in the Garland Parker Cemetery. The family received friends from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home. Visit to send online condolences.



Jimmy Lee Byrd

Jimmy Lee Byrd, 75, of Sullins Branch Road, Spruce Pine, died Monday, July 18, 2017, at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville. A funeral service was Friday, July 21, 2017 in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Sullins Cemetery. Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Jimmy Lee Byrd’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home is assisting the Byrd family. Jimmy’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

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