Obituaries: Nov. 1, 2017


Marie White Bost

Nov. 1, 1943 — Oct. 23, 2017

Marie White Bost, 73, of the Green Valley Community in Avery County, went to be with the Lord Oct. 23, 2017.

Born Nov. 1, 1943, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Melba Houston White. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard M. (Hoss) Ollis; her husband, Ronald L. Bost; and infant sister, Carolyn White.

She was renowned for her love of genealogy and local history and spent many volunteer hours with the Avery County Historical Society & Museum. A member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Order of the Rose, she has a special interest in Civil War history. She dearly loved her church, Pine Grove United Methodist at Ingalls, serving on various committees, as church treasurer and helping with the soup suppers and other church ministries.

Mrs. Bost is survived by a son, David C. Ollis, and wife, Deborah, of Ingalls; one granddaughter, Thea, and husband, Michael Buchanan; great-granddaughter, Emma Elizabeth Buchanan, of Spruce Pine; a grandson, Adrian Cox, and wife, Michelle, of Burnsville; great-granddaughters, Adrianna, Leigha and Layla Cox. She is also survived by a sister, Nina, and husband, Larry E. McKinney, of Three Mile; one brother, Charles White, of Asheville; along with one neice, Aubree Anderson; and nephews, Heath White and Chad McKinney. Also surviving is a special friend and companion of many years, Jerry Camp, of Charlotte.

A funeral service honoring the life of Marie was 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Pine Grove United Methodist Church. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. in the church foyer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Pine Grove Soup Kitchen Ministry or Pine Grove Cemetary Fund, c/o Pine Grove UMC, 53 Pine Grove Church Road, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, and special caregivers Vicki Taylor and Lucy Crowder.

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Juna Faye ‘June’ Swindle Henderson

July 6, 1937 -— Sept. 20, 2017

Juna Faye “June” Swindle Henderson, 80, of Spruce Pine, passed away at home Sept. 20, 2017. She was born on July 6, 1937, to Winnie and Walter Swindle in Dover, Florida. June was a graduate of Turkey Creek High School in Plant City, Florida, and was a devoted Christian.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald C. Henderson Jr.; brothers, Delmar Ray, Leonard Jasper, Guy Hillous and Harold C.; sisters, Viola May, Ruby Bell and Alma Jean; 12 nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

She is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Kelley Pearson, and her husband, Kenneth Lee Pearson, of Spruce Pine. She also leaves behind her granddaughter, Krishelle Leigh Pearson, of Spruce, Pine.

The family would like to send thanks to everyone who knew and loved Juna. She taught us all the true meaning of strength and faith as she battled Parkinson’s Disease. A celebration of life will take place later for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge.

We love you, Mom, and you will be missed.

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Ann Salter Spangler

July 14, 1973 — Oct. 24, 2017

Ann Salter Spangler, 74, passed away Oct. 24, 2017.

Ann was born July 14, 1943, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her father, Robert Salter, served in Europe in World War II, and Ann was raised mostly by her mother, Ruby Sikes Salter, until he returned home in 1945.

One of Ann’s earliest memories was of combing the woods in Alabama, picking blackberries from amongst the brambles. She would bring their trove home to her grandmother, who would whip it up into a cobbler. Later, Ann said she loved sampling the blackberry preserves at Nashville’s Loveless Café because it reminded her of that childhood delicacy.

She also spoke fondly of a Birmingham neighbor, Miss Wood, who would give her an early appreciation of arts, culture and volunteerism Ann carried with her throughout her life.

Though she lived in Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee throughout her life, at her heart Ann was always a Floridian. When she was 10, her family moved to Bradenton to be close to her maternal grandparents. She had fond memories of swimming off Anna Maria Island, and fishing and camping by the river that ran through her great aunt’s land in Ocala.

Later, while at Manatee High School, she discovered her love of journalism while on the staff of the school’s award-winning newspaper and as editor of the yearbook. She also recalled the “nerve-wracking” experience of playing the glockenspiel during the school band’s performance of the national anthem.

In 1961, Ann enrolled in Samford University, where she majored in English and minored in journalism. She joined the Chi Omega sorority and during her junior year met her future husband, David Wade Spangler, at the campus’ Reid Chapel.

After graduating from Samford in 1965, Ann’s first job was in advertising for the Birmingham department store Pizitz, where she was quickly promoted to a copy writer position.

She married David in December 1965, and after he graduated the following year, they moved to his hometown of Parkersburg, West Virginia. She was hired as a teacher for an elementary school in nearby Pettyville and later taught reading and writing at a Parkersburg-area junior high school.

Ann and David spent the last few years of the decade in Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia, where she continued to teach while David pursued a career in pharmacy. In Norfolk, she volunteered to teach for one of the city’s first integrated junior high schools; to prepare for that she first had to enroll in a federal sensitivity training program.

They moved to Huntington, West Virginia, in 1971, and their son, Matthew, was born that year. He was followed two years later by the birth of their daughter, Leigh. By that time, the family had taken up residence in Halifax County, Virginia. She taught there for a decade and counted among her achievements the establishment of an afterschool reading program at the county junior high. In 1974, Ann and David bought a historic colonial home in Sutherlin, Virginia, which she worked to restore for the next eight years.

Ann moved with her family to Spruce Pine, North Carolina, in 1982, where she was hired by Mitchell High School. She taught English, started the Odyssey of the Mind program and supervised production of the school newspaper. Her students admired her, with one remembering the “elegant grit” she had about her. One former newspaper staffer credited Ann with pairing her with her future husband.

In 1988, Ann moved with her family to Jacksonville, North Carolina, where she first taught English, and then academically gifted and special-needs students. One of her colleagues noted she led the special education department “with grace, determination, experience and open-mindedness.” Ann often said in her professional life she would “like to leave a place better than I found it” and years later the special education department still utilized the protocol and methods she implemented. During this period, she also obtained her master’s degree in school administration from East Carolina University.

In the 1990s, Ann bought her own small business, growing and distributing alfalfa sprouts to grocery stores and restaurants in eastern North Carolina. She literally ran the operation out of the garage in her home in the downtown area of Jacksonville.

David Spangler passed away in 1996.

Ann spent more than a decade restoring her house in Jacksonville, and when she retired from the Onslow County school system in 2011, she moved to Nashville to be close to her daughter and her family. She bought a house in the Bellevue area, where she often entertained her three grandchildren by hosting “Camp Gigi” (their nickname for her). She appreciated Nashville for being a center of the country’s musical history, and connected that with her own family’s musical roots. She developed close relationships with many friends and neighbors in Nashville, but through social media also rekindled ties with acquaintances from her youth in Florida.

Ann had also visited Nashville many times since her parents moved there in the early 1970s, where her father started his own construction company. Ruby Salter still resides in Greenbriar.

Despite having touched so many lives during her nearly half a century as an educator, Ann said her greatest accomplishment was seeing her own family receive educations. Her daughter obtained a Master in Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt, while her son earned a Master in Public Policy degree from George Washington University. He currently resides in the New York area.

“Family comes first,” another former colleague recalled Ann saying one time when the coworker had to skip a work meeting to attend to her sick daughter. It was a mantra that guided Ann’s entire life.

A graveside service was 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, 9090 Hwy 100, in Nashville.




Robert Charles Wilson

Sept. 10, 1928 — Oct. 29, 2017

Robert Charles Wilson, of Newdale, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at the MemoryCare unit of the Mitchell House in Spruce Pine.

Born Sept. 10, 1928, Charles was the son of the late Raymond and Pearl Wilson. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by Juanita Johnson Wilson, his wife of 68 years, who passed away Jan. 20, 2013. Charles was also preceded in death by sisters, True Elliot and Winnie Mckinney; and two brothers, Orin John and Frank Wilson, all of Newdale.

Left to celebrate his memory is his daughter, Janet Wyatt, and her husband, Frank, along with grandson, Joshua Wyatt and wife, Felicia Ayers Wyatt; grandson, Robert Micah Wyatt; and great-grandson, Andrew Wyatt, all of Newdale. He is also survived by one sister, Faye Boone.

Charles was a member of Liberty Covenant Church of Micaville where he served with a passion for building God’s kingdom. Not only did he oversee and manage the construction of the sanctuary at Liberty Covenant, but he was instrumental in helping the church acquire the property. In his lifetime, Charles was greatly involved in the building of at least three other churches in the area. He also served as a lay-speaker and Sunday School Superintendent in the Methodist church and later as an elder at Faith Fellowship Church in Newdale. His passion was to work in the church and serve the people of his community.

Charles was a jack-of-all-trades. Over the years, he drove trucks, ran heavy equipment, operated a general store, farmed, ran a rock crusher and finally developed and built Wilson’s Trout Farm in Glen Ayre. After retiring from the fish business, he and his wife, Juanita, assisted the family in converting the fish business to Living Waters Campground, which his daughter and her family now operate.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, at Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Liberty Covenant Church on Highway 19E in Micaville. Friends will be received at the church from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in the Faith Fellowship Cemetery on Champ Ray Road.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County. The family also offers special thanks to the staff at Mitchell House, Charles’ niece, Melba Randolph, and the amazing residents in the MemoryCare Unit.


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