Obituaries: Nov. 28, 2018

Charles Birchfield Jr.

Charles Birchfield Jr., 81, of Buladean, went home to be with the Lord Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Charlie and Martha Putman Birchfield. He was also preceded in death by sisters Doris Boone, Margie Wilson and Dora Rose; and brothers Bobby, F.D., G.W. and Leonard Birchfield. Charles was a member of Rock Creek Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. He loved to work with wood, making a career of it as owner and operator of Birchfield Log and Lumber. He was an avid farmer, who enjoyed growing gardens and liked to spend his free time fishing and camping. Charles will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Surviving  is his loving wife of 61 years, Ruby Garland Birchfield; son, Wayne Birchfield, and wife, Sharon, of Buladean; and their daughters, Jessica Hobson and husband, Cecil Jr., of Buladean, and Megan and her fiancé, Mark Davis, of Burnsville; great-grandchildren, Sean, Tucker and Leanna Hobson; daughter, Gloria Clark, and her husband, Troy, of Unicoi, Tennessee; and their daughters,  Holly and Heather Clark, of Unicoi, Tennessee; sisters, Virgie Clark, of Woodby Hill, Tennessee, and Hazel Watson, and husband, James, of Spruce Pine; and  special friend and cousin, Bill Birchfield, and wife, Carolyn, of Unicoi, Tennessee.  Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive as well as his faithful canine companion, Weeman. 

Funeral services were 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in Rock Creek Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Rev. G.B. Garland officiated. Burial followed in the Garland Cemetery in Buladean. The family received friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. before the services at the church.  

Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Visit to send online condolences.

Mitchell News-Journal • Nov. 28, 2018



Hugh Boone

On Nov. 16, 2018, about 5:45 p.m., the Angels made a special visit to see Hugh Boone, 91, of Bakersville. Although death had tried to take him two times earlier in life, he had refused to leave his beloved, beautiful wife, Geneva Boone, who passed away late in September of 2017. Since she went home to be with the Lord, Hugh was ready to see her. First and foremost, he loved the Lord, which showed through his testimony he has left behind. Next, comes a strong love for his family. Hugh had a reputation of being hard to beat at anything from guns, baseball, cards and any other sporting activity. Many a man was frustrated and upset they could not beat Hugh Boone. It took death three times to finally take him. Geneva’s prayers and the prayers of all the people that loved Hugh. 

Along with his wife, Hugh was greeted in heaven by his brother, Jake Boone; sister, Jo Ruth Hughes; half-brother, Jim Boone; half-sister, Jean; stepsister, Juanita West, who was a full sister in love; as well as his stepmother, Catherine Boone; father, Charles Boone; and mother, Ann Lovin.  

Hugh and Geneva had two children. A daughter, Sharon K. Boone-Willis, who was called to become a medical physician and later an author, writing to tell about all the miracles God had shown her with the first being her father. The daughter married Dennis V. Willis, the grandson of the Rev. Jeff Willis, who was her pastor when she was a little girl. Dennis was a wonderful Christian man she found truly walked the Christian life as well as talked it. Hugh and Geneva also had a son, Joey Hugh Boone, who was born five days after his dad’s disabling aneurysmal stroke. Joey never got to see the strong, fit amazing man his father was before the stroke, but he still enjoyed his daddy’s sense of humor, mischief, beautiful smile, kind heart and amazing mechanical skills he taught to his talented son. Joey became a successful businessman and, in turn, gave his parents a beautiful, sweet wife, Norma, who loved his parents like her own. Joey and Norma had a beautiful, talented, daughter, Emily, whom Hugh and Geneva thought hung the moon and adored. 

Daddy loved to get in the floor and play games with his granddaughter. Later, Emily married a sweet, wonderful man, Matthew Meadows, of Erwin, Tennessee. They gave Hugh his pride and joy, Alyssa, whom he loved and adored. All through his long life, he kept a beautiful, sweet smile and gentle way, always being loving and caring. He was led to the Lord by pastor Turbyfield when he was a young man, who also was the same pastor that led Geneva to Jesus. We know where they are. Safe in the arms of Jesus and one day we will be joining them because we all followed their lead and asked Jesus into our hearts to after watching their good and godly lives. So it isn’t goodbye it is only, we will see you someday soon when Jesus calls us. We love you, Daddy.

Hugh was a veteran of The United States Army serving in World War II and was a member of Lily Branch Baptist Church. He was retired from I.M.C. at Kona. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Funeral services were 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at Lily Branch Baptist Church with Steve Williams officiating. The family received friends one hour before the service. Interment was 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at Lily Branch Cemetery, with military honors being conducted by Sgt. EL Randolph Chapter 57 DAV.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of The Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

The family would like to express a special thank you to The Mitchell House in Spruce Pine. 

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Boone Family.

Mitchell News-Journal • Nov. 28, 2018



Ava O’Dear

Ava Marie O’Dear, 81, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, Nov. 18, surrounded by her loving family. Marie was born July 24, 1937, in Spruce Pine to the late Roscoe and Ruth Duncan. She was a member of Willow Oak Baptist Church and was an avid church-goer until her declining health kept her from attending. 

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Bobby Arron O’Dear; and sisters, Louise Honeycutt and Loraine Dodson. Marie is survived by her daughter, Susanne O’Dear Faircloth, and husband, Jeff, of Walnut Cove; granddaughters, Cassie and Jacque Faircloth and great-grandpup, Rosie Faircloth; and one brother, Roscoe Duncan Jr., of Germanton. She had three honorary daughters, whom she loved very much, Kim Hollifield, Brandy Mitchell and Tammy Phipps. Furthermore, she was blessed with many special friends from South Carolina, Cindy, Nellie and Judy. Many special thanks to Linda Mabe and Kim Hollifield for their love and support as well as other friends and neighbors. Marie worked in a variety of places throughout her life. She carried the mail and is most profoundly known for owning and operating Town Fork Produce with her husband, Bobby, and daughter, Susanne. Through her many jobs, she met so many people she loved. However, her most important job was being a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was a loving and hardworking woman of faith. 

Special thanks to all of the staff from Trellis/Hospice who provided such wonderful and loving care to her during her battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Funeral services took place at Willow Oak Baptist Church. 

Instead of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, Stokes County Animal Shelter or any charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at 

Burroughs Funeral Home is serving the O’Dear family.

Mitchell News-Journal • Nov. 28, 2018



Vista Parker

Vista Street Parker, 90, of Hughes Road, Bakersville, passed away Nov. 22, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. She was a native of Mitchell County and a daughter of the late Jessie and Venie Moffitt Street. She was a homemaker and enjoyed flower gardening and quilting.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Parker; three brothers; four sisters; and two grandchildren, Yvonne Dupkoski and Holly Honeycutt.

Survivors include four daughters, Barbara Dupkoski (David), Lesa Lingerfelt (Jessie), Teresa Hollifield and Tammy Parker; grandchildren, Marianne Dupkoski, Christopher Hollifield (Elizabeth), Ashley Burleson (Bryan) and Jessica Hoyle (Ryan); and great-grandchildren, Caleb, Ava, Brooklyn, Thorn, Azlen, Abigail, Courtney, Carter and RyiAnna.

In keeping with Vista’s wishes, there will be a private service. 

Instead of flowers, memorials may be made to Chase Ambrose and family c/o Greg and Tanya Ambrose, 993 Greasy Creek Road, Bakersville, NC 28705.  

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Parker family.

Mitchell News-Journal • Nov. 28, 2018



James Willis

James Willis died Nov. 15, 2018, in Bakersville, at the age of 87.

James is survived by his wife, Jean Willis; his daughter and her husband, Vicky and Chris Ayers; grandson, Will Ayers; granddaughter, Nikki Willis, and her husband, Steven Thomas; great-grandchildren, Oliver and Mia Willis; grandson, Malachi Willis, and his wife, Jamie Willis; and his sisters, Kate Murdock, Sena Mae Gouge and Margaret Wilson; and brothers-in-law, John Murdock (deceased), Everett Gouge and Roger Wilson. His sons, Chris and Michael; and his brothers, Jack Earl Willis, Joe Ray Willis and Lewis Willis, preceded James in death. His nieces and nephews who loved him dearly also survive him. 

James was born Jan. 16, 1931. He worked at Coates North America for 40 years.  James was a member of Bear Creek Church, singing in the choir, involved in Sunday school and a friend to everyone. He loved his church family. He was a Captain for the Ledger Fire Department. James knew the mountains and its people like the back of his hand. He and his wife delivered Meals on Wheels for 10 years. Together they enjoyed visiting the elderly and shut-ins, helping others and traveling throughout the U.S. with church members, family and friends.  James loved gardening, fishing, hunting and was an avid runner until his early 80s.

The family received friends at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at Bear Creek Baptist Church in Bakersville followed by a funeral service, then a graveside service. The Rev. Dr. Andy Willis, James’ nephew, officiated along with the Rev. Bruce Cannon. Music for the service was provided by Rhonda Gouge, friend, Kathy Kuhne and James’ niece, Carol Ann McKinney. Interment was in the Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, please send donations to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge Inc., 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777 or Bear Creek Baptist Church, 327 Bear Creek Church Road, Bakersville, NC 28705.

The family would like to thank Bear Creek Baptist, Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge and Webb Funeral Home for their care.  

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting James Willis’ name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to be assisting the Willis family. Mr. Willis’ obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

Mitchell News-Journal • Nov. 28, 2018

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