Obituaries: Sept. 20, 2017


Geneva Young Boone

On Sunday morning, Sept. 10, 2017, Geneva Young Boone, 86, arrived at Heaven’s Gate to be greeted by brother Warren Young, and sisters Wilma Boone, Shelba Jean Grindstaff, Floy Gage and Allie Buchanan; and her parents, James and Daisy Hall Young. Jesus enfolded her in His arms of welcome and a joyous reunion began. Geneva was a member of Lily Branch Baptist Church and retired from Baxter Healthcare.

Geneva was a beautiful lady both inside and out. She was a wonderful and supportive wife to her husband, Hugh Boone, who she leaves to grieve her absence at his side. He suffered a massive stroke at age 34, but Geneva dug in her heels and spent a lifetime loving and supporting his every need and want while raising two wonderful and successful children, one of whom became a doctor and another who is a successful business owner.

She leaves daughter, Dr. Sharon Boone Willis and husband, Dennis, of Morganton, and son Joey Boone and wife, Norma, of Spruce Pine. She also leaves granddaughter Emily and husband, Matthew Meadows; and great-granddaughter, Alyssa.

Geneva is survived by four siblings, Bill Young, Verna Huskins, Barbara McQueen and Freeda Young. She leaves many nieces and nephews who will always hold her memory dear. She loved God and raised a Godly family. Although our angel is with God, we will see her one day in Heaven.

This world was made a better place by her presence and her beautiful smile. She leaves behind a legacy of love and support for her family, friends and all who crossed her path during her journey here on Earth. Her memory will only grow sweeter with time. The Heavenly Choir will sound ever more glorious as she always sings God’s praise, and Heaven will shine just a little brighter because she is there.

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Lily Branch Baptist Church with Cliff Black and Steve Williams officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Interment followed at Lily Branch Baptist Church Cemetery.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Boone Family.



Georgia Honeycutt

Nov. 6, 1950 – Sept. 11, 2017

Georgia Honeycutt, 66, of Snow Hill Road, Bakersville, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine

Born Nov. 6, 1950, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late George and Laura Willis Ledford. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sister, Shelby Jean Ledford; and her brothers, Gene and Paul Ledford.

Georgia was a member of the Snow Hill Baptist Church and a CNA. She loved animals and feeding birds. She enjoyed cooking and canning. She also loved her grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memories are her husband of 48 years, Harris Honeycutt, of the home; her son, Chris Honeycutt and wife, Shandra, of Bakersville; her granddaughters, Jordan and Allison Honeycutt; and her grandsons, Kegan and Luca Honeycutt.

A funeral service honoring the life of Georgia Honeycutt was 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at Snow Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Dean Honeycutt and the Rev. Josh Cook officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Webb Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Snow Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family thanks the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge for their wonderful care of Georgia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of the Blue Ridge.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Georgia Honeycutt’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Honeycutt family. Mrs. Honeycutt’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.





Richard Gary Lewis

May 30, 1943 – Sept. 16, 2017


Richard Gary Lewis, 74, of Hughes Gap Road, Bakersville, passed away peacefully at Johnson City Medical Center Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. He was born May 30, 1943, in Marion, the son of the late Albert and Edith Fox Lewis.

Gary was an operator at Western Electric Company in Baltimore, Maryland, and in Virginia for 30 years. He was a hardworking man who always enjoyed working. You would never find him not busy with a project. His favorite activities were spending time with his animals, being outdoors and taking care of his property.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Shelby Street Lewis; brother, Randy Lewis; niece, Angie Moore; to sisters-in-law, Betty Pendley and Judi Harper; brother-in-law, Arvell Street; four nieces and nephews; two great-nieces and nephews; and numerous family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Glenda Lewis Johnson.

A memorial service was 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home with Richard Sparks officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Mitchell County Animal Rescue, 2492 Highway 19E, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Lewis family.





Doris Melton Terrell

Sept. 16, 1932 – Sept. 13, 2017


Doris Melton Terrell, 84, passed away peacefully at home with family Sept. 13, 2017. She was born Sept. 16, 1932, to the late Crawford and Myrtle Melton, of Rutherfordton.

Doris attended school in Rutherford County before graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University, where she met her husband. After marrying in 1954, they settled in Bakersville, where Doris began teaching in the Mitchell County school system. After seven years, she left the school system to join the Department of Social Services, where she worked as a social worker for 20 years. Afterward, Doris joined Brian Center in Spruce Pine as a social worker before returning to the Department of Social Services to start and supervise the Community Alternative Program. She continued working with this program in a part-time capacity until she retired in 2009.

Doris was a devoted wife, mother and church member and a beloved friend to many. Serving others in the community was one of her greatest joys and she cherished time spent with her family and friends. She was a faithful member of the Bakersville United Methodist Church for more than 60 years, teaching Sunday school and serving within the church on various councils including the nomination board and the Staff-Parish Committee. She enjoyed volunteering over the years and spent many hours at the Hospice Thrift Store, MyMeds, Farm Bureau Women, the Mitchell County Food Pantry, Habitat for Humanity and the Mitchell County Community Fund, just to name a few.

Doris is survived by her husband of 62 years, David Edwin (Ed) Terrell; her children, Susan Ferguson and husband, Mike, of Waynesville, and Julie Sayers and husband, Bryan, of Winston Salem; grandchildren, Lindsey Curley and husband, Chris, of Raleigh, Ryan Ferguson, of Charlotte, Emma Sayers, of Winston-Salem; and one great-grandchild, Ava Curley.

Funeral services were 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Bakersville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gene Lenier, Dr. Lewis Woodard and the Rev. William Ellis officiating. The family received friends two hours prior to the service.

Interment was at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Finchers Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Clyde.

Memorials may be made to: Mitchell County Food Pantry, Hospice of the Blue Ridge or Mitchell County Meals on Wheels.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Terrell family.


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Juanita Buchanan Smith

Juanita Buchanan Smith, 89, of Harris Street in Spruce Pine, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at Mitchell House in Spruce Pine. A funeral service was Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in the chapel of Webb Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Willis, the Rev. Steve Williams and the Rev. Houston Hoilman officiating. Interment followed in the Big Crabtree Baptist Church Cemetery. Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to, selecting Juanita Smith’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Smith family. Mrs. Smith’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

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