OBITUARIES: Wednesday, March 13

Archie Buchanan

Archie Edward Buchanan, 89, of Marion, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Mission Hospital in Asheville. A native of Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Sam and Mary Howell Buchanan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Buchanan; sisters, Beatrice Downer, Irene Greene and Edna McKinney; and a half-sister, Joanne Silver.

Archie is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Ann Silvers Buchanan, of the home; sons, Tommy Buchanan and Jimmy Buchanan, both of Marion; sister, Muriel Grindstaff; and granddaughter, Kayla Buchanan.

Funeral services were 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark McKinney officiating. The family received friends one hour before the service and burial followed in the Silver Chapel Cemetery.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Buchanan Family.

Mitchell News-Journal • March 13, 2019

 

W.C. Ingram

William Charles “W.C.” Ingram, 81, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, passed away peacefully in his home March 4, 2019. Born in Buladean, he was the son of the late Dewey and Mae Street Ingram.

Mr. Ingram was the founder of High Valley Construction Company. He was an instructor at Mayland Community College and served as head of the Construction Department. In addition to his professional endeavors, Mr. Ingram is best remembered for his proud military service and patriotism, his love and care of all creatures great and small, and his enduring love for his children, granddaughters and great-granddaughter. He was a member of the Bakersville Lodge No. 357, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Oasis Shrine Temple. Additionally, he was a member of the DAV Chapter 58 and a longtime member of Roan Mountain Baptist Church.

Mr. Ingram is survived by his best friend, confidant and true love, his wife of 59 years, Shirley Gouge Ingram, of the home; and his children, Donna Ingram (Earl) Simmons, of Greenville, South Carolina, and Mark (Debbie Singleton) Ingram, of Chesapeake, Virginia. Additionally, he is survived by his four granddaughters, Ashley Buchanan (Justin) Jones, of Elgin, South Carolina, Brooke Ingram (Alex) Chapman, of Greenville, South Carolina, Brandi Ingram, of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Chey Ingram, of Clemson, South Carolina; and a great-granddaughter, Madeline Jones, of Elgin, South Carolina. He is also survived by his two sisters, Joyce Ingram, of Buladean, and Lois Schaffer, of Hanover, Pennsylvania; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his siblings Dewey Ingram Jr., Clarence Ingram, Dave Ingram and Georgia Jenkins.

A memorial service was conducted at noon Saturday, March 9, in the chapel at Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville by the Rev. Don Stafford. Bakersville Masonic Lodge provided Masonic Rites during the service. The family received friends one hour before the service. The Sgt. E.L. Randolph Chapter 57 DAV performed military honors at the burial service at Wylie Gouge Cemetery following the memorial.

In remembrance of Mr. Ingram, memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607, or the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, Tennessee 38105. Correspondence to the family may be sent to 104 Bramlett St., Simpsonville, South Carolina 29681.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Ingram family.

Mitchell News-Journal • March 13, 2019

 

James Jenkins

James Edward Jenkins, who was also known as “Pedro,” “Pete,” or simply, Eddie, 57, of Stecoah, formerly of Spruce Pine, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 6, 2019, at his residence.

A native of Mitchell County, he was the son of the late William Edward “Bill” and Lucille Jenkins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his faithful companion, his dog, Blue.

Eddie was a diehard North Carolina Tar Heels basketball fan and loved watching the Atlanta Braves play baseball.

He is survived by his sister, Debra Miller, of Spruce Pine; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family received friends from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019, at the Townson-Smith Chapel. Graveside services followed at Holder Cemetery in Stecoah. The Rev. Jessie Crisp officiated.

Townson-Smith Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Jenkins Family. An online register is available at www.townson-smithfuneralhome.com.

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Fred Manning

Fred Manning died Monday, March 4, 2019. He was born Oct. 27, 1933, in Florence, South Carolina, the middle son of Preston and Wallace Manning. He retired to Little Switzerland, where he lived for more than 20 years with his wife of nearly 60 years, Genie.

Fred graduated from the University of South Carolina. He was proud of his service in the United States Marine Corps. He loved reading, hiking, history, the company of his dogs and, later, traveling to challenging places. 

In addition to his wife, Fred is survived by his brother, Dr. Preston Manning Jr. (Jane), of Staunton, Virginia; his children, Wallace Cronin (Brian), of Bluffton, South Carolina, Morrison Payne (David), of Walterboro, South Carolina, Fred Manning (Karen), of Columbia, South Carolina; his grandchildren, Anne Morrison Payne, of Columbia, South Carolina, John Payne, of Bluffton, South Carolina, and Margaret Manning, Fred Manning and Weston Manning, all of Columbia, South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his brother, Dick Manning (Anne), of Augusta, Georgia.

A graveside service took place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at St. John’s Episcopal Church Congaree in Hopkins, South Carolina, and was followed by a reception in the parish house.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, North Carolina 28777, the Parkway Fire and Rescue Department, P.O. Box 188, Spruce Pine, North Carolina 28777, Mitchell County Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 308, Spruce Pine, North Carolina 28777, or a charity of your choice.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Fred Manning’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to assist the Manning family. 

Mitchell News-Journal • March 13, 2019

 

Julia McClellan

Julia Thomas McClellan, 98, of McClellan Drive, Spruce Pine, died Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Willow Ridge Rehab and Living in Rutherfordton.

Born March 22, 1920, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late Wilburn and Charlotte Burleson Thomas. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in by her husband, Paul W. McClellan, who passed away in 1986. She was also preceded in death by her sons, Paul McClellan Jr. and Ricky Lee McClellan; her daughter, Opal Lee McClellan; and nine brothers and sisters.

Mrs. McClellan was a member of the Gouges Creek Baptist Church. She loved the Lord, her family and people. She enjoyed singing and sang in a quartet. She also enjoyed gardening, reading and exercising.  

Left to cherish her memories are her daughters, Betty Kesterson, of Rutherfordton, Shirley Carter, of Morganton, Shelby Sprinkle, of Marion, and Pauline McClellan, of Spindale; her sons, Daniel Ray McClellan, and wife, Nancy, of Morganton, and Douglas Earl McClellan, and wife, Paula, of Spruce Pine; her sister, Georgia McClellan, of Spruce Pine; 16 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

A funeral service for Julia McClellan was 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home with the Rev. Tommy Thomas officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in the funeral home chapel. Interment was in the Gouges Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Julia McClellan’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to assist the McClellan family. Mrs. McClellan’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook. 

Mitchell News-Journal • March 13, 2019

 

Katherine Riddle

Katherine Riddle, 93, of Carters Ridge Road, in Spruce Pine, died Sunday, March 10, 2019, at her home.

Born Feb. 27, 1926, in Rutherford County, she was the last of seven children born to the late Dub and Ada Buchanan Johnson. Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Riddle, who passed away in 2008.

Katherine was a member of the Pine Branch Baptist Church. She was a caring, feisty and hilarious soul, a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend, who loved ferociously, prayed fervently and lived faithfully for the Lord. She wanted for nothing, except to love her children, grand, great and great-great-grandchildren and for everyone to be happy, healthy and always put Jesus first.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughter, Kaye Pitman, and husband, Dean, of Spruce Pine; her son, Richard Riddle, and wife, Peggy, of Spruce Pine; her grandchildren, Deena Rathbone, and husband, Ronnie, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Beth Stamey, and husband, Todd, of Spruce Pine, and Gina Riddle, and Mike, of Spruce Pine; her great-grandchildren, Whitney Brock, and husband, Daniel, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; Savannah Guss, and husband, Charlie, of Charleston, South Carolina; Larke Rathbone, of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; Christian Rathbone, and wife, Emma, of Shelby, Shaylee Hollifield, and husband, Eric, of Bakersville, Annaka Stamey and Nate Stamey, both of Spruce Pine; and her great-great-grandchildren, Isaiah Brock and Oliver Brock, both of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, and Coco Guss and Benji Guss, both of Charleston, South Carolina.

The funeral service for Katherine Riddle is 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Pine Branch Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Joe Greene and the Rev. Nathan Silver officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends will be 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Pine Branch Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Grassy Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge for the extraordinary care they provided Mrs. Riddle and her family during her illness.

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC  28777.

Serving as pallbearers will be Randy Hall, Will McKinney, Brandon Hollifield, Jonathan Hollifield, Andy Bailey and Chris Gentry. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Bailey, Donald Dale, Ken Pittman, Jay Hefner and Gary Wayne Riddle.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Katherine Riddle’s name and signing her guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to assist the Riddle family. Mrs. Riddle’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

Mitchell News-Journal • March 13, 2019

 

Burley Sturgill

Burley Sturgill, 92, of Johnson City, Tennessee, passed away peacefully Monday, March 4, 2019, at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center of Mountain Home, Tennessee, following a brief illness. 

A native of Boone, he was a son of the late William and Tisha Osborne Sturgill. Mr. Sturgill was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II. He was a member of Keystone Freewill Baptist Church and retired from East Tennessee State University where he worked in the physical plant.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Sturgill is preceded in death by his wife, Maxie Sturgill, in 2016; infant daughter, Mary Ellen Sturgill; seven brothers, Roosevelt, Ollie, Otis, Clarence, Lee, Dillard and Fred Sturgill; and five sisters, Annie Sturgill, Blanche Crisp, Maizie Martin, Lois Griffith and Wilma Haney.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice Weaver, and husband, Kenneth Steven, of Johnson City, a son, Rick Sturgill, and wife, Christina, of Johnson City; four grandsons, Brian Weaver, of Redmond, Washington, Tech Sgt. Joseph Weaver, U.S. Air Force, Cambridge, England, Staff Sgt. Michael Sturgill, U.S. Air Force, Hampton, Virginia, and Kevin Sturgill, of Soldotna, Alaska; two great-grandchildren, Owen and Lydia Sturgill; two sisters, Grace Canfield, of Gloucester, Virginia, and Betty Miller, of Poquoson, Virginia. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service for Mr. Sturgill was 2 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, in the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Greer officiating. The family received friends from noon-2 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, in the East Parlor of the funeral home.

The graveside service and interment followed at Roselawn Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers were Mr. Sturgill’s grandsons.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center and especially the staff of the ICU for the outstanding care and attention given to Mr. Sturgill.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.appfh.net.  Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Sturgill family. 

Mitchell News-Journal • March 13, 2019

 

Charles Wise

Charles Lee Wise, 69, of Radcliff, Kentucky, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

He was a member of the D.A.V. and Mill Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Wise, of Radcliff; three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Deanna Wells, of Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Jack and Doreen Wells, of Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and Jared and Jennifer Wise, of Owensboro, Kentucky; seven grandchildren, Ryan Hamilton, Nathan Wells and his fiancé, McKenzie Shelton, and Holly Hires and her husband, Tyler, Aaron Makslymkow, Samantha Wells, Ashlee Kettwig and her husband, Austin, and Kristen Wells; two great-grandsons, Aiden and Daniel; his stepfather, Phillip Fisher; and three brothers, John Wise, Ted Wise and Ken Fisher.

A committal service with military honors was 10 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff with David Wideman officiating. 

Mitchell News-Journal • March 13, 2019

 

DEATH NOTICE

Thomas Vaughan

A memorial service for Thomas Vaughan, who died Sept. 16, 2018, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Cane Creek Community Center. All friends are urged to attend.

Mitchell News-Journal • March 13, 2019

 

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