Obituaries: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

David Dwayne Greene

David Dwayne Greene, 56, died Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Born in Johnson City, Tennessee, he was a son of Robert and Sue Woody Greene, of Bakersville.

David was a Certified Public Accountant, a devoted family man, always working hard for his family. He loved to take his family to tropical settings and was an avid photographer. He loved to play golf with his son Adam and recently became a very proud grandpa to Emma Windsor.

He is survived by a daughter, Logan Greene Humphreys, and her husband, Charlie, of Coral Gables, Florida, a son, Adam P. Greene, of North Charleston; one grandchild, Emma Windsor Humphreys; and his brother, Doug Greene, of Charlotte.  

A visitation was 11-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in the parlor of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville. The funeral service followed at noon in Harper Chapel at the church. Burial followed at Woodlawn Memorial Park. 

Condolences may be made to the family by visiting


Lee Morgan Hoilman

Lee Morgan Hoilman, 82, passed away the morning of Monday, May 14, 2018, at his residence in Spruce Pine. Lee was born Feb. 26, 1936, in Mitchell County to the late Bob and Bertie Buchanan Hoilman. 

Following many years, Lee had retired from Finish First, but more recently had been working as a delivery driver for Carquest Auto Parts. He was a veteran of the United States Army.  

Mr. Hoilman is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Gail Rasnick Hoilman; and other special friends and family. 

A celebration of Mr. Hoilman’s life is 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, at Beaver Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. T.J. Robinson and Bill Summerlin officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Lee’s memory are asked to consider the Hoilman Family, P.O. Box 675, Spruce Pine, North Carolina 28777.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Hoilman family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, visit or call 828-559-8111.


‘Monk’ Fred Allen Johnson

“Monk” Fred Allen Johnson, 73, of Dale Road, Spruce Pine, passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at his home.

Born Feb. 22, 1945, in McDowell County, he was the son of the late James M. and Donnie Williams Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Edith Johnson Carter; his brothers, Cecil Johnson, Bill Laws and “Jeeter” Jack Laws.

Monk was retired from American Thread, where he had been a truck driver for many years. He was a member of Joppa Lodge No. 401 AF & AM Masonic Lodge in Old Fort. He attended Pleasant Gardens High School, where he was a naturally talented, superstar athlete. He continued his love of sports by playing basketball and softball in recreational and industrial leagues. He also enjoyed fishing, playing golf, and visiting family and friends. He never met a stranger and was a friendly, gentle giant.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 41 years, Barbara Riddle Johnson, of the home; his son, Tim McKinney, and wife, Julie; grandson, Aaron McKinney, all of Marion; his brothers, Carl Johnson, and wife, Pat, Tommy Johnson and James Lloyd Johnson, all of Marion; his nephews, Chris Laws, of Chicago, John Laws and Mack Laws, of Marion, Kenny Riddle, of Spruce Pine, Mike Riddle, of Nebo, and Keith Riddle, of Marion; his niece, Kathy Laws, of Marion; and a special group of fishing buddies.

A funeral service honoring the life of Monk Johnson was 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 3:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, in the funeral home chapel. Interment followed in the Phillips Cemetery.

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



John Darrell “Jack” Jones


Newport News, VA


John Darrell (Jack) Jones passed away peacefully in his home on May 12, 2018. Jack was born in Mingo Junction, Ohio, son of the late John and Viola Jones. In his youth, Jack enjoyed tap dancing, performing in the drum corps, serving as a volunteer firefighter and drag racing, which began his well-known love of automobiles.

Along with a successful career in retail management, Jack spent countless hours volunteering for many different charitable and civic organizations. Most recently, Jack was a Freemason and volunteer for Safeplace in Spruce Pine. He was an active member and had numerous leadership positions during his 55-year service to the Kiwanis Club throughout the U.S. Jack was a member of Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church in Newport News.

Jack is survived by his children, Lisa (Mike) Jones Carpenter, of Newport News, , Chad (Emily) Jones, of Nashville, North Carolina, James (Su) Jones, of Centerton, Arkansas, John Jones, of Hiddenite, North Carolina, Patricia Ann Jones Newsome, of McLeansville, Terrence Jones, of Greensboro, William “Bill” (Martha) Hanley, of Ontario, New York; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his sister and brother-in-law, William “Bill” and Darla Wyckoff, of Garland, Texas; and his niece, Patricia Carol Wyckoff, of Coppell, Texas.

Along with his lifelong love of cars, Jack also enjoyed history, traveling in his RVs, working outside with his hands, reality TV and playing cards. While he despised all vegetables, he was famous for his love of ice cream and bacon. His children will always remember his Sunday morning pancake breakfasts, his yearly Christmas light displays and his many phrases, such as “I am glad you got to see me” and, “You can have anything you can afford.”

Jack’s children would like to extend special gratitude to Gail for her selflessness and dedication over the last years and final days of his life. Her care not only comforted him but also gave the family peace and comfort knowing he was in such capable hands as he neared the end of his long journey. We cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for him and us.

The family will have a private service and asks, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979, or by visiting

Arrangements are by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home in Newport News.


Wanda Byrd Renfro

Wanda Byrd Renfro, 84, of Pigeon Roost Road, Green Mountain, went home to be with the Lord May 14, 2018. She was a native of Mitchell County and a daughter of the late Grover and Lela Byrd. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking for her family, friends and church family. She attended Lower Pigeon Roost Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Thomas, and husband, Danny, of Spruce Pine, her son, Jerry Renfro, and wife, Tammie, of Green Mountain; two sisters, Ima Jean Peterson and Aidean Peterson, both of Green Mountain; and three grandchildren, Heather Goforth, Heath Renfro and Hudson Renfro.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Renfro.

Funeral services were 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Lower Pigeon Roost Baptist Church with Marvin Miller and Junior Peterson officiating. The family received friends two hours prior to the service. Interment was 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Tipton Griffith Cemetery.

Memorials may 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 Renfro Family.


Thomas D. Sweat

Thomas D. Sweat, of Green Mountain, who was born Oct. 28, 1961, in Broward County, Florida, passed peacefully Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee. He is survived by his eldest daughter Brandi (Sweat) Whitacre; son-in-law, Matthew Saxton; and grandchildren Haley Whitacre and Gabriel Whitacre. Tom was a kind-hearted, caring and loving man with a huge heart who would help anyone he could. I love and miss you, daddy (Brandi).

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