OBITUARIES: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Mary Ballew

Mary G. McKinney Ballew, 93, of Dula Road, Spruce Pine, went to be with her heavenly Father and family April 29, 2019. She was born July 8, 1925, to the late S.D. and Alfreda Anne Buchanan McKinney in the Crabtree Community of Mitchell County. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Edward Ballew, who passed away in 2002; her brothers, Ray, Virgil, Clarence and Claude McKinney; and sisters, Myrtle Grayson, Jeannie Pipes and Helen Bailey.

Left to cherish her memories are her daughter, Suzanne, and husband, Jerry Russell, of Spruce Pine; her sons, Steve, of Conroe, Texas, and John, of Spruce Pine; her grandsons, Chris Wilson, of Asheville, and Clayton Ballew, of Oceanside, California; her granddaughter, Brandi, and husband, Shawn Mull, of Morganton; her great-granddaughters, Cassidy Mull, Claire Mull and Serena Wilson; her sister, Carolyn, and husband, Charles Sproles, of Spruce Pine; her brother, Dan, and wife, Martha McKinney, of Little Switzerland; two step-grandchildren, Scott Russell and Kimberly Russell; five step-great-grandchildren, C.J. Young, Max Young,  Zachary Russell, Samantha Oklesson and Matilda Wolfe; and a step-great-great granddaughter, Emma Oklesson. Mary G. will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and dear friends.

Mary G. graduated from Harris High School in 1942 and soon afterward married the love of her life, Edward (Junior). After World War II, they returned to Spruce Pine to care for his ailing grandmother, Hattie Hollifield Ballew. Mary was a socially active woman who was deeply involved in her church, Grassy Creek Baptist, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, served in the WMU and worked on the Grassy Creek Memorial Gardens committee. She was a founding member of Mayland Community College, where she served on the Foundation Board from 1991 until her health declined and became an emeritus member in 2010. One of her prized possessions was a plaque commemorating her service to the Foundation Board. She was a lifetime member of the Eastern Star, a member of the Community Choir and a member of the Grassy Creek Homemaker’s Club. One of her greatest joys was her volunteer work at the Prison for 22 years, where she was choir director, a mentor and a member of the Community Resource Council. In addition to her volunteer work, she also enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, and pets, gardening, square dancing and especially shopping.

A Celebration of Life service was 3 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019, at Grassy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Matthew Mills and the Rev. Nathan Silver officiating. Music was provided by the Grassy Creek Baptist Church Choir and Ginger Letterman. Shirley Pittman and Claudia Honeycutt shared personal reflections. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 2-3 p.m. at the church. Interment was after the service at the Grassy Creek Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to thank Hospice of the Blue Ridge and especially Christine Hopson, Karen Watts and Monica Burleson for the excellent care given to our mother during her illness, and Henry Lange for all his years of caretaking and friendship with the family.

Instead of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice of the Blue Ridge, Grassy Creek Baptist Church Memorial Gardens, Mayland Community College or the Parkway Fire Department.

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

Mitchell News-Journal • May 8, 2019

 

 

Maxine Bartlett

Maxine Dellinger Bartlett, 85, of George Gap Road, Spruce Pine, in the Beaver Creek community, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019, at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Spruce Pine.

Maxine was born Aug. 28, 1933, in Avery County to the late Joseph Lewis and Mary Alice McKinney Dellinger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Harlan and Garvel Dellinger; and sisters, Vaudie Watson, Lizzie Watson and Etta Buchanan.

Maxine was a great mother and wife who was beloved by her family. She was a tireless advocate for the care of her son, Van. She loved to read, do embroidery, ride motorcycles with her husband and go to the flea market when she was able.

Private graveside services and interment were 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Grassy Creek Memorial Gardens with the Rev. William Ellis officiating. Additionally, a memorial service is planned for a later date.

Left to cherish her memories are her husband, Joe Bartlett, of the home; her son, Gregory Van Bartlett, of the home; her daughters, Debbie Harrison, and husband, Ted, of Erwin, Tennessee, Tammy Bartlett, of Kingsport, Tennessee, and Ginger Hughes, and husband, Anthony, of Buladean; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Adams, and husband, Brandon, of Erwin, Tennessee, and Natalie Blair, and fiance, Ryan Ramsey; great-grandchild, Heath Adams, of Erwin, Tennessee; and special friends, Tom Blair, Roberta Pritchard and Nancy Burleson, all of Spruce Pine.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge and too many of the staff at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Spruce Pine for their excellent care of Maxine.

The family would ask any memorials made for Maxine Bartlett be made to the Hospice Palliative Care of Blue Ridge in Spruce Pine.

Mitchell News-Journal • May 8, 2019

 

 

Rev. Luther Carver

Rev. Luther Carver, 79, of Summer Lane, Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville.

Born June 23, 1939, in Avery County, he was the son of the late Earl Carver Sr. and Stella Jones Carver. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Benji Carver; a daughter, Robin Carver Austin; a great-granddaughter, Izzy Carver; a brother, Arnold Carver; and his brothers-in-law, Wayne Watts and Gerald Johnson.

Preacher Luther helped countless people throughout his ministry, and he was the personification of The Good Samaritan. During his ministry, he held several hundred revivals and camp meetings in Florida, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia and West Virginia. He was a field representative for the Tri-State Children’s Home and supported missionaries all over the world. He had pastored Victory Chapel Baptist Church, Temple Baptist Church, he organized, chartered, built and pastored Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, pastored River Valley Baptist Church, Elk Shoals Baptist Church, Timber Ridge Baptist Church, Elk Valley Baptist Church and organized, chartered and pastored Emmaus Road Baptist Church, where he currently was serving as pastor. 

From 1968 until 1983, he was an owner-operator of Long Brothers Roofing and the owner-operator of Carver Roofing from 1984 until his retirement in 2014.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife of 57 years, Phyllis Pritchard Carver, of the home; his sons, the Rev. Tommy Carver, and wife, Karen, of Crossnore, and David Carver, and wife, Lorene, of Linville Falls; his son-in-law, Larry Austin, and wife, Ginny, of Spruce Pine; his grandchildren, Shasta Smith, and husband, Kent, Cameron Carver, and wife, Deidra, Tiffany Carver, Lucas Carver, and wife, Kim, Remington Austin, and wife, Maggie, Maverick Austin, Marlee Austin and Briley Austin; his great-grandchildren, Jaxon Smith, Saylor Smith, Holland Austin and Finn Carver; his brothers,; the Rev. Ralph Carver, and wife, Geneva, of Dallas, North Carolina, and the Rev. Earl Carver Jr., and wife, Teresa, of Newland; and his sisters, Mary Watts and Betty Smith, and husband, Jim, of Dallas, North Carolina, and Minnie Johnson, of Newland.

A funeral service for the Rev. Luther Carver was 2 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019, at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Tommy Carver, Remington Austin and Derrick Wilson officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends was 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2019,  at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Interment was in the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Earl Carver Jr. and the Rev. Jimmy Logan officiating.

Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Charity Baptist Missions, P.O. Box 692, Bristol, TN 37621-0692.

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

Mitchell News-Journal • May 8, 2019

 

 

Mildred Conrad

Mildred B. Conrad, 93, of Cary, formerly of Bakersville, passed away peacefully April 16, 2019.  She was the daughter of the late John and Victoria Brinkley, of Welcome. She spent many years working at Modern Globe Manufacturing in Bakersville and, in later years, enjoyed tending her beautiful flowers.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, George Conrad; and daughters, Patti Conrad, of Bakersville, and Louise C. Woodard, of Cary; and her brothers, Cliff Brinkley, Reid Brinkley, Ralph Brinkley and Stokes Brinkley.

She is survived by her daughters, Sandy C. Hartman, of Cary, and Lisa C. Elliott, of Suwanee, Georgia; and nine grandchildren, Matthew Woodard (Allison) of Coventry, Rhode Island, Jenny Krimm (Matt), of Cary, Heather Hartman (Ryan Eppenberger), of Cary, Zack Hartman (Jessica), of Cary, Victoria Hartman (Alex Stanciu), of Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, Rachel Loven, of Marshall, and Caroline, Reid and Mac Elliott of Suwanee, Georgia. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren, Reese, Cade, Logan, Lilly, Caleb, Nick, Lucy, Elias and Asher.

The family would like to thank her friends George and Pauline Buchanan, Sylvia Buchanan, Lynn Huskins and Inez and Jeff Buchanan and family, and so many others. You were her “Bakersville family,” and she appreciated your love and support.

There will be a private memorial service for the family at a later date.  

Instead of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mitchell County Animal Rescue, Transitions LifeCare of Wake County or a charity of your choice.

Mitchell News-Journal • May 8, 2019

 

 

Larry Dean Howell

Larry Dean Howell, 77, of Burnsville, passed away after a brief illness Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at his home in the Newdale community. Born June 15, 1941, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mary Lou Hall Howell; and his parents, Jack and Lena Howell.  

Larry is survived by sons, Jeff (Tracy), of Burnsville, and Brent (Lisa), of Ringgold, Georgia; grandchildren, Zach (Cori), of Cramerton, Sam, of Boone, Maggie, of Burnsville, and Brynlea, of Ringgold, Georgia; step-granddaughters:, Brooke and Courtney Caldwell, and step-great-grandson, Sawyer Haney, all of Ringgold, Georgia; brother, David (Mary Anne) Howell, of Topping, Virginia; and sister, Carolyn (Joe) Sims, of Flowery Branch, Georgia. He is preceded in death by brothers-in-law, William, James, Jack and Sidney Hall; and sister-in-law, Margaret Robinson. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, Harry and Wayne Hall; and sisters-in-law, Martha Williams and Kathleen Allen.

Larry was a kind, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Over 34 years, he served Yancey County Schools in several capacities, most notably as principal at Mountain Heritage High School. His great love for the music and cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains was manifested in the significant role he played in revealing to the world the contribution Yancey County native Leslie Riddle made to country music. Although Larry was well known in Yancey and surrounding counties, his impacts extended well beyond the county line when he was recognized in Our State magazine as one of the most influential musicians in the state. Although he enjoyed golf and Tarheel basketball, his passion was his grandchildren. The mere mention of their names brought a smile to his face. The words used most often to describe him are respected and admired. He was a man who modeled personal integrity, honor and goodness to the highest standard.

A Celebration of Life was 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, at in the auditorium at Mountain Heritage High School.

Instead of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Yancey County at 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, NC 28714. Visit  www.yanceyfuneralservice.com to send online condolences.

Mitchell News-Journal • May 8, 2019

 

 

Susie McKinney

Susie Tipton McKinney, 83, of South 226 Highway, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord, April 30, 2019. She was a daughter of the late Burl and Effie Bryant Tipton. Susie was a homemaker and enjoyed farming. She was a member of Vians Valley Presbyterian Church and loved her family and grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening and cooking.

Survivors include one daughter, Elaine McKinney Wyatt (Kenneth), of Bakersville; two sisters, Mary Vinson, of Bakersville, and Helen Street (Billy), of Ocean Isle; two brothers, Phil Tipton, of Spruce Pine, and Tony Tipton, of Jonesboro, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Wendy Silvers (Harley) and Brittainy Bishop (Toby Sullins); three great-grandchildren, Dakota, Ava and Brinkley Silvers; and one brother in law, Edmond Hughes.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Elzie McKinney; a sister, Doris Hughes; brother in law, Ron Vinson; and sisters-in-law Jean Tipton and Carol Tipton.

Funeral services were 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2019, in the chapel of Henline-Hughes Funeral Home with Neil Payne officiating and Mary Vinson sharing a remembrance. The family received friends two hours before the service. Interment followed the service at McKinney Cemetery on Gage Branch Road.

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 “mom’s second family,” the staff at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation, especially nurses Lisa Griffith and Evyette Morgan, as well as CNA Hope McLaughlin. Also, a special thanks to Hospice nurse Cynthia Wilson, who gave such wonderful care in Susie’s final hours.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the McKinney Family.

Mitchell News-Journal • May 8, 2019

 

 

J.C. Sheets

The Rev. Jess (J.C.) Sheets, 74, of Greasy Creek Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord, May 3, 2019. He was a native of Mitchell County and a son of the late Ike and Rosa Frye Sheets. He was a minister and pastor for more than 40 years at many churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. His first message was on July 24, 1977. His last pastorate was at Limestone Cove Freewill Baptist Church in Unicoi, Tennessee. He was a member of Roans Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, Jacks Creek Freewill Baptist Ministers Association and Bakersville Masonic Lodge No. 357 AF&AM.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Edna Sheets, of the home; three daughters, Lisa Sheets, of Elizabethton, Tennessee, Dottie Parker, of Spruce Pine, and Sandra Tipton (Rusty), of Bakersville; three sisters, Martha B. Phillips, of Bakersville, Betty Lingerfelt, of Bakersville, and Margaret Wise, of Spruce Pine; five grandchildren, Tony Parker, Tara Hansen, Jessica Martin, Whitney Tipton and Luke Tipton; one great-grandchild, Caleb Hansen; and his faithful companion, Bella.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by five brothers and five sisters.

The family received friends beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019, at Henline-Hughes Funeral Home. Funeral services were noon Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at Roans Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with John Stockton, Charlie Trivette and Norman Lovelace officiating. Interment followed the service at Fork Mountain Cemetery with Bakersville Masonic Lodge No. 357 AF&AM conducting Graveside Masonic Rites.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Sheets family.

Mitchell News-Journal • May 8, 2019

 

 

Dave Shephard

Dave Shephard, 62, of Bakersville and Savannah, Georgia, died Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville.

Born May 13, 1956 in Rochester, New Hampshire, he was the son of Alfred David Shephard Sr. and June Catherine Rickert Shephard.  

Dave was known as a wonderful human being with a great personality and sense of humor that was vibrant and never met a stranger. He enjoyed boating and shrimping. While in high school he was star football player. He was a radio D.J. for 20 years known as “Dave the Rave.” 

Left to cherish his memories are his parents, Al and June Shephard, of Bakersville; his sisters, Mary Ellen Shephard, of Asheville, and Susan J. Shephard, of Bakersville; his nephew, Ian Andrew Shephard, of Bakersville; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned fof a later date in Savannah, Georgia.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Charles Hayes, Donna Mask, family and friends in Savannah, Georgia, Dr. Charles Bryan and sStaff, and the CICU at Mission Hospitals for their wonderful care of Dave.

Words of comfort may be emailed to the family by going to www.webbfh.com, selecting Dave Shephard’s name and signing his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is assisting the Shephard family. Dave’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook.

Mitchell News-Journal • May 8, 2019

 

 

Emma Sparks

Emma Lee Sparks, 99, of Cane Creek Road, Bakersville, went home to be with the Lord April 29, 2019. She was a native of Mitchell County and a daughter of the late Zeb and Bertie Wilson Buchanan. She was a member of Bakersville Baptist Church. Emma was a member of many clubs, including the Clarissa Community Club, Mitchell County Homemakers Club and The Women’s Auxiliary Bakersville Fire Department, which she founded. She and her husband operated The Bakersville Market for many years. Emma was a great hostess and enjoyed extending hospitality.

Survivors include one daughter, Janie Hensley (Bob), of Bakersville; one son, Terry Sparks (Jan), of Monroe; two grandchildren, Tammy Sorrell (Bobby) and Rob Hensley (Robin); four great-grandchildren, Raven Hensley, Eliza, Sam and Grace Sorrell; several nieces and nephews; brother in law, Joe Young; and sisters-in-laws, Maxi Buchanan and Maxine Sparks.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Eli Sparks; sisters, Grace Ellis, Nell Young and Christine Young; and a brother, Warren Buchanan.

Funeral services were 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4, 2019, at Bakersville Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Stewart and the Rev. Jim Sutton officiating. The family received friends two hours before the service at the church. Interment followed the service at Green Young Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Bakersville Baptist Church, Green Young Cemetery or Hospice and Palliative Care of The Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Sparks family.

Mitchell News-Journal • May 8, 2019

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