• Article Image Alt Text

Vestina Gouge Hoyle

Vestina Gouge Hoyle

Vestina “Toots” (Gouge) Hoyle, 87, of Bakersville, gained her angel wings Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. She had been in declining health with a brief but consuming illness. Her devoted husband, Robert, was at her side during her passing. 

Vestina was preceded in death by Edgar (Dick) Gouge; parents, Frank and Ella Grindstaff; five brothers, one granddaughter; and one stepdaughter. Vestina was born in Gastonia and lived in Mitchell County until she and her husband, Dick, moved to Georgia for job opportunities in 1963. They left Georgia in 1979 after their children were grown to help care for their elderly parents. Upon returning to North Carolina, she was employed at OMC until her retirement. Vestina and Robert married in 2004 and spent all their time together, relaxing at home or taking day trips and excursions whenever possible. Life was their adventure and a gift from the Good Lord.  Vestina is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Kay Perez (Vicente) and Janice Hoilman (Lee); two sisters; three stepdaughters (Robert Hoyle); two granddaughters; five great-grandchildren (Edgar Gouge); 10 step-grandchildren; and 12 step-greatgrandchildren.

Services were handled by Yancey Funeral Services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Snow Creek Baptist Church with burial at Lily Branch Baptist immediately following. The family ask donations be made in her memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.

Mitchell News-Journal • Oct. 2, 2019

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616