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November 18, 2005

Tate Cummings Benfield

Mr. Tate Cummings Benfield, 90, of Montclair Circle, Lenoir, N.C., died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005 at Lenoir HealthCare Center.

 He was born April 7, 1915 in  Watauga  County to the late Milas Benfield and Amanda Fields Benfield.

Mr. Benfield was a member of South Lenoir Church of God, and a retired furniture maker.

Survivors include three sons, Dean Benfield, Ken Benfield, and Bill Benfield all of Lenoir, N.C., two daughters, Helen Alley of Lenoir, N.C., and Loretta Hucks of Florence, S.C.  He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milas and Amanda Benfield; his wife, Ruth Smith Benfield; an infant son, Roger Benfield; and a number of brothers and sisters.  

Services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the  South  Lenoir Church of God with the Rev. Ernest Bowes officiating. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood St. Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or the South Lenoir Church of God at 1786 Hickory Blvd. SW Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

 Condolences may be placed online at

www.pendrysfuneralhome.com

Pendry’s Funeral Home were in charge of the arrangements.

 

Lillian McIver Wilson Bumgardner

Ms. Lillian McIver Wilson Bumgardner, 99, of 919 Medical Park Drive, Mountain City, Tenn., and formerly of Trade, Tenn., died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at the Mountain City Care Center, following a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 7, 1906 in Watauga County, to the late Marion Roby Wilson and Elizabeth Miller Wilson.

Ms. Bumgardner was a member of the Trade United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing and gardening.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Bumgardner; one son, Ralph Bumgardner; two sisters, Ms. Della Thomas and Ms. Anna Greene; and five brothers, Rom, Byron, Archie, Ferd, and Rolf Wilson.

Graveside services and interment will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Trade United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Rye officiating.

Friends may call at Hux-Lipford Funeral Home at other times.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hux-lipford.com.

Hux-Lipford Funeral Home of Mountain City, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Grady Stuart Jackson

Mr. Grady Stuart Jackson, 86, of Wyn Way, Boone, died Monday evening, Nov. l4, 2005 at Life Care of Banner Elk.

Mr. Jackson was born Jan. 16, 1919 in Shell Creek, Tennessee.  A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during World War II.   He retired from the FCX in Boone as a customer service representative and miller.  Mr. Jackson was a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church.

Survivors include one granddaughter, Lynn Patterson of Boone; two grandsons, Cecil Jackson, Jr. and wife, Tina, of Charlotte and Michael Jackson of Chapel Hill; two sisters, Lala Grimes and Honolou Young, both of Boone; and his daughter-in-law, Roberta Jackson of Boone. Seven great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalee Whittington Jackson; his son, Cecil Jackson; and his mother, Mamie McAdams Jackson.

Services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Mennonite Brethren Church, officiated by the Rev. Eric Lipford, the Rev. Morris Hatton and the Rev. Reggie Hunt.  The family received friends Thursday afternoon from 1 until 2 o’clock, one hour prior to services, at the church.   Burial followed in the Clarissa Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to the Mennonite Brethren Church Building Fund, in care of Rev. Eric Lipford, 127 Wyn Way, Boone, N.C. 28607.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Jackson family.

 

Laura Lucille Taylor Long

Mrs. Laura Lucille Taylor Long, 83, of East Waugh Street, North Wilkesboro, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at her home.

Mrs. Long was born July 31, 1922 in Ashe County to Wiley E. and Martha Caldwell Taylor.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Lee Long, Sr.; one son, Robert Lee Long, Jr. and wife, Linda, of Blowing Rock, N.C.; two daughters, Karen Long Holbrook and husband, Ralph, of Traphill, N.C., and  Pamela Long Myers and husband, Richard, of Hamptonville, N.C.; five sisters, Mae Seagraves of West Jefferson, N.C., Jean Cockerham of Elkin, N.C., Wylene Fitzgerald of North Wilkesboro, N.C., Loretta Neaves of Crumpler, N.C., and Marie Setzler of Clyde, Ohio; two brothers, Dean Taylor and Dallas Taylor, both of Jefferson, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Dr. Sheree Abery and husband, Julian, of Durham, N.C., Shannon Blevins and husband, Keith, of West Jefferson, N.C., Stacey S. Long of Deep Gap, N.C., Christian Holbrook of Traphill, N.C., Matthew Myers, Houston Myers, and Hunter Myers, all of Hamptonville, N.C.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Taylor.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m., Nov. 17, in Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with the Rev. Dan Wood officiating. Entombment followed in the family plot in Ashe County.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Wilkes, 1907 West Park Drive, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in North Wilkesboro was in charge of the arrangements.

 

James Oglive Oliver

Mr. James Oglive Oliver, 81, of 140 Floral Lane, Banner Elk, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at Johnson City Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 7, 1924, in Miami, Dade County, Fla., to the late Lewis Cass and Louise Starett Oliver.

Mr. Oliver was a retired architectural draftsman from the U.S. Government, having served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vietnam. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Geneva Davis Oliver; two sons, Ronald J. Oliver and wife, Diane, of Merritt Island, Fla. and Richard D. Oliver and wife, Linda, of Linden, N.C.; two grandsons, Ronny Oliver of Sanford, Fla. and Jason Oliver of Banner Elk; four granddaughters, Kendra Zarawski of the Marshall Islands, Wendy Oliver of Fayetteville, Tina Karwat of Merritt Island and Holly Oliver of Maryland; and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Frances Oliver of Butler, Tenn. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Roger K. Oliver; one sister; and two brothers.

A memorial service was conducted this afternoon (Friday) at 2 p.m. at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Ronald J. Oliver.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Service.

 

David Lee “Whitey” Sanders 

Mr. David Lee “Whitey” Sanders, 44, of Stone Mountain Rd., Lenoir, N.C., died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005 at Wilkes Regional Hospital.

He was born August 2, 1961 in  Watauga  County to the late David D. Sanders and the late Ruby Watson Sanders.

Mr. Sanders was of the Baptist faith, and self-employed.

Survivors include a son, David Donald Sanders of Gamewell, N.C.; a daughter, Alisha Sanders of Sawmills, N.C.; two brothers, Jerry Sanders of Lenoir, N.C. and Donald Sanders and his wife, Vickie, of Lenoir, N.C.; and one sister, Alzena Barrett and her husband, Dwayne, of Lenoir, N.C.; and a granddaughter, Katie Elleby, of the home.

Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by his parents David and Ruby Sanders, and a sister Althea Sanders Laxton.  

Services were conducted  Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. with graveside services at Blue Ridge Memorial Park, with the Rev. Jim Whisnant officiating.

Condolences may be placed online at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com

Pendry’s Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

Wiley J. Smitherman

Mr. Wiley J. Smitherman, 78, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, died Nov. 7, 2005 at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 8, 1927 in Watauga County, N.C., a son of the late Harvey M. and Berlie M. Millsaps Smitherman.

Mr. Smitherman was retired from Borden Dairy as a truck driver and served as a U.S. Navy veteran during World War II. He also enjoyed camping and hunting with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Carte Smitherman; four children, Sandra K. Wilson of Parkersburg, Angela D. McLeod and husband, Brian, of Ocean Springs, Miss., Kenny Carte, Jr. and Scott Carte, both of Ravenswood; ten grandchildren, Shawn A. Fluharty and wife, Jenny; Chase E. Fluharty and wife, Karen; Michael C. Field and wife, Gerri; Kristi D. Wilson and husband, Tim; Kristina D. Brown, Ashley, Sammy, Logan, Mason and Trevor Carte; six great-grandchildren, Olivia and Emily Fluharty, Peyton and Parker Field, Austin Wilson, and Matthew Carte; and one brother, Earl Smitherman and wife, Beulah, of Parkersburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Kelley Smitherman; two daughters, Pamela Sue Field and  Cathy M. Smitherman; great-grandson, Dillon Wilson; and sister Kate Childress.

A gathering of friends and family was held Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1-3 p.m. at Mineral Wells Baptist Church to celebrate the life of Mr. Smitherman.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Online registerbook at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com

Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg, West Virginia, were in charge of arrangements.

 

Virginia Wright Tull

Mrs. Virginia Wright Tull, 84, of Meadowview Drive, Boone, died Monday evening, Nov. 14, 2005, at Glenbridge Health & Rehabilitation.

She was born in Baltimore, Md., July 28, 1921, a daughter of the late Frank A. and Lillian Elliott Wright.

Mrs. Tull was a retired Real Estate Broker.

Survivors include her daughter, Janis Davis of Fleetwood; three granddaughters, Kimberly Jesse Smith and family of Deep Gap; Shannon Jesse McCall and family of Banner Elk; and Pamela Jesse Morkunas and family of Wake Forest.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Watauga County Humane Society, 200 Casey Lane, Boone, N.C. 28607.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Tull family.

 

Walter Marcus Winebarger

Mr. Walter Marcus Winebarger, 87, of 1618 Hopewell Church Road, Boone, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 15, 2005, as a result of a tractor accident.

He was born Sept. 16, 1918, in the Meat Camp community of Watauga County, to the late William and Maudie Proffitt Winebarger.

Mr. Winebarger was owner and operator of the Winebarger Grist Mill and was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Vernita Bryant Winebarger; three sons, David Winebarger and wife, Rachel, and Allen Winebarger, all of Boone; and Dale Winebarger of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Anne Norris of Boone; three grandsons, Trathan Norris and wife, Emily; Brent Winebarger and Dalton Winebarger, all of Boone; two granddaughters, Ashley Winebarger of Boone and Patsy Spencer and husband, Marvin, of Atlanta, Ga.; one great-grandson, Marcus Spencer of Atlanta; four sisters, Mrs. Verlia Moretz of Mountain City, Tenn., Mrs. Margaret Miller and Mrs. Martha Lookabill, both of Boone, and Lola Bowles and husband, Burl, of Lexington and Boone; two brothers, Arlie Winebarger and wife, Esther, of Montross, Va. and George Winebarger of Boone; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Lucy Winebarger and Mrs. Burlie Winebarger, both of Boone, and Darlene Tallant and husband, Joe, of Montross, Va. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Thomas WInebarger; a daughter, Debra Winebarger; a sister, Mrs. Blanche Bryan; five brothers, Monroe Winebarger, Robert Winebarger, Henry Winebarger, Howard Winebarger and Albert Winebarger; a son-in-law, Jeff Norris; and a grandson, Nathan Norris.

Services were conducted this afternoon (Friday) at 2 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Tom Hehenberger. Burial followed in Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Service.

November 16, 2005

Richard Carlton Anderson

Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Richard Carlton Anderson, 63, of Maple Avenue, Niceville, Fla., died Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2005, in Niceville.

He was born in Watauga County, Jan. 25, 1942, a son of the late Elizabeth Anderson. 

Mr. Anderson was retired from the United States Air Force where he served for 26 years.  He was an avid gardener and enjoyed metal detecting. 

Survivors include his wife, Diann Anderson; three sons, Richard Anderson, Jr. and wife, Kelly, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Robert Anderson and wife, Tiffani, of Blooming Grove, Tex., and Philip Anderson and wife, Gloria, of Germany; three grandchildren, Dillon, Gage and Jourdan Anderson of Blooming Grove, Tex.; one sister, Jean Vines and husband, Pete, of Chesapeake, Va.; three brothers, James Mast and wife, Evelyn, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Jackie Mast and wife, Marie, of Sugar Grove, and Bobby Mast and wife, Violet, of North East, Md. 

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by an infant brother. 

Services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Mike Barfoot.  Burial with military honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Anderson family.

 

James Theodore “Ted” Mackorell, Jr.

Mr. James Theodore “Ted” Mackorell, Jr., 46, died peacefully at his home on Nov. 14, 2005, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Ted was a man of great courage and strength – a leader to us all in our search for inner peace.

Ted became the owner and operator of Makoto Seafood & Steak House of Japan Restaurant in Boone in November of 1985, after acting as General Manager since November 1982. He was very proud of the new Makoto’s building that opened in May of 2004, and received the Boone Chamber of Commerce Award for Design and Street Appeal for his efforts.

Mr. Mackorell was born Nov. 6, 1959 in Chapel Hill, N.C., to James T. “Jim” and June Mackorell. He attended Chapel Hill High School, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout furthering his natural tendency toward great accomplishments both personally and professionally.

He was a 1982 graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology. He was an outstanding ASU Soccer Goalkeeper and helped the team to a 7th National Ranking and four Southern Conference Championships.

Mr. Mackorell was a member of the Boone Church of Christ where he served as Deacon, and enjoyed the fellowship of a wonderful congregation. He was a volunteer soccer coach at ASU for many years. Additionally, he was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Emily B. Andrews Foundation, to provide opportunities for the community of Gastonia and Gaston County.

He lived strong. He loved his family and friends and he loved soccer. He was an avid skier and scuba diver. He was a loyal Jimmy Buffet fan, and held unparalleled admiration for the achievements of Michael Jordan and Lance Armstrong. He was young and handsome and fun, and truly the best at so very many things, especially the level of commitment to his family members and his incredibly durable friendships.

Survivors include his loving and devoted wife, Dr. Stacy Conn Mackorell; his son, Andrew, and daughter, Ashley; his parents, Jim and June Mackorell; his brother, Tom Mackorell and Julie and their children Will and John. Ted is further survived by the Conn family, in particular his mother-in-law, Sally Conn, and sister-in-law, Robin Conn Franklin, who devoted themselves to his care.

Relatives and friends are welcome at Boone United Methodist Church for visitation from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Boone United Methodist Church located at 471 New Market Boulevard in Boone. Officiating will be Minister Randy Covalt and Alan Smith of the Boone Church of Christ. The burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock, followed by a reception for family and friends at Makoto’s Restaurant.

If desired, a donation can be made to the Ted Mackorell Memorial Fund through the Watauga County Community Foundation at P.O. Box 2851, Hickory, N.C. 28603 or call (888) 375-8117.

The Mackorell family would like to thank the Watauga County Hospice for their help and support.

Online condolences may be sent to www.hamptonfuneralservice.com

Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

 

David Lee Sanders

Mr. David Lee Sanders, 44, of Stone Mountain Rd., Lenoir, N.C., died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005 at Wilkes Regional Hospital.

He was born August 2, 1961 in  Watauga  County to the late David D. Sanders and the late Ruby Watson Sanders.

Mr. Sanders was of the Baptist faith, and self-employed.

Survivors include a son, David Donald Sanders of Gamewell, N.C.; a daughter, Alisha Sanders of Sawmills, N.C.; two brothers, Jerry Sanders of Lenoir, N.C. and Donald Sanders and his wife, Vickie, of Lenoir, N.C.; and one sister, Alzena Barrett and her husband, Dwayne, of Lenoir, N.C.; and a granddaughter, Katie Elleby, of the home.

Mr. Sanders was preceded in death by his parents David and Ruby Sanders, and a sister Althea Sanders Laxton.  

The family will receive friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17,  at Pendry’s Funeral Home.  Services will be conducted  Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. with graveside services at Blue Ridge Memorial Park.  The Reverend Jim Whisnant will be officiating.

Condolences may be placed online at

www.pendrysfuneralhome.com

Pendry’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

November 14, 2005

Oscar J. Harris

Mr. Oscar J. Harris, 85, of 7400 Lake Road, Barker, N.Y., a native and former resident of Avery County, died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, at Intercommunity Memorial Hospital in Newfane, N.Y.

He was born June 16, 1920, in Banner Elk, to the late William Coy and Elizabeth Cora Guy Harris.

Mr. Harris was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired farmer, having worked for Cornucopia Farms in Barker from 1953-1981.

Survivors include three sons, Arthur Harris and wife, Vanessa, and Norman Harris and wife, Phyllis, all of Barker; and Mack Harris and wife, Norma, of Conover; one daughter, Linda Werth and husband, Douglas, of Gasport, N.Y. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frankle Mae Harmon Harris; two brothers, Dewey Harris and Ottie Harris; and two sisters, Mrs. Gracie Presnell and Mrs. Bonnie Hicks.

Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Harmon Family Cemetery, with the Rev. James D. Hagaman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Newfane American Legion Post No. 873, 6118 Corwin Avenue, Newfane, N.Y. 14108.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Service.

 

Richard Kenneth Hatch

Mr. Richard Kenneth Hatch, 55, of Wintergreen, Va., died Thursday morning, Nov. 10, 2005 in Vilas.

He was born Nov. 15, 1949 in Heidelberg, Germany, a son of Louise Lindley Hatch and the Late James J. Hatch. 

Mr. Hatch was a graduate of the University of Virginia.  Following in the footsteps of his father, Richard was an avid fly-fisherman.  He was a hole-in-one golfer, and a great cook.  He had been employed by the Wintergreen Resort of Virginia for the past 17 years.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph Edward Hatch of Napa, Calif. and Nathan Lindley Hatch of Richmond, Va.; his mother, Louise Hatch of Asheville; his former wife, Jane Elizabeth Hatch of Delta Ville, Va.; three sisters, Sally Hatch and husband, Gary Swartz, of Vilas, Marian Vallely and husband, Paul, of Bigfork, Va. and Laura Hall and husband, Robert, of Aiken, S.C.; and two brothers, James C. Hatch and wife, Sherrie Anne, of Brooksville, Fla. and Riley Hatch and wife, Marla, of Banner Elk; three nieces, Dana Vallely, Lindley Swartz and Jessica Julian; and one nephew, Graham Hall.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Scott Paul Vallely.

Memorial services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Valle Crucis, officiated by Father John Zellner. Interment followed in the Memorial Gardens of Holy Cross Episcopal Church.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Hatch family.

 

Delores “Betty” Hill Miller

Mrs. Delores “Betty” Hill Miller, 70, of Hartstring Court, Horse Show, N.C., wife of the late David Charles Miller, Sr., died Sunday morning, Nov. 13, 2005, at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville.

She was born Oct. 3, 1935, in Thorpe, McDowell County, West Virginia, to the late Andrew Kelly and Ruby Mae Mercer Hill.

Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Norman and husband, Roger, of Brevard and Ms. Jodi Nicholson of Horse Shoe; one son, David C. “Chuck” Miller, Jr. and wife, Belinda, of Arden; two granddaughters, Ashley Miller of Arden and Megan Nicholson of Horse Shoe; five grandsons, Kris Helton of Brevard, Andy Norman and wife, Jennifer, of Lincolnton, Brandon Miller of Hendersonville, Bobby Miller and T.J. Miller, both of Arden.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Hill.

Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Gap Creek Cemetery in Deep Gap, with the Rev. Darrell Miller officiating.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorials and Tributes, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058-5216.

Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

 

Hazel Johnson Roark

Mrs. Hazel Johnson Roark, 94, of 1074 George Wilson Road, Boone, wife of the late George M. Roark, died Saturday night, Nov. 12, 2005, at Glenbridge Health Care.

She was born June 18, 1911, in the Beaver Dam community of Watauga County, to the late W. Raleigh and Katherine Worley Johnson.

Mrs. Roark was a graduate of Cove Creek High School and a retired sales clerk, having worked at the former Hunt’s Department Store and Roses Store and Belk. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include one daughter, Reta Warren and husband, Lon; and one grandson, Gary Warren and wife, Mary Jo, all of Zionville; two great-grandsons, Martin Warren and fiance, Molly Wilson, and Jason Warren, all of Boone; one brother, Walter Johnson and wife, Edith, of Boone; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Verlene Roark of Boone; and a special friend, Ronard Elrod of Blowing Rock. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Ruth Eggers; and an infant brother, Fred Johnson.

Services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state from 12:30-2 p.m. Officiating will be the Rev. Carl Johnson and the Rev. Charles “Chuck” Morefield. Burial will follow in Forest Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon from 12:30-2 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service. At other times, friends may call at the home of Lon and Reta Warren, 1133 Warren Hollow Road in Zionville.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to the Forest Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Paul Wilson, 2424 Bethel Road, Sugar Grove, N.C. 28679.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Service.

 

Gail Townsend Tatum

Ms. Gail Lynn Townsend Tatum, 62, of 247 Old Tweetsie Road, Vilas, died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville.

She was born Sept. 6, 1943, in Banner Elk, Avery County, to Lucy Smith Townsend and the late Ernest Lawrence Townsend.

Ms. Tatum was a graduate of Cranberry High School and a retired hairdresser from Jane’s Beauty Shop. She was a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Lucy Townsend of Banner Elk; two sisters, Janice Lecka and husband, Vance, and Ernestine Glover and husband, Dale, all of Banner Elk; and her twin brother, Gary Townsend of Pineola. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Townsend.

Services were conducted Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Foscoe Christian Church, officiated by Pastor Lance Hostetter. Burial followed in Mount Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Avery County.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hebron Colony, 356 Old Turnpike Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Service.

 

 

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