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March 3, 2006

Ruby Emma King Barker

Mrs. Ruby Emma King Barker, 93, of Lansing, N.C., died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 at Segraves Care Center. 

She was born Sept. 20, 1912, the youngest child of James T. and Evelyn J. King. 

Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Parks, and husband, Buddy, of Lewisville, N.C.; and two daughters-in-law, Clara S. Barker of Boone, N.C. and Earlene L. Barker of West Jefferson, N.C.;  four grandchildren, Kim Quinn and husband, Charles, and Cindy Barr and husband, Greg, of Boone, N.C., Alice Mitchell and husband, Matt, of Mooresville, N.C. and Buddy Barker and wife, Nicole, of Blowing Rock, N.C.; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary K. Felty of Marion, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, F.L. Barker, Sr.;  two sons, F.L. Barker, Jr. and James D. Barker; and four brothers and three sisters.  

Services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 5, at Phoenix Baptist Church with the Rev. Kenneth Morris and the Rev. Larry Powers officiating.  Burial will be held in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens. 

The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, in the church fellowship hall prior to the funeral service. 

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Phoenix Baptist Church, P.O. Box 158, Lansing, N.C. 28643.

Badger Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rebecca “Jo” Eude Hodges Proffitt

Mrs. Rebecca "Jo" Eude Hodges Proffitt, 77, of 2074 Old U.S. Highway 421, Vilas, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Watauga Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Caldwell County.

Mrs. Proffitt was a homemaker and attended Henson’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Proffitt; two sons, Robert Garry Proffitt and wife, Dorothy Hamilton, and Dennis Proffitt, all of Vilas; one daughter, Betty Sue Jackson and husband, Terry, of Vilas; two grandsons, David Proffitt of Vilas, and Brian Jackson, of Buies Creek, N.C.; one granddaughter, Rebecca Proffitt of Chapel Hill; seven sisters, Edna Lee Hodges Herman and husband, William, of Charlotte, Helen Perry and husband, Thom, and Eloise Cornett and husband, Bud, all of Valle Crucis, Carol Jean Greer and husband, Ronald, of Conover, Sandra Gail McGuire and husband, Baxter, of Mountain City, Tenn., Peggy Gilliam of Vilas, and Cathy Shell and husband, Ed, of Elk Park; three brothers, Harvey Lee Hodges and wife, Reba, of Sugar Grove, Roy Lee Hodges, Sr., and Arlie B. Hodges, Jr. and wife, Glenda, all of Vilas; one sister-in-law, Lois Hodges of Banner Elk; one aunt, Alma Anderson of Morristown, Tenn.; and one uncle, Floyd H. Hodges of Vilas. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

Services were conducted Thursday morning, March 2, at 11 a.m., at Henson's Chapel United Methodist Church. Officiating was the Rev. Carl Wilson. Burial followed in the Henson's Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Seby Jones Regional Cancer Center, in care of Watauga Medical Center, P.O. Box 2600, Boone, N.C. 28607.

Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

June Hampton Stamey

Mrs. June Hampton Stamey, 72, of 302 East King Street, Boone, died Monday, Feb. 27, 2006, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

She was born June 2, 1933 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Monroe and Lelia Greene Hampton. She and her husband Buford were retired restaurant owners of Stamey’s Drive-In in Boone. Mrs. Stamey was a member and Sunday School Teacher at Three Forks Baptist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Teresa Lentz and husband, Terry, of Blowing Rock; four sons, Edward Stamey of Boone, Harvey Stamey and wife, Mary, of Hickory, Michael Stamey and wife, Tamara, of Boone, and Chris Stamey and wife, Betsy, of Orange Park, Fla.; five grandsons, Christopher Stamey of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Jonathan Stamey and Chris Chapin, both of Raleigh, Andrew Chapin and Jackson Stamey, both of Hickory; eight granddaughters, Tamara Stamey of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Jennifer Chapin of Hickory, Tara Lentz and Tracy Lentz, both of Blowing Rock, Lauren Stamey and Kellyn Stamey, both of Boone, Caitlynn Stamey and Kendall Stamey, both of Orange Park, Fla.; one sister, Betty Jones and husband, Dean, of Boone; two brothers, Allen Hampton and wife, Opal, and Barney Hampton and wife, Tommie, all of Boone; four sisters-in-law, Effie Hampton of Boone, Patsy Lovell and husband, Lamar, of Taylorsville, Edith Owens of Elgin, S.C., and Faye Hampton of DeLand, Fla.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Buford Stamey; two sisters, Nouel Underwood and Marie Critcher, and four brothers, Guy, Shorty, Dan, and John Hampton.

Services were conducted Thursday afternoon, March 2, at 2 p.m., at Three Forks Baptist Church. Officiating was the Rev. Homer Greene and the Rev. Gordon Noble. Burial followed in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Three Forks Baptist Church, 1922 U.S. Highway 421 South, Boone, N.C. 28607.

Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements

March 1, 2006

David Rolston Johnston Jr.

Mr. David Rolston Johnston Jr., 52, formerly of Charlotte, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006 in Blowing Rock, N.C. 

He was born on Dec. 26, 1953 in Charlotte to the late Mr. David R. Johnston, Sr. and Mrs. Alice Grier Johnston.

Mr. Johnston is survived by his mother, Mrs. Alice Grier Johnston; sons, Paul Johnston and Robert Johnston; daughter, Erin Johnston; and sisters, Adelaide Skoglund of Florida and Alice McLear of Durham. 

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2006 at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church, 140 Chestnut Dr., Blowing Rock, NC 28605.  A private interment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Nature Conservancy, 4705 University Dr., Durham, NC 27707.

Harry and Bryant Company of Charlotte is serving the family of Mr. David R. Johnston, Jr.

Brady Horace Reary Jr.

Brady Horace Reary Jr., 73, of Persimmon Hill Drive, Granite Falls, died unexpectedly Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006 at his residence.

He was born June 15, 1932 in Caldwell County to the late Brady H. Reary Sr. and Jettie Stallings Reary.

Mr. Reary was a retired supervisor with more than 30 years of service with Shuford Mills. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Richard Alan “Tim” Reary, and a brother, Jimmy Reary.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Sue Bumgarner Reary, of the home; a son, Tony “Butch” Reary, and wife, Julie, of Sugar Grove; two daughters, Carolyn Hollar and husband, Donnie, of Hudson, and Donna Page of Granite Falls; three granddaughters, Deanna Reary, Leah Page and Kristy Hollar; two grandsons, Timothy Hollar and Chad Slater; two brothers, Bobby Reary of Winston-Salem and John Reary of Lenoir; three sisters, Norma Craig of Winston-Salem, Marlene Benfield of Blacksburg, Va., and Patricia Blakely of Raleigh.

The family received friends Tuesday evening at Mackie-High Funeral Home in Granite Falls. The grave side service followed at Lovelady Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Terrell Long officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.

Mackie-High Funeral Home is serving the Reary family. Persons may view the obituary online at www.mackiehighfuneralhome.com

February 27, 2006

Harold Bennett

Mr. Harold  Bennett, 81, of 145 Indian Trail, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk.

A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Pender and Bertha Fox Bennett.

Mr. Bennett was a retired employee of 45 years with French Broad Electric Membership Corporation, served as Commissioner of the Town of Burnsville, served a short term as interim Mayor, and was on the Region D Council. Harold was an active supporter of youth and sports activities in Yancey County. He was a member and deacon of Bolens Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Dixie Atkins Bennett; two sons, Pastor Harold Bennett, Jr. and wife, Gail, of Boone, and Robert “Bobby” Bennett and wife, Mary, of Eden; four grandchildren, Todd Bennett and wife Karen of Greenville, S.C., Angie Farthing and husband, Andy, of Boone, Amanda Gard and husband, Billy, of Manteo, and Emily Bennett of Greenville, N.C.; one sister, Catherine Edwards and husband, Grady, of Burnsville; and two brothers, Howard Bennett and Harrison Bennett and wife, Billie, of Burnsville.

Services were conducted Monday morning, Feb. 27, at Bolens Creek Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Ray Strickland, Lester Miller, Daniel Buchanan, and Charlie Hensley. Burial followed in the McCracken Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Laura Mae Hilliard Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Jean Buchanan, 260 Windom Cove Road, Burnsville, N.C. 28714, or to Hospice of Yancey County, 856 Georges Fork Road, Burnsville, N.C. 28714.

Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home in Burnsville, is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby  Lee “Andy” Byrd

Mr. Bobby Lee “Andy” Byrd, 70, of Hwy 105 South, Banner Elk, the Foscoe Community, died Friday evening, Feb. 24, 2006, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk. 

He was born in Watauga County, Sept. 19, 1935,  a son of William M. Byrd and the late Emma Eggers Byrd. 

Mr. Byrd attended Foscoe Christian Church, and was a member of Snow Lodge # 363 AF & AM.  He was the owner and operator of B. L. Byrd Construction for over 30 years,  was an avid fisherman, and a retired member of the Foscoe Volunteer Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Jean Byrd; three daughters,  Debbie Arnett and husband, Vernon, of Vilas, Teresa Greene and Melanie Hollar and husband, LaBaron, all of Boone; one son, William Byrd and wife, Stephanie, of Boone; four granddaughters, Keri Anne  and Kelly Greene, Samantha, and Heather Byrd, all of Boone; and one grandson, Tanner Byrd of Boone; his father, Will Byrd of Zionville; four brothers, Bill Byrd and wife, Lathania Byrd, of Roan Mountain, Tenn; Benny Byrd and wife, Sharon, of Morganton, Bennett Byrd and wife, Mary Alice, and Baxter Byrd and wife, Janet, all of Zionville; one sister, Rose Edna Thomas and husband, Ronnie, of Zionville. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Emma Eggers Byrd; and two sons-in-law, Charles Greene and Greg Edmisten.

Services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Lance Hostetter officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the Foscoe Christian Church, 8834, NC Hwy 105 South, Boone N.C. 28607 or to the Foscoe Volunteer Fire Department, 9230 NC Hwy 105 South, Banner Elk, N.C.  28604.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Byrd family.

Florence Hodges Clevenger

Mrs. Florence Hodges Clevenger, 96, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, was called to her heavenly Home Thursday morning, Feb. 23, 2006, at Gateway Nursing Center in Lenoir.

She was born Jan. 10, 1910 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Millard and Harriett Hodges.

Mrs. Clevenger was a homemaker and attended the North Lenoir Church of God.

Survivors include two daughters, Christine Teague of Lenoir and Mary Coffey and husband, Alvin, of Blowing Rock; two sons, D.A. Pitts and wife, Geraldine, of Mount Vernon, Ill. and Eddie Coffey and wife, Thelma, of Lenoir; one sister, Mrs. Beulah Jaynes of Lenoir; two brothers, Ralph Hodges of Belmont and Lee "Jack" Hodges of Mission, Kansas. Thirteen grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Alexander Pitts; her second husband, Alex Clevenger; one son, Roy Pitts, Jr.; one grandson; one granddaughter; three great-granddaughters; and one brother, Clarence Hodges.

Services were conducted Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating were Bishop Charles Atkins, Bishop Dennis R. Pitts, Chaplin Steve Butler, Pastor Michael Merritt, and Deb Gengo. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Lenoir Church Of God, Wakefield Drive, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Hampton Funeral Service is in charge the arrangements.

Stanley L. Critcher

Mr. Stanley L. Critcher, 98, of 254 Critcher Lane, Boone, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Watauga Medical Center.

He was born August 1, 1907 in Watauga County, a son of the late Millard and Addie Hodges Critcher.

Mr. Critcher was a retired farmer and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Louella Northern of Hickory and Edith Osborne of Kirtland, Ohio; two sons, C.M. Critcher and wife, Evelyn, and Dean Critcher and wife, Christine, all of Boone; one daughter-in-law, Ann Duckworth of Spruce Pine; one sister, Hilma Critcher of Boone; and one sister-in-law, Judy Critcher of DeBary, Fla. Twenty-one grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Hampton Critcher; one son, Wendell Critcher; one grandson, Jonathan Critcher; a son-in-law, Brice Osborne; a grandson-in-law, Jiffie Skipper; two brothers, Fred Critcher and Carnie Critcher; and one sister, Lucille Hampton.

Services were conducted Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating was the Rev. Kenny Newberry. Burial  followed in the Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Watauga County Project on Aging, 132 Poplar Grove Road Connector, Boone, N.C. 28607, or to Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Donna Lyons, P.O. Box 401, Boone, N.C. 28607.

Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Amy Rhodes Kolb

Mrs. Amy Rhodes Kolb, 89, of Boone, N.C., formerly of New Bern, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Watauga Medical Center.

She was born July 17, 1916 in New Bern, the daughter of Jefferson M. Rhodes and Pattie Swinson Rhodes.

Mrs. Kolb was a homemaker and a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in New Bern.

Survivors include her daughter, Pattie Kolb Newsome and husband, Glen, of Todd; her son, Michael Alexander Kolb of Raleigh; three grandchildren, Erik Lunaas of New Bern, Amy Lunaas of Wilmington, and Kirstin Lunaas of Oak Island; a sister, Mary Emma Rhodes Wingert and husband, Harold, of Winston-Salem; two nieces, Karen Wingert Roach and husband, Lynnwood,  of High Point and Joan Wingert Jordan and husband, Harold Jordan, Jr. of Statesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jefferson M. Rhodes, Jr., and Pattie Swinson Rhodes; her husband, Alexander Karl Kolb; her sister, Iris Rhodes Huehner; and a brother, Jefferson M. Rhodes III.

Memorial services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in New Bern with Dr. Bill Hawkins officiating. Interment followed at 1 p.m. at Greenleaf Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 418 New Street, New Bern, N.C. 28560.

Online condolences may be made at www.pollockbest.com.

Pollock-Best Funerals & Cremations of New Bern, were in charge of the arrangements.

Jack W. Miller

Mr. Jack W. Miller, 75, of 3700 X Street, Vancouver, Washington, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Arizona.

He was born Jan. 22, 1931 in Watauga County, a son of the late William Clay and Blanche Wilson Miller.

Mr. Miller was a retired carpenter and of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include one son, Gus W. Miller of Indian Springs, Nevada; two brothers, Bobbie R. Miller and wife, Emogene, and Burl B. Miller and wife, Wilma, all of Zionville; a special friend for 18 years, Betty Nordness and her five children, Connie, Cindy, Charlene, Carol and Chris. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Bumgarner; and one brother, Howard E. Miller.

Services were conducted Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2006, at Zionville Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Carl Johnson and the Rev. Keith Miller. Burial followed in the Zionville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Hampton Funeral Service were in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby Opal Miller

Mrs. Ruby Opal Miller, 94, of Todd, N.C., died Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2006, at Margate Health Care and Rehabilitation.

She was born Sept. 1, 1911, a daughter of the late Julius Lavander and Laura Leona Tatum Miller.

Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and a member of Blackburn Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Sarah Howell of Mill Creek; two sisters, Mary Risk and husband, Charlie, of Todd, and Lucille Wagner and husband, Estelle, of  Haines City, Fla.; four grandchildren, Don Miller and wife, Alice, of Greenville, Tenn., Mike Miller and wife, Susan, of Statesville, Evelyn Wetzel and husband, Paul, of Jefferson, and Elizabeth Mellon and husband, Sheldon, of Hickory; and a number of great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Jonathan Miller; one son, James Clyde Miller; three sisters, Hazel Stanberry, Ruth Heck and Ella Mae Jackson; and three brothers, Cecil, George and J.B. Miller.

Services will conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Keith Miller. Burial will follow in the Howell Cemetery.

Memorials are encouraged to the Duke Alzheimer’s Foundation, P.O. Box 2914, Durham, N.C. 27710; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western N.C. Chapter, 31 College Place, Suite D320, Asheville, N.C. 28801.

The family will receive friends Monday afternoon prior to the service from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Miller family.

Archie Thomas Nichols

Mr. Archie Thomas Nichols, 66, of Kilby Drive, Millers Creek, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2006, at Forsyth Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 7, 1939 in Wilkes County to Parks Glenn and Betty Mae Sheets Nichols.

Mr. Nichols was the owner of A. T. Nichols Trucking Company and was a member of Pleasant Home Baptist Church. Mr. Nichols was a founding member, past president and director of the North Carolina Dump Truck Association. He was also a past president and an active member of the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club, where he served as chairman for the Wilkes Agricultural Fair for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Walsh Nichols; two daughters, Shelia Nichols of Greensboro, Sharon Bunker of Millers Creek; two sons, Archie T. Nichols, II of Millers Creek, Eric Nichols of North Wilkesboro; one brother, Gary Nichols of Wilkesboro; four grandchildren, Amber Carroll of Morrisville, Sharona Bunker, Nicole Bunker both of Millers Creek and Adam Nichols of Greensboro.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., at Pleasant Home Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Church officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Monday night from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to A. T. Nichols Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Sharon Bunker, McElwee Firm, 906 Main Street, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659.

Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

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

Clarence J. “C.J.” Phillips

Mr. Clarence J. “C.J.” Phillips, 82, of Oceanside, Calif., died Feb. 22, 2006. 

He was born on Jan 28, 1924. 

Mr. Phillips lived life with gusto and enthusiasm.  He was a dreamer and a doer.  In 1947, he went to Nome, Alaska and his love of Nome and all of Alaska never died.  He spent over 50 years in Alaska.  He was a proud member of Pioneer Igloo #1.  He owned Nome Liquor Store and was the first person to continuously buy fish commercially on Norton Sound.  He had the first winter commercial crab operation in Nome. He was a recognized authority on Geothermal Energy and was convinced Norton Sound could derive its energy needs from the Geothermal Energy Pilgrim Hot Springs could produce.  Mr. Phillips was also well known for his stories.  His repertoire increased as he listened to the “gold rush” prospectors, built runways in villages, worked on “White Alice” communications sites and did soil survey work on the Parks Highway Project, etc. He was a free spirit in life and now his spirit is free to travel even further.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Rosemary Phillips; a brother, sisters and in-laws, Herman and Betty Watson, Odas and Annette Watson, Annie Wallace, Margaret Phillips, Mary Norris and Judy Watson. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Jordon Phillips; mother, Bonnie Phillips Watson; sisters, Nell Pope and Catherine Blevins; brothers, Marshall Phillips, Ed Phillips and John Watson, all from Shady Valley, Tenn. and Watauga County, N.C. He will join his much beloved Grandmother Main in Shady Valley, Tennessee.

Services will be conducted Monday evening at 7 p.m., Feb. 27, from the Hux-Lipford Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Thomas Peake to officiate. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to services on Monday. Interment will be in the Billy Hill Cemetery, Shady Valley, Tenn. Condolences may be sent to the family through the website   www.hux-lipford.com.

Hux-Lipford Funeral Home of Mountain City, Tenn. is serving the Phillips Family.

Rev. H. Brooks Peters, Sr.

Rev. H. Brooks Peters, Sr., 81, of 122 Arrow Drive, Elizabethton, Tenn., died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006 in the North Side Hospital Johnson City, following a lengthy illness. 

A native of Carter County, he was a son of the late Charlie “Pap” and Lottie Hinkle Peters.  He was an Ordained Baptist Minister and served as pastor of several churches in Carter, Johnson and Washington Counties in Northeast Tennessee and also churches in Western North Carolina.  He was currently a member and Associate Pastor of the Stoney Creek Baptist Church in Elizabethton.  Brooks also was a retired representative of United Family Life Insurance Company associated with the former Lewis Gentry Funeral Home, now Hux-Lipford Funeral Home in Mountain City and Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home in Elizabethton. When he returned home from his tour of duty with the military he was employed with North American Rayon Corporation for 21 years. He was a United States Army World War II Veteran having served with the 29th Division during the invasion on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.  He also fought and defended his country during battles in Northern France, Ardennes and Rhineland in the European Theatre of Operations. 

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Ellen Walsh Peters;  two daughters and their husbands, Nona and Charles Steagall of Jonesborough and Karen and Jimmy Hawkins of Lenoir City, Tenn.; one son, H. Brooks “Bucky” Peters, Jr. of Elizabethton; and a daughter-in-law, Kim Peters of Elizabethton.  He is also survived by two sisters and their husbands, Ruth and Calvin Wilson of Morristown and Thelma and Chris Christoforo of North Easton, Massachusetts; two granddaughters and their husbands, Melanie Steagall and David Stanton and Melissa Steagall and Jeff Jones of Johnson City; three grandsons, Tim Grindstaff of Lenoir City, Jordan Brooks Peters and Justin Peters both of Elizabethton; two great-granddaughters, Lydia Jones and Audrey Stanton of Johnson City;  two great grandsons, Austin Stanton and Evan Jones both of Johnson City; extended family, Trey, Brock and Chase Hawkins and Jamie Hawkins of Lenoir City; several Brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death in addition to his parents by three brothers, William “Bud” Peters, Estel Peters and Charles “June” Peters, Jr. and by two sisters, Ammo Shell and Bette Harms.

Services will be conducted at 8:00 p.m.,  Monday, Feb. 27, in the Chapel of Peace of Tetrick Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Estep and the Rev. Bob Polk, officiating.  Graveside services and military honors will follow at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, in Happy Valley Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday at the funeral home chapel and other times at his residence, 122 Arrow Drive Elizabethton .

Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Carrie L. Rowe

Mrs. Carrie L. Rowe, 76, of Summerfield, Fla., formerly of Jensen Beach, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, NASCAR and baseball.

Survivors include her loving husband of 56 years, John H. Rowe, Sr.; children, James Herbert of Indiantown, Richard Carl of Summerfield, Harold Denver of North Carolina, John H. Jr. of South Carolina, Catherine Louise of Port St. Lucie, Charles Edward of Port St. Lucie, and Thomas Lee of North Carolina; 20 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Matheson of North Carolina.

Services were conducted Saturday morning at 11 a.m., at Forest Hill Funeral Home with interment following in Forest Hills Memorial Park.

Forest Hills Funeral Home is serving the Rowe family.

Carl Freeman Shirley

Mr. Carl Freeman Shirley, 77, of Avante Nursing Care, Wilkesboro, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, in Wilkesboro.

He was born March 4, 1928 in Watauga County, a son of Mary Greene Achterkirchen and the late Harvey Rollen Shirley.

Mr. Shirley was a retired sawmill operator and a member of Stony Fork Baptist Church.

He is survived by a dear friend, Betty Whitley of Hayes; his wife, Bertha Greene Shirley of the home; four daughters, Vickie Miller and husband, David, of Wilkesboro, Linda Pariseau and husband, Raymond, of Boone, Betty Miller and husband, Payge, of Stony Fork, Libby Miller and husband, Ronnie, of Boone; his mother, Mary Greene Achterkirchen of Madison, N.C.; two granddaughters, Brittney Trivette and husband, Wayne, and Tenessia Isaacs, all of Boone; one grandson, Joe Greene and wife, Kimberly, of Deep Gap; four great-grandsons, Ethan Greene and Elijah Greene, both of Deep Gap; Logan Trivette and Preston Trivette, both of Boone. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Marie Shirley and Evelyn Sue Shirley; one son, Carl Freeman Shirley, Jr.; one sister, Ruby Simmons; and one nephew, Jerry Tolbert.

Services were conducted Saturday morning, Feb. 25, at Stony Fork Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Vernon Eller and the Rev.  Sherrill Wellborn. Burial followed in the Stony Fork Baptist Church Cemetery.

Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Helton Wilson

Mr. Helton Wilson of Mountain City, Tenn., died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, at Johnson County Health Center, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was a lifelong resident of Johnson County and the son of the late Berdie Lawrence Miller.

Mr. Wilson was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason; a member of Taylorsville Masonic Lodge # 243 FA&AM and a member of Maple Chapter #79 Order of the Eastern Star. He was employed at IRC for 34 years and loved his work. He adored his grandchildren, who were the love of his life. Mr. Wilson was a member and trustee of Zionville Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Barbara Miller Wilson; his daughter, Sandra Wilson of Stoney Creek; his son, Wayne Wilson and wife, Sherry, of Mountain City, Tenn.; a sister, Sue Scott and husband, Julius, of Zionville; six grandchildren, Christopher Potter, Travis Taylor and Kayla Taylor, all of Stoney Creek; Shane Wilson, April Wilson and Stephanie Matheson, all of Mountain City; a niece, Vicki Parsons and husband, Greg; an aunt, Ruth Oliver; sisters-in-law, Rebecca Wagner and husband, John; Ollie Phipps and husband, Hoover, and Dora Love and daughter, Carol; several cousins; and his extended family at IRC, who he loved dearly.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife’s parents, Henry Miller, Georgia and Eugene Morris.

Services were conducted Sunday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. at Zionville Baptist Church with Pastor Carl Johnson officiating. Graveside services were conducted by Taylorsville Masonic Lodge in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zionville Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Ollie Phipps, 800 Modock Rd., Trade, Tenn. 37691.

Condolences may be made online at www.mountaincityfuneralhome.com.

Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church St., Mountain City, Tenn., were in charge of the arrangements.

 

 

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