Beverly Ann Hughes Raphael, beloved mother, sister, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully with grace on July 2, 2020.

Beverly Ann Hughes Raphael, beloved mother, sister, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully with grace on July 2, 2020.

Mrs. Eula Franklin Harrison, age 85, of the Jonas Ridge community, passed away peacefully at her home on June 30, 2020, with her family by her side.

Dorothy D. Cox, age 76, of Feldspar Street in Spruce Pine, died Saturday, June 27, 2020, at Brian Center Health & Rehab in Spruce Pine.

Chuck Pendley, age 58, of Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Care Partners Solace Center. A native of Mitchell County, he was a son of the late Jack Pendley and Lorainne Huskins Gilbert. He was also preceded in death by Brothers: Larry, Joey and Billy Pendley.

Gracie “Faye” Ruppard, age 80, of Banner Elk passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Life Care Center of Banner Elk. She was born in Avery County on November 20, 1939, to the late James Chester and Onnie Shook Townsend. In addition to her parents, She was preceded in death by her Husband: …

Marjorie Nomina Pfohl, age 89, passed peacefully of natural causes on June 30, 2020, in her home on Beech Mountain.

Mabel Cloemarie Brewer McKinney, age 98 of Newland, NC passed away on June 29, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

Iva Lee Jones Garland, age 91, of Newland, NC passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020, at the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn.

Jerry Wayne Markland Sr., age 72, of Elk Park, NC passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC.

Shirley Coffey Burse, age 84, of Brushy Creek Road in Spruce Pine, died Thursday, June 25, 2020, at her home.

Nadine Ledford, age 88, of Biggerstaff Road in Spruce Pine, died Thursday, June 25, 2020 at the home of her daughter, Jean Cassida.

Tom David Eilers, age 86, of Newland, NC passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020, at his residence after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

The Family of Annie Greer Heaton of Heaton, NC would like to share their love and appreciation to Dr. Bob Wetzel, to all the wonderful ladies who blessed us with food during our time of grief, to Lois Ingram with High Country Home Care, to the Senior Citizens Center for Meals on Wheels and a…

Ronnie Goins, age 79, of Plumtree, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at the Mitchell House. A native of Avery County, he was a son of the late Clyde and Jean Elam Goins. Ronnie was a people person and a friend to all. He was an avid fan of the Redskins, UNC Tar Heels and NASCAR racing.

S. Dawn Dellinger, retired school teacher, mentor and friend who touched so many lives in Avery County, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at her residence.

John W. Calhoun, age 84, of Crossnore, NC passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the Life Care Center of Banner Elk.

Hassie Mae Burgin, age 72, of Morganton passed away on June 19, 2020, at her residence. She was born on Sept. 14, 1947, in Avery County to the late Hale and Edna Daniels Benfield. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one Brother: Bud Benfield.

Rachel H. Dicken, age 75, of Elizabethton, Tenn., went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at her residence. Rachel was born in Ft. Pierce, Fla., to the late Ray and Eleanor Melson Hale. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Brother: David Allen Hale.

Dillard L. Street, 90, of Roan Mountain, Tenn., passed into the arms of Jesus surrounded by his adoring family on Sunday, June 14, 2020. A native of Roan Mountain, he was the son of the late T.R. and Jennie Mae Street. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his l…

Ronald Eugene Gill passed away on June 15, 2020 in Banner Elk, NC at the age of 92.

Guy Baseler Baird of Pittsboro, NC, died peacefully at the UNC Hospice on June 13, 2020, at the age of 97. He was born on Jan. 4, 1923, on a small farm in Newland, N.C. in 1923. After he graduated from high school, he attended Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk and North Carolina State University.

Jack Byrd, age 81, of Little Switzerland, NC passed away on Thursday, June 12, 2020, at his home. He was the son of the late Clell and Etta Barnett Byrd. He was a retired bridge builder for CSX Railroad. Jack was also a member of the Railroad Union and the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church and a…

Jeffrey Dennis Street, Sr. age 65, of Tampa, Fla., passed away May 28, 2020, at St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa.

Vivian Rosalind Thomas, age 78, of Kingsport, Tenn., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 13, 2020, at the Waters of Roan Highland Nursing Home. Rosie was born in Roan Mountain, Tenn. to the late Maynard and Martha Hopson Campbell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in d…

A Celebration of Life and Love for Lewie will be held at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Newland beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, followed by sharing with friends and family at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Lewie to The Williams YM…

Annie Heaton, age 95, of Heaton, NC passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020, at her residence. She is now in the loving arms of Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior and her loving husband James, and it doesn’t get any better than that.

Mrs. Linda Sue Taylor Becton, 80, of Newland, NC, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

During the evening hours of Friday, June 5, 2020, Mr. Robert “Bob” Burns Wessinger Jr., age 66 of Morganton, NC, departed from this life during a brief illness at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. The son of the late Robert Wessinger Sr. and Dorothy Pickard French, he was born on Aug.…

Kyle Johnson, 84, of Morganton has been reunited with his Savior, Jesus Christ, and his darling wife, Mary, on Friday, June 5, 2020. Born in Avery County, NC on Nov. 9, 1935, he was the son of the late Shoner Kyle Johnson and Murrell Hope Meredith Johnson. Kyle was a member of Poarch’s Chape…

Aris Linville Ward, age 95, of Elizabethton, Tenn., passed away peacefully on June 4, 2020, at Hillview Nursing Home, Elizabethton, Tenn.

Estena “Sissy” Wiseman, age 70, of Crossnore, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at her home surrounded by her loving family. A native of Avery County, she was the daughter of the late Harold “Bub” and June Lambert Henson. She is also preceded in death by her Husband: Rog…

Meghan Leanne Slater, born March 10, 1975, in Sarasota, Fla., passed away unexpectedly in her home in Asheville, NC on June 1.

Adrienne “Billie” Place Leeper, age 90, of Bristol, TN, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at Elmcroft of Bristol. She was born on July 1, 1929, in Norfolk, Va., a daughter of the late Sterling Palmer and Lucille Williams Potts. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her Si…

Annette McKinney, age 78, of Brushy Creek Road in Spruce Pine, the Estatoe community, died Friday, May 29, 2020, at her home.

Elizabeth Smith Strickland, age 95, of Roan Mountain, Tenn., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from the Waters of Roan Highlands Nursing Home.

Dianne Ward Eggers, 71, of Sugar Grove, NC went home to be with Lord on May 25, 2020.

Patricia E. Winters (Pat), age 62, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020, at her home surrounded by loved ones. She ran straight into the arms of her precious grandson Tucker Carpenter, who has been waiting for his “Nanana.”

Patricia “Gail” Edwards, age 65, of Newland passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville. She was born on Aug. 12, 1954, in Avery County to the late Louise Davis Church Holden and Herman Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Step…

Dr. William C. “Bill” Tate II, age 73, of Linville, NC passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at his residence with his family by his side.

Johnny Calvin Hicks, Sr., age 61, of Deep Gap, passed away Wednesday evening, May 20, 2020. Born June 11, 1958 in Avery County, he was a son of Andrew Jackson and Mary Arnett Hicks. Mr. Hicks was a self-employed carpenter. He enjoyed any outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting, but es…

Georgia Gilliam, age 88, of Banner Elk, NC passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Watauga Medical Center in Boone, NC.

Mary Nell Hayes, age 59, of Elk Park, NC, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 24, 2020. A native of Avery County, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Martha Clapp Hayes. She was also preceded in death by her Sister: Nancy Jeanne Hayes; and her Nephew: Caleb Hayes.

Karen Jean Brett, age 78, of Beech Mountain passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at her residence. She was born on Sept. 25, 1941 in Hamlet, NC to the late Irene Hardeman and Herbert Brannen. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her Brother: Jonathan Brannen.

David “Paul” Clark, 85, of Blowing Rock, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC.

Gordon Paul ‘Gordy’ Gacek, age 76, of Linville Street in Newland, died Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at the Watauga Medical Center in Boone.

James Dewayne Mckinney, age 78, of Spruce Pine, went home to be with the Lord on May 17, 2020, at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation.

Jesse Lee Ollis, age 75, of Charlotte, NC passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Charlotte, NC.

Phebe Buchanan, age 88, of Newland, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at her residence. She was a daughter of the late Wade and Minnie Buchanan English and wife of the late Edgar Buchanan. She was also preceded in death by her Sisters: Ruth Pittman, Annie English, Nell En…