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Posted: 05/20/2005

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May 18, 2005

Fannie Bateman Campbell

Mrs. Fannie Bateman Campbell, 84, of 362 Blue Springs Road, Elizabethton, Tenn., died unexpectedly Thursday, May 19, 2005 in Sycamore Shoals Hospital.  

A native of Carter County, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Martin and Kate Bullock Bateman.

Mrs. Campbell was a homemaker and she was a member of East River Park Christian Church.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Cathy Campbell of Elizabethton, Tenn.; a daughter, Mary Katherine Danner of Boone, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Joan Campbell of  Elizabethton, Tenn.; two sisters, Thelma Campbell of Elizabethton, Tenn. and Agnes Shatley of Gray, Tenn.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A special nephew, Eddie Campbell, Elizabethton, Tenn., and several other nieces and nephews also survive.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Marcus Campbell, Dec. 18, 1997; a son, Wayne Campbell, May 8, 2002; a son-in-law, Malcolm Danner, November 18, 2004; and three brothers. 

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 2005 in the Sunset Chapel of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home with Mr. Joel Stauffer and Mr. John Smith, ministers, officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service in Caldwell Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon until 2 p.m. Saturday prior to the funeral service.

To those who desire, memorials may be made to the Carter County Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 776, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37644 or to East River Park Christian Church, 1207 Broad Street Ext., Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643.

On line condolences may be sent to the family through our Web site at www.hathawaypercy.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hathaway-Percy Funeral Home.


Linda Zeadress Eller

Linda Eller, 70, passed away April 9, 2005 in Lakewood, Washington after a brief illness.

She was born to William and Hazel Townsend on April 8, 1935 in a small house on Pigeon Roost Creek near Banner Elk.

Linda was the first in her family to attend college at what was then Appalachian State Teacher’s College in Boone. She graduated with a degree in English, then married Carson F. Eller of Vilas and left Boone for Washington State. She eventually settled in Tacoma, Washington where she was a children’s librarian before becoming a full-time housewife. In 1990, she became a real estate agent and worked in Lakewood, Washington until her death.

She is survived by her brother, William Larry Townsend, of Valle Crucis; and her daughter, Kimberly Eller, of Ventura, California.

Her ashes will be interred at Mountain View Funeral Home in Tacoma, Washington.


Mary Beth Johnson

Ms. Mary Beth Johnson, 60, of Lakeland, Fla., and a summer resident of Avery County, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at the Clearwater Comprehensive Healthcare in Florida.

She was born Sept. 24, 1944, in Orlando, Fla., a daughter of Dr. William Monte and Lucile Pickney Johnson.

Ms. Johnson was a homemaker and was of the Presbyterian faith.

Survivors include two sons, Jonathan Hodges of Ball Ground, Ga. and David C. Hodges of Oldsmar, Fla.; one daughter, Kimberly Michaels of Coral Springs, Fla.; one sister, Anna Busing of Banner Elk; one brother, William Johnson of Lakeland, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Jonathan and Brittany Hodges and Andrew and Sarah Michaels.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Theresa Ledoux and two infants.

Graveside services and burial will be conducted Friday morning at 11 o’clock at the Johnson Cemetery in Crossnore.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Johnson Family Cemetery Fund, in care of Jane Johnson, 190 Poplar Street, Crossnore, N.C. 28616.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Johnson family.



May 18, 2005

Katie Parks Loeding

Mrs. Katie Parks Loeding, 98, of Appalachian Brian Estates, Boone, a former resident of Detroit, Michigan, died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at Glenbridge Health Care.

She was born August 4, 1906, in East Jordan, Mich., to the late Archie and Laura Church Bashaw.

Mrs. Loeding retired from Avon Cosmetics as city manager for Detroit, Mich.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Mary Nell Ash of New Boston, Mich. and Ms. Claudia Clark of Blowing Rock; two granddaughters, Beth Clark of Blowing Rock and Linda Hamilton of New Boston, Mich.; and two grandsons, Michael Clark of Hastings, Mich. and Gregg Clark of Blowing Rock. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Claude W. Parks; her second husband, Maynard Loeding; and a grandson, Ronnie Ash.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Flat Rock, Michigan.

Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.


Julius M. Patrick Jr.

Mr. Julius M. Patrick, Jr., 73, of 2352 Flat Rock Road, Blowing Rock, died Monday evening, May 16, 2005, at Life Care Center in Banner Elk.

He was born March 20, 1932, in McComb, Piek County, Mississippi, to the late Julius Matthews and Anna Elizabeth Richards Patrick.

Mr. Patrick graduated from McComb High School and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired caster from Buckeye Steel Casting in Columbus, Ohio and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Julius Chambers of Deep Gap and wife, Yolanda Chambers, of Columbus, Ga. and Eric Chambers and wife, Shelia, of Columbus, Ohio; four daughters, Pamela Chambers, Shelia Chambers, Kimberly Chambers and Venice Chambers, all of Columbus, Ohio. He is also survived by a number of grandchildren, including Amber Chambers and Julius Chambers, Jr., both of Columbus, Ga.

A memorial service will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Eric Lipford officiating.

Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.


James Carson Smitherman

Mr. James Carson Smitherman, 70, of Peoria Road, Sugar Grove, died Sunday morning, May 15, 2005 at Watauga Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 25, 1935 in Watauga County, a son of the late Spencer and Lucy May.

Mr. Smitherman was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from W & L Motor Lines, where he worked as a mechanic. He was a member of Timbered Ridge Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth McKinney Smitherman; and three special friends, Carolina Byers, Adrian McCall and Lindsey Nelson, all of Lenoir.

Services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock atthe Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Derick Wilson and the Rev. Harold Dellinger officiating. Burial followed in the Greene Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Timbered Ridge Baptist Church, in care of Dana Millsaps, 304 Smith Henson Road, Sugar Grove, N.C. 28679 or to the Greene Cemetery, in care of Ivan Dishman, 1360 Peoria Road, Sugar Grove, N.C. 28679.

The family received friends Tuesday afternoon from 12:30-2 p.m., prior to the service, at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Smitherman family.



May 16, 2005

Ottie William Harris

Mr. Ottie William Harris, 82, of Salem Street, Wilkesboro, and formerly of Elk Park, died Friday, May 13, 2005, at the Village of Wilkes Skilled Care Facility in North Wilkesboro.

He was born March 4, 1923 in Avery County, a son of Coy William and Cora Elizabeth Guy Harris.

Mr. Harris was a member of Whaley Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp, where he served during World War II. He worked as an orderly at Cannon Memorial Hospital for 12 years then 18 years at Watauga Medical Center before retirement.

Survivors include one daughter, Connie H. Glenn of Wilkesboro; two sons, Rev. Vinson Stanley Harris and wife, Jean, of North Wilkesboro and Gary Lee Harris of Elk Park; one brother, Oscar Harris of Lockport, New York. Eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren and two step great-great-grandchildren also survive.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Jones Harris; two sisters, Gracie Presnell and Bonnie Hicks; and one brother, Dewey Harris.

Services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Quincy Norris and the Rev. Jack Shepherd officiating. Burial followed at Flat Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Harris family.


Betty Howell Crater Manice

Mrs. Betty Howell Crater Manice, 73, of Hound Ears Club, Boone, died Thursday night, May 12, 2005 at home.

She was born in Yadkin County August 10, 1931, a daughter of the late Kesler Andrew and Marie Allgood Howell. 

Mrs. Manice was a graduate of South Fork High School in Winston-Salem, and was a former pianist and organist at the Reynolda Presbyterian Church.  Mrs. Manice was a sales associate with Tanner Factory Store in Blowing Rock, N.C.  Prior to 1995 she was a Doncaster personal clothing consultant for over 20 years.   She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Boone, where she served as a Deacon, worship and wedding committee member, acolyte sponsor, and church hostess. She was a greeter/usher with the Appalachian Summer Program, and was a volunteer with the Blowing Rock Stage Company, Watauga Medical Center and the Seby B. Jones Cancer Center.   Mrs. Manice will be missed as the face of gracious hospitality who enjoyed music, art, and adding beauty to whatever her surroundings.

Surviving are one daughter, Lynne Crater Juhan and husband Gary of Big Stone Gap, Virginia; two sons; D. Dwight "Sonny" Crater, Jr. and wife Deborah of Huntersville, and Bradley Howell Crater of Taos, New Mexico; four grandchildren; S. Cagle and Rachael G. Juhan of Big Stone Gap, Va., and Madison S. Crater and Kevin Y. Marsh of Huntersville; two sisters; Helen VanHoy and husband Ted and Daphne H. Chipman and husband Don all of Winston-Salem; three nieces; Beverly Williams, Angela Nunn and Lori Cortez, all of Winston-Salem; and two nephews; Andrew Beck and John Beck of Winston-Salem.

In addition to her parents, her first husband, D. Dwight Crater, and her second husband, Fraser W. Manice preceded her in death.

The family received friends Sunday afternoon from 4:30 until 6 o’clock at the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall.

Memorial services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the First Presbyterian Church in Boone.  Officiating will be Dr. Ron Bowie. 

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 663 Howard Street, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to Hospice of Watauga County, 136 Furman Road, Boone, NC 28607.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Manice family.


Stanley Paul Norris

Mr. Stanley Paul Norris, 69, husband of Judy (Burns) Norris, of 451 McKinley Road, Middlebrook, Va., died Friday, May 13, 2005, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 21, 1935 in Boone, N.C., a son of the late Lyman Paul and Addie Coffey Norris.

Mr. Norris was a U.S. Army veteran. He was previously employed by Silver Brook Farm as a Maintenance Contractor, and most recently with Sugar Loaf Farms. He enjoyed riding dirt bikes, scuba diving, and camping with family and friends. A loving and loyal husband, father, and grandfather, his faith in God made his walk on this earth a role to be always cherished and imitated.

He was a member of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served as a Church Councilman and a Trustee.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Burns Norris; a son, Paul Russell and wife, Phyllis, of  Middlebrook; a daughter, Becky Norris Beard and husband, John, of State College, Pa.; three sisters, Kay Davenport Walker of Middlebrook, Bonnie Hurley and husband, Bernard, of Damascus, and Wanda Stephenson and husband, Roy, of Staunton; a brother-in-law, Conrad Burns of Billings, MT; two grandchildren, Brittany and Logan Beard; a step-granddaughter, Erin Pursley and husband, Preston; a great-grandchild, Wyatt Pursley; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services were conducted Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. in the Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Jo Ann Bunn officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Hermon Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church, c/o Cindy Sensabaugh, 3005 Middlebrook Road, Staunton, Va. 24401 or to the American Cancer Society, Staunton-West Augusta County Unit, c/o Mrs. John O. Arey, 325 Driscoll Street, Staunton, Va. 24402.

Henry Funeral Home, Inc. in Staunton, Va. are in charge of the arrangements.



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