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September 23, 2005

Charlie William Price

Mr. Charlie William Price, 85, of the Davant Rehab and Extended Care Facility, died Thursday morning, Sept. 23, 2005, at the Blowing Rock Hospital.

He was born August 14, 1920 in Watauga County, a son of Reuben Alexander and Nevia Bolick Price.

Mr. Price was a member of Central Baptist Church. He was a disabled veteran after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Tolbert Price of Blowing Rock; one daughter, Ruth Phillips of Boone; two grandsons, Scott and Todd Phillips, both of Boone; and four great-grandsons, Bradley Peters of Cullowhee and Brandon, Chance and Chase Phillips, all of Boone; two brothers, Fred Price and wife, Mary, of Connelly Springs and Albert Price and wife, Katherine, of Lenoir; and three sisters, Beulah Baugues of High Point, Rosalee Rooker and her husband, Bill, of Bluffton, S.C. and Cora Bowman and her husband, Vonteena, of Hickory.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben Alexander and Nevia Bolick Price; and a brother, Thurman Price.

Services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Vance Triplett and the Rev. Kenny Newberry. The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from 1:30-3 p.m., prior to services, at Austin & Barnes. Burial with military honors will follow at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.

The family will be at the home of his daughter, Ruth Phillips, 152 Glen Cove Lane in Boone.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Price family.

 

Colleen Ragan

Ms. Colleen Ragan, 43, of Old Watauga River Road, Sugar Grove, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, 2005.

She was born August 14, 1962 in Watauga County. She was a member of South Fork Baptist Church. Ms. Ragan was employed by Mill Ridge Resort in the House Cleaning Department.

Survivors include her father, Johnny Ragan of Boone; her mother, Audria Hinchman and husband, David Arthur, of Melrose, Fla.; one brother, John Ragan of Orlando, Fla.; her fiancee Mark Patterson; and her sister-in-law, Susan Ragan of Wake Forest.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Scott Ragan.

Graveside services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens, officiated by the Rev. Jim Sprager. The family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 1-2:30, prior to services, at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, Watauga County Unit, P.O. Box 1903, Boone, N.C. 28607.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Ragan family.

 

September 21, 2005

Rev. Wayne Borders

Rev. Wayne Borders, 66, of Union Baptist Church Road, Lenoir, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, at Caldwell Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 12, 1939, in Caldwell County, to the late Carl and Glenna Martin Borders.

Rev. Borders was a member and former pastor of Zack’s Fork Baptist Church for 33 years.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Severt Borders; three sons, Rev. John Borders and wife, Christy, and Rev. Jobie Borders and wife, Julie, all of Lenoir, and Jason Borders and wife, Natalie, of Granite Falls; four sisters, Mrs. Carlene Corley, Mrs. Della Coffey, Mrs. Clydie Dillard and Mrs. Louise Walsh, all of Lenoir. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Borders.

Services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Central Baptist Church of Lenoir, with the Rev. Neal Walker, the Rev. Lanny Winkler and the Rev. Johnny McCarty officiating. Burial will follow in Zack’s Fork Baptist Church Cemetery in Lenoir.

The family will receive friends this evening (Wednesday) from 7-8:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home in Lenoir.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Michael James Godwin

Mr. Michael James Godwin, 53, of 1139 Pine Hill Road, Boone, died at home in his sleep early Monday morning, Sept. 19, 2005.

He was born July 11, 1952, in New Bern, Craven County, to Elizabeth Rountree Godwin and the late James Leroy Godwin.

Mr. Godwin graduated from Chapel Hill High School and attended Wingate College. He was a self-employed auto repairman. He and his wife owned and operated Swedish Werke in Foscoe for 24 years.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Duncan Godwin; his mother, Mrs. Betty R. Godwin of Columbia, S.C.; one sister, Beth Godwin of Chapel Hill; three brothers, John Godwin of Durham, Clyde Godwin and wife, Valerie, of Atlanta, Ga. and Steve Godwin and wife, Margaret, of Bethesda, Md.; three nieces, Anna, Claire and Mariam Godwin; and two nephews, Luke and Jamie Godwin. He is also survived by his beloved pet/friend, Lewie, of the home.

A memorial service was conducted this afternoon (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. by the Reflecting Pool at Daniel Boone Native Gardens, with his brother, Clyde, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1903, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to the American Red Cross, 331 Queen Street, Boone, N.C. 28607, for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Service.

 

Charles William Hicks

Mr. Charles William Hicks, 82, of  Russell Drive, Granite Falls, passed away Sept. 16, 2005 at the Carolina Medical Center, in  Charlotte.

He was born April 28, 1923 in  Watauga  County to the late Calvin Hicks and Minnie Louise Harmon Hicks.

Mr. Hicks was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II and a retired pastor. He was the Pastor of Full Gospel Mission Church.

 Survivors include his wife, Ruby Alice Hicks of the home; six sons, James Hicks of  Lenoir, Kenneth Hicks of Virginia, Calvin Hicks of Granite Falls, Ted Hicks of Valdese, Gary Hicks of Hudson and Roger Hicks of Granite Falls; four daughters, Wanda Jones of Bethlehem, Louise Welch of Tennessee, Lisa Hicks of Granite Falls, Betty Poindexter of Hildebran; one brother Johnny Hicks of Hudson; four sisters, Nancy McGuire of Boone, Lura Mae Jones of Lenoir, Lizzie Presnell of Lenoir, Alma Cable of Lenoir; thirty one grandchildren and fourty nine great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren.

 In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, a sister and two brothers.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Pendry’s Chapel with Rev. James Cecil Hicks officiating. Burial followed in the Blue Ridge Memorial Park.

Condolences may be placed online  at www.pendrysfuneralhome.com

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

 

Kenneth Ray Hollers

Mr. Kenneth Ray Hollers, 76, of 4006 Peterson Avenue, Greensboro, N.C., died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 59 years, Evelyn Coffey Hollers; two daughters, Susan Hollers Hazelwood and husband, Tommy, of Greensboro and Ann Hollers Trammell and husband, Jerry, of Browns Summit; a son, Ken Hollers, Jr. of High Point; five grandchildren, Alison and Mark Hazelwood, Leah, Erin and Jace Trammell. He is also survived by two sisters, Frances Henson of Vilas and Audrey McKay of Charlotte; and by one brother, Grady Hollers of Purlear, N.C.

Services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Forbis and Dick Funeral Chapel in Greensboro. A time for family and friends was held following the service and burial followed in the Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Bessemer Baptist Church Building Fund, 4115 Hines Chapel Road, McLeansville, N.C. 27301.

Forbis and Dick Funeral Home in Greensboro is serving the Hollers family.

 

Rose Edna Ward Tester

Mrs. Rose Edna Ward Tester, 86, of Lenoir, died Sept. 16, 2005 at Carolina’s Medical Center in Charlotte.  She was born Jan. 2, 1919 in Watauga  County to the late William Ward and Maude Tester Ward.

Mrs. Tester was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Claude W. Tester, of the home; a son, Norman G. Tester and wife Earlene of Hudson; three daughters, Becky Morrow and husband Leonard of Lenoir, Gail Triplett and husband Larry of Lenoir and Mavis Littlejohn and husband Larry of Lenoir; three brothers, Charles Lee Ward, Wiley Ward, Cecil Ward; four sisters, Mary Main, Lucille Watson, Kathleen Main, Eleanor Gragg.  She also survived by 17 grandchildren and 29 and a half great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sons, Basil, Olan and Kenneth Tester; a daughter, Leta Kay Steele; four brothers and one sister.

Service were conducted Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with the Reverend Alan Carr and Reverend Bill Dyson officiating.  Burial followed at Blue Ridge Memorial Park. 

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 1369 Blowing Rock Blvd., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Online condolences may be sent to: www.pendrysfuneralhome.com

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

 

Betty Jo Ward Yates

Ms. Betty Jo Ward Yates, 66, of 155 South Pine Run Road, Boone, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 20, 2005, at Watauga Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 25, 1939, in the Beaver Dam community of Watauga County, to the late Russell and Martha Emma Ward Ward.

Ms. Yates was a retired cook from Appalachian State University cafeteria. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include four daughters, Jean Wilson and husband, Craig, of Stayton, Ore., JoAnn Martin and husband, Rick, of Cascade Locks, Ore., Bonnie Thomas and husband, D.R., of Trade, Tenn. and Carol Yates Winebarger and husband, Jimmy, of Boone; two sons, James Yates and wife, Debbie, of Conover and Randy Yates and wife, Kelly, of Boone; one sister, Reba Ward Sullivan and husband, George, of Icard; and three brothers, Ranzo Ward and Andrew Ward and wife, Sue, all of Lenoir, and Clarence Ward and wife, Trina, of Boone. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Earl Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Adams Cemetery in Vilas.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hampton Funeral Service. At other times, friends may call at the home of Carol and Jimmy Winebarger, 2182 Hardin Road, Boone.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Service.

 

September 19, 2005

William C. “Billy” Byers

Mr. William C. “Billy” Byers, 87, of 1336 Chestnut Grove Road, Boone, died Thursday night, Sept. 15, 2005, at Life Care Center in Banner Elk.

He was born May 28, 1918, in Boone, Watauga County, to the late Carl Dillard and Ennis Norris Byers.

Mr. Byers graduated from Boone High School and attended Appalachian State Teachers College for one year. He was a retired farmer and a former employee of Watauga County for 20 years. He was a member of Meat Camp Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Eula Mae Norris Byers; one son, Rex C. Byers and wife, Judy, of Indian Trail; and two grandsons, Allan Byers and his fiancee, Angela Harrison, of Wesley Chapel and Jonathan Byers of Indian Trail. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter.

Services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. David Clippard and the Rev. Dwaine Greene. Burial followed in Meat Camp Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meat Camp Baptist Church, 256 Meat Camp Church Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.

Arrangements by Hampton Funeral Service.

 

Kenneth Ray Hollers

Mr. Kenneth Ray Hollers, 76, of 4006 Peterson Ave., Greensboro, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005, at Moses Cone Hospital.

He was born Oct. 8, 1928 in Blowing Rock, the son of the late Everett and Almeda Hollers.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Evelyn Coffey Hollers; two daughters, Susan Hollers Hazelwood and husband, Tommy, of Greensboro and Ann Hollers Trammell and husband, Jerry, of Browns Summit; one son, Ken Hollers, Jr. of High Point; five grandchildren, Alison and Mark Hazelwood, Leah, Erin and Jace Trammell; two sisters, Audrey McKay of Charlotte and Frances Henson of Vilas; and one brother, Grady Hollers of Purlier, N.C.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Lynn Hollers.

Services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Forbis and Dick Funeral Home, N. Elm Street Chapel. A time for family and friends will be held following the service. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Bessemer Baptist Church Building Fund, 4115 Hines Chapel Rd., McLeansville, N.C. 27301.

The family would like to express appreciation to the Moses Cone ICU nurses for their special care.

Forbis and Dick Funeral Home in Greensboro, N.C., are in charge of the arrangements.

 

Richard Lee Keever

Mr. Richard Lee Keever, 58, of Collins Drive, Mountain City, Tenn., and a native and former resident of Watauga County, died Thursday morning, Sept. 15, 2005, at the Watauga Medical Center after a long period of declining health.

He was born Feb. 12, 1947 in Watauga County, a son of Thad and Leoka Barnes Keever.

Mr. Keever was of the Baptist faith. Before his illness he was employed by Shaw Chevrolet in Cleveland, Ohio in the auto parts department and as a taxi driver. His joy was to repair old cars for resale.

Survivors include his wife, Dora May Keever; two daughters, Tracy Orsic and husband, Joe, of Madison, Ohio and Kimberly Rich and husband, Jeremy, of Euclid, Ohio; one grandson, Cory Jeffrey Orsic of Madison, Ohio; and one sister, Sue Palmieri and husband, Richard, of Cincinnati, Ohio. A number of nieces, nephews, and cousins, including a cousin and special friend, Sonny Barnes, survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thad and Leoka Barnes Keever; and two brothers, Joseph Earl and Robert Glenn Stevens.

Services will be conducted Monday morning at 11 a.m. at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Gary Lawrence. Burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Keever family.

 

Loretta Legg Littleton

Mrs. Loretta Legg Littleton, 84, of Boone, died Thursday morning, Sept. 15, 2005, at Life Care of Banner Elk.

She was born Jan. 14, 1921, in Clifton, West Virginia, a daughter of Wilson Isaac and Sarah Julia Hume Legg.

Mrs. Littleton, known as “Doc” was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Boone.

Survivors include one son, Robert Littleton of Banner Elk; two daughters, Joyce Walker and husband, Bobby, of Hickory, and Sue Plyer of Statesville; five granddaughters, Cathy, Kim, Tammy, Terry and Jennifer; and one sister, Ruby Griffith of New Mexico.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Waverly “Abe” Littleton.

Memorial services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Grandfather Home for Children, 64 Grandfather Home for Children Drive, Banner Elk, N.C. 28604 or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058.

Austin & Barnes Funeral Home is serving the Littleton family.