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December 15, 2006

Harold Monroe ‘Buddy’ Drum

Mr. Harold Monroe “Buddy” Drum, 80, of Lexington, N.C., died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Iredell County, to Rufus Monroe Drum and Nancy Alice Drum.

Mr. Drum was an active member of Macedonia United Methodist Church in Southmont, N.C., as long as his health permitted. He proudly served during World War II on a Naval Liberty ship as a 20mm Gunner. He retired with 35 years of service from Big Star Grocery Store.

He was a member of the Southmont Lions Club and was awarded Lion of the Year in 2002 and 2004.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Betty Baird Drum; two sons, Tommy Drum and wife, Matella, of Rural Hall, N.C. and Chris Drum  of Cary, N.C. and former wife, Mary Drum, of Raleigh, N.C.; one daughter, Ann Thomas and husband, Steve, of Sanford, N.C.; three grandchildren, Molly Drum, Michael Drum and Christion Drum; one sister, Velma Bottoms of Statesville, N.C.; and two sisters-in-law, Lukie Drum and Joan Harris.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

Services were conducted Thursday afternoon, Dec. 14, 2006, at 3 p.m. at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bert Williams officiating. Burial was held Friday morning at 11 a.m. at the Raleigh Memorial Park Cemetery in Raleigh, N.C.

Memorials may be directed to Macedonia United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 190, Southmont, N.C. 27351 or to Davidson County Hospice, 524 South State Street, Lexington, N.C. 27292.

The family wishes to thank Alston Brook Rehab Center and Hospice of Davidson County for the loving care provided to Mr. Drum.

Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net. Davidson Funeral Home in Lexington, is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Gray Fletcher

Mr. Robert Gray Fletcher, 74, of Lenoir, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 at the  Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.

A native of Watauga County, he had lived most of his life in Morganton.  He was Baptist by faith, and was employed for many years as a truck driver.  He enjoyed his job, and received several safety awards, along with perfect attendance throughout his career. Mr. Fletcher also enjoyed motorcycle riding and spending time with his family and friends. 

Surviving are his ex wife and mother of his three children, Leona Maready of Jacksonville, N.C.; two daughters, Debra Kay Fletcher of Morganton, and Kathy Fletcher of Charlotte; three brothers, Charlie Fletcher of Marion, Boyd Fletcher of Morganton, and Albert Fletcher of Morganton;  two sisters, Faye Mynatt of Knoxville, Tenn. and Ruby Riddle of Morganton;  three grandchildren, Joe Mitchell of Drexel, Jamie Mitchell of Morganton, and Mindy Mitchell Chirinos of Morganton;  five great-grandchildren, Tyler Mitchell, Grace Mitchell, and Sydney Mitchell of Drexel, and Jose Chirinos and Mariella Chirinos of Morganton; and  numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by a son, Tony Fletcher; his parents, Thomas and Rosa Harmon Fletcher; four brothers, Howard Fletcher, Eugene Fletcher, Arthur Dean Fletcher, and Don Fletcher; two grandchildren, Kelly Allen Mitchell and Christy Dawn Mitchell.

A memorial service for Mr. Fletcher will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. at the Kirksey Memorial Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Tom Lineberger.

Kirksey Funeral Home in Morganton is in charge of arrangements.

Larry Thurmond Minton

Mr. Larry Thurmond Minton, 87, of South Holiness Ch. Rd., Wilkesboro,  died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006 at his home.

He was born in Wilkes  County, Sept. 14, 1919, to Kergus and Emma M. Minton. 

Mr. Minton was a charter member of Faith Baptist  Church. He was a deacon and held various other church offices. Mr. Minton served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a surgical technician. Mr. Minton was a technical mechanic before retirement.

Survivors include his wife, Leola Edmiston Minton; two daughters, Judy Miller and husband, Phil, of Hays, and Lesa Smith and husband, Bobby, of Deep Gap; one son, Stuart Minton and wife, Tammy, of North  Wilkesboro; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and nine step-great-grandchildren

Services will be held Friday, Dec. 15, at 2:00 at Faith Baptist  Church with the Rev. Rex Williams and the Rev. Tony Malay officiating.  The body will be placed in the church at 1:30.  Burial with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142 will be in Scenic  Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church Mission Fund, P.O. Box 166,  Millers Creek, N.C.  28651 or to Hospice of Wilkes, 1907 West Park Drive,  North Wilkesboro, N.C.  28659.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in North Wilkesboro, N.C., are in charge of the arrangements.

Dupont Preston ‘D.P.’ Smith

Mr. Dupont Preston “D.P.” Smith, 76, of Statesboro, Ga., passed away Dec. 10, 2006, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.

He graduated from Sylvania High School in June, 1948, and immediately joined the U.S. Navy. He served in many commands before retiring on August 14, 1974, after serving more than 26 years of honorable service as HMC USN. He earned numerous awards including The Bronze Star for Combat, The Korean Combat Citation, Good Conduct, Wintered-over Antarctica Medal, and The National Medal. “DOC” Smith fought and survived the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir.

After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Smith graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in History and taught 11 years, while also coaching football, baseball and golf to high school students. Since 1997, “Coach” and Caroline divided their time between their homes in Boone and Fernandina Beach, Fla.

Survivors include his loving wife of 32 years, Caroline Davis Smith; son, Paul Benard Smith and his wife, Sandra Smith, of Jacksonville, Fla., and three children, Nathaniel, Laura, and Sharah; daughter, Paula Belinda (Smith) Miller and her husband, Julian, and their son, Joshua Preston Miller, all of Crescent Beach, Fla.; and son, Bobby Lake Sands, Jr. and his wife, Sharon Ann Sands, of Portsmouth, Va.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, Dec. 14, at Friendship Methodist Church, where he and his wife, Caroline, attended and D.P. sang in the choir.

N.T. Ward Jr.

Mr. N.T. Ward, Jr., 77, of Highway 194 South, Vilas, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, 2006, at Watauga Medical Center.

He was born March 2, 1929 in Watauga County, a son of Nathan Talbert and Stella Hicks Ward.

Mr. Ward was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. He was a Christmas tree nurseryman and a craftsman. Mr. Ward served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Henson Ward; one daughter, Jewel W. Harmon of Trade, Tenn.; and one son, Rick Ward of Boone; his granddaughter, Mindy Harmon of Trade, Tenn.; and four sisters, Martha Hicks of Sugar Grove, May Ward of Elk Park, Nola McCartney and Mary Thompson, both of Warren, Ohio. A number of nieces and cousins and his family at Glenbridge Health Care also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Michelle Harmon; three brothers, Russell and twins W.R. and J.R. Ward; and two sisters, Annie and Peggy Ward.

Services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Antioch Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Carl Wilson, the Rev. Quincy Norris and the Rev. Russell Ward. The body will lie in state at the church from 1-2 p.m. Burial will follow in the Ward Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem, 419 S. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103-3784.

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

December 13, 2006

Jo Fortune Williams Henderson

Mrs. Jo Fortune Williams Henderson, 80, of Dale Court, Boiling Springs, S.C., formerly of Tryon, N.C., died Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, S.C.

She was born in Tryon, N.C., the daughter of the late John and Bertha Kuykendall Fortune.

Mrs. Henderson retired from The Leader in Spartanburg, S.C. and was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, Spartanburg, S.C. She was first married to Boyce Williams who died in 1990 and later married to Mac Richard Henderson who died in 2005.

Survivors include one son, Stuart F. Williams of Boiling Springs, S.C.; one daughter, Michelle Bolick of Boone, N.C.; one sister, Harriet Fortune Hall of Columbus, N.C. Also surviving are six grandchildren.

Services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Tryon First Baptist Church in Tryon, N.C. with Dr. Darryl E. Maxwell and the Rev. Glenn Rusher officiating.

Burial will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens, Columbus, N.C.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, at Tryon First Baptist Church.

The family will be at the home of the son, Stuart Williams, 216 Harvest Lane, Boiling Springs, S.C.

Memorials may be made to Hebron Colony Ministries, 356 Old Turnpike, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 950 W. Faris Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29605.

An online guest register may be signed at www.mcfarlandfuneralchapel.com

McFarland Funeral Chapel in Tryon, N.C., is in charge of the arrangements.

December 11, 2006

Mrs. Samuel Teague Banner

Mr. Samuel Teague Banner, 67, of 1250 Park Street, Newland, died Wednesday evening, Dec. 6, 2006, at his home, after a courageous five year battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 1, 1939, in Crossnore, a son of Beatrice Teague Banner and the late Robert “Bob” Banner of Newland.

Mr. Banner was a graduate of Newland High School, a U.S. Navy veteran, a tree farmer, and was retired from the N.C. Department of Transportation. He was a maximum blood donor to the American Red Cross. Mr. Banner attended Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Beatrice Teague Banner of Newland; a daughter, Mary Louise Banner of Linville; a sister, Gaynelle Banner Wilson of Sugar Grove; a special friend and caregiver, Brenda Buchanan of Newland; a nephew, Derek Martin Wilson of Vilas; a niece, Heather Wilson Wingler and husband, Eddie Wingler, of Banner Elk; a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

Services were conducted Saturday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2006, at 2 p.m., at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Grandfather Chapel, with the Rev. Claycaster officiating. Private graveside rites were held at Newland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Banner’s name to Hospice of Avery County, PO Box 1357, Newland, N.C. 28657 or to Avery County Humane Society, 1824 Stamey Branch Road, Newland, N.C. 28657.

Condolences may be made by visiting www.rsfh.net or by fax at (828) 733-2401.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Newland, is serving the Banner family.

Tammy Ruth Bennett Coffey

Ms. Tammy Ruth Bennett Coffey, 40, of 424 Hickory Lane, Boone, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

She was born April 14, 2006 in Watauga County, a daughter of Melvlee Watson Bennett and the late Clay Taylor.

Ms. Coffey was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Christopher Pollard of Hopewell, Va.; her mother, Melvlee Watson Bennett of Banner Elk; one sister, Charlotte Bennett of Boone; three brothers, Teddy Watson and wife, Virginia, and Jessie Bennett, all of Boone; and Larry Taylor of Lenoir; two sisters-in-law, Imogene of Lenoir, and Sandy Taylor of Morganton.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clay Taylor.

Services were conducted Friday evening, Dec. 8, 2006, at 8:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating was the Rev. Franklin Kemp.

The family received friends Friday evening, from 6:00 until 8:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Dr. Lowell B. Furman

Dr. Lowell B. Furman, 74, of 695 Trillium Ridge, Boone, died Friday, Dec. 08, 2006, at Watauga Medical Center.

He was active in many aspects of life, but what was foremost in his desires was his love of his Lord Jesus Christ. If Lowell ever participated in any endeavor, he usually ended up being in charge of getting it done. He saw the need of sending physicians to mission hospitals around the world and became co-founder of World Medical Missions. He was also on the Board of Samaritan’s Purse. He spent a large portion of "vacation time" operating in hospitals in third world countries as a witness to his patients about the Lord.

Not only was he active in ministry but also in his profession, serving as president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, President of the North Caroling Surgical Association and a two term Governor for the state of North Carolina to the American College of Surgeons. He was president of Watauga Surgical Group for thirty four years, Chief of Medical Staff of Watauga Medical Center on three occasions, and Chief of Surgery of Watauga Medical Center for many years. He utilized each of these positions as an opportunity to let others see evidence of what Jesus Christ meant in his everyday life.

Even with leadership involvement in so many activities, he also found time for even more fun activities in life. He rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon twice, as well as rafting smaller western rivers numerous times. He was an avid golfer, tennis player and racquet ball player. And if you asked him, one of his most cherished positions he enjoyed was his time as a team physician for the Appalachian State University football team since 1963. Most any Saturday, you could see him standing on the sidelines, cheering the team on, checking injuries, and even at times, trying to give the coach a play or two.

Dr. Furman was educated at Harriman High School in Harriman, Tenn. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, and his doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee Medical School. Dr. Furman was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy.

Lowell Furman, born Feb. 21, 1932, died December 8, 2006; will be missed, but fondly remembered as a man who loved his surgical practice, loved life, and most of all; loved the Lord.

Today, Lowell is satisfied.

“And I – in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” Psalm 17:15

Dr. Furman is survived by his wife, Faythe R. Furman; three sons, Lowell B. Furman, Jr. and wife, Beth, of Bloomington, Ind., Robby Houck and wife, Michelle, of Charleston, S.C., and Chris Houck and wife, Angie, of Asheville; three daughters, Susan F. Clawson and husband, Mike, of Manassas, Va., Barb F. Hall and husband, Steve, of Sherrills Ford, and Laura F. Harrison and husband, Donald, of Blowing Rock; two grandsons, Drew Clawson of Mannassas, Va., and Taylor Furman of Bloomington, Ind.; three granddaughters, Samantha Hall and Sydney Hall, both of Sherrills Ford, and Gracie Houck of Charleston, S.C.; two brothers, James C. Furman and wife, Dolores, and Richard W. Furman and wife, Harriet, all of Boone. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Delbert and Amy Furman.

Services were conducted Sunday afternoon, Dec. 10, 2006, at 2:00 o'clock, at Alliance Bible Fellowship. Officiating was Pastor Scott Andrews and Franklin Graham. Burial followed in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the World Medical Mission, PO Box 3000, Boone, N.C. 28607, or to the Alliance Bible Fellowship, 672 George Wilson Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.

Hampton Funeral Service wass in charge of the arrangements.

Grady Albert Greer

Mr. Grady Albert Greer, 74, of Boone Trail, Millers Creek, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 at Wake  Forest University  Baptist Medical  Center.

 He was born in Ashe  County, June 26, 1932, to Riley L. and Dollie Adkins Greer. 

Mr. Greer was a member of Pleasant Valley  Baptist Church.  He was the owner of G & G Vinyl Wholesale and Greer Trucking.

Survivors include one son, James Albert Greer of North Wilkesboro; three daughters, Kathy Jo Greer Gragg of Millers Creek, Deborah Kay Greer Stikes of Wilkesboro, and Kelly A. Greer Black of Jefferson; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Hicks Greer.

Services were held Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at 11:00 a.m. at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel with the Rev. Clayburn Roten and the Rev. Johnny Phillips, Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Mountlawn  Memorial Park.

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

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

Frank Edwin ‘Chief’ Hollander

Mr. Frank Edwin “Chief” Hollander, 77, of Lenoir, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006, at his residence.

He was born July 24, 1929 in Avery County to the late John Bunyon and Lettie Coffey Hollander.

Mr. Hollander was retired from Tomlinson Plumbing and a veteran of the U.S. Army and the National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Clark Hollander; one son, Edwin Guy Hollander of Lawerenceburg, Ky.; two daughters, Mrs. Cynthia Hicks and husband, Leon, and Mrs. Carol Hamilton and husband, Ron, all of Lenoir; one brother, Nick Hollander of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Gustie Hedrick of Troutville, Va. and Mrs. Mamie Conkel of Logan, Ohio; and five grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Lockie Rominger and Mrs. Callie Foster; four brothers, Paul Coffey, Mack Coffey, Roadman Hollander and Ivory Hollander.

Graveside services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Park conducted by the Rev. Danny Rominger. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:45-1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Hollingsworth Holshouser

Mrs. Patricia Hollingsworth Holshouser, 67, of Southern Pines, N.C., died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at her home.

She was born Oct. 29, 1939 in  Asheville, N.C., to the late L.H. Hollingsworth and Bessie Walker Hollingsworth.

Mrs. Holshouser received her BS in Home Economics from Appalachian State University, an ADN in Nursing from  Caldwell Community College and an MSN in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For many years, she lovingly and faithfully served as Patient Care Coordinator and as a hospice and palliative care nurse through Hospice of Scotland County. From 1973-1977 she served as First Lady of North Carolina, during which time she oversaw a major renovation of the Executive Mansion and served as Chair of the NC Commission on Citizen Participation. She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant son who died at birth.

Mrs. Holshouser is survived by her husband, Jim Holshouser; her daughter, Ginny Mills and her husband, John, of Winston-Salem, N.C., who are currently serving as missionaries in Ocosingo, Mexico; her granddaughters, Holly and Maggie Mills; her sisters, Nancy Brown and her husband, Jim Amundson, of Raleigh, N.C., and Linda Simms and her husband, Tom, of Winston-Salem; her sister-in-law, Laura H. Mast; her nieces and nephews, Victor Brown, Deanna Butler, Jeff Simms, Amy Simms, Malinda Rathbone, Allen Mast, Amy Mast, and Tim Mast, and a host of wonderful aunts and uncles and great-nieces and nephews.

The family received friends on Saturday from 5-7 p.m at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church. A memorial service was held on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 10, at 2:00 p.m. at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church with Dr. Grady Perryman officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Scotland County, PO Box 1033, Laurinburg, N.C. 28353 or First Presbyterian Church, Mills Family Mission/Medical Clinic, 326 S. Main St., Mount Airy, N.C. 27030.

Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines is serving the Holshouser family.

Blanda Greer Hampton Martin

Mrs. Blanda Greer Hampton Martin, 93, of Grandview Circle, Lenoir, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006 at Lenoir HealthCare Center.

She was born August 5, 1913 in Watauga County to the late Robert and Bessie Harrison Greer.

Mrs. Martin was a former employee for many years at Blowing Rock Hospital and Blowing Rock School. She was a Christian and touched the lives of many people from Boone to Blowing Rock and Lenoir. She will be lovingly remembered by friends and family for her selfless love and caring attitude.

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Alma Greer Hartley of Lenoir and Mrs. Stella Greer Dobbins of Blowing Rock; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Boyce Martin; a son, Robert (Bob) Hampton; a daughter, Carrie Jane Hampton; and two sisters, Lois Walser and Helen Artie Grant.

Services were held Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. at Greer-McElveen Funeral Home Chapel.  The  family received friends one hour prior to the service from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A graveside service was held Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock, N.C.

Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of the arrangements.