Watauga Democrat
November 16, 2007






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Rene Bledsoe Barnes

Mrs. Rene Bledsoe Barnes, 34, of Brady Lane, Deep Gap, died Monday evening, Nov. 12, 2007, at Watauga Medical Center.
She was born May 4, 1973 in Watauga County, the daughter of Jack William and the late Carolyn Norris Bledsoe.
Mrs. Barnes was a graduate of Watauga High School and Queens College in Charlotte. She was a member of Deerfield United Methodist Church and retired as the Human Resource Coordinator for Watauga County.
She was a loving mother, and wife of seven years to her husband, Jody Edward Barnes, and their children, Maggie Carolyn and Mason Jack Barnes, all of the home; her father, Jack Bledsoe and his wife, Byrdette, of Boone; one brother, Tim Bledsoe and wife, Shelia, of Boone; her maternal grandparents, Russell and Viola Norris of Boone; four nieces, Elise Bledsoe of Boone, Kalen Bolick of Conover and Lauren and Samantha Medlin, both of Cary; one step-brother, Jimmy Medlin and wife, Wendy, of Cary; one step-sister, Joanna Poole and husband, Jonathan, of Raleigh; her father-in-law, Jack Barnes of Hiddenite; and her mother-in-law, Martha Barnes of Claremont; one brother-in-law, Mark Barnes of Claremont; one sister-in-law, Jeannie Bolick and husband, Terry, of Conover; a number of aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends, Jill Kubec of Asheville and Kelly Coffey of Wilkesboro.
Services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Deerfield United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Jeff Sweeny. The family received friends Wednesday afternoon from 12:00-2:00, two hours prior to the services, at the church. Entombment followed at the Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to the Seby B. Jones Cancer Center, to the Birthing Center at Watauga Medical Center, P.O. Box 2600, Boone, N.C. 28607, or to the Maggie Carolyn and Mason Jack Barnes Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be made to the Barnes family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Barnes family.

Harley P. Cook, Jr.
Mr. Harley P. Cook, Jr., 75, of 123 Cook Road, Zionville, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 13, 2007, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born June 6, 1932 in Watauga County, a son of the late Harley Patterson Cook, Sr. and Leota Bolick Cook.
Mr. Cook was retired owner and operator of Cook Brothers Grading and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Joseph Cook of Zionville and fiancé, Karen Wilson, of Mountain City, Tenn.; two daughters, Linda Hollar and husband, David, of Zionville, and Jeannette Johnson and husband, David, of Newland; a special friend and caregiver, Mary Jo Jennings; six grandsons, Allen Hollar, Will Hollar, David Hollar, and Jason Cook, all of Zionville, Joel Cook of Mountain City, and Jacob Johnson of Newland; three sisters, Ethel Moretz and Ora Lee Winebarger, both of Boone, and Reba Farthing and husband, Baxter, of Manassas, Va.; and three sisters-in-law, Margaret Cook, Lura Cook, and Edith Cook, all of Zionville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Cook; his second wife, Alberta Cook; three sisters, Edna Pardue, Ruth Moretz, and Earleen Henson; and four brothers, Allen Cook, Stanley Cook, Boyd Cook, and Dean Cook.
Services will be conducted Friday afternoon, Nov. 16, 2007, at 2:00 o'clock, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be the Rev. Thomas Whray. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to The Hand-In-Hand Building Fund, in care of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 1564 Silverstone Road, Zionville, N.C. 28698.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Oliver Paul Sanders
Mr. Oliver Paul Sanders, retired Appalachian State University faculty member, died on Nov. 2, 2007, after a lengthy illness.
He was born and educated in Oklahoma. Mr. Sanders served in the United States Army from May 1943 to February 1946. He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University. He taught at several colleges in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas before joining the faculty at Appalachian State Teachers College (now known as Appalachian State University) in 1962. There Mr. Sanders served in various capacities: Chair of the Department of Mathematics, Dean of Academic Affairs, Provost, and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. He retired from the University in 1987.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; one daughter, Gina Karen Leach and husband, Ed; and one grandson, Michael Edward Leach and wife, Mary Ellen. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest D. Sanders; three brothers, Curtis Sanders, E.J. Sanders, and Jack Sanders; and a grandson, Eric Sanders Leach.
A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Boone, on Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, at 11:00 a.m.
Broadus-Raines Funeral Home of Green Cove Springs, Fla., is in charge of burial arrangements.

November 14, 2007
Betty Jean Vannoy Brown

Mrs. Betty Jean Vannoy Brown, 76, of Brown Farm Road, Boone, died Sunday evening, Nov. 11, 2007, surrounded by her family and loving caretakers, Pansy and Wilson Blevins.
She was born Nov. 24, 1930 in Jacksonville, Fla., the daughter of the late Ernest James Vannoy, Sr. and Cora Isaacs Vannoy.
Mrs. Brown lived in Boone all her life and was a 1949 graduate of Appalachian High School where she excelled as an athlete in the sport of basketball. She also attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She was a member of Laurel Springs Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
Surviving are three sons, Steve Brown and wife, Brenda, of Taylorsville, Bob Brown and wife, Cindy, and Jimmy Brown and wife, Andrea, all of Boone; five grandchildren, Tennille Baker and husband, Todd, of Taylorsville, Tyler Brown of Taylorsville, Eric, Breanna and Brittany Brown, all of Boone; and one brother, Ernest Vannoy, Jr. and wife, Jean, of Boone.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Bill Earl Brown
Services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Laurel Springs Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Brent Bolick and the Rev. Sherrill Wellborn. Entombment will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Laurel Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 7404 US Hwy 421 South, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to High Country Health Care System Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 100-B, Boone, N.C. 28607.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. At other times friends may call at the home of Bob and Cindy Brown, 381 Hardin Road, Boone.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Brown family.

John Parlier, Jr.
Mr. John Parlier, Jr., 77, of 653 John Jones Road, Elk Park, N.C., (Old Beech Mountain Community) passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007 in Cannon Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness.
He was the son of the late John Parlier, Sr. and his wife, Lena Storey Parlier.
Mr. Parlier was a native of Avery County, N.C.
Mr. Parlier was a member and deacon of Fall Creek Baptist Church, Old Beech Mountain Community. He was a licensed contractor having built many homes throughout the area.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Alice Jones Parlier; two daughters and a son-in-law, Retta Baker of the Old Beech Mountain Community; Lisa and Mike Miller of Hampton; three grandchildren, Heather Zoellner and husband, Jay, of the Old Beech Mountain Community; John Miller and Seth Miller of Hampton; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Jean Cook of Elk Park, N.C.; Mary and Charles Smith of Valdese, N.C.; Pearl Ann and Joe McGuire of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Mack and Dorothy Parlier of the Old Beech Mountain Community and Jim and Jean Parlier of High Point, N.C. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Parlier; a daughter, Theresa Parlier; a brother, Wayne Parlier; a sister, Alma Sumpter; a grandson, Eric Baker; and a son-in-law, Creed Baker.
Services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007 in the Rhododendron Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, with the Rev. Jacob Willis officiating. The graveside service and interment will be conducted on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. in Fall Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Elk Park, N.C. with the Rev. Earl Carver, Jr. officiating. Active pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be Pleze Banner, Jr., Troy Crawford, Smith Storey, Bud Ingram and Dallas Banner. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at cemetery at 10:50 a.m.
The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service and at the residence at other times.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers, may make donations to Lower Shell Creek Christian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 127, Roan Mountain, TN 37687.
Condolences may be sent to the family by signing the guest book at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com, or by fax 423 542-9499.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Roan Mountain, Tenn., is serving the family.

November 12, 2007
Mr. Mazie Craven Butchee

Despite her travels of the world, Mrs. Mazie Craven Butchee, “Cindy”, as most knew her, took the ultimate journey Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007, to be with her Lord and Savior.
She was born in Ashe County, N.C., as Mazie Lorinda Craven, Feb. 19, 1937, and raised on a farm with five siblings, Pearl Jean, Tommy, Lenna, Joe and Jerry. Little did she know that she would meet and marry a man from Oakdale, La. Becoming Mrs. Richard E. Butchee, Sr. at a small house wedding, her travels then began south to Louisiana.
Cindy’s talents and love for people took her into the banking industry for many years during which time she and Richard had three children, Lori, Traci and Richard, Jr. Richard Sr.’s career then took his family overseas where for ten years or so Cindy lovingly and selflessly made homes away from home for her family. Upon their return to the United States and settling in Lafayette, La. in 1980, Cindy returned to work. Beginning in the Cash Office, she ultimately retired with Wal-Mart, Inc. in 1998 as a Door Greeter, where she lovingly placed a “smiley face” on the wrist of each child that came through the door. As Alzheimers began to take hold, her journeys outside the home became difficult. Knowing her eventual destination, Cindy courageously faced her battle with her family by her side to guide her home.
Survivors include her mother-in-law, Mildred Butchee; two daughters, Lori Trahan Gallet and her husband, Kirk; Traci B. Patin and her companion, Ray Domingue; one son, Richard E. Butchee, Jr. and his companion, Michelle Marcantel; four grandsons, Brook Trahan and his wife, Crystal; Richard Trahan and his companion, Jessica Eley; Jimmy Joe Grundy; and Tylor Patin; a granddaughter, Katie Butchee; two great-grandsons, Chase Cooper and Kade Trahan; and three great-granddaughters, Melani Cooper, Kara Trahan and Brooklyn Trahan. Her sixth grandchild is expected in April, 2008. Surviving siblings include two sisters, Pearl Jean Miller and her companion, Lupe Areiga; and Lenna Rae Gray; and three brothers, Tommy Craven and his wife, Shirley; Joe Craven and his wife, Nadine; and Jerry Craven and his wife, Linda; a sister-in-law, Mildred Cochran and her husband, Robert; two brother-in-laws, Roy Butchee Jr. and his wife, Wiladine; and Tom Harrell and his wife, Kathy. Numerous nieces, nephews and friends whom she loved dearly, also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Grace Craven; her husband, Richard E. Butchee, Sr.; and a grandson, Michael Mathew Butchee. Though blessings may be hard to find in the realms of Alzheimers, the disease protected her from the losses she never knew.
Visitation was held Friday, Nov. 9, 2007, from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. Internment followed at Lafayette Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Tylor Patin, Brook Trahan, Richard Trahan, Katy Butchee, Kirk Gallet and Ray Domingue. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Mathew Butchee and Jimmy Joe Grundy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alzheimers Association, Lafayette Regional Center, 128 Demanade Blvd., Bldg. 4, Suite 109, Lafayette, LA 70503.
David’s Funeral Home at 316 Youngsville Hwy. are in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Richard Hicks
Mr. Billy Richard Hicks, 70, of Fox Meadow Road, Banner Elk, died Friday morning, Nov. 9, 2007 at the John Keever Solace Center in Asheville.
He was born March 18, 1937 in the Cranberry Community of Avery County, a son of Phelix Theodore and Ethel Calhoun Hicks.
Mr. Hicks was a graduate of Cranberry High School (Class of 1955) and the Catawba Valley Technical Institute in Hickory, and a member of the North Carolina National Guard. He held a North Carolina Teachers Certificate and was a contractor and licensed builder in commercial and residential construction. For many years he was the superintendent for Twin City Builders of Newton and for several years served as vice president and superintendent of R. C. Bowness Construction in Linville.
He was a loving husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Patricia Shotwell Hicks; one son, Michael Ray Hicks and wife, Monica Shomaker Hicks, and granddaughter Sydney Isabella Hicks, all of Banner Elk. He is also survived by two brothers, L. G. Hicks and wife, Christine, of Spruce Pine and Joe Allen Hicks and wife, Ella Mae, of Minneapolis, N.C.; one sister, Barbara Jean Frazier and husband, Willard, of Newton; and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorial services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at Crossnore First Baptist Church, Crossnore, N.C. in Avery County, officiated by the Rev. Lander Hefner. Burial will be private.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Post Office Box 1903, Boone, N.C. 28607, to Hospice of Avery County, PO Box 1357 Newland, N.C. 28657 or to a church of the donor’s choice.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Hicks family.

Lottie Mae Austin Houck
Mrs. Lottie Mae Austin Houck, 93, of Huntersville, N.C., formerly of Oakboro, N.C., died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007, at Huntersville Oaks Nursing Center.
She was born Dec. 10, 1913 in Stanly County, N.C.
She was a retired Primary Grade School teacher at Oakboro and Aquadale Elementary School with 33 years service. She received her BS in Primary School Education from Appalachian State. Teaching was her life. She was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Willard Clark Houck, Jr. and wife, Janice, of Huntersville, N.C. and Michael S. Houck and wife, Ellen, of Albemarle, N.C.; a daughter, Rhenda Houck Steele and husband, Wayne, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; four grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Clark Houck; her father, Silas Austin; her mother, Nola Kennedy Austin; and grandson, Brian Houck.
Services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Hartsell Funeral Home’s Lefler Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Brad Lynch officiating. Burial followed in Oakboro Cemetery in Oakboro, N.C.
Hartsell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Clark Harrison ‘Kirk’ Kirkman, Jr.
Mr. Clark Harrison “Kirk” Kirkman, Jr., 87, died Nov. 7, 2007 at Glenaire Retirement Center in Cary, N.C.
He was born in Guilford County on Feb. 23, 1920, the son of the late Clark H. and Cora John Kirkman.
Mr. Kirkman was educated at NC State University (BS Agriculture, 1941; MS, 1957) and served in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg (1944-46).
For the first 18 years of his career, he served as Assistant County Agent or County Extension Chair in 7 different N.C. counties, working in rural areas on organizing watersheds; farm planning; farmer education; 4-H club activities including national sheep shearing championship teams; developing the first integrated budget for the NC State Extension Service at the county level.
In 1961, he became Director of Member Relations for Farmers Cooperative Exchange (FCX) in Raleigh, and in 1967 he became a Cooperative Education Specialist with US Dept. of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. until his retirement in 1983.
In his position in Washington, D.C., Mr. Kirkman taught hundreds of workshops and training sessions on cooperatives across the U.S; developed more than 55 publications of unique educational materials on cooperatives; worked with a broad network of professionals and organizations in support of cooperatives; and was instrumental in developing public-private partnerships to document the value of cooperatives in rural and community development.
National recognition of his work culminated in 1994 when a partnership of the District of Columbia, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) established at UDC the CH Kirkman, Jr. Resource Library for Cooperatives in his honor.
The Library exemplifies Mr. Kirkman’s life philosophy of education, commitment, character and cooperation.
He received numerous other special awards and honors in recognition of his achievements, including the Order of the Long Leaf Pine from the State of North Carolina.
Mr. Kirkman was an active leader in all of the communities in which he lived: Boy Scout leader, PTA Council president in Marion; active in his churches, church choirs, and civic organizations; member of the Potomac Postal Customer Advisory Council; precinct chair, resident representative and Landscape Committee member at Glenaire; and a committed conservation farmer.
He enjoyed working with his beloved wife, Genie, on their yard, especially the roses and camellias, and gave generously to his neighbors in need of help with their landscaping.
He was married for 55 years to the late Eugenia (Genie) Kearns Kirkman who was truly his partner in all aspects of his life.
Survivors include three children, Margaret K. Davis of Columbia, S.C.; Clark H. (Harry) Kirkman, III of Portland, Ore.; and W. Benson Kirkman of Raleigh, N.C.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother.
Memorial services were held at Glenaire Retirement Center in Cary, N.C. at 2 p.m. and at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Pleasant Garden, N.C. at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007.
Memorial contributions may be made to the C. H. Kirkman, Jr. Resource Library for Cooperatives, c/o Center for the Study of Cooperatives, 4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008.
Condolences may be sent through www.brownwynne.com
Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary, N.C. were in charge of the arrangements.

Frances Ann Wadsworth Meyer
Mrs. Frances Ann Wadsworth Meyer went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007.
She was born March 6, 1916 in Battle Creek, Mich., daughter of Doremus and Hazel McWilliams Davis.
Mrs. Meyer studied at the Kellogg Institute in Battle Creek, Michigan and later graduated from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois in 1938. In her early years she taught at Tanglewood School in Charlotte, Michigan, a pioneering residential program for children with neurological impairment.
She was a founding member of the Greensboro Christian Women’s Club. As a couple, Frank and Ann spent years supporting evangelistic mission programs around the world, often hosting missionaries in their home. In 1949 they traveled to Ecuador to get a first-hand layman’s view of the mission field. Frank flew with MAF jungle pilot Nate Saint, one of five missionaries martyred by the Auca Indians in 1956. In their retirement, they spent eight years in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilies, serving Trans World Radio’s evangelistic ministry.
She was preceded to heaven by her devoted husband of 59 years, Franklin Earle Meyer. They made Greensboro their home since 1959, and were long-time members of Westover Church.
Mrs. Meyer is survived by her children, David Meyer, a neurologist in Winston-Salem; Dan Meyer, a Chamber of Commerce executive in Boone; and Deborah Bryant, a wife and mother in Greensboro. Mrs. Meyer enjoyed hugs and kisses from her nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 at Westover Church, 505 Muirs Chapel Road, Greensboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Missions Ministry of Westover Church. Family will greet friends after the service.
“She looked well to the ways of her household… Her children rise up and call her blessed! Her husband also praises her saying, ‘Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.’” ( Proverbs 31:27-9)
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Roy A. Moretz
Mr. Roy A. Moretz of Clinton, Tenn. and Boone, N.C., died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Lenoir, N.C.
He was born Dec. 2, 1947 in Boone, N.C., a son of the late Ralph M. Moretz, Sr. and Verlia Winebarger Moretz.
A loving son, brother, and father, Mr. Moretz was a master craftsman and talented in all aspects of the building trades. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he attended Caldwell Community College and Appalachian State University and recently retired from the ASU Computer and Telecommunications Center.
Survivors include one son, Mark Moretz of Zionville, N.C.; and 12 brothers and sisters, Virginia Cook and husband, George, of Beverly, Ohio; Charles Moretz and wife, Marietta of Clinton, Tenn.; Bill Moretz of Doraville, Ga.; Paul Moretz and wife, Myrtle, of Clinton, Tenn.; Glenn Moretz and wife, Mary Alice, of Arlington, Texas; Edwin Moretz of Charlotte, N.C.; Jane Grubb and husband, Johnny, of Clinton, Tenn.; James Moretz of Chicago, Ill.; Estelle Dinan of Zanesville, Ohio; Jerry Moretz and wife, Wanda, of Clinton, Tenn.; Kay Moretz and husband, Leon, of Mt. Holley, N.C.; and Ray Moretz of Boone, N.C. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph M. Moretz, Jr., and John Moretz, both of Clinton, Tenn.; and an infant sister, Velma Lee.
Services were held Saturday afternoon, Nov. 10, at 2:00 p.m., at the Woodhaven Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 160 Edgemoor Road, Powell, Tenn. with the Rev. Tom Hehenberger of Bethany Lutheran Church in Boone officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.
Woodhaven Funeral Home in Powell, Tenn., was in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Jo Morgan
Mrs. Betty Jo Morgan, 79, of Chattanooga, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007.
She was a member of St. Elmo United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. She graduated high school and attended UTC College in Chattanooga. She was a well known realtor in Chattanooga for several years and lived in Boone, N.C. following retirement. She was an avid hiker and camper.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Morgan of Signal Mountain and Karen M. Howard and her husband, Nicholas, of Atlanta; one granddaughter, Morgan Lavinia Howard of Atlanta; one brother, Charles Sully of Doraville, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Burton Morgan; her brother, Henry Herbert Sully, Jr.; and her sister, Lucille Brueckner.
Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, at Chattanooga National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 404 South Moore Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1893 Memphis, TN 38101-9950.
Please share your thoughts and memories at www.mem.com.
Chattanooga Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sanford Arnold Parlier
Mr. Sanford Arnold Parlier, 76, of Joe Parlier Road, the old Beech Mountain Community, died Saturday evening, Nov. 10, 2007 at Johnson City Medical Center.
He was born in Avery County, Feb. 11, 1931, a son of the late Joe and Sarah Ann Walsh Parlier.
Mr. Parlier was a retired stonemason and a member and Deacon of Beech Mountain Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Joan H. Parlier; two daughters, Sandra Parlier of Sugar Grove, and Linda Biggs and husband, Gary, of Elk Park; four sons, Arnold Parlier and wife, Brenda, of Granite Falls, Charles Parlier and wife, Willa Deane, of Mountain City, Tenn., James Parlier and wife, Carolyn, and Jeff Parlier and wife, Sondra, all of Elk Park; one daughter-in-law, Alice Parlier, of Elk Park; four sisters, Irene Clemmons, Cozie Hyder and Lou Martinelli, all of Elizabethton, Tenn. and Florence Cook of Winston-Salem; one brother, Lawrence Parlier of New York; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Parlier; two granddaughters, Shannon and Donna Kay Mynes; and four brothers, Finley, Cluster, Spurgon and Elliott Parlier.
Services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Beech Mountain Baptist Church. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 until 2 o’clock. Officiating will be the Rev. Dennis Church and the Rev. David Burnham. Burial will follow in the Beech Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 o’clock until 7:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Parlier family.

Sigurd Ernst Schmidt
Mr. Sigurd Ernst Schmidt, 88, of Norwood Hollow Road, Banner Elk, died Sunday morning, Nov. 11, 2007 at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born in Berlin-Schoeneberg, Germany, July 20, 1919, a son of the late Wilhelm and Martha Helm Schmidt.
Mr. Schmidt was a graphic artist having last worked for Region-D Council of Government. He was of the Baha’i faith.
Surviving are his wife, Leah Wilson Schmidt; one daughter, Carmel Toliver of Augusta, Ga.; one sister, Sigrun Schmidt of Berlin, Germany; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilhelm and Martha Helm Schmidt.
Services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Schmidt family.

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