Watauga Democrat
Friday, April 4, 2008


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June Benton “Ben” Clark, Sr.

Mr. June Benton “Ben” Clark, Sr., of 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, N.C., and Valle Crucis, passed away Friday, March 28, 2008.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Billie Morton Clark; a son, J.B. “Benny” Clark and his wife, Jill, and their twins, Justin and Derrick.
Ben and Billie spent many long happy years in their mountain home where they made many friends and were blessed with a second church family as associate members of Baird’s Creek Presbyterian Church, Vilas, N.C.
Memorial services will take place Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. at Back Creek Presbyterian Church, 1821 Back Creek Church Rd., Charlotte. The family will receive friends at the church from 1-2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the churches mentioned above; Hospice & Palliative Care, 1420 E 7th St., Charlotte, N.C. 28204; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28215.
Online condolences may be sent to www.carolinafuneral.com
Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center in Charlotte are in charge of the arrangements.

James “Jim” L. Farthing
Mr. James “Jim” L. Farthing, 65, of Concord, N.C., passed away Tuesday morning, April 1, 2008, at his home.
He was born in Wake County, April 15, 1942, to the late Charles Claude and Mary Hopkins Farthing.
Mr. Farthing was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served four years. He was a Service Representative for Ricoh Co. He was a Member of Boger UCC where he sang in the choir. Mr. Farthing graduated from CPCC with an Electronic Engineering Degree and served on the Advisory Council at CPCC. He was a family man, devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Diane Corzine Farthing; a son, Mr. David M. Farthing and wife, Angela, of Conover; and two grandchildren, Jonathan and Kathryn Farthing; one brother, Mr. Charles C. Farthing III of Nashville, Tenn.; and aunt, Mrs. Thelma Hood and husband, Bill, of Lenoir.
Services were conducted Thursday afternoon, April 3, 2008, at 3 p.m. at Boger UCC with Dr. Rev. J. Donald McManus officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Boger UCC, 7313 Gold Hill Road, Concord, N.C. 28025
On line condolences may be sent to www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com
Wilkinson Funeral Home is in charge of services for Mr. Farthing.

Frank Burke Fidler
Mr. Frank Burke Fidler, 86, died peacefully at his home, Feb. 27, 2008, with his wife and son at his side. His death was caused by difficulties after a fall, subsequent surgeries and several bouts of pneumonia, according to his son, Brett Fidler, of Bellevue.
He was born August 5, 1921, in Cornelius, N.C.
Mr. Fidler met the love of his life, Doris Ylvisaker, at a dance. “I’ll never want another man,” said Mrs. Fidler, who recently found the packets of letters she said Mr. Fidler wrote her every day while they were engaged and living apart. He was doing graduate work at the University of Washington and she was at Washington State University. “I won’t read them all at once. I’ll read one every night so I don’t feel so lonely,” she said. The two were married 61 years.
He graduated from Appalachian State Teachers College in 1942 and after graduation was drafted by the New York Giants Baseball organization. Military service interrupted his baseball career and he joined the Air Force in World War II, serving as a meteorologist.
While stationed at Paine Field, he met Doris, marrying her the same year.
He began his career with the Seattle School District in 1947, starting out as a teacher and basketball coach at Garfield High School. He also served as a counselor at Roosevelt and Franklin high schools; vice principal at Garfield from 1959-1961; and principal at several Seattle high schools, including Roosevelt, from 1970-1977.
Mr. Fidler’s last position with the district was in the central office, as director of staff relations. He retired around 1980.
He was known as a firm man but a fair one, on the court and off, during a long career with the Seattle School District, serving as a coach, counselor and school principal, among other posts.
Mr. Fidler was well known in Seattle athletic circles. He officiated football and basketball at both the high school and collegiate levels. He helped establish the Washington State High School Officiating Association and was selected as an official for the Rose Bowl in 1964 and 1976, among other high-profile venues.
He spent several years coaching the Buchan Bakers Amateur Athletic Union basketball team and in 1956 his team won the national championship, and later toured, playing teams in the Philippines and Japan.
Mike McCutchen, 77, of Bothell, remembered working with Mr. Fidler the coach as a player at Garfield. “He was a great basketball coach that took us to state tournaments two times”, McCutchen said. “He had a different attitude than most coaches; he didn’t berate the players.” “Instead, Mr. Fidler helped players get past their mistakes and achieve,” Mr. McCutchen said. Most of all, he said, what he learned from Mr. Fidler was how to deal with people. “It was his good attitude, and his patience.”
In addition to his wife, Mr. Fidler is survived by his son, Brett Fidler of Bellevue; a brother, Carl Fidler of Boone, N.C.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A family celebration of Mr. Fidler’s life will be in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mr. Fidler’s name to Childhaven of Seattle.

Dr. Clyde N. McCall
Dr. Clyde N. McCall of Blowing Rock, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
He was born Nov. 20, 1928 in Forest City to the late Dr. Charles Summers McCall and Lena Cox McCall.
Dr. McCall was a graduate of Berea College in Berea, Ky., and in 1954 graduated with the first dental class from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry at Chapel Hill. He served two years as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force. Beginning in 1957, he practiced general dentistry in Stanley for 41 years, retiring in September 1998.
He was a member of Stanley United Methodist Church and was a leader in the church for years, serving on the Administrative Board, the Committee on Finance, and Chairman of the Staff-Parish Committee. He served as a member of BB&T's Gastonia Advisory Board of Directors from 1975 to 1998. He supported and was an active participant in the initial process of creating the Stanley Total Living Center which provided the community's need for a nursing home facility.
Dr. McCall was a member and actively involved in the work of both the Stanley Lions Club and the Gaston County Dental Society. In 1996, when the Dental Society, in collaboration with the County Health Department, formed the Gaston County Public Health Dental Clinic to provide dental care for the poor, Dr. McCall volunteered many hours of his time and services working in the clinic. During his retirement years in Blowing Rock, his pastimes were hiking mountain trails and doing nature photography. He enjoyed and appreciated being a part of the Institute of Senior Scholars.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joan Evans McCall; his daughter, Leslie McCall of Winston-Salem; a sister, Margaret Warlick of Charlotte; a brother, Dr. Glenn W. McCall and wife, Kathy, of Spartanburg, S.C.; a sister-in-law, Dorothy McCall of Tryon; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his step mother, Sadie Seals McCall; and two brothers, Dr. Robert S. McCall of Marion and Dr. C. W. McCall, Sr. of Tryon.
A memorial service will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church chapel in Winston-Salem on Tuesday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m. Receiving of friends will follow the service.
The family requests no flowers. Please consider a memorial contribution to the Dental Foundation of North Carolina, 101A Market Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, or Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404.
Any condolences may be made to: www.salemfh.com.
Salem Funerals and Cremations will be in charge of arrangements.

David Tuckwiller Miller
Mr. David Tuckwiller Miller, 39, of Boone, died Sunday evening, March 30, 2008 at home.
He was born May 4, 1968 in Watauga County, the son of Joyce Tuckwiller-Herring and Joe Miller.
Mr. Miller was an artist, and a self-employed landscaper. He was a member of Boone United Methodist Church
Surviving are his wife, Shawn Dillon Miller; one daughter, Emma Miller, one son, Haden Miller, all of Boone; his mother, Joyce Tuckwiller-Herring and husband, Bobby, of Mesa, Ariz.; his father, Joe Miller and wife, Lynda, of Boone; and one brother, Joseph Miller and wife, Deborah, of Todd.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, L. E. and Anne Hensley Tuckwiller; and his paternal grandparents, Cecil and Flossie Church Miller.
Services will be conducted Friday morning at 11 o’clock at Boone United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Dr. George Naff. Burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.
The family respectfully requests no food or flowers, and suggests memorials to the Emma & Haden Miller Education Fund, in care of High Country Bank, 149 Jefferson Road, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to Mount Top Counseling, Post Office Box 1249, Boone, N.C. 28607.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:30 until 8 o’clock at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home. At other times friends may call at the residence of Joe and Lynda Miller, Brookshire Road, Boone.
Online condolences may be sent to the Miller family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Miller family.

Dana George Moore
Mr. Dana George Moore, 79, of Gainesville, Fla., died Monday morning, March 31, 2008, at Palm Gardens Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Gainesville.
He was born March 31, 1929 in Watauga County, a son of the late Roy Bynum and Ida Parleir Moore.
Mr. Moore was a retired employee of Aero Corporation in Lake City, Fla., and a member of Oakdale Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Darrell Moore and wife, Debra, of Lake City, Fla.; one daughter, Karen Hawley and husband Michael of Gainesville, Fla.; two grandsons, Justin Moore of Lake City, Fla. and Calvin Hawley of Gainesville, Fla.; one granddaughter, Misti Hawley of Gainesville, Fla.; two brothers, Ivey Moore of Vilas and Lewis Moore of Lenoir; four sisters, Hazel Arnette, Blanch Branch, Bertha Greene and husband, Willard, and Betty Greene and husband, Howard, all of Lenoir; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Church Moore; one brother, Clyde Moore; a brother-in-law, Ray Arnette; and a sister-in-law, Ada Moore.
Services will be conducted Saturday, April 5, 2008, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carl Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Danner Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 11:30-12:00, 30 minutes prior to the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the Moore family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Bobby Dean “Bob” Phillips
Mr. Bobby Dean “Bob” Phillips, 70, of Taylorsville, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville.
He was born Oct. 31, 1937, to James Clay Phillips and Nell Greene in Watauga County.
Mr. Phillips was a member of Three Forks Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School, and was actively involved in Helping Other People Everywhere, “HOPE” ministry primarily in Russia, where he had made 12 consecutive annual trips. He was an active member of Masonic Lodge Lee Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Taylorsville, Taylorsville Gideon Camp, on the board for Taylorville Fire Dept., and had served as a member of the board for Alexander Co. Health Department, served on Taylorsville Town Board for over 20 years and only missed three board meetings in the 20 year span. He originally relocated to Taylorsville with AVCO Financial Services. He was a hearing officer for the NCDMV for 11 years. Phillips Mobile Home Movers was also a business of his during his lifetime. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and many friends.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Lethia Phillips; one daughter, Gaye Aponte and husband, Rob, of Taylorsville; one son, Bobby Dean “Bo” Phillips, Jr., of Taylorsville; two grandchildren, Maria and Vincent Aponte, of Taylorsville; three brothers, James Clay “JC” Phillips of Vilas, N.C., Earl Phillips of Sugar Grove, N.C., and Tom Phillips of Lexington, N.C.; two sisters, Betty Bentley and Kate Cogan, both of Vilas, N.C.; along with a number of nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Alma Hodges Phillips.
Visitation will be Friday, April 4, 2008, 1-3 p.m. at Three Forks Baptist Church. Funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Rev. Don Ingle and the Rev. Marion Powell will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Masonic Rites at the grave.
Memorials may be given to “HOPE” Missions, c/o Three Forks Baptist Church, 4685 Three Forks Church Road, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681 or Gideon’s International, PO Box 517, Taylorsville, N.C. 28681.
Honorary pallbearers will be Masonic Lodge Members, Board of Hope Missions, Gideon International members, members of Taylorsville Town Board and city employees and Taylorsville Fire Department members.
Condolences to the Phillips family may be emailed to alexfuneralsvc@bellsouth.net <mailto:alexfuneralsvc@bellsouth.net>.
Alexander Funeral Service in Taylorsville, N.C., are in charge of the arrangements.

Calvin A. Watson, Jr.

Mr. Calvin A. Watson, Jr., 79, of Boone, died Sunday, March 30, 2008, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born May 8, 1928 in Chatham County, a son of the late Calvin Alfred Watson, Sr. and Sadie Wall Richardson Watson.
Mr. Watson was a graduate of North Carolina State University and was retired from Dupont where he was a mechanical engineer. He specialized in the design and construction of Cogeneration plants, with several overseas assignments, including Iran and Northern Ireland. He was past president of the North Carolina Engineers Association, and served with the United States Corps of Engineers during the Korean War. After retirement, Mr. Watson tutored at Appalachian State University in the math and physics department.
Survivors include his daughter, Mary Watson and husband, John Hogsed, of Apex; his second wife, Ruth Jean Wey of Boone; and one brother, James Watson of New Hill, N.C. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Watson; one sister, Sarah Watson Mooneyhan; and one brother, Thomas David Watson.
Services were conducted Thursday afternoon, April 3, 2008, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating were Pastor Tim Smith and Dr. George Naff. Entombment followed in the Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Calvin Alfred Watson, Jr. (151), to the Grand Masonic Lodge of North Carolina, PO Box 6506, Raleigh, N.C. 27628; Grace Lutheran Church, 115 East King Street, Boone, N.C. 28607; or to Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Blvd., Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the Watson family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

April 2, 2008
Mary Lucille Mills Causey

Mrs. Mary Lucille Mills Causey, born on May 22, 1927, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2008, at Hospice of Arlington, Va.
She was born in Greensboro, N.C. She was married to G. Glenn Causey who died July 6, 2000, also of Greensboro, but they both loved to call Boone home. Many will remember Glenn and Mary because of their affiliation with “Horn in the West” and both being ASU graduates.
A lot can be said about Mary, but she spent the last 15 months spending every day, all day, up until two weeks before her death, caring for her son, G. Glenn Causey Jr., who was taken ill in 2006, in either the hospital or the nursing home. This is just typical of her loving, selfless, care giving life. If you knew her you know, if you didn’t, there is no way to explain her awesome capacity to give to others. No list of life’s milestones could possibly do her justice. “I just thank the Lord that she was my mother, and that if it is God’s will, I will get to see her again”, said her son, Scott Causey.
Mrs. Causey was interred at Mount Lawn Cemetery in a family service on Thursday, March 27.
Messages for the family, may be sent to the email address: marycauseysemail@yahoo.com. Any notes to her son, Glenn Causey, will be passed along to him at Woodbine Healthcare Center in Alexandria.
The family asks that any memorial contributions be made in Mary's name to Capital Hospice, Attn: Development Office, 6565 Arlington Blvd, Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042; http://www.capitalhospice.org/support/donation/

Andrew Jackson Graham Jr.
Mr. Andrew Jackson Graham Jr., 59, of Todd, N.C., passed away Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 14, 1948 to the late Andrew Jackson Graham, Sr. and Lillian Conrad Graham.
Mr. Graham was a Physics lab director at Appalachian State University.
Surviving are his wife, Pamela Wheatley Graham; one daughter, Catherine Graham Peterson, of Denver, N.C.; one son, Jackson Graham of Asheville; his mother, Lillian Graham of Todd; one sister, Sally Reeves of West Jefferson; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Jackson Graham, Sr.
Services will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Austin & Barnes Funeral Chapel officiated by the Rev. Ken Morris. Burial will follow in the Graham Family Cemetery in Todd.
There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ashe County Cancer Society, c/o Rena Adams, 372 Oscar Day Road, Jefferson, N.C. 28640 or to the Jack & Roger Graham Physics and Astronomy Scholarship, Attention: Physics and Astronomy Department, c/o Appalachian State University, ASU Box 32004, Boone, N.C. 28608.
Online condolences may be sent to the Graham Family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory of Boone is serving the Graham family.

Joseph A. 'Bud' McGee
Mr. Joseph A. (Bud) McGee Jr., 78, of Fleetwood, N.C., passed away on March 31st, 2008.
He was born and raised in Greensboro where he was preceded in death by parents, Joseph A. Sr., and mother, Pearl Phillips McGee. He was wed to Lois Marie Johnson on August 5, 1951 at Eller Memorial Baptist Church by the late Rev. R. Von King.
Mr. McGee was employed with the City of Greensboro in several capacities for nearly 30 years, finishing his career as a surveyor in the Engineering Department until his retirement in June of 1989. He and Lois retired to their home in the mountains in 1996 to be closer to family and spent many happy years in their beautiful mountain retreat.
He had a strong Christian belief and served faithfully in his walk with God. He and Lois were also charter members of Southeast Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C. His interests were many, chief amongst which were music, (he was very talented) civil war history, Bible study, and he was also an avid sports fan. Most of all he was a devoted husband, and a loving father who will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lois Johnson McGee; two sisters, Evelyn Boyd and Nancy Craig of Reidsville, N.C.; five children, son, Joseph III and wife, Sheryl, of Salisbury, N.C., daughter Susan Norris and husband, Rex, of Boone, N.C., son, Timothy and wife, Susan, of Hampton, Va., daughter, Jeannine Ramsey and husband, Rick, of Banner Elk, N.C., son, Stephen and wife, Laura, of Huntersville, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Joseph McGee IV, Sarah McGee, Morgan Winkler, Timothy McGee II, Lucas Ramsey and wife, Miranda; Amanda Ramsey, Kendall McGee, and Karsen McGee; and one great-grandchild, Joseph A. McGee V.
A memorial service will be held at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m., with a visitation immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the American Heart Association, 222 South Church Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202.
Online condolences may be sent to the McGee family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service in Boone is in charge of the arrangements.

Dale Alton Poole Sr.
Mr. Dale Poole, Sr., 67, of 19 Carson Blvd., Sparta, died Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the Oak Summit Nursing Center in Winston-Salem.
Survivors include a daughter, Rebecca Ann Lowrey of Fort Worth, Tex.; a son, Dale Alton Poole, Jr., of Santa Clara, Calif.; a sister, Gail Fannon and her husband, Ron, of Boone; nephews, Brian and Landon Fannon; two grandchildren, Jason Poole and Amanda King; three great-grandchildren, Charlie, Ashley and Jessica King; two step-children, Renee Bedsaul of Fuquay Varina, and Robbie Johnson of Mt. Airy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Carter Poole.
A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, April 1, 2008, at the Sparta Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Alleghany, P.O. Box 1287, Sparta, N.C. 27675.
Grandview Memorial Funeral Home of Sparta is serving the Poole family.

March 31, 2008
Judy Thompson Critcher
Mrs. Judy Thompson Critcher, 101, of 21 Azalea Drive, DeBary, Fla., a former resident of Watauga County, died Thursday, March 27, 2008, in DeBary.
She was born Dec. 10, 1906 in Avery County, a daughter of the late Samuel and Vesta Cook Thompson.
Mrs. Critcher was a homemaker and a member of Mount Vernon Baptist Church.
Survivors include five sons, Harry Critcher and wife, Wanda, of Boone, Reggie Critcher and wife, Debbie, of Wilkesboro, John Critcher and wife, Dana, of Boone, Rev. David Critcher and wife, Linda, of Meadowview, Va., and Stephen Critcher of Boone; one daughter, Erma Rhea Davison and husband, George, of DeBary, Fla.; two step-sons, Edward Critcher and wife, Vee, and Truman Critcher and wife, Lenore, all of Boone; two step daughters-in-law, Ester Critcher, and Ann Critcher, both of Boone; one half-brother, Jack Thompson and wife, Remona; and one step-sister, Faye Crisp, all of Hudson.
She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, 17 step great-grandchildren, and two step great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carnie Carlton Critcher; three step-sons, Carlton , Howard, and Richard Critcher; six brothers, Willie, Albert, Johnny, Floyd, Andy, and Arthur Thompson; one sister, Lahoma; three half-sisters, Katherine, Joyce, and Lori; one step-grandson, Jeff Critcher, and three infant brothers and sister.
Services will be conducted Monday afternoon, March 31, 2008, at 1:00 o'clock, at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 12:00 until 1:00 o'clock.
Officiating will be the Rev. David Critcher, the Rev. George Davison, and the Rev. Bud Russell. Burial will follow in the Critcher Cemetery.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Erma and George Davison, for the many years as caretakers.
Online condolences may be sent to the Critcher family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

W. Dale Greene
Mr. W. Dale Greene, 93, of Mocksville, died Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.
He was born March 1, 1915 in Watauga County, a son of the late William Johnson and Ada Coffey Greene.
Mr. Greene was a retired dairy farmer, and also worked for H. Rockwell & Son Feed Service in Pennsylvania for many years.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Pauline Greene; two daughters, Sharon Harbac of Newark Valley, New York, and Norma Wilcox of Canton, Pa.; and one son, Randy Greene of Mocksville.
He is also survived by ten grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services were conducted Friday afternoon, March 28, 2008, at 2:00, at Bethany Lutheran Church. Burial followed in Old Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the Greene family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Eaton Funeral Service in Mocksville, and Hampton Funeral Service are in charge of the arrangements.

Jewel Frances Sasse McKinney
Mrs. Jewel Frances Sasse McKinney of San Antonio, Tex., passed away on March 25, 2008, at her residence.
She was born in Yorktown, Tex., to Gus and Pauline Sasse.
Survivors include her daughters, Linda Fields and husband, Jim, of Greenville, N.C., and Laurie Watson and husband, Don, of Boone, N.C.; four grandchildren, Brian Fields and wife, Wagner, and Susan Hammel and husband, Todd, of Greenville, N.C., Scott Watson of Denver, Colo., and Laura Beth Watson of Chapel Hill, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Tanner and Drew Fields and Molly and Bryce Hammel, all of Greenville, N.C.; her nephew, Bruce E. Sasse, Jr. and wife, Del, of Lometa, Tex., (formerly of San Antonio); and Barbara Council and husband of Georgetown, Tex.; and great-nieces, Selina Sasse Dwight and Shawn Christina Sasse of Palo Alto, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bruce Sasse; and her husband, Lt. Col. (Ret.) Russell M. McKinney.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to AFVI Healthcare Center or Freedom House, 5100 John D. Ryan Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78245.

Peggy Messer
Mrs. Peggy Messer, 81, died at her home in Crossville, Tenn., Tuesday, March 18, 2008.
She was born in Lenoir City, Tenn. and spent most of her early years in Tennessee and North Carolina. She met and married her husband, Jim, in California and as an Air Force wife established a home for her family in Alaska, Texas, California, Oklahoma and Hawaii. Mrs. Messer was active in the various Officers Wives Clubs at each base and in addition, developed lifelong passions for bridge, gardening and Ikebana flower arranging. These took second place though to her love of music. She played the piano and organ for various churches throughout those years and became quite accomplished on the Ukulele while in Hawaii.
After 27 years in the Air Force, Jim and Peggy retired to Boone, N.C. and became Real Estate Brokers, opening a real estate office in Boone together. During 27 years residency in Boone, Mrs. Messer served on the bank board, was President of the Council of Garden Clubs, served the Valle Crucis Club and the Federation of Women’s Club of Boone. She was the organist and pianist for Deerfield Methodist Church for seven years.
In 1996 she and Jim moved to Indian River Colony Club in Vierra, Fla. Leading a very active life in Florida, Peggy enjoyed bridge, growing orchids and traveling with friends. She moved to Crossville, Tenn. in 2004 after the loss of her husband and daughter in Florida.
Survivors include daughter, Terri Farthing and son-in-law, Don Farthing, of Crossville, Tenn.; granddaughters, Shannon Amor and husband, Doug, of Rising Fawn, Ga., Leslie Kwiatkowski and husband, Kyle, of Denver, Colo.; and great-grandchildren, Olivia and Andrew Amor.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Lt. Col. (Ret.) James T. Messer; and daughter, Susan Fox, of Melbourne, Fla.
Full honors service and interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. for Jim and Peggy, April 21, 2008.
The family requests no flowers but a donation be made instead to your favorite charity.
Hood Funeral Home & Crematory in Crossville, Tenn., are in charge of arrangements.

Steve Moretz
Mr. Steve Moretz, 60, of 374-A Monarch Lane, Boone, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008, unexpectedly while on vacation with his wife and family.
He was born July 24, 1947 in Watauga County, a son of Earl and Ruby Norris Moretz.
Mr. Moretz served with the United States Army in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart. Mr. Moretz was a member of Watauga American Legion Post 130 for 24 years, where prior to his death, served as Adjutant. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Moretz is survived by his loving wife, Kim Moretz; one daughter, Angela Phillips and husband, Darren, and one son, Robert Moretz, all of Mountain City, Tenn.; one step-son, Jason Winkler of Boone; one brother, David Moretz and wife, Pam, of Boone; two sisters, Rebecca Humbke and husband, Bruce, of Calgary, Canada, and Elaine Reece and husband, Eugene, of Boone; two granddaughters, Crystal Phillips, and Molly Phillips, both of Mountain City, Tenn., and two grandsons, Rayley Moretz, and Carson Moretz, both of Vilas. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, Jonathan Moretz.
Services were conducted Sunday afternoon, March 30, 2008, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating were the Rev. Gordon Noble and Pastor John Bollinger. Burial followed in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Watauga American Legion, Post 130, 1006 Briarwood Lane, Boone, N.C. 28607, or to the Bethany Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 1030 Big Hill Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the Moretz family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Ruby Hughes Oaks
Mrs. Ruby Hughes Oaks, 97, of Green Oaks Lane, Newland, died Saturday evening, March 29, 2008 at her home.
She was born Dec. 3, 1910 in Avery County to Nathan and Nettie Burleson Hughes.
Mrs. Oaks was a housewife, homemaker and second mother to all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Roaring Creek People’s Church where she formerly served as choir leader and Sunday school teacher.
Survivors include two daughters, Sue Dellinger and husband, Homer, and Kate Thomas and husband, Tommy; and two sons, Von Oaks and wife, Jean, and Dean Oaks and wife, Debbie, all of Newland. Seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren also survive.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Taylor Christopher Oaks; an infant son, Herman Edward Oaks; one grandson, David Lee Oaks; and two sisters, Zora Greene and Myrtle Haubill.
Services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Roaring Creek People’s Church, officiated by the Rev. Chris Nance and the Rev. Daniel Nance. The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon from 1 until 2 o’clock, one hour prior to services, at the church. Burial will follow in the Hughes Cemetery.
Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Hospice of Avery County, 351 Mitchell Street, Newland, N.C. 28657.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Oaks family.

Claire Suttle
Mrs. Claire Suttle, 82, passed away peacefully March 26, 2008 in Raleigh, N.C.
She was born in Auburn, Ala., to Homer B. Tisdale and Roselle Wright Tisdale.
Mrs. Suttle graduated from Auburn University in 1947 with a major in Home Economics. She served in the Army Medical Corps as a dietician where she met her husband of 42 years, Ben Suttle, who preceded her in death in 1995. She was a homemaker for many years and served as the head of the Watauga High School Cafeteria and then as dietician at the Watauga County Hospital, and then she worked with her husband at Suttle’s True Value Hardware.
Mrs. Suttle was always active in her church. In Boone, they were members of the First Baptist Church where she was a youth leader for several years. They were also members of the Boone United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her children, Barbara Joyce and husband, David, of High Point, Betsy Suttle of Los Angles, Calif., and Ben Suttle and wife, Anna, of Raleigh; three grandchildren, Kathryn, Lindsey and Alec Suttle of Raleigh; a sister-in-law, Anna Bess Tisdale of Columbia, S.C.; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Homer B. Tisdale, Jr.; a sister, Jule Flowers and a brother-in-law, Charles Flowers.
Graveside services and burial were conducted Saturday morning at 11 o’clock at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens. Officiating was the Rev. Bud Russell.
The family suggests memorials to Watauga County Habitat for Humanity, Post Office Box 33DTS, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the Suttle family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Suttle family.

Dale Howell Ward
Mr. Dale Howell Ward, 51, of Boone, died Thursday morning, March 27, 2008, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 10, 1956 in Wilkes County, a son of Mable Dishman Ward and the late Vance Ward.
Mr. Ward was a self-employed electrician, and a member of Rutherwood Baptist Church.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, Charlene Mitchell Ward, and one son, Mitchell Vance Ward, both of the home.
Services were conducted Saturday afternoon, March 29, 2008, at Rutherwood Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Gary Lawrence and the Rev. Herbert McCoy. Burial followed in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rutherwood Baptist Church Building Fund, 142 Don Hayes Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the Ward family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Ora Isaacs Payne Watson
Mrs. Ora Isaacs Payne Watson, 96, of 120 Buck Lawrence Road, Zionville, died Thursday morning, March 27, 2008, at Glenbridge Health Care.
She was born June 27, 1911 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Arthur and Mary Fletcher Isaacs.
Mrs. Watson was a homemaker and a member of Cove Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include three daughters, Dora Dean Lawrence and husband, Buck, of Zionville, Martha Walker and husband, Ron, of Taylors, S.C., and Virginia Curtis of Willard, Missouri; and a special friend, Jessica Lawrence of Zionville. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; one step-grandson, 14 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Dean Payne; her second husband, Arlie Watson; one son, W.C. Payne; two infant sons; two sisters, Inez Isaacs, and Emma Isaacs; one brother, Stanley Isaacs, and a son-in-law, Carl Curtis.
Services were conducted Saturday afternoon, March 29, 2008, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating were Pastor Thomas Whray and the Rev. Steve Curtis. Burial followed in the Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the Watson family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.


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