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Doyle Hicks
Mr. Doyle Hicks, 59, of Elk Park, died Monday, April 14, 2008, at Johnson City Medical Center.
He was born April 8, 1949 in Avery County, a son of the late Floyd Raymond and Bonnie Victoria Harris Hicks.
Mr. Hicks was employed by Watauga County Parks and Recreation and was a member of Beech Valley Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Vaughn Hicks; two daughters, Beverly Ann Lambert and husband, Wayne, of Elk Park and Kimberlie Dawn Phillips of Statesville; three sons, Delmer Ray Hicks of Lexington, William Bo Bradshaw of Zionville, and Jesse Dillon Bradshaw of Elk Park; and two brothers, William Buck Hicks and wife, Vern, and Raymond Odell Hicks, all of Elk Park. He is also survived by six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Iva Lee Presnell.
Services were conducted Thursday, April 17, 2008, at Beech Valley Baptist Church. Officiating was the Rev. Bill Warren. Burial followed in Beech Valley Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Hicks family, in care of Laura Hicks, 125 Floyd Hicks Lane, Elk Park, N.C. 28622.
Online condolences may be sent to the Hicks family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert William Kees
Mr. Robert William Kees, 77, of Linville Land Harbor, Newland, died Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2008, at Johnson City Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 5, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pa., the son of the late Thomas and Mae Kees.
Mr. Kees was an active member of Linville United Methodist Church and volunteered extensively in his community of Linville Land Harbor.
Surviving are his wife, Hazel Kees; four daughters, Linda Osborne and husband, Steve, of Huntington, West Virginia, Debra Worden and husband, Mark, of Holt, Mich., Deanea Vivola and husband, John, of Morganton, Pa.; Sandra Eaton and husband, Greg, of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one son, Robert Kees of Oak Ridge, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Osborne Lyon and husband, Caleb, Christopher Osborne, Michel Vivola, Megan Vivola, Andrew Worden, Laura Worden, and Courtney Eaton; one great-grandson, Wyatt Lyon; and one brother, Thomas Kees and wife, Nancy, of Pinehurst, N.C.
Memorial services were conducted Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock at the Linville United Methodist Church. Officiating was the Rev. Carroll Miller. A reception followed the service at the church.
The family respectfully requests no flowers, and suggests memorials to the Linville United Methodist Church Benevolent Fund, 126 Ruffin Street, Linville, N.C. 28646, or to Rams Rack, P. O. Box 234, Newland, N.C. 28658.
Cards may be sent to the family at 1084 Land Harbor, Newland, N.C. 28657.
Online condolences may be sent to the Kees family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Kees family.

Dr. Bruce Wade Mattox, Sr.
Dr. Bruce Wade Mattox, Sr., 66, of Boone, and formerly of Henry County, Va., died Friday, April 11, 2008 at his home.
He was born April 18, 1941 in Bassett, Va., to the late Cloy M. “Monk” Mattox, Sr. and Dixie Wade Mattox.
Dr. Mattox attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on a football scholarship. While playing football at the University of Tennessee, he was named to the Academic All Southeastern Conference Team and was an Academic All American. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He received his PhD in Agriculture and Applied Economics from Oregon State University. Dr. Mattox was a retired professor of Economics and Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. He was an economic development consultant to the State of North Carolina.
Survivors include his mother, Dixie W. Mattox of Stanleytown, Va.; two daughters, Dixie M. Baumgarten of Waxhaw, N.C. and Ashley H. Mattox of Salem, Mass.; three sons, Mark R. Mattox of Alexandria, Ind., Bruce Wade Mattox, Jr., of Wilmington, and Peter Gatlin Mattox of Boone, N.C. He is also survived by nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cloy M. Mattox, Sr.; and one brother, Cloy M. Mattox, Jr.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2008 at Roselawn Burial Park in Martinsville, Va., with the Rev. J. D. Harmon officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to your local animal shelter, SPCA, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home of Bassett, Va., and Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory, are serving the Mattox Family.

Alma Laws Rominger
Mrs. Alma Laws Rominger, 75, of 2792 Silverstone Road, Zionville, died Monday afternoon, April 14, 2008, at Blowing Rock Hospital.
She was born August 30, 1932 in Johnson County, Tenn., a daughter of the late Isaac Luke Laws, Sr. and Beulah Christeen Dugger Laws.
Mrs. Rominger was a homemaker and a member of Charity Independent Baptist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Buckner and husband, Doug, of Zionville; five sons, Scott Corum and wife, Rebecca, of Vilas, Junior Rominger and wife, Debbie, Dale Rominger and wife, Marty, Houston Rominger and wife, Evelyn, and Richard Rominger, all of Zionville; seven sisters, Margie Rominger and Gladys Rominger and husband, Cecil, all of Vilas, Romajean Heaton and husband, Jim, and Betty Timbs and husband, Herman, all of Mountain City, Juanita Hicks of Hickory, Rethia Brittan of Claremont, and Mabelle Rominger of Cambridge, Ohio; her step-mother, Madge Laws; six half-brothers and sisters, J.L. Laws, Kenny Laws, Mary, Bobbie, Linda and Anna; and step-brother and step-sisters, Larry, Carol, Judy and Joyce. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Ralph Rominger, Sr.; one daughter, Sharon Yates; one grandson, Dustin Joseph Rominger; three sisters, Sue Brittan, Margaret Slaughter, and Rosie Woods; and one brother, Isaac Luke Laws, Jr.
Services were conducted Wednesday afternoon, April 16, 2008, at 2:00 o'clock, at Charity Independent Baptist Church. Officiating was the Rev. Mike Warren. Burial followed in the Forest Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Forest Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Paul Wilson, 2424 Bethel Road, Sugar Grove, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the Rominger family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.


April 16, 2008
Trula Mae Berkley Jordan

Mrs. Trula Mae Berkley Jordan, age 72, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away April 14, 2008, at 3 a.m.
She was known by many and loved by all. She had valiantly fought lung cancer for over five years.
Mrs. Jordan was a member of Smithwood Baptist Church and had been an usher at Dollywood. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
Survivors include her husband, Jack Lee Jordan, Sr.; children, Jack Lee Jordan, Jr. of Landstuhl, Germany, and Jill Ruth Jordan of Boone, N.C.; grandchildren, Gustave Miller Handly and Eric Jordan Handly, of Knoxville, Elizabeth Paige Jordan, and Amanda Powers Jordan of Virginia; brothers, J.H. Berkley of Knoxville, Charles Berkley of Dandridge, Roy Berkley of Knoxville; and a sister, Maxine Berkley Drinnen of Knoxville.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Meta Mae Berkley; father, James Henry Berkley; brothers, Rube and Clifford; and sister, Ruby Berkley.
The family would like to thank the congregation of Smithwood Baptist Church, the Agape Sunday School class and neighbors at Fountainhead community for their compassion and never ending love and support.
The family, having deep felt gratitude for the dedicated staff of St. Mary's Residential Hospice Center, requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Mary's Residential Hospice, 7447
Andersonville Pike; Knoxville, TN 37938.
The Jordan family will receive friends from 4:30 - 6 pm Thursday, April 17th, at Smithwood Baptist Church in Fountain City.The Celebration of Life service will follow at 6 p.m. with Dr. David Crutchley officiating.
Family and friends will meet for a graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery Friday at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited following the graveside service to the Jordan home. Additional information available at www.lynnhurstchapel.com.
You are invited to share your thoughts and memories of Trula at her guestbook and memorial website at www.MeM.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Lynnhurst-Greenwood Chapel of Berry Funeral Home, 2300 W. Adair Dr. 865-689-8888.

Mary Willis Ward Main
Mrs. Mary Willis Ward Main, 86, of McCall Road, Lenoir, died Sunday, April 13, 2008 at Shaire Center.
She was born March 8, 1922 in Watauga County to the late William and Maude Tester Ward.
Mrs. Main was retired from Buster Brown Textiles and was a member of East Flat Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Hurley Main, Jr. and wife, Jean, and Dana Ray Main and wife, Linda, all of Lenoir; and Tony Lynn Main and wife, Joan, of Hudson; four daughters, Mrs. Peggy Jean Bryant and husband, Ervin, Mrs. Linda Orr and husband, Richard, and Mrs. Georgia Lowe and husband, Bob, all of Lenoir; and Mrs. Barbara Ann Earp and husband, Benny, of Hudson; three brothers, Charles Lee Ward of Tennessee, Wiley Ward of Greensboro and Cecil Ward of Hudson; two sisters, Mrs. Lucille Watson of Virginia and Mrs. Eleanor Gragg “Sis” of Lenoir; 31 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hurley G. Main, Sr.; a son, Lee Roy Main; four brothers, Earl Ward, Ira Ward, Gail Ward and infant Ray Ward; and three sisters, Betty Jean Triplett, Rose Edna Tester and Kathleen Main.
Services will be held Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. at East Flat Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Claude B. Suddreth and the Rev. Mike Gragg. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church, and at other times at the residence of Ray Main, 3970 McCall Rd., Lenoir, N.C. 28645. Serving as pallbearers will be the grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood St., Lenoir, N.C. 28645.
Online condolences may be left at www.greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com.
Greer-McElveen Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

John Robert McNeely
Mr. John Robert McNeely, 88, of Boone, died Monday morning, April 14, 2008, at Glenbridge Health & Rehabilitation.
He was born Feb. 26, 1920, in Mecklenburg County, a son of the late Samuel Egbert and Nellie Mae Maxwell McNeely.
Mr. McNeely was a retired salesman and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are his wife, Hal Stevenson McNeely; two sons, Robert Hal McNeely of Boone and John Michael McNeely and wife, Karen, of Asheboro, N.C.; one daughter, Marsha Carol McNeely-Spitzen and husband, Arnold John Spitzen; and two grandsons, Benjamin Michael McNeely and Thomas Albert McNeely; and one sister, Eloise McNeely Howard.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Nell McNeely Owensby and Elizabeth McNeely Steele.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
The family respectfully requests no flowers, and suggests memorials to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 663 Howard Street, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the McNeely family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the McNeely family.


April 14, 2008
Sally Jo Eggers
Ms. Sally Jo Eggers, 50, of 165 Robin Lane, Boone, died Thursday afternoon, April 10, 2008.
She was born May 23, 1957 in Caldwell County, a daughter of the late Blaine Dudley Eggers and Ell Jean Hodges Eggers.
Ms. Eggers was a nursing assistant at Highland Hall Nursing Care and Glenbridge Health Care.
She was a member of Westview Baptist Church and attended Vanderpool Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Michael Thorne and wife, Nicole; two grandsons, Riley Blaine Thorne and Austin Lee Thorne, all of Hickory; three sisters, Norma Adisey and husband, Buddy, of Boone, Elaine Church and husband, Dave, of Trade, and Janie Eggers of Boone; and two brothers, Johnny Eggers of Boone, and Tom Eggers and wife, Helen, of Banner Elk.
She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted Saturday afternoon, April 12, 2008, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel.
Officiating were the Rev. T.J. Wilson, the Rev. Ronnie Barnes, and the Rev. Mike Townsend.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Avery County, 351 West Mitchell Street, Newland, N.C. 28657.
Online condolences may be sent to the Eggers family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Greene Hicks
Mrs. Mary Greene Hicks, 85, of 185 Yountz Road, Lexington, Old Mountain Road, the Beech Mountain Community, and Mountain Dale Road, Bethel, died Saturday. April 12, 2008, at Centerclair Nursing Center of Lexington.
She was born July 21, 1922 in Johnson County, Tenn., a daughter of the late Collis Steven Greene and Gladys Ward Greene.
Mrs. Greene was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Alice Hicks Farmer of Lexington, and Glady Cornett and husband, Bill, of Vilas; three sons, James Hicks and wife, Gabrella, and Clyde Hicks and wife, Susan, all of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Johnny Hicks and wife, Sharon, of Lexington.
She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Henry Hicks; one son, Roger Hicks; one daughter, Ada Presnell; two sisters, Kate Greene and Nell Phillips; one granddaughter; one grandson; and one great-grandson.
Services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, April 15, 2008, at 1:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 12:00 until 1:00 o'clock.
Officiating will be the Rev. Eric Cornett. Burial will follow in the Cling Hicks Cemetery in Banner Elk.
The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon from 12:00 until 1:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the Hicks family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.


Tommy “Squeaky” Miller
Mr. Jefferson Thomas “Tommy” “Squeaky” Miller, 53, a resident of 8713 Hillsville Rd., Trinity, died Thursday, April 10, 2008 at his home.
He was born on Oct. 10, 1954 in Watauga County, to Jefferson Davis “J.D.” Miller and Carolyn Culler Miller.
Surviving in addition to his parents, J.D. and Carolyn Miller of Sophia; are his daughters, Danielle Jeanette Miller and April Joy Miller, both of Ocoee, Fla.; grandchildren, Kylie Roweoo and Zachary Miles; brother, Mark Miller and his wife, Penny, of Archdale; sister-in-law, Sue Miller of Thomasville; nieces, Chynna Miller of Thomasville, Ashley Hill of Archdale, Jamie Gardner of Yadkinville; and a nephew, Brian Daniels of Sophia.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Mike Miller; and a sister, Jan Miller.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at 7:00 p.m., at Crossover Community Church of Hillsville, 4918 Old Malboro Church Rd. with the Rev. Jimmy Kiker and Dr. Steven O’Shields officiating.
Memorials may be directed to National Transplant Assistance Fund, 150 N. Radnor Chester Rd., Suite F-120, Radnor, PA 19087.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.jcgreenandsons.com <http://www.jcgreenandsons.com/>.
J.C. Green & Sons, Inc., in Thomasville, N.C., are in charge of the arrangements.

Norma Schmidt Shaw
Mrs. Norma Schmidt Shaw, 76, of Valley Creek Lane, Boone, the Foscoe Community, died Saturday evening, April 12, 2008 at Watauga Medical Center.
She was born April 21, 1931 in Indianapolis, Ind., a daughter of the late Lawrence and Gladys Vivian Lang Schmidt.
Mrs. Shaw was a member of Howards Creek Baptist Church, and a retired Registered Nurse. She attended Purdue University. Mrs. Shaw was the co-owner of the Goldsmith, along with her late husband Tom Shaw, and worked at Morgan’s Jewelry.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas Edward Shaw, III and wife, Marie, of Lakeland, Fla., Morgan Lawrence Shaw and wife, Carol, of Boone; one daughter, Victoria Shaw Miller and husband, B. W., of Boone; and four grandchildren, Thomas Edward Shaw, IV, Rebekah Lang Miller, Christopher Morgan Shaw and Cody St. Clair Shaw.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edward Shaw, Jr.; and one brother, Richard William Schmidt.
Services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Howards Creek Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Mark Chaney and the Rev. Joe London. Burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.
Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to the Howards Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 240 Howards Creek Church Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 7-8:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to the Shaw family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Shaw family.

Emaline Underwood
Emaline Underwood passed away on Friday, April 11, 2008, while residing at Life Care Center in Banner Elk.
She was born Emaline M. Hinton in Fairmont, Ind., on August 23, 1919.
Mrs. Underwood and her husband of 53 years, Howard Underwood, moved from Ozona, Fla., and resided in Land Harbor from 1979 until his death in 1990. They were both avid golfers and enjoyed picnicking on Grandfather Mountain, fishing, and socializing with their friends in Land Harbor. As a member of Arbor Dale Presbyterian Church she enjoyed the love and fellowship of all of Christ’s family there.
Survivors include her daughter, Tina Shore; son-in-law, David Shore; granddaughter Chelsey; and daughter, Sondra Underwood. She had two adult granddaughters, Tracy Adolphson, her husband, Cliff; great-granddaughter, Ashley Isaacson, all of the Banner Elk area; and Tara Segin, her husband, Scott, and great-granddaughter Alexis, of Palm Harbor, Fla.
Emaline’s memorial service will be held at 2:00 on Sunday, April 13 at Arbor Dale Presbyterian Church, Hickory Nut Gap Road in Banner Elk, N.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Avery County Humane Society, 1824 Stamey Branch Road, Newland, N.C. 28657.

Ralph Horton Short, Sr.
Mr. Ralph Horton Short, Sr., 78, of Wadesboro, and a former resident of Todd, passed away on April 9, 2008 in Wadesboro. N.C.
He was born Sept. 29, 1929 to Jewel (J.B.) and Mary Helms Short.
Mr. Short served five years in the Untied States Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, Va. After leaving the Navy he pursued a career in construction and residential carpentry. He also spent many years raising cattle and farming.
Mr. Short is survived by his wife of 54 years, Catherine Berros Short. He is also survived by two sons, Ralph Short, Jr., and wife, Wendy, of Locust Grove, Va. and Don Short and wife, Wanda, of Deep Gap; six daughters, Nancy Coffey and husband, Kevin, Donna Avery and husband, Jack, both of Morganton, Cathy Faulkner of Kernersville, Cynthia Miller and husband, Jimmy, of Boone, JoAllison Short Clary and husband, Spencer, of Blowing Rock, and Dianne Mowry and husband, Chris, of Lynchburg, Va. He is also survived by one sister, Mary Jewel Adams and husband, Dewey, of South Boston, Va.; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Ann Gatchel and husband, Larry. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Bennett and Don Short.
Graveside services were conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2008, at Bethel United Methodist Church in Wadesboro, N.C.
On line condolences may be sent to the Short family at www.leavittfuneralhomewadesboro.com
Leavitt Funeral Home of Wadesboro is serving the Short family.



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