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Ann Dixon Wells
Mrs. Ann Dixon Wells, 77, of 1890 Pilot Ridge Road, Blowing Rock, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at Watauga Medical Center.
She was born Oct. 15, 1930 in Greenville, N.C., and reared in Henderson, N.C. After graduating from Henderson High School, she attended Women’s College of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (now UNC-G). She married Dewey W. Wells, also of Henderson, in 1951, whose career in the legal profession resulted in residences in Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Ahoskie, Elizabeth City, and Winston-Salem. The couple moved in 1995 to their farm in Avery County, N.C.
Survivors include her husband, Dewey Wells; four sons, Robert E. Wells and wife, Amy, of Kitty Hawk, N.C., Daniel D. Wells and wife, Mary, of Cary, N.C., Brady W. Wells and wife, Jenny, of Raleigh, and Jeffrey B. Wells and wife, Bobbi, of Stone Ridge, Va.; one daughter, Betty W. Boyce and husband, Dan, of Raleigh; and three sisters, Jean Faulkner of Henderson, N.C., Della Tolson of Raleigh, and Frances Jones of Cary, N.C. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Eben Howell Dixon and Alma Cristelle Brady Dixon; two sisters, Lynette Angel and Alma Babcock; and one brother, Robert Dixon.
A memorial service was conducted Thursday morning, Sept. 11, 2008, at 11:00 o'clock, at First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock. Officiating will be the Rev. Rusty Gunther and Dr. Marshall Edwards.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock Building Fund, 350 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, N.C. 28605.
Online condolences may be sent to the Wells family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Sally Cecelia Taylor White
Sally Cecelia Taylor White died at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, after a brief illness. She was surrounded by loving family and friends.
She was born July 9, 1938, in Columbus, Ga. Sally grew up in Union, S.C., attended Saint Mary’s in Raleigh, and graduated from Columbia College, in Columbia, S.C. in 1960. She went on to teach in Augusta, Ga., Heilbronn, Germany, Durham, N.C., and Charleston, S.C. Sally married David Scott Welton of Charlotte, N.C. in 1961. They had three wonderful children. In 1988, Sally married James Alexander White. The last 15 years of her life were spent in Blowing Rock, N.C. and in Litchfield By the Sea, S.C.
Survivors include her husband, James Alexander White of Blowing Rock, N.C.; son, David Scott Welton Jr. of Charlotte; son, Ariail Taylor Welton and wife, Ellison, of Greenville, S.C.; daughter, Cecelia Welton McNorrill and husband, Gary, of Atlanta, Ga.; stepson, James Lee White and wife, Hilda Kay Cross, of Charlottesville, Va.; and stepson, Robert Alexander White of Charlotte. Grandchildren include Mary Elizabeth Welton, Chip Welton, Cecelia Welton, Andrew Welton, Ellis Welton, Sydney Welton, Isabel Welton, Winslow McNorrill, and Sallie Taylor McNorrill. Also surviving her is her aunt, Margaret Ariail Lawson and husband, Tom, of Huntsville, Ala.; cousins, James Ariail Lawson and Thomas Sims Lawson of Huntsville, Jane Candler Ariail and Mary Green Ariail of Charleston, S.C., and Thomas Muldrow Ariail Jr. of Chester, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron Land Taylor and Sallie Cecelia Ariail Taylor; and her brother, Aaron Land Taylor, Jr.
Sally’s zest for life and her vivacious personality drew individuals to her throughout her life. Her faith and her wit contributed to an optimism that sustained her, her family, and her friends. She lived her faith in the Lord on a daily basis, and those who knew her were truly blessed. "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is to gain." Phillipians 1:21.
A memorial service was held on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1218 Main Street, Blowing Rock, N.C. at 11 a.m. The Rev. Charles Landreth and the Rev. Chip Cash officiated. The family received friends on the church grounds following the service.
Contributions may be sent to The Crossnore School, P.O. Box 249, Crossnore, N.C. 28616.
Hampton Funeral Service in Boone is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Calloway Wilson
Mrs. Mary Calloway Wilson, 91, of 290 Daniel Boone Drive, Boone, wife of the late Raymond D. Wilson, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville.
She was born June 23, 1917 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Albert C. and Nettie Byers Calloway.
Mrs. Wilson was a member and Sunday School Teacher of Perkinsville Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter; Ruth Cook and husband, Robert, of Boone; three sons, Dean Wilson and wife, Barbara, of Hollywood, Md., Dallas Wilson and wife, Judy, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Danny Wilson and wife, Janice, of Freeport, Fla., a grandson, Robert H. "Jake" Cook, Jr., and wife, Julie, of Whitefish, Montana; two great-granddaughters, Anna and Natalie Cook of Whitefish, Montana; three step-granddaughters, Misty W. Shaw and husband, Patrick, of Freeport, Fla., Candy Bercaw of Chesepeake, Va., and Wendy Barrett and husband, John, of Boone; three step-great-granddaughters, Brie Ann Griffith of California, Chelsea Bercaw of Chesepeake, Va., and Amanda Bercaw of Danville, Va.; a step-great-grandson, Justin Griffith of California; three sisters, Della C. Ryan of Chicago, Ill., Lola B. Jackson of Vilas, and Shirley C. Delp of Princeton, West Virginia; and a brother, Roy B. Calloway and wife, Carolyn, of Boone. A number of nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded by her husband, Raymond D. Wilson; her father and mother, Albert C. and Nettie Byers Calloway; one sister, Wanda Ezzelle; two brothers, John and A. C. Calloway.
Services were conducted Thursday afternoon, Sept. 11, 2008 at 2:00 o'clock at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating was Pastor Harold Bennett. Burial followed in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.
Flowers or cards are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Perkinsville Baptist Church, in care of Ruth Cook, 270 Daniel Boone Drive, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to the Mary A. Wilson Trust Fund, in care of Appalachian Regional Health Care Foundation, Boone, N.C., or to the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the Wilson family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.


September 10, 2008
Evelyn Ballantyne D’Aurora
Mrs. Evelyn Ballantyne D’Aurora, 77, of Concord, N.C., died Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, at her home.
She was born Jan. 30, 1931 in Elizabeth, N.J., to the late H. Earl Ballantyne, Sr. and Louise Stiles Ballantyne.
Mrs. D’Aurora moved to the Concord area 20 years ago from Boone, N.C. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church where she was a member of the Church Women’s Guild. Mrs. D’Aurora was also a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Survivors include her husband, Richard D. D’Aurora; a daughter, Dianna D’Aurora Whitten and husband, Tim, of Concord; two grandsons, Zach and Ricky Whitten, both of Concord; a sister, Ruth B. Thonen of Salisbury, N.C.; and a brother, Earl Ballantyne, Jr. of Georgia.
Services will be conducted Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. at Whitley’s Funeral Home Chapel in Kannapolis, N.C., with the Rev. Steve Livengood and Father Joseph Dionne, C.Ss.R. officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Catholic Church Cemetery in Concord.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Whitley’s Funeral Home in Kannapolis, N.C.
Memorials may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Ln., Kannapolis, N.C. 28081; or to Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, 3550 North Central Ave. Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85012-2127.
Online condolences may be made at www.whitleyfuneralhome.com
Whitley’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


September 8, 2008
Father Bob Bond

Father Bob Bond, a native of Cincinnati and a Glenmary Home Missioner for over 50 years, died Sept. 1, 2008, at Blue Ash Hospice in Cincinnati after a brief illness.
A graduate of Purcell High School and St. Mary Seminary, Father Bond was ordained in 1960 and served home mission counties in Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Oklahoma.
In addition to his work in the missions, Father Bond taught theology and liturgy in Glenmary’s formation program throughout the 1960s after receiving his doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome in 1962. He also led Glenmary’s mission office (1980-86) and served as editor of the quarterly magazine, Glenmary Challenge, (1980-93). He was an accomplished photographer and writer and his skills were recognized with awards from national and local professional organizations like the Catholic Press Association and the Cincinnati Editor’s Association.
Father Bond was not just a writer and photographer but also a hands-on missioner whose mission assignments began and ended in the Appalachia mountains that he called home after retiring from active ministry in 2002. He began his home mission ministry as associate pastor in Appalachia, Va., (1962) and Murphy, N.C., (1963-64). After teaching Glenmary’s seminarians from 1964-69, he received his first pastorate leading Glenmary’s mission in Boone, N.C., in 1969. His other mission pastorates included Norton, Va., (1973-79); Clintwood, Va., (1979); West Liberty, Ky., (1987-94); Hugo, Okla., (1994-1998); Andrews, N.C., (1998-2002). Upon retiring, Father Bond took up residence in Burnsville, N.C., where he lived until moving to Glenmary Headquarters in Cincinnati this summer.
“Father Bob Bond was a gifted and talented missioner who served Glenmary, and most importantly the people of the home missions, in a variety of ministries – as pastor, as director of the mission office and as editor of Glenmary Challenge,” said Father Dan Dorsey, president of Glenmary. “His creativity in his mission work allowed him to touch the lives of all those – Catholics and non-Catholics – living in the mission counties he served.”
That creativity showed itself in the ways he used to introduce himself and make contacts within a county. He was a motorcycle-riding priest who wrote both news articles and columns on Catholicism for local newspapers or produced local television programs or filled a slot on local radio programs answering questions about Catholicism. His parishioners and the people of the county he was serving could find him playing softball and tennis on local teams or bowling with the local league. His goal was to call together and serve the Catholic mission community and connect those communities to the larger county.
Wherever his ministry assignments led him, he carried with him a desire to educate, whether by offering classes on computers to youth or organizing and leading annual shopping trips for elementary-aged children each Christmas.
While in Andrews, N.C., and Hugo, Okla., Father Bond repaired old computers donated by friends and gave them to local families and charities. He also tutored children and adults to help them become computer literate because “I don’t like to treat the symptoms but the causes,” Father Bond said when interviewed about the program in 1999. “People today are not going to get a job without computer skills.”
That philosophy also applied to the annual Christmas shopping trips he led. Instead of giving gifts to impoverished children, Father Bond turned the tables each year and invited children to buy gifts themselves. Working with a local school, Father Bond would take a group of fifth-graders for a day of shopping on him. In the process, he taught real-life lessons in banking (the children had to cash the $15 check he wrote to them), math, budgeting and most of all, selflessness. If the children spent all their money on others, they were surprised with an extra $1 to buy something for themselves at the discount store.
On Sept. 25, 2007, in honor of his 75th birthday, Father Bond’s work in the home missions and his contributions to the larger Church were recognized on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), a former parishioner. Rep. Foxx spoke of Father Bond’s work saying he “typified the Church’s call to reach out to those in need and share the love of Christ.
He was truly ahead of his time in his faithful efforts to bring the power of God’s love to those who might never darken the door of a church.”
Father Bond s is survived by brothers, Donald (Reggie) of Huntley, Ill.; Thomas (Barbara) of Sardinia, Ohio; Edward (Carol) of Cincinnati, Ohio; nieces; nephews; his fellow missioners; and friends.
Visitation will take place from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008, in Our Lady of the Fields Chapel at the Glenmary Residence, 4085 Glenmary Trace, Fairfield, Ohio. A wake service will be held at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Mathhias Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Burial will follow immediately at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Memorials are requested to Glenmary Home Missioners, P.O. Box 465618, Cincinnati, OH 45246.

Leroy Abner Gobble
Mr. Leroy Abner Gobble, 78, of Abingdon, Va., passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, in Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol,Tenn.
He was born March 31, 1930 in Lebanon, Va., a son of the late Leroy Shan and Martha Gobble.
Mr. Gobble had spent most of his life in the Abingdon area and for a time had lived in North Carolina, where he was a member of Northside BaptistChurch in Hudson.
He served his country in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Goodson Gobble; sons, James Leroy Gobble and wife, Marie, of Granite Falls, N.C., Donald Gobble and wife, Wanda, of Boone, N.C.; and Emmitt Joe Gobble and wife, Tonya, of Lenoir, N.C.; daughters, Shirley Mims and husband, Darrell, of Granite Falls, N.C., Mary Russell and husband, Larry, of Hudson, N.C., and Dinah Cook and husband, Jerry, of Granite Falls, N.C.; step-daughters, Betty Russell and husband, Tommy, of Hudson, Katherine Otey of Traphill, N.C., and Dorothy Taylor of Abingdon; step-sons, Wyndom Dunn of Abingdon, and Bill Otey of Winchester, Va.; sister, Anna Gobble of Abingdon; half-brother, R.E. Miller of Marion, N.C.; special niece, Debbie Earls of Abingdon; special nephew, Eddie Gobble of Abingdon; 19 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Gobble; a brother, Junior Gobble; a sister, Helen Helton; and a grandson, Eric White.
Services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008 in the Farris Funeral Chapel, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, with Pastor Paul Price and the Rev. Jerry Eggers officiating.
Interment will follow in Knollkreg Memorial Park.
Members of Highlands Fellowship Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military gravesite rites.
The family will be at the home of Anna Mae Gobble, 20131 Brumley Gap Road, Abingdon.
Friends may call at Farris Funeral Service beginning at 6:00 p.m., Monday.
Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.farrisfuneralservice.com.
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon, Va., is serving the Gobble family.

Floyd Dallas Greene
Mr. Floyd Dallas Greene, 82, of Linville, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at Watauga Medical Center.
An Avery County native, he was born a son of the late Arl Danner Greene, Sr. and Myrtle Forbes Greene.
Mr. Greene was a charter member of the Linville Evangelical Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Stewards and as Sunday School Superintendent.
He was a charter member of the Linville Volunteer Fire Department where he served as treasurer, was a past member of the Lions Club and a former chairman of Tanglewood Cemetery Committee.
He also served as an Avery County Commissioner in the seventies.
Mr. Greene thoroughly enjoyed golf and was a member of the Over The Hill Gang at Mountain Glenn. He worked as a retail grocer for 27 years at Greenes Food Center in Linville.
He drove the shuttle bus for groups on Grandfather Mountain for ten years.
Mr. Greene was a very giving and unselfish man who was always there for his family and friends. He was a family man, who enjoyed anytime his family was together especially on Thanksgiving when he would go with his family rabbit hunting.
Survivors include his daughter, Jane Daniels of Linville, N.C.; his two sons, Joe and wife, Karen Greene, of Burlington, N.C. and Jim Greene of Elk Park, N.C.; sisters, Martha Henley and husband, Jim, of Hollywood, Md., Betty Wright of Linville, N.C., Rosa Hartley and husband, Jay, of Ft. Mill, S.C., and Shirley Snow and husband, Guy, of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Carl Greene of Kannapolis, N.C.; aunt, Thelma Hampton of Linville, N.C.; and his uncle, Anderson Greene and wife, Lib, of Montezuma, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A host of nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by; his wife, Wilma Coffey Greene; brothers, Bernard R. Greene, Julian F. Greene, John L. Greene and Arl D. Greene, Jr.; and a daughter-in-law, Connie Greene.
The Greene family will receive friends on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008, from 6-9 p.m. at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. Services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the Linville Evangelical Methodist Church.
Dr. Ken Harper, Mr. Crae Morton and Mr. Jim Greene will officiate.
Interment will follow in the Tanglewood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society at 4-A Oak Branch Drive Greensboro, N.C. 27407 with reference to Floyd Greene from Avery County.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Newland is serving the Greene family.

Hugh McKinney
Mr. Hugh McKinney, 73, of 626 Highway 105 Bypass, Boone, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born Sept. 22, 1934 in Spruce Pine, N.C., a son of Agnes Duncan McKinney and the late Howard McKinney of Spruce Pine.
Mr. McKinney was a member of Greenway Baptist Church and retired from Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation. He loved music and was known for leading choirs, quartet singing, and shape note teaching.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Peggy Vines McKinney; two sons, Steven McKinney and wife, Chong-ok, of Seoul, Korea, and Scott McKinney and wife, Vickie, of Banner Elk; one daughter, Tina McKinney Lamar of Boone; four granddaughters, Tasha Moody of Boone, Jasmine Lamar of Tampa, Fla., Laura and Lydia McKinney, both of Banner Elk; five grandsons, Bryan McKinney and wife, Sierra, and Justin McKinney, all of Honolulu, Hawaii; Nathan McKinney and William McKinney, both of Banner Elk; and Joseph Lamar of Tampa; one great-granddaughter, Kaiya McKinney of Honolulu; one sister, Margaret McKinney Waycaster of Spruce Pine; and two sisters-in-law, Georgia McKinney and Wanda Bennett of Spruce Pine. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one son, James Hugh McKinney; and two brothers, Gerald McKinney and H.W. McKinney.
Services were conducted Sunday afternoon, Sept. 7, 2008, at Greenway Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. David Luster, the Rev. Zane Tester, and Dr. Tom Peake. Burial followed in Westview Baptist Church Cemetery.
Friends may call at the home, 626 Highway 105 Bypass, Boone, N.C.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Seby Jones Regional Cancer Center, PO Box 2600, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the McKinney family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com
Hampton Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Sharon N. Madson Ohlson
Mrs. Sharon N. Madson Ohlson, 66, of Butler, Tenn., formerly of Largo, Fla., passed away on Sept. 1, 2008, at her home.
She was born on Sept. 11, 1941, in Clearwater, Fla., and lived most of her life in Largo.
Mrs. Ohlson was a graduate of Largo High School, class of 1959. She lived the past 25 years in Butler, Tenn. She was Methodist. Mrs. Ohlson was an accomplished piano and organ player and played for churches, temples and schools in Pinellas County. She and her late husband, Al, who predeceased her in 2000, were known for their antiques and collectibles in the Boone area.
Survivors include two daughters, Kimberlee Ohlson of Butler, Tenn. and Sonja Lee Ecker of Clearwater, Fla.; twin grandchildren, Ashley and Adam Ecker; a brother, Ted S. Madson, II, of Gainesville, Fla.; and a sister, Mary Jeanne Kavin of St. Petersburg, Fla.
The family receivee friends Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, from 6-8 p.m., at Moss Feaster Funeral Home in Largo, Fla.
Services were held Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Largo Cemetery.
Moss Feaster Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Vaughdean Franklin ‘Dina’ Pruess
Mrs. Vaughdean Franklin “Dina” Pruess, 68, of Forest Ridge Drive, Boone, died Friday morning, Sept. 5, 2008, at Watauga Medical Center.
She was born April 20, 1940 in Somerset, Ky., to Goebel and Adele Gryder Franklin.
Mrs. Pruess was a co-owner and operator of the Alpine Country Store in Blowing Rock. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Roland Pruess; two sons, Greg Pruess and fiancé, Tonya Allen, and Jody Pruess and wife, Christy, all of Boone; two sisters, June Barker and husband, Don, and Jimmie Knoll and husband, Hank, all of Blowing Rock; two brothers, J. D. Franklin and wife, Maxine, of Boone and Leonard Franklin and wife, Patricia, of Candler; and five grandchildren, Chelsea, Barrett, Jalen, Paxton and Camryn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Bowdre and her brother-in-law, Carl Bowdre.
Graveside services were conducted Sunday evening at 5 o’clock at Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock, officiated by the Rev. Gordon Noble.
Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2211 West Meadowview Road, Suite 30, Greensboro, N.C. 27407.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Pruess family.



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