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Edward Franklin Grist

Mr. Edward Franklin Grist, 76, of 401 Ivy Terrace, Boone, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 9, 2008, at Blowing Rock Hospital.
He was born Feb. 6, 1932 in Washington, D.C., a son of the late Donald and Alice Lynn Grist.
Mr. Grist was a retired private security officer.
A memorial service will be conducted Saturday morning, Sept. 20, 2008, at 11:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be the Rev. Gordon Noble.
Online condolences may be sent to the Grist family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.


September 17, 2008
Polly Reece Breaux
Polly Reece Breaux, age 65, of 6973 Hwy. 91 North, Mountain City, Tenn., passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at the Johnson County Health Center after an extended illness.
She was the daughter of the late Hobert Reece and Maggie M. Brown Reece, and was of the Catholic faith.
Ms. Breaux was a “commerical fisherman,” who worked on shrimp and crab boats.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in New Orleans.
Her hobbies included gardening, crafting and playing Bingo.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton J. Breaux Jr.; one daughter, Anne Chambless; three brothers, Carl Reece, Wheeler Reece and Dennis Reece; and one sister, Janice Ruddy.
Survivors include: one son, Ralph Davis Jr.; one sister-in-law, Rose Reece; nieces and nephews, Wayne Reece and Ilona, Denise Ruddy and J.R., Susan Taylor and B.J., Carl Reece, John Reece and Angela, Debbie Waters, John Reece and Angela, Kayla Ruddy, Becky Reece, Andrew Reece, Shane Reece, Sean Reece, Andrew Reece, Caleb Fletcher, Garrett Reece and special nephew, Wayne Reece.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home. Honorary pallbearers will be staff and residents at Blue Ridge Senior Living and members of the Johnson County Rescue Squad.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. prior to the services. Entombment will be at the Lakelawn Park and Mausoleum in New Orleans, La.
At other times, friends may call at the residence of her niece, Denise Ruddy, at 1016 Chestnut Drive, Mountain City, Tenn.
Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed through the Web site at www.hux-lipford.com.
Arrangements for the Breaux family are in the care of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home in Mountain City, Tenn.

Dr. Leland Ross Cooper Sr.
Dr. Leland Ross Cooper, Sr., died peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, on his 82nd birthday.
He was born Sept. 13, 1926, in Greenville, S.C., to Elmer Leland and Kate Irene Ross Cooper and lived in the Pond Mountain community near Creston.
Dr. Cooper was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He was stationed post-war in U.S.-occupied Japan. He received a B.S. degree from Clemson University in 1950, and a M.Ed. degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1956. He was a Kellogg Fellowship recipient at the University of Florida, and completed an Ed.D. degree in 1964.
He was a public school teacher and junior college dean before becoming a professor in the Department of Leadership and Higher Education at Appalachian State University in 1967. Dr. Cooper later served as director of the Bachelor of Technology program and retired from ASU in 1989.
He enjoyed travel, music, history, photography, and was a recreational pilot who built his own plane. He had a great concern for the welfare of people around the world and supported “Hogar Infantil”, an orphanage in Chiapas, Mexico. He was the co-author of three oral history books: “Hungarians in Transition”, “The Pond Mountain Chronicle”, and “The People of the New River”, the latter two written with his wife.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Lambert Cooper, of Creston; daughter Cathy Cooper, M.D., of Richmond, Va.; L. Ross Cooper, Jr. and wife, Amber, of Deep Gap; sister, Helen McKinney of Travelers Rest, S.C.; and sister, Marian Bryan and husband, Bill, of Mill Spring, N.C. and their children and families: Paige Windahl (Marc and Cooper), Erin Stalgren (Steve, Shea and Carsten) and Ross Bryan (Mary).
He was preceded in death by infant brother, Benjamin, brother, Robert, and brother-in-law, Merle McKinney.
A memorial celebration will be held at First United Methodist Church in Mountain City, Tenn., on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m. A second memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Traveler's Rest United Methodist Church, in Traveler's Rest, S.C. at 11 a.m. with visitation following.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson's Foundation (1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136), Hogar Infantil Orphanage in Chiapas, Mexico (PO Box 7049, Salem, Oregon 97303), or a charity of your choice that supports children or education.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Cooper family.

Elliott L. Feinberg
Mr. Elliott L. Feinberg, 83, of 2027 Russ Cornett Road, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 14, 1924 in New York City, a son of the late Irving and Ann Rosenblum Feinberg.
Mr. Feinberg was the retired owner of Florida Beverage Corporation and served in the United States Army during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Dash Feinberg; one daughter, Lana Bernstein and husband, Michael, of Miami Beach, Fla.; three sons, Todd G. Feinberg and wife, Vivian, of Coral Gables, Fla., Ian Feinberg of Denver, Colo., and Marc J. Feinbert and wife, Tillie, of Estero, Fla.; five granddaughters, Nicole, Elizabeth, Madeline, Carly Jo, and Danielle; one grandson, Lucas; two great-grandsons, Lucas and Elliott; one sister, Shirley Feildelman of Miami Beach, Fla., and a sister-in-law, Sonya Dash Harris of Evergreen, Colo. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Milton Feildelman.
A graveside service was conducted Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 16, 2008, at 3:00 o'clock, at Graceland Cemetery in Miami, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Watauga County Humane Society, 200 Casey Lane, Boone, N.C. 28607, or to the Hospitality House of Boone, 302 West King Street, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the Feinberg family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Jessie Gragg Moretz
Mrs. Jessie Gragg Moretz, age 88, of 849 Big Hill Road, Boone, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at the Watauga Medical Center.
Mrs. Moretz was born June 18, 1920 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Thomas Ray and Nannie Bishop Gragg. She was a retired winder at TRW/IRC and attended Bethany Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Moretz is survived by her husband of 68 years, Samuel W. Moretz of the home; one son, Samuel Austin Moretz and wife, Carol, of Boone; one daughter, Barbara Moretz and husband, John W. Moretz, of Boone; three granddaughters, Terri Greene and husband, David, of Charlotte, Michelle Townsend and husband, Wendell, of Todd, and Jennifer Bailey and husband, Chad, of Conover, and three grandsons, Tim Moretz and wife, Selena, of Boone, Tom Moretz and wife, Gale, of Mountain City, Tenn., and Darren Moretz and wife, Cherie, of Boone.
She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Etheridge Gragg, and six sisters, Ennice Gragg, Ferrie Clawson, Florence Gragg, Ina Hollar, Lucy Culbertson and Bessie Moretz Brown.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 17, 2008, at 1 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church. The body will lie in state, at the church from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Officiating will be Pastor John Bollinger and Harvey Bauman. Burial will follow in the Old Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bethany Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 1030 Big Hill Road, Boone N.C. 28607.
The family has respectfully requested no food.
Online condolences may be sent to the Moretz family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.


September 15, 2008
David Jewel Black Sr.
Mr. David Jewel Black, Sr., 84, of 255 Willy Austin Drive, Blowing Rock, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at his home.
He was born Dec. 31, 1923, in Rock Hill, S.C., a son of the late Jack and Gertrude Dawkins Black.
Mr. Black retired from Thrift Food Center in Boone as a meat cutter. He was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Maude Austin Black; two daughters, Carole Ann Black of Blowing Rock, and Billie Hansen and husband, Chuck, of Hickory; and one son, David Jewel Black, Jr., of Argyle, Mont.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jack and Gertrude Dawkins Black; one sister, Betty Jean Black; and one brother, Jack Black, Jr.
‘Services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state from 10-11 a.m. Officiating will be the Rev. David Austin. Military graveside rites and burial will follow in Cool Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Hampton Funeral Service.
Online condolences may be sent to the Black family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Anna Marie Triplett Earp
Mrs. Anna Marie Triplett Earp, 47, of Dewitt Barnett Road, Banner Elk, the Valle Crucis community, died Thursday morning, Sept. 11, 2008 at Watauga Medical Center.
She was born Sept. 26, 1960, a daughter of Tony Cline Triplett and Anna Bell Richards.
Mrs. Earp was a homemaker and a member of Vilas Valley Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Cecil Carroll Earp; five children, Anna Sue Brown and husband, Gary, of Valle Crucis, Daniel Carroll Earp of the home, Patricia Anna Earp of Valle Crucis, April Lee Earp and Christopher Daniel Earp, both of the home; her grandson, Richard Brown of Valle Crucis; her mother, Anna Bell Richards of Bethel; and her father, Tony Cline Triplett of Boone; her maternal grandmother, Bunnie Richards of Newland; and her paternal grandmother, Virginia James of High Point; three sisters, Patricia Annette Berry and husband, Steve, of Foscoe, Lisa Triplett and Melinda Bell Ward and husband, Shawn , all of Vilas; and one brother, Charles Arnett of Sugar Grove. Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Payden Brown; a brother, Anthony Triplett; her maternal grandfather, Russell Richards; and her paternal grandfather, Cline Triplett.
Services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Vilas Valley Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Dan Church and the Rev. Randy Harmon. Burial will follow at the Jont Brown Cemetery.
Flowers are appreciated or donations to assist with funeral expenses may be made to the Earp family.
Online condolences may be sent to the Earp family at www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Earp family.

Junior ‘Hogan’ Eldreth
Mr. Junior “Hogan” Eldreth, 72, of Grand Boulevard, Boone, died Friday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2008, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born August 12, 1936 in Watauga County, to Worth and Marie Ham Eldreth.
Mr. Eldreth was a member and Deacon of Doe Ridge Baptist Church. He was employed at ASU, retiring after 33 years in Food Service.
Mr. Eldreth is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pauline Moretz Eldreth; one son, Bennie Eldreth and wife, Anita, of Vilas; two sisters, Elizabeth Isaacs and Shirley Hamby, both of Boone; one brother, Bobby Eldreth and wife, Elaine, of Lenoir; his special sister-in-law, Ruth Shaver and husband, Robert, of Independence, Va.; and his step-granddaughter, Jonie Church and husband, Josh, of King. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Rose Cook; and two brothers, Leroy Calhoun and James Eldreth.
Services will be conducted Monday morning at 10 o’clock at Doe Ridge Baptist Church, officiated by the Rev. Arvil Hardy. The body will lie in state at the church from 9 until 10 o’clock. Burial will follow at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.
Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 222 Church Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202.
Online condolences may be made to the Eldreth family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Eldreth family.

William Howard Miller
Mr. William Howard Miller, 88, of Linville Creek Road, Vilas, died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 10, 2008 at Glenbridge Health & Rehabilitation.
He was born Nov. 19, 1919 to the late Monroe Cottrell and Estella Mae White Miller in Watauga County.
Mr. Miller had his own blacksmith shop where he designed and constructed much of the equipment he used on the farm he tended. He attended Boone Church of Christ.
Surviving are three sisters, Wilma Greene of Vilas, Virginia Yates of Boone, and Rena Goodman and husband, Jack, of Vilas; four brothers, Jack Miller of Hudson, Bill Miller and wife, Eva Nell, and Lewis Miller and wife, Esther, all of Vilas; and Kermit Miller and wife, Willie, of Hudson; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Estella Mae White and Monroe Cottrell Miller; one sister, Georgia M. Hayes; one sister-in-law, Ruth May Miller; and three brothers-in-law, Ernest Hayes, Fred Greene and Conley Yates.
Services were conducted Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating were the Rev. Elliott Hayes, Minister Lance Hostetter and Deacon Park Terrell. Burial followed at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.
Memorial donations may be made to the Boone Church of Christ Building Fund, at 3109 Old US Highway 421, North, Boone, N.C.
Online condolences may be made to the Miller family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Miller family.



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