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Thursday, January 29, 2009


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Lucy Mae Fox

Lucy Mae Fox, 74, of Echo Dr., Lenoir, passed away on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, after an extended illness.
She was born Feb. 12, 1935, in Caldwell County, to the late David Rhonda Fox and Odis Bell Hodges Fox.
She was retired from Singer Furniture and was a member of Crestview Baptist Church.
Survivors include her nephew, Robert Carlisle and wife, JoAnne; her great-niece, Maggie Carlisle Woody; and her great-great-nephew, Alex Woody.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Susie Fox and Mildred Fox Carlisle; and a great-great-niece, Abigail Carlisle.
Services will be private.
Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care at 902 Kirkwood St. NW, Lenoir, N.C. 28645.
Pendry’s Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dr. Albert Hughes
Dr. Albert Hughes, former professor with the Appalachian State University Department. of Sociology, passed away Jan. 23, 2009 on the island of St. Martin, in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean.
He suffered a massive heart attack while on the island.
Dr. Hughes, and his wife Maxine, were on board the exclusive Silversea Cruise Line ship, The Shadow, where he was a lecturer.
They were touring the island when Dr. Hughes suffered a massive heart attack.
His family is still in the Caribbean working on details to return to the U.S. with Dr. Hughes’ cremains.
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, Feb. 7, at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Boone.
Final arrangements are incomplete..

January 28, 2009

Don Farthing Jr.
Mr. Albert Donald “Don” Farthing Jr., 93, of Penny Road, High Point, formerly of Lexington, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at Pennybyrn-Merryfield.
He was born Jan. 19, 1916, in Washington County, Va., to Albert Donald Farthing and Kate Golden Lowry Farthing.
Mr. Farthing was a graduate of King College, Bristol, Tenn., earning a Bachelor of Arts degree; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a Master of Arts degree in teaching; and Walden University Naples, Fla., earning a PHD in math education. He completed additional studies from University of South Carolina and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He taught high school mathematics for 20 years prior to moving to Lexington. He was head of the math department at Davidson County Community College (DCCC) for 16 years. He was also a Sergeant stationed in England during World War II in the Army Air Force, a member of VFW Post 3074, and American Legion Post 8. He was a deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher and served on various committees at his church.
Mr. Farthing married MaryAnn Cross Farthing who survives, of the home. Also surviving are a son, Sam Farthing and wife, Traci, of Mebane; daughter, Lisa Farthing Sahlie and husband, Jim, of Wilmington; and five grandchildren, Annie Kate Sahlie, Luke Sahlie, Sophia Farthing, Owen Farthing and Baxter Farthing.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, where he was a member for 42 years, by the Dr. Lee Zehmer. Burial will follow in Lexington City Cemetery with military honors.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Davidson Funeral Home Lexington Chapel.
Memorials may be made to DCCC, Donald Farthing Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O Box 1287, Lexington, N.C. 27293; or Davidson Medical Ministries, P.O. Box 584, Lexington, N.C. 27293.
Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net
Davidson Funeral Home in Lexington, N.C. is in charge of the arrangements.

Chadwick Frank Lewis
Mr. Chadwick “Chad” Frank Lewis, 32, of Vilas, N.C., passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 in Watauga Medical Center, Boone, N.C.
He is the son of Larry and Ruby Lewis of Vilas, N.C. and Judy and Lance Hoppers of Granite Falls, N.C.
Mr. Lewis was of the Baptist faith and his hobbies included hiking.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, Larry and Ruby Lewis of Vilas, N.C.; his mother and stepfather, Judy and Lance Hoppers of Granite Falls, N.C.; one stepbrother, Lannie Hoppers of West Jefferson, N.C.; two nephews, Isaac and Landon Hoppers; several cousins, aunts and uncles. Special friends, Renee Blevins and Lena Rustrian also survive.
Services will be conducted 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2009, from the Charles B. Hux-Memorial Chapel of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home with the Rev. Horace Minton and the Rev. Billy Carrier officiating. Graveside service and interment will follow in Flatwoods Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Greg Minton, Fisher Minton, Mason Minton, Roger Hartsog, Bobby Humphrey and Robert Leonard. Honorary pallbearers will be Lannie Hoppers, Isaac Hoppers and Greg Humphrey. The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 p.m. prior to the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed through our website at www.hux-lipford.com
Hux-Lipford Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Rocky Alex Pearson
Mr. Rocky Alex Pearson, 22, of Shelby, N.C., died Jan. 25, 2009, in Boone, N.C.
He was born Nov. 25, 1986, in Cleveland County, N.C.
Mr. Pearson was a painter for Alex Pearson & Sons, Inc. and was also a student at Appalachian State University where he was receiving a degree in Criminal Justice.
He was a member of Friendly Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include his father, Alex Dwayne Pearson and wife, Lavonda, of Shelby, N.C.; his mother, Tammy Sanders Moore of Shelby; a brother, A.J. Roberts, Jr. of Shelby; a step-brother, Bobby Moore of Shelby; a step-sister, Rhonda Moore of Shelby; grandparents, Alex and Virginia Pearson and Patricia and G.F. Ross, all of Shelby; Floyd Sanders of Kings Mountain; and Frieda and Dennis Black of Alexis; aunts and uncles, Terry and Julie Pearson, Dianne and David Johnson, Tammy and David Harris, Johnny and Susan Sanders, and Robbie Black; cousins, Seth and Trevor Pearson, India Johnson, Wesley Sanders, Justin May, Jon Harris and Timothy Harris.
Services will be conducted Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at Friendly Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Hugh Moore and the Rev. Gordon Johnson officiating. The body will lie in state from 10:30-11:00 a.m. before the service. Burial will follow at Friendly Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Stamey Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Appalachian State University, c/o Government & Justice Studies, 2013 Old Belk Library, Boone, N.C. 28608.
A guest register is available at www.stameyfuneralhome.com.
Stamey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Carroll L. Shook
Senior Master Sergeant Carroll L. Shook, USAF (Ret.), died at the age of 89 in Tucson, Ariz., on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009.
He was born on June 29, 1919 in Valle Crucis, N.C., to Thomas T. Shook, Sr. and Ada Michael Shook.
Mr. Shook graduated from Cove Creek High School in 1938 and enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps. After his discharge he returned to his home in Valle Crucis where he worked on his grandparent’s farm and the apple orchard of the Valle Crucis Episcopal Church.
In February, 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and began a military career of 31 years active service. After serving in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II, he rotated to the U.S. in 1945 and enlisted in what was then known as the U.S. Army Air Corps and later the U.S. Air Force. Assignments with these branches of the U.S. military have taken him all over the U.S. and the world including a tour of duty in Vietnam.
While stationed in Germany he met Angela Kempf Rapp of Wiesbaden whom he married in 1952 and who preceded him in death after 47 years of marriage. After retiring from the Air Force he went to work for the Northrop Corporation in Saudi Arabia for ten years and returned to Tucson in 1985. There he and his wife settled down and enjoyed camping and fishing in the White Mountains and receiving family and friends who came to visit from all over the world.
Although a man of modest means, Carroll gave generously to many worthy causes and organizations. He was a life member of the Air Force Association, the Air Force Sergeants Association, American Legion, the Good Sams, the National Association for Uniformed Services, the National Rifle Association, the North American Fishing Club, the Non-Commissioned Officers Association, the Retired Enlisted Association and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
When asked why he chose military as a career, he said that remembering what it was like to work a small farm in the mountains of North Carolina during the Depression helped him to make up his mind at re-enlistment time.
Survivors include his second wife, Elaine Glynn; son, Eric O. Shook; daughter, Monika Griesenbeck; brothers, Thomas F. Shook, Arthur Q. Shook, and Stuart H. Shook; grandson, Peter Griesenbeck; and granddaughters, Tracie Martinsen and Sandra Shook.

January 26, 2009

Louise Faye Sisk Ebsary
Mrs. Louise Faye Sisk Ebsary of Sulphur Springs, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at her home.
She was born March 7, 1932 in Miami, Fla., and worked in the Dade County, Fla. school system until retiring in 1989, when she moved to Boone. She moved to the Sulphur Springs community of Kingsport in 2001.
Survivors include two sons, W. Scott Ebsary of the home, and Robert Ebsary, Jr. and wife, Teresa, of Pfafftown; one daughter, Julie Martin and husband, Tommy, of Jeroldstown; two grandsons, Bert Ebsary and Houston Martin; and one brother, Ronald Sisk and wife, Alice, of Summerfield, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Ebsary, Sr.; and her grandparents, George and Louise Sisk.
A private memorial service will be conducted in the near future.
Online condolences may be sent to the Ebsary family at hamlettdobson.com.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes in Kingsport, Tenn. are in charge of the arrangements.

Timothy Michael Edwards
Mr. Timothy Michael Edwards, 52, of Rabbit Ridge Run, Vilas, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at his home.
He was born Jan. 23, 1956 in Danville, Va., to Thomas Elwood and Hazel Gauldin Edwards.
Mr. Edwards was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Smithfield. He was an employee of DPI Specialty Foods based in Prince Georges, Md.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret “Peg” Edwards; two sons, Thomas Richard Edwards and Turner Hall Edwards; and one daughter, Katherine Buckley Edwards, all of Vilas; one sister, Anne Edwards Squire and husband, Bill, of Wilmington; his step-mother, Ruth Edwards of Smithfield; one step-sister, Cathie Wall of New Bern; and two step-brothers, James Lipcsak of Wendell and Michael Lipcsak of Goldsboro.
Services will be conducted Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2 o’clock at Centenary United Methodist Church in Smithfield, officiated by the Rev. Richard Williams.
The family suggests memorial donations to High Country Health Care Systems Hospice, 400 Shadowline Dr., Suite 100-B, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to caringbridge.org.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Edwards family.

Darrell J. Greene
Mr. Darrell, J. Greene, 81, of 1684 Draft Road, Butler, Tenn., passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at Mountain Home VA Center, following a brief illness.
He was born March 14, 1927 in Bakersville, N.C.
Mr. Greene was a member of Sugar Grove Baptist Church, Chairman of the Deacon Board, choir director, and he sang soprano for the Sugar Grove Quartet for 40 years. He was an Army veteran and retired from Burlington Industries in 1986. He was a farmer and loved gardening.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ola Mae Greene; one daughter, Lois Greene and husband, Kenneth, of Vilas, N.C.; one son, Arthur Greene and wife, Daphne, and one grandson, Timothy Greene and wife, Laura, all of Butler, Tenn.; three brothers, John David Greene and wife, Betty Lou; and Roy Greene and Bobby Greene; and one sister, Loetta Bright, all of Butler, Tenn. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles S. Greene and Tina Dugger Greene.
Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, from Sugar Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Ray Greene, the Rev. Doug Ranshaw and the Rev. Ray Sorrels officiating. Music was provided by Sugar Grove Choir and Willow Valley Choir. Graveside service and interment followed at the Sugar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Deacons of Sugar Grove Baptist Church, Earl Dugger, and nephews David Greene and Dennis Greene. The family received friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, from the Charles B. Hux Memorial Chapel of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family and viewed through the website at www.hux-lipford.com
Arrangements for the Darrell J. Greene family are in the care of Hux-Lipford Funeral Home.

Viola Phillips Greene
Mrs. Viola Wilma Phillips Greene, 78, of Boone, died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, at Glenbridge Health Care Center.
She was born March 12, 1930 in Letcher, Ky., a daughter of the late Robert and Martha Phillips.
Mrs. Greene was a homemaker and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Lois Greene and husband, Adrian, of Atlanta, Ga.; four sons, Eddie Greene and wife, Tina, of Chesapeake, Va., Charles Greene of Lenoir, Gary Greene and wife, Cindy, of Elizabeth City, N.C. and Jay Greene and wife, Leslie, of Deep Gap; one sister, Joyce Carlton and husband, Harold, of Deep Gap; and one brother, Willard Phillips of Baltimore, Md. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard L. Greene; one daughter, Linda Greene; one granddaughter, Donna Greene; three sisters, Mabel Miller, Virgie Bowles and Opal Norris; and four brothers, Howard, Russell, J.D. and R.H. Phillips.
Services will be conducted Tuesday morning, Jan. 27, 2009, at 12:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 11:00 until 12:00 o'clock. Officiating will be the Rev. Vernon Eller. Burial will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens.
The family will receive friends Tuesday morning, from 11:00 until 12:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the Greene family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Bet Garrison Mangum
Mrs. Bet Garrison Mangum, 62, of Sparta, N.C., passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at her home.
She was born in Eufaula, Barbour County, Ala., to Margaret Garrison and the late Benjamin Frank Garrison.
Mrs. Mangum enjoyed creating and producing hand crafted pottery and ceramic sculptures in her studio in the mountains of Alleghany County. Her work has been collected worldwide and has been featured in many national publications.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Mr. Rob Mangum; her mother, Margaret Garrison of Eufaula, Ala.; two sons, Rob, Jr. Mangum and wife, Beth, of Weaverville, N.C., and Frank Mangum and wife, Linda, of Gunnison, Colo.; two brothers, Frank Garrison II and wife, Connie, and Ed Garrison and wife, Paige, all of Eufaula, Ala.; one sister, Susie McCathran and husband, Scott, of Eufaula, Ala.; four grandchildren, Leah and Page Mangum and Marshall and Austin Mangum.
A reception was held at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Sparta, N.C., on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, and a memorial service followed at 1:30 p.m., with Father Chuck Blanck officiating.
The family requests that donations be made to The Christ Episcopal Church, Alleghany Food Bank and to Piney Creek School.
On line condolences may be made at www.twincountyfunerals.com.
Twin County Funerals is serving the family.

Lester Newland Trivette
Mr. Lester Newland Trivette, 59, of Russ Norris Road, Elk Park, died Saturday morning, Jan. 24, 2009, at his home.
He was born Nov. 5, 1949, in Avery County, to Judson Newland and Elsie Harmon Trivette.
Mr. Trivette was a farmer and rock mason and was a member of Flat Springs Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Moody Trivette; one daughter, Lena Trivette of Newland; one son, Michael Trivette of Banner Elk; eight grandchildren, Daniel Trivette, Brandon Trivette, Brittany Brewer, Stacie Brewer, Tristan Rustrian and Kara Rustrian, all of Newland, Meranda Trivette of Banner Elk and Garrett Ray of Johnson City, Tenn.; and two sisters, Lenia Vell Trivette and Evanelle Thomas, both of Zionville. He is also survived by his friend, Mary Shoemaker of Banner Elk.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Reed and Gene Trivette; and one sister, June Taylor.
Services will be conducted Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by the Rev. Dean Estep. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5:30 until 7:30, prior to services, at the funeral home.
Graveside services and burial will be conducted Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Harmon Cemetery in Elk Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Watauga County Unit of the American Cancer Society, Post Office Box 1903, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Trivette family.


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