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Norman Lee Cheek
Mr. Norman Lee Cheek, 70, of 109 West Pine Swamp Road, Fleetwood, the Deep Gap community, died Wednesday morning, April 29, 2009, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born June 15, 1938 in Ashe County, a son of the late Carl and Mabel Church Cheek.
Mr. Cheek was the retired owner of Toyota of Boone and a member of Laurel Springs Baptist Church. He was recognized with many awards throughout his life, including The Above and Beyond Award-ESGR, Gold Apple Award, Four Seals Award, ESGR, the Governor's Award in 1994 and 1999 and the President's Award from 2004 through 2007. During his career, he received numerous service awards with Toyota and Johnson Cook Ford. Mr. Cheek was instrumental in the development of the auto tech building at Mayland Technical College and the sports facilities at Watauga High School. With his love and concern for less fortunate children in our area, he was deeply involved with Christmas for Kids, and Toys for Tots programs. He was recognized with the Miniature Man Award by the National Guard and for Outstanding Meritorious Service by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Mr. Cheek was featured by the High Country Magazine during Military Appreciation Day (June 24, 2006).
Survivors include his fiancee, caregiver, and special friend, Carolyn J. Winkler of the home; two daughters, Pamela Davis and husband, Ralph, of Hiddenite, and Donna Bare and husband, Jerry, of West Jefferson; two grandsons, Nathan Cheek of Fleetwood, and Joshua Bare of West Jefferson; two sisters, Loraine Grogan and husband, Gene, of Hudson, and Carolyn Pierce and husband, Archie, of West Jefferson, and one brother, Curtis Cheek and wife, Peggy, of Warrensville. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Ward Cheek; and his father and mother, Carl and Mabel Church Cheek.
Services will be conducted Sunday afternoon, May 3, 2009, at 3:00 o'clock, at Laurel Springs Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:30 until 3:00 o'clock. Officiating will be the Rev. Brent Bolick, the Rev. Sherrill Wellborn, Coach Jerry Moore, and Mr. Larry Norman. Military graveside rites and burial will follow in Old Fields Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Saturday evening, from 6:00 until 9:00 o'clock, and Sunday afternoon, from 1:30 until 3:00 o'clock, at Laurel Springs Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Norman Cheek Project Graduation Memorial Fund, or to the Norman Cheek National Guard Fund, both in care of Donna Bare, 671 Bare Ridge Road, West Jefferson, N.C. 28694, or to the Old Gap Creek Cemetery Fund, in care of Carolyn Pierce, 303 NC Highway 194 South, West Jefferson, N.C. 28694.
Online condolences may be sent to the Cheek family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Madge Greer Dancy
Mrs. Madge Greer Dancy, 88, of 325 Circle Drive, Vilas, died Monday evening, April 27, 2009, at Iredell Memorial Hospital in Statesville.
She was born April 1, 1921 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Andy and Nancy Greene Greer.
Mrs. Dancy was a retired salesperson for the Hunt's Department Store in Boone and a lifetime member of Brushy Fork Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Archie Dean Dancy and wife, Glenda, of Statesville, Bobby Greer Dancy of Boone, and James Dancy and wife, Dorothy, of Vilas; one daughter, Nancy Shore and husband, Gordon, of Boone; five granddaughters, Lorie Pyrtle of Winston-Salem, Cindy DeViney of Statesville, Elyse Ferguson of Winston-Salem, Kristin Trivette of Vilas, and Leslie White of Winston-Salem; six grandsons, Jeff Shore of Boone, Patrick Dancy of Winston-Salem, Scott Dancy, and Steve Dancy, both of Sugar Grove, Jerry Dancy of Raleigh, and Jason Dancy of Statesville; one brother, Billy Greer and wife, Joyce, of Charlotte; and a special friend and caregiver, Lori Speagle of Zionville. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by Archie Dancy; five sisters, Dora Greene, Gertie Earp, Mary Minton, Mae Barnes, and Faye Harmon; and four brothers, Fred, Henry, James, and Stanley Greer.
Services were conducted Thursday afternoon, April 30, 2009, at 2:00 o'clock, at Brushy Fork Baptist Church. Officiating were Pastor Andy McFarland and the Rev. William Wease. Burial followed in the Greer Family Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Greer Family Cemetery Fund, in care of James Dancy, 351 Circle Drive West, Vilas, N.C. 28692.
The family respectfully requests no food.
The family would like to send a special thank-you to Iredell Memorial Hospital and its staff.
Online condolences may be sent to the Dancy family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Carolyn Lookabill Garland

Carolyn Lookabill Garland, 70, of Johnson City, Tenn., and formerly of Trade, Tenn., passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at her residence.
She was born on April 24, 1939 in Watauga County, N.C., to the late David Frank Lookabill and Dorothy Ragan Lookabill.
Carolyn was a previous employee of the United States Forestry Service, where she was a receptionist in the Unicoi County Office. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church of Zionville, N.C. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Ann Roe and husband, Johnny, of Johnson City, Tenn.; one son, Ronnie Garland of Zionville, N.C.; one brother, John Lookabill of Shelby, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Alicia Roe of Johnson City, Tenn., Garet Garland of Charlotte, N.C. and Kendra Garland of Zionville, N.C.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd William Garland; one sister, Emma Lee May; and two brothers, James William Lookabill and Robert Franklin Lookabill.
The family received friends from 6-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2009, from the Mountain City Funeral Home with funeral services following at 8:00 p.m.
Graveside service and interment will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 1, 2009, from the Greer-Main Cemetery, in Trade, Tenn.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Greer-Main Cemetery Fund, c/o Harold Garland, 1223 W. Main Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.
At other times, friends may also call at the home of Carolyn’s son, Ronnie Garland, 7375 Old US Hwy 421, Zionville, N.C. 28698.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mountaincityfuneralhome.com.
Mountain City Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Simon Peter Shull
Mr. Simon Peter Shull, 89, of U.S. Highway 321 North, Vilas, died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at his home.
He was born Jan. 31, 1920 in Watauga County to Jordan Luther and Callie Matheson Shull.
Mr. Shull retired from Appalachian State University as a supervisor in the laundry, and was a member of Willow Valley Baptist Church. He was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II.
He is survived by one daughter, Tammy Ward and husband, Keith, and one grandson, Travis Ward, all of Vilas; one sister, Mattie Rominger, of Sugar Grove; and one brother, Jim Shull and wife, Carrie, of Boone.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Isaacs Shull; two sisters, Jessie Mae Cannon and Opal Dean Shull; six brothers, Sam, Bill, Fred, James, Arlis and Tiny Shull; and a half-brother, Ross Matheson; and three half-sisters, Mamie and Ethel Yates, and Lula James.
Graveside services with military honors were conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the Willow Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Vilas, N.C. The family received friends following the graveside service at the Shull residence, 968 U.S. Highway 321, North, in Vilas.
The family suggests memorials to Willow Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, c/o Brandon Greer, Post Office Box 277, Vilas, N.C. 28692 or to High Country Health Care System/Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 100-B, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the Shull Family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Shull family.

Len Warren
Mr. Len Warren, 69, of 545 Phillips Branch Road, Vilas, died Monday evening, April 27, 2009, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 8, 1940 in Watauga County, a son of the late John Floyd Warren and Maude Roark Warren.
Mr. Warren was owner and operator of Len's Repair Service and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Kirby Warren; two sons, Barry Len Warren and wife, Becky, of Boone, and Larry Dean Warren and wife, Brenda, of Zionville; one step-daughter, Kimberly Slate of Boone; one step-son, James Sutherland of Vilas; two granddaughters, Erika Eggers of Wilmington, N.C., and Emily Warren of Zionville; two grandsons, Jamison Slate of Boone, and Nathaniel Warren of Zionville; one sister, Jean Warren Wilson of Abingdon, Va.; and one brother, Dr. Lee Warren and wife, Debbie, of Boone; three nephews, Dr. Daryl Wilson, and Joe Wilson, both of Abingdon, Va., and Robert Warren of Boone; two nieces, Blaire Warren of Chapel Hill, and Debin Warren of Boone; and his father-in-law, Bill Kirby of Vilas.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Bonnie Ward Kirby.
Services will be conducted Friday afternoon, May 1, 2009, at 2:00 o'clock, at Willow Valley Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be the Rev. Ray Greene. Burial will follow in Willow Valley Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family received friends Thursday evening, from 5:30 until 8:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Service.
Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may by made to the Willow Valley Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, in care of Brandon Greer, 436 Clark Swift Road, Vilas, N.C. 28692.
The family respectfully requests no food.
Online condolences may be sent to the Warren family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements


April 28, 2009
Mary Hayes Fletcher
Mrs. Mary Hayes Fletcher, 74, of Popeye Lane, Lexington, N.C., died Saturday, April 25, at her home.
She was born March 29, 1935 in Watauga County, to James Alfonso and Anna Colvard Hayes.
Mrs. Fletcher was a homemaker and a member of Rich Fork Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Ward of Lexington; her step-sons, Steven Fletcher and wife, Lisa, and Scott Fletcher, and wife, Lynn, both of Lexington; her brothers, Bill Hayes, and wife, Carrie, of Monroe, James Hayes and wife, Beulah, of Boone, and Harold Hayes, and wife, Alta, of Florida; her sisters, Anna Summit of Lexington, and Elizabeth Kanupp and husband, David, of Claremont; and her grandchildren, Katherine Fletcher, and Dalton Fletcher, both of Lexington.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Leonard Fletcher; a son, Payne Ward; and a granddaughter, Michaela Lewis.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at the Rich Fork Baptist Church, with the Rev. Michael Bowers officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Memorial Park.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, at Davidson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, PO Box 1941, Lexington N.C. 27293.
Online condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net
Davidson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Edna Jean Ennis Gray
Mrs. Edna Jean Ennis Gray, 81, of 163 Shadowline Drive, Boone, and a former resident of Lincolnton, died Monday morning, April 27, 2009, at Watauga Medical Center.
She was born May 1, 1927 in Johnston County, N.C., a daughter of the late John Festus and Bertie Corina Nordan Ennis.
Mrs. Gray was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lincolnton and was a homemaker.
Surviving are three children, Bruce R. Gray, Jr. and wife, Mary Ann, of Louisville, Ky., Patty Buckner and husband, Will, of Vilas, and Tom Gray and wife, Missie, of Bloomsdale, Missouri; six grandchildren, Ashley Jones, Janessa Mason, Danielle Cullen, Mary Cullen, Elizabeth Cullen, Lindsey Gray and Abbey Gray; two great-grandsons, Cooper and Carson Jones; one brother, William “Bill” Ennis of Lillington; one sister and brother-in-law; Nancy and Earl Powell of Durham; and a number of loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce R. Gray, Sr.; one daughter, Debbie Jean Mason; four sisters, Nellie Smith, Kathleen Lee, Josephine Rose, and Olene Ennis; and five brothers, Ernest, Jack, Buddy, Tom and William Charleston Ennis.
Services will be conducted Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Pastor Reggie Hunt and Pastor Wes Berry. Graveside services and burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Lincolnton, N.C. at 3:30.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, in care of Glenda Hodges, 810 Parkcrest Drive, Boone, N.C. 28607 or to the American Heart Association, Post Office Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058-5216.
The family received friends Tuesday evening from 6 o’clock until 7:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to the Gray family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Gray family.

Frank Allen Hagaman Sr.
Mr. Frank Allen Hagaman, Sr., 95, of Appalachian Christian Village, Johnson City, Tenn., a native and former resident of Cherry Brook Lane, Boone, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, in Johnson City.
He was born Feb. 17, 1914 in Watauga County, a son of the late George and Margaret Sherrill Hagaman.
Mr. Hagaman was a retired highway maintenence supervisor. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Boone for 51 years.
Survivors include three daughters, Wanda W. Kilby and husband, Dwight, of Blountville, Tenn., Sherrill H. Creed and husband, Jack, of Knoxville, Tenn., and Carol H. Young of Weaverville, N.C.; one son, Frank Hagaman, Jr. of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Betty Watkins of Cary, Ill.; two sisters, Mary Helen Saylor of Johnson City, and Blanche Childs and husband, Hodges, of St. Leonard, Md.; and a sister-in-law, Ernestine Hagaman of Lenoir. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Belle Watkins Hagaman; one son, Bob Watkins; and two brothers, Jake Hagaman and Ralph Hagaman.
Graveside services will be conducted Saturday morning, June 20, 2009, at 11:00 o'clock, at Mount Lawn Memorial Park and Gardens. Officiating will be the Rev. Gordon Noble.
Online condolences may be sent to the Hagaman family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Sue Ann Ritter
Sue Ann Ritter, 51, a resident of Bethel, died Friday, April 17, 2009.
She was born June 13, 1957 in Cumberland, Pa., the daughter of William Ritter and Grace Hunter.
Sue Ann was a freelance artist, massage therapist, and student of kinesiology.
Survivors include her four children, Alani, Crystal, Kagen and Ben Del Rio; grandson, Kai Wilson; and brothers, Burt Robins and William Ritter.
Services will be conducted on Friday, May 1, 2009, at Valle Crucis Apple Barn from 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Online or memorial condolences may be made to the Ritter/Del Rios family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Ritter/Del Rios family.



Simon Peter Shull
Mr. Simon Peter Shull, 89, of U.S. Highway 321 North, Vilas, died Sunday, April 26, 2009 at his home.
He was born Jan. 31, 1920 in Watauga County to Jordan Luther and Callie Matheson Shull.
Mr. Shull retired from Appalachian State University as a supervisor in the laundry, and was a member of Willow Valley Baptist Church. He was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II.
Survivors include one daughter, Tammy Ward and husband, Keith; and one grandson, Travis Ward, all of Vilas; one sister, Mattie Rominger of Sugar Grove; and one brother, Jim Shull and wife, Carrie, of Boone.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene Isaacs Shull; two sisters, Jessie Mae Cannon and Opal Dean Shull; six brothers, Sam, Bill, Fred, James, Arlis and Tiny Shull; a half-brother, Ross Matheson; and three half-sisters, Mamie and Ethel Yates, and Lula James.
Graveside services with military honors will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Willow Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Vilas, N.C. The family will receive friends following the graveside service at the Shull residence, 968 US Highway 321, North, in Vilas.
Flowers are appreciated or the family suggests memorials to Willow Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, c/o Brandon Greer, Post Office Box 277, Vilas, N.C. 28692 or to High Country Health Care System/Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 100-B, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the Shull Family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Shull family.

Claude Casey Ward
Mr. Claude Casey Ward, 79, of Blowing Rock Extended Care, died Friday evening, April 24, 2009, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born July 16, 1929 in Watauga County, a son of the late James Amos and Mary Elizabeth Hicks Ward.
Mr. Ward was a farmer and a member of Laurel Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving are his former wife, Sadie Ward of Boone; one daughter, Libby Miller and husband, Fred, of Boone; two sons, James Brad Ward of Boone, and Terry Turbyfill of Sugar Grove; one sister, Corina Woodring and husband, Burl, of Boone; and one brother, Wilborn Ward and wife, Thelma, of Deep Gap; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Treva Ward and Johnny Ray Ward; two grandchildren, Timothy Baldwin and Sandra Ward; one great-grandchild, Bradley Morrison; one sister, Rachel Miller; and one brother, Murphy Ward.
Services were conducted Monday evening at 7:30 at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Delmar James officiating.
Memorials may be made to the family in care of Libby Miller, 2623 Meat Camp Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Graveside services and burial were conducted Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock at the Yates Cemetery; officiated by the Rev. Delmar James.
Online condolences may be sent to the Ward family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Ward family.

Betty Wagner Wilson
Mrs. Betty Wagner Wilson, 66, of 211 Milton Brown Heirs Road, Boone, died Monday morning, April 27, 2009, at Glenbridge Health Care.
She was born Oct. 1, 1942 in Mountain City, Tenn., a daughter of the late Arthur and Irene Michael Wagner.
Mrs. Wilson was an employee of Glenbridge Health Care in the Dietary Department, and a member of Bibleway Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Wilson Pope and husband, Edward “Junior”, of Zionville, and Patricia Wilson Harless and husband, Robby, of Wilkesboro; two sons, Jim Wilson and wife, Carmen, of Fleetwood, and Mike Wilson and wife, Candace, of Lenoir; two sisters, Winnie Wagner Wilson and husband, Calvin, of Boone, and Mary Wagner of Winston-Salem; and the lites of her life, her grandchildren, Sierra Wilson of Fleetwood, Kayla Harless of Purlear, Mason Pope of Zionville, Jordan Harless of Purlear, and Carter Wilson of Fleetwood; one niece, Charla Strawser and husband, Jeff, of Atlanta, Ga.; one nephew, David Poe and wife, Shelley, of Richmond, Va.; and one great-nephew, Evan Wagner Strawser of Atlanta, Ga. She is also survived by her extended family at Glenbridge Health Care and Deerfield Assisted Living.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Ann Wagner Poe.
Services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, April 29, 2009, at 2:00 o'clock, at Bibleway Baptist Church. The body will lie in state, at the church, from 1:00 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be the Rev. Michael Greene. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in Mountain City.
The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon, from 1:00 until 2:00 o'clock, at the church, prior to the service.
Flowers are appreciated, or memorial contributions may be made to Bibleway Baptist Church, in care of Carrie Laws, 227 Hodges Valley Road, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the Wilson family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.


April 27, 2009

Pamela Ann Allison Canipe
Pamela Ann Allison Canipe, age 51, of Hickory, N.C., passed away Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.
She was born Jan. 21, 1958 in Catawba County, the daughter of Virginia Duncan Allison and the late Ernest Houston Allison.
Pamela loved going fishing and hunting with her dad and grandparents. She was a loving mother and grandmother who cherished the time with her family. She enjoyed the mountains and loved “Lucy” her puppy.
She is survived by her mother, Virginia D. Allison of Hickory, N.C.; a daughter, Angela Silver and husband, Steven, of Boone; a son, Charles Lane of Hickory; grandchildren, Makayla Silver, Gracie Silver, Timothy Lane and Darrell Lane; two sisters, Cathy Hall and husband, Doug, of Mooresville, and Linda Cline and husband, Dannie, of Hickory; a brother, Cooter Allison and wife, Glenda, of Claremont; and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles
In addition to her father, a nephew, Timmy Hefner preceded her in death.
The celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Burke Mortuary Chapel in Newton.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 1:00-1:45 p.m. at Burke Mortuary in Newton prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the children to help with funeral arrangements.
Visit www.burkemortuary.com to register your condolences online.
Burke Mortuary in Newton is serving the Canipe family.

Nellie Thomason Cato
Nellie Thomason Cato, 81, of Spartanburg, S.C., died Thursday, April 23, 2009, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
She was born Oct. 30, 1927, in McDowell County, N.C., the daughter of the late G. H. and Bessey Edney Thomason, and the wife of the late Oscar Cauthen Cato.
She was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church. A graduate of Spartanburg General Hospital School of Nursing, she was a retired private duty Registered Nurse. She was a volunteer at the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home and as a Registered Nurse with Shelter Rock Ministries.
Survivors include two daughters, Terri C. McLeod and her husband, Dr. Tom McLeod, of Spartanburg, S.C., and Catherine C. Reese and her husband, Rev. Steven Reese, of Boone, N.C.; a son, Tommy Cato and his wife, Lisa Cato, of Spartanburg, S.C.; 12 grandchildren, Summer Harrold Gilmer and her husband, Jason, of Asheville, N.C., Emilie Harrold Smith and her husband, Josh, of Roebuck, S.C., Sean McLeod and David McLeod, both of Greenville, S.C., Tommy Cato, Jr., James Lee Cato, and John Michael Cato, all of Spartanburg, S.C., Ian Verhaeghe and his wife, Monica, of Oxford, England, Cassie Verhaeghe of Boone, N.C., Steven Reese, Jr. of Winston Salem, N.C., Phillip Reese and David Reese, both of Boone, N.C.; two great-grandchildren, Emma Caroline Smith and Elijah Sam Smith of Roebuck, S.C.; a brother, George Thomason of Union Mills, N.C.; three sisters, Margaret Sanders of Mooresville, N.C., Becky Lowry of Salisbury, N.C., and W. Jean Walker of Grove Town, Ga.; and two brothers-in-law, Eugene Cato and Lauren Goolsby, both of Spartanburg, S.C.
Visitation was held from1:30-2:45 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 2009, at St. Luke United Methodist Church, 105 McKay Avenue, Spartanburg. Funeral services followed at 3:00 p.m. at the church conducted by the Rev. Richard D. Lewis and the Rev. Steven Reese. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.
An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com.
Floyd’s North Church Street Chapel in Spartanburg, S.C., were in charge of the arrangements.

Addie Presnell Danner
Mrs. Addie Presnell Danner, 102, of 211 Milton Brown Heirs Road, Boone, and formerly of Greer Road, Vilas, died Friday afternoon, April 24, 2009 at Glenbridge Health & Rehabilitation.
She was born Dec. 26, 1906 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Joseph and Etta Isaacs Presnell.
Mrs. Danner was a homemaker, and a former teacher at Liberty Hill School. She attended East Carolina Teacher’s College. She was a member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School.
Surviving are nine children, Oscar G. Danner, Jr. and wife, Lillian, of Vilas, Houston Danner of Zionville, Betty Burleson and husband, Scott of Boone, Barbara Cox and husband, Dewitt, of Deep Gap, Johnny Danner of Monroe, Harold Danner and wife, Brenda, of Zionville, Bettina Ward and husband, Jackie, of Vilas, Diane Burchill and husband, Monte, of Concord Township, Ohio, and Terry Danner and wife, Susan, of Morganton; 24 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar G. Danner, Sr.; one son; Kenneth Danner; one granddaughter, Anita Cowan; two sisters, Ruth Greer and Flo Taylor; and three brothers, Houston, Burette and Joseph Presnell.
Services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wynn Greer, the Rev. Burl Greer and the Rev. Carl Wilson officiating. Burial followed at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, in care of James Hayes, 831 Bairds Creek Road, Vilas, N.C. 28692.
Online condolences may be made to the Danner family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Danner family.

Frank Allen Hagaman
Mr. Frank Allen Hagaman, 95, of Appalachian Christian Village, a native and former resident of Cherry Brooke Lane, Boone, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, in Johnson City, Tenn.
He was the son of the late George P. Hagaman and Margaret Sherrill Hagaman.
Mr. Hagaman was employed by the North Carolina State Highway Department for 33 years and was a Maintenance Supervisor when he retired in 1977.
Survivors include children, Sherrill Hagaman Creed and husband, Jack; Frank A. Hagaman Jr. and wife, GayAnn; Carol Hagaman Young, and Wanda Kilby and husband, Dwight; sisters, Mary Helen Saylor and Blanche Childs; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Ida Belle Watkins Hagaman; step-son, Bob Watkins; and two brothers, Jacob George Hagaman and John Ralph Hagaman.
A memorial service will be held in Johnson City, Tenn. and a graveside service will be held later in Boone, N.C.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Finley Jerome Townsend Jr.
Mr. Finley Jerome Townsend, Jr., 77, passed away April 15, 2009, in Kirkland, Wash.
He was born on June 4, 1931 in Banner Elk, N.C.
A viewing was held on Friday, April 24, 2009, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and April 25, 2009, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home.
Graveside services were held Saturday, April 25, at 3 p.m. at Washelli Cemetery. A reception followed.

Clyde Coleman Watson
Mr. Clyde Coleman Watson, 62, of 723 Stewart Simmons Road, Deep Gap, died Thursday morning, April 23, 2009, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 20, 1946 in Caldwell County, a son of the late Levi and Pansy Nelson Watson.
Mr. Watson’s previous occupations include truck driving for Johnny Hampton Construction Company, a timber cutter, and furniture worker for National Veneer Company.
Survivors include his wife, Sherlene Greer Watson; one son, Randy Watson and wife, Tina; and one granddaughter, Katelyn "Katie" Watson, all of Deep Gap; four sisters, Shirley Trivette of Purlear, Sadie Denny and husband, Bill, of Creston, Evelyn Pearson of North Wilkesboro, and Glenna Triplett and husband, Dale, of Beaver Creek; three brothers, J.E. Watson and wife, Mary, of Lenoir, Kenneth Watson of Ferguson, and Joey Watson and wife, Paula, of Lenoir; and one sister-in-law, Lynette Hawkins and husband, Clayton, of Ferguson. He is also survived by one aunt, one uncle, and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father and mother, Levi and Pansy Nelson Watson; and one sister, Brenda Marley.
Services were conducted Saturday afternoon, April 25, 2009, at 2:00 o'clock, at Mount Ephriam Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Chuck Morefield and the Rev. Rick Critcher. Burial followed in the Simmons Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Watson family.
Online condolences may be sent to the Watson family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.



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