Watauga Democrat
July 9, 2009


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Wilber L. Crawford
Mr. Wilber L. Crawford, 62, of 4180 Highway 221 South, Blowing Rock, died Wednesday morning, July 8, 2009, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born August 9, 1946 in Kennesaw, Ga., a son of the late Robert and Ella Hutchins Crawford.
Mr. Crawford was a retired general contractor, and a member of Full Gospel Church.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Marchman Crawford; one daughter, Christy Crawford of Marietta, Ga.; one step-son, Faron Robinson of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Janice Hardy of Georgia; and three brothers, Earl Crawford, Ronnie Crawford, and Danny Crawford, all of Georgia. He is also survived by two grandchildren.
Services will be conducted Saturday afternoon, July 11, 2009, at 2:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state at the chapel, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Pastor Roy Smith. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Blowing Rock.
The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.
Online condolences may be sent to the Crawford family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Albert Henson
Mr. Thomas Albert Henson, 91, of 411 Baird's Creek Road, Vilas, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at his home.
He was born May 1, 1918 in Watauga County, a son of the late Ben Harvey Henson and Rilla Proffitt Henson.
Mr. Henson was a retired North Carolina drivers license examiner, where he worked for 27 years, and was a member of Henson Chapel United Methodist Church.
Survivors include five sisters-in-law, Genevieve S. Henson of Vilas, Frances Henson of Sugar Grove, Mattie Lou Wilson of Vilas, Sarah Hayes of Winston-Salem, and Emogene Thomas of Lexington. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. During his final months, he was cared for, in his home, by a nephew and a niece, Jerry and Brenda Henson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jamie Harmon Henson; one daughter, Jayne Melissa "Lisa" Henson; one sister, Helen Isaacs; and three brothers, Ernest, John, and Dick Henson.
Services were conducted Friday afternoon, July 3, 2009, at 2:00 o'clock, at Cove Creek Baptist Church. Officiating were Dr. Max R. Gessner and the Rev. Burl Greer. Burial followed in Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to High Country Health Care System/Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 100-B, Boone, N.C. 28607, or to the Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 68, Sugar Grove, N.C. 28679.
Online condolences may be sent to the Henson family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Lorraine Paal Ives
Mrs. Lorraine Paal Ives, 89, of 688 Windwood Lane, Boone, formerly of Raleigh, died Saturday morning, July 4, 2009, at Deerfield Assisted Living.
The eldest daughter of four children, she was born to the late Theodore and Elizabeth Paal of Currie, Minn., on Sept. 1, 1919.
Mrs. Ives trained as a nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn. and worked in nursing for many years before retiring from the North Carolina State Board of Health in 1978.
She was a charter member and devoted parishioner of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Raleigh.
Her gentleness and sweet smile will be long treasured by her family, friends, and loving caregivers of Horizon's of Deerfield Assisted Living and Hospice.
Survivors include her son, Jim Paal and wife, Patt, of Boone; and two sisters, Lavahn Mertensotto of New Ulm, Minn. and Kathryn Walters of Kalamazoo, Mich. She is also survived by seven nieces, four nephews and special caregivers, Amy, Rebecca, and Pam.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ulmont Ives; and one brother, Ray Paal.
Funeral services will be conducted in Raleigh and will be private.
The family respectfully requests no food or flowers.
Online condolences may be sent to the Ives family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Annie McGuire Conkin Tester
Mrs. Annie McGuire Conkin Tester, 86, of 334 Tumbling Brook Drive, Banner Elk, died Monday evening, July 6, 2009, at Charles A. Cannon Memorial Hospital in Banner Elk.
She was born April 15, 1923 in Watauga County, a daughter of the late Will and Lou Artie Wright McGuire. She was a homemaker and a member of Valley Haven Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Howard Conkin and wife, Wilma, and Raymond Conkin and wife, Carolyn, all of Fall Branch, Tenn.; two daughters, Omie Ruppard, and Elizabeth Harmon and husband, Kenneth, all of Banner Elk; one sister, Julie Mae Oliver of Elizabethton, Tenn.; and one brother, Lee McGuire of Wilson, N.C. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James Solomon Conkin; her second husband, Earl Robert Tester; one daughter, Naomi Conkin; one grandson, Randy Ruppard; one granddaughter, Roberta Conkin; three sisters and eight brothers.
Services were conducted Wednesday evening, July 8, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating were the Rev. Ken Harper and the Rev. Jimmy Conkin. Graveside services and burial were conducted Thursday morning, at 11:00 o'clock, at Matney/Liberty Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the Tester family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.


July 8, 2009
Lynn Isaacs
Mr. Lynn Isaacs, 91, of Fletcher Branch Road, Vilas, died Sunday morning, July 5, 2009, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 3, 1918 in Watauga County to Willet Franklin and Flossie Greene Isaacs.
Mr. Isaacs was a graduate of Cove Creek High School, where he and his brother, Hoy, excelled in sports. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the 28th Infantry Division in the European Theater of operations. Mr. Isaacs participated in the Normandy and Northern France Rhineland Campaigns, and was awarded the ETO Ribbon with three battle stars, the Good Conduct Metal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star. The Purple Heart was given for wounds received as the result of enemy action on Sept. 20, 1944, in the Wallendorf, Germany area.
He retired from the IRC Corporation in Boone, and was a member of Henson Chapel United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lavola Brown Isaacs; and a sister-in-law, Lennis Brown Wilson, of Vilas. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Sandra Isaacs of Reidsville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Hoy Isaacs; and a brother-in-law, James Wilson.
Services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Henson Chapel United Methodist Church, officiated by Pastor Judy Eurey and Dr. Avery Owenby. The family will receive friends Wednesday afternoon from 1 until 2 o’clock, prior to services, at the Henson Chapel Church Fellowship Hall. Entombment will follow in the Rose Chapel II Mausoleum at Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens in Boone.
Flowers are appreciated or the family suggests memorials to Henson Chapel United Methodist Church, 120 Henson Hollow Road, Vilas, N.C. 28692, or to the Coach Hoy Isaacs Scholarship Fund, in care of Linda Dixon, 1402 Colonial Avenue, Reidsville, N.C. 27320.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Isaacs family.

John William ‘Bill’ Neal
Mr. John William “Bill” Neal, 85, of Valle Crucis, died July 5, 2009, at his residence.
He was born on July 28, 1923, the only son of Mary A. Tuttle and J. A. Neal.
Mr. Neal attended school at Mineral Spring and Walnut Cove, N.C. He served three years in the Navy during World War II. After service and marriage, he attended Mortuary Science College in St. Louis, Mo. Returning to Winston-Salem, he worked for Vogler Funeral Service until 1952 when he started working at Amarr Company in sales. Bill retired in 1990 as President of Amarr Garage Door. He was a Life Member of the Winston-Salem Elks Lodge and a past member of Kernersville Exchange Club.
He is survived by his loving wife, of 62 years, Agnes Chiapel Neal; and four children, John W. Neal Jr. and wife, Arlene, of Pacifica, Calif.; Mary Neal Henson, David J. Neal and wife, Julie, all of Sugar Grove, and Robert J. Neal and wife, Maureen, of Bunbury, Australia. He was blessed with six beautiful grandchildren, Baker, Chad, and Jordan Henson, Naomi, Jack and Lucy Neal.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J. A. and Mary Tuttle Neal; and by two sisters, Mary Julia McCracken and Frances Hadley; and by a grandson, Jordan.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at Salem Funeral Service, 120 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, N.C., between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2009.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brenner Children’s Hospital, Office of Development, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27157-1021 or to Kernersville Exchange Club ( a sponsor of S. C. A. N) c/o Roger Willis, 1206 Bayhill Court, Kernersville, N.C. 27284 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 Neal family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory of Boone, N.C., and Salem Funeral Service of Winston-Salem are serving the Neal family.


July 6, 2009
Jerry Adams
Mr. Jerry Adams, 83, of Swift Lane, Sugar Grove, died Thursday morning, July 2, 2009, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born April 26, 1926 in Watauga County to Solomon and Virgie Cornett Adams.
Mr. Adams was a member of Cove Creek Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member, and for many years as Chairman of the Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Committee. For more than 50 years, he was an insurance agent in Watauga County.
Mr. Adams served on the Board of Directors and was actively involved in the North Carolina State Grange. He was named Director Emeritus of the North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Adams was actively involved in the Cove Creek Preservation & Development. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Hagaman Adams; and one brother, Dale D. Adams and wife, Earlena, of Sugar Grove. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Grigg, Reba Bingham and infant Beulah Jean Adams.
Services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Cove Creek Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. Max Gessner. Burial followed in the Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family suggests memorials to the Cove Creek Cemetery Fund, in care of Cove Creek Baptist Church, Post Office Box 68, Sugar Grove, N.C. 28679.
Online Condolences may be sent the family at austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com.
Austin & Barnes Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Adams family.

Floyd Wayne Calloway
Mr. Floyd Wayne Calloway, beloved husband and father, 68, of Hudson, died Friday, July 3, 2009 at Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care.
He was born Jan. 17, 1941 in Watauga County, a son of the late Robert Lee and Bessie Rupard Calloway; and the husband of Alma Coffey Calloway.
Mr. Calloway was a lifelong truck driver. He drove for Caldwell Freight Line for 15 years and retired from Newton Transportation.
Surviving other than his wife is his son, Sheldon Dwayne Calloway of Hudson; two daughters, Cacendra Calloway Kirby and husband, Eddie, of Taylorsville; Vaedra Calloway Bowman and husband, Johnathan, of Granite Falls; one brother, Earl Dean Calloway of Hudson; four sisters, Ruby Gragg, Florence Saunders, Mary Sales, all of Lenoir; and Nellie Spears of Hudson; and two grandchildren, Bricen Wayne Calloway of Hudson and Caitlin Leigh Kirby of Taylorsville.
Other than his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, James Byers, and Paul Calloway; and three sisters, Ruth Norwood, Jennie Smith and Ollie Hollar.
A celebration of Mr. Calloway’s life will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2009, at Ambassador Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Setzer officiating. A graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 on Monday in the White Rock Baptist Church Cemetery in Banner Elk.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Monday, one hour prior to the service at Ambassador Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Finley Watson, Jeff Calloway, Tony Ayers, Jerry Spears, Jr., Grayson Sanders and Ralph Calloway.
Memorials may be made to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, 902 Kirkwood Street, Lenoir, N.C. 28645 or to Ambassador Baptist Church, 239 Mt. Herman Road, Hudson, N.C. 28638.
Online condolences may be sent to the Calloway family at www.evansfuneralservice.com
Evans Funeral Service of Lenoir is in charge of the arrangements.

Infant Dancy
Infant Dancy, infant of Steve and Trixie Walters Dancy, died Friday, July 3, 2009, at Catawba Memorial Hospital in Hickory.
Survivors include, parents Steve and Trixie Dancy of the home; one sister, Lillian Dancy of the home; maternal grandmother, Martha Ward Davis of Banner Elk; paternal grandparents, Allen and Penny Dancy of Vilas; maternal great-grandparents, Arthur and Ruth Hollis of Ellijay, Ga.; paternal great-grandparents, Bob and Shirley Dancy of Vilas; paternal great-grandfather, Earl Watson of Boone; seven aunts; seven uncles; and a number of cousins.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Mast Family Cemetery with the Rev. Brian Beaver officiating.
Online condolences may be sent to the Dancy family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

George W. Greene
Mr. George W. Greene, 93, of 275 Old Buffalo Trail, Boone, died Saturday morning, July 4, 2009, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 26, 1915 in Watauga County, a son of the late Richard and Belle Lookabill Greene.
Mr. Greene was a retired farmer and employee of TRW, and was a member of American Ligion Post 130 in Boone. He was a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son, Mike Greene of Boone; one granddaughter, Deborah Greene and friend, Jorge Avery, of Boone; two grandsons, Scott Greene and fiance, Robin West, and Richard Greene and wife, Maggie, all of Boone; and four sisters, Lucy G. Winebarger of Boone, Virgie G. Holman of Edgewood, Md., Mary Helen Greene of Boone, and Sue G. Miller and husband, Glenn, of Edgewood, Md.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Norris Greene; a daughter-in-law, Mary Alice Greene; and two brothers-in-law, Albert Winebarger and Clifton Holman.
Services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Wayne Ratcliffe, the Rev. Charles McKinney and the Rev. Mark Chaney officiating. The body will lie in state from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. The men of the American Legion will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Interment will follow in Mount Lawn Memorial Park & Gardens with Military Honors.
The family received friends Sunday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. at Hampton Funeral Service.
Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 130, 1006 Briarwood Lane, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Online condolences may be sent to the Greene family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Albert Henson
Mr. Thomas Albert Henson, 91, of 411 Baird's Creek Road, Vilas, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at his home.
He was born May 1, 1918 in Watauga County, a son of the late Ben Harvey Henson and Rilla Proffitt Henson.
Mr. Henson was a retired North Carolina drivers license examiner, where he worked for 27 years, and was a member of Henson Chapel United Methodist Church.
Survivors include four sisters-in-law, Genevieve S. Henson and Mattie Lou Wilson, both of Vilas, Sarah Hayes of Winston-Salem, and Emogene Thomas of Lexington. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. During his final months, he was cared for, in his home, by a nephew and a niece, Jerry and Brenda Henson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jamie Harmon Henson; one daughter, Jayne Melissa "Lisa" Henson; one sister, Helen Isaacs; and three brothers, Ernest, John, and Dick Henson.
Services were conducted Friday afternoon, July 3, 2009, at 2:00 o'clock, at Cove Creek Baptist Church. Officiating were Dr. Max R. Gessner and the Rev. Burl Greer. Burial followed in Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family received friends Friday afternoon, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock, at the church, prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to High Country Health Care System/Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 100-B, Boone, N.C. 28607, or to the Cove Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 68, Sugar Grove, N.C. 28679.
Online condolences may be sent to the Henson family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

David Parks
Mr. David Parks, 76, of 2828 Peoria Road, Sugar Grove, died Sunday morning, July 5, 2009, at Watauga Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 9, 1932 in Smith County, Va., a son of the late James Randolph Parks and Nina Tester Parks.
Mr. Parks was a retired concrete finisher for Hickory Construction Company and a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sisters, Bessie Younce of Boone, Georgia Harmon and husband, Roy, of Vilas, and Billie Stines and husband, James, of Boone; and a special niece, Shelby Harmon and husband, Billy, of Sugar Grove. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Brown and Bertha Shew; and one brother, Edward Parks.
Services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, July 7, 2009, at 2:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be the Rev. Ray Greene and the Rev. Derick Wilson. Burial will follow in the Green Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service. At other times, friends may call at the home of a niece, Shelby and Billy Harmon, 112 Hattie Hill Road, Sugar Grove.
Online condolences may be sent to the Parks family at www.hamptonfuneralservice.com.
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.



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