Obituaries

Milton Bradley Higgins, III

Milton Bradley Higgins, III, of Burnsville, a larger–than–life man, passed from his earthly home on Thursday, June 24, 2021. A land-surveyor by trade for over 35 years, Milton walked thousands of miles over the ridgelines and hollers...Read More

Jeff Long

Jeff Long, age 65, of Little Henson Creek Road in Newland, passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on January 23, 1956 in Avery County, he was the...Read More

Vicky Tipton Hoilman

Vicky Tipton Hoilman, age 66, of Galax Trail in Spruce Pine, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC. Born on October 1, 1954 in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of...Read More

Reverend “Pastor” Jackie Lee Silver

Reverend “Pastor” Jackie Lee Silver, 69, gloriously entered into his heavenly home on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, where he was welcomed by Jesus, his loving Savior, and all the loved ones who awaited him. Jackie had struggled...Read More

Joseph Francis Mallardi

Joseph Francis Mallardi, age 78 of Delray Beach, Fl., passed away peacefully in his much-loved North Carolina home, Eagle’s Ledge, on June 24, 2021 after battling a longstanding disease. Born in New Rochelle, New York, he was the...Read More

Bobby Gene Edwards

Bobby Gene Edwards, age 88, of Byrd Creek Rd, Green Mountain, NC went home to be with the Lord, July 18, 2021. He was a native of Mitchell County, NC and a son of the late Holden and...Read More

Kurl Robinson

Kurl Robinson, age 75, of the Blue Rock Community, went to a better place on Sunday, July 18th, 2021.  He was the oldest son of 10 children to the late George and Callie Robinson.  He was also...Read More

Bruce Phillips

Bruce Phillips, 85, of Asheville NC passed away to be reunited with his recently deceased wife, Helen and many family members on the morning of July 17, 2021. Bruce was born on August 18th 1935 in Bakersville NC, the son of the late Everett L. and...Read More

Patrick Ray Bradford

Patrick Ray Bradford, age 57 of Burnsville, went home to be with his heavenly Father Friday, July 16th, 2021. A native of Yancey County, he was the son of Ethel Lou Fender Bradford and the late Junior...Read More

Virginia Michelle Edwards

Virginia Michelle Edwards, known to everyone as “Jenny,” went to be with her loving, heavenly Father on Thursday morning, July 15, 2021, while at the Johnson City Medical Center. Jenny, 28, was a native of Mitchell County...Read More

Doris D. Ledford

Doris D. Ledford, 97, of the Cane Creek Community, Bakersville, NC passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at her home. She was the daughter of the late James and Pearl Pitman DeGroat. She was also preceded...Read More

Willie Dale Melton

Willie Dale Melton, age 85 of Burnsville, passed away Friday, July 16th, 2021 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Murray and Helen Blevins Wright. She was...Read More

Alvin Robert Livingston

Alvin Robert Livingston, age 88, of Johnson Hollow Road in Bakersville, the Bandana community, passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville. Born on May 15, 1933 in Mitchell...Read More

Thelma Hughes Tipton

Thelma Hughes Tipton, age 90, of Brummetts Creek, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 13th at Smoky Ridge Health and Rehabilitation.  A native of Mitchell County, she was a daughter of the late...Read More

Peggy Higgins Johnson

Peggy Higgins Johnson, age 70, of the Green Mountain Community, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 13th 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter...Read More

Reverend Burl Dean Grindstaff

Reverend Burl Dean Grindstaff, age 89, of Phillips Road in Spruce Pine, passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. Born on September 13, 1931 in Mitchell County, he was the son...Read More

Farrell Hughes

Farrell Hughes, age 89 of Burnsville, went home on Sunday, July 11th, 2021 at Johnson City Medical Center. He was born February 6th, 1932 in the Brush Creek Community to the late Fonze and Susie Fox Hughes....Read More

Anna Lee Hall McKinney

Anna Lee Hall McKinney, age 81, of the Penland area in Bakersville, NC passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Anna was born on August 9, 1939 in Bakersville...Read More

Brenda Phoenix Johnson

Brenda Phoenix Johnson, 77, of Hickory died Friday, July 9, 2021, following a period of declining health. Brenda was born September 1, 1943, daughter of the late Fred and Helen Phoenix. She was a native of Burnsville,...Read More

Teresa Ann Wyatt

Teresa Ann Wyatt, age 60, of Deer Park Loop in Spruce Pine, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville. Born on May 31, 1961 in Mitchell County, she was...Read More

Alfred ‘Bud’ McClellan

Alfred ‘Bud’ McClellan, age 94, of Weatherman Road in Spruce Pine, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Brian Center Health & Rehab in Spruce Pine. Born on March 10, 1927 in Mitchell County, he was the...Read More

Robert Gay Doan

Robert Gay Doan, age 91, of Doan Town Road, passed away on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 at his home.  A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Sam P. and Myrtle Ball Doan. ...Read More

Vann Emmerson Wilson

Vann Emmerson Wilson, age 75 of Spruce Pine, NC, Greenville, TN and Leander, TX, passed away on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 due to natural causes. He is preceded in death by his father Harry L. Wilson and...Read More

James Donald Young

James Donald Young, age 82 of Shoal Creek Road, Burnsville, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 6th, 2021. A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late James “Red Jim”...Read More

Helen Silver Phillips

Helen Silver Phillips, age 86, of Asheville, NC passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at her home. A native and former resident of Bakersville, NC, she was the daughter of the late John Lucian and Arah...Read More

Julia “Bug” Burleson

Julia “Bug” Burleson, age 70, of Three Mile, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 5th, at Memorial Mission Hospital. A native of Avery County, she was a daughter of the late Boyd and...Read More

Charles Franklin “Monroe” Buchanan

Charles Franklin “Monroe” Buchanan, went home to be with the Lord, July 5, 2021. He was a native of Mitchell County, NC and the son of the late Robert and Hattie Mae Garland Buchanan. He was previously employed...Read More

Robert William Douglas Buchanan

Robert William Douglas Buchanan, age 51, of Elk Park, passed away on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 unexpectedly at his home. A native of Watauga County, he was a son of Johnnie Robert Buchanan and the late Alice...Read More

Bernice Tolley Murphy

Bernice Tolley Murphy, age 88 of Green Mountain, passed away Sunday, July 4th, 2021 at her home. A native of Yancey County, she was the daughter of the late Malley and Etta Garland Tolley. She was also...Read More

John Bud Silvers (J.B.)

John Bud Silvers (J.B.), age 93, of Micaville, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 4th, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  A native of  Flag Pond, TN, he lived in...Read More

Gerald “Jerry” Ronald Davis

Gerald “Jerry” Ronald Davis, age 79 of Burnsville, died on Saturday, July 3rd, 2021 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Seigle Davis and Cora Hall Davis...Read More

Patricia Turner Mitchell

Pat was joy, love, and gratitude personified. Patricia “Pat” Turner Mitchell, author and dear family member and friend, died in her sleep at her home in Spruce Pine, NC on June 21st 2021 at the age of...Read More

Johnnie Robinson

Johnnie Robinson, 80, of the Bee Log Community, went home to be with Jesus on July 2, 2021. He is reunited with his mother, Gladys Robinson Hughes, who passed away in 2017. Anyone who knew Johnnie loved...Read More

James Alexander Fowler

James Alexander Fowler took his last photo near the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi River. He took it at precisely 3 PM on Friday, March 25, 2021. According to the death...Read More

Mary Young

Mary Young, age 93, of Beaver Creek Road in Spruce Pine passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at the home of her daughter, Deborah on Pendley Road in Spruce Pine. Arrangements are incomplete at this time. ...Read More

Hazel Street Huskins

Hazel Street Huskins, of the Newdale Community, went home to be with the Lord and her beloved husband on June 28th at her home surrounded by her family and loved ones. Hazel, also known as the “Tag...Read More

Claude Silver

Claude Silver, age 82 of Burnsville, passed away Tuesday, June 29th, 2021 at Smoky Ridge Health & Rehabilitation. A native of Yancey County, he was the son of the late Elzie and Savannah Smith Silver. He was...Read More

James ‘Jim’ Hunt, Sr

James ‘Jim’ Hunt, Sr., of Hummingbird Lane in Burnsville passed away Monday, June 28, 2021 at Care Partners Solace Center in Asheville. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.  They will be announced once they have been completed....Read More

Sandra Houston Setzer

Sandra Houston Setzer, age 69, of U.S. 19-E in Spruce Pine, the Estatoe community, passed away Monday, June 28, 2021 at the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, TN. Born on September 24, 1951 in Detroit,...Read More

Mary Elizabeth McKee Johnson

Mary Elizabeth McKee Johnson, age 81, of Crossnore, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 25th, 2021, at her home. A native of Orange County, NC, she was a daughter of the late William...Read More

JoAnn Miller

JoAnn Miller, of Penrose died Thursday, June 24, 2021 at her home. She was preceded in death by her son, Mike Miller; her parents, Kenneth and Thelma Westall; and a brother, Harold Westall. A native of Yancey...Read More

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