Our Obituaries

Marjorie Ellen MAXWELL

April 13, 1925 - January 28, 2018

January 30, 2018Marion, NC Marjorie Ellen Iceman Maxwell, 92, of Marion, NC, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at McDowell Hospital.Mrs. Maxwell was born on April 13, 1925, in Ashland County, in the Milton Township, of Ohio, to the late Howard Iceman and Virgil Mae Reed Iceman. Her brother, James William was born in 1926 and her brother, Howard Dean Iceman was born in 1934.She was raised...
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Gertrude Brown

August 4, 1932 - January 28, 2018


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Carol Louise Knupp

October 18, 1948 - January 23, 2018

January 24, 2018Marion, NC Carol Louise Cureton Knupp, 69, of Belmont, NC, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at her residence.Mrs. Knupp was born on October 18, 1948, in McDowell Co., NC, to the late William Cureton and Annie Austin Cureton.She was a member of First Baptist Church Of Black Mountain. Mrs. Knupp was retired from Buncombe Co. Social Services and was a Clerical Supervisor....
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Virginia Virginia Knorr

July 6, 1924 - January 20, 2018

January 21, 2018Marion, NC Mildred "Virginia" Knorr, 93, of Marion, NC, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at her residence, with her loving family by her side.Mrs. Knorr was born on July 6, 1924, to the late Hervey Wilburn and Bessie Kelley Wilburn, in Palm Beach Co., Florida.She was a member of Turkey Cove Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. Mrs....
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Robert Roy Creekmore

December 12, 1931 - January 9, 2018

January 10, 2018Old Fort, NCRobert (Bob) Roy Creekmore, 86, of Old Fort, NC, passed away January 9, 2018 at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville, NC after a brief illness.Born in Newberry, SC, he was the son of the late Bowers Otto and Augustus Creekmore. He was a 1950 graduate of Newberry High School and of Newberry College in 1953. He was a proud veteran and served in the US Army...
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Dorothy M. Harris

June 5, 1928 - January 3, 2018

Dorothy M. Harris, 89, of Old Fort, NC, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at Mountain Ridge Health and Rehab in Black Mountain, surrounded by her loving family.Mrs. Harris was born in Buncombe County to the late John Thomas Myers and Agnes Holcomb Myers.She was a member of Cherry Springs Baptist Church in Old Fort, NC.In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her...
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Joseph Frederick Ryan

July 25, 1930 - January 2, 2018

January 3, 2017Marion, NC 28752 Joseph Frederick Ryan, 87, of Old Fort, NC, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.Mr. Ryan was born in Northampton, MA, on July 25, 1930, to the late Frances Vishaway Ryan and Thomas F. Ryan.He was a member of First Baptist Church of Swannanoa in Swannanoa, NC and First Baptist Church of Orlando, FL. Mr. Ryan...
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Betty J. Maynor

September 30, 1941 - January 1, 2018

January 3, 2018Marion, NC Betty J. Maynor, 76, of Old Fort, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loving family at her home on Monday, January 1, 2018. Mrs. Maynor was born on September 30, 1941, Marion, to the late Bud Noblitt and Ethel Whitesides Noblitt.She was a Christian lady of the Baptist faith who was a loving wife and mother. She was a member of the Davistown community and raised...
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William H. Martin

June 3, 1931 - January 1, 2018

January 2, 2018Marion, NC William Harold Martin, 86, of Marion, passed away peacefully, at his residence on January 1, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.Mr. Martin was born on June 3, 1931 in Alberta, Canada to the late Harold William Martin and Madeline Harris Martin.Mr. Martin lived in Miami, FL for many years before he retired to Marion, NC. He worked as an HVAC technician. He loved to...
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Samuel Swann

September 28, 1942 - January 1, 2018

January 2, 2018Marion, NC Samuel Dean Swann, 75, of Spruce Pine, NC, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, surrounded by his loving wife and family.Mr. Swann was born on September 28, 1942, in McDowell County, to the late Clarence Arnold Swann and Effie Boone Swann.He was a member of Beaver Creek Baptist Church in Spruce Pine and served as a...
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Millie Painter

October 29, 1930 - December 26, 2017

December 27, 2017 Mrs. Millie Walker Painter, 87, wife of the late James C. Painter, passed away December 26, 2017, at Mountain Ridge Health and Rehab Ridgecrest in Black Mtn., NC.Mrs. Painter was born on October 29, 1930, in McDowell County to the late J.P. Walker and Amanda Burgin Walker.She was a lifelong member of Cherry Springs Baptist Church in Old Fort and was awarded a 75 year faithful...
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Carolyn Orr

December 15, 1946 - December 25, 2017

December 26, 2017Marion, NC Our loving wife, mother, and grandmother received the best Christmas present when the Lord called her home on Christmas Day. Carolyn Francis Craig Orr was daughter to Jesse O. and Maude Pack Craig, born on December 15, 1946 in Asheville, NC. She was born again at Chestnut Hill Baptist Church on Wednesday night, July 21, 1955. She was the youngest of seven children;...
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Mary B. Faw

May 31, 1928 - December 23, 2017

December 27, 2017Marion, NC Mary Edna Byrd Faw, 89, of Old Fort, NC, passed away at home on Saturday, December 23, 2017.Mrs. Faw was born in McDowell County on May 31, 1928 to the late David Roe Byrd and Minnie Hollifield Byrd. She was a member of Old Fort First Baptist Church and was the bookkeeper for Faws, Inc.Mrs. Faw was a very caring, loving and giving lady. She was a well respected member...
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Nada Carolyn Burgin Carroll

December 9, 1930 - December 22, 2017

OLD FORTNada Burgin Carroll, whose painting recalling Old Fort's early history was reproduced for the town's first outdoor mural, passed away on December 22, 2017 . She was 87 years old, the daughter of Harry Mitchell Burgin and Grace Peterson Burgin. Her Burgin forebears go back to pioneer Benjamin Burgin who settled on land just outside Old Fort in the latter half of the 18th century. Nada's...
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Helen Elizabeth Gurley

December 30, 1916 - December 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Lillian Whitesides Jackson

January 2, 1932 - December 19, 2017

December 19, 2017Marion, NC Lillian Whitesides Jackson, 85, of Greensboro, NC, (formerly of Old Fort), passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at Beacon Place Hospice and Palliative Care in Greensboro, NC.Mrs. Jackson was born in McDowell County, on January 2, 1932, to the late James Whitesides and Fannie Vannoy Whitesides.She was an active member of Catawba View Missionary Baptist...
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Shirley Schronce Lytle

October 1, 1949 - December 16, 2017

December 18, 2017Marion, NC Shirley Schronce Lytle, 68, of Old Fort, NC, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville.Mrs. Lytle was born on October 1, 1949, in Gaston Co., NC to the late Jack Schronce and Marie Caldwell Schronce. She was a Christian lady and of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Lytle worked as an x-ray technician for Blue Ridge Bone and...
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Karen Lee Willis

July 10, 1946 - November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017Marion, NC Karen Lee Willis, 71, of Marion, NC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.Mrs. Willis was born on July 10, 1946, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, to the late Erving A. "Slim" Jones and Emily Thomas Jones.She was a member of North Cove Church of God. She served as secretary for many years at the church and was also a...
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Timothy Robert Sisk

October 24, 1957 - November 14, 2017

Timothy Robert Sisk, age 60 , of Marion, NC, passed away on November 14, 2017. A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Mr. Sisk graduated from Western Carolina University in 1980 and was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi. Mr. Sisk was preceded in death by his father, Donald R. Sisk.He is survived by his mother, Shirley B. Hoffman; his brothers, Donald Sisk and wife Emily, of Belwood,...
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Dorothy W. GROGAN

September 8, 1925 - November 1, 2017

Dorothy Grogan, 92, of Old Fort, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at Mountain Ridge Health and Rehab, in Black Mountain, NC.Mrs. Grogan was born in Yancey Co., on September 8, 1925, to the late John Henry Wilson and Mary Catherine Lanning Wilson.She was a member of Salem Free Will Baptist Church in Old Fort. Mrs. Grogan was a pastors' wife and she took great care of her...
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Ethel V. HARTLINE

March 24, 1931 - October 30, 2017

Ethel Valley Hipps Hartline, 86, of Marion, NC, went to be with the Lord, on Monday, October 30, 2017, surrounded by members of her loving family, at Beth Sholom Village, in Virginia Beach, VA.Mrs. Hartline was born in Portsmouth, OH, to the late Michael Hipps and Bessie Mangum Hipps. She grew up on Dysartsville Road in Morganton, NC, graduated from Glen Alpine High School, and attended Berea...
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Harold Edward Tate

April 26, 1944 - October 27, 2017

Mr. Harold Edward Tate, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, October 27, 2017. Harold was born the son of the late James Miller Tate and Christina Corpening Tate on April 26, 1944 in McDowell County. He was a life-long member of St. John AME Church in Nebo and had served as a church trustee. He was a patient, quiet and loving person. Harold enjoyed fishing, gardening and especially mowing his...
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Doris Conley

July 11, 1929 - October 26, 2017

October 27, 2017Marion, NC Doris B. Conley, 88, of Marion, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, October 26,2017, at Autumn Care of Marion.Ms. Conley was born on July 11, 1929, in McDowell County, to the late A.C. Borders and Ollie Lillian Largin Borders.Ms. Conley was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and auntie who enjoyed being around her family and friends. She was a member of Mt. Zion AME Zion...
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Brian Cecil Knight

April 24, 1976 - October 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Peter William Matthews

March 3, 1928 - October 25, 2017

October 27, 2017Marion, NC Peter William Matthews, 89, formerly of Old Fort, NC, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at his residence, in Denver, NC, surrounded by his loving family.Mr. Matthews was born in Putnam Co. GA, on March 3, 1928, to the late Turner Williams and Annie Farley. He was a member of Catawba View Missionary Baptist Church in Old Fort, where he served as a...
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Peggy K. Amerto

January 30, 1930 - October 24, 2017

October 25, 2017Marion, NC Peggy King Amerto, 87, of Marion, NC, passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at McDowell Hospital in Marion.Mrs. Amerto was born in Cherokee Co., TN, on January 30, 1930, to the late Albert Prince King and Icie Mae Harris King.She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church in Marion and had worked in the textile industry as a winding operator. Mrs. Amerto was an...
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Lillian Geneva Hogan Ray

December 13, 1916 - October 23, 2017

October 24, 2017Marion, NC Lillian Geneva Hogan Ray, 100, of Marion, NC, passed away peacefully, on Monday, October 23, 2017, at Rosehill Retirement Center in Marion.Mrs. Ray was born in McDowell County, on December 13, 1916, to the late Caleb Pinkney Hogan and Ella Ward Hogan.She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Being a mother was the greatest joy and best job Mrs. Ray ever had. She raised...
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Pauline Vera Brown

October 24, 1944 - October 20, 2017

October 25, 2017Marion, NC Pauline Vera Brown, 72, formerly of Marion, went home to be with the Lord, on Friday, October 20, 2017, at Crofton Care and Rehabilitation Center in Crofton, Maryland.Ms. Brown was born in Baltimore, MD ,on October 24, 1944, to the late Paul Edward Brown, Sr. and Lessie McNeill Phillips. She was a member of Addie's Chapel United Methodist Church in Marion, where she...
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Jane Armstrong

April 7, 1925 - October 13, 2017

October 14, 2017Asheville, NCJane Anne Colle Armstrong, 92, of Asheville, NC, passed away peacefully,on Friday, October 13, 2017, at Givens Estates Health Center in Asheville, surrounded by her loving family.Mrs. Armstrong was born on April 7, 1925, in North Adams, Massachusetts, to the late Carl Colle and Mary Cook Colle.She attended First Baptist Church of Asheville where she loved to worship....
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Clara Henrietta Maurer Muerdter

January 29, 1919 - October 6, 2017

Clara Henrietta (Maurer) Muerdter passed away peacefully on 0ctober 6, 2017 in Asheville, North Carolina. She was born in Hollywood, California in 1919 and graduated from Chino High School. She married Kurt Muerdter in 1938. In the early years of their married life, Kurt and Clara lived in four different states before settling in the San Diego area to raise their children. Upon Kurt's retirement...
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Michael Maynard Webb

October 18, 1945 - September 27, 2017

(828) 652-2120 (828) 668-4377September 28, 2017Old Fort, NC Michael Maynard Webb, 71, of Old Fort, NC, passed away unexpectedly at his residence, on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.Mr. Webb was born in Palm Beach County, FL on October 18, 1945, to the late Donald Arthur Webb and Mildred Pierce-Vibert.Mr. Webb served his country proudly in the United States Marine...
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Carl Eugene Wolfe

March 18, 1916 - September 21, 2017

Carl Eugene Wolfe, 101, of Marion, NC, died Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Autumn Care of Marion.Mr. Wolfe was born March 18, 1916 in Pleasant Hill, OH to the late Harvey Wolfe and Minnie Pearl Rudy Wolfe. He was a WWII veteran of the United States Army and he was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion. He attended First Christian Church and retired as Manager of Retail Sales...
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Samuel F. Bradley

May 11, 1926 - September 20, 2017

Samuel Franklin Bradley, 91, of Marion, NC, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at Deer Park Health & Rehab, surrounded by his loving family.Mr. Bradley was born May 11, 1926 in McDowell County, NC to the late McClain Bradley and Estelle Huffman Bradley. He was a WWII veteran of the United States Navy and worked in Home Improvement. He was also a member of East Marion Pentecostal Holliness...
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Edward Joseph Dieter

November 1, 1918 - August 9, 2017

Edward J. Dieter, 98, of Arden, NC, died Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Brookdale Asheville Walden Ridge in Asheville, NC.Born in Naperville, IL; he was employed by Western Electric Co., manufacturer of telephone equipment and supplies in Chicago, IL. After a tour of duty as a Naval Aviation Instructor in World War II he rejoined Western Electric in New York City, and on July 17, 1948, he married...
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Dorothy Mae Farr Grindstaff

October 21, 1926 - August 6, 2017

Dorothy Mae Farr Grindstaff, 90, of Old Fort, NC, died Sunday, August 6, 2017 at her residence.Mrs. Grindstaff was born October 21, 1926 in Burke County, NC to the late Horace Farr and Ethel Mull Farr. She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, for 67 years, where she held various leadership roles in the church. She loved God, her family and her church family! People always enjoyed...
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Ernest John Morris

June 19, 1945 - August 4, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Sherry Lynn Spencer

May 9, 1960 - July 30, 2017

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Ruby Hazel Norman Turner

November 25, 1925 - July 15, 2017

Ruby Norman Turner, 91, of Grace Ridge Retirement Community in Morganton, NC, formerly of Marion, NC, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 with her beloved family at her side.She was born November 25, 1925 in Burke County, NC to the late Samuel T. Norman and Rose Etta Smith Norman. Mrs. Turner graduated Morganton High School and attended Pfeiffer College where she lettered in basketball. Her favorite...
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Ruth Ellen Nygren Rinehardt

May 3, 1930 - July 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Jason Vance Presnell

December 27, 1977 - July 5, 2017

July 7, 2017Marion, NC Jason Vance Presnell, age 39, of Old Fort, NC, passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Mission Hospital in Asheville.Mr. Presnell was born in McDowell County to Charles and Sue Presnell on December 27, 1977. He was a Christian man and of the Baptist faith.Mr. Presnell was a hard worker and worked in the construction business for Apex Building Company. He was a kind and...
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Cleveland M. HAYDEN

April 25, 1932 - July 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Betty Slagle Hayes

April 12, 1934 - July 1, 2017

Betty Slagle Hayes, 83, of Black Mountain, NC, died Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Mission Hospital.She was born April 12, 1934 in Swannanoa, NC to the late Sidney Eugene Slagle and Opha McMahan Slagle. Mrs. Hayes worked as a the secretary for The Episcopal Diocese of WNC for 32 years until her retirement. She loved her family and took great care of everyone. She was considered a "second mother" to...
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Jerald Hicks

January 16, 1966 - June 27, 2017

June 28, 2017Marion, NC Jerald Dean Hicks, 51, of Marion, passed away on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at McDowell Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer, with his loving wife and family by his side.Mr. Hicks was born in McDowell County, on January 16, 1966, to the late Melvin Hicks and Eula Mae Ledford Hicks.He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Marion. He was a humble man who...
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Samuel Martin Jennings

November 14, 1937 - June 26, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Chloe Edwards

September 3, 1940 - June 22, 2017

Chloe Edwards, 76, of Nebo, NC passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in Nebo. A Celebration of Life will be held by the family at a later date. Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Clara Elizabeth Potts Winters

March 13, 1922 - June 10, 2017

June 11, 2017Marion, NC Clara "Mimi" Elizabeth Potts Winters, 95, of Marion and Forest City, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at the home of Carolyn and Malcolm Tucker, in Dysartsville, NC, where she had resided for the last 6 years, with many family members by her side.Mrs. Winters was born in Banner Elk, NC on March 13, 1922, to the late Marvin Dewitt Potts and Rosa Belle Fox...
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Jeffrey Lynn Swepson

February 20, 1958 - June 9, 2017

Jeffrey Lynn Swepson, 59, of Marion, NC, went to be with the Lord in the morning hours of June 9th 2017. His children had been by his side as he left this world, he was not alone.Mr. Swepson was born on February 20th 1958 in McDowell County to Lula Arvis Swepson and the late Cecil Swepson Sr.Jeffrey graduated McDowell High and thereafter went into the Army. He then became a master welder after...
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Marvin Eugene McKesson

February 16, 1941 - June 9, 2017

Marvin Eugene McKesson, 76, of Marion, NC passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Care Partners Hospice, Asheville, NC.Mr. McKesson was born in McDowell County to the late Laura Mary Gray McKesson and the late Thomas Eugene McKesson.Mr. McKesson was a graduate of Mountain View School. He was a hard worker and strong minded man. He retired from Baxter Healthcare and enjoyed watching old TV shows...
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Roland Methias Tilburg

May 8, 1938 - June 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Jack M. Davis

November 20, 1940 - June 7, 2017

June 8, 2017Old Fort, NC Jack Merrill Davis, 76, of Old Fort, NC, passed away unexpectedly, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in Old Fort.Mr. Davis was born on November 20, 1940, in McDowell County, to the late William Davis and Violet Walker Davis.He was a member of Cherry Springs Baptist Church and was retired from Collins and Aikman.Mr. Davis was a pillar of the Old Fort community and highly...
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Myrtle Inez Estes Mashburn

December 27, 1916 - June 2, 2017

Myrtle Inez Estes Mashburn, 100, of Marion, NC, went peacefully to be with the Lord Friday, June 2, 2017 at Autumn Care of Marion.She was born December 27, 1916 in Swain County, NC to the late Fred and Gertrude Anthony Estes. Mrs. Mashburn was a faithful member of Nebo Baptist Church and was an excellent homemaker and seamstress. She loved the mountains and thought the Smokey Mountains are the...
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Edward Henry Bradley

October 29, 1927 - May 25, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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David Joe King

April 13, 1955 - May 25, 2017

David Joe King, 62, of Morganton, formerly of Olive Hill, KY, died Thursday, May 25, 2017 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.He was born April 13, 1955 to the late Allen Lee King and Emma Jean "Jennie" Waugh Nolte. Joe was a hardworking, strong, loving man. His family describes him as "the center of the family" and "the rock that everyone went to".Surviving Joe are his beloved...
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Anthony Stewart Swepson

May 30, 1956 - May 23, 2017

Anthony Stewart Swepson, 60, of Black Mtn., NC, passed away on Wednesday, May 23,2017 at his residence.Mr. Swepson was born in McDowell County to Lula Arvis Logan Swepson and the late Cecil Swepson, Sr.Mr. Swepson was a graduate of McDowell High School and he earned a degree in Business Administration atNorth Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro. He was a hard worker and strong...
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Ruth E. Sigmon

October 13, 1926 - May 22, 2017

Ruth Sigmon, age 90, of Nebo, NC, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017, at Deer Park Health and Rehab in Nebo.Mrs. Sigmon was born in McDowell County, on October 13, 1926, to the late William Smith and Elizabeth Dyer Smith.She was a member of Dysartsville Church of Christ where she loved to sing and worship. Mrs. Sigmon worked for many years as an inspector at Sara Lee textiles. She was a very...
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Brian Kevin Johnson

July 20, 1961 - May 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Dorothy Cole

October 21, 1921 - May 18, 2017

Dorothy Cole, age 95, of Marion, NC, died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Deer Park Health & Rehab.She was born October 21, 1921 in Long Island, NY to the late Frank Blatterspiel and Elizabeth Goble Blatterspiel. Dorothy was a private person who enjoyed nature and being outdoors.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, William Victor Cole; her granddaughter, Bonnie Lee...
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Lois J. Brown

October 18, 1934 - May 17, 2017

Lois J. Brown, age 82, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.She was born October 18, 1934 in McDowell County, NC to the late William Pierce Jackson and Julia Opal Ross Jackson. Mrs. Brown loved to garden and raise flowers and she enjoyed canning. She was always on the go and working tirelessly.In addition to her parents,...
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Maggie Pope Smith

March 14, 1920 - May 16, 2017

Maggie Pope Smith, age 97, of Marion, NC, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Mission Hospital.She was born March 14, 1920 in McDowell County, NC. She is preceded in death by her husband, Casey Smith; her parents, Faith and Bessie Pope Smith; one brother, George Pope; and two sisters, Willie Morgan and Mary Lee Williams. Surviving Ms. Smith are one son, Daniel Smith and wife,...
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Lera Dare Hilton Whitson

January 7, 1920 - May 15, 2017

Lera Hilton Whitson of Marion, age 97, passed away Monday, May 15th. She was born January 7, 1920 in Catawba County to Ernest Aubrey Hilton and Maude Cobb Hilton. She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 65 years, Thomas "Ed" Whitson (March 2005), her parents, and her siblings Ernestine Sigmon, Mozelle Wood, Tommie Shuford, and Hunter Hilton. She is survived by her daughter Linda W....
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Marsha Ann Durfee Lockwood

September 29, 1942 - April 27, 2017

Marsha Ann Durfee Lockwood, passed away April 27, 2017, in Hendersonville, NC after a long struggle with cancer. Marsha was born in Perry, New York, to the late Elizabeth and Francis Durfee on September 29, 1942. Marsha was a graduate of the University of New York at Albany and held a Master's Degree in Library Science from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. She began her career as a...
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Kenneth Wade Greenlee

September 14, 1946 - April 17, 2017

Kenneth Wade Greenlee, age 70, of Marion, NC, died Monday, April 17, 2017 at Hospice House of Rutherford County.He was born September 14, 1946 in McDowell County, NC to the late Waitsul Delmar Greenlee and Henrietta Pauline Cameron Greenlee. Mr. Greenlee was a Vietnam War veteran of the US Army and was a member of Christ Community Church (EPC). Surviving Mr. Greenlee are his wife of 41 years,...
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Billy Robert Gillespie

January 22, 1932 - April 15, 2017

April 15, 2017Marion, NC Billy Robert Gillespie, age 85, of Marion, NC, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Autumn Care of Marion.Mr. Gillespie was born on January 22, 1932, in McDowell Co., to the late Robert Weldon Gillespie and Sina Jane Presnell Gillespie. He was raised in the Clinchfield Community.Mr. Gillespie was a Christian man, and was a member of Emanuel Free Will...
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Cecil Swepson

April 24, 1955 - April 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Edwin Sanford Hill

September 15, 1936 - April 3, 2017

Edwin Sanford Hill, age 80, of Marion, NC, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 3, 2017 at Hospice House of Rutherford County, with his family at his bedside.He was born September 15, 1936 in Spokane, WA to the late Gerald Hill and Lenora Primmer Hill, who both died at a young age. He was then raised by the late Les and Bert Blankinship. Mr. Hill is a veteran of the US Army and retired from...
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Mary Ruth Tucker

April 16, 1931 - March 30, 2017

Mary Ruth Twiggs Tucker, age 85, of Naples, FL, formerly of Marion, NC, died Thursday, March 30, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.She was born April 16, 1931 in McDowell County, NC to the late William McKinley Twiggs and Mary Jo Moses Twiggs. Ms. Tucker was a member of East Marion United Methodist Church. She loved her church and continually supported them. She always enjoyed...
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Mary Ruth Twiggs Tucker

April 16, 1931 - March 30, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Michael Keith Austin

January 31, 1966 - March 28, 2017

Michael Keith Austin, age 51 of Marion, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Mission Hospital-St. Joseph Campus in Asheville. A native of McDowell County, Keith was born on January 31, 1966 to the late James Edgar Austin, Sr. and Joel Ann Seagle Austin. Keith, as former Advertising Manager, dedicated 21 years of service to his career with the McDowell News. He was a graduate of...
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Lailah Barrier McNeil

September 13, 1934 - March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017Marion, NC Lailah Barrier McNeil, age 82, of Carrollton, Georgia, passed away peacefully, at her residence, on Monday, March 20, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.Mrs. McNeil was born on September 13, 1934, in Marion, NC, to the late James Barrier and Novella Huffman Barrier.She worked in retail and was Baptist by faith. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death...
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Doris Marie Brown

July 23, 1922 - March 16, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Essie Ruth Elliott

October 24, 1922 - March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017Marion, NC Essie Ruth Elliott, 94, of Marion, NC, passed away peacefully at Hospice of Rutherford County in Forest City, NC on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.Ms. Elliot was born in McDowell County to the late Marion M. Elliott and Nora Stroud Elliott.Ms. Elliott was known as a humble and devout Christian lady who loved the Lord. She was a lifelong member of West Marion Pentecostal...
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James Edward Beaton

June 27, 1964 - March 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Elizabeth Anne Shiflet West

June 14, 1930 - March 10, 2017

Anne Shiflet West, age 86, of Marion, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on March 10, 2017, with her family by her side.She was born June 14, 1930 in McDowell County, NC to the late William S. Shiflet and Ermon McConnell Shiflet.Waiting with her parents in Heaven to receive her were her husband, Frank J. West, Jr.; her precious daughter, Jane Ellen West Begnal; and her beloved sister, Mary...
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Violet Nell Lowery Pendley

March 10, 1934 - March 7, 2017

Violet Nell Lowery Pendley, age 82, of Marion, NC, died Tuesday, March 7, 2016.The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Kirksey Funeral Home in Marion. A Funeral Service will follow at 3:00 PM at the funeral home with Dr. Tom Walker officiating. Burial will follow the service at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery.Advantage-Kirksey Funeral Home...
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William Thomas Cureton

April 5, 1927 - February 25, 2017

William Thomas Cureton, age 89, of Marion, died Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Deer Park Health & Rehabilitation.He was born April 5, 1927 in Newport, TN to the late Jesse Cureton and Mattie Whitlock Cureton. Mr. Cureton retired from Marion Manufacturing after over 45 years of service and he attended State Street Church of God. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his...
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Donald Dean Randolph

June 6, 1955 - February 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Bonnie Kay Barrier

July 28, 1955 - February 17, 2017

Bonnie Kay Barrier, age 61, of Marion, NC, died Friday, February 17, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.She was born July 28, 1955 in McDowell County, NC to the late Britt and Bertha Trinks Elliott. Kay enjoyed gardening and word search puzzles. She was a big Elvis Presley fan and loved the color orange. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Ann...
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Virginia Ray Arney

February 26, 1932 - February 15, 2017

February 16, 2017Marion, NC Virginia Ray Arney, age 84, of Marion, NC, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at McDowell Hospital in Marion, surrounded by her loving family.Mrs. Arney was born on February 26, 1932, in Johnson City, Tennessee, to the late Cecil D. Ray and Daisy Bell Bowman. She was a member of Landmark Independent Baptist Church in Marion and she was retired from 27 years...
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Haywood Oscar Morgan

February 23, 1939 - February 14, 2017

Mr. Haywood Oscar Morgan, 77, of Marion, entered into rest on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at McDowell Hospital. A native of Morgan County, Tennessee, he was the son of the late William Bill Morgan and Myrtle Keathley Morgan. He retired from Marion Manufacturing as a Picker Operator. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Edward Lee "Tinker" Morgan; by four brothers;...
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Ray Stafford

June 27, 1936 - February 7, 2017

Ray Stafford, age 80, of Spruce Pine, NC, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.He was born June 27, 1936 in Mitchell County, NC to the late Taylor and Mamie Gurley Stafford. Mr. Stafford was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of Pine Branch Baptist Church. He loved his church and had perfect attendance in Sunday school...
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Perry William Hogan

November 4, 1928 - February 4, 2017

Perry William Hogan, of the Glenwood Community in Marion, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Autumn Care of Marion after several years of declining health, at the age of 88.He was born here in Marion on November 4, 1928, and lived in the Glenwood Community his entire life. He was preceded in death by his father, Caleb P. Hogan and his mother, Ella Ward Hogan, six brothers,...
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Todd Alan Swepson

February 1, 1954 - February 1, 2017

Mr. Todd Alan Swepson,63 of Marion ,entered into rest on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. A native of McDowell County, he is the son of Lula Arvis Logan Swepson and the late Cecil Swepson, Sr. He Graduated from McDowell High School in 1972 and attended Gardner-Webb University. He was a member of Addie's Chapel United Methodist Church. In addition to his father, he preceded in death by his...
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Ronald L. Arthur

February 5, 1935 - January 29, 2017

Ronald L. "Ron" Arthur, age 81, of Old Fort, NC, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Mountain Ridge Nursing & Rehab, surrounded by his loving family.He was born February 5, 1935 in Keokuk, Iowa to the late John and Thelma Shaffer Arthur. He is survived by his wife, Jean Early Arthur and sons, Donald Arthur and Ronald Arthur. Ron and family lived in Charlotte, NC about 40 years, where he...
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Amber Michelle Sagedy

July 10, 1991 - January 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Marion, NC.
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Charles Albert Tate

August 14, 1949 - January 19, 2017

Charles Albert Tate, Sr., age 67, of Marion, NC, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at his home.He was born on August 14, 1949 in McDowell County, NC to the late Albert Lee Tate and Grace Mae Owens Tate. Mr. Tate was a member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church where he served as a class leader for the men of the church, sang in the choir and was a member of the Men's Booster Club...
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Debbie Ann Walker

January 6, 1966 - January 10, 2017

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Irini Renee Maninou

November 1, 1916 - January 10, 2017

Irini Renee Maninou, age 100, of Old Fort, NC, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at her home.Ms. Maninou was born November 1, 1916 in Athens, Greece. Her daughter married and moved to America. After being blessed with two beloved granddaughters, Ms. Maninou moved to America to live with her daughter and take care of her granddaughters. She is lovingly remembered as being a wonderful cook ...
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Clyde Henry Duncan

April 24, 1923 - January 10, 2017

Clyde Henry Duncan, age 93, of Nebo, NC, died Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family, after being sick for many years.He was born April 24, 1923 in Mitchell County, NC to the late Arnold Duncan and Cora Pittman Duncan. Mr. Duncan was a veteran of the United States Navy and worked in the furniture business before his retirement. He enjoyed being with his...
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Joseph Frank Mahoney

January 26, 1925 - December 25, 2016

Joseph Frank Mahoney, Jr., age 91, of Burnsville, NC, formerly of Jensen Beach, FL, went to be with the Lord Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC, surrounded by his loving family.He was born January 26, 1925 in Trenton, NJ to the late Joseph Frank Mahoney, Sr. and Elizabeth Schaffer Mahoney. Mr. Mahoney was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corp. He worked as an...
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Linda Mae Nelson Varrone

October 29, 1945 - December 22, 2016

Linda Mae Nelson Varrone, age 71, of Marion, NC, passed away Thursday, December 22, 2016 at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville, NC, surrounded by her loving family.She was born October 29, 1945 in Richlands, VA to the late Andrew J. Nelson and Mary E. Pruitt Nelson. Mrs. Varrone worked as a CNA for Asheville Healthcare until her retirement and was a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic...
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Mickel Clarence Helton

November 27, 1948 - December 17, 2016

December 19, 2016Marion, NC Mickel Clarence Helton, age 68, of Marion, NC, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at Hospice House of Rutherford County, in Forest City, NC.He was born on November 27, 1948, in McDowell Co., NC, to the late Clarence and Myrtle Loftis Helton.Mr. Helton was of the Baptist faith and a Christian man, who loved helping people and would give you the...
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Eunice Noblitt Preston

May 29, 1921 - December 17, 2016

Eunice Noblitt Preston, age 95, of Old Fort, NC, passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Burke Hospice & Palliative Care.She was born May 29, 1921 in McDowell County, NC to the late Lewis W. Noblitt and Dora Curry Noblitt. Ms. Preston worked for the National Security Agency in Silver Springs, MD for 27 years. She then moved back to McDowell County to help take care of her family. She...
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Jo Irene Clark

April 21, 1925 - December 13, 2016

Jo Irene Clark, age 91, of Marion, NC, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Autumn Care of Marion, with her loving family at her bedside.She was born April 21, 1925 in Mitchell County, NC to the late Lucian Richard Swofford and Hattie Mae Fortner Swofford. Mrs. Clark was a member of North Cove Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for over 59 years. She was a Godly woman who loved...
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John Kirby Davis

July 12, 1944 - December 6, 2016

December 7, 2016Marion, NC John Kirby Davis, Jr., age 72, of Marion, NC, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville, NC.He was born on July 12, 1944, in McDowell County, NC, to the late John Kirby Davis, Sr. and Evelyn Duncan Davis Randolph.Mr. Davis was a Christian man who served his community as a paramedic for McDowell County for many years...
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Charles Arthur Collins

January 7, 1948 - November 18, 2016

Charles Arthur Collins, age 68, of Marion, NC, passed away Friday, November 18, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a very brief illness.Charles was born to the late Arthur Matthew and Mary Helen Collins on January 7, 1948. He attended public school in McDowell County and was a graduate of Glenwood High School. He served in the US Merchant Marines and was a veteran of the...
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Mark Robert Armstrong

February 20, 1954 - November 13, 2016

Mark Robert Armstrong, age 62, of Fairview, NC died unexpectedly Sunday, November 13, 2016 in Charlotte, NC after attending a Panthers football game.He was born February 20, 1954 in Meriden, CT to Jane Ann Colle Armstrong and to the late Robert Albert Armstrong. Mark Armstrong owned and operated Armstrong Landscaping in South Florida and spent the last 23 years in property rentals in Fairview, NC...
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Patsy Diane Tieman

December 3, 1948 - November 13, 2016

Patsy Diane Tieman, age 67, of Marion, NC, died Sunday, November 13, 2016 at her home. She was born December 3, 1948 in Marianna, FL to the late Brady Hamilton and Alma Wright Hamilton. Mrs. Tieman was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church and she worked as a truck driver for 10 years.In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Tieman; one sister, Bernice...
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Bill Gaston Johnson

May 18, 1930 - November 10, 2016

Bill Gaston Johnson, age 86, formerly of Marion, NC passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at the Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, FL, surrounded by his loving family.Mr. Johnson was born in McDowell County, on May 18, 1930, to the late Clyde Buvey Johnson and Artie Mae Lamb Johnson. He attended Yancey Street Baptist Church and worked over 20 years at Burlington...
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Jean Beverly Roach Graham

July 16, 1922 - November 7, 2016

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Georgia Belle Wyatt Price

January 17, 1918 - November 6, 2016

Georgia Belle Wyatt Price, age 98, of Marion, NC, passed away on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Rosehill Retirement Center in Marion, NC.Mrs. Price was born in Yancey Co., NC to the late Thurmond Roscoe Wyatt and Nellie Jane Chrisawn Wyatt.Mrs. Price moved to Marion in 1941 where she worked at Robinson's Clothing and later at R.L. James Hoisery. Georgia retired in 1995 and persued her desire for...
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