Our Obituaries

Foydell Wilson Proctor

May 5, 1927 - September 25, 2017

September 26, 2017Old Fort, NC Foydell Wilson Proctor, 90, of Bryson City, NC, passed away peacefully on September 25, 2017 at Pisgah Manor Healthcare Center in Candler, NC.Mrs. Proctor was born in McDowell County on May 5, 1927 to the late Virnell Wilson and Della Walker Wilson.She was a Christian lady and of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Proctor worked in administration at the Charles George VA...
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Pansy Irene Peterson Kilby

November 6, 1923 - August 10, 2017

Pansy Irene Peterson Kilby, 93, of Old Fort, NC, died Thursday, August 10, 2017 at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville, NC, surrounded by her loving family.Mrs. Kilby was born November 6, 1923 in Orange, VA to the late Gurtis Peterson and Mamie Shope Peterson. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where she was a member of WMU and sang in the choir. She loved her church and...
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Frances Effler Davis

November 16, 1930 - June 25, 2017

June 26, 2017Old Fort, NC Frances Effler Davis, 86, of Old Fort, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Grace Hospital in Morganton.Mrs. Davis was born in Yancey Co. on November 16, 1930 to the late George Effler and Florence Shuford Effler.She was a lifelong member of Davistown Free Will Baptist Church and was a member of the Ladies Auxillary and sang in the choir.Mrs. Davis loved to cook...
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Robert Jennings Waters

March 10, 1951 - May 29, 2017

Robert Jennings "Dink" Waters, 66, of Old Fort, NC, died Monday, May 29, 2017 at Charles George VA Medical Center.The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Kirksey Funeral Chapel in Old Fort. A Memorial Service will follow at 3:00 PM at the funeral chapel. Advantage-Kirksey Funeral Chapel of Old Fort is honored to be entrusted with the care of Mr....
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Paul Roland Noblitt

November 15, 1926 - May 28, 2017

Paul Roland Noblitt, 90, of Old Fort, NC, died Sunday, May 28, 2017 at NC State Veterans Home in Black Mountain, NC, surrounded by his loving family.He was born November 15, 1926 in McDowell County, NC to the late Forrest Paul Noblitt and Mattie Vess Noblitt. Mr. Noblitt was a WWII veteran of the United States Army. He was a lifelong member of Cherry Springs Baptist Church where he served as...
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Lillian Irene Williams Robinson

September 1, 1930 - May 9, 2017

May 10, 2017Old Fort, NC Lillian Irene Robinson, 86, of Old Fort, NC, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Autumn Care of Marion.Mrs. Robinson was born in McDowell County on September 1, 1930, to the late Walter Williams and Mary Davis Williams.She was a member of Davistown Free Will Baptist Church in Old Fort. Mrs. Robinson was a loving and caring wife and homemaker, and she loved...
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Alvin Garfield Turner

August 30, 1948 - May 7, 2017

Alvin Garfield Turner, age 68, of Old Fort, NC, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 7, 2017 at his home.He was born August 30, 1948 in McDowell County, NC to Georgia Buchanan Turner of Old Fort, NC and to the late Mynard Garfield Turner. Mr. Turner was a veteran of the US Army. He retired from Broyhill Furniture and was an avid golfer. In addition to his Mother, surviving Mr. Turner are one daughter,...
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Barbara Jean Bradley Pittman

February 21, 1934 - April 8, 2017

Barbara Jean Bradley Pittman, age 83, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord Saturday, April 8, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.She was born February 21, 1934 in McDowell County, NC to the late Perry Bradley and Jane Hawkins Bradley. Mrs. Pittman was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, working her flower garden, and reading her Bible every day. She loved her family. She...
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Wesley Arden Noblitt

December 20, 1927 - April 4, 2017

Wesley Arden Noblitt, age 89, of Old Fort, NC, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at VA Hospice in Asheville, NC.He was born December 20, 1927 in McDowell County, NC to the late Lewis W. Noblitt and Dora Curry Noblitt. Mr. Noblitt was a WWII veteran of the United States Army. He worked at Old Fort Finishing for 20+ years until it closed and then went to work at Collins & Aikman until his...
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Paul Gene Chrisawn

June 13, 1948 - March 13, 2017

Paul Gene Chrisawn, age 68, of Old Fort, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Deer Park Health & Rehabilitation, surrounded by his loving sons and his cousin, Kathy.He was born June 13, 1948 in McDowell County, NC to the late Claude Chrisawn, Sr. and Phyllis Wilson Chrisawn, both natives of Yancey County. Paul worked at Collins & Aikman in Old Fort for many years and...
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A.C. Hogan

April 26, 1929 - February 10, 2017

A.C. "Bud" Hogan, age 87, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord Friday, February 10, 2017 at McDowell Hospital with his family at his bedside.He was born April 26, 1929 in McDowell County, NC to the late J.W. and Hattie Jane Reel Hogan. Bud grew up in the Bethlehem community and attended Bethlehem Baptist Church. As an adult, he was a faithful member of, and was very active in First Baptist...
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David Lee Sheaffer

January 15, 1950 - January 10, 2017

David Lee Sheaffer, age 66, of Old Fort, NC, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 10th. Dave was born in Ephrata, PA January 15, 1950 to his late mother, Elsie and father, Randal. He is also preceded in death by two brothers, Bradley and Barry Sheaffer.Surviving are his wife of 17 years, Shirley Sheaffer; three sons, Eric Sheaffer and wife, Silvia of Old Fort, David Sheaffer and wife...
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Mary Ida Bradley Waters

February 4, 1932 - December 29, 2016

Mary Ida Bradley Waters, age 84, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 29, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.She was born February 4, 1932 in McDowell County, NC to the late Thaddeus C. Bradley and Georgia Greene Bradley. Ms. Waters worked at Kearfott in Black Mountain for 40 years and 4 years, she also worked the weekend shift at Baxter Healthcare. She...
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William Gordon Walker

March 8, 1965 - November 16, 2016

William "Bill" Gordon Walker, Jr., age 51, of Old Fort, NC, died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.He was born March 8, 1965 in McDowell County, NC to Christine Walker Devenport of Old Fort, NC and to the late William "Gordon" Walker. Bill was a full time student at McDowell Technical Community College. He enjoyed going to school, fishing, shooting...
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Betty Moore Lunsford

March 21, 1933 - September 21, 2016

Betty Moore Lunsford, age 83, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.She was born March 21, 1933 in McDowell County, NC to the late Willie and Burdell Whitson Moore. She was a member of the Old Fort Church of God and a lifelong Sunday School Teacher. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her son...
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Julia Marie Gunter

September 6, 2016 - September 6, 2016

Our precious little baby, Julia Marie Gunter, beloved daughter of Dwayne and Cristie Bladine Gunter, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 6, 2016.In addition to her parents, she is also survived by her brother, Manassie Gunter of the home; paternal grandparents, Travis and Helen Gunter of Old Fort; maternal grandparents, Dennis and Connie Bladine of Stockbridge, GA; maternal great...
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Charles William Logan

February 3, 1937 - August 7, 2016

August 11, 2016Old Fort, NC Charles William Logan, 79 of Old Fort went home to be with the Lord, August 7, 2016, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. He was born February 3, 1937 in McDowell County to the late George Washington Logan and Irene Lytle Logan.Mr. Logan was a member of Catawba View Baptist Church in Old Fort. He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt (mostly rabbits). In his younger...
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Georgia Virginia Greene Eller

July 26, 1926 - August 4, 2016

August 6, 2016Old Fort, NC Georgia Virginia Greene Eller, age 90, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 4, 2016, at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville, NC, surrounded by her loving family.Mrs. Eller was born on July 26, 1916 in Egypt Township in Yancey Co., to the late Thomas G. and Vina Cook Greene.She was a devout Christian lady and was a member of Old Fort...
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Brandon Shane Wyatt

December 24, 1974 - August 3, 2016

August 6, 2016Old Fort, NC Brandon Shane Wyatt, age 41, of Old Fort, NC, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 3,2016 in Carteret Co., NC, while vacationing with his family.Shane was born on December 24, 1974 in McDowell Co., NC where he was raised by his parents Thomas and Betty Woody Wyatt. He was a Christian man and a member of First Baptist Church of Old Fort and taught the Royal...
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Bessie Wilmaree Morgan Harris

May 12, 1924 - July 16, 2016

Bessie Wilmaree Morgan Harris, age 92, of Old Fort, NC, died Saturday, July 16, 2016 at St. Joseph Campus in Asheville, NC. A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Davistown Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Old Fort, NC.
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Mary Delilah Webb Walker

January 9, 1937 - May 17, 2016

Mary Delilah Webb Walker, age 79, of Old Fort, NC, died Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at her home, surrounded by his loving family.She was born January 9, 1937 in Oconee County, SC to the late Lincoln Grant Webb and Effie Mae Kelley Webb. Mrs. Walker was a member of Cherry Springs Baptist Church.In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her first husband, Leslie Crowe; her second...
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J. D. Wilson

November 15, 1937 - March 5, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Old Fort, NC.
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Gladys Franklin Parker

May 4, 1923 - December 28, 2015

Gladys Franklin Parker, age 92, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with her heavenly Father Monday, December 28, 2015.She was born May 4, 1923 in Kalmia, NC to the late Benjamin Franklin and Faith Evola Meradith Franklin. Mrs. Parker retired from Parker's Hosiery at the age of 72, after over 40 years of service. She was known for lending a helping hand to anyone in need. In addition to her parents,...
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Henry Mantz

May 8, 1915 - October 24, 2015

Henry Mantz, age 100, of Hendersonville, NC, formerly of Titusville, FL, died Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC.He was born May 8, 1915 in Summit County, OH to the late Jacob and Olga Beyer Mantz. Mr. Mantz was a WWII veteran of the United States Army. He was self-employed and worked in the Auto industry most of his life.In addition to his parents,...
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Donald Lee Smith

October 21, 1939 - October 8, 2015

Donald Lee Smith, age 75, of Black Mountain, NC, formerly of Edgewater, FL, died Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Mountain Ridge Health & Rehab, with his loving family at his side.He was born October 21, 1939 in Pennsylvania to the late Martin Luther Smith and Violet Trenton Smith. Mr. Smith was a veteran of the US Army where he served during the Vietnam War, and he was also a member of the VFW...
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Mary Alice Godfrey Bradley

June 25, 1938 - September 12, 2015

Mary Alice Godfrey Bradley, age 77, of Old Fort, NC, died unexpectedly Saturday, September 12, 2015 at her home.She was born June 25, 1938 in McDowell County, NC to the late Guy Virgil Godfrey and Bertha Alice Knowlton Godfrey Fohl.Mary Alice worked as the Personal Secretary to the Plant Manager at Collins & Aikman, for many years, until her retirement. She was a member of Ebenezer United...
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Garvin Eugene Davis

October 18, 1921 - September 3, 2015

Garvin Eugene Davis, Sr., age 93, of Old Fort, NC, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, surrounded by his loving family.Eugene was born on October 18, 1921 in McDowell County to Johnson and Ina Davis. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and was known for his love of working on small engines, farming and raising cattle. Mr. Davis was an Army...
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Jessica Myrtle Silver Gibbs

March 1, 1913 - September 2, 2015

Jessica "Jep" Myrtle Silver Gibbs, age 102, of Old Fort, NC, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Autumn Care of Marion, surrounded by her loving family.Mrs. Gibbs was born on March 1, 1913 in Burke County, NC to the late Wellington Ceymore Silver and Josephine Calloway Silver.She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Old Fort, NC where she served in many capacities...
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Hazel Stanback

September 9, 1927 - August 21, 2015


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Clark Wesley Walker

October 7, 1932 - July 4, 2015

Clark Wesley Walker, age 82, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Mountain Ridge Health & Rehab, surrounded by his loving family.He was born October 7, 1932 in McDowell County, NC to the late A.R. "Bart" Walker and Hettie Burgin Walker. Mr. Walker worked for McDowell County Schools as a Teacher until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of East Marion...
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Paul Smith

January 30, 1924 - June 12, 2015


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Ashleigh Brooke Lindley

November 21, 1951 - June 6, 2015

Ashleigh Brooke Lindley, age 63, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord Saturday, June 6, 2015 at St. Joseph Campus in Asheville, NC. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.She was born November 21, 1951 in McDowell County, NC to the late William Harrison Manley and Selma Carver Manley. Ashleigh was a member of the Old Fort Presbyterian Church. She was a writer and even had four of...
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Charles Leonard Cordell

November 15, 1927 - May 10, 2015

Charles Leonard Cordell, age 87, of Old Fort, NC, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 at the Charles George VA Medical Center after a brief illness. He was an active member of Sunnyview Freewill Baptist Church. Charles was a veteran of World War II, he was an employee of Old Fort Finishing Company and later became a Water Treatment Plant Operator. He was an outstanding athlete as well as an...
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Carroll Levi Lawson

August 2, 1936 - April 28, 2015

Carroll Levi "Grit" Lawson, age 78, of Old Fort, NC, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at McDowell Hospital.He was born August 2, 1936 in McDowell County, NC to the late John Berry Lawson and Alma Hampton Lawson. Grit worked as a carpenter by trade. He was an outdoorsman and loved gardening.In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by four brothers, Homer, Dewey, Avery and Billy...
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Joel Edwin Keller Allison

April 14, 1977 - April 20, 2015

Joel Edwin Keller Allison, age 38, of Old Fort, NC died unexpectedly in an automobile accident Monday, April 20, 2015. He was born April 14, 1977 in McDowell County, NC to Tim and Marguerite Sue Allison of Old Fort, NC. Joel owned and operated Allison Construction. He coached McDowell Titan 8U Boys Baseball Team and he enjoyed fishing and hunting. Joel was a Christian and he loved his family...
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Julia Elizabeth Burgin Baker

October 3, 1928 - April 8, 2015

Julia Elizabeth Burgin Baker, age 86, of Old Fort, NC, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in her home that her father built, the same home she was born in, raised in, lived in and died in.She was born October 3, 1928 to the late James Benjamin Burgin and May Belle Noblett Burgin. Julia was a member of Old Fort United Methodist Church and retired from Baker Grading & Landscaping. She was an avid...
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Hermione Beatrice Rose Robinson

July 19, 2011 - March 26, 2015

Hermione Beatrice Rose Robinson, age 3, was our princess and our angel, our Neverland fairy and our shining light. She adored patty cake, books, and bananas, but mostly she loved to nestle into her mother's arms. Born on July 19, 2011 in Asheville, Hermione experienced more struggle and pain in her three short years than most will ever know and yet she faced it all with a spirit and a courage...
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Hazel Jones McElrath

March 6, 1921 - March 1, 2015

Hazel Jones "Nanny" McElrath, age 93, of Carolina Beach, NC, formerly of Old Fort, NC went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove in Wilmington, NC.She was born March 6, 1921 in Morgan County, TN to the late Arthur Jones and Eliza Anne Norris Jones. Nanny was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Old Fort, NC and retired from Kearfott. She was well known in...
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William Garrison Kelley

November 16, 1929 - February 11, 2015

William Garrison Kelley III, age 85, of Fairview, NC, died February 11, 2015 at John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville, NC.He was born November 16, 1929 in Evansville, Indiana to William Garrison Kelley Jr., a Seventh Day Adventist minister, and Sarah Ethel Haynes Kelley. He then moved to Old Fort, NC as a young boy after the death of his father. He later attended Fletcher Academy in...
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Ida Jane Ollis Warren

December 12, 1924 - January 29, 2015

Ida Jane Ollis Warren, age 90, of Old Fort, NC, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, January 29, 2015.Ida was born December 12, 1924 in Buncombe County, NC to the late John and Ella Ollis. She worked in textiles most of her life and was a longtime member of Victory Baptist Church in Black Mountain, NC. She loved going to church. Ida also enjoyed being outdoors and working in her flowers.In...
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Troy Lee Kelly,

December 15, 1924 - January 21, 2015

Troy Lee "Bo" Kelly, Sr., age 90, of Old Fort, NC died Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Mountain Ridge Wellness Center in Black Mountain, NC surrounded by his loving family.He was born December 15, 1924 in McDowell County, NC to the late Carl Kelly and Bessie Farmer Kelly. He was a WWII veteran of the United States Army and Air Force where he served in Pattons 3rd Army in Europe.In addition to his...
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Danny Hudgins

February 3, 1948 - November 30, 2014

Danny Hudgins, age 66, of Old Fort, NC died unexpectedly Sunday, November 30, 2014 at his residence.He was born February 3, 1948 in Yancey County, NC to the late Wayne and Ivory Ogle Hudgins. Danny was a carpenter and he loved to work.In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by one daughter, Amy Hudgins and four brothers, Aaron, Billy, Charles and Levi Hudgins.Surviving Danny are...
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Gladys Bradley Gibbs

October 27, 1917 - November 20, 2014

Gladys Bradley Gibbs, age 97, of Old Fort, NC, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Autumn Care of Marion surrounded by her loving family.Gladys was born October 27, 1917, in Henderson County, NC to the late George Michael Bradley and Maggie Silver Bradley. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Old Fort. Gladys ran a florist out of her home for many...
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Jeffery Allen Ricketts

May 29, 1962 - November 15, 2014


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Bernard Preston Green

June 25, 1957 - November 7, 2014

Bernard Preston Green, age 57, of Old Fort, NC, died unexpectedly Friday, November 7, 2014 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.He was born June 25, 1957, in Bronx, NY to the late William Green, Jr. and Bernice Hinton Green. Bernard graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Bronx, NY and Southampton Stony Brook University, Southampton, NY with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. He...
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George Steven Eller

September 19, 1949 - November 5, 2014

George Steven "Steve" Eller, age 65, of Old Fort, NC, died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.He was born September 19, 1949, in Buncombe County, NC to Gladelle McGee Eller of Old Fort, NC and to the late George Herbert Eller. Steve retired from Faw's Ace Hardware and was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church. He was an avid golfer, loved racing...
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Peggy Kline Fraser

April 24, 1930 - August 29, 2014

Peggy Kline Fraser, age 84, of Old Fort, NC formerly of Melbourne, FL died Friday, August 29, 2014 at Hospice House of Rutherford County. She was born April 24, 1930 in Detroit, MI to the late Francis and Florence Walford Scott. Peggy retired from Harris Corporation in Melbourne, FL and then went on to become the owner/operator of Catawba Falls Campground in Old Fort, NC for over 33 years. She...
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Loraine Levenhagen

August 22, 1919 - August 28, 2014

Loraine Levenhagen, age 95, of Old Fort, NC, died Thursday, August 28, 2014 at her home with her family at her bed side.Memorialization will be by cremation.Kirksey Funeral Chapel in Old Fort is assisting the family
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Fred Edward Ledford

March 15, 1938 - August 27, 2014

Fred Edward Ledford, age 76, of Old Fort, NC died unexpectedly Wednesday, August 27, 2014.He was born March 15, 1938 in McDowell County, NC to the late Edward Winslow "Windy" Ledford and Ora Ellen Lytle Ledford. Mr. Ledford retired from McDowell County Schools and was a member of Old Fort Free Will Baptist Church. He loved God and he loved his church. He was a precious man who enjoyed life and...
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Genevieve Wise Boulton

July 24, 1933 - August 19, 2014

Genevieve "Bunny" Wise Boulton, age 81, of Old Fort, NC went to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 24, 1933 in Crawford County, PA to the late William Wise and Margaret Kay Frantz Wise. Bunny retired from First Union as a Bank Manager. After her retirement, she volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Old Fort Crisis Center,...
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Victor Eshmile Galloway

July 10, 1932 - June 18, 2014

Victor Eshmile Galloway, age 81, of Old Fort, NC went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 10, 1932 in Rosman, NC to the late Walter Monroe and Ola Galloway. Mr. Galloway was a member of Catawba Falls Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. He was a Korean Conflict veteran of the US Navy, but...
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Homer Edward Vess

June 30, 1925 - June 1, 2014

Homer Edward Vess, age 88, of Old Fort, NC went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 1, 2014 at NC State Veterans Home in Black Mountain, NC surrounded by his loving family.He was born June 30, 1925 in Rutherford County, NC to the late Sam and Dessie Crisson Vess. Mr. Vess was a member of Cherry Springs Baptist Church. He was a WWII veteran of the US Army where he received several service medals. ...
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Everett Raymond Pugh

April 25, 1927 - May 12, 2014

Mr. Everett Raymond Pugh, 87, of Old Fort, went to be with the Lord, Monday, May 12, 2014. Born April 25, 1927, in Winnebago County, Wisc., he was a son of the late David Pugh and Clara Fuller Pugh. In addition to his parents, Mr. Pugh was also preceded in death by two brothers, Orville and Willard Pugh and four sisters, Miriam Fuhs, Elizabeth Otto, Carol Lewis and Bernice Fisher. Mr. Pugh...
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William Bryant Early, Sr.

March 24, 1924 - April 21, 2014

William Bryant Early, Sr., known to his friends as "Bill", passed away on April 21, 2014 at the age of 90 years.Bill will be lovingly remembered by his children, Theresa and husband Rudy, Bill Jr. and wife Jean, Pam, and his wife of two years, Thelma. He is also remembered by his three grandchildren; Josh, Alison, (Scott) and Zac along with two great grandchildren, Colson and Lynley, and by his...
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Shirley Lynnette Porter

June 15, 1928 - January 14, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Kirksey Funeral Home, Old Fort, NC.
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Geretha Hensley Simmons

April 21, 1931 - December 28, 2013

Geretha Hensley Simmons, age 82, died unexpectedly Saturday, December 28, 2013 at her residence in Old Fort, NC. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.She was born April 21, 1931 to the late Jeter and Pansy Grindstaff Hensley. Mrs. Simmons was a member of Salem Free Will Baptist Church. She loved gardening and canning.In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her...
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Louise Jarrett Warlick

October 22, 1926 - December 9, 2013

Louise Jarrett Warlick, age 87, of Old Fort, NC died Monday, December 9, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.She was born October 22, 1926 in Valdese, NC to the late Sewell Jarrett and Pearl Gibbs Jarrett. Mrs. Warlick was known to many as a good Christian woman who loved to go to church, someone who loved life and to be around people. She loved her children, grandchildren and family. She was...
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Edith Greene Kadlec

February 16, 1921 - November 3, 2013

Edith Greene Kadlec, age 92, of Old Fort, NC went to be with the Lord Sunday, November 3, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.She was born February 16, 1921 in Avery County, NC to the late Thomas Gibbs and Vina Elizabeth Cook Greene. Mrs. Kadlec was a member of Old Fort Church of God where she was known as a prayer warrior and financial supporter. She was loved dearly by her...
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Floyd Whitson

May 15, 1938 - September 20, 2013

Floyd Whitson, age 75, of Newton, NC died Friday, September 20, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.Mr. Whitson was born May 15, 1938 in McDowell County, NC to the late E.W. and Bertha Melton Whitson. He loved fishing and Nascar.Surviving Mr. Whitson are his wife, Judith Canipe Whitson; one son, Lloyd Whitson and wife, Tammy; one step-son, Ronnie Farris; one step-daughter,...
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George Reid Early

November 21, 1926 - August 27, 2013


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George Reid Early

November 21, 1926 - August 27, 2013

George Reid Early, 86, of Old Fort, died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at his residence. Born on November 21, 1926 in McDowell County, he was the son of the late Roy and Tress Early.Mr. Early was a member of First Baptist Church of Old Fort. He served as a Seabee in the United States Navy, having received the Asiatic Pacific Medal, the America Area Medal and the Victory World War II Medal. In...
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Clifford Daniel Knupp

October 29, 1926 - July 11, 2013

Clifford Daniel Knupp, age 86 of 286 Hebron Hill Dr. in Old Fort, NC went to be with the Lord Thursday, July 11, 2013 at John F. Keever Solace Center with his family at his bedside. He was born October 29, 1926 to Fred and Cora Jolly Knupp. Mr. Knupp served in the United States Army and Army Air Corp. He worked at Old Fort Finishing Plant for 19 ½ years and worked at Schenk Job Corp. in...
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Calvin B. Grogan

December 20, 1923 - March 29, 2013

Reverend Calvin B. Grogan, 89, of Old Fort, went to be with His Lord on Friday, March 29, 2013 at his residence. Born on December 20, 1923 in Clinton, SC, he was the son of the late Blaine Grogan and Bessy Grogan.Reverend Grogan was a pastor for over 52 years for several churches in the surrounding area. He was loving and faithful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great...
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Chris Irving Lawrence

January 14, 1939 - March 16, 2013

Chris Irving Lawrence, age 74, of Gateway Mountain in Old Fort, NC formerly of Flint, MI died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at McDowell Hospital.He was born January 14, 1939 in Genesee County, MI to the late Irving Hugh Lawrence and Thelma Yula Barnhart Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence loved the mountains and wood carving.Surviving Mr. Lawrence are two sons, Chris Lawrence and wife, Dana of Dewitt, MI and...
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Betty Joe Flack Steppe

February 19, 1928 - March 9, 2013

Betty Joe Flack Steppe, age 85, of Old Fort, NC died Saturday, March 9, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.She was born February 19, 1928 in McDowell County, NC to the late Marvin Flack and Bessie Webb Flack. Mrs. Steppe was a lifelong member of Old Fort United Methodist Church and retired from Old Fort Finishing. She enjoyed singing in the Old Fort Community Chorus.In...
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Winnie Mae Tyo Davis

October 6, 1921 - March 2, 2013

Mrs. Winnie Mae Tyo Davis passed away at her residence on Saturday, March 2, 2013 with her loving family by her side. She was a loving mother to all of her family.She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Woodard Davis and her son Mr. Leroy Davis. Surviving Mrs. Davis are three sons, Mr. Charles Edward Davis and wife Ruby, Mr. Donald Clifton Davis and wife Cathy, and Mr. John Harold Davis of...
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Ruby Jewel Vess

July 5, 1930 - January 27, 2013

Ruby Jewel Vess, age 82 of Old Fort, NC went home to be with the Lord Sunday, January 27, 2013 at her residence surrounded by her loving family.Mrs. Vess was born July 5, 1930 in Buncombe County, NC to the late Vernon Devolt Foster and Pearl Mae Smith Foster. She was a member of Wilkey Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Edward Vess...
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Grady Edward Mccauley

October 19, 1920 - January 14, 2013

Grady Edward McCauley, age 92 of Old Fort, NC died Monday, January 14, 2013 at Rose Hill Retirement Home of Marion.Mr. McCauley was born October 19, 1920 in Greenville County, SC to the late Loton McCauley and Lula Edwards McCauley. He was a member of Old Fort First Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jane McCartha, three brothers, Lester McCauley...
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Johnnie Paul Wilson

January 21, 1954 - December 26, 2012

Johnnie Paul "Buttons" Wilson, age 58 of Old Fort, NC died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at his residence.He was born January 27, 1954 in McDowell County, NC to John Henry Wilson of Morganton, NC and to the late Margaret Penland Wilson. Mr. Wilson loved puppies, fishing and hunting ginseng.In addition to his father, surviving are two daughters, Fehlisa Wellborn and boyfriend,...
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Edna Harriett Morris

October 28, 1934 - December 1, 2012

Edna Harriett "Hattie" Morris, age 78, of Old Fort, NC went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, December 1, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her beloved family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.Mrs. Morris was born October 28, 1934 in McDowell County, NC to the late Allen Festus Thomas and Lola Amanda Biddix Thomas. She was a faithful member of Old Fort First Free...
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Margie Allison Harmon

May 29, 1922 - November 27, 2012

Margie Allison Harmon, 90, of Virginia Beach, VA formerly of Old Fort, NC and Hickory, NC died Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Virginia Beach General Hospital. Mrs. Harmon was born May 29, 1922 in McDowell County, NC to the late J. Fred Allison and Essie Griffin Allison. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hickory, NC. In addition to her parents,...
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Elzie Clayton Lytle

April 8, 1916 - November 19, 2012

Elzie Clayton Lytle, age 96, of Old Fort, passed away Monday, November 19, 2012 at Autumn Care of Marion. She was born April 8, 1916 in McDowell County, NC to the late Walter U. Davis and Bessie Ina Vess Davis. Mrs. Lytle was a charter member of Davistown Freewill Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Jesse Marion Lytle, a sister, Marie Tipton, and a...
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William Richard Raines

September 30, 1947 - November 12, 2012

William Richard "Dickie" Raines, 65, of Old Fort, NC died Saturday, November 12, 2012 at his residence. He was a beloved father and grandfather.He was born September 30, 1947 in Buncombe County, NC to William Lewis Raines of Swannanoa, NC and to the late Mildred McClure Raines. In addition to his Father, surviving Mr. Raines are his wife of 42 years, Anne Terrell Raines of the home; two sons,...
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Billy McClellan Grindstaff

December 26, 1935 - November 11, 2012

Billy McClellan Grindstaff, 76, of Old Fort, NC went to be with the Lord Sunday, November 11, 2012 at McDowell Hospital. He was born December 26, 1935 in McDowell County, to the late Robert D. Grindstaff and Ruth Allison Grindstaff. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother, Dan Grindstaff and his sister, Martha Sue Grindstaff. Surviving Mr. Grindstaff are his wife...
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Paul Christopher Brigmon

February 10, 1962 - September 11, 2012

Paul Christopher Brigmon, age 50, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2012. He was born in McDowell County, NC on February 10, 1962 to the late Paul Brigmon and Peggy Brown Brigmon. Mr. Brigmon attended Catawba Falls Baptist Church in Old Fort, NC and he was a loving son, father, brother, grandfather, and friend.Surviving Mr. Brigmon are two sons; Samuel Jonathan Brigmon, of Black Mountain, NC,...
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Bertha Allison Effler

December 1, 1919 - September 1, 2012

Bertha Allison Effler, affectionately known as "Granny" to her family and friends, 92, of Old Fort, NC passed away at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville on September 1, 2012. She was born in McDowell County on December 1, 1919 to the late Henry Allison and Nannie Bartlett Allison. She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 63 years, Leroy Effler, one grandson, Kenneth Lee...
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Blanche Lucille Pruden Grindstaff

May 23, 1930 - August 20, 2012

Blanche Lucille Pruden Grindstaff, 82, of Old Fort, died Monday, August 20, 2012 at Mountain Ridge Wellness Center in Black Mountain. Born on May 23, 1930 in McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late Fletcher J. Pruden and Connie Lee Raffield Pruden.Mrs. Grindstaff was a charter member of Old Fort Church of God. She was an instant friend to all, having never met a stranger. She was the...
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Leroy Logan

February 25, 1927 - August 9, 2012

Leroy Logan, age 85, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord Thursday, August 9, 2012 at McDowell Hospital.He was born February 25, 1927 in Rutherford County, NC to the late Pomp Logan and Texas Brown Logan. Mr. Logan was a member of Pharr Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Old Fort where he served on the board of Trustees. He worked for Norfolk Southern Railroad until his retirement in 1992. He...
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Mary Lena Stewart Stafford

April 6, 1917 - July 23, 2012

Mary Lena Stewart Stafford, age 95, of Old Fort, NC, formerly of Harrisburg, NC passed away Monday, July 23, 2012 at John F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center in Asheville surrounded by her family.She was born April 6, 1917 in Mecklenburg County, NC to the late William Stewart and Mary Lena Taylor Stewart. Mrs. Stafford was a member of Old Fort Presbyterian Church and was very active in activities at...
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Mattie Lucille McGinnis

July 23, 1947 - July 10, 2012

Mattie L. McGinnis, age 64, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.She was born July 23, 1947 in Bell Ellen, AL to the late Early E. Smith and Sarah Dell Smith.In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Daniel L. McGinnis and her brother, Nicky E. Smith.Surviving Mattie are three sons,...
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Viola Aida Rodriguez Acrivos

August 16, 1926 - July 8, 2012

Viola Aida Rudin Rodriguez Acrivos, age 85, of Old Fort, NC, former long time resident of Melbourne, Port St. John and Indialantic, FL and Great Falls, VA, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2012 at her residence.Viola was born August 16, 1926 in Los Cartagos, Alajuela, Costa Rica to the late Fernando M. Rudin and Angela Rodriguez Rudin. She attended University of Costa Rica and Ohio State University...
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Vernie Mae Lowery Vess

June 15, 1922 - June 29, 2012

Vernie Mae Lowery Vess, age 90, of Old Fort, passed away Friday, June 29, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.She was born June 15, 1922 in McDowell County, NC to the late Andrew Lowery and Mae Williams Lowery. Mrs. Vess was a member of Cherry Springs Baptist Church. She was a precious nurturing person who dedicated her life to taking...
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William D. Ankele

August 10, 1924 - June 20, 2012


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Elta Lorraine Noblitt

November 17, 1924 - June 20, 2012

Elta Lorraine Noblitt, age 87 , of Old Fort, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at her residence surrounded by her family.She was born November 17, 1924 in McDowell County, NC to the late Louis W. Noblitt and Dora Curry Noblitt. Ms. Noblitt was a member of the Old Fort Wesleyan Church where she was very active in the church. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Vernon Noblitt, Ralph...
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Lionel Bertram Walker

January 3, 1950 - May 9, 2012

Lionel Bertram Walker, 62, of Old Fort, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at his residence. Born on January 3, 1950 in McDowell County, he was the son of the late Young Walker and Dala Haney Walker. He was a loving husband, father and "grandpa".Mr. Walker served in the United States Marine Corps. during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Cherry Springs Baptist Church in Old Fort.In addition to his...
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Willa Mae Grindstaff

January 11, 1921 - April 22, 2012

Mrs. Willa "Tootsie" Mae Grindstaff, 91, of Old Fort, died Sunday, April 22, 2012 at her residence. She was born on January 11, 1921 in McDowell County. Mrs. Grindstaff was a member of Old Fort United Methodist Church.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Grindstaff; son and daughter-in-law, Stuart and Leigh Grindstaff. She is survived by her grandchildren...
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Terry Clifton Kelly

July 10, 1954 - April 22, 2012

Terry Clifton Kelly, age 57, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord Sunday, April 22, 2012 at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville, NC surrounded by his family.He was born July 10, 1954 in McDowell County, NC to Troy Kelly of Mtn. Ridge Wellness Center in Black Mountain, NC and to Mildred Pruden Kelly of the home. Terry loved to go to his church, the Old Fort Church of God, where he was...
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Mae Alice Taylor

March 26, 1920 - April 17, 2012

Mae Alice Harris Taylor, age 92, of Old Fort, NC, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at John F. Keever Solace Center in Asheville, NC.She was born March 26, 1920 in Raleigh County, WV to the late Fratie Carl Harris and Mildred Miller Harris. Mrs. Taylor was a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries and the Eastern Star for over 45 years. She was an avid gardener and basket maker.In...
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John Robert Simmons

March 19, 1929 - March 24, 2012

John Robert Simmons, age 83, of Old Fort, NC, died unexpectedly, Saturday, March 24, 2012 at his residence. He was born March 19, 1929 in McDowell County, NC to the late John E. Simmons and Bertha Wilson Simmons. Mr. Simmons was a WWII veteran of the United States Navy and retired from Pisgah Dye and Yarn. He was also a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Old Fort. Mr. Simmons loved...
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Paul Brigmon

September 13, 1938 - February 1, 2012

Paul Brigmon, age 73, of Old Fort, NC, passed away, Thursday, February 1, 2012 at McDowell Hospital. He was born September 13, 1938 in Buncombe County, NC to the late Grover Brigmon and Nancy Jenkins. He was member of Catawba Falls Baptist Church. Paul was a loving husband, daddy, brother, paw, and friend. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his wife Peggy Brown Brigmon,...
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Curl Lytle

July 4, 1934 - January 20, 2012

Curl Lytle, age 77, of Old Fort, NC, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012 at his residence. He was born July 4, 1934 in McDowell County, NC to the late John Dinkens and Inez Lytle Dinkens. He was a member of Catawba View Baptist Church, in Old Fort.In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by two brothers, Dillard Lytle, John Lytle, two sisters, Jean Ann Surratt, Mary Louise,...
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Lois Marie Summey Benfield

November 2, 1937 - January 11, 2012

Lois Marie Summey Benfield, 74, of Old Fort, died Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Mission Campus in Asheville. Born on November 2, 1937, she was the daughter of Pauline Summey Anderson and the late Lawrence Summey.In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her children' s father, Donald Ray Benfield; daughter, Debra McGraw; son, Harold Benfield; two sisters, Betty Jean and Ruby; and...
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Deborah Kay Whitson

February 27, 1956 - January 6, 2012

Debrah Kay Whitson, age 55, of Old Fort, NC, passed away Friday, January 6, 2012 at Hospice House in Forest City, NC. She was born February 27, 1956 in Buncombe County, NC to the late Robert "Bob" Carter and Mary Ruth Waren Carter. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Earl Whitson and by her son, Robert Earl Whitson.Deborah was disabled and lived at...
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Loyd Vernice Devenport

September 26, 1925 - January 1, 2012

Loyd Vernice Devenport, age 86, of Old Fort, NC, passed away Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC. He was born September 26, 1925 in Hunt County, Texas to the late Loyd Vernive Devenport, Sr. and Berchia Evelyn Gipson Devenport. Mr. Devenport was a member of Church of Christ of Marion. He was a member of The Black Mountain Moose Lodge for several years.Surviving...
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Dennis Earl Whitson

December 15, 1956 - December 23, 2011

Dennis Earl Whitson, age 55, of Old Fort, NC, passed away Friday, December 23, 2011 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC.He was born December 15, 1956 in McDowell County, NC to Earl Whitson of Maggie Valley Nursing Home & Rehab and to the late Billie Brown Whitson. In addition to his Mother, he is also preceded in death by his son, Robert Earl Whitson. Dennis was employed by Ethan...
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Sandra DeLois Williams Davis

February 5, 1952 - December 21, 2011

Sandra DeLois Williams Davis, 59, of Old Fort, died Wednesday, December 21, 2012 at Mountain Ridge Wellness Center in Black Mountain. Born on February 5, 1952 in McDowell County, she was the daughter of the late Mary Margaret Williams and James R. Williams.She is survived by her husband, Randy Davis; sons, Ronnie Walker and his wife, Kim of Old Fort, Robert Davis and Richard Davis, both of...
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Kermit Hoover Silver

March 10, 1930 - December 18, 2011

Kermit Hoover Silver, 81, a life-long resident of Old Fort, died Sunday, December 18, 2011 at Memorial Mission Hospital in Asheville. Born on March 10, 1930 in McDowell County, he was the son of the late Virgil Silver and Sally Noblitt Silver.Mr. Silver served in the United States Coast Guard and was a valued member of Old Fort United Methodist Church. He was a career electrician, retiring from...
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Frances Louise Morris

April 4, 1925 - December 12, 2011

Frances Louise Ingle Morris, age 86, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord Monday, December 12, 2011 at Mountain Ridge Wellness Center in Black Mountain, NC. She was born April 4, 1925 in Buncombe County, NC to the late Henry Ingle and Ollie Smith Ingle. Mrs. Morris was a member of the First Baptist Church of Old Fort. She loved the outdoors, mountain music and attending church.Surviving...
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June Carol Adams

December 10, 1920 - November 10, 2011

November 10, 2011Old Fort, NCJune Carol Adams, 90, of Old Fort passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at her residence. She was born on December 10, 1920 in Old Fort to the late Daniel Weisinger Adams and Rebecca Pearl Cross Adams.Ms. Adams was a member of the Old Fort United Methodist Church. She was a lover of animals, and an avid bird watcher. She established the June Carol Adams...
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Raymond Emery Vess

March 18, 1947 - November 3, 2011

Raymond Emery Vess, age 64, of Old Fort, NC, went to be with the Lord Thursday, November 3, 2011 at his residence surrounded by his beloved family. He was born March 18, 1947 in Buncombe County, NC to the late Emery and Anna Belle Lee Davis Vess. In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by an infant son, Kyle Emery Vess and a nephew, Raymond Fisher. Mr. Vess was a faithful member...
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