Lawrence McMahan - November 25th
Lawrence Bill McMahan, of Bakersville, NC went home to heaven on November 25, four days after his 86th birthday. The last months of life he was cared for in his home by daughter Pamela Almanzar with the assistance of Hospice of the Blue Ridge. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Pastor Bis and Bertha McMahan of Micaville, NC. In addition to his parents, Lawrence is preceded in death by his wife, Madge Duncan McMahan; son, Scott McMahan; and daughter, Rita McMahan; sisters: Lydia McMahan, Ola Young, Dollie Martin, Gladys Saylor, Betty Ann Cassingham and Glenna Randall; and brothers Paul McMahan, Silas McMahan, Charlie McMahan and Walter McMahan.
Lawrence was the eighth of thirteen children. At age 21 he met and married the love of his life, Madge Duncan and were wed 59 years. From his childhood, he was a member of Claymound Baptist Church in Yancey County where he faithfully served as a deacon and teacher. He often would assist with plays and programs reciting chapters of scripture, poems or monologues. Some services Lawrence played his Gibson guitar and he and Madge sang to the glory of God. He served the Lord well.
He loved his church and family well, but most of all Lawrence loved Christ. If you knew Lawrence you would know about Jesus. He believed and committed Gods word to memory, “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed,” 2 Timothy 2:15. His exuberant personality would not only display this, but his heart lived it daily. Seldom seen without a smile on his face and a song in his heart, conversation came easy and he never met a stranger. In his humble and gentle spirit, he gave advice, encouragement and offered forgiveness. Lawrence also had a great sense of humor. All who knew Lawrence loved him. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and friend. In his later years, you could find him at the Mitchell County Senior Center where he enjoyed Bible Study and shooting pool with his buddies.
A true lover of God’s creation and beauty, Lawrence was an outdoorsman spending many hours walking the hills and mountains. His love for wildlife, plants, and flowers was evidenced by the yard he landscaped. With skillful hands, this carpenter and fix-it man constructed over a dozen houses, and completed countless building projects for family and friends.
His heritage continues through his children and their families: daughter, Pamela Almanzar of Pigeon Forge, TN; grandchildren: Kelly Cross and her husband, Brandon, of Carthage, NY, Jason Hughes of Johnson City, TN, Misty Bates and her husband, Harvey, of Spruce Pine and Eric McMahan of Spruce Pine; and great grandchildren: Noah, Mariah and her husband, Marcus, Tyler, Amaya, Hezekiah, Carrie, Justin and Dalton. Also surviving are his brother, Claude McMahan of Burnsville; sister, Violet Buchanan, and her husband, Donald, of Spruce Pine; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to recognize all the family and friends who loved and supported Lawrence throughout his life and especially in these last months when visits and phone calls meant so much. A special thank-you to Hospice of the Blue Ridge.
Yancey Funeral Home in Burnsville, NC will be handling arrangements. Visitation will be at 1:00pm and services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, at Bear Creek Baptist Church in Bakersville. Pastors Daniel Whetstine and Bruce Cannon will officiate. Burial will follow at Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family requests memorials be made to Hospice of the Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Dr., Spruce Pine, NC, 28777, in memory of Lawrence.
Jimmy Stamey - November 12, 2017
Jimmy Stamey, age 70, of Pitman Road in Bakersville died Sunday, November 12, 2017 at his home.
Born on October 24, 1947 in Mitchell County, he was the son of the late Perry and Alice Greene Stamey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dottie Stamey who passed away in 1996. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald Stamey.
Jimmy was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed riding 4-wheelers, traveling and watching his grandsons play ball. He was retired from the Mitchell County Maintenance Department with thirty-eight years of service.
Left to cherish his memories are his daughter; Nikki Pitman and husband, Chris of Spruce Pine; his sister; Sue Pitman of Bakersville; and his grandsons; Turner Pitman and Noah Pitman both of Spruce Pine.
The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence at the funeral service honoring the life of Jimmy Stamey on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Bear Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bruce Cannon officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends will be on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 1:00 pm until the service hour at the church. Interment will follow the service in the Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Bear Creek Baptist Church Building Fund.
Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to our website; www.webbfh.com., selecting Jimmy Stamey’s name and then you may sign his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home of Spruce Pine is honored to be assisting the Stamey family.
Azalene Hughes - November 6, 2017
Azalene Duncan Hughes, age 85 of Hamburg Rd, Bakersville, NC went to Heaven to wake at Jesus feet on November 6, 2017. She was a daughter of the late John and Ella Pitman Duncan and a native of Mitchell County, NC. She was a lifelong member of Bear Creek Baptist Church and was retired from Henredon Furniture.
Azalene was a loving wife and mother and enjoyed spending time at the Mitchell County Senior Citizen Center.
Survivors include, one daughter Wanda Hughes Smith, of Spruce Pine, NC, one son Mark Allen Hughes, (Alfreda), of Bakersville, NC, one sister Carolyn Staton, of Bakersville, NC, grandchildren: Lisa Carson, Billy Hoyle, and Travis Smith, great grandchildren: Tre Carson, Kayla Elkins, Dillon Oaks, Autumn Smith, and Hannah Smith. and special caretakers Linda and John Edwards.
She was preceded in death in addition to her parents by, her husband Quince Hughes, a sister Ann Buchanan, and three brothers: Phillip Duncan, Holden Duncan, and Lee Duncan.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 2:00PM in Bear Creek Baptist Church with Reverend Bruce Cannon officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of The Blue Ridge, 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.
Elizabeth Woody (Mama Lib) - October 29, 2017
Elizabeth T. ‘Mama Lib’ Woody, age 87, of Jack Sullins Road in Spruce Pine went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Blue Ridge Regional hospital in Spruce Pine.
Born on May 1, 1930 in Mitchell County, she was the last surviving child of the late Millard and Cora Davis Townsend. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank Woody who passed away in 2013 and was also preceded in death by a son, John Woody who passed away in 2012.
Elizabeth was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and her church family. She was adventurous, had a unique laugh and enjoyed traveling. She loved cooking and had written two cookbooks. She also loved spending time with her family.
Left to cherish her memories are her son; Jerry S. Woody and wife, Linda of Fernadina Beach, FL; her daughters; Mary Khayat of Spruce Pine and Deborah Conley and husband, Patrick of Las Vegas, NV; her daughter-in-law; Ruby Leetta Woody of Akron, OH; there are nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence at the funeral service celebrating the life of Elizabeth Woody on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm at the Bear Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bruce Cannon officiating. A time to support the family, share memories and receive friends will be on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 2:00 pm until 3:30 at the church. Interment will be in the Bear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations in Elizabeth’s honor be made to either; Building Fund at Bear Creek Baptist Church or Hospice and Palliative of the Blue Ridge.
The family would like to extend at heartfelt “Thanks’ to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge and all of the church family for their wonderful care of Elizabeth.
Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to the website; www.webbfh.com., selecting Elizabeth Woody’s name and then you may sign her guestbook.
Laura Haines - October 22, 2017
Laura Miller Haines, age 78, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017 in the Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC. A native of Bakersville, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Bertie Gouge Miller and the wife of the late Howard Haines. She was also preceded in death by her siblings: Ray and Glenn Miller; Ruth Morris, Arlene Russell, Hedy Perkins, Susie Woody and Maude Combs. Laura was a retired nurse with the Spruce Pine Community Hospital in Spruce Pine. She attended Bear Creek Baptist Church when she was able.
Laura is survived by her daughter, Patricia Burleson and husband Walter; sons: Perry Jones and wife Shirlene and David Morris; step children: Lynn Hartford, Sammy Haines, Paula Haines and Tina Haines; brother, James Blair Miller; grandchildren: Sierra Bennett and husband Matthew, Matthew Edwards, Chaely Medley and husband Jeff, Josh Jones, Jennifer Hobson and husband Joe and Tiffany Zitlin and husband Nick; and three great grandsons.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the Bear Creek Baptist Church with Pastor Bruce Cannon and Rev. Chris Rathbone officiating. Burial will follow in the Snow Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff of the Mitchell House and to Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge for their love and care for Laura during her illness. Memorials may be made to Hospice at 236 Hospital Drive, Spruce Pine, NC 28777.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.henline-hughes.com
Virginia "Sis" Schoverling - October 22, 2017
Virginia Ferguson Schoverling, age 90, of Galax Trail, Spruce Pine, NC went home to be with the Lord, October 23, 2017. She was a native of Mitchell County, NC and the daughter of the late Robert and Milia Sparks Burleson.
She was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church where she held many positions over the years. She was also active in County Baptist Programs and in First Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, while she lived there. Virginia loved her Lord, her church, and her family.
She was preceded in death in addition to her parents by husbands, Hartsol Arthur Ferguson and Ralph Schoverling, a brother, Joe Burleson, and son, Robert Larry Ferguson.
She leaves behind two sons: Roger Lee Ferguson of Wichita Falls, Texas and Eddie "Joe" Ferguson Sr. (Deborah) of Bakersville, NC, six grandchildren: Vicki Ferguson, Roger Lee, Patrick, and Chris Ferguson, Eddie Joe Ferguson Jr., and Fredrick Zachary Ferguson, eight great grandchildren: Payton, Blake, Chrissy, Sarah, Rily, Landon, Mary, and Lizzie, and three great great grandchildren: Lucas, Addison, and Joyce, one niece, Connie Robinson, and one nephew Bobby Burleson.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 2:30PM in Bear Creek Baptist Church with Bruce Cannon and Chris Rathbone officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow the service in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to: Mitchell County Senior Center, 152 Ledger School Rd, Bakersville, NC 28705.
Henline - Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Schoverling Family.