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Zoe Ellis, January 11, 2019

Zoe Ashlyn Ellis blessed us with her sweet smile and simple elegance for 19 years.  As of January 11, 2019, she went to her forever home in Heaven to dance with Jesus and her Papa Charlie.  We hope all those who loved her know the Savior who made a way for us to join her there one day. She was a native of Mitchell County, NC and the beautiful daughter of Scott and Wendy Ellis and sister to Jada and Erin.  


She was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church and an Honor Roll Student at Mayland Community College. A master of organization, she loved to keep everything tidy and clean and to take care of countless babies she loved over the years.  Zoe reminded us all to “hold your baby” from an early age and the unexpected loss of her joyful life reminds us all to truly cherish every moment with those you love.


So many are left here on Earth to treasure sweet memories of Zoe.  A few of those include: Finley McMahan and Sawyer Greene, Adam Greene and Phillip Caudill, Rosalyn Ellis, Lesia and Phillip Hise, Grey Stamey, Adrian and Luke Stamey, Noah Vines, Allison and Chuck Vines, Faye Boone, Kenny and Marcella Miller, Eddie Miller, and Trevor Self.


A celebration of life will be held Monday, January 14, 2019 at 5:30PM in Mitchell High School, with Dale Buchanan, Bruce Cannon, and Chris Rathbone officiating. Viewing will begin at 4:00PM.


A private graveside service will be held at Bear Creek Cemetery.


Nina Stewart, January 9, 2019

Nina Buchanan Stewart, age 85 of South Hwy 226, Bakersville, NC (Ledger Community), went home to be with the Lord January 9, 2019. A native of Mitchell County, NC she was a daughter of the late Homer P. and Zora Buchanan. She was a 75 year member of Bear Creek Baptist Church where she served in the Something Special Sunday School Class. She was a true prayer warrior in the community.  She was previously employed with Hampshire Hosiery and Mitchell County Senior Citizen Center in the cafeteria. 

Survivors include: one son; Randal Stewart (Linda), of Bakersville, NC, one daughter; Janie Yelton (James "Buster"), of Spruce Pine, NC, grandchildren; Andy Stewart (Skylar), of Spruce Pine, NC, Adina Bair (John), of Oak Island, NC, Kyle Stewart (Kimberly), of Celo, NC, and Tabitha Robinson (Billy), of Spruce Pine, NC, great grandchildren: Haven Moore, Gabby Moore, Harper Stewart, and soon to be great grandson Atticus Cameron Bair.

She was preceded in death in addition to her parents by: her husband; James Stewart, grandson; Matthew Stewart, sisters; Irene Rowland, Valerie "Coot" Blackburn,  Kate Pittman, and a brother; Everett Buchanan.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 11, 2019 at 4:00PM in Bear Creek Baptist Church with Reverends Dale Buchanan, Buster Yelton, Vernon Buchanan, Andrew McKinney, and Bruce Cannon officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Entombment will follow at Bear Creek Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Bear Creek Church Building Fund, 327 Bear Creek Church Rd, Bakersville, NC 28705.





Christian Sympathy


Rev. Bruce & Wendy Cannon and the congregation of Bear Creek Baptists Church extend our deepest Christian sympathy to ...

...the family of Vida Carpenter, age 88, in her passing on January 19, 2019.  She was the grandmother of Jennifer (Israel) Gibson.

...the family of Nina Stewart, age 85, in her passing on January 9, 2019.  Nina was the mother/mother-in-law of Janie & Buster Yelton, grandmother of Tabitha (Billy) Robinson.  Nina was the aunt of Elain Mabe & Jr. (Beverly) Buchanan.

...the family of Zoe Ellis, age 19, in her passing on January 11, 2019.  Zoe was the daughter of Scott & Wendy Ellis, sister of Jada McMahan & Erin Greene.  She was the granddaughter of Kenny & Marcella Miller & Rosalyn Ellis, niece of Eddie Miller & Lesia (Phillip) Hise.  She was the great granddaughter of Faye Boone. 

...the family of Chris Ollis,

...the family of Henry Street

...the family of Harry Ackner, brother/brother-in-law of Rich and Carol Ackner

...the family of Carolyn Staton, aunt of Linda Edwards & Amy Hollifield