Mitchell County, North Carolina


Vergus Buchanan, 76, of Gouges Creek Road, Spruce Pine, died Saturday, November 8, 2008 at Life Care Center of Banner Elk. He was the son of the late Dexter and Minnie Thomas Buchanan. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Tessie McClellan; and three brothers, Brown, Lonnie, and Howard Buchanan. He was a lifelong carpenter.
Survivors include his wife, Rosalie Benfield Buchanan of the home; two daughters, Teresa McClellan and Darla Gunter, both of Spruce Pine; three sisters, Alice Buchanan, Ivy McClellan, and Texie Jones, all of Spruce Pine; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Monday in the Grindstaff Memorial Chapel of Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine. The Rev. Bill Mitchell and Larry McBee officiated. Graveside services and burial were at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Buchanan Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 p.m. until the service hour Monday at the funeral home.
(Source: Mitchell News-Journal 11/19/2008)

Ralph E. Greene, 83, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2008 at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine. He was the son of the late Clarence E. and Willie L. Woody Greene, and husband of the late Peggy Sullins Greene. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, and a daughter, Deborah Greene. He was a member of Sullins Branch Baptist Church, and was a World War II Navy veteran. He worked as a truck driver for Feldspar for over 25 years and was known as the "Fat Man".
Survivors include a daughter, Ginger McMahan of Spruce Pine; three brothers, Jack Greene of Asheville, and Speedy Greene and Caroll Greene, both of Spruce Pine; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
The family received friends from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Berry Chapel Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216. Yancey Funeral Service assisted the family.
(Source: Mitchell News-Journal 11/19/2008)

Bonnie L Murphy, 81, of Bakersfield, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, while at the Brian Center of Spruce Pine. Born in Ringgold County, IA, she was the daughter of the late Robert Luther Spencer and Lizzie Bearl Moore Spencer.
She is survived by a daughter, Anita Benson of Bakersville; two sisters, Doris Lorensen and Betty Rasmussen, both of Central City, Neb.; and two grandchildren.
No services have been planned at this time. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mitchell County, P.O. Box 38, Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Valdese Family Funeral Care and Cremation Service assisted the family.
Source: Mitchell News-Journal 11/19/2008

Samuel Alonzo Rowe, 89, of Putman Road, Bakersville, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 at the Brian Center in Spruce Pine. A native of Buncombe County, he was the son of the late Thomas Edward and Hattie Baldwin Rowe. He was also preceded in deaath by a granddaughter, Ashli Erin Boyd. He had been employed as a pipe fitter for Daniel Industries in Houston, Texas. He was a veteran of the US Army, 222nd Medical Hospital Corporation and the South Pacific Theatre.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Katherine Garland Rowe of the home; three daughters, Sheila Diane Bokath of Blaine, Wash., Shirley Ann Bokath of Los Angeles, Calif., and Patricia Ann Boyd of Bakersville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville is assisting the family.
(Source: Mitchell News-Journal 11/19/2008)

Loretta McDonough Turk, 90, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL , formerly a summer resident of Little Switzerland, died peacefully of natural causes on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, at Vicar's Landing in Ponte Vedra Beach. Born in Wheeling, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late John and Ethel McDonough, and wife of the late James M. Turk. Upon graduation from West Liberty College, she served as the college's financial secretary. In 1952, her family moved to Miami, Fla, where she resided for 47 years. She was active in the Coco Plum Women's Club, wrote a weekly column for the South Miami News, was a docent at Fairchild Tropical Gardens and was active in her churches, Riviera Presbyterian and Kendall Presbyterian. She received her Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Miami in 1970, and was a librarian at Homestead Air Force Base Elementary School until her retirement in 1983. After she and her husband built a summer home in Little Switzerland, she served on the Board of Directors of the Little Switzerland Homemakers' Club and as secretary of the homeowners' association; she was also active at Spruce Pine Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Maring of Maple Glen, Pa., and Sharon Shepard of Winter Haven, Fla.; two sons, James Turk of Jacksonville, Fla., and Douglas Turk of Hershey, Pa.; a brother, Ralph McDonough; and eight grandchildren.
A graveside service was held at noon Saturday at Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Ponte Vedra Presbyterian Church; the scholarship fund for the wait staff at Vicar's Landing; or the Little Switzerland Homemakers' Club scholarship fund. Quinn-Shalz Funeral Home in Jacksonville Beach, Fla, and Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine assisted the family.
(Source: Mitchell News-Journal 11/19/2008)


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