Watauga, Avery Obituaries– July 21, 2020 – High Nation Press

21July 2020

The following are current obituary notifications from Austin & & Barnes and Hampton funeral houses in Boone and Reins-Sturdivant in Newland

Charles Lewis Radcliffe
1926– 2020

Mr. Charles Lewis Radcliffe, age 93, of Newland, North Carolina died at his home Monday morning, July 13, 2020.

He was born October 30, 1926 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Charles began 39 years in police. He participated in the North Carolina State Highway Patrol School at the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill in 1950. He spent 13 years with the patrol stationed in Mitchell County. In 1963 he started work as a private investigator with the National Car Theft Bureau. He concluded his career as a scams detective with the North Carolina Department of Insurance Coverage.

He was preceded in death by 2 sis and one brother. Charles is endured by his spouse of 47 years, Amanda Allen, 2 boys, Greg Radcliffe,(Liz), Charles Radcliffe(Lori Beth ), two children, Sherry Jefferys(Jeff), and Kim Radcliffe

. 2 grandchildren, Caroline and Jordyn Radcliffe likewise make it through. A personal burial will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Marion, North Carolina. Online condolences might be shown the Radcliffe family at the site www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin & Barnes Funeral Service Home and Crematory is serving the Radcliffe household. Max Edwin Gregory 1931– 2020 Dr. Max Edwin Gregory was born upon January 14, 1931 and passed away on July 15, 2020 in Blowing Rock, NC. Dr. Gregory was born and grew up in Yorkville, TN. After finishing from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he invested his professional life in North Carolina. His very first job was at Ohio State University where he was a teacher on the O.S.U. Professors. During the three years in Columbus, 2 of their children were born. Dr. Gregory is made it through by his wife, Ellen McLeary Gregory and two sons, Dr. Randall J Gregory (Liz) of Winston-Salem, NC, and Dr. J Lewis Gregory (Aixa) of Fraser, CO. Dr. Gregory is likewise made it through by four grandchildren: Steven Tyler Gregory of Ames, IA, Michael Ryan Gregory of Winston-Salem, NC, Jake Thomas Gregory of Atlanta, GA and Madeline Louise Gregory of San Francisco, CA, and 2 nieces; Mrs. Roseanne Spain (Don) of Knoxville, TN, and Mrs. Kathy Vaughan (Gere) of Hendersonville, TN, and an unique friend, Gayle Miller.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Miss Robbie Sue Gregory of Raleigh, NC; father, Maurice J. Gregory and his mom, Robyn Jones Gregory; a sibling, Anna Lois Kuykendell, and brother-in-law, Lloyd Kuykendell of Yorkville, TN. Dr. Gregory and the love of his life, Ellen McLeary Gregory, were wed in June of 1954. They took pleasure in 66 wonderful years of marital relationship. Their relationship with their children and grandchildren was very close with lots of”I

love you”throughout those many years. Dr. Gregory spent much of his life in the academic neighborhood; however, over the years, he remained connected with loved ones in Yorkville, TN. He matured in the Hopewell Neighborhood near Yorkville, however Hopewell disappeared in the 1950’s. Yorkville also disappeared by the 1990’s; nevertheless, Yorkville community leaders were identified to bring back attention to Yorkville. They designed what appeared to be an improbable plan of action.

They remembered in the 1930’s that residents taken pleasure in washer pitch’in’. It was a video game that required skill, but it was competitive and imparted good fellowship. Neighborhood leaders believed that washer pitch’in’ could assist in reviving Yorkville

Dr. Gregory attended the preliminary planning to establish a tournament for washer pitch’in’. The committee developed a name for the tournament: “The International Washer Pitch’in’ Competition.”

The first competition was kept in 1994 with over 2,000 washer pitch’in’ lovers in attendance

For many years, hundreds of individuals have actually taken part in the competitors and thousands have actually taken care of view the competitors and relish in great fellowship. “The International Washer Pitch’in’ Tournament” has put Yorkville on the map as the most distinguished competitions of its kind in the nation. Dr. Gregory participated in the competition for 19 years and was a finalist (1st or second place) 8 times. In the 1970’s, Dr. Gregory authored 5 novels and many short stories. In the prologue of his novels in the 1970’s, Dr. Gregory wrote his personal statement regarding his background in the area–“About the Writer

About the Writer:

“In a nation of ‘Bull-Durham’ roll you owns and ‘Day’s Functions’ chewing tobacco, I was born in the cotton country of West Tennessee in 1931. My house in Hopewell, consisting of my Papa’s shop, a tilted school home, and a wood-pecker embellished Methodist Church, lay about half-way in between the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers.

My occupation during those testing anxiety years was choosing and chopping cotton and assisting in my Daddy’s nation store. My greatest accomplishment, without a doubt, was choosing 400 pounds of cotton a day. Hanging around a country store and listening to all the local folklore made an enduring impression on me. Hopewell made ‘God’s Little Acre’ look like the Kennedy Center. I invested my first six years at Hopewell School, whose total 8 grade enrollment was less than 40. In reality, I was the only one in my sixth grade class. Transferring to Yorkville, after Hopewell closed, was a traumatic experience. Nevertheless, Yorkville wasn’t any city, considering that my high school graduating class numbered eight. From Yorkville, I completed a B.S. Degree in 1953 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Afterwards, I got a M.S. and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. I served on the faculty at Ohio State University for 3 years before returning to NCSU where I have been a complete professor.

In addition to being an active participant in numerous sports, I have actually enjoyed the outdoors, with unique interests in fishing and searching. Some may think my other diversions verge on the ridiculous. For example, I have functioned as a judge in the ‘National Hollering Contest,’ then a visitor of Guv Bob Scott at the mansion for the very first and just ‘Black-tie Possum Dinner’ and been involved with the ‘National Fiddling Contest’ at Love Valley, NC.

Another undertaking is the ‘Hard-Core Club’ which I began in the early 70’s. Its goal is to further good nation living (country music and vittles). My title is ‘The He-Coon.’ The subscription includes individuals from different walks of life-from service station operators to a previous NC governor. C and w taping stars Loretta Lynn and Tom T. Hall are members.

My background has affected my sensations towards bad ignorant country folk. It has actually assisted me in my understanding of hard work and poverty. I have actually been a participant in both. Although my present environment on a university school connecting to academicians is dramatically various from my early life, I have maintained firm roots crazes that are near to nature and nation folk. And, recollections from that past, when life was easy, still beckons to me.”

The household extends excellent appreciation and thanks to the HEROES at the Foley Center at Chestnut Ridge in Blowing Rock and Hospice for their competent nursing care.

A personal graveside service for relative and friends will be performed at the family’s McCorkle Cemetery near Newbern, TN, according to scheduling and convenience of family members. The sprinkling of the ashes will be done by family members at the monolith of Dr. & & Mrs. Gregory, and family and friends will be offered an opportunity to speak after the service.

Memorial contributions might be made to Boone United Methodist Church, 471 New Market Blvd, Boone, North Carolina 28607.

Online acknowledgements may be shown the Gregory family at the website www.austinandbarnesfuneralhome.com. Austin & & Barnes Funeral House and Crematory, Boone, is serving the Gregory family.

Gary Edward Taylor

May 16, 1952– July 16, 2020

Gary Edward Taylor, age 68, of Calabash, North Carolina, a former citizen of Boone, passed way Thursday morning, July 16, 2020, at McLeod Seacoast Medical Facility in Little River, South Carolina. Gary was born Might 16, 1952 in Catawba County. He was the son of the late Robert E. and Betty Sue Taylor.

Gary is endured by his wife of 50 years, Vickie Miller Taylor of Calabash; one kid, Brantley Taylor and better half Tabitha of Boone; 2 grandchildren, Daniel Taylor and partner Chelsea of West Jefferson, Hannah Taylor and fiancé, Isaac Earp of Boone

, and one bro, Tim Taylor and better half Vonnie of Grace Chapel, North Carolina. He is likewise endured by a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, one sibling, Steve Taylor. Gary invested most of his life serving others. Through the years, he served as a firemen at Longview Fire Department, Drowning Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Deep Gap Volunteer Fire Department,

Sunset Beach Fire Rescue Beach Patrol, and Calabash Fire Department. His medical profession started as a male organized at Richard Baker Healthcare facility where he satisfied and fell for Victoria Miller who was a patient at the time. They fulfilled in January 1970 and were wed June 28, 1970. He got his EMT while in Burke County and then continued serving in Watauga, Wilkes, and retired in Brunswick County.

He also took pleasure in being sparky the pet dog at unique occasions, performing fire avoidance classes for kids, trip Bible school parades, attending vehicle programs, as well as cruise-ins on Friday nights. He was an ordained deacon. He liked the Lord and always “let his light shine” for Him. He enjoyed his family and was so pleased with his grandkids, Daniel and Hannah. He was a member of Rutherwood Baptist Church and a associate member of First Baptist Church of Little River, South Carolina.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday, July 20that Rutherwood Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Raymond Spann and Rev. Neil Vallini. The household will get good friends Monday from 1:30 up until 3:00 prior to the service. The NC Fireman Association Honor Guard will supply their services.

The family will likewise hold an event of life service on Sunday, August 9thinitially Baptist Church Little River. Service will be led by Rev. Stan Fields. This church has actually been their church home for the time they have resided in Calabash, North Carolina. They have actually become their household while they have been here.

Flowers are valued or memorials might be made to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Checks must be made payable to the UNC Health Foundation. Please note on the check that it is a memorial gift for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center and its Event of Life Reunion Fund. Donations might be sent out to the UNC Health Foundation, 123 W. Franklin Street, Suite 510 Chapel Hill, NC 27516. Online donations can be made at unchf.org/GaryTaylorMemorial.

Online acknowledgements may be sent out to the Taylor household at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the plans. Melvin J. Norris August 31, 1924– July 17, 2020 Melvin Jennings Norris, age 95, of Boone, NC died peacefully in his sleep Friday afternoon

July 17, 2020 at Deerfield Ridge Assisted Living

in Boone, NC. He was born August 31, 1924 in Watauga County, a kid of the late Fred Council Norris and Pearl Parlier Norris. On June 16, 1946 he married his childhood sweetie, Rosa Lee Clawson. They had a loving marriage of 73 years prior to her death in November,2019. He belonged to Rutherwood Baptist Church. Melvin was very happy to have been a veteran of the US Navy. He not only was drafted into World War II, (” I received an official invite from the

government,”he often stated)however later reenlisted throughout the Korean War and eventually gave 22 years to the Navy Reserve, finishing thirty years of service. Out of the service, Melvin worked at the newly-constructed IRC plant in Boone, where he helped relocate new equipment and established for operation. He was eventually responsible for the building, energies and the premises, anything necessary to keep it functional, including working on the boilers, air conditioning system and air compressors. In 1960, Melvin became interested in the Masons and joined Snow Masonic Lodge No. 363. Eventually, he served on all the chairs and offices and was elected lodge

master in 1968. He was later on called District Deputy Grand Master in the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. In the late 1960’s Melvin joined the Eastern Star and ended up being a really active member for over 50 years. He filled all the chairs (workplaces) in Hope Chapter, that he was enabled to fill, and worked as Worthwhile Customer. On state level he served as District Deputy Grand Client. He also served as Grand agent of the Grand Chapter of Montana in 1977-1980. Melvin signed up with the Scottish Rite in 1969 as a 32nd degree Mason; in 1991, he was invested to the title of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor of the 32nd degree.

Later on, in the early ’80s, with time on their hands, Melvin and Rosa Lee decided to travel and purchased a motor home. Their trek took them across the nation, to every state of the USA, including Alaska and Hawaii. They also explored all of the Canadian Provinces, minus the Northwest Area. At 95 years of age, Melvin still had a clear recollection of those days– and he loved talking about his service. For any information that may have escaped him, he had scrapbooks and pictures that assisted tell his story. In addition to video paperwork, portraying his service and a long life well lived there is also quite a collection of commendations he had actually received through the years, from the military, his church and numerous neighborhood companies. Melvin Norris is survived by; 2 children, Sheri Church and hubby Roger, and Wanda Belton and spouse Johnny, all of Boone; 2 kids, Jim Norris and wife Sharon of Asheville and Larry Norris of Boone; an adopted-in-love daughter, Verna Sefranek and spouse Thomas of Shirley, Massachusetts; three granddaughters, Teresa King, Arielle Church, and LaWanda Griffin; two grandsons, Robert Church and Chris Surber. He is endured by 2 brothers; James Baxter Norris of Goldsboro, NC, and Albert C Norris and other half Martha of Dayton, Ohio. He is likewise survived by 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to his moms and dads, he was preceded in death by; his other half, Rosa Lee Norris, one brother, Dorman Norris and one sibling Mary Francis Phillips. Due to COVID 19, a personal graveside service will be held at Mount Lawn Memorial Gardens in Boone,

NC. Officiating will be Reverend Mitch Marlow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions might be made to the Masonic and Eastern Star Home, 700 South Holden Road, Greensboro, North Carolina, 27407. Online acknowledgements might be sent to the Norris family at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

John Edward Fletcher June 12, 1937– June 14, 2020 John Edward Fletcher, age 83, died peacefully at his home in Ashburn, VA on Sunday June 14, 2020 with his

family by his side. John was born to James Clair Fletcher andGoldie Erin Critcher Fletcher on June 12, 1937 in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Fletcher grew up in Zionsville, NC

and graduated from Cove

Creek H.S. in 1955. After graduating

from N.C.State in 1961 with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and a MS in Mathematics, he was stationed at Griffess Flying force Base, Rome, NY as a commissioned officer. There he satisfied and wed his partner Carol( Serra)in 1964, a blessed union of practically 56 years. After retiring from the service as a Captain in 1964, Fletcher started working for Lockheed Aircraft in Atlanta, GA and then for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD as the Chief of Lab of Applied Studies. While there he received his PHD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Maryland in 1972. Dr Fletcher retired from NIH in 1993 and taught College Mathematics in Maryland and New York City State.

Fletcher is endured by his caring spouse Carol Serra Fletcher, child Leah Davis/Tony, son Craig/Suzanne and five Grandchildren; Fletcher and Parker Rose Davis, Chase, Morgan and Aubrey Fletcher. His bro Robert W. Fletcher/Kay, Hickory, NC, niece Kimberly, Davidson, NC, Sister-in-law Joyce Lopushinsky/ Michael, Rome, NY, nieces Lisa Stamboly, Rome, NY, Amie Orzell, Syracuse, NY, nephew Michael Lopushinsky, Miami, Fl. and numerous cousins and pals.

Throughout his profession, Fletcher received numerous awards and published various posts, research documents and books consisting of a substantial Fletcher household genealogy dating back to the 1600’s. His last and proudest accomplishment was composing “The Real Story of Tom Dooley”, a long awaited factual account of a nationally publicized crime of enthusiasm at the conclusion of the Cilvil War.

Online condolences may be sent out to the Fletcher household at www.hamptonfuneralnc.com Statement thanks to Hampton Funeral service and Cremation Service. Jerry Arnett

November 14, 1946– July 15, 2020 Jerry Arnett, age 73, of Banner Elk, North Carolina
died on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at the Watauga Medical Center

in Boone, NC.He was born upon November 14, 1946 in Avery County, North Carolina, a boy of the late Paul Butler Arnett and
the late Myrtle Shook Arnett. Jerry delighted in reading and cars and trucks. He worked in building with Eggers Building and construction and worked as Carpenter for Gary Horny. He was a really special guy with
a huge heart.Jerry leaves to cherish his memory his Other half and “Little Button “of 45 years, Shirley Ramsey Arnett of Banner Elk, NC; Sibling, Shelia Clark of Jonas Ridge, NC, Brother, Roger Arnett of Roan Mountain, TN, Brother, Eddie (Phyllis )Arnett of Banner Elk, NC, A host of nieces and nephews.The household will be having a drive thru visitation from 12:00 pm up until 1:30 pm on Monday, July 20, 2020 at the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home. As visitors reach 12:00 pm you will get in the West parking area entryway(Old Lowe’s Side), where you will be directed for the path to follow. All visitors will please stay in their lorries as they pass by the family. A private household service will follow in the Mount Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Ramsey, Jr. officiating.The family respectfully demands no flowers and in lieu ask that memorial contributions be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.Words of Convenience and Memories might be shared with the Arnett family by visiting our website www.rsfh.net The care of Jerry and his family has been turned over to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral House of Newland.
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